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          Alliances, La Roue du Temps, Tome 16, Robert Jordan        
Voilà un an et plus que je n'ai pas lu de tome de la Roue du Temps. Autant dire que ma relecture du cycle va me prendre des années. Mais finalement j'aime bien aussi. Surtout quand je me rends compte que Bragelonne et moi, nous en sommes au même point (le tome ayant été publié l'année dernière). Ce qui veut dire que je ne vais pas pouvoir augmenter mon rythme de lecture pour la série mais que je devrais arriver à ne pas trop attendre pour avoir les derniers tomes qu'il me manquent !

/!\ Comme toujours, ça va spoiler à tout va.

Alliances, La Roue du Temps, Tome 16, Robert Jordan

Editeur : France Loisir
Collection : Fantasy
Année de parution : 2009
Titre en VO : The Wheel of Time, book 08: The Path of Daggers
Année de parution en VO : 1998
Nombre de pages : 566

A lire si :
-Vous avez aimé les premiers tomes
- Vous voulez du mystère, des complots, de la magie...

A ne pas lire si
- Vous ne voulez pas de livre initiatique
- Vous n'aimez pas que les personnages soient dispersés dans le monde

Présentation de l'éditeur : 

Egwene tente de renforcer son emprise sur le siège de l'Amyrlin mais elle ne se doute pas du prix à payer. De son côté, alors qu'il doit préparer une bataille contre les Seanchan, Rand al'Thor lutte pour ne pas devenir fou : la voix de Lews Therin résonne de nouveau dans sa tête...

Mon avis

/!\ Comme toujours, ça va spoiler à tout va.

Je ne ramerais pas trop aujourd'hui sur le découpage des tomes. Disons que pour une fois, il m'arrange, je n'ai presque pas vu Perrin, mais pas du tout Mat non plus. Alliances se concentrent sur Egwene et les Aes Sedai rebelles ainsi que sur Rand avec un chapitre sur Perrin (un seul, je suis aux anges). Commençons comme toujours par un petit résume.

On commence avec Egwene et les rebelles de Salidar. La jeune femme a fort à faire. Personne ne la prend au sérieux dans son rôle et Lelaine et Romanda compte bien la faire danser au son de leur propre musique. Pas de chance pour elles, Egwene n'a plus grand chose de l'adolescente un peu naïve du début. Entre son passage chez les Sagettes et les conseils de Siuan et ceux de Bryne, elle a tout d'une grande Amyrlin. Du moins, si personne ne découvre ses plans avant. Pour cela, elle va devoir sceller quelques alliances de plus et surtout prouver aux Aes Sedai qu'elle est bel et bien leur Amyrlin. Pendant ce temps, Rand doit faire face aux nobles dissidents mais surtout aux Seancheans. Comme toujours, il part un peu bille en tête, amenant ses ennemis avec lui pour vaincre les envahisseurs. S'il doit faire face à quelques difficultés avec les nobles, ce n'est rien face au saidin qui fait des siennes. Encore pendant ce temps, après avoir utilisé la Coupe des Vents, Elayne, Nyneave et les autres se rendent à Caemlyn afin que la fille héritière récupère son trône...

Alliances est un demi-tome assez compliqué à suivre tant il y a de personnages. Heureusement, ils gravitent tous autour de quelqu'uns de nos héros et on réussit à se souvenir à peu près de qui et qui (et cela même au milieu ou à la fin du bouquin d'ailleurs). Divisé entre trois groupes, nous allons suivre un peu les conséquences qu'à pu avoir l'usage de la Coupe des Vents.

Le roman se partage aussi en deux entre la création d'Alliances (pas toujours bonnes d'ailleurs) et l'action. Côté Egwene, on avance comme on peut. L'utilisation de la Coupe des Vents a réussi, la neige est bien là. La lenteur du trajet vers la Tour Blanche va permettre à notre Amyrlin de se préparer un peu mieux et surtout de mettre à mal celles qui voudraient la mettre en laisse. Je dois avouer que j'adore cette Egwene-là. Elle est capable de se montrer aussi féroce que peut l'être Rand ou que l'était Moiraine. Egwene est pour moi l'un des personnages qui grandit le plus rapide et qui le fait bien. Elle sait qui elle est, tout elle vient et ce qu'elle veut. Elle est peut-être là par le fruit du hasard mais elle ne compte pas se laisser marcher sur les pieds. J'aime cette jeune femme qui combat avec ses propres armes et n'hésite pas à se mettre dans des situations périlleuses pour le bien de tous. En fait, elle devient petit à petit le pendant féminin de Rand, entourée par un nid de guêpes dont elle doit se sortir comme elle le peut, le tout sans la folie du jeune homme et avec des méthodes un peu moins expéditives (et encore).

En parlant de folie et de Rand, on trouve dans ce tome le retour de Lews Therin et un Rand pas loin de plonger. Le saidin fait un peu n'importe quoi et lui avec. J'apprécie Rand généralement, mais quand il est comme ça, j'ai juste envie de lui mettre des baffes. Il faut dire que Jordan en fait souvent le parfait petit con. En même temps, je serais persuadée de devenir folle, j'aurais des ennemis de tous côtés, je crois que je finirais par réagir comme lui. En tout cas, il continue dans la démesure pendant un bon moment, et bien qu'il semble être particulièrement sur de lui face aux autres, ce n'est plus du tout le cas. Les faiblesses de Rand, ce qui le rend humain, reviennent en force. S'il le cache à son entourage, Jordan ne nous le cache pas à nous lecteur. Et du coup, Rand redevient soudainement bien plus sympathique.

Par contre une qui l'est un peu moins, c'est Elayne. Souvent je me retrouve à adorer un personnage dans un tome et à ne pas pouvoir le voir en peinture dans un autre. C'est le cas pour la demoiselle. C'est bien dommage vu qu'on a quelques chapitres avec elle, Nynaeve, Aviendha et Brigitte. Or, ils sont centrés sur Elayne et sur son envie de rependre son trône. Alors qu'elle est entouré d'une groupe de femme disparates et surtout prêt à se déchiqueter, elle ne pense qu'à elle. Dommage, vu qu'il se passe tout de même deux trois choses qui mériterait un peu plus de considération. Comme la mort d'Adelaes qui semble presque normale sur le coup (une mort qui prendra petit à petit son importance mais dans le tome suivant), ou encore le fait que des femmes de la famille avoue qu'elles sont des novices en fuite (depuis trois cent ans quand même pour l'une d'elle). Je sais que rien n'est anodin chez Jordan, mais j'aurais préféré qu'il se concentre moins sur Elayne dans ces moments-là.

Pour finir, Alliances est donc un demi-tome en demi-teinte pour moi. Chose de sûre, il porte bien son nom et les pions se déplacent petit à petit sur le grand échiquier du monde. Si nous n'en sommes pas encore à la Dernière Bataille, nous nous en approchons dangereusement et tout le monde doit être sûr de ceux qui les entourent. Les Alliances se font et se défont au grès du temps. J'ai parfois eu l'impression d'avancer bien moins vite dans ce tome que dans le précédent (ce qui pourtant n'est pas le cas, loin de là). Il n'était pas celui dont je me souvenais le plus et ne le sera toujours pas.

          Forty summers ago – July 5, 1977 – grand jury began hearing testimony, piercing, slightly, the ongoing Showalter hit-run cover-up in New London, CT        


Editor’s Note: The Showalter grand jury is noteworthy in that forces for justice – Judge Joseph Dannehy, Special Prosecutor Austin McGuigan and as many as 17 Connecticut State Police detectives – could only knock down some of the walls protecting New London Police, State’s Attorney C. Robert Satti, Asst. State’s Attorney Harold Dean, Judge Angelo Santaniello, former Mayor Harvey Mallove and others who escaped complete discovery. The cover-up continues to this day, highlighted by the suppression and disappearance of the grand jury transcripts.




The foundation for investigative reporting in this case was developed by John Peterson, who was managing editor of The Norwich Bulletin during the grand jury. The grand jury began hearing testimony on July 5, 1977
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Special Prosecutor McGuigan became Chief State’s Attorney, then was fired after convicting appointees of the governor and many other public officials.

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Chronology, Grand Juror Report, Follow-up Columns
Via
Law And Justice In Everyday Life, CT Law Tribune


F. Lee Bailey on Law and Justice in Everyday Life and the Showalter case:

This book - which is mainly about public officials, police, judges and lawyers either shaming or shining - is a good read. Many of the stories stand alone, like slices of life. Others will appear early in the book, with follow-up chapters later. The crown jewel, in my view, is his handling of the strange death of Kevin Showalter, who was slammed 50 feet down the road in New London, Connecticut on Christmas Eve 1973 while changing a tire on the traffic side of a parked car. For many years, Andy Thibault dogged a case which public officials seemed determined to let die, despite the presence of a likely suspect. He tells me his mentor, John Peterson, broke the case open and then handed over the torch. Joined by the victim's mother, Lucille, who revealed herself as a determined but delightful woman as the story unfolds, Andy beats up on police, prosecutors, judges and governors until finally there is action. Spurred on by an appointment hastened by Gov. Ella Grasso, Judge Joseph Dannehy conducted one of the most brilliant and thorough investigations I have ever seen. If this book were only about the Showalter case, it would be worth the price.

APPENDIX

THE SHOWALTER CHRONOLOGY – A FOUR YEAR SEARCH FOR JUSTICE


New London, Ct.

1973

December 24

Approximately 11:10 to 11:20 p.m. Kevin B. Showalter is killed. Car leaves scene. Only taillights observed by a neighbor.

There is much confusion. Mr. Showalter had been changing a tire on his companion’s car. His companion Debra Emilyta, was sitting about six feet away from the car on a stone wall.

Ms. Emilyta told police she heard a thud, but did not see the car which struck Mr. Showalter. She said she ran across the road, a well-lit section of Pequot Avenue near Plant Street, before seeing Mr. Showalter’s body.

Mr. Showalter’s body was thrown 22 feet from the believed point of impact, onto a sidewalk near a large tree. The police report prepared that night noted the deceased’s shoes were found 110 feet apart. Part of a leg bone was found 75 feet away.

Michael Buscetto of Mike’s Auto Body gives police body putty, apparently from the car which struck Mr. Showalter. The putty never made it to the police station. Det. Lt. Konstanty T. Bucko later denies its existence.

December 25

Autopsy performed. No trace of alcohol or drugs found. Cause of death listed as lacerated liver and broken neck.

In efforts to console Mrs. Showalter, friends, neighbors, witnesses and officials volunteer information about the accident. She quietly listens for about six weeks, taking it for granted that police are acting on the same information. December 26

New London police begin full-scale search for red car.

1974

February 6

FBI report describes paint particles on Mr. Showalter’s clothing as “racing green” or “forest green” used on 1968 Chrysler products.

February 7

Mrs. Showalter notes she had the impression local police were not actively pursuing the case. She began interviewing those persons who came to her voluntarily and made a written record of her findings.

During the next three weeks, Mrs. Showalter spends much of her time making telephone calls and knocking on doors. She and her youngest son Craig, then 14, visited a number of local auto dealers and garages. She said in most cases they were told police had not made any inquiries of them.

February 28

New London police conduct first interview with Harvey N. Mallove, the downtown merchant and former mayor and city councilor. Mallove stated he drove by Pequot Avenue near Plant Street shortly before 11:15 p.m. on Christmas Eve 1973. Seven people near the accident scene contradict what he said he saw.

April 20

Mrs. Showalter writes to State’s Atty. Edmund J. O’Brien, requesting a one-man grand jury investigation into her son’s death. O’Brien never responds.

On the same day, Atty. Thomas Bishop, representing Mrs. Showalter as the administratix of Mr. Showalter’s estate, asks Atty. Joseph Moukawsher to conduct a coroner’s inquest of the hit-run death.

April 23

Moukawsher agrees to conduct inquest but must confer with New London police before setting date.

June 4

Mrs. Showalter writes to New London Police Chief John J. Crowley, asking for a progress report on the investigation by his force. Crowley neither acknowledges receipt of letter nor responds. Copies of letter were sent to City Manager C. Francis Driscoll, and Abraham Kirshenbaum, then chairman of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee.

June 10

Mrs. Showalter asks Superior Court Judge Angelo Santaniello to call for a grand jury investigation.

June 24

Santaniello notes Moukawsher has agreed to conduct coroner’s inquest. He tells Mrs. Showalter, “If it appears that during any stage of this proceeding that any further intercession is necessary, appropriate action will be taken at that time.”

July 2

Mrs. Showalter writes to City Manager C. Francis Driscoll, asking for a report from his office assessing the police department’s handling of the case. She also asks for a reply to her June 4 letter to Police Chief Crowley.

July 9

Driscoll tells Crowley to prepare a complete report for Mrs. Showalter.

July 10

Bucko completes report on fatal accident.

July 25

Driscoll sends Mrs. Showalter Bucko’s report. The report said Mr. Showalter’s body was in the road, but the ambulance crew which took Mr. Showalter to Lawrence Memorial Hospital said they found him on the sidewalk several feet away. No police officer ever saw the body at the scene since the first officer arrived as the body was being placed in the ambulance.

Bucko says paint particles from a 1968 Plymouth at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton are similar to those found on Mr. Showalter’s clothing, but the same paint is used on any 1968 Chrysler product.

Bucko also says a piece of metal Mrs. Showalter found near the accident scene is in the detective bureau. When Mrs. Showalter first offered the metal to police, they refused to sign a receipt for it.

August 6

Mrs. Showalter writes to Driscoll regarding Bucko’s report. She lists six pages of comments on allegedly “serious omissions” and “strictly opinion judgments” by Bucko.

Mrs. Showalter also writes to Chief State’s Atty. Joseph Gormley, asking him to send a representative to the coroner’s inquest. She includes copies of correspondence with local officials and Bucko’s report.

August 9

Mrs. Showalter requests a meeting with the City Council’s Public Safety Committee.

August 15

Bucko updates report, at request of city manager Driscoll.

Bucko said of the body location, “the position he (Mr. Showalter) was found in at the scene of the accident, in my opinion, would not help in solving this matter.” Erroneous on the report is the position of the car jack which is shown on the front bumper. The car Mr. Showalter was working on, a Ford Pinto, had to be jacked from the side of the vehicle.

Omitted from the report is the location of a car mat seen to the rear of the car and the spare tire Mr. Showalter never got to put on the car.

August 20

Gormley writes to Mrs. Showalter, telling her the local police investigation “has proceeded smoothly,” and there is “no reason for this office to initiate its own investigation.”

August 28

The Public Safety Committee of the New London City Council meets in closed session for one hour to discuss the hit-run death. Chief Crowley requested the closed session. He said there is evidence that could jeopardize future action.

Mrs. Showalter submitted a 12-page statement for the meeting, but did not attend.

Crowley said the case is not closed and it appears an arrest may be made.

August 31

Mallove submits official statement to New London police.

November, 1974

After being postponed several times, the coroner’s inquest hears testimony from 50 persons. No findings issued.

1975

January 24

A state police detective participating in the federal grand jury probe of the city police department has told one of its patrolmen they identified the driver of the car which struck and killed Mr. Showalter on Christmas Eve, 1973.

“We know who killed the Showalter kid, how come you don’t?” the detective was quoted in The Norwich Bulletin as saying.

March 19-22

The Bulletin, in a four-part series, shows:

- Eyewitnesses and what New London police called “near witnesses” drastically differed in their accounts of the accident.

- Microscopic paint particles found on Mr. Showalter’s clothing on which police based their search may not have been left by the vehicle which struck him.

- Evidence entrusted to police officers at the scene has never been seen since.

- A claim by police that it would cost as much as $1,200 to trace vehicles possible involved in the mishap was declared false by the state Motor Vehicle Department.

The Bulletin, when preparing the series of articles, made repeated efforts to discuss the case with police officials but Lt. K.T. Bucko, who headed the case, on the advice of then Police Chief John Crowley, would not.

April 3 State police conduct an extensive door-to-door inquiry in the Pequot Avenue region. State police have been looking into the case as part of a federal grand jury investigation into alleged corruption within the city force.

July 12

The state of Connecticut offers a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the hit-run death of Mr. Showalter. A total of $3,000 is now being offered. Classmates and friends of Mr. Showalter’s have already collected $1,000.

July 21

A community effort by friends and classmates raises the reward to $5,000.

November 8

The transcript of the coroner’s inquest of the hit-run death conducted nearly a year ago has yet to be typed, Coroner Joseph Moukawsher confirms. He said he wants to review the transcript even though he believes his six-day long inquest did not establish any guilt in the case. He said he has not spoken with the court reporter assigned to the case since the early summer.

December 10

Mrs. Showalter writes to State’s Atty. C. Robert Satti, requesting a one-man grand jury investigation. No response.

1976

January 6

Satti refuses to confirm or deny the existence of Mrs. Showalter’s request. Mrs. Showalter has also asked Satti’s office to ascertain the location of recorded tapes made during the coroner’s inquest.

January 9

Mrs. Showalter sends a special delivery letter to Satti asking for a response to the December 10 request. No response.

February 19

In a feature article, also carried statewide by the Associated Press, The Bulletin profiles Mrs. Showalter on page one.

Some public officials regard her as a persistent nuisance, someone to be ignored and sidestepped, but Mrs. Lucille M. Showalter will not breathe easily until they tell her who killed her son, Bulletin reporter Fred Vollono wrote.

“The official comment seems to be there is nothing to it,” Mrs. Showalter said. “It is just the ramblings of a grief-stricken mother. But there are many people who urge me to go on. They say, ‘Lucille, if you stop, then nothing will ever be done.’”

February 23

Mrs. Showalter receives a letter of confession from an inmate at Somers state prison. The inmate said he was plagued by news accounts of the death. Every time he seems to forget the accident, the inmate said, he reads another news story.

April 2

Mrs. Showalter submits a third written request to Satti for a grand-jury probe. No response.

May 6

Common Pleas court Prosecutor Harold Dean quashes the only lead in the two and a half year old investigation, The Norwich Bulletin reports. The lead was the letter of confession written by the inmate at Somers Prison. State police arrested the inmate for harassment of the victim’s mother, Mrs. Showalter, to whom the letter was sent. Dean nolled the case and allowed it to be dismissed despite a prior meeting with state police when the significance of the arrest was discussed.

State police did not believe the letter writer was responsible for the hit-run death, but they thought the letter contained possibly significant information. Dean said he was certain the accused had no knowledge of the case, because he was incarcerated when Mr. Showalter was killed.

August 7 The day following the Bulletin’s report of Dean quashing the lead, Chief State’s Atty. Joseph Gormley says he had “no idea” why the lead “which very well could have led to something,” resulted in a dead end. Two state police officers had met with Gormley to discuss the letter of confession.

August 6

State police list the investigation into the killing of Mr. Showalter as “closed pending further development.” That classification came 31 days after Dean threw the harassment case out of court.

August 30

Mrs. Showalter again asks Superior Court Judge Angelo Santaniello to call for a one-man grand jury probe.

September 1

Mrs. Showalter publicly renews her efforts to have a one-man grand jury reopen the investigation into the hit-run killing of her son. In a statement sent to 22 media outlets, Mrs. Showalter says she made the appeal in an August 30 letter to Superior Court Judge Angelo Santaniello. She says she was asking the judge to “make good on a promise” he made to her in June 1974. Santaniello wrote in a June 24, 1974 letter, Superior Court intercession would be possible if the investigation required it.

Santaniello said, “probably the proper person” to approach would be State’s Atty. C. Robert Satti. But Mrs. Showalter said she is ignoring Satti because he failed to respond to her December 1975 letter asking for the grand jury.

September 23

State’s Atty. C. Robert Satti says he needs another three weeks to review information on the killing of Mr. Showalter before deciding whether the investigation should be reopened or shelved.

Satti says he had hoped to have the matter resolved by today, but the sinking of his 35-foot cabin cruiser two weeks ago, an unexpected report of crimes by New London police, and a new trial forced him behind schedule.

November 23

Mrs. Showalter turns to Governor Ella T. Grasso for help.

“I cannot endure this loss of a beloved son in the midst of a governmental system that appears to neither act nor care,” Mrs. Showalter says in a letter to the governor.

Mrs. Showalter says she is skeptical the New London County State’s Attorney’s review of the case will result in the one-man grand jury she has requested. Satti today said he is still reviewing transcripts of the Coroner’s Inquest and refused further comment.

December 21

Just three days before the third anniversary of the killing of Kevin B. Showalter, the state’s chief court administrator orders the city’s only unsolved hit-and-run case reopened.

John P. Cotter signs an order creating a one-man jury to probe the death, renewing hopes that allegations of police bungling and mishandling of the case will be settled.

“I can’t yet believe it,” says Mrs. Showalter, calling the action a “literal miracle.”

Cotter, a justice on the state Supreme Court, selects retired Superior Court Judge Raymond J. Devlin to head the one-man grand jury.

An attorney representing Mrs. Lucille M. Showalter also files a $600,000 lawsuit against the unnamed person(s) responsible for the killing of her son. Atty. Averum J. Sprecher of East Haddam says the suit is aimed at protecting Mrs. Showalter’s rights.

“The action as I have filed it will definitively preserve her rights when the investigative bodies finally determine who killed the boy,” he said. The suit is aimed at heading off fears the state’s statute of limitations might preclude Mrs. Showalter from pursuing civil action if the killer is found.

December 24

Superior Court Judge Joseph F. Dannehy is ordered to replace State Referee Raymond J. Devlin as the one-man grand juror investigating Mr. Showalter’s death. Chief Court Administrator John P. Cotter says Judge Devlin had asked to be taken off the case because he was too busy with other duties, and would be unable to commute from his New Haven office.

1977

January 4

Austin J. McGuigan, the special prosecutor assigned to the one-man grand jury probing the hit-run death of Mr. Showalter promises to pull “all the stops” in his investigation but says he needs help from the public to succeed.

McGuigan has worked for the state for two years as the top investigator of organized crime. He appeals to anyone with information to call him confidentially.

February 8

State Police Commissioner Edward P. Leonard, as part of a last-resort effort, makes a personal appeal to area residents for information about the killing of Mr. Showalter. In a letter to the people who live near the Pequot Avenue site where Mr. Showalter died, Leonard asks for facts – “No matter how insignificant they may appear” – which might shed light on the car, the driver or the accident scene.

Special Prosecutor McGuigan says police “had no suspects.” However, he says if a suspect is found police believe there is sufficient evidence to tie the person to the case.

April 18

Investigators say they feel confident the Showalter case will be solved.

The new optimism comes after a public appeal netted more than 300 leads, new laboratory analysis of existing evidence, and an accounting of each of the more than 10,000 green Chrysler products registered in Eastern Connecticut when Mr. Showalter was killed.

The new evidence means “there is a significant possibility the vehicle in question was not a green Chrysler,” Special Prosecutor Austin McGuigan says. While the investigators will not say what other color the car might have been, the evidence apparently opens new avenues for the investigation. Previously, other theories on who drove the death car, theories which have had some substantiation, were locked into the green Chrysler theory, police acknowledge.

May 10

State police investigators spend two and a half hours recreating and filming the Pequot Avenue death scene where Mr. Showalter was the victim of the hit and run.

May 18

State police again film and re-create death scene.

June 22

The Bulletin reports that one of the most intensive investigations in state police history, the probe into Mr. Showalter’s hit-run death, will be given to a one-man grand jury July 5 in Windham county Superior Court.

Judge Joseph F. Dannehy, the grand juror, imposes a gag order on all investigators assigned to the case. Special Prosecutor McGuigan and 17 state police detectives had gathered evidence for the grand jury.

June 23

More than 50 persons will be subpoenaed and the scope of the probe will be expanded to include subsequent actions connected with the accident, The Bulletin reports.

June 24

Eleven New London police officers, including the top detective involved in the first of three investigations of the hit-run death, have been subpoenaed, The Bulletin reports.

July 5

The grand jury begins behind closed doors with testimony by New London Det. Lt. Konstanty T. Bucko.

Outside, a television camera crew drips with sweat under the glare of a hot summer sun.

Inside it is quiet and cool – almost like any other day. The state police detectives and reporters talk about golf, baseball and other summertime activities. Because of the gag order imposed by Judge Dannehy, they can’t talk about what is most on their minds, what has brought them all together – the unsolved hit-run death of Kevin B. Showalter.

The session lasts about five hours and also includes testimony by Mrs. Showalter and Debra Emilyta, Mr. Showalter’s companion the night he died.

Ms. Emilyta has been sitting on a wall about 6 feet from Mr. Showalter when he was killed. She told police she only heard the 20-year-old Mitchell College student struck, and did not see the car which struck him.

July 6

Witnesses include Michael Buscetto of Mike’s Arco in New London. What he identified as body putty, apparently from the car that struck and killed Mr. Showalter, has never been seen since police officers placed it in an envelope that night, according to sources.

Ms. Emilyta concludes testimony.

Also testifying are Dr. Robert Weller, members of his family, and a friend, who while returning home from church drove past Mr. Showalter as he was changing the tire. They were among the last persons to see Mr. Showalter alive.

Other witnesses include Mrs. Ruth P. Hendel and Mrs. Charles (Shirley Pope) Alloway, her daughter.

On Christmas Eve, 1973, Mrs. Hendel had just turned away from the window of her home on Pequot Avenue where she had been watching Mr. Showalter work on the Emilyta car. She heard the noise of the car striking Mr. Showalter and turning back quickly she caught a glimpse of the taillights. Her first impression of the fleeing southbound car was that it was bright-colored, possibly red.

Mrs. Hendel continued to watch the accident scene as she telephoned Mrs. Alloway, the wife of a New London police officer.

Arthur Adams of New London, a Mitchell College security guard and former state policeman, also testifies. Aside from Ms. Emilyta and the hit-run driver, Adams may have been one of the last persons to see Mr. Showalter alive.

Adams saw Mr. Showalter working on the car and Ms. Emilyta sitting on the stone wall, swinging her legs. He observed the girl with a coat collar wrapped around her head, in conversation with Mr. Showalter, after the Weller party had driven by.

Adams continued on his rounds towards the Montauk Avenue side of the campus. Sometime after 11 p.m., he saw an ambulance heading for the hospital and two police cars heading down Plant Street.

July 7

Some of the last persons who saw Mr. Showalter alive and one of the first who saw him dead testify.

Six members of the Sitty family, who were celebrating Christmas Eve and occasionally watching Mr. Showalter change a tire from inside a house on Pequot Avenue, tell the grand jury what they knew about the case, Edmond Sitty had brought out a blanket and a corduroy coat to put over Mr. Showalter’s body after he had been struck and killed.

A New London High School classmate of Mr. Showalter, Arthur Petrini, was a passenger in a car that passed the accident scene sometime after Mr. Showalter was killed and before the ambulance and police arrived. He also testified.

July 12

Witnesses included two firemen and a dispatcher, two nurses and an orderly, the New London County Medical Examiner, the first man to officially identify Mr. Showalter, and a woman who lives near the accident scene.

Larry Grimes, a security guard who knew Mr. Showalter from Mitchell College, had made the preliminary identification at Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals, where he also worked. Mrs. Dorothy Bryson of Pequot Avenue, who came upon the accident scene, also testifies.

July 13

New London police officers pack the waiting room of the Windham County Courthouse. Of the 11 who were subpoenaed last month, at least seven are present.

The 11 include Patrolmen Vincent McGrath, Steven Colonis, Thomas P. Bowes Jr., and Cpl. Joseph Chiapponne, all of whom were involved in the initial investigation. With the change of shift, Sgt. Joseph Jullarine, Patrolmen Richard West and Glenn Davis and Det. Sgt. Konstanty T. Bucko joined the probe. Bucko was off duty at the time.

McGrath filed the motor vehicle report of the accident and the sketch on the report was by Bowes. Bucko took photographs of the scene and gathered evidence. His photographs may be the only ones taken. Bucko also went to the hospital and got the victim’s clothing, according to sources.

Colonis, the first officer on the scene, apparently arrived as Mr. Showalter was being placed in the ambulance. He interviewed Ms. Emilyta and took her to the station to file a 13-sentence statement.

There is some confusion of whether Colonis drove an unmarked police car that night. Sources say police made conflicting statements on that question.

July 14

Thomas Wainwright, who played tennis with Kevin Showalter at New London High, saw his lifeless body on a sidewalk on Pequot Avenue before an ambulance or police arrived, and is among those testifying today. Arthur Petrini, who testified last week, was a passenger in Wainwright’s car.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wainwright, who were stopped by police after circling the scene in another auto, also testify.

At least seven New London police officers are at the courthouse, but it is not known how many are testifying.

July 19

The grand jury shifts beyond reconstructions by “near witnesses,” as Sgt. Joseph Jullarine, now retired, testifies. He was the squad leader who reportedly conducted “an intensive investigation” for a red car during the 11:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. shift on Christmas Day 1973.

July 20

The grand jury investigators spend much of the day alone reviewing physical evidence and testimony. Only three witnesses – New London police who have already appeared during the proceedings – are present.

July 21

Det. Bucko appears for at least the fourth time in the nine days the grand jury has convened. The session begins at 10 a.m. and ends about 5:45 p.m., with his departure.

A nurse’s aide who knelt by Mr. Showalter’s body, feeling for a pulse, also testifies, Sue Costello, who heard the report of an accident as she was leaving Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals in New London from her shift, had arrived on the scene before ambulance personnel and police.

July 26

The scope of the grand jury probe goes beyond Mr. Showlater’s death and runs smack into a crucial area of dispute with the appearance of New London police detective Walter Petchark.

On Christmas Day 1973, with evidence already missing and news of Mr. Showalter’s death on the radio, Petchark reportedly received a call from former mayor Harvey N. Mallove. Mallove later told The Bulletin there was no truth to the report. But he allegedly told Petchark he thought he saw the accident the night before.

Three city police detectives – Bucko, Petchark, and Carmello Fazzina – were present at the inquiry. They were followed by laboratory technicians from the FBI, who lent their expertise in the analysis of headlight glass possibly belonging to the death vehicle.

July 27

The former counsel for the estate of Mr. Showalter testifies. Atty. Thomas Bishop confirms his representation of the estate was severed in June 1974.

Thomas and Donald Wainwright return for further testimony.

July 28

Witnesses include Mrs. S.F. Zimet of Ledyard. Mallove said he was visiting at her home on Christmas Eve 1973, left about 10:45 p.m., and was home in New London about half an hour later.

Mrs. Zimet is accompanied by her attorney, L. Patrick Gray. Gray, like Bishop, is a member of the New London law firm Suissman, Shapiro, Wool, and Brennan.

Other witnesses include New London city Manager C. Francis Driscoll and Elise Mallove, Mallove’s daughter. Miss Mallove was home for her Christmas vacation in 1973.

The grand jury begins a four-week recess. More than 50 persons were called during the first 12 days of the inquiry.

August 30

New London police investigators and a newspaper editor who has followed their unsolved hit-run death case for three years are among the witnesses.

Retired Police Chief John Crowley and Det. Lt. K.T. Bucko, who refused repeated pleas by The Bulletin in March of 1975 to discuss the death of Kevin B. Showalter, gives testimony – as did the paper’s managing editor, John C. Peterson.

Peterson testifies for three hours.

August 31

The attorney who conducted a coroner’s inquest into Mr. Showalter’s death, the results of which have never met public scrutiny, is the first witness today. Atty. Joseph Moukwasher, who heard testimony from 50 witnesses during six days in September and November of 1974, is one of the few persons familiar with the substance of that investigation.

It took more than two years for the transcripts of the hearings to be typed and submitted to State’s Atty. C. Robert Satti.

State Police Sgt. Donald Crouch, who in 1974 and 1975 worked for the federal grand jury investigating alleged corruption in the New London force, also testifies. Other witnesses included Rosemary Benson and Carol James.

September 1

Physical exhibits appear to outnumber witnesses in the 15th day of proceedings. Two state police technicians from the crime lab in Bethany carry satchels concealing evidence into the closed courtroom. One exhibit is a light colored automobile fender, which was dented and streaked.

September 2

Det. Edward Pickett of the New London County State’s Attorney’s office, who helped administer a lie detector test to Ms. Emilyta, testifies. Ms. Emilyta passed the test.

Another detective, private investigator Joe Harris, is also called. A former Waterford police sergeant, he worked on the case for a brief time, on his own.

Other witnesses in a short session include State Police Sgt. Charles Trotter, a principal investigator in the federal grand jury probe of the New London city police.

September 12

Two persons who saw Mr. Showalter on Christmas Eve 1973, hours before he was killed testify.

Ramona Ricci, a coworker of Mr. Showalter’s at a Waterford discotheque, attended one of two parties Mr. Showalter had planned to go to after work that night. Nancy Wicksham, who also testified, had joined friends that holiday evening at the club.

September 18

Mallove says his status as a suspect in the case is “nothing new.” During testimony in a New Jersey courtroom, Connecticut State Police revealed Mallove is a prime suspect in the hit-run case. The testimony concerned refusal by two New Jersey men to comply with a subpoena issued by the one-man grand jury. Trooper Charles Wargat also testified he was told the two men repaired Mallove’s car on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day 1973.

Mallove tells The Bulletin he did not know the men and never had a car repaired at their shop on Reed Street in New London. He says he didn’t kill Mr. Showalter and doesn’t know anything about anybody who did.

September 19

One of the two men who testified with immunity today has said in a published account he has no knowledge of the case and denied any car was repaired in his New London shop on Christmas Eve 1973.

Walter String Jr. made those comments in the New Jersey Courier Post. He and his son, Walter String III, had been ordered to appear today by a New Jersey judge, after refusing to comply with a subpoena.

Among the dozen or so witnesses are New London city police Sgt. Donald Sloan and Cpl. Charles Alloway. They took the first full statement from Ms. Emilyta, five days after the accident.

September 26

Darlene Barnes, a friend of Mr. Showalter who patronized the Waterford discotheque where he worked, is among the witnesses today. Ms. Barnes was also one of the 50 witnesses during the coroner’s inquest of 1974.

October 3

Larry Grimes testifies again. The Mitchell College security guard who made the first identification of Mr. Showalter at Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals, was also at the courthouse on July 12, and Sept. 26.

The grand jury will be in recess until October 17. It has convened 20 times since July 5 and heard about 90 witnesses.

October 11

Judge Dannehy says published reports that Mallove is a prime suspect in the case “couldn’t bother me in the least.”

“They (the newspapers) are free to speculate if they wish,” Dannehy says. “I am not concerned with their claimed right to freedom of expression.

I think that sometimes their attitude is to publish and be damned, but they don’t bother me.”

“Why don’t you wait” for the grand jury report? Dannehy asked.

October 17

The sales manager of a New London auto firm who said he has sold a number of cars to the family of a suspect in the hit-run case testifies.

In 1970, Peter Emmanuel Sr. of New London Motors sold a Lincoln Continental to Harvey N. Mallove, whom state police have identified as a suspect in the Christmas Eve, 1973 death. A compact car was among the other autos the New London firm sold to Mallove.

State police were looking for a green Chrysler product when they first questioned New London motors personnel, Emmanuel said before he testified. But the firm didn’t sell Mallove such a vehicle, which police had believed was the death car, he added.

October 24

The grand jury does not convene today because the investigators were not ready to proceed, Judge Dannehy said. He said he plans to conduct several more sessions before adjourning to write the final report, but did not specify.

November 14

The grand jury meets for its first regular session since October 17 and hears one witness. The witness, Gary Jordan of New London, said he was dating Elise Mallove on Christmas Eve 1973.

Sources say the grand jury conducted at least one special session since October 17, but it was not known who testified.

November 21

State police continue working long and irregular hours probing Mr. Showalter’s death as they re-create the hit-run scene on Pequot Avenue near Plant Street for at least the third time.

November 29

The man whom state police have said they consider a prime suspect in New London’s only unsolved hit-run death has his day in court.

Harvey N. Mallove testifies for about four hours before the secret grand jury probing Mr. Showalter’s death. Atty. Leo J. McNamara accompanies Mallove to the Windham County Courthouse.

Mallove says he was one of a number of persons who drove by the accident scene shortly before or after Mr. Showalter was killed. But a four-part series by The Bulletin in March of 1975 showed Mallove saw a scene that seven other persons said could not have taken place.

Mallove passed the accident scene within a minute or two after an ambulance call was logged. His statement to New London police – dated eight months later – conflicts with accounts of seven persons at the scene or looking out their windows seconds after Mr. Showalter was struck.

Mr. Showalter was struck by a car as he changed a tire on a friend’s parked Ford Pinto, on a well-lit section of Pequot Avenue near Plant Street.

In his statement, Mallove said he saw an automobile parked at an angle in front of the Pinto. None of the seven persons saw any car stopped at the scene immediately after the victim was hit according to the July 10, 1974 report by New London Det. Lt. Konstanty T. Bucko.

Mallove’s vivid description of a middle-aged man talking with a girl near the car also conflicts with statements by the seven persons.

In his statement, Mallove said he assumed the man was a member of the police department. But Bucko claims in the July 10 report that Mallove told him the talking to the girl was “NOT” a policeman.

Bucko’s report also claims Mallove learned on Christmas Day 1974 that “a man had been killed and he remarked to some people that he saw the body.” But Bucko continued to report that after Mallove viewed photographs of the scene he realized what he mistook for a body was a floor mat. In his statement, Mallove said he saw a “flat object which I assumed was a blanket or a mat.”

In his August 31, 1974 statement, Mallove said, “Seeing no trouble, accident, or any evidence of anything out of place…I continued on my way home.”

In the July 10, 1974 report, Bucko claims; “Mr. Mallove stated he was going to stop because he realized there had been an accident.”

Mallove has told The Bulletin that Bucko misquoted him.

December 7

The calling of witnesses ends with Mallove’s second appearance.

The proceedings included a film screening, apparently of the death scene as re-created by state police.

After the 35 minute screening, Special Prosecutor McGuigan and Judge Dannehy questioned Mallove for about 40 minutes. That was the bulk of the afternoon session.

The question of whether indictments should be handed down in New London’s only unsolved hit-run death now rests with Judge Dannehy.

After 24 sessions and more than 100 witnesses, Dannehy said the next step for the grand jury is the final report on who killed Kevin B. Saltwater.

1978

Feb. 17 Report filed.

Feb. 22

Report made public.

  • THE DANNEHY REPORT


  • SHOWALTER COVERUP COLUMNS

    Chapter 1

    Law and Justice in Everyday Life

    Cover-Up In New London

    Hit-And-Run Continues To Mock Justice


    Sept. 4, 2000

    If Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney John Bailey wants to bring closure to cold cases, here’s one from New London that should top the list: The Showalter hit-and-run cover-up is a dark chapter in Connecticut history, a tale more appropriate for a Third World country.

    And yet, only one thing bothers former New London County State’s Attorney C. Robert Satti about the Showalter case: that it was investigated at all.

    Satti, now retired, made the point again and again, most recently this year. Satti’s complaint, made during the wake of the late state police Detective George Ryalls, was that Ryalls’ obituary mentioned the suspect the prosecutor refused to pursue in the Showalter probe.

    Kevin B. Showalter, a 20-year-old Mitchell College student, was killed at 11:12 p.m. on Christmas Eve 1973. He was changing a tire on a well-lit section of Pequot Avenue on the New London shoreline when he was struck and killed. His girlfriend, sitting only 6 feet away on a stone wall, claims she saw nothing.

    Auto body putty from the death car disappeared after a tow truck driver gave it to New London police. The evidence file that was supposed to contain the putty was stuffed with bathroom tiles. The file that was supposed to contain headlight glass from the death car instead contained glass from three different headlights. State police and others suspected that, in order to throw legitimate investigators off the trail, the late young man's clothing was pounded on a different-colored car than the one that killed him.

    The victim's mother, Lucille M. Showalter, tried to get a grand jury investigation of the cover-up. She was rebuffed repeatedly by the presiding judge, Angelo Santaniello who, it later became clear, was best friends with the leading suspect. Santaniello then referred Showalter to prosecutor Satti, who happened to be his former law partner. Satti refused to acknowledge registered letters from Mrs. Showalter pleading for a grand jury probe.

    Satti did finally meet with Mrs. Showalter in 1978, after Judge Joseph Dannehy of Willimantic, acting as a one-man grand jury, named former New London Mayor Harvey N. Mallove as the probable driver of the hit-run vehicle. Satti called the three-hour meeting, in which he repeatedly told Mrs. Showalter that there never should have been a grand jury investigation under Dannehy.

    Mallove held a good hand; he had the best legal muscle in New London County on his side. New London police would not question him for more than seven months, and then only in a perfunctory manner. They would say they inspected his cars, but they did not. Significantly, Mallove’s Lincoln had been repaired, but it wasn’t until state police took over the case four years after the accident that the fender was finally seized.

    Santaniello would arrange for a coroner’s inquest and put his niece in charge of typing the transcript. Only after two years of intense public pressure would the transcript be typed. But the inquest never issued a finding.

    Santaniello tipped off Mallove that he was a suspect. The judge was also aware of what local police knew about the case. Mrs. Showalter memorialized the admissions in tape-recorded telephone conversations.

    “I did talk to Harvey,” Santaniello told Mrs. Showalter on Oct. 17, 1975, “and I said, `You’re suspected.’ As a matter of fact, at that time a police officer came to him on the same day or the next day, and told him you were making accusations about him and that he was a prime suspect.” The day before, Mallove told Mrs. Showalter, “Judge Santaniello is of the opinion that you fingered me.”

    It was not until 1977 that state police, who took over the case at the behest of former Gov. Ella Grasso, formally named Mallove a suspect. Next week, I'll propose a means to solve the Showalter cover-up.

    Showalter Cover-Up Is New London's Shame

    Sept. 11, 2000

    New London, where I grew up and began working in the 1960s and ‘70s, was a dirty little city with character.

    It had a restaurant called the Hygienic that was everything but. There were at least a couple bars where the cops couldn't do anything, except maybe a little business.

    The top pimp in town never went to jail until he was about 60 and a certain court official retired.

    New London will always be the city that tried to cover up the Christmas Eve 1973 hit-and-run death of Kevin B. Showalter. It's been doing a pretty good job for nearly 27 years, but the onion is beginning to peel.

    The local daily newspaper admitted -- in its official history published this year -- that it did a shoddy job on the Showalter case. Specifically, The Day admitted its failure to explore the relationship between a former mayor and a top judge, and their influence on the course of the criminal investigation. That’s a beginning.

    Political and police corruption goes back a couple generations in New London. By the 1970s, New London police were widely known to be involved in the selling of women, dope and refrigerators, among other things. A federal grand jury took note. But as with the Showalter case, there were these little problems with the evidence.

    A jewelry store owner and former city mayor multi-millionaire Harvey Mallove was the prime suspect in the hit-and-run death of Showalter, a student at Mitchell College. Showalter’s date that night, Christmas Eve 1973, said she saw nothing from her vantage point six feet away, sitting on a stone wall under a streetlight on a residential street as a young man changed the tire of her car.

    Harvey was everybody’s pal. He would take kids to the Super Bowl, then, down the road, get them jobs as cops. He was friends with bums in the street and bums in high political office. He was wired. The standing joke among reporters became: Harvey's a great guy to have a beer with, just don't change your tire if he's driving by.

    “I didn't kill the kid in any way, shape or form,” Harvey told me many times. As mayor, Harvey helped hire a few police chiefs. His best friend was the administrative judge for the county; that was the judge who controlled the early stages of the investigation, specifically a coroner’s inquest that never issued a finding.

    State police followed up a report that Mallove’s best friend, County Administrative Judge Angelo G. Santaniello, was with Mallove on Christmas Eve 1973. Santaniello reportedly was No. 11 on a guest list for a party at the home of his political mentor, the late state Sen. Peter Mariani. The Mariani party was one of two Mallove attended that night.

    Santaniello told reporters he never went out on Christmas Eve.

    Another state judge, Joseph F. Dannehy, conducted two grand jury investigations. In 1978, Dannehy named Mallove as the probable driver of the hit-run vehicle, but said evidence that might have ensured conviction was either mishandled or destroyed.

    Mallove died a few years ago with this legacy. Others still have time to come clean and tell the truth about the cover-up. Mrs. Showalter tried unsuccessfully to have Satti, Santaniello and others prosecuted for hindrance of prosecution (CGS Section 53a-166) warning of impending discovery, providing means of avoiding discovery, preventing discovery by deception. Because a conspiracy to hinder prosecution is an ongoing crime, those with information could tell Chief State's Attorney John Bailey, who has begun an initiative to solve some of the state's cold homicide cases.

    Isn’t it time? No one kept the system honest when it counted, though some tried. Most stood by as the system that was supposed to protect the victim and his family betrayed them all.

    Where is the conscience of the community?

    Cold Case On Ice Forever

    Nov. 6, 2000

    One way to deflect attention from a suspect is to get investigators involved in meaningless, time-consuming tasks. Another way is to create a bogus suspect who is then exposed as such, causing a belief that the case is just too hazy to pursue.

    Both of these devices were used repeatedly in the cover-up of the Showalter hit-run case in New London. Whether this was happenstance, indifference, incompetence or malfeasance, the result was the same. The system failed.

    And now, it seems, the truth will remain buried forever.

    Judge Joseph F. Dannehy, the grand juror who investigated the case, wrote in his finding of fact: “After December 25, 1973, the New London Police Department did virtually nothing to solve the hit-run death of Kevin B. Showalter.” The accident occurred the night before.

    Local police and court officials, however, were pro-active in another sense. Their actions served to protect the assailant.

    For example, New London police claimed it would cost as much as $1,200 to trace vehicles using data from the state Motor Vehicle Department. The motor vehicle department declared there was no such charge.

    Nevertheless, New London police spent their time hand-sorting local motor vehicle cards. They looked for a green Chrysler. That was likely a false lead; state police said paint particles found on the victim's clothing did not come from the car that killed him.

    Former Mayor Harvey Mallove began meeting informally with police and court officials as early as Dec. 25, 1973. Mallove wanted to know what the police knew.

    The only lead after two and a half years was quashed by then New London Common Pleas Court Prosecutor Harold Dean in May 1976. The lead was a letter of confession written by a Somers prison inmate to the victim’s mother, Lucille Showalter.

    “I told Harold how important that was to me,” Mallove, the prime suspect, confided to an associate. He also acknowledged discussing the purported confession with his best friend, the presiding judge for the county, Angelo Santaniello.

    The author of the letter was known to be connected with “fences,” or purveyors of stolen goods in the New London area. State police arrested him for harassment of Mrs. Showalter. Two state troopers met with Dean for an hour. They told him the letter contained possibly significant information. State police also believed they could connect the dots in New London between the letter writer and the powers-that-be. Did he owe some favors? Was he paid? Police knew the author had no liability for the accident; he was actually in Florida at the time of the hit-run.

    Dean nolled and dismissed the case without telling the troopers or Mallove. Soon thereafter, state police listed the killing of Showalter as “closed pending further development.” Upon learning of Dean's action, Chief State's Attorney Joseph Gormley remarked he had “no idea” why the lead, “which very well could have led to something,” resulted in a dead end. The case would remain closed for six months, until Gov. Ella Grasso brought the matter to Justice John Cotter.

    Was there criminal activity connected with the Showalter cover-up? It appears we will never know for certain. Dannehy named Mallove as the probable driver, noting that evidence which might have ensured conviction was destroyed. The Chief State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed aspects of the case this fall after a series of columns appeared in The Law Tribune. However, the statute of limitations for the most likely potential charge, conspiracy to hinder prosecution of motor vehicle misconduct, has expired. This shameful case, it appears, is destined to stay on ice forever.

    - AND:

    Olympic Gold for Missing Evidence


    November 28, 2005

    Judge Ellen Gordon was in way over her head with what she tried pass off as a ruling in Day Publishing v. State's Attorney.

    Clueless Gordon was handed a hot one, a case no one has ever wanted in the so-called New London Judicial District. Every single time this case has come to court, begging for justice, The Robes, the prosecutors and their minions have either desecrated their oaths or looked the other way. Clueless Gordon, fairly new to the scene, has managed to join the list of those who are both ostriches and failures.

    The Day newspaper asked Gordon this year to release the grand jury testimony regarding the cover-up of the 1973 hit-run death of Kevin Showalter. Before Gordon probably ever heard of Showalter, five New London County judges recused themselves from a John Doe civil suit against the driver because they were friends with the prime suspect, Harvey Mallove. Mallove -- the late mayor of New London and multimillionaire jeweler who picked police chiefs, planned to run for Congress and starred in the social scene -- was prone to say, "I never killed the kid -- in any way, shape or form."

    It's not like we could expect a New London judge to show guts or brains in this case. Compelling testimony from the first of two grand juries implicated local law enforcement and court officials in a widespread cover-up.

    On Christmas Eve 1973 at 11:12 p.m., as the call came in, a high-ranking New London officer, said, "F--k him, he's dead," and then left to go home. Showalter, a 20-year-old Mitchell College student, lay dead on a well-lit section of Pequot Avenue by the shoreline. His body was thrown 22 feet from the point of impact. His shoes were found 110 feet apart. A leg bone was 75 feet away.

    A tow truck driver gave police auto body putty from the death car. The putty was never seen again. New London police mixed headlight glass from at least three different cars in what they called the evidence file. Replacing the auto body putty was bathroom tile. A local coroner's inquest never issued a finding. State police, who took over the case at the behest of Gov. Ella Grasso, were bewildered and angry when they could not find the transcript of the coroner's inquest. Mallove's best friend -- the presiding judge for the county, Angelo G. Santaniello -- had put his niece in charge of typing that transcript. Santaniello also tipped off Mallove to his status as a suspect.

    Now, Clueless Gordon can't find the 3,000-page transcript of the first grand jury. Does she care? Court clerks allegedly performed a diligent search. Would any reasonable person believe or accept any of this?

    Among the last persons known to possess the grand jury report was the late State's Attorney, C. Robert Satti. Satti, who refused to investigate the case before a special prosecutor was appointed, claimed he returned a copy to the grand juror, then Willimantic Superior Court Judge (later Supreme Court Justice) Joseph Dannehy. Both Dannehy and Satti are dead. Did "Do Nothing Bob" -- Mallove's moniker for Satti -- take it with him? We might as well ask Harvey, also dead, or Kevin.

    Gordon's pathetic decision, dated Nov. 7, went on for about a sentence before its first fatal error. It might sound like a technical error, but it's much, much more than that. She actually said New London police investigated the case.

    Before this, I thought it might take generations to remove the stench from the New London courthouse. Alas, for New London, the stench of this cover-up is forever.


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    Corporate – Government Alliance Versus the American People

    Native Americans from tribes across the country have gathered on the windswept plains of North Dakota to pray with Mother Earth to keep the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from pumping 500,000 gallons of oil a day beneath the Missouri River. The natives know the pipeline will most certainly leak or break, as have most U.S. pipelines, fouling the water for the Great Sioux Nation and 18 million non-Natives downstream.

    The standoff -- which began in April -- continues as a new U.S. administration ascends to power with a president-elect who campaigned denying human-caused climate change and threatening the Paris Climate accords. This remains the overriding reality despite a mini walk back by Donald Trump pledging an open mind to The New York Times this week.

    Standing Rock illuminates the brazen alliance that has developed between corporate and government interests. Viewed from the front lines, the law has been turned into a fig leaf for repression and suppression. Only the discipline and spiritual clarity of the water protectors and the native elders has kept people from being killed or seriously injured since April when the movement began.

    The fused police-DAPL force is doing everything it can to incite a violent reaction from the resisters so as to crack down, clear the camps, imprison, or even gun down the natives. More than one commentator has found the atmosphere at Standing Rock similar to what led to the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890 when 300 Sioux were murdered by government troops who mistook their prayerful Ghost Dance for a war dance.

    A great deal is at issue at Standing Rock. The Sioux and their numerous native and non-native allies face a militarized force whose composition tells us something dark about the complex façade that U.S. democracy has become and suggests the proto-fascist zombi lurking beneath. More deeply, Standing Rock also emblemizes a struggle that is taking place at this moment in human history between two distinct modes of human consciousness.

    One mode is the familiar anthropocentric (human-centered) consciousness that the dominant culture most of us were born into favors—a consciousness that assumes reality is a collection of objects to be extracted, owned, and branded. Humans are the focus of this consciousness, meaning that our concerns about climate change focus primarily on the fate of our own species.

    Distinct from this anthropocentric mind-set is a second, ancient and spiritual mode of awareness that understands that the earth and its landscapes are not objects; they are relationships, including the tangle of relationships that gave us birth. This ancient mode of consciousness is potential in everyone, but for most it has been buried beneath the piles of conceptual objects that we have come to believe constitute our reality.

    The Indigenous Peoples gathered at Standing Rock are guided by this ancient, holistic, earth-mind consciousness, and so they understand that humans are not the most valuable living objects on the planet: we are not in control of the planet; it is not our job to manage nature; rather, our sacred task is to work with Mother Earth and other beings as members of Earth’s family. If we don’t, Mother Earth will make us face this spiritual truth one way or another.

    Guided by their ancient, earth-mind awareness, Native Americans have taken up a role as “water protectors.” “Mni Wiconi, Water is Life” is the slogan of the Standing Rock movement.

    Every day scores of Sioux from North Dakota, South Dakota and nearby states, along with Paiute, Shoshoni, Diné, and a sampling of other Natives from the 300 or so tribes whose flags fly at the Standing Rock encampments set out to pipeline construction sites in a convoy to engage in “actions” on the “front lines.”

    There the protectors sing and pray in the face of physical harassment and arrests by heavily armed police fused with a corporate security force.

    DAPL and their overlord company, Energy Transfer Partners, have lavished campaign contributions on politicians in North Dakota and the U.S. Congress so that they could use the state’s eminent domain powers to force purchase of land for the pipeline all across North Dakota, beginning in the Bakken fields in the northwest corner of the state where the fracked crude oil is extracted. Similar eminent domain arrangements were achieved in other states through which the 1,200-mile line traverses before reaching a river port in Illinois. The company promised Congress and the public that the pipeline would carry oil for 100 percent domestic use only, but it is clear from reporting done by the website The Intercept that the oil will be sold on international markets.

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  • The DAPL line, now virtually complete except for permission from the Army Corps of Engineers to fill in the link that crosses under the Missouri River, passes just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and Cannon Ball, North Dakota. The DAPL construction runs through sacred burial and archeological grounds that the Lakota people were given free access to by treaties with the U.S. Government in the 19th Century. In mounting their resistance to the pipeline, the Standing Rock Sioux have been turned into “trespassers on their own land.”

    In late August, the tribe’s lawyers filed a stop work petition in federal court detailing areas where sacred sites would be disturbed if construction continued on its planned trajectory. The federal judge routinely forwarded a copy of the filing to DAPL. Over Labor Day weekend, when the company would not have been expected to work, pipeline crews leapfrogged to the disputed sacred and preemptively bulldozed them under. Too late, the judge granted the Sioux an emergency restraining order, but, then in a curious move, allowed construction in some areas where sacred sites have been discovered. DAPL has ignored a request from the Obama administration not to work in buffer areas on either side of the river. No fines have been imposed for intentionally bulldozing the disputed sacred sites.

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  • Burial ground at center of police confrontations is known historical site


  • In recent live-stream videos from the front lines, DAPL-police snipers can be seen perched on top of a sacred mound called Turtle Island, their high-powered rifle crosshairs trained on the water protectors who are standing in prayer in the frigid lake below.

    North Dakota wants the federal government to pick up the tab for the massive expenditures required to keep the Native Americans under their guns. Alternatively, the CEO of Energy Transfers, Kelcy Warren, has offered to pick up the millions-of-dollars tab.

  • ETP CEO Kelcy Warren Says They Have Offered to Pay Protest Related Expenses


  • Native media have documented that DAPL has already been supplying military-style equipment, drones, armored vehicles, riot gear, water canons, concussion grenades and other armaments. The tax-payer-funded and corporate-sponsored front lines phalanx is led by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department, which has local jurisdiction, reinforced by North Dakota State Troopers, North Dakota National Guard units, sheriffs and police from six nearby states—all interpenetrated by DAPL security (while the FBI lurks in the background). A contingent of Hennepin County, Minnesota, Sheriffs’ Deputies were recalled following protests back home. Residents in the state of Ohio are writing letters and calling legislators to express their distress that their law enforcement has been enlisted into this repressive force.

  • Hennepin Co. sheriff's deputies leave Standing Rock protest


  • Native media’s live stream videos show DAPL security teams in mirror-visor helmets and black ops body armor with no identification, mingling with the police, sometimes directing them when and who to mace or pepper spray. They point out media making video for arrest. The big fossil fuel company evidently has plenty of experience dealing with protestors around the world. In their blank, reflecting visors we can see the soulless Darth Vader face of the government-corporate proto-fascist state the U.S. is becoming.

    Of course, this struggle with the Wasi’chu (Lakota word for the white man, meaning literally “takes too much”) is an old story for Native-Americans. In the 18th and 19th centuries it took the form of the Sioux nations trying to hold back the tsunami of colonizers flooding into their ancestral lands, occupying and despoiling them. The big difference now is that the fire-power of the state (think Custer’s 7th Cavalry or present day militarized police) has been fused with vast profit centers dependent for their existence on plundering the earth in the name of energy-squandering lifestyle survival.

    The provocations the water protectors endure take many forms. There is the psychological pressure of constant surveillance: the heavy police presence on the roads around tribal and reservation lands, the DPLA helicopter and a small plane that circle constantly above the encampments; there is the Bureau of Indian Affairs station set up on a knoll to suck out data from the cell phones of anyone in the area. There is the pepper spraying and tasing of water protectors who are praying. There is the more recent blasting of the protectors with freezing water canons in sub zero weather. There is the constant threat of weapons pointed at them. One twitching trigger finger could set off a slaughter.

    The water protectors are unarmed. The resistance movement does not allow guns in the encampments. One day, at one of the front line actions, an armed man showed up with a pistol and began firing. Possibly he was paid by DAPL to create an incident. The Natives are aware of paid provocateurs or agitators passing through the camps, pulling dirty tricks, looking to start something. Antimedia reported about the man with the gun: “According to an official statement from the tribe, the man fired several shots from his gun before being peacefully apprehended by tribal police. Witnesses at the scene say he pointed his gun at several protesters. The man was clearly trying to provoke violence that could later be used to demonize protesters who have so far remained peaceful.”

    The news site added, “The Morton County Sheriff’s Department circulated a false report claiming the man was shot, presumably by protesters… [As images show], the man was not harmed. The Sheriff’s Department has since retracted that report. Anti-Media’s attempts to obtain clarifying comments from Morton County Sheriffs were ignored.”

  • Dakota Access Caught Infiltrating Protests to Incite Violence, Funding Trolls Online


  • On a hill overlooking Oceti Sakowin, the largest of the Standing Rock encampments, an old army tent houses the field office of the rotating teams of lawyers who come to Standing Rock to help out. They use donations made to the resistance to bail out protectors who have been arrested; they try to negotiate with the police so the protectors can be allowed to pray. The constant arrests on trumped-up charges are an ongoing harassment—people maced or beaten, violently thrown to the ground and zip-tied. Often activists are charged with trespass and “riot” on the Morton County Sheriff’s novel legal theory that if several people are arrested for trespass that must signify that they were engaged in a riot.

    All this naturally requires court time and money to defend, incarceration in usually unpleasant conditions, including dog kennels. (Though the white allies who are arrested seem to get better treatment.)

    Arrests are to be expected as a consequence of civil disobedience. But some arrests are directed at chilling speech. One lawyer who came to Standing Rock from the Oregon-based Civil Liberties Defense Center, an activist defense nonprofit primarily involved in climate protests, https://cldc.org/ told Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks Network that often after the day’s action was over, police would stop the last cars in the caravan. They would then make “snatch and grab” arrests, impounding the cars of people who had come to support the water protectors but had no expectation that they’d be arrested when the action was over and the police told them to leave. They have to pay heavy fines ($900) to get their cars back. She said the arrests and impoundment fines for their cars are unlawful. “The intention with those types of actions is to scare out-of-towners from being comfortable coming to these actions. So they’re trying to chill the rights of others to come and participate in these protests.”

  • Environmental Lawyer Explains Standing Rock Legal Issues




  • The authorities regularly characterize the natives as terrorists, and local radio spreads false rumors of farm animals being slaughtered and stolen, reported vandalism—the kind of thing you would expect from psychologically projected homesteader fears about savage Indians of earlier centuries.

    Yes, Magazine on Oct. 31 reported: “The county sheriff is claiming the water protectors were violent and that police were stopping a riot. But hours of live video feed from people caught in the confrontation showed instead a military-style assault on unarmed people: police beating people with batons, police with assault rifles, chemical mace, guns firing rubber bullets and beanbag rounds, tasers.”

  • Why Police From 7 Different States Invaded a Standing Rock Camp—and Other Questions


  • The UN has sent human rights observers. According to Salon, Nov. 16, 2016: “The U.N. special rapporteur said that American law enforcement officials, private security firms and the North Dakota National Guard have used unjustified force against protesters.

    “ ‘This is a troubling response to people who are taking action to protect natural resources and ancestral territory in the face of profit-seeking activity,’ [Maina] Kiai [U.N. special rapporteur] said in his statement, which was issued by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and was endorsed by several other U.N. experts.

  • Native Americans facing excessive force in North Dakota pipeline protests – UN expert


  • “At least 400 activists have been detained and often have been held in ‘inhuman and degrading conditions in detention,’ Kiai added. Some indigenous protesters have said they were treated like animals and even held in dog kennels.

  • Dakota pipeline protesters say they were detained in dog kennels; 268 arrested in week of police crackdown


  • “ ‘Marking people with numbers and detaining them in overcrowded cages, on the bare concrete floor, without being provided with medical care, amounts to inhuman and degrading treatment,’ the U.N. expert said.

    “ ‘The excessive use of State security apparatus to suppress protest against corporate activities that are alleged to violate human rights is wrong,’ he continued, noting that it violates U.N. guidelines on business and human rights.

    “Amnesty International USA, which has repeatedly criticized authorities for not respecting the rights of protesters, issued another statement on Tuesday noting that U.S. authorities had put up roadblocks to prevent journalists and human rights observers from documenting the protests and the official response.”

  • U.N. experts call for halt in Dakota Access pipeline, blast “excessive force” against protesters


  • Living on Earth reporter Sandy Tolan reflected: “You know, at times I felt I was back reporting in the West Bank, and not the Northern Plains…”

  • Standing With the Standing Rock Sioux


  • The Bundy crew was the cowboys, not the Indians

    Compare the government response at Standing Rock with the response occasioned by Ammon Bundy and his gang of armed militants when they occupied Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for over a month in January 2016. Imagine if the Bundy gang had been pepper sprayed, beaten, hit with water cannon, tased. But the Bundy crew were taking over the refuge to proclaim their belief that public lands should be given free to the profit-making private ranching business. In other words, the Bundy crew was the cowboys, not the Indians.

    The mainstream corporate media has largely ignored the stand-off at Standing Rock. Rallies have taken place around the world at places like Tokyo, Stockholm, and Auckland, but the sad truth is many foreigners have heard more about Standing Rock than Americans have. Not surprising. The news editors, working for corporate media conglomerates, choose what they believe we should know and what fits the larger corporate agenda, and so they devote massively more play to Brad Pitt, to the gossipy politics of who’s-on-first, and to whatever the latest glittering consumer thing is than they do to climate change and issues highlighted by the poor and the powerless, like Standing Rock. What coverage that does exist is usually cursory and misleading.

    Fortunately, alternative media have been on the scene and active at Standing Rock. As someone who taught journalism for more nearly 20 years, it has been refreshing for me to see what the alternative press is accomplishing.

    Amy Goodman of the webcast Democracy Now brought the prayer-resistance movement to national attention over the summer. She was arrested and charged with riot in absentia for her live reports of water protectors being set upon by dogs. The charge was later dismissed in court.

    Jordan Chariton of The Young Turks Network has done searching interviews and incisive commentary from the scene.

    But my absolute favorite news source at Standing Rock is Myron Dewey’s Digital Smoke Signals. Dewey does updates every day, which he posts on Facebook. I highly recommend anyone who has a Facebook account to “follow” him. I went to Standing Rock on Oct. 4-11 with two friends and I have since been able to keep up with developments on the ground through Dewey’s Facebook broadcasts. He posts live stream unedited clips that constitute what he calls an ongoing “documentation” of what is happening day-to-day at the movement.

    Here is Dewey at night standing on a hillside next to the Oceti Sakowin encampment. His face appears in the glow of his screen. Then he’s panning and zooming in on a large grassfire as he’s telling us about it. His finger appears in the screen and points out where the fire started. He says the helicopter which constantly circulates over the camp suddenly disappeared 20 minutes before they saw the first flames. He zooms to the area where he and the person he is with first spotted the fire. He says, “It looked like someone using a drip torch.” He says they called 911, but it’s been over an hour and the Morton County Fire Department hasn’t shown up. He tells the people in the camp, his audience, not to worry, though. It looks like the fire was started by DAPL employees to scare them or hurt them. But the Oceti Sakowin is full of Indians who supplement their income by wild-land firefighting, work that also benefits Mother Earth; he mentions that he is himself a “hotshot” firefighter [one of the elite crews]. He and his fellow firefighters can tell by the wind direction that the fire won’t harm the camp.

    Now here’s Dewey on a bright morning walking along the road by Oceti Sakowin. A young man appears on screen, and Dewey asks him who he is and why he’s here. He’s from the Paiute nation. “I’m here to protect the water,” he says. Dewey asks him to sing a Paiute song. The young man closes his eyes and sings.

    In another nighttime broadcast find we ourselves looking through a car windshield, headlights illuminating the highway, centerlines whizzing by. We hear voices talking in the backseat. The car drives on and on. We’re just watching the road. Then ahead is a police roadblock. The police van looms. Dewey gets out with his camera and calls over to the officers, asks them where they’re from, inquires about where the road blocks are, what are the open routes. At one level it’s a mundane exchange between a citizen and police, but you experience the edginess of the situation. More deeply, you feel the riskiness and pathos that is involved any human interaction. Dewey firmly exercises his right to have these protect-and-serve police respond to him civilly; he is cordial and respectful in a way that reinforces to them and to his viewers that he is after all not their enemy but a fellow human being. Dewey asks more questions and the lead officer says he doesn’t want to be filmed; Dewey offers to turn his camera away from them and onto himself. The distant officers disappear from the screen and Dewey’s face fills it. The contact officer walks nearer; we can hear his voice. Dewey can’t resist a joke, though. He asks the officer if he’s sure he doesn’t want to become famous by putting his face on Dewey’s screen? You realize these are just guys doing their job. Dewey understands that, but he also wants to educate them about the water protectors’ mission. He never misses an opportunity to educate his adversary, as well as his own people about the larger dimensions of the Standing Rock resistance. When he gets back in the car, someone in the back seat says “Let’s get out of here; this is enemy territory.” Dewey laughs, turning the car around, “It’s not enemy territory.”

    I believe you learn more about Standing Rock by watching Dewey’s unedited video than you ever could from watching any number of dramatically produced, commercially constricted reports on CNN, complete with the drumb-drumb latest crisis theme music.

    Dewey explains to his viewers that what they’re seeing is a “documentation” that’s not edited. “It’s not scripted. It’s not acted out.”

    After a month of watching Dewey’s daily reports I realize more fully than I ever have before how ghastly and vacuous mainstream news reporting is: a production where facts have been emptied of the humanity of real encounters, replaced by the shallow performances of reporters and news sources, slick, clichéd phrasing, behavior slotted into ready made categories, events analyzed and even predigested. The news about reality comes to us compartmentalized in trays like tasteless microwave dinners. Rarely is the reader or viewer allowed to simply experience the event unfolding through the reporter’s eyes or camera. The stories are crafted and slickly packaged. Their very polish and stimulating presentation sabotages their meaning and replaces it with a meaningless, artificial understanding.

    Note that I am not saying that the news these days is politically biased. Some obviously is, but the left or right bias charge is a serious red herring, a mis-direction. In fact, in mainstream media’s very effort to appear neutral and unbiased means events are chopped up and pieced together to fit the templates of a few hackneyed forms of storytelling: the winner-loser story, the conflict story, the individual overcoming obstacles story, the facing bad choices stories, he-said, she-said stories, scandal stories, hypocrisy stories. You’ve seen them all, repeatedly.

    Most of these templates come plated with a cynicism, skepticism, superiority, or sentimentality that grabs our attention by adding a dash of disgust. The current journalistic manner of telling stories reduces and dismisses the story in a way that sometimes makes the commercials and pop-up ads come as a relief. None of the common journalistic templates or attitude has much to do with real life as it’s lived in the moment. It’s not what people really experience in their lives. Instead, it’s how they’ve been conditioned to wrap up experience afterward in a dramatized way that leaches out the nuance, that leaves out the moment-to-moment uncertainty, or as the Lakota call it, the Wakan, the deep mystery of relationships that permeates every event. And that’s what Dewey’s broadcasts have in abundance. You get to see him interacting with the people who show up on his screen. You get to feel his humanity and the mystery of everyday relationships taking place at Standing Rock that he brings to light. It’s certainly not dramatic or melodramatic. It’s not interesting or stimulating in the usual way. It does seem really important.

    So when Dewey sits in his parked car and does an update video on “10 things to know about DAPL” (Nov. 18, 2016), there’s no editing and no script, meaning that you get to see him thinking through what those top 10 things might be. Some points he makes are incisive and comic, others not so much. But the not-so-much ones can lead you to thinking about gray areas, the imprecise observations we all make. He asks a guy who just got in the car to help out with his list and the guy, William Hawk Birdshead, goes immediately serious on him until Dewey says, “I was trying to keep it light.” So the Birdshead says, “Laughter is good medicine.” Suddenly they’re off. Dewey mimics the shifty-eyed look of the FBI guys lurking around the area and denying they are FBI, the DAPL security characters trying to look all steely and tough. We learn that in the encampments they say that “DAPL dresses up like Ninja Turtles.” You can tell that it’s DAPL undercover because those guys never drive rez cars, which are rusted and dented. Nobody is spared. Dewey describes the water protectors just arriving from California as dudes who’ve “got their animal spirits on… They’re all furred up. They’re coming in all mystical and crystals.” He and his buddy laugh, which Dewey says is laughter “in a good way,” because the whole thing going on at Standing Rock is deadly serious but you need laughter, because that’s good medicine for healing. And healing and praying are about “getting reconnected with the Earth.”

    This points to a major difference between anthropocentric prayer as most of us know it and earth-mind prayer. In the prayer that most people are familiar with, an individual seeks intercession for human needs with a transcendent being. The Native prayer is about healing not getting. The prayer is a community ceremony or song or ritual to maintain or restore the balance between and among beings, both animate and inanimate. Prayer is to all my relatives, all my relations, the birds, the water, the wind, the buffalo, my family, even those who oppose me as enemies. Mitakuye Oyasin is an important Lakota phrase that means “all my relations.” When you’re watching a Dewey update from Standing Rock you’re experiencing Mitakuye Oyasin in action. It’s newscasting as a kind of prayer, in the earth-mind sense. Whether he’s engaging in laughter or educating about the spiritual importance of water, you can see that what he’s getting at is healing relationships. Watching and listening, you get to be part of that healing.

    What Dewey does goes way beyond advocacy journalism.

    Our traveling companion for our visit to Standing Rock, Lakota elder Tiokasin Ghosthorse, also provides a good way to keep up with developments through the interviews he conducts for his weekly syndicated broadcast from WPKN in Bridgeport Conn. and WBAI in New York City. On Oct. 31, 2016, Tiokasin interviewed a young man who was seized on Oct. 27 when a frontline camp was destroyed by police. Trenton Joseph Castillas Bakeberg, in the bloodline of Crazy Horse, was praying in a sweat lodge when the militarized police swept through the camp. They yanked him out of the sweat lodge and arrested him. The young water protector told Tiokasin:

    “I pray that we’ll be able to keep a state of prayer and peace, as we have been… Although there’s some people on our side are more likely to tend toward violence. But there’s also people on our side to stop them. Don’t start a fight. That’s what it’s all about, keeping it peaceful because the elders told us in the beginning that all it takes is one single act of violence, one person attacking a police officer and they’ll unleash the fear on all of us. This wrath that we have with our military overseas, we’re beginning to see it now in the heart of our own country. All for the greed and the corporate interests of this government. They say we’re a democracy but it’s not showing anymore. The people didn’t want this pipeline, but this foreign entity that they call a corporation, Energy Transfers, is saying, we don’t care. We want this money. We need this for economic stability of the country and that somehow trumps the interests of our communities and our nation as a whole….We’re standing up to this corporate machine with prayer and love.”

  • Forcibly removed from prayer at Standing Rock


  • Against a heavily armed, corporatized democracy designed to ensure that only powerful business and political elites rule the land and possess the wealth of its objects, the Native-American people at Standing Rock stand in defense of Mother Earth armed with songs, prayers, and an understanding that Earth’s objects are us, and we are them. They are our relatives. It seems better armament than most of us Wasi’shu possess. Webster defines fascism as “a political system headed by a dictator in which the government controls business and labor and opposition is not permitted.” It’s an incendiary word, and readers might think ill of me for introducing it here. Certainly we are not a fascist state yet. But for the prayer-resistance at Standing Rock, the clear alliance between corporate and government interests to quell their opposition under color of the law has a fascist flavor.

    It should not surprise anyone that the new US president reportedly holds stocks that directly fund the Dakota Access Pipeline and that the DAPL CEO Kelcy Warren gave the Trump campaign a substantial donation.

  • Trump's Personal Investments Ride on Completion of Dakota Access Pipeline


  • This is how the proto-fascism works. Ironically (or perhaps absurdly), Trump may have been elected by people hoping he would somehow counter the tightening grip of multinational corporations on their lives. One might wish for that to happen.

    At a deep level, Standing Rock may suggest that such absurdities as a Trump presidency occur because our mode of consciousness is impaired or inadequate to the situation it has created on our planet at this historical time. Too many of us have gone dead to the natural world we come from. Our obsessive anthropocentric mode of consciousness has reduced nature and reality at large to a bunch of things we have names for—things that feed our greed. Fortunately, many Indigenous people have retained an acute and ancient consciousness that we are those rocks and trees and clouds, and birds and water that we see outside our windows, and that restoring our relationships with them is incumbent on us.

    John Briggs is emeritus distinguished Professor of Writing and Aesthetics from Western Connecticut State University. He was the English Department’s journalism coordinator for 18 years and was one of the founders of Western’s Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process. He is the author of several well-known books on chaos theory, fractals and creativity. He lives in the hilltown of Granville, Mass., where served as a Selectman for five years and as reserve police officer for 10 years.


    When people at Standing Rock talk about the black snake they mean the pipeline, referring to an old Sioux legend about a black snake that will threaten the end of the world. The Lakota prophet Black Elk said that in the seventh generation, the Sioux tribes would unite to save the world.

    Media covering the Standing Rock resistance movement:

  • Digital Smoke Signals


  • Myron Dewey, Facebook


  • The Antimedia


  • Democracy Now


  • The Intercept


  • The Guardian


  • Censored News


  • Unicorn Riot


  • Living on Earth


  • The Indigenous Environmental Network


  • Status of Standing Rock court claim



  •           Hit-and-Run Chronology, Grand Jury Report & Follow-up Columns, Re; Library Discussion 9-22-16        

    Open
    the Showalter File

  • Hartford Courant Editorial




  • Cool Justice Editor's Note:
    This post is primarily for patrons and guests of the Sprague Public Library, who might participate in a discussion on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. A link to announcements of that event is at the very bottom of this post. Thanks for reading, AT.


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    Law And Justice In Everyday Life


    F. Lee Bailey on Law and Justice in Everyday Life and the Showalter case:

    This book - which is mainly about public officials, police, judges and lawyers either shaming or shining - is a good read. Many of the stories stand alone, like slices of life. Others will appear early in the book, with follow-up chapters later. The crown jewel, in my view, is his handling of the strange death of Kevin Showalter, who was slammed 50 feet down the road in New London, Connecticut on Christmas Eve 1973 while changing a tire on the traffic side of a parked car. For many years, Andy Thibault dogged a case which public officials seemed determined to let die, despite the presence of a likely suspect. He tells me his mentor, John Peterson, broke the case open and then handed over the torch. Joined by the victim's mother, Lucille, who revealed herself as a determined but delightful woman as the story unfolds, Andy beats up on police, prosecutors, judges and governors until finally there is action. Spurred on by an appointment hastened by Gov. Ella Grasso, Judge Joseph Dannehy conducted one of the most brilliant and thorough investigations I have ever seen. If this book were only about the Showalter case, it would be worth the price.

    APPENDIX

    THE SHOWALTER CHRONOLOGY – A FOUR YEAR SEARCH FOR JUSTICE


    New London, Ct.

    1973

    December 24

    Approximately 11:10 to 11:20 p.m. Kevin B. Showalter is killed. Car leaves scene. Only taillights observed by a neighbor.

    There is much confusion. Mr. Showalter had been changing a tire on his companion’s car. His companion Debra Emilyta, was sitting about six feet away from the car on a stone wall.

    Ms. Emilyta told police she heard a thud, but did not see the car which struck Mr. Showalter. She said she ran across the road, a well-lit section of Pequot Avenue near Plant Street, before seeing Mr. Showalter’s body.

    Mr. Showalter’s body was thrown 22 feet from the believed point of impact, onto a sidewalk near a large tree. The police report prepared that night noted the deceased’s shoes were found 110 feet apart. Part of a leg bone was found 75 feet away.

    Michael Buscetto of Mike’s Auto Body gives police body putty, apparently from the car which struck Mr. Showalter. The putty never made it to the police station. Det. Lt. Konstanty T. Bucko later denies its existence.

    December 25

    Autopsy performed. No trace of alcohol or drugs found. Cause of death listed as lacerated liver and broken neck.

    In efforts to console Mrs. Showalter, friends, neighbors, witnesses and officials volunteer information about the accident. She quietly listens for about six weeks, taking it for granted that police are acting on the same information. December 26

    New London police begin full-scale search for red car.

    1974

    February 6

    FBI report describes paint particles on Mr. Showalter’s clothing as “racing green” or “forest green” used on 1968 Chrysler products.

    February 7

    Mrs. Showalter notes she had the impression local police were not actively pursuing the case. She began interviewing those persons who came to her voluntarily and made a written record of her findings.

    During the next three weeks, Mrs. Showalter spends much of her time making telephone calls and knocking on doors. She and her youngest son Craig, then 14, visited a number of local auto dealers and garages. She said in most cases they were told police had not made any inquiries of them.

    February 28

    New London police conduct first interview with Harvey N. Mallove, the downtown merchant and former mayor and city councilor. Mallove stated he drove by Pequot Avenue near Plant Street shortly before 11:15 p.m. on Christmas Eve 1973. Seven people near the accident scene contradict what he said he saw.

    April 20

    Mrs. Showalter writes to State’s Atty. Edmund J. O’Brien, requesting a one-man grand jury investigation into her son’s death. O’Brien never responds.

    On the same day, Atty. Thomas Bishop, representing Mrs. Showalter as the administratix of Mr. Showalter’s estate, asks Atty. Joseph Moukawsher to conduct a coroner’s inquest of the hit-run death.

    April 23

    Moukawsher agrees to conduct inquest but must confer with New London police before setting date.

    June 4

    Mrs. Showalter writes to New London Police Chief John J. Crowley, asking for a progress report on the investigation by his force. Crowley neither acknowledges receipt of letter nor responds. Copies of letter were sent to City Manager C. Francis Driscoll, and Abraham Kirshenbaum, then chairman of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee.

    June 10

    Mrs. Showalter asks Superior Court Judge Angelo Santaniello to call for a grand jury investigation.

    June 24

    Santaniello notes Moukawsher has agreed to conduct coroner’s inquest. He tells Mrs. Showalter, “If it appears that during any stage of this proceeding that any further intercession is necessary, appropriate action will be taken at that time.”

    July 2

    Mrs. Showalter writes to City Manager C. Francis Driscoll, asking for a report from his office assessing the police department’s handling of the case. She also asks for a reply to her June 4 letter to Police Chief Crowley.

    July 9

    Driscoll tells Crowley to prepare a complete report for Mrs. Showalter.

    July 10

    Bucko completes report on fatal accident.

    July 25

    Driscoll sends Mrs. Showalter Bucko’s report. The report said Mr. Showalter’s body was in the road, but the ambulance crew which took Mr. Showalter to Lawrence Memorial Hospital said they found him on the sidewalk several feet away. No police officer ever saw the body at the scene since the first officer arrived as the body was being placed in the ambulance.

    Bucko says paint particles from a 1968 Plymouth at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton are similar to those found on Mr. Showalter’s clothing, but the same paint is used on any 1968 Chrysler product.

    Bucko also says a piece of metal Mrs. Showalter found near the accident scene is in the detective bureau. When Mrs. Showalter first offered the metal to police, they refused to sign a receipt for it.

    August 6

    Mrs. Showalter writes to Driscoll regarding Bucko’s report. She lists six pages of comments on allegedly “serious omissions” and “strictly opinion judgments” by Bucko.

    Mrs. Showalter also writes to Chief State’s Atty. Joseph Gormley, asking him to send a representative to the coroner’s inquest. She includes copies of correspondence with local officials and Bucko’s report.

    August 9

    Mrs. Showalter requests a meeting with the City Council’s Public Safety Committee.

    August 15

    Bucko updates report, at request of city manager Driscoll.

    Bucko said of the body location, “the position he (Mr. Showalter) was found in at the scene of the accident, in my opinion, would not help in solving this matter.” Erroneous on the report is the position of the car jack which is shown on the front bumper. The car Mr. Showalter was working on, a Ford Pinto, had to be jacked from the side of the vehicle.

    Omitted from the report is the location of a car mat seen to the rear of the car and the spare tire Mr. Showalter never got to put on the car.

    August 20

    Gormley writes to Mrs. Showalter, telling her the local police investigation “has proceeded smoothly,” and there is “no reason for this office to initiate its own investigation.”

    August 28

    The Public Safety Committee of the New London City Council meets in closed session for one hour to discuss the hit-run death. Chief Crowley requested the closed session. He said there is evidence that could jeopardize future action.

    Mrs. Showalter submitted a 12-page statement for the meeting, but did not attend.

    Crowley said the case is not closed and it appears an arrest may be made.

    August 31

    Mallove submits official statement to New London police.

    November, 1974

    After being postponed several times, the coroner’s inquest hears testimony from 50 persons. No findings issued.

    1975

    January 24

    A state police detective participating in the federal grand jury probe of the city police department has told one of its patrolmen they identified the driver of the car which struck and killed Mr. Showalter on Christmas Eve, 1973.

    “We know who killed the Showalter kid, how come you don’t?” the detective was quoted in The Norwich Bulletin as saying.

    March 19-22

    The Bulletin, in a four-part series, shows:

    - Eyewitnesses and what New London police called “near witnesses” drastically differed in their accounts of the accident.

    - Microscopic paint particles found on Mr. Showalter’s clothing on which police based their search may not have been left by the vehicle which struck him.

    - Evidence entrusted to police officers at the scene has never been seen since.

    - A claim by police that it would cost as much as $1,200 to trace vehicles possible involved in the mishap was declared false by the state Motor Vehicle Department.

    The Bulletin, when preparing the series of articles, made repeated efforts to discuss the case with police officials but Lt. K.T. Bucko, who headed the case, on the advice of then Police Chief John Crowley, would not.

    April 3 State police conduct an extensive door-to-door inquiry in the Pequot Avenue region. State police have been looking into the case as part of a federal grand jury investigation into alleged corruption within the city force.

    July 12

    The state of Connecticut offers a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the hit-run death of Mr. Showalter. A total of $3,000 is now being offered. Classmates and friends of Mr. Showalter’s have already collected $1,000.

    July 21

    A community effort by friends and classmates raises the reward to $5,000.

    November 8

    The transcript of the coroner’s inquest of the hit-run death conducted nearly a year ago has yet to be typed, Coroner Joseph Moukawsher confirms. He said he wants to review the transcript even though he believes his six-day long inquest did not establish any guilt in the case. He said he has not spoken with the court reporter assigned to the case since the early summer.

    December 10

    Mrs. Showalter writes to State’s Atty. C. Robert Satti, requesting a one-man grand jury investigation. No response.

    1976

    January 6

    Satti refuses to confirm or deny the existence of Mrs. Showalter’s request. Mrs. Showalter has also asked Satti’s office to ascertain the location of recorded tapes made during the coroner’s inquest.

    January 9

    Mrs. Showalter sends a special delivery letter to Satti asking for a response to the December 10 request. No response.

    February 19

    In a feature article, also carried statewide by the Associated Press, The Bulletin profiles Mrs. Showalter on page one.

    Some public officials regard her as a persistent nuisance, someone to be ignored and sidestepped, but Mrs. Lucille M. Showalter will not breathe easily until they tell her who killed her son, Bulletin reporter Fred Vollono wrote.

    “The official comment seems to be there is nothing to it,” Mrs. Showalter said. “It is just the ramblings of a grief-stricken mother. But there are many people who urge me to go on. They say, ‘Lucille, if you stop, then nothing will ever be done.’”

    February 23

    Mrs. Showalter receives a letter of confession from an inmate at Somers state prison. The inmate said he was plagued by news accounts of the death. Every time he seems to forget the accident, the inmate said, he reads another news story.

    April 2

    Mrs. Showalter submits a third written request to Satti for a grand-jury probe. No response.

    May 6

    Common Pleas court Prosecutor Harold Dean quashes the only lead in the two and a half year old investigation, The Norwich Bulletin reports. The lead was the letter of confession written by the inmate at Somers Prison. State police arrested the inmate for harassment of the victim’s mother, Mrs. Showalter, to whom the letter was sent. Dean nolled the case and allowed it to be dismissed despite a prior meeting with state police when the significance of the arrest was discussed.

    State police did not believe the letter writer was responsible for the hit-run death, but they thought the letter contained possibly significant information. Dean said he was certain the accused had no knowledge of the case, because he was incarcerated when Mr. Showalter was killed.

    August 7 The day following the Bulletin’s report of Dean quashing the lead, Chief State’s Atty. Joseph Gormley says he had “no idea” why the lead “which very well could have led to something,” resulted in a dead end. Two state police officers had met with Gormley to discuss the letter of confession.

    August 6

    State police list the investigation into the killing of Mr. Showalter as “closed pending further development.” That classification came 31 days after Dean threw the harassment case out of court.

    August 30

    Mrs. Showalter again asks Superior Court Judge Angelo Santaniello to call for a one-man grand jury probe.

    September 1

    Mrs. Showalter publicly renews her efforts to have a one-man grand jury reopen the investigation into the hit-run killing of her son. In a statement sent to 22 media outlets, Mrs. Showalter says she made the appeal in an August 30 letter to Superior Court Judge Angelo Santaniello. She says she was asking the judge to “make good on a promise” he made to her in June 1974. Santaniello wrote in a June 24, 1974 letter, Superior Court intercession would be possible if the investigation required it.

    Santaniello said, “probably the proper person” to approach would be State’s Atty. C. Robert Satti. But Mrs. Showalter said she is ignoring Satti because he failed to respond to her December 1975 letter asking for the grand jury.

    September 23

    State’s Atty. C. Robert Satti says he needs another three weeks to review information on the killing of Mr. Showalter before deciding whether the investigation should be reopened or shelved.

    Satti says he had hoped to have the matter resolved by today, but the sinking of his 35-foot cabin cruiser two weeks ago, an unexpected report of crimes by New London police, and a new trial forced him behind schedule.

    November 23

    Mrs. Showalter turns to Governor Ella T. Grasso for help.

    “I cannot endure this loss of a beloved son in the midst of a governmental system that appears to neither act nor care,” Mrs. Showalter says in a letter to the governor.

    Mrs. Showalter says she is skeptical the New London County State’s Attorney’s review of the case will result in the one-man grand jury she has requested. Satti today said he is still reviewing transcripts of the Coroner’s Inquest and refused further comment.

    December 21

    Just three days before the third anniversary of the killing of Kevin B. Showalter, the state’s chief court administrator orders the city’s only unsolved hit-and-run case reopened.

    John P. Cotter signs an order creating a one-man jury to probe the death, renewing hopes that allegations of police bungling and mishandling of the case will be settled.

    “I can’t yet believe it,” says Mrs. Showalter, calling the action a “literal miracle.”

    Cotter, a justice on the state Supreme Court, selects retired Superior Court Judge Raymond J. Devlin to head the one-man grand jury.

    An attorney representing Mrs. Lucille M. Showalter also files a $600,000 lawsuit against the unnamed person(s) responsible for the killing of her son. Atty. Averum J. Sprecher of East Haddam says the suit is aimed at protecting Mrs. Showalter’s rights.

    “The action as I have filed it will definitively preserve her rights when the investigative bodies finally determine who killed the boy,” he said. The suit is aimed at heading off fears the state’s statute of limitations might preclude Mrs. Showalter from pursuing civil action if the killer is found.

    December 24

    Superior Court Judge Joseph F. Dannehy is ordered to replace State Referee Raymond J. Devlin as the one-man grand juror investigating Mr. Showalter’s death. Chief Court Administrator John P. Cotter says Judge Devlin had asked to be taken off the case because he was too busy with other duties, and would be unable to commute from his New Haven office.

    1977

    January 4

    Austin J. McGuigan, the special prosecutor assigned to the one-man grand jury probing the hit-run death of Mr. Showalter promises to pull “all the stops” in his investigation but says he needs help from the public to succeed.

    McGuigan has worked for the state for two years as the top investigator of organized crime. He appeals to anyone with information to call him confidentially.

    February 8

    State Police Commissioner Edward P. Leonard, as part of a last-resort effort, makes a personal appeal to area residents for information about the killing of Mr. Showalter. In a letter to the people who live near the Pequot Avenue site where Mr. Showalter died, Leonard asks for facts – “No matter how insignificant they may appear” – which might shed light on the car, the driver or the accident scene.

    Special Prosecutor McGuigan says police “had no suspects.” However, he says if a suspect is found police believe there is sufficient evidence to tie the person to the case.

    April 18

    Investigators say they feel confident the Showalter case will be solved.

    The new optimism comes after a public appeal netted more than 300 leads, new laboratory analysis of existing evidence, and an accounting of each of the more than 10,000 green Chrysler products registered in Eastern Connecticut when Mr. Showalter was killed.

    The new evidence means “there is a significant possibility the vehicle in question was not a green Chrysler,” Special Prosecutor Austin McGuigan says. While the investigators will not say what other color the car might have been, the evidence apparently opens new avenues for the investigation. Previously, other theories on who drove the death car, theories which have had some substantiation, were locked into the green Chrysler theory, police acknowledge.

    May 10

    State police investigators spend two and a half hours recreating and filming the Pequot Avenue death scene where Mr. Showalter was the victim of the hit and run.

    May 18

    State police again film and re-create death scene.

    June 22

    The Bulletin reports that one of the most intensive investigations in state police history, the probe into Mr. Showalter’s hit-run death, will be given to a one-man grand jury July 5 in Windham county Superior Court.

    Judge Joseph F. Dannehy, the grand juror, imposes a gag order on all investigators assigned to the case. Special Prosecutor McGuigan and 17 state police detectives had gathered evidence for the grand jury.

    June 23

    More than 50 persons will be subpoenaed and the scope of the probe will be expanded to include subsequent actions connected with the accident, The Bulletin reports.

    June 24

    Eleven New London police officers, including the top detective involved in the first of three investigations of the hit-run death, have been subpoenaed, The Bulletin reports.

    July 5

    The grand jury begins behind closed doors with testimony by New London Det. Lt. Konstanty T. Bucko.

    Outside, a television camera crew drips with sweat under the glare of a hot summer sun.

    Inside it is quiet and cool – almost like any other day. The state police detectives and reporters talk about golf, baseball and other summertime activities. Because of the gag order imposed by Judge Dannehy, they can’t talk about what is most on their minds, what has brought them all together – the unsolved hit-run death of Kevin B. Showalter.

    The session lasts about five hours and also includes testimony by Mrs. Showalter and Debra Emilyta, Mr. Showalter’s companion the night he died.

    Ms. Emilyta has been sitting on a wall about 6 feet from Mr. Showalter when he was killed. She told police she only heard the 20-year-old Mitchell College student struck, and did not see the car which struck him.

    July 6

    Witnesses include Michael Buscetto of Mike’s Arco in New London. What he identified as body putty, apparently from the car that struck and killed Mr. Showalter, has never been seen since police officers placed it in an envelope that night, according to sources.

    Ms. Emilyta concludes testimony.

    Also testifying are Dr. Robert Weller, members of his family, and a friend, who while returning home from church drove past Mr. Showalter as he was changing the tire. They were among the last persons to see Mr. Showalter alive.

    Other witnesses include Mrs. Ruth P. Hendel and Mrs. Charles (Shirley Pope) Alloway, her daughter.

    On Christmas Eve, 1973, Mrs. Hendel had just turned away from the window of her home on Pequot Avenue where she had been watching Mr. Showalter work on the Emilyta car. She heard the noise of the car striking Mr. Showalter and turning back quickly she caught a glimpse of the taillights. Her first impression of the fleeing southbound car was that it was bright-colored, possibly red.

    Mrs. Hendel continued to watch the accident scene as she telephoned Mrs. Alloway, the wife of a New London police officer.

    Arthur Adams of New London, a Mitchell College security guard and former state policeman, also testifies. Aside from Ms. Emilyta and the hit-run driver, Adams may have been one of the last persons to see Mr. Showalter alive.

    Adams saw Mr. Showalter working on the car and Ms. Emilyta sitting on the stone wall, swinging her legs. He observed the girl with a coat collar wrapped around her head, in conversation with Mr. Showalter, after the Weller party had driven by.

    Adams continued on his rounds towards the Montauk Avenue side of the campus. Sometime after 11 p.m., he saw an ambulance heading for the hospital and two police cars heading down Plant Street.

    July 7

    Some of the last persons who saw Mr. Showalter alive and one of the first who saw him dead testify.

    Six members of the Sitty family, who were celebrating Christmas Eve and occasionally watching Mr. Showalter change a tire from inside a house on Pequot Avenue, tell the grand jury what they knew about the case, Edmond Sitty had brought out a blanket and a corduroy coat to put over Mr. Showalter’s body after he had been struck and killed.

    A New London High School classmate of Mr. Showalter, Arthur Petrini, was a passenger in a car that passed the accident scene sometime after Mr. Showalter was killed and before the ambulance and police arrived. He also testified.

    July 12

    Witnesses included two firemen and a dispatcher, two nurses and an orderly, the New London County Medical Examiner, the first man to officially identify Mr. Showalter, and a woman who lives near the accident scene.

    Larry Grimes, a security guard who knew Mr. Showalter from Mitchell College, had made the preliminary identification at Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals, where he also worked. Mrs. Dorothy Bryson of Pequot Avenue, who came upon the accident scene, also testifies.

    July 13

    New London police officers pack the waiting room of the Windham County Courthouse. Of the 11 who were subpoenaed last month, at least seven are present.

    The 11 include Patrolmen Vincent McGrath, Steven Colonis, Thomas P. Bowes Jr., and Cpl. Joseph Chiapponne, all of whom were involved in the initial investigation. With the change of shift, Sgt. Joseph Jullarine, Patrolmen Richard West and Glenn Davis and Det. Sgt. Konstanty T. Bucko joined the probe. Bucko was off duty at the time.

    McGrath filed the motor vehicle report of the accident and the sketch on the report was by Bowes. Bucko took photographs of the scene and gathered evidence. His photographs may be the only ones taken. Bucko also went to the hospital and got the victim’s clothing, according to sources.

    Colonis, the first officer on the scene, apparently arrived as Mr. Showalter was being placed in the ambulance. He interviewed Ms. Emilyta and took her to the station to file a 13-sentence statement.

    There is some confusion of whether Colonis drove an unmarked police car that night. Sources say police made conflicting statements on that question.

    July 14

    Thomas Wainwright, who played tennis with Kevin Showalter at New London High, saw his lifeless body on a sidewalk on Pequot Avenue before an ambulance or police arrived, and is among those testifying today. Arthur Petrini, who testified last week, was a passenger in Wainwright’s car.

    Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wainwright, who were stopped by police after circling the scene in another auto, also testify.

    At least seven New London police officers are at the courthouse, but it is not known how many are testifying.

    July 19

    The grand jury shifts beyond reconstructions by “near witnesses,” as Sgt. Joseph Jullarine, now retired, testifies. He was the squad leader who reportedly conducted “an intensive investigation” for a red car during the 11:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. shift on Christmas Day 1973.

    July 20

    The grand jury investigators spend much of the day alone reviewing physical evidence and testimony. Only three witnesses – New London police who have already appeared during the proceedings – are present.

    July 21

    Det. Bucko appears for at least the fourth time in the nine days the grand jury has convened. The session begins at 10 a.m. and ends about 5:45 p.m., with his departure.

    A nurse’s aide who knelt by Mr. Showalter’s body, feeling for a pulse, also testifies, Sue Costello, who heard the report of an accident as she was leaving Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals in New London from her shift, had arrived on the scene before ambulance personnel and police.

    July 26

    The scope of the grand jury probe goes beyond Mr. Showlater’s death and runs smack into a crucial area of dispute with the appearance of New London police detective Walter Petchark.

    On Christmas Day 1973, with evidence already missing and news of Mr. Showalter’s death on the radio, Petchark reportedly received a call from former mayor Harvey N. Mallove. Mallove later told The Bulletin there was no truth to the report. But he allegedly told Petchark he thought he saw the accident the night before.

    Three city police detectives – Bucko, Petchark, and Carmello Fazzina – were present at the inquiry. They were followed by laboratory technicians from the FBI, who lent their expertise in the analysis of headlight glass possibly belonging to the death vehicle.

    July 27

    The former counsel for the estate of Mr. Showalter testifies. Atty. Thomas Bishop confirms his representation of the estate was severed in June 1974.

    Thomas and Donald Wainwright return for further testimony.

    July 28

    Witnesses include Mrs. S.F. Zimet of Ledyard. Mallove said he was visiting at her home on Christmas Eve 1973, left about 10:45 p.m., and was home in New London about half an hour later.

    Mrs. Zimet is accompanied by her attorney, L. Patrick Gray. Gray, like Bishop, is a member of the New London law firm Suissman, Shapiro, Wool, and Brennan.

    Other witnesses include New London city Manager C. Francis Driscoll and Elise Mallove, Mallove’s daughter. Miss Mallove was home for her Christmas vacation in 1973.

    The grand jury begins a four-week recess. More than 50 persons were called during the first 12 days of the inquiry.

    August 30

    New London police investigators and a newspaper editor who has followed their unsolved hit-run death case for three years are among the witnesses.

    Retired Police Chief John Crowley and Det. Lt. K.T. Bucko, who refused repeated pleas by The Bulletin in March of 1975 to discuss the death of Kevin B. Showalter, gives testimony – as did the paper’s managing editor, John C. Peterson.

    Peterson testifies for three hours.

    August 31

    The attorney who conducted a coroner’s inquest into Mr. Showalter’s death, the results of which have never met public scrutiny, is the first witness today. Atty. Joseph Moukwasher, who heard testimony from 50 witnesses during six days in September and November of 1974, is one of the few persons familiar with the substance of that investigation.

    It took more than two years for the transcripts of the hearings to be typed and submitted to State’s Atty. C. Robert Satti.

    State Police Sgt. Donald Crouch, who in 1974 and 1975 worked for the federal grand jury investigating alleged corruption in the New London force, also testifies. Other witnesses included Rosemary Benson and Carol James.

    September 1

    Physical exhibits appear to outnumber witnesses in the 15th day of proceedings. Two state police technicians from the crime lab in Bethany carry satchels concealing evidence into the closed courtroom. One exhibit is a light colored automobile fender, which was dented and streaked.

    September 2

    Det. Edward Pickett of the New London County State’s Attorney’s office, who helped administer a lie detector test to Ms. Emilyta, testifies. Ms. Emilyta passed the test.

    Another detective, private investigator Joe Harris, is also called. A former Waterford police sergeant, he worked on the case for a brief time, on his own.

    Other witnesses in a short session include State Police Sgt. Charles Trotter, a principal investigator in the federal grand jury probe of the New London city police.

    September 12

    Two persons who saw Mr. Showalter on Christmas Eve 1973, hours before he was killed testify.

    Ramona Ricci, a coworker of Mr. Showalter’s at a Waterford discotheque, attended one of two parties Mr. Showalter had planned to go to after work that night. Nancy Wicksham, who also testified, had joined friends that holiday evening at the club.

    September 18

    Mallove says his status as a suspect in the case is “nothing new.” During testimony in a New Jersey courtroom, Connecticut State Police revealed Mallove is a prime suspect in the hit-run case. The testimony concerned refusal by two New Jersey men to comply with a subpoena issued by the one-man grand jury. Trooper Charles Wargat also testified he was told the two men repaired Mallove’s car on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day 1973.

    Mallove tells The Bulletin he did not know the men and never had a car repaired at their shop on Reed Street in New London. He says he didn’t kill Mr. Showalter and doesn’t know anything about anybody who did.

    September 19

    One of the two men who testified with immunity today has said in a published account he has no knowledge of the case and denied any car was repaired in his New London shop on Christmas Eve 1973.

    Walter String Jr. made those comments in the New Jersey Courier Post. He and his son, Walter String III, had been ordered to appear today by a New Jersey judge, after refusing to comply with a subpoena.

    Among the dozen or so witnesses are New London city police Sgt. Donald Sloan and Cpl. Charles Alloway. They took the first full statement from Ms. Emilyta, five days after the accident.

    September 26

    Darlene Barnes, a friend of Mr. Showalter who patronized the Waterford discotheque where he worked, is among the witnesses today. Ms. Barnes was also one of the 50 witnesses during the coroner’s inquest of 1974.

    October 3

    Larry Grimes testifies again. The Mitchell College security guard who made the first identification of Mr. Showalter at Lawrence and Memorial Hospitals, was also at the courthouse on July 12, and Sept. 26.

    The grand jury will be in recess until October 17. It has convened 20 times since July 5 and heard about 90 witnesses.

    October 11

    Judge Dannehy says published reports that Mallove is a prime suspect in the case “couldn’t bother me in the least.”

    “They (the newspapers) are free to speculate if they wish,” Dannehy says. “I am not concerned with their claimed right to freedom of expression.

    I think that sometimes their attitude is to publish and be damned, but they don’t bother me.”

    “Why don’t you wait” for the grand jury report? Dannehy asked.

    October 17

    The sales manager of a New London auto firm who said he has sold a number of cars to the family of a suspect in the hit-run case testifies.

    In 1970, Peter Emmanuel Sr. of New London Motors sold a Lincoln Continental to Harvey N. Mallove, whom state police have identified as a suspect in the Christmas Eve, 1973 death. A compact car was among the other autos the New London firm sold to Mallove.

    State police were looking for a green Chrysler product when they first questioned New London motors personnel, Emmanuel said before he testified. But the firm didn’t sell Mallove such a vehicle, which police had believed was the death car, he added.

    October 24

    The grand jury does not convene today because the investigators were not ready to proceed, Judge Dannehy said. He said he plans to conduct several more sessions before adjourning to write the final report, but did not specify.

    November 14

    The grand jury meets for its first regular session since October 17 and hears one witness. The witness, Gary Jordan of New London, said he was dating Elise Mallove on Christmas Eve 1973.

    Sources say the grand jury conducted at least one special session since October 17, but it was not known who testified.

    November 21

    State police continue working long and irregular hours probing Mr. Showalter’s death as they re-create the hit-run scene on Pequot Avenue near Plant Street for at least the third time.

    November 29

    The man whom state police have said they consider a prime suspect in New London’s only unsolved hit-run death has his day in court.

    Harvey N. Mallove testifies for about four hours before the secret grand jury probing Mr. Showalter’s death. Atty. Leo J. McNamara accompanies Mallove to the Windham County Courthouse.

    Mallove says he was one of a number of persons who drove by the accident scene shortly before or after Mr. Showalter was killed. But a four-part series by The Bulletin in March of 1975 showed Mallove saw a scene that seven other persons said could not have taken place.

    Mallove passed the accident scene within a minute or two after an ambulance call was logged. His statement to New London police – dated eight months later – conflicts with accounts of seven persons at the scene or looking out their windows seconds after Mr. Showalter was struck.

    Mr. Showalter was struck by a car as he changed a tire on a friend’s parked Ford Pinto, on a well-lit section of Pequot Avenue near Plant Street.

    In his statement, Mallove said he saw an automobile parked at an angle in front of the Pinto. None of the seven persons saw any car stopped at the scene immediately after the victim was hit according to the July 10, 1974 report by New London Det. Lt. Konstanty T. Bucko.

    Mallove’s vivid description of a middle-aged man talking with a girl near the car also conflicts with statements by the seven persons.

    In his statement, Mallove said he assumed the man was a member of the police department. But Bucko claims in the July 10 report that Mallove told him the talking to the girl was “NOT” a policeman.

    Bucko’s report also claims Mallove learned on Christmas Day 1974 that “a man had been killed and he remarked to some people that he saw the body.” But Bucko continued to report that after Mallove viewed photographs of the scene he realized what he mistook for a body was a floor mat. In his statement, Mallove said he saw a “flat object which I assumed was a blanket or a mat.”

    In his August 31, 1974 statement, Mallove said, “Seeing no trouble, accident, or any evidence of anything out of place…I continued on my way home.”

    In the July 10, 1974 report, Bucko claims; “Mr. Mallove stated he was going to stop because he realized there had been an accident.”

    Mallove has told The Bulletin that Bucko misquoted him.

    December 7

    The calling of witnesses ends with Mallove’s second appearance.

    The proceedings included a film screening, apparently of the death scene as re-created by state police.

    After the 35 minute screening, Special Prosecutor McGuigan and Judge Dannehy questioned Mallove for about 40 minutes. That was the bulk of the afternoon session.

    The question of whether indictments should be handed down in New London’s only unsolved hit-run death now rests with Judge Dannehy.

    After 24 sessions and more than 100 witnesses, Dannehy said the next step for the grand jury is the final report on who killed Kevin B. Saltwater.

    1978

    Feb. 17 Report filed.

    Feb. 22

    Report made public.

  • THE DANNEHY REPORT


  • SHOWALTER COVERUP COLUMNS

    Chapter 1

    Law and Justice in Everyday Life

    Cover-Up In New London

    Hit-And-Run Continues To Mock Justice


    Sept. 4, 2000

    If Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney John Bailey wants to bring closure to cold cases, here’s one from New London that should top the list: The Showalter hit-and-run cover-up is a dark chapter in Connecticut history, a tale more appropriate for a Third World country.

    And yet, only one thing bothers former New London County State’s Attorney C. Robert Satti about the Showalter case: that it was investigated at all.

    Satti, now retired, made the point again and again, most recently this year. Satti’s complaint, made during the wake of the late state police Detective George Ryalls, was that Ryalls’ obituary mentioned the suspect the prosecutor refused to pursue in the Showalter probe.

    Kevin B. Showalter, a 20-year-old Mitchell College student, was killed at 11:12 p.m. on Christmas Eve 1973. He was changing a tire on a well-lit section of Pequot Avenue on the New London shoreline when he was struck and killed. His girlfriend, sitting only 6 feet away on a stone wall, claims she saw nothing.

    Auto body putty from the death car disappeared after a tow truck driver gave it to New London police. The evidence file that was supposed to contain the putty was stuffed with bathroom tiles. The file that was supposed to contain headlight glass from the death car instead contained glass from three different headlights. State police and others suspected that, in order to throw legitimate investigators off the trail, the late young man's clothing was pounded on a different-colored car than the one that killed him.

    The victim's mother, Lucille M. Showalter, tried to get a grand jury investigation of the cover-up. She was rebuffed repeatedly by the presiding judge, Angelo Santaniello who, it later became clear, was best friends with the leading suspect. Santaniello then referred Showalter to prosecutor Satti, who happened to be his former law partner. Satti refused to acknowledge registered letters from Mrs. Showalter pleading for a grand jury probe.

    Satti did finally meet with Mrs. Showalter in 1978, after Judge Joseph Dannehy of Willimantic, acting as a one-man grand jury, named former New London Mayor Harvey N. Mallove as the probable driver of the hit-run vehicle. Satti called the three-hour meeting, in which he repeatedly told Mrs. Showalter that there never should have been a grand jury investigation under Dannehy.

    Mallove held a good hand; he had the best legal muscle in New London County on his side. New London police would not question him for more than seven months, and then only in a perfunctory manner. They would say they inspected his cars, but they did not. Significantly, Mallove’s Lincoln had been repaired, but it wasn’t until state police took over the case four years after the accident that the fender was finally seized.

    Santaniello would arrange for a coroner’s inquest and put his niece in charge of typing the transcript. Only after two years of intense public pressure would the transcript be typed. But the inquest never issued a finding.

    Santaniello tipped off Mallove that he was a suspect. The judge was also aware of what local police knew about the case. Mrs. Showalter memorialized the admissions in tape-recorded telephone conversations.

    “I did talk to Harvey,” Santaniello told Mrs. Showalter on Oct. 17, 1975, “and I said, `You’re suspected.’ As a matter of fact, at that time a police officer came to him on the same day or the next day, and told him you were making accusations about him and that he was a prime suspect.” The day before, Mallove told Mrs. Showalter, “Judge Santaniello is of the opinion that you fingered me.”

    It was not until 1977 that state police, who took over the case at the behest of former Gov. Ella Grasso, formally named Mallove a suspect. Next week, I'll propose a means to solve the Showalter cover-up.

    Showalter Cover-Up Is New London's Shame

    Sept. 11, 2000

    New London, where I grew up and began working in the 1960s and ‘70s, was a dirty little city with character.

    It had a restaurant called the Hygienic that was everything but. There were at least a couple bars where the cops couldn't do anything, except maybe a little business.

    The top pimp in town never went to jail until he was about 60 and a certain court official retired.

    New London will always be the city that tried to cover up the Christmas Eve 1973 hit-and-run death of Kevin B. Showalter. It's been doing a pretty good job for nearly 27 years, but the onion is beginning to peel.

    The local daily newspaper admitted -- in its official history published this year -- that it did a shoddy job on the Showalter case. Specifically, The Day admitted its failure to explore the relationship between a former mayor and a top judge, and their influence on the course of the criminal investigation. That’s a beginning.

    Political and police corruption goes back a couple generations in New London. By the 1970s, New London police were widely known to be involved in the selling of women, dope and refrigerators, among other things. A federal grand jury took note. But as with the Showalter case, there were these little problems with the evidence.

    A jewelry store owner and former city mayor multi-millionaire Harvey Mallove was the prime suspect in the hit-and-run death of Showalter, a student at Mitchell College. Showalter’s date that night, Christmas Eve 1973, said she saw nothing from her vantage point six feet away, sitting on a stone wall under a streetlight on a residential street as a young man changed the tire of her car.

    Harvey was everybody’s pal. He would take kids to the Super Bowl, then, down the road, get them jobs as cops. He was friends with bums in the street and bums in high political office. He was wired. The standing joke among reporters became: Harvey's a great guy to have a beer with, just don't change your tire if he's driving by.

    “I didn't kill the kid in any way, shape or form,” Harvey told me many times. As mayor, Harvey helped hire a few police chiefs. His best friend was the administrative judge for the county; that was the judge who controlled the early stages of the investigation, specifically a coroner’s inquest that never issued a finding.

    State police followed up a report that Mallove’s best friend, County Administrative Judge Angelo G. Santaniello, was with Mallove on Christmas Eve 1973. Santaniello reportedly was No. 11 on a guest list for a party at the home of his political mentor, the late state Sen. Peter Mariani. The Mariani party was one of two Mallove attended that night.

    Santaniello told reporters he never went out on Christmas Eve.

    Another state judge, Joseph F. Dannehy, conducted two grand jury investigations. In 1978, Dannehy named Mallove as the probable driver of the hit-run vehicle, but said evidence that might have ensured conviction was either mishandled or destroyed.

    Mallove died a few years ago with this legacy. Others still have time to come clean and tell the truth about the cover-up. Mrs. Showalter tried unsuccessfully to have Satti, Santaniello and others prosecuted for hindrance of prosecution (CGS Section 53a-166) warning of impending discovery, providing means of avoiding discovery, preventing discovery by deception. Because a conspiracy to hinder prosecution is an ongoing crime, those with information could tell Chief State's Attorney John Bailey, who has begun an initiative to solve some of the state's cold homicide cases.

    Isn’t it time? No one kept the system honest when it counted, though some tried. Most stood by as the system that was supposed to protect the victim and his family betrayed them all.

    Where is the conscience of the community?

    Cold Case On Ice Forever

    Nov. 6, 2000

    One way to deflect attention from a suspect is to get investigators involved in meaningless, time-consuming tasks. Another way is to create a bogus suspect who is then exposed as such, causing a belief that the case is just too hazy to pursue.

    Both of these devices were used repeatedly in the cover-up of the Showalter hit-run case in New London. Whether this was happenstance, indifference, incompetence or malfeasance, the result was the same. The system failed.

    And now, it seems, the truth will remain buried forever.

    Judge Joseph F. Dannehy, the grand juror who investigated the case, wrote in his finding of fact: “After December 25, 1973, the New London Police Department did virtually nothing to solve the hit-run death of Kevin B. Showalter.” The accident occurred the night before.

    Local police and court officials, however, were pro-active in another sense. Their actions served to protect the assailant.

    For example, New London police claimed it would cost as much as $1,200 to trace vehicles using data from the state Motor Vehicle Department. The motor vehicle department declared there was no such charge.

    Nevertheless, New London police spent their time hand-sorting local motor vehicle cards. They looked for a green Chrysler. That was likely a false lead; state police said paint particles found on the victim's clothing did not come from the car that killed him.

    Former Mayor Harvey Mallove began meeting informally with police and court officials as early as Dec. 25, 1973. Mallove wanted to know what the police knew.

    The only lead after two and a half years was quashed by then New London Common Pleas Court Prosecutor Harold Dean in May 1976. The lead was a letter of confession written by a Somers prison inmate to the victim’s mother, Lucille Showalter.

    “I told Harold how important that was to me,” Mallove, the prime suspect, confided to an associate. He also acknowledged discussing the purported confession with his best friend, the presiding judge for the county, Angelo Santaniello.

    The author of the letter was known to be connected with “fences,” or purveyors of stolen goods in the New London area. State police arrested him for harassment of Mrs. Showalter. Two state troopers met with Dean for an hour. They told him the letter contained possibly significant information. State police also believed they could connect the dots in New London between the letter writer and the powers-that-be. Did he owe some favors? Was he paid? Police knew the author had no liability for the accident; he was actually in Florida at the time of the hit-run.

    Dean nolled and dismissed the case without telling the troopers or Mallove. Soon thereafter, state police listed the killing of Showalter as “closed pending further development.” Upon learning of Dean's action, Chief State's Attorney Joseph Gormley remarked he had “no idea” why the lead, “which very well could have led to something,” resulted in a dead end. The case would remain closed for six months, until Gov. Ella Grasso brought the matter to Justice John Cotter.

    Was there criminal activity connected with the Showalter cover-up? It appears we will never know for certain. Dannehy named Mallove as the probable driver, noting that evidence which might have ensured conviction was destroyed. The Chief State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed aspects of the case this fall after a series of columns appeared in The Law Tribune. However, the statute of limitations for the most likely potential charge, conspiracy to hinder prosecution of motor vehicle misconduct, has expired. This shameful case, it appears, is destined to stay on ice forever.

    - AND:

    Olympic Gold for Missing Evidence


    November 28, 2005

    Judge Ellen Gordon was in way over her head with what she tried pass off as a ruling in Day Publishing v. State's Attorney.

    Clueless Gordon was handed a hot one, a case no one has ever wanted in the so-called New London Judicial District. Every single time this case has come to court, begging for justice, The Robes, the prosecutors and their minions have either desecrated their oaths or looked the other way. Clueless Gordon, fairly new to the scene, has managed to join the list of those who are both ostriches and failures.

    The Day newspaper asked Gordon this year to release the grand jury testimony regarding the cover-up of the 1973 hit-run death of Kevin Showalter. Before Gordon probably ever heard of Showalter, five New London County judges recused themselves from a John Doe civil suit against the driver because they were friends with the prime suspect, Harvey Mallove. Mallove -- the late mayor of New London and multimillionaire jeweler who picked police chiefs, planned to run for Congress and starred in the social scene -- was prone to say, "I never killed the kid -- in any way, shape or form."

    It's not like we could expect a New London judge to show guts or brains in this case. Compelling testimony from the first of two grand juries implicated local law enforcement and court officials in a widespread cover-up.

    On Christmas Eve 1973 at 11:12 p.m., as the call came in, a high-ranking New London officer, said, "F--k him, he's dead," and then left to go home. Showalter, a 20-year-old Mitchell College student, lay dead on a well-lit section of Pequot Avenue by the shoreline. His body was thrown 22 feet from the point of impact. His shoes were found 110 feet apart. A leg bone was 75 feet away.

    A tow truck driver gave police auto body putty from the death car. The putty was never seen again. New London police mixed headlight glass from at least three different cars in what they called the evidence file. Replacing the auto body putty was bathroom tile. A local coroner's inquest never issued a finding. State police, who took over the case at the behest of Gov. Ella Grasso, were bewildered and angry when they could not find the transcript of the coroner's inquest. Mallove's best friend -- the presiding judge for the county, Angelo G. Santaniello -- had put his niece in charge of typing that transcript. Santaniello also tipped off Mallove to his status as a suspect.

    Now, Clueless Gordon can't find the 3,000-page transcript of the first grand jury. Does she care? Court clerks allegedly performed a diligent search. Would any reasonable person believe or accept any of this?

    Among the last persons known to possess the grand jury report was the late State's Attorney, C. Robert Satti. Satti, who refused to investigate the case before a special prosecutor was appointed, claimed he returned a copy to the grand juror, then Willimantic Superior Court Judge (later Supreme Court Justice) Joseph Dannehy. Both Dannehy and Satti are dead. Did "Do Nothing Bob" -- Mallove's moniker for Satti -- take it with him? We might as well ask Harvey, also dead, or Kevin.

    Gordon's pathetic decision, dated Nov. 7, went on for about a sentence before its first fatal error. It might sound like a technical error, but it's much, much more than that. She actually said New London police investigated the case.

    Before this, I thought it might take generations to remove the stench from the New London courthouse. Alas, for New London, the stench of this cover-up is forever.







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  •           Druze Tea        

    Herbal arrangement for tea brewing
    For those unfamiliar with the Druze culture, it is unique to the Levant (Lebanon, Syria and Israel). This minority group originated about a thousand years ago in the Ismaillia sect of early Islam, and was largely prosecuted after splitting off from it. Therefore, mate

    they usually dwell on mountains and have long tradition of bravery since they've always needed to fend for themselves in a rather hostile environment. In Israel, the Druze communities are all located in the north - from Mount Carmel in the largest Druze town Daliat el Carmel and all the way up north to the Western Galilee, the Golan Heights especially around Mount Hermon.

    Near my village alone there are four Druze villages - Jath, Yanuh, Yirka and Julis. We've held strong friendly relationships with our Druze neighbours. Growing up, two elders from the village Yanuh will travel on foot or by donkey and come help us build our village - they taught our parents how to built terraces from the many rocks around here so that we can grow crops along the hillsides, how to cultivate wild olives and do the grafting so the trees grow strong and bear good fruit, and we went every summer to the miller and grind our wheat (when we still grew our own), and every autumn to line up with all the other olive growers and press our olives into fine olive oil and buy handmade olive soap that was made on the spot from the pommace left from the pressing process. As the nearby village Yirka developed into a small town bustling with businesses - we go there also to do most of our shopping and other business (that's where I usually go to the ship my online orders, by the way), and continue to build business and work relations with our neighbours. My house (both the old and the new part) was built almost entirely by a Birka-Born team of construction experts who became my closest new friends since moving here, and their wives come to practice Pilates with me.

    Growing up here, I remember my mom being especially enthusiastic about learning from the Druze women about the bounty of edible and medicinal wild plants around here. From them she also learned to drink olive oil in the morning on empty stomach, and how to make a special scorpion antidote (from the scorpion that stung you, fried in olive oil). I never tried either, and probably never will. But I do love to learn from them about the nearly magical properties of the plants that grow everywhere around here. It's as if there is an entire pharmacy out in the open, here in the wild. 

    Besides, there is much to be learned from the Druze traditional way of living, which is very family centred and values hospitality and taking the time to sit and enjoy a cup of anything - tea, coffee, and more and more coffee. The latter is served everywhere you go - from the hardware store to the mobile phone shop. And of course you can't enter a home without being invited for at least a cup of coffee, and if it's dinnertime - to break bread with the whole family.

    Ka'kat Isfar
    As is widespread in all of Israel - among both the Arab and Jewish population - the Druze adore za'atar, sage and the many wild harvested and then dried herbs from around here. They are  popular as digestifs or medicinal brews for various ailments or as preventative measures: wild sage, white mint, savory, wild oregano, and more are either infused on their own or added, dried or fresh, to black tea.  The love for za'atar is so profound that it is even added to some sweet pastries, such as this traditional ka'akat isfar ("yellow cake") - a mildly sweet yeasted flatbread that is coloured with turmeric and additionally spiced with sesame and nigella seeds, hints of za'atar (this umbrella name could be wild oregano, savoury or thyme - more on that in another post), and hints of mysterious spices that I'm yet to identify (I detected nutmeg and perhaps even some cardamom or allspice but I can't be sure of the latter two). It has become a favourite of mine, but is never found in a pastry shop. Some families would sell their traditional homemade ka'kat isfar when they make it, and the recipes vary. The first one I tried was only spiced with turmeric. This particular version that I'm very fond of was made by a random person I met on one of my traveling tea parties, and I doubt I will be able to taste ever again. The only recipe I found that seems close is written in Arabic and I'm far from being proficient enough to follow a recipe in that language.

    Many of my Vancouver perfume studio guests have been indirectly introduced to Druze culture through the special tea I would brew each winter (we fondly called it "witch brew") of dried hulnejan (a particular type of dried galangal root) and ginger roots, which is simmered forever in a large pot, simultaneously cleansing the air, warming the chest and keeping colds at bay. It is often served with pecan nuts sprinkled on top, and a lot of sugar, which is how most Druze like their teas. I personally prefer it unsweetened, and like to add cinnamon bark which has its own natural sweetness. Sometimes I would add honey but not often.

    But Hulnejan is not the only interesting thing about the Druze tea culture. As it turns out, in the 19th Century, many Druze - especially from Syria - left for Argentina, and they brought back with them mate, and a special fondness for this unique South American concoction. They drink it socially, sharing the same bombilla (the silver straw), traditionally sucked from the tea which is brewed in a dried decorative gourd.

    Mate, Druze-style

    In this photo, I am holding a dainty cup of mate that was offered to me on the streets of Majdal Shams, a remote Druze village come ski tourist town on Mount Hermon (Jabal Sheikh), formerly part of Syria. 

    On Saturday morning, we were having a hard time finding a place to eat breakfast. The breakfast place recommended to us the night before was still closed at 8:30am - it turns out it was them who had the wedding the night before with the parade that blocked the streets) - and so we were directed by a local lady to a corner shop that sells coffee, cigarettes, local cherries and freshly whipped before your eyes malyukh (Druze flat bread that is baked on top of a saj - an iron dome much like an upside down wok) on top of open fire. The bread is baked only on one side, than folded and smeared with generous amounts of labneh (soft cheese made from strained yoghurt), za'atar mixture, and homemade hot sauce that I swear was spiked with cinnamon.  We were also offered black tea "on the house" which turned to be fragrant with "Ootra" - Arabic for the popular Pelargonium graveness. The lady was impressed with my Arabic (very basic, but still better than nothing) and even more so that I recognized what she put in the tea and know the Arabic name for it.

    I chatted her up as I was munching on the malyukh and sipping the tea, and learned that while Majdal Shams is not as big as Yirka - it is a lot more "modern" to her words. There is a high percentage of post-secondary education, most of which was acquired in Syria, where up until the civil war was offered for free to all Syrian citizens. As a background - you should know that up until 1967, the Golan Heights and Mt. Hermon, including the four Druze villages  there - Majdal Shams, Mas'ade, Ein Kiniya and Buq'ata - were under Syrian rule, and their culture is quite different than what you'll find in the Galilee. One thinks of the border between Israel and Syria (sworn enemies since the establishment of the state of Israeli in 1948) as hermetically sealed, but in fact there was a dynamic flow of the Druze population between the countries - especially for weddings and for family reunions, but also for studying abroad. This lady's brother lived in Syria for many years - he went there to study medicine, got married and lived there until the war started, and then requested to return, and came back to Israel via Jordan with his wife and their children.

    We finished our delicious breakfast, thanked the lady and crossed the street to where our car was parked, right in front of a bakery (the only other place that was already open by 9am). In front of it, two ladies sat on a bench and a couple of upside-down plastic grocery boxes, boiling water on a portable gas stove and sipping non other than mate from a dainty little jug. I was so astonished I could not hold my gasp of delight. In return, they offered me to sit down and join them, rinsing the bombilla with boiled water from the kettle and pouring fresh water over and over the mate to bring out the flavour time and again. I was so thrilled that even though we're only two hours drive from home, and are already experiencing new culture that is so different yet invites us to share a cup of tea together.
    I had a couple of jugs of mate with them and thanked the big spirit that's in this world that encouraged me to finally set up on my tea journey. 

              Homily: Baptism of the Lord 2015        
    In yesterday’s Gospel, Jesus is baptized in the Jordan by John and when he comes out of the waters he hears the words that should echo in each of our hearts and souls every day. It is core to our baptisms – core to our life. The problem is that we have forgotten the sounds of those words…and thus can be headed in the wrong direction when it comes to our own spirituality. What are those words? And why do we need to listen for them…but more importantly, why do we need to then repeat them to those in our lives? Check out what I have to say on this.
              Homily: Baptism of the Lord 2014        
    Water. It is such a strong symbol and sacramental sign. It is used through the Church and its sacraments. Many will come and go through the doors of the church, dipping their fingers in the holy water fonts, blessing themselves. But on this Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we need to take a moment to pause and remind ourselves of the meaning and obligations that this carries for each and everyone one of us. What does that look like for you? And so we end this season as it began – with John the Baptist, at the River Jordan – this time, reluctantly baptising his cousin Jesus as he begins his public ministry. What does your ministry look like? And how does a cello player, among the rubble of Sarajevo, provide insight to what we are called to do?
              Pope on Syria: “Dialogue and negotiation is the only option”        
    From CNS:  Dialogue and negotiations are “the only option for putting an end to the conflict and violence” in Syria, said Pope Francis and Jordan’s King Abdullah II. As Western leaders expressed strong convictions that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack against its own citizens and vowed to take action, Pope Francis […]
              Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made        
    Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made
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              James Blunt expands his sound, hits the road with Ed Sheeran        
    Jordan Zivitz When James Blunt heralded the arrival of his fifth album, The Afterlove, his announcement suggested self-promotion and self-effacement don’t have to be at odds with each other. “If you thought 2016 was bad,” he tweeted in December, “I’m […]
              ... My life without my frndz ...        

    ... My life without my frndz ...

    ... My life without my frndz ... by rosiejones on Polyvore.com

    I just finished skool on 11/6, and i may not be there next year, i will miss them all terribly...:(:(:(. this set is meme licious, unique gurl, jordan girl, and need 4 love, and 2 all my frndz on polyvore........


              86th Academy Awards        
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    Note 1: Well, I did a post on Oscars last year, so I am going to do one every year now. Talk about being clingy, heh.

    Note 2.0: Post 2.0 is going to be bigger and better, aww yeah!
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    It hasn't been a stellar year for movies compared to the previous year, neither there nor here. A year of massive snubs too (I weep for you, Coen brothers, Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson). '12 years a slave' emerges as the 'Lincoln' from last year, and TEN nominations for 'American Hustle', are you effing kidding me?! The race is wide open (which makes it mildly interesting), and my prediction is that this year predictions in general are going to go for a toss. My sentiments for this year's Oscars are best summarized by the movie nominated this year for Makeup and Hairstyling, a movie that will be selling DVDs with 'Oscar nominee' plastered on its cover - 'Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa'.

    The complete list of nominations is available here. This is going to be a difficult year for predictions, so whenever in doubt, I will stick to a golden rule - snub American Hustle!




    CategoryPredictionPickVishesh TippaniQuotesHit / Miss
    Best Motion Picture of the Year12 Years a SlaveThe Wolf of Wall StreetThe Wolf of Wall Street is by far the best movie of this year, its only fault being that it isn't "Best Picture material". F.U. American Hustle, I wish Jonah Hill peed all over you.From TWOWS: "My name is Jordan Belfort. The year I turned 26, I made 49 million dollars, which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week."Hit! But they got it wrong. Time.
    Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleMatthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers ClubLeonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Streetsee: Best Motion Picture of the Year
    P.S.: F.U. American Hustle.
    From TWOWS: "I am not gonna die sober!"Hit! So disappointed for Leo!
    Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleCate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
    Kill me for saying it, but I don't think Amy Adams' cleavage deserves an Oscar. F.U."Who do you have to sleep with around here to get a Stoli martini with a twist of lemon?"Hit!
    Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleJared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
    see: Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling"Relax, I don't bite. I guess you're handsome, in a Texas, hick, white trash, dumb kind of way."Hit! 
    Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleLupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
    If only Scarlett Johansson was nominated. Sigh. And F. U. JLaw, Eff. You. You didn't deserve it last year, you don't deserve it this year.From Her:
    "You know, I can feel the fear that you carry around and I wish there was... something I could do to help you let go of it because if you could, I don't think you'd feel so alone anymore."
    Hit! So much deserve! 
    Best Achievement in DirectingAlfonso Cuarón, GravityMartin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Streetsee: Best Motion Picture of the YearFrom TWOWS:
    'The name of the game, moving the money from the client's pocket to your pocket.'
    'But if you can make your clients money at the same time it's advantageous to everyone, correct?'
    'No.'
    Hit!
    Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenSpike Jonze, Her
    The writing is just devastating. Devastating. Isn't that what great writing is supposed to be?"Sometimes I think I have felt everything I'm ever gonna feel. And from here on out, I'm not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I've already felt."Hit!
    Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published12 Years a SlaveRichard Linklater, Before MidnightAnyone who has followed the 'Before...' series will hardly contest that Linklater deserves this, but well...From Before Midnight:
    "Like sunlight, sunset, we appear, we disappear. We are so important to some, but... we are just passing through."
    Hit!
    Best Animated Feature Film of the YearFrozen
    ♥♥♥♥♥
    'Olaf! You're melting!'
    'Some people are worth melting for.'
    Hit! â™¥
    Best Foreign Language Film of the YearThe Great Beauty
    The Great Beauty is what To Rome with Love should have been, or rather what this movie should have been called.'We're all on the brink of despair; all we can do is look each other in the face, keep each other company, joke a little... don't you agree?'Hit!
    Best Achievement in CinematographyGravity
    Technical awards for Gravity is quite a no-brainer this year. From the camera-work to sound, Gravity is, without a doubt, going to sweep the technical awards.'Houston, I have a bad feeling about this mission.'
    'Please elaborate.'
    'Well, it reminds of a story.'
    Hit!
    Best Achievement in EditingGravityCaptain PhillipsCaptain Phillips' climax got close to Argo's climax. It's tough to beat Gravity for the technical awards this year.From Captain Phillips:
    "Shut up, Irish. Too much talking."
    Hit!
    Best Achievement in Production DesignAmerican HustleHerHer was a surprise (and deserving) nomination for this category, and the minimalism in the look and feel of the movie only goes on to show how much thought was put into it. Oh, and yes, F. U. American Hustle.From Her:
    "Your past is just a story you tell yourself."
    Miss. The Great Gatsby.
    Best Achievement in Costume DesignAmerican Hustle
    Probably the only good thing about American Hustle. Yup, Amy Adams' cleavage wasn't one."But, you know I thought you were mysterious like my mother. Until, it turned out... the mysterious just meant depressed." Miss. Because in-your-face costumes are the way to go. :| The Great Gatsby.
    Best Achievement in Makeup and HairstylingDallas Buyers Club
    see: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
    Hit!
    Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original ScoreSteven Price, Gravity
    While I really wish Thomas Newman, after being nominated 11 times before this (including Wall·E), won this one for his great score in a music-heavy Saving Mr. Banks, I feel Steven Price deserves this one. Check it out.
    Hit!
    Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song'Let it go', Frozen'Ordinary Love', U2, Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomThis is a tough one to pick, between 'Ordinary Love' and 'Let it go'. I do want to see U2 win, after they didn't win the last time they were nominated. And while you are at it, 'The Moon Song' from 'Her' is absolutely heart-breaking.
    Hit!
    Best Achievement in Sound MixingGravity
    see: Best Achievement in Cinematography
    Hit!
    Best Achievement in Sound EditingGravity
    see: Best Achievement in Cinematography
    Hit!
    Best Achievement in Visual EffectsGravity
    see: Best Achievement in Cinematography
    Hit!




    Total:
    18 / 20


    Who are you rooting for?

    86th Academy Awards...

              As he chases history, Spieth feeling remarkably relaxed        
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Jordan Spieth already has shown a remarkable sense of the moment. He earned his PGA Tour card by holing a bunker shot on the 18th hole and winning a playoff.
              Thought for food.        
    Like eating brains? I know you do. Why not add some new dishes to your collection of recipes that use the "fifth quarter?" Despite some negative cultural stereotypes, the practice of eating brains is common in cultures all over the world: Kat-a-Kat is a traditional Pakistani dish containing brains Maghaz Masala is an Arabic course Here is a recipe for Toscano calf brains In France they are known as Cerveaux Chef Mario Batali's restaurant Babbo serves a popular lamb's brains ravioli Sesos in Mexico Some great recipes for Spanish Tortilla Sacromonte Fried brain sandwiches can be found in St. Louis and the Ohio River Valley Australian Slippery Bob This recipe for carpetbag steak would be great with some brains subbed for the oysters Here is an ancient Roman recipe for calf's brains custard German brain soup and brains au gratin Croquettes Lebanese, Syrian and Jordanian recipe for brain omelets Vegan Mock Brains You may be wondering if eating brains is entirely safe. Besides being high in cholesterol, the brain is the main area where prions known to cause transmissible spongiform encephalopathy congregate in the body. In cows it's called Mad Cow disease (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy), Scrapie in sheep, and Chronic Wasting Disease in deer and other wild game. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and Kuru are two forms of spongiform encephalopathy in humans. Kuru was intensely studied among the Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea from the 1950's to the 70's and it was determined that the high instances of it in the tribe were due to their ritual endocannibalistic funeral practices. It has been posited recently that a resistance to prionic diseases may have been selected for in our ancestors, suggesting that cannibalism was not uncommon. Also of interest to cephalovores may be the effects of aerosolizing pork brains and inhaling them, as were recently demonstrated in a pork plant in Austin, MN.
              Lodging at Jordan - Part 2        
    A new MP3 sermon from Freely We Give Broadcast is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

    Title: Lodging at Jordan - Part 2
    Subtitle: Preachers who influenced us
    Speaker: Gene Breed
    Broadcaster: Freely We Give Broadcast
    Event: Midweek Service
    Date: 11/9/2011
    Bible: Joshua 3:1
    Length: 56 min. (64kbps)

    Overview: On the following Wednesday evening, Pastor Breed continued his exposition of Joshua 3-1, showing how the -rising up- of Joshua so accurately pictures our victorious Lord rising from the dead, ascending back to Glory, and taking up His session at the Intercessory Throne - thereby guaranteeing the resurrection of the church. Joshua in the Old Testament is JESUS in the New Testament - the only Redeemer and Saviour of God's elect.----Hear a message that will stir your heart towards God. I appreciate Bro. Gene's emphasis on PERSONAL EXPERIENCE of salvation in this message. WWF
              Lodging at Jordan - Part 1        
    A new MP3 sermon from Freely We Give Broadcast is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

    Title: Lodging at Jordan - Part 1
    Subtitle: Preachers who influenced us
    Speaker: Gene Breed
    Broadcaster: Freely We Give Broadcast
    Event: Sunday - PM
    Date: 11/6/2011
    Bible: Joshua 3:1
    Length: 56 min. (64kbps)

    Overview: A message by--Pastor Gene Breed--GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH--PO Box 2351--Jonesboro GA 30237----Have you been languishing in the wilderness- Come on to the Promised Land. Come down to the crossing of the river Jordan and the deliverance that awaits the elect children of God.----A timely message to all.
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              Hope Springs Eternal in Jordan’s Feet        
    The Black Stars beat South Korea last night emphatically. 4-0. Jordan Ayew came on earlier than he would have expected, in the third minute after an injury to Majeed Waris and scored a hat trick. He clearly grabbed the headlines. Jurgen Klinsmann was reported to be in the stands and I’m sure he will have […]
              FreedomWorks Announces FreedomFighter Award Winners        

    FreedomWorks today announced the FreedomFighter Award winners for 2016. The FreedomFighter Awards recognize members of the House and Senate who consistently vote to support economic freedom and individual liberty. FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon and FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs Jason Pye presented the awards Wednesday afternoon at the Capitol Visitors Center. Photos of the individual presentations are available here.

    Eligibility for the award is based on votes on FreedomWorks’ Congressional Scorecard. In 2016, FreedomWorks scored key votes in favor of several issues, including repeal of ObamaCare through the 2015 reconciliation bill and the override of Obama’s veto, preventing IRS abuse and protecting free speech, protecting citizens from warrantless searches, spending cuts, and reducing regulation.

    “FreedomWorks activists across the country can be proud of these members’ votes last year. They showed a commitment to economic liberty and individual freedom,” FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon said. “With a Republican in the White House and so many big legislative items on the to-do list in this Congress, including fundamental tax reform and reducing regulation, conservative grassroots activists are watching our scorecard to see who delivers on their campaign promises and who changes their tune.”

    “These defenders of liberty get this award to thank them for their critical votes on legislation important to our activist community,” FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs Jason Pye said. “This event allows us to thank them on behalf of our activists to thank these members and encourage them to keep fighting for limited government, lower taxes, and fewer unnecessary job-killing regulations.”

    FreedomFighter Award Winners for 2016 Voting Record

    Senate (5)

    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) , Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.)

    House (56)

    Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas), Rep. Trent Kelly (R-Miss.), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Rep. Alex Mooney (R-W.V.), Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.), Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.), Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas), Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.), Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa), Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.), Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), Rep. Rick Allen (R-Ga.), Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.), Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.), Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.)


              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 8/4 - NEWSIES, A CHORUS LINE, SPRING AWAKENING, and More!        

    "BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature West Side Story, Mamma Mia!, Something Rotten, and More!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    Cleveland: Contributor Roy Berko reviews NEWSIES at the Porthouse Theatre. He writes "MaryAnn Black has done an excellent job of choreographing the dance-centric show, especially considering the limited stage size. Flips, somersaults, line-dancing, contemporary moves and balletic moves explode on the stage. Especially strong dancers are: Ryan Borgo, Nick Johnson, Matthew Smetana and Jake Rosko. Matt Gittins lacks some of the dynamism of Jeremy Jordan who was the original Jack Kelly on Broadway. However, he is believable as Jack, the leader of the Newsies, the tough guy with a tender underbelly. He has a strong singing voice. Beautiful Katelyn Cassidy charms as Jacks' love interest and defiant daughter of Joseph Pulitzer. Gittins and Cassidy's rendition of "Something to Believe In" is one of the show's musical highlights."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews The Muny's A CHORUS LINE. He writes "Director/Choreographer Denis Jones' conception of this show is startling, and adds a welcome element that I've never encountered in a production of A CHORUS LINE before. Ben Whiteley's music direction is simply sublime, and the orchestra injects a great deal of excitement into this work. Paige Hathaway's scenic design is simple and stark, but still larger than life to fit the vast stage, with huge mirrors reflecting the dancers and the audience. Nathan W. Scheuer's video designs add another dimension to the stories being told, and Rob Denton's lighting keeps each story and dancer in clear focus. Andrea Lauer's costumes fit the characters well, and deftly recreates the vintage look of the flashy costumes that close the show."

    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews MAMMA MIA! at the Fox. He writes "Phyllida Lloyd's direction keeps the action moving at fast pace, and for this kind of lightweight, but enjoyable stuff, that's the right approach. Anthony Van Laast contributes the clever and funny choreography, which helps to keep this high energy production moving along with a head of steam. Mark Thompson's simple, changeable set is brilliant, subtly conjuring up the taverna Donna operates from a variety of angles. Howard Harrison's lighting scheme deftly switchesgears from dramatic to concert hall without missing a beat. And, on this particular evening, the small band produced a fantastic sound, with guitarists Alex Domschot and Jonathan Hawkins throwing down some wailing licks."


    Palm Beach: Contributor John Lariviere reviws THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at Marquee Theater Company. He writes "This production features a beautifully costumed and choreographed ensemble of dancers. It is a pleasure to see the stage used to showcase the size and skill level of that ensemble. I also noticed how strong the bevy of girls who live at the hotel are in their setting the style of the piece, and providing acting responses to what was going on around them. Allow me to quote the late South Florida director Bob Bogdanoff when he would be handling group scenes: "Acting is REACTING!". So, thank you from both me and Bob (directing angels up in heaven) for giving us an active and present ensemble in this production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, along with some wonderful costuming and enjoyable choreography. It may be the welcome light-hearted fare you're looking for as an alternative to the sea of serious Sondheim musical offerings in South Florida this Summer."


    New Jersey: Contributor Ryan Myers reviews NEWSIES at Surflight Theater. He writes "Standouts from this show include the leading man himself "Jack Kelly" played by Logan Farine, who brings his handsome, boyish looks to the stage, as well as his solid tenacious voice for songs like "Santa Fe" and "Something To Believe In." He has his own version of Jack Kelly, and I thoroughly enjoyed that. Daniel Neale also shined as "Davey" by bringing his charm and personality to the role, as well as his fine singing voice in pieces like "Watch What Happens (Reprise), and "Seize The Day".


    San Diego: Contributor E. H. Reiter reviews ROBIN HOOD at The Old Globe. She writes "The costumes by San Diego native and double Tony winner Gregg Barnes are gorgeous and not to be missed. They are so richly textured and colored that it's a surprise that Robin hasn't tried to steal those as well. Also, it proves that we should all be wearing more corsets, capes, and clever hats. The set by Tim Mackabee is inventive and interactive, with vines and ropes decorating the entire theatre, the better to allow the cast to drop in from the top. The use of some crates, plates, and doors in the floor allow for quick scene changes, and the cast use the ability to play with heights, and perspective in fun ways."


    Delaware: Contributor Rosanne DellAversano reviews SPRING AWAKENING at JustArt Theatricals. She writes "The music of SPRING AWAKENING often floods my internal playlist. I absolutely love it. Music Director, Caty Butler, is no stranger to modern musical theater scores, and her treatment of Duncan Sheik's music was on point. The young artist playing Moritz (Brendan Moriak) handled the required vocal nimbleness well enough. Lucy Vavala as Wendla and Jake Collins as Melchoir paired well together. Occasionally, a voice cracked or strained/vocal fatigue could be heard. SPRING AWAKENING is all-around demanding; each artist must be prepared to meet the vocal, physical, and emotional demands in order to execute a fully realized work. Some cast members were at least up for the challenge."


    Washington: Contributor Isabella Basco reviews GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING at NextStop Theatre. She writes "All of the cast stands out on their respective songs, but Karen Vincent's charm and pristine voice is a standout in a group of highly professional performers. Marquise White has a smooth voice which will make audiences swoon in "We Kiss in a Shadow," and "This Nearly Was Mine." He also is hilarious in the all-time favorite "Honey Bun," and prepare to be dazzled by Sarah Anne Sillers's "I Can't Say No."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Roy Berko
    Cleveland Contributing Editor

    Roy Berko, a life-long Clevelander, holds degrees, through the doctorate from Kent State, University of Michigan and The Pennsylvania State University. Roy was an actor for many years, appearing in more than 16 plays, 8 TV commercials, and 3 films. He has directed more than 30 productions. A member of the American Critics Association, the Dance Critics Association and The Cleveland Critics Circle, he has been an entertainment reviewer for more than twenty years.

    For many years he was a regular on Channel 5, ABC-Cleveland's "Morning Exchange" and "Live on 5," serving as the stations communication consultant. He has also appeared on "Good Morning America." Roy served as the Director of Public Relations for the Volunteer Office in the White House during the first Clinton Administration.
    He is a professor of communication and psychology who taught at George Washington University, University of Maryland, Notre Dame College of Ohio and Towson University. Roy is the author of 31 books. Several years ago, he was selected by Cleveland Magazine as one of the most interesting people in Cleveland.


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              Demark’s Thorbjorn Olesen grabs early PGA Championship lead        
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 4-under 67 and a one-shot lead among early starters in a PGA Championship that was making it hard for Jordan Spieth and just about everyone else at Quail Hollow. Not since 2010 at Whistling Straits has […]
              Â¿Se leen los conflictos de manera distinta con el paso del tiempo?        
    ¿Se leen los conflictos de manera distinta con el paso del tiempo?

    Por Sara Plaza

    No deja de ser curioso observar cómo han ido evolucionando las distintas lecturas de los conflictos –tanto de los que ya terminaron, como de los que perduran– a lo largo del tiempo. A veces, ni siquiera tienen que pasar siglos pues bastan unos pocos años para hablar de modo distinto de un mismo problema que, indudablemente, con el paso del tiempo habrá sufrido numerosos cambios para permanecer sin solución o terminar resolviéndose.

    Se acaban de cumplir 60 años desde la creación del Nuevo Estado de Israel en una región cuyos límites y nombres han variado a lo largo de la historia.

    Hagamos un poco de memoria y repasemos un pedacito de la que enmarca esa zona.

    Los primeros restos humanos datan de hace 500.000 años. Doce milenios a.C. la cultura Natufiense elaboraba herramientas de madera, piedra y hueso, y las primeras comunidades agrícolas se asentaron en aquellos territorios entre el 10.000 y el 5.000 a.C. Nuevos grupos migratorios que utilizaban el cobre llegaron de una cultura originaria de Siria, y entre el 3.000 y el 2.200 a.C. fueron creadas las primeras ciudades–estado cananeas independientes. Las civilizaciones de Egipto, Mesopotamia, Siria y Fenicia tuvieron gran influencia en Canaán a través de las relaciones comerciales y diplomáticas que establecieron entre sí, y en 1190 a.C. arribarán los filisteos, quienes se mezclarán con las poblaciones locales e introducirán el uso del hierro y del carro tirado por caballos.

    Se estima –aunque algunos historiadores cuestionan incluso su autenticidad– que entre 2.000 y 1.000 años a.C., Abraham marchó desde la antigua ciudad de Ur (antigua Mesopotamia) hasta Harán (actual Turquía), y que una vez allí se apartó de su tribu y dejó de lado la idolatría para encaminarse, junto a su familia y rebaños, hacia Canaán y fundar –por mandato celestial– un pueblo monoteísta. Los cananeos denominaron a Abrahán, Ibri y quienes le acompañaban serían conocidos como ibrim ("del otro lado"), palabra que dio origen al término "hebreo". Se cuenta que Isaac, el hijo de Abraham, se trasladó todavía más al sur de esa "Tierra Prometida", hasta el desierto de Néguev y que el menor de sus hijos, Jacob, después de engañar al mayor, Esaú, huyó a Mesopotamia, donde pasó a llamarse Israel ("El que disputó con Dios"). También se dice que Israel tuvo 12 hijos y que su favorito fue José. Él fue el primero de los hermanos en marchar a Egipto. Años más tarde, el hambre en Canaán obligaría a los demás y a su padre a seguir sus pasos. Con la llegada al poder de Ramsés II los judíos fueron esclavizados y no sería hasta la aparición de Moisés –al parecer llamado también por Dios para refrendar el acuerdo celebrado con Abraham y guiar a los israelitas a la tierra prometida–, y el azote de aquellas famosas siete plagas cuando el faraón permitió salir a los esclavos de Egipto. Durante 40 años estuvo Moisés en el desierto, al cabo de los cuales regresó a Canaán. El testigo pasará entonces a su discípulo, Josué, quien recorrerá el Jordán y tomará Jericó, para conquistar después toda Canaán y repartirla entre las 12 tribus de Israel.

    Durante los primeros siglos en Canaán, los israelitas fueron gobernados por una sucesión de "jueces". De ellos, quizás el más famoso fuese Sansón, traicionado por la filistea Dalila. El primer rey judío fue un guerrero campesino, Saúl, a quien sucedería en el trono su yerno David, vencedor en la lucha frente al gigante filisteo Goliat. Con el tiempo David conquistó una pequeña población en la colina de Salim y la convirtió en Jerusalén. Bajo la dirección de su hijo, Salomón, estos pueblos alcanzaron su máximo esplendor, pero a su muerte las discordias internas desgarraron el territorio en dos nuevos reinos: Israel al norte y Judá al sur (de ahí vendrá la palabra "judío"). Estos reinos coexistieron junto a otros, entre ellos varias ciudades–estado filisteas.
    Las tribus del norte fueron vencidas por los asirios 200 años más tarde y pasaron a ser conocidas como las "Diez Tribus Perdidas". En el 587 a.C. Nabucodonosor capturó Jerusalén y los judíos, junto al resto de los sobrevivientes, fueron llevados cautivos a Babilonia. Solamente se les permitió volver cuando Ciro, el rey persa, conquistó Babilonia en el 538 a.C. El Imperio Persa caerá ante las tropas griegas de Alejandro Magno y a los judíos de Judá se les limitará su autonomía religiosa y administrativa. Fascinados por la cultura griega algunos judíos reformistas se enfrentaron a los más ortodoxos y esta división interna, que terminaría en guerra civil, posibilitó la invasión del sirio Antíoco IV Epifanes. Los sirios serán expulsados de Jerusalén por Judas Macabeo en el 167 a.C. y los judíos volverán a progresar bajo los macabeos por un corto espacio de tiempo. En el 63 a.C. aparecen los romanos y llamarán Judea a Judá, convirtiéndola en colonia y nombrando, años después, a Herodes el Grande como "rey de los judíos". Judea se rebelará contra el Imperio Romano en el 66 d.C. y el territorio será asolado por las legiones de Vespasiano y Jerusalén tomada por su hijo Tito en el año 70. Los judíos se diseminarán y Judea junto con Galilea, Samaria e Idumea serán conocidas a partir de entonces como una nueva provincia romana denominada Siria Palestina en honor a los filisteos.

    En los siguientes siglos esta zona sufrirá otras muchas ocupaciones. Entre ellas las de los árabes allá por el 636, de los cruzados en 1099, de los tártaros en 1244 y de los turcos en 1517. Para ser nuevamente ocupada en el siglo pasado, durante casi tres décadas, esta vez por los británicos. Al finalizar la Primera Guerra Mundial, Gran Bretaña había vencido a los turcos otomanos con la ayuda de rebeldes árabes, pero no pudo cumplir su promesa de crear un gran Estado árabe independiente porque en el 1920 Francia expulsará al rey Faisal de Damasco y Gran Bretaña dará prioridad a los acuerdos con los franceses. En 1920, el Consejo Supremo Aliado (Gran Bretaña, Estados Unidos, Francia, Italia y Japón) se reunió en San Remo y Gran Bretaña aceptó un mandato para Palestina, aunque quedaron pendientes las condiciones y los límites del mismo. En 1922, la Liga de Naciones le conferirá a Gran Bretaña dicho mandato internacional en esa región, donde ya se había concedido a los judíos el derecho a organizar su hogar nacional. Habían pasado cinco años de la declaración de Balfour, en la que se reconocía la conexión histórica del pueblo judío con Palestina. Durante el mandato, mientras Gran Bretaña favorecía a los judíos, éstos mantuvieron una política de negación de la población autóctona.

    En los años que siguieron a las Segunda Guerra Mundial, el control británico sobre Palestina se volvió cada vez más incierto. Finalmente, a principios de 1947 el gobierno británico anunció su deseo de finalizar el mandato argumentando que era incapaz de encontrar una solución aceptable para ambas partes, la judía y la árabe, y cedió su responsabilidad sobre Palestina a las Naciones Unidas. Éstas aprobaron la partición del Mandato de Palestina en dos estados, uno árabe y otro judío, quedando el área de Jerusalén bajo control internacional. Los líderes judíos estuvieron de acuerdo, pero no así los árabes palestinos. No obstante, el Nuevo Estado de Israel fue proclamado el 14 de mayo de 1948, y los estados y ejércitos árabes vecinos atacaron Israel inmediatamente después de su declaración de independencia provocando la guerra árabe–israelí de 1948. Durante esta guerra, de acuerdo a las estimaciones de Naciones Unidas, alrededor del 80% de la población árabe tuvo que abandonar el país. Al finalizar el conflicto armado, Israel quedó establecido la mayor parte del territorio mientras que la restante, que comprendía la Franja de Gaza, el margen occidental del río Jordán y Jerusalén del este, fue ocupada por Egipto y Jordania, y conquistada con posterioridad por Israel durante la Guerra de los Seis Días en 1967.

    Hasta aquí el ejercicio de memoria y esbozo de la historia que les proponía.

    Veamos ahora cómo se han tratado un par de momentos de la más reciente en dos textos que estuve consultando estos días mientras revisaba lo expuesto hasta ahora en un par de enciclopedias. Uno de ellos es el artículo "El sufrimiento como identidad" escrito por el periodista especialista en política internacional, Andrés Criscaut, en la edición internacional para Argentina del diario Le Monde diplomatique, "el Dipló" de mayo de 2008. El otro es un libro titulado "Israel" de Robert St. John y los redactores de LIFE en español, publicado en 1962 perteneciente a la colección "Biblioteca Universal de LIFE en Español".

    Así es como Andrés Criscaut escribe sobre lo sucedido entre 1936 y 1939:

    "Los árabes de Palestina, tanto urbanos como campesinos, se vieron por primera vez solos y ante una colonización judía que creció de 12.500 personas en 1932 a 66.000 en 1935, cuando se intensificó la huida de la Alemania nazi.

    Entre 1936 y 1939 se produjo una revuelta espontánea –similar a la ocurrida en la última década con las dos Intifadas– compuesta básicamente por campesinos y marginados de los centros urbanos, conocida como al Gran Revuelta árabe de Palestina, y que tomaría por sorpresa a la pequeña elite de dirigentes palestinos (sólo un 9% participó, y menos de un 5% dirigió acciones armadas o de guerrilla).

    El levantamiento, si bien fue disparado por los desafíos y las inequidades ante el creciente enclave judío en el Mandato, tuvo una orientación abiertamente antibritánica, ya que la Corona era responsable directa de este desequilibrio. Pero en su etapa final terminó siendo una verdadera guerra civil entre palestinos. La revuelta puso en serios aprietos a la administración del Mandato, que desplegó más tropas en la pequeña zona de Palestina que en todo el subcontinente indio". (p. 33)


    Y de esta manera lo hace Robert St. John:

    "A mediados de la década de 1930, el antisemitismo de Alemania, Austria y Checoslovaquia, y la renuencia de Australia y de los países aún poco poblados de América a abrir sus puertas a los judíos que huían de Europa Central para salvar sus vidas, hizo que muchos de éstos optaran por buscar refugio en Palestina. Ahora los árabes, en señal de protesta, organizaron una rebelión en gran escala que principió durante la primavera de 1936. Los motivos comenzaron en Jaffa y se extendieron a todos los lugares donde había árabes y judíos. Hubo muchos muertos y la vida en las poblaciones se trastornó por culpa de un paro general decretado por los árabes. Los británicos enviaron fuerzas militares desde Egipto, Malta y la propia Inglaterra y finalmente el orden fue restaurado". (pp. 39–40)

    Habría mucho en lo que fijarse, pero lo que primero llamó mi atención fue que el primero denomina revuelta a lo que el segundo considera rebelión, y la espontaneidad atribuida a la primera se contrapone con la organización de la segunda. De lo que no quedan muchas dudas es de los métodos británicos.

    Fijémonos ahora en cómo ha cambiado, en el transcurso de los 44 años que separan la escritura de St. John de la de Criscaut, la denominación de la contienda que finalizó en 1948, un año después de que las Naciones Unidas decidieran dividir el territorio de la Palestina británica en dos estados, uno judío y otro árabe.

    Criscaut explica:

    "Para los israelíes, 1948 fue el año en que los judíos ganaron la ‘Guerra de la Independencia' y crearon el Estado de Israel. Para los palestinos, fue el año de la Nakba (el Desastre), el año en que perdieron Palestina y su sociedad fue devastada". (p. 33)

    St. John manifiesta:

    "Pero durante la guerra que siguió al retiro de las fuerzas británicas en 1948, [Jerusalén] fue escenario de sangrientos combates entre israelíes y árabes ... desde que rechazaron a los ejércitos árabes ... [los israelíes] orgullosamente llaman a esta contienda ‘Guerra de la Liberación'". (pp.12–14)

    En las líneas extractadas ambos textos hablan de los mismos hechos, ¿cómo pueden parecerles tan distintos a sus autores? ¿Ha sido el tiempo el causante de sus diferentes miradas? ¿Se ha modificado con él nuestro propio análisis? Opino que el tiempo juega un papel importante, pero quizás nuestros prejuicios intervengan mucho más. En muchos casos, cuando no contamos con la experiencia o la información suficientes –o recibimos información incorrecta– los autores y los lectores seguimos partiendo de ideas preconcebidas para llegar a conclusiones preconcluidas.

    Antes de finalizar esta entrada, les invito a que busquen y hagan lo posible por encontrar y sentarse a ver la estupenda película del director Severio Costanzo, "Private" (Italia, 2004, 35mm, AM13, 90'). Fue premiada en varios festivales y Costanzo recibió el David di Donatello al director revelación en 2005. Podrán ponerse un poquito en la piel de una familia palestina a quienes el ejército israelí les confisca su casa. Tendrán oportunidad de hacerse un montón de preguntas y posiblemente no encuentren muchas respuestas, pero vale la pena quedarse con la duda y seguir pensando sobre ello.

    Ilustración.

              Amerykanie uderzyli na armię Syrii i najemników Iranu. Rzeź w Hamie        
    Sytuacja w Syrii gwałtownie się zaostrzyła. W odpowiedzi na wysłanie przeciwko siłom syryjskiej opozycji 3 tys. bojowników Hezbollahu samoloty zachodniej koalicji pod wodzą USA dokonały uderzenia na te proirańskie oddziały w rejonie Al-Tanf przy granicy Syrii z Irakiem i Jordanią – podaje CBS News. Amerykanie zaatakowali też wojska rządowe dyktatora Asada, które wtargnęły do ustanowionej ...
              Passenger flees in car after driver arrested for DUI, crashes into yard        
    WEST JORDAN, Utah — Police in West Jordan were arresting a belligerent driver for suspicion of DUI early Sunday morning when a passenger got into the driver’s seat and fled, and even though police terminated the pursuit for safety reasons that passenger is in custody. Lt. Rich Bell of the West Jordan Police Department said things began around 8:30 a.m. Sunday when a police officer spotted an erratic driver near a gas station in the area of Jordan Landing. “She observed […]
              "Lean on Me" - circa 2008?        
    This story likely warmed the hearts of NY Times readers:
    Junior High School 22, in the South Bronx, had run through six principals in just over two years when Shimon Waronker was named the seventh.

    On his first visit, in October 2004, he found a police officer arresting a student and calling for backup to handle the swelling crowd. Students roamed the hallways with abandon; in one class of 30, only 5 students had bothered to show up. “It was chaos,” Mr. Waronker recalled. “I was like, this can’t be real.”

    Teachers, parents and students at the school, which is mostly Hispanic and black, were equally taken aback by the sight of their new leader: A member of the Chabad-Lubavitch sect of Hasidic Judaism with a beard, a black hat and a velvet yarmulke.

    “The talk was, ‘You’re not going to believe who’s running the show,’ ” said Lisa DeBonis, now an assistant principal.

    At a time when the Bloomberg administration has put principals at the center of its efforts to overhaul schools, making the search for great school leaders more pressing than ever, the tale of Mr. Waronker shows that sometimes, the most unlikely of candidates can produce surprising results.

    Despite warnings from some in the school system that Mr. Waronker was a cultural mismatch for a predominantly minority school, he has outlasted his predecessors, and test scores have risen enough to earn J.H.S. 22 an A on its new school report card. The school, once on the city’s list of the 12 most dangerous, has since been removed.
    So, apparently against all expectations, an identifiably Chassidic principal is able to turn around a failing school district - despite what appears to have been the skepticism of so many:
    Mr. Waronker, 39, a former public school teacher, was in the first graduating class of the New York City Leadership Academy, which Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg created in 2003 to groom promising principal candidates. Considered one of the stars, he was among the last to get a job, as school officials deemed him “not a fit” in a city where the tensions between blacks and Hasidic Jews that erupted in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, in 1991 are not forgotten.

    “They just said he may be terrific, but not the right person for that school,” Chancellor Klein said.
    No matter how benignly expressed, I feel that the opinion that Mr. Waronker was not fit for a job due to his religious views is nothing short of veiled discrimination. The excuse that it was simply a realistic view of the situation is obviously belied by the success Waronker has seen at his post.

    Even more heart-warming than the soft-peddled discrimination of school officials is the wonderful spirit of tolerance in which Mr. Waronker was accepted by some of the school's parent body:
    Some parents at J.H.S. 22, also called Jordan L. Mott, were suspicious, viewing Mr. Waronker as too much an outsider. In fact, one parent, Angie Vazquez, 37, acknowledged that her upbringing had led her to wonder: “Wow, we’re going to have a Jewish person, what’s going to happen? Are the kids going to have to pay for lunch?”
    Um, is this what passes as hard-hitting journalism these days? A quote that shows that there are people who feel perfectly comfortable being quoted, by name, as believing that old canard about Jews and money - while the paper asserts that such bigotry is nothing more than "suspicion" based on the woman's "upbringing"? Is there any way, shape or form that had this comment been made by an Orthodox Jew, spewing racist or discriminatory stereotypes about another minority group, that it would have been buried in the middle of the story as a perfectly reasonable "suspicion" instead of actually being the story? Perhaps some of that extreme political correctness that seems to be going around could be applied across the board? Maybe?

    Either way, these two minor quibbles should not take away from the spirit of acceptance and harmony in which this story should be read. Regardless of the low expectations that appear to have been shared by so many regarding both Mr. Waronker and the students of JHS 22, they seem to have together defied the conventional wisdom in their district and achieved, in a scene out of some 2008 version of Lean on Me - starring Matisyahu instead of Morgan Freeman as the embattled but ultimately successful principal - real progress.

    I wish both students and principal more of the same continued success in the future.
              Anne Spencer Personal Library Wish List        
    This ongoing catalogue / wish list is compiled using the catalogue of Anne Spencer's personal books from the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia. The PLL is looking for the exact editions stated.
     

    GARDENING & NATURE

    -De La Mare, A.T., ed.,  Garden Guide: the Amateur Gardeners’ Handbook (A.T. De La Mare Co., 1940)


    AFRICAN & AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

    -(--), An Appeal to the Common Sense of Colored Citizens (Republican National Committee, 1940)
    -(--), Africa: Questions and Answers for Mission Circles and Bands (Women’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church, 1897) 
    -(--), One year from the day that the Supreme Court of the United States outlawed segregation in public schools everyone interested in implementing that decision is invited to attend a Southwestern Regional Conference on Integration in Houston, Texas, May 17, 1955 (Southern -Regional Conference on Integration, 1955)
    -Atlanta Urban League, The Negro School Child in Atlanta (The Atlanta Urban League, 1945)
    -Davidson, Basil, A Guide to African History (Doubleday & Company, 1965)
    -Dobler, Lavinia and William A. Brown, Great Rulers of the African Past (Doubleday, 1965)
    -Lee, David, The Negro Problem: Editorial (1948)
    -McCulloch, James E., The Call of the New South: Addresses Delivered at the Southern Sociological Congress, Nashville, Tennessee, May 7 to 10, 1912 (Southern Sociological Congress, 1912)
    -Ottley, Roi, ‘New World A-Coming’: Inside Black America (Houghton Mifflin, 1943)
    -Streeter, Daniel W., Denatured Africa (Garden City, 1929)
    -Willkie, Wendell, Wendell Willkie Speaks to Negroes: Address at Rally of Colored Republicans, Chicago, Illinois, September 13, 1940 ( Republican National Committee, 1940)


    LABOR & SOCIAL JUSTICE

    -Hutchison, Keith, Labour in Politics (Labour Publishing Company, 1925)
    -Nathan, Maud, The Wage Earner and the Ballot (National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1908)
    -National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Does Your Congressman Represent You?: A Voters Guide (1964)


    FICTION & POETRY

    -(--), Chronicle and romance : Froissart, Malory, Holinshed (P. F. Collier & Son, 1910)
    -(--), Heartsease: or, The Brother’s Wife (D. Appleton and Co., 1855)
    -Boyeson, Hjalmar H., Falconberg (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1899)
    -Brinker Post, Mary, Annie Jordan: A Novel of Seattle (Doubleday & Co., 1948)
    -Butterworth, Hezekiah, Up from the Cape: a Plea for Pepublican Simplicity; Mayflower Tales (J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Company, 1883)
    -Chevalier, Maurice, With Love (Little, Brown & Co., 1960)
    -Dunsany, Lord, Five plays : the gods of the mountain, The golden doom, King Argimēnēs and the unknown warrior, The glittering gate, The lost silk hat (Little, Brown & Co., 1917)
    -Ellmann, Richard, ed., The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry (W.W. Norton & Company, 1973)
    -Fallada, Hans, Little Man, What Now? (Simon & Schuster, 1933)
    -Fast, Howard, Citizen Tom Paine (Bantam Books, 1946)
    -Gras, Felix, (Catharine Janvier, trans.), The White Terror: A Romance of the French Revolution and After (D. Appleton and Co., 1900)
    -Harris, Cyril, Street of Knives (Little, Brown & Co., 1950)
    -Johnson, Johnson's Chief Lives of the Poets : being those of Milton, Dryden, Swift, Addison, Pope, Gray, and Macaulay's Life of Johnson (Foreword by Matthew Arnold) (Henry Holt & Co., 1880)
    -Kerlin, Robert T., Contemporary Poetry of the Negro (Press of the Hampton Normal & Agricultural Institute, 1921)
    -Kipling, Rudyard, Barrackroom Ballads (Donohue, Henneberry & Co., 1899)
    -Kipling, Rudyard, Departmental Ditties (M.A. Donohue & Co., 1901)
    -O’Brien, Edward J., ed., The Best Short Stories of 1924: and The Yearbook of the American Short Story(Small, Maynard & Co., 1925)
    -Patten, William, ed., Short Story Classics (American) ( P.F. Collier & Son, 1905)
    -Rothberg, Abraham, The Thousand Doors (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1965)
    -Scott, Sir Walter, The Lady of the Lake (Thomas Crowell & Sons, 1893-1900)
    -Shoup, Francis Elliott, ed., Pope's The Iliad of Homer : books I, VI, XXII, and XXIV (B. F. Johnson Publishing Company, 1901)
    -Smart, C., trans., The Works of Horace (David McKay, 1896)


    HISTORY

    -(--), Washington Merry-Go-Round (Liveright, 1931)
    -Addington Symonds, John, Renaissance in Italy (Modern Library, 1935)
    -Anthony, Katharine, Catherine the Great (Garden City, 1927)
    -Dabney, Richard Heath, The Causes of the French Revolution (Henry Holt and Co., 1889)
    -De Tocqueville, Alexis, Democracy in America (Colonial Press, 1899)
    -Gibson, Hugh, ed., The Ciano diaries, 1939-1943 : the complete, unabridged diaries of Count Galeazzo Ciano, Italian minister for foreign affairs, 1936-1943 (Doubleday and Co., 1946)
    -Langford Warren, Herbert, The Foundations of Classic Architecture (Macmillan Co., 1919)
    -Parman, Jr., Francis, The California and Oregon Trail: Being Sketches of Prairie and Rocky Mountain Life (Hurst and Co., 1900)
    -Turner, Edward Raymond, Europe, 1789-1920 (Doubleday, Page, 1920)
    -Vehanen, Kosti, Marian Anderson: A Portrait (McGraw Hill, 1941)


    LANGUAGE & EDUCATION

    -Orlanidi, Nazareno, Italian Grammar (Tip. Sociale, 1910)
    -Tuckerman, Julius, Simplicité : a Reader of French Pronunciation (American Book Co., 1908)


    SCIENCE & MATH

    -Chamberlin, Thomas, A College Text-Book of Geology (Henry Holt and Co., 1909)
    -Curry, Preston E., and Ralph Rice, Applied Business Arithmetic (South-Western Publishing Co., 1940)
    -Korzybski, Alfred, Manhood of Humanity: the Science and Art of Human Engineering (Dutton and Co., 1921)


              Des brosses à dents Jordan à gagner pour toute la famille        

    Juste avant le départ en vacances, on nous avons reçu des nouvelles brosses à dents Jordan pour renouveler les nôtres. Pas de jaloux, chacun a la sienne et les enfants ont même leurs dentifrices. En effet, depuis le 4 juillet, vous pouvez retrouver la marque Jordan dans tous les magasins Carrefour.

    Avant de vous parler du jeu concours, j'aimerais vous présenter la gamme enfants. Entre 0 et 2 ans, la brosse à dent Step est adaptée aux tout-petits surtout pour le démarrage de l'apprentissage du lavage des dents.


    Entre 3 et 5 ans, c'est le moment où l'on doit les motiver pour se laver les dents. Ces brosses aux coloris funs sont conçues pour le dents de lait et pour une prise de main facile. Elles sont vendues avec des accessoires comme un sablier par exemple.


    La brosse à dents Step 6-9 ans est adaptée à cette période compliquée où les dents de laits tombent et les dents définitives arrivent. En général, à cet âge les enfants sont déjà allés au moins une fois chez le dentiste. Elles sont également vendues avec des accessoires pour les personnaliser.


    La nouveauté c'est aussi les dentifrices pour les 0-5 ans et les 6-12 ans avec des goûts de fraise, de fruits et le choix des designs.

    Jeu concours

    Je vous fais gagner un lot de brosses à dents Jordan adaptés à votre famille (en fonction de l'âge et du sexe). Pour cela, il suffit de :

    • Répondre en commentaire à la question suivante "combien de personnes constituent votre foyer?"
    • Liker la page Facebook de Jordan France
    • Jouer avant le lundi 24/07/2017
    Bonne chance

    EDIT DU 24/07/2017 : c'est NADEGE qui remporte les brosses à dents, j'attends tes coordonnées postales par mail ou MP.

    EDIT DU 03/08/2017 : c'est Legros Amelie qui gagne après un second tirage au sort.

              Jontay Porter to Reclassify, Play with Brother Michael at Missouri Next Season        

    Michael Porter Jr. won't be the only Porter playing for the Missouri Tigers in the upcoming college basketball season.

    On Wednesday, Jontay Porter—Michael's younger brother—tweeted he will reclassify to the 2017 recruiting class:

    "This is going to be a special year for Mizzou basketball, and I couldn't pass up on this opportunity to be a part of it," Jontay Porter said, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com. "Playing with Michael was definitely one of the most attractive things about reclassifying. Every team we've played on together has had major success, so hopefully that trend continues."

    The Porter brothers will have the opportunity to play for their father, Michael Porter Sr., who is an assistant coach on new head coach Cuonzo Martin's staff.

    Jontay Porter was originally set to join the Washington Huskies, but he decommitted after the firing of Lorenzo Romar. His brother also decided against joining the Huskies and headed to the Tigers.

    Martin has put together a loaded 2017 recruiting class, which Scout listed as the eighth-best group in the country. It already included Michael Porter Jr., who is a 5-star prospect on Scout, Jeremiah Tilmon, Blake Harris and C.J. Roberts, and it now has Jontay Porter as another potentially dominant force in the frontcourt.

    "He makes everything easier for everybody on the court and that's one thing that he's very good with," Michael Porter Jr. said, per Goodman. "He might not fill the stat sheet in term of points, but the way he attacks the game it makes it so much easier. I think him coming here alongside the other players we have here will be ridiculous."

    The Tigers were an abysmal 8-24 last season but feature this talented incoming class as well as returning pieces Jordan Barnett, Kevin Puryear and Terrence Phillips. They figure to be a much more potent threat to the Kentucky Wildcats and others in the SEC this season.

    Read more Missouri Tigers Basketball news on BleacherReport.com


              KONG: LA ISLA CALAVERA        



    Película: Kong: La Isla Calavera. Título original: Kong: Skull Island. Dirección: Jordan Vogt-Roberts. País: USAAño: 2017. Género: Acciónaventurasfantástico. Reparto: Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Toby Kebbell, John Goodman, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham. Guion: Max Borenstein. Producción: Thomas Tull. Estreno en España: Marzo 2017.


    Kong: La Isla Calavera reimagina el origen del mítico Kong en una aventura original del director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. En la película, un diverso equipo de exploradores es reunido para aventurarse en el interior de una isla del Pacífico —tan bella como traicionera— que no aparece en los mapas, sin saber que están invadiendo los dominios del mítico Kong.


    Al igual que los inconformistas y contradictorios niños de 'The kings of summer' que se adentraban en el bosque para construir su propia personalidad sobre los cimientos de la aventura como única manera de crecer, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, su director, se ha ido a la Isla Calavera para levantar la que seguramente sea la cabaña más cara, más cinéfila y más aventurera del Hollywood de los últimos años. No es algo nuevo como opción para aproximarse a King Kong: la versión de Peter Jackson no era más que la materialización de un sueño infantil, el del autor neozelandés con respecto a la mitología que el inmortal film de 1933 firmado por Ernest Schoedsack y Merian C. Cooper despertó en él. Los materiales con los cuales Vogt-Roberts edifica ese refugio de imaginación son de primera y heterogénea categoría: desde una relectura muy inteligente de 'La isla del tesoro' (el personaje de John C. Reilly como trasunto del Ben Gunn de la novela de Stevenson), 'La isla misteriosa' de Julio Verne, 'El mundo perdido' de Conan Doyle y 'La tierra olvidada por el tiempo' de E. R. Burroughs a los viajes al corazón de la tiniebla conradianos (y los guiños a 'Apocalypse Now' son evidentes).
    Consciente de que el espectador amante de estas aventuras, de este universo deliberadamente pulp, es un niño atemporal, 'Kong: La Isla Calavera' recurre con inteligencia a ese periodo tornado hoy el Shangri-La de la nostalgia: los años 80. Sí, es verdad que su ambientación y acción acontecen en 1973, días después del fin de la guerra de Vietnam y a tres años de que el barco de prospección petrolífera del 'King Kong' de John Guillermin atravesara las brumas de la isla del gorila gigante. Sin embargo, esa influencia bélica (y rocanrolera) es más de los años 80, de las películas de la Cannon (o de los Rambos de la Carolco) que querían ganar aquella guerra perdida desde el cine, un poco como el reflejo (sumamente estimulante) del militar que encarna Samuel L. Jackson aquí. Y más ochentero es el espíritu de survival fantastique que no oculta su deuda y cariño hacia el 'Depredador' de John McTiernan. Con todo, lo más maravilloso de esta extraordinaria película no es únicamente la mano de un director con una inventiva visual (el ataque a los helicópteros al llegar a la isla) apabullante y su sentido de la aventura, del cine de aventuras, sino cómo es capaz de capturar la magia de la imágenes del 'King Kong' de 1933 (Kong surgiendo de entre la niebla, los planos desde lo alto de las montañas) y la poesía (sí, poesía) de la versión de 1976 (las miradas de dignidad y comprensión del rey Kong) para reelaborarlas con estilo propio y maestría.(FOTOGRAMAS).


    La mejor película de King Kong desde la original. Un personaje que desde que se estrenó en cines en 
    1933 se ha convertido en un icono para el cine, un icono con dos remakes, el último de ellos, el dirigido por Peter Jackson. Es muy difícil revisitar ese personaje sin repetir esquemas previos, y eso es algo que la película de Jordan Vogt-Roberts consigue plenamente. Un viaje a la Isla Calavera en el que no veremos Nueva York, ni una revisión de La Bella y la Bestia, sino un despliegue de cine de aventuras, acción y grandes efectos visuales que por un lado homenajea con brillantez a King Kong y por otro al cine bélico de los 70, con Apocalipsis Now a la cabeza.
    No, no estoy comparando Kong con la obra maestra de Coppola, ni mucho menos. Ni en temas, ni en profundidad… Nada tiene que ver. Pero esta película sí ofrece diversos homenajes visuales a aquella y a la guerra de Vietnam en el cine en general. Al cine de los 70 en particular, para ofrecer un espectáculo visual de primer orden, puro entretenimiento que además guarda un par de gratas sorpresas. Desde el diseño de la isla, el propio Kong, los parajes o las criaturas que la habitan (alejándose de los típicos dinosaurios para darnos una nueva serie de monstruos… como esa terrorífica araña gigante), pasando por la propia acción de la película, el tono de la misma, más centrado en Kong casi que en los humanos......(ACCIÓN DE CINE).

    ......Irreprochable en lo tecnológico, con ritmo desigual pese a que las escenas de acción son abundantes (y muy bien resueltas) y no dan tregua al espectador y con algunos golpes de humor que no terminan de encajar con demasiada armonía dentro del conjunto, la película retiene poco del espíritu de los anteriores Kongs cinematográficos para dejarse llevar por un espíritu lúdico y autorreferencial. En otras palabras, Kong: La isla calavera es a King Kong (1933) lo que Jurassic World (Colin Trevorrow, 2015) fue a Parque Jurásico (Steven Spielberg, 1993): una grandilocuente banalización de sus aciertos, diseñada al milímetro para cautivar a las nuevas audiencias, pero sin auténtica magia ni facultad para sorprender alguna. Esto, lejos de ser tomado como algo negativo, debería avisar a quienes esperen encontrar en esta cinta algo que no sea dos horas de puro entretenimiento cargado de testosterona. Los constantes guiños a Apocalypse Now se extienden también al aspecto visual –el brutal pasaje del derribo de Kong a los helicópteros, en el que parece que en cualquier momento van a resonar los acordes de Wagner y su Cabalgata de las valkirias; la incendiaria imagen de Samuel L. Jackson dejándose llevar por los efectos destructivos del napalm–, algo que otorga a la obra una atractiva personalidad (prestada) que se ve potenciada con una excelente labor de Larry Fong en la fotografía, su conseguida estética setentera (esas imágenes documentales intercaladas) y el uso de clásicos del rock de la época en su banda sonora. Por todo ello, si no nos dejamos llevar por falsas expectativas de trascendencia –alimentadas, tal vez, por el hecho de tener detrás de las cámaras a alguien como Jordan Vogt-Roberts, realizador de una pequeña perla indie como fue The Kings of Summer (2013)– que nunca se cumplen, la película se disfruta con facilidad y es cumplidora como monster movie con alma de serie B –durante su visionado asoman a nuestro recuerdo aquellas entrañables producciones de Kevin Connor adaptando, a su aire, a Edgar Rice Burroughs– y presupuesto de serie A. El alcance de su calado en el espectador será, en este caso, directamente proporcional a los prejuicios con los que este se acerque a ella.(EL ANTEPENULTIMOMOHICANO).
              Bright Lights, Big Post        
    Warning: This post is long. I won't apologize for it, but I don't expect you to read it. If you want, you could divide it up to before race day and after, though I think you'll miss the theme if you do. I don't even have it in the headline.
    Enjoy. I guess.


    My life feels like it began after I had kids.
    This is a cliche turned on its head (you see what I did there?) because it's not meant to be a caption for "The Family Circus." My life feels that way because of the way it seems to be rushing by without me getting so much as a glimpse of it. Time flies when you're having fun. It flies even more when you're too busy to have it.
    When Jayden was born six years ago, I began to notice that whole chunks out of the year just seemed to vanish. I distinctly remember three things. Finishing the 14ers, the first time I played online poker for money and Jayden's birth. The rest, even when Kate told me she was pregnant, is a smear. And then life seemed to get smooshed into globs of seasons without any kind of a calendar to mark it. It was hot, then cold, only we were inside most of the time, changing diapers and collapsing into bed. Vacations were the same every year, a trip to Kansas to see Kate's grandmother and my parents. We'd put the tree up at Christmas. Then we would take it down.
    The girls were born a couple years later, and I'll be damned if I can recall much of anything in that first year. I remember being tired.
    Time, by then, was indistinguishable. Songs I loved felt like they were released just weeks ago, and someone had to tell me it was a couple years ago. Metallica's "Death Magnetic," my favorite recent album, came out in 2008. That's a high school career ago.
    My high school career, those four years in high school, still feel like 20 to me. I can tell you what albums came out then and what I was doing every month in my life. I can point out the grocery store that let us buy beer and the other that almost had us arrested. I know all the movies.
    I was busy then, too, almost as busy as I am now. But I marked my life with moments. There were so many moments. There were moments in my life that I'll remember forever.
    I love my kids dearly, but when you're a parent, at least in the first six years I've done it, I've found myself so bent on surviving them, and life, and all the crap that comes in between, that it's easy to forget to have moments.
    There are a ton of milestones, but most of them are your kids', not your own, other than their births. And if you don't have anything to write down anything significant on the calendar, how do you know when it's time to turn the page?
    Which is the longest lede you'll ever read from me, in perhaps the longest blog post I'll ever write.
    Other than a few times in my life, say, Jayden's first day of Kindergarten or my first marathon, I had run out of moments. The #wpbt started to feel that way as well. Even those special trips sort of blurred together. And then I decided to run the Vegas Half Marathon.
    Well, we did.
    That's kind of the point.
    • • • 
    It's hard to explain what the #wpbt is to people, and so I treat it like Fight Club. You know the first rule of Fight Club, right? I followed it.
    My life is so different back home. I don't drink much, play poker much or even stay up past 10 p.m. much. When I had a 40th birthday surprise party, I didn't get drunk, to the crushing disappointment of one of my best friends.
    I also find it hard to explain to people why running has taken over my life. I hated it for so many years. I always thought it was because I had to shave my mountain climbing down to a nub after the kids were born, and I needed something to keep me motivated to stay active. But I've thought about this trip a lot the last few days, and I've come to two conclusions why both things mean a lot to me.
    The first is the milestones.
    The second is the people.
    • • •
    Sure, the roads were snowpacked Thursday morning, even icy in spots, but the thought of my plane being cancelled never occurred to me until I heard it announced over the loudspeaker in the small airport in Fort Collins.
    Running's taught me more than anything else how to deal with adversity. Climbing laid the groundwork, but when you're running, adversity is only a few steps behind. Cramps, side stitches, unplanned trips to the bathroom, hunger, thirst, cold, heat, dogs, wild animals, your balance, your sense of direction, nausea, black ice, injuries, 5 a.m. wake-ups, bad food, your GPS, a leaky Gatorade bottle, other runners and even your very breath (really, especially that) all conspire to screw you over, probably when you least expect it.
    Whatever running hasn't taught me how to handle, being a parent takes care of the rest, like dealing with puke and poop or a bad night's sleep.
    So I can handle just about any situation, and I was handling it. I was handling it like a motherfucker as I shuffled back to my car, until I heard the message that another flight wouldn't be available until Friday evening.
    I was going to miss half the fun after not being at #wpbt last year.
    I was instantly, totally crushed.
    I said so on Twitter.
    Then I started getting tweets back.
    I had to pull over my car to read and respond to all of them.
    They were offers to get me on another one-way flight using their miles.
    I can think on my feet when I'm a reporter, a runner or a climber, but in the rest of my life, I'm a planner. 
    It took me a moment to gather my thoughts.
    I didn't know how I'd get home, and I wasn't sure if I'd get a refund from this flight, and if I didn't, I'd have to suck it up and go Friday night. My head was swimming. Did I have time to get to Denver's airport? Could I still make it that Thursday night? Was it worth it? How much more money would it cost me?
    A small voice whispered to me. This is like the race you are about to run.
    I was home maybe five minutes. I called the airline and (woot!) and got a refund. I was packed, my bag was in the car, and I was ready to go.
    April's offer was the best. With her 25,000 miles, she could get me off the ground at 3 p.m. 
    Book it! I Tweeted, as I was on my way to the airport, in the car, with Christmas music blasting through the speakers. 
    She did. 
    First Class.
    For $75.
    It wasn't lost on me that this reminded me of two other times when people did something completely selfless and unexpected that required a sacrifice, and both those other times involved the same sense of community I got from climbing and get now from running. Once was just after the time a decade ago when I got trapped in a rock avalanche and barely escaped with my life. I was beaten up, bloodied and a bit broken, and I had a long way to go. Eight miles. A quarter-mile into the hike, someone offered me his hiking poles. I turned them down at first, until my Dad chased the guy down after I stumbled down the trail a couple times. I could not have made it without them. We returned them a week later.
    The second was during my first marathon, and I was at mile 20 when I got hit by severe cramps. People gave me their bananas, pretzels and drinks. I made it across.
    In both cases, these were adventures that people planned far in advance, and they brought that food and drink (and the poles) in case something bad happened to them. Instead, they risked their own well being to give them to me.
    April took time out of her day and gave me a shitload of airline miles just so I could get there Thursday night and have dinner with some bloggers.
    I bought her meal that night.
    • • •
    By now you're wondering why I decided to run the race. Or, most likely, you no longer care and have moved on to Angry Birds. I don't blame you.
    Still with me? Wow.
    A couple years ago (oh man, I'm REALLY trying your patience now, aren't I, I mean, how much exposition can one blog have), John, aka Bad Blood, wrote me, wondering how he could run a 10K in 48 minutes. It was for a bet. Rob, aka Gordon, aka um, G-Rob, was losing a bunch of weight, and Blood bet him some pounds against his time. 
    I knew Blood a bit, mostly because we both liked music that scared most people, but I was happy to help because, well, I love talking about running, probably way too much. So I put him on a plan, taught him how to run speed work and tempo runs, and he crushed the race. It was really fun. So when he wanted to do a half marathon, I helped him with that, too, and it turned out to be really, really fun. He got hooked on the running, and I got hooked on the help. We stayed in touch throughout the years.
    When Rock and Roll sent me an e-mail stating that the race would be held that night, I registered, not knowing, or caring, how it would work with #wpbt. I had a feeling John would want to do it too. He did.
    Only he had a surprise. Others were interested too.
    They were only interested at first. Brad, aka Otis, seemed especially nervous about it. I knew Brad a bit, too, as I had met him during a trip two years ago, while Steel Panther blasted in the background, and he was kind of a legend among the #wpbt, and he was a pretty darn good writer and was really supportive of my own writing, which, of course, meant a lot because I tend to write long, rambling sentences with a lot of commas.
    So, OK. I wrote him an email, explaining that a half marathon really, truly, honestly wasn't as hard as it sounded. At least the training wasn't. You didn't have to run all day, every day, while whipping yourself like a monk. Really, for what you get out of the race, it's a pretty good deal.
    John just told Brad to pull his head out of his ass and sign up.
    I'm not sure what worked more.
    G-Rob, fresh off losing 100 pounds, which would leave me weighing about as much as my 6-year-old, and Doc signed up as well. We had a group.
    I volunteered to help right away just like I helped John. Part of me likes being the guru. But mostly I do it because I remembered when I first started running, and so many great runners, people who were destroying me in races, turning in times I never thought I'd run, helped me. They waited for me on group runs, talked to me about different ways to run and introduced me to the concept of runs having a purpose, not just strapping on shoes and getting out there. I remembered that, and I thought it was time to pay them back by (sigh, I hate this expression) paying it forward to others.
    The e-mails among our group started back in the summer. They didn't stop until it was time for the race. They meant far more than I thought they would when they started.
    • • •
    No, I'm not breaking this into parts. Deal with it.
    • • •
    As excited as I was for the race, I felt conflicted when I got there Thursday night. I was eating with Astin, Heather, April, Dawn, Ryan and later Michelle.
    (By the way, I liked how we sort of ditched the nicknames for the most part this year and called each other by our real names. I occasionally referred to them if I needed them or wanted them, aka Bad Blood is such a badass name that it fit before we headed out to the race. But for the most part people went by their actual names. It was time).
    The food was fantastic, but I chose not to drink, and I worried about eating too much greasy or fried pickings. It was like that most of the weekend. Vegas is usually the one place I don't have to be on guard all the time, and yet I had to be. I focused on eating rice, pasta, breads, pancakes and fruit and not drinking, in addition to drinking a lot of water.
    The race doesn't happen until you hit the starting line, but really, it begins a few days before, when you load your body with carbs, try not to eat anything that will screw with your stomach on race day and try to get rest. You also probably shouldn't drink a lot.
    What helped was not only were my running partners following the same program, but many of the rest of us bloggers were too. This time seemed far mellower than any other. I even saw AlCan'tHang sober a few times. I preferred it that way. We're all older now, and it's nice to act like it a little bit. There were no wheelchair stories, and as disappointing as that was, acting like adults does mean sacrificing a little fun.
    So Thursday and Friday were fun, but they involved poker (with Jordan and Carol, mostly, which was awesome). Then Otis came to town Friday afternoon. You all know the story by now. I'll let him tell the bulk of it. But his father died suddenly earlier that week.
    I'd already written him off for the most part, though a part of me, selfishly, really wanted him there. We all did.
    Otis/Brad had really embraced running, and I got as much joy out of coaching him than anyone I've ever helped. He was thankful, of course, but more than that, I could see what it did for him spiritually. I told him for weeks as he got on the program that running really would become enjoyable, and one day, after those many weeks, I got an email from him, explaining how he'd finally had that day. Running, the outdoors and mountain climbing are much more to me than a way to exercise, and finally Brad felt that way too.
    I hoped he was going to go, but our group let him make that decision.
    He sent us an email that he was coming when I was on my way to the airport.
    We spent Friday night, after an appearance at the mellow blogger mixed game, at the Monte Carlo poker room. It's a run-down place, close to the opposite of the Aria poker room.
    It was exactly what we needed.
    John arrived late that night.
    It was good to have our group together.
    • • •
    You won't find many details of the nights here. I"m not afraid to share them, of course, as they were fairly tame, especially by Vegas standards, but this post is long enough, and there were some special times that don't need to make the Internet. We had a wonderful pasta dinner Saturday, the night before the race, picked by Brad, where we reflected on our training and the guys surprised me by buying me dinner. I was so touched I forgot to say no.
    The place was located next to the Palms, and we played a wild game (one of several that weekend, and those wild games meant me picking my spots while they splashed around a lot of chips), and I'll just say two words: Jose Canseco (the guy's kinda a whiner at the table).
    That Saturday was especially mellow: We picked up our number for the race, played the tournament and cheered Brad's min-cash before we went to the runner's Expo that night and then dinner.
    We got in fairly late but slept until 10 a.m. Sunday. After a pancake breakfast, we decided the best thing to do was play a little poker to take our mind off what we were facing.
    I'd never run a night race before, especially not something as ardrous as a half. I grabbed a large Gatorade to drink over the afternoon with Brad. At the last second, he picked up a couple black pens.
    When I sat at the poker table, I instantly pulled off two huge bluffs and was betting like a maniac. In other words, I was playing exactly like I usually DON'T play. What was going on? I didn't even realize what I was doing until someone whispered, "I'm gonna get this wild guy." I laughed to myself and snapped out of it.
    I'm an aggressive runner, and just a few hours before the race, I was ready to tear it up. I was in running mode.
    I switched that off for the moment and settled into my usual careful play, and soon enough, I looked over at Bad Blood, and he nodded at me. I smiled and my mind began to travel down a darkening tunnel. I love it when my brain does that on its own and I don't have to force it. It usually means I'm going to have a good race. Pain, nausea and weariness can't penetrate that zone.
    We got up to go to our rooms. It was time to get ready.
    • • •
    Before the race almost makes racing worth it on its own. The anticipation is incredible if you let it be that way. If you don't let the nerves and doubts take over. Your stomach rumbles, your tapered legs tingle and your lips snarl.
    I told the guys during our incredible dinner the night before that I go over in my head what Kansas' coach Bill Self said to his troops the night before the Final Four, when we eventually went on to win the title in 2008. It sounds cheesy, but when you're going through something like a long race, cheesy works. In this case it's a pretty simple statement, not a Gipper cheer.
    "You can't hope good things happen tonight," he said. "You expect them to."
    There are always things in a race you can't train for. Maybe there's stomach problems, weather, injuries, other runners and the crappy unknown, like a small piece of broken pavement that's just big enough to trip you. But what I've found, and really love, about running is if you do the training, it pays off in a race. It really rewards you with the time you put into it. Many sports aren't necessarily like that. Football and baseball rely too much on the circumstances. Even mountain climbing, my first love, isn't that way because the weather and the altitude play such huge roles in whether you make your goal or not.
    So if you do the training, it's foolish to hope good things happen during a race. You should expect them to.
    You may want to skip this next part. It's a race report and will include my thoughts on my time during the run. You may find this the most interesting part of the blog. But I doubt it.
    • • • 
    Brad and I were silent as we got dressed for the race, which I took as a good sign. It meant he was sure of what he was wearing, carrying and using for the race. That's the first step to keeping your nerves under control.
    I was most worried about Brad. G-Rob seemed to be as self-assured about the race as he is about everything else in his life, including his hair. He wasn't cocky by any stretch, but he seemed to know he would run relatively slow but also that he would finish. Bad Blood looked sharp and was going to run well and fast, and I knew he knew how to focus (in fact, there was an outside chance he would beat me, I thought). Doc was exactly like G-Rob and had already run a half earlier that year.
    But I not only expected Brad to be emotional before the race, I thought he might push it a little hard and let the moment overtake him. I was hoping he'd run an even, fun race where he didn't have to walk. Running an even race is harder than it sounds. I've rarely done it.
    I had concerns about myself, too, namely whether my bitchy hamstring would hold up. I expected it to hurt. I just didn't want it to prevent me from running. I didn't know if the crowds would hold me back a bit. And I really wanted to PR, but a lot has to go right. We'd been up late every night even if we got a good night's sleep.
    The bloggers wished us well, and OhCaptain took over photo, which was sweet, but I was already in a zone. I allowed one smile for Iggy, who shouted my old blogger name as we left. 
    After the promised shuttles didn't deliver, we started walking to the starting line. I tried to look out for my runners as best I could, but I failed miserably as a coach in this spot. We were rushed, as were 25,000 other runners, it seemed, and so it was crowded, and I would like to blame the race officials for that, and I can and will, but ultimately it's up to you to get to the race in enough time. I barely got us there before the start, and Blood didn't even get to check his bag. 
    All this robbed us somewhat of the electricity before a big race. It was still there, but a good portion of it went to worry and concern of us reaching the starting line. It's the one thing I still regret about the way things went.
    I had planned a small speech for them for days, but I also had to pee, bad, and I saw some bushes to the side. It would be my only chance among the crowds. I pulled in my runners and said to them to not start too fast, have fun and remind themselves how thankful they should be before the start of the race to be there. Then I gave them a hug. It was too fast of a goodbye.
    I dashed off to the bushes, hoping an officer wouldn't see me. 
    I was now on my own. 
    I entered corral 2 and was immediately thankful for it. Even the runners corral 3 were bunched together like cattle in the pens, but they let us spread out, and there weren't very many runners. I knew right away that I wouldn't get trapped behind a crowd, and that thought relaxed me.
    I'll admit that I was annoyed at first when Mike McCready from Pearl Jam began to play our national anthem. I use the song as a final way to get focused before what's facing me. It helps remind ME how lucky I am to be at the line. But I shook off the irritation after the first few notes. I mean, look at where I was. I was in VEGAS, about to run the strip at NIGHT, and the guitarist from PEARL JAM, one of my favorite bands, was there, tearing it up. If I have one flaw, it's that sometimes, I forget to have fun. I told myself this, above all other things, would be really, really fun.
    So when I crossed the line, and my chip beeped, and I was off, I held back that first mile, running at a conservative pace of 7:45. It would be the only mile that I didn't run by feel. I held back and held back, almost to frustration, because that's when I have my best races, when I let my body ease into it. 
    I was pleasantly surprised at how amazing it was, even better than I thought, to run the strip. Seeing the lights of Vegas in the middle of the strip makes you realize how overwhelming, and, yeah, beautiful in an obnoxious way, it all is. And the PEOPLE. There were so many people watching us and cheering for us like we were athletes, like we mattered. I've never had half that many spectators. Many people called for my Colorado shirt, and I loved it.
    Iron Maiden wrote about the loneliness of the long distance runner because it IS lonely. You are there, in your head, with your doubts and your courage. Sometimes a little cheer goes a long way to quieting those fears, even from people you don't know.
    And yet, a lot of people I DO know who where there.
    I was silently thrilled, even flabbergasted, at how the #wpbt embraced the race. Not only did they volunteer to talk to us about it (which is dangerous since I might keep you for a while), they seemed generally interested in what we had to say. A good chunk of the group showed up for it, and though I didn't see them, I looked for them as the miles got tougher, and knowing they were probably out there helped in ways I can't explain. I love running, but I also know it's not a spectator sport. I would imagine watching a bunch of runners stream by is probably about as exciting as watching someone play live poker without the hole cards. But they showed up, shook our hands after, and Pauly even told me he had fun being out there. I wonder what he was on. I may want it next year. Drizz packed us beers! Beers!
    Anyway, once I got to mile two and saw the Bellagio on my left, I threw off the shackles and decided to let my body tell me what I could run. I was looking for a pace that was just beyond comfortably hard. A half marathon is a long way, so I couldn't run completely balls out, like I do many times in a 5K, and yet it's still a race. I settled on a pace that left me breathing hard, but not gasping, and that got my legs moving, not straining. It would hurt, bad, to trip, but the motions felt relaxed yet quick. It's probably the same pace I would use if I were dashing away from a pack of zombies.
    I looked at my watch. That pace was 7:15 per mile.
    That's over 8 miles an hour if you're scoring at home.
    Shit. Really?
    I knew I'd run faster. The elevation in Vegas isn't sea level, but it's not 5,000 feet, either. And it's the flattest course I'll run, so I knew I wouldn't bonk on a hill. Still. It was a little scary to see that pace. I have run races too fast at first, and by the end, you're so miserable, you want to burn your shoes. My 10K split was the second-fastest 10K I've ever run. Even in this year, by far the greatest I've had running, I ran two 10Ks that weren't as fast.
    Fuck it, I thought. I know I can finish. I know I can run below 1:45 (I ran 1:40 a month ago in Denver, which was a PR). I know that if I get back to mile 10, I"ll have the Vegas lights to lead me home.
    I took a deep breath. And then I ran.
    • • • 
    By mile 7 and 8, as we darted through the darker areas of downtown Vegas, both in lighting and in humanity, I felt tired, and my chest tightened a bit, but I felt all right, mostly thanks to the incredible, 40-degree weather most of the night. The pace, regardless, was torrid for me and would put me close to a crash. I resolved to do what I could to avoid it. I ripped open a Powerbar gel and gulped it down and hoped for an aid station to take away the taste. I took a salt pill. I did find a station, got pissed when they didn't seem to have any sports drink and tried to focus on the next step. I needed that dark tunnel in my mind back. Arch Enemy came over the iPod. That's what I needed. "Battery low," it chirped at me. Oh please don't give out, I said to it.
    I got caught up in a group as we swerved the corners, and I fought for space with some dude who refused to move over an inch so I wouldn't have to hop the curb. He gashed my wrist with an elbow and got an elbow in the ribs in return. I can be a polite runner, but if someone tries to cut me off, it's Braveheart time. I would never shove a runner - that's like ramming a car on the highway - but I will throw elbows. He got the message and backed off. 
    It turns out I ran a 6:59 mile at this point. It would be my fastest. Things got harder after that. I managed to stay around 7:20 or so, which makes me happy, but probably the toughest thing about a half marathon is also the most obvious: You have to keep running, hard, after you've put on some serious miles. Even at mile 11, when I had the strip back and the bright lights, I knew I was fading. I also knew at this point that I had a shot at 1:37 and didn't want to blow it, and even a pace of, say, 8:30, an aggressive pace for two-thirds of the runners out there, would blow it. I was straining, and my legs felt like a stuffed animal being pulled in a fight between a brother and sister. The only good news was my hamstring wasn't bothering me any longer, which probably was because I was too tired to care.
    I apologize I didn't see the bloggers cheering on the sideline. I was trying so hard not to see anything but the lights and the finish line. I was hurting by that point, just trying to hard to seal away 1:37 and knowing I could crash at any moment. I was floating around a 7:35-7:40 pace and was afraid I could not hold even that much longer.
    And then I saw the finish line.
    I stepped across.
    I didn't celebrate when I finished. I bent over and slowly walked over to grab a foil wrap. I grabbed a water and a drink and tried to breathe. Everyone around me was dead, too, barely able to walk or breathe. It felt good to me to be with them. We WORKED. We nodded at each other or patted each other's shoulder on the way to the exit out of the chute. We'd worked against, and with, each other most of the way. I spent a little time at the trash can, with a coin flip's chance of puking, and then the nausea went away and then I felt a tap on my back. He was the guy I fought at the corner. 
    Good run, he said. You too, I said.
    I waited, far too long, for Blood but knew I'd missed him, and then later Otis and the others. I looked for the bloggers. I finally shivered so hard someone came over and asked me if I needed a doctor, and so I went inside Mandalay to warm up and catch the shuttle. I waited inside there, too, for a long time, but I finally rode the bus home.
    I pressed my nose against the glass when I saw an In and Out Burger.
    • • • 
    I made it up to my room without seeing anyone, which was the plan since I needed to decompress, stretch and become myself again. After touching base via my phone with Blood and Brad, knowing the others wouldn't be far behind, I stripped off my sticky clothes and took a shower. The warm water felt like heaven. 
    I was just about to leave the room, texting my running friends back home anxious to hear my time, when I heard the door open and Brad came through.
    We hugged each other, unabashedly, and then Brad talked like one of my kids for 10 minutes straight. I knew exactly what he was feeling, but it was so rewarding to see it from someone else and know that I helped him get there. It's that crack-like, addicting feeling of accomplishment. Ultimately it's why we run. It was an emotional run for him, as I thought, but it also seemed to be a great, fun experience too.
    And he ran the whole way.
    I came back down and got warm greetings from Blood, who crushed the race, and many other bloggers, which felt great. I was almost embarrassed at how much everyone cared. 
    We had to eat in the food court, and plans didn't exactly go like we had hoped, but they never do. We ate, played some table games (I broke my Pai Gow cherry; that game is fun) and then, finally, had a private poker game at the Monte Carlo. 
    Brad called it an epilogue in an email to us. As usual, he found a great word for it. Though I like to think of that game, the race, really the whole weekend, as something else.
    I think, for once, I've got an even better word than Brad for it.
    I'm calling it a moment.

      

              12 belos locais do Patrimônio Mundial da Humanidade        
    Há muitos sítios históricos e lugares no mundo que nos dão uma visão e evidências das civilizações passadas. Estes locais nos ajuda a saber mais sobre a vida e cultura dos nossos antepassados​​.


    Acrópole de Atenas
    Angkor Wat - Camboja
    Bagan - Mianmar  
    Cappadocia 
    Hampi - Ãndia 
    Machu Picchu - Peru
    Monte Saint-Michel  
    Petra - Jordânia  
    Pirâmides de Gizé - Egito 
    Rapa Nui - Chile  
    Cidade Antiga de Sigiriya - Sri Lanka
    Tulum - México  


              When Elmo And Big Bird Talk To Refugees        
    Elmo and Big Bird have lots of experience teaching children everything from the ABCs to autism. Soon, they could be bringing smiles — and education — to millions of refugee children forced from their homes in Syria, Iraq and other war-torn countries. But first, Sesame Workshop is doing its homework. In partnership with the International Rescue Committee, Sesame producers and early-childhood experts are soliciting guidance and feedback from relief organizations, trauma experts, academics and others who have worked with refugees. They'll also be making research visits to refugee camps in Jordan. According to the IRC, of the 65 million people displaced from their homes worldwide, more than half are children. "And certainly I think it's fair to say there are no more vulnerable people in the world than these refugee families and kids," Jeff Dunn, the CEO of Sesame Workshop, told a small crowd at the nonprofit company's New York headquarters recently. Sesame's goal is to develop new content
              C'est quoi madame une "techa" ?        

    J'étais en train de dire à Lorenzo que se curer le nez à l'aide de ses ciseaux Maped n'était pas ce que l'on pouvait véritablement appeler un "moment d'élégance rare" lorsque Belinda (qui n'a pas les yeux bleus) a interpellé Jennifère à l'autre bout de la classe pour lui dire qu'elle pouvait aller "manger ses morts".
    => Voilà donc le contexte idéal pour instaurer une minute de silence en hommage aux victimes de la tuerie de Toulouse.

    "Mais madame, OK, c'est du respect toussa toussa mais la minute de silence, ça sert à rien. Ils ne vont pas être resucés les enfants morts".

    Après avoir précisé la prononciation, l'orthographe et le sens de ressusciter et après avoir expliqué à Belinda (qui n'a pas le front blond) (à vrai dire il est plutôt bas) qu'elle allait morfler sa race rapport à son langage fleuri qui n'était pas sans rappeler mézigue, hier soir, lorsque je me suis savamment cogné le petit doigt de pied contre le coin de porte de la salle de bains, j'ai indiqué à Donovan que la minute de silence allait pouvoir se faire sans qu'il ait besoin de se bâillonner avec l'écharpe douteuse de Orlandine (qui a des poux, j'dis ça, j'dis rien mon lapin).

    Après avoir pris le carnet de Djohn-Ross pour informer les géniteurs des propos antisémites de leur fils, j'ai demandé à Belinda quelle partie de la phrase "MAIS EST-CE QUE TU VAS TE TAIRE ?!!!", elle ne comprenait pas, puis j'ai fait un petit laïus absolument poignant à propos de la BIENVEILLANCE, de la GENTILLESSE et de la COURTOISIE, concepts galvaudés chez certains beaucoup d'enfants nés en l'an 2000.

    Allez, hop... une minute de silence. C'est parti. Une minute de silence où j'ai pensé à TOUT sauf aux victimes :-| parce qu'il fallait surveiller Paulyne qui entretenait savamment un demi fou-rire avec Marylou, parce qu'il fallait faire les gros yeux à Jordan qui scrutait sa montre en faisant le décompte des secondes en marmonnant, parce qu'il fallait guetter les réactions inattendues d'êtres vivants ne dépassant pas le mètre trente-quatre. Larmes, rires, indifférence, ennui, excitation... Un grosse cocotte-minute d'émotions diverses qui donne des envies d'eugénisme et de prosélytisme. Bien évidemment, il a fallu mettre le holà aux harangues passionnées, simples copiés/collés de ce qui avait été entendu la veille à la maison : "Il faut rétablir la peine de mort et torturer tous ces salauds !!!" slash "Tout ça c'est la fautes aux arabes qui veulent prendre le pouvoir en France. Tous les arabes sont des terroristes"... Marine The Stylo promet de faire de bien jolis scores dans ma cambrousse :-/

    L'agressivité verbale est, à mon sens, de pire en pire dans les bahuts. Pas une seule journée sans qu'une écrasante majorité d'élèves s'insulte méchamment pour des raisons aussi ridicules qu'inexistantes.
    Les termes sont d'une violence assez hallucinante. Des élèves choupi viennent souvent me parler des horreurs qu'ils ont lues sur Facebook, me disant combien ils trouvent ça nul et choquant (putain heureusement qu'ils existent encore ceux-là)
    "Madaaaaaame, y a Bryanna qui m'a craché dessus et elle m'a dit que j'étais rien qu'une techa mais je ne sais pas ce que ça veut dire. C'est quoi madame une techa ?".

    Mes copains profs des écoles me confirment que certains gamins de maternelle ont un langage hallucinant, véritable reflet de ce qu'ils entendent en continu à la maison... À quatre ans, balancer "t'es qu'une pute, va sucer"... c'est vraiment rafraîchissant ♥
    Il ne s'agit pas d'un petit "putain" qui s'échappe... mais d'une véritable construction "Bryanna, elle est tellement moche qu'on dirait qu'un sanglier lui a chié dessus".
    Beaucoup de frères et soeurs de mes élèves ont un Facebook très (trop) tôt. Dès le CP voire avant... Comme un bug d'éducation quelque part...

    Rien à voir, mais j'aimerais que la tiare se démocratise car ça me va super bien.



    The Big Bang Theory m'aide à ne pas éviscérer les élèves avec un Bescherelle aiguisé.


              Mais jusqu'où ça va aller toutes ces conneries ? PART ONE        

    Période d'hibernation, fruit sans aucun doute d'une certaine lassitude.

    Lorsque je commence à écrire un article, j'ai l'impression de ressasser l'évidence, éberluée de certaines décisions des hautes sphères, atterrée par certaines méthodes d'éducation, alarmée par le niveau de certains élèves... Alors, je me tais pour ne pas passer pour la-prof-aigrie-alors-qu'elle-n'enseigne-que-depuis-sept-ans-cette-feignasse.

    Je rêve d'un bahut où la cohérence et la communication régneraient. Où la courtoisie et l'échange constructif remplaceraient l'agressivité permanente et la critique insultante.

    Je rêve d'enseigner à des collégiens élevés dans l'idée que le respect et la bienveillance sont la base de tout.

    Je ne vous cache pas que j'attends impatiemment le mois de mai :

    • parce que le muguet c'est choupi
    • parce qu'il fait beau et qu'on peut mettre des ballerines et des robes plus légères
    • parce que peut-être Sarkozy quittera l'Élysée et la vie politique.

    Comme vous le savez, je ne partage pas les idées de la Droite, je ne suis pas particulièrement émerveillée par le parcours de la Gauche non plus. Mais lorsque je vois en cinq ans le mal que Nicolas Sarkozy a fait à l'Éducation Nationale, je me demande comment un enseignant peut sérieusement envisager de voter pour lui. Même si ça me paraît toujours un peu obscur, je peux comprendre que l'on puisse voter à droite... mais voter Sarkozy... euh...nan. Ça, j'ai vraiment du mal à le concevoir.



    Cette semaine, deux choses m'ont donné envie de chialer et de hurler dans un oreiller.

    Cette engeance que représente le téléphone portable au collège

    Je suis accro à mon iPhone. Je l'assume et l'admets pleinement. Mon côté geek est comblé par ce petit bijou de technologie et d'esthétisme, je surkiffe plein d'applications futiles et même parfois utiles, et j'hyperventile lorsque je suis en-dessous de 30% de batterie.
    Mon iPhone me sert à quasiment tout (il manque tout de même l'option gaufrier en forme d'Hello Kitty! que j'espère voir apparaître pour l'iPhone 7S) : je prends des notes, je joue, j'écoute les infos, de la musique, je mate des vidéos, je planifie, je prends des photos, je consulte le plan du métro, je réserve un train, j'envoie des mails, je like les photos de chatons trop mignons sur Facebook, j'apprends plein de trucs, je mate des tableaux du Louvre parce que je n'étais plus sûre que La Mort de Sardanapale était bien une oeuvre d'Eugène Delacroix, j'écoute Pierre Bénichou imiter Claude François, j'envoie des milliers de sms aux gens que j'aime et parfois même, je les appelle ;)
    En revanche, lorsque je suis en classe, mon portable est au fond de mon sac et je contiens mon irrésistible envie de checker le sms que Poppy vient de m'envoyer, parce que faut pas déconner : je suis en cours, je suis en train de travailler et mon côté psychopathe de l'iPhone doit s'effacer pour laisser place à une enseignante équilibrée et 100% investie avec 27 marmots assoiffés d'apprendre.
    Je parviens à le faire sans aucun souci parce que je suis une adulte, parce que j'ai la maturité et le respect suffisants pour comprendre que mon addiction à mon iPhone ne doit pas prendre le pas sur mon taf et que bordel, c'est bien de rationaliser un peu et de déconnecter parce que putain, on s'est bien fait bouffer par les nouvelles technologies (dixit la meuf qui a un blog et qui lorgne méchamment sur l'iPad 3)
    Cette maturité que mes 25 ans et 6 ans d'expérience m'offrent ne concerne malheureusement pas les ados entre 11 et 15 ans, pour la plupart, incapables de réfréner leur envie de jouer avec leur portable.
    Dans mon bahut, une écrasante majorité d'élèves possède un téléphone portable et une bonne partie de cette écrasante majorité possède un smartphone.
    Il subsiste, fort heureusement, quelques irréductibles parents qui ne voient pas bien l'intérêt d'offrir un smartphone à leur rejeton et qui résistent encore et toujours à l'envahisseur aka la pression sociale "ouais, mais tous mes copains, ils ont un portable, alors c'est trop injuste et même que j'ai vraiment l'air d'un con et du coup je vais être rejeté et isolé et je tomberai en dépression et saboterai toute ma scolarité PAR VOTRE FAUTE"

    C'est ainsi que Donovan est tout fier de clamer qu'il a un portable depuis l'âge de quatre ans :-| Et sa maman de confirmer : "Ohhh, ça lui faisait tellement plaisir et puis c'était marrant de le voir nous imiter"... Ouais, bah, il aurait très bien pu vous imiter avec un téléphone en plastoc Fisher Price.
    C'est ainsi que beaucoup d'élèves passent leurs récrés vissés à leur téléphone à envoyer des sms à leur pote qui se trouve à environ 2m50, à prendre des photos de Jessie qui tire la langue, de Margaux et Kévin qui se roulent des pelles, de Maryne, Aurély et Noémy qui font des gros coeurs avec leurs mains.
    C'est ainsi que beaucoup de portables sonnent inopinément en classe parce que le manque de maturité, de réflexion et de politesse élémentaire les empêchent de penser à éteindre leurs téléphones.
    C'est ainsi que Mélody, Charlaine ou Jordan prennent des photos dans le cours d'histoire ou envoient des sms à leur pote Arnold, exclu en salle de sperm'.
    C'est ainsi que lorsque Leslie est envoyée au coin, elle sort discrètement son iPhone pour jouer à "Angry Birds"...

    Petit à petit, le portable est devenu un véritable problème au sein des bahuts. Cacophonie, manque d'attention et de concentration, usage abusif, photos prises à l'insu d'enseignants ou d'autres élèves... Il était devenu urgent de légiférer sur le sujet car le règlement intérieur demeurait flou et source de malentendus.

    Article L511-5
    Créé par LOI n° 2010-788 du 12 juillet 2010 - art. 183 (V)
    Dans les écoles maternelles, les écoles élémentaires et les collèges, l'utilisation durant toute activité d'enseignement et dans les lieux prévus par le règlement intérieur, par un élève, d'un téléphone mobile est interdite.

    La possession d'un téléphone portable est donc autorisée mais celui-ci doit donc resté au fond du sac, ÉTEINT afin d'éviter toute tentation et tout problème.

    Le problème concerne la conduite à tenir lorsqu'un élève outrepasse les règles et utilise son téléphone en classe, dans les couloirs, à la cantine ou dans la cour de récréation.

    L'un des réflexes est de confisquer le téléphone, objet du délit afin d'éviter toute récidive et afin de marquer le coup et de montrer que l'école n'est pas une zone de non-droit et que c'est l'adulte qui fait figure d'autorité.
    Sauf que la loi est extrêmement floue à ce sujet.
    Officiellement, la confiscation d'un objet ne peut se faire que s'il s'agit d'une mesure de sûreté ou d'une sanction disciplinaire. Il est donc manifeste que la confiscation d'un téléphone ne s'apparente à aucune de ces mesures. De plus, des élèves et des parents lourdingues ont même été jusqu'à clamer que la confiscation du portable est la soustraction frauduleuse de la chose d'autrui aka DU VOL :-| (article 311-1 du code pénal).
    Et en même temps, les textes annoncent vaguement que l'on ne peut tenir la confiscation d'un téléphone portable pour absolument illégale.

    Bref, tout le monde a un peu raison et tout le monde a un peu tort.

    Les bahuts s'adaptent, font à leur sauce, essayant de faire au mieux, réglant au cas par cas ce genre d'incidents.
    Dans certains collèges, impossible de confisquer un portable de peur que les parents procéduriers débarquent en gueulant, oubliant qu'à la base c'est leur enfant, le fautif. Dans d'autres collèges, confiscation systématique en cas d'usage du portable mais l'objet du délit est rendu à l'élève en fin de journée. Certaines écoles confisquent le téléphone jusqu'à ce que la famille se déplace pour le récupérer...

    Il est plus que temps de définir les conditions préalables de la confiscation et celles de la conservation dudit téléphone.

    Voici comment je vois les choses :

    1. Le téléphone portable de Steeven sonne en classe.
    Steeven devient tout rouge, farfouille maladroitement dans son sac, éteint son téléphone et s'excuse platement. Il a oublié de l'éteindre, il s'en veut de son oubli et promet que cela n'arrivera plus.
    Je fais les gros yeux, je rappelle à toute la classe que c'est quand même ballot de risquer d'être sanctionné parce qu'on a oublié d'appuyer sur une simple touche et je continue mon cours. Je garde Steeven à la fin de l'heure pour bien lui ré-expliquer qu'on a le droit à l'erreur mais que le but est, bien évidemment, de ne pas recommencer. J'écris un petit mot dans le carnet de liaison, informant la famille de Steeven que le portable de leur fils a sonné en plein cours, qu'il s'est excusé et engagé à faire davantage attention et que l'affaire était classée. La confiscation ne me semble pas justifiée car il s'agit d'un oubli involontaire et Steeven ne s'est pas montré contestataire ou insolent. Il sait qu'il a fait une connerie, s'en excuse et basta.

    2. Le téléphone portable de Willy sonne en classe.
    Willy se marre. Je fais mon petit speech mais demande à Willy de mettre immédiatement son carnet de liaison sur mon bureau. Son repentir n'est pas flagrant. Je continue mon cours et 10 minutes plus tard, le portable de Willy sonne de nouveau. Nous ne sommes plus dans l'oubli involontaire mais dans la provocation. Je demande à Willy d'éteindre son portable et de le déposer sur mon bureau.
    S'il obtempère sans rechigner, je le garde à la fin de l'heure, inscris un mot dans son carnet et tente d'obtenir de sa part des excuses clairement formulées et son engagement à ne pas recommencer. Si Willy s'écrase, comprenant enfin qu'il a abusé et fait son gros malin et si son casier judiciaire d'élève perturbateur n'est pas affligeant, je lui rends son téléphone. Si Willy se montre insolent, désinvolte ou me fait clairement comprendre qu'il n'en a rien à carrer de mes remontrances, je conserve le téléphone que je remets à la Vie scolaire ou au Principal qui mettront le téléphone en lieu sûr (coffre-fort...). J'appelle ensuite la famille pour leur faire part de l'incident. La famille devra se déplacer pour récupérer le téléphone dès que possible.
    Si Willy refuse de déposer son portable sur mon bureau, je demande à la vie scolaire de le prendre en charge. Il est exclu du cours, un rapport sera rédigé et sa famille sera contactée afin de récupérer le portable si Willy a daigné le sortir de sa poche. En cas de refus ostentatoire assorti d'insolence voire de menaces, la BPDJ (Brigade de Prévention de la Délinquance Juvénile) sera contactée afin de faire un rappel à la loi à l'élève ainsi qu'à sa famille.

    3. Je surprends Jenny-Joy en train d'envoyer un sms ou de prendre une photo en plein cours.
    Je demande à Jenny-Joy d'effacer immédiatement la ou les photos, d'éteindre son portable et de déposer, sur mon bureau, son téléphone ainsi que son carnet de liaison. Si Jenny-Joy obtempère : mot dans le carnet + éventuellement coup de fil aux parents + petit sermon communicationnel dans le but qu'elle verbalise son erreur et s'engage à mieux se comporter. Si Jenny-Joy est une élève d'ordinaire agréable et respectueuse, je peux jouer la carte "droit à l'erreur slash joker" lui expliquant que je veux bien lui rendre son téléphone à la condition sine qua non qu'il s'agisse du seul et unique incident dans ce domaine. Si Jenny-Joy est une peste de premier ordre, je remets le téléphone à la vie scolaire ou au Principal qui mettront le téléphone en lieu sûr. Sa famille devra se déplacer pour récupérer le smartphone de leur progéniture dans la mesure où le propriétaire légal est celui qui a souscrit l'abonnement et qui paye le forfait aka pas l'élève donc. En cas de photo ou vidéo combo. attitude insolente de Jenny-Joy, la BPDJ pourra être amenée à faire un petit rappel à loi.

    Il faut que nous ayons le pouvoir de confisquer l'objet, ça me paraît évident et logique. Il faut également arrêter avec ce discours hallucinant de certains parents qui hurlent au vol et qui nous soupçonnent de niquer le forfait bloqué de leur rejeton en appelant dans les DOM-TOM.
    Il faut qu'apparaisse clairement dans le règlement intérieur la procédure de confiscation de l'objet ambiance "nouvelle technologie" (téléphone, console de jeux...). La décision de confiscation appartient à l'adulte selon la situation et l'attitude polie ou insolente de l'élève. Le téléphone portable doit être ÉTEINT au sein de l'établissement afin d'éviter tout problème. Lorsqu'il est juste sur "silencieux" il y a souvent des interférences lorsque l'on utilise un lecteur CD par exemple, ce qui est auditivement pénible.

    Compte-tenu des abus, il serait presque souhaitable que le téléphone portable soit purement et simplement interdit dans les établissements scolaires. L'addiction de certains élèves est devenue tellement forte qu'elle en est vraiment inquiétante.
    Pas mal de parents offrent un portable à leur enfant pour lui faire plaisir mais aussi pour se rassurer. L'enfant peut les joindre en cas de problème et inversement. Le trajet en car et les 300 mètres séparant le collège de la maison sont moins une source d'angoisse pour des parents qui oublient que la peur n'évite pas le danger.
    Depuis plusieurs années, nous avons maille à partir avec certaines familles qui souhaitent pouvoir joindre leur enfant à n'importe quel moment, y compris en plein cours. Pour faire un petit coucou. Pour savoir si ça va bien. Pour savoir s'il finit bien à 16h. Pour savoir ce qu'il veut manger ce soir. Pour savoir s'il a bien pris le chèque pour la cantine. Pour faire un bisou et papoter un peu.
    Que le chemin qui mène à l'école ou à la maison soit source d'inquiétude. Soit. Mais il ne faut pas tomber non plus dans une parano de dingue. Il ne faut pas vivre dans la terreur de l'enlèvement, de l'agression et du viol et surtout transmettre ses craintes à l'enfant. En revanche, dans l'établissement, l'élève est encadré et protégé. En cas de souci, la famille sera immédiatement prévenue et inversement, elle peut prévenir le collège s'il y a une urgence.
    Malheureusement, nous avons des parents qui répètent à qui veut l'entendre "On n'en a rien à foutre du collège. Je n'appelle jamais le collège, je veux parler directement à mon enfant".

    Bref, il est plus que temps d'établir noir sur blanc des règles précises auxquelles les élèves et leurs familles devront se plier car ce bordel 2.0 devient réellement source de conflits et de tensions.

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    Le deuxième truc qui m'a grave horripilée ma race sera développé dans un prochain article publié genre très bientôt :-)


              Tiens, je dis du bien d'une initiative du gouvernement...        

    La semaine dernière, il s'est passé deux choses importantes :

    • Le gouvernement a lancé une campagne de sensibilisation concernant le harcèlement à l'école.
    • Mickaël Vendetta a palabré sur ses ambitions politiques.





    Cette vidéo m'a fait la semaine. Apprendre que Vendetta fait du "cotchingue" et me délecter de ses fautes de français "si je me serais présenté" et de ses approximations syntaxiques et culturelles aussi consternantes qu'hilarantes "liberté, égalité... solidarité"... En même temps, il serait temps d'oublier complètement ce mec et arrêter de lui faire de la pub (même mauvaise)... aka ce que je suis actuellement en train de faire :-D

    Bref, les jours où tu ne te sens pas intellectuellement au top, mater une vidéo de VendetTA-GUEULE permettra de rebooster ton égo (et ton nihilisme).

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    J'ajoute que Vendetta vient d'offrir à la gauche un nombre incalculable de voix en clamant qu'il partirait s'installer à Los Angeles si François Hollande était élu en mai 2012.


    Un harcèlement médiatique n'arrivant jamais seul, le concerto en laminaire qui squatte les news de ces dernières semaines fut ponctué par cette annonce qui devrait sacrément effrayer tout parent normalement constitué :
    "UN ÉLÈVE SUR DIX EST VICTIME DE HARCÈLEMENT"

    Pour ceux qui me pratiquent depuis un bon moment, vous connaissez ma propension à être quasi-systématiquement en profond désaccord avec la politique du gouvernement actuel, particulièrement lorsqu'il s'agit d'éducation...
    Et bien là, les p'tits loups, je tiens à dire que je trouve cette campagne pertinente et plutôt bien foutue sur de nombreux points (rassurez-vous, je pinaillerai quand même) (faut pas déconner non plus hein)

    "Madaaaaaaaaaame y a Djézonne qui a dit que j'étais rien qu'une pute et il m'a dit "Ta gueule" et il m'a dit que j'étais aussi une salope"
    "Madaaaaaaame, y a Mélinda qui a poussé Clara dans l'escalier et même qu'elle lui a fait une béquille"

    Pas une journée sans que j'entende les récriminations et doléances des élèves. Si certains confondent mon bureau avec Vichy, d'autres viennent sincèrement confier leurs angoisses tandis que d'autres tentent de taire le plus possible les escarmouches et vindictes qu'ils subissent dans l'enceinte de l'établissement.

    La polémique : Ouhhhhhhhhhhhhh en période de campagne électorale, on instaure la sacro-sainte question épineuse de l'insécurité, y compris dans les écoles. On diabolise la cour de récré et on transforme des bagarres enfantines et infantiles en déclencheurs de dépressions et tentatives de suicide...

    Et bien oui.

    Il n'y a pas de polémique à savamment disséminer pour faire du buzz et de l'audience.
    OUI, des enfants souffrent à l'école.
    Mais, NON, ils ne vont pas tous se suicider avec leur compas et un sachet de catalgine périmé.

    Voici les trois vidéos de la campagne. Je les trouve justes et bien foutues, même si j'aurais kiffé qu'il y ait une vidéo avec des collégiens, histoire que l'identification soit plus complète. Je pense très sincèrement que c'est au collège que les élèves morflent le plus.







    Sur le site "agir contre le harcèlement", on trouve également des tests pour les enseignants, les parents d'élèves et les élèves afin qu'ils sachent où ils en sont sur la question du harcèlement à l'école. En sont-ils conscients ? Sont-ils bien informés ? Ont-ils les bons réflexes ?
    Bon bah, ces quiz sont juste nazes :-/ très simplistes, enfonçant des portes ouvertes...
    J'ai donc remasterisé ces petits tests pour mes choupis de 6ème because on avait vie de classe.

    La Vie de Classe pour les nuls néophytes :
    Une fois tous les 15 jours, le prof principal retrouve sa classe pour faire des trucs fun comme :

    • vérifier les carnets et gueuler parce que Miguelito s'est chopé 4 mots en trois jours et n'a montré son carnet ni à son P.P vénéré, ni à ses parents.
    • distribuer une paperasse de folie que tu mettras des plombes à récupérer entre ceux qui auront paumé le papelard, ceux qui l'auront collé dans leur cahier de maths sans-faire-exprès-madame et ceux qui estiment qu'il faut au moins 72h pour pouvoir lire 8 lignes à propos du port obligatoire du bonnet à la piscine, dater et signer.
    • écouter les doléances de chacun : "c'est trop dégueu à la cantine, on veut du kebab sauce samouraï" / "Y a Kévyn en 3ème qui arrête pas de me mettre des claques et même qu'il me cogne contre mon casier" / "Y a Laëtitia, ben je lui avais dit un secret et cette sale pute, elle a tout répété à Margot qui du coup l'a dit à Tiphaine et même que maintenant tout le monde sait que j'ai des verrues !" / "Y a Aleksi qui veut pas me laisser jouer au Baby à la récré, il me file des coups l'enfoiré" / "Madaaaaame, est-ce que je passe en 5ème ou je redouble ?! c'est mes parents qui veulent savoir pour savoir s'ils m'offrent la kinect maintenant ou pas".
    • rappeler que effectivement, le collège est pire qu'une prison car il y est interdit de cracher et de se sodomiser dans les douches et qu'effectivement (bis), le fait de refuser participer aux activités en EPS est passible d'un mot dans le carnet et d'un coup de fil aux parents.
    • parler de sujets de société comme les dangers du jeu du foulard ou l'absurdité de la nouvelle carte Sephora Gold.

    Digression VITALE sur la nouvelle carte Sephora SéphoRAT Gold, la plus grande aberration après le collège unique :

    La semaine dernière, je reçois ma nouvelle carte Gold SephoRAT (GOLD pour les couilles en or que cette entreprise se fait grâce à la faiblesse et à la futilité de gens comme moi qui s'extasient devant un fard Urban Decay ou la beauté de la Minaudière Garden Clutch de Dior).
    Alors, concrètement, crise rime avec crevardise dans la mesure où l'on t'annonce sans ambages que si tu veux garder ta carte Gold et profiter de tes avantages de folie dignes des goodies offerts au Plaza Athénée, va falloir que tu raques au minimum 700€ sinon on te recolle dans la catégorie "Black" aka les bas-fonds du luxe.
    Quant à ces avantages de folie...

    • un cadeau de 30€ pour ton anniv (30€ quand t'en as dépensé 1500 dans l'année... apparemment, chez Sephora, on a zappé l'U.V sur la proportionnalité...) et ATTENTION, tu ne peux pas prendre un truc à 32€ (genre la poudre Flawless de Benefit qui est merveilleuse) et payer les 2€ de différence... De plus, certaines boutiques, pas très habituées à voir des cartes Gold débarquer, pinaillent quand tu veux prendre plusieurs produits pour atteindre 30€...
    • Un maquillage gratuit par mois... je n'ai pas eu de chance, les trois fois où j'ai tenté l'expérience, je me suis démaquillée cash en ressortant car apparemment, on me confondait avec un travelo ou Régine (ce qui revient au même)
    • Tous les 1000 points (donc 1000€), on t'offre un MAGNIFIQUE cadeau genre un parapluie siglé Sephora :-| ou une pochette en plastique :-| ou d'autres trucs qui finiront au fond de ton armoire ou en cadeau-à-l'arrache-pour-ta-nièce-de-11-ans-parce-que-t'as-oublié-son-anniv-en-même-temps-quelle-idée-de-naître-un-1er-janvier.
    • Le choix des échantillons lors du passage en caisse ou sur le site Sephora... Sauf que lorsque tu demandes telle crème... bah 9 fois sur 10, ils ne l'ont pas... et lorsque tu choisis trois échantillons pour ta commande internet (avec frais de port gratuits, enfin un VRAI avantage choupi) genre un nouveau truc "By Terry", une crème "Dior" et un shampooing Fekkai... tu reçois trois échantillons de parfum que tu as déjà en 12 000 exemplaires et dont t'as rien à secouer parce que ce que tu souhaitais n'est bien évidemment plus en stock. Bien évidemment.

    Bref, gros foutage de gueule de la part de SephoRAT qui ferait bien de retravailler ses stratégies marketing...

    Mais revenons-en à ma vie de classe avec les loupiots.
    Je leur distribue le test sans trop leur expliquer le thème principal afin qu'ils le déduisent eux-même grâce au principe d'inférence (je suis une pédagogue de folie)

    Princesse Soso : "Bon... vous lisez silencieusement les questions et vous cochez une seule réponse par question. La réponse qui vous correspond le plus. Quand vous avez fini, vous avez en bas de la page, un petit tableau simplissime pour calculer votre score. Il n'y a pas de bon ou de mauvais score. Il y a juste VOS réponses et votre manière d'appréhender le thème dont nous allons parler ensuite. Tout le monde a compris ?"
    Les loupiots : "OUIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII !!!"
    Princesse Soso : "Ok, c'est parti, on fait le point dans 7/8 minutes !"
    Trente secondes plus tard...
    Félix : "Madaaaaaaaaaaaaame, on peut mettre plusieurs réponses ?"
    Princesse Soso : "STOOOOOOOOOOOP ! Tout le monde pose son stylo et écoute histoire que je ne répète pas 46 fois la même chose. UNE SEULE réponse par question. Vous pouvez cocher, entourer, souligner... peu me chaut. OUI, vous pouvez cocher, entourer, souligner en rouge, violet, orange parfum pêche ou avec un fluo, peu me chaut également. Vous pouvez commencer par la question que vous voulez, peu me chaut, tant que vous les faites toutes. C'est un travail PERSONNEL donc on ne demande pas à son voisin ce qu'il a mis à la question 4."
    Enzo : "ça, ça vous chaudra si on copie ?"
    Princesse Soso : :-|

    Après avoir engueulé et décapité les SEPT élèves qui m'ont demandé, en vrac : si c'était noté, si on pouvait écrire en rose, si on pouvait surligner avec un stabilo, si ça durait toute l'heure et si on pouvait commencer par la question qu'on voulait, nous avons fait une petite mise en commun, checké les scores et abordé le sujet "mais-de-quoi-qu'on-cause-exactement" ?

    Les loupiots ont bien compris où je voulais en venir...
    Laury : "On n'a pas le droit de dire GROS LARD à Steeven même s'il est gros. C'est méchant et c'est bien connu que y a que la vérité qui blesse."
    Mélissa : "C'est nul de donner des claques pour rire. Moi quand mon père il m'en donne, je ne rigole pas du tout surtout quand il s'enferme dans le placard, tout nu, avec moi ensuite".
    Estéban : "On n'a pas le droit de mettre des insultes sur Facebook. Même que Logan, il a dit sur Facebook que ma mère c'était trop une truie qui suce, je peux aller porter en plainte et Logan ira en prison et on sera tous bien vengés."
    Vanessa : "Quand Tiphaine raconte que Coraline, elle couche avec des grands de troisième, c'est des rumeurs et c'est interdit car ça peut lui faire du mal à l'intérieur."

    Ils ont kiffé les vidéos, tout le monde a dit que c'était trop dégueulasse de faire du mal et que si le monde entier était gentil et honnête, on n'aurait plus besoin d'armée, de juges ou de police...
    Certains élèves ont quand même dit que c'était chaud de balancer parfois car du coup, ils devenaient de sales petits rapporteurs et même qu'après, il y avait des représailles des gougnafiers.
    On a tous dit STOP au bullying (car nos amis outre-manche sont hyper forts en campagne contre le harcèlement et même que là-bas, ça ne rigole pas) et on est allé en récréation pour propager la bonne parole.

    J'étais en train de checker le site de La Fée Maraboutée lorsqu'on m'a avertie que Charlyne était en train de pleurer sa race.
    Je retrouve une Charlyne toute mouillée de pluie et de larmes qui m'explique entre deux sanglots que Jordan et Vanessa l'ont forcée à laper une flaque d'eau dans la cour.
    :-|
    Ces mêmes Vanessa et Jordan qui s'étaient émus des vidéos sur le harcèlement, expliquant combien c'est nul d'embêter les copains, surtout quand le-dit copain pleure ou saigne.
    :-|

    Je leur ai demandé s'ils se foutraient pas un peu de ma gueule, par hasard.
    Ils m'ont dit que non.
    Je leur ai dit que je ne les croyais pas.
    Vanessa m'a dit "oh mais c'était pour rire".
    J'ai pris leurs carnets POUR RIRE.
    Ils ne rigolaient plus du tout.
    Jordan m'a dit que "c'est pas grave madame, on lui a pas fait mal"
    J'ai alors commencé à pousser du doigt Jordan en lui disant "eh Jordan, ça va ?"-"eh Jordan, ça va ?"-"eh Jordan, ça va ?"-"eh Jordan, ça va ?"-"eh Jordan, ça va ?" tout en le poussant de plus en plus vite vers le mur.
    Surpris et inquiet, Jordan a fondu en larmes.
    "Mais enfin Jordan, c'est pas grave, je ne t'ai pas fait mal :-) "
    Jordan m'a demandé si je me foutrais pas un peu de sa gueule, par hasard.
    Je lui ai dit que oui.

    ANECDOTE-BONUS :

    Lorsque j'étais en CE1, j'avais un an d'avance, des boucles blondes et j'étais grave choupi-bisounours car j'avais une trousse jaune avec un petit lapin Miffy qui faisait de la moto et même que je kiffais carrément faire des dictées. La maîtresse me regardait avec des yeux en forme de coeur surtout lorsque j'expliquais pourquoi "Le Dernier Métro" de Truffaut était mon film préféré.
    Lorsque j'étais en CE1, il y avait Virginie S.
    Virginie S. avait deux ans de retard (OUI, deux ans de retard en CE1, nous avons affaire à une championne) donc nous avions trois ans d'écart (puisque j'avais un an d'avance) (tout le monde suit ?)
    Virginie S. avait donc 9 ans quand j'en avais juste 6.
    Virginie S. aimait bien me tirer les cheveux et me donner des claques dans les toilettes et même qu'elle me forçait à me mettre à 4 pattes et à aboyer. Et même qu'elle aimait bien claquer sa règle en plastique de trente centimètres contre ma joue.
    Virginie S. me disait que j'étais petite, que j'étais un bébé et qu'elle avait le droit de me taper quand elle le voulait.
    Virginie S. faisait un bon mètre quarante-cinq... je me sentais tel un microbe avec mon mètre vingt...
    J'en ai parlé à la maîtresse qui a disputé Virginie S. qui n'a pas arrêté pour autant. J'en ai parlé à ma maman qui est allée choper Virginie S. à la sortie de l'école pour lui dire, en substance, que si jamais elle s'avisait de torturer la chair de sa chair encore une fois,elle n'hésiterait pas à lui défoncer sa sale petite gueule.

    Ma maman > la maîtresse


              Pitié, en mai 2012, faut pas que sarko-mence...        

    Je ne peux pas résister, je m'engouffre dans la brèche... et je viens gueuler comme une pute un putois en ce week-end où la tempête dehors fait écho à ce qu'il se déroule en mon for Boyard intérieur...

    Semaine riche pour l'éducation nationale... Entre Dukan et ses idées qui sont aussi brillantes que le carnet de notes d'un candidat des Anges de la Télé-Réalité et entre cette prime spéciale E-CLAIR promise depuis des mois et dont on n'a toujours pas vu la couleur, j'ai l'impression qu'on se fout bien de notre gueule en ce moment.

    Genièvre sur la choucroute, lors d'une petite intervention au Futuroscope de Poitiers (là où il y a ce super restau ambiance cuisine moléculaire "Le Cristal") Sarkozy nous a balancé dans la tronche : "Je veux le dire comme je le pense : imaginer la recréation de postes dans l'Education nationale, c'est irresponsable, compte tenu de la situation financière de notre pays".

    :-|

    Et histoire de vraiment bien créer la polémique dont découleront des dissensions ambiance "ouhhh mais il est fou ce SALE MEC" (prendre la voix de François Hollande qui n'a JAMAIS été rudoyé par l'UMP, même quand Luc Châtel a dit qu'il n'était qu'un Babar qui endormait les enfants) slash "Les profs, ces feignasses qui refusent tout changement", il a proposé que les enseignants acceptent d'être plus présents dans les établissements.

    :-|

    Alors OK, c'est la crise.

    Alors OK, faut que chacun mette du sien pour ne pas que la France devienne un bidonville où cannibalisme et scorbut seraient les deux mamelles de la naFion.

    Alors OK, y a dans le tas, des profs feignasses qui en foutent pas lourd et qui pourraient se sortir un peu les doigts du cul afin que l'opprobre ne soit pas constamment jetée sur cette belle corporaFion.

    MAIS FAUDRAIT PAS NON PLUS POUSSER MÉMÉ DANS LES ORTIES.

    Des compromis, des sacrifices... les profs ne font QUE ça depuis de nombreuses années. Les effectifs de plus en plus lourds, l'hétérogénéité qui se creuse de plus en plus avec le collège unique qui demande des AALC (Aménagement À La Con) et avec une certaine génération mutante qui a un léger problème de curiosité intellectuelle et de concentraFion.

    La création de postes est VITALE sinon l'école va devenir une vaste garderie où quelques élèves parviendront à choper des bribes d'informations.
    Et je ne déconne pas.

    Je meurs de Sarko qui dit que ouais, faut modifier les modalités du collège unique histoire d'en niquer les quelques dysfonctionnements : "assumer la diversité des parcours en 4e et 3e, il n'est pas normal que le collège actuel prépare exclusivement à l'enseignement général".

    Ouais, bah si on va par là Nico, y a d'autres trucs qui ne sont pas normaux hein.

    Effectivement, il faut repenser l'orientation, valoriser les filières professionnelles et tutti quanti mais pour ça, faudrait commencer par, à la base, pas trop dégoûter de l'école les gamins qui pour des raisons diverses et variées (problèmes cognitifs, paresse congénitale, parents négligents, lenteur innée...) se retrouvent à la ramasse, ne se sentent pas suffisamment encadrés et encouragés... Pour ça, pas de secret... puisqu'on peut difficilement ré-éduquer les parents, il faut des classes ADAPTÉES aux différents profils. Ça ne veut pas dire faire des groupes de niveaux de folie (élitisme vs. ghetto). Juste ajouter un peu d'homogénéité dans cette hétérogénéité chaotique. La pédagogie différenciée (aka proposer différentes activités autour d'un même projet/but, au sein d'une même classe en prenant en compte les besoins et difficultés de chacun) c'est choupi à condition d'avoir un groupe plus réduit histoire de ne pas brasser de l'air pour rien en courant entre chaque groupe pour vérifier que tout est compris et que tout le monde est plus ou moins en train de bosser.

    Quant à ce merveilleux concept de faire bosser davantage les enseignants...

    SOUPIR

    Cette année, j'ai 7 classes, deux heures supp' dont je ne veux pas (y en a une t'as pas le choix et l'autre bah ça foutait trop la merde de la refuser, la culpabilité toussa toussa), et un atelier d'une heure le soir. Je suis 21 heures par semaine devant les élèves. Ouais SEULEMENT 21 heures.
    Et encore une fois par pitié, ne réduisez pas le boulot des profs juste au taux horaire de présence devant les monstres apprenants. Et n'imaginez pas que les profs font sans cesse les mêmes cours, ne se renouvelant que tous les 8 ans en moyenne.
    Préparations de cours, corrections, rendez-vous avec les élèves, leurs parents, réunions avec l'administration, avec les collègues, avec les écoles primaires, avec les lycées partenaires, avec le médecin scolaire, le conseiller d'orientation...

    Je suis au bahut les lundis et vendredis de 7h40 à 17h10, les mardis de 7h40 à 15h10 et les jeudis de 7h40 à 18h30.

    Je ne vois pas très bien comment je pourrais être plus présente dans l'établissement (ah si, je pourrais venir le mercredi mais du coup ça m'empêcherait de (re)voir les diffusions d'"Une Famille Formidable") (genre le truc impossible à envisager) (Jacques et Catherine Beaumont quoi) (qui m'ont, par ailleurs, je ne vous le cache pas, un peu déçue avec la pub pour une convention obsèques) (mais je les aime quand même hein)

    Sachant que lorsque je ne suis pas en train de dire à Jordan que les adjectifs sont invariables ou à Mendy qu'elle ferait mieux de venir au tableau sans chouiner à moins qu'elle n'ait envie d'écoper du combo mot + punition, un duo qui fait toujours son petit effet, je ne suis malheureusement pas en train de me faire masser dans le SPA du collège.

    Lorsque j'ai une heure de trou, je suis au choix :

    • en train de maudire la photocopieuse qui laisse une bande noire sur les polycopiés.
    • en train de créer et d'imprimer des feuilles d'activités, des exercices, des évals...
    • en train d'expliquer à Kévyan que dire à Esteban "sale bâtard de sa race de pute tellement t'es laid, tu ressembles à un mort, je vais te crever sale enculé" n'est pas une preuve d'amitié taillée dans le roc.
    • en train de parler du PAI ou PPS d'élèves dyslexiques/dyscalculiques/dyspraxiques/hyperactifs/semi-aveugles/semi-sourds/avec un retard mental avéré mais-plutôt-crever-que-de-lui-trouver-une-classe-adaptée-hein-de-toute-façon-y-a-pas-de-place-on-va-se-débrouiller-même-s'il-bave.
    • en train de téléphoner ou de rencontrer des parents pour les féliciter/les conseiller/les informer...
    • en train de monter une vidéo avec Adobe Premiere avec des fondus enchaînés et des effets trop de la balle où les élèves diront "waaaah trop beau madame".
    • en train de fignoler un diaporama powerpoint à base de trucs cools qui font "CHDiiiiiiiNG" quand on clique dessus.
    • en train de coller des stickers sur de chouettes copies qui transpirent l'effort et la bonne volonté.
    • en train de remplir le cahier de textes en ligne de mes 7 classes.
    • en train d'organiser un voyage ou une sortie pour les 5èmes.
    • en train de compter combien de photocopies je dois faire pour la 4èmeD à 25 élèves, sachant qu'il y a 4 images par feuille et qu'il ne faut pas que j'oublie d'agrandir l'image pour Donovan qui a de gros problèmes de vue.
    • en train d'écouter les productions orales des élèves sur mon iPhone, des écouteurs dans les oreilles et un stylo rose pailleté dans la main, les yeux vissés sur ma grille d'évaluation.
    • en train de reporter des notes et cocher moulte cases concernant les compétences, le socle commun et autres trucs relativement chronophages et chiants et inutiles.

    Rappelons à toutes fins utiles que j'ai un atelier ciné le jeudi soir avec les 3èmes et que lorsque je rentre dans mon home sweet home, je ne balance pas mon cartable en hurlant de joie avant de sortir boire un Black Mojito au Plaza Athénée... Je termine de faire ce que les heures de trou n'ont pas pu combler.

    À écouter Sarko et tous les gens qui ignorent plus ou moins ostensiblement ce qu'est le quotidien d'un prof consciencieux, les profs ont quand même vachement de temps pour faire des trucs d'auto-entrepreneur et pour s'investir encore davantage dans leur entreprise bahut. Cette image de feignasse toujours en vacances semble indélébile.

    Moi, j'ai juste le temps de mettre du vernis, d'assouvir mon besoin d'écrire, de poker mes amis sur Facebook, de mater la saison 5 de TBBT et de faire des trucs de la vie sociale et sentimentale et un peu culturelle aussi, mais pas autant que je le souhaiterais.
    Et quand je fais l'énorme connerie de lire les commentaires des lecteurs de journaux en ligne... j'ai juste envie de prendre un hygiaphone et de hurler qu'ON BOSSE DÉJÀ À MORT et qu'on a bien plus la pression qu'il y a 20 ou 30 ans. Les profs ont bien plus de missions et de responsabilités le tout sans être davantage payés. Qu'on nous paye déjà tout le boulot que nous faisons bénévolement et après on pourra éventuellement demander aux volontaires d'en faire plus.

    En tant que nullipare, je n'ai que mon cul à torcher et j'ai du mal à imaginer comment je vais parvenir un de ces 4, à gérer l'organisation que demande mon taf et l'organisation que demande un mouflet.


    Alors, Monsieur Sarkozy, une fois n'est pas coutume, ça serait bien aimable de se renseigner avant de l'ouvrir.

    Prenez donc conseil auprès de votre ministre de l'éducation nationale qui... ah... qui n'a jamais enseigné donc.

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              Amazing Grace        

    En me réveillant ce matin, le cheveu en bataille et la peau douce, ma première pensée fut :

    "CE SOIR, C'EST LES VACANCES SA MÈRE LA PUTE DE SA RACE !!!".

    "On n'a jamais été aussi proche de Noël" comme dirait la mère de Laurent Ruquier.

    Des heures de cours qui s'égrènent avec cette idée fixe en tête : ce soir, je tente de vraiment déconnecter et de profiter de ces jours de folie où l'on bâfre du foie gras devant une rediff' de "Sissi Face à son Destin".

    Les élèves sont surexcités. Pour couronner le touran Volkswagen, il pleut à torrent, ce qui me permet d'en déduire le postulat suivant : un enfant mouillé est un enfant agité, comme si l'eau et leur système nerveux créaient un court-circuit.

    Djordan : "Madame, c'est les vacances ce soir !!!"
    Princesse Soso : "Sans blague, Sherlock... tu m'en apprends une bonne là..."

    Mélissa : "Madame, vous avez vu ? Il pleut hein !"
    Princesse Soso : "Ne m'étant pas encore fait Steviewonderiser, effectivement, mon acuité visuelle me permet de prendre conscience de l'hygrométrie actuelle"

    Lorana : "Vous fêtez Noël aussi Madame ?"
    Princesse Soso : "Bah nan Lorana. Tu sais bien que ce soir à 18h, je retourne dans mon cercueil pour ne me réveiller que mardi 3 janvier abrutie"

    Comme je suis une prof trop de la balle, j'ai préparé des activités de Noël à base de quiz de vocabulaire, de cartes de voeux avec des sapins et des paquets-cadeaux choupi, de mots cachés et autres trucs qui font couiner les élèves. J'ai également un calendrier de l'avent dans lequel les élèves qui sentent bon le savon et la politesse ont le droit de prendre un petit chocolat ou une surprise...
    Pas de chatte. C'est Lorenzo qui, aujourd'hui, a le droit d'ouvrir une petite case du calendrier.

    Laissez-moi vous présenter Lorenzo :

    • Lorenzo a la concentration optimale d'une larve unijambiste.
    • Lorenzo a apparemment développé un Alzheimer juvénile dans la mesure où il semble émotionnellement inapte à amener ses affaires en classe ou à faire intégralement ses devoirs.
    • Lorenzo répond automatiquement "c'estpasmoij'airienfaitd'abord" à toute interjection d'un enseignant, y compris lorsque celui-ci lui demande juste d'éteindre la lumière histoire d'y voir mieux avec le vidéoproj'.
    • Lorenzo est capricieux, mal élevé, égoïste et sa spontanéité risque de lui valoir de sacrés coups de poing dans la gueule dans un proche avenir. Genre lorsque tu proposes à Lorenzo de prendre un bonbon, il demande s'il peut en prendre trois. Genre lorsque tu donnes un bonbon à Lorenzo, il faut à chaque fois lui expliquer que dire "merci" n'est pas comme le latin, c'est-à-dire une option facultative. Genre Lorenzo te dit "c'est nul, j'aime pas lire, ça pue votre livre, j'en veux pas" alors que tu viens de lui offrir un bouquin où ça parle de dragons et de combats à l'épée (sa grande passion avec les pigeons)

    Lorenzo se précipite donc sur le calendrier sans attendre mon autorisation et bouscule même un camarade dans sa course effrénée à la crevardise.
    Il arrache sans vergogne une fenêtre du calendrier et découvre un petit papier "SURPRISE" aka le truc le plus chouette de la galaxie car les élèves peuvent ensuite plonger leur main dans la boîte magique où, sans regarder, ils doivent piocher un petit cadeau, genre un crayon à papier rigolo, un porte-clé choupi , une petite crème pailletée, un pendentif en forme de dauphin, des stickers OM, des cartes de joueurs de foot... etc. La boîte magique n'est pas sans rappeler une épreuve de Fort Boyard... Ça me donne envie d'y ajouter des souris, des limaces et des intestins de mouton.

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    Lorenzo fouille, refouille, re-refouille la boîte et finit par sortir un porte-clé starring un sapin de noël phosphorescent.
    Les autres élèves font un "WAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH", excellent mix entre l'émerveillement et l'envie.
    Lorenzo inspecte brièvement le porte-clé, hausse les épaules et me dit, bougon : "J'aime pas. Je veux un autre cadeau" avant de jeter le porte-clé dans la boîte, et de plonger de nouveau sa main à la recherche sans doute d'une PlayStation 3 ou d'un iPhone 4S.

    C'est à ce moment-là que je lui ai arraché une oreille tout en le traitant de sale petit con.

    Princesse Soso : "Nan mais t'as pas l'impression de rêver ta mère là Lorenzo ?! Va t'asseoir immédiatement !"
    Lorenzo : "Mais je veux un cadeau. J'ai le droit à un cadeau !!!"
    Princesse Soso : "Bah roule-toi par terre pendant que t'y es sale morveux, je n'aime pas les petits ingrats. C'était le porte-clé ou rien. Tu ne veux pas du porte-clé. Et bah, t'as gagné mon coco, t'auras rien. Basta così"
    Lorenzo : "Mais j'aime pas, c'est pas de ma faute !"
    Princesse Soso : "C'est bien, aujourd'hui, tu découvres deux nouveaux concepts, laisse-moi te présenter "LA POLITESSE featuring. LA GRATITUDE". Lorsque ton prof est suffisamment con sympa pour t'offrir un CADEAU, tu serais bien aimable de sourire et de dire "merci", même si le cadeau te donne envie de gerber tes Chocapic. Par exemple, je n'aime pas du tout ton sweat à capuche avec un singe pailleté que je trouve, personnellement, criard, ridicule, pathétique et mal coupé... mais par RESPECT pour toi, par COURTOISIE, je m'abstiens de faire tout commentaire et crois bien que ce n'est pas l'envie qui manque car ce sweat est tout de même extrêmement agressif pour la rétine en plus d'atteindre le degré zéro de la beauté"
    Lorenzo : "HEIN ?"
    Princesse Soso : "Va t'asseoir et fais profil bas car tu n'es pas près d'approcher de nouveau ce petit calendrier"
    Lorenzo : ''"c'estpasmoij'airienfaitd'abord"'

    Lorenzo est parti peu après chez l'orthodontiste. Il avait les chocottes. Je ne l'ai pas rassuré. Quand Louise lui a dit qu'il allait se faire sacrément charcuter la gencive, je n'ai rien dit. J'ai juste hoché la tête avec un regard oscillant entre le sadisme et la satisfaction personnelle de voir perler une certaine angoisse dans des pupilles où ne transparait d'ordinaire qu'une arrogance teintée d'individualisme.

    Lorenzo parti, nous avons continué tranquillou les activités noëlesques à base de comment c'est trop bien de faire des cartes de voeux et comment ça a l'air trop dégueulasse les "mince pies" que bâfrent les anglais entre deux cuillerées de gravy et de "Flakes" Cadbury.

    J'ai lancé ma playlist Deezer à base de Sinatra, ♪All I Want For Christmas Is You ♫, Vonda Shepard, Robert Downey Junior, The Jackson Five, Diana Krall, Dean Martin ou Ella Fitzgerald... Je suis ensuite passée dans les rangs admirer les coloriages et autres prouesses lexicales des élèves.

    Et là.

    Un moment de grâce.

    Résonnait dans la classe "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" de Diana Krall... Je regardais les élèves concentrés, ravis d'apprendre plein de nouveaux trucs sur Noël... Je passais de table en table, encourageant les efforts et rigolant avec les élèves ayant fabriqué un Christmas Cracker avec un rouleau de PQ...
    Et tout à coup, j'ai fait "pause" pour regarder et savourer cette scène rare et précieuse... Un moment où l'on va tous dans le même sens, où l'on travaille en osmose sans qu'aucune onde négative ne vienne altérer la chaleur de l'instant.


    Un petit instant magique où je me suis sentie totalement en adéquation avec mon boulot et mes élèves. Un petit souffle de tendresse qui a parcouru l'échine de tout le monde dans la salle...

    J'ai dû probablement rester un bon moment debout, presque interdite, un sourire figé sur mes lèvres à me délecter de ce petit moment de grâce.

    Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
    That saved a wretch like me !
    I once was lost but now I'm found,
    Was blind, but now, I see.

    La satisfaction d'être enseignante. Un élan maternel et affectueux envers des petits bouts de 11 ans qui sont parvenus pendant quelques minutes à être des enfants adorables avec toute la fraîcheur, la douceur et l'innocence que cela implique.

    Tout le monde a bien senti que quelque chose se passait. Tout le monde s'est regardé en souriant.

    Alice a un instant abandonné son Christmas Maze et ses feutres. Elle a levé les yeux vers moi, m'a souri et m'a dit :

    "On est bien là, tous ensemble, pas vrai madame ?!"

    J'en aurais chialé.




    ♫ Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
    Let your heart be light.
    From now on,
    our troubles will be out of sight♫



    BONNES VACANCES LES CHOUPI ♥♥♥


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              WebVTT: The Middle        

    It’s been a while since my last post about WebVTT. A lot has been going on since that last post in the beginning of March. The OSD team gave two presentations about WebVTT to Mozilla Toronto: one during a class visit to MoTo and another during MoTo’s Open Web Open Mic event to some of the Toronto open source community. Both events were a lot of fun! I was surprised by how excited some people seemed to get when they saw WebVTT. When you work on a project, it can be hard to take a step back and see the impact your project has on others, especially when you can get so invested in said project. Good job team!

    I haven’t been able to spend as much time on WebVTT as I would have liked over the past month. After the push to get things working for the first Mozilla Toronto demo, I had an avalanche of final assignments fall onto me. Now that they are finally behind me, I’ve been able to get back into the swing of things.

    Review Issues

    While I’ve been busy with school, rillian has been working on the patch. Thanks a lot, rillian! There have been several iterations of the patch since. As always, you can see the latest updates on the Bugzilla bug. It’s been reviewed quite extensively by bz and Ms2ger who brought up a few issues.

    One of the issues had to do with nested templates. We were using nsTArrays like this: nsTArray<nsRefPtr<TextTrackCue>>, which reads as ‘an array of nsRefPtr which refer to TextTrackCue objects.’ Apparently, the >> at the very end was being interpreted as the >> operator on some older compilers. So we just added some whitespace to pad out the characters: nsTArray< nsRefPtr<TextTrackCue> >. Easy fix!

    In the review, it was suggested that we convert nsAString out parameters in class getters to DOMString, a relatively new class in the Mozilla codebase. I went ahead and did this, but it was not an easy fix. In fact, it was pretty messy, and involved extracting a StringBuffer from an nsAString object and using that to set the value of the DOMString out parameter.

    The code used to set getters went from this:

    void GetKind(nsAString& aKind) const
    {
      aKind = mKind;
    }

    to this:

    void GetKind(DOMString& aKind) const
    {
      aKind.SetStringBuffer( nsStringBuffer::FromString(mKind), mKind.Length() );
    }

    Yikes. That’s what I call messy. To be fair, this is the only way to set the value of a DOMString from an nsString, the type used internally to store strings.

    It didn’t get accepted. In retrospect, it would have been easier to just adjust the internal members of the TextTrack* objects to use a DOMString rather than a nsString. Once I clarify with others that this is the best way to go about with this fix, I’ll probably end up doing just that.

    The first fix ended up making its way into the patch on Bugzilla. The pull request on GitHub is still open due to the DOMString issue. If you’re interested in following that particular issue, you can check it out here.

    Exceptions

    Something I’ve wanted to start adding to the WebVTT DOM implementation for a while now is exception handling. Firefox’s C++ code doesn’t use exceptions; I’m talking about JavaScript exceptions. For instance, if one tries to use the removeCue(cue) method on a TextTrackList JavaScript object which doesn’t contain cue, a NotFoundError exception should be thrown.

    In order to do this, we first need to edit the WebIDL file which defines the DOM interface. We must add a [Throws] declaration in front of every method which throws an exception. For example, in TextTrack.webidl:

    [Throws]
    void addCue(TextTrackCue cue);
    [Throws]
    void removeCue(TextTrackCue cue);

    By using some crazy wizardry, this creates the necessary DOM bindings to use exceptions. More specifically, it passes an ErrorResult& as the last argument to our method. We can use this object to throw exceptions.

    Let’s take a look at TextTrack::RemoveCue and how we can throw an exception if the cue passed as an argument is not already in the internal TextTrackList.

    In our header file:

    void RemoveCue(TextTrackCue& aCue,
                   ErrorResult& aRv);

    In the implementation file:

    TextTrack::RemoveCue(TextTrackCue& aCue,
                         ErrorResult& aRv)
    {
      // If the given cue is not currently listed in the
      // method's TextTrack object's text track's text
      // track list of cues, then throw a NotFoundError
      // exception and abort these steps.
      if( DoesContainCue(aCue) == false ) {
        aRv.Throw(NS_ERROR_DOM_NOT_FOUND_ERR);
        return;
      }
      // Remove cue from the method's TextTrack object's text track's text track
      // list of cues.
      mCueList->RemoveCue(aCue);
    }

    The generated bindings make it very easy to throw an exception. Now that an ErrorResult& is being passed to our method, we simply call Throw on the object and pass the error. One could search on MXR for the particular error macro/constant they need; luckily, bz told me which to use in #content.

    Initially, I was a bit confused when trying to implement exceptions. While looking through MXR to see examples of how other classes implemented exceptions, I’d often see ErrorResult initialized as a local variable within a method. Apparently, this is only used for methods that catch exceptions. Methods that throw exceptions do it through an ErrorResult& argument passed in by the generated binding methods. Oh, you Mozilla engineers. You guys/gals are magic.

    That particular pull request is still open at the time of writing. You can check out that pull request here.

    “1.0”

    I’m really not sure if this release can be considered a 1.0 release. The code still hasn’t landed in Firefox (although it seems close). There are still things to do! Some of those things include: maintaining and using TextTracks.activeCueList, finish implementing exceptions on the rest of the TextTrack* classes, and fix all of the issues raised in the reviews done by bz and Ms2ger. Concurrently, I believe we are at the point where we can start using the MochiTests written by Marcuus and Jordan to bring other issues to light.

    A big issue is the ever-shifting nature of the WebVTT spec. It seems like every week, the spec changes - and not always for the better. For instance, there are now a list of rules associated with every TextTrack that defines how the text tracks should be rendered. Also, TextTrackCue is an abstract class from which we should be creating a new object: WebVTTCue. Not all these changes make sense to me (Rules for updating cues? Why?) but I guess that is a part of the age-old rift between spec writers and implementers.

    Between the spec being in flux and the other items still on my to do list, there is still quite a bit to be done before I’d be comfortable slapping the ol’ 1.0 tag on. Now that school is officially complete forever, I should have much more time to spend on WebVTT.

    The Middle

    Speaking of school being officially done forever, this is my last official ‘for school’ post on my blog. This isn’t the end though, not by a longshot. I’ll be continuing my work on WebVTT as a volunteer. I’m excited to see what happens with the project in the coming few months!

    Thanks to Humph for teaching the OSD classes to begin with. If you are a student at Seneca in CPA or BSD, do yourself a favour and take these classes. The OSD classes are the best professional options offered at Seneca, in my opinion. I’d also like to thank my OSD teammates for a crazy 8 months. We’re still alive! Success!


              Memorabilia of the Day – Michael Jordan Autographed Signed Framed Chicago Bulls 16×20 Upper Deck COA        

    Michael Jordan Autographed Signed Framed Chicago Bulls 16×20 Upper Deck COA Buy on eBay

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              Memorabilia of the Day – Chris Carter Auto Gray Batting Gloves GAI CoA Signed Inscription Game Used        

    Michael Jordan Limited Edition Highland Mint Elite Series 1 Medallion Proof Set Buy on eBay

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              If a DB is your leading tackler, then you might stink!        

     

    Just A Little Heads Up.

    At the end of the 2007 season 25 out of the top 30 individual leaders in TOTAL TACKLES were linebackers. Five of the top 30 were defensive backs (including #4 Will Dunbar of UAB).

    UAB was #114 in Total Defense.

    The other 4 Defensive backs in the Top 30 in total tackles?

    *Jordan Lake of Baylor (#110 in Total Team Defense)

    *C.J. Spillman of Marshall (#107 in Total Team Defense)

    *Alex Kube of Northern Illinois (#97 in Total Team Defense)

    *Davonte Shannon of Buffalo (#72 in Total Team Defense)

     

    My advice?

    If the leading defensive tackler on a team is a defensive back, then LOOK OUT!

     

    *UAB had the #4 tackler in the land, and he was a DB, and they gave up 487 yards per game. They gave up an average of 6.5 yards per play. They gave up 4.4 touchdowns per game and went 2-10 that year.

     

    We can expand on this premise by locating the teams that have a high rate of DB tackles. Since the above mentioned teams already stunk on defense. What we can do is seek the higher rates of DB tackles on OVERRATED FAVORITES and, for that matter, overrated Doggies.

    This should serve as a red flag in the NFL as well.

    You might notice that the absence of Bob Sanders in the Colts defense causes that team to falter? You could see it in Denver, as well, in past seasons. It's a mini capping signal.

    Heads up!

     

    Please note that a DB in a "Stack" or "Pressure (man-coverage)" defense will be closer to the line. Nickle packages or Nickle copycats will also inflate a DB's tackle numbers.


              Jordan Leads the Way in the Middle East PV Industry        

    With over 400 companies operating in the local PV industry, Jordan is leading the way in the development of a regional PV market. Projects from Round I are soon to get financial closure, while the preferred bidders for Round II will be announced shortly.

    (PRWeb November 26, 2014)

    Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/11/prweb12354519.htm


              Jordan Marr (G) from Edinburgh Capitals to Fife Flyers        
    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 07/17/2017
    Player: Jordan Marr (G)
    From: Edinburgh Capitals
    To: Fife Flyers
    Source: Link
              Majestic Dragon - ep. 1 (cancelled)        
    This Victor Vazquez/Jordan Fish collaboration - long known for its distinctive animation and voice work (and infectious theme song) - suffered cancellation at the hands of 101ny's New York TV Festival audience, but will remain a highlight of the '08 season. In this episode: Majestic Dragon runs in with the law, then learns about the Five Percent Nation.
              Sunday Free Flow        


    Clears throat and channels inner radio personality, "It's 8:00 am, and what a beautiful Sunday morning it is in the Valley of the Sun. We're blowing off the dust and digging deep into the mental crates with DeBarge's 1983 hit, "A Dream". This goes out to all you gettin' old heads in denial and the silly youngsters who think the melody was stolen from the much later, but still great Tupac. Enjoy."

    Eight something; surprising given last night's restlessness. It had to be two, or later when I finally shut down and agreed--after some gentle coaxing from the man, that it was time to retire for the day and from the worry.

    My little place of peace is looking exceptionally tidy this morning; Yael is pulling out all the stops in exchange for a much coveted piece of Vampire Diaries replica jewelry. She's been so helpful since my surgery that it sorta makes up for the pubescent insanity that we've been struggling with since the separation.

    I feel refreshed and ready for something fabulous today...or maybe I'm just ready for someone fabulous; Michael plans to visit soon. We're returning to center for a restorative breath after a few tender weeks. The distance has its advantages logistically as we're both adapting to major life changes, but there's no logic in love or the 2484.97 miles between us. We're pining.

    My container garden is a great source of pride for me right now. Who could have known gardening would be so therapeutic. For so many years, I've been a notorious black thumb. I started the garden in December when Jordan moved out. I needed a distraction, and of course, something to nurture. Since then, I've taken on spider mites (and lost), aphids (and won), germinatin', propagatin', and harvesting. I'm sort of a big deal on the balcony. Laughs.

    Coffee's tepid, gotta go.

    Peace and Sunshine


              #Kellman - Andy Jordan        
    CliffCentral.com — Being a TV personality, talented musician and a Millennial, it can be easy to put Andy Jordan in a box, but as you’ ll soon discover, Andy is not happy living in any box that others place him in. Best known for his role in the hit television series ‘ Made in Chelsea’ , Andy Jordan goes in-depth with Arye Kellman on issues of life, art, enlightenment and inspiration. It’ s not easy being a Millennial, but if like Andy you make the journey the main focus, you might just realise the beauty along the way
              In My Mailbox July 25-31        
    In My Mailbox was created by Kristi of The Story Siren.

    Outcasts United - Warren St. John
    The extraordinary tale of a refugee youth soccer team and the transformation of a small American town

    Clarkston, Georgia, was a typical Southern town until it was designated a refugee settlement center in the 1990s, becoming the first American home for scores of families in flight from the world’s war zones—from Liberia and Sudan to Iraq and Afghanistan. Suddenly Clarkston’s streets were filled with women wearing the hijab, the smells of cumin and curry, and kids of all colors playing soccer in any open space they could find. The town also became home to Luma Mufleh, an American-educated Jordanian woman who founded a youth soccer team to unify Clarkston’s refugee children and keep them off the streets. These kids named themselves the Fugees.

    Set against the backdrop of an American town that without its consent had become a vast social experiment, Outcasts United follows a pivotal season in the life of the Fugees and their charismatic coach....

    Outcasts United is actually my required reading for freshman seminar. I read the introduction, and I look forward to reading the rest. :P
              Waiting for Obama: The Arab World and Intervention         

    This article originally appeared in Syria Deeply, and can be found here

    On Aug. 2, 1990, a Saddam Hussein-led Iraq launched a bombing campaign and invasion of Kuwait. Part of the decision was the thought that the U.S., facing its own economic issues at home and a perceived passivity towards disputes in the Arab world, would not react with force. 

    Almost five months later, Operation Desert Storm, led by a broad international coalition under the direction of then President George Bush (who had secured a resolution from the U.N. Security Council), began with aerial attacks and ended with the capitulation of Saddam’s forces after just five weeks.
    Two things became clear: that the U.S. would take decisive action to enforce peace and security in the region when a “red line” was crossed; and secondly, that it would be methodical in building a strong coalition.
    The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have been waiting for a similar moment from President Barack Obama on the Syrian conflict.  After months of endless prodding, with only a series of half-steps coming from the U.S., the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus (allegedly carried out by the Assad regime) finally seemed to have pushed Obama to take robust action on Syria.
    But initial urgency by the U.S. to act has since subsided, or so it appears. With the passing of each day, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are left increasingly in the lurch, waiting for Obama, wondering if the U.S. has reversed its approach to the region that was heralded by the Gulf War over two decades ago.
    In 1991, when military action was mobilized against Iraq, it was done so under the auspices of a U.N. resolution. And while the Arab world was divided on the intervention, the six GCC countries, along with Egypt and Syria, were part of the armed coalition that was formed. Twenty years later, the situation is markedly different as the Arab world contemplates involvement in military strikes against Syria.
    Outside of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, enthusiasm to participate in a military coalition is weak at best. While Jordan will have to be involved due to its reliance on both Saudi Arabia and the U.S. for economic support, Syria’s other Arab neighbors, Lebanon and Iraq, have voiced staunch opposition to external intervention.
    In an unambiguous statement, Egypt, under its new military leadership, also voiced its objections to “aggression in Syria.” Even the United Arab Emirates may not get involved without broad international legitimacy; unlike in Libya in 2011, this would constitute a military strike by Arab countries allied with the U.S. without any other legal or symbolic cover.
    Obama’s initial enthusiasm for military action, juxtaposed with his subsequent hesitation, has furthered the Arab world’s reluctance to participate. Staunch Western allies like the United Kingdom have indicated a lack of desire to be involved, and it is still in doubt whether action would be approved by NATO or the U.N. In the current atmosphere, a broad coalition involving multiple regional actors is unlikely, especially from a military standpoint. Most of the “diplomacy” to build a coalition has so far been limited to public speeches by high-level U.S. officials, rather than effective diplomatic engagement in the region. It indicates to the Arab world that the U.S. is not serious about a response, and is itself perhaps buying time.
    In Sunday’s Arab League meeting in Cairo, rhetoric was high. But it was clear that beyond Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the appetite for intervention had dissipated. Following two years of bluster, including countless meetings of the Friends of Syria, the moment for a decision finally came, and the U.S. blinked. The hawkish stance of the Arab League and even the GCC must, to Assad, have looked hollow. In the end, the statement by the Arab League called for “deterrent measures” by the U.N., without calling for military or unilateral action.
    While we may yet see strikes on Syria or the symbolic contribution of military hardware (like fighter jets) by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the process has already overshadowed whatever the result may be. In many ways, whatever happens now in response will be far too little and far too late. All the while, the conflict in Syria will continue without any end in sight.


              10 Questions on the Conflict in Syria        
    A potential military strike by Western powers on Syria now appears to be a fait accompli and is being touted as long overdue. Given the spiralling humanitarian disaster that has overtaken the country during the last two years of conflict, continued inaction appears to be an untenable reality. The death toll is now well over 100,000 (although the proportion of civilians to combatants is unclear). There are 2 million refugees, half of whom are children, and over 4 million more internally displaced persons (IDPs), amounting to a quarter of the country's overall population. Yet, it was the apparent chemical weapons attack in the suburbs around Damascus known as Ghouta last week that has served as the impetus for international military intervention into the conflict. Amidst the rhetoric and war rehearsals, clarity on what is really happening seems to be cast aside in the media, in favor of faux-spontaneous leaks, retired generals, and trumpeters of past wars. Here are ten questions to try to set the record straight.


    1. Were chemical weapons used in Syria?

    When the initial attack unfolded last Wednesday, August 21 in the suburbs in Damascus known as Ghouta (near the town/suburb of Jobar), news quickly spread to local, regional and international media. Claims were made of hundreds of deaths, with some activists claiming the death toll was 1,300. Moreover, the Government of Syria immediately denied responsibility and has continued to do so. However, the attack did unfold amidst a series of army strikes on Jobar, which is a rebel-held area, and has been for quite some time. The Government conversely claimed to find chemical weapons supplies in tunnels in the same area, and it is alleged that some Hezbollah fighters were also exposed to chemical toxins.

    A week on, it appears incontrovertible that chemical weapons were used, not just from YouTube videos but also from visits by independent journalists, and of course by a report by Médecins Sans Frontières that has documented at least 355 deaths from local hospitals. It is likely that the chemical agent used was a neurotoxin or nerve gas, most likely sarin gas. What is still not clear, is how they were delivered (i.e. in what form and carried on what type of weapon) and from where.

    It should also be kept in mind that this was not the first attack that has been alleged. There have been numerous claims by rebels, and counter-claims by the government on the use of chemical weapons in the conflict. Here's a map of those events. In fact, this is precisely why the team of UN inspectors had arrived in the country, the day before this latest incident (and massacre) took place. In fact, what is interesting is that their investigation of other sites has now been put on the back-burner due to the latest developments.

    2. Do we know who actually used the chemical weapons? 

    The United States, United Kingdom, and France have all stated they are certain that the Government of Syria has undertaken the attack last week. On the U.S. side, at the forefront of the rhetoric has been Vice President Biden - who has said there is 'no doubt' - and Secretary of State John Kerry, who made an evocative plea for action several days ago. Of course, the next speech is the most important, and it would be one made by President Barack Obama. In light of this certainty, it would be difficult to question the attribution of blame. A leak from the US government also claims to have intercepted a murky call between commanders in the Syrian army that supposedly is evidence of culpability on the Syrian side.

    There is tremendous reason to doubt U.S. claims. Firstly, it should not be forgotten that then Secretary of State Colin Powell presented ironclad evidence to the United Nations Security Council of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) that Saddam Hussein possessed, a finding that was later proven to be utterly false, but which was the basis of a war that continues until today. Secondly, the U.S. claimed that there was incontrovertible proof that the Government of Syria was responsible for earlier chemical attacks this year, but that finding has been contested, and some experts apportioned blame to the rebels fighting the government. And finally, in this case, no evidence has been presented, as of yet to make such a determination, at least not conclusively.

    Does that mean the Assad and his regime are not responsible? No. It is very likely given the ongoing military operations in the same area that the Syrian government launched such an attack. Yet, more evidence needs to be presented to make a definitive conclusion. The other scenarios that could be possible are:

    - Extremists groups like Jubhat al-Nusra, who have previously seized advanced weaponry and possibly chemical weapons from Syrian army bases and positions, were attempting to use them on Syrian soldiers (or conversely to cast blame on the Syrian army);

    - The Government of Syria inadvertently hit a stockpile of sarin gas releasing the toxins (although unclear if this would lead to the effects that we've seen); or

    - Rogue elements within the chain of command used chemical weapons intentionally or inadvertently.

    Russia, Iran and China have of course cast doubt on western claims but that is to be expected.

    3. What would be the basis or justification for US intervention?

    The U.S. intervention would likely be on the basis of Obama's previously stated red line on Syria, which would be the mass use/movement of chemical weapons. It is not in fact about humanitarian intervention and the Responsibility to Protect framework, developed in the 1990s to prevent genocide and mass civilian deaths. If it was, then the humanitarian case for intervention has been present for some time, and other massacres by the Syrian regime, such as in Houla in 2012, would have provided sufficient pretext. Obviously, the U.S. and other Western powers, and regional countries, have their own interests at play that are much more geopolitical in nature, but the justification or casus belli being offered is around the issue of chemical weapons, and chemical weapons alone.

    4. Will anybody else be involved in the military strikes besides the US and will this affect whether they are 'legal'?

    Given Russian and Chinese opposition, and a likely veto of any resolution by the United Nations Security Council supporting such a military strike on Syria - especially in light of the intervention in Libya, which Russia regretted supporting - a 'coalition of the willing' will need to be developed. This coalition would be broader than the Iraq War in 2003, and would be similar to the coalition carrying out the strikes against Serb positions vis-a-vis Kosovo in 1999. While the U.S., U.K. and France will likely lead an effort, Turkey would also be critical as a staging ground (as it borders Syria from the North), and thus there will be an attempt to launch such an attack under the auspices of NATO. Despite its reluctance, Jordan, given its reliance on the U.S. and Saudi Arabia politically and economically, will have no choice but to support . The two other neighbours of Syria, Iraq and Lebanon are squarely against any military strike. And of course, the other neighbor - Israel - would sit this one out but would provide intelligence to the U.S. and other parties on Syrian positions, given that it has already undertaken a number of air strikes on Syria in the past two years.

    Further afield, it is likely the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) will support military intervention, with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates possibly sending fighter jets to participate in a strike to give it regional cover and credibility. Finally, while many groups within the Arab and Muslim world, and the 'left' of the West, will oppose military intervention, many others will support it, because of the spiralling humanitarian situation in Syria.

    Technically speaking if the military intervention is not sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council, and there is no imminent threat that the U.S. and other parties can point to towards its own territory or its assets, it would be illegal under international law. However, that has not stopped NATO or other countries (i.e. Russia in Georgia) form undertaking military action in the past. And before the Iraq War, some scholars claimed that while such an attack would be illegal it would be legitimate, and demonstrated retroactively to be legal. Given the state of world affairs, 'legality' is likely not a determining factor for a strike on Syria.

    5. Are we seeing a repeat of Iraq in 2003? 

    No. The situation today with Syria is different than it was in 2003 in Iraq, for many reasons, despite some passing similarities. In Iraq, the U.S. claimed that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction while in Syria, we already know Bashar al-Assad possesses chemical weapons, and the question is whether he used them (small aside, it was released this week that thirty years ago, the U.S. obstructed a UN investigation when it knew Saddam Hussein had used chemical weapons). In Iraq, the U.S. alleged that Saddam Hussein had links with Al Qaeda (and related groups), while in Syria, Bashar al Assad is widely acknowledged to be fighting Al Qaeda (and related groups) in addition to the 'Free Syrian Army' (and in addition to crushing peaceful demonstrators). In Iraq, there was no active state of conflict that was leading to a spiralling humanitarian catastrophe (and the potential use of WMDs), while in Syria there is not just a violent conflict, but also WMDs have been used by somebody (even if the culprit is not yet clear).

    What should be noted, however, is that both Iraq in 2003 and Syria in 2013, are in complex environments, and any removal of government or sustained military intervention would have dramatic unforeseen consequences. It seems like the media debate in the U.S. is also similarly anaemic (but slightly better) this time around.

    6. What is the real motivation for the United States and other powers?

    As with all things in this world when it comes to international relations, the primary interest is not humanitarian but geopolitical. This is not absolute, however, and it could be argued that Turkey has been insisting on humanitarian intervention from an early stage. However, the regimes (not peoples) in the Gulf, most notably Saudi Arabia, are exclusively concerned with dislodging Syria from the Iranian orbit, and severing connections between Syria and Hezbollah. Humanitarian concerns are a by-product. And for the United States, something similar is at play. As noted above, if this was about humanitarian concerns, action would have been taken long before 100,000 deaths had occurred.

    For the U.S. it has been looking for regime change in Syria for a while. However, these strikes if they occur, will be about sending a message and asserting America's position in the Middle East, given the red line that Obama drew. Ultimately, it may tip the scales in the rebels favour or improve the U.S.'s negotiating position vis-a-vis Iran. The chemical weapons attack in a morbid way, opened a door of opportunity for Western powers (with GCC support) to do something limited without a full-scale intervention.

    7. Will military intervention solve the Syrian conflict?

    No. Military intervention no matter how small or how big will not solve the Syrian conflict. In fact, it could very much exacerbate the situation on the ground even further (if that can be imagined). What is being reported currently is that the U.S. and allies will undertake a series of 'surgical strikes', a euphemism for a large-scale assault on key military and strategic installations, such as army positions, air bases, radar installations, communications infrastructure, supply routes, and, where appropriate, power stations (among other targets). More than anything this will be intended to send a message to the regime and weaken its capabilities. Yet, it would not be a fatal blow. And it would not necessarily tip the scales in favor of the rebels. It may in fact mobilize certain parties to support the regime, if there are civilian casualties from the intervention.

    The solution to the Syrian situation has to be political, if it is going to lead to stability or peace. Yet, if the military intervention escalated and led to the removal of the Syrian regime, that would still not be the end of the conflict. After the Soviets were booted out of Afghanistan, the country devolved into a civil war for five years until the rise of the Taliban in 1996. Somalia has only recently stabilised (somewhat), more than 20 years after the assassination of its leader, President Siad Barre. And neighboring Lebanon, took 15 years of conflict (1975-1990) to reach an end, which was brought about by ironically Syrian military intervention (which committed its own crimes), that produced a - audible gasp - political settlement.

    8. What could potentially go wrong?

    Everything. The potential for disaster following military intervention in any country is great (see Black Hawk Down, Iraq, Afghanistan and the list goes on). Yet, in Syria it could be apocalyptic. Here is a list of what that could entail:

    - Chemical weapons are used by Syria against its neighbors such as Jordan and Turkey, or U.S. military positions in those countries;
    - U.S. planes/helicopters are shot down leading to an escalation of U.S. involvement requiring boots on the ground;
    - Syria sends a volley of missiles into Tel Aviv and other places in Israel, leading to a regional war;
    - Proxy forces of Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah, launch a sustained campaign against Israel/U.S. interests, including attacks embassies within Lebanon/Palestine/Israel but also in other countries, in the short and medium-term;
    - Al Qaeda forces in the region, while opposing the Assad regime, oppose U.S. intervention especially if there are masses of civilian casualties, and use it as a pretext for attacks in places such as Yemen;
    - Russia objects to the U.S. strike, and mobilizes warships to the Mediterranean, leading to a standoff with Europe and the U.S.;
    - Negotiations with Iran, still in embryonic stages are suspended irrevocably;
    - Six party talks with North Korea are suspended by Russia, China, and North Korea irrevocably;
    - The Syrian regime goes all out in its conflict and begins to bomb with even more abandon civilian areas controlled by rebels, leading to thousands of casualties, and counter-massacres by enraged rebel fighters;
    - The Syrian regime is removed by force from power by the intervention, leading to a power vacuum sinking the country further into civil war for over a decade of even more violent strife and a possible Al Qaeda style government;
    - Tensions rise in the Middle East, especially in places of sectarian division (i.e. Lebanon, Yemen, Bahrain, Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia, and Iraq) leading to civil strife and attacks on governments, and counter-attacks on populations; and
    - World War 3.

    9. What could potentially go right?

    It may seem that what is written above is slightly alarmist and that's true. Many things can go wrong (most of which, to be honest, are hard to predict as they will be unforeseen consequences or as Donald Rumsfeld, ironically calls them, unknown unknowns). However, the U.S.-led strikes could be quite effective. Firstly, if they are limited in scope, they can be completed in one day, reducing the risk for a military entanglement and civilian casualties. Secondly, if they are from the air, there is limited risk for casualties on the side of the intervening forces. Thirdly, an attack that is forceful and hits Syrian military positions, will send a message to Assad that there is a limit to what he can do, which thus far has not been the case, and may entice him to reach a political settlement. Fourthly, it is unlikely that the Syrian regime would retaliate, for a short strike on positions, against Israel, knowing that they cannot afford to fight a war on so many fronts (and thus far they have yet to retaliate to any Israel air strike). Finally, the systematic destruction of Assad's air capabilities could be instrumental in limiting civilian casualties by the regime in the future.

    All of this is one possibility of what could occur.

    10. Let's cut to the chase - should I support or not support military intervention?

    There is no clearcut answer. Ultimately, military intervention should not be supported as a solution to the Syrian conflict. It is not, and whether we like it or not, a political solution/settlement is the only way the current situation moves towards peace and stability. The U.S. is negotiating with the Taliban. The Vietnamese negotiated with the U.S. The Lebanese negotiated with each other. The Dayton Accords to end the Bosnian War were signed with Slobodan Milosevic. It may not be easy, it may be unlikely, and it will not work perfectly, but political discussions involving all parties is the only way to find a real solution.

    That being said, if a case is made with overwhelming evidence by independent parties (not U.S. conjecture) that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian regime, then military intervention on a limited scale, and for a period of 1-2 days only, should be undertaken, ideally with UN support - and if not with broad support of half of the members, i.e. 90, of the UN General Assembly to demonstrate legitimacy - against military targets only, which will both send a message about the use of these weapons and damage the capabilities of Assad.

    What is clear is that whatever happens, there are no clear answers with regards to the conflict in Syria.

               For President Obama on Day One: A New “New Beginning”         
    On Day One: A New “New Beginning”
    There was never a question that President Barack Obama represented a symbolic break with the past – someone who could redefine relations with the Muslim world. However to add substance to the symbolism of change, early on in his first term, President Obama went to Cairo to make a speech entitled, “A New Beginning.” Yet, as he begins a second term it is clear that this new beginning needs to be reinvigorated in both style and substance. That initial speech, while poignant then, today rings hollow. If indeed President Obama and the administration are to achieve a definitive step change in relations with Muslim communities, there must be a renewed effort for honest dialogue, robust development initiatives, and tangible shifts in policy.

    At the onset of the Iraq War in 2003, President George W. Bush had abysmal numbers in many Muslim-majority countries. While 59 percent of Nigerians, 56 percent of Jordanians, and 46 percent of Pakistanis held confidence in Osama bin Laden’s leadership, Bush was polling in the single digits in the same countries. By 2008, in countries like Jordan and Turkey, nearly 90 percent of people had “little or no confidence” in President Bush.

    So when a young Kenyan-American Senator with Muslim roots, Barack Obama, emerged on the political scene, he was a welcome sight in even unsavory and sharply antagonistic corners of the Muslim world. In the midst of the political campaign even Hamas seemingly endorsed him saying, “Actually, we like Mr. Obama.” Winning over Hamas never was (nor should it have been) a litmus test, but when President Barack Obama was elected, there was near universal euphoria across Muslim communities.

    Early on, Obama and others in the Administration acknowledged the challenge in meeting these expectations. Even before he was inaugurated, the Administration was already planning to mark this ‘new beginning.’ Going into the heart of Cairo to engage university students in an honest speech about a real change in relations between the U.S. and Muslims was indeed something to be commended. Subsequent to the speech, the White House created a position on the National Security Council for Global Engagement, and the State Department launched a number of partnership initiatives. In the fall of 2009, D.C. played host to the Presidential Summit of Entrepreneurship that brought together 250 delegates from over 50 (mostly Muslim) countries.

    Then the situation started to become more difficult. There are no easy answers in the complex geopolitical relations in the wider Middle East and beyond. When the Green Movement in Iran demanded democratic change, the Obama administration had to contemplate whether it was for engagement with ‘regimes’ or engagement with ‘peoples.’ One of the President’s early visits was to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah prior to his Cairo speech, during which he said in reference to fundamental liberties, “They are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.” But during his visit with the King, there was deafening silence on this point. The advent of the Arab Spring made these dilemmas even sharper. Support democracy in Tunisia and Egypt at the last minute. Push democracy by force in Libya. Half-heartedly support it in Yemen. Remain frozen on Syria. Tacitly oppose it everywhere else.

    While Obama has grappled with difficult decisions, as any President would, he also shirked following up on critical points he made during his speech in Cairo. For example, he declared, “I have unequivocally prohibited the use of torture by the United States and I have ordered the prison at Guantanamo Bay closed by early next year.” Guantanamo Bay remains open, almost glaringly so. And while, torture has allegedly stopped being an officially sanctioned practice, summary executions and civilian casualties by drone strikes have dramatically increased in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and the Horn of Africa. The latter have led directly to animus towards Obama from within many Muslim countries.

    Then there was the line in the speech about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements…The settlements must stop.” Of course, they did not. In fact, in February 2011 the U.S. vetoed a UN Security Council Resolution that called on Israel to simply “cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian Territory.” Out of 15 countries on the Security Council, the U.S. was the lone dissent (and of course the fatal one). This is not to mention that the U.S. also stood against 95 percent of the world’s population in voting against recognizing Palestinian statehood at the United Nations General Assembly in November.

    There were other elements of the ‘New Beginning’ that were promised, particularly around education and entrepreneurship. It is true that the U.S. has now (co-)organized three global entrepreneurship summits, in D.C., Istanbul, and Dubai, the latter being held in 2012. Yet, it is also clear that beyond the pomp of a summit, the once-robust programmatic initiatives that have come out have been weaker. Leadership changes within internal initiatives, as well as those with partners, have meant stalled if not stagnant programming. The idea of connecting entrepreneurs between the Muslim world and the West is a mutually beneficial and powerful concept, but it has not translated into the impact it should have by now. In the last summit in Dubai, it was as if the institutional memory from three years ago was lost, and everything was starting again.

    All this being said, there still exists the perception that relations have improved between the U.S. and Muslim communities. However, since 2009 and Obama’s inauguration, positive views have been on a steady decline in Muslim countries, according to the Pew Global Attitudes Project. In 2009, 33 percent of respondents held confidence in Obama; that number slipped to 24 percent in 2012. In 2009, 25 percent of respondents held a favorable view of the U.S.; that figure dropped to 15 percent in 2012. Finally, approval of Obama’s ‘international policies’ fell from 34 percent in 2009 to 15 percent in 2012. Without a substantive shift, these numbers will continue to decline, further cementing the reality that there never was a new beginning.

    Can things be turned around, given the current state of affairs? It would be misleadingly Pollyannaish to think that President Obama could snap his fingers and magically change opinion towards him from Muslim countries. Moreover, there are certain political realities that will remain. The U.S. will continue to be an ally of Israel. The U.S. will continue to fight terrorism. And the U.S. will not be able to fund new Marshall plans in the Middle East for the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, there is a lot that can and should be done.

    At the outset, President Obama needs to re-launch a dialogue with the Muslim world. At the beginning of his first term he went to Cairo to give a speech. Perhaps he should go to Cairo in 2013 to have a conversation. In fact, since becoming president, Obama has visited only the country of his upbringing, Indonesia, apart from the initial trips to Saudi Arabia and Egypt (in addition to cloak-and-dagger visits to Afghanistan), within the Muslim world. Instead of distant speeches and dispatched drones, the Administration would be served by a President who is more engaged with his audience, through visits as well as frank and honest dialogue during those trips.

    Although the U.S. will not reverse decades of support for Israel, it need not ally with the most extreme policies of the Israeli government. Continuing to be the lone voice at the United Nations and international community defending illegal Israeli practices is a sharp blow to many efforts of the Obama administration. There is no third-term, and the President should stop pandering to contrived political interests in Washington D.C. There are enough Jewish supporters, lobby groups, and intelligentsia, who would support a more moderate and principled set of policies towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

    Israel is, of course, not the only foreign policy issue that should be of concern. The U.S., while acting in its national interest, should remain consistent in its language and support for key principles of human rights. It is when it becomes caught in naked hypocrisy that support for the Administration falls, whether in Bahrain in 2011 or Egypt in 2012, and a range of countries, perhaps, in 2013.
    Finally, initiatives that can make an impact on tackling the economic despair for young people, like the 100 million youth who will enter the labor market over the next decade in the Arab world, need to be prioritized. There needs to be sufficient attention and support for the global entrepreneurship program that can truly support the emerging and exciting entrepreneurial energy in places like Amman and Ramallah, Karachi and Kuala Lumpur. The U.S. has the best soft-power in this area, from the start-up scene in Silicon Valley to MIT Labs, yet it is hardly deployed, even though the White House calls entrepreneurship, “a critical pillar of U.S. global engagement.”

    There is a tremendous opportunity in President Obama’s second term to catalytically shift relations with Muslim communities and turn potential adversaries into allies. If the status quo, however, is maintained in policy and practice, this opportunity will be lost.

    This article originally appeared in the print edition of the Diplomatic Courier, in the January/February 2013 issue. It can be accessed online at: http://www.diplomaticourier.com/news/regions/middle-east/1315-on-day-one-a-new-new-beginning. 

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              Crossing the Jordan        
    A new MP3 sermon from Merriman Hills Baptist Church is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

    Title: Crossing the Jordan
    Subtitle: Joshua
    Speaker: Mike Perry
    Broadcaster: Merriman Hills Baptist Church
    Event: Sunday - AM
    Date: 3/13/2016
    Bible: Joshua 3; Joshua 4
    Length: 34 min. (64kbps)

    Overview: God directs Joshua to lead the people over the Jordan river and into the Promised Land. The priests carry the ark of the covenant into the river and the waters stop and pile up as if dammed a long way to the north so they cross on dry ground. The take 12 stones out of the middle of the river to set up for a memorial.
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              2010-2011 College Basketball Preview (Part II)        

    The Club Trillion College Basketball Preview moves on, as today we talk about guys who look the part, guys who kinda suck, and guys whose lunch money we could easily steal.  As a reminder, I’m in charge of the FIFA and college basketball sections and my good friend Keller is in charge of the professional wrestling section (just so you know who to be pissed at if we somehow offend you). Now let’s get to it. 5…4…3…1…off blast!

    (By the way, if none of that made sense to you because you missed Part I of the Club Trillion College Basketball Preview, you can get up to speed by clicking here.)

    BEST USE OF GEAR
    At first, this category might seem like it’s focusing on fashion, but in reality that couldn’t be further from the truth.  I think of fashion as people using their clothing and whatnot to mask their insecurities and try to be cool.  In other words, fashion is for vaginas.  What we’re doing here is analyzing the guys who use their “gear” as a way to accentuate their attitude.  They don’t wear this stuff to make it seem like they’re cool.  They already know they’re badass.  These guys dress the way they do simply because it’s comfortable and that’s how they like it.

    FIFA: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

    No homo, but real talk I’ve always been a little fascinated with the long hair pulled straight back look.  This is most likely because both of the male members of the original DX rocked this hairstyle in two completely different yet completely perfect ways.  Seeing Triple H and Shawn Michaels raise hell and crotch chop all through my childhood made a lasting impression on me and I’ve been a fan of long hair ever since.  It should be noted, though, that the DX/Sergio Ramos long hair look is the only long hair style that’s awesome.  Examples of guys’ long hair looks that suck include the Bama Bangs, the Emo Bangs, the Polomalu, the Shaun White, the Bieber (Bama Bangs except the hair goes over the ears), the Asian Mullet, the Efron (pretty much a combination of the Bama Bangs and the Bieber), the Joakim Noah, and the Home Improvement Kids.

    What makes Sergio Ramos stand out is that he takes his long hair to the next level with a subtle skinny headband.  By also wearing a sweatband on his wrist with the occasional long sleeve jersey, Sergio Ramos has the exact look I would have if I were a soccer player (again, no homo).  Unfortunately, a quick Google Image search of him shows me that he can be a little feminine off the field sometimes, which is pretty discouraging really.  I’m going to chalk up this perceived femininity to the fact that he’s European and it’s well-known that all Europeans are a little light in their loafers.  Nonetheless, the FIFA version of Sergio Ramos looks pretty badass and that’s ultimately all that I care about.

    Pro Wrestling: “Ravishing” Rick Rude

    When I was a kid, I absolutely hated Rick Rude. I disliked vegetables. I didn’t care much for girls. But I completely and unequivocally hated Rick Rude and would cheer for whoever he was wrestling to kick his ass every time one of his matches was on. As I got older, I really started to wonder why young me was such a dumbass on all those things (except for vegetables. Those still blow). The more I caught Rude’s matches, the more and more I started to like him. In fact, he was awesome. He was from Robbinsdale, Minnesota, and the only people I’ve known from Minnesota have been Jared Allen, two swimmers who bite the lids off beer cans to open them, and a total babe who owns multiple animal shirts, so he was good from location alone. Add in a mustache so manly that it generated testosterone into the air the way that trees generate oxygen to go along with the fact that he gyrated his hips inappropriately at both females and males alike, and already you can tell how stupid young me was for hating him. But the biggest thing I missed as a youngster when it came to Rick Rude was just how ridiculously awesome his ring attire was.

    The first place to start is his robe. While not known for his robes in the way that Ric Flair (the runner-up in this award, obviously) was, Rude’s robe was still an integral part of his look. Adorned with jewels and with “Simply Ravishing” written on the back with a pair of lips, the robe worked on two levels. The first was that it was cool in its own right. The second level was that he used his robe as a great reveal, putting down audience members and reminding them that he was the sexiest man in the room and they were about to see for themselves. When he opened his robe, they’d get a glimpse of not only his steroid-perfected body, but also of the tights that lay him claim to this award for best use of gear. It’s an interesting dichotomy.

    A quick aside: to the reader that doesn’t know any better, it would seem like Rude might have been gay. Between the bedazzled robe with big red lips on them and an entrance song that sounds like if Val Venis’ music had been composed for a Christmas present shopping montage in an 80s movie, to the untrained eye Rude would appear to be a homosexual character. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Rude would routinely bring female fans in from the audience to make out with him in the ring, leaving them swooning messes when he was done with them. He would even adorn his tights with female faces to show just how much of a ladies man he really was.

    But back to the tights. You see, Rude wins this award because there has never been a wrestler in history with cooler tights than his. The exact look varied, but they almost always had either his face, some girl’s face, or something relevant to whatever angle he was in. When Rude was facing the Ultimate Warrior, the Warrior’s face ended up on Rude’s tights (if you’ve been clicking these links, you’ll see that Rude has a go-to pose, not unlike Same Face Guy). When Rude won the Intercontinental title, where a face would normally be was instead now an airbrushed rendering of the belt itself. Of course, Rude still had a picture of himself puckering his lips, just on the back of his tights now. With gear like Rude wore, it would be wrong to give the award to anybody else.

    College Basketball: E’Twaun Moore (Purdue)

    E’Twuan Moore’s look varies from time to time, but the reason he’s on the list as the best use of gear in college basketball is because of his occasional combination of shirt under the jersey and single sweatband on his wrist.  But, you might be saying, aren’t there tons of guys who wear shirts underneath their jerseys?  Yes, yes there are.  But in case you haven’t figured it out, sweatbands being worn on the wrist gets all sorts of bonus points in my book.  This is mostly because ever since Michael Jordan came along, everyone abandoned the wrist and started wearing their sweatband on their forearm.  Very few people have the audacity to take it old school and throw that sumbitch on their wrist, which is why I think it’s so awesome when someone does, especially when that someone is one of college basketball’s better players.

    The truth is that picking Moore for this is somewhat reverse racism, but it makes perfect sense so I’m not going to apologize.  Even though there are tons of white guys who wear a wristband and a shirt under the jersey, the reality is that pretty much every one of them looks like a dweeb.  It’s a universal rule in society that black guys make everything cooler and this case is no different.  When a white walk-on wears a shirt under his jersey, he looks like he’s doing nothing but trying to hide his scrawny arms.  But when E’Twaun Moore dresses exactly like said scrawny white walk-on, he somehow makes it look awesome, simply because he’s smooth on the court (and he’s black).  And that’s ultimately what sets Moore apart from everyone else.  There are plenty of guys that look cool, per se, but only E’Twuan Moore really looks smooth, which is a completely different thing in the same way that William Buford will tell you that your “ol’ girl” and your “main squeeze” are completely different things.

    HOUSEHOLD NAME THAT ISN’T THAT GOOD
    For this category, we’re taking a look at guys who have become famous to the point that people who don’t pay all that much attention just assume these guys are really good.  In reality, they’re decent, but these guys are by no means as good as their level of fame would suggest.  An example of the type of person we’re dealing with here is how chicks who don’t watch basketball assume that Lamar Odom is one of the five best players in the world because he’s always on Keeping Up With The Kardashians and he’s won a couple NBA titles. Sure he’s a great player, but by no means is he as good as a majority of girls probably think he is (Now that I think about it, Hank Baskett is another example for the same reason as Odom, except Hank Baskett really does suck).  You get the idea.

    FIFA: Ronaldinho (AC Milan)

    In all honesty, Ronaldinho was the single reason I ever started to care about soccer and consequently FIFA in the first place.  Thanks to the combination of his crazy ball handling (or is it ball footling?) skills and the increasing popularity of the internet when I was in high school, a friend of mine showed me a few highlights on YouTube and I was mesmerized to the point that I decided to give soccer a chance.  I haven’t looked back since.  My guess is that there are tons of people like me who never knew anything about soccer but know about Ronaldinho because they saw a few YouTubes of him and were blown away at what he was capable of (mostly because it was fake). In fact, if my circle of friends are any indication, Ronaldinho is one of the most famous soccer players in the world to Americans.  Unfortunately, though, no matter how famous he is, at the end of the day his game is pretty much all show and doesn’t translate to FIFA all that well.

    There’s no denying that the real Ronaldinho’s ball footling ability is pretty f’ing nuts, but the problem is that it there really is no place for it on FIFA to me.  I play a very disciplined, fundamentals-oriented brand of soccer when I play FIFA and Ronaldinho’s flashy brand of soccer just doesn’t fit (kinda like how it didn’t fit with the Brazilian national team, which is why he was left off their World Cup roster this year).  Besides, even if I do want to get flashy, I can just use Barcelona and Messi because he’s probably got better ball skills anyway and is much, much faster than Ronaldinho.  Plus, if I’m playing with AC Milan, I’m running everything through Ibrahimovic, if for no other reason than he can kick the piss out of the ball and I really want to see him burn a hole in the virtual net like he’s an on-fire Chris Mullin on NBA JAM.

    Pro Wrestling: The Miz

    I hate to say this, because he dresses like a total doucher and clearly used steroids and his previous fame to help him get where he is today, but I respect the hell out of Mike “The Miz” Mizanin. Here’s a guy who we only knew liked pro wrestling because he (awesomely) used to proclaim himself “The Miz” and cut loud promos when he was on the Real World: New York. This took guts because it always annoyed Coral, and she had huge boobs which he effectively ruined his chance of seeing by acting like a pro wrestler. Even later, when he’d used his fame from being a dominant player on the Real World/Road Rules Challenge to secure a spot WWE Tough Enough, The Miz worked his ass off to improve his in-ring skills after he got cut, and eventually got a full-time contract. All of this aside, for the amount of fame he might have to the random person on the street, The Miz still, well, sucks.

    This might not be the case in 5 years, because he has natural charisma and is continually trying to get better. In fact, he even stopped wrestling in ridiculous-looking board shorts and moved on to actual wrestling tights, which can only mean good things. But at this point in his career, the recognition that The Miz gets as a pro wrestler from the casual fan or random stranger would make you think he’s been a multiple time Heavyweight champion. While he has had reigns as the United States champion and the tag team champion, The Miz has yet to serve any meaningful time in the main event scene. So despite his fauxhawk and half-Mystery Method, half-Tool Academy wardrobe having a high Q score with the general public, any pro wrestling fan will tell you that The Miz just isn’t as good as you think he would be.

    College Basketball: Matt Howard (Butler)

    If for some reason you don’t know who Matt Howard is, maybe referring to him as “the big white guy on Butler who had the dirty stache last year” will help jog your memory.  Thanks to an improbable run by Butler to the National Championship last season, Howard and his mustache got all sorts of national publicity, and rightfully so.  After seeing his mustache on CBS, college basketball fans collectively flocked to the internet to research Howard a little bit, and were probably surprised to find that he was the Horizon League Player of The Year in 2008-2009 before his teammate (and my high school teammate), Gordon Hayward, took the honor from him the following season.  Upon learning this information, the casual college basketball fan referred to the Morrison Theorem (wispy mustache + mid-major conference player of the year = someone who isn’t to be f***ed with) and assumed that Matt Howard must be one of the best players in college basketball.  Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.

    Before Butler fans get upset with me (“you’re just hating cause we beat you last year!”), let me first say that I have the utmost respect for Matt Howard.  As you should know by now, I’m a fan of both mustaches and wearing a shirt under the jersey, which is why I want so badly for Matt Howard to be good.  Sadly, the only thing keeping this from happening is that his game consists of nothing but pumpfaking, throwing elbows, setting illegal screens, and flopping so much that even Butler fans get uncomfortable with it.  Again, I’m not hating on the kid, because I did every single one of those things when I played in high school and practiced in college.  But that’s the problem – I can do all of these things (not to mention the fact that there’s a 45-year-old version of Matt Howard in every church league in America).  As much as I respect what he does and I think of him as an inspiration to all of us pumpfaking/flopping guys, the bottom line is that he simply isn’t that talented.

    (Now that I think about it, this is more of a compliment to him than anything else.  The guy gets more out of his abilities than anyone in college basketball, which is something to be proud of, I guess.)

    GUY WE COULD TAKE IN A STREET FIGHT
    This category is simple.  We have no doubt in our mind that if we wandered into a dark alley to find these guys perched up against a wall with a leather jacket on and a look in their eye that suggests they want to anally rape us, we would not only deny all access to our buttholes, but we would also kick so much ass and take so many names that we’d probably get a key to the city or whatever it is they give all those awesome superheroes like Daredevil. 

    FIFA: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

    First and foremost, let me make it perfectly clear that the real life Messi would beat the snot out of me if we were ever to fight.  Sure he’s only 5’7”, but the dude is one of the best athletes alive and is lightning quick, so there’s a very good chance that he could beat me silly before I’m even done with my warm-up jumping jacks (even if it is a spontaneous street fight, going through a proper warm-up routine is still very important).  There really is no disputing who would win this fight because I fully admit that I would stand no chance against him.  But, as is the consistent theme with this preview, I’m not concerned with the real life Messi.  I only care about the FIFA version of Messi, and it’s clear to me that I would make virtual Messi my b*tch.

    To confirm my point that I could destroy the virtual Messi, I decide to create myself on FIFA 11 and compare my relevant attributes with Messi’s.  Here’s what I found:

    Shark vs. Messi

    As you can clearly see, Messi has better body control than me but I more than make up for it with both my strength and aggression.  And isn’t that really what would matter most in a street fight?  Virtual Messi’s best attributes suggest that if we were to fight, he would do nothing but duck and run away.  Meanwhile, I’m bringing a nine inch and 54 pound advantage to the table, not to mention my 91 in strength that would surely break his jaw in two.  As much as you might want to side with Messi, the bottom line is that scientific data shows that I would have no problem opening up a can of whoop ass on a virtual Messi in a street fight (two Stone Cold references in one sentence!).

    Pro Wrestling: Bob Backlund

    I thought about going a few different ways with this one. At first I considered picking the cruiserweight who I thought was the biggest pussy (probably Scotty 2 Hotty, just so I could do the Worm over his lifeless body), but then I realized that the smaller guys are usually legit, real-life badasses, like the “Lethal Weapon” Steve Blackman. So that probably wouldn’t be a great choice. Then I thought about going with someone like Sid Justice, who is arguably the most physically intimidating man with a blonde curly mullet to have been alive in the 90s, but who is also famous for being incredibly soft outside the ring (and for having arguably the most gruesome injury inside it. Click at your own risk). This was a man who once used a squeegee in a street fight with Brian Pillman, so maybe he’d be a good choice for a street fight against me. But even Sid, who was billed at 6’9” and 320 pounds and once went by the name Lord Humongous in the ring before everyone associated it with Greg Oden, had the wherewithal to stab Arn Anderson with scissors in his next out of the ring fight, so he’s probably not a safe bet for a victory. Then it dawned on me: Bob Backlund.

    Backlund has the strange distinction of being one of the longest reigning WWF champions of all-time (over 5 years) while also being the loser of the fastest championship match in history (8 seconds, to Diesel/Kevin Nash). He also serves as exhibit A as to why I strongly believe all redheads should have some sort of facial hair to help offset how it looks like you have no hair  on your face at all from your eyebrows and eyelashes being so light. Seriously, there is absolutely no way that I lose in a street fight to a man who looks like a 60 year old version of the Gingers Do Have Souls kid. Backlund was apparently an accomplished amateur wrestler, but Adam Morrison is living proof that the better you are as an amateur, the more you’re likely to suck as a pro. Besides, this is a street fight. I’d like to see Backlund try and give me a single leg takedown while I’m hitting him in his temple with a lead pipe and/or stabbing him in the torso with a knife. Those are legal in a streetfight, right? Actually, on second thought, I’m not sure I’d even need them. Again, this is what Bob Backlund looks like. Just like he lost the 1996 Presidential election, Bob Backlund would get dominated in a street fight against me.

    College B-ball: Mick Cronin (Cincinnati’s Head Coach)

    Even though I couldn’t find Mick Cronin’s height with a quick Google search, I did discover that Bob Huggins is about 6’3” (one inch shorter than me) and Cronin comes up to Huggins’ shoulders.  Maybe you don’t know this, but this means that Mick Cronin’s face is at a perfect punching height for me.  As I would make contact with Cronin’s schnoz, my arm would be perfectly parallel with the ground, which I’m sure John Brenkus and his Sport Science would tell you is how to get optimal force behind a punch. Translation: Mick Cronin would be f’ed if we were to engage in fisticuffs.

    Should the fight move to the ground and take on more of a wrestling dynamic, I’m just as confident that I could destroy Cronin.  My guess is that he’d be a wiry little fella that could escape from all sorts of holds and whatnot, so I’d focus more on restraining him with one arm and beating him senseless with the other.  As much as I’d love to put him in a camel clutch until he’s unconscious, I’d probably have to be a little more offensive and find a way to land a few punches instead.  Surely it wouldn’t take much more than two or three solid shots to the kisser before he’s had enough.  Of course, there’s always the chance that he’s a black belt in karate or Billy Blanks Tae Bo, which would throw a huge wrench in the system, but I still think I’d have the upper hand because I’m not afraid to play dirty and hit below the belt if that’s what it takes. ___________________________________________________

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    Before you complain about the price, please keep in mind that this isn’t your standard t-shirt, as this will undoubtedly be the softest shirt you will ever own in your life (unless you have the CLUB TRIL one).  Also, 10% of all sales for the rest of the month will be donated to Movember and will ultimately help with prostate/testicular cancer research.  So basically you can do your part to help fight cancer by getting an unbelievably awesome and soft shirt.  I’m pretty sure this could be the definition of a win-win. ___________________________________________________

    Today’s Great Mustache In American History is brought to you by Dale Earnhardt.

    Even though I spent my childhood cheering on the Rainbow Warriors and the 24 Dupont Chevrolet of Jeff Gordon, I have no problem admitting that Dale Earnhardt is the greatest NASCAR driver of all-time (Gordon and Earnhardt were bitter rivals for those of you who think you’re too cool to follow NASCAR). Most people are of the opinion that Richard Petty is the best ever, but I’m giving Earnhardt the nod, if for no other reason than Earnhardt had a better mustache.

    I was going to highlight some of Earnhardt’s finest moments, but then I realized that those of you who follow NASCAR already know how awesome he was and those of you who don’t follow NASCAR wouldn’t care anyway.  So instead, I’ll just link you to a tribute video on YouTube that made my a little teary-eyed and you can do what you want with it.

    Proud To Be An American But Even Prouder To Be A Buckeye,

    Mark Titus

    Club Trillion Founder


              The Cage, Volume III        

    I was watching ESPN last week and I saw an interview they did with Ben Roethlisberger, who was suspended by the NFL because he apparently used a bathroom stall for a number other than 1 or 2 (hint: it was 69). During the interview, Roethlisberger completely jacked Magic Johnson’s concept of having an alter ego created from fame and money. In an HBO documentary that aired earlier this year, Magic explained that it wasn’t actually Earvin Johnson who routinely cheated on his wife and got HIV. It was “Magic.” Magic was the leader of the Lakers who threw behind the back passes, oozed all sorts of charisma and personality in interviews, and put his tallywhacker where it didn’t belong. Earvin was a shy kid from Michigan who was humble, respectful, and could apparently grow a kickass afro. He went on to say something like deep down he was Earvin, but fame and money had turned him into Magic. Basically, he was a victim of his own success. Poor guy.

    The crazy thing about Magic’s interview was that I actually ended up feeling bad for him, even though everything he said suggested that I should have felt the exact opposite. The reason for this is because Magic is quite possibly the most likable athlete to ever live, which is why guys like me were listening to what he said and were thinking, “Wow, I never thought of it like that. Magic didn’t want to have sex with all these women, but since he was rich and famous, he had no choice.” I never once questioned his logic, because he’s Magic Johnson, and Magic Johnson could tell me that he murdered my family and destroyed every copy of FIFA ever made, and as long as he smiled and let out that hearty laugh of his, I’d probably shake his hand and tell him not to worry about it.

    Ben Roethlisberger, on the other hand, comes across as a guy who is as charismatic and persuasive as Brett Favre’s penis. So when he blatantly stole Magic’s alter ego concept and said something like “I stopped being the Ben Roethlisberger who grew up in Findlay and spent his weekends sheltering the homeless, and I started becoming Big Ben, captain of the Pittsburgh Steelers,” I couldn’t help but think of how big of a jerk this guy is and how I don’t feel sorry for him at all. Sure he used the exact same excuse as Magic, but since he’s nowhere near as likable as Magic, I was furious. The excuse works for guys who have an infectious smile (and in Magic’s case, an infectious disease) or at least a likable personality. It most certainly does not work for guys who think it’s appropriate to have the most rapist-looking haircut in the world right after they’ve been accused of sexual assault.

    I guess the point I’m trying to convey here is that I’m really upset that Big Ben had to completely ruin this otherwise great excuse for misbehaving. Magic laid the foundation for athletes and celebrities to save themselves with nothing more than a little charisma and an alter ego. I even used Magic’s model to formulate a plan for myself. In five to ten years, when the cops inevitably bust open my door to find a dead hooker in my bathtub and an unconscious me laying in the living room with my pants around my ankles and my face buried in a huge mound of cocaine, I was going to be so excited to tell the judge that it wasn’t me who got into all that trouble. It was The Shark. But no. Ben Roethlisberger has to go and be an unlikable sleazeball and ruin it for everyone. Wait, I got that wrong. It was Big Ben who ruined it for everyone. Ben Roethlisberger did nothing wrong. My bad.

    Now that I got that off my chest, let’s open up The Cage and see if I can do my best to avoid answering your emails. Before you ask, the answer is yes – all of these are real emails from real people, except for the ones that aren’t. ___________________________________________________

    My email question is: Why do you never answer emails?
    - Ann L.

    Good question.

    Dear Mark, you are my hero. I love you.
    -Riley A.

    Good statements.

    Since you are a mid twenties something man, I am sure that you were excited when you heard of NBA JAM 2010. And since you grew up in Indiana, I was wondering what you thought about the fact that Reggie Miller and Rik Smits didn't make the Pacers legends roster.
    - Matt S.

    Even though I grew up 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis, I admittedly have never been much of a Pacers fan. This is predominantly because I absolutely despised the way Reggie Miller played basketball, which is to say that I despised how dirty of player he was and how much he trash talked. I hated all the theatrics that came with his game and I reached my boiling point with him when he pushed off of Jordan to hit that shot in the ‘98 Eastern Conference Finals, and then proceeded to execute the worst game-winning shot celebration in history. That play alone epitomized everything I hated about Reggie Miller.

    As I grew older, though, I realized that trash talking and playing dirty were woven into the fabric of basketball tradition just as much as Chuck Taylors and teammates using the N-bomb as a term of endearment. Upon learning this, I gained a greater appreciation for Reggie’s talents and actually respect the hell out of the guy now. He was one of the best clutch shooters of all-time and made the NBA that much better during his playing days. As for Rik Smits? He was always one of my favorite players if for no other reason than he had a mullet and an awesome nickname (The Dunkin Dutchman). I liked him so much that I briefly considered playing for Marist when they were recruiting me in high school, even though I knew absolutely nothing about the school or basketball program other than the fact that Rik Smits played there.

    To answer your question, I think this has the potential to make the fine people of Indianapolis the most upset they’ve been since Steven Tyler disgraced our great country with his national anthem at the 2001 Indy 500. Miller and Smits are the Pacers. If you asked all the Pacer fans who will buy NBA JAM 2010 to name the first two Pacers to come to mind, every one of them would say Miller and Smits. How could they possibly leave both of these guys off the game? More importantly, who got the nod ahead of them? Travis Best?

    Now that we got Moss how many more years does Favre stay for? 4? 5? 45?
    - Nate H.

    All of the above. He will retire after four more years, come back, retire again after another year, come back, and then finally retire for good 40 years later. But his final retirement won’t be his choice. It will be God’s. Following the 2055 NFL season, an 86-year-old Brett Favre will have a heart attack, pick up the phone to dial 911, and ultimately die in stunned silence after Tracy Porter intercepts his call.

    (I thought that taking an hour-long rape shower immediately after the Vikings lost the NFC Championship last year would get me over the loss. I couldn’t have been more wrong.)

    Who would win in a street fight? Mark Madsen or Craig Ehlo?
    - Doug P.

    This is a no-brainer. I’m taking Craig Ehlo over Mark Madsen in a fight of any kind, whether it be street, MMA, or pillow. This is because I’m 100% sure that he’s tougher than the Maddog. Think about it. Both of these guys are known for one thing respectively. Madsen is famous for setting white people back at least 20 years with his horrendous dancing at the Lakers championship celebration. And by 20 years, I mean that he didn’t set white people back at all because pretty much all white guys dance like that. But still.

    Ehlo’s claim to fame, however, is that he was repeatedly abused by Michael Jordan. I’m guessing a lot of people reading this are Cavs fans who don’t need to be reminded, but the rest of you probably only know Ehlo because of the shot Jordan hit over him at the buzzer to knock the Cavs out of the ‘89 playoffs, when in reality he was frequently dominated by Jordan (in Ehlo’s defense, though, who wasn’t?). Along with hitting “The Shot,” Jordan’s career high of 69 points also came against the Cavs in 1990, and while Ehlo didn’t start out guarding Jordan, he certainly guarded him (or attempted to) for a majority of the game. Ehlo got abused by Jordan so much, in fact, that during a game in Chicago, following a play in which Jordan scored on Ehlo even though Ehlo had wrapped him up with both arms, one of the game announcers was in such disbelief at how frequently plays like that happened that he felt compelled to say, “It always happens to Craig Ehlo” (I’m too lazy to look it up on YouTube, but I can just about guarantee that you’ll be able to find it). Jordan obviously had many victims during his career, but nobody got abused on a regular basis by Jordan like Craig Ehlo did. Nobody. Sorry, Cavs fans.

    So what does that have to do with fighting? It’s pretty simple, really. People have spent the past 10 years telling Madsen that he sucks at dancing, which is something that I’m sure he’s somewhat proud of. Meanwhile, people have been telling Craig Ehlo for the past 15+ years that he’s Jordan’s bitch. You and I can’t even fathom how much pent-up anger Ehlo is waiting to unleash because of this. That’s why I think if these guys really got into a fight, Ehlo would be like the disgruntled employee who finally snaps and shows up to work with a shotgun, only instead of pumping bullets into his co-workers he would be pumping a steady dose of knuckle sandwiches into Mark Madsen’s face.

    I think it's fair to say that I anticipated FIFA 11 just about as much as anyone. And, of course, was disappointed just as much as everyone. My roommate is the only one of my friends to share a love for the beautiful game. We got FIFA 10 last year to start preparing for the World Cup, and it was a great ride. I've even been getting up at 9:55 on Saturdays to watch EPL games. When FIFA 11 arrived we spent the next 2 days playing it and came to the conclusion that indeed it did suck, and maybe we'll just have to play FIFA 10. A few days go by and we give it another chance. Sure enough, I hate it just as much as before, however... he now pulls a 180 and says he likes it better than it's predecessor. I was floored. He read the first paragraph of your latest blog, and closed it. He refused to read, as he called it, “garbage.” So my question is - 1. Is his TMM membership revoked? and B. How do I best handle this doucher?
    - Dan W.

    As much as I’d like to revoke his TMM membership, the fact is that the only crime he’s guilty of is loving FIFA too much, which obviously isn’t a crime at all. I would be a hypocrite to denounce him for defending FIFA, so I can’t exactly be that upset.

    However, anyone who thinks FIFA 11 is better than FIFA 10 is obviously completely out of their mind. These are the same people who probably prefer the first Home Alone, the second version of DX, and the Third Reich. These people are so off-base with their thinking that they can’t be rationalized with. There is no saving your friend. I suggest you knock him unconscious, throw him in the trunk of your car, drive until you reach the depths of hell, and then leave his ass to rot in Ann Arbor, Michigan for being so dumb. Or you could just draw penises on his face the next time he passes out. Whatever works for you.

    What are your thoughts on Rufus taking on Brutus?
    - Justin B.

    I’m kinda split on this particular mascot attack. On the one hand, I’m all for mascot-on-mascot violence because every time it happens, it’s always hilarious to me. Always. Plus, when the kid who dressed up as Rufus was interviewed, he said that the only reason he ever tried out in the first place was because he knew that OU played Ohio State and he wanted to attack Brutus. I completely respect this kid’s ambition and desire to achieve his dreams. But, on the other hand, he kinda took a cowardly approach by springing a surprise attack on Brutus. There is absolutely no honor in how he went about doing it which kinda takes away from the act altogether. If you’re going to start a mascot fight, you gotta do it the old fashioned way – walk up behind the other mascot and give him a nice little shove. When he turns around to acknowledge your shove, you shove him again to let him know that it wasn’t an accident and that it most certainly is on. From there, you wait a second to let him have a chance to process what exactly is going on, and then you unleash hell. That’s the only fair way to go about it that still makes for great theater. It’s Mascot Fighting 101.

    When I first read about this mascot fight, I was immediately struck by how awesome both mascot names are. I was sure that a fight between Rufus and Brutus would have to be the greatest combination of mascot names that could possibly get into a fight, but like most things, I was wrong. After doing a little Wikipedia research, I’ve decided that the best possible mascot fight that could ever take place, based solely on the names of the mascots involved, would be if Scrotie (from the Rhode Island School of Design) fought Gaylord (from Campbell University). Can you imagine the headlines if this ever happened? I would actually go buy a newspaper for once in my life, just so I could have a copy of a paper with an inadvertently hilarious headline like “Gaylord Wrestles With Scrotie.” Another element of hilarity is added when you consider that this story is absolutely unGooglable, because Googling “gaylord” and “scrotie” together would result in nothing but gay porn on at least the first 27 pages of results (not that I would know or anything). That really would be the greatest mascot fight ever. I dare you to check out the Wikipedia list of mascots and come up with something better than that.

    Speaking of homosexuality…

    I played D3 hoops and we always had uncomfortable conversations about why one or two guys would rather hike back to the dorms in the winter weather than get into the team shower mix. Along those lines, were you a shower sandal wearer, or were you willing to take that risk? Did you ever pee on your feet as a faux method to kill fungus? Did your teammates offer to do it for you? Was my locker room just that weird?
    - CC

    First I’ll answer your questions - no, yes (just to freak out my teammates who apparently never realized that I’d douse my feet in soap after I did it), no, and yes if your teammates offered to do it for you. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll address something that should have been addressed long ago.

    Locker room shower etiquette is one of the most confusing things in the world to me, right up there with the female anatomy and Three 6 Mafia winning an Oscar. In all my years of playing sports, I’ve never understood it. It’s completely counterintuitive for one fairly obvious reason.

    It’s no secret that male athletes (specifically football and basketball players) are some of the most homophobic people on the planet. This is solely because they have an unspoken pressure to be as tough as they possibly can, and doing anything that could ever be perceived as “gay” would completely destroy their macho reputation in their minds. This is why they annoyingly overuse the phrase “no homo” on a regular basis (“no homo but I’m really hungry”), because even the slightest act of “gayness” would destroy an athlete’s reputation among his colleagues. Yet these are the same people who see no problem with packing twelve naked guys into a tiny communal shower area or making fun of a teammate with a small penis. It truly is perplexing.

    And then there are women athletes, who are often stereotyped as being lesbians, even though a majority of them aren’t. But even so, anyone who has ever been on spring break can tell you that there are tons of straight girls who are willing to make out with each other if you offer them $20 or simply start a convincing group chant. Women athletes don’t have that macho perception to live up to, which is why they tend to be much less paranoid about being perceived as gay. But if you were to ask women athletes if they use the locker room showers after their games, nearly all of them would say something along the lines of, “That’s disgusting. Why would we do that?” It truly is perplexing.

    Speaking of homosexuality…

    My bromate named Chris continually bashes soccer for only being for homosexual people. Do you believe that assessment is true?
    - Terry P.

    In a word, no. In a hyperlink, this.

    What is your greatest experience with a Thad Matta halftime or postgame tongue lashing?
    - Caleb W.

    A little known fact about Coach Matta is that he might be the worst yeller in the history of getting angry. What I mean by this is that it’s completely unnatural for him to yell, so when he does it’s hard to take him seriously. He’s the consummate “players’ coach,” which is why I was able to write my blog and act like an idiot on a daily basis. Because of this, he rarely ever screamed at us and when he did it was always a little forced. Looking back, it was always pretty funny when he yelled but one story involving his yelling sticks out more than any other, even though it wasn’t at halftime or after a game.

    During my freshman year at Ohio State, Coach Matta began having back problems that eventually led to him having foot drop in his right foot that still plagues him today. Before his injury, one of his favorite ways of expressing his anger during practice was to dropkick a basketball into the Schottenstein Center stands. When yelling simply wasn’t getting the job done, he’d find a ball laying close to him scream a few four-letter words, and cherry bomb for the upper deck. But when he started having back problems, he obviously couldn’t punt basketballs anymore, so he had to start improvising.

    Maybe the funniest moment in my Ohio State career happened at one practice after Coach Matta’s back problems came up. He got upset with the way we were playing, presumably because Ivan Harris was shooting too many fade-away threes and Ron Lewis was smacking his lips at everybody, and stopped practice to unleash a furious tirade. After he thought he got through to us, we started practicing again. But on the very first play back, somebody didn’t do something right (my guess is that Daequan Cook forgot that he had to run to the other end of the floor and play defense after he scored) and Coach Matta lost it. He temporarily forgot about his foot drop as he searched for a basketball to punt into the stands. When he eventually found one, the proverbial light bulb in his head went off telling him that kicking a basketball is right next to swinging a golf club and receiving a powerbomb on the list of “The Absolute Worst Things You Could Possibly Do With A Bad Back.” Upon realizing this, Coach Matta turned to a nearby assistant coach and quickly told him something that was undoubtedly along the lines of “kick this for me.”

    The assistant (who will remain unnamed for his sake) was obviously flustered by the request, because it was probably the last thing he expected to hear. Plus, he hadn’t even been that upset that we were playing badly, or at least he certainly wasn’t mad enough to want to kick a basketball. Still, the assistant didn’t want to upset Coach Matta more than he already was, so he quickly wound up to kick the ball. But instead of kicking it, he almost completely whiffed, as the ball grazed the side of his foot and rolled to the other end of the court. When this happened, the assistant was so embarrassed about whiffing that he actually became just as mad as Coach Matta, even though it was for a completely different reason. In a hilarious turn of events, the assistant coach decided that the best way to release the anger that he had just developed was to, you guessed it, dropkick another basketball. He hurriedly grabbed another ball and again wound up to boot the snot out of it. This time he made a little better contact, with “little” being the operative word here. The ball shot off the side of his foot as he shanked the kick into only the fifth row of the stands. I started laughing so hard that I had to bury my face in my jersey, and eventually acted like I had to pee so I could leave the gym without getting busted for not taking things seriously. It was, without a doubt, the worst execution of an angry tirade by a coaching staff that I’ve ever witnessed.

    Ok, so maybe it wasn’t the funniest thing to happen when I was at Ohio State. But it’s still pretty funny to think about a pissed off Coach Matta delegating the role of ball-kicker to a flustered assistant coach, who just so happened to be so bad a kicking that he made Ray Finkle look like Morten Andersen.

    Just was wondering what your thoughts are on OSU basketball team this upcoming year. Think they will be as good as you guys were last year even with the loss of The Villain? I know they have a good incoming freshman class that will help, especially with Sullinger. So just seeing what your thoughts are on the subject.
    - JJ S.

    Obviously I could make some wisecracks about how Ohio State is going to struggle to replace me and my record for the most wins in the history of the program. And I could joke about how I brought so many intangibles to the team that I’m just as synonymous with intangibility as MC Hammer. And I could also make some funnies about how screwed the team will be because they’ll have one less silky smooth J to have to keep in check during practice, which means they won’t be nearly as prepared as they should be for games. I could do all those things, but since most of you are probably Ohio State fans who really do want to know how good the team will be, I’ll give you my honest opinion on this year’s team.

    I fully expect this year’s team to be every bit as good as our team from last year, even though they lost The Villain. In fact, I think they might actually be better off without The Villain. Obviously, on the surface it seems like I’m saying this just because I want to take shots at The Villain, but the truth is that last year we won or lost based on how he played. Clearly he played well more often than not, but even so, many of our games consisted of four guys standing around watching Evan take over. This became a problem during a few stretches of last season. There’s no way that they’ll be able to replace The Villain this year, but I don’t think they necessarily need to. This team will have a lot more parity, which will force teams to plan their defenses around more than one guy.

    On an individual level, I really think Will Buford will be the best player in the Big Ten this year, which may be surprising to hear for some people. I don’t think he has much of a chance to win the Big Ten POY simply because of the fact that the people who vote for these things are unfathomably stupid, but he certainly has the talent to be phenomenal this year. From what I’ve seen over the summer and early this fall, Will has not only improved his basketball skills, but he’s also taken his mental approach to a whole new level. Last year he kinda took a backseat and picked his spots throughout the season, but this year he’s already showing signs of being the undisputed go-to guy on the team. He’s playing his ass off right now and I would say his swagger is through the roof, except I’ve never actually used the word “swagger” to describe anything in my life and I really don’t want to start now. But you get the idea.

    As for some of the other guys – Dallas Lauderdale finally gave in to his baldness and shaved his head, which is hilariously awesome to me. Dave Lighty has promised me that since this is his 17th and last year at OSU, he’s planning on making it his best. And Jon Diebler is still the same doucher he’s always been.

    Oh, and Coach Matta told me that Jared Sullinger is the best player he’s ever recruited. Ever. And this was when Jared was at least 30 pounds overweight. He’s since lost a lot of weight and is in much better shape. Translation: I’m going to every home game this year.

    Which brings us to the next email…

    I'm a freshmen here at the great OSU. Basketball tickets go on sale today, and the games I've been to I (and I'm sure you also) have noticed some great fans in the student section such as Red Man Group and the Cowboy. With the basketball fans getting a lot of flack about not being good enough and the reforms they made to the student section this year (behind the bench), do you have any ideas for one person or a group of people to get a 4 year tradition of great Buckeye fanhood? The only idea I have that is decent (or maybe not) would be to have 5 guys all in full uniform behind the bench every game and call ourselves "Second String" or something like that. So let me know if you've got some good ones and you can see your work in action this winter at the games.
    - Eric L.

    If there’s one thing I’ve always wished I was better at, it’s parkour. But if there’s two things I wished I was better at, they’re parkour and coming up with creative ideas for basketball fans or fantasy football/intramural team names. For some reason I always draw a blank on these kinds of things, probably because I have never actually experienced any of them. I’ve never played intramurals or fantasy football and I was always too busy making it rain to think about creative basketball fan costumes or signs, which is why I think I’m so far behind on the creative curve with this stuff. It’s a lame, copout of an excuse, I know. But I really think this Second String idea is solid. I’d go with that if I were you.

    I’m a sophomore in high school. Today I was eating lunch and like we do everyday, we were shooting trick shots into the trash can with our empty Gatorade bottles, the only drink for high quality athletes. I made a behind the back bounce off one table and over our assistant principal. I just wanted a judgment of this shot from a respected, honorable American like yourself. On a scale from 1 to the size of Greg Oden's penis, what would you rate this shot?
    - Nathan P.

    Without video evidence, I just don’t see how I can give it anything higher than a Brett Favre.

    Since there has been a tremendous lack of historical wrestling flavor in your blog save for a few small references, I would like to share with you that two of the all-time legends, Ric Flair and Mick Foley, will battle it out in the upcoming TNA Impact in somewhat of a "Last Match".
    Where does this fall in the list of all-time saddest wrestling moments?
    - AJ K.

    In order, here’s my list of the Top 10 all-time saddest moments in wrestling history:

    1. My parents telling me when I was in 3rd grade that I couldn’t watch wrestling anymore because it’s “filth.” It would be almost five years before I started watching again. An obvious choice for #1.
    2. Owen Hart falling to his death
    3. Chris Benoit murders/suicide
    4. The Montreal Screwjob
    5. Ric Flair and Mick Foley – “Last Match”
    6. Keller showing me a particular zoomed in screen shot from the X-Pac and Chyna sex tape (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, consider yourself lucky – you honest to God don’t want to know)
    7. Earthquake squashing Damien
    8. Mae Young giving birth to Mark Henry’s hand baby (sad because it was an awkward and embarrassingly terrible storyline)
    9. The Rock starring in The Tooth Fairy
    10. The fact that this video doesn’t even have 60,000 views

    I know it goes without saying, but just so we’re clear – the greatest moment in wrestling history is without a doubt “The Plane Ride from Hell,” highlighted by Ric Flair trying to get a flight attendant’s attention by spinning his penis in circles while wearing nothing but one of his badass robes.

    I've been thinking for some time that you're input could be valuable on this subject. Since last winter my roommates and I have debated what would be the best way to "make whoopee" with Jillian from The Biggest Loser. I guess there really are a lot of excellent options to go about this but the following are the choices for the four of us:
    1. My personal favorite: Give her absolutely everything you've got only to have her screaming at you how inferior you are
    2. Completely dominate and control her to turn the tables
    3. Cover her in all manner of fatty delicious deserts and eat them off each other as foreplay
    4. The two of you are
    “furries.” I think this guy has a fetish b/c I'm not sure how it relates to Jillian.
    - Scott C.

    Call me old-fashioned, but if I had to “make whoopee” with Jillian I’d just do it the same way I’ve done it my whole life – I’d make her a mixtape full of K-Ci & JoJo to get her attention, I’d give her my class ring to prove my sincerity, and then I’d slip a roofie into her drink and have my way with her underneath the bleachers during the 3rd quarter of the varsity football game. But that’s just me. I’m more chivalrous than most. ___________________________________________________

    After I called out the walk-on community with my last blog post, tons of walk-ons around the country emailed me to sign up for The Belt. This is very encouraging, but I still think we need more guys. So again, please email me if you are a Division I men’s basketball walk-on. Even if you aren’t eligible for The Belt, you can still help out by writing a Facebook message or something to the walk-ons for your favorite basketball team that will let them know about this awesome contest.

    I also want to take a second to remind everyone about the Club Trillion Halloween costume contest I decided to have. In case you forgot, the only rule for the contest is that your costume has some sort of reference to Club Tril. This reference can be as strong or as weak as you want, as costumes can range from a walk-on basketball player sitting on a bench to my idea of a giant inflatable penis wearing an Evan Turner jersey. Remember: the stakes are high, as the most creative costume gets a free “FUNDAMENTALS MONTAGE!!!” shirt.

    Finally, I wanted to let the Trillion Man March know that we will again be taking part in Movember this year for prostate cancer awareness/research. Since this blog post is already long enough, I’ll provide all the details with the next blog post. For now, I just wanted to remind you all to get mentally prepared to start growing your mustaches out on November 1st. Also, I’m planning on having maybe a couple mustache contests and I’m working on getting Barbasol to sponsor everything by providing shaving cream for the winners. Get excited. ___________________________________________________

    Your awesome YouTube was sent in to me by John J. and features Mitchell, a member of the TMM, wearing his CLUB TRIL shirt. There’s your shout-out, John. And here’s your video.

    Proud To Be An American But Even Prouder To Be A Buckeye,

    Mark Titus

    Club Trillion Founder


              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 8/4 - NEWSIES, A CHORUS LINE, SPRING AWAKENING, and More!        

    "BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature West Side Story, Mamma Mia!, Something Rotten, and More!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    Cleveland: Contributor Roy Berko reviews NEWSIES at the Porthouse Theatre. He writes "MaryAnn Black has done an excellent job of choreographing the dance-centric show, especially considering the limited stage size. Flips, somersaults, line-dancing, contemporary moves and balletic moves explode on the stage. Especially strong dancers are: Ryan Borgo, Nick Johnson, Matthew Smetana and Jake Rosko. Matt Gittins lacks some of the dynamism of Jeremy Jordan who was the original Jack Kelly on Broadway. However, he is believable as Jack, the leader of the Newsies, the tough guy with a tender underbelly. He has a strong singing voice. Beautiful Katelyn Cassidy charms as Jacks' love interest and defiant daughter of Joseph Pulitzer. Gittins and Cassidy's rendition of "Something to Believe In" is one of the show's musical highlights."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews The Muny's A CHORUS LINE. He writes "Director/Choreographer Denis Jones' conception of this show is startling, and adds a welcome element that I've never encountered in a production of A CHORUS LINE before. Ben Whiteley's music direction is simply sublime, and the orchestra injects a great deal of excitement into this work. Paige Hathaway's scenic design is simple and stark, but still larger than life to fit the vast stage, with huge mirrors reflecting the dancers and the audience. Nathan W. Scheuer's video designs add another dimension to the stories being told, and Rob Denton's lighting keeps each story and dancer in clear focus. Andrea Lauer's costumes fit the characters well, and deftly recreates the vintage look of the flashy costumes that close the show."

    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews MAMMA MIA! at the Fox. He writes "Phyllida Lloyd's direction keeps the action moving at fast pace, and for this kind of lightweight, but enjoyable stuff, that's the right approach. Anthony Van Laast contributes the clever and funny choreography, which helps to keep this high energy production moving along with a head of steam. Mark Thompson's simple, changeable set is brilliant, subtly conjuring up the taverna Donna operates from a variety of angles. Howard Harrison's lighting scheme deftly switchesgears from dramatic to concert hall without missing a beat. And, on this particular evening, the small band produced a fantastic sound, with guitarists Alex Domschot and Jonathan Hawkins throwing down some wailing licks."


    Palm Beach: Contributor John Lariviere reviws THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at Marquee Theater Company. He writes "This production features a beautifully costumed and choreographed ensemble of dancers. It is a pleasure to see the stage used to showcase the size and skill level of that ensemble. I also noticed how strong the bevy of girls who live at the hotel are in their setting the style of the piece, and providing acting responses to what was going on around them. Allow me to quote the late South Florida director Bob Bogdanoff when he would be handling group scenes: "Acting is REACTING!". So, thank you from both me and Bob (directing angels up in heaven) for giving us an active and present ensemble in this production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, along with some wonderful costuming and enjoyable choreography. It may be the welcome light-hearted fare you're looking for as an alternative to the sea of serious Sondheim musical offerings in South Florida this Summer."


    New Jersey: Contributor Ryan Myers reviews NEWSIES at Surflight Theater. He writes "Standouts from this show include the leading man himself "Jack Kelly" played by Logan Farine, who brings his handsome, boyish looks to the stage, as well as his solid tenacious voice for songs like "Santa Fe" and "Something To Believe In." He has his own version of Jack Kelly, and I thoroughly enjoyed that. Daniel Neale also shined as "Davey" by bringing his charm and personality to the role, as well as his fine singing voice in pieces like "Watch What Happens (Reprise), and "Seize The Day".


    San Diego: Contributor E. H. Reiter reviews ROBIN HOOD at The Old Globe. She writes "The costumes by San Diego native and double Tony winner Gregg Barnes are gorgeous and not to be missed. They are so richly textured and colored that it's a surprise that Robin hasn't tried to steal those as well. Also, it proves that we should all be wearing more corsets, capes, and clever hats. The set by Tim Mackabee is inventive and interactive, with vines and ropes decorating the entire theatre, the better to allow the cast to drop in from the top. The use of some crates, plates, and doors in the floor allow for quick scene changes, and the cast use the ability to play with heights, and perspective in fun ways."


    Delaware: Contributor Rosanne DellAversano reviews SPRING AWAKENING at JustArt Theatricals. She writes "The music of SPRING AWAKENING often floods my internal playlist. I absolutely love it. Music Director, Caty Butler, is no stranger to modern musical theater scores, and her treatment of Duncan Sheik's music was on point. The young artist playing Moritz (Brendan Moriak) handled the required vocal nimbleness well enough. Lucy Vavala as Wendla and Jake Collins as Melchoir paired well together. Occasionally, a voice cracked or strained/vocal fatigue could be heard. SPRING AWAKENING is all-around demanding; each artist must be prepared to meet the vocal, physical, and emotional demands in order to execute a fully realized work. Some cast members were at least up for the challenge."


    Washington: Contributor Isabella Basco reviews GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING at NextStop Theatre. She writes "All of the cast stands out on their respective songs, but Karen Vincent's charm and pristine voice is a standout in a group of highly professional performers. Marquise White has a smooth voice which will make audiences swoon in "We Kiss in a Shadow," and "This Nearly Was Mine." He also is hilarious in the all-time favorite "Honey Bun," and prepare to be dazzled by Sarah Anne Sillers's "I Can't Say No."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Roy Berko
    Cleveland Contributing Editor

    Roy Berko, a life-long Clevelander, holds degrees, through the doctorate from Kent State, University of Michigan and The Pennsylvania State University. Roy was an actor for many years, appearing in more than 16 plays, 8 TV commercials, and 3 films. He has directed more than 30 productions. A member of the American Critics Association, the Dance Critics Association and The Cleveland Critics Circle, he has been an entertainment reviewer for more than twenty years.

    For many years he was a regular on Channel 5, ABC-Cleveland's "Morning Exchange" and "Live on 5," serving as the stations communication consultant. He has also appeared on "Good Morning America." Roy served as the Director of Public Relations for the Volunteer Office in the White House during the first Clinton Administration.
    He is a professor of communication and psychology who taught at George Washington University, University of Maryland, Notre Dame College of Ohio and Towson University. Roy is the author of 31 books. Several years ago, he was selected by Cleveland Magazine as one of the most interesting people in Cleveland.


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              Barn Stage Company to Present the West Coast Regional Premiere of Road Dahl's JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH        

    The Barn Stage Company in association with Temecula Presents present the West Coast Regional Premiere of James and the Giant Peach, based on Roald Dahl's beloved children's book, on the Old Town Temecula Community Theatre stage from August 17th to the 27th. Join The Barn Stage Company for this delightfully imaginative production, perfect for the whole family! The Old Town Temecula Community Theatre is located at 42051 Main Street, Temecula, CA. 92590. For tickets, call 866-653-8696 or visit www.TheBarnStagecompany.com.

    PLOT: One of Roald Dahl's beloved books comes to vivid life on our stage in a whole new imaginative production. Young orphan James is sent to live with his horrible Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker. Long days of grueling chores and demeaning remarks from his Aunts make James's life miserable, until one day when a mysterious stranger arrives and suddenly James's life is turned upside-down! When the stranger accidentally spills some unusual crystals on his aunts' withered peach tree, magic abounds and James finds an enormous peach growing in his yard! James crawls inside to the very center of the peach where he finds an unusual group of talking insects. The peach starts rolling downhill and James' extraordinary adventure begins.

    THE AUTHOR: Roald Dahl (September 13, 1916 - November 23, 1990) was a British author, famous as a writer for both children and adults. Among his most popular children's books are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and The Witches. Dahl's first children's book was The Gremlins, commissioned by Walt Disney and published in 1942. In addition to writing some of the best-loved children's stories of the 20th century, Dahl also wrote adult short stories and screenplays, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (both adaptations of novels by Ian Fleming). He adapted his own work into the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

    THE CAST: The cast is comprised of Barn Stage Company veterans as well as some dynamic newcomers. Lucas Coleman joins the cast as Lahdalord after originating the role of Jehan in Disney Theatricals The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the La Jolla Playhouse. 10 year old David Landis takes on the role of James. His regional credits include Death of a Late Summer Songbird (Cygnet) and roles in Willy Wonka, Aladdin, Seussical and more! Morgan Carberry (On the Twentieth Century (Cygnet), Oklahoma, Big River (New Village Arts) joins the cast as his horrible Aunt Spiker. Alongside her in the role of Aunt Sponge, is newcomer Carly Carlstrom, a recent BFA graduate from AMDA with roles in Nine, Memphis and Jesus Christ Superstar. The actors taking on the roles of the bugs include: Sidney Aptaker (Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and Little Red in Into the Woods) as Spider; Austin Wright as the Green Grasshopper (9 to 5 with SDMT, I'm Not Rappaport with La Jolla Theatre Ensemble). In the role of the Centipede, Joshua Powers makes his Barn Stage debut (Baker in Into the Woods and Shrek in Shrek the Musical), Brooke Farnum joins as the Ladybug (Damn Yankees with SDMT, Eurydice with Oceanside Theatre Company). Audience favorite Jake Bradford returns to Temecula after hosting the 2017 Rising Stars show and starring in Peter and The Starcatcher at The Barn Stage Company. He was recently seen in The Little Mermaid at Moonlight Stage Productions. The rest of the cast includes Emily Chelsea (Next to Normal in Florida, Spring Awakening BSC), Enrique Duenas (Monty Python's Spamalot, Noises off), Fisher Kaake (Dance Captain) seen in The Little Mermaid at Moonlight and Bert in Theatre Royale's Mary Poppins. Alexandra Lee (25th Annual...Spelling Bee, Chess in Concert), Kimberly Marron (Hello Dolly, Thoroughly Mordern Millie, Beauty and The Beast), Collin McCarthy (Beauty and The Beast with MTW, My Fair Lady at The Welk), Ethan Park (Camelot in Concert, Phantom, Last 5 Years) and Katie Walsh (Music Man at The Welk).

    THE TEAM: Directed by Susan DeLeon, who returns to The Barn Stage Company and Southern California after spending the last year teaching acting and musical theatre at Wofford College in South Carolina. Susan has been with us since conception and directed and starred in Next To Normal along side her daughter Jordan in the summer of 2014 at The Merc and returned that following year to direct The Last Five Years. The creative team for James and The Giant Peach includes John Mario Di Costanzo (Conductor/Musical Director) a veteran musical director who was awarded a Founder's Award for his work on Chess in Concert, also has worked on Carousel and Camelot. Chelsea Nicole Lapp (Choreographer), returns to The Barn Stage Company after choreographing Peter & The Starcatcher and Camelot in Concert. The Design team includes Matthew Herman (Scenic Design), Zach Simons (Lighting Design), Costume Design by Cookie Oien, Makeup and Hair Design by Kiana Bjur and Sound Design by James Heliker and Steve Caster. Sheila O'Rourke provides the props and Michael Mulligan creates the Puppets. Sarah Hughes serves as the Stage Manager.

    Enhance your performance experience - kids 5 and older and their adult chaperones are invited to join the cast at our Page to Stage events at the Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library on August 6th from 2-3pm. This exciting new programming gives kids a behind-the-scenes peek at how plays are created, instills the value of community, teamwork and teaches valuable social skills. For information, please call 951.693.8900.

    James and the Giant Peach begins previews on Thursday, August 17; opening night is scheduled for Friday, August 18 at 7:30pm; and the show then runs through Sunday, August 27, 2017. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Old Town Temecula Community Theater Box Office at 866.653.8696, visit us online at www.TheBarnStageCompany.com or www.TemeculaTheater.org, or stop by the box office. The Old Town Temecula Community Theatre is located at 42051 Main Street in the heart of Old Town Temecula.


              Robert Jordan RIP        

    He will be sorely missed."May you shelter in the palm of the Creator's hand. May the last embrace of the Mother welcome you home."James Oliver Rigney, Jr17 October 1948 - 16 September 2007


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               The other Queen of Jordan: In search of Fahrelnissa Zeid         
    Jordan is a fabulous country - a nugget of calm at the heart of the Middle East. And it was once home to the abstract painter Fahrelnissa Zeid. Michael Hodges traces her in Petra and Amman.
              â€˜Kong: Skull Island’ Climbs To $66.4M Over Four Days        
    With 18% K-12 schools out and another 37% colleges, Warner Bros./Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island led all films at the Monday box office with an estimated $5.4M at 3,846 theaters. Even though the first Monday for 20th Century Fox’s Logan was higher last week at $7.15M, Kong‘s Monday is still good for this time of year. Through four days, the Jordan Vogt-Roberts-directed movie about a group of scientists and soldiers who inspect a mysterious Pacific Island counts $66.4M, a…
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    El soundtrack de los últimos 18 meses:

    The Beatles - Revolver (1966)
    The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle (1968)
    The Main Attraction - And Now (1968)
    Silver Apples - Contact (1969)
    The White Noise - An Electric Storm (1969)
    Emmit Rhodes - Emmit Rhodes (1970)

    Al Green - Al Green's Greatest Hits (1975)
    Leon Ware - Musical Massage (1976)
    Chic - Greatest Hits (1979)
    Maxwell - Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite (1996)

    ABC - The Lexicon of Love (1982)
    Arcadia - So Red the Rose (1985)
    Martin Gore - Counterfeit EP. (1989)
    Depeche Mode - Ultra (1997)
    Depeche Mode - Exciter (2001)
    Japan - Oil on Canvas (1982)
    David Sylvian - Brilliant Trees (1984)
    David Sylvian - Secrets of the Beehive (1987)
    David Bowie - Low (1977)
    David Bowie - Black Tie, White Noise (1993)
    Tin Machine - Tin Machine (1989)
    Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure (1973)
    Roxy Music - Avalon (1982)
    Bryan Ferry - Boys and Girls (1985)
    Bryan Ferry - Bete Noire (1987)
    Bryan Ferry - Olympia (2010)

    The Smiths - The Queen is Dead (1986)
    Morrissey - Bona Drag (1990)
    Morrissey - Live at Earls Court (2005)
    Prefab Sprout - Jordan: The Comeback (1990)
    REM - Out of Time (1991)
    The The - Dusk (1993)
    The Divine Comedy - Casanova (1996)
    Gene - Olympian (1996)
    The 6ths - Hyacinths and Thistles (1999)
    Ron Sexsmith - Blue Boy (2001)
    Paul McCartney - Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (2005)
    Dylan Mondegreen - While I Walk You Home (2007)
    Club 8 - The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Dreaming (2007)
    The National - High Violet (2010) 
    Destroyer - Kaputt (2011)
     Keren Ann - 101 (2011)
    Camille - Ilo Veyou (2011)

    Ultravox! - Ha! Ha! Ha! (1977)
    Echo & the Bunnymen - Ocean Rain (1984)
    New Order - Low-Life (1985)
    The Cure - Disintegration (1989)
    The Cure - Wish (1992)
     
    The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses (1989)
    Pixies - Doolittle (1989)
    Ultra Vivid Scene - Joy 1967–1990 (1990)
    The Heart Throbs - Cleopatra Grip (1990)
    My Bloody Valentine - Loveless (1991)

    Garbage - Garbage (1995)
    Mono - Formica Blues (1997)
    Violet Indiana - Roulette (2001)
    Bjork - Homogenic (1997)
    Bjork - Biophilia (2011)
    Air - Moon Safari (1998)
    Madonna - Ray of Light (1998)
    Saint Etienne - Finisterre (2002)
    jj - Nº 2 (2009)
    Junior Boys - It's All True (2011)
    Hercules & Love Affair - Blue Songs (2011)
    The Weeknd - House of Balloons (2011)
    James Blake - James Blake (2011)
    Grimes - Visions (2012)

    Luis Alberto Spinetta - Kamikase (1982)
    Luis Alberto Spinetta - Don Lucero (1989)
    Charly Garcia - Clics modernos (1983)
    Virus - Superficies de placer (1987)
    Los Pillos - Viajar lejos (1987)
    Cerati & Melero - Colores santos (1992)
    Soda Stereo - Dynamo (1993)
    Gustavo Cerati - Siempre es hoy (2002)
    Rosal - Educación sentimental (2004)
    Gabo Ferro - Mañana no debe seguir siendo ésto (2007)
    Gabo Ferro - Amar, temer, partir (2008)
    Pedro Aznar - A solas con el mundo (2010)
    Javiera Mena - Mena (2010)

              Houston : Plantation Homes Opens New Model in Fulshear’s Jordan Ranch        

    Plantation Homes has opened an inviting new model home in the Fulshear master-planned community Jordan Ranch.

    The single-story home at 30710 Sonora Ridge Drive is the builder’s extremely flexible Kilgore design, which easily allows for customization. The standard plan features four generously proportioned bedrooms, with options to change one into a media room for Saturday movie marathons or, as demonstrated in the model, a whimsical play room. Other options showcased in the model home include transforming the formal dining room into a study, adding a fireplace to the family room and extending the covered patio to create a delightful backyard retreat.

    Overlooking the patio is a spacious family room where friends can gather to celebrate the latest Little League win, accompanied by pizza laid out on the gleaming kitchen island. The kitchen also features GE® stainless steel appliances, abundant 42-inch cabinets and a tile backsplash. After the team has gone home, tired coaches can retreat to the luxurious master suite and sink into the warm waters of the garden tub. The oversized bedroom has room for a pair of comfortable chairs for reading the latest thriller and tall windows that will flood the room with morning light. The design also offers a data area, two-car garage and a stone-and-brick elevation with an 8-foot front door.

    The Kilgore is just one of the 11 plans Plantation Homes offers in Jordan Ranch. The one- and two-story designs range from 1,596 to 3,001 square feet and are priced from the low $260,000s. Bonus rooms are an option on one-story plans.

    Jordan Ranch is a Johnson Development Corp., community located south of Interstate 10 in Fulshear. Recently named the No.1 city to raise a family in by Niche.com, rapidly expanding Fulshear is known for its small-town ambiance, wide-open spaces and outstanding schools. Within Jordan Ranch, residents will enjoy a number of planned amenities including a fitness center, event lawn, pool, lazy river and tennis courts. Brand new Leaman Junior High School and Fulshear High School are nearby, with acclaimed Huggins Elementary School serving the needs of younger students until Lindsey Elementary opens in 2017.


              Act Now to Take Advantage of Our Fresh Start Sales Event        

    Time is running out for new homebuyers in the Houston-metro area to take advantage of the Fresh Start Sales Event from Plantation Homes. Lasting until March 31, Plantation Homes’ new homebuyers will receive a complimentary appliance package that includes a stainless steel refrigerator and front-load washer and dryer.

    The offer is valid at any of the Houston area communities in which Plantation Homes builds. Our unique home designs can be found in popular master-planned communities throughout the Houston area, such as:

    •  Harper’s Preserve in Conroe
    •  The Meadows at Imperial Oaks in Spring/Conroe
    •  Kings Harbor in Kingwood
    •  Evergreen Fairways in Baytown
    •  New Forest West in Houston
    •  Avalon Terrace in Pearland
    •  Hidden Lakes in League City
    •  Meridiana in Manvel
    •  Pomona in Manvel
    •  Aliana in Richmond
    •  Grand Mission Estates in Richmond
    •  Harvest Green in Richmond
    •  River’s Edge in Richmond
    •  Summer Lakes in Rosenberg
    •  Firethorne in Katy
    •  Jordan Ranch in Fulshear
    •  Dellrose in Hockley
    •  Hayden Lakes in Cypress
    •  Towne Lake in Cypress
    •  Wildwood Glen in Houston

    No matter which community you choose, you can be sure to receive a quality home with a uniquely designed floor plan that can be tailored to your tastes and style. Plus, all Plantations Homes are built with EcoSmart technology, a multi-faceted approach to building a comfortable, energy-efficient new home that will last for generations.

    Don’t Wait. Act Now!

    The Fresh Start Sales Event is ending soon, which means you need to act NOW to take advantage of this exciting promotion. Find your dream home today in a popular Houston master-planned community or contact a sales counselor to answer any questions.


              World: Humanitarian Coordinator Information Products, 31 July 2017        
    Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
    Country: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, World, Yemen


              Nejtěžší zápas Michaela Jordana a jak se rodil první Dream Team        
    Je to téměř přesně pětadvacet let, co nejlepší basketbalista historie Michael Jordan odehrál nejtěžší utkání své kariéry. Letošní léto označuje výročí letních olympijských her v Barceloně. V olympijském pavilonu v Badaloně viděli diváci zřejmě nejlepší tým všech dob odehrát osm zápasů a nesmazatelně se zapsat do historie.
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    Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) viene scarcerato perché torni nuovamente sotto copertura e s'infiltri nella banda di un pericoloso trafficante di droga di Los Angeles noto come Braga. Ma in questa sua nuova missione Brian dovrà fare coppia proprio con colui che aveva ingannato anni prima: Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). Brian e Dominic dovranno imparare nuovamente a fidarsi l'uno dell'altro e dovranno cercare d'incastrare Braga con l'aiuto di un informatore, James Park.
    Ambientato tra Los Angeles e il deserto messicano, questo quarto episodio della serie di Fast and Furious riporta insieme sullo schermo Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Williams e Jordana Brewster, e permetterà di svelare come mai Han (Sung Kang) e Toretto si conoscono (come mostrato in Tokyo Drift).

              IAG, we hardly knew ye!        
    Today, we bid adieu to "It's All Good." It has been an exhilarating six year run, but now it's time for us to move our blogging focus elsewhere.

    Alice Sneary, Alane Wilson, and I started "It's All Good" when we hit the road to talk about the OCLC Environmental Scan back in 2004. We used this blog to share ideas we'd heard, interesting articles we'd seen, or soapboxes on which we wished to climb. Alane says IAG was the first corporate blog in the library world, and I have no reason to disagree with her.

    Alane left OCLC a few years ago to return to Canada (*sniff*), and Chrystie Hill stepped in as our new writer (yay!). Our colleagues Eric Childress and Matt Goldner also did a few cameos here. But now, we're trying to consolidate places where OCLC-related content might appear, and some of the outliers are being brought into the fold.

    Chrystie manages BlogJunction, part of her WebJunction work, and she'll continue to blog there.

    Alice contributes to The OCLC Developer Blog and the WorldCat Blog.

    I'll be contributing to the The OCLC Cooperative Blog, and given my other work role, to the blog Viral Optimism with my consulting partner Joan Frye Williams.

    Before we sign off, there are two people who need a big thank you, people without whom there would have been no "IAG."

    First, Alane Wilson gave Alice and me the gumption to move forward on this idea. Someone who never saw an envelope that didn't need pushing, Alane convinced us that there were enough ideas worth sharing that we would never run out of material. She was so right.

    And a big thank you to OCLC President and CEO Jay Jordan. Jay reads the blog, sends us comments, and has supported us right from day one. In fact he found the blog before I even let him know we were doing it, and even so, he didn't fire my sorry tail.

    Check us out in our new digs, and we'll see you down the road!
              Thym        
    Thymus sp.

    Source : Le coin bio
    Famille : Lamiaceae
    Synonymes : (franç.) farigoule, frigoule, serpoule, (angl.) thyme, (esp.) tomillo, (ital.) timo, (port.) tomilho, (égyp) zaatare, (chin.) ai hao

    Il existe plus de cent espèces de Thymus, de flaveur plus ou moins agréables. Les trois les plus utilisées sont le thym commun (Thymus vulgaris L., farigoule, frigoule), le thym serpolet (Thymus serpyllum L., serpoule), et le thym citron (Thymus citriodorus Schreb). Mais il est également possible de trouver des thyms à l'arôme d'orange, de pin, de carvi, voire de noix de muscade.

    Thymus proviendrait du grec thumon qui provient de l'ancien égyptien tham : végétal odoriférant pour embaumer les morts. Certains parlent aussi du verbe grec thuein, qui signifie "faire brûler en sacrifice". Les Égyptiens utilisaient le thym pour l'embaumement de leurs défunts, les Grecs pour parfumer l'eau des bains ainsi que les temples et les Romains pour purifier leurs appartements. C'est probablement ces derniers qui l'ont diffusé en Europe lors de leurs invasions.

    Source : Fond-ecran-image / Dom
    Dans le langage des fleurs, il est symbole de courage, amour durable, esprit de créativité, dynamisme et résistance physique. Il serait, en fait, une larme de la Belle Hélène de Troie recueillie par les dieux pour en faire une plante destinée à secourir les valeureux guerriers. D'ailleurs, du temps des Croisades, les belles brodaient des abeilles volant autour d'un brin de thym sur l'écharpe de leur preux chevalier afin de leur insuffler courage et chance.

    Flaveurs
    Aromatique, chaude, herbacée et amère. Le thymol et le carvacrol en sont les composants principaux.

    Emploi
    Le thym se marie parfaitement avec tous les aliments. Toutefois, il faut se méfier de son pouvoir odorant puissant qui marque facilement les plats. Mieux vaut alors l'utiliser avec parcimonie, d'autant plus que le séchage en concentre les saveurs.

    Source : Terre d'épices
    Très utilisé dans la cuisine européenne, le thym est l'un des trois éléments aromatiques du bouquet garni classique (avec le laurier et le persil) et fait également partie des fameuses herbes de Provence. Il est utilisé en cuisson rapide sur les grillades de viande ou de poisson (sardines). On l'utilise aussi pour aromatiser les ratatouilles, les salades, les soupes, charcuteries et certains fromages.. Il entre, de plus, dans les mélanges aromatiques pour les terrines et les pâtés, ainsi que dans la plupart des marinades, civets et estouffades.

    En Jordanie et au Yémen, le thym de Perse (za'atar fars'i) en poudre entre dans la composition d'un mélange d'épices du nom de zaatar, dont on assaisonne les galettes de pain.

    Les épices qui lui sont complémentaires sont les herbes de Méditerranée, le safran, la fleur d'oranger, le quatre-épices, les piments et la coriandre.

    Propriétés médicales et autres usages
    Les vertus thérapeutiques du thym sont connues depuis le XVIe siècle. Il contient, entre autres, du thymol, une huile essentielle efficace contre les staphylocoques et les champignons (mycoses). Cette huile tuerait aussi les salmonelles et posséderait des propriétés antiseptiques, stomachiques et expectorantes. Elle a d'ailleurs été administrée dans les traitements de la fièvre typhoïde avant la découverte des antibiotiques. Les anciens prescrivaient le thym non seulement pour ses vertus aromatiques, mais également carminatives, pectorales, dépuratives et antalgiques.

    Une tisane de thym serait également efficace pour drainer le foie. Il est par conséquent recommandé en naturopathie pour les personnes subissant une chimiothérapie, traitement à impact hépatique très important.

    Affectionné par les abeilles en raison de son haut potentiel mellifère, il est un atout au jardin. D'ailleurs, elles en produisent un miel qui est particulièrement affectionné dans les régions méditerranéennes.

    Le thym peut être également utilisé pour fabriquer des liqueurs particulièrement parfumées quand elles sont à base de fleurs ramassées l'été.

    Recettes concernées sur ce blog

    Source : Cueillette du sud

    Références
    Adam, G., L. Wittner & C. Mandigon. 2003. Les épices de la santé. Éd. Ambre, Suisse, 318 pp.
    Arvy, M.-P. & F. Gallouin. 2003. Épices, aromates et condiments. Éd. Belin, Paris (Fr), 412 pp.
    Bateman, M. 2004. Épices; un monde de saveurs. Sélection du Reader's Digest, S.A., Montréal (Qc), 240 pp.
    Brooks, M. 2004. Les épices, utilisations et propriétés médicinales. Les Éd. Québécor, Outremont (Qc), 172 pp.
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    Toil'd'épices. 2011. -- http://www.toildepices.com/

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              LA Kings 2012 Dev Camp report with Tyler Toffoli        
    Prior to this weekend’s Development Camp we posted previews with LA Kings prospects JF Berube, Kevin Gravel and Jordan Weal. Now, we turn our attention to perhaps the top prospect in camp – forward Tyler Toffoli. Drafted in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft, Toffoli has been the reigning sniper in the Ontario Hockey [...]
              iPhone in 29 new countries; unlocked in Hong Kong        

    Our sister site Engadget reports that Apple is now offering unlocked iPhones in Hong Kong via its online store. HK$5,500 (≈ US$700) will buy you an 8GB model, HK$6,200 (≈ US$800) gets you 16GB.

    The Apple Store's terms and conditions limit sales to individuals in Hong Kong only, but who knows what the gray market will bring.

    Three Russian carriers will also begin selling unlocked iPhones on October 3, with the 8GB model selling for over US$900.

    In related news, 29 new countries will begin selling the iPhone, some today: Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Nicaragua, Niger, Panama, Qatar, Senegal, South Africa, Turkey and Venezuela.

    [Via IGM.]


              Exterminate the Brutes: Fighting Back Against the Right        
    by
    Robert Markley
    1996-04-01

    Michael Bérubé’s essay on the politics of selling out is an eloquent investigation of the dilemmas confronting left intellectuals seeking to survive the long dark night of irrelevance. My only concern is that I wish Bérubé had provided more advice about how to sell out, while, at the same time, winning political converts and influencing influential people. While there is much that is admirable in Bérubé’s piece (originally delivered in March 1995 at the Cultural Studies Symposium at Kansas State), particularly his discussion of the Right’s negation of the “public” in the name of the “people,” I would like to sketch briefly an alternative to the politics of selling out by putting pressure on the term “intellectual,” the blind spot in many romantic calls to action by left cultural critics.

    A crucial point: nobody cares about intellectuals, except other intellectuals. More to the point, unless intellectuals have another source of income, most of them wind up subordinating intellectual interests to the pursuit of livelihoods, or convincing the powers that be that intellectual activity can be profitable (see Bacon, Francis). Few people, for that matter, understand, care about, or are willing to spend the time and energy to follow the intricacies of rational discourse. Think of the sad history of presidential elections since World War II. The Democrats, admittedly a poor excuse for a left of far-right party, nominate Rhodes Scholars, Pulitzer Prize Winners, nuclear engineers, and so on for President; the dominant mode of communication for Clinton, Dukakis, Mondale, Carter, McGovern, Kennedy, and Stevenson has been explanation - a dubious strategy because the hegemonic rhetoric of multinational capitalism is the assurance that Life is Simple: advertising slogans, biblical homilies, capsule news summaries, crossword puzzles, billboards, true-false tests, and click on one of the following options all reinforce the belief that there are always “right” answers to be had, and that these answers can be summed up in a few words: “just say no”; “you deserve a break today”; “life is good.” Can you remember a Republican candidate for national office (since, say, John Lindsay) trying to explain anything to voters? Nixon, perhaps, but Nixon’s explanations were always corrosive and evasive.

    The most successful Democrat since Roosevelt was, significantly, the least intellectually gifted and, if you have read the first two volume’s of Robert Caro’s biography, the most vicious, brutal, and amoral. What Lyndon Johnson understood far better than most cultural critics is that intellect (not to mention morality) is a handicap in politics: the purpose of policy is not to achieve moral clarity or intellectual rigor but to perpetuate networks, connections, positions of power, influence, and of course to accumulate symbolic capital and cold hard cash. The most successful, in many ways, of the handful of Left political leaders (broadly defined) in the past half century, Martin Luther King, did not analyze the semiotics of race, despite his Ph.D., so much as he evoked a religious vision: “I have a dream.” Dreams may have their own semiotics, but they do not, for audiences glued to Sightings, require complex modes of intellectual elucidation.

    In my mind, then, our concern about the role of the public intellectual is misplaced. The arena in which the Left has to contest the Regime of the Right is not in the pages of The Nation or even The Village Voice but in the much devalued realm of cheap, anti-intellectual “entertainment”: tawdry talk shows, infomercials, trade shows for would-be entrepreneurs, tabloids, the Psychic Hot Line, etc. Bérubé reports that his editor at Harper’s suggested that a successful article renders the experience of reading almost non-cognitive; in any consumer culture, the separation between logic and rhetoric returns with a vengeance. In such a world, the Left needs to counter the vicious, mindless, kneecapping of the Right with vicious, mindless, kneecapping of its own: not nostalgia for JFK but a reinvigoration of the Realpolitik of LBJ.

    Who better to contribute to public policy than college and university professors who are paid to study rhetoric and semiotics? Think of all the energy that cultural critics have devoted to interrogating racist, homophobic, misogynist, and classist rhetoric, values, and assumptions during the last fifteen years. This knowledge can and should be used to counter racism, sexism, homophobia, and the politics of privilege, but such an undertaking requires precisely that “we,” left erstwhile intellectuals, relinquish our stubborn faith in rational argument. Rational argument is what we do on our jobs; it is not necessarily an essential, unchanging measure of our intrinsic worth as human beings. You cannot argue morality; you can successfully challenge prejudice only by exploiting a complex psycho-social matrix that is largely unresponsive to causal reasoning. All of us know that, to varying degrees, it is often an uphill struggle to get students to distinguish between reason and bias. The mush-headed right, at least since George Wallace, has accumulated political capital by tarring and feathering “pointy-headed intellectuals” - cashing in on a politics of resentment by redirecting economic anxieties away from the unequal distribution of wealth to the distribution of specialized knowledge. For many Americans, elitists read poetry, not The Wall Street Journal. The Left will be more successful, as it has been in the (dim) past, by counterattacking the Rush Limbaughs of the world, not by noting inconsistencies in their presentations.

    As Bérubé points out, the practice of left intellectuals attacking other left intellectuals for elitism, obscurity, and impracticality is old enough to have passed from history into the dark backward and abysm of myth. If the left seems doomed to repeat rituals of self-immolation, it is, in part, because we remain obsessed with the value of distinction, discrimination and purification rather than with the always impure strategies of success. What follows, then, are some suggestions to ensure that we sell out successfully:

    1 Coopt the rhetoric of values, and beat the Right over the head with it. No self-styled Leftist should be allowed to offer political pronouncements without chanting the following mantra: greed, hypocrisy, and sin. Pro-Lifers who refuse to demand that the government raise taxes to provide funds for education, medical and dental care, food, clothing, shelter, and so on for each and every child who is “saved” are (repeat after me) hypocrites. Fundamentalists who ravage the environment to make money are sinners. Pat Buchanan has no values except greed.

    2 Deploy the language of prejudice and exclusion by (for example) insistently feminizing right-wing males. Elected stooges of multinational capitalism are “whores”; candidates who turn a blind eye when workers are “downsized” into lower paying jobs are “cowards”; men who harass women on the job are “wimps who can’t get a date.” Officials who claim they cannot or should not intervene to help the homeless, the sick, the dying are “impotent.” The NRA should be ridiculed for playing with phallic symbols to compenstae for their psychosexual dysfunctions. Obviously, reproducing such rhetoric tends to reinscribe the dynamic of prejudice and exclusion that many of us are dedicated to overcoming. But politics is not about purity: the squeamish need to ask themselves whether living through the jihad that President Buchanan would visit upon us is a price worth paying for claiming the supposed moral high ground.

    3 As Bérubé argues, the Left’s basic problem is that it lacks the financial resources of the Right; this unequal distribution of wealth and power is unlikely to change soon. Consequently, it becomes imperative for progressives, feminists, radicals, greens, pinkos, and reds to concentrate their financial resources in areas likely to have the most benefit. My suggestion, then, is that we scale back our commitments to worthy causes (ACT UP, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, battered women’s shelters, the United Negro College Fund, Ducks Unlimited, NPR, you name it), pool our resources, and…buy CBS. I wish I were kidding. But the ideology of corporate command, control, and communication renders us little choice if we want to sell out successfully enough to buy a fair share of political power and cultural capital. Left-Wing TV might bring back Gore Vidal to prime time as a Commentator on the CBS Evening News, offer variations on programs such as X-Files by hiring the best writers and producers to promote left-wing conspiracy theories: sexy agents combating corporate skullduggery; white supremacists in league with hostile aliens; mysterious conspiracies at the highest levels of telecommunications; and lonely forest rangers fighting off evil corporations intent on gutting the environment. There should be sympathetic portrayals of lesbian police officers, gay physicians, African-American labor organizers, and so on. If the Left is to counter the cultural dominance of right-wing talk shows, it needs the cultured voice of Gore Vidal intoning nightly that the political spectrum in the United States runs from the Right to the Far Right.

    4 Get our own house in order by taking back our universities. One example of effective collective action. Imagine the end of the Fall Semester 1996. Professors all over the country rise up and give every scholarship basketball player in the country a real set of finals: “Discuss the influence of Hegel on Kierkegaard.” “Analyze the significance of Walter Lippman’s concept of the stereotype on the image of the African-American athlete.” “What are the implications of Coase`s theorem for negotiations between professional athletes and franchise owners?” This may sound like a vicious case of harassing the pawns by asking scholarship athletes (a high percentage of whom are African-American) to do work that almost all of their peers would fail abjectly to do, but such collective action could be the springboard to insist that scholarship athletes who generate hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue each year be paid stipends (much like research assistants). Think, too, of network executives (spending a half billion dollars a year on college basketball) stuck with a Final Four tournament that consists of walk-ons and white guys shooting two-hand set shots on national TV. Most educated Americans - doctors, lawyers, corporate chiefs - have little idea of the wages and working conditions of most college and university instructors, particularly part-timers. Instead of the disinformation campaigns presented at half-time of basketball and football games - half nostalgic images of ivy-strangled halls and half glitzy promos of hi-tech venture capitalism, show lines of students trying to get into closed out classes.

    5 The African-American athlete is sadly underused by the Left. Michael Jordan, Shaq, Grant Hill, and so on exist for most Americans in a depoliticized state of glamorous consumption, as though their multi-million dollar contracts and highly publicized lifestyles negate the economic and cultural disadvantages of millions of African-Americans. A trivia question for cultural critics: who is Kellen Winslow and why am I bringing up his name now?

    6 Finally, counter the Right’s simplistic slogans with simplistic slogans of our own. A general purpose campaign slogan to use against Republicans: “Your jobs going overseas.”

    Irving Howe? Russell Jacoby? Shana Alexander? Alexander Cockburn. Hunter Thompson. Molly Ivins. Left intellectuals need to resist the blandishments of a rationalistic politics that remain tied to models of cause and effect, to the siren song that we can reason our way into cultural and political significance. How’s this for a slogan for the resurrection of the Left? “There’s only one Party in this country, and you’re not invited.”


              Old Grass Gnu Grass 12-20-2014 with Jack Rummel        
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    Gentlemen Of Bluegrass- Traveling Kind - Carolina Memories
    Crowe Lawson Williams- Blue Memories - Standing Tall And Tough
    Joe Mullins The Radio Ramblers- Goin Back To My Kentucky Country Home - Another Day From Life
    Hot Rize- Sky Rider - When Im Free
    Larry Sparks- Blue Christmas - Christmas In The Mountains
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    Doyle Lawson Quicksilver- Get On Board - Open Carefully Message Inside
    Junior Sisk Ramblers Choice- Trouble Follows Me - Trouble Follows Me
    Balsam Range- I Spend My Days Below The Ground - Five
    Special Consensus- Wild Montana Skies feat Claire Lynch Rob Ickes - Country Boy A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver
    Lonesome River Band- Her Love Wont Turn On A Dime - Turn On A Dime
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    John McCutcheon- Christmas In The Trenches - Winter Solstice
    Flatt Lonesome- Never Let Me Go - Too
    RICE RICE HILLMAN P- Hard Times - OUT OF THE WOODWORK
    Tony Rice- Let It Ride - Sings Gordon Lightfoot
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    Lynn Morris- Walking The Blues - Mamas Hand
    Old And In The Way- Land Of The Navajo - Old And In The Way
    Doyle Lawson Quicksilver- Back To Tennessee - Merry Christmas From Our House To Your House
    I Draw Slow- The Captain - White Wave Chapel
    Larry Sparks- Going Up Home To Live In Green Pastures - Lonesome And Then Some A Classic 50th Celebration
    Head For The Hills- Telluride Song - Robbers Roost
    Tim OBrien- Bah Humbug - Christmas On The Mountain A Bluegrass Christmas
    Pine Island Station- The Hills Of My Home - Call Of The Past
    Dan Crary- Little Drummer Boy - Hiliday Guitar
    Matt Wallace- Lonesome Old Homesick Blues - For A Season
    Pert Near Sandstone- Stagger Lee - The Hardest Part Of Leaving
    Hazel Dickens Carol Elizabeth Jones Ginny Hawker- Forsaken Lover - Heart Of A Singer
    Randall Hylton- Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Christmas Guitar
    The Earls Of Leicester- Dim Lights Thick Smoke - The Earls Of Leicester
    Wildwood Valley Boys- When Its Snowin In The Mountains - Christmas In The Mountains
    Bill Clifton- Lonely Heart Blues - The Early Years 19571958
    Jimmy Martin- Dont Give Your Heart To A Rambler - You Dont Know My Mind
    Flatt Scruggs- Ill Never Love Another - Flatt Scruggs The Mercury Series Vol 2
    The Stanley Brothers- Christmastime Is Near - Best Of The Best Of The Stanley Brothers
    Bill Monroe- The First Whipporwill - Bill Monroe 19501958
    Red Allen- Milk Cow Blues - Lonesome And Blue The Complete County Recordings
    Country Cooking- Armadillo Breakdown - Country Cooking 26 Bluegrass Instrumentals
    Del McCoury- Call Collect On Hristmas - My Dixie Home
    Jim Jesse- Just Wondering Why - Best Of The Early Years
    Hylo Brown- Lovesick And Sorrow - Lovesick And Sorrow 16 Greatest Starday Recordings
    Bill Emerson Cliff Waldron- Lonesome Night - The Best Of Emerson Waldron
    The Country Gentlemen- Christmas Time Back Home - Christmas In The Mountains
    Bill Emerson Cliff Waldron- Deep River - The Best Of Emerson Waldron
    Rose Maddox- Uncle Pen - The 50 Best Bluegrass Songs Ever
    Fred Smith Red Rector- One Little Word - Songs From The Heart Of The Country
    Vic Jordan- Snowflake Reel - Pickaway
    Don Reno Red Smiley- Your Love Is Dying - The Very Best Of
    The Stanley Brothers- Youd Better Get Right - Best Of The Best Of The Stanley Brothers
    Doyle Lawson Quicksilver- Merry Christmas From Our House To Your - Merry Christmas From Our House To Your House


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              Tama Co. Supervisors By Joyce Wiese        
    Tama County Supervisors, Dan Anderson, Kendall Jordan and Larry Vest, approved two utility permits Monday morning, Windstream, along with the Department of Transportation, requested permits for work to be done on Highway 30 east of Tama.
               Decline of a biome: evolution, contraction, fragmentation, extinction and invasion of the Australian mesic zone biota.         
    Byrne, Margaret, Steane, Dorothy A., Joseph, Leo, Yeates, David K., Jordan, Greg J., Crayn, Darren, Aplin, Ken, Cantrill, David J., Cook, Lyn G., Crisp, Michael D., Keogh, J. Scott, Melville, Jane, Moritz, Craig, Porch, Nicholas, Sniderman, J.M. Kale, Sunnucks, Paul, and Weston, Peter H. (2011) Decline of a biome: evolution, contraction, fragmentation, extinction and invasion of the Australian mesic zone biota. Journal of Biogeography, 38 (9). pp. 1635-1656.
              Tras espectacular definición ante Matt Kuchar, el Open fue para Spieth        
    Fuente: Golfchannel-la.com. Por segundo año en fila, The Open Championship brindó un epílogo para el recuerdo. Y por segunda ocasión consecutiva, el ganador del Claret Jug mostró su mejor golf en los cinco hoyos finales. Impulsado por un final de cinco bajo par en sus últimos cinco hoyos, el estadounidense Jordan Spieth conquistó el tercermajor de su...
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              plastic bird        
     When I was gathering all the plastic off the beach in the Bahamas, I couldn't help but think of the inspiring collection of photographs by Chris Jordan of deceased albatrosses with stomachs teeming with plastic debris. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an ocean gyre spinning with garbage from land-based sources as well as ship-generated waste. Dead birds with plastic particle-filled bellies are only one effect of this floating mass. With an estimated 100 million tons of accumulating pelagic plastics, I can't imagine what it is doing to the wildlife, ecosystems and even us, the reason for all the pollution. 
    Sometimes I feel guilty crafting—am I causing more waste?

              Straftäter orientieren sich an Böll-Stiftung, "Inquisition" bei Google – News vom 10. August 2017        
    1. Der FAZ-Journalist "Don Alphonso" (Rainer Meyer) berichtet auf Twitter mehrere interessante Dinge.

    Zunächst mal ist der Wikipedia-Artikel über ihn in einem sogenannten "Edit War" festgefahren. Ich kenne das von dem Wikipedia-Artikel über mich: Das radikalfeministische Lager möchte seine Gegner so schlecht darstellen wie möglich, andere Wikpedianer versuchen, den Neutral Point of View zu schützen. In der Regel setzen sich bei so etwas die Feministinnen durch, weil sie so hartnäckig und so widerwärtig auftreten, dass anderen Leuten irgendwann schlicht die Lust vergeht, sich mit solchen Leuten noch länger abzugeben. Also lässt man sie sich austoben. Von Wikimedia dürften die Ideologen ohnehin Rückendeckung genießen; Einhalt geboten wurde ihnen von Wikimedia auch, als es gegen mich ging, nie. Erwartungsgemäß enthält Meyer auf eine offizielle Presseanfrage zu diesem Treiben auch keine Antwort. Angesichts dieses moralischen Verfalls der Wikipedia tweetet er: "Ganz langsam fange ich an zu verstehen, was WikiMANNia antreibt."

    Des weiteren belegt Meyer, dass sich auch Autonome bei ihren Straftaten auf Feindbilder beziehen, die von der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung verbreitet werden – hier auf die berüchtigte Schrift Hinrich Rosenbrocks, in der dargelegt wird, wie man die Männerrechtsbewegung am besten bekämpfen könne. Meyers Kommentar: "Sage also keiner, man habe nichts gewusst."

    Und schließlich berichtet Rainer Meyer auf Twitter: "Heinrich Alpin hat aber auch schon 2015 geholfen, Arne Hoffmann zu denunzieren. So wichtig war er dem."

    Spannende Anschlussfrage: Wer steckt hinter "Heinrich Alpin"? Da ich ein recht gutmütiges Kerlchen bin, ist die Zahl der Antimaskulisten außer Andreas Kemper, die mich persönlich auf dem Kieker haben, überschaubar. Martin Rosowski, Vorsitzender des Bundesforums Männer, verleumdet mich in seinen Mails zwar schon mal als "Frauenfeind", dürfte aber Besseres zu tun haben, als bei Schwarzen Listen mitzumischen. Auch Thomas Gesterkamp müsste eigentlich anderweitig ausgelastet sein. Jörg Rupp hat sich lautstark von den Grünen verabschiedet, weil sie ihm viel zu rechts waren; er macht jetzt sein eigenes Ding. Bleibt eigentlich nur Hinrich Rosenbrock, der seit Jahren in der Versenkung verschwunden ist.

    Diese Logik setzt natürlich die Annahme voraus, dass es sich bei "Heinrich Alpin" um jemanden handelt, den ich namentlich kenne. Es kann aber natürlich auch jemand Unbekanntes sein, den zum Beispiel Andreas Kemper gegen mich aufgehetzt hat. Auf Kempers Facebookseite etwa zieht sein Klüngel über "Elendsgestalten wie Arne Hoffmann" her. Hass steckt an. Genau dieser Reproduktion von Hass hätte ja der grüne Pranger gedient. Wie gesagt: Auch Straftäter orientieren sich an Produkten aus dem Hause Böll.



    2. Das Bundesforum Männer klagt über Reaktionen, nachdem man sich dort gegen die Jungenbeschneidung positioniert hatte:

    In einzelnen Reaktionen auf das Positionspapier wird diesem allerdings vorgeworfen, es handle sich dabei "um ein massiv ausgrenzendes Papier, das darauf zielt, jüdisches und muslimisches Leben in Deutschland unmöglich zu machen." Gegen diesen Vorwurf verwahrt sich das Bundesforum Männer und weist ihn entschieden zurück!


    Uuuh, karma is a bitch! Aus eigener Erfahrung weiß ich: Abstreiten hat in solchen Fällen noch nie geholfen. Immerhin seht ihr jetzt vielleicht, wie man sich fühlt, wenn man in eine anrüchige Ecke gestellt wird. Aber ihr habt in euren Reihen ja Leute, die sich mit üblen Unterstellungen auskennen; vieleicht beratet ihr euch mit denen.



    3. In einem "Zeit"-Artikel setzt Alice Schwarzer ihre Scharmützel mit Genderforscherinnen fort. Der Beitrag trägt die Überschrift "Der Rufmord".



    4. Die Ruhrbarone legen eine deutsche Übersetzung von James Damores "Google Manifest" mit einigen Ergänzungen vor: "Was wirklich im Manifest steht". Dabei kommt der Autor auch über die flächendeckend verzerrende Darstellung in den deutschsprachigen Leitmedien zu sprechen:

    In den Berichten darüber liest man sehr wenig über die Inhalte des Dokuments, dafür umso mehr Empörung. Der Standard nennt das Dokument "sexistisch", während er keinen einzigen Inhalt des Dokuments zitiert, nur Einschätzungen Dritter. Die Süddeutsche fasst in einem Artikel völlig falsch und grotesk verzerrt die Inhalte so zusammen, dass der Autor als absolutes Monster dasteht. Bei t3n titelt man "Diversität — nein Danke". Wenig überraschend stellt VICE’s Motherboard die Stimmen in den Vordergrund, die sich über den Sexismus des Autors aufregten und Tweets mit ihrer Interpretation des Dokuments und sehr vielen wütenden Emoji schrieben. Auch die deutsche Twittersphäre synchronisiert sich mit dem Medientenor.


    Einer meiner Leser, der Einblick in die deutschen Presseagenturen hat, ließ mir zu meinem letzten Blogbeitrag, in dem ich dasselbe Problem angesprochen habe, wesentliche Informationen zukommen. Ihnen zufolge waren die meisten Medien schlicht einem Kurztext der Deutschen Presse-Agentur gefolgt, der die Überschrift "Google feuert Mitarbeiter nach sexistischem 'Manifest'" getragen hatte. Später am Tag (um 16.12 Uhr) schickte die dpa eine "Berichtigung" mit veränderter Überschrift "Google feuert Mitarbeiter nach umstrittenem 'Manifest' gegen Frauen" heraus. Diese neue Meldung war ein wenig differenzierter und erwähnt etwa, dass James Damore von Teilen der Google-Belegschaft auch Zuspruch erhalten hatte.

    Mein Leser schreibt mir hierzu:

    Mir ist nicht bekannt, welche internen Überlegungen zur Änderung der Überschrift führten. Meistens geht so etwas zurück auf Kritik von Kunden oder von anderen Redakteuren, denen das schief oder fragwürdig erscheint. Der Kollege aus dem Ressort Netzwelt, der diesen Text geschrieben hat, ist hochgeschätzt und sehr kundig. Sein Schwerpunkt sind Tech-Themen, Computer, Software, Telekommunikation etc.

    Die neue Überschrift mit dem Dreh "gegen Frauen" ist immer noch problematisch. Das eigentliche Problem aber, nicht nur bei Themen mit Bezug zur Geschlechterdebatte, liegt darin, dass die Medien mit ihren bis zur Magersüchtigkeit abgespeckten Redaktionen nur noch wenige Themen selbst bearbeiten und sich ansonsten auf die Nachrichtenagenturen verlassen. Und der Google-Fall ist ein typisches Thema aus der zweiten Reihe, wo nur noch wenige gut ausgestattete Redaktionen selbst einen Mitarbeiter einsetzen. Und so steht dann in allen Zeitungen das Gleiche - einschließlich der Überschrift.


    Dabei bleibt der Kontrast zwischen deutschen und englischsprachigen Medien scharf. Bei der "Süddeutschen Zeitung" etwa greift Nina Bovensiepen ganz tief in die Klischeekiste:

    Das antifeministische Manifest des Google-Mitarbeiters ist rückständig und dumm. Zustimmung bekommt er nur deshalb, weil er die Ängste vieler weißer Männer vor den Veränderungen im Arbeitsumfeld ausspricht.


    Deutschlandfunk Kultur hat einen Sinologen (Chinakundler), Tilman Spengler, zu James Damore befragt, wobei Spenglers Einschätzung die Überschrift des Artikels wurde: "Ich hätte den Kerl schon aus Gründen der Dummheit gefeuert".

    Spiegel-Online sprach auch gestern noch von einem "sexistischen Schreiben". Selbstverständlich wurde die Kommentarfunktion unter dem Artikel abgestellt.

    Christian Schmidt hat heute Morgen etwas genauer betrachtet, mit welchen Methoden deutsche Leitmedien den Inhalt von James Damores Memo verzerrt wiedergeben, und veranschaulicht das anhand der "Süddeutschen Zeitung". Unter anderem wurde in der allgemeinen Berichterstattung eine Grafik in Damores Memo verschwiegen, die auf einen Blick deutlich gemacht hätte, was seine tatsächliche Position ist. Christian Schmidt kommentiert:

    Ich finde es unglaublich, dass eine solche Grafik, die ganz deutlich macht, dass [Damore] nicht von absoluten Unterschieden ausgeht, herausgenommen worden ist. Natürlich: Mit dieser Grafik wäre ein Entstellen seiner Meinung noch schwieriger gewesen. Viel Text wird vielleicht nicht gelesen, aber eine solche Grafik fällt sofort ins Auge.

    Es ist erschreckend, wie verzerrt die Darstellung in den Medien ist. Die meisten der Journalisten scheinen nur Artikel über das Manifest gelesen zu haben. Sie lesen noch nicht einmal eine leicht zugängliche Primärquelle oder recherchieren etwas, warum jemand so etwas schreiben könnte und ob das in der Wissenschaft vertreten wird.


    In englischsprachigen Beiträgen ist das Niveau deutlich höher. Ein kenntnisloses Aufgeplustere, um sich als den großen Antisexisten zu inszenieren, gibt es dort in zahlreichen Beiträgen nicht.

    Daily Signal etwa berichtet, dass Frauen in Führungspositionen Google wegen des Rauswurfs Intoleranz vorwerfen.

    In der kanadischen Globe and Mail stellt die Neurowissenschaftlerin Debra Soh klar: "No, the Google manifesto isn’t sexist or anti-diversity. It’s science".

    (Vermutlich hätte der Chinakundler Tilman Spengler die Neurowissenschaftlerin Debra Soh auch "aus Gründen der Dummheit gefeuert", wenn sie über ihr Fachgebiet und damit den Inhalt dieses Manifestes spricht. Warum müssen deutsche Intellektuelle eigentlich immer wieder bei Themen, bei denen sie sich überhaupt nicht auskennen, Andersdenkende großspurig zu Idioten erklären, nur um billigen Applaus beim politisch korrekten Publikum zu ernten?)

    In der auflagenstarken Zeitschrift USA Today erläutert die liberale Feministin Cathy Young, warum James Damore einen legitimen Standpunkt vertritt:

    The Google memo mostly avoids such overgeneralizations. It repeatedly acknowledges that sex differences are a matter of tendencies, not absolutes, and do not predict anything about any specific person. Far from embracing traditional sex roles, it suggests that working to change inflexible male roles and expectations and free more men to choose lower-paying, lower-status occupations could help narrow the gender gap in the tech sector. Damore urges Google to "treat people as individuals, not as just another member of their group."

    (...) Some of the memo's suggestions — for instance, to uncouple diversity initiatives from empathy and moralism — are excellent and validated by the reactions to the memo itself. One Twitter user wrote that Damore was "committing violence" by writing it, and that "people feared for their safety" as a result.

    Could the memo contribute to negative stereotypes of women in tech workplaces? Perhaps. But the overreaction, including Damore’s firing, is likely to do far more harm. It will make anyone who questions the "diversity" party line — who believes, for instance, that unequal numbers may not automatically prove discrimination — feel that he or she is in a hostile environment. And it will lend credence to complaints in the modern workplace that men are the beleaguered sex.


    Die Washington Post merkt an:

    The tech site Mashable assailed anyone who defended Damore as being part of the "alt-right." The problem, chiefly, is that many critics claimed Damore said things he did not and painted the things he did say in the worst possible light.

    It is, for example, true that Damore said women suffered from "neuroticism" more than men, but he made clear he was using the psychological, scientific terminology for suffering higher anxiety and having a lower stress tolerance in job and life situations. He did not mean it as a pejoratively as the left painted it. In fact, he did not pull his statements out of thin air or make them up. Damore based his statements on sociological and psychological studies that are accepted by the scientific community, of which he is a part.


    Macht dieser Artikel jetzt die "Washington Post" auch zu einem Teil der "neuen Rechten"?

    Der National Review wirft Google "Inquisition" vor:

    [Damore] argued — and Google quickly confirmed — that nonconforming political and social ideas are ruthlessly suppressed and punished within the firm, that those holding conservative (or simply non-left) views are subjected to a hostile work environment, and that the predominance of conforming views creates a problem of confirmation bias.

    (...) Google is attempting, in its Orwellian way, to redefine "diversity" as "homogeneity," to redefine the respect for genuine human differences as the demand for absolute conformity, to redefine openness as closure and tolerance as prohibition. Its bias problems are not limited to its personnel practices: Conservative outlets and publications are routinely excluded or marginalized by services such as YouTube and Google News, just as conservative voices frequently are silenced on Twitter and Facebook.


    Wenn ein Konzern, der international so mächtig ist wie Google, das politische Denken beeinflussen möchte, ist das ein brisantes Thema – außer für die deutschen Medien. Die sehen nur das Problem "zu viele weiße Männer".

    "Breitbart" läßt einen ehemaligen Google-Mitarbeiter zu Wort kommen, der behauptet, Google würde sogar Suchergebnisse politisch manipulieren. Sollte man diese Behauptung komplett ignorieren, weil die Quelle "Breitbart" ist? Ist man ein Nazi, wenn man eine "Breitbart"-Meldung aufgreift?

    Für die "New York Times" jedenfalls, rechtsradikaler Tendenzen eher unverdächtig, stellt "Breitbart" eine relevante, verlinkenswerte Quelle dar. Die Zeitung berichtet:

    Few Google employees came out publicly in defense of [James Damore], but some surreptitiously showed their support by leaking screenshots from internal Google posts of employees saying they planned to create blacklists of people who did not support the company’s diversity efforts. The screenshots appeared on Breitbart News, which has championed Mr. Damore’s memo.

    "Despite what the public response seems to have been, I’ve gotten many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude for bringing up those very important issues which they agree with but would never have the courage to say or defend because of our shaming culture and the possibility of getting fired," Mr. Damore wrote in an addendum to his original memo. "This needs to change."


    Auszüge eines Interviews des Totalitarismus-Kritikers Professor Jordan Peterson mit James Damore stehen hier online.

    Amerikanische Leitmedien im Vergleich mit deutschen Leitmedien: Bei diesem Thema sind sie wie Tag und Nacht. In den USA wird die Debatte längst differenziert geführt. Hierzulande ist Damore eben ein Idiot, über den man Kaffee gießen sollte, und der Leser solcher Beiträge hat die Klappe zu halten. Was "Sexismus" ist, bestimmt die neue Priesterschaft zwischen Spiegel-Online und Süddeutscher Zeitung.



    5. Nach einem Urteil des Europäischen Gerichtshofs dürfen homosexuelle Männer jetzt Blut spenden – nach einem Jahr Enthaltsamkeit.

    Der Deutschen Aidshilfe geht die neue Richtlinie nicht weit genug. "Eine HIV-Infektion kann man heute sechs Wochen nach dem letzten Risiko sicher ausschließen", sagte Vorstandsmitglied Björn Beck. Eine Frist von einem Jahr schließe hingegen die meisten schwulen und bisexuellen Männer weiterhin unnötig von der Blutspende aus.


    Wie man das Jahr Enthaltsamkeit überprüfen möchte, bleibt ohnehin offen.



    6. Auf "Broadly" beklagt sich die Feministin Yasmina Banaszczuk über Sexismus gegen Frauen auf Demonstrationen. Sie erwähnt, dass entgegen des Klischees in den sogenannten "Schwarzen Blocks" auch viele Frauen mitmarschieren und fühlt sich dadurch diskriminiert, dass sich Polizeigewalt in erster Linie gegen Männer richtet:

    Kleinere Frauen würden zuerst aus der Gruppe gezogen, um die Reihen zu destabilisieren. Danach werde noch härter gegen die verbliebenen Demonstranten vorgegangen. (...) Katja sagt, dass die Polizei Frauen eher als gesprächsbereit und weniger bedrohlich wahrnehme. "Das geht so weit, dass eine Frau bei einer Blockade mal recht offensiv im Weg war und sie dann den Typen neben ihr mitnehmen wollten. Der hatte sich keinen Zentimeter bewegt, war aber halt groß und vergleichsweise laut." Auch Anna hat ähnliche Erfahrungen gemacht: "Bei Straßenblockaden wurde ich durchgelassen, weil ich eine Frau bin. 'Geh mal durch, Kleine. Hier wird's gleich hässlich.'" Was auf den ersten Blick wie eine angenehme Sonderbehandlung klingt, ist letztlich einfach nur Diskriminierung. (...) Am Ende bleibt das Ohnmachtsgefühl, das viele Frauen auch aus ihren Sexismuserfahrungen im Alltag kennen.




    7. In einem australischen Café müssen Männer 18 Prozenz mehr zahlen als Frauen – "und das hat gute Gründe" meint Tasnim Rödder im feministisch geprägten Magazin ze.tt. Denn Männer verdienten im Durchschnitt deutlich mehr als Frauen. Bei einer Umfrage unter dem Artikel entscheidet sich die Mehrzahl der Leser jedoch für folgende Antwortmöglichkeit: "Ich unterstütze die Hausordnung nicht, weil Männer sowieso öfter an die Kasse gebeten werden."



    8. Das ebenfalls feministisch geprägte Magazin "Salon" titelt: Dang — looks like those women-only “Wonder Woman” screenings were illegal. Untertitel: "Turns out that when men whined about being banned from the screenings, they had a legal point." Wer hätte das gedacht? Wobei für "Salon" weiterhin gilt: Wenn Männer gegen Diskriminierung protestieren, dann wird das Wort "whine" verwendet – zu deutsch: heulen, quengeln, winseln, jammern. Echte Kerle sind das nicht. So transportieren auch Feministinnen uralte Geschlechterklischees.



    9. Das linksliberale Magazin "The Atlantic" beleuchtet, wie Männer zur neuen Minderheit an Universitäten geworden sind. An manchen Hochschulen machen sie inzwischen nur noch ein Sechstel der Studentenschaft aus.



    10. Ein Video der Zeichentrickreihe "Die Simpsons" verarscht feministische Social Justice Warriors.



    11. Und noch einmal die Post. In meinem letzten Genderama-Beitrag hatte ich einen FAZ-Artikel über ein Urteil des Düsseldorfer Verwaltungsgerichts zitiert. Dazu schreibt mir ein Leser:

    "'Die Frauenförderung hat zwar Verfassungsrang, doch sie steht nicht über allem anderen', sagte [Richter] Müller in der mündlichen Verhandlung. Vielmehr gelte es, die beiden widerstreitenden Interessen von Verfassungsrang – die Gleichberechtigung und das Prinzip der Bestenauslese – miteinander in Einklang zu bringen. Durch den Erlass des Ministeriums würden jedoch schlechtere Frauen besseren männlichen Bewerbern vorgezogen."

    Wenn die FAZ den Richter hier richtig zitiert, dann finde ich bedenklich, dass er behauptet, die Frauenförderung habe Verfassungsrang. Im Grundgesetz ist von Frauenförderung nirgends die Rede, vielmehr von der im nächsten Satz genannten Gleichberechtigung. Bezeichnend, dass die inzwischen mit Frauenförderung einfach gleichgesetzt wird. Eine im Wortsinn verstandene GleichBERECHTIGUNG wiederum steht keineswegs im Widerstreit zum Prinzip der Bestenauslese, sondern beide ergeben sich auseinander: Gleichberechtigung herrscht, wenn der Zugang zu öffentlichen Ämtern nur nach Eignung vergeben wird, und es kann nur dann von einer Bestenauslese gesprochen werden, wenn alle die Chance haben, ihre Eignung zu beweisen. Hier wird wie so oft das Wort GleichBERECHTIGUNG im Sinne von GleichSTELLUNG verwendet und der letzteren damit durch die Hintertür Verfassungsrang verliehen. Bedenklich, wie gesagt, obwohl das Urteil insgesamt erfreulich sein mag.




    12. Da ich nicht von jedem von euch/Ihnen die Mailadresse für ein persönliches Dankeschön habe, auf diese Weise: Ganz herzlichen Dank für die Spenden der letzten Tage! Ich freue mich sehr darüber. Einige von euch sind offenbar gerade durch die aktuellen Genderama-Beiträge dazu motiviert worden. Ein Leser aus Österreich begründet seinen Dauerauftrag auch explizit mit "der Berichterstattung über den Vorfall bei Google":

    Ich hoffe, daß ich damit einen Beitrag leisten kann, damit Sie diese für mich sehr wichtige Arbeit, die ein Gegengewicht zur sehr einseitigen Berichterstattung in den sogenannten Qualitätsmedien darstellt, auch weiter fortsetzen können.

              Jetzt ist sogar die Stokowski gegen den Online-Pranger der Grünen! – News vom 2. August 2017        
    1. Andreas Kemper, Henning von Bargen und Elisabeth Tuider stoßen selbst im eigenen feministischen Lager vermehrt auf Ablehnung ihrer dilettantisch geführten Listen über Menschen mit politisch unerwünschten Meinungen. "So kämpft man nicht für Gleichberechtigung" stellt jetzt sogar Magarete Stokowski auf Spiegel-Online fest und übernimmt damit die Kritik aus der maskulistischen Fraktion. Allerdings scheint Stokowski in erster Linie daran intessiert zu sein, das Image ihrer Ideologie vor weiterem Schaden zu bewahren. So berichtet sie in ihrem Artikel zunächst ausführlich, dass der Feminismus auch in ihrem eigenen Publikum als ausgesprochen aggressiv wahrgenommen wird. Bei dem Versuch, dieses Image noch irgendwie zu retten, leisten die wütenden Rundumschläge von Andreas Kemper & Co. einen Bärendienst, wie Stokowski erklärt:

    Mit dem falschen Werkzeug macht man am Ende mehr kaputt als richtig oder tut sich selbst weh. Manchmal geht es schief und man kann dabei zugucken.


    Immerhin stellt Stokowski dann aber klar, dass ein solcher Pranger auch ethisch inakzeptabel ist:

    Es ist nicht gut, Listen von Menschen nach politischer Gesinnung anzulegen. Siehe: Weltgeschichte. Wer sich über die Leute informieren will, bekommt das auch so hin, ohne Abschussliste.


    Hier könnte Stokowski irren: Wer sich beispielsweise über mich aus unterschiedlichen Quellen informiert, dürfte einen komplett anderen Eindruck von mir gewinnen als jemand, der nur in Kempers "Abschussliste" liest, wo die Informationen extrem selektiv und teilweise schlicht falsch präsentiert werden. Genau diese verzerrende Darstellung dürfte eines der strategischen Ziele dieser "Abschussliste" sein. Ihr Prinzip funktioniert so wie ein antifeministisches Lexikon funktionieren würde, das mich als Radikalfeministen darstellt, indem es mit "Belegen" wie diesem arbeitet: "Am 2. August 2017 pflichtete Arne Hoffmann der Radikalfeministin Margarete Stokowski bei und zitierte sie zustimmend."

    Der Fluch der bösen Tat: Bislang schießen sich Andreas Kemper und Henning von Bargen mit ihren Denunziationen vor allem ins eigene Knie. Das lagerübergreifende Kopfschütteln über ihre Methoden hört einfach nicht auf.

    Derweil gibt Andreas Kemper sein Bestes, damit wenigstens der Wikipedia-Eintrag über den von ihm mitverantworteten Online-Pranger positiver wird.



    2. Die SPD geht mit Fake News in den Wahlkampf.



    3. Die Sängerin der Popband "Paramore" verteidigt sich gegen den Vorwurf, dass eine Liedzeile ihres 2007 veröffentlichten Songs "Misery Business" antifeministisch sei.



    4. Professor Jordan Peterson, ein kanadischer Akademiker, der sich weigert, genderneutrale Pronomen zu verwenden, und totalitäre Tendenzen in der Linken kritisiert, wird von Google und Youtube verbannt:

    "Please tell me what principle I have violated," said Peterson in his email to Google upon discovering that he was locked out of his account. "I have not violated any terms that I am aware of and have not misused my account."

    The psychology professor has over 350,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, which he uses as a platform to post his lectures, interviews, and Q&As.

    "We understand you’ve recently been unable to access your Google account, and we appreciate you contacting us," said Google in a response. "After review, your account is not eligible to be reinstated due to a violation of our Terms of Service."

    But Google did not provide any details regarding which rule the professor violated.

    (...) "I’ve had that account for the last, say, 15 years," said Peterson (...). "All of my correspondence is in that account. It’s hundreds of thousands of emails from people all over the world."


    Mit dieser Entwicklung erhält der Verdacht, dass jeder aus der Debatte eliminiert werden soll, der sich nicht der Gender-Ideologie unterwirft, neue Nahrung.



    5. In ihrem Artikel "When Progressives Embrace Hate" macht jetzt selbst die feministisch geprägte New York Times darauf aufmerksam, dass die momentane Führungsfiguren der US-Feministinnen, die Organisatorinnen des Frauenmarsches gegen US-Präsident Trump, mehr als fragwürdig sind:

    Start with Ms. Sarsour, by far the most visible of the quartet of organizers. It turns out that this "homegirl in a hijab," as one of many articles about her put it, has a history of disturbing views, as advertised by ... Linda Sarsour.

    There are comments on her Twitter feed of the anti-Zionist sort: "Nothing is creepier than Zionism," she wrote in 2012. And, oddly, given her status as a major feminist organizer, there are more than a few that seem to make common cause with anti-feminists, like this from 2015: "You’ll know when you’re living under Shariah law if suddenly all your loans and credit cards become interest-free. Sound nice, doesn’t it?" She has dismissed the anti-Islamist feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali in the most crude and cruel terms, insisting she is "not a real woman" and confessing that she wishes she could take away Ms. Ali’s vagina — this about a woman who suffered genital mutilation as a girl in Somalia.

    Ms. Sarsour and her defenders have dismissed all of this as a smear campaign coordinated by the far right and motivated by Islamophobia. Plus, they’ve argued, many of these tweets were written five years ago! Ancient history.

    But just last month, Ms. Sarsour proved that her past is prologue. On July 16, the official Twitter feed of the Women’s March offered warm wishes to Assata Shakur. "Happy birthday to the revolutionary #AssataShakur!" read the tweet, which featured a "#SignOfResistance, in Assata’s honor" — a pink and purple Pop Art-style portrait of Ms. Shakur, better known as Joanne Chesimard, a convicted killer who is on the F.B.I.’s list of most wanted terrorists.

    Like many others, CNN’s Jake Tapper noticed the outrageous tweet. "Shakur is a cop-killer fugitive in Cuba," he tweeted, going on to mention Ms. Sarsour’s troubling past statements. "Any progressives out there condemning this?" he asked.

    In the face of this sober criticism, Ms. Sarsour cried bully: "@jaketapper joins the ranks of the alt-right to target me online. Welcome to the party."

    There’s no doubt that Ms. Sarsour is a regular target of far-right groups, but her experience of that onslaught is what makes her smear all the more troubling. Indeed, the idea that Jake Tapper is a member of the alt-right is the kind of delirious, fact-free madness that fuels Donald Trump and his supporters. Troublingly, it is exactly the sentiment echoed by the Women’s March: "Our power — your power — scares the far right. They continue to try to divide us. Today’s attacks on #AssataShakur are the latest example."

    Since when did criticizing a domestic terrorist become a signal issue of the far right? Last I checked, that position was a matter of basic decency and patriotism.

    What’s more distressing is that Ms. Sarsour is not the only leader of the women’s movement who harbors such alarming ideas. Largely overlooked have been the similarly outrageous statements of the march’s other organizers.


    Hier geht es weiter mit Infos darüber, was die anderen Organisatorinnen des Frauenmarsches so auf dem Kerbholz haben.

    Das ist die Situation im Jahr 2017. Friedliche Verteidiger der Meinungsfreiheit wie Professor Peterson werden aus dem Diskurs gedrängt, Extremistinnen hingegen wurden weltweit von den Leitmedien gefeiert. Und jeder, der das kritisiert, gilt für das feministische Lager als "anti-emanzipatorisch" und "rechts" und betreibt "Hate-Speech".
              Telepolis berichtet über Liberale Männer in der FDP – News vom 26. Juli 2017        
    1. Auf Telepolis berichtet Peter Mühlbauer unter freundlicher Verlinkung von Genderama über die Liberalen Männer in der FDP und stellt ihre Positionen vor. Anders als etwa Heide Oestreich in der "taz" gelingt ihm dies ohne hämische Abwertung. Und er fügt weitere interessante Informationen hinzu, die dieser Tage bereits in der Online-Männerszene diskutiert wurden:

    Inwieweit [die Positionen der Liberalen Männer] Aufnahme in die offiziellen Positionen der FDP finden, hängt davon ab, ob sich ihre Vertreter auf Parteitagen durchsetzen - was wiederum damit zusammenhängt, wie viele Personen es dort gibt, die damit nur schwer kompatible Positionen vertreten. Am explizitesten macht das die von Matteo Müller, Benjamin Brandstetter und René Oehler ins Leben gerufene und am Wochenende über Soziale Medien bekannt gewordene Gruppe der "Progressiven" in der FDP, die zwar angibt, die Liberalen nicht "spalten" zu wollen, aber mit Gendersternchen und einem ähnlichem Duktus operiert wie vor fünf Jahren die "progressive" Peer Group in der Piratenpartei (...).

    Unter "Liberalismus und Geschlecht" heißt es im Webauftritt der "Progressiven in der FDP", man sei "auch liberale Feminist*innen" [sic], denn der Liberalismus "brauch[e] Feminismus" und man müsse "Gender Studies ernst nehmen und deren Erkenntnisse nutzen". Deshalb sei man auch für die "Einführung von Unisextoiletten" und die "Nutzung gendersensibler Sprache".


    Wie schwer vereinbar sind diese beiden Positionen in der FDP? Mit Gendersternchen dürften es die sogenannten "Progressiven" im liberalen Lager ohnehin schwer haben; bei anderen Themen ließe sich womöglich ein Konsens finden. Solange die Genderstudien sich in einem Zustand befinden, in dem auch dezidiert Linke wegen der Wissenschaftsferne dieses Fachs dessen Abschaffung fordern, geht hier wohl wenig. Aber was wäre, wenn sich dieser Bereich irgendwann ernstzunehmender Wissenschaft annähert, statt lediglich feministische Ideologeme beispielsweise vom Täter Mann und Opfer Frau stützen zu wollen?

    Immerhin wäre ein echter Konflikt zwischen Befürwortern und Gegnern der Genderstudien im Vergleich zu dem, was aktuell stattfindet, bereits ein Schritt nach vorne. Denn bisher sieht es so aus, dass das eine Lager Kritik an verschiedenen Aspektenen dieses Bereichs äußert und das andere Lager sich einbunkert und "Nazis!" brüllt.



    2. Selbst das feministisch orientierte Magazin "ze.tt" sieht den Online-Pranger, den Andreas Kemper & Co. für die Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung erstellt haben, skeptisch:

    Klickt man auf die Einträge im Wiki, fällt eines sofort ins Auge: Sie sind auf das für die Böll-Stiftung scheinbar Nötigste reduziert. So steht unter [Frauke] Petry neben eines sehr kurzen Abrisses ihrer Tätigkeit nur, und wirklich nur, das: "Wie Andreas Kemper auf seinem Blog berichtete, teilte Frauke Petry während der Leipziger Buchmesse 2014 in einem Interview mit der Jungen Freiheit mit, die AfD sei nicht mehr vorrangig eine Anti-Euro-Partei, sondern eine Familienpartei, und Familienpolitik, so Petry, sei Bevölkerungspolitik". Da bietet das tatsächliche Wikipedia sicherlich mehr Informationen über die Politikerin.

    Das Böll-Stiftungs-Wiki wirft mit solchen Einträgen allerdings mehr Fragen auf, als Antworten zu geben: Wer selektiert die Informationen und wonach werden sie ausgesucht? Die Einträge lesen sich eher wie eine schwarze Liste als ein wirkliches Lexikon.

    (...) Das Wiki verursacht selbst bei denen, die Antifeminismus und Homophobie bekämpfen wollen, einen merkwürdigen Beigeschmack und wirft die Fragen auf: Brauchen wir so etwas wirklich? Ist diese Art der Berichterstattung schon Hetze? (...) Auch die Broschüre, welche "die Emanzipation der Geschlechter, Gleichberechtigung, Antidiskriminierung und Anerkennung aller sexueller Orientierungen und geschlechtlicher Identitäten" schützen will, vermittelt den Eindruck, wir würden in einer schwarz-weißen Welt leben. Als gebe es lediglich falsche Sichtweisen und richtige Antworten.


    Hier findet man den vollständigen Artikel von Milena Zwerenz.

    Seit ich Andreas Kempers Veröffentlichungen beobachte, bin ich dabei in der weit überwiegenden Mehrzahl auf nichts anderes als persönliche Denunziation gestoßen. So etwas lässt sich heutzutage offenbar bereits als "Forschung" verkaufen. Daraus ein Geschäftsmodell samt Reklame für das eigene Blog zu machen ist zwar in seiner Dreistigkeit fast schon bewundernswert. Aber wenn selbst das eigene Lager vor dem kruden Schwarz-Weiß-Denken zurückschreckt, das diese Veröffentlichungen zeigen, sollte man sich vielleicht doch mal den einen oder anderen Gedanken mehr machen, ob man im Eifer der Begeisterung für die eigene Ansicht wirklich noch das Richtige tut.

    Derweil beschäftigt sich auf den Seiten der "Welt" auch Henryk Broder mit dem grünen Online-Pranger. Broder findet ihn ganz unterhaltsam,

    bis das Amüsement über dieses skurrile Dossier der Erkenntnis weicht, womit man es zu tun hat: einer Massendenunziation von Menschen, die nichts anderes verbrochen haben, als in Fragen von Ehe, Familie und Moral anderer Meinung zu sein als die Verfasser der Liste, die ihre Meinung für die einzig richtige und zulässige halten.


    Dies sei nicht die Aufgabe einer aus Steuermitteln bezahlten politischen Stiftung, erklärt Broder, was für ihn die Frage aufwirft, ob die die Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung hier bereits am Rande der Legalität operiere. "Vom Progressiven zum Totalitären", urteilt Broder jedenfalls, "ist es oft nur ein kurzer Weg."



    3. In der Frankfurter Allgemeinen blickt Don Alphonso auf eine andere Hetzjagd zurück, bei der die Meute überzeugt davon war, dass der Verfolgte zu den Bösen gehörte und deshalb alles verdiente, was er erleiden musste – den Fall Paul Nungeßers, der von dem "Matratzenmädchen" Emma Sulkowicz offenbar fälschlich der Vergewaltigung bezichtigt wurde. Ein Auszug aus Don Alphonsos Text:

    Clinton, Obama, Gillibrand, fast die gesamte feministische Szene, der hasserfüllte Mob, die amerikanischen Medien und die Deutschen, die kritiklos abgeschrieben haben, was dort stand, und die weitgehend ignorierten, dass der Betroffene von den Vorwürfen freigesprochen wurde, obwohl die Universitäten scharf gegen jeden Vergewaltigungsverdacht vorgehen müssen, weil ihnen von der Obama-Administration unter Verweis auf Title IX der Entzug staatlicher Gelder angedroht wurde: Sie alle sind bis auf die Knochen blamiert. Die gefeierte feministische Kunstaktion ist nun etwas, das sich nicht wiederholen wird, und die frühere Heldin Emma Súlkowicz verweigert auf Medienanfragen bislang jeden Kommentar.

    Dafür steht sie in einer Reihe mit den anderen beiden ebenso prominenten wie falschen Vergewaltigungsbehauptungen: Zuerst hatte der Fall von “Jackie” Furore gemacht, die bei einer Verbindungsfeier Opfer einer Gruppenvergewaltigung geworden sein wollte. Es dauerte eine Weile, bis sich herausstellte, dass Jackie sich das alles nur ausgedacht hat – mit verheerenden Folgen für die Universität und die Zeitschrift Rolling Stone, die mit einem schockierenden Fall Aufmerksamkeit erzeugen wollte, und mehr davon bekam, als ihr lieb sein konnte. Kurz danach flog die Schauspielerin und Feministin Lena Dunham auf, die in ihrer Autobiographie von einer Vergewaltigung durch einen Republikaner berichtet hatte: In einer demütigenden Stellungnahme war der Verlag gezwungen, die Angaben von Dunham zu korrigieren, die ungeachtet dessen weiterhin die feministische Sache an der Seite von Hillary Clinton befördern wollte. Sobald Clinton Präsidentin wurde.


    Die folgenden Absätze von Don Alphonsos Artikel handeln von dem Aufruhr gegen die aktuelle US-Bildungsministerin, nachdem die sich unter anderem mit Männerrechtlern getroffen hatte, um eine Lösung für die wachsende Misere an amerkanischen Universitäten zu finden. (Genderama berichtete.)

    Nach diesem und anderen Artikeln gegen feministische Vorverurteilungen ist es wirklich ein Wunder, wie schon einige anmerkten, dass Don Alphonso in der Schwarzen Liste des grünen Genderlagers nicht geführt wird. Warum Henning von Bargen und Andreas Kemper in diesem Fall nicht ebenfalls längst "Kreuzigt ihn!!" geschrieen haben, wird man mir mal in einer ruhigeren Stunde erklären müssen.

    Übrigens hat Don Alphonso auf Twitter eine berechtigte Frage zu dem Pranger der Grünen gestellt.



    4. In einem aktuellen Beitrag des FOCUS kommt ein Business-Experte zu Wort: "Die Frauenquote ist nur was für Kontrollfreaks".



    5. Eine neue englischsprachige Website soll Männerrechtler ("Mens Human Rights Activists") miteinander in Verbindung bringen.



    6. Die Universität Princeton verfügt jetzt über einen "Men's Engagement Manager". Yeah, werden jetzt einige sagen, endlich gibt es für diese Minderheit auf dem Campus auch einen Fürsprecher! Diese Vermutung wäre natürlich grundnaiv; der "Men's Engagement Manager" ist für ganz andere Dinge da.



    7. Die Website "Whisper" hat Aussagen von Frauen zusammengestellt, die erklären, warum Männer bei Verabredungen bezahlen sollen. Für alle, die eine zu hohe Meinung vom weiblichen Geschlecht haben, sollte das ein wirksames Gegengift sein. (Und natürlich haben wir in dieser Reihe auch die typische Feministin, die dann an althergebrachten Geschlechterrollen festhalten will, wenn es ihr nützt.)



    8. Auf den Seiten des populärwissenschaftlichen Magazins Psychology Today erklärt der Professor für Sozialpsychologie Lee Jussim, warum es keineswegs "Sexismus" zu verschulden ist, dass es so wenige Frauen in naturwissenschaftlichen und technischen Fächern gibt.



    9. Die Abneigung dagegen, auch Frauen für ein Verbrechen angemessen zu bestrafen, wird immer bizarrer:

    A woman who admitted she pulled the plug from her fiancé’s kayak and was "euphoric" as she watched him drown in the frigid Hudson River dodged murder and manslaughter raps Monday, taking a plea deal for the lesser charge of criminally negligent homicide.

    Angelika Graswald, 37, who had faced 25 years to life in prison if convicted at trial now faces as little as 16 months to four years behind bars.

    And with time served since her imprisonment in 2015, the slap -on-the-wrist sentence could see her released on parole as soon as December, her lawyer said.


    Die New York Post berichtet.



    10. Die aktuellen Staffeln von "Game of Thrones" werden wegen ihrer "starken Frauenfiguren" von Feministinnen gefeiert. Das ist mehr als grotesk:

    Game of Thrones is ripe with undeniably cool, badass women. Cersei blew up thousands of her citizens without a second thought. Brienne took on the Hound in single combat, and won. Daenarys has freed whole cities, acquired three dragons, and gained the Dothraki army by burning the other Khals to death. Arya murdered the entire Frey house in one sweep. (...) What each of these women have in common, what binds them together perhaps even more than their shared gender, what makes them cool, is their penchant and tolerance for a certain amount of brutality. Whether their cruelty is seemingly justified (Arya, Brienne) or solely for personal gain (Cersei, Ellaria), whether they physically engage in this violence themselves (again, Arya and Brienne) or merely commission others to do it for them (Cersei, Dany, Sansa), these women aren't afraid to raze, torture, manipulate, and murder in order to achieve their goals.


    Diese Beobachtung Jordan Petersons trifft. In einer geistig gesunden Welt läge hier die Frage nahe, ob G.R.R.Martin mit den aktuellen Staffeln nicht schlicht den Feminismus und seine rasende Aggression persiflieren möchte, was jene Feministinnen auch noch feiern, die zu blöd sind, Blutdurst und Massenmord problematisch zu finden, solange diese Dinge von Frauen ausgehen. Die Aussage von "Game of Thrones" könnte ja gerade sein, dass die feministisch gefeierten Figuren wie Arya und Daenerys, sobald sie in eine Machtposition gelangen, sich umstandslos zu Grausamkeit und Metzeleien hinreißen lassen, was aber von kaum einem Zuschauer kritisch gesehen wird, denn das sind ja die weiblichen "Heldinnen" und "Vorbilder". Leider sieht Peterson stattdessen als Hauptproblem, dass Frauen "traditionell männliches Verhalten" wie beispielsweise "Brutalität" übernähmen, und diese Imitation von Männern sei ja nun wirklich problematisch.



    11. In einem aktuellen Interview sprach sich die bekannte Serienschauspielerin Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men", "The West Wing" etc.) für männerfeindliche Darstellungen in TV-Serien aus. Die Publizistin Laura Perrins bezieht dagegen Stellung. Ein Auszug:

    Misandry is quite nasty and not necessary for female equality or emancipation. Is this what we have to do now – portray men as "gross, weird, nerdy or evil suppressors", in order to make ourselves feel good, because if that is the feminist deal then I’m out. This is why I have been out for many years.

    (...) So man-hating feminists of feminism, you should really drop the misandry; it is not a good look. Perhaps go and watch Dunkirk, a film is based on fact not fiction, and see what men have sacrificed for your freedom. They died so you could make this hate-filled art. A simple ‘thank you’ would suffice.

              Kanzleramtschef Altmaier (CDU): "Ich bin Feminist" – News vom 24. Juli 2017        
    1. Kanzleramtschef Peter Altmaier weiß offenkundig nicht, was das Wort "Gleichberechtigung" bedeutet, meint aber, dazu ein bizarres Statement abgeben zu müssen:

    "Ja, ich bin Feminist", sagte der Minister der "Bild am Sonntag". Frauen seien auch in Deutschland noch nicht komplett gleichberechtigt, beklagte er: "Im Parlament sitzen deutlich mehr Männer, in den Chefetagen der großen Firmen gibt es fast keine Frauen."




    2. Neue Blogbeiträge beschäftigen sich mit den Schwarzen Listen, die das grüne Genderlager über seine politischen Gegner angelegt hat. "Warum Grüne und SPD nicht wählbar sind" betitelt der Kommunikationsberater und Buchautor Thilo Baum seinen Beitrag darüber. In dessen Fazit erklärt Baum, wohin ihn persönlich derartige Entwicklungen führen:

    Tatsächlich wähle ich die FDP. (...) Die FDP ist in meinen Augen die einzige Partei, die sich tatsächlich für die Freiheit einsetzt – beispielsweise für die Freiheit, die politische Korrektheit kritisieren zu dürfen, ohne deswegen gleich diffamiert zu werden wie im Stalinismus. Und das gilt es derzeit zu verhindern – wir sind auf dem Weg in eine neue McCarthy-Ära, nur dieses Mal von links. Wer die Grünen oder die SPD wählt, bereitet diesem neuen Totalitarismus den Weg.


    Auch Malte Dahlgrün beschäftigt sich mit dem grünen Online-Pranger. Sein Beitrag wurde von der "Achse des Guten" übernommen.



    3. "Sind Frauen die besseren Rechtspopulisten?" fragt die Feministin Jana Hensel in der "Zeit".



    4. Hin zu einer maskulistischen Filmkritik: Christian Schmidt widmet sich heute "American Beauty".



    5. Man kann im Zeitalter der feministischen Korrektheit keine Satire mehr schreiben, die lange eine Satire bleibt. Jetzt beklagt die Zeitschrift "USA Today" tatsächlich, dass es in Christopher Nolans Filmepos "Dunkirk" zu wenige Frauen und Farbige gibt:

    The trio of timelines can be jarring as you figure out how they all fit, and the fact that there are only a couple of women and no lead actors of color may rub some the wrong way.




    6. Der kanadische Professor Jordan Peterson, der sich gegen die feministische Korrektheit im akademischen Bereich engagiert, gründet eine Online-Universität.



    7. Das männerpolitische Blog Toy Soldiers berichtet von einer verurteilten Sextäterin, die ihr Opfer wegen Rufschädigung verklagt:

    Stumph got away with exploiting one of her students. She must only serve 180 days in jail, not prison, and does not have to register as a sex offender. She accepted a plea deal that granted her this ever so beneficial slap on the wrist. Yet because the victim decided to sue Stumph for her actions, Stumph filed a counter suit, stating "the victim’s statements damaged her reputation and career."




    8. Wir kommen voran: Die New York Times berichtet über sexuelle Gewalt im Sudan, ohne die Opfer dabei auf der Grundlage ihrer Geschlechtszugehörigkeit unterschiedlich zu gewichten.
              Kto dostał Nagrodę Roku SARP 2015 - wszystkie nagrodzone projekty        
    MCK w Katowicach, Muzeum Katyńskie w Warszawie, CKK Jordanki, biurowiec Ericpol Software Pool - to tylko kilku laureatów Nagrody Roku SARP 2015. W sumie jury konkursu przyznało 21 nagród. Jury przewodniczyli architekci Mariusz Ścisło i Alberto Veiga.
              Images of Egypt in Early Biblical Literature        
    Images of Egypt in Early Biblical LiteratureCisjordan-Israelite, Transjordan-Israelite, and Judahite Portrayals

    By Stephen C. Russell

    £78.95   01 Nov 2009   Hardback   Walter de Gruyter & Co

    Offers a regional paradigm for understanding the development of the traditions about Egypt and the exodus in the "Hebrew Bible".



              The Transjordanian Palimpsest        
    The Transjordanian PalimpsestThe Overwritten Texts of Personal Exile and Transformation in the

    By Jeremy M. Hutton

    £88.00   01 Nov 2009   Hardback   Walter de Gruyter & Co

    The biblical imagery surrounding Jordan River crossings is the product of a complex process of development. This study analyzes several passages in the Former Prophets from a literary perspective, and argues that the text presents Transjordan as liminal in Israel's history.



              June Photo Contest: Winners + Honorable Mentions         

    June's challenge asked you to glean inspiration from other artists. You showcased a great diversity of artist inspirations. It was exciting for me to see the work shared. Thank you so much for participating by submitting your work and by voting for your favorites.


    Top Vote Winner (1004):

    Our "People's Choice Winner" who received the most votes in the photo contest was Angela Sipes of Angela Sipes Photography with her entry "Fiery Field" I actually just shot and edited this before the contest.  Angela says, "I wanted to find a pretty field and lots of open skies to use the cloud overlays on.  This was definitely inspired by you, Jessica Drossin.  I definitely borrowed some of the depth and drama that is your amazing work."  

    (P.S. From me: Thank you. I am extraordinarily honored.)

    Product used: "Stormy Sky" Cloud Overlay

      NOTE: Contestants are allowed to win the "People's Choice" portion of the vote contest only once.

    Judge's Choice Winner:


    "Sarah" by Hether Burks-Embrey
    Textures used: Harper

    Hether comments, "This was inspired by the paintings of John Waterhouse. The model looks a lot like his dark haired model that is in a lot of his paintings. I used a texture of my own and your Harper JD Texture on top of the image."


    $50 to Amazon.com
    $200 to the JD Textures store

    Congrats :)


    Top 10 Honorable Mentions (12 this month): 

    (Please remember - to be considered for an honorable mention, you MUST add your photo to my FB wall (even if you already entered the contest).


    Textures used: Suede


    "Birth of a New Light" by Angel Allen
    Textures used: Snowy Day

     "Wasser Frau" by Eva Duve Creel
    Textures used from Illuminations
    Textures used: Fog and Light Beams

    "The Horizon" by Leslie Lusk
    of Leslie Lusk Photography
    Texture used:  Harper

    "Ballerinas on Stage" by Mona Karheema
    Products Used:  Force of Nature Actions


    "Quiet" by Jordana of Jordana G. Photography
    Texture used: Chocolate


    "Untitled" by Amber Carbo Privizzini 
    of Privizzini's Passion Photography
    Textures used: Fog, Snowy Day #1 + #2, Ice #3, Snow #3
    "Untitled" by Kate Parker of Kate T. Parker Photography
    Texture used: Translation


    Texture used: Dark World


    "Untitled" by Kristen Vanden Bosch
    Textures used: Pools, Chocolate



    "The City" by Karen Griffin of Karen Griffin Photography
    Products used: Light Beam 3, Grace, Rain 6, Rainbow 6

    Great job, everyone.  You continue to impress me with your ability to express yourselves with such artistry.  I'm so honored to have you participating in these contests, and glad for the opportunity to get inspired by you!  Keep it coming! 



    My inspiration this month: Sven Nykvist, considered by many to be one of the world's greatest cinematographers. Specifically, I was inspired by his work years ago in the film "The Unbearable Lightness of Being".

    Processed using Light Beams and Fill in Peachy & Pop Contrast Action from Force of Nature, Pack 2: Light Effects. Plus hand edits using new tools I'm working on.



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              Texas Two-Step: Jordan’s change of heart reverberates through NBA, as moratorium change mulled        
    By Tim Reynolds And Brian Mahoney Doc Rivers gave a quick answer when asked about DeAndre Jordan coming back to the Los Angeles Clippers. “He never left,” the Clippers’ coach said. Technically, that’s true. In actuality, many — the Dallas […]
              Clippers making late push to keep DeAndre Jordan: source        
    DALLAS — The Los Angeles Clippers made a last-ditch push Wednesday to keep DeAndre Jordan after the free agent centre had second thoughts about his agreement to join the Dallas Mavericks, people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated […]
              Mavericks land centre DeAndre Jordan in four-year deal: source        
    DALLAS — DeAndre Jordan has chosen the Mavericks over the Los Angeles Clippers in what turned into a tense boom-or-bust wait for Dallas in pursuit of the free-agent centre. Two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that […]
              Soccer has yet to break win column        

    By JOE RICHEY Sports Editor The women’s soccer team played against Grace College on Friday. Sarah Hencke headed in a cross from Bea Cameron at fourteen minutes putting them up 1-0. Thirteen minutes later Meredith Hollar of the Lancers responded. Hollar put in the go-ahead goal early in the second half, and assisted Jordan Hairgrove’s goal in the 84th minute. Tigers faced the Indiana Institute ofTechnology the next day. […]

    Soccer has yet to break win column | The Georgetonian


              Hammon, LaNae        
    LaNae Dawn Hammon 1947 - 2017 LaNae Dawn Hammon, 70, of Jordan Valley, OR. She was born to A. M. Hammon Jr. and Doris Adele Butterfield Hammon on...
              Mirror, Mirror - Interview - Jordan Prentice         
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              Jordan’s King, Spurred by Jerusalem Mosque Crisis, Meets With Palestinian Leader        
    The visit sent a message to Jordanians angry over the hero’s welcome given to an Israeli Embassy guard who fatally shot two Jordanians in Amman.
              Before Arnold Schwarzenegger There Was John Grimek        
    Written by Bodybuilding Historian Dennis B Weis, Edited by Chris Wilson By no means is he a household name but let me give you some insight into the legacy of the late John Carroll Grimek. Baseball has had its Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle, basketball it’s Michael Jordan and Lebron James and boxing its Mohammad […]
              Check out the new Kawhi Leonard Jordan Brand commercial        
    Jordan Brand has been killing it with the Kawhi Leonard commercials.
              On 25th anniversary of Dream Team, remembering their legendary intrasquad scrimmage        
    Michael Jordan later called it the greatest game he ever played in.
              It was being pulled by slaves.        
    But in the case of the many Madeira, round which the inclination of the strata shows that the land once Jordan Hill, subsided.
    Considering the many shells strewed over the terraces A, B, and C, and a with the upper step-like plain F, there cannot, I apprehend, be any doubt, their five escarpments mark so many periods of comparative rest in the between these periods may have been sudden and on AN AVERAGE not more than slow.
    The king gave orders for the merchant to rest of the company had retired, the king inquired what was the to behold, the most beautiful and charming slave it would be will but see her, you will surely wish to make her your wife.' The fair slave was, by the king's commands, immediately brought in, surpassed anything he had ever imagined, than he fell passionately done.
    Therefore I bought goods, the best seaport; and there, that I might not be obliged to depend one was built on purpose at my own expense.
              The Wolf of Wall Street        
    The Wolf of Wall Street
    author: Jordan Belfort
    name: Adam
    average rating: 3.66
    book published: 2007
    rating: 0
    read at:
    date added: 2012/08/10
    shelves: currently-reading
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              Joslyn Under Pressure Print Exhibit        
    UNDER PRESSURE Contemporary Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation is on view at the Joslyn Art Museum through January 6, 2013. Schnitzer, president of Harsch Investment Properties, owns the largest p...
              3 more base cards for the set..        
    To keep it short and sweet here's 3 more base cards for the 2014 Topps Chrome Base set. All of these are vets so they fall within the first 110 cards. I'm slowly building up the base set from the group break I did in January but I'm coming to the end of the cards that I got from that one. There will be some nice rookie and base inserts to get added in a few days or so. Once I add these I will purchase box 2 so I'll always have a ton of cards in the pipeline even with all the duplicates.






    2014 Topps Chrome Base cards, Jordan Reed # 4, 
    Jordan Cameron #69 and DeMarco Murray #110


     Base set 14.45% complete

              3 more cards getting closer! (Blake Bortles RC AU Challenge)        
    Here are a few more sweet cards, 2 more for the base set as well as one insert. The base cards bring my total up to 12 % complete (base set) and the insert brings me up to 10 % complete for the "Fantasy Focus" set. I had a couple already added, the Tom Brady and a Jason Witten, so this makes it 3/30 cards. Even the insert sets look really nice here. I will enjoy adding the Broncos cards as well as some of the top players like Adrian Peterson.

    In terms of viewing box breaks on YouTube I'm up to 40 boxes and I have not seen a single Bortles Autograph surface. The two best cards I saw broken online were one in a case break where CardsInfinity pulled a Jordan Matthews /25 black refractor autograph and a single box break where a guy pulled a Sammy Watkins pink /75. The difference between the main set and the Topps Chrome Mini is readily apparent. People cracking the mini version are getting far more colored autos and are not getting skunked very often on the autograph that they pull. As Adam Gellman said in his blog, mini is what Topps Chrome should have been.

    Enjoy the daily cards and I'll be posting soon! I appreciate everyone that takes time to read my ramblings and pulls; this is the most fun project I've thought of in a while!


    2014 Topps Chrome #45 A.J. Green (base set 11.5 % complete)


    2014 Topps Chrome # 72 Jamaal Charles (base set 12 % complete)


    2014 Topps Chrome "Fantasy Focus" #FF-DM (Insert Set 10% complete)






              Thursday Club Wedding – San Diego, CA        

    The Thursday Club Wedding It is always an honor when someone that works in the wedding industry trusts you with their wedding. This was the case when Heather and Jordan hired me to capture their Thursday Club Wedding. I worked with Jordan several times in the past and he had seen me in action. The […]

    The post Thursday Club Wedding – San Diego, CA appeared first on Eder Photo.


              iwasanawesomerkid: You spit fire when you were awesomer.  Your...        


    iwasanawesomerkid:

    You spit fire when you were awesomer. 

    Your game was better than Jordan and had more rolls than Pillsbury. Not even being hung like a thumb tack could hold you back. 

    Now you need malt courage to even say hello and close like a revolving door. Your confidently unconfident in yourself. 

    It’s time to know how awesomer we are…again. We’re still the coolest kids we know, we just forgot how much ass we kick. 

    Via. 


               The effect of electrode tip angle on arc and anode temperature in GTAW         
    Parvez, Shahid and Abid, Muhammad and Fawad, Hassan and Nash, David (2010) The effect of electrode tip angle on arc and anode temperature in GTAW. In: 7th Jordanian International Mechanical Engineering Conference, JIMEC'7 , 2010-09-27 - 2010-09-29.
              Papa Holmes        
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    Studio: Jules Jordan Video
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    Young Girls Love Older Men, Especially When They Are Old Enough To Be Their man!

    Nina and Kristen are searching for a room to rent when they stumble upon Mr. Holmes« house... He obliges in showing them around the property. Soon he is exploring their property and every part of their young bods!

    Bailey»s step-man catches her web camming, then spanks her and gives the viewers something they would never imagine happening... Pretty young Bailey fucking her horny step-man for all to view.

    Chloe is waiting for her Guber driver, when who else but Steve Holmes shows up to take her to her destination... Lots of car fun leads up to some hot anal at little Chloe«s parents» house!

    When Santa Holmes comes to visit Holly Hendrix, he discovers she's been a very bad girl... He decides to reward her up her sweet ass with his 10" Santa cock!

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              Comment on Hair pulling – Trichotillomania? by Shaquita Jordan        
    I have the same problem but my first tyme i cut a small piece of hair out an i was pregnant at the tyme n the 8 th grade. Now that I'm 26 i still have the bald spot it grows bout a half a inch an b like that til it starts hurtin an ill pick it all out n the middle wit my fingers. I also bite my nails been doin that since 5 an i have gotten my nails to grow like 2 years but my hair it jus wont grow bac... I need help because i want my hair to grow an my nails as well but can't find out y. But thanks to everyone i knw I'm not alone an that now we have a understanding as to y it's a problem
               Elevated temperature erosion of range of composite layers of Ni-Cr based functionally graded material         
    Stack, Margaret and Chacón-Nava, José G. and Jordan, M.P. (1996) Elevated temperature erosion of range of composite layers of Ni-Cr based functionally graded material. Materials Science and Technology , 12 (2). pp. 171-177. ISSN 0267-0836
               The erosion-corrosion of alloys under oxidizing-sulphidizing conditions at high temperature         
    Stott, F.H. and JORDAN, M P and LEKATOS, S and Stack, Margaret and Wood, G.C. (1995) The erosion-corrosion of alloys under oxidizing-sulphidizing conditions at high temperature. Wear , 186 (1). pp. 291-298. ISSN 0043-1648
               The interactions of sulphidation and particle erosion at high temperatures         
    Stott, F.H. and LEKATOS, S and JORDAN, M P and Wood, G.C. and Stack, Margaret (1995) The interactions of sulphidation and particle erosion at high temperatures. Materials and Corrosion-Werkstoffe und Korrosion , 46 (5). pp. 261-270. ISSN 0947-5117
              Jordanian Rapper Emsallam Hdaib Talks About LGBTQ+ Rights, Freedom of Expression, and Resistance        
    “Sometimes it feels like Jordan is an open air prison especially when you think of visiting the nearest countries to it.”
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              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 06-05-2017 with Jamie Morgan        
    Playlist:

    Boxcutter- Glyphic - Glyphic
    The Books- A Cold Freezin Night - The Way Out
    Mount Kimbie- Carbonated - Crooks Lovers
    DJ Nate- Footwurk Homicide - Da Trak Genious
    DJ Nate- Ima Dog - Bangs Works Vol 1 A Chicago Footwork Compilation
    DJ Taye- Burnin Ya Boa feat DJ Manny - Move Out EP
    Beach Fossils- Down The Line - Somersault
    Constrobuz- Cant Be Friends - Cyborg Kama Sutra
    Rheteric Ramirez- Ignore Armor - Single
    Clark- Vengeance Drools - Body Riddle
    Nick Hook- Sirens with ElP Rood - Without You
    Juvenile- Ha - 400 Degreez
    Fluxxy- Ay Can I Tell U Somting - Last Things First EP
    Oh No- Adventure - Dr Nos Ethiopium
    Dr Yen Lo- Day 3 - Days With Dr Yen Lo
    Pussy Riot- Organs - Xxx EP
    Dark Time Sunshine- Take My Hand feat Swamburger Aesop Rock - Anx
    Eyedea Abilities- This Story - By The Throat
    Curta- Planned Obsolete - Clickbait
    Aesop Rock- Kirby - The Impossible Kid
    Hail Mary Mallon- Garfield - Are You Gonna Eat That Deluxe Edition
    Flying Lotus- LTWXRMX - Shhh
    CULP- SHAVEDWOOKIE - Marineland
    Gold Panda- Quitters Raga - Companion
    Constrobuz- Not Out - Beats Vol 2
    - voicebreak -
    Hudson Mohawke- Star Of A Story - Hudsons Heeters Vol 1 06
    Crooklyn Dodgers 95- Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers Radio Edit Clean Version - Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers
    Aesop Rock- Crows 2 - Skelethon
    3LLL- A I R F O R T R E S S - M E T A L
    3LLL- L E A D S T O R M - M E T A L
    Eraserhead Fuckers- Fung - Single
    Andrew Jackson Jihad- The Michael Jordan Of Drunk Driving - Knife Man
    Bleep Bloop- Water On Mars - The EP With Five Eyes
    - voicebreak -
    Eprom- Super Fx - Halflife
    The Gibbs- Youll Never Understand Me - Youll Never Understand Me
    Eraserhead Fuckers- Loma Prieta - Loma Prieta
    WuTang Clan- Triumph - Disciples Of The 36 Chambers Chapter 1
    Raekwon- Glaciers Of Ice feat Masta Killa Ghostface Killah - Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
    Pharoahe Monch- Simon Says - Internal Affairs
    Killer Mike- Reagan - RAP Music
    Volume 10- Pistol Grip Pump - Hip Hopera
    Prefuse 73- The End Of Biters International - One Word Extinguisher
    Taquwami- The Gathering - Moyas
    Taquwami- Otogi Bass - Moyas
    Jonwayne- Time Trial - Bowser
    Andre Nickatina- Dice Of Life The Battle - Conversation With A Devil
    DJ Shadow- Organ Donor - Endtroducing Deluxe Edition
    000 534 Mr Muthafuckin EXquire Ft Despot Das Racist Danny Brown ELP- The Last Huzzah Remix - The Last Huzzah
    DJ Shadow- Midnight In A Perfect World - Endtroducing


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/5/playlistDate/2017-06-05
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 04-07-2017 with Erin Stereo        
    Playlist:

    Jordan Allen- 110 Ways To Make Things Better - 110 Ways To Make Things Better Single
    Artificial Pleasure- All I Got - All I Got Single
    POWERS- Man On The Moon - Man On The Moon Single
    Chromatics- Lady - Kill For Love
    - voicebreak -
    Rufus- Party Til Youre Broke - Party Til Youre Broke
    Zebra- Simple Song - Soul Spectrum Records Vol 1
    Monk Higgins- Gotta Be Funky - Heavyweight
    - voicebreak -
    Asheru Blue Black- Jamboree - Soon Come
    Dj Ragz- Busta Meets De La - Dj Ragz Edits Vol 2
    Black Sheep- Without A Doubt Edit - Without A Doubt EP
    NmE- The Ending - Distraction From Distruction
    - voicebreak -
    KFlay- Cant Sleep - Life As A Dog
    GRiZ- Stop Trippin feat IDA HAWK - Say It Loud
    HANA- Avalanche - HANA EP
    Overcoats- Leave The Light On - Young
    - voicebreak -
    Don McKinnon- Country Guitar - Country Guitar
    Roger Miller- King Of The Road - Greatest Hits Of Roger Miller
    Johnny Paycheck- Colorado CoolAid - Johnny Paycheck 16 Biggest Hits
    The Expendables- Back Home Again - John Denver The Music Is You Series
    - voicebreak -
    Tank And The Bangas- WalMart - Think Tank
    Erykah Badu- Didnt Cha Know - Mamas Gun
    CeeLo Green- Fool For You feat Philip Bailey - The Lady Killer Deluxe Version
    - voicebreak -


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/65/playlistDate/2017-04-07
              Jordan’s Field of Dreams        
    Illustrating the Jordan’s philosophy of growing their cereals in an environment that embraces wildlife, their garden had circular paths mown through naturalistic planting of perennials and grasses. It looked as tasty as their muesli and the gently curving straw benches were the perfect vantage point from which to admire this lovely garden.
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 03-30-2017 with Marco Mangione        
    Playlist:

    DJ Sun- Dubai - One Hundred
    Monali Thakur Neeraj Shridhar- Khwab Dekhe Sexy Lady - Race Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Mahalakshmi Iyer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan- Bol Na Halke Halke - Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Various Artists- Kudi Kudi - Bhangra Beatz
    Omar Faruk Tebilek Jordan Lieb- Laz Jordan Lieb Remix - Rare Elements Omar Faruk Tebilek
    - voicebreak -
    Amit Trivedi- Pashmina - Fitoor Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Sheela Bringi- Chamundayai - Shakti Sutra
    Asha Bhosle- Dil Cheez Kya Hai - The Rough Guide To Bollywood Legends
    Eat Static- Dune Rider - Back To Earth
    - voicebreak -
    Run The Jewels- Hey Kids Bumaye feat Danny Brown - Run The Jewels 3
    Bryant Dope- Kick W Me radio Edit - New New York
    - voicebreak -
    Beastie Boys- 5Piece Chicken Dinner - Pauls Boutique
    Coins- Sure Shot Daft Science Remix - Daft Science
    Baloji- Spoiler Remix feat Heems - 64 Bits Malachite Remixes EP
    Whiskey Blanket- Pipe Down - No Object
    Push Button Objects- 360 Degrees - GhettoBlaster
    - voicebreak -
    Aesop Rock- Lazy Eye - The Impossible Kid
    Canon- Eagles - Loose Canon Vol 3
    - voicebreak -
    Daniel Pemberton- Escape From East Berlin - The Man From UNCLE Deluxe Version Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    The Haggis Horns- Eskimo - Hot Damn
    Orgone- Give It Up - Cali Fever
    Various Artists- Night Wolf - Black Feeling
    - voicebreak -
    Cookin On 3 Burners- Feel Good Inc - Baked Broiled And Fried
    The New Mastersounds- All I Want Right Now - This Is What We Do
    - voicebreak -
    Charleston Okafor- Hold On - America
    Baba Zula- zgr Ruh Free Spirit - East 2 West Crossing Continents
    - voicebreak -
    Alborosie- Stepping Out feat David Hinds - Specialist Presents Alborosie Friends
    Rico Rodriguez- Free Ganga Vocal Version - Man From Wareika
    Ini Kamoze- World A Reggae Out In The Street They Call It Murder - Debut
    Capleton- That Day Will Come - Reign Of Fire
    - voicebreak -
    Vibronics Meets Conscious Sounds- Blaze A Fire Dub - Half Century Dub
    Stick Figure- Smokin Love feat Collie Buddz - Smokin Love feat Collie Buddz Single
    Rebelution- Lazy Afternoon - Bright Side Of Life Bonus Track Version
    Bush Chemists- Symphony Of Dub - Raw Raw Dub
    Acid Arab- Buzq Blues - Musique De France
    - voicebreak -
    Ohmega Watts- Groovin On Sunshine - The Find


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/50/playlistDate/2017-03-30
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 03-24-2017         
    Playlist:

    Radiohead- Reckoner - In Rainbows
    Moonchild- Mmm The Heaven - Be Free
    Brenda Jones- Big Mistake - Vnyl
    BADBADNOTGOOD- Time Moves Slowly feat Sam Herring - IV
    Christy Essien Igbokwe- Take Life Easy - One Understanding
    The Peronists- Baby Its Over feat Yodashe - Baby Its Over feat Yodashe Single
    Kelela- A Message - Hallucinogen EP
    Fortunate Youth- Dial My Number feat Kumar Bent - Fortunate Youth
    William DeVaughn- Be Thankful For What You Got Onur Engin Edit - Onur Engin Edits Vinyl
    Otis G Johnson- Walk With Jesus - Good God Apocryphal Hymns
    Suff Daddy- Paper Proclamation feat Mayer Hawthorne - Birdsongs
    DIT- You Bring Out The Best In Me - Disco
    IFA- Family Affair - Ifa
    TOKiMONSTA- The World Is Ours - Tokimonsta
    New World Music- Intellectual Thinking - Macola Record Co
    Abra- Roses - Rose
    - voicebreak -
    Alexandria- Walk Away - Cut Of Cloth
    Suzy Hijack- Brandon - Dmfunk Djkicks
    Barrington Levy- Cool And Loving - Here I Come
    Blum- Ill Always Be In Your Heart - Soundcloud
    Samashi- Regret - Souncloud
    - voicebreak -
    7 Days Unlimited- Wont Have Time To Worry - Old Vi
    Faces- Ooh La La - Ooh La La
    Jordan Rakei- Midnight Mischief - Cloak
    Flying Lotus- Tea Leaf Dancers - Reset EP
    Black Cock- Shine On - Vinyl
    Archie Bell The Drells- Strategy - Strategy
    Junglepussy- Kick It - Satisfaction Guaranteed
    Master Stepz- Melody - Blackmarket Presents 2 Step Volume 2
    North South East West- I Cant Make It Without You - Vinyl
    Moodymann- JAN - Moodymann
    - voicebreak -
    Blair- Nightlife - Disco Music History Vol 9
    Negghead- You KBonus Remix - Es Vive Sands Ibiza 2010 Unmixed DJ Format
    Looptroop Rockers- Fly Away Up To The Sky - The Struggle Continues
    - voicebreak -
    Joe Quarterman Free Soul- I Got So Much Trouble In My Mind - Super Soul
    TWINKIDS- ACBTY - ACBTY Single
    Uphigh Collective Delvis- Blend Revised - Worldwide Family Vol 1


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/65/playlistDate/2017-03-24
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 03-22-2016 with Wally        
    Playlist:

    John Frusciante- Murderers - To Record Only Water For Ten Days
    RJD2- Peace Of What feat Jordan Brown - Dame Fortune
    Geographer- Kites - Animal Shapes
    Electric Squeezebox Orchestra- Compus Mentis - Cheap Rent
    Magma- Ana - Kobaia
    French Horn Rebellion- Girls Rogue Vogue Remix feat JD Samson Fat Tony - Girls EP
    Jimi Hendrix- Pride Of Man Bolero 92469 - Rock And Roll Roman Candle
    Shannon And The Clams- Point Of Being Right - Gone By The Dawn
    Kitchen Dwellers- Black Cat - Kitchen Dwellers
    Bombino- Akhar Zaman - Azel
    Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad- Steady - Steady
    Anders Osborne- Let It Go - Peace
    Father John Misty- True Affection - I Love You Honeybear
    Black Uhuru- Hey Joe - Now Dub
    Hieroglyphics- Fantasy Island - Full Circle
    Dr Dog- Dead Record Player - The Psychedelic Swamp
    Coasts- Oceans - Coasts
    Lake Street Dive- Close To Me - Side Pony
    Parov Stellar- Kiss Kiss - Htel Costes A Decade By Stphane Pompougnac 19992009
    Fela Kuti- Water No Get Enemy - The Best Of The Black President
    Whitewater Ramble- Gypsy Funk feat Grant Gordy - All Night Drive
    The Haunted Windchimes- Rattle Snake Girl - LIVE CHIMES Volume One
    Ben Miller Band- Hurry Up And Wait - Any Way Shape Or Form
    The Meters- Chug Chug ChugALug Push n Shove Single Version - What It Is Funky Soul And Rare Grooves 19671977
    Warren Haynes- Gold Dust Woman feat Railroad Earth Grace Potter - Ashes Dust Deluxe Edition feat Railroad Earth
    Cold Chilling Collective- Tha Crossroads feat Danelle - Cold Chilling Compton
    St Germain- So Flute - Tourist
    Chairlift- Always Crashing In The Same Car - We Were So Turned On A Tribute To David Bowie
    Tommy McCook The Super Sonic- Wild Bunch - Top Secret
    The Arcs- Outta My Mind - Yours Dreamily
    The Cave Singers- Strip Mine - Banshee
    Half Moon Run- Turn Your Love - Sun Leads Me On
    Del McCoury Band- Nothin Special - The Company We Keep
    Dr Lonnie Smith- For Heavens Sake feat Joe Lovano - Evolution
    Pink Floyd- Dogs - Animals
    Easy Star AllStars- Money - Dub Side Of The Moon


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2016-03-22
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 03-15-2016 with Barry Roark        
    Playlist:

    CRATER- Habits Die Slow - Talk To Me So I Can Fall Asleep
    Dungen- Franks Kaktus - Allas Sak
    Unified Highway- Unified - Unified Highway
    Unified Highway- My Space - Unified Highway
    The Pines- Time Dreams feat John Trudell Quiltman - Above The Prairie
    Dilly Dally- Ice Cream - Sore
    Trevor Green- Open Minds - Voice Of The Wind
    Mandolin Orange- Hey Adam - This Side Of Jordan
    - voicebreak -
    Husky Rescue- Pistachio Tree - The Long Lost Friend Special Edition
    Postcards From Jeff- Lay Low - Modern Language
    Postcards From Jeff- Wide Eyed Wonder - Modern Language
    Starlight Girls- Fancy - Fantasm
    Charles Bradley- Crazy For Your Love - Changes
    The Acorn- Artefacts - Vieux Loup
    Tanya Donelly- Miranda Pacifically - Swan Song Series
    Tanya Donelly- Flying At Night - Swan Song Series
    Husky Rescue- Min Lilla Eld - The Long Lost Friend Special Edition
    Husky Rescue- Deep Forest Green - The Long Lost Friend Special Edition
    Rufus Du Sol- Like An Animal - Sweat It Out Records Sampler II
    Coldair- Endear - The Provider
    TheKI- Believe - TheKI
    The Noble Thiefs- How Can You Think Of Love At A Time Like This - Its Tough To Be The Bad Guy
    The Feelies- Away - Only Life
    Strength In Numbers- The Lochs Of Dread - Telluride Sessions
    - voicebreak -
    The Kinks- Strangers - Lola Versus Powerman And The MoneyGoRound Pt 1
    Jerry Douglas- Pushed Too Far - Glide
    George Harrison- My Sweet Lord - All Things Must Pass
    Antibalas- War Is A Crime - Talkatif
    - voicebreak -
    M Ward- Phenomenon - More Rain
    Dressy Bessy- Say Goodbye - Kingsized
    Escort- Dancer - Animal Nature
    Tindersticks- Travelling Light - Tindersticks 2nd Album Deluxe Version
    Benji Hughes- Peacockin Party - Songs In The Key Of Animals


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2016-03-15
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 02-18-2016 with DJ K-Nee        
    Playlist:

    Louie Vega- Brand New Day - Elements Of Life
    The Mitchell Dewbury Band- Globetrotter - Beyond The Rains
    RSL- Wesley Music - Gilles Peterson Worldwide A Celebration Of His Snydicated Radio Show
    United Future Organization- Loud Minority Alex Reece Remix - Playin Loud Talkin Loud Rare Tracks 1990 1997
    Blackpocket- Ure A Sta Martyn Remix - Ure A Sta Martyn Remix Single
    DJ Angola- East River Drive - East River Drive Single
    Duran Y Garcia- Un Peu De Jazz - Deeply Chilled Inside
    Major Lazer- Powerful feat Ellie Goulding Tarrus Riley - Powerful Remixes feat Ellie Goulding Tarrus Riley EP
    Maribou State- Wallflower - Wallflower Lane 8 Remix Single
    Giraffage- Make You Love Me - Make You Love Me Single
    Chet Porter- Tbh Ily - Tbh Ily Single
    AlunaGeorge- Your Drums Your Love - Your Drums Your Love EP
    FKJ- Learn To Fly feat Jordan Rakei - TheSoundYouNeed Vol 1
    Soundsci- Coastin ReBlessed - Soundsational Instrumentals
    Lunice The Jealous Guys- Buss Stop Jazz - Bus Stop Jazz Single
    Herbie Hancock- Watermelon Man Kenney Dope Extended Remix - Watermelon Man Remixes Ep
    Tito Puente- Hit The Bongo - El Rey
    Mark De CliveLowe Omar Sheila E- Get Started Full Crate Remix feat Omar Sheila E - Get Started Remix EP
    Maddslinky- Special - Special feat Omar
    BartBaker- The Swing Phenomenon feat Nicolle Rochelle - Electro Swing VII By Bart Baker
    The Jivers- Do What feat Anqui - Electro Swing Fever Vol 2
    Brenda Boykin- Hard Swing Travellin Man - Chocolate Chili
    Janelle Mone- Tightrope b Williams Soulbounce Remix - Tightrope b Williams Soulbounce Remix Single
    BitterSweet- Heaven Nicola Conte West Coast Vibes Remix - The Remix Game
    Alabama Shakes- Sound Color - Sound Color
    Leon Bridges- Smooth Sailin - Coming Home
    The Temptations- Proud Autograf Remix - Proud autograf Remix Single
    The Suffers- Stay - The Suffers
    The Budos Band- The Sticks - Burnt Offering
    Anglique Kidjo- Cold Sweat - Deluxe Edition
    Wale- My Sweetie - Attention Deficit Bonus Track Version
    Sunlightsquare- I Believe In Miracles - Cuban Fury Original Soundtrack
    UNDEUX- Paramour - Paramour EP
    Walker- Dont F Montis - Dont FMontis Single
    Motez- Own Up PoolClvb Remix - Own Up poolclvb Remix Single
    Viigo- Move - Move Single


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/50/playlistDate/2016-02-18
              Estados Unidos pone fin al “baneo electrónico” para las líneas aéreas del Medio Oriente        
    Por Ricardo J. Delpiano

    Emirates uso de Wi-Fi-onboard (Emirates)
    Foto: Emirates 
    Tan rápido como su imposición pareciera estar siendo su retiro. Desde esta semana, la mayoría de las líneas aéreas del Medio Oriente afectadas por la prohibición de Estados Unidos para transportar equipos electrónicos personales en vuelos hacia ese país, han comenzado a verse liberadas de la medida lo que se traduce en una normalización de los viajes aéreos.

    De esta manera, los pasajeros de Etihad, Emirates, Egyptair, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian y Turkish Airlines, que vuelen desde su país hacia cualquier punto de los Estados Unidos podrán llevar sus laptops, tablets y cámaras fotográficas en su equipaje de mano como ocurre en cualquier otro vuelo.

    En marzo, el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de los Estados Unidos (DHS, por sus siglas en inglés) prohibió a partir del día 21 el transporte en cabina de artículos electrónicos personales más grandes que un teléfono móvil desde 10 aeropuertos que cuentan con vuelos directos y/o sin escalas hacia algún punto de los Estados Unidos. Entre los ítems incluidos figuraban los computadores personales, tablets, E-books, reproductores de DVD, cámaras fotográficas y videojuegos, por lo que debían ser transportados en el equipaje chequeado en bodega. Los aeropuertos incluidos en la medida correspondían a los de las ciudades de Ammán (Jordania), Casablanca (Marruecos), Estambul (Turquía), Doha (Qatar), El Cairo (Egipto), Kuwait (Kuwait), Jeddah, Riyadh (Reino de Arabia Saudita), Dubái y Abu Dhabi (Emiratos Árabes Unidos).

    La decisión causó molestia no sólo entre los viajeros sino que también en el rubro de las líneas aéreas y entidades asociadas a los viajes, por los efectos que generaría en la industria, en el turismo en los Estados Unidos y por ser una especie de competencia desleal entre las líneas aéreas.

    En su momento, Alexandre De Juniac, director general y CEO de la Asociación de Transporte Aéreo Internacional (IATA), dijo que esas medidas â€œno son una solución aceptable en largo plazo independiente de la amenaza que se desee mitigar. Incluso en el corto plazo es difícil entender su efectividad”. Preguntaba a los Gobiernos de Estados Unidos y Reino Unido “¿cómo pueden ser peligrosos los aparatos electrónicos portátiles en algunos vuelos y en otros no, incluyendo vuelos que salen de los mismos terminales aéreos?”, sentenciando que dicha situación “no era aceptable y no mantendrá la confianza de la industria o de los viajeros”.

    Los países afectados y sus líneas aéreas celebran el retorno a la normalidad de sus viajes. El ministro de Aviación de Egipto, Sherif Fathy, ha señalado que la decisión para su país es el resultado de la cooperación entre el aeropuerto Internacional del Cairo, los empleados de EgyptAir y las autoridades de los Estados Unidos.

    En los Emiratos Árabes Unidos, Emirates declara que ha trabajado duro en coordinación con varios miembros de la industria de la aviación y con las autoridades locales para aplicar rigurosas medidas de seguridad y protocolos que permitan cumplir con los requerimientos de las nuevas medidas de seguridad del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de Estados Unidos para todos los vuelos con destino Estados Unidos. “Nos gustaría expresar nuestra gratitud a los Estados Unidos y las autoridades locales por su apoyo y agradecer a nuestros clientes por su comprensión y paciencia durante los últimos meses, en los que la prohibición ha estado en vigor”.

    Turkish Airlines, la principal línea aérea turca y única con servicios hacia los Estados Unidos, emitió una alerta de viajes en forma inmediata tras ser notificada de la decisión del país norteamericano. “Si estás viajando hacia los Estados Unidos desde el aeropuerto Atatürk de Estambul, puedes llevar todos tus aparatos electrónicos personales a bordo”.

    Del mismo modo, Abdelhamid Addou, CEO de Royal Air Maroc, declaró que la prioridad absoluta de su compañía es la seguridad de los pasajeros y su comodidad a bordo. “Esperemos que esta noticia sea un motivo de satisfacción para nuestros clientes que viajan hacia Estados Unidos”.

    Saudia espera que la medida se levante hacia el 19 de julio, una vez que las autoridades competentes aprueben las nuevas medidas de seguridad en los aeropuertos del Reino como Riyadh o Jeddah.

    A pesar de que Estados Unidos está levantando la medida, el llamado “baneo electrónico” continúa aún en el caso del Reino Unido para vuelos que salgan desde Egipto, El Líbano, el Reino de Arabia Saudita, Jordania, Turquía y Túnez.

    Si bien las autoridades de Estados Unidos han indicado que la medida impuesta en marzo se justificada sólo por motivos de seguridad y que esta no guardaba relación con las demandas de American Airlines, Delta o United tienen contra las grandes líneas aéreas del golfo Pérsico (ME3), las compañías más afectadas fueron Emirates, Etihad y Qatar Airways, así como Turkish Airlines, por la cantidad de rutas y frecuencias que poseen desde sus respectivos países.

    El DHS no ha precisado las razones que justifican el fin de la restricción de equipos electrónicos en cabina. Sólo ha señalado que responde a las mejoras en la revisión de seguridad en los aeropuertos las que deben ser comprobadas por las autoridades estadounidenses. Para Estados Unidos, el fin del “baneo electrónico” no significa que la amenaza haya sido neutralizada ya que sigue latente. David Lapan, vocero del DHS, dice que todas las líneas aéreas con vuelos hacia los Estados Unidos deberán contar con un mejor sistema de seguridad en el último punto antes de llegar al país, si es que no querrán verse afectadas por un “baneo electrónico”.

    Para el secretario de Seguridad Nacional de los Estados Unidos, John Kelly, la aviación comercial es “el blanco” de los terroristas y por lo mismo ha anunciado nuevos requisitos de seguridad para todos los vuelos internacionales. Estos incluyen mayores revisiones a pasajeros y a sus equipos electrónicos personales, mayor protección alrededor de los aviones y en áreas estériles en 280 aeropuertos de 105 países, además de la posibilidad de establecer puntos de pre-admisión fuera de los Estados Unidos.

    El DHS y la Agencia de Seguridad del Transporte (TSA) han señalado que trabajarán con las compañías aéreas y autoridades de aviación de cada país para asegurar que estas medidas de seguridad mejoradas se implementen completamente. Estados Unidos advierte que de no implementarse estos requisitos los países, sus compañías aéreas corren el riesgo de que se impongan restricciones adicionales. 

              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 01-26-2016 with Wally        
    Playlist:

    John Frusciante- Murderers - To Record Only Water For Ten Days
    La Luz- I Wanna Be Alone With You - Weirdo Shrine
    Pimps Of Joytime- The Jump - Jukestone Paradise
    The Blue Rider- Year Of The Horse - Year Of The Horse
    Rebirth Brass Band- Texas Pete feat Javon Carter - Move Your Body
    Dr Dog- Worst Trip - Live At A Flamingo Hotel
    Nathaniel Rateliff The Night Sweats- Mellow Out - Nathaniel Rateliff The Night Sweats
    Galactic- Into The Deep feat Macy Gray - Into The Deep
    Ratatat- Supreme - Magnifique
    The Decemberists- Fits Starts - Florasongs EP
    Albert Hammond Jr- Losing Touch - Momentary Masters
    Van Morrison- Caravan - The Essential Van Morrison
    The Wood Brothers- Without Desire - Paradise
    Father John Misty- Strange Encounter - I Love You Honeybear
    Viet Cong- Bunker Buster - Viet Cong
    A Tribe Called Red- Suplex feat Northern Voice - Suplex EP
    Miraculous Mule- In The Light - Mojo Proudly Presents Physical Graffiti Redrawn
    Shamir- Make A Scene - Ratchet
    Tennis- Solar On The Rise - Ritual In Repeat
    The Budos Band- Magus Mountain - Burnt Offering
    Marco Benevento- Dropkick - Dropkick Single
    The Babysitters- Dancers Dont Go - Split Seams
    Panda Bear- Butcher Baker Candlestick Maker - Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper
    The Flares- Foot Stomping - Mojo Presents DavdHeroesBowie
    Sohail Rana- Badal Aur Bijli - Disco Dildar
    Metalachi- Rainbow In The Dark - Uno
    Dr Dog- Badvertise - The Psychedelic Swamp
    RJD2- Peace Of What feat Jordan Brown - Dame Fortune
    Alabama Shakes- The Greatest - Sound Color
    Mandolin Orange- Old Ties And Companions - Such Jubilee
    MarchFourth Marching Band- Shindig - Shindig Single
    Rapidgrass Quintet- Cottonwood Pass - Crooked Road
    Jeff Austin- Fiddling Around - The Simple Truth
    The Tallest Man On Earth- Timothy - Dark Bird Is Home
    Dengue Fever- Golden Flute - The Deepest Lake
    Shakey Graves- Call It Heaven feat Esm Patterson - And The War Came
    Houndstooth- Bliss Boat - No News From Home
    Squarepusher- Stor Eiglass - Damogen Furies
    The Brothers Comatose- Angeline - City Painted Gold
    Emancipator- Land Sea Feat Molly Parti - Seven Seas
    The Decemberists- Fits Starts - Florasongs EP
    El Ten Eleven- Jd - Fast Forward
    Billy Strings Don Julin- Walk On Boy - Fiddle Tune X
    Dale Watson- Jonesin For Jones - Call Me Insane
    Twinsmith- Constant Love - Alligator Years


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2016-01-26
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 01-14-2016 with Joel Davis        
    Playlist:

    Streamer- David Bowie Space Oddity Streamers Lost In The Stars Remix - Streamer Soundcloud
    Boards Of Canada- Dayvan Cowboy - The Campfire Headphase
    Sidestepper- Song For The Sinner - Supernatural Love
    RJD2- Peace Of What feat Jordan Brown - Dame Fortune
    Arbes- Beach Side - Swimmer EP
    Chico Correa E Totonho- Rosa Da Matinha - Kafund Vol 3 Electronic Roots From NE Brazil
    - voicebreak -
    OKE- Sundews - Tree Of Life
    InFiction- David Bowie Lets Dance InFiction String Remix - Infiction Soundcloud
    The Bamboos- Get In The Scene - The Best Of The Tru Thoughts Years
    Iemanjo- Loving Cup - Loving Cup
    DJ Platurn- The Who Eminence Front DJ Platurn Remix - Dj Platurn Soundcloud
    Harouki Zombi- Objet Petit A - Objet Petit A EP
    - voicebreak -
    Kosmischer Lufer- Fr Seelenbinder - The Secret Cosmic Music Of The East German Olympic Program 197283 Vol 3
    David Bowie- Rebel Rebel Soulwax Edit - 50000000 Soulwax Fans Cant Be Wrong
    Matanza Acid Pauli JoKe- How Strange Nicola Cruz Remix - Nicola Cruz Soundcloud
    Biff Rose- Fill Your Heart - Fill Your Heart With Biff Rose
    The Books- The Future Wouldnt That Be Nice - The Lemon Of Pink
    Aesop Rock Homeboy Sandman- Environmental Studies - Lice
    Superhuman Happiness- Middle Ground - Escape Velocity
    Bongwater- What Kind Of Man Reads Playboy - The Power Of Pussy
    - voicebreak -
    Gnawledge- Menudo Jaleo - Granada Doaba
    Seu Jorge- Life On Mars - The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou Soundtrack From The Motion Picture
    Baldo Rex- Nervous Guy - Live At The Kgnu Kabaret
    Firehose- Me You Remembering - Ifn
    David Bowie- Fame Mojo Filter Incognito Dub - Mojo Filter Presents Aor Disco Vintage Edits Vol 3
    Click Here- SoleAcid - Balkandalucia
    Dabrye- Get It Together feat Invincible Finale - Twothree
    - voicebreak -
    Pierre Bastien- Seven Eves - Blue As An Orange
    Inflatable Boy Clams- Im Sorry - Inflatable Boy Clams EP
    Lulacruza- Uno Resuena SaQi Remix - Orcas Remixed Vol 1
    Caveman- In The City Vacationer Remix - Vacationer Remix
    - voicebreak -
    Sidirum- La Sin Futuro - Intercambio EP
    Exitmusic- Space Oddity - We Were So Turned On A Tribute To David Bowie
    Jacob Miller- Forward Ever Backward Never - Chapter A Day Jacob Miller Song Book
    Various Artists- Emir Kusturica The No Smoking Orchestra Lost In The Supermarket - Another World Is Possible
    The Herbaliser- I Know Your Bulldogs Got Soul Herbaliser Vs Eric B Rakim - Herbaliser Mashups
    Tin Machine- Tin Machine - Tin Machine
    Tenki- Catherine The Great - View Of An Orbiting Man
    - voicebreak -
    David Bowie- Golden Years Tim Fuchs Edit - Tim Fuchs Soundcloud
    Cat Power- Freebird - Bbc Special
    Celia- A Hora Essa - Brasileiro Treasure Box Of Funk And Soul
    Mike Ladd- How Electricity Really Works - Nostalgialator
    Bluetech Lynx Janover- To Mend - Interchill
    Aphex Twin- David BowiePhillip Glass Heroes Aphex Twin Remix - 26 Mixes For Cash
    David Bowie- Heroes Soulwax Remix - Soulwax Rarities
    - voicebreak -
    Four Tet- Sing Extended Version - Angel Echoes Remixes
    Malgosia Fiebig- Space Oddity - Dom Tower Church


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/50/playlistDate/2016-01-14
              09.10.17 20:00 Uhr - Erlangen - Husky - Support: Jordan Klassen        
    Tickets erhältlich unter: http://www.frankentipps.de/veranstaltung213811-tickets

    Nach drei Alben und einer einzigartigen Karriere erfinden sich Husky jetzt mit ihrem neuen Album "Punchbuzz" auf faszinierende Weise neu. Auf dem lang erwarteten neuen Album lässt die Band aus Melbourne ihren typischen Folk-Sound ein ganzes Stück weit hinter sich und bringt stattdessen straffen Indie-Rock, der mit epischer Atmosphäre, düsteren Texten und muskelstrotzenden Melodien voranprescht.

    Punchbuzz, Ergebnis eines stilprägenden Jahrs in Berlin und der freudigen Heimkehr nach Australien, kündigt eine stilistische Wende an und setzt dabei voll auf die soliden Songschreiber-Qualitäten, die dem Gitarristen und Sänger der Band, Husky Gawenda, bereits 2014 den ersten Platz beim Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition einbrachte. Die Ideen zu den zehn neuen Songs des Albums kamen schnell und hart, und Gawenda machte sich gemeinsam mit Keyboarder und Bandpartner Gideon Preiss direkt an die Umsetzung, um dieses Gefühl der Dringlichkeit zu bewahren. So entstand eine Serie dichter, erfahrungsbezogener Songs, denen man ihren nächtlichen Ursprung deutlich anhört.
    Das Album erfüllt das dynamische Versprechen seines Namens absolut: scharfkantig, schlank und stürmisch.

    Punchbuzz erscheint in Großbritannien und Europa auf Embassy of Music (die auch Björk, Robyn und Ásgeir herausbringen) und in den USA beim Indie-Label Nevado Music. Husky knüpfen mit der Veröffentlichung an ihre ausverkaufte „Late Night Store“-Australientournee im vergangenen Jahr an. Die erste Singleauskopplung des Albums wurde bereits mehr als zwei Millionen Mal auf Spotify gestreamt.
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 03-27-2015 with Nat        
    Playlist:

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    Laibach- Final Countdown - Nato
    Portishead- Machine Gun - Third
    Talking Heads- Listening Wind - Remain In Light Remastered
    Brian Eno David Byrne- Regiment - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts
    Atomic Ape- Passenger - Swarm
    Tom Waits- Starving In The Belly Of The Whale - Blood Money
    Man Man- Zebra - The Man With A Blue Turban With A Face
    Ben Gallagher- Beleaguered - Heart Shaped Rocks
    Sparklehorse- Weird Sisters - Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot
    Paleo- A View Of The Sky - A View Of The Sky
    Ian Cooke- Vasoon - The Fall I Fell
    Deerhoof- Oh Bummer - La Isla Bonita
    Various Artists- Gang Of Four Naturals Not In It - Marie Antoinette
    Television- See No Evil - Marquee Moon
    Bostich Fussible- Into Your Heaven - Motel Baja
    Amsterdam Klezmer Band- Op Je Hoede feat Lilian Vieira - Blitzmash
    Lisandro Meza Y Su Combo Gigante- Juventud Flaca Y Loca - The Afrosound Of Colombia Vol 2
    La Sucursal De La Cumbia- Rtmo Popular - Cumbia A Domicilio
    Goran Bregovic- Cajesukarije Cocek - Ederlezi
    Balkan Beat Box- Cha Cha - Balkan Beat Box
    Burning Spear- Jordan River - Marcus Garvey Garveys Ghost
    The Gladiators- Looks Are Deceiving - Trenchtown MixUp
    Midnite- Banking In The Pig - Ras Mek Peace
    The Viceroys- Ya Ho - The Viceroys Inna De Yard
    Willie Williams- Master Plan - The Legendary Studio One Records
    Prince The Revolution- Erotic City - The Hits The BSides
    Compilation- Its A New Day Pts 1 2 - In The Jungle Groove
    Sly The Family Stone- I Want To Take You Higher - Stand Bonus Version
    JeanClaude Vannier- LOurs Parasseux - ElectroRapide
    Moondog- Minisym 1 - Moondog
    Black Moth Super Rainbow- Psychic Love Damage - Cobra Juicy
    Ten And Tracer- Dodecahedron Leads The Way - Youll Be A Hero Soon Speaker
    Bjrk- Black Lake - Vulnicura


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/65/playlistDate/2015-03-27
              Spring 2017 tech reading        
    Hello and a belated happy new year to you! Here's another big list of articles I thought was worth sharing. As always thanks to the authors who wrote these articles and to the people who shared them on Twitter/HackerNews/etc.

    Distributed systems (and even plain systems)

    Tuning

    SQL lateral view

    Docker and containers

    Science and math

    Golang

    Java streams and reactive systems

    Java Lambdas

    Just Java

    General and/or fun

    Until next time!

              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 12-09-2014 with Nat        
    Playlist:

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    Nina Hagen- Born In Xixax - NunSexMonkRock
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    Deerhoof- Spirit Ditties Of No Tone - The Runners Four
    Compilation- Cload - Osmosis
    Coldcut- Pan Opticon - Let Us Play
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    Silver Mt Zion- 1000000 Died To Make This Sound - 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons
    Lilium- Erado - Lilium
    Ryuichi Sakamoto- War Peace remixed By Aoki Takamasa - Bricolages
    Laibach- Final Countdown - Nato
    Skinny Puppy- Rash Reflection - Too Dark Park
    Consolidated- Stop The War Against The Black Community - The Myth Of Rock
    KMFDM- Godlike Doglike Mix - Nave
    Dead Prez- Police State - Lets Get Free
    The Clash- Know Your Rights - Combat Rock
    Frank Zappa The Mothers Of Invention- Trouble Everyday - Freak Out
    Burning Spear- Dread River Jordan River - Marcus Garvey Garveys Ghost
    Midnite Higher Bound Productions- Starting From - Bless Go Roun
    Various Artists- Armagideon Time - Six The Hard Way
    Filastine- Drone Silences - Aphasia EP
    Maga Bo- No Balano Da Canoa feat Rosngela Macedo And Marcelo Yuka - Quilombo Do Futuro
    DJ Shadow- Ghost Town - The Liquid Amber EP
    Amon Tobin- Four Ton Mantis - Supermodified
    Phil Western- Lost In The Woods - Longform
    Secret Frequency Crew- Black Moss Caves Pt 1 - Forest Of The Echo Downs
    Brian Eno- The Big Ship - Another Green World
    Mariee Sioux- Wild Eyes - Faces In The Rocks
    Porlolo- Tear You Down - Meadows
    Ross Etherton The Chariots Of Judah- Company Loves Misery - Ross Etherton The Chariots Of Judah
    Lefty Frizzell- I Want To Be With You Always - The Best Of Lefty Frizzell
    Sparklehorse- Weird Sisters - Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot
    The Tanukis- Wedding Bread - The Tanukis demo
    Stereolab- Analogue Rock - Transient RandomNoise Bursts With Announcements
    Circulatory System- The Lovely Universe - Circulatory System
    Los Ribereos- Silbando - The Roots Of Chicha 2


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/20/playlistDate/2014-12-09
              The Musical Reformation        
    A new MP3 sermon from Hartsville Presbyterian Church (PCA) is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

    Title: The Musical Reformation
    Speaker: Jordan Gallo
    Broadcaster: Hartsville Presbyterian Church (PCA)
    Event: Sunday - PM
    Date: 10/30/2016
    Bible: Psalm 135
    Length: 26 min. (64kbps)
              20.10.17 21:00 Uhr - Nürnberg - Alligators of Swing - Local Heroes        
    Tickets erhältlich unter: http://www.frankentipps.de/veranstaltung215494-tickets

    Besetzung: Stefan Scholz ts, voc/ Christian Jung p, voc/ Dieter Schreiber b

    Seit mehr als 25 Jahren gibt es die Alligators of Swing – immer noch verliebt in die Musik von Nat King Cole, Ray Charles und Louis Jordan: Lockerer, quirliger Swing, energetisch angereichert mit der Kraft von Boogie und Blues. Die Frische ihrer Liebe bezeugen sie auch auf ihrer fünften CD „Alligator Meat“

    Hinweis: Im Jazz Studio Nürnberg gibt es keine nummerierten Plätze. Es besteht keine Sitzplatzgarantie. Auch wenn Sie bereits im Besitz einer Eintrittskarte sind, sollten Sie deshalb unbedingt mindestens 30 Minuten vor Veranstaltungsbeginn zum Konzert erscheinen.

    Weitere Informationen unter: www.jazzstudio.de
              IQ, exaggeration, and overrepresentation        
    Sargon‏ @Sargon_of_Akkad
    Has the alt right come to terms with the fact the Jews are just better than they are?

    Greg Matusow @gregmatusow
    sounds like something a jew would say

    Sargon‏ @Sargon_of_Akkad
    Sounds like something a race realist who depends on IQ scores to say, you mean.

    Supreme Dark Lord‏ @voxday
    Your metric is incorrect, Sargon. First, there are 48 high-IQ Han, 11 high-IQ Europeans, and 5 high-IQ Japanese for every high-IQ Jew.

    Sargon‏ @Sargon_of_Akkad
    Of course, but that's only because of population size.

    Supreme Dark Lord‏ @voxday
    Obviously. But you cannot claim they are not overrepresented in X because intelligent when there are 64 more intelligent non-Jews per Jew.

    Supreme Dark Lord‏ @voxday
    Second, average Jewish IQ is only 98, not 115.
    Israel IQ = 95
    Arab IQ (22.7%) = 84
    Jewish IQ (77.3%) = 98
    Now, it occurred to me that while I knew the oft-heard claim of a 115 average IQ for Jews was a misleading substitution of a subset for the set, and I had also observed that the claim was almost certainly an exaggeration in light of the average Israeli IQ of 95, I'd never actually run the numbers. The first thing was to update the population percentages according to the latest Israeli demographics, which currently has the Jewish population at 75 percent and the non-Jewish population at 25 percent.

    This resulted in an average Israeli Jewish population IQ of 98.7 percent, slightly higher than my original calculation. Now, the Ashkenazi are 47.5 percent of the Israeli Jewish population, which means that if their average IQ is 115, the majority of the Jewish population of Israel has an average IQ of only 83.7, which is TWO standard deviations lower, and is also lower than the average IQs of Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan, as well as Nigeria, Uganda, and the Israeli-Arab population.

    Does that strike you as likely? No, me neither.

    There is one Israeli study that found the difference between Ashkenazi and non-Ashkenazi Jews in Israel to be 14 points. This would indicate an average Ashkenazi IQ of 106 and a non-Ashkenazi IQ of 92. This is considerably more credible, especially since it also happens to align with a number of studies on Ashkenazi IQ. Given that 74 percent of the global Jewish population is Ashkenazim, that means that the average Jewish IQ is 102.4.

    So, average Jewish IQ is not particularly high, but is slightly higher than the European average, and considerably higher than the current US average, which I calculate to be around 95 and falling. Which, of course, is why high average intelligence is an inadequate explanation for the historical Jewish success in 20th-century America, as their level of comparative success is declining even as the IQ delta grows.
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 04-07-2014 with Adam Taylor        
    Playlist:

    Afro Fiesta- Prisoner - Fire Down Babylon
    - Roll Jordan Roll feat Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years A Slave Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture
    - Mr Talkative - Studio One Ska Fever
    Mungos Hi Fi Prince Fatty- Herbalist Prince Fatty Mix feat Top Cat - Prince Fatty Versus Mungos HiFi
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    Sierra Leones Refugee All Stars- Cant Make Me Lonely - Libation
    Tinariwen- Emajer - Emmaar
    Anoushka Shankar- Unsaid feat Norah Jones - Traces Of You
    Bombay Dub Orchestra- A Time Of Beauty - Tales From The Grand Bazaar
    Thievery Corporation- Para Sempre feat Elin Melgarejo - Saudade
    Quantic- You Will Return feat Alice Russell - Magnetica
    William Onyeabor- Atomic Bomb - World Psychedelic Classics 5 Who Is William Onyeabor
    - Miam Maikan - Putumayo Presents Native America
    - Stolen Youth - Zen A Ninja TuneBig Dada Sampler 2013
    - Red Hot Flo From Kokomo Jazz Vampires DJ Jazzy Jeff Remix - Boardwalk Empire Presents Sounds Of The Onyx
    Shaheed DJ Supreme- Keep Climbing feat Angie King - Knowledge Rhythm And Understanding
    Morcheeba- Face Of Danger - Head Up High
    Asheru- Funky DC feat Funk Ark Sitali - Sleepless In Soweto
    Dirty Dozen Brass Band- What You Want - New Orleans Funk 3
    Allen Toussaint- Its A New Orleans Thing - Songbook
    - Rock Me Baby - Delmark 60 Years Of Blues
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    Typhoon- The Honest Truth - A New Kind Of House
    The Head And The Heart- Another Story - Lets Be Still
    Ha Ha Tonka- Arabella - Lessons
    Paul Simon- Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard - Rarities From The Complete Albums Collection
    Dwight Yoakam- Close Up The Honky Tonks - 21st Century Hits Best Of 20002012
    Okkervil River- White - The Silver Gymnasium
    Cibo Matto- Lobby - Hotel Valentine
    Lucinda Williams- I Just Wanted To See You So Bad Live - Lucinda Williams Deluxe Edition
    Neil Young- After The Gold Rush Live At The Cellar Door - Live At The Cellar Door
    Bombino- Amidinine - Nomad
    JD McPherson- North Side Gal - Signs Signifiers
    Bloodkin- Easter Eggs - Baby They Told Us We Would Rise Again
    - All Or Nothing Live - Small Faces Friends
    Tim Easton- Troubled Times - Not Cool
    Johnny Cash- Im Movin On with Waylon Jennings - Out Among The Stars
    Various Artists- Booker T The MGs Time Is Tight - Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration
    Sharon Jones The DapKings- People Dont Get What They Deserve - Give The People What They Want


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/5/playlistDate/2014-04-07
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 03-31-2014 with Adam Taylor        
    Playlist:

    Special Request- Lana Del Rey Ride Special Request Remix - Soul Music
    Shuggie Otis- Strawberry Letter 23 - Freedom Flight
    Suzy Bogguss- The Bottle Let Me Down - Lucky
    Luther Dickinson- Mojo Mojo - Rock n Roll Blues
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    Linda Thompson- Paddys Lamentation feat Teddy Thompson - Wont Be Long Now
    - First Morning Putumayo Version feat Will Clipman - Putumayo Presents Native America
    Bombay Dub Orchestra- Air Like Velvet - Tales From The Grand Bazaar
    Amos Lee- Are You Ready For The Country - An ITunes Live From SoHo Performance
    Neil Young- Down By The River Live At The Cellar Door - Live At The Cellar Door
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    Anoushka Shankar- Traces Of You - Traces Of You
    Dwight Yoakam- Crazy Little Thing Called Love - 21st Century Hits Best Of 20002012
    The Heavy- Coleen - That Kind Of Man
    Vampire Weekend- Hannah Hunt - Modern Vampires Of The City
    Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr- Simple Girl - Its A Corporate World
    Lizzo- Lizzie Borden - Lizzobangers
    Pretty Lights- Around The Block Datsik Remix feat Talib Kweli - A Color Map Of The Sun Remixes
    - Roll Jordan Roll - 12 Years A Slave Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture
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    Okkervil River- It Was My Season - The Silver Gymnasium
    - Jokerman - A Tribute To Bob Dylan In The 80s Volume One
    - Jump Back - Strange Weather Isnt It
    Allen Toussaint- Get Out Of My Life Woman - Songbook
    Magic Sam- Dont Want No Woman - Live At The Avant Garde
    Morcheeba- Face Of Danger - Head Up High
    Shaheed DJ Supreme- Champions Of Truth feat Akil The MC From Jurassic 5 - Knowledge Rhythm And Understanding
    Thao The Get Down Stay Down- Train In Vain - The Feeling Kind EP
    Cibo Matto- 10th Floor Ghost Girl - Hotel Valentine
    Brad Mehldau Brad Mehldau Trio- Hey Joe - Where Do You Start
    Elvis Costello And The Roots- Walk Us Uptown Antibalas Rework Chico Mann Edit - Wise Up Thought Remixes Reworks 2013
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    Booker T- Sound The Alarm feat Mayer Hawthorne - Sound The Alarm
    - Here Come The Nice French EP Version - Small Faces Friends
    Tim Easton- Lickety Split - Not Cool
    Sharon Jones The DapKings- Long Time Wrong Time - Give The People What They Want


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/5/playlistDate/2014-03-31
              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 11-28-2013         
    Playlist:

    The Four Clefs- I Like Pie I Like Cake - Those Dirty Blues Volume 3 Digitally Remastered
    The Melodians- Swing And Dine - Super Best
    The Robins- The Turkey Hop Pt 1 - Johnny Otis Presents The Robins
    Harold Burrage- You Eat Too Much - Messed Up The Cobra Recordings 19561958
    Lonnie Russ- My Wife Cant Cook - Greatest Big Hits Of 1962 Vol 47
    Elijah The Ebonites- Hot Grits - Eccentric Soul The Capsoul Label
    Robert Johnson- Theyre Red Hot - The Complete Recordings 41 Tracks
    Hank Williams- HEy Good Lookin - The Ultimate Collection
    Dizzy Gillespie Joe Carroll And Ensemble- Hey Pete Lets Eat More Meat - The Complete RCA Victor Recordings Dizzy Gillespie 1994 Remastered
    Cab Calloway- Everybody Eats When They Come To My House - Greatest Hits
    Compilation- BarBQ - StaxVolt The Complete Singles 19591968
    Charles Mingus- Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - Mingus Ah Um 50th Anniversary
    Frank Culley- Cole Slaw - The Definitive Blues Collection Vol 7
    Hasil Adkins- Chicken Flop - The Wild Man
    Compilation- Peppermint Twist - 20th Century Rocks 60s Rock n Roll Tossin And Turnin ReRecorded Versions
    Compilation- My Babe - The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection Little Walter His Best
    Dick Dale- Hava Nagila - Unknown Territory
    Cryan Shames- Sugar Spice - Sugar Spice A Collection
    Shadows Of Knight- Interview Potato Chip - I Got My Mojo Working Single
    Blind Willie Mctell The Regal Country Blues- Sugar Mama Blues - Blind Willie McTell The Regal Country Blues
    Sleepy John Estes- Liquor Store Blues - Sleepy John Estes Vol 2 1937 1941
    Big Mama Thornton- Lets Go Get Stoned - Stranger Then Dirt
    Aretha Franklin- Maybe Im A Fool - Aretha Sings The Blues
    Arthur Conley- Burning Fire - Soul Directions
    Otis Redding- Ive Got Dreams To Remember - The Very Best Of Otis Redding
    Otis Redding- Direct Me - Pure Southern Soul
    Al Green- Love And Happiness - Al Green Greatest Hits
    Compilation- Beans And Cornbread - Louis Jordan Let The Good Times Roll The Anthology 19381953
    The Andrews Sisters- Hold Tight Hold Tight - Glenn Miller And The Andrews Sisters The Chesterfield Broadcasts
    Jim Backus- Delicious The Laughing Song - The Comedy Classics
    Dee Dee Sharp- Mashed Potato Time - Cameo Parkway The Best Of Dee Dee Sharp 19621966
    The Olympics- Peanut Butter - The Olympics
    Neil Young- Out On The Weekend - Harvest Remastered
    The Band- King Harvest Rehearsal Version - The Last Waltz
    Paul Chaplain- Shortnin Bread - Thanksgiving Music For The Family
    Jim Jackson- I Heard The Voice Of A Pork Chop Take 1 - Jim Jackson Vol 1 19271928


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/50/playlistDate/2013-11-28
              Kepentingan Iran menyusup ke Indonesia melalui Syiah        

    Seandainya saja ajaran Shiah tidak muncul, maka sampai kapanpun tidak akan ada peperangan antara Shiah vs Sunni di Indonesia. Menurut apa yang saya amati, sepertinya ada suatu golongan di Indonesia yang ingin memperkeruh suasana, salah satu caranya yaitu menyebarkan ajaran Syiah di Indonesia dan pengikutnya dinaikkan jumlahnya. Pertumbuhan Syiah di Indonesia sepertinya tidak lepas dari peran Iran, yang telah memberi ribuan beasiswa untuk para santri dan ulama melakukan study Islam Shiah. Pertumbuhan Syiah yang demikian cepat ini semakin subur karena fatwa yang masih melegalisasi Islam aliran Shiah oleh MUI untuk hadir dalam kehidupan Islam di Indonesia.
    Seperti dalam tulisan saya sebelum ini, perlu kiranya saya sampaikan bahwa Amerika, Yahudi dan apalagi kaum Nasaro sebenarnya tidak ada sangkut pautnya dengan perpecahan dalam tubuh Islam.
    Walau secara kasat mata aliran Syiah di Indonesia belum terlalu menonjol, tetapi harus diwaspadai bahwa aliran Syiah kini sepertinya sudah masuk menyusup jauh ketingkat level atas pemerintahan dan juga MUI. Hal ini dapat dilihat dengan belum dikeluarkannya fatwa yang mengharamkan aliran Syiah di Indonesia. Ini berbeda dengan aliran Ahmadiah yang fatwa haramnya telah dikeluarkan. Tanpa campur tangan MUI, saya khawatir bahwa Shiah akan berkembang pesat di Indonesia yang akan mengambil alih fungsi MUI sebagai kepanjangan tangan kepentingan Syiah dan pemerintah Iran yang akhirnya akan mendominasi Islam di Indonesia.
    Hingga saat ini MUI masih diisi oleh ulama-ulama yang beraliran Sunni tetapi mereka sebenarnya tidak anti-Shiah. Sepertinya ada unsur kepentingan dibalik sikap MUI yang masih bertahan untuk tidak mengeluarkan fatwa haram aliran Syiah. Kalau menurut pengamatan saya, mungkin ini ada hubungannya dengan kucuran dana dari Iran terhadap banyak lembaga-lembaga Islam di Indonesia. Atau bisa jadi karena MUI masih terpengaruh akan tekanan lembaga HAM International atau bisa jadi juga campur tangan pemerintah Amerika atas nama HAM. Itulah sebabnya mungkin, para imam Sunni di Arab Saudia menuduh Shiah itu antek Amerika, dan sebaliknya tuduhan yang sama pun dilemparkan Shiah kepada Sunni.
    Keduanya, shiah dan sunni tetap merupakan musuh bebuyutan. Tapi karena shiah itu minoritas, maka mereka berusaha merebut umat dulu. Cara-cara shiah berbeda strateginya dengan cara Sunni. Sebagai minoritas, Shiah mengajak semua Islam untuk bersatu tanpa membeda-bedakankan aliran. Sebaliknya, Sunni yang mayoritas berusaha memagari umatnya agar jangan menyeberang ke Shiah, oleh karena itu cara-cara ekstreemlah yang digunakan. Para imam Suni di Arab dan Mesir membuat propaganda-propaganda yang memburuk-burukkan citra aliran Syiah. Syiah mereka cap sebagai aliran sesat dan memperingatkan para umatnya agar jangan terjebak oleh rayuan Shiah. Dimana-mana umat Sunni melakukan teror-teror berdarah terhadap shiah, upacara-upacara keagamaan Syiah diganggu dan dibuat menjadi tidak nyaman.
    Indonesia memiliki umat Islam terbesar jumlahnya didunia dan meskipun tampak sebagai aliran Sunni tapi sebenarnya Islamnya sendiri masih abu-abu, tidak jelas. Oleh karena itu, Indonesia merupakan target utama Iran untuk menyebarkan alirannya di Indonesia dengan berbagai kerja sama dan beasiswa. Sepertinya hal ini memang berhasil, dikarenakan masyarakat muslim di Indonesia masih gampang dipengaruhi oleh harta dan segala sesuatu yang sifatnya gratisan. Mengapa Iran menganggap bahwa Islam di Indonesia masih abu-abu adalah karena kaum muslim di Indonesia itu sebenarnya tidak mengerti ajaran Islam yang sebenarnya, Islam di Indonesia sudah tercampur baur dengan budaya Indonesia – jadi sudah tidak murni lagi.
    Dengan langkah kebijakan agen rahasia Iran, diharapkan bahwa dalam beberapa tahun kedepan diyakini aliran Shiah akan mendominasi dunia Islam. Secara perlahan, seluruh negara-negara Arab sepertinya sudah disusupi aliran Shiah yang siap mengambil alih pemerintahan di masing-masing negara. Hal ini seperti menjadi kekhawatiran pemerintah Arab Saudi, sehingga mereka baru-baru ini telah memutuskan untuk melakukan pembelian besar-besaran 200 pesawat tempur F15 dengan nilai lebih dari US$30 milyard. Hal ini merupakan antisipasi terhadap pengaruh Syiah-Iran yang akan menghabiskan Islam aliran Suni dari muka bumi. Kekhawatiran ini juga karena diisukan bahwa Iran juga memiliki bomb atom.
    Salah satu yang paling mengesankan adalah perkembangan Islam Shiah di Mesir. Mulanya dibentuk organisasi Ikhwanul Muslimin oleh imam-imam Sunni, kemudian dengan issu mempersatukan Islam seluruh dunia ternyata imam-imam Sunni pendiri Ikhwanul Muslimin beralih menjadi Islam Shiah. Sekarang penganut Sunni dalam organisasi Ikhwanul Muslimin cuma 20% karena secara de-facto 80% anggota organisasi ini dikuasai oleh ulama-ulama yang punya pandangan aliran Islam Shiah (walau mereka mengaku sebagai aliran Islam Suni). Puncaknya, adalah pada pemilu kemaren di Mesir, 60% jumlah suara dikuasai oleh Ikhwanul Muslimin. Shiah sudah mengembangkan sayapnya dari Syria, Jordania, Libanon dengan Hesbollah-nya, hingga Palestina dengan Hamas-nya.
    Kalo menganggap akidah Shiah dan Sunni bisa diseragamkan sudah jelas mustahil karena kedua aliran ini sudah muncul sebagai musuh sejak nabi Muhammad masih hidup dimana pengikut Sunni mendukung Aishah sebagai isteri tersayang nabi Muhammad, sebaliknya Shiah adalah umat pendukung nabi Muhammad dan keluarganya.
    Semoga Islam bisa berdamai sehingga tidak terjadi perpecahan. Cara satu-satunya adalah supaya setiap pemeluk diajarkan untuk saling menghargai perbedaan, memandang perbedaan sebagai bunga-bunga kehidupan.


              Key and Peele        

    Creators/writers/stars of Comedy Central's Key and Peele: Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, showrunner Ian Roberts, Rebecca Drysdale, Colton Dunn, Charlie Sanders, Rich Talarico, and Alex Rubens. A really fun chat with some really funny people. The new season of Key and Peele starts Sept 26th, right after South Park! Recorded August 19, 2012.


              The Afternoon Sound Alternative 10-18-2013 with 99 & Barry        
    Playlist:

    Junior Jordan And The RockABoogie 7- Down Boy Down Boy - Hot Rod Rockabilly
    Various Artists- If You Want Nice Kids Be Nice To Your Kids - Potatoes
    Rabbit Rabbit- Hero And A Saint - Rabbit Rabbit Radio Vol 1
    The Books- The Future Wouldnt That Be Nice - The Lemon Of Pink
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    3 Mice- Hot Rod Waltz - Send Me A Postcard
    Kronos Quartet Kyp Malone Stuart Bogie Tunde Adebimpe- Sorrow Tears Blood - Red Hot Fela
    Curtis Fowlkes Dougie Bowne Erik Sanko Evan Lurie John Lurie Marc Ribot Roy Nathonson The Lounge Lizards- Tarantella - Voice Of Chunk
    Darth Vegas- Waltz Of The Pumpkins - Brainwashing For Dirty Minds
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    Various Artists- Brand New Cadillac Me Voy Papito - Sevilla Calling
    Mano Negra- Bring The Fire - King Of Bongo
    A Tribe Called Red- Look At This - A Tribe Called Red
    William Shatner- Spirit In The Sky feat Peter Frampton - Seeking Major Tom
    Various Artists- New York New York By A Russian Immigrant - Sing Along With The Music
    Gangstagrass- Gunslinging Rambler feat RSON - Rappalachia
    Capitol K- Zokkor U Popcorn - Andean Dub
    The Juju Orchestra- This Is Not A Tango - Bossa Nova Is Not A Crime
    Four Tet- Unicorn - Beautiful Rewind
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    - Maria - Alternative Stage Music Vol 4
    Negativland- Favorite Things - No Business
    People Like Us- The Sound Of The End Of Music - Welcome Abroad
    Sexmob- Zamparo La Strada - Cinema Circus Spaghetti Sexmob Plays Fellini The Music Of Nino Rota
    The Silk Road Ensemble With YoYo Ma- Briel - A Playlist Without Borders
    Meridian Brothers- Cancion Del Moderno Templario - Devocion Works 20052011
    Renaldo And The Loaf- The Elbow Is Taboo - The Elbow Is Taboo
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    - Higher And Higher - Sensacional Soul Vol 2
    - Mias Boogaloo - Long Live Boogaloo
    Ervinna And The Stylers- Crocodile Rock - Top Hits
    Jumping Jacques- Avalon - Avalon
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    John King Electric World- Hot Thumb In A Funky Groove - Hot Thumb In A Funky Groove
    The Hot 8 Brass Band- Shot Gun Joe - Tombstone
    His Melody Maestroes Sir Victor Uwaifo- Agege Ogiobo - Sir Victor Uwaifo Big Sound
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    - Helelyos - Sedayeh Del Funk Psychedelia And Pop From The Iranian PreRevolution Generation
    Various Artists- Girma Beyene Enken Yelebesh - Ethiopiques V 8
    The Lloyd Pack- Alco Twin - At Home With The Lloyd Pack


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/65/playlistDate/2013-10-18
              â€œCreators” Panel from the ATX Television Festival        

    “Creators” panel from the ATX Television Festival. Noah Hawley (creator, the Unusuals); Kyle Killen (creator, Awake and Lone Star); Kevin Biegel (co-creator, Cougar Town), Mark Schwahn (creator, One Tree Hill), Liz Tigelaar (creator, Life Unexpected). Moderated by Jordan Levin (former CEO, the WB; co-founder, Generate; Alloy Ent.). Recorded June 2, 2012.


              How the title chasers' central midfielders work – and why Fellaini doesn't        
    It looks as though things are finally starting to gel for Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. The 4-1 victory overLeicesterthree weeks agowas the first time in years that United played with the high-tempo conviction we'd taken for granted in the Fergie era, and although the subsequent 1-1 draw again Stoke was considerably less inspiring, Mourinho’s long-term project is clearly moving in the right direction. Dropping Wayne Rooney has helped compress the shape of the side, largely because both Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard can now be accommodated in the starting XI. Both of these players drifted intelligently towards the centre of the pitch against Leicester, linking the lines with quickfire short passing and overwhelming Claudio Ranieri’s two-man midfield. But just as important was their ability to renege on fielding a real defensive midfielder in their defeat of the Foxes. This is their weakest position – and to win the league you need to field one in the vast majority of games you play. United’s back four and front five possess the quality of champions, but – unlike all of their Premier League rivals – their defensive midfielder doesn't look the part. Changing role The modern defensive midfielder has evolved quite a bit since the mid-noughties, when Mourinho’s tactical powers were at their peak. Back then, Claude Makelele was the anchorman archetype driving Chelsea to successive league titles; a strong, no-nonsense midfielder who rarely took risks in possession and clattered into anyone who tried to dominate his space. The role has become far more technical in 2016. The worldwide tactical vogue has shifted to an emphasis on frantic high-pressing and counter-pressing football, and as a consequence the defensive midfielder now needs to be considerably sharper in possession. The pitch has become more and more compressed, which means everyone in the engine room must be adept at both weaving away from the press and quickly releasing the ball to start counter-attacks. As is increasingly the case for each player on the pitch, the defensive midfielder is much more of an all-rounder these days, capable of slaloming out of trouble like a winger and threading passes like a playmaker. Unfortunately, Marouane Fellaini simply cannot live up to these expectations. Fellaini’s shortcomings Fellaini was always likely to become a favourite of Mourinho’s due to his reputation as something of a teacher’s pet; he listens carefully to his manager’s instructions and attempts to carry out the tactical plan diligently. However, his technical ability leaves a lot to be desired. He's far too ponderous when United have possession, and his awkward posture on the ball means he often misses the split-second opportunities to pierce the opposition lines and evade the press. The Belgian's not athletic enough, either. Fellaini often goes missing in matches, failing to adequately cut off the passing lines or close out the spaces that yawn open between defence and midfield. This is the most important part of the job, but one that Fellaini's still struggling to understand. As attacking lines narrow among Europe’s elite, it's looking increasingly likely that United’s shortcomings in defensive midfield could separate them from the rest of the top six. Fellaini gifts Leicester a goal in the Community Shield Here's how Fellaini compares to his rivals... Chelsea – N’Golo Kante Kante’s defensive brilliance is well documented; nobody in the Premier League breaks up play as well as Chelsea’s French midfielder. But aside from his exceptional reading of the game, Kante’s confidence in possession was a vital aspect of Leicester's title-winning campaign last time out. The Foxes’ ability to hit their opponents on the counter was their primary tactic last season, and many of their quick breaks forward wouldn't have been possible without Kante’s initial pass. After one of his monstrous tackles or interceptions, the former Caen destroyer would invariably jink away and play an intelligent forward pass. Without his composure under pressure, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy would never have found the space they did. Given that Mourinho loves to counter-attack, Fellaini’s deficiency in this area is a cause for concern. Kante wins the ball and moves it on against Arsenal Everton – Idrissa Gueye Gueye is the player who Manchester United should have acquired over the summer. At just £7 million, the Senegal international looks like the value signing of the summer: only Kante made more tackles and interceptions last season, with Gueye currently leading the tackling charts for 2016/17 with 5.1 per match. Like Kante, he's very skilled at instigating counter-attacks and bursting forward in possession; in both defence and attack, the 27-year-old is a considerably more effective defensive midfielder than anyone in the United ranks. Tottenham – Eric Dier England’s Eric Dier is remarkably composed for his age. Although Mauricio Pochettino uses him in a more conservative role than many defensive midfielders at top clubs (he often drops deep to make a flat back three during Spurs attacks), Dier’s calm defensive work instills a soothing sense of control over the rest of the team. Fellaini is too erratic and ill-disciplined to provide similar assurances from the heart of midfield, which can lead to nervous displays from Mourinho’s team. Arsenal – Granit Xhaka Arsenal’s new Swiss midfielder needs more time to settle in England, but when he does the fans will see he's the perfect fit. Strong in the tackle and capable of playing in a more advanced role when required, Xhaka's the Patrick Vieira type that Arsenal have been after for years. The Switzerland international already averages more tackles (3.5) and interceptions (2.4) per 90 minutes than Fellaini, and these statistics will only improve once he has fully adapted to Premier League football. Xhaka snaps into a tackle against Leicester Manchester City – Fernandinho Let’s leave the analysis of the Brazilian to his manager, Pep Guardiola. "Fernandinho can do everything," the Manchester City boss said recently. "What we have achieved so far would have been impossible without him. He's fast, he's intelligent, strong in the air and he can play in several positions. No sooner does he see a space than he runs there immediately. If you need someone to make a correction or a challenge, he sees it too. If a team had three Fernandinhos, they would be champions.” United wouldn't mind just one. Liverpool – Jordan Henderson Jurgen Klopp’s choice for defensive midfield is testament to the evolution of the role over the last decade. Henderson has always been a box-to-box midfielder but this season Liverpool have moved him into a deeper position – andKlopp will be satisfied with the speed of his progress. The 26-year-old Henderson is helped by James Milner’s new position as an inverted left-back; the ex-Leeds utility man is often found alongside Henderson, simplifying his team-mate’s role and shrinking the space within which he must operate. Fellaini would probably benefit from a similar system to Klopp’s, but under Mourinho this is highly unlikely. Given that Michael Carrick’s ageing legs don't offer a long-term solution and Morgan Schneiderlin doesn't appear to be in Mourinho’s plans, United desperately need to look for a new defensive midfielder in January. Without an upgrade on Fellaini, the 2016/17 Premier League title may just be beyond them. New features you'd like every day on FourFourTwo.com
              Everest: A Climb for Peace - episode: 229237        
    EVEREST: A CLIMB FOR PEACE chronicles the journey of nine "peace climbers" from different faiths and cultures as they attempt to summit the tallest mountain in the world. Actor Orlando Bloom, also a United Nations Ambassador for UNICEF, narrates. Filmed on location in Nepal, Tibet, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, U.A.E. and the United States, the documentary focuses on Palestinian Ali Bushnaq and Israelis Dudu Yifrah and Micha Yaniv. Setting aside their differences, they come together to forge a path of teamwork and cooperation. This, however, is easier said than done. Each believes their respective nations, embroiled in a brutal war for years, lie on the right side of the conflict. A socially relevant film about peace, war and the human spirit, EVEREST: A CLIMB FOR PEACE features spectacular Everest footage, including a dramatic rescue near the summit.
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              No One Wants To Name Their Kid 'Michael' Anymore        

    It's the name pretty much every other boy had since the 1950s, but it could soon be gone from maternity wards.

    According to the Independent, the name Michael is now trending downwards in the U.S., where it has topped the boy's baby name charts since the 1960s.

    It's had a similar run in Canada, as this chart via Behind the Name that illustrates B.C. data shows:

    As of 2011, it dropped from the top five names entirely.

    But we actually have a Michael to thank for having baby name rankings in the first place.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, Michael Shackleford was a worker at the Social Security Administration in the '90s, and his own annoyance with the constant presence of other Michaels drew him to analyze the most common baby names in order to avoid a similar problem for his impending kid. That project turned into the federal baby names rankings now published by the U.S.

    Need more baby name ideas? We've got you covered:


    So what's replacing Michael as far as popularity goes? Well, that's just the thing. Parents who (like Shackleford) want to find an individual name for their kid have driven down any one name as the leader, although Noah and Jacob have been battling it out for the past few years.

    All of this doesn't make much of a difference to the Michaels who have spent their whole lives twisting their heads in public places whenever someone calls their name, but who knows? Maybe in a few years people will return to Michael because it's so unique .. and start the whole cycle all over again.

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              25 lat Super Nintendo poprzez swoje najciekawsze gry        

    Słynne Super Nintendo, znane w Japonii jako Super Famicon, którego pełna nazwa brzmi Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), dzisiaj świętuje swoje 25 urodziny. 16-bitowa konsola zaznaczyła przed i po w świecie gier wideo integrując bardziej zaawansowaną grafikę i dźwięki o większej pojemności. 25 lat później nadal zamieszkuje w pamięci wszystkich fanów gier wideo i tych którzy w latach 90 mogli się cieszyć tą konsolą.

    Została wydana w Japonii, 21 listopada w 1990 a w kolejnym roku, 23 sierpnia pojawiła się w Stanach Zjednoczonych. W Europie jednak, na przybycie konsoli trzeba było czekać do 6 czerwca 1992 roku, i musiała konkurować z Mega Drive od Sega.

    Super Nintendo towarzyszyła klasyczna gra Super Mario World, która była najlepiej sprzedającą się grą na tę platformę. Wraz z nią Street Fighter II, Donkey Kong Country i Super Mario Kart zostały sprzedane w wielu egzemplarzach. Ale nie wszystkie gry na Super Nintendo były wielkim hitami, a większość z nich jest nieznana dla dużej części publiczności. Dlatego też, z okazji 25-lecia konsoli, przygotowaliśmy listę najciekawszych i najdziwniejszych gier, które na długo zapadną Ci w pamięci.

    Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill:

    Ta gra opracowana przez Kaneko na Super Nintendo nigdy nie została upubliczniona, mimo, że została ona ogłoszona. Zaplanowana był również wersja na 16-bitową konsolę SEGA, ale również nie została upublicziona. Jej wydanie miało ukazać się w 1993 roku, zostało opóźnione o rok, aby ukończyć grę, ale ostatecznie gra nigdy nie ujrzała światła dziennego, przez nagłe zamknięcie oddziału Kaneko w Stanach Zjednoczonych. Najciekawszym elementem gry jest jej historia i satyra polityczna amerykańskiej panoramy wobec prezydenta tamtej epoki. Socks jest kotem prezydenta tamtych czasów, Billa Clintona i gra opierała się właśnie na nim. Jego misją jest poinformowanie Białego Domu o tym, że pocisk jądrowy został skradziony i aby to zrobić musi stawić czoła szpiegom, politykom i dziennikarzom. Ponadto na końcu każdego poziomu musi walczyć z bossami, którzy co ciekawe są bardzo podobni do byłych prezydentów jak Richard Nixon, Gerarld Ford, Jimmy Carter i George H. W. Bush. Na podstawie skoków, zadrapań i miauczenia, mały prezydencki kot musi uratować świat przed zagrożeniem nuklearnym i terrorystami. Rzadkość w prawdziwie amerykańskim stylu. Jest to jedna z najbardziej poszukiwanych i najciekawszych gier. W rzeczywistości, licencja tej gry była częścią fanklubu kota Clinton, non-profit, z siedzibą w Wirginii i znana była jako “Presidential Socks Partnership”. Aby móc korzystać z licencji Kaneko przekazał darowiznę na cele charytatywne. Ujmujący kot był tak popularny w Stanach Zjednoczonych w tamtym czasie, że stworzono koszulki, kubki, naklejki i skarpetki z jego podobizną.

    Captain Novolin:

    Ta gra wideo miała ogromny wpływ na klasyczne gry wideo o super bohaterach. Opracowana przez Sculptured Software i opublikowana przez Raya Systems na Super Nintendo, została udostępniona dla publiczności w 1992 roku. Jest grą edukacyjną i ma na celu zwiększenie świadomości na temat cukrzycy, stąd jej nazwa “Novolin”, która jest marką insuliny. Kapitan Novolin został wyznaczony do uratowania Ziemi i burmistrza diabetyka z miasta Pineville przed inwazją kosmitów przebranych za fast foody.  Novolin musi uniknąć jedzenia pączków i ciastek, poprzez spożywanie zdrowej żywności, aby utrzymać stabilny poziom glukozy we krwi, przyjmując dzienną dawkę insuliny i kontrolować swoją dietę. Ta gra stanowi część serii gier edukacyjnych Raya Systems: Bronkie the Bronchiasaurus, Packie and Marlon, Rex Ronan: Experimental Surgeon. W tej ostatniej chirurg Rex Ronan musi się skurczyć, aby wejść w ciało Jake i uratować go. Jake to biznesmen, pracujący w firmie wyrobu tytoniu, który zachorował, ponieważ palił od 15 roku życia. Chirurg musi również walczyć przeciwko robotom, którego firma wyrobu tytoniu wprowadziła w ciało Jake, aby zapobiec upadkowi firmy, jeżeli Jake przetrwa i poinformuje, że palenie jest szkodliwe. Najlepszy sposób, aby poinformować dzieci, że firmy, które produkują papierosy są złe, a palenie zabija.

    E.V.O Search for Eden:

    Gra wideo opracowana przez Almanic Corporation i opublikowana przez Enix na Super Nintendo, przedstawia podróż przez teorię ewolucji. Początkowo ukazała się z Gają, córką słońca oraz mistycznym usposobieniem Ziemi, która wyjaśnia podróż, którą musisz odbyć przez różne okresy czasu planety, podczas którego będziesz się zmieniać i ewoluować, do momentu w którym znajdziesz się w Ogrodzie Eden wraz z Gają. W zasadzie chodzi o podróż i przeżycie teorii ewolucji oraz oraz o historię Ziemii w tej niecodziennej grze wideo, która łączy Naukę, Historię, Mity, Religię i Science Fiction. Początkowo jesteś prehistoryczną rybą i możesz przekształcić się w gada, ssaka lub ptaka, w zależności od dokonywanych przez Ciebie wyborów. Musisz walczyć o Twoje jedzenie, przybierać na sile, ewoluować i zawsze poruszać się do przodu. Tylko najsilniejsi przetrwają. W skrócie, Darwin którego nigdy wcześniej nie widzieliście. Jednak, w tej niepokojącej wersji kreacji Ziemi pojawiają się tajemnicze kryształy, które wpływają na ewolucję i zmieniają jedzące je kreatury w potężne potwory dominujące nad pozostałymi. Po zakończeniu gry i po stawieniu czoła gigantycznemu organizmowi, który rósł na bazie kryształów, odkryjesz, że zostały one wysłane przez bardziej zaawansowaną cywilizacje na Marsie, aby pomóc planecie w szybszej ewolucji, ale po ich niepowodzeniu i błędzie postanowili opuścili Ziemię i przeczekać na dalszą ewolucję, aby integrować, gdy będą na to przygotowani.

    Noah’s Ark 3D:

    Kontynuując tematykę religijną, w 1994 roku producent Cristiana Wisdom Tree wydała tę grę wideo, której jak sama nazwa wskazuje, oparta jest na historii Arki Noego. Ta biblijna postać musi kontrolować zwierzęta ze swojej Arki, które mają już dosyć i chcą ją opuścić. Aby tego dokonać, Noe musi rzucać im różne owoce, aby zasnęły i nie atakowały go. Ponadto, na końcu każdego poziomu musi zmierzyć się z bossem, którym jest wściekłe zwierzę, pierwszym z nich jest Carl wielbłąd. Gra posiada dość złą grafiką i mało emocjonujący rozwój, ale ciekawym ciekawa jest jej historia. Na początek należy zauważyć, że mowa o jedynej grze na Super Nintendo bez licencji, która nie została oficjalnie uznana przez Nintendo. W owym czasie, Wisdom Tree była związana z Color Dreams i była to jedyna firma, która była w stanie legalnie ominąć chip blokady Super Nintendo. Dzięki temu mogła produkować wkłady tej gry, które wymagały oryginalnego Super Nintendo, aby można było się nią cieszyć. Trzeba było czekać do 2014 roku, aby gra posiadała oficjalny wkład dla konsoli. Ale jeszcze ciekawszy jest fakt, że gra wideo o tematyce religijnej był zainspirowana na brutalnej grze Wolfenstein 3D w pierwszej osobie, której celem było zabijanie nazistów. Co więcej pierwsza licencja, która została udzielona na rzecz producenta, została stworzona dla gry, która opierała się na filmie grozy Hellraiser dla Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Jednak nie można było jej stworzyć ponieważ hardware tej konsoli był niezgodny z paletą kolorów gry. Wpływ miał również fakt, że ta tematyka nie była zgodna z ideałami religijnymi i krewnymi Wisdom Tree, dlatego też, postanowili poczekać na unieważnienie licencji, aby przenieść rozwój na Super Nintendo i przeprojektować grę na tematykę religijną. I tak narodziła się niewinna gra Noah’s Ark 3D.

    Uniracers:

    W grudniu 1994 roku szkocka firma DMA Design, obecnie znana jako Rockstar North i twórca słynnego Grand Theft Auto, wraz z Nintendo wydali na rynek tę grę o jednokołowych wyścigach w Stanach Zjednoczonych. W Europie gra ukazała się 27 kwietnia 1995 roku pod nazwą: Unirally. Ta gra posiadająca renderową grafikę, koncentrowała się na prędkości i została wydana w celu zademonstrowania, że Super Nintendo był w stanie posiadać gry podobne do Sonic z SEGA. Ponadto gra miała posiada wiele uwag krytycznych: miłośnicy gier wyścigowych, rajdów i wyścigów komentowali, że brakuje w niej adrenaliny i emocji, ponieważ tory wyścigowe były bardzo małe i nudne. Jednak, fani skateboardingu byli zachwyceni możliwością wykonywania piruetów i akrobacji na monocyklu, ponieważ gra położyła duży nacisk na ten aspekt. Z rzeczą z którą zgadzali się wszyscy, była oryginalność pomysłu; i w rzeczywistości, monocykl, który żyje własnym życiem i poświęca czas na wyścigi i skoki, to coś niespotykanego. Lub tak właśnie myśleliśmy, ponieważ znane studio animacji Pixar wkrótce po wydaniu gry, oskarżyło DMA Design o plagiat jego oryginalnego pomysłu i projektu swojej postaci Red z krótkometrażowego filmu z 1987 zatytułowanego Red´s Dream. Red to czerwony monocykl, podobny do tych, które pojawiły się w Uniracers, zamknięty w sklepie rowerowym, który marzy o przynależności do świata cyrku. Pomimo skarg jednego z deweloperów szkockiej firmy (a następnie twórcy, Grand Theft Auto) Mike Dailly, który skrytykował Pixar, za pomysł, uważania siebie szefem każdego monocyklu stworzonego na komputer, ostatecznie przegrali rozprawę w sądzie, a Nintendo miał zakaz tworzenia nowych wkładów (kartidży) do tej gry.

    Bill Laimbeer’s Combat Basketball:

    Ta gra posiada kilka ciekawostek. Pierwszą z nich jest to, że była to pierwsza gra koszykówki wydana na Super Nintendo. Firmą odpowiedzialną za wydanie w 1991 roku była Hudson Soft. Bill Laimbeer grał w tych latach w NBA dla Detroit Pistons, i w tym czasie drużyna była sławna za swoją agresywną i fizyczną grę. I wyraźnie gra inspirowana była na tym aspekcie. Jest to gra w koszykówkę, która rozgrywa się w 2030 roku, w której nie istnieją zasady a wszystkie chwyty są dozwolone. Główny bohater Bill Laimbeer, stał się nowym prezesem NBA. Lata temu wyrzucony z ligi, za bardzo agresywną grę. Teraz powrócił i postanowił się zemścić wyrzucając wszystkich sędziów i tworząc ten rodzaj siatkówki w którym nie istnieje nieczysta gra, można używać broni i wszystko jest dozwolone, aby wygrać. Zlecił istniejącym firmom klonującym, które istniały w 2030 roku, aby stworzyły niezwyciężoną armię graczy. W ten sposób koszykówka stała się ekstremalnym i brutalnym sportem, w którym gracze mieli ze sobą zbroję, rzucają bomby na boisku, uzbrojeni są w piły, i nie biorą udziału w grze w celu zdobycia punktów, lecz broni. Jest to gra widziana z góry, w której można wybrać dwie opcję gry: zagrać mecz przeciwko komputerowi lub innemu graczowi, lub też opcję ligi. W tej ostatniej, możesz stworzyć swoją własną drużynę i nadać jej nazwę i kolor dla każdego gracza. W każdym sezonie rozgrywanych jest 14 meczów i rozpoczynasz w trzeciej lidze, Twoim celem jest dotarcie do Super Ligi. Z bardzo ubogą grafiką, a także muzyką i efektami dźwiękowymi, gra otrzymała bardzo złe opinię. Jednak znalazła się w rankingu najrzadszych gier wideo opartych na znanych osobistościach w historii magazynu Game Informer, w którym opisują Bill Laimbeer jako Adolfra Hitlera koszykówki.

    Shaq fu:

    Kontynuując z koszykówką, w latach 90 gracz Shaquille O’Neal był jednym z najlepszych w NBA, a wszystko czego dotknął zmieniało się w złoto. Poza grą walki z jego nazwiskiem, w której to był protagonistą. 28 października 1994 roku gra została opublikowana przez Electronic Arts i opracowana przez Delphine Software International, zarówno na Super Nintendo jak i na Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. Najciekawszym faktem na temat gry, jest to, że przeszła do historii jako jedna z najgorszych gier wideo. W niewyjaśniony sposób, w 1995 roku została dostosowana do platform Game Gear, Game Boy i Amiga. Historia rozpoczyna się z Shaquille O’Neal wędrującym po ulicach Tokio przed rozegraniem charytatywnego meczu. Nagle postanawia wejść do centrum Kung Fu, gdzie oczekuje na niego pewien starzec, mistrz Sztuk Walki. Mężczyzna jest przekonany, że Shaq jest wojownikiem wybranym w celu uratowana chłopca o imieniu Nezy z rąk złej mumii i prowadzi go do wejścia do innego wymiaru, w którym będzie musiał stawić czoła potworom z innego świata. Bez wątpienia, zobaczyć słynnego koszykarza, który staje się karateką, nie pozostawia nikogo obojętnym. Opinie ekspertów i graczy sprawiły, że gra znalazła się na liście najgorszych gier wideo. Shaq Fu posiada stronę internetową o eliminowaniu wszelkich śladów gry, akcja o nazwie „Wyzwolenie” i zdecydowanie sprzeciwia się sequelowi, gry, który opisuję ich działanie jako „akt agresji”. Chociaż nie wygląda na to, że opinie tych zdegustowanych użytkowników utknęły w martwym punkcie, ponieważ w 2014 Big Deez Productions ogłosił, że dzięki zbiórce pieniędzy z crowdfunding utworzył sequel; Shaq Fu: a Legend Reborn. Na szczęście, twórcy sequelu byli świadomi wielkiej katastrofy, która sprawiła, że gra zyskała tytuł „obrzydliwej” i zapewniają, że w obu grach tylko dwie rzeczy są takie same: imię i główny bohater.

    Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City:

    Wygląda na to, że Electronic Arts posiada talent wybierania najlepszego koszykarza wszech czasów i stworzenia gry wideo z jego obrazem który skończy się katastrofą. Osoby niezadowolone z Shaquille O’Neal, który praktykował Kung Fu, postanowiły, że Michael Jordan będzie rzucał piłką, aby zabić potwory. Zaledwie miesiąc po Shaq Fu, 21 listopada 1994 roku, Ocean opublikował grę na Super Nintendo w Stanach Zjednoczonych. W Europie gra pojawiła się 11 marca w 1995 roku. Amerykański magazyn gier wiedo GamePro wydał pozytywną opinię chwaląc jego zróżnicowaną grywalność oraz złożone i zróżnicowane poziomy, choć krytykuje nadmierne lokowanie produktu z Gatorade, który działa jako uzupełnienie energii postaci między innymi w grze. Magazyn Nintendo Power natomiast, przyznał grze pierwsze miejsce w swojej dziesiątce najgorszych gier wideo za ich dziwaczny pomysł. Akcja rozgrywa się w Chicago (pamiętajmy, że Michael Joran był gwiazdą Chicago Bulls w tamtym czasie) gdzie główna postać ma rozegrać charytatywny mecz, ale wkrótce zdaje sobie sprawę, że jego drużyna zniknęła. Zostali porwani przez szalonego naukowca Maximus Cranium, który organizuje spotkani z gwiazdą NBA w egipskiej sali w muzeum. Michael Jordan odnajduje podziemne więzienie za sekretnymi drzwiami przez które przechodzi w poszukiwaniu swojej drużyny. Jordan posiada różne rodzaje piłek do koszykówki) boomerang, lodową piłkę, ognistą, żelazną…), aby pokonać swoich wrogów, wśród których znajdują się latające oczy, zombie, nietoperze, a nawet paparazzi. Jest to klasyczna gra platformowa, choć trudniejsza, która posiada skomplikowane sterowanie. Gra posiada powerups oraz różne rodzaje broni.

    Home Improvement: Power Tool Pursuit:

    Ta gra wideo opera się na amerykańskim serialu o nazwie “Home Improvement” z Tim Allen jako protagonistą, znanym w Hiszpanii jako “Pan Złota Rączka”. Opracowany przez Imagineering, Inc i opublikowany przez Absolute Entertainment, ujrzał światło dzienne w listopadzie w 1994 roku. Gra została opisana jako słaba adaptacja serialu telewizyjnego. Mimo, że historia mówi o męskości, co sprawia, że mężczyzna jest mężczyzną, mnóstwo testosteronu, rzecz która zawsze była obecna w serialu. Postać Tim ogłasza podczas jednego ze swoich programów o majsterkowaniu, że firma Binford produkująca narzędzia wyda linię nowych produktów z jego nazwiskiem. W momencie w którym ich szukał, aby je zaprezentować w studiu, narzędzia zniknęły a na ich miejscu znaleziono wiadomość o rozpoczęciu przygody w ich poszukiwaniu. I tak właśnie robi Tim; zaczyna przeszukiwać każde studio w poszukiwaniu zaginionych narzędzi. Pierwszy poziom ma miejsce w studio, w którym nagrywany jest film o dinozaurach, przez co Tim musi zmierzyć się z tymi prehistorycznymi bestiami, których broń stanowią nic innego jak narzędzia. Za pomocą wiertła, piły łańcuchowej, stawia czoła swoim wrogom. Jest to gra platformowa podzielona na 4 światy, wśród których znajduje się starożytny Egipt z piramidami i coś co wygląda jak futurystyczny świat pełny robotów. Na końcu każdego poziomu musi zmierzyć się z bossem, aby odzyskać skradzione narzędzia. Gdy kończy grę, odkrywamy, że złodziejami, którzy ukradli narzędzia byli synowie Tim-a, którzy chcieli poddać próbie męskości swojego ojca. Ponieważ co jest bardziej męski niż złota rączka ze swoim pasem narzędzi zabijający potwory wiertarką? Ponadto, zabawne jest to, że gra nie posiadała instrukcji obsługi dla elementów sterujących. Zamiast tego pojawiały się okna z wyrażeniami: „prawdziwi mężczyźni nie potrzebują instrukcji”.

    Artykuł napisany przez Paula Gil Alonso.

     


              Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie (Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, #1)        
    Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie (Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, #1)
    author: Jordan Sonnenblick
    name: Lorraine
    average rating: 4.24
    book published: 2004
    rating: 4
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    date added: 2017/03/06
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              The Blame Game        

    I have counted. It's been 16 months, 2 weeks, and 2 days. Since that picture was taken. Since Marc-Andre Fleury backstopped the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup championship. Since Fleury allegedly answered the questions and doubt that has dogged him through his career.


    "Trade Fluery" opined one fan on twitter last night, using the unorthodox "u-e" spelling. "fleury is considered a part of the core. but his play is quickly making him expendable. and his contract an albatross" chimed in another.

    Ten games into the 2011 season and the 26-year-old former first overall draft pick with a $5 million-a-year contract has played five games. He has won just one. He has allowed 3.4 goals-a-game, and mounted a pathetic .861 save percentage.

    33-year-old perennial NHL backup, working for just over the league minimum at 500K, Brent Johnson has been between the pipes for the other five games. He has won four. His only loss came in a valiant 0-1 overtime game in St. Louis. He is allowing only 1.39 goals-a-game and is 3rd in the league with a stifling .951 save percentage.

    And less than a year and a half later, in light of the goaltending controversy, the questions have once again bubbled to the surface. Is Fleury a liability?  Can he be a number one?

    While Penguins fans seem to never back down from confronting even the slightest of perceived Crosby criticisms, Fleury has been so often the target of blame that it has become a joke among the fan base. It has it's own Facebook group and Twitter hashtag.

    A year prior to lifting Lord Stanley's Cup, following a 2008 Finals loss to the Red Wings in which Evgeni Malkin was nearly invisible, Fleury received an inordinate amount of  criticism despite making 205 saves over the six game Detroit offensive onslaught. While he made a few costly mistakes, each one was magnified, whether it was his rebounds, tendency to overplay the puck, or making his way onto the ice.

    He's been targeted so frequently that it almost feels like a knee-jerk instinctive reaction to defend Fleury. Undoubtedly he is struggling. And at the same time Johnson is playing as well as ever has. If Johnson wasn't so hot we'd just look to see Fleury play through it. You can blame him for his lackluster play, but with the exception of the 3-2 Montreal loss in which he allowed a late cheap goal, you can hardly blame the notches in the loss column on Fleury. 

    The Penguins play fast and loose. While their defense leads the league in points, they've seen defensive-minded players leave via free agency one after another the past few years. Hal Gill, Rob Scuderi, Mark Eaton. Orpik still remains a force around the perimeter, arguably their only shutdown player Jordan Staal has yet to suit up this season due to a foot infection that is beginning to warrant it's own low-budget horror film adaptation. They allowed 237 goals last season, more than any other team that qualified for the postseason.

    It's not easy in the Penguins crease. Even at the top of his game Fleury has never been a statistically great tender. Of the four seasons he's played over 40 games his best save percentage is a pedestrian .912. But despite an undeserved reputation that has followed him from his junior days, Fleury has been a big-game goaltender. He is unquestionably an asset with an uncanny ability to bounce back.

    In the second greatest hockey game I've ever witnessed, game five of the 2008 finals, Fleury turned in an all-time great playoff performance, making 55 total saves, including the last 24 over two and half periods of overtime play in which one mistake would end the Penguins season.

    In the first round of the 2009 postseason match-up with the Flyers Fleury stole games two and four, making, respectively, 38 saves on 40 shots, and an unreal 45 saves on 46 shots.

    Following a 5-0 debacle in game five of the 2009 Cup Finals, again against the Wings, Fleury allowed a single goal on 26 shots in game six. In the decisive seventh game, with everything on the line, let's remember that while the eventual Conn Smyth winner hadn't scored since the first period of game four, and Crosby spent the majority of the 3rd on the bench injured, it was Max Talbot's two goals and Fleury's 23 saves on 24 shots that sealed the deal.

    Tomorrow night against the division rival Flyers, play Johnson. Ride the hot hand, because that is what you do in hockey. Every season we relearn the importance of those early games when a playoff spot is decided by a single point. Play Johnson because he'll give us the best chance to pocket a couple points in the standings.

    But make no mistake, in several months time when things really start to matter, Fleury will be in the crease for the Penguins doing what he has done over the past five seasons, giving the Penguins their best chance to win.

    And shouldering the blame when they don't.

              Nervous Musings        
    How We Got Here, and How We Beat the Habs Rope-A-Dope Defense
    QB SACK!
    A month ago, anxiously awaiting the puck to drop on the NHL postseason, I harped on two things to anyone that would even feign a lent ear. One, as a Penguins fan an eventual match-up with the New Jersey Devils would be our undoing. More than anyone else, they scared me. It was an individual match-up thing. They happened to play a system that corresponded almost perfectly with the Penguins. Remember when you were playing Nintendo Tecmo Bowl and your buddy on defense picked the exact right play call? The defense would tear through the O-line like it was wet tissue paper, slaughter any blocking back and decimate your QB. It was like that. Only uglier. In their six meetings this season the Penguins weren’t just swept by the division-rival Devils, New Jersey didn’t even yield an OT loss consolation point. It was a shellacking.

    And two, I said any team facing Pittsburgh should pull the tapes from those Devils games. If they have the guys to play the system, even if for only one series, they had the Penguins number. I said this over and over, mostly just hoping to jinx it so that no team would actually follow through on it.

    OPEN FIELD
    In our email Pick ‘em Pool, no one was surprised that everyone picked the Washington Capitals to advance past the Montreal Canadiens. I had the sweep, Caps in four. In fact, I though the entire Eastern Conference would go chalk. There just seemed to be a talent gap between the top 4 and bottom 4 playoff teams. By the time the Habs pushed the President Trophy winning Capitals to a decisive Game 7, the East, already openly acknowledged as the Nation League of hockey, had imploded.

    Going into the first round against the Devils, the Flyers did their best to set an example for Earth Day by putting to practice the “re-use” policy.  Philly plucked Brian Boucher off the used goalie trash heap, throwing him, once again, between the pipes. Thus continuing a trend in the Flyers crease that only parallels behind Spinal Taps drum set.

    And yet, while I was doing my best Chicken Little impersonation at even the slightest mention of the Devils, every Flyers fan I talked to liked the match-up. They had reason, Philly owned the New Jersey in their six division games. And Boucher turned in a baffling brilliant series, outplaying Martin Broduer, and dispatching the Devils in five games.

    The third seeded Buffalo Sabres, backstopped by the man who led US to its Silver medalin Vancouver, Ryan Miller faced the woefully offensive challenged Boston Bruins. It had all the makings for a painless and forgettable first round series. I had the Bruins pegged for single digits in total goals. But the Sabres unraveled in front of Miller before the first puck hit the ice, and another top seed was left shaking hands at center ice, wondering just what went wrong.

    By the time the Canadiens completed the comeback from being down three games to one, stealing Game 7 in DC, I joined my fellow Penguins brethren in treating the evening like a spontaneous holiday. I threw around the phrase “San Jose East”. I dedicated The Faints “I Disappear” to Alexander Semin, Mike Green, and Alex Ovechkin. It was a free-for-all. I tweeted that I was going to do a “#Caps” search and spend the next three weeks reading everything from that night. The first round could not have possibly gone better. Down Goes Brown summed it up perfectly: The Penguins have to feel like a running back who breaks through a tough tackles, looks up, and sees all open field.

    PENS IN SIX
    I exuded confidence going into the second round match-up against the eighth seed Habs. I chalked up their upset of the Capitals to two things. First, Jaroslav Halak playing completely out of his mind. And second, the much maligned build of the Washington roster. The go-to instant analysis was that the high flying Caps were built for the regular season, putting the puck in the net with a reckless abandon while playing a different team every other night. But when a team had time to prepare and make the necessary adjustments, the one-dimensional Caps were sunk. I bought in, mostly because as a Pittsburgh fan I was basking in the DC failure. I thought the Habs had to be tired after the long series. I though Halak might steal a game or two. I did not think Montreal could make it happen again. I picked the Pens in six.

    Game one went just about as well as I could have hoped. The Penguins got to the net, hindered Halak, and put up three first period goals. By early in the third period they had chased Halak, who allowed 5 goals on 20 shots. They won handily 6-3. Even with Jordan Staal needing emergency surgery to repair a torn tendon in his foot, my confidence grew. Murmurs out of Montreal had Carey Price getting a look to start game two.

    Game two started off the same. Halak got the call to return to the crease only minutes before the game. Max Talbot scored an early goal filling in for Staal as the third line center, and all the sudden that “everyone’s contributing” feeling sprang forth. Even when the Habs tied it back up at 1-1, things felt right. Over a stretch from the second period to the third the Penguins outshot the Candiens 30-5. It felt like that overwhelming offensive attack that briefly made an appearance in Pittsburgh coming back from the Olympic break. But as the game bled on without the Penguins scoring, it became a different type of game. The type of game that you dominate for 95% of the time, but fail to put it away, and lose it all on one bad break. Montreal scored on one of only three shots they had in the second period. Camalleri tacked on a third goal in the final frame, and Craig Adams five-minute boarding penalty sealed the game.

    The Penguins had nearly doubled the Habs in shots, 39-21. They overwhelming controlled the puck. But Halak and the Canadiens withstood the attack, made good on their scarce opportunities, and the series was tied at a game apiece.

    Take that formula and repeat it for games 3, 4, 5, and 6. Pittsburgh outshots Montreal, but the games were low-scoring affairs. The Pens took Game 3 2-0, but Montreal answered in Game 4. Again the Penguins controlled the puck and peppered Halak to no avail. Montreal took control in the third period, scoring twice for the 3-2 come-for-behind victory. The Penguins squeaked out a win back at home in Game 5, 2-1. Montreal forced a Game 7 with a 4-2 Game 6 victory in front of a ruckus Bell Centre crowd. Once again, after stifling one of the league’s most dominant teams, the Canadiens looked to pull off a historical upset.

    And so there I sat in silence, after a 12-hour work day, having been up for nearly 24 hours, and after watching the Penguins being forced to the brink of elimination by an eighth seed, thinking to myself, “Just how exactly in the hell is this happening?”

    ROPE-A-DOPE DEFENSE
    The easiest answer is the same conclusion that we were too quick to arrive at after the Caps had their number called: Jaroslav Halak. The Penguins were putting it on net, and he was keeping it out. There was undeniably truth in that conclusion, but, like most easy answers, there was more to the story.While the Habs didn’t have the puck on the blade of their sticks, they had overwhelmingly controlled where the Penguins played the puck. Which all started with the neutral zone  trap.

    Without pulling out the whiteboard, slipping on my tweed jacket, and going too far into Hockey 101, the Habs have eliminated the Penguins rush attack by bringing a forward back to play with the defense in the Montreal side of the neutral zone. By always having an extra skater back, odd-man rushes, which often yield high scoring shots between the circles, are eliminated.

    The age old response to the trap is the even more boring “dump and chase”. Gain the blue-line, throw the puck into a corner, beat the defenders to the puck and attempt to establish possession. All of this is pedestrian, a rehashing of any game played against the New Jersey Devils or Minnesota Wild in the last 15 years. I hate the trap. Like reality television, we all know it’s bad for us. I know it. You know it. Everyone knows it. But it works, and so we’ll probably never get rid of it. But what Montreal is doing goes beyond the trap.

    Even after the Penguins have established puck possession in the offensive zone, the Canadiens have dictated where the puck has been by absolutely shutting down areas of the attack zone, largely behind the net, along the low sideboards, and between the circles. In doing so, they have jammed a cog in the Penguins cycle, constantly making the only option the escape valve defender along the blue-line. But with the puck on the Penguins defenders stick, they back off into a “rope-a-dope” defense, daring the Penguins to pepper Halak with shots from 45+ feet.

    Against just about any other goaltender Pittsburgh would be thrilled to have noted blue-line scoring threat Sergei Gonchar racking up 12 shots in the series. He’s made a career putting the puck in the net from long distance. But not against Halak. Not when Halak can see the puck and the Penguins have been unable to get the need deflections in front of the net.

    Of the Penguins 37 shots in Game 6, only eight came from between the circles. Three came from the sideboards, and a whopping 25 came from beyond the circles and along the blue-line. Of the 25 long distance shots, only three were deflected on goal. Not surprisingly, none of those clean shots from long distance amounted to any scoring. All three of the Penguins goals came from those scarce opportunities between the circles.

    Shots abound, the Penguins are playing into the same hockey game that the Canadiens used to send the Capitals to their early graves. DC outshot Montreal 134-66 in the seven game series. Their lowest total was 36. When the Canadiens were on their game, it was useless. In the three Capitals victories they scored 17 goals. In their four losses, only five goals.

    SHOOT LESS
    Seemingly the answer for Pittsburgh goes against every hockey platitude ever uttered. “Every shot is a good shot.” “You missed 100% of the shots you never take.” Largely these are statements ring true. I’ve seen countless big goals come off pedestrian shots that found the back of the net from unlikely stickblades. I’ve seen Darius Kasparaitis seal a series with an OT goal. However, against Halak, pedestrian shots will not cut it. Not with the way he is playing, they are as good as turnovers - squandered opportunities. Everything thrown his way from 50 feet he is going to stop. So the answer: turn down shots.

    In the Penguins three victories against Montreal they have amounted 24, 25, and 25 shots. In their 3 losses, they have shot 39, 35, and 37. But don’t let the high totals fool you, they are trash shots. Pucks thrown on the net just hoping something good might happen. Something you can except from the third or fourth lines. Something the Penguins top two scoring lines can no longer accept.

    In the past Sidney Crosby has been accused of passing too much, overplaying the puck, getting too cute with the playmaking. Now? Now is the time to do all of the above. Attempt cross passes dissecting the Habs defense, force them. Attempt slap shot passes to the side of the net. Because those perimeter shots won’t cut it. They Habs are giving them to the Pens because they aren’t afraid of them. Take less shots, but take better shots.

    In what may be the Penguins last gave ever skated on Civic Arena ice, they are just going to have to ignore that guy. Yeah, “that one”. The one that choses random moments of the game to stand up and drunkenly bellow “Shoot the puck”.

    We don’t need more shots, we need better shots, more goals.

              14.10.17 21:00 Uhr - Erlangen - Riverside Kitchen im Strohalm        
    Riverside Kitchen verschreibt sich nicht nur dem klassischen und zeitgenössischen Blues, auch Swing, Jazz und Soul beeinflussen die Musik. Die Musikideen stammen vornehmlich aus den Vereinigten Staaten und aus England, die Zeitspanne reicht von den 20er Jahren bis heute.

    Songs von Etta James, B.B. King, Bessie Smith, Louis Jordan, Albert King, Johnny Winter und natürlich von dem legendären Muddy Waters stehen auf dem abwechslungsreichen Programm.


    Die fränkische Bluesband gibt es seit 2003. Vor sechs Jahren hat sich die Besetzung zum großen Teil aus verschiedenen Bands neu formiert. Als Frontfrau agiert Helene Weber, welche die Zuhörer wie gewohnt mit den Riverside Kitchen eigenen Interpretationen verzaubert. Die Band spielt in der Formation Gitarre, Saxophon, Piano, Bass und Schlagzeug.

    Die Musiker von Riverside Kitchen haben alle eins gemeinsam: sie wollen einen lang gehegten Traum verwirklichen und gemeinsam erleben, was es heißt, den Blues auf die Bühne zu bringen.

     


              Sergio García se descuelga y Spieth se salva en un duro estreno del Campeonato de la PGA        
    El golfista español Sergio García firmó un mal estreno este jueves en el Campeonato de la PGA, último 'grande' de la temporada, lejos de cabeza tras firmar 75 golpes, cuatro sobre par, mientras que el aspirante al 'Grand Slam' Jordan Spieth terminó en uno sobre par los primeros 18 hoyos en un exigente Quail Hollow.