Men without college express territorial sexism months after voting Trump        

Bustle just reported that a poll found that half of Americans feel the law should require women to take their husband's names after getting married to them.

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          Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul Lead All Guards In NBA All-Star Voting        
LeBron James is the early vote-getter for the NBA All-Star game, edging Kevin Durant.
          10 FILM TERBAIK SEPANJANG MASA MENURUT VOTING 358 SUTRADARA DUNIA        

10 FILM TERBAIK SEPANJANG MASA MENURUT VOTING 358 SUTRADARA DUNIA


Robert De Niro dalam Film taxi Driver, tahun 1976.  Sumber: ini

10 FILM TERBAIK SEPANJANG MASA MENURUT PARA SUTRADARA


10 film berikut ini menjadi Film Terbaik Sepanjang Masa setelah dilakukan voting kepada 358 sutradara dunia.  Sebut saja Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Quentin Tarantino, Terence Davies, Guillermo del Toro, Martin Scorsese, Olivier Assayas, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Michael Mann, Mike Leigh, Guy Maddin, dan banyak lagi.

DAFTAR 10 FILM TERBAIK SEPANJANG MASA HASIL VOTING 358 SUTRADARA

Berikut ini Daftar 10 Film Terbaik menurut voting para sutradara dunia :


TOKYO STORY

    Poster Film Tokyo Story.  Sumber: ini

Tokyo Story merupakan satu film terbaik dunia yang disutradarai oleh Ozu Yasujiro.  Tokyo Story dirilis pada tahun 1953 dan sukses menginspirasi para sineas dunia. Dibintangi oleh Chishû Ryû, Tokyo Story mengisahkan tentang orang tua yang pergi ke Tokyo untuk mengunjungi anaknya yang sudah dewasa.

Film ini menyajikan gambaran kontras ketika sang anak kandung terlalu sibuk untuk memberi perhatian kepada kedua orang tuanya, namun justru anak angkatnya yang memperlakukan dengan baik. Tokyo story meraih 48 vote dari para sutradara dunia, dan menjadi pemuncak daftar film terbaik sepanjang masa. 


A SPACE ODYSSEY

    Poster Film A Space Odyssey.  Sumber: ini

Di posisi kedua ada film mahakarya Stanley Kubrick yang berjudul 2001: A Space Odyssey. Dibintangi oleh Keir Dullea, film ini mengisahkan tentang perjalanan luar angkasa yang menembus ruang dan waktu dengan konsep dan imajinasi yang tinggi dari Kubrick. Film 2001: A Space Odyssey meraih 42 vote dari para sutradara.

Christopher Nolan pernah mengatakan bahwa film 2001: A Space Odyssey ini merupakan salah satu inspirasinya dalam membuat film Interstellar.



CITIZEN KANE

    Film Citizen Kane.  Sumber: ini

Film Citizen Kane berada di posisi ketiga, juga mendapatkan 42 vote dari para sutradara dunia.  Film yang meraih satu piala Oscar ini dirilis tahun 1941, disutradarai oleh Orson Welles yang juga menulis naskahnya bersama Herman J. Mankiewics.

Citizen Kane dibintangi oleh Joseph Cotten dan Dorothy Comingore, film ini bercerita tentang para wartawan yang berusaha mengungkap sebuah kalimat terakhir dari pengusaha percetakan sebelum akhirnya meninggal dunia. 


8 ½

     Film 8 ½ .  Sumber: ini

Film yang meraih 2 Oscar ini mendapat 40 vote dari para sutradara.  8 ½ dirilis pada tahun 1963 ini disutradarai oleh Federico Fellini yang juga menulis naskahnya bersama Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, dan Brunello Rondi.

Dibintangi oleh Marcello Mastroianni, film ini menceritakan tentang Guido Anselmi, seorang sutradara asal Italia yang tak produktif lagi dalam profesinya.


TAXI DRIVER

     Film Taxi Driver.  Sumber: ini

Taxi Driver yang dirilis tahun 1976 ini diarahkan oleh sutradara Martin Scorsese. Film yang meraih 4 nominasi Oscar ini mendapat 34 vote dari para sutradara dunia. 

Dibintangi oleh Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, dan Cybill Shepherd, film ini menceritakan tentang seorang veteran perang Vietnam yang menjadi supir taksi di malam hari kota New York. Ia yang mentalnya tak stabil merasakan sebuah gejolak ketika ingin menyelamatkan seorang pelacur usia dini. 


APOCALYPSE NOW

    Film Apocalypse Now.  Sumber: ini

Film arahan Francis Ford Coppola ini dirilis pada tahun 1979, berhasil meraih 33 vote dari para sutradara. Kali ini film berjudul Apocalypse Now yang dibintangi oleh Martin Sheen dan Marlon Brando.

Film yang ber-setting pada masa perang Vietnam ini bercerita tentang Captain Benjamin L. yang menjalani misi rahasia untuk membunuh pemberontak yang dianggap gila yaitu Colonel Walter E. Kurtz.



THE GODFATHER

      Film The Godfather . Sumber : ini

Film yang meraih 3 piala Oscar ini mendapat 31 vote dari para sutradara dunia.  Film klasik yang jadi pujaan banyak pecinta film ini disutradarai oleh Francis Ford Coppola.  

The Godfather menampilkan dua aktor handal, yakni Marlon Brando dan Al Pacino ini bercerita tentang kehidupan kelompok gangster di Amerika yang ingin berkuasa dan menebus balas dendam satu sama lain.



VERTIGO

    Film Vertigo.  Sumber: ini

Film yang masuk dalam 2 nominasi Oscar ini meraih 31 vote dari para sutradara.  Mahakarya dari Alfred Hitchcock ini dirilis pada tahun 1958 dengan penulis naskah Alec Coppel dan Samuel A. Taylor.  

Vertigo yang dibintangi oleh James Stewart mengisahkan tentang pensiunan polisi detektif bernama Scottie yang mengidap acrophobia dan vertigo. Ia lalu dipekerjakan oleh kenalannya bernama Gavin Elster untuk mengintai sang istri yang bersikap aneh. 



THE MIRROR


    Film The Mirror.  Sumber: ini

The Mirror dirilis tahun 1975, judul asli nya adalah Zerkalo.  Film ini disutradarai oleh Andrei Tarkovsky yang juga menulis naskahnya bersama Aleksandr Misharin. 

Dibintangi oleh Margarita Terekhova, The Mirror mengisahkan tentang seorang lelaki sekarat yang mengingat kembali masa kecil dan kenangan-kenangan hidupnya yang  menceritakan sejarah Rusia. Film ini mendapatkan 30 vote dari para sutradara.


BICYCLE THIEVES



    Film Bicycle Thieves.  Sumber: ini

Di posisi terakhir, ada Film rilisan tahun 1948 yang disutradarai oleh Vittorio De Sica yang juga menulis naskahnya bersama Cesare Zavattini, Oreste Bartolini, Suso Cecchi, Adolfo Franci, Gherardo Gherardi, dan Gerardo Guerrieri.  Ber-setting setelah Perang Dunia ke 2 di Italia, film ini mengisahkan tentang  seorang ayah dan anaknya dalam mencari sepeda mereka yang hilang dicuri.

Bicycle Thieves yang dibintangi oleh Lamberto Maggiorani ini mendapatkan 29 vote dari semua sutradara yang memberikan voting


Demikian Artikel Citra Property Land (CiproLan) berjudul 10 FILM TERBAIK SEPANJANG MASA MENURUT VOTING 358 SUTRADARA DUNIA.




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          Activist in Washington DC wants to open bookstore in underserved neighborhood to honor a slain journalist         

An activist in Washington DC wants to set up a bookstore in an underprivileged area of the SE section, to be called the Charnice Milton Community Bookstore, in honor of a journalist slain by a stray bullet from gun violence in the City, Perry Stein has a story from Friday, July 14, 2017 in the Washington Post Metro Section, here.

The store would be in the basement of We Act Radio. The owner would need to raise $180,000 for the project.

In the voting district of the store, 19% of adults lack the literacy to read a newspaper.

Back in 1972 when I had moved to northern New Jersey, I remember that the candidate from the “People’s Party of New Jersey” opened a “Make Up Your Mind Bookstore” in Madison N.J. 
  
As I drive around rural towns, I see a more small bookstores (along with antiques) than you would expect. 

Update: Aug. 4

The Facebook page for the new store is here.  I can't find a direct site. 

          Hacking a US electronic voting booth takes less than 90 minutes        
At security conference DEF CON hackers proved it is possible to manipulate votes on the same voting machines used in US elections in the time it takes to watch a movie
          The 10 Commandments To Becoming A Financially Successful Self-Publisher        
Synopsis Creating your first book might seem like a daunting task at first glance. But by devoting some time and effort to it, you should be able to fearlessly create a quality book that can provide an ongoing stream of … Continue reading
          ECU TO PROVIDE BUSINESS CERTIFICATE IN PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING        

East Central University has registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) to provide the means of awarding a new business certificate diploma for personal financial planning.

This certificate compliments the current business administration in finance concentration degree.

An independent certifying organization, CFP Board owns the CFP® and Certified Financial PlannerTM certification marks, which it awards to individuals who meet its education, examination, experience, ethics and other requirements.  Students completing the financial planning program at ECU will have met the education requirement for CFP® Certification Examination administered by CFP Board.

“Financial planning is an excellent career choice. The need for qualified planners is great…and it keeps growing,” said Wendell Godwin, dean of the Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business. “Devoting time and energy toward achieving CFP® certification, the highest standard in professional financial planning, can make a financial planning career even more rewarding.”

CFP® certification is generally recognized as the highest standard in personal financial planning, qualifying financial planning professionals to provide their clients with comprehensive financial advice, according to Godwin.

“Students completing this certificate will be positioned to take the national CFP® Certification Examination through the CFP Board,” Godwin said. “We are the fourth program approved by the CFP Board in Oklahoma. We are one of only two state universities that offer a program at the bachelor level with the other being Northeastern State University.”

The CFP Board’s approval certainly pleased Blaine Aikin, CFP®, chair of CFP Board’s Board of Directors.

“As student interest in financial planning as a career continues to grow, we anticipate that

ECU’s program will contribute significantly to the number of qualified candidates seeking to attain the CFP® certification, the standard of excellence for competent and ethical financial planning,” said Aikin.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of personal financial advisors is projected to grow 30 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the population ages and life expectancies rise, demand for financial planning services should increase.

Today, CFP Board partners with over 340 programs at more than 240 institutions. CFP

Board-Registered Programs are financial planning education programs at the college or university level that meet specific criteria for educating individuals who wish to fulfill the education component for obtaining CFP® certification.

The mission of CFP Board is to benefit the public by granting the CFP® certification and upholding it as the recognized standard of excellence for personal financial planning.  CFP Board owns the certification marks CFP®, Certified Financial PlannerTM, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements.  CFP Board currently authorizes more than 76,000 individuals to use these marks in the United States.  For more about CFP Board, visit www.CFP.net.

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For Immediate Release: 

Contact: Brian Johnson or Amy Ford

                                East Central University Communications and Marketing

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          REVISION: Ownership Structure, Voting and Risk        
We analyze the determinants of a firm's ownership structure when decisions over risk are taken by majority vote of risk-averse shareholders. We show that when a fraction of small, diversified shareholders abstains from voting, mid-sized blockholders may emerge to mitigate the conflict of interests between one large shareholder, who prefers less risky investments, and these small, non-voting shareholders. The paper offers a novel explanation for the puzzling observation that many firms have multiple blockholders. The paper develops numerous empirical implications, for example on the link between ownership structure and risk choices and on the relative size of blocks.
          Introducing Some of the Best Irish Travel Blog Nominees        

It’s awards season for the blogging community in Ireland, and voting has opened in the the Littlewoods Ireland Blog Awards. In all honesty, awards like these aren’t always perfect at highlighting the best blogs; but with a bit of online exploring, they offer a way to discover some great bloggers. You might remember the Irish […]

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          PIONEER GENERATION: PRESENT GROUP OF LEADERS ARE USELESSLY OVERPAID        

<Facebook post by Frankie Jeremy Lee>

What's When Wrong? Hi, I belongs to the Pioneer Generation Singaporean, and I likes to share my thoughts with you guys from the first General Election until now.

The current crop of PAP members are not the same as those during LKY era in many aspects. Yes the world have changed there are more uncertainties out there but ... let consider these, we have more resources / our finance reserve are more stable and healthy, Singaporean are more educated, technology are more advance all these added a plus for us to tackle all these problems as compared to our pioneer of Leaders.

This present group of Leaders even with such a high overpaid salaries and a vast resources in the support system in their Ministries still can make a mess of everything and yet try to persuade and mislead us towards Hell..

SG50, all the achievements rightfully goes to the Pioneer Generation and their Leaderships and now the present group of Leaders continued talking about it and still claiming all the credits.

As we celebrated SG50 we looked back and saw and experienced all the problem we are encountering especially during last 4 years they, already demonstrated to us how incapable they are by introducing all these policies to tackle all these problems they have created in the beginning and get Backfired ... like what Mr. Inderjit Singh had mentioned in a speech on the post assessment of the 2011 elections .. ( Pls look it up on YouTube ) all the information and data used to formulate all the recent last 4 years policies was actually from their Grassroots so called Leaders and Civil Services and not from us. They should able to sense all the unhappiness we have been talking in the Hawker Center / Wet Market Places and Coffee Shop if they spend more time on the ground.

They the PAP still don't trust or care to listen to us the common Singaporean and yet still preferred to listen to their unreliable sources.

(This may be one of the many reasons why this very outspoken MP Mr. Inderjit Singh step out of this year election ) He is a Businessman he rather safe guard himself rather than goes against the PAP'S Whip system when voting to pass a BILL in Parliament , he rather sacrifice and forego his MP status and the fat allowance and step out of the 2015 election as a candidate for Ang Mo Kio GRC anchored by PM himself.

I salute you Mr. Singh for your principle. In future, I hope he can come back and stand in as an Opposition candidate. I recalled he spoke out many times when the Bill was handed into Parliament for Debate.

Eventually and unfortunately, with our present Parliament system after the Wayang Show , all these policies are pushed through in a haste manner. ( Like the SG50 Dollars Note Package even ... our president name been spelled wrongly on the Folder)

Mr Lui, the Transport Minister resigned because he was put in as a "Sacrifice Lamb " to clean up the dirty mess created by the previous Leaders and Minister for a poor forward looking planning the MRT lines during the Planning and Construction stages.

Why don't they in the initial stage design a 3 tracks Rail system ( One center track to be used as a standby track as a contingency plan.)

I recalled in the 70's, Nicholl Highway next to Stadium used to have 3 distinct lanes. The center lane will be used daily during Peak hours in the morning and evening whereby they switched the flow in direction from the City to East. No doubt the Cars population were low and yet that was our only so called Highway we have .. well thought, cheap, practical and workable and able to solve the problems without addition cost past onto the public.

( Now we have COE, ERP, Weekend Car , High Road taxes ...lah ,,etc )

Now you can compared after spending so much Taxpayers $$$$ by the Government building so many Highways and Expressways (Loss Count how many there are !!!) we still encountered congestion problem lots of unhappiness, even our Ancestor cannot RIP, Bukit Brown cemetery have to give way, not sure they know what they are doing ???

In the near future all our Bus Transport System will be tender out and operated by foreigner ... Do you know the London Buses are operated by our own NTUC Comfort Delgro ... What a Joke

So where we go from here ???

I lived here all my life and sang 3 version of the National Anthem

God Save The Queen / Negara Ku and Majulah Singapura.

Vote wisely give the opposition parties a chance, those candidate are also Singaporean with families and friends I strongly believed they will do their best. Remember there is always another election every 4-5 years if they did'nt perform up our expectations we can always look for alternatives.

Singapore can never and will never be a Greece.. Trust me

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          So why might the far right of the Liberal and National parties being pushing for a postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage?        

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) states this of national plebiscites:

Plebiscites

An issue put to the vote which does not affect the Constitution is called a plebiscite. A plebiscite is not defined in the Australian Constitution, the Electoral Act or the Referendum Act. A plebiscite can also be referred to as a simple national vote.

Governments can hold plebiscites to test whether people either support or oppose a proposed action on an issue. The government is not bound by the 'result' of a plebiscite as it is by the result of a Constitutional referendum. Federal, state and territory governments have held plebiscites on various issues.

Under s. 7A of the Electoral Act, the AEC can conduct a plebiscite as a fee-for-service election, with the AEC entering into 'an agreement, on behalf of the Commonwealth, for the supply of goods or services to a person or body'. The rules for a plebiscite or fee-for-service election are normally contained in the terms of the agreement between the AEC and the person funding the election.

Military service plebiscites were held in 1916 and 1917 but, as they were not proposals to amend the Constitution, the provisions of section 128 of the Constitution did not apply. Voters in all federal territories were permitted to vote. Both the military service plebiscites sought a mandate for conscription and were defeated.

The first thing to note about a national plebiscite is that its outcome is not binding on the federal parliament or on any MP or senator.

Additionally, voting in a national plebiscite can be voluntary, unless otherwise stated in any legislation authorising a specific plebiscite. As was the case in the National Song Poll in May 1977 at which 7.59 million people or est. 90%+ of registered voters cast a voluntary ballot.

Besides being voluntary a plebiscite can also be a mail-out ballot as was the Election of Delegates to the Constitutional Convention some twenty years later in December 1997, at which 6 million ballot papers were returned, scrutinised and counted – that is to say only 50.04% of all eligible voters actually voluntarily voted and an est. 1.13% of these cast informal ballots.

A parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage was calculated as costing $17 million in 2016. A stand-alone same-sex plebiscite was estimated to cost up to $525 million in that same year.

An important point to note about a national plebiscite on same-sex marriage is that it is unnecessary as s51 of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act gives federal parliament power to make laws regarding marriage and, parliament exercised that right as recently as 2004 when it changed the definition of marriage in order To ensure that same sex marriages are not recognised as marriage in Australia, inclusive of those performed under the laws of another country that permits such unions.

So one can see why far-right federal MPs and senators would be in favour of a voluntary plebiscite, particularly a postal one.

It may cost taxpayers more but the chances of a high voter participation rate is not as certain and, if the government of the day doesn't like the results of the ballot it can decide to not to act on them.

These parliamentarians probably believe those voters who will be less likely to return a postal ballot will not be those strongly opposed to same-sex marriage, but those who are undecided, neutral, or disinterestedly in favour of rewriting the Marriage Act to allow gay couples to wed.

In the minds of zealots like Eric Abetz and Tony Abbott this is probably seen as giving their cause a fighting chance and absolving them of any responsibility for continuing to actively oppose same-sex marriage.


          No post conference boost for Ostrich-like Lib Dems        
Usually political parties receive a bounce in the opinion polls after their party conference. Mass media coverage should give them the platform to impress the voting public with their key messages. However, it appears that the limelight has done nothing to revive the Lib Dems' flaccid popularity.

The latest YouGov poll sees their approval rating remain at 10%. Having been at their conference earlier this week, I can't say I'm surprised.

Another Lib Dem delegate leaves conference
Walking from Birmingham's Paradise Circus shopping parade towards the conference centre, there is a stall selling Ostrich meat. I have to say it was appropriate. The party certainly seem to have their head in the sand.

I expected to find the Party leaders in bullish mood but what really did surprise me was the attitude of most of the grass root members I encountered. Despite their disastrous May election results they seem intent on putting their fingers in their ears and just carrying on regardless.

It's as if they've bought into the notion that we're in this coalition government for the duration, we might as well bend over and take whatever it is the Tories want to give us. The odd snigger about Osborne's coke use aside, they're acting like they've got no choice other than to their bidding. What's the point arguing about the things we once cared about like tuition fees, we might as well just accept it and get on with it.

The party seem very inward looking. They honestly don't seem to recognise there is vindication for the anger directed towards them. In their minds it's more a case of mindless resentment of them being in power rather than any sense of justifiable anger because they're allowing the Conservatives to carry out ideological cuts they have no mandate for.

It's a shame because I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who would like to vote Lib Dem again but on this week's performance they've been given little reason to rediscover any belief in them.


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          FreedomWorks' Member of the Month for August 2017: Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)        

FreedomWorks is proud to name Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) as Member of the Month for August 2017. Rep. Franks has supported lowering taxes and voting for policies that contribute to FreedomWorks’ pro-growth agenda.

Rep. Franks currently serves on the Judiciary and Armed Services committees. Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Franks spent his time working on children’s issues. He served in the Arizona State Legislature and later worked with the Governor as the cabinet-level director of the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children. Rep. Franks also had a hand in state and local advocacy, founding the Arizona Family Research Institute.

With his conviction to protect the Constitution and support policies to shrink government by cutting wasteful spending and bureaucratic over-regulation, he has maintained a lifetime score of 92 percent on FreedomWorks’ Congressional Scorecard. Our scorecard is calculated by tracking the votes of members of Congress on key issues of economic freedom and individual liberty.

In the 115th Congress, Rep. Franks co-sponsored H.R. 3167, the Debt Ceiling Alternative Act, sponsored by Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.). This bill would hold the federal government accountable for the money it borrows from the American people. It would take a fiscally conservative stance in response to reaching the debt ceiling by requiring the Secretary of the Treasury to issue GDP-linked bonds to pay the principal and interest on public debt.

Rep. Franks, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, has also held a principled stance on healthcare reform He said, "The federal government is not known for its ability to keep entitlement spending under control. ObamaCare has been the perfect example of what healthcare looks like in the hands of an unimaginably large bureaucracy. Premium cost hikes have crippled American families, Medicaid is failing those most in need, and regulation is stifling innovation.”

FreedomWorks is proud to honor Rep. Franks as Member of the Month for August 2017.


          FreedomWorks Presents FreedomFraud Awards        

FreedomWorks today announced the FreedomFraud Award winners for this year: Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Dean Heller (R-Utah), and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). This is the counterpart to the FreedomFighter Awards.

The FreedomFraud Awards recognize the height of political fraud by senators who voted to defend ObamaCare by voting against a bill virtually the same as one they supported less than two years ago. While protected by Barack Obama’s veto, they supported ObamaCare and railed against it. Now that President Trump supports the bill, they have exposed themselves as political liars.

FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs Jason Pye delivered the awards to senators’ offices Friday afternoon. You can see an archived live stream here. Eligibility for the award is based purely on whether senators campaigned on repeal and voted for this bill less than two years ago and opposed it when it could have passed.

“These people committed the greatest political fraud in American history,” said Jason Pye. “Republican politics has focused on repealing ObamaCare for the better part of a decade. There were frequent votes to repeal ObamaCare. These senators showed great contempt for their constituents by going against everything they’ve stood for on ObamaCare repeal.”

After the 2015 bill passed, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said, “I'm for repealing this broken law and replacing it with something better that gives patients more choice, decreases costs and increases access to quality, affordable care.”

After the 2015 bill passed, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.) said, “This law is not affordable for anyone in Alaska. That is why I will support the bill that repeals the ACA and wipes out its harmful impacts. I can’t watch premiums for Alaskans shoot up by 30 percent or more each year, see businesses artificially constrained, or see the quality of public education decline.”

After the 2015 bill passed, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) said, “I am glad that a repeal bill will finally reach the president’s desk.”

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said, “It is clear that any serious attempt to improve our health care system must begin with a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare, and I will continue fighting on behalf of the people of Arizona to achieve it.”

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) said, “This DC bureaucrat-driven healthcare system will only result in limited health care choices and higher costs for Nevadans.”

Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said , “The wisest course is to repeal Obamacare and replace it step by step with solutions that lower health care costs.”


          Motion to Proceed: This Is a Step Forward in the Process        

FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon issued the following statement on the Senate's passing the motion to proceed on legislation related to ObamaCare:

“This is a step forward in the process. Republicans must remember that they campaigned on ObamaCare repeal for more than seven years. The 2015 repeal bill is what conservative activists were promised, and it's what they expect.

“We will do our best to hold wayward senators who want to defraud their constituents to their campaign promises and their voting record.”


          Key Vote on Signatures to House Discharge Petition on 2015 Repeal Bill        

FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon released the following statement on the discharge petition by Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.) to bring the 2015 bill to repeal ObamaCare to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. FreedomWorks will triple weight the signatures. The bill passed with almost unanimous support from the Republican members less than two years ago.

“We are standing behind the members in the House and Senate who stand by their past votes on the 2015 repeal bill. They were not voting that way just to win elections. They honestly believe that ObamaCare is a scourge on our country, raising premiums and making affordable health insurance illegal.

“We are making signatures on this discharge petition part of our 2017 FreedomWorks Scorecard, triple weighting the signatures. We never got a clean repeal vote in the House, so we are considering this one.”


          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.)


          Disenfranchisement in Nevada        
Much is being made of the scheduling of Nevada's presidential caucuses on a Saturday, which affects observant Jews as well as Seventh Day Adventists. I can't begin to imagine a scheduling conflict like this ever occurring in a state with a sizable population of observant Jewish voters such as New York or Florida, in contrast to the state of Nevada, whose numbers of observant Jews is relatively tiny - and if it did happen in one of those states, I'm quite sure the Orthodox groups would have sued or initiated some action over being flat-out precluded from voting. The real problem here is that the caucus system of voting, in contrast to the primary system most states utilize, precludes any voting not done in person at the designated time. So whereas Sabbath-observant voters in states with Saturday primaries can either vote by absentee ballot or get to the polls after sundown, in Nevada Sabbath-observant voters are completely disenfranchised. Certainly an upsetting development for those who actually prefer to have their voice heard as citizens.

There seem to be some other complaints about the Saturday choice for the caucuses, from casino workers who quite obviously need to be at work during the entertainment industry's peak weekend shifts. This concern led to the establishment of special voting stations to accommodate casino workers and allow them to vote. This in turn drew calls from Clinton supporters that these special voting stations unfairly favored Obama as he had been endorsed by the influential culinary workers union, many of whose members work in casinos. A lawsuit to put an end to the voting stations was filed (and lost). Interestingly, the group who mounted the failed challenge to the special voting stations is comprised of members who are least disenfranchised by the Saturday caucus - a teachers' union who generally have weekends free and clear. Obama and some of his supporters, in turn, are criticizing the Clinton camp for attempting to effectively disenfranchise voters with this legal challenge - a challenge that would seem to have had far more potential to affect the vote than the Orthodox/Seventh Day Adventist issue will have.

Sounds like a lot if controversy over voters' rights in Nevada - not a pretty way to start off what looks like it promises to be a contentious election season.
          19º Prêmio Atualidade Cosmética: Paulistanos elegem as melhores fragrâncias de 2011        

19th Atualidade Cosmética Awards: The Oscar of Latin America Perfumery

 
 
 
Em setembro, os paulistanos poderão votar e eleger as melhores fragrâncias do ano, que concorrem à 19ª edição do Prêmio Atualidade Cosmética, considerado o “Oscar da perfumaria na América Latina”.  As categorias eleitas pelo voto do consumidor serão os troféus: Escolha do Consumidor para Perfumaria Latina Feminina e Latina Masculina, Escolha do Consumidor para perfumaria Internacional Feminina e Masculina.  A votação acontecerá entre os dias 21 e 23 de setembro, no Espaço Perfume e do dia 23 de setembro ao dia 2 de outubro no Conjunto Nacional na Av. Paulista, ambos em São Paulo, onde os consumidores terão a oportunidade de testar todos os produtos antes de dar sua opinião. O Espaço Perfume está localizado numa unidade anexa à Faculdade Santa Marcelina ( FASM), uma das mais renomadas instituições de ensino superior de moda. Com 210m2, a mostra interativa, registra 5 mil anos da história do perfume e sua relação com a moda além de curiosidades. O Espaço Perfume tem o apoio do ministério da Cultura e a curadoria de Renata Ashcar, especialista em perfumaria e autora do livro Brasilessência: a cultura do Perfume.
   
 
O Espaço Perfume está localizado numa unidade anexa à Faculdade Santa Marcelina ( FASM), uma das mais renomadas instituições de ensino superior de moda. Com 210m2, a mostra interativa, registra 5 mil anos da história do perfume e sua relação com a moda além de curiosidades. O Espaço Perfume tem o apoio do ministério da Cultura e a curadoria de Renata Ashcar, especialista em perfumaria e autora do livro Brasilessência: a cultura do Perfume.
 
 
 
Com a finalidade de difundir o conhecimento da história e importância cultural do perfume, a organização do Prêmio Atualidade Cosmética, em parceria com o Espaço do Perfume, promoverá, nos mesmos dias da votação no Espaço do Perfume, um ciclo de workshops e palestras gratuitas, abertas ao público. As palestras, ministradas por perfumistas renomados, acontecerão no Auditório da Faculdade Santa Marcelina, e apresentarão, de forma objetiva, as famílias olfativas, além de explicar como se constrói um perfume. Esta parceria entre a organização do Prêmio e o Espaço do Perfume tem como principal objetivo, apresentar, culturalmente, a perfumaria para os consumidores do Brasil.
 
 
 
O Prêmio Atualidade Cosmética nasceu da vontade de José Luiz de Paula Jr. de reconhecer o trabalho dos profissionais que começavam a trilhar o caminho para que o Brasil se transformasse em uma potência da indústria global da beleza. Além disso, foi uma forma de homenagear o empresário pioneiro na indústria nacional – Aparício Basílio da Silva –, então dono da Rastro Perfumaria, uma das mais inovadoras empresas do mercado brasileiro da beleza de todos os tempos, e seu maior incentivador. “A Rastro foi muito importante na minha carreira. Foi lá que descobri o que é, de fato, fazer perfumaria no Brasil. Foi minha escola e Aparício meu maior professor”, declara o empresário. Em 2011, o Prêmio Atualidade Cosmética chega à sua 19ª edição. Atualmente são 21 categorias, 10 delas direcionadas para a escolha dos melhores perfumes nacionais e internacionais, sendo que em quatro delas, são os consumidores que escolhem diretamente o vencedor. Ainda na área de perfumaria, estão os dois troféus especiais, justamente o Aparício Basílio de Melhor Criação Perfumística Nacional, nas versões feminina e masculina. Os vencedores do Aparício Basílio são eleitos a partir da escolha da fragrância, sem a identificação da marca.
 
A premiação acontece no dia 7 de novembro, no Credicard Hall, em São Paulo. http://www.cosmeticanews.com.br/premioatualidadecosmetica.com.br
 
 
via press release
 
English Note: It will be held on September, 21th and 23th at Espaço do Perfume and on September, 21th until October, 2nd at Conjunto Nacional, both in São Paulo the consumer's votes for the 19 th edition of Atualidade Cosmética Awards, The Oscar of the Brazilian and Latin America Perfumery. In this opportunity, consumers will have the chance of voting in the best fragrances of this year and also learn more from fragrances and the culture of the perfume during an exhibition of the perfumery background and its history at Espaço do Perfume, located in the Faculty Santa Marcelina, an important center of education in fashion in Brazil.
 
 
 



          Living in Digital Times Announces 2014 Last Gadget Standing Finalists        

Voting is Open to the Public Online at Lastgadgetstanding.com/voting Through January 9, 2014 at 9 A.m. Est; a Second Winner to Be Determined Live by Audience Applause at the Last Gadget Standing Press Event On Thursday, January 9, 2014 at the International Ces® in Las Vegas

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          Living in Digital Times Announces 2014 Mobile Apps Showdown Finalists        

Voting is Open to the Public Online at MobileAppsShowdown.com/Vote through January 9, 2014 at 9 a.m. EST; A Second Winner to be Determined Live by Audience Applause at the Mobile Apps Showdown Press Event on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at International CES® in Las Vegas.

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          Violating the Right to Education for Palestinians: A Case for Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions        
Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions presents anthropologists of education Thea Abu El-Haj and Fida Adely. The authors discuss the extreme violations of Palestinian youths’ right to education and why the boycott is an important and necessary tool for educational justice. Voting is open at the AAA until May 31. To vote “yes” … Continue reading Violating the Right to Education for Palestinians: A Case for Boycotting Israeli Academic Institutions
          Why I’m Voting for the Boycott Part 3: It’s in the Resolution        
This is the third post in a three-post series of personal reflections on the AAA boycott vote. The first post discussed my own childhood Zionist education, while the second post addressed the false claim that the boycott unfairly singles out Israel. Last November anthropologists attending the AAA business meeting in Denver voted by an astounding … Continue reading Why I’m Voting for the Boycott Part 3: It’s in the Resolution
          Why I have voted in support of BDS: Ghassan Hage        
Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions is pleased to present Ghassan Hage‘s eloquent essay on the urgency of voting for boycott in a desperate situation of settler colonial violence — where calls for more critique of the Israeli occupation and dialogue are simply not enough, and where the Israeli academy’s existence is dependent … Continue reading Why I have voted in support of BDS: Ghassan Hage
          Why I’m Voting for the Boycott Part 2: SQUIRREL!        
*This is the second of a series of posts I am writing on the topic of the AAA boycott vote. You can read the previous post here. And now the third post is up as well.** Last November anthropologists attending the AAA business meeting in Denver voted by an astounding 1040-136 to endorse the resolution … Continue reading Why I’m Voting for the Boycott Part 2: SQUIRREL!
          Why I’m Voting for the Boycott Part 1: David vs. Goliath        
UPDATE: The second post in this series is now up. And now the third post as well. Last November anthropologists attending the AAA business meeting in Denver voted by an astounding 1040-136 to endorse the resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions, but this was just a resolution to put the boycott to a vote, not … Continue reading Why I’m Voting for the Boycott Part 1: David vs. Goliath
          A Smear in Disguise: Comments on Starrett        
Anthropologists for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions is pleased to present  Charles Hirschkind‘s powerful rebuttal to Gregory Starrett’s recent essay in Anthropology News that discredits the call to boycott. Voting on the resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions is open to all AAA members from April 15 – May 30. You can watch an … Continue reading A Smear in Disguise: Comments on Starrett
          Paternity Laws In Mississippi        


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          Postal Abreviation For Mississippi        


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          Ecology Of Mississippi        


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          Major changes of voting results in region Gibraltar from the last 24 hours. 2011-11-25         
Political parties of Gibraltar 8 votes 62% for GSLP (Gibraltar) , Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party 3 votes 67% against, Joe Bossano 2 votes 50% for
          89944 Hat Problems        

I've blogged about different hat problems a few times (see here). The question arises: How many hat problems are there? The answer is really infinite (literally) but I will list some parameters and bound them reasonably to get an upper bound.  Some of the combinations don't make sense, but we'll live with that. (I am also working on a website of hat problem papers. Its nowhere near finished yet and maybe never will be, but its here for your benefit. And for mine-- if there are some obvious papers I've omitted then comment or email me.)

First off, what is a hat problem? Ignoring many parameters: There are n people and c different colors of  hats and they are put on people's heads and the people have to guess what color hat they have on. They can see some or all of the other people. I'll mention one that has someone's name on it:

Winkler's Hat Problem (Peter Winkler proposed it here along with some other hat problems and some non-hat problems that are also fun)

There are n people and 2 color hats. An adversary will put the hats no peoples heads. The people must guess simultaneously their hat color. Maximize how many get it right in the worst case.

(ADDED LATER: While I have seen the above referred to as Winkler's Hat Problem, Winkler
himself told me that hs problem has the hats put on RANDOMLY, not by an adversary.)

Peter Winkler and later a paper by Ebert  et al. (Not Ebert of Siskel and Ebert--- to bad, that would be awesome!) that I mention below seem to have popularized hat games somewhat.  But this post is not about their history its about

how many hat games are there?

Here are some parameters I've seen for hat games. If you know of any others please comment!


1) Is the number of hats finite, infinite (and assume AC), infinite (but don't assume AC). I could say that since there are infinitely many infinities this is an infinite number of parameters, but we'll stick to countable and say this is a 3-valued parameter.  A paper on infinite number of hats is here.

2) The two most common puzzles are to have the people either all see each other, or in a line where person i sees person j iff i ≤ j. This can be viewed as the people are on Kn or Ln.  There have been some papers on cycles (see herehere),  triangle-free graphs (see here), some directed graphs (see here), a PhD that studies the problem on cycles (see here), and a paper with several graphs (see here). Formally this would be an infinite-valued parameter, but we'll take the number of classes of graphs that actually have been studied to be 4.

3) Do the people all guess their hat at the same time OR is there some ordering OR in rounds  3-valued.

4) Are people allowed to pass or not? (if they are then usually we demand that at least one does not pass). 2-valued. The paper by Ebert-Merkle-Vollmer which allowed passing got a lot of attention and brought hat problems to the general public. Its here. A generalization of Ebert's version is here. Ebert's game but on a line is studied here

5) Are the hats put on by an adversary who can hear your strategy (I've never seen a paper about an adversary who can't hear your strategy) or uniformly randomly or random with some known probability. The last case has been studied in several papers by Theo van Uem (see hereherehere). 3 valued

6) The players strategy can be deterministic or randomized. 2-valued. Butler et. al's paper about deterministic strategies covers a lot of material: here. 2 valued.

7) What is the goal? To get as many right as possible all the time? To get the expected number right as large as possible (prob may be based on either the random placement of hats or the random strategy of the players). There are even more variations here such as you want for each color there is a guaranteed fraction that get it right (see here) 3-valued

8) Is there some other information available. Examples I've seen: (a) at least one hat is RED, (b) for each color there is a bound on how many hats there are of that color, (c) the hats are natural numbes x,y, and x+y. (see here) (d) there are n+1 colors, n people, and each perosn has a different color (see here). Many values depending on the information given, but we'll just say 4-valued, the info above and no info.

9) Can some other information be revealed first? I've seen a paper where first everyone who sees a RED hat raises their hand. 2-valued.

10) Is a delay allowed? There are some puzzles where the people do reasoning about what others might deduce, so there is a delay in answers. 2-valued

11) I've never seen this- but how about trying to make sure that everyone gets it WRONG. 2-valued

12) I don't count this as a hat problem but some do: they want to find collectively information about all of the hats. Aspnes et al has 0-1 valued hats and wants to simul vote on the parity, see here. 2-valued.

This puts an upper bound on the number of possible hat puzzles at

3 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 3 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 89944.

This figure is wrong for reasons for reasons that both argue higher and lower.

a) Lower: MANY of  these combinations do not work together. For example, if you have an adversary and a deterministic strategy you can't talk about doing well in the average case.

b) Higher: For many of the above categories my number-of-values is low. For example you could look at hat games on many different graphs.

c) Higher: there are other variants I have not listed. That's where YOU come in! If you know of a version I have not discussed then please comment or email it to me!




          Poll: Have you ever cheated at Ryerson?        
Poll: Have you ever cheated at Ryerson?

          Kenneth Arrow has died        

The Nobel Prize winning economist showed that no voting system is perfect.

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The Nobel Prize winning economist Kenneth J. Arrow died on Tuesday at his home in California. He was 95.

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          A Brief History of N.C. Racial Politics, for Mr. Dallas Woodhouse        
How the Party of Lincoln came to rule Dixie It started innocuously enough. On Sunday, the N.C. Democratic Party tweeted about the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, saying, “Let’s celebrate how far we’ve come but remember the we must fight to keep moving forward.”…
          After Pat McCrory Lost, the NCGOP Falsely Accused Hundreds of Voter Fraud. Shouldn’t That Be Harder?        
The State Board of Elections is considering rule changes that would make the process of protesting voters more onerous A few weeks after the November election, Joseph Golden's phone rang. On the line was an official from the Brunswick County Board of Elections, who called to tell Golden something entirely unexpected: the North Carolina newcomer had been accused of voting both in Maryland, where he had previously lived and voted in the primary, and in North Carolina, where he moved in April 2016.…
          Raleigh Elections May Turn on Whether the City’s 19 CACs Can Really Represent 460,000 Residents        
Mayor McFarlane has suggested overhauling the citizen-engagement process Proponents of Raleigh's citizen advisory councils say the groups' future serves as a measure of how well the city hears citizens' views on issues affecting daily life, including planning, growth, and law enforcement. So it's no surprise that Raleigh's nineteen CACs have emerged as an issue in the October 10 municipal elections, when voting will determine the mayoral race, as well the city council's two at-large and five district seats.…
          New Bank Stress Tests: Voting For the Next American Idol        
...determine how they would fare if: the stock market fell 50%, U.S. GDP shrank 8%, and unemployment (as measured by the simple birth/death ray total participation dissecting model, divided by seasonal adjustments and political mandates, times the square root of U6) was 13%, in other words not too far from where it actually is now.
          Election Day: 9 States Voting On Marijuana        
On this election day, nine states will vote on proposals to expand legal access to marijuana.
          Senate agrees to consider healthcare bill        
On July 25, after much back-and-forth in the Senate and the dramatic return of Senator John McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, the Senate agreed to open debate on legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski joining all Senate Democrats in voting […]
          Showbiz Sandbox 356: The Future of 4K Ultra HD Streaming Is Upon Us        

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly has a history of voting against raising the standard level of what constitutes high-speed broadband service. Now he’s publicly dismissed 4K video streaming as a figment of the future, so far off it won’t be adopted for many years. Could O’Rielly be correct in his dim forecast about the foreseeable future […]

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          God Mode Update 1-RELOADED        

God Mode Update 1-RELOADED
Release Date: 04-2013
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RELOADED group telah merilis update pertama untuk PC game God Mode. Info changelognya dapat di bawah, dan bagi teman-teman sekalian yang sudah mendownload PC Game God Mode-RELOADED yuk langsung di patch gamenya biar lebih enak di mainin.

Changelog
  • Desynchronization: Network optimizations were made to stop the desync issue during games which also led to non-progressions.
  • FPS Cap: The FPS cap can now be removed via the game.cfg file. Add the option "LockFps = 0" under the Video section. Note that removing the FPS cap may cause issues depending on system configuration and network quality.
  • Disable voice chat option: You can now disable all incoming sounds via the options while still having the ability to chat via Push to talk.
  • Push to talk voice chat: To enable chat while in-game, parties or a menu press the ` (tilde) button (can be reconfigured).
  • Minigun ammo clip upgrade: Fixed the issue where users were not seeing the clip properly upgraded.
  • Graceful error handling: Better message boxes and debug text appear when issues occur to give developers better visibility.
  • Crash at Voting Screen: A fix was made to the crash that occurred while voting for a map.
  • Crash when connection to Steam is lost: Launching the game when Steam is offline will launch into LAN mode instead of crashing.
  • Alt+Tab Crash: Fix to the crash when users Alt+Tab out of the game.
  • Overall game stability: Optimizations were made increase game stability.
  • God Mode Executable compatibility: Steam DRM has been altered from Standard to Compatibility. This change will help users experiencing crashes while booting the game.
  • Memory Allocation Fix: Optimizations were made to game memory allocation.
  • Note: We recommend players install the patch before launching God Mode. Not installing the patch could lead to connection compatibility issues. 

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Installation
1. Unrar God Mode Update 1-RELOADED.rar > Next Unrar rld-godupd1.rar
2. Install the update.
3. Copy over the cracked content from the /Crack directory to your game install directory.
4. We recommend not allowing the game to go online with your FW. Select LAN from partygame settings.
5. Play the game.
6. Support the software developers. If you like this game, BUY IT!
          DeFrancisco for Governor? The Veteran Senator is Exploring the Possibility        
What are the prospects that Republican State Senator John DeFrancisco of Syracuse will challenge Governor Andrew Cuomo for Governor? DeFrancisco says he first wants to see if he can gain enough support from republican committee members and is traveling across the state to get the word out about his vision for the state. He feels that it’s a critical time for him to decide whether or not to run. " While population throughout the United States is growing, we had a net loss. That means are voting with their feet. They're expressing how they really feel by leaving the state. That confirms what I've heard from especially small business owners and people worried about their job, and seeing their kids not coming back to the state.” The Senator says that voters want to be confident about elected officials and thinks Cuomo has a credibility issue. " If you talk to most New Yorkers who have any involvement in politics, I would like to find out who, give me one person...have them call me, who
          Is Ethics Reform Dead (again) in Albany? Lawmakers Leave Without Voting on Oversight Measures        
When the legislative session ended on June 21 st , lawmakers left behind a lot of unfinished business, including a failure to act on ethics reform proposals in light of an economic development scandal in the Cuomo Administration. There are majority party sponsors in each house of the legislature for a bill to add grater oversight to the state’s economic development contracts, but the measure failed to come to the floor for a vote. That’s despite the fact that nine former associates of Governor Cuomo are have been charged with bribery and bid rigging, among other crimes, and are set to go on trial as early as the fall. Ron Deutsch, with the union backed think tank Fiscal Policy Institute, says it’s a missed opportunity. “It’s another sad day in Albany,” said Deutsch. “We have the largest bid rigging scandal in state history, and we virtually ignored it.” Deutsch says the bill currently in the legislature is what he calls a “common sense” measure. It would reinstate oversight of the
          Obama Not as "Green" as He Would Like You to Think        
Future Presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama might not be as "green" as he appears. And I don't mean "inexperienced." Last year Obama came under fire from conservatives for giving a series of speeches on the need to reduce carbon emissions by breaking America's addiction to SUVs, while arriving and departing in a GMC Envoy. When the story broke, Obama's press secretary, Tommy Vietor, issued a statement saying that Obama liked to roll in a Flex-Fuel SUV, which suggested that he was indeed practicing what he preached. Unfortunately for Obama, many clever conservatives did their research and found out that the GMC Envoy does not come equipped with Flex-Fuel technology.

But now, Obama's committment to being Green is being challenged by environmentalists on both sides of the aisles (Washington Post article here). In a Grist article entitled, "Even Stevens?" reporter Amanda Griscom Little descibes the problems environmentalists have with the "Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Promotion Act of 2007" co-sponsored by Obama and Kentucky Senator Jim Bunning. According to the article, "Coal-to-liquid (CTL) technology uses a highly energy-intensive process to convert coal into diesel fuel for cars or jet fuel for airplanes -- an appealing prospect to the coal industry in Obama's home state of Illinois, but not to [environmentalists] and others concerned about global warming." Little goes on to explain the problems with CTL technology:
David Doniger, policy director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Climate Center, has supported coal gasification as a viable alternative to coal-burning power plants, but explains that CTL is not as promising an alternative to conventional gasoline or biofuels. "Coal-to-liquid is, in the best-case scenario, no worse for the climate than oil-derived gasoline -- and no better," he says. The best-case scenario assumes that CTL producers find a way to capture their carbon emissions. Problem is, none of the current CTL projects actually involve carbon capture. Without that step, the climate impacts of CTL fuel are far worse than those of gasoline. According to an NRDC analysis, a 35-mpg car powered by the CTL fuel that's currently available would generate as much carbon dioxide pollution as a far less efficient 19-mpg car that runs on conventional gasoline.
The Bunning-Obama bill "which would expand tax incentives for CTL and help jumpstart the industry with public-private partnerships, was first introduced by the senators in spring of last year." It appears that for Obama, regional politics trump environmentalism. It will be interesting to see how many of his Democratic collegues will support the bill and undermine the Dems climate control promises. One thing is for sure: Obama's "100 percent approval rating from the League of Conservation Voters for his environmental voting record in the Senate last year" is certain to decrease this time around.
          Sen. John McCain Holds Virtual Town Hall        
In the video McCain explained his rationale for voting against the Senate "skinny repeal" bill, insisting that a new, bipartisan bill should be brought to the Senate floor.
          Venezuelan Poll 'Tampered With,' Says Voting System Company        
The results of Venezuela's controversial vote to create a new legislature and give President Nicolas Maduro broad authoritarian powers were "tampered with," to change turnout figures, according to the CEO of the firm that provided the election system. The news may support opposition charges that the results were inflated to add credibility to the vote, which established a National Constituent Assembly beholden to Maduro. Speaking at a news briefing in London, Smartmatic CEO Antonio Mugica said the results of Sunday's poll were off by at least one million. "We know, without any doubt, that the turnout of the recent election for a National Constituent Assembly was manipulated," Mugica told reporters. "We estimate the difference between the actual participation and the one announced by authorities is at least one million votes," he said. "It is therefore with the deepest regret that we have to report that the turnout figures on Sunday, 30 July, for the Constituent Assembly in Venezuela
          150 Things to Know on Canada’s 150th Birthday        
On the occasion of Canada’s 150th birthday here are 150 things to know...

1. Today, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is one of the world’s most popular political leaders.
2. Justin Trudeau emerged out of the shadows and into the political spotlight when delivering the eulogy at his father’s funeral, the late Pierre Elliot Trudeau in September 2000.
3. The four pallbearers at the funeral were Justin Trudeau, the Aga Khan, former President Jimmy Carter and…the late Cuban autocrat Fidel Castro.
4. Justin Trudeau’s brother, Alexandre Trudeau, is a fearless filmmaker, who was Embedded in Baghdad before, during and after the U.S. invasion in 2003.
5. While Justin is a social media star, his father was the true showman, who once famously pirouetted behind Queen Elizabeth’s back.
6. In fact, this was just one of many colorful moments. To this day in Canada to give the ‘Pierre Trudeau salute’ means something, very interesting…
7. And who can forget the moment featuring the Rolling Stones, the paparazzi and the Prime Minister.
8. However, the elder Trudeau also did some amazing things for Canada. For starters, until 1982 when he brought it back to Canada, the constitution was effectively governed by the Queen of England.
9. That same year he pushed through the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms.
10. This protection of Canadian rights and diversity did not emerge overnight. Back in 1971, the elder Trudeau declared the new Canadian multiculturalism policy.
11. Four years earlier, in 1967, Pierre Trudeau uttered these famous words: “There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation,” when he decriminalized homosexuality in sweeping changes to the criminal code.
12. It took Canada until 2005 to legalize same-sex marriage, being the first nation outside of Europe and fourth in the world to do so.
13. However, while things were eventful under Pierre Trudeau they were also turbulent. He suspended civil liberties during the ‘October Crisis’ in 1970, when he invoked the ‘War Measures Act’ after a provincial cabinet minister was kidnapped by separatist militants.
14. He also enacted the National Energy Program in the 1980s which effectively federalized revenues from energy resources in Alberta, creating long-term hostility towards the federal Liberal Party in the years to come in Western Canada.
15. Trudeau was also an antagonist to separatist ambitions in Quebec, delivering two fiery speeches, one in 1980, and another in 1995 to thwart referendums for independence.
16. All in all, the elder Trudeau served for 15 years but he wasn’t the longest serving Prime Minister. That would be William Lyon Mackenzie King, who served for 21 years.
17. In second place was the founding Prime Minister, John A. Macdonald, who served for 18 years – and who also had a bit of a drinking problem.
18. When Canada was founded in 1867, there were only four provinces: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
19. In fact it was not until 1949 that the last province, Newfoundland joined Canada, and that was only after a barely won referendum.
20. Canada also has three Territories: the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavat, the latter being formed in 1999.
21. The country is extremely ‘big’, the second largest in the world with over 2 million lakes, among other things.
22. But, 75% of Canadians actually live within 100 miles of the U.S.-Canada border.
23. This may be one of the reasons why the U.S.-Canada economic relationship is the largest in the world, estimated to total US$630 billion in 2016 alone.
24. Close to 30,000 trucks cross the border every single day between the two countries.
25. While things are rosy today, it wasn’t always so. During the War of 1812, the Canadas, as the British colonies were known then, went to battle with the U.S., ultimately burning down the White House on August 24, 1814.
26. War was quite frequent back then due to competing French, British, and American ambitions. After fierce fighting, the 1763 Treaty of Paris essentially gave the British control over much of French Canadian land.
27. In addition, one cannot forget that much of Canadian land belonged to the First Nations, who have been marginalized, ostracizied, occupied and colonized throughout much of Canadian history.
28. During Canada’s first years, a group of people called the Metis who were ethnically mixed between First nations and European descent, rose up in rebellion, ultimately establishing a short-lived provisional government in 1870.
29. The leader of that rebellion Louis Riel was ultimately ranked as the 11th Greatest Canadian.
30. That battle was only one of many for the acknowledgement of the rights of First Nations. One of the worst stains on Canadian history was the residential school system that at one point put a third of all First Nations children under the care of the state.
31. Thousands of students died, and many more were subject to emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.
32. While today, people acknowledge some of these aspects of history, the fight is not over. One of the scandals that was a campaign issue for Justin Trudeau, was the plight of up to 4,000 missing or murdered aboriginal women.
33. Canada’s history has not always been one of inclusivity. The Chinese Exclusion or Immigration Act of 1923 effectively banned immigrants of Chinese origin.
34. This was a culmination of violence and protests against immigrants from East and South Asia, including riots in 1907 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
35. Today, whites are expected to become a minority in Vancouver by 2031 (although I suspect this has already happened).
36. 20.6% of Canadians are foreign-born today and 19.1% identify themselves as visible minorities. 3% of the population identifies as Muslim.
37. There are more Sikhs in the Canadian Cabinet than there are in India’s government (4 versus 2).
38. It was not until the 1940s, however, that Sikhs truly received voting rights.
39. Canadian women achieved the right to vote around the same time as women in the U.S. in the late 1910s.
40. Canada also became home to a number of Black Canadians due to the Underground Railroad, although racism has reared its ugly head in Canada as well.
41. While ethnic and racial struggles have been real, so have class struggles. A lot of this culminated in gained labor rights and ultimately universal healthcare.
42. The ‘grandfather’ of universal healthcare was actually New Democratic Party leader Tommy Douglas, who was named the Greatest Canadian in that (in-)famous poll.
43. Tommy Douglas is also the grandfather of prominent Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland.
44. Kiefer Sutherland’s father is Donald Sutherland, who married Tommy Douglas daughter, prominent public figure, Shirley Douglas.
45. While living in the U.S. Donald Sutherland retained only Canadian citizenship but lost the right to vote due to the Conservative Party’s new laws in 2015.
46. This also led to a rallying cry by then candidate Justin Trudeau, that “A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.”
47. There are almost 3 million Canadians living abroad but many retain a vibrant Canadian identity.
48. For example, the Terry Fox Run, a hallmark of Canada, has been held in over 60 countries by countless millions over the years.
49. Through these runs over $650 million has been raised for cancer research.
50. And it is all inspired by Terry Fox, who ran the Marathon of Hope in 1980 after losing one leg to cancer.
51. He ended his run after reaching 5,373 kilometres over 143 days.
52. Inspired by Terry’s courage, a fellow West Coaster, Rick Hansen embarked on a Man in Motion World Tour for two years in 1985.
53. He criss-crossed 34 countries raising $26 million along the way.
54. It also inspired the song St. Elmo’s Fire, which reached #1 on the Billboard Charts.
55. The best-selling Canadian artist of all time remains Celine Dion, who has sold over 200 million albums worldwide.
56. It appears though that fellow Canadian Justin Bieber may soon beat her on the charts.
57. There are a lot of Canadian singers, that are quite prominent, but they often live abroad, like Bryan Adams.
58. In fact, Bryan Adams and Beverley Hills 90210 star Jason Priestly went to the same high school, Argyle Secondary School in Vancouver.
59. And while Bryan Adams is known for his singing, he once mixed up the lyrics of the Canadian national anthem.
60. The Canadian national anthem, ‘O Canada’, was itself composed in 1880.
61. However, the lyrics of the anthem were originally French and were then translated into English.
ultimatum delivered by the country's military on Monday: resolve your differences with the protestors or we will do it for you. With the deadline fast approaching, and due to hit at 4:30pm local time the next day, Morsi rejected the challenge by the military in a tweet. Then, he came on television and delivered what was the most important speech in not just his life but in the history of the Muslim Brotherhood movement he represents. And it was a spectacular failure. While not as long-winded as the two-and-a-half hour speech he had given just days earlier - akin to a State of the Union - it was just as hollow. His near constant use of the word 'legitimacy' began to elicit uncontrollable laugher in many corners (with the usage count of the word at around 75 in the speech). With millions of Egyptians on the streets across the country - some in support of him but many if not most in opposition - and the military's ultimatum in the background, Morsi had seemingly put the final nail in his own coffin.

Just 30 months after the ousting of the dictator for the past 30 years, Hosni Mubarak, street protests in Egypt culminated on Wednesday night in a coup d'etat, effectively overturning the 14 democratic elections since February 11, 2011 (the total voting cycles for the parliament, presidency and constitution). Indeed, it was broader than a coup d'etat, as the Tamarod (rebellion) movement that brought millions of people to the streets was a grassroots uprising that gathered millions of signatures from ordinary Egyptians, and more significantly, managed to coalesce a previously disparate and dispirited opposition. Additionally, deposed President Mohammad Morsi had governed incompetently and non-inclusively, which seemingly left the invitation open to change. Yet, what transpired this week, especially in the final sequence of events, could be the initial salvo of a counter-revolution 2.0, potentially endangering the process of democratization in Egypt for years to come.

While things seemingly have not changed that much in Egypt, and in many ways have gotten worse, a lot has transpired. Following the departure of Mubarak and his gang from the scene, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) took charge of managing the country's affairs. It took nearly a year to hold parliamentary elections. When it did happen, in late 2011-early 2012 the Brotherhood's party (the Freedom & Justice Party or FJP) took 38% of the vote, followed closely by the more conservative Salafist party, Al Nour, which took 28%. Given that this body would determine the fate of the new constitution (and the assembly to draft it), the fact that it was dominated by 'Islamists' already meant the new era of Egypt was handed a poisoned chalice in the eyes of many. Six months later, in June 2012, the Presidential elections saw a run-off between a former Prime Minister but tainted 'remnant' of the old Mubarak regime, Ahmed Shafiq, and Mohammed Morsi (representing the Muslim Brotherhood). Morsi won, and with the backing of protests in the famed Tahrir Square, also managed to wrest plenty of executive authority from SCAF. Within two months, Morsi also seemed to assert civilian control over the military, with a shuffling of key positions in the defense establishment.

Then on November 22, 2012, with full executive powers, and the parliament in limbo (due to pending court cases), Morsi assumed essentially legislative powers and declared himself immune from judicial oversight until a new constitution was formed. In essence that gave birth to the current movement (well at least the National Salvation Front that formed 2 days later and was a hodge-podge of opposition groups, including figures such as Mohamed El Baradei) which culminated in Morsi's removal from office this week. Morsi and the FJP then ham-fisted a constitution through a referendum, which garnered the support of 64% of the voting public. However, the process was not led by consensus and Morsi appeared to be increasingly marginalizing the judiciary, which many viewed as being too linked to the old regime, especially given that many senior judges were appointed by Hosni Mubarak (the judges had their own democracy movement in 2006 so not a unified group by any means). Yet for many in the opposition, the judiciary was still a check against Morsi and the Brotherhood's power. And there were also complaints about the ikhwanization of the state; given what transpired this week, this appeared not to have been the case.

Nevertheless, the concentration of power by the Brotherhood and its non-inclusive method of governance as described above, could have overcome minor challenges from the opposition, if Morsi had enacted policies that improved the lives of everyday people. His approval rating had begun to drop dramatically, falling to 28% of the public just weeks before his overthrow. This was mainly due to the inability of the government to turnaround the economy, with 25% of Egyptians below the poverty line, unemployment on the rise, and the country's fiscal health on the decline. Meanwhile, his approach to foreign policy of aligning with the US, engaging with Iran, partnering with Qatar, and leading the charge on Syria, did little to assuage a frustrated public waiting for change at home in their daily lives that had yet to materialize. And sectarian clashes that mainly killed Shiites and Christians tarnished the impartial role the President was assumed to play, given that he was close to figures that were prone to incitement.

In the backdrop of all of this, the Tamarod movement, which started just several months ago (in April), began to tap into the widespread anger and frustration. Gone was the gloss of a technocratic 'Islamist' party - a la the AKP in Turkey, who incidentally are having their own issues - replaced instead by the reality of the FJP in Egypt. And gone also was the mystique of a survivalist Brotherhood that was the David against the Goliath of the last half century; the Brotherhood was now the Goliath, and seemingly squandering the power that it had accumulated. The Tamarod activists claimed to have gathered 22 million signatures, in a country of 93 million people, which seems patently ridiculous for many demographic/logistical reasons (in the course of just two months). Nevertheless, their demands were clear, and principally centered on early Presidential elections (Morsi had served one of a four-year term). They were supported by umbrella opposition groups such as the National Salvation Front, April 6 Movement, and others, and with their deadline of June 30 for Morsi to respond coming fast, thousands and then millions began to fill Egypt's squares (some as noted in support of Morsi).

By Wednesday, just prior to the removal of Morsi from power, several implications of what was transpiring were already clear. Firstly, the Tamarod movement, and subsequent mobilization demonstrated that there could be an organized opposition to Islamists in the 'new' Arab world, and that this secular alternative could mobilize numbers. This could have far-reaching consequences in other countries such as Tunisia, where Islamists like the Nahda Party hold sway, as well as eventually (in the longer-term) in autocratic countries where often the only strong opposition movements are bogeyman Islamists movements. Secondly, Morsi's reign had as noted above, dulled - as power does to any party - the shine of the Brotherhood. It has been noted, for example that the clashes that led to the separation of the West Bank & Gaza Strip, and undermined the Hamas victory in Palestinian elections, only emboldened Hamas instead of forcing the movement into the pubic accountability spotlight.

Of course, in the euphoria of what the opposition was about to gain, the darkness just around the corner might have seemed far away. With millions on the street, and the military indicating a willingness to force itself on the scene as the arbitrator, Morsi offered a new constitutional process, a unity government of technocrats, and an accelerated schedule of new parliamentary elections but it was too little too late it seemed for the street, especially with the military now backing the activists' play. And so instead of a negotiated agreement with President Morsi, or a legal process through the courts, or any other process through civilian authorities, it was the military that removed Morsi from power. The crowds in Tahrir Square cheered but the supporters of the deposed President, in Nasr City (also in Cairo), jeered. In a carefully choreographed display, the civil secular state - with an associated roadmap essentially a reset of the revolutionary period - was re-established by three initial speeches: first by General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, head of the armed forces (appointed by Morsi), second by the Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar, and third by the Coptic Pope. Short statements followed from a range of opposition figures, including a representative of Tamarod and El Baradei and the conservative Nour Party.

If you are an opponent of the Muslim Brotherhood, this was indeed a victory. And given the direction that Egypt was going, if you are an Egyptian, you can only hope that this could lead to a more positive future. Whatever the case, however, the military re-takeover appears to also be a re-launch of the counter-revolution. The autocratic powers that be in the region were effusive and immediate in their praise of the military and the coup. More worryingly, was the systematic campaign of arrests that already started to unfold late into the night of Muslim Brotherhood activists, leaders, affiliated journalists, and yes even Mohammad Morsi. The military is looking not just to referee the playing field but to define the playing field and the players allowed on it. That's not democracy. It may be that in the modern Arab world the demographics are such that the debate is about choosing between liberalism and democracy, but isn't that the false choice of the last 40-50 years offered by autocratic rulers in the Arab world? And there is nothing 'rosy' about liberal autocracy versus religious autocracy in this region. In fact, if anything, liberal/secular authoritarianism has been the bane of decay in modern Arab history: the Baath parties in Iraq and Syria, Ben Ali's Tunis, Mubarak's Egypt, and the list goes on.

Yet, unless the Egyptian military is kept in check, it will likely go down the path it knows best and one that it has followed since 1952, which is to systematically crush dissent and marginalise and exclude the Muslim Brotherhood. All indications today point to a proclivity to re-instate this exclusion, which could lead to an Algeria scenario of the 1990s, albeit in a different form, of course. Paradoxically, as this new Pandora's Box is opened, the only hope to keep the military in check is the very street and youth who demanded its removal from the scene, and then demanded it to come back to its role as guarantor of the state. Hopefully the tamarod or rebellion, will keep that spirit, now that they have been given a share of the power.





           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. 

          Albertans didn't get what they voted for        
Albertans are served poorly by a voting system which doesn't give them the representation they voted for. The majority of Albertans rejected Ralph Klein's Tories in the provincial election. Nevertheless, three quarters of the MLAs in Alberta's legislature are Progressive Conservatives.

A better voting system would give Albertans what they really voted for: a legislature with 39 PCs, 24 Liberals, eight New Democrats, eight Alberta Alliance, three Greens and one Socred MLA.

          The narrow limits of Albertans' voting power        
Consider what Alberta's party leaders are promising us: respect and care for the less advantaged, publicly funded health care with major investments to reduce waiting times, smaller class sizes for students, maintaining and developing a highly-skilled workforce, community policing and crime prevention, a better deal for Alberta seniors, vibrant communities, top-notch post-secondary schools, a highly educated workforce, attracting new business, and support for emerging technologies.

          Why Alberta needs a better voting system        
The Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform is on the verge of recommending a new voting system for B.C., after having studied different models used around the world. B.C. voters will have a chance to accept or reject a new voting system in a referendum next year.

Albertans, too, need a non-partisan citizens' assembly to examine better ways of electing our representatives. Doing so will help to restore the Legislature's true role: holding the premier and cabinet accountable to taxpayers.

          Musycab Pertama yang Gunakan E-voting di Luar Surabaya        

PWMU.CO – Meski belum terlaksana, dan bisa jadi ada Pimpinan Cabang Muhammadiyah lain yang mungkin mendahului, Muhammadiyah Cabang Laren Lamongan, tercatat sebagai bagian “as-sabiquun al-awwaluun” (pertama-tama) dalam memanfaatkan kemajuan teknologi cara memilih. Di luar PCM Krembangan, Surabaya, Laren akan tercatat sebagai PCM pertama yang gunakan e-voting dalam penyelenggaran Musyawarah Cabang (Musycab). Ya, dalam Pengajian PCM […]

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          The r/SkyrimMods “Build a Home!” competition voting has started!        
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Please go and vote for whichever house mod you think is best! Show us the devs and the moderators of r/SkyrimMods that we want more of this!
          After Low-Key Lobbying Effort, Trump Says He Was 'Let Down' By Senators        
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypALjI7MEWI Blindsided by the latest collapse of a Republican health care bill, President Trump took to Twitter to voice his frustration. Trump complained of being "let down" by a handful of Republican lawmakers. And he insisted that the fight over the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is not over. Trump had just finished discussing health care with seven Republican lawmakers over dinner Monday when Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Jerry Moran, R-Kansas — who were not at the meeting — announced they would be voting against the measure to repeal and replace Obamacare. With two other Republican senators already on record in opposition, the Monday-night development effectively killed the Senate bill. Trump acknowledged he was caught off guard by the latest GOP defections. "For seven years, I've been hearing repeal and replace from Congress," Trump said. "And then when we finally get a chance to repeal and replace, they don't take advantage of it. So
          Voting: The Beginning of a Revolution        
I spent this past Thursday and Friday meeting with Andy Neff of VoteHere. We discussed the details of his latest ideas for verifiable voting, and he asked me to help him with the write-up and framing of the issues. These will all be published in the near future, just like the rest of Andy’s protocols […]
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Just a quick thought I just had about voting, inspired by a recent brainstorm within our research group. In an election, your ballot remains secret, so that you cannot be unduly influenced by others. When elected representatives vote on laws, however, their voting record is supposed to be public (let’s discount those sleazy hand votes […]
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Voting is terribly hard to administer. I voted yesterday in Boston. I was handed voting lists by partisans about 50 feet outside the voting location, which is technically illegal. Once I came into the voting location, the overeager voting administrator confiscated my “voting paraphernalia,” even though it’s technically perfectly okay for me to come in […]
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Up for voting on fursuittourney this week ^.^
          ÎšÎ­Î½Ï…α: Αύριο τα αποτελέσματα των προεδρικών εκλογών - Να μην υποκινούν τη βία καλούν οι ΗΠΑ τους δυο υποψήφιους        

Η εκλογική επιτροπή στην Κένυα ανακοίνωσε σήμερα πως τα πλήρη αποτελέσματα των προεδρικών εκλογών αναμένεται να φθάσουν στην έδρα της το αργότερο το μεσημέρι της Παρασκευής, αποκλείοντας έτσι το ενδεχόμενο να ανακηρυχθεί νωρίτερα ο νικητής.


          Î—ΠΑ: Οι υποψήφιοι στην Κένυα να περιμένουν «ειρηνικά και υπομονετικά» τα αποτελέσματα των εκλογών        

Το υπουργείο Εξωτερικών των Ηνωμένων Πολιτειών της Αμερικής κάλεσε τους υποψήφιους στις εκλογές που διεξήχθησαν στην Κένυα οι οποίοι αμφισβητούν τα αποτελέσματα να το κάνουν χωρίς να προβαίνουν σε «απειλές» ή να υποκινούν τη «χρήση βίας», επιδεικνύοντας «υπομονή» και περιμένοντας «ειρηνικά» τα επίσημα αποτελέσματα.


          JUDGES AS JACKASSES: DEATH PENALTY        
NEBRASKA JUDGES AS JACKASSES: THE DEATH PENALTY

To:  Governor Pete Ricketts, his cabinet & staff
        Nebraska Catholic Bishops, staff and parishes

Nebraska Supreme Court
Nebraska Legislators & staff
Nebraska County Sheriffs
The Police Officers' Association of Nebraska
Attorney General Doug Peterson & staff        
Nebraska County Attorneys Association
Nebraska Crime Commission
U of Nebraska Law School
Colleges & Universities Throughout Nebraska

Media throughout Nebraska 

Distributed 11/4/16

Re:  "We Nebraska judges support retaining repeal of the death penalty", Local View, Lincoln Journal Star, 10/31/16  (1)

Subject: More Anti Death Penalty Nonsense: Clueless and/or Willful Ignorance? Nebraska Judges 

From: Dudley Sharp 

Judges As Jackasses 

Nationally, many (hopefully most) of us have been appalled by the series of judicial sentences, over the last few years, wherein we have witnessed  judges giving extremely light sentences for rapists (2) and for a 16 year old drunk driver, who killed four innocent people, injuring 9 more, 2 severely, with that judge giving no jail time, based upon the judge honoring the "affluenza" defense, that being incarceration being too harsh for someone who grew up spoiled and rich (3). 

All, horrendous decisions, contrary to any basic understanding of justice. 

Irresponsible judges have been a problem, as long as there have been judges. 

How Irresponsible Are the Non-Magnificent 7 (NM7)? 

Enter the referenced anti death penalty op/ed, by 7 retired Nebraska judges (4), the NM7,  presenting their own level of irresponsibility , contrary to justice.

This NM7 represent 4% of the state District Court and state Supreme Court justices who have served in Nebraska, in the post Gregg v Georgia (1976) era, generally viewed as the beginning of the modern death penalty era in the US. 

Let's see how irresponsible the NM7 are: 

Keep two things in mind . . .

 1) There is one constant  -  Judges are the case managers,  in charge of both timing and costs, pre trial, trial and on appeals. 

2) These jackass NM7 judges never mentioned the innocent victims murdered - a common anti death penalty "oversight" (5).  

3) The NM7 state, "Our legal experience has led us to conclude that the death penalty is an unworkable and failed policy." 

Proof of the NM7's irresponsibility: 

Most know this to be false, as I suspect the NM7 do, as well. 

One wonders: Are the judges clueless and/or willfully ignorant? Ask them. 

The NM7 blame the death penalty, when we all know that it is not the policy that has failed, but those, like the judges, who have failed to responsibly manage that policy. Governors, attorney generals, legislators and correction officials, also share, in that responsibility, or irresponsibility  . . . as do the citizens who allow such incompetents to continue being paid with their tax dollars. 

There is no legal nor rational reason why death penalty appeals, should take longer than 2-3 years, on average,  within each of the state supreme court, the federal district and circuit courts - or 6-9 years, total, on average. Cases, rarely, go to SCOTUS. 

The NM7 are the case managers, denying their own responsibility for failing both justice and the citizens they work for. 

It seems, nearly, always the case, that government officials, employed by the citizens, blame everyone or everything, but themselves, for their own irresponsibility. These NM7 judges and the death penalty are no different. 

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It has been nearly 20 years since Nebraska's last execution, while the other death penalty states have executed nearly a thousand murderers.  Why? Irresponsible Nebraska officials, inclusive of the judges.  

Nationally, from 1984-1988, when double digit executions began, it took 6.6 years of appeals, on average, prior to execution, nationally (6).

6.6 years. 

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4) The NM7 state: "In the four decades since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, states have tinkered with death penalty statutes, repeatedly promising that they can fix them. The evidence is clear that they cannot." You cannot design an efficient system of capital punishment, which delivers punishment swiftly, while also avoiding the risk of executing the innocent.  States that hold onto the death penalty end up with a government program that fails on both these fronts – it is inefficient and makes mistakes."

Proof of the NM7's irresponsibility: 

The NM7's statements are, blatantly, false. 

Since 1976, Virginia has executed 112 murderers, representing 70% of those so sentenced and has executed them within 7 years of full appeals on average, with not even a hint of an innocent executed (7) - very efficient, no "mistakes". 

Virginia's last execution, Oct. 1, 2015, was after 5 years of FULL appeals. 

If Virginia can do it so can all states. 

The roadblock? Most often, irresponsible judges (6), as well as others, who have all failed both their citizens and justice. 

Innocents are better protected, in three ways, by the death penalty than with a life sentence (8). 

One wonders: Are the NM7 clueless and/or willfully ignorant? Ask them. 

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Pennsylvania judges/jackasses, both state and federal, are very obvious in their efforts to stop the death penalty in that state. With some 420 death sentences since 1973, there have been only 3 executions. Why? Because the judges will only allow murderers who waive their appeals to be executed. 

Any murderer, sentenced to death in Pa. will never be executed as long as they continue appeals, because the judges will not allow appeals to end or they will overturn the sentence. 

It is a blatant and obvious fight against the law, by the judges, aka dictators in robes. 

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5) The NM7 state: "The death penalty prolongs and adds uncertainty to the legal process, often harming murder victims’ families. More death sentences are overturned than end in an execution. For those few death sentences ending in an execution, the average wait between conviction and execution is more than 15 years, and sometimes much longer (as we have seen in Nebraska)." 

Proof of the NM7's irresponsibility: 

The NM7 dead wrong, again. 

The death penalty does not prolong itself nor does it add uncertainty to itself nor does it harm murder victims' families, by itself - it takes the judges, like these NM7, as other of the citizens' employees, to do all of those irresponsible, harmful things. Government policies are managed - or mismanaged - by the employees of the citizens, inclusive of the judges, as the NM7 jackasses well know.

95% of murder victims families support the death penalty (9). 

One wonders: Are these NM7 judges clueless and/or willfully ignorant? Ask them. 

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California judges/jackasses --  Since 1977, California has executed 1.4% of their death row murderers, after an average of 18 years on death row.The last 5 murderers executed have averaged  22 years on death row. 

It will only get longer, based upon the horrendous irresponsibility of Ca judges, a continuing disaster usurping the law . . .  unless folks stand against them. 


California's jackass judges are, obviously, trying to kill the death penalty. 

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6)  The NM7 state: "Despite promises to the contrary, politicians cannot dramatically expedite this process. Because of past mistakes, death penalty cases must go through a complex federal appeals process, which state lawmakers can't change. Death penalty cases thus force murder victims’ families to endure a prolonged and uncertain legal process. For them, the death penalty is a false promise." 

Proof of the NM7's irresponsibility: 

This is, clearly, false. Politicians, with earnest resolve, as Gov. Ricketts, can work with judges, the attorney general, legislators, prosecutors, defense counsel and citizens to produce a responsible death penalty system, as we all know and as occurs in other states. 

We also know that irresponsible anti death penalty politicians and judges will do all they can to drain as much time and money out of their citizens, in order to make sure that our worst murderers live, as detailed, throughout.

As with Virginia and Texas, if those states can produce responsible death penalty protocols, so can Nebraska, as can all states.

 With or without mistakes, all cases must go through the federal courts, so the NM7 statement is bizarre.

 One wonders: Are these NM7 judges clueless and/or willfully ignorant? Ask them. 

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Colorado -  "A Colorado study in 2013 found that death penalty cases took more than five years on average to complete, compared to 1 1/2 years for cases involving life without parole." (10) 

Understand, that is 5 years for pre trial and trial, only, not appeals. How irresponsible are Colorado judges/jackasses? 

In contrast, we have: 

John Allen Muhammad , the DC sniper, was arrested on October 24, 2002, his Virginia trial began on October 14, 2003, he was sentenced to death on November 24, 2003 - 13 months after arrest . . .

 and the prosecution called more than 130 witnesses and introduced more than 400 pieces of evidence. (10) 

and this mass murderer was executed in Virginia on November 10, 2009, after 6 years of FULL appeals. (10) 

and then we have  Colorado judges and many other irresponsible state judges/jackasses doing all they can to increase costs to destroy the death penalty, as is obvious. 

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 7) The NM7 state: "The death penalty wastes resources that should go to measures that actually reduce crime. Death penalty cases are more complex, take more time, require more lawyers, and therefore cost more money. There is no valid evidence that the money spent on the death penalty impacts murder rates. It is imperative, then, to dedicate our law enforcement dollars to measures that – unlike the death penalty – actually reduce crime." 

Proof of the NM7's irresponsibility: 

We can see why the NM7 jackasses blame the death penalty as a waste of resources, when it is the judges, themselves, as others, who create that waste - not the death penalty, as easily known and demonstrated, as herein. 

There is no legal nor rational reason for the death penalty to cost any more than life without parole (7), as demonstrated. 

Never has it been shown that any criminal sanction, any negative prospect and any negative outcome did not deter some. Never. (8) 

One wonders: Are these NM7 judges clueless and/or willfully ignorant? Ask them. 

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Kansas -   "The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the last seven attempts by (The Kansas Supreme Court)  to reverse the convictions of murderers and predators. If the nine robed jurists in Washington consistently overrule Kansas’s highest court, it’s not only embarrassing to the state—it’s evidence that these justices are making up the law." (11)

" . . . the U.S. Supreme Court found the Kansas Supreme Court had misapplied the Constitution. But each of these cases is emblematic of a broader pattern of lawlessness that merits voting against retaining these justices." (11) 

"As the late Justice Antonin Scalia wrote just weeks before his untimely death, “Kansans ... do not think the death penalty is unconstitutional and indeed very much favor it, which might suggest that a retention election that goes before such people would not come out favorably for those justices who create Kansas law.” (11) 

When justices " . . . thwart the application of criminal law by rewriting the laws the people's representatives passed, they undermine the sovereignty of “we, the people” and replace it with “we, the enlightened judges.” Removing them from office does not politicize the courts — the justices’ choice to impose their politics already did that. Voting them out is the only way to restore impartiality and the rule of law . . ."  (11) 

" . . . vote corruption out and the law back in." (11)

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8) The NM7 state: "The death penalty puts innocent lives at risk of execution. As judges, we strove to ensure that the innocent were protected and the guilty held accountable. At the same time, we recognize that judges and others in the criminal justice system are fallible. It is simply too much to expect perfection in any human institution – which is what the death penalty demands, since it is impossible to bring back the wrongfully executed. The more than 155 death row exonerations nationwide, and wrongful convictions of the Beatrice 6 here in Nebraska, make clear that the death penalty should have no place in our fallible justice system." 

The jackass NM7 avoid reality: 

There is no proven actual innocent executed in the US, after the 1930s (8, 12). 

Just since 1973: 

Some 16,000 actual innocents have  been murdered by those known murderers we have allowed to murder, again - recidivist murderers (8); 

Some 400,000 actual innocents have  been murdered by those known criminals we have allowed to harm, again - recidivist criminals (8). 

The 155 "exonerated" has been a very well known fraud (12) since 1998, when the numbers started at 69. Basic fact checking reveals there might be 36 removed from death row based upon actual innocence, that being about 0.4% of those sent to death row in the modern era - none were executed.

 Did the NM7 fact check, anything? 

It appears unlikely that the jackass NM7 can tell us where innocents are at risk in our "fallible justice system". 

Maybe they could hazard a guess?! 

One wonders: Are these NM7 judges clueless and/or willfully ignorant? Ask them. 

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". . .  in California, appeals attorneys are not appointed (by judges) for three to five years. (Those attorneys, then, allowed by judges) to take four years to learn the case and file their appeal. Attorneys for habeas appeal (through the federal courts) are not appointed (by the judges), on average, until eight to 10 years after the death sentence." (6) 

California judges/jackasses are, obviously and intentionally, killing the death penalty, in conflict with the law. 

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In 1996, the US Congress passed the Anti Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA), part of which was supposed to quicken death penalty appeals. 

Every year since then, the average time of appeals, until execution, has been  greater than in 1996 (10.4 years), with the longest being 16.5 years, (2011) (6). 

Apparently, judges didn't like the AEDPA and have taken a stand in conflict with the law -

The judicial move against the death penalty became even more obvious. 

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THE END.  


1) Found here: http://journalstar.com/news/opinion/editorial/columnists/local-view-we-nebraska-judges-support-retaining-repeal-of-the/article_f8977528-c3b7-5f83-b02b-cf6ecd61f4cf.html 


2) https://www.google.com/#q=horrible+judges+sentencing+rape+cases 


3) watch the video
What Is Ethan Couch's 'Affluenza': An Explainer, Gillian Mohney, ABC News, Dec 30, 2015, http://abcnews.go.com/Health/ethan-couchs-affluenza-explainer/story?id=36011293 


4) Retired judges/jackasses:  Nebraska Supreme Court Justice William Connolly, District Judge Stephen A. Davis, District Judge Sandra L. Dougherty, District Judge Patrick Mullen, Douglas County; District Judge Ronald Reagan, District Judge John Hartigan, District Judge Merritt C. Warren. 


5) Anti Victim: Anti Death Penalty Movement
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2014/04/anti-victim-anti-death-penalty-movement.html 



6) Judges Responsible For Grossly Uneven Executions
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/11/judges-responsible-for-grossly-uneven.html 


7) See Virginia Saving Costs with The Death Penalty
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/02/death-penalty-cost-saving-money.html  


8) The Death Penalty: Saving More Innocent Lives
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-death-penalty-do-innocents-matter.html  


9) 95% Death Penalty Support by Loved Ones of Capital Murder Victims
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2016/03/95-death-penalty-support-by-capital.html  


10)  see paragraph 3, sections B. Judicial Roadblocks and C.2. 128% INCREASE IN APPEALS TIME and paragraphs 4 and 6, within 

Courts, states put death penalty on life supportDeath Penalty: 
HOW MEDIA MURDERS THE TRUTH
http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2015/09/courts-states-put-death-penalty-on-life.html 


11) Kansas' Judges Should Be Recalled Before They Do Any Further Harm BY T. ELLIOT GAISER, PJ Media,  AUGUST 24, 2016,
https://pjmedia.com/election/2016/08/24/kansas-judges-should-be-recalled-before-they-do-any-further-harm/?singlepage=true 


12) a) The Innocent Frauds: Standard Anti Death Penalty StrategyREAD SECTIONS 3&4 FIRSThttp://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-innocent-frauds-standard-anti-death.html 
    
     b)  The 4.1% "Innocent" on Death Row: More Nonsense

          OCLC Symposium ALA MW 2010        
It's taken me longer than expected to get this post up...busy day today with lots of interesting conversations going on. But these are the scattered notes (along with tweets from @itgirl and @alicesneary) from the Symposium speaker on Friday, Michael Brown:

Loretta Parham
kicks of the OCLC Symposium. We all do PT *physical training*!

Michael Brown
, CEO of CityYear
His first library—Belmont, Massachusetts. He remembers his early experiences with the public libraries.
Boston loves its libraries (source of pride for the community).
Widener Library, his introduction to philanthropy. (The appeal is around something to do with leaving a legacy and personal concerns.)

--We’re in the same business, CityYear and libraries: Citizenship and democracy. Libraries help underscore what it means to be human.
“Getting my library card was like citizenship; it was like American citizenship.” –Oprah Winfrey

Why did he start CityYear?

Born in 1960—the civil rights movement, the moon landing, Star Trek—feeling of intense engagement
He became Passion-Struck. He worked on Capitol Hill for Leon Panetta,
HR2500—Study the commission of volunteer national service: tapping the civic power of youth.
• Life changing benefits (access to college, fulfilling the American dream)
• Needed Services
• Civil Rights
• Rite of Passage
• Inspire to Action

Action Tank – “National Service or Bust”
--Most Americans get excited about the idea of national service, once you explain it
--This isn’t a voting issue

Every meeting had to be inspirational.
Core member handbook: every member of CityYear has to register to vote, pay taxes, and have a library card.
Entrepreneurship: Timberland supplied the boots: boots, brands and beliefs. Timberland outfits the corps. Timberland provides 40 paid hours of volunteer service for employees.
Had to have uniforms—Promoting the concept. This is about service and idealism.
We did calisthenics in front of Boston Public Library every morning.

We had to engage the public sector. Wrote to all Presidential candidates.
Clinton said it was his trip to CityYear that inspired the development of Americorps.

Time magazine wanted to do a cover story on national service. (You never know who is going to be your next champion.)

Edward M Kennedy Serve America Act
. Idealism of Young People, showing they can make a difference.

Now they’re focusing on the High school dropout crisis. Every 26 seconds a child drops out of school. Goal is to reach 50% of the potential drop outs.

6 Major lessons learned along the way:
1. Mantra: COME VISIT! All commitments are experiential.
2. Find a sponsor for it: Get a sponsor for everything (Timberland for Boots)
3. Build partnerships on Reciprocity and Engagement—even when it doesn’t seem like there’s a fit. (CareForce One: CSX has a truck full of rakes, shovels, etc. and it goes to small communities where CSX drives through and helps them clean communities, graffiti, etc.)
4. Every institution has unique assets. (CityYear has young people’s energy)
5. Give a role for citizens in your institution. Serve-A-Thon (One-day where everyone else gets to do what CityYear does.) Create alumni—make people feel like a part of your institution
6. Build a Movement. Be part of something larger than yourself.


Carnegie completed 1,689 libraries. He did challenge grants—the communities had to support the library, once built. Women’s organizations took up the challenge and gave us America’s libraries. A great example of movement building and democracies. (All of this was done before Women had the right to vote!)

Connect your needs to other institutions’ needs. Then you can really get some interesting things going.

Then Loretta Parham gives some examples from her library system about how she engaged members of the community outside the library to try and get some momentum around projects, and what successes emerged.

Some really interesting questions came out for both Loretta and Michael. It's clear that we're all still grappling with how to partner with our civic and campus organizations in the best way possible--some good ideas and questions.

Then we all adjourned and had Boston cream pie. Great ending to a good Symposium. It made me wish I was 22 years old again and full of heady ideals about how to Make The World A Better Place. Has that 22 year old spirit been stamped out completely? I don't think so--seeing the CityYear participants and knowing their passion, I am inspired to give some of my personal time to a national service project, too.
          Curt Schilling: Public service is about being a leader        
Sep. 30, 2016 - 11:03 - On 'Your World,' former MLB All-Star on running for Senate, voting for Trump
          ISS Releases FAQs Related to Its 2015 Proxy Voting Policies        
Yesterday Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released a set of five frequently asked questions related to select proxy voting policies for the 2015 proxy season. The first two questions address shareholder proxy access and the exclusion of shareholder proposals; the remaining three address unilateral bylaw or charter amendments. ISS also released a brief Research Desk Bulletin that summarizes its proxy access approach. Voting Recommendations […]
          Catching Up on All Things Proxy Related From Last Week        
Among the many things Commission-related going on as of late, here’s a round of up some of the more notable proxy-related matters from the week that was February 9th. The Upcoming Proxy Voting Roundtable On Thursday the Commission announced the panelists for its upcoming Proxy Voting Roundtable which is scheduled for this coming Thursday, February 19, 2015, beginning […]
          The SEC Will Host a Proxy Voting Roundtable on February 19th        
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced today that it will host a proxy voting roundtable on Thursday, February 19, 2015 (that was quick), to explore ways to improve the proxy voting process, with a focus on universal proxy ballots and retail participation in the proxy process. The roundtable will be divided into two panels: The first […]
          Polls Open for Best New Products Contest        

CHICAGO – Voting is now open for CSP’s 14th annual Retailer Choice Best New Product Contest. CSP magazine, the leading media brand serving the convenience industry, announced the finalists this week; the complete list is below.CSP Best New Product

The editors of CSP and Convenience Store Products magazines identified all finalists from the list of products nominated by c-store industry members. Now it’s up to c-store retailers to select the winners of this coveted award. Retailers can fill out a ballot now through Sept. 8 at CSPDailyNews.com/BestNewProductsContest.

“CSP’s New Products Contest represents so much more than new products,” said Abbey Lewis, editor-in-chief of Convenience Store Products. “It represents consumer and retail trends, and the endless creativity and innovative thinking of our supplier community. We are as eager as anyone to find out how retailers vote.”

The group of finalists represents new products that were introduced into the c-store market between Aug. 1, 2016, and May 26, 2017.

Winners will be announced and receive their awards at the NACS Show in October. They will also be mentioned in an article that will appear online at www.CSPDailyNews.com and in the December 2017 issue of CSP magazine.

The full list of finalists:

Product category Supplier Product
Candy (Chocolate) The Hershey Co. Hershey's Cookie Layer Crunch
  Mars Chocolate North America M&M's Caramel Chocolate Candies
  Mondelez International Milka Oreo Chocolate Candy Bars
Candy (Nonchocolate) General Mills Convenience Gushers
  Wrigley Starburst Gummies
  Leaf Brands LLC Wacky Wafers Candy
Dairy Chobani Drink Chobani
  DanoneWave Horizon Organic Milk Aseptic Quarts
  General Mill Convenience Yoplait Dippers
Foodservice products (Dessert) Bake'n Joy Foods Inc. Kitchen Cupboard
  Rich Products Mixing Bowl Sourmet Filled Cookies
  Prairie City Bakery Sea Salt Caramel & Chocolate Chip Ooey Gooey Butter Cakes
Foodservice products (Dispensed beverages) Red Diamond Fruzen Frozen Tea
  Pierce Bros. Coffee Roasters Nitro Fogbuster: Cold Brew Coffee
  Kerry Convenience Twinkies Cappuccino
Foodservice products (Handhelds) AdvancePierre Foods Inc. Big AZ Sriracha Grilled Chicken Sandwich
  Johnsonville LLC French Toast Sausage
  Day'n Night Bites The Donut by Day'n Night Bites
Foodsevice products (Snacks) Ruiz Foods Egg, Sausage & Cheese Empanadas
  Tyson Convenience New Bosco Sticks Stuffed Breadsticks
  J&J Snack Foods Corp. Pretzel Fillers
Equipment--Foodservice Rational USA Rational Self Cooking Center XS Model 6 2/3
  Hatco Corp. Toast-Qwik Conveyor Toaster
  Alto-Shaam Vector Series Multi-Cook Ovens
Holding and Display Equipment--Foodservice Duke Manufacturing HS2
  Plastic & Products Marketing Push N Go Lid Dispenser
  iSee Store Innovations Roller Chill
Energy shots--General merchandise Dyla LLC Forto Coffee Energy Shot
  Life Support Development Life Support Recovery Shot--Red Label
  Tweaker Energy Drink Tweaker Extreme Energy Shot
Health & beauty care--General merchandise Max Distributing Beauty To Go Cosmetics
  Dynatabs LLC Dynatabs Digestive Assist
  GSK Nicorette Gum
Packaged beverages (Alcohol) E&J Gallo Winery Gallo Family Sweets
  Constellation Modelo Chelada Tamarindo Picante
  MillerCoors Redd's Wicked Blood Orange
Packaged beverages (Energy) PepsiCo Mango Lime Mountain Dew Kickstart
  Monster Monster Hydro
  Red Bull North America Red Bull Purple Edition Sugarfree
Packaged beverages (Nonalcohol) Nestle Waters Nestea
  Numi/Smuckers Numi Organic Tea/Smucker Natural Foods Organic Tea
  Dr Pepper Snapple Group Takes 2 to Mango Tea by Snapple
Meat snacks Jack Link's Jack Link's Applewood Breakfast Bacon
  The Hershey Co. Krave Meat Snacks
  Perky Jerky LLC Perky Jerky 100% Grass-Fed Beef Sticks
Snacks (Bars) Clif Bar & Co. Clif Whey Protein Bar
  Oatmega (part of Amplify Snack Brands) Oatmega Grass-Fed Whey Protein Cookie
  ThinkThin Protein & Superfruit
Snacks (Salty) Oberto Brands Oberto Trail Mix
  Paqui Chips Paqui Carolina Reaper Madness Chips
  Kellogg's Pringles Loud
Snacks (Sweet) Mars Chocolate North America goodnessknows Snack Squares--three new flavors
  Mrs. Freshley's Mrs Freshley's Cake Crisps
  General Mills Convenience Nature Valley Granola Cups
Technology GSP AccuStore Scorecards
  GasBuddy GasBuddy Business PAges
  PDI PDI/Labor Scheduler 2.0
Tobacco (Cigars) Prime Time International Distributing Inc. Prime Time Tropical Filtered Cigar
  Swisher International Inc. Swisher Sweets Banana Smash
  Swedish Match White Owl Emerald & White Owl Platinum Cigarillos

Winsight LLC is a business-to-business media, event, data and information company specializing in the convenience-retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice industries. Winsight has an extensive media portfolio with leading publications, including CSP, Convenience Store Products, Restaurant Business, FoodService Director and now Grocery Headquarters as of June 2017. Winsight Media offers a suite of digital products, including websites, e-newsletters, webinars, video, apps and custom marketing solutions. The Winsight Events group produces exclusive large-scale executive-level conferences, including Restaurant Leadership, Global Restaurant Leadership, FARE Conference, Outlook Leadership, Convenience Retailing University, FSTEC, Restaurant Trends & Directions and MenuDirections. Winsight also owns Technomic Inc., the leading provider of market information and advisory services for the food industry. For more information on Winsight and its brands, go to www.winsightmedia.com or www.technomic.com.


          Thanks for your response        

Though, I don't agree with you 100% on issues, I appreciate that you stand with your point-of-view and I respect that. It sharpens my perspective. As long as I am on blogher, you will be assured I'll comment on your posts.

I think the overall problem is that people are trying to categorize themselves within these groups that you even say are with exceptions. It's too hard to conform exclusively to one. That's why I believe in a Mom/Women's party. Fundamentally, it would make more sense than trying to relate to all the themes of one group of people with a mix of agendas and/or prejudices. I have never done well with it. Seems unnatural.

As far as voting goes, I was joking a bit. I always make it to the voting booths but I know many people who can't or won't for any number of reasons. Excuses do abound.

I would be worried about all of the apathy but I see it as an opporunity to reshape our ideas. Americans are quite moldable and there are sensible ideas everywhere.

Heather blogs about Motherhood & Other Offensive Situations at http://www.ultimateoutcasts.com.


 


          Tea Party 101        

Heather,

If I didn't respond, I apologize. I'm just coming off of an intensive political campaign. I'm just now returning to normal life activities like laundry, grocery shopping, getting to the salon, seeing friends, etc. For about 1 month, I was waking up every 2 hours to check email at night. I wasn't able to respond to all comments.

Sometimes, I think it would be helpful to do a Tea Party 101 post with the history and organization of the movement.

There is no such thing as Official Tea Party (TM) like there is a Democratic National Party or the Republican Party.

Some grassroots members have organized after starting rallies and events in their hometowns. Following the 2008 election, conservatives were able to largely take over Twitter using the #tcot hashtag. From there, conservatives organized events around the country and it took off.

Please note that most of these events were in reaction to Republican votes. Most conservatives were upset at the 2008 results, but even more angry that Republicans voted for TARP.

Groups like Tea Party Patriots and Tea Party Express have been successful in fundraising and organizing, but they are only part of the movement. Not every tea party chapter is affliated with any national movement. Some choose to be. Some aren't.

There's no clear leadership. No top-down government. And the movement wants it to stay that way.

I've never said that there wasn't racism, but it is a very small percentage.

My emphatic response was that this is not a theme we can allow to progress. When racism does occur at Tea Parties (I've never personally seen it), people react and shut those people up.

This is the media focusing on a subject that they don't understand. Most of it is hyperbole.

As noted earlier, for every "sign" of racism, I can give you evidence of death threats, Nazi propaganda from the left. And this is personal. I've been the target of a lot of hate mail and have been called Nazi/Brownshirt/Fascist more times than can be counted.

Neither side has clean hands here.

As to your comment on voting, really? With 10% unemployment, it seems pretty easy to get to the polls on election day.

Furthermore, if your state doesn't have early voting, you can request an absentee ballot if you know that you won't be able to go vote.

Most polls are open from 6 a.m. to at least 7 or 8 p.m. If asked, employers are supposed to let you off to vote.

I've worked in retail, I've worked for the government, I've worked for nonprofits of all stripes and I've worked in the private sector in TWO different states.

Never had a problem voting.

Aside from laziness, there is absolutely no excuse to not vote.

Keep trying...

Adrienne works in the conservative movement and blogs at Cosmopolitan Conservative.


          Kinder Voting        
My Kindergarteners are participating in a mock election at school today. I was really looking forward to being there for it, but Isaac got sick at daycare again. There’s nothing like being stuck under a feverish baby to make time for blogging.  We found out about the election last Wednesday Read More
          Karen Has Her Point        

Adrienne,

Perhaps when you are visiting the public protests they do not overtly carry the "I Am Racist" signs, but my Mom hears it day and night from her co-workers in her red state. Racism is alive and well and it can influence people's politics.

Adrienne you mentioned "The tea party is a large, unorganized group of people."

How is this true? They clearly were proud to be carrying the title of "Tea Party" during the last elections. I don't hear "Independent" or "Green" like I hear about the "Tea Party". They have an influence and like Karen says it is a strand within the party, not the party platform itself.

In your recent posts you had wanted specific points to discuss. I named them and never heard back from you. Please respond to people when they act on that request.

You are right, it isn't fair to generalize people but I believe we are seeing a huge generation gap in our government's representation.

Democrats tend to have a difficult time paying attention to politics and getting to the voting booths because of the restrictive corporate-friendly schedules Republicans have laid out for us.

Heather blogs about Motherhood & Other Offensive Situations at http://www.ultimateoutcasts.com.


 


          Little East Conference preseason lacrosse polls released        
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Little East Conference pre-season lacrosse coaches' polls have been announced, and Plymouth State University was picked to finish second in the women's poll and fourth in the men's standings. The votes were cast by the conference's head coaches, and the polls were released by LEC Commissioner Jonathan Harper.

The Panther women's lacrosse team, which finished second in the LEC regular season last season and lost in the LEC Tournament Championship game, finished second in this year's poll. The Panthers went on to capture the ECAC New England Tournament title for the third time in five years and finish with a 14-5 overall record.

Defending LEC regular season and tournament champion Eastern Connecticut State University received six first-place votes and topped this year's women's poll with 36 points. PSU was second with 28 points, followed by Keene State with 27 points (and one first-place vote). The rest of the poll included the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (18 points), the University of Southern Maine (15), Rhode Island College (14) and Western Connecticut State University (9).

The Panther men's lacrosse team, which finished in a three-way tie for third place last season with Western Connecticut and UMass Boston, was picked fourth in this year's preseason poll. The Panthers were knocked out of the LEC Tournament in overtime by UMass Boston, but came back to capture its first ECAC New England Championship and finish with an 11-6 overall record.

Defending regular season and tournament champion Keene State earned all six possible first-place votes and 36 points to finish first in this year's voting, while 2006 champion and 2007 runner-up Eastern Connecticut finished second with 31 points and the other top vote. Western Connecticut (24 points) edged PSU (23) by a single point for third place, and UMass Boston (14), UMass Dartmouth (13) and Southern Maine (6) rounded out the poll.

The 2008 LEC lacrosse tournaments are scheduled for the first week in May, with the conference champions receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The complete Little East Conference lacrosse preseason poll results are listed below:

2008 LEC Men's Lacrosse Pre-Season Poll
1. Keene State (6) 36
2. Eastern Connecticut (1) 31
3. Western Connecticut 24
4. Plymouth State 23
5. UMass Boston 14
6. UMass Dartmouth 13
7. Southern Maine 6

(first-place votes in parentheses)

2008 LEC Women's Lacrosse Pre-Season Poll
1. Eastern Connecticut (6) 36
2. Plymouth State 28
3. Keene State (1) 27
4. UMass Dartmouth 18
5. Southern Maine 15
6. Rhode Island College 14
7. Western Connecticut 9

(first-place votes in parentheses)

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          Read and learn with Sir Basil...        



Of course, we would be better of today, had we listened to Saki yesterday...

HERMANN THE IRASCIBLE - A STORY OF THE GREAT WEEP

by Saki (H. H. Munro)


It was in the second decade of the twentieth century, after the Great Plague had devastated England, that Hermann the Irascible, nicknamed also the Wise, sat on the British throne. The Mortal Sickness had swept away the entire Royal Family, unto the third and fourth generations, and thus it came to pass that Hermann the Fourteenth of Saxe-Drachsen-Wachtelstein, who had stood thirtieth in the order of succession, found himself one day ruler of the British dominions within and beyond the seas. He was one of the unexpected things that happen in politics, and he happened with great thoroughness. In many ways he was the most progressive monarch who had sat on an important throne; before people knew where they were, they were somewhere else. Even his Ministers, progressive though they were by tradition, found it difficult to keep pace with his legislative suggestions.

"As a matter of fact," admitted the Prime Minister, "we are hampered by these votes-for-women creatures; they disturb our meetings throughout the country, and they try to turn Downing Street into a sort of political picnic-ground."

"They must be dealt with," said Hermann.

"Dealt with," said the Prime Minister; "exactly, just so; but how?"

"I will draft you a Bill," said the King, sitting down at his typewriting machine, "enacting that women shall vote at all future elections. Shall vote, you observe; or, to put it plainer, must. Voting will remain optional, as before, for male electors; but every woman between the ages of twenty-one and seventy will be obliged to vote, not only at elections for Parliament, county councils, district boards, parish councils, and municipalities, but for coroners, school inspectors, churchwardens, curators of museums, sanitary authorities, police-court interpreters, swimming-bath instructors, contractors, choir-masters, market superintendents, art-school teachers, cathedral vergers, and other local functionaries whose names I will add as they occur to me. All these offices will become elective, and failure to vote at any election falling within her area of residence will involve the female elector in a penalty of £10. Absence, unsupported by an adequate medical certificate, will not be accepted as an excuse. Pass this Bill through the two Houses of Parliament and bring it to me for signature the day after to-morrow."

From the very outset the Compulsory Female Franchise produced little or no elation even in circles which had been loudest in demanding the vote. The bulk of the women of the country had been indifferent or hostile to the franchise agitation, and the most fanatical Suffragettes began to wonder what they had found so attractive in the prospect of putting ballot-papers into a box. In the country districts the task of carrying out the provisions of the new Act was irksome enough; in the towns and cities it became an incubus. There seemed no end to the elections. Laundresses and seamstresses had to hurry away from their work to vote, often for a candidate whose name they hadn't heard before, and whom they selected at haphazard; female clerks and waitresses got up extra early to get their voting done before starting off to their places of business. Society women found their arrangements impeded and upset by the continual necessity for attending the polling stations, and week-end parties and summer holidays became gradually a masculine luxury. As for Cairo and the Riviera, they were possible only for genuine invalids or people of enormous wealth, for the accumulation of o10 fines during a prolonged absence was a contingency that even ordinarily wealthy folk could hardly afford to risk.

It was not wonderful that the female disfranchisement agitation became a formidable movement. The No-Votes-for-Women League numbered its feminine adherents by the million; its colours, citron and old Dutch-madder, were flaunted everywhere, and its battle hymn, "We don't want to Vote," became a popular refrain. As the Government showed no signs of being impressed by peaceful persuasion, more violent methods came into vogue. Meetings were disturbed, Ministers were mobbed, policemen were bitten, and ordinary prison fare rejected, and on the eve of the anniversary of Trafalgar women bound themselves in tiers up the entire length of the Nelson column so that its customary floral decoration had to be abandoned. Still the Government obstinately adhered to its conviction that women ought to have the vote.

Then, as a last resort, some woman wit hit upon an expedient which it was strange that no one had thought of before. The Great Weep was organized. Relays of women, ten thousand at a time, wept continuously in the public places of the Metropolis. They wept in railway stations, in tubes and omnibuses, in the National Gallery, at the Army and Navy Stores, in St. James's Park, at ballad concerts, at Prince's and in the Burlington Arcade. The hitherto unbroken success of the brilliant farcical comedy "Henry's Rabbit" was imperilled by the presence of drearily weeping women in stalls and circle and gallery, and one of the brightest divorce cases that had been tried for many years was robbed of much of its sparkle by the lachrymose behaviour of a section of the audience.

"What are we to do?" asked the Prime Minister, whose cook had wept into all the breakfast dishes and whose nursemaid had gone out, crying quietly and miserably, to take the children for a walk in the Park.

"There is a time for everything," said the King; "there is a time to yield. Pass a measure through the two Houses depriving women of the right to vote, and bring it to me for the Royal assent the day after to-morrow."

As the Minister withdrew, Hermann the Irascible, who was also nicknamed the Wise, gave a profound chuckle.

"There are more ways of killing a cat than by choking it with cream," he quoted, "but I'm not sure," he added, "that it's not the best way."


          Projekt der Berliner Regierung: Stehpinkeln auch für Frauen – News vom 4. August 2017        
1. Wie Gunnar Schupelius in der Berliner B.Z. berichtet, hat der rot-rot-grüne Senat der deutschen Hauptstadt ein 97 Seiten umfassender "Toilettenkonzept für Berlin" erstellen lassen:

Auf Seite 30 steht das Kapitel "Geschlechtergerechtigkeit". Hier wird nachgewiesen, dass es ungerecht sei, wenn nur Männer im Stehen urinieren dürften, Frauen aber nicht. Wörtlich heißt es: "Aus Sicht der Gleichstellung sind Pissoirs nicht akzeptabel."

Die Fachleute des Senats stellen fest, dass es zwar wichtig sei, Männern Urinale anzubieten, da sie "eher zum Wildpinkeln tendieren" würden als Frauen. Dennoch müsse aber eben auch Frauen die Möglichkeit geboten werden, sich im Stehen zu erleichtern.


Bei einem italienischen Designer taten die rot-rot-grünen Toilettenexperten daraufhin das Urinal "Girly" auf, das mit seiner "innovativen Form die Anatomie der Frau berücksichtigt". Damit sollen künftig alle öffentlichen Toiletten nachgerüstet werden.

Gleichzeitig ist Schupelius zufolge gefährdet, dass öffentliche Toiletten in Berlin überhaupt noch funktionieren. Ein Lösungskonzept dafür gebe es im Senat der Stadt noch nicht: "Nur die Vorschriften für das Frauen-Urinal sind schon fertig."

Warten wir noch ein paar Jahrzehnte, und dann werden Frauen-Urinale auch in privaten Haushalten angeordnet. Schließlich ist das Private aus feministischer Sicht evident politisch, und es gibt keinen Grund, weshalb Gleichberechtigung in den eigenen vier Wänden keinen Platz haben sollte.



2. Auf Twitter berichtet "Don Alphonso" über weitere Ergebnisse seiner Detektivarbeit zu dem grünen Onlinepranger. Ich halte mal einige Auszüge fest, falls es später ein Quiz zu diesem Thema gibt:

Etwa im Mai 2017 haben @gwi_boell bzw @boell_stiftung bei @Agentin_org Angst bekommen und Tatsachenbehauptungen durch Mutmassungen ersetzt.


Daher diese ganzen "scheint". "orientiert" etc. Formulierungen - nach meinen Infos hat besonders @andreaskemper härtere Begriffe verwendet.


Während Kemper vor allem Personen denunziert, macht der Wiki-Nutzer "Heinrich Alpin" die öffentliche Darstellung des Projekts.


Später musste erst mal Nutzerin "Gruen" über die Rechtschreibung und Grammatik gehen (He, @boell_stiftung, Eure Spitzel sind echt peinlich)


Bei vielen Beiträgen das gleiche Muster: Kemper denunziert vom Jan-März16 die Personen, schreibt Behauptungen. Gruen&Co müssen nacharbeiten.




3. "Verdienen weiße Männer wirklich das Wahlrecht?" fragt das "Affinity Magazine", der Eigendarstellung zufolge eine Nachrichtenplattform speziell für Teens. In dem Artikel heißt es:

After all, women and people of colour went through times of not being allowed to vote, and the fact that white men never had to experience that is an injustice. (...) One can’t be sure if withdrawing the white man’s vote could be considered a "wrong". Furthermore, the point here that has to be made is that banning white men from voting temporarily will help them understand systemic injustice and help them become better, more empathetic allies to the social justice cause.

In contexts like these, identity politics can be helpful, empowering and contributing to an important learning experience. White men who want to become better allies always come across the problem of "I will never understand what it feels like to be systemically oppressed" but this proposal may further their understanding of minority needs and improve relations between different genders and races, which is the ultimate goal; equality.


Warum eigentlich nicht? Wenn es etwa um die Frauenquote geht, haben wir uns doch auch schon daran gewöhnt, dass die Diskriminierung von Männern mit dem "Endziel soziale Gerechtigkeit" begründet wird.

Allerdings findet sich in den Kommentaren unter dem Artikel bereits die Auflösung dieses selbst für Feministinnen bizarren Artikels: Bei dem Namen der Autorin "Malia Rolt" handelt es sich wohl nicht zufällig um ein Anagramm von "I am a troll". Bemerkenswert ist, dass – ähnlich wie zuvor die "Huffington Post" – ein sich als seriös verstehendes Magazin einen Artikel mit der geschilderten Auffassung veröffentlichte. Sobald es irgendwie gegen Männer geht, stehen in unseren Medien die Tore noch für den größten Irrsinn sperrangelweit offen.



4. Wie Genderama berichtete, deckte dieser Tage ein Artikel der New York Times auf, wie sehr die Anführerinnen des Frauenmarsches gegen Trump die Sharia bewerben sowie Extremisten, Rassisten, Terroristen und Gewaltverbrecher verehren. Auf diese Anschuldigungen gibt es jetzt von der Co-Präsidentin des Frauenmarsches eine Erwiderung.



5. Das Neueste aus der "Rape Culture": Eine US-amerikanische Universität sanktioniert einen Studenten wegen eines angeblichen sexuellen Übergriffes gegen seine Partnerin: Er darf den Campus nicht mehr betreten und keinen Kontakt zu seinen Trainern und Sportkameraden mehr aufnehmen. Seine Partnerin indes bestreitet hartnäckig, Opfer eines solchen Übergriffes geworden zu sein:

Words, including mine, have been incompetently or intentionally misrepresented, misquoted and taken out of context, which should not be that surprising since no statements were recorded or verified. (...) I have never been abused, assaulted or otherwise mistreated by Matt. (...) He is an incredible person, and I am and have been 100% behind him. Nothing happened that warranted an investigation, much less the unfair, biased and drawn out process that we have been forced to endure quietly.

Matt Boermeester did nothing improper against me, ever. I would not stand for it. Nor will I stand for watching him be maligned and lied about, and I implore the USC community to stand together to stop this from happening to Matt or anyone else.


Nach diesen Äußerungen geht die Universität jetzt auch gegen die fragliche Studentin vor.



6. Australien macht es den Amis nach: Einem aktuellen Bericht zufolge grassiert an australischen Hochschulen sexuelle Gewalt. 51 Prozent der Studenten seien Opfer entsprechender Übergriffe geworden. Tatsächlich scheint es sich bei diesem Bericht um ein Musterbeispiel dafür zu halten, wie man mit viel Getrickse eine nationale Krise heraufbeschwört, worüber viele Medien in Alarmstimmung berichten. Erinnerungen an die #Aufschrei-Hysterie in Deutschland werden wach.

Die australische "Herald Sun" indes urteilt in einem Artikel von Andrew Bolt so kritisch und so deutlich, wie kein deutsches Leitmedium zu "Aufschrei"-Zeiten geworden ist. Exemplarisch auch für vergleichbare Fälle schlüsselt der Artikel auf, mit welchen Tricks eine Vergewaltigungshysterie geschürt wurde, die keine Grundlage in der Wirklichkeit hat:

We should be shocked and upset that not one university boss had the brains or guts to call out this fraud of a study.

There’s only one real scandal exposed by this study — that our universities must lack academics with the most basic research skills to spot how the taxpayer-funded HRC cooked the books. Yes, the HRC has once more invented a scandal that’s been lapped up by an unquestioning media, producing headlines such as, "Alarming rate of university sexual assaults revealed".

Here’s how it did it. First the HRC, universities and activists spent more than a year on an emotional publicity campaign to hype the alleged threat of sexual assault on campus. Then, having primed students for outrage, our 39 universities asked them to fill in an online survey to report how often they’d allegedly been harassed or assaulted.

I say "allegedly" because none of the claims was tested.

But here is the real problem with this survey: fewer than 10 per cent of students responded. As the HRC admits: "The survey data has been derived from a sample of the target population who were motivated to respond and made an autonomous decision to do so. It may not necessarily be representative of the entire student population."

(...) Only the most motivated students responded, which presumably includes activist students, ideologues and identity warriors, as well as women and men who have indeed been harassed or abused. But 90 per cent of students couldn’t be bothered responding, perhaps because most didn’t think there was a problem that needed fixing.

That means the results could be exaggerated as much as tenfold.

Nor does the fraud stop there. The researchers also defined sexual harassment so broadly that the most trivial or accidental behaviour was included. Even "inappropriate staring or leering" was counted as harassment and, bingo, it worked. Mere stares or leers generated a third of all the complaints.

(...) No wonder that 40 per cent of students who said they’d been sexually assaulted also said they thought it wasn’t serious enough to tell the university, and another 40 per cent said they hadn’t needed help.

And still that’s not the full con.

Only one in four of the alleged sexual assaults — 1.6 per cent of students over two years — actually occurred on campus or going to and from university. Doesn’t that suggest that students are actually safer at university than anywhere else?

And why are assaults on students travelling to and from campus blamed on universities? Why not blame the public transport system?

Why? Because this is one more way the HRC could inflate the statistics to paint universities as cesspits of rape and sexual predators.

This survey is a disgrace. The failure of universities to call it out shows that reason no longer rules and the victim culture is king.




7. Um fremde Männer zu erziehen beziehungsweise sie zu der Auffassung zu bekehren, dass das unverlangte Zusenden von Intimfotos eine unumutbare sexuelle Belästigung darstelle, versandte eine Frau Bilder von ihrer Vagina. Das überraschende Resultat: Die Männer reagierten darauf keineswegs so pikiert wie erwartet, sondern begeistert. Und die fragliche Dame musste lernen, dass es ein Fehler sein könnte, wenn man seine eigenen Gefühle automatisch so sehr verallgemeinert, als ob sie für alle anderen ebenfalls gültig wären.



8. Die Post. Einer meiner Leser schreibt mir heute:

Hallo Herr Hoffmann,

Die Wahrheit setzt sich durch, das ist schon immer mein Glaube gewesen. Sie kommt auf leisen Sohlen daher und braucht einen langen Atem. Aber sie steht auf festem Grund.

Die Lüge kommt forsch daher, laut und anmaßend. Aber sie hat einen konstruierten, keinen festen Boden und muss immer neue Lügen einbauen, damit das Gerüst nicht zusammenfällt. "Das eben ist der Fluch der bösen Tat, dass sie, fortzeugend, immer Böses muss gebären."

Dass es aber 40 Jahre dauert, das hat selbst mich alten Mann doch erschaudern und fast verzweifeln lassen. Aber der Gegenwind zu den Gender"wissenschaften" und dem Biotop, das sie geboren hat, wurde schon seit einiger Zeit deutlich. Und doch blieb ich lange ungläubig skeptisch.

Aber dass Agent*In so umfassend durchgefallen ist, das ist schon mehr als ein Hoffnungsschimmer. Das wäre noch vor zehn Jahren nicht denkbar gewesen Da wurde sowas einfach durchgewunken. Heute gibt es auch Kritik zu den Auswüchsen. Die kommt nicht nur von guten Blogs, die in letzter Zeit wie Pilze aus dem Boden wuchsen. Auch Wissenschaftler melden sich zu Wort. Nicht nur Naturwissenschaftler wie der Biologe Ulrich Kutschera haben offenbar dermaßen die Schnauze voll, dass sie keine Angst mehr haben, in die Öffentlichkeit zu gehen.

Aus den MINT-Fächern kommen überraschend viele (Blogger jedenfalls) aus dem IT-Bereich, ist mir übrigens aufgefallen. Was ich erst für ein Phänomen hielt, ist aber nur konsequent. Mit Wischi-Waschi-BlaBlaBla ist dort nämlich kein Blumentopf zu gewinnen. Da ist logisches stringentes Denken gefragt.

Immer mehr Leute selbst aus den Geisteswissenschaften, zu denen Fächer wie Soziologie, Psychologie noch immer gezählt werden, melden sich zu Wort. Der Soziologe Michael Klein versteht was von Methodenlehre, die sein Fach zur Wissenschaft und nicht zum Geschwätz macht und hat ein sehr erfolgreiches Blog.

Und nun hat es wohl auch de.wikipedia erfasst. Ein zartes Pflänzchen wohl zunächst, aber die Hoffnung wächst. Auf die Diskussion, bei der Andreas Kemper seiner Agent*In ein schönes Make Up verpassen möchte, haben Sie schon hingewiesen Ein sehr interessanter Beleg, denn es kommen nicht mehr, wie früher üblich, sofort die Hilfstruppen aus dem Gebüsch. Es gibt Gegenwind. Wichtig: Der kommt von Leuten, die nicht selbst Ideologen sind, sondern nur klar und unvoreingenommen denken.

Das betrifft nicht nur den Artikel selbst. Endlich werden mal die Relevanzkriterien richtig angewendet.

Eine Petitesse scheint dagegen die Wikipedia-Diskussion um das Binnen-I zu sein. Der Artikel über Kempers Online-Pranger hieß nämlich mal kurz "Agent" statt "Agent*In". Nach einer Entschuldigung, dass dafür wohl das verwendete Binnen-I-Eliminierungs-Tool verantwortlich sei, kommt kein #Aufschrei. Kempers Behauptung "Das Binnen-I ist seit Jahrzehnten üblicher Bestandteil der deutschen Schriftsprache und widerspricht nicht der deutschen Rechtschreibung. Es mit einem Tool entfernen zu wollen, ist eine maschinelle Sprachkonstruktion", kommt nicht mehr durch.

"Typischer Fall von Filterblase", steht da als Antwort bis 20:27, 30. Jul. 2017. Und kein Shitstorm bricht mehr los und auch kein Edit War mehr. Dass selbst Dinge, die sie längst abgehakt haben, nicht mehr so einfach durchgehen, ist, zusammen mit dem, was ich oben angerissen habe, mehr als ein Hoffnungsschimmer. Da wird es langsam schon wieder richtig hell.

          As 2018 approaches, Florida voters should decide whether incredible climate change should steer their votes away from the deniers ... by gimleteye        
In Miami, the hottest July on record with other signs that climate change is marching on Florida.

Yet, state voters have twice elected a Governor, Rick Scott -- who aspires to succeed Bill Nelson in the US Senate. Then, there is Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam -- who aspires to succeed Scott. Both Scott and Putnam are Republicans who demonstrated, through their voting records, that they are willing to sacrifice science and fact on the altar of political expediency. Both are strong supporters of President Donald Trump, who has literally taken an axe to climate change mitigation efforts.

We attach to this blog post the 1988 testimony of Jim Hansen, one of the most informed critics of government inaction on global warming, and decide for yourself -- 30 years later -- whether it is in fact time to elect public officials based on their commitment to care for creation like your tax dollars and job depends on it. Not to mention, our moral values and American exceptionalism.

Think about this: the state of Florida is committing billions of taxpayer dollars to "fix" the result of phosphorous and nitrogen pollution that is destroying state water resources, yet denies climate change which is compounding the impacts of algae blooms. In "Climate Change Means More Fuel For Toxic Algae Blooms", Climate Central writes that "... policymakers will need to rethink some of the ways they combat nutrient pollution and society will also have to develop technological solutions to reduce nutrient pollution, from implementing more efficient agricultural practices to potentially recycling various forms of nitrogen in sewage into animal feed, according to a commentary piece also published in Science."

Yet when it comes to nitrogen, the focus of a recent commentary in Science Magazine, the state of Florida is limping along with grossly inadequate measures to protect taxpayers and citizens.

Your elected officials are "running out the clock", counting on passing the buck to the next generation. They should be so lucky.

1988 Hansen Senate Testimony by Alan Farago on Scribd



          Oh What A Deal! Will City of Miami capitulate to Florida Power and Light? We hope NOT ... by gimleteye        
It is still a question to be addressed at Thursday's city commission meeting, but judging from the fine print of an exhaustive agreement, the City of Miami will "only" pay $27 million as its portion of the cost to bury high voltage power lines along US Route 1; part of the infrastructure program ratepayers will otherwise shoulder for two new nuclear reactors that FPL is aiming towards the lowest lying floodplain in Florida.

In return for this "great" deal? The City of Miami will agree to drop its lawsuits against FPL. Up until this point, the city's legal department has been a credible protector of taxpayer and citizens -- unlike the City of Coral Gables -- in the uproar over installing high voltage power lines along one of the busiest residential and business districts in South Florida.

It's insanity, and you may have a chance to express your objections and opposition at the Thursday meeting of the Miami City Commission. Please read this action alert from Miami Waterkeeper:

Dear All,

We have recently become aware that the City of Miami is considering settling with FPL on the transmission line suit. Unfortunately, this settlement also would require the City to dismiss other critical suits against FPL, including challenging FPL's 1) application to license and operate two new nuclear power plants at Turkey Point, 2) the siting challenge for the 2 new plants, and 3) their ability to charge the public for the construction of the new plants that will likely never be build. The settlement would also require that the City not get involved in other ongoing cases against FPL. And, all this when the City has been making great progress on these issues against FPL and is one of the biggest dogs in this fight.

All in all, it seems like a terrible deal for the citizens and for the environment and a big win for FPL. 

The City Commission is voting on this item at this Thursday's commission meeting (3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133). There is an opportunity for public comment at 9am and before the item is heard. 



We would like as many people as possible to show up to give public comment at both the 9am comment session and before the item is heard. We also ask that people contact the Commissioners to ask them to vote against this settlement. Commissioner Russell is already voting no. 

Please also share on social media:

"Tell the City of Miami not to give in to FPL at the commission meeting this Thursday at 9am (3500 Pan American Drive). We need them to stay in the fight for our community's health and safety -- and for the environment too! Call your commissioners (http://www.miamigov.com/home/cityofficials.html) today!" 

​Please share with others so that we can get a critical mass in attendance!​

Thank you,

-- 
Rachel Silverstein, Ph.D.
Executive Director & Waterkeeper
Miami Waterkeeper



          Social Media — What is it Good For?        
Social Bookmarking and Social Voting

I took a three month break from blogging and social media sites so that I could focus 100% on a critical project at work. Strangely enough I didn't miss the flow of information; I was still able to find interesting links for coffee break time by browing Hackers News. Here's a break down of my experience from leaving for so long and rejoining it.


          LGBT and allied organizations call for equality in Scouting        

LGBT and allied organizations across the country are speaking up for equality in Scouting, as 1,400 Boy Scouts of America (BSA) voting members in Dallas vote today on making Scouting more inclusive. The results are expected at 5pm CDT today.

GLAAD first started calls for the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban on gay scouts and scout leaders in April 2012 after Jennifer Tyrrell, a mom and den leader from Ohio was removed from her 7-year-old’s Cub Scout Pack for being gay. Since that time, more and more organizations have been speaking out in favor for equality.

GLAAD has been working with Scouting organizations like the Inclusive Scouting Network and Scouts for Equality for several months to overturn the ban on gay scouts and leaders. To date, 1.8 million people have signed Change.org petitions, calling on the Scouts to overturn the discriminatory ban.

Other supporting organizations represent the diversity of the LGBT movement, all calling for inclusion in Scouting.

Several state equality organizations have signed on, including Equality Florida, Equality Hawaii, Equality Maryland, Equality Ohio, Equality Pennsylvania, Equality Virginia, Forum For Equality Louisiana, and MassEquality. Local LGBT organizations, like PROMO in St. Louis have spoken out, as well as CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers.

70% of Boy Scout troops are sponsored by congregations or faith-based organizations. Several faith-based organizations have supported the campaign to lift the ban. Supporters include Catholic organizations like DignityUSA, Equally Blessed, and the Reformed Catholic Church. The Jewish organization Keshet has also signed on, as has Integrity USA, the Episcopal LGBT advocacy group. The Religious Institute, which advocates for faithful voices in sexuality and religion, has spoken out. And the denominations of Metropolitan Community Churches and the United Church of Christ.

National organizations have also joined GLAAD to call for inclusive Scouting. The Equality Federation, HRC, Media Matters, and the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund have mobilized their members, as well as the ally group Straight But Not Narrow.

GLAAD is thankful for all the organizations who have spoken up for equality in Scouting. You can view the whole list at www.glaad.org/scouts/supporters. If you would like to add your organization to the list, visit http://www.glaad.org/scouts/partners to sign up.

GLAAD first started calls for the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban on gay scouts and scout leaders in April 2012 after Jennifer Tyrrell, a mom and den leader from Ohio was removed from her 7-year-old’s Cub Scout Pack for being gay. Tyrrell’s original Change.org petition has attracted more than 343,000 signatures in support of ending the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay Scouts and leaders. Tyrrell, together with GLAAD, has launched a new petition to urge the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to completely lift its anti-gay ban on both youth members and adult employees and volunteers. To take action on this issue please visit www.glaad.org/denmother. For more on GLAAD's work on this campaign, including a timeline of key events, visit www.glaad.org/scouts.

May 23, 2013

          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.



          Charts and viral videos aside, this is why I’m voting IN.        
I joked about it six months ago, “if Brexit happens I’m out of a job”, happy in the knowledge that Britain is better off in Europe, that Wales is better off in Europe. I still believe that. For me there are no compelling reasons to leave, the least of which is ‘getting back control of […]
          Insights Daily Current Affairs, 10 Aug 2017        

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          BANG BANG: Akiva Gottlieb        
[BANG BANG is our week-long look back at 20!!, or "Twenty-bang-bang," or 2011, with contributions from all over aiming to cover all sorts of enthusiasms from film to music to words and beyond.]


by Akiva Gottlieb

The movie I most wanted to evangelize for all year—at least before Margaret started kicking down doors—was usually synopsized in embarrassing fashion. Lee Chang-dong’s Poetry, in prose courtesy of IMDb: “A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.” Yes, every word of this heartwarming short story is technically accurate, but the implied causality is almost willfully misleading. In actuality, her discovery of the heinous crime is sublimated, her awareness of her Alzheimer’s is either denied or forgotten, and if she finds strength and purpose when enrolling in a poetry class, it’s not the result of anything she learns there.

The perverse irony of this unpredictable, quietly devastating film is Lee’s framing of his protagonist’s terminal illness as less of an impediment than an enabler—it causes her to forget, but just as crucially gives her license to walk away from trauma. Poetry’s most resonant mysteries pivot upon the impossibility of knowing the difference between a selective memory and a faulty one.

Lee’s film is an object lesson in everyday escapism, and if he never indicts the movies as our favorite emotional management tool, he probably expects we’d repress that knowledge anyway. Poetry draws a precise visual map of those other places we hide from what we don’t want to know—behind locked doors, under the covers, in the shower, in a karaoke bar, in a poem—and the negotiations we’re willing to make with ourselves and others to keep an ugly truth from coming to light. This is not a chronicle of disease and triumph, or finding one’s voice, but a testimonial to compartments and evasions. Poetry’s poetry lessons allegorize the process of emotional disengagement as a method of scaling back, limiting one’s scope, concentrating. To repress one memory might just be way of focusing more intensely on another. A debilitating illness is a tragedy, but Poetry discovers a state of grace—or at least a deferral of inevitabilities—in being lost for words.



________________________________

Akiva Gottlieb writes about film for The Nation, but does not write poetry. He lives in Michigan.

          Brandon Graham Reportedly Agrees to New Eagles Contract; Could Earn $1.5M Raise        

The Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly adjusted language in Brandon Graham's contract that will allow him to earn an extra $1.5 million over the next two seasons through incentives and escalators, according to ESPN.com's Field Yates

Graham, 29, signed a four-year, $26 million deal with $13 million guaranteed prior to the 2015 season. He's scheduled to earn base salaries of $6.5 million each of the next two years, with signing bonus payouts pushing his cap hit to $7.5 million. 

The incentives Yates referred to are directly tied to sack totals. 

Specifically, $500,000 will be available to Graham through incentives in 2017, with another $1 million on the table in 2018 should he meet certain benchmarks. 

According to Yates, Graham will tack an extra $250,000 on his 2017 salary if he records seven or eight sacks. Another $250,000 will be made available should Graham reach nine sacks, earn a Pro Bowl nod following official voting (i.e., not as an alternate) or if he earns All-Pro honors. 

The 2018 incentives are as follows: 

"If Graham records seven to eight sacks, his 2018 base salary raises by $250,000, if he records nine to 11 sacks, his 2018 base salary raises by $500,000. If Graham records 12 or more sacks, his 2018 base salary raises by $750,000. And, if he makes the Pro Bowl on the original ballot or is named to either the first or second team All NFL team, his salary raises by another $250,000."

Seven sacks would represent a new career high for Graham, who topped out at 6.5 quarterback takedowns in 2015 before notching 5.5 last season. 

But as Pro Football Focus' Sam Monson noted, Graham's 2016 production went well beyond basic box score stats. 

"Graham hurried the opposing QB this season 83 times, more than every player not named Khalil Mack," Monson wrote. "However, he only got home six times to finish the play then and there. Pressure in and of itself, though, is impactful—and hugely beneficial to a defense."

Thanks to those results, Graham finished the 2016 season as PFF's ninth-ranked player overall and top-rated player in the Eagles front seven. 

If he can stay healthy and parlay repeated pressures into a few more sacks this season, Graham should have no trouble waltzing his way to some extra cash by the time the 2017 campaign comes to a close. 

Read more NFL news on BleacherReport.com


          RUSSIA: Babushkas rule        

Russia will be reshaped not by revolution but by urbanization and a life expectancy gap between men and women, writes Ekaterina Schulmann

Historical parallels are a curse of our time because they prevent rational analysis of social and political processes. Once you hear that 2014 is 1914 all over again, or that a certain regime is heading towards a new Nazism, this is a clear signal to stop listening, as clear as when you are advised to read Dostoevsky to gain insight into the ‘Russian soul’.

It is time to stop taking Karl Marx’s joke at face value: history does not repeat itself, either as tragedy, or as farce. Since there is an infinite supply of historical facts, it is likely that striking similarities between past and present events are based either on the magic of numbers – 1914/2014 – or on highlighting some facts while ignoring others.

The main sin of parallelism is that it negates progress. It is stuck in the Middle Ages, when the wheel of fortune decreed that nothing changed.

The same type of thinking that denies the passage of time, however, makes a fetish of space and turns geography into destiny.

People who balk at a comparison between the Russian and Venezuelan political systems are happy to compare modern Russia with the Russia of Ivan the Terrible, Nicholas II or Stalin, periods that have nothing to do with our time economically, culturally or socially.

So what are we to make of this year’s centenary of the revolutions that ended the Russian Empire, and the fashionable search for clues to the future of today’s Russia? To unpick the parallels, it is worth exploring the basic composition of Russian society then and now through demographic trends − while understanding that demography influences, but does not determine, political processes.

Looking at the demographic data of Russia for 2016 and for the Russian regions of the Empire by 1917, we see two major trends that shaped the 20th century: ageing and urbanization.

The median age of a Russian citizen of today is 39 years. In 1917, the average age of a resident of Petrograd was 19. In 1885, there were 11.6 million city dwellers in Russia, a figure that doubled within 30 years to 23.2 million in 1914. In 1940 the urban population of the USSR was 60.6 million people and in 1956, 87 million. Within 40 years, 54 million people had moved from village to town. By the late 1950s, the urban population equalled the peasantry.

Urbanization was a feature of the era that transformed agrarian societies into modern industrial ones. The grimmer appendages of this process were global wars of the type unknown to previous ages, combining the genocidal intent of Genghis Khan with new weapons capable of wiping out millions of lives. The young people wanting to climb up the social ladder by moving from the countryside to the cities could play two roles: as the drivers of progress or the cogs in great totalitarian machines of repression, as happened in Russia and China.

There are gaps in the Russian demographic pyramid that we see repeated roughly every 20 to 25 years. These are the traces of the horror that was the Russian 20th century – mostly the human loss of the Second World War, but also of the civil war, collectivization, numerous waves of genocide and organized hunger. If you compare the modern demographic pyramids of the former Soviet republics, you will see a picture resembling the Russian pyramid, but with the edges somewhat smoothed.

Today 74.4 per cent of the citizens of Russia live in cities, according to Rosstat, the Russian statistics service. Agrarian Russia, the Russia of the peasantry, is now the stuff of folklore. Given the state of the transport and road infrastructure, it is reasonable to assert that Russia today consists of 15 cities and their agglomerations, with more or less empty space in between.

There are two exceptions: the agricultural regions of Southern Russia and the national republics of the North Caucasus. Remarkably, these are also the regions with distinct political cultures and electoral behaviour differing from that of central, northern or Siberian Russia.

Ethnically, if we compare the results of the censuses of 1991 in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, as the territory of the Russian Federation was defined in Soviet times, and the last census of 2010, we see a gradual consolidation of the ethnically Russian population. Non-Russian Judeo-Christian ethnic groups are declining or disappearing: Jews, Germans, even Ukrainians and Belarusians are markedly less numerous in 2010 than in 1991. The sole exception is the Armenians.

At the same time, there is quite significant growth of those ethnic groups that can be described as Muslim: the Azeris, the Tartars, and the Caucasian nations. Very roughly put, in the Russia of today we see two groups of unequal size, but also with unequal demographic dynamics: the generalized Russian and the generalized Muslim nations.

Having said this, it is important to remember that these are not actual ‘communities’ or even ‘ethnic groups’: there is not so much in common between the Kazan Tatars and the Chechens, while the ‘Russian’ Russians are extremely diverse.

These statistics, of course, can be readily used for all kinds of political catastrophism. They can be turned to support nationalistic propaganda of the ‘let’s declare a mono-national state before it’s too late’ type, or the ‘Russians are all dying out and being replaced by people from the Caucasus’.

In fact, Russia is not dying out in any perceivable way, the birth rates being moderately low, but on a par with the general level of countries of comparable economic status and social composition.

Looking at the demographic pyramid of 2016, we see not just an old, but an ageing population, with the predominance of women growing with each rise up the age scale. This is due to the difference in average life expectancy between the genders: men die sooner, and the more pronounced gender inequality starts after 55 years. Life expectancy has been slowly growing for the past 15 years yet according to data for 2016 it is still a shockingly low 66.5 years for males and an almost decent 77 years for females.

The real Russian demographic problem is not low birth rate, but early mortality, especially male mortality, which is almost totally due to preventable social causes: alcoholism, driving accidents, violent crime, high prison population and treatable diseases, most importantly cardiovascular.

There is a total absence of what demographers call a ‘youth bulge’ − a disproportionately high number of 15 to 25-year-olds in the population pyramid. Such a youth bulge was very visible in the population pyramid of Germany in 1933, the year Hitler was appointed Chancellor, and − in a milder form − in Russia in 1927.

Today we have instead what might be termed a youth gap − a visible failure below 25 to 29 years caused by the relatively small generation born during the first half of the 90s. The following 15 to 19 stratum is even smaller − a continuation of the low fertility of the second half of the 90s and early 2000s.

Since 2002, the birth rate has been gradually increasing, and at the base of our pyramid we see two decent-sized ‘bricks’ −Russians aged 10 years or less. Their participation in the political process is yet to come.

What does this demographic picture mean for a country’s political development? Always keeping in mind that demography affects but does not determine political processes, it is possible to discern some tendencies.

With women aged 45 and older becoming the predominant social group in Russia, this creates the impetus to shift the policy agenda towards social issues − healthcare, education, a comfortable living environment. This is in marked contrast to official budget priorities, focused on security, the military and costly foreign adventures.

The decision-makers of the ruling bureaucracy are largely males aged 60-plus, with military, secret service and law-enforcement backgrounds. Their values and interests may be not as aligned with those of the Russian majority as they would like to think.

Demography is an important factor that affects a country’s likelihood of edging towards authoritarianism. Poor demography isn’t a death sentence; however, the existence of a ‘youth bulge’ correlates with a society’s proneness to violence.

When the majority of the population in a country is over 40, protests are more likely to be peaceful and legal. At the same time, an older population has no effect on the probability of a military coup, the other bane of semi-autocracies that don’t have a politically valid mechanism for the transfer of power.

While young people go to demonstrations, older people go to elections. By casting their ballots, the old deliver the results required by the authorities and also agree to accept them as legitimate.

The latter is an important factor in a political system that relies heavily on falsifications and the use of the ‘administrative resource’ to boost turnout and achieve desirable voting outcomes. If younger Russians neither vote nor take an interest in election campaigns and their results, it erodes the election’s legitimacy, making protest activity a more attractive option.

The next generation gap, stemming from the relatively small generation born in the 1990s and early 2000s which is now entering its fertility age, will ensure a continuing need to replace the shortfall with migrant workers. This, inevitably, will form the basis of continuing political tensions for the next 15 to 20 years.

In a longer perspective, we have the continuing ultra-urbanization process that will draw Russia closer and closer to the picture of ‘15 great cities with empty spaces in between’. These are: Moscow, St Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Chelyabinsk, Omsk, Samara, Rostov-on-Don, Ufa, Krasnoyarsk, Perm, Voronezh and Volgograd. Close behind are Krasnodar, Saratov and Tyumen.

The cities of industrial Siberia − Tyumen, Krasnoyarsk, Tomsk, Novosibirsk − and Southern Russia and the North Caucasus − Makhachkala, Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don − demonstrate the most stable population growth in recent years, both due to natural birth increase and migration.

These 15 to 18 cities and the surrounding territories serving them will inevitably strive to become both sources and centres of political power. This is in direct opposition to the current political system that has all-but abolished direct mayoral elections, crushed the freedoms and financial independence of municipalities and strives to uphold at least the appearance of a ‘vertical of power’ by heavy dependence on regional authorities − which, in their turn, are kept under control by a centralized budgeting system and the threat of criminal prosecution.

Both varying demographic dynamics and migration rates will widen the differences in ethnic composition between different regions and between the smaller towns and the megapolises. The core Russian territories are growing more and more uniformly Russian (and its towns are experiencing population decline), while the bigger cities present a globally familiar picture of ethnic and religious diversity.

Today even Moscow is, by international standards, almost a mono-ethnic and certainly a mono-racial city as compared with New York or London, but this will change in the coming decades. Already today the mayor of Moscow is from the Far North and the deputy mayor is from Tatarstan, a cause of some political discontent. In future we are likely to see people from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and other parts of Central Asia who want administrative and political careers in the capital.

Today’s social tensions are often created by the average Russian’s suspicious attitude towards both working migrants in the cities and non-Russians in the administration, the courts and the police.

In the foreseeable future the ethnic shifts described above will dangerously increase those tensions, if they are not absorbed and co-opted by working political institutions, competitive public politics and pluralistic media − not exacerbated or exploited by the state-run media’s short-sighted propaganda and a monopolistic ruling elite which makes little room for the generations below them who are keen for their turn at power.

 

AUTHOR:

Ekaterina Schulmann is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration


          Former Colorado GOP Chair Pleads Not Guilty To Voting Fraud        
Prosecutors say a former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party committed voter fraud using his ex-wife's identity in the 2016 presidential election.
          DNN Hangout - February 2016 - DNNCon and DNN-Connect 2016 Questions and Answers        

DNN Hangout February 2016

There are two DNN conferences coming up very soon.  DNNCon is in April, held in Baltimore, Maryland, and DNN-Connect is in Girona, Spain in June.  Our guests are all organizers or co-organizers, and they spend some time with us

Want to Be on the Show?

We are always looking for new people to be featured on the show. You don’t have to be an “expert” in anything. Just be prepared to chat with us about anything interesting about DNN, no matter how big or small.

Please let me know in the comments or via email if you’d like to be on DNN Hangout (or if you know of someone that should be on the show).

Next Episode

Next month, we speak to David Poindexter from nvisionative, and a co-leader of the Southern Fried DNN user group.  He’s going to talk to us about user groups and other community topics.  However, I hear that he might have a HUGE surprise presentation during the hangout as well.

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          World Travel Awards         
Earlier in October the World Travel Awards-Africa took place, where South Africa’s three major cities- CapeTown, Durban and Johannesburg shone.

Hailed as "The Oscars of the travel industry" the World Travel Awards celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is acknowledged globally as the ultimate travel accolade, rewarding world-leading hospitality brands.

Voting for the competition is online and encourages travel and tourism executives and business and leisure tourists to vote for their favourite destinations, resorts and game reserves, among others.

The World Travel – Africa Awards turns the global spotlight on the continent’s leading leisure and commercial destinations, and sees some African nominees, like South Africa, breaking into international categories.

South Africa ranked high in international category nominations, but stood out in the Africa heats, winning 32 awards out of 57 categories, including leading African airport, beach destination, family resort, city hotel, conference venue, safari lodge and spa resort.

The awards also saw East African state Kenya score honours.
  
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          NHL Awards 2016/17 - meet the contenders        


Despite a hugely negative response from fans and media who strongly disagreed with the NHL's rigid stance on the merits of televising a major event revealing of the outcome of a player selection process, league officials have sadly ignored feedback and chosen to again broadcast its awards show.

In addition, the event will feature the Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft, where thousands of tourists in attendance and hundreds of television viewers will learn the names of the bad contracts and 5-10 goalscoring first liners heading to Las Vegas that were first learned several hours earlier when leaked on Twitter by hockey insiders:


Here is the usual quick rundown of the main awards (those that are voted on) and those in contention:

Hart Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association
Supposed to be awarded to: The player adjudged most valuable to his team
In practice, normally awarded to: A high-scoring forward, since goalies and defensemen "have their own awards", unlike high-scoring forwards

Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Recipient of the Order of Honor from President Vladimir Putin following the Russian team’s 2014 World Championships victory, perhaps explaining his apparent disinterest in a Stanley Cup win, since he is already welcome at the White House whenever he likes.

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Has a chance to become only the second player, alongside Gordie Howe, to win a Hart at least ten years after first doing so, a feat sure to remain unmatched until Jaromir Jágr's victory in the 2024/25 season.

Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)
Despite some controversy, was content with his third place finish in Calder Trophy voting a year ago, citing a long-standing team policy of not accepting major gifts after only being competitive for half a season.

Ted Lindsay Award

Voted on by: Members of the National Hockey League Players' Association
Supposed to be awarded to: The most outstanding player in the NHL
In practice, normally awarded to: "Whatever means the lowest escrow"

Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks)
Living up to the expectations of scouts prior to the now-vaunted 2003 draft, who claimed that drafting a right-wing at least 6-5 220lb would either result in an elite scoring defensemen or something marginally less valuable.

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Some fellow players have apparently soured on the Penguins star, without being sure of the reasons; one Canadian defenseman admitting off the record that his vote had gone elsewhere but "couldn't quite put his finger on it" as to why.

Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)
With the Oilers' chances of success resting so heavily on the continued good fortune of keeping their star centre healthy, the fans at Rogers Place have not only been crossing their fingers but also crossing their legs all season.

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Powerful symbolism on display at the 2016 awards show as sitting above the shoulders of Patrick Kane are personifications of good conscience (Ted Lindsay) and evil conscience (Patrick Kane)
James Norris Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association   
Supposed to be awarded to: The defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position
In practice, normally awarded to: The Canadian defense player who demonstrates throughout October the greatest all-round ability to be "due" in the eyes of 90% of the press

Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks)
29 goals and 76 points from the blue line makes him a candidate for the award. Being from Ontario, unshaven, without front teeth and playing in California makes him the odds-on favourite.

Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Has been likened to Chris Pronger due to his very similar size, being a fellow #2 overall draft pick and the value for money provided by his contract to an unfashionable sunbelt franchise.

Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators)
During the season, proposed to his girlfriend by putting a ring on top of a pizza, the unusual approach seen by most people as a heartwarming gesture, but mostly criticised by Canadian hockey writers as the pizza wasn't Doughy enough.

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In most years, awards night provides a rare opportunity for P.K. Subban to not have to cope with people with white faces pointing at him and trying to hold him back
Vezina Trophy

Voted on by: General Managers of all NHL clubs
Supposed to be awarded to: The goaltender who is adjudged to be the best at this position
In practice, normally awarded to: The goaltender who is adjudged to be the best at wins, GAA and clutch wins

Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets)
After his second season in the NHL was mostly spent backing up Ilya Bryzgalov who had just signed a nine-year contract, was traded away by the Philadelphia Flyers, a choice considered by some knowledgeable observers to be in the top 500 of worst goalie decisions made in Flyers’ history.

Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals)
If securing a save percentage north of .900 in matching the career accomplishment of two playoff series defeats to the Pittsburgh Penguins was not enough, a second Vezina win would surely raise him above Jim Carey in the pantheon of Capitals netminders.

Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens)
Wife Angela's maiden name is Webber, so while their marriage will be entirely free of distractions, things will likely sour over the next ten years and be very expensive to get out of.

The strain of Vancouver's poor play over recent years is beginning to show on Henrik Sedin, but not so much on Daniel for some reason
Calder Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League
In practice, normally awarded to: The player selected as the highest point-scoring forward in what might be his third year of competition in the National Hockey League after what might be no or several years of competition in another professional league

Patrik Laine (Winnipeg Jets)
The flashy winger has been likened to both Teemu Selänne and Alexander Ovechkin by virtue of also never having scored a playoff goal for the Colorado Avalanche.

Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Among many impressive rookie accomplishments, uniquely managed to score four goals in a game in Ottawa without Nick Holden and Marc Staal being on the ice for any of them.

Zach Werenski (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Despite a stellar first year, perhaps gained most recognition as a result of the Pittsburgh Penguins scoring a playoff goal while he staggered up slowly from a prone position in the middle of the defensive zone, a tactic brought to prominence in recent years by Brooks Orpik.

Frank J. Selke Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game
In practice, normally awarded to: The forward who is considered by PHWA members to be the best defensively, based on a balanced analysis of zone-starts, Corsi %, quality of competition, usage and shot prevention while shorthanded and penalty differential, though an insignificant minority might just look at reputation and plus-minus.

Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)
Has taken 5,725 face-offs over the past three seasons, more than any other player in the league, a number which translates to roughly the same amount of time spent hunched over during Bruins games as players speared by Brad Marchand.

Ryan Kesler (Anaheim Ducks)
A regular Selke finalist and in the top five in voting in six of the past nine years, it remains a mystery why the thoughtful voters went somewhat cold on his candidacy during the other three years...


Mikko Koivu (Minnesota Wild)
Curiously, would become only the third Selke winner in the past 22 years to have been a top-10 overall draft pick. Coincidentally, no Edmonton Oiler has finished higher than 33rd in voting since the 2005/06 season.

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey
In practice, normally awarded to: The player who missed the most games through injury the season before, especially if injury caused by incident of vehicular donutshopicide

Craig Anderson (Ottawa Senators)
Known throughout his junior career as Craig Andersson despite it not being his actual surname, was forced to drop the extra 's' on signing with the Chicago Blackhawks after director of player personnel Dale Tallon, a notorious stickler for proper contractual procedure, noticed the discrepancy.

Andrew Cogliano (Anaheim Ducks)
Played four seasons in Edmonton between 2007 and 2011 before spending some time in the Austrian League in 2012/13.

Derek Ryan (Carolina Hurricanes)
Played four seasons in Edmonton between 2007 and 2011 before spending some time in the Austrian League in 2012/13, but never had to play for the Oilers or be a teammate of Corey Perry, so is definitely behind at least one other finalist in the voting for the award.

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability
In practice, normally awarded to: The player adjudged to have had the fewest penalty minutes when the voters quickly skim down the list of top 20 scorers five minutes before the deadline to send in their ballot

Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames)
Notably suffered a fractured finger this season after being the target of stickwork from several Minnesota Wild players, making him one of the many thousands of men in Alberta to be unable to take a slash during a hockey game this year.

Mikael Granlund (Minnesota Wild)
Drafted 9th overall in the 2010 draft, behind the likes of Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin and Nino Niederreiter, meaning he is scheduled to be given away in a terrible trade any day now.

Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues)
Drafted 16th overall in the 2010 draft, behind the likes of Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin and Nino Niederreiter, meaning he is scheduled to be given away for 24 games of David Rundblad any day now.

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Among his many career awards, Guy Lafleur was the very last recipient of the since-discontinued Worried Bear Face plaque (front left) in 1978
Jack Adams Award

Voted on by: Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success
In practice, normally awarded to: The coach adjudged to have coached either the most injured team or the team with the best PDO/shootout-fuelled record.

Mike Babcock (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Although surprisingly not a previous winner of the award, could be considered to be the Connor McDavid of coaches, if only for narrowly avoiding ending up in Buffalo before earning a massive contract in Canada.

Todd McLellan (Edmonton Oilers)
Originally a New York Islanders draft pick, played a handful of games for that franchise before moving on to much greater success in later life, which is thought to be very much be a unique career path.

John Tortorella (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Despite a famously fractious relationship with the media, has recently been counselling hundreds of ex-ESPN journalists due to his shared experience of once having all his duties being assumed by an unqualified Barry Melrose.

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The Jack Adams Award features two circular objects on its base, but is unlikely to ever see a third round
General Manager of the Year Award

Voted on by: General Managers of all NHL clubs and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media 
Supposed to be awarded to: The top National Hockey League General Manager
In practice, normally awarded to: The National Hockey League General Manager Most Unexpectedly In The Conference Final Regardless Of What He Did This Year Because That's Weirdly When the Voting Is Done

Peter Chiarelli (Edmonton Oilers)
His acquisition of a key Swedish defenseman has been credited as a major reason for the Oilers’ vast improvement and, while controversial, it is now clear that injured Oscar Klefbom is the price you have to pay to trade for healthy Oscar Klefbom.

Pierre Dorion (Ottawa Senators)
Already in his brief time in the role, has displayed commendable loyalty and a desire to keep people in jobs longer than others might have done, Chris Neil and Jim Benning, for example.

David Poile (Nashville Predators)
The veteran GM’s much-respected tenure in Nashville follows on from a lengthy body of work in successfully developing Washington Capitals draft picks into stars, such as Peter Bondra, Sergei Gonchar and Filip Forsberg.
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Awards post archive:

NHL Awards 2015/16 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2014/15 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2013/14 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2013 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2011/12 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2010/11 - meet the contenders

          NHL Awards 2015/16 - meet the contenders        
The NHL continues to perform due diligence on its potential expansion, a necessarily lengthy process to ensure that, by the end of it, intercontinental drift has caused Quebec City's location in the Arctic Circle to make it unsuitable as a franchise destination (further complicated by FIFA's likely decision to award it a World Cup at that time).

As such, the many, many NHL fans residing in Las Vegas will have to remain satisfied by the city's hosting of the NHL's annual awards show, the only televised showbiz event where the average uneducated viewer is more likely to have heard of the attending Nate Prosser than the celebrity invited to sit next to him.

Anson Carter's emotional speech in 2015 after receiving a special award in recognition of being the last living player to have been traded for Jaromír Jágr

Here is the usual quick rundown of the main awards (those that are voted on) and those in contention:

Hart Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association
Supposed to be awarded to: The player adjudged most valuable to his team
In practice, normally awarded to: A high-scoring forward, since goalies and defensemen "have their own awards", unlike high-scoring forwards

Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars)
While he might not be able to ridicule every single one of the pundits who predicted that he could not repeat last season's performance after coming off two hip surgeries, the Stars captain certainly mocks a bunch.

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Lauded for his drive to make improvements in a different facet of the game each year, seamlessly adding "scoring like a third liner" to his armoury over the first six weeks of the season.

Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
Immense value to his team demonstrated by the vast improvement in its handling of the next serious criminal allegation against one of its players to come along, from mostly atrocious to pretty incompetent.

Ted Lindsay Award

Voted on by: Members of the National Hockey League Players' Association
Supposed to be awarded to: The most outstanding player in the NHL
In practice, normally awarded to: "Whatever means the lowest escrow"

Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars)
As a fifth round draft pick out of western Canada, was not considered a can't-miss prospect by any means, but against all expectations, once he headed south, he stayed there.

Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals)
Born in the city of Lloydminster, which unusually has a provincial border running through the middle of it, perhaps explaining teammate Mike Richards' refusal to come and visit.

Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
During the season, lives in Chicago's Trump International Hotel and Tower, a somewhat embarrassing association to carry for the extremely wealthy, poorly behaved, mulleted sociopath with questionable attitudes towards women.

Although aware his name now appears on the base of the Art Ross Trophy, an uncomfortable Jamie Benn characteristically refuses to look down

James Norris Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association   
Supposed to be awarded to: The defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position
In practice, normally awarded to: The Canadian defense player who demonstrates throughout October the greatest all-round ability to be "due" in the eyes of 90% of the press

Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks)
The dominant offensive year from the blue line that everyone had been waiting for since first converted to a defenseman in his wookie season.

Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings)
Always destined for stardom, received a hockey stick for his first birthday and had skates by the age of two, enough to secure a second place Norris vote from Pierre LeBrun in the 1992/93 season.

Erik Karlsson (Ottawa Senators)
Last year's winner trying to defend the trophy, apparently by staying 200 feet away while Mark Borowiecki stands in front of it by himself.

Vezina Trophy

Voted on by: General Managers of all NHL clubs
Supposed to be awarded to: The goaltender who is adjudged to be the best at this position
In practice, normally awarded to: The goaltender who is adjudged to be the best at wins, GAA and clutch wins

Ben Bishop (Tampa Bay Lightning)
The giant goalie has had an interesting career path: First NHL appearance was caused by Sarah Palin's carpet, trade to Ottawa was a result of a kitchen knife accident, stolen by the Lightning due to Cory Conacher sustaining an impression of Martin St. Louis for a few months.

Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals)
Career progression has seen him move from a stint in the AHL to now matching the season wins record set by the Devils' iconic goalie, a sentence which is the first and only time anyone has considered the words "Hershey" and "shared with Martin Brodeur" in close proximity.

Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings)
The subject of fierce debate between traditional hockey observers and the new analytics movement, the two-time Cup winner is a polarising figure, in that he tends not to occupy the middle ground between the posts.

Calder Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League
In practice, normally awarded to: The player selected as the highest point-scoring forward in what might be his third year of competition in the National Hockey League after what might be no or several years of competition in another professional league

Shayne Gostisbehere (Philadelphia Flyers)
Drafted four years ago while at college, an event now recognised as being the only positive thing to happen to a hockey player associated with a Union in 2012.

Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers)
Looking to become the first Oiler to win the Calder, a fact explained by Wayne Gretzky's ineligibility in his first NHL season and the team being completely bereft of opportunities to make high draft picks in almost 12 months.

Artemi Panarin (Chicago Blackhawks)
Nicknamed the "Bread Man" by his Blackhawks colleagues, on account of stories of how people in Russia would line up to see him at work.

KHL veteran Artemi Panarin (far left) was first courted by the Blackhawks while attending the 2015 awards ceremony as a guest of the Toews family

Frank J. Selke Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game
In practice, normally awarded to: The forward who is considered by PHWA members to be the best defensively, based on a balanced analysis of zone-starts, Corsi %, quality of competition, usage and shot prevention while shorthanded and penalty differential, though an insignificant minority might just look at reputation and plus-minus.

Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)
Led the Eastern Conference with 389 defensive zone faceoff wins, a tally he will definitely shatter repeatedly in the years to come, according to Bruins GM Don Sweeney.

Ryan Kesler (Anaheim Ducks)
Led the league with 441 defensive zone faceoff wins, a tally he will definitely shatter repeatedly in the years to come, according to hopefully returning Ducks coach Randy Carlyle.

Anže Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings)
As the NHL's official announcement on the Selke finalists notes, the Slovenian's candidacy was boosted by a strong plus-34 rating, bringing his career mark of plus-79 just above the universally recognised threshold for elite defensive ability, Alexander Ovechkin's plus-78.

While taking it with his usual good grace, Patrice Bergeron enjoyed Brad Marchand's superglue-on-the-Awards-photoshoot-chair prank slightly more the first three years in which it happened

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey
In practice, normally awarded to: The player who missed the most games through injury the season before, especially if injury caused by incident of vehicular donutshopicide

Pascal Dupuis (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Carved out a more than respectable career after only playing six games with the New York Rangers in the 2006/07 season, but pales in comparison with the accolades received by a player who joined that select group five years later.

Jaromír Jágr (Florida Panthers)
Among the many remarkable statistics about the legendary Czech, perhaps the most amazing is that when he was born, not a single one of his current Panthers team-mates had yet been born.

Mats Zuccarello (New York Rangers)
Recovered from a brain injury that required speech therapy, making it the second most painful thing to happen to a Norwegian in the NHL.

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability
In practice, normally awarded to: The player adjudged to have had the fewest penalty minutes when the voters quickly skim down the list of top 20 scorers five minutes before the deadline to send in their ballot

Aleksander Barkov (Florida Panthers)
The Lady Byng typically awarded to more diminutive skaters, the young Finn being listed at 6-3, 212 lbs would likely make him the largest player to ever win the award, or at least the largest at the time of winning it, as a snacking Brett Hull reminds me.

Loui Eriksson (Boston Bruins)
Although not a consideration in the voting for the award, the impending UFA took no penalties at all during the playoffs for the team the rebuilding Bruins assuredly traded him to at the deadline.

Anže Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings)
The Kings' perennial top scorer, recently rewarded with a long term, $80m contract, featuring a full no-movement clause in the first four years, after which he will submit a list of seven cities with which he is willing for Dean Lombardi to arrange his arrest.

Jack Adams Award

Voted on by: Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success
In practice, normally awarded to: The coach adjudged to have coached either the most injured team or the team with the best PDO/shootout-fuelled record.

Gerard Gallant (Florida Panthers)
As a player for Detroit, averaged 37 goals and 236 penalty minutes a season over a productive four-year stretch in the late 1980s, ranking 10th on the Red Wings and 150th in the league in both categories at that time.

Lindy Ruff (Dallas Stars)
17 years after the career disappointment of losing a Cup final elimination game to a goal that should not have been allowed, has been working closely with Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen to ensure Stars games feature as many legitimate goals as possible.

Barry Trotz (Washington Capitals)
Played a part in the suspension of Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn while head coach in Nashville during an ultimately unsuccessful playoff series, so was a natural fit at the Verizon Center, the home of meaningless banners.

Whatever the outcome of the Jack Adams voting, Barry Trotz is considered the overwhelming favourite in the "Award Finalist Looking Most Like the Merged Faces of the Other Two Finalists" category

General Manager of the Year Award

Voted on by: General Managers of all NHL clubs and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media 
Supposed to be awarded to: The top National Hockey League General Manager
In practice, normally awarded to: The National Hockey League General Manager Most Likely To Be Fired Within A Couple Of Years As A Direct Consequence Of Short-Term Moves That Led To Being A Finalist For The Award

Brian MacLellan (Washington Capitals)
With a playing career that featured a World Championship silver medal and time spent as a line-mate of Marcel Dionne, a Hall of Fame scorer who never played beyond the second round of the playoffs, the former assistant was considered to have impeccable credentials to guide the Capitals when hired as GM.

Jim Nill (Dallas Stars)
Along with NHL Hall of Famer Lanny McDonald and the rock band Nickelback, the Stars GM is one of the most famous exports of the small town of Hanna, Alberta, as well as being the second most respected musical export of the small town of Hanna, Alberta, behind NHL Hall of Famer Lanny McDonald.

Jim Rutherford (Pittsburgh Penguins)
The vastly experienced GM has been praised for his acceptance of the increasing role of analytics, but made clear when hired that he would still rely heavily on "Gut Decision", that being the name of the hot dog emporium close to Consol Energy Center now thought to be behind the impressive form of his key acquisition.

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Awards post archive:

NHL Awards 2014/15 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2013/14 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2013 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2011/12 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2010/11 - meet the contenders

          NHL Awards 2013/14 - meet the contenders        

As the saying goes: "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas until yet another lockout delays the end of the season enough to make it a logistical and public relations nightmare, meaning it goes away from Vegas for a year before it comes back and maybe then stays in Vegas."

2013 saw the Balding Captain and Power Forward Traded By Alberta Team For Bag of Pucks Trophy awarded for the first time in several years

Here is the usual quick rundown of the main awards (those that are voted on) and those in contention:

Hart Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association
Supposed to be awarded to: The player adjudged most valuable to his team
In practice, normally awarded to: LeBron James, due to often liberal interpretation of guidance issued by the PHWA to its attentive voters

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Finally receiving some well-deserved individual recognition as something more than just an average player with points totals inflated due to being a regular linemate of Chris Kunitz.

Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)
Sometimes compared to Mark Messier, given his combination of scoring ability and physical play, his size and his Western Canadian origins, although with the parity in today's NHL, his chances of matching #11's number of Cup wins are heavily receding.

Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers)
After opening the season without a goal in 15 games, led the Flyers' recovery the rest of the way by hitting the back of the net 28 times, joining the back of Braden Holtby's head as something hit 28 times to turnaround the Flyers' season.

Ted Lindsay Award

Voted on by: Members of the National Hockey League Players' Association
Supposed to be awarded to: The most outstanding player in the NHL
In practice, normally awarded to: The player voted for by everybody in the NHLPA except Roman Hamrlík

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
His 17-point margin of victory over Getzlaf in the scoring race was the largest since the 1998/99 season, when Jaromír Jágr beat Teemu Selänne by 20 points, predictive analysis therefore suggesting that the 2028/29 season will see a Penguin win the scoring race over a Duck by a large margin again and Jágr outscoring Selänne by 60 points.

Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks)
If not for Rangers superstars, Pavel Brendl and Hugh Jessiman, would surely be recognised as both the most successful graduate of the Calgary Hitmen and the best power forward to come out of the stacked 2003 entry draft.

Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers)
After a unsuccessful 2012/13 campaign, suffered an off-season golfing injury, believed to be the most apt Flyers-related accident since Kate Smith was fatally crushed by a goon dropped from the Spectrum rafters by a terrible goaltender.

James Norris Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association   
Supposed to be awarded to: The defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position
In practice, normally awarded to: Nicklas Lidström

Zdeno Chára (Boston Bruins)
His booming slapshot has been officially recorded at 108.8 mph, putting it in a similar speed bracket as a David Ortiz home run ball and a character assassination written by a member of the local press following the trade of a scoring forward by the Bruins.

Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks)
The Manitoban All-Star calibre player with missing front teeth and a cavalier attitude to concussions is nicknamed "Clarkey" by his Blackhawks teammates for reasons that nobody has yet divulged.

Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)
After a 12-month period without addition, has a chance of joining the select list of players signed to a contract by Paul Holmgren winning something while not playing for the Los Angeles Kings.

Vezina Trophy

Voted on by: General Managers of all NHL clubs
Supposed to be awarded to: The goaltender who is adjudged to be the best at this position
In practice, normally awarded to: The Russian goaltender who is adjudged to be the best at owning an unsustainable high save percentage on an overachieving team

Ben Bishop (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Already arguably the second best goaltender in Lightning history behind Cup-winner Nikolai Khabibulin, this season's exploits having put him ahead of a moth-eaten curtain, Empty Net and John Grahame.

Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins)
Although continuing to rack up impressive personal statistics, some believe he still carries the stigma of backstopping Bruins teams that have both blown a 3-0 playoff series lead and conceded two late goals within 17 seconds to lose a Stanley Cup Final elimination game, "achievements" that the goalie tandem of Andrew Raycroft and Justin Pogge have never suffered, according to the Maple Leafs' analytics department.

Semyon Varlamov (Colorado Avalanche)
Controversially acquired at the cost of a potentially high first round draft pick by the then-lowly Avalanche, so faces the pressure of having to win multiple Vezinas to match the probable Hall of Fame-level contributions the Capitals will receive over Filip Forsberg's career.

Host George Stroumboulopoulos indicates how many NHL games
in aggregate the show's celebrity guests have ever attended

Calder Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League
In practice, normally awarded to: The player selected as the highest point-scoring forward in what might be his third year of competition in the National Hockey League after what might be no or several years of competition in another professional league

Tyler Johnson (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Undrafted, diminutive scoring forward for the Lightning seemingly not penalised by voters for his intention to petulantly force a trade in 15 years' time to the team closest to his off-season home, the Seattle Coyotes.

Nathan McKinnon (Colorado Avalanche)
Achieved two extremely rare feats that even Wayne Gretzky couldn't manage in his career, by having a 13-game scoring streak as an 18-year-old and by being permitted to take a shootout attempt in a game involving Patrick Roy.

Ondřej Palát (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Led all rookies in scoring in 2014 and plus-minus over the season, as well as blocking 64 shots, thus preventing the most pucks reaching the goal by any NHLer with "Ondřej Pa" in his name.

Frank J. Selke Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game
In practice, normally awarded to: The forward who is considered by PHWA members to be the best defensively, based on a balanced analysis of zone-starts, Corsi %, quality of competition, usage and shot prevention while shorthanded and penalty differential, though an insignificant minority might just look at reputation and plus-minus.

Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)
Famously exhibited his toughness in last year's Stanley Cup Final by playing through a punctured lung, separated shoulder and broken nose, injuries suffered when a Chicago player collided with Brad Marchand's left knee.

Anže Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings)
Despite being ranked the top European skater, was to be found in Sweden as the 2005 Entry Draft took place, as coincidentally was a bag containing 45 lottery balls without "Pittsburgh Penguins" written on them.

Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
Has much in common with Bergeron, being a member of the Triple Gold Club, a previous Selke winner, fluent in English and French and having a name that sounds nothing like a word spelled T.O.E.W.S.

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey
In practice, normally awarded to: The player who missed the most games through injury the season before

Jaromír Jágr (New Jersey Devils)
Has remarkably sustained an NHL career longer than each of the three 20-year-old players for whom he was traded by Pittsburgh on July 11 2001, a feat that probably stopped deserving being called remarkable around October 11 2001.

Manny Malhotra (Carolina Hurricanes)
Has made a successful return to the NHL after being let go by the Vancouver Canucks in 2011, a decision described by then-GM Mike Gillis as "the hardest thing I have done in this job", which led to Gillis resolving to avoid making any hard decisions relating to his roster for as long as possible from that point on.

Dominic Moore (New York Rangers)
As his Wikipedia bio states, has at times in his career had to cope with the unenviable handicap of playing with Jason Blake on a "scoring" line and with Ryan Hollweg on a line of any description.

Messrs Linden and Lecavalier proudly display their humanitarian awards for all their tireless work for organisations dealing with disadvantaged goaltending situations 

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability
In practice, normally awarded to: The player adjudged to have had the fewest penalty minutes when the voters quickly skim down the list of top 20 scorers five minutes before the deadline to send in their ballot

Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks)
Evidence of a high level of gentlemanly conduct and self-control is shown by his tally of only 18 penalty minutes all year and being on the record as having listened to Jeremy Roenick for in excess of 10 minutes in one go.

Ryan O'Reilly (Colorado Avalanche)
Notably only called for one penalty in 80 games played, for inadvertently playing with a broken stick, an infraction considered by his coach to be too vanilla to spoil such a record.

Martin St. Louis (New York Rangers)
Achieves the unique distinction of being a finalist for this award having once signed a contract with the genuine intention of playing for a team run by Jay Feaster.

Jack Adams Award

Voted on by: Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success
In practice, normally awarded to: The coach adjudged to have coached either the most injured team or the team with the best PDO/shootout-fuelled record.

Mike Babcock (Detroit Red Wings)
At one point during the filming of HBO's '24/7' series, kicked the camera crew out of his locker room between periods of one game, a controversial move given the camera crew formed the injury-hit Red Wings' second line at the time.

Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay Lightning)
A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, meaning he alternates between having no idea there is a hockey team near where he lives and wanting it to be contracted or moved to Quebec.

Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche)
Successful start to his professional coaching career would normally bode well for a long stay behind the bench, but his combustible personality suggests that a dramatic falling out with the vice president of hockey operations for the Avalanche at some point is almost inevitable.

General Manager of the Year Award

In a departure from previous practice, in recognition of the popularity of vague schedules and the ultimate measure of success being winning two playoff rounds, the finalists will apparently be announced "later this month on a date to be determined" and will be based on voting conducted following the second round of the playoffs.  So Doug Wilson's chances have rather swiftly evaporated.

POST-ANNOUNCEMENT EDIT:

Voted on by: General Managers of all NHL clubs and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media 
Supposed to be awarded to: The top National Hockey League General Manager
In practice, normally awarded to: The National Hockey League General Manager Most Likely To Be Fired Within A Couple Of Years As A Direct Consequence Of Short-Term Moves That Led To Being A Finalist For The Award

Marc Bergevin (Montreal Canadiens)
Leading candidate to extend to two the streak of General Manager of the Year Award winners who willingly acquired Douglas Murray in the previous year, meaning the Best GM:Gritty Hitty Swedish Defenseman:Conference Finalists relationship still maintains a correlation coefficient of 1.0000, stat nerds.

Dean Lombardi (Los Angeles Kings)
Beneficiary of the maxim that acquiring a former 40-goal scorer from the Columbus Blue Jackets is a guarantee of a large quantity of playoff goals roughly two out of every three times.

Bob Murray (Anaheim Ducks)
Despite being a successor to Brian Burke in his role, appears to have the Ducks somewhat behind schedule in becoming entirely dysfunctional and based in Canada.

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Awards post archive (a.k.a. look at all the recycled material):

NHL Awards 2013 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2011/12 - meet the contenders
NHL Awards 2010/11 - meet the contenders

          NHL Awards 2013 - meet the contenders        
In most part due to certain events occurring in the approximate timeframe of September 2012 to January 2013 that nobody connected with the NHL will talk about until Jeremy Jacobs next holds a friendly season-opening press conference EVER again, the usual lamevish Las Vegas awards bash is apparently on hiatus for at least a year.

Instead, this year's winners "will be revealed in two live television specials during the Stanley Cup Final", which I presume means Pierre McGuire will be carrying out at least some of the envelope-opening, hardware-giving duties in between the benches late in the third period of a tied Game 7.

The Great One later discovered barricading his daughter in her bedroom would be futile in the digital age
Until that time, here is a quick rundown of the main awards (those that are voted on) and those in the running:

Hart Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association
Supposed to be awarded to: The player adjudged most valuable to his team
In practice, normally awarded to: Whichever player got the votes of the only two writers who interpret "most valuable" in the same way

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
As well as his high skill level and competitive drive, famed for his high hockey IQ, although this apparently is not quite high enough to realise that the safest place to be to avoid a Brooks Orpik shot is directly in front of goal.

Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
After something of a bounce-back campaign, now stands only 729 behind Pierre Turgeon's NHL record for most points scored after being buried by Dale Hunter.

John Tavares (New York Islanders)
Provides significantly more value than at least two of the players on the Islanders' payroll who have being a major award finalist on their résumés, by actually playing in games for the New York Islanders.

Ted Lindsay Award

Voted on by: Members of the National Hockey League Players' Association
Supposed to be awarded to: The most outstanding player in the NHL
In practice, normally awarded to: Ron Hainsey or Ryan Miller, if Don Fehr really wants to screw around with Gary Bettman and Jeremy Jacobs

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Earned respect from the rank-and-file NHLPA members by spending much of October to January listening to a stream of extremely dull, PR-controlled rhetoric.  In between re-watching his DVR collection of interviews of himself, also found some time to attend a few labour meetings.

Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
During the lockout, racked up 40 points in half a season playing against non-NHL calibre opposition.  In unrelated news, later scored 29 points in 18 games against Southeast Division teams.

Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Before achieving great success with the Lightning, was let go by the Calgary Flames for nothing at all, which is now widely regarded as the best return for a departing player the Flames have secured in the last 15 years.

James Norris Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association   
Supposed to be awarded to: The defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position
In practice, normally awarded to: Nicklas Lidstrom

Kris Letang (Pittsburgh Penguins)
No stranger to individual awards, having won in 2007 the QMJHL's Kevin Lowe Trophy, presented to the defenseman adjudged most likely to bitterly reminisce about his success as a player while sustaining a failed executive career.

P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens)
Believed to have the opportunity to become the first player with a hockey term within his name to win a major individual award, after the failed attempts of Victor Hedman, Tanner Glass, Paul Postma, Lindy Ruff and Rudy Pokecheck.

Ryan Suter (Minnesota Wild)
The free agent lured away from the Nashville Predators by the extremely lucrative, decade-plus contract sanctioned by an owner with close ties to the NHL commissioner, instantly solidified his playoff-bound team, almost exactly as Paul Holmgren drew it up.

Vezina Trophy

Voted on by: General Managers of all NHL clubs
Supposed to be awarded to: The goaltender who is adjudged to be the best at this position
In practice, normally awarded to: The goaltender who is adjudged to be at least as good as Jim Carey and Jose Theodore turned out to be

Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Aiming to follow in the footsteps of the last Columbus goalie to be nominated for the award, by playing wretchedly enough to be wanted by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers)
Has a chance of being the second European repeat winner of the award, following Dominik Hasek, recipient in 1994 and 1995, 1997 to 1999, as well as 2018 and 2019.

Antti Niemi (San Jose Sharks)
Famously worked part-time as a Zamboni driver during his junior days in Finland, the hockey player/rink maintenance combination giving him something in common with teammate Scott Gomez, who is responsible for the sharp decline in coins and beer cups being thrown on the Bell Centre ice during Montreal Canadiens games.

Calder Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League
In practice, normally awarded to: The player selected as the most proficient in what might be his third year of competition in the National Hockey League after what might be no or several years of competition in another professional league

Brendan Gallagher (Montreal Canadiens)
As a Canadian with an Irish name who was drafted by the Canadiens one spot after the Maple Leafs selected a Swede, has already ensured a legacy of providing Don Cherry with at least 15 years' worth of content for Coach's Corner.

Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida Panthers)
Born in 1993 and scorer of 14 goals in 48 games, making him the only candidate whose bio could also describe the team he plays for.

Brandon Saad (Chicago Blackhawks)
Led all rookies by a distance in the statistical categories of most goals scored while playing with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa and most assists gained while playing with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.

Frank J. Selke Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game
In practice, normally awarded to: The 50-point forward who best excels in probably taking a few faceoffs, being "gritty" and showing "hustle", plus faring well in the ultra-reliable defensive statistics of plus/minus and takeaways

Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins)
As well as being a member of the prestigious Triple Gold Club consisting of players who have won an Olympic gold medal, a World Championships gold medal and the Stanley Cup, is also in the even more select group of players who have scored a playoff series winning goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs and do not have English as a first language, following in the most recent footsteps of Jeremy Roenick.

Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings)
Looking to win this award for the fourth time, which would tie him with Hall of Famer Bob Gainey, who was credited with significantly reducing the number of goals conceded by the Montreal Canadiens between 1973 and 1989 as well as the New York Rangers between 2011 and 2013.

Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks)
The youngest person (at 22 years, 41 days) to gain entry into the aforementioned Triple Gold Club, a feat to impress everyone except teammate, Patrick Kane, who boasts of earning VIP membership of at least 75 different clubs in Chicago by the age of 20.

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey
In practice, normally awarded to: The player who missed the most games through injury the season before

Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins)
"Continued to evolve his game" and "a career-best plus-26 rating" are among the irrelevant reasons for his candidacy noted in the NHL.com awards feature, the Penguins' actual endorsement of "definitely not being Matt Cooke" mysteriously not being referred to.

Josh Harding (Minnesota Wild)
Among his other career accolades, winner of a silver medal at the World Junior Championships, so presumably the Masterton nomination is for finally escaping the prison to which Hockey Canada sends all its junior players that disgrace the country in that way.

Adam McQuaid (Boston Bruins)
Recovered from two surgeries resulting from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a condition sometimes developed by athletes who frequently raise their arms above the head, meaning Zdeno Chara now has at least one fewer congratulatory tap on the helmet when he scores a goal.

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Voted on by: Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability
In practice, normally awarded to: The player adjudged to have had the fewest penalty minutes when the voters quickly skim down the list of top 20 scorers five minutes before the deadline to send in their ballot

Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
Presumably distraught on eventually finding out he wasn't in fact a finalist for the Lady Banger Trophy.

Matt Moulson (New York Islanders)
Drafted in 2003 by the Pittsburgh Penguins and quickly becoming the best goalie drafted in 2003 by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Travels at high speed around the rink, most often directly towards goal, seemingly only a few feet from the ice, all characteristics that have the unfortunate side-effect of making him invisible to Lightning goaltenders.

Jack Adams Award

Voted on by: Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association 
Supposed to be awarded to: The coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success
In practice, normally awarded to: The coach adjudged to have the most candidates for the Masterton Trophy next year

Bruce Boudreau (Anaheim Ducks)
After being dismissed by the Washington Capitals in 2011, became the fastest coach to be hired after being fired in the NHL, although that sentence from Wikipedia possibly contains a small typo.

Paul MacLean (Ottawa Senators)
Famously spotted in close proximity to his doppelgänger near the bench during one game this season, bringing back memories of the Jack Adams winner in 1994, when Lou Lamoriello threatened to replace Jacques Lemaire late in the season with his reliable fall-back option, Jacques Lemaire.

Joel Quenneville (Chicago Blackhawks)
With 660 career regular season wins on his coaching record, on his current pace, can look forward to celebrating #700 around 15 games into the Blackhawks' 2013/14 season.

General Manager of the Year Award

Voted on by: General Managers of all NHL clubs and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media 
Supposed to be awarded to: The top National Hockey League General Manager
In practice, normally awarded to: The National Hockey League General Manager Thought Most Likely To Be Persuaded By Other National Hockey League General Managers Not To Sign Any Restricted Free Agents To Offer Sheets This Summer

Marc Bergevin (Montreal Canadiens)
Notorious prankster who smoothed relations with the Francophone media and fans after the Randy Cunneyworth fiasco with his unique ability to conduct bilingual interviews using only a hand cupped under his armpit and squeezing his elbow to his ribs.

Bob Murray (Anaheim Ducks)
To avoid a repeat of a 2009 chair-throwing incident, the Ducks now employ Brian Burke to sit in the GM's seat whenever his former understudy returns to his office. At least that's the reason Burke is giving.

Ray Shero (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Made a series of smart in-season deals that would significantly enhance his credentials for this award by concentrating on making those deals with GMs who would be most likely to ensure that fewer than 30 GMs would be GMs when the voting took place.
          Another break...        
Hi friends!
Well, it turns out summer has been busier than I anticipated!  I only managed to do one lesson last week and this week I won't be able to do any.  Since we've been back from our beach trip, we've been doing some major organizing and cleaning-out projects to get ready for a yard sale this past Saturday and then I've spent the last three days cleaning my house top-to-bottom to get ready for a super special visit from my parents and two sisters!  We haven't seen them since Christmas and we're all really excited.  Soooo...my lessons will be on hold for the next week while they're here, but I'll be picking them up again next week.  This is our last fun summer activity/vacation and after that life will pretty much be back to normal.  I'm looking forward to devoting more time to the lessons and the blog! 
Hope you all are having a wonderful summer!  Remember, while we're on a break from lessons, we can all be practicing the Bible verses! 
God bless!
Kristen


          News-Times column of 9/17/10        





It's a charming antique home in charming downtown Bethel. But what makes passersby turn their heads isn't the ornate woodwork, large windows or the three-story height on the house in which Steve Muffatti rents a first-floor apartment from his parents.


No, it's the scramble of canataloupe vines edging out into the driveway, the ripe tomatoes that come nose-to-nose with visitors at the front door, and the purple eggplants hoisting their fruit on what used to be lawn.


Clearly a gardener lives there. A gardener who knows enough to allow the lettuce to bolt so he can collect seeds for next year. A gardener who's seized every square inch of planting space. A gardener, it turns out, who's sophisticated enough to realize that all growth starts with the earth and who therefore added copious amounts of compost prior to planting.


And yet, this is Steve Muffatti's first season tilling the soil. A senior at Western Connecticut State University who's majoring in history, he's only recently been bitten by the gardening bug. The difficult weather that Mother Nature threw at us this year hasn't deterred him. Next spring, he plans on digging up what's left of the front lawn and devoting it to still more vegetables. Corn, watermelon and green beans. Basil, and dill for pickles. Squash and maybe potatoes, though he's not enamoured of growing "anything underground". Yet.


What drew him to the world of gardening? As a barista at Bethel's funky coffee shop, Molten Java, Steve was intrigued by a frequent customer's comments on the art and science of gardening. After many a horticultural conversation, including several concerning Eleanor Roosevelt and World War II, Byron Graham, of Warrups Farm in Redding, challenged Steve with a gift of seeds. These were planted with some of Steve's mother's backyard compost into the soil around the foundation of the house, and a gardener took root.


It wasn't all done exactly according to Hoyle. Steve used no fertilizer, and he didn't read up on how to grow vegetables. All he did to prepare the soil was to pull out some tree seedlings along the foundation, remove sod, and incorporate the compost. And with his busy schedule of work and school, his only gardening time is early morning.


Not everything was a victory, of course. There's a sad story about the first gardening crisis, in which a blight visited the cucumbers; and a tale about a critter unknown who made off with some prime tomatoes.


But success is enticing, and the vegetables keep coming. As they do, girlfriend Julia Klaucke, an art and psychology major at WestConn, cooks Steve's garden offerings. Recent dishes include fresh tomato soup, salads and sauces, stuffed cabbage, eggplant Parmesan, and sauteed kale.


Steve Muffatti plans on being an educator, eventually teaching at the college level. He's 23 now, and soon life will take over. He'll be busy with family, career, and home. But I have a hunch that he'll always find time to garden.





          Reply #20        
Now we can start voting who posted real and not so real photos.
          Voting is under route in Venezuela to choose another get together        
The restriction is boycotting the vote which it says is a power get by President Nicolás Maduro. The administration says the constituent get together is the best way to take peace back to the nation following quite a while of vicious dissents. On the eve of the vote, dissidents blocked streets in the capital Caracas in resistance of a restriction on shows. In a discourse communicate on TV, President Maduro anticipated a “major triumph”, calling the vote “the most imperative race held in Venezuela’s political framework”. In any case, appointive committee boss Tibisay Lucena recognized that some voting machines had
          Political ideas        
Vote Sizing information about why should you vote. Best political web site on election and reforms, importance of voting, personal empowerment, political ideologies, political reform etc
          Don't Shoot The Messenger        

 

Today, for the first time since Ross Perot ran for President in 1992 I have taken an active role in an election campaign. With little convincing needed from the staff of a local campaign office, I volunteered to become involved in the door to door get out to vote effort of the Romney For President campaign.

 

 

romneyryanfundraising1While I would be more than happy to share my view with anyone regarding my support for Romney, my involvement at this point is to try and get more citizens involved in the process. I think this is going to be a close election and both sides have to get their supporters out to vote.

 

 

With early voting coming to a close this Saturday, I encourage you to get out and vote wherever you live and let your voice be heard.

If you are willing to share a beer and keep your blood pressure below 120/80, I would be more than willing to try and convince you why you should vote for my guys.

          Hillary Clinton launches first day of Iowa voting with economics plan        
By Maria Curi | Maria-curi@uiowa.edu DES MOINES— Ringing in the first day of voting in Iowa, Hillary Clinton was at the Cowles Commons rallying voters to stand behind her vision for America that includes tuition-free college, paid family leave, and affordable child care. Hillary Clinton proposed zero tuition costs for in-state four-year public colleges for families […]
          Future Bristol: Pictorial Voting        
Future Bristol is a tool  to engage the public in what it means for the UK city of Bristol to be a “low carbon city”, enabling everyone to have their say and help shape the future ...
          John Scalzi withdraws        
Mr. John Scalzi has graciously withdrawn his fine work of science fiction, THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE aka SEE, I CAN'T DO ASIMOV EITHER, from consideration for Best Science Fiction novel.
The other day I announced The Collapsing Empire was a finalist for the Dragon Award in the Best Science Fiction novel category, which was neat. Today, I notified the Dragon Award administrators and let them know I was withdrawing The Collapsing Empire from consideration for the award.

The reason is simple: Some other finalists are trying to use the book and me as a prop, to advance a manufactured “us vs. them” vote-pumping narrative based on ideology or whatever. And I just… can’t. I don’t have the interest and I’m on a deadline, and this bullshit is even more stale and stupid now than it was the several other times it was attempted recently, with regard to genre awards.

My plan was to ignore it, but on further reflection (and further evidence that this nonsense was going to continue through the finalist voting period), I decided this was the better course. To the extent this bullshit manufactured narrative is centered on me, well, now it’s not, as far as these awards are concerned. I’m delighted to be able to chop it off at the knees by removing myself from consideration. I wish the progenitors of this narrative luck; now they will have to compete with the other finalists on the basis of the quality of their work instead.
Also, it will spare him the embarrassment of losing. Because, you see, if you don't try, then it doesn't count!

And the Secret King wins again.
          21.10.17 18:00 Uhr - Erlangen - Vorstadt Sound Festival 2017        
Tickets erhältlich unter: http://www.frankentipps.de/veranstaltung215497-tickets

Es ist wieder soweit: Das Vorstadt Sound Festival in Frauenaurach findet am 21. Oktober zum zweiten Mal statt. Wir bieten euch in diesem Jahr wieder mehrere Bands aus verschiedenen Musikrichtungen, so dass für jeden etwas dabei ist! Dieses Jahr stehen bei uns auf der Bühne:

Stacia und ihre Band aus Augsburg. Soulige Stimme und groovige Rhythmen.

Mundhaarmonika aus München bringt zusammen mit der Bauslupenband ihr neues Album mit.

Crashing Crew aus Erlangen. Old School-Riffs im Stil der alten Helden, gepaart mit Ohrwurm verdächtigen Melodien, groovigen Beats ergeben einen heftigen Sound.

ESKALATION aus Nürnberg - Der sympathische Achter aus Nürnberg vereint Punkrock, Ska, Indie und Dub mit elektronischen Elementen.



Die Menschen hinter der Bühne sind über 40 ehrenamtliche Jugendliche aus der Evangelischen Jugend Frauenaurach und der Evangelischen Jugend Erlangen. Die Idee, ein Festival für jedermann zu gestalten, entstand vor ca. 3 Jahren und seitdem sind wir fleißig am planen, organisieren und stetig dabei das Festival zu erweitern.

Die größte Neuerung dieses Jahr: Das Online Voting! IHR dürft entscheiden, wer dieses Jahr als Opener spielt! Geht auf www.vorstadtsound.de und schaut euch unter „Das Voting“ die Musikvideos an und votet für eure Lieblingsband!
          Music Nights at Cafe Rozella        

The Music Nights at Cafe Rozella continue with some outstanding performers. Performances start at 7 p.m. on Fridays.



Alma Villegas brings her sultry voice to an exquisite and passionate selection of Latin favorites. Friday August 15th at 7 p.m.




From the bouncy feel of Perfidia to the passionate tango version of Besame Mucho and the salsa sound of Mi Tierra these selections have entertained and captured audiences internationally for decades.

Alma Villegas and her band have performed for five years at various venues including Dulces Latin Bistro, Serafina, Bouchée Café in Fremont, St. Clouds, Misto Café, Mamey’s Cuban Café, Madrid, The Tractor Tavern, El Sombrero, The Sitting Room, Julia’s, the Musicquarium at the Triple Door and Jazz Alley. And, of course, Alma is a regular at Cafe Rozella.
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Children of the Revolution's Acoustic Trio Friday, August 22nd at 7 p.m.


"When you go to a Children of the Revolution show, you might as well leave your preconceptions about world music at the door" wrote Tina Potterf of the Seattle Times. Fans will usually say something like, "That was the best live show I've ever been to; I don't quite know how to describe it." From Bozeman Montana to the caves of Granada, Spain, from Istanbul to Taiwan, COTR make life-long fans wherever they go.

They can loosely be compared to such breakaway and high-energy world music artists such as Ozomatli, Gipsy Kings, Santana, Manu Chau and the Afro Celt Sound System, but all similarities stop there. Made up of virtuoso musicians, singers and dancers from around the world, COTR blend their Flamenco, Greek, and Rock roots creating, a lush and melodic sound driven by infectious Latin and Middle-Eastern grooves.

The group is fronted by lead singer Vassili, who grew up on the Greek Islands, and former metal head turned flamenco guitarist Eric Jaeger. Sharing the spotlight is Barcelona-born flamenco dancer Encarnación. Their electrifying and sexy concerts showcase outstanding musicianship and songwriting with world-class dance performances. Both world music aficionados and those new to the genre agree - COTR puts on one of the most unifying and entertaining shows in the world.

Guest artists both live and recorded have included legendary rock singer, Ann Wilson of
In less than two years, COTR went from playing small clubs to filling some of the Northwests most prestigious theaters such as Meany Hall, Benaroya Hall and the 3,000-seat Paramount Theater.

COTR is a consistent audience favorite of major festivals in the region such as Folklife, Vancouver Folk Festival, Bumbershoot and Montanas Sweetpea Festival, 3-6,000 people can be seen dancing and singing at these shows. Eleftheria (the Greek word for freedom) is their anthem that ends the show and ALWAYS gets the crowd jumping in unison!

COTR have the achievements, experience and systems in place to create a totally new movement in popular music. They have toured extensively through the Northwest and Canada and have been invited to perform at very special historical events such as; the first Western band invited to play for the Buddhas Birthday in Taiwan for over 30,000 people, the Government Leaders conference (organized by Bill Gates and Paul G. Allen) in Seattle at Experience Music Project, opening for former President Bill Clinton at his "We the People" speech in Seattle in 2006, and KROCKs 2005 Tsunami Relief benefit concert headlined by surviving members of Alice in Chains and Heart. COTRs concert DVD has aired on numerous PBS stations across the country and select tracks from their album, Liberation appear on Putumayo Records compilations.

After spending five months in Europe where they performed and studied with Flamenco masters in Spain, Rye singers in Morocco and Turkish musicians in Istanbul, COTR returned to record their latest CD, Life, Love and Guantanamo Bay. The album is an artistic breakthrough for Children of the Revolution and promises to bring them into the international spotlight.

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Eduardo Mendonca’s exuberant energy always gets the house on its feet to his Brazilian beat!

Friday August 29th at 7 p.m.




A native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Eduardo traces his lineage to a royal African family bearing the hereditary title of Mama Beka (”prophet of the royal court”), as documented by the Instituto Geográfico e Histórico da Bahia. Eduardo Mendonça has lived for the past ten years in the Seattle area. He began performing in Seattle, and traveling throughout the United States and Canada with the Bakra Bata steel drum band. Now, he has his own group known as Show Brazil!, which has gained much recognition in the past ten years. Show Brazil! has played throughout Western Washington and Brazil at events and locations such as the Folklife Festival, Bumbershoot, Seattle Children's International Festival, BrasilFest, Redmond Arts in the Parks, Taste of Bellevue, Hispanic/Latin Month, Fiestas Patrias, Fall Fandango, Fat Tuesday, Sundiata Festival, World Rhythm Festival, Earth Day Festival, West Seattle Street Festival, Marymoor Heritage Festival, Brazilian Carnaval, Burien Strawberry Festival, Edmonds Festival, Mercado Modêlo (Brazil), Itaigara and Piedade Malls (Brazil), and the Catholic University of Salvador (Brazil).

Eduardo was also featured at Bumbershoot in Seattle, as guest artist of the internationally well-known performing group OLODUM, opening act for Olodum at the Brazilian Carnival in 2003 (Seattle, WA); the Brazilian Carnival in Vancouver- British Columbia - Canada; the Brazilian Carnival in Calgary - Alberta - Canada; the Brazilian Carnival in Seattle - WA - US; and at a Nike-sponsored show in Portland, Oregon. The performances listed above are just a part of Eduardo’s continued success as a performing artist. He also had the honor to play for Pope John Paul II’s welcome to Brazil, former South Africa President Nelson Mandela (Seattle,WA - USA - 1999), Brazilian President João Baptista Figueiredo (Brazil 1979), and was also featured in a Paul Simon documentary video in 1991.

- Eduardo is voting member of National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences - GRAMMY.

-Eduardo Mendonça is winner of “Outstanding Brazilian Male Singer based in the U.S.” for the Brazilian International Press Award 2007 (Florida)

- Winner of “Tribute for Excellence and Achievements in Advancement of Performing Arts and Education of the Brazilian Music in 2006” - Centro Cultural Hispano Americano and University of Washington;

- Eduardo is winner of Aspasia Phoutrides Pulakis Memorial Award 2005 for his significant contributions to the Brazilian Community and the community at-large of the Northwest
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Charanga Danzón is a fluid ensemble of wonderful musicians, with a repertoire of Cuban music including traditional charanga, son/danzón, cha-cha-chá, classical, and jazz.
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REPTET brings their award-winning and energetic jazz to Rozella.

Friday September 12th at 7 p.m.




Reptet is a sextet consisting of six multi-instrumentalists all of whom are members of the internationally acclaimed Monktail Creative Music Concern based out of Seattle, WA. They have established themselves as a group of considerable excitement, flair and vision while simultaneously debunking preconceived notions of what a jazz group ought to be. Their music has been aired on radio stations across the United States and Europe, and their members have toured internationally. The arts organization Earshot Jazz has described them as, “A hot progressive combo of Seattle's best young players. Their music is intense, taut, and fresh.” With the release of their second full length CD Do This!, Reptet has established themselves as an irrepressible force in modern jazz.

Press Quotes
“This Seattle sextet does it all: it grooves, it rocks, it squawks - occasionally, it even talks. Mostly, it sounds like a New Orleans jazz band on crystal meth.” ~Alex Gelfand’s Critics pick for the best release of 2006, Jazziz Magazine~

“Trumpeter Samantha Boshnack's open voicings, jaunty tempos and buoyant timbral mixes for two winds and two brass have a friendly monster feel that conjures a bittersweet and elegiac mood of orchestral grandeur.” ~Downbeat~

“A juggernaut jazz band, arresting, compelling, and just plain cranked-up. Do This! is one of the most convincing albums of the last several years from Seattle jazz players.” ~Earshot Jazz~
          By: Bo Butler        
Thanks for the questions, Sammy. I'm pretty sure we mentioned the V2/A4 thing, but I don't think we related it to paper-size. That's interesting, given the theme of paper that runs through the novel, though I wonder when the A4 standard was adopted. The process for deciding which book comes next really just involves a lot of discussion, a little voting (maybe rigged, maybe not), some calf's blood, an offering of burnt electrical wiring, fifteen water chestnuts thinly sliced and simmered in olive oil with a dash of paprika, the smegma of a four-month-old tortoise, two Pilot G2 .07 pens of any color, one nostril hair from each of the regular panelists, a casual glance from a pregnant woman on some variety of public transportation (the subway being best, for obvious reasons), and an incantation in some language that only Liam can speak. We haven't yet begun this process. Thanks for listening!
          By: Sothynathan        
OH my Lord,Please help us.... Son of Veluppillai.........Grandson of Thiruvengadam..... Please ,,Please Tell us Why?...?....?....? In Jaffna only 19%voters cast their democratic voting right. Because we haven’t got the such an experience last 30 years . Yes, very BIG thanks to SOORIYA THEVAN. I still don't understand, Where we lost our history? Oh,Lord help us to find it and build it, Oh lord help us....
          Republicans Picking Candidate To Face Hickenlooper        
Colorado Republicans are voting Tuesday to select a candidate to challenge Gov. John Hickenlooper in November, hopeful their primary nominee can buck Democratic momentum and the perception that the state has quickly turned liberal.
          All-Star Voting and Player Card Packs        
All 18 teams are set, and The International is mere weeks away. For those that have earned a chance to compete in Seattle, all thoughts turn to the Aegis of Champions and the opponents that stand in the way of … Continue reading
          Voting        


It's an amazing thing, this voting that we do. Every time we vote, but especially during the presidential years, I well up with pride at our country and the way we govern ourselves.

Today as I wandered around my city, I saw so many people with small oval "I Voted" stickers on their clothing. And that made me happy. All day long, I have been considering that millions of my fellow citizens are standing in line, darkening little ballot bubbles or punching out chads (wow, I hope that isn't done any longer) or touching screens to voice their opinion on who should represent them on the local, state or national level.

It's amazing to me, that the people I work with, the people I ran past, the people on the bus, the people I pass in traffic all get a voice today. Hopefully an equal voice. This is the way we govern ourselves, and I am impressed.

True, I will not agree with how each person votes, but I will take pride in the idea that many people do. The system is flawed in some ways, and I have heard of local allegations that some unusual votes may have been cast here. But the idea that we get a voice, that we are allowed--even encouraged--to express that voice just excites me.

What we vote on sometimes confounds me. That some are going to vote to remove rights in California, and write that into the state constitution, in the form of Proposition 8 confuses me. I do not know that it is appropriate to vote on rights. Our democracy tends to value and protect the rights of the minorities; we ought not allow a majority vote to determine rights. And that is as far as I care to go on voicing an opinion on the issues.

So thanks, America, for making me proud today. Regardless of whether the outcomes meet with what I hope for, I am amazed we can express our voices in this incredible way. What an honor.


          Finding the Underside of Power        
I have been mulling this series of thoughts lately about power and the church and civil government and the like. I truly doubt I will finish these thoughts today, mostly because my ideas are still a little jumbled. But I might try anyway...


It seems to my simple mind that at some point a couple decades back, some church leaders determined that the church (speaking here of the large corporate church) could exert influence on the people around it by flexing its muscle with respect to government. By energizing Christians in a particular direction, many religious people did become a powerful political force, voting several candidates, mostly Republicans, into office. Simultaneously, parts of the church found power in their newfound influence and began wielding that power with respect to conservative social issues, the most notable being abortion and gay rights. Or maybe I have it all backwards; perhaps by becoming influencial on social issues, groups began to band together to support certain candidates. I am not certain which came first, the chicken or the egg.


Either way, the question I am left with today is: How effective has that "soldier in the culture war" stance been in advancing the church's original message of Jesus Christ? It just seems that as some leaders insist the church "stand up," and "not take it any more," and "fight against the culture war," a corresponding number of people have become the church's enemy and yet another group of people blow off Christians altogether. What does that accomplish?


I have played that part, the holy roller who ran around with flyers and went to rallies and the like. To this day, I am not sure it did any good other than make me feel accomplished and productive in those tasks that I thought a good Christian should be involved in.


Alternatively, I got to know persons. I use the word persons deliberately, because I got to know one person, then another person, and then another person. I would talk honestly about myself and all my struggles and attempt to get inside their hopes and fears and messes themselves. And somehow, I was given so much more power and influence in the lives of those persons just by being my real one-on-one self than I had ever attempted to claim. Somehow I had stumbled into the underside of power.


I have met some gay people who would go out of their way to spit on some church steps, but I never felt the need to hide myself as a Christian from them. I would simply say I was a Christian, and that lots of things did not make sense to me and that I had more questions than answers. I was not deliberately evangelizing. I was just being me. And more often than not, those people who hated the church so much would gain a respect for me. One guy told me, "I have no interest in being a Christian, but if anyone ever made me think about it, it was you." And this all occurred AFTER my lengthy pity party about how much trouble I was having reconciling homosexuality and Christianity. Here I was, spilling my guts and problems out more than anything, and being granted a spot of influence in his life because I was real.


Somehow, that is the underside of power. And I honestly think the church in general has missed it on this one.


I want other people to know I am a Christian by how I live my life. And that does not mean that they see my drive to church in fancy clothes on Sunday, or my yard sign for a particular candidate, or that I boycott some companies over their advertising. Instead, I am just real, explaining myself when it seems good and learning from someone who might differ. And in the process--and sometimes quite unintentially--finding the underside of power.

          â€œI’m sick and tired of being sick and tired” (Fannie Lou Hamer, 1964) – Why we work to create pathways to health equity        
Fannie Lou Hamer – voting rights activist, civil rights leader, and humanitarian, captured the nation’s attention during the 1964 Democratic National Convention, when she described the injustices she and others in her community had endured in their fight for the right to vote. She had been jailed, beaten, and threatened for her advocacy, but didn’t back down. The cumulative impact of these and other stressful life experiences negatively impacted her health, but she remained committed to securing her civil rights, because in her now famous words “All my life I’ve been sick and tired. Now I’m sick and tired of
          Congress almost always votes with Trump as 2018 midterms loom. Bad idea, polls suggest.        
Congressional voting patterns are remarkable considering that midterm elections are just a year away.
     

          Why Protesting Isn't Enough        
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On Monday evening I sat and watched CNN broadcast the decision on if the officer involved in the death of Mike Brown would be indicted. Since then I've read Facebook statuses, Instagram posts, and Tweets verbally expressing rage, disappointment, sadness and just about every other emotion. I've seen powerful quotes by Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X recycled on every social media outlet. I've seen people vow to wear black on Friday in solidarity and support of the Brown family. Some have even vowed to not spend a dime on black Friday in support. Of course I can't forget about the rioting, looting, and utter destruction that I've seen in reaction to the decision to not indict. I've yet to understand how avoiding black Friday shopping or destroying any community helps to resolve or bring awareness to the issues at hand in a positive way. Candle light vigils and peaceful protests have been scheduled throughout various cities. . While watching all of this I've wondered so many things, but the first that comes to mind is if this case had not been so heavily publicized would as many people be so outraged. I've heard so many equally upsetting cases and for the most part I haven't seen the same sentiment of outrage if anything at all, however even if I put that aside the thing that most stands out to me is what are WE doing? Peaceful protests are great, but are we praying for our community. Are we involved with mentoring our youth. Are we giving back to the same area that we reside in every single day. Are we exercising our right as citizens to not only vote, but to research and understand the candidates that we are voting for? If the only thing we are doing is expressing our outrage on social media and attending a local protest or candle light vigil we are not doing nearly enough. So I'm challenging everyone including myself to get actively involved in something that can help your local community. I can promise you personally that it is life changing not just for others, but for you as well.


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          School budget capsules        
Here is a breakdown of 41 Capital Region school budgets. For information on tax increases, major cuts, school board candidates and voting hours and locations, click on the link for your county. Voting takes place Tuesday, May 19. Albany Rensselaer Saratoga Schenectady
          By: Bevan        
<i>The Republicans, starting with McCain’s transparent campaign stunt, have systematically undermined the whole negotiating process.</i> Last I checked the Democrats had a majority in Congress. Dont blame the minority for voting against when the controlling party cant get their own shit together.
          Kenyans Vote in General Election        
People are voting in Kenya's general election amid fears that the result could trigger communal violence. President Uhuru Kenyatta called for unity, saying he would accept the result, and urged his rivals to do the same. Also in the programme; 'Dodgy' greenhouse gas data threatens Paris accord and; the summer blockbuster that's broken China's all-time box-office records. (Picture: An elderly Maasai lady votes at a polling station in Saikeri, Kajiado West County. Credit: Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images)
          Rwanda election: President Paul Kagame wins by landslide        
Supporters of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame have been celebrating his landslide re-election. The electoral said partial results of Friday's election had given him 98% of the votes. Scientists have warned that the effects of climate change could kill over one-hundred-and-fifty-thousand people a year in Europe by the end of the century. And Usain Bolt's stride. (Photo: President of Rwanda Paul Kagame voting. Credit EPA)
          The Big Lift Is a Top 10 finalist in the Google Impact Challenge: Bay Area        

The Big Lift helps low-income children in San Mateo County learn to read and succeed through summer programs. The Big Lift will receive $250,000 in funding from Google.org, and could receive an additional $250,000 through a public voting period for the Google Impact Challenge.

(PRWeb October 05, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/10/prweb13001596.htm


          By: sm        
It's like WF Buckley's "joke" that the problem with Mississippi was not too few black people voting, but too many white people voting.
          By: MattF        
What's the point of letting women vote if they keep voting for the wrong people?
          Jim Abbott        

In September 1967 in Detroit, Mike Abbott and Kathy Adams, recent high school graduates, welcomed Jim, their first child, into the world. Their marriage, fifteen days later, was subdued because Jim was born without a right hand. (1) With the help of their parents, Mike and Kathy overcame their doubts about their ability to raise a child with a handicap and helped Jim cope with challenges galore – putting on his clothes, tying his shoes, (2) blending in with peers, coping with jokes and insults, and opting for perseverance over self-pity. (3)

Early on it became clear that baseball was Jim's best sport. He excelled as a pitcher. He had a fast ball called a "cutter." As it approached the plate, it dropped sharply toward right hand batters. But he had to overcome a major hurdle. A pitcher is also a fielder. If he was to succeed, he had to learn to switch his glove quickly after a pitch from his right side, where he pinned the glove against his chest with his right arm, to his left hand, so that he could catch grounders, especially bunts, and throw out the runner. Virtually every team he pitched against early in his career tried to bunt early in the game to test his fielding skills. With the help of coaches, however, Jim mastered the glove transfer technique and opponents eventually abandoned the bunt strategy.

As the years passed, Jim had remarkable success:

  • In three years at the University of Michigan, Jim won 26 games and lost 8, with an ERA of 3.03;
  • In 1987 he won the Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the nation and in the same year, as a member of the U.S.A. national team, he became the first U.S. pitcher to defeat Cuba in Cuba in twenty-five years; (4)
  • In the next year -1988 - Jim was named the Big Ten Conference Male Athlete of the Year, he pitched the entire game in the U.S. victory over South Korea in the gold medal game at the Olympics, (5) and the California Angels, the first of five teams for which he would pitch, drafted him in the first round as the eighth player selected;
  • In 1991, Jim won eighteen games and finished third in the voting for the American League Cy Young Award; and
  • As a member of the New York Yankees, Jim pitched a no-hitter in Yankee Stadium on September 4, 1993, against a Cleveland Indians team with formidable hitters, including Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Albert Belle, Kenny Lofton, Sandy Alomar, Jr., and Carlos Baerga. (6)

Alas, the speed of Jim's cutter faded during his ten years as a pro so that his success was measured. (7) His crowning achievement, however, was off the mound. At ballparks across the nation, year after year, before and after games, win or lose, he met with thousands of disabled children and their families, and every season he answered stack after stack of letters from them. He was as much an inspiration to them as they were to him. (8)

Today, Jim Abbott, at age 45 and married with two daughters, is a motivational speaker who gets rave reviews from audiences, to the surprise of no one who crossed his path over the years. It is difficult to imagine a person better suited to give hope to people, young or old, facing challenges. (8)


 

  1. Jim Abbott and Tim Brown, Imperfect: An Improbable Life, Ballantine Books, 2012, p. 40. Future references to this autobiography are by page number. Most of the information in this commentary comes from this book, Abbott's website (see jimabbott.net), and Wikipedia.
  2. Abbott's third-grade teacher, Mr. Clarkson, actually figured out a way for Abbott to tie his shoes by himself and he taught the technique to him. (pp. 62-63)
  3. Abbott reports that he encountered hundreds of people worse off than he was. For instance, as a child his parents took him to Mary Free Bed Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to be fitted for a prosthetic arm with a mechanical hand with a hook. There he saw and met children "with no legs, or no arms and no legs, or various combinations thereof." (pp. 53-54) Abbott later abandoned the prosthetic device. Abbott opines that "There was more heroism in an afternoon at Mary Free Bed than there is in a decade of baseball games." (p. 56)
  4. Fidel Castro met Abbott and his teammates during this seven game series. Later, when Abbott was a pro, Castro contacted him with a request for a signed baseball, which Abbott granted.
  5. Baseball was then a demonstration sport but is no longer played in the Olympics.
  6. To add to this, in his senior year in high school, Jim won ten games with three no-hitters. He had an earned run average of 0.76 and struck out two batters per inning on average. He also hit .427 with seven home runs and thirty-six RBIs.
  7. Abbott finished his professional pitching career with a record of 87-108 and a 4.25 earned run average. (p. 251)
  8. Pp. 182-187.

© 2012 Tom Shipka


          Order Finding Violation of Voting Rights Act (filed 4/10/17)        
Document from Veasey v. Abbott titled
          Huaaa, das offizielle COVERVOTING mit („Hach, schon wieder!“) feinen Give Aways.        
Update vom 20.Juli 2012: Das Voting ist beendet. Vielen Dank für die unglaublichen 1754 Stimmen! Oder: Ein klitzekleiner Herzstillstand. Doch, ich bin mir sicher, mein Herzchen setzte am Mittwoch, den 30.05.2012 kurzzeitig aus, als auf Facebook um 18.42 Uhr der … Weiterlesen
          The GOP's Stealth War Against Voters        

The GOP's Stealth War Against Voters

Will an anti-voter-fraud program designed by one of Trump's advisers deny tens of thousands their right to vote in November?

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/the-gops-stealth-war-against-voters-w435890

By: Greg Palast
Date: 2016-08-24

When Donald Trump claimed, "the election's going to be rigged," he wasn't entirely wrong. But the threat was not, as Trump warned, from Americans committing the crime of "voting many, many times." What's far more likely to undermine democracy in November is the culmination of a decade-long Republican effort to disenfranchise voters under the guise of battling voter fraud. The latest tool: Election officials in more than two dozen states have compiled lists of citizens whom they allege could be registered in more than one state – thus potentially able to cast multiple ballots – and eligible to be purged from the voter rolls.

The data is processed through a system called the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, which is being promoted by a powerful Republican operative, and its lists of potential duplicate voters are kept confidential. But Rolling Stone obtained a portion of the list and the names of 1 million targeted voters. According to our analysis, the Crosscheck list disproportionately threatens solid Democratic constituencies: young, black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters – with some of the biggest possible purges underway in Ohio and North Carolina, two crucial swing states with tight Senate races.

Read more »
          New Proof The Election Was Rigged Against Democrats!        

New Proof The Election Was Rigged Against Democrats!

http://leecamp.net/8138-2/

By: Lee Camp
Date: 2016-09-09

I just talked with two election experts – Greg Palast and Mark Crispin Miller – both incredibly accomplished in their fields. They agreed that this election was indeed rigged, and even though it has been Donald Trump spouting off about election rigging, perhaps he didn’t realize that the machinery was in place to rig it in HIS FAVOR. Greg Palast estimates that 1.1 MILLION people, mainly minorities, were knocked off the voting rolls in swing states using a system called “Cross Check.” That system accuses people of being “double voters” even though there is absolutely no proof. Cross Check is used in 30 Republican-led states. On top of that, Palast discovered that ballot protection software on the new Ohio voting machines was TURNED OFF. Election law expert Bob Fitrakis actually took Ohio to court last week to make sure the ballot protection software be turned ON. However, the judge sided with the state and said to leave it OFF on election day!

Professor Mark Crispin Miller agrees with Palast, saying that this election was stolen from the Democrats in a similar fashion to 2000 and 2004. And this is not coming from a fan of Hillary Clinton. Miller pointed out that Hillary Clinton is a neo-liberal who was intent on continuing to gut the social safety net and allowing the big banks to run wild. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have a fair election. Furthermore, this is not just about the Presidency. This election theft impacts congressional and gubernatorial races as well.

I strongly believe that if Hillary Clinton – and the corporate Democrats in general – had ACTUALLY stood for something, then people would’ve had a reason to stand with them. This is why Bernie Sanders would’ve won this election easily. (He would’ve beat the margin that was stolen.) People believed what Bernie Sanders said, and that’s why he attracted an enthusiastic following. Even most Hillary voters didn’t take her at her word. Her actions proved that she supports trade deals, supports war, supports weapons contractors, supports oil and gas, and supports the big banks. If the left ever wants to win again, they need to start TRULY standing for something, rather than just feeding people lies while enriching themselves.

The two interviews mentioned above will air tomorrow night on Redacted Tonight: VIP. At 6pm ET tomorrow they’ll also be posted to YouTube.com/RedactedTonight.

Keep Fighting,
Lee



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          The GOP's Stealth War Against Voters        

The GOP's Stealth War Against Voters

Will an anti-voter-fraud program designed by one of Trump's advisers deny tens of thousands their right to vote in November?

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/the-gops-stealth-war-against-voters-w435890

By: Greg Palast
Date: 2016-08-24

When Donald Trump claimed, "the election's going to be rigged," he wasn't entirely wrong. But the threat was not, as Trump warned, from Americans committing the crime of "voting many, many times." What's far more likely to undermine democracy in November is the culmination of a decade-long Republican effort to disenfranchise voters under the guise of battling voter fraud. The latest tool: Election officials in more than two dozen states have compiled lists of citizens whom they allege could be registered in more than one state – thus potentially able to cast multiple ballots – and eligible to be purged from the voter rolls.

The data is processed through a system called the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, which is being promoted by a powerful Republican operative, and its lists of potential duplicate voters are kept confidential. But Rolling Stone obtained a portion of the list and the names of 1 million targeted voters. According to our analysis, the Crosscheck list disproportionately threatens solid Democratic constituencies: young, black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters – with some of the biggest possible purges underway in Ohio and North Carolina, two crucial swing states with tight Senate races.

Read more »
          U.S. Senate More Divided Than Ever Data Shows        
Harvard graduate student David Chouinard used 25 years of data from the 101st Congress onwards to visualize voting relationships among senators over time. The findings are clear: The U.S. Senate is all but down to collaborate.
          The Abraham Lincoln Logs #182        
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Abe preaches only to the converted, badmouthing John McCain to any Internet-saavy and likely left-leaning liberals who will listen. The Elitest-est!

Links


John McCain's - "MY FELLOW PRISONERS" as free, downloadable iPhone ringtone.

Video of John McCain addressing America as "My Fellow Prisoners."

Reminding you that our electronic voting machines are STILL broken and will be fixed only once the election is.

John McCain's Racist Remarks

The Great Glen Greenwald reassures that active duty military for declaring martial law not anything to worry about.

President Bush listens to your phone sex.

Incredibly dark comic - "The Last American Job."

In 2007 Bush claimed power to cancel elections in times of economic crisis.


          The Abraham Lincoln Logs #148        
Abe talks about Bush and Cheney's dog & pony - Obama's speech and McCains gaffe....

Links


Can we boycott just the glow-bracelet concessions at the Beijing Olympics?

Blackwater's Global Ambitions

Black Guy Asks Nation For Change

Time magazine invents facts to claim that Americans support Bush's domestic spying abuses.

DRM trumps "USA."

McCain doesn't know who Bush is fighting in Iraq

'War critics can no longer credibly claim we're losing in Iraq...'

Cheney salutes the troops with his fist

Seattle bans sale of bottled water.

Peace Sign turns 50

McCain loves Lieberman. Lieberman thinks VP still might be do-able.

Obama's speech on race.


          The Abraham Lincoln Logs #145        
Abe brings you up to speed on the presidential dope and announces a sympathy strike with the ILWU who's shutting down the West Coast unless we bring our troops home...

Links


Workers Strikes Against the War! ILWU to Shut Down West Coast Ports May 1 Demanding End to War in Iraq, Afghanistan

Obama wins Wyoming

Obama wins Texas? OBAMA WINS TEXAS!

Clinton endorses McCain

Rove endorses Clinton

Voting machines tested in secret.

Bush insists on Waterboarding.

Wyoming doesn't matter?


          The Abraham Lincoln Logs #132        
Abe jokes with Bush, and commiserates with Nader and Olver about canceling the 2008 election and replacing the "classic" voting booth with the "new" design: Blackwater soldiers of fortune. Also: Colbert for president.

          Election turnout research wins national award        
An article by four University of Wisconsin-Madison professors on the effects of election laws to make voting more convenient and increase turnout has received a national award.
          Downvoting Update        
There has been much discussion on CreateDebate about the use / abuse of downvotes on the site and certain participants getting “mass” downvoted, causing their efficiency score to drop dramatically.  In order to combat this problem and provide greater transparency around voting, we have decided to implement the following: Each downvote now costs the downvoter [...]
          Golden opportunity to win $10 million        
Project 10100 (pronounced "Project 10 to the 100th") is a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible. Here's how to join in. (Ten years and counting)

1. Send us your idea by October 20th.
Simply fill out the submission form giving us the gist of your idea. You can supplement your proposal with a 30-second video.

2. Voting on ideas begins on January 27th.
We'll post a selection of one hundred ideas and ask you, the public, to choose twenty semi-finalists. Then an advisory board will select up to five final ideas. Send me a reminder to vote.

3. We'll help bring these ideas to life.
We're committing $10 million to implement these projects, and our goal is to help as many people as possible. So remember, money may provide a jumpstart, but the idea is the thing.

Good luck, and may those who help the most win.

So hurry and Submit Your Idea. (Remember, the deadline is October 20th, 2008)



          Review for Planet Golf Beatbox (R)        
Thank you very much for listening, commenting and voting! :)
          Whining, Blue Smoke & the Mechanics of Getting Unstuck        

I've been working on a bunch of (non-43 Folders-related) stuff lately, but I started feeling that hankering to come back and write something new here. To get the engine started, I went through some old posts and turned up a few (oddly self-inspiring) ideas that I want to re-share. The topic? "Getting unstuck."

  • Hack your way out of writer's block - "Literally. Put five completley random words on a piece of paper. Write five more words. Try a sentence. Could be about anything. A block ends when you start making words on a page."
  • Solve problems by writing a note to yourself - "Seriously, open up your email program, type in your own email address, then choose a brilliant subject line that perfectly encapsulates your particular problem."
  • Do a fast "mind-sweep" - "And as long as you let that stuff accumulate as chunky deposits on the edges of your perception, it’s very unlikely it’ll get done since — well — they won’t get done until they’re been captured and properly started, right?"
  • Cringe-Busting your TODO list - "Per cringe item, think honestly about why you’re freaked out about it. Seriously. What’s the hang-up? (Fear of failure? Dreading bad news? Angry you’re already way overdue?)"
  • Patching your personal suck - "Every patch that fails teaches you a little something that might come in handy some day. Mistakes, as they say, can be a buddhist gift."

I guess all I'd add -- since it's on my mind today -- is that I'm learning how much it pays to listen whenever you hear yourself mentally whining.

First off, even when it's yourself, nobody likes a whiner. So it's worthwhile to be mindful about the extent to which your internal monologue is becoming personally insufferable. As with B.O. and a lack of flossing, the chances are good that others have already noticed things about you before you have, so -- you know -- congratulations on making it to the party.

But, second, and perhaps more importantly, that whining should be telling you something. Whining is the white blue smoke in your tailpipe that lets you know you're burning mental oil. It means you're unconsciously devoting cycles to something that you can't, won't, or shouldn't be spending time thinking about. Otherwise, why would it be bothering you, right? You'd be either extricated or done with it.

Once you pinpoint where that whine's coming from, that's the perfect opportunity to decide what the hell the hang-up is. Because if it's worth whining and fussing about, it's worth deciding what obstacle (obstruction?) in either the Real World or your own mind is keeping something from happening.

And once that obstacle is identified and out there, ample methods exist for helping you execute in a way that's sane and sensible. But you can't complete a task you don't understand, so grant yourself the personal luxury of unpacking the problem behind the problem.

Put automotively? Obsessively adding a new quart of oil every day not only doesn't fix your smoke problem: it feeds it. Instead, just use the smoke as a warning that it's nigh time to trace the cracks in your engine.

As for me? Yeah. Now I'm feeling unstuck and a little less whiny. So, thanks. Onward.


Edit 2008-04-12 11:07:28 - Reader wemerson was kind enough to correct me on my metaphor in this post. Turns out that my use of "white smoke" was inaccurate; the smoke would be blue. Many thanks -- and I made the correction. Learn more about smoke...

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          Laika        
Meet Laika, who was found dead beast does not bark at him. Do huskies are well trained to give voice, this lack of an easy fix. Approaching the spot where the dog has found an animal, you must give a command "voice" and after a husky this team, to encourage her a treat or affection. At the training impact on voting more than ever requires patience. Force events should not be. Several of these exercises and the dog will understand what to do. Only after the above described classes will be developed husky to perfection, you can start training to approximate how required for testing. At a blood test track laid in the pure forest. The length of the artificial track - 500 meters. Trace has at least three turns at an acute angle in the opposite direction. After 50 meters from the start trace is the first maturation beast. Following maturation are made every 150 meters. At the end of the track is laid animal carcass, stripped of the innards and sewn. On the following costs half a liter of blood to the animal, the carcass is laid out in end. Get more background information with materials from Heather Bresch. Blood is applied swab from the sponge attached to a stick 1,5 - 2 meters length or with a dropper. On average, two-step is applied one drop of blood. Maturation of the animal indicated thicker nakropleniem blood in one place. It is known that the test - a test of hunting skills and behavior of dogs in conditions as close to hunting.
          A civil rights milestone        
On May 23, Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans--the scion of one of Louisiana's leading political families--gave a speech explaining the decision to remove statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and P.G.T Beauregard from their prominent outdoor place in the heart of New Orleans, with plans to move them indoors to a museum.  The mayor was undoubtedly moved, as he made clear, by the strong feelings of his black constituents that men who fought a war to preserve secession and slavery should not be celebrated publicly.  His speech, however, took full responsibility for the decision and argued for its necessity on very sound historical and political grounds.   And for that reason, the speech represents, I think, a milestone in American political history.  I cannot be sure of my facts here, but I suspect that Mitch Landrieu was the first white southern politician since the time of the Civil War itself to state publicly that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of history and humanity, as he put it, and that it rightfully lost the war.

We must not forget that quite a few white southerners held that view when the war began in the 1860s, and committed everything to the Union cause.  One such was Andrew Johnson, a poor white Tennessean, who remained in his seat in the Senate when Tennessee seceded and became Lincoln's vice president in 1864, with tragic consequences. (It turned out that Johnson hated free blacks even more than he hated southern planters.)  Others included George "Pap" Thomas, a Virginian, and David Farragut, a Tennessean by birth who had lived most of his life in the South, who became, respectively, the commander of the Union Army of the Cumberland and a leading Admiral of the northern fleet during the war.  The Texan Sam Houston also opposed secession.  Ironically, even Robert E. Lee--whose statue was among those removed--made it clear in 1861 that he felt secession was a terrible mistake, but opted anyway to fight with his native state of Virginia, and spent four years trying to preserve the Confederacy.  After the war, however, things changed.

Few historical forces and more powerful than bad consciences.  In the white South, it became essential in the decades after Appomattox to argue that the "war between the states" had been forced upon the southern states by the north, that it was not really about slavery, and that, fortunately, heroic southerners had preserved white supremacy after the war.  In the decades following the conflict southern politicians and northern Democrats managed to prevent Lincoln's birthday from ever becoming a national holiday, and agitated unsuccessfully to create a national holiday in honor of Lee.  They also, of course, established segregation and deprived their black citizens of equal rights.

Not until the wake of the Second World War, I believe, did a new type of white southern politician begin to emerge.  The New Deal had combined poor southern whites and black voters in the North within the same coalition, and many white southern politicians had supported it, while remaining opposed to integration.  But the GI generation spawned a number of white southern politicians who supported at least some progress on civil rights.  They included Estes Kefauver, a New Deal liberal from Tennessee who came quite close to winning the Democratic nomination for President in 1952, and Lyndon Johnson and Ralph Yarborough from Texas.  While Johnson, as Robert Caro showed, came into the Senate in 1949 as a loyal white southerner dedicated to white supremacy, he moved to the center on civil rights by 1957, largely because of his presidential ambitions  Another remarkable southern politician was Governor Jim Folsom of Alabama, who spoke bluntly on behalf of civil rights for black citizens in the mid-1950s.  On the Supreme Court, Hugo Black, a New Deal liberal from Alabama, joined in the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954 and in numerous other decisions affirming the rights of black Americans--but he, of course, was safely protected from the whims of the voters.  In 1948, Harry Truman, from Missouri, became the first President to endorse a modern civil rights program, and ordered the desegregation of the armed forces.  And when Johnson became President in 1963, he became of course the most effective civil rights advocate to occupy the White House since Lincoln, signing both the great Civil Rights Act of 1964 desegregating public accommodations and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Nearly every white southern politician, however, opposed those bills, although Mayor Ivan Allen of Atlanta testified for the 1964 act before Congress, and Al Gore, Sr., of Tennessee voted for voting rights.

Unfortunately, while much of the white South had embraced the New Deal, they were not ready for civil rights.  It was in the late 1950s and early 1960s, indeed, that South Carolina and certain other states began flying the Confederate flag in their state houses.  Southern schools continued to teach their white students about the "War of Northern Aggression," and white southerners grew up believing that the war was not really about slavery.  Just a few years ago I met a legal scholar from Virginia, roughly my own age, who declared that the world would have been better off if the North had allowed secession and said that as a Virginian, he inevitably had a low opinion of Lincoln.  In the 1990s millions of Americans watched the historian Shelby Foote fight off tears as he lamented the fall of the Confederacy in Ken Burns's documentary on the Civil War.

Following in LBJ's footsteps, the next two Democratic Presidents--Jimmy Carter of Georgia and Bill Clinton from Arkansas--forthrightly embraced civil rights for black Americans.  But neither of them, to my knowledge, every bluntly said what Mitch Landrieu said last month.  I quote from his speech.

"The historic record is clear, the Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and P.G.T. Beauregard statues were not erected just to honor these men, but as part of the movement which became known as The Cult of the Lost Cause. This ‘cult’ had one goal — through monuments and through other means — to rewrite history to hide the truth, which is that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of humanity. First erected over 166 years after the founding of our city and 19 years after the end of the Civil War, the monuments that we took down were meant to rebrand the history of our city and the ideals of a defeated Confederacy. It is self-evident that these men did not fight for the United States of America, They fought against it. They may have been warriors, but in this cause they were not patriots. These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for.

. . .  "Should you have further doubt about the true goals of the Confederacy, in the very weeks before the war broke out, the Vice President of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephens, made it clear that the Confederate cause was about maintaining slavery and white supremacy. He said in his now famous ‘cornerstone speech’ that the Confederacy’s 'cornerstone rests upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery — subordination to the superior race — is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.'

"Now, with these shocking words still ringing in your ears... I want to try to gently peel from your hands the grip on a false narrative of our history that I think weakens us. And make straight a wrong turn we made many years ago — we can more closely connect with integrity to the founding principles of our nation and forge a clearer and straighter path toward a better city and a more perfect union."


Now I am not enough of an authority on 20th and 21st century southern politics to be sure of what I am about to say, and I would be delighted if any readers can cite evidence that will prove it wrong.   But to my knowledge, Landrieu is, literally, the first white southern office holder to bluntly state the simple truth that the Confederacy was wrong and to welcome its defeat.  That is what his fellow whtie southerners need to hear.  Meanwhile, white and black Americans throughout the nation--deluged to political correctness and false history on many fronts--also have to learn to give credit to the many white people who never accepted slavery, brought about and won the civil war, and laid the foundation for a better America.

This, indeed, the mayor also did at the very conclusion of his speech. 

"It is our acknowledgment that now is the time to take stock of, and then move past, a painful part of our history. 

"Anything less would render generations of courageous struggle and soul-searching a truly lost cause. Anything less would fall short of the immortal words of our greatest President Abraham Lincoln, who with an open heart and clarity of purpose calls on us today to unite as one people when he said: 'With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds...to do all which may achieve and cherish — a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.'

"Thank you."

Thank you, Mayor Landrieu.  I hope we all hear a lot more about you in the future.








          Is Trump really like Andrew Jackson?        
Andrew Jackson is getting a lot of attention lately, none of it favorable.  Meanwhile, President Trump, while rather vague on certain details of American history, has expressed admiration for him.  And many commentators have argued that they are, in fact, similar in important ways.  All this is hard for me to assimilate, because when I was growing up, Andrew Jackson was something of a liberal hero, if not quite of the stature of Jefferson or Lincoln or FDR.  He believed in more direct democracy, he hated financial privilege, he was supported by a coalition of workers and farmers, and Arthur Schlesinger Jr. had specifically painted him as a kind of prototype for FDR.  Now, of course, we are paying more attention to Jackson's status as a slave owner, and his involvement in the removal of Indian tribes to the west of the Missisippi.  I decided to spend a few minutes to try to rediscover who Jackson actually was--with particular reference to the question of whether he in fact had anythng in common with Donald Trump.

Neither time nor space permits an exhaustive examination of this question, but it didn't take long to find some interesting excerpts in his lengthy, careful annual messages to Congress.  This one comes from his first, in December 1829--and calls for direct popular election of the President! Here are Jackson's words.


"To the people belongs the right of electing their Chief Magistrate; it was never designed that their choice should in any case be defeated, either by the intervention of electoral colleges or by the agency confided, under certain contingencies, to the House of Representatives. Experience proves that in proportion as agents to execute the will of the people are multiplied there is danger of their wishes being frustrated. Some may be unfaithful; all are liable to err. So far, therefore, as the people can with convenience speak, it is safer for them to express their own will.

"The number of aspirants to the Presidency and the diversity of the interests which may influence their claims leave little reason to expect a choice in the first instance, and in that event the election must devolve on the House of Representatives, where it is obvious the will of the people may not be always ascertained, or, if ascertained, may not be regarded. From the mode of voting by States the choice is to be made by 24 votes, and it may often occur that one of these will be controlled by an individual Representative. Honors and offices are at the disposal of the successful candidate. Repeated ballotings may make it apparent that a single individual holds the cast in his hand. May he not be tempted to name his reward? , , ,

" I would therefore recommend such an amendment of the Constitution as may remove all intermediate agency in the election of the President and Vice-President. The mode may be so regulated as to preserve to each State its present relative weight in the election, and a failure in the first attempt may be provided for by confining the second to a choice between the two highest candidates. In connection with such an amendment it would seem advisable to limit the service of the Chief Magistrate to a single term of either 4 or 6 years. If, however, it should not be adopted, it is worthy of consideration whether a provision disqualifying for office the Representatives in Congress on whom such an election may have devolved would not be proper."

The abolition of the electoral college has become a favorite liberal demand, all the more so because Jackson's proposal, had it been embodied in the Constitution, would have kept both George W. Bush and Donald Trump out of the White House.  I don't have time to find out exactly how and why Jackson's proposal failed of adoption, but it appears to mark him as a genuine champion of the people's rule, albeit, of course, within the framework of his time, in which women were not allowed to vote and slavery still existed in 15 states.  There is, however, another aspect to this proposal, which casts it in a different light.

Jackson was in effect complaining that he was only in his first year in the White House instead of his fifth.  The party system had broken down in 1824 and he had run for President against three other candidates from the Democratic Party: William Crawford, John Quincy Adams, and Henry Clay.  Jackson had won the popular vote handily, but he had not won a majority in the electoral college and the election had gone to the House of Representatives.  There he had been bested by Adams, to whom Clay had thrown his support.  Then Adams made the great political blunder of his career by naming Clay Secretary of States, and cries of "corrupt bargain!" rang through the land.  Rather than tweeting that he had been the real winner, Jackson was more discreetly referring to these events in his address.  He may have been a sincere Democrat--but he could also hold a grudge.  Many years later, in retirement, he reportedly said that he had only two regrets--that he had never been able to shoot Henry Clay, or to hang John C. Calhoun.

A year later, in December 1829, Jackson commented on the quick, nearly bloodless revolution that had replaced the conservative Bourbon monarchy in France with the more liberal and constitutional rule of Louis Philippe.  He put this development in the context of world history, in which the United States was now playing a key role,


"The important modifications of their Government, effected with so much courage and wisdom by the people of France, afford a happy presage of their future course, and have naturally elicited from the kindred feelings of this nation that spontaneous and universal burst of applause in which you have participated. In congratulating you, my fellow citizens, upon an event so auspicious to the dearest interests of man- kind I do no more than respond to the voice of my country, without transcending in the slightest degree that salutary maxim of the illustrious Washington which enjoins an abstinence from all interference with the internal affairs of other nations. From a people exercising in the most unlimited degree the right of self-government, and enjoying, as derived from this proud characteristic, under the favor of Heaven, much of the happiness with which they are blessed; a people who can point in triumph to their free institutions and challenge comparison with the fruits they bear, as well as with the moderation, intelligence, and energy with which they are administered -- from such a people the deepest sympathy was to be expected in a struggle for the sacred principles of liberty, conducted in a spirit every way worthy of the cause, and crowned by a heroic moderation which has disarmed revolution of its terrors. Not withstanding the strong assurances which the man whom we so sincerely love and justly admire [I do not know to whom this referred] has given to the world of the high character of the present King of the French, and which if sustained to the end will secure to him the proud appellation of Patriot King, it is not in his success, but in that of the great principle which has borne him to the throne -- the paramount authority of the public will -- that the American people rejoice."

On the eve of his death only four years earlier, Jefferson had reiterated the hope that liberty, as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, would come to the whole world.  Jackson's remarks, praising the French step down this path, were in this tradition.  Two years later Britain also took a small step towards popular rule, when the Reform Act of 1832 became law.  Today our President is also praising a worldwide political trend--but this time the trend is towards authoritarianism, not towards democracy.  The President's long-standing admiration for Vladimir Putin is well known, but in recent weeks he has congratulated the Turkish President Erdogan on a vote that gave him even more power, invited the murderous President Duterte of the Philippines to Washington, and offered to meet with Kim Jong Un.  His Administration shows signs of becoming the first American administration specifically to endorse a trend towards authoritarianism--the opposite of what Jackson and other 19th century Presidents did

In the same message Jackson mentioned that the government had had to put down a rebellion, or independence movement, among the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes in Alabama and Mississippi, and endorsed their removal to Indian territory in what is now Oklahoma.  But he made no attempt to conceal the hardship involved in these measures, while trying to put them in historical context.

"Humanity has often wept over the fate of the aborigines of this country, and Philanthropy has been long busily employed in devising means to avert it, but its progress has never for a moment been arrested, and one by one have many powerful tribes disappeared from the earth. To follow to the tomb the last of his race and to tread on the graves of extinct nations excite melancholy reflections. But true philanthropy reconciles the mind to these vicissitudes as it does to the extinction of one generation to make room for another. In the monuments and fortifications of an unknown people, spread over the extensive regions of the West, we behold the memorials of a once powerful race, which was exterminated or has disappeared to make room for the existing savage tribes. [He appears to be referring here to the Mound Builders.] Nor is there any thing in this which, upon a comprehensive view of the general interests of the human race, is to be regretted. Philanthropy could not wish to see this continent restored to the condition in which it was found by our forefathers. What good man would prefer a country covered with forests and ranged by a few thousand savages to our extensive Republic, studded with cities, towns, and prosperous farms, embellished with all the improvements which art can devise or industry execute, occupied by more than 12,000,000 happy people, and filled with all the blessings of liberty, civilization, and religion?

"The present policy of the Government is but a continuation of the same progressive change by a milder process. The tribes which occupied the countries now constituting the Eastern States were annihilated or have melted away to make room for the whites. The waves of population and civilization are rolling to the westward, and we now propose to acquire the countries occupied by the red men of the South and West by a fair exchange, and, at the expense of the United States, to send them to a land where their existence may be prolonged and perhaps made perpetual.
Doubtless it will be painful to leave the graves of their fathers; but what do they more than our ancestors did or than our children are now doing? To better their condition in an unknown land our forefathers left all that was dear in earthly objects. Our children by thousands yearly leave the land of their birth to seek new homes in distant regions. Does Humanity weep at these painful separations from every thing, animate and inanimate, with which the young heart has become entwined? Far from it. It is rather a source of joy that our country affords scope where our young population may range unconstrained in body or in mind, developing the power and faculties of man in their highest perfection."

Today, our universities have for decades been preoccupied with the faults of western civilization and the injuries that has inflicted upon other regions of the world, with the implication that history's course should certainly be held in place, if not reversed.  And a great many Americans have come to regard their nation's founding and growth as a crime.  I would suggest that it was almost impossible for an American of Jackson's age (born in 1767) to hold that view. They had experienced the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Louisiana Purchase, and the formation of many new states.  They saw all this as a great human experiment in which they were the leading actors. And when Jackson pointed out that Indian civilizations had warred against one another even to the point of extinction before the arrival of the Europeans, he was only speaking the truth. I shall let my readers make their own judgments about Jackson's words and actions, and how they fit into the whole history of the United States.  But I do think today's US citizens might ask themselves if they truly repudiate what our ancestors did in creating the United States as it now is--keeping in mind that so many of us, white, black, brown and yellow, would never have existed had they not done so, since our ancestors would have been so unlikely to have met elsewhere.

I turn now to Jackson's most famous state paper, his veto of the renewal of the charter of the Bank of the United States in July 1832.  The Bank enjoyed special privileges under the law that created it which turned it into the equivalent of a European central bank, and Jackson complained that it had used those privileges to accumulate enormous power over the banking system, and enormous wealth at the expense of ordinary Americans.  He continued:

"It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Distinctions in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. In the full enjoyment of the gifts of Heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society--the farmers, mechanics, and laborers--who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their Government. There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing. In the act before me there seems to be a wide and unnecessary departure from these just principles."

It was this message, more than anything else, that established Jackson as the heir to the tradition of both political and economic democracy that was begun by Jefferson and elaborated upon by Wilson,  Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson in the twentieth century.  Today that tradition survives in Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren--but they represent only one wing of the Democratic Party.  Donald Trump, needless to say, is completely outside that tradition and he and the Republicans in Congress want to destroy it.

It will not have escaped the reader's attention, meanwhile, that Andrew Jackson possessed a command of the English language of which Donald Trump never dreamed, and that he took his duties as President of the world's leading republic with a seriousness of which Trump would never be capable.  It has become fashionable to judge historical figures according to simple, binary moral standards, in which acts that even recognize, much less further, racism or sexism automatically mark men as evil.  I have attempted to suggest that Andrew Jackson is one of many figures from our history to whom these rules do less than justice.  And I have attempted to show clearly that any similarities between Trump and Andrew Jackson are far outweighed by enormous differences of political outlook and goals.








          Who Cast the Most Votes in Seattle's Mayoral Primary?        
by Eli Sanders

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While there are still a few ballots left to be counted, data released to The Stranger by King County Elections shows that women cast a significantly greater number of votes than men and were the dominant force in far more voting precincts than men.

When we slice the data a different way, this time along generational lines, it appears it was the Boomers of Seattle who cast the most votes in the August 7 election, followed closely by the Gen X-ers. (Sorry, Millennials. But take comfort in this: You did cast a lot more votes than your elders in the Greatest Generation.)

Here's the actual vote totals, which are based on King County Elections data covering 186,977 primary election voters, released to The Stranger on August 8:

TOTAL VOTES BY GENDER:

Women: 98,801

Men: 87,985

(Average age of Seattle women who voted in the mayoral primary: 51.36. Average age of Seattle men: 50.65.)


TOTAL VOTES BY AGE:

Millennials: 45,613

Generation X: 54,650

Boomers: 59,311

Greatest Generation: 27,400

(The average age of Seattle's Millennial voters: 29. For Generation X: 44. For the Boomers: 62. And for the Greatest Generation: 79.)


Interestingly, female voters beat out male voters by a significant margin in all age groups except one. In Generation X, the gender split was roughly even—although women were still in the lead.

It's also worth noting that women-dominated precincts were spread pretty much evenly throughout the city, with some notable exceptions. The relatively fewer male-dominated precincts were to be found in SoDo, downtown, and South Lake Union.

When you slice the data up by age, however, a familiar Seattle voting trend leaps out: Boomers dominated in precincts with water views, Gen X-ers dominated in a strip that runs straight down the center of town. (And Millennials dominated in a handful of precincts near the University of Washington and Seattle University.)

We'll have final numbers—including final data on which precincts went for which candidates—next week.

Steven Hsieh contributed reporting to this post.

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          Republicans Hate Democrats Democracy        
by Dan Savage

Washington Post:

Critics of President Trump have repeatedly warned of his potential to undermine American democracy. Among the concerns are his repeated assertions that he would have won the popular vote had 3 to 5 million “illegals” not voted in the 2016 election, a claim echoed by the head of a White House advisory committee on voter fraud. Claims of large-scale voter fraud are not true, but that has not stopped a substantial number of Republicans from believing them. But how far would Republicans be willing to follow the president to stop what they perceive as rampant fraud? Our recent survey suggests that the answer is quite far: About half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 presidential election until the country can fix this problem.

The last word in that sentence really should be in quotes. Voter fraud is a not "problem," as the Washington Post points out earlier in that graph. It is itself a fraud—a fraud perpetrated by the GOP to justify voter suppression efforts. Efforts like this:

State and local Republicans have expanded early voting in GOP-dominated areas and restricted it in Democratic areas, an IndyStar investigation has found, prompting a significant change in Central Indiana voting patterns. From 2008 to 2016, GOP officials expanded early voting stations in Republican dominated Hamilton County, IndyStar's analysis found, and decreased them in the state's biggest Democratic hotbed, Marion County. That made voting more convenient in GOP areas for people with transportation issues or busy schedules. And the results were immediate.

And this:

President Donald Trump’s administration has reversed the government’s position on a voter roll case before the U.S. Supreme Court and is now backing Ohio’s method for purging voters. Ohio’s system for removing inactive voters from the rolls does not violate the National Voter Registration Act, the Justice Department said Monday. The government’s filing said it reconsidered its position following the change in administrations. The Justice Department under President Barack Obama said Ohio’s method was prohibited.

And right now Trump has a commission/cabal hard at work rationalizing, justifying, and crafting more and worse voter suppression tactics. After the calamity last November—after the United States committed bigot-assisted suicide—liberals were advised to move to red states if we really wanted to make a difference in the 2018 and 2020 elections. But what good does liberals relocating to red states do if we're blocked from voting once we get there?

And what he said:

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          Democracy at work        
I had been planning this piece all week but this morning, reading the New York Times, I found that an author and former Congressional staffer named Steven Waldman had beaten me to it.  I shall nonetheless go ahead as I had planned.  This morning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoked the "nuclear option" to halt the Democratic filibuster against Justice Gorsuch. I am glad that he took this step towards a more functioning American democracy, and I hope that filibusters on legislation can be eliminated as well.

There are more similarities between today's liberals and conservatives than either side would like to admit, and one of them is an almost complete disregard for process and a devotion to desired results, by whatever means secured.  Democrats complained about filibusters in the Obama years; now they have adopted one to fight the nomination of a fully qualified judge.  But for whatever reason, I think differently.  Filibusters have always been wrong, and they remain wrong.  We will be better off without them--in today's climate, MUCH better off.

The filibuster has a venerable history, but it is truly depressing that in the last twenty years it has become more important than ever before.  During the first two-thirds of the twentieth century it was nearly always used for the same purpose: to prevent effective civil rights legislation from securing the rights of black Americans, especially the right not to be lynched with impunity in the former Confederate states.  Eventually a bipartisan consensus in the northern states allowed the Senate to overcome filibusters against a moderate civil rights bill in 1960, and another far more radical bill in 1964.  In those days it took 2/3 of those Senators present and voting to stop debate and bring a bill to a vote.  Later the required number was cut to 60 votes, or 3/5.

A number of authorities have pointed out that the practice of requiring a super-majority appears to be unconstitutional on its face.  The Constitution specifies that 2/3 majorities in the Senate will be required to ratify treaties, to convict federal officials impeached by the House, and to pass a Constitutional amendment.  These provisions clearly imply that a simple majority should suffice to pass any other legislation or to confirm appointments.  It is very interesting that for so much of our history, Senators accepted filibusters only as a regional weapon against one particular kind of legislation.  As Waldman pointed out in his piece today, while Republicans certainly abominated a great deal of New Deal legislation--including the Social Security Act--they never filibustered a New Deal measure.  Democrats never used filibusters against Republican Supreme Court nominees either, voting two Nixon choices down in 1969-70 by actual majorities, and allowing the confirmation of Clarence Thomas by a very narrow margin.

But by the late  1990s, the Republicans were using the threat of filibusters to kill legislation.  That tactic had catastrophic consequences during the first two years of the Obama Administration.  Had it not been for the unified Republican threat, the Affordable Care Act would have included a full-scale public option such as the House of Representatives passed.  As it was, the defection of just a couple of Democrats was enough to kill it in the Senate.  We would also have passed comprehensive immigration reform, which might easily have kept Donald Trump well away from the White House.  Had our democracy not lost the ability to pass legislation to solve problems, the political class might have retained the confidence of the country. It didn't.

As I have written repeatedly and at length, from 2009 through 2016 Republicans used every means at hand--led by the threat of filibusters--to prevent Barack Obama from passing any legislation.  I was disturbed when the Democrats in the Senate decided that their duty now required them to do the same.  As long as our basic freedoms are preserved--and I do not believe at this point that they are seriously threatened--then a bad government is preferable to none at all.  Judge Gorsuch is fully qualified and personally distinguished.  He will also make a far better justice than most of the men and women that President Trump might appoint.   The Democrats feel that Merritt Garland should be on the court, but it is not the filibuster that kept him off.  The Republicans now control the Senate. The Democrats will have to undo that condition at the ballot box.  To do that they will have to find ways to appeal to the many millions of Red State Americans who have written them off.

Beginning with Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, liberals have relied more and more on the federal courts to secure their objectives.  That was how state legislatures were forced to draw electoral districts based upon population, how prayers were banned from schools,  how criminal justice was reformed in key ways, how abortion was legalized, how the death penalty was temporarily abolished in the 1960s, and how interracial and gay marriage were legalized throughout the land.  Inevitably the Republican Party responded by using the courts to achieve their objectives, including the creation of a new individual right to bear arms and the effective end of laws regulating campaign contributions.  This has been catastrophic for American democracy, not least because some of those decisions have never been accepted by large numbers of Americans.  Indeed, one could argue that the Republican Party today is a coalition of Americans opposed to the spirit of Brown v. Board of Education, Americans opposed to Roe V. Wade, and Americans opposed to limits on campaign spending.   Had some of these issues been decided by the political branches I suspect American democracy will look very different.

Having spent several weeks studying and writing about Tocqueville a few months ago, I know how many of the requirements of effective democracy we lack.  We lack any real consensus on many major issues, our people no longer have extensive experience managing their local affairs, and they do not feel anything like the dedication to our institutions that they did for most of the first 200 yars of the Republic.  Yet I will not give up on making our institutions work again. That can only happen, in my opinion, if the legislative process can solve real problems.  It will not be able to do so in the face of routine Senate filibusters, or reflex opposition by either party to the Supreme Court nominations of Presidents on the other side.  Al Smith liked to say that the only cure for the ills of democracy was more democracy, and I still agree.
          Echoes from another era        
A week or so ago, my friend Jamie Galbraith brought a remarkable story of our parents' generation to my attention.  Parts of it, at least, have already been published, but I want to share it because of the light it throws on the United States in which I grew up.

Andreas Papandreou was the son of a liberal Greek family, born in 1919.  In the late 1930s he got into trouble with the military dictatorship that ruled his native land and managed to emigrate to the US.  He earned a Ph.d in Economics at Harvard.After joining the Navy and becoming a US citizen, Papandreous began a distinguished career in various American universities, becoming the chairman of the Economics Department at UC Berkeley during the 1950s.  In 1959 he returned to Greece and eventually joined the government of his father George, a leading liberal. He became a target of the right wing.

In 1967 the Greek political crisis culminated in a military coup.  (These were the events that were the basis for the magnificent French film Z in 1969.)  Andreas Papandreou was arrested, and press reports suggested that he might be shot.  Economists around the country contacted their colleague John Kenneth Galbraith, who had served in the Kennedy Administration but was now back at Harvard, to see what he could do.  Galbraith had written speeches for President Johnson early in his tenure, but he hadn't spoken to him for two years because he opposed the Vietnam War,   Galbraith called the White House and managed to get his plea to intercede with the Greek government to save Papandreou's life through to LBJ through an aide, Joe Califano.

Walt Rostow, the National Security Adviser, was also a Cambridge-based economist, and Johnson asked him what he knew about Papanndresou.  Rostow replied that he was not very nice, and that he had left some poker debts and "angry women" behind when he left Berkeley.  Johnson--who had made some women angry himself--was not impressed. "That's not a reason to kill a man," he said.  Lste that night, Undersecretary of State Nicholas Katzenbach called Galbraith and read him a note he had received from the President.  "Nick: Call Ken Galbraith and tell him I've told those Greek bastards to lay off that son of a bitch, whoever he is."  Papandreou was eventually released on condition that he leave the country.  After the military regime fell in 1974, he returned and became Prime Minister.

The story fascinates me because of the light it sheds on the nature of the Democratic Party from approximately 1933 until 1968 or so--a party that crossed geographical, political and cultural lines, bringing together certain constituencies that had very little in common in pursuit of certain important goals.  At or near the center of that coalition for most of the period 1938-68 was Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Johnson was certainly a bundle of contradictions that reflected the very diverse nature of the United States.   He came from Texas, a state of the old Confederacy, but he had worked in a New Deal agency and won election to Congress and the Senate as a New Dealer.  In 1940 he may have saved the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives by raising money from Texas oil men and funneling it to Democratic candidates around the country.  Johnson's views on civil rights early in his career, as Robert Caro has shown, were not advanced even by southern standards, and even in the White House, I can testify, he referred to "niggers" occasionally when talking to fellow white southerners.  (The editors of the transcripts of his phone conversations changed the word to "nigras," but I heard at least one tape myself and I know what he said.)  But Johnson by 1957, when he was Senate Majority Leader, knew that as a presidential candidate he had to make some kind of a civil rights record for himself, and he shepherded two rather tentative civil rights bills through Congress in 1957 and 1960.  He did not secure the nomination in 1960, of course, but he became JFK's Vice President because he represented the Deep South, where Kennedy needed critical electoral votes to win.  He got them.  Then, in November 1963, Johnson became President.

An omnibus civil rights bill calling for equal access to public accommodations was then before the Congress, and Johnson used both his legislative skills and the nation's grief over JFK to get it through by the next summer. In the spring of 1965 he followed that up with the Voting Rights act.  Meanwhile, he was pushing through the Great Society, including Medicare, a poverty program, aid to education, and a new immigration act.  The Voting Rights Act was about to shear white Southerners off from the Democratic coalition for generations to come, but for the time being, at least some Southern Democrats could still cooperate with Johnson on economic and social legislation.

The Democratic coalition, meanwhile, also included intellectuals like John Kenneth Galbraith of Harvard and Walt Rostow of MIT.  Their generation of economists turns out to have been almost unique in American history, insofar as they believed in a vigorous fiscal role for the government to maintain economic growth and high employment.  Today their counterparts at Harvard and MIT would probably be either conservatives or neoliberals like Larry Summers.  Johnson was no intellectual.  He had read very few books in his life and he felt at an intellectual disadvantage in front of Kennedy's team. But he knew intellectuals could provide important help, not least because they could write good speeches for him.  He could also grasp the key elements of economic questions, as I heard listening to taped discussions between him and his economic advisers.  Johnson trusted Rostow--most of all because Rostow loyally supported the Vietnam War--and he respected Galbraith.  That helped save Papandreou's life.

Today the Democratic Party has been eliminated from the government in Washington and from a vast majority of states.  It remains for than ever the party of American intellectuals, but any link between them and the mass of the people outside of the two coasts appears to have been severed.  And the retreat from the New Deal that began in the 1970s, combined with the reaction to the Civil Rights movement in the white South, destroyed the possibility of an interregional coalition.  There is not one Democratic Senator now, liberal or conservative, from the whole Deep South.  In particular there is no one remotely like Lyndon Johnson, whose racial attitudes certainly evolved and who made his career serving as a bridge between Texas oil men and construction magnates on the one hand, and northern and western liberals on the other.

Today's Americans demand purity from their politicians, both among Republicans and Democrats.  They would rather keep their tents homogeneous than enlarge them.  Given that we have certainly not eliminated white racists from American political life, is it really better than virtually all of them now vote for one party?  That is also what happened on the eve of the civil war, and it is very bad for America. Both parties seem wedded to the idea that those who oppose fundamental aspects of their party ideology do not count.  That attitude will only dig us deeper into the hole that we have dug.
          1st Mariner Named One of the Best in Business Banking        

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          In the NO Podcast Episode 118: Ryan wants to be Devastated        

A win!?  We were so excited we got Gerry V to join us to talk Anthony Davis' dwindling minutes, Eric Gordon's dwindling shot numbers, whether the frontcourt needs an upgrade or not, and why Austin Rivers is getting long minutes.  Then we talk the Phoenix game, talk about how badly I was thrashed in the voting for Classic Hornets team, and Michael tells about his crushing encounter with Alonzo Mourning.  Oh, and we preview Atlanta and Toronto, where the team again faces my bête noire, Rudy Gay.

Oh, and Community, Star Wars and Game of Thrones.  I must have been feeling my oats mentioning all those things in one podcast.

Sound off and let us know what you think! 504-322-3333.


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          Ã‰douard Philippe's general policy statement: Key points at a glance        
French PM Édouard Philippe at National Assembly
5 July 2017

Édouard Philippe's general policy statement: Key points at a glance

On 4 July 2017 the Prime Minister delivered his general policy statement before the National Assembly. The key points outlined in the Government's programme are aimed at giving back France its confidence, courage and conquering spirit. During the vote that followed, the Prime Minister won the MPs’ vote of confidence by 370 votes out of 577 voting members.
 
"In 2017, the French people told us that they wanted France to finally become itself again: confident, courageous and conquering."

Pursuant to Article 49, Paragraph 1, of the Constitution, Édouard Philippe has committed his Government to achieving these three priorities.

I/ Confidence

Confidence in public action


"This is about setting the framework for cleaning up our public life and restoring the French people's confidence, all the while laying down clear rules for elected officials."

With the bill to restore confidence, presented to the Council of Ministers on 14 June just gone, the Government intends to build on the headway made these past 30 years in terms of elected officials showing honesty, rectitude and courage.
>> Find out more about the policy to restore confidence <<
  

Judicial reform


"To have confidence in the justice system, you need to be able to call on it easily and know that it will reach a swift decision – especially when it comes to the most serious offences."

A strong justice system is one of the building blocks to restoring confidence. The Prime Minister has thus set out several measures with this in mind:
  • a constitutional reform: to strengthen the independence of magistrates, by separating the executive branch from the judicial branch and by limiting the former's scope for action in appointing Public Prosecution magistrates, 
  • legislation for a five-year term programming the Judiciary's means: scheduled to be presented to Parliament as early as 2018, this will set in motion far-reaching dematerialisation, simplification and reorganisation efforts,
  • construction of 15,000 extra prison places: in keeping with the commitment made by the President of the Republic, so as to avoid turning prisons into breeding grounds for violence. 

A national health strategy


"The French people set great store [by the health service], but find that it is poorly coordinated, that the division between emergencies and consultations, primary care in the community and hospital care could be better and that we are still not managing to root out the problems of exclusion of care and widening inequality."

The Prime Minister has announced plans to discuss the national health strategy this autumn, with prevention coming top of the agenda:
  • unanimously recommended by the health authorities, vaccinations for young children will become compulsory from 2018,
  • the price of a pack of cigarettes will gradually be raised to €10: every year, tobacco causes more than 80,000 deaths in France,
  • a plan to tackle "medical deserts", areas with no local healthcare services: drawn up by the Minister for Solidarity and Health, for this September, for equal access to care,
  • services with no co-payment for prescription glasses, dental care and hearing aids, accessible to all French people, to make the phenomenon of "going without care" a thing of the past. 

Old age, disability and vulnerable families


"Restoring confidence means knowing that all of us here will be judged on the way we behave towards the most vulnerable."

The Government does not wish solely to change the view that society has of its elders, of disabled people or of the most vulnerable families, but also to acknowledge the extent of the contribution they can make to society. Several measures have thus been announced by the Prime Minister:
  • including disabled people more in society is one of the priorities of the five-year term
    >> Find out more about the policy in favour of disabled people <<
  • increasing the adult disability allowance in 2018,
  • also increasing the minimum old-age pension in 2018,
  • streamlining procedures for social rights' holders,
  • stepping up action aimed at tackling poverty – with the focus on families with young children, 
  • finally, the Minister for Solidarity and Health and Minister of State for Gender Equality are due to present measures aimed at improving maternity leave and childcare solutions. 

Shoring up the link between the State and local territories


"We want to allow local freedoms to reach their full potential. (…) Let us give pilot schemes the benefit of the doubt!"
  
  • an initial meeting of the National Conference of Territories is scheduled for mid July. Territories will be encouraged to tailor their organisation to local contexts to strive wherever possible towards just two levels of local governance (below the regional level), 
  • talks will be initiated with the local authorities on the council tax reform. Dreaded though this may be by local officials, it must play a part in freeing up French citizens' spending power by the end of the five-year term,
  • high-speed broadband will be accessible across France by 2022 and a satisfactory level of mobile coverage will be guaranteed to all French people,
  • during the "Assises de l’Outre-mer" (Overseas Conference), the Government will be attentive to the expectations of each territory and lay the foundations of the convergence plans under the planning legislation for substantive equality in Overseas France,
  • a referendum on New Caledonia's independence, the conclusion of the Noumea Accord, will be held no later than November 2018.

Confidence that rallies together


"A Nation is an adherence to values, a history and a geography. It is a culture which is accepted for what it is and passed on. Being French means recognising values and sharing a culture."
  
  • Secularism is a requirement, that of absolute neutrality as regards religion. The Government vows to ensure it is upheld, reasonably, but firmly.
  • Creation of a Culture Pass for the benefit of all young people during their period of national service, to turn our culture into a factor of cohesion and freedom alike – not least by encouraging access to works of art and reading.

II/ Courage

Tackling the terror threat and insecurity


"I will not beat about the bush but wish to tell you plainly: there will be other attacks, other tragedies, other innocent lives lost. We will never get used to this. And we will not let our guard down. True to France’s roots, we will demonstrate level-headed, controlled determination in confronting this threat."

The Government fully intends to set up measures to counter terrorism and address insecurity:
  • military planning legislation is poised to be adopted in 2018. This will increase defence spending to 2% of GDP by 2025, enabling France to fight on all fronts.
  • plans to lift the state of emergency by 1 November 2017 at the latest, with a bill to strengthen the effectiveness of the legal counter-terrorism arsenal.
  • reduce insecurity on a day-to-day basis: in the spring of 2018, a draft reform grounded in simplified procedures will be put forward to free the security forces from the red tape that hampers their mission. 
>> Find out more about the policy to reinforce internal security and the fight against terrorism <<
 

Addressing the migration challenge head-on


"Welcome, yes of course. Assist, yes obviously. Endure, no, never."

The pressure on our borders is not going to ease anytime soon. We need to address the migration challenge head-on if we are to take action and:
  • honour the French tradition of welcoming refugees, 
  • cut the average times for processing asylum applications from 14 to 6 months,
  • obtain the definite deportation of asylum seekers whose applications have been rejected,
  • bring the reform of the European asylum system to a successful conclusion,
  • take action as regards countries of origin and transit. 

Preparing for the future


"Let us talk about schooling. We train "the very bright very well", but inequality is only getting worse and our students' average level of attainment does not match up to what our great country is capable of achieving."
  
  • Measures have already been pledged by the Minister of National Education for primary and secondary schools, focusing on the acquisition of key skills, support for schoolchildren and the independence of schools; they are due to come into force at the start of the new school year.
  • Reform of the Baccalaureate (A levels/high school diploma): by reducing the number of subjects taken during the final exams and defining what will be included as part of coursework from September 2018, the aim being for this reform to be rolled out in full for the 2021 Baccalaureate.
  • Improvements in the vocational sector, particularly by forging closer ties between vocational lycées (sixth-form colleges) and business through work-linked training or apprenticeships.
  • Pressing on with the reform of our prestigious universities.
  • Launch of discussions on a new national service, by the end of 2017, "to prepare our children for this world that awaits, for this great and commendable, fair and strong France we aspire our country to be".

Renovating the French social model


The Government would like to renovate the social model "so that it creates protection that is genuinely effective in practice, instead of solely being guaranteed on paper. So that it supports those who want to take a risk instead of focusing solely on those who have already found their feet":
 
  • strengthening social dialogue at enterprise and sector level, 
  • taking measures to free up the labour force's spending power: scrapping employees' contributions to health insurance and unemployment insurance, financed through a transfer to the general social welfare contribution (CSG) in 2018. This represents €250 per year in terms of the minimum wage (SMIC),
  • increasing the "prime d’activité", an incentive by way of an allowance to continue working or return to work,
  • safeguarding career paths: strengthening vocational training, 
  • allowing employees who resign and the self-employed to benefit from unemployment insurance,
  • reforming apprenticeship,
  • reforming the pension system so as to make it fairer and easier to understand.

Facing up to the truth about the financial situation


"Taxpayers shall not be the adjustment variable in the budget."

The Government pledges to bring the public deficit to below 3% of GDP in 2017 and to roll out a three-pronged public finance strategy:
  • alleviating the tax burden: - 1 GDP point over the next five years.
  • cutting public spending: - 3 GDP points over the next five years.
  • taking action by raising the profile of stakeholders.
Other announcements include:
  • reducing compulsory withholdings by €20 billion between now and 2022, 
  • restoring balance to the social security system by 2020, by defining new rules enabling the prohibition of the deficit in the social accounts over the long term,
  • preserving the underlying stability of the pension system, whilst endeavouring to make it fairer and easier to understand.

III/ Conquering spirit

"Let us be winners! Amid the changes around us, France has every chance of success, because this new world needs science and reason, law and order, technology and culture, dialogue and solidarity."

The Prime Minister outlined the key areas in which action is necessary if France is to become a leading player on the international stage.
 

The economy


"With the reforms we are proposing we want to take the lead once again, in terms of work, growth and job creation."
 
The Prime Minister announced a reduction in the financial burden on labour, particularly for salaries close to the minimum wage:
  • converting the tax credit for companies (CICE) into a reduction in payroll charges: this reform will apply from 1 January 2019, 
  • gradually reducing the corporate tax rate: from the current 33.3%, down to 25% by 2022, 
  • scrapping the self-employed workers' health insurance scheme (RSI) to merge it with the general scheme and ease the burden on entrepreneurs – the self-employed and SMEs/micro-businesses in particular.
The Prime Minister also announced a series of tax reforms for shifting the focus of savings towards productive investment:
  • narrowing the scope of the solidarity tax on wealth (ISF) around a housing wealth limit. The reform will be voted on in the 2018 finance legislation, and come into force in 2019,
  • introduction of a single levy rate of around 30% on savings income, to round off the wealth tax reform. 
The Prime Minister has pledged to roll out a sweeping investment plan worth €50 billion in the areas of:
  • the energy transition, skills' development, health, transport, agriculture and modernising the State,
  • industry, the aim being to forge a powerful industrial network of SMEs and mid-caps, aligning them more with multinationals, to give them greater room for manoeuvre – especially in terms of export,
  • the digital revolution and artificial intelligence, which is going to impact all production sectors across the board. The Minister of State for the Digital Sector will come up with a proposal over the next three months for more effectively involving the very best specialists in the field in defining a national strategy for artificial intelligence.
 

Wholeheartedly embracing the key transitions


"Adopting a conquering spirit afresh also implies wholeheartedly taking up the tremendous challenge posed by the key transitions."

The energy transition

The Prime Minister has set the target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. He has vowed to:
  • discontinue granting new hydrocarbon exploration permits,
  • work towards "diesel petrol" convergence, which will be reached by the end of the term,
  • expedite carbon tax efforts,
  • halve the amount of landfilled waste and recycle all plastics nationwide by 2025,
  • develop new mobility means involving new technology. The "Assises de la mobilité" (Mobility Conference) are scheduled for the beginning of the autumn. Framework legislation on mobility will also pave the way for opening up to competition.

Housing 

  • simplifying planning permission procedures, from the autumn. In areas where demand outstrips supply, urban planning authorisations will be transferred, where necessary, from municipalities to public establishments for intermunicipal cooperation.
  • completing energy efficiency works on buildings within the next ten years. 

Agriculture

  • organisation of the "États généraux de l'alimentation" (Food Convention) to boost confidence in healthier eating. This Convention will also be an opportunity to review the way value is shared out in the agricultural model, so that farmers can earn a decent wage. It will also look at agriculture and the environment through the same lens, particularly by examining the question of pesticides or endocrine disruptors. 

Maritime sector

  • France needs to harness its maritime strengths to create new jobs, especially in the marine energy sectors, with a view to winning an ever greater share of freight thanks to its large ports. 

A France that commands more attention, respect and admiration


"We cannot envisage the recovery of our nation without an international policy that sees France once again wielding influence on the international stage."

In Europe

"The French people made two things very clear during the elections: they see merits in European integration and the Euro; and they would like to see a more tangible, less pernickety, more protective Europe."
 
There are three thrusts to the Government's European agenda:
  • do everything possible to renew French people's faith in the European Union (EU),
  • strive for a Europe that protects, which will be able to rely on a better governed eurozone and successfully advance its defence policy,
  • prepare for the three crucial negotiations for the EU's future: redefining the European project with 27 members, holding orderly negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the EU and the EU's financial outlook post-2020. 

Worldwide

"A conquering spirit is also about being able to attract the intelligence of tomorrow our way."
 
For the Prime Minister, this conquering spirit must be evident in:
  • the hosting of students from all over the world to enrich and disseminate our techniques, our language and our identity.
  • our wealth of tourism options: a major economic boon for attracting wealth to our country,
  • the organisation of such prestigious sporting events as Paris 2024.
 


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          European Defence: France hails the European Commission's plan        
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8 June 2017

European Defence: France hails the European Commission's plan

The Minister for the Armed Forces, Sylvie Goulard, welcomes the European Commission's presentation of a detailed plan on bolstering European defence.
 
Against the backdrop of recurring terror attacks, on European soil and worldwide, the European Commission's proposals are a reassuring sign that it recognises the need for action. It is the European Union and its members' duty to provide European citizens with greater protection.
 
Plans for a European Defence Fund, with the ultimate aim of distributing ambitious sums, have been outlined. This is a turning point for more effectively sharing costs and defence capabilities alike.
 
Thanks to this progress, the themes of innovation, means and technological sovereignty are gaining major political momentum – and must form the cornerstone of the common strategy. For Sylvie Goulard, this is an opportunity for seizing on the part of Europeans. An effective and constructive debate will have to be held within the European Parliament and Council so that these plans can come about as soon as possible.
 
The three different scenarios put forward by the European Commission are clear, and stake out the responsibilities we will each have to assume. France, which is devoting altogether exceptional efforts to the matter of defence, fully approves.
 
The Minister is poised to raise these subjects with several of her European partners and counterparts on 9 June in Prague, at the Defence and Security Conference organised by the Czech Government and the European Commission.


 

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          VOTE…for your favorite t-shirt slogan.        
So, there are a lot of people out there in the world telling you to vote these days. Voting is important, many argue it is a civic responsibility. I am writing today in support of that point of view. But not in that other big race. This one is pretty local. A [...]
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          Welt Online startet interaktives Reise-Voting – ohne Enthusiasmus        
Zwei Reporter, kein Plan und die Web-Community: Nach diesem Prinzip funktioniert die heute gestartete Europareise von Welt Online. Die Besucher des Portals dürfen zweimal täglich abstimmen, wohin die Reise zweier Reporter gehen soll und welche Aufgaben die Protagonisten bewältigen müssen.
          CAST YOUR VOTE FOR FOOSE!        
Finally your vote counts for something important! participate in our survey where you vote for your favorite Foose cars! 2 of the 7 candidates will become Revell model kits with all new tooling. Voting opens today and closes at 8:00am Wednesday, June 17th. Cast your vote, make a difference! Election results will be announced via social media and email on Monday, June 22.
          Sardar Jokes        
Santa Singh sent his bio data to America to apply for a post in Microsoft. A few days later he got this reply:- Dear Mr. Singh, You do not meet our requirements. Please do not send any further correspondence. No phone call shall be entertained. Thanks

Santa singh jumped with joy on receiving this reply. He arranged a party and when all the guests had come, he said Bhaiyon aur Behno,aap ko jaan kar khushi hogee ki mujhay america mein naukri mil gayee hai." Everyone was delighted. Santa singh continued Ab main aap sab ko apnaa appointment letter padkar sunaongaa par letter english main hai isliyen saath-saath hindi main translate bhee kartaa jaongaa.

Dear Mr. Singh-----pyare singh sahab

You do not meet----aap to miltay hee naheen ho

our requirement----humko to zaroorat hai

Please do not send any furthur correspondance----ab letter vetter bhejnay kee zaroorat nahee hai.

No phone call ----phone vone kee bhee zaroorat nahee hai

shall be entertained----bahut khaatir kee jayegi.

Thanks----aapkaa bahut bahut shukriya

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A Sardar died and went to heaven. When he got to the pearly gate Saint Peter told him that new rules here in effect due to the advances in education on earth. In order to gain admittance a prospective heavenly soul must answer two questions:

1. Name two days of the week that begin with "T".

2. How many seconds are there in a year?

The Sardar thought for a few minutes and answered...

1. The two days of the week that begin with "T" are Today and Tomorrow.

2. There are 12 seconds in a year. Saint Peter said, "OK, Ill buy the Today and Tomorrow answer, even though its not the answer I expected.

But how did you get 12 seconds in a year?" The Singh replied, "Well, January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd, etc..." Saint Peter opens the gate without another word.

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One Sardar was enjoying Sun on a Beach in America. A lady came and asked him, " Are you relaxing" Sardar answered '" No I am Banta Singh" Another Guy Came and asked the same Question. Sardar answered " No No Me Banta Singh" Third one came and asked the same question Sardar was totally annoyed and decided to shift his place. While walking he saw another Sardar enjoying the Beach. He went and asked him " Are you Relaxing?" The other Sardar was much educated and answered "Yes I am relaxing " Our Sardar slapped him on his face and said, "Salay, Sab tere Ko wahah doond rahe hai aur tu Yahaan Aaram Kar raha hai."

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After making a trip of South India , Santa Singh ,his wife and his son were returning to punjab in Tamilnadu Express. Santa Singh was occupying the lower berth, his wife the middle berth and his son the top most berth in the train. When the train stopped at one of the stations on the way back the son requested Santa Singh to bring him a cup of Ice cream to which Santa readily agreed. When Santa and his son returned they found that a South Indian who couldn't understand hindi had occupied his son's birth . Outraged, Santa Singh called the TT and asked him to help. TT requested that he could not understand Hindi/Punjabi so it would be better if Santa Singh explained the whole situation to him in English. Santa Singh explained , " That man sleeping on top of my wife is not giving birth to my child."

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A Sardarji and an American are seated next to each other on a flight from Los Angeles to New York. The American asks if he would like to play a fun game.

The Sardarji, tired, just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.

The American persists and explains that the game is easy and a lot of fun. He says, "I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me five dollars, and vice versa."

Again, he declines and tries to get some sleep.

The American, now agitated, says, "Okay, if you don't know the answer, you pay me $5,and if I don't know the answer, I will pay you $500."

This catches the Sardarji's attention and, figuring there will be no end to this torment, agrees to the game.

The American asks the first question: "What's the distance from the earth to the moon?"

The Sardarji doesn't say a word, reaches into his wallet,pulls out a $5.00 bill, and hands it to the American.

"Okay," says the American, "your turn".

He asks, "What goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four legs?"

The American, puzzled, takes out his laptop computer & searches all his preferences........no answer. He taps into the air phone with his modem and searches the Internet and the Library of Congress... no answer.

Frustrated, he sends e-mails to all his friends and coworkers but to no avail.

After an hour, he wakes the Sardarji and hands him $500.

The Sardarji thanks him and turns back to get some more sleep.

The American, who is more than a little miffed, stirs the Sardarji and asks, "Well, what's the answer?"

Without a word, the Sardarji reaches into his purse,hands the american $5,and goes back to sleep.

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A sardarji comes up to the Pakistan border on his bike. He's got two large bags over his shoulders.

The guard Iqbal stops him and says, 'What's in the bags?' 'Sand,' answered the Sardarji.

Iqbal says, 'We'll just see about that. Get off the bike.'

Iqbal's guard takes the bags and rips them apart, he empties them out and finds nothing in them but sand. He detains the sardarji all night and has the sand analyzed, only to discover that there is nothing but pure sand in the bags. Iqbal releases the sardaji, puts the sand into new bags, hefts them onto the sardarji's shoulders, and lets him cross the border.

A week later, the same thing happens. Iqbal asks, 'What have you got?' 'Sand,' says the Sardarji.

Iqbal does his thorough examination and discovers that the bags contain nothing but sand. He gives the sand back to the Sardar, and crosses the border on his bike. This sequence of events is repeated every day for three years.

Finally, the Sardarji doesn't show up one day and the guard, Iqbal, meets him in a 'Dhaba' in Islamabad.

'Hey, Buddy,' says Iqbal, 'I know you are smuggling something. It's driving me crazy. It's all I think about...I can't sleep. Just between you and me, what are you smuggling?'

The Sardaji, sips his Lassi and says, 'Bikes'

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Fifteen minutes into the flight from Mankuwa City to Sukhpur city, the captain announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, one of our engines has failed.. There is nothing to worry about. Our flight will take an hour longer than scheduled, but we still have three engines left." Thirty minutes later the captain announced, "One more engine has failed and the flight will take an additional two hours. But don't worry ... we can fly just fine on two engines." An hour later the captain announced, "One more engine has failed and our arrival will be delayed another three hours.But don't worry ... we still have one engine left." A sardarji passenger turned to the man in the next seat and remarked, "If we lose one more engine, we'll be up here all day!"

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Three men were applying for the same job as a detective. One was a Sardarji, one was Jewish, and one was Italian. The chief decided to ask each applicant just one question and base his decision upon that answer. When the Jewish man arrived for his interview, the chief asked him, "Who killed Jesus Christ?" The Jewish man answered without hesitation. "The Romans killed him." The chief thanked him and he left. When the Italian man arrived for his interview, the chief asked the Same question. He replied "Jesus was killed by the Jews." Again, the chief thanked the man who then left. Finally the Sardarji arrived for his interview, he was asked the same question. He thought for a long time, before saying,"Could I have some time to think about it?" The chief said,"OK, but get back to me tomorrow." When the Sardarji arrived home, his wife asked "How was the interview ?". Sardarji replied, "Great, I got the job, and I'm already investigating a murder.

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Talking about those days when there were no mosquito repellents and we had to spend sleepless nights. Sardarji was also experiencing the same every time. he tries to sleep,one mosquito comes and disturbs his sleep with a sound "guooonn, guooonn." He gets very irritated. He tries to cover his ear but the problem remains persistent. Ultimately he gets up and catches the mosquito in his hand. He is very kind and not for the blood shed but still wanted to take revenge. Happy as he is now starts singing a lullaby and says "so ja machchar, bete so ja". After some time he finds the mosquito falling into deep sleep in his hands. So he goes near it and says "Guoooonnnnn, guoooonnnnn."

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Santa Singh applied for an engineering position at DEMAN CONSTRUCTION office in Amritsar. Reddy from Chennai applied for the same job and both applicants having the same qualifications were asked to take a test by the Department manager Mr. Arvin Singh. Upon completion of the test, the results showed that both men only missed one of the questions. The manager went to Santa and said, "Thank you for your interest, but we've decided to give the job to Reddy". Santa: And why would you be doing that? We both got 9 questions correct. This being Punjab I should get the job!" Manager: "We have made our decision not on the correct answers, but on the one question that you got wrong. "Santa: "And just how would one incorrect answer be better than the other?" Manager: "Simple, for the question that both of you got wrong, Reddy put down 'I don't know' as the answer. And you wrote 'Neither do I'!"

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A sardar wanted to sell his old battered Maruti car which had done more than

100,000 kms. Since no body was inclined to buy it, he approached his friend to
help him dispose it off. The friend advised him to have the mileage meter
reading reduced to around 30,000 kms so that he could tell the prospective
customer that it has been used sparingly. The sardar liked the idea. A few
weeks later the same friend met him and enquired whether he was able to
dispose off his car. The sardar replied, "Are you mad? Who sells a car which
has done only 30000 kms!

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A Sardarjee reported for his University final examination which consists of
"yes/no" type questions. he takes his seat in the examination hall, stares at
the question paper for five minutes, and then in a fit of inspiration takes
his wallet out, removes a coin and starts tossing the coin and marking the
answer sheet - Yes for Heads and No for Tails. Within half an hour he is all
done whereas the rest of the class is sweating it out. During the last few
minutes, he is seen desperately throwing the coin, swearing and sweating. The
moderator, alarmed, approaches him and asks what is going on. "I finished the
exam in half and hour. But, I am rechecking my answers

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Santa Singh needed some money desperately. Someone told him that if goes & prays at Gurudwara, Mosque, Church & a temple, that his prayers will surely be answered. So Santa goes to a Gurudwara, & prays there. Then he goes to a Mosque and prays there. Than he goes to a church and prays there. Then he goes to a Shiv temple. The temple had a large Lord Shiva statue. Santa closes his eyes, bows his head, joins his hands and says his prayer.

Santa: "Ho Jee tussee itne vadde ho. Itne mahan ho. Saannoo 100 rupayen chahiye. Kirpa karo."
The priest saw Santa praying. He wante to help Santa, but knew that a Sikh will never accept the money. So he drops a 100 rupee note, from behind the statue, so that Santa can not see him.

After Santa had said his prayers, and opened his eyes. He saw the note and thought that god has listened to his prayers. He takes the note and goes away. However he is back again next day for money. Now the priest is really annoyed with Santa. The Priest decides that he is not going to give any more money to Santa.
He changes the big Shivji statue with smaller one of Ganapathi that day. Once again Santa goes to the prayer room. However he does not notice the difference. Santa closes his eyes, bows his head, joins his hands and says his prayer. Santa: "Ho Jee tussee itne vadde ho. Itne mahan ho. Ajj to saannoo 50 rupayen hi chahiye. Kirpa karo." After that he slowly opens his eyes and does not find any money.

Santa: "O papa jee tussee itne vadde ho. Itne mahan ho. Asee 10 rupayen me hi kaam chala lenge. Kirpa karo jee." After that he slowly opens his eyes and does not find any money. He slowly raises his head and now notices that small Ganapthi statue. He carefully looks left and than right, & than slowly moves a bit forward near the statue. Than he whispers to the Statue: "Beta, Papa kitthe hai?!?!!

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Santa Singh and Banta Singh both bought one horse each.

They wanted to make sure that they feed their own horse each morning. So Santa Singh asked "how will we know which is your

and which is mine?"

Banta Singh said "its easy I will cut mine's tail, and yours will be the one with tail."

Some boys outside heard it and cut the tail of other horse too.

So the next morning confusion arose even more. Santa Singh said."don worry, ill tie a bell around its neck, yours will be the

one without the bell."

The boys heard this too so they cut the bell.

The next day, Santa Singh got frustrated and said

"OKAY!! now the last criteria will be that:

WHITE HORSE will be yours and BLACK HORSE will be mine."

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Sardarji bought a brand new Maruti and decided to drive down from Amritsar, where he lived, to Jalandar to meet his friend.

He reached there in a few hours. After spending a few days there, he decided to return, and called up his mother to expect

him in the evening. But he didn't reach in the evening and not the next day either. When he finally reached home on the

third day, his distraught mother ran and asked him " Arre Puttar, ki hoya?"
(What Happened, My Son?)

The Sardarji got out, obviously very tired from a long journey, and said, "Oy, ye Marutti wale pagal hain, agge jaane waaste

chaar gear banaate hain, aur pichche jaane waaste sirf ik?" (These Maruti Car people are crazy! They have four gears for

going forward, but only one for going back!)

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Santa Singh decided to start a chicken farm so he bought a hundred chickens to begin with. A month later he returned to the

dealer for another hundred chickens because all of the first lot had died. A month later he was back at t he dealer for

another hundred chickens for the second lot had also died.


'But I think I know where I'm going wrong,' said Santa, 'I think I'm planting them too deep.'

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We have our famous friend Santa Singh qualifying for the hot seat.
( He pressed the buttons by accident and managed to qualify).

Amitabh Bachchan : OK Santa I congratulate you for this opportunity here
with us.
Santa : Oh ji Wahe guru da khalsa wahe guru di fateh. Chak denge phatte
aaj.
Tusi start karo ji.

AB : OK Santa this is your first question for 1000
Rs. - 'Which state has the largest sikh population ?' and your options are
:
A. Punjab
B. Punjab
C. Punjab
D. Punjab
Santa : Oh ji how much time do I've to answer this question

AB : Samay ki koi pabandhi nahi hai Santa ji, you can t! ake your time
Santa (giggles) : Sir ji tricky sawaal puchha hai aapne. I would like to
use my lifeline.

AB : I'm not surprised on this , which one wud U like to use.
Santa : Audience poll

AB : OK audience please be ready with your voting pads, and your time
starts now.
After a minute we have a graphic presentation on the board.
A. 25%
B. 25%
C. 25%
D. 25%

AB : Santa ji, this is a no good situation for you, I can share your
disgust here.
Santa : Yeh mere saath hi kyon hota hai. Fasa diya Sirji aapki audience
ne.
I think I've to use my second lifeline - 50 50.

AB : Very good ! 50 50 ka istemal karna chahenge. OK
computer ji do galat jawab mita diye jayen.
Computer displays A. Punjab and C. Punjab
Santa : Badi chalu machine hai aapki sar ji. Mein chodoonga nahi aaj
isko.
Wahe guru de kasam mereko third life line bhi chahiye.

AB : Kamal hai Santa ji, I must congratulate you, You have record of
using
all the lifelines in the very first question.
This is great . OK phone a friend - kisko phone karna chahen ge aap.
Santa : My one and only one... mera langotiya yaar., Banta Singh.

AB : OK Banta ko phone lagaya jaye.
Phone rings. Banta picks it 'Hulloooooo, kon hai oye adhi raati,???'

AB : Hello Banta ji , mein Amitabh Bachhan bol raha hoon Star Plus ke
Kaun Banega Crorepati se.
Banta : OOOOOOOOOO Bachan ji Sasriyakal, koi hor hota to uski to mein....
#_^_%_#_%_%_&. Ki hal chal he sar ji.

AB : Mein thik hoon Banta ji, par ye ek family show hai is liye aap
apshabdon ka prayog na karen to behtar hoga. Aapke dost yahaan
bethe hain mere saath aur.................
Banta (Interrupts) : Aur wo sala pehle hi question pe atak gayahoga,
khota hai sala. Sawal pucho ji.

AB : Aapko sirf tees second .,.............chaliye mein aapko special
case
karte hue 1 minute doonga. Aur aapka samay shuru hota hai aab.
Santa : Oye bante ke ho raya hai yaar ??
Banta : Oye ullu de dum, saale bahar se taala laga gaya khote. Sawere dud
wala aaya si, paise mang raya si, aur khotya tu meri kameez
pehen
gaya. Sale chakki se aata lana tha, tera baap layega kya ??.

AB: Santa ji kya kar rahe hain samay khatam ho raha hai.
Santa : Yes Yes. Oye chod use yaar question hai ..... (he tells him the
question).
Banta : Saale sari zindagi tere nakal mar ke fail hota raha hoon, par iska
answer
mujhe aata hai. Kalank hai tu Punjab ke naam pe. Iska answer
Punjab hai
lallu.
Santa : oye par ......... (and the clock stops).

AB : Samay khatam, aapke mitr ne jawab de diya hai , ab to mujhe pakka
confidence
hai ke aap kam se kam 1000 to le ke jayenge hi aaj.
Santa : Ullu ka patha hai ji, ye to mujhe bhi pata hai par sale ne yeh
to batya nahin ke A hai ya C hai.

And this was the last episode of KBC as most of the audience died
laughing...
          Intelligence and Natural Selection        
Another quick thought that rattles around in my head on occasion... have you ever considered that Intelligence is more likely to be naturally selected out than stupidity?

Think about it for a moment from the most simple perspective: having kids.

If you think about kids unemotionally, you quickly realize that kids are not always the smartest thing to do.  They're expensive, they take up an inordinant amount of your free time, they cause you lots of undue stress, they sap your energy that you would focus on work, your spouse, hobbies, etc.  What do they give back?  Again, speaking without emotion here, right?  The only thing they give back is the procreation and survival of your genes.

Yet, most of us eventually wind up having kids.  In fact we are so driven to the primary source of having children that it all but permeates our society.  What is this that I speak of?  Well, sex, duh.  We all want sex.  Want it bad.  Gotta have it.  To the point that beer companies flash boobies at us to sell us more beer (as if drinking more beer will get us more boobies... not), but it doesn't matter... we're so driven that somewhere deep down inside our brains something connects that Budweiser to an evening of the horizontal mambo and we're there, babay!  Pass me another beer!  Hey, weren't there supposed to actually be some chicks here on ladies night?  And no, Geoff doesn't count as a chick.  Yes I suppose he is kinda cute under a certain light.  <cough>  Aaaaaaaaaaanyway...

So we bang away, and sure we wear condoms, but the point is we're practicing making babies, no matter what we want to think about it.  We're driven to make more babies and spread those genes, and that's what we're playing at one way or another.

And yet, what do dumb people do? Well, they do dumb shit like sleep with lots of loose women not wearing condoms... or hell, they get sloshed on their booby beer and get their girlfriend (or wife) knocked up when they didn't intend to.  Hell really dumb people do it a few times before they learn.  The result?  More dumb people!  Dumb babies by the dozen!  Piles of them flooding the halls of our hospitals... and eventually voting booths.

What do smart people do?  Well, they see what all these dumb people go through and think "Jesus!  That looks like hell on earth.  Sure they're cute and all, but I ain't getting tied up in that crap.  I'm not having kids.  I'm getting my tubes tied now before I get booby-beer goggles one night and give old Matilda down in accounting one hell of a lay."  The result?  Less smart people!  All the really smart babies are, in fact, never born.

So now we're getting more and more dumb babies and less and less smart ones.  Ok, well in theory one dumb person can control a thousand or so smart people, maybe, right?  I'm not sure of the number, but I'm guessing it's a pretty big one.  So you figure all of the smart people will band together and sort of guide the larger less-intelligent populace to a course of direction that is more appropriate.  You know, like herding cows or sheep.

The problem is that the overwhelming strength of the dumb people winds up being more than smart people can bear up under because it isn't just about being smart, you have to be smart and be a leader of men.  That's a pretty rare combination and it requires a lot of very special things to line up.  So since we don't have tons of those, the dumb people over-run the smart people, and vote for Bush.  Now the dumb people have crowned their dumb person poster child as ruler of the free world, thus perpetuating the problem.  Then follows a conveyor belt of dumb legislation that...

Wait, I'm getting a bit off-course here.

But then, am I really?  Consider the way things have been going.  Consider those who voted for Bush and why.  Consider things like more than 50% of the populace still thinks that Saddam Huessein (sp?) was still directly connected to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  What does all of this say?  Consider why all the smart people don't rally together and vote for someone smart?  Consider that even if they all did vote for someone smart that the overwhelming and ever-increasing amount of dumb people would simply out-vote them?

There is enough here to suggest that intelligence simply isn't destined for long-term survival.  We will, in time, be as ants are now.  Each individual ant being a worthless expendable commodity, with a small number of defined duties assigned to a smal number of types of ants, and all will execute on their performed pre-destined function and no more.  They live, they operate their tasks oriented towards procreation, they die.

The question, then, is how to avoid such a fate.

          Election top fives        
Good
Increase in Green’s party vote with some good new candidates
Peter Dunne winning Ohariu
Higher than expected Conservative vote – practically ensuring National did not get a majority
MMP being retained and reviewed
Government looks likely to be quickly formed

Not so good
James Shaw missing out as Green’s vote wasn’t high enough
NZ First getting back into parliament
68% turnout – worst voter turnout since the 1880s.
The cup of tea affecting the election result
Banks getting Epsom

Weird
The election night Labour and National tie in Christchurch Central
NZ First flatlining on 6.8 percent for the entire night
The Conservative Party more than doubling Act’s vote
34 percent of voters voting for change filling out referendum papers incorrectly
Green Party vote was nearly more than Labours in Wellington Central
          Who I`m voting for        
One blogger has encouraged us to advise who we would be voting for this election.

I live in the Ohariu electorate. Yes, the electorate that Peter Dunne has been holding for 27 years. In 2011 I am giving my both my electorate vote and my party vote to someone and some party other than I did in 2008.

We have four MPs in our electorate in Parliament. Greens’ Gareth Hughes just wants the party vote. Nationals Katrina Shanks wants the electorate vote, but none of her parliamentary colleagues want her to have it. Charles Chauvel wants the electorate vote and so does his parliamentary colleagues. United Future’s Peter Dunne doesn’t have any parliamentary colleagues and will be out of Parliament if he loses his seat – so he needs to win. Irrespective if Chauvel wins, he makes it to Labour’s front bench anyway. Hughes and Shanks will also be in Parliament on the list. So, in terms of who represents me as electorate MP, it’s down to Labour’s Charles Chauvel and UnitedFuture’s Peter Dunne. There’s about 1000 votes in it.

Peter Dunne will be getting my vote. He lives in the electorate,unlike the other three, he knows the electorate and at meetings he has best explained what he will do for the electorate if he is successful. He has a 10 point plan. He has been the most publicly visible MP in the campaign and can work with the incoming government.

The party that will get my vote has run a good campaign. It has concentrated on policy, as opposed to personality or scandals. It has good policies on welfare, education, employment, and wants to address inequality.It will also work with the incoming government. It has some good new candidates, particularly Holly Walker and James Shaw. So the Greens will be getting my party vote this year.

I`m not sure how many Dunne voters will vote Green this year, but there you go. There`ll be at least one. And I`ll be voting for the fairest voting system we have – MMP.
          EU Referendum: The People Versus Cameron        

As we can clearly see above with Conservative MP Owen Paterson's answers in a BBC Newsnight interview last week he demonstrates conflicting loyalties. A loyalty naturally to the Tory party, (and his boss Cameron), which largely wishes to remain members of the EU, a loyalty to Dominic Cummings and Matthew Elliott of Vote Leave Limited who are increasingly showing no interest in leaving, and a loyalty to the campaign to leave the EU.

It's this contradiction of conflicting interests which meant Paterson was unable to put forward a convincing case for the UK leaving the EU when being interviewed; he was trying to ride two horses at once rather unsuccessfully.

This is an interesting and revealing example of the contradiction since 1973 within the Tory party where some party members who wish EU exit have traditionally placed loyalty towards an inherently europhile party above trying to demonstrate the case for an independent Britain. This has led to the enduring "policy" of the nonsense of so-called EU "reform" - a continuing pretense that it isn't the Tories' fault that the EU has somehow diverged from a so-called common market.

Meanwhile outside Westminster the EU has always made it clear it was about political union from the outset and any reform to the contrary is little more than asking for a barking cat:
In respect of the European Union, this principle [of barking cats] is as important as it is profound. As a treaty organisation, steeped in history and protocols, with its own embedded "political DNA", its behavioural pathways are fixed. There are certain things it will do, there are things it can do. And there are things which, under any circumstances, it will never do - because it cannot. 
Thus by the EU's own political DNA, to give the UK the "reforms" it allegedly wants is a complete non-starter.

So while the BBC's Evan Davis is clearly in favour of EU membership given that his questions posed to those arguing in favour of EU membership meant a much easier time that those arguing against, the lack of Tory party clarity on the issues helps the remain campaign.

A national referendum though is not a general election campaign. A referendum allows the people to have the opportunity to lead and the politicians have to do as they are told - direct democracy - a plebiscite, where the people rather than the politicians make the decisions.

There are no constituencies, no tribal loyalties with the electorate and the use of tactical voting becomes redundant. Politicians themselves have only one vote like the rest of us, and with most MPs supporting remain - aided and abetted by a pro-EU supporting media - the referendum becomes a contest between the people against the pro-EU establishment.

The dynamics are thus different to a general election, where the electorate are de facto electing a Prime Minister to run the country; in 2015 for example it was a contest between Cameron and Miliband. However a referendum is not about electing a leader, it's about the people having a say over policy.

Thus American Gerry Gunster who has been hired as Arron Banks' referendum adviser, rightly says that a leave referendum campaign should not have a leader as it is prone to the vulnerability of attacks on a target.

With this in mind it is evident that when being outnumbered or outgunned in a physical confrontation it is often a successful method to isolate and take out the vocal leader at the front. As Sun Bin, a Chinese military strategist observes:
To Catch The Bandits First Capture Their Leader

[This] means that you first have to take out the leader of your strong enemy. After that; your whole enemy will lose the fighting spirit and will flee or surrender and will defect to your side and that leads to a great victory.
And it's here the leave campaign has a potential advantage. The establishment will be represented not by the remain campaign, which is little more than a pantomime horse - a decoy - but instead by Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service, David Cameron. Incumbent of office and titles confer upon Cameron prestige; a prestige which gives him authority.

The remain campaign, therefore will have a leader whilst the leave campaign, if it plays its cards right, will not. The real enemy will not be the EU but Cameron. And as Sun Bin observes above we have to capture the leader. It becomes necessary to strip him of the prestige of office and attack him personally, perhaps making it very personal.

The essence of trust in this referendum is vital. We know from experience Cameron is not to be trusted - cast iron guarantees. We also know he never wanted a referendum because he wants to remain a EU member:
"I don’t want an ‘in or out’ referendum because I don’t think out is in Britain’s interests.”
Therefore the question ultimately comes down to whether Cameron can trusted or not. He has limited options and is betting the bank on a new EU treaty with the option of Associate Membership. But the new treaty cannot be delivered in time for the 2017 referendum, so Cameron will only be left with promises of future change not yet defined. A very weak hand.

This makes an exit plan for the leavers essential. With Flexcit we can present a better offer of a new relationship with the EU, in contrast to Cameron.

In addition having an exit plan, and one which potentially is part of winning referendum campaign, means the leave campaign will have a mandated plan on how to leave. This will ensure that there can be no stitch up should we win. A danger otherwise would be that post Article 50 the subsequent negotiations are little different to EU Associate Membership. A second referendum on the outcome of negotiations will keep the government honest.

So as per Sun Bin, Cameron is the target, take him out and we take out the remains.
          INDEX:Sports 2008-12-25        
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews (tayvz) appear to have their berths in the N-H-L all-star game booked. The two Chicago Blackhawks forwards lead all Western Conference players in voting and pretty much have spots in the starting lineup secured. Anaheim for
          INDEX:Sports 2008-12-25        
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews (tayvz) appear to have their berths in the N-H-L all-star game booked. The two Chicago Blackhawks forwards lead all Western Conference players in voting and pretty much have spots in the starting lineup secured. Anaheim for
          INDEX:Sports 2008-12-25        
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews (tayvz) appear to have their berths in the N-H-L all-star game booked. The two Chicago Blackhawks forwards lead all Western Conference players in voting and pretty much have spots in the starting lineup secured. Anaheim for
          INDEX:Sports 2008-12-25        
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews (tayvz) appear to have their berths in the N-H-L all-star game booked. The two Chicago Blackhawks forwards lead all Western Conference players in voting and pretty much have spots in the starting lineup secured. Anaheim for
          INDEX:Sports 2008-12-25        
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews (tayvz) appear to have their berths in the N-H-L all-star game booked. The two Chicago Blackhawks forwards lead all Western Conference players in voting and pretty much have spots in the starting lineup secured. Anaheim for
          INDEX:Sports 2008-12-25        
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews (tayvz) appear to have their berths in the N-H-L all-star game booked. The two Chicago Blackhawks forwards lead all Western Conference players in voting and pretty much have spots in the starting lineup secured. Anaheim for
          UNIVAC I        

The UNIVAC I (UNIVersal Automatic Computer I) was the first commercial computer produced in the United States. It was designed principally by J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly, the inventors of the ENIAC. Design work was started by their company, Eckert–Mauchly Computer Corporation, and was completed after the company had been acquired by Remington Rand (which later became part of Sperry, now Unisys). In the years before successor models of the UNIVAC I appeared, the machine was simply known as “the UNIVAC”.

The first Univac was accepted by the United States Census Bureau on March 31, 1951, and was dedicated on June 14 that year. The fifth machine (built for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission) was used by CBS to predict the result of the 1952 presidential election. With a sample of just 1% of the voting population it famously predicted an Eisenhower landslide while the conventional wisdom favored Stevenson.

Major physical features

UNIVAC I used 5,000 vacuum tubes, weighed 16,000 pounds (7.3 metric tons), consumed 125 kW, and could perform about 1,905 operations per second running on a 2.25 MHz clock. The Central Complex alone (i.e. the processor and memory unit) was 4.3 m by 2.4 m by 2.6 m high. The complete system occupied more than 35.5 m² (382 ft²) of floor space.

Main memory details

The main memory consisted of 1000 words of 12 characters. When representing numbers, they were written as 11 decimal digits plus sign. The 1000 words of memory consisted of 100 channels of 10-word mercury delay line registers. The input/output buffers were 60 words each, consisting of 12 channels of 10-word mercury delay line registers. There are six channels of 10-word mercury delay line registers as spares. With modified circuitry, seven more channels control the temperature of the seven mercury tanks, and one more channel is used for the 10 word “Y” register. The total of 126 mercury channels is contained in the seven mercury tanks mounted on the backs of sections MT, MV, MX, NT, NV, NX, and GV. Each mercury tank is divided into 18 mercury channels.

Each 10-word mercury delay line channel is made up of three sections:

  1. A channel in a column of mercury, with receiving and transmitting quartz piezo-electric crystals mounted at opposite ends.
  2. An intermediate frequency chassis, connected to the receiving crystal, containing amplifiers, detector, and compensating delay, mounted on the shell of the mercury tank.
  3. A recirculation chassis, containing cathode follower, pulse former and retimer, modulator, which drives the transmitting crystal, and input, clear, and memory-switch gates, mounted in the sections adjacent to the mercury tanks.

Instructions and data

Instructions were six alphanumeric characters, packed two instructions per word. The addition time was 525 microseconds and the multiplication time was 2150 microseconds. A non-standard modification called “Overdrive” did exist, that allowed for three four-character instructions per word under some circumstances. (Ingerman’s simulator for the UNIVAC, referenced below, also makes this modification available.)

Digits were represented internally using excess-3 (“XS3”) binary coded decimal (BCD) arithmetic with six bits per digit using the same value as the digits of the alphanumeric character set (and one parity bit per digit for error checking), allowing 11-digit signed magnitude numbers. But with the exception of one or two machine instructions, UNIVAC was considered by programmers to be a decimal machine, not a binary machine, and the binary representation of the characters was irrelevant. If a non-digit character was encountered in a position during an arithmetic operation the machine passed it unchanged to the output, and any carry into the non-digit was lost. (Note, however, that a peculiarity of UNIVAC I’s addition/subtraction circuitry was that the “ignore”, space, and minus characters were occasionally treated as numeric, with values of –3, –2, and –1 respectively, and the apostrophe, ampersand, and left parenthesis were occasionally treated as numeric, with values 10, 11, and 12.)

Input/output

Besides the operator’s console, the only I/O devices connected to the UNIVAC I were up to 10 UNISERVO tape drives, a Remington Standard electric typewriter and a Tektronix oscilloscope. The UNISERVO was the first commercial computer tape drive commercially sold. It used data density 128 bits per inch (with real transfer rate 7,200 characters per second) on magnetically plated phosphor bronze tapes. The UNISERVO could also read and write UNITYPER created tapes at 20 bits per inch. The UNITYPER was an offline typewriter to tape device, used by programmers and for minor data editing. Backward and forward tape read and write operations were possible on the UNIVAC and were fully overlapped with instruction execution, permitting high system throughput in typical sort/merge data processing applications. Large volumes of data could be submitted as input via magnetic tapes created on offline card to tape system and made as output via a separate offline tape to printer system. The operators console had three columns of decimal coded switches that allowed any of the 1000 memory locations to be displayed on the oscilloscope. Since the mercury delay line memory stored bits in a serial format, a programmer or operator could monitor any memory location continuously and with sufficient patience, decode its contents as displayed on the scope. The on-line typewriter was typically used for announcing program breakpoints, checkpoints, and for memory dumps.

A typical UNIVAC I installation had several ancillary devices. There were, typically: a printer that read a magnetic tape and printed output on continuous-form paper; a card-to-tape converter, that read punched cards and recorded their images on magnetic tape; and a tape-to-card converter, that read a magnetic tape and produced punched cards.


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           Who should cast the casting vote? Using sequential voting to amalgamate information         
Alpern, Steve and Chen, Bo. (2017) Who should cast the casting vote? Using sequential voting to amalgamate information. Theory and Decision, 83 (2). pp. 259-282. ISSN 0040-5833
          More on carbon taxes...        
In response to So what would a carbon tax really cost?, Stefano Carattini wrote:

We have recently published an advanced review article tackling some of the points that you mention.
From the abstract: Here, we present the main arguments for carbon pricing, to stimulate a fair and well-informed discussion about it. These include considerations that have received little attention so far. We stress that a main reason to use carbon pricing is environmental effectiveness at a relatively low cost, which in turn contributes to enhance social and political acceptability of climate policy
Lobbying definitely plays a key role here, but unfortunately under standard circumstances the general public is not much more open to the idea of a carbon tax (see for instance this).
From the abstract: We examine the determinants of voting and find that distributional and competitiveness concerns reduced the acceptability of energy taxes, along with the perception of ineffectiveness. Most people would have preferred tax revenues to be allocated for environmental purposes... [Given the inefficiency of this choice...] providing information on the expected environmental effectiveness of carbon taxes reduces the demand for environmental earmarking.
I then asked Stefano: Do you think that a series of national carbon taxes (with funds reallocated domestically) is better than an international (but more efficient) tax system? I think that cap and trade is defacto dead as a policy due to its complexity but — worse — its design of shipping money to foreigners. Thus, I think that a national carbon tax (even without border adjustments, but I like that idea of refunding the border adjustment to the exporting country!) is a definite second best…

To which he replied: The question that you ask is a tough one, but I would say that yes, starting with domestic carbon taxes is probably the most feasible solution. The number of countries implementing carbon taxes has been slowly but steadily rising in the last few years. I know of several initiatives trying to tackle the unpopularity of carbon taxes, with the aim to push for (acceptable) national carbon taxes in different countries. For instance, Citizens’ Climate Lobby is also pushing in several countries (starting from the US) the idea of a carbon fee-and-dividend, a carbon tax whose revenues are redistributed through lump-sum transfers (advertised as “checks”). Their plan does include carbon motivated border tax adjustments, as also did the recent initiative by a group of prominent republicans. At some point, British Columbia actually had a serious plan to implement an original version of a border tax adjustment, by taxing carbon-intensive imports.*

The wind may be slowly changing. Firms are also realizing that carbon pricing may be advantageous for them, of course depending on the design, as long as the status-quo is no longer an option.

* DZ: According to this summary, the border tax has not been implemented, perhaps due to the plan to tax carbon across Canada in 2018.

          Motion: keeping tabs on Council voting records        
There’s an interesting motion on notice that will be discussed at tomorrow’s City Council meeting. Aimed at “Improving Transparency and Public Access to Council Voting Records,” it’s being put forward by Councillor Adriane Carr. If passed, the motion would direct City staff to provide a better recording of the various votes that take place in […]
          How well do you know the Triple J Hottest 100? Try our infinite quiz        

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          Skeleton In Our Closets        


I first heard William Paul Young from a Christian Magazine. Each one of us has a way of putting our past behind us and tries to move on to make ourselves feel better and much more enthused in life. Though some of us still hide a skeleton in their closets, they always hide because they are afraid what others may think of them or maybe just their afraid of things may go back the way it was. We are afraid that sometimes, things are better left unsaid than things that you freely tell and lately you face the terrible consequences.

But in William Paul Young’s part, he wasn’t afraid of hiding anything. He was afraid that things happened at his past may cause him to question God if he deserves that kind of acknowledgement. Young’s past was awful, he was molested by unknown strangers in a tribe that practiced cannibalism and the likes, still after he moved out by his parents who were at that time, missionaries to support the said tribe, he was moved into a boarding school, but still, the molestation occur. Young’s experiences in life never dented his beliefs to God, during his college years; he still copes up with the past and was still in the influenced of the Church, attending seminars and devoting himself to God.



It only shows that even though Young’s experience as a child who doesn’t know anything about the harshness of the world, he doesn’t question his belief on why did that fateful day had happened to him. He still stays the same, devoting himself to his beliefs and living with his wonderful family. Other people shouldn’t have to point fingers about the mistakes that happen, the unexpected incidents that occurred, everything has a purpose, and God has its way of telling us that we need to be strong in the time of crisis and despair and not blame Him for the things that happened. Much like Young, he still believe in God that he will be only one that can help him and support him to make his problems go away and give strength to understand that they are lot of things that cannot be blamed because of Him, its because He created us, and we have the power to decide which choices we have to take.
          Comment on Lawyers Fighting Over Voting by Pat        
Excellent summary of today in Florida voting issues. The suppression and intimidation techniques will not work... We will work to keep our Constitutional rights no matter which party is in favor.
          Hope & Change        
Two words we've heard a lot lately!  The time has come.

I live in a divided political household and have many friends with differing political views than myself.  I try not to jump on a soap box very often.  Allow me to jump up and down a bit :)

I talked to the girls a bit the day before the election.  We hadn't talked with them much about politics, but at the age of 6 and 4, they were able to name both candidates.  When asked who they wanted for the next president, their response was "Barack Obama".  They don't know much about platforms, etc.  I think they just like the name.  Who can blame them :)

Since they agreed with me, I decided to take them along to the polling site, so they could be part of this historical election night.  Big Sis was watchful as I colored in the ovals and made sure I colored them all in well.  She said I scribbled a bit ;)

Some people seem down right discouraged about the outcome.  This, I do not quite understand. I can recall voting for only 2 candidates that ever became president.  I've tried to keep a positive attitude through it all.

I'm very happy and hopeful for the future of our country.  I think we need someone right now who can reunite the people of our country.  I think Barack Obama has the charisma to unify and excite us to rebuild the economy, responsibly end the war, and bring jobs back to the good old USA!  I want to be able to go to my local discount store and buy products manufactured in the US again!  

O.K.  I'm jumping off the soap box now.  Thanks for reading my ramblings...

Now, I must go have a premature Thanksgiving dinner at church.  There's a turkey calling my name :)  

I have a lot to be THANKFUL for!  

          Drone Hero Europe 2017        

Europe awards its Drone Heroes On June 22, an international jury, including LARPAS representative – Ilmars Ozols, selected five unique drone projects to be the 2017 European Drone Heroes. The public chose his own favorite project during an online voting poll. The awards were given by Belgian Defence Minister Steven Vandeput during the final of […]

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          Win Next Year's Oscar Pool Without Seeing All 10 Best Picture Noms.        

If you are one of the few people who walked with an extra skip in their step today because you won your Oscar pool last night, congratulations to you. However, the rest of us are listening to friends and co-workers gloat as they collect their winnings. Maybe next year. Unfortunately, there are no saber metrics for the Academy Awards but with an understanding of voting techniques, past history and basic pool strategy you can be in contention year in and year out.

Pick an Underdog

Assuming none of the categories are weighted, don’t be afraid to shy away from the favorite. I’m not saying you should have picked Toy Story 3 for Best Picture – although calling that upset should be rewarded with a cut of the winnings but pick a nominee who will probably come in a close 2nd. Annette Benning, Geoffrey Rush, or The Social Network (Best Picture) all qualified under this principle.

As important as the major categories appear, in a pool they are only one category. I picked The Social Network to win best picture because I knew The King’s Speech was going to get a lot of love from my co-workers. If there was an upset, that could push me over the edge when it’s all said and done.

While strategy can help, I DO NOT recommend you apply this to your entire ballot. Favorites are such for good reason and a good portion of academy voters are just going to vote for whatever gets the most buzz. However, if you apply this to one or two categories and lose, you will make it up in the long run.

More Often Than Not, Match Your Best Picture and Director

A little known fact: Producers, not directors, get the Best Picture award. The Academy feels bad about this, so they give their Directing award to the film that leads their Best Picture rankings. Unless you are picking Best Picture as your underdog, match this category with the Best Picture Favorite.

There are years where the consensus is that the categories will split but this hasn’t happened since 2007 when Crash upset Brokeback Mountain for Best Picture (No going into the reasons for that debacle). This was another one of those years as people were convinced David Fincher would win for directing The Social Network even if The King’s Speech won best picture.

Look at (Recent) History Did you see how I used a stat from the 2007 awards in explaining last night’s winners. The human element certainly hurts the Oscars from being a pure stat’s game, more so than sports but they’re still useful. There’s no need to look at trends from the more than five or ten years ago which can easily be done on IMDb.

This also helps out with those pesky technical categories like cinematography or visual effects. Directors often work with the same people, especially if they made a similar movie. Take the Coen Brothers True Grit, similar tone and landscape to No Country for Old Men. Both were shot by Roger Deakins. If Deakins hadn’t won for No Country, he probably would’ve won this year.

Don’t Pick the Popular Foreign Films Another little known fact: Only the Academy members who attend designated screenings and see all the films nominated in the foreign category, vote for the category. This is the major reason why, Pan’s Labyrinth, Waltz with Bashir, The White Ribbon and A Prophet – all of which were extremely popular – didn’t win in their respective years. Use this to your advantage and eliminate those from your mind and just pick one of whatever’s left.

There are exceptions to the rule. If a foreign film is nominated for Best Picture a la Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, vote that film in the foreign category.

Pick the Blockbuster Best Picture Nom. in EVERYTHNG Else.

The move to ten Best Picture nominations allows hit blockbusters to get some respect from The Academy. Last year it was Avatar, this year it was Inception. For better or worse, these movies are generally considered out of the running for the big prize.

Inception was almost universally loved. This love helped it win for Cinematography, Visual Effects, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. The “popular” films are generally a given for many of the technical categories.

Don’t Pay Attention to Any One Prior Award Show

I wrote an entry about this after The Golden Globes last year. Neither that or any other award show solely decides the Oscars. While that particular awards show was precise in the acting categories but so were other shows. All I can say on these is focus on the other shows as a whole, particularly those from the Globes on. Past Oscar stats are more important though.

Other Things to Keep In Mind

• Anything with a non-linear narrative is a safe bet for editing. • If there’s an obvious choice for make-up, i.e. The Wolfman, is a sure thing more than not. • Period pieces almost always win for Costume

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          Time To Step It Up: Ways Spike Can Save the VGA's        

The following post comes from my gaming related blog, Eyes Open Thumbs Down which you can find at . Enjoy!

As I alluded to in my last post, the mainstream population has yet to recognize and embrace gaming as a true art form. While this will undoubtedly change in future, the industry has already begun its move towards this goal. Instead of film festivals there are trade shows like E3, and instead of the Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes there are…the VGAs.

The award show’s biggest positive is that it makes Joe gamer more aware of what exactly goes into gaming. These aren’t casual gamers mind you, but gamers that stick with blockbuster franchises like “Madden” or “Call of Duty.” Not many of these players pay attention to a games voice acting and even fewer know the difference between a developer/studio and a publisher. These awards also showcase great lesser known titles to these gamers like “Limbo,” download only games, or just the fact that there are still quality hardcore titles for the Wii. Finally there are announcements for next years’ blockbuster titles we might not otherwise get until E3.

Limbo represents one of the positve aspects of the VGA's.

Unfortunately the rest of the show doesn’t provide any depth outside of these few characteristics. This is due to the choice of celebrity guests and writing based on the perceived gaming audience, the show is on Spike, and the awards don’t feel like the ultimate achievement for any studio that they should be. The result is a show that feels more like VMA’s but without the performances or events recounted in the office and schoolyard the following day.

There is at least some credibility to MTV’s award show as the station used to play and talk about music. Spike is the channel for 12 year-old boys. Their programming consists of nothing but censored “Entourage” episodes, UFC and college debauchery sit-coms (I almost forgot the monthly airing of the entire “Star Wars” saga). As I mentioned in last week’s article, the average gamer is 34 – hardly Spike’s audience.

Should The VGA's Change Venues?

It’s time for a change of venue. This proves difficult as Spike created the show but the station is owned by Viacom. The broadcast would be better suited for MTV instead of “16& Pregnant” re-runs. As far as selling the rights to the broadcast, it’s a chicken and egg conundrum. There’s no doubt the show would do better on a station like FX or USA but the show and medium doesn’t garner enough viewers to warrant that purchase. Since this change is unlikely, Spike will have to work out the kinks.

This brings us to the celebrity appearances which were mainly a victim to poor writing. Neil Patrick Harris did better with the material than he should have and the best job anybody could under that circumstance. Dane Cook, who despite recent backlash can be funny, just looked content in cashing a check with the same amount of effort put into the pre-written jokes. Even Dominic Monaghan, (“Lost,” “Lord of The Rings,”) said he was just reading a bad joke off the teleprompter.

I hope that was a big paycheck.

If Viacom insists on airing the awards show on Spike, then the least they should do is hire some stronger writers. Maria Menounos is a fine green room correspondent but that position isn’t worth however much money she pulled for that gig. They could also save money by putting in some other aspiring reporter with a pretty face. Also, what was the point of the My Chemical Romance performance? Aside from the fact that they’ve fallen in quality after their last two quality offerings, not every gamer is a fan but everyone loves to laugh. These are just two ways to save money better spent on writing to make the event must-see TV.

That’s the biggest flaw with the concept of a video game awards show in general: it’s not the highest authority in deciding which games were the best of the year. The Oscars are the highest honor in film and the same is attributed to the Emmys for television and the Grammys are gold for musicians. Even the ESPY’s are highly regarded amongst athletes despite being second to winning a championship or MVP award. Before it blew up into the billion dollar industry it is today, gaming was very much an underground industry and games journalism was unknown to all its news, sports and art oriented peers. However gamers paid attention to these grassroots publications because they knew these writers were just like them and their opinions could be trusted. Hardcore gamers are now in the habit of follow outlets like IGN, Game Informer, and Gamespot for all their gaming news and review needs. How is this show supposed to grow if it can’t even attract its target audiences’ attention?

The show would gain instant credibility if it were to integrate a gaming site into the show. The easiest way to do this would be to purchase an established website and have its writers do the voting. This could give the show interest credibility among games by making it the exclusive way to reveal so-and-so.com’s game of the year. The other option is to sell the awards to another corporation with a highly regarded site or publication but this is highly unlikely as anyone of these corporations could turn it into a huge.

After Sunday night’s debacle of an awards show, it’s clear the show need s to catch up with rising status of the medium. If Viacom can truly get in touch with what gamers want in an award show, then maybe more will watch instead of checking Twitter for updates.

Now Playing: “Mass Effect,” “Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare”

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           Unofficial results: Beaufort County voters say no to sales tax referendums        

As of 2 a.m. Wednesday, 91 of Beaufort County’s 92 voting precincts had reported full results from Tuesday's election.

Unofficial results for referendums for a county sales and use tax, along with a school board sales and use tax and bond issue, showed the ballot measures losing.

In the county sales and use tax vote, 29,185, or 54.99 percent of voters, had chosen no, and 23.886 (45.01 percent) voted yes.

The results for the school board referendums were similar, with 28,470 voters, or 56.12 percent, saying no to the bond issue, and 31,437 or 60,46 percent, saying no to the school sales tax measure and 20,562, or 39.54 percent, saying yes.

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          Fischer discusses spending bill, criticizes report on CIA tactics        

Lawmakers could begin voting Thursday on a spending bill to fund the government through next September.

          RI ACLU Issues Critique Of Ocean State Voting Practices        
On the 50 th anniversary of the country’s landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 the American Civil Liberties Union says the Ocean State still has work to do. The Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU says Rhode Island should do away with a voter ID law, which requires photo identification for voting. Ostensibly aimed at voter-fraud, the ACLU says it mostly keeps those without IDs away from the polls… according to the ACLU that’s disproportionately minorities, disabled and low income voters. Rhode Island policy associate, Hillary Davis says provisional ballots, which are available are not always fool-proof. “We have watched voters who’ve been turned away from the polls without the ability to cast an provisional ballot, and that means their votes have been disenfranchised, they have been unable to cast their vote and to have their votes out there,” said Davis. The ACLU also points to the counting of prison inmates at the ACI . The organization says the practice artificially inflates the voting
          Experts surprised by extent of Russian election meddling, demand voting security for 2018        
The leak of a classified NSA document confirming that Russia interfered with the 2016 U.S. presidential race has reinforced the need to fix vulnerabilities in America's voting infrastructure before the next election cycle.
           Tit-for-Tat voting by contestants in the TV quiz-show ‘The Weakest Link’         
Goddard, Paul and Hylton, Patrick and Parke, Adrian and Noh, Zamira (2013) Tit-for-Tat voting by contestants in the TV quiz-show ‘The Weakest Link’. In: SABE/IAREP/ICABEEP 2013 Conference in Atlanta, GA,, 25-29 July 2013, Atlanta, GA.
          GOP video shows alleged violations of election buffer law at early voting site        


The Buncombe County Republican Party is crying foul, claiming that members of the Democratic Party conducted campaign activities in violation of electioneering buffer requirements at a downtown early voting site. After the jump is a video made by the BCGOP showing the alleged violations.


          Democratic groups target vulnerable Republican House members over 'age-tax' Trumpcare vote        

Democrats intend to make House Republicans pay for passing a Zombie Trumpcare bill that would have taken insurance away from 23 million people in the next decade, destabilizing insurance markets and making healthcare costs unaffordable for all but the youngest and healthiest individuals. That part, in particular, two Democratic groups are highlighting, the 800 percent increase in costs people over age 50 would incur. The House Majority PAC and Priorities USA, two outside groups working to elect House Democrats, have a new ad campaign directed at older voters targeting 10 Republicans in vulnerable seats.

The message of the ads, first shared with TPM, is clearly aimed at older voters whose premiums could have spiked dramatically if congressional Republicans’ plans had become law. The House GOP plan would have loosened the current law’s limit on insurance companies only being able to charge older people three times what they charge younger people to a limit of five times as much.

House Majority PAC Executive Director Charlie Kelly said House Republicans “decided to throw their constituents under the bus by voting for a disastrous healthcare bill that imposes a devastating ‘Age Tax’ on older Americans,” while said Priorities USA Executive Director Patrick McHugh called it “simply unforgivable” that they backed a plan that does so while “cutting taxes for millionaires.”

Their target list is a mix of Republicans in Democratic-leaning districts, like Reps. David Valadao (R-CA) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), congressmen from older, heavily blue-collar areas like Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), and some where both factors are at play, like Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), who represents one of the more senior-heavy areas in the country and one of the most Democratic-friendly. One fifth of her district's constituents are over the age of 65, and Trump lost the district by 5 percentage points.

Everyone knows, older voters are the ones who show up reliable every two years. It's not just Democrats who want these voters to know what Republicans have been trying to do to their health care and their pocketbooks. The juggernaut advocacy group, AARP, has tracked the votes of both the House and the Senate, and promised to educate and inform their members—all 38 million of them—about how their representatives voted.

Let's join in. Every dollar you contribute to a Democratic Nominee Fund on this page will be transferred to the Democratic nominee when they win their primary next year.


          Democrats have filed to run in 191 GOP-held House seats. Republicans? In just 62 Democratic seats        

We’ve all felt it: the burgeoning resistance to Donald Trump and his Republican Party. We’ve seen it in the mass protests that have stiffened the spines of Democrats in Congress; we’ve seen it in the ceaseless waves of phone calls to senators that have helped thwart Trump’s agenda; and we’ve seen it in special elections across the country, where Democrats have outperformed historical voting patterns again and again.

But what about the 2018 midterms? Is there a way we can quantify this enthusiasm?

Indeed there is. Thanks to an excellent and simple new site called Project 435 from activist Dan Johnson, we can now see how many House districts Democrats have filed to run in with the Federal Elections Commission—and the number is big: We’re only in August of 2017 and already Democrats have filed to run in 385 seats out of 435 total.

Helpfully, Project 435 also shows us which Republican-held districts still need Democrats, broken down by state. If you know someone who lives in one of these 50 districts and might make a good candidate—hell, maybe that someone is yourself!—you should encourage them to run. Most of these seats are very red turf, but it’s important to field candidates everywhere we can.

For one, you never know what kind of disaster might befall a Republican candidate. For another, we as a party should always give voters the option of supporting a Democrat, even if it’s in seats we have little chance of winning. Organizing always begins at the local level, and if we want to strengthen and rebuild our party, that has to start from the bottom up. Just imagine if we could fill an entire nationwide slate.

To put these numbers in context, we can also look at how far along Republicans are with candidate filings. The short answer: way behind. GOP candidates have only filed in 303 districts, meaning that 132 Democratic seats are, as of now, uncontested.

Note that these totals—the 385 seats for Democrats and 303 for Republicans—include incumbents, so when you drill down further, the disparity is even starker, since Republicans of course hold the majority in the House. Of the 241 seats held by the GOP, Democrats have filed in 191, or 79 percent. Republicans, by contrast, have only done the same in 62 out of 194 Democratic seats—just 32 percent. In other words, the GOP has a much smaller list to fill but is less than a third of the distance that Democrats are toward completing their own, much larger dance card.


          Over half of Republicans are ready to give up having elections until Donald Trump says it's okay        

In the months leading up to the 2016 election, conservative sites ran dozens of stories saying that President Barack Obama was planning some maneuver to stay in power. Either he would find a way around the 22nd Amendment and slip his name onto the ballot for a third time, or he would declare an emergency in which elections could be suspended, leaving Obama in office indefinitely.

While these nonsense stories were used to whip up fury on Trump-supporter sites before the election, now that the keys to the White House have changed hands, millions of Americans seem to be just fine with the idea of ditching democracy.

Claims of large-scale voter fraud are not true, but that has not stopped a substantial number of Republicans from believing them. But how far would Republicans be willing to follow the president to stop what they perceive as rampant fraud? Our recent survey suggests that the answer is quite far: About half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 presidential election until the country can fix this problem.

Donald Trump has presented no evidence of voter fraud, but he has assembled a voting rights hit squad, headed up by voter suppression expert Kris Kobach. And while almost all states have refused to hand over the detailed personal information that Kobach and company want to optimize their suppression work, that doesn’t mean Trump can’t use that non-cooperation as an excuse to shut down elections. Because while Trump’s base may be shrinking, what that base believes is … unbelievable.

Nearly half of Republicans (47 percent) believe that Trump won the popular vote, which is similar to this finding. Larger fractions believe that millions of illegal immigrants voted (68 percent) and that voter fraud happens somewhat or very often (73 percent). 


          Trump and Manafort move from smokescreens to a scandal-powered trip under the bus        

By an incredible coincidence, as FBI agents were digging through to Paul Manafort’s home, the former Trump campaign chairman, across the Potomac on the morning of July 26, Donald Trump was up and tweeting.

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After devoting a whole two tweets to rollback of civil rights and altering a major military policy without consulting the military, Trump was ready to start a second thread.

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In the space of 45 minutes, Trump had managed to attack transgender rights, his attorney general, the acting FBI director, James Comey, and Hillary Clinton. It was a force five Twitterstorm that scooped up the national attention and focused it on issues that since then have gone … absolutely nowhere. 

It’s almost as if everything Trump fired off that morning was nothing but smoke.


          Justice Dept. abets bigotry, reversing Obama administration's opposition to Ohio voter purge process        

The Department of Justice has switched sides in an Ohio case contesting the purging of voter rolls of the names of registered citizens who have not recently cast a ballot. The case is another in a years-long run of cases involving Ohio elections that have pitted Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted against voter advocate organizations, the NAACP, the Democratic Party, and the DOJ. Sari Horwitz at The Washington Post writes: 

The move is part of a broader campaign by the Trump administration to support restrictions on who is eligible to vote, a radical change in philosophy from the previous Justice Department, which sued a number of states over voting laws that it deemed discriminatory against minorities. [...]

“The law hasn’t changed since the department accurately told the court that Ohio’s voter purge was unlawful,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “The facts haven’t changed. Only the leadership of the department has changed. The Justice Department’s latest action opens the door for wide-scale unlawful purging of the voter registration rolls across our country.”

The move is clearly part of a trend.

The DOJ had already reversed itself and stopped contesting a 2011 Texas voter ID law that had been blasted by the courts and rejected even after the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in the landmark Shelby County v. Holder ruling in 2013. Voter advocates had argued that the law targeted young people and minorities who are more likely to vote Democratic. Several federal courts found the Texas law unconstitutional. In April, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi issued a ruling saying the law intentionally discriminated against black and Latino voters. Two years previously, she likened the law to a “poll tax” designed specifically to suppress minority voters.

Under the Obama administration, as it had done in the Texas case, Justice took the side of foes of Ohio’s purge of tens of thousands citizens who have not voted in two years or responded to a letter asking them to confirm their registration.


                  
From Jenna Orkin


                  


          A positive vision to leave        
For decades now, I have argued with people who suggested that it wasn't worth voting.  Same sh*t, different faces was the essence of their argument.  With the Brexit vote looming, and the possibility that we might not vote to leave, I have realised tonight that those people had a point. 

Does it really matter who tells us to do what Brussels decides?  No.  Has Cameron stamped the imprint of distinctly Conservative policies on this nation?  No.  Has he changed the agenda from the liberal-left corporatist centrist lets-just-muddle-through-and-stay-in-power smile-for-the-camera machine politics that we have had since 1990?  No.  Does he even have the power to do that?  No, he's only the Prime Minister.  He doesn't have the authority to change the agenda, because he doesn't set it. 

So let's vote for something positive on the 23rd.

Let's vote to make our politics our own again.

Let's vote to make Westminster meaningful again, to give it the chance to rise to the opportunity.

Let's vote in favour of making voting worthwhile.  

Let's vote to leave the EU.
          #Out        
I've long known of and admired Tony Benn's five questions, and in recent discussions on Twitter I've realised that they underpin the basic reason why I want Britain to leave the EU.  In case you need reminding, the quote is:
“The House will forgive me for quoting five democratic questions that I have developed during my life. If one meets a powerful person--Rupert Murdoch, perhaps, or Joe Stalin or Hitler--one can ask five questions: what power do you have; where did you get it; in whose interests do you exercise it; to whom are you accountable; and, how can we get rid of you? Anyone who cannot answer the last of those questions does not live in a democratic system.”
I can't answer the last two in relation to the EU.  I'm unsure of the third, although I have my suspicions as to whose interests they serve (hint: not the voting public).  But it is the last question that is the killer.  Much as I disliked Blair and Brown and feel disappointed in Cameron, I know what I have to do in order to eject them and (in the cases of Blair and Brown) did precisely that.  So while I may have disliked the fact that Blair was elected into a position of power over me, I accepted the process.  Jean-Claude Juncker is a different matter entirely; I had no say in his appointment and I have no way of expressing my dissatisfaction with his work.

So there, in a nutshell, is my reason for wanting to leave.  I want to live in a democracy. 

That overrules everything else.  Talk for as long as you want about trivia like whether migrants should wait 6 months or 4 years for in-work benefits, I'm not bothered.  I want to have a vote as to who exercises power over me. 

I can understand that leaving will be very disruptive, and potentially quite expensive.  Well, principles are expensive, but you have to get the basics right.  Issues like "are we a democracy" are part of the foundations of our political system; everything else is built on them and it is essential that we get them right.  In time, the benefits of secure foundations will show. 

(Footnote: you may wish to relish this post, in which I praise the utterings of a hard-left politician.  It doesn't happen often.  I disagree with much that Benn said and did, but on the subjects of democracy and parliamentary privilege he was spot on)
          Not Enough        
OK, I've read David Cameron's letter on the subject of EU reform.  You should, too.  I've thought about it for a bit (yes, you should, too...).  It's not enough; even if he is given everything he wants, I'll still be voting to leave.  And we know, of course, that he won't be given it all, even though he will claim that he has. 

My reason is quite simple; he has approached EU reform from entirely the wrong direction.  He has identified areas that are within the sphere of EU policy and which are - today - causing some political friction.  He then asks for special terms for the UK in those areas.  That is ok insofar as it goes, but this is the run-up to an in/out referendum; it is a once-and-for-all opportunity to look at our position in the EU as an institution.  We last had a referendum on this subject 40 years ago - we should therefore be looking to the issues that may arise over the next 40+ years, the kind of issues that our experience since 1973 shows are likely to arise from the nature of the EU and the way in which it operates.  So we need to be a lot more ambitious than this. 

What we should be doing is the reverse of what Cameron has done.  Instead of identifying areas that we want to push the EU back from, we should be identifying the areas where we agree that the EU should have primacy in policy, and defining those areas carefully.  Then, any area not covered by those definitions is to be automatically excluded.  This is based on simple experience; the progress of the EU over the years has been characterised by a  steady growth in the areas of "competence" of the EU, and our relationship has been one of weary resistance, constant damage limitation.

He hints at this, with the request for an exclusion for the UK from the principle of "ever closer union".  But that highlights my other point; these reforms should be for all, not just the UK.  As it stands, even if he is allowed this, every other member will be committed to ever closer union and that will be the direction of the EU from then on.  The EU will continue to identify "competences" that it should acquire and will work on that.  What, exactly, will the UK opt-out from "ever closer union" mean then?  We will carry on with endless rearguard action, still slipping on the ratchet of integration.

So no, I'm not persuaded.  What would have brought me on board would have been a list of defined areas - trade between member states and the ability for EU citizens to live and work in other EU states (for example) - and a treaty commitment that the EU does not have and is not to seek competence in any other area.  Then, we could have done the same to the UK Government, and to local councils.  We could have renewed our democracy, defined the purpose of our institutions, and reinvigorated them both.  Instead, we just have a list of whinges that we want special treatment for. 

Vote OUT, then.  Let's have a Brexit. 
          Some free advice for the Conservatives        
 Offered on the blog of my MP, Steve Baker, in response to his article arguing that the UKIP surge is actually a vote for disengagement with politics, pointing at the low turnout figure.  He comments:
It is a tragic fact that politicians are once again talking to themselves while commentators encourage them to do so. We have failed to inspire the public even to throw us out.
The challenge after this election is not how to defeat UKIP. It is how to speak truthfully, hopefully and realistically to a population thoroughly disenchanted with the entire political system.
My response:

You're right that there has been a strong shift towards not voting; this has been developing over several General Elections and is symptomatic of a general mistrust of politicians.  There is a cosy stalemate that has emerged between the media and senior politicians, whereby the media limit their questions to ones designed to catch politicians out and trip them into saying something that can be misinterpreted, and politicians avoid saying anything of any substance or meaning in reply.  Both tendencies reinforce the other.  Both lead to people switching off.

UKIP have succeeded in tapping into this and presenting themselves as a break from the old order.  In that regard, by focusing on "gaffes" made by UKIP spokesmen or candidates, the traditional media have played into their hands by confirming that UKIP are not part of the club and that the Establishment is ganging up on them. 

There are opportunities in this for the Conservatives, though.  Labour have shown themselves to be a failure (I think it has been quoted that no opposition party has ever not won a Euro election until now?), so the clear focus must now be on UKIP.  The question is, why have so many Conservative supporters left for UKIP?  My suggestion would be that a general mistrust of Cameron, a feeling that when the day comes he will wriggle out of the referendum promise, and a feeling that he is a highly experienced politician and "one of them", are the main reasons.

To an extent, Cameron's shiftiness on policy has possibly been because he has been hamstrung by the constraints of coalition politics.  But now, with the Liberals effectively dead in the water and the EU staring at a clear mandate for a British exit if current terms are maintained, he can afford to strike out, say what he thinks, and maybe even do it.

In his shoes, I would

(a) Describe the exact form of EU that he would wish to see.  I for one don't actually know what that is.

(b) Set. A. Date. For. The. Referendum.  Also, publish the question that will be set.  That way, it might look as if he is committed to it.

(c) Go to Brussels and ask for his vision of Europe.  Explain bluntly that they can say "no" if they wish but it appears that the UK will leave if they do so.  Point out that there is now a hard, immovable deadline.

(d) Don't be afraid to tell interviewers they've asked a stupid question, or one based on a truckload of false assumptions.  Stop being a Westminster pansy and speak up.  Don't let them dictate the terms of the interview.  The media are not your friends, stop treating them as such.  Show a little steel.

I know of two Wycombe votes that may go back from UKIP to Conservative if this happens.
          Name My 100th Heart - Final Vote!        

I know I said that I would only pick my Top 5, but there were just so many wonderful names that you guys chose. I narrowed it down to my Top 10 favourites. Vote for your favourite! Voting will end on December 6th, so that gives you the entire weekend to think of your favourite. After voting is completed, we'll narrow it down to the Top 5... and there will be another vote.

I will leave these names as is, and will not include the person who suggested it. So no playing favourites here, of course. :)

These names are in no particular order.


TOP 10 - Voting Ends December 6th.

INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

COR AURUM

HECTOHERTZ

BRASS BEAT

MECHANA ARCAENA

CENTURION

END OF AN ERA

APPARATUS INTIMA

CENTUM COR

100 BPM


FINAL TOP 5 - Voting Ends December 13th.

INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

END OF AN ERA

CENTURION

100 BPM

BRASS BEAT


WINNER - Chosen December 13th.

INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION


Congratulations to Witchling-Ashara on DeviantArt!

Thanks so much to all who entered - you guys are awesome and oh-so creative. It was really hard choosing. I may use your suggested heart names in the future for other hearts, so I will give you credit for the name!

Kimberly
          Special Announcement from Jill Shalvis        
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You know you wanna watch… 

Sign up now and become a Passionflix founding member, or early subscriber HERE: https://www.passionflix.com/#jillshalvis 

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If she has her way . . .

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her . . .

He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him . . .

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice . . .

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish—and let the mistletoe do its work . . .

About Jill Shalvis:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.


          School Board Cuts Pay To Superintendent Who Made $600K Salary In Struggling District        
The Centinela Valley School District board came down on their heavily overpaid superintendent Tuesday, voting to cut off his pay and place him on administrative leave.
          Very Interesting…        
As of 9am Tuesday, McCain/Pallin seems to be leading the voting on the Newburyport Daily News website, who’d have guessed!
          LIAM 002 – The Starting Line        
In Episode #2 of the Life Is A Marathon show, I discuss the metaphor of being at the starting line of something new--it could be a race, a life change, starting a new business, taking classes to improve yourself--whatever it is, starting lines are exciting, but scary places. I talk about some of the reasons many people never approach the starting lines in their lives and I give you some ways to move passed those self-imposed road-blocks. The primary reason for underachievement is that people don't decide to be successful. - Brian Tracy Do one thing every day that scares you. - Eleanor Roosevelt Show outline:  The Starting Line No matter how old you are or what you've experienced, your life is just beginning People don't become successful because they don't decide to be - Brian Tracy The hardest part of starting something is deciding to do it and taking the first step If you want to achieve what you've never achieved before, you need to do things you've never done before. You have more time in your day than you think you do How much time do you waste watching TV, surfing the net or social media? Brian Tracy's E-to-E ratio says: Unsuccessful people spend most of their free time on entertainment, while successful people spend most of their free time on education Work 8 hours, sleep 8 hours, still leaves another 8 Fastest climb of Mt. Everest: Pem Dorjee (2004) 8:10 - leaving 15:50 left to enjoy the view Devoting even 30 minutes, or 1 hour per day to personal development can change your life! I know you're scared, do it scared Eleanor Roosevelt said you must do at least one thing a day that scares you Most fear is a fear of criticism, not failure - Napoleon Hill family and friends can be discouragers instead of encouragers Limiting beliefs are usually introduced by family and peer group bucket of crabs syndrome Surround yourself with people who are supportive Spend some time every single day listening to motivational content Know that you are going to make mistakes, have failures Let yourself off the hook right up front Mistakes and failures are all part of learning If you know this going into it, they won't be as upsetting to you and you can move on I'm nervous and know I'm going to make mistakes with this podcast I know I'll get better and build confidence with each episode I record Ready, fire, aim, fire again Love your life NOW Love, appreciate, and express gratitude for everything in your life right now Don't say "when I am, or when I have.. my life will be better" That is operating from lack, rather than abundance You are spending negative energy thinking about what you don't have You have everything you NEED right now! Your life will not BE great until you believe that your life IS great! Keep a victory log and success journal Look for those $.11 moments, the small victories Testimonial from Adam Crawford Mentioned in this show: Brian Tracy - www.briantracy.com Napoleon Hill - Think And Grow Rich Javier Sotomayor - World Record High Jump - YouTube Video BruceVanHorn.com - Discover your potential. Push yourself to the point of failure! Run For Fun Cruise - www.runforfuncruise.com Adam Chandler Crawford - www.chandlercrawford.com Adam Crawford's Facebook Message to Bruce Van Horn Subscription/Social Links: Subscribe on iTunes! Subscribe on Stitcher Radio! LIAM on Twitter: @LifeIs262 LIAM on Facebook / LifeIsAMarathon Subscribe to the LIAM Mailing List www.BruceVanHorn.com Bruce Van Horn on Twitter Bruce Van Horn on Facebook    Please share this episode with your friends and followers. You may even embed a copy of the show directly on your website!
          Michigan-based Video Production Company Announces Cash Prize Facebook Photo Contest        

Farmington Hills, MI -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/18/2011 -- Keepsake Family Tree Video is looking for the funniest family photo in their Facebook page photo contest. Cash prizes for posted photos include $100 for first place, $60 for second, and $40 for third. The Michigan photo and video restoration company specializes in transferring and preserving your memories with the latest media production tools.

The Farmington Hills, Michigan-based company has helped families create and preserve precious memories for seven + years. They create video montages from slideshows and stills as well as perform VHS transfers of your old home movies to DVD and Blue Ray discs. Keepsake Family Tree Video also professionally videotapes and edits weddings, graduations, bar mitzvahs, memorials and other important family events, with quality background music and special effects.

Founder Jeff Jahn has more than two decades of experience, and is passionate about helping families capture the joy of their special occasions. As a former Lutheran minister, Jeff has seen both the celebrations and trials of thousands of families and is dedicated to helping them preserve life's milestone moments. "After seeing so much joy and happiness experienced by so many families, the photo contest was a natural outgrowth as families are experts at capturing the funniest moments as they live their lives," he says.

To enter the family photo contest, submit your pictures to the company's Facebook page beginning Thursday, August 18. Contestants have until Friday, September 30 to enter. The winners will be determined by a combination of popular vote and judging. "This is more than just a business for us as we're creating a broader community of families to share memories through our Facebook page," said Jahn. "This is a great way to expand our community, share memories and have creative families win a cash prize with voting open to everyone."

Families wishing to preserve memories on modern media can have professional productions and Detroit DVD transfers done inexpensively, with quality. Email Jeff Jahn for a free quote at jeff@keepsake-familytreevideo.com. Their site provides inspirational samples as well as ideas from past clients who have become lifelong community members. Visit http://www.keepsake-familytreevideo.com to learn more.

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          John Oliver: Brexit Results - "There Are No F*cking Do Overs" Last Week Tonight June 26 2016 (HBO)        
John Oliver: Brexit Results - "There Are No F*cking Do Overs" Last Week Tonight June 26 2016 (HBO). on "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver goes over the results of the brexit vote that hgad the uk vote to leave the eu. After using last week’s episode of Last Week Tonight to urge British voters to reject Brexit, — which will lead the U.K. to abandon the European Union — host John Oliver looked at the disastrous passage and aftermath in an effort to school Americans about the consequences of a Trump presidency. Noting the massive disruption to the British economy, Oliver took a step back to the evening of the referendum to show that many U.K. voters had no idea what they were voting on — and had buyer’s remorse the following day. “Basically, it seems like whoever the next U.K. prime minister is going to be, whether it’s [former London mayor] Boris Johnson or a racist tea kettle, they are going to be in for a rough few years, because once they invoke what’s known as Article 50, they’ll have just two years to negotiate their withdrawal and future relationship with the EU,” explained Oliver. “On top of which, they’ll have to settle outstanding bills with the EU, hammer out new trade bills with dozens of countries, sift through thousands of EU regulations and decide which ones to keep, and figure out how migration will work—and all the while, lives hang in the balance.... === Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm65e526dOE Downloaded by http://huffduff-video.snarfed.org/
          LastWeekTonight with JohnOliver - Brexit Aftermath (Now What!)        
John Oliver discusses the aftermath of Britain voting to leave the EU === Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ikd7A2VuHs Downloaded by http://huffduff-video.snarfed.org/
          Heartland Institute        

The Heartland Institute

Background

The Heartland Institute is a Chicago-based free market think tank and 501(c)(3) charity that has been at the forefront of denying the scientific evidence for man-made climate change. The Heartland Institute has received at least $676,500 from ExxonMobil since 1998 but no longer discloses its funding sources. The Union of Concerned Scientists found (PDF) that “Nearly 40% of the total funds that the Heartland Institute has received from ExxonMobil since 1998 were specifically designated for climate change projects.” [1]

David Padden founded The Heartland Institute in 1984 and served as its Chairman between 1984 and 1995, co-chairing with Joseph Bast. Padden was also one of the original members of the Board of Directors of the Cato Institute. Padden, a Chicago, IL-based investment banker and then owner of Padden & Company, passed away in October 2011. [13]

Padden also served on the original Board of Directors of another organization founded that year, Citizens for a Sound Economy, which later split into two groups, FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity (AFP). The Cato Institute and both of these organizations received their initial seed money from Koch Industries. [14]

According to a July 2011 Nature editorial,

“Despite criticizing climate scientists for being overconfident about their data, models and theories, the Heartland Institute proclaims a conspicuous confidence in single studies and grand interpretations… . makes many bold assertions that are often questionable or misleading. … Many climate skeptics seem to review scientific data and studies not as scientists but as attorneys, magnifying doubts and treating incomplete explanations as falsehoods rather than signs of progress towards the truth. … The Heartland Institute and its ilk are not trying to build a theory of anything. They have set the bar much lower, and are happy muddying the waters.” [15]

2012 Heartland Document Leak

In 2012, leaked documents revealed some of the Heartland Institute's initiatives and climate change strategy including a tailored high school curriculum. As reported at the New York Times, (“Leak Offers Glimpse of Campaign Against Climate Science”) the Heartland Institute would have help from the Charles G. Koch Foundation to “cast doubt on the scientific finding that fossil fuel emissions endanger the long-term welfare of the planet.”  

The documents also discussed “Operation Angry Badger,” which the New York Times described as “a plan to spend $612,000 to influence the outcome of recall elections and related fights … in Wisconsin over the role of public-sector unions.” [2], [3]

Heartland has promoted itself using a partial quote from The Economist that describes Heartland as “the world's most prominent think-tank promoting scepticism about man-made climate change.” However, the full paragraph in The Economist's 2012 article provides a more complete picture: “The Heartland Institute, the world's most prominent think-tank promoting scepticism about man-made climate change, is getting a lot of heat.”

Heartland lost an estimated $825,000 in expected donations, a number of directors and almost its entire branch in Washington, DC shortly after putting up a billboard comparing those who believed in man-made global warming to the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski. At its annual meeting in Chicago, the institute's president, Joseph Bast, said Heartland had 'discovered who our real friends are.' The 100-odd guests who failed to show up for the '7th Climate Conference' were not among them.” [4], [5]

Heartland Institute and Tobacco

In the 1990s, the Heartland Institute worked with the tobacco company Philip Morris to question the science linking second-hand smoke to health risks, and lobbied against government public health reforms. Heartland continues to maintain a “Smoker's Lounge” section of their website which brings together their policy studies, Op-Eds, essays, and other documents that purport to “[cut] through the propaganda and exaggeration of anti-smoking groups.” [6]

In a 1998 op-ed, former Heartland president Joe Bast claimed that “moderate” smoking doesn't raise lung cancer risks, and that there were  “few, if any, adverse health effects” associated with smoking. In a fundraising letter to Phillip Morris, Bast wrote to a Phillip Morris executive  that “Heartland does many things that benefit Philip Morris’s bottom line, things that no other organization does.” Later, in 2014 Bast denied that he had claimed cigarettes were not harmful, until confronted with his own op-ed. [7], [182], [8]

Roy Marden, past Corporate Affairs Policy Analyst and Manager of Industry Affairs at Philip Morris, served as a board member at the Heartland Institute from 1996 until 2008. According to Heartland, “The public health community's campaign to demonize smokers and all forms of tobacco is based on junk science.” Joseph Bast, current President and CEO, was a strong defender of RJ Reynolds brand Camel's “Joe Camel” campaign, which some have argued (here, and here, for example)  targeted younger children. [9], [10], [11], [12]

Incoming President Tim Huelskamp

In June, 2017, The Heartland Institute announced Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp would be replacing Joe Bast as president, to begin working starting July, 2017. Bast said he would remain with Heartland as CEO until some time in 2018. [182]

Huelskamp is former chairman of the Tea Party Caucus and a member of the far-right House Freedom Caucus. Huelskamp maintains a lifetime score of 5% with the League of Conservation Voters, with a score of 0% in 2016. A full list of legislation sponsored or cosponsored by Huelskamp is available at Congress.gov. According to his voting record tracked at OnTheIssues, Huelskamp has consistently voted against any legislation that would combat fossil fuel emissions or climate change. [183], [184], [185], [186]

According to data from OpenSecrets, Huelskamp's top donor is Koch Industries and he has received the highest lifetime campaign contributions from the Oil and Gas industry, totally over one-quarter of a million dollars. Below are career totals added up by OpenSecrets. [187], [188]

Industry Total Contributor Total Indivs PACs
Oil & Gas $252,393 Koch Industries $40,900 $3,400 $37,500
Retired $209,441 Watco Companies $36,200 $36,200 $0
Crop Production & Basic Processing $196,178 American Bankers Assn $35,000 $0 $35,000
Republican/Conservative $167,254 B&G Production $34,400 $34,400 $0
Leadership PACs $152,163 House Freedom Fund $34,025 $250 $33,775
Health Professionals $124,755 National Assn of Home Builders $32,500 $0 $32,500
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing $102,850 Russell Stover Candies $32,200 $32,200 $0
Commercial Banks $93,600 Vess Oil Corp $30,000 $30,000 $0
Real Estate $75,310 Hodgdon Powder $28,700 $28,700 $0
Railroads $67,848 Onyx Collection $25,500 $25,500 $0
Agricultural Services/Products $65,700 KMG Tool $24,400 $24,400 $0
General Contractors $59,647 Berexco Inc $23,700 $23,700 $0
Food & Beverage $59,550 National Auto Dealers Assn $22,500 $0 $22,500
Home Builders $58,900 Citizens United $22,000 $0 $22,000
Securities & Investment $55,286 Every Republican is Crucial PAC $20,000 $0 $20,000
Misc Finance $53,250 AT&T Inc $19,500 $500 $19,000
Livestock $51,025 American Medical Assn $19,000 $1,000 $18,000
Insurance $50,613 National Assn of Realtors $19,000 $0 $19,000
Retail Sales $44,700 Ariel Corp $18,900 $18,900 $0
Lawyers/Law Firms $42,422 Ag Services $18,250 $18,250 $0

Tim Huelskamp also a signatory to Americans for Prosperity's “No Climate Tax” pledge. The pledge reads as follows:[189]

“I, ________________, pledge to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue”

He also told HuffPost that he didn't believe that climate change was “settled “science.” [190]

“I don’t think there’s a scientific consensus on that,” Huelskamp said. “If you want to print that life begins at conception, that’s settled science.”

Stance on Climate Change

“Probably two-thirds of the warming in the 1990s was due to natural causes; the warming trend already has stopped and forecasts of future warming are unreliable; and the benefits of a moderate warming are likely to outweigh the costs.

“Global warming, in other words, is not a crisis.” [16]

“You may also know us from our work exposing the shoddy science and missing economics behind the global warming delusion. Our videos, books, studies, and international conferences changed the debate and led to the defeat of 'cap and trade.'” [17]

“Some environmentalists call for a 'save-the-day' strategy to 'stop global warming,' saying it is better to be safe than sorry. Such a position seems logical until we stop to think: Immediate action wouldn't make us any safer, but it would surely make us poorer. And being poorer would make us less safe.” [18]
“Unfortunately, global warming is an issue that is well suited to political demagoguery, which can be defined as pandering to misinformed voters and promising unrealistic solutions. Since opinion polls indicate a majority of the public believes warming is happening, politicians might think the safe strategy is to say 'I believe global warming is a serious problem and I support measures to reduce global warming pollution by supporting renewable fuels and energy efficiency.' Such politicians should be 'outed' for claiming to be smarter than scientists who have studied climate for many years and for using scare tactics to win elections.” [19]
“There is no consensus about the causes, effects, or future rate of global warming.” [20]

Funding

501(c)(3) Charitable Status

According to Heartland in 2011, “Approximately 1,800 supporters support an annual budget of $6 million. Heartland does not accept government funding. Contributions are tax-deductible under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.” As of June 2015, that number has increased to 8,300 supporters, (budget remains listed at $6 million). [21], [22]

Computer scientist John Mashey filed a complaint in 2012 with the IRS questioning Heartland's charitable status: 

“I believe there was a massive abuse of 501c(3),” Mashey said. “My extensive study of these think tanks showed numerous specific actions that violated the rules – such as that their work is supposed to be factually based. Such as there was a whole lot of behavior that sure looked like lobbying and sending money to foreign organizations that are not charities.” [23]

Mashey's 2012 report on the Heartland Institute (see PDF) also examines the finances and actions of other organizations including the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP), and the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change (CDCDGC).

According to his report (p. 39), the Heartland Institute has received roughly $395,000 from the tobacco company Philip Morris.

Heartland no longer reveals their individual donors, they explain, because “listing our donors in this way allowed people who disagree with our views to accuse us of being 'paid' by specific donors to take positions in public policy debates, something we never do. After much deliberation and with some regret, we now keep confidential the identities of all our donors.” [24]

Greenpeace's ExxonSecrets reports that the Heartland Institute has received $676,500 from ExxonMobil since 1998. Greenpeace also reports that Heartland received at least $55,000 from Koch Industries. [25], [26]

990 Forms

Heartland Institute as Recipient

The following is based on data from the Conservative Transparency project and from publicly available 990 forms. Not all funding values have been verified by DeSmogBlog. [27]

See the attached spreadsheet for additional information on Heartland Institute funding by year (.xlsx).  [27]

Donor Total Contributions
Donors Capital Fund $19,310,544
Mercer Family Foundation $5,088,000
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation $1,215,500
Barbara and Barre Seid Foundation $1,037,977
Dunn's Foundation for the Advancement of Right Thinking $830,000
DonorsTrust $632,000
Exxon Mobil $531,500
Walton Family Foundation $400,000
Chase Foundation of Virginia $364,500
Sarah Scaife Foundation $325,000
Searle Freedom Trust $300,000
American Action Network $300,000
Barney Family Foundation1 $280,000
Friedman Foundation For Educational Choice $205,100
Jaquelin Hume Foundation $201,000
The Rodney Fund $194,000
Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust $190,500
Stuart Family Foundation $175,000
Ed Uihlein Family Foundation $150,000
The McWethy Foundation $125,000
Castle Rock Foundation $110,000
PhRMA $90,000
JM Foundation $82,000
Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation $62,578
Armstrong Foundation $60,000
National Association of Manufacturers $52,500
John William Pope Foundation $50,000
Windway Foundation $47,000
Arthur N. Rupe Foundation $44,000
Robert P. Rotella Foundation $42,500
The Roe Foundation $41,500
Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation $40,000
John M. Olin Foundation $40,000
American Petroleum Institute $25,000
Hickory Foundation $23,000
The Robertson-Finley Foundation $18,000
Woodhouse Family Foundation $12,500
The Carthage Foundation $10,000
Deramus Foundation2 $10,000
The Challenge Foundation $6,000
Foundation for Economic Education $255
Grand Total $32,722,454

1Has funded to DonorsTrust, a group that has distributed over $80 million to conservative causes, many of which deny man-made climate change.

2Has funded Philanthropy Roundtable, a spinoff of DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund. They all operate in a similar way to cloak the identity of donors by having donations under the name of DonorsTrust, Donors Capital Fund, or Philanthropy Roundtable.

Heartland Institute as Donor

Heartland Institute donations are listed on their 990 forms up to the year 2010. Current values are not available. [27], [28]

Recipient Total
Shimer College $500,000
Moving Picture Institute $250,000
Texas Public Policy Foundation $100,000
Americans for Prosperity Foundation $50,000
Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy $50,000
Evergreen Freedom Foundation $50,000
Maine Heritage Policy Center $50,000
James Madison Institute $50,000
International Climate Science Coalition $45,000
Galen Institute $43,000
Alabama Policy Institute $40,000
Free Enterprise Education Institute $25,000
Africa Fighting Malaria $25,000
Frontier Centre for Public Policy $25,000
Kansas Taxpayers Network $25,000
New Zealand Climate Science Coalition $25,000
Natural Resources Stewardship Project $25,000
Council for Affordable Health Insurance $20,000
Science & Environmental Policy Project $15,000
South Carolina Policy Council $10,000
Grand Total $1,423,000

Koch Funding

According to Greenpeace USA, Koch Foundations contributed $55,000 to the Heartland Institute between 1997 and 2011. [26]

*Original tax forms prior to 1997 are no longer available for verification. If you include these values, the grand total jumps to $100,000 in Koch funding from 1987 to 2011. [26]

Year Charles Koch Foundation Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation Grand Total
*1987 $5,000 $5,000
*1988 $5,000 $5,000
*1989 $5,000 $5,000
*1992 $10,000 $10,000
*1995 $10,000 $10,000
*1996 $10,000 $10,000
1997 $10,000 $10,000
1998 $10,000 $10,000
1999 $10,000 $10,000
2011 $25,000 $25,000
Grand Total $60,000 $40,000 $100,000

The Heartland Institute's leaked 2012 Fundraising Plan states that “The Charles G. Koch Foundation returned as a Heartland Donor in 2011. We expect to ramp up their level of support in 2012 and gain access to the network of philanthropists they work with.”

However, the Foundation since released the following statement: “… the Charles Koch Foundation provided $25,000 to the Heartland Institute in 2011 for research in healthcare, not climate change, and this was the first and only donation the Foundation made to the institute in more than a decade. The Foundation has made no further commitments of funding to Heartland.” [29]

Donors Capital Fund/DonorsTrust

Donors Capital Fund (DCF) and its partner organization DonorsTrust allow donors to fund organizations anonymously. They appear to be a spinoff of the Philanthropy Roundtable, a group run by Whitney Ball, who also launched DonorsTrust.

The Heartland Institute has received large anonymous donations through DCF and DonorsTrust, with a combined total of at least $15,391,794.

See p. 58 of the 2012 Mashey Report for more details.John Mashey also covers DCF on page 65 of his 2012 report. According to DCF's website, “Donors Capital Fund is an IRS-approved, 501(c)(3), 509(a)(3) supporting organization that is associated with DonorsTrust, a public charity and donor-advised fund formed to safeguard the charitable intent of donors who are dedicated to the ideals of limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise.”


DonorsTrust refers clients to Donors Capital Fund if they expect to open donor-advised funds of over $1,000,000. [30]

DonorsTrust

DonorsTrust contributed at least $631,250 between 2008 and 2012 to the Heartland Institute: [31]

Source 990 forms:

Year Project
2008 general operations $11,750
2009 general operations $1,000
general operations $1,000
general operations $3,000
general operations $5,000
“advertising in response to organization's emphasis on marketing of research.” $6,500
general operations $500,000
Total $516,500
2010 general operations $250
general operations $1,000
general operations $1,000
Total $2,250
2012 Seventh International Conference on Climate Change $100,000
general operations $250
general operations $500
Total $100,750
Grand Total $631,250

Donors Capital Fund

From 2005 to 2013, DCF contributed at least $14,760,544 to the Heartland Institute (possibly more, as some details are missing from 2006's 990): [32]

Source 990 forms:

Year Project
2005 Individual projects not listed. $550,427
2007 Individual projects not listed. $2,955,437
2008 general operations $2,000,000
“the global warming research project” $900,000
“media materials” $100,000
“staff directed research” $126,000
“final installment of three-year general ops support” $1,300,000
“global warming research projects” $184,000
Total $4,610,000
2009 “CORE” $10,590
“G.W. reporting for one year” $150,000
“health care project” $190,000
“Ranthum, Australia and Old projects” $300,000
general operations $400,000
$620,940 for “GW-end” and $500,000 for annual support $1,120,940
Total $2,171,530
2010 for the organization's India Meeting Project $14,150
general operations $1,650,000
Total $1,664,150
2011 $49,000 for the NIPCC/Climate Change Project and $80,000 for School Choice in TX $129,000
2012 general operations $1,000,000
2013 for Climatism books & DVD projects $100,000
for the Sri Fi Project ($60,000) and the  New Zealand Project ($20,000) $80,000
general operations $1,500,000
Total $1,680,000
Grand Total $14,760,544

Anonymous Donor

One Anonymous Donor has contributed a large percentage of Heartland's budget in past years, with a focus on their global warming projects.

According to the Heartland 2012 Fundraising Plan, the Anonymous Donor made the following contributions from 2007-2011:

Project 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
General Operating $500,000 $500,000 $500,000 $700,000 $350,000
Ramp Up Program $800,000 $800,000 $400,000 $0 $0
Global Warming Projects $1,976,937 $3,300,000 $1,732,180 $964,150 $629,000
Health Care $0 $0 $190,000 $0 $0
School Reform $0 $0 $0 $0 $80,000
Total $3,276,937 $4,600,000 $2,822,180 $1,664,150 $979,000

Illinois auditor reports for 2003-2009 reveal that a single donor (possibly the same individual as the “Anonymous Donor”) contributed the following percentages of outstanding accounts receivable in those years (also see p. 56 of John Mashey's report):

2004 (PDF — See p. 27) — 74% contributed by two donors.

2005 (PDF — See p. 32) — 74% from one donor.

2006 (PDF — See p. 33) — 25% from one individual.

2007 (PDF — See p. 32) — 38% fr

          Cover Discover: Gardens!        

 Cover Discover is all about judging book covers (frontlist and backlist) within a particular theme.  We'd never judge the story inside by the cover outside, but it's fun sometimes to judge the cover on its own!

HOW I COUNT VOTES:
I tally up the votes for each of the questions and include rank as a percentage, as well.
Example: 5 votes for Favorite Cover
counts as higher than
4 votes for Favorite and 1 for 2nd favorite cover
which counts slightly higher than
1 vote for Favorite, 5 for second favorite.
ETC. 

First, the results of last time's Cover Discover poll: Black and White Covers
 
FAVORITE COVER:

 
 SECOND FAVORITE COVER:
TIE

  THIRD FAVORITE COVER:
TIE




Which covers did you choose as faves?  Did they place?

 
TODAY'S TOPIC:
Gardens

 Here are the contenders for your vote: 











NOW, ON TO THE VOTING!


          Cover Discover: B&W and Read All Over        

 
 Cover Discover is all about judging book covers (frontlist and backlist) within a particular theme.  We'd never judge the story inside by the cover outside, but it's fun sometimes to judge the cover on its own!

HOW I COUNT VOTES:
I tally up the votes for each of the questions and include rank as a percentage, as well.
Example: 5 votes for Favorite Cover
counts as higher than
4 votes for Favorite and 1 for 2nd favorite cover
which counts slightly higher than
1 vote for Favorite, 5 for second favorite.
ETC. 

First, the results of last week's Cover Discover poll: Hats on Display
 
FAVORITE COVER:
TIE
 
 SECOND FAVORITE COVER:

  THIRD FAVORITE COVER:


WOULD YOU WEAR THE HAT ON THE COVERS YOU CHOSE?
50% NO
30% MAYBE
20% NO THANKS

HAVE YOU READ THE BOOKS YOU CHOSE FOR FAVE COVERS?
45% READ ONE OF THEM, BUT NOT THE EITHER
30% I WANT TO READ THEM
25% I'M NOT INTERESTED ONE WAY OR THE OTHER IN READING THEM
0% I'VE READ BOTH THE BOOKS


Which covers did you choose as faves?  Did they place?

 
TODAY'S TOPIC:
Black & White Covers


 Here are the contenders for your vote: 










NOW, ON TO THE VOTING!

          Cover Discover: Hats on Display        

Cover Discover is all about judging book covers (frontlist and backlist) within a particular theme.  We'd never judge the story inside by the cover outside, but it's fun sometimes to judge the cover on its own!

HOW I COUNT VOTES:
I tally up the votes for each of the questions and include rank as a percentage, as well.
Example: 5 votes for Favorite Cover
counts as higher than
4 votes for Favorite and 1 for 2nd favorite cover
which counts slightly higher than
1 vote for Favorite, 5 for second favorite.
ETC. 

First, the results of last week's Cover Discover poll: Jars and Bottles
 
FAVORITE COVER:
TIE

 SECOND FAVORITE COVER:

 
THIRD FAVORITE COVER:


Which covers did you choose as faves?  Did they place?

 
TODAY'S TOPIC:
Hats

 Here are the contenders for your vote: 










NOW, ON TO THE VOTING!

          Vote on This Week's Cover Discover: Jars & Bottles        
 
Cover Discover is all about judging book covers (frontlist and backlist) within a particular theme.  We'd never judge the story inside by the cover outside, but it's fun sometimes to judge the cover on its own!

HOW I COUNT VOTES:
I tally up the votes for each of the questions and include rank as a percentage, as well.
Example: 5 votes for Favorite Cover
counts as higher than
4 votes for Favorite and 1 for 2nd favorite cover
which counts slightly higher than
1 vote for Favorite, 5 for second favorite.
ETC. 

First, the results of last week's Cover Discover poll: Illustrate It!
 
FAVORITE COVER:
  
  SECOND FAVORITE COVER:

  THIRD FAVORITE COVER:

 FOURTH FAVORITE COVER:

 FIFTH FAVORITE COVER:


I love all the ones you guys selected.
Which covers did you choose as faves?  Did they place?

 
TODAY'S TOPIC:
Jars and Bottles

 Here are the contenders for your vote: 









NOW, ON TO THE VOTING!

          Cover Discover: Illustrate It!        


Cover Discover is all about judging book covers (frontlist and backlist) within a particular theme.  We'd never judge the story inside by the cover outside, but it's fun sometimes to judge the cover on its own!

HOW I COUNT VOTES:
I tally up the votes for each of the questions and include rank as a percentage, as well.
Example: 5 votes for Favorite Cover
counts as higher than
4 votes for Favorite and 1 for 2nd favorite cover
which counts slightly higher than
1 vote for Favorite, 5 for second favorite.
ETC. 

First, the results of last week's Cover Discover poll: Vertical
 
FAVORITE COVER:
 
  SECOND FAVORITE COVER:

 
THIRD FAVORITE COVER:
 TIE!


Which covers did you choose as faves?  Did they place?

 
TODAY'S TOPIC:
Illustrate It!

 Here are the contenders for your vote: 









NOW, ON TO THE VOTING!

          Cover Discover: Vertical        

 Cover Discover is all about judging book covers (frontlist and backlist) within a particular theme.  We'd never judge the story inside by the cover outside, but it's fun sometimes to judge the cover on its own!

HOW I COUNT VOTES:
I tally up the votes for each of the questions and include rank as a percentage, as well.
Example: 5 votes for Favorite Cover
counts as higher than
4 votes for Favorite and 1 for 2nd favorite cover
which counts slightly higher than
1 vote for Favorite, 5 for second favorite.
ETC. 

So last time you voted on horizontal covers, now for vertical covers!
There are far fewer of these out there.
Okay so first, here are the results from the last Cover Discover: Horizontal
 
FAVORITE COVER:
 
  SECOND FAVORITE COVER:

 
THIRD FAVORITE COVER:
 

LEAST FAVORITE COVER:




Which covers did you choose as faves?  Did they place?
What about your LEAST favorite cover?
 
TODAY'S TOPIC:
Vertical Covers

 Here are the contenders for your vote: 








NOW, ON TO THE VOTING!

          Cover Discover: Horizontal        

 Cover Discover is all about judging book covers (frontlist and backlist) within a particular theme.  We'd never judge the story inside by the cover outside, but it's fun sometimes to judge the cover on its own!

HOW I COUNT VOTES:
I tally up the votes for each of the questions and include rank as a percentage, as well.
Example: 5 votes for Favorite Cover
counts as higher than
4 votes for Favorite and 1 for 2nd favorite cover
which counts slightly higher than
1 vote for Favorite, 5 for second favorite.
ETC. 


First, here are the results from the last Cover Discover: FRUIT SALAD
 
FAVORITE COVER:
 TIE
 
SECOND FAVORITE COVER:

 
THIRD FAVORITE COVER:
 TIE


Which covers did you choose?  Did they place?
 
TODAY'S TOPIC:
Horizontal

 Here are the contenders for your vote: 









NOW, ON TO THE VOTING!

          Cover Discover: Fruit Salad: PART TWO        
Cover Discover is all about judging book covers within a particular theme.  We'd never judge the story inside by the cover outside, but it's fun sometimes to judge the cover on its own!


THE TOPIC TODAY:
FRUIT SALAD - PART 2
**Last week you picked your favorite covers from 11 groups of 3. This week you get to choose your overall favorites from the favorites of last week.  Here they are: 

GROUP 1:

GROUP 2:


GROUP 3:


GROUP 4:
TIE


GROUP 5: 


GROUP 6:


GROUP 7:



GROUP 8:


GROUP 9:


GROUP 10:





GROUP 11:


NOW, ON TO THE VOTING!

          France wont reform, wont improve, for now        
Regardless of the result of the French Presidential election the outcome will, at best, see little difference to the structural sclerosis that contains the French economy, nor will it see a reform in terms of support for basic freedoms and individual liberty that France also needs.

As appealing as anti-Islamism of Marine Le Pen is, the bottom-line is that she is not from a tradition of liberty, but one of collaborationist fascism.  The facade slipped when she went into denial over the actions of the Vichy regime, which not only appeased, but collaborated and worked hand in glove with the Nazis to terrorise France, deport and execute Jews.  The fight against Islamism is not won by handing power to one who channels fascists, even though she had made significant efforts to distance herself from it (including, to be fair, rejecting the explicit anti-semitism of her vile father).

Some conservatives and even some libertarians regard her as a hero, and are cheering her on.  I'm not and I cannot see how anyone, ANYONE, with a critical mind and appreciation of individual liberty can give her support.  Even if you accept that France needs to contain and confront Islamism (and it does), to then hand it over to a fascist, nationalist, protectionist movement is figuratively cutting off your nose etc, but is more counterproductive.

Nothing will play more into the hands of France's Islamists than Marine Le Pen making it difficult for  non-Islamist and moderate Muslims to go about their daily lives, for it will recruit thousands to the Islamist cause.  Similarly, whilst she would admirably likely defend the likes of Charlie Hebdo to publish cartoons lampooning Mohammed, she is adamantly opposed to Charlie Hebdo depicting her the same way or depicting Christianity in an offensive manner. 

Notwithstanding that her economic policies would be as ruinous to France as similar policies have been to Venezuela.  She is, very much, a national socialist.  Having said that, it is likely that if she were elected, the UK would be better off, at least in respect of the Brexit negotiations, because she would be friendlier to the UK.

Macron on the other hand, is pablum.  He may deliver some modest tax cuts and a "sinking lid" civil service (not replacing those who retire or leave, in net terms), but will not address France's sclerotic attitude to free enterprise and new business.  France needs the level of reforms Fillon was advocating, as a bare minimum, but his own corruption ruined his campaign.   Macron wont seriously confront Islamism, he will embrace the EU and move too little too late.  Worse, he will seek to punish the UK for leaving the EU, and will continue the main stream dirigiste economics of glacial reform that France has experienced for years (in part because the EU pushed it along).

France's fundamental problem lies in its civil service and the closed system by which the only people who advise the French government, by and large, are those qualified by a school that teaches one philosophy of government.   Until a President is elected that takes that system on, that breaks out of the single ideological domination of French domestic policy, France will remain unable to confront the primary causes of unemployment, regional stagnation and relative decline compared to northern Europe.  

I expect Macron to win, and France to continue to muddle through, but unless he has a secret agenda of serious reform, he will make little difference.  Le Pen at best will provide a distraction and a shock, but she not only would stagnate France, she would chase away private enterprise, reduce individual freedom and make her supporters poorer.

Neither is worth voting for, but I think the majority of French voters, who dislike Macron, would rather not have a President who is an apologist for Vichy.  They would be right to make that choice, to vote against opportunist blood and soil nationalist socialism.

          More of That Liberal Agenda        
In the cosmos of Planet Sulzberger, being anti-torture and anti-genocide equals "liberal values":
Since the skirmish, which resulted in more than 100 arrests, several liberal groups — including Amnesty International — have condemned the use of tear gas as well as the actions of Mayor Jean Quan of Oakland, who said the measures were justified because protesters threw rocks.
Yes, this is where we have landed--in a place where fighting to free people who've been jailed and persecuted for criticizing their murderous govenments is the equivalent of voting for Elizabeth Warren. #OWS has been painted as a liberal movement, so anyone or anything that appears to defend it is by extension also "liberal". This is a perfect exemplar of the knee-jerking modern journo, who works like mad to find a way to wedge every damn article in the universe into boxes labelled "left" or "right".

Taking this thinking to its logical conclusion necessarily requires us to assign mass murder, thought suppression, and torture to conservatism. Because no self-respecting conservative is going to find fault with whaling tear gas grenades and concussion grenades and rubber bullets at unarmed citizens exercising their right to peaceable assembly. At least I have yet to locate one.


          EU truths and untruths        
With the UK now voting as to whether it remains in the EU or stirs up what has been described as "the biggest change in European politics since the fall of the Berlin Wall" (although the war in Yugoslavia and the first genocide since the Nazis ought to come close), I thought I'd run through some of the claims of both sides that are intellectually dishonest.

Remain

3 million jobs are linked to trade with the EU: Well yes, but then nobody is saying trade with the EU will end and nobody campaigning to leave wants inferior trading conditions.  The European Free Trade Association provides free trade with the EU, with Switzerland, Norway and Iceland all members.  The idea that leaving the EU means 3 millions jobs are at risk is a gross exaggeration.   However, if the EU is bloody minded and puts up tariff barriers equivalent to what it does for the rest of the world. it is a 4% average tariff on UK trade to the EU, which is negative for jobs, but hardly a huge risk. 

If the UK leaves the EU, you might need a visa to visit the EU: Nonsense.  You don't need a visa to visit the EU from the US, Canada, Australia, NZ or any of the EFTA member states.  What would change is having the right to live there.  Given those wanting to leave mostly want to end the free movement of people, that could be a concern