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          Polizei will Fluggäste stärker kontrollieren   
Eine neue Einheit der tschechischen Polizei soll ab kommenden Jahr stärker darauf schauen, wer sich an Bord der über Tschechien verkehrenden Flugzeuge befindet. Den Beamten werden dazu über ein Analysesystem Zugriff auf die Daten von Millionen von Fluggästen bekommen. Die Schaffung der Einheit geht auf…
          Find all fireworks shows in Colorado in 2017   

Millions of Coloradans will watch or partake in fireworks celebrations on Independence Day, and Denver7 has rounded up each public show we could possibly find.

          Fairline Boats celebrates 100th Squadron 78 milestone   


The original Squadron 78 was first unveiled to the world in 2003 at a prestigious event near the Tower of London. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of Fairline’s most successful and iconic luxury motor yachts with a very loyal following.

Kevin Gaskell, CEO Fairline Boats, comments: “We are incredibly proud of the fact that the Squadron 78 is now in its 12th year of production, which demonstrates the strength and appeal of its design and build quality. Our teams work tirelessly to ensure that every Squadron 78 is crafted to the owner’s exacting requirements, creating beautifully customised and bespoke luxury motor yachts.”

The 100th build of the Squadron 78 follows the recent launch of its most customised model ever, a Squadron 78 CUSTOM called MATCH 2.  This was one of the Fairline Yacht Division’s most exciting and challenging build projects to-date with almost 400 custom items. MATCH 2 was the owner’s fifth Fairline and his second Squadron 78.

James Powell, Fairline Yacht Division EMEA, commented: “When we launched the Squadron 78 in 2003 we knew we had created a world-beating luxury boat.  We have always enjoyed working closely with our customers to create high-end motor yachts that are truly unique. The entire team are incredibly proud of what we have achieved and we are very much looking forward to working with the future owners of new Squadron 78s.” 

Comments Kevin Gaskell: “The combination of great sea-keeping, the highest build quality, customisation and strong residual value underlines the Squadron 78 as a market leader and will continue to do so well into the future.”

Top statistics about the Squadron 78:
• The total value of all the Squadron 78s sold to date is over £150million
• If you laid all the 100 Squadron 78s out in a line they would be the equivalent of 1.5 miles in length – that’s 1.5 miles of refined luxury motor yacht!
• A total of 1,942,200 man hours to build all 100 Squadron 78s
• Over 10,000 customisations have been undertaken across all 100 Squadron 78s – making it the most bespoke and customised Fairline boat ever
• Over 160,000 man hours to undertake those customisations
• 7,300 square metres of teak used
• 10,600 square metres of luxury carpet
• 558 tonnes of Coremat fibreglass with 1,200 tonnes of resin

          US debut of the highly anticipated Targa 48 OPEN at Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show   


Exhibiting at Ramp 39, Fairline will join yacht builders from around the world at Florida’s largest annual event, which transforms Collins Avenue into a multi-million dollar showcase. Visitors to the show will be able to explore the beautifully crafted new Targa 48 OPEN and step onboard six additional Fairline models – including the luxurious Targa 62GT.   

Perfectly suited for the Miami boating scene, the Targa 48 OPEN is an elegantly appointed two cabin, double en-suite model geared towards the design trend of spacious sociable areas for entertaining inside and out. The model offers an electric canvas roof as standard, as well as a garage for optional jet tender and submersible bathing platform.

The Targa 48 OPEN is powered by Volvo Penta IPS matched to a dynamic new hull designed specifically for the range, making significant use of new technologies and industry-leading production systems. This has ensured the new Targa offers the highest levels of quality and performance, with considerable weight reduction, exceptional engineering and excellent sea-keeping – everything you would expect from a Fairline.

Oliver Winbolt, Head of Marketing at Fairline Boats, commented: “Fairline enjoyed a strong year in the US market in 2013 and we anticipate building on this in the year ahead. We’re looking forward to launching the Targa 48 OPEN to the US market and showcasing the best of British to visitors at the show. Our new 48 foot models have been created using the very latest technology and we’ll be welcoming Fairline owners and prospective customers onboard to experience it for themselves.”

           Georgia Power, Southern Nuclear to Assume Project Management of Vogtle    

Georgia Power, Southern Nuclear to Assume Project Management of Vogtle

$subtitles.get($x) The change in project management will not affect Toshiba’s agreement to pay $3.68 billion for the project.
          Can California fish catch break with giant tunnels? Depends   
Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to route much of California's mightiest river into two massive tunnels poses new perils for salmon and other struggling native species, but could give them a couple of breaks as well, experts and project supporters and opponents say in the wake of two newly issued wildlife rulings on the $16 billion project.
          Indiana: Deal Reached in Suit Over Concert Deaths   
The country duo Sugarland, the concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants have agreed to pay $39 million to settle claims from the 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse....
          Comment on Street Knowledge with Chris Graham: Why no love for UVA basketball? by Nelson Jon Kane   
Rochester, Minnesota: No Brilliant Company Is Disrupting any $200 Billion Industry.
          Regional Director - Canadian Diabetes Association - Toronto, ON   
Eleven million Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes. Diabetes Canada is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent....
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          Communications Manager - Canadian Diabetes Association - Toronto, ON   
Eleven million Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes. 1-year CONTRACT OPPORTUNITY....
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          Communications Coordinator - Canadian Diabetes Association - Toronto, ON   
Eleven million Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes. 1-year CONTRACT OPPORTUNITY....
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          Coordinator, Leadership Philanthropy & Stewardship - Canadian Diabetes Association - Toronto, ON   
Eleven million Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes. Diabetes Canada is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent....
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          Talent Acquisition Specialist - Canadian Diabetes Association - Toronto, ON   
Eleven million Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes. Diabetes Canada is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent.... $50,000 - $60,000 a year
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          Coordinator, Community Partnership - Canadian Diabetes Association - Calgary, AB   
Eleven million Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes. Diabetes Canada is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent....
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          Custodial Service Worker - Aiken Regional Medical Center   
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          China Completes Construction Of New Missile Shelters On Disputed South China Sea Islands   

Trump's "up and down" relationship with China may be on the precipice of taking a sharp dive into the proverbial abyss.  After frequently threatening to label China a "currency manipulator" on the campaign trail last year, Trump's relationship with China's President Xi Jinping took a decided turn for the better after a meeting at Mar-a-Lago in which China vowed to help address the "menace of North Korea" .

But apparently those efforts have officially failed:


And, shortly after those efforts were declared dead, the Trump administration signed a $1.3 billion arms deal with Taiwan, a deal which China has "demanded" be cancelled immediately.

Meanwhile, as the Financial Times points out today, in the midst of all the international crises, China has made great strides building out and further militarizing their disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Over the past three months, China has built four new missile shelters on Fiery Cross, boosting the number of installations on the reef to 12, according to satellite images provided to the Financial Times by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


China has also expanded radar facilities on Fiery Cross and two other disputed reefs — Subi and Mischief — in the Spratly Island chain, and started building underground structures that Greg Poling, director of CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, assesses will be used to store munitions.


“We haven’t seen any slowdown in construction, including since the Mar-a-Lago summit,” said Mr Poling. “The islands are built and they are clearly militarised, which means they already got over the hard part. Now every time they put in a new radar or new missile shelter, it is harder for the world to get angry. They are building a gun, they are just not putting the bullets in yet.”


The advances underscore how much progress China has made towards militarizing the man-made islands in ways that significantly enhance its ability to both monitor activity in the South China Sea and to project power in the western Pacific where the US has been the dominant power in the seven decades since the second world war.

Euan Graham, an Asia expert at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, said it was “not quite game over in the South China Sea” but that China had fundamentally altered the status quo over the islands that would be hard to change barring war or natural disasters.


“They already exert a strategic effect by projecting China’s presence much further out,” said Mr Graham. “They will not prevent the US Navy from operating in their vicinity, but they will complicate the threat environment for US ships and aircraft — by extending the [Chinese navy’s] surveillance and targeting net, as well as the envelope of power projection.”


Of course, these latest provocations come despite a promise made to Obama in 2015 that "China would not militarize the man-made islands"...a promise which the Obama administration apparently took at face value and proceeded to bury their heads in the sand.

During a visit to Washington, Mr Xi told Barack Obama in 2015 that China would not militarise the man-made islands, but in the intervening 20 months Beijing has stepped up construction, and now has runways that can accommodate Chinese fighter jets.


China’s legal claim to the seas around the maritime features is legally controversial since many were dredged out of coral and sand and thus not entitled to status as islands. But Vasily Kashin, an expert on the Chinese military at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, said the goal was never legal sovereignty but to give China forward bases from which it could patrol and exercise control in their vicinity.


“If you have this infrastructure in the Spratlys, it allows China to constantly monitor aircraft and ships in the South China Sea. The point is that no one will be able to do anything in the area without them seeing.”


Ely Ratner, an Asia expert who served in the Obama administration, said Washington had failed to craft a strategy to convince China to halt militarisation of the man-made islands. “Until China believes that there will be significant costs . . . I don’t think they have any reason to slow down,” said Mr Ratner. “They have been pushing on an open door and have been surprised at how little resistance they have faced.”


Critics say the Obama administration took too cautious an approach to avoid creating tensions that would hurt the ability for co-operation on other issues. Meanwhile, some experts say the Trump team has given China a relatively free pass to maximise the chances it will boost pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear programme.

Somehow we suspect the Trump administration will end up being slightly less "accommodating" over the long term...

          Chris Christie Announces New Jersey Government Shutdown, Orders State Of Emergency   

Illinois, Maine, Connecticut: the end of the old fiscal year and the failure of numerous states to enter the new one with a budget, means that some of America's most populous states have seen their local governments grind to a halt overnight until some spending agreement is reached. Now we can also add New Jersey to this list.

On Saturday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency in the state, and announced a partial state government shutdown as New Jersey become the latest state to enter the new fiscal year without an approved budget after the Republican governor and the Democrat-led Legislature failed to reach an agreement by the deadline at midnight Friday, CBS New York reports.

In a news conference Saturday morning, Christie blamed Democratic State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto for causing the shutdown. And, just like Illinois and Connecticut, Christie and the Democrat-led Legislature are returning to work in hopes of resolving the state's first government shutdown since 2006 and the first under Christie, before NJ is downgraded further by the rating agencies.

"If there's not a resolution to this today, everyone will be back tomorrow," Christie said, calling the shutdown "embarrassing and pointless." He also repeatedly referred to the government closure as "the speaker's shutdown."  Christie later announced that he would address the full legislature later at the statehouse on Saturday.

Prieto remained steadfast in his opposition, reiterating that he won't consider the plan as part of the budget process but would consider it once a budget is signed.  Referring to the shutdown as "Gov. Christie's Hostage Crisis Day One," Prieto said he has made compromises that led to the budget now before the Legislature.


"I am also ready to consider reasonable alternatives that protect ratepayers, but others must come to the table ready to be equally reasonable," Prieto said. "Gov. Christie and the legislators who won't vote 'yes' on the budget are responsible for this unacceptable shutdown. I compromised. I put up a budget bill for a vote. Others now must now do their part and fulfill their responsibilities."

Politics aside, the diplomaitc failure has immediate consequences for Jersey residents: Christie ordered nonessential services to close beginning Saturday. New Jerseyans were feeling the impact as the shutdown took effect, shuttering state parks and disrupting ferry service to Liberty and Ellis islands. Among those affected were a group of Cub Scouts forced to leave a state park campsite and people trying to obtain or renew documents from the state motor vehicle commission, among the agencies closed by the shutdown.

As funds run out elsewhere, it will only get worse.  Police were turning away vehicles and bicyclists at Island Beach state park in Ocean County.

A sign posted at the park entrance featured a photo of Prieto and the phone number of his district office in Secaucus, along with the caption: "This facility is CLOSED because of this man."

When asked about the sign, Christie spokesman Jeremy Rosen said the governor wanted to make sure people knew why the site was shuttered.  "Speaker Prieto singlehandedly closed state government," Rosen said, adding that the governor wanted to make sure families "knew that the facilities were closed and who is responsible."

Not all things will be affected: remaining open under the shutdown will be New Jersey Transit, state prisons, the state police, state hospitals and treatment centers as well as casinos, race tracks and the lottery. 

A major point of disagreement is the ongoing stalemate between Christie and lawmakers over whether to include legislation affecting the state's largest health insurer into the state budget.

Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney agree on legislation to make over Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, including allowing the state insurance commissioner to determine a range for the company's surplus that if exceeded must be put to use benefiting the public and policyholders.  But Prieto opposes the plan, saying that the legislation could lead to rate hikes on the insurer's 3.8 million subscribers and that the legislation is separate from the budget.  Prieto has said he will leave open a vote on the $34.7 billion budget that remains deadlocked 26-25, with 24 abstentions, until those 24 abstentions change their mind.

Democratic Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, of Northfield, was among those abstaining. He reasoned that if the governor did not get the Horizon bill, then nearly $150 million in school funding -- $9.6 million of which would go to his district -- would be line-item vetoed out of the budget.   And indeed, Christie said Friday during a news conference that he would slash the Democratic spending priorities if he did not get the Horizon bill as part of a package deal on the budget.  "You want me to wave a magic wand to get a budget?" Christie said. "I can't get a budget to my desk. Only the Senate and Assembly can get the budget to my desk."

But where things may get nasty quick, is that Christie said public workers should not expect any back pay. "Yeah, don't count on it." Christie said of furlough pay. "That was Jon 'I'll Fight For a Good Contract For You' Corzine. I ain't him."

Meanwhile, the fingerpointing has begun, including Democrats pointing at other Democrats.

"It seems like he's just being stubborn," Mazzeo said of Prieto. "With all due respect to the speaker, then there should be some type of negotiations." But Prieto said it's lawmakers - fellow Democrats - like Mazzeo who are to blame for the shutdown. He said he is willing to discuss the Horizon legislation but after the budget is resolved.

Christie has balked at the proposal because he says lawmakers plan to leave town to campaign for re-election and he will be a lame duck.  According to CBS, all 120 lawmakers face voters this year.

Finally, putting the sheer chaos of it all in context, Christie who is term-limited and is expected to be out of office by January, has his family staying for the holiday weekend in a state-owned house at Island Beach State Park. The park is closed because of the shutdown.

          Closing Yemen’s key airport puts millions at risk, aid groups warn   

A Saudi-led coalition’s ongoing closure of Yemen’s main airport in the rebel-held capital Sana’a puts millions of lives in the war-torn country at risk, 12 aid groups said on Sunday.

          Split airport records biggest passenger traffic in Croatia   

Split Airport had over half a million passengers in July, which is the biggest passenger traffic in one month since the airport opened and the biggest passenger traffic at a Croatian airport.

          Croatian airports record 7% more passengers in Jan-July   

The figures show that the number of passengers at the airports in July 2015 was 1.24 million, which was nearly 70,000 or 6% more than in July 2014.

          Comment on "Will Sub-Saharan Africa's Population Hit 10 Billion? 15 Billion?" by Steve Sailer   
This strikes me as--in one form or another--the most likely long term outcome. Once the West goes down, the Chinese will be liberated from Western values "constraint". In addition, the death of the West will be a powerful reminder/reinforcement to the Chinese to be aggressively protective of their racial/national survival. If the West wises up...
          Comment on "Mark Zuckerberg Explains Why Globalist Billionaires Are Your Moral Betters" by Steve Sailer   
Most people ignore politics because they have a tiny impact on outcomes, they figure the ups and downs will even out and they'll be just fine. So they just go with the zeitgeist, which is whatever the media is pushing. Usually, they are right. Usually.
          Seasonal Warehouse Worker - Walmart - Riegelsville, PA   
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          Seasonal Warehouse Employee - Walmart - Riegelsville, PA   
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           Petya virus analyzed, EU demands Google change search video    
Among the biggest tech stories this week, experts are searching for answers in the Petya cyber attack, the European Union hits Google with a $2.7 billion antitrust fine, and Nintendo reveals a new classic edition of the Super NES.
          What I think I've learnt: Part 1   
Way to sound super confident, hey? But the title of this blog post is true, at this stage all I have is a list of things I *think* I've learnt through the process of rewriting, and rewriting, Secrets & Speed Dating. I think I need a few (lot!) more books under my belt before I'm vaguely confident I've learnt anything at all :)

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

So...Part One:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          In first, Israel files NIS 8 million lawsuit against Jerusalem terrorists widow and kids   
          Adele Pens Emotional Letter to Fans After Canceling Her Final 2 Tour Dates   

Adele has been ordered to take a vocal rest. In an emotional statement to her fans on Friday, the "Someone Like You" singer announced her vocal cords are damaged after performing 121 shows on her worldwide Adele Live tour. She also confirmed that she is canceling her last two shows at Wembley Stadium in London. "To say that I am heartbroken would be a complete understatement," she said. "I'm so desperate [..] I even considered miming, just to be in front of you and be with you. But I've never done it. I can not in a million years do that to you. It wouldn't be the real me up there."

This news comes after Adele recently hinted that she might not ever tour again. The singer also had to cancel her 2011 tour to undergo emergency throat surgery. She ended her heartfelt letter apologizing to fans who already booked trips and made plans to see her. "I'm sorry. I love you. I'm so sorry, please forgive me x."

          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.”

          Optimal distribution and allocation of retirment funds   
So my plan is to try to retire in 10 yrs with a total of 10million in assets excluding residence and no further earned income. At that point I'll be about 50. So let's say that you're a 50 year old guy with 10million and you plan a withdrawal rate of 2.5%. What is the optimal way to distribute those accounts between traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, and taxable account.

Obviously if we could get everything in the Roth that would be great, but that's not going to happen. So lets say the best we can do is 1 million in Roth, 2 million in traditional IRA (or other tax deferred plan), and 7 million in everything else.

So with those constraints in mind, what do you think the best asset allocation would be and what assets would you put in each account type?

Note that the 7/2/1 split is a starting point. Roth conversions can be part of the strategy.

Also, once you've got the asset allocation figured out and the funds distribute among the various accounts optimally, what is your plan for withdrawing funds. Where will you withdraw first and what is your overall strategy?

Once I figure this out, I feel like I'll have a concrete goal, and then I can work on rebalancing myself towards that goal gradually over the the next decade.
          Childless couple - want siblings to inherit after we both go   
We are childless. I am 62, DH is 69. When one spouse goes, the other should inherit everything. However, when the remaining spouse goes, we want both sets of siblings to inherit based on each spouse's contribution to the marriage. Same goal if we go simultaneously. I can think of several ways to go about this and would like BHs' opinions. BTW, all our accounts are entirely separate.

1. I can base it on the assets at the time of death of the first spouse. So, if I go first and my assets at the time are $1 million and DH's assets are $2 million, when DH goes, my sibs should inherit 1/3 of whatever remains and his siblings get 2/3. All of this should be per stirpes. To implement this, DH would need to revise the will upon my death to add my siblings using these ratios. In this case, I have 4 siblings and they would each get 1/12th of his assets, his 3 siblings would each get 2/9ths of his assets. Our earlier wills would leave our assets to the spouse, and then to our own siblings if spouse is not alive. This would meet our goal for simultaneous death. However, for the siblings, this proration doesn't seem as fair as #2, although it seems easier to implement (just change the will).

2. We can continue our current practice of spending out of our individual accounts. So if I go first, DH would continue to spend out of his assets. He can use my accounts if he runs out of money. Whatever is left in my accounts when he goes will go to my siblings; his to his siblings. It seems fair that the spouse left standing should continue to deplete his/her own assets first and leave the spouse's assets for his siblings. My friend has implemented this sort of thing with individual trusts. If her spouse goes first, his trust becomes irrevocable but it will accommodate her "reasonable" requests. I'm leery of this Mother May I approach. Seems like if I want to go around the world and I need DH's money, I should be able to get it. However, trustee may not consider it "reasonable". And if the trustee is from DH's family, he has incentive to be stingy with me. Could I implement this without trusts and trustees? If DH goes first, can I preserve his bank accounts, etc. but put in my name but I can differentiate them from my assets because they are separate accounts. I would not commingle and continue to spend out of my own accounts. Then I could do PODs for his accounts to his sibs and PODs on my accounts to my sibs.

This is the extent of my analysis so far. Sorry if I'm being fuzzy but this is how I feel. :confused Any help in crystallizing my strategy would be greatly appreciated.
          Re: Beginner needs sanity check moving a lot of cash to market.   
John Laurens wrote:Ok then. Will you bet me a million dollars that a 60/40 portfolio will out perform his guaranteed mortgage rate over the next 2 years? If I win, I get a million dollars. If you win, you get the satisfaction that you guessed right over a guy on the internet.


Paying off a mortgage is not a "guaranteed return" of 3.8%. And why does he need to "beat it" in 2 years? The interest on a mortgage (or any loan) is a finance charge. You know exactly what you will pay in interest over the life of the loan from day one. So, if a mortgage will cost you 100k over the life of the loan, paying it off early will save you no more than 100k. Alternatively, putting $300-400k into the stock market now and letting it sit for 20-30 years will return far more than $100k over that time (400k at 7% for just 10 years could yield over 380k in growth). Of course that is not guaranteed, but unless the world economy implodes and never recovers, he'll do much better investing now especially if he leaves the money invested for longer. Time in the market is key here. He absolutely without a doubt is much better off investing all of that cash now and keeping his mortgage for as long as he wants. At 3.8% and his current tax bracket, he's really only paying around 2% interest after the mortgage interest tax deduction anyway. That's free money. He should not pay off the mortgage. He's relatively young and wants to be financially independent in 10 years which means he needs more money in the market and he needs to get it in there asap to maximize time invested.
And great simple portfolio. If you put this money in a taxable, don't use the total bond fund there.
          Politik: UN kürzen Etat für Friedensmissionen um 600 Millionen Dollar   

Afrika, Naher Osten, Haiti, Kosovo: Die weltweiten Blauhelm-Einsätze sollen Frieden sichern und in Krisen stabilisieren. Doch die USA setzen den Rotstift an. Nach Druck aus Washington wird das Budget zum Peacekeeping bei den UN gekürzt. Die Folgen sind kaum absehbar.

          micro @HalluFMR #18 : Recensement, avec Solarus   
Français ! comptez vous ! un ! deux ! trois ! quatre ! … Quarante huit … 66 millions…
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          What Time Of Day Is Best To Take L-carnetine   
"They make magic with the money ..."

I found the following comment, signed Corto , in an article Francis Velen (Blog from the rostrum of Geneva), about the volatile situation in Libya:

What Europeans do not see is that what happens in the 'nations' Arab is one thousandth of what the West will will take on the donut!

The Arab world and the West are just two sides of the same coin, you do not see that one side, some produce and other cars, they have oil!

You do not see that at the time the two would finally agree with a U.S. president pro-Arab, or rather pro-Iranian, is busting his nose while on the asphalt still warm in history.

You are all blind and you will see that this is just the beginning and it is not always the one who put the first goal wins the match. Frankly blindness among Arab and Western cowardice is white-hat-white hat and that he will happen if the Arabs come in a huge and incomprehensible civil war, millions of refugees in a Europe brink of bankruptcy. Here is the menu of this new century, a huge confusion in which, not only policies have no solution but did not see it coming so they anchored in corruption. Reread the comments Corto 2 years and you'll see that everything is there!

Personally when I see the UN, the European military powers did not intervene in Libya, so that everything passes was more than likely, I is not nothing wrong with Arab, on the contrary, they had the courage to confront their kleptomaniac monsters, bloodthirsty soulless and supported by the Swiss banks, but I see the sky of the Mediterranean does not planes Italian, French (Land of Human Rights) Domestic ( for once they have been used), or any civilized nation known as the Libyan civilians are being slaughtered, I even shame not to be an Arab!

Is Israel going to do the job? Ban ki Moon has 10,000 soldiers in an attempt to declare a civil war in Côte d'Ivoire, can not, this dog, sending its planes to Libya to calm things down?

We are in Geneva, a city where all the money from Qaddafi sleeps badly bloodied and where the UN welcomes daily catering trucks from Richmond, and nobody has exploded this puppet theater on a budget of tens of billion per year!

This world is screwed up, they screwed up is because you're not even fucking show your frustration on the net! it is fucked because tonight there is not much fats 10'000 Geneva outside the gates of the UN that trap these pests from reality!

A Federal Councillor who wore the headscarf of shame and not even his friend Gaddafi condemned the massacres of civilians, while she wept for not seeing the funds placed Gaddafi in Geneva migrate other paradise!

He would do what the Libyans are in Geneva and all the dictatorships in the world are buried! All the dirty money that junk sleep in Geneva!

Another little surprise, a film sponsored by Polanski on Switzerland, 23 minutes of normal madness! Here, the cultural genius is not subsidized.

A month ago wikileaks should publish documents involving Swiss banks in the dirty business, no one knows why nothing came officially break the web, but copies exist! Revenge is a dish best eaten warm.

Friends Libyan, Egyptian and Tunisian peoples all future free from the grip of dirty money and looted, remember the pressure on the Swiss political, they make magic with the money, they transform the billions millions when it comes to make the people!

Example; marcos would leave 70 million in Swiss banks, the reality was quite different, marcos left several billion! but they are gone as soon as they were to return to the Filipino people!



          How Much Does It Cost To Buy A Great White Shark   
In the Arab world, Islam and Western democracy means dictatorship

by Abdenur Prado - posted Friday, February 11, 2011
Source: UMMA . COM

The West finances dictators in the Middle East and the Arab world for over a century.
pro-democracy demonstrations against dictatorships supported by the West in the Arab world, shows once again the immense hypocrisy of our leaders. Which side Western governments are, with the demonstrators or the dictators? The answer is simple: the side of those who generate millions for the benefit of Western multinational corporations.

But that does not surprise anyone. It is well known that the West has funded more than a century of dictatorships in the Middle East and the Arab world because it is through the autocracies that [the West] were able to control the resources of this region. Even if this leads to the exploitation and misery of people facing decommissioning, orchestrated by the International Monetary Fund, their social services in order to repay foreign debt generated by the millions in arms purchases in the West ... As the aspirations of civil society, increasing poverty, torture and repression, lack of civil liberties and human rights ... No Western leader does not care at all. And all have shown, continuously, without exception, for over a century. Remarks made recently by Henry Kissinger are revealing in this regard: "We've had five presidents who have considered Hosni Mubarak as the best ally of the U.S. objectives in the region. "

Just out of the archives all the statements of Western leaders who praise the Arab tyrants: their economic policies, their continued political stability, their contributions to international security, that they safeguard secularism and prevent the advance of Islamist movements ... In short, for submission to the dictates of Western financial markets and the International Monetary Fund.

This overview does only one variable: whether or not the connivance with the State of Israel. This underscores the critical role of Israel vis-à-vis the maintenance of dictatorships in the Arab world, a fact corroborated by the comments made by Netanyahu in support of Ben Ali and Mubarak as well as decades of collusion with the family Royal Saudi monarchy and other issues of colonialism. No surprise then to learn that Israeli diplomacy has done everything possible to save Mubarak. It is true that Israel has cause for concern, not only for the danger posed by the rise of political Islam, but also because the democratic governments that might arise would maintain not only their country's complicity in the genocide of the Palestinian people. The open border between Gaza and Sinai is crucial for the survival of the Palestinian people. This is a convincing argument in favor of democracy in Egypt and the Middle East! And
"Islamism" in all this? It serves as a bogeyman to justify the support of dictatorships "secularists." However, it obscures the fact that the majority of parties "Islamists" in the Arab world accepted the idea of parliamentary democracy.
An example of this paradigm is that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. In 1944 the founder, Hassan al-Banna, supported the participation in parliamentary elections, saying that the Egyptian constitution was "Islamic" because it recognized that the authority resides in the people, ensured the decision-making through consultation (Shura) and respect for individual freedoms. In some of his writings, he defends parliamentary democracy: "The bases of political organization based on the system of parliamentary representation does not contradict the fundamental principles that Islam has set in organization of power. "Since its founding, the Muslim Brotherhood have repeatedly stated that their intention is not to take power, but to educate society and to influence the system for Islamic ideals in justice being implemented. Despite this, they are portrayed as villains by the media manipulation and by Western governments. (I'm not a fan of the Muslim Brotherhood, but I am against their demonization. For their positions, see their website in English).

There is talk now of returning to Tunisia Rachid al-Ghannouchi, founder and historic leader of the party-Nahda in Tunisia, after 22 years of exile. According Ghannouchi, Islam provides a more fertile than that of the West to carry out democracy. There is a book of Azam Tamimi, where he studied his thought in detail, Rachid Ghannouchi: A Democrat within Islam, published by Oxford University Press. Among his ideals: "an Islamic system based on the will of the majority, free elections, free press, minority protection, equality between laity and religious parties, and achieving complete women's rights in all areas, participation in elections to the freedom to dress as they wish, the right to divorce, and even the right to be head of state. The role of Islam is to provide an ethical system. "

An ethical system that necessarily involves the abolition of usury Financial, which provides a minimum of social services for the entire population and the establishment mechanisms that prevent the accumulation of capital in the hands of a few individuals. An equally valid for Spain than for Egypt.

In Brief: Islamist movements are champions of democracy against tyranny corrupt funded by the West. It is curious to see how the terms were reversed at the point of passing the opposition, which demands democracy, for ... absolutists, and dictators that suppress civil liberties as saviors. The world upside down? The world seen through a mass media manipulation. That is to say, from a perspective of the interests of major Western financial corporations.

Translation: Amy Fetchman

          Avery Table Tents 5305   
Mohamed Hassan: "the causes of the revolution far beyond Tunisia Ben Ali and his party. "

Tunisians brought down the dictator Ben Ali. Today, they continue to fight against his men to head the transitional government. In this new chapter of our series "Understanding the Muslim world," Mohamed Hassan * ((photo-cons) explains the implications of the revolution of Tunisia and its root causes: how nationalism Liberal advocated by Tunisia under Bourguiba interests Western, plunging people into poverty, how a repressive state has put in place to maintain this system, why dictatorships in the Arab world are caused to fall, and how Islam became the condom imperialism


(Gregory Lalieu Michel Collon)

In December 2010, riots broke out in Tunisia. A month later, President Ben Ali fled the country after twenty-three year reign. What are the causes of this revolution? And why is it popular movement succeeded in bringing down the dictator where other attempts have failed?

For there to be a revolution, it is necessary that people refuse to live as before and that the ruling class is no longer able to govern as before. On December 17, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a young seller of fruits and vegetables, has sacrificed out of desperation after police had confiscated his goods himself, and that local authorities have to stop working. The conditions were ripe for a revolution broke out in Tunisia Bouazizi and suicide was the trigger.

Indeed, the Tunisians did not want to live as before: they were not accepting corruption, police repression, lack of freedom, unemployment, etc.. Moreover, the ruling class could no longer govern as before. Corruption under Ben Ali had taken a phenomenal amount while the majority of the population had to face insecurity. To maintain this status, police repression would be higher but it had reached its limits. The ruling elite was completely disconnected from the people for whom there was no interlocutor. Therefore, when popular revolts broke out, the ruling class had no choice but to quell the violence. But with the determination of the people, the repression reached its limit. This is one of the keys to the success of the popular revolution of Tunisia: it managed to reach all segments of society, including members of the army and police who sympathized with the demonstrators. The repressive apparatus could no longer function as before either. If a revolt occurs but is not able to combine different segments society, it can not lead a revolution.

Even after the departure of Ben Ali, the protests continue. The situation that Tunisians refuse is not the result of one man? For

signs "Ben Ali emerges" signs were followed by "CDR releases. Tunisians are attacking the president's political party because they fear that one of his men to take power. But in reality, the root causes that led to revolt Tunisians far outweigh Ben Ali and the RCD. It is not enough to turn the president for the people earns his freedom and improves living conditions.

corruption, unemployment, social inequality ... What are the effects of imperialist domination of the West over Tunisia. For Tunisia, after independence, became a project of the United States.

What do you mean by imperialism?

Imperialism is the process by which capitalist powers politically and economically dominated by foreign countries. Western multinationals plunder the resources of Africa, Latin America and Asia. They find opportunities for capital they will accumulate and exploit cheap labor market. I say that multinationals are not buying as they plunder the resources at their fair value and the local people not benefiting from these riches. And this looting would not be possible if these countries operated, there were no leaders to defend the interests of multinationals. These leaders are getting richer in the process. They constitute the so-called comprador bourgeoisie. They have no political vision for their own country does not produce wealth and do not develop a real economy. But personally enriched by trading resources their countries with multinationals. Obviously, the people are the biggest victim in all this!

When you're a nationalist anti-imperialist cons, you are looking to develop for yourself. You nationalize key sectors of your economy, rather than leaving the management to foreign companies. This will create a national economy in the country and you allow it to grow on the basis of independence. That's what I call a national democratic revolution: national independent because of the imperialist powers, democratic as against feudalism and the elements reactionaries in the country.

However, Bourguiba, Tunisia's first president, was considered a socialist. And during his reign, the state played a very important role in the economy.

Bourguiba's political party was socialist in name only. If the state played an important role, it was only for the benefit of an elite only. This is called state capitalism. In addition, Bourguiba has systematically eliminated all the progressive elements and anti-imperialist in his party. So that this party became the party of one man, completely subject to U.S. imperialism.

Habib Bourguiba , great actor in the struggle for independence, was president of Tunisia from 1957 to 1987

What Was Tunisia important for the United States?

To understand the importance of that country to the U.S. strategy, we must analyze the political context of the Arab world in years 50 and 60. In 1952, officers overthrew the monarchy of King Farouk of Egypt and proclaim a republic. With Nasser at the helm Egypt becomes the basis of Arab nationalism inspired with revolutionary ideas of socialism. As evidenced by the nationalization of the Suez Canal, Nasser's arrival in power is a blow to the West because the Egyptian president's policy is totally at odds with the hegemonic Western powers in the Near and Middle East. Worse still: the anti-imperialist ideas of Nasser are emulated in the region. In Yemen for example, where in 1962 a revolution divided the country, the South becoming a bastion of Arab revolutionary movement. The same year, the independence of Algeria sends a strong signal to Africa and the Third World, the imperialist powers put on alert. Libya also note the Qaddafi coup in 1969. The colonel took power and nationalized major sectors of the economy, to the chagrin of the West. The same year, the Islamic revolution in Iran toppled the Shah, one of the most important pillars of U.S. strategy in the Middle East.

short, at that time, an anti-imperialist movement defies strong strategic interests of the United States in the Arab world. Fortunately for Washington, all countries in the region do not follow the path of Nasser. It the case of Tunisia. In 1957, a year after the independence of Tunisia, Bourguiba was one of the first Arab leaders to send U.S. in the prestigious journal, Foreign Affairs. The title of the article? Nationalism best antidote to communism. For the United States who want to counter the influence of Nasser is a godsend! Bourguiba wrote in his article: "With the regard, Tunisia has chosen to make unequivocal its way into the free world from the West." We are in the Cold War. The Soviets argued that Nasser's influence grows in the region. And the U.S. needs pro-imperialist agents Bourguiba as not to lose strategic control of the Arab world.

Nasser announced the nationalization of the Suez Canal in 1956

Can we be both nationalist and pro-imperialist?

Bourguiba was a liberal nationalist with anti-communist ideas which led him to join the imperialist camp in the West. In fact, I feel like George Padmore Bourguiba Arabic. Padmore was a leading Pan-Caribbean origin. In 1956 he wrote a book called Pan-Africanism or Communism: The battle ahead in Africa. Like Bourguiba, he fed anti-communist ideas and even if he declared himself a nationalist, his political vision was largely subservient to the interests of imperialist powers. Nationalism served as a cover, their policy is far from being independent. Padmore had a great influence on the first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, one of the instigators of the African Union. Its pro-imperialist ideas were able to spread across the continent with the result that we see today is celebrated around the golden jubilee of independence in Africa, but many Africans know they have never become independent. President Nkrumah himself later regretted having taken the advice of Padmore.

In Tunisia too, the submission to imperialist interests has quickly been felt and it turned out that nationalism advocated by Bourguiba was a facade. In the 70s, for example, the President has passed a series of measures intended to attract foreign investors: tax exemption on company profits for ten years, exemption from all duties and taxes for twenty years, exemption from Tax Income property values, etc.. Tunisia has become a vast workshop of Western multinationals in recent repatriation of profits.

Tunisia did she not still been some good progress under Bourguiba?

Yes, there have been positive developments: education, status of women, etc.. First, because Tunisia were the progressives in his elite players, but they were quickly dismissed. Then, because Tunisia was to be dressed in his finest dress. Indeed, this country played a major role in the strategy of the United States to counter the influence of communism in the Arab world. But what had you on the other side? Progressive revolutionary movements that had toppled backward and monarchies who enjoyed popular support. You could not counteract this movement by advocating a feudal system. Saudi Arabia has done so because it could use its oil money for that. But Tunisia, unable to rely on such resources, should provide some progressive image. In the fight against communism, it was supposed to represent a successful Third World countries have chosen the path of liberal nationalism.

But behind the scenes was less flattering. As I said, Bourguiba has systematically eliminated the progressive elements that do not follow his steps. The anti-imperialists who wanted an independent Tunisia both economically and politically, those who wanted to assert their own position in the Third World and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, all were opposed. Tunisia has in fact been used as a laboratory of the imperialist powers. And what was supposed to represent the success of liberal nationalism has become a dictatorship.

When Ben Ali Bourguiba succeeded in 1987, he continues on the same track?

Absolutely. One can even say that the submission to Western interests has grown. Ben Ali was a pure agent of U.S. imperialism. In 1980, as ambassador to Poland, he even served as a liaison between the CIA and Lech Walesa, the union leader who fought against the Soviet Union.

In 1987, when Ben Ali assumed the presidency of Tunisia, the country was deeply in debt by the capitalist crisis of 1973. Moreover, at that time, the ideas of Milton Friedman and his Chicago Boys were very popular. These ultra-liberal economists believed that the market is an entity capable of regulating themselves and that the state should certainly not interfere in the economy. The technical elite Tunisian largely from U.S. schools were highly influenced by theories of Friedman. Ben Ali then left the state capitalism in effect at the beginning of the era Bourguiba. Under the supervision of the IMF and World Bank, he began a privatization program much more massive than what his predecessor had already begun in the 70s.

What were the effects of this new economic policy?

First, privatization of the Tunisian economy has allowed Ben Ali and his wife's family, Trabelsi, personal enrichment. Corruption has reached a very high level, Tunisia has become a country totally subservient to imperialism, headed by a comprador bourgeoisie. Obviously, Ben Ali and his clan did not have many raw materials to selling out to Western multinationals. But they took advantage of the education system established under Bourguiba to develop a service economy. Indeed, the Tunisian workforce is highly educated and inexpensive at a time. It therefore attracts foreign investors.

Tourism has also developed strong as to become the mainstay of the Tunisian economy. Here we see the lack of political vision of the elite. Indeed, no country can develop its economy based on tourism if not first developed a national economic base. The tourism industry consumes a lot but reported very little to the Tunisian people. Imagine: while Western tourists consume hectoliters of water to bask in pools, Jacuzzis or golf course, the poor peasants in the south face of the drying soil.

But it's not just the farmers who have suffered from this policy. Overall, the social conditions of the Tunisian people deteriorated while the president's entourage has amassed a huge fortune. Everyone knew the regime was corrupt. So to maintain this system, the system should prevent any disputes. The repression became even more brutal penny Ben Ali simple criticism or even the desire for modernity and openness were not allowed. Such a situation could lead to popular revolt. Moreover, trying to monopolize his clan the wealth of the country, Ben Ali has also drew the ire of some of the traditional bourgeois Tunisia.

You say that political repression was very strong. Is there anyway today, opposition forces can guide the people's revolution now that Ben Ali has fallen?

Genuine opposition parties were banned under Ben Ali. However, some continued to exist underground. For example, the first Tunisian Communist Party could not live openly and organize like any political party in a democracy. But he continued to operate secretly through associations of civil society (teachers, farmers, doctors, prisoners ...). The PGWPP was able to form a social base and fired a solid experience of this period. It is exceptional in the Arab world.

I think two major challenges now await the opposition parties. First, they must come forward and make themselves known to the general public in Tunisia. Then they must organize a united front of resistance to imperialism. In fact, the imperialist powers seek to maintain the system without Ben Ali Ben Ali. We see now with the Union government National rejected the Tunisians, which is very positive. But the imperialist powers will not stop there. They will certainly seek to impose an International Electoral Commission to support candidates who defend to their best interests. It is therefore necessary to resist interference by creating a united front to build a true democracy.

Opposition parties are they able to overcome their differences to create such a front?

I know that some political parties were reluctant to associate Islamo-nationalist movement Ennahda. This movement emerged in the 80s. He advocated an anti-imperialist line and in fact, has suffered political repression. Why not combine Ennahda in front of resistance to the interference of foreign powers? Tunisia is a Muslim country. It is normal that a political force emerges with an Islamo-nationalist trend. You can not prevent that.

But each of these movements must be studied separately, with its own specificities. This was done by the communist PGWPP. They studied scientifically objective conditions that apply Tunisia. Their conclusion is that the Communists and Islamo-nationalists have been victims of political repression and that even though their programs differ, they share common ground: they want an end to dictatorship and the independence of Tunisia. The Communists have proposed an alliance with the Islamo-nationalists long ago. Of course, the PGWPP does not make Tunisia a Islamic state. Its political agenda is different from that of al-Nahda. But it is the Tunisian people who will judge these differences democratically. Elections should be a contest open to everyone. That is true democracy.

Precisely opposition parties gathered in front of 14 January to fight against the interim government of Mohamed Ghannouchi, a henchman of former President Ben Ali. A hopeful sign?

Absolutely, Tunisia is on the right track: all opposition parties banned so far have created a united front to prevent the system is maintained without Ben Ali Ben Ali. Also underline the role played by the base of the union UGTT. The head of the union authorized under Ben Ali was corrupt and working with the state police. But since the basis of the union put pressure on its leaders and members who UGTT were part of the transitional government have resigned. Although much remains to be done, democracy wins Tunisian institutions under pressure from the people.

Western powers opposed to that. They want to impose democracy in Tunisia where only low-intensity "good" candidates would be allowed to stand for election. If you look at the type of democracy that the United States enjoy, you come across Ethiopia. The U.S. government has provided $ 983 million to countries in the Horn of Africa for the year 2010. That same year, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, in office since 16 years, was reelected with 99.5 percent of the vote! It's even better than Ben Ali! The reality is this: behind their rhetoric in support of the Tunisian people, the Western powers continue to actively support many other Ben Ali in the world.

The United States could not they support other candidates pro-imperialist, but in the eyes of Tunisians, were not associated with the Ben Ali era?

It would be difficult. There is a part of the comprador bourgeoisie which was lésinée by the corrupt system of Ben Ali. But this elite is not strong enough control the popular movement and not enough grounding in the Establishment to win.

The United States had also thought of another strategy: a few months ago, while Ben Ali was still in power, the U.S. ambassador has visited a Communist leader in prison. Officially, a simple observation visit in the framework of respect for human rights. Unofficially, the U.S. anticipated the departure of Ben Ali and wanted to test the waters. Their goal was to get the Communists against the Islamo-nationalists, divide the resistance to imperialism to weaken more. But the Communists Tunisia does not fall into the trap. They are very familiar with the strategy developed by Henry Kissinger in the 80s in the Middle East. They published a very good study on the subject and know they should not take orders from outside or adhere to ideologies manufactured by foreign powers.

Why the U.S. have they abandoned Ben Ali? Had he gone too far in personal enrichment? According to a cable Wikileaks, the U.S. ambassador was very critical of the system of quasi-mafioso Tunisian president, organized corruption are obstacles to investments by foreign companies.

This is not the problem. The United States does not care about corruption. Instead, it is a key element of the system of domination on the U.S. South. In fact, Washington was aware of the internal situation in Tunisia and knew that Ben Ali would not be able to govern. The West must now ensure that the replacement of Ben Ali will continue to defend their interests. The stakes are high. The capitalist crisis is causing serious problems in the West. Besides this, China is getting stronger and now provides more loans than the World Bank and other imperialist powers combined. She even wants to buy a significant portion of the debt of the euro area partly because it has economic interests with European countries, on the other imperialist powers to divide, the EU is historically associated with states USA.

In such a context, the Tunisian people's movement, under the auspices of a revolutionary leadership, could establish an independent government and take advantage of this situation of a multipolar world. The imperialist powers fear that countries that were traditionally under his rule become economically independent, turning also to China. Tunisia could build relationships with the Asian giant to develop its commercial ports. And it would seriously question the concept of the Mediterranean Dialogue, this expansion of NATO to the countries of the Mediterranean that is not a dialogue but a mere instrument of Western domination.

Another country that seems to fear democracy in Tunisia and in the region, Israel. Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said shortly after the fall of Ben Ali that the development of democracy in Arab countries threaten Israel's security. This country often called only democracy in the Middle East, would he be afraid of competition?

Under a democratic facade, Israel is a fascist, apartheid state. In the region, it can not ally with repressive dictatorial states, led by comprador bourgeoisie that weaken the body of the Arab nation. Currently, these Arab states are rich countries inhabited by poor people. But if a democratic government in the full sense of the term emerges, it will increase economically the Arab nation as a whole. And this economic development will lead to an alliance of Arab countries against the state racist oppressing the Palestinians. Israel fears this course.

Moreover, there is a very big gap between the official positions of Arab dictatorships and the popular sentiment about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since Egyptian President Sadat visited Israel in 1977, Egypt's position is "we want peace." But it is a position imposed by force to the population. And the current Egyptian government is not content to maintain peaceful relations with Tel Aviv. It participates actively in the strangulation of Gaza, while the majority of Egyptians in solidarity with Palestinians.

It's the same alignment of Arab dictatorships on Washington politics. Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are allies of the United States while the populations of these countries are anti-imperialists. I was in Egypt when Muntadhar al-Zaidi, a journalist in Iraq, threw his shoes on George W. Bush. The Egyptian population was celebrated as a hero. I heard of fathers wanting to marry their daughter with the reporter. Still, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is one of the most faithful allies of Washington.

Do you think the revolution Tunisia a domino effect could cause the downfall of other dictatorships in the Arab world?

70% of the population in Arab countries is less than thirty years and knows that unemployment, police repression and corruption. But all these young people want to live. And to live, they need change. This is the reality of each country. It is therefore not even need a domino effect, the objective conditions are ripe for further revolutions erupt.

People no longer want to live as before. But for their part, the ruling classes are they unable to govern as before?

course. And we see in Egypt today. There are police everywhere in this country. But it is impossible to control everything. A state police has its limitations and the Arab world have reached.

Furthermore, information plays a very important role today. Tunisians, Egyptians and peoples of the Third World are better informed through Al-Jazeera as part of an Internet and social networks on the other. The evolution of information technology has increased the level of education and consciousness of people. The people no longer a mass of illiterate peasants. You have a lot of very smart young people, with a certain practical sense, able to circumvent censorship and of mobilizing the Internet.

there in these countries the opposition forces can guide the popular revolutions?

Why Punishment is so important if these dictators were not in danger? Why the comprador bourgeoisie, so greedy, she would spend so much money in the repressive apparatus if she was not afraid to be reversed? If there was no opposition, all this would not be necessary.

the side of Western observers, many fear that the collapse of these regimes Arab favors the rise of Islamism. As summarized so finely Christophe Barbier, editor of L'Express, "Ben Ali is better than the bearded." These fears proved on of Islamism are they based?

Islamism became the condom of imperialism. Western powers justify their strategy of domination in the Arab-Muslim world under the guise of fighting against Islam. There are Islamists everywhere today. Soon, we shall find even traces of Al-Qaeda on Mars if it is useful to the imperialists!

In reality, the West has always needed to invent an enemy to justify its hegemonic designs and incredible military spending (financed by taxpayers). After the fall of the Soviet Union and the demise of the communist enemy is Islam and Al Qaeda who have played the roles of villains villains.

But the West has no problem with Islamism. It adapts very well to this trend in countries like Saudi Arabia. Moreover, he himself fostered the rise of Islamist movements to counter the Arab nationalism at a time. The real problem for the West is anti-imperialism. That's why he tries to discredit any popular movement in the Arab world who is opposed to its interests by affixing the label "Islamist."

Finally, it should not be very smart to think that the Arab dictatorships are bulwarks against the rise of religious fanaticism. Instead, these repressive regimes have led some of the population to be radicalized. Who could afford to say that such and such people have no right to democracy? In a truly democratic country, different political forces may emerge. But the bourgeoisie comprador ruling in the Arab dictatorships can not convince people. She can not even face to face. To defend the imperialist interests, you must prevent other political forces to emerge because they are likely to convince the people against a corrupt elite. The West has always sought to maintain dictatorships that served its interests by waving the specter of Islamism. But the Arab peoples need democracy. They claim it today and nobody can not go against these claims.

Source: www.michelcollon.info
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Democratic Transition in Tunisia

"Tunisia is between radical and authoritarian democracy"
EROS BY SANA (January 31, 2011)

Source: http://www.bastamag .net/article1401.html

How to build the democratic transition in Tunisia? Vincent Geisser, a researcher at the Institute for Research and Studies on the Arab and Muslim world, analyzes the role played by different actors in Tunisia - political opponents, former regime of Ben Ali, "Islamist" party, army, police - and foreign powers. It describes possible scenarios of democratic consolidation in the coming weeks. Maintenance.

Basta! : Where is the revolution in Tunisia? What are the strategies of the opposing forces to build the "transition Democratic?

Vincent Geisser [1]: The "democrats" Tunisians who supported and accompanied the revolution are deeply divided over the future of the protest movement. There are those who feel the need to strengthen the nascent democracy by putting a definitive end to the protest process. They are supporters of a certain security standards, based on a historic compromise between the "doves" of the former regime, opponents and independent representatives UGTT single union (the General Union of Tunisian Workers). They want to consolidate the democratic transition, including by dealing with the army and the party more "healthy" of the security apparatus, as well as some former bosses of the regime known for their "openness." This is the position advocated by Najib Chebbi (Democratic Progressive Party), former opponent in Ben Ali, currently Minister of the transitional government.

Others want to eradicate all traces of the old regime and the party-state, and reject any compromise. This is where supporters of Marzouki (Congress for the Republic) and members of the Communist Party of Tunisian Workers (POCT). And of course leaders movement of "unemployed graduates" of the interior. They wish to push through the "democratic revolution" to give birth to a new political, economic and social development. Both camps have no real difference in political culture, they are animated by democratic ideals. What separates them fundamentally, the strategy of rupture and especially the "democracy agenda".

What remains of the old regime?

There is some disappointment today protesting actors, quite understandable - I think particularly young people "unemployed graduates". But there is no objective risk of returning to the old regime or system restore mafia. A break has occurred. The dictator is gone. This is a crucial element when it is known that while Tunisia was around him, with extreme personalization of power. mafia clans and profiteers - families Ben Ali, Trabelsi and others - have fled. Darkest segments of the security apparatus were largely dismantled.

If we can legitimately understand the disappointment of " radical democrats, "as Marzouki, Hammami, Nasraoui, and unemployed graduates who feel that their revolution was stolen, the former regime is ousted. We are in a transition phase. But this transition can lead to a regime that bastard would an independent candidate access to presidential power, with new elements but also with elements of the old regime. This will lead to reinforce a kind of "authoritarian democracy" or "democratic authoritarianism".

What role did the Tunisian army played in the revolution and what role can it play in the future?

The army has been in recent weeks a fundamental role, not supporting the plan of repression of Ben Ali. She clearly rejected the extreme policies of the supreme leader, and instead played a protective role players protesters. The reason? The army is not connected with the mafia and clan interests of power. Unlike Egypt, Syria or even Algeria, Tunisia army has no direct interest in industry or in the management of oil revenues. It is an army of about 35,000 men, composed of employees, officials, technicians and engineers.

should not be provided to paint a romantic portrait. The Tunisian army played a repressive role in 1978 to channel the social movements, and in 1981 and 1984 to quell the "bread riots". This time, she refused the role because the sources of legitimacy of the regime were exhausted. Ben Ali was discredited, corruption was widespread. Faced with this stalemate, the military has understood that the only solution was to replace the dictator.

This reaction - some would say "Republican" - is primarily dictated by pragmatic: generals and senior officers are convinced that a crackdown could lead to chaos and their own demise. As the "political fluidity" present, the Tunisian army can play a more important role in the constitutional process and the "pacification" social, oscillating between registry and registry security mediation with the forces of the country.

"security apparatus" Tunisia is it still present and operational?

France has 60 million inhabitants, Tunisia 9 million. Yet both countries have almost the same number of police officers: 135.000. is huge! Tunisia is one of the countries with the most police per capita. The security apparatus, through the Ministry of Interior is fully engaged in repression. Part of the police fired into the crowd with live ammunition. It is the security apparatus of Ben Ali who is responsible for nearly 70 deaths officially deplored and thousands injured. But the whole apparatus police is not corrupt: the "rotten" mafia of the security apparatus was largely dismantled.

There is more to fear from areas of the Department of the Interior directly to the clans and Ben Ali Trabelsi. They are currently in hiding. I do not believe in a return of "old demons" even if the future Tunisian democracy can deal with safety trends similar to those we see now in France with Nicolas Sarkozy. In this sense there is a danger of creating in Tunisia in the coming months an "authoritarian democracy".

What role can the "Islamists" in the democratic process?

The "Islamists" Tunisians have long been integrated into "democratic forums." They are "fundamentalists embedded" in the democratic debate in exile. They participated in Paris, London, Marseille numerous opposition rallies, alongside the left, communist, socialist, even anti-Islamic. Many leaders of the left Tunisian 'secular' leaders have frequently met with "Islamists". In many ways the 'fundamentalists' are already integrated into the political game of Tunisia.

For the party Ennahdha (Renaissance) Rached Ghannouchi, the model is not radical Islam or Islamism Salafi Saudi-style, but the AKP, which currently leads Turkey. This means accepting the parliamentary game and advocating economic liberalism tinged social, and especially a certain pragmatism with other Democrats. There is a huge myth about "Islamists" of Tunisia. The party Ennahdha is more of a liberal conservative party, which is not at all in a process of creating an Islamic state or Islamic theocracy. The Islamists classic "Tunisians are now looking to Ankara, they did nothing" green fascists. " How

react today Western countries and Arab neighbors?

The United States has played a leading role in the departure of Ben Ali.
support President Barack Obama to the social movement, even if he was shy, was much sharper than that of France. Beyond this symbolic support, it would seem that the Obama administration has given its support to the Tunisian army and "doves" of the regime (Mohamed Ghannouchi, Prime Minister and Kamel Morjane, the Minister of Foreign Affairs) to sacrifice Ben Ali. It is clear that the United States supported the transition scenario.

Regarding the Arab countries, we can really worry that some plans make every effort to derail the democratic process in Tunisia. Saudi Arabia, Libya, Algeria has no interest in a democracy can arise in the Arab world. A "loose coalition" of Arab dictators could be to sabotage or disrupt the democratic process in Tunisia.

Support from U.S., EU and France to Tunisian Democrats is essential. Either you play the card of democracy in the Arab world or, rather, play an ambiguous role and promotes the perverse game of Saudi Wahhabis, the megalomaniac dictatorship of the regime of Gaddafi and Algerian generals. In this case, we should not complain about the progress of the Salafist jihadist ideology!

How Does France have made such errors of analysis on the situation of Tunisia?

The official position of France was not based on an error analysis, but on a political logic of total and blind support for Ben Ali regime. Interpret the statements of Michele Alliot-Marie as a political mistake is wrong. This is not a political mistake, this is a failing policy. France has always supported authoritarian regimes . She believes that one does diplomacy in relations between States and civil societies are not important.

The United States have both supported Ben Ali and developed concrete relations with unions and all the dissidents of the regime. In contrast, France has always prohibited its diplomacy to have any contact with everything that could affect the quality of its relations with Ben Ali. This blindness is the logic of French policy towards the Arab world: "We support dictators against the risks of destabilization! It seems that France has included a number of mistakes. Hopefully it reorients its policy towards Tunisia openly supporting the democratic process.

What are the possible scenarios in the weeks and months ahead?

Tunisia has a choice between two options. Either authoritarian democratic consolidation that would lead the country until elections, with a broad coalition around an opponent as independent Nejib Chebbi (PDP), with some elements of former regime elements and the trade union left. In this case, the elections will certainly be "democratic" (at least in appearance), but the scenario is first "programmed" the government candidate will have particular ways superior to those of its opponents. This scenario of "managed democracy" is intended to protect Western interests and pursue the integration of Tunisia in the "world economy" in the footsteps of the Bank World Bank and the IMF. A scenario where the candidate would be a sort of "Tunisian Ouattara.

Another assumption: the pressure of the street continues or increases and pushes the government to resign or to go much further, with the dissolution of the party of Ben Ali (RCD), the establishment of a genuine process with the constitutional election of a constituent assembly. Total semi-democracy or democracy? Radical break with the old regime or consolidation autoritaro-democratic? This is how I would put the political future of Tunisia. A future which, in all cases, will be without Ben Ali.

Interview by Eros Sana

Notes [1] Vincent Geisser is a sociologist and researcher at the CNRS and the Institute for Research and Studies on the Arab and Muslim world (IREMAM). He is author, with Marzouki, dictators on borrowed time. A democratic path in the Arab world, editions of L'Atelier, 2009.

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Cree Egypt

A Cairene said the regime crisis

27/01/2011 The
Source: http://crisdegypte.blogs.liberation.fr/cairote/

Cairo, January 26, 2011. Second day of protests in Egypt after call webcast , and relayed by a few printed newspapers like Al Masry Al Youm and Al Shorouk. Until 25, no one knew what would happen and we joked about the revolution announced by dint of a joke. And what are you doing tomorrow? Ah, tomorrow, I revolution. But the joke was not one. We went down the street and have taken. It was so simple. Why wait so long.

The police intimidation and fear of dying tortured lead to paralysis. That is also simple to understand and that is why we cry. We live for thirty years in fear and falsehood. The Egyptians are friendly, hospitable, peaceful and a joker. Pardon me, reader. It was a lie. We live in fear. Fear of displeasing. Fear of dying of hunger. Afraid to say something wrong and being raped, beaten, humiliated in a police station or in the street before our families and our neighbors. No, reader, Egypt is not alone in moderate Middle East is one of the most sophisticated didacture, the finest, most skillful and most vicious. His talent as despicable? Control information and control what you, outside, think of it. The real talent of Egypt is that of a Master senseless filtering information, disinformation, image creation, isolation of any event likely to snowball. Courage is viral, it is said, when the dictatorship was provided with an effective antidote, the total control of society. Official sources, security forces and Egyptian intelligence count 1,500,000 people. By themselves, they represent nearly 2% of the population.

Scoop. The demonstration on January 25, 2011 is not the first. Events, there are almost daily and for years. 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Everywhere the people shouted his anger in the black absolute misinformation. In May 2008, Mahalla, a provincial town famous for its textile industry, thousands of workers without pay had taken possession of their factories, the street, pushed the anti-riot trucks and debunked a giant portrait of President Hosni Mubarak . In Egypt, people have seen these images do not meet the Gaumont Opera. During the events, and to control information leaks, police spotters were posted on trains and checked one by one the passengers bound for Mahalla to arrest journalists and bloggers. Challiss McDonough, VOA, was one of them.

the benefit of his own safety, the Mubarak regime leaves nothing to chance. The state allocates 15 billion Egyptian pounds (2 billion euros) to the Interior cons 4.5 billion (64 million) for education and $ 5 billion for health (71 million). Control information, therefore, at any price. Stop. Beat. Kill. Entertain.

Since January 25, the national television channels broadcast videos, soap operas and shows how essential O on rare tropical. At twenty hours, they air-finally! - Images of riots ... Lebanon, as of course. To date, access to Internet by fixed line is almost stable, but the mobile Internet is much less. Access to Twitter has been blocked on January 25 and then regained 26 to 23:00. January 26, facebook was blocked in the day then restored. Order of the Ministry of Interior, the telephone relay Mobinil and Vodafone are immediately blocked in sensitive areas, that is to say where it manifests .

But that manifests and has called for demonstrations? The Muslim Brotherhood? Fundamentalists? Triple nonsense and balderdash! Shake the specter of Islamism was the sinister strategy of the regime to justify its dictatorship in the eyes of thirty world. That we stop, out of pity and respect for those who pay for their daily bread and their lives, to support this lie worn to the bone. Those who appear, they are Egyptians free, exasperated, united, handled by individual, small, large, Muslims, Christians, atheists, rich and poor. This unit, the slogans that I translate in another post demonstrated forcefully, gaiety, humor and poetry.

But it is difficult, therefore, to communicate, coordinate, inform each other, to know where we are, what we are. You who are outdoors, sometimes in more than we know. These cries of Egypt, I will tell you what I see and read your comments to inform my countrymen on what prevents us from seeing. It is 11:10 p.m.

hours Local. An hour ago Talaat Harb Square (city center), was plunged into darkness. When the police cut the power, it is about to pull the crowd. The following


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          Senate backs bill to slash car-tab taxes, eliminate dubious $12 billion price tag   

The Senate today took direct aim at Sound Transit’s controversial and inflated car-tab taxes with a vote to send an amended version of Senate Bill 5893 back to the House of Representatives for consideration. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Steve O’Ban, would slash car-tab taxes in the Sound Transit taxing district by 55 percent and […]

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          Delete Anti-Muslim Speech Or Pay Up, Germany Tells Social Media Companies   
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VIC-Melbourne, Occupational Therapist - Grade 2, Subacute Services Full-time, Permanent position Take the next step in your Occupational Therapy Career Join a cohesive team committed to excellence in patient care Make a difference in the lives of your patients About us Monash Health provides integrated health care services available to over 1.3 million people, representing 32% of the population of greater Melbou
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Zwei Diebe jagen im neu gestarten Kinofilm «Overdrive» zwei wertvollen Klassikern hinterher. Blick am Abend hat zum Filmstart die 10 teuersten Autos aller Zeiten zusammengestellt.
          Shenandoah Telecommunications Co (SHEN) Expected to Announce Quarterly Sales of $154.03 Million   

Analysts predict that Shenandoah Telecommunications Co will post $154.03 million in sales for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Two analysts have made estimates for Shenandoah Telecommunications' earnings.

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          JJ Redick Agrees To 1-Year, $23 Million Deal With the Sixers   

JJ Redick has agreed to a one-year, $23 million deal with the Sixers.

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          TRAINSPOTTER: Hell’s Wedding Bells — How the #GuptaLeaks reveal that South Africans paid for the whole damn thing   
The Daily Maverick and amaBhungane can now confirm that the legendary Gupta family nuptials — a four-day wedding binge-fest in Sun City that took place between 29 April and 3 May, 2013 — was paid for in its entirety by money stolen from a Free State dairy project, and laundered through a Gupta shell in Dubai. In all, at least R33.4 million was pissed away in the wedding of Gupta niece Vega, and new nephew-in-law, Aakash. The happy couple were aided and abetted in their endeavours in no small part by the current Mineral Resources Minister, Mosebenzi Zwane, who will be remembered as the most generous wedding underwriter in South African history. And so, we arrive at the understanding that South Africa is an ungainly mash-up between two seventies classics, The Godfather and Invasion of the Body Snatchers — a gangster state in which the inhabitants are zombified agents of a corrupt, festering uber-mind, based not in outer space, but in the United Arab Emirates. By RICHARD POPLAK, with reporting from amaBhungane and Scorpio
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Advocate Geoff Budlender’s report exposes how global consulting giant McKinsey got into bed with Trillian, in a “sham” contract that would milk Eskom of hundreds of millions of rands. By AMABHUNGANE
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We know that despite the challenges it faces currently, the ANC still represents the hopes, dreams and aspirations of millions of our people. Our people want the ANC to resolve its difficulties and continue with its mission of transforming South Africa and building a better life for all. By PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA.
          amaBhungane & Scorpio #GuptaLeaks: The Dubai Laundromat – How millions milked from Free State government paid for Sun City wedding   
The Guptas always denied that they were behind the infamous Vrede dairy project. Now leaked records show that public funds were laundered from the project via Dubai to pay for the family’s showcase wedding. By AMABHUNGANE and SCORPIO.
          The Empowerment Endowment   
How have South Africa’s businesses engaged with BEE legislation? This has often been a contentious issue and the goalposts have kept moving. However, one of the exciting key outcomes has been the establishment of 27 new grant-making foundations in South Africa, mostly in the last two years, that have been endowed with a surprisingly massive amount of R32.6-billion in assets that will support charitable causes in perpetuity. This information emerged from a ground-breaking report entitled “The Empowerment Endowment” released by Intellidex, a financial research company, which gathered data from 35 companies and explored what value has been created specifically for charitable recipients through BEE deals, “including community trusts, existing charities and newly established foundations”.
          Report: J.J. Redick turns down multiple offers, opts for one-year deal with Sixers instead   
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          Billionaire Shipping Magnate Buys Tankers to Prepare for Oil Rebound   
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          Facebook To Buy Navigation App Waze For Up To $1 Billion [Rumor]   

Facebook is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire mobile navigation app Waze for between $800 million and $1 billion. Talks between the two companies began around six months ago, and a term sheet has already been signed, according to business daily Calcalist. Unlike traditional GPS navigation apps, Waze is community-based and uses maps and traffic data […]

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          Hurricane Sandy Gave Navigation, News, Finance Apps A Massive Boost… But Not Weather?   

When Hurricane Sandy left millions of people across the East Coast of the United States without electricity, portable, battery-powered devices like smartphones and tablets were all they had to rely on. Not only did they provide a means of entertainment, but they also allowed those affected by the storm to follow the latest news and […]

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Aside from defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Karl Alzner attracting $20-plus-million contracts, NHL free agency isn’t what it used to be. Not in a stagnant salary-cap era. Though plenty of players switched teams once the signing period opened Saturday, missing were the high-priced, long-term contracts that were once the norm. Shattenkirk, considered the top free agent […]
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          Predators sign Bonino away from Pens and trade Wilson to Avs   

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern Saturday, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract. Bonino was a key player for the Penguins during the past two postseasons, contributing a total of 25 points to help them […]
          Sale of Ruth contract, ring put expensive ‘sheen’ on auction   

NEW YORK (AP) — Two of the most prized items of Babe Ruth memorabilia — both owned by actor Charlie Sheen — sold for more than $2 million each at auction. Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring had a winning bid of $2,093,927 at the first Lelands.com Invitational Auction. The 1919 contract of Ruth’s sale from […]
          Kansas plant converts used vegetable oil into biodiesel    
Want to know what a green alternative to regular diesel is? Used vegetable oil. EGE of Minneola, Kansas takes used cooking oil from over 200 restaurants in Kansas and parts of Oklahoma and converts it to biodiesel, the Dodge City Globe reports. Wesley Orr, who works for EGE recently gave a small group from Pratt, Greensburg and Minneola a tour of the facility. Used cooking oil is stored in varying sizes of drums behind restaurants and then pumped into storage tanks for transport back to Minneola. The process of converting vegetable oil into fuel involves first removing water and other contaminants from the oil, which is then pumped into a nearby processor that uses methanol and potassium hydroxide and continuous flow to convert the oil into biodiesel. EGE produces 1.5 million gallons of biodiesel annually, a third of which is used by farmers Matt and Luke Jaeger, who own the business. The fuel is also sold to the public at a pump onsite and once a month, a tanker full of the biodiesel
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          Sweet Millions Made at Queen Bee Gardens   

Whether you are shopping for a new pair of jeans or a box of chocolate honey truffles, I’m sure you appreciate customer service, individualized attention, and quality products. Most shoppers, regardless of what they are shopping for, want the experience to feel personal. If you are a corporate executive shopping for a mass quantity of […]

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          Washington and Berlin on a Collision Course   

The Russia sanctions bill that passed the US Senate by 98:2 on June 15 is a bombshell; it directly demonizes the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, under the Baltic Sea, which is bound to double Gazprom’s energy capacity to supply gas to Europe.

The 9.5 billion euro pipeline is being financed by five companies; Germany's Uniper and Wintershall; Austria's OMV; France’s Engie; and Anglo-Dutch Shell. All these majors operate in Russia, and have, or will establish, pipeline contracts with Gazprom.


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SHAMOKIN — A project to mill and pave Market Street (Route 125) from Dunkin’ Donuts to Burnside will begin Monday, July 10, nine days earlier than the originally reported start date.

New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co., New Enterprise, is the contractor for the $1.8 million project.


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          Penguins sign Hunwick, Niemi, lose Bonino in free agency   
The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins will look a lot different when they go for a three-peat next season. The Penguins signed defenseman Matt Hunwick and goaltender Antti Niemi and lost defensemen Trevor Daley and Ron Hainsey and center Nick Bonino on the first day of free agency on Saturday. Hunwick got a three-year deal worth $6.75 million for an annual cap hit of $2.25 million, while Niemi signed a one-year deal at $700,000.
          China sanguine as Trump-Xi 'bromance' sours over North Korea, Taiwan   

China sanguine as Trump-Xi 'bromance' sours over North Korea, TaiwanBy Ben Blanchard and Christian Shepherd BEIJING (Reuters) - China reacted relatively calmly on Friday after a series of diplomatic broadsides by the United States, expressing anger over new arms sales by Washington to Taiwan but hoping ties could soon be brought back on track. U.S. officials have said President Donald Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with China over its inability to restrain North Korea's arms and missile programs. This week, the United States imposed sanctions on two Chinese citizens and a shipping company for helping North Korea's weapons programs, announced a $1.4 billion arms sale for Taiwan, and said it would like sick Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo to be treated "elsewhere".

          Life-changing services at risk for millions if Medicaid is cut   

Optional benefits received by millions, many of them disabled, would be at risk under Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
          Washington Has Been At War For 16 Years: Why?   
For sixteen years the US has been at war in the Middle East and North Africa, running up trillions of dollars in expenses, committing untold war crimes, and sending millions of war refugees to burden Europe, while simultaneously claiming that Washington cannot afford its Social Security and Medicare obligations or to fund a national health […]
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          University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town   
Residents of an upstate New York town who've long associated their illnesses with the air they breathe may finally get some answers about the health effects of living next to a toxic polluter. The town of Tonawanda lies in the shadow of Tonawanda Coke Corp., whose ovens heat coal into material used for the iron and steel industries, and release toxic chemicals into the air. The residents' long fight to definitively link the pollution with their illnesses, and to hold Tonawanda Coke accountable, were profiled in NPR's 2011 investigation "Poisoned Places." The University at Buffalo said Monday that it's planning an $11 million study on the health of the town's residents. After convicting Tonawanda Coke of violating environmental laws, a federal court ordered the company to fund the study as part of a criminal sentence. But the work remains on hold pending the company's appeal of its 2013 conviction and sentence. Shortly after Tonawanda Coke and its environmental manager, Mark L. Kamholz,
          Should We Kill The Dollar Bill?    
Our story begins last month inside a busy Washington, D.C. subway station plastered with posters of giant dollar bills. One of them says: "Tell Congress to stop wasting time trying to eliminate the dollar bill." Another asks: "Do you heart the dollar?" Political fights in the nation's capital normally involve billions or even trillions, not single dollars. What's going on here? This being Washington, there's a back story. The $70,000 ad blitz was part of a small lobbying war over the fate of the dollar bill. On one side, leading a legislative charge to eliminate the dollar bill and replace it with a dollar coin, are Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and John McCain, R-Ariz. "The most important thing is it's just more efficient. It's way more efficient than a paper dollar," Harkin says. "Canada has a coin that's worth $2 ... Switzerland has one worth about $5... And yet, what have we got? We got a 25-cent piece." It's worth noting that Harkin and McCain both represent states that are home to
          White House Kills Dollar Coin Program   
The federal government will stop minting unwanted $1 coins, the White House said Tuesday. The move will save an estimated $50 million a year. Earlier this year, we reported on the mountain of $1 coins sitting unused in government vaults. The pile-up — an estimated 1.4 billion coins — was caused by a 2005 law that ordered the minting of coins honoring each U.S. president. We calculated that the unwanted coins had cost taxpayers some $300 million dollars to make. There were so many coins piling up that the Federal Reserve was redesigning a vault in Texas to help hold them all. We got to see a vault in Baltimore. It was the size of a soccer field, filled with bags of dollar coins. You can see the presidents' faces on the coins. Andrew Jackson, John Adams, James Buchanan. The mint is only about half way through the presidents. And the pile of coins has been growing. The mint makes enough of each new coin to meet initial demand. But about 40% of those coins get returned to the Fed, where
          Empowerment Radio with Dr. Friedemann Schaub: Why Women are More Likely to Suffer from Anxiety   
EpisodeAnxiety is the epidemic of our century. More than 40 million Americans are diagnosed with anxiety disorder – and according to statistics women are twice as likely to be affected as men. But what are the reasons for this gender difference? Are women just biologically more prone to worry? Are we as a society raising girls to be more emotional than boys? Or are men just less in touch with their feelings or too embarrassed to admit they are struggling?   Listen to Dr. Schaub’s ...
          Empowerment Radio with Dr. Friedemann Schaub: From Worry to Wealthy: A Woman’s Guide to Financial Success Without the Stress with Chellie Campbell   
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          NBA: pour LeBron James, Curry mériterait un contrat de 400 M de dollars   
Los Angeles - La superstar de Cleveland LeBron James a estimé samedi que le meneur de Golden State Stephen Curry qui va signer un contrat-record de 201 millions de dollars (175,9 M EUR) sur cinq ans, mériterait à ses yeux un salaire de 400 millions.
          Wide Scale Hadoop Adoption   
Good thoughts on the 'why' at the link.  Towards a universal part of IT infrastructure?

Opinion:  Digital transformation driving wide-scale Hadoop adoption  By  Marc Wilczek
The global Hadoop market has witnessed skyrocketing adoption in the recent years and is expected to reach US $84.6 billion in revenue by 2021, equaling a stellar compound annual growth rate of 63.4 percent between 2016 and 2021, according to an Allied Market Research report. ...  " 
          Discovering a Million Dollar Idea   
Reminded of the use of the term:

IKEA's Idea Man Reveals How to Discover Your Own Million Dollar Idea
The process is called vu jàdé. That's déjà vu backwards, and anyone can do it.    By Chad Perry in Inc.
          Lightning sign Chris Kunitz to one-year, $2 million deal   
The Lightning filled its need for another top-nine wing, signing veteran Chris Kunitz to a one-year, $2 million deal Saturday.
          Rick Scott's net worth climbs $30 million in 2016   

By Gareth Vaughan

Housing New Zealand's Welcome Home Loan scheme has not grown as the Government wanted it to.

We've had senior government ministers eagerly promote it, and a bank CEO extolling its virtues to participating lenders by pointing out; "It really carries no risk on our balance sheet because it's all government guaranteed."

The ministers were John Key and Nick Smith, and the CEO quoted above is SBS Bank's Shaun Drylie.

Housing NZ says, as of May 31 this year, it was "at risk" for 6,650 loans through Welcome Home Loan, with an original value of $1.469 billion. That's 150 less loans than the 6,800 - with an original loan value of $1.335 billion - at June 30, 2013. The drop, Housing NZ says, is because more loans have been repaid than taken on.

June 2013 is just before the Reserve Bank restrictions on banks' high loan to value ratio (LVR) residential mortgage lending were unveiled. Welcome Home Loans are excluded fom the Reserve Bank's LVR restrictions.

The Welcome Home Loan scheme launched in July 2003 as a two year pilot project with Kiwibank, known as “In Reach.” In July 2005, the scheme was opened to other lenders, and branded “Welcome Home Loan.” Eight lenders are actively using the Housing New Zealand scheme today. These are SBS, Kiwibank, Westpac, The Co-operative Bank, TSB Bank, NZCU Baywide, the Nelson Building Society, and the New Zealand Employees' Credit Union. 

As Housing NZ puts it; "Welcome Home Loan is offered by lenders, supported by Housing New Zealand, and, designed for first-home buyers who can afford to make regular repayments on a home loan, but have trouble saving for a large deposit. With Welcome Home Loan you only need a 10% deposit, not a 20% deposit as required by most lenders. Housing New Zealand does not issue the loan. This is done through normal lenders such as selected banks and credit unions. Housing New Zealand underwrites the loan for the lender [through lenders' mortgage insurance]. Individual applicants are required to meet the lender’s specific lending criteria. Income and house price caps apply."

'Trebling the number of loans'

Prior to the launch of the LVR restrictions, the Welcome Home Loan scheme had been going backwards. During the June 2013 year, Housing NZ settled 845 new loans, down from 1,358 the previous year.

The Reserve Bank announced on August 20, 2013 that high LVR restrictions would kick-in from October 1 that year, limiting lending to borrowers with deposits of less than 20%. Following that move the Welcome Home Loan scheme appeared, unsurprisingly, to gain in popularity given low equity loans made through the scheme are excluded from the Reserve Bank's restrictions.

Announcing Co-operative Bank's signing up to the scheme in April 2014, Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith said; "I am encouraging other banks to also join the scheme. I want as many New Zealanders as possible to have access to this Government assistance to buy their first home." At that stage ASB said its membership to the Welcome Home Loan Scheme was "currently under consideration." However three years on ASB hasn't joined, with a spokeswoman saying no decisions have been made to apply for entry. A Housing NZ spokesman said no applications from lenders wanting to join the scheme are currently under consideration.

Smith's comments came after Prime Minister John Key announced on August 11, 2013, a week before the Reserve Bank publicly unveiled its LVR move; “We will also expand the [Welcome Home Loan] scheme to treble the number of loans from about 850 loans a year to 2,500 a year."

Both in August 2013 and again in July last year as the Reserve Bank changed the LVR restrictions, Smith announced increases in house price caps for the scheme. In a rising property market, they have gone from $350,000 in Auckland, for example, to $600,000 for an existing house and $650,000 for a new one.

As it sought to "screw the scrum in favour of first home buyers," the Government also aligned the scheme's income caps with those of the KiwiSaver HomeStart scheme at $85,000 for a single person and $130,000 for a couple.

In November 2015 Smith said; "The 287 Welcome Home Loans issued for this latest quarter is also a record and shows how this programme, combined with HomeStart, is assisting families into home ownership."

'A relaxation of lenders' credit policies'

But that hasn't continued, with the 2,500 a year target looking a pipe dream. So what's going on?

Housing NZ's latest annual report, for the year to June 2016, says; "Uptake for Welcome Home Loans was lower than expected due to a relaxation of lenders' credit policies, allowing the provision of standard bank loans, rather than a Welcome Home Loan. This meant banks in the scheme did not have to draw on this product as much as in the past. Monthly demand for the Welcome Home Loan was steady over the year, but was around 10% lower than the previous year." 

Interestingly in its Financial Stability Report last month the Reserve Bank said; "Some banks have tightened lending standards over the past six months [See chart below]. In particular, banks are being more selective about their lending for residential property developments as capacity constraints in the construction industry and rising costs have contributed to increased credit risk in the sector."

The Welcome Home Loan insurance premium is 2.2% of the loan value, of which 1% is paid by the borrower and 1.2% by the Government. The Mortgage Insurance Scheme is assessed, by an actuary, three times a year to ensure the mortgage insurance liability is sufficient to cover any future claims, Housing NZ says. As of June 30 last year the total estimated liability was $29 million. At that point 40% of the original value of settled loans was with Kiwibank.

*This article was first published in our email for paying subscribers early on Tuesday morning. See here for more details and how to subscribe.

          Does Auckland have the infrastructure capacity to host the America's cup? Alex Tarrant reviews two of the Mexican stand-offs involving central government, the Auckland Council, the Airport and Watercare   

By Alex Tarrant

Emirates Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup win has certainly fired up the Auckland infrastructure debate (as if it needed more fuel). Every interested party is now reviewing their wish list trying to figure out whether their pet project could be completed in four years. Rail, roads, houses and water pipes.

The 2021 event (Auckland will also hold the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit that year) might be a Godsend for getting even more Auckland infrastructure work on the move (if we can find the labourers needed – don’t mention foreigners!).

But the multiple Mexican stand-offs between the Government, Auckland Council and other parties like Auckland Airport and Watercare need to be resolved. The key in each dispute is who pays for what, when, why and how.

This (rather long) column focuses on two of those stand-offs. Rail to Auckland Airport from the CBD, and cheaper, faster provision of water services for new housing in Auckland – including boosting incentives for cheaper densification. On Rail, there is a simple answer to get things moving if the project would indeed lead to benefits. On water, revised legislation debated in Parliament last week provides some hope.

Rail to the airport

Politicians were quick to jump on the success of ETNZ earlier this week and the expected economic benefits to Auckland from holding the Cup in 2021. The Green Party used the occasion to question the Transport Minister on whether Auckland would have capacity to host the event.

“Will the government start building rail to the airport sooner, if Auckland hosts the next America’s Cup regatta, or will Aucklanders still have to wait 30 years?” Julie Anne Genter asked Simon Bridges.

Bridges’ answers focussed on the current plan of protecting a sole purpose route that will originally be marked out for a busway to the Airport. This showed the government was prioritising the project, he claimed, being careful to add it was difficult to explain what the timeframe could be for progressing to rail. This would be driven by demand and usage numbers, Bridges said.

So why not just kick-start the project of rail to the airport? If central government were to lead on funding, couldn’t others like the Council be given time to come up with their share? The reason this National-led government isn’t making any firm commitments like this is down to the principle of, whoever benefits should pay.

Steven Joyce, Simon Bridges and other Ministers have in recent months been talking more about the use of value uplift taxes to help fund new projects – rates will be higher in areas that profit from increased transportation links, for example. These could be residential rates paid by homeowners in areas with improved access to the CBD from a new road, which would have boosted the value of their property. They could also be imposed on commercial businesses that benefit from more foot-traffic due to being closer to, say, a new train station.

The government openly admits that a value uplift tax would have been a perfect fit for Auckland’s inner-city rail loop. But, because the loop was announced before Ministers could start spraying the idea around, they feel it would be a bit rude (think a vote-loser) to suddenly turn around and clamp such a tax on business owners close to where the new stations would be, regardless of the economics.

They have to find a project that hasn’t yet started, and which would clearly benefit the areas linked by the project. Penlink has been talked about. I also give you the Airport-City rail link.

However, Bridges and Joyce are engaged in a stand-off with Auckland Airport. ‘If you come to the table, then we will too.’

Auckland Airport would clearly benefit from any rail link with the city. So, Bridges et al are waiting for them to come to the party. If we’re talking light rail – trams – then Dominion Road businesses and residential properties should also benefit in value uplift.

It’s a stand-off though. If the airport argues against paying more because the benefits won’t be that great, then the government can turn around and say, ‘ok well that’s a good argument for not needing to build the new connection’. If the government just starts funding the link itself, then it runs the risk of no-one else coming to the party. They also don't want to be seen starting the project with inclusion of value-uplift taxes that no-one agrees on - that's not the way this government wants to work.

In effect, the sticking point is a matter of principle. It’s a principled Mexican stand-off. Or a prisoners’ dilemma in a low-security prison.

Water pipe dream

The next stand-off is a key component in Auckland’s housing debate. Water pipes. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how the National Cabinet would love to take a swipe at the monopolistic, not-for-profit Watercare in Auckland. They’re getting nearer to it.

The Local Government Amendment Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) was introduced last year by former Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga. And boy was it popular. The Local Government Select Committee heard nearly 200 submissions on the Bill. They’ve now reported back with amendments. The Bill received a second reading last week.

The stand-off between local and central government on water pipes can best be summed up by a conversation between media and Local Government New Zealand a few weeks back. A lot of New Zealand’s water pipe infrastructure was put in in the 1960s, we were told. Those pipes had an expected lifetime of 60 years, so we’re heading towards an exponential renewals curve over the next 15 years for assets worth over $100 billion.

A couple of the journalists (including this correspondent) were a tad miffed by this. Did local councils know there was only a 60-year life span? “Yeah, they did,” was the reply. ““The renewals curve is not a surprise. But it’s here, now.”

So why haven’t councils planned over those 60 years to put replacement funds aside? The problem, we were told, was that in the 1960s a lot of the pipes were paid for by central government. Now, technically only local government is on the hook. “Under our current funding model, it’s rates and debt [to pay for it]. The issue becomes, is that a sustainable position? Our view is it is not.”

That’s why local government is calling on central government to agree to a co-funding model for the replacement of water pipes nationwide that are coming to the end of their working life (even though this was all known about for 60 years).

I asked Local Government New Zealand chairman Lawrence Yule whether they’d had any indications from central government that this could be done. He said central government had always indicated a willingness to look at it “but only once you’ve made sure what you’re doing currently is being done as efficiently as it can be.”

It’s a stand-off. Local government is refusing to consider how to fund replacement pipes until central government agrees to a co-funding model. Central government won’t agree to a co-funding model until local government gets its own house in order and ensures water services operations are as efficient as possible.

The issue got to a point where central government decided to try and take the initiative. This is where the Local Government Local Government Act Amendment Bill (No 2) comes in. Central government clearly believes things aren’t being done as efficiently as possible.

The Bill will allow various councils to band together to create Transport and Water Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) to provide services across several local authorities. Scale. It will also give greater scope for re-organisation of CCOs. As now-Local Government Minister Anne Tolley put it in Thursday’s second reading, it provides “an opportunity for the sector to show their local strategic leadership, which may require hard decisions about difficult options in order to secure a positive future for their communities.”

Let’s take Watercare. In its submission on the Bill (co-submitted with Auckland Council), it argued that since its first fully operational year in 2011/12, it has reduced the cost of water delivery to Aucklanders compared the rag-tag pricing run previously by individual councils pre-Super City.

That’s true. The $1.30 per thousand litres was below the range of $1.31-$3.50 encompassing Rodney, North Shore, Waitakere, Auckland, Manukau and Franklin. Job well done. Scale worked. But since then, that cost has risen each year to $1.44 per thousand litres in 2016/17. That’s not what central government (or Auckland residents) wanted to see.

A 2015 Cabinet paper introducing the Amendment Bill reveals what some Cabinet Ministers really wanted to do. The Local Government Minister at the time highlighted the potential benefits of requiring Watercare to have to pay a dividend (“distribute surpluses”) to the Council. This could encourage more efficient pricing of water services and allow it better access to finance.

However, due to the prospect of the move not being supported by “the community,” the idea was not included. Indeed, when the Local Government Select Committee reported the Bill back to the House in June, Section 70 was there prohibiting the distribution of surpluses by water services CCOs.

A pity. There is some exciting stuff in there, though. Central government is aiming to be imposing a number of requirements that I’m told are aimed at drastically changing the way Watercare operates.

The Productivity Commission’s 2016 report, Using Land for Housing, helped. Looking at Watercare from a housing supply lens, the Commission raised a number of concerns and recommendations which will partly be tackled by the Bill.

Firstly, Watercare’s Infrastructure Growth Charges (IGCs) do not recover the full costs of growth (new pipes for new housing), the Commission pointed out. Although initially this could produce benefits for new home buyers not paying the full cost for water infrastructure, deficits will need to be recovered from somewhere. Recovery from existing residents will reduce community acceptance of growth, limiting the supply of infrastructure-enabled land, therefore contributing to higher house prices.

Watercare needed to change how it calculates charges to better reflect the underlying economic costs of supply in different locations and for different types of dwelling, the Commission said. This linked in with criticisms of Watercare’s model of charging flat fees.

“To the extent that certain types of development result in lower infrastructure costs than others, a flat charge will result in a cross-subsidy between different types of dwelling. This might result in a situation in which smaller and more affordable dwellings are cross-subsidising larger standalone dwellings.”

The Bill requires Watercare to shift away from the IGC model to a development contribution model. It has until 30 June 2018 at the latest to figure out how to best make the switch.

Meanwhile, the Commission urged Watercare to consider development agreements, which would enable private developers to take responsibility for building trunk infrastructure. It referenced research that developers may be able to provide infrastructure solutions at lower costs than Watercare, particularly due to ‘over specification’ required by Watercare.

“Watercare notes that development agreements have a range of advantages (eg, they provide a mechanism for bringing in private capital into the provision of public infrastructure) and disadvantages (eg, the time required to prepare and finalise the agreements, especially if more than one developer/landowner is involved). The obligation to consider requests from a developer to enter into development agreements and provide the developer with a written response would not compel Watercare and other CCOs to enter agreements where there are good reasons not to. But a requirement to set out in writing why a development agreement may not proceed would provide clarity and transparency about the reasons for the decision.”

The Bill doesn’t appear to go as far as the Commission would have hoped, but it does provide legislation for Watercare to be able to enter into development agreements.

Finally, the Commission appeared horrified that for both Auckland Transport and Watercare, “supply of infrastructure to support growth is not reflected in either organisation’s performance measures.”

“While the primary accountability documents for Watercare and Auckland Transport (the Statements of Intents) are broadly aligned with the Auckland Plan vision, they do not give effect to the specific objective in the Auckland Plan to increase the city’s supply of new dwellings,” it said.

“Auckland Transport and Watercare’s SOIs should be amended to include performance measures relating to the efficient roll-out of new infrastructure to support an increased supply of new dwellings.

“The regulatory and institutional framework around the water sector can be improved. Discipline and transparency around the pricing of water services, and better performance monitoring, would improve the ability of the water sector to support urban growth,” the Commission said.

The Bill includes provision for Council input on CCO statements of intent and for performance monitoring. Each CCO – ie Watercare – must provide its shareholders the opportunity to influence the direction of the organisation, and must provide a basis for the accountability of the directors to their shareholders for the performance of the organisation.

And that performance monitoring? A local authority must undertake regular performance monitoring to evaluate a CCO’s contribution to the achievement of the authority’s objectives for the organisation, the desired results set out in its SOI and the overall aims and outcomes of the local authority.

What’s yet to be seen, however, is whether the changes would have such an effect as to fix the pending funding crisis for water pipe replacement and extension. I would think not. But with this Bill, central and local government will both be able to tap the argument that councils and their organisations have reached, or will soon reach efficiency limits.

And that’s the trigger for central government coming to the funding party.

          Trump Admin Asks For Voter Information   

In an effort to find the nearly 3 million illegal voters President Trump claims voted in the last election, a presidential election commission has asked states to provide them with public voter roll data. In response, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne … Continue reading

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          How Young Millionaires Invest their Money   
More and more Millenials are pushing bounderies and becoming Millionaires! In the age of the internet, Instagram, facebook, Youtube and other social media platforms, all it takes is an idea, some marketing savvie and an audience to make it into the Millionaires club! Sure, at times talk might be easier than reality but, for those […]
           DNA and the local library: Cheap ways to build family tree    
The appeal of digging back into your family’s roots has created a multi-million pound industry and can be expensive. Sarah Vey (pictured) has found 4,500 relatives.
          Tour de France – Philippe Gilbert a « fait le chrono à fond sur un parcours piégeux »   
Tour de France - Philippe Gilbert a
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          Port Canaveral moves forward on new cruise terminal   
It's estimated that the terminal project would cost between $143 million and $153 million.

          KFC Co-Manager – Hourly - KBP Foods - King, NC   
As a Co-Manager, you are second in command of a $1 million+ business. This job posting is for a position in a restaurant that is independently owned and...
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          Abu Dhabi from Build Up to Race Day   
Excitement Builds Up Billed as the first OFFICIAL* twilight F1 race in history and built with zillions of eco-unfriendly oil bucks. This was the spectacular Finale for the 2009 Formula One season. Here are some exciting facts to wet your appetite about the circuit that I have gleamed from their fantastic website. BASIC STATISTICS Track […]
          5 Geheimtipps für Ihren Rollstuhl-Urlaub 2017   
Diese Ziele sind Last-Minute noch zu haben Die Reisesaison 2017 läuft in den kommenden Wochen zur Höchstform auf. Dann ist wieder Sommerferienzeit und Millionen Deutsche sind auf dem Weg in die Ferien. Schwierig wird es, ... [ Weiter lesen ]
          Pursuing a Piracy Claim Against Apple   
David Gelernter, a Yale computer science professor who survived an attack by the Unabomber, won a $625 million verdict for patent infringement, but it was overturned....
          Rejoice oh ye Uber drivers: Passengers can now tip you in-app   
A day after Lyft announced that its drivers had managed to generate almost $250 million through its in-app tipping service, Uber has decided to roll out its cannons too. The company, which has always avoided in-app tipping like the plague is now adding an option for the same within its main application. Announcing the news, […]
          Lyft drivers have generated over a quarter billion dollars in tips alone   
Now that is one enviable sum. Lyft drivers have cumulatively received over half a billion dollars, or 250 million dollars in tips. That is more than what some prominent startups raise in funding, or even, what many startups value themselves at. And yes, it is also more than what Uber drivers may have received over […]
          KBIC’s Ojibwa Casino Expansion Project In Marquette Moving Along   
KBIC’s Ojibwa Casino Expansion Project In Marquette Moving Along
Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s planned $36 million expansion of their Marquette casino is making progress. Ojibwa Casino’s Marquette Marketing Manager Tim Runstrom and Human Resources Assistant Vickie LaPorte-Sarasien joined the SUNNY Morning Show with Walt & Mike today to give an update on the project. Runstrom […]
          Video Help - Increasing Video Quality With ScreenCast Profits   
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          Terrtitory Sales Representative ( North Brandon) - Syngenta - Manitoba   
Millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Syngenta is a leading....
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          Territory Sales Representative (South-West Brandon) - Syngenta - Manitoba   
Millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Syngenta is a leading....
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          Government & Industry Relations Manager - Syngenta - Canada   
Company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers. Syngenta is a leading agriculture....
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          Territory Sales Representative - Maritimes - Syngenta - Canada   
Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources....
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          Langston Galloway, Pistons Reportedly Agree to 3-Year, $21 Million Contract   

Point guard Langston Galloway is reportedly heading to his fourth NBA team in four seasons.     

On Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the Detroit Pistons and Galloway are finalizing a three-year, $21 million deal.

Galloway went undrafted out of Saint Joseph's University but found his footing down the stretch of the 2014-15 season with the New York Knicks and averaged 11.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 32.4 minutes per game in 45 contests. Those numbers are still career highs, as he has seen his minutes decline every season since.

He signed with the New Orleans Pelicans before the 2016-17 campaign after the Knicks rescinded his qualifying offer and scored 8.6 points a night in 55 games. The Pelicans then traded him as part of the package that brought DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans from the Sacramento Kings after the All-Star break.

Galloway played just 19 games with the Kings and posted six points a night as a rotation player for the struggling franchise.

While the numbers don't jump off the page, Galloway is only 25 years old and can stretch the floor with his shooting. He flashed moments of brilliance from deep at 47.5 percent in those contests with the Kings and is also an athletic option on the defensive side who can stay in front of ball-handlers.

Opponents shot 2.5 percent worse than their normal averages when Galloway guarded them in 2016-17, per NBA.com.

Between his defense and his shooting, Galloway still has a bright future as a rotational piece for his new team.      

Read more NBA Central news on BleacherReport.com

          Man who needed air in tires, bought lottery ticket wins $1M   
BALLSTON, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York man who stopped at a convenience store to put air in his tires and ended up buying a lottery ticket has won a $1 million jackpot....
          3 Ways to Increase Your Conversion Rate with Data-Driven Marketing   
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          3 Email Marketing Best Practices for B2C Marketers   
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          Worldwide Cloud IT Infrastructure Revenues Grew 14.9% To $8 Billion In First Quarter Of 2017, According To IDC   
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud IT, including public and private cloud, grew 14.9% year over year in the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17), reaching $8 billion.
          R2-D2 from Star Wars sold for nearly $3 million at LA auction    
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          Christie and top Democrat at impasse as gov't shutdown looms in NJ   
New Jersey lawmakers will try again to pass a nearly $35 billion budget on Friday, hours before a midnight deadline to avert a state government shutdown.
          $1 M grant award for Santa Anita Park Field will help nearly double play time   
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          MS looking to invest in Facebook   
Software Giant and makers of the Xbox console Microsoft are interested in buying 5% of online community site Facebook. For Facebook this would add an extra $15 billion in terms of value to the compan, which shot to fame in a very short time span. the actual value for the shares is an estimated $400 million.

Facebook, which is led by its 23-year-old Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, wants to raise money to expand its operations.

Google is also rumored to have interest in Facebook.
          Site of hotel-and-office project listed for sale   
A Boca Raton developer listed for sale the site of a West Palm Beach hotel-and-office project called the Cosmopolitan after paying $1.7 million for the site in January. Boca Raton-based Privcap had planned to spend $55 million to build a complex called the Cosmopolitan, with a 201-room hotel, 125,000 square feet of office space and a seven-level parking garage. But commercial real estate broker E. Anthony Hollis confirmed that the site at 415 South Dixie ... [more]
          Lincoln Road commercial complex has a new owner   
A commercial complex in Miami Beach called 1111 Lincoln Road has a new owner. Miami Beach developer Robert S. Wennett paid $23.5 million for the property in 2005. The Miami Herald reported confirmations from multiple sources that a sale of 1111 Lincon Road closed Wednesday. But neither the buyer nor the sale price were revealed. Current tenants got letters Thursday instructing them to send their rent payments to a new address. The property’s $65 million ... [more]
          Water Street Tampa will go vertical in fall   
A joint venture linking Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and hockey team owner Jeffrey Vinik expects to break ground this year for a $3 billion redevelopment of 50 acres along the waterfront in downtown Tampa. Strategic Property Partners (SPP), a joint venture between Gates’s Cascade Investment, LLC, and Vinik, the owner of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, plans the mixed-use, multi-phase development spanning nine million square feet, called Water Street Tampa. The first phase ... [more]
          Apple says iPhone sales reach 1 million target   

Just a week after slashing the price of its iconic device iPhone by a third, Apple announced Monday that it has reached its goal of selling 1 million cellphones almost three weeks ahead of schedule.

The milestone came 74 days after Apple launched the device in a much hyped way. Officials of the Silicon Valley company earlier had forecast that iPhone sales would hit the 1 million mark by theend of this month.

"It took almost two years to achieve this milestone with iPod," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a statement, referring to the company's digital music player, which has become a popular culture phenomena in the United States since it hit the market six years ago.

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          Plastic Pollution in the World's Oceans   

Direct link to article... [littlegreenfootballs.com]


This video is an overview of the scientific research paper "Plastic pollution in the world's oceans: More than 5 trillion plastic pieces weighing over 250,000 tons afloat at sea," published on the 9th of December 2014 by Dr. Marcus Eriksen - of the 5 Gyres Institute - and an array of esteemed colleagues from around the world.

Plastic pollution is ubiquitous throughout the marine environment, yet estimates of the global abundance and weight of floating plastics have lacked data, particularly from the Southern Hemisphere and remote regions. Here we report an estimate of the total number of plastic particles and their weight floating in the world's oceans from 24 expeditions (2007-2013) across all five sub-tropical gyres, costal Australia, Bay of Bengal and the Mediterranean Sea conducting surface net tows (N = 680) and visual survey transects of large plastic debris (N = 891). Using an oceanographic model of floating debris dispersal calibrated by our data, and correcting for wind-driven vertical mixing, we estimate a minimum of 5.25 trillion particles weighing 268,940 tons. When comparing between four size classes, two microplastic 4.75mm, a tremendous loss of microplastics is observed from the sea surface compared to expected rates of fragmentation, suggesting there are mechanisms at play that remove

          No, You Probably Can't Bend the iPhone 6 Plus. Unless You're a Bodybuilder.   

Direct link to article... [littlegreenfootballs.com]

Apple sold over 10 million iPhones on the first weekend. No idea what percentage of those were iPhone 6 Plus models, but any way you cut it, millions of iPhone 6 Plus devices were sold.

Apple itself on Thursday acknowledged acknowledged that it has received reports of the phone bending. But cases are "extremely rare." Out of the millions of phones sold, Apple said a total of nine customers contacted the company about a bent iPhone 6 Plus.


So, yes, the phone can bend. But at least from these "tests," you really have to be trying to bend it in order to do any noticeable damage.

More: No, You Probably Can't Bend the iPhone 6 Plus. Unless You're a Bodybuilder.

          Illinois House leader: No vote on budget this weekend   

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers returned to work Saturday after missing a key deadline to prevent the state from starting an unprecedented third consecutive fiscal year without a budget, but the House leader said a vote wouldn’t be taken over the weekend, meaning the state is entering dangerous territory. A $36.5 billion plan to […]

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          Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги   

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой ночью пришли на презентацию книги продюсера. Мероприятие прошло в одном из книжных магазинов Алматы в ночь с 1 на 2 июля, передает NUR.KZ.

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги


Поклонники, а точнее, поклонницы Баян стали собираться еще в одиннадцатом часу вечера в магазине «Marwin» в Алматы. Ближе к 12 ночи стали подвозить книги – всего была привезена тысяча экземпляров. Их продавали только на предпродаже, так как официальная презентация пройдет 5 июля и тогда стартуют официальные продажи книги.

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги

Всего книга выпущена в 20 тысяч экземпляров на русском и казахском языках. Как выяснилось, книга в мягком переплете объемом 190 страниц стоит 3750 тенге. К слову, как удалось узнать в книжном отделе, цены на мировые бестселлеры начинаются от 2500 тенге. К примеру, мировой бестселлер «Шантарам» стоит 3250 тенге, при этом, книга объемная, в твердом переплете.

В ожидании Баян Есентаевой генеральный директор «Меломан» Вадим Голенко рассказал, из чего сложилась стоимость книги и почему было выбрано столь позднее время для презентации.

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги


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«На самом деле, это эксперимент, ведь самый простой вариант – поставить книгу на полку и ждать покупателей. Это отношение Баян к ее читателям, это важный момент. Баян не могла дождаться, когда мы развезем эти 20 тысяч экземпляров по магазинам, так как не получается начать продажи во всех городах в одном время из-за логистики», - сообщил директор.

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги

Он  отметил большой покупательский спрос на книгу и уверен, что у издания будут рекордные продажи. Также Голенко заявил, что главная ценность данной истории состоит в том, что все, написанное в книге – правда.

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги

«Я уже сам прочитал книгу буквально за чашкой чая, не мог отложить ее, настолько она захватывает. Что касается цены, то изначально Баян хотела печатать ее в Китае, что снизило бы ее себестоимость, но мы решили, что раз история казахстанская, то и печатать книгу нужно в нашей стране. А издательство книги в Казахстане по техническим причинам выходит дороже», - объяснил Вадим Голенко.

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги

Сама Баян Есентаева опоздала на 10 минут, появившись в компании своего жениха Турсенгали Алагузова и младшей дочери Айару. Продюсер сразу отметила, что будет только оставлять автограф в экземплярах, но не будет писать пожелания, так как желающих очень много, а времени всего три часа.

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги

Кроме того, Баян попросила не делать селфи, а каждого желающего с Есентаевой снимал профессиональный фотограф.  Также Баян отметила, что не ожидала увидеть столько людей, и поблагодарила всех за бессонницу.

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При этом она сообщила, что сама очень хочет спать.

«Я хочу сказать спасибо всем, кто был в моей жизни и будет в моей жизни. И за плохое, и за хорошее», - сказала Баян.

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги

Женщина поблагодарила своих редакторов, кто помогал ей в выпуске книги, а также своих родителей и даже бывшего супруга.

«Мне нравится, что она сильная женщина, - говорит одна из поклонниц Баян, Алма. – Конечно, я куплю книгу, мы ждали ее. То, что с ней случилось, может быть с каждым».

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги

Были и те, кто пришел с маленькими детьми. А Лаура привела свою племянницу, которая является поклонницей группы «Кешью». Продюсером группы и является Баян.

«Баян - успешная красивая женщина. Моя племянница любит ее группу, она поет. В будущем, надеемся, попадет в состав «Кешью», - рассказала Лаура.

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги

«Я хочу прочитать книгу, узнать о ее жизни. Не могу сказать, что я полностью ее поддерживаю, но это ее жизнь», - сообщила поклонница Есентаевой Сандугаш.

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          California Is Inching Closer to Single Payer Health Care. Is It Already Doomed? - Fortune   

Los Angeles Times

California Is Inching Closer to Single Payer Health Care. Is It Already Doomed?
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          BofA Investment a Windfall for Warren Buffett   
Billionaire Warren Buffett's company is exercising Bank of America Corp. warrants that will work out to a paper profit of $12 billion.

Buffett's firm, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., in 2011 invested $5 billion in the Charlotte, North Carolina-based financial institution.

At the time, BofA's shares were in danger of falling below $6 as investors worried about its ability to meet regulatory capital requirements.

          Yes, California can (stick it to Trump on healthcare) - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

Yes, California can (stick it to Trump on healthcare)
Los Angeles Times
Just when Senate Republicans are releasing the details of their Obamacare repeal bill — which would cut billions in Medicaid spending and likely leave millions of Americans with no health insuranceCalifornia lawmakers are mulling a plan to ...

          What the Senate healthcare bill could mean for Californians - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

What the Senate healthcare bill could mean for Californians
Los Angeles Times
The Affordable Care Act has had a huge impact on California, where roughly 4 million people have gained insurance and the percentage of uninsured residents has dropped more than half. Below is a breakdown of some of the ways the Senate bill could ...
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          After Defying Trump On Climate Change & Immigration, California Clears Way For Universal Healthcare - Forbes   


          Should I be concerned about ransomware attacking my Mac?   

Ransomware continues to grow in popularity as a sort of ‘gold rush’ has been underway in the cyber underworld.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been generated over the past couple of years with one security firm reporting that 64% of the victims they surveyed paid to get their files back.

Enterprising criminals are even posting ‘ready-to-go’ ransomware kits on the underground marketplace known as the ‘dark web’ with offers to split the revenue with users of their code.

The complexity of these attacks continues to grow as the security world and cyber-criminals face off in a high stakes game of ‘cat and mouse’.

The Bad News For Mac Users

All of the high profile ransomware attacks you’ve likely ever heard of have targeted Windows users, but some of the more recent code being made available via the dark web specifically targets all of the versions of the MacOS as well.

Since ransomware takes advantage of the user more than the operating system, there are few technical barriers to creating a Mac specific attack because the point of entry is getting the user to do something they shouldn’t do.

The most common attack vector for Macs so far has been through infected programs that are designed to bypass Apple’s built-in security (Xprotect and Gatekeeper).  These pre-made ransomware packages also claim to be able to bypass detection by at least 50 different anti-virus programs for both Mac and Windows.

The Good News

Unlike many of the Windows ransomware exploits that can compromise users through unpatched back-doors, clever phishing scams as well as rigged downloads, Mac users currently can only be exploited via a rigged download.

Despite the growing popularity of Mac computers, they still only account for roughly 7% of computers worldwide, so they still benefit from ‘security through obscurity’.

To further illustrate the difference in malware focus in general, one security firm puts the number that target Macs at roughly 450,000 while Windows has 23 million known threats.

From a practical standpoint, cyber thieves are always going to focus on the largest opportunity as they’re in it for the money.

Don’t Let Your Guard Down

Having said all that, everything is subject to change and having the ‘I have a Mac, so I don’t have to worry’ attitude is a bit misguided – there’s a reason why Apple stopped running the ‘we don’t get PC viruses’ commercials back in 2012.

Making sure you only get programs and apps from reputable sources, install the updates when Apple alerts you and keeping all your other Internet tools, such as your browser, Java and Adobe programs updated are important ongoing tasks.

Every computer user should also have a solid backup process - using an automated online backup service such as Carbonite (https://goo.gl/XKum9f) provides an extra layer of security that will save the day whether it’s ransomware, viruses, fire, flood or theft.

Cyber criminals know that Mac computers are more expensive and that Mac owners statistically tend to be on the higher end of the socioeconomic scale, so keep your guard up!

          Baker-Polito Administration: $1.3 Million for River Restoration Schemes   
The Baker-Polito Administration has announced $1.352.250 in state and federal grant funds for five river restoration projects within the City of Taunton, and the Towns of East Bridgewater, Falmouth and Plymouth through the Department of Fish and Game’s DER Priority Projects Program. The program provides projects with grant funding, project management, and contracted technical services […]
          New Investments Announced for Waterfront Toronto   
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, and Mayor of the City of Toronto, John Tory, joined Waterfront Toronto CEO Will Fleissig earlier this week to announce joint funding of $1.185 billion for Waterfront Toronto. The Government of Canada will contribute up to $384 million to this project, and […]
          AvH and CFE to Combine Their Construction Activities   
The boards of directors of Ackermans & van Haaren and CFE are examining the possible combination of their construction activities. The proposed combination includes activities of Van Laere group and CFE Contracting under CFE. Van Laere group realized a turnover of 195 million euros in 2016. It is fully owned by Ackermans & van Haaren. […]
          Dredging Part of Ocean City Boat Ramp Project   
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan joined Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton and Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan two days ago to officially open the public 64th Street Boat Ramp. “The boating industry is incredibly important to our state; it supports thousands of jobs and contributes $2 billion to our state economy,” said Governor Hogan. […]
          Port of Long Beach to Continue Modernization   
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a $748 million budget for the Port of Long Beach in the next fiscal year, with more than 60 percent set aside to continue a modernization program that is the largest of any U.S. seaport. The budget will be now presented to the Long Beach City […]
          An Algorithm Designed Millions Of Unique Labels For Nutella Jars   
The campaign packaged seven million jars of Nutella with one-of-a-kind and colorful computer-generated artwork
          Can California fish catch break with giant tunnels? Depends   
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown&apos;s plan to route much of California&apos;s mightiest river into two massive tunnels poses new perils for salmon and other struggling native species, but could give them a couple of breaks as well, experts and project supporters and opponents say in the wake of two newly issued wildlife rulings on the $16 billion project....
          Boeing Chief Meets With Trump About Air Force One, Fighter Costs    
The Boeing Company's CEO Tuesday had a second face-to-face meeting with President-elect Donald Trump to talk jet prices. Boeing's Dennis Muilenburg said they discussed a multi-billion dollar contract to replace the aging Air Force One jumbo jets and about new fighter jets for the military.
          Boeing And Iran Air Sign Jetliner Contract Worth $16.6 Billion   
Iran Air has finalized its historic purchase of 80 U.S.-made passenger jets, signing a deal with Boeing that's the first of its kind since the overthrow of Iran's shah in the 1970s. U.S. officials approved the deal in September , months after Iran emerged from sanctions. The sale of 50 737 planes and 30 wide-body 777 airliners will support nearly 100,000 jobs, Boeing says . The first planes are slated for delivery in 2018, with more jets following over the next 10 years, Iranian officials say. As NPR's Jackie Northam has reported : "Iran and Boeing go a long way back. Boeing was the largest supplier of civilian aircraft to Iran before the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Iran has kept flying those same planes for decades and its fleet of aging, worn-out commercial aircraft is in desperate need of replacement." Iran is rushing to update its aging commercial airline fleet — according to The Tehran Times , the country's state-owned airline has also placed orders for 100 Airbus
          Surprise! Boeing is donating $1 million to the Trump inauguration   
The Boeing Company plans to give $1 million to support President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration events. The announcement comes just days after Trump's tweets about Boeing. He claimed that costs for building new Air Force One jets are out of control, and that orders for the 747s should be canceled.
          Air Force None? Trump Threatens To Cancel New Presidential Plane Over Cost   
President-elect Donald Trump wants to clip the wings of a new Air Force One, saying the customized 747 is too expensive. "The plane is totally out of control," Trump told reporters Tuesday morning. "I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money." Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted that the new aircraft would cost more than $4 billion and urged the government to cancel the contract. Neither Trump nor his spokespeople said where that cost estimate came from. Trump's tweet followed an article in the Chicago Tribune suggesting Trump's tough talk on trade could be bad for Boeing's export business. Last year the Air Force struck an agreement with Boeing to deliver two new 747s around 2024, by which time the two planes now in service for presidential travel will be more than 30 years old. The new models will be able to fly about 1,000 miles farther than the current planes. They'll also be slightly larger and faster, but will
          Cross-Country Airline Flight Powered By Logging Slash   
A project to demonstrate that jets could someday be powered by logging leftovers from Northwest forests gets a culminating test Monday morning. A Boeing 737 is scheduled to take off with fuel tanks filled partly with a wood-based jet fuel. Alaska Airlines fueled a regularly scheduled cross-country flight from Seattle to Washington, DC with a blend of 80 percent regular jet fuel and 20 percent "biojet." In a sign of how safe the makers think this fuel is, the test flight will carry newly reelected members of Congress back to Washington, D.C., for a lame duck session. A $40 million, five year grant from the USDA funded the consortium of university labs and private industry that refined the biofuel. Washington State University Professor Ralph Cavalieri, project director at the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance , said dozens of previous test flights have taken off with alternative jet fuel. "What is unique about this one is that in the past the alternative jet fuels have been made
          01/07/2017: FRONT PAGE: Angry retailers condemn ‘unfair’ plan for bottle recycling scheme   
TOM GORDON Scotland found a deposit-and-return scheme, with customers paying a small premium for bottles which would be redeemed by returning empties, could cost retailers £40.7 million to set up and packagers £44.5m a year to run. Potential extra...
          Predators sign Bonino away from Pens and trade Wilson to Avs   
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern Saturday, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract....
          01/07/2017: FRONT PAGE: ‘20% of EU farming subsidies go to richest’   
EMILY BEAMENT Sir James Dyson’s farming business was the biggest private recipient of EU basic payments in the UK in 2016, receiving £1.6 million, Greenpeace said. New entrants on the environmental charity’s top-100 subsidy recipients this year...
          01/07/2017: FRONT PAGE: Super-prison out of step with policy of cutting the number of inmates   
PLANS for a super-prison for women in Inverclyde seemed ill-conceived from the start. The £75 million project, brought forward by Kenny MacAskill when he was justice secretary, appeared to run counter to Scottish Government policy of reducing the...
          01/07/2017: FRONT PAGE: Mel B ‘wiped out fortune’   
MEL B has wiped out her multi-million Spice Girls fortune after leading an “extravagant” lifestyle, a court was told as the star appeared at her bitter divorce battle for the first time. The singer, 42, attended court in Los Angeles yesterday to face...
          01/07/2017: PUZZLES: Holidaymakers abroad losing billions through making bad payment choices   

ALEXANDRA MORGAN but they can be even more costly. As well as adding exchange commission of around three per cent, many – including those from Bank of Scotland, Halifax, Lloyds, Santander and TSB – charge a further fee of up to £1.50 per...
          01/07/2017: PUZZLES: Trinity Mirror sets aside another £7.5m to settle phone-hacking claims   
RAVENDER SEMBHY TRINITY Mirror has set aside an additional £7.5 million to settle phone-hacking allegations. The latest provision means that the newspaper publisher has put aside a total of £60m to cover costs relating to the scandal, which includes...
          01/07/2017: PUZZLES: Law firm targets £4.5m in client wins this year   
MARGARET TAYLOR SPECIALIST personal injury firm Road Traffic Accident Law Scotland is on course to recover £4.5 million in client damages in the current financial year, bringing the total recovered in its fouryear history to £12m. The firm, whose...
          01/07/2017: PUZZLES: Omega Diagnostics wins backing as revenues increase   
OMEGA Diagnostics has secured £2.6 million growth funding from investors as the company prepares for the launch of its HIV testing kit following delays. Alva-based Omega said the funding will allow the firm to capitalise on the growth opportunities...
          01/07/2017: PUZZLES: Royal raises £75m in share issue   
ROYAL Bank of Scotland has raised £75 million by issuing a tranche of ordinary new shares. The state-backed lender announced to the market last night that it had sold 29,000,000 new ordinary shares at a price of 259.05p per new ordinary share. The...
          Investment Advisor - RBC - Fort McMurray, AB   
We employ approximately 78,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through...
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          LeBron on Twitter Ponders Why There is a Salary Cap; Says Steph Curry Worth $400 Million   
LeBron on Twitter Ponders Why There is a Salary Cap; Says Steph Curry Worth $400 Million

          Democrats Need To Recognize That Obama Screwed Over The Working Class   
Liberals see Obama as an economic savior who stopped a financial crisis, created scores of (crappy or part time) jobs, and did his best to fight for the little guy. That’s what the Left says. Stoller added that the evidence presents a different picture and one that offers a reason why Trump beat Hillary Clinton last November. For starters, Obama allowed the banks for foreclose on nearly 10 million homes, favored creditors over borrowers when both probably should have been shouldering the burden of the housing crisis together, and didn’t prosecute anyone who was involved in almost setting the world...
          Liberals may hate Trump’s first 10 days, but GOP base loves it   
Many of the dominant images from President Trump’s first 10 days in office make it look as if the country is turning on him. The millions who protested him at women’s marches across the country. The thousands who jammed airports over the weekend to support immigrants and refugees hurt by his travel ban. Nevertheless, it’s unlikely any of this early backlash will mean much to the swing-state voters who sent Trump to the White House to deliver a message that the political system wasn’t working for them. “Is the white, blue-collar voter in Pennsylvania going to be upset by all...
          Cat-licking and 'Dirty Jobs': Mike Rowe nails why Trump won   
"These two candidates were the choices we gave ourselves, and each came with a heaping helping of vulgarity and impropriety. Yeah, it was dirty job for sure, but the winner was NOT decided by a racist and craven nation – it was decided by millions of disgusted Americans desperate for real change. The people did not want a politician. The people wanted to be seen. Donald Trump convinced those people that he could see them. Hillary Clinton did not." - Mike Rowe
          CBS News: Millionaire Clinton spotlights middle-class roots (LOL Alert)   
Hillary Clinton is a former First Lady, a former senator, and a former secretary of state. She is the Democratic nominee for president. But on Thursday, Clinton also gave herself another title: "a mom who works." "I loved what I did," Clinton wrote about her job as a lawyer in an op-ed. "And it was important to me to contribute to my family's finances, especially now that we were having a baby." Clinton recounted learning that the law firm where she worked before her daughter Chelsea was born didn't have a maternity leave policy. Clinton "decided to take matters into...
          Labor Day 2016   
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION The strongest middle class the world has ever known was not built overnight.   Nor was it destroyed overnightIt was achieved by men and women who believed that living up to the promise of this Nation meant more than hoping for the best   it meant toiling in the day, working through the night, and proving that theirs was a future worth fighting for. Labor Day 2016 and we have nearly 95 million adult Americans out of the labor force. Thank you Obama!On Labor Day, we celebrate the grit and...
          We are going to raise taxes on the middle class!   
Crowd Cheers Clinton's Call To 'Raise Taxes On The Middle Class' Hillary Clinton called for raising taxes on the “middle class” while campaigning on Monday in Omaha, NE. Joined by left-wing Democrat billionaire Warren Buffett, she received applause from those in attendance. “Because while Warren is standing up for a fairer tax code, Trump wants to cut taxes for the super-rich,” said Clinton. “Well, we’re not going there, my friends. I’m telling you, right now - we’re going to write fairer rules for the middle class and we are going to raise taxes on the middle class!” Presumably a slip...
          Crowd Cheers Clinton's Call To 'Raise Taxes On The Middle Class'   
Hillary Clinton called for raising taxes on the “middle class” while campaigning on Monday in Omaha, NE. Joined by left-wing Democrat billionaire Warren Buffett, she received applause from those in attendance. “Because while Warren is standing up for a fairer tax code, Trump wants to cut taxes for the super-rich,” said Clinton. “Well, we’re not going there, my friends. I’m telling you, right now - we’re going to write fairer rules for the middle class and we are going to raise taxes on the middle class!”
          WATCH: Crowd Cheers Clinton's Call To 'Raise Taxes On The Middle Class'   
Hillary Clinton called for raising taxes on the “middle class” while campaigning on Monday in Omaha, NE. Joined by left-wing Democrat billionaire Warren Buffett, she received applause from those in attendance. “Because while Warren is standing up for a fairer tax code, Trump wants to cut taxes for the super-rich,” said Clinton. “Well, we’re not going there, my friends. I’m telling you, right now - we’re going to write fairer rules for the middle class and we are going to raise taxes on the middle class!”
          Kitchen Stewar - The Morton Arboretum   
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          Food Prep Worker - Constellation Nuclear   
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          Cook Supervisor - Tri-County Regional Jail   
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          Cook Supervisor - London Correctional Institution   
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          Cook Supervisor - Southern Ohio Correctional Facility   
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          Cook Supervisor - Wyandotte County Detention Center   
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          Event/Game Day Supervisor - IUP Crimson Catering/KCAC - Cash & Special Evnt   
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          Automotive industry enjoys record £77.5bn year - ChoiceQuote Insurance Services   

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          Zacks: Analysts Expect Reynolds American Inc (RAI) Will Post Quarterly Sales of $3.28 Billion   

Equities research analysts predict that Reynolds American Inc will announce sales of $3.28 billion for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two analysts have made estimates for Reynolds American's earnings, with estimates ranging from $3.25 billion to $3.31 billion.

          Source: J.J. Redick Takes 1-Year, $23 M Deal From 76ers   
Redick agreed on a $23 million, one-year deal with the 76ers on Saturday, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations.
          Latinos Key To U.S. Economic Growth, Study Finds   
In 2015, the 55 million Latinos living and working in the U.S. were responsible for $2.13 trillion -- or 11.8% -- of America's $18.04 trillion gross domestic product, according to a study released Thursday by the Latino Donors Collaborative.
          Millionstøtte til forebyggende indsat for socialt udsatte    
Næstved Kommunes arbejde med personer med psykiske og sociale problemer får økonomisk håndsrækning på 9,4 mio. kr. fra Den A.P. Møllerske Støttefond.
          M-Commerce Global Market by Product & Data Mining, Analysis and Forecast 2022   
(EMAILWIRE.COM, June 30, 2017 ) The Global M-Commerce market is accounted for $155.9 billion in 2015 and is poised to reach $1,067.1 billion by 2022 growing at a CAGR of 31.6% during the forecast period. The major driving factors for M-Commerce market are escalating adoption of smart devices, improved...
          Zong Pakistan Jobs July 2017   
Zong Pakistan Jobs July 2017: Zong is the fastest growing telecom operator providing cutting edge digital technology to over 26 Million
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          Bob Dylan’s Newport Folk Festival Electric Guitar Sells For Nearly $1 Million   
Like Elvis' no-hips-allowed appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," or the Beatles' arrival in America, or Woodstock, it is considered one of the milestone moments in rock history: Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
          28-Room Wayland Mansion Up For Auction   
The 28-room mansion named "Stonehedge Farm" currently on the market for $11.8 million, will hit the auction block Friday at 11 a.m.
          Capote’s ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ Manuscript Sells For $306,000 In NH   
Truman Capote's 1958 typed manuscript of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with the author's handwritten edits has sold for about $306,000 at auction to a Russian billionaire.
          Boston Church Considers Selling First Book Published in North America   
Cash, Million Dollars, Currency, U.S. DollarA piece of local church history dating back to the Colonial Era could be up for sale, and worth millions of dollars.
          Masonic Mass Murder on the Somme 101 Years Ago   
Masonic Mass Murder on the Somme 101 Years Ago
 “Testament of Youth,” poignantly dramatizes lives shattered by Judeo Masonic First World War.
On July 1,1916, General Douglas Haig, a Freemason, began the Battle of the Somme which by November resulted in the death of one million white, "Christian"British patriots in their prime. Fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, lovers. War is a ruse by which the globalist satanic elite kills patriots under the guise of national duty.  
“When we started to fire, we just had to load and reload. They went down in their hundreds. We didn’t have to aim, we just fired into them. ” German machine gunner.
from July 12, 2015
by Henry Makow Ph.D.

About 10 million soldiers died in battle on both sides in World War One, one of the costliest wars in history.  The needless slaughter in trench warfare is usually portrayed by the Masonic-controlled media and education system as an unintended consequence. 

In fact, these wars are orchestrated by the Illuminati Jewish bankers and their Masonic minions to kill Christians in order to degrade Western civilization in advance of the Satanic NWO now clearly manifesting itself. (See, World War One- First Christian HolocaustRitual human sacrifice to their god Moloch may also be a factor.

All wars are designed to enrich and empower the bankers while destroying and demoralizing humanity. Warmongering “patriotism” is a ruse. The sooner gullible non-Satanists stop falling on a sword, the better.
I’m going to focus on the Battle of the Somme, one of the biggest battles of the first world war. My information is based on John Laffin’s British Butchers and Bunglers of World War One, (1988, p. 63ff.) 

(left, Douglas Haig, Elgin Lodge #91)

Both General Douglas Haig, Commander in Chief, Western Front,  and his principal co-planner Sir Henry Rawlinson were Freemasons. The Somme offensive (“The Big Push”) was intended to end the stalemate and win the war. The Allies had 700,000 men, a 7-1 numerical superiority. Haig and Rawlinson anticipated losing 500,000 men. 

The plan was simple: to bomb the Germans for five days and nights then walk to the enemy trench and kill the remaining soldiers or capture those who surrendered. 

However, after 5 days of bombing, the German trenches and their defences were barely scratched. The English neglected to reconnoitre or observe this from the air.  The Germans just had to shoot their machine guns, reload and shoot again. The same type of attack continued from the 1st of July until November 1916. Over a million men died; 58,000 on the first day.

On July 1 1916, 11 British divisions attacked on a 13-mile front. By 7.30 am the six German divisions finished breakfast, wiped their faces with their napkins, and carried their machine guns from comfortable deep cellars. They began spraying the attackers who were advancing in neat rows, “to maintain order.” 

A German machine gunner wrote, “We were surprised to see them walking, we had never seen that before. The officers went in front. One was carrying a walking stick…When we started to fire, we just had to load and reload. They went down in their hundreds. We didn’t have to aim, we just fired into them. “

A German officer reported his impression of the attack. “Whole sections appeared to fall. All along the line, Englishmen could be seen throwing their arms into the air and collapsing, never to move again. Badly wounded rolled about in agony, while badly wounded crawled into shell-holes for shelter. “

John Laffin: “Of the 110,000 men who attacked, 60,000 were killed or wounded on this one day. About 20,000 lay dead between the lines. Haig and Rawlinson were directly responsible for the assumption bombardment would cut barbed wire and render the Germans vulnerable.  The Germans lost an estimated 8000 men on July 1. 2000 were taken prisoner.” (64) 

A hospital station dealt with 10,000 casualties in the first 48 hours. A surgeon wrote:  ”Streams of ambulances a mile long waited to be unloaded. The whole area of the camp, a field of six acres, was completely covered with stretchers placed side-by-side, each with its suffering or dying man. We surgeons were hard at it in the operating theatre, a good hut holding four tables. Occasionally we made a brief look around to select from the thousands of patients those few we had time to save. It was terrible. (73) 

Haig’s chronicler Colonel Boraston wrote that the attack, “bore out the conclusions of the British High Command, and amply justified the tactical methods employed.” (No doubt these men were all Freemasons.) 

Laffin writes: “This is an outrageous statement. It is more accurate to call 1 July 1916, as H. L’Etang does, ‘probably the greatest disaster to British arms since Hastings….Certainly never before nor since has such wanton pointless carnage been seen…’ (70)

Laffin bemoans the  complete “absence of cleverness” in the military strategy. He emphasizes that, “high casualties were a basic rule of the game and simply had to be accepted.” (76)

Who knows how the world would be different if the cream of that generation of Christians had not been trampled into the mud of France in 1915-18?

There is simply no explanation for sending wave after wave of men to their slaughter other than that this was the deliberate goal. Any sane general would have stopped the attack as soon as it became apparent that the strategy was a failure. 

Western society is controlled by a satanic cult whose goal is to degrade and exploit humanity.
It’s time we stopped we being complicit in our own destruction. 

          The Next Pandemic Is Nearly Upon Us and Bill Gates Is Positioned to Enormously Profit   
The Next Pandemic Is Nearly Upon Us and Bill Gates Is Positioned to Enormously Profit

"...because Fatima is a very apocalyptic message. It says that no matter what happens there are going to be terrible wars, there are going to be diseases, whole nations are going to be wiped out, there are going to be 3 days darkness, there are going to be epidemics that will wipe out whole nations overnight (great culling), parts of the earth will be washed away at sea and violent tornadoes and storms. It's not a nice message at all." ~Fr Malachi Martin on portions of the real 3rd secret of Fatima
My oh my, we may be getting glimpse into how the Deep State will ultimately respond to the extreme scrutiny that they are undergoing. The Deep State is losing control of the narrative and they desperately need a game-changer. And the following may very well represent what is coming.

Bill Gates and the Discovery Channel are Promoting a New Show on Pandemics As a Threat to Humanity

The Discovery Channel is airing a show on July 6th which details how easy it would be for a pandemic to wipe out a significant amount of humanity. The content of the show is not newsworthy unto itself. However, when they bring the richest man in the world, who has made a large portion of his wealth from vaccines, come in and promote the show’s trailer, namely Bill Gates, that is worth noting.
Bill Gates is certainly no stranger to the subject of pandemics and it is interesting that he is featured in such a prominent manner.

If I wanted to obtain credibility on a widespread basis, I would not be selecting Bill Gates to promote anything that has to do with health, particularly in the arena of health administration. The old saying, “with friends like this, who needs enemies”, certainly applies. Please consider what Bill Gates previously did on a mass scale to young women in India. The following is from Natural News:
“In 2009, the tribal children of the Khammam district in Andhra Pradesh were gathered together and told they would be receiving healthcare shots. Even though the Gates foundation has the wealth to give these tribes access to clean water, sanitation services, nutrition and low stress living conditions, they instead push for HPV vaccines and call them “well-being” shots. The shot these young girls received was an HPV vaccine manufactured by Merck and administered by the state’s health department. The young girls, aged 9–15, were instructed to line up for three doses of the vaccine. As the months rolled on, the health of the 16,000 girls rapidly deteriorated. Five of the girls died shortly thereafter.
In Vadodara, Gujarat, another 14,000 or more tribal children were put to the test. This time the Gates Foundation carried out their humanitarian healthcare mission by providing the HPV vaccine called Cervarix, made by Glaxo SmithKline.
Giving no informed consent, the Gates Foundation coerced the tribal people on the belief that the shots were beneficial and necessary. However, when virus material, heavy metals and other preservatives foreign to the body are injected into young, developing women, drastic changes are bound to occur in their bodies. Having no idea that they were being signed up for vaccine trials, thousands of young girls were injected with these experimental vaccines purported to prevent cervical cancer.
Instead of seeing their health improve, the tribes reported numerous, bizarre adverse events in the days, weeks and months following vaccination. Young girls in India lost weight, appetite and stamina. 16-year-old Aman Dhawan had no idea he was even signed up for the vaccine trial. Soon thereafter he began to lose weight and energy, as the life was sucked right out of him. The same problem broke out among girls in Colombia, where the same vaccine had been doled out to the young girls there”.
Again, with friends like this, who needs enemies?

A New Pandemic Is the Fulfillment of Gates Self-Appointed Destiny

On February 28, 2013, Bill Gates appeared on the Charlie Rose Show and he was as candid as a globalist could be. On the show, Gates indicated that he has contributed large sums of money to numerous causes such as the Global Polio Eradication Initiative originally launched in 1988 by the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, and UNICEF.
Gates expressed his love affair with vaccines and his clear intention to reduce the world’s population when he stated the following:
 “The world today has 6.8 billion people… that’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.”

Quite clearly, Gates is a devoted subscriber to Eugenics and depopulation. On his television show, Charlie Rose asked Gates the following question:

“You mentioned the five or a six year plan the new initiative has learning from old lessons and therefore, coming up with new approaches. What are the new approaches?”
To that question, Bill Gates answered:
“Well, we’re able to use new technology like satellite photos to see are there people moving around, nomadic roots. You know we see if when we go out to get all the children, if there’s some settlement areas that we’ve actually missed. We also put a – – a phone in the vaccine box they carry around that looks where they’re located every three minutes and so it has that GPS data. At the end of the day you plug that in and compare it to where they were asked to go, and you can see if you’re – you’re really covering all the kids.”
Gates is clearly advocating for an extreme Orwellian society that will be monitored and targeted for vaccinations that do more harm than good. The ultimate goal is depopulation, not saving lives. Unfortunately for the fate of humanity, Gates seems to know something ominous is coming our way when we consider what Gates recently wrote in the New York Times.

Bill Gates Writes for the New York Times

On March 18, 2015, the King of vaccinations  wrote an editorial piece in the New York Times in which he stated that the “Ebola epidemic in West Africa has killed more than 10,000 people. If anything good can come from this continuing tragedy, it is that Ebola can awaken the world to a sobering fact: We are simply not prepared to deal with a global epidemic“.
Gates also stated the following:
“As menacing as Ebola was this past year, other pandemics are a greater threat to the human race.
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has killed more than 10,000 people. If anything good can come from this continuing tragedy, it is that Ebola can awaken the world to a sobering fact: We are simply not prepared to deal with a global epidemic.
Of all the things that could kill more than 10 million people around the world…there are many things worse than Ebola”
Gates spoke about the deadly Spanish Flu and other epidemics which could (probably will) serve to threaten humanity. Frighteningly and prophetically, Gates is advocating for the United Nations should “fund a global institution” to coordinate the efforts to conduct mass vaccinations. Would anyone like to place a bet that the new round of vaccinations will be mandatory? The United Nations and the World Health Organization would be in charge according to Gates. After all, according to Gates, Ebola was terrible, but next time, “it could be much worse“.

Gates Has Already Put His Money Where His Mouth Is

Can we only imagine the enormous profits that can be realized by vaccinating every child in the third world? If we apply Gates’ penchant for investing in causes which produce a hefty “return on investment” (ROI) then one could reasonably suspect that Gates is positioning himself to profit on the $50 million he has invested in the Ebola cause which conveniently includes the CDC, the holder of the patent for Ebola and this is just one small example of how Gates has positioned himself to enormously profit from a pandemic:

“When an unsuspecting public is finally told of the existence of an Ebola vaccine, coupled with the fact that the Global Fund will be in charge of the distribution of the vaccine. Interestingly, Bill Gates has donated a total of $560 million dollars to the Global Fund. The Global Fund has also positioned themselves to be in charge of the distribution of the “newly developed”, and not yet announced vaccines for TB and HIV.  Since the goal is the vaccination of every man, woman and child on the planet with multiple vaccines, Gates’ $560 million contribution to the Global Fund is chump change compared to the expected ROI…”

If one really wants to get conspiratorial, consider that back in 2014 I previously published an article entitled:

The CDC, NIH & Bill Gates Own the Patents On Existing Ebola & Related Vaccines: Mandatory Vaccinations Are Near

Predictive Programming Supports Gates’ Prepositioning to Profit from an Engineered Pandemic

TNT is currently home to a very popular show known as The Last Ship. From a technical standpoint, the show is very well constructed particularly with regard to the military protocols embedded within the story line. The show is based on an engineered pandemic which sweeps the planet and destroys 80% of humanity. Interestingly, the show contains a sub-theme in which a group of people who are immune to the pandemic, ban together to try and form a “master race”  and also kill off the vulnerable at the same time as they try and enhance the spreading of the pandemic.
In the show’s plot a “vaccine” is developed as a cure. Bill Gates must be jumping up and down for joy at the storyline since this man virtually controls all vaccines on the planet.  Here is a further description of the show which takes on new meaning now that the discussion of a potential pandemic is taking place in combination with the Discovery Channel’s exploration, guided by Gates, into this topic. Here is a brief discussion of the show, The Last Ship.

In the first three seasons of the Last Ship, it has always debuted in June. I find it more than interesting that the season premiere has been delayed until after the Discovery Channel’s show with Bill Gates on pandemics.
TNT has chosen Sunday, August 20th,  for the fourth season premiere of its epic drama series The Last Ship. Also, I find it interesting that the show was renewed for two years which guarantees a 5th year. When have you ever seen a show be renewed for two years at a time?


If I were to don my conspiracy hat, which is easy to do when Bill Gates is in the neighborhood, it appears that humanity being prepared for the inevitable pandemic which will wipe out any real resistance to the Deep State.
What does this mean for the United States and for your family. Fortunately, the Obama administration left behind several documents which tells us what we are all facing and this will the future topic of these particular revelations. In the meantime, monitor your news for preliminary snippets of a coming pandemic.


Dr. Tenpenny "Global Forced Vaccines; Conspiracy Or Reality?  

          CERN Breaking Records With Unprecedented Number of Particles In Record Time    
CERN Breaking Records With Unprecedented Number of Particles In Record Time 
CERN is the evil program which will literally open the "gates of hell".   Our Lady said to wear her scapular and pray her rosary but how FEW take this message seriously.  I guess that is why 3/4 of the world will die in the 3 days of darkness...
Apocalypse 9: 1-5 with St. Jerome's commentary: "And the fifth angel sounded the trumpet, and I saw a star fall from heaven upon the earth, and there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit. [2] And he opened the bottomless pit: and the smoke of the pit arose, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke of the pit. [3] And from the smoke of the pit there came out locusts upon the earth. And power was given to them, as the scorpions of the earth have power: [4] And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree: but only the men who have not the sign of God on their foreheads. [5] And it was given unto them that they should not kill them; but that they should torment them five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion when he striketh a man. 

[1] "A star fall": This may mean the fall and apostasy of great and learned men from the true faith. Or a whole nation falling into error and separating from the church, not having the sign of God in their foreheads.
[1] "The key of the bottomless pit": That is, to the angel, not to the fallen star. To this angel was given the power, which is here signified by a key, of opening hell.
[3] "There came out locusts": These may be devils in Antichrist's time, having the appearance of locusts, but large and monstrous, as here described. 

An unprecedented number of particles has been reached in record time. Just five weeks after physics resumed, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is already running at full throttle. On Wednesday 28 June 2017 the LHC established yet another record-breaking high, with 2556 proton bunches circulating in each direction of the accelerator. The beams in the LHC are made up of bunches of protons, spaced seven metres (25 nanoseconds) apart, with each one containing more than 100 billion protons. 2556 is the maximum possible number of bunches that can be reached with the beam preparation method currently used.
The particle bunches that are delivered to the LHC are prepared and accelerated by a chain of four accelerators. Since last year, a new method to group and split the bunches enables the particles to be squeezed even closer together. With an equal number of protons, the beam diameter was reduced by 40 per cent. Denser bunches means a higher probability of collisions at the centre of the experiments.
This success has led to a new luminosityrecord for the LHC of 1.58x1034 cm-2s-1. This figure may not mean much to most of us, but it's crucial for the accelerator's experts. It measures the number of potential collisions per second and per unit of area . This new peak luminosity surpasses initial expectations defined by the original designs for the LHC, which hoped it could reach a maximum of 1x1034cm-2s-1.
A higher luminosity means more collisions for the experiments collecting data: in just a few weeks ATLAS and CMS stored more than 6 inverse femtobarns, over an eighth of the total anticipated for the whole year.
Nevertheless, the operators cannot sit on their hands. Many parameters can be tuned to further improve the luminosity.
Next week, the LHC and its experiments will take a short break for the first of the two technical stops planned for the year. This will be an opportunity to carry out maintenance.



 Marie-Julie announced the three days of darkness during which the infernal powers will be loosed and will execute all the enemies of God. "The crisis will explode suddenly; the punishments will be shared by all and will succeed one another without interruption ..." [January 4, 1884] "The three days of darkness will be on a THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. Days of the Most Holy Sacrament, of the Cross and Our Lady ... three days less one night."

"The earth will be covered in darkness", says Our Lady on 20th of September 1882, "AND HELL WILL BE LOOSED ON EARTH. Thunder and lightning will cause those who have no faith or trust in My Power, to die of fear."

"During these three days of terrifying darkness, no windows must be opened, because no one will be able to see the earth and the terrible colour it will have in those days of punishment without dying at once ..."

"The sky will be on fire, the earth will split ... During these three days of darkness let the blessed candle be lighted everywhere, no other light will shine ..."

"NO ONE OUTSIDE A SHELTER.. will survive. The earth will shake as at the judgment and fear will be great. Yes, We will listen to the prayers of your friends; NOT ONE WILL PERISH. We will need them to publish the glory of the Cross ..." [December 8, 1882]

"THE CANDLES OF BLESSED WAX ALONE WILL GIVE LIGHT during this horrible darkness. ONE CANDLE alone will be enough for the duration of this night of hell ... In the homes of the wicked and blasphemers these candles will give NO LIGHT."

"And Our Lady states: "Everything will shake except the piece of furniture on which the blessed candle is burning. This will not shake. You will all gather around with the crucifix and my blessed picture. This is what will keep away this terror."

"During this darkness the devils and the wicked will take on THE MOST HIDEOUS SHAPES ... red clouds like blood will move across the sky. The crash of the thunder will shake the earth and sinister lightning will streak the heavens out of season. The earth will be shaken to its foundations. The sea will rise, its roaring waves will spread over the continent. .."

 "THE EARTH WILL BECOME LIKE A VAST CEMETERY. The bodies of the wicked and the just will cover the ground."

"Three-quarters of the population of the globe will disappear. Half the population of France will be destroyed."

"And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church (Catholic), and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
[Matthew 16:18]


Anthony Patch "CERN: Opening The GateWay To Hell"

          DAYS OF LOT: German Parliament approves same-sex marriage   
DAYS OF LOT: German Parliament approves same-sex marriage
We are truly living in the last days.  Do you recall the fire and brimstone which came down from heaven killing off the sodomites?  Guess what Planet X will be "kicking in"?  70 pound fiery space rocks will eventually fall from the sky like hail.  God is not amused...

Apocalypse 8: 8:11  And the second angel sounded the trumpet: and as it were a great mountain, burning with fire, was cast into the sea, and the third part of the sea became blood: And the third part of those creatures died, which had life in the sea, and the third part of the ships was destroyed. And the third angel sounded the trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, burning as it were a torch, and it fell on the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters: And the name of the star is called Wormwood. And the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she voted against same-sex marriage because she believes the country’s law sees it as between a man and a woman, but that the opposite view must be respected.
Parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage in a snap vote Friday. Lawmakers voted 393 for legalizing “marriage for everybody” and 226 against with 4 abstentions. Germany has allowed same-sex couples to enter civil partnerships since 2001, but same-sex marriages remained illegal.
Bringing the measure to a vote in Friday’s session, the last before September elections, was fast-tracked after Merkel said Monday lawmakers could take up the issue as a “question of conscience,” freeing members of her conservative coalition, which has been against same-sex marriage, to individually vote for the measure.
She says “for me marriage as defined by the law is the marriage of a man and a woman” but she continues to see the interpretation as a “decision of conscience.”

All of Merkel’s potential coalition partners after the September 4 election, including the center-left Social Democrats of her challenger, Martin Schulz, have been calling for same-sex marriage to be legalized.
The measure, which is expected to see legal challenges, also opens the door for gay couples to adopt - which Merkel says she supports.
Archbishop of Berlin, Heiner Koch, said he “regretted” the parliament “gave up the essential content of marriage” in passing the new law. The archbishop heads the family life committee for the German bishops’ conference.
In a statement, he lamented the abandonment of “a differentiated perception of different forms of partnership,” adding that “differentiation is not discrimination.”
Koch also said “marriage did not deserve” to be caught “in the wheels of political tactics,” referring to the snap vote on the issue.
He concluded his statement by saying the bishops will now intensify their efforts to promote “the vitality of the Catholic understanding of marriage,” which he affirmed would be unaffected by the decision in parliament.

LGBT Mega-Donor Reveals Next Goal: ‘Punish the Wicked’ Gay Marriage Opponents

A prominent LGBT activist who has donated more than anyone else to LGBT causes has said that “wicked” people who advocate for laws protecting the religious freedom of conservative Christians to act in accordance with their views on marriage and sexuality need to be “punished.” The Rolling Stone recently published a lengthy profile piece examining the
contributions of Tim Gill, a software entrepreneur who has quietly been at the forefront of the push for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights in the United States over the past several decades. The article explained how Gill, who is gay, has spent over $422 million to advance the LGBT cause and explained the impact that his associated organizations such as the Gill Foundation, Gill Action, and OutGiving have made on LGBT advocacy in America. READ MORE

DAYS OF LOT: Canadians Choose a Gay, Transgender or Atheist Leader Over an Evangelical

Canadians are more likely to vote for an atheist, gay or transgender person than an evangelical Christian to lead their country, according to a Canadian research institute. The Angus Reid Institute survey, conducted in May with a sample size of 1,533 Canadian adults and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points, found that 85 percent said they would vote for a party that is led by a gay man; 84 percent would back a lesbian; 80 percent, an atheist; and 69 percent, a
transgender. Meanwhile, 65 percent said they would support an evangelical Christian. Evangelicals fared better in the United States, with 72 percent of Americans saying they would vote for an evangelical presidential candidate. Americans are less likely to vote for a gay man or lesbian, at 63 and 62 percent, respectively. And atheists and transgender individuals are near the bottom of the U.S. list, at 52 and 50 percent, respectively. READ MORE

DAYS OF LOT: YouTube channel seeks to teach kids about dressing in “Drag and Transgenderism”

“Queer Kid Stuff,” a YouTube channel geared toward teaching children about sexual preferences, homosexuality, transgenderism, and more, celebrated “Pride Month” by releasing a video talking to kids about people dressing in drag. The producer and host of “Queer Kid Stuff,” Lindsay Amer, created the channel in June 2016 to help children ages 3-7 better understand the LGBT community, according to the show’s website.
“Young queer people need to see themselves represented in their media and that is exactly what I aim to do,” Amer wrote. In the videos, she and her co-host Teddy, a stuffed bear, invite guests on to explain various parts of the LGBT community, including the definitions of “gay,” “gender,” and “intersex.” They also discuss the subject of consent and include a sing-along video to go with it. Additionally, the channel discusses the Disney movie, “Frozen,” and how Elsa is allegedly homosexual.  READ MORE


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          9/11 Simplified...   
9/11 Simplified...
James Perloff

Yes, Virginia, there really were hijackers on the 9/11 planes—but not the ones we were told

This post is not intended to be taken dogmatically; I do not insist that its conclusions are correct; they are just presented for consideration.
In this post, though they have already been much discussed and debated within alternative media, I’ll address three major components of the 9/11 controversy: (1) what brought down the Twin Towers; (2) what initially struck the Towers; and (3) what happened to the original planes and passengers.
However, there is a valid complaint often voiced in the Truth Movement, which runs like this: “I really don’t care how 9/11 was done and I’m tired of all the infighting about this. What really matters is, we know the government’s story is bogus, so we need to focus on identifying the criminals and bringing them to justice.”

I consider this a very legitimate grievance. But I don’t think we can separate “who” from “how.” When a prosecutor presents his case in a courtroom, he doesn’t name a crime’s perpetrator without describing how the crime was carried out. Nor does he present the jury with the crime’s details and methodology without identifying the suspect(s).
So let’s tackle both how and who, and we’ll start with “who,” because doing so clarifies a lot of “how.”

The Who

What’s wrong with the following math equations?
3 + 3 = 68
98 – 7 = 2
58 X 7 = 35
What’s wrong, of course, are the 8s. Take away the 8s and each equation reads correctly.
I believe that, when it comes to resolving the mystery of how 9/11 was executed, the Truth Movement suffers from a major “8” (in addition to any individual doses of cognitive dissonance that have been deliberately sprinkled in). I believe that “8” is:
9/11 was an inside job.
I believe a far more correct rendering is:
9/11 was an outside job, done by Israeli operatives, but with consent and cooperation at the highest levels of the U.S. government.
To understand this, it may be helpful to compare Israel’s vicious 1967 attack on the USS Liberty. It is well understood that President Lyndon B. Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara fully cooperated, by twice recalling U.S. fighters that the Sixth Fleet had sent to rescue the Liberty, and later by ordering a cover-up. However, at the physical operational level, the attack was carried out by Israelis, not by Americans in an “inside job.”
OK, but what’s the evidence that Israel was behind 9/11? By far the best summary I’ve seen is the WikiSpooks post 9-11/Israel Did It. (Incidentally, as many of my regular readers know, I’m half-Jewish on my father’s side, so knee-jerk charges against me of “anti-Semitism” can be stuffed in the appropriate place.)
A sampling of highlights:
• The five notorious “dancing Israelis” who filmed the Twin Towers’ destruction, after which they celebrated, high-fiving each other and even photographing themselves flicking a lighter against the backdrop of the smoking ruins. They were arrested after driving off in a van whose license number was reported by a neighbor. Later it was revealed that at least two of them were agents of Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service.
• Michael Chertoff was put in charge of the Justice Department’s investigation of 9/11, despite his mother having been a Mossad agent, and Chertoff himself reportedly holding dual citizenship in Israel. Chertoff released hundreds of arrested Israelis back to Israel, including the notorious “dancing Israelis.”
• Quoting Wikispooks: “The company that ran airport security at all three airports where the alleged hijackings originated was Huntsleigh USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of ICTS International and owned by Ezra Harel and Menachem Atzmon —both Israeli Jews.”
• ”Lucky Larry” Silverstein, who became the new owner of the World Trade Center less than two months before the attacks, and earned an insurance payout of nearly $5 billion on his $124 million investment (after missing the disaster due to a fortuitous doctor’s appointment on the morning of 9/11) was such good friends with Benjamin Netanyahu that the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported in November 2001: “Every Sunday afternoon, New York time, Netanyahu would call Silverstein. It made no difference what the subject was or where Netanyahu was, he would always call.”1
• Supported by funds from Israel’s government, Zim Israel Navigational was the world’s ninth largest shipping firm. It had its American headquarters in the World Trade Center—until about two weeks before 9/11. Zim then moved its offices and employees to a new building, claiming rent was cheaper there.
• The 9/11 Commission’s executive director was Philip Zelikow, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen. Why should anyone with sworn loyalty to a foreign nation be entrusted with such a position?
• On 9/11, the chairman of George W. Bush’s Defense Policy Board was Richard Perle, whom the National Security Agency had caught spying on the U.S. for Israel in 1970.
• On 9/11, employees of the Israeli instant messaging company Odigo received messages two hours before the attack, warning them not to be in the World Trade Center.
• Ptech, a software firm linked to Israeli intelligence, had provided vital software being used by the FAA, FBI, and U.S. armed forces on 9/11.
• On 9/11, seated in row 9 of Flight 11 (directly behind “Mohammed Atta”) was Danny Lewin, a former captain in the IDF (Israeli Defense Force), and who served in the Sayeret Matkal, which specializes in counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, and assassination. Lewin could bench-press 315 pounds and “was trained to kill terrorists with a pen or a credit card, or just his bare hands.”2 In 2000, he had himself photographed in front of panels resembling the Twin Towers, wearing a Swatch Watch whose model name was “Hijacker.” The hour, minute and second hands were all on the “11” and the date was set to the 11th, even though the picture was taken on the 10th.

The odds against all four time indicators being on “11” are more than 20,000 to 1. Times the odds of the watch model being named “Hijacker”: unfathomable.
That’s just a small sampling of the evidence that Israel did 9/11. When police detectives try to solve a murder, among the first questions asked is: Who benefitted from the crime? In 9/11’s case, Middle Eastern Muslims did not benefit—the U.S. has been making war on them for 16 years. America did not benefit—we’re suffering the casualties and trillions in costs from the wars, as well as degradation of our liberties in the name of security. The only beneficiary was Israel—her enemies have been neutralized one by one, courtesy America, in fulfillment of the Greater Israel plan, with Iran reputedly next on the hit list.
That’s the main who; let’s talk about the how.

(1) How were the Twin Towers destroyed?

Within alternative media are three major schools of thought about this. One is nano-thermite, largely advocated by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. Another is Directed Energy Weapons (DEWs), whose foremost advocate is Dr. Judy Wood. The third is nuclear devices, which I and a few others support. Let me be clear: I have friends in all three camps, and differing opinions on this matter don’t impede our friendships.
I’ve laid out why I believe the Twin Towers’ collapse was a nuclear event in an extensive blog post. To minimize redundancy, I’ll shrink this to a “top ten” list:


1. Thyroid cancer occurs at above-average frequency in 9/11 first responders more than any other type of cancer (see full post for citations). This is a signature of nuclear bombs; they emit iodine-131, which collects in the thyroid, often causing cancer. (This is why some people keep potassium iodide tablets on hand—to protect their thyroid glands in case of a nuclear attack.)
2. World Trade Center dust samples examined by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) found Uranium, Strontium, Barium, Thorium, and other products of nuclear fission, in high concentrations that only an atomic blast could explain. Although the Survey avoided calling attention to the significance, William Tahil vetted it in his pioneering 2006 book Ground Zero: The Nuclear Demolition of the World Trade Centre. (The phrase “ground zero,” incidentally, had only been applied to nuclear detonation sites prior to 9/11.)
3. There was molten steel underneath the rubble of the World Trade Center, whose fires kept burning for over three months. Extraordinary heat is yet another signature of a nuclear bomb.
(Note: I’m aware that molten steel was seen at a corner of the South Tower before its collapse; I don’t doubt that pre-planted explosives were in the Towers, probably including the incendiary thermite, but I don’t believe these explosives were what destroyed the WTC. To clarify, each Tower had six basement levels, and the thesis of my full post—which I had excellent assistance with—is that each Tower was destroyed by a suitcase nuke positioned at the lowest point in either building: the services pits beneath elevator 50. This was the only elevator that ran the full length of either Tower, and the only elevator whose service pits were carved into the bedrock beneath the World Trade Center. This location would make the ideal “launching pad” for a nuke, as the bedrock would contain the sideways and downward force of a nuclear explosion, which would follow the path of least resistance up through the shaft. See the full post for diagrams.)
4. The Towers did not simply “fall,” they exploded, throwing chunks of steel weighing multiple tons hundreds of feet. Check, for example, this piece that embedded itself in the American Express Building across the street:

No exotic weapons are needed to explain this. A nuclear bomb is the most powerful explosive known.
5. The Towers’ inner contents were vaporized: no furniture, filing cabinets (except one), computers, or toilets survived. All turned into dust. Even the buildings’ concrete became dust, instead of falling as chunks of debris. The vaporization, of course, included the people inside (whole bodies that were found belonged to people who jumped before the Towers disintegrated). Not only is a nuclear bomb the most powerful explosive known, its blast—unlike conventional explosives—endures for several seconds, enabling it to inflict considerably more damage.
6. At the times of the two Tower “collapses,” seismographs at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York, recorded enormous off-the-chart spikes consistent with huge explosions.

This shot of the South Tower exploding caught a huge singular upward burst of energy.
7. A nuclear blast explains the damage to the rest of the World Trade Center. Buildings 5 and 7 suffered enormous fires, and building 6 was cratered out. These phenomena could not have begun before the Towers’ destruction; otherwise, videos of the burning Towers would have shown additional smoke plumes, and cameras would have panned to the blazes.
Nuclear blasts originating at the lowest levels of the Twin Towers may provide the answer. Underground the World Trade Center was interconnected by pipes, not only for sewage, but a 3-foot-wide storm water drainage system.
Any building’s place at greatest risk for flooding is its lowest point. For the Twin Towers, this would have been Elevator 50’s service pits. From here flood water would be pumped through pipes to the 36-inch storm drain. Thus atomic blasts here would not only follow the path of least resistance through Elevator 50’s shaft, but through the 36-inch storm water drain, traveling through the underground pipes and shooting up through buildings 5, 6 and 7, igniting them. Falling debris could not have caused the raging internal fires seen in the smaller buildings; edifices outside the World Trade Center (American Express Building, Winter Garden Atrium) were heavily impacted by debris, but they did not catch fire. THEY WERE NOT CONNECTED TO THE WTC’S UNDERGROUND DRAINAGE SYSTEM.
Please see my full post for elaboration and documentation of the above point.
8. On 9/11, New Yorkers fled two terrifying dust clouds that engulfed the area surrounding the WTC. Anyone who watches videos of nuclear bombs detonating will see that they create sprawling ground-level clouds. Although building demolitions also routinely make dust clouds, the 9/11 ones seemed to have had a life of their own.


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          Brandon Smith: “Next Phase of Collapse Will Include the End of the Dollar as We Know It”   
Brandon Smith: “Next Phase of Collapse Will Include the End of the Dollar as We Know It”

The Federal Reserve Is A Saboteur – And The “Experts” Are Oblivious
I have written on the subject of the Federal Reserve’s deliberate sabotage of the U.S. economy many times in the past. In fact, I even once referred to the Fed as an “economic suicide bomber.” I still believe the label fits perfectly, and the Fed’s recent actions I think directly confirm my accusations.
Back in 2015, when I predicted that the central bankers would shift gears dramatically into a program of consistent interest rate hikes and that they would begin cutting off stimulus to the U.S. financial sector and more specifically stock markets, almost no one wanted to hear it. The crowd-think at that time was that the Fed would inevitably move to negative interest rates, and that raising rates was simply “impossible.”

Many analysts, even in the liberty movement, quickly adopted this theory without question. Why? Because of a core assumption that is simply false; the assumption that the Federal Reserve’s goal is to maintain the U.S. economy at all costs or at least maintain the illusion that the economy is stable. They assume that the U.S. economy is indispensable to the globalists and that the U.S. dollar is an unassailable tool in their arsenal. Therefore, the Fed would never deliberately undermine the American fiscal structure because without it “they lose their golden goose.”
This is, of course, foolish nonsense.
Since its initial inception from 1913-1916, the Federal Reserve has been responsible for the loss of 98% of the dollar’s buying power. Idiot analysts in the mainstream argue that this statistic is not as bad as it seems because “people have been collecting interest” on their cash while the dollar’s value has been dropping, and this somehow negates or outweighs any losses in purchasing power. These guys are so dumb they don’t even realize the underlying black hole in their own argument.
IF someone put their savings into an account or into treasury bonds and earned interest from the moment the Fed began quickly undermining dollar value way back in 1959, then yes, they MIGHT have offset the loss by collecting interest. However, this argument, insanely, forgets to take into account the many millions of people who were born long after the Fed began its devaluation program. What about the “savers” born in 1980, or 1990? They didn’t have the opportunity to collect interest to offset the losses already created by the Fed. They were born into an economy where saving is inherently more difficult because a person must work much harder to save the same amount of capital that their parents saved, not to mention purchase the same items their parents enjoyed, such as a home or a car.
Over the decades, the Fed has made it nearly impossible for households with one wage earner to support a family. Today, men and women who should be in the prime of their careers and starting families are for the first time in 130 years more likely to be living at home with their parents than any other living arrangement.
People are more likely to be living with their parents now than back during time periods in which young people actually wanted to stay close to their parents to take care of them. That is to say, most young people are stuck at home because they can’t afford to do anything else, not because they necessarily want to be there.
This is almost entirely a symptom of central bank devaluation of the currency and its purchasing potential. The degradation of the American wage earner since the Fed fiat machine began killing the greenback is clear as day.
The Fed is also responsible for almost every single major economic downturn since it was established. As I have noted in the past, Ben Bernanke openly admitted that the Fed was the root cause of the prolonged economic carnage during the Great Depression on Nov. 8, 2002, in a speech given at “A Conference to Honor Milton Friedman … On the Occasion of His 90th Birthday:”
“In short, according to Friedman and Schwartz, because of institutional changes and misguided doctrines, the banking panics of the Great Contraction were much more severe and widespread than would have normally occurred during a downturn.
Let me end my talk by abusing slightly my status as an official representative of the Federal Reserve. I would like to say to Milton and Anna: Regarding the Great Depression. You’re right, we did it. We’re very sorry. But thanks to you, we won’t do it again.”
Bernanke is referring in part to the Fed’s program of raising interest rates into an economic downturn, exacerbating the situation in the early 1930’s and making the system highly unstable. He lies and says the Fed “won’t do it again;” they are doing it RIGHT NOW.
The Fed was the core instigator behind the credit and derivatives bubble that led to the crash in 2008, a crash that has caused depression-like conditions in America that we are still to this day dealing with. Through artificially low interest rates and in partnership with sectors of government, poor lending standards were highly incentivised and a massive debt trap was created. Former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan publicly admitted in an interview that the central bank KNEW an irrational bubble had formed, but claims they assumed the negative factors would “wash out.”
Yet again, a Fed chairman admits that they either knew about or caused a major financial crisis. So we are left two possible conclusions — they were too stupid to speak up and intervene, or, they wanted these disasters to occur.
Today, we are faced with two more brewing bubble catastrophes engineered by the Fed: The stock market bubble and the dollar/treasury bond bubble.
The stock market bubble is rather obvious and openly admitted at this point. As the former head of the Federal Reserve Dallas branch, Richard Fisher, admitted in an interview with CNBC, the U.S. central bank in particular has made its business the manipulation of the stock market to the upside since 2009:
“What the Fed did — and I was part of that group — is we front-loaded a tremendous market rally, starting in 2009.
It’s sort of what I call the “reverse Whimpy factor” — give me two hamburgers today for one tomorrow.”
Fisher went on to hint at his very reserved view of the impending danger:
“I was warning my colleagues, Don’t go wobbly if we have a 10 to 20 percent correction at some point… Everybody you talk to… has been warning that these markets are heavily priced.” [In reference to interest rate hikes]
The Fed “front-loaded” the incredible bull market rally through various methods, but one of the key tools was the use of near-zero interest rate overnight loans from the central bank, which corporations around the world have been exploiting since the 2008 crash to fund stock buybacks and pump up the value of stock markets. As noted by Edward Swanson, author of a study from Texas A&M on stock buybacks used to offset poor fundamentals:
“We can’t say for sure what would have happened without the repurchase, but it really looks like the stock would have kept going down because of the decline in fundamentals… these repurchases seem to hold up the stock price.”
In the initial TARP audit, an audit that was limited and never again duplicated, it was revealed that corporations had absorbed trillions in overnight loans from the Fed. It was at this time that stock buybacks became the go-to method to artificially prop up equities values.
The problem is, just like they did at the start of the Great Depression, the central bank is once again raising interest rates into a declining economy. This means that all those no-cost loans used by corporations to buy back their own stocks are now going to have a price tag attached. An interest rate of 1% might not seem like much to someone who borrows $1000, but what about for someone who borrows $1 Trillion? Yes, borrowing at ANY interest rate becomes impossible when you need that much capital to prop up your stock. The loans have to be free, otherwise, there will be no loans.
Thus, we have to ask ourselves another question; is the Fed really ignorant enough to NOT know that raising rates will kill stock markets? They openly admit that they knew what they were doing when they inflated stock markets, so it seems to me that they would know how to deflate stock markets. Therefore, if they deliberately engineered the market rally with low interest rates, it follows that they are deliberately engineering a crash in markets using higher interest rates.
Mainstream economists and investment “experts” appear rather bewildered by the Federal Reserve’s exuberance on rate hikes. Many assumed that Janet Yellen would hint at a pullback from the hike schedule due to the considerable level of negative data on our fiscal structure released over the past six months. Yellen has done the opposite. In fact, Fed officials are now stating that equities and other assets appear to be “overvalued” and that markets have become complacent. This is a major reversal from the central bank’s attitude just two years ago. The fundamental data has always been negative ever since the credit crisis began. So what has really changed?
Well, Donald Trump, the sacrificial scapegoat, is now in the White House, and, central bank stimulus has a shelf life.  They can’t prop up equities for much longer even if they wanted to. The fundamentals will always catch up with the fiat illusion. No nation in history has ever been able to print its way to prosperity or even recovery. The time is now for the Fed to pull the plug and lay blame in the lap of their mortal enemy – conservatives and sovereignty champions. They will ignore all financial reality and continue to hike. This is a guarantee.
In the Liberty Movement the major misconception is that the Fed is attempting to “catch up” to the next crash by raising interest rates so that they will be ready to stimulate again. There is no catching up to this situation. The Fed has no interest in saving stock markets or the economy. Again, the fed has raised rates before into fiscal decline (during the Great Depression), and the result was a prolonged crisis. They know exactly what they are doing.
What does the Fed gain from this sabotage? Total centralization. For example, before the Great Depression there used to be thousands of smaller private and localized banks in America. After the Great Depression most of those banks were either destroyed or absorbed by elite banking conglomerates. Banking in the U.S. immediately became a fully centralized monopoly by the majors. In a decade, they were able to remove all local competition and redundancy, making communities utterly beholden to their credit system.
The 2008 crash allowed the banking elites to introduce vast stimulus measures requiring unaccountable fiat money creation. Rather than saving America from crisis, they have expanded the crisis to the point that it will soon threaten the world reserve status of our currency. The Fed in particular has set the U.S. up not just for a financial depression, but for a full spectrum calamity which will include a considerable devaluation (yet again) of our currency’s value and resulting in extreme price inflation in necessities.
The next phase of this collapse will include the end of the dollar as we know it, making way for a new global currency system that uses the IMF’s SDR basket as a foundation. This plan is openly admitted in the elitist run magazine ‘The Economist’ in an article entitled “Get Ready For A Global Currency By 2018.
It is important to understand what the Fed actually is — the Fed is a weapon. It is a weapon used by globalists to destroy the American system at a given point in time in order to clear the way for a new single world economy controlled by a single managerial entity (most likely the IMF or BIS). This is the Fed’s purpose. The central bank is not here to save the U.S. from harm, it is here to make sure the U.S. falls in a particular manner — a controlled demolition of our fiscal structure.

The US Is Becoming A 3rd World Nation As The Economy Breaks Down: Paul Craig Roberts


          Planet X Incoming: Giant sinkhole swallows sleeping woman in China   
Planet X Incoming: Giant sinkhole swallows sleeping woman in China
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A sleeping woman was swallowed by sinkhole in central China after her bedroom collapsed during heavy rain.

The video, filmed in Shizhuling, Hunan Province on June 25, shows how the house partially collapsed when the sinkhole opened due to the unstable terrain composed of a network of caves and waterways.



Just like Jeff Bush in Florida a few years ago! Fears are growing for a 45-year-old mother in central China who was apparently swallowed by a sinkhole while she was sleeping in her bed.

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Giant sinkhole swallows sleeping woman in China (video). via South China Morning Post
It is her husband that rang the alarm on Saturday morning, when after hearing a loud boom, he entered his bedroom, and found a three-square-metre hole in the floor that swallowed a refrigerator, an electric fan and his wife.
The couple lives in Shizhuling, a village in the city of Lianyuan, which had been hard hit by heavy rains over the previous two days.

Search for the swallowed woman

Rescue teams launched a search for the missing woman – digging to a depth of 15 metres – but the work had to be called off when conditions became too dangerous. The excavation in the sodden ground even led to the partial collapse of a neighbouring property.

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Rescue teams dig 15 meters deep and did not find the body of the 42-year-old mother. via South China Morning Post
The deadly sinkhole was most certainly due to geological landscape in the area made of a network of caves and underground waterways.

For the video:

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DEVELOPING: Mysterious boom shakes houses and alarms residents in St. Helens, Oregon

A mysterious sound resembling a thunderous explosion was heard around 8 p.m. on June 25 in the St. Helens area. Curious citizens flooded social media with questions about the origin of the loud boom that some said shook homes and rattled windows. According to St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss, the first reports of the sound came in at 8:22 p.m. Moss said his department fielded 11 calls regarding the boom, mainly from residents on the west side of town.
The cause of the sound has not been determined. Moss said this time of year is marked by frequent firework and “loud boom” reports. Without more definitive information, Moss said the matter would be considered closed. There was a viral reaction to the sound on Facebook, where reports of the boom were contentiously debated and numerous theories were offered. READ MORE

BIRTH PANGS: 900 Quakes in Yellowstone, 40 quakes near Lake Tahoe, 40 Quakes in N. Iceland

There are currently several seismic swarms taking place around the world. Nobody knows when they are going to stop and more frightening what they are going to produce. Yellowstone Supervolcano earthquake swarm reaches 878 events in just two weeks. The earthquake swarm hitting the Yellowstone national Park is currently slowing down, but more than 900 quakes have already hit near West Yellowstone on the western edge of the National Park in the last 2 weeks. But there is
virtually no risk of the volcano erupting – USGS hasn’t raised either the volcano alert level or the aviation color. The current earthquake swarm began on June 12. A week later, the USGS put out a statement to say that 464 earthquakes had been recorded, with the largest being magnitude 4.4. This is the highest number of earthquakes at Yellowstone within a single week in the past five years. At the time, a spokesperson for the USGS said “slowly winding down,” adding that “no other geological activity has been detected.” However, in a newly released statement about the ongoing swarm, seismologists from the University of Utah said 878 events have now been recorded at Yellowstone National Park. READ MORE

Deadly floods and landslides hit southern China, 7.44 million affected

Floods, landslides and other disasters caused by severe weather across southern China affected more than 7.4 million people in 9 provinces since June 22, 2017, officials said today. As of early June 27, the death toll stands at 32 while 8 people are still missing. According to data provided by China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) valid 01:00 UTC (09:00 local time) on June 26, Changde, Yueyang, Yiyang, Loudi, Shangrao, Juijiang and other places recorded between 350 and
470 mm (13.8 – 18.5 inches) of rain since the evening of June 22. By that time, severe weather affected 7.33 million people, 504 000 people were evacuated, and 186 000 needed emergency rescue. 6 500 houses collapsed while 60 000 suffered different degrees of damage. The direct economic loss was estimated at 9.46 billion yuan. At 01:00 UTC on June 27, the number of affected people rose to 7.446 million. READ MORE

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          By 2100, Refugees Would Be the Most Populous Country on Earth   
Poverty and deadly wars are the major drivers of displacement.

The UN Refugee Agency has announced the new figures for the world’s displaced: 65.9 million. That means that 65.9 million human beings live as refugees, asylum seekers or as internally displaced people. If the refugees formed a country, it would be the 21st largest state in the world, just after Thailand (68.2 million) and just ahead of the United Kingdom (65.5 million). But unlike these other states, refugees have few political rights and no real representation in the institutions of the world.

The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, recently said that most of the displacement comes as a result of war. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you see old conflicts that continue to linger, and new conflicts erupting, and both produce displacement. Forced displacement is a symbol of wars that never end."

Few continents are immune from the harsh reality of war. But the epicenter of war and displacement is along the axis of the Western-driven global war on terror and resource wars. The line of displacement runs from Afghanistan to South Sudan with Syria in between. Eyes are on Syria, where the war remains hot and the tensions over escalation intensify daily. But there is as deadly a civil war in South Sudan, driven in large part by a ferocious desire to control the country’s oil. Last year, 340,000 people fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighboring Uganda. This is a larger displacement than from Syria.

Poverty is a major driver of displacement. It is what moves hundreds of thousands of people to try and cross the Sahara Desert and then the Mediterranean Sea for European pastures. But most who try this journey meet a deadly fate. Both the Sahara and the Mediterranean are dangerous. This week, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger rescued 600 migrants from the Sahara, although 52 did not survive.

A 22-year-old woman from Nigeria was among those rescued. She was on a pick-up truck with 50 people. They left Agadez for Libya. ‘We were in the desert for ten days,’ she says. "After five days, the driver abandoned us. He left us with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours. But he never did." Forty-four of the migrants died. The six who remained struggled to safety. ‘We had to drink our own pee to survive,’ she said.

Getting to Libya is hard enough. But being in Libya is perilous. Violence against vulnerable migrants inside Libya continues to occur. The IOM reports the presence in Libya of ‘slave markets.’ Migrants who make it across the Sahara into Libya have told investigators that they find themselves in these slave markets where they are bought to be taken to private prisons and put to work or else sold back to their families if they can raise the high ransom payments. UNICEF reports incidents of rape and violence against women and children in these private prisons. One 15-year-old boy said of his time in a private prison, "Here they treat us like chickens. They beat us, they do not give us good water and good food. They harass us. So many people are dying here, dying from disease, freezing to death."

Danger lurks on the sea as well. This year already IOM reports least 2,108 deaths in the sea between Libya and Italy. This is the fourth year in a row that IOM has counted over 2,000 deaths by mid-year. Over the past five years, this averages out to about 10 deaths a day. Libya, broken by NATO’s war in 2011, remains a gateway for the vulnerable from various parts of Africa, countries damaged by IMF policies and by warfare. There is no expectation that the numbers of those on the march will decrease.

In a recent paper in The Lancet (June 2017), Paul Spiegel, formerly of the UN Refugee Agency suggests that the "humanitarian system was not designed to address the types of conflicts that are happening at present." With over 65 million people displaced, the various institutions of the UN and of the NGO world are simply not capable of managing the crisis.

"It is not simply overstretched," Spiegel wrote of the humanitarian system, "it is no longer fit for purpose."

These are shattering words. One problem Spiegel identifies is the assumption that refugee flows are temporary, since wars will end at some point. What happens when wars and occupations are permanent? People either have to live for generations in refugee camps or they will seek, through dangerous passages, flight to the West. He gives the example of Iran, which absorbed over a million Afghan refugees without using the camp strategy. They simply allowed the Afghans into Iranian society and absorbed them by putting money into their various social schemes (such as education and health). Spiegel also points out that refugees must be part of the designing the process for humanitarian aid. These are good suggestions, but they are not going to be possible with the limited funds available for refugees and with the crisis level of activity that detains the humanitarian agencies.

Spiegel does not deal with one of the great problems for humanitarianism: the persistence of war and the theory that more war—or the current euphemism, security—is the answer to humanitarian crises. This January, over 1,000 people tried to scale the large barrier that divides Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Looking at that barrier, one is reminded of the idea that walls will somehow prevent migration, a view driven by President Donald Trump. Violence met the migrants, a mirror of the violence that was visited among migrants along the spinal cord of Eastern Europe last year. Walls, police forces and military interventions are all seductive to an imagination that forgets why people migrate and that they are human beings on the run with few other options. There is a view that security barriers and security forces will raise the price of migrant and deter future migrants. This is a silly illusion. Migration is dangerous already. That has not stopped anyone. More humane thinking is necessary.

It is important therefore that the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a meeting on the Sahel on June 28 that the world leaders need to "avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security" when dealing with the multiple crises in the Sahara region and north of it. "No purely military solution" can work against transnational organized crime, violent extremism and terrorism, nor against poverty and hopelessness. Underlying causes are not being addressed, and indeed the surface reactions—to bomb more—only create more problems, not less.

In the July issue of Land Use Policy, professors Charles Geisler and Ben Currens estimate that by 2100 there will be 2 billion refugees as a result of climate change. These numbers are staggering. They are an inevitable future. By then, refugees will be the largest country on earth—nomads, seeking shelter from destruction of climate and capitalism, from rising seas and wars of greed.


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           Pay war deepens as cricketers threaten game's first strike    
Australian cricketers feel disrespected following failed negotiations with the governing body after claims they are owed $58 million from Cricket Australia.
          NHS rescue plans are in 'chaos' after weakened Theresa May backs down from fight with MPs, Labour claims   
Legislation for local health chiefs to transform the delivery of care – and, crucially, save many billions of pounds – has been shelved Reported by Independent 12 minutes ago.
          Senior Backend Engineer - Clarifai - New York, NY   
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          Gadfly Bites 6/30/17 - The return of "intestinal fortitude"   
  1. After the departure of its high-profile leader in the recent past, FutureReady Columbus is still trying to get itself ready for the present day. The organization was born as a big ticket, partner-fueled initiative to help Columbus students get the best possible education. While the dollars and the big-name partners still seem to be in place, the unexpected need to do a second leader search has required them to slow their roll and to significantly shrink their focus. (Columbus Dispatch, 6/29/17) A similar organization in Toledo appears to have had a similar trajectory. Take your time, people. I’m sure it’s fine. (Toledo Blade, 6/29/17)
  2. So, what’s up with that ongoing kerfuffle between the state’s largest online school and the Ohio Department of Education? And the State Board of Education? And the court system? And StateAuditor Man!? And the court of public opinion? And the Ohio Attorney General? And several newspapers around the state? Well, I’m glad you asked, but you might not be. You can check out updates on the fast-moving situation from the Plain Dealer (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/29/17), and the Dispatch (Columbus Dispatch, 6/29/17), and the Plain Dealer (again) for everything you might have wanted to know (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/29/17). But don’t come complaining to me if your head hurts afterward. And it ain’t over yet either.
  3. Editors in Youngstown opined today in favor of at least some part of the above situation. The part where the state board of ed voted to ask politely for some money back. (Youngstown Vindicator, 6/30/17)
  4. Elsewhere in Youngstown, at least one member of the district’s elected board has been busy with some research on CEO Krish Mohip, and appears confident enough in what he has found (related to Mohip’s previous work in Chicago) that he reached out to the Vindy with deets. The Land of Intestinal Fortitude, indeed. Fun fact: while it’s not noted in this piece, this story has links to Lorain’s CEO-style Academic Distress Commission as well. Two-fer! (Youngstown Vindicator, 6/30/17)
  5. Folks in Dayton City Schools are high-fiving all over the place in response to their preliminary state test score data. It’s not final, but proficiency rates appear to be up a bit over last year’s numbers in most subjects in the district’s elementary and middle schools. Bad news – overall proficiency still stinks (highest percentage I saw on any of the tests was 38) and high school proficiency rates declined pretty much across the board. I guess when you’re at rock bottom, anything is a win, but if it were me I wouldn’t be writing the new advertising slogan just yet. “It’s a fairly good time to be a third grader in Dayton City Schools; everybody else hang on!” probably sounds better in a board meeting than it does on a billboard. (Dayton Daily News, 6/30/17)

          The get-up-to-speed-guide on the school voucher debate   

With a choice-friendly President and Secretary of Education now in office, private school choice programs have been cast into the national spotlight. This week has been no different: On Monday, researchers released two major studies on vouchers—one on Indiana’s program, the other on Louisiana’s—and the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that may have implications for choice programs across this nation.

Among other things, this means that the debate on private school choice has moved from the periphery of the education policy conversation to center stage. As a result, some of you may be joining the conversation for the first time. As a long-time participant in the voucher wars, we at the Fordham Institute thought it might be helpful to offer a get-up-to-speed guide featuring some of our “greatest hits” on the topic.

We’ve arranged it around four questions:

  1. What does the research tell us about the impact of school vouchers on participants and on traditional public schools?
  2. What is smart policy regarding results-based accountability in the context of private school choice?
  3. How can we encourage private schools to participate in choice programs, and get high-quality schools to grow or replicate?
  4. What are the pros and cons of a big new federal initiative on private school choice?

What does the research tell us about the impact of school vouchers on participants and on traditional public schools?

Boosting student outcomes remains a key goal of private-school choice. While Fordham isn’t a program evaluator per se, we’ve been proud to assist and support several important empirical analyses on the impacts of vouchers on both participants and pupils in public schools. Back in the early 2000s, we helped support an experimental study of a privately funded scholarship program in Dayton. The analysis found that African American participants made significant progress (more so in reading). Fast forward almost a decade: Ohio lawmakers had enacted a statewide voucher program known as EdChoice. In 2008, Fordham and a number other groups released an early study offering evidence that vouchers may have improved public schools as competition increased. Eight years later, we released a rigorous analysis of EdChoice by David Figlio. His study would corroborate the “competitive effects” finding, though he also found that voucher students themselves lost ground on state tests. As we’ve discussed, however, the participant analysis has several limitations that should be kept in mind. For an accessible overview of this study, see Dr. Figlio’s slide deck presented at our February event on voucher research.

What is smart policy regarding results-based accountability in the context of private school choice?

One of the central, thorniest policy questions of private-school choice programs is whether and how to hold them accountable for results. In 2009, we interviewed twenty top thinkers on choice and accountability. They offered a variety of perspectives on matters such as testing and transparency around those results; financial disclosures; and whether low-performing private schools should be stripped of their ability to enroll scholarship students. In the end, we suggested a “sliding scale” approach—private schools with more voucher students would face closer scrutiny than those with just a handful. Five years later, we released a policy toolkit aimed at state legislators wrestling with accountability in voucher or scholarship programs. Our recommendations insisted on protecting private schools’ freedoms, while holding them accountable for student outcomes (again on a sliding scale). In a couple follow-up blog posts, we continued to make the case that choice, done well, requires accountability for student learning. We noted earlier this year that as scholarship programs have expanded, states have indeed put into place reasonable accountability provisions, debunking one of critics’ favorite claims—that voucher-accepting schools are “unaccountable.”

How can we encourage private schools to participate in choice programs, and get high-quality schools to grow or replicate?

Not every private school decides to admit scholarship students when given the opportunity. Why do some schools participate, while others decline? In Red Tape or Red Herring, we surveyed private-school leaders to find out which policies weigh most heavily on this decision. Most respondents cite regulations that restrict admissions or religious practices as deterrents, while just a minority felt that testing discourages participation. The overwhelming majority said they were motivated by the opportunity to “expand their mission to their community.” Our case study of five Ohio private schools also reveals that vouchers are seen as a way to reach more families. Yet the school leaders also are candid about the challenges of maintaining a culture of high expectations, while working on shoestring budgets. Similar themes are echoed in a Fordham report that looked inside Catholic voucher-accepting schools in Milwaukee.

What are the pros and cons of a big new federal initiative on private school choice?

This all brings us to the burning question of the day, at least for Beltway policy wonks: Should there be a federal private-school choice initiative—and what should it look like? On these questions, we’ve got you covered. Just two days before President Trump’s inauguration, we co-hosted an event that debated three options for a federal private-school choice program. Throughout February, we published the views of a dozen top-notch experts in our fourth annual “Wonkathon.” We crowned a quartet from the Foundation for Excellence in Education as our “wisest wonks” in this competition, having won a popular vote for the most persuasive proposal. In February and April, we at Fordham co-hosted events that continued to explore issues in a potential federal choice program, from both research and policy angles. After weighing the competing arguments, Mike expressed his skepticism about the wisdom of a big new federal tax credit scholarship program.


Needless to say, we at the Education Gadfly have logged countless hours and spilled much ink wrestling with the issues around private school choice. We’ve done everything from commenting on presidential candidate Al Gore’s position on vouchers to penning editorials in newspapers to testifying before legislators in our home state of Ohio. We’ll continue to be relentless in advocating for thriving private schools that are accessible to families of all backgrounds. We certainly don’t have all the answers to get us there, but we hope you’ll consider joining us in this effort.


Fordham reports

Marshall Allen, “Public Support for Catholic Schools” in Scott Hamilton (ed.) Who Will Save America’s Urban Public Schools (2008); Chester E. Finn, Jr., et al, When Private Schools Take Public Dollars: What’s the Place of Accountability in School Voucher Programs? (2009); David Stuit and Sy Doan, School Choice Regulations: Red Tape or Red Herring? (2012); Ellen Belcher, Pluck and Tenacity: How Five Private Schools in Ohio Have Adapted to Vouchers (2014); Fordham Institute, Public Accountability and Private-School Choice: A Policy Toolkit (2014); David Figlio and Krzysztof Karbownik, Evaluation of Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarship Program: Selection, Competition, and Performance Effects (2016).

Fordham commentary

Michael Petrilli, “The problem with ‘bad voucher schools aren’t a problem,’” (2014); Michael Petrilli and Chester E. Finn, Jr., “The two tracks of school reform,” (2014); Michael Petrilli, “Vouchers have changed. Maybe your position should change, too” (2017); Michael Petrilli and Richard Kahlenberg, “Two experts debate whether public funds should be used to support private school vouchers” (2017); Aaron Churchill, “Don’t neglect vouchers’ competitive effects” (2017); Michael Petrilli, “The Fordham Institute’s 2017 Wonkathon: The $20 billion school choice edition” (2017); Fordham Institute, “A new federal push on private school choice?” (2017); Fordham Institute, “A $20 billion school choice tax credit program: Yes, maybe, how so?” (2017); Chad L. Aldis, “Testimony before the Ohio House Finance Committee” (2017); Michael Petrilli, “The three miracles required for Donald Trump to become the patron saint of school choice” (2017).

          Making good on the apprenticeship promise will require major investment in states   

Apprenticeships are all the rage. President Trump recently announced a doubling of federal funding for apprenticeship programs to $200 million in his next budget. This follows an investment by President Obama of $50 million in the outgoing months of his administration. In fact, this follows a major rewrite of the federal legislation governing job training in 2014. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) calls for a much greater level of coordination among workforce programs.

President Trump correctly noted that the organizational framework surrounding workforce development still needs some work, but this criticism is too simplistic. States have made major strides in recent years to improve the coordination of workforce development, and some have promoted apprenticeships as a part of the effort. The WIOA legislation made a requirement for workforce plans at the state level and some states have plans to expand apprenticeships. Many states have invested state tax revenue in apprenticeships and other mechanisms to strengthen training for youth.

Ohio, for instance, has recently taken critical steps to link apprenticeship programs to young people’s educational experiences. These include: 1) expanding linkages between high schools and state-recognized pre-apprenticeship programs through the College Credit Plus program, 2) developing an optional state recognized pre-apprenticeship pathway for students in regular career and technical programs, and, 3) expanding registered apprenticeships utilizing the state community college system, particularly for non-traditional apprentice occupations and under-represented populations.[1]

The point here is that apprenticeship programs are—not to mince words—boutique programs. A program that trains roughly 3,000 new apprentices a year in 2010 in Ohio cannot make a major dent in the labor demands for the state as a whole. In a study of ten states, only 35,000 students annually start apprenticeship programs. Ohio has over 5.8 million people working and has an unemployment rate of below 5 percent. There is great need for new entrants into the skilled trades. There are currently 7,500 jobs for “construction” alone and 700 for “welders” on OhioMeansJobs, the state online job posting system. In 2015, the combined output for all Ohio schools on an annual basis was only 654 welders. While it is projected to increase over time, the Ohio Education Research Center’s research shows that it can be very hard to meet the labor supply needs of growing firms with educational institutions.[2] All the more reason for the apprenticeship system to be improved.

Registered apprenticeship programs can be high quality. The best evidence indicates that the median annual earnings of completers of apprenticeships are over $60,000/year in the State of Washington, which works out to a median hourly wage of $37. In the ten-state study from 2012, the average difference in annual earnings for those in skilled professions was over $6,000 between those that did an apprenticeship and those that did not.  

Dr. Eric Hanushek recently suggested in an opinion piece that apprenticeships might not be the ideal education program for youth, and that young people need better general education. However, since the average age of apprentices is about 30 years old, apprenticeships are clearly serving a clientele that has tried other programs and had work experience and is looking for something new. An apprenticeship is still a great option for an adult seeking to support a family. And programs have gotten much better at linkages with community and technical colleges. In the future, they very well may be a real alternative for youth as well as 30-year-olds. But what I worry about in response to Dr. Hanushek’s work is that we throw out a good training system just because it doesn’t teach general skills as well as a good suburban high school.  

In addition to being small in comparison to the demand, apprenticeships are devilishly hard to scale up. An apprenticeship is a complex system of industrial relations, including an educational component (often at a community college), a trade union supervising the curriculum and training, and employers working on the practicum part of apprenticeships. The reason they thrive historically in Germany has a lot to do with the interdependence between firms, unions, and educational institutions and the “Lander” or regional government. We should be very skeptical that we can transplant the form to the United States without major effort at research and development. 

Doing this right at the national level is not going to cost $200 million. If we take the estimates on the government costs from the 2012 study, it might be on average $1,000 per apprentice. For an apprenticeship system as big as, say, the community college system, we would need $170 million dollars just for Ohio. What happens if we really want to take on the problem and we give $1,000 per apprentice to a state the size of Texas or even California? Costs will vary among programs, so the real costs will be much greater. Clearly, President Trump will need to increase the overall budget for apprenticeships, as will states, if we really want to make a dent in the demand for skilled trades in the nation.

The nation would do well to take education for careers more seriously than it has in the past. The apprenticeship system is a major part of this potential source of training. However, taking it seriously requires dealing with a whole host of fiscal, educational, and social issues. I hope the states, including Ohio, are up for it.

Joshua D. Hawley is Associate Professor in the Glenn College and an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University.

[1] The State of Ohio has a new apprenticeship website: http://apprentice.ohio.gov/index.stm.

[2] We have built two tools for state government in Ohio to examine workforce supply. They are available at https://workforcesupply.chrr.ohio-state.edu/ and http://www.measures.workforce.ohio.gov/.


          Technical difficulties with Photobucket   
Out of the blue, you'll notice the sidebar photos and ads on my blog are now gone. Instead, we see an ominous sign:

In the past, I believe we paid something like $9.99/year -- that's ten bucks per year -- to Photobucket (an image storage site) to maintain and store the photos used on this blog. But hey, maybe we missed an overdue notice and we owed them their $9.99....?

So Don hopped over to Photobucket and learned it would now cost us $399 per year -- that's FOUR HUNDRED BUCKS PER YEAR -- to store photos.

The amazing thing is this came literally out of the blue. All over the internet, people are furious that their photos have suddenly disappeared and are being held hostage by a company that now demands -- with no prior warning whatever -- a ransom of $400 to restore the photos.

PC Magazine noted:
Embedding images on a website or in a forum post is a very common practice, with those images usually living on one of the many well-known image hosting websites. One such host is Photobucket, but a recent change to its subscription tiers means many millions of images across the Internet are no longer going to load outside of Photobucket's own site.

The key feature of a Photobucket account we're talking about here is called "3rd Party Hosting." It allows you to embed images from Photobucket in another location on the Internet, e.g. in a forum post or on a website.

As Norvic Philatelics discovered, Photobucket changed its terms and conditions and removed the 3rd Party Hosting feature from the lower subscription tiers. If you want to continue using that feature then a Photobucket Plus 500 subscription is required. It costs $39.99 per month or $399 per year.

The worst part of this debacle, according to Ghacks.net, is the fact Photobucket users were apparently given no warning of the change. The subscription features simply changed, and images stopped loading without explanation.
I don't have the slightest problem with companies needing to raise their rates to earn a profit. But as far as a business model designed to create bitter anger among its customers, I don't think they could have done any better.

Fortunately every single photo on my website -- as well as ads and ancillary images -- are stored separately, so I won't lose anything. But I'm furious at Photobucket for pulling this low-handed trick with no warning and no negotiation and no options.

Um, here's a little head's up to the Photobucket folks: You aren't the only image-storage service available. Bloggers and websites have other options.

We'll be looking at other image hosting sites, of course, but I believe I can speak for many others in the Blogosphere when I say this: Even if Photobucket realizes the errors of its ways and restores their services to everyone tomorrow, their image is now trashed. No one will touch them with a ten-foot pole.

So my apologies for the ridiculous look of the blog's front page. Meanwhile, if any tech gurus out there can recommend an image hosting service, I'm all ears.
          Jennifer Lopez Flaunts Big Booty And Curves While Performing On Stage     

 J-Lo, is one beautiful sexy lady, no doubt about this. This the singer/actress and mom of two again reminded millions when she took to stage [...]

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          NASA’s Hubble captures gorgeous photo of galaxy with totally unpronounceable name   
There's plenty of reasons to envy anyone whose job it is to find cool stuff in space. I mean, they get to stare into the cosmos with fancy, priceless tools, and discover things that humanity has never seen before. That being said, there's one thing that definitely wouldn't be so great about finding countless new planets, galaxies, and star formations: coming up with names for them all. A stunning new photo released by NASA shows off a gorgeous galaxy some 400 million light-years away from Earth, but its name is absolutely ridiculous. That fancy blob of orange and blue you see above is officially 2XMM J143450.5+033843. That long, rambling moniker doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but its name is actually some pretty important information in itself. The letters and numbers indicate what observatory discovered it, as well as the galaxy's celestial coordinates. "Following the 'J': a right ascension value of 14h (hours) 34m (minutes) 50.5s (seconds)," NASA explains. "This can be likened to terrestrial longitude. It also has a declination of +03d (degrees) 38m (minutes) 43s (seconds). Declination can be likened to terrestrial latitude." NASA believes that the galaxy is driven by a supermassive black hole at its center, and that it is what is known as an "Active Galactic Nucleus," spilling X-rays into the universe from all sides. It's so incredibly far away that there's really no chance humanity will visit it in the foreseeable future, but from our perspective it's still a pretty stunning sight to behold.
          Your Road Trip Play List, Compliments Weekend All Things Considered   
On this busy holiday weekend, millions of listeners are hitting the road. Here are some favorite road trip tunes, selected by the Weekend All Things Considered team, to help distract you from traffic. Reported by NPR 28 minutes ago.
The Amerada Hess Corporation's senior unsecured debt rating was cut below investment grade by Moody's Investors Service, which cited concern over costs and the oil company's ability to meet production goals. About $4 billion in securities were aff...
          Yes, Steph Curry is worth $40 million per year - Yahoo Sports   

Yahoo Sports

Yes, Steph Curry is worth $40 million per year
Yahoo Sports
The annual cascade of cash has commenced in the NBA, where a JPP-sized handful of players (be safe this weekends, kids) will secure sufficiently large contracts to prompt plenty of fans, media members, and players who play different sports for far less ...
Top 50 NBA free agents: JJ Redick joins 'The Process,' signs with Philadelphia 76ersWashington Post
Report: Warriors set to meet with Andre Iguodala and offer him a three-year dealCBSSports.com
Andre Iguodala Reportedly Cancels Rest of FA Meetings After Rockets DiscussionBleacher Report
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          Nets trying to throw money at 3 targets after Redick rejection - New York Post   

New York Post

Nets trying to throw money at 3 targets after Redick rejection
New York Post
Redick, whom the Nets were willing to offer a two-year contract and a key role off the bench, opted for a one-year, $23 million deal from Philadelphia. “Trust the process,” Redick tweeted. ESPN, which had reported the deal seconds earlier, quoted the ...
Grades: JJ Redick Signing Makes Perfect Sense For SixersSports Illustrated
JJ Redick, 76ers agree to one-year deal that makes sense for both sidesYahoo Sports
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter: "JJ Redick has agreed to a one-year, $23 million deal with the 76ers, league sources ...Twitter
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The energy group TXU Corporation bought the British retail energy business of the Amerada Hess Corporation for £117 million ($166 million), doubling its presence in the British industrial gas market. Amerada put its British business up for sale l...
          Hess to Buy Triton Energy For $2.6 Billion in Cash   
Amerada Hess will buy Triton Energy for about $2.6 billion in cash, the companies said yesterday. Though it is best known for its Hess gas stations on the East Coast and its popular toy trucks, Amerada Hess has spent the last year trying with l...
          Davido’s Brother Reacts After He Was Mentioned In Matharoo Sisters Sex Scandal   

Davido’s brother, Adewale Adeleke has reacted to being dragged out in the dirty sex scandal fight involving Kiran, one of the Matharoo sisters and a former ‘sex mate’ named Pam who was celebrating the sisters infamous arrest in Nigeria for blackmailing billionaire businessman, Femi Otedola. According to Kiran, Pam slept with Davido’s brother Adewale Adeleke […]

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          Photo Of E-Money And His Police Escort At The Airport Today   

Five star music boss, Emoney stormed the Lagos airport today with his fierced looking security guards to board Air peace to Abuja. E-money is a billionaire brother to Kcee “Limpopo” crooner and also the CEO of five star shipping line. .photos below

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          Boy Sells Father’s Vehicles Worth N7.5m For N350,000 –NDLEA   

A boy whose name was withheld has reportedly sold his father’s two cars, a Lexus and a 4Runner worth N7.5 million for N350,000 in Umuahia, Abia State, due to his involvement in illicit drugs. The Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Abia State, Mr. Akingbade Bamidele, stated this when he spoke at the […]

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          Temi Otedola: I Once Hated My Shoulders, The Way Y’all Hate My Knuckles   

Billionaire Daughter and Mr Eazi Girlfriend, Temi Otedola shares how she once hated her back/shoulders because of the stretch marks the same way her trolls hates her knuckles at the moment. The fashionista is however done with that, as she loves herself more now.

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          Olukoya Ogungbeje: “Why I Am Defending Evans, The Kidnapper” — Lagos Lawyer   

Lagos lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, has justified his decision to defend suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a. Evans, in court. Ogungbeje has come under public criticisms for accepting the brief to seek freedom for Evans from police detention, or have him charged to court, weeks after his arrest. Nigerians had taken to the media to condemn […]

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          Fundraising campaign exceeds all expectations   
Aalto University`s fundraising campaign has received a total of 23.5 million euros in donations. Our warmest thanks to all those who donated!


The aim of the government-supported campaign that launched in 2015 was to raise 20 million euros as monetary donations and further increase the number of Aalto University supporters. The Finnish government will match the donations by an estimated factor of 1 to 1.5. The government's supplementary funding and exact matching factor will be announced at a later date. The campaign ends on 30 June 2017.

‘I want to extend my warmest thank to all those who donated. In a short amount of time, Aalto University has generated much international interest, and these donations will help us address global and national challenges in a more effective way. With high-quality research and by educating a new generation of experts, we can create more work, economic growth and wellbeing for Finland,’ notes Ilkka Niemelä, who will become the President of Aalto University on 1 July.

The Heart Campus campaign, which was part of the The Future is Made Today campaign, was aimed at the students and staff of Aalto University. Almost 100 people participated by sharing their own stories or photos and by donating 26,000 euros in total.

Donations help build the future

The campaign allowed donors to target their donations to the University's activities in general or to one of three fields: business, art and design, or technology.

Aalto University focuses on top-quality research and teaching. Supporting the enthusiasm of our students and preparing them for future working life are our most important objectives.

The donations will become part of Aalto University's capital. The donations will be added to the University's funds and invested in capital markets in accordance with the University's investment strategy.

The additional funding generated by this capital income will help the University to remain economically independent and improve the University's capacity for directing resources towards strategic focus areas and develop its activities as a top university. In the coming years, the capital gains will be used to cover around 5 % of the University's annual operating budget.

Donations are still tax-deductible

Aalto University will continue its fundraising even after this current matched-funding campaign. Donations are still tax-deductible for at least the end of this year for private donors as well as companies and organisations. To be eligible for a tax deduction, the donation must amount to at least 850 euros per year and it can be given in several instalments throughout the year.


Aalto University was founded in January 2010 by merging together Finland’s top universities of design, economics and technology. Between 2008 and 2011, Aalto University received a total of approximately 200 million euros in capital as donations from Finnish companies, organisations and private persons. The government granted the university 2.5 times this sum in government capitalisation. This fundraising helped the University accumulate an endowment capital of a total of approximately 700 million euros.

The accumulation of the University's endowment capital was ensured by the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries, the Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation, Liikesivistysrahaston kannatusyhdistys ry, Teollisuuden ja työnantajain Keskusliiton (TT) -säätiö, Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland (TEK), The Finnish Business School Graduates and the Confederation of Finnish Industries EK.


Further information:
Ilkka Niemelä, President from 1 July, president@aalto.fi
Coordinator Pirjo Peippo-Lavikka, tel. +358 50 512 2496.

          5 Habits of Bad Freelance Clients — And When to Drop Them   
If you freelance, you know all about the feast-or-famine lifestyle. But that doesn’t mean you have to put up with a bad client.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, one of the largest personal finance websites. We help millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. In 2016, Inc. 500 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the No. 1 fastest-growing private media company in the U.S.

          Bundesliga: Modeste spricht über gescheiterten China-Wechsel   
Nach langen Verhandlungen platzte zuletzt der anvisierte 35-Millionen-Euro-Wechsel von Anthony Modeste vom 1. FC Köln zum chinesischen Verein Tianjin Quanjian. Nun erklärt der Stürmer seine Sicht der Dinge.
          This Podcast Just Showed Us What $1.4 Trillion in Student Loans Feels Like   
The “Debt, Sex & Money” podcast highlights the stories of those who are saddled with student loan debt and working to pay it off.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, one of the largest personal finance websites. We help millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. In 2016, Inc. 500 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the No. 1 fastest-growing private media company in the U.S.

          Want to Work From Home? Tell Your Bosses How Much Money it Could Save Them   
Work-from-home jobs have grown 115% since 2005. Here’s why telecommuting is on the rise and other awesome facts about working at home.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, one of the largest personal finance websites. We help millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. In 2016, Inc. 500 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the No. 1 fastest-growing private media company in the U.S.

          Why We Call BS on Study Claiming Low-Income Families Spend Big on Luxuries   
A new study states that low-income families spend 40% of their incomes on luxury goods. But is that really the case?

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, one of the largest personal finance websites. We help millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. In 2016, Inc. 500 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the No. 1 fastest-growing private media company in the U.S.

          Want a Job You Can Relish? Apply Now to Drive the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile   
Want the ultimate company car? Apply today to be a Hotdogger and drive the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, one of the largest personal finance websites. We help millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. In 2016, Inc. 500 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the No. 1 fastest-growing private media company in the U.S.

          Why July is an Amazing Time to Buy Patio Furniture, Sporting Goods and More   
It’s a great month to buy outdoor furniture, housewares, suits and more. If any of these items are on your shopping list, now’s the time to buy them so you get the best deals.

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          Never Pay for a Gym Membership Again: How to Build a Home Gym for $100   
Fitness is imperative, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Here’s how you can build a cheap home gym that’ll keep you and your wallet strong.

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          13 Items You Should Never Buy at Garage Sales   
Not everything you find at a garage sale is a good deal. In fact, some items can be downright dangerous or disgusting. Here’s a breakdown of what to avoid.

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          Leafs Sign Dominic Moore and Ron Hainsey   
The Toronto Maple Leafs added two pieces on July 1. They signed veteran defenseman Ron Hainsey to a two-year $6 million contract and then added center Dominic Moore on a one-year $1 million deal. Neither player is expected to produce in the top part of their respective positions, but both are key adds from a […]
          Lightning Sign Chris Kunitz   
From Stanley Cup champion to free agent and now Chris Kunitz is a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning after signing a one-year deal with the club worth $2 million, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. #tblightning signs Chris Kunitz to a one-year contract worth $2 million — Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) July […]
          This Guy Hangs Out With Sharks for a Living — and He Let Us Tag Along   
We ventured out into the Atlantic Ocean with Bryce Rohrer, the owner and operator of Florida Shark Diving. There, we got to know Rohrer — and free dive with his favorite creatures.

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          These Emergency Funds Aim to Help Financially Strapped Freelance Writers   
When you’re self-employed, all it takes is one catastrophic event to wipe out your bank account. Here’s how to find an emergency fund to help when your resources are exhausted.

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          Ducks Sign Cam Fowler to Extension   
The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Cam Fowler to an eight-year contract extension worth $6.5 million per year, as initially reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and later confirmed by TSN’s Darren Dreger and the Ducks’ official team Twitter account. Cam Fowler's extension in ANA — coming into effect next season — expected to be 8 […]
          Stars Sign Martin Hanzal   
The Dallas Stars have signed Czech forward Martin Hanzal to a 3-year, $14.25 million contract. The 30-year-old forward last played in the NHL with the Minnesota Wild. I may have forgotten to put this out earlier, Martin Hanzal's terms in DAL, 3 x $4.75M. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2017 Hanzal Moving On with the […]
          NHL free agents take high-priced hit in stagnant cap era   
Aside from defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Karl Alzner attracting $20-plus-million contracts, NHL free agency isn&apos;t what it used to be. Not in a stagnant salary-cap era....
          Predators sign Bonino away from Pens and trade Wilson to Avs   
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern Saturday, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract....
          Walmart Could Lose $12.7 Billion in Sales Over Next Decade if Food Stamps Are Slashed   

Walmart Could Lose $12.7 Billion in Sales Over Next Decade if Food Stamps Are SlashedWalmart Could Lose $12.7 Billion in Sales Over Next Decade if Food Stamps Are Slashed

          Alpha Windward Boosted Its Ameren (AEE) Position; DE Shaw & Company Has Trimmed Metlife (Call) (MET) Stake By ... - UtahHerald.com   

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          Blackrock Capital Investment (BKCC) Trades at $7.45 After Triangle, DE Shaw & Company Cut By $21.18 Million Its ... - Herald KS   


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          Guest editorial: Independence Day – a good time to reflect on the kind of nation we want to be   
There are few issues as polarizing today as the issue of what to do about the estimated 11 million people who live in the United
          Renaissance draws billions in new cash as love for quants blooms - Reuters   


Renaissance draws billions in new cash as love for quants blooms
While Renaissance and well-known competitors like D.E. Shaw and AQR have been around for decades, they have become newly popular after a run of strong returns, as has a growing crop of smaller rivals. Another stand-out fund that has been pulling in ...

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          Comment on A Boy’s Sweet Life In Italy by Michelle   
<i>So, here comes Trump, who has learned to fight like a leftist – who spun a certain type of identity politics to his electoral advantage – and is taking the space afforded to him by the vacuum of our post-truth society. </i> Big Tweet learned how to fight from his daddy and learned how to appeal to the anger and angst of his base from the talk radio right. Nothing Tweet has said hasn't been said before by the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, and such. They're equally outrageous and have made millions off rightwing resentment. In Tweet's mind: Winners! He had no need to look to the left for inspiration. As for his latest misogynist twitter rage--the leopard doesn't change its spots. What's nauseating about the whole thing is the line up of women like Sarah Huckabee-Sanders and Elaine Chao to defend the obvious lies of a man-baby who hates women. Wonder how much evangelical Sarah got for her soul? Sure hope it was worth the degradation.
          Comment on How Today’s Rich Families Are Different by Greg   
Reasonably good insight though it is really the ultra wealthy that are most likely to move out of the country to protect their wealth holdings (likely about the .1% of the population). Frankly we can do (well and in fact much better) without them - this is largely a parasitic and quite destructive population. One proposal that I have been pondering is to simply limit household wealth to 10 million. This is a large number that permits people to live a life of leisure if not luxury as well - assuming prudence in lifestyle to leave an inordinate head start for heirs. Anything beyond 10 million can and should be expropriated for domestic social needs. That coupled with a steeply progressive income tax would go a long way to improving the situation in the US for virtually everyone.
          Government of Canada invests in Nova Scotia's clean technology sector   
...570 million in working capital to support clean technology producers • $450 million in additional project finance for clean technology producers • Budget 2017 also commits $400 million to recapitalize Sustainable Development Technology Canada's SD Tech Fund , which supports the development and ...

          Comment on Qatar Looks to Iran and Iraq by Persian Gulf   
Giorgio Cafiero, Yes, a million dollar gift was waiting for me for falsely claiming that a article that no one reads had a mistake in it, you got me there! It said at one point, "Arab gulf countries" if I am not mistaken since I cannot see it now in the article anymore. Aside from that, two people are claiming the same thing separately in the comment section, that itself is a proof that there was something wrong. Neither of us had telepathic powers by the time we posted the comments I can assure you that!
          Los Angeles Saves Millions With LED Street Light Deployment, 63.3% Electricity Savings   
Next month marks the four-year anniversary of the world’s most ambitious LED street light conversion project. On February 16, 2009, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and President Bill Clinton announced [PDF] a partnership under which the city, advised by the Clinton Climate Initiative, would outfit 140,000 street lights with light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures. [push h=”10″] […]
          Watch BizWireTV: Kiva.org Reaches Billion Dollar Mark in Crowd-Funding Loans and Nat Geo Releases Coal Documentary on Free Streaming Platforms   
...Store and Google Play for Android ( News - Alert ) devices. Sponsored Headline UnitedHealthcare and 4-H Extend Partnershp to Bring Food Budgeting and Nutrition Education to Additional 50,000 Children and Families. Top of the Wire Kiva.org reaches $1 billion milestone ...

          Malaika Arora shows off her sexy back in this sizzling picture   

Who can tell she’s a mother of a 14-year-old kid! Well, fitness crack Malaika Arora is undoubtedly one of the hottest moms in B-town. With her perfect figure and smoking hot looks, the performing artist resembles a million bucks even at the age of 43.

Recently, the model-turned-performing artist shared a photo on her Instagram account where she’s seen enjoying a breathtaking sight, displaying her curves in a black bikini with her hair tied up in a bun. She captioned the sizzling picture as, “Summer beckons”.

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Isn’t she setting major vacation goals?

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          17 helpful Google products and services you never knew existed (GOOG, GOOGL)   

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Most of us have heard of Google's well-publicized moonshots: Self-driving cars, smart contact lensesinternet-beaming balloons, and more.

While those products and services sound amazing, most of us can't use them just yet. But the company actually has a bunch of other ones that are incredibly useful that you might not even know existed. 

For example: Did you know Google has a massive free library of fonts?

Here are some of the under-the-radar services Google offers.

Jillian D'Onfro contributed to an earlier version of this story.

SEE ALSO: Almost half of Google's management team is made up of women — here they are

Google Keep is a killer notes and reminder app that works across both desktops and smartphones.

Watch the YouTube video here

You can set a timer on Google (and get an alarm to sound when time is up) by Googling any amount of time followed by "timer."

Google.com/sky lets you explore the far reaches of the universe using images from NASA satellite, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the Hubble Telescope.

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          Analysts Expect Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ACHN) Will Announce Earnings of -$0.16 Per Share   

Brokerages expect that Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will post earnings of per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research . Zero analysts have provided estimates for Achillion Pharmaceuticals' earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at and the lowest estimate coming in at .

          Box office: 'Despicable Me 3' sets $83 million heist, 'Baby Driver' in second   
Everything seems to be going to Universal's plan as "Despicable Me 3" eyes an $83 million opening. The fourth film in the Minions universe is expected to easily win Independence Day weekend over fellow new entries, "Baby Driver" and "The House."

Illumination-Universal's animated threequel ended Friday with an impressive $29 million from 4,529 theaters, meaning it could end the holiday weekend with as much as $83.5 million. With $4.1 million coming from Thursday night previews alone, if the third "Despicable Me" movie continues on this course, it could open as the sixth highest-grossing domestic project of 2017 -- behind "Beauty and the Beast," "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," "Wonder Woman," "Fate of the Furious," and "Logan."

"Despicable Me 3" stars Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, and franchise newbie Trey Parker ("South Park") as '80s-obsessed villain Balthazar Bratt.

Also on track for an impressive debut is Edgar Wright's "Baby Driver" from Sony. The action IP over-performed on Friday, taking in just under $6 million from 3,226 locations. Ansel Elgort has already clinched second place, but if he keeps up this momentum, "Baby Driver" could end Sunday at $19 million. It's also well on its way to being a career-best for director Wright.

While both "Baby" and "Despicable" have A- CinemaScores, the former is a critical darling with a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, as opposed to the latter's 63 percent.

Unfortunately, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler were not able to raise the roof as much when it came to "The House." The Warner Bros., New Line, and Village Roadshow comedy only raked in $3.3 million on Friday, putting it at No. 5 for its first frame. But don't bet against them completely -- "The House" is still expected to at least hit eight digits with just over $10 million by end of day Sunday.

"Transformers: The Last Knight" and "Wonder Woman" continued to show their summer box office dominance, placing third and fourth, respectively, in their second and fifth frames. Both films took in about $4.5 million on Friday, but "Transformers" is expected to come out on top this weekend with $16 million, over "Wonder Woman's" $15 million.

"Cars 3," "47 Meters Down," "The Beguiled," "The Mummy," and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" round out the top 10.

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          Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World” Gets a Makeover   

The Little Mermaid‘s “Part of Your World” was just released by Disney but with an unexpected twist. It was remixed live in 7 different musical styles including 80’s hip hop, country, metal, and reggae. A YouTube musician with 141 million views under his belt, AJ Rafael lent his voice for the performance for an episode […]

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          Russell Westbrook Reportedly May Delay Signing Contract After Paul George Trade   

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook has a standing contract offer from the team that he will reportedly hold off on signing.

USA Today's Sam Amick reported Saturday that Westbrook isn't expected to sign a five-year, $217 million extension with the Thunder right away but that it will remain on the table until he does or the deadline to sign it expires at the start of the 2017-18 season.

ESPN.com's Royce Young reported Saturday one reason for Westbrook's delay is the presence of the newly acquired Paul George, since both players could become free agents after next season.

Amick noted Westbrook is a "happy superstar" following the Thunder's surprise acquisition of George.

After Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City to join the Golden State Warriors last summer, Westbrook agreed to a three-year, $86 million extension with the Thunder that he can opt out of after the 2017-18 season.

Amick reported in April that George was "hell-bent" on joining the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent. The Thunder have at least given themselves a chance to offer him more years and money than any other team by virtue of acquiring him.

Westbrook is eligible for the super-max extension after being named to the All-NBA first team each of the last two years. He was also named the 2016-17 NBA MVP after averaging a triple-double with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists in 81 games.

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          Andrew Triggs (P-OAK)   
A’s starter Andrew Triggs might require hip surgery. A’s starter Andrew Triggs might require hip surgery Starter Andrew Triggs, who received a cortisone shot for his left hip strain nearly two weeks ago, may be looking at surgery if the hip doesn’t respond to treatment and rehab by the end of this month. Triggs said that so far, the cortisone hasn’t had the immediate impact that it did when he received the anti-inflammatory medication for a back injury, but he can ride an exercise bike and walk OK, so he remains optimistic. If surgery is necessary, specialist Dr. Marc Philippon would perform the operation, as he did for Sean Manaea and Mark Canha. Recovery would be six months, so if it is needed, Triggs is hopeful he would be throwing off the mound in time for spring training. Ramon Hernandez and Barry Zito, All-Stars with the A’s, were reunited on Saturday; Zito threw out the first pitch (sadly, not a curveball) and Hernandez caught it. “We had such a chemistry as a battery,” Zito said, I didn’t have to shake, ever. “That’s what I want to do in the future, hopefully be a coach in the major leagues and a manager,” he said. The A’s signed second-round pick Greg Deichmann, an outfielder from LSU, and third-rounder Nick Allen, a shortstop from Francis Parker High School in San Diego. Allen was considered a risky pick because of a commitment to USC; Oakland gave him a reported $2 million. “We evaluated Nick as a first-round talent and considered it a great opportunity to get him where we did,” scouting director Eric Kubota said. Oakland signed right-hander Brian Howard (eighth-round, TCU) and left-hander Jared Poche (9th round, LSU). Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. On Canada’s 150th anniversary, reliever John Axford wore a shirt that said “Have no fear, the Canadian is here” and maple leaf socks, and he put on an all-Canada music playlist for the clubhouse. Source: http://www.sfgate.com
          Sean Manaea (P-OAK)   
A’s starter Andrew Triggs might require hip surgery - A’s starter Andrew Triggs might require hip surgery Starter Andrew Triggs, who received a cortisone shot for his left hip strain nearly two weeks ago, may be looking at surgery if the hip doesn’t respond to treatment and rehab by the end of this month. Triggs said that so far, the cortisone hasn’t had the immediate impact that it did when he received the anti-inflammatory medication for a back injury, but he can ride an exercise bike and walk OK, so he remains optimistic. If surgery is necessary, specialist Dr. Marc Philippon would perform the operation, as he did for Sean Manaea and Mark Canha. Recovery would be six months, so if it is needed, Triggs is hopeful he would be throwing off the mound in time for spring training. Ramon Hernandez and Barry Zito, All-Stars with the A’s, were reunited on Saturday; Zito threw out the first pitch (sadly, not a curveball) and Hernandez caught it. “We had such a chemistry as a battery,” Zito said, I didn’t have to shake, ever. “That’s what I want to do in the future, hopefully be a coach in the major leagues and a manager,” he said. The A’s signed second-round pick Greg Deichmann, an outfielder from LSU, and third-rounder Nick Allen, a shortstop from Francis Parker High School in San Diego. Allen was considered a risky pick because of a commitment to USC; Oakland gave him a reported $2 million. “We evaluated Nick as a first-round talent and considered it a great opportunity to get him where we did,” scouting director Eric Kubota said. Oakland signed right-hander Brian Howard (eighth-round, TCU) and left-hander Jared Poche (9th round, LSU). Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. On Canada’s 150th anniversary, reliever John Axford wore a shirt that said “Have no fear, the Canadian is here” and maple leaf socks, and he put on an all-Canada music playlist for the clubhouse. Source: http://www.sfgate.com
          Two Babe Ruth memorabilia items owned by Charlie Sheen sell for more than $2 million each   

Charlie Sheen is $4 million richer after selling two pieces of Babe Ruth memorabilia during the inaugural Lelands.com Invitational Auction.

The 1919 contract of Ruth’s sale from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees went for $2,303,320, while the outfielder’s 1927 World Series ring went for...

          Lakers waive Tarik Black ahead of his contract becoming guaranteed   

The Lakers waived center Tarik Black on Saturday, three days before his contract was set to become guaranteed for the 2017-18 season.

Black’s contract is worth $6.655 million for next season, a salary he could still receive if another team claims his contract off waivers within 48 hours.


          Orange County pays off $1-billion bankruptcy debt   

Orange County has paid off the last of $1 billion worth of bonds it raised to haul itself out of bankruptcy.

The Orange County Register says, after 22 years, the county on Saturday delivered the final payment to bondholders.

With interest, the repayment totaled about $1.6 billion.

The county still...

          NHL free agency: Ducks sign Cam Fowler to eight-year extension, sign goalie Ryan Miller   

NHL free agency began Saturday with a flurry of signings, but the Ducks made one of the biggest splashes by keeping defenseman Cam Fowler after agreeing with him on an eight-year, $52-million extension. His new contract will kick in starting with the 2018-19 season.

Fowler, 25, is the heart and...

          Kings Highway Library Reopens After Renovation   
After a four-year, $7.5 million renovation that was held up by extensive construction delays, the Brooklyn Public Library is reopening the Kings Highway branch in Midwood.
          Motherhood lessons: Year 1   
I've been meaning to write this for a long time, but I just didn't know how to start; where to begin. Classic case of writer's block. And then there was this status on the Facebook page of a blog (Confessions of a Muslim MOMmaholic), asking readers what was the greatest kindness someone had ever shown them (in terms of mommyhood) - or something to that effect.

And finally, at long last, this post happened.

1. It will be challenging. Like, pulling your hair out kind of difficult, on some days. But then they'll flash you that million dollar smile and you'll think, what was I on about?

2. Judging and being judged. Don't judge other parents, and if others judge you, that's their problem. Never before did I realize the importance of judgementalism. I have always been a very opinionated person, and when I saw something I didn't agree with, it was immediately wrong, in my eyes.
Now, of course, I know better (I think). If I see something I disagree with, especially in terms of parenting practices, I remind myself that only the parent knows what works for their child. And God knows parents need the benefit of the doubt more than the accusing finger!

3. Nappy rash. DO use a nappy rash prevention cream. We used Mustela Vitamin Barrier Cream (I'm not getting paid for this, I swear!). Alhumdulillah our baby hardly ever suffered from nappy rash. On the rare occasions that it did happen, Sudocrem was a lifesaver.

4. Disposable changing pads. Need I say more?

5. Disposable bibs. I got this tip off the internet (no idea which website, sorry). Someone had said in a forum that once baby was on solids, she started using disposable bibs outside the home. This way she didn't have to cart around dirty rags with food on them. I agree 100% - there is more than enough laundry to do without adding 'foodified' bibs to the mix.

6. Laundry. Speaking of which - every day will be laundry day. You will never be able to conquer the laundry monster. I still forge ahead valiantly, hoping that surely the day will arrive when all the dirty clothes are washed,dried, and (gasp!) put away; but so far, washing and drying are about as far as I have gotten. But I do not lose hope.

7. Baby clothes. The amount of clothes babies need is directly proportional to the speed with which they will outgrow them.

8. Dirty dishes. There will always be millions of them. Do them if you can, and don't if you can't. Just don't stress over it. Its not worth it. Instead, thank Allah (SWT) - that everyone is well fed, alhumdulillah. (And then go take a nap, or whatever.)

The list goes on..and on...and on. The list, the advice, it never ends - much like the wonders of motherhood.

These are about all the things I can remember at the moment. What have I missed out? Let me know your Motherhood Lessons in the comments section!

P.s. That awesome blog I mentioned (total hero worship going on here, by the way!) - here's the link: http://confessionsofamuslimmommaholic.com/

(Edited to add: this post was also published on Muslim Moms USA Blog)

          If my heart was a city...   
If my heart was a city, it would be filled with lush green grass and breathtaking waterfalls, with dense forests and golden sunshine. It would be a city of nature.

The air would smell of wet earth, of delicious baby-ness, of delicate flowers. It would be a safe haven; a cosy sort of place. A place of boundless love, of zero pretense - an open, honest place.

There would be rainbows, too, and unicorns and talking animals. Also ice cream that never melts and gemstones that grow on trees. And everlasting friendships and never ending relationships; a city of whimsy.

If my heart was a city, it would be dominated by mementos of my precious baby - breaking news of her latest cuteness being broadcast 24/7; perhaps even a committee to document every precious second spent with my angel.

And yet in this city, there would also be a darkness, lurking just out of sight - a certain frozen lake, where spring never comes and the sun never shines. A place of bittersweet history - closed off from public view, but ever-present, nevertheless.

There would be a hidden cave, too, overflowing with the pain of a million mothers and a million fathers; parents in Pakistan, in Iraq, in Syria, in Palestine...and an ancient family in Kerbala...a mother who mourns, to this day, the ruination of a beautiful household; the scorching heat of the desert, the piercing thirst of innocent children; the murder of a 6 month old.

But the heart remains hidden, and so does everything in it.

          To My Little One   
In this moment, none exist but you and me, little one.

You...my precious, beautiful baby. Full of love, and life, and happiness, and hope. You, with your downy hair and sparkling eyes and million-watt smile. You, with the power to erase all darkness from my soul. You, His most perfect creation.

This moment contains none but me and you.

Me...your cynical, jaded mother. Full of perfectionism, sarcasm, fear, mistrust. Me, with my prematurely greying hair and tired eyes and hollow smile. Me, the ultimate pessimist.

What will I do, I wonder already, when you are all grown up and ready to fly? How will I ever let you go, my darling angel?
I know I will, I know I must, but it hurts to think about it, nonetheless.

Perhaps more importantly, what will YOU do, my dearest child, when this world breaks your heart? Will you be strong in the face of brittle gaiety disguised as joy? Will you stand your ground against loneliness garbed as solitude? And will you save yourself from the gaping black-hole called falling in love?

What will you do, dear one, when there is no Ammi to kiss the tears away; no Abbu to save the day?

But just for you, in this moment, I will be an optimist - I hope your world is much better, much kinder than mine ever will be. And I hope, with all my heart, that you will be strong, and find solace in none but Him - your truest, most bestest of friends.

I love you, Baby Girl. More than you'll ever know.

          Governor exercises amendatory veto power on 911 bill – Saves Taxpayers Millions   
In 2015 the legislature created more government bureaucracy by creating the Illinois State Police office of 911 Administration.
          What’s NYext For Local?   

one billion dollars dr evilGannett’s announcement yesterday that its ReachLocal division has acquired SweetIQ really pissed me off in that the day after Yext’s* IPO I had a great conversation with a Local vet where I predicted that the success of the IPO would set off a wave a M&A in the Local Marketing Tech sector and damned if […]

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           Your letters to the editor    
BYE, METHOT So Marc Methot says he has no ill will toward the Sens. Well, why should he? Here is an athlete who is quite fortunate to be making millions of dollars a year while most people would not make near that in several lifetimes.
          Opinion: How Iran Recruited Afghan Refugees to Fight Assad's War   

War and poverty have scattered Afghans across the globe like pieces of shrapnel. Millions of Afghans came of age in refugee camps in Pakistan and Iran or as workers in the Persian Gulf nations.

          The Japanese Company Betting Billions to Prepare for the Singularity   
SoftBank's Big Bet on Singularity
          Millions Of Credit Scores Could Improve Starting Today -- Here's Why   
Starting July 1, certain public records will no longer be taken into account when calculating credit scores.
          Oregon lawmakers say community colleges need more money – Statesman Journal   

Bend Bulletin Oregon lawmakers say community colleges need more moneyStatesman JournalThe $44 million lawmakers added will trim back the 10.6 percent tuition increase the University of Oregon adopted for the […]

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          Ducks keep G Cam Fowler, grab G Ryan Miller in free agency The Associated Press   


FILE - In this May 20, 2017, file photo, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler plays against the Nashville Predators during the first period of Game 5 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks have signed Fowler to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension through the 2025-26 season on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

          NHL free agents take high-priced hit in stagnant cap era The Associated Press   


FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Nick Bonino plays against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio. The Western Conference-champion Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

          Red Wings sign D Trevor Daley to $9.5 million, 3-year deal The Associated Press   


FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley (6) shoots the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers in Pittsburgh. The Detroit Red Wings signed Daley to a $9.5 million, three-year contract on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich, File)

          Commune de Boumerdès : Des chantiers interminables sur le front de mer   
Les travaux d’aménagement engagés au boulevard du front de mer ont suscité l’ire des commerçants et des estivants. Le boulevard et les commerces du front de mer de la ville de Boumerdès subissent un lifting sans précédent. Cette façade maritime est transformée en un immense chantier depuis la fin du mois d’avril dernier. La route était fermée aux automobilistes durant tout le mois de Ramadhan. Le montant du projet s’élève à 18 millions de dinars. Les travaux qui semblent traîner en longueur ont suscité l’ire de nombreux commerçants et de familles qui viennent se détendre et respirer l’air marin en cette saison de grandes chaleurs. Les appréciations des citoyens sont acerbes. «Ce projet est une opération de gaspillage d’argent. De plus, pourquoi attendre jusqu’au mois d’avril pour lancer un projet inscrit en janvier dernier. L’année passée, l’ambiance était agréable ici. La direction du tourisme y a installé des chapiteaux où on vendait toutes sortes d’objets artisanaux. Mais le nouveau wali a apparemment décidé de tout modifier», déplore Farès, un vendeur de cacahuètes, qui tient une table sur le front de mer. En sus des travaux d’aménagement de la chaussée, les autorités locales ont sommé les commerçants longeant le boulevard de refaire les façades de leurs locaux avec du verre. «On nous a demandé de refaire tout ce qui donne sur l’extérieur, y compris les niches et la faïence des poteaux, de manière à ce que tout soit uniforme sur la façade maritime. Nous ne sommes pas contre, mais pourquoi attendre jusqu’à la dernière minute pour nous demander de faire de telles modifications», dira Mohamed, un gérant de pizzeria. Pour lui, les autorités se trompent de priorité. «Ils auraient dû commencer par le problème des eaux usées qui se déversent directement dans la mer. Si on veut développer le tourisme, on n’a qu’à achever les projets d’hôtels qui sont à l’arrêt depuis des décennies. Il y a des centaines de familles qui viennent chercher des appartements à louer pour passer leurs vacances ici, et les offres sont insuffisantes», dit-il. Les commerçants disent avoir tous subi des pertes à cause du projet en question et les retards mis pour reprendre leur activité. «Il y a 34 locaux ici, dont une vingtaine de pizzerias, un bar restaurant et une épicerie. La saison estivale est la seule période où on travaille bien, mais cette année, ce chantier a tout gâché», se plaint un autre commerçant dépité. «J’ai loué à raison de 80 000 DA/mois. Les travaux exigés par les autorités m’ont coûté 600 000 DA. Même les compteurs d’électricité et d’eau ont été refaits à nos frais. Cela fait trois mois que je n’ai pas travaillé. J’emploie 12 personnes. Ils sont tous au chômage. Au rythme actuel, les travaux vont forcément s’étaler jusqu’à la fin de l’été», dénonce-t-il. Mais le directeur du tourisme ne les entend pas de cette oreille. «Le boulevard sera fermé à la circulation de 7h jusqu’à une heure tardive de la soirée. Et les commerçants auront le droit d’exploiter gratuitement les terrasses de leurs locaux jusqu’à la fin de l’été. Donc, ils n’ont pas à se plaindre et quoi qu’il en soit, ils sont gagnants dans l’affaire», estime-t-il.  
          Carolina brings back Williams, key member of '06 Cup team The Associated Press   


FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2017, file photo, Washington Capitals right wing Justin Williams (14) looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Washington. The Carolina Hurricanes opened free agency Saturday, Jauly 1, 2017, by bringing back 35-year-old forward Justin Williams on a two-year deal worth $9 million. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

          Fyre Festival Organizer Billy McFarland Released From Jail on $300,000 Bond   
After spending the night at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, Fyre Media’s Billy McFarland was released Saturday (June 1) on his own recognizance and the promise of a $300,000 bond. McFarland, who was arrested Friday night on suspicion of fraud and swindling investors out of millions, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Fox in... Read more »
          Cinedigm Sells Majority Ownership Stake to Hong Kong’s Bison Capital in $40 Million Deal   
Cinedigm — landing a deal to bring in much-needed financing to pay down its debt — has agreed to sell majority equity ownership to Bison Capital, a Hong Kong-based investment firm. Under the terms of the deal, Cinedigm will sell Bison Capital 20 million shares of Class A common stock for up to $30 million.... Read more »
          Lightning sign Chris Kunitz to one-year, $2 million deal   

          Duterte rolls out legacy projects   
While the Duterte administration has courted near-constant division over its polices on politics, security and foreign policy, it has unified critics and allies alike on the country's crucial need for infrastructure.   On its first year, the administration made clear that the implementation of its projects --- from new roads, airports and railway lines --- would shift drastically from the policies of the Aquino government.   Described by Duterte officials as a "golden age of infrastructure," the "build, build, build" program calls for about P8 trillion in public and private spending over the period of the President's term until 2022.   Among the so-ca...

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          Reports: Andre Iguodala gets offer from Rockets, will now meet with Warriors - NBCSports.com   


Reports: Andre Iguodala gets offer from Rockets, will now meet with Warriors
Free agent meetings are a lot like surgeries in sports, after they end everyone says it was “positive” or “successful.” Whether it was or not. Andre Iguodala has reportedly met with the Kings and Spurs with San Antonio extending an offer, then met with ...
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          Mummy groups aren't for me   
I'm one of those awkward people who is difficult to become friends with. I've always been this way, throughout my entire education from primary school through to University, in jobs and workplaces; I'm just not the most approachable person. I have a small number of friends who I value tremendously, but having had some very turbulent friendships in the past and always being the friend that gets let down, I find it hard to let people come into my life. 

When I found out I was pregnant and had a million leaflets thrust at me by health professionals about antenatal classes and baby groups, I panicked. Did I have to go to these groups and make mummy friends? Because I'll be honest, mummy groups really aren't for me.

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           Nokia To Supply Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group With Advanced Wireless Networking Technology For Smart City Services    
Friday 30 June, 2017
Nokia to deploy LTE in 700 MHz band to support smart city and public safety applications in Hongkou district of ShanghaiNokia's first commercial LTE 700 MHz contract in China intended to make city services smarter in fast-growing area of China's largest city

30 June, 2017

Shanghai - Nokia is to supply a LTE network in the 700 megahertz spectrum band to the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group, a diversified broadcasting, media, manufacturing and real estate company. The deployment will transform Shanghai's fast-growing former industrial district of Hongkou through a range of new smart city services, for which Nokia will supply advanced wireless communications based on FDD-LTE technology for smart city and public safety applications. Nokia Shanghai Bell, Nokia's JV company in China will provide the deployment and services.

The LTE network is being deployed to provide broadband connectivity for city services, specifically high-speed wireless links to video from cameras used for traffic control, video monitoring and analysis, and additional services in future. The network is based on Nokia's FDD-LTE solution and offers the data capacity needed to support a variety of bandwidth-intensive video formats, including high-definition and ultra-high definition 4K, 3D and more. This deployment marks Nokia's first for LTE technology in the 700 MHz spectrum band in China.

In addition to network infrastructure, Nokia Shanghai Bell's global services team will provide services including systems integration, network planning and implementation.

The project builds on Nokia's strong track-record supporting smart city initiatives worldwide. It also highlights the progress of Nokia's strategy of expanding its customer activities outside of the traditional telecommunications sphere, a key focus of the company.

Ding Yong, General Manager of Oriental Pearl Digital TV, said: 'Nokia has been an excellent partner for these new smart city initiatives. Their LTE 700 MHz technology performed extremely well in testing and the strong local support from Nokia Shanghai Bell has been very beneficial as well. We look forward to our continued close cooperation to bring smart city services to the people of Shanghai.

Jin Jian, head of Enterprise & Public Sector at Nokia Shanghai Bell, said: 'This collaboration with Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group is an important first step in efforts to bring smarter services to China's largest city and critical business and innovation hub. As a leading provider of wireless connectivity solutions, Nokia is honored to play a key role in such an important project.'

Key facts:

LTE currently serves more than two billion subscribers globally today and is expected to reach 75% of the world's population by 2020.Low frequency bands, such as the 700MHz, allow for excellent coverage with a reduced number of base stations.With technology enhancements, LTE not only serves mobile broadband users but also delivers efficient and reliable connectivity for the Internet of Things and critical applications needed for public safety networks.


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About NokiaWe create the technology to connect the world. Powered by the research and innovation of Nokia Bell Labs, we serve communications service providers, governments, large enterprises and consumers, with the industry's most complete, end-to-end portfolio of products, services and licensing.

From the enabling infrastructure for 5G and the Internet of Things, to emerging applications in virtual reality and digital health, we are shaping the future of technology to transform the human experience. nokia.com

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           Blue Branch: Business Lessons to Take Away from Wonder Woman    
Friday 30 June, 2017

Inspired by the recent box office smash hit Wonder Woman, Edinburgh-based event marketing specialists Blue Branch have revealed the business lessons they took from the film.

About Blue Branch - http://www.bluebranch.org/

In 1942, internationally famous psychologist Dr William Moulton Marston created the character that would become a global icon, Wonder Woman. Since then she’s gone on to become one of the most popular comic book characters of all-time and an inspiration to millions of people around the world.

Here, Blue Branch have outlined the business lessons to take away from the smash hit movie:

1. Mentorship - and paying it forward

Before becoming Wonder Woman, the civilian identity of Diana Prince sought a mentor because she needed someone to train her to become a warrior. In the comics, Diana returned the favour by mentoring a number of protégés like Wonder Girl and allies like Etta Candy and Paula von Gunther. For entrepreneurs, a mentor is imperative, and Blue Branch urge their staff and contractors to identify coaches and mentors to help them accelerate their career.

Managing Director at Blue Branch, Rania Noumaan believes that entrepreneurs should seek a mentor to train and guide them to help them hone their skills. “A mentor will share their mistakes and business knowledge and that is invaluable,” comments Ms Noumaan. The firm also believes that entrepreneurs should pay it forward someday by taking an aspiring entrepreneur under their wing.

2. Share success

Diana recognises the value that others bring and is humble in victory. Great entrepreneurs don’t steal credit for other people’s work and ideas, and they acknowledge that it is a team effort and celebrate all victories together.

3. Superhuman stamina and endurance are required

Wonder Woman possesses superhuman strength, durability, speed and an enhanced healing power, but Blue Branch believe that her greatest power is her superhuman stamina and endurance. The event-marketing specialists argue that stamina is what makes entrepreneurs great. “The road to success isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon, those with a superhuman stamina are the ones who make it to the finish line,” commented Ms Noumaan.

4. Remember the power of empathy

Blue Branch believe that one of Wonder Woman's most powerful powers is empathy. In business, the importance of empathy is often underestimated. At Blue Branch, they believe that the most successful leaders have empathy and utilise it to build an A-team.

The event-marketing specialists encourage entrepreneurs to take away the valuable lessons above from Wonder Woman and apply them to their business.

Based in Edinburgh, Blue Branch is an events promotions company that specialises in delivering personalised event marketing campaigns. Their face-to-face approach to marketing has enabled them to build valuable relationships with customers from the first point of contact at event venues.

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          Organizer Of Failed Bahamas Musical Festival Arrested For Fraud   
The man who was the main organizer of the failed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas earlier this year has been arrested by authorities and charged with wire fraud for allegedly bilking investors in his company, Fyre Media, which promoted the event. Billy McFarland was arrested by federal agents at his Manhattan home on Friday. The New York Times writes: "A criminal complaint unsealed on Friday detailed the case, which relies heavily on misrepresentations of financial information to people who invested in Fyre Media — whose main business was a website that let people book celebrities for special events — and a subsidiary, Fyre Festival LLC. "According to the complaint, sworn to by Brandon Racz, a special agent with the F.B.I., at least two people invested about $1.2 million in the two companies, and in communications with these investors in 2016 and 2017, Mr. McFarland repeatedly overstated Fyre Media's revenue from bookings and his own wealth." In a statement released by the U.S. Attorney's
          Low Gas Prices Lead Millions Of People To Plan Summer Travel   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: Millions of Americans are preparing to head out of town for the long holiday weekend. And as NPR's David Schaper reports, many are expected to travel by car, taking advantage of the lowest Fourth of July gas prices in over a decade. DAVID SCHAPER, BYLINE: When it comes to planning a summer road trip, at first you might think 34-year-old Heather Breems is going overboard. HEATHER BREEMS: We checked out a bunch of audio books. We've got DVDs, so we'll do a little bit of movie time. SCHAPER: I mean she's got everything you can think of that five kids, ages 2 to 11, might want or need - picture books, coloring books, puzzles, games. BREEMS: We've got Rubik's Cubes... UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Whoa. BREEMS: ...The kids are excited about. We have a kids version of "Would You Rather?" UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: Oh. SCHAPER: All of this and more stacked up on the floor of Breems' home office, ready to be packed up into her minivan for an epic
          A Total Eclipse Will Sweep The U.S. In August, And People Are Going Nuts For It   
On Monday, Aug. 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across America. The last time the contiguous United States saw a total eclipse was 1979 , and it will be the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years, reports The Associated Press. A partial eclipse will be visible throughout the United States, according to NASA. But within a band that the agency is calling the "path of totality" stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, viewers will witness a total eclipse. And in many of those places, an eclipse industry is already booming. The mayor of Hopkinsville, Ky., says his town has spent more than half a million dollars preparing for the event since learning 10 years ago that the area would be in the path of totality. The town even has an eclipse coordinator. "It'll look like twilight outside. You'll be able to see stars. Four planets will be visible — Venus, Jupiter, Mars and Mercury. You'll notice the temperature drop about 5 to 10 degrees," the coordinator, Brooke Jung, told the AP.
          French Bank BNP Paribas Accused Of Complicity In Rwandan Genocide   
Three civil society groups in France have filed a lawsuit against French banking giant BNP Paribas, accusing it of complicity in the 1994 Rwandan genocide that killed more than 800,000 people. The groups Sherpa, the Collectif des Parties Civiles pour le Rwanda and Ibuka France said Thursday that the bank transferred $1.3 million that was used to purchase weapons, in violation of a U.N. arms embargo. They say it's the first lawsuit of its kind against a bank in France. The Rwandan genocide started after the plane of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, an ethnic Hutu, was shot down. Hutu militias then massacred members of the minority Tutsi ethnic group over the course of 100 days. BNP Paribas has not addressed the allegations. "We became aware of the complaint through media," it said in an emailed statement to NPR. "At the moment, we do not have enough information regarding the complaint to be able to comment on it." The groups allege that one month after the U.N. implemented an arms
          GOP Health Plan Vote Delayed, But Sen. Rounds Will Vote 'Yes'   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: The Senate delay in voting to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is giving lawmakers extra time to discuss the legislation. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) RAND PAUL: If we get to impasse - if we go to a bill that is more repeal and less big-government programs, yes, I'll consider partial repeal. BILL CASSIDY: Right now, I am undecided. DEAN HELLER: Not the answer. It's simply not the answer. INSKEEP: We heard Republicans Rand Paul, Bill Cassidy and Dean Heller all expressing various concerns about the measure. And this is key - they are different concerns. South Dakota Republican Mike Rounds is here. Senator, welcome back to our studios. MIKE ROUNDS: Thanks. Appreciate the opportunity to visit. INSKEEP: Glad you could come by again. Now, you told us in May - I looked this up - that the House version of this bill was projected to cause about 23 million more Americans to go off insurance. And you wanted to do better
          Jose Mourinho still wants Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United… even if he brings in Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid   
JOSE MOURINHO still wants Romelu Lukaku — even if he brings in Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid. But the Manchester United boss will have to sort out the bad blood between himself and the Belgian star. Lukaku, rated at £100million by Everton,   still holds a grudge against the Special One — who sold him to […]
          Chancellor Philip Hammond under pressure to find £4billion to give public sector workers a pay rise   
PHILIP Hammond is under pressure to find £4billion to give public sector workers a pay rise AND keep Theresa May in power. Cabinet colleagues are urging the Chancellor to end the seven-year wage squeeze on doctors, nurses, teachers, armed forces and care staff. They want him to make the first move now – before he […]
          Everton plan shock £20m raid for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud as West Ham and Marseille also show interest   
EVERTON are planning a £20million shock move for Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud. Toffees boss Ronald Koeman will battle West Ham and Marseille for the unsettled French striker, 30. Giroud will become a priority for Koeman if Everton’s £100m Chelsea target Romelu Lukaku goes. Arsenal are close to signing hotshot Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club […]
          Wayne Rooney to reject Manchester United offer £10million to leave this summer — and fight for TRIPLE that amount   
WAYNE ROONEY is ready for a £30MILLION war with Manchester United. The striker, 31, has a year left on his deal but can trigger a further 12-month option on his £300,000-a-week salary. Old Trafford chiefs plan a golden goodbye of around £10m — but Rooney knows he can TRIPLE that if he stays. Rooney is […]
          The Real Housewives of Cheshire’s Ester Dee has reconciled with her husband… after he bought her a brand new car   
THE REAL Housewives of Cheshire star caught up in a faking scandal after she hid a secret husband has reconciled with him – after he bought her a Porsche. Blonde bombshell Ester Dee signed up to the ITVBe show posing as the fiancee of Rob Lloyd, while in fact she was secretly married to millionaire John Temple. The […]
          Do you have these Famous Five books lying around at home? They could be worth a small fortune   
ENID Blyton was an author who touched the hearts of millions of children – and adults – all over the world. Last month marked 75 years since her much-loved Famous Five went to Treasure Island in the first of the hugely-popular series. Her books were treasured and often handed down as family heirlooms to be enjoyed again […]
          Mel B has ‘just £961 in a company account’ after spending her entire £40million Spice Girls fortune   
MEL B has just “£961” left in one of her company’s accounts according to new reports. It comes after a court heard the star “blew her multimillion Spice Girls’ fortune” as proceedings got underway in her bitter divorce battle. The singer, 42, faced Stephen Belafonte, who she says tortured her with years of physical and […]
          Celebrate National Purebred Dog Day!   
National Purebred Dog Day was created in 2013 not only to celebrate the heritage, diversity and predictability of purebred dogs, but also to give a forum to the millions of people for whom these dogs are best friends, work mates, family companions, and service dogs. These have been difficult times for purebred dog owners who... read more
          National Lottery results live: Winning Lotto numbers for Saturday 1 July 2017 £5.4million jackpot   
THE NATIONAL Lottery results are in and it’s time to find out who has won a life-changing amount of money. Could tonight’s jackpot of £5.4million see you handing in your notice, jetting off to the Caribbean or driving a new Range Rover off a garage forecourt? You can find out by checking your ticket against […]
          Arsenal’s £15m bid for Jorginho rejected by Napoli as Gunners desperately try to get transfer business on track   
ARSENAL have had a bid rejected for long-term target Napoli midfielder Jorginho. The offer for Jorginho from the Gunners was set to be in the range of £15million. According to Gazzetta dello Sport whilst the Italy international isn’t necessarily guaranteed a first-team place at the San Paolo, the Partenopei rebuffed the approach and have advised the North London club […]
          Former Tottenham flop Paolo Tramezzani blasted by his old boss and accused of poaching   
FORMER Tottenham flop Paolo Tramezzani has been branded a “bag of s***” by his old boss – and accused of poaching. Spurs signed the Italian defender from Piacenza for £1.5million in 1998, but he made just seven appearances in two years to rank among the club’s worst-ever buys. Tramezzani spent five years as Albania’s assistant manager, […]
          Lead Waiter/Waitress - Charles F. Knight Center   
MO-Saint Louis, Overview: About Aramark Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Compan
          Waiter / Waitress (AM Shift) - Zephyr Cove - Lake Tahoe   
NV-Zephyr Cove, Overview: About Aramark Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Compan
          Catering Waiter / Waitress - Zephyr Cove - Lake Tahoe   
NV-Zephyr Cove, Overview: About Aramark Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Compan
          Waiter / Waitress - NY Life Insurance Co.   
NY-New York, Overview: About Aramark Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Compan
          Telemundo outperforming FOX Sports by 229% in Confederations Cup viewing numbers   

Telemundo Deportes is running all over FOX Sports in the race to reach as many viewers as possible for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. Through the semi-finals of the competition, which in many ways is a dry run for next summer’s World Cup, Telemundo Deportes’ exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the FIFA Confederations Cup has reached over 11 million total viewers, averaging 1.1 million total viewers and 569,000 adults 18-49, outperforming the FOX Networks by more than 3X (229% and 235% respectively) according to Nielsen. Telemundo’s numbers have also outperformed Univision network’s broadcast of the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009,

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          Reports: Andre Iguodala gets offer from Rockets, will now meet with Warriors - NBCSports.com   


Reports: Andre Iguodala gets offer from Rockets, will now meet with Warriors
Free agent meetings are a lot like surgeries in sports, after they end everyone says it was “positive” or “successful.” Whether it was or not. Andre Iguodala has reportedly met with the Kings and Spurs with San Antonio extending an offer, then met with ...
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          Last Train to Paris (Deluxe Edition)   
DIDDY - DIRTY MONEY: Last Train to Paris

We're abroad on tour when I meet her, the woman of my dreams. We spend the night together, but I never get her name. When I wake up, she's gone.

I'm infatuated with her, really blown away. A couple of months go by, and I bump into her again on tour overseas. We get together, and we're inseparable for three months. We go to New York, Miami, all the places where I get it poppin'.

Then, suddenly, we have a misunderstanding and she just breaks out on me. But absence makes the heart grow fonder. We're in two different parts of the world and she's remembering all the good times while I'm thinking if I had another chance I wouldn't lose her again. One night in London, I get offstage at 9:45pm and I hear that she's in Paris. It's one of the foggiest nights, so I can't take my plane, I can't drive. The only way I can get to her is the last train to Paris...

This episode, inspired by a real-life encounter from his past, is the starting point of the new album Last Train to Paris by the Sean "Puffy" Combs' new group Diddy-Dirty Money. With dark, atmospheric beats and a cinematic back story, the new project represents an entirely new side of the rap impresario. Fans may think they know him, but as he prepares to unleash his latest smash, they are about to experience an entirely new Combs, and an entirely new sound. Diddy-Dirty Money is about to redefine dance music for the new decade.

Europe didn't just provide an evocative backdrop for the story that is Last Train to Paris, it also inspired the sound. Though Combs is known for his contribution to hip hop, he is also a passionate fan of dance music, often traveling to global hot spots like Ibiza and Berlin to take in the new sounds emerging from the techno scene. Blending elements of UK grime, Mediterranean techno and the 808s of American hip hop, the album represents a new sound that Combs calls "train music."

No stranger to the finer things, Combs amassed a crew of some of the top names in music to help him bring his vision to life. TI, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne all lend guest vocals, but the biggest contribution comes from band members Dawn Richard and Kalenna. "Dawn and I aren't background singers simply standing next to Diddy," says Kalenna. "Diddy-Dirty Money isn't just more of the same. It's an organic group that grew out of a shared passion for music."

Kalenna started writing songs at 11, when she would accompany her father--a rapper and army man--into the studio. As a military daughter, she moved often, living in diverse locations including Alaska, Germany and Hawaii. In music, she found a home for herself even as "home" was constantly changing. "Growing up, I understood how music can take you away and help you escape," she says. "At the same time I began learning how music brings people together; how it can heal and comfort." She eventually channeled her talent for songwriting into a successful career penning hits for Jill Scott, Jennifer Lopez, Timbaland and multi-platinum producer Rodney Jerkins.

Dawn Richard will be recognizable to fans as a member of the group Danity Kane, formed via the MTV series Making the Band 3. The New Orleans native grew up watching her father perform. A musician, choir director and former member of R&B group Chocolate Milk, he instilled in her a love of music, even as her tastes evolved. "I was more into alternative music," she says, naming influences including The Cranberries, Sheryl Crow and Green Day. "I saw myself as the leader of a rock band with pink hair, singing the music I love."

When Combs paired Richard and Kalenna together to write songs for Danity Kane in 2009, he knew immediately that he had a powerful new songwriting team, describing them as "kindred spirits." With so many far-reaching influences between them, combining forces as Dirty Money is nothing less than "divine intervention," says Richard. "We mirror each other. We're all perfectionists with a strong work ethic. We push and challenge each other."

The trio's unmatched creative chemistry reveals itself in the latest blockbuster single "Hello Good Morning". The group premiered the single in front of 25 million viewers on American Idol on March 31st. The high-energy track, with its urgent, atmospheric beats, was perfectly suited to an explosive performance with spectacular special effects. Idol producers even issued a warning to viewers about the intense strobe lights used onstage.

Ross, who also lent vocals to the lead single "Angels", is just another member of the extended Dirty Money family. Lil Wayne was passionate about the new sound being crafted, and dropped verses on "Strobe Lights", a teasing, funky club banger, and "Shades", a trippy track also featuring Bilal. Mario Winans produced the 80s-influenced "Give My All To You" while Rodney Jerkins produced the international party jam "I Want Your Love".

"I'll even take off my shades," sings (yes, sings) Combs on "Twisted", hinting at a new, emotional core to his sound. The multilayered track represents some of the many influences of Last Train. With a soaring synth riff that reflects the head-trip that is falling in love, he recalls a post-millennial Prince. Other tracks veer from tribal drums to church organs to gritty instrumentals, all combining to form the new sound.

While Combs has had unsurpassed success in many different realms, from fashion to spirits to film, the lush soundscape of Last Train represents a renewed commitment to music from the multitalented impresario. By opening up a chapter of his own life to tell the story, he's crafted an album that is expressive and exciting. Sure, this album will make you dance, but Dirty Money is more than just dance music. It's a movement.

          Blizzard 2013   
"They" are calling for snow in the northeast.  New England is supposed to get pummeled.  Philly may get 12 inches...or nothing.  I remember as a kid how they would predict the weather and get it wrong most times.  It is usually spot on now a days.  Technology is the reason, I assume.

Anywho, when I start to prepare for the shut in, I start thinking about two things.  1.) What am I going to cook all weekend, while we tuck inside and 2.) I wish I were somewhere warm.  I have already decided that I will make short ribs and polenta and I wish I were in Brazil.  Rio to be exact.  I love Rio. A few years back, Manny had the opportunity to go to Brazil and play with the youth academy of the professional Brazilian soccer team, Fluminese.  It was incredible.  He lived with the team on their secluded campus and we camped out in Rio, on the beach.  It was July, but this was their winter.  The temps were in the 80s and it was incredible.  We have a very good friend who's wife is Brazilian.  She's lovely, but I always had trouble reading her.  After a day in Rio, I got her.  She was simply incredibly laid back and warm, not simply quiet and shy.  Brazilians are amazing.  The country is amazing.  The food is absolutely amazing. Amazing.

I could tell you a million stories, but the best was when I accidentally led my entire family into the favelas.  It was one of our first nights.  I had been told by a friend to go directly to one of those churrascarias.  She had recommended Porcao.  I did not have a proper map and took the one from the hotel and determined we could walk there.  Our hotel sat on the edge of Copacabana Beach & Ipanema Beach.  Porcao was in walking distance.  It was a chaotic walk and I determined the path.  As I led my family past the group of teens smoking pot and took the long steps up the hill, you think I would have thought twice.  Nope.  Arriving at the top of the stairs was a different world.  Motorcycles whizzed by, music poured from open windows, small kids ran down the street without shoes or shirts and stray dogs were running about.  Large groups of young men catcalled.  This was not a safe or welcoming place. John leaned in and told me that this was not the way to the restaurant.  I told him that I think we can walk to the end of the block and walk back down the steps.  We reached the end of the block and there were no steps.  A man approached and started barking at us in Portuguese.  We did not speak and just walked quickly away.  John whispered, "Let's retrace and go back."  Michaela grabbed my hand and expressed fear.  I told her not to talk and to relax.  We walked back down and arrived at our restaurant in a few minutes.  All was good.

Rio is like any large city.  Good parts and bad.  The topography is breathtaking.  It is a truly special place.  Brazilians are warm and friendly and their food is spectacular. I love it there and cannot wait to return.  Every day John insisted that we go to a juice bar.  The best one in Rio is Polis Sucos.  We visited at least twice a day.  For juice or a sandwich.  It is exceptional.  You find fruit there that you cannot find here.  My favorite was called Caju.  They translated it to Cashew.  It might have been the fruit that yields cashews.  Not sure and I have never been able to confirm this.  It tastes like if an apple and a grape had a baby.  Truly delicious.

So if you are holed up due to the weather, think of Brazil.  Eating feijoada and acai smoothies.  Think of the Cristo and playing on Ipanema Beach.  Go out and buy a bottle of Leblon Cachaca. Think of the ice cold beer and the gorgeous graffiti.  Have an ice cold Brahma Beer.  Cheers!

          Cali, Cali, Cali....I think so.   

During the holidays we took a family trip to our usual New Orleans. This year we decided to start in San Francisco, on to Tahoe, then to Nawlins. It was a quick trip, just to eat in San Fran. We walked and ate, visited with some friends and then were gone. Being that the trip was so condensed, I had to choose wisely. Where to go?

We arrived in San Francisco late. I hate arriving in the dark. My first impression of color and bustle of a city are extremely important. I remember the first time I arrived in Venice. It was extremely late and dark and deserted and cold and well, meh.... When John and I emerged early the next morning, I was hit with the chill of the November air and the colors! It was amazing. I like arriving in daylight.

The kids were exhausted, it was late and they were starving. We quickly jumped into a cab and made our way to Delfina in the Mission. Being exhausted, we did not notice that the pizza place and the restaurant were adjoined, but with separate entrances. Once seated, we realized that pizza did not appear on the menu. When we asked, they directed us next door. We felt like asses, but they assured us they were not annoyed. We walked through the door at 11:01pm to be informed that they stopped serving at 11. Even though we explained that we were sitting next door, nope, no dice. It was okay. We ran back and were served a most delicious dinner. I am happy we did not miss out. I would have been sad. Our waiter was amazing and the food superb. We would return for spectacular pizza in two days time.

The weekend was filled with the Ferry Building, the farmers market, trips to Bi-Rite (excellent) and burritos in the Mission. We had one of the best meals ever at La Ciccia. Spaghetti with bottarga, lamb, clams, it was divine! We spent our day walking around the city and eating. Chinatown was fantastic and a trip to City Lights was mandatory. I purchased some poetry by Bukowski and the kids each purchased a book, while John checked out the cigar stores on the block.

I have the Tartine cookbook. I use it often. We were about to leave the city to drive to Tahoe and I realized that I had not been able to get to Tartine. I told John that this was important to me. It was closed when we went to Delfina for pasta and I was not sure that I could miss Tartine. He agreed and we jumped in a cab. $28 dollars later (he was not pleased) we arrived at the famous bakery. The line snaked around the block. John looked over at a pizza that was just placed on an outdoor table at Delfina. Pizzatime!!! Why not? So what if we had just had lunch with friends in the Barcadero? As we waited outside for our table, Hilary Swank appeared at the door. I leaned over to my 15 year old daughter, "Bean (we call her bean), Hilary Swank is inside."
Bean, "What? Million Dollar Baby Hillary Swank?"
Me, "Yup. She's inside eating carbs."
Bean, "Cool. Do you think I can ask her about acting?"
Me, "No. Please ignore her. Let her eat."
Bean, "But...she's a million dollar baby."
Me, "Everyone deserves to eat pizza unmolested. It should be a law."
Bean, "You're right."

Our table was set and we walked inside. Our backs were to Ms. Swank and we happily ate our arancini, our salads and of course, our amazing, perfect crust pizza. I snapped pics of the kids laughing and our pizza. Suddenly, Ms. Swank appeared before our table and while looking in another direction, announced that she did not like people taking pictures of her without her consent. Amen, sister. Wait...was that directed at me?!! NO. I was not taking pictures of you. Want to go through my film? I could not have. What was going on? She then rushed behind me to a table and happily posed with them for some authorized pictures. Whew. Not directed at me. Honestly, you may be a million dollar baby, but I would not take a pic of you eating pizza. Not only is it not nice, but I do not worship celebrities. I worship food, architecture, books, travel and most important are my family's faces. Never fear Ms. Swank.

Finally, we walked over to Tartine. The line had not abated. 45 minutes later, we sat outside with a lemon tart, a slice of coconut cake with passionfruit cream, a banana cream tart (I think) and a few bags of cookies and some macaroonie thingies. It was delicious. The lemon tart was my favorite. Perfectly balanced, crisp buttery crust, not so sweet cream...lovely. I am glad we waited, although the service in San Francisco seems to be more about the servers than the product. There was no sense of urgency and absolutely no reason that I should have waited 45 minutes for ready made items. The people behind the counter were having conversations and laughing with each other. I thought, "HEY! GET TO WORK! PRONTO!" I have been told that this is an east coast vs. west coast thing. Cali is laid back and waiting is fine. It was worth the wait. Stay on the east coast! I am told. We waited 35 minutes for a cappuccino at Blue Bottle. It was delicious, but I am an addict. Addicts don't like to wait that long. I counted 14 people ahead of me. Maybe I am being unreasonable. It was very good coffee.

I think I may need more Cali in my life. I should not be so impatient.

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 > Analyses historiques > La fondation de la ville de Bagdad



Par Louise Plun

La ville de Bagdad voit le jour sous le califat des Abbassides, dynastie fondée par Abû al-Abbas As Saffah, descendant de l’oncle du prophète. La période allant de 750 à 861 est une période de grand essor, de progrès et de faste ; tandis que la période allant de 861 à 946 voit se multiplier les difficultés intérieures conduisant à l’effacement progressif des souverains et au morcellement de l’Empire en nombreuses principautés autonomes.
Pendant cette période prospère, marquée par un pouvoir politique fort, un commerce florissant, l’essor de la culture et des idées intellectuelles, naissent et se développent les villes, en particulier Bagdad.

Le contexte politique

Au milieu du VIIème siècle, une conjonction de facteurs aboutit à la chute de la dynastie omeyyade et à l’avènement de la dynastie abbasside. En effet, la lente assimilation de la propagande anti omeyyade dans les régions mécontentes du califat, la permanence d’une agitation chiite restée fidèle à Ali, les difficultés de successions ajoutées aux obstacles d’ordres politique et militaire des califes omeyyades de Damas, ainsi que l’émergence d’un mouvement clandestin révolutionnaire abbasside ayant pour berceau le Khorasan, débouchent en 749 sur le renversement des Omeyyades. Le premier calife de la dynastie abbasside est proclamé : al Saffâh, dit le Généreux. En 754 lui succède son frère désigné, Abu Ja’far, né d’une mère berbère, qui prend le nom d’al-Mansûr. Cependant, cette succession se voit contestée et engendre une révolte. Dans ce contexte insurrectionnel, le nouveau calife répond dans un premier temps par la force. Cependant, dans le but d’ancrer sa dynastie dans le paysage politique, al-Mansûr fait le choix d’affirmer son pouvoir en décidant en 762 de la création d’une nouvelle capitale abbasside : Bagdad. Ce choix résulte également de la volonté de rompre avec le modèle omeyyade en dotant le nouvel Empire d’un nouveau centre. En effet, là où les Omeyyades s’appuyaient sur les Arabes syriens de Damas, les Abbassides s’appuient sur des contingents composés d’Arabes d’Iran et de convertis, les mawalis, originaires en grande majorité du Khorasan, berceau de la révolution abbasside. La capitale de la nouvelle dynastie se rapproche donc de ses alliés sans s’éloigner de ses ennemis politiques afin de les garder sous contrôle. Son emplacement s’ancre désormais dans les terres originelles du pouvoir perse achéménide, non loin de l’ancienne capitale, Babylone.

Entre mythe et réalité

Selon al-Ya’qûbî, fonctionnaire de l’administration califale, historien et géographe, le calife al-Mansûr aurait déclaré en arrivant sur le site de la future ville de Bagdad « c’est bien la ville qu’aux dires de mon père je dois fonder […]. Cette « île » bordée à l’Est par le Tigre et à l’Ouest par l’Euphrate, se révélera être le carrefour de l’univers ». Dès lors, c’est entre le mythe et la véracité historique que l’histoire de la fondation de Bagdad se révèle.
Selon la légende, l’emplacement de la ville abbasside aurait été prédestiné par Muhammad qui en aurait eu la révélation, moyen à l’époque d’enraciner le pouvoir abbasside dans les pas du prophète. En effet, selon ce dernier, l’air y aurait été pur, la terre fertile, la température équilibrée et les ressources abondantes et variées. La renommée de l’emplacement transparait encore aujourd’hui à travers le nom de la ville elle-même, puisqu’en persan, « bâgh » signifie « jardin ». Le lieu primitif de la ville était « Baghdalth », signifiant « Dieu donné ». Ainsi, le caractère religieux et prophétique de la ville est un aspect important de la fondation de la ville, et pose les bases d’une cité à l’avenir prometteur puisque prédéterminé par la volonté de Dieu.
Pourtant en Orient, la puissance d’une ville se mesure à son temps de prospérité. L’astrologue Noubaht, « nouvelle fortune » en persan, prédit pour Bagdad une durée de vie similaire au nombre 309 de la Sourate XVIII du Coran, symbolique du temps d’attente pendant lequel les Alides, fils du prophète, attendirent avant de retrouver leurs droits méconnus depuis la mort de ce dernier. Puis Bagdad se voit donner le nom de la ville de « la paix », réunissant en effet tous les critères de prospérité que le poète d’Al-Andalous, Mansour an Namary décrit ainsi : « As-tu vu de tes yeux sur la longueur et la largeur de la terre une maison pareille à Bagdad ? Certes c’est le paradis terrestre. »
Pour les historiens cependant, la ville n’a rien d’extraordinaire. Elle serait en effet désertique, les pluies y seraient rares, le climat y atteindrait des extrêmes. Ainsi, pour comprendre l’emplacement de la ville, il faut regarder à l’échelle de la Mésopotamie. La région de Bagdad est une zone plate constituée d’immenses étendues de plaines. A l’Est se situent les montagnes de Zagros, à l’Ouest, le désert de Syrie. Mais la présence des deux fleuves que sont le Tigre et l’Euphrate en fait, avec la région de la vallée du Nil, la région la plus fertile du Moyen-Orient, d’où son nom de « Croissant fertile ». D’autres facteurs topographiques sont à prendre en compte pour expliquer l’emplacement de la ville, en particulier sa position de coeur des voies de circulation : l’une suit l’Euphrate, l’autre le Tigre, la troisième le Satt al-Garraf, et la dernière passe à la limite du Zagros. Dès lors, c’est de Bagdad que l’on peut rejoindre le plus rapidement Alep, la côte méditerranéenne, l’Egypte, ainsi que les lieux saints de l’islam. D’un point de vue stratégique, le lieu est avantageusement protégé par les deux fleuves qui constituent un rempart naturel.
Dès lors, la fondation de Bagdad ne résulte pas d’un facteur décisif comme ce fut le cas pour Jérusalem, construite sur les ruines de l’Acropole jébuséenne primitive. Bagdad est une ville construite de toute pièce, dont la fondation reste l’un des événements les plus importants de l’histoire du monde arabe et islamique.

Bagdad : reflet d’une nouvelle conception du pouvoir

Pour déterminer l’emplacement exact de sa capitale, al-Mansûr fait appel à des spécialistes, des astronomes, des géomètres « habiles, des experts dans l’art de construire » [1], des physiciens, des ingénieurs, afin de déterminer la qualité des sols, de l’air, du climat. Al-Yaqûbî cite deux spécialistes : al-Fazâri, le premier à fabriquer des astrolabes (outils permettant de mesurer la hauteur des astres), Mâshallâh, astrologue personnel du calife et savant juif. Ainsi, les plans de la ville auraient été dressés en 758-759 au « mois de rabi’ I de l’an 141 » I [2], c’est-à-dire en juillet 758. Ainsi, la construction de la ville débute sous les auspices de la science. Al-Mansûr ne fait débuter les travaux que lorsqu’il « eut à sa disposition cent mille ouvriers et manoeuvres » [3]. La « ville ronde » nait. Cette forme géométrique reflète la volonté d’affirmation des Abbassides, forme nouvelle, géométrique parfaite et rigoureuse, à l’image de leur pouvoir. Effectivement, la figure géométrique ronde est le symbole de la perfection et du cycle permanent, un signe parfait déjà en vigueur chez les Grecs. La ville a donc cette particularité de s’inscrire à l’intérieur d’un rempart circulaire, alors que les villes du monde méditerranéen ont été plutôt carrées ou rectangulaires.
D’un périmètre d’environ dix kilomètres, la ville donne une vision solaire du pouvoir, reflétant la puissance du calife. Sur l’esplanade centrale se dresse le palais du calife et sa porte d’Or. Ce somptueux palais est le symbole d’une cité sensée se suffire à elle-même. Le palais possède une coupole verte d’une extrême magnificence, dans le but d’effacer le souvenir des coupoles vertes omeyyades de Damas ou de Wasit. Le calife reçoit, dans la plus grande solennité, au centre du palais, c’est-à-dire au centre des centres. A proximité du palais se situe la Grande Mosquée. Autour du palais, les bâtiments administratifs sont voisins des demeures princières, constituant ainsi le cercle le plus proche du calife. L’enceinte extérieure est aménagée de quatre portes se faisant face deux par deux : la porte de Kufa, la porte de Basra, la porte du Khurasan et la porte de Syrie. Ces quatre portes correspondent aux quatre avenues rejoignant le centre de la circonférence et débouchant parallèlement sur les principales régions composant l’Empire abbasside. Ainsi, le calife est, symboliquement, au centre de son Empire. Toujours à l’image du calife, une extrême richesse s’y déploie, quantité de bois précieux compose la ville. Al-Mansûr a ainsi une vision claire de sa politique, celle-ci passant dans un premier temps par l’image du lieu de son pouvoir, Bagdad étant en effet à la fois la vitrine et l’outils de celui-ci : un pouvoir centralisé et fort.
La ville de Bagdad ne se limite cependant pas à l’enceinte royale. Dans les alentours de la ville se situent les espaces commerçants nécessaires à la vie quotidienne. Les faubourgs sont également organisés selon un plan d’ensemble, divisés à leur tour en quatre quartiers, selon al-Yaqûbî. Ces quartiers accueillent chacun un corps de métiers, ce qui facilite non seulement leur gestion, mais également le juste et correct prélèvement des impôts et des taxes. Ainsi, autour de la ville ronde de trouvent les sûqs des librairies près de la porte de Basra, ceux des chevaux sur la route du Khorasan, ceux des tanneurs, bouchers, tisserands, métiers ayant des besoins d’approvisionnement en eau, marchands de produits de luxe, (épices, pierres…), bains mais également mosquées.
La situation géographique de Bagdad prédispose la ville à jouer un rôle de centre économique important, se trouvant au centre d’un califat s’étendant de l’Atlantique à l’Inde. « Le centre de ce bas monde, le nombril de la terre » [4] est également une ville cosmopolite dans laquelle se sont établis des marchands arabes ou étrangers. Les historiens estiment le nombre d’habitant de Bagdad à environ 1,5 million. A la mort de son fondateur, en 774, la ville est une métropole s’étendant sur les deux rives du Tigre.
A partir de 814, le calife ne réside plus dans la ville ronde et s’installe sur la rive orientale du Tigre. La capitale abbasside se déplace à Samarra, sous le règne du calife al Mu’tasim, qui prend en 833 la tête de la dynastie. En 865 cependant, le pouvoir retourne à Bagdad. La ville subit de terribles dommages au cours des siècles.
Aujourd’hui, seuls des plans théoriques de la ville nous sont parvenus, les fouilles étant impossibles, le site se trouvant sous les habitations d’aujourd’hui et du fait de la situation politique et militaire du pays qui freine les recherches archéologiques. Cependant, Bagdad, ville de pouvoir, ville cosmopolite, ville de savoir, a participé pendant des siècles à l’essor du monde musulman, d’un point de vue économique, intellectuel, scientifique, politique ce qui lui vaut sa renommée encore aujourd’hui.
Bibliographie :
- Encyclopédie islamique.
- Dominique Sourdel, L’Etat impérial des califes abbassides, Editions puf, 1999.
- Roger Arnaldez, Les grands siècles de Bagdad, Volume I, De la fondation de Bagdad au début du IVème au Xème siècle, SNED, 1985.
- Bagdad, volume spécial publié à l’occasion du mille deux centième anniversaire de la fondation, Leiden, Brill, 1962.
- Georges Salmon, Islamic Geography, Volume 86, Introduction topographique à l’histoire de Bagdad, 1904.
Notes :
[1Al-Ya’qûbî, Le Livre des Pays, édité et traduit par G. Wiet, Le Caire, 1937.

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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.

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Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
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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

          Budget passes test run, misses deadline   
A $36.5 billion plan to rebuild Illinois’ crumbling finances passed a critical test on Friday, but a powerful legislative leader said no deal would be reached before a midnight deadline — meaning Illinois will enter its third consecutive fiscal year without a budget. The proposal would be fueled by a $5 billion income tax increase […]
          Pistons Sign Kennard To Rookie Deal   
Based on the NBA rookie scale, Kennard will make $2.2 million this season, $2.7 million in 2018-19 and $3.1 million in 2019-20.
          Report: Pistons Getting Galloway On A 3-Year Deal   
ESPN first reported the agreement, saying it was a $21 million deal.
          Illinois Lottery   
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — These Illinois lotteries were drawn Friday: LuckyDay Lotto Midday 07-12-33-42-43 Pick Three-Midday 8-1-3, Fireball: 5 Pick Three-Evening 9-4-3, Fireball: 5 Pick Four-Midday 2-2-6-3, Fireball: 2 Pick Four-Evening 2-1-2-2, Fireball: 7 Lucky Day Lotto 12-26-38-40-44 Mega Millions 10-38-51-55-64, Mega Ball: 6, Megaplier: 5 Powerball Estimated jackpot: $106 million http://www.myjournalcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_illinoislottery.jpg
          $15 Million Going To Flint For Water Crisis Health Response   
Lead exposure can cause miscarriage, developmental delays and other problems.
          NBA Salary Cap Set At $99 Million For 2017-18 Season   
The announcement came early Saturday morning, allowing for the start of free agency.
          Reply #1807   
Yall must have gotten our $20.00 tickets...as I bought 4 of them after seeing the 000 number ticket in the trash can today that was not a winner.. So, 5, $20.00 tickets yielded 0 dollars and 0 indian head cents here in Wilson area... Then tonight a man tells me that the $20.00 200 million tickets is about paid out all of its money....Me no go, me not itch no mo.....Lol.....except my Bee-hind, when it itches...Lol...

Good luck tonight...
           Nancy Pelosi: "Trump Tweet Beneath the Dignity of the President...Is Really Sad"   
Here comes the outrage from the Dems, just like clockwork.

I ask which is worse?
Sending a mean tweet to an MSNBC anchor?
Sending Iran $400 million in an unmarked plane?

Well, Trump's tweet of course.
Here's Pelosi at her weekly presser today-

          Michael Moore: Dems Have ‘No Message, No Plan, No Leaders   

Moore sounds off after last night's defeat in Georgia 6

'Dems are 0-4'

Liberal activist Michael Moore lashed out at national Democrats on Wednesday after the party fell short in a special House runoff election in Georgia despite spending tens of millions of dollars on a race that was viewed as a referendum on President Trump.

Moore and others on the left are furious with what they view as a rudderless Democratic Party that has failed to develop a new strategy or message in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s surprising election loss in November.

Moore ripped the Democratic National Committee and its House campaign arm for having “no message, no plan, no leaders.” Democratic leaders “hate the resistance,” Moore said, underscoring the lingering tension between the party’s grassroots base and the establishment in Washington.

Moore takes to Twitter: 'The DNC has NO idea how to win'...

          Dem Party Posts Worst Fundraising Numbers in Month of May Since 2003   

The Democratic National Committee raised only $4.29 million in May, the organization’s worst fundraising performance in that month since 2003, according to data from the Federal Election Commission.

In May 2003, the DNC raised $2.7 million, but since that time, the party’s worst totals in May had previously been $4.5 million in both 2005 and 2015. It is common for fundraising totals to dip in the year following a presidential election race.

This comes one month after the DNC posted its worst April in terms of fundraising since 2009, hauling in just $4.7 million.

more here...

          Pluie, pollution, usure... Le cri d'alarme de Notre-Dame de Paris   
La liste des travaux à mener d'urgence s'allonge, et l'État aura du mal à y faire face seul: victime de la pollution, des intempéries et de l'usure du temps, la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris sonne l'alarme afin que des mécènes, notamment américains, se portent à son chevet.Inscrit au patrimoine mondial de l'Unesco, le monument historique le plus visité d'Europe (12 à 14 millions d'entrées par an), joyau de l'architecture gothique des XIIe au...
          A Madrid, une marche mondiale LGBT très festive et surveillée   
Avec 52 chars et un slogan, "Viva la vida", Madrid a accueilli samedi plusieurs centaines de milliers de personnes pour la WorldPride, marche mondiale pour les droits des personnes homosexuelles, bi et trans (LGBT). Cette cinquième édition de la "WorldPride parade" - après celle de Toronto en 2014 et avant New York en 2019 - pourrait réunir un million de personnes voire deux, jusque tard dans la nuit, selon les autorités. Euphorique, une...
          Reply #1706   
Congrats to all winners and posters....

I played and they got me good again,......Lol.....Not only the pick 3 but also 4 $20.00 itch off tickets also.....DO NOT buy any of the $20.00 200 Million Blowout tickets.....I bought 4 of them in a row, 1-4 and 0 $$$$$$ on them...These are really crooks.....

I should have gotten the 690 though as it is sitting right there 2 times in a row if you just look at the day time numbers....

7 8 3

9 9 1

0 0 8

6 6 0

Right there for all to see a... [ More ]
          Reply #1689   
Nc is a mess. They would throw out anything but that quad. Hell trip that only paid alittle over a million. Its almost 3yrs and we still havent got a quad. Now look at the last time they paid million dollars i think it was wen that 113 came out.and look how long it took to get a payout like that.wow nc u really need to stop. So guys lev the trips nd quads alone cause they feel they did there duty. Smh
          Reply #1637   
This ought to be against the LAW !

A pitiful payout and winners....

Pick 3 was: 474 winners won $45,578........I have had more than that in my pocket at one time in my younger days...Lol....

Pick 4 was: 235 people won $20,497.....Buy the way, 947 is a good number to play !

700 people out of 10 million, and on a weekend too ! I got that many neighboros....Lol...

When I bought this house I live in, on a foreclosure sale, 9 yrs ago, I paid them $49,500.00 cash .....

These crooks
          Reply #1579   
Aint that a pitiful pay-out for 10 million people.. $68,863, the people from just Wilson County played that much worth..I just wish I knew how many millions they made just today.A wad I am sure with it being a week-end...They are really raking the money in right now from us........They can kiss my Ass-ets......
          Oil pipeline spill near Belfield estimated at 176,000 gallons | The Dickinson Press   
We constantly hear how safe pipelines are. Actually studies and facts show a different story. The ''Water Protectors'' at Standing Rock have every right to be concerned about DAPL going under Lake Oahe, which is their water supply and a major spill could affect millions of peopl …
          ANZ says seeking to uncover metals fraudsters after big losses   
LONDON/ MELBOURNE, June 29- Australia and New Zealand Banking Group is seeking to uncover who was behind a metals fraud in Asia that cost it "substantial losses" and led to transfers of $151 million to the United States, according to court papers filed in California. This is the second legal action that has emerged following the announcement in January by...
          BHP chairman says $20 bln investment in shale was a mistake   
SYDNEY, June 29- BHP Billiton's Chairman Jac Nasser said on Thursday BHP's $20 billion investment in U.S. shale oil and gas six years ago was, in hindsight, a mistake. Activist shareholder and hedge fund Elliott Management, holding 4.1 percent of BHP's London- listed shares, has been trying to gain support from other shareholders to persuade BHP to sell the shale oil...
          Elmhurst Hospital Plans $30M Expansion   

BY JON CRONIN Editor Elmhurst Hospital is planning a $30 million, 10,000-square-foot expansion of its emergency department that could be finished one year earlier than expected if the state Senate passes a bill to allow city agencies to build faster. The bill would allow the city’s departments of Design and Construction, Transportation, and Health and […]

The post Elmhurst Hospital Plans $30M Expansion appeared first on Queens Tribune.

          Zach Galifianakis versucht sich als Bankräuber: "Masterminds"   
In der durchgeknallten Komödie planen David (Zach Galifianakis) und Kelly (Kristen Wiig) einen richtig großen Coup: sie wollen eine Bank überfallen und 17 Millionen Dollar erbeuten. Da das Ding doch etwas groß scheint, heuern sie den etwas schlichten Kleinkriminellen Steve (Owen Wilson) und seine Gang zur Unterstützung an. Wie durch ein Wunder gelingt das Vorhaben sogar, doch dann fängt der Wahnsinn erst richtig an...
"Masterminds" ist ab 18. August 2017 als DVD, Blu-ray und Video on Demand erhältlich.
          Chelsea lodge 22 million for Porto full-back Alex Telles   

Antonio Conte has shifted his attention to Porto full-back Alex Telles after Alex Sandro reportedly snubbed Chelsea in favor of a possible transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

          Safely Grilling for 214 Million   
According to the National Retail Federation’s 2016 Independence Day survey, seven in 10 Americans who plan to celebrate the 4th of July this year will attend a barbecue, cookout or picnic. That amounts to 164 million people enjoying a flame broiled burger or two, a record number compared to previous surveys. If you’re one of […]
          Alexandre Lacazette latest: Arsenal close to completing club record deal worth around £50million   
          Chelsea FC transfer news: Roma defender Antonio Rudiger set join Premier League champions for initial £29million fee   
          Årsmøte - og visittkortbilder   
4. mars kl 1900 holder Fotosamlingas Venner årsmøte på Museum Nord - Narvik. Det blir vanlige årsmøtesaker.

Etter årsmøtet vil Harald Harnang fortelle litt om "visittkortbildenes" spennende historie. På slutten av forrige hundreår var visittkortbildene så populære at mange ristet på hodene av denne farsotten.
Sammenligningen med dagens Facebook er ikke langt unna. Det ble tatt så mange at man antar at det befinner seg nærmere 40 millioner slike bilder i norske bildesamlinger.

Til høyre ser vi et klassisk visittkortbilde-album.

Du finner litt mer info og bakgrunnsstoff om visittkortbilder her.

          Atsuto Uchida's 2014 calendar ranks 1st in reservations on Amazon   

1: れいおφ ★ 2013/09/07(土) 14:46:25.02 ID:???0
Kodansha will be selling 2 types of Atsuto Uchida's (Schalke 04) official calendar for 2014. The tabletop type will contain pajama, tuxedo, and casual pictures with a total of 128 sheets. The poster type will be life-size.

Uchida's calendar was also sold in 2013, and was high up in the rankings on Amazon together with idol groups such as AKB48 and Momoiro Clover Z.

At this point, Atsuto Uchida's two calendars have ranked 1st and 2nd in Amazon's calendar pre-order ranking.


9: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 14:52:11.59 ID:uz96HjlIP
Johnny's in a huge pinch wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
13: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 14:54:08.15 ID:lGAfaSiw0
Serves you right you idols wwwwwwww
14: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 14:54:16.95 ID:v7X3oUHj0
Pajama wwww
16: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 14:55:11.57 ID:COh1/Gbl0
Cute = justice

150: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 15:42:42.45 ID:q8ECYhS70

152: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 15:43:19.12 ID:l0doJR0s0
Hey, what the heck's up with Hideki Matsui?
154: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 15:44:07.27 ID:UhZMMXBc0
...I'm off to place my order
157: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 15:45:54.09 ID:UWh37xxcP
It's on a level that'll make you want to cook up breakfast with all you've got
153: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 15:43:27.16 ID:q8ECYhS70
160: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 15:47:14.26 ID:5YAaV2vS0
Why a tuxedo? wwwwwwwww
172: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 15:53:46.45 ID:C6lo7bNH0
I won't recognize it even if you say that this is Ucchi www
Players definitely look best in their uniforms w
166: 冷蔵庫 2013/09/07(土) 15:51:54.96 ID:Jxo9799g0






171: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 15:53:32.27 ID:VGhDk7/X0
One of his greatest strengths lies in being single.
The sales will definitely go down if he's married and has a kid.
178: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 15:56:12.86 ID:VGhDk7/X0
I'll definitely buy one if there's a Nagatomo Japanese soldier calendar

200: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 16:10:22.61 ID:vLzb4c020
Is this a craze that hasn't been seen since the Ebi-chan boom in the singles category?
These actual celebrities should be doing their best.
205: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 16:14:55.44 ID:l58JmtFbP
Instead of pictures in pajamas, 


I think 12 of these would have a higher demand
238: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 16:53:49.36 ID:UZWKTByy0
242: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 17:00:18.73 ID:GK9W0MF/0
Damn it
247: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 17:02:38.09 ID:ANGdHXu00
I know that MATSUI's already retired, but why is he shooting something like this?
248: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 17:02:57.86 ID:a2RN/Wti0
Even his hands are beautiful
251: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 17:06:27.32 ID:o1KWtfT90
Does Ucchi have a girlfriend?
254: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 17:11:56.74 ID:kwqSzAWVP
I think there are a few million women in the country who want to become Uchida's girlfriend, though
263: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 17:19:37.13 ID:LqpoIEum0
There were a lot of times when he was spotted bringing girls when he was still in Kashima.
He sometimes talks about his girlfriends on TV or in magazines.
He said that he hasn't had one for a while now.
266: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 17:21:43.13 ID:WQLS4g510
Then what about our male idols now?
I know that you can't just simply compare him to the female idols, but I feel that our male idols shouldn't be losing to him.
270: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 17:25:14.43 ID:ykz6nA170
Go search Kis-My something
302: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 17:46:38.37 ID:Oq/iOSFg0
He's like a Johnny's idol who can play football. Arashi just seems like wieners compared to him.

315: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 18:01:04.23 ID:i0Ejn2mgP
Ushida, the man who overwhelms Johnny's and AKB wwwwwwwwww
320: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 18:02:22.71 ID:n+3tmow10
Looks like Uchida's occupying 1st to 3rd

344: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 18:31:25.20 ID:oVSpScEs0
To think that Nagatomo's 2013 calendar didn't sell well, and he's been excluded from the members who would be having individual calendars next year...
383: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 19:08:39.95 ID:3cMO3KdK0
マジかよ 協会もシビアだな
Seriously? The JFA seems pretty strict too, huh.
361: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 18:49:39.79 ID:m2rKvJ6Q0
Of all the celebrities, it seems that Maki Horikita's the only person allowed to have rumors with Uchida
(Related post HERE)
372: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 18:59:44.81 ID:3B4O514n0

They really look good together. So good that even her agency was the one who posted this picture.
391: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 19:11:32.86 ID:NA0u+4eA0

ROFLMAO wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
402: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 19:37:46.60 ID:OYlW4GLP0
Ucchi's butt

409: 名無しさん@恐縮です 2013/09/07(土) 19:44:42.96 ID:iFpde+Bs0

1: エタ沈φ ★@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 17:40:12.27 ID:???i.net
"When I heard the conversation, I thought it was just another one of those young girls who was bragging about her boyfriend so I didn't pay too much attention. But when the door of the private room opened, I got surprised when I saw who was talking..."
- (customer present at that time)

In the middle of May, the voice of a young girl resonated from a private room of a restaurant in the city.

"I want to get married to Taka-kun~~~!"

And the person who said this was Perfume's A~chan, Ayaka Nishiwaki (25).

"A~chan was with a few other people, including some older women. Other things she said which threw me off: 'He cooks for me', 'And it's actually really good!', 'I do feel the love there~'. - (customer present at that time)

"Taka-kun" here referes to ONE OK ROCK's vocalist Taka (26), eldest son of ex-couple Shinichi Mori (66) and Masako Mori (55).

The two first became an "item" 3 years ago, when it was reported that A~chan visited Taka's room. What's the true relationship between the two?

But when we asked for comments from her agency, they said: "There is no truth behind that report" and completely denied the story. Will A~chan's scream reach Taka?


2 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 17:40:56.86 ID:iwwdPCZz0.net
ジャニやめて正解だったかもしれんな 森息子
Mori's son probably made the right decision to quit Johnny's
3 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 17:41:03.64 ID:Ms67Ik6E0.net
Gorilla = justice
4 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 17:41:59.51 ID:zYNhYrUt0.net

Oh, they're dating? Little Mori's a really good singer.
8 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 17:44:12.27 ID:idIkcyGM0.net
モーニング娘 道重さゆみ
AKB 柏木由紀

Girls whom Little Mori dated:
Ai Takabe
Morning Musume Sayumi Michishige
Emi Suzuki
Asuka Shibuya
AKB Yuki Kashiwagi
Sayaka Yamamoto

25 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 17:54:16.61 ID:W3WexmGxO.net
110 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 20:56:30.37 ID:Gv6Yr/wk0.net
Won't this guy be killed by a kimo-ota someday? w
117 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 21:02:33.20 ID:MJsPXEFW0.net
So he keeps devouring idols, huh?

9 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 17:45:39.38 ID:K+q3Jo3L0.net
Perfumeって 「テクノ」を名乗ってるのに 1人もシンセとか楽器弾いてないな

Perfume call themselves "techno", but not a single one plays a synthesizer or an instrument. I feel that's a contradiction.

13 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 17:47:07.51 ID:Ef1cp/770.net
You post like an oldie w
77 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 19:59:05.83 ID:EYUx7yaD0.net
Starbow didn't play instruments either so no problem here



10 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 17:46:07.93 ID:GVdsibTY0.net
A-chan's so cool
14 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 17:47:49.63 ID:Vg2+WASF0.net
Get knocked up and have a shotgun marriage
34 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 18:04:31.13 ID:I8NcyyP00.net
Use a condom that easily breaks
17 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 17:49:43.42 ID:iArYbCbs0.net
DJ TAKAがすげーなと思ったら違った
I initially thought "DJ TAKA's so amazing!" but I was wrong
18 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 17:49:52.45 ID:4KJPsdZq0.net
When you look at Perfume's footages before they made their break, everyone looked totally different. So why aren't you guys saying that these girls had plastic surgery? w

19 :名無しさん@恐縮です:2014/06/19(木) 17:59:26.97 ID:Rx0eiEABg
Wasn't it all just because of the thick makeup?
22 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 17:51:45.57 ID:zYNhYrUt0.net
They've got nice legs so who cares
69 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 19:38:49.54 ID:QEDw4DLZ0.net
時系列で並べると整形疑惑の後の写真でまた昔の顔が復活してたりで 結局メーク次第ってことに落ち着いた
But when you line their pictures up in chronological order, you'd suddenly see pictures of them looking like their old faces after the ones where they've supposedly had plastic surgery. And so it was settled that it all depended on their makeup.

26 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 17:54:24.75 ID:U/WzpaGj0.net
ここまでよくやったと思うわ。 あとは揚がりをどうするかやね。幸せになってほしいわ。

So Perfume's already 25, huh. I do think that they've done well up to this point. All that's left is to see how they'll proceed from here. I want them to be happy.

33 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 18:02:52.29 ID:p2u4kcWp0.net
最大の武器がダンスだから、20代後半以降どんどん厳しくなるな 解散したら、ぶっちぎりでDQNなのっちが転落していきそうな予感w
Their biggest asset is their dancing so it'll only get tougher for them as they approach their late 20s. And when they split up, I'm getting the feeling that the DQN Nocchi will fall down lower than anyone w

28 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 17:58:23.86 ID:sc4cn+Bd0.net
I don't like the idea of having Shinichi Mori as an in-law, though
31 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 18:00:55.04 ID:ebVmBUwh0.net
Mori's son feels like he inherited both his father's scumbag personality and that one of a kind singing ability
35 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 18:04:39.77 ID:5Pg296aw0.net
お前らゴリラゴリラ言うけど実際見たらそのへん歩いてる子より段違いに可愛いからな、 言っとくけど
Let me just say that you guys may be calling her a gorilla, but she's much cuter than those girls you see walking around the corner
41 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 18:10:05.45 ID:RMk2cYxE0.net

She's totally after the Mori family's fortune. When you end up together with this kind of woman who's only after money, then it'll be hell and you'd just end up divorcing her so go for a more normal woman instead. Both his parents must be earning over 100 million a year, easily. He better be careful.

84 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 20:10:58.62 ID:w+AC/Grc0.net
普通の女よりあ~ちゃんの方が稼いでいると思うの 普通の女の方が財産狙いかもよ
But I think A~chan earns much more than your ordinary woman. Ordinary women are the ones who are after your fortune.
87 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 20:19:38.77 ID:4Lozavpx0.net
Don't look down on A~chan who's being regarded as an angel by her fans
175 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 23:05:56.53 ID:GYNmwsFQ0.net
綺麗な字を書くじゃないか 見直したぞゴリラ
Wow, nice handwriting. I've changed my opinion of the gorilla.
186 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 23:15:04.61 ID:tHH50Hop0.net
Nice handwriting

48 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 18:29:11.49 ID:TM2qe4Ev0.net
So it's mating season for gorillas, huh
52 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 18:36:04.61 ID:S1Ij6RNV0.net
Didn't she actually say "I want to be human~"
53 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 18:36:22.66 ID:qXFaxidW0.net
Why not go for a male gorilla?
55 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 18:41:04.57 ID:BJixcGOh0.net
58 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 18:47:14.39 ID:/JC+4TQY0.net

It's not like they're being promoted as idols so just let her get married already. She's already 25.
20 years ago, people would've already said that she's missed the right chance to get married.
61 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 19:03:02.70 ID:b3ZnGdcK0.net
But she also has to take care of Shinichi Mori
62 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 19:03:08.26 ID:oVs+0mUv0.net

Must be so inconvenient for Little Mori's band. Their songs and playing level are world class, but people still add this label "ex-Johnny's" and "2nd generation talent" when referring to them...

64 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 19:29:13.25 ID:2nWtGiY20.net

He's dating Kanna Mori. A~chan's got the wrong idea.
116 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 21:01:46.35 ID:rZ7CaUCB0.net

I thought he was dating the actress Kanna Mori?
A-chan's just his friend since they're from the same agency.

121 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 21:05:28.68 ID:KKNAHKPM0.net

Nah, they're going steady. A~chan even has a duplicate key to Taka's home.

67 :名無しさん@恐縮です:2014/06/19(木) 19:44:52.85 ID:BMSVeq7BY
I listened to ONE OK ROCK for the first time the other day, and he's got a nice voice
71 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/19(木) 19:52:35.50 ID:4Lozavpx0.net
1: れいおφ ★@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:01:55.47 ID:???0.net
Popular mascot Funassyi was interviewed on CNN, making news anchor Kristie Lu Stout who showed the segment burst into laughter.

Stout was trying to hold in her laughter while explaining how the mascot business is huge in Japan, and how they make a major impact on SNS, stating that he has 750,000 followers on Twitter. She even said, "I have to start following him".

The moment she was about to switch to the next portion, she suddenly bursts into laughter, as if remembering what she has just saw.

A similar thing happened at a Taiwanese news program when Funassyi was featured. The female anchor who saw the VTR laughed and wasn't able to read her script properly. Foreigners probably find it hard not to enjoy the high-pitched voice coming out from the weird-looking character. Thanks to his reception on CNN, it seems like Funassyi is on the verge of becoming a global star.



4 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:04:04.09 ID:iUQB+tBD0.net
His voice ain't that different from Mickey's

394 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 21:55:59.57 ID:qNRQqykz0.net
"Here we go!"

5 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:05:20.12 ID:cgA1tymY0.net
Now, he's one of the highest taxpayers
6 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:05:36.64 ID:tBrLjRY2O.net
Because the most popular character looks filthy
9 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:06:11.41 ID:/mTh/uW+0.net
Was it really that funny? w
10 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:06:56.15 ID:LG8DVAy5i.net
Funassyi still doesn't act like he's a overnight millionaire so he's still likable
13 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:07:09.18 ID:3+QGTBIr0.net
14 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:07:11.31 ID:pvdNwYOy0.net
Does this guy have some huge agency backing him up?
15 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:07:44.11 ID:D+sNiSHt0.net
She probably thought that this mascot moves the same way as the vibrator that she has
16 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:08:05.36 ID:vT2y9taW0.net
He's more popular than Mickey nowadays
17 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:08:10.98 ID:UBQNVrtf0.net
We've gotten used to him now, but he left such a huge impact when he just came out
22 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:09:29.83 ID:gZDeg06w0.net
Funassyi really was shocking
24 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:09:41.16 ID:un+ZXebj0.net
Looks like her funny bones have been tickled so hard w
25 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:09:51.74 ID:mq5b2bAK0.net

Funassyi works his a$$ off so hard.
Probably a few hundred times more than us.
29 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:10:16.11 ID:zHNa+EHkO.net
I want to hear a rags-to-riches story where the guy inside now gets to wear all-Chanel

120 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:32:22.36 ID:lqdZs2tX0.net
シャネルの香水全身に浴びせて臭い消すのか? ファブ〇ーズのほうが良いだろうにw
He uses Chanel perfume all over his body to eliminate the odor? Some fabric conditioner would do a better job w

31 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:10:57.13 ID:AlaSkzOc0.net
Well, because it's like seeing some random doodle moving around w
33 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:11:36.37 ID:SclY4uv50.net
アメリカ人も笑う時に口抑えるんだな。 彼らは日本人が笑う時に口を抑える習慣を変だとか言ってなかったっけ?
So Americans cover their mouth too when they laugh, huh? Didn't they say that the Japanese habit of covering the mouth while laughing was weird?
34 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:11:37.78 ID:mqFa6OS/0.net
So how far will Funassyi go?
35 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:11:49.95 ID:YeOMo7YS0.net
Of course she'll burst out laughing w
36 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:11:54.87 ID:fMYewJPH0.net
What would you do if the guy inside him were some gross old man

44 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:13:56.92 ID:U3uC1vmt0.net
That's normal

37 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:11:55.95 ID:x29I7Tko0.net
着ぐるみ系ってなんで声高い奴が 多いんだろう
How come a lot of mascots have high pitched voices?
45 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:14:18.07 ID:Zgz45M930.net
I want to show this woman the candid explosive thing. She'll probably die of suffocation.

46 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:14:25.82 ID:Yd4a7eUI0.net
Funassyi's movements are so sharp, that's wonderful
48 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:14:33.21 ID:v0BmUMRli.net
I think this guy stands a bigger chance against the rest of the world than our soccer team
53 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:15:34.32 ID:2Mqhz9Y20.net
リアルタイムで喋るきぐるみは世界でも珍しいだろう 内臓入れ替えれないから
I think mascots which talk in real time are quite a rarity in the world today. Because you can't replace the guy inside it.
57 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:16:45.97 ID:3H3GQw2h0.net
つうかここ5年ぐらいで最強の芸人がふなっしーだと言っても過言ではないだろ 日本のコメディアンが世界で通用したという事
I don't think it's an overstatement when you say that Funassyi is the best comedian we've had in the last 5 years. It means that Japanese comedians have a chance against the rest of the world.
58 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:17:13.96 ID:IyFimRPc0.net
He didn't make her laugh. She just laughed at him.
60 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:17:56.96 ID:IyGcL/AV0.net
He's just a one-hit wonder but he's now been making a living for almost 2 years w
61 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:18:11.43 ID:5+GhqzZ80.net
Is it true that his annual income was 500 million yen?
67 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:19:23.35 ID:CM2xDjhQ0.net
I actually want to see the whole footage

86 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:24:45.08 ID:hvSGQZ+n0.net

72 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:21:12.76 ID:6/ywNto00.net
So even the rest of the world laughs at him, huh?
73 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:21:17.30 ID:vT2y9taW0.net
Which leads us to the question of what Kumamon and Bary-san's existences were for
78 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:22:15.73 ID:YeOMo7YS0.net
Kumamon's actually popular overseas as something like the messenger of the demon
83 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:23:30.98 ID:fbmm0ues0.net
You guys should also remember Bary-san every once in a while
74 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:21:31.72 ID:9PBvKZDb0.net
下手な芸人より面白い 動けるし 若い頃の岡村をもっと優しくクレバーにしたイメージ

Funassyi's a good speaker.
He's much funnier than a bad comedian. He even moves a lot. He's like a gentler and more clever version of a young Okamura.
80 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:22:58.07 ID:Q9MHKyUK0.net
Who would've thought that he would cross international boundaries...
81 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:23:14.37 ID:rHttxVTE0.net
以前ロンドンの街を歩き回るフナッシーの動画みたけど、 適当な英語と日本語で英国人にバカ受けしてたよ
I saw a video of Funassyi walking around in London, but his random English and random Japanese was a hit among the British