EXPERIENCED CLASS 1 DUMP TRUCK DRIVER - Burnaby Blacktop Ltd - Vancouver, BC   
\*\*Applicants should be living in or near the Vancouver Area. Burnaby Blacktop is Metro Vancouver’s fastest growing Asphalt & Concrete Company. *(Because We
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          What I think I've learnt: Part 1   
Way to sound super confident, hey? But the title of this blog post is true, at this stage all I have is a list of things I *think* I've learnt through the process of rewriting, and rewriting, Secrets & Speed Dating. I think I need a few (lot!) more books under my belt before I'm vaguely confident I've learnt anything at all :)

But, as some of you seem to be interested in this (*waves at Autumn!*) this is the first in a series of blog posts that I'll write over the next few months, covering "the list" (which I emailed to myself a few days after my book was accepted while it was still fresh in my mind). I won't pretend that anything I'm about to share is particularly ground breaking, but for me, it was a combination of all these things (and sheer bloody mindedness) that got me over the line.

So...Part One:

a) Trust my instincts. If it doesn't feel right, it's not. 

b) This isn't the same as it being hard to write.

See, I said it wasn't ground breaking :) But here's the thing, even though I've always known this, I somehow managed to win New Voices even though I didn't think my Chapter Two was "right". It was quite literally the best I was possibly capable of at that moment in time (it went through MANY rewrites!) but deep down, I wasn't happy with it. Yet I got through to the Final 4, and then I won. 

So, my subconscious went...AWESOME! and started to let other writing through that also wasn't quite right.

This other writing is otherwise known as "Version One" of Secrets & Speed Dating, that made it to about 19,000 words before having to be scrapped.

Version Two was much better, it got rid of some of the "not right" stuff from Version One, but I still knew that something wasn't right. Like I'd make excuses for it while describing the story to my family and friends. It wasn't a bad story, it just wasn't the right story for me to be writing. But I was so obsessed with meeting my deadline, and there was quite literally no time for me to go with anything else. So I soldiered on.

When Version Two got dumped, I dumped it properly. ALL of the "not right" stuff went. Any line of dialogue, or piece of back story, or ANYTHING that I didn't like... even if it had been in the winning chapters, went. Even if I knew, logically, that there was NOTHING wrong with what I was deleting... if I knew it wasn't right - for me - I trusted myself.

And that's how I wrote all of Version Three. And yes, some parts were really really hard to write, and I stared at a white screen and flashing cursor and whinged, and cursed, and typed, and deleted... but I never let myself get past a page of "not right" without stopping, going back, and starting again.

I know there is a lot of advice out there about writing a discovery draft, or "you can't fix a blank page" and so on. And this is all perfectly valid, and I'm sure works for millions of people. But for me, it doesn't.

What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

          Charlie Brown and Friends Equipment Auction - Lund NV - Saturday July 29th, 2017 - Vegas Valley Auctions   
Construction Auction - Lund NV - Saturday July 29th, 2017 - Vegas Valley Auctions | Featuring nbsp Rock Crusher Cement Plant CAT D9H Dozer Paddlewheels Semi Trucks Vehicles ATV Hunting Trucks amp Camps Flatbed amp Dump Trailers Tractor Heavy Duty Panels Party Tents Tools and so much more
          Killtest H12-322 Huawei HCNP-WLAN Certification Exam H12-322 Huawei Exam Dumps (Honey Lemon)   
Designed to help candidates for HCNP-WLAN Certification master the material needed to study for and pass the H12-322 Huawei Certified Network Professional - Wireless Local Area Network- Planning and Optimizing Enterprise WLAN.
          Parse & dump all config   

@danfrost wrote:

Hi - is there a way to parse & dump all the serverless config so you can see the "compiled" version, with variables etc replaced?

I'm thinking this is useful for debugging and a nice step before pushing so I can see if all my config is good.


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          Slordige afwerking van de grondput   

Do. 22 juni is mijn hoofdkraan vervangen. Daarvoor moest in het trottoir gegraven gegraven worden om de wegafsluiter te vinden. Het gat werd kennelijk zonder goed aanstampen met een paal gedicht waardoor er een 1/3 kruiwagen vol zand met grote keien over bleef. Klacht: dit zand werd met de grote keien lomp over mijn groenstrook voor mijn huis gedumpt. Ik heb mijn klacht gemeld bij de storingsdienst. Er zou contact met mij worden opgenomen, echter dit is tot op heden niet gebeurd. Ik heb zelf rotzooi opgeruimd.

          STR8Hell – Ondra,…   

Studio: Str8hell.com

In this great new Airport Security scene we have three wonderful guys, security guards Danek Gyor and Ondra Radni with their prisoner Mate More. We find Danek as he is pushing Mate into a cell and beginning an inspection of his luggage. Danek is joined by Ondra who immediately pulls Danek out of the cell and begins to pat him down. Not satisfied he pulls Mate's tee shirt off. Danek opens Mate's jeans and pushes them down. Soon his is taking Mate's shorts down too and squatting to check out his cock as Ondra restrains the prisoner. They turn Mate around and begin to check his ass too, spreading the cheeks in the process. The inpection gets interesting as Mate is turned again and Danek begins to suck on his cock. That cock soon responds, getting nice and hard. They push Mate down on his haunches as both Danek and Ondra pull out their own stiff cocks. Mate is made to suck each cock, taking turns on them. As they are sucked Ondra and Danek kiss each other. Mate is turned again and this time Danek starts to finger his hole. His finger is quickly replaced by his big, stiff cock as he fucks Mate, who also has to suck on Ondra's cock. Ondra wants to fuck too and Mate has his legs up on the shoulder, for easy access, as he holds onto Danek for support. Ondra really works that tight hole, going in nice and deep. Mate moans all the while and is soon on his knees taking Danek's dick again. Then it is Ondra's turn again and he fucks that sexy ass, pulling out just in time to dump his hot cum all over it. He sucks on Danek's cock too and is rewarded with another big load, all over his chest. Mate grabs his own cock, which is still rock hard and wanks it to a climax, shooting his cream over the floor. He is then shoved by in his cage and locked in as our sexy guards take their leave.

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          Bezorger dumpt 4 reclamepakketten in brievenbus met nee ja sticker.   

Bezorger dumpt 4 reclamepakketten in brievenbus met nee ja. Bovendien dumpt ie zo'n 20 folderpakketten achter een kledingcontainer

          Dump Truck Driver (Seasonal/Class 3 Driver License required) - Maritime Road Recycling - Woodstock, NB   
At Maritime Road Recycling, we are committed to provide equal opportunity, personal and professional development and a rewarding work environment for _*career*_...
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          ANC policy conference: Key players to watch in the days ahead   
Besides the thousands of branch members, who the ANC will tell you are the most important people at this conference, there will be a few leaders who are expected to make waves amongst the old mine dumps in Nasrec over the next few days. CARIEN DU PLESSIS takes a look
          A collection of hate mail from our dumpster fire series   
This past week, all week long, we published 10 reasons each of the NFC East teams will be a dumpster fire in 2017, in which we pointed out the biggest flaws of each team heading into the season. The series drew a lot of angry emails, as it does every year.
          USA hrozí zvýšením cel. EU připravuje protiúder, píše německý magazín   
Evropská unie připravuje podle německého magazínu Spiegel odvetná opatření pro případ, že Spojené státy zavedou nebo zvýší dovozní cla. Opatření by se mohla týkat například zemědělských produktů. Oblastí, o které obě strany vedou spory, je ale podle magazínu mnohem více.
          Comment on Best grocery (chain) by Latham Louie   
Hannaford's prices are lower than Price Chopper's overall. But as mentioned, the Hannaford produce is not as good as PC. Where Price Chopper really beats Hannaford is in the hot foods and salad to go sections especially in the PC's where you can sit down like Latham. I stopped at the Price Chopper on Albany Shaker Road recently. It's a cramped dump!
          Production Operator - PITTSBURGH GLASS WORKS, LLC - Elkin, NC   
Adjusts equipment using hand tools. Maintain line cleanliness, including proper storage of tools, emptying trash and getting full trash hoppers dumped.... $14.78 - $17.38 an hour
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          Dumped dog tugs heartstrings - Mail Tribune   

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Dumped dog tugs heartstrings
Mail Tribune
The tale of a white and brown dog dumped on Gold Ray Road Thursday by a truck that then sped off, leaving the dog to chase it for a quarter-mile, has pulled the heartstrings of neighbors and hundreds of social media followers who learned of the canine ...

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          Onazi Ogenyi Dumps Club, Trabzonspor Over Non-payment Of Salaries   

Super Eagles’ footballer, Ogenyi Onazi has ended his contract with his Turkish club, Trabzonspor with immediate effect. In a chat with Sports Daily, the reliable midfielder cited the inability of the club to meet up with its contractual obligations as reason for the termination. He indicated that the club was in the habit of owing […]

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          Essential Politics: Two very different healthcare battles - Los Angeles Times   

Essential Politics: Two very different healthcare battles
Los Angeles Times
As Friday news dumps go, the California Legislature shelving its single-payer healthcare proposal was a big one. Melanie Mason reported that the surprise decision from Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon came as several key details about the legislation— ...

          Park Maintenance   
Address: Address Unavailable
Rating: 1

Green waste dumped at the end of Benevides at trailhead.

          Illegal Dumping   
Address: 4220 Park Blvd
Rating: 2

Just witnessed an employee of Finger Paint nail salon use the city trash bin outside the salon to dump a large bag of trash. Not only is this illegal, but this was very likely hazardous material and should be disposed of properly!

          Ilegal Dumping   
Address: Canon Avenue Before It Curves Towards Car Park At Wellington Oakland, California
Rating: 4

Dumped there last week. I reported it on Thursday last week. Skis, car seats, trash, tarps.

          Illegal Dumping   
Address: 4083-4099 Canon Avenue Oakland, California
Rating: 4

dump adjacent to creek and Canon Ave. Auto parts, etc.

          Just Here to Make Friends   
If you watch a lot of terrible reality TV, as we do, you've heard it a billion times. "I'm not here to make friends." Yeah, we get it. It's a cutthroat competition and you're here to win, not to be Mr. or Miss Congeniality. Good for you. We, on the other hand, are here to make friends. And you know who else is? This Labrador! He's not throwing anyone under the bus. He's not voting anyone off the island. He's not proposing to one girl on national TV, only to dump her the next week and propose to the runner-up. Nope, he's here to do one thing: make friends. In fact, he wants to be your friend. So how about it? Just look at that face!

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Special Price: $24.00

          7/2/2017: NEWS: Snowy blast hits drivers   
A wintery blast made its presence felt throughout the country yesterday – but some respite from the cold, wet and windy conditions is on its way. Up to 50 cars were stuck in snow after an unexpected dumping around Mt Cook yesterday. Elsewhere in the...
          7/2/2017: Front Page: Soft rubber dumped   
THE controversial tyre that caused a Phillip Island blowout will be scrapped for this year’s Bathurst 1000. Last year’s harder compound tyre will return for both the Bathurst 1000 and the Auckland SuperSprint after tests confirmed the soft compound...
          Happy Chinese New Year   
It is the Chinese lunar new year in january 28, 2017, year of the rooster. It is called Spring Festival in China,it is the most important festival in China.  [svdimg]15963[/svdimg] [svdimg]15964[/svdimg]  [svdimg]15965[/svdimg] Family reunion is the most important thing in this Chinese traditional festivals,when the time comes to the new year, the family eat dumplings together,Chinese people enjoy the longest public holidays of the year during Spring Festival,people bring their children to the traditional Festival Temple Fair or go to visit relatives and friends.  [svdimg]15966[/svdimg]  [svdimg]15967[/svdimg] [svdimg]15968[/svdimg] Chinese people are more interested in traveling abroad in recent years, People seem to find more ways to enjoy this traditional holiday. [svdimg]15969[/svdimg]  [svdimg]15970[/svdimg]  [svdimg]15971[/svdimg]...
          Skylar Star   
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Imagine you're a sex slave -- a gimp for The Black Man -- to be used whenever and however they feel. You're caged like the dog you are, and you look forward to being freed, if only for a short time...and only to be used as a cum dumpster. Deepdicc and his homie, Kidd Brando, keep their doggy in the basement, and they head down a few times a day in order use holes and drop loads. Little white doggy goes by the name Skylar Starr whenever he's free and wandering the streets...which isn't very often. Today Deep and Kidd stretch all of Skylar's little pink holes to their maximum circumference before shooting their loads wherever they see fit.
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          7 things successful people do the week before a vacation   

Venice festival party beach vacation summer

Vacations are an essential part of staying productive and happy at work.

Most Americans could seriously use more time off.

Like any major life event, vacations deserve some thoughtful planning.

That's why the week before your big trip is crucial. If you dart out for a week or two without any preparation, you could find yourself swamped when you get back.

Fortunately, there are numerous steps you can take ahead of time to curb potential problems.

Here are several things you should do the week before your vacation starts:

DON'T MISS: 12 signs you desperately need a vacation from work

DON'T MISS: 7 things successful people do the night before a vacation

Schedule some wiggle room for yourself

Instead of diving straight into your vacation and then jumping back into work, leave yourself some room to breathe.

Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of "The Humor Advantage," tells Business Insider:

"If your work situation permits it, leave a day after you've 'officially' booked off and arrive a day before you've announced your official return. This buys you an extra distraction-free day at both ends of your vacation so that you leave feeling better prepared and more relaxed and return to work without feeling overwhelmed."

Talk to everyone you work with

Before you leave on your summer adventure, you've got to fill in your customers.

Kerr says:

"Contact any high-priority clients before going to make sure you've answered any questions and addressed their needs before heading out. It's not only a great customer service habit to get into, it will give you greater peace of mind. It also gives you a simple but legitimate excuse to reach out to clients you may not have talked to in a while."

Don't forget about reaching out to your coworkers too.

Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job," tells Business Insider:

"Create a game plan of who you must meet or communicate with regarding your plans. Begin creating an email for all relevant parties so work will be uninterrupted and your team can fill in for you — with all key information handy."

Lastly, make sure to pass on relevant passwords, projects, and deadlines to your colleagues. It's better to do this at the start of the week, so you're not dumping a ton of information into anyone's inbox on a Friday afternoon as you rush to the airport.

Prioritize your tasks

Try to prioritize your days so that you can complete major tasks before you leave.

Ryan Kahn, a career coach, founder of The Hired Group, and author of "Hired! The Guide for the Recent Grad," tells Business Insider:

"Close out any outstanding projects. Your time off during the vacation is there for you to recharge and refresh. Don't leave loose ends or missed deadlines lingering over you. Spend the extra time now to make sure you can enjoy worry-free time off."

But make sure the week before you head off on a vacation isn't too jam-packed with busy work — you want to focus on the important stuff.

"Accept the fact that you will never get everything cleared off your plate before leavening — so prioritize and plan carefully to ensure you can leave with a clear a head as possible," Kerr says.

Taylor and Kerr agree that having a plan of action for when you get back is also important. You want to have your priorities straight once you're back from vacation.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider
          Steamed Pork Dumplings   

The Answered Chef > Pasta 101 > Steamed Pork Dumplings

          The dangers of not logging out of facebook.   
Please log out your facebook account especially on public computer. You really don't want any of this stuff happen to you.

          92 Dogs Dumped on Texas Roadways   
Sure do hope the Humane Society of North Texas catches the coward(s) who left 92 dogs to fend for themselves along country roads. Let me be blunt.  Find these people responsible (there is a $500 reward being offered), and I will personally drive them to a secluded location on California State Route 190, then with the help of my German Shepard "Cujo", will remove them from the vehicle.  With a twenty mile hike back to civilization, it shouldn't be too long before flashbacks settle in about their animal cruelness. Continue reading…
          Security tight for Canada Day celebrations   
daoleduc/iStock/Thinkstock(OTTOWA, Canada) – Security has been ramped up for Canada Day celebrations across the country. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Saturday for a traditional day-long concert and celebration, but officials say they’ll have to go through extremely tight, airport-style security. Police are patrolling the streets with heavy weapons and roads are blocked with dump trucks filled with 22 tons of sand. Ottowa Mayor Jim Watson defending the security measures, saying “At the end of the day, what used to be a bomb and a gun is now a truck or a knife.” Police also say spectators can expect to see snipers on rooftops, and surveillance cameras monitoring events on the hill. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
          Love Island bosses plan to dump 10 islanders in shock twist   
LOVE Island bosses will dump 10 contestants from the villa in a shock twist in tonight’s episode. Last week saw everything change as the boys were packed off to go on a “mini-break”, while the girls stayed in the main villa. Both sets of Islanders have been joined by a brand new batch of hotties […]
          Love Island rat Jonny Mitchell, 26, dumped his fiancée just months before their wedding   
LOVE Island cad Jonny Mitchell ditched his fiancée just months before their wedding. The Essex boy, 26, has angered viewers for stringing along Prince Harry’s ex Camilla Thurlow then dumping her for Tyla Carr. The Sun on Sunday can reveal his engagement with Lauren Baxter ended as she excitedly planned their wedding last year. A […]
          Artic Temps = Slow Cooking   

It is crazy cold in Philly.  The Schuylkill River has a layer of ice.  A LAYER OF ICE!  Ca-razy.  I look semi-homeless with all my layers.  I usually look semi-homeless.  I am so freaking cold. We have a really old house that does not retain heat well.  It was built when Lincoln was in office and the windows are horrible.  I actually went around a few weeks back with packing tape and taped the "leaks".  We are always wearing hats and scarves and Arcteryx jackets.  It is awful.  On the weekends I tend to cook all day.  The house fills with delicious smells and the kitchen is warm. We start the day and hang about the table as I chop and saute and stir and bake.  In the past two months I have made some real winners.  Duck Confit, Beef Bourguignon, Calabrese Ricotta Dumpling Soup and French Onion Soup.  REAL, 6 hour long, onion soup with crouton and comte.

Let's begin with the onion soup.  I roasted the bones and veggies and made stock.  Very good.  Then the onions.  On low low heat, stirring...stirring...stirring...6 hours later.  Pretty, no?  It was laborious.  We sat down that evening to eat.  I even have those adorable soup bowls with the lion's head.  I have made onion soup before, but not with my own beef stock.  Everyone dug in.  John declared that it was "too rich" and maybe "too herbaceous".  So fucking annoyed.  With me, not him. I think I added too much thyme to my stock.  I don't know about you, but I get super irritated when I spend this much time and effort and a tiny little detail blows the whole thing to hell.  I know, I know...  I cannot help it.  It won't stop me.  I will keep going.

Okay, now duck confit.   It takes three or more days.  I will be honest, I LOVE LOVE LOVE duck confit, but I will have to wait to repeat this effort again.  Having your house smell like duck fat for days and days is awful.  I woke up on the third day and almost cried.  The aroma hung in the air like cat hair on black wool pants, refusing to leave.  I felt like my pores were filled with duck fat and I was breathing duck fat air.  I actually thought about Village Whiskey.  They serve duck fat fries and I was sad for their chefs.  Poor souls smelling that day in and out.  Going home to their significant others smelling like that every day.  Maybe their dogs are appreciative.  Oy.  Anywho, duck confit is a day of herb-saltage (new word that means curing), a day (or overnight) of rendering fat and cooking in fat for what feels like forever.  Then at least a day submerged in fat (preferably a week or more) to age.  Then you sear the skin to crisp and warm it in the oven.  The whole house smells like duck fat again. It is too much.  I love duck confit.  Ample time must pass between confitting (pronounced "kon - feeting").  Our aging in duck fat does seem to bother my kids.  They loved it.  I packed the leftovers in their school lunch the following day.  One friend pronounced it "nasty" and not in the good way.  To each his own.

Last up was a delicate soup of chicken broth and ricotta dumplings.  Lovely and oh so temperamental.  I saved the chicken from the stock and made chicken salad for the kids lunches.  The dumplings were a challenge.  I had to add those little balls to the perfectly simmering broth.  Too lively....disintegration!  A Goldilocks dish.  It was delicious, but John announced that it was not enough to make an entire meal.  A starter.  Too bad people cause that was all I had.

So, next up on Saturday is my oxtail ragu.  Maybe I will make my own pasta.  Have not decided yet.  Spring is just around the corner.  I must get in all these all day dishes.  When the weather warms, who wants to be inside?
          1,000 bags of potato chips that contained Nana Mizuki concert lottery stubs illegaly disposed of; violator arrested   

1: ◆ENPDAsv5PuwA @ターンオーヴァーφ ★@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:21:19.03 ID
A large amount of potato chips were disposed of in Kobe City and Akashi-shi of Hyogo prefecture, as the Hyogo Police arrested Ikki Fukumoto (25), an office worker who resides in Hyogo prefecture's Uozumicho Shimizu, for illegal dumping.

The suspect disposed 89 boxes, totaling to about 1,000 bags of potato chips (total weight of 208 kilos) between May 4 and May 23 in 6 areas within Kobe City and Akashi City, such as in the woods and in empty lots. The suspect comments: "I did buy a lot of these, but I didn't know what to do with them so I just dumped them".

According to the police, the potato chips came with entry stubs for a chance to win seiyuu Nana Mizuki's concert tickets, as Mr. Fukumoto only cut the stubs out and did not eat the contents. Entries were only valid until the end of May.



3 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:22:22.00 ID:j7d2w61B0.net
Someone should really create a facility that will murder and dispose of these kimo-wotas

25 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:26:31.87 ID:Tvcpfp2g0.net
What's this retard

4 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:22:37.06 ID:I9P/77tN0.net
I wanna eat potato chips
5 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:22:38.23 ID:ydKDsYkc0.net
He probably wouldn't have been arrested if he dumped them at an orphanage (´・ω・`)
6 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:23:00.61 ID:dwerNQjP0.net
もったいないな 子供にやれば良かったのに
Such a waste. He should've given these to children.

17 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:24:36.02 ID:Yo7ClZB90.net

If he just had some wit, he could've conjured a tear-jerker story about it too
19 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:24:42.40 ID:gONfWd4G0.net
If he did that then he could've gotten the ticket and even become Naoto Date (Tiger Mask)
79 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:33:27.51 ID:sDvtD0Aq0.net
Who would be happy about trash that's already been opened, you scum

7 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:23:46.84 ID:n4s+6jHr0.net
How much is the unit cost?
18 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:24:39.12 ID:HjJLgQCb0.net
If 1 bag = 100 yen, then 1,000 bags is 1 million, huh
997: 名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/ 2014/06/10(火) 17:02:34.51 ID:DWi7m9K4O.net
I just checked in 7-11 right now, and one BIGBAG costs 275 yen (296 yen after taxes). He bought a thousand of these, that gave him double points (6 points) so all in all he spent 3 million yen, which is accurate with the report. This promo was only done at convenience stores so he wasn't able to purchase the chips at the grocery with their lower prices.
9 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:24:01.79 ID:wEsDxyNQ0.net
How much money did he just spend on a granny w
13 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:24:21.01 ID:OyQK5Lbm0.net
Why didn't he just eat them? It's not something that would expire so soon.


36 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:28:44.57 ID:64epyAjJ0.net
You'd have to cut out bell-mark entry stubs so that would mean you've opened the bag

14 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:24:26.21 ID:cAx/OHZ00.net
Is Nana Mizuki a seiyuu? My only image of her is this mysterious singer who always performs at the Kouhaku.

60 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:31:39.13 ID:AkP+EBT00.net
Wow, you know a lot

15 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:24:29.79 ID:EfIz3q2e0.net
Just eat it, you gross fatso
16 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:24:32.23 ID:iOpxv+mc0.net

I do think that a lot of people would like to have potato chips... Such a waste if you just threw them away.
24 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:26:19.03 ID:+xOY+g1y0.net

So it's already considered opened once you cut out the stub, huh. I dunno if I wanna say 'Thanks for your hard work' or 'You're dumb'.
29 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:27:34.53 ID:QnqbY6vx0.net
普通にファンクラブ入会して チケット購入すればいいのに

He could've just joined the fan club and bought the ticket normally. Buying 1,000 bags... is he stupid?

20 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:25:10.05 ID:dwerNQjP0.net

普通に買えば良いんじゃないのか? 売ってないのか?

> entry stubs for seiyuu Nana Mizuki's concert tickets

Couldn't he have just bought the tickets normally? Don't they sell it?

34 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:28:30.83 ID:BqsBEVkq0.net
なんかググったら ポテチのキャンペーンで 抽選で10人がコンサートご招待で 終わった後にバックステージで本人に会えるという ものだった
I Google'd it and the potato chips promo says that 10 people get invited to the concert through lottery, and then you can meet and greet her backstage after the concert.
84 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:33:56.52 ID:QnqbY6vx0.net
うわああああああ そのために1000袋購入とか きんも~
Uwaaaaaaaa So the guy bought 1,000 bags for that sake? Gross~

106 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:35:50.09 ID:e8chTGHj0.net


The entry stub is apparently the Calbee mark at the back

110 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:36:31.26 ID:SOE3cgrr0.net
So this is all Calbee's fault wwwww

112 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:36:50.95 ID:iPdo16TJ0.net
So it's like a gamble, huh
21 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:25:12.47 ID:o4OLVkop0.net


>Weight about 208 kg

1,000 potato chip bags weigh quite a lot, huh
176 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:44:47.07 ID:IcKXJWcx0.net
200kgて400の単車一台分やぞ 人力じゃ手に負えないわ
200kg is as heavy as a 400cc motorbike! One man can't do anything about that.
22 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:25:30.63 ID:gplxR63R0.net

He should've just donated them. He could've made people happy.
23 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:25:58.62 ID:uQQ9I5/H0.net
He could've distributed them in front of a train station
35 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:28:36.67 ID:td0h+lMPi.net
People have been writing that he should just donate them, but facilities won't need these if they've already been opened
40 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:29:18.92 ID:e8chTGHj0.net

You need to cut the package so you can't distribute it later on
81 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:33:39.46 ID:3tKCE61o0.net

Ahhh, so it's not included inside the bag. You have to cut it out, huh?
32 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:28:04.55 ID:Gp+wGBX60.net
ここまで熱心に金を注ぎ込めるほど熱中できるものがあるのはうらやましいな なんに対しても無関心で金の使い道がないわ
I actually envy him for having something which he can passionately spend his money on. I'm just totally uninterested in everything, and I don't know how to use my money.
33 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:28:21.89 ID:W+I6ZqeM0.net
アフリカの困ってる人とか 福島の仮設住宅の人とかに簡単にあげれればいんだが

I guess it must be difficult to donate food, huh. Would've been great if you could donate them to the troubled people in Africa or those living in shelters in Fukushima.
38 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:28:51.94 ID:s1eZNZoB0.net

He should've just took his time to eat them. It's not raw, perishable food anyway w
39 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:29:05.81 ID:0q1xHuDl0.net
I don't need Nana Mizuki tickets, just gimme potato chips w
42 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:29:30.06 ID:qwTaH5Rz0.net
「応募券欲しさに1000袋買いましたが、食べきれません。 ご自由にお持ち下さい。」って書いて、人通りの多い場所に置いておいたら 皆持って行ってくれるかな? 置いた時点で法律に触れちゃうかな?
Couldn't he just leave them in a place where a lot of people pass by and put a sign saying "I bought 1,000 bags just for the entry stubs, but I couldn't eat it all. Please take these as you please", and would people bite and get them? Or would he already be going against the law the moment he sets them down?
64 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:31:52.74 ID:G7/h6inr0.net
開封済みのポテチなんて 何が入ってるか分からなくて怖くて食えるかよ
I wouldn't dare eat potato chips that have already been opened, I dunno what would be in the bag.
46 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:30:00.79 ID:79tb0cNe0.net
I also had quite a stock of baseball card chips before, but I gave them all to my officemate's kid for snacks
51 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:30:53.78 ID:c9/u93Kf0.net
I'm thinking that it should just be given to the homeless. Can't you do that?
52 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:31:01.04 ID:v4T8rIP90.net
I'm pretty serious when I say that I want them ww
67 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:32:14.90 ID:zEHL1Rpr0.net
Give me some of those chips w
54 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:31:03.23 ID:/QhZbxAO0.net
Wait, isn't his address a little bit too detailed here in the report? w
62 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:31:44.55 ID:o4OLVkop0.net
人にあげるという思考がないのか それとも別の理由があったか
Didn't it ever cross his mind that he could've given it to other people? Or was there a different reason?
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For all those people who think that Trump's tweets are brilliant at reaching the public and throwing his opponents off balance or whatever other bit of analysis used to show that somehow he's playing three-dimensional chess while the rest of the world can't even set up the checker board, is this really a set of tweets that makes you proud that he's your president?

These morning tweets follow other tweets touting ones supporting policy actions by his administration and the GOP. Does he think anyone will pay attention to any of that when he's tweeting comments on a morning show's appearance and the show's ratings? It's as if he's taken a master a class on self-sabotage.

Isn't he supposed to be in the middle of trying to help a GOP repeal of Obamacare?

Remember when conservatives ridiculed Obama interview talking to GloZell, the woman who is mainly known for eating cereal while sitting in a bathub of milk or going on Between Two Ferns? Well, was any of that less respectful of the office of the presidency than such tweets? I have come to regard Trump's tweets as a verbal expression of his id. That is the level he operates at and we get a glimpse at what impulses control him through Twitter. All his advisers urging him to focus on policy and presenting an image of gravitas are the ego trying to mediate between those impulses and reality. They might win out for hours, even days sometimes, but the id is there ready to take over.

There used to be a time when Republicans claimed that character mattered in the presidency. Today...not so much.

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Canada thinks it can control the Internet.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled against Google on Wednesday in a closely-watched intellectual property case over whether judges can apply their own country's laws to all of the Internet.

In a 7-2 decision, the court agreed a British Columbia judge had the power to issue an injunction forcing Google to scrub search results about pirated products not just in Canada, but everywhere else in the world too.

Those siding with Google, including civil liberties groups, had warned that allowing the injunction would harm free speech, setting a precedent to let any judge anywhere order a global ban on what appears on search engines. The Canadian Supreme Court, however, downplayed this objection and called Google's fears "theoretical."
Charles C. W. Cooke comments,
That amusing episode of The I.T. Crowd notwithstanding, “the Internet” is not a single black box somewhere in London, but a massively decentralized network of networks that, while conforming to a few agreed-upon technical specifications, gives new meaning to the word “diffuse.” Or, put another way, “the Internet” is a patchwork quilt of cables, satellites, switches, service providers, cell phones, desktops, laptops, web-servers, and protocols that, taken together, forms the sprawling web to which we are all so accustomed. The beauty of this arrangement is that anybody can participate. Want to be the next Facebook? To start with, at least, all you’ll need is a domain name, an internet connection, and a computer, and . . . that’s it. Though there are certain breakpoints (IP allocation, root DNS, etc.), there is no central permission structure that newcomers have to navigate. It’s open. It’s wild. It’s wonderful.

Now, this is not to say that censorship is impossible. It’s not. If a government wishes to block access to a particular site within the physical borders over which it has jurisdiction, it can do so. Likewise, websites and services that contradict local law can be legally removed, and, if it so wishes, a government can demand that any organization operating on a network within its borders must conform to its rules. What it can’t do, however, is export those judgments abroad.

Suppose that I, a permanent resident of the United States, were to host a website that contained speech that was banned in, say, Germany. Certainly, the German authorities could prevent Germans from seeing my site. And, if anyone chose to mirror my site on server inside Germany, they could shut that person down quite quickly. But they couldn’t have me shut down in America, and they couldn’t prevent people in other countries from accessing my site over the web. My server would be in America, connected to a network in America, subject to the law in America, and guaranteed the protections to which Americans are entitled. The German government, annoyed as it might be, would have to accept that....

And that, ultimately, is why the Canadian Court’s decision is so hilarious. I understand why people are worried about the idea — if taken seriously, it would give any less-free-than-America country an effective veto over the First Amendment. But they shouldn’t fret too much: The judges can say what they like, but their edict is simply unenforceable. If it wishes to do so, the government of Canada can prevail upon Google to abide by its rules within Canada. In addition, it can regulate the web in Canada to prevent access to sites it dislike. But it can’t force Google in America or France or Australia or Singapore to do a single goddamned thing. And thank goodness for that, eh?
I hope that he is correct, but we've seen the EU slapping a $2.7 billion fine on Google because the EU thinks it violates antitrust for Google to promote Google Shopping sites over other shopping sites. I'm not sure what there is about a FREE service like Google that the Europeans don't understand. Are European citizens actually hurt by Google giving them a free shopping search engine and then putting their items at the top? Would they prefer to pay for their search engines? Please, just keep your hands off Google. As more countries try and figure out ways to make money off of fining Google, they should consider the unintended consequences.
“The EU has effectively decided that some companies have become too big to innovate,” Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a Washington-based think tank, said in a statement following the Google Shopping decision. “The EU’s actions have created a cloud of uncertainty that will make large tech companies overly cautious about making changes to the user experience and service offerings that would benefit consumers.”

Jonathan Tobin applies Occam's Razor
to explain why Obama didn't do more about Russia's attempts to interfere in our election last year.
But the real problem here is not so much Barack Obama’s failure to act as the most plausible reason for his inaction: Vladimir Putin’s capers didn’t impact the election results.
Despite the efforts by Democrats to blame Russia for Hillary Clinton's loss and their frustration that Obama didn't do more about it, there really is no evidence that the WikiLeaks revelations from John Podesta's emails had any effect on the course of the election.
But there’s a simpler, even more plausible explanation for Obama’s inaction: The president saw that the hacking was having almost no impact on the course of the campaign and thus wasn’t going to mess with the results. Far from the crime of the century, it was, at worst, a minor annoyance to Clinton that Obama obviously felt didn’t warrant a major dustup with Putin.

It’s true that Russia’s actions were outrageous and deserved a strong US response, both then and now. It can also be argued that the public had a right to know about it. But it was only after Clinton lost and she and her supporters began searching for excuses that Russia’s actions were considered an important factor in the outcome.

While Putin was way out of line, the impact of the WikiLeaks document dumps on Clinton’s candidacy was marginal at best.

The contents of the Democratic National Committee e-mails were embarrassing to Podesta and then-DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who wound up losing her job after proof of DNC collusion with Clinton against Bernie Sanders was produced. But there was almost nothing in those documents that related directly to Clinton, let alone being enough to influence voters.

Every WikiLeaks story was also almost immediately overshadowed by other, more damaging gaffes or revelations about Trump, such as his attack on a Gold Star family or the release of the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape. Nothing the Russians did matched the damage done by either of those Trump disasters.
Instead of looking for some external events or action, just admit that Hillary was a lousy candidate. That should actually be comforting to the Democrats. With such a compromised candidate whom so many Americans just never liked, they still won the popular vote and came really close to winning the states that put Trump over the top. If they can pick a better candidate in 2020, and can make an appeal for the voters they lost in the Rust Belt, chances are pretty strong that they'll win that year. They should be more concerned about forging a message that doesn't repel independents and those voters they lost in 2016. That's their real challenge and focusing all the time on Russia, Russia, Russia won't help them achieve that goal.

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Tell your friendly environmentalist activist. But they're not really interested.
The benefits of fracking far outweigh its costs not only economically, but environmentally, a Stanford University geophysicist said Friday.

After teaching geophysics at Stanford for 30 years Mark Zoback took the helm of Stanford's new Natural Gas Initiative three years ago, he said, because of gas's environmental benefits.

"We did it because there were so many important and obvious environmental benefits to the utilization of natural gas," Zoback said. "So it’s somewhat ironic to be asked to argue for the notion that these benefits outweigh the environmental costs, when it’s the environmental benefits that got me into this business in the first place."

Zoback's remarks opened the annual debate at Stanford's Silicon Valley Energy Summit, and were swiftly challenged by representatives of the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Counci
Zoback argued that natural gas can replace coal and "dirty diesel" at significant scale throughout the world, supporting economic growth while slashing carbon emissions. (When burned, natural gas emits about half the CO2 that coal does).

The Senate has some really dumb rules. And the minority party can use them to slow everything down to a standstill. Chuck Schumer is taking advantage of every tool that the rules provide.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer used an upper chamber procedure Wednesday to block a national security briefing hosted by the Senate Judiciary Committee, irritating Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley.

The rule that Schumer had invoked, which he has been exercising the use of over the past two weeks, blocks Senate committee business from happening two hours after the Senate convenes session for the day. Schumer has consistently used the procedure as a way to delay business in Senate to make demands on Republicans on the health care bill.

The rarely-used tactic has cut short a committee hearing on free speech, stopped a hearing on Russian meddling in the U.S. elections and blocked a mark-up to advance bipartisan anti-human trafficking legislation....

Grassley had sent a joint letter with subcommittee judiciary chairman Lindsey Graham to the FBI Tuesday requesting all documents related to the FBI FISA surveillance requests on the Russia investigation.

“Today, the Judiciary Committee was set to hear from senior intelligence officials about highly sensitive intelligence gathering authorities that will soon require action from Congress. It’s disturbing and reckless for the Minority Leader to block the briefing. We’ve seen too many recent reminders of how unsafe the world is today. This is no time to play politics with our national security,” he said.
If they could use the nuclear option to get rid of a much more prominent rule concerning filibusters of Supreme Court nominees, why not use it to get rid of this stupid rule. If it's a "rarely-used tactic," no one except the angry members of the minority party will miss it.

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I had so much fun last night. I'm visiting my daughters in D.C. and we went to the Nats-Cubs game. I haven't seen a live baseball game in about 50 years since I was a kid and we'd go to the Cubs games. So I scheduled my trip to catch the game. After falling behind in the seventh inning, I thought it was pretty hopeless for the Cubs based on the way they've been playing this year. But they rallied in the ninth inning to go ahead on a triple by Jon Jay. It was so exciting and I could celebrate with all the other Cubs fans in the stadium including a cute little girl, about 10 years old, sitting with her family of Cubs fans in front of me who told her parents that John Jay had written five of the Federalist Papers. Exactly right and the Cubs' Jon Jay was a hero tonight. Go Federalists!

What a blast! And then as walked out of the stadium and came back on the Metro and hear all the Nationals fans complaining about the Nationals' bullpen. Eh, they're still doing well. I'm just hoping that the Cubs are recovering their mojo. At least their closer, Wade Davis, another historically relevant name on the Cubs roster

          Year One of the Chris Holtmann Era Will Be Painful but Consistent With Precedent   
Chris Holtmann is in a for a bumpy first year which is simply part of the rebuilding process.

Chris Holtmann replaced Thad Matta as Ohio State's head coach exactly 23 days ago. 

In that window, he's officially brought on his former Butler assistant coaches, welcomed former Butler signee and Ohio hooper Kyle Young, retained David Egelhoff as director of basketball operations, announced Dave Richardson will vacate the strength and conditioning role, first suspended then booted redshirt freshman swingman Derek Funderburk, and announced incoming freshman Braxton Beverly will not be a Buckeye. 

In addition, he and the staff have been evaluating players and making offers right and left. 

With all that activity, he now sports a roster with nine scholarship players, one of which belongs to a former walk-on. 

The moral of those last three paragraphs? Get ready for some spectacular turbulence this season. Embrace it as part of the rebuilding process. It's unavoidable after Gene Smith unfortunately, but finally, saved Thad Matta from himself. 

How bad the on-court output will be in Year One remains to be seen but for context, I was curious how past Buckeye head coaches fared in their own first year. As you'd expect, for the most part, the results weren't much to write home about. 

Here's the goods dating back to Fred Taylor's arrival in 1958:

1958-59 FRED TAYLOR 11-11 7-7 (5TH) NO
1976-77 ELDON MILLER 9-18 4-14 (10TH) NO
1986-87 GARY WILLIAMS 20-13 9-9 (6TH) NCAA 2ND ROUND
1989-90 RANDY AYERS 17-13 10-8 (6TH) NCAA 2ND ROUND
1997-98 JIM O'BRIEN 8-22 1-15 (11TH) NO
2004-05 THAD MATTA 20-12 8-8 (6TH) NO - INELIGIBLE

1958-59: FRED TAYLOR

A former OSU baseball player who went on to play professionally before returning to Ohio State as an assistant basketball coach, Fred Taylor took over as head coach the following season. 

His first year in Columbus was meh as the Buckeyes turned out an 11-11 record including 7-7 in the conference, good for 5th place and no postseason. 

His first team featured Larry Siegfried (19.6 ppg) Larry Huston (16.4) and Dick Furry (11.5) but not much else. 

Of course that one year of pain was quickly forgotten as the 1959-60 season saw Jerry Lucas (26.3 ppg, 16.4 rpg), Mel Nowell (13.1 ppg) and John Havlicek (12.9 ppg), among others, join Siegfried in a march to the program's one and only national championship. 

OSU would make it to the title game each of the next two seasons but fall both times to Cincinnati. 


Fresh off a six-year stint at Western Michigan which produced the program's only MAC championship to that point, Miller took over for Taylor ahead of the 1976-77 season. 

Year one was a total dud as the Buckeyes went 9-18 overall and 4-14 in league play to finish 10th and obviously sat on the postseason sidelines. 

Kelvin Ransey was the star of Miller's first season (13.1 ppg) with an assist from Larry Bolden (11.8 ppg) and Terry Burris (11.0 ppg). 

Year two welcomed Herb Williams (16.7 ppg, 11.4 rpg) alongside Ransey (17.6 ppg) and another newcomer, Ken Page (12.3 ppg), to form a more formidable squad but the end result was still just a 16-11 overall mark which again fell short of any postseason bid. 

Miller would reach the NIT semifinals in year three but things finally clicked in year four as the Buckeyes reached the Sweet Sixteen after going 21-8 overall including a 2nd place finish in the B1G powered by Williams, Ransey, Clark Kellogg and Carter Scott. 


Dennis Hopson scored at-will in college.

After a four-year stop in Boston College, Gary Williams took over at Ohio State in time for the 1986-87 season. 

With Brad Sellers off to the NBA but Dennis Hopson still in the fold, year one of the Williams era saw the Buckeyes post a 20-13 mark and 9-9 in the B1G (6th) leading to an NCAA tournament appearance which ended in the 2nd round. 

Williams employed a hectic 94-feet of basketball mentality creating a new excitement in St. John Arena which quickly helped him earn love from the fans. 

One of only two OSU coaches to win at least 20 games in their first year, Williams struggled to build on the early success as year two produced an identical 20-13 mark but that was only good enough for an NIT berth ending in the finals while year three slipped to 19-15 and an NIT quarterfinals appearance. 

Williams split for his alma mater, Maryland, the following year. 

1989-90: RANDY AYERS

With Williams understandably leaving Ohio State just three years into his tenure, the school turned to Randy Ayers, giving him his first collegiate head coaching gig. 

Ayers went 17-13 in his first season including 10-8 in league action which led to an NCAA tourney bid ending in the 2nd round. 

Lucky for Ayers the cupboard wasn't bare upon arrival as a kid named Jimmy Jackson (16.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg) teamed with veteran pivot Perry Carter (15.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg), Alex Davis and Mark Baker. A slew of young kids still finding their way included names like Chris Jent, Treg Lee, Jamaal Brown and Bill Robinson. 

The next two years produced a Sweet Sixteen (27-4 overall) and a disappointing run to the Elite Eight (26-6 overall) along with a pair of B1G titles. 

Annnnnd then the wheels fell off (or maybe they were shot out) spectacularly over the next five years. The end. 

1997-98: JIM O'BRIEN

Michael Redd got buckets.

Again massaging that Boston College pipeline, Ohio State tabbed Jim O'Brien as the coach to clean up a program in shambles following Ayers' departure. 

With an almost entirely new starting five highlighted by Michael Redd's arrival, OSU went 8-22 overall and produced one league win in 16 tries. 

The following season, however, with Scoonie Penn now eligible post-transfer to team with Redd and the more-seasoned Ken Johnson and Jason Singleton, along with George Reese, the Buckeyes reached the Final Four. 

O'Brien would make the Dance each of the following three seasons but fail to get beyond the 2nd round before the program eventually slipped into dumpster fire status complete with NCAA penalties. 

While the public embarrassment sucked out loud, O'Brien's activities paved the way for something special.. 

2004-05: THAD MATTA

Most of you remember this era clearly. After arriving at Ohio State via Xavier, Matta took a team ineligible for postseason play to 20 wins including an upset of then No. 1 and undefeated Illinois in a program-defining win

Ohio State finished just 6th in the league that season (8-8) but Matta's guidance had lifted the clouds over the program brought on by O'Brien's misdeeds. 

Matta would reach the Dance's 2nd round in year two after capturing his first B1G title (26-6, 10-4) and year three was even better as the Buckeyes again won the conference championship (34-4, 15-1) and made it all the way to the NCAA title game before falling Florida. 


With just those aforementioned nine scholarship players on the roster, one of which recently shed his walk-on status, it's looking like year one of the Holtmann era will be a rocky ride.

That said, it's a necessary evil for a program hanging on for dear life before his arrival. 

With his assistants in place he just needs to find a new strength and conditioning guy after he chose to not to retain Matta leftover, Dave Richardson. 

While at least one prominent local beat reporter believes Richardson was a convenient fall guy, I couldn't disagree more. The logic from the reporter was that players who wanted to get stronger got stronger. My response to that would be do you think Urban Meyer's strength guy, Mickey Marotti, accepts that type of mind-set from a football player? 

Bottom line, year one will require a case of Rolaids but it should not define Holtmann's tenure based on existing factors and what we've seen from inaugural seasons of past coaches.

There's simply too much to fix.

          Arsonist sets fire to dumpsters in Springfield   
Firefighters hopped from one fire to the next.
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Address: Eastlawn And Mack Detroit, Michigan
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Parking lot with 5-6 chopped up cars strewn about seemingly at random. Eyesore.

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          Comment on Eric Jagielo by Evan3457   
That's right. And taken ahead of Jaiglo, two picks in front, was Billy McKinney, by the A's. And two picks in front of him was Hunter Harvey, by the O's. And the pick in front of him was Nick Ciuffo, a catcher hitting .218 in AA, by the Rays. And the pick in front of him was Jonathan Crawford, a SP, by the Tigers, since moved on to the REDS, and pitching to a 5.91 ERA in high-A ball. And 6 picks before that, the Pirates took Reese McGuire, a defense first catcher hitting .216 in his 2nd try at AA. And 3 before that, the Mets took Dominic Smith, a firstbaseman at Las Vegas who still doesn't have enough power to start in the majors And 5 before that, the Marlins took Colin Moran, a bat first 3rd baseman, who was traded to Houston and is now buried behind Bregman, Correa and Altuve. And the Indians took Clint Frazier with the pick before that one. And, at the top of that draft, at 1-1, the Astro took Mark Appel, and when they realized what a mistake they made, dumped in him along with 5 others (including Vincent Velazquez, who was the key piece) in a trade for Ken Giles, a talented but reasonably effective closer. ================================================ Of course, Jagielo wound up being one of the two key pieces in the trade for Aroldis Chapman (along with Rookie Davis). Chapman was, in turn, traded for Billy McKinney, picked two picks ahead of Jagielo. And Adam Warren, who the Yanks had traded to the Cubs to get Starlin Castro. Oh, and somebody named Gleyber Torres And then the Yanks re-signed Chapman for a large sum of money.

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          A trade war 'could threaten the success' of Trump's presidency but he might start one anyway   

China steel

Donald Trump is playing a dangerous game of chicken with international trade.

While he initially backed away from major protectionist campaign promises, including ripping up the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and naming China a currency manipulator, Trump and his top economic officials have kept up the "America First" drumbeat, insisting the United States has gotten a raw deal from a global trading system it played an enormous role in shaping. 

The latest point of attrition is steel, which has long been the subject of targeted trade disputes between the United States and China. Yet Trump’s aggressive negotiating tone carries a great risk that international trust will evaporate, narrowing rather than improving the wiggle room for fresh agreements.

"Protection is pernicious since it restricts imports and usually this triggers more counter restrictions," Richard Baldwin, professor of international economics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, told Business Insider.

In particular, Baldwin worries Trump’s evocation of national security concerns to justify the potential tariffs could have broader repercussions. Only 3% of US-made steel is used for military purposes.

"The National Defense clause however opens things up to basically unlimited protection and thus the Section 232 moves are potentially a new and dangerous development," he said. "This is not just more dumping duties of the type we’ve seen on steel for decades."

Caroline Freund, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (where I used to work), says she’s hopeful industry pressure and economic reality is forcing the Trump team to rethink its more draconian proposals, such as tearing up NAFTA.

"I think what they’re looking for is a voluntary export restraint agreement, where Canada and Germany and whoever say we volunteer not to export more, a self-enforced quota that’s agreed upon," she said. "The manufacturing industries are lobbying hard because steel is going to be even more expensive."

"The problem is they’ve antagonized other countries so much, especially after pulling out of the Paris [climate] Accord — you could have gotten there with a carrot rather than a stick, you had have a better chance at a deal," Freund added. 

Richard Haas, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, was clearly taking the Trump threat seriously.

SEE ALSO: Trump is waging a new kind of Cold War — and millions of jobs are on the front line

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          Comment on Podcast 113: Reclaim Your Dump Zones, a Hack for Making Tough Decisions, and Is Your Birthday Important to You? by Rita Hannon   
A demerit for me for only just getting to this podcast. One side of birthdays you didn't mention was gratitude. I don't ignore birthdays and I would also never throw my own party but... in 1999 my sister turned 55 in April, I turned 50 in May and in June she died of breast cancer. Actually 18 years to the day that I listened to this podcast. Many of my friends were in a tizz then about turning 50 and all I could think was Kathy would have given anything for more birthdays. I absolutely cherish each birthday I get to celebrate.
          Mind the Cracks Season: 1, Episode: 1 - Uncle   

Watch Mind the CracksSeason: 1, Episode: 1 - Uncle online: Failed slacker musician Andy, dumped by his girlfriend Gwen, is about to kill himself when his sister Sam rings and asks him to collect his nephew Errol from football practice. Andy takes Errol with him to the club run by Gwen's seedy, cross-dressing father in an effort to win her back but he fails. As Andy drives Errol home the pair bond as they appreciate that they are both misfits.

          How To Make A Chinese New Year-Worthy Potsticker   
Even though he estimates he's made hundreds of thousands of them, Scott Drewno says pork potstickers never get old. In fact, they are the food the executive chef of The Source by Wolfgang Puck, a fine dining Asian fusion restaurant in Washington, D.C., says he would take to a desert island. "They're everything you want in a dish — salty, savory, filling," says Drewno, as he lovingly holds up one of three bowls of ground pork he planned to season and stuff into dumplings before our eyes. The humble dumpling was traditionally prepared by families in northern China, sitting around tables late into the night before the start of the Chinese New Year. And while the Year of the Snake began last weekend, Chinese new year's celebrations traditionally last two weeks. So there's still time if you want to mark the occasion by trying your hand at dumplings this weekend. Drewno recently led a willing group of patrons through the sticky and twisty ways of folding dumplings at a class in honor of the
          Crazy Chocolate Cake   
It's National Chocolate Cake Day so whip up this wonderfully moist chocolate cake that's so rich it doesn't need frosting. Grab the kids and make it tonight. It's fun and easy to assemble with a unique no-bowl mixing technique. And it gets even wackier because the recipe calls for vinegar and no eggs. It's crazy delicious!

Crazy Chocolate Cake
No bowl required. Mix ingredients together in a 9”x 13” baking pan. No need to grease the pan. Preheat oven to 350°.

3 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons baking cocoa
2 cups white granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
Sift flour, cocoa, granulated sugar and baking soda into baking pan.

Make 3 wells in flour and add:
2 tablespoons vanilla
2/3 cup salad oil
4 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 cups water

Mix well with a fork. Bake for approximately 35 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar or frost as desired. Cake stays moist and fresh for several days. NO EGGS REQUIRED.
Quick Fluffy Frosting
1 cup white granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla or flavoring of choice
1 egg white

Dump all ingredients into glass or stainless mixing bowl. Add ½ cup boiling water. Start mixer and mix until the frosting will stand in peaks.

Both of these recipes can be successfully cut in half, although a half-size baking pan for the cake might be a challenge to find.

Valentine's Day
Sweet Apple Temptations and Pork Chops & Applesauce make thoughtful "You're Special To Me" gifts for moms, daughters, sisters and aunts.
Send a heart-filled cookbook today and I'll enclose a complimentary greeting card with your personal sentiment. Valentine's Day is my second highest sales day of the year, so don't delay.
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          Commerce Awards Grant for Williston State College Workforce Training Program   
By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced workforce enhancement grants for Williston State College (WSC) totaling $230,000. Workforce enhancement grants enable two-year colleges to apply for funds to help create or enhance training programs that address workforce needs of North Dakota’s private-sector employers. Projects require a dollar-for-dollar match of all state money with private funds. 

WSC received this grant to develop a “Safe P” training program and a “Well Sharp” training program. The Safe P training includes safety training for lease operators and pumpers to include dump, back pressure and stuffing box processes. The Well Sharp training will train employees at a drilling site on how to recognize, prevent and address well blow-out situations. WSC secured matching funds totaling $230,763 for the programs.  

“Companies continue to train current and future employees for high-demand positions for their industry,” Deanette Piesik, CEO of TrainND, a division of Williston State College. “Both programs allow individuals to upgrade their skills and knowledge to maintain well sites.” 

Grant funding may be used for curriculum development, equipment, recruiting participants, and training and certifying instructors. Funds may not be used to supplant funding for current operations. 

“The workforce enhancement grants help increase the capacity of our higher education institutions like WSC to provide a consistent stream of qualified workers educated right here in North Dakota,” said Wayde Sick, Workforce Development Director at the North Dakota Department of Commerce. “The partnership of industry, education, and state and local governments is needed to meet the developing workforce needs of North Dakota.” 

The Workforce Enhancement Council reviews all proposals and provides funding recommendations to the commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Commerce. The council consists of the private-sector membership of the North Dakota Workforce Development Council, the state director of the Department of Career & Technical Education, and the division director of the Workforce Development Division of the North Dakota Department of Commerce, who serves as the chair. 

The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services. 

For more North Dakota news and information go to www.NDCommerce.com.

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          NYC Diva Chris Nicolosi Returns to Feinstein's/54 Below   

Following his outrageous and mildly offensive album release show last November, pint-sized NYC diva Chris Nicolosi is strutting his way back to Feinstein's/54 Below in "I'M BACK BITCHES" on Tuesday, July 18th at 7:00pm.

With musical direction by Steven Cuevas (Kinky Boots Nat'l Tour), Mr. Nicolosi will perform a stunningly eclectic setlist of pop/funk/r&b covers from his debut LP "Down with the Flippy Floppies" which features songs by Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, and none other than the illustrious Hilary Duff.

But - STOP THE PRESSES - Chris will also premiere some ORIGINAL music. And we're not just talking about his acclaimed Dunkin Donuts "Cold Brew Jam" co-written with his comedy partner Roo McGoo. Oh no folks, Chris is breaking out into legit songwriting, and there is no turning back.

Will his storytelling rival that of Taylor Swift? Or will he go down in flames? Find out when Chris hits the stage with his funky band and special guests for a wacky and wild evening.

Tickets for "I'M BACK BITCHES" can be purchased at the following link: https://54below.com/events/chris-nicolosi-friendz-songs-key-stevie/

Chris Nicolosi is a Harlem based recording artist and comedian who released his debut album "Down with the Flippy Floppies" in November 2016. His singing comedy duo "The Dumpster Divas" perform a monthly show at Therapy in Hell's Kitchen.

          India Introduces New Low-Cost Genetic Screening Test To Reduce Genetic Disorders   
A novel genetic screening test called 'Claria Carrier screening test' has been launched by MedGenome, India. This test provides couples with a better

          End-of-season thoughts on the Capitals - The Beginning   
So that’s it.  It’s over.  For the first time since the spring of 2007, the Washington Capitals are not in the NHL playoffs.  It’s an odd feeling; one that I felt was inevitable at some point over the last three seasons, and now that it has, it’s quite empty.  But it’s here.  And now, it’s time to fix it.

Here are some (very early and preliminary) thoughts about this team and how to do just that.

I’m not going to go in to deep detail over what finally sunk this team to the level they are at right now.  I’ve written about their problems ad nauseam over the last three years but especially this year and by now, you know what did them in: bad possession, bad coaching, bad lineup decisions, and poor roster construction.  This is nothing new if you’ve read anything I have written over the last 24 months.
In reality, this team should have counted itself very lucky over the last two seasons, but particularly last year, to make the playoffs.  It was their failure to realize this that has ultimately led us to this moment.  Instead of being proactive and trying to fix a flawed team with deep issues, the cracks were papered over with rhetoric, public relations work, and t-shirts celebrating yet another Southeast Division Championship.

Now that the team has finally missed the playoffs for the first time since “the rebuild,” an opportunity has presented itself for real change.  This means several things, including but not limited to new people in charge, up and down the totem pole.  It means a new coach/coaching staff and a new general manager.  Names I would consider for each position, respectively: Guy Boucher, Peter Laviolette, Dan Bylsma/Barry Trotz (should they become available); Jason Botterill, Al Macisaac, Wayne Thomas, Joe Will.

Central to the next regime and whoever runs it will be a return to what made the Capitals successful between 2008 and 2011.  What made them successful was a team commitment to possession, constant attack, speed, and scoring.  The roster was flush with offensive talent and it had a coaching staff that believed in the elements of successful hockey in today’s NHL.  The results were wonderful.  Yes, I know – the team didn’t get it done in the playoffs.  That doesn’t mean they weren’t successful, or their strategy didn’t have merit.  They were, and it did.  It’s not a coincidence that the team has gotten progressively worse – and alarmingly so – since Bruce Boudreau was fired.  And how about those Anaheim Ducks?

On to personnel – the Brooks Laich situation is quite the pickle.  A beloved member of the franchise and among its most marketable and personable, Laich has been a mainstay on this team for the better part of a decade.  But now he’s hurt, has been for most of the last two seasons, and often struggles to produce even when he is healthy.  If he’s healthy, the Capitals would be well served to exercise their second compliance buyout on him.  If not, they would be well served to try and find a trade partner for a team trying to get to the cap floor (Laich has a no-trade clause, but it is only five teams long).  His cap hit, even when healthy, far outweighs his value at this point for a cap team.  That $4.5 million off the cap for the next three seasons would be great.

Get rid of the right wing logjam.  Tom Wilson shouldn’t have been on this team at all this season, but in limited action this season he has proven to be a very talented player with a lot of upside despite being historically buried to an almost comical level.  That means a right wing has got to go, likely in a trade.  Glancing at the depth chart, I could see a player like Troy Brouwer being flipped along with a prospect or a pick for defensive help.  Teams are likely to see Brouwer’s 20-plus goals and jump at it, willing to give up something sizable, like a young defenseman, in return.  The same could be said for Joel Ward.  Sell high, folks.

Re-sign Mikhail Grabovski.  This is basic.  Grabo has been injured for a lot of this season but when healthy has been as advertised by just about everyone outside of those in the Toronto mainstream media.  He could be a big piece going forward and plays an important position.  In conjunction with this, I’d also like to get Eric Fehr playing wing again and bring in another center.  If Toronto is still interested in dumping Nazem Kadri…

In order to keep Grabovski, Dustin Penner has probably got to go and Jaroslav Halak has definitelygot to go, simply because of numbers.  Penner is a fine player and deserved better here but I have a feeling that GMs will pay up for him.  Halak just isn’t needed.  He will require a multi-year contract at a dollar figure north of $4m a season.  No thank you.

In conclusion, this scratches only the surface.  There are a lot of things that need to be addressed here, and I didn’t even mention the biggest one in some new defensive players.  There is a lot of work to be done, and the next few weeks will be very interesting.

          THE TIES THAT BIND:   
The Time I Got Recruited to Collude with the Russians (Matt Tait  Friday, June 30, 2017, LawFare)

A few weeks later, right around the time the DNC emails were dumped by Wikileaks--and curiously, around the same time Trump called for the Russians to get Hillary Clinton's missing emails--I was contacted out the blue by a man named Peter Smith, who had seen my work going through these emails. Smith implied that he was a well-connected Republican political operative.

Initially, I assumed the query must have been about my work on the DNC hack; after all, few people followed my account prior to the DNC breach, whereas my analysis of the break-in at the DNC had received considerably more coverage. I assumed his query about the "Clinton emails" was therefore a mistake and that he meant instead to talk to me about the emails stolen from the DNC. So I agreed to talk to him, thinking that, whatever my views on then-candidate Trump, if a national campaign wanted an independent non-partisan view on the facts surrounding the case, I should provide it to the best of my ability.

Yet Smith had not contacted me about the DNC hack, but rather about his conviction that Clinton's private email server had been hacked--in his view almost certainly both by the Russian government and likely by multiple other hackers too--and his desire to ensure that the fruits of those hacks were exposed prior to the election. Over the course of a long phone call, he mentioned that he had been contacted by someone on the "Dark Web" who claimed to have a copy of emails from Secretary Clinton's private server, and this was why he had contacted me; he wanted me to help validate whether or not the emails were genuine. [...]

Over the course of our conversations, one thing struck me as particularly disturbing. Smith and I talked several times about the DNC hack, and I expressed my view that the hack had likely been orchestrated by Russia and that the Kremlin was using the stolen documents as part of an influence campaign against the United States. I explained that if someone had contacted him via the "Dark Web" with Clinton's personal emails, he should take very seriously the possibility that this may have been part of a wider Russian campaign against the United States. And I said he need not take my word for it, pointing to a number of occasions where US officials had made it clear that this was the view of the U.S. intelligence community as well.

Smith, however, didn't seem to care. From his perspective it didn't matter who had taken the emails, or their motives for doing so. He never expressed to me any discomfort with the possibility that the emails he was seeking were potentially from a Russian front, a likelihood he was happy to acknowledge. If they were genuine, they would hurt Clinton's chances, and therefore help Trump.

When he first contacted me, I did not know who Smith was, but his legitimate connections within the Republican party were apparent. My motive for initially speaking to him was that I wondered if the campaign was trying to urgently establish whether the claims that Russia had hacked the DNC was merely "spin" from the Clinton campaign, or instead something they would need to address before Trump went too far down the road of denying it. My guess was that maybe they wanted to contact someone who could provide them with impartial advice to understand whether the claims were real or just rhetoric.

Although it wasn't initially clear to me how independent Smith's operation was from Flynn or the Trump campaign, it was immediately apparent that Smith was both well connected within the top echelons of the campaign and he seemed to know both Lt. Gen. Flynn and his son well. Smith routinely talked about the goings on at the top of the Trump team, offering deep insights into the bizarre world at the top of the Trump campaign. Smith told of Flynn's deep dislike of DNI Clapper, whom Flynn blamed for his dismissal by President Obama. Smith told of Flynn's moves to position himself to become CIA Director under Trump, but also that Flynn had been persuaded that the Senate confirmation process would be prohibitively difficult. He would instead therefore become National Security Advisor should Trump win the election, Smith said. He also told of a deep sense of angst even among Trump loyalists in the campaign, saying "Trump often just repeats whatever he's heard from the last person who spoke to him," and expressing the view that this was especially dangerous when Trump was away.

          Running on Empty - Just Do It!   
In the middle of the night you hear it's joints popping. You sometimes hear the motor kick in. Water just isn't as cold as it was during summer.... Then your ice melts and refreezes. I cleaned the bottom grill and used the vacuum hose under it. I dumped a 32-ounce jar of Duke's mayo yesterday with a 7/21/13 expiration date. It was accompanied by whole wheat flour, panko bread crumbs, eggs and milk. Bottled water is just barely cooler than room temperature.

It's time to adm...
          SandstoneDb, Simple ActiveRecord Style Persistence in Squeak   

On Persistence, Still Not Happy

Persistence is hard and something you need to deal with in every app. I've written about what's available in Squeak, written about simpler image based solutions for really small systems where just dumping out to one file is sufficient; however, nothing I've used so far has satisfied me completely for various reasons, so before I get to the point of this post, let me do a quick review of my current thoughts on the matter.

Relational Databases

Tired of em, I don't care how much they have to offer me in the areas of declarative indexing and queries, transactions, triggers, stored procedures, views, or any of the handful of things they offer that I don't really want from them. The price they make me pay in programming just isn't worth it for small systems. I don't want my business logic in the database. I don't want to use a big mess of tables to model all my data as a handful of global variables, aka tables, that multiple applications share and modify freely. What I do want from them, transactional persistence of my object model, they absolutely suck at and all attempts to shoehorn an object model into a relational database ends up being an exercise in frustration, compromise, and cussing. I think using a database as an integration point between multiple applications is a terrible idea that just leads to a bunch of fragile applications and a data model you can't change for fear of breaking them. Enough said, on to more object oriented approaches!

Active Record

Ruby on Rails has brought the ActiveRecord pattern mainstream, which was as far as I know, first popularized in Martin Fowler's book Patterns Of Enterprise Application Architecture which largely dealt with all the various known methods of mapping objects to databases. Initially I wasn't a fan of the pattern and preferred the more complex domain model with a meta data mapping, but having written an object relational mapper at a previous gig, used several open source ones, as well as tried out several pure object databases, I've come to appreciate the simplicity and explicitness of its simple API.

If you have to work with a relational database, this is a fairly good compromise for doing so. You can't bind a real object model to a relational database cleanly without massive effort, so don't try, just revel in the fact that you're editing rows rather than trying to hide it. It works reasonably well, and it's easy to get other team members to use it because it's simple.

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" -- Leonardo Da Vinci

Other Approaches

A total OO purist, or a young one still enamored with patternitis, wouldn't want objects to save themselves like an ActiveRecord does. You can see this in the design of most object oriented databases available, it's considered a sin to make you inherit from a class to obtain persistence. I used to be one of those guys too, but I've changed my mind in favor of pragmatism. The typical usage pattern is to create a connection to the OODB server which basically presents itself to you as a persistent dictionary of some sort where you put objects into it and then "commit" any unsaved changes. They will save any object and leave it up to you what your object should look like, intruding as little as possible on your domain, so they say.

Behind the scenes there's some voodoo going on where this persistent dictionary tries to figure out what's actually been changed either by having installed some sort of write barrier that marks objects dirty automatically when they get changed, comparing your objects to a cached copy created when they were originally read, or sometimes even explicitly forcing the programmer to manually mark the object dirty. The point of all of this complexity of course, is to minimize writes to the disk to reduce IO and keep things snappy.

Simplicity Matters

What seems to be overlooked in this approach is the amount of accidental complexity that is imposed upon the programmer. If I have to open a connection to get a persistent dictionary to work with, I now have to store this configuration information, manage the creation of this connection, possibly pool it if it's an expensive resource, and decide where to hang this dictionary so I can have access to it from within my application. This is usually some sort of current session object I can always reach such as a WASession subclass in Seaside. Now, this all actually seems pretty normal, but should it be?

I'm not saying this is wrong, but one has to be aware of the trade-offs made for any particular API or style. At some point you have to wonder if we're not suffering from some form of technical Stockholm syndrome where we forget that all this complexity is killing us and we forget just how painful it really is because we've grown accustomed to it.

Sit down and try explaining one of your programs that use some of this stuff to another programmer unfamiliar with your setup. If you really pay attention, you'll notice just how much of the explaining you're doing has nothing to do with the actual problem you're trying to solve. Much of it is just accidental complexity for plumbing and scaffolding that crept in. If you spend more time explaining the persistence framework than your program and the actual problem it's solving, then maybe that's a problem you'll want to revisit sometime. Do I really want to write code somewhat like...

user := User firstName: 'Ramon' lastName: 'Leon'.
self session commit: [ self session users at: user id put: user ].

with all the associated configuration setup and cognitive load of remembering what I called the accessor to get #users and how I'm hashing the user for this or that class while remembering the semantics of what exactly is committed, or whether I forgot to mark something dirty, or would I rather do something more strait forward and simple like this...

user := User firstName: 'Ramon' lastName: 'Leon'.
user save.

And just assume the object knows how to persist itself and there's no magic going on? If I say save I just know it commits to disk, whether there were any changes or not. No setup, no configuration, no magic, just save the damn object already.

Contrary to popular belief, disk IO is not the bottleneck, my time is the bottleneck. Computers are cheap, ram is cheap, disks are cheap, programmer's time is usually by far the largest expense on any project. Something simple that just works OK but solidly every time is far more useful to me than something complex that works really really well most of the time but still breaks in weird ways occasionally, forcing me to dig into someone else's complex code for change detection or topological insertion sorting and blow a week of programmer time working on god damn plumbing. I want to spend as much time as possible when programming working on my actual problem, not fighting with the persistence framework to get it to behave correctly or map my object correctly.

A Real Solution

Of course, GemStone is offering GLASS, a 4 gig persistent image that just magically solves all your problems. That will be the preferred option for persistence when you really need to scale in the Seaside world, and I for one will be using it when necessary; however, it does require a 64 bit server and introduces the small additional complexity of changing to an entirely different Smalltalk and learning its class library. Definitely an option if you outgrow Squeak. But will you? I'll get into GemStone more in another post when I can get more into it and give it the attention it deserves, but my main point now is that there's still a need for simple GemStone'ish like persistence for Squeak.

Reality Check

Let's be honest, most apps don't need to scale. Most apps in the real world are written to run small businesses, what DHH calls the fortune five million. The simple fact is, in all likelihood scaling is not and probably won't ever be your problem. We might like to think we're writing the next YouTube or Twitter, but odds are we're not. You can make a career just replacing spread sheets from hell with simple applications that make people lives easier without ever once hitting the limits of a single Squeak image (such was the inspiration for DabbleDb), so don't waste your time scaling.

You don't have a scaling problem unless you have a scaling problem. Even if you do have an app that needs to scale, it'll probably need 2 or 3 back end supporting applications that don't and it's a waste of time making them scale if they don't need too. If scaling ever becomes a problem, be happy, it's a nice problem to have unless you're doing something stupid like giving away all of your services for free and hoping you'll figure out that little money thing later on.

Conventions Rule

Ruby on Rails has shown us that beyond making things easier with ActiveRecord, things often need to be made more structured and less configurable. Configuration is a hidden complexity that Java has shown can kill any chance for any real productivity, sometimes having more configuration than actual code. It's amazing how much simpler programs can get if you just have the guts to make a few tough choices, decide how you want to do things, and always do it that way. Ruby on Rails true contribution to the programming community was its convention over configuration philosophy, ActiveRecord itself was in use long before Rails.

Convention over configuration is really just a nice way of the framework writer saying "This is how it's done and if you don't like it, tough." The problem then of course becomes finding a framework with conventions you agree with, but it's a big world, you're probably a programmer if you're reading this, so if you can't find something, write your own. The only problem with other people's frameworks, is that they're other people's frameworks. There's nothing quite like living in a world of your own creation.

What I Wanted

I wanted something like ActiveRecord from Rails but not mapped to a relational database, that I could use with Seaside and Squeak for small applications. I've accepted that if I need to scale, I'll use GemStone, this limits what I need from a persistence solution for Squeak.

For Squeak, I need a simple, fast, configuration free, crash proof, easy to use object database that doesn't require heavy thinking to use, optimize, or explain to others that allows me to build and iterate prototypes and small applications quickly without having to keep a schema in sync or stop to figure out why something isn't working, or why it's too slow to be usable.

I don't want any complex indexing schemes to be necessary, which means I want something like a prevalence system where all the objects are kept in memory all the time so everything is just automatically fast. I basically just want my classes in Squeak to be persistent and crash proof. I don't need a query language, I have the entire Smalltalk collections hierarchy at my disposal, and I sure as hell don't need SQL.

I also don't want a bunch of configuration. If I want to find all the instances of a User in memory I can simply say...

someUsers := User allInstances.

Without having to first go and configure what memory #allInstances will refer to because obviously I want #allInstances in the current image. After all, isn't a persistent image what we're really after to begin with? Don't we just want our persistent objects to be available to us as if they were just always in memory and the image could never crash? Shouldn't our persistent API be nearly as simple?

Since I'm basically after a persistent image, I don't need any configuration; the image is my configuration. It is my unit of deployment and I've already got one per app/customer anyway. I don't currently, nor do I plan on running multiple customers out of a single image so I can simply assume that when I persist an instance, it will be stored automatically in some subdirectory in the directory my image itself is in, overridable of course, but with a suitable default. If I want to host another instance of a particular database, I'll put another image in a different directory and fire it up.

And now I'm finally getting to the point...


Since I couldn't find anything that worked exactly the way I wanted, though Prevayler was pretty close, I just wrote my own. It's a simple object database that uses SmartRefStreams to serialize clusters of objects to disk. Ordinary ReferenceStreams can mix up your instance variables when deserializing older versions of a class.

The root of each cluster is an ActiveRecord / OODB hybrid. It makes ActiveRecord a bit more object oriented by treating it as an aggregate root and its class as a repository for its instances. I'm mixing and matching what I like from Domain Driven Design, Prevayler, and ActiveRecord into a single simple framework that suits me.

SandstoneDb API

To use SandstoneDb, just subclass SDActiveRecord and restart your image to ensure the proper directories are created, that's it, there is no further configuration. The database is kept in a subdirectory matching the name of the class in the same directory as the image. This is a Prevayler like system so all data is kept in memory written to disk on save; on system startup, all data is loaded from disk back into memory. This keeps the image itself small.

Like Prevayler, there's a startup cost associated with loading all the instances into memory and rebuilding the object graph, however once loaded, accessing your objects is blazing fast and you don't need to worry about indexing or special query syntaxes like you would with an on disk database. This of course limits the size of the database to whatever you're willing to put up with in load time and whatever you can fit in ram.

To give you a rough idea, loading up a 360 meg database containing about 73,000 hotel objects on my 3ghz Xeon Windows workstation takes about 57 minutes. That's an average of about 5k per object. Hefty and definitely pushing the upper limits of acceptable. Of course load time will vary depending upon your specific domain and the size of the objects. This blog is nearly two years old and only has a few hundred objects varying from 2k to 90k, some of my customers have been using their small apps for nearly a year and only accumulated 500 to 600 business objects averaging 0.5k each. Load time for apps this small is insignificant and using a relational database would be akin to using a sledge hammer to hang an index card with a thumb tack.


SandstoneDb has a very simple API for querying and iterating on the class side representing the repository for those instances:


  • #atId: (for fetching a record by its #id)
  • #atId:ifAbsent:
  • #do: (for iterating all records)
  • #find: (for finding first matching record)
  • #find:ifAbsent:
  • #find:ifPresent:
  • #findAll (for grabbing all records)
  • #findAll: (for finding all matching record)

Being pretty much just variations of #select: and #detect:, little if any explanation is required for how to use these. The #find naming is to make it clear these queries could potentially be more expensive than just the standard #select: and #detect:.

Though it's memory based now, I'm leaving open the option of future implementations that could be disk based allowing larger databases than will fit in memory; the same API should work regardless.

There's an equally simple API for the instance side:

Accessors that come in handy for all persistent objects.

  • #id (a UUID string in base 36)
  • #createdOn
  • #updatedOn
  • #version (useful in critical sections to validate you're working on the version you expect)
  • #indexString (all instance variable's asStrings as a single string for easy searching)

Actions you can perform on a record.

  • #save (thread safe)
  • #save: (same as above but you can pass a block if you have other work you want done while the object is locked)
  • #critical: (grabs or creates a Monitor for thread safety)
  • #abortChanges (rollback to the last saved version)
  • #delete (thread safe)
  • #validate (for subclasses to override and throw exceptions to prevent saves)

You can freely have records holding references to other records but a record must be saved before it can be referenced. If you attempted to save an object that references another record that answers true to #isNew, you'll get an exception. Saves are not cascaded, only the programmer can know the proper save order his object model requires. To do safe cascaded saves would require actual transactions. Saves are always explicit, if you didn't save it, it wasn't saved, there is no magic, and you should never be left scratching your wondering if your objects were saved or not.

Events you can override to hook into a records life cycle.

  • #onBeforeFirstSave
  • #onAfterFirstSave
  • #onBeforeSave
  • #onAfterSave
  • #onBeforeDelete
  • #onAfterDelete

Be careful with these, if an exception occurs you will prevent the life cycle from completing properly, but then again, that might be what you intend.

A testing method you might find useful on occasion.

  • #isNew (answers true prior to the first successful save)

Only subclass SDActiveRecord for aggregate roots where you need to be able to query for the object, for all other objects just use ordinary Smalltalk objects. You DO NOT need to make every one of your domain objects into ActiveRecords, this is not Ruby on Rails, choosing your model carefully gives you natural transaction boundaries since the save of a single ActiveRecord and all ordinary objects contained within is atomic and stored in a single file. There are no real transactions so you can not atomically save multiple ActiveRecords.

A good example of an aggregate root object would an #Order class, while its #LineItem class just be an ordinary Smalltalk object. A #BlogPost is an aggregate root while a #BlogComment is an ordinary Smalltalk object. #Order and #BlogPost would be ActiveRecords. This allows you to query for #Order and #BlogPost but not for #LineItem and #BlogComment, which is as it should be, those items don't make much sense outside the context of their aggregate root and no other object in the system should be allowed to reference them directly, only aggregate roots can be referenced by other other objects.

This of course means should you improperly reference say an #OrderItem from an object other than its parent #Order (which is the root of the file they're bother stored in), then you'll ultimately end up referencing a copy rather than the original because such a reference won't be able to maintain its identity after an image restart.

In the real world, this is more than enough to write most applications. Transactions are a nice to have feature, they are not a must have feature and their value has been grossly oversold. Starbucks doesn't use a two phase commit, and it's good to remind yourself that the world chugs on anyway, mistakes are sometimes made and corrective actions are taken, but you don't need transactions to do useful work. MySql became the most popular open source database in existence long before they added transactions as a feature.

Here are some examples of using an ActiveRecord...

person := Person find: [ :e | e name = 'Joe' ].
person save.
person delete.
user := User find: [ :e | e email = 'Joe@Schmoe.com' ] ifAbsent: [ User named: 'Joe' email: 'Joe@Schmoe.com' ].
joe := Person atId: anId.
managers := Employee findAll: [ :e | e subordinates notEmpty ].

Concurrency is handled by calling either #save or #save: and it's entirely up to the programmer to put critical sections around the appropriate code. You are working on the same instances of these objects as other threads and you need to be aware of that to deal with concurrency correctly. You can wrap a #save: around any chunk of code to ensure you have a lock on that object like so...

auction save:[ auction addBid: (Bid price: 30 dollars user: self session currentUser) ].

While #critical: lets you decide when to call #save, in case you want other stuff inside the critical section of code to do something more complex than a simple implicit save. When you're working with multiple distributed systems, like a credit card processor, transactions don't really cut it anyway so you might do something like save the record, get the auth, and if successful, update the record again with the new auth...

auction critical: [ 
    [ auction
        acceptBid: aBid;
        save ] 
     on: Error do: [ :error | auction reopen; save ] ]

That's about all there is to using it, there are some more things going on under the hood like crash recovery and startup but if you really want to know how that works, read the code. SandstoneDb is available on SqueakSource and is MIT licensed and makes a handy development and prototyping or small application database for Seaside. If you happen to use it and find any bugs or performance issues, please send me a test case and I'll see what I can do to correct it quickly.

          13 April 2008 > Squeak Image Updated   

Just a quick notification that I updated my squeak image.

It's based on Damien Cassou's latest Squeak Dev Image (Squeak 3.9.1), an awesome base image with all the necessary goodies a developer needs. This image is a bit smaller than previous ones because I've taken Glorp out since I'm not currently using it anymore. I've also dumped the windows native fonts and use different default fonts due to my working from both Windows and Linux these days.

rST (Remote Smalltalk) is now loaded because I plan on experimenting with it a bit. OSProcess is part of my default setup as well, on the Linux side, it's quite useful.

          To Solve Gruesome Desert Mysteries, Scientists Become Body Collectors   
People are dumping corpses in the high desert of western Colorado. But those unloading bodies aren't criminal masterminds. They're scientists. And out here, the usual rules of human decay don't apply.
          Comment on 6 Ways Dumping Facebook Improved My Life by Brandon   
I have been debating on deactivating my Facebook account for a long time and have on multiple occasions deactivated it only to reactivate it a couple of days or a week later. The problems that I have with Facebook are similar to what I have heard from other users. There is just no meaningful interaction. Sure it's great to see people that you haven't seen from high school and maybe even grammer school but that is about the extent of the interactions.
          Daily Picdump [WEEKEND EDITION] (54 pics)   

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Function Install-WinRMAzureVmCert {
Downloads and installs the certificate created or
initially uploaded during creation of a Windows based
Azure Virtual Machine.
Downloads and installs the certificate created (or uploaded)
during the creation of a Windows based Azure Virtual Machine.
Running this function obtains and installs the certificate into
your local machine certificate store. Writing to the localhost's
cert store requires PowerShell to run elevated. Once the
certificate is installed, you can connect to Azure VMs using SSL
to improve security.
File Name : Install-WinRmAzureVmCert.ps1
Author : Thomas Lee - tfl@psp.co.uk
Requires : PowerShell Version 3.0, Azure module 8.12
Tested : PowerShell Version 5
.PARAMETER SubscriptionName
The name of the Azure subscription whose VMs you want to get
certificates from. Use quotes around subscription names
containing spaces.
.PARAMETER ServiceName
The name of the Azure cloud service the virtual machine is
deployed in.
The name of the Azure virtual machine to install the
certificate for.
Install-WinRmAzureVMCert -SubscriptionName "my subscription" `
-ServiceName "mycloudservice" -Name "myvm1"
[string] $SubscriptionName,
[string] $CloudServiceName,
[string] $VMName)

Function IsAdmin
Write-Verbose 'Checking user is an Admin'
$IsAdmin = ([Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal][Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent()).IsInRole([Security.Principal.WindowsBuiltInRole] "Administrator")
Write-Verbose "User is admin: [$IsAdmin]"
Return $IsAdmin

# First, ensure the user is admin and that the VM exists
if((IsAdmin) -eq $false)
Write-Error "Must run PowerShell elevated to install WinRM certificates."
If (-not (Get-AzureVM -ServiceName $CloudServiceName -Name $VMName))
Write-Error "VM $VMName does not exist."

# Pre-reqs OK so let's get started...
Write-Verbose "Getting WinRM Certificate for Service: [$CloudServiceName] and VMname: [$VMName]"
$AzureVM = (Get-AzureVM -ServiceName $CloudServiceName -Name $VMname).vm
$WinRmVmTp = $AzureVM.DefaultWinRMCertificateThumbprint
$AzureX509cert = Get-AzureCertificate -ServiceName $CloudServiceName -Thumbprint $WinRmVmTp -ThumbprintAlgorithm sha1
Write-Verbose "Found certificate with thumbprint: $WinRmVmTp"

# Now get cert into our cert store
# First create a temp file and dump the certificate data to it
$CertTempFile = [IO.Path]::GetTempFileName()
Write-Verbose "Using temp file: [$CertTempFile]"
$AzureX509cert.Data | Out-File $CertTempFile
Write-Verbose 'Temp file contains cert data'

# Create a certificate object from this file
$CertToImport = New-Object System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Certificate2 $certTempFile

# Now get the local machine's trusted root store
$store = New-Object System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates.X509Store "Root", "LocalMachine"
Write-Verbose "[$($store.location)] [$($store.name)] cert store found sucessfully"

# Now Add the cert object to the store
Write-Verbose 'Certificate written to store'

# And nuke the temp file
Remove-Item $certTempFile
Write-Verbose 'Temp file removed'
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          UWFi 'MOVING ON III' (7/3/91)   
Yuko Miyato v Tom Burton 

Pretty much nothing happened in the first five minutes of this. Like, at all. Burton walks around with his guard up and Miyato probes, but nothing connects, it's just Burton stalking him down and Miyato keeping him at arm's length. At one point Burton threw a series of knees and Miyato slipped and fell over, but it didn't even register as a knockdown. That was the extent of the action in those first five minutes. Then they get the 'five minutes passed' call and almost straight away Miyato starts winging leg kicks, which gets him a knockdown. Burton starts selling the leg by backing up and limping slightly, so he goes for his bread and butter (the takedowns) and actually hits a butterfly suplex. Finish was cool as well. It's not easy to make a powerbomb look like a shoot move unless you're Rampage Jacksoning your way out of a triangle choke, but this looked like Miyato got caught in the gut and buckled over, so Burton capitalised and drilled him. Burton isn't all that good really, but you can tell he tries and there's something easy to like about the big lug's enthusiasm.

Kiyoshi Tamura v Yoji Anjoh

Well this was tremendous. It's a total "underdog trying to step up to the plate" story and Tamura has the biggest chip on his shoulder the whole way through. Right at the start you see it when he dumps Anjoh a couple times and tells him to bring it. Anjoh will sometimes do something dickheaded and it just annoys Tamura and makes him even more desperate to prove himself at Anjoh's expense. He throws some slaps and you can tell it gets to Anjoh, because he responds by throwing brutal knees to the body in explosive flurries of annoyance at what this kid is doing. When he gets REALLY annoyed he pushes the envelope a bit and drops some super nasty knees across Tamura's head, and that leads to an awesome moment where Tamura repays the favour and Anjoh looks at him almost in disbelief. The nerve of this kid, who does he think he is? Anjoh grabs hold of Tamura's hair to prevent him from putting on a half crab, so Tamura drops the hold and just slaps him across the face. He knows how Anjoh is and he knows the last thing you can do is let him take liberties. It was a great dynamic and it ran through the whole match. Defensively this was a spectacular performance from Tamura. The speed on some of the ground exchanges was astonishing and Tamura would constantly roll out of or reverse situations that looked dangerous. When people talk about defensive wrestlers, at least in a shoot style context, the guy I think of as the bar setter is Fujiwara. I'm not saying Tamura is better, but at this point I think he's right on that same level, albeit in a different sort of way. Defensively Fujiwara was wily. He used all of his smarts along with the stellar ground game. He'd sometimes sucker guys in, and when he looked most vulnerable he'd completely flip the script and submit them, or at least use their fervor to finish the match against them in some way. With Tamura, it's his athleticism that's remarkable. His speed on counters, how he can wriggle free and instantly turn a position where he's almost caught in an armbar into a position that's advantageous. There were plenty examples in this, but the best might've been his escape from a front facelock straight into a go-behind. That probably doesn't seem terribly special just from reading about it, but it was breathtaking in execution and judging by the crowd response I wasn't the only one who was taken aback by it. Towards the end you could see him starting to tire, Anjoh's strikes to the body starting to wear him down more and more. He keeps on coming because he refuses to be denied and the crowd stay firmly behind him, but he was already fighting an uphill battle on the feet and it's tough to keep going on the mat when you've been kicked and kneed in the guts for fifteen minutes. You can have the strongest engine in the game, but that takes its toll. After the match Anjoh hangs around for a little while, because even a shithead like Anjoh can appreciate Tamura's effort. Real recognise real. Tamura had less than ten matches in his career at this point, btw. That's David Robinson averaging 24 and 12 in his rookie season level.

Kazuo Yamazaki v JT Southern

JT is by far the worst of the Americans Takada has brought in. It's difficult to bullshit your way through shoot style because if you can't do it properly then it's glaringly obvious, and it's already likely the hardest style in all of wrestling to work, so he really had no chance. At times Yamazaki looks disinterested because he knows he's saddled with an unenviable task and it's pointless to even try and make this compelling. Once or twice it looked like he might've considered taking liberties and just wasting JT, but then he'd reel back. Southern can't really do anything on the mat and his stand up is basically putting a shoddy guard up. Finish was kind of hokey. Maybe the ref' decided to be merciful.

Nobuhiko Takada v Tatsuo Nakano

This was another underdog v established star match, only where Tamura was a young prodigy looking for his first decent-sized scalp, Nakano is a lumpy little guy looking to somehow upset the ace. His task is just a little more daunting. He's an unassuming little dude and on the surface not hugely impressive, but you usually get fun character moments with Nakano and we got a couple in this. Takada brushed off a leg kick as if to say Nakano's shot was nothing to him, so the first leg kick Takada throws after that was met with the exact same response. Crowd picked up on this and they were solidly behind Nakano for the rest of the match. Nothing on the ground was amazing, but they had a few nice bits standing up where Nakano would try and take Takada's back for a throw. I liked Takada's attention to detail during those parts, leaning forward so Nakano couldn't use leverage, reaching between his own legs in case Nakano tried to shift his foot under there to try and roll Takada back for a takedown. When he tried that again Nakano dropped his grip on Takada's waist and reached up for the choke, which again got a pretty big pop.

Maybe the best show so far, even off the strength of Tamura/Anjoh alone. That's certainly the best match so far. Takada pairing up with Nakano in the main event was welcome as well. His opponents in the first two shows ranged from limited-yet-likeable to woeful, and Nakano might not be world class but he's a step above that.
          Illegal Dumping   
Address: 120 Craven St Vallejo, CA 94590, USA
Rating: 1

Looks like someone doesn't know what trash cans are and left this here.

          Easy Meatball Sliders Recipe! {Crockpot Crowd Pleaser}   

This Easy Meatball Sliders Recipe is packed with flavor and a real crowd pleaser! On the hunt for a quick and easy Crockpot Appetizer?  This Outrageously Easy Meatball Sliders Recipe is only 5-ingredients!! Just dump your meatballs in the Crock Pot and walk away, so so easy!  Crockpot Meatball Sliders are the perfect addition to your parties, and […]

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          Broncos Vs Seahawks Preview   
Before a preview of this Saturdays game let's get an update from Training Camp. Since the Broncos win against the Bears last Thursday the Broncos have had two days of camp and two days off.

Here is the report from those two practices.

Day 17
Safety Jim Leonhard (knee), safety Quinton Carter (hamstring and knee), wide receiver Tyler Grisham (knee), Danny Trevathan (ankle), fullback Chris Gronkowski (groin), defensive tackle Justin Bannan (calf) and tackle Ryan Harris (ankle) did not participate in Saturday’s practice. Cornerback Tracy Porter was held out of part of practice due to a hamstring injury.

In addition, Head Coach John Fox said linebacker D.J. Williams was excused from practice due to a personal reason.

Linebacker Keith Brooking was able to participate in practice wearing full pads for the first time since signing with the team. He took the majority of his reps with the second-unit defense.

Playmakers and Quick Hits:
Running back Ronnie Hillman, who didn’t play in Thursday’s preseason opener due to a hamstring injury, found plenty of space down the sideline during team drills. Quarterback Brock Osweiler rolled to his right and dumped off a pass to his fellow rookie, and Hillman raced up the field for a big gain.

Wide receiver Gerell Robinson made a couple of notable plays during practice, first leaping for a deep connection from quarterback Adam Weber. Later during red-zone work with quarterback Caleb Hanie, he caught a diving touchdown at the front of the end zone.

During 9-on-7 drills, defensive tackle Ty Warren stuffed a run at the line of scrimmage, drawing praise from the defensive sideline. Later in the drill, running back Xavier Omon busted a run up the middle, breaking several tackles and garnering cheers from the crowd in the process.

Caldwell was active during team drills, hauling in a sideline catch and then running the ball on an end-around on the very next play.

The defense had a big day at practice, generating a good amount of pressure throughout the session. Both Mitch Unrein and Jason Hunter nearly had "sacks," (keep in mind, quarterbacks are off limits), and linebacker Von Miller chased Manning out of the backfield on another play, forcing the four-time NFL MVP to throw the ball away.

Early in practice, the defensive line ran through a drill where one lineman acted as a running back and the other’s job was to make the tackle. Throughout, the linemen seemed to enjoy playing on offense just as much as making the big hit. Defensive tackle Sealver Siliga juked out defensive end Jason Hunter pretty badly, which inspired the rest of the group. Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson was next up with the football, throwing in a few stutter steps and yelling out "Mike Vick!"

Broncos alumni continue to head out to Dove Valley during training camp. Watching Saturday’s practice was former Broncos player-coach Jimmy Spencer. A cornerback in Denver from 2000-03, Spencer pulled double-duty in his final season in Denver, also handling assistant defensive backs coach duties.

Nicknamed "Teach," Spencer was Denver’s defensive backs coach one his playing days were over in 2004, and also served as assistant defensive backs coach again in 2005 and 2006.


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Day 18
The Broncos had this day off.

Day 19
After the team had a day off Sunday, the Broncos returned to the practice fields at Dove Valley at 10:35 a.m. Monday morning. The practice was originally scheduled to start at 2:20 p.m., but was moved up to avoid bad weather forecast for later this afternoon. The decision allowed the Broncos to practice in some of the most favorable conditions of camp, as it was 77 degrees with a light breeze blowing throughout practice. Here are some notes from the practice, which featured a number of big plays in the passing game.

Safety Jim Leonhard (knee), safety Quinton Carter (hamstring and knee), wide receiver Tyler Grisham (knee) and linebacker Danny Trevathan (ankle) did not participate in Monday’s practice. Linebacker Keith Brooking left practice with a hamstring strain.

Defensive tackle Ty Warren was excused from practice for personal reasons.

Linebacker D.J. Williams was back in pads after not attending Saturday’s practice, and defensive tackle Justin Bannan dressed out, marking the first time in a few practices that Bannan has participated.

Playmakers and Quick Hits:
In one-on-one drills, what looked like a completion to Decker was slapped out of his hands by Bailey near the sideline. Later in the drill, Decker broke free for a touchdown. During 7-on-7′s, Decker was able to get behind Bailey and haul in a deep post route for a long completion. Arguably the most notable play between the two happened when Decker got a step on Bailey on a go route during a team drill. Quarterback Peyton Manning’s pass dropped right into Decker’s hands. Decker’s momentum carried him up the hill near the sideline, and as Decker made his way back down, Bailey gave him a thumbs-up.

Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas enjoyed a big afternoon, making several highlight-reel catches. Thomas pulled in one touchdown reception during a red zone period on a fade route with cornerback Tracy Porter and safety Rahim Moore in coverage. A few plays later, Thomas hauled in another touchdown after faking to the outside and breaking back toward the middle of the end zone, where he was all by himself for the catch.

Another wide receiver who played well was rookie Gerell Robinson. Robinson made a nice catch near the sideline for a touchdown during the red zone drill. Later, during a team drill, Robinson leaped to make an impressive catch along the sideline for a substantial gain.

Quarterback Brock Osweiler used a pump fake to help freeze the defense, then fired a perfectly thrown pass to a streaking Julius Thomas, who made the reception in stride. After the play, Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio shouted to his defense, "Don’t fall for the pump!"

One of the best runs of the afternoon came from rookie running back Ronnie Hillman. Just one play after a scrum broke out during 9-on-7′s, Hillman took a carry designed to stretch toward the right sideline, stopped on a dime, and raced back toward the left side of the field, making it all the way to the end zone untouched.


Running Backs

Champ talks after Camp.

Broncos Vs Seahawks

Game Two of the preseason is against the Seahawks. It is expected that the lower roster players, the 2nd team and below will have more game time than last week. Therefore we are looking at some of those players on the bubble to step up and those that performed well last week to carry that performance over.

The number two quarterback is still up for grabs. This week we will probably see more of Hanie and Weber with a little Osweiler thrown in. If Weber and Osweiler outperform Hanie, he could be facing the chop.

For the running backs expect to see more Knowshon. Omon and JJ are hot on his heels and that last running back spot is looking like a tough fight. A great game by one of these guys could separate that player from the pack.

With Julius Thomas heating up at practice can he make an impact during the game? He will need to impress as does Green with Ingram having a good first game.

Receivers are looking pretty set but can either Jason Hill or Gerell Robinson push for the last spot.

We will see a heap of the back up O-Line during this game. I personally am hoping to see something out of Ryan Harris or Philip Blake.

Round two of Hunter vs Ayers gets underway, who will come out on top?

Wolfe should get some more work and I am looking forward to that. But look for big games from Siliga, Garland, Big Vick and Jackson.

Nate Irving, Mike Mohamed and Danny Trevathan. These three guys need to have solid games to keep Keith Brooking at bay.

For the corners I want to see more out of Squid and Bolden. Squid also needs to take more opportunity with his returns.

That is it from me, enjoy the game and Go Broncos! ~ Aussie.
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          Ring in Canada Day with Trudeau's best moments (and forget about Trump for a while)   

O Canada! it's a big day, eh?

To celebrate Canada Day 2017, which marks 150 years since the country's founding on July 1, 1867, please allow us to reminisce fondly on Justin Trudeau's year in the spotlight.

In the midst of America's own political dumpster fire, Canada's prime minister has captured hearts and inspired joy with his charming demeanor and undeniably adorable antics. We thank him for this.

SEE ALSO: Justin Trudeau, Sophie Turner, and the cast of 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' all ate oysters together. Sure.

Of course, we're aware that some of Trudeau's actions may also be not-so-coincidentally great photo opps, and there's no denying he's had some major Tru-don't moments, like the time he called Fidel Castro a "remarkable leader."  Read more...

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We are getting dumped on (at least for our zone 7b area)! Accumulation at present is 6 inches. That is A LOT for us; we usually don't get more than an inch. The falling snowflakes are getting bigger as the afternoon goes on! Yikes!
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Matt Tait, Lawfare: [R]ight around the time the DNC emails were dumped by Wikileaks -- and curiously, around the same time [Donald] Trump called for the Russians to get Hillary Clinton's missing emails -- I was contacted out the blue by a man named Peter Smith, who had seen my work going through these emails. Smith implied that he was a well-connected Republican political operative. ... Over the course of a long phone call, he mentioned that he had been contacted by someone on the "Dark Web" who claimed to have a copy of emails from Secretary Clinton's private server, and this was why he had contacted me; he wanted me to help validate whether or not the emails were genuine.
          The Peril of Taking Bad Advice   
The story is not so much about the letter-writer, Easily Swayed. It is not so much about Polly’s response, which is not worth the time or the trouble. What interests me in this story, which I will report in detail, is that a young woman was swayed, influenced, pushed and nudged out of a good and loving relationship… for reasons that make no sense to her or to us.

So, the story is about peer pressure and about advice columnists, like Dear Sugar—and No, I haven’t read it—that promote an attitude that hurts women. It hurts women by undermining good relationships in order to push these women to become independent and alone and in therapy. Peer pressure tells young women that they must not marry before their careers have blossomed. In that way they can be looking for husbands in their mid thirties and look forward to having toddlers running around the house when they are promoted to the executive suite. What is wrong with this picture?

It doesn’t matter. The narrative influences people and breaks up perfectly good relationships. We do not know whether ES’s relationship was one of them. She thinks that it was. She ends up thinking that she made the mistake of a lifetime. Polly gets it, even though she still thinks, lamely, that it’s a question of how badly ES wants her ex.

Polly writes:

You can’t come to love out of fear or desperation or depression. You have to come to love from a place of strength. If you feel solid and not neurotic and you’re letting your feelings flow and you STILL WANT YOUR EX in every cell and you know he’s the one for you, a million times better than every dumb guy you are forced to date, then go to him. But as far as I can tell, you’re not there yet.

Yes, it feels like a risk. But every day alive on this planet is a risk. Your big challenge right now is not to decide about your ex. Your big challenge is to learn to become calm and present and even invigorated by the giant risk of being alive.

When you made a huge mistake you will be suffering from serious mental anguish. You do not have to puff up your strength and do more therapy to recognize the mistake. As far as I can tell ES is there, right now. Why is Polly telling her not to try to rectify her error? The last paragraph is psycho-blather, an embarrassing piece of silliness. ES’s challenge is to accept that she made a mistake and to beg for forgiveness.

Now, in case you are curious about the true story, here is Easily Swayed’s letter, excerpted:

I started dating my boyfriend when I was 23 and he was 22, and we had six lovely years together — some long-distance, some in the same city. He was my first real relationship, but I mostly felt a deep sense of contentment, surety, and love during our time together. We moved in together last year, and I soon began having doubts about whether I was ready to settle down, whether I should have more life experiences on my own, and whether I could be happy being with him for the rest of my life.

For reasons that escape me, young women are being told that they must accumulate a series of life experiences—meaning what, exactly?—before settling down. In truth, if a young woman finds a man she loves who would make a great husband, why delay? In order to have a few more hookups while being blackout drunk? In order to develop some good singles routines before trying to establish couples routines?

Anyway, ES made a decision based on an advice column. Generally speaking this is a bad idea, not because all of these columns offer bad advice—some do, some don’t—but because the columnists rarely know enough to grasp the complexity of the situation. 

ES continues:

And, after months of research and swimming through doubts, I deduced that the prevailing advice seems to be the line from Dear Sugar: Wanting to leave is enough.

Apparently, ES is also a reader of Ask Polly, so she credits Polly too:

So I did it. I took everyone’s advice — yours, Sugar’s, the myriad of commenters on those message board-threads — and followed my gut. I packed up my stuff and moved out of the apartment we shared, and I haven’t talked to him in four months. It’s the bravest, most disruptive thing I’ve ever done in my peaceful, easy life.

Now she is doing what the columnists think that she should be doing. And naturally, she is going to therapy and learning all kinds of truths about how she is easily influenced:

On the one hand, things are going well. I’m dipping my toe into dating for the first time, really — an adventure! I’m living with two of my best friends in a great new neighborhood. I’m journaling, going to therapy, exercising, and enjoying my wonderful friends and great job. Most importantly, I no longer have that cloud of crushing guilt hanging over my head when I come home at night. I’m glad I don’t have to wonder about, or long for, something unknown any more.

She has the life that they were all telling her that she should have. How’s that working out?

But intense regret keeps washing over me. I miss him so terribly, and I don’t understand why I couldn’t stick it out and fix what was wrong — or even what was wrong in the first place. I’ve heard from friends that this has been incredibly hard for him, and that really truly kills me. We had a very loving separation, and I feel like I want to be with him when I’m older, but I’m not ready for the commitment of what he represents. And trusting in “fate” to help us out down the line is scary. I don’t get why my feelings changed so quickly after years of happiness and a settled knowledge that he was the one for me. It’s not even that I’m scared of not finding someone else — if he’s not it, I’ll be fine. But this relationship was so special and pure and loving and supportive and truly, truly good — I’d be surprised if I find something that comes close in my lifetime, or makes me feel as safe.

After the de rigueurassertion that she has learned so much from therapy, ES gets to the heart of the matter.  She did something stupid, something is not in her own interest, because she allowed herself to be played.

I can already tell that I’m learning important things about myself and facing some hard truths. What I can’t get over is the thought that he could be gone forever, that I’ve hurt him so deeply. I keep thinking maybe there was a chance I could have grown into some of these truths while preserving the relationship, and I’m obsessing over the thought that I destroyed something so important just to date around and have some more years of singledom. Some of the things that were making me so miserable being in the relationship now truly seem so trite, maybe a symptom of personal change rather than a sign of anything wrong with us. If my loving, lasting, peaceful, happy relationship with an insanely generous, handsome, funny, caring, and forgiving man could be demolished by me having a couple of months of doubts and soul-seeking, how the fuck am I supposed to commit to anyone? 

She concludes:

When I think about him, I can feel my heart still breaking. I want children with this man, I want to grow old with him and die with him, but I need to grow apart for some reason I can’t explain. Where do I go from here? Should I not have followed everyone’s advice?

She might not be able to explain why she has made such a mess of things, but the clear answer is that she succumbed to peer pressure and listened to bad advice columnists.

          Dyski osiągają większe temperatury niż procesor?   

@PZwitam pisze:

Nie wiem dlaczego ale dyski osiągają większe temperatury niż procesor nwm czym to jest spowodowane zasilacz funkcjonuje ale wydaje tak jak wcześniej dźwięki zbierania energii na cewce(ale to szczegół) ale wcześniej mając inny monitor to wszystko działało bez zarzutu a tu jak się dysk przegrzeje to pokazuje się dump bluescreen i czekać aż się ochłodzą te dyski wspomnę że pin od włączania komputera jest tylko wpięty(bo wujek google wspomniał że dioda może być tym problemem ale to na nic) :confused: chodzi mi ludzie o poradę co zrobić by wyeliminować takowe przegrzanie

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Thanks to the generosity of a friend, and the newest treasure to be added to my insanity of crafting tools, I have been doing a lot of research on how to get started in the new-to-me art form of weaving. Along the way, I've found some amazing blogs, chat groups and other resources, not to mention some wonderfully patient people in some of my other crafting groups that have been great about answering questions and pointing me in the right directions for more information about my particular loom. I am still terribly overwhelmed but feel like I am at least moving in the right direction now! :) It's amazing how many weavers there are out there and like knitting, is not the dying art that I thought it was! It seems to me, you just have to know where to look! :)

While getting started in my search, I threw out the question to one of the Waldorf groups that I belong to and I asked if there were any weavers in the group. That thread led to a conversation with a gal (who I consider to be a lost long friend now, although we've never met yet!)  about how I got into spinning and how this loom came to be mine. She made a simple comment about wishing she'd be gifted a spinning wheel someday with an "lol" and the conversation went on its way about more fiber related topics. As soon as I saw her comment it was like there was a large floating light bulb hovering above my head and the electricity just made it's connection. If I had been a cartoon I imagine it would have been a comical moment! :) 

You see, I had bought some vintage books from this gal, and she had purchased some wood toys from me... and we had conversed about Waldorf groups in PA after she noticed my picture of downtown Pittsburgh thinking that I lived there too (I had taken it on a recent trip)... so I knew that she was from PA also so I took a stab in the dark and asked what part! The stars aligned and she was about 1 1/2 hours from my mom! Perfect! Again, a cartoon moment would have been a view inside my brain to see the gears turning and another light bulb moment! 

You see, a few years ago, when I decided I wanted to take the leap and get a spinning wheel, my mom was gifted one on my behalf from a friend of hers that had rescued a wheel from a dumpster! Gasp!!! I know, who could possibly do such a thing!!?! Right? Right about the same time, I happened on to mine and while I would have loved to have had the one from my mom, we live on opposite sides of the country! The shipping to get it here would have been more than I paid for mine here!

To make a long story short... I got my mom and my long lost friend in touch with each other via chats on Facebook, they were able to meet up half way and that poor neglected spinning wheel has finally found its way to its forever home!! This gal kept sending me emails of thanks and how excited she was but really I think I was just as excited as she was!! I have felt terrible that the wheel has been sitting in my mom's basement just taking up space but couldn't bring myself to have her get rid of it considering she didn't know anyone that would give it the love that it so truly deserved. So instead... it just sat... The thought that I could pay it forward the kindness and generosity that had been paid to me in the form of a weaving loom absolutely made my day!! 

A week or two later, while checking the mail, we received a mailer that I wasn't expecting... but I recognized the return address label to be from PA... now here's the freaky part...
Inside that mailer was the sweetest heartfelt thank you card and these two vintage books. She already knew of my love of vintage books but she had NO IDEA about my collection of Little Golden books or my youngest's obsession with Eloise Wilken (the artist in the book)... and there is no way of her knowing that we also collect the books in "The True Book" series! As I pulled the books out of the envelope, my two girls were clammering to get over the seats yelling "Let me smell them! Yes, I have done my job when they rate there books on whether or not they smell old!  lol When I told her about it she said that it was Seredipity (one of my favorite words!!) and that we were are kindred spirits... Funny how two people can connect and form a friendship with an entire country between us. 

As I read her reply about us being kindred spirits, it made me think of Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables  

"Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world"

Life Lessons from Anne of Green Gables

          When God is your realtor...   
Since the 5th of April our lives have been a total blur...sometimes I still have a hard time computing everything that has gone on and even more so fully realizing how very blessed we have been...how did we ever get to this place where we are and what are we supposed to be doing now? But maybe I'm getting ahead of myself....

It all started like any other fairly normal day. Hubby just happened to be off that day and we ended up having to take our husky in to the vets for a limp in her leg that had just started in the middle of the night. We got the blow that she was going to need knee surgery ($$$) and had come home to call and tell my mom about it. We were still talking to her on the house phone when I got a call on my cell phone from the property manager of our house. I excused myself from my mom for a minute and took the call that would end up changing life as we knew it.... He said it so fast and so matter of fact that I didn't even comprehend what he was saying... the owners of our house were coming back to the states and were moving back into their house by June 1st!! WHAT?! THEIR house? WHAT house?! THIS house?! After a split second, the news set in and I instantly started to cry... that poor man on the other end of the phone! lol He said that he was trying to give us as much notice as he could, which was nice considering we thought we had another 2-3 years in this house!  I quickly hung up with him and got back on the phone with my hubby and mom but I'm afraid I gave them both quite the scare as I know I was having trouble taking a deep breath and pretty much just fell to the floor in a pile of tears while I tried to explain to them what was going on! lol Looking back, I feel pretty silly for reacting that way but at the time I felt like the sky was falling and there was no solid ground around us...

After the shock of it set in, and the tears started to dry up (and I'm talking about a matter of maybe 20 minutes) we were out the door and in town looking at rentals. This all happened about 2 pm and by 5 we'd looked at about 3 houses! We literally hit the ground running!! :)

I can remember feeling the panic, the fear of what was going to happen to us, to our girls, to our animals (2 dogs, 3 cats, 20+ chickens and 40 more in the incubator!!) and just thinking that there was no way we were going to find a place that would allow our crazy family to live the country life that we were so blessed to have. I just knew we were going to have to settle and would end up losing what we've been working so hard to build up.

We had just put in 4 raised beds (two of which were planted) and had a DUMP TRUCK load of wood chips delivered to the house TWO days before!!! lol
I had images of us having to live in our travel trailer again on some empty plot of land... or worse.... live in town! :)  That night, we were just numb. I know we watched a movie but I can't for the life of me remember what it was... I just sat all night looking at house listings and combing Craigslist for a rental that we could live with. I found I think three that we were going to call on in the morning, one of which seemed WAY too good to be true for the price but only time would tell.

My husband woke up before me, and was ready to get started again on the great house hunt 2013 so he looked up the address for the to good to be true house and decided to do a drive by before we bothered to even call. He was back to the house shortly after 8am and I was only able to hold him off till 8:45 before he called about it. The man on the other end of the phone said we could come by at 10 and I don't think I've even taken so fast of a shower and we were ready to go!!

You may be wondering about my title for this entry... But when God is your realtor there is no question about where you are supposed to be!! 20 hours from the time we got the call till the time we saw our new home... that could only be God! God is SO GOOD!!

This house was made for us... it was started in 1921, and later added on to in 1979. The setting is this amazing view, and more trees than a person could ever count.


 He thought of every possibly thing to make this location perfect for us...

right down to the blue berry bush in the garden, the grape vines out back and the fenced in garden with raised beds in place...

the entire property is surround by blackberries and the view... the view will take your breath away...
So many people just shake their heads when we tell them this story and they ask how we could find such a treasure at all, let alone in less than a day? I've had friends that reacted with unkind words about the owners of our previous house, and I have to just tell them, that it was God... no matter how much I thought I loved our old house, I could have never imagined how wonderful this one could be or what a total blessing this change could be....
Before we left to see our would be new house, on that fateful morning... my husband and I stood holding hands in what was soon to be our old kitchen and prayed... we prayed that if this house was the right house for us in God's plan that we would see that and not just jump on it thinking that it was in OUR plan... there was not a moment of that day that God didn't have a hand in  and I am so completely grateful and humbled by his love for us...
Matthew 6:31-33
So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?' These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (NLT)

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"Also, does Watson demand that we all live in Classical or Baroque cities? NO, he does not, but building new places in traditional style would be an expensive proposition" That is why it is so stupoid to tear down older row houses, etc. Plenty of these were show in Watson's clips. It is absurd to charge that he says we shouild all live in "baroque cities." There is a limited number of these, for starters, and they are indigenous to Europe, not to the USA. But plenty of great old buildings have been torn down everywhere to make wasly for monstrosities, both residential and otherwise. Far better to rehab. Another point: In the old days a large portionof the value of construction was in the materials. N ow it is in labor. Thus it is almost unavoidable that new structures will be made of inferior materials. Huge swathes of US cities, and the cohesive neighborhoods in them, were demolished in the name of "urban renewal." Which came to be called "urban removal." Watson mentions Boston City Hall. I lived in Boston in the era when Scollay Square and the old West End were destroyed to make way for monstrosities and high-rises. The communities of the dense West End neighborhoods were scattered far and wide. Old theatres in Scollay Square were destroyed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scollay_Square (great photos here) "The city offered to give any demolished materials to anyone who could load and take away a full dump truck load. The materials included street paving blocks (Belgian blocks quarried in Quincy), granite, lintels, and bricks." I have to agree with pretty much every word of Watson's. I think the video clips of the TED talk might be James Howard Kunstler. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1ZeXnmDZMQ Kunstler has a great feature at his blog called "Featured Eyesore of the Month." http://kunstler.com/featured-eyesore-of-the-month/ In fact, I think quite a bit Watson's presentation is derivative of Kunster. Which is OK. Any way to connect more dots with new audiences is fine by me. But I don't think he mentioned Kunstler. Katherine He has a great feature at his website:
          The latest httpd-2.4.26-x86_64-1_slack14.2.txz update = mod_mpm_event error   
After updating httpd using slackpkg, apache now dumps this in the error log when I try to start it: Code: --------- httpd: Syntax error on line 151 of /etc/httpd/httpd.conf: Cannot load...
          Livro ensina a analisar pacotes como um profissional de segurança   
Aprenda a analisar os pacotes capturados em sua rede com o Wireshark, o sniffer mais propular do mundo.

É fácil capturar pacotes com o Wireshark, independentemente de ser com ou sem fio. Mas como você pode usar esses pacotes para entender o que está acontecendo em sua rede? Atualizado para incluir o Wireshark 2.x, o livro Anáise de pacotes na prática ensina você a compreender os pacotes capturados para que seja possível resolver melhor os problemas de sua rede.

Este livro cobre IPv6 e SMTP, traz um capítulo sobre os analisadores de pacote eficazes de linha de comando tcpdump e TShark e um apêndice sobre como ler e referenciar valores de pacote utilizando um mapa de pacotes também foram incluídos.

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          CDL Driver Class B - St. Andrews Public Service District - Charleston, SC   
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          Holiday Art Dump!   
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Artist: fablespinner
Genre: Holiday Themed Soft Yaoi
(It's been a long time since I posted. O_o I've had art block. Insomnia the past week took care of that...)

Norway GOD JUL
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Saucy Santa
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GerIta Christmas Mistletoe
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Christmas Libations
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Festive Eesti
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Nederland x Norge
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Age of Vikings - DenNor
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Merry FrUking Christmas
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Happy Saturnalia
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          Comment on Best Sushi Place In Redding? by สุดยอดการทำงาน “สุด Fail” ที่มีคนเคยทำไว้ – thaitechnewsblog   
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          Taking Stress and Depression Out of Your Holiday Traditions   

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care in hopes that St. Nicholas soon will be there. But Mom is stressed out about hosting the holiday dinner and fulfilling the family gift list, while Dad is buried at work delivering last-minute projects for the end of the year. As depression and stress may be settling into your household for a long winter’s rest, you might be finding yourself with little to no holiday joy or delight in sight.

If the Grinch is stealing your family’s holiday spirit this year, there’s still time in the season to warm your hearts by replacing the negative characters of stress, depression and unhappiness with positive attitudes, a healthy perspective and holiday cheer.

Focus on the Reason for the Season

The holidays can be a stressful time for many people when perspectives get out of whack and responsibilities weigh you down. To keep your holiday spirit on track, take a few minutes out of your busy schedule each day this month to reflect on the origin of the holiday you celebrate and share the true meaning of the holidays with your family’s younger generation. Something as simple as reading a nightly holiday story with your children or grandchildren, baking cookies for your family, friends and neighbors, or participating in illumination traditions can help you and your family get back to your holiday roots while spending quality time with each other.

“The holidays are supposed to be enjoyable, not stressful,” says Brittany Valdes-Pages, massage therapist at Elements Centennial. “I think people get too caught up in doing this and doing that. It’s important to remember that life is supposed to be happy and the holidays are supposed to be a happy time in your life focused around family, food and loved ones.”

Positive Attitudes Lead to Positive Results

It’s easy to get down in the dumps during the holiday season as bills pile up, personal and professional commitments wear you thin and unreasonable expectations take over your life. This time of year it's more important than ever to give yourself a break and carve time out of your busy schedule to relax and unwind. When you take care of yourself you not only feel good about who you are, but your positive attitude will radiate with everyone you come into contact with at home, work or social gatherings.

“When people make a commitment to take care of themselves, it gives them a more positive mentality that affects all areas of their life,” shares Valdes-Pages.

Massage therapists from across the country like Valdes-Pages and Colleen O’Connor, therapist and studio owner at Elements Louisville East, find that the best way for their clients to get away from it all and relieve their stressful lifestyle, especially during the busy holiday season, is to schedule regular massages.

During a massage session, you can virtually escape from the outside chaos and noise that fills your daily life. There aren’t any phones in the room, no e-mail, no pinging, no demands from your children. It’s just you closed off from the stresses and obligations of the world, relaxing on a comfortable and warm table, and a therapist whose sole purpose is to pay attention to just you.

“There are very few times in the life of an adult where the sole focus is on you,” shares O’Connor. “In a massage room, that is one of those few times where it’s all about you. There’s a lot of comfort in that. As an adult, it is so rare, but so necessary.”

“Massage is about much more than healing the body,” adds Valdes-Pages. “It’s about healing the mind, body and spirit. I have clients who experience emotional releases during a session because they’ve been storing up their emotions for so long. In these instances, massage can be really beneficial for releasing emotional baggage.”

Celebrate What You Love

Life can get complicated really fast during the holidays. Keep it simple by going back to the basics and focusing on only what you truly love.

Instead of trying to do everything and being everything for everyone, pick one or two things that really matter to you and your family during the holidays and focus on making the most out those traditions and experiences. Don’t worry about missing out on the big events, parties or activities of the season, but rather enjoy all of the small occasions you plan with your family and friends by making the most out of your holiday experiences.  Laughter, gratitude and being passionate about what you love can be some of the best medicine for combatting stress and releasing all of the emotions that you carry around with you throughout your day and during the holiday season.

Don’t let the stress and tension that can typically be associated with the holidays bottle up inside you. Before your emotions cloud your holiday spirit, find healthy outlets like massage to defuse any negativity you’ve been storing and keep your perspective in check by focusing on what truly makes you happy this holiday season. Take back the positive attitudes and healthy holiday cheer that the Grinch likes to steal around this time of year by having a wonderful holiday season full of smiles that span from ear to ear.

          Fyre Festival Founder Arrested And Charged With Fraud, Faces Up To 20 Years In Prison   
The complete and utter dumpster fire that was the Fyre Festival has caught the watchful eyes of U.S. government. The chickens may have come home to roost because one of […]
          Comment on Millita breakbarrel rifle: Part 1 by Chris USA   
Halfstep, Very good question. First,.. go high upon a mountain and meditate for 24 hrs. No food, no water. It is best to choose a mountain on which there are no meat/people eating carnivores, lest you fall asleep. If there are no mountains in your nearby vicinity, a small hill in your backyard will work in pinch. ( Just be ready to have a good explanation ready to pull out for when the neighbors ask, "What the heck were you thinking?" ) If you survive the night, you will pretty quickly realize that all of that minimalist stuff, is a pure load of crap,... or,...you will like it. ;) The 2nd explanation is to not have much as a kid. Then,.. as an adult,.. and if all goes well,.. you find yourself with more income coming in, than going out. There should big stop signs in a persons life when they arrive at that point. At least big caution signs. This is a fork in the road and one should pause and consider their options carefully. Continue with one's frugal ways that got them to that point?,... or,.. Dump the brakes and go whole hog on getting everything you never had? ;) Of course, most of us have experienced something in between. For me, moving a time or two will make you think real hard on what is important to keep/collect. Plus, that is money that you will likely never get back. And, you might realize that the money could have been spent better elsewhere. (like on a bigger toy) Each to their own and live and learn. Be happy though. It does not hurt to seek the advice of an "Ol' Timer" now and again as well. For whatever reason, I always did that,.. and while I could have turned out better,.. I did not turn out half bad. As for how to keep the wife happy? Maybe consider a "She gets that, and I get this" type of scenario? Sure,.. it cost more, but it may keep the peace at the same time. Not keeping the peace can cost a whole lot more. That is all the advice I got for ya' Bud. Chris :) and a big ;)
          Comment on "Sleeping in a dumpster more comfortable" than Zaha Hadid-designed hotel room says Moby by black out   
I really don't see anything wrong with that room in the picture. Maybe I'd put a few colour accents, but I understand how someone would like everything white/monochrome. I'd much rather be there than a "mid-century Scandinavian ski-lodge" dropped in the middle of California. Pretentious hipsters trying to paint themselves as evolved and wise, only come off as regressive and stuck in the past with comments like these. Honestly, it's like listening to my grandma talking about "back in my day".
          Pådrag vid hamnen i Malmö – dykare sökte i vattnet   

Polis och räddningstjänst larmades till Hullkajen i Malmö efter att någon sett en bil dumpa något i vattnet.

– Det enda som dykare fann var en betongsugga på botten, säger Torbjörn Krokström, inre befäl vid Räddningstjänsten Syd.

          Thunderstorms dump several inches of rain on Central Florida   

A batch of strong thunderstorms has some of Central Florida under a flood advisory, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne.

Meteorologists say 3 or 4 inches of rain is possible during the storms as they move through the region, which could lead to minor flooding in the low-lying...

          service YP.com   
Since the county made some changes to save money, the trash service has gone "in the dumpster" too. They won't pick up all your trash, miss weeks and won't give you a discount on the bill even though they don't pick up your trash. If you don't have the can put in a perfect position by the road, your trash will not be picked up. The truck driver is NOT going to get out of the truck for ANY reason. He don't care if he drops trash all over your yard or puts your can in the ditch when he drops it. They blame the service on the county making changes to save money but it really is just VERY lazy and poor employees. I would give a lower rating if it would let me. I would not recommend them to anyone. If I could get away with it, I would burn all my trash or anything just so I wouldn't have to deal with them anymore.
          Obama: no pipeline is needed. It is safer to transport by train   
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Great man with great intellect.
          Meet Beth Ellyn Summer in this Debut Author Spotlight   
Debut Author Spotlight from @JLenniDorner on @OpAwesome6

At First Blush

It's time to kick off summer with debut author... Beth Ellyn Summer!

1- Did #TeamCoco ever say something funny to you, and would you share it with us please?

Conan was always funny and kind in every interaction I had with him. His mind is constantly going and spinning and thinking.

A few conversations that come to mind: after my first couple of weeks there, it was Valentine's Day and I was wearing a shirt covered in hearts (it was actually purely coincidence). He came up to me at rehearsal and asked if I ever wear the shirt when it's *not* Valentine's Day, and said it must be nice to have clothes in my closet that match every national holiday.

Another time, repairs were being done on some of the east elevator banks. After taping, some interns were hanging in reception and there was this awful burning smell. When Conan and his producers came off the elevator, he asked me what the smell was and I shrugged and said "elevator repairs" and he said "That. OR we're all having the exact same stroke."

One night we took our intern photos and we did it in groups of four, and me and my three girlfriends were checking back our photos and he said "Give this to TMZ. CONAN'S WILD WEEKEND." And he used to tease us a lot about being young and tech obsessed. He'd make a nerdy voice and talk about us always tapping on our newfangled iPhones with all of our apps.

2- What five words represent your most notable characteristics or values? #In5Words

Persistence, routine, cardio, weights, yoga

3- Can you share a story from your life that shows who you are as a person and why you are a writer?

So when I was maybe four or five I remember my mom and I going to pick up my brother from school. On the road outside the school I saw something weird in the street. My mom told me it was a newspaper but as we made the turn I could see it was clearly a run-over seagull. I LOST IT. I'd never seen a dead animal before. I love animals. I cried for days. No one could console me. My mom drove me to parking lots to see soaring, swooping, happy seagulls eating from dumpsters. Even my grandpa got on the phone with me to try to get me to understand the bird was fine and in heaven. Then my brother surprised me with a stuffed Scuttle plush (the seagull from the Little Mermaid). That made me so happy (I still have it!).
Not sure if that tells you why I'm a writer (though I do love writing about animals in my current WIP) but it probably tells you how ridiculously overly sensitive I am tongue out emoji and how much I adore animals. 💕 animals mean the world to me, and it's my dream to start a special charity foundation for shelters someday.

4- What ignited your passion for writing?

Reading!! All the Babysitters Club and Sweet Valleys and Nancy Drews. :)

Meet Beth Ellyn Summer in this Debut Author Spotlight

5- Would you share a picture with us of the must-have summer lip products?

The Bare Escentuals Buxom lip glosses are life! Mudslide is my favorite color.

6- What are you reading this summer?

Currently reading an ARC of Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney. It's such a fun beach read! I also plan on reading Emery Lord's, Jenny Han's, and Sarah Dessen's latest books.

7- What are some of your short and long term writing goals?

I usually set word count goals (1K a day) when drafting, or if I'm revising, I tell myself that by each week's end, I'll have revised x number of chapters.
For long term, that's usually where I'll pick a month I plan to get a MS to my agent. But I also try not to make myself crazy with setting goals only because it's easy to beat myself up if I miss a self-imposed deadline.

8- Who is currently your biggest fan? What does that person love most (or "ship") about your debut novel?

My parents and brother haha. They've read multiple versions of AT FIRST BLUSH along the road to publication. I think they love seeing all the internship stuff, since they heard so many of the stories when I was interning. They recognized a lot of that stuff.

9- What emotions do you hope your book will evoke for the reader, and is there a particular scene you hope will resonate with readers?

I want people to feel happy when they read my book. The world sucks sometimes, and I like escapes. I live for funny TV and happy books. I hope that AT FIRST BLUSH inspires people to think outside the box.

One of my favorite scenes (and one I hope resonates with readers) is where Lacey is helping with Tyler's photo shoot. Not just because of the flirtatious aspect (which I do love) but because it's the first time Lacey realizes that this internship isn't everything she dreamed it would be, and she finds herself craving the quiet of the makeup room. I want readers to know that it's ok for a dream to change!! And sometimes going through that realization and being open can lead you to a talent or dream you never knew you had.

I couldn't agree more! Dreams do change over time, and it's really important to realize that, especially when you're young.

10- What most helped you to improve your writing craft?

Writing! Practice makes, if not perfect, polished work. There are no shortcuts. And reading a ton.
Meet Beth Ellyn Summer in this Debut Author Spotlight

11- Could you please share a pic of Penny Belle with a copy of your book?

Asking me to share a photo of my Penny Belle=
we are now officially best friends wink emjoi

12- What is the most memorable trait or visual oddity of one of your characters?

Lacey always swatches eyeshadows on the back of her hand, especially when nervous or contemplative. So she always has rainbow streaks of color on her hand.

13- #DiversityBingo2017 What's your favorite book that covers a square on the card?

POC on cover: When Dimple Met Rishi. Practicing Jewish MC: Josh from Stephanie Perkins' Isla and the Happily Ever After.

14- As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?

Pretty much the idea I'll enter a new world. That's all I really need to know before I pick up a new book.

15- Which character has your favorite Personality Contradiction?

Cynthia!! I love her. She's chaotic and frenetic and dramatic but when she's interning in the most chaotic setting, she finds her zen and chills right out.

16- How will you measure your publishing performance?

I think just seeing the book out in the world and knowing it's resonating with readers tells me I've succeeded.
Having people take the time to review or tweet me telling me they enjoyed it is everything emoji raising both hands in celebration

17- What was the deciding factor in your publication route?

I chose traditional based solely on the fact that I NEED people around me to help me out! I love having a partnership with my agent, and knowing I have the support of such a wonderful house such as Bloomsbury makes it all that much better.

18- Any favorite summertime tip you can share?

Summer is my favorite season so I have lots! But the biggest thing I will say is find the highest SPF you can get your hands on! (I use 70+) reapply often, and wear a big, floppy hat. Protect your skin, people!! Also don't forget to put SPF balm on your lips. And of course enjoy every second outside, because summer goes WAY too fast.

19- What is one question which you would like the readers of this interview to answer or remark on in the comments?

I'd be interested to know what everyone is currently reading this summer Big smile emoji
Meet Beth Ellyn Summer in this Debut Author Spotlight

20- Anything else you would care to share about your book and yourself?



Beth Ellyn Summer writes contemporary young adult fiction that always includes the following elements: fame, makeup, and television. She graduated from Long Island University with a degree in print and electronic journalism, but the real highlight of her college years was interning for Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon.

Meet Beth Ellyn Summer author of At First Blush in this Debut Author Spotlight
At First Blush
cover imageWhen her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results.
          EXPERIENCED CLASS 1 DUMP TRUCK DRIVER - Burnaby Blacktop Ltd - Vancouver, BC   
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          ‘Greedy grey nomads are slowly ruining the Big Lap’   

Grey nomad thieves

Long-term grey nomad Taurus B has seen a bit during his two years on the open road ... and not all of it good. Here, he hits out at greedy fellow travellers who he says are slowly souring the Big Lap experience.

We have been travelling this great country for about two years, so to most of you we are newcomers to caravanning.

What is grinding our gears though is how some caravanners are travelling this great country, thinking only of themselves. They create chaos, and don’t give the proverbial ???? about who is coming in their wake.  They use and leave rest stop facilities in unhygienic states.  We witnessed two sets of people stop to let their dogs stretch their legs.  No problem with that.  However they let the dogs do what dogs do naturally after a long trip, but then they just got back in their cars and left the calling card to ferment in the heat!

These people use free camping areas and just dump their rubbish at the base of a tree or on the ground and move on.  What if this was their yard?

If the above was not bad enough, this latest saga is a testimony to greed.

We have stayed a couple of times at a caravan park in Cloncurry, which caters for mine workers. We stay here because it is a great little park that offers guests, for $25 per person, an all you can eat evening meal at the miners’ dining room.  This includes non-alcoholic beverages, main meal with a variety of options, sweets, ice cream, fruit, etc.  A bang-up meal.

After dinner, at the point of leaving, the kitchen offered you a medium-sized plastic container which you could fill with a snack for smoko the next day. We used to take a cake for morning tea and a piece of fruit each. This was a goodwill gesture by the miners’ kitchen but has been killed off by greedy caravanners and campers who insisted on taking in their own bags and then walking out with said bags bulging with as much food as they could humanly carry.

The camp got sick of this over a period of time, and now this generosity has been killed off.  Congratulations to those greedy, self-indulgent people for pushing the boundaries way too far.

Having said all this, we have met some great people on the road, but if you fit any of the categories above, take a good, hard look at yourselves.

  • Have you seen selfish grey nomads ‘spoiling’ things for those who will follow? Comment below.



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          Zoetein | Alternative Health | Life Enthusiast Podcast - Podcast #50   
ZoeTein, SuperFood-Grade Protein Establishes Appetite Control This protein-rich SuperFood reduces your desire for nutritionally empty, chemically processed, life-draining high-cholesterol, low-enzyme, SAD (Standard American Diet) foods. Your body has a natural hunger for high-quality protein and will drive you to eat & eat & eat, until you provide it. So, just provide it. A daily supply of ZoeTein will typically provide a better balance, spectrum, and amount of genuinely utilizable protein than an expensive, nutritionist-crafted & balanced, vegetarian meal. ZoeTein, SuperFood-Grade Protein Muscle Support = Fat Loss The more SuperFood-quality protein your muscles get, the more efficient they become in burning fat and giving you maximum fat loss out of your exercise and activities - and even during resting. The sad fact is, in the stampede to lose weight America has lost sight of the real goal which is to get and stay healthy, and looking great. That requires muscle, and quality muscle requires quality protein. Most protein products have fallen short in their promise, and many of their customers have lost hope. It is time for a new paradigm: De-emphasize the pounds on the scale, and track the inches around your bottom and belt-line instead. Muscles and other well nourished tissues are heavy - in fact, the healthier they are, the more dense and heavier they are - but they are shapely, firm and tight. Isn't that what you really want? If you look sculpted, solid and trim, who cares what you weigh? - Right? Most people will not perceive your typical pound-based weight loss program as something positive if you have dumped heavy muscle, and kept the lighter weight watery fat. You have lost pounds, but you are still bulging all over - what good is that? Instead, concentrate on muscle firmness and those inches. Learn more about Zoetein. Each week Martin Pytela and Scott Paton discuss Holistic principles for healthy living. Life Enthusiast Co-op is built on over 25 years in study, health consultations and market research in the field of holistic and alternative medicine. We deliver solid time tested expertise. We are in this business not for the money, but for the passion, we have for sharing with others what we had to learn the hard way, through experience. We focus on high quality, innovative holistic solutions. Length: 16:00 Go to iTunes and review our podcast: iTunes Life Enthusiast Reviews and 5 star ratings <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
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          Fyre Festival Founder Arrested And Charged With Fraud, Faces Up To 20 Years In Prison   
The complete and utter dumpster fire that was the Fyre Festival has caught the watchful eyes of U.S. government. The chickens may have come home to roost because one of […]
          How Toronto got the CN Tower   

The CN Tower just turned 41 years old, and you'd still be hard-pressed to name a building that's defined Toronto more powerfully. Love it or loathe it, the massive concrete structure has dominated the city's skyline and provided a visual reference since 1976.

The tower itself is something of an oddity. Its practical use is as an AM, FM, UHF, and cell transmission tower, but a built-in observation deck, glass floor and rooftop fright-fest entice more than 1.5 million tourists a year up the dizzying exterior elevators.

Sydney has the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, New York has the Brooklyn Bridge, and Toronto has the CN Tower. The slender concrete column is an international icon that has made the city instantly recognizable. Few buildings are able to do that.

This is the story of how Toronto's architectural wonder came to be.

toronto cn tower

The land now occupied by the CN Tower's hexagonal foundation was, in its original form, water. Almost everything south of Front Street is built on fill, dumped construction material dropped in to the lake over the last 100 years that gradually extended the shoreline south to its present position.

The new space gave Canadian National Railways room to build a tangle of sidings, roundhouses, and train sheds around the Union Station corridor.

For much of its early life the reclaimed land south of Front Street was a sprawling industrial area of soot-stained concrete and surface parking. The Gardiner Expressway zipped past just to the south and silos dotted the lake shore.

toronto cn tower

It was in the 1960s, when Toronto's buildings began to head skyward, that things began to change.

As Mies van der Rohe's Toronto-Dominon Centre then Commerce Court West each claimed the title as tallest in the city, TV and radio reception became patchy and viewers increasingly found episodes of Ozzie and Harriet, Lassie, and re-runs of The Andy Griffith Show were being blasted into static oblivion.

The solution was to build a transmission antenna tall enough to beat even the highest Bay Street bank tower. The project was also a good excuse to partake in a little building bravado by snatching the title of the tallest freestanding structure from Moscow's Ostankino Tower, also a TV and radio mast.

toronto cn tower

In fact, the tower itself was one of the few pieces of the larger Metro Centre project ever to be built. Had it been realized in its original form, Union Station would have been demolished and the Yonge line would have gained a Queens Quay spur through an expansive new retail and commercial district.

Early plans for the broadcasting tower were vaguely similar in appearance to Seattle's Space Needle and developers promised a large triangular reflecting pool surrounded by a 10-acre park at the base of the tower for skating and wading. A mall and beer garden would also be built, they said.

toronto cn tower

Metro Centre died when the provincial and federal government recommended Union Station be retained and CN and CP, the principal backers, subsequently pulled out. The earmarked land would, however, provide space for the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, CityPlace, and CN's new radio mast.

At the time CN and CP jointly owned CNCP Telecommunications, a company developed out of the company's old wire service businesses, so building a large concrete signal hub wasn't entirely unusual for the transportation company.

toronto cn tower

At 553 metres, the scale of the CN Tower was immense. 56 metric tonnes of soil was hauled out of the ground for the 17-metre foundation pit. The hexagonal structural core of the tower was surrounded by poured concrete shaped using a massive mold called a slipform.

Each new section was built on top of the last, aided by a crane perched on a 500-tonne platform on top of the rising column. 1,537 workers worked on the project 24 hours a day, five days a week, from official groundbreaking ceremony on February 6, 1973.

The tower always had its detractors. The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association warned that "sooner or later an aircraft is bound to strike it possibly killing people in the tower and on the ground as well as those in the aircraft."

The Federation of Ontario Naturalists estimated 1,000 birds a day could be killed in foggy conditions during peak migration periods."We'll live to regret it if we let this monstrous dart go up," Alderman Elizabeth Eayrs told city council.

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Ironically, improved reception actually had a negative impacted on some TV content. As a TV writer for in the Toronto Star predicted, the stronger signal killed the tradition of American networks releasing their new shows on Canadian television ahead of the U.S. premier in an attempt to discourage cross-border viewing.

The added range from the new CN transmitters made Canadian signals stronger than those that used to bleed over the border from New York, which would potentially allow Americans to easily tune in to Canadian stations and catch a sneaky glimpse of All In The Family.

Despite the outcries and accusations CN was building an "obtrusive monument to itself," the gigantic, $21 million construction project was allowed by council, but not before it had already reached 300 metres in height.

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By August 1973 the concrete stump was the tallest structure in Toronto and in February 1974 it claimed the crown as the tallest in Canada, taking the mantle from the Inco Superstack, a giant chimney in Sudbury.

Just 18 months after the foundations were scooped out, work began on the seven-storey observation deck, revolving restaurant, and radome - the inflatable white donut-shaped object at the bottom of the main pod where much of the communications and other electronics are housed.

CHUM-FM, CBC Radio 2 (then CBC Stereo), CKFM, CHFI, and CHIN were the first stations to move their equipment in '73.

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Unlike the main support column, the pod was supported by a steel frame. Dizzying photos show metalworkers straddling massive I-beams with nothing between them and a 1,100-foot drop to the rail tracks below.

Above the top SkyPod, the top observation level, a Sikorsky helicopter named Olga was called in to complete the final step - hauling up the 102-metre antenna mast in pieces from the ground. The 42 sections were delivered in March 1975 and would be the last that contributed to the overall height of the CN Tower.

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Disaster almost struck as Olga was being used to dismantle the crane and construction platform that was perched at the top of the concrete core. While removing the first piece of the boom, a sudden shift caused the supporting bolts to seize, effectively tethering the aircraft to the tower.

With fuel running low, steel workers had to burn off the stuck bolts to avoid a crash. The helicopter landed with 14 minutes of gas to spare.

The incident underlined the need for adequate safety features in large freestanding towers. In the event of a fire, the main 1,776-step staircase would be one only two safe exits from the main pod.

To illustrate the dangers, on 27 August, 2000 the Ostankino Tower caught fire 458 metres above the ground, killing three people.

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To combat these risks, the CN Tower is fitted with fire-proof materials and an extensive sprinkler system fed by a pair of 68,160-litre water tanks at the top of the main column. One elevator is powered by emergency generators and is designed to remain active in an emergency.

A fire house on the ground is capable of reaching the upper levels and, just to be safe, the kitchen in the restaurant doesn't use an open flame during cooking.

Naturally, the current owners are keen to stress there has never been a fire since the building opened to the public, but that doesn't mean it's never happened.

On July 8, 1975, molten metal from a welder's torch dripped down an elevator shaft and ignited a patch of tar-based waterproofing, leading to two uncontrolled fires about 150-metres above the restaurant.

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Four nearby workers scrambled to safety up a flight of stairs while others on the lower levels were able to descend. Chemical extinguishers put out the fire while the emergency services were assembling at the base of the tower but the damage was estimated at around $1,000. The four welders workers were treated for smoke inhalation and minor cuts.

The CN Tower was officially completed on April 2, 1975 and opened to the public on June 26. A variety of attractions have been added since: the highest wine cellar in the world, the incredibly unsettling glass floor, and most recently the terrifying EdgeWalk experience.

CN sold its stake in the tower in 1995, prompting a crisis about what CN should stand for now the railways were no longer involved. The new owners opted for the slightly clunky "Canada's National Tower," which is admittedly better than the Canada Lands Company Tower.

Maple Leafs fans hoped the new 16.7 million colour LED light display that adorns the elevator shafts and main pod could be used as a goal light during their heartbreaking and brief cup run this year. No dice, said management. It's Canada's tower - no corporations allowed.

CN Tower Facts
  • Total cost: $63 million ($21 million in 1973)
  • Height: 553.33 metres (1,815 feet and 5 inches)
  • Weight: 117,910 metric tonnes (130,000 tons)
  • Concrete: 40,524 cubic metres (53,000 cubic yards)
  • Tensioned Steel: 998 kilometres (620 miles)
  • Reinforcing Steel: 4,535 metric tonnes (5,000 tons)
  • Structural Steel: 544.2 metric tonnes (600 tons)
  • Steps to the top: 1,776
  • Minutes for a full restaurant revolution: 72
Additional Images

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The CN Tower's shadow falls on a surface lot in 1975.

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Parking lot at the foot of the CN Tower.

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The unfinished CN Tower from the Gardiner.

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The construction platform and crane.

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The pod in the early stages of construction.

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Construction from the railway lands.

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A model showing an early concept for the SkyDome.

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The CN Tower with GO trains on the Union corridor.

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Top 10 Ways ObamaCare Sticks It to Young Adults

Top Ten Ways ObamaCare Sticks It to Young Adults

    By Dean Clancy

[Note: a .pdf version of this post can be found at the bottom of this page]

ObamaCare should really be called the Unaffordable Care Act, especially when it comes to adults in their twenties and thirties. ObamaCare’s “individual mandate,” which takes full effect on January 1, 2014, requires all Americans to purchase expensive government-controlled health insurance, even if they don’t want or need it. (1)  The defenders of this mandate, and especially the health insurance lobby, claim a mandate on all of us is necessary to “help the uninsured.”

In fact, the mandate’s real purpose is to prevent the system’s new government-run “health exchanges” from collapsing. Young adults are being singled out as the group who will have to bear the brunt of preventing this collapse. They’re being asked to sacrifice their dollars and their freedom.

Eighty percent of 20-somethings who earn more than about $18,500 a year will see their health insurance costs go up as a result of ObamaCare. In California, the cost of a basic plan for a 25-year-old male will jump as much as 92 percent, in Ohio as much as 700 percent! Meanwhile, the Administration is enforcing ObamaCare selectively, having granted more than 1,200 waivers to politically connected labor unions and corporations over the past three years, and more recently exempting all large businesses.

In short, ObamaCare is unfair, unnecessary, and harmful to our health. No wonder it’s so unpopular, even before it has been fully implemented. We call on all Americans, and especially millennials, to “burn their ObamaCare card,” join the “health care draft resistance” movement, and help us hasten the replacement of government-centered care with patient-centered care.

Here are the top ten ways ObamaCare sticks it to young adults:

1.    Raises insurance costs for adults under 40 (on purpose)
2.    Reduces access to workplace health insurance
3.    Shrinks workplace health benefits
4.    Reduces work-hours
5.    Kills jobs
6.    Increases debt
7.    Raises taxes
8.    Is unfair
9.    Is unnecessary
10.  Is insulting

1.    Raises insurance costs for adults under 40 (on purpose)

ObamaCare sticks it to young adults by driving up their health insurance costs. On purpose. That’s right, the law is designed to drive up costs for people in their twenties and thirties, in order to keep the new ObamaCare exchanges from collapsing.

Unless a lot of young, healthy people sign up to pay for insurance through the government exchange,  premiums will spiral upward as too many old and sick people sign up, which will cause the system to collapse. Thanks to ObamaCare’s numerous mandates, the health insurance in most cases will cost more than it’s actually worth, especially for young adults. Hence the need for a mandate requiring people to pay into the system. The young are, in effect, being drafted into compulsory national service.

How does ObamaCare drive up rates? Primarily by forcing insurance companies to accept all applicants, regardless of age or health status (“guaranteed issue”) and by forcing them to charge all applicants roughly the same price (“community rating”). These mandates make insurance more expensive, especially for healthier folks, some of whom naturally respond to the higher expense by becoming uninsured -- the opposite of the law’s alleged goal. Younger people tend to be healthier. That’s why they also tend to be uninsured -- the high cost isn’t worth it for them, relative to the benefit. The largest negative effects of guaranteed issue and community thus fall on younger people.

ObamaCare imposes a host of other mandates. One is to make insurers cover adults up to age 26 on their parents’ policy. That sounds nice, until we realize that it costs each of us an additional $100 to $400 a year on our health insurance premiums. (And by the way, since when it a 26-year-old a child?) Another mandate requires insurance companies to cover all services deemed by the government to be “preventative,” including “reproductive health services,” “free of charge.” That too sounds great, until we remember that there’s no free lunch. Mandates raise prices. Period.

How much will premiums rise for folks under 40? (2)

  • Almost 80 percent of those aged 21 to 29 with incomes greater than 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $18,560 a year, can expect to pay more out of pocket for coverage than they pay today. Younger, healthier individuals can expect premiums to increase by more than 40 percent. (3)  
  • In Ohio the cost of a basic plan for a healthy 25-year-old male will jump by nearly 700 percent, from $355.44 a year ($29.62 a month) in 2013 to $2,383.68 a year ($198.64 a month) in 2014. (4)
  • In California the cost of a basic plan for a healthy 25-year-old male will jump by 92 percent, from $1,212 a year ($101 a month) in 2013 to $2,196 a year ($183 a month) in 2014. (5)

The uninsured (two out of three of whom are under 40) have average annual health care expenditures of around $800 to $1,200. Since health insurance will cost a good deal more than that, they have an incentive to be uninsured. They need low-cost, economical coverage. ObamaCare gives them the opposite. (6)

By the way, premiums will only go down for older folks if young adults voluntarily swallow ObamaCare’s big rate hikes. If young adults opt instead to take a pass on the insurance and just pay the law’s $95 tax penalty “user fee,” rates will go up for older folks. (7)

You can’t defy the laws of economics. If we want to get more Americans insured, we have to enable insurance to cost less. ObamaCare makes it cost more, for the majority of Americans, and especially for young adults

2.   Reduces access to workplace health insurance

ObamaCare sticks it to young adults by incentivizing many employers to stop offering health benefits. When an employer stops offering health benefits, workers must either: a) rely on a relative’s health insurance; b) go into the ObamaCare “health exchange,” b) enroll in Medicaid or other government program for which they may be eligible, or c) join the ranks of the uninsured. Younger workers will often find themselves in the last category: uninsured.

About 156 million Americans (roughly half the U.S. population) get their health insurance through the workplace. Credible experts predict ObamaCare will cause anywhere from 7 million to 35 million Americans to lose their workplace health benefits over the next few years.

  • The official Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate projects that between 2014 and 2019 anywhere from 7 million to 20 million Americans will be “dumped” by their employers from their workplace health plan. (8)
  • A former head of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is more pessimistic, estimating that Obamacare “provides strong incentives for employers—with the agreement of their employees—to drop employer-sponsored health insurance for as many as 35 million Americans.” (9)

Wait. Would employers really do that? Would they really drop coverage? Yes, it seems, they would:

  • Thirty percent of employers tell surveyors they’ll “definitely” or “probably” stop offering employer-sponsored insurance in the years after 2014. (10)
  • One recent survey found 9 percent of employers “expect” to stop offering health benefits in the next few years (which would affect about 3 percent of the workforce, or about 5 million workers). (11)

Most of this “employer dumping” will occur among small businesses. That will disproportionately affect adults under 40. (12)

3.    Shrinks workplace health benefits
ObamaCare sticks it to young adults by incentivizing employers to offer stingier workplace benefits. Those employers who choose to offer health benefits will be under pressure to try to save money by making the benefits “thinner.” We already have reports of some employers switching to “skinny” plans, which are plans that don’t cover certain items, such as hospital stays. (13)  Yes, “skinny” plans are allowed under the statute. (14)

4.    Reduces work-hours
ObamaCare sticks it to young adults by causing employers to cut back on workers’ hours. (15)  The law’s “employer mandate” requires all employers with 50 or more full-time employees, beginning January 1, 2014, to offer expensive, government-regulated health insurance. (16) “Full time” is defined under the law as 30 or more hours a week. (The average American works about 32 hours a week.) So unsurprisingly, many firms are reducing workers’ hours to 29 hours or below, in order to avoid the expense. According to the Los Angeles Times:

[B]ig restaurant chains, retailers and movie theaters are starting to trim employee hours. Even colleges are reducing courses for part-time professors to keep     their hours down and avoid paying for their health premiums. Overall, an estimated 2.3 million workers nationwide, including 240,000 in California, are at risk of losing hours as employers adjust to the new math of workplace benefits. (17)

5.    Kills jobs
ObamaCare sticks it to young adults by causing employers to eliminate jobs, especially low-end, minimum wage positions. ObamaCare is causing a hiring slowdown. Part of the problem is uncertainty: employers are afraid to hire because they still don’t know how exactly the extremely complicated law will be enforced. But the bulk of the problem is the employer mandate itself: firms are avoiding new hires to avoid hiring that incredibly costly 50th employee. A health insurance plan can cost anywhere from $8,000 to $20,000 a year. The law says that if you offer coverage, it must be “affordable,” as defined by the government. That means you, the employer, must pay for roughly 92 percent of the plan’s cost. Many small firms simply can’t afford that. Right now, unemployment among Americans under 24 is a staggering 16.2 percent, and thanks to our economy’s anemic 2 percent a year growth rate, these Americans’ employment prospects are dismal. The ObamaCare-induced hiring slowdown only makes this problem worse, disproportionately affecting entry- and lower-level positions and thus younger adults trying to get their start in life.

6.    Increases debt
ObamaCare sticks it to young adults by driving up the national debt. The national debt has recently soared above $16,000,000,000,000 (sixteen trillion dollars), an historic high. Uncle Sam has additionally racked up nearly $100,000,000,000,000 (one hundred trillion dollars) in future, unfunded promises. That mountain of debt must be paid back by current and future generations. The cost of the law’s coverage provisions alone, over the first ten years of full implementation (2014 to 2023), is around $2,400,000,000,000 (two trillion four hundred billion dollars). The law will likely drive the deficit up by more than $700,000,000,000 (seven hundred billion dollars). (18) The problem boils down to basic math. As one analyst has summed up the problem:

Health spending now averages about 21 percent of households' personal income ... [but the] health care legislation presumes that those in an exchange shouldn't have to pay more than 10 percent of their income for a health insurance policy. (19)

That means someone is going to have to subsidize people who get their coverage through an exchange. Who is going to be on the hook for that subsidy? Current and future taxpayers, of course. How will it be paid for? Mostly through borrowing. (Uncle Sam currently borrows more than one-third of every dollar he spends.) So now young adults, who already carry historically high levels of student-loan debt, will have to help pay for the massive ObamaCare debt as well. (20)  How thoughtful.

7.    Raises taxes
ObamaCare sticks it to young adults by increasing taxes. ObamaCare imposes eighteen new taxes, including an expensive tax on medical devices and the first-ever tax on workplace health benefits -- even a new tax on the sale of your home. Those new taxes are projected to bring in a total of $514,000,000,000 (five hundred fourteen billion dollars) in additional federal revenues over ten years.
    ObamaCare’s 18 New Taxes

  1. Individual mandate tax on individuals who do not purchase health insurance.
  2. Employer mandate tax on employers who do not offer “acceptable” health coverage to their employees.
  3. Annual fee on health insurance providers based on each company’s share of the total market.
  4. Medical expense deduction is limited to those with expenses above 10% of adjusted gross income, up from previous 7.5%.
  5. 2.3% excise tax on manufacturers and importers of certain medical devices.
  6. 10% excise tax on indoor tanning services.
  7. Fee on manufacturers and importers of branded drugs, based on each individual company’s share of the total market.
  8. Increased Medicare portion of FICA payroll tax, rising to 3.8% from previous 2.9%, on couples earning more than $250,000 a year ($200,000 for     single filers); increased tax is also applied to investment income for the first time.
  9. Increased penalty for purchasing over-the-counter products with HSAs to 20%.
  10. Reduction in the number of medical products taxpayers can purchase using funds they put aside in HSAs and FSAs.
  11. Limit on the amount taxpayers can deposit in flexible spending accounts (FSAs) to $2,500 a year.
  12. Fee on insured and self-insured health plans to fund PCORI agency.
  13. Elimination of the corporate deduction for prescription expenses for retirees.
  14. Increase in taxes on health insurance companies, by limiting the amount of compensation paid to certain employees they can deduct from their taxes.
  15. End of special deduction for Blue Cross / Blue Shield organizations.
  16. 40% excise tax on “Cadillac” health insurance plans costing more than $10,200 for individuals and $27,500 for families (begins in 2018).
  17. Exclusion of unprocessed fuels from the existing cellulosic biofuel producer credit.
  18. Increase in corporate taxes by making it more difficult for businesses to engage in activities that reduce their tax liability.

8.    Is unfair
ObamaCare institutes basic intergenerational unfairness. Sixty-four-year-olds typically spend six times as much on health care as 18-year-olds. Logically, their health insurance rate should be six times higher. But ObamaCare says insurers can charge older folks no more than three times what it charges a young person. This 3:1 community rating forces millennials to pay about 75 percent too much for insurance, so folks in their early 60s can underpay by about 13 percent. Nice! (21)

9.    Is unnecessary
The tragedy of ObamaCare is that it isn’t even necessary. There are less coercive, less expensive ways to help the uninsured. Here are some simple ways to reduce health care costs and thus increase the number of insured people, without costly government mandates or price controls:

  1. Promote competition by passing a federal “health care freedom act” that makes participation in all federal health care programs completely voluntary for individuals.
  2. Permit individuals to deduct 100 percent of their medical expenses from their taxes.
  3. Allow people to buy health insurance across state lines.
  4. Allow everyone, including folks on Medicare and Medicaid, to have a Health Savings Account (HSA) (a pre-tax savings account for medical expenses coupled with a high-deductible health insurance plan).
  5. Provide targeted assistance, via the states, for the one percent of Americans who can’t afford good private health insurance because of a preexisting medical condition.
  6. Encourage states to reform their medical malpractice tort laws to reduce costs. (22) 

This robust agenda would benefit young adults and indeed all Americans by promoting patient power in the health care marketplace. It would help lower the excessive cost of health care, which is the real problem, by reducing meddlesome government mandates, which are the real culprit.

10.     Is insulting
ObamaCare insults young people’s intelligence by trying to make them believe they are benefiting from a policy that actually targets them for the biggest pain.

P.S. There’s an eleventh reason ObamaCare sticks it to young adults: its inevitable negative effects on the quality and availability of medical care. With the new system’s top-down, centralized approach, there will be higher costs, longer wait times, and incentives for doctors and hospitals to scrimp on care.

Conclusion: Burn Your ObamaCare Card!

ObamaCare was rammed through Congress in the name of “helping the uninsured.” What it really does is hurt the young. Two-thirds of the uninsured today are in their twenties and thirties. Most of the uninsured make a rational choice to go without insurance because government policies have made it too expensive, relative to its value for them.

The individual mandate, ObamaCare’s linchpin, will hit young adults the hardest. Eighty percent of 20-somethings who earn more than about $18,500 a year will see their health insurance costs go up as a result of ObamaCare. In California, the cost of a basic plan for a 25-year-old male will jump as much as 92 percent, in Ohio as much as 700 percent! The individual mandate, ObamaCare’s linchpin, is unjust, unnecessary and harmful to our health.

Millennials would be better off “burning their ObamaCare card” and resisting the “health care draft.” We call on Americans who can do so to “opt out” of the ObamaCare mandate and instead pay the small penalty tax “user fee” for being uninsured (or for not having ObamaCare-compliant coverage). (23)  If enough Americans join the resistance movement, we can hasten the collapse of the exchanges, reverse the Washington takeover, and pave the way for a health care system that works for, rather than against, patients. (24)

End Notes
1. Tens of millions of Americans are statutorily exempted from the individual mandate, including prisoners, illegal immigrants, certain religious sects, Native Americans, Americans living overseas, Americans who don't have to file a tax return, Americans whose employer offers them coverage that would cost them more than 8 percent of their income, and any American granted "hardship" status at the discretion of the Health and Human Services secretary. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, section 1501.

2. The following estimates are for insurance in the individual or nongroup market. That is, not for coverage received through the workplace or the government.

3. http://www.contingenciesonline.com/contingenciesonline/20130102#pg33

4.Louise Radnofsky, “Ohio Complains of Higher Health-Insurance Premiums,” Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2013, http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/06/06/ohio-complains-of-higher-health...

5. Avik Roy, “The War On Bros: Exchange Subsidies Won't Protect Young People From Obamacare's Higher Insurance Premiums,” Forbes, June 7, 2013,  http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/06/07/the-war-on-bros-exc...

6.   ObamaCare supporters try to downplay “rate shock” figures like these, by noting that costs will go down for some older folks. True. But how much comfort is it for a millennial faced with a 92 percent premium increase to know that his 64-year-old neighbor will enjoy a 10 percent decrease? Supporters of the law also say that folks earning up to about $45,000 a year will get a relatively generous subsidy, on a sliding scale, to help them afford the premiums (courtesy of the taxpayer), if they buy coverage in the government exchange. Also true. But that taxpayer subsidy is only available to people whose employer doesn’t offer “affordable” coverage, as defined by the government (and whose state doesn’t offer Medicaid to people earning more than 100 percent of poverty). It’s hard for anyone to know for sure whether he qualifies for the subsidy and will remain qualified for it, since third parties (employers, state policy makers) are the ones making the critical decisions affecting his eligibility.

7. Here is now the individual mandate penalty works. The IRS will levy penalties on individuals who don’t buy government-approved insurance. The annual fines will equal the greater of $95 per adult or 1 percent of income (in 2014); $325 or 2 percent (in 2015), $695 or 2.5 percent (in 2016); and then will rise with inflation. The fine for uninsured children equals one-half the adult fine. Additionally, many people are exempted from the mandate, such as those for whom premiums exceed 8 percent of household income. Hence, as premiums increase, more and more people will be exempted from the mandate.

8.  Seven million figure comes from: CBO, Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage—February 2013 Baseline,” February 5, 2013, http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/43900_ACAIns.... Twenty million figure from: CBO, “The Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Employment-Based Health Insurance,” March 15, 2012, http://www.cbo.gov/publication/43090. See also: CBO, “How Has CBO’s Estimate of the Net Budgetary Impact of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Coverage Provisions Changed Over Time?” March 20, 2013, http://www.cbo.gov/publication/44008. CBO does think it possible that the number of people in employer-based coverage could go up, by 3 million; but the agency designates as its “best estimate” a 7 million person drop in workplace coverage

9. Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Cameron Smith (American Action Forum), “Labor Markets and Health Care Reform: New Results,” May 2010,  http://americanactionforum.org/files/AAF_Labor%20Markets%20and%20Health%....

10. McKinsey & Company, “How US health care reform will affect employee benefits,” June 2011, http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/health_systems/how_us_health_care_refor...

11. Deloitte, “2012 Deloitte Survey of U.S. Employers: Opinions about the U.S. Health Care System and Plans for Employee Health Benefits,” July 2012,  http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_US/us/Insights/centers/center-for-health....

12. Some workers will lose what the law deems to be “affordable” benefits, as their employers offer “unaffordable” plans intentionally, knowing that doing so will drive their lower-income workers to look outside the firm for health coverage, which will save the employer money (because paying a $3,000 federal penalty fine is cheaper than paying for a $8,000 to $20,000 insurance policy). Some economists predict that we may see a lot of firms restructure themselves into two “sister firms”: one for higher-wage workers who will continue to enjoy company health benefits, and one for lower-wage workers who will be “dumped” into the government exchange. In other words, lower-income workers will get the short end. And guess which age group will be hardest hit by that? Yep, young adults.

13.  Brett Norman, “ACA Penalties Spawn ‘Skinny’ Plans,” PoliticoPro, July 16, 2013, http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/some-workplace-health-plans-will-b....

14. http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2013/05/21/employers-can-minim...

15.  The employer mandate will take effect on January 1, 2014. In July 2013, the Obama Administration surprised everyone by announcing it was unilaterally cancelling the mandate for a year, pushing the effective date back to January 1, 2015. While this cancellation is illegal, so long as the mandate is only delayed temporarily the incentives for employers to cut back on hours and hiring will remain essentially unchanged. The one-year delay will probably cause more employers to “dump” their workers into government health exchanges in 2014 than would otherwise have been the case. This, we suspect, is exactly what the Administration intends.

16. Here is now the employer mandate penalty works. The IRS will level a tax penalty on businesses with more than 50 full-time employees who fail to offer health coverage. The fine is $2,000 per employee after the first 30 employees. Employers will also be fined for failing to offer “affordable” coverage, as defined by the law. The fine is $3,000 per employee if coverage costs more than 8.5 percent of that worker’s income.

17. Chad Terhune, “Part-timers to lose pay amid health act's new math,” Los Angeles Times, May 2, 2013, http://articles.latimes.com/2013/may/02/business/la-fi-part-time-healthc....

18. Estimate by Senate Budget Committee Republicans, based on CBO projections, for the years 2014-2023.

19. C. Eugene Steuerle (Urban Institute), "Fixing the Nation's Four-Tranche Universal Health System: Next Steps for Both Republicans and Democrats," October 28, 2010, http://www.urban.org/publications/901386.html

20. ObamaCare supporters protest that the law “doesn’t add a dime to the deficit,” citing the official CBO cost estimates for the legislation. But that claim doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. The law only appears “deficit neutral” on paper, because of massive budget gimmicks like these. In reality, ObamaCare will cost taxpayers dearly, with younger taxpayers getting hit the hardest. The law includes $700 billion in ten-year Medicare reductions (to help pay for the new entitlement) that the Chief Actuary of the Medicare program assumes are unlikely to take effect, because they would cause 15 percent of hospitals to go out of business by 2019. (Source: CMS Chief Actuary Richard S. Foster, Memorandum on Estimated Financial Effects of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” as Amended,  April 22, 2010, http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Research/Actuari....) Members of Congress will never voluntarily allow large numbers of hospitals in their districts to go out of business. They will move to provide federal relief. And the relief will most likely come in the form of reversing the Medicare payment reductions. The Chief Actuary also points out that the law assumes a series of deep, automatic, annual reductions in Medicare payments to doctors that Congress has historically never allowed to take place.

21. Avik Roy, “Putting the ‘Insurance’ Back in Health Insurance, Forbes, May 21, 2012, http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2012/05/21/putting-the-insuran...

22. Dean Clancy, What Should Replace ObamaCare, July 17, 2012,
See also: Avik Roy, “The Tea Party’s Plan for Replacing ObamaCare,” Forbes, April 7, 2012,

23. For many people, especially younger citizens, it will be more financially sensible to just pay the fine than to buy overpriced health coverage. The fine is small (only $95, or 1 percent of one’s income, whichever is higher, in 2014). If you refuse or neglect to pay the fine on your yearly tax return, the statute prevents the IRS from punishing you, other than by withholding any tax refund you are owed. So you could theoretically sidestep any penalty whatsoever by adjusting your income tax withholdings to avoid being owed a refund.

24. Jacqueline Bodnar, “FreedomWorks Announces “Burn Your ObamaCare Card” Campaign to Resist the Compulsory Health Care Law” (press release), July 11, 2013,  http://www.freedomworks.org/press-releases/freedomworks-announces-%E2%80.... See also: Dean Clancy, “Burn Your ObamaCare Card,” Washington Times, July 10, 2013, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jul/10/burn-your-obamacare-card/

          Oldbury man lands £3,000 fine for not cleaning up tonnes of dumped rubbish   
AN Oldbury man has been ordered to pay more than £3,000 for failing to clear up tonnes of dumped rubbish.
          Burger King-Team Member - Burger King | Franchise Management Inc. - Hanwell, NB   
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          A trade war 'could threaten the success' of Trump's presidency but he might start one anyway   

China steel

Donald Trump is playing a dangerous game of chicken with international trade.

While he initially backed away from major protectionist campaign promises, including ripping up the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and naming China a currency manipulator, Trump and his top economic officials have kept up the "America First" drumbeat, insisting the United States has gotten a raw deal from a global trading system it played an enormous role in shaping. 

The latest point of attrition is steel, which has long been the subject of targeted trade disputes between the United States and China. Yet Trump’s aggressive negotiating tone carries a great risk that international trust will evaporate, narrowing rather than improving the wiggle room for fresh agreements.

"Protection is pernicious since it restricts imports and usually this triggers more counter restrictions," Richard Baldwin, professor of international economics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, told Business Insider.

In particular, Baldwin worries Trump’s evocation of national security concerns to justify the potential tariffs could have broader repercussions. Only 3% of US-made steel is used for military purposes.

"The National Defense clause however opens things up to basically unlimited protection and thus the Section 232 moves are potentially a new and dangerous development," he said. "This is not just more dumping duties of the type we’ve seen on steel for decades."

Caroline Freund, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (where I used to work), says she’s hopeful industry pressure and economic reality is forcing the Trump team to rethink its more draconian proposals, such as tearing up NAFTA.

"I think what they’re looking for is a voluntary export restraint agreement, where Canada and Germany and whoever say we volunteer not to export more, a self-enforced quota that’s agreed upon," she said. "The manufacturing industries are lobbying hard because steel is going to be even more expensive."

"The problem is they’ve antagonized other countries so much, especially after pulling out of the Paris [climate] Accord — you could have gotten there with a carrot rather than a stick, you had have a better chance at a deal," Freund added. 

Richard Haas, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, was clearly taking the Trump threat seriously.

SEE ALSO: Trump is waging a new kind of Cold War — and millions of jobs are on the front line

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          How 'Sound City' Changed The Face Of Rock 'N Roll   
Transcript RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: One of the most entertaining documentaries to come out of this year's Sundance Film Festival is "Sound City." The rock musician Dave Grohl, of the band Foo Fighters, is the director - a first for him. Los Angeles Times and MORNING EDITION film critic Kenneth Turan has this review.KENNETH TURAN, BYLINE: "Sound City" is a mash note to a machine - not just any machine, however, but one that helped change the face of rock 'n' roll.(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)TURAN: That machine was the Neve soundboard, the crown jewel of the Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California. The place was a complete dump, though the messy ambience didn't stop Sound City from turning out more than 100 gold and platinum records. Who recorded there? Who didn't?(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SOUND CITY")UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Tom Petty.UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Fleetwood Mac.UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: Neil Young, man.UNIDENTIFIED MAN #3: Cheap Trick.UNIDENTIFIED MAN #4: Chili Peppers.UNIDENTIFIED MAN #5: Pat
          Comment on B&P Link Dump by Kevin   
<blockquote>Would Your Dog Eat You if You Died?</blockquote> I don't know about my dog but my cat is looking at me right now and licking it's lips.
          Crawfish Season Is Upon Us: Our Three Top Spots for Throwing 'Em Back   

Mudbugs, crawdads, decapod crustaceans... whatever you call 'em, these bright red little arthropods make for good eatin', and as the days get warmer, the critters get bigger. Indeed, crawfish season is underway, and we're strapping on our bibs, packing up extra WetNaps and venturing out in search of the best finger-lickin' crustacean goodness. It ain't easy—for a city not too far from the Gulf, Atlanta isn't exactly brimming with restaurants that know their way around a sack of mudbugs. Of course, you can buy a couple live sackfuls and do it yourself, which is always fun, but... if you've ever tried scooping out fifteen pounds of live crawfish from the cooler at YDFM, carting them out to your car, dumping them in the cooler, driving back home and listening to those little suckers scurry around in the backseat, you might understand why sometimes it's just easier to find a good restaurant that knows how to do the humble arthropod justice. Luckily, we have a couple in our rotation that do right by those spicy sea-snacks:

Crawfish Shack Seafood/
This Buford Highway joint is at the top of the list not only for many Atlantans, but Louisiana natives, too (and that's saying something). Owner Hieu Pham's love for the crawfish and oysters served up in shacks along the Gulf drove him to recreate the same experience for Atlantans. "The seafood's about as close as you can get to eating it right off the boat," he says. And boy, is it fresh. The Shack's crawfish, shrimp and fish are all from the Gulf, and they all get gussied up with homemade touches—like Hieu's house crawfish boil blend, with a handful of secret ingredients that give it a nice little kick. And with approximately 2,000 lbs. of crawfish selling a week during peak season, you can be sure that those 'dads haven't been sitting in a freezer for months. (Pro-tip: Slurp down some fresh-pressed sugarcane juice while you're there. It's the perfect companion for that zesty Cajun spice.)

Boudreaux's Cafe Acadiana
In our experience with Buford Highway, two golden rules seem to have emerged: 1) the farther you go outside the city, the better the eating and 2) don't trust clean, well-decorated eateries. In the case of Boudreaux's Cafe Acadiana, the first certainly holds true—the place sits about 45 minutes outside the city in Duluth, a decent trek for those looking to make their Cajun pilgrimage. But curiously, the restaurant actually has decor. Ambiance. Sports team paraphernalia hanging from the walls. It looks more at home on Roswell Road than the northerly reaches of Route 13. And this may elicit a certain distrust. But once your server delivers a tray (or three) of bright red, fresh-boiled crawfish, your preconceptions will peel away like the exoskeletons on those little suckers' tails.

Southern Seafood
After conducting years of scientific study, we've come to the conclusion that oftentimes, the most delicious of seafood comes not from white tablecloth restaurants or Michelin-rated sushi bars, but from the places you'd never expect: a dilapidated shack on the beach, perhaps, or an unassuming place in a surburban strip mall. Or, in this case, unassuming spots on the side of a major highway. Now, don't expect any frills—with one lone plastic table, this joint isn't exactly suited for multi-course seated meals. But their spicy, jumbo, boiled-to-order crawfish more than make up for the minimalist decor. Besides, if you close your eyes, you can almost hear the sounds of the ocean coming from the traffic on Lawrenceville Highway.

          Landslide death toll rises to 62 at Ethiopian waste dump   

The death toll in a landslide at a waste dump near the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa has risen to 62, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported Monday.

          US Duties on Softwood Lumber Climb with Latest Decision on Anti-dumping   
BC lumber producers will continue to vigorously defend the industry against a new round of preliminary anti-dumping duties imposed by the US Department of Commerce on Canadian softwood lumber.
          Cleveland Indians have Terry Talkin' trades, fans, Ryan Merritt -- Terry Pluto   

Is it wiser for Cleveland Indians to trade for a starter or give Ryan Merritt a chance in the rotation?

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Indians have started serious meetings about what trades ... if any ... should be made.

A year ago, the clear need was for another impact reliever. The Indians watched how Kansas City reached the World Series in 2014 and 2015 with dominant and deep bullpens. Manager Terry Francona absolutely loves relievers, and knows how to use them.

So it was somewhat easy to part with some top prospects (Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield, Ben Heller and J.P. Feyereisen) for Andrew Miller. The Indians were determined to win the AL Central Division and make a World Series run.

They rated Miller as the best reliever in the majors. The plan worked. Miller was outstanding. The Indians went to the 2016 World Series.

Right now, the bullpen is strong, despite a recent Cody Allen slump. The lineup doesn't have an obvious hole. It would be nice to have a catcher who can hit. But that guy could be Francisco Mejia, batting .343 at Class AA Akron. His arrival date will probably be some time in 2018.

This season, Tribe catchers Yan Gomez and Roberto Perez have combined to bat .207 (.613 OPS). In the American League, only Toronto's catchers (.170, .577 OPS) have been worse.

The positive is Gomez/Perez have thrown out 22 of 47 base runners (47 percent), best in the American League.


So what do they need? Probably another starting pitcher.

Here's how it breaks down:

1. The Indians are pleased with the top three in their rotation: Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer. While Bauer's overall ERA of 5.24 is high, it is 3.82 in June. He is coming around. He also has a 7-6 record.

2. The Indians are very excited about Mike Clevinger (3-3, 3.56 ERA). He is maturing as a starter.

3. Danny Salazar is coming back from a sore shoulder. Even if he returns, how long will he stay healthy? He is 4-8 with a 6.14 ERA since the 2016 All-Star Game.

4. Josh Tomlin has a 4-9 record and 6.17 ERA. How long can the Tribe keep him in the rotation?

5. Overall, the Indians' starters have a 4.52 ERA, No. 8 in the American League.

There are some pitchers on the market:

1. Chicago's Jose Quintana (4-8, 4.37) is very attractive. The lefty has a career 50-54 record, 3.49 ERA. He has a 1.89 ERA in June. He also is signed through 2018, followed by two team options.

2. Oakland is willing to trade Sonny Gray (3-3, 4.45 ERA). His career record is 41-34 with a 3.52 ERA. But he has had some arm problems in the past.

3. The Giants would love to dump Jeff Samardzija (3-9, 4.63 ERA). This guy has a 62-81 career record with a 4.09 ERA, but is signed for three more years at $19 million annually. It's odd how he kept getting huge money.

Quintana is the most interesting, but the Indians are very reluctant to pile up the prospects in a major deal.


Not sure why there are rumors of Pittsburgh considering trading Gerrit Cole, their 26-year-old right-handed starter. He is under team control through the 2019 season. He has a 53-36 career record with a 3.36 ERA.

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington (a former Tribe executive) is a smart guy. If he's willing to part with Cole, I'd wonder why.

There are some concerns. From 2014-16, Cole had allowed only 14 HR to lefty batters. In 2017, there have been 12. Cole was on this disabled list three times last season with triceps and elbow issues. But he's been healthy in 2017.

Cole is 6-6 with a 4.11 ERA. If the Indians want him, the price will be high. They better do their homework. Something seems strange about him being on the market.

Tribe president Chris Antonetti has made a lot of bold trades. Not only did he deal four prospects for Miller, he had four more ready to go to Milwaukee for Jonathan Lucroy. But the catcher used his right to veto the trade.

Antonetti dealt a pile of prospects to Colorado for Ubaldo Jimenez in 2011.

But the Indians wonder if it makes sense to trade someone such as Bobby Bradley and others for a so-so starting pitcher. You may not know Bradley, but the first baseman averaged 28 homers a season between 2014-16. Now at Class AA Akron, he has 14 HR and 49 RBI, batting .255 (.834 OPS). He has big-time power and is only 21.


The Indians are discussing giving a shot in the rotation to Ryan Merritt, who threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings to help the Indians beat Toronto and clinch the American League pennant last October.

Merritt is 25. He has a career 19-13 record with a 3.76 ERA at Class AAA.

The lefty has pitched 15 big-league innings in the regular season without a walk. He has a 2.40 ERA. The Indians don't have a lefty in the rotation. Merritt is a tremendous control pitcher, and showed he could handle pressure when starting Game 5 of the ALCS in 2016.

If the Indians were looking for a young starter and Merritt belonged to another franchise, they'd be interested in trading for him.

So why not pitch him in Cleveland?


Fans like day games during the week. That's what the stats show.

May 17: Tribe drew 22,104 for a weekday game with Tampa Bay. In the two previous nights against the Rays, they averaged 16,255.

June 1: Tribe drew 19,767 vs. Oakland. In three previous night games, they averaged 17,253.

June 15: Tribe drew 23,339 for the Dodgers. It was an average of 21,837 for two night games against Los Angeles.

June 29: Tribe drew 23,996 for Texas. They averaged 19,670 for three night games.

Tribe vice president Curtis Danburg said this has been the pattern for the last few years. A weekday game at noon seems to attract business people. There are three more this season.

"We also have been successful selling those games to groups," he said. But television prefers night games because ratings are higher, so that is a consideration.

Finally, it would help if the Indians would win some home games. Their 18-21 home record is second worst in the American League behind Minnesota (16-25).

A year ago, the Indians had an American League-best 53-28 home record.

The Tribe has played well at home since Terry Francona became manager. In his first four seasons, the Tribe's average home record was 48-33.

          Bibi, pup, teefje, 5 maanden   
Bibi werd samen met 4 broertjes/zusjes gedumpt voor de poort van het asiel in Segovia. Ze kwam op 4 juni in Nederland aan en verblijft nu in een gastgezin. Zij zeggen over haar: Bibi is een echte knuffelkont en probeert alles te ontdekken. Buiten vind ze nog wel veel eng Ze is nog niet helemaal zindelijk. Auto rijden vind ze geweldig gaat rustig liggen slapen. Het alleen thuis zijn moet nog worden opgebouwd. Met kinderen gaat het heel goed daar wil ze lekker mee spelen. Ze gaat goed om met andere honden. Wie heeft een plekje in zijn huis en hart voor deze geweldige pup?! Zij is volledig gevaccineerd, heeft een chip, Europees paspoort en een gezondheidsverklaring.
Meer informatie over Bibi, pup op www.dierenasiel.nl
          Raw Fuck Club – Cum Dump Hotel – Asher Devin & Tex Davidson   
Release Year: 2017 Video language: English Asher Devin just checked into the Trump Hotel in Vegas, where word on the strip is, this is where you come if you want to get fucked. In order to make sure Asher gets the VIP treatment, Tex Davison is called in to unleash his massive tool and drop [...]
          webform_test_composite is throwing error   

Drupal\Component\Serialization\Exception\InvalidDataTypeException: Object support when dumping a YAML file has been disabled. in Drupal\Component\Serialization\YamlSymfony::encode() (line 24 of core/lib/Drupal/Component/Serialization/YamlSymfony.php).

          Richmond North / Kings Dominion KOA (formerly King's Dominion Campgrou 9/10 - Doswell, Virginia   
We stayed here both on our way to NY and on our way home. The first site had no sewer but the dump station was right there and not a problem. Fellow campers where very respectful and everyone quieted down after 11:00 PM. Although many families had children, we are seniors, we enjoyed the experience. Our second site was in a full hookup site. Everything looks new and well kept. The site was level and had was easy to find, although there wasn't a lot of room for our tow vehicle. We would definitely stay here again.
          Facebook Was the â??Next Googleâ??   

Since I contributed $10 to the $23 million The Social Network grossed nationally this weekend, I see no reason not to blog some thoughts on the film.

First of all, the movie, which purports to be a history of the founding of Facebook, succeeds wildly as entertainment. As you may have heard by now, the film basically posits that if its founder, Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg, had not been dumped by his girlfriend for questioning the academic credibility of her school, Boston University, Facebook may never have existed at all.

Whether or not the film’s facts are straight on this is another matter. Nonetheless, it is not my purpose to comment extensively on either the film or its veracity, other than to recommend it highly as long as you ingest the story and characters with the copious grains of salt.

But some facts the film depicts are undeniable. The most significant for my purposes here is that the idea that became Facebook was germinated in the fall of 2003, just six years ago, and, as a website, was launched on the Harvard campus in February 2004.

This coincidentally is the same time I started my work as an analyst in telecom policy circles. In that period, Facebook has gone from a fairly localized Ivy League phenomenon to encompass 500 million “friends” and made social networking a significant dimension to the online experience.

Yet, even now, in the face of this one incredible example, I find myself, as I was six years ago, still challenging the assertion that the telecom industry is re-consolidating into a monopoly and that regulatory policies such as network neutrality are required to ensure innovation thrives for consumers, connectivity grows and applications remain inexpensive or free.

In fact, one of the rallying cries for network neutrality is that it is needed to ensure the viability of the “next Google.”

Well, Facebook was the next Google, and what it and its founders have accomplished, completely devoid of Internet regulation, is extraordinary. Moreover Facebook’s success is testimony to the free market counterclaim that network neutrality is a government solution in search of a problem.

On the technical side, as the film covers in broad strokes, Facebook’s biggest resource requirement was server space. That’s what Zuckerberg and his friends need most of their start-up capital for. In the film, as was the case in real life, access to bandwidth, which net neutrality proponents say carriers have monopolized into artificial scarcity, never is an issue.

Despite all the alleged backstabbing and double-crosses the film depicts, at no point does an evil telecom executive show up and demand a king’s ransom for the right to use its network. Zuckerberg’s biggest fear is a server crash, not the threat of being stuck in an “Internet slow lane.” On the contrary, throughout the film, broadband access to Facebook is taken for granted. Broadband wireless connections work flawlessly. When a character says he viewed the video of a regatta on Facebook within minutes of the race’s conclusion, the filmmakers assume audiences will accept it without further exposition.

So, while the film presents Facebook’s founders as dysfunctional, it does not extend that judgment to the telecom and Internet industry. My enjoyment of the film was enhanced—and I hope yours is, too--by its tacit acknowledgement that, in America, a high-tech idea still can go from a dorm room to household word within six years, and that there is no broadband monopoly bottleneck strangling start-ups, whether or not they are fueled by beer and bad break-ups.

          Run Patrick Run   
Today is conspiring to get me especially flustered - it's difficult to focus on the proper movie things that I need to get accomplished with extracurricular movie shit like "Rupert Friend in boxers" and "Morgan Spector's Penis" and now "Patrick Wilson jogging with his top off" flaunting themselves at my easily distractable eyeballs. (via) This is the second time PW's been spotted flaunting himself half-naked on or near the Aquaman set in Australia - click here for the other time - which is making me think he's feeling self-conscious, starring opposite a mountain of muscles like Momoa. Patty, my love, you're everything. You're always gonna be everything. No worries allowed. Click here for five more pics...

          Do Dump or Marry: W Men   
W Magazine has a super hot gallery of photographs of actors steaming up our TV screens in its latest issue that Alasdair McLellan shot, and I grabbed my three favorites - Homeland's Rupert Friend above and The Night Of's Riz Ahmed + Big Little Lies' Alexander Skarsgard below, but there are more over at their site worth checking out (Milo Ventimiglia and James Franco and I don't know who Johnny Flynn is but I want to now) and that's not even mentioning the ladies, so check out the entire shebang here. Anyway since I picked three let's Do Dump or Marry them in the comments!

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Top World News Now                 
March 3, 2013

United States
Obama Pardons 17 Felons, First in His Second Term
DHS built domestic surveillance tech into Predator drones
'Hundreds of thousands' of documents captured with Osama bin Laden, but only 17 released
Michigan governor moves to appoint emergency manager in Detroit
Pentagon Plans to Ask for Base Closures 
Thousands of Soldiers to Leave Europe
U.S. lawmakers question military aid to Egypt, citing concerns about Israel
US factory work is returning, but the industry has changed
'Anonymous' Hacker Explains Why He Fled The US
Among Most Polluted in US, NYC Area Awaits Cleanup
US Budget Cuts Force Yellowstone to Delay Opening
Obama signs sequester bill
Obama moves a step closer to approval of Keystone pipeline
Navy Building a Drone Base in Sunny Malibu

Ukrainian leader, fresh from EU talks, to meet Putin
Russian Arms Trade Czar Says "War" Declared on Weapon Supplies to Syria
Russian demonstrators rally in support of U.S. adoption ban
Moscow Police to Probe Alleged Rally Payment Scam
Moscow Mayor says no to more mosques in the city
Opposition’s ‘Social March’ Fizzles Out in Moscow
Uzbek National Shot Dead in Moscow
Putin, Obama stress cooperation, pledge to 'avoid deterioration' in relations
Russia presses for extradition of fugitive banker
Ukrainian President: Gas contract with Russia is killing us
Putin Signals Russia Can Be More Flexible on Syria
Putin says Russia should listen to French arguments on Syria, over vodka
Russians commend Putin's performance, believe he can keep election promises

Islands Dispute: China Warns Japan Ahead Of Legislative Session
A push for change in China as new leaders take the helm
China's reform roadmap gets clearer
China "fully prepared" for currency war
China divided on TV 'execution parade': judicial resolve or crude voyeurism
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Kills 12 in Chinese Coal Mine
Spill in China Underlines Environmental Concerns
China's fourth space launch center to be in use in two years
Xi Jinping taking on corruption in China
Premier Li Keqiang, as Hu Jintao protege, may be outgunned on policy
China calls for decreased tension on Korean Peninsula
5 Tibetans, mostly Buddhist monks, arrested for inciting self-immolations
Darkness at noon as worst dust storm in months mixes with morning smog
China's First Aircraft Carrier on Way to Permanent Base at Qingdao in North

United Kingdom
Cameron: UK 'can transform Africa' with G8
Cameron Vows To Stay The Course
Cameron buries hatchet with Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell - and offers him £250,000 EU job
Government fights Europe over air pollution reduction
EU banker pay cap 'threatens thousands of British jobs'
Revealed: One in four of UK's top companies pay no tax
Banker Andrei Borodin granted asylum in Britain after fleeing Russia
UK Explorer: Green Campaigning Has Failed
UK commits £88m to Chilean telescope 'as big as all existing ones put together'
Paedophile ring leader, Colin Peters, linked to Barnes scandal
Cameron vows to defend UK banks

European Union
Hundreds of thousands march against austerity in Portugal
Italy paralysed as Grillo plots exit route from euro
Italian newcomer Grillo predicts collapse in six months
Italy President Napolitano calls for realism after vote
Greek military prepares for mass repression
1000s hold anti-austerity demo in Greece
At least 22 people hurt in Macedonia ethnic protests over new defense minister
Mass layoffs at Caterpillar in Belgium
Dark Rumblings Of A Coup D'État In Spain
Spain Delays Catalunya Banc Auction
Spain overturns Islamic face veil ban
Thousands march in Portugal to protest austerity

Germany Blasted for Role in Europe's Crisis
German states rail against 'stupid' wealth transfers
Italian president says Germany must give EU recovery a boost
Germany Debates Fracking as Energy Costs Rise
Bitter feud divides family of Germany's reunification leader
Racism in German military mirrors society
Germany discovers toxin in animal fodder
Angela Merkel Wishes Bulgaria's Borissov Quick Recovery
Merkel cabinet lowers bars to German labor market
Kerry praises Germany's 'exemplary leadership' in Europe
Italian president scraps meeting with German opposition leader over "clown" remarks

Hollande leads tributes to 'a great figure' and resistance fighter
As France's Mali mission grows, so does terror threat from homegrown militants inside France
France considers marijuana-based drug
France will not reach 2015 disabled access target
Paris seeks alternative to 75% tax
France-Qatar tensions rise over Mali war, Tunisia
Hollande juggles trade, human rights in Moscow
Hollande to Talk Syria Settlement With Putin
Kerry holds talks on Mali with French leadership
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Al-Qaeda leader behind Algeria gas plant hostage massacre killed in Mali
US Seeks to Confirm Report of Terror Leader's Death
Syria: Fierce Clashes in Provincial Capital Raqqa
Assad Forces Take Aleppo Village, Reopening Supply Line
Syrian President Assad Blasts British Government
Iran Says Syria’s Assad to Run for 2014 Election
How Does the U.S. Mark Unidentified Men in Pakistan and Yemen as Drone Targets?
Syrian Rebels Angry Over US Aid: ‘Only Thing We Want Is Weapons’

Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

Netanyahu secretly visited Jordan to discuss peace with Palestinians
Netanyahu gets two more weeks to form Israel coalition
3 Syrian Mortars Land in Southern Golan Heights
Gaza Border: Senior Officer's Vehicle Hit by Gunshots
New coalition will have to freeze construction outside settlement blocs
Tissue tests planned for Israelis in Gaza who want to cross border
Palestinian PM evacuated from West Bank after Israeli soldiers fire teargas at protesters
Sequestration: Israel Could ‘Gradually’ Lose $500 Million in US Aid
Netanyahu blasts Erdogan's 'dark and libelous' criticism of Zionism

Scud Missile Fired in Syria Lands Near Iraqi Village
Bombs Kill at Least 22 in Iraqi Capital
Erdoğan: Islamophobia, anti-Semitism same
Turkey's Difficult Choice in Palestine, Israel
Erdogan Calls for More Support for Syrian Opposition
Kurdish leader 'outlines' Turkey peace plan
More Military Arrests in Turkey For 'Feb. 28 Process'
Turkey Provides Schools for Syrian Refugee Children
Iraq budget stalemate deepens over Kurd oil payments
Iraq continues to allow Iranian overflights to Syria

John Kerry visits Egypt as dozens injured in violent protests
Kerry urges Egypt to take difficult economic steps; opposition figures skip meetings
Protesters Demand Armed Forces Intervention in Cairo
Ex-member: Muslim Brotherhood has secret societies in 80 nations, including U.S.
Bahrain Activist Zainab Al-Khawaja Sentenced to Jail
176 Protesters Held in Saudi Arabia
Qatar's Influence in Egypt Runs Deeper Than Its Pockets
Morsi criticized for reaction to tragedy
Parties who boycotted Morsi's national dialogue invited to send suggestions
Opposition refuse to stand in Egypt's parliamentary elections

Ahmadinejad: National dialogue only way to end Syria crisis
Ahmadinejad: West's war against Iran media doomed to failure  
Ahmadinejad to Visit Pakistan This Month to Inaugurate IP Gas Pipeline Construction
Threatening Iran Won't Help in Nuclear Talks, Envoy Says
Seized Chinese Weapons Raise Concerns on Iran
Head Of Iran's Qods Force Suggests Assad Is Vulnerable
Sanction-Hit Iran Fears Unrest as New Elections Near
Khamenei tells Zardari pipeline must advance despite US opposition
Ahmadinejad Aide’s Candidacy a Challenge to Iran’s Theocratic Status Quo
Ahmadinejad, Zardari Stress Expansion of Iran-Pakistan Ties

Hugo Chavez undergoing chemotherapy
VP Maduro: Capriles Seeks Destabilization in Venezuela
Venezuela decries "absurd" rumors over Chavez death
Maduro: Chavez ‘battling’ for his life
Rumours swirl as Chavez stays out of sight
Former envoy claims Venezuela's Chavez is dead
Venezuela government denies rumours about Chavez
Venezuelans hold demo in support of Chavez
Student demonstration dispersed by authorities in Venezuela
FARC: Colombia government to blame for coffee strike

Brazil to get its first nuclear subs
Rousseff Meets Nigerian Leader for Trade Talks
Brazil's Unemployment Rises More Than Forecast in January
Prosecutors investigate spying charges against consortium building dam in Brazil
Brazil turns to Catholic Church to quash crack epidemic
Brazil Wind Developers May Be Required to Build New Power Lines
No one is safe from Argentina's drug war
Modern Slavery Rears its Ugly Head in Chile
Chilean Navy Saves 25 Stranded Whales, 20 Die
Peru says American couple found; family wants 'proof of life'

Nieto Says Justice Will Be Done in Union Boss’s Case
Six Bodies Found in Mexico, Including Teenage Boy Earlier Arrested for Murder
Mexican Daily Hit by Third Attack This Week
Army Kills 4 Gunmen in Northern Mexico
Two Police Gunned Down in Guatemala
Fire hits big Mexico City marketplace
Pena Nieto enacts major education reform
Powerful head of Mexico teachers union is arrested
Mexico to Launch New Police Force Later This Year

Cuba Dissident’s Daughter Says Dad’s Death Was No Accident
Cuban Dissidents Hope to Build Mass Organization
A post-Castro Cuba
Chavez Congratulates Raul Castro on Re-Election
Castro Retirement News Prompts Tepid Response In Miami
Transition now seen as underway in Cuba
Cooperatives Could Save Cuban Socialism
South African medical students in Cuba may be deported
No ease for Cuba from US state sponsor of terrorism list

United Nations
U.N. Security Council asks for report on possible Mali peacekeepers
Ban Tones Down Criticism of Rwanda Over Congo Claims
UN chief says Iran should gain world confidence over its disputed atomic plan
Libya to ask U.N. to lift arms embargo
UN Removes Osama bin Laden From Sanctions List
Emir of Ansar Dine added to US, UN

Top World News Now                 
February 26, 2013

United States
Obama To Tell Israelis of Plan for Iran War
Obama's Paycheck Exempt From 'Sequester'
White House Sells Meetings with Obama for $500k
Pentagon to Keep Gen. Allen Probe a Secret
Kerry: US to Hasten Syria Government Change
Kerry’s first overseas trip off to shaky start
Bill unveiled to legalize medical pot
Why Should Taxpayers Give Big Banks $83 Billion a Year?
Listen up ladies! Next time there's a draft, Uncle Sam might want you too
Homeland Security Chief Threatens Long TSA Lines From Sequester
TB outbreak: LAPD urges officers to wear masks
US Internet providers start spy program to stop file-sharing
Billions at stake: US and BP clash in court over Gulf oil spill
Nation of Islam asks for gang protection
New York City homelessness continues to set new records
Canadian Asteroid-Hunting Satellite Launched into Space

Putin's KGB/FSB Converging with New IMF Banking FSB
Putin signs radical anti-tobacco bill into law
In Putin's Russia, Shooting the Messenger
Medvedev: No Grounds for New ‘Cold War’
Deputy FM Ryabkov: Iran sanctions may be lifted
Zyuganov reelected Communist chief, vows reset in left-wing politics
China, Russia ink major energy deal
Moscow 'regrets' treatment of Russians abroad
Moscow Welcomes Release of 15 Russian Sailors in Nigeria
1kg meteorite piece found in Russian Urals, biggest chunk yet discovered
Moscow Police Seize Large Cache of ‘Black Market’ Weapons
At Least 17 Amur Tigers Dead in Russia's Far East in 2012
Protests in Ukraine as EU gives May ultimatum
Ukraine wields natural gas trump card in Brussels
As Medvedev is savaged, Putin silent
State Duma Backs Putin's Foreign Assets Bill

Xi vows peaceful path on Taiwan
Xi calls for cross-Strait cooperation in realizing "Chinese dream"
Xi rewards Chinese missile brigade for launching 100 missiles
Hu Jintao meets KMT honorary chairman
State councilor meets South Korea's new president
South Korea's Park Warns North Against Nuclear Pursuits
Foreign Ministry: All Japanese activities regarding Diaoyu Islands illegal
Min of Environmental Protection refuses to release data from soil contamination investigation
China to halt approvals for small coal mines
2 Tibetan Monks Self-Immolate as Anti-China Protests Continue
Tibet's Growing Tragedy: Self-Immolation Protests Reach 105
5.4-magnitude earthquake jolts Tibet
BBC World Service Shortwave Radio Blocked in China
Chinese transport "workhorses" extending military's reach

United Kingdom
David Cameron: I'll stop migrant benefits
John Kerry: US Won't Back UK on the Falklands
Britain's top cardinal resigns over allegations 'he behaved inappropriately with priests'
Family Targeted in North Belfast Blast Bomb Attack
Cameron to hold talks with Kerry
Head of Cameron's local Tory branch resigns over gay marriage
Clegg denies cover up of associate's misconduct
Tory threat to rival parties over libel law
UK Ratings Cut Puts Spotlight on Budget
Will Litvinenko-MI6 links be revealed?
UK onshore wind farms to create more carbon dioxide than they save
Tax Breaks Spur Record UK Offshore Oil & Gas Spend

European Union
Berlusconi revives political career in chaotic Italian election
Italian markets celebrate Berlusconi’s poor performance in election
Italy's center-left to win lower house, leads in Senate race
Initial results indicate stalemate in Italian election
Angry Italians deliver austerity warning
EU ministers discuss horse meat crisis
EU holds breath over crucial Italy election
Topless Femen protest against Berlusconi as he votes in election
Protest votes add to uncertainty in close Italy election
Spanish Police Nab 3 Suspected of Spying for Iran
Spain police arrest 45 in Madrid after protest

Merkel holds talks with Turkish leaders frustrated by slow-moving EU talks
Germany presses Turkey for progress in lifting embargo on Cyprus
German government backs ban on far-right party
German Intel Paid Neo-Nazi Informer $240,000
Bare-chested protesters take on Berlin
Merkel: China, Russia seeing Syrian president's time is up
Merkel Raises Turks' Hope Of European Union Entry
Merkel kicks off sensitive visit to Turkey
Merkel inspects German Patriot missiles in Turkey
Germany arms the Persian Gulf monarchies
Germany patient with France on deficit

Hollande's Sarkozy joke riles French opposition
Ayrault: Boko Haram Claiming to Hold French Family
France blasts 'cruelty' as Boko Haram displays kidnapped family
France to pause austerity, cut spending next year instead: Hollande
Hollande urges compulsory labeling amid horsemeat scandal
France's military operation in Mali in 'final phase'
France warns of kidnappings, attack risk in Benin
France is euro 'problem child', frets Angela Merkel's party official
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Syrian Opposition Pledges to Attend Rome Summit
Syria says ready to talk with armed opposition
Kerry Vows Not to Leave Syria Rebels 'Dangling in the Wind'
Car blast rocks central Damascus, casualties reported
Assad's Army Has Fled Entire Area Bordering Israel
Syrian Refugees Riot in Jordan Camp; 3 Hurt
Nearly 100 Rebels Are Reported Killed in Mali Battle
No sign of peace or reconciliation in Mali
West African Mali forces to cost €715m

Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

Netanyahu: Arrow will help us on peace, or defense
Netanyahu urges the PA to calm rioters and stone throwers
West Bank Streets 'Boiling' as Abbas Accuses Israel of Stoking Unrest
IDF and Palestinians clash following prisoner's funeral
West Bank Protests Grow, Fears of New Intifada
Israel, US successfully test anti-missile system
Palestinian officials accuse Israel of torturing inmate to death
Palestinian Detainee’s Death in Israel Sparks Unrest
Thousands of jailed Palestinians stage 1-day hunger strike

Erdogan holds joint press conference with Merkel
Kurdish Peace Process to Start After PKK Leave Turkey
Erdoğan: Assad a ‘mute devil’ for not defying Israel
Defense Minister Says 965 Suicides Among Soldiers in 10 Years
Turkey in Key Stage to Address Kurdish Issue
Turkey lists requests from Germany's Merkel
Turkey eyes Karabakh step from Armenia to open ways
Turkey Pressures Germany on EU Accession
Turkey says aid pledges for Syrian refugees 'unfulfilled'
Iraq shuts down 3 illegal tunnels to Syria

Bahrain Bans Import of Plastic Guy Fawkes Masks
ElBaradei Calls for Boycott of 'Sham' Parliamentary Election
Egyptian Brotherhood Hits Back at Opposition Leader
Stripped of 'Country of Origin' Label, US Agrees to Sell Tear Gas to Egypt
Bahraini Dies After Being Struck by Tear Gas Canister
Divided Egypt opposition attacks Morsi on election call
Morsi calls parliamentary elections in April
Thousands hold anti-government protests in Egypt
New death from SARS-like virus in Saudi

World Powers May Offer Iran Sanctions Relief at Nuclear Talks
UK claims General Shateri actually died in January bombing of Hezbollah-bound weapons convoy
World Powers Seek Compromise in Iranian Nuclear Talks
Ahmadinejad Admits to Economic Pain
Iran tests suicide drones in ongoing military drill
Iran denies downing foreign drone
Iran claims it has captured a foreign ‘enemy drone’ during military exercise
Iran announces new uranium deposits discovery
Iran selects 16 new sites for nuclear plants
Iran sentences 4 to death in biggest bank fraud case
Envoy: Iran to continue talks with IAEA on nuclear program

Chavez warns that Africa and South America Must Unite or face Western Interventions
Indigenous Venezuelans Hold Ritual for Chavez
Colombian Rebels Call on Santos to Save Peace Talks
Villegas: Condition of cancer-stricken Chavez not "favorable"
Prosecutor Accuses Former Colombian Governor of 2000 Massacre
Bolivia's Morales says was unable to see Chavez in Venezuela
Questions about political succession whirl in Venezuela after Chavez comes home
Poll: Maduro would win vote if Chavez goes
Chávez's return is obstacle for Venezuela's embattled opposition
Bolivia's Morales arrives in Venezuela to visit President Chávez

Falklands dispute: Argentina accuses UK of ‘defiance’ of anti-nuke treaty
Rousseff says extreme poverty almost eradicated
PM Medvedev begins visit to Brazil
Pro-Cuba Protesters Halt Dissident's Brazil Event
After Being Hounded by Protesters, Cuban Dissident Praises Brazil's Freedom of Expression
Brazil dockers end China ship protest; port strike threat
Argentina to renovate railways with Chinese trains in 2014
Union Leader Protests by Bringing Trucks to Argentine Labor Ministry
New tobacco law ignites controversy in Chile
Ex-leaders of German sect in Chile enter prison to begin sentences for sexual abuse of minors

Official Accuses CIA of 'Managing' Not 'Fighting' the Drug Trade
Nieto Meets with San Antonio Mayor
Government Says Over 27,000 People Missing in Mexico
Mexico Slaughters Nearly 500,000 Birds Infected with Avian Flu
Guatemala Moves Up Ex-Dictator’s Genocide Trial
Police Chief in Mexican Border City on Nuevo Laredo Missing
Suspect in General’s Murder Arrives in Mexico
Mexican Police Detain 81 Migrants
Vigilantes reportedly release captives in southern Mexico

Castro successor lacks charisma but is experienced manager
Raúl Castro Says His New 5-Year Term as Cuba's President Will Be His Last
Fidel Castro makes surprise parliament appearance amid leadership speculation
Cuban parliament gathers, president to be selected
Esteban Lazo Elected New President of the Cuban Parliament
Haitians Rage as UN Rejects Payout for Cholera Victims
Yoani Sanchez May Be Top Dissident in Cuba, but She Agrees US Embargo Must Go
Medvedev Discusses Meteorite Strike with Fidel Castro
Raul Castro Mentions Possible Retirement

United Nations
UN Removes Osama bin Laden From Sanctions List
Tunisia Arrests Suspect in Killing That Sparked Unrest
African leaders sign DR Congo peace deal
At least 53 killed in rival Arab militia clashes in North Darfur
Tunisia's New Premier Promises Inclusive Government
US blocks UN resolution condemning Damascus terror bombings
Tunisia: Party Names Premier Candidate
Tunisian PM steps down after crisis prompted by political assassination
Unesco agrees 5.6 million-euro plan to save Mali's cultural treasures
Top World News Now                 
February 21, 2013


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United States
GOP Resists Obama's Push for Tax Rise to Head Off Cuts
Obama Fleshes Out Plans for Infrastructure Projects
Obama considers urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage
White House announces online espionage response policy
US issues final word on essential benefits under "Obamacare"
Anonymous thrown into China-US cyberwar scandal
Pentagon informs Congress of plans to furlough 800K civilian workers
In wake of Benghazi, rapid response Marine unit heading to Europe
US issues worldwide caution to its citizens of terror threats
Body found in restaurant rubble after Kansas City explosion
Why Americans Might Be Better Off If Their Burgers Were Made Of Horsemeat
Sex-Change Surgery Available Through Many US Colleges
Majority of US citizens say illegal immigrants should be deported
Hundreds of thousands march in Puerto Rico against gay rights

Putin Invites G20 Leaders to St. Petersburg Summit
Migrant workers call on Putin for amnesty
Lavrov: Time to end the war in Syria
Moscow: N. Korea sanctions can only impact nuclear program
IMF warns of higher inflation, slower GDP growth in Russia
Russia's missing billions revealed
Russia Tries To Remove Images of New Drone From the Internet
Russian Military to Develop Anti-Meteorite Defenses
Russia investigates 25 cases of Defense Ministry fraud - Prosecutor General
MP resigns after bloggers disclose his Florida property
Russia escalating attacks on free expression a year on from Pussy Riot protest
‘Ample Evidence’ Linking Ukraine Ex-President to Journalist Murder
French Specialists Resume Work at Chernobyl Disaster Site
Ukraine: Embezzlement At State Orphanages
Belarus Phases Out Russian Warplanes, Radars

Xi Jinping's campaign to purge Communist Party 'won't be easy'
Incumbent cabinet holds final meeting
China's central banker skips retirement bar to stay on
Manila to tackle sea row 'with or without China' at UN
Attacks originating from US rank 1st among overseas hackings in China
Photos show new activity at N Korea nuclear site
Spy agencies scrounge for details on North Korean nuclear test
North Korea: A nuclear 7-Eleven?
N Korean propaganda video shows Obama in flames
US Envoy Opposes S Korean Nuclear Armament
Rise in online fan clubs extolling China's party leaders
After China's multibillion-dollar cleanup, water still unfit to drink
Smog in Pearl River Delta 'worse than in Beijing'
Maoists Block Deal to Break Nepal's Long Political Deadlock

Cameron to pay respects to victims of Amritsar massacre
Cameron's India trip hits wobble with concern over helicopter deal
Sars-like virus death reported in UK
New coronavirus can infect human lungs as easily as cold virus
Magdalene laundries: Ireland to apologise to survivors
Iranian torture guard refused UK citizenship
Britain expands "bigger than burgers" horsemeat tests
Regulator warns Britain 'on the brink' of energy crisis
Scotland 'faces EU funding cut'
Tanker drivers in Scotland vote to strike
Belfast Orange Order warns members over flag protests
One in four Africans attacked in Ireland

Berlusconi accused of trying to buy votes days before election
After Bulgarian Protests, Prime Minister Resigns
Greek police fire tear gas on anti-austerity protesters
Greece welcomes Hollande with ‘news blackout’
Dutch experiment in legalised prostitution a disaster
Thieves in Belgium pull off most spectacular and dramatic diamond heist in years
Iceland considers dropping its currency
Lawmakers Threaten to Veto Tightened Budget
EU reinforces sanctions against DPRK
To Revive Honey Bees, Europe Proposes a Pesticide Ban
Anti-austerity strike to bring Greece to a standstill
Italy politicians make final drive for votes before poll

Berlusconi's possible comeback a nightmare for Angela Merkel
Merkel's Rainbow Problem: On Gay Rights, Chancellor Still a Conservative
German Officials Signal Berlusconi Isn't Their Man
Germany Sends Troops to Mali
German police raid firms over Ponzi scheme
Germany: Court Backs Adoption by Same-Sex Couples
Net activists slam Germany's open data portal
NSU victims' families want more than sympathy
Security staff at Hamburg airport to strike Wednesday in pay dispute
Swiss mayoral candidate 'pro-Hamas, pro-Iran'
Outgoing chairman of Switzerland's Novartis foregoes $78 million golden parachute deal
Norway is Afraid of Foreign Spies

Hollande: French soldier killed in northern Mali
Hollande confirms seven kidnapped in Cameroon
Hollande urges investment in Greece, growth in Europe
Hollande: France will miss 2013 growth target
French Kidnapped in Cameroon Were Taken Into Nigeria
France saw 58 percent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in 2012
Man arrested for serial attacks on Paris Chinese
France to unfreeze development aid to Mali
France Charges 11 In Alleged Kurdish Extortion Ring
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Syrian rebels threaten Hezbollah with 48-hour deadline
Syrian military reportedly shoots down Israel drone
US direct military support to Mali likely to continue after elections
Mortars Explode Near Assad Palace in Damascus
Missile kills more than 30 in Syria
Typhoid breaks out in rebel-held eastern Syria
Foreign Arms Supplies to Syrian Rebels Expanding
Pro-Assad militia now key to Syrian government’s war strategy
Russia's double dealing on arms to Assad regime leaves UK isolated over Syria
Syrian Rebels Threaten to Attack Lebanon Over Border Dispute
Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

Former foreign minister Livni joins Netanyahu coalition
Prisoner X: Benjamin Netanyahu adds to mystery
Secretary Kerry to skip Israel in first trip
Turkey, Israel Cut 1st Defense Deal Since Freezing Ties
Israel Seeks to Curb Weapons Flow to Gaza
West Bank protesters rally for release of deteriorating prisoners
Palestinian Prisoner's Hunger Strike Reaches 211th Day
Fatah Official Warns of Violence if Prisoners Aren't Freed
'Iron Dome' may be instrumental in peace process
Head of Israeli IVF unit arrested in Romania


Security deteriorating in Egypt due to political instability
Opposition Sets Conditions For Dialogue With Morsi
Morsi's advisory team less diverse after months of walkouts
Morsi Issues Presidential Decree to Appoint New Mufti
Strike, Protests Hit Egypt's Port Said for 3rd Day
Egyptians protest at Libyan border over new visa rules
Egypt ministry appeals against order to block YouTube
Egypt files new charges against Mubarak's last premier
2 Sunni groups halt roles in Bahrain crisis talks
A Palace Rift in Bahrain Bedevils Key US Navy Base

Iran to Conduct Military Drills Over 3 Days
Reformists Meet Khamenei To Improve 'Internal Climate'
Rivals Forced to Apologize to Supreme Leader
Ahmadinejad threat to cancel Iranian poll
Iran Pushes Nuclear-Free Mideast Plans
Syrian Prime Minister Claims Iran is Now “Occupying” Syria
MPs say sovereignty over three Persian Gulf islands is non-negotiable
Iran protests Berlin film award for banned Jafar Panahi
Fatwa Issued Against 3G Internet Operator in Iran
Iran FM Spurns Western 'Gold Trade' Offer
Stung by 'Argo,' Iran Backs Conference Denouncing 'Hollywoodism'

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Top World News Now                 
February 9, 2013

United States
Hundreds of thousands already without power, buried under snow from ongoing blizzard
Obama: 'No reason' for automatic Pentagon cuts
Obama to propose 1 percent pay hike for federal employees
White House won't comment on Brennan's waterboarding dodge
Clinton more popular than Obama, polls show
White House Delivers Dire Warning About Automatic Cuts
Lawmakers test legal waters for regulating drones
Christopher Dorner manhunt: Search for ex-LAPD cop goes on amid California snowstorm
Cop-killer on the run: Largest manhunt in LAPD history spreads to three US states and Mexico
US Air Force veteran added to no-fly list after visiting sickly mom
FBI Sting: California man arrested trying to blow up Oakland Bank of America branch with "Taliban help"
Health Officials: Worst of Flu Season May Be Over
KKK promises the largest rally in the history of Memphis after Confederate parks are renamed
Ohio Amish beard-cutting ringleader gets 15 years  

Putin: Countering extremists key task for law enforcers
Forward Russia: Grand Sochi project highlights Putin ambition
Migrant workers suffer for Putin's Olympics
Putin presents presidential awards to young scientists
Russia targets Uganda as big market for weapons
Retired intelligence officer gets 13 years for coup plot
New Russian citizens to get call-up for military service
‘I solemnly swear!’ – Russian citizen’s oath considered
Married couple, forced apart in communist Russia, reunite by chance and remarry
Russia, US in Hasid books brawl: Moscow wants recourse over $50,000 daily penalties
In Russia, brazen murder of Chernovik founder is unsolved
Russia's Black Earth Farmers Switch to Corn, Oilseeds for Profit
Reform Quickly or Lose Deals, EU Tells Ukraine
Fascism rehabilitated in Ukraine?

Xi Jinping says he welcomes criticism; critics aren’t so sure
Xi Jinping promises a cleaner, greener energy future in China
Chinese leaders send greetings for Lunar New Year
China Denies Directing Radar at Japanese Naval Vessel and Copter
Dangerous dance around disputed islets is becoming ever more worrying
PLA Navy to conduct training drills in western Pacific over Lunar New Year
China threatened by overseas hackers
Former Guangdong official stripped of Party membership
China retrieves defaulted payments for migrant workers
China jails Tibetan man for inciting secession
HP Directs Its Suppliers in China to Limit Student Labor
After Myanmar Violence, Almost 6,000 Rohingyas Arrive in Thailand
North Korea nuclear test may cause volcano eruption near Chinese border
South Korea in 'first strike' alert over tests

United Kingdom
Cameron savors EU budget win as battles loom
Cameron: 'Horsemeat story is shocking'
Britain opens criminal probe of horse meat contamination scandal
Clegg faces a fresh attempt to oust him as Liberal Democrat leader
2.3 million deprived kids absent from UK poverty data
UK investigating allegations of child sex abuse at former RAF base in Germany
Border agency backlog keeps Britons and their foreign spouses in limbo
Experts say DNA crime-fighting in UK 'lagging behind'
New evidence of UK complicity in Libya torture
Tax Rules Waived in Britain to Lure Athletes
Saga of Speeding Politician Rivets Britain
Whitehall spies could already be operating in Scotland
Refuelling and rendition: Ireland's role in the war on terror

European Union
EU budget cut ushers in austerity for first time in union's history
EU leaders agree to push for US trade deal
EU may force banks to help set Euribor to keep it clean
EU Court Strikes Down Swift's Blockade Against Iranian Banks
Greece gets silver lining to budget plans for coming years
Growing Police Brutality in Greece: The Hidden Face of the Crisis
Armenia holds 2 in attack on presidential candidate
Anarchists Claim Responsibility for Attempted Bombing in Spain
Moroccan suspected of being terrorist arrested in Spain
Cyprus Presidential Candidate Wary of EU Bailout Terms
Italy Vote Seen Inconclusive as Risk of Second Ballot Grows
Birth Defects In Multiples On The Rise In Europe

German Shale-Gas Fracking Rules Sought by Merkel Coalition
Germany Warns on Currency Depreciation
Germany posts second highest trade surplus in 60 years
Topless activists denounce female circumcision at Berlin film festival
German weapons case pits man against gun clubs
Minister's Heritage Sparks Racism Debate
New doubts cast on Holocaust account Nazi child mascot
Swiss Unemployment Returns to a 2.5 Year High
Gun control debate rages in Switzerland
Switzerland Justice Minister Returns Home
Taipei Ministry to ask Switzerland to arrest Zain Dean
Global warming to bring more rain to hydro-dependent Norway
EON Plans Hundreds of Megawatts of Wind Power in Norway, Sweden

Illegal Roma evictions in France continue under Hollande
Ayrault says no current plan for Peugeot stake
Ex-US envoy: $17M French ransom funded al-Qaida
France plays down report of ransom paid for Niger hostages
Europe Is Watching as France Weighs Options for Peugeot
French charge north in Mali, Bamako shooting kills two
Symbol of French Republic defaced in art attack
Hollande Eschews Monarch-Style Presidential Monument in Crisis
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Jets roar over Pacific skies as US military gathers allies in drills, to keep ahead of China
Shooting erupts amid reports of mutiny in Malian capital
Suicide bomber blows himself up near Mali soldiers, first attack of its kind
French intervention 'will cost Mali its independence'
Rebel push into Damascus raises fears of long fight coupled by mass exodus
Syria says 'no truth' Israel targeted convoy
UN Says 5000 Syrians a Day Are Now Fleeing War
Syria military factory blast kills 54
Jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra is taking over Syria's revolution

Insight Into Today’s News
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets
Now We Know: War Is Murder
It Can't Happen Here?
The Andromeda Strain, Yes. Jesus, No. Your Tax Dollars at Work.
Remember 1994
Morningland Dairy destroyed by feds, $250,000 inventory stolen by government thugs during armed raid
Department of Homeland Security Targets Gun Collector
CIA Adviser Warns of 'Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction'
Debtors Prisons In The US Are Rapidly Filling With People Who Can’t Pay Bills

Netanyahu's coalition-building efforts are guided by suspicion and skepticism
Livni will be appointed as minister in charge of peace process
Defense Ministry suspends ties with six firms over alleged fraud
Tel Aviv Hepatitis A outbreak may stem from open-air markets
Abbas to Ahmadinejad: Talk more about Palestine, less about destroying Israel
Palestinian jailed for Abbas Facebook 'insult'
Abbas Meets With Leader of Gaza Terror Group in Cairo
Hamas Weighs Options For Recognizing Israel
Palestinian prisoners in Israel 'smuggling out sperm'

Despite US opposition, oil trade with Iraq is legal, PM Erdoğan says
South Cyprus condemns Erdoğan's remarks calling him a 'bully'
Turkey says has spent $600 million on Syria refugees
No strong EU without Turkey, says Italian envoy
Turkey-US Tension Develops Over Al-Qaeda Member  
Ailing ex-general fights for survival after sentence delay
Cargo ship crashes into a passenger seabus in the Bosphorus
Protests grow in Sunni areas in Iraq
Iraqi Kurdistan presses on with oil pipe to Turkey

Morsi: Egypt, Turkey to establish joint chamber of commerce
Clashes in Egypt as anti-Morsi camp demands change
Egypt Slams US Senator's 'Morsi Is Our Enemy' Comments
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It’s a little hard to compliment Jay-Z’s 4:44 without tipping the back of one’s hand. One can say it’s his best work in years, but he hasn’t made a great solo album since 2003, or even a pretty good one since 2009. One can say it’s a “cultural event,” but of course it is: He’s Jay-Z (or now, rather, JAY-Z), his wife is the biggest star in music, and 4:44 is his first album since she figuratively put him out in the street on Lemonade. One can say it’s the best rap album ever made by a 47-year-old, which it almost certainly is, but that’s not exactly blurb material. I can’t even tell you that you should go out and buy it, because you can’t—it’s currently available exclusively on Tidal, the streaming service part-owned by Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

The current decade hasn’t been particularly kind to Jay. 2011 saw the release of Watch the Throne, his hugely successful album-length collaboration with Kanye West, but coming as it did off West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, it felt like the first time since “Brooklyn’s Finest” that Jay’s star was eclipsed by that of a collaborator. His next solo album, 2013’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, was a critical flop that felt musically and spiritually vapid and came bundled with an intrusive Samsung app. In 2014, he was attacked in an elevator by his sister-in-law over alleged marital infidelities, dalliances which then became a central theme of the best selling and most critically acclaimed album of last year.

4:44 offers a lot of good news for Jay-Z, so we’ll start with that. For starters, it’s far superior to Magna Carta and probably the best and most focused solo work he’s done since 2007’s American Gangster. The entire album is produced by legendary Chicago beatmaker No I.D., and the production is uniformly exquisite. The sample flips are wondrous, the too-rare pairing of a great producer and a generous clearance budget: Beats are constructed around Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s in Need of Love Today” (on “Smile”), Nina Simone’s “Four Women” and “Baltimore” (on “The Story of O.J.” and “Caught Their Eyes,” respectively), and Donny Hathaway’s “Someday We’ll All Be Free” (on the album’s closer, “Legacy”). The result is 10 tracks shot with musical warmth and understatement, a welcome departure from the kitchen-sink maximalism of much of Jay’s later work.

Lyrically, 4:44 offers plenty of grist for the internet, a wealth of gossip, innuendo, thinly-veiled barbs at competitors, and behind-the-scenes mogul-ing. But coming from one of rap’s all-time great narrative stylists, it often feels more concerned with the raw dumping of information than the art and panache with which it’s rendered. There’s an entire verse about Jay beefing with Prince’s lawyer over Tidal’s exclusive rights to the late Purple One’s catalogue, which is about as exciting as it sounds. A shot at Kanye West’s workout regimen as detailed on last year’s “30 Hours” is a tasty bit of pettiness (and Tidal cross-promotion), but it feels like empty calories when you remember this is the guy who once made “Takeover.”

This pesky half-bakedness—or perhaps half-heartedness—is most evident on “The Story of O.J.,” perhaps the album’s most conceptually ambitious track. The song starts out with the promise of an unflinching examination of race in America, deriving from O.J. Simpson’s oft-stated, and ultimately impossible, dream of being “not black, not white, just O.J.” The allusion portends a commentary on how the American prison of race entraps everyone, regardless of wealth and social status, and at first a lyrical detour from Jay into the dynamics of the New York real estate market seems like it might be an ironic aside. But by the time he’s off to bragging about the value of his art collection, plugging the price of a Tidal subscription, and tossing off idiotic stereotypes just a few moments later (“You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America?”), it feels like he’s lost either the focus or the nerve to see the song’s premise through. The track’s music video is startlingly powerful, but like everything else here, you need a Tidal subscription to experience it.

4:44’s juiciest passages—the ones that have thus far prompted the most content and commentary—are Jay’s confessions of his philandering, quasi-revelations that are returned to with such frequently that their emotional weight starts to feel stepped-on. Jay’s first such admission comes by way of a comparison of himself to Eric Benét, Halle Berry’s ex, an odd confession-by-dated-analogy that offers little reflection other than acknowledging that both men have (or in Benét’s case, had) exceptionally attractive wives. Later Jay compares himself to The Godfather’s Michael Corleone—“Kay losin’ the babies because their future’s uncertain”—a strange interpretation of his wife’s miscarriage as karmic punishment for his own fidelity. (Jay repeats this same move later on the album with the line, “I apologize for all the stillborns/ ’cause I wasn’t present, your body wouldn’t accept it.”) It starts to feel like the worst pages of Drake’s playbook, in which female partners are ostensibly front and center, but mostly in relation to men feeling bad.

That said, there are plenty of genuinely moving moments here. Jay’s discussion of his mother’s sexuality on “Smile,” for instance—“Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/ Society shame and the pain was too much to take/ Cried tears of joy when you fell in love”—a startlingly candid revelation of something that wasn’t public until the album’s release. And “4:44,” a song-length apology to his wife, contains probably the most romantic lyrics Jay has ever penned: “We’re supposed to vacay till our backs burn/ we’re supposed to laugh till our heart stops/ and then meet in a space where the dark stops/ and lets love light the way.” This is pretty beautiful writing, a moment when the self becomes sublimated to something larger. Unfortunately, the next lines sort of undo it: “Like the men before me, I cut off my nose to spite my face/ I never wanted another woman to know/ Something about me that you didn’t know.” Is this really the best time to (once again) bring up your own cheating? There’s a point when incessantly apologizing becomes just another way of talking about yourself.

The album’s second-to-last track, and to my ears its one uninterrupted moment of greatness, is “Marcy Me,” a reflection on Jay’s childhood home and origins that, fittingly, feels like something from another era. Over a sample of Portuguese rock group Quarteto 1111’s “Todo O Mundo E Ninguém,” Jay spits intricate rhymes with a wit and ferociousness we haven’t heard from him in years. Physically, he’s not quite up to it, though—he sounds winded, accidentally and remarkably human. On an album preoccupied with the appearance of vulnerability, it’s one of the few sustained moments that feels genuinely vulnerable.

Rarely does any musician makes the best music of his or her career at age 47 or even come anywhere close to it. Rock fans like to cite Dylan, the Stones, and Springsteen as exemplars of longevity, but when they were in their late 40s, they were making albums such as Down in the Groove and Steel Wheels or releasing boxed-sets of previously unreleased tracks. Taken in this context, the confidence and commitment of 4:44 is undeniably impressive, and it should return Jay to somewhere close to the center of the contemporary hip-hop conversation.

4:44 has been widely heralded as Jay-Z’s most “personal” album, and understandably so. But really, who out there has ever listened to “D’Evils” or “Song Cry” or “99 Problems” or “No Hook” or “So Ghetto” or “Heart of the City” or “Hard Knock Life” and thought they weren’t personal? All great art is personal, but that doesn’t mean all personal art is great, and 4:44 too often feels like vertically-integrated brand-building, chumming for audiences overly invested in figuring out whether Courtney-from-Hooters or Becky-with-the-good-hair are real people, and doxxing them. As business models go, this is a shrewd one: seize upon a public appetite for details on the world’s most famous marriage, give it to the internet in digestible pull quotes, make some short films, and stream it all on a service that you own for $9.99 a month, preferably on the Sprint network. But its preconditions are extreme fame and wealth, and as such it allows only a small handful of megastars to prosper while the rest of the industry depends on their largesse. Can’t knock the hustle, I guess, but I can’t quite bring myself to applaud it.

          Class A Truck Driver - D&H Enterprise Group Inc - North Collins, NY   
Seeking a full time class a driver for local dump trailer work must have clean license dump trailer experience....
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          CDL Class A Driver - Merkles Trucking - Delmont, PA   
We are a company located in Breinigsville, PA, which utilizes dump trucks and tractor trailers with flatbeds. Class A Driver Needed near Delmont, PA 15626:*.... $50,000 - $60,000 a year
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          Amsterdam opent opvang voor kippen   
Foto: Andrei Niemimäki, Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 2.0 Volgens de gemeente Amsterdam gebeurt het steeds vaker dat hobbyisten spijt hebben van hun aankoop en hun kippen of hanen dumpen. Zo trof de gemeentelijke kippenvanger vorig jaar tachtig tot honderd kippen aan in de stadsparken van onze hoofdstad. Amsterdam opent daarom nu een speciale opvang voor afgedankte kippen. Redenen om van de dieren [...]
          Trump demands 'fair shake' for U.S. automakers in South Korea   
South Korea must give American automakers "a fair shake" to sell more cars there and stop exporting "dumped steel," President Trump told his counterpart Moon Jae-in during talks Friday.

          Tandem Truck Driver - PML Contracting - Ottawa, ON   
Seeking an experienced Dump Truck driver, with a clean abstract to drive our Tandem. Must be 25 years +, insurable, have knowledge of the City of Ottawa, $18 an hour
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          Can I Get My Ex Girlfriend Back   
If you?re wondering, ?Can I get my ex girlfriend back?? then the breakup probably wasn?t so devastating that you think the relationship can?t be saved. You?ll have to hope she feels the same way. If any hurt was caused during the split that you should apologize for, now?s the time to say you?re sorry. Being sorry and sincerely showing it is a good first step.

Can I get my ex girlfriend back by showing my sensitive side?

Well, there?s no guarantee you?ll get back together, but the odds tilt more and more in your favor when you do things right. Show her how much you miss her, and how sorry you are. Just pay attention to what she does. If your gestures of sorrow only make her angry?she throws away the roses or something dramatic like that, for example?change your tactics until you find that something she responds to.

If flowers or cards frustrate her, for example, maybe that?s because it?s easy to pick up the phone and order flowers or buy a card someone else wrote. Try putting yourself in her shoes and try to figure out something more appealing. Buy a blank card and write your own verse in it. It doesn?t have to rhyme, in fact it?s better if it doesn?t. Try to honestly express how you feel. Or pick flowers and present her with a bouquet you put together yourself.

A common complaint among women is that men aren?t thoughtful. Were you thoughtful during the relationship? Now you might be wondering, can I get my ex girlfriend back by being thoughtful? Not necessarily, but it?s one more step toward your goal of getting her back. Every positive thing stacks up, making it easier and easier for her to come back to you. Don?t expect things to happen right away, though.

If you spent your relationship rarely doing thoughtful things, or you only did them in the beginning, she?ll probably doubt the things you do now. Just be patient, and keep up your efforts. Don?t appear frustrated or angry. Do the thoughtful things because it feels good to make her happy, not because you?re working toward a goal.

Can I get my ex girlfriend back by dating other women?

If it?s been a long time since the breakup, and you?re still working on being thoughtful, a casual date seems harmless and may make her wish she was your date, but go too far and it could backfire.

Can I get my ex girlfriend back if she has a boyfriend?

The odds are against it, but if you can show her that she?ll be happier with you than the new boyfriend you?ll have a good chance. Being thoughtful will go a long way toward showing her that. Even if it seems hopeless, don?t give up.

If it appears she?s moved on, still send her a card you wrote just wishing her a great week. But don?t look as if you have any expectations. Your thoughtfulness might really impress her.

One other thing my friend, the points made above, are only just one step in the equation of getting your true love back. The important thing is to have a step by step plan that will lead you in your heartfelt pursuit.

Frankly, that's what I did when my true love dumped me. I followed a plan authored by T 'Dub' Jackson. When my cause was almost hopeless and I was dieing inside, it hauled me up by my bootstraps and helped me get my life's love back. It's called "The Magic Of Making Up" and you can check it out at: http://www.getbacktogetherfast.com
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          Challenge: Clean this Recipe!    
I must admit that I've been waiting for the temperatures to dip a bit, just to have an excuse to make this recipe. It's my absolute favorite fall/winter stick-to-your-bones recipe. It's reminiscent of a dish my mom used to make, although I'm quite certain she didn't use canned rolls or cream-of-anything soup.

Now, if you don't mind the occasional cream-of soup, or using canned rolls, then I urge you to try this recipe as is. We made it tonight and I'm still thinking about it.

However, in light of my recent pledge to eat healthier and cleaner, I want to try to make this recipe better. I'm pretty sure that with a little digging I could find a recipe for home-made dumplings, but if you have one you'd like to share, please do!

My real challenge lies in replacing the cream of chicken & mushroom soup. Tonight I used just that; an actual combination of both soups in one can. That just screams healthy, no? (wink,wink)

Still, it was delicious, and I fear it may be hard to replace the soup and still achieve the same level of deliciousness. Which is why I'm turning it over to you, the reader. Come up with a suitable replacement, and I'll try it out and report back. Let's see if we can clean this one up.

Crock-Pot Chicken & Dumplings



  • 2 organic boneless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken (or cream of mushroom) soup
  • 1 cup low-sodium organic chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 small-medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 bag of baby carrots (or approximately 1 cup of chopped carrot)
  • 1 can of organic sweet peas (or a bag of frozen peas)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, sliced (or 1-2 tsp of garlic powder)
  • Salt, pepper & paprika to taste
  • 1 tube of Pillsbury Reduced Fat Crescent Rolls


  • Cut chicken into bite site pieces; season with salt, pepper & paprika to taste.
  • Combine soup, chicken broth, and water in crock pot, stirring well to mix.
  • Add chicken, onion, carrots, peas, and garlic.
  • Cook 4-5 hours on high (or 7-8 hours on low)  *Note that mixture will still be soupy at this point.
  • Tear crescent rolls into pieces, ball the dough and add to crock pot.
  • Cook for an additional 30-45 minutes on high.
  • Enjoy!

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              Construction Labourer - Bri-Don - Windsor, ON   
    1. Fulltime AZ or DZ DRIVER for dump truck Must perform circle checks, be a team player, punctual, also must be willing to perform labourer duties as needed $15 an hour
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              (USA-MS-Jackson) Non-Experienced CDL Residential Driver - Jackson, MS   
    Equal Opportunity Employer: Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran Waste Management \(WM\), a Fortune 250 company, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste and environmental services in North America\. We are strongly committed to a foundation of operating excellence, professionalism and financial strength\. WM serves nearly 25 million customers in residential, commercial, industrial and municipal markets throughout North America through a network of collection operations, transfer stations, landfills, recycling facilities and waste\-based energy production projects\. Join our Waste Management team, the industry leader since 1971\. With over 41,000 proud employees, Waste Management has the largest trucking fleet in the waste industry \- over 18,000 trucks, and leads in CNG advancement with the largest fleet of class 8 Natural Gas Vehicles in North America\. We offer opportunities in 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada When you drive for Waste Management, you join a team of the best drivers in the nation \- professional, well trained, and skilled\. Our drivers work hard and drive safe\. They know they are valued front\-line team members who are the key in making Waste Management number one in the industry\. They are rewarded with competitive pay, great benefits, opportunity for growth, and they are home at night and on the weekends\. **I\. Job Summary** Residential Drivers operate heavy\-duty trucks and are responsible for the collection of residential household waste or recyclable material\. Driver will transport the material to a disposal, transfer or recycle facility when trucks reach legal load capacity\. Driver safely maneuvers vehicle in residential environments\. Navigates high traffic and congested roadways, driveways, alleyways, and lots\. **II\. Essential Duties and Responsibilities** To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the following tasks\. + Operates vehicle in accordance with Waste Management Safety and Life Critical Rules, OSHA \(Occupational and Safety Health Act\) and DOT \(Department of Transportation\) requirements as well as all local, state and federal laws\. + Performs pre\- and post\-trip inspections of assigned vehicle and documents checks utilizing the standard DVIR \(Driver Vehicle Inspection Report\)\. \. + Immediately reports all unsafe situations or service related issues to Route Manager or Dispatch\. + Attends and participates in all scheduled training programs, briefings, and meetings as required by Waste Management or directed by the Route Manager\. + Works closely with Route Manager to improve route efficiencies and identify best practices\. + Notifies Route Manager of any incidents, accidents, injures, or property damage\. + Notifies Route Manager or Dispatch of service interruptions including closed or impassable streets or alleyways, receptacles too heavy to service or potential safety hazards\. + Communicates customer requests to Dispatch or Route Manager\. + Completely dumps all receptacles and leaves the customer’s location clean and free of debris\. + Follows route assignments as directed and completes end of day documentation and check out process\. + Performs all duties as scheduled by Route Manager or Dispatch and assisting other drivers as directed to meet customer needs\. **III\. Supervisory Responsibilities** This job has no supervisory duties\. **IV\. Qualifications** The requirements listed below are representative of the qualifications necessary to perform the job\. A\. Education and Experience + Education: Not Required + Experience: Not Required B\. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations or Other Requirements + Must be at least 21 years of age + Legally eligible to work in the United States + Hold a current Class A or B Commercial Drivers License with an air\-brake endorsement\. C\. Other Knowledge, Skills or Abilities Required + None required\. **V\. Work Environment** Listed below are key points regarding environmental demands and work environment of the job\. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job\. Normal setting for this job is: outdoors and/or driving a vehicle\.\. **Benefits** At Waste Management, each eligible employee receives a competitive total compensation package including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance and Short Term Disability\. As well as a Stock Purchase Plan, Company match on 401K, and more\! Our employees also receive Paid Vacation, Holidays, and Personal Days\. Please note that benefits may vary by site\. If this sounds like the opportunity that you have been looking for, please click "Apply\.” **Job:** _Driver_ **Title:** _Non\-Experienced CDL Residential Driver \- Jackson, MS_ **Location:** _Mississippi\-Jackson_ **Requisition ID:** _17010839_
              (USA-MS-Jackson) Non-Exp CDL Residential Driver 17009198 / Jackson   
    This position is for a Non-Experienced Residential Driver with a provider of comprehensive waste collection and environmental services located in Jackson, MS. You will operate heavy-duty trucks and are responsible for the collection of residential household waste or recyclable material.Duties and Responsibilities: Operates vehicle in accordance with company Safety and Life Critical Rules, OSHA, and DOT requirements as well as all local, state and federal laws; Performs pre- and post-trip inspections of assigned vehicle and documents checks utilizing the standard DVIR; Immediately reports all unsafe situations or service related issues to Route Manager or Dispatch; Attends and participates in all scheduled training programs, briefings, and meetings as required; Works closely with Route Manager to improve route efficiencies and identify best practices; Notifies Route Manager of any incidents, accidents, injures, or property damage; Notifies Route Manager or Dispatch of service interruptions; Communicates customer requests to Dispatch or Route Manager; Completely dumps all receptacles and leaves the customer's location clean and free of debris; Follows route assignments as directed and completes end of day documentation and check out process; Performs all duties as scheduled; Assists other drivers as directed to meet customer needs.Qualifications: Must be at least 21 years of age; Legally eligible to work in the United States; Hold a current Class A or B CDL with an air-brake endorsement.Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer M / F / H / V
              (USA-MS-Jackson) Exp CDL Residential Driver 17009196 / Jackson   
    This position is for an Experienced Residential Driver with a location in Jackson, MS. You will be responsible for the collection of residential household waste or recyclable material.Duties and Responsibilities: Operate vehicle in accordance with Waste Management Safety and Life Critical Rules, OSHA (Occupational and Safety Health Act) and DOT (Department of Transportation) requirements as well as all local, state and federal laws; Perform pre- and post-trip inspections of assigned vehicle and documents checks utilizing the standard DVIR (Driver Vehicle Inspection Report); Immediately reports all unsafe situations or service related issues to Route Manager or Dispatch; Attend and participate in all scheduled training programs, briefings, and meetings as required by Waste Management or directed by the Route Manager; Work closely with Route Manager to improve route efficiencies and identify best practices; Notify Route Manager of any incidents, accidents, injures, or property damage; Notify Route Manager or Dispatch of service interruptions including closed or impassable streets or alleyways, receptacles too heavy to service or potential safety hazards; Communicate customer requests to Dispatch or Route Manager; Completely dump all receptacles and leaves the customer?s location clean and free of debris; Follow route assignments as directed and completes end of day documentation and check out process; Perform all duties as scheduled by Route Manager or Dispatch and assisting other drivers as directed to meet customer needs.Qualifications Include: 1 year of experience operating a vehicle requiring a CDL or equivalent military driving within the last 7 years; Must be at least 21 years of age; Legally eligible to work in the United States; Hold a current Class A or B Commercial Drivers License with an air-brake endorsement.Job Fair Jackson, MS, March 1st 9am-2pm at Waste Management
              One-Armed BMX Rider Uses Genius Technique To Perform Tricks   
    "Anything is possible, and you don’t need two arms to ride a BMX," says Jack Dumper.
              Comment on Rava Idli (Semolina Dumpling) by narain karthikeyan   
    thank you for help me in cooking
              Fox Host Bolling Defends Trump’s Twitter Attack On Mika Brzezinski: I Don’t Disagree With The Tone   


    Fox News host Eric Bolling echoed the White House today when he suggested that MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski deserved the sexist Twitter tirade Donald Trump dumped on her today: “If you get punched, you get to punch back,” Bolling said.

              2003 Vactor Vac-Con Vacuum Truck Hydro Excavator Sewer Jetter (Oodle) $118,000   
    2003 Sterling L9500 VACTOR 2112 Year: 2003 MAKE: Sterling Model: L9500 Vin: 2FZMAZAS23AK26605 MOTOR: 12.0L L6 DIESEL Engine: CAT C12 S/N: 2KS88293 ARG: 220-XXXX TRANSMISSION: Allison S/N: 661010XXXX 181,042 miles 12,749 Engine hours TIRES: 11x22.5 REAR (APPROX. 80 TO 90% TREAD) 11x22.5 FRONT 80% TREAD EQUIPMENT: VACTOR VACUUM/JETTER COMBO - VACTOR Model 2112-HR80/42-15 - Holmes PD blower ( H029004 ) - 3150CFM - 12 YARD DEBRIS BODY - 1,300 GALLON FRESH WATER - 80 GPM JETTER PUMP/ 2000 PSI - HYDRAULIC HOSE REEL 500’ x 3/4” Jet hose / Footage Counter - HYDRAULIC DUMP BODY - HYDRAULIC LOCK& RELEASE REAR DOOR Condition: Clean Overall!! Runs, Drives And Operates Excellent! ( EX-MUNICIPAL )

              2002 International 7400 VacCon VACUUM/ JETTER COMBO (Oodle) $92,000   
    2002 International 7400 VacCon VACUUM/ JETTER COMBO Year: 2002 Make: International Model: 7400 91,981 miles 13,559 Engine hours Engine: DT530 / 8.7L TRANSMISSION: Automatic TIRES: 11x22.5 REAR (APPROX. 80 TO 90% TREAD) 11x22.5 FRONT 80% TREAD EQUIPMENT: VAC-CON VACUUM/JETTER COMBO Model: V316LHAE / Serial# 04023081 - Pony motor 2,250 hours - 3 STAGE FAN - 16 YARD DEBRIS BODY - 1,500 GALLON FRESH WATER - 80 GPM JETTER PUMP/ 2,500 PSI - HYDRAULIC HOSE REEL - HYDRAULIC DUMP BODY -HYDRAULIC LOCK& RELEASE REAR DOOR History: Ex-municipal Condition: Clean Overall!! Runs, Drives And Operates Excellent

              The Fifteen Hour Shift or Is That Guy Living In Our Dumpster?   
    Yesterday was a real bear. The manager called and said that the guy I'm replacing who's been training me (maybe I should be training him???) was going out of town for a few days and wanted me to come...
    Resistance – Earlier this afternoon, between rain showers, I took some trash to the dump and stopped to get some gas for the lawnmower. Afterward, heading home and stopped at a traffic light, my eye caught a large raindrop in the center of my truck window. My first response was to turn on the wipers […]
              Comment on Adani: trouble on all fronts by Ikonoclast   
    <a href="#comment-279923" rel="nofollow">@Simon Fowler </a> Thanks for the insightful comments. I did write of "genuine democratic socialism, or a collapse into barbarism and environmental catastrophe." I do apprehend both (category) possibilities and of course barbarism, anarchy etc. could be any of a thousand varieties and variants so this leaves open the many possibilities you talked about. The exact form of democratic socialism is open too and will be technologically and materially molded with feedbacks both ways as these factors interact with human biology and human agency. On the matter of categories, some categories may be binary. We create categories in an attempt to understand the world. Possibilities within these categories may be boundless. Hopefully, our categories are empirically based and pragmatically useful and not simply arbitrary. Historical moral advances hold out hope that we may make more advances. State-sanctioned slavery has been abolished or largely so. This was a great advance notwithstanding the fact that other forms of slavery still exist. Rather than a "moral slippery slope" existing (where we decline from some golden age - and how was that attained?), it seems a moral ramp exists which we can slowly climb up over the centuries. I haven't given up on true socialism yet. How that "moral ramp" might exist or be made and be made operative is outside this topic of course. But the trend away from monopolisable fossil fuels - existing in natural and hard to access "fuel dumps" - and a movement to ubiquitous sunlight, easy for all to access as an energy source, may have an intrinsic socialism-favouring element to it. The air and the sunlight may be the one commons which all people resist the enclosure of by "owners", by capitalists. The movement to becoming "prosumers", "producer-consumers" would appear to be a socialism-favouring development.
              EXPERIENCED CLASS 1 DUMP TRUCK DRIVER - Burnaby Blacktop Ltd - Vancouver, BC   
    \*\*Applicants should be living in or near the Vancouver Area. Burnaby Blacktop is Metro Vancouver’s fastest growing Asphalt & Concrete Company. *(Because We
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              Heavy rain predicted for the east of NZ   
    Heavy rain with the potential to make rivers swell, roads flood and earth slip is set to hit the north-east and central parts of the country this morning.The dumping of wet weather which drenched Auckland yesterday has moved and...
              For sale - Vintage Mid Century Art Deco Letterpress Print Type... - Auction   

    Englewood CO, United States
    ...Dump Truck Ornamental Printing Block. This Type is in excellent condition. This block measures approximately 1.125" x .625" . A unique addition to your collection. Check out our other auctions at Visit My ebay Store we are always happy to combine shipping when feasible for safe packaging. Thanks for looking!!! Vintage Mid Century Art Deco Letterpress Print Type Dump Truck ...

              To Solve Gruesome Desert Mysteries, Scientists Become Body Collectors   

    People are dumping corpses in the high desert of western Colorado. But those unloading bodies aren't criminal masterminds. They're scientists. And out here, the usual rules of human decay don't apply.

              3 Disse piger elsker at sluge sperm film   
    Thumb Isabel Ice knows no boundaries when it comes to taking it in the dumper and swallowing
              Re: Сlubbing on da dancefloor   
    Специально для этой трассе, эти люди решили начать совершенно новый проект. Первоначально искать художников были в Ливерпуле, ; Однако ,индивидуальный приходит от знакомых выступают фирмы кандидатуру , которая возникла в Северной Америке , Клер Томас (Andrew Thomas), музыканта вместе с ди-джеем , что жизнь в Кельне. Клэр , в свою очередь, выпустила производителя Тревор Тэйлор ( Trevor Taylor ), а также коллекцию , руководствуясь Тревор Джон McInerney ..

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              International Trade Senior Associate - WilmerHale - Washington, DC   
    Our International Trade Practice seeks a senior associate with three to six years of experience in the area of trade remedies (antidumping and countervailing
    From WilmerHale - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:42:49 GMT - View all Washington, DC jobs
              For Today...February 20, 2011   

    Outside my window...the snow has all but melted, though it is still really cold. I remember last year, we didn't have any snow past the end of February. I love to watch it snow, but right now, I am so ready for warm weather so I can head to the water's edge in my flip flops.

    I am wearing... jammies. I think I have come down with the icky sinus funk going around up here.

    I am thinking...random thoughts. Warm sunshine, flowers, loved ones, not wasting a moment with those we cherish. 

    I am thankful for...life. No matter how hard it gets sometimes. There might be long periods of darkness or down times, but just at my lowest point, there's a break in the clouds. If even for a second, to remind me to cherish life.

    From the kitchen...nothing much today. Being stuffy doesn't inspire much hunger.

    I am creating...slowly. And in spurts. I did actually do some painting this month and got two pieces I am pretty happy with. I'll share a picture of one of them, made for my hubby as a Valentine gift. The other is for a project of sorts. I had posted a status on my personal Facebook about a handmade exchange. I didn't get many takers, since the catch was you then had to repost offering your handmade goodies. But I did have one commenter...and if she's reading this I don't want her to see her surprise!

    Rob's gift on my easel.

    I am reading... well. I started Digging Up Otis by T. Dawn Richard and You're Not Who You Think You Are by Albert Clayton Gaulden. I usually only do one book at a time, but sometimes, if they are different enough, I read two. These two aren't really that engaging...so I picked up a Jen Lancaster book at Borders here in town, and LOVE it! Bright Lights, Big Ass is too hilarious and you should go get it. NOW. And while you're at it, read Jen's Blog. it's just as hilarious!

    From the learning rooms...I'm learning to give myself time. For some reason, I have this thing in my brain that I have to do a perfect, finished painting in one sitting. yeah, sometimes it takes more time! My hubby is still doing very well in his classes. I still can't believe it's been a year since he began and that he graduates in September! Right now, September feels like a lifetime away, but I know it's just right around the corner. I'm so proud of him!

    I am hoping...to figure out what the heck the deal is with my hormones. It's been going on for a while, but since turning the big 3-0, it seems so much worse. 

    I am hearing...a cat purring in her sleep and the best cooking show on PBS, Cooks Country!

    I am going...give myself a break...I swear I will. After doing some writing work, I'm going to make a big pot of tea and cuddle up with my cat and my book for the rest of the day.

    Around the house...laundry,dishes,general tidying...how does this much crap pile up so quickly?

    I am remembering...Rob's grandmother, known to most of the family as Grandma Great. She passed away this past Tuesday, and the funeral was Saturday. Since we lived in South Carolina, I didn't see her much. But, the times I did, I enjoyed thoroughly! She was a vibrant spirit that never lost her childlike fun side. Her apple dumplings were out of this world, and she loved everyone she met. We were still about 4 hours away living here in North East, so we didn't see her much, but when she got sick we planned a trip to see her on Rob's next day off. She passed before then, so our last visit was the family reunion last September. I am so thankful I could call her family, and that I met and got to know such a wonderful lady. 

    Quote to commit to memory... "There are two ways to live your life. One, as if nothing is a miracle. The other, as though everything is a miracle." ~Albert Einstein

    A few plans for the week... well, just getting well is first. I'm not what my family always called "Sick-sick". I'm that nagging, stuffy, wipe-your-nose-every-two-seconds kind of sick. So resting and lots of fluids for me. I'm sure the housework will still be here in a few days...

    One of my favorite things...waking up to see my cat all snuggled up next to me. She is mommy's precious little snuggle bug!

    Photo for Thought...I have to share this picture of Rob and his grandmother from our wedding. I just love the story behind it! See, after the wedding ceremony, the wedding party and the family had to gather for the posed shots before the reception. Well, Grandma Grape (as the younger kids called her) had misplaced her teeth in the flurry of getting ready at the house before the wedding. Rob's mom had told him about it...they had almost been late looking for them! Well, when it was her turn to stand and smile with Rob, he looked down and said, "I guess you found your teeth!" and she just blushed, then smacked him and said, "Oh, Robbie!" Our fabulous photographer, Brendon Sharpe, caught the moment and we cherish this photo! I thought it was a fitting memory to share in Grandma Peck's honor. She is greatly missed!

              Beaver's Bend Resort Park 8/10 - Broken Bow, Oklahoma   
    Lovely State Park in far south east Oklahoma. It is a little confusing getting around, so if you can get a map online before you go, it would help you get around. There are 4 RV campgrounds here, Buckhorn (reservable) Acorn, Cypress and Fern. Fern is on a different section of the river and the only area that you can get into the water. This is where we stayed. Campground was very far spaced apart, even for a state park. Tall trees kept the sun and heat at bay, the cool river was awesome to jump in after a hike. The previous inhabitants of our site left it kind of dumpy, but not horrible. The bath/shower house was clean, however, they are OLD. Water pressure was intermittent in the showers. Lots of hiking trails and wildlife, a herd of deer wandered throughout the campground the entire time we were here, coming as close as 5-10 feet sometimes!
              Burger King-Team Member - Burger King | Franchise Management Inc. - Hanwell, NB   
    Uncompromising standards in maintaining a clean and safe work environment, maintaining clean bathrooms, building exterior, parking lot, dumpster and sidewalk,...
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              Comment on Pan-fried Dumplings by Rasa Malaysia   
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              Sweden is really good at gender equality. This kindergarten is an example of why.   

    Gender madness starts when you let skeletons do the dishes.

    Dolls ride dinosaurs into battle, dump trucks haul colorful bracelets, and fire-breathing dragons loom over wooden train stations.

    This is what an average day looks like on the playroom floor at Egalia, a kindergarten in Stockholm, Sweden.

    Kids play at Egalia in 2011. Photo by Fredrik Sandberg/AP/Scanpix Sweden.

    Egalia is a place where gender neutrality is worked into every level of learning. Including, yes, the toys.

    Sweden is often held up as an example of gender equality; the World Economic Forum rated them as having the fourth smallest gender gap in the world, after all.

    In 1998, the government passed an amendment pushing for more gender-neutral practices in schools. Lotta Rajalin — a preschool administrator — took the idea and ran with it. In 2011, she and a group of colleagues opened up Egalia.

    Walking in the door, you might notice some simple changes. Toys are de-segregated, for instance; dinosaurs, dolls, and motorcycles all end up in the same bin. The books lining the walls are more modern tales rather than old-fashioned stories of knights and princesses.

    The biggest change is probably in the teachers themselves.

    Egalia has made a point to hire more male teachers. They're careful not to tell boys to "suck it up" after a fall or tell girls it's not appropriate to be rambunctious — expectations they themselves admit to harboring in the past.

    Even the language they use is different. In the Swedish language, there are two typically used pronouns: "han" for "him" and "hon" for "her." But when it comes to jobs and roles, Egalia has also embraced the somewhat more obscure gender-neutral "hen."

    They also make sure this linguistic care extends to group activities as well.

    "We don’t say, 'Come on, boys, let’s go and play football,' because there might be girls who want to play football," school coordinator Frida Wikström told The Guardian. "We say 'friends' instead because it puts yourself on an equal level."

    The school isn't trying to get rid of gender. It's gender-neutral, not gender-blind.

    A pair of "emotion dolls" at Egalia. Photo by Fredrik Sandberg/AP/Scanpix Sweden.

    Critics have labelled the project as "gender-madness," accusing the school of trying to brainwash the kids into a genderless homogeneity. Egalia's not trying to do that. Gender is an important part of people's identities, and the kids are free to embrace those differences.

    But it's also true genders can come with a lot of baggage. Science shows that pretty much as soon as kids understand that different genders exist, expectations and stereotypes start to creep in. When teachers and other adults talk, kids listen.

    When teachers change the way they talk, kids change too. A small study from Sweden's Uppsala University hints that while Egalia's kids were just as able to categorize different genders compared with other kids their age, they were also more likely to play with kids of different genders and less likely to assign stereotypes.

    Gender is a complex subject. We still have a long way to go socially and even more to study. But when it comes to just letting kids play the way they want, without stereotypes bearing down on them, that seems pretty sane.

              Formosa Plastics Admits Vietnam Steel Plant Caused Massive Fish Kill   
    Vietnam has asked Formosa Ha Tinh Steel Corporation to pay $500 million in compensation for dumping toxic waste in Ky Anh that resulted in a massive fish kill on a 120 mile stretch of Vietnam's central coast in the provinces of Ha Tinh, Hue, Quang Binh and Quang Tri.

              ArcelorMittal Must Release Environmental Data on South Africa Steel Plants   
    ArcelorMittal, the global steel giant, has been ordered to hand over documents about the environmental impact of two South African facilities to community activists. The Luxembourg-based company, the largest steel producer in Africa, has been accused of polluting the air and water as well as dumping hazardous waste.

              Comfort to Celebrate Joy   

    It’s not that I don’t love you any more. I do. Really. I do. It’s just that life has bumped up a notch around here. Several notches really….but all very happy notches :)


    You may remember I told you back at the end of October that our youngest son proposed to his high school sweetie. Well, This past Sunday called for another celebration! I broke my own “no-Sunday-cooking-except-on- the- grill” rule, set the table, arranged flowers, and COOKED for the entire clan.


    It gave me a chance to use the cute salad plates I bought from Walmart….the ones that go in the dishwasher :) I even used jingle bell ornaments from Walmart as napkin rings.


    No time for a fussy arrangement….one Kroger bouquet split between three Dollar Tree candle holders. I love doing several low arrangements instead of one big one. Odd numbers work well.


    A little holly from the yard makes it an instant “Christmas arrangement”.


    The meal was simple southern food—favorites requested by the guests of honor.

    Waldorf Salad

    Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

    Crowder Peas

    Hot Cornbread

    Hot Fudge Pie with Peppermint Ice Cream

    And what was the occasion for this celebration? Another wedding!!!!

    jeff and tricia

    Firstborn has proposed and we could not be happier!!! God has truly answered my prayers with these two young women who will soon join our family! So—big news for two of the three children and even more for the third one (more on that soon :). Let’s just say 2011 is going to be a BIG YEAR for this family!

    Happy news and good food---truly Comfort and Joy!

    Thanks for stopping by and mostly for not forgetting about me! I’ve left links for the cornbread and Waldorf salad recipes:) Stay calm and remember the reason for the season!~~Susan

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              Gulab Jamun   
    Gulab Jamun
    By : Shaharban Shanu
    Mix vaangikan kittum athu kondaanu undaakiyath...
    Mix alpam vellam/milk use cheyth chapathi mavinekal kurach loose aayi kuzhach cherya balls aakki oil/ghee-il dark brown aavunna vare kariyàthe fry cheythedukkuka....
    bolls nallonam thanukaan vekkam...
    Sugar Syrup..
    1 cup water and 2 cup sugar enna ratio-il... ethra syrup veno athrem vellam vech thilappikkua....
    thilapich thick aavumpol alpam elakka podi cherkam for flvr....
    Sugar Syrup chood povan vekkua..... syrup neriya choodayal athilekk thanutha balls itt vekkamm...
    cherya choodode syrupil idumpo pettenn soak aayi kittum....
    fridge-il vech thanupicha shesham kazhikaam.... vanila ice cream-nte koode aanu serve cheyunnel sambavam polikkum

              Nebraska chamber leaders pushed for Ricketts to dump cabinet member   
    A month before Nebraska’s governor let go of his economic development director, three of the state’s top chamber of commerce officials requested a conference call with Gov. Pete Ricketts to talk about her.
              The Cherokee Declaration of Independence: Why the Cherokees Allied with the South in 1861   
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              Assh Lee   
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    Ever had a teacher you wanted to bang? Enter Seorita Assh Lee. She teaches Spanish, and she's the hottest teacher on campus! All the men love her, and Seorita Lee loves to tease all the men as she lectures. She'll wear short skirts and low-cut blouses that show off her huge titties. Seorita Lee also conducts study sessions after school, too, and if you think she teases the men during class, wait til you see what she does afterward!! Today, her tutor group is small: a white boy who's known as the campus geek, and the star cornerback from the football team! Do we really have to tell you she's already banging the star football player? Or they're about to hold a cuckold session right on campus?! Wait until you meet the cuckold's "girlfriend", Heather!!! Cuckboi will bang "Heather" while Seorita Lee entertains her hung Bull. The Bull will use all three holes in order to dump his load. Cuckboi dumps his load, too, and then cleans up "Heather" before receiving a special treat from the beautiful Seorita! Cuckboi's final grade for the day? C-, while the Bull earns his A+!!!
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              Nikki Benz   
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    Nikki Benz @ CuckoldSessions.com
    Don't ever let your wife talk you into "dance lessons". Why? There's always a handsome, toned-up (and horny) dance instructor, and he's waiting to bang your better half. Unless you're a cuckold. If you are, then you know what dance lessons mean. Take Nikki Benz and her man, for example. She's freaky, and he's even freakier. So when the lessons turn into sex, then time for Hubby to pull his dick out and stroke while Wifey gets her holes stretched wide open. Today gets interesting, because not only is the Dance Teacher pounding his wife, so is his business partner. They're both big and black and all holes are open, so don't be surprised if Wifey gets a big cum load dumped deep into her tight ass. Then, watch as the second bull paints his wife's tits with his enormous load! Hubby knows to cherish Nikki Benz...and their special relationship!
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              Cooking grease discovered in stream near 6th Street and Monterey Way; health advisory issued    
    The City of Lawrence has issued a health advisory for a stream in northwestern Lawrence after cooking grease was discovered to have been dumped there.
              Fly tippers dump huge pile of waste on farmland   
    FLYTIPPERS have been caught in the act on farmland near Maldon.
              Train derailment dumps thousands of gallons of crude oil in Plainfield   

    Cleanup efforts continued Saturday in Plainfield after a train carrying crude oil derailed early Friday evening.

    No one was injured in the derailment. Officials confirmed that oil leaked from two of the cars on the Canadian National freight train, and a possible third car was leaking oil. It remained...

              Filmteamets larm: Nåt dumpas i vattnet från kajen i Malmö   

              Security Analytics - Visualization - Big Data Workshop Black Hat 2017   


    BlackHat 2017 - Las Vegas

    Big Data is Getting Bigger - Visualization is Getting Easier - Learn How!
    Dates: July 22-23 & 24-25
    Location: Las Vegas, USA



    Big data and security intelligence are the two very hot topics in security. We are collecting more and more information from both the infrastructure, but increasingly also directly from our applications. This vast amount of data gets increasingly hard to understand. Terms like map reduce, hadoop, spark, elasticsearch, data science, etc. are part of many discussions. But what are those technologies and techniques? And what do they have to do with security analytics/intelligence? We will see that none of these technologies are sufficient in our quest to defend our networks and information. Data visualization is the only approach that scales to the ever changing threat landscape and infrastructure configurations. Using big data visualization techniques, you uncover hidden patterns of data, identify emerging vulnerabilities and attacks, and respond decisively with countermeasures that are far more likely to succeed than conventional methods. Something that is increasingly referred to as hunting. The attendees will learn about log analysis, big data, information visualization, data sources for IT security, and learn how to generate visual representations of IT data. The training is filled with hands-on exercises utilizing the DAVIX live CD.

    What's New?

    The workshop is being heavily updated over the next months. Check back here to see a list of new topics:

    • Security Analytics - UEBA, Scoring, Anomaly Detection
    • Hunting
    • Data Science
    • 10 Challenges with SIEM and Big Data for Security
    • Big Data - How do you navigate the ever growing landscape of Hadoop and big data technologies? Tajo, Apache Arrow, Apache Drill, Druid, PrestoDB from Facebook, Kudu, etc. We'll sort you out.


    The syllabus is not 100% fixed yet. Stay tuned for some updates.

    Day 1:

    Log Analysis

    • Data Sources Discussion - including PCAP, Firewall, IDS, Threat Intelligence (TI) Feeds, CloudTrail, CloudWatch, etc.
    • Data Analysis and Visualization Linux (DAVIX)
    • Log Data Processing (CSVKit, ...)

    SIEM, and Big Data

    • Log Management and SIEM Overview
    • LogStash (Elastic Stack) and Moloch
    • Big Data - Hadoop, Spark, ElasticSearch, Hive, Impala

    Data Science

    • Introduction to Data Science
    • Introduction to Data Science with R
    • Hunting

    Day 2:


    • Information Visualization History
    • Visualization Theory
    • Data Visualization Tools and Libraries (e.g., Mondrian, Gephi, AfterGlow, Graphiti)
    • Visualization Resources

    Security Visualization Use-Cases

    • Perimeter Threat
    • Network Flow Analysis
    • Firewall Visualization
    • IDS/IPS Signature Analysis
    • Vulnerability Scans
    • Proxy Data
    • User Activity
    • Host-based Data Analysis

    Sample of Tools and Techniques

    Tools to gather data:

    • argus, nfdump, nfsen, and silk to process traffic flows
    • snort, bro, suricata as intrusion detection systems
    • p0f, npad for passive network analysis
    • iptables, pf, pix as examples of firewalls
    • OSSEC, collectd, graphite for host data

    We are also using a number of visualization tools to analyze example data in the labs:

    • graphviz, tulip, cytoscape, and gephi
    • afterglow
    • treemap
    • mondrian, ggobi

    Under the log management section, we are going to discuss:

    • rsyslog, syslog-ng, nxlog
    • logstash as part of the elastic stack, moloch
    • commercial log management and SIEM solutions

    The section on big data is covering the following:

    • hadoop (HDFS, map-reduce, HBase, Hive, Impala, Zookeper)
    • search engines like: elastic search, Solr
    • key-value stores like MongoDB, Cassandra, etc.
    • OLAP and OLTP
    • The Spark ecosystem



    Raffael Marty is vice president of security analytics at Sophos, and is responsible for all strategic efforts around security analytics for the company and its products. He is based in San Francisco, Calif. Marty is one of the world's most recognized authorities on security data analytics, big data and visualization. His team at Sophos spans these domains to help build products that provide Internet security solutions to Sophos' vast global customer base.

    Previously, Marty launched pixlcloud, a visual analytics platform, and Loggly, a cloud-based log management solution. With a track record at companies including IBM Research, ArcSight, and Splunk, he is thoroughly familiar with established practices and emerging trends in the big data and security analytics space. Marty is the author of Applied Security Visualization and a frequent speaker at academic and industry events. Zen meditation has become an important part of Raffy's life, sometimes leading to insights not in data but in life.

              DNS Mapping   

    Over at dnsdumpster.com I created a DNS recon tool that generates a DNS map on the fly using 80+GB of DNS data from the scans.io project. This map is the secviz.org domain.

    START YOUR TINY ENGINES AS ‘MICRO MACHINES WORLD SERIES’ LAUNCHES TODAY  Celebrate the Miniature Multiplayer Mayhem Larkspur, Calif. – June 30th, 2017 – Codemasters and Deep Silver have today unleashed miniature multiplayer mayhem on the gaming world with the release of Micro Machines World Series on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system by Microsoft, and PC via Steam. To celebrate the launch and showcase the fun and carnage you’ll be experiencing in Micro Machines World Series. The iconic series makes a triumphant return with a mixture of fan-favorite and all-new content that will delight players of all ages. Classic game modes Race and Elimination are complimented by an all-new Battle mode, which ramps up the carnage to the highest end of the miniature scale. Supporting up to 12 players for online multiplayer and one to four players locally, Micro Machines World Series gives you 12 amazing customizable vehicles to race and battle across 25 classic locations including the kitchen table, garden, workshop and game room. With spy cars, hovercrafts, dump trucks, tanks and more, Micro Machines World Series lets you equip a unique loadout and collect a range of crazy NERF power ups and collectibles such as blasters, mines, hammers and bombs to get the best of your opponents. Micro Machines World Series combines gaming nostalgia with incredible visuals and endless party replayability, making it a hit for players old and new. Follow updates from the Micro Machines studio on Facebook (www.facebook.com/codemasters.) # # # ABOUT CODEMASTERS: Codemasters, the award winning video game developer and publisher, has a 30 year heritage. With titles distributed globally, Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of driving and racing entertainment games including DiRT, GRID and the official BAFTA award-winning FORMULA 1 series of videogames. The company is fully controlled by Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL). For more information on Codemasters’ product portfolio, please visit www.codemasters.com. Join in the conversation with @codemasters on Twitter or Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/codemasters. ABOUT DEEP SILVER: Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all gamers who have a passion for thrilling gameplay in exciting game worlds. Deep Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires. Deep Silver has published more than 200 games since 2003, including its own brands like the open world extravaganza Saints Row, the zombie action franchise Dead Island, and the grim post-apocalyptic future of the Metro series. Upcoming highlights from Deep Silver include Dead Island 2 and Agents of Mayhem. Deep Silver also owns the development studios Deep Silver Dambuster Studios in Nottingham, UK; Deep Silver Fishlabs in Hamburg, Germany, and Deep Silver Volition based in Champaign, IL, USA. For more information please visit http://www.deepsilver.com/. ABOUT HASBRO: Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences, by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF and TRANSFORMERS, and premier partner brands. From toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive lifestyle licensing program, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection for children and families around the world. The Company’s Hasbro Studios creates entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film and more. Through the company’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. Learn more at www.hasbro.com and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews). MICRO MACHINES, NERF and all related names are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. ©2017 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. All copyrights or trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are being used under license. Developed and published by Codemasters. “PlayStation”, “PLAYSTATION” and “PS” Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Trademarks are property of their respective owners. 
              St. Patrick’s Day prank turns Oklahoma waters green   
    Oklahoma City officials aren’t laughing at these St. Patrick’s Day stunts. Early Monday morning, security guards at the Myriad Botanical Gardens noticed the water had turned to a bright green color, Oklahoma City’s KWTV-TV reports. Police surmised that pranksters had dumped green dye into a fountain which then spread through the park’s waterways. It was
              Burger King-Team Member - Burger King | Franchise Management Inc. - Hanwell, NB   
    Uncompromising standards in maintaining a clean and safe work environment, maintaining clean bathrooms, building exterior, parking lot, dumpster and sidewalk,...
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              JCB 14 inch Dump Truck for £4.99 @ Argos   
    Found by thathi123

    Perfect for your little JCB Juniors. This chunky, 14in, free-wheeling JCB Dump Truck has a manually operated dumper. So kids can pick things up and transport them somewhere new before dumping them out again. It provides rugged construction play for JCB Juniors whether they are on site or on sand
              Comment on Those to Blame for the Grenfell Fire Victims Include Tony Blair by Robert Lavergne   
    A letter in the Daily Telegraph on 16 June from a former Greater London Council district surveyor describes how, after the Great Fire of London, construction was controlled by the London Building Acts of 1667 and associated bylaws. These were enforced with statutory powers by a team of surveyors and officers independent of national and local government. Owners of defective buildings were rigorously prosecuted. This service was replaced in 1985 by the Thatcher government with a system controlled by “politicians and accountants”. The letter states that the Grenfell Tower fire could not have happened under the GLC. Successive governments, Labour and Conservative, have dumped their responsibility to plan for public safety, instead deregulating so that profiteers can flourish. The Blair government showed contempt for professional and technical experts, scrapping fire certificates and handing over the responsibility for building safety to landlords and owners. The story since is of decreasing safety enforcement by successive governments. Fire brigades have been cut, and services to the private sector. Contracts have gone to the cheapest responsibility bidders. In 2014 the housing minister said that the installation of sprinklers was “the responsibility of the fire industry rather than the government”. The latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government show that 294 people died in fires in England during 2015. That’s an increase of 21 per cent over the 242 deaths recorded in 2014, and the largest increase since figures were published in 2001-02. Several factors contributed to that rise – but the amount of poor housing with increased occupancy at a time of reduction in the fire services and deregulation is a lethal combination.
              Dump Truck Driver - MC Trucking Co., Inc. - Lithonia, GA   
    Required license or certification:. Must have CDL class A or B. .Must ave a least 1 year driving and operating a dump truck.... $15 - $17 an hour
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              Couple Rescues Abandoned Dog, Posts Message To The “Dirt Bag” That Dumped Him   

    One day, a man named Dion Cole was in the midst of rushing to work when he stumbled across something on the road. It was a pickup truck. It pulled over, and someone from the vehicle had tossed a dog out before driving off. Dion watched it all happen with a face full of horror. […]

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              Still adjusting...   
    Monday morning, 10 am. No sewing going on here. Honestly, I just cannot motivate myself to haul all the stuff out. So much nicer when you have a dedicated studio. You all know what I mean!

    I did bring out the machine one day and decided to work on a curved project. Fish! Oh brother....I was so frustrated with myself at the end of that session. I told Nancy that the moral of this adventure was do these things when you originally start the project. The fish....over a year ago at one of the Seacoast MQG meetings.

    I have looked at all my fabrics here on several occasions. Perhaps it was just to connect. I don't really know. It did feel nice at the time.

    I did buy Jacquie Gering's new Craftsy class last week. Straight line quilting. I love straight line quilting. I've watched about all of it and I have learned some things. My machine that is here at the lake doesn't have the needle down feature (darn it) and if I was quicker with the heel tapping on my foot control, I could manage. Alas...slow as dirt! hehehe

    Well, anyway, I am quite excited about all this walking foot stuff. It is so funny the things we are taught but there is always someone who just thinks outside the box and pushes the envelope. Jacquie is one of those people. Her quilts are so beautiful.

    You know the weather here has been so crazy. You get these fabulous warm days and then poof, it is freezing again. That is what I am having the hardest time adjusting to. We sort of had that last week with monsoon rains on Friday. Today is simply gorgeous. It says 80 on my thermostat for outside. Hope that is true. It is nice.

    So I have my crazy routines...Monday, the dog is depressed because his Dad goes to work. Tuesday, a do nothing day. Wednesday is the dump, Thursday is the laundromat and Friday is grocery shopping. Can we say boring and how the heck old am I that I have to be this regimented?

    Tomorrow I will go to the Quilt Guild meeting. I need to see people. I do get lonely here. No one is around during the week. I read. A lot. I keep downloading books on the Kindle. Most for free. I tell you...greatest invention ever!!! I've probably read about 17 books in the last 3 weeks. I've downloaded 5 more over the weekend.

    Well that is my monthly report. 3 weeks to the big retirement for my husband. We are all looking forward to it.
    Blue Mondays will be forever banished for the dog after the 4th of July. Life will be good!

    Have a lovely productive day. If I read, that is productive, right??????
    Okay, not quilting...

    The hub and I did a road trip to Florida. 2 driving days and we arrived. We worked our butts off trying to get the place ready for the movers to arrive with our stuff. We painted the master bedroom and the spare bedroom. The place was dirty and had been empty since April of last year when his Mom came to live with us. Furniture arrived and we again worked really hard to get the bedrooms and the living room set up. We did well.

    We came home and I needed to do laundry. Challenge!!! We set this place up as a weekend retreat. Therefore there is no utility room and I must go to the laundromat. It is 15 miles away! Well that was fun. NOT!!!

    Cooking...the weather was lovely this last weekend and we did grill but for the most part it has been cool and yucky out. Another challenge! We have no oven. I have a toaster oven which works well enough. However, as I am realizing, I should have taken some glass bakeware with me for casseroles and such. I talked about it and it did not get done. Now they are in Florida. Not helpful. This week so far have been cooktop meals.

    I haven't a clue what is for dinner tonight. Might get something to grill. After I drive to the dump!!!

    The pup has been confused but he is starting to settle in. He misses his Dad during the day. As a matter of fact he hears the car start in the morning and starts whining. Can I just say that the hub goes to work early...4:45 to 5:00 am!!! Not getting any good sleep these days either!

    I am really stumped on doing anything with fabric. I tried on Monday but just did not have the energy to drag everything out. I should get some handwork going. I mean, really, there is no tv here, just satellite radio. It is very quiet out here as well. A bit lonely, actually. I should focus on handwork.

    It's funny. My husband makes this decision to retire, puts everything in motion and, voila...we are stuck. Don't get me wrong, it is great. Everything happened a little too fast. So we have a few more weeks until the retirement and it sort of feels like limbo. Perhaps in July things will get easier.

    I've been carting the pup with me everywhere. Yesterday I drove to the big city to do some things and stopped into "therapy" to say hi to the gals. Couldn't stay too long because....pup in the car!!! Well, he gets bored here as well so I have been taking him along. He cannot come to the laundromat with me! That will be a new challenge....for him! haha. I really need some time away from him. Just saying!

    Rambling away here....so sorry!!!!
              CDL Driver Class B - St. Andrews Public Service District - Charleston, SC   
    You will be responsible for driving a garbage/refuse truck thru neighborhoods, stopping to allow laborers to pick up garbage/debris and dump contents at Bees...
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              How to Establish a Family Dinner Routine   

    Fish Tacos in Crunchy Shells

    Fish Tacos in Crunchy Shells

    When I was growing up, my family regularly ate dinner together around the kitchen table. And now that I’m an adult, I’m grateful for the choices my parents made to create that routine. I know it wasn’t always easy — especially with time-sucking afterschool activities and us kids constantly begging to eat in front of the television or go out for dinner. But today, my siblings and I are adventurous yet healthy eaters and creative home chefs. I credit that to our family dinners.

    It’s More than a Meal

    Preparing meals at home gives parents control over both the quality and quantity of food and provides a place for parents and older children to model good eating habits for younger children.

    Many experts also recommend that parents:

    • Serve sensible portion sizes so kids know that "supersized" isn't normal.
    • Help kids understand how to eat until they are comfortably satisfied, but not full.
    • Let children serve themselves as early as age five so they begin to regulate portions themselves.
    • Don't pressure kids to clear their plates; encourage them to judge fullness by physical rather than visual cues.

    Beef Taco Pizza

    Beef Taco Pizza

    Get Them Engaged

    The final meal of the day is about much more than rounding out your nutritional requirements. Dinner is a time (maybe the only time) to come together, catch up and talk about the day, so get the whole family invested before they even pick up their forks.

    • Allow each family member to choose the menu on a regular rotation.
    • Have family members check out recipes in cookbooks or online and choose a few new recipes or foods they want to try.
    • Set a specific time for dinner and stick to it on family dinner nights. This way, people aren’t making calls, sending just one more email or running a quick errand when dinner is ready.
    • Have one of the kids set the table and encourage creativity by adding cloth napkins, placemats, name cards or flowers.
    • Turn off the television and other distractions. And please, no phones or tablets at the table. (That includes adults too!)

    Time-Saving Tips

    What about the time is takes to make a wholesome dinner? Here are some shortcuts:

    • Buy some. Make some. Mix prepared and homemade foods to save time and still provide complete nutrition at each meal. Use frozen brown rice with a stir-fry. Rely on canned beans for tacos and salads. Check out our prepared soups for fresh warm meals. Or buy a roasted chicken for burritos, salads, sandwiches and pasta dishes.
    • Kiss the cooker. Learn to cook with a slow cooker, and you'll return at the end of the day to a dinner that's ready to serve. Here’s a collection of our favorite slow cooker recipes.
    • Big batch cooking. Cook several meals or staple ingredients such as quinoa, beans, ground beef or chicken during the weekend and refrigerate or freeze them to be reheated later during the week. Check out this blog post for recipe ideas for big batch cooking and this How to Batch Cook and Freeze video. 

    Meal Ideas

    The key to successfully making dinner with limited time and still drawing the whole family to the table is choosing a recipe that’s short on steps but big on flavor. Checking out these tasty dishes, and answer the “what’s for dinner” question with ease.

    Quick Make-Ahead Turkey Dumplings

    Quick Make-Ahead Turkey Dumplings

    Baked Brown Rice Kibbeh

    Baked Brown Rice Kibbeh

    BLT Pasta Salad

    BLT Pasta Salad

    Cauliflower and Broccoli Tots

    Cauliflower and Broccoli Tots

    Chicken and Broccoli Stir-fry

    Chicken and Broccoli Stir-fry

    Crispy Skillet-Baked Cod

    Crispy Skillet-Baked Cod

    Easy Red Lentil Mac-and-Cheese

    Easy Red Lentil Mac-and-Cheese

    Does your family come together at dinnertime? What are the keys to your success?

              Hyperdump + Mama Witch + Devil's Cards   
    Annonce postée par Devil's Cards de Eragny (95) le 2017-07-01 22:01:30
              Public to Cadbury’s: “Fuck You”   

    Cadbury’s has once again taken a chocolatey dump on their fans by changing the recipe of the Creme Egg. Their most recent act of treason, following on from changing the sacred 6 pack of creme eggs to a paltry 5 pack despite retaining the exact same consumer mark-up, is inspiring revolt amongst the Creme Egg […]

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              2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #26   
    A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. 

    Editor's Pick

    Mission 2020: A new global strategy to ‘rapidly’ reduce carbon emissions

    Carbon Crunch from Figueres et al 2017

    Figure from Figueres et al. (2017)

    In April, a new global initiative called Mission 2020 was launched by Christiana Figueres, the former UN climate chief who oversaw the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change in late 2015.

    The aim of Mission 2020 is to bring “new urgency” to the “global climate conversation” with a call to begin “rapidly declining” global greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

    Today, in a co-authored commentary published in the journal Nature, Figueres sets out further details about Mission 2020’s six central calls to action. The commentary is endorsed by 61 signatories, which include climate scientists as well as a range of NGO, religious, political and business leaders. 

    Mission 2020: A new global strategy to ‘rapidly’ reduce carbon emissions by Zeke Hausfather, Carbon Brief, June 28, 2017 

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              Madcap Cottage   
    John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage pride themselves on banishing the beige and opting for color-rich whimsy and sophistication. Loecke and Nixon share with us their design process (which always involves a potent daiquiri and dancing the rumba) and their dream client.

    How did you two meet and what’s it like working as a design duo versus individually?

    John and I met through an editor friend at Vogue almost 15 years ago—we were practically children! Fast-forward to today and it’s such a treat to have a partner in crime. John and I bring different skills to the table but really complement each other. We can walk through a museum exhibition separately and discover that we have both honed in on exactly the same pieces of art and details. It’s a little weird how in-sync we really are…and fabulous, too!

    How would you describe your design aesthetic?

    Imagine a British country house that pairs grandmother’s antiques and a spirited dash of Chinese chic with a side of Moroccan marvelous and Indian elegance. Shake, stir then pour. John describes us as “a little bit of Auntie Mame and a hell of lot of Carmen Miranda in one of those Busby Berkeley scenes where La Miranda wore oodles of bananas on her head.” Life should be a little bananas. The Madcap boys extol the wisdom of Miss Mae West: “When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before.”

    What’s the story behind your company name, Madcap Cottage?

    John and I look at life as a madcap adventure. We work hard but also enjoy the ride and bring that sensibility to our designs. We think that design should be whimsical, witty and clever and it should put a smile on your face. Plus, we love the intimacy and coziness of a cottage whether that’s an urban cottage or a rose-covered house in the country. Voila! “Madcap” and “cottage,” the perfect combination. Cozy, chic and lots of cocktails—that’s how we roll.

    When approaching a new project, what does your creative process look like?

    We develop an overall storyline that guides our clients’ interior design process. We curate and edit your vision. The result is you, but with a capital Y and a dash of brush fringe on the side.

    What’s been your favorite project thus far and why?

    Our favorite project was designing a shotgun-style cottage in New Orleans’ French Quarter a few years back. We spent a few months working on the home and really fell in love with the city. Granted, we lapped up plenty of Sazerac cocktails!

    Where is your favorite place to pick up furniture/décor?

    The Madcap Cottage gents spend several months of the year traveling the world, which might be a week-long jaunt to Des Moines, Iowa, or a month in India or China. We pick up finds along the way and come home toting suitcases loaded with treasures. We also love nothing more than flea market finds, antiques and dumpster diving. You never know what you might find sitting next to a dumpster at Chick-fil-A!

    Do you have a favorite room to decorate?

    We love designing dining rooms that are filled with exotic whimsy and delicious antiques. Dining rooms should have disco balls, too.

    If you owned a salon, what would it look like? How would you furnish it?

    If we had a salon, we would call it Chez Bamboo and throw in all sorts of Chinoiserie fretwork, orange lacquer and Rococo mirrors. We would definitely have the Julie Christie/Warren Beatty film Shampoo playing above the reception desk and have the most flattering lighting and canapés. There would definitely be lots of plexiglass.

    What are some simple tips salon owners can implement to make a space feel new?

    Never be static. We definitely operate under the principal of evolve or die. Switch things out, change it up and shake! Why not take a salon to India for a season and then go Shanghai Deco or Lost Weekend in Hollywood? It’s amazing how inexpensive it is to change up a space with a little red spray paint and a hot glue gun.

    If you could decorate anyone’s home or redecorate any space, who, what or where would it be?

    We would love to redo The Drake Hotel in Chicago. It was once fabulous under the sage eye of Miss Dorothy Draper, but it’s all gone to pot since. The hotel’s Cape Cod Room and Coq d’Or eateries are still fabulous, but the rest of the joint is tired and tedious. We would take to the hotel with fabulous florals in bold colors and give it a glamorous Hollywood makeover. We would probably move in after completion and never leave and order up room service all the time and terrorize housekeeping with late-night requests for fresh towels and mints.
              Love Island S03E27 Weekly Hot List HDTV x264-JIVE   
    It is time to catch up on an action-packed fourth week in the villa, with loads more unseen action and all the best moments crammed into one jam-packed hour. Who has been dumped, who has caused the most drama and who is eyeing up their next conquest? Links: HOMEPAGE – TVRage Love.Island.S03E27.Weekly.Hot.List.HDTV.x264-JIVE MP4 | AAC VBR | 330MB […]
              THE TIES THAT BIND:   
    The Time I Got Recruited to Collude with the Russians (Matt Tait  Friday, June 30, 2017, LawFare)

    A few weeks later, right around the time the DNC emails were dumped by Wikileaks--and curiously, around the same time Trump called for the Russians to get Hillary Clinton's missing emails--I was contacted out the blue by a man named Peter Smith, who had seen my work going through these emails. Smith implied that he was a well-connected Republican political operative.

    Initially, I assumed the query must have been about my work on the DNC hack; after all, few people followed my account prior to the DNC breach, whereas my analysis of the break-in at the DNC had received considerably more coverage. I assumed his query about the "Clinton emails" was therefore a mistake and that he meant instead to talk to me about the emails stolen from the DNC. So I agreed to talk to him, thinking that, whatever my views on then-candidate Trump, if a national campaign wanted an independent non-partisan view on the facts surrounding the case, I should provide it to the best of my ability.

    Yet Smith had not contacted me about the DNC hack, but rather about his conviction that Clinton's private email server had been hacked--in his view almost certainly both by the Russian government and likely by multiple other hackers too--and his desire to ensure that the fruits of those hacks were exposed prior to the election. Over the course of a long phone call, he mentioned that he had been contacted by someone on the "Dark Web" who claimed to have a copy of emails from Secretary Clinton's private server, and this was why he had contacted me; he wanted me to help validate whether or not the emails were genuine. [...]

    Over the course of our conversations, one thing struck me as particularly disturbing. Smith and I talked several times about the DNC hack, and I expressed my view that the hack had likely been orchestrated by Russia and that the Kremlin was using the stolen documents as part of an influence campaign against the United States. I explained that if someone had contacted him via the "Dark Web" with Clinton's personal emails, he should take very seriously the possibility that this may have been part of a wider Russian campaign against the United States. And I said he need not take my word for it, pointing to a number of occasions where US officials had made it clear that this was the view of the U.S. intelligence community as well.

    Smith, however, didn't seem to care. From his perspective it didn't matter who had taken the emails, or their motives for doing so. He never expressed to me any discomfort with the possibility that the emails he was seeking were potentially from a Russian front, a likelihood he was happy to acknowledge. If they were genuine, they would hurt Clinton's chances, and therefore help Trump.

    When he first contacted me, I did not know who Smith was, but his legitimate connections within the Republican party were apparent. My motive for initially speaking to him was that I wondered if the campaign was trying to urgently establish whether the claims that Russia had hacked the DNC was merely "spin" from the Clinton campaign, or instead something they would need to address before Trump went too far down the road of denying it. My guess was that maybe they wanted to contact someone who could provide them with impartial advice to understand whether the claims were real or just rhetoric.

    Although it wasn't initially clear to me how independent Smith's operation was from Flynn or the Trump campaign, it was immediately apparent that Smith was both well connected within the top echelons of the campaign and he seemed to know both Lt. Gen. Flynn and his son well. Smith routinely talked about the goings on at the top of the Trump team, offering deep insights into the bizarre world at the top of the Trump campaign. Smith told of Flynn's deep dislike of DNI Clapper, whom Flynn blamed for his dismissal by President Obama. Smith told of Flynn's moves to position himself to become CIA Director under Trump, but also that Flynn had been persuaded that the Senate confirmation process would be prohibitively difficult. He would instead therefore become National Security Advisor should Trump win the election, Smith said. He also told of a deep sense of angst even among Trump loyalists in the campaign, saying "Trump often just repeats whatever he's heard from the last person who spoke to him," and expressing the view that this was especially dangerous when Trump was away.

              Answer by 9119 for

    Wie öffnet man DMP Dateien (Speicherabbild) in Windows?

    Ich habe des öfteren System-Crashes auf meinen Rechnern, die unter Windows 7 und Windows 8 laufen. Ich möchte die Blue-Screens (BSOD) verstehen und analysieren können.

    So analysiert man die **.dmp** - Dateien mit dem Windows Driver Kit: - Downloade und installiere [Windows Driver Kit 8](https://msdn.microsoft.com/de-DE/windows/hardware/gg454513) - Wenn nichts anderes bei der Installation angegeben wurde, dann ist der Ordner in dem der Windows Driver Kit installiert wurde dieser: `%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Windows Kits\8.0\` - Starte das Programm **windbg.exe** - Windebug. - Windebug für 64 - Bit ist hier: `%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Windows Kits\8.0\Debuggers\x64` - Windebug für 32 - Bit ist hier: `%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Windows Kits\8.0\Debuggers\x86` - Erstelle einen Ordner namens **Symbols** in deinem System-Ordner, also `C:\Symbols` - Im Windebug klicke auf **"File"** und dann auf **"Symbol File Path"** ![image description](/upfiles/13580290695061124.png) - Gebe folgenden Pfad ein: `SRV*C:\Symbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols` ![image description](/upfiles/13580294077437897.png) - Öffne jetzt die dmp-Datei - Klicke auf oben links **"File"** - Klicke im Auswahlmenü auf **"Open Crash Dump"** ![image description](/upfiles/13580674268148403.png) - Die Crash-Dateien befinden sich im Ordner: `C:\Windows\Minidump` ![image description](/upfiles/13580676569793182.png) - Falls du eine Fehlermeldung bekommst, dass du nicht genügend Rechte hast diese Datei zu öffnen, dann kannst Du entweder die Rechte für diese Datei anpassen (rechter Mausklick auf die Datei -> Eigenschaften -> Tab "Sicherheit" -> Erweitert ) oder die Datei einfach auf den Desktop kopieren und öffnen. ![image description](/upfiles/13580685501952908.png) - Nach dem die .dmp Datei geöffnet wurde, dauert es noch paar Minuten bis sie vollständig verarbeitet wurde. Die geöffnete dmp - Datei sieht dann so wie diese aus: - Es ist sinnvoll auf **!analyze -v** zu klicken, um mehr Infos zu bekommen ![image description](/upfiles/1358074504555668.png) - Nach dem klicke auf **!analyze -v** und bisschen Wartezeit sieht man die volle Ausgabe: ![image description](/upfiles/13580924746017798.png) - An diesem Beispiel sieht man, dass es ein Treiber-Problem ist und zwar ist der Treiber **wsimdx.sys** .Meistens reicht es aus eine neuere Version des Treibers zu installieren.
              7 things successful people do the week before a vacation   

    Venice festival party beach vacation summer

    Vacations are an essential part of staying productive and happy at work.

    Most Americans could seriously use more time off.

    Like any major life event, vacations deserve some thoughtful planning.

    That's why the week before your big trip is crucial. If you dart out for a week or two without any preparation, you could find yourself swamped when you get back.

    Fortunately, there are numerous steps you can take ahead of time to curb potential problems.

    Here are several things you should do the week before your vacation starts:

    Schedule some wiggle room for yourself

    Instead of diving straight into your vacation and then jumping back into work, leave yourself some room to breathe.

    Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of "The Humor Advantage," tells Business Insider:

    "If your work situation permits it, leave a day after you've 'officially' booked off and arrive a day before you've announced your official return. This buys you an extra distraction-free day at both ends of your vacation so that you leave feeling better prepared and more relaxed and return to work without feeling overwhelmed."

    Talk to everyone you work with

    Before you leave on your summer adventure, you've got to fill in your customers.

    Kerr says:

    "Contact any high-priority clients before going to make sure you've answered any questions and addressed their needs before heading out. It's not only a great customer service habit to get into, it will give you greater peace of mind. It also gives you a simple but legitimate excuse to reach out to clients you may not have talked to in a while."

    Don't forget about reaching out to your coworkers too.

    Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job," tells Business Insider:

    "Create a game plan of who you must meet or communicate with regarding your plans. Begin creating an email for all relevant parties so work will be uninterrupted and your team can fill in for you — with all key information handy."

    Lastly, make sure to pass on relevant passwords, projects, and deadlines to your colleagues. It's better to do this at the start of the week, so you're not dumping a ton of information into anyone's inbox on a Friday afternoon as you rush to the airport.

    Prioritize your tasks

    Try to prioritize your days so that you can complete major tasks before you leave.

    Ryan Kahn, a career coach, founder of The Hired Group, and author of "Hired! The Guide for the Recent Grad," tells Business Insider:

    "Close out any outstanding projects. Your time off during the vacation is there for you to recharge and refresh. Don't leave loose ends or missed deadlines lingering over you. Spend the extra time now to make sure you can enjoy worry-free time off."

    But make sure the week before you head off on a vacation isn't too jam-packed with busy work — you want to focus on the important stuff.

    "Accept the fact that you will never get everything cleared off your plate before leavening — so prioritize and plan carefully to ensure you can leave with a clear a head as possible," Kerr says.

    Taylor and Kerr agree that having a plan of action for when you get back is also important. You want to have your priorities straight once you're back from vacation.

    See the rest of the story at INSIDER
              Benjamin needs his teeth fixed...can you share $1?   
    Mom is part of a rescue now, and her rescue pulled a 12 yo Bassett/Lab mix from the shelter. his name is benjamin. Benjamin was dumped at the shelter-and mom HATES that!! benjamin is safe now but needs his teeth fixed...can you guys share $1??? Benjamin would really appreciate it!

    Benjamin's Chip-in
              International Trade Senior Associate - WilmerHale - Washington, DC   
    Our International Trade Practice seeks a senior associate with three to six years of experience in the area of trade remedies (antidumping and countervailing
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              7/1/2017: News: Weekly’s yearly turnover at the top   

    MEDIA veteran Kim Doherty has been dumped as the editor-in-chief of The Australian Women’s Weekly after just one year in the top job. The hunt is now on for a new editorial leader for Australia’s top women’s magazine, with an announcement expected...
              Antonio López: a New Voice in Poetry and Winner at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference   
    Melinda Palacio

    Antonio López, winner of the Poetry Prize at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference 2017

    Last week, was the 45th gathering of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. Once in a while a student comes along whose talent shines through. Back in the nineties, it was Michele Serros, who wore a simple name tag that said, 'Girl Writer.' This year, I am pleased to introduce Antonio López. Remember the name, he will be rocking your book shelves in the very near future. He won First Prize in Poetry at the conference. Honorable Mentions for the 2017 Poetry Prize include Steve Braff and Claire Hsu Accomando I mentioned to Antonio that the last time a Chicano or Latinx or Person of Color won First Prize in Poetry was myself in 2003. La Bloga is pleased to offer this thoughtful interview with rising literary star, Antonio López. As you'll read from the interview, the 23-year-old poet has a promising career in both literary arts and law. 

    East Beach across the street from the Santa Barbara Writers Conference

    Melinda Palacio
    1. When did you start writing poetry? 

    Antonio López
    1. I started writing poetry in high school. I started when I wrote a short story for my girlfriend at the time (lasted like 3 months but it was one of the catalysts). It opened up the prospect of "Huh, I'm kinda good at this, and I enjoy getting caught up in my mind, making a story and so forth." In class, we were reading The Scarlet Letter, so a lot of my lines were overwrought, the images were over the top, and probably mixed with each other in confusing ways. But after submitting one story, my teacher, Ms. Gertmenian got back to me and said her work reminded her of Garcia Marquez. One Hundred Years of Solitude was the probably the first Latino author I remember reading.

    But as I wrote more stories, I realized I loved, even obsessed, over certain lines and details. I'd be walking the street, using cumbias and rap and sonideros to help induce the image out the mind's womb. After writing my first personal statements for college, then outpoured the stories of all the things I saw grow up--the guns that sounded like fireworks, the slang that I suddenly stopped at my high school prep, the chisme and dirty jokes 8th grade boys say to each other like prayers. the struggle for self-worth at an almost-white school. I encountered my culture on the page, and it lit my world.

    2. You are a student at Duke, off to Law School ? Will poetry continue to be a part of your life? Who are some of your influences? 

    2. I actually graduated from Duke in 2016, and am now a rising 2nd year MFA student at Rutgers University at Newark, NJ. Law school is an idea that at first, I was toying with, but recently I was accepted into a prep program called the UCLA Law Fellows, an initiative, now in its 20th year, that creates a pipeline for minority students to pursue the profession. Their classes on precedents, their inspiring speakers (many of them alumni of the program), and their scholarship to take an LSAT class in the fall, have made me realized how much support God has laid to follow my dreams. Namely, to represent undocumented migrants while also writing their stories (whether nonfiction or fictionalized). 

    As influences, I read Anzaldua my freshman year in college, and I thought both her theoretical understanding of what I was living (the psychic borderlands) along with her bilingual poetry, were just stunning. I also loved watching, and re-watching, the old school Def Poetry Jam where Mos Def would be the emcee. There, I learned of poets like Saul Williams, Louis Reyes Rivera, Victor Hernandez Cruz. From early on, Spoken Word was a genre that drew me. Its energy, its political posture, the way language can pack un golpe, and if you're lucky, un putazo. 

    But these usherings of musc came from specific people. Growing up, I burned CD's with my cousin Miguel Angel, and he'd introduce me to Nas, Common, KRS-One, Rakim, as well as some contemporary rappers. When I was 15 or so, a woman at the Boys and Girls Club put on me onto Gil Scott Heron and the Last Poets. Education scholar Jason Mendez gave a presentation that interspersed Pedro Pietri's "Puerto Rican Obituary" with Wu Tan Clan's "I Can't Sleep." I swallowed these beats like water. My mentor in college, Nathaniel Mackey, further added to my list Juan Felipe Herrera and Lorna Dee Cervantes. It's an ongoing list of mentor and predecessor. These muses, or maybe better put, duendistas, all walk with me as I put word to page.

    3. I see you are attending several conferences this summer, including the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, where you impressed a whole conference with your poetry, where are you off to next? I think you mentioned Squaw Valley? Is the SBWC your first conference or have you been to others? If so which ones and how were they different? 
    Congratulations on winning first place in poetry. (I wasn't there for the ceremony, were there runners up, honorable mentions?) 

    3. a. I am indeed in Squaw Valley right now. Strictly within writing, I've also attended the Yale Writers' Conference, Santa Barbara of course, and AWP this year. I believe our beloved friend, Claire, received the honorable mention for the Santa Barbara competition. 

    3.b What are some of the other poetry awards you have received and when? Did you receive a full scholarship for Squaw Valley?

    b. Here at Squaw, I'm grateful to have received the Lucille Clifton Memorial Scholarship, which covers tuition and housing. Other awards I've won is AWP's Open Mic & Old School Poetry Slam Competition this past February. I was also a finalist for the 9th Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition (also this year). And in 2016, I was the inaugural winner for the William Rosati Creative Writing Award at Duke University.

    4. At Duke, you study with Aracelis Girmay? Can you describe the mentorship and which courses you've taken with her? Is this for your MFA at Rutgers? You mentioned, I think, also going to Law School?

    4. At Duke, I studied with the likes of Nate Mackey and Peter Moore. But poetry is a fairly recent endeavor as a career path. Before that, I heavily studied Cultural Studies with Wahneema Lubiano, Antonio Viego, Walter Mignolo, William Darity, and in the field of African-American Studies, the late, brilliant Raymond Gavins. At Rutgers, I'm blessed to have the mentorship of Rigoberto Gonzalez and Brenda Shaughnessy. I've taken workshops with both, where they've always provided a critical, but nurturing space for all us poets. I should also say that while a Fiction professor, Alice Dark is a person who has moved (both in the physical and sentimental sense) me to expand my craft. I am working on a memoir, Bajo Otra Luna, and it'd be a disservice to her work if I din't mention that the first few chapters came from her "Writers at Newark" class.

    5. Do you also study history. From the few poems I've read you seem well versed in Aztec culture and Meso American history. Can you talk about your use of juxtaposing the ancient cultura with current times and how you started putting the two together in your poems? Did you also minor in Spanish or have you formally studied Spanish? It's impressive how seamlessly your poems switch between Spanish and English. 

    5.  History was my first love. I remember taking World History in high school, and learning about different civilizations and wars felt empowering in Menlo School, a place where I was often the only Latino in my classrooms. In college, the very first class I took was one on the US-Mexico Border with Sarah Deutsch. In my spare time, I watched and re-watched PBS' Chicano: A History of the Mexican Civil Rights Movement. There, I learned of the '68 Walkouts (which made me realize that what we were doing for the Day Without an Immigrant Protests were the same), the Moratorium, Sal Castro, Reis Lopez Tijerina, but most importantly, Corky Gonzalez's "Yo Soy Joaquin." This encouraged my continual private interest in studying Aztec mythology. 

    History (and study) is a huge marker for me. As an undergrad, I became obsessed with radical left philosophy (anarchism), then moved to studying political dissidents (Angela Davis, George Jackson, Leonard Peltier), and now I've settled into a religious mythology phase (Sufist poetry, Aztec myths, the Naat devotional songs to the prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the South Asian qawwali form [songs to God] and studying the Qur'an. I think reciting the Qur'an has affected and heavily influenced my penchant for the anaphora.  

    5. b. Maybe you have other poems that reveal different identities. I only heard two of your poems. Can you talk a little more about how you identify yourself and what is the cultural background of your family/parents, is it different from yours? 

    b. We need more myths, because that's how we remember we come from greatness. That we too speak of rivers, called chinampas, called El Rio Bravo, etc. Incorporating ancient culture gives the present moment (whether it be immigration, deportations, poverty, discrimination) more perspective. It makes us richer, more powerful. If we just caught up in the present, then we lose sight of our longevity as a people. As the EZLN (Ejercito Zapatista Liberacion Nacional) said, as their opening words to the NAFTA-sparked uprising of 1994, "We are the product of 500 years of struggle."

    With regards to my use of billingualism, that's just how we as Latinxs live. In poems like "Moscatero" for instance, you'll hear Mexican slang because it is an absolute necessity to tell this literary world, "This are the people I live, love, dream, and fight about, and in their own words."  Of course, in a largely monolingual canon, I have to always negotiate this code-switching, which is a different act from translation. The latter says I'm ostensibly of another place, whereas this Spanglish is, as Anzaldua said, "a forked tongue...ni de aqui ni de alla." This is a different world, yet one uttered, sung, lamented, and praised by millions of people in this country, every second, every day., every latido, every suspiro. Behind restaurant kitchens, atop broken shingles, inside maquilladoras, inside misas. I've had several folks say, "I don't understand what the speaker's saying," as if that were negative connotations. I want to tell them, "You know how many of my generation and background wish they can talk back to their bosses, who wished they could fight for their rights? Will all due respect, your discomfort pales (often literal on a racial level) with their experience." I want my readers to struggle, to sweat, because that's exactly their , and our, way(s) of living. 

    Last little note, when I hear the word frijoles, plumes of smoke in the cocina just burst in my mind. So many recuerdos and fights and flavors and "te sirvo mas mi'jo," and queso cotija falling on my plate like the first snow el barrio's ever seen, and so forth. But if I said beans, it sounds dull, stripped of its sharp. I hear Bush's Best commercials and tacky Westerns of dirt-lathered Anglos roasting a can over a bonfire. These aren't my memories. My mother, my grandmother, my father, even my little brother, all say frijoles, and so that's how it'll exist on the page.

    6. Where are you originally from? Did you experience any type of culture shock going to college in the East coast? 

    6. I was born and raised in East Palo Alto, once an inner city in the middle of the SF Bay Area, but has in recent years been heavily gentrified by Facebook, and now, Amazon. Culture shock did hit me at the Duke's campus itself, but Durham itself was and is experiencing a huge influx of Latino migrants (almost 300% in the last decade), so I felt I had my people nearby. But again, within the Gothic Wonderland, I hadn't ever seen so much wealth in my life. I experienced this weird twilight zone of PoC mobility, where I had a food points account larger than what my parents made over a month.

    Being in Newark, New Jersey, for my MFA has forced me to expand my sense of Latinidad. As a Mexican, I hold the hegemony of being immediately associated with Latino in US public discourse, along with the stereotypical foods, mannerisms, sayings that go with it. Here though, I regularly meet and chat with Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Ecuadorians, Trinidadians, Brazilians, and folks with multiple origins of descent. I truly believe it's enriched my music on the page, the way I hear Boricua cut through words, like if they're in a hurry, a mini-seminar on elision when I hear them drop the 's' in Moises, to give just one example. 

    7. Are there any other poets, storytellers in your family?

    7. You know, so much of being called a poet has a class element to it, where you have the luxury of saying, out of the top priorities of one's vocation, "I am a poet." So while I don't have any "writers" in my immediate family-- I do have a couple primas who write for themselves (Shout out to Berenice Silva and Mari Mendez). Because of the demand of full time, they largely don't have a space to carve out their voice textually. 

    That said though, my family has some phenomenal storytellers. I always tell people, you can gather volumes of rich commentary just hearing a dinner table. When after the chiquillos are asleep, and papa gets out of a nightshift, and he and his hermana share their lamentos del dia. I consider my tia Carmelita to be an amazing orator, her voice brimming with humor and grace. And to me, that's what inspired my honors thesis at my undergraduate years, titled ethnopoetics, a term inspired by Anzauldua and Chela Sandoval's Methodology of the Oppressed, which attempts to describe our naturally poetic ability to navigate struggle. To me, that's the heart of all Latinidades, and by extension, marginalities. 

    8. You don't have a book of poems out yet, but it sounds like you are well on your way to putting a book together. Tell us some of the places that have published your work. Do you only write poetry or are you published in other genres? 


    8. Correct, I don't technically have a book, but stay tuned I suppose insha'Allah (ojala). So far, I've been published in Teenink, Acentos Review (Shout out to Raina Leon), Hispanecdotes, PEN/America, Sinking City Press, and this summer, I'll have pieces in Gramma Press, Eclectica, Permafrost, By & By, and Track//Four.  

    But I've published other genres outside of poetry. My very first publication in Teenink talked about the hard-hitting jump from an inner city K-8 to being a token at predominately white, affluent college prep. I've published a number of nonfiction pieces at Duke's newspaper, The Chronicle, while a student. All these articles centered on identity politics as a 1st generation Mexican-American, responding to issues of social justice, including the noose incident, and covering the successful boycott of our own Latino Student Recruitment Weekend in order to pressure administration to fund a Latinx Center, now called La Casa. Most recently, I published a piece in PEN/America on what it's like to be a Latino Muslim. And right now, I am working on a memoir, Bajo Otra Luna

    9. We spoke briefly of identity and names. Did you have a stronger sense of self after writing and discovering poetry? 

    9. Absolutely! Mil veces si. As a Muslim, I understand God has given me this language to touch others. There's a lovely verse in the Qur'an in surat Al-Nisa (The Women), which goes, " ...Allah knows what is in their hearts, so turn away from them but admonish them and speak to them a far-reaching word."  (4:63) The root word of far-reaching, baligh, can also translate to eloquence, that which can penetrate deeply. To me, this elucidates the power of poetry, and expression generally, to touch others, to the effect of steering them in a better direction. 

    In poetry, I can put together La Virgen Guadalupe and Khadijah, I can denounce the racist legislation of Texas' Senate Bill 4, I can praise raspado vendors who post their Venmo accounts on splintered carts, I can laugh in a poem, this public document, at las jorobitas of passing abuelas. To me, poetry is just testimony in its highest form, songs of gratitude for being alive and brown. 

    10. Gacias, Antonio. Thank you for taking time out of your retreat at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley this week to talk with La Bloga. Your generous responses are much appreciated. I look forward to bragging and bloging about your future books. I can say I knew you when. Is there anything else you'd like to share with La Bloga? 


    10. Just extreme appreciation for the opportunity to express my love for this weird thing we do called writing, especially to say these words at my hometurf of fellows Chicanxs and Latinxs. 

    I am huge believer for paying it forward, so if there's anyone aspiring writers reading this, don't hesitate hitting me up, or asking me any, any questions--on identity, writing, family, etc. As cliche as it seems, we're here to help each other. Otherwise, how do we expect outside communities to coalition with us?

    Here's is Antonio López's prize-winning poem. This post will also end with Antonio reading his poem at the conference's awards banquet.
    Antonio flanked by SBWC Poetry Workshop Leaders
    Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Antonio López, Perie Longo
    photo by Marla Miller, SBWC Marketing the Muse Workshop

    The murder of a teenage Muslim girl beaten and killed by a bat-wielding motorist near a Virginia mosque was likely a "road rage incident", not a hate crime, US police said, prompting outrage from many who say the teen was targeted because of her religion. Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, has been arrested and charged with Nabra Hassanen's murder in an incident police say began as a road dispute with a male teenager who was among Hassanen's group. – Al Jazeera, June 20, 2017

    Which Cobija Feels Most Comfy?: A Letter to Sister Nabra
    by Antonio López

    As-Salaamu Alaykum Sister.

    All is know
    is that my brother
    killed you

    with a baseball bat. The same palo
    slammed against birthday piñatas,
    chased you out of a Fairfax highway.
    Paper maché tapestries that bursted
    with dulce and confetti stuffing,
    now weaves into a hijab.

    The slurs crosshaired.

    All I know
    is that my             brother                         grabbed your bo-
    grabbed             your             bod-            bo-

    the papers said “dump,”
    like your body was kitchen sink sewage,
    the weight of chicken bones
    and peeled carrots.

    They said “road rage”—
    your death as no more taxing
    than a busted taillight

    like when they said
    Deah, Yusor, and Razan
    were a “parking dispute.”

    Ay hermanita,
    I’ve spent the past four days
    whispering your name
    with hands             cut by the blades
    of grass that pillowed your hair

    with hands             willowed in dua,
    but my palmlines fled
    to trace their ancestry elsewhere,

    across the Atlantic, to the Birth of a Nation’s
    Nation, where the ghoulish white hood
    of a van drove into Finsbury park
    shouting “All Muslims!
    I want to kill             all Muslims!”

    And for the first time,
    I saw             an Islamic extremist—
    Imam Mohamed Mahmoud
    protects the suspect from the mob,
    and issues the anti-Western fatwa
    “We pushed people away,…
    until he was safely taken
    by police….”

    because John Wayne
    and all those aging saloonistas
    who hawk a one-lunged Malboro
    would’ve shot the sucker in a tacky catchline
    that would’ve earned 24% on Rotten Tomatoes.’

    Imam Mahmoud!
    Imam Mahmoud who professed to Sky News
    “I am no hero,”
    but then who is ours?

    Ya Allah, I beamed for a DC comic adhan
    to call for a sunnah superhero.

    But there’s no star-spangled shield
    to guard your glasses and Jannah-gated smile
    because Captain America wasn’t made for you.

    No Wonder Woman to sway her jiggling thighs,
    half-naked feminism, to deflect blind-eyed
    bat swings with an 8 karat belt buckle,
    20% off a Macy’s rack.

    Sister Nabra, let me make wudu
    for you, and pluck from your hair,
    the highway-thickets
    of sound bites.

    Sister, let me still pay
    for next year’s prom dress—
    a mermaid lavender,

    so after iftar, I’ll sip chai
    and hear the fiqh disputes
    of uncles slamming
    their hairy-knuckled

    “Istirgfilillah, there’ll be boys, drinking,”
    your father will interrupt,
    “and me.”

    Let me stand
    over the Mexican minarets
    of Univisión and Telemundo
    and la pinta and the bus stop
    and la clínica, and the good bench at recess
    and tell el pueblo, mi pueblo
    to enshroud you in our finest cobijas—
    those linens not even hawked at flea markets

    and quietly clean tu cuerpo,
    over my grandmother’s pila
    and wipe away the darkened bloodstains
    with our finest jabón

    over el agua nacida de la barranca,
    the river mountaintops to see the heights
    my people could’ve soared for you.

    Let my apolog—
    take a lifetime,
    take my lifeline—
    hang on the word,             ‘y?’

    Why             must this land learn Arabic names
    at the eight o’ clock news?

    Why             must sister Aydin write a Facebook post
    warning her muslimina girls to travel
    in groups, even in broad daylight?

    Why couldn’t you just finish Ramadan first?!


    Dear. Sister. Nabra,
    All I know
    is that every Muslim in America,
    before Monday’s fajr, became an atheist
    to American Progress.

    Antonio López can be reached through email, Facebook, and Twitter @barrioscribe.

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