Vintage Pitcher - Music Notes - Gold trim & Frosted Glass by AhhMazing   

18.99 USD

For the music lover, don't miss this wonderful pitcher, covered in a band of musical notes. Slightly smokey color to glass, Gold trim and Frosted base.
VERY unique and eye catching.
Holds slightly more than 1 Qt - 7 in tall - 8 1/2 inch from handle to spout
No chips minimal vintage wear.

          Is Video Marketing The Future of Content Marketing?   

Video marketing has changed the scenario of brand promotion completely with majority of businesses adopting this technique. Videos tend to attract more click-through due to their eye catching visuals and better present-ability.

          How to Improve Vision Naturally?   

This article is about, how to improve vision with natural methods. Nowadays most of the people are suffering from eye problems, so this article will help you improve your vision in a natural way.

          3 years later, a new beginning   

birthday_12-11-2016As many of you know, Timeneye started in 2013 with the mission of creating a fun, natural and effortless way to track time efficiently. Well, guess what? Today is the third birthday of Timeneye! I want to take advantage of this event to thank all our customers and users for staying with us for such […]

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          Amy Winehouse Poster - Quote Retro Music Poster - Music Print, Wall Art by HogArtDesign   

9.90 GBP

Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No Good retro style poster with her quotes and song lyrics.
>> You can ASK FOR A CUSTOMIZATION with the lyrics/quotes you wish!
>> Or you can ask for a NEW DESIGN for your favourite musician/band!

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• A5 (5.8 x 8.3 inches) - 276 gsm / %100 cotton white / fine art paper by Hahnemühle.
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          Hold On to Your Jaw, Because This Is What OITNB's "Skinhead" Helen Really Looks Like   

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By now, most Orange Is the New Black fans know just how different the cast looks outside of their Litchfield jumpsuits, but few of the makeunders are as jaw-dropping as the one Francesca Curran agreed to while playing "Skinhead" Helen. With her shaved head and striking face and neck tattoos, Helen has always been one of the most recognizable characters on the show, despite not being one of the leads. In the show's fifth season, however, the actress gets way more screentime than she has in past seasons, so it made us wonder: what does she look like outside of her OITNB costume?


Luckily Francesca's Instagram account is a veritable treasure trove of shocking before-and-after shots chronicling her transformation into the white supremacist character. Although she fully committed and shaved off all of her hair, she's not afraid to rock some pretty glam wigs during her downtime from filming.

While speaking with Business Insider, Francesca revealed that despite her character's intimidating look, she's actually "girly" at heart. "In real life, I'm so feminine. I'm so girly. I love my makeup, I love my jewelry and all that," she said. "So to really be stripped of all that . . . The first time I was like, okay, wow. I found myself in the mirror and was like, this is a striking . . . what a difference."

That's not to say she isn't tough, though. During a recent chat with POPSUGAR, she told us that she was thrilled to be doing her own stunts this season. "We did combat training, and it was just the craziest experience because we have this amazing guy, Greg, and we have a whole team of guys that come in and show us how to do these crazy flips and wall kicks and some of the stuff we do, we'll get professional stunt people in," she explained. "But the fun part for me this season was while some of the other girls were having stunt people do it, they, for some reason, had a crazy sense of faith in me. And they were like, 'Hey, do you think you can handle this?' And being the crazy person that I am, I was like, 'Absolutely.'"

At least she didn't have to worry about her hair getting snagged on anything during training, right? Francesca has also shared a few peeks at what her normal, natural hair looks like when the show goes on hiatus and she has the chance to grow some of it back.

Her transformation even gives America's Next Top Model a run for its money (and that's a show that once attempted a "beard weave," so that's really saying something).

          10 Things You Should Know About Steph and Ayesha Curry's Envy-Inducing Relationship   

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Stephen and Ayesha Curry may be one of the NBA's most famous couples now, but back in the day they were just two teenagers brought together by their faith. Both devout Christians, the couple first met at their church youth group in Charlotte, NC - but it wasn't exactly love at first sight for the Canada native. "We were just kids," Ayesha told People in May. "He was the cute boy at church that all of the girls were obsessed with, so I made a generalization that maybe he wasn't for me." On the flip side, Steph harbored a crush. "I always had my eye on her, but I got a little shaken, for sure," he told Parents magazine back in June 2016. Here are more fun facts about Steph and Ayesha's slam-dunk romance.

  1. They reconnected a few years after their first meeting. Ayesha was acting and modeling in LA while Steph was playing basketball for Davidson College in North Carolina. The two met up in LA when he was in town for the ESPY Awards - Ayesha admitted that she "didn't know what the ESPYs were" and generally didn't know what Steph did at the time, which he revealed was "pretty refreshing."
  2. Ayesha originally wasn't too keen on dating an athlete, which is probably why she turned Steph down for a date at first. "My parents found this paper from my high school theater class where you had to write down what you wanted in a significant other," she told People. "At the bottom, it said, 'No athletes, because they're arrogant.'"
  3. Their first date was admittedly "cheesy." Ayesha finally agreed to go out with Steph after he reached out via Facebook. She picked him up (in a 1995 Astro van!) and they had a "cheesy" first date that included chai tea lattes and Marilyn Monroe impersonators on Hollywood Boulevard. Steph even spent all the money he had on him to impress Ayesha by purchasing a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Despite her "no athlete" rule, Steph's personality softened her up. "He was so funny and silly. . . the absolute opposite of what I thought he was going to be," she said.
  4. And their first kiss was reminiscent of a major movie. Steph and Ayesha officially began dating in August 2008. The couple had their first smooch in the driveway of Steph's parents' house in Charlotte. It happened "in the rain, like The Notebook."
  5. Three years later, Steph proposed to Ayesha in the same spot. "The plan was to act like we were going to a family cookout," he told Parents. "So we pulled up to the house, and I stopped in the middle of the driveway, got down on my knee, and went into my spiel. Little did I know the whole family was looking out the window, videotaping the moment."

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  1. They were married young. Steph and Ayesha got married in 2011 when they were 23 and 22, respectively. Of their decision, Steph has said, "I knew I had found the right woman, and I wanted to start a life with her."
  2. Ayesha had to put her acting plans on hold. "Shortly after we got married, I found out we were pregnant with [their daughter] Riley. She was a borderline honeymoon baby," Ayesha said. "That became my next move. I struggled with that for a while."
  3. They have matching tattoos. Ayesha reportedly got the ink first, and Steph followed with a tattoo of two arrows pointing at each other. "This signifies that the past is behind us and the future is in front of us, so we stay in the middle, in the moment," he has said. They even have a pregame ritual: "I smack my tattoo and she does the same."
  4. In 2015, they expanded their family. Steph and Ayesha welcomed their second daughter Ryan in July 2015, and the little one made an adorable public appearance with her sister at the NBA Championships in June 2017.
  5. But they're taking a breather before growing even more. On having a third baby, the couple has "agreed to press pause and then reassess in a year or so." Ayesha has said of Steph: "He'd have three more kids right now if he could."

          230 Buckeye Peters Township, PA 15317 - $249900   
Located in Peters Township, this ranch style home has 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. 230 Buckeye is situated in the Peters Township School District. The sale of this home includes refrigerator, wall to wall carpet, multi-pane windows, automatic garage door opener, microwave/convection oven combo, and washer/dryer. This home also has a 1 car attached garage, 2 fireplaces, wall to wall carpet, vinyl floors, electric heating, and window air conditioner cooling.
          SALE - Vintage Photo Props DELUXE Set - 27 piece set - Birthdays, Weddings, Parties - GLITTER Photobooth Props by TheManicMoose   

40.00 USD

The Vintage Collection - 27 piece Photo Booth Prop Set

Features Glitter and a vintage, neutral color palette.

♥They turn your ordinary photos into extraordinary, priceless memories that you can look back and laugh about for years!
♥ We use only 100% quality birch wood WOODEN dowel rods which makes them uniform in color as well as sturdy. No broken, flimsy sticks here!
♥ We use only the brightest, best, card stock available
♥ We use boxes to ship our props, both USA and international bound orders to ensure they don't get bent or smashed.
♥ We have been featured in a variety of popular media outlets including US WEEKLY MAGAZINE, IN TOUCH MAGAZINE, PERFECT WEDDINGS MAGAZINE, and THE KNOT, as well as many blogs and websites including SWANKY CHIC FETE, BRIDEFINDS, and PRETTYLITTLEWEDDINGS.COM! We've even had celebrities including Jessica Simpson, and the Kardashian sisters use our props and we just recently made a large number of props for country star Toby Keith's record label - how cool is that?!? To see all the media outlets we've been featured in - visit our "about us" page!


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Everything you need to make your next party a hit!

Perfect for :

♥ Photo Booths
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♥ 1 black top hat (approx. 8.5")
♥ 1 grocho mask (approx. 6")
♥ 4 black mustaches (approx. 4" - 5")
♥ 4 red GLITTER lips (approx. 2" - 3")
♥ 3 pairs of shades (approx. 6" )
♥ 1 bowler hat (approx. 6")
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          Reading the Office of Legal Counsel on Emoluments: Do Super-Rich Presidents Get a Pass?    


I wrote last November that the Foreign Emoluments Clause “is on its face a national security provision designed to the protect the country from officers too enmeshed with foreign interests.” If the Justice Department’s recent court filing is to be believed, that protection is exceedingly limited. This new position marks a decisive break from the more conscientious approach long espoused by both the Comptroller General and the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC).

At the heart of the emoluments controversy is President Trump’s refusal to liquidate his business holdings. He has instead maintained ownership of the Trump Organization, a multibillion-dollar umbrella company with thousands of domestic and international investments, and placed the assets in a revocable trust managed by his sons Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump. Trump now faces three lawsuits alleging that he is profiting from his business empire in violation of the Constitution. Three days after his inauguration, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a government accountability watchdog group, filed the first suit in the Southern District of New York. This month, two more complaints were filed by the attorneys general of Washington D.C. and Maryland and 196 congressional Democrats, in federal district courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia, respectively.

All three suits center on the meaning and scope of the Foreign Emoluments Clause, which provides that “no person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept any present, Emolument, Office or Title of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign state” (U.S. Const. art. I, § 9, cl. 8). Citing Trump's business dealings with state governments and federal agencies, such as its lease on the Old Post Office Building that now houses the Trump International Hotel, two of the suits also allege violations of the Domestic Emoluments Clause. This provision applies specifically to the president and provides that he shall receive “for his Services” a fixed compensation during his tenure and not “any other Emolument from the United States, or any of [the states]” (U.S. Const. art. II, § 1, cl. 7).

Serious procedural challenges like standing notwithstanding, given the House and Senate’s failure to address head-on the risks posed by Trump’s financial conflicts pose, the lawsuits could prove important in forcing a much-needed conversation: Is Trump taking in profits in violation of the Constitution? And just as critically, are future presidents entitled to pull a Trump—or does the Constitution dictate that they, like Jimmy Carter, must sell their family peanut farms as a condition of taking office?

No Article III court has ever rendered an opinion on how either Emoluments Clause should be interpreted, though the Supreme Court has offered interpretations of the term “emoluments” as it appears in Foreign Emoluments Clause-related statutes periodically enacted by Congress since 1881. Because of the limited judicial precedent, the internal memoranda from the Comptroller General and the Office of Legal Counsel that have been made public over the years are among the most important sources of guidance we have on emoluments issues. And though these memoranda do not directly address the question posed by the Trump business empire, making some amount of inference and legwork necessary, in critical respects they quite clearly contradict the sweeping defense that the Justice Department put forward this month in its 70-page motion to dismiss the CREW case against Trump.

The key issue in these suits—once you get behind a set of justiciability questions that may prove dispositive—is what constitutes an emolument (though with respect to the Foreign Emoluments Clause there’s also some disagreement about what kind of entity constitutes a “foreign state”). In plain English, we are looking at an exotic presidential twist on the biggest and oldest challenge to enforcing any anticorruption law: What counts? Do the forbidden “emoluments” cover only goodie boxes, blatant quid pro quo arrangements, and employment-related compensation? Or are the profits that Trump enjoys by way of his business transactions also prohibited when they come from foreign states and domestic government entities? And if the latter, more expansive definition is the appropriate one, are the profits prohibited only when the take is in excess of  “fair-market-value”—and if so, does that definition serve as a meaningful limitation when at issue are luxury goods whose value or sales may be inflated by the fact that Trump is president and the products are prominently branded with his name?

Predictably, the dispute has taken the form of a battle for the original meaning of “emoluments.” An array of historical materials support both a limited and broad definition. The two possible interpretations are well summed up by the Oxford English Dictionary, which provides two definitions dating back to the Founding: “1. Profit or gain arising from station, office, or employment . . . . 2. Advantage, benefit, comfort.”

The Justice Department, like Trump’s lawyers at Morgan Lewis, latches onto the first definition  to argue that “the Emoluments Clauses apply only to the receipt of compensation for personal services and to the receipt of honors and gifts based on official position.” That is, President Trump is precluded only from receiving benefits in exchange for services provided to a foreign state in his official capacity as president, or—and this is crucial, given the subject matter of the OLC opinions—services provided “in a capacity akin to an employee of a foreign state.”

The plaintiffs in the three suits, on the other hand, argue for the much more expansive definition. Marshaling its own set of historical evidence, CREW asserts that emoluments are "anything of value, including money, permits, approvals, tax benefits, any other benefits, and anything else monetary or nonmonetary, regardless of whether it is given in exchange for goods or services, and regardless of whether it is part of a transaction at, above, or below market rates."

A close examination of the relevant Comptroller and OLC opinions reveals that the current Justice Department is reading the Emoluments Clauses too narrowly, while CREW and the other plaintiffs are reading them too broadly. None of the opinions approves the receipt of benefits that can even arguably be attributed to the prestige or influence conferred by an office, and together they do not support the Justice Department’s claim that presidents may, as a categorical matter, collect profits from business transactions with foreign entities and domestic government entities as long as fair value is extracted on both sides. But notwithstanding the plaintiffs’ hard pull in the other direction, the opinions also suggest that presidents may in limited cases accept certain fixed benefits—as I will explain, these might be pensions from the U.S. state that used to employ them or money damages from a foreign country against which, in a past life, they successfully won a judgment. The key is that those benefits cannot be subject to foreign or domestic government manipulation or adjustment in connection with the presidential office.

This happens to be a sensible position that accords with what the opinions repeatedly underscore as the purpose of the Emoluments Clauses and the ultimate touchstone for interpreting their meaning: “to prevent corruption and foreign influence” and to bar “payments which have a potential of influencing or corrupting the integrity of the recipient.”


Why Language About Emoluments Is Easily Misused

A threshold issue before turning to the OLC literature is the confusion created by cherry-picking historical materials without consideration of their factual context. For example, in its motion to dismiss, the Justice Department followed the lead of some scholars in pulling some Supreme Court language that suggests the term “emoluments” applies only to salary and other duty-related benefits. Most notably, in Hoyt v. United States, 51 U.S. 109 (1850), the Court defines emoluments as “every species of compensation or pecuniary profit derived for a discharge of the duties of office” (emphasis added).

But in Hoyt, the Supreme Court was specifically asked to decide what constitutes an “emolument of office” per a statute governing Treasury Department collectors in their official capacity; the case did not require the Court to consider or rule on the existence of emoluments of other kinds. This is a key point for purposes of properly construing any Comptroller or OLC opinion that cites Hoyt and regurgitates its definition of “emoluments.” These opinions, like Hoyt, have to be read with an eye to their facts: they do not assert that “emoluments” must derive directly from discharge of duty; rather, the kind of emoluments at issue in those opinions was the kind derived for discharge of duty. As a consequence, the reliance on Hoyt in these opinions does not serve as evidence of a limiting principle for emoluments in general.

In short, as pointed out by the plaintiffs and by assorted scholars, the proper question for purposes of discerning the historical scope of “emoluments” is not whether the term could be interpreted in a restricted way, to refer only to benefits derived from discharging the duties of an office, but whether it was necessarily so interpreted at the time the Emoluments Clauses were drafted. As John Mikhail has painstakingly documented, the answer is no—and we don’t have to look at secondary sources, however authoritative (e.g., Black’s Dictionary) to draw that conclusion. Consider, for example, some of the constitutions ratified during the first of two major waves of state constitution-making in the Founding decade. Several included “common benefits clauses” that used the word “emoluments” in a way that simply defies narrow interpretation. The Pennsylvania Constitution (1776) provides: “That government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection and security of the people, nation or community; and not for the particular emolument of advantage of any single man, family or sett [sic] of men, who are a part only of that community[.]” Very similar language appears in the Virginia (1776), Vermont (1777), and New Hampshire (1784) constitutions. Far more elaborate historical arguments demonstrating the broad uses of the term have been presented elsewhere: see here, here and here. The bottom line is that there is an abundance of primary Founding-era material making use of the broad definition of emoluments, so it is wrong to use language from fact-bound case law to assert that the term is an inherently limited one.


The Plaintiffs Define “Emoluments” Too Broadly

Does that mean, as plaintiffs assert, that all types of benefits conferred on the president by foreign countries and U.S. states are prohibited emoluments? According to the Comptroller and OLC opinions, clearly not.

A number of opinions explain that officers do not need to forego fixed benefits to which they are entitled for reasons manifestly unrelated to and uninfluenced by their office. This is a common-sense interpretation of the Clauses that avoids rigidity for rigidity’s sake, where denial of benefits would do nothing to serve the Clauses’ anti-corruption, anti-influence purpose.

For instance, the Comptroller and the OLC each independently concluded that President Ronald Reagan could collect ordinary retirement benefits from California, where he had served as the state governor, without violating the Domestic Emoluments Clause’s prohibition against the receipt of “emoluments” from a State. In its 1983 opinion, the Comptroller determined that President Reagan’s pension from California “cannot be construed as being in any manner received in consequence of his possession of the Presidency.” Coming to the same conclusion in its earlier 1981 opinion, the OLC also noted that “those [retirement] benefits are not emoluments in the constitutional sense” and their receipt does not “violate the spirit of the Constitution.” To support its reasoning, the OLC in turn relied on a 1964 opinion (not published) where it similarly decided the estate of President Kennedy was entitled to the naval retirement pay that had accrued during his presidency. Interpreting the Foreign Emoluments Clause “in the light of its basic purposes and principles,” it concluded he could receive payments to which he was entitled as a matter of law “prior to his taking office.”

The same principles support allowing officers to collect on certain kinds of money judgments, even from foreign powers. In a 1955 opinion, the Comptroller decided that an attorney in the Justice Department could receive a lump sum payment and lifetime annuity from the German government for his wrongful removal from the judgeship he held before he emigrated to the United States, as provided by German indemnification legislation. The Comptroller reasoned that those payments did not constitute emoluments from his former office, but rather “represent damages payable as a direct result of a moral and legal wrong.” Turning to its “spirit of the Constitution” analysis, the Comptroller had no trouble determining the payments were not problematic: they were “obviously . . . not intended to influence him as an officer of the United States,” were made under laws not specific to him, and were not payments voluntarily made by the German government but rather mandatory indemnification required by the Allied powers. In a 1954 opinion on the same matter, the OLC came to a slightly different place—the payments were not permitted to the extent they amounted to German retiree benefits—but like the Comptroller, it found that damages intended to redress injury were not prohibited emoluments.

Note what these opinions have in common: they generally allow the officer in question to collect payments or benefits that, patently, have nothing to do with and cannot possibly have been affected by his U.S. office. That 1983 Comptroller opinion put it best, and contains a line worth repeating: President Reagan was entitled to his pension because it “c[ouldn’t] be construed as being in any manner received in consequence of his possession of the Presidency.”

Applying this general rule, it makes sense that presidents are permitted to invest in U.S. Treasury bonds; and the rule also explains why wealth management solutions like blind trusts have long been accepted as workable resolutions to problems of conflict of interest. But it certainly doesn’t provide clearance for all profits derived from discretionary, “fair-market-value” transactions where the president is obviously and individually on one end of the sale.


The Justice Department Defines “Emoluments” Too Narrowly

A key move in the Justice Department’s brief is to rely heavily on a point of dubious significance: it asserts that “in every published OLC or Comptroller General opinion in which proposed conduct was determined to involve prohibited emoluments, the determination involved an employment relationship (or a relationship akin to an employment relationship) with the foreign government.”

If you think about it, there’s at least one common-sense explanation for the limited precedent: In general, the government employees on whose behalf these opinions were sought probably didn’t own hotel chains, lucrative licensing agreements, or hundreds of trademarks from which they derived significant foreign-based or domestic government-based income. Their thing of value, as civil servants, was their skill set, and thus the relevant question was whether they were constitutionally permitted to lend out that skill set to foreign governments or organizations with foreign state ties for payment.

A 1986 OLC opinion written by then-Deputy Assistant Attorney General Samuel Alito cuts against the assertion that whether the profit in question is derived from employment or personal services should be, by itself, dispositive. There, Alito determined that a NASA employee could indeed accept a fee for reviewing a PhD candidate's thesis for an Australian university. To get to this conclusion, Alito made two significant moves. First, uncertain as to whether a public university should be regarded a "foreign state," Alito instead decided to turn to the features of the proposed consultancy and consider whether they "raise[d] the kind of concern . . . that motivated" the prohibition’s enactment. This marks a functional, purpose-driven approach to the question of permissible benefits. Second, he suggested the following facts weigh against finding the fee a prohibited emolument: (1) the NASA scientist was not selected because of his position with the U.S. government, (2) the fee was an ordinary amount given the service to be rendered, (3) there was no reason for the officer to have "direct contact" with the university officials, and (4) the consultancy was "limited both in time and in substantive scope," and no "continuing relationship" was anticipated.

Note that the fact the scientist would be acting in an employment or personal services capacity did not automatically render the payment an emolument. This is the key takeaway from this opinion, and it is at odds with the Justice Department’s claim that employment is the make-or-break issue when it comes to determining whether a benefit or payment is an emolument. Second, consider the implications of the first and fourth points Alito highlighted. The scientist’s selection for the job and associated payment had nothing to do with his U.S. office, which is not a conclusion that can be readily drawn about the services purchased by foreign and state government employees newly flocking to Trump International Hotel. It may suggest the permissibility of accepting profits from truly routine transactions by truly routine hotel customers, including some government diplomats—but this possibility is undercut by Alito’s reference to the extremely limited nature of the permitted relationship and transaction in question.

The Justice Department is understandably leaning hard on the idea that an emolument must be received specifically as a function of office or employment. After all, without this very specific qualification, its argument for the permissibility of accepting profits from ordinary transactions falls apart. Two OLC opinions make this clear.

A 1982 OLC opinion determined that the Foreign Emoluments Clause barred an employee of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from working on his leave time for an American firm contracted by a Mexican government agency to review the design of a government-owned nuclear power plant. And a 1993 OLC opinion concluded that law firm partners serving as non-government advisors on the Administrative Conference of the United States could not accept partnership earnings “where some portion of that share is derived from the partnership’s representation of a foreign government” without triggering the constitutional prohibition. In the 1993 opinion, the OLC actually dismissed the argument that the conference member was not subject to the foreign government's “control” as “not decisive.” Instead, the OLC concluded that the portion of partnership profits the conference member would receive "would be a function of the amount paid to the firm by the foreign government," such that "the partnership would in effect be a conduit for that government." Acceptance of that portion of income was therefore a prohibited emolument (OLC reconsidered this opinion in 2010, but only with respect to whether the members held an “Office of . . . Trust” for purposes of the Foreign Emoluments Clause).

In these opinions, the OLC simply did not care that there was nothing out of the ordinary about the payments in these cases from a transactional or fair-market perspective. This runs contrary to the crux of the Justice Department’s argument for the innocuousness of Trump’s business-related foreign and domestic government income.

The textual kicker in all this is that even accepting the Justice Department’s insistence that “emolument” is best read to mean “profit arising from an office or employ” (Barclay’s A Complete and Universal English Dictionary on a New Plan (1774)), it doesn’t follow that all ordinary business transactions are okay: What if those transactions are, in number or value, enhanced by the prestige of the president’s office? Couldn’t the profit thereby derived then constitute “profit arising from an office or employ”? [Update, 5:17 pm: This is a line of argument that Marty Lederman compellingly and more thoroughly details here.]

It is to prevent this reading that the Justice Department argues that prohibited benefits must arise not just from the office but from the provision of services pursuant to that office. But this argument relies on a stunted conception of the power that an "Office of Profit or Trust" confers. To lift an example wholesale from Ben Wittes: If Trump owned a nondescript hotdog truck outside the White House that charged the same price for hotdogs as any other foodtruck and sold them to some incidental foreign customers, that would not be problematic under this definition of emoluments. If the truck were Trump-branded and either charged inflated prices or enjoyed inflated sales because Trump is president, and Saudi potentates lined up to put cash in his register, that would seem to constitute impermissible “profit arising from an office,” as a textual matter and in view of the historic Comptroller and OLC perspective.

At base, this is what plaintiffs are claiming—that the profits Trump is enjoying “aris[es] from” his office—so “aris[e] from” may be a definitional phrase the Justice Department is interpreting too narrowly. Trump’s status as the most powerful man in the world affects his business transactions, which are self-branded to boot. Not only is he enjoying booming business at his exclusive properties, in part thanks to foreign guests reportedly seeking to get in the president’s good graces, but he has also won Chinese trademark protection that, according to plaintiffs, he would not have received had he not become president.

Finally, on a practical note, notice the perverse upshot of the Justice Department’s fixation on employment and personal services as the place where the river divides. This assertion that payment for goods and business-related services is permissible but payment for employment and “personal services” is not means that a president can’t profit off his brain or body when it comes to cash from foreign sources or U.S. government entities, but can, without limitation, profit off the brains and bodies of those he can afford to employ in his private capacity. It’s what you might call a constitutional free pass for super-rich presidents.

The Comptroller and OLC opinions do not support such a result. They repudiate it.


Ultimately, the Justice Department’s view of emoluments marks a departure from the public Comptroller and OLC opinions in at least two critical respects. First, the new position is a clear abrogation of the practical “spirit of the Constitution” analysis on which the Comptroller and OLC have consistently relied to ensure a stringent rather than forgiving interpretation of what constitutes an impermissible benefit or undue influence (see, e.g., 1955 Comptroller Opinion, 1981 OLC Opinion, 1983 Comptroller Opinion; see also OLC 1962, noting “the sweeping nature of the constitutional prohibition”; OLC 1980, citing 1902 Attorney General Opinion stating the Foreign Emoluments Clause is “directed against every kind of influence by foreign governments upon officers of the United States” and the “prohibition should be given the broadest possible scope and application”). Second, the Justice Department’s quite specific argument that the president can profit from employing people to do business with foreign countries and government entities in the United States amounts to a strange carve-out, one that allows extremely wealthy officers with people in their employ to cash out as they wish on the advantages that the prestige of their office confers, without any consideration whatsoever of the sources of that cash. This interpretation is flatly at odds with executive branch tradition: I have yet to see a single opinion that has permitted an officer to collect profits even arguably enhanced by the power of his office, much less categorically benefit from discretionary, price-indeterminant transactions that foreign governments and U.S. government entities may enter into at will.

Note the issues I did not address here. What is not (yet) a point of debate in these particular lawsuits is whether these constitutional provisions apply to the president at all. The Domestic Emoluments Clause applies to the president by its express terms, and in its recent motion, the Justice Department doesn’t dispute CREW's claim, or the OLC’s preexisting determination, that the more obliquely phrased Foreign Emoluments Clause applies to the president as well (and notwithstanding the occasional argument to the contrary).

In addition, as the suits proceed in federal court, we can expect much of the legal discussion to focus on jurisdictional hurdles. There’s a strong argument that the courts don’t have a role to play, and that presidential corruption rising to the level of an emoluments violation is a political question whose resolution properly lies with Congress. Though the congressional suit spearheaded by Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representative John Conyers, Jr. alleges that Trump has failed to come to Congress for requisite permission in accepting foreign emoluments, Congress’s best recourse be impeachment proceedings. (Or if it so chose, Congress could avail itself of a lot of options short of impeachment, but in the words of Charles Black, Jr., circa 1974, “what an enormous if.” Recall that the House of Representatives has the power to demand Trump’s tax returns but has not exercised it.)

But as for the substantive question of whether the Comptroller and OLC of yore would have signed off on the Justice Department’s blessing of all monies flowing in by way of business transactions, the answer is “no.”

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  İki motifle başlıyorum. Ters tarafları birbirine bakıcak şekilde tutup, köşesine sık iğne tekniği ile ilmek atıyorum. Her bir trabzanın üzerine sık iğne ve boşluklara zincir sayımızdan bir eksik sık iğne yapıyorum. Modelime göre önce bir kenarı birleştiriyorum, yine iki motifle aynı şekilde devam ediyorum. Yani önce üst kenarlar birleşiyor, sonra alt kenarlar.

  Benim modelimde üç motif en olarak yeterli olduğundan, üç motifin bir kenarını birleştirip boyundan devam ettim birleştirmeye. Artık uc uca birleştirmeliyiz. Yeni bir motif ile birleştirdiğimiz parçadaki motifin kenarını. İstenilen boya geldiğinde bir bütün olarak elimizde olucak ama ortada kalan yan kenarlarında birleştirilmeye ihtiyacı olucak. Yine aynı teknikle yan kenarları birleştirip işlemi bitiriyorum. Resimle daha anlaşılır anlatabildim umarım. Sevgiler..

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Merhaba sevgili okuyucu,
Ah biz kızlar yokmuyuz. Süsümüz çok minik yaşlarımıza dayanır. Ben minikken bayramlarda kıyafetten çok çanta isterdim. Diğer zamanlarda okul çantasından başka bişe takmadım ama bayramda cicimi cici çantalarım hep olmuştur. Bu örgügiller çantada minik süslüler için tasarlandı. Ve tabiki kocaman bir örgügiller ile de şenlendi. Güle güle kullansın minikler.
  Ve mutlu günler herkese. Sevgiler


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  Merhaba sevgili okuyucu.
Biz Konyada yaşayan bloggerlar olarak ikinci workshop olayını gerçekleştirdik. Çalışmamız goblendi. Düzenleyen arkadaşlarım Pembe düşler ülkesindeyim, gönüldenele ve kedimin not defteri isimli blog sahibi arkadaşlarımdı.
Etkinligimize mekan sponsoru Konyanın nezih mekanlarından biri olan Margherita butik kafeydi. İkramlar ve sıcak ağırlama için çok teşekkür ederim.

Çalışma sponsorumuz ise goblen kanaviçeydi. Bize bardak altı olucak goblen kiti göndermişler. Böylece içimdeki goblen aşkına katkıda bulundular. Teşekkürler.
Ve birçok blogger dostu sponsor oldular. Hem destekleri hemde hediyeleri için bol bol Teşekkürler ♡♡ ve @ortakoyaynur a bu güzel bileklikler için,
Kelebek tasarıma bu güzel tabak için,
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Harfinisec e bu güzel isimli kitap ayracı için,
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Yine blogger arkadaşım Sevgili Nuran a güzel saksı süsü için,
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Funbou nun göndediği, hayal gücümüzün sınırını ölçen bu güzel el işi kiti için

çok ama çok teşekkür ederim..
Ve ayrılmadan önce çekilen özçekim yani blogger çekim.
Çalışan ben.
Bol bol foto çeken ben ve kadraja girmeye çalışan bir kediminhobidefteri
Bu mutlu çatılarda benim arkadaşlarıma hediyelerim.
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  Hint ve sarmısak sabununu ilk olarak elime aldığımda nasıl kokarki diye düşünmeden edemedim. Hemen onuda  kullanmaya başladım. Kokusu ismiyle müsemma değil, etkisi ise bir sabun gibi hiç değil. Saçlarımı keçeleştirmedi, aksine yumuşacık yaptı diyebilirim. Saç dökülmeleri ve dermatitleri iyi gelen bu sabunda beni memnun etti.

  Bez torba benimde hem kullanıp hemde tavsiye ettiğim bir ürün. Evlerimizde poşet kalabalığı olmayacak böylece ve de çevre sağlığına katkımız olacak.

   Teşekkürler doa kozmetik..
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  Teyze olunurda boş durulurmu hiç. Neler yapsamla başlayan arayışlar. Kardeşimi nasıl mutlu etsemle devam eden tarayışlar :)
  Ben illaki bir şeye sahip olmak istiyorsam öncelikle kendim yapmaya çalışırım. Elimden gelebiliyorsa tabiki. Hem el emeğim karışmalı işin içine, hem de bana özgü olmalı. İşte bu düşünceler içerisinde, yeni bebişimizin bebek şekerleri benim elimden çıksın istedim. Öncelikle tasarladıktan sonra alışveriş kısmına başladım.
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"Kardeşlerinizin yaptığı en güzel şey, yeğenlerinizdir" demişler ya. O en güzel şeylere değer. 

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Yaklaşık altı aydır sadece özel yetenekli çocuklara eğitim veren bir kamu kurumunda Sınıf Öğretmeni olarak çalışıyorum. İlk olarak söylemem gereken, bu kısa sürede onlardan çok şey öğrendiğim ve onlar için daha çok şey öğrenmem gerektiği gerçeği.

Özel yetenekli çocuk en basit tanımı ile halk arasında ‘büyümüş de küçülmüş’ diye tabir edilen çocuklardır.

Akademik olarak “insanlık yaşamı için temel değeri olan alanlarda gösterilen olağanüstü başarı veya performans’ (SAK, 2011) olarak tanımlayabiliriz. Yönetmelikteki tanımı ise “Zekâ, yaratıcılık, sanat, liderlik kapasitesi veya özel akademik alanlarda yaşıtlarına göre yüksek düzeyde performans gösterdiği uzmanlar tarafından belirlenen çocuklar ve öğrencilerdir.” şeklindedir.

Dünya nüfusunun sadece yüzde üçünün özel yetenekli olduğu dikkate alınacak olursa böyle bir çocuğa sahip olan ailelerin şanslı olduğunun düşünülmesi gayet doğaldır. Ya da öğretmenler için sınıfında özel yetenekli bir öğrencinin oluşu bir avantaj olarak görülebilir. Ancak durum bundan biraz daha farklı…

Onlar anlaşılması ve uzlaşılması zor bireyler olarak karşımızda duruyorlar. Kullanmayı bilmediğimiz bir uçak, paslanması kaçınılmaz olan metal yığınından başka nedir ki? Az sonra bahsedeceklerim herhangi bir araştırma ya da bilimsel veriye dayanmayan, solucan bakışlı bir öğretmenin özel yetenekli çocukların tutum ve davranışları üzerine gözlemlerinden oluşmaktadır.

1. Unutkanlar

Özel yetenekli çocukların yapılan tüm bilimsel tanımlarında güçlü hafızalarından bahsedilmektedir. Doğrudur da… Altı ay önce izledikleri bir filmdeki evin kapı numarasını bile çoğu zaman hatırlayabileler. Ancak kişisel eşyalarını sürekli bir yerlerde unuturlar. Çantalarını, kalemliklerini, suluklarını… Ama nerede unuttuklarını asla unutmazlar.

2. Tembeller

Angarya işlerden hoşlanmazlar. Normal sınıflarda öğrencilere verilen sınıf içi görev ve sorumluluklar öğrencileri motive edebilmekte iken özel yetenekli çocuklarda ters etki yaratabilmektedir. Zaman zaman verilen bir görevi yerine getirmektense o işi yaptırabilecekleri birilerini aramaktadırlar. Basit bir işi bile yapamadığını ileri sürüp sizden yardım istiyorlarsa dikkat edin, işin tamamını size yıkmış olabilirler.

3. Sürekli Geç Kalırlar

Zaman yönetimi konusunda ciddi problemleri var.

4. Kelime Oyunlarını Severler

Kendilerini rahat hissettiklerinde Hacivat’ı deli eden Karagöz gibi davranabilirler. Yönerge seçiminde genel ifadeler kullanmanız ileride aleyhinize delil olarak kullanılabilir. İletişim kurarken kullandığınız dil açık, net, anlaşılır ve de düz ifadeler olmalıdır. Kurguda bıraktığınız her boşluk onlar tarafından mutlak suretle değerlendirilecektir. Sınıfta, okulda ya da evde konulan kuralları kendi işlerine geldiği gibi yorumlayıp sizi ikna etmeye çalışabilirler.

5. Yeni Kavramlar Üretme Konusunda Becerikliler

Alfabetik sıralamayı tersten yaparsak ne olur diye sorduğunuzda ‘Zelfabetik Sıralama’ gibi ilginç cevaplar alabilirsiniz.

6. Kendilerine Özgü Jestleri Var

Bir işe başlamadan önce parmak yalama, kitap okurken gülme, düşünürken garip el kol hareketleri yapma vb. sık rastlanan durumlar.

7. Garanticiler

Risk almazlar. Canları çok tatlıdır. Komik duruma düşmekten, kendilerine gülünmesinden hoşlanmazlar.

8. Pragmatistler

Yeni karşılaştıkları bir öğrenme seansında ilk sordukları soru ‘bu bizim ne işimize yarayacak’ olabilir. İkna olmadıkları takdirde kendilerini öğrenmeye kapatabilirler.

9. Geri Adım Atmazlar

Birbirlerini ikna edemedikleri noktalarda sadece geleneksel yöntemler ile çözüme ulaşabiliyorlar. Görev dağılımı yaparken ‘o piti piti’ diye sayıştıklarına rastlayabilirsiniz.

10. Şekere Bayılırlar

Abur cubur eğilimleri daha çok şekerli ürünler ya da direkt olarak şeker türevleri yönündedir.

11. Bireysel Performansları Grup Performanslarından Daha İyi

Grup çalışmalarında grup içi liderlik savaşları öğrenme seansını olumsuz yönde etkileyebilmektedir. Grup çalışması planlıyorsanız süreyi tahmininizden biraz daha uzun tutmanız faydalı olacaktır. Aynı durum bireysel çalışmalarda tersi olarak yansıyabilir. Beklediğinizden çok daha kısa sürede hedefe ulaşabilirler.

12. Oyuna Bayılırlar

Oyunu sevmeyen çocuk var mıdır? Fiziksel ya da zihinsel her türlü oyuna bayılırlar. Bilgisayar ve tablet oyunlarında eğilimleri ‘ilerlemeli ve geliştirmeli’ strateji oyunları yönündedir. Bazen bizlere çok saçma gelen oyunlar da oynayabilirler.

Bir keresinde kendi aralarında oynadıkları bir oyuna şahit olmuştum. Bir çocuk 1 ile 10 arasında aklından bir sayı tutuyor, diğerleri de onu tahmin etmeye çalışıyordu. Bu oyundan nasıl bir keyif aldıklarını hala daha anlamış değilim.

13. İmkânsızın Sınırları Onlar İçin Daha Geniş

Zaman makinesi, ışınlanma, yaraları çabucak iyileştiren iksirler, saç rengini değiştiren ilaçlar gibi bizler için bilimkurgu sayılabilecek kavramlar onların geleceğe dair en önemli planları olabilir.

14. Dokunsallar

Her yeni karşılaştıkları nesneye dokunmak, kurcalamak isterler ve bunu kontrolsüzce (refleks) yaparlar.

15. Fiziksel Olarak Belli Bir Kalıpları Yok

Şişman, zayıf, uzun, kısa, gözlüklü, gözlüksüz, sarışın ya da esmer olabilirler. Yalnızca fiziksel görünüşüne bakılarak bir çocuğun özel yetenekli olup olmadığı konusunda çıkarım yapılamaz. Özel yetenekli çocuklar, tıpkı diğer özel eğitim ihtiyacı olan bireyler gibi, mümkün olan en erken yaşta tanılanmalı, zenginleştirilmiş öğrenme seansları ile sahip oldukları özel yetenekleri, bir üst seviyeye taşıyabilmeleri noktasında desteklenmelidir.

Sosyo-ekonomik düzeyi ne olursa olsun hiçbir devlet için özel/üstün yetenekli çocukların eğitilmesi bir lüks değil, ihtiyaçtır. Bu yüzden gerek ailelerin, gerekse öğretmenlerin bu özellikteki çocukları erken yaşlarda fark etmesi çok önemlidir.
Birçok ülke bu çocukları ülkenin işlenmesi gereken en önemli cevheri olarak görmektedir. İsrail-OFEK (Ufuk) Okulu ve Boyer Okulları, Rusya-Novossibirsk Dahi Okulu, Çin-8 Numaralı Okul, ABD-Dalton Okulu ve daha nicesi bu ülkelerin bilim ve teknolojide neden önde olduklarının bariz göstergesidir. Ülkemizde de hızla büyüyüp gelişmeye başlayan bilim ve sanat merkezleri (BİLSEM’ler), aynı misyon ile, bizi bir adım öteye taşıyacak sıradaki hamlenin yapılabilmesi için gerekli insan kaynağını sağlamaya çalışmaktadır.

“Her çocuk bir bakıma bir dahi ve her dahi bir bakıma bir çocuktur.”
-Arthur Schopenhauer


          Çocuğuma Zeki Olduğunu Asla Söylemeyeceğim?   
5 yaşındaki oğlum okumayı yeni öğrendi. Her gece, beraber yatağına yatıyoruz ve o bana kısa bir kitap okuyor.
Her akşam kaçınılmaz bir şekilde, problem yaşadığı bir kelimeye takılıp kalıyor. Dün geceki kelime “minnetle” idi. Oldukça eziyetli geçen bir dakikanın sonunda kelimenin anlamını buldu. Sonra bana dönüp: “Baba, bu kelimeyle nasıl mücadele ettiğimi gördüğün için memnun değil misin? Sanırım beynimin büyüdüğünü hissedebiliyorum.” Gülümsedim: Oğlum şu anda “büyüyen bir zihni” ortaya çıkaran en temel belirtileri kelimelere döküyordu. Ama bunun farkında bile değildi.
Bir süredir, birkaç yıldır okuduğum bir araştırmayı hayata geçirmeye çalışıyorum: Zaten iyi olduğu şeyler konusunda oğlumu övmemeye, sadece zor bulduğu şeyler konusunda azim gösterirse onu övmeye karar verdim. Ona zorluklarla mücadele ettiğinde beyninin büyüdüğünü söyledim. Zihnin öğrenme davranışları alanındaki derin araştırmalar ve oğlumla yaşadığım kişisel deneyimlerim sayesinde, öğrenmeye karşı geliştirilen davranışların, öğrettiğimiz her şeyden çok daha önemli olduğuna hiç olmadığım kadar ikna oldum.
Araştırmacılar uzun bir süredir beynin bir kas gibi çalıştığını biliyor: Ne kadar çok kullanırsan, o kadar çok büyür. Araştırmacılar, nöral bağlantıların en çok, kolay şeyler yaparak sürekli başarı kazandığımızda değil, zor bir şeylerle uğraşırken hata yaptığımızda oluştuğunu ve derinleştiğini söylüyor.
Ancak maalesef herkes bunun farkında değil. Stanford Üniversitesi’nden Dr. Carol Dweck uzun yıllardır öğrenme karşısında insan zihninin davranışlarını araştırıyor. Dweck insanların çoğunun iki zihin davranışını sergilediğini bulduğunu söylüyor: Sabit ya da büyüyen.
Sabit zihin yapıları, yanlış bir şekilde, insanların ya zeki olduğuna ya da zeki olmadığına ve zekanın genlerle sabitlendiğine inanır. Büyüyen zihin yapıları olan insanlar ise, doğru bir şekilde, kapasitenin ve zekanın çaba, mücadele ve hatalarla büyüdüğüne inanır. Dweck’e göre sabit bir zihin yapısı olanlar, başarı olasılığı yüksek olan işler için çaba gösterirken, mücadele etmek zorunda kalabilecekleri işlerden kaçınırlar. Bu da öğrenmelerini kısıtlar. Büyüyen bir zihin yapısı olan insanlar ise, mücadelelere kucak açar ve azim ve çabanın öğrenme sonuçlarını değiştirebileceğini anlarlar. Tahmin edebileceğiniz gibi ikinci grup, kendini aktif bir şekilde daha fazla zorlar ve entelektüel olarak daha çok büyür.
İyi haber ise şu: Zihin davranışları öğretilebilir, çünkü değişebilirler. Esas heyecan verici olan Dweck ve diğerlerinin bu konuda çeşitli teknikler geliştirmiş olmaları. İletişimdeki küçük değişimler ya da görünüşteki zararsız yorumlar bile bir insanın zihin yapısında oldukça uzun süreli etkiler yaratabilir. Örneğin, birinin doğuştan gelen bir özelliğini ya da yeteneğini övmek (“Ne kadar zekisin!”) yerine birinin yaşadığı bir süreci övmek (“Bu problemle mücadele etme şeklin çok hoşuma gitti”), kişide büyüyen bir zihin davranışını güçlendirmenin bir yoludur. Süreci övmek, gösterilen çabayı onaylar; yeteneği övmek, kişinin sabit bir özelliği dolayısıyla başarılı olduğu (ya da olmadığı) fikrini güçlendirir.
Bunu Khan Akademi’de de gördük. Öğrenciler, beynin bir kas gibi olduğunun altını çizen ve azim ve cesaretlerini öven mesajlara maruz kaldıktan sonra Khan Akademi’de öğrenmeye daha fazla zaman ayırıyor.
İnternet büyüyen bir zihin yapısına sahip bir kişi için cennettir. İnternet, zihninizi büyütmenize yardım edecek sonsuz bir içeriğe benzeri görülmemiş bir erişim sunar. Yine de toplum, büyüyen zihin yapıları daha fazla yaygınlaşmadan, bu olanağı sonuna kadar kullanmayacaktır. Peki ya bu durumu tamamen değiştirsek? Zihnimizdeki tüm araçları sevdiğimiz tüm insanlarda büyüyen bir zihin yapısı oluşturmak için kullansak? Bu çok önemli bir bilgi. Bu bilgiyi, çocuklarınızla nasıl iletişim kurduğunuzdan iş yerindeki takımınızı nasıl yönettiğinize, yeni bir dili ya da müzik aletini çalmayı nasıl öğrendiğinize kadar her şeye uygulayabilirsiniz. Eğer toplum bir bütün olarak öğrenme mücadelesini anlasa, bunun global insan potansiyeli açısında ne anlama geleceğini bir düşünün…
Ve şimdi size bir sürpriz: Bu makaleyi okuyarak, siz de büyüyen zihin davranışları geliştirme konusunda çok büyük bir adım attınız. Araştırmaya göre araştırmanın kendisine maruz kalmak bile (örneğin, beynin sorulara doğru değil yanlış cevaplar vererek büyüdüğünü bilmek) kişinin zihin davranışlarını değiştirebilir. Yapabileceğiniz bir başka şey ise bu bilgileri başkalarıyla paylaşmak. Bu yüzden öğrenme mücadelesini öven bir video hazırladık.
Oğlum ya da başka birisi bana öğrenme ile ilgili soru sorduğunda, onların sadece tek bir şey bilmelerini istiyorum: Mücadeleye ve hatalara kucak açarsanız, her şeyi öğrenebilirsiniz.
Salman Khan

          In the studio with Paul Senyol   
Paul Senyol’s colourful and whimsical work caught my eye a number of years ago, and it’s really great to see how this artists’ work has matured and that he is starting to get the recognition he deserves. Paul has just spent three months in Finland on a residency program (Pro Artibus) together with friend and fellow artist Wesley van Eeden and will be heading back soon. ILW caught up with him to find out what he has been up to in Finland and what he has missed about home.
          Gender does not dictate firefighter attributes   

Few people even bat an eye at the presence of women in men’s jobs these days, even though we know that sexism is alive and well.

We’ve come a long way in erasing gender stereotypes, and we’re all better for it.


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          Film Review: ‘The Garden’   
The past is indeed a foreign country, which means it’s often filmed as such, with an eye for the exotic otherness that makes it an alien realm. But Sonja Kröner’s quietly assured, gently tragedy-tinged debut stands apart by rejecting that anachronistic approach and instead delivering a portrait of a bourgeois German family’s 1970s summer that... Read more »
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          Çatlak Diş Sendromu   
ÇATLAK DİŞ SENDROMU                        Diş çeşitli mineraller ve keratinden oluşan bir parçalama mekanizmasıdır diye biliriz. Vücut organizmayı öğütmeye ağızda başlar ve bu öğütme işlemi ancak dişer ile meydana gelir. Yapısı gereği diş çok sağlam bir mineral birleşeni olmakla beraber bu sağlamlığı koruyan tek şey dişe aynı zamanda parlaklığını veren mine tabakasıdır. Mine tabakasının zedelenmesi durumunda kırılmalar […]
          Çatlak diş sendromu nasıl teşhis edilir?   
Çatlak diş sendromu nasıl teşhis edilir? Bu rahatsızlığı tespit etmenin birçok yolu olmasına rağmen teşhisi çok zordur. Genellikle arka dişlerde ortaya çıktığından gözle görülemez ve hasta hangi dişinin ağrıdığını net söyleyemez bu nedenle doktor tüm dişlere tek tek baskı uygulayıp tespit etmeye çalışır. Bütün dişlerin genel bir kontrolü yapılıp filmi çekilir bununla beraber de hastaya […]
          Cleaning Plant Operator - Creekside Grain Cleaning - Wood Mountain, SK   
Class 5 drivers license. Dental and eye benefit program is available. Permanent full-time employee at their modern plant located near Wood Mountain, SK.... $48,000 a year
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          Taking The Sting Out Of Ageing - Bee Venom Mask   
          Cutiepie ♥   
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          Comment on The Birdheye View: High Times at the First Annual Jamaica Cannabis Cup by ELV Recycling Machine   
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          ZEBRA FACE 100 page comic book - £5.00   
• 100 page comic book • Published in 2001 by Invisible Spies • Written by Supreme Vagabond Craftsman • Illustrated by Kid Acne • Includes 2 x sticker sheets Zebra Face is a stripy horse with rudimentary rhymes skills and an insulin dependent sidekick. He first appeared in VELCRO GRASS fanzine in 1995, before getting a zine to himself, the success of which lead to this book, which was self published in 2001. Some of the stories have since been brought to life in a series of short animations for Channel 4. Sleeve Notes: Yo Insomniakz this is proof of the truth comin right through yo sunroof. This is two hover-trouser emcees with Guess Who moustaches and dangly earrings goin one plus one on the fuckin runway, ridin scramblers up yo embankment. 100cc is our situation you get weh? Pock-marked skinheads from out the navy wearin Global Hypercolour, ekkin for a dust up, comin your way with a fist full o nuggets and one eye on the newsagents. Trip-hop is our game, see me larfin? Buju Bedtimes cold ghettin dumb and dumber, different strokin, rekked our limbs from fallin off mopeds that’s why we get bought drinks see? PM Dawn of the Dead overweighters duckin in your hedgerow lookin for ripped up bash mags and golf-balls so we got summat to cob at motors. No cell phones only CBs, we’re ravin we’re ravin.
          [uhindsv46]:Golf in its Most Pure and Simple - POCO空间(POCO.CN)   
This is golf in its most pure and simple form just as it was meant to be played. Have you ever noticed how much fun the little ones have at hitting a golf ball? How many golf lessons do you reckon they've had? How many instructional books or golf magazines have they devoured?
How many golf tips given by 'well-wishers' have they succumbed to? None! That's why they swing so naturally. No outside interference or negative swing thoughts have entered their little minds and yet they know instinctively how to hold the club. Instinct again, tells them how to take the stance and to look at the ball as they swing around and through towards the target.
As you work on your golf putting form it is vital that you address the golf ball correctly. As you stand next to your ball take note of your eye line. Your eyes must be directly over the golf ball. If you are not situated properly over the ball your aim will be off.
There are mainly four brands I recommend and those are Callaway, Spaulding, Wilson and Adams. In a pinch, I'll settle for Mizuno as well. If you're the kind of guy who likes to fit in on the golf course, you should probably go with big names like Callaway.
The golf club set you choose will define your game for the upcoming years so it's really important to make a good choice. If the clubs you are playing doesn't suit you, it's going to be noticeable in your swing. What you should be looking at when choosing golf clubs is the flexibility of the shaft. If you're a beginner, go with a loose and flexible shaft as this is more forgiving. If you're an advanced player you should get something with less flexibility as it gives you grater control of your swing. But if you're at that level in your golf game, I don't need to tell you that.

A breaking putt has to do with the force with witch a golf ball is hit coupled with the contour of the green. A golf ball will begin to "break" as its momentum lessens. A golf ball with little momentum will break from its straight trajectory and begin to follow the dips and valleys of the green. A golf ball with a lot of momentum behind it is not as affected by the contour of the green as a golf ball with little momentum.



          How to keep your pets safe and protected this Canada Day   
Celebrate Canada Day with your pets' safety in mind! Canada Day is a day of celebration … loud celebration. Between the fireworks, parades, and loud celebrations, things can get a little scary for your pets. Here are a couple tips to keep them safe and protected this Canada Day! Keep an eye on your pets while you're away with an indoor security camera If you're going to be out and about on Canada Day, having a way to check in on your pets can be invaluable. With the right indoor security camera you can both view what's going on in your home and talk to your pets. If they need to be talked down after a particularly loud firework boom, you can use an indoor security camera with a microphone and speaker to remind them how much you love them and that everything's OK. To be clear, you should obviously choose being home with your pet if it's particularly sensitive to loud noises, but this is a great way to help calm a pet that — in normal circumstances — is A-OK with...
          İzmir'de elektrik ve su ne zaman gelecek?   
İzmir'de elektrik ve su ne zaman gelecek?İzmir'de elektrik ve su ne zaman gelecek?
İzmir'den elektrik kesintisi haberleri gelmeye devam ediyor. Su ve elektrikler neden yok. İzmir'in Menderes ilçesindeki Gümüldür bölgesinde çıkan orman yangını nedeniyle bazı enerji nakil hatları zarar görünce Menderes, Buca, Karabağlar, Gaziemir, Konak bölgesinde sular kesildi. Peki İzmir'de elektrik ve sular ne zaman gelecek?

          01/07/2017: FRONT PAGE: Fear of tripping while using a mobile phone has changed the way we walk   
MOBILE phones are causing people to change the way they walk to reduce the risk of tripping, a study has found. Subjects were fitted with eye trackers to record where they looked and motion analysis sensors to record how they walked as they used a...
          Foreign buyers eye 'magnificent' 40,000 hectare South Island station   
Foreign buyers are circling a pristine South Island high country station that is about to change hands for the first time in nearly 100 years. 
          Video: Freemasons’ Third Eye Is Sodomy, ft, Robert David Steele    
Video: Freemasons’ Third Eye Is Sodomy, ft, Robert David Steele 
Warning: Sensitive Material
Ex cia field operative, Robert David Steele, reveals that the third eye of the Freemasons signifies the act of sodomy.  Sodomizing children, then torturing them, to drink their adrenalin enriched blood.





          GUARDIAN ANGELS silver 14K ring with London Blue Topaz (sizes 5 to 8.5) by WingedLion   

410.00 USD

GUARDIAN ANGELS ring is a beautiful piece of wearable art designed and crafted by the artist and jewelry designer Sergey Zhiboedov (my husband). The ring was inspired by Medieval architecture and sculpture and features two angels - one on each side of the shank. Made of sterling silver with 14K yellow gold bezel and adorned with a genuine London Blue Topaz (eye clean, 10x8mm, around 3Ct). On the inside of the shank, the ring is stamped .925 for sterling silver, 14k for gold, and the artist's trademark.

The ring will be custom made for you in any size from 5 to 8.5 (please specify when ordering).

We also have matching earrings in our etsy store:

For the current turnaround time check our shop announcement or contact us. Please check out our “Shop Policies” at for information regarding payment plans, warranties, etc. International customers are responsible for any import duties or taxes charged by the recipient's country.

          Kimi Seversin?   



HİCRETİN 8. yılında, Mûte gazvesinden sadece bir ay sonra, Zâtü’s-Selâsil gazvesi gerçekleşir.

Bu iki savaşın yegâne ortak özelliği, aynı yıl içinde gerçekleşmiş olmaları değildir. Birbiri ardınca gerçekleşen bu iki savaş, Allah dilediğinde nice olmazların nasıl olabildiğinin de nişanesidir.

Mûte’de İslâm ordusunun komutanları Zeyd b. Hârise, Cafer b. EbûTalib ve Abdullah b. Revâha’nın şehadetlerinden sonra komutanlığı üstlenen isim, yirmi yıldır İslâm’a karşı savaştıktan sonra nihayet hakka teslim olmasının üzerinden henüz altı ay geçmemiş bulunan Halid b. Velid’dir; ve Medine’den yaklaşık bin kilometre uzaktaki bu savaşın gidişatını mucizevî sûrette görüp ashabına haber veren Peygamber aleyhissalâtu vesselam, onun tahmin edilenden çok daha kalabalık ve güçlü Bizans ordusu karşısında mü’minler ordusunu derleyip toparlamasına karşılık kendisini ‘Allah’ın kılıcı’ olarak nitelendirmiştir.

Yirmi yıl boyu kılıcını Allah’ın dinine karşı sallayan Halid’in ‘Allah’ın kılıcı’ olarak temayüz ettiği bu savaşın hemen akabinde yaşanan Zâtü’s-Selâsil gazvesinde ise, komuta mevkiinde Amribnü’l-Âs vardır. Amr ile Halid, uzun yıllar hakka karşı yürüttükleri mücadeleden sonra birbirlerinden habersiz şekilde yaşadıkları iç sorgulama sonucunda hakkı teslim ve kabul etmiş; ve yine birbirlerinden habersiz şekilde Müslüman olmak üzere çıktıkları yolculukları Medine güzergâhında kesişmiş ve beraberce Medine’ye girmişlerdir.

Düne kadar Allah’ın dinine karşı mücadele eden bu iki ismi Allah yolunda mücahede eden iki mü’mine dönüştüren süreç, elbette, başlıbaşına dikkat çekicidir. Bu iki Mekke soylusunun hayat serüveni, esasen İslâm’ın sonraki asırlar boyu ne şekilde yol alacağının da bir nişanesidir. İslâm, çağlar boyu dün karşısında olanları yarın müntesipleri arasına katarak ilerlemiştir ve bugünün dünyasında Batının içinden İslâm’a yönelenler bu tarihî gerçeğin son tezahürü niteliğindedir. 

Düşman ordusunun gücü karşısında Medine’den takviye kuvvetler isteyen Amribnü’l-Âs, sonuçta zafer kazanmış bir komutan olarak Medine’ye döndüğünde, Peygamber aleyhissalâtuvesselamın bu zaferden duyduğu hoşnutluğun yüzünden de okunduğu bir anda, Peygamber aleyhissalâtuvesselama beklenmedik bir soru yöneltir:

“En çok kimi seversin?”

Bir sefer dönüşünde, tam da savaşın ve sonuçlarının konuşulduğu bir hengâmda gelen bu sorusuyla Amribnü’l-Âs’ın almayı umduğu cevap tahmin edilebilir. Zihinde uçuşan imgelerin savaş, kan, kılıç, ganimet olduğu bir sefer dönüşü zemininde insana en sevimli gözükecek kişi kim olabilir?

Güçlü bir müşrik güruhunu bertaraf edip develer dolusu ganimet ve esirler ile Medine’ye dönmüş, zafer kazanmış komutanın bu soruyu sorması, tam da böylesi bir anda akla ve dile gelecek ilk ismin kendisi olacağı ümidiyledir.

Gelin görün ki, cihad gibi yalnızca erkek mü’minlere farz olan bir ilâhî farizanın zihinlere ve muhayyileye hâkim olduğu böylesi bir anda ve Mescidinde seferden dönmüş sahabilerle birlikte başkaca erkek mü’minlerin de kendisini çevrelediği bir zeminde, Efendimiz aleyhissalâtu vesselam şu şaşırtıcı cevabı verir:


Bu şaşırtıcı cevap üzerine, almayı umduğu cevaba hiç olmazsa ikinci adımda ulaşabilmek ümidiyle, Amribnü’l-Âs, bu kez bir tahsis ve tahdide giderek sorusunu tekrarlar:

“Erkeklerden en çok sevdiğin kimdir,yâRasûlallah?”

Şaşırtıcı şekilde, Rasûlullahaleyhissalâtuvesselamın cevabı yine ‘Âişe’nin ismini içermektedir:

“Âişe’nin babası.”

Amribnü’l-Âs, bu cevap üzerine “Sonra?” diye sormaya devam edince, Hz. Ömer ile başlayan ve ilk Müslümanların daha önde yer aldığı cevaplar gelecek; neticede Amribnü’l-Âs Peygamber aleyhissalâtuvesselamın sevgisinin ‘konjonktürel’ olmadığını ve yalnızca ‘son ân’a değil, bütün bir ömre baktığını ve muhakkak vefâkârlık da içerdiğini öğrenerek, daha fazla sormaktan vazgeçecektir.

Bir sefer dönüşü Peygamber mescidinde gerçekleşen bu muhavereden alınacak belki en manidar ders ise, Efendimiz aleyhissalâtuvesselamın, “En çok kimi seversin?” sorusuna karşılık olarak, kalbindeki cevabı aynen dile getirmesi, ve Hz. Âişe validemizin ismini çekinmeden söylemesi, dahası “Erkeklerden kim?” sorusuna karşılık doğruca “Ebu Bekir” cevabı vermek yerine “Âişe’nin babası” demeyi tercih etmesidir.

Ne zaman bu muhavere aklıma gelse, bu topraklarda gerçek, meşru ve helâl duyguları sansürlememizi bize öğütleyen duygusal kalıplar gelir aklıma. Çocukluktan itibaren öğretilen, hele ki okullarda bambaşka bir mecraya ve isme çekilen ‘en çok sevilen’ tasnifleriyle sahih ve kalbî duygularımızı sansürlemenin, dahası ortamın ‘resmî doğruları’na uygun gayrisahih ve sahte cevaplar vermeye yönlendirilmemiz...

Bugünlerin moda tabiriyle ‘erkek-egemen’ bir toplumda Efendimiz aleyhissalâtu vesselam, hem de bir cihad dönüşü gerçekleşen bir muhaverede, hiç çekinmeden “En çok sevdiğin kim?” sorusuna cevaben hanımının ismini zikredebildi. Peki, bugünün dünyasında ve bu toplumda biz, böyle bir soru karşısında kalbimizdeki cevabı verebilir halde miyiz? Böylesi sorular sözkonusu olduğunda, bizim cevabımız kalbimizden mi geliyor; yoksa, ‘beklenen cevap şu; bu soru da bu cevabı vermen için soruldu’ diyen aklımızdan mı?

Duygularını bastırmayı ve saklamayı, kalbinin söylemediği şeyi dilinde gezdirmeyi öğrenen kuşaklarız velhasıl.

Hele bir de bu durumu yere göğe sığdıramadıkları bir ‘müfredat’la kalıcılaştırmaya çalışanların kendilerini özgürlükten, Peygamber’i ise ‘baskı’dan yana konuşlandırmaya kalkışmaları yok mu; doğrusu sinirime dokunuyor…   




* Bu yazı hocamızın izniyle Hakikatin Dengesi adlı eserinden alınmıştır.

Hâşiye: Kudsînebînin ‘duyguların ifadesi’yle ilgili olarak, ashabı üzerinden bütün ümmetine öğrettiği iki talim daha var. İlki, Peygamber aleyhissalâtuvesselamın da sofraya dahil olduğu bir ortama giren birkaç sahabi, sofraya buyur edilmelerine karşılık ‘tok olduklarını’ söylerler. Halbuki tok değildirler. Peygamber aleyhissalâtuvesselamın “Açlığınıza yalan karıştırmayın” uyarısından sonradır ki, sofraya otururlar. Ders manidardır: Aç olmak ayıp değildir; ama aç olduğu halde tok olduğunu söylemek ayıptır ve günahtır.

İkinci ders ise, Hz. Ömer ile ilgilidir. Ömer radıyallahuanh, bir gün Hz. Peygamber’in yanına gelip, “YâRasûlallah! Seni kendim hariç herkesten daha çok seviyorum” der. Bunun üzerine Efendimiz, “Hayır yâ Ömer! Beni kendinden de fazla sevmedikçe felaha eremezsin” mealinde bir sözle uyarır. Buna karşılık Hz. Ömer’in hemen vereceği cevap ise, bizim böylesi durumlarda yapmaya alış(tırıl)mış olduğu üzere, “Aslında öyle demek istemiştim” gibi kaçamak bir cevap değildir. Hz. Ömer, aradan epeyce bir zaman geçtikten sonra Efendimiz aleyhissalâtuvesselama gelip, “Seni kendim dahil herkesten daha çok seviyorum” demiştir. Hz. Ömer’in hem ilk geldiği anda söylediği söz, hem de son söylediği söze gelinceye kadar aradan geçen zaman, Peygamber aleyhissalâtuvesselamınsahabilerinikalbleriyle dilleri barışık, özleri ile sözleri bir, rahat ve özgür insanlar kılmasının dikkat çekici bir diğer örneğidir.



          Mustalikoğulları Savaşı'ndan Ders Alalım   

Hicretin altıncı senesi Şaban ayında (Ocak-628) yapılan Mustalik oğulları (Müreysi) savaşına münâfıklarda Müslümanların safında katılmışlardı. Bu savaş Müslümanların zaferiyle sonuçlandı. Savaştan sonra Hz. Peygamber efendimiz ve İslâm ordusu Müreysi kuyusunun yanında konaklarken, Hz. Ömer'in ücretli işçisi olarak çalışan Cehcah b. Mes'ûd ile Hazrec'in eski müttefiklerinden bir aileye mensub olan Sinan b. Veber arasında kuyudan su çekme sırasıyla ilgili bir tartışma çıktı.

Tartışmanın boyutu büyüdü ve kavgaya dönüştü. Cehcah ve Sinan birbirlerine vurmaya başladılar. Sinan tek başına Cehcah'ı alt edemeyeceğini anlayınca "Yetişin ey Ensar topluluğu!" diye bağırıp Medineli Müslümanlardan yardım istedi. Münâfıkların ileri gelenlerinden Abdullah b. Ubeyy ile birlikte kuyu başındaki kavgayı seyreden Ensar'a mensup bazı Müslümanlar "Koşun, adamınıza yardım edin!" diyen Abdullah b. Ubeyy'in teşvikiyle Sinan'ın yardımına koştular. Ensar'dan bazılarının Sinan'ın yardımına koşması üzerine Cehcah da "Yetişin ey Muhâcirler!" diye bağırarak Mekkeli Müslümanları yardımına çağırdı. Orada bulunan bazı Muhâcirler de Cehcah'a yardım etmek için kuyu başına koştular. Her bir taraf, kendisini çağıranın yanında toplandı. Böylelikle Muhâcir ve Ensardan bazı kimseler kavga için karşı karşıya gelmiş oldular. Aralarındaki sözlü atışmalar kısa sürede hakarete dönüştü. Hatta bazıları silahlarını çektiler.

Kanlı bir çatışma çıkmak üzereydi. Durumdan haberdar olan Hz. Peygamber, koşarak gelip iki topluluğun arasına girdi. Çok öfkeliydi. Şahitlerin ifadesine göre Hz. Peygamber'i o güne kadar hiç böyle öfkeli görmemişlerdi. Birbirleriyle savaşmak için toplanmış iki topluluğun arasına giren Hz. Peygamber, öfke ve sitem dolu bir üslupla "Müslüman olduktan sonra da câhiliye çağrısı öyle mi? Hâlâ câhiliye dâvâsını sürdürüyorsunuz ha!" diye çıkıştı. "Artık bırakın şu câhiliye dâvâlarını. Bu pisliktir, kötülüktür" dedi. Müslümanların bazı ileri gelenlerinin de araya girmesiyle iki taraf yatıştırıldı ve kalabalık dağıldı.(Buhârî, Tefsir, 63; Müslim, Birr, 64) 

Yaşanan olay, küçük çaplı bir çatışma girişimi gibi görünüyorsa da, gerçekte hiç de öyle değildi. Yaşanan, Rasûlullah'ın tepkisinden de anlaşılacağı üzere, çok ciddi bir problemdi. Bunca yıldır Müslüman olanlar, omuz omuza onlarca savaşa giren ve bu savaşlarda canlarını, kanlarını verenler, İslâm için mallarını harcayanlar hâlâ İslâm karşıtı bir dâvânın gereğine göre davranabiliyorlardı. Rasûlullah'ın “câhiliyetdâvâsı” ve “pislik” olarak tanımladığı kavmiyetçilik dâvâsına taraftarlık yapabiliyorlardı. Rasûlullah'ın kızdığı şey bu idi; kabul etmediği, anlamakta zorlandığı taraf burasıydı. İslâm, iman kardeşliğini her çeşit bağın üstünde tuttuğu, iman kardeşliğine rağmen başka hiçbir bağın olumlu anlam ifade etmeyeceğini sürekli bildirdiği halde, Müslümanların İslâm'ın aşağılayıp reddettiği kavmiyetçilik dâvâsını sürdürmelerini, bu dâvâ için birbirlerine silah çekmelerini kabullenememişti.

Kavmiyetçilik dâvâsı gereği, Medineli Müslümanların sırf Medineli oldukları için birbirlerini destekleyip Mekkeli Müslümanlarla, Mekkeli Müslümanların da sırf Mekkeli oldukları için birbirlerini destekleyip Medineli Müslümanlarla kavga etmelerini, hatta birbirleriyle savaşmaya kalkışmalarını izah etmek mümkün değildi. Bu, her şeyi alt üst eden bir durumdu; inşâ edilen iman topluluğunun darmadağın olmasını ateşleyecek bir kıvılcımdı. İşte bunun anlaşılır, kabul edilir tarafı yoktu ve her iki taraf hatalarını anladılar ve birbirlerinden özür dilediler. Ancak bir kez olan olmuştu. 

Abdullah b. Ubeyy, iki kişinin kavgası nedeniyle Müslümanların birbirleriyle savaşma aşamasına gelişini büyük bir keyifle seyretmişti. Bazı girişimleriyle Medineli Müslümanlarla Mekkeli Müslümanların arasını kolayca açabileceğini düşündü ve yaşanan olay, onun bu düşüncesine dayanak oldu. Abdullah b. Ubeyy, Müslümanları birbirine düşürmek ve Medinelileri tekrar kendi çevresine toplamak arzusuyla yeni bir girişimde bulundu. Bazı Medineli Müslümanlara, “Gördünüz mü şu çulsuzların yaptıklarını? Geldiler bizim yurdumuzda bize kafa tutmaya başladılar. Vallahi bu ancak eskilerin dediği gibi 'besle köpeğini, yesin seni' durumundan başka bir şey değildir. İşte size yemin ederim ve derim ki, vallahi! Medine'ye döndüğümüz zaman bu iş bitecek. Medine'ye döndüğümüzde Medine'nin izzetli ve kuvvetlileri bu çulsuzları ve aşağılıkları Medine'ye sokmayacak” dedi. Bu arada Medineli Müslümanları daha da etkileyip, Mekkeli Müslümanların aleyhine harekete geçirmek için suçladı, kendilerine gelmelerini istedi: “Kimseyi suçlamayın. Bu işin tamamı size aittir. Her şeyi ellerinizle onlara peşkeş çektiniz. Halbûki böyle yapmayıp, onlara karşı sert ve sıkı olsaydınız, başınıza çöreklenmez, daha başka yerlere çekip giderlerdi. Siz de mallarınızı, evlatlarınızı onlar için harcamaktan kurtulurdunuz. Bakın, seyredin halinizi; siz azaldınız, çocuklarınızı savaş alanlarında teker teker kaybettiniz. Onlar ise hep çoğaldılar. Hiç değilse bundan sonra aklınızı başınıza alın; onlara yönelik yardımlarınızı kesin ki, buradan çekip gitsinler.”

Abdullah b. Ubeyy, bu konuşmaları kendisi gibi münâfık veya kendisine yakınlık duyan imanı zayıf Müslümanlar arasında yaptığı için tepki görmedi. Çevresindekiler sessizce onun sözlerini dinliyorlardı. Hatta bazıları onu haklı bulduğunu dile getiren bir şeyler söylediler. Ancak, Abdullah b. Ubeyy'in yakınında oturan Zeyd b. Erkam duydukları karşısında şaşırmış bir haldeydi. Kendisi çocuk denebilecek yaşta olmasına rağmen, İslâm'ı anlamış ve kavramış birisiydi. Abdullah b. Ubeyy'in sözlerini duyunca kulaklarına inanamadı. Hemen amcası Hz. Ömer'e gitti ve işittiklerini anlattı.

Hz. Ömer, Zeyd b. Erkam'ı yanına alarak Rasûlullah'a götürdü. İşittiklerini Rasûlullah'a anlatmasını istedi. O sırada Rasûlullah bazı müslümanlarla oturmuş kuyu başında yaşanan olayı konuşuyordu. Zeyd, duyduklarını anlattı. Zeyd'in anlattıkları, kuyu başında yaşanan olay kadar önemliydi. Rasûlullah kendisine söylenenlerin doğruluğundan emin olmak istedi. Zeyd'in, henüz çocuk denebilecek yaşta olması nedeniyle, yanlış anlamış olabileceğini veya Abdullah b. Ubeyy'e düşmanlık için yalan söyleyebileceğini düşündü. Bu nedenle Zeyd'e birçok kez söylediklerinden emin olup olmadığını, doğru söyleyip söylemediğini sordu. Zeyd, yalan söylemediğini, duyduklarından emin olduğunu, söylediklerinin aynen ifade ettiği gibi olduğunu yeminler ederek tekrar anlattı. Zeyd'in söyledikleri karşısında Rasûlullah üzüldü ve öfkelendi. Abdullah b. Ubeyy ile görüşmeye karar verip onu yanına çağırttı.

Durumun açığa çıktığını anlayan Abdullah b. Ubeyy, bazı yandaşlarını da yanına alarak, Rasûlullah'ın yanına gelip oturdu.  Rasûlullah, duyduklarının doğru olup olmadığını sordu. Eğer böyle bir şey söylediyse hatasından dönmesini, tevbe etmesini istedi. Abdullah söylenen şeylerin tamamının yalan olduğunu, kesinlikle böyle şeyler söylemediğini ve söylemeyeceğini, kendisi gibi bir Müslümana böyle şeylerin yakışmayacağını ifade etti. Yandaşlarını da söylediklerinin doğruluğuna şahit tuttu. Rasûlullah, Abdullah b. Ubeyy'in kendisine şahit göstererek söylediklerini kabul etmek zorunda kaldı. Zeyd'e ise bir şey demedi.

Abdullah b. Ubeyy'in, yalancı şâhitlerinin de desteğiyle söylediklerini inkâr etmesi yüzünden Zeyd, yalancı duruma düşmüştü. Bu konuma düşmesi nedeniyle çok üzüldü. Yalancı konuma düşmesini, üstelik Rasûlullah'ı aldatan konumuna düşmesini bir türlü kabullenemiyordu. Ne yapacağını bilmez olmuştu. Fakat vahiy, çoğu zaman olduğu gibi bu sefer de sürece müdahale etti ve hem Rasûlullah'ı olayın aslından haberdar etti hem de bir mümini sıkıntısından kurtardı. Durumu bütün boyutlarıyla açıklığa kavuşturan âyetler şöyleydi:

"Münâfıklar sana geldiklerinde: "Şâhitlik ederiz ki, sen Allah'ın Peygamberisin!" derler. Allah da bilir ki, sen elbette O'nun Peygamberisin. Allah, münâfıkların kesinlikle yalancı olduklarını bilmektedir. Onlar, yeminlerini kalkan yapıp Allah yolundan yan çizdiler. Gerçekten onların yaptıkları ne kötüdür! Bunun sebebi, onların önce iman edip, sonra inkâr etmeleridir. Bu yüzden kalpleri mühürlenmiştir. Artık onlar hiç anlamazlar. Onları gördüğün zaman kalıpları hoşuna gider, konuşurlarsa sözlerini dinlersin. Onlar sanki duvara dayanmış kütükler gibidirler. Her gürültüyü kendi aleyhlerine sanırlar. Düşman onlardır. Onlardan sakın. Allah onların canlarını alsın. Nasıl bu hale geliyorlar? Onlara: "Gelin, Allah'ın Peygamberi sizin için mağfiret dilesin denildiği zaman başlarını çevirirler ve sen onların büyüklüktaslayarak uzaklaştıklarını görürsün. Onlara mağfiret dilesen de, dilemesen de birdir. Allah onları kesinlikle bağışlamayacaktır. Çünkü Allah, yoldan çıkmış topluluğu doğru yola iletmez. Onlar, "Allah'ın elçisinin yanında bulunanlara hiçbir şey harcamayın ki başınızdan dağılıp gitsinler" diyenlerdir. Oysa göklerin ve yerin hazineleri Allah'ındır. Fakat münâfıklar bunu anlamazlar. Onlar, "Andolsun, eğer Medine'ye dönersek üstün olan zayıf olanı oradan mutlaka çıkaracaktır" diyorlardı. Halbûki asıl üstünlük Allah'ın, Peygamberinin ve Müminlerinindir. Fakat münâfıklar bunu bilmezler."(Münâfıkûnsûresi, 63/1-8).

Rasûlullah, münafıkların durumunu açıklayan bu âyetler vahyolununca, üzüntüsünden ne yapacağını bilemez hale gelmiş olan Zeyd'i yanına çağırttı ve "Zeyd! Allah seni doğruladı." diyerek gönlünü aldı.

Âyet vahyolunup durum Rasûlullah için açıklığa kavuşturuluncaya ve Rasûlullah, Zeyd ile konuşup onun üzüntüsünü giderinceye kadar, Abdullah b. Ubeyy'in konuşmaları orduya yayılmıştı. Herkes o sözleri bir şekilde konuşmaya başlamıştı. Bazıları oldukça sert tepkiyle Abdullah b. Ubeyy'in konuşmasına karşı çıkıp bunların yanlış olduğunu söylerken; diğer bazıları ise belirgin bir tepki vermemişti. Ordunun gündemini Abdullah b. Ubeyy'in sözleri oluşturuyordu.

Hz. Ömer öfkesinden yerinde duramıyordu. Israrla, "Ey Allah'ın Rasûlü! Yeter bu kadar sabır! İzin ver şu münafığı öldüreyim!" deyip duruyordu. Rasûlullah bu teklifi kabul etmedi. Ömer, Abdullah b. Ubeyy'i öldürmesi durumunda, Muhâcirlerle Ensar arasında yeni bir çatışma çıkacağı düşüncesiyle teklifinin reddedildiğini düşündü. Çünkü kendisi bir muhâcirdi. Bu nedenle "Bana izin vermiyorsan, emret ensardanSa'd b. Muaz, Muhammed b. Mesleme veya Abbad b. Bişr bu işi yapsın." dedi. Oradaki ensara mensup Müslümanlar da böylesi bir emri yerine getirmeye hazır olduklarını bildirdiler. Ancak Rasûlullah, Abdullah b. Ubeyy'in öldürülmesini doğru bulmuyordu. Bu konudaki düşüncesini şöyle açıkladı: "Biliyorum, Müslümanlardan onu öldürmelerini istersem bunu hemen yaparlar. Ancak olmaz ya Ömer! İşin iç yüzünü bilmeyen halk yanlış anlar; "Muhammet kuvvetlendi de adamlarını öldürmeye başladı." derler. Yapamayız!" dedi. Sonra ani bir emirle, ordunun hemen Medine'ye doğru gitmesini emretti. Emir, günün en sıcak vaktinde, yolculuk yapılmayacak bir saatte verilmişti. Herkes şaşkın bir hâlde eşyalarını toplamaya başladı. Ancak hareket isteği çok açıktı; hemen yola çıkılacaktı. Bu nedenle öylesine ani bir hareket gerçekleşti ki Müslümanların birçoğu, eşyalarının tamamını toplamaya dahi fırsat bulamadı.(Vâkıdî, el-Meğâzî, II, 417-418; İbnHişâm, es-Sîre, III, 303)     

Bazı Müslümanlar hem günün en sıcak vaktinde yapılan yolculuğun orduyu perişan edeceğini ve hem de Abdullah b. Ubeyy'i kabul etmediklerini bildirmek için Rasûlullah'ın yanına gelip-gitmeye başladılar. "Ey Allah'ın Rasûlü! Emret onu öldürelim." veya "Emret onu Medine'den sürelim." tekliflerini dile getirdiler. Rasûlullah, ordunun hareket saatini erteleme tekliflerini kabul etmeyip emrini yenilediği gibi, Abdullah b. Ubeyy'in öldürülme veya Medine'den sürülme tekliflerini de kabul etmedi. Ordu, dayanılmaz bir sıcakta, yolculuk için hiçbir hazırlık yapmamış bir halde yürümeye devam ediyordu. O gün akşama kadar hiç mola verilmeden yola devam edildi. Herkes bitkin düştü. Hiç kimsede yürüyecek bir takat, yola devam etmesini sağlayacak bir güç kalmadı. Herkes, akşamın serinliğinde mola verileceği ve dinlenecekleri hayaliyle zorla yürüyordu.  Akşam oldu fakat mola verilmedi. Gece oldu mola verilmedi. Gece yarısı geçti, sabah oldu yine mola verilmedi. Güneş yükseldi, herkes sıcaktan ve yorgunluktan perişan halde adım atamaz durumdaydı. İşte böylesi bir anda mola izni geldi. Ordu durdu. Herkes yorgunluktan, uykusuzluktan, sıcaktan olduğu yere düştü ve ordudaki herkes derin bir uykuya daldı. Ayakta hiç kimse yoktu.

Yolculuk için uygun olmayan bir vakitte başlayan ve bütün gece süren yolculuk Rasûlullah'ın yaşanan problem için düşündüğü bir çözümdü. Rasûlullah bu son derece yorucu yolculukla Abdullah b. Ubeyy'in gündemi belirlemesini, Müslümanların onun sözleri üzerine yorumlar yapmasını önlemiş oldu. Artık hiç kimse Abdullah b. Ubeyy'i konuşacak, değerlendirecek hâlde değildi. Gündemi Abdullah b. Ubeyy veya sözleri oluşturmuyordu.

Abdullah b. Ubeyy'in münâfıklığına, münâfıkların liderliğini yapmasına rağmen, oğlu Abdullah son derece samîmî bir Müslümandı. Babasının yaptıklarından hep rahatsız olmasına, her zaman babasına karşı bir öfke duymasına rağmen, İslâm'ın emri gereği babası olduğu için Abdullah b. Ubeyy'e karşı kötü davranmaktan kaçınıyor; babasının kendisine yönelik aşağılayıcı sözlerini duymazlıktan geliyordu. Ancak bu son yaşanan olay ve sözlerle sabrı sona erdi. Babasının Müslümanlara bu kadar zarar vermesini kabul edemedi. Rasûlullah'ın yanına gelip "Ey Allah'ın elçisi! Bana izin ver, babamı ellerimle öldüreyim. Hem böylelikle bir düşman temizlenir ve hem de olur ki, Müslümanlardan birisi bu işi yapacak olursa kalbimde ona karşı kin beslememiş olurum." dedi. Ancak istediği izni alamadı. (İbnHişâm, es-Sîre, III, 305)

Ordu bir süre dinlendikten sonra yoluna devam etti ve artık Medine'ye yaklaşıldı. Medine'ye girilmek üzereydi. Abdullah, devesini sürüp ordunun önüne geçti. Tam önünden geçerken kılıcını sıyırıp babasını durdurdu. Abdullah b. Ubeyy, bu duruma şaşırdı. Oğlundan bu davranışının sebebini sordu. Oğlunun cevabı son derece anlamlı ve açıktı. Sözlerinde babasının kuyu başındaki sözlerini tekrar etmiş ve şöyle demişti: "Bugün bu şehre ancak izzetli ve kuvvetli olanlar girecek; zelil ve aşağılık olanların girmesine izin verilmeyecek!" Abdullah b. Ubeyy, oğlunun sözlerini duyunca daha da şaşırdı, oğlunu bu yaptığından vazgeçirmek istedi. Bu arada Müslümanlardan birçoğu etraflarını sarmış kendilerini seyrediyordu.

Abdullah b. Ubeyy, bütün foyasının açığa çıktığını, rezil ve aşağılık konumuna düştüğünü, itibarının yok olduğunu gördü. Oğlundan rica etti. Kendisini bırakmasını istedi. Ancak, Abdullah kararlıydı ve kendisine ancak bir şartla dokunmayıp Medine'ye girmesine müsaade edeceğini söyledi: "İzzet ve kuvvetin kime ait olduğunu söylemeden ve Rasûlullah bana izin vermeden seni bırakmam!" Abdullah b. Ubeyy, işin ciddi olduğunu anlamıştı; "Şâhitlik ederim ki, izzet ve kuvvet Allah'a, Rasûlü'ne ve müminlere aittir." demekten başka çaresi yoktu. Gerçeği istemeden de olsa ifade etti. Böylelikle, kendisine yönelik saygı ve sevgi sahibi oldukları için oyununa gelenlere Abdullah b. Ubeyy'in ağzıyla bir hakikat ifade edilmiş oldu.

Ordunun önünde bunlar olurken, Rasûlullah ordunun gerilerindeydi. Kalabalığı farketti ve niçin toplanıldığını sordu. Olanlar kendisine anlatıldı. Duydukları Rasûlullah'ı memnun etti. Müslümanlar arasındaki câhiliye fitnesinin münâfık baba ile Müslüman oğlu arasındaki bu olay ile kaybolup, asıl olması gereken iman bağının öne çıkmasına son derece sevindi. Abdullah'a yaklaşarak babasını serbest bırakmasını istedi.

Müslümanlar, Mustalik harekâtı sırasında yaşadıkları ile kalplerinin bir köşesinde hâlâ varlığını koruduğunu fark ettikleri câhiliye inanç ve eğilimlerin bir daha depreşmemesi için bundan böyle daha dikkatli olmaları gerektiğini anladılar. Ayrıca, gerçekleşenlerle münâfıkların deşifre olmasını ve böylelikle münâfıkların bazı Müslümanlar üzerindeki etkisinin daha da azalmasını önemli bir kazanç olarak değerlendirdiler. Münâfıkların liderinin hepten aşağılık bir konuma düştüğünü ve çevresindeki kimseleri bundan böyle zor etkileyeceğini gördükleri için de sevindiler. (Celaleddin Vatandaş, Hz. Muhammed’in Hayatı ve İslâm Daveti, II, 253-258) 

Ecdâdımız “Su uyur düşman uyumaz.” demişler. Ne kadar da doğru söylemişler! Düşman, bizi tuzağa düşürmek için her türlü fırsatı kollar. Lütfen, onlara fırsat vermeyelim! Her zaman uyanık olalım!




          En Sevgilinin Sevgilisi   

Tabiîn neslinin önemli simalarından Mesrûk b. Ecda bir sözünde der ki: “Ben Efendimiz’in (sas) ashâbının birçoğunu gördüm ve onlarla beraber zaman geçirdim. Onların hali aynen şuna benzer: Hani susuzluktan sinesi çatlayan toprağa yağmur yağar da o toprak alabildiğince suyu içerisine alır, gerisi ise tertemiz bir halde toprağın üstünde kalır. Sonra o kalan su, suya ihtiyacı olan canlılardan birini, ikisini, onunu, yüzünü sular. Hatta onlardan bazılarının üstlerindeki su arzın tamamına yetecek gibi olur. İşte sahâbe nesli böyle bir nesildir. Onlar Efendimiz’den (sas) aldıkları mesajları önce içlerine almış, o mesajları içselleştirmiş, sonra da durumlarına göre ümmeti o mesajlarla sulamışlar yani nasiplendirmişlerdir.” (Zehebî, et-Tefsir ve’l-Müfessirûn, I, 36)


Öyle Birine Misafir Olacağız ki… 

Öyle birine misafir olacağız ki Kur’ân’ı ve Sünneti onun kadar içselleştirip, onun kadar anlayan çok az isim var ashâb içerisinde… 

Öyle birine misafir olacağız ki onun vahyin suyu ile sünnetin iksiri ile sulamadığı zaman ve mekân yok, ilk günden bu tarafa milyonlarca mü’mini ve mü’mineyi sulayıp nasiplendiren birisi…

Öyle birine misafir olacağız ki Kur'ân’ın her sûresini, her ayetini, hatta her harfini en ince detaylarına kadar bilen birisi…

Öyle birine misafir olacağız ki iffeti, namusu Kur'ân tarafından tescillenmiş, hakkında onlarca ayet nazil olmuş, kendisi ise onlarca ayetin sebeb-i nüzûlü olmuş, Cebrail Hücre-i Saâdet’e gelince onun hanesine gelmiş, selam getirmiş, selamı işitmiş biri…

Öyle birine misafir olacağız ki Rasûlullah’ın (sas) hayatının her karesine ondan daha fazla vakıf biri yok… Belki Efendimiz’in (sas) hanesine, Medine döneminde girdi doğru ama merak ve dikkati ile Mekke dönemine ait en önemli şeyleri bize öğreten yine o... Dolayısı ile o, Efendimiz’i (sas) yansıtan bir ayna, hücre-i Saâdet ile  Hicaz ahalisi arasında, saadet asrı ile çağlar arasında köprü olmuş biridir o…

Öyle birine konuk olacağız ki Efendimiz’in (sas) kutlu sözlerinden tam 2210 tanesini bize ulaştırmıştır o…Onun diğer annelerimizden en büyük farklarından biri de rivayetlerinin bu düzeyde olmasıdır. Âişe annemiz 2210 hadis rivayet ederken, onu ikinci sırada takip eden annemiz Ümmü Seleme’dir, onun rivayetleri ise 378’dir. Sadece bu fark bile Âişe annemizin konumunu anlamamız açısından çok mühimdir.

Öyle birine konuk olacağız ki o sahâbenin en âlimlerinden, en fakihlerinden, en müçtehitlerinden ve dirayetlilerindendir. Düşünebiliyor musunuz; Ebû Hureyre gibi, Abdullah b. Ömer gibi, Abdullah b. Abbâs gibi her biri sahasında bir dağ, bir dev olan bu isimlerin yanlışlarını düzeltmiş, onlara işin doğrusunu göstermiştir. Merak eden Zerkeşi’nin el-İcâbe li îrâdi mâ’stedrekethu Â’işe alâ’s-Sahâbe isimli kitabına baksın orada Hz. Âişe’nin onlarca rivayet ve fetvaya nasıl karşı çıkıp, yanlış ve eksik anlayışları düzelttiğini göreceksiniz.

Öyle birine konuk olacağız ki yine size Mesrûk b. Ecda’nın başka bir sözünü aktarayım: “Âişe annemiz, Allah’ın sevgilisinin sevgilisi idi.” (İbnSa’d, Tabakât, VIII, 178-187) Yani o, Hz. Ali’nin ifadesi ile “Haliletü Rasûlillah/Rasûlullah’ın Sevgilisi” idi. (İbnSa’d, Tabakât, X, 64) Hz. Hatice annemizden sonra, Efendimiz’in (sas) dünyasında bambaşka bir yeri olan bir annemiz idi.

Öyle birine konuk olacağız ki 23 yıllık nübüvvet tarihinin tamamını, 2,5 yıl babası Hz. Ebû Bekir’in hilafet günlerinin tamamını, 10,5 yıl Hz. Ömer’in hilafet günlerinin tamamını, 12 yıl Hz. Osman’ın hilafet günlerinin tamamını, 5,5 yıl Hz. Ali’nin hilafet günlerinin tamamını yaşamış ve şahit olmuş birisi o...

Dolayısı ile Hz. Âişe demek, tefsir, hadis, fıkıh, akaid, kıraat demek olduğu gibi; Hz. Âişe demek, siyer, meğazi ve tarih demektir. Bugün siyer ilminin ilk üstadı kabul edilen Urve b. Zübeyr, Âişe validemizin yeğenidir; Hz. Âişe onun teyzesidir, dolayısı ile Urve, bu yakınlıktan dolayı onun yanından bir ömür ayrılmamış ve nice tarihi bilgiyi bize aktarmıştır.

Allah aşkına böyle bir ismi, birkaç sayfa içerisinde anlatmak mümkün müdür? Hz. Âişe’yi tüm boyutları ile anlatmak imkân dâhilinde midir? Elbette değildir. Bundan dolayı biz burada Hz. Âişe’nin hayatının sadece bir bölümünü anlatmaya çalışacağız.


Evliliği ve Hücre-i Saadet Yılları

Hicret olup Medine’ye gelinince, Mescid-i Nebevî’nin inşası devam ederken Efendimiz, Sevde validemizle Ebû Eyyûb el-Ensârî’nin evinde misafir olarak kalıyordu. Mescid bitip, Efendimiz’e (sas) ait önce bir, sonra iki oda yapılınca düğün oluyor ve Âişe annemiz Hücre-i Saâdet’e hicretin ilk senesinde tam ayını da vereyim, hicretin üzerinden 7 ay geçmişken, yine bir Şevval ayında o eve gelin olarak gidiyordu.

Ayı özellikle belirtik, çünkü Âişe annemiz de belirtmiş. Bizde halen Anadolu’nun bazı yerlerinde var olan bir yanlış anlayış var ya: “İki bayram arasında düğün uğursuzluktur” diye, aynı yanlış anlayış Medine’de de var. Ensâr’dan bazı hanımlar bunu söyleyince Âişe annemiz diyecek ki: “Rasûlullah benimle bir Şevval ayında nikâhlandı ve düğün yaptı.Söyler misiniz bizim evliliğimizden daha hayırlı bir evlilik mi var?”(Müslim, Nikâh, 73)

9 yıl sürecek bir evlilik hem de ne evlilik? Acısıyla tatlısıyla, fakirliğiyle zenginliğiyle, kavgasıyla barışıyla, sevinciyle hüznüyle örnek olan bir evlilik… Peygamberin evinde kavga olur mu, acılık olur mu? Olmaz mı? Peygamber’in evi olsa bile onlar da birer insan, dolayısı ile onların evinde de herkesin evinde olan bazı hadiseler yaşanabilir. Bundan dolayı evlilik deyince öyle birilerinin gösterdiği gibi toz-pembe bir hayat yoktur. Evlilik dediğiniz şey bir ibadettir, hangi ibadetin külfeti yok ki evliliğin de olmasın. Dolayısı ile bu meseleyi hayali şeylerden hakikate taşımamız gerekir, beklentilerimizi makul bir noktaya getirerek saâdeti elde etmemiz gerekir. İşte Peygamber’in evi bize bunu da öğretir.


Âişe Annemizin Efendimiz’e (sas) Olan Sevgisi

Âişe annemiz her kadın gibi eşini çok seviyor ve Hz. Peygamber’i (sas)  başkalarından kıskanıyordu. Ama Âişe annemizin imtihanına bakar mısınız? Hücre-i Saâdet’e ilk geldiği zaman bir Sevde vardı, bir de kendisi… Efendimiz (sas) bir gün Sevde validemizin yanında gecelerdi, bir gün Âişe validemizin… Bazen Âişe annemiz Sevde validemizin gönlünü alır, onun sırasını da kapardı. Ama gün geldi o eve Hafsa girdi, Ümmü Seleme girdi, Zeyneb bint Cahş girdi, Safiyye girdi, Meymûne girdi, girdi de girdi ve Âişe annemiz 9 günde bir Efendimiz (sas) ile baş başa kalmaya başladı. Buna rağmen bazen çok sıkıntı çekse de Peygamber evine hanım olmanın sorumluluğu altında hep inledi durdu. Çok zor bir imtihandı, ama o bu imtihanı yüzünün akı ile tamamladı. Efendimiz (sas) vefat ettiğinde 28 yaşlarında idi, ondan sonra 46-47 yıl dul olarak yaşayacaktı, o günlerde de hep kendisine yakışır bir kamet ortaya koyacaktı. 

Sıranın kendisinde olduğu bir gece, gecenin ilerleyen saatlerinde uyandı, lambasız o evde elini yatakta gezdirdi. Efendimiz (sas) yoktu. Kalktı, sinirlenmiş, aklına başka şeyler gelmişti. O an bir karartı hissetti elini götürdü, Efendimiz (sas) namazdaydı, eli mübarek ayaklarına değdi. Derin bir nefes aldı, bir taraftan da utandı Efendimiz (sas) için aklından geçirdiklerine… Efendimiz (sas) namazını bitirince dedi ki: “Anam, babam sana feda olsun Ya Rasûlallah! Ne olur beni affet. Ben senin hakkında başka şeyler düşünürken sen neyle meşgulmüşsün.”(İbnSa’d,Tabakât, X, 57-83)

Başka bir geceyi anlatıyor annemiz, o anlatmasa biz nerden bileceğiz.“Sıranın bende olduğu bir gece benim yanıma geldi. Ama tuhaf bir hali vardı. Sanki biraz sonra kalkacakmış gibi terliklerini görünen bir yere koydu. Elbiselerini hemen başucuna… Ben kendi kendime dedim ki: ‘Beni uyutacak diğer hanımlara gidecek!’” Efendimiz (sas) asla bunu yapmazdı. Âişe annemiz de bunu biliyor, ama kadın fıtratı ister istemez kıskanıyor. Âişe annemiz biraz uykuyu sever; ama o gece büyük bir inatla uyumamaya çalışıyor. Gecenin ilerleyen vakti Efendimiz (sas) kalkıyor. Âişe annemizi rahatsız etmemek için özen gösteriyor. Elbisesini giyiyor, terliklerini eline alarak dışarı çıkıyor. Âişe annemiz uyuyor gibi yapıyor ama uyanık, hemen kalkıyor ve Efendimiz’in (sas) arkasına takılıyor. Efendimiz (sas) yürüyor,yürüyor, Baki Kabristanlığı’na geliyor, orada bir köşede oturup uzun uzun kabir sakinlerine dua ve istiğfarda bulunuyor. Âişe annemiz bu tabloyu uzaktan seyrediyor. Efendimiz (sas) duasını bitirince, eve doğru yöneliyor, o ise Efendimiz’e (sas) yakalanmamak için koşa koşa eve dönüyor, üstünü çıkarıp yatağa giriyor. Ama nefes nefese kalmış, terler içerisinde… Efendimiz (sas) hücre-i Saâdete girince Âişe annemizin o halini görüyor ve diyor ki: “Ya Âîş” Âişe değil, Âîş ? Ne demek? Ayşem, demek: “Ayşem! Ne bu hal? Nefes nefesesin?” Annemiz “Yok bir şey” diyor. Efendimiz (sas): “Var,var” diyor; ama annemiz söylemiyor. Bunun üzerine Efendimiz (sas) diyor ki: “Bana anlatacak mısın ne olduğunu yoksa Latif ve Habir olan Mevlam, Cebrail’i gönderip, bana haberini versin mi?” Bu tehdidi duyunca annemiz telaşlanıyor; “Aman Ya Rasûlullah! Cebrail bu iş için gelmesin” mesele şundan ibaret deyip başlıyor anlatmaya… O anlattıkça Efendimiz (sas) gülüyor: “Demek önümdeki karartı sendin öyle mi?” diyerek tebessüm ediyor. (Müslim, Cenâiz, 102; Nesai, Cenâiz, 103; İbn Mace, Cenâiz, 36)


Menfaat Değil, Merhamet

Hz. Âişe annemiz Efendimiz’in (sas) hayatından bize bir sünnet aktarıyor. Hem de çok önemli bir sünnet... Sünnet deyince sadece akıllarına tabakların altını sıyırmak gelen, pazarlık yapmak gelen bu çağın insanının bu sünnetten alacağı çok ama çok önemli dersler var... Annemiz diyor ki: “Rasûlullah (sas) hayatı boyunca ne bir hanımına ne bir cariyesine ne de bir hizmetçisine bir fiske dahi vurmadı, kötü bir söz söylemedi, onları rencide etmedi.”(Müslim,Fedâil, 79;Ebû Davud,Edeb, 4)

Sünnet üzere yaşamak mı istiyorsunuz, sünneti ihya etmek mi istiyorsunuz, alın size çok önemli bir sünnet… O’nun (sas) evlilik için koyduğu en önemli sünnet, eşler arasında menfaate dayalı değil, merhamete dayalı bir sevgidir. Hem de gerçek sevgi… Nasıl mı?

Annemiz anlatıyor: “Beraberce sofraya oturduğumuz bir gün et yiyoruz. Rasûlullah (sas) benim elime aldığım ve ısırdığım eti elimden alıyor, tam ısırdığım yerden ısırıyor. Su içmek istediğim zaman benim bardağımı alıyor ve tam içtiğim yerden içiyordu. Neden böyle yaptığını sorduğumda: “Ya Âiş! Dudağım, dudağının değdiği yere değsin istiyorum” (Müslim, Hayz, 14; Ebû Davud, Tahâre 103) diyordu.

Âişe annemiz Efendimiz’den (sas) böyle bir sevgi görüyor ve öğreniyordu. O bunu gördükçe yüreğindeki sevgi artıkça artıyordu. Nasıl mı? Âişe annemizin sevgisini anlayalım: Bir gün annemiz almış yanına Medineli hanımları, onlara kıssaların en güzeli olan Yusuf kıssasını anlatıyor. Züleyha’nın Hz. Yusuf’a duyduğu aşk ve sonrasında olan hadiseler, bunun sarayda duyulması ve Mısır’ın kadınlarının Züleyha’yı kınamaları… Züleyha sıradan bir adama aşık olmadığını Mısırlı kadınlara göstermek için ne yapıyor, bir yemek tertip ediyor, yemekler yeniyor, sonra sofraya meyveler geliyor, kadınlar ellerinde bıçaklar meyveleri keserlerken Yusuf içeriye alınıyor. Yusuf ’un o güzelliğini gören kadınlar meyve yerine ellerini kesmeye başlıyorlar.(Yusuf, 12/30-32) Böylelikle Züleyha’yı kınamaktan vazgeçiyorlar. Âişe annemiz bunu anlatıyor sonra diyor ki:“Mısırlı kadınlar Yusuf’u görünce onun güzelliğinden dolayı bıçaklarla ellerini kestiler, eğer onlar benim efendimi görselerdi, onun güzelliği karşısında o bıçakları sinelerine saplarlardı.” (Alûsi,Rûhu’l-Meânî, XIII, 77)

Âişe annemizin Efendimiz’e (sas) duyduğu sevda bu… Ya Efendimiz’in, Âişe annemize duyduğu sevda? Amr b. Âs (ra) Müslüman oluşunun üzerinden çok fazla vakit geçmeden Zatü’s-Selasil Seriyyesi’ne komutan olarak atanmış, askerleri içerisinde Hz. Ebû Bekir, Hz. Ömer, Ebû Ubeyde b. Cerrah ve daha nice ashâbın büyükleri var. Daha yeni Müslüman olmuş Amr b. Âs, böyle bir seriyyeye de komutan tayin edilince kendi kendine ‘demek ki Efendimiz (sas) herhalde beni çok seviyor hem de herkesten çok seviyor ki beni böyle bir birliğe komutan olarak atadı’ düşüncesine kapılmış. Sefer bitmiş, Amr b. Âs, büyük bir başarı ile Medine’ye dönmüş, olan biteni Efendimiz’e (sas) rapor ettikten sonra, şöyle bir soru sormuş: “Ya Rasûlullah! İnsanlar içerisinde sana en sevgili gelen kimdir?” Efendimiz (sas) Amr b. Âs’ın maksadını çok iyi anlamıştır hem ona bir cevap hem de bir hakikati ifade etme maksadı ile demiştir ki: “Âişe’yi” Amr: “Ya Rasûlallah! Kadınlardan demiyorum, erkeklerden en fazla kimi seviyorsun?” Cevap: “Ebiha/ Onun babası, Âişe’nin babası...” İfadeye dikkat buyurun Ebû Bekir değil, Âişe’nin babası... Amr devam ediyor: “Ya ondan sonra?”, “Ömer” diyor Efendimiz… Amr devam ediyor, “Ondan sonra, ondan sonra” bakıyor ki kendine sıranın geleceği yoktur. Daha fazla gerilere düşmek istemediğinden soru sormayı bırakıyor. (Buhari, Fedâilü’s-Sahâbe, 5; Muslim, Fedâilü’s-Sahâbe, 8)

Efendimiz’in (sas): “Kimi çok seviyorsun” sorusuna muhatap olur olmaz Âişe demesi, onu ne kadar sevdiğini bize gösterir değil mi? Sahâbe bunu çok iyi anlamıştı. Bundan dolayı, eğer bazen Efendimiz’e (sas) bir şey diyeceklerse, bazen bir konuda O’nunla istişare edeceklerse veya izin alacaklarsa veyahut bir hediye takdim edeceklerse hep bekler, Efendimiz’in (sas) Âişe’nin odasında olacağı günü gözler, onun yanına gelince de onlar da gelir dertlerini söylerlerdi.


En Yüce Dosta Yürürken

Bir gün Efendimiz (sas), Âişe annemize dedi ki: “Ey Âişe! Ben senin konuşmandan hemen anlarım bana kızgın olup olmadığını?” Âişe annemiz, bazen kızgın olduğu zamanlarda bunu belli etmemeye çalışırdı. Ama  Efendimiz’in (sas) bunu nasıl anladığını merak etmişti. Sordu: “Ya Rasûlallah! Bunu nasıl anlıyorsun?” Efendimiz (sas) dedi ki: “Ey Âişe! Eğer bana kızmışsan bir şey söylediğin zaman ‘İbrahim’in Rabbine yemin olsun ki’ diyorsun, eğer benden hoşnutsan, ‘Muhammed’in Rabbine yemin olsun ki’ diyorsun?”

Âişe annemiz bu ince düşüncenin fark edilişine bir yönü ile sevindi ve dedi ki: “Vallahi doğru Ya Rasûlallah! Ancak şu andan itibaren sana söz veriyorum, bundan böyle senin isminin dışında bir ismi ağzıma almayacağım, ne kadar kızgın olursam olayım, yine de senin isminle yemin edeceğim.”(Buhari, Nikâh, 108;Müslim,Fedâilü’s-Sahâbe, 80)

İşte o hane böyle bir hane idi. Son olarak bir noktaya dikkatlerinizi çekeyim: Rasûlullah (sas) ne hal üzere vefat etti, biliyor musunuz? Eğer bilmiyorsanız, aklınıza şöyle bir tablo gelecektir. Her halde Allah Rasûlü (sas) ya namazda secde halinde ya Kur'ân başında ya da başka bir ibadet halinde ruhunu Rahman’a teslim etmiştir. Ama bakın Efendimiz’in (sas) hayatının son anlarına bunların hiçbiri değil? Efendimiz (sas) Allah’a yürürken kendi deyimi ile “ile’l-Refik-i Â’lâ/ en yüce dosta” yürürken, o mübarek başı, Âişe’nin göğsü üzerinde idi. Başını Âişe’nin sinesine yaslayarak bu dünyadan ebedi âleme yürümüştü. Sadece Efendimiz’in (sas) bu hali bile eşler arası ilişki için bize çok şeyler söylemektedir. İnşallah duyanlardan oluruz. Duyup da uyuyanlardan değil, duyup da uyanlardan oluruz.




          İslami Yapılanmada İlk İşler   

Hz. Peygamber Medine’ye hicretinden hemen sonra Müslümanların hayatını ve burada verilecek tevhid mücadelesinin geleceğini yakından ilgilendiren bir dizi tedbir aldı.

Önce muhacirler ile Ensar arasında kardeşlik anlaşması gerçekleştirdi. Her muhacir kendisini kardeş edinen Medinelinin evinde kalacak, onunla birlikte çalışacak, geliri paylaşacaktı. Bu anlaşma bir yıl yürürlükte kaldı. Zira muhacirler kısa zamanda kendi geçimlerini sağlamayı başardı. 

Öte yandan Medine Yahudilerini de içine alan Medine Şehir Devleti, yazılı bir anayasa gereğince yeniden teşkil edildi. Buna göre Müslümanlarla Yahudiler müttefikti. Harpte birbirlerine yardım edeceklerdi. Anlaşmazlıklar Allah'a ve Muhammed aleyhisselama götürülecek, Hz. Peygamber'in hükmüne göre halledilecekti. 

Bu anlaşma Müslümanların Medine Şehir Devletine hâkimiyet belgesiydi. Dışarıdan gelecek bir saldırıya karşı Medine’yi bütünleştirmekteydi. 

Peygamber Efendimizin müşriklere karşı ehl-i kitap olan Yahudilerle saldırmazlık anlaşması imzalaması ümmetine örnekti. Kaleler teker teker fethedilecekti. Eldeki güç, daima, en tehlikeli noktaya yöneltilecekti. İçe dönük mücadeleye asla izin verilmeyecekti. Birlik ve beraberlik en güçlü silah bilinecekti.

Peygamber sallallahu aleyhi ve sellem bu ilk günlerde ehl-i kitaba dine dair soru sormayı nehy etti. Çünkü Müslümanların saf zihinlerini karıştırabilirlerdi. “Lâ tusaddikû ehle’l-kitabi velâ tükezzibuhum: Ehl-i kitabı ne tasdik ne de tekzîb ediniz!”[1] emrini verdi. Zira onların söyledikleri yanlışsa tasdik etmek; doğruysa reddetmek uygun düşmezdi. En iyisi gerçeği öğreninceye kadar bir süre beklemekti.

Peygamber Efendimizin Medine İslâm toplumunu oluşturduğu ilk günlerde aldığı bu tedbirler, günümüz Müslümanları için de güzel bir örnekti. Önce mevcut Müslümanları koruma tedbirleri düşünülecek, sonra düşmanla teker teker boy ölçüşülecekti.

Hicretle kurulan İslâm devletinin arazisi şimdilik Medine ve çevresiydi. O halde bu devletin bir garnizonu gerekti. Onu Hz. Peygamber geciktirmeden şöylece belirledi:

“İbrahim aleyhisselam Mekke’yi harem olarak ilan etmişti. Ben de Medine’nin iki tepesi arasını harem ilan ediyorum[2] dedi.

Bu sebeple Medine’ye “harem-i Rasûl” dendi.

Medine bundan böyle daima gündemdeydi.

Medine’nin iklimi Mekke’nin havasından epeyce değişikti. Yakındaki bataklık sıtma sebebiydi. Muhacirlere bu hava ağır geldi. Onlar durumu Hz. Peygambere şikâyet etti. O, mübarek ellerini kaldırdı;

“Allahümme habbib ileyne’l-Medine  Kehubbinâ Mekke ev eşedde”[3] diye duaya başladı. Duasını şöyle tamamladı:

 Ya Rab, Mekke’yi bize sevdirdiğin gibi Medine’yi de sevdir. Hatta Mekke’den daha fazla sevdir. Ürünlerimize bereket ver. Ya Rab, Medine'nin havasını güzelleştir, humma ve sıtmasını Cuhfe’ye naklet![4]

Hz. Peygamber’in duası makbuldü. Bataklık kurudu. Medine’nin çevresi şimdi sağlığa uygundu. Medine’ye artık ne tâun ne de deccâl girebilirdi. Medine “Tâbe”ydi, temizdi.[5] Medine, Müslümanlar için bir taneydi.

Medine’de topluca ibadet, eğitim, öğretim ve İslâm toplumunun yönetimiyle ilgili hizmetlerin görüleceği bir merkeze ihtiyaç vardı. Bunu gidermek için Mescid-i Nebevî’nin inşaatı başlatıldı. Caminin yapımında Hz. Peygamber bedenen çalışmakta, taş taşımaktaydı.

İslâm’da ilk tesis câmiydi. Câmisiz, cemaat, mâbedsiz ve ibâdetsiz bir din olmazdı. İslâm cemaatinin mâbedi cami idi. Cami ve mescid yapmak mü'minlerin işiydi. Âyet-i kerîme bildirdi:

“Allah'a secde edilen yerleri, ancak Allah'a ve ahirete inanan, namaz kılan, zekat veren ve Allah'tan başkasından korkmayanlar imar ve ihya ederler.”[6]

Mescidlere mü'minler devam ederdi. Hz. Peygamber emir verdi:

“Mescide devam ettiğini gördüğünüz şahsın Müslüman olduğuna şehadet ediniz!”[7]

İlk mescid üç bölümden ibaretti: Namaz kılmak için geniş bir boşluk, Suffe veya zulle denilen, eğitim öğretim için kullanılan kısım ve Hz. Peygamber'in eşlerine ait odalar/hucurât... Mescid bu haliyle yatılı bir mektepti. İslâm’ı öğrenmek için gelenler ve kimsesizler Suffe’de eğleşirler, yedirilir, içirilirlerdi.

İslâm Medine’sinde mektep, mabed içindeydi. Mekteb ve mabed ikiz kardeşti. Biri diğerine mutlak gerekti.

Mescid-i Nebevî’nin inşası bitmişti. Namazlar cemaatle edâ edilmekteydi. Ancak namaza davet, namaz vaktinin ilanı önem arz etmekteydi.

Bu iş için istişare meclisleri düzenlenmekteydi. Arayış derindi.

Bir gün Ezan’ın sözlerini rüyasında öğrenen Abdullah b. Zeyd radıyallahu anh heyecanla çıkageldi. Hz. Peygamber’e rüyasını haber verdi. Aman ne güzeldi. Davet şekli belirlenmişti. Herkes sevindi. Ancak her işi ehline vermek gerekti. Bu işin adamı Bilal-i Habeşî idi. Hz. Peygamber emretti Abdullah b. Zeyd, ezanın sözlerini Bilal’e öğretti. Efendimiz bu emrinin gerekçesini de şöyle belirtti: "İnnehu endâ savten minke : Onun sesi, senin sesinden daha tizdir."

Şimdi Bilal günde beş vakit, ezanla tevhidi ilan etmekteydi.

Müşrikler ve inançsızlar onu duymak istemeyeceklerdi. Âyet-i kerîme bildirdi: “Onlar, namaza ezanla davette bulunduğunuz zaman, onu, eğlence ve oyuncak edinirler. Bu da onların aklı ermez bir topluluk olmalarındandır.”[8]

Evet, bazıları ezana dil uzatabilirlerdi. Ama işte onlar aklı ermeyenlerdi. Halbuki  “Allah'a çağırandan daha güzel sesli kim olabilirdi?”[9]

Hicretin ilk yıllarında görülen en önemli gelişmelerden biri de Kıblenin Kudüs’ten Kâbe’ye çevrilmesiydi. Kıblenin değiştirilmesini emreden âyet-i kerîme gelir gelmez Hz. Peygamber namaz içinde derhal Kâbe’ye yöneldi.

Kıblenin değiştirilmesi Müslümanları ne kadar sevindirdi ise, Yahudileri ve İslâm düşmanlarını da ileri geri söz etmeye yöneltti. Âyet-i kerîme bildirdi:

“Bazı beyinsizler, 'onları üzerinde bulundukları kıbleden çeviren nedir?', diyecekler. De ki, doğu da batı da Allah’ındır. O dilediğini doğru yola iletir.” “Biz, peygambere uyanı, ökçesi üzerinde geriye dönenden ayıralım diye, eskiden yöneldiğin Kâbe’yi kıble yaptık. Bu, Allah’ın yol gösterdiği kimselerden başkasına elbette ağır gelir.”[10]

Kıblenin değişmesiyle İslâm cemaati tamamen müstakil bir sosyal yapıya kavuşmaktaydı. Zaten bundan sonra, günlük hayatı düzenleyen âyet-i kerîmeler peşpeşe inecekti.




* Bu yazı hocamızın izniyle "Son İnci" adlı eserinden alınmıştır.

[1] Buhârî, Şehadet 29

[2] Ahmed b. Hanbel, IV, 141

[3] Bk. Buhârî, Fedâilu’l-Medine 12

[4] Tecrid Tercemesi, VI, 245-246

[5] Buhârî, Meğazi 81

[6] et-Tevbe (9), 18

[7] İbn Mâce, Sünen, I, 263

[8] el-Maide (5), 58

[9] Fussilet (41), 33

[10] el-Bakara (2), 142-143

          Efendimizin Evinde   

İnsanın bahtiyarlığı huzuru tatmasıyla başlar. Aile fertleriyle tatlı bir uyum içinde olan kimseler, hem dünya saâdetini bol bol tadarlar hem ahiret hazırlığını kolayca yaparlar. Bu insanlar, her namazda, “Rabbim bize dünyada da iyilik ver, ahirette de iyilik ver!” diye istedikleri bahtiyarlığı elde etmekte zorlanmazlar.

Dünya ve ahiret saadeti büyük ölçüde yuvadaki huzura bağlı olduğu için Peygamber Efendimiz aile saadetine pek önem verir ve yuvasını kendi yapan kuşlar gibi, aile saâdetini kendi gayretiyle koruyup gözetirdi.

Bazen sabah namazını kıldıktan sonra, bazan o akşam yanında kalacağı eşinin odasına gitmeden önce diğer hanımlarını ziyaret eder, hatırlarını sorar, gönüllerini alır, ikramlarını kabul eder ve bu esnada ihtiyaçlarını öğrenir, onları temin ederdi.

Akşam yanında kalacağı eşinin odasına girdiği zaman önce selam verir, sonra da ilk olarak dişlerini misvaklardı. Her an vahiy getirmesi muhtemel olan Cebrâil aleyhisselam’ı ve dolayısıyla eşini hoş olmayan ağız kokusuyla rahatsız etmemek için ağız ve diş sağlığına pek önem verirdi.

Akşam Sohbetleri

Çoğu Mescidi Nebevi’nin etrafını kuşatan küçük ve mütevazi evlerde yaşayan hanımları, Cihân Güneşi’nin o akşam şereflendirdiği evde toplanırlar ve birlikte sohbet ederlerdi. Bu esnada Efendimiz bazen onlara eski milletlerin ibretli kıssalarından bahseder, varsa sorularına cevap verir, bazan onlarla şakalaşır, hoşça vakit geçirmelerini sağlardı. Yine bir akşam, Ümmehâtü’l-mü’mi’nin dediğimiz Mü’minlerin Anneleri o Muhabbet Pınarı’nın tatlı suyundan içmek, o Cihan Güneşi’nin gönül aydınlatan sıcağında ısınmak için etrafına toplanmışlardı. İçlerinden biri:

Ya Resûlullah! Senin vefatından sonra, en önce hangimiz sana kavuşacağız? diye sordu.

Peygamberler Sultân-ı, gonca gülleri imrendiren o tatlı tebessümüyle güldü:

Bana en önce eli uzun olanınız kavuşacak, buyurdu. 

Bunun üzerine mü’minlerin anneleri ellerine bir kamış çubuk alarak birbirinin kolunu ölçmeye başladılar. En uzun kollu olanın Hz. Sevde olduğunu gördüler.

Onların bu tatlı telaşlarını gülerek seyreden Sevgili Efendimiz, eli uzun olmanın, bol sadaka vermek, eli açık olmak anlamına geldiğini söyleyince, bütün çabalarının boşa gittiğini görerek güldüler. Şu ilahi hikmete bakın ki, Resûlullah sallallahu aleyhi ve sellem’e en önce kavuşan yine de Sevde annemiz oldu. Çünkü o sadaka vermeyi çok severdi.

Yatsı namazından sonra fazla konuşulmazdı. Herkes istirahata çekilirdi.

Resûl-i Ekrem Efendimiz abdest aldıktan sonra yatağa girer, duasını eder, bir müddet uyuduktan sonra eşini uyandırmamaya çalışarak yavaşça kalkar, hanımı misvâkını ve abdest suyunu yatmadan önce hazırlamış olduğu için abdestini alır, gece ibadetine başlardı.

Mescid-i Nebevi’nin etrafındaki birbirinin aynı olan bu evler pek geniş değildi. Bu sebeple Kainatın Efendisi gece ibadetlerini rahatça edâ edemezdi. Bu hâli Hz. Aişe annemiz şöyle anlatıyor:

Ben Hz. Peygamber’in karşısında, ayaklarım onun secde edeceği yere gelecek şekilde uyurdum. Secde edeceği zaman eliyle dürterdi, ben de ayaklarımı geri çekerdim. Secdeden kalktığı zaman yine uzatırdım.

Teheccüd namazı dediğimiz gece ibadeti Peygamber aleyhisselam Efendimiz için farzdı. Allah Teala ona “gecenin bir bölümünde uyanıp kalk ve sana mahsus olmak üzere bir nâfile namaz kıl” [İsrâ süresi (17), 79] buyurduğu için her gece kalkar ibadetini yapardı. Gece namazlarının sevabının çok fazla olduğunu söylerdi. Bizim gibi vitir namazını yatsıdan hemen sonra kılmaz, gece ibadetini vitir namazıyla tamamlardı. Sonra biraz yatıp dinlenirdi. MüezziniBilâl-i Habeşi gelerek sabah namazı için uyandırınca kalkar, sabah namazının sünnetini evinde kılar, eşlerini namaza kaldırır, kendisi de namaz kıldırmak üzere Mescid-i Nebevî’ye geçerdi.

Seni Elimle Yıkasam

Şunu hiç unutmamak gerekir ki, Resûlullah Efendimiz’in hayatında en göze çarpan husus, davranışlarındaki tabiîlik ve sadeliktir. Ne evinde ne dışarıda onun yapmacık bir tavrı görülmemiştir. Kendisinden yardım isteyen birine canla başla nasıl koşar ve insanlara yardım etmekten nasıl hoşlanırsa, evinde de eşlerinin yükünü hafifletmekten, onlara yardımcı olmaktan zevk duyardı. Koyunlar mı sağılacak, gider sağardı. Elbisesinde yırtık varsa, oturur yamardı. Ayakkabısı yırtılmışsa tamir ederdi.

Eşlerine o kadar sıcak davranırdı ki, herkes onun yanında kendini mutlu hissederdi. Hz. Âişe annemizin anlattığına göre, onunla birlikte yemek yerken Resûlullah Efendimiz bir şeyi önce Hz. Âişe’nin içmesini ister, sonra da özellikle onun ağzının değdiği yerden içerdi. Şayet et yiyorlarsa, Hz. Âişe’nin elindeki parçayı alır, onun ağzının değdiği yerden ısırırdı. Vefatından önceki rahatsızlığının başladığı gün bile Hz. Âişe ile şakalaşmıştı.

O gün Hz. Âişe’nin evinde kalacaktı. Kapıdan içeri girince, şiddetli bir baş ağrısı çekmekte olan annemiz “vay başım!” diye sızlandı. O sırada Peygamberler Sultân-ı gerçekten büyük bir ıstırap çekmekteydi. Hatta bazı muhaddislerin ifadesine göre vefat edeceği kendisine bildirilmişti. Hz. Âişe’nin yanına yaklaştı ve:

“-Asıl ben vay başım demeliyim. Sen benden önce ölsen, seni elimle yıkasam, kefene koysam, namazını kıldırsam ve kabre ellerimle defnetsem olmaz mı?” diye sordu.

Hz. Âişe buna çok alındı:

Vay başıma gelenler! Vallahi öyle sanıyorum ki, sen gerçekten benim ölmemi istiyorsun. Eğer ben ölürsem, sen o günün akşamı hanımlarından biriyle beraber olursun, diye sızlandı.

Peygamber Efendimiz onun bu haline tebessüm buyurdu.

Ev halkıyla senli benli olmak aradaki soğukluğu kaldırır. Külfet gidince ülfet kendiliğinden gelir. Pek nazlı bir çiçek olan sevgi, sıcak ve samimi ortamda boy atıp gelişir. Bir hanım kocasını dünyanın en mûnis, en anlayışlı insanı diye bilir ve buna gönülden inanırsa, sevgi filizini kısa zamanda bahtiyârlık çınarı haline getirir. İşte bu sebeple Efendimiz eşlerine şefkatli davranır, onlarla senli benli olurdu. Bunun en güzel örneklerinden biri, Hz. Âişe ile evliliklerinin ilk yıllarında yaptıkları koşudur.

Resûl-i Ekrem Efendimiz bir savaşa giderken hanımları arasında kur’a çeker, kur’a kime çıkarsa onu yanında götürürdü. Bir defasında kur’a Hz. Âişe’ye çıkmıştı. Gidilmekte olan yere doğru epeyce bir yol almışlardı. Bir ara Efendimiz sahabelerine yürümelerini emretti. Kendisi Hz. Âişe ile geride kaldı. Sonra sevgili eşine dönerek:

– Yarışmaya var mısın? diye sordu.

O zamanlar daha hayatının baharında olan genç ve hareketli Hz. Âişe annemiz bu teklife pek sevindi.

-Haydi, yarışalım, dedi.

Yarıştılar ve tabiî yarışı Hz. Âişe kazandı. Mü’minlerin annesi bu başarısına pek sevindi.

Aradan yıllar geçmişti. Yine bir seferde beraberdiler. Sultân-ı Enbiyâ Efendimiz sahabelerini ileri gönderdikten sonra Hz. Âişe’ye:

– Yarışalım mı? diye sordu.

İlk galibiyetin tadı damağında olan annemiz, bu teklifi memnuniyetle kabul etti. Yarıştılar; fakat Hz. Âişe yarışı kaybetti. Çünkü biraz kilo almış ve eski enerjik halini yitirmişti. Kainâtın Efendisi eskiden ne ise yine öyleydi. Zira ümmetine tavsiye ettiği şekilde yiyip içiyor, şişmanlığa fırsat vermiyordu. Yarışı kaybeden Âişe annemize gülerek baktı:

“Bu, vaktiyle kazandığın koşunun rövanşıdır” buyurdu.

Yıllar sonra bu olayı anlatırken, Hz. Âişe annemizin, o devletli günlerin bahtiyarlığını derin bir hasretle yeniden yaşadığı muhakkaktır.

Peygamber Efendimiz hanımlarının meşru şekilde eğlenmelerine, hatta bazen seyirlik oyunları görmelerine izin verirdi. O zamanlar çok genç olan Hz. Âişe bir bayram günü ensardan iki kızla eğleniyordu. Kızlar def çalıp şarkı söylüyorlardı. Bu sırada Resûl-i Ekrem sallallahu aleyhi ve sellem eve geldi. Geçip yatağına uzandı ve onları rahatsız etmemek için arkasını döndü, hatta yüzünü örttü. Bu sırada Hz. Ebû Bekir içeri girdi. Peygamber aleyhisselamın yanında kızların def çalıp şarkı söylediğini görünce, fena halde canı sıkıldı. Bunun Peygamber’e saygısızlık olduğunu ve kızının çizmeyi iyice aştığını düşünerek:

Bu ne hal? Resûlullah’ın yanında şeytan çalgısı ha! diye Hz. Âişe’yi azarladı. Resûlullah Efendimiz, sevgili eşini kurtarmak için babayla kızın arasına girdi. Hz. Ebû Bekir’e onları rahat bırakmasını söyledi:

Her milletin bir bayramı var, bu da bizim bayramımız, buyurdu.

Yine Hz. Âişe’nin haber verdiğine göre bir başka bayramda, Peygamber Efendimiz’le ikisi, mızrak ve kalkanlarıyla gösteri yapan zencileri seyrettiler. Efendimiz’in bu hoşgörüsü Hz. Âişe annemizi pek memnun etti. Resûl-i Ekrem Efendimiz’den gördüğü bu müsâmaha sebebiyle olmalı ki, kızlara bu kabil eğlenceleri göstermenin iyi olacağını söyler, onlara anlayışlı davranmayı tavsiye ederdi.

Annelerimiz ile Sultân-ı Enbiyâ Efendimiz arasında geçen dikkate değer diğer halleri inşaallah gelecek sohbetimizde görelim. Kâdir Mevlâm bizi onlara ahiret komşusu eylesin ve yüce şefâatlerine nâil kılsın. Âmin,yâ Muîn…

          Asr-ı Saadet'te Vakfiyeler ve Medine Çarşısı   


Temellerini Allah’ın (cc) seçip insanlığa gönderdiği peygamberlerin attığı İslam Medeniyeti, bir vakıf medeniyetidir. Yaratılış amacı kulluk olan insan, kendisine bahşedilen sayısız nimetlerin sahibi değil, şahidi olduğu bilinci ile hareket edince; elbette hayır adına adımlar atacak ve nimetleri kendisine verenin yolunda harcayacaktır. Bu bilince sahip insanların oluşturduğu toplum, İslam toplumu olduğu için vakıf meselesi, bizde mühim bir müessese olmuş, tarih boyunca bu konuda çok güzel örnekler ortaya konmuştur.

Sözlükte “durmak; durdurmak, alıkoymak” anlamındaki vakıf (vakf) kelimesi terim olarak “bir malın mâliki tarafından dinî, içtimaî ve hayrî bir gayeye ebediyen tahsisi” şeklinde özetlenebilir. [1] Temel kaynağımız olan Kur’an-ı Kerim içerisinde vakıf kavramını ya da müessesesini doğrudan çağrıştıracak herhangi bir ifade bulunmamaktadır. Ancak, onlarca ayette, vakıf müessesesinin temel azıkları olan infak, sadaka, tasadduk, iyilik yapma ve iyilikte yardımlaşma, fakir, muhtaç ve yetimlere sahip çıkma gibi hayır yollarına değinilmektedir. Özellikle Allah’ın mescidlerini imar etmenin ve bunları imar edenlerin ne gibi niteliklerde olmaları gerektiğinin altı çizilir. [2]

Hz. Peygamber’in (sas) kutlu beyanlarına ve uygulamalarına baktığımızda, gerek bizzat kendisinin vakfettikleri, gerek bu konuda Sahâbe’yi teşvik ederek onların yaptıkları, gerekse bu konudaki teşvik içeren sözleri oldukça çoktur. Bunlardan birkaçını burada anmak gerekirse, ilk olarak Efendimiz’in (sas) şu önemli beyanını hatırlamamız gerekir: "İnsanoğlu öldüğü zaman, bütün amellerinin sevabı da sona erer. Şu üç şey bundan müstesnadır: Sadaka-i câriye, istifade edilen ilim, kendisine dua eden hayırlı evlat." [3]

Hadisde beyan buyrulan sevabı ölümden sonra da devam eden üç amelden biri, sadaka-i câriye, yani hayrı devam eden iyiliktir. Herkesin faydalandığı ve varlığı devam ettiği müddetçe sevabı da devam eden hayırlardır. Câmi ve mescidler, mektep ve medreseler, yollar ve köprüler, çeşmeler ve sebiller, hanlar ve hamamlar, her çeşit hayır vakıfları bunun örneğidir.

Bir başka hadiste Efendimiz (sas) şöyle buyurur: Sadece şu iki kimseye gıpta edilir: Biri, Allah’ın kendisine Kur’ân verdiği ve gece gündüz onunla meşgul olan (onunla yaşayıp tebliğ eden) kim

se, diğeri de Allah’ın kendisine mal verdiği ve bu malı gece gündüz O’nun yolunda infâk eden kimse.” [4]

Hz. Peygamber’in (sas) uygulamalarına gelince, O’nun (sas) hayatının tamamı; zaten insanlığa bir vakıftı. Bunun yanında ganimetlerden ve hediyelerden eline ne geçerse vakfettiğini görmekteyiz. Öyle ki, vefat ettiği zaman geriye sadece bu vakfettiği mallar kalmıştı. [5] Fedek ve Hayber’den kendisine düşen payların bir kısmını ailesine, geriye kalan kısmını ise Müslümanlara vakfetmişti. [6]

Hicretin ilk günlerinde Efendimiz (sas) Müslümanların içme sularını rahatlıkla temin edebilmeleri için teşvikte bulununca Hz. Osman’ın, Rûme Kuyusu’nu satın alıp, vakfetmesi; Saadet Asrı’nın ilk vakfiyesi sayılabilir. [7

Hicretin 3. yılında vuku bulan Uhud Gazvesi sırasında Müslüman olup savaşa katılan ve:“Eğer bugün öldürülürsem, bütün mallarım Muhammed´indir. O, onlar hakkında, Allah´ın kendisine gösterdiği şekilde, dilediğini yapar!" [8] diyerek, o gün şehit olan Muhayrık’ın geride bıraktığı yedi bahçe; Efendimiz (sas) tarafından vakfedilmişti. Muhayrık’ın vakfedilen bahçeleri Medine’nin en güzel bahçeleri idi. Şuan bile yerleri bilinen bu bahçeler; E’vaf, Sâfiye, Delâl, Meyseb, Berka, Hüsna ve Meşrebetü Ümmü İbrahim’dir. [9]

Sahâbe’nin vakfiyelerine de kısaca değinmek gerekirse, Âl-i İmrân Sûresi’nin 92. Ayeti nazil olunca büyük Sahâbî Hz. Ebû Talha (Zeyd b. Sehl) hemen Resûlullah’a gitti ve şöyle dedi: Yâ Rasûlallah! Cenâb-ı Hak, ‘Sevdiğiniz şeylerden infak etmedikçe hayra, sevaba eremezsiniz.’ buyuruyor. Mallarımın içinde en fazla Beyrûhâ hurmalığını seviyorum. Onu Allah yolunda infak ediyorum. Allah indinde makbule geçmesini umuyorum.” [10] Hz. Peygamber (sas) Ebû Talha’nın bu sözlerinden çok memnun oldu ve o bahçeyi onun akrabalarına tahsis etti.

Hz. Ömer, Hayber’de ganimet olarak sahip bulunduğu değerli bir arazisini, Hz. Peygamber’in (sas): “Aslını alıkoy, gelirini tasadduk et!” yolundaki tavsiyesine uyup satılmamak, hibe edilmemek ve miras kalmamak şartıyla ihtiyaç sahipleri için tasadduk etmişti. [11]

Hz. Ali bir savaş sonrası kendi payına düşen arazisini ve Yenbu’da bir su kaynağını vakfetmişti. [12] Seyfullah lakaplı Hâlid b. Velîd ise tek sermayesi olan savaş aletlerini ve atlarını, Allah yolunda infak etmişti.[13] Sahâbe’den, Câbir b. Abdullah’ın şu sözü, Saadet Asrı’nın vakıf konusundaki hassasiyetini anlamamız açısından yeterlidir. Diyor ki: “Ben muhacir ve ensardan mal sahibi olup da vakıf yapmamış bir kimse bilmiyorum.” [14]

Nebevî Bir Adım: Medine Çarşısı

Efendimiz (sas) Nübüvvetin 13. yılında Yesrib’e (Medine’ye) hicret ettiğinde, orası 10.000 nüfuslu, o günün şartları içerisinde orta ölçekli bir şehirdi. Bu nüfusun yarısından biraz azı, yani 4000 kadarı Yahudi, geri kalan 6000’i ise Arab-ı-Aribe diye bilinen has Araplardan oluşuyordu.[15] Bu Araplarda kökenleri Yemen’e dayanan Ezd kabilesinin içerisindeki, beş büyük kabilenin ikisinden müteşekkildiler. Tarihte isimlerini çokça duyduğumuz bu iki kabile Evs ve Hazrec’ti. Aynı babanın iki oğlunun soyundan gelen bu Araplar, ne yazık ki asırlık çekişmeleri ile birbirleriyle savaş halindeydiler. 120 yıl süren bu savaşların en sonuncusu Medine’de bulunan Buâs mevkiinde geçtiği için Yevmû Buâs (M.617) diye tarihe geçmiş ve öncesindeki savaşlar da bu isimle anılarak Buâs Savaşları diye ifade edilmişti.

Elbette ki bu kardeş kavgalarından en çok memnun olanlar bölgedeki Yahudilerdi. Çünkü onlar birbirlerine düştükçe, güçleri zayıflıyor, etkinlikleri kırılıyor, bunun neticesinde de Yahudiler bu ortamdan çokça istifade ederek, onlar üzerinde her türlü hâkimiyeti çok daha rahat bir şekilde sağlıyorlardı. Bundan dolayı da bazen Evs ve Hazrec arasında bir ittifak ya da bugünün lisanı ile bir ateşkes ilan edilse, Yahudiler ne yapıp edip, bunu bozmaya çalışıyor, onları yine birbirlerine düşürüyorlardı. Orada yaşayan Yahudiler, aynen diğerleri gibi kendilerini hep seçilmiş ırk ve kutsal bir millet olarak görüyor; “Bizler Allah’ın oğulları ve dostlarıyız” diyor, [16] kendileri dışındaki insanların ise Yehova’nın kendilerine hizmet için yarattığı varlıklar olduğunu iddia ediyorlardı. Böyle bir kutsal ırk mantığı onları; “Yahudi olunmaz, Yahudi doğulur” düşüncesine vardırmıştı. Özellikle anne Yahudi olmadıkça, asla Yahudi olunamayacağı fikri onlarda bir akide halindeydi. Böyle olmasına rağmen Medine Yahudilerinin bu temel akidelerine aykırı davrandıklarını tarihi kaynaklar bizlere nakletmektedirler. Onların Medine’de, Arap çocuklarını yanlarına alıp Yahudileştirdiklerini, onları Yahudi olarak kabul ettiklerini görmekteyiz. Bunun en temel sebebi ise, bölgeye sığınmacı olarak geldikleri için Araplar üzerinde hâkimiyetlerini kaybetmemek ve bundan siyasi çıkar elde etme adına, dinlerinin en temel akidesinden vazgeçmeleridir. Bu da gösteriyor ki aslında Yahudiler siyasi menfaatler adına çoğu zaman dinlerine ait bazı ilkeleri çiğneyebiliyorlardı.

Medine’de nüfusları 4000’i bulan Yahudiler, bazı alt aileleri içerisinde barındırsa da, üç büyük kabileden oluşuyorlardı. Bunlar, Benû Kaynuka, Benû Nadir ve Benû Kurayza idi. Bu üç kabile adeta şehrin ticaretini kendi aralarında paylaşmış bir halde idiler. Şöyle ki; Benû Kaynuka, isminden de anlaşılacağı üzere kuyumculuk ile uğraşırlardı. Bunlar genellikle altın ticareti yapar, ama bunun da ötesinde tefecilik yaparlardı. Çok yüksek faizlerle özellikle Araplara borç para verir ve onları bir ömür sömürürlerdi. Benû Kaynuka’nın yaptıkları iş, bugünün lisanı ile konuşursak bir yönü ile para/menkul değerler borsasını ellerinde tutmak ve bu borsayı kendi lehlerinde kullanmaktı.

İkinci büyük kabile olan Benû Nadir’e gelince, onlar ise tarım ile uğraşırdı. Zaten nadir birçok anlamın yanı sıra yeşil ve çiçekli bir bitki demektir. [17] Bunlar, özellikle Medine’nin en önemli geçim kaynağı olan hurma üreticiliği yaparlardı. Büyük hurma bahçelerinin sahipleri olarak o gün bile dışarıya ihrac edecek düzeyde bir pazar oluşturmuşlardı. 

Benû Kurayza’ya gelince bunlar ise debbağdılar; yani deri üretimi ve işletimi yaparlardı. Onlar bu alanda kendilerini o kadar geliştirmişlerdi ki, başta çizme olmak üzere birçok mamulün üretimi ile uğraşırlardı. Bunlar da ürettikleri bu deri ürünlerini hem Medine pazarına, hem de başka yerlere satarlardı. Yahudiler bu üç farklı, günümüzde bile ticaretin ana damarları olan sektörleri ellerinde tutukları için, ticarî sahada söz onlarındı. Onlar pazarın kurallarını koyar, fiyatları belirler, tabiî ki şartları hep kendi çıkarları doğrultusunda oluştururlardı. O gün için Medine’de insanların ticaret yaptıkları dört büyük çarşı vardı. Bunlar, Zebâle mıntıkasındaki çarşı, Benî Kaynukâ’ semtindeki çarşı, Safâsif’deki çarşı ve İbn Huyeyn sokağının bulunduğu yerdeki çarşı idi. Bu İbn Huneyn sokağının bulunduğu yerdeki çarşı Câhiliye döneminde ve özellikle İslâm’ın ilk günlerinde en yoğun çarşı idi. Bundan dolayı o mevkiiye, Muzâhem/Rekabet edilen yer ve Mezâhim/ Kalabalık, sıkışık yer denilmiştir. [18]

Bu çarşıların ya da pazarların tüm ipleri/yönetimi de elbette Yahudilerin ellerinde idi. Mesela; meşhur pazarlarda kurulan dükkânların en işlek olanlarını ellerinde tutar, işe yaramaz kıyıda köşe de olanları ise Araplara yüksek paralarla kiraya verirlerdi. Pazardaki malların satış bedellerini kendi istedikleri şekilde belirler; satarken de alırken de hep kendileri kazançlı çıkarlardı. Onların temel mantığı şöyleydi: “Arapların mallarından ne kapsak kârdır ve bu hususta bizler mesul ve günahkâr olmayız. Zira onlar hak yolda değildirler.” [19] 

Efendimiz (sas) Medine pazarının bu halini çok iyi gözlemledi. Tabi sadece işin mahiyetini anlamakla kalmadı, kesinlikle bazı alternatiflerin geliştirilmesinin gerekliliğine karar verdi. Efendimiz (sas) çok iyi fark etmişti ki; eğer ticaret Medine’nin var olan bu dört büyük çarşısında devam ettirilirse, asla ipler Yahudilerin ellerinden alınamayacaktı. Çünkü işin başında pazarın şartlarını onlar koymuşlardı. Onların ellerinden bu şartları alıp, Müslümanların lehlerine dönüştürmek çok da kolay değildi. Bu gerçeği çok iyi fark eden Efendimiz (sas) ticarî sahadaki mücadeleye yeni alternatif bir pazar oluşturarak başlanması gerektiğinin kararına vardı. Bunun üzerine Sahâbe’nin içerisindeki tüccarlarla istişare ederek Müslümanlara has bir çarşı/pazar yeri oluşturmak için seferber olundu.

Tabi bu ilk çarşı öyle çok büyük ve kapsamlı değildi; Yahudilerin çarşılarına yakın Bakîyü’z-Zübeyr diye bilinen bir bölgede idi. Efendimiz (sas) buraya büyük bir çadır kurdurarak, orasını Müslümanların pazarı olarak ilan etti. Artık Müslümanlar ticaretlerini bu yeni çarşıda yapacaklardı. Çok kısa bir zaman zarfında bu çadırda kurulan çarşı, kendinden söz ettirmeye başlamıştı. Medine’de yıllardır Arapları sömürmeye alışmış Yahudiler, böyle bir gelişme karşısında büyük bir şaşkınlık geçirdiler. Bir müddet bu yeni olayı sessizce ama sinsice izledikten sonra, kendilerine alternatif olacak olan bu pazarın bir an önce ortadan kaldırılması gerektiği kararına vardılar. Çünkü onlar çok iyi biliyorlardı ki Müslümanlar, ticarî sahada kendi ayakları üzerine durmaya başladıkları gün, sosyal ve siyasal hayatta da bunu başaracaklar ve artık kimselere ipleri vermeden izzet ve şeref üzere yaşayacaklardı. Böyle bir durum ise elbette Yahudileri oldukça endişelendiriyordu. Bu endişe ilerleyen günlerde büyük bir öfkeye dönüşmüştü.

Yahudilerin en meşhur şair ve savaşçılarından biri olan ve ileride Müslümanlar tarafından yaptığı ihanetlerin karşılığı olarak öldürülecek olan Ka’b b. Eşref bir gece adamlarını da yanına alarak Müslümanların pazar olarak kullandıkları bu çadırı yıkmak için harekete geçti. Onlar gecenin karanlığından istifade ederek önce çadırın iplerini keserek, sonra orayı ateşe vererek, bu çarşıyı yerle bir ettiler. Efendimiz (sas) sabahın erken saatlerinde bu durumdan haberdar olunca, herkesin öfke ile ellerini sıktıkları bir zamanda, tebessüm etti. Sahâbe merakla bu tebessümün sebebini sorduklarında; Efendimiz (sas) dedi ki: “Yaptığımız bu iş Yahudileri kızdırdı. Demek ki biz doğru bir iş yapmışız. Bundan sonra kendi çarşımızı öyle bir yere taşıyacağız ki, onlar bu sefer daha fazla kızacaklar.” [20]

Efendimiz (sas) bu olay üzerine ileride Hz. Ebû Bekir’in halife seçileceği yer olan Benû Saide Sakife’sinin hemen yanı başında büyükçe bir arsa satın aldı. Alınan bu arsanın üzerinde eski kabirler vardı. Böyle bir yerin çarşı olarak edinilmesinde de hikmetler olduğu muhakkaktır. Sanki Efendimiz (sas) kabirlerin olduğu bu yere çarşıyı kurdurarak, ticarete dalıp, ölümü unutmasınlar diye tüccarlara fiili bir nasihat ortamı oluşturmak istemiş gibidir. Efendimiz (sas) çarşı için alınan bu arsayı kıyamete kadar Müslümanlara bu iş için vakfetti. Burada kalıcı bir çarşı inşa ederek, tüm Müslüman tüccarları buraya davet etti ve bu çarşının kurallarını bizzat kendisi koydu.[21] Mesela; Efendimiz (sas) bu çarşıda yaptığı dükkânları aynı kişilere kiraya vermek yerine, hiçbir kira bedeli almadan sabahın erken saatlerinde kim erken gelirse ona verilmesi gerektiği kararını çıkartmıştı. Buyurmuşlardı ki: “İşte bu sizin pazarınızdır, burada sabit köşeler, yerler edinmeyin.” [22] Efendimiz (sas) böyle yapmakla da, ticaretin tekelleşmesini önledi ve tabi ki Müslümanlar arasında tatlı bir yarış oluşturarak, Yahudilerin ellerinde olan ticaret hacmini kademeli olarak Müslümanların eline geçirtti. Yavaş yavaş Yahudiler ellerindeki imkânları kaybetmeye başladılar ve çok değil dört yıl içerisinde Medine’nin ticaretinin büyük bir bölümü Müslümanların eline geçti.







[1]  Günay, Hacı Mehmet, TDV, İslam Ansiklopedisi, c. 42, s. 475

[2]  Tevbe 9/18-19

[3]  Müslim, Vasiyyet, 14; Ebû Dâvûd, Vasâya, 14; Tirmizi, Ahkâm, 36; Nesâî, Vasâyâ, 8

[4]  Buhârî, İlm, 15; Müslim, Müsâfirîn, 266

[5]  Bu konuda daha fazla bilgi için bkz: Yıldırım, Muhammed Emin, Asr-ı Saadet’te Ticaret ve Tüccar Sahâbiler, s. 73-74, 93-94

[6]  Buhârî, Veśâyâ, 1; Müslim, Cihâd, 51-55; Ebû Dâvûd, Harâc, 19

[7]  Tirmizî, Menâķıb, 18

[8]  İbn Sa´d, Tabakât, c. 2, s. 94, Beyhakî, Delâil, c. 3, s. 333-334

[9]  Vakıdi, Kitabü’l-Meğazi, c.1, s. 259

[10] İbn Hacer, el-İsabe, c.1, s. 567

[11] Buhârî, Vesâyâ, 22

[12]  Beyhakī, es-Sünenü’l-Kübrâ, c. 4, s. 160-161

[13]  Buhârî, Zekât, 49

[14]  Hassâf, Ahkâmü’l-Evķāf, s.15

[15]  Hamidullah, Muhammed; İslam Peygamberi, s. 162

[16]  Maide Sûresi, 5/18, Cuma Sûresi, 62/6

[17]  Hamidullah, Muhammed; İslam Peygamberi, s. 475

[18]  es-Semhûdî, Vefâu’l-Vefâ, c.1, s. 347

[19]  Taberi, Camiu’l-Beyan, c. 3, s. 226

[20]  Semhûdî, Vefâü’l-Vefa bi Ahbâri Dari’l-Mustafa, c. 1, s. 539, 540

[21]  Bu konuda daha fazla bilgi için bkz: Yıldırım, Muhammed Emin, Asr-ı Saadet’te Ticaret ve Tüccar Sahâbiler, s. 43-64

[22]  Semhûdî, a.g.e., c. 1, s. 539

          Hz. Peygamber’e Muhalif Kesimler/Güçler   

Hz. Peygamber (a.s.) hicret ettiğinde Medine’de, çeşitli etnik kökenlere ve dinlere mensup gruplar yaşıyordu.  Bunlar, çeşitli kabilelere mensup Müslümanlar ve müşrik Araplar, -Semhûdî’ye göre-[1] yirmiden fazla kabileden oluşan Yahûdîler ve az sayıdaki Hıristiyanlardı. Evs ve Hazrec, Medine’nin asli unsurlarından olan iki kardeş kabile oldukları halde, bazen kanlı iç savaşlara tutuşabiliyorlardı. Yahûdî kabileler arasında sahip oldukları nüfus ve güç itibariyle ön plana çıkan Benî Kaynukâ’, Benî Nadîr ve Benî Kurayza kabileleri, bazen kendi aralarında bazen de ittifak kurdukları Arap kabileleriyle savaş halinde bulunabiliyorlardı.

Rasûlullah’ın (a.s.) hicret sonrasında yaptırdığı nüfus sayımında tesbit edilen 1500 Müslüman’dan ayrı 4000 kadar müşrik Arap ve bir o kadar da Yahûdî nüfusla toplam 10000 kadar insanın Medine’de yaşadığı tahmin edilmiştir.[2] 

Hicretten sonra müşrikler ve gayr-ı Müslim unsurlar, Hz. Peygamber’e (a.s.) karşı olan tutumları bakımından dört gruba ayrıldılar:

1- Mekkeli Kureyş müşrikleri, Müslümanlarla silahlı mücadeleyi tercih etti.

2- Bazı Arap kabileleri, Hz. Peygamber’i (a.s.) düşmanlarıyla baş başa bırakıp neticeyi beklemeyi, başka bir deyişle “bekle gör” siyasetini seçti. Bunlar içerisinde Huzâa Kabilesi gibi Rasûlullah’ın (a.s.) galip gelmesini arzu edenler bulunduğu gibi, Benî Bekr Kabilesi gibi bunun tam aksini temenni edenler de vardı. Bu sebepledir ki Hudeybiye Antlaşması’nda Huzâa Müslümanlara, Benî Bekr müşrik Kureyşlilere taraf olacaktır.

3- Medine’de yaşayan Yahûdî Benî Kurayza, Benî Nadîr ve Benî Kaynukâ’ kabileleri, ilk başta Hz. Peygamber’le (a.s.) antlaşarak karşılıklı saldırmazlık ilkesini ve O’nun (a.s.) düşmanlarına yardım etmemeyi kabul ettiler. Ancak zamanla Yahûdî kabileleri, taraflar arasında yürürlükte olan antlaşmaları ihlal etmiş ve savaş sebebi sayılan girişimlerde bulunmuşlardır.

4- Hz. Peygamber’in (a.s.) Medine’ye yerleşip muhâcir ve ensârdan müteşekkil Müslüman toplumu siyasî bir teşkilata kavuşturarak, devlet başkanlığı pozisyonunu fiilen kazanmasından itibaren; zahirde Müslümanlarla birlikte görünen içten ise onlara düşmanlık yapan ve fırsat buldukça Medine İslâm toplumuna karşı yıkıcı faaliyetlerde bulunan yani münâfıklık yapan yeni bir grup oluştu. [3]

Übey b. Ka’b el-Ensârî el-Hazrecî en-Neccârî’nin (r.a.)[4] bildirdiğine göre, ensâr Rasûlullah (a.s.) ve ashabına kucak açtı. Bu yüzden Yahûdîler ve müşrik Araplar, ensâra tek yaydan ok atmaya başladılar; boy hedefi seçtiler, onlara olan düşmanlıklarını hepten dışa vurdular ve kendilerine savaş ilan ederek onları her gördükleri yerde çığlık atmaya başladılar. Öyle ki, müminler silahsız olarak ne gezebiliyorlar ne de geceleri uyuyabiliyorlardı. Hatta: “Acaba Allah’tan başka hiçbir şeyden korkmaksızın huzurlu ve rahat olarak uyuyacağımız bir güne kadar yaşayabilecek miyiz!?” demeye başlamışlardı. Bunun üzerine Yüce Allah şu âyeti indirdi:

"Allah, içinizden, iman edip de salih ameller işleyenlere, kendilerinden önce geçenleri hâkim kıldığı gibi onları da yeryüzünde mutlaka hâkim kılacağına, onlar için hoşnut ve razı olduğu dinlerini iyice yerleştireceğine, yaşadıkları korkularının ardından kendilerini mutlaka emniyete kavuşturacağına dair vaadde bulunmuştur. Onlar bana kulluk eder ve bana hiçbir şeyi ortak koşmazlar. Artık bundan sonra kimler inkâr ederse, işte onlar fâsıkların ta kendileridir”.[5]

Buna rağmen Rasûlullah (a.s.), Medine’de yaşayan bütün kesimlerle barış ve karşılıklı güven ortamı içinde yaşama irâdesini gösterdi.[6] Bu irâdeye rağmen, Medine’deki müşrik Araplar ve Yahûdî gruplar İslâm toplumunu taciz etmeye devam ettiler.

“Ehl-i Kitap’tan çoğu, hakikat kendilerine apaçık belli olduktan sonra, sırf içlerindeki kıskançlıktan ötürü, sizi imanınızdan vazgeçirip küfre döndürmek istediler. Yine de siz, Allah onlar hakkındaki emrini getirinceye kadar affedip bağışlayın. Şüphesiz Allah her şeye kadirdir” [7], “Andolsun ki, mallarınız ve canlarınız konusunda imtihana çekileceksiniz; sizden önce kendilerine kitap verilenlerden ve müşriklerden birçok üzücü sözler işiteceksiniz. Eğer sabreder ve takvâ gösterirseniz, muhakkak ki bu, (yapılacak) işlerin en değerlisidir”[8] meâlindeki âyet-i kerîmeler, İslâm toplumuna, bu olumsuz ve antlaşmalara aykırı tavırlara karşı Medine içinde itidal, sabır ve affı emretti. Ancak Rasûlullah (a.s.), doğrudan İslâm toplumuna yönelik müşahhas tehdit içeren girişimlere karşı fiilî-cezâî müdahalelerde bulundu.[9]


[1] M. Hamidullah, İslâm Peygamberi, I,571.

[2] Tayyib Okiç, “İslâmiyette İlk Nüfus Sayımı” Ankara Ü. İlahiyât Fk. Dergisi, Ankara 1958-1959, VII, 11-20; Ahmet Bostancı, Kamu Hukuku Açısından Hz. Pegamber’in Gayri Müslimlerle İlişkileri, İstanbul 2001, s. 26-27.

[3] Şâmî, IV,6-7; Zürkânî (1996 n.), II,369.

[4]  Hz. Peygamber (a.s.), kâri’lerin efendisi (سيد القراء) Übey b. Ka’b’ı Kur’ân kıraat ve tilâvetini en iyi bilen olarak tanıtmıştır. Yüce Allah, Übey’in (r.a.) ismini zikrederek Hz. Peygamber’den (a.s.) Beyyine Sûresi’ni ona (r.a.) okumasını emretmiştir. Hz. Ömer (r.a.), Übey’i (r.a.) “Müslümanların efendisi” diye nitelemiştir.

[5] en-Nur 24/55. “Zulme uğradıktan sonra Allah yolunda hicret edenlere gelince, onları dünyada güzel bir şekilde yerleştireceğiz. Eğer bilirlerse âhiretin mükâfatı elbette daha büyüktür. (Onlar) sadece Rablerine tevekkül ederek sabredenlerdir” (en-Nahl, 16/41,42) meâlindeki âyetler de yukarıdaki âyetle aynı anlamdadır. Bazı tefsircilere göre ise bu âyetler, daha evvel Mekke’de zulme uğrayıp işkence görmeleri üzerine Medine’ye hicret eden müminler hakkında nâzil olmuştur. Bu âyetlerle onlara, dünyada iyi bir hayat, geniş bir rızık vadeden Yüce Allah, bu vadini gerçekleştirmiştir. Rivâyet edildiğine göre Hz. Ömer (r.a.), muhâcirlerden bir zata devlet hazinesinden (beytülmal) payına düşeni verirken şöyle demiştir: “Al! Allah bereketini arttırsın. Bu, Allah’ın sana dünyada iken vaat ettiği rızıktır. Senin için âhirete sakladığı ise daha değerlidir.” Bkz. Şâmî, IV,3-4.

[6] Vâkıdî, I,184.

[7] el-Bakara 2/109.

[8] Âl-i İmrân 3/186.

[9] Vâkıdî, I,176,184-185,187,192; II,456,486,502,634; İbn Seyyidinnâs (1992 n.), I,448-451; Zürkânî (1996 n.), II,367-378.

          Zen and the City of Angels   
Zen and the City of Angels
author: Elizabeth M. Cosin
name: Carolyn (in SC) C234D
average rating: 3.50
book published: 1999
rating: 3
read at: 2003/06/11
date added: 2017/07/01
shelves: mystery-thriller-not-a-cozy
Read it quite a while ago. Wrote that it's about tough LA private eye Zen Moses. Not bad, but it lacked total credibility or something. Moved along well.

          Ardahan’da düğünde dağıtılan yemekten zehirlenen 143 kişi hastaneye kaldırıldı   
Ardahan’da düğünde yedikleri yemekten zehirlenen aralarında gelin ile damadın da olduğu 143 kişi hastaneye kaldırıldı.
          Eşine dışkı yediren adam tutuklandı   
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          Katar Dışişleri Bakanı: "Uygun şartlar altında diyaloğa girmeye hazırız"   
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          Karayolları ekipleri eriyen asfaltlarda önlem aldı   
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          Ardahan’da düğünde dağıtılan yemekten zehirlenen 143 kişi hastaneye kaldırıldı   
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Megastar Tarkan’ın “Tarkan Zamanı” konserleri Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Açıkhava Sahnesi’nde başladı. Konsere ünlü isimlerde katılarak Tarkan şarkılarını dinledi.Her yıl heyecanla beklenen ve her biri birbirinden coşkuyla geçen Geleneksel...
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Uludağ’da doğa yürüyüşü yaptığı esnada kalp krizi geçiren bir kişi jandarma tarafından kurtarıldı.Edinilen bilgiye göre, Uludağ’da doğa yürüyüşü yapmak maksadıyla birinci oteller bölgesinden zirveye doğru yürüyüşe çıkan...
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          Nigeria’s Lateefat Abiola emerges best graduating medical student in Ukraine   

Lateefat Oyeleye Abiola, on Friday emerged the best graduating medical student at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University in Ukraine. She scored 95.6% not just to the best in her university, where she beat 564 other students, but overall in the country. Her achievement was announced by the president of the university, Vil S. Bakirov. Abiola [...]

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          Front Desk Agent - Springhill Suites Charleston Downtown/Riverview - Charleston, SC   
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          Database Developer/Administrator - Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary - Boston, MA   
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          Three ways to improve Ohio’s ESSA Plan   

In early June, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released an updated draft of its ESSA plan for public comment. The department had initially intended to submit its plan earlier this spring, but after heavy pressure, state officials decided to delay submission until September. The most important part of the document is its description of the state’s proposed school accountability and intervention policies. We believe that Ohio’s plan does a good job meeting both federal and state requirements.

Still, Ohio should aim for excellence, if not perfection. Allow me to identify three improvements worthy of consideration before ODE submits its plan to the U.S. Department of Education. These are sections that ODE could likely tweak without running afoul of federal or state law.

Eliminate the Chronic Absenteeism indicator (Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs—Indicators; lines 428-512)

ODE proposes using Chronic Absenteeism as a new report-card measure to comply with ESSA’s requirement for an indicator of School Quality or Student Success. This is a mistake. While related to student learning, absenteeism is not itself an outcome measure, which should form the basis of school accountability. Attendance should be viewed more akin to an “input” measure, like student demographics; as the Ohio Auditor of State writes, “attendance is merely an input over which schools have minimal control.” In addition, to maintain the integrity of the indicator, a robust process may need to be in place to verify schools’ attendance data. Audits of attendance data have revealed unintentional errors or intentional manipulation of records under what the Auditor has called an “honor system” of district attendance reporting. A recent Plain Dealer article notes that the district with Ohio’s highest chronic absenteeism rate claims an error was likely made in the data. For these reasons, ODE might consider other options to comply with ESSA’s School Quality indicator, such as using only its Prepared for Success component (for high schools) or perhaps data from its Achievement component (such as “indicators met” which would cover almost all schools).

Identify the bottom 5 percent of schools for “comprehensive support”—and no more (Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs, Subpart 4; lines 224-233).

ESSA requires states to identify a minimum of 5 percent of schools as low-performing and in need of comprehensive support—i.e., some form of state intervention. Ohio should affirm that it will identify, per the federal minimum requirement, the bottom 5 percent of schools. But ODE should also make clearer how it plans to identify comprehensive schools—the draft only refers to the use of the summative rating system. It does not indicate whether the total number of points earned by a school, or whether the overall A-F letter grades themselves will lead to identification of comprehensive schools. ODE should use the point system that drives the A-F ratings, not the summative ratings. That’s because the number of F-rated schools may exceed the 5 percent target. Using the points system, however, would allow ODE to identify just the bottom 5 percent. By limiting the number of comprehensive-support schools, the state could better focus its resources on the organizational changes necessary to improve Ohio’s lowest performing schools. It may also discourage state policymakers from lowering the bar just to have fewer schools assigned F’s and placed under state oversight.

Eliminate the Watch category of schools from the ESSA Plan (Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs, Subpart 4; lines 319-337).

Under ESSA, Ohio must identify two groups of schools as in need of improvement (“comprehensive” and “targeted” support schools). But ODE’s plan goes beyond these categories and identifies a third group of low-performing schools called “watch” schools. The basis for this identification is found in state, not federal, law, and ODE may not need to include Watch schools in its plan to comply with ESSA. In the coming days, Ohio lawmakers should consider eliminating or modifying the state law that allows ODE and the State Board to identify Watch schools and subject them to school improvement plans. Under federal law, Ohio must already intervene in schools with low-performing subgroups, i.e., “targeted” support schools. The Watch category goes further—perhaps a step too far—by identifying even more schools for intervention based on subgroup performance. It’s unlikely that ODE has the capacity to support in a meaningful way so many schools for improvement.


ODE’s ESSA plan should simply describe how it intends to meet federal requirements within the state accountability framework. In the areas noted above, ODE could dial back or clarify its compliance with ESSA before submitting the plan to federal officials. Each of these suggestions has the potential to reduce the administrative burdens—while maintaining accountability for outcomes—and free Buckeye educators to focus on students. 

          ASFH Boris Malyugin and Adi Abulafia at ASCRS 2017   

Guests: Boris Malyugin, MD, PhD
Professor of Ophthalmology
Department of Cataract & Implant Surgery
Deputy Director General
S.Fyodorov Eye Microsurgery State Institution
Moscow, Russia

Adi Abulafia, MD
Acting Deputy Head of Ophthalmology Department
Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center
Tzrifin, Israe

          Eşine dışkı yediren adam tutuklandı   
Andanıç köyünde Ş.Ş. adlı şahsın, eşi C.Ş’ye hakaretler yağdırarak dışkı yedirmeye çalıştığı görüntülerin sosyal medyada yayınlanmasının ardından Cumhuriyet Savcılığı harekete geçti. Gözaltına alınan Ş.Ş., Patnos Cumhuriyet Başsavcılığı tarafından ifadesi alındıktan sonra Patnos Sulh Ceza Hakimliği tarafından ‘eziyet’ suçundan tutuklanarak cezaevine gönderildi. İHA  
          Katar’dan kriz için flaş karar   
Katar Dışişleri Bakanı Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, çeşitli temaslar bulunmak üzere geldiği Roma’da, Katar Krizine ilişkin açıklamalarda bulundu. Bakan al-Thani, Arap ülkelerin hazırladığı 13 maddelik talep listesinin terörizmle mücadele kapsamında ilgisi olmadığını, Katar’ın egemenliklerini kısıtlayan maddeler olduğu bu listeyi reddettiklerini açıkladı. Ancak Bakan al-Thani, krizin çözümüne ilişkin uygun şartlar altında diyoloğa girmeye hazır olduklarını […]
          Serbest Düşmeye Bırakılan Farklı Kütleye Sahip Cisimler, Aynı Anda mı Yere Düşer   
Farklı Kütleye Sahip Cisimler Aynı Anda mı Yere Düşer En iyi hazırlanmış serbest düşme deneyi. Altyazı olmadığı için açıklamayı ben yapayım.Önce farklı iki kütleye sahip cisimler serbest düşmeye bırakılıyor, beklediğiniz gibi ağır olan cisim daha önce düşüyor. Daha sonra ortamın havasını boşaltıp deneyi tekrar ettiklerinde iki cismin aynı anda yere düşüp düşmediğini gözlemeye çalışıyorlar.. Gerisini […]
          Spicy Rib Eye Steak   

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          Mold cross contamination and cleaning   
I purchased a new home and took some items from the old home to the new home. An inspector for the buyer of the old home discovered mold throughout the old home, hence the items I took to the new home likely have mold on them. Note: This is a second home so I do not live there and have not been back since the mold discovery. We will be traveling there shortly so I am looking for advice on what to do with the items we took to the new home. The items we took were TV’s, computer modem and router, clothes, towels, shoes, a painting, kitchen items (plates, glasses, small appliances (toaster oven, coffee maker), etc). If we look at the items taken to the other home is the mold visible to a naked eye (I believe the color of the mold on the walls is light yellow) and if we don’t see any does this mean there was not mold growth on that particular item? Can we clean these items and keep them or should we just throw them out? If we can clean, what should we clean the nonporous items with? Can we just wash clothes/towels in our washer and dryer? Will that contaminate the washer and dryer? I assume there are spores in the home just from transporting these items inside. Is this a problem? Or is it only a problem if there is a moisture source for them such as humidity?
          Eye On Texas: Spike Johnson Photographs Houston’s Homeless Veterans   

Photographer Spike Johnson chronicles the lives of Houston's homeless veterans in his series, "Friends in Low Places."

The post Eye On Texas: Spike Johnson Photographs Houston’s Homeless Veterans appeared first on The Texas Observer.

          Eye On Texas: Lifelines Project Documents Austin’s Homeless and Their Pets   

Lifelines is a multimedia project honoring the relationship between Austin’s homeless and their pets.

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          On Parenthood   

Non-parent friends, acquantainces, even strangers often ask hubby and I how it feels to be a parent. I can never come up with a satisfactory response on the spot, but after much thought I think I can sum it up thus:-

Being a parent means having good days and very very frustrating days, with no pattern whatsoever.

One day all is hunky dory in the world, little one is a perfect Ray of Sunshine who eats/sleeps/plays with perfect timing. You are SO grateful to Allah for blessing you with the easiest and most cooperative baby ever.

In the blink of an eye it seems, everything changes. Little Ray of Sunshine is now Great Big Bundle of Colic or Huge Ball of Hyperactivity and for some godforsaken reason refuses to eat, which makes her cranky and because she's hungry she can't sleep. But because she's cranky and sleepy she wont eat, and on and on goes the vicious cycle. Dr. Google has no advice on this strange phenomenon, and you soldier on, knowing that it will, it HAS TO!, eventually come to an end.

Eons later, baby decides to eat and nap as if nothing was ever the matter, what are you fussing about, Mommy?
And as soon as that sweet smelling head hits the hay you ready yourself to creep out of the room, and sneak a peek to make sure your hard work has not gone out the window - and the sight that greets you would melt the hardest of hearts.
One look at the serene smile on that sleepy little face and all is forgotten.

Now you know what angels look like.

          Romanlarda Hangi Bakış Açıları Kullanılır?   
Romanlarda Hangi Bakış Açıları Kullanılır? Sanatsal bir metin olan roman, anlatmaya bağlı bir edebi metindir. Roman, uzun soluklu yazılardır. Kişi ve olay örgüsü bakımından hikayeye göre daha ayrıntılı ve komplekstir. Romanlarda anlatıcı farklı bakış açılarına göre hareket edebilir. Bazen anlatıcı, kahraman anlatıcı bakış açısına sahipken bazen de gözlemci bakış açısına göre romanı anlatabilir. İlahi (hakim) […]
          Magic eye 3D   

Korang kena julingkan mata sket ntuk tengok effect 3D dalam gambar diatas dan tulisan dibawah. fokus pada huruf o. julingkan mata sampai 2 huruf o menjadi 3 huruf o.

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Wide eyed stereo Wide eyed stereo

According    to    the  According    to    the
police inspector, police inspector,
Edward John Billings, Edward John Billings,
there are too many there are too many
individuals too close individuals too close
to the case to make to the case to make
an arrest. I asked an arrest. I asked
Mary Smith to comment Mary Smith to comment
on the case, but she on the case, but she
declined to comment, declined to comment,
because she is soon because she is soon
to be married to to be married to
Howard D. Fredericks, Howard D. Fredericks,
the victim's uncle. the victim's uncle.
Charles Wilson, the Charles Wilson, the
victim's brother, victim's brother,
stated that the chaos stated that the chaos
was responsible for was responsible for
at least five suicide at least five suicide
attempts last week attempts last week
alone. alone.

          Drunk Night Joke   

Update at last....

Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company’s Christmas Party.
Jack is not normally a drinker, but the drinks didn’t taste like alcohol at all. He didn’t even remember how he got home from the party.

As bad as he was feeling, he wondered if he did something wrong.
Jack had to force himself to open his eyes, and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table.

And, next to them, a single red rose! Jack sits up and sees his clothing in front of him, all clean and pressed.
He looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order, spotlessly clean.
So is the rest of the house.

He takes the aspirins, cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the bathroom mirror.
Then he notices a note hanging on the corner of the mirror written in red with little hearts on it and a kiss mark from his wife in lipstick:

‘Honey, breakfast is on the stove, I left early to get groceries to make you your favorite dinner tonight.
I love you, darling! Love, Jillian’

He stumbles to the kitchen and sure enough, there is hot breakfast, steaming hot coffee and the morning newspaper.
His teenage son is also at the table eating.

Jack asks, ‘Son, what happened last night?’

‘Well, you came home after 3 A.M., drunk and out of your mind. You fell over the coffee table and broke it, and then you puked in the hallway, and got that black eye when you ran into the door.’

Confused, he asked his son, ‘So, why is everything in such perfect order and so clean?
I have a rose, and breakfast is on the table waiting for me??’

His son replies, ‘Oh THAT! … Mom dragged you to the bedroom, and when she tried to take your pants off, you screamed, ‘Leave me alone, I’m married!!’

Broken Coffee Table $239.99
Hot Breakfast $4.20
Two Aspirins $.38
Saying the right thing, at the right time. PRICELESS
          101 ways to annoy people   

    1. Sing the Batman theme incessantly.
    2. In the memo field of all your checks, write "for sensual massage."
    3. Specify that your drive-through order is "to go."
    4. Learn Morse code, and have conversations with friends in public consisting entirely of "Beeeep Bip Bip Beeep Bip..."
    5. If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.
    6. Amuse yourself for endless hours by hooking a camcorder to your TV and then pointing it at the screen.
    7. Speak only in a "robot" voice.
    8. Push all the flat Lego pieces together tightly.
    9. Start each meal by conspicuously licking all your food, and announce that this is so no one will "swipe your grub".
    10. Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper, 98 copies.
    11. Stomp on little plastic ketchup packets.
    12. Sniffle incessantly.
    13. Leave your turn signal on for fifty miles.
    14. Name your dog "Dog."
    15. Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions "to keep them tuned up."
    16. Reply to everything someone says with "that's what YOU think."
    17. Claim that you must always wear a bicycle helmet as part of your "astronaut training."
    18. Declare your apartment an independent nation, and sue your neighbors upstairs for "violating your airspace".
    19. Forget the punchline to a long joke, but assure the listener it was a "real hoot."
    20. Follow a few paces behind someone, spraying everything they touch with Lysol.
    21. Practice making fax and modem noises.
    22. Highlight irrelevant information in scientific papers and "cc:" them to your boss.
    23. Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.
    24. Invent nonsense computer jargon in conversations, and see if people play along to avoid the appearance of ignorance.
    25. Erect an elaborate network of ropes in your backyard, and tell the neighbors you are a "spider person."
    26. Finish all your sentences with the words "in accordance with the prophesy."
    27. Wear a special hip holster for your remote control.
    28. Do not add any inflection to the end of your sentences, producing awkward silences with the impression that you'll be saying more any moment.
    29. Signal that a conversation is over by clamping your hands over your ears.
    30. Disassemble your pen and "accidentally" flip the ink cartridge across the room.
    31. Give a play-by-play account of a persons every action in a nasal Howard Cosell voice.
    32. Holler random numbers while someone is counting.
    33. Adjust the tint on your TV so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you "like it that way."
    34. Drum on every available surface.
    35. Staple papers in the middle of the page.
    36. Ask 1-800 operators for dates.
    37. Produce a rental video consisting entirely of dire FBI copyright warnings.
    38. Sew anti-theft detector strips into peoples backpacks.
    39. Hide dairy products in inaccessible places.
    40. Write the surprise ending to a novel on its first page.
    41. Set alarms for random times.
    42. Order a side of pork rinds with your filet mignon.
    43. Instead of Gallo, serve Night Train next Thanksgiving.
    44. Publicly investigate just how slowly you can make a "croaking" noise.
    45. Honk and wave to strangers.
    46. Dress only in clothes colored Hunters Orange.
    47. Change channels five minutes before the end of every show.
    48. Tape pieces of "Sweating to the Oldies" over climactic parts of rental movies.
    49. Wear your pants backwards.
    50. Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complimentary mints by the cash register.
    51. Begin all your sentences with "ooh la la!"
    53. only type in lowercase.
    54. dont use any punctuation either
    55. Buy a large quantity of orange traffic cones and reroute whole streets.
    56. Pay for your dinner with pennies.
    57. Tie jingle bells to all your clothes.
    58. Repeat everything someone says, as a question.
    59. Write "X - BURIED TREASURE" in random spots on all of someone's roadmaps.
    60. Inform everyone you meet of your personal Kennedy assassination/UFO/ O.J Simpson conspiracy theories.
    61. Repeat the following conversation a dozen times: "Do you hear that?" "What?" "Never mind, its gone now."
    62. Light road flares on a birthday cake.
    63. Wander around a restaurant, asking other diners for their parsley.
    64. Leave tips in Bolivian currency.
    65. Demand that everyone address you as "Conquistador."
    66. At the laundromat, use one dryer for each of your socks.
    67. When Christmas caroling, sing "Jingle Bells, Batman smells" until physically restrained.
    68. Wear a cape that says "Magnificent One."
    69. As much as possible, skip rather than walk.
    70. Stand over someone's shoulder, mumbling, as they read.
    71. Pretend your computer's mouse is a CB radio, and talk to it.
    72. Try playing the William Tell Overture by tapping on the bottom of your chin. When nearly done, announce "no, wait, I messed it up," and repeat.
    73. Drive half a block.
    74. Inform others that they exist only in your imagination.
    75. Ask people what gender they are.
    76. Lick the filling out of all the Oreos, and place the cookie parts back.
    77. Cultivate a Norwegian accent. If Norwegian, affect a Southern drawl.
    78. Routinely handcuff yourself to furniture, informing the curious that you don't want to fall off "in case the big one comes".
    79. Deliberately hum songs that will remain lodged in co-workers brains, such as "Feliz Navidad", the Archies "Sugar" or the Mr. Rogers theme song.
    80. While making presentations, occasionally bob your head. like a parakeet.
    81. Lie obviously about trivial things such as the time of day.
    82. Leave your Christmas lights up and lit until September.
    83. Change your name to "AaJohn Aaaaasmith" for the great glory of being first in the phone book. Claim it's a Hawaiian name, and demand that people pronounce each "a."
    84. Sit in your front yard pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
    85. Chew on pens that you've borrowed.
    86. Wear a LOT of cologne.
    87. Listen to 33rpm records at 45rpm speed, and claim the faster speed is necessary because of your "superior mental processing."
    88. Sing along at the opera.
    89. Mow your lawn with scissors.
    90. At a golf tournament, chant "swing-batabatabata-suhWING-batter!"
    91. Ask the waitress for an extra seat for your "imaginary friend."
    92. Go to a poetry recital and ask why each poem doesn't rhyme.
    93. Ask your co-workers mysterious questions, and then scribble their answers in a notebook. Mutter something about "psychological profiles."
    94. Stare at static on the TV and claim you can see a "magic picture."
    95. Select the same song on the jukebox fifty times.
    96. Never make eye contact.
    97. Never break eye contact..
    98. Construct elaborate "crop circles" in your front lawn.
    99. Construct your own pretend "tricorder," and "scan" people with it, announcing the results.
    100. Make appointments for the 31st of September.
    101. Invite lots of people to other people's parties.

          eSports Gamers Tycoon   
How many times have you dream to be a professional gamer? Now in this amazing tycoon you can finally do it! Party hard with your friends on this eSports Gamers Tycoon. Play Hard Go Pro!

eSports Gamers life tycoon is a clicker idle type of game.


Use your AK or your 1000 degree knife to increase your experience in game, the more you click the more level you will gain, also you can increase your followers doing live streaming. Live streaming will also give you some coins. Are you ready for this challenge?


As soon as you get to new levels you will get new colleagues to play with and start the race for the championship. Use the happy room mode to increase the effectivity on the shoots. The more colleagues you have to play with the more level you will gain. Use your bottle flip skills to click fast and get your new colleagues soon ! Once you get your first colleague you can start to use extra boost as for example youturbo that will increase the effectivity of the live streaming.


Start a race for the championship will require a partner, a reigns partner will provide a new house where you can practice with your colleagues. You will get regular houses, more fancy houses and finally a big mansion. All properties can be customised with decorative items or with trophies. Partners will also provide new features as the youtubers life boost, Are you ready to be the next pewdiepie? This game is also a tuber simulator as you can act as you are recording a video to share with your friends and fans.


Once you have reunited all your team and you have the enough spinner experience you will be ready to fight for the championship, you will be ready to smash or pass your opponents.


You can get new items at any time, just get enough coins and start to decorate your room, you can apply different styles as for example jacksepticeye or luzu style.

This game is a continuation of our others popular and related games as Would You Rather and Youtubers Life.

This game is suitable for all audiencies. This game is free so you can expect ads.
          Unseasonable Winter Weather Takes A Bite Out Of Georgia's Peach Crop   
Despite a bad growing season, there were peaches for sale recently at a small stand at the Mulberry Farmer's Market in Macon, Ga. The fruit caught the eye of Linda Marlow, visiting from the West Coast. "We're from California so we want Georgia peaches," Marlow said with a laugh. California, by the way, produces more peaches than other state in the country. It isn't like this is a novelty for Marlow. "Well yeah, but we expect they are going to be better here," Marlow said. For a lot of people up and down the East Coast, Georgia is synonymous with peaches. Think about it; when have you ever heard someone wax poetic about a California peach? Turns out, though, Georgia peaches, and Southern peaches in general, are having a really tough year. Mark Sanchez is the CEO of Lane Packing in Fort Valley, Ga. It's one of the big growers in the four county area smack in the middle of Georgia where peaches come from. His office by the loading dock is in fact in Peach County. He says climate is the
          Pixie Lott shows off her bubblegum pink hair as she relaxes in a vibrant green swimsuit while on holiday in Ibiza   
PIXIE Lott was hard to miss as she rocked a green swimsuit during a leisurely day out in Spain with her fiance Oliver Cheshire. The diminutive singer showed off her slender figure in the striking one-piece which she teamed with a bright pink belt. Pixie completed her look with black sliders and cat eye shades […]
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Custom Mala Shop Coupons - Tiger eye with black onyx - designed online by the customer. Be sure to use coupon code save20 to get 20% off...
          Do I Want A Pot Roast or Oven Roast?   
Most roasts can be pot roasted but not all roasts can be oven roasted. Roasts that can be oven roasted are Top Round, Back Rump Roast, Eye Round Roast, Sirloin Tip Roast, Tri Tip Roast, Rib Roast, Fillet Mignon and Bnls Sirloin Roast. Roast that should be pot roasted are Bnls Chuck Roast, Bone in […]
          2 Temmuz 2017 KASHIWA – KASHIMA Bahis Tahmini   

Başlama Saati: 12.30 Yer: Kashiwa Stadı Lig lideri Kashiwa Reysol kadrosunu kuvvetlendirmeye devam ediyor. Cerezo Osaka, Wigan ve Cardiff gibi takımlarda forma giymiş olan Koreli orta saha oyuncusu KimBo-kyung’u transfer ettiler.  Bu zorlu mücadele öncesinde herhangi bir eksikleri olmadığını eklemem gerek. Kashima Antlers son 3 maçını kazanmayı başardı. Antlers bu sezon kazanması gereken tüm önemli […]

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          Betvigo Yeni Giriş Adresi Betvigo19   

Betvigo'nun yeni giriş adresi Betvigo19 olarak belirlenmiştir ve bütün bahis severlere duyurulmuştur. Sitenin zorunlu olarak yaptığı adres değişikliği nedeni ile belirlemiş olduğu adres, internet üzerinden tüm bahis severlere duyurulmuştur. Siteye üye olmayan, ismini duyan ve site ile çalışmak isteyenler için, adresin bulunacağı kaynak, yazımızın yer aldığı paylaşımlardır. Güvenli bir şekilde yeni adresi üzerinden hesaplarınıza erişebilir […]

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          Perabet Yeni Giriş Adresi Perabet1000   

Perabet sitesinin yeni giriş adresi Perabet1000 olarak belirlenmiş bulunmaktadır. Site, bu andan itibaren, bütün online hizmetlerini söz konusu adresi üzerinden sunmaya başlamıştır. Geçmiş dönemde sunulan hizmetlerin, aynı özelliklerde yeni adreste de geçerli olduğu görülmektedir. Bir önceki adreste kullanılan hesaplar, kullanıcı isimleri ve siteye giriş için gerekli olan şifreler, yeni adres için de geçerlidir. Üyelerin bu konuda herhangi bir işlem […]

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          Milanobet Yeni Giriş Adresi Milanobet32   

BTK bahis siteleri başta olmak üzere internet sitelerine denetimler düzenlemektedir. Bahis sitelerinin bazıları bu denetimlerden rahatlıkla geçebilirken bazı bahis sitelerinin erişimine engel getirilebilir. Milanobet bahis sitesi de erişim engeli getirilen bahis sitelerinden bir diğeridir. Ancak bu bahis sitesi de diğer bahis siteleri gibi erişim engelinden sonra farklı bir adres ile kullanıcılarına hizmet vermeye devam etmektedir. […]

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          Sweet 16....   

My daughter turns 16 next week.  It is a bit painful for me.  Aging....not only her aging, but mine.  It is moving so fast.  Too fast.  It hurts that she is going to be in college in two years.  She is a handful, but is still a hilarious, brilliant, clever, beautiful pain in the ass that I really like to be around.  I am just trying to ride it through the bumpy parts.  She is a teenager.  Need I say  more?  She is the first up in "Birthday Alley."  9 days later her brother turns 14,  11 days later John, then Sev and last

Our birthday celebrations are quiet family affairs.  They choose dinner, no limits, and I execute.  For years Michaela chose matzoh ball soup, doritos, root beer and a chocolate cake.  After our trip to the UK last summer, she moved to chicken and ham pie, mashed potatoes, mushy peas, sparking cider served in ugly crystal glasses and a red velvet cake adorned with Fez's pic.  Manny changes each year.  Fish and chips, tacos, polpettone, or pasta....and a themed chocolate cake (FIFA, Italian Flag, Russian flag...)  Sev was gnocchi for years and years and a "donut" cake (bundt with sprinkles).  Last year it was linguine alla vongole.  John is gnocchi or osso buco and a red velvet cake.  Me?  I want to go out for Vietnamese food and lychee martinis.  I don't want to cook or do dishes on my birthday.  Oh, I want two Brown Betty's cupcakes.  1 red velvet, 1 coconut.

The kids think about their birthday dinners all year round.  We will be in a restaurant in February and one will ask (usually Sev), "Can you make this, mom?  For my birthday dinner."  I can.  You bet your ass I can.  I love cooking for my family.  Michaela's birthday is next week.  Chicken and ham pie menu for our quiet family dinner.  Sev immediately chimed in, "Can you do a boston cream donut cake?"  The kid likes donuts.

16 is a big deal.  In addition to her family birthday, she will go out with some friends.  They will don their sundresses and wear uncomfortable high heels.  She would like sushi at Umai, but it is so tiny.  Maybe Han Dynasty, but she wants something a bit fancy.  John is torturing her and telling her that as long as her brothers attend, she can pick absolutely any restaurant.  She fumes.  John is kidding, but he will not say so.  Her anger is too funny.  She is running out of time.  She needs to decide.

Sixteen...I only have a few more precious years of her daily laughter and eye rolling.

          Chanel Irreelle Duo Silky Eyeshadow Duo 60 Train-Bleu   
Buy Chanel Eye Shadows - Chanel Irreelle Duo Silky Eyeshadow Duo 60 Train-Bleu
          Leopard Print Cosmetic/Jewelry Train Case   
We at DBROTH had fashion, organization and gift giving in mind when we designed these beautiful cosmetic/jewelry train cases. A must-have for organizing and storing all your beauty essentials as well as your fine and costume jewlelry. Our leopard print design is the only one of it's kind seen on Amazon and made especially for the Amazon customer. Features: Fashion leopard print, flocked velveteen interior (black), 2 removable tray drawers, 2 extendable trays with larger inner tray, side holders-8 on each side and vanity mirror. Organize and store eye liner, masacara, blush, foundation, nail polish, make up brushes, lip sticks, eye liner, tweezers, razors, cotton balls, creams, lotions as well as rings, watches, pins, earrings, necklaces and so much more. Great for travel or display on your home dresser. High Quality Aluminum Frame With Reinforced Steel Corners and carry handle. Look for our Zebra Print and Red Faux Leather Grain Alligator Styles also sold on Amazon. Each Measures: 11 1/2"L x 8.1/2"H x 7" W (closed) and 24"L x 13 1/2"H x 9"W (open). Includes 2 keys for 2 locks

          2001 Awards (NAAR)    

In 2001, NAAR broke new ground in terms of the amount of money committed to autism research and the number of projects funding. It also marked the first time the organization funded projects in Israel and Ireland, and included In 2001, NAAR committed approximately $3.1 million to fund 28 pilot studies, fellowships and programs, including its largest investment to date in a single project: The Baby Sibs Study – a collaborative, multi-site research program taking place in Canada and the U.S. Also in 2001, NAAR played a key role in funding and establishing the first annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), the first international, interdisciplinary conference focusing on autism research.

Loisa Bennetto, Ph.D.
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
"The Influence of HOX Genes and Cranial Nerve Abnormalities on Impaired Facial and Vocal Expression in Autism."
One-Year Award: $47,358

Dana Boatman, Ph.D., & Barry Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.
John Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
"Evaluation of Auditory Processing in Low Functioning Children with Autism."
Two-Year Award: $85,606
Research Partner: The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc.

Linda Brzustowicz, M.D. & Christopher Barlett, B.S.
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
"Localization of Genes Negatively Influencing Language Acquisition."
Two-Year Award: $89,606
First Year Research Partner: The Sidgmore Family Foundation

Edwin Cook, M.D.
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
"Linkage Disequilibrium Fine Mapping of 15q11-q13 in Autism."
Two-Year Award: $99,605
First Year Research Partner: Solving the Mystery of Autism Foundation

Louise Gallagher, MB MRC Psych
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
"The Molecular Genetics of Autism: Linkage Disequilibrium Screen in the Irish Population."
Two-Year Award: $99,101
First Year Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research & Education

Jeremy Goldberg, M.D.
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada)
"Investigating Serotonin Receptor Function and Brain Structure as Potential Endophenotypes of Autism."
Two-Year Award: $89,368

Andrew Grayson, Ph.D, C. Psychol.
The Open University (United Kingdom)
"Facilitated Communication: A Systematic Observational Research Project Involving Fine-Grained Video Analysis and Eye Tracking."
Two-Year Award: $93, 532.
Research Partner: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

Karl Herrup, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
"CNS Pattern Formulation and the Etiology of Autism."
Two-Year Award: $99,000

Christine Hohmann, Ph.D.
Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
"Serotonin as Regulator of Cortical Development and Function."
Two-Year Award: $90,702
First Year Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research & Education

Huang Chi-ming, Ph.D.,
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
"Synaptic and Cellular Abnormalities in the Maturing Autistic Cerebellum."
Two-Year Award: $99,880
First Year Research Partner: Autism Society of America Foundation

Jeffrey Hutsler, Ph.D.,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
"Cortical Organization and Synaptic Culling in Individuals with Autism."
Two-Year Award: $99,902

Ami Klin, Ph.D., & Jocelyne Bachevalier, Ph.D.,
Yale University Child Study Center, New Haven, CT
"Studies of Social Visual Pursuit in Non-Human Primates with Mesiofrontal-limbic Lesions Previously Shown to Offer a Successful Animal Model of Autism."
Two-Year Award: $91,730

Jennifer Levitt, M.D.
University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles, CA
"Cortical Complexity and 1H MRS Studies of Communication in Autism."
Two-Year Award: $97,044

Elena Maestrini, Ph.D.
University of Bologna, Bologna (Italy)
"Search for an Autism Susceptibility Gene on Chromosome 2q."
Two-Year Award: $80,340
First Year Research Partner: Autism Society of America Foundation

Henry Markram, Ph.D.
Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
"Altered Inhibitory Microcircuits in Autism."
Two-Year Award: $96,800
Research Partner: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

Daniel McIntosh, Ph.D.
University of Denver, Denver, CO
"Core Affective Processes in Autism."
Two-Year Award: $99,237

Lisa Monteggia, Ph.D.
Utah Southwestern Medical Center, St. George, UT
"Analysis of the Role of the Methyl-CG Binding Protein in the Pervasive Development Disorder, Rett's Syndrome, Using Genetically Modified Mice."
Two-Year Award: $100,000

Stewart Mostofsky, M.D.
Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD
"Examination of a Deficit in Procedural Learning in Autism."
Two-Year Award: $88,968
First Year Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research & Education

Rhea Paul, Ph.D.
Southern Connecticut State University & Yale University Child Study Center, New Haven, CT
"The Development of Prosody in Young Children with Autism and Related Conditions."
Two-Year Award: $97,024

Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D.
Duke University Center for Human Genetics, Durham, NC
"Web-based Genetic Educational Efforts for Autism and Related Disorders."
One-Year Award: $41,912

Judith Innes Piggot, MRCGP, MRCP
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Roland D. Ciaranello, M.D.
Memorial Fellowship in Basic Research
Two-Year Award: $100,000

Samuel Pleasure, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
"The Role of WNTS in Hippocampal Ventricular Zone Development."
Two-Year Award: $92,384

Timothy P.L. Roberts, Ph.D.
University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
"Neural Correlates of Phonological Processing in Autism: An MEG Investigation."
Two-Year Award: $96,273
First Year Research Partner: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

Neil Smalheiser, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Illinois, Chicago, Chicago, IL
"Circulating Reelin in Autism Spectrum Disorders."
Two-Year Award: $89,320

Kathleen Sulik, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
"CNS Dysmorphogenesis in a Mouse Knockout Model for an Autism Syndrome."
Two-Year Award: $100,000

Paul Thorsen, M.D., Ph.D.
Danish Epidemiology Sciences Centre at Aarhus University and Odense University Hospital, Denmark
"Risk Factors for Neurodevelopmental Disorders: MMR Vaccine & Childhood Autism."
One-Year Award: $25,000
Research Partner: CIBC World Markets

Steven Zalcman, Ph.D.
UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
"Cytokines, Monoamines and Stereotypical Motor Activity."
Two-Year Award: $96,170

Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, M.D., Susan Bryson, Ph.D., Peter Szatmari, M.D., Wendy Roberts, M.D.
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada)
"Identifying Early Markers of Autism: A Longitudinal Study of Infant Siblings"
Two-Year Award: $99,993
First Year Research Partner: Autism Society of America Foundation

          Comment on 10 Long Blooming Plants You’ll Love by Patti Estep   
Hi Lesley, You are not odd at all. Collecting seeds it a great way to save money and grow flowers that you love the next season. My sister-in-law has the most beautiful spot of zinnias that she re-grows from seed every year. Cosmos are really pretty airy flowers. In fact, there is a beautiful chocolate one that I have my eye on. Enjoy your flowers and thanks for stopping by, Patti
          Reply #1436   
Keep an eye out for these, the stage is set. Lets see if they can find the 5 balls before the end of the weekend.
          How to Get Beautiful Catchlights   

Catchlights can make or break a portrait. For real. It’s the difference in seeing life, radiance, and sparkle in a photo, and dark under eye circles and lifeless eyes. It doesn’t require a ton of light to create great catchlights, just the right direction of light. What are Catchlights? Catchlights are the little reflection of the strongest light source in the eyes. If you are using a window for your light source, it may be the reflection of the window itself, it can be a sidewalk or a building reflecting light, or even a reflection of yourself wearing a white t-shirt. I have images where I can see myself in my subjects eyes taking a picture. Studio lights are easily pointed out in studio portraits as a large circle or rectangle reflected in the eyes. Learning to see catchlights is just the beginning of learning how to see light. And seeing light is opening the door to a whole world of learning to use it to shape the moods of your images. It’s really fascinating, risking sounding like a big dork. 😉 I spent a little time walking down memory lane to find some close ups of my kids to […]

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          Reply #1042   
If you ever watch the drawings, you will see something interesting if you pause it full-screen when the balls come up. We actually HAD a chance(if you call it that) at trips tonight. The balls that made it up the chutes in time were 9-7-1, but the balls that followed the winning balls were 7-0-7. Day was 6-1-1 which was followed up by a 0 in the 2nd position.....hmmmm, keep an eye on this in the future, clues in there? PS- Apparently Gail got new contacts as she did not have to squint to see the... [ More ]
          Facebook ücretsiz Wi-Fi özelliğini devreye aldı   
Dünyanın farklı noktalarında internet erişiminin genişlemesi adına çalışmalar yapan sosyal medya devi yakınlardaki ücretsiz Wi-Fi noktaları gösteren özelliğini açtı
          Ranking of celebrities whom you'd want as your little sister   

1: 動物園φ ★@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:21:12.88 ID:???
From male mynavinews subscribers

5. Mirei Kiritani - 4.8%

5. Satomi Ishihara - 4.8%

4. Kie Kitano - 5.7%

(3 up after the jump)

1: 動物園φ ★@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:21:12.88 ID:???
3. Becky - 7.0%

2. Haruka Ayase - 9.8%

1. Yui Aragaki - 10.5%

2 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:22:11.08

But isn't this something like
"talents whom you'd want your younger sister to introduce as friends?"
3 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:22:59.37

I don't get how people would want celebrities to be their younger sister in the first place. Are you planning on rummaging through their used underwear before it goes to the laundry?
9 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:24:39.98
But Becky's already an auntie
12 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:25:16.96

Becky would just be annoying. I'd just want to punch her.
15 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:25:33.46
なんで北乃きいが来たの? 違和感アリアリ。

No way that Becky's 3rd. And why is Kie Kitano even in there? This totally feels wrong.
21 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:26:58.75
Becky seems like she's desperately trying to hide that demon inside her, but she can't anymore
25 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:27:52.48 ID:WGsE/
But Becky's already 30...
37 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:31:00.72 ID:FT2/

No way for Becky. She'd most definitely hit you with a punch.
42 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:31:58.80
If Becky were your real sister then I think that on top of punching me, she wouldn't even talk to me for the rest of my life
47 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:32:58.92
No way to Becky, she's annoying
50 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:33:41.57
If Becky were my sister, not only will she not talk or listen to me, but she probably won't even have eye contact with me...
74 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:42:55.66
Becky's so powerful in rankings like this w
82 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:46:23.11
Becky seems like she's needlessly noisy so I'll pass on her.
133 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 20:13:08.68

Becky shows off her joy on Twitter. That's cute. I want to have her as a younger sister.
141 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 20:20:26.16

No way for Becky. People are annoyed with Becky, but she's in all these rankings. The way she's being pushed is just horrible.
147 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 20:22:16.09

Becky's definitely impossible for me since she's noisy. I'd have anyone of those other than Becky.
328 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/27(金) 02:46:19.23
The hate for Becky is more than I had imagined
330 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/27(金) 02:53:46.05
Even if they're cute, I'd kick them in the face if they were my younger sister
22 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:27:06.82
No, it has to be Kie Kitano from among these ones, right?
26 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:27:57.24

Kie Kitano? No way.
She's got a horrible personality.
81 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:46:13.30
I don't want to see my younger sister kissing someone in front of a love hotel with wet hair, and without even considering that other people are looking
95 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:50:54.08
It's too unnatural that the underexposed Kie Kitano is in this
281 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/27(金) 00:31:30.14 ID:fKzgU/
Kie Kitano in this list is soooo unnatural...
282 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/27(金) 00:32:01.00
Well, Kie-chan's an absolute angel so--
31 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:29:04.08
So why'd you want Gakky's as your younger sister?
32 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:29:08.50

If Gakky was my younger sister, I'd have her introduce me to Miku Ishida

41 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:31:34.20

I did think that I would want to have a younger sister like Gakky, but then I'd feel sorry for her when I imagine how she'd get bullied because of a brother like me, so I don't want to have one after all
51 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:33:46.22

Gakky would be nice.
She's cute.
106 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:55:33.52
Gakky, you're so cute, Gakky
112 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 20:00:49.17
Gakky's face on Ayase's body
115 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 20:02:02.99
But I wouldn't want Gakky who's this "sex toy" of a Jani-talent as my younger sister
189 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 21:34:09.54

But if Gakky were your sister, she'd just go "Hey you filthy thing, get outta my way!" and kick you aside
279 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/27(金) 00:07:05.60
It's been a while since we had a Gakky thread
337 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/27(金) 03:31:19.97
I think even Aragaki wouldn't want to still be called Gakky at this age
352 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/27(金) 05:06:20.01

If Gakky were my little sister, I'd auction off her panties, with a picture as proof.
55 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:35:58.74
So where's Nounen?
89 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:48:06.19
Nounen-chan and Riko Yoshida
123 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 20:07:37.06 ID:avsbn/
Hey, my Nounen-chan isn't in here
135 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 20:16:52.30

I always thought that Rena Nounen = younger sister. Has she disappeared?
322 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/27(金) 02:38:55.45

Should be Nounen, right?
Try imagining her telling you
"Oniichan, let's go take a bath".
Damn, so irresistible.
341 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/27(金) 04:18:42.33
I want Nounen-chan
33 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:29:14.93
新垣結衣 26歳
綾瀬はるか 29歳
ベッキー 30歳
石原さとみ 27歳
桐谷美玲 24歳

Yui Aragaki (26)
Haruka Ayase (29)
Becky (30)
Satomi Ishihara (27)
Mirei Kiritani (24)

38 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:31:07.66


I want to have them as my younger sister <3

by a 46- y/o

58 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/26(木) 19:37:22.32
1位 新垣結衣 10.5%  26歳
2位 綾瀬はるか 9.8%  29歳 ←
3位 ベッキー 7.0%  30歳 ←
4位 北乃きい 5.7%  23歳
5位 石原さとみ 4.8% 27歳 
5位 桐谷美玲 4.8%  24歳

Adele cancelled the fireworks on the Australia leg of her tour due to an accident that involved her four-year-old son Angelo. “Up until last night, we did have fireworks for you,” the 28-year-old singer told the crowd about the display, that was supposed to occur after singing “Set Fire ...
          Adele Cancels Concert Fireworks After Son Is Hit in the Eye by Debris   
Oh no! Adele's 4-year-old son Angelo got hit in the eye by debris while fireworks were tested during the singer's soundcheck for her concert in Perth, Australia Tuesday. As a...
          Reply #764   
Keep seeing series number 345 popping up today, which is mirror of that 809 last night. Jordan was seeing it, may be coming soon?

Watch as you have 3 quick return pairs now 89 09(Flip em' 86 06) possibly 01, even though 0 is stuck in the machine.

Keep an eye open
          Reply #653   
Glad you are doing better and hope it does help! Guessing you had an ESI this time around and yes, they can raise your BP as well (even outside of the stress beforehand), so keep an eye on it. Another way to lower your BP is to not play NCEL LOL
          Cleveland Indians Throw it Back to Negro League Buckeye Uniforms Once More   
The Tribe tip their cap to the Negro League Cleveland Buckeyes tonight.

Once again, the Cleveland Indians will pay tribute to the Cleveland Buckeyes of the Negro Leagues by rocking their suave jerseys. 

The Buckeyes played in Cleveland from 1942-1950 and earned one title in the process. 

The Tribe also wore these beauties back in May against Kansas City. 

The cherry on top tonight is the Tribe will wear these bad boys in Detroit as they take on Tigers at 7:15 p.m. tonight on FOX. 

          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.

          The Top Five Games of the YouTube Era   
Five games. Five Carmen Ohios.

2006: Ohio State vs. Michigan

The 2006 version of Ohio State against Michigan squaring off on the gridiron featured a bit of everything.

No. 1 vs. No. 2. Two undefeated teams with a Big Ten title on the line. A Heisman candidate in Troy Smith. It makes sense as to why this clash was entitled “The Game of the Century.”

That Team Up North took a 7-0 lead early in the first after running back Michael Hart punched it in from one yard out, but that would be the last time the Wolverines would hold an advantage on the scoreboard.

A combo of Smith and Beanie Wells carried the Buckeyes to 21 unanswered points, and propelled Ohio State to a 28-14 lead into halftime.

TTUN put up a fight in the second half in an attempt to crawl back into the game, but the Scarlet and Gray put the game away late on a Smith to Brian Robiskie connection with 5:38 remaining to put the Bucks up 42-31.

Ohio State went on to win 42-39, claim their first outright Big Ten title since 1984 and Smith solidified himself as the winner of the Heisman Trophy with a 316 yard, four touchdown performance.

But we’ll stop there because who wants to talk about the national championship game against Florida? I don't.

2011 Sugar Bowl: Ohio State vs. Arkansas (Vacated)

Down in New Orleans, the Buckeyes faced Ryan Mallett’s Arkansas Razorbacks in the first ever meeting between the programs. Ohio State entered the matchup just 10 days after “TattooGate” took Buckeye Nation by storm, making this game all the more important.

Led by Terrelle Pryor, the Scarlet and Gray got off to a hot start against the SEC squad, taking a 28-10 lead into the locker room after Arkansas notched a field goal as time expired in the first half. The second frame, however, was a different story.

After Buckeyes’ kicker Devin Barclay and Razorback’s kicker Zach Hocker traded 46-yard field goals to begin the third, Mallett found Jarius Wright in the endzone for six. After a successful two-point conversion, Ohio State’s lead was cut to 31-21 heading into the fourth quarter.

Following an Arkansas safety and another Hocker field goal, the Razorbacks found themselves down just five with 8:55 remaining in the game.

With 1:15 left, the Scarlet and Gray sent the punt team out to hopefully pin Arkansas back deep. The Razorbacks had other plans, though, as they blocked the kick to give themselves great field position at the Ohio State 18 yard line.

With everyone on the edge of their seats, Mallett dropped back on 2nd and 10 and fired a strike that found the hands of Ohio State’s Solomon Thomas, ultimately sealing the victory for the Buckeyes.

Ironically, Thomas was one of the five players suspended due to the tattoo scandal. But who cared at that moment, right?

2012: Ohio State at Wisconsin

Another great game of the YouTube era took place at Camp Randall back in 2012.

In the first season under Urban Meyer, Ohio State entered the clash with the Badgers boasting an undefeated record of 10-0 behind the arm of Braxton Miller. The Huber Heights, Ohio native struggled in this one, throwing for just 97 yards on 10 of 18 passing, but luckily he had Carlos Hyde in the backfield.

After Corey “Philly” Brown returned a punt 68 yards to the house late in the first quarter, Hyde punched in a score for six with over 11 minutes left in the half to give Ohio State a 14-0 lead. However, that would be cut to seven at the half after Wisconsin’s Montee Ball ran in for six later in the quarter to make it 14-7.

A scoreless third quarter set up a wild finish in Madison — and that’s exactly what fans got. With eight seconds remaining in the game, Badgers’ quarterback Curt Phillips found Jacob Pedersen in the end zone to tie the game at 14 to take the game into overtime.

Hyde scored his second touchdown of the game in the extra period, and after holding Wisconsin on defense and turning the ball over on downs, the Buckeyes escaped with a slim 21-14 victory to claim the Big Ten Leaders division title.

Additionally, Ohio State won the following week over TTUN to clinch just the sixth undefeated/untied season in school history.

2015 Sugar Bowl: Ohio State vs. Alabama

The first College Football Playoff. Bama. 12 Gauge. This game had it all, and I loved every second of it.

Ohio State took on the highly touted Crimson Tide in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and much like the 2011 Sugar Bowl, New Orleans was good to the Buckeyes.

After trailing 21-6, the Buckeyes scored 14 unanswered points with the help of Ezekiel Elliot and an Evan Spencer to Michael Thomas connection to cut the Tide’s lead to one into halftime.

Out of the locker room, the scoring continued for the Scarlet and Gray as Cardale Jones found Devin Smith down the sideline for a 47-yard touchdown to give Ohio State it’s first lead of the game.

With 3:21 left in the quarter, Steve Miller picked off Alabama’s Blake Sims and returned it to the house to put the Buckeyes up 34-21. But as I'm sure most of Buckeye Nation felt, this one was nowhere near over.

Sims ran in a score to cut the lead to six heading into the final quarter, and with just 3:24 remaining, Ohio State needed a big play to put this one away — and then, Zeke happened.

Elliot took a handoff from Jones 85 yards through the heart of the south and into the end zone to put Ohio State up 42-28. The Tide would try to spark a comeback, but it came to no avail, as the Buckeyes shocked the world with a win.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

2016: Ohio State vs. Michigan

I've seen many Ohio State football games in my 21 years of living. But being in attendance for the 2016 version of “The Game” will be a memory I will never forget.

The Buckeyes and TTUN entered Ohio Stadium completely in the picture for the College Football Playoff, and the winner would surely secure their spot in the four-team bracket.

After a scoreless first quarter and a Wolverine field goal early in the second, Malik Hooker intercepted Wilton Speight’s pass and returned it 16 yards to the end zone to create mayhem throughout Buckeye Nation as Ohio State led 7-3.

However, the offense struggled for most of the game from that point, as TTUN scored 14-unanswered points to lead 17-7 with 6:37 left in the third quarter.

A Mike Weber one-yard touchdown run later, the lead was cut to three heading into the final quarter. I had a headache from yelling and lost my voice by this point in the north end of the stadium, but I knew I had to give everything I had with 15 minutes left.

Both Ohio State and TTUN put on a defensive clinic in the final quarter as the clock ticked down to under a minute left.

The Buckeyes drove down the field and set up Tyler Durbin for a 23-yard field goal with just a second remaining. “It’s up, and it’s good. We are headed to overtime in the Shoe, ladies and gentlemen.”

The rivals traded touchdowns in the first extra period, and TTUN managed to put up a field goal in the second overtime.

Ohio State held possession, needing just a touchdown to earn another pair of gold pants. On a fourth-and-short, J.T. Barrett carried the ball for a vital first down that was inches from being a win for the Wolverines.

Yes, the ball was across the first down marker, Jim. Please control yourself on the sideline.

After a review of the spot that took 20 years off my life, the Buckeyes wasted no more time putting this game to bed.

Barrett handed the ball off to Curtis Samuel, who scampered 15 yards before iconically leaping into the end zone to once again create chaos in the Shoe.

The Buckeyes had won, fans rushed the field and Jim Harbaugh was sad. All was right with the world.

We will stop there because no one would like to discuss the Fiesta Bowl, and that’s fine with me.

Here’s to more memories made in the near and distant future for Ohio State football, and hopefully, plenty more YouTube highlights for Buckeye Nation to watch whenever needed.

P.S. Yes, I'm aware there are games such as the 2014 national championship and the 2014 Big Ten Championship that could be on this list. I think these five are better.

          Looming Large: Ohio State's Five Biggest Recruiting Battles for the Remainder of the 2018 Cycle   
It's shaping up to be an Urban Meyer/Tom Herman battle for five-star cornerback Anthony Cook.

There's still a long way until February, but Ohio State has already secured commitments from several top prospects from around the nation. It's a tall task to recruit at such an elite level, and the country's top-ranked 2018 class already features a handful of noteworthy victories over some of college football's top programs. 

Urban Meyer beat out Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles for five-star defensive tackle Taron Vincent and Teradja Mitchell – the nation's No. 2 inside linebacker. Notre Dame was in the same boat for Dallas Gant as was Oklahoma for Josh Proctor. USC was right up there on Jaiden Woodbey's list and five-star Georgia pass-rusher Brenton Cox spurned the in-state Bulldogs in favor of the Buckeyes.

Several other battles will wage on over the course of the next eight months, but right now we feel there are a handful that stand out above the rest. 

Anthony Cook • Cornerback • ★★★★★ • Biggest Threat: Texas

It's debatable at this point as to who exactly is Ohio State's top remaining cornerback target. It's also probably a moot point, however, as the staff is likely to take two more to complement Sevyn Banks

The Buckeyes signed Lone Star state prospects Jeffrey Okudah, Baron Browning, and J.K. Dobbins for the 2017 class, and all three are poised to make an impact as true freshmen. Tom Herman wasn't hired until November, so it's hardly fair to consider either one of them a real Meyer vs. Herman recruiting battle. 

Five-star cornerback Anthony Cook is a different case. 

The Houston (Lamar) defender is in the process of narrowing things down, and it's no doubt that the Buckeyes and Longhorns likely top his list. The nation's No. 2 corner will enroll early and a decision is expected sometime before November. The aforementioned Okudah is a close friend, but Cook's current teammate – 2018 wideout Al'Vonte Woodard – is expected to commit to Texas in just two weeks.

Tyson Campbell • Cornerback • ★★★★ • Biggest Threat: Miami

Out of all the prospects on the list, this one may be the toughest pull. The Buckeyes may very well be out in front right now for American Heritage cornerback Tyson Campbell, but the 6-foot-2.5, 180-pound corner resides less than an hour from Coral Gables and will surely be on Miami's campus multiple times between now and signing day. 

The Hurricanes do already have four cornerbacks committed, but Campbell is a player that any team in the country would find room for. Teammate Nesta Silvera has already pledged to Mark Richt, but four-star defensive end Andrew Chatfieldanother member of a loaded Heritage roster – has sided with Urban Meyer.

There's a long way to go with this one and Nick Saban is also involved, but we expect this recruitment to come down to the Buckeyes and Hurricanes.

Micah Parsons & Jayson Oweh • Defensive Ends • ★★★★/★ • Threat: Penn State

Ohio State's defensive line class is already off to an incredible start with commitments from the nation's top defensive tackle and one of the top pass-rushers. The Buckeyes are set to lose a number of starters following the 2017 season, and this is likely the most important unit to address. 

James Franklin and Co. aren't going to go down without a fight for two of America's best defensive ends. Micah Parsons backed off of his Penn State pledge in April, and while Ohio State is in a great spot, it's probably too early to pencil him into the class. It's been rumored that distance from home could be a factor, and though a number of SEC visits are in the works, the five-star still seems likely to wind up in Big Ten country. 

Jayson Oweh – the nation's No. 10 defensive end – may have more upside than any other player in the country. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder has only played organized football for one year, and Larry Johnson seems to be a huge fan of the four-star from Blairstown, New Jersey. Penn State appeared to have the upper hand through the spring, but a visit to Columbus for the June 9th camp has put the Buckeyes right at the top. 

Ohio State may run into a bit of a numbers crunch at defensive end, but it's reasonable to expect at least one of these two to ultimately side with the Buckeyes.

Jeremy Ruckert • Tight End • ★★★★ • Biggest Threat: Michigan

We've long talked about Jeremy Ruckert's status as one of the top overall targets for the 2018 class, and as a commitment inches closer, nothing has happened to change that. 

The Buckeyes have been out in front for some time now, but anytime the other school is Jim Harbaugh's Wolverines, then the battle is that much more important. Michigan has shown how much it loves to use its tight ends, and the Maize and Blue is still lurking as a threat for the Lindenhurst, New York star.

Reports out of Beaverton have been extremely positive thus far, and there's already some discussion that the 6-foot-5.5, 238-pounder could potentially earn his fifth star. Ruckert – who checks in as the country's No. 75 prospect – has been the focal point of Ohio State's tight end recruiting for just about an entire calendar year.

A decision is expected this summer.

L'Christian Smith • Wide Receiver • ★★★★ • Biggest Threat: Kentucky

Regardless of where Blue Smith falls on Ohio State's board at receiver, it's become pretty clear that Urban Meyer has every intention of signing the state's most gifted athlete. Kentucky appeared to surge a bit throughout the spring, and while the Wildcats are certainly still in the running, the Buckeyes look like the favorites here. 

“It's two completely different places,” Smith said, explaining how things are a little more personable and relaxed in Lexington in terms of fan engagement and his relationship with the staff. “Ohio State is more of a business. They are really detailed with what they do and the players that they get.” Via

Smith had been planning to make an announcement in July, but that timeline has been pushed back to late August. Could that bode well for the Wildcats? It's certainly possible, and Kentucky has had some major success in Ohio lately; albeit for prospects that don't have Buckeye offers.

But this doesn't look like one that Meyer is going to let get away.

          New Goods! Hats, Playing Cards, Magnets, Stickers and More!   
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We also have new 11W merch, including a beautiful set of playing cards and our first ever magnet (how do they work?).

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Be sure to check out all of the new gear on Eleven Warriors Dry Goods. And if you've made it this far, use coupon code #FREEDOM for free shipping through the 4th of July.

          Skull Session: Buckeyes Intern, Mark Dantonio Researches Millennials, and Purdue Made a Good Hire Now What   
Jerome Baker returns the July 1 2017 Skull Session

Today's dispatch hails from the sandy banks of the Ohio River in the Derby City, baby! Looking to drink bourbon, gamble on ponies, and not pass out at 3:30 a.m. in a bar that's open 'til 4 for some reason.

Any Cardinal or Wildcat fans are free to meet me outside the KFC Yum! Center this afternoon for an ass kicking. (That includes you too, Rick Pitino! A video of a weeping, purple-faced Pitino hollering "Uncle!" would do over a million views.)

I'll be the transient-lookin' fella in full Buckeye regalia dual-wielding bottles of cheap Everclear with a freaked Black & Mild dangling from my lips.

Until then, let's watch Billy Price bulldoze a Michigan Man.

From's Lance Zierlein (turn sound on for analysis):


Word of the Day: Cairn.

 MEET THE INTERNS. All elite football programs preach the importance of academics in recruiting. For some schools, though, talk is all it ever amounts to.

Not at Ohio State, where Urban Meyer has spearheaded "Real Life Wednesdays," a program which has turned into a massive tool on the recruiting trail. 

On top of that, Meyer's program works with corporations and institutions to land career-defining institutions for the leaders of his team.

From Urban Meyer's Twitter account, Chris Worley shooting the Memorial Tournament with 10TV:

Chris Worley at 10TV
Chris Worley at 10TV.

Billy Price and the world's smallest couch: 

Billy Price at Mast Global
Billy Price at Mast Global.

Looks like Tyquan Lewis plans to terrorize criminals when he retires from terrorizing quarterbacks:

Tyquan Lewis, FBI
Tyquan Lewis at the FBI.

Meet future Nike CEO Terry McLaurin, who's coaching at the The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Oregon: 

Terry McLaurin at Nike
Terry McLaurin at Nike

Stuff like this won't get the #clicks compared to an article on Dublin police apprehending two rogue pissers, but they help keep the hot #take artists from putting Ohio State football into their trash articles. So that's nice.

 THE MILLENNIAL QUESTION. If some Baby Boomers had their way, America would only use Millennials to harvest their blood.

Michigan State coach Mike D'antoni Mark Dantonio doesn't have that option, for at least a few more years. He needs that Millennial life-force to pad his bank account with an extra ~4.3 million dollars this fall.

Thankfully for Spartan fans, Dantonio understands an entire generation now thanks to a 15 minute video he saw on the internet.


Earlier this year, I was sitting in on a speaking session featuring Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio. If memory serves me right, it was at the AFCA convention in Nashville where he was on a panel of coaches talking about discipline, or perhaps it was at the annual Michigan HS Coaches association convention.

In either instance, I distinctly remember him saying that everyone who works with millennials (widely defined as people born in 1984 or after) needs to Google “Millennial video” and watch it. I remember jotting it down at the time, along with a number of other things he said, with the intention of tracking down that video later. I knew I had seen the video Dantonio was referring to before, and noted that it was a message that should be shared with all coaches, since we’re all working with (and some of us are members of) the millennial generation.

With out further ado, the video in question:

I would like to thank this guy for giving me an excuse next time Whitney chastises me for checking Slack while at dinner.

Baby, blogging about the local team is an addiction, which is a synonym for disease. You wouldn't tut tut somebody for taking cancer medications at the dinner table, right? Exactly.

 BOILER UP? Don't look now, but Purdue is on the ascension in that it convinced a Western Kentucky coach a move to West Lafayette would be a promotion.

Enter former XFL quarterback Jeff Brohm, who inherits the smoking remains of the Darrell Hazell era. 

From Bill Connelly of

Brohm doesn’t inherit a senior-heavy squad. That’s a plus. Granted, seniors could make up about half of the defense, but the odds are good that whoever emerges will return in 2018.

This might not be a full-fledged Year Zero situation, in which the smartest thing to do is strip the house to the studs and start over. Brohm might be able to get mileage out of Blough and some new skill guys, and maybe there’s enough in the defensive front seven to keep the Boilers in games.

Still, the schedule doesn’t include many likely wins, even for a slightly improved team. The Boilermakers will probably beat Ohio and could hope to split tossup games against Rutgers and Illinois and maybe steal an upset against a Missouri or Minnesota or Nebraska or Indiana. But 2017 will be mostly about planting seeds.

I would say it'd be hilarious to see the Boilermakers raise hell in the West, but I still haven't recovered from that hangover I suffered on Iuka Avenue in October 2009 while watching Terrelle Pryor turn the ball over five times in West Lafayette. I hope they lose every game this year.

 HOLTMANN CLEANING HOUSE? Not even a month on the job and new Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann has already signed one new player and seen two of Thad Matta's recruits leave town.

It seems like he's pretty efficiently getting his guys in and the old guys out, which is exactly how Holtmann does it, claims Max Landis, Holtmann's first-ever recruit.

Holtmann's not going to have to wait long to fill his team with his own recruits. After next season, he'll have seven open scholarships to fill however his heart desires.

 BOUT DAMN TIME. Breaking news: The NCAA is considering doing something humane and just for the student-athletes it claims to look out for.

From (via 11W member Hetuck):

When it comes to college athlete transfers, the National Collegiate Athletic Association may be on the cusp of—finally—doing something right. Earlier this week, the Division I Council Transfer Working Group announced that it's considering altering current rules that limit the ability of players to move from one school to another. The most notable rules up for consideration include those:

  • Requiring athletes to get permission from their current schools to speak with other schools;
  • Barring those athletes from receiving a scholarship from their new school without first getting said permission.

Changes to both rules—and by changes, I mean scrapping them completely—are long overdue. As is, they are arbitrary, capricious, and philosophically absurd, giving coaches and athletic departments undue, unearned power over unpaid students seeking a better situation elsewhere.

Shame it will come to late to help Antwuan Jackson this cycle, though.

 THOSE WMDs. 10-year-old's penpal: General Manuel Noriega... Netflix now helping cops solve cold cases... The man who spent 35 years in prison without trial... The cryptocurrency prophet.

          Forward Derek Funderburk Dismissed From Ohio State Basketball Team, Guard Braxton Beverly Granted Release   
Derek Funderburk has been dismissed from the Ohio State basketball team.

The Ohio State basketball team's already small roster just got even smaller.

Incoming freshman guard Braxton Beverly has been granted a release from the program and redshirt freshman forward Derek Funderburk has been dismissed from the program for "failure to meet team expectations," according to a press release sent by a team spokesman.

Beverly's request for a release is not atypical after a coaching change. Earlier this month, Ohio State was on the other end of a similar situation involving recent signee Kyle Young. A Butler signee, Young was granted a release and signed with the Buckeyes, following head coach Chris Holtmann from Butler to Ohio State.

Beverly thanked Thad Matta, the man who recruited him to Ohio State, and Buckeye athletic director Gene Smith on Twitter:

Zach Fleer of 270 Hoops reports that Beverly is heading to NC State.

Funderburk was suspended by new Holtmann earlier this month for the same reason. Though the team never specified the length of the suspension, they said it would be "determined internally."

Neither player ever played a game for the Buckeyes as Beverly was a member of the 2017 recruiting class and Funderburk, a member of the 2016 class, redshirted his freshman season at Ohio State.

The Buckeyes are now down to just nine players for the upcoming season, including former walk-on guard Joey Lane, who is now on scholarship.

          2018 Cleveland Heights Four-Star Defensive End Tyreke Smith Includes Ohio State in Top 5   

Cleveland Heights four-star defensive end Tyreke Smith made headlines for his choice of apparel during Ohio State's one-day camp earlier this month. And while the responses to his message varied, all of Buckeye Nation can certainly get on board with the visor he wore for check-in this afternoon at The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Oregon.

Shortly after he arrived, Smith announced his Top 5 schools on Twitter, listing Ohio State alongside Alabama, Oregon, Penn State and USC.

"The relationship I have with coach [Larry] Johnson and coach Meyer [stand out about the Buckeyes]," Smith told Eleven Warriors. "He's a great coach and a great person. We have a good relationship. That's my guy."

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Smith is considered the fourth-best weak-side defensive end and No. 107 prospect overall in the Class of 2018. He had never played a down of high school football before last season, but the athleticism he showed on the basketball court caught the attention of a number of college coaches from across the country. He came onto Ohio State's radar during a one-day position camp last June, and the two sides started to build a relationship thereafter.

Smith attended two games last fall, including the Buckeyes' double-overtime win over Michigan. He finally earned an offer in late January and has been a regular on campus since, with the camp visit marking his fourth trip to Ohio State in as many months. 

Though he hasn't set a decision date, one is expected before the end of the summer. Smith plans to visit Los Angeles in the next few weeks before a potential return to Columbus for Friday Night Lights on July 21.

          10 nisan çarşamba, hatim   
 “Asra yemin olsun ki hiç şüphesiz insan hüsran (zarar)dadır. Ancak inanıp salih amel işleyenler, birbirlerine hakkı ve sabırlı olmayı tavsiye edenler bunun dışındadır.” (Asr, 1-3)

Eğer Kur'an'ı fıkhetmeye yeterince vakit ayırmıyor ve amellerimizi sahih kaynaklarımıza göre düzenlemiyorsak boşa kürek çekiyoruzdur. Farz olan ilimleri boşladıktan sonra "kültür" diye çağın bize dayattığı batıl uğraşların herbiri, onlara ayrılan herbir dakika birer vebaldir. Ve bunların hesabını Allah'a (svt) vereceğiz. Bu gerçeğin farkında gaflete kapılmadan yaşamak ve Allah'ın razı olduğu bir hal üzere ölmek hepimize nasip olur inşallah. amin.

“Rabbin hakkı için biz, mutlaka onların hepsini yaptıklarından dolayı hesaba çekeceğiz.” (Hicr, 92-93)

"Kime kitabı sağından verilirse, Hesabı çok kolay bir şekilde görülecek" (İnşikak 7-8)

Allah’ın Resûlü (s.a.v.) buyuruyor “Kıyâmet günü hiç kimse beş şeyin hesabını vermeden bir yere kıpırdayamaz:
1. Ömrünü nerelerde tükettiği,
2. Gençliğini nerelerde geçirdiği,
3. Malını nerelerden kazandığı,
4. Malını nerelere harcadığı,
5. İlmiyle ne tür ameller işlediği.” (Tirmizî ) 

          mü'minlerin yolu   
Abdullah İbn Mes'ud (radiyallahu anhu) derdi ki:
" Ey insanlar..!
Sizden kim bir sünneti -yolu- izleyecekse, ölenlerin yolunu izlesin. Zira hayatta olanların fitneye uğramasından emin olunmaz. Onlar Allah'ın Rasul'ünün (salallahu aleyhi ve sellem) ashabıdır.Onlar; bu ümmetin kalben en temiz olanları,ilmen en derin olanları ve yapmacıklıkta en az olanlarıydı.
Onlar öyle bir kavimdi ki; Allah, onları Rasulü'nün(salallahu aleyhi ve sellem) dostluğu ve dininin ikame edilmesi için seçti ve onları kendilerinden sonra  gelenlere üstün kıldı. Öyleyse siz de onların faziletlerini bilin ve onların izine uyun onların ahlaklarından ve üzerinde oldukları dine güç yetirebildiğiniz kadar uyun! Bilin ki onlar dosdoğru bir hidayet üzereydiler.."
İbn Abdilber, Camiu Beyani'l-İlmi ve Fadlihi: c.2,s.97
İbn Teymiyye, Der'u Tearudi'l-Akli ve'n-Nakl:c.5,s.69

          özbek esirler...   


Özbekistan'da bir cezaevindeki Müslüman Kadın mahkumlardan gelen mektup: "Kardeşlerim sesimizi bütün Müslümanlara duyurun !"

Shamil-Online editörüne bugün (13.Temmuz.Çarşamba) sabah Özbekistan kukla yönetimi Karimov rejimi tarafından tutuklanarak cezaevlerinde zulüm gören Müslüman kız kardeşlerimizin durumunu anlatan bir mektup ulaştırıldı.
Mektubu Shamil-Online web sitemize ulaştıran kardeşimiz şöyle diyor:
«Selam aleykum kardeşim. Bu mektup bize Özbekistanda ceza evinde zulüm gören bacılarımız tarafından ulaştırıldı ve bu mektuplardan daha bir kaç tane daha var. İnşaallah bacılar istiyorlar bu mektupları yayınlayın ve Ümmet bizim halimizi görsün ve bize yardım etsin» diyorlar.

Size gönderdiğim bu mektup Özbekistan kadınlar cezaevinde yazıldı ve dışarıya gönderildi.
Kadinlar hapishanesinden İslam Karimov yani ( Özbekistan Cumhurbaşkani diktatör Gestapo rejimini belirtmekte istiyoruz) bu diktator hükümetinin bu müthiş azabhanade bugun 25 Müsliman kadın Rabbim Allah dedikleri icin perişan halde ve işkence altında gün geçirmekteler..
Bunlar normal mahkum degiller bunlar için Karimov'un söylediklerine göre ve verdigi açiklamalara göre «bizim kadınlarla hiç bir problemimiz yok demişdi ama bu Müslimanların anlattıklerine göre «bizler normal mahkumlar deyiliz... her kes için normalde af çıkarılsa da ve bütün kim varsa tahliya olsa da bunlar için afda yok veya tahliye olmalarının hiç mümkünatı da yoktur.. bunlar için azab şiddet,işkence ve tecavüz yapılmaktadır..»
Bunlar elimize cezaevinden gönderdikleri mektupta şöyle sesleniyorlar !
* * *
Bismillahi Rahmanir Rahim.
Assalamu Aleykum kardeşlerim !
ilk once sizlerin hepinizin bütün Müslüman Ümettinin mübarek ayı Ramazan ayınızı tebrik ediyoruz  ve cahiliyetten kurtulan kardeşlerimizin ahirette de nurlu bir hayat yaşamasını ümid ediyorum.
Rabbimiz olan Allah bütün iman eden kullarını mustaqim yolundan ayrılmamamız için bizlere kuvvet tavfik versin.
Mümineler (Kadın Müslümanlar) yaradan Allah'a iman getirdikleri icin her türlü şiddet ve fiziki güce maruz kalmakta dövülerek cezaevlerinde katledilmektedir.
Biz ise Allah'ın dinine düşmanlık edenleri sadece Allah'a havale ediyoruz gücümüz cezaevinde bu kadar. Yüce Allah bilici ve görücüdür.

Sevgili dindaş kardeşlerim !
Bu maktubi size Özbekistan Müslümanları yollamaktadir.
Bu mektubu isterseniz beyan diye kabul edin veya isterseniz bir müracaat olarak kabul edin.
Bizim maksadımız elerinde az bir imkanı olan varsa veya baska bir sekilde olsun sesimizi duyursun. Erkek kardeşlerimizin namus meselesidir. Allah aşkına Kız kardeşlerinizi bu çirkin sistemin ve bu rejimin kafirlerinin ellerinde rezil olmamızı hiç birinizin istemediginizi ve bir şekilde yardım edeceginizin ümidindeyiz !

Su an kovusta toplam 25 Müslüman kadın bulunmaktayiz.
Bunlardan 17'si Sunni insha'Allah: Peygemberimiz Muhammad'in (s.a.v) Sünnetinde bir oldumuz için ve Sünneti Rasulullaha amel ettiğimiz için burada birlik olmaktayız.
Buradaki rejimin sistemini düzenleyen (ÖZBEKISTAN CEZA KANUNUNA GORE 159-maddesi) hepimize diğer mahkümlardan farklı muamele yapılıyor ve çok agir ve sert şartlarda bize  davranilir.
50 yaşından büyük olmasına bakmayarak kışın soğuk günlerde bile veya yazın en sıcak günlerinde iş olsa da olmasa da hergün sabah 06:00 kaldırıp değişik ve ağır işlerde bizi çalıştırırlar. Burada bu şekilde çalıştırılmaktan hepimiz çeşitli hastalıklara yakalandık ve bir kısmımız hala hasta.
Etibar isimli bir kadın Müslüman kendisi 45 yaşında böbrek kanseri hastalığına yakalandı. Bu Müslüman kadın kardeşimiz hastaneye götürüldü fakat ertesi gün geri gönderildi. Sebebi de 159.maddeden mahkum olması.
Adina isimli bir başka Müslüman ablamız 41 yaşında. Bu ablamızın sürekli ateşi yükselir. Hastaneye tedavi için gönderildi fakat analiz yaptığını söyleyen Karimov rejimi doktoru bir şeyi yok dedi ve cezaevine geri gönderildi.
Hastanede çalışan doktorlar olsun veya hastane müdürü olsun herkes 159.maddeden cezaevinde hapis yatanlara yardım ediyor diye şikayet edilmekten korkuyor ve rejim ile başlarının derde girmemesi için gelen hastayı hemen cezaevine geri gönderiyor. 
Ayrıca Özbekistan'da cezaevinde Dini kitapların hiç birine izin verilmiyor. Ellerimizdek Kur'an Kerim'ler toplandı Kur'an'ı Kerim'i legal olmayan yollardan içeri sokmaya sokmaya çalışırken yakalanırsa cezası ağırdır ve bunun resmi müdürü yok diye geri alınır. zaten legal yani resmi yollar bizim için kapalıdır. Fakat normal de İslama zıd olan ne kadar neşriyat varsa göz yumulur ve legal olmayan yolda olsa rejim görmezden gelir. Kısaca Dinimize zıd olan herşeyi bulmak çok kolaydır.
Bu sistemde çalışan rejimin adamları bizim için legal olsun olmasın İslam hakkında bir şey söyler ve sisteme karşı gelerek seslenirse tamam en ağır işkence ve fiziki eziyet başlıyor demektir. Cezaevinde boş bir odaya alıp götürürler ve o oda içinnde yapmadiklari işkence kalmaz. Elbiseleri tamam çıkartılır ve oturup kalkmasını isterler ve her türlü fiziki işkenceler yapılarak tecavüz ederler.
Biraz sesimizi yükseltirip kendi haklarımızı istemeye,talep etmeye çalışırsak sisteme karşı geliyor sistemi taciz ediyor diye hücreye götürüp her türlü işkence yapmaya günlerce devam ederler.
21 yaşında Mukaddas isimli kız kardeşimiz var onu cezaevi müdürlügü çagirdi ve ona «bunlardan vazgeç sen onların arasına girme daha gençsin» diyerek onu kandırmaya çalıştılar. «Sana çok üzülüyoruz daha gençsin ve eğer dediklerimiz yaparsan en kısa zamanda seni evine göndereceğiz» demişler. Fakat sonra kır kardeşimizden «Hayır» cevabını duyunca ona çok üzülen ve en kısa zamanda evine gönderecek olan cezaevi rejimi onu sisteme karşı geldi diye 5 kez hücreye gönderdi ve değişik işkenceler ile acı çektirdi. Kız kardeşimiz zaten midesinden ve böbreklerinden hasta idi ve vücudunun kemikleri görünecek kadar da zayıftır fakat burada kimse bize sahip çıkmaz. Sahip çıkacaklara da içeri ile irtibat sağlamasına engel konulur.
Evet benim Din Kardeşlerim, söylersem daha çok şeyler var söylenecek bize burada böyle zulüm edilmektedir. Kadın Müslüman tutukluların 17 yaşından küçük yada yaşlı olduğuna bakılmaksızın tek suçumuz  «Dinimiz İslam» dediğimiz için bizi buraya mühürleyip hapsettiler. Aftan faydalanmayalım diye de hakkımızda çeşitli asılsız suçlar icad etmekteler.
Belki bu mektubum elinize ulaşırsa Mü'min ve Müslüman kardeşlerim birleşir ve Allah'ın inayeti ile özgürlüğümüzü kazanıp ailelerimize kavuşmamız için bize yardımcı olun insh'Allah.
Assalamu Aleykum va Rahmatullah!

Size ne oluyor da, Allah yolunda ve, “Ey Rabbimiz! Bizleri halkı zalim olan şu memleketten çıkar, katından bize bir dost ver, bize katından bir yardımcı ver” diye yalvarıp duran zayıf ve zavallı erkekler, kadınlar ve çocukların uğrunda savaşa çıkmıyorsunuz? nisa 75

İman edip hicret eden ve Allah yolunda mallarıyla, canlarıyla cihad edenler ve (muhacirleri) barındırıp (onlara) yardım edenler var ya, işte onlar birbirlerinin velileridir. İman edip hicret etmeyenlere gelince, hicret edinceye kadar, onların velayetleri size ait değildir. Eğer din konusunda sizden yardım isterlerse, sizinle aralarında sözleşme bulunan bir kavme karşı olmadıkça, yardım etmek üzerinize borçtur. Allah, yaptıklarınızı hakkıyla görendir. 
Kâfir olanlar bile birbirinin yardımcılarıdır. Eğer siz bunu yapmazsanız yer yüzünde bir fitne ve büyük fesâd olur. Enfal 72-73

bu ayetler özelde mustazaflarla ilgili hükmü bildiren cihad ayetleri. Sadece şunun üzerinde düşünülmesi müslümanın arında boğulmasına sebep olacaktır "Kâfir olanlar bile birbirinin yardımcılarıdır." yaptıkları küfürlerini ve ateşteki yerlerini derinleştirmekten başka bir şey olmayan kafirlerin, İslam'ı yok etmek için nasıl da birbirlerini kolladıklarını görmüyor muyuz?Aralarındaki bütün anlaşmazlık ve düşmanlıklara rağmen nasıl işbirliği içindeler?

Hendek'te Resulullah'ın(sav) devleti Medine'yi, Kureyş öncülüğünde Beni Süleym,Gatafan,Fezare, Sa'd, Esedoğulları birlik olup kuşattılar -ki aralarında hiçbir çıkar birliği yoktu İslamı yoketmekten başka-
Haçlı seferlerini hatırla... niçin birleştiler...Osmanlı'ya karşı Balkan ittifakını hatırla...hatırlamıyor musun dön ve Afganistan'a bak kaç devlet ne için kıtalarötesinde terör estiriyor...Somali'ye bak Afrika birliği kaç ülke birlik olmuş mücahidlerle savaşıyor...Mali'ye bak nasıl BM mücahidlere ve devletlerine karşı birlik olmak için çağrı yapıyor...Yemen'de niye ABD askerleri elin Yemen ordusunu mücahidlere karşı eğitiyor predatorlerle zulüm yağdırıyor. Suud niye mücahidleri bombalıyor...Irak'ta neler dönüyor...Suriye'ye bak küçük bir azınlık olan Nusayriler ve İran nasıl da birlik olmuşlar... ve görünürde hiçbir ortak yönleri olmayan Çin Rusya ne için müslümanları katlediyor...budist kasaplar hangi cesaretle kardeşlerimizi katlediyorlar...

Küfür tek millettir kardeşim, onlar bile tek millet olmuş saf bağlamış savaşıyorlar, sen otur ve zillete boyun eğ, Allah'ın tüm tehditlerine, müjdelerine rağmen otur ve şerefsizliğe boyun eğ... sonra da İslam olduğunu söyle... dünya'nın her yerinde müslümanlar katledilecek,bebekler boğazlanacak namuslar kirletilecek ve sen sadece biriz birdeniz kardeşiz sloganları atarak islam olacaksın öyle mi? önce kimle kardeş olduğunu öğrenerek işe başla, dostunu düşmanını kardeşini bil ve yalnız Allah (svt) için dostluk kardeşlik yap ve yine yalnız O'nun için bu dinin düşmanlarına düşmanlık yap.Kafirlerle, kardeşlerinle saf tutarak savaş ve Allah'ın sevgisini kendinden mahrum etme.

Şüphe yok ki Allah, kendi yolunda, yanyana, kurşunla kenetlenip kurulmuş bir duvar gibi saf kurarak savaşanları sever. Saff-4



          Episode 24.0: "On Crack, With More Lizards"   
The World Series ends, yet the podcast just keeps on chugging along. In this episode, Jason and I discuss the World Series, and more importantly, talk about the potential futures of the two participants, with a special eye on what the next few years might hold for Josh Hamilton. Then we talk about baseball that's still being played, with an eye towards the Arizona Fall League and in-depth discussions of six of our favorite (for one reason or another) players there. After a two week hiatus, our Not manager returns as Not Ron Washington talks about the World Series and then in the first time in podcast history, our musical guest actually joins the podcast with a special appearance by Rob Warmowski of The Defoliants, who amongst things, now blogs about baseball over at Can't Stop The Bleeding. Then it's the usual end-game stuff with what we're drinking and an update on our mental states. As always, we hope you enjoy.
          Üniversiteye Yeni Başlayacaklara Tavsiyeler   
Üniversite yılları bir insanın yaşam süresi içerisinde belki de en güzel, en eğlenceli yıllarıdır. Üniversite eğitiminin ilk gününden son gününe kadar bu kıymetli günlerin değerini bilmek ve dolu dolu geçirmek gerekir. Birçok genç, üniversite eğitimini yaşadıkları il dışında geçirmek isterler. Bu istek gerçeğe dönüştüğünde ilk zamanlar biraz üzücü olabilir. Aile ve memleket hasreti basabilir. Yalnız […]
          Jewelry Tutorial - .PDF Format - Wire Wrap Taxidermy Glass Eye Pendant Instructional Lesson by Nixcreations   

19.99 USD

This wire wrap jewelry tutorial is in .pdf format in which is downloadable after purchase. This tutorial features 52 images and detailed instructions.This tutorial covers how to wire wrap the glass eyes that I make and can also be used with glass cabochons.


The best size of eyes to use is 16mm. You can use smaller or larger glass cabs, depending how large you want your pendants. When using 16mm taxidermy eyes, your pendants will measure aprox 1.25 x 2 inches.


          MADE TO ORDER - Zombie Eye Pendant - Silver Wire Wrap Human Eyeball Jewelry with Necklace by Nixcreations   

74.99 USD

This pendant is made to order. Due to the handmade nature... the resulting pendant will be very very close but still one of a kind.

This pendant is wire wrapped with nontarnishing shiny silver wire. The glass eye was also personally made. Accented with silver beads and green spiked glass beads. This evil eye pendant is to surely ward off evil. You would be the only person in the world with this pendant and is handcrafted by Matthew Nix... (me).

This pendant measures 2 x 2.25 inches

This pendant comes with an adjustable black satin cord necklace. It can be adjusted from a choker or 24 inches.

This is a one of a kind pendant.

Comes in a signed gift box

Thank you for checking out my unique glass eye and mixed media pendants.

          Unseasonable Winter Weather Takes A Bite Out Of Georgia's Peach Crop   
Despite a bad growing season, there were peaches for sale recently at a small stand at the Mulberry Farmer's Market in Macon, Ga. The fruit caught the eye of Linda Marlow, visiting from the West Coast. "We're from California so we want Georgia peaches," Marlow said with a laugh. California, by the way, produces more peaches than other state in the country. It isn't like this is a novelty for Marlow. "Well yeah, but we expect they are going to be better here," Marlow said. For a lot of people up and down the East Coast, Georgia is synonymous with peaches. Think about it; when have you ever heard someone wax poetic about a California peach? Turns out, though, Georgia peaches, and Southern peaches in general, are having a really tough year. Mark Sanchez is the CEO of Lane Packing in Fort Valley, Ga. It's one of the big growers in the four county area smack in the middle of Georgia where peaches come from. His office by the loading dock is in fact in Peach County. He says climate is the
          İstanbul Sohbet   
İstanbul Sohbet Sanal sohbet etmek yaşadığımız bu dönemlerde sıkça karşılaştığımız ve duyduğumuz alışkanlıklardan bir tanesidir. Peki İstanbul Sohbet odaları ve kanallarına nasıl girerim? İnsanların kendi yakın çevresinde olan tanımadığı kişilerle arkadaş olmak istemesi, yeni bir sosyal çevreye sahip olma isteğinden olsa gerek bu alışkanlığımız başta sosyal medya siteleri olmak üzere sanal bir sohbet imkanı sunan...
          Bavul Hazırlamanın Püf Noktaları   
Bavul Hazırlamanın Püf Noktaları: Nihayet kış aylarını bitirdik ve güneş artık iyiden iyiye kendisini bizlere hissettirmeye başladı. Peki güneş demek ne demek? Evet doğru tahmin ettiniz “Tatil” ayları artık bize çok yakın. Tatile çıkarken en çok emek verilen durumlardan bir tanesidir bavul hazırlamak ve bu işi tabiki de genellikle kadınlar üstlenir. Nedir bavul hazırlamanın püf...
          Experienced General Manager- London - Fun, funky expanding conc   
Experienced General Manager needed to join cool, funky expanding casual restaurant. Are you a self-driven General Manager seeking an opportunity to join creative, funky restaurant that is expanding quickly? Are you a general Manager that has an eye for detail and a passion for developing your team? Are you a General Manager that ...
          Sizzling Summertime Steaks   
4 T-bone or Rib Eye steaks
Garlic powder to taste
1 cup green pepper, chopped
1 cup Spanish onion, sliced
6 green onions, chopped
1-8 ounce bottle Italian dressing
Black pepper, freshly ground

Place steaks in a large baking dish; sprinkle steaks with garlic powder, green peppers, Spanish onion, green onions, Italian dressing and black pepper.

Cover steaks with plastic wrap and marinate at room temperature for 8-12 hours. Remove marinade with the onions and green peppers to a large piece of aluminum foil; seal edges tightly. Place steaks on a slow grill along with the foil wrapped marinade mixture. Grill until onions and green peppers are tender and steaks are cooked to desired doneness.

Serve steaks with cooked marinade mixture as a condiment along with your favorite steak sauce. Enjoy a sizzling summertime cookout. Yield: 4 servings

Recipe comes from Michael Johnson owner of My Daddy's Bar-B-Q, Carlsbad, New Mexico.
          Lemon Cheesecake Shortbread Bars at Weekend Potluck #280    
Good morning and Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a wonderful week! Today is Weekend Potluck and we have some delicious recipes to share with you!!! Lemon Cheesecake Shortbread Bars took the top spot this week for the most viewed recipe!!! 

Our other features include, 🍨 Ghiraridelli Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches and 🍑 Homemade Peach Ice (just in time for summer). This weeks featured hostess is Served up with Love and she's sharing her recipe for Easy Baked Beans.  

New to Weekend Potluck? Here's a little run down! Weekend Potluck is a place where each week bloggers come to share and link up their favorite recipes! Every Friday we highlight the most viewed recipe from the previous week, recipes that caught our eye and a new potluck for the current week. 

When you scroll down to the bottom of this post, you'll see thumbnail photos of recipes shared from several food bloggers.  The recipe with the most "views" this week will be our top featured recipe for next week, so make sure to show some love to all your favorites. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. To get the recipes just click the recipe title under the photos to be taken to each recipe.  

 The Recipe with the Most Views  
Lemon Cheesecake Shortbread Bars  by Don't Sweat the Recipe 

 Recipes that caught our eye 
Ghirardelli Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Dad Whats For Dinner

Homemade Peach Ice Cream by My Fearless Kitchen

❤ Featured Hostess Recipe 
Easy Baked Beans by Served up with Love 

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          La garde robe Dacron 70   

A really pretty peasant/folkwear inspired collection by Dacron, which was available through Prisunic, the French department store chain, famed for its low cost products. It also got me thinking about some of my other favourite Dacron Polyester adverts from around the same period, particularly the commercials made for television and cinema viewers which were narrated by Ken Nordine, the American voiceover and recording artist best known for his series of Word Jazz albums. If you haven't seen them or heard of him yet, you're in for a treat on both counts via the two examples that I have included in this post. Lots more links to further information about Ken, as well as the Prisunic chain store at the end of the page too! 


                                  The Stranger - a 1971 Levi's commercial, narrated by Ken Nordine.

Yet another, animated psychedelic gem from Levi's, narrated by Ken Nordine. Check out the 'Dacron Polyester' whisper at approximately 0:26 seconds into the commercial.

                                           IMAGE CREDIT & LINKS

Image scanned from Elle Magazine 23rd February 1970 with thanks to Brad Jones, Photographer uncredited. Further information about the Prisunic retail outlets here, Discover more about the heritage of DuPont (manufacturers of Dacron) established in 1802 by E.I. du Pont here. Further reading about the rise and rise of manmade fibre in the excellent 'Nylon - The Manmade Fashion Revolution' by Susannah Handley, published by Bloombury Books in 1999 here. Visit Ken Nordine's Word Jazz Website here. View The Eye is Never Filled, the 90 minute film directed by Ken Nordine (2005), which sets a compilation of his "Word Jazz" performances to abstract images here. Stare With Your Ears - part 1 of a short documentary profiling the 'spoken word' of Ken Nordine here. And finally, some words of encouragement in these troubled times - I Want You to Know ''You're Getting Better'' - Ken Nordine here.

          Rags for Riders 1971   

Left to Right: American baseball t-shirt, various colourways, from Kleptomania £3.25. American denim jeans, tight n' flared £5.00, from Kleptomania. Yellow and purple woolen two-piece £8.40 from Che Guevara. Detective Luff an Oz Obscenity Trial t-shirt, teamed up with Stirling Cooper canvas trousers, £5.75 from Che Guevara.

                                                             Rags for Riders
Until recently in motorcycling lore, there were only two respectable modes of dress, neither of which had particularly favourable social connotations: The rocker uniform of blue jeans and leather jackets and the ankle length storm coat and baggy rubber oversuits of an earlier generation. Now, as the popularity of biking spreads across a wider social spectrum, such sartorial rigidity is being ignored as more and more riders (and their chicks) opt for jazzier threads that gladden the eye whilst still maintaing reasonable standards of practicality. The firm most responsible for this revolution in motorcycle garb are TT Leathers, who do a healthy mail order business out of Montalbo Road, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, (they'll happily send you a catalogue). Most of their wide range of designs - some styled on American lines - available in a variety of eleven colours and the suppleness of the leather and the quality of craftsmanship belie their extremely reasonable price. TT also sell through dealers.

TT Leathers recently introduced an oiled cotton trials suit - the Ruffryder - available in red, blue, green and black. Lighter and more flatteringly cut than competitive garments, the Ruffryder adds a welcome dash of colour to the trials scene and a seventy mile motorway dash in driving rain, (August is the monsoon season in England), proved to Bike's editor that they're also damned waterproof! Other firms such as D.Lewis and Rivetts are also waking up to the appeal of flashy riding gear and are including coloured leathers in their ranges. So as it looks as though coloured clobber is here to stay, we've dug out some of the snappier but nevertheless practical outfits from around town and juxtaposed them with examples of the more inspired traditional biking gear.

Left to Right: Green 'Ruffryder' trials suit (jacket £9.95, trousers £6.75). in several colours from TT Leathers. Ex-Firemans' boots, (excellent for trials and scrambles) £2.95 from Lawrence Corner. Soft leather scrambles glovers with protective rubber strips over fingers and knuckles, £2.50 from D. Lewis, 'Wrangler' denim jacket from The Westerner together with wide flare denim jeans from The Emperor of Wyoming. £5.00. 'Honeybunch Kaminsky (jailbait of the month)' an Oz Obscenity Trial t-shirt. £1.50. BSA Victor 250cc trail bike, £309.00 (supplied by Sid Morams of Slough).

Left to Right: 'Bronx' black leather jacket with tons of zips and buckles, £15.75 from D. Lewis (in men's and women's sizes). Heavy pile cotton baseball jacket with quilted lining in several colours, from Paradise Garage. Both ladies are wearing Stirling Cooper canvas trousers from Che Guevara.

Left to Right; Blue denim jacket with brown leather shoulder patches from The Westerner. Yellow jersey jacket, very waisted with wide lapels, £9.95, with matching canvas trousers £5.75, both from Che Guevara. Zipped blue leather racing gloves with chamois leather patches on back to wipe goggles, also in other colours, £3.00 from D.Lewis. Protect 4 helmets in various candy colours, ACU approved for competition use, £5.50 from Stadium.

Outside, Left to Right: Black Stirling Cooper canvas suit with zipper jacket, £19.50 (available in other colours) from Che Guevara. Genuine American overalls in blue denim from Paradise Garage. 

Left to Right: American baseball t-shirt, various colourways, from Kleptomania £3.25. American denim jeans, tight n' flared £5.00, from Kleptomania. Yellow and purple woolen two-piece £8.40 from Che Guevara. Detective Luff an Oz Obscenity Trial t-shirt, teamed up with Stirling Cooper canvas trousers, £5.75 from Che Guevara.

Yellow 'Mach ll' jacket with quilted leather padding on elbows and shoulders, also in others colours, £21.00 from TT Leathers, American denim jeans from Kleptomania, £5.00. Everoak 'Clubmaster MK. ll' low-crown helmet, ACU approved and in various colours, £6.10. Plain black racing gloves, £2.40 from D. Lewis. 750 cc Norton Commando with customised half-fairing, gas tank, racing-style seat rear-set foot-rests and exhaust system supplied by Gus Kuhn (Motors) Ltd.

Left to Right; Secondhand American denim overalls from Paradise Garage. Embroidered cotton shirt (like the country n' western dudes wear), various colours and patterns, from £6.00 at the Emperor of Wyoming. Genuine cowboy boots with hand-stitched patterns down front, various colours, from £13.00 at The Westerner ■ Oz t-shirt, £1.50, Denim flare jeans. £5.00, at Kleptomania. Hessian and leather 'U.S. Mail' shoulder bag from the Westerner, Belts from a selection at Emperor of Wyoming ■ Secondhand American striped boiler suit, with large Esso fabric badge, from a selection at Paradise Garage. Cowboy boots with hand stitching and applique, from The Westerner. (Similar boots are also available at the Emperor of Wyoming from £12.00).

                                                         IMAGE CREDIT & LINKS
All images scanned for the Sweet Jane blog from Bike Issue No. 2 Autumn 1971 with thanks to Brad Jones, Editor Mark Williams, Photographer & models uncredited, but the guy on the chopper is Mickey Solomon and Mark Williams is on the BSA Victor 250cc trail bike.  View one of my previous posts about Biker Fashion here, You'll find examples of other gear from Kleptomania herehere, Discover more about the late great Billy Murphy ''Founder of The Emperor of Wyoming, a Chelsea emporium which sparked a vogue for vintage Americana'' here and also here, the shop was named The Emperor of Wyoming after the opening track on Neil Young’s 1968 debut solo LP, my personal favourite from it here, View rare photographs of Paradise Garage 430 King's Road as it looked in 1971 via Paul Gorman here & it's 70s Workwear Revolution here plus the story behind the shop created by Trevor Myles over on The Wonder Workshop website here, The ‘Schoolkids’ Oz, Mucky Books, and the Downfall of the ‘Dirty Squad’' here, 'I was an Oz Schoolkid'' a personal account about the creation of the infamous Oz issue No.28, by Charles Shaar Murray here, And finally,view documentary footage about the Oz Obscenity Trial Part one  & two.

          Analysis of Direct Traffic in Google Analytics - Understanding Direct Traffic in Web Analytics   

When you see abnormally high direct traffic in Google Analytics or other web analytics tools, then there is not much you can do, since most direct traffic is only shown as a number of views. With search engine and referral traffic, it is pretty easy to find out what happened. But it becomes quite hard to understand what really happened behind direct traffic.

Analysis of Direct Traffic in Google Analytics - Understanding Direct Traffic in Web Analytics

Referred visitors come through search engines and referring sites. And Web Analytics Solutions like: Statcounter, Google Analytics, Awstat, etc. can provide you good insights in understanding the behavior of your visitors as well as the performance of your online marketing campaigns. However, direct visitors may not be a strange phenomenon. It can also be the karma of your direct marketing effort, online branding, email marketing, and it may also result from returning visitors to your site. If you see any abnormal direct traffic then you should understand that the direct traffic is coming as a result of:

  • Email Links,
  • Bookmarks,
  • Offline pages loading web analytics script or
  • People typing your site’s address in the browser, etc.

Direct Traffic from Email Links

Email clients like: Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, Thunderbird, and other POP or IMAP Mail Client Softwares generate Direct Traffic. Some assumptions of abnormal direct traffic from emails can be:

  • The direct traffic from emails can be the result of your specific marketing campaign. Usually during various occasions, like: Christmas, New Year, etc, many businesses air email marketing campaigns. During the campaign almost all corporations send greetings to their stakeholders. These include customers, suppliers, well wishers, etc. Sometimes it’s not about a single campaign. Your employees can run multiple spontaneous campaigns across channels. In those cases, the visitors’ click on the links located in the email can result in direct traffic to your site.
  • If an affiliate marketer is campaigning for you, then that is a good thing. However, you should allocate different and distinguishing mechanisms that can tell you an affiliate marketer is responsible for that. Otherwise, you may be depriving the affiliate marketer as well.
  • However, if you or your affiliate marketers are not responsible for the emailing campaign, then it may not be a good sign. Because, people may be saying bad things about your site or business and you may not know it. So it would be wise to investigate if someone is doing that. Google Alerts on your business name can help a lot to understand what is happening.
  • Sometimes you might have ads, highlights or mentions published in other corporate newsletters. When they are circulated, please remember that they may not be read at the specific date of circulation. So, throughout the week, you might have visitors coming in at their convenient time.
  • This direct traffic phenomenon can also result from sudden increase in sales and customer support activities. When you have a large pool of sales and customer support executives for your business, they send out many emails throughout the day. And from these sales & support emails, people may also end up on your site. This happens when the sales and customer support people send deeper links.

Direct Traffic from Bookmarks

Bookmarks are the simplest type of reference to your site. Just to define it: Bookmarks are stored links in your computer, either in internet browser or files that automatically generate URL for your browser. So, any content that automatically generates URL for your browser will be a bookmark. Most of the Web Analytics tools can’t differentiate the source of the clicks from stored links. However, they should be more valuable to you, since they are mostly returning visitors. The links from bookmarks mean your marketing campaign efforts are maturing into sales. Bookmark visitors can come through the following types of bookmarks:

  • Lot of people bookmark your site in their browser when they find a site interesting or they think that it might be useful in future. They store it in their browser, which end up as link files in “Favorites” folder. It also comes from custom links pasted in any toolbar, like the bookmark panel in Mozilla Firefox. These bookmarks are stored as very light weight link files.
  • The link to your site from a stored webpage can also be treated as Bookmark. People may also come from pages saved in their computer that contains a link to your site. In that case, it might be a referred visitor. However, some computer blocks the reference. In that case, it will be direct traffic.
  • Bookmark links may also reside in other types of files than HTML webpages. e.g. PDF, DOC/DOCX, XLS/XLSX, etc. These files provide links for your visitor to open the internet browser and go to your site. So visitors can end up in your site by clicking links in those files as well. And most of the Web Analytics systems can’t differentiate this type of link and treat it as a bookmark.
  • Bookmarks can also come from links in softwares. e.g. When you visit the About Window from the “Help” menu of any software, you can find link to their website. Again, many types of software also generate automated URL for the browser to visit. e.g. Customer Feedback form when you uninstall a software.

Direct Traffic from Offline Pages

Most Web Analytics Systems try to load a remote visible or invisible image into your visitors’ computer through the browser. These remote visible or invisible images are customized image that work as your identity. Web Analytics Systems provide some sort of codes (usually as Java Scripts) that generate the command to load these images. It may not always be the case that the codes will come from webpages located your servers aka your website. The visitors can also come from other sources such as stored webpages of your site in their hard disks. Often if the Web Analytics code is in a blank page, it’ll still show the visitor. However, now most Web Analytics Systems show them as referred visitors by showing the exact location from the computer (e.g. C:\Documents%20and%20Settings\You\My%20Documents\My%20Site\index.htm). Often many computer blocks this reference system for external servers. It is then; the visitors are treated as direct visitors. In case, if the Web Analytics Systems can’t recognize or block the reference, the offline stored pages direct visitors can come through various ways, like:

  • Someone extensively worked on your site for redesigning. Usually, when a webmaster loads the page in FrontPage, Dreamweaver, or other Web Design Software, the Java Script of Google Analytics is also loaded (if Java scripts are NOT turned off). It’s not unusual if you see that the hits are coming from various IPs. Webmasters using Proxy Servers can make their IP change from time to time. Again, the same webmaster may be working in different computers (perhaps in his laptop). Or people can be working as a team for various functions for your site. This action can generate abnormally huge traffic, since the site development work is done. The best way is to block this is by using visitor filters using their specific IP address.
  • Imagine the same case, but this time the webmaster is designing the new site for your competitor by stealing your content or theme. So, each time they are modifying your site, we can get direct traffic. And if you have not been working for your site, then there is very much possibility that someone is piggybacking on your content or theme.
  • However, looking at things in the eye of a pessimist is not always necessary. Someone may have found your contents very interesting and saved your page in their computer. This is good news if the visitor saves your site for future reference to generate sales for you.
  • Many businesses that does data-mining for other businesses may want to save your page for business purpose.
  • Again some student or researcher may also like your content so much that they would want to use them in offline or online versions. It’s always good to have contents for researchers and student to get links from .edu or .org sites.

Direct Traffic from Typing in Address Bar

Direct visitors also come from deliberate typing in the address bar of the Internet Browser. If they are doing that, then you have established your site as a brand in the mind of the visitors or your offline marketing campaign is a hit. A lot of people don’t come to Yahoo, Google or Bing through bookmarks or any reference. They really type the site name in the browser and press Enter or Ctrl+Enter. The search engine and referral traffic for these giant sites are rare. Every site actually strives to achieve this. Again, if your are running an offline marketing campaign, then the best way to go to your site after seeing an ad, is by typing the URL in the browser. There are thousands of reasons for this type of visitor typing URL in browser. However, here are some of them:

  • Make sure if your business or site has been highlighted in any newspaper, magazine or any other popular print media. So the news readers were typing the web address and making direct hits. Try to know if any article on your site was published in any daily newspaper. But that generates traffic for one day and consequent days have a bit low level of traffic. If you have traffic coming in throughout the week, then it might be published in a weekly magazine. So based on your traffic pattern, you can understand what happened.
  • You may have also paid for advertisement in local/national dailies or magazines. However, you might have forgotten the date they will be publishing your ad. Another way to say it is: you may have paid some parties earlier and forgot when they will publish it.
  • Viral Marketing can also influence typing of URL. Viral Marketing is a type of contagious marketing technique that spreads the news, contents, video, audio, etc. When you find a video that you liked, you would want to forward it to your friends and they forward it to their network. This goes on and creates a virally infected network that knows the news. If the spread information is in video, audio or any other format from where you can’t extract text or automatically generate URL, then there is no other way than just typing the URL.
  • Like Viral Marketing, “Word of Mouth” through traditional and social media also can influence the spread. The only media that “Word of Mouth” uses is the mouth or words of people, their comments, findings, excitement, etc.

The possibilities of Direct Visitors are endless. But, Web Analytics tools provide you insight to only a number, not the overall insight on what actually happened. So, it is up to you to investigate what has happened. The abnormal increase in traffic may not always be good news. So, it is always wise to watch out.

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          Billboard-based Internet Marketing Campaign and Tracking & Measuring ROI   

Placing an advertisement on a billboard in a high traffic area will surely bring results. Measuring it however, can be a tough job. For each marketing campaign, measuring performance is crucial. Measuring the efficiency of a advertisement depends on 2 things:

  1. Clickthrough Rate (CTR) and 
  2. Return on Investment (ROI). 


For a billboard, Clickthrough Rate refers to the percentage of the desired action from impressions. Unless eye and camera tracking technology improves, it is not possible to monitor the clickthrough rate for a billboard.


However, monitoring the return on marketing investment or ROI from a billboard is very much possible - If you know your traffic sources. But, to ensure the tracking and measuring ROI of a billboard you have to turn it into an internet marketing campaign involving call to action using internet technology.

Hire us for Interactive Marketing - How to Turn Your Billboard into Interactive Marketing Campaign

If you invest in Billboard Advertising, then you can take some initiatives to make your display more interactive while effectively measuring it’s ROI. viz.

Using a Landing Page URL

A website on your billboard is good for marketing and branding but does not allow you to properly measure ROI from multiple campaigns that direct on your domain. The best way to measure ROI, is referring to an alternate URL, one that does not disturb your expected web traffic. For the URL, you can:

  • Create a new isolated/orphan landing page on your site (make sure it is blocked from search engines and not used in other web marketing campaigns)
  • Purchase a new domain and refer the billboard visitors to that site (you can also make it redirect to the landing page on your site or just use URL masking or use frames/iframes)
  • Use the existing landing page with parameters built by Google URL Builder (it allows you to see custom reports in web analytics from ad variations reports)
  • Use an easy to read shortened link. specifically delivers analytics that you can use to measure traffic from your advertisement. Other URL Shortener Services that supply analytics will work just as well.

The URL visits can be easily tracked with Google Analytics or any other Web Analytics application. This gives the campaign transparency and allows for high ROI visibility. The URL you refer on the billboard should be easily readable. Long URLs won’t typically generate action. Often, most conversions happen after the fact, so it is wise to help the readers remember your URL.

Using QR Codes

QR Codes have been around for long time, but the use of these 2-dimensional codes for Interactive Marketing is a new trend. It helps you to download information or generate a specific action on your mobile phone using widely available bar-code scanners. For the iPhone (Semacode), Android Phones (QuickMark), Blackberry (ScanLife), Symbian Phones or Nokia (UpCode) are among several competing apps that can read QR Codes from any printed media or digital screen. QR Codes are now being used for Internet Marketing, Mobile Marketing, and even Word of Mouth Marketing. With QR Codes, any camera-enabled smartphone users can:

  • Be referred to a specific URL
  • Get a phone number, allowing them to can call instantly
  • Download business cards to save on their phone and make calls at a later time
  • Get an email address and/or enable them to send emails from phone instantly
  • Be referred to a geographical location on Google Maps and help them to come to your place of business
  • Can be sent an event invitation, which can be saved in phone’s calendar
  • Be shown a text message (This can also be a coupon)
  • Get an SMS template to send queries to your business cellphone number
  • Gain access to your sponsored WiFi Network, etc.

The interaction with QR Codes are increasing day by day and steadily becoming the bridge between the real and virtual worlds. Determine the type of interaction that will deliver the best visibility of your ROI. There are many sites that allows you to generate QR codes (e.g. Zxing Projects QR Generator). A major service currently in use is the Google Chart API. Here is an article on how you can generate QR Codes in bulk with Google Chart API.

Bluetooth Advertising Near the Billboard

Bluetooth Adverts are the newest trend in mobile marketing. If your billboard is in convenient location, then you can send more interactive information and coupons to your billboard Bluetooth users. You can easily transmit richer content to your viewers. Moreover you can also digitally track the Bluetooth downloads.

Email Tracking

Email is one of the most convenient ways of communication, even on mobile devices. Make sure you have a different email address on the billboard than the one you use in other media campaigns. This will allow you to verify the emails you get on the allocated address are coming from billboard advert. If you incentivize people sending emails to that address e.g. with coupon, then you can also trigger the behavior of the billboard audience to send emails to the custom address rather than other addresses or web contact forms.

Using Call Analytics,, and Mongoose Metrics have call tracking services that you can be monitored from Google Analytics. However, there are several other call tracking and analytics softwares that your can use. They generate a unique phone number (even toll-free) that you can use on the billboard. When someone calls, you can see how much traffic came from your billboard advertisement and then use Google Analyitcs to see how long they were on the call. Again, it is imperative that this phone number is not made available elsewhere. There will always be a risk that word of mouth marketing will ruin your direct analytics. This information being shared is beyond your control.

Using Coupons

Coupons are one of the best ways to track where a customer has come from. You can mention an easily readable coupon code for all (e.g. gimme20%less) or generate a custom coupon code from any specific URL mentioned on the billboard. The URL can be a purchased domain, a landing page on your site, or a easily readable shortened link. This enables you to distinguish between regular web traffic and traffic from your billboard. Numerous softwares and online services will allow you to easily generate custom coupons through the URL. If you are sending the billboard reader to a URL with a custom coupon, it is recommended to have them visit a custom landing that is blocked from search engines. Once people use their coupons, you are able to retreive information on traffic sources using the database. It is imperative that you make sure that the coupon codes can be tracked. To get a true ROI on that particular segment of your campaign, ensure that it is not made available in other forms of media (e.g. search engine, word of mouth, etc).


          Google Penguin Recovery Tips by Barry Schwartz and Others and My 2 Cents   

Compiling all the suggestions presented by experts in last few days, Barry Schwartz   wrote some of his tips for recovery for the recent Penguin Update by Google. This blog post an elaboration of the tips he place of his blog.

The Penguin Penalty Update was made to attack bad sites and level the gaming field for web spams. This is not actually another version of Panda Update. Because Panda is not actually a spam filter, it is rather a priority inbox :-) i.e. Panda was introduced to like better contents, not hate bad contents.

Google Penguin Recovery Tips by Barry Schwartz and My 2 Cents

Image Courtesy: Dave Naylor

Let me start by describing some of the tips by Barry.

De-Optimize the Web Site

Just put only 8 (max 10) keywords in Meta Tags. Google has mentioned several times that they don’t use Meta Keywords for ranking. But, after the Penguine update, they are saying that they are now using it to hunt you down. So, it is about time you stopped stuffing your keyword meta tags with keywords.

I usually tell people to optimize site for only one keyword. And use multiple deeper pages for longer tail keywords or keyword variations. But, it is ok to optimize a page for 3 keywords. I know, I said 5 keywords few years back. But, things are getting pretty competitive, now-a-days.

I know many people that are still obsessed with keyword density. If you still are, then you are still in old school. Reanalyze your keyword density and try to reduce the keyword density of any page, if it is more than 5%. But, 2012 is the year of thick contents. i.e. quality 500+ words articles perform better than others. So, you can guess that even 5% would be more. Usually try to keep the keyword mentions right, i.e. not more than 5 times in the page. Do not manually or automatically count the keyword density percentage.

Try avoiding keyword stuffing in Page Titles. It is actually useless. Doing such things are also over optimization. Page Title is the major place to put your important keywords. But, the keywords that are available at the end, have no power. The influence is algorithmically discarded, but since Google is punishing you to have keyword stuffing in meta data, it can also be true for keyword stuffing in page titles as well.

Another place for keyword stuffing are the URLs. For Search Engine Friendly (SEF) URLs, make sure they are also not stuffed with keywords. So, de-optimizing your site is more about re-optimizing your site so that keyword stuffing is taken down to a tolerable and natural level.

According to the article by Google on the Penguin Update, there are really some hints about what you should do for de-optimizing your site. Other than Keyword Stuffing, Google also mentions other aspects that they are also looking into:

Outgoing links are completely unrelated

This means that you should be careful in what anchor text you use and which site you link to. I don’t think that the anchor text is much of a problem, but try to link to relevant site from your article. Even LSI keywords are also relevant. Try to link to the sites that talk about relevant stiffs.

Page text has been “spun” beyond recognition

I searched for the keyword “spin”, “spinning”, and “spun”. Looks like Google Inside Search Blog has mentioned the overly popular term Content Spinning for the first time. Though some are based on guesstimation, but see this old video from SENuke to understand the level of intelligence that Google uses for identifying near duplicate and spun contents.

Increase Quality Links to Pages

I get many questions from people asking me what is quality links. Well, this should not be answered from the perspective of an SEO professional, rather from the perspective of Google. A Quality Link is voluntary in nature and is provided naturally (or organically) to your site from relevant pages. A Quality Link is always a free and enthusiastic link and not influenced by money or any other benefit.

If you have been doing link building from high PR but irrelevant pages just to increase the Page Rank, then you might be a Prime Prey for Penguin Penalty. It is pretty easy to suggest you to remove the bad quality links, but I know how hard it is. If you have already purchased links, try to find highly relevant pages on their site and try to get links from those relevant pages. If you are out of luck in finding relevant links, then propose them to create some relevant pages and have them linked from their high PR pages and get a level deep link, but from highly relevant one.

In future, make quality contents, so that they are either newsworthy or share-worthy. Actually social media marketing plays a great role in having your contents found now-a-days. And getting mentions is secondary. e.g. I found Barry’s article in Facebook and now giving link love to his blog with very relevant page title. I am not boasting, but this is indeed a quality link to Barry’s article.

You can also try to use link baiting technique on related topics to your business. e.g. if you sell Diamond Rings, you can start celebrity gossips around Diamond Rings. Or talk about most controversial story in your industry. Another good way to get quality links is by providing  a news faster than CNN, BBC, Reuters. The first provider of a breaking news always gets link love.

Make Sure Link Anchor Text is More Natural

Anchor text has been the driving force in passing relevance to a site. But, in recent years, exact match keywords in Anchor Text is thought to be manipulative. If you evaluate the anchor texts of voluntary links, then you might find that most of them are not using exact match keywords. So, it is high time to alternate your anchor texts from backlinks.

Those who were complaining about Penguin Penalty, most of them were complaining that the sites that were targeting less than 5 keywords were affected in some way. But, those who targeted more than 10 keywords, were in sound health. This is also an indication that anchor text alteration is crucial now.

It is ok to have exact match keywords in anchor text. But, try not to make it wide spread. It looks very much manipulative in the eye of Google. Always try to get links from relevant pages and don’t care about what your anchor texts says. Google also recently announced that they have turned off some classifier for anchor texts. Not sure which particular classifier they were talking about. But, you can help yourself in making the anchor texts look pretty natural.

Actually, Google Webmaster Tool does has this insight here (change with your site). If your anchor texts are natural, you should see varied keywords and many anchor texts listed in Google Webmaster. So, if you see limited number of anchor texts, then you have something to worry about.

Remove Links from Blogrolls

Actually the suggestion should be: Avoid Sitewide Links. Site-wide links does pass some page rank but in most cases, it may also link to you from irrelevant pages, which does not help you in ranking. In recent Penguin Penalty, sites having sidewide links have been affected. Sitewide links are actually indicative of link purchase.

Try to avoid getting sitewide links from other sites, unless the site has all article or contents related to the keywords you are targeting. However, for natural looking linking, always try to get links to deeper pages, instead of the homepage. If you are using topical satellite blog or topical spokes in link wheel, try to link to deeper pages as much as possible. By topical, I mean having separate blogs in specific topic, not diverse topics and building it as micro-authority in a relevant niche. 

If you are selling links from Blogrolls, then Google also tells you to use rel Nofollow tags on links. It is also a good idea to nofollow link to your homepage from spokes as well. But, favor only the deeper links.

Scale Back the Internal Link Anchor Text

Not sure what exactly Barry wanted to mean by this. But, in most cases, keywords in anchor text plays a great role in passing relevance to deeper pages. That’s why for sites in flash, footer links with relevant anchor texts plays a great role in making Google find the most relevant page for your keyword. However, there are people that over do it and try to get as many links possible without considering Content Siloing. Content Siloing through anchor texts in now more effective than just random internal links.

Exact Match Domains Hurt

In Penguin Penalty, many exact match domains have seen less traffic. Exact match domains have been a part of the manipulation process. But, I personally don’t think that Google would be hurting your site if you have built a good brand and authority around your keyword. If you don’t have a good brand or authority, then there is reason to make Google believe that you are manipulating Google. So, to get out of the penalty, you should build a good brand as well as authority around your site.

After the Penguin Update, I really don’t think, exact match domain are NO (totally zero value). There is still some value in it. It is just that, sites that does not have much authority, should not get the Google love for having exact match keyword name of the domain.

Practice Negative SEO

Recently, Google has sent mails to many webmasters through Google Webmaster that they have suspicious backlinks for their sites. This has led to the idea that you can make a site look suspicious in the eye of Google. May not be a good one, but this is also another idea to make your way to the top by hurting other competitors.

But, personally I think you would be wasting your time. Because, Google has been working with Google Bowling for long time. Google Bowling is the term where Google discards any back link influence, i.e. they become nofollow even if they are dofollow. Moreover, Bruce Clay in SEO FB Group suggested a nice option in Google Webmaster:

I am hopeful that there will be a WMT disavow option soon so that recipients can essentially “nofollow” a link from the receiving end.

And with the Penguin Update and the negative SEO fear, I also think Google should be serious about Google Bowling and you might see similar feature in Google Webmaster soon. So, all the time you spend on negative SEO will be waste of time.

Move Content to a New Domain

Well, I don’t think you need to do that. Actually, sub-domains are also ok for doing this. Google treat each subdomains as separate sites. And that’s how you see WordPress and Blogspot blogs multiple times in SERPs. But, this might also deprive you from age scores. I’d suggest you to build your site as authority. If you are determined, then fight it, not quite it. 

Build a Smaller Site with Very Few Pages

Not a good one and I really don’t support it as an option. Sites with fewer pages rose in rankings as other heavily optimized sites’ ranking dropped. But, sites with good authority still are standing strong. Having fewer pages does not help you grow authority. Moreover, it is like doing nothing for your site. Serious businesses prefer having more and more contents. That is how they reign by becoming authority in their industry.

Write Better Content

This is perhaps the most important piece of suggestion for both Panda and Penguin update. The better the content you have, the more the probability that others in the same industry will prefer you above your competitors. That will also help you build natural links.

Add More Social Elements, i.e. Google+ Sharing

Social SEO is real guys. You can not deny it. Many webmasters are running after only dofollow links. But, Social SEO made nofollow links worthwhile. And having only dofollow links also looks suspicious. But, to make proper balance of both nofollow and dofollow links, enabling social sharing is a good way.

Search Plus Your World was not only meant to make searches more meaning, but also to convert Google from a search engine to recomendation engine. If you asked someone, what is better than a search engine, then the obvious answer would be a freind or trusted person who knows about the keyword I am searching for. And Google always wanted to be that recommendation engine. And Google+ was not just meant for a social media, it has much wider purpose.

Social Signals from Facebook and Twitter is also important. Banded3 did a nice research and found that twitter mentions has great influence in rankings. If you are looking into the marketing in future, you should also invest much time in Social Media Marketing.

Site Audit to Determine Problem Areas

Whenever a new algorithm update happens, this is the first thing you should do. In perspective of the Penguin Update, the audits you should do are:

  • Various diagnostic reports in Google Webmaster Tools
  • Traffic analysis in your major web analytics app (Google Analytics)
  • Keyword ranking analysis for your important keywords
  • Competitor ranking and search engine performance analysis
  • Backlink popularity and quality analysis

Think More Long Term, Stop Taking Shortcuts

This has always been the last suggestion for every algorithm update. And Shortcuts were never an option in White Hat SEO. Every shortcuts are actually manipulating Google and Matt Cutts is also simultaneously taking actions against such short cuts.

Long term thinking also helps you to reduce the loss of effort you spent on your site. Moreover, the effort you put into the site steadily becomes an asset. Otherwise, the spammy links you made through money and effort are now a disposable expenses.

If I talk something about the future of SEO, then my opinion is that: SEO can not be done by agencies anymore in future. Though, it is still possible through agencies. But, people will need to build inhouse SEO team that understand the business well. SEO Agencies in recent times, need to have training centers or resources to train companies to market themselves. Or they can build specialization in specific areas. I already see this happening, because you can find Real Estate SEOs, Celebrity SEOs, Mortgage SEOs, etc. and in future you might see more product or service SEO specialization.

Moreover, Google is steadily transferring the power of SEO to individual level. I predicted this shift long ago in May of 2008 on my blog 13 Prophecies of Internet Marketing on Marketing Pilgrim (Prophecy #10: Personal Power to Influence Purchase will Increase). Some of the indications are shifting power of influence from forum to blogs, search plus your world, social signals, etc. Moreover, I strongly support AJ Kohn that Google will bring AuthorRank soon, which will revolutionize SEO to the next level and SEO will be more person oriented than website oriented.

So, it is not sites that can make another site rank well in future, it’ll be individuals or group of relevant individuals that can help a site or business rank well in search engines. So, SEOs in future will be great marketers like Oprah who’s endorsement is worth millions of dollars.

Additional Penguin Recovery Tips

Penguin has hit sites that were doing much spamming and building low quality links. While Panda hit mainly onpage factors, Penguin has targeted offpage factors. Many people already have mentioned some nice tips to recover from it. Some are:

Link Pruning

The term Link Pruning was initially invented by Bruce Clay, which is really the opposite of link building. It is the process to keep quality backlinks and delete the bad ones. The best tool that can give the the insight for quality links is Majestic SEO’s ACRank (replace with your site). See the video below to understand more about Link Pruning and also read the blog on Stone Temple. 

Create Microsites or Micro-Authorities

In a recent post in Microsite Masters, they have suggested using Microsites. Initially this has been a greyhat technique. But, personally I think that it can be a good option to Silo Contents from external sites.

I think microsite does not need to be outside your domain. it can be in subdomain. Specially after panda, subdomains have been good way to Silo Contents. If you target and promote keywords and services like: Web Design, Graphic Design, Web Development, etc. then you can use External Authority Content Siloing for each keyword. External Authority Content Siloing from authority sites will help you to become bigger authority. But, for that you need to create separate authorities. 

For commercial sites, there is really not much engagement. Rather, you can start the engagements on external educational and news sites or subdomain. I really don’t support having 20-50 blog for Graphic Design only. Just create one blog which you create as an authority (which is not really that easy). And another blog for Web Development and try promoting deeper pages of the bigger authority site instead of homepage. 

Affiliate Marketers actually do that for you and it is already happening. Large companies are already doing it. But, their microsites are really not that micro. The philosophy here would be External Authority Content Siloing and I think since Microsite has less reputation, “External Authority Content Siloing” would be the best word that I am trying to support.

Again, if I support that future of SEO will be more people oriented than website oriented, then if you can create a strong supporter for your domain from external domains, you can stay at top in future as well. So, try not to create crappy microsites, just create a strong supporter for you.

Guest Blogging

Guest Blogging is actually not a new concept. It has been around for long time, as Ann Smarty has been supporting it for long time. And when I am speaking about AuthorRank, guest blogging will be more prominent in future. Since you really can increase your AuthorRank even by blogging on other sites.

It’s pretty hard to get quality links. Again it is also hard for people to get quality contents for their blogs. This is the phenomenon where synergies can happen. While other blogs are looking for quality contents, you can jump in to provide that, even by buying quality articles. That’s why in recent future, I think the SEO industry will be seeking for quality contents than backlinks.

Update: In recent discussion between Matt Cutts and Danny Sullivan at SMX Seattle, Matt Cutts revealed that Google is coming up with new feature in Google Webmaster that will help Webmasters to disavow some bad links, which will eventually turn a dofollow link into nofollow. This mean that the suggestion for such feature by Bruce Clay in SEOFB Group is finally seeing life. And this will help webmasters to fight negative SEO better and also make link pruning more effective and easy. Here is the exact word for the news:

He also mentioned — and this will be good news to many search marketers — that Google is considering offering a tool that allows web masters to disavow certain links, but that may be months away if it happens.


Google Penguin update is relatively new. The update went live at April 24, 2012 and this article was written a week later. So, most of the suggestions based on best guess and some of the strategies have not yet been tested. 

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          301 Permanent Redirects for Old and Broken Links - SEO Strategy that Most Forget   

Sites evolve a lot after it has been created. Even if the contents and themes are same for the site, they throw away the old bottle and take on a new bottle. But, with the old bottle, sometime the webmasters don’t know that they are throwing away precious old wine of the link juice. Even, many SEO experts and webmasters forget what they are throwing away and go for short-term solutions.

Not all sites goes for CMS at first. The common evolution pattern is from Plain HTML site to Animated Flash site and then to Content Management System (CMS) site. For some sites, the evolution pattern can be quite complex. Each time while changing, most site owners and webmasters rarely bother about redirecting old links to the right and very relevant link or page. While doing that, they are harming the visitors, hence their business potential, and also the search engines.

SEO Perspective on 301 Permanent Redirects for Old Broken Links

301 Permanent Redirects and SEO Value Transfer

301 Permanent Redirects transfers almost all the SEO value of a site including: PageRank, Authority, Anchor Text and Relevance, etc. Since, Google rolled out the advice to use 301 redirects, there was a debate whether 301 permanent redirectlso transfer the relevance score in SEO. Matt Cutts in the following video has confirmed that Anchor Text does flow-through when you use 301 Permanent Redirects. Which does indicate that content or keyword relevance also passes through.

So, if a site has high PR inbound link to a page that is not on site or lands on 404 page, then the link juice and authority will be spilled and spoiled. Because, the Anchor Text and Relevance of the inbound Link page aka keyword stream flowing the link juice may not land on page that has that relevant keyword. And since the Google Bomb Update, incoming anchor texts coming to a page that does not have the keyword, has very little or no probability to rank well in Google.

301 permanent redirect does transfer SEO values to the landing page from the moved page. However, over time, Google also confirmed that 301 Permanent Redirect does not flow 100% link juice to your site. in March 2010, Matt Cutts of Google confirmed that Google does not transfer 100% of the SEO value. More story here: Google Confirms: 301 Redirects Result in PageRank Loss! 

However, in my experience, we have not seen much harm in the redirect of links within same site to redirect old and broken links. So within a site, the relevance will flow perfectly. Moreover, it’s not just about SEO. Sometimes, many people bookmark you page and would want to come back to your site. So, in terms of usability, you loose potential future visitor who already has attained information about you.

But, does 301 Redirects Transfer Age?

The question whether 301 Permanent Redirects transfer age of the domain or page is a debated issue. But, there is absolutely no harm in 301 redirecting your old links to the relevant new links (with the same keyword). If your old link on the site is broken, then you are bleeding the precious link juice out of your site :-o

It is evident that to permanent redirect of old links using 301 Permanent Redirects to the relevant page in your existing site and new domain is one of the best practices in SEO. Because, many inbound links may be out there that are linking to your specific page using specific anchor text that is passing relevance to your site, not just Page Rank. So to feed both the visitors and search engines with exactly relevant information (not a 404 page), 301 permanent redirect is the best thing you can do.


Now that you know redirecting the old links and broken links to relevant page is very important in terms of SEO. What should you do now?

Find Old Links and Anchor Texts

First you have to find the old links withing your site to transfer the relevance graph to the new site structure. If you were the site owner, you may know that after a hard guessing. But, if it is the site of your client, then any guess work will not work. The best way to find the old links on your site is

From, you have to collect links from all available chronological versions of the site. You can use HTTack Website Copier to locally cache and create a list of URLs on the old version of the site. You also need to store the Anchor Texts used for the link, so that you can find relevant current page to redirect to.

Find Inbound Links to Your Site

If you don’t care about what others have bookmarked, and only want to concentrate on SEO value. Then you need to collect all the inbound link statistics along with the anchor texts. But, sometimes anchor texts does not say relevant content on the page that links to you. In that case, you need to collect specific keyword for the respective inbound link, so that you can find the relevant page or URL on the current site. 

Identify Broken Links

Once you collect all the old links, you have to verify if the link is broken. Xenu’s Link Sleuth can help you in automatically identify broken links from a link list in txt file. However, while working 404 pages, you will get wrong results. Because, when you have active 404 page, Xenu will show 200 OK Status. So, it would be wise to turn off the 404 pages for the time being. However, there are many software that can help you identify broken links.

Identify the Relevant Current Page

Once you have the list of old and broken links, Google the keyword in the braces: [“Anchor Text of the Broken Link”]. The first result you see other than the homepage in Google search, is the most relevant current page in the eye of Google. Create the link graph using excel sheet or any file format you prefer. Once you get the relevant current page, then you are ready to redirect.

301 Permanent Redirect Using .htaccess

For 301 permanent redirects, you need to manipulate the .htaccess file in your root folder of your site. Tony Spencer over provides a good article on how you can do it, once you have the list of old links and the corresponding new links.

Prepare for the Future

So the next time you plan to upgrade your site, it is wise to have a back up of your current link structure along with the old ones. So, when your site takes on new links, you can easily create 301 permanent redirect for the current links to the relevant future site.

The 301 Twist

Some SEOs believe that old links are stronger in getting ranks than newer links, if the content freshness is periodically maintained. So, you can switch the previous method and use the old link as the current link and permanently (301) redirect the current link to the old link.

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          Northern Plains UAS Test Site Supports Advanced Testing at Denver International Airport   
By ND Commerce
The Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site recently supported the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in their assessment of techniques and technologies to detect Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in and around airports as part of its Pathfinder Program – UAS Detection and Mitigation at Airports and Critical Infrastructure. The collaborative assessment, which occurred on Nov. 11-18, was hosted at the Denver International Airport with a dozen different flights conducted under an FAA-issued Certification of Authorization or Waiver (COA) granted to the Northern Plains UAS Test Site. 

“Our ability to support the FAA’s assessment demonstrates the maturity and trust that the FAA has in our safety processes and procedures.”  Nicholas Flom, Executive Director of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site said.  “Our team traveled to Denver with our fleet of unmanned aircraft, and conducted the assessment under the oversight and procedures of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site successfully.” 

Vendors CACI International, Liteye Systems Inc. and Sensofusion participated in the event to evaluate procedures and technologies designed to identify UAS operations around airports. The Northern Plains UAS Test Site flew four different models of unmanned aircraft within Denver International Airport’s airspace while the FAA evaluated the technologies operated by the vendors. 

“North Dakota continues to advance UAS integration into the National Airspace System, and our partnership with the FAA for this assessment is another major accomplishment for the industry,” Flom said. 

The Northern Plains UAS Test Site works to collaborate with the FAA and industry partners to develop equipment, systems, rules and procedures to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System without negatively impacting existing aviation.  

North Dakota has invested over $37 million to advance UAS research and development and is collaborating with organizations statewide to build this emerging industry. 

For more information about the Northern Plains UAS Test Site or to inquire about gaining access to our airspace, go to NPUASTS.COM or call us at 701-777-6100.   

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          2016 North Dakota Governor's Photo Contest Winners Selected   
By ND Commerce Tourism Division
First Lady Betsy Dalrymple today recognized the winning photographs and honorable mentions from the 13th annual North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest in a ceremony in Memorial Hall of the North Dakota Capitol building.
Joining the First Lady in the presentation were North Dakota Tourism Director Sara Otte Coleman, North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) Executive Director Beth Gigante Klingenstein and AAA Senior Public Affairs Representative Gene LaDoucer.
The contrasting colors of “Watching the Sunset at Double Ditch” catches the attention of a viewer and encourages us all to take a moment to enjoy the beauty all around us, earning Nick Hornbacher the Best of Show and People category awards.
This year’s contest set a record with 1,382 photo entries and the most popular category was scenery.
“Today we celebrate the talents of our state’s amateur photographers, who uniquely capture the beauty and originality of North Dakota,” the First Lady said. “They experience first-hand the state’s legendary attractions and beautiful scenery awaiting our visitors.”
Photos were judged on originality, subject matter, visual appeal and ability to portray North Dakota as a legendary travel destination in the categories of adventure and recreation, places to visit, events, people, scenery and wildlife.
“Each year, we’re amazed by the beautiful photos North Dakota’s amateur photographers take and share for this contest. I thank them for sharing their talents with us,” Otte Coleman said.
The North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest began as a collaborative program between the Governor’s Office and North Dakota Tourism and has grown to include AAA as a contest sponsor and the NDCA as a collaborative partner.
The 2016 winning photos will be on display during the months of October, November and December at the Capitol in the offices of Governor Jack Dalrymple, First Lady Betsy Dalrymple and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. This is part of a cooperative program between NDCA and the First Lady’s office. Canvas displays were printed and sponsored in part by Mathison’s.
“I am impressed with the creativity and the eye for beauty that is embraced by these North Dakota photographers,” said Klingenstein.  “The beauty of the human spirit and of our state are captured in these wonderful photographs.”
AAA, North America’s largest travel organization, will also display winning photos as part of its sponsorship.
“Not only do the state’s photographers do a great job of capturing inspiring images, they serve as ambassadors to the state,” LaDoucer said. “Who better to tell the story than those who are living it?”
This was the seventh year that photographers could submit photos online through image and video hosting site Flickr.
Top category photographers will receive a $200 cash prize for each winning photo and have their work featured in North Dakota Tourism’s marketing materials, along with even greater exposure through contest partner AAA. A Best of Show photo was selected from the winning photographs, and the photographer received an additional $300 cash prize and a free, one-year basic membership to AAA. Honorable mention winners will receive $50 and may also have their images featured in the state’s tourism marketing materials.
The North Dakota Governor’s Photo Contest is held annually and is open to any North Dakota amateur   photographers. Next year’s contest will begin in May 2016. Winning photos can be seen on the North Dakota Tourism website:
2016 Governor’s Photo Contest Winners (by category):
Best of Show
Winning Photographer: Nick Hornbacher, Bismarck
Winning photograph: “Watching the Sunset at Double Ditch”
Adventure and Recreation Category
Winning photographer: Aaron Kennedy, Grand Forks
Winning photograph: “A Cat Takes Flight”
Honorable Mention
Photographer: Katherine Plessner, Verona
“A Fine View”
Events Category
Winning photographer: Lacey Kaiser, Streeter
Winning photograph: “Circle ’Em Up”
People Category
Winning photographer: Nick Hornbacher, Bismarck
Winning photograph: “Watching the Sunset at Double Ditch”
Honorable Mentions
Photographer: Katy Vetter, Surrey
“Father Son Fishing”
Places to Visit Category
Winning photographer: Jeffery Smith, Bottineau
Winning photograph: “Mystical Horizons”
Honorable Mentions
Photographer: Clint Fleckenstein, Bismarck
“A Cow’s Eye View”
Photographer: Thomas W. Wirtz, Bismarck
“Old State Library”
Scenery category

Winning photographer: Karl Swenson, Kindred
Winning photograph: “Dark Sunset”
Honorable Mentions
Photographer: Crystal Ann (Swoll), Grand Forks
“Winter in Blue”
Wildlife Category
Winning photographer: Brad Starry, Fargo
Winning photograph: “Big Horn Gathering”
Honorable Mention
Photographer: Stephen McDonough, Bismarck
“Red Fox Kits”
Honorable Mention
Photographer: Thomas W. Wirtz, Bismarck
“Sharp-tailed Grouse”

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          UAS Prepares for Takeoff in Hillsboro, North Dakota    
By Grand Forks Herald
Rising several stories above the surrounding farmland, a crane topped off a stack of metal shipping containers with a military-grade antenna and radar dish Monday.

The structure makes for an odd sight but will serve a vital function in an upcoming agricultural research project as it will receive data collected and transmitted by an unmanned aircraft.

That aircraft, accompanying ground control station and other equipment were shipped from Tel Aviv, Israel, to Hillsboro Regional Airport for the project and assembled by a crew with Elbit Systems, an Israeli unmanned aircraft manufacturer.

The project aims to compare imagery of farmland taken by Elbit's Hermes 450 aircraft to pictures of the same land photographed by satellites and smaller unmanned aircraft models.

If all goes according to plan, the aircraft could start collecting data at the end of this week.

"That's our goal. We looked out in the field, and there's corn coming up and we want to do stand counts," said John Nowatzki, lead researcher and an agricultural machine specialist at North Dakota State University. "Right now is the time to do it."

Data collected by the aircraft will be analyzed and potentially used to uncover nutrient deficiencies in crops, frost damage to plants and conducting stand counts, which involves counting the number of plants emerging per acre and comparing it to the number of seeds planted.

The Hermes will photograph an area 4 miles wide by about 40 miles long from various altitudes between 3,000 and 8,000 feet. Smaller unmanned aircraft will be flown at lower heights.

As a mid-size aircraft, the 20-foot-long Hermes requires a runway for takeoff. The aircraft has the capability to spend long periods of time flying, with flights lasting 20 hours or more possible. It can reach a maximum speed of 109 mph and can fly as high as 18,000 feet.

The aircraft's ground control station will be staffed by two pilots during flights. As the Federal Aviation Administration requires all unmanned aircraft flights to be within the line of sight of an observer, a chase plane will be used to keep an eye on the Hermes from the air.

The project is headquartered at the Hillsboro Regional Airport, which splits the difference for research partners from NDSU and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site headquartered at UND.

The research project is paid for in part by a grant from the North Dakota Department of Commerce, which accounts for half of the overall $715,000 allocated toward the project. Elbit covers the rest of the amount.

Property owners who do not want their land photographed can contact Nowatzki at or (701) 231-8213 with their field boundaries or a legal description of their land.

UAS Prepares for Takeoff in Hillsboro, North Dakota - Grand Forks Herald

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          Dynamic Changes in Cortical Effective Connectivity Underlie Transsaccadic Integration in Humans   
Due to saccadic eye movements the retinal image is abruptly displaced 2–4 times a second, yet we experience a stable and continuous stream of vision. It is known that saccades modulate neural processing in various local brain areas, but the question of how saccades influence neural communication between different areas in the thalamo-cortical system has remained unanswered. By combining transcranial magnetic stimulation with electroencephalography, we found that saccades were accompanied by dynamic changes in causal communication between different brain areas in humans. These changes were anticipatory; they began before the actual eye movement. Compared with fixation, communication between posterior cortical areas was first briefly enhanced during saccades, but subsequently peri-saccadic information did not ignite sustained activity in fronto-parietal cortices. This suggests that the brain constructs a spatially stable and temporally continuous stream of conscious vision from discrete fixations by restricting the access of peri-saccadic visual information to sustained processing in fronto-parietal cortices.

          ND Leaders Visit Israel for Trade Mission, Meet with Major Unmanned Aircraft Manufacturer   
By Grand Forks Herald
North Dakota leaders flew to the Middle East last week for a trade mission that included the discussion of a large-scale research project involving unmanned aircraft.

Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, accompanied by 22 others, flew to Israel and Egypt to strengthen relationships with government and business leaders located there in several industries, including unmanned aircraft systems.

Last week's trip marks the first North Dakota trade mission to Israel and the second to Egypt.

Wrigley and university representatives met with Elbit Systems, an Israeli unmanned aircraft manufacturer that is partnering with UND and North Dakota State University to fly a large-scale research project this summer near Hillsboro, N.D.

The company's Hermes 450 aircraft will be used to collect agricultural data on chemically resistant weeds, crop stands, nutrient deficiencies and other topics. The 20-foot gas-powered aircraft can fly for up to 20 hours, much longer than smaller electrical devices used in agricultural research.

"A large-scale UAS operation allows more agricultural data to be collected faster and at altitudes up to 8,000 feet," Wrigley said in a statement. "We're making important strides in the UAS and precision ag sectors in North Dakota, as well as supplying data to the Federal Aviation Administration in an effort to allow commercial UAS to operate simultaneously with manned aircraft in the future."

As the FAA requires all unmanned aircraft flights to be within the line of sight of an observer, a chase plane will be used to keep an eye on the Hermes from the air.

The eight-week project will be overseen by staff from NDSU and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, which is headquartered at UND.

In addition to Elbit's aircraft, a smaller device will be flown to allow researchers to compare images collected by both systems, NDSU Ag Machine Systems Specialist John Nowatzki told the Herald last month.

Elbit received a $357,546 grant from the North Dakota Department of Commerce's Research ND grant program for the project. With the required match from the company, the total funding for the project comes to $715,092.

The Research ND program has distributed $2.9 million in grant funding to UAS-related research projects since its inception in 2013.

ND Leaders Visit Israel for Trade Mission, Meet with Major Unmanned Aircraft Manufacturer - Grand Forks Herald

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          Legislature to Consider Bayou Corne Buy Out, Saltdome Regulation   
It’s been 200 days since a sinkhole forced residents of Bayou Corne to evacuate their homes. Homeowners are fed up. Some testified at a Joint Committee meeting Tuesday at the Capitol. Some are calling for Texas Brine – the company responsible for the failed salt-mining cavern that allegedly caused the sinkhole – to buy out their properties. State lawmakers have an eye on legislation aiming to amend constituents' problems and assure Louisianians won't meet the same situation in the future.
          Announcing the NEW Institute for Supply Management (ISM) of Silicon Valley   

Aligning to today's worldwide supply management professional

San Jose, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/03/2014 -- The Silicon Valley affliate of the Institute for Supply Management has re-engineered its website ( and professional services offerings.

Its new website offers a clean format for eye friendly format with a mobile version for viewing from any hand-held device using iOS or Android.

In addition to comprehensive supply management profession education, news and knowledge, the website offers live and online presentations. Live events are held in the Silicon Valley region covering a variety of leading edge topics relevant to the global supply management professional.

The new website also has a Job Posting service offering that is "pure-play" in reaching Silicon Valley's best talent and brightest stars in the supply management profession.

If your organization wants to reach the worldwide supply management professional, consider Sponsorship in ISM of Silicon Valley.

"We are very pleased to have Ultriva Inc. as sponsor of the Institute for Supply Management of Silicon Valley. Ultriva's leading edge supply chain cloud software offers real world solutions to global manufacturing that requires solid collaboration between buyer and supplier."

Sponsorship for 12 months buys your organization: (1) Featured placement on ISM of Silicon Valley website and our other social media sites. (2) Business profile in ISM-SV's Supplier Sponsor Directory with links to your website, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, etc. and (3) Cross promotion for one live or virtual educational presentation per sponsorship. The Supplier Sponsor Directory includes "search" functionality based on tags/keyword you provide so buying corporations can know about your companies offering, etc.

If you are a diversity supplier, becoming a sponsor of ISM of Silicon Valley gives your firm solid visability in reaching the supplier sourcing community on a local and global level.

For the supply management professional, there is help to become certified as a Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®). The offering includes "One-on-One" instruction for exam preparation to sucessfully pass the CPSM® Exam, CPSD™ Exam, CPSM® Bridge Exam.

The benefits of becoming a individual member of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) of Silicon Valley are numerous. The new website makes the decision and logistics of becoming an individual ISM regular member quite simple. Just two steps to become an individual Member of the Institute for Supply Management at both the international level and local Silicon Valley level.

The Members Only section on the new ISM of Silicon Valley website is planned with expanded content. Members Only section of the new website currently includes: ISM-SV member directory, CPSM email study material & tips, The Supply Knowledge Biz Daily newspaper, etc.

Come and visit the NEW Institute for Supply Management of Silicon Valley!

If you or your company would like more information on individual ISM membership, becoming a sponsor, or presentation speaker: Please email us at

About Institute for Supply Management (ISM) of Silicon Valley
An affliate of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®), the first supply management institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM's mission is to enhance the value and performance of procurement and supply chain management practitioners and their organizations worldwide. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM® Report On Business® — ISM maintains a strong global influence among individuals and organizations. ISM is a not-for-profit educational association that serves professionals with an interest in supply management who live and work in more than 80 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD®) certifications.

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          Lower Gas Prices to Help North Dakota Travel Soar this Memorial Day Weekend    
By ND Commerce Tourism Division
According to AAA, motorists traveling in North Dakota this Memorial Day weekend will likely pay the lowest gas prices in six years. This bodes well for the state’s travel industry, as a majority of visitors arrive by car. Nationally, weekend holiday travel volume in 2015 is expected be the highest it has been in 10 years.

While the state’s most popular destination, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, will no doubt draw thousands of eager visitors, a number of other new and unique attractions should also see an increase in visitation.

“We are excited for the summer travel season to really kick off with Memorial Day weekend,” North Dakota Tourism Division Director Sara Otte Coleman said. “It is the first major travel weekend of the summer and with gas prices as friendly as they are to travelers, we are expecting to have a great turnout, especially with some of the exciting new and one-time options North Dakota has going on this year.”

2015 Vietnam Memorial Exhibit at Fargo Air Museum – through June 1
This emotionally poignant collection has been largely unseen for the last 35 years and the Fargo Air Museum is proud to be its temporary home, particularly over Memorial Day. This exhibit includes Era-specific aircraft, military vehicles and memorabilia displays, including a rarely seen art exhibition from artist, author, teacher and 101st Airborne Division Vietnam veteran Jim Fletcher.

50th Anniversary of State Parks
There are 13 unique and exciting state parks across North Dakota, all celebrating the 50th anniversary of North Dakota Parks and Recreation this summer. Visitors can choose from fun on lakes, camping in tipis or yurts, hiking trails or enjoying some of the best birding in North America. The state’s oldest park, Fort Abraham Lincoln in Mandan, will host its official anniversary celebration on Monday, May 25. Learn more

State Museum at the North Dakota Heritage Center, Bismarck
Fully-opened in November of last year, the 2015 travel season marks the first major opportunity for the museum to show off its impressive exhibits to out-of-towners. The museum features four new galleries, including impressive fossil displays and a history of the people and innovation that have come from the region. Visitation has doubled as a result of the new gallery space and exhibits hosting 200,000 in less than a year. Learn more

North Dakota’s fishing season never closes, meaning you have unlimited access to two of the best fishing lakes in the country. Devils Lake and Lake Sakakawea are both known for outstanding walleye fishing, but anglers can also catch northern pike, sauger, salmon, smallmouth bass, perch and white bass. Learn more

For more information about events throughout Memorial Day weekend and North Dakota Tourism, visit: or call 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663. 

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          Eye on Energy: ND's Roll in International Politics    
By KXNews

Tioga sits in the heart of the Bakken formation - the source of the state's meteoric rise in oil production over the past several years.

It also sits in the middle of an international political and economic power play.

North Dakota's success in becoming the second-leading oil producing state has meant an increase in the world's oil supply.

And last year, Saudi Arabia, the number two oil producing nation in the world - behind Russia - decided not to cut back its production in response to the growing supply.

That decision sent oil prices tumbling downward as the Saudis hoped their ability to produce oil cheaply would force other oil producing regions to cut back on their exploration.

And it placed North Dakota squarely in the center of the ongoing drama.

(Kathleen Neset, Neset Consulting) "We are part of it. Either a participant - actively participating, or collaterally a participant in this. I think it's just exciting to think that Tioga, North Dakota, Minot, North Dakota, these towns are actually on the map and absolutely a vital part of what's going on in this global economy." 

Neset's company has been based in Tioga since 1980 and provides geology and engineering services to oil companies.

Eye on Energy: ND's Roll in International Politics -

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           Improving Eye Movement Control in Young Readers    
Lehtimäki, Taina M. and Reilly, Ronan (2005) Improving Eye Movement Control in Young Readers. Artificial Intelligence Review, 24 (3). pp. 477-488. ISSN 0269-2821
          Honoring Our Heritage   
By ND Commerce - Tourism Division
Honoring Our Heritage
Heritage is something taken quite seriously in North Dakota, and until our recent population boom, it was easy to assume anyone who lived here came from farming roots. North Dakotans are a tight-knit group, often truthfully answering yes when people say, “I know someone from North Dakota. Do you know him?”
But there is a lot more to North Dakota heritage than how it may typically get portrayed on “Fargo” or as “fly-over country.” With Scandinavian and German influences impacting our state from our reserved personalities to our favorite holiday treats, there are many unique and special things to know about North Dakota
While more and more people are a generation removed from “the farm,” 90 percent of North Dakota is still privately owned land, and 90 percent of that land is used for agriculture. North Dakota farmers feed the world, growing durum that is used to make pasta across the globe. North Dakota leads the nation with commodities like wheat, flax, canola, sunflowers, pulse crops, honey, and more.

And it’s not just the crops we’re known for either.

Cattle production is also a key component of North Dakota agricultural exports. We produce enough beef for close to 115 million hamburgers yearly.

Visitors can learn about farming practices at interpretive centers throughout the state.

Pheasants, ducks, geese, deer, you name it, North Dakota has it and we hunt it. We take hunting very seriously, in fact, some schools even close on “deer opener.”  

If you want help finding the hidden gems, we’ve got you covered. There are numerous lodges across the state that cater to outdoor enthusiasts year round.

Sit down and eat
Craving lefse? Do you even know what lefse is? This “potato tortilla” is a holiday staple in North Dakota and one of the many authentic Scandinavian foods you can find just about everywhere here! Remember to put butter and sugar on top to truly enjoy this treat. Let the food adventure continue with North Dakota staples like knoephla soup, bison burgers, pheasant pizza or rhubarb martinis.

Cowboy up
Yep, we’re talking trail riding, roping, rodeos and ranching. North Dakota cowboys are the real deal, and cowboy hats and boots are a necessity not a fashion statement. 

Take a step into the cowboy lifestyle by riding the trails this fall around Theodore Roosevelt National Park, working cattle at Black Leg Ranch or try the Sheyenne Oaks horse park on the eastern end of the state. If you want to be a little less hands-on, visit the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame for a glimpse at the men and women who have made North Dakota’s cowboy culture so strong.

While they may not be “professional,” North Dakota sports teams definitely have the attention of the state and the nation.

Catch a University of North Dakota hockey game at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks.  With seven NCAA Division I National Championships under their belt, a home game has regular crowds of 12,000 people buzzing with excitement. Grab a grinder at the Red Pepper concession stands that have recently been added to the arena - the local food stop has been a staple in town since the 1960s.

The North Dakota State Bison football team is the reigning three-time Division I FCS national champs. Averaging more than 18,000 game attendees, the tailgating before the game gives fans the chance to mix and mingle. Bison fans set up their grills to tailgate in the parking lot and invite fans of the opposing team to stop and have a beer and a burger before the game. The Daily Meal named NDSU the #4 best college tailgate in the nation in 2014.

(Did you know famed NBA coach Phil Jackson also grew up in North Dakota?)

Whether it’s the wide open spaces or the peaceful solitude of winter, North Dakota has inspired many famous literary masters. Novelists like Louis L’Amour, who was considered one of the world’s most popular writers, are celebrated in the state. On the Louis L’Amour Trail you can step into the life and times of this great writer, who went on to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan.

Or you can experience the life of Laurainne Snelling’s famous character Ingeborg Bjorklund and her family who settled in “Blessing, ND” on the banks of the Red River. The Blessing Museum in Drayton, ND is a nod to the book’s tales of North Dakota’s early settlement days.
There is more than meets the eye in North Dakota, and it is our heritage that has helped define many of these hidden gems. As we celebrate our heritage this month – marking out 125th birthday – we invite guests to join us and experience our legendary state.

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          54 SINGS 1776, Kyle Dean Massey, Samantha Barks and More Coming Up at Feinstein's/54 Below This July   

This July, Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.

Scroll down for details, and to purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call (646) 476-3551.


Join Dream Theater Productions as they kick off the Fourth of July weekend with patriotic songs from classic Broadway musicals. Featuring songs, old and new, from Assassins, The Civil War, Hair, Rags and many others. Red, White, and Broadway features a cast of young, up and coming talent just starting out on their American Dreams!

Featuring Alex Birchwale, Stephanie Anne Christian, Shannon Doyle, Kate Glennon, Rashad Guy, Hunter Kovacs, Zach Miller, Erica Morreale, Alexandra Vecchio, and Matt Weinstein.

$35-45 cover charge. $75 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


Garry Trudeau's iconic characters come to life onstage in the satirical musical comedy Doonesbury, by Trudeau and Tony-nominated composer Elizabeth Swados. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip, this musical follows Mike Doonesbury and his pals as they get ready to graduate, leave their cozy Walden College enclave, and face the real world. The biting and tuneful satire of Doonesbury is more relevant than ever in 2017. Produced and directed by Mark Falconer, with musical direction by Will Buck (Oh, Brother! at Feinstein's/54 Below.)

Featuring original cast members of the 1983 broadway production Rachel Rhodes-Devey (Carousel at Lincoln Center, Most Happy Fella at Encores!), Colleen Hawks (The Boy From Oz, Shrek the Musical), Ron Spivak (Oh, Brother!, Mademoiselle Colombe, Henry, Sweet Henry), Kenny Metzger (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), John Jarrad Klapko (Oh, Brother!), Lendsey Kersey (The Mistress Cycle), Philip Jackson Smith (The Rage: Carrie 2, An Unauthorized Musical Parody in Concert), Eric Williams (Full House! The Musical!), Heath Saunders (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812), and Stephanie Jae Park (War Paint).

$30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Jennifer DiNoia, JULY 2 AT 9:30PM:

Jennifer DiNoia, currently starring as Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, makes her Feinstein's/54 below and New York City solo concert debut. Jennifer has performed the role of Elphaba in seven companies across four countries, more than any other actress in the show's history (Broadway, Chicago, both North American National Tours, London, Korea, and Australia). Having started her career with the First National Tour of Mamma Mia! and the original company of We Will Rock You in Las Vegas, Jennifer will be sharing the stories and tunes that inspired her along the way. Jennifer leads us on a rock-driven musical journey that spans the 1930s to today, with updated arrangements by Ben Cohn. Personal, poignant, and electrifying, this is an evening of music you won't want to miss.

$35-45 cover charge. $70 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

54 SINGS 1776, JULY 3-4 AT 7PM & 9:30PM:

The Fourth of July meets Broadway in the fourth annual concert staging of the beloved musical, 1776, at Feinstein's/54 Below. Showcase your patriotism with some of Broadway's brightest stars singing numbers such as "Sit Down, John," "He Plays The Violin," "Molasses To Rum" and more, as we celebrate the great sacrifices our friends, family, and founding fathers have made to shape our nation. Feinstein's/54 Below is delighted to wave the American flag proudly at this most beloved Broadway score as some of New York's most exciting voices proffer these uniquely American tunes. Join AbiGail Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Martha Jefferson, and John Adams as they descend upon the stage for what promises to be the perfect theatrical fit for the Fourth of July. Music direction by Geraldine Anello. Produced by Amy Sapp. Directed by Matt Redmond.

Featuring Kyle Scatliffe (The Color Purple, Les Miserables), Carrie St. Louis (Wicked, Rock of Ages), Kyle Timson (Shrek in International Tour of Shrek), Ryan Vona (Paramour, Once), Michael McCorry Rose (Wicked, A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder), Sam Hartley (The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical), Kim McClay (I'll Be Home for Christmas World Premiere), Wade McCollum (Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, Wicked), Alex Prakken (Newsies National Tour), Connor F. Deane (Les Miserables at the MUNY, Broadway Method Academy Executive Director), Michael Hull (Avenue Q, That Golden Girls Show), Ben Biggers (Elementary on CBS, Aida at the MUNY), Jordan Jacobs (Peter and the Starcatcher at Oklahoma CityRep), and Nathan Goodrich (The Fantasticks).

$25-45 cover charge. $60-70 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Nancy Anderson: TEN CENTS A DANCE, JULY 5 AT 7PM:

Let Nancy Anderson take you back to a time when speakeasies were born and jazz was king. With Ross Patterson and his little big band, Nancy, fresh off Broadway's Sunset Boulevard (where she understudied Glenn Close), revisits her critically acclaimed debut album Ten Cents a Dance in a nightclub uniquely appropriate to her quintessential jazz-age take on enduring classics by Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Irving Berlin, and the Artie Shaw Orchestra. Nancy Anderson is a multiple-time Drama Desk Award nominee who has appeared in such Broadway shows as A Class Act, Wonderful Town, and Sunset Boulevard. Her show, Nancy Anderson: Ten Cents a Dance, is produced and directed by Scott Siegel.

$35-45 cover charge. $75 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


Joan Vázquez, star of the Spanish productions of Merrily We Roll Along, Hair, and Mamma Mia!, makes his Feinstein's/54 Below debut in Something's Coming: A Tribute To Sondheim after his West End debut at Live at Zédel. Accompanying himself on piano, Joan celebrates music theatre genius Stephen Sondheim with legendary songs such as "Losing My Mind", "Finishing the Hat", "Send in the Clowns" and "Being Alive", while delivering Mr. Sondheim's witty quotes on the state of the art, love, and life. Don't miss this solo show by the new guy in town performing in the style of recent actor-musician Sondheim productions on Broadway.

Featuring special guests Natalie Weiss and Trey Ellet.

$25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


With music made famous by Janis Joplin, Dusty Springfield, Tina Turner, Carole King, Lesley Gore and more! Carole J. Bufford returns to Feinstein's/54 Below with the debut of her brand new show, "You Don't Own Me," celebrating the songstresses of the 1960s. Putting her own inimitable spin on these classics, Carole will delve into and celebrate a time of great change and transition in America and across the pond. The musical and cultural landscape was never the same after these bold and daring women planted their flags and ensured their voices were heard.

$25-45 cover charge. $60-75 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


The Real La La Land is a musical revue from the perspective of the former jazz club bartender/singing waiter turned band leader Dave Damiani. Like Ryan Gosling's character in the film, Dave Damiani and his group of young talented jazz musicians are in pursuit of bringing back the class, style, and swagger of places like the 500 Club, The Copacabana, Copa Lounge, and The Cocoanut Grove. With stories of actual successes and failures working for such musicians as Michael Buble', Justin Timberlake, The Jersey Boys, Steve Tyrell, and more... this show will warm your heart with the true experience of being a working musician and singer in the jazz community in Los Angeles. This amazing quartet will perform songs from great artists such as Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli, Dean Martin, Nat "King" Cole, Johnny Mercer, The Beatles, and many more!

Featuring Renee Olstead (vocalist & actress, Warner Brothers, David Foster, Unfriended, The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Dave Damiani (vocalist & bandleader, Sinatra 100, Polo Ralph Lauren), Bijon Watson (trumpet player from La La Land, Michael Bublé & Natalie Cole), Graham Dechter (guitarist from La La Land, Michael Bublé & The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra), and Alex Frank (bassist from the film Jersey Boys).

$30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Christine Andreas, JULY 7, 11, 14, & 15 AT 7PM:

Celebrate Edith Piaf... brought to life in the words of her friends, her triumphs and her music. An extraordinary portrait in song, performed in French and English... "La Vie En Rose," "Hymne a L'Amour," "L'Accordeoniste," "Milord," et "Je Ne Regrette Rien.'"

$50-60 cover charge. $85 VIP seating. $95-100 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


He's offensive, he's irreverent, and he can't buy liquor! Billy Recce (NYMF's youngest ever composer for Balloon Boy: The Musical, Rachel Unraveled) makes his Feinstein's/54 Below debut in an evening of outrageous, irreverent, and bitingly satirical musical theatre songs about what it means to be young, idealistic, and emotionally vulnerable in America. Often compared to a young Tom Lehrer, nineteen-year-old Recce's songs are tuneful and poignant, shamelessly laughing in the faces of Betsy DeVos, Neo-Nazis, Tomi Lahren and beyond. Joined by a colorful cluster of the country's most talented up-and-comers, an eight-piece band, and maybe even a few special guests, this "Yuge"-ly original song cycle is an unmissable event that'll trigger even the toughest snowflakes! A portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit the ACLU.

Featuring Patrick Swailles Caldwell (PharmaBro), Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Kinky Boots, Lysistrata Jones), Lynn Craig (Lazarus), Roger Dawley, Victoria Duffy, Alexa Joseph, Laura Laureano (Shrek), Sarah Rachel Lazarus, and Rachel Ravel.

$30-40 cover charge. $70 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


Porter Carroll, Jr., founder of Atlantic Starr, the rhythm and blues hit machine from the 70s and 80s, makes his Feinstein's/54 Below debut! Recently seen performing worldwide with Hall & Oates as their percussionist and vocalist, Porter Carroll, Jr., now brings to New York his own show, The Evolution of Cabaret. He will be joined by the amazing Wali Ali, Dave Livolsi, Erik Perez, and Danny Obadia. Featuring a tasty musical panoply that runs the gamut from rhythm and blues and improvisational jazz to soul, funk, blues, and rock & roll, this will be a concert to remember.

$40-50 cover charge. $85 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


It's always a special night when singer Frank Shiner returns to Feinstein's/54 Below, and this show, Lonely Town, Lonely Street, promises to be his best yet. Taking its name from his new sophomore album, (produced by twelve-time Grammy winner Jay Newland) Shiner has put his stamp on some of the best blue-eyed soul classics of all time including songs by Elton John, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Randy Newman, The Rascals, Justin Timberlake, Amy Winehouse, Van Morrison, and others. His version of Tony Joe White's classic "Rainy Night In Georgia" has drawn raves from the songwriter himself, posting on Facebook and Twitter his fondness for Frank's version.

Featuring an all-star band including guitarist Sherrod Barnes (Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Earth Wind & Fire), keyboardist Eric Finland (Greg Allman, Michael McDonald), drummer Dan Weiner (house drummer for America's Got Talent, Wu Tang Clan), saxophonist Jay Rodriquez (Elvis Costello, Patti LaBelle), and bassist Chris Anderson (Rachel Platten).

$30-40 cover charge. $70 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


Join us at Feinstein's/54 Below for a delightful evening featuring the songs of the beloved musical Godspell! In an unforgettable celebration of the Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak show, experience "Day By Day," "Beautiful City," "By My Side," "All For The Best," and "Learn Your Lessons Well" like you've never heard them before! Featuring an all-star cast, this concert is produced and directed by Nicole Lippey and A Work of Heart Productions. Music Directed by Adrian Ries.

Featuring Pablo Barajas, Matt Giroveanu, Melanie Beck, Joel De Candio, Alexandra Doman, Laura Laureano, Nicole Lippey, Carli Naff, Cadence Owensby, Taylor Patno, Adrian Ries, Jenna Rocca, and Danny Peter Smith.

$25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


After a sold-out debut, Broadway Goes A Cappella returns to Feinstein's/54 Below! Broadway and a cappella veterans come together for another very special performance of all new arrangements of classic and contemporary theatre songs, performed completely without instruments. Produced by Sam Strum. Concept & Musical Direction by Evan Feist.

Featuring: Atiles Sisters (2017 Aca Idol Champions), Miche Braden, Barry Carl (Rockapella), Harrison Chad (Caroline, or Change, Beauty and the Beast, Dora the Explorer), Amanda Cornaglia (FloVoice, Clear Harmonies), Evan Feist (FloVoice), Judy Fontana Minkoff (Stiletta, SingStrong), Tim Foust (Home Free), Charlie Friday (Clear Harmonies, Euphonism), Alex Green, Bryan Guffey, Candice Helfand-Rogers (Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, Broadway Inspirational Voices), Jamie Lee, Abena Mensah-Bonsu, Rene Ruiz (Toxic Audio, Bastard Jones), Kaitlyn Sheehan Ramirez, Marc Silverberg, Adam Spiegel (Camp Rolling Hills, Cloned!), Eric Spiegel, Jeff Thacher (Rockapella), Bryant Vance (Rockapella, Vocalosity), Darryl Williams (Avenue X, After Midnight, A Cappella the Musical), Emily Young, Satellite Lane (2 time NY Harmony Sweeps Audience Favorite), CONNECT (ACAIdol Winner 2015 & 2016, NY Harmony Sweeps Winner), and Low Key (Gotham, Z100).

$40-50 cover charge. $80 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


The all-male string quartet, Well Strung, has been receiving rave reviews at Feinstein's/ 54 Below and all over the world, and now they bring their brand new show to the venue in honor of Pride! A New York City based string quartet, the group derives their unique blend of vocals and strings by fusing classical music with the pop music of today. Members Edmund Bagnell (1st violin), Chris Marchant (2nd violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello), and Trevor Wadleigh (viola) spend their time making new music and touring internationally. The group was conceived by producer Mark Cortale and Chris Marchant.

$35-50 cover charge. $75-80 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Kyle Dean Massey, JULY 11, 13, & 15 AT 9:30PM:

Returning to Feinstein's/54 Below by popular demand, Kyle Dean Massey, star of Broadway's Next to Normal, Wicked, and Pippin, as well as the ABC series Nashville, looks back, not at the things that were, but at the things that weren't. Come listen to Kyle share songs he heard nightly but never sang himself, the ones he played on guitar or belted in the shower, the ones that made him dance or mended his broken heart ... all songs he was not able to share the way he wanted until now.

$35-50 cover charge. $75-85 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


Man of La Mancha is among the greatest of all Broadway musicals; its enduring appeal is marked by four Broadway revivals as well as productions all over the world that continue to this day. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical, made Richard Kiley a star, and has since been a star vehicle for the likes of Raul Julia and Brian Stokes Mitchell. But the show's greatest achievement is its magnificent score, highlighted by the classic hit song, "The Impossible Dream." In our concert version of the show, you will hear the remarkable story of how this show came to be, plus witness, in live performance, the exciting, rich, and vibrant songs that propelled this exquisite, emotionally towering saga into musical theater history. The concert version of Man of La Mancha is conceived, directed, and hosted by New York impresario Scott Siegel.

Featuring William Michals (South Pacific, The Scarlet Pimpernel), Lesli Margherita (Matilda, Dames at Sea), Bob Stillman (Two-time Tony nominee), and Anthony Santelmo, Jr.

$35-50 cover charge. $75-80 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Michael Lavine & FRIENDS, JULY 13 AT 7PM:

Broadway vocal coach, performer, and sheet music guru Michael Lavine is bringing his show Michael Lavine & Friends to the East Coast. He's done it five times all over Los Angeles with many stars, including Norm Lewis, Ellen Greene, Jack Noseworthy, Andrea Marcovicci, Daisy Eagan, Jason Graae, Vicki Lewis, and Jeff Marx. Join us as Michael hosts and tells fascinating stories about his work over the years with Broadway performers and writers, including Adolph Green, Sheldon Harnick, and Hugh Martin. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will go to The Actor's Fund.

Featuring special guests Mark Blowers, Steven Brinberg (Simply Barbra), Fay DeWitt (Niteclub Confidential), Tony Award Winner Daisy Eagan (The Secret Garden), DiAnne Fraser, Tony Award winner Debbie Gravitte (Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Les Miserables), Heather MacRae (Hair), Christine Pedi (NEWSical the musical), Tony Award Winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline, Or Change), Clarke Thorell (Hairspray, Titanic), Sarah Wadsley, and Carol Weiss (Composer).

$30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


If you skip through cast albums just to hear the very best songs in each show, this is the nightclub concert event for you. If you love the classics of the Great White Way, come and hear the songs that made Broadway great, that made your heart soar, that you used to sing (maybe still do) in the shower! But at Feinstein's/54 Below, you will hear the greatest Broadway songs of all time performed by today's greatest stars, singing them straight up, the way you want to hear them. Produced, directed and hosted by Scott Siegel.

$35-55 cover charge. $75-90 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

A BROADWAY MUSICAL, BY Charles Strouse, Lee Adams, AND William F. Brown, JULY 16 AT 7PM & 9:30PM:

From idealistic playwrights to jaded theatre party ladies, from egotistical stars to meek directors, A Broadway Musical, written by the Tony Award-winning team behind Bye Bye Birdie, lovingly spoofs all those crazy people who make up that business called "show." In 1964, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams adapted Clifford Odets' play Golden Boy for Rat Packer, Sammy Davis, Jr. The trials and tribulations of creating Golden Boy became the springboard for Strouse and Adams' 1978 musical, A Broadway Musical. Despite a fantastic score, and a witty book by The Wiz's William F. Brown, A Broadway Musical closed on its opening night and has not been heard by New York audiences since that fateful performance in 1978. Now, for one night only, Feinstein's/54 Below will take everyone back to 1978 and give audiences a second chance to hear what only a few got to experience on December 21st, 1978 when we present A Broadway Musical in concert. Directed and Produced by Robert W. Schneider.

Starring Major Attaway (Aladdin), Glory Crampton (Rothschild & Sons), Clifton Davis (Aladdin, TV's Amen), Sarah Routh Ellis (A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder), Jason Graae (Forever Plaid & International Cabaret Artist), Kyle Scatliffe (The Color Purple), and Neva Small (Henry, Sweet Henry).

And starring from the original cast Gwen Arment, Maris Clement, Michael Kubala, and Larry Marshall (The Color Purple).

Also featuring Roger Dawley, Sean Green, Kyle Javon, Mychael Leverage, Lethabo Moffome, Paris Alexander Nesbitt, Ruby Shadley, Rebecca Spigelman, and Alexia Sielo.

$30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Eleanor Reissa, JULY 17 AT 7PM:

The soulful "Yiddish diva" Eleanor Reissa (currently on Broadway in the cast of Indecent) and the Grammy Award-winning "mystical high priest of New Wave Avant-Klez jazz" Frank London (just back from Havana where his Yiddish/Spanish opera premiered) have been inspiring each other and their audiences in widely-acclaimed concerts for over a decade. Finally appearing at Feinstein's/54 Below to celebrate their first collaborative album, Vilde Mekhaye (Wild Ecstasy), they are backed by London's Klezmer Brass All Stars, featuring the best of a new generation of Klezmer artists Michael Winograd, Brian Drye, Ron Caswell, Aaron Alexander, Brandon Seabrook and Patrick Farrell.

$25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

NEW MUSICAL: SWEETWATER BY Sean Mahoney AND Patricia Noonan, JULY 17 AT 9:30PM:

Join us at Feinstein's/54 Below for a high-flying evening featuring the songs of Sweetwater, the original, true story of the Women's Air Force Service pilots of World War II. In a one-night-only, unforgettable celebration of the new musical by Patricia Noonan (book and lyrics) and Sean Mahoney (music), experience the songs from this brand-new show for the first time in public! Featuring an all-star cast of Broadway regulars, come join us at Avenger Field for this truly epic story of sacrifice, honor, and duty in an America at war. Directed by Gina Rattan. Music Directed by Vadim Feichtner.

Featuring Ally Bonino, Hannah Elless, Alexandra Ferrara, Jessica Fontana, Jenn Gambatese, Alyse Alan Louis, Jillian Louis, Eric William Morris, Patricia Noonan, and Pearl Sun.

$30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


Following his outrageous and mildly offensive album release show at Feinstein's/54 Below last fall, pint-sized NYC diva Chris Nicolosi is back, baby, whether you like it or not. As usual, Mr. Nicolosi will perform a stunningly eclectic setlist of pop/funk/r&b covers from his debut LP "Down with the Flippy Floppies" but - STOP THE PRESSES - he 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.

$25-35 cover charge. $50 VIP seating. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Daniel Koek, JULY 19 AT 7PM:

Daniel Koek is an international artist who has made a name for himself in London's West End, as well as Australia and some of the greatest theaters in Europe. An evening not to be missed, Daniel's show charts his transformation from SA Opera's Young Artist 2003 to one of Australia and the UK's best leading men. A sung-through timeline of Dan's career highlighting how a country boy with a big dream made it to the top! Produced by Megan Minutillo. Music direction by Dan Mertzlufft.

Daniel will be joined by special guests Betsy Struxness (Hamilton, Matilda) and Alicia Krakauer - with additional special guests soon to be announced!

$30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Meghan Murphy: THE BIG RED SHOW, JULY 19 AT 7:30PM:

Songstress powerhouse Meghan "Big Red" Murphy has taken the world by storm! Come see what all the fuss is about in an evening of songs, stories, sexiness, and sass by the diva herself! From pop to jazz, blues to folk, soul to showtunes, she'll sing 'em all and turn you into her next biggest fan! She's an old broad with a new twist. So come on down for a brassy, bawdy, boozy good time! Big voice. Big laughs. Big Red.

Joining Big Red is her long time accompanist Jimmy Morehead (Music Director of the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus; The Wiz, Theater Wit) on piano, Louis Tucci (Dear World, York Theater; A Comedy of Errors, Hartford Stage) on bass and guitar, and Jeff Roberts (Kinky Boots 1st Nat. Tour, Barrington Stage) on drums. Special guest star Michael Buchannan (The Book of Mormon 1st Nat. Tour, Broadway: The Addams Family, Crybaby) will also join.

$25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Savannah Frazier WITH SPECIAL GUESTS Aaron Young AND Kyle Scatliffe, JULY 20 AT 9:30PM:

Savannah Frazier (Amazing Grace, Wonderful Town) joyously makes her Feinstein's/54 Below solo concert debut. Come see this tall, gangly ingenue joined by some of her most talented special guest friends including Broadway's JacoB Smith (Frozen; Doctor Zhivago), Aaron Young (Fiddler On The Roof) and Kyle Scatliffe (Les Mis, The Color Purple, Big River). Savannah will dazzle you with tunes ranging from the classic "Will He Like Me?" and "My White Knight" to newer work from The Bridges of Madison County and Bright Star, to the comedic landscape of Sondheim's Company. Ever-Long: Tales from a Tall Ingenue and Other Short(er) Stories is a night of comedy and heart not to be missed!

$25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Samantha Barks, JULY 21-22 AT 7PM:

Samantha Barks makes her New York cabaret debut at Feinstein's/54 Below with 2 exclusive shows. After rising to fame as a contestant on BBC talent show I'd Do Anything in 2008, Samantha has wowed fans and critics alike with her stunning voice and captivating performances in film, theatre, and television. It was Barks' performance as Éponine in the West End production of Les Misérables, however, that led to her first movie credit, reprising the role in Tom Hooper's Oscar winning adaptation. Expect musical theatre classics and songs from Samantha's new album including "On My Own," "As Long as He Needs Me" and even some Disney as she makes her New York cabaret debut!

$65-75 cover charge. $85 VIP seating. $125-130 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


Katie Welsh returns to Feinstein's/54 Below in her brand new show, The Evolution of the Broadway Musical Heroine. In this evening of song, Katie travels through the decades, from the 1940s to the 2010s, on a quest to understand how Broadway's leading ladies have changed over time. For example, what makes a Rodgers & Hammerstein heroine different from a Sondheim heroine? How do our favorite female characters navigate the world of relationships in similar and different ways? Katie considers these questions as she sings songs from a range of beloved musicals, including Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Bells Are Ringing, Anyone Can Whistle, Sweet Charity, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and many more.

$25-35 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


Lady and the Vamps takes the stage with a "sex"tet of Manhattan's finest jazz musicians and a group of diversely talented performers for a sultry evening filled with guilty pleasures. Under the direction of Hope Echols Jarman (Vocals), and the musical direction of Yoonmi Choi (Piano), Ménage á Trios is a variety show that will keep you begging for "MORE!" Lady and the Vamps prides themselves on their technical abilities and musical versatility, breaking boundaries with their unique sound. Produced by the creative team that brought Salute the Troops to Feinstein's/54 Below last Memorial Day, Ménage à Trois will blur the lines of a promiscuous affair between colorful genres of music including sultry jazz standards like "Comes Love," to disco classics like "It's Raining Men" and chart topping hits like "That's What I Like" by Bruno Mars.

For one night only at Feinstein's/54 Below, Tommy J. Wright will host this class act extravaganza with guest performances by Cenny Ray, Julianna Ward, Danielle Summons, and Jordan Fife Hunt. We welcome you to leave your inhibitions at home for a one-night stand with Lady and the Vamps.

$25-35 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


DeMarius R. Copes is excited to debut his solo show at Feinstein's/54 Below! Most recently seen in The Prom at ALLIANCE THEATRE, DeMarius also may be recognized as an original ensemble member of the first National Tour of Newsies. The night will be set with an eclectic mix of songs, including musical theater (Dear Evan Hansen, if you're lucky), jazz, and pop music. Laugh as he shares the most welcoming shade you've ever experienced. Smile as he takes you on a vocal journey like no other. And, of course, drink as he sings - until the bartender cuts you off - because let's face it, it's Saturday night in Manhattan with DMC!

$15 cover charge. $35 premium seating. 2 drink or $20 food and beverage minimum.

Tim Realbuto & FRIENDS SING Jeanine Tesori, JULY 23 AT 9:30PM:

Join award-winning performer/composer Tim Realbuto (The Emperor's Club; Off-Broadway's YES) as he returns to Feinstein's/54 Below for the fifth time, this time celebrating one of Broadway's greatest treasures, Tony Award-winning composer and women's history maker Jeanine Tesori. Songs from Tesori's Thoroughly Modern Millie, Fun Home, Caroline, or Change, Violet, and Shrek the Musical will come alive for one night only! Show created and conceived by Tim Realbuto. Musical direction by Julianne B. Merrill. Directed by Paul Mitchell Wilder.

Featuring Rozi Baker (Shrek the Musical, Bonnie & Clyde), Yvette Bedgood (Caroline, or Change, Freedom's Song), Grace Bennett (Dooples the musical), Nicole Corris (Forbidden Broadway: SVU), Eddie Egan (West Side Story, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular), Mallory Escott (Violet), Grace Field (After We're Gone), Jennifer Fouché (Sistas the Musical, Rock of Ages), Nick Gaswirth (The Great Comet, A Christmas Story), Jenna Leigh Green (Wicked, Sabrina The Teenage Witch), Kimberly Faye Greenberg (Danny and Sylvia, Fabulous Fanny), Teresa Hui (Candide),Mara Kaye (SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical), Erin Leddy (Ghostlight), Sarah Litzsinger (Beauty and the Beast, Amour), Katie Mack (No Filter: A Love Story), Brianna Morris (Young Frankenstein), Lieselotte Nickmans (9 to 5), Marissa O'Donnell (Shrek, Annie), Chazmond J. Peacock (Porgy and Bess, Oliver!), Tim Realbuto (Ghostlight), Kevin Riddagh (Gaybraham Lincoln: The Musical), Laurissa "Lala" Romain (South Pacific, Chris Rock's Top Five), Christina Sajous (American Idiot, Spiderman), Joshua J. Schwartz (42nd Street), Mavis Simpson-Ernst (Evita; You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown), Allison St. Rock (Wunderkind; Hair), Lauren Testerman (Love Quirks, The Black Book), Sofia Trimarchi (Fun Home), Adena Walker (Carrie), Morgan Weed (American Psycho), Paul Mitchell Wilder (City of Angels), Noah Zachary (Poster Boy, I Am Anne Hutchinson/I Am Harvey Milk), Eva Zazzali (Broadway's Next Generation, Shrek), Valentina Zazzali (Reddi High, Shrek), Mindy Cassle, MariaElisa Rosta Costa, Mary Hannah Dober, Cameron Draper, Erin Elizabeth Eichorn, Stevie Elle, Deborah Heagen, Casey Miko, Kristina Platé, Kathryn Porterfield, Jackie Reynolds, Shannon Rowland, Brianna Leigh Smail, Krystal Sobaskie, Eric Stephenson, Steve Walsh.

$25-35 cover charge. $60 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


Share an evening of hilarity with the original cast as they celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! - the off-Broadway musical celebrating the music of comedy genius Allan Sherman. The show opened at Circle in the Square downtown in late 1992 to rave reviews and audience delight and included such classics as "One Hippopotami," "Harvey and Shelia" and the classic title song. The cast, under the musical direction of David Evans, shares the story of one 'Barry Bockman' from cradle to the grave with laughter, wit and tears. This is the ONE family reunion you don't want to miss this summer. Conceived and written by Douglas Bernstein and Rob Krausz.

FEATURING Tovah Feldshuh, Mary Testa, Jason Graae, Paul Kreppel, and Stephen Berger.

$35-45 cover charge. $75 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

Liz Callaway: THE BEAT GOES ON, JULY 25, 28, & 29 AT 7PM:

Tony nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist, Liz Callaway, returns to Feinstein's/54 Below this summer with an evening of music from the 1960s called The Beat Goes On. Featuring pop hits of the era and music from Broadway and the movies, the show also includes songs from her iconic album The Beat Goes On.

$40-50 cover charge. $80-85 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


Grab your best excessive smoky eye and join some of your Broadway faves for a moment you'll never remember, and a night you'll never forget! Audiences can expect to hear everything from the quintessential "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" and "Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off" to the more recent "Hallelujah," "This Is Gospel," "The Good, The Bad, and The Dirty," and many more. If you've ever screlted Spring Awakening alone in your bedroom, written Newsies fan fiction, or cried because American Psycho closed, this is a concert you don't want to miss! Music Directed by Eric Sorrels. Produced by Ashlee Latimer.

Featuring Nicholas Barasch, Alex Boniello, Max Chernin, Kaitlyn Frank, Kathryn Gallagher, and Natalie Walker.

$30-40 cover charge. $65 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

THE CAST OF CATS SINGS Andrew Lloyd Webber, JULY 26 AT 7PM & 9:30PM:

Jellicle cats come out tonight! Jellicle cats come one, come all! Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most successful composers in musical theatre history - and now the first to have four shows running on Broadway at the same time. In this concert, the cast of Cats salutes the man and his music with songs from Evita, Sunset Boulevard, The Phantom of the Opera, Starlight Express, and more. Come hear a cast of "feline, fearless, faithful, and true" vocalists pay tribute to the music of the legendary composer.

Featuring Richard Todd Adams, Lili Froehlich, Francesca Granell, Jessica Hendy, Harris Milgrim, Madison Mitchell, Megan Ort, Arianna Rosario, Christine Cornish Smith, and Tanner Ray Wilson.

$35-45 cover charge. $75 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.


Tiffany Haas and Michael McCorry Rose, former "Glinda" and "Fiyero" in Broadway's smash hit Wicked, return to Feinstein's/54 Below with their concert Cheek to Cheek: A Broadway Romance, a fun and flirty evening of popular Broadway love songs and the untold stories behind the composers who wrote them. Expect cherished classics from landmark songwriters: George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Lorenz Hart, Johnny Mercer, Stephen Sondheim, Adam Guettel, and more, including songs by some of New York's best new musical theater songwriters. Join them for an enchanted evening of romance on Broadway.

Please call 757-873-0454 for tickets. For more information please visit


"The Heavyweights" Jeremy Geller (The Great Blueness), Larry Owens (Spamilton), and Cole Ragsdale (Gigantic), with special guest TBA, premiere their madcap, rambunctious, three man concert of Little Shop of Horrors! These comedic and vocal powerhouses will show you that it doesn't matter what you look like to get the girl, wish the grass was greener, fight the monster, or fall in love. Try not to blink...these three play every role and switch characters almost every scene! Featuring "Somewhere That's Green," "Feed Me (Git It)," and "Suddenly, Seymour" by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. This is the Little Shop of Horrors you know and love, but turned on its head!

$30-40 cover charge. $70 premium seating. $25 food and beverage minimum.

MUSEMATCH 10.0, JULY 28 AT 11:30PM:

MuseMatch is a "Musical Theater Blind Date" where composers are paired with singers they don't know and asked to share themselves authentically leading to daring, bold new material. Music Directed by Nathan Dame. Produced by Scott Guthrie and Bill Coyne.

Featuring Emily Gardner Hall & Michael Deleget, Devin Ilaw & Spencer Robelen, Badia Farha & Emily Rose, Lauren Blackman & Dylan Marcaurele & Mike Ross, David Alan Thornton & Angela Sclafani, Taylor Iman Jones & Brett Macias, Bryant Martin & Ryan Kelly Berkowitz, Angel Reda & BRandon Lowden, Joanna Burns & Jessica Hendy, Brenna Yeary & James Stewart, Caitlin Lee Reid & Andrew Hanley, and Jamal Crowelle & Ilene Reid with Michael Heitzman.

$20 cover charge. $45 premium seating. 2 drink or $20 food and beverage minimum.


There is nothing like a great torch song. The reason: we've all been there! We know what those emotions feel like, and Broadway's grea

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          July 1, 2017 – The Eye Opener   
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          My 6 Month Spending Diet Plan   

Okay, so I have to apologize to everyone. When I put this little challenge together I didn't realize that for those of us in the US we'd be starting this adventure over the long 4th of July weekend. What was I thinking?!! Good grief!

For those outside of the US, you have it a little easier but not much since it still is starting over the weekend. Well, I guess we all have to go big or go home.

Are you ready? Honestly, I'm not. But the thought of not spending money for 6 months is something I'll never be completely ready for. So let's do this!

My 6 Month Spending Diet Plan

Since I attempted the No Spend month in March, and failed miserably, I had a pretty good idea of how I was going to tackle a 6 month no spending plan. This post contains affiliate links.

I am allowing myself to spend money on:

  • Bills - Unfortunately, I have to still pay these guys.
  • Gas - I drive a lot for work, so this is imperative. But, as for the weekends, I'll be staying put as much as I can.
  • Food - Read how I am tackling this monster, here.
  • Daphne - Now that I only have one little girl buying litter, treats, and food has really been cut in half. But, I have still budgeted keeping Daphne VERY well cared for.
  • Birthdays / Christmas presents - For the next 6 months I only have two more birthdays to buy for and then Christmas. This is something I still have to include but I'm thinking of a handmade gift and a less expensive gift for Christmas. 
  • Driver's license - I don't have a choice about this one.
  • Vet / Eye Dr. / Dentist - Whew, baby! These guys can really add up but they are on my calendar for the rest of the year.  
  • Eating out - This is ONLY once a month with friends and in November for NaNoWriMo. If you don't know about NaNoWriMo it is also known as National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a novel in a month. I'll post more about this later in the year. I missed out last year because of my big old bust of a craft fair, but I am joining in this year. We do a lot of write-ins at restaurants so I'm holding all of my eating out days until November and even then I won't be participating as much as I have in the past. 

I will NOT be allowing myself to spend money on:

  • Crafts - NO CRAFT SUPPLIES! I have to keep repeating that to myself for the whole rest of the year. The only exception will be if I need something for my new designs for my Etsy shop. I have an idea of what I might need to pick up once I get working on them, but it shouldn't cost me more than a few dollars.
  • Home Decor - A 6-month spending moratorium at Pier 1, Kirkland's, HomeGoods, Target, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Macy's. . . And the Halloween and fall decorations are hitting the stores soon. Super sad face!
  • Clothes / Shoes / Purses - I just purged my closets so I really don't want to bring a bunch of new stuff in. But, I do have a couple of items that I will need to replace over the next several months. Those 4 or 5 pieces are all I'm allowing in the clothes & shoes department for the rest of the year. Purses are my downfall but I found a couple during my purge that I haven't used in awhile so I'll be using them throughout the next few months.
  • Makeup - I just bought a brand new Urban Decay eye shadow that I am hoping will last me for a few months. Then I'll move onto some of my other colors. I'm going to try really hard to not buy anything other than foundation for the rest of the year. 
  • Netflix / Hulu / Spotify / PicMonkey. . . - As of today I've gotten rid of PicMonkey Premium and Netflix, although Stranger Things and Longmire are coming back this fall and all of the seasons of iZombie and Pretty Little Liars will be added soon, so I might splurge with my wild card (see below) and buy one month to binge-watch everything. Hulu and Spotify I love and are paid up until the end of October. I'm going to reevaluate both of them in the fall. I no longer have cable so giving up both Hulu and Netflix will be rough! 
  • Wordpress web hosting -  My Etsy shop, Retro Girl Design, has its own website. Not many people know about it and I'm hoping to change that in the next few months, but for right now there is no need for me to be paying for web hosting on Wordpress. So, I will not be renewing the web hosting but I am renewing the URL yearly fee with Namecheap. I am in the process of updating this blog as well as setting up a new crochet pattern blog and moving my Etsy shop website over to a blog all for FREE on Blogger. I'm hoping to have all 3 blogs completely done and all of my destash and last call handmade items posted in my shop by the end of July. I am going to be one crazy busy girl. :)

Wild Card

I will be including $20 a paycheck as my wild card spending. I get paid twice a month so that is $40 for the entire month! Some things I will most likely need to spend the money on:

  • Potting soil / plants
  • Grass clippers
  • Kitchen rug
  • Hair cut / hair dye
  • URL renewal fees
  • Air filters
  • Oil change(s) / tire rotation(s)
  • Light bulbs
  • Contact lenses 
  • Leaf bags / large garbage bags
  • Toll road fees
  • Insect repellent / ant & roach traps
  • Cold weather care: lip balm / hand cream / tissues
  • Christmas lights 
  • B&B / Starbucks

I know some of these are minor but I wanted to show just how many little things can pop up over the next 6 months.

Gift Cards

I am also allowing myself to use any of the gift cards that I currently have or will get for my birthday and/or Christmas. I view these as free money so I can enjoy a treat or two without actually spending any money. 

Goals for Month 1

  • Make a list of all of my bills, monthly payments, and the outstanding balances - This one will probably cause me to have an anxiety attack, but it something that must be done. Once I get the exact amounts I can figure out the best way to start to tackle the payments. 
  • Contact my credit card companies to see if they can reduce my interest rates - I'm really not looking forward to calling my credit card companies, but if I can get even one to cut me a break it will be worth it. 
  • Compile two weeks worth of meals - This will help especially when I'm budgeting for my weekly/every other week food shopping. 
  • Delete all shopping emails and unfollow companies I will not shop from for the rest of the year - I've been meaning to do this for awhile so this one won't be too hard to do.

Here is the thing. I want to save as much money as I possibly can over the next 6 months, but I also don't want to be totally miserable. I feel it is perfectly fine to have a little fun now and then, which is why I budgeted in a wild card and my gift cards. I think it is a pretty good start!

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Read the book that inspired my 6 Month Spending Diet Challenge.

          5 Tips & Tricks to Save Money on Groceries   

This week we are in prep mode for the 6 Month Spending Diet Challenge, which starts tomorrow, June 30 and runs until December 31, 2017. 

Saving money while grocery shopping has been so difficult for me lately. I feel like I'm just spinning my wheels and not saving anything. This is something I really need to get a handle on or I am going to have a very difficult 6 months. 

Over the past couple of weeks, I've researched different tips and tricks for saving money on groceries. 

Couponing is almost always the number one way to save money, but most of the time it really doesn't help me much on my clean eating diet. Also, it can get very overwhelming with coupon stacking and double coupon day. . .  

So I took a hard look at my own situation and chose the top five ways I can start to save money on my grocery bill.

5 Tips and Tricks to Save Money on Groceries

1. Make detailed inventory lists of your food and household items

This is the very first thing to do and it helps so much. Why? For two reasons. 

The first is you will have a master list of the items that you use. But be sure to be as detailed as possible. If you only use Heinz ketchup write that down. Only like Crest toothpaste. Add that to the list. If there are some items that you really don't care about, like what type of mustard you buy, just write down mustard. You can search the weekly sales and pick up the one that is the cheapest.

Some inventory lists you will want to include: pantry, freezer, refrigerator, spice cabinet, medicine cabinet, and laundry room. I've been using's free printable inventory checklists for the pantry and freezer. I like them because they are blank. If you want some that are more detailed check out this Pinterest Board. These lists will help when you come across sales or coupons. 

Also, plan for the entire spending diet (or as long as you want). My spending diet will run throughout three seasons: summer, fall, and winter. I know that I always get bronchitis in the fall and that I can't live without Ricola and Mucinex. So with my master list from my medicine cabinet, I can keep an eye out for sales on both items, which will most likely happen before the fall. I can stock up now and be all ready for when bronchitis season hits!

My lists are still works in progress because I keep remembering things that need to be added. But once the master lists are completed it will make shopping so much easier and cheaper.

The second, you can shop from your lists first. Why buy another jar of salsa when you have two in the pantry already. Yep! This just happened to me last week. And it will help keep the food from spoiling. If you are shopping from your pantry the food will continue to get rotated out regularly. It will also make it a little easier for you to tackle #2 on the list.

2. Shop every other week or *gasp* once a month

This is going to be a toughie for me.  I love to take salads to work but lettuce just isn't going to last for 2 weeks. So I am on the lookout for some other lunch recipes that I can substitute for my salads on week 2. Pinterest is the best place to search for recipes, but I've been hitting the library lately to check out some cookbooks too. Lots of great, FREE recipes out there!

If I can cut my grocery bill in half by only shopping twice a month I will be one very happy girl.

3. Become a member of your local grocery store

This is really simple and I think most people already do it, but it can really save you money. Just make sure the membership is free! 

My local grocery store is Food Lion. They have a free MVP program that loads monthly offers to your digital card. Every time you shop the cashier scans your MVP card. Once the reward criteria are met you earn money.

These Food Lion rewards are perfect for me and my clean eating diet. And while it might not be a ton of savings, combining the rewards can really add up. 

4. Download shopping apps to your phone

This might be the best thing that I have done to save money. I don't have a fancy iPhone, just a little Andriod that doesn't hold a ton of apps. So, I loaded my shopping apps to my iTouch. It works just as well. (affiliate links)

There are a ton of shopping apps out there. Believe me, I've tried a lot of them. But the two that have worked the best for me are Flipp and Ibotta.


I always check Flipp first. It lists all of the local weekly store flyers in one app. And the best thing about it is you can search for a specific item and it will show you all of the stores that have it on sale that week. This past weekend I searched for Pepsi and saw that Target had it the cheapest for the week. 

You can also look at individual flyers from your favorite stores. I checked the Food Lion flyer and saw that there is a buy one get one free coupon for Heinz ketchup and French's mustard. I can go buy my ketchup and get some mustard for free. Score!

And something I just figured out is you can add your loyalty cards from your favorite stores to your app, load the coupons to your loyalty cards, and redeem rebates for cash. I'll be setting up my cards before I go shopping this weekend.


I think a lot of people know about Ibotta, but if you don't it is another great rebate app. Their motto is "turn your receipts into cash". 

It is super simple. Search the Ibotta app for rebates and add them to your account. Purchase the products from one of the participating stores (you can find the list on the bottom of each rebate). Then take a picture of your receipt and the Ibotta app will verify the purchase and rebate. Your money is usually added to your account within a day. 

If you haven't signed up yet and think this app is perfect for you just click on my Ibotta friends link below. You will be rewarded with a $10 welcome bonus! 

Two more money saving making sites

Another tip is to sign up for Swagbucks and Ebates. Both sites reward you for shopping online. While this might seem counterintuitive to the 6-month spending diet, if you shop online, especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up soon you will definitely want to sign up. The rewards are pretty sweet! 

Swagbucks is the best!!! It rewards you with gift cards to places like Target, Walmart, and Amazon. 

You can also choose a Visa gift card to use anywhere or money to your Paypal account. Any of these gift cards can be used to buy groceries or household items. 

You earn Swagbucks or SBs by shopping online, watching videos, and even searching the internet. I just got 30 SBs the other day just for searching the internet. 

You need at least 1,000 SBs for a gift card, but the SBs really do add up. I usually earn enough for a gift card about every 2 months, or so. 

After several years of using the site I've redeemed my SBs for gift cards from Amazon, Starbucks, Target, Home Depot, Visa, and Paypal. This is all FREE money! If you do a lot of web searching or online shopping this site is perfect for you. 

Find out more about the site and sign up using my referral link:

Ebates also rewards you for shopping online, but instead of a gift card they send you a "big fat check". I get my money sent to my PayPal account, which is even faster! 

For the upcoming 4th of July holiday Ebates is offering double cash back at a lot of stores. What does this mean? Let's say you are shopping for birthday or Christmas presents and you spend $100 at Macy's. You use the Ebates site while shopping this weekend and with a 6% cash back bonus you will get an automatic $6 added to your account!

Again, more FREE money just for shopping online. 

Ebates is running a little promo now that the first two people to sign up by June 30 using my personal link will get $10 for free!

5. Don't forget to check the non-grocery stores

I can't tell you how many things I have found cheaper at non-grocery stores. Last week I bought my water at Staples, my popcorn at Dollar Tree, and my pistachios at Walgreens. It is crazy where you can find some really great prices on everyday items.

This is where the shopping apps will really come in handy. I now know to look at Staples for household items; the Dollar Tree for popcorn, spices, and Ziploc bags; and Walgreens for pistachios, granola bars, and toilet paper/paper towels.

Unfortunately, this all takes a bit of getting used to as well as some time to organize yourself. But once you get the hang of it, it really isn't difficult. And the payoff is well worth the extra time.

Bonus: Start a piggy bank / spare change jar

A couple of months ago I started tossing all of my extra change I got into a glass jar. Last night I poured it all out and did a quick count. I have almost $20 worth of change in that little jar. I just need to roll the coins and I'll have a nice chunk of change to take with me when I go food shopping next month. FYI: you can pick up a bag of change rolls at Dollar Tree for $1!

I hope these tips and tricks for saving money on groceries will be as useful to you as they have been for me.

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          Cómo elegir tus básicos de belleza, 5 ideas    

Si no me considero una experta en moda, ¡mucho menos en belleza! Aunque sí que es verdad que después de probar y probar, he ido encontrando algunos productos que he mantenido a lo largo de los años y sin los que no podría vivir -esto es un poco exageración, pero algo de razón tiene-. 

No soy muy "apañá" y no me gusta mucho experimentar, por eso, si lo encuentro no lo cambio por nada. De momento puedo decir que tengo 10-12 productos básicos con los que estoy encantada, algunos de ellos me acompañan desde hace más de 7 años, como el Gel Limpiador de la línea Cleanance de Avène. 
Y vosotras, ¿habéis encontrado los vuestros? Sino, podéis seguir estas 5 ideas para ayudaros en la búsqueda ;).

1. Elegir productos acordes a tu tipo de piel
Para ello, primero tienes que tener claro cuál es tu tipo de piel, cosa que yo he conocido hace relativamente poco. Siempre he pensado que tenía la piel grasa, pero algo importante es que también la tengo sensible. Muchas veces los productos para pieles grasas irritan la piel, por lo que tengo que elegir líneas a base de agua termal, menos alcoholes y astringentes, etc.
2. Atenta a la fecha de caducidad

Algunas de nosotras no le solemos prestar atención y podemos estar utilizando un producto durante años, pero es muy importante seguir sus recomendaciones de uso. La caducidad oscila entre 3 meses y 48 meses una vez abierto el envase, ya que cuando lo abrimos comienza a oxidarse al contacto con el aire. 
¿Pasa algo si estoy utilizando un producto después de la fecha de caducidad? No lo sé, pero no es recomendable; a mi me pasó con un solar, que de un año a otro cambió de olor, color y textura... uff!

3. Déjate aconsejar por una profesional de la belleza

Porque muchas veces nos podemos pasar horas viendo tutoriales en Youtube y creemos que nos vamos a convertir en unas expertas en belleza, pero no. Con los pies en la tierra y teniendo en cuenta que la piel nos va a acompañar durante toda nuestra vida, es 100% aconsejable ponernos en manos de una persona que se dedique profesionalmente al cuidado de la piel. 

4. Lo barato a veces sale caro

Hace un tiempo leía en un estudio que no habían encontrado grandes diferencias entre una crema que trataba las arrugas de 10 y otra de 100 euros. Que las marcas de cosmética añaden márgenes excesivos es algo que todas sabemos (y que solemos criticar), pero no por eso debemos elegir los productos más baratos. Lo ideal es comparar los ingredientes y principios activos de cada producto y elegir el mejor en cuanto a calidad-precio.

5. Probar y probar

Porque mi amiga "fulanita tiene la piel igual que yo y está utilizando la crema "x" que le va de maravilla. Creo que he caído en este error más de una vez, y nunca me han ido bien esos productos. La clave está en probar y probar (sin desesperarnos ni ilusionarnos), tarde o temprano encontraremos nuestro producto ideal.

Una vez vistas estas 5 ideas me gustaría compartir con vosotras mis imprescindibles de belleza, algunos llevan conmigo más tiempo que otros, pero son pequeños tesoros que me ha costado encontrar y que se quedarán conmigo muuuchos años. ¿Utilizáis alguno de ellos?


Unos 7 años que lo llevo usando y no lo cambio por ninguno. He probado otras marcas también para pieles grasas... ¡pero me quedo con este! No lleva jabón y está formulado a base de agua termal.
¿Dónde comprarlo? Cualquier Farmacia o Parafarmacia.

Desmaquillante de ojos: TOTAL MAKEUP REMOVER de ATACHE
Un extraordinario aceite que suelo combinar con el tónico para eliminar el maquillaje de ojos y labios. Además de desmaquillar, hidrata y fortalece las pestañas.
¿Dónde comprarlo? Centros de belleza que trabajen con la marca o farmacias seleccionadas.

La uso para todo. Piel irritada después de la depilación, pequeñas rojeces o quemaduras del sol, tónico después de la limpieza, combinado con el desmaquillante de ojos, y mil etcéteras.
¿Dónde comprarlo? Cualquier Farmacia o Parafarmacia.

Ha sido una de mis últimas adquisiciones y estoy encantada con ella. Deja la piel, limpia, mate y purificada. Además, ha eliminado por completo la sensación de piel pesada que me producían hidratantes anteriores que estaba utilizando.
¿Dónde comprarla? Yo la compré en Isabel Bedia, pero podéis encontrarla en centros de belleza que trabajen con Natura Bissé.


Durante estos últimos años he tenido muchos problemas de caída de cabello, además como tengo el pelo muy fino me da miedo utilizar productos con detergentes o productos químicos que puedan hacer que se debilite o caiga más. Descubrí AVEDA gracias a las chicas de Isabel Bedia, una marca de productos naturales a base de plantas, flores y aceites esenciales. Llevo más de 1 año utilizando sus productos y noto el cabello mucho más sano, por lo que no voy a cambiar esta marca por nada :). 

La línea Pure Abundance está indicada para aportar volumen y espesor, es de las que más me gusta porque hace que los 4 pelos que tengo parezcan más! La suelo combinar con el champú Rose Mary, ya que tengo el cuero cabelludo bastante graso y ayuda a regularlo.



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Como anti-tomarse-nada fui un poco reacia cuando me recomendaron estas vitaminas, pero creo es que el resultado es impresionante. En los momentos que más débil me noto el cabello me las tomo y me ayudan muchísimo. Llevan Vitamina D, E, K, C, Biotina, Zinc, Selenio, Calcio, Magnesio, Hierro y Ácido Fólico.

¿Dónde comprarlo? 
Los productos AVEDA se venden en exclusiva en Alicante en Isabel Bedia, y las vitaminas también son de allí, aunque Lamberts es una empresa farmacéutica, así que supongo que en farmacias también las podréis encontrar bajo pedido.


Máscara de pestañas: HAUTE & NAUGHTY LASH de MAC
Si tuviese que quedarme con uno de todos estos productos sin duda sería con esta "milagrosa" máscara de pestañas. Cuando la pruebas no puedes utilizar otra marca ya que el volumen que te aporta a las pestañas es el más impactante y natural que he encontrado. Definitivamente no podría vivir sin ella.
¿Dónde encontrarlo? En cualquier tienda MAC. En Alicante sólo en El Corte Inglés.

¿Producto sobrevalorado? ¿Mucha publicidad? ¿Que hay otros mejores? Puede ser, pero a mí me encanta. Su textura es más cómoda que los correctores porque se extiende mejor (muchas veces los correctores se quedan cuarteados) y el resultado es impecable.
¿Dónde encontrarlo? Perfumerías, ECI, Sephora, etc.

Eye liner: RAPIDBLACK de MAC
Es de los que más aguanta, el color es queda intenso y se desmaquilla sin problemas.
¿Dónde encontrarlo? En cualquier tienda MAC. En Alicante sólo en El Corte Inglés.

Fijador de cejas: GIMME BROW de BENEFIT.
Uno de mis básicos desde que descubrí el bar de cejas de Benefit. Aporta un ligero volumen a las cejas y rellena los huecos de manera natural. 
¿Dónde encontrarlo? Sephora.

Y hasta aquí mi pequeña selección. Pensaréis que me faltan muchos, como un exfoliante, hidratante corporal, base de maquillaje, polvos... pero sigo sin encontrarlos :(, así que si podéis contarme vuestros básicos tal vez lo encuentre!  

¡Que paséis una estupenda semana! ♥

          Garth Fagan Dance   
Last night I saw Garth Fagan Dance at Celebrate Brooklyn. It was amazing. I loved every minute of it. The program was six dances and the company was fantastic and charismatic. The choreography blended modern with Afro-Carribean and classical technique. I think my favorites were the lovely, slow, evocative "No Evidence of Failure" and the rousing and fun "Geoffrey Holder Life Fete... Bacchanal". I'm going to keep an eye out for more of their performances.
          Ransomware attack is cover for something far more destructive - CNET   
The GoldenEye attack wasn’t aiming at your wallet. It was trying to destroy your data.
          Smalltalk Solutions 2008   

Smalltalk Solutions 2008 is coming up fast and it's finally by chance in my part of the country. I don't get to travel much but I've made the time to catch this one. Looks like I'm going to my first ever Smalltalk conference, I'm looking forward to it. The things that have caught my eye so far...

  • Any presentations/tutorials from Gemstone on the GLASS architecture, though I've had little time to play with the beta due to juggling too many side projects, I still see it as my future platform after I've pushed Squeak to its limits and buy a few new 64 bit servers that can run it. The limited amount of time I did play with it convinced me of one thing for sure, it's damn fast and is going to be a hell of a platform for Seaside apps.
  • Randal Schwartz talk on persistence solutions for Seaside, mostly just to catch one of his talks, he's doing a great job evangelizing Seaside. If you read up the #squeak IRC chat logs, you'll find Randal in there continuously pitching in and helping people out.
  • Michael Lucas-Smith's presentation on Web Velocity also catches my eye just to see what they've been up to with Seaside beyond the short screencast on his blog.
  • Andres Valloud's talk on Quality Measurements for Hash Functions. Not sure what I'll get from the talk, but this guy's smart and I just have to catch it.
  • Gilad Bracha's talk on Tampering with Perfection: From Smalltalk to Newspeak. Though I may never use it, I like language design so I'm very curious to see him speak on improving on Smalltalk, just for the ideas, always good to stretch the mind.
  • Colin Putney's talk on Thinly Sliced: Versioning with Monticello 2. I use Monticello daily, have to see where it's headed.

Since I've never been to one of these, I don't really know what to expect, but I'm sure it'll be interesting. See you there!

          Ağrı'da Eşine Şiddet Uygulayan Kişi Tutuklandı   
Ağrı'da Eşine Şiddet Uygulayan Kişi TutuklandıAğrı'da Eşine Şiddet Uygulayan Kişi Tutuklandı
AĞRI (AA) - Ağrı'nın Patnos ilçesinde eşine şiddet uygulayıp kötü davranan kişi tutuklandı.İlçeye bağlı bir köyde eşi C.Ş'ye zorla dışkı yedirmeye...

          İzmir'deki Makilik Ve Orman Yangını   
İzmir'deki Makilik Ve Orman Yangınıİzmir'deki Makilik Ve Orman Yangını
Orman Genel Müdürü Üzmez, İzmir'in Menderes ilçesinde makilikte başlayıp ormana sıçrayan yangınla ilgili bilgi almak için bölgeye geldi - Orman Bölge Müdürü Aybal: - "Çalışmalarımız, 150'nin üzerinde ekiple karadan devam ediyor. Genel Müdürümüz, işinin en

          15 Temmuz Karikatür Ödülleri Sahiplerini Buldu   
15 Temmuz Karikatür Ödülleri Sahiplerini Buldu15 Temmuz Karikatür Ödülleri Sahiplerini Buldu
Konya'da düzenlenen 15 Temmuz Ulusal Karikatür Yarışması'nda dereceye girenler belli oldu.

          Ardahan'da Düğünde Gıda Zehirlenmesi   
Ardahan'da Düğünde Gıda ZehirlenmesiArdahan'da Düğünde Gıda Zehirlenmesi
Köyde düzenlenen düğünde yedikleri yemekten zehirlenen aralarında gelin ile damadın da olduğu 143 kişi hastaneye kaldırıldı

          DABS Episdoe 2: Best Buy, Keep Your Shit Tight   
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Well, we had a lot of fun making this show, and we got some good feedback. However, the main thing will still need is MORE feedback. Please don't hesitate to leave us comments, or send us an email at Note from Brandon: Sorry about my shitty mic, there will be a much better quality one next week. Also sorry about the delay in getting this podcast out. We had some technical difficulties. Expect the next one next Firday :) Show Notes I don't know if HTML works here, so you get a full link. This week we took a big selection from JoyStiq. California Game Law Itagaki Harasses Heavenly Sword Hellgate London comes out on Halloween (Yay!) How to fix the Red Ring of Death on you 360 while voiding your warranty at the same time! Silicon Knights Still Suing Epic for their own mistakes (We're not biased) Best Buy Screws Up! Suckers. We also chatted about upcoming games, here are the relevant links. Sam's Pick - Stranglehold Brandon's Pick - Company of Heroes: Opposing Front;title;3 Austin's Pick - Guild Wars: Eye of the North;title;0 Robert's Pick - World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Our Emails Group Email (Most Preferred): Robert: Sam: Austin: Brandon: - Hey ladies hit me up haha FEEDBACK. Send us some.
          Zeki İnsanlar Neden Zeki ?   

Einstein'ın alışkanlıklarının zekası üzerinde bir etkisi var mıydı, yoksa zekasının gereği olarak mı bu alışkanlıklar ortaya çıkmıştı? 

Size bunun cevabını net bir şekilde veremesekte verebilceğimiz şey Einstein'in hayatında sahip olduğu alışkanlılar ve yaptığı seçimler.  

Bu alışkanlıklara sahipseniz zeki olmanın tadını çıkarın.


Dünyanın en zeki bilim insanlarının enteresan alışkanlıklarının olduklarını biliyoruz. 

Ünlü İngiliz matematikçi, gökbilimci ve fizikçi Newton, seksten uzak durmanın yararlarından söz ederken, Yunan filozof ve matematikçi Pisagor, fasulyeyi ağzına sürmezmiş. 

ABD’nin kurucularından Benjamin Franklin ise çıplak ‘hava banyosu’ yaparmış.

Acaba bunlar birer safsata mı? Bilim insanlarına göre zekanın genetikle ilgisi, sandığımızdan daha az. Son veriler zeki insanalrı ayıran özelliklerin yüzde 40’ının çevre ile ilgili olduğunu gösteriyor. 

Yani günlük alışkanlıklarımız beynimiz üzerinde büyük etkide bulunuyor ve beynimizin yapısını, düşünme biçimimizi değiştiriyor.

Tarihte yer alan zeki insanların ilginç alışkanlıkları için gösterilebilecek en yerinde örneklerden biri belki de Einstein olabilir. 

Atom altı dünyaya dair derin tespitlerde bulunan ünlü Alman fizikçinin günlük yaşam tarzından zeka geliştirmeye yönelik bazı ip uçları devşirebilir miyiz?

Uzun süreli uyku mu, kesik kesik uyumak mı daha yararlı?
Uykunun insan sağlığı üzerindeki olumlu etkilerini biliyoruz. Özellikle de beyin üzerindeki etkileri küçümsenemez. 

Bu nedenle olsa gerek Einstein’ da uyku konusunda oldukça hassas davranırdı. Günde ortalama 10 saat uyuduğunu biliyoruz. 

Bir çok insan ortalama 7 saat uyuduğuna göre, demek ki Einstein herkesin bir buçuk katı kadar daha fazla uyku uyuyormuş.

Söylentilere göre tarihin en önemli teorilerinden biri olan periyodik cetvel, DNA’nın yapısı ve Einstein’in izafiye teorisi, uyku esnasında ortaya çıkmış. Doğru olabilir mi?

Uyku esnasında beynimiz ortalama 90-120 dakikada bir hafif uyku ile rüya gördüğümüz derin uyku arasında gel git halinde olur. Hızlı göz hareketleri olarak bilinen uyku aşamasının öğrenme ve hafıza açısından oldukça önemli olduğuna inanılıyordu.

Nörologların tespitine göre uykunun yüzde 60’ı, hafif uykudan oluşuyor. Yani beyin, uyku esnasında hızlı bir aktivite içerisinde bulunur. 

Ve ne kadar çok uyursanız, bu aktivite de o oranda tekrar eder.

Beyinde anlık enerji üretimine neden olan bu eylem sayısı ne kadar fazla olursa, insanın akışkan zeka adı verilen farklı sorunları çözme, alışılmışın dışındaki durumlarda mantığını kullanma ve örüntüleri görme yeteneğine daha fazla sahip olması sağlanır. 

Bu durum hafızadan farklı olarak, daha çok mantık becerisiyle ilgili bir durumdur. 

Einstein’in ‘bakıp bulabileceğiniz hiçbir şeyi ezberlemeyin’ yönündeki bildirimi, bu durumla ilgili olabilir.

Tabii her ne kadar çok uyku esnasında çok sayıda enerji infilakı oluşsa da, çok uykunun yararlı olduğu söylenemez. 

Son dönemlerde yapılan bir araştırmaya göre kadınlar için gece uykusu, erkekler içinse gündüz vakitlerinde kısa süreli uykunun mantığı kullanma ve sorunlara çözüm getirme yeteneğini geliştirdiği gözlemlendi.

Einstein’ın gün içerisinde düzenli olarak kısa süreli uyukladığı biliniyor. 

Hatta rivayet odur ki bu uykular esnasında fazlaca uyumamak için elinde bir kaşık tutar ve altına da tepsi koyarmış. 

Uykuya daldığında kaşık tepsinin üzerine düşünce çıkardığı sesten uyanır ve böylece fazla uykuya engel olurmuş.

Her gün düzenli olarak yürüyüş yapmak
Einstein her gün yürüyüş yaparmış. 

Çalıştığı Üniversiteye yürüyerek gidip gelir, bu şekilde ortalama beş km yürümüş olurmuş. Aynı şeyi Darwin’in de yaptığı biliniyor. O da ortalama olarak 45 dakika yürürmüş.

Yürümenin beden sağlığı ötesinde beyin sağlığına ve hafızaya da olumlu etkileri var. Dışarıda yürümek, yenilikçi düşünce yapısını geliştiriyor.

Zekiler ne yer ?
İnsan beyni vücut ağırlığının yalnızca yüzde 2 kadarını oluşturuyor. Fakat tükettiği enerji ise yüzde 20 civarındadır. Ortalama bir beyin 1.400 gram iken Einstein’ın beyni yaklaşık 1.230 gramdı. 

Ne yeyip içtiği konusunda net bir bilgi bulunmamakla birlikte, spagettiyi sevdiğine dair rivayetler mevcut.

Beyin yapı itibariyle enerji depolayamaz. Bu sebeple kanda glikoz seviyesinde düşüş yaşandığında enerji sorunu ortaya çıkar. 

Vücudumuz, özellikle aç iken kafa karışıklığına neden olan kortizol tarzında stres hormonları salgılar.

Şekerin beyne ciddi anlamda katkı sağladığını biliyoruz ama, gereğinden fazla alınan karbonhidrat, düşünme yetisine olumsuz yönde etki eder. 

Bu nedenle 25 gramın üzerine çıkmamaya özen göstermeliyiz.

Piponun hikmeti
Sigara içmek zararlı bir alışkanlık olmakla birlikte, Einstein’ın sıklıkla pipo içtiğini biliyoruz zira kendisi sakinleşmek ve objektif düşünmek için piponun birebir olduğuna inanıyordu.

Halbuki sigara içmek beyin hücrelerinin yenilenmesini engellediği gibi, üst bölümde bulunan kıvrımları oluşturan, aynı zamanda bilinçle ilgili olan serebral korteksin incelmesine, beynin oksijensiz kalmasına sebep olur. 

Anlaşılan o ki Einstein pipo sayesinde değil, bilakis pipoya rağmen o denli zeki olabilmiş.

Fakat şu var ki yapılan bir başka araştırma, zeki insanların sigaraya daha yatkın oldukları söyleniyor. Bunun nedeni bilinmiyor olmakla birlikte, bu sonuç her ülke için geçerli bir sonuç değil. 

Zira İngiltere’de sigara içenlerin IQ seviyelerinin daha düşük olduğu belirtiliyor.

Çorap giymemek
Einstein’ın enteresan alışkanlıklarından biri de, çorap giymemesiydi. 

Eşine yazdığı bir mektupta şöyle diyordu Einstein: “Çocukken ayak başparmağımın çoraplarımı deldiğini fark ettiğimde çorap giymekten vazgeçmiştim”. Hatta kendi sandaletlerini bulamadığında, eşinin arkası açık ayakkabılarını giydiği de söylenir.

Giyim tarzının Einstein’ın zekası üzerindeki etkileri bilinmiyor olmakla beraber, rahat giyim tarzında sınava girenlerin resmi bir tarzı benimseyenlere oranla soyut düşünce alanındaki testlerde daha az başarılı olduğuna dair bazı çalışmalar var.

Eintein’la başladık, Einstein’ın bir sözüyle bitirelim: “Önemli olan sorgulamaktan vazgeçmemektir. Merak, var olmanın birinci şartıdır.”

           Bu Oyuncak Herkesi Alarma Geçirdi !   

Çok tehlikeli olan bir silahın oyuncağı yapma fikri; çok eskiden beri olan tabanca, ok gibi örneklere sahiptir.

Ancak ölüm tehlikesine çok uzak tehlike içerdiklerinden ötürü kimseyi endişelendirmekle meşgul etmez.

Ancak bu sefer cam kırabilecek bir güçte oyuncak söz konusu normalde tehlikeli büyük haliyle orantısı yapıldığında zararsız olsada bir çocuk için çok fazla zarar verme eğilimine sahip olduğu aşikar bir gerçek.

Düşük maliyeti, kolay üretimi ve ucuz fiyatı nedeniyle uzmanlar, oyuncağın tüm dünyaya yayılabileceği görüşünde.


Çin’de tıpkı stres çarkı gibi yeni bir popüler oyuncak yükselişe geçiyor fakat durum bu kez çok daha tehlikeli ve daha şimdiden birçok ebeveyn oyuncağın satışı yüzünden alarma geçmiş durumda.

Normal boyutlarda olduğu zaman öldürücü bir silah olan arbalet (crossbow olarak da bilinirler), küçük boyutlarda üretildiklerinde de tehlike yaratmaya devam ediyorlar. 

Tek elle bir tabanca gibi ateşlenebilen oyuncak, bir meyveyi delip geçebilecek, bir şişeyi parçalayabilecek güce sahip. 

Bir canlı üzerinde uygulandığında ciddi yaralanmalara sebep olacak oyuncağın fiyatı ise 15-20 tl arasında değişiyor. Yani son derece ulaşılabilir bir şiddet aracı.

Çin’deki yerel yönetimler, okullarda gittikçe yaygınlaşmaya başlayan oyuncak hakkında yasaklar getirmeye başladılar. 

Ancak uzmanlara göre oyuncağın her an yurt dışında da viral olması an meselesi ve çocuklar zarar görmeden gerekli önlemlerin alınması gerekiyor.

Bir kürdanı olabilecek en ölümcül şekilde kullanan oyuncak, üreticisine de yaklaşık 1 dolara mal oluyor ve 2 işçi 15 dakika gibi kısa bir sürede bir adedini üretebiliyor.

Çocuklarımızın internetten çok kolay bir şekilde alışveriş yapabildiğin göz önüne alırsak, uzmanların çaldığı bu tehlike çanına kolayca hak verebiliyoruz.

          Facebook Ücretsiz WiFi Özelliğini Tüm Dünyaya Sundu !   

Facebook'un yeni özelliği 'WiFi Bul' ile Facebook uygulaması üzerinden hangi işletmelerin ücretsiz WiFi sunduğunu görebilirsiniz. 

Geçen yıl Facebook, ücretsiz Wi-Fİ erişim noktalarına sahip yakınlardaki işletmeleri bulmanızı sağlayan Facebook uygulaması üzerinden 'Find WiFi' (Wifi Bul) özelliğini test etmeye başlamıştı.

Oldukça kullanışlı bu özellik Facabook'un bizce bu yıl yapmış olduğu en iyi iş diyebiliriz.


WiFi Bul, 2016'da birkaç ülkede kullanıma açılmıştı ve bugün Facebook, bu özelliği global olarak genişleteceğini açıkladı.

Özellik etkinleştirildiği zaman, WiFi Bul, bulunduğunuz yerleri ve bu yerlerin çalışma saatleriyle birlikte ağ adlarını ve ücretsiz WiFi (sunuyorsa eğer) sunduğunu gösterir. 

Bununla birlikte işletmelerin, bu hizmetten yararlanabilmeleri için, Facebook sayfasından kendi ağlarını talep etmek zorundalar. 

Aksi taktirde hizmetten faydalanamıyorlar. Bu da, mevcut her etkin noktanın ortaya çıkmaması demek oluyor.

Yapılan duyuruda, Facebook'un yeni özelliğinin hücresel verilerin eksik olduğu alanlarda veya seyahat eden insanlar için yararlı olacağı söylendi. 

Şirket bu projenin yanısıra, Los Angeles ve Hong Kong arasındaki deniz altı kablo bağlantısı, internet sağlayan dronlar ve lazer tabanlı internet erişimi üzerinde çalışıyor.

Bu özelliği kullanabilmek için Facebook uygulamasından 'Daha Fazla' sekmesini ve ardından da 'WiFi Bul'u seçebilirsiniz. 

Yeni sürüm bugünden itibaren hem iOS, hem de Android için kullanılabilir olacak.

          Eye Injury from a Firecracker.   

Eye Injury from a Firecracker.

N Engl J Med. 2017 Jun 29;376(26):2579

Authors: Gupta PC, Ram J

PMID: 28657877 [PubMed - in process]

          Sinirli Bufalo'nun Balıkçılara Saldırması   

Nehirde karşıdan karşıya geçmeye çalışan bufalo herşey normal devam ederken balıkçılara bir anda sinirlenip saldırmış.

Added by: mehmet1655
Tags: sinirli bufalonun balıkçılara saldırması
Date: 2017-06-30

          NWA Classics 24/7 #17   
Jim Duggan v Kamala (Houston Wrestling, 6/28/85)

This is more about the big picture segment than the bell-to-bell match. The match only lasts a couple minutes before it gets thrown out, but that doesn't stop Duggan and Kamala having a big pull apart brawl for a while afterwards. This is Duggan's return to Houston, presumably after an eye injury, because he comes out wearing a big eye patch. Of course Kamala rips it off and tries to stab him in the eye with Akbar's whip. I don't know if Duggan bladed around his eye or whatever but it looked like he got shot in the face. Duggan is really one of the best ever working pull apart brawls. Anybody who gets in his way will be mowed down and when you see him marching around wielding an axe handle (a literal handle of an axe) you know you don't want to be anywhere near that. I don't think any of these Duggan/Kamala matches that've been upped are very long, but it's a fun pairing and Duggan seems to bring out the same kind of fire in Kamala that Invader I does. I'll check out the others in due course.

Butch Reed v Jim Neidhart (Houston Wrestling, 1/27/84)

Maybe it's because I knew this was the first match in the feud and two subsequent matches had been uploaded, but this definitely felt like the first match in a feud. Neidhart (or Need-hart as Boesch calls him) was usually pretty fun in Mid-South as Reed's partner. He would stooge and bump pretty big. This is obviously taking place after the babyface turn, but he still bumps a bit like a heel, taking some big exaggerated bumps off of Reed's punches, really throwing himself across the ring when Reed slingshots him into the ropes. Reed is Reed and takes all of Anvil's stuff great, bumping big himself and bouncing around for his punches. I'm not sure if he blades or he just ends up half covered in Neidhart's blood, but there's a cool image at the end where he has blood running down his chest like he'd just participated in a Dothraki heart-eating ritual. Perfectly fine eight minutes.

Ted DiBiase & Dr. Death v Dick Murdoch & Masked Superstar (Houston Wrestling, 3/14/86)

This was the business. It was structured a little differently from your tried-and-true southern style tag -- they worked holds briefly and evenly at the start so there wasn't much of a babyface shine, but that made the eventual payoff with a bloody and battered DiBiase cleaning house all the more meaningful. I guess you could say the heels took more of the match as a whole than was necessary (we basically got three heat segments that maybe could've been compressed a little), but it didn't really bother me. It's been a while since I've watched any Murdoch, but I don't think he'll ever stop being a favourite of mine. The camera angle was pretty wide in this so it meant you got to see him work the apron all the way through, and man is he great at working the apron. A lot of it was subtle, but you could see him getting worried when it looked like Superstar might've given up control, then he'd compose himself again after things were put back on track. The FIP spell on DiBiase was stellar, mostly for DiBiase's blade job and awesome selling, but Murdoch was clearly having a hoot beating him up. At one point he grabs a near-lifeless DiBiase by the hair, cackles at Williams across the ring, then smashes Ted's face into the canvas. This about sent Williams over the edge and he nearly threw Tommy Gilbert out his shoes to get to Murdoch, but of course all it did was give Dick and Superstar free rein to double team DiBiase some more. Post-match was great as well, with Ted and Doc holding Superstar's mask aloft in triumph. Strong tag match.
          Sound and #MyHeadRoom   

Longtime readers know that I usually check in every six months or so with a sound update. Between loving music and producing the Marketing Over Coffee podcast I keep an eye on what’s happening in audio (and tend to spend more money than I should). I got a push this time from the folks at […]
          MACACOS ME MORDAM!   

MACACOS ME MORDAM! Rosnava o personagem Popeye nos desenhos animados do século passado. A TV era do tipo preto e branco (sem emissão colorida), mas o “bordão” pegou e é utilizado até hoje sempre que alguém quer demonstrar surpresa – ou grande estranheza – com relação a algum fato curioso.

MACACOS ME MORDAM! Digo eu – entre pasmo, indignado e incrédulo – após escutar as ridículas justificativas dos novos acusados das delações do conhecidogangster goiano Joesley Batista.

Pois é. Quando, recentemente, o bandido bilionário delatou o presidente da república, um bando de mortadelasparou tudo para fazer um carnaval fora de época. Ensandecidos, festejaram feito doidos enlouquecidos o que seria o fim dos “golpistas”. Tudo com base numa gravação pra lá de questionável, como prova judicial.

Pois ontem, sexta-feira, o mesmo gangster goianomirou suas baterias na direção de Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff e do eterno e fiel “companheiro” Guido Mantega, contando que pagou mais de 300 milhões de reais às campanhas eleitorais da turma petista.

E, MACACOS ME MORDAM, o mesmo bando demortadelas reagiu furiosamente para desacreditar as declarações do bandido bilionário.

Então tá combinado. Quando a “M” for atirada contra os outros, tudo bem. Mas, quando os nossos são o alvo, tudo não passará de mentira!

É simplesmente inacreditável tamanha desfaçatez.

Ouso afirmar que uma pessoa que age assim, não tem um “pingo” de caráter.

Não tem mesmo, sendo que jamais poderá ser adjetivado de mau caráter! Pela simples razão que, para ser mau caráter – ANTES – o sujeito precisa ter um mínimo de caráter.

E, data vênia, esta gente não tem.

Marcelo Aiquel – advogado (1º/07/2017)

          Say Hello to All Natural Makeup   
Though makeup uplifts the appearance of women, little do these women know that applying makeup can expose them to hundreds of chemicals. So the beautiful appearance that makeup can give you is only temporary. Constant exposure to chemicals found in cosmetics can give you long-term effects. Lipstick, eye shadows, foundations, creams and other forms of makeup are said to contain toxic chemicals that are said to cause cancer and infertility. These are not just simple medical conditions as cancer can even take someone else's life. Because this is an alarming situation, the Food and Drug Administration or the FDA has set standards and regulations for the manufacture of cosmetic products. This way, everyone can guarantee that the makeup they are using could not compromise their health and also their skin. If a certain product has not undergone the rigorous testing and does not passed the standards set by the FDA, distribution of these products may be considered illegal. According to the rules set by law, the "FDA does not have the authority to approve cosmetic products or ingredients, except for color additives.This is why the development of all natural makeup is very important. "With the exception of color additives and a few prohibited ingredients, a cosmetic manufacturer may, on his own responsibility, use essentially any raw material as a cosmetic ingredient and market that product without approval. "Although not prohibited by law or regulation, in addition, the manufacturers of cosmetic fragrance products have voluntarily agreed to not use or to limit maximum use levels of certain selected ingredients which have been found to cause depigmentation, irritant, neurotoxic or phototoxic or other allergic reactions." The setting of this rule has paved the way for the introduction of all natural makeup. Many of this kind of makeup have proliferated in the industry because of the manufacturer's fear that FDA would not approve their products. Because the products they offer have great benefits to women who are using makeup, there is now a rave in the market for women all wanting to own an all natural makeup. As the name suggests, you won't ever encounter any harmful ingredient or chemical mixed in the makeup. And yes, your health and your skin will be properly taken care of. You don't have to worry on the makeup's effect on your skin and you can now say goodbye to pimples. It is said that makeup with excessive amount of chemical can also affect your sensitive skin. The skin, especially on the face, can develop allergies and other skin problems once constantly exposed to harmful makeup chemical. And of course, the deadly effects of chemicals on makeup can only be observed after the prolong usage of makeup on your face. But even your makeup is an all natural makeup, its quality is never compromised. You can still get the same look as the makeup that uses chemicals. You can still find one with all the exciting and vibrant colors. Also, their function on your face will only provide a more beautiful and sophisticated new you.

Learn about Philosophy Cosmetics, which is a popular web site that provides tips and advice on the best cosmetics including the philosophy cosmetic product range.
          Free Cupcakes Daily (50) from Cupcake Central in July (VIC)   
Every day in July we will be giving away 50 free cupcakes at each of our location. That's right, you read it right. FREE cupcakes every day. All you will have to do is keep an eye on the secret w ... - Source:
          Love Thursday   

Today had some ups and downs, but I can't do anything right now about the downs--so let's concentrate on the ups.  My husband returned from Indiana last evening, and today needed to replace the glasses which he'd lost while there.  Without his glasses, he couldn't  drive, so we planned that we'd go to the nearest same-day glasses place, and while we were waiting for them to be done, we'd visit our oldest son and his family. 

Before that, though, I just couldn't stand it anymore, so I stopped at a local quilt shop--just for the atmosphere.  I didn't buy anything--if I buy something, I'm going to want to quilt--but just wandered around, looking at patterns, new notions, etc.  Whew--that was fun--and now I feel like I've had some connection with quilting.  I'm still looking forward to the time when I can cut and sew something, but in the meantime, it was fun to browse!

Then, in the afternoon, we went to "the eye place," as my husband calls it, and with 2 hours to spare before we could pick them up, we wandered through a couple of stores that we wouldn't normally take time to visit.  One was a place for overstock/discontinued items, and I bought some cookies for our grandchildren, since we were going to stop and visit them.  By the time we got to their house, though, they were having to leave to have family pictures taken, so we just left the cookies as a treat, and said we'd stop by another time to visit.  Instead, we went to a garden center, and enjoyed a lovely hour of wandering around, looking at both familiar and unfamiliar plants and trees (my husband has the gardening ability, but I like to LOOK) before returning to pick up his glasses,, and then coming home, where a great crockpot stew was waiting--my husband had put it together before we left for the afternoon.

Later, after we'd polished off the stew, my phone rang, and it was our oldest son's oldest son, who's six.  He was calling to thank us for the cookies!  I must say I loved it!  These things seem normal, perhaps even boring, to others--just to be able to see the grandchildren often, hear their reports about their days, help out with child care or a meal once in a while--great stuff.  Happy Love Thursday!

          15 Temmuz Karikatür Ödülleri Sahiplerini Buldu   
15 Temmuz Karikatür Ödülleri Sahiplerini Buldu15 Temmuz Karikatür Ödülleri Sahiplerini Buldu
Konya'da düzenlenen 15 Temmuz Ulusal Karikatür Yarışması'nda dereceye girenler belli oldu.

          Chelsea'den Kaleye Takviye   
Chelsea'den Kaleye TakviyeChelsea'den Kaleye Takviye
İngiltere Premier Lig ekibi Chelsea, Manchester City'den Arjantinli kaleci Willy Caballero'yu kadrosuna kattı

          "15 Temmuz Ulusal Karikatür Yarışması"   
"15 Temmuz Ulusal Karikatür Yarışması"
Konya'da düzenlenen 15 Temmuz Ulusal Karikatür Yarışması'nda dereceye girenler belli oldu

          1/48 Grumman A-6A / A-6E Intruder Twin Engine Attack Aircraft   
1/48 Grumman A-6A / A-6E Intruder Twin Engine Attack AircraftThis is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.

Decal printed by Cartograf S.r.l., Italy
Decal designed by FighterTown Decals

VA-115 Eagles / VA-85 Black Falcons / 1970s A-6A, / 1980 A-6E / A-6E Desert Storm

Parts 250+

Model Features:
One-piece Wings for Full Extended or Fold Wings
Positionable Flaps, Slats and Speed Brakes
Mk-82 Snake Eye with MER
CBU-20 Cluster Bomb with MER

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          Frag This!   
Okay, this one is firmly in the technical part of my knowledge. So it's 10:42 pm and I'm still at work. I probably will be at work for a while longer. Why you ask? Because sometimes you just have to learn the hard way that not every utility works the way you'd like it to.

Let's see...where best to begin? I think I'll start with about 3:30 pm when I was gathering information on my servers to document my network (yes, Grey, you've gotten to me. I need a network diagram). So there I am, writing down the volume sizes and how much free space is left on them, and low and behold one of my servers has an "interesting" situation. It seems that out of a 70 Gig hard drive (it's actually a series of hard drives in a RAID configuration) there's only 1 Gig available free space. This doesn't seem right to me, so I go through all the network shares and check their sizes, and then I check all the regular directories and their sizes, and it all adds up to only about 35 or 40 Gig. Where in Hades did my other 35 Gig wander off to. The next logical step is to check the fragmentation level of this particular server. This is where it gets interesting. Apparently, this machine is more than 50% fragmented. "No problem!" you say? "Just run the defragmentation utility!" you say? Yeah, I tried that, but unfortunantly, the utility requires at least 15% of total drive space to run efficiently. With only 1 Gig left, I don't have the kind of space. To make matters worse, this server is the storage location for all of the users' profiles and document storage directories. This means that I can't start moving things around until after hours.

So now it's after hours. I move out enough of the directories to clear out the required 15% of the hard drive space, and I run defrag. Much to my surprise, instead of gaining disk space back, I wind up loosing disk space with every run. Every time I hope that it's just a matter of cleaning up some of the fragmented files. So every time, I clear some more files out and try running defrag again (and again, and again).

Finally, I view one of the defrag reports a little more carefully. As it turns out, there are two files that simply won't be defragmented. Those two files are \System Volume Information\36{38008..... basically they are paging files. My lovely, little, harmless 2 Gig paging files have grown to the size of 35 Gig based solely on fragmentation levels. The file itself is only 2 Gig in size, but due to fragmentation, this little gem takes up 35 Gigs of hard drive space. It seems that the built in defragmentation utility isn't capable of defragmenting an active page file. Every time I run defrag it uses memory (so the paging file grows) and because it's the active paging file, it doesn't get defragmented so I loose space instead of gaining it.

How do you get out of this fine mess I've gotten myself into? I'm so glad you asked. You need to delete the paging file by going into virtual memory and setting it to "None". By the way, Windows doesn't like this idea, and it will warn you that this is a "Very Bad Thing (tm)". Once you remove the file, you'll need to reboot. Then, after the reboot, you need to recreate your paging file with a more reasonable size (say 2 Gig). Now you'll need to reboot again. Suddenly, the drive that was was reporting 1 Gig free, now says it has over 55 Gigs free! It's amazing.

So here I sit at 11:00 pm. Putting files back where I found them, and trying to recreate the file structure exactly as it was. I'm sure there are going to be problems tomorrow morning with files missing for someone. They won't know I was here until after midnight, and frankly, they wouldn't care if they did. It just has to work for them. I've learned a valuable lesson out of all this. It's one that I knew before, but it never hurts to be reminded. Always keep an eye on your fragmentation levels. Run defrag regularly, and for Heaven's sake make sure that the source of your fragmentation problems aren't in your paging files (otherwise the built in defragmentation simply won't work). Now you know! And knowing is half the battle!

I'm going to go home tonight (actually early tomorrow morning) and kiss my wife and brand new baby daughter (oh yeah! did I forget to mention that? I'll have to blog it another time).

          Business Controls Consultant - Santander - United Kingdom   
An eye for detail in order to review and create in-depth gap / root cause analysis and the ability to deal with changing timescales / priorities and to re-plan... £30,000 - £35,000 a year
From Santander - Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:35:22 GMT - View all United Kingdom jobs
          PKK'lı teröristler, Ak Parti Özalp İlçe Başkan Yardımcısını öldürdü   
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          PKK'lı teröristler, Ak Parti Özalp İlçe Başkan Yardımcısını öldürdü   
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          WatchGuard Acquires Hexis HawkEye G to Deliver Holistic Network Security From the Network to the Endpoint   
Resulting technology integration will enable organizations to prevent, detect, correlate, and take action against threats

           DHA YURT - İzmir'de orman yangını (5)   
MÜDAHALE DEVAM EDİYOR İzmir'in Menderes İlçesi'ndeki orman yangınına Orman Bölge Müdürlüğü ekiplerinin müdahalesi yetersiz kalınca, Manisa, Balıkesir, Aydın ve Muğla illerinden de takviye ekipler bölgeye sevk edildi. Şimdiye kadar...

While selection tools and techniques like tests, interviews etc. provide good data about an individual, they fall short in providing real life data of how an individual would be performing in a real life situation especially a group situation. Team work being an integral part of the any work profile, it is important to ascertain group and inter-personal qualities of an individual. Group discussion is a useful tool to ascertain these qualities and many organizations use GDs as a selection tool along with Personal Interviews, aptitude tests etc. A GD is an activity where
Groups of 8-10 candidates are formed into a leaderless group, and are given a specific situation to analyse and discuss within a given time limit, which may vary between twenty minutes and forty-five minutes, or

They may be given a case study and asked to come out with a solution for a problem

They may be given a topic and are asked to discuss the same

1. Preparing for a Group Discussion:
While GD reflects the inherent qualities of an individual, appearing for it unprepared may not augur well for you. These tips would help you prepare for GDs:
Reading: This is the first and the most crucial step in preparation. This is a never ending process and the more you read, the better you are in your thoughts. While you may read anything to everything, you must ensure that you are in good touch with current affairs, the debates and hot topics of discussion and also with the latest in the IT and ITES industry. Chances are the topics would be around these. Read both for the thoughts as well as for data. Also read multiple view points on the same topic and then create your point of view with rationale. Also create answers for counter arguments for your point of view. The electronic media also will be of good use here.
Mocks: Create an informal GD group and meet regularly to discuss and exchange feedback. This is the best way to prepare. This would give you a good idea about your thoughts and how well can you convince. Remember, it is important that you are able to express your thoughts well. The better you perform in these mocks the better would be you chances to perform on the final day. Also try to interact and participate in other GD groups. This will develop in you a skill to discuss with unknown people as well.
2. During the Group Discussion:
What do the panelists assess:Some of the qualities assessed in a GD are:
Leadership Skills - Ability to take leadership roles and be able to lead, inspire and carry the team along to help them achieve the group's objectives.
Communication Skills -

Candidates will be assessed in terms of clarity of thought, expression and aptness of language. One key aspect is listening. It indicates a willingness to accommodate others views.
Interpersonal Skills -

People skills are an important aspect of any job. They are reflected in the ability to interact with other members of the group in a brief situation. Emotional maturity and balance promotes good interpersonal relationships. The person has to be more people centric and less self-centered.
Persuasive Skills -

The ability to analyze and persuade others to see the problem from multiple perspectives.
GD is a test of your ability to think, your analytical capabilities and your ability to make your point in a team-based environment.

These are some of the sub-skills that also get assessed with the skills mentioned above:
- Clarity of thought
- Group working skills (especially during a group task of case study discussion)
- Conflict handling
- Listening and probing skills
- Knowledge about the subject and individual point of view
- Ability to create a consensus
- Openess and flexibility towards new ideas
- Data based approach to decision making

While, it is not possible to reflect all these qualities in a short time, you would do well if you are able to show a couple or more qualities and avoid giving negative evidence on others.
Participating in the GD:
Generally, with the topic you are given 2-3 minutes to structure your thoughts. Make good use of this time. Note down all the points that come to your mind. This would help you not to forget any important points and also to listen to others during the discussion. If you have been given a case, reading it carefully, underline salient points and make notes.
Should I start or not:Start the discussion only when you are thoroughly conversant with the topic/case or else let others speak first. If you decide to start, it is best to elaborate the topic and put forward various dimensions of the subject in front of the group. If it is a case, list down the facts briefly, mention what needs to be done and details factors that you think are crucial to decision making in that case. Do not put forth your opinions, arguments and conclusions to the group as the next speaker might argue against them leaving you with a feeling that your best points have been knocked off. Elaborating the topic for discussion would reflect upon your clarity of thought, holistic approach and leadership skills (providing the group an approach to discuss a problem thread bare). Speak for not more than a minute as others would be too anxious to speak and you might be interrupted in-between. If you decide not to start, make sure that you are amongst the first 3-4 speakers. After that, the best points would already have been taken and you would not be able to create an impact. Some effective ways to initiate a discussion would be to make/give:
i. Quotes
ii. Definitions
iii. Questions
iv. Facts, figures and statistics
vi. Short stories
vii. General statements

How do I take my chance to speak:
Trying to interrupt others while speaking would only harm your chances. Instead, you may try to maintain an eye-contact with the speaker. This would show your listening skills also and would help you gauge from his eye-movement and pitch of voice that he is about to close his inputs. You can quickly take it from there. Also, try and link your inputs with what he has spoken whether you are adding to or opposing his arguments. This would reflect that you are actually being participative rather than just doing a collective monologue.
How do I communicate in a GD:
Be crisp and to the point. Be fact based and avoid making individual opinions that do not have a factual base. Make eye contact with all the members in the group and avoid looking at the panelists while speaking. The average duration of the group discussion provides an average of about 2-3 minutes per participant to speak and you should try to speak about 3-4 times. Hence, you need to be really crisp to reflect the most in those 30-40 sec. slots.
How do I convince others and make them agree to my view point:
A lot of candidates make it their mission to make the group reach to a conclusion on the topic. Do not forget that some of the topics have been eternal debates and there is no way you can get an agreement in 15 mins. on them. The objective is not to make others toe your line but to provide fact based, convincing arguments which create an impact. Stick to this approach.
Do leadership skills include moderating the group discussion:
This is a myth and many people do try to impose their order on the GD, ordering people when to speak and when not to. This only reflects poor leadership. Leadership in a GD would be reflected by your clarity of thought, ability to expand the topic in its different dimensions, providing an opportunity to a silent participant to speak, listening to others and probing them to provide more information. Hence, work on these areas rather than be a self-appointed moderator of the group.
This is a key quality assessed during the GD about which many participants forget. Active listening can fetch you credit points and would also provide you with data to discuss. Also, if you have an average of 2-3 minutes to speak, the rest of the 20-25 minutes is required to spent in active listening. For this, maintain eye contact with the speakers, attend to them (like nodding, using acknowledging words like -I see ok, fine, great etc.). This would also make you be the centre of attraction as you would appear non-threatening to the speakers.
Behaviour during the GD:
Be patient; don't get upset if anyone says anything you object to. Stay objective and don't take the discussion personally. Also, remember the six C's of communication - Clarity, Completeness, Conciseness, Confidence, Correctness and Courtesy. Be appreciative & receptive to ideas from other people and open-minded but do not let others to change your own viewpoint. Be active and interested throughout. It is better to participate less if you have no clue of the topic. You may listen to others and take clues from there and speak. You would be assessed on a range of different skills and you may think that leadership is key, you need to be careful that you don't dominate the discussion.
Quality Vs Quantity:
Often, participants think that success in group discussions depends on how much and how loudly they speak. Interestingly, it's the opposite. Also, making your point on the topic, your views are important and the group needs to know. This will tell you are knowledgeable and that you participate in groups
If you have not been able to initiate the discussion, try to summaries and close it. Good summarizing would get you good reward points. A conclusion is where the whole group decides in favour or against the topic and most GDs do not have a closure. But every GD can be summarized by putting forth what the group has discussed in a nutshell. Keep the following points in mind while summarizing a discussion:
Avoid raising new points.
Avoid stating only your viewpoint.
Avoid dwelling only on one aspect of the GD
Keep it brief and concise.
It must include all the important points that came out during the GD
If you are asked to summarise a GD, it means the GD has come to an end.
Do not add anything once the GD has been summarised.
Some Positive Task Roles in a Group Discussion:You may want to play one or more of them:
Information seeker
Information giver
Procedure facilitator
Opinion seeker
Opinion giver
Social Supporter
Tension Reliever
Negative Roles to be Avoided
Disgruntled non-participant
Some suggested GD Topics:
Is coalition politics here to stay?
Does India need a dictator?
What ails Indian sports?
Success is all about human relations
Borderless worlds - Dream or reality?
Quality is a myth in India
Will China overtake India in IT
India - the back office to the world by 2020
Does Indian IT industry need to focus on products rather than services
The BPO age - heralding a new employment revolution
The BPO revolution and its impact on the society
Education and success - Is there a correlation?
We don't learn from history, we repeat it
Do we need a global policeman?
Indian villages - our strength or our weakness?
Management Education - Is it necessary to succeed in business
Kids today are not what they used to be
Repeated elections - Who should pay for them
Indian bureaucracy - foundation strengths or colonial hangovers?
In India, the whole is less than the parts - Do we lack in team spirit?
"" companies - Is there room for everyone?
Artificial Intelligence - Will man be ever replaced by machines?
Materialism - Have we sold our souls to the Devil?
Role of ethics in tobacco industry, liquor industry etc.
Are we unfit for Democracy?
Survival tools for the new millennium
Examinations - has it killed education
Should doctors be tried in Consumer Courts
Is E-Commerce the best thing for India
Feedback template: While doing mocks for GD preparation, you would get benefited by the feedback of others. For the purpose, we are providing a template for feedback - both quantitative and qualitative. The items described over there are a suggested list and not a complete one. You may make changes in it depending upon your need.
          Listen. . . . . . .   
It is obvious to say that if you have poor interpersonal communications skills (which include active listening), your productivity will suffer simply because you do have the tools needed to influence, persuade and negotiate – all necessary for workplace success. Lines of communications must be open between people who rely on one another to get work done.
Considering this, you must be able to listen attentively if you are to perform to expectations, avoid conflicts and misunderstandings, and to succeed - in any arena. Following are a few short tips to help you enhance your communications skills and to ensure you are an active listener:

1. Start by Understanding Your Own Communication Style
Good communication skills require a high level of self-awareness. Understanding your personal style of communicating will go a long way toward helping you to create good and lasting impressions on others. By becoming more aware of how others perceive you, you can adapt more readily to their styles of communicating. This does not mean you have to be a chameleon, changing with every personality you meet. Instead, you can make another person more comfortable with you by selecting and emphasizing certain behaviors that fit within your personality and resonate with another. In doing this, you will prepare yourself to become an active listener.

2. Be An Active Listener
People speak at 100 to 175 words per minute (WPM), but they can listen intelligently at 600 to 800 words per minute. Since only a part of our mind is paying attention, it is easy to go into mind drift - thinking about other things while listening to someone. The cure for this is active listening - which involves listening with a purpose. It may be to gain information, obtain directions, understand others, solve problems, share interest, see how another person feels, show support, etc.
If you're finding it particularly difficult to concentrate on what someone is saying, try repeating their words mentally as they say it - this will reinforce their message and help you control mind drift.

3. Use Nonverbal Communication
Use nonverbal behaviors to raise the channel of interpersonal communication. Nonverbal communication is facial expressions like smiles, gestures, eye contact, and even your posture. This shows the person you are communicating with that you are indeed listening actively and will prompt further communications while keeping costly, time-consuming misunderstandings at a minimum.

4. Give Feedback
Remember that what someone says and what we hear can be amazingly different! Our personal filters, assumptions, judgments, and beliefs can distort what we hear. Repeat back or summarize to ensure that you understand. Restate what you think you heard and ask, "Have I understood you correctly?" If you find yourself responding emotionally to what someone said, say so, and ask for more information: "I may not be understanding you correctly, and I find myself taking what you said personally. What I thought you just said is XXX; is that what you meant?"
Feedback is a verbal communications means used to clearly demonstrate you are actively listening and to confirm the communications between you and others. Obviously, this serves to further ensure the communications are understood and is a great tool to use to verify everything you heard while actively listening.
          Eşine dışkı yediren şahıs tutuklandı   
Ağrı’nın Patnos ilçesinde karısına şiddet uygulayıp dışkı yedirmeye çalışan şahıs tutuklandı.
          Tarkan sahneye yerin altından çıktı   
Megastar Tarkan’ın “Tarkan Zamanı” konserleri Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Açıkhava Sahnesi’nde başladı. Konsere ünlü isimlerde katılarak Tarkan şarkılarını dinledi. 
          Katar Dışişleri Bakanı: Uygun şartlar altında diyaloğa girmeye hazırız   
Katar Dışişleri Bakanı Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, Katar krizinin çözümüne ilişkin diyalog yoluna girmeye hazır olduklarını bildirdi.
          Bodrum değil Tunceli   
Hava sıcaklığının 40 dereceye yaklaştığı Tunceli’de sıcaktan bunalan vatandaşlar Munzur ve Pülümür Çayı’na akın etti. Vatandaşların akın ettiği plajlar, Ege ve Akdeniz sahillerini aratmadı.
          Red Bank: Cocktails at Red Rock   

Picnic tables, high tops, bar stools: on warm, clear summer evenings, the seats fill up fast at Red Rock Tap + Gri ll in Red Bank, offering bird's eye views of Marine Park from multiple tiers. PieHole finds a subdued after-work crowd at happy hour, which runs from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. "Happy hour is like this when it's nice out," bartender Jennifer Gambino tells us as she muddles lime for a Moscow Mule, the hour's most popular cocktail, served in a proper copper mug.

          Nigerian Emerge Best Graduating Student At Ukraine University   
50 medical students of the Osun State University have ended their medical studies at the V.N Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv, Ukraine.

One of the new medical doctors, Oyeleye Lateefah Abiola, was named by the Vice-President for Research and Education of the University, Mykola O. Azarenkov, as the overall Best graduating student from both the Faculty of Medicine and in the entire university.

She came out with a percent score of 95.6 per cent in the KROK 2 Exams which was the final examination for graduating students.

The convocation arena erupted in cheers as the best graduating student mounted the stage to deliver her speech.

The Karazin Kharkiv National University is 213 years old having been founded in November 1804.

Have you noticed the way Nigerians have been excelling in foreign universities lately? Sigh!
          İki Yabancı 16 Temmuz Özeti 103. Bölüm Fragmanı Guman Yine Sahnede   
İki Yabancı 102. Bölüm Kısa Özeti İki Yabancı 15 Temmuz bölümünde Anuska ve Kabir’in nişan töreninde Rohit’in intikam duygularıyla hareket ederek Kumud ve Saras’ı yok etmesi için hazırladığı planla sarsılmıştık. Rohit evlilik günü sürpriz yapmak için bir kulübe hazırlamış ve onu vinçle havaya kaldırarak havada düğünün tamamlanmasını istemişti. Bu kulübeye ilk olarak Kumud binmiş ancak […]
          Re: Themes, Comments and Blog Helps   

No, no tequila talk :) this theme out of the box has a leaf for the header and the comments were green. I changed the comments to the same color as posts as that was too much green, then made a custom header image to replace the leaf. I love my new eye :P


          For One Visit, Bush Will Feel Pro-U.S. Glow - The New York Times   
TIRANA, Albania, June 8 — The highlight of President Bush’s European tour may well be his visit on Sunday to this tiny country, one of the few places left where he can bask in unabashed pro-American sentiment without a protester in sight.

Americans here are greeted with a refreshing adoration that feels as though it comes from another time.

“Albania is for sure the most pro-American country in Europe, maybe even in the world,” said Edi Rama, Tirana’s mayor and leader of the opposition Socialists. “Nowhere else can you find such respect and hospitality for the president of the United States. Even in Michigan, he wouldn’t be as welcome.”

Thousands of young Albanians have been named Bill or Hillary thanks to the Clinton administration’s role in rescuing ethnic Albanians from the Kosovo war. After the visit on Sunday, some people expect to see a rash of babies named George.

So eager is the country to accommodate Mr. Bush that Parliament unanimously approved a bill last month allowing “American forces to engage in any kind of operation, including the use of force, in order to provide security for the president.” One newspaper, reporting on the effusive mood, published a headline that read, “Please Occupy Us!”

There are, to be sure, signs that the rest of Europe is tilting a bit more in America’s direction, narrowing the gap between “old” and “new” Europe that opened with disagreements over the Iraq war.

France’s new president, Nicolas Sarkozy, wants to forget the acrimony that marked his predecessor’s relations with the United States, even appointing a pro-American foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, who supported the United States’ invasion of Iraq.

Shortly after taking office, Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Germany did “not have as many values in common with Russia as it does with America.” She has since proposed a new trans-Atlantic economic partnership that would get rid of many non-tariff barriers to trade.

And Gordon Brown, who will succeed Tony Blair as Britain’s prime minister this month, has vacationed several times on Cape Cod and befriended a succession of Treasury officials. He is expected to maintain what Britons call the country’s “special relationship” with the United States, ahead of other American allies.

So “old Europe” has warmed toward the United States, although there has been no fundamental shift toward more American-friendly policies. But even in “new Europe,” as the post-Communist states of Central and Eastern Europe have been called, Albania is special.

Much of Eastern Europe has grown more critical of Mr. Bush, worried that the antimissile defense shield he is pushing will antagonize Russia and lead to another cold war. Many Eastern Europeans, Czechs and Poles among them, are also angry that the United States has maintained cumbersome visa requirements even though their countries are now members of the European Union.

But here in Albania, which has not wavered in its unblinking support for American policies since the end of the cold war, Mr. Bush can do no wrong. While much of the world berates Mr. Bush for warmongering, unilateralism, trampling civil liberties and even turning a blind eye to torture, Albania still loves him without restraint.

Mr. Bush will be the first sitting American president to visit the country, and his arrival could not come on a more auspicious day: the eighth anniversary of the start of Serbian troop withdrawals from Kosovo and ratification by the United Nations Security Council of the American-brokered peace accord that ended the fighting. Mr. Bush is pushing the Security Council to approve a plan that would lead to qualified Kosovo independence.

Albanians are pouring into the capital from across the region. Hotel rooms are as scarce as anti-American feelings.

Albanians’ support for the war in Iraq is nearly unanimous, and any perceived failings of American foreign policy are studiously ignored. A two-day effort to find anyone of prominence who might offer some criticism of the United States turned up just one name, and that person was out of the country.

Every school child in Albania can tell you that President Woodrow Wilson saved Albania from being split up among its neighbors after World War I, and nearly every adult repeats the story when asked why Albanians are so infatuated with the United States.

James A. Baker III was mobbed when he visited the country as secretary of state in 1991. There was even a move to hold a referendum declaring the country America’s 51st state around that time.

“The excitement among Albanians over this visit is immeasurable, beyond words,” said Albania’s new foreign minister, Lulzim Basha, during an interview in his office, decorated with an elegant portrait of Faik Konica, who became the first Albanian ambassador to the United States in 1926. “We truly believe that this is a historic moment that people will look back on decades later and talk about what it meant for the country.”

Mr. Bush’s visit is a reward for Albania’s unflinching performance as an unquestioning ally. The country was among the first American allies to support Washington’s refusal to submit to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. It was one of the first countries to send troops to Afghanistan and one of the first to join the forces in Iraq. It has soldiers in both places.

“They will continue to be deployed as long as the Americans are there,” Albania’s president, Alfred Moisiu, said proudly in an interview.

Most recently, the country has quietly taken several former detainees from the base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, off the Bush administration’s hands when sending them to their home countries was out of the question. There are eight so far, and Mr. Moisiu said he is open to accepting more.

Mr. Rama, Tirana’s mayor, says he is offended when Albania’s pro-Americanism is cast as an expression of “provincial submission.”

“It’s not about being blind,” he said, wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the Great Seal of the United States. “The U.S. is something that is really crucial for the destiny of the world.”

The pro-American feeling has strayed into government-commercial relations. The Albanian government has hired former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge as a consultant on a range of issues, including the implementation of a national identity card.

Many people questioned the procedures under which a joint venture led by Bechtel won Albania’s largest public spending project ever, a contract to build a highway linking Albania and Kosovo. President Moisiu said state prosecutors were now looking at the deal.

In preparation for Mr. Bush’s six-hour visit, Tirana has been draped in American flags and banners that proclaim, “Proud to be Partners.” A portrait of Mr. Bush hangs on the “Pyramid,” a cultural center in the middle of town that was built as a monument to Albania’s Communist strongman, Enver Hoxha. State television is repeatedly playing a slickly produced spot in which Prime Minister Sali Berisha welcomes Mr. Bush in English.

What Mr. Bush will get in return from the visit is the sight of cheering crowds in a predominantly Muslim nation. When asked by an Albanian reporter before leaving Washington what came to mind when he thought of Albania, Mr. Bush replied, “Muslim people who can live at peace.”

Albania is about 70 percent Muslim, with large Orthodox and Catholic populations. To underscore the country’s history of tolerance, President Moisiu will present Mr. Bush with the reproduction of an 18th-century Orthodox icon depicting the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus flanked by two mosques.

“President Bush is safer in Albania than in America,” said Ermin Gjinishti, a Muslim leader in Albania.

Tim Golden contributed reporting from Tirana, and Alan Cowell from London.
          Kısa Süreliğine Ücretsiz Android Uygulamaları   

Önceden ücretli olan ancak kısa bir süreliğine ücretsiz indirilmeye sunulan Android uygulamalarını sizler için sıraladık. Bakalım listemizde hangi uygulamalar var?

          5 sports storylines we can't wait to see unfold through the rest of 2017   

We recently looked back at 8.5 of our favorites sports moments so far this year, but guess what? 

We still have half of 2017 yet to come! With that in mind, here are five more sports storylines we can't wait to see unfold between now and year's end. 

Mayweather vs. McGregor

Two famous fighters eye a big payday.

Two famous fighters eye a big payday.

Image: ap/shutterstock composite

Let's call this what it is: A boxing match that's a spectacle meant to generate revenue more than it is a legitimate sporting competition. How so? Conor McGregor is a UFC legend who's not really a boxer. Floyd Mayweather is a 40-year-old fighter known more for his technical proficiency and defensive style than exciting fights or knocking people out.  Read more...

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          This week in apps: Hail an UberBOAT, be green, fight UFOs, and much more   

It's completely possible that you weren't able to keep up with app updates this week considering all of the speculation of what the iPhone will look like in 2020. If that's the case, there's no need to worry. We've got you covered.

SEE ALSO: Why your iPhone photos look so bad

Each week we round up the most important app news along with some of the coolest new and updated apps to help you stay in the loop. Here's what caught our eye this week. (If you're looking for more, make sure to check out last week's roundup.)


Uber has been on a wild ride lately. And on the last day of June, the company launched a new service.  Read more...

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          Edirne'de 10 asker hastaneye kaldırıldı   

Edirne'nin Karaağaç Mahallesi'nde bulunan Celalettin Alkoç Kışlası'nda bulunan 10 asker, gıda zehirlenmesi iddiasıyla hastanelerin acil servislerine kaldırıldı.

          Fransız devi Aboubakar'a talip oldu!   

Beşiktaş'ın transferde öncelik verdiği ve kalması için tüm şartları zorladığı Aboubakar için Fransız kulüp Marsilya da devreye girdi.

          Gezi Parkı'na bakan oda tutan Alman aranıyor   

Taksim'de bir Alman vatandaşı tuttuğu otel odasına düzenek kurarak, otelin penceresinden caddeye doğru siyasi içerikli bildiri yağdırdı.

          Kurtlar Vadisi Vatan filminin vizyon tarihi belli oldu!   

Ekranların en uzun soluklu dizileri arasında yer alan Kurtlar Vadisi Vatan ismiyle beyaz perdeye geliyor. Başorlünde Polat Alemdar karakteri ile Necati Şaşmaz’ın oynadığı Kurtlar Vadisi Vatan filminin vizyon tarihi belli oldu.

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          This Dance Video Is Seriously Freaking Me Out   
Video. Don't waste your time trying to make sense of director Kouhei Nakama's music video for Broke For Free's Hella, because hyper-realistic action figures breaking apart and randomly exploding into hundreds of doppelgangers isn't meant to be a understood. It's eye candy for the sake of eye candy, with a sick beat tossed in for good measure. More »

          Joel Simpson on deep state issues, Barrie Zwicker on false flags, "immigrant invasions," and MSM censorship   
This show broadcasts LIVE 8 to 10 pm Eastern Friday, June 30th at - click on Studio B - then gets archived about 24 hours later.  For only $4 a month you can listen to shows on-demand before they are broadcast - and also get free downloads. Help Kevin keep these shows on the air – Click HERE!  

Joel Simpson
First hour: Joel Simpson has "had careers in college teaching, jazz piano and music software" but is happiest now as a professional photographer. He also has a good eye for truth (as opposed to "public myth.") Tonight we will discuss election integrity, deep state issues, 9/11 and false flag "terrorist" operations.
     Joel wrote a terrific report on the Left Forum (and its "banned" co-event, the Left Out Forum). In it, he writes: "Growing up, as I did, in the traumatic shadow of the Holocaust, I embraced Zionism as a young person—it was the dominant ideology of my Jewish education—insensitive to its implicit racism, and only came to realize its truly oppressive dimensions in the early 1980s." Since then he seems to have fully recovered, as evidenced by these excerpts from an emailed defense of the Left Out Forum: 

"I have learned a lot observing this mostly covert conflict (over holocaust revisionism). On one hand, there are legitimate historical researchers who are questioning some of the long-accepted beliefs about the Holocaust, which is perfectly legitimate. Historians change perspective on major events from generation to generation. It's happened to slavery and the Civil War, the two World Wars, the British Empire, and many other historical subjects, whose massive existence was never denied. However, the Holocaust has become sacrosanct as part of the justification for Israeli ethnic cleansing and subsequent oppression, hence Norman Finkelstein's book The Holocaust Industry, which sounded pretty outrageous when it came out, I admit. The almost inconceivable horror of the Holocaust was being treated as a commercial product—and I was brought up immersed in Holocaust history—and yet, this is what the Israelis seemed prepared to do and have done. Because of the Holocaust's special status, anyone whose research conflicts with any part of the official story is branded as a H. denier! This is simply ridiculous, as any serious student of history knows...
     "So 'Holocaust denier' has become like 'conspiracy theorist': a term that stifles debate and automatically discredits anyone who questions official policies in a particular domain. This doesn't mean that there aren't real nuts who try to deny the historicity of the Holocaust, but these are fringe elements, not respectable and credentialed academics who are honestly questioning Israel's neo-colonialist oppression, or taking a second look at the horrors of the Holocaust. History, as you of all people know, is immensely complex and can never be exhaustively accounted for. We can only take pieces of it and try to make sense of it, and so it is rewritten every generation or so. 
     "As for 'conspiracy theorist,' you probably know that the CIA invented this term around 1967 to silence critics of the JFK Assassination investigation, which was a sham, as is well known today. I avoid the term because of this origin, and as Lance deHaven Smith points out in his brilliant book Conspiracy Theory in America, the term is used to discredit people who simply connect the dots and come to conclusions other than those of the power structure—as was done in the Declaration of Independence itself. 
    "Having said that, I refuse to condemn by association, especially when I have direct experience of a person. I have read a lot of what Kevin Barrett has written, and there isn't a shred of anti-Semitism or Holocaust denial in it. In fact, he's quite ecumenical. Same for Prof. Anthony Hall, who was crassly smeared on his Facebook page, then suspended without pay, but ultimately exonerated."

Second hour: Leading Canadian media critic Barrie Zwicker, author of Towers of Deception: The Media Cover-up of 9/11, recently submitted an op-ed to the Toronto Star, Canada's largest circulation newspaper. It begins:

"The June 5 headline in The Star reads: 'Public safety minister reassures Canadians ahead of Canada Day celebrations.' The story quotes Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale as saying the RCMP and other security agencies are taking 'necessary and appropriate steps' to protect people at Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations this summer. This Canadian would be more reassured if the minister declared there will be no more unnecessary and inappropriate police-manufactured fake 'terror plots'—such as the one on Canada Day 2013 in Victoria, B.C. perpetrated by the RCMP."

Barrie has not heard back from the Star, so he suspects they have deemed his article other articles he has submitted touching on false flag terror, 9/11 truth, and related subjects. So much for media criticism in Canada!

We will also discuss:

*Weaponized migration (the topic of Mike Springmann's book, reviewed by Barry here.)

*The Sanders/Corbyn phenomenon. Barrie opines: "Certainly the left ain’t dead, especially among younger voters."

 *Sy Hersh’s fascinating article about how Trump’s decision to launch cruise missiles against the Syrian air base was arrived at.
          You Can Still Wear Eye Shadow in the Summer Heat--Thanks to This $7 Primer   
Branded: NYC Eyeshadow BaseRule of thumb: When the weather warms up, the first thing to go is excessive makeup. But just because its summer doesn't mean that you have to ditch your favorite eye shadows. You do...

          Gezi Parkı'na bakan oda tutan Alman bildiri düzeneği kurdu   
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Taksim'de bir Alman vatandaşı tuttuğu otel odasına düzenek kurarak, otelin penceresinden caddeye doğru siyasi içerikli bildiri yağdırdı.

          15 places in Canada that will give you instant wanderlust   

Say the word 'Canada' and it's likely that a desktop background-esque scene springs to mind: towering mountain peaks, dazzling blue lakes, and forests as far as the eye can see.

The post 15 places in Canada that will give you instant wanderlust appeared first on Intrepid Travel Blog.

          Şekerbank Reklamcılığında Bir Çelişki   

Reklamları genellikle diziler, filmler, programlar arasına konan gereksiz zaman kaybı diye görürüz. İzlediğimiz bir programın arasına reklam girdiğinde hemen kanal değiştirir ve daha faydalı olabileceğine inandığımız bir program izleriz. Fakat ürününü veya hizmetini hedef kitleye ulaştırmak isteyenler, reklamı bir tutundurma çalışması olarak görür ve reklamlarını bu çerçeve doğrultusunda hazırlar. Reklamlarda ürüne veya sunulan hizmete olan […]

Bu makale Şekerbank Reklamcılığında Bir Çelişki ilk olarak Pazarlamasyon 'da yayınlanmıştır.

          Veja o significado das músicas do novo álbum do rapper Jay-Z   
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Após quatro anos, Jay Z volta as paradas com novo álbum: “4:44”. O disco é composto de 10 faixas e conta com parcerias de cantores como Frank Ocean e Damian Marley. Sua família também colaborou com o novo trabalho, Gloria Carter, mãe do rapper, Beyoncé e até, sua filha, Blue Ivy participaram em algumas músicas.
Em entrevista, Jay Z explicou o significado das músicas do novo ábum, confira:
1. “Kill Jay Z”:
“A primeira música é chamada Kill Jay Z e obviamente não deve ser tomada literalmente. É realmente sobre ego. Trata-se de matar o ego, para que possamos conversar em um lugar de vulnerabilidade e honestidade”
2. “The Story Of OJ”:
“The Story Of OJ é realmente uma cabeça sobre nós como uma cultura, tendo um plano, como vamos empurrar isso para a frente. Todos ganhamos dinheiro e perdemos também, como artista especial. Como transformar o sucesso em algo maior?”
3. “Smile”:
“Smile é exatamente quando houver momentos ruins. Esses momentos ruins podem fazer duas coisas: Eles podem levá-los em um lugar onde você estará preso em uma rotina ou pode fazer seu futuro melhor.”
4. “Caught The Eye”:
“Caught The Eye é uma música que trata apenas de estar ciente de seus arredores. Há uma linha nele que diz ‘Seu idioma corporal é tudo corretivo, como você pode ver a diferença entre você e eu?’, apenas sendo tão afiado sobre o que está ao seu redor”
5. “4:44”:
“É uma música que eu escrevi. Eu acordei, literalmente às 4:44 da manhã para escrever essa música. Então, tornou-se o título do álbum. É a faixa do título porque é uma música poderosa e eu apenas acredito ser uma das melhores músicas que já escrevi”
6. “Family Feud”:
“Family Feud é sobre a separação da cultura. Com os novos rapers estão lutando com os velhos rappers, dizendo todas essas coisas. Então a linha será ‘Ninguém  ganha”
7. “Bam”:
“A música Bam com Damian Marley, é apenas como ‘Jammim’. Mas secretamente Shawn diz ‘Man, você precisa de um pouco de ego’. Foi por causa de mim e das coisas que eu fiz, isso é JAY-Z dizendo que você precisa um pouco de ego para chegar neste ponto”
“O gancho é ‘Nós presos em La La Land mesmo se ganharmos, vamos perder’. É como um gesto sutil para La La Land conquistando o Oscar depois ter que dar a Moonlight. é realmente um comentário sobre a cultura para onde estamos indo.”
9. “Marcy Me”:
“Marcy Me é uma caminhada nostálgica através de Marcy e é sobre essa esperança, sobre esse sentimento de ‘Man posso realmente fazer isso? Eu posso ser realmente um  dos maiores artistas do mundo?’ Você tem esses grandes sonhos. ‘Posso ser um dos maiores jogadores de basquete?’ Nós temos esses sonhos.”
10. “Legacy”:
“Apenas uma música sobre como conversar com a minha filha. Ela começa a música e diz ‘Papai, o que é uma vontade?”

rapper entrará em turnê por volta de setembro deste ano, nos Estados Unidos, para divulgar o seu novo trabalho.

          May Takes a Step Forward To British Independence With an Eye Out for Trump   
Prime Minister May's Lancaster House speech outlining the British government's Brexit agenda takes an impressive step forward in Britain's withdrawal from the European Union and keeps a weather eye out for the man who is about to become President Trump. Brexit was "a vote to restore . . . our parliamentary democracy, national self-determination, and to become even more global and internationalist in action and in spirit."The Prime Minister opened with an apologia, setting out the reasons for...
          CHP: Erdoğan açıklamalarıyla yürüyüşü germeye dönük adımlar atma niyetinde   

HABER MERKEZİ –AKP Genel Başkanı ve Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan’ın ‘Adalet Yürüyüşü’ne ilişkin sözlerine yanıt veren CHP Sözcüsü Bülent Tezcan, “Bu millet kimin FETÖ’nün kıyakçısı, kimin ayakçısı olduğunu çok iyi biliyor” dedi. Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi (CHP) Sözcüsü Bülent Tezcan, AKP Genel Başkanı ve Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’ın ‘Adalet Yürüyüşü’nü hedef alan açıklamalarına ...

CHP: Erdoğan açıklamalarıyla yürüyüşü germeye dönük adımlar atma niyetinde yazısı ilk önce Gazete Karınca üzerinde ortaya çıktı.

          Topless Tanning Crab Attack   
Topless Tanning Crab Attack these crabs go insane when they go after a topless tanning beauty and give them an eye full.

          Fetö Soruşturması Kapsamında Gözaltına Alınan 9 Şüpheli Adliyeye Sevk Edildi   
          Premature Ejaculation - Premature Ejaculation Can Be Treated   
Premature Ejaculation,Delay Ejaculation: A study from the University of Koln in Germany shows that premature ejaculation is in the eye of the beholder. Men who came to a urology clinic with a chief complaint of premature ejaculation had the same time to ejaculation as normal men who had no... Premature Ejaculation
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Ирина, потрясающе смотрятся, хотя я к теням равнодушна)
Лежит у меня пока песок, еще так и неопробованный)
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Обязательно нужно опробовать, сейчас на лето- замечательно  
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
По-моему, одна из самых популярных троек у Шисейдо. Отличные свотчи на солнышке.)
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Спасибо, я старалась.
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Ирина, как всегда очень соблазнительно!  
У меня эта палетка есть, но если б не было, после твоего обзора ринулась бы в магазин, потрясный мейк!  
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Лена, благодарю, одна из красивейших палеток.
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Видела много отзывов на эту палетку, но именно то, как вы показали — зацепило. Очень красиво и захотелось приобрести такую палетку. Спасибо за обзор!
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Спасибо, рада, что смогла заинтересовать.
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Бесконечно могу любоваться обзорами теней троек от Шисейдо! А пляжная трава сейчас актуальна, макияж у Вас завораживающий!
          The Simple Eye Test To Tell If Your Adrenals Are Fatigued And What To Do IMMEDIATELY If They Are!   

We are all faced with an incredible amount of pressure in our day to day life. Pressure to be the perfect parent, the perfect spouse, the perfect employee, child, sibling or friend. As the pressure adds up we spend more and more time attempting to live up to the expectations of others, and not enough

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          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Спасибо, ничего сложного в макияже нет, но красиво.
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Спасибо за пост и прекрасные фото. сама недавно купила эту палетку и опиралась именно на такую же логику — нравились многие тройки, но в каждой был ненужный-неподходящий оттенок, а эта самая необыкновенная, но при этом универсальная и очень носибельная. Вы очень красиво ее показали!  
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Я попыталась показать всю ее красоту и необычность.
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Ириша, люблю ее)))
Я даже не сомневалась, что тебе она пойдет!
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Рита, после твоего поста и думала о покупке, ты мне оперу советовала, но опера обождет.
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Опера тоже хороша, но она точно подождет!
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
очень люблю эту палетку. для меня она просто универсальная. А Вам очень подходит к цвету глаз оттенки
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Спасибо, мне кажется, что оттенки подойдут и кареглазкам и голубоглазкам.
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Твоя палетка, однозначно! Очень идет и красива безусловно!  
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Таня, спасибо, мне она тоже нравится. Сейчас только ею и пользуюсь.
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Сегодня, в солнечную погоду, была в макияже с участием этой палетки и тоже любовалась (в очередной 1001-й раз) завораживающими переливами оттенков! Сейчас, когда лицо немного загорело, эти оттенки стали для меня опять актуальны, и я отложила в сторону любимые таупы))
Очень понравились Ваши фото на солнце, красота!
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Да, под загар, думаю, еще лучше будет. Нужно принимать солнечные ванны  
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Эта палетка прекрасна, в последнее время у меня закрадывается мысль что мне она тоже нужна, над думать мне побыстрее  .
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Думайте, но лучше брать- не пожалеете.
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Сегодня поеду искать, надеюсь я не опоздала  !
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
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          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
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          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Купилааа! Ваш пост можно сказать меня сподвиг на их покупку и я очень этому рада, до этого я еще сомневалась, на удивление были в наличии, хорошо что а Азии весьма странное представление о красивых тенях и макияже, иначе бы их не было  .
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
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          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
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          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Ирочка, ты так красиво показала тени, что первый раз захотелось купить себе, хотя все оттенки не мои!
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Оля, мне кажется, универсальные оттенки под любой цвет глаз и блондинкам и брюнеткам.
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Одна из самых лучших палеток Шисейдо, наряду с Розовыми Песками! Безумно тебе идет! Красиво на твоих веках цвета раскрылись. Спасибо тебе, моя хорошая!
          Comments: Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio RD 299 Beach Grass   
Спасибо, Липочка, я старалась.
Lil' sneak peek into something I've been doing for the whole Saturday (1/7/2017)! Obviously not done yet, but I'm planning finishing it before the 4th :) Been playing around with the new colours I got-- Not a wide range of colour choices but they blend nicely and are a pleasure to use for simple drawings. 😜 #art #sketch #pencil #hbpencil #colouringpencil #eye #fur #sketchbook #iris #cateye #cat #nose #ear #cats #catart #blue #purple #black #graphitepencil.
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          Comment on Eye in the Sky on Nature: Satellites are Transforming Conservation by John   
Yes! And I didn't mean to imply that satellite data should be suspect. I meant rather that scientists are probably being monitored when they access this data. Thanks.
          Comment on Eye in the Sky on Nature: Satellites are Transforming Conservation by Richard Conniff   
Alarming sentence: "International Launch Services, a Virginia-based company owned by Russia’s Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, managed Thursday’s Proton mission"
          Comment on Eye in the Sky on Nature: Satellites are Transforming Conservation by John   
Thanks for another great article. Watching the seals of Cape Cod en masse as I did with my family last year was a near transcendent experience. The din was deafening (in a good way). But shifting to the subject of relying on satellite data, are you aware that our communications satellites from Hughes (subsidiary of EchoStar) or Exede (subsid. of ViaSat) are launched from Kazakhstan aboard Russian proton rockets? Think Putin et al., can resist the urge to, um, inspect the satellites before launch? Or "inspect with extreme prejudice," as they say? See Attenboroughly Yours, John
          2 TEMMUZ 2017 – İSTANBUL ALTILISI yazısına Konyali tarafından yapılan yorumlar   
Herkese bolsanslar bugün kurgum iki takip atim ikisi sürpriz konumda ikiside bankom olucak.ikinci altilida tabiiki..altilinin kilidi bir ve ikinci ayakta acilicak 1ayak:şartlı 1araplara hazırlıkları güzel 9,10 başta olmak üzere guzel orjinleriyle 6,54,3,2,1 2ayak:yorumsuz 1,2,5,6,8,12,13,15 3ayak:uzun süredir takibimde olan kalitesi son yarış galobu bu gurubu geçmeye yeteceğini düşündüğüm 22/02/2017 tarihli kosusunda fotoda son karara bir salisiye ile geçilerek beni 56 bin liradan eden 7 lovelyprens bankom. 4ayak:gurup 3 yarış burda hiç ayirmicam hepsi yazıp gecicem 5ayak:2 talip han muhtemelen agf nin en yuksek oranlı atı çıkıcak muhtemelen de 0/0 50 cikicaktir ben yanına rakip olarak 1 harbican 7 kizilhisar 8,9 ekleyip bomba beklicim 6ayak:sitartta kalmaz veya fazla oyalanmaz ise sert jokeyi ile uyum sağlarsa kumcu olarak bilinmesine rağmen izbatur orjiniyle ben cim de daha iyi gideceğini düşündüğüm takip atim olan 4 - Kobat en az 15 lira ganyanla kazanmasını bekliyor banko yazicam. Sevgili arkadaşlar kurgu düşüncem yatiracagim oyun aynen Teklerim gelirse alt ilim ciddi büyük rakamla tutar.
          Transfer News: Liverpool eye shock Kieran Gibbs move   
Liverpool are reportedly eyeing a shock move for Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs as Jurgen Klopp continues to seek solution for the left side of the defence.
          Şanlıurfa'da Tır Minübüs ile çarpıştı, 15 Yaralı   
Şanlıurfa Akçakale yolunda tır minibüsü kamyona çarparak devrildi. 06 ZPU 97 plakalı tur minibüsü kavşağa girmeye çalışan sürücüsü belirlenemeyen 63 UB 119 plakalı hafriyat kamyonu ile çarpıştı.Kazada 15 kişi yaralandı.
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Şanlıurfa Ceylanpınar Belediye Başkanı Menderes Atilla'nın "Her mahalleye bir kültür evi" projesi kapsamında yapımı tamamlanan Seydo Atilla Kültür Evi yapılan törenle hizmete açıldı.
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          Traditional Piedmont Gem Now For Sale at 5 Blair Avenue   
    No matter which angle you view this classically designed home from, it is very impressive. This spacious 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home is centrally located at 5 Blair Avenue in Piedmont, and just steps from beautiful Dracena Park.  The shops and restaurants of Grand and Piedmont Avenue are not far away, as are the popular Rockridge shopping venues on College Avenue.  This truly gracious entryway reflects the atmosphere throughout the rest of the home. From hardwood floors, stunning wood trim and moulding, and delightful window treatments, you feel welcome from the moment you open the door.  An immediate turn to the left introduces you to the spacious living room. So many things catch the eye that represent quality of construction and design.  Note the beamed ceilings, the wide, spacious windows, and, additionally, the beautiful hardwood floors and wood trim throughout.   The living room also retains the charm of an earlier era when built in cabinets and display bookcases surrounded a spacious fireplace.   Be sure to notice the unique floor design. There are two rooms set aside for entertaining and dining--one formal, one casual. The first is the dramatic dining room that represents the homes traditional roots.  More casual, but still equally appealing, is the family room.  It has doors that open to a private patio and wrap around garden.  It would be ideal for a quiet afternoon luncheon or tea party.   But, whether you choose a casual or formal meal, you have a truly pleasing updated kitchen to work from.  It has a commercial stove, granite, and stainless appliances to assist you.   The home has 4 bedrooms, two of which are shown here for your consideration.  The first, shown below, has wide and spacious windows, as does the adjoining office space also shown.  Another of the four bedrooms is equally handsome with a view to the greenery outside. One of the two and 1/2 bathrooms is truly appealing, and is presented for your consideration, as well. In addition to the four bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths mentioned above, there is also a very attractive in-law unit on the lower level.  Regarding this, the agent has said Approved City of Piedmont plans for lower 5th bedroom and 3rd bathroom, or legal rental unit Earlier, it was noted that the family room opens onto the wrap around patio.  Here is the patio, and adjoining garden. The home is approximately 3105 sf in size, and the asking price for this handsome home is $2,495,000.  I look forward to hearing from you at (510) 517-6280 about your interest. (Listing Courtesy of Rosalie Marshall of Bay Sothebys International Realty)
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          Joe Thornton just can’t leave San Jose, reportedly signs 1-year deal   


It was hard to imagine Joe Thornton in another NHL sweater.

Hard to imagine that giant, bushy beard draped over another logo. Hard to imagine Thornton wearing anything other than teal for the first time in 12 years. Hard to imagine a player who, in the San Jose Sharks’ lowest moments, chose to remain in the Bay Area, living a life he rather loved. Hard to imagine that a player with 615 goals and a franchise-record 722 assists would take his talents elsewhere.

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But he’s turning 38 on July 2. The temptation was there to play for Mike Babcock and the Toronto Maple Leafs. It was there from the New York Rangers. It was there from the Los Angeles Kings. “I’m not sure we ever thought we had a chance. Talked to his camp, showed a lot of interest and it didn’t work out,” said GM Rob Blake.

Maybe they didn’t have a chance. Maybe none of them did. Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks are, to paraphrase The Joker, destined to do this forever. So according to Kevin Kurz, it’s a one-year deal for Thornton, and according to Bob McKenzie, it’ll be for roughly $6.5 million.

The last four contracts that Jumbo signed were three-year terms. This wasn’t going to be another one, based on the NHL’s over-35 contract rules. Perhaps he plays another year after this, perhaps not. The bottom line is that with 50 points in 79 games last season, he’s got something left.

If nothing else, Thornton now understands his value around the league. It’s flattering to be courted. It’s good to know you’re coveted.

But in the end, how do you leave this behind?

So it was the Sharks. By a hair.

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