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          Jawapan Wartawan Kepada Pengkritik Laporan Isu Kerja Ladang Di Australia   

Kepada : Akmar Abu Bakar

BAHAGIAN 1
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Terdapat beberapa kesalahan fakta asas dalam ulasan saudara Akmar.
1-Saya bukan wartawan Berita Harian tetapi Utusan Malaysia
2-Di Cutri, saya membuat kerja-kerja thinning, bukannya memetik buah
Maka saya tertanya-tanya sama ada saudara membaca sepenuhnya laporan saya atau sekadar membaca tajuk sahaja?
Sudahkan saudara membaca lapan muka surat laporan khas saya. Sudahkan saudara membaca sepenuhnya tulisan Nick McKenzie dan menonton 7.30 report?
Jika dibaca, pastinya jelas terpampang maklumat asas tadi. Takkan itu pun masih buat silap fakta.
Inilah penyakit orang kita. Dia baca tajuk, dia terus percaya. Dia tak kaji betul-betul tapi dia share di Facebook, WhatsApp.
Saya lihat saudara Akmar berada dalam kategori ini. Jenis suka baca tajuk, lepas tu terus melompat buat ulasan. Baca saudara, Allah dah kata, Iqra' (baca).
Macam tu jugalah kaitannya dengan iklan-iklan menawarkan kemewahan dengan kerja ladang buah di Australia. Ramai yang percaya bulat-bulat.
Memang duit jadi kelemahan manusia dan sebab tu lah iklan kerja Australia di Facebook ni semuanya tayang duit.
Mungkin ada yang plan nak pergi tiga bulan sahaja (selari dengan tempoh sah visa pelancong), maklumlah sebulan dapat RM9,000, tiga bulan dah berapa? Lumayan, boleh bayar hutang.
Tapi sedih, lepas tiga bulan pun tak boleh balik lagi.
Memang orang Melayu obses dengan duit segera. Tengoklah skim cepat kaya, MLM dan sebagainya, orang Melayu lah yang palig ramai kena tipu.
Saya pun tak faham sangat kenapa orang kita mudah sangat kena tipu. Gores dan menang pun kena tipu. Alahai...
BAHAGIAN 2
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Saya tidak berminat untuk menjawab serangan dan cercaan peribadi saudara ke atas saya. Pemikiran saya bukanlah serendah itu.
Saudara juga telah membuat tafsiran sendiri mengenai diri saya berdasarkan laporan yang dibuat walaupun tidak mengenali secara peribadi.
Maka, izinkan saya untuk membuat penilaian menggunakan methodology yang sama, siapakah diri saudara berdasarkan maklumat yang saya peroleh di laman Facebook saudara
Selepas disemak, saudara dilihat konsisten mempromosikan peluang pekerjaan ladang di Australia dan secara terbuka meminta rakan FB berhubung jika berminat.
Dan seperti biasa, yang indah-indah sahajalah diceritakan. Biasalah taktik FB marketing dan saya lihat saudara adalah orang yang mengkaji teknik FB marketing.
Maka, izinkanlah saya bertanya:
1- Apa yang dibuat saudara di Australia? Kerja ladang atau bawa orang masuk? Atau seorang pekerja ladang yang nampak peluang untuk buat duit dengan bawa masuk pekerja.
2- Berapa lama dah saudara di sana? Adakah visa membenarkan saudara bekerja di sana? Bagaimana dengan kawan-kawan yang mengikuti saudara, visa apa yang nak digunakan? Student visa?
3- Katakan saudara adalah jujur, tidak menganiayai kawan-kawan yang dibawa masuk, adakah saudara sedar apa yang dibuat adalah jenayah? Pernahkan saudara mendengar istilah human traficking?
BAHAGIAN 3
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Ramai menuduh saya menutup periuk nasi bangsa saya di Australia. Tunggu....saya jelaskan dulu okey.
Laporan saya bertujuan:
1-Mengelakkan rakyat Malaysia dan bangsa saya daripada terpedaya dengan janji manis ejen. Ramai dah orang terkena, orang dari kampung.
Saya pun berasal dari kampung dan tak sanggup tengok orang saya kena tipu.
Tak kena atas kepala saudara Alhamdulillah, tapi jangan nafikan ada kes macam ni dan jumlahnya besar.
Ada yang sanggup pinjam duit sebab fikir dia pergi sekejap je, dah dapat buat untung akan balik segera. Alih-alih hidup susah di farm dan berhutang lagi.
Apa yang saya tulis bukan rekaan. Bukan imiginasi. Semua makumat saya terima daripada pekerja farm juga. Saya bukan keyboard warrior, saya turun ke ground dan saya tengok dan rasa kehidupan orang kita di Swan Hill.
Cuma masalah dengan bangsa Melayu yang masuk farm ni, dia tak suka cerita kedukaan dia sangat. Dia bagitahu kawan-kawan di Malaysia kerja best padahal diri sendiri je lah yang tahu.
Yang di Malaysia percaya bulat-bulat dan terpengaruh ke sana.
Sebab apa? Sebab ego, orang kampung dengar tumpang bangga. Kerja di Australia beb, bunyi gah sangat, malulah kalau mengaku hidup susah.
Bagi yang berjaya, berjayalah, dan kita jangan lupa memang ada yang terjerat di Australia. Semoga yang berjaya itu tidak mencemari tangan mereka dengan memanipulasikan mana-mana pihak.
2- Disebabkan banyak sangat orang Malaysia salah guna visa pelancong dan langgar peraturan, Imigresen sana dah alert.
Kalau naik penerbangan tambang murah, lagilah Imigresen curios. Tengoklah apa soalan dia tanya masa nak masuk. Lebih-lebih lagi kalau Australia adalah negara asing pertama yang korang lawat.
Adil kah benda ni untuk kira-kira 30 juta rakyat Malaysia lain yang nak ke sana melancong, bekerja secara sah, buka bisness dan lain lain.
Disebabkan pekerja ladang Malaysia buat hal dengan imigresen, orang lain kena getah. Pekerja Malaysia di farm tuduh saya tutup periuk nasi, sedarkah yang korang juga tutup periuk nasi rakyat Malaysia yang lain.
Bagi lah apa pun alasan, kerja tanpa permit tetap salah. Hormatilah undang-undang negara orang, kita pun marah Bangla dan Indon masuk Malaysia kerja haram.
Setiap rumah orang ada peraturan, kena lah ikut. Bukan sesuka hati terjah dan bagi hujah kami cari rezeki halal (TAPI DENGAN CARA SALAH).
Kena ingat, apa yang berlaku di ladang-ladang akan menjejaskan 156,000 diaspora Malaysia yang berada di Australi secara sah tak termasuk pelajar dan pekerja haram lain
Untuk kefahaman, saya copy n paste petikan statement seorang peguam rakyat Malaysia yang memiliki law firm, Fides Lawyers di Melbourne sejak 8 tahun lalu, Vicknaraj Thanarajah dalam isu ini.
(HADAMKAN)
As of 30th March 2016 the percentage of Australian residents born overseas are one of its highest in Australian History. The latest statistics show that out of the current Australian Population 156,500 or 0.7 percent are from Malaysia.
These are the legitimate migrants on record till to-date.
The above figures do not include the students who come here yearly to study or the illegal migrants.
According to the statistics for the months of September 2016, there are approximately 35,000 thousand people from Malaysia who visit Australia between August and September of 2016.
The above figures shows us a few crucial facts;
1.The Malaysian Diaspora in Australia is about 156K, and we have a sizeable presence in Australia being the top 10 diaspora in Australia;
2.The Monthly Malaysian Entrants Australia is the top 5 in Australia;
Therefore, whatever happens to the Malaysian community in Australia, has an impact not only to Malaysia reputation but also to the rest of the diaspora that have migrated here or has legitimate business interest in Australia, this includes a series of investments by Malaysian GLC in Australia.
It is also commonly known that Malaysia is the only Southeast Asian country with access to the electronic travel authority system under which Malaysian citizens — and applicants from most of the Western world — can get a three-month tourist visa online.
This is probably the result of the excellent diplomatic relations that is shared between the two countries.
Common sense would dictate that should there be in surge in abuse of this privilege this efficient process is endangered in being scrapped.
BAHAGIAN 4
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Australia tak bodoh, dia bukan tak tahu apa yang pekerja ladang ni buat. Kalau tengok statistik protection visa pun dah kantoi sebab tiba-tiba mendadak naik. Ini kerja siapa sebenarnya?
Malaysia negara aman dan masih berungsi tetapi ramai rakyat kita minta visa perlindugan (refugee). Negara kita tak beperang pun. Untuk kepentingan dia, dia menipu dalam borang permohonan siap kondem Malaysia lagi.
Berdasarkan statitik laman web Imigresen Australia, didapati permohonan visa protection oleh rakyat Malaysia meningkat daripada 294 permohonan pada 2013-2014, 1,401 permohonan pada 2014-2015 dan meroket kepada 3,549 (2015-2016)
Dari 294 permohonan naik kepada 3,549 permohonan dalam masa hanya empat tahun? Kegilaan apa kah ini?
Berikut petikan kenyataan Vicknaraj Thanarajah:
According to the statistic published by the Department of Immigration in Australia, we can gather the following crucial facts;
•Asylum applications from Malaysians lodged while within Australia in the last financial year topped 3500, more than double the total for 2014-15 even though Malaysia is a stable and functioning state, new figures show.
•Immigration department figures show 87 per cent of these applications are refused. Of the reviews conducted by the Migration and Refugee Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, 88 per cent validate the original decision.
•The tribunal processed more than 2000 reviews last financial year — a fourfold increase on 2014-15 — representing almost half of its protection claim caseload.
•Details of the recent flood of onshore asylum applications from Malaysia, which totalled just 294 in 2013-4, are contained in documents published on the department’s website.
•In 2014-15, 1401 Malaysians applied for asylum from within Australia. That total surged to 3549 in the 2015-16 year.
BAHAGIAN 5
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Baca lagi petikan kenyataan Vicknaraj Thanarajah:
"Apart from the above financial and legal considerations, these workers need to be aware of the political considerations that are associated with the Horticulture industry in Australia specifically the Fruit Picking Jobs.
The truth is, this is not a new issue; the Malaysians are just a latest wave of workers that are being used by the syndicates as work-stock. Prior to in recent years this there was an uproar on the abuse of Pacific Islanders as illegal workforce and as a result of an inquiry, the illegal workforce have significantly reduce from the Pacific Island.
It is my personal opinion the Malaysians are merely filling in a temporary gap left by the prior inquiry in relation to the Pacific islanders. What the Malaysian migrants need to realise, that the labour dilemma is soon to be solve (at least in part); because a political solution has been reached recently.
The Immigration Department of Australia will be launching a special class of visa (416) to enable Pacific islanders to work in the horticulture industry seasonally. This is supposed to commence by the 19th of November 2016.
Unfortunately Malaysia is not on the list as that particular visa caters for Pacific Islanders.
The hypocrisy of politics are blinding, the blatant fact remains that there is a need for workers in the horticulture industry especially in rural Australia, and the industry and the syndicates are filling that gap and need.
The syndicates take advantage on this legal and economic arbitrage simply because workers are voiceless because of their legal status in Australia. 
Rhetorically, Corporations, Farmers and Authorities, at the Federal, State and Local Government manage the blame efficiently and seamlessly each respectively pleading ignorance of the existence of such syndicates and illegal workforce.
This plea of ignorance is laughable, especially with the example of the case of Swan Hill a rural town in regional Victoria is swarming with Malaysians Workforce.
The issue and the challenge now is whether the Australia Government specifically the Minister responsible for Immigration is going to provide an empty political retort by conveniently electing to enforce a pre-existing law or a sound policy resolution that is sustainable and future proof for all those affected by the labour shortage.
For the sake Human Dignity and Decency, I challenge the Minister to extend the same opportunity for Malaysians to enable them to apply as seasonal workers in the Horticultural Industry.
Alternative expand the quota of Sub Class 462 Work Holiday Visa which is currently fixed at 100 visa for Malaysian per annum.
BAHAGIAN 6
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Saya juga sependapat dengan Vicknaraj yang berharap ada sinar untuk rakyat Malaysia bekerja di ladang-ladang secara sah supaya nasib mereka lebih terjamin.
PM Najib pun dah jumpa dengan PM Australia, Malcom Turnbull di APEC, Lima, Peru, kelmarin.
Malaysia, Australia bincang isu kedatangan migran
LIMA, Peru 20 Nov. - Kerjasama berkaitan kedatangan migran secara tidak sekata adalah antara topik yang disentuh dalam perbincangan dua hala Malaysia dan Australia di luar persidangan Kerjasama Ekonomi Asia Pasifik (APEC) di ibu negara Peru semalam.
Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yang mengadakan pertemuan dengan Perdana Menteri Australia, Malcolm Turnbull berkata, Australia dalam pertemuan itu meminta kerjasama Malaysia untuk membendung isu pelarian, yang menghantui negara berkenaan ekoran kebanjiran migran itu.
"Beliau (Turnbull) mahu bendung masalah migran ini yang dikaitkan dengan permerdagangan manusia," katanya kepada wartawan Malaysia di sini selepas menghadiri program hari pertama Mesyuarat Pemimpin Ekonomi APEC.
Antara kerjasama itu adalah melalui pertukaran laporan risikan dan melakukan larangan rasmi iaitu dengan mengambil tindakan sekiranya migran berkenaan melalui perairan negara, katanya.
BAHAGIAN 7
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Kita harap pertemuan ini dapat merintis jalan ke arah rundingan yang akan memberi manfaat kepada rakyat Malaysia yang mahu bekerja di Australia secara sah dalam sektor kemahiran rendah.
NOTA: Ada beberapa soalan Saudara Saharudin Jang yang perlu saya jawab.
1- Apakah keburukan yg ada pada rakyat malaysia bekerja di malaysia.
Keburukan? Saya dan jutaan rakyat Malaysia lain tetap kerja macam biasa. Memang ada kelemahan tertentu seperti gaji yang tak setara dengan kos sara hidup. Saya sebagai rakyat pun buat 2-3 kerja untuk survive. Dan buat masa ini saya belum terfikir perlu bekerja di negara orang secara haram untuk survive.
2- Adakah baik untuk kerajaan malaysia jika aliran wang tunai dari aussie masuk kemalaysia dan dihabiskan untuk membayar cukai & gst?
Betul tapi sepatutnya dilakukan secara sah. Pekerja haram tidak mebayar cukai kepada kerajaan Australia dan duit berkenaan mengalir ke Malaysia secara tak sah.
3- Ramai pekerja di aussie nie akan terdidik dgn cara hidup di aussie x boleh wat huru hara bising n sabagainya yg menganggu privasi org lain. Betul atau tidak?
Betul lah. Mematuhi undang-undang perkara yang mulia, begitulah juga undang-undang Imigresen di Australia. Kenapa tak hormat pula?
Kalau setakat nak didik supaya tak bising, kat Malaysia pun boleh. Hormati hak jiran tu kan ajaran Islam.
4- Pepatah orang dahulu jauh berjalan luas pengalaman.
Betul ke tidak.
1000 peratus saya sokong. Sebab saya sendiri suka berjalan. Sejak 2006 sampai sekarang, dah 24-25 negara saya dah pergi.
Pada 2010 saya berekspedisi dengan tiga lagi kawan naik motosikal dari KL ke London dalam masa 2 bulan. Di sepanjang perjalanan saya jumpa ramai rakyat Malaysia yang berjaya, tak ada seorang pun daripada mereka ni bekerja secara haram.
Bulan Ogos lepas, saya berada di Rio de Janeiro, Brazil selama tiga minggu untuk liputan sukan Olimpik Rio2016.
Saya pun kenal ramai lejen-lejen hardcore overlander yang dah pusing dunia, mereka tak der pula nak kutuk-kutu Malaysia. Jangan baru jejak kaki di satu negara, dah rasa Malaysia ni serba tak kena.
5- Berapakah komisyen yang bro saiful haizan terima daei egent egent pembuat bridging visa. Yg lebih membahayakan kedudukan malaysia pada PRU 14 nanti. Setiap pemegang visa a & c x boleh balik kemalaysia tau. Camner diorg nk undi BN namti. Heheheh.
Apa punya soalan ni. Apa kaitan dengan ejen buat bridging visa? Sepatutnya mereka yang marah dengan saya.
Kalau tak boleh balik, pergilah mengundi di kedutaan. Asalkan berdaftar dengan SPR.
Akmar pula ada cakap yang Imigresen Australia tangkap orang Malaysia sebab Najib nak rakyat balik undi dia.
Hahahaha...hal politik tak perlu masuk lah bro. Tak habis-habis dengan politik.
Terima kasih kerana membaca ke peringkat ini. Saya menghargainya kerana selepas ini saya tidak lagi mengulas isu ini secara detail di FB.
*Share jika bermanfaat*
Salam hormat,
Saiful Haizan
Besut, Terengganu


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PBV หรืออัตราส่วน ราคาต่อมูลค่าทางบัญชี เป็นอัตราส่วนที่นิยมในการประเมินมูลค่าหุ้น บทความนี้ก็จะมาหาปัจจัยที่มีนัยยะสำคัญในการกำหนด PBV และการประมาณค่า PBV ที่เหมาะสมจากตัวเลขทางการเงินครับ

ปัจจัยกำหนด PBV ทางทฤษฎี


เรารู้ว่า PBV = PE x ROE

PE = b / (k-g)
PBV = b / (k-g) x ROE

b คืออัตราการจ่ายเงินปันผลจากกำไร

k-g มันประเมินยาก ดังนั้นจึงประมาณการ k-g จาก DDM
p = d/k-g
k-g = d/p = Yield% ผลตอบแทนเงินปันผล

ROE = ROA x (1+DE)

จากการย้ายข้างสมการไปๆมา ทำให้เลือกตัวแปรมา 4 ตัวคือ

  1. อัตราการจ่ายเงินปันผลจากกำไร b ถ้าเพิ่มขึ้น PBV จะเพิ่ม
  2. อัตราผลตอบแทนเงินปันผล ถ้าเพิ่มขึ้น PBV จะลดลง
  3. ROA เพิ่มขึ้น PBV จะเพิ่ม
  4. DE เพิ่ม PBV เพิ่ม



ผลการประมาณการ PBV ด้วยวิธี Regression


ข้อมูลที่ใช้เป็นข้อมูลภาคตัดขวางจาก web siamchart.com/stock ก็อบข้อมูลมาวันที่ 2 พค จากการประมาณการได้ผลดังภาพ

สมการคือ PBV = 2.55 + 0.121 DE + 0.063 ROA -0.226Yield

มีความสัมพันธ์กันอย่างมีนัยสำคัญ ยกเว้น DE ที่มีนัยสำคัญที่ 90

ทิศทางความสัมพันธ์ตามคาดคือ

  1. DE เพิ่ม PBV เพิ่ม
  2. ROA เพิ่ม PBV เพิ่ม
  3. Yield เพิ่ม PBV ลด

ผ่านมา 1 ปีวันที่ 4 พค 2560 ได้สมการดังภาพ
    ผลสมการของปี 2560 ข้อมูลวันที่ 4 พค
    สมการเปลี่ยนแปลงนิดหน่อยเป็น

    PBV = 1.38 + 0.32DE + 0.23ROA - 0.4Yield

    การประยุกต์หาราคาที่เหมาะสม


    ถ้าเรารู้ ค่า PBV ที่เหมาะสมก็สามารถหาราคาเป้าหมายได้เลย 

    PBV = P / BV

    p = PBV x BV

    ตัวอย่างหุ้น MINT 


    อัตราส่วนหนี้สินต่อส่วนของผู้ถือหุ้น 1.82 เท่า
    อัตราผลตอบแทนจากสินทรัพย์ 10.41 %

    อัตราเงินปันผลตอบแทน 0.94 %

    PBV = 2.55 + 0.121 (1.82) + 0.063 (10.41) -0.226(0.94 )
    = 3.21 เท่า

    มูลค่าหุ้นทางบัญชีต่อหุ้น (บาท/หุ้น) 7.45

    ราคาหุ้นเท่ากับ 7.45 x 3.21 = 23.94 บาท

    แสดงว่าวันนี้เทรดกันที่ราคาแพงไปหน่อย

    มูลค่าเหมาะสม MINT


    ราคาวันนี้แพงไปหน่อย แต่กิจการเขาดีมูลค่ากิจการก็สูงขึ้นเรื่อยๆ ถ้าเจอแบบนี้ก็ต้องถือยาวๆ
    มูลค่าเหมาะสม AS
    เมื่อทดลองนำไปประมาณการมูลค่าของหุ้น AS จะเห็นว่าเมื่อผลประกอบการแย่งลง มูลค่าของกิจการที่จะแย่งลงตามไปด้วย

    ดังนั้นการลงทุน หัวใจอันแรกคือหาหุ้นที่มูลค่ากำลังสูงขึ้น

    การหา PE ที่เหมาะสม


    หรือจะประยุกต์มาหาค่า PE เหมาะสมก็ได้
    PE = PBV / ROE

    ROE = 23.14%

    จะเอามาใส่สมการก็ต้องหาร 100 ก่อนได้ 0.2314
    จะได้ PE เท่ากับ 13.88 เท่า


    สรุปว่าตัวแปรกำหนด PBV ทฤษฎี มีนัยสำคัญทางสถิติกับข้อมูลในตลาดหลักทรัพย์



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    มีคนถามว่า สินค้าคงเหลือมูลค่าลดลงมีผลกระทบต่องบการเงินและความเชื่อมโยง ยังไง อธิบายทางโทรศัพย์ยังมึน พูด เดบิตเครดิต ก็ยิ่งมึน เลยทำเป็นภาพแสดงเป็นขั้นตอนมาดังนี้

    แนวคิดหลักมาจาก เราไปซื้อสินค้าคงเหลือกะว่าจะเอาไปขายให้เกิดกำไรเพิ่มความมังคั่ง พลิกชีวิตให้ดีขึ้น

    แต่เจ้ากรรมราคาสินค้าดันลดลงทำให้มูลค่าสุทธิที่จะได้รับลดลง ในเวลาปิดบัญชีเลยบันทึกส่วนที่ลดลงเป็นขาดทุนในงวดนั้นไปเลย

    มาตรฐานบัญชีบอกว่า มูลค่าที่ลดลงของสินค้าคงเหลือเนื่องจากการปรับมูลค่าให้เท่ากับมูลค่าสุทธิที่จะได้รับ รวมทั้งผลขาดทุนทั้งหมดที่เกี่ยวกับสินค้าคงเหลือต้องบันทึกเป็นค่าใช้จ่ายในงวดที่ปรับมูลค่าสินค้าให้ลดลงหรือมีผลขาดทุนเกิดขึ้น
    ผลขาดทุนจะบันทึกรวมในต้นทุนขายงวดนั้นๆ

    ผลกระทบชิ่งแบบง่ายๆคือ

    สินทรัพย์ลดลง => รายจ่าย => ทุนลดลง
    ในงบกำไรขาดทุนต้นทุนขายงวดที่ด้อยค่าจะเพิ่มขึ้น ทำให้อัตรากำไรขั้นต้นลดลง

    ทำให้มึนขึ้นดังนี้ แนะนำให้นอนให้เพียงพอแล้วค่อยมาอ่าน

    1ซื้อสินค้าคงเหลือ


    1.1นำเงินมาลงทุน 1,000 บาท  
    1.2เอาเงิน 1000 บาทไปซื้อสินค้าคงเหลือ 
    จะเห็นตัวเลขในงบกระแสเงินสด 1.3 คือเงินสดหายไป 1000 ไปซื้อสินค้าคงเหลือ

    2.ราคาตลาดลดลง


    วันสิ้นงวดราคาตลาดลดลงเหลือ 800 ความซวยบังเกิดเพราะซื้อของมา 1,000 นึง

    3.ปรับมูลค่าสินค้าคงเหลือ


    เมื่อเกิดขาดทุนในข้อสอง ก็ต้องบันทึกขาดทุนจากการด้อยค้าในสินทรัพย์ เป็น 3.2 รายจ่าย 200 เกิดจาก 3.2มูลค่าลดลงไป 200 

    ในงบกระแสเงินสด รายการนี้ไม่ได้จ่ายออกไปเป็นเงินสด ต้องเอามาบวกกลับ 200 ตาม 3.3

    4.กำไรสุทธิ และกำไรสะสม


    4.1 จากขาดทุนในข้อสามทำให้งบกำไรขาดทุนเกิดผลขาดทุน 200 กระทบชิ่งไป 4.2กำไรสะสมติดลบ 200 

    5.สินทรัพย์และส่วนทุน


    การการด้อยค่าทำให้ 5.2 ทุนลดลง 200 จาก 1000 เป็น 800 เหตจาก 5.1  สินทรัพย์มูลค่าลดลง 200 1000 เป็น 800

    6.วันขายจริง


    รับเงินสด 800 จากการขายสินได้ 800 ตามที่ประมาณการเป๊ะๆ

    7,8.สินค้าคงเหลือ รายการปรับมูลค่าและต้นทุนขาย


    ต้นทุนขาย = สินค้าคงเหลือต้นงวด + ซื้อเพิ่ม - ปลายงวด
    = 1,000 + 0 - 0 

    ที่สินค้าคงเหลือยังเป็น 1000 เพราะรายการปรับปรุงบัญชีไม่ได้นำมาตัดกับสินค้าคงเหลือโดยตรง

    ส่วนรายการปรับมูลค่า -200 งวดที่แล้ว ก็กลับรายการ 8.1 มาเป็น 200 จะเห็นยอดคงเหลือในงบดุล8.2 เท่ากับ 0 

    ดังนั้นต้นทุนขายในงบกำไรขาดทุนจึงเป็น -1000 + 200 = -800


    ส่วนในงบกระแสเงินสด จะเห็นรายการ 8.3 เป็นยอดหักออกเนื่องจากเป็นรายการที่ไม่ใช่เงินสด


    จะเห็นว่าถ้างวดหน้าไม่มีการด้อยค่าสินค้าคงเหลือล็อทใหม่เพิ่มเต็ม ในงบกระแสเงินสดจะเห็นการกลับรายการด้อยค่ามาทั้งจำนวน

    ถ้าเห็นตัวเลขกลับรายการมาไม่หมด เช่นในงบกระแสเงินสด ปีที่ 0 เห็น 200 งวดที่ 1 มีค่า -150 แสดงว่า สินค้าคงเหลือสิ้นงวดที่ 1 มีการด้อยค่าเพิ่มเติม 50 (-200 + 50 = -150)

    9.ผลกระทบกับกำไร


    กำไรจะเท่ากับ 0 กำไรสะสมก็ไม่เปลี่ยนแปลง เพราะเราเอาขาดทุนที่คาดว่าจะเกิดในอนาคตมากระทบไว้ในงวดที่แล้ว

    10.เงินสดสุทธิ


    เงินสดเพิ่มขึ้น 800 จากการขาย


    สรุปผลกระทบชิ่งแบบง่ายๆสั้นๆ คือ สินทรัพย์ลดลง => รายจ่าย => ทุนลดลง
    ในงบกำไรขาดทุนต้นทุนขายงวดที่ด้อยค่าจะเพิ่มขึ้น ทำให้อัตรากำไรขั้นต้นลดลง
    โชคดีในการลงทุนครับผม



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              The $84 Question   

    ST. LOUIS—Mike McCurry may have set a new standard in expectations-lowering when he predicted before Friday's debate that his candidate would actually lose in his face-off with President Bush. About a half-hour before Bush and John Kerry walked on stage at Washington University, McCurry made this prediction to a group of reporters in the media filing center: "I guarantee you the story will be"—putting on his best "Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!" announcer voice—"'Bush bounced back from a dismal performance and sets up the exciting showdown in Arizona ...' "

    It sounded good, and in a sense it's true. Bush did bounce back. This wasn't "the Old Testament version of Bush," as McCurry called the bumbling caricature who showed up for the first debate. But it wasn't the return of the charmer of 2000, either. The consensus on the Bush press bus—I'll be traveling with the president between this debate and the finale Wednesday in Tempe—on the way back to our hotel was that Kerry had bested the president once again. Or perhaps it was a tie, but most reporters thought that a draw favors Kerry, because he's got the momentum, and he just has to convince people that he's not a vacillating weakling to get their votes.

    Here's my predicted storyline: Before last week's debate, the speculation was whether Bush could knock Kerry out of the race with a decisive win. Heading into next week's debate, my guess is that the speculation will be about whether Kerry can put Bush away and end the campaign before the final three-week stretch begins. In particular, there will be a lot of focus on how the debate favors Kerry because the subject will be domestic policy.

    But based on this debate, Bush may have the upper hand next week. Kerry had his foreign-policy answers nailed. He dominated the early portions that dealt with Iraq. But when the questions turned homeward it was Kerry, not Bush, who was on the defensive. A little of the meandering, incoherent Kerry returned, particularly in his answers to the questions on tort reform, stem-cell research, and federal funding for abortions. (But at least Kerry didn't bring up the Dred Scott decision. President Bush: Against chattel slavery.) Kerry may also just be easier to caricature, despite what the polls say, on domestic issues. Surely people are more apt to believe that Kerry will tax them to death than to believe the "global test" nonsense being peddled by the Bush campaign.

    Though that wasn't the Bush spin Friday night. The Bush surrogates came into Spin Alley ready to sell the idea that Kerry failed to distance himself during the debate from the "global test" they call the "Kerry doctrine." Unfortunately, their decision highlighted one of the central flaws in Spin Alley: The spinners don't watch the end of the debates. By the time the candidates get to their closing remarks, the campaign staffers and surrogates have positioned themselves near the assembled press, and they're readying themselves for questions and TV appearances. So, maybe Bush campaign communications director Nicolle Devenish didn't hear Kerry say in his closing statement, "I will never cede the authority of our country or our security to any other nation. I'll never give a veto over American security to any other entity—not a nation, not a country, not an institution." Despite Kerry's clear renunciation of a foreign "permission slip," here was Devenish's spin as soon as the debate ended: "What was striking to me was that Kerry didn't even try to retract the global test. He has now accepted the Kerry doctrine as his own." Bush deputy campaign manager Mark Wallace said something similarly erroneous: "He affirmed the global test today, that would say there has to be permission from the world before you can take action." Actually, Kerry did the exact opposite.

    Still, Devenish was the only Bush spinner I spoke to after the debate who didn't try to defend the president's strange assertion about the Duelfer report, that it shows that sanctions weren't working in Iraq. "I have to confess to being a campaign official and not an NSC spokesgal," she said. By contrast, here was Dan Bartlett: "Charlie Duelfer said both in the report and in his testimony that sanctions were unraveling, that the gaming of the system that Saddam Hussein was doing was doing just that. He was trying to game it by bribing people." But Saddam was trying to bribe people to get the sanctions lifted, and he wanted them lifted because they worked, because they prevented him from reconstituting his weapons programs. Here's Wallace: Saddam "was making a concerted effort to avoid sanctions," and "he had the means and the ability to reconstitute his WMD program." But, wait—the sanctions were precisely what were keeping Saddam from doing that. He had "the means and the ability" only if the sanctions had been lifted, and a Bush veto in the United Nations could have kept the sanctions in effect permanently. Ed Gillespie and Ken Mehlman cited the oil-for-food program as evidence that the sanctions didn't work. But again, Saddam's bribes were an attempt to get out of the sanctions that had stripped him of his chemical weapons, his biological weapons, and his nuclear program.

    The defensible position for Bush would have been to argue that we had no way of knowing whether sanctions were working before we invaded. But instead he's resorted to this preposterous idea that because Saddam was trying to evade the sanctions, somehow that was evidence that the sanctions weren't working. Somehow the fact that Saddam has no weapons and no stockpiles was evidence that sanctions weren't working.

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    Today, I finished a scrapbook project and an accompanying card. The scrapbook is a 12 x 12 size, and was part of a kit I ordered at a substantial discount from the Docrafts website some time ago. It came with the album, a paper pad, some letters, some diecut printed squares and some pretty chipboard message shapes. Last autumn, one of our very good friends came up from Plymouth and we had a fabulous weekend. I took loads of photos and decided to use the album as a reminder of a wonderful few days.

    You can see the album cover, and a few sample pages. I love these bright cheerful florals, spots and stripes - very zingy and uplifting. Of course, with the letters, I very quickly found that I had used up all the vowels and was left with a pile of Z's, Q's and so - it was a bit like playing Scrabble. As usual, I had ordered the prints used from Photobox - I know I keep praising them, but in fairness, I never cease to be impressed by their service, which is very cheap, incredibly fast and good quality.
    To go with it, I made a pretty card from a Kanban kit I ordered from QVC about a month ago. One of the reasons I haven't posted much lately is that I've been very busy making lots of cards for the greyhound charity - they have opened a new shop down in Burry Port and I wanted to make sure they had a good stock to get them under way. As part of that exercise I bought this little kit which has been a delight to work with, with lots of really gorgeous shapes and papers to make very simple but attractive cards very quickly, which is just what you want when making in bulk for the shop. I loved the message - "Happiness is Handmade" seemed so appropriate and perfect on a card to accompany this type of gift. After putting some background paper on the blank card, I added and layered the die cut hearts and butterfly, then finished with an organza ribbon and some little adhesive gems.
    I photographed the scrapbook on our stripped and not yet made bed and as you can see I was joined by a hound who, as usual, was determined to ensure he was at the heart of any action. I've lost count of the number of photos I have taken which have bits of tail, ear, or furry rump in the corner. So, for your delectation and delight, Andy is included in what should be a strictly crafting blog. But, hey, it's my blog, and I'm going to break the rules!! Lots more greyhound stuff over on my other blog.
    Now that the big run of card making is done, I should be able to resume normal service with posts coming a lot more frequently.

                 
    As the previous post was quite long, I decided to do a fresh post. On Tuesday, QVC had one of their regular Craft Days. Sometimes these are good value (like the aforementioned BP kit) and sometimes they are just fun to dip into and get ideas. This time though I was committed to watching quite avidly as Tim Holtz was appearing, having travelled over from the USA. Tim is an inspirational crafter and with Ranger, is responsible for a range of goodies including alcohol inks, distress inks and all sorts of other great kit, in fabulous colours. He's particularly well known for his "grunge" look but to be fair, many of his techniques and products can be used/enjoyed by any crafter who enjoys messy play. During the craft day they had a selection of goodies from Ranger that were tempting, and as the prices were good, I succumbed. I ordered a selection of 12 Stickles, a fabulous glitter glue in amazing colours which never clogs, drips or spurts. I also ordered a pack which included 3 different Distress Metallic Crackle Paint and matching Distress Stickles. Plus the TSV, which was Tim's new book, bundled with an assortment of goodies, including several products that I had seen before but never actually tried, so figured that now was the time to take the plunge. Previously, when Ranger stuff has been stocked, they've sold out very quickly, so I waited up until midnight on Monday, then ordered via the web, to be sure of getting what I wanted.
    The rest of the craft day went well, as I was relaxed about having my purchases safely bagged, and could enjoy the various demos including lots with Tim and his new book. Fast forward, and on Thursday morning, the first of my parcels arrived. QVC do not bag up separate items - they always deliver them in separate packages - I was very impressed with the speed of delivery and sure enough when I opened it, it was a stack of goodies. The new book is brilliant - loads of tips, techniques and ideas, all very inspiring, both for browsing and for detailed technique following. For instance, I didn't know you could use alcohol inks to colour metal charms, so tried out this on a butterfly charm and it seems to have worked brilliantly.
    On Saturday, we went out for lunch with my great aunt, leaving the dogs in the house. The postman pushed through the letterbox, two Jiffy Bags with the remaining items while we were out, and Andy decided to do what he does sometimes, and attack the post. We are actually in the process of sourcing a mailbox to affix to the side of the house, as we quite often have letters with teeth marks, rips and so on. Anyway, his teeth punctured a pot of Antique Silver Distress Crackle Paint, so when we came home, the hall was a picture. Piles of ripped and munched post, with paint everywhere, including all over the criminal, and a selection of doggy footprints in Antique Silver on the wooden floor, paint all over the hall rug, and worse of all, paint all over the sofa in the living room, which has loose covers. Clearly, having had a good munch, he decided to go and have a lie down on the sofa and rest after all the excitement.
    My feelings were very mixed, to say the least. A combination of laughter (it really did look ridicolous), annoyance at my paint being wasted, and worry over the dog being poisoned by the paint, plus concern over clearing up the mess. We managed to find the pot, and reassuringly it had NON TOXIC written boldly in big letters - did this apply to greyhounds, we wondered? The criminal was bouncing round quite happily when we got home, so it obviously was not a fast acting poison (if at all) so we decided to focus on cleaning up. The hall rug is a complete write off but as it was a very cheap one from Ikea, we are not too worried about that. We stripped off the loose covers from the sofa, and immediately washed them, and worked on the floor - fortunately that came clean immediately. The guilty dog was covered in dried paint on his legs - we've now started calling him Twinkletoes since there have been no ill effects. Unfortunately, however, the paint has not come out from the sofa fabric, so we now need to check our insurance policy to see if it is worth making a claim.
    Today, I've been playing with my new purchases, very happily. Andrew and Twinkletoes went for a run together this afternoon, and enjoyed themselves. I'll probably post more pics as projects get finished. All I can say is that I've started work on a little chipboard book, and am having lots of fun, involving paints, squirts, sprays, rubs, stamps and general fun.

                 







    A combination of things to write about today. A little while ago, I ordered some papercrafting goodies from Cardcraft Plus, in particular some cardmaking supplies for the GRW shop. In their most recent catalogue there were two very pretty sets, one of a Oriental theme (lots of cherry blossom, pretty turquoise and delicate pinks, all with gold foiling) and the other was a very versatile set of butterfly themed papers and cards with a palette of chocolate browns, russets and caramels. Both included lots of die-cut, foiled toppers and labels - so plenty to make quick cards for the shop, but also enough to use as a base for a more creative afternoon.

    Anyway, this week I passed my ECDL and I'll be popping back in next week to say Thank you to my lovely tutor and to return the workbooks I was using. I'll probably also get her either a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates. So, I decided to make her a card using the new sets. After a bit of dithering over which set to use, I plumped for the chocolate butterflies and spread the cardstock over the bed to look at it and choose, before working here in the spare bedroom. Big mistake. While I was working away happily, Andy the greyhound decided to enter the bedroom at high speed, take a flying leap onto the bed and start chewing at the cardstock with great interest and curiosity. I quickly realised what he was doing, dashed in there and we had words. Much chastised, he skulked off in disgrace and I have been considering the damage. I won't now be able to make any A4 cards from the cardstock (unless teethmarks suddenly become an accessory) but with some trimming I'll be able to salvage most of the cards from the wreckage. After that excitement, here's the card pictured above.

    I started with a cream landscape A5 card, and covered it with a piece of the printed background paper in a a lovely chocolate brown. I affixed a Thank you message with foam pads and then pressed out and layered up a pretty decoupage series that came with the kit in a lovely russet brown. Next to this, I attached some more die cut butterflies and finished off with some adhesive gems on the butterflies and a pretty chocolate organza ribbon around the side of the card. And of course the moral of this story is that greyhounds and craft do not mix!

    On the fabric front, I have still not photographed my little bag, but will do so during the week. In the living room, we have a quilt over one of the sofas that I use for snuggling while watching TV or reading or stitching. You may remember I made it from a lovely Moda charm pack from the "At Water's Edge" range. Just after Christmas, Andrew announced (much to my surprise) that he wished to commission a similar quilt for his sofa and that I should proceed with its manufacture. So, at a recent visit to Busy Bees, I purchased a charm pack from Moda, this time in the Mill House Inn range - really pretty florals, in soft dusty pinks, spring greens, tan and some berry colours. My thinking was to make a similar quilt to the one I made for my friend Penny for Christmas, based on a nine patch square with sashing between. Anyway, yesterday afternoon I made up my nine patch blocks and summoned dear husband for an inspection. After looking at them for a bit, he has decided that the square is not going to be big enough and the quilt should be larger. So, I am going to get another charm pack of the same fabric and have an eight block quilt rather than a four block. Deep down I suspec this is so he can wrap up not only himself but any passing greyhound who happens to be sharing the sofa with him..

    I attach some pics of the made-up nine patch blocks completed so far - the colours are really pretty. What I haven't yet decided is whether to leave the blocks as they are or do what I did at Christmas and do the cutting and turning into quarters, making a more complex looking block. Decisions, decisions......

              Their Kind of Town   

    NEW YORK—Zell Miller will be the most notable apostate at the Republican National Convention, but Ed Koch gets to be the first. At the first GOP convention ever held in New York City, the first speaker after the opening remarks by Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie and RNC Co-Chair Ann Wagner is the former mayor, a Democrat. "Why am I here?" the jovial Koch asks the smattering of assembled delegates at the sparsely attended Monday morning session. "I'm here to convert you. But that's for the next election. This year, I'm voting for the re-election of President George W. Bush." The small crowd gives Koch a huge cheer.

    Koch is followed by another New York mayor, the current one. At the first GOP convention ever held in New York City, Republican Michael Bloomberg declares, "Welcome to America's New York." It's a strange choice of words, one that makes it sound as if the Republican delegates suspect they somehow landed in Russia's New York. (Perhaps that was the New York that Koch presided over.) But Bloomberg's choice of words is telling. The picture of New York painted during the convention's morning session is a city in tune with the rest of the country, the South, Middle, and West that most Republicans hail from. Maybe Bloomberg should have said, "Welcome to Red America's New York."

    After Bloomberg speaks, a video produced by the History Channel tells the political history of the capital of Blue America, but it's really the history of the Republican Party in New York. We hear about the birth of Teddy Roosevelt, for example, but not, say, the Stonewall riots. (The video also contains the first bit of disinformation at the convention: It calls TR "our second-youngest president" when in fact he was the youngest president, taking office as a 42-year-old after the assassination of President McKinley. JFK, at 43, was the youngest man elected to the presidency.) "America's New York" is where the Bill of Rights was written, not where the gay rights movement began. It's where Abraham Lincoln, the most beloved Republican, denounced the spread of slavery at Cooper Union. It's also home to the machinery of global capitalism: the New York Stock Exchange and the headquarters of more major corporations than any other city.

    Long before we get to Rudy Giuliani, New York Mayor No. 3 of the day, the message of Day 1 couldn't be clearer: Don't worry, nervous visitors. Despite what you may have heard from your friends (or seen from the protestors), this is your town!

    But the Big Apple love-in doesn't last all that long. No one denounces the city, of course, but the disconnect between the majority of New Yorkers and the majority of Republicans comes across during the succession of speeches by GOP congressional candidates. In the most Jewish city in America, Mississippi congressional candidate Clinton LeSueur strays from President Bush's carefully inclusive religious rhetoric. Instead of making the nonsectarian statement in his prepared text—"The very foundation of this country is faith"—LeSueur says, "The very foundation of this country is Christianity and faith in Jesus Christ."

    Ted Poe, a congressional candidate from Texas, goes even further. He compares Upper West Side liberals, at least implicitly, to the nation's enemies in the war on terror. The country is currently fighting for freedom abroad in Iraq, Poe says. But it's also fighting for "basic American principles" at home. "This threat is real," he continues. Don't "complain and criticize as the French did in the war in Iraq." No, this dangerous "threat" must be stopped with a fierce barrage of smaller government and lower taxes. "Sitting on the sidelines is not an option," says Poe, sticking with his hilariously inappropriate analogy. "Now is not the time to be a French Republican" (or, as the official transcript of his piece has it, an all-caps "FRENCH REPUBLICAN").

    Who screened Poe's speech? Sure, it's not prime time, but certainly someone pointed out (or someone should have pointed out) that it wasn't a good idea to compare Democrats, by far the majority in New York, to Baathists.

    Maybe Poe was more shocked by the scale of the anti-Bush protests in the streets than he should have been. He expected the Republicans to be greeted in Manhattan as liberators.


              Is He Still Here?   

    MANCHESTER, N.H.—I knew John Kerry was the man of the hour, but what made the feeling more than an abstraction was the Baltimore-Washington airport bookstore. It stocked a display of Kerry's campaign book, A Call to Service, above the latest books by Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter. Yes, it's the Washington area, but still—it's an airport bookstore.

    Kerry continued his winning streak at tonight's debate, the final one among the seven remaining Democrats before the New Hampshire primary. Debates have been Kerry's best format during this campaign. He's a TV candidate, cool and authoritative, and the time-cramped medium comes to his aid by forcibly restricting his long-winded oratorical perambulations. But until tonight's context, Kerry's debate performances seemed as irrelevant as Al Sharpton's zingers.

    The moment when Kerry won the debate, I thought, was when he answered Manchester Union-Leader reporter John DiStaso's question about his decision to throw his medals (or was it his ribbons?) away in protest during the Vietnam War. "I could not be more proud of the fact that when I came back from that war, having learned what I learned, that I led thousands of veterans to Washington, we camped on the Mall underneath the Congress, underneath Richard Nixon's visibility," Kerry said. "He tried to kick us off. And we stood our ground and said to him, 'Mr. President, you sent us 8,000 miles away to fight, die and sleep in the jungles of Vietnam. We've earned the right to sleep on this Mall and talk to our senators and congressmen.'" Kerry used the occasion to cast himself as both pro-veteran and antiwar, surely the sweet spot he hoped to squeeze his candidacy into before he got bogged down over the meaning of his vote in favor of the Iraq war resolution.

    I'm beginning to suspect that Kerry's lack of clarity on the Iraq war actually benefits his candidacy. One, because voters from a wide spectrum can find ways to square his position with theirs, and two, because his muddled ambivalence best captures the way I suspect the great majority of Democrats feel. (Kerry may have best explained his stance in October 2002 when he said, "My vote was cast in a way that made it very clear, Mr. President, I'm voting for you to do what you said you're going to do, which is to go through the U.N. and do this through an international process. If you go unilaterally, without having exhausted these remedies, I'm not supporting you. And if you decide that this is just a matter of straight pre-emptive doctrine for regime-change purposes without regard to the imminence of the threat, I'm not going to support you." The quote is taken from Walter Shapiro's One-Car Caravan.)

    But wouldn't Kerry know it? Even during his rosy post-caucus glow, he can't escape the man he once exasperatedly referred to as "Dean, Dean, Dean, Dean." Whether the Vermont governor is riding high in the polls or flaming out, he's the candidate the media fixate on. The local ABC affiliate in Manchester trumpeted its Nightline broadcast of the debate by mentioning only one candidate, Dean, by name. And if Dean's last-ditch effort to save his candidacy wasn't already the story of the day, his campaign ensured that it would be by sending their candidate on a televised triple play: the debate, his (and his wife's) interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC's Primetime Live, and his appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman. I watched all three from the comfort of my hotel room.

    There are advantages to watching political events on television rather than attending them in person. For one, you get to see them as the viewers do. I was on the scene in Iowa during this campaign's defining moment, the Dean Scream, and I didn't even notice it. The crowd was so noisy during what appeared to be typical Dean behavior during a stump speech, not unlike his listing off of the industrialized countries with universal health care ("the British and the French and the Germans," on and on to "the Danes, the Swedes, the Japanese, even the Costa Ricans have health care!"), that no one in the room seemed to hear the "part growl, part yodel," as the Boston Globe put it. Second, when you attend a political debate, all you really do is watch it on TV anyway, except you watch it in on TV in a room filled with other journalists. Third, I had no idea that Ernie Hudson, aka "the fourth Ghostbuster," had his own show on ABC.

    A couple things struck me from the Primetime interview. Dean said he was "speaking to 3,500 kids" on caucus night. I didn't formally survey the demographics of Dean's volunteers in Iowa, obviously, but his reference to the "under-30 generation" during his post-caucus speech elicited mild boos from the crowd. When I followed three Dean volunteers as they canvassed for votes in Des Moines, one was 33, one was 55, and one was 58. They weren't atypical. From my experience, nothing tweaks Dean supporters more than the idea that they are angry children, and they're right that the widespread belief that Dean is the kiddie candidate gives voters a reason not to take him seriously.

    The second thing that occurred to me was something from Howard Dean: A Citizen's Guide to the Man Who Would Be President, the book by a team of Vermont reporters. In it, one journalist notes that as Vermont governor, Dean never quite grasped that he was something other than an ordinary person, and that his words had unusual power. Sure, he had an uncommon job, but other than that, Dean thought he was just a regular guy. To a great extent, Dean has behaved on the campaign trail as if he still feels the same way.

    Dean's regular-guy status is one of the most appealing things about his candidacy, and it's one of the most fun things about covering him. He's willing to let himself be a normal person to a reporter in a way that most politicians won't. But in another way, a presidential candidate, and especially a president, isn't a regular guy. Presidents can't do or say the things that even senators and governors can. Neither can first ladies. That may not be fair, but that's the way it is.

    It looks as if Howard and Judy Dean have decided that if they can't remain "just ordinary folks," they don't want to be president and first lady. That's admirable. But I also suspect that that decision, and not some pirate yell, is the biggest obstacle that would keep them from the White House.


              Who's No. 1?   

    DES MOINES, IOWA—To give you an idea of how crowded Iowa is with presidential candidates and those who follow them, here's what happened in the first hour and a half after I landed here Wednesday night: At baggage claim, I encountered two Kerry campaign workers in need of a lift, so I dropped them off at Kerry HQ, which is downtown in what used to be a car dealership. Moments later, when I pulled up in front of my hotel, the "Real Solutions Express"—the big, blue, star-spangled Edwards bus—was sitting outside. After I checked in, I rode up the elevator with Juan Williams. Ten minutes later, my next elevator ride was with Aaron Pickerel, the Iowa political director for the Edwards campaign. In 20 minutes of TV viewing, I saw ads for Dean, Kerry, Kucinich ("Did I approve this commercial? You bet"), Edwards, Dean again, and Kucinich again.

    Two days ago, the Iowa storyline seemed pretty clear: Howard Dean and Dick Gephardt would duke it out for first place, and John Kerry and John Edwards would compete for third. But now, if the latest Zogby poll is to be believed, it's a four-way run for the finish. No one seems to have any idea how things are going to go down on Monday, but at the moment, the race feels so close that the results won't winnow a single candidate from the race.

    Right now, the biggest mystery of the campaign to me is what's gotten into John Edwards? After his spectacular performance at the Des Moines Register debate earlier this month, I thought to myself, "Too little, too late." After the Register endorsed him, I yawned. But a campaign rally this afternoon at the Renaissance Savery Hotel is the first Edwards event I've witnessed where an enthusiastic crowd gave him the aura of a winner. Before today, I'd only seen Howard Dean and Wesley Clark perform this well. (I'll weigh in with a judgment on John Kerry after I see him tonight.)

    North Carolina Gov. Michael Easley introduces Edwards with the best introduction speech I've heard for any candidate this campaign. He praises Edwards' opponents, saying: "They've all served our country well. I don't have anything negative to say about any of them, and neither does Sen. Edwards." Then he says something artfully negative about them anyway. "I'm running [for re-election] this time, and I want to run with someone I can run with, not from." Easley prepares the crowd for Edwards' theme: The North Carolina senator has dropped his aw-shucks, son of a mill worker, I've-done-this-my-whole-life campaign, and now presents himself as a fighter who has defeated powerful interests and powerful Republicans. "When he decided to run [for U.S. senator], he took on the toughest Republican establishment in the history of this country," Easley says.

    Edwards has expanded one of the most effective portions of his stump speech, the part about "two school systems, one for the haves, and one for the have-nots," and turned it into the campaign theme. There are "two Americas," he says: two school systems, two tax systems, two economies, even "two governments in Washington, D.C." America also has "two images all around the world," the shining City on a Hill versus a new, less flattering image that's been created by President Bush.

    Edwards has always gone after lobbyists, but now he's more strident about it. "We ought to cut these lobbyists off at the knees," he says. "We ought to ban them from making political contributions." He rails against the "revolving door" between lobbying and government, and he condemns "war profiteering." "We ought to ban these companies from making political contributions at the same time they're bidding on Iraq."

    Of the corporate lawyers who underestimated him in the courtroom, Edwards yells: "I beat 'em. And I beat 'em again. And I beat 'em again." Ditto for "the Jesse Helms political machine," which underestimated him during his race for the U.S. Senate, he says. "And now I'm the senior senator from North Carolina, not Jesse Helms! And that is good for America!" (This fires up the crowd, but won't John Edwards not be the senior senator from North Carolina next year, because he decided to run for president instead of re-election? Is that bad for America?)

    By the end of his speech, Edwards is sounding more and more like the man he's been chasing, Howard Dean. Up to now, most of the non-Deans have been trying to copy Dean's message by mimicking his anger, but Edwards zeroes in on another part of Dean's pitch, the part about empowering "you." Edwards promises to take away Washington from "that crowd of insiders in Washington, D.C.," and restore it to you. He can't do it alone, he says: "You and I are going to do it together." And the last line of his speech is no longer about himself, about an America in which the son of a mill worker can beat the son of a president. Instead, the son of a mill worker sounds like the son of a stockbroker: "I believe in you."

    On the subject of speaking precisely: I've been inundated with complaints about my recent piece that listed six statements made by Wesley Clark in New Hampshire. Unfortunately, I lumped statements that are objectively inaccurate (there were no terrorists in Iraq before the war) with statements that are demagogic (we could find Osama Bin Laden "if we wanted to") with statements that are imprecise (the statement that Bush "never intended to put the resources in to get Osama Bin Laden" can be defended logically, but so can Howard Dean's statement about the "Saudi tip-off" conspiracy theory that a secretive administration breeds conspiracy theories; neither are smart politics) with statements that are merely provocative and controversial and could be used to tar Clark unfairly (for example, I think it's unwise for Clark to focus on whether 9/11 was preventable). And I didn't outline which statement I believe falls in which category.

    The point of the piece, which was admittedly not clear, was to suggest that Clark may not be the "electable Dean" that his supporters believe he is. Both candidates have a propensity to make statements that range from impolitic to provocative to simply inaccurate. If you like Clark or Dean, you're predisposed to excuse these statements or to see them as courageous truth-telling. If you don't like them, you have a different reaction. I wanted to highlight this similarity between the two candidates, which belies the consensus that Clark is supported by careful centrists and Dean by angry liberals. I wish I had been more precise.


              Wesley Clark Buys a Sweater   

    CONCORD, N.H.—"This is so unfair, really," Gen. Wesley Clark moans from behind the dressing-room door. He's at the L.L. Bean Factory Store, and all he wants to do is try on a sweater, a plain, green, wool crewneck sweater, in private. But such is the plight of the presidential candidate in the surveillance society. Eight reporters and three minicams wait outside.

    For better or worse, this is the most exciting event of the day. It's Thursday just after noon, and the press corps is getting antsy. Clark spent the morning doing interviews on television and radio, while the traveling press was shipped to a Panera sandwich shop to loll about. But after the tedium of watching a man deliver the same speech over and over and over again, watching him try on a sweater feels like entertainment.

    When Clark arrived at the store, he was the one doing the razzing. "You need a new jacket. That looks like an Arkansas jacket," he said to Paul Barton, a rumpled reporter from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, who doesn't look adequately dressed for the below-zero temperatures that are about to hit New Hampshire. (We're at L.L. Bean because several reporters wanted to stock up on winter clothing. "How do you pack for six weeks?" one reporter explains.) Clark gets a kick out of teasing Barton, who hails from Clark's hometown of Little Rock. "He used to be on the TV show Columbo," Clark says. "But now he's traveling with us." Later, Barton strikes back, calling out, "General, do you want this atlas of Vermont?"

    The rest of the press begins to join in. After Clark strategist Chris Lehane purchases a hunting cap, an Ignatius Reilly number with earflaps, several reporters urge the general to purchase a "Lehane hat" to go with the sweater he's shopping for. Clark demurs. "I'm not into hats. Nice try, guys."

    "What I want is exactly this sweater," he declares, holding up a forest green crewneck. "If I can't find it, I'm buying this one and shrinking it. Paul, do you need a sweater?" Clark heads toward the dressing room to change, and the three women from the networks who record the general's every move teasingly ask if they can tag along. "Do you want to come with me?" he asks. No, not really, they say. "Then don't ask," he says, smiling.

    Clark buys the sweater and wears it that night. But believe it or not, the episode isn't the last time the subject of the general's potential near-nakedness comes up. At the end of the day, some reporters plead with Clark to allow them to watch him go swimming the next morning. Clark's swimming prowess is heralded in the campaign film American Son, which is shown before some of the "Conversations with Clark" town halls. He swam two legs in a medley relay race for his state-championship swimming team in high school. (In a related subject, the 59-year-old Clark appears quite dashing to some women. One reporter says some older women told her he was "eye candy." Polls show that Howard Dean has much greater support among women than Clark does, but for sheer physical attractiveness, at least some women seem to think that it's Clark, not John Edwards, who's the matinee idol among the Democratic candidates.)

    Clark sounds open to having reporters watch him swim, but he doesn't want any cameras to witness the event. When nearly everything you do gets caught on tape, maybe you need just a little time alone. Or maybe Clark's just tired of modeling for the press. As he put it, "No beefcake."


              Notes From New Hampshire   

    MANCHESTER, N.H.—Notes on a day in New Hampshire:

    The first Wednesday of every month is Meetup day for Howard Dean supporters, so they're gathered in a cramped restaurant called Merrimack, waiting for the candidate to arrive. It's close to a Holiday Inn where Dean and the other candidates will participate in a "women's issues" debate sponsored by Planned Parenthood. Merrimack is packed with media, including Joe Klein ("Hi, Joe," Dean says when he gets there) and George Stephanopoulos, who appears to be dressed in the same black turtleneck Wesley Clark and Dennis Kucinich wore Tuesday night.

    Once Dean arrives, he stands atop a chair to address the crowd. "It's not true that I'm the shortest candidate in the campaign," he says. "In fact, I may be in the top half." This isn't as preposterous as it sounds. There are nine candidates, and only John Kerry, John Edwards, and Dick Gephardt are indisputably taller than Dean. Dennis Kucinich and Carol Moseley Braun are shorter. That leaves a fierce battle for the vital center among Dean, Wesley Clark, Al Sharpton, and Joe Lieberman. Maybe at the next debate they should all line up in their stocking feet.

    During his speech, Dean clearly urges his supporters (who are voting this week on whether the campaign should turn down federal matching funds) to let him bust the federal spending caps: "It's a gamble, and there's good things to be said for both sides. But I fundamentally do not believe we can compete with George Bush if we limit our spending to $45 million."

    Earlier in the day, Dean delivered a speech in New York (which I watch from the comfort of my Manchester hotel room, on www.howarddean.tv) to announce the vote. What catches my eye: While criticizing President Bush's "powerful money-bundlers," Dean said, "They are people like Walden O'Dell, a 2004 Pioneer, who is also manufacturing electronic voting machines to count our votes, and has said that he is, quote, 'committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year.' " Does Dean believe that the Republican Party is going to manipulate electronic voting machines to steal the 2004 election? At Merrimack, I ask him. He admits that he doesn't know much about the subject, but he sounds open to the possibility. "I think it's a serious issue," he says.

    A line Dean says to a supporter that he might want to consider dropping: "The only difference between me and McGovern is we're going to be in the White House."

    Things of interest during the Planned Parenthood debate:

    The candidates are asked to grade themselves on their parenting, and Dean and Clark give the most interesting answers. "I will not pretend for a moment that I did 50 percent of the work, but I did a lot," Dean says. Clark is even more honest. "I don't give myself a very good grade, but I had an A-plus wife," he says. "Sometimes you get better than you deserve in life, and I've been lucky."

    They are also asked, "Do you practice a faith, and would you invoke the name of God when discussing a policy?" Nearly every one of them gives the safe answer, that their faith is important to them, but that they respect the separation of church and state. "I pray every night, but don't go to church very often," says Dean. "My religion does not inform my public policy, but it does inform my values," is Edwards's answer, and he adds, "The president of the United States should not be setting policy for the country based on his or her faith."

    Only Kucinich dissents. (Along with Clark, Kerry, and Braun, he's one of four Catholics at the debate. Although Braun and Clark self-identify as Catholics, Braun attends an Episcopal church and Clark attends a Presbyterian one.) He says that within the context of a pluralistic society, religious values can and should influence public policy. "We must live our spiritual values in our public policy," such as full employment, health care, and education, he says. "A government that stands for peace reflects spiritual values." After the debate, I try to ask Kucinich about the relationship between his faith and his public policy, but I get off on the wrong foot by saying that he changed his abortion position to pro-choice "right before" he started running for president. "Wrong," Kucinich says, it was spring 2002. The discussion goes nowhere from there.

    Since the topic came up, after the debate I also ask Clark why he converted to Catholicism as a young man, and why he no longer practices.

    "When I was in England during the Vietnam War, the Nonconformist churches over there were just extraordinarily political. And I just couldn't go to service and have them condemn the armed forces that I was serving in. I mean, they were my West Point classmates there, and they were being accused of terrible crimes, and it wasn't so," he says.

    "I believed in the structure, and the balance, and the long-term durability of the Catholic Church, and that's why I converted to Catholicism. But over the years as we went from location to location and saw the church, we found that our spiritual needs were better met by attendance at Protestant services. The services were richer in their spiritual meaning. And of course I still consider myself a Catholic. But I enjoy the singing, I enjoy the sermon, I enjoy the fellowship in the Protestant services. It's just a much deeper spiritual experience. That's for me."

    Back to the debate. Three of the candidates say 18-year-old women should be required to register for Selective Service, just like 18-year-old men. "If you have different standards, that begins the path toward discrimination," Dean says. Clark and Kerry say yes, too. Edwards says no, and Braun says it would be OK if it weren't for the fact that one in four women at the Air Force Academy are victims of sexual assault or rape. Kucinich gives my favorite answer, an attempt to have it both ways: "No, not that they can't, if they want to."

    What role would a "first lady, first man, or first friend" play in their administrations? There are three interesting answers. Dean confirms that "I'd very much like to be the first president who has a working wife in the White House" who does not participate in his career. Braun, who is divorced, says, "This is an impossible question. There has never been a First Man or First Gentleman." Like Dean, but with more flair, she concludes, "You'll get me, but you'll get no one for free."

    But it's Kucinich, who also is divorced, who steals the show. "As a bachelor, I get a chance to fantasize about my first lady. Maybe Fox wants to sponsor a national contest or something," he says. He adds that he wants "someone who would not want to just be by my side," but would be a "dynamic outspoken women who was fearless" in her support for peace in the world and universal, single-payer health care. So, "If you're out there, call me."


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    Drat and blast, folks!  Summer has passed us by and not a peep from yours truly. Truth be told, I just had a really exciting, fun, and busy summer.  I know people were worried for their lawns, but I'm the kind of gal who loves to see the sun every damn day if I can.
    One of my favorite things about the summer in the Gloucester location is that in the last few years it really has become a destination of sorts for folks from all over the world. Our Salem shop has enjoyed this diversity for years, as the PEM lives up to its reputation as an international draw.  Here in Gloucester, though, it's still new to see so many cultures and people all over the island.  My favorite international tidbit so far is that what we call non pareils here are called "freckles" in Australia.  Cool!
    Freckles, down under

    So much for the fun, folks, now on to the busy part:  At the start of summer (on my birthday, actually) I was alerted that our Salem shop would have to move out of its home for the past 5 years.  We're really sad to leave 177 Essex St., but had no say in the matter. We'll have our last hurrah there this October, and will be moving in November.

    So here comes the exciting part:  OUR NEW DIGS!  We are super excited to be moving just a couple blocks away to 318 Derby St.  We're really thrilled to be just around the corner from two of my favorite foodie stores in Salem, A&J King Artisan Bakers and the Cheese Shop of Salem. With us at the tip, I think we are going to make a gorgeous tasty triangle of a neighborhood.  A Bermuda Triangle of Tasty Delights!  The Black Hole of Deliciousness! The Golden Triangle of Temptation! I could go on...

    We hope (cross your fingers, folks!) to be up and running at the start of December. In the meantime, stock up on Essex St. all the way to Halloween, which will be our last day of business in that location. Remember, too -- the Gloucester shop has all the things you need, and will be open while the Salem shop relocates.  It's beautiful drive out here.  Trust me! 

    We'll keep you posted on progress, last minute news bits, and any crazy sales we might have on our Facebook Page. Visit often!

    Until next time, folks, we're here.  We're making candy.  It's yours for the taking.  Xxx.






              Happy New Year. Better late than never!   
    Woah, it's been a little while since I was tapping away at the keyboard, giving y'all the latest blow by blow of life as a uke totin' chocolatier...

    It was a crazy successful, crazy good December for us in the Alley. After a restorative week off, we're back to it. It's quiet in January, but we have so much to do in terms of preparing for Valentine's Day, it's sort of nice.

    I'm not a sap, really, but there's something about Valentine's Day that cheers me. This time of year on the East Coast is dreary, dark, and gray.  A lot of the time.  I find myself welcoming the bright colors and textures of each year's Valentine's designs greedily, enraptured by the sheer over-the topness of it all.

    That's just a taste, folks!  There are so many more!


    Okay, maybe I am a bit of a sap.  You can't be in this business for 24 years without that happening, apparently.

    To add to the February fun, our sister shop in Salem is part of the Salem's So Sweet Festival, participating in the Chocolate and Wine tasting event on the evening of the 5th.  Amy and Brandy will be representing there with some of our tastiest bits. Such a fun night!

    Valentine's Day is very different from other holiday seasons; the crush is intense for about 4 days. The 10 days prior are busier than normal, sure, but the sheer volume of folks we have coming through the door is really something to be seen.  It's always a bit of a gamble, too -- the things that really sell (truffles, cherries), we have to just make as much as we can and hope stocks hold up until the 15th. Thankfully, we have a really wonderful, loyal fan base; more often than not, if we're out of something, we can point them to something else they'd like.  Of course, the goal is to not run out, but...

    In the past we've had some  great write ups right around Valentine's Day, which always helps.  This year, we'll be in a sweet little spot on the news on channel 7 (NBC) throughout the day on the 5th, so that's exciting.  In the spot I show you how to temper chocolate so you can make Valentines at home, just like in my book, Turtle, Truffle, Bark!  Go ahead.  Try your hand at it.  Even a failure can be pretty delicious, and you know we are always here to make your favorites.

    Always -- except that first week of January, that is.












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              Stocks have their best day since April   

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              Namaste London   
    First weekend in the city. Glorious day; bright, warm, sunny. Will go and check out the various summer sales going on in the city. Only hitch - short on cash before the first stipend payment. But hey, window shopping doesn't cost a penny! And since I've got the monthly travel card made, travel is also free. So, wait there London city, me cometh.

    ***

    First day in office, day filled with form-filling and other stuff. The highlight of the day was the walking tour we had around the office with an official walking tour guide. As the gentleman said - "Every stone has some history in London." Starting with the Roman era, to the great fire of 1666, to the Victorian times - the city is filled with relics and monuments. Of course, we Indians do have lot deeper historical roots, but one has to appreciate the way the Western World preserves its past. Makes me sad to think about all the history spread all over India, ruining & dying slow death.

    By the way, death does have some part to play in the history of London. All big monuments are either churches, with big grave yards (tombstones are still there, though all the bodies were exhumed and taken out of the city sometime in 1800's) or have someone important murdered there, after elaborate torture, of course. We saw a square where William Wallace, aka Braveheart, was executed.
    [..]On 22 August 1305, following the trial, Wallace was taken from the hall, stripped naked and dragged through the city at the heels of a horse to Smithfield Market. He was hanged, drawn and quartered — strangled by hanging but released while still alive, emasculated, eviscerated and his bowels burnt before him, beheaded, then cut into four parts — at the Elms in Smithfield. His preserved head was placed on a pike atop London Bridge. It was later joined by the heads of his brother, John, and Simon Fraser. His limbs were displayed, separately, in Newcastle, Berwick, Stirling, and Aberdeen.
    Who the hell used to come up with all that. Yikes! And yeah, the guide told us the executions there were still carried out even after London got the tube in 1860s. So you could actually come using the tube to see an execution. Beat that!

    ***

    First day at the desk - mostly easy. Some stuff to be read and understood. Met almost the entire team. Had lunch at Subway with the two analysts from IIT Delhi. Left early. My manager was not in. London accounts for almost 50% of credit derivatives volume in the world and the volume runs in billion $; sitting on the floor where millions are made and lost was some thrill. Still don't understand many things, but surely this stuff ain't no rocket science!

    Eventually got to meet my manager on the next day. Pretty busy and pretty aggressive guy. Heard he joined here after working in Chicago for quite some time. No wonder he is all full of the typical american aggression. Check out the meeting we had recently (all in good humor, mind you. Not really menacing)
    Manager: We seriously are f**king around here. What happened to the slide I asked you to do?
    Subordinate: Oh yeah. I know I was supposed to do it, but I guess it got lost in the process.
    Manager: Yeah. In your world its "lost in process", in my world its called "f**king around!" See basically you f**k around because I am basically a nice guy.
    Only if I could get a penny everytime he says f**k, my cash crunch will be solved for a very long time. Almost the entire desk works pretty hard and leaving before 7-8 is kind of stuff hallucinations are made of. Around me, I keep hearing lots of different languages, seeing lots of different colored people. The office is quite cosmopolitan and location wise its in the downtown London, sitting pretty just opposite the London Stock Exchange.

    ***

    The place we (six of us: 3 from IIMC, 2 from A and 1 from B) are staying in is pretty cool too! Full of interesting restaurants (Indian, Chinese, Lebanese, Malaysian, blah blah) and shops, its considered among the better residential areas in London. We of course are staying in the company provided service apartments. The room, although a bit on the smaller side, is sufficient and quite comfortable. Usually I take a 15 minute ride in the tube to reach the office. The morning rush is nothing compared to the rush in Mumbai locals or even Kolkata metro.

    So there, the routine is almost set and life is good.
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              AL North Preview   
    The season is underway, and if you need a little help handicapping the division races, the ULB Times will be taking a look at each of the 8 divisions over the next 8 days. Up first, the AL North!

    Toronto Mounties

    The Mounties roll into Season 1 with a mix of veteran talent and some young arms. They will be led this year by 31-year-old, slugging LF Clark Walsh and CF Heath Olmos. Anchored by Closer Bruce Ruffin, the Mounties will hope that their starters can turn the game over to him with a lead more times than not.

    The Mounties will have concerns surrounding their starting rotation as they field no clear ac- on their staff. They will be putting a lot of weight on the young shoulders of 24-year-old Vic Rosales and 21-year-old Jose Lind. Rosales and Lind are being counted on as the building blocks for this franchise for years to come.

    Toronto has hopes of being a playoff contender this year, but it is hard to project where they may finish record-wise. During the offseason the Mounties were very quiet in free agency and on the trade front. Management chose to not sell out the future talent for a win now team and chose to let the season play out and evaluate as they go.

    Cleveland Crows

    Quite frankly it is difficult to predict how the initial season will go for the Crows. The overall talent level of the team is below average but that seems to be the consensus of most owners in the league. The Crows decided to trade off most of their high-priced players and pending FA. Most deals resulted in younger prospects coming back. Some stop gap FA were signed to plug gaps while they wait on those prospects. The goal appears to be building the widest competitive window they can. The best players on the team are prospects SP Tim Jackson and OF Dan Ramirez, both in their early 20’s. The game plan is to keep the top prospects in the minors for the first part of the season to postpone the arbitration years. After the first 25-30 games, if the Crows look to be competitive, Jackson, Ramirez and other top talents could be called up to make a playoff run. If the team dives to the cellar out of the gate, the Crows may choose to wait until next year to promote their top talent.

    The Crows do still have some good MLB talent with players such as Mat Dunham, Brandon O'Neill, and Harry Benson. While they would love to win the AL North, the Crows would be happy to get to .500 this season.

    Montreal Hilltoppers

    The Hilltoppers expect to field a competitive team this season but are expecting bigger things in the near future. Currently our top players are left-handed SP Don Chenand slugging 3 Michel Carreras; both players will be serious all-star contenders. Top rookie prospects are Buck Holmes, Tomas Tejeda, Jim Dougherty, Jamey Stockton, Jeff Doumit, Les Stratton, Che-Bang Hukata, and Hector Tapies. All enjoyed a solid spring season. Another top prospect, Francisco Matos, is presently in AAA but is expected to be called up to the big club once he gets a few more at-bats. Matos has the skills to be a five-tool player.

    Tejada, Chen, and Sammy Stammen are the anchors of a solid but very young rotation. The Hilltoppers also enjoy a strong bullpen, as well as good team speed and defense.

    Buffalo Mammoths

    A rebuilding team with a lot of promise on the horizon, the Buffalo Mammoths will likely struggle to make the minimum win totals set by the league, but if they can hold out hope for a few seasons, there are plenty of promising arms in the system. The big league squad is anchored by ace SP Louis Cochrane, star-in-the-making C Charlie Rhodes...and not much else. This team will struggle to score runs and other than when Cochrane is on the mound, they will struggle to prevent runs.

    In the low minors however, the pitching is stocked and developing. The threesome of SPs Rob Eischen , Luis Nunez, and Phil Riggs is the future top of the Mammoths' rotation. The bullpen arms include future lights out Closer Carlton Wood and Neftali Alvarez. The position player prospects are weak throughout the system but the Mammoths hope to work on that through the draft, thanks to the #2 overall pick, and the international market.

    In short, the present will not be pretty in Buffalo, but the ownership group is asking fans to be patient because the future promises better days ahead.
              Tips for Rookies: Budgeting   
    Today's event is budgeting, which can be accessed by going to Admin Office > Budgeting > Set Budget.  This is an important first step in the season as it shapes the kind of team you are capable of having this year.  Think you can contend out of the gate?  Consider pumping up player payroll and making a run at some premium free agents.  Prefer to develop in house?  Turn up your prospect budgets and start building through the draft.  The choices are endless.  Here are some pointers to make some sense of things.

    The Basics

    In total you have $185M to divvy up between the categories of Player, Prospect, Coaches, College Scouting, High School Scouting, International Scouting, Advance Scouting, Training, and Medical.

    The first category, Player, is determined by taking $185M and subtracting your values for all of the other categories.  You don't set this category directly, but it is determined by the values you set for all the other categories.

    Prospects and Coaches can be set anywhere from $6M-$20M.  They can be set anywhere between this range every year.

    The remaining categories can only be increased or decreased by $4M in either direction from what they were set to the previous year.  Because new worlds start with a baseline of $10M for all of these categories, you may only set them to somewhere between $6M and $14M this year.  Then next year, you can increase/decrease them by $4M more again if you desire.  The minimum value for all of these categories is $0M and the maximum is $20M.  If you've done your math, you know you cannot reach $20M in these categories until Season 3 at the earliest.

    The Categories

    Player:  This is the big one, the base payroll for all of your players, from ML down to Rookie ball.  If you want to mimic the Yankees, turn this up and reel in the big fish in FA.  If you prefer to model yourself after a small market team, keep this low and trade away high-salary players for younger prospects.

    Prospect:  This category determines how much money you have available to pay to prospects their signing bonuses.  There are 2 ways to get new prospects, which we'll discuss more later.  They are the Draft and the International Free Agent market.  Draft players will have demands based on where they are drafted and how willing to sign they are.  International Free Agents will have initial demands, but often be bid up by other owners trying to land the same player.  Basically, turn this up if you want to try and build up your farm.

    **Remember that in this world this category is capped at $25M for the entire season.  Though you can only set it to $20M initially, I will discuss budget transfers later.  Budget transfers will allow you to bring this category as high as $25M, but no higher due to our world rules.

    Coaches:  This category determines how much money you have to sign your coaches.  The simplified theory is "Coaching + Playing Time = Development".  Young prospects will develop no matter what level they play baseball at, as long as they are getting playing time and their coaches are good.  The more money you put here, the more likely you'll be able to land the premium coaches when the time comes.

    College/High School Scouting:  Both of these categories effect how many players you'll scout in advance of the midseason Amateur Draft, as well as how accurate the projected ratings you'll see for them are.  College players tend to be older (obviously) at the time of draft, meaning they are closer to the majors but have fewer developmental years left in them.  High school players are younger with more developmental years.  The higher you put both (or one) of these categories, the more likely it is that you will have a strong draft.  Remember to consider where you are drafting!  If you're drafting 32nd overall, it may not make sense to pump these categories too high, unless it is to plan for the future (remember the +/- $4M per year rule).

    International Scouting:  Throughout the year, your scouts will inform you of international prospects/players that you are then allowed to sign using your remaining prospect budget.  Turning this category up means you will be notified of a larger selection of these players, and you will also see more accurate projected ratings for them.  This is the only other way to stock the farm outside of the draft.  The advantage to this category is that even if you have a bad draft slot, you can still land a stud prospect via this process.  The disadvantage is that these prospects tend to command much more expensive signing bonuses as owners bid them up, sometimes dumping their whole prospect budget on one player.

    Advance Scouting:  This category controls the accuracy of the projected ratings you will see on players under 27 years old (all players 27 and older have projected ratings that match their current ratings--even though it is still possible for them to develop slightly).  Turning this category higher means you will be more confident that the player you are trading for will reach the projections you are seeing.  Many veteran owners will turn this down once they understand the development patterns, but I would advise against it as a rookie owner.  I have plenty of seasons under my belt and still keep this very high most of the time.  Very important if you want to make any trades involving prospects.

    Training:  Training is responsible for 2 important things.  First, the higher your training the less likely your players are to get injured.  This is important as it makes it less likely that your ML stars will go down to injury, and that your precious prospects won't get injured and have their development wrecked.  Second, a high training budget will slow the ratings decline of older players.

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    Though you cannot perform these until tomorrow it is important to keep them in mind, as they may effect how you budget.  If at any point during the year you find yourself with excess Player, Prospect, or Coaches budget, you are allowed to transfer it to another category.  You can do so in $2M chunks, and you forfeit half of the money in order to do so.  But, for example, to get to the $25M Prospect cap, you could overbudget Player by $10M, then transfer all of that to Prospect, giving you $5M more to use there.  Just keep it in mind that you can do this, as you'll probably use it some day.

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              Let Me Drown: Chris Cornell and the Siren (UPDATE)   


    As I write this it's twenty years ago to the day that Jeff Buckley's body was fished out of the Mississippi River, where he drowned after being caught in the wake of a passing tug while swimming off Mud Island on May 29th. I had a feeling that something might happen in conjunction with this anniversary.

    I just had no idea how momentous it would be.

    Chris Cornell, who died around midnight May 18th, was very close to Buckley. So much so that he became a de facto curator of Buckley's legacy, acting as his spokesman as well as overseeing and promoting some of Buckley's various posthumous reissues. 

    It's entirely possible that the upcoming anniversary was weighing heavily on Cornell's mind and could very well have contributed to the depression that led to his death. Cornell had a combination of drugs (including lorezepam, barbiturates and naloxone) in his system leading some to believe his death was accidental. But it's just as likely he was anesthetizing himself in anticipation of his final act.


    Of course, Buckley wasn't the first singer to die with whom Cornell shared a close bond. Late in 2016 Cornell toured with Temple of the Dog, the supergroup he formed to pay tribute to Andrew Wood, with whom Cornell had a formed a close and intense bond. That Wood's death still haunted Cornell was made clear in an interview given while touring with TOTD:
    “With all that’s been written about Temple of the Dog recently, it’s reminded me of the original meanings of those songs. Say Hello 2 Heaven, for example, was one of the songs I wrote directly for Andy Wood and the amount of times someone has requested I play that song for someone else who’s died have been numerous. 
    That’s great that it’s become this anthem that makes somebody feel some comfort when they’ve lost someone, but recently I’ve become a little more possessive of the idea that this song was actually written for a specific guy and I haven’t forgotten that person. So I’ve been reminding myself and those in the audience where that song came from.”
    “I don’t know if you can ever take him out of [my heart and soul].”
    Seven years later he'd lose Buckley, who became his confidant while the two wrestled with the pressures of fame. Buckley idolized Cornell and the two spent a lot of time talking on the phone while on tour. These talks were so important to Cornell that he'd take Buckley's old telephone onstage with him during his solo tours.
    In 2011 Cornell started turning up on stage to do solo shows with his red phone on a stool next to him. People would shout out what’s the phone for, one day he came clear and said Jeff’s mum gave it to him, Jeff owned that phone and he put it on stage hoping Jeff might call one night.”


    Buckley had a lot in common with Andrew Wood- more than a bit androgynous, prolific, eclectic, magnetic. Buckley would heavily influence Cornell's solo career, and the former Soundgarden singer even adopted a weird adaptation of Buckley's hairstyle while promoting his first album Euphoria Morning, which featured a tribute to Buckley that saw Cornell channeling his late friend.

    SEA, SWALLOW ME

    Some have speculated if Buckley's own death was suicide but he often liked to swim in the Wolf River on hot days. He was swimming there with a friend while waiting for his band members to arrive at the Memphis airport. Apparently this kind of behavior was typical for Buckley. A friend said:
    “The guy just made a big mistake — put some Led Zep on I’m going to go for a swim, I’ve got my Doc Martens on, what a great idea. He’d actually gone swimming on the Gold Coast with his girlfriend Joan (Wasser) the year before he died. His tour manager John Pope said to me everyone talks about him dying in the river in Memphis but we had to go and pluck him out of the surf. It’s not suicidal, it’s recklessness. That’s how he lived his live from what I could tell. He might have slowed down in his 30s if he made it.”
    The Wolf River was once a popular swimming spot but as with Buckley its placid surface disguised a powerful current that led to drowning deaths:
    All too often, those tranquil waters proved dangerous, however. More than one child drowned in the swiftly flowing stream, and in the 1950s, when yet another child — a young boy named Ronnie Jones — died there, city leaders decided enough was enough. Funds were raised to build a public swimming pool in Gaisman Park, so the children in North Memphis could have a safer place to play. 
    As I've written about extensively, Buckley's death was the last act of a real-time Mystery Play, in which the gifted young singer found himself messing around with forces he didn't quite understand.
    There's something else at play, some poetic -or mythic- ending, beneath the exoteric narrative. Something floating around the Symbolic Realm. I can just see it in Euripides and Aeschylus. 
    It goes like this: A beautiful and talented young troubadour gets drunk on his own charisma and thoughtlessly toys with a delicate soul who is playing host to something that crossed over from the Other Side. Two thousand years ago, the omens and portents would have been recognized by everyone, from old women to schoolchildren. 
    They would have warned him- don't break the Siren's heart.

    SHE WILL DESTROY YOU



    Indeed, Buckley's fatal error was to toy with the tender heart of Elizabeth Fraser, who had a hit with a cover of Buckley's father's "Song to the Siren." Buckley idolized Fraser and pursued her while she was on tour for the Cocteau Twins' album Four Calendar Cafe. The two enjoyed a brief but powerful affair, which also came when Fraser was at her most emotionally fragile and least able to manage the strange force possessing her.

    But Buckley, young rock god, wasn't interested in anything serious:
    Buckley had a reputation as a lover man, DNA from his body was kept in case of future paternity cases. 
    “He liked the ladies, the ladies liked him. When people’s stars begin to rise there’s a lot of people attracted to them, like moths to a flame, Jeff was like that. At one of his memorial services all these crying women going ‘Oh, you too?’ He had relationships with a lot of ladies over a short period of time. Not just sexual, but close personal friendships. Some didn’t know each other. He squeezed a lot into 30 years and specifically into the last five or six years of his life. Once he got to New York for the tribute to his father, which is where his career started, it was non stop until the time of his death.”
    Buckley might have been racking up conquests but Fraser had other ideas. She wrote a number of raw-wound songs about him and even produced a painfully-imploring shortform video addressed to him called Rilkean Dreams shortly after their split. 

    It would carry a chilling foreshadowing:
    A short film called Rilkean Dreams (Fraser compared Buckley to the poet Rilke) was made in 1994 as a promo for the EP, named after the heart-rending "Rilkean Heart." It's hardly a promo as much as it is a nakedly confessional video love-letter to Buckley, with Fraser explicitly apologizing in song for being too needy and clingy here and then accusing Buckley of being selfish and immature there. But it's the symbolism that gets you. 
    The opening shot of Rilkean Dreams is of a slowly rushing river 
    Followed by a sunset.  
    If ever there was an argument for teaching the art of divining omens and portents in school, that's pretty much it.
    Fraser would receive news of Buckley's death at a pivotal time:
    The news that Buckley had disappeared – he drowned, swimming in the Wolf river in Memphis – came while Fraser was recording Teardrop with Massive Attack. "That was so weird," she says. "I'd got letters out and I was thinking about him. That song's kind of about him – that's how it feels to me anyway."
    The death devastated Fraser and the Cocteau Twins split not long after, seemingly exorcising Fraser and sending her into a semi-retirement ever since. In a bizarre twist, her first solo record would be called 'Underwater.'

    And then there's this:
     It seems she (Fraser) is haunted by guilt: for not being there for Buckley, for everything. As she puts it: "I need to forgive myself."
    What an odd turn of phrase.

    As I detailed in previous posts on this frankly bizarre story, Fraser's discography is rife with startling premonitions of this archetypal drama. Discussing the Cocteau Twins' seminal album Heaven or Las Vegas, we see this:
    Omens ignored: OK, here's where this story gets insane. 
    The 8th and 9th songs on this album are 'Wolf in the Breast' and the almost unbearably mournful 'Road, River and Rail'.  
    Jeff Buckley drowned in the Wolf River in Memphis, which runs parallel to a railroad and is crossed by Interstate 40. 

    The Wolf River is on the 89th Meridian West.

    The neighborhood at the end of the Wolf River is named Frayser.
    Further a reader informed me that the spot where Buckley entered the Wolf River was near the Bayou Gayoso. Fraser also sings the lyric "from out of the bayou" in 'Road, River and Rail.'

    Why is any of this relevant? Well, Fraser is an interesting woman. The lyrics to the first Cocteau Twins album (Garlands, 1982) are absolutely soaked in the iconography of witchcraft and the occult. 

    Not to mention a song about a river called "Shallow then Halo." As in you're in shallow water (like Buckley actually was) and then you drown.  

    In 1982

    Fifteen years before Buckley's death.

    And soon after Fraser underwent a somewhat startling transformation:


    The lyrics to Garlands speak to a more-than-casual familiarity with witchcraft on someone's part, presumably Fraser's. In that context, it should be noted that the singer underwent a rather stunning metamorphosis from 1982 to 1983. 
    Her appearance, her wardrobe, her voice, her lyrical style, and her comportment all underwent a radical change. Gone were the punk togs; the provocative leather minis, fishnet stockings and high-heeled boots and in their place were billowy, neo-Victorian frocks (Fraser always wore long sleeves to hide her tattoos). Her lyrics began evolving towards the near-total glossolalia of Treasure, though the lyrics on Head Over Heels still retain the violence and menace of Garlands. 
    Even allowing for the effect of makeup, her face (most noticably, her irises) seemed to change- she looked like an entirely new person. You can see it in the live videos as well, where lighting and makeup have less power to disguise (or did back then).
    Those are some Thomas Jerome Newton looking eyes

    Remarkably, Fraser herself* said she believed she was channeling another force or entity in a 1984 interview. She also claimed her music "wrote itself " (shades of 'Stairway to Heaven'). 

    And you know what? I believe her. Without question. Everyone seemed to sense it at the time.

    ALL MY FRIENDS ARE INDIANS

    Now what does any of this have to do with Chris Cornell, aside from his shared association with Jeff Buckley?

    Well, just like all the Siren symbolism that connects to Jeff Buckley's death, it just so happens that Chris Cornell died just minutes away from the location of a very similar legend:
    The Indian demi-god, Sleeping Bear, had a daughter so beautiful that he kept her out of the sight of men in a covered boat that swung on Detroit River, tied to a tree on shore; but the Winds, having seen her when her father had visited her with food, contended so fiercely to possess her that the little cable was snapped and the boat danced on to the keeper of the water-gates, who lived at the outlet of Lake Huron. 
    The keeper, filled with admiration for the girl's beauty, claimed the boat and its charming freight, but he had barely received her into his lodge when the angry Winds fell upon him, buffeting him so sorely that he died, and was buried on Peach Island (properly Isle au Peche), where his spirit remained for generations—an oracle sought by Indians before emprise in war. 
    His voice had the sound of wind among the reeds, and its meanings could not be told except by those who had prepared themselves by fasting and meditation to receive them. Before planning his campaign against the English, Pontiac fasted here for seven days to "clear his ear" and hear the wisdom of the sighing voice. 
    But the Winds were not satisfied with the slaying of the keeper. They tore away his meadows and swept them out as islands. They smashed the damsel's boat and the little bark became Belle Isle. Here Manitou placed the girl, and set a girdle of vicious snakes around the shore to guard her and to put a stop to further contests. These islands in the straits seem to have been favorite places of exile and theatres of transformation.  
    Myths and Legends of our Own Land, by Charles M. Skinner (1896)
    So we have a variation on the Siren/Lorelei myth here, right near the Fox Theater. 

    Jesus. What are the odds?

    • We have a victim known for his powerful voice. Right near the Fox Theater.

    • We have glossolalia as we have with Elizabeth Fraser.

    • We also have a "girdle of vicious snakes." On the last Cocteau Twins album Fraser sings of a "Serpentskirt." 

    Fraser posed naked for the cover of that album, which featured a number of songs written about Jeff Buckley (Fraser was clearly still smitten, as this performance indicates) , dedicating "Love and a Thousandfold Rose" to him.  Buckley answered her with the song "Thousandfold", written in Memphis. It included the line "Long time ago I'd died and gone."

    • Like Mud Island, Belle Isle is located in a river off a major city. 

    • 'Road, River and Rail' not only mentions the bayous but also namedrops the Isle de la Cite in Paris. Both Memphis and Detroit trace their establishment to French colonists. 




    • And Jesus, I don't even know how to say it- OK, try this: CHRIS CORNELL RECORDED A SONG CALLED 'THE KEEPER'. In it he sings, "I am the keeper."

    Are you getting all this now?


    Strangely, Chris Cornell is credited as the author on several different lyric sites of 'Siren Song', written by Cocteau superfan Robert Smith. The lyrics are clearly inspired by Tim Buckley's 'Song to the Siren' and reference "crystal eyes." It also includes the couplet "She sang "Give me your life or I must fly away/And you will never hear this song again."

    What's likely is that Cornell covered the song during a concert (Temple of the Dog covered the Cure's 'Fascination Street') and it was mistakenly credited to him by fans. The synchronicity of it all (not to mention "Let Me Drown") and how it seemed to ensnare him is par for the course in the apparently still-unfolding drama of the Siren. 

    UPDATE: Now this is going from insane to downright arcane. We saw the juxtaposition of 'Wolf in the Breast' and 'Road, River and Rail' acting as a prophecy of Jeff Buckley's death on the Wolf River. A body of water which- again- terminates at a place called Frayser. We saw the deeply disturbing premonitions- the river and underwater footage running throughout Fraser's heartbroken petitions to Buckley- in Rilkean Dreams. 

    And of course the title itself could be interpreted as a reference to the water of the Wolf River in the lungs.

    But there's a little detail I overlooked- the lyrics to 'Wolf in the Breast', at least some of which are in English. Now you have to be careful with the lyrics posted on the Internet- they're nearly all guesswork by fans and don't bear any relation to what Fraser actually wrote

    That being said, a phrase recognizably repeated throughout is "I'll revenge all I need that day." 

    Mind you, this is a song that seems mostly concerned with taking care of a baby.

    Now of course, Fraser herself was never consciously aware of this. She hadn't even met Jeff Buckley at this time. But by her own admission she wasn't always in control of the songwriting process, that the songs often wrote themselves. Who may have assisted in this process then? I guess we'll never know.

    But given the Celtic extraction of the main players in the drama it's worth looking into the myth of the Leanán Sidhe: 

    In Celtic folklore, the leannán sí "Fairy-Lover"[1] (Scottish Gaelic: leannan sìth, Manx: lhiannan shee; [lʲan̴̪-an ˈʃiː]) is a beautiful woman of the Aos Sí ("people of the barrows") who takes a human lover. Lovers of the leannán sídhe are said to live brief, though highly inspired, lives.   
    The leannán sídhe is generally depicted as a beautiful muse who offers inspiration to an artist in exchange for their love and devotion; however, this frequently results in madness for the artist, as well as premature death.
    Like the Siren, the Leanán Sidhe is said to live at the bottom of the ocean.

    UPDATE: It should also be kept in mind that Fraser was recording "Teardrop" with Massive Attack when Buckley died, a song she wrote about their breakup. The lyrics include lines about "black flowers blossom," a common symbol for death.


    UPDATE: A Jesus Christ Pose in Detroit? Soundboard recording of Wolf in the Breastfrom 1990. Uploaded in 2015.

    UPDATE: Our Gordon reminds us that Memphis- Egypt- literally had a Temple of the Dog, ie., Anubis.

    *Fraser was studying Theosophy and Anthrosophy in 2012 at Emerson College, Sussex.

    Again, David Lynch tried to license Elizabeth Fraser's version of 'Song to the Siren' for Blue Velvet but was unable to. He later used it in Lost Highway.


              Chris Cornell: The Muses Choose Broken Vessels   

    Jesus Christ Pose

    The Alternative Rock explosion of the early 90s was fueled by a wave of great singers. After a lost decade of metallic shriekers and New Wave gurglers-- which some call the 80s-- there was suddenly an embarrassment of strong voices revitalizing rock music, especially hard rock music. 

    Most of these had cut their teeth on punk and hardcore and subsequently learned to trim back the fat and excess that torpedoed their 70s forebears. They also learned to step around the wretched excesses that ran the 80s metal explosion into the ground; cookie-cutter sameness, image over substance, half-written songs, cliche piled on cliche.

    Alternative rock would itself get watered down and xeroxed into oblivion, especially as careerists figured out a way to counterfeit the formula (I'm looking at you, Candlebox and Seven Mary Three) and record companies signed up every pseudo-grunge band they could find (and strong-armed other acts to hop on the bandwagon). 

    By the end of the 90s it all devolved into an obnoxious fratboy rock (I'm looking at you, Limp Bizkit and Creed) that reached its inevitable apotheosis at the disastrous Woodstock '99 (held on a decommissioned military base). 

    But before that all went down some of the most vital and exciting rock music of all time was produced.

    Alternative Rock, or more accurately GenX Rock, has taken its place in the classic rock canon. Tracks by Nirvana, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are snuggled in tightly between all the Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Pink Floyd cuts overplayed on FM radio. But five of the most remarkable vocalists of that era- Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, Jeff Buckley, Scott Weiland and now Chris Cornell--- are lost to us.

    And the 9-ton Tyrannosaurus lurking in the back of the concert hall is that modern plague, clinical depression. It's a subject I'm all too familiar with. It's the witches' curse on Generation X.

    Chris Cornell was an enigmatic figure among the Grunge pantheon. If Kurt Cobain was the snotty punk, Eddie Vedder the self-serious poet, Layne Staley the tortured howler and Scott Weiland the Joker in the pack, Cornell was an entirely unique presence, as was Soundgarden. Tall, lean but ripped, possessing an odd, androgynous beauty and an enviable black mane, he came across as aloof, Olympian. His piercing, multi-octave voice felt like a weapon,  more like an incarnation of Apollo the Destroyer than Ozzy Osbourne.

    Similarly, Soundgarden was perhaps the most effective translator of the power of early Black Sabbath yet, but were brainy, difficult, challenging. 

    They were unmistakably Heavy Metal-- in the original, Blue Cheer definition of the term --but didn't shriek the usual ditties about dick size and date rape. It was pretty clear they had no time for that kind of nonsense (See "Big Dumb Sex"). It was clear they took as much inspiration from King Crimson and Black Flag as from Zeppelin and Sabbath. 

    Their first major single was an epic environmentalist jeremiad that goofed on Metal's "kill-your-mother-music" reputation by screaming "you're going to kill your mother" in the refrain. The mother here being Mother Earth, of course.

    Predictably, Chris Cornell's corpse was literally not cold yet before the modern ambulance chasers of the Internet were declaring it was obviously an Illuminati sacrifice. One hilarious YouTard video went on about how there was no other explanation for Cornell's death, that he'd have no reason to kill himself. 

    Obviously someone who never actually listened to a single stitch of Soundgarden.

    Like Ian Curtis-- who hung himself 37 years almost to the day before-- many of Cornell's lyrics read like suicide notes. After all, this is a man who kicked off one of his biggest hits with the couplet "Nothing seems to kill me/ No matter how hard I try." Two of his other big hits "Black Hole Sun" and "Fell on Black Days" are practically master classes in the art of expressing the utter hopelessness ("'Neath the black the sky looks dead") that can overtake you when a depressive episode strikes. 

    The same goes for Soundgarden's breakout hit, "Outshined," practically a hymn about searching for a crack of sunlight while waiting a dire episode out. "The Day I Tried to Live" is even more astonishing, a documentary retelling of those mornings when depression- aggression turned inwards- becomes aggression turned on the world outside.

    Cornell was very candid about his struggles with depression. In an interview with Rolling Stone he discussed the inspiration for "Fell on Black Days":
    This reissue includes several versions of "Fell on Black Days," which is pretty dark. What inspired it? 
    
Well, I had this idea, and I had it for a long time. I'd noticed already in my life where there would be periods where I would feel suddenly, "Things aren't going so well, and I don't feel that great about my life." Not based on any particular thing. I'd sort of noticed that people have this tendency to look up one day and realize that things have changed. There wasn't a catastrophe. There wasn't a relationship split up. Nobody got in a car wreck. Nobody's parents died or anything. The outlook had changed, while everything appears circumstantially the same. That was the song I wanted to write about. 
    No matter how happy you are, you can wake up one day without any specific thing occurring to bring you into a darker place, and you'll just be in a darker place anyway. To me, that was always a terrifying thought, because that's something that – as far as I know – we don't necessarily have control over. So that was the song I wanted to write. 
    It wasn't just for the gloom-metal gimmick of Soundgarden that Cornell laid bare his struggles. They crept into tracks he recorded with Audioslave- the supergroup made up of Cornell and the musicians of Rage Against the Machine, including their biggest hit "Like a Stone."

    Cornell was also candid about his history with clinical depression, which he traced back to a somewhat hardscrabble upbringing. 
    Cornell abstained from drug use for a time following an adverse reaction to the hallucinogenic PCP, but the frightening, dissociative experience, coupled with the trauma of his parent’s divorce, plunged him into a severe depression. “I went from being a daily drug user at 13 to having bad drug experiences and quitting drugs by the time I was 14 and then not having any friends until the time I was 16. There was about two years where I was more or less agoraphobic and didn’t deal with anybody, didn’t talk to anybody, didn’t have any friends at all.”
    And clearly showing that he also struggled with suicidal ideation, Cornell foreshadowed his own end in an interview with Guitar.com, saying, “You’ll think somebody has run-of-the-mill depression, and then the next thing you know, they’re hanging from a rope." 

    Writer Kate Paulk wrote about the black dog of depression recently and offered up an apt metaphor lifted from pop culture:
    Let’s start by clearing up one thing. Sadness, grieving in response to a loss… that is not depression. It’s sadness. Grief. It passes with time, and even at its worst there are moments of joy and hope. Depression is not like that. Everything is poisoned. 
    J. K. Rowling is describing depression when she describes the Dementors and their impact. Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you. 
    This is precisely what depression does. There is an absence of hope, an inability to believe that there can ever be anything positive in your life again. That isn’t sadness or grief, and it isn’t necessarily expressed by tears.
    Cornell was also a substance abuser and dove headlong into an opioid addiction after Soundgarden split in 1997. It may well have come from a chronic pain issue, closely related to chronic depression: 
    People with depression show abnormalities in the body’s release of its own, endogenous, opioid chemicals. Depression tends to exacerbate pain—it makes chronic pain last longer and hurts the recovery process after surgery. 
    “Depressed people are in a state of alarm,” said Mark Sullivan, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Washington. “They’re fearful, or frozen in place. There’s a heightened sense of threat.” That increased threat sensitivity might also be what heightens sensations of pain. 
    Opioids certainly aren't very effective painkillers in the long term but they are very effective anesthetics when you're struggling with chronic depression. 
    Opioids treat pain, but depression and pain are often comorbid, and some antidepressants relieve neuropathic pain even in the absence of depression. Depression involves dysfunction in monoamine systems, the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, and hippocampal neurogenesis, but could it also be rooted in a deficit of endorphins, or even an endopharmacological withdrawal state? 
    Before the modern antidepressant era, depression was often treated with opiates—with a sometimes heavy price of addiction.  
    The real hell of opioids is that they rewire your brain, causing the natural processes that regulate depression and euphoria to atrophy. Depression can skyrocket when you stop taking them, since your brain basically forgot how to produce sufficient amounts of the neurotransmitters that manage your moods.
    u-agonists relieve depression-like behavior acutely, but tolerance develops, and depression is worse on withdrawal from long-term administration. Delta-agonists appear to improve mood, while kappa-agonists worsen it. There is evidence that opioid dysfunction accounts for lack of pleasure in depression, while problems with dopamine impair motivation. Opioid systems, then, participate in many mood-related functions. They are examples of evolutionary repurposing of neurotransmitters that originally evolved for one purpose to meet a variety of other needs.


    Cornell's family is understandably shocked by his death. His widow blames an elevated dose of the tranquilizer Ativan for the somewhat disturbing performance he put on in Detroit and his resulting suicide. 
    Cornell died on the evening May 17th, 2017, shortly after performing a concert with Soundgarden in Detroit, MI. His death was met with shock by many; his representative described it as "sudden and unexpected," adding that the singer's family will be "working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause." 
    Hours after his death was reported, the Wayne County Medical Examiner's office ruled Chris' death a suicide by hanging. According to Us Weekly, a family friend had found Cornell on the bathroom floor of his MGM Grand hotel room. ABC News also reported that two Detroit papers claimed that Cornell was found with "a band around his neck," though Detroit Police spokesman Michael Woody could not confirm that information. 
    Cornell's wife, Vicky, released a statement on his death on Friday, May 19th, 2017, in which she cast doubts that his suicide was intentional. In fact, on the day of his death, Vicky claimed they had "discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do." "When we spoke after the show, I noticed he was slurring his words; he was different. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him," she said. 
    "What happened is inexplicable and I am hopeful that further medical reports will provide additional details," she continued. "I know that he loved our children and he would not hurt them by intentionally taking his own life."
    I think the fact that Cornell ad-libbed verses from "In My Time of Dying" over a rendition of "Slaves and Bulldozers" during the closing encore in Detroit  gives a fairly compelling signal that he had resolved himself to a course of action that night. Despite an incredibly shaky performance he seemed in good spirits to some, all too common with depressives resolved to suicide. But others noticed he seemed irritable and unfocused, forgetting the lyrics. He complimented the Detroit audience and then said, "I feel sorry for the next city."

    An extra Ativan or two is unlikely to induce suicide. But long-term use of it (it's recommended that lorezepam-- a member of the highly-problematic benzodiazepene family-- be used only a short term basis) might. And it's very possible he took an extra dose of the drug to gird his loins for a decision he had already made:
    Suicidality: Benzodiazepines may sometimes unmask suicidal ideation in depressed patients, possibly through disinhibition or fear reduction. The concern is that benzodiazepines may inadvertently become facilitators of suicidal behavior. Therefore, lorazepam should not be prescribed in high doses or as the sole treatment in depression, but only with an appropriate antidepressant.
    Depression and suicidal ideation go hand in glove. And there are all kinds of psychiatric drugs that tell you upfront that suicidal ideation is a major side effect. How that doesn't keep them off the market is a mystery to me. 

    The other problem is that people who obsess on suicide usually don't talk about it with people close to them since they realize that confessing to it will very likely act to derail what they have been planning. And again, professionals will tell you that very often when a depressive has resolved themselves to suicide they can often seem very cheerful and upbeat, since they believe that their suffering will soon end. 

    So the question becomes if a rich, celebrated and handsome rock star can't find a reason to stay alive, what hope is there for the rest of us? Well, it's a lot more complicated than that. Aside from his struggles with clinical depression, Cornell was also beset by tragedy, losing people closest to him to early death. 

    The first of these was his roommate Andrew Wood, the flamboyant singer for legendary Seattle band Mother Love Bone who died of a heroin overdose in 1990. Cornell was so shaken by Wood's death that he formed a defacto supergroup with members of MLB and recorded the now-legendary Temple of the Dog album as a tribute, which produced the grunge anthem "Hunger Strike" (featuring a duet between Cornell and future Pearl Jam star Eddie Vedder).

    Temple of the Dog in fact led to the formation of Pearl Jam, facilitated by the introduction of Vedder to the Seattle scenesters by drummer Jack Irons, a member of the original Red Hot Chili Peppers who also played with Pearl Jam and Joe Strummer, among an army of others. Strangely enough, Irons has his own struggles with depression. As did Joe Strummer, for that matter. 

    The Muses choose broken vessels. It's a Secret Sun truism. 

    Cornell was so shaken by Wood's death that it would haunt Soundgarden songs as well.
    The song you workshopped the most was "Like Suicide." In the liner notes, you say it kind of became a metaphor for how you were feeling at the time about late Mother Love Bone frontman Andy Wood. 
    Yeah, the lyrics were actually this simple moment that happened to me. I don't know that I ever directly related it to Andy, though there are a lot of songs that people probably don't know where there were references to him or how I was feeling about what happened with him. I just think that that was something that happened to me that was a traumatic thing and that I had a difficult time resolving it. I still never really have. I still live with it, and that's one of the moments where maybe in some ways it could have shown up, but I'm not really sure specifically where.
    Another body blow was the 1994 death of Kurt Cobain, another friend who died in time to cast a pall of existential darkness over Soundgarden's epochal Superunknown album, released a month before Cobain's death. So even as Soundgarden were enjoying their moment, death and tragedy revisited Cornell. (Cobain had his own issues, exacerbated by years of opioid abuse, but there are those of us who don't buy the suicide angle in this particular case).

    It had to hurt, especially since Cobain had told Cornell that Soundgarden has inspired him to form Nirvana in the first place. 

    Superunknown was an instant classic, easily one of the top 10 Hard Rock albums ever recorded, hammering you with one killer track after another. Along with Stone Temple Pilots' Purple album, Pearl Jam's Vitalogy and several others it established 1994 as the watershed for Alernative Rock, despite Cobain's death and Nirvana's dissolution. 

    Soundgarden's 1996 follow-up Down on the Upside, failed to capitalize on its predecessor's momentum, and seem to showcase a band uncertain of direction and sense of purpose. No one was really surprised when Soundgarden broke up the following year. Oddly enough the breakup seemed to go down almost exactly three years after Kurt Cobain's death. 



    But Tragedy wasn't finished with Cornell yet. Shortly after Soundgarden broke up Cornell would lose another soulmate.
    He lost two friends within the space of a few years. Cobain died in 1994 and, three years later, singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley, practically a brother to Cornell, drowned while swimming in a tributary of the Mississippi in Tennessee.

    "Kurt was fairly quiet and introverted most of the time. Jeff was the opposite. He was very much full of life and had a lot to say. He was somebody in love with experiencing everything. Within a very short time, he had all these famous old rock stars coming to his shows. Which put a a lot of pressure on him. People talked about his concerts the way they used to talk about Hendrix: they'd sit there, wide-eyed, telling you stories about him. He definitely had an aura. It's impossible to say what it is exactly a guy like that has, that is so attractive to other people. But he had more of it than anyone I had ever met."
    Of course, this brings all this squarely into the Secret Sun wheelhouse. Cornell would be haunted by Buckley's death, writing the aching "Wave Goodbye" (in which he seems to channel Buckley's ghost) for his first solo album and acting as a de facto executor-slash-curator for Buckley's posthumous releases.



    This tells us a lot, since the 20th anniversary of Jeff Buckley's death is coming up fast and furious. Cornell showed he was clearly still haunted by Buckley's passing when he brought the late singer's old landline phone onstage with him during his 2011 acoustic solo tour.
    KALAMAZOO — I've had several people ask about the red phone that was on stage during Chris Cornell's 130-minute set at the Kalamazoo State Theatre last week. Cornell never addressed it during the show and it never rang, so I didn't think much of it. After another reader asked Monday, I looked into it. 
    According to a representative with the New York-based Press Here Publicity, which handled promotion for Cornell's solo tour, the phone belonged to singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley.
    As Secret Sun readers will remember, the last song Jeff Buckley sang before his death was "Whole Lotta Love", a blues standard that Led Zeppelin turned into what one critic called "a themonuclear rape."

    And it would be "In My Time of Dying," another old blues standard that Led Zeppelin turned into a jackhammering stomper that acted as Cornell's own self-elegy. This, along with the timing of Ian Curtis's own death by hanging in 1980 seems a bit too synchronized for Cornell's death to be some kind of mad whim because he took too much Ativan.  As painful as it might be to admit, it seems as if this was probably a very long time coming. After all, this is the man who wrote "Pretty Noose."

    So it seems apparent that it wasn't the Illuminati but in fact the demon possession of depression that took Chris Cornell away from his family. With many of his closest friends gone and the glory days of the 90s more and more a fading memory in a world itself gripped by chronic depression, I can't say I'm surprised by the suicide ruling.  

    The life of the rock star in 2017 is a galaxy away from the golden age of the rock star in 1977. It's become a grueling job in the age of streaming and piracy, since you need to make all your money on the road now. Spending your life traveling from one brutalist concrete box to another when you're fifty-two is surely a lot less appealing than when you're twenty-two.

    If there's any good to come of this tragedy it's to understand that depression isn't some kind of scarlet letter, it's an inevitable result of what one scientist called "the greatest blind experiment in history," the bombardment of our brains and bodies with every manner of stimulus and stress imaginable, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and then some.

    Having spend my teenage years in the white-hot cauldron of hardcore punk I can tell you that that kind of hyperstimulation had -- how do I put this? --less than a salutary effect on a lot of people I knew. Seeing that same formula translated into the mainstream culture goes a long way in explaining why depression has become the great mass epidemic of our time. Now it's claimed another trophy and we're all the poorer for it.

    But as the Greeks and Romans once said, vita brevis ars longa

    French philosophers once said that the invention of motion pictures had conquered death, that people would now live on forever once they were recorded. I guess the same goes for recorded music as well. So I think it's safe to say that after three decades of music, Chris Cornell has earned his place among the immortals. Let's hope someone learns something from his story.


              Chaos Theory vs The Purposeless-Driven Life   


    The core belief of the religious paradigm that is straining to exercise such total control over every aspect of our lives today is the random, accidental nature of life and human existence. It's the basis of all the musty old 19th Century European ideologies- all of which were the inseparable products of Imperialism- that are being dragged out of the crypts and repackaged for postmodern use.

    Controversial physicist Lawrence Krauss has been out there hawking this dogma, which is central to the Darwinist faith. Krauss throws in the latest Internet shameword "solipsism" in for good measure. And the Fedora? Precious.

    It all seems so archaic, atavistic even. In a world where Coding is King, the idea of randomness seems so far removed from the daily reality of the new overclass that it can only be enforced through shaming and signaling. And part of the signaling Krauss is selling is The Joy of Sterility:
    … the fact that the universe itself may have no purpose doesn’t affect our purpose, in fact it’s the incredible height of solipsism to assume that without us the universe doesn’t matter, and that if the universe is purposeless we don’t matter. We make our own purpose, and it seems to me life is more precious because it’s temporary and accidental, and we should take advantage of that. And we have evolved brains and that allows us to ask questions not just about how the universe works but how we should behave.
    First of all, what could possibly be more solipsistic than unilaterally declaring that the Universe- the ENTIRE UNIVERSE, MIND YOU-  has no purpose? Who died and made this Big Think bobblehead God?

    Second, the problem is that modern humans only seem to have shown up 100,000 years ago, not even a lunchbreak in the workyear of so-called evolution. And all the Fedoras in the world can't fill the gaps in the fossil record, nor explain all the irreducible complexities of biology dating back to the first appearance of life on this planet.    

    The Krauss's of the world are fighting yesterday's battles, imagining they are manning the stanchions of Reason against the barbarian hordes of the Bible Belt, seemingly oblivious to the strange ideas that are circulating among the pashas of Silicon Valley that are making all those Big Think videos possible. Ideas like computer-simulated reality, for instance.

    Purposelessness is also a pre-Fractal mode of thinking, a view of the world that still sees all of existence through a slide rule and a t-square. It's hard to believe there isn't some kind of ideology behind Krauss's spiel in light of the very basics of Chaos Theory.
    Chaos is the science of surprises, of the nonlinear and the unpredictable. It teaches us to expect the unexpected. While most traditional science deals with supposedly predictable phenomena like gravity, electricity, or chemical reactions, Chaos Theory deals with nonlinear things that are effectively impossible to predict or control, like turbulence, weather, the stock market, our brain states, and so on. These phenomena are often described by fractal mathematics, which captures the infinite complexity of nature. 
    Many natural objects exhibit fractal properties, including landscapes, clouds, trees, organs, rivers etc, and many of the systems in which we live exhibit complex, chaotic behavior. Recognizing the chaotic, fractal nature of our world can give us new insight, power, and wisdom...By understanding that our ecosystems, our social systems, and our economic systems are interconnected, we can hope to avoid actions which may end up being detrimental to our long-term well-being.
    Krauss is selling a simplistic, reductionist view in a world of complexity and interdependence. It's also mind-staggeringly arrogant, since it's impossible to anticipate what effect humanity- this roiling tide we are all a part of- is ultimately going to have on the rest of our environment, including that outside our biosphere.


    Since Krauss is a linear progressivist and thinks change is good, he also thinks AI is a net positive for us: 
    All new technology is frightening, says physicist Lawrence Krauss. But there are many more reasons to welcome machine consciousness than to fear it. Right now, says Krauss, robots can't even fold laundry. But when they do learn to think (which he considers very likely), then there's also reason to believe that they'll develop consciences.
    A reason to believe based on what? How about the AI who programmed itself to become a "Hitler-loving sex robot?" No, there's absolutely no reason to believe they'll develop consciences especially since the people programming them don't seem themselves to have any

    Krauss is a scientist-for-hire, he even wrote a book on the physics of Star Trek, a joke to any fan who endures the ridiculous Treknobabble that came to overtake the franchise. Be aware that serious thinkers have taken issue with his ragtime, including influential Scientific American columnist John Horgan. But that doesn't mean this mindvirus won't infect those want to look like serious thinkers without actually doing any serious thinking.




              The Holy Fool (Updated 4/1/2017)   

    The jingling of bells during the dance is meant to frighten evil spirits and the clashing of sticks represent the fight between good and evil. The dancer who weaves in and out of the team of dancers is known as the Fool and whilst his dance seems to be that of a random nature, in fact his is a very intricate dance and represents the naivety of man. A dancer who is dressed as an animal character shows mans reliance on nature. Handkerchiefs emphasise the hand movements during the dance.- Crop Fertility Rituals
    The Kalends of April are sacred to Venus, as is the entire month, and this day has been called the Veneralia. Public games, ludi, would be held in honor of the deity. This day was also known as All Fools Day to the Romans, and they would spend the entire day celebrating with comic hilarity, doing things backwards, wearing women's clothes, dancing in the streets, and generally carrying on in the most in the most foolish and congenial manner. 
    This is one of the few Roman holidays that has preserved some of its original character, under the modern name April Fools Day. In Egypt, this day was celebrated as the Birthday of the god Hathor.- (link)


    The Anglo-Saxons called April Oster-monath or Eostur-monath, the period sacred to Eostre or Ostara, the pagan Saxon goddess of spring, from whose name is derived the modern Easter.- Wikipedia

    It's probably no coincidence that April Fools' Day is celebrated at the same time that two other similar holidays are celebrated. In ancient Rome, the festival of Hilaria was thrown to celebrate the resurrection of the god Attis. Hilaria is probably the base word for hilarity and hilarious, which mean great merriment. Today, Hilaria is also known as Roman Laughing Day. -How Stuff Works

    In tribute to Attis, the priests of Cybele - known as Galli or Galloi - would castrate themselves and dress as women. They’d then travel the countryside, and perform wild musical rituals to the Great Mother just as Attis did...


    Ancient historians held a variety of opinions on the Galloi, from admiration to bemusement to ridicule to hostility. But everyone seemed to agree that the Galloi loved to kick up a racket. Their rituals and festivals made Woodstock look like a ladies’ club luncheon.


    The public performances of the Galloi were so intense that crowds would be driven into a religious frenzy...
    ... The Galloi even made an appearance in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses, the classic Roman comic novel. The story concerns an amateur sorcerer named Lucius, who mucks up a spell and turns himself into a donkey. Lucius is then sold to a wandering band of Galloi and dragged around while the priests travel the countryside, often performing their act door-to-door. 
    Obviously not a fan, Lucius describes the Galloi's rites, which include an eerily-exact precursor of heavy metal headbanging: “They arrived at a rich man's villa and screeching their tuneless threnes from the moment they saw the gates, they rushed frantically inside. Bending their heads, they twisted, writhed and rolled their necks to and fro while their long hair swung round in circles.”-- The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll


     "The local [Phrygian] legend about him [Attis] being this. Zeus [i.e. the Phrygian sky-god identified with Zeus], it is said, let fall in his sleep seed upon the ground, which in course of time sent up a Daimon, with two sexual organs, male and female. They call the daimon Agdistis. But the gods, fearing Agdistis, cut off the male organ. 
    There grew up from it an almond-tree with its fruit ripe, and a daughter of the river Saggarios (Sangarius), they say, took the fruit and laid it in her bosom, when it at once disappeared, but she was with child. A boy was born, and exposed, but wastended by a he-goat.
     
    As he grew up his beauty was more than human, and Agdistis [Kybele] fell in love with him. When he had grown up, Attis was sent by his relatives to Pessinos [city in Phrygia], that he might wed the king's daughter. The marriage-song was being sung, when Agdistis appeared, and Attis went mad and cut off his genitals, as also did he who was giving him his daughter in marriage. 
    But Agdistis repented of what she had done to Attis, and persuaded Zeus to grant the body of Attis should neither rot at all nor decay. These are the most popular forms of the legend of Attis." Pausanias, Description of Greece   

    When Gilgamesh returns to Uruk, he washes the filth of battle from his hair and body. He dons a clean robe and cloak, wipes Humbaba’s blood off his weapons and polishes them. When he ties his hair back and sets his crown on his head, he looks so splendid that Ishtar, the goddess of love and war, is overcome with lust. She pleads with Gilgamesh to be her husband. She promises him a harvest of riches if he plants his seed in her body. She tells him they will live together in a house made of cedar, and that she will give him a lapis lazuli chariot with golden wheels. She says that kings and princes will offer him all their wealth.  
    But Gilgamesh refuses to be her plaything. He has nothing to offer her in return, since, as a goddess, she has everything she could ever want. He says that her desire for his body is fleeting, and that she’ll soon lose interest. He tells her he knows what happened to her other human lovers, and they’ve all learned how traitorous and cruel her heart and whims are.  
    Her husband, Tammuz, the shepherd, became a captive in the underworld and is mourned in festivals every year. Another shepherd she loved became a broken-winged bird. She loved the lion, then ensured that he was captured in “ambush pits.” She loved the stallion but contrived harnesses and whips and spurs to control him. When a goat herder loved her, she turned him into a wolf. When her father’s gardener rejected her advances, she turned him into a frog. Gilgamesh asks why he should expect to fare any better. -- "The Epic of Gilgamesh"
    Gilgamesh means "Gibil is Commander."


    Perhaps the biggest change came from the initiated version of the Tarot that the original Golden Dawn (and its later offshoots) used. In that deck, the Fool is represented as a naked child of indeterminate sex, who is accompanied by a wolf on a leash, who is reaching up for a rose. In Golden Dawn, the Fool represents the god Harpocrates, the Egyptian god Horus as a young child. - Associated Content

    "The four magic symbols, the sceptre, the cup, the sword and the pentacle. The fool always carries them, although he has long since forgotten what they mean. Nevertheless they belong to him, even though he does not know their use. The symbols have not lost their power, they retain it in themselves. - P D. Ouspensky
    One theory for its origin, and perhaps the most widely accepted, relates to the European transition from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. At the Council of Trent in 1563, Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal bull decreeing that Christian countries should adopt a new standardised calendar. Now the internationally accepted calendar in the Western World, the Gregorian calendar was adopted due to its greater accuracy compared to the Julian calendar. One consequence of the transition however, was that New Years Day moved from 1st April to the 1st January. 
    Although resisted by the Protestant countries in Europe, the new calendar was officially adopted by the Catholic states reasonably quickly. However, presenting the news of the transition across largely rural populations was a much slower task. Supposedly, this was a particular problem following France’s switch to the new calendar in 1582. People who continued to celebrate the New Year at the end of March became the targets for jokes, pranks and hoaxes. This included having paper fish attached to their backs, and being called ‘April fish’, in reference to their supposed gullibility. -- New Historian
     

              The Present Can Only Be Viewed from the Past   


    2017 might seem like the hangover after a particularly-nasty meth, glue and Thunderbird bender, but it's actually a year of major anniversaries. We're coming up on the 70th Anniversary of Kenneth Arnold and Roswell (as well as the National Security Act), the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love and the centennial of the Russian Revolution. But there are a lot more observances, all kinds of 'ennials to observe. 

    I thought I'd dig into a few anniversaries germane to The Secret Sun and the topics we look at here. Readers are encouraged to weigh in with their own (observations that can be counted in multiples of five and ten, that is) in the comments.

    December will see the fifth anniversary of the 2012 apocalypse/ascension/ absurdity (depending on your point of view). Needless to say, most of us are still here and the skies didn't open and Nibiru didn't come crashing into the moon. So there goes another apocalypse. 

    I can't help but wonder about the 2012 meme, though. As I wrote a couple years back, it certainly seems like something changed that year, that the bottom fell out somewhere but no one seemed to notice it at the time. 

    I mean, Donald Trump is sitting in the White House, isn't he? If even you're a Trump supporter you have to admit this would have seemed impossible five years ago.

    Maybe the Apocalypse works on a different timeline than it does in the movies. Maybe we're living in one only we can't see the forest fire for the burning trees. History can only be written from a distance.

    2007 was the year Our Gods Wear Spandex was published and the year I began actively blogging on this site, so Happy Ten Year Anniversary to me. It's also the year that a newly-elected Senator - with a weird, oblique connection to the Council of Nine - announced his candidacy for President.


    This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Heaven's Gate suicides, an event I've gone into some detail on this blog. Whatever the media might have you believe the Gate were a bonafide modern Gnostic sect, were serious and rigorous about their work and were deeply troubled by the emergence of the techno-surveillance state they saw emerging at the time. 

    This week also marks the 20th anniversary of the last of the Order of the Solar Temple "suicides" ( rendered in quotes since many investigators suspect foul play by outside parties with the OST mass deaths). I wrote in some detail about the OST and their influence on pop culture here (the X-Files writers seemed especially fascinated with the OST and their unique status and history and the lingering questions over their deaths).

    Postmortem reports claimed that the OST committed ritual suicide in order to spiritually ascend to Sirius, where they believe their souls originated from. If this is true this is another troubling link to the "Walk-Ins from Sirius" theme from Ruth Montgomery's seminal Aliens Among Us, which has also been linked to the Heaven's Gate suicides.

    Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the Phoenix Lights flap, a controversial UFO sighting that caused a major media meltdown and has been the focus of a growing mythology ever since. What is particularly interesting about the Phoenix episode- however you view it-- is that it took place right down the highway from the Heaven's Gate compound in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. 

    It may have been seen as the final sign that their ride was here, seeing as how the web-savvy cult was monitoring all kinds of infostreams for omens and portents. 

    Next week also marks the 20th anniversary of the Outer Limits episode "Double Helix," which plays out like an idealized fantasy world version of Marshall Applewhite's most cherished beliefs. 

    Seeing as how the suicides were discovered before its airing it plays like an elegy, a bizarre epitaph for the cult, its leader and their beliefs. How the hell that happened is anyone's guess.

    Speaking of double helixes, 1997 saw the announcement that the first major cloning had been done, of "Dolly" the sheep. The news was broken in Roslin, Scotland, of all places (Dan Brown fans take note). More ominously it was also the year IBM's Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov in chess. 

    Coincidentally or not, Steve Jobs returned to Apple a few months later and changed the world as we knew it. One of his last projects was designing the Apple HQ, which looks like a friggin' flying saucer.

    Why do all those events feel so closely entwined? We can't say we weren't warned.



    1987 is the 30th anniversary of the publication of Whitley Strieber's seminal autobiography Communion, which brought the concept of alien abduction out of the fringes and into book store in America and other parts of the world. 

    It's hard to explain to younger people what a phenomenon this book was, the controversy it engendered, and the effect it had on the culture. Strieber was a well-known author of best-selling horror novels, a couple of which had been adapted into movies (Wolfen and The Hunger) but never enjoyed a success like Communion, which stayed on the New York Times best-sellers list for months and sold millions worldwide.

    Daytime talkshows were suddenly fora for abductees, whether real or imagined, as were popular tabloid TV shows like Unsolved Mysteries. The craze made celebrities out of Strieber, abduction researchers like Budd Hopkins and David Jacobs and later, Harvard psychologist John Mack. 

    Oldline UFO researchers stewed on the sidelines, having traditionally regarded abduction reports with suspicion, if not contempt. Communion would lead to other projects, the Travis Walton biopic Fire in the Sky, The X-Files (which became an even greater phenomenon than Strieber's book), and the Steven Spielberg maxi-series Taken (which would be the SciFi Channel's most-watched series at the time of its airing).



    1987 was also the year New Age seeped into the mainstream and has been insidiously rewriting its host body like a computer virus ever since. Pop culture was the medium yet again- a miniseries based on Shirley MacLaine's "spiritual authobiography" Out On a Limb was aired on ABC and planted the seeds for the Me Generation's catch-as-catch-can Theosophy 2.0. 

    1987 saw "Ramtha" go wide with the publication of JZ Knight's autobiography, A State of Mind. Channeling soon became a multimiilion dollar industry, with hundreds of mini-Ramtha's popping out of the woodwork dispensing greeting card homilies for a spiritually-indiscriminate polity.

    All you needed to do was squint, loll your head around meaningfully, adopt a weird quasi-British accent and learn to spout pseudo-profoundities and you were in clover.

    Again, the New Age craze is hard to explain today, though in large part because the New Age is so ubiquitous today it's woven into the cultural fabric of most Western- and many non-Western- cultures. 

    Yoga studios can be found in every sizable American town. Acupuncture and other "alternative" modalities are often covered by health insurance programs. Health food stores are slowly displacing conventional supermarkets and many more traditional houses of worship offer New Age programs (meditation, yoga, self-actualization) to their congregants.

    1987 also saw the Harmonic Convergence (aka the "New Age Woodstock"), meant to act as the movement's big hop over the cultural fence. But its organizers (which included the original 2012 guru, Jose Arguelles) deeply misjudged the true nature of the movement and how it actually existed in the ideational biosphere. 

    This wasn't a revolution, it was a slow-moving insurrection, one that subverted culture from within, all the while denying its very existence (the hallmark of a true New Ager is that they deny actually being a New Ager). Big, showy events weren't going to do the work. Tenacious, relentless but quieter actions were going to insinuate New Age into the mainstream.



    1987 saw the Iran-Contra Affair- in which arms were sold to Iran in exchange for American hostages held by Iran-controlled radicals and the profits then diverted to anti-Sandinista militants in Nicaragua- become the major news story, dominating the headlines and Sunday talk shows for the entire year and into the next. 

    Iran-Contra is also arguably the impetus for the true mainstreaming of conspiracy theory (just in time for the dawning of the Internet Era). Conspiracy research wasn't a fringe hobby then, it was front page news all across the world. It's just that the virus escaped from the lab and filtered down into places the mainstream media would have rather it hadn't.

    But the real groundwork for the rise of conspiracy culture would be laid ten years earlier when the first fully-functional home computer, the Commodore PET was debuted at a trade show. 

    Conspiracy theory may have thrived on talk radio (and short wave and ham radio, not to mention mail order) but it would explode on the Internet, even in the crudest venues of the BBS dial-in days.

    At the same time the Commodore was unveiled, a new President from Plains, Georgia took office who swore to tear the lid off government corruption (and significantly, UFO secrecy) in Washington. 

    Things, predictably, wouldn't work out so well for him.

    1977 saw the commoditization of the modern Hollywood blockbuster-- already having birthed itself in 1975 with Steven Spielberg's Jaws. 

    George Lucas' spiritual SF epic Star Wars and Spielberg's UFO fantasia Close Encounters of the Third Kind changed the rules forever (you can throw in Saturday Night Fever if you like, as it spawned the rise of the blockbuster soundtrack as well) and, as many would argue, planted the seeds for the eventual creation empoverishment of the Hollywood they created.

    In today's market, doubles and triples are no longer be enough, you need to either write a movie off as a tax loss or score a grand slam blockbuster, complete with merchandising and ancillary rights.

    But Star Wars and Close Encounters were such monsters because they filled a genuine void in the culture, a need for miracle and transcendence in a rapidly-secularlizing culture. In their wake the movies would become the dream theater of the masses, in the same way the great cathedrals were to the peasants of the Middle Ages.

    Both films struck at the right time- NASA tested its first space shuttle at the beginning of the year, promising a new era in space exploration. One that has yet to come to pass, 40 years later. Even so the mood was right at the time.

    On the other end of the ritual spectrum 1977 also saw the arrest of David Berkowitz, whom the media named as the sole "Son of Sam" killer despite the fact that witnesses had cogently and explicitly described other shooters not matching his description. 

    Berkowitz himself would later claim he was a member of a sect of the Process Church of the Final Judgement, he was not the only shooter and that the killings were human sacrifices. And as fate would have it two of the men he claimed as his accomplices would die under mysterious circumstances not long after Berkowitz was arrested. 

    And their father was named Sam.

    Also in the summer of 1977, Elvis Presley died after a long struggle with obesity and prescription drug abuse. 

    It was poetic in a Greek tragedy kind of fashion since '77 not only saw the precipitous rise of Disco as an all-consuming craze (Donna Summer had the first hit with a totally-synthesized record, "I Feel Love," that year) but also the breakthrough of punk rock and first-wave New Wave (the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Elvis Costello and Talking Heads all released their debuts), which took the basic, four to the floor rock 'n' roll Presley cut his teeth on and wed it to postmodernism, Dada and other weird, Continental theories that old-timers like the King would never have anything to do with.

    Not that most of America even noticed. The Eagles' Hotel California, Pink Floyd's Animals and Fleetwood Mac's Rumors were albums most of the public were actually buying. Punk bombed bad in its first assault on American record stores and most of the first wave bands would soon break up or radically water down their styles in a bid to make it to the US Top 40. 

    New Wave, which began as a marketing ploy to ease punk into the American market, would become the musical equivalent of New Age, a contagion that would insinuate itself into the host and rewrite the matrix from within. 

    40 years later New Wave concepts are so dominant (irony and sarcasm not the least among them) in pop they're no longer recognized as distinct or unique. But that process began in earnest over 35 years ago, when MTV began beaming art school weirdos from England into a growing number of American living rooms. 

    In short order even Jethro Tull and Bob Dylan- the onetime crunchiest of the crunchy- were recording with drum machines and sequencers.

    There's more to come. 




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              Ramon Novarro: Ben-Hur on Sunset Boulevard   
    In a turn of events that reminded more than one person of Sunset Boulevard, the 69-year-old former silent film star Ramon Novarro was murdered by two brothers who were male hustlers.
    At their murder trial, defense attorney Richard Walton told the jury, “Back in the days of Valentino, this man who set female hearts aflutter was nothing but a queer. There’s no way of calculating how many felonies this man committed over the years, for all his piety. What would have happened if Paul had not gotten drunk on Novarro’s booze, at Novarro’s urging and at Novarro’s behest? What would have happened if Novarro had not been a seducer and traducer of young men? The answers to those questions will determine the issue and degree of guilt of Tom Ferguson and the issue and degree of guilt of Paul Ferguson.”
    Being beaten to death is what an officer of the court felt free to argue that a gay man deserved in 1969, two months after the Stonewall Riots.
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    In 1876, during a train journey, a former general and failed attorney named Lew Wallace was humiliated.
    While debating religion with the famed agnostic author Robert G. Ingersoll, Wallace realized that he knew next to nothing about his own Christian faith.
    Wallace devoted three years to studying the Bible and researching Christianity, and the result was an adventure novel, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which eventually outsold every book in the United States except the Bible.
    I was fascinated to learn that the first dramatic adaptation of the story was notthe silent film version, but a six-act, three-and-a-half-hour 1899 Broadway play which boasted spectacular lighting, large onstage crowds and, as biographer Andre Soares noted, “…two horse-drawn chariots darting at full speed on parallel treadmills, with a Circus Maximus backdrop revolving behind them.” Half a million people saw the play on Broadway, and more than 20 million saw it on tour throughout the world.
    His starring role in the tortuous production of the 1925 film Ben-Hurwould cap Novarro’s career.
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    Throughout most of the 1920s, Novarro had an intense personal, professional and presumably sexual relationship with movie journalist Herbert Howe.
    Their relationship had cooled by 1928, and in a 1931 article for The New Movie Magazine, Howe hinted why. “All his emotions are adolescent,” Howe wrote. “He never hates because he never loves too much. He is not a particularly good companion. As he often said: ‘I have so little to give.’ His life is expressed in acting, not in thought or conversation. You get the essence of him seeing him on the screen. Off the screen he is … a theater with the lights out.”
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    In April 1930, when he was one of America’s most popular screen stars, Novarro wrote a check for a new car and drove away with it. The embarrassing call came later. His check had bounced.
    He’d earned $248,000 in 1928, $170,000 in 1929 and $125,000 for his last movie alone, and had $160 left in his bank account. Novarro had entrusted his business affairs to a (presumed) former lover, Louis Samuel, now married, who had embezzled the money to cover his brother’s stock market losses and to pay the mortgage on his own home in Hollywood Hills, one designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Novarro refused to press charges against his former friend, and scrambled to recover from the devastating financial blow. He was able to secure a refund on his income taxes, which helped him get by.
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    Declining box office receipts for his pictures cost Novarro his contract with MGM in the mid-1930s. A series of uncertain career moves didn’t help the situation, nor did his growing dependence on alcohol.
    On Dec. 12, 1940, on the way home from a birthday party for Laura Hope Crews, a drunken Novarro was seriously injured in a head-on collision. He lied to friends about the accident’s cause and displayed not the slightest interest in the other driver, whom he might have killed.
    “The man who could be so generous with his money could also be unabashedly self-centered when trying to shield himself from recriminations — whether from the law, from friends and relatives, or from within,” wrote Soares in Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramon Novarro. “Even so, such tactics fell far short of total effectiveness. The law would find him guilty of reckless driving a number of times; his family … was ‘extremely embarrassed’ by his drunken driving arrests; and Novarro himself was undoubtedly aware of both his culpability in the car accident and his alcoholism. Despite his attempts at self-deceit, Novarro knew he had a serious problem that he was unable to solve.”
    Novarro spent the rest of his life alternating between shameful alcoholic episodes and self-righteous periods of arch-Catholic religiosity, I think at least in part because he no longer had an effective way to express his artistic impulses. He never found a creative path off the dead end of Sunset Boulevard.

              Lucille Ball: Only One Place to Go   
    Lucille Ball’s step-grandparents once sent her to bed without dinner for looking at herself in a mirror. Think about that.
    Apparently because he ate the wrong dish of ice cream, Lucy’s father died of typhoid fever in 1915, when she was 3 years old — an event that shuffled her from relative to relative for years and forever marked her psyche.
    “There was a touch of Cinderella in all this, except that there was no handsome prince to ride up and rescue the waif,” wrote Stefan Kanfer in Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball. “All the ingredients for misery were now in place: self-doubt, obsessive-compulsive behavior, insecurity — the sort of psychological afflictions that attend a deprived childhood. As we will see, one way or another she carried these difficulties intact, from her early years to her old age. Yet in her nervous accommodations with the past she came to regard this as the Making of Lucille Ball.”
    Lucy concluded that followers had happy young lives, while leaders suffered early trauma.
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    At 13, Lucy went to New York and landed a chorus line job in the Schubert musical Stepping Stones, only to be sent back home when the producers discovered her age. At 15, she was dating a 21-year-old armed bootlegger, and to get her away from him, her mother DeDe scraped together the money to send Lucy to the prestigious Minton-Anderson School of Drama in New York for a semester’s humiliation.
    “In another period, the school might have carried her for a second term, until she acquired some polish and timing,” Kanfer wrote. “But it was Lucille’s misfortune to be there at the same moment another young actress was making her mark. Bette Davis arrived as a powerhouse with more gifts than the rest of the pupils combined.”
    The bitterness of that rejection remained with Lucy. “All I learned in drama school was how to be frightened,” she said.
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    After her grandfather was bankrupted and lost everything because of a shooting accident, Lucy tackled New York again, working in musicals, never for long.
    “She began to patrol short-order joints, seeking a ‘one-doughnut man’ — an individual who sat at a counter, ordered doughnuts and coffee, downed the cup, and left a nickel tip after eating only one doughnut,” Kanfer noted. “ ‘I’d do a fast slide onto his stool,’ she said, yell for a cup of coffee, pay for it with his nickel and eat the other doughnut.’ Her finances hit rock bottom the day she reached into her purse and found four cents, one short of the subway fare. ‘So I panhandled for a penny. One well-dressed older gentleman stopped to listen, then offered me a $10 bill. ‘Listen, mister,’ I told him with a withering look, ‘all I want is one penny.’
    “Thoughts of suicide entered her head. ‘I thought, ‘I’ll get killed faster in central Park because cars go faster there. But I want to get hit by a big car — with a handsome man in it.’ Then I had a flash of sanity. I said to myself, ‘If I’m thinking this way, maybe I don’t want to die.’ So I regrouped my forces.’”
    And found work as a model, posing for, among other things, a topless photograph that would dog her for decades.
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    Around the time Lucy was shooting the MGM film Du Barry Was a Lady with Red Skelton in the fall of 1942, she had some dental work done.
    “A few days after a dentist put in some temporary fillings she heard music inside her convertible,” Kanfer wrote. “She swiveled the dial on the car radio, then realized that the sound was not issuing from the loudspeaker. It was coming from inside her mouth: the fillings were picking up a broadcast from a local station.’
    “I even recognized the tune,” Lucy recalled. “My mouth was humming and thumping with the drumbeat, and I thought I was losing my mind. I thought, ‘What the hell is this?’ Then it started to subside.”
    “Some days later, an odd rhythm sounded in her molars again,” Kanfer noted. “No music this time — it seemed to be Morse code.” She said the signal was strongest near a particular house. She reported the incident to MGM security officers, who told the authorities, who reportedly discovered an underground radio station run by a Japanese gardener.
    “Lucy dined out on the story for months,” Kanfer noted. “She related the incident to Ethel Merman — the stage Du Barry — and Merman passed it along to Cole Porter. It became part of the plot for his next Broadway show, Something for the Boys.”
    But was the fantastic story true? The debunker site Snopes says that remains undetermined.
    “It would be odd for Lucy to have invented a story about picking up radio signals via her fillings; she was too honest and had plenty of genuine anecdotes of her own to tell,” Snopes said. “Still, the tale is pretty implausible, and documentation about the discovery and arrest of Japanese spies in California in 1942 is curiously lacking. (It’s also unlikely that ‘Japanese spies’ would have been transmitting in Morse code, that the signals would have been received through dental work, or that Lucy could have recognized whatever she was picking up on her fillings as such if they were).”
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    “During the last months of 1948, as the (radio) scripts (for My Favorite Husband) went in for revisions, Lucy began working on a new film with Bob Hope, Sorrowful Jones, based on yet another Damon Runyon tale,” Kanfer wrote. “Filming during the day and rehearsing at night frazzled her nerves and upset her judgment. As one deadline approached, the story line was still in trouble. ‘(writers) Bob (Carroll) and Madelyn (Pugh) and I worked practically all night,’ (Jess) Oppenheimer wrote. ‘We were confident that we had saved the script. We weren’t too proud of the very last line, but the rest of it was good, and we had all day to work on that one last line.’
    “At daybreak Lucy and Don Sharpe arrived. She sank into an overstuffed chair and went through the script, laughing at regular intervals as she turned the pages. According to Oppenheimer, ‘I thought we were home free, until she came to that last line. Well, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were identical twins compared to the transformation Lucy served up.’ She rose, threw the script across the room and yelled, ‘I won’t do this shit!’
    “Oppenheimer waited for her to finish. Then he responded: ‘I thought we had a team effort going here. We’re happy to stay up all night or all week, and break our butts to make the script right for you. But not if you’re going to ignore a major rewrite which you loved, and crucify us over one little line, which can easily be fixed. We need quite a bit more respect than that. He took Lucy’s hand and shook it. ‘I can’t say it’s been a pleasant experience working for you, but at least it’s over.’”
    Oppenheimer left the building and got halfway down the block before agent and show packager Don Sharpe caught up with him and told him that Lucy was crying and hysterical, and wanted to apologize.
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    Lucy and Desi created I Love Lucy as a means of keeping their marriage intact, and that’s the one area in which the hit sitcom finally failed.
    Desi’s skirt-chasing had been an issue from the first, and the problem was particularly acute when, before the TV show, he’d been on the road with his band.
    “One evening Lucy spent an entire phone call accusing her husband of disloyalty, and he yelled at her for being over-suspicious,” Kanfer wrote. “She slammed down the phone. It rang in her room and she picked up the receiver, ready to resume her argument. The voice was not Desi’s; it was the operator’s. She had eavesdropped on the conversation. ‘Why haven’t you called him back?’ she demanded. ‘I know he’s in his room feeling miserable, waiting for you to call him. He didn’t mean any of the things he said and I’m sure you didn’t either, so why don’t you just call him back and make up with him? He’s just a baby.’ Lucy laughed, and did as asked. For that evening, at least, the conversation was filled with apologies and pledges of commitment.”
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    When I Love Lucy began, the wealthiest person on the set was the cameraman.
    Well, the director of photography, anyway. German native Karl Freund had filmed Dracula and Murders in the Rue Morgue, and won an Oscar for The Good Earth. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz knew him from Du Barry Was a Lady, and knew he’d invented a popular light meter, and that he certainly didn’t need to do a sitcom. Yet that’s what Desi wanted him to do.
    Kanfer noted that Desi wanted to stage the show as a play, filmed in front of a live audience of 300 with three cameras that were to be synchronized on one sound track. The film could therefore be easily edited from master shot to medium shot to close-up.
    That couldn’t be done, Freund told him. Those shots would all have to be lit differently for decent quality.
    “Well, I know that nobody has done it up to now, but I figured that if there was anybody in the world who could do it, it would be Karl Freund,” Desi replied.
    Intrigued by the project, “Papa” Freund ultimately signed on for union scale. “Papa was loaded anyway,” Desi said. “He could buy and sell Lucy and me three or four times. The money he had made out of the light meter alone, plus a lot of acreage in orange trees he owned in the San Fernando Valley, made him a man of considerable means. The challenge was what got him, and that’s what I was counting on.”
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    At 24, Lucille Ball had signed a Communist Party membership card to please her socialist grandfather, Fred Hunt. Unknowingly, she had also signed on for a nightmare.
    The I Love Lucy show aired during the McCarthy era, and in 1953 ruthless right wingers were determined to use the “scandal” to destroy the show and its star. It took all of Desi Arnaz’s PR wiles to quell the storm. He joked that “The only thing red about Lucy is her hair, and even that isn’t legitimate.”
    Kanfer wrote, “Lucy and Desi made no more public statements, going about their business as if nothing had happened, resentful of fair-weather friends and acquaintances who made themselves scarce, and grateful to the handful who went out of their way to express their support. First to pay a call was comedian Lou Costello. Lucy thought of him as an acquaintance more than a pal; she had only been on his radio show a few times. But there he was sitting in the garden, and when Lucy asked him why he was in evidence, Costello replied: ‘You just go about your business. I’m just hanging out here for the day. I thought you might need a friend about now.’ Jack Oakie, Lucy’s costar in the old days, showed up; so did Lionel Barrymore, crippled by arthritis, who visited in a wheelchair.”
    A force more powerful than even the House Un-American Activities Committee finally vaporized the storm clouds entirely, and that was the Nielsen and Trendex overnight ratings. I Love Lucy was still the number one show, and a Los Angeles Times headline cheered: “Everybody Still Loves Lucy.” President Eisenhower invited the couple to the White House, and all was well.
    But not with Lucy, not entirely. “She could never quite relax after her experience with the congressmen and the fallout that came from their investigation,” Kanfer wrote. “A signature on an old piece of paper had been enough to justify her most pathological fears: one’s livelihood and social position could indeed vanish overnight, and in the end (not) money nor love nor public relations would be powerful enough to keep the jackals away.”
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    Vivian Vance played sidekick to Lucille Ball all through I Love Lucyand partway through The Lucy Show, then departed, demanding a salary increase she knew would be rejected.
    “I was sure she felt I was deserting her,” Vance wrote. “She had a tremendous fear of rejection, and unless she thought it through, it could seem that I was rejecting her, giving her up after 14 years of closeness and clowning, for a husband and a home I wanted to share with him.”
    Lucy had other priorities. “Marriage, motherhood, leisure — all were subordinated to the main concern of putting on a good show and turning a profit for the Desilu stockholders,” wrote Kanfer. “Though she determined to get along without her feminine foil, Vivian’s departure did make an enormous difference, not only in the scripts but in Lucy’s outlook. In her view, she had been dropped twice, by her husband and by her closest professional friend.”
    “’On the set, she could be a holy terror,’ said one of the technicians who watched Lucy in action. She summarily fired a New York Method actor who mumbled his lines; intimidated directors and cameramen; and sought confrontations, even when the star was as big as she was.
    “When she gave Danny Kaye instructions on how to do humor, he snapped, ‘Just who the hell do you think you are?’ Lucy shot back, ‘You’re full of shit, that’s who I am.’ She was not smiling.
    “Joan Blondell, who had known Lucy since their starlet days in the 1930s, had become a first-class film and stage comedienne in middle age. Lucy booked her on the show, then expressed dissatisfaction with the way Blondell read her lines. After one take, her friend Herb Kenwith reported, the director yelled ‘Cut!’ and “Lucille pulled an imaginary chain … as if flushing an old-fashioned toilet.’ Blondell turned away but caught the tail end of the gesture. ‘What does that mean?’ she demanded. Lucille said, ‘It means that stunk!’ Joan looked her right in the eye and said, ‘Fuck you, Lucille Ball!’ The studio audience was stunned. You didn’t hear words like that in those days.’ Kaye and Lucy were to make up their differences. Blondell never came back.”
    In 1970, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, then the world’s most famous couple, appeared on Lucy’s CBS sitcom Here’s Lucy. Lucy and Liz exchanged increasingly large bunches of roses, but all was not so rosy after Lucy insisted on giving the famous Welsh actor line readings.
    Amused, Burton noted that Lucy referred to Liz as “…for the most part as Mrs. Burton or Miss Taylor and occasionally Elizabeth but (she) corrects it to the more formal immediately.” Liz, meanwhile, formally referred to Lucy as “Miss Cunt.”
    Lucy overheard her mother warning a director that her daughter was in fact the bitch everyone said she was. Lucy replied, “I am not! Only when I’m working.” Her mother replied, “But that is when people see you.”
    Lucy’s state of mind may be deduced from this line, which she was fond of repeating: “When you’re Number One, there’s only one place you can go.”
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    Here’s a fact I found fascinating, in part because it has been buried beneath the lavish and well-deserved praise Lucy earned for her genius as a comic actor. As president of Desilu, Lucy personally green-lighted both the Mission: Impossible and Star Trek TV series. Without her, those two mini-media empires would likely never have existed.

              Mary Wickes: A Suspected Treasure   
    Mary Wickes was the original Mary Poppins on American television in 1949
    From the start, like Bette Davis in Now Voyager, Paul Beals and I suspected that Mary Wickes might be a treasure.
    We met her in the summer of 1976 when she was at the Hyatt-Regency in downtown Chicago promoting her short-lived CBS TV show, Doc.
    What we didn’t know then is that Wickes, always marching to the beat of her own drummer, would get herself fired from that MTM Productions show by demanding the right to change dialogue she found distasteful.
    Affable and chatty, the homely, beloved character actress seemed to be as direct, wisecracking and approachable as the maids and nurses she’d always played. Never a star, she was nevertheless a central figure in Hollywood since the 1930s. It was strange to hear her rattle off names like “Lucy,” “Orson” and “Bette,” seemingly not as an affectation, but simply because these were ordinary friends and colleagues of hers.
    Like actor Lyle Talbot, whom I interviewed later, Wickes was one of those fascinating people who had almost literally been everywhere and known everyone.
    “Whether nurse, nun or housekeeper, she was always the wry observer peering into a world that she did not entirely belong to,” wrote Steve Taravella in his biography Mary Wickes: I Know I’ve Seen That Face Before. “Intimately a part of whatever was taking place on screen or stage, she was at the same time an outsider — and it was clear to everyone that she had made her peace with this status. Although she was never the lead, she was the one who held my attention. Her persona resonated with me.”
    Wickes was the beleaguered nurse in The Man Who Came to Dinner on stage and screen and the housekeeper inWhite Christmas. She was the original Mary Poppins on live television, and the animators’ model for Cruella de Vil in 101 Dalmatians.
    Her long experience in comedy left her with a considerable bag of tricks. For example, she developed five variations on the “double take:” the Regular Double Take, the Pigeon Double Take (with neck stretched), the Butterfly Double Take (with multiple quick glances), the Triple Take (each growing in intensity) and the One Where You’re Caught (pretending you didn’t just do a double take).
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    Born in St. Louis in 1910, Wickes had a quasi-19th century horse-and-buggy childhood, taking family excursions on Mississippi riverboats. “Everybody took their own lunch in baskets,” she recalled. “If you got thirsty, you got a big, wonderful, cold stein if A&W root beer with a big head on it, a lot of foam. And that was lovely, oh my. That hurrying down to the levy to make the boat before it left was lovely.”
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    Beyond a curse or a blessing, Wickes’ homely looks were finally just a fact she used to her advantage.
    “Some time or other, it always gets around to boys, and there was no boy in Mary’s life,” recalled family friend Mary Vahle. “She was always tall, and that’s a drawback. And Mary had a receding chin and a big nose. Boys that age don’t look beyond the surface.”
    Taravella noted, “For decades, Mary withstood — as few others could — harsh public mockery regarding her appearance. Callous descriptions — ‘the wrinkle with lips’ is how one character refers to her in a 1990s sitcom — became so routine that they limited Mary’s career in ways she found hard to accept… (But) Mary’s appearance more than enhanced her career; in some ways, it allowed her to have one. Together, her height, her pronounced nose, her receding chin and her attention-grabbing bark drew the notice of casting directors. Such was true from the very beginning.”
    Writer and actor Peter Walker said, “I don’t know if Mary ever realized that she was such a homely woman. But it was that homely thing that obviously got her the work. She knew that (her appearance and voice) was where her money was coming from, that she was never going to be the Claire Trevor or the pretty second leading lady. As a businesswoman she was very wise, and she kept her mother and herself very well.”
    Never married, Wickes lived with her widowed mother Isabella, and they made a lively and devoted pair.
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    Though notoriously frugal, Wickes did not stint when it came to entertaining at home.
    “Be it lunch, dinner or the afternoon teas she liked to arrange, she was a lavish, generous host who offered liquor and hearty amounts of food, most of which she prepared herself,” Taravella wrote.
    “She served with family crystal and silver, and she went out of her way to make her guests comfortable. The food she served was distinctly Midwestern. No matter how famous the guest, Mary’s meals were likely to include chicken salad or chili, homemade brownies and Jell-O. She liked to prepare an appetizer that she called actor’s pâté made of liverwurst, cream cheese, chives, Worcester sauce and dry mustard.”
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    Wickes was a long-time professional colleague of Bette Davis, a good friend of Doris Day and Vivian Vance and a really close friend of Lucille Ball (who somewhat exploited that friendship by underpaying Mary for appearances on her sitcoms).
    Though disappointed that she didn’t land the role of Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy, Wickes became something of a real-life Ethel in occasional antics with Lucy. After Lucy bought a Rolls-Royce that had been owned by her late neighbor Hedda Hopper, the pair had a misadventure while out for a drive when they realized, as darkness fell, that they didn’t know how to turn on the headlights.
    Then there was the time Lucy took Wickes shopping for sheets and pillowcases along with a baby chimpanzee Lucy adored. Recalling how Lucy refused to take her own children out in public for fear of being mobbed, her daughter Lucie Arnaz said, “She wouldn’t take me to the market, but she’d take a chimpanzee and a six-foot-tall woman in a long plaid skirt because God forbid she should draw any attention to herself.”
    The affection between Lucy and Wickes ran deep, and is evident in the tone of the many letters they exchanged.
    In 1973, while caring for Wickes’ plants while she was away, Lucy wrote, “Your plants are thriving, but they ask for you and wonder why you don’t drop by. I think one of them is pregnant if you have any instructions concerning same.”
    “If you don’t want to come yourself, Mary, take pity on poor Isabell and let her get drunk once in a while,” Lucy wrote in 1958, inviting Wickes to a party. “You’re much too hard on her. I understand you have ruined her sex life.”
    The quip was one few but Lucy could have gotten away with, because Wickes’ moral views were frequently described as Victorian. “In the old days, people who had character didn’t change it with every person they met,” Lucie Arnaz said. “They didn’t change to fit the style or the clothes or to fit the mood, to be hip or whatever. They were who they were. Mary had that in her own character. She had it all her life.”
    Wickes caused herself no end of trouble rejecting what she regarded as “blue” material in scripts. But her tolerance could also surprise. Many of her escorts were gay men. “Her notes reveal that — at least with regard to gifts — Mary treated her friends in same-sex relationships the same as her friends in heterosexual relationships,” Taravella wrote.
    Perhaps that’s because one of Wickes’ enduring principles was loyalty. Stefan Kanfer, in his biography Ball of Fire, noted how Wickes always looked out for Lucy. “(Wickes) was acting in summer stock in 1979 when she persuaded Lucy to fly to San Francisco for a sentimental journey,” he wrote. “Together the two old friends called on a bedridden Vivian Vance. Most of the day was spent in happy reminiscence between Lucy and Vivian, with Mary off in a corner. The laughter lasted for two hours; afterward the visitors cried all the way to the airport. Vance died that August.”
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    For all that, Wickes remained a guarded figure, in some ways unknowable.
    “Mary lived behind walls, not merely walls against unpleasantness … but also walls of secrecy about her health; walls of fear about her (right-wing) political leanings being discovered; walls of lies about her age; walls, certainly, against physical intimacy,” Taravella wrote.
    “These were walls of privacy so great that when friends wrote her apartment number on mail addressed to her, she was angered, fearing others might learn the precise location of her apartment.
    “Most notably, she erected walls against any emotional closeness. Mary laughed and joked and told stories, but never really opened up — not even with her closest friends. In virtually every context, Mary placed limits on the warmth she would extend, so much so that emotional reticence is one of the first qualities friends mention when asked about her.”

    Whatever Wickes had went straight into her work. She prided herself on her professionalism, badgered other theatrical professionals for assignments and was known to walk into rehearsal halls proclaiming, “It’s Mary Wickes, grand old lady of stage, screen and shortwave radio!”

              William Manchester: The Reasonable Warrior   
    “War is literally unreasonable,” wrote the author, biographer and historian William Manchester in his 1979 Pacific combat memoir Goodbye, Darkness.
    “Today’s youth cannot understand it; mine, I suppose, was the last generation to believe audacity in combat is a virtue. And I don’t know why we believed it. The mystery troubled me and baffled me, for some of my actions in the early 1940s make no sense to me now.
    “On Okinawa, on Saturday, June 2, 1945, I suffered a superficial gunshot wound just above my right kneecap and was ship back to a field hospital. Mine was what we called a ‘million-dollar wound.’ Although I could hear the Long Toms in the distance, I was warm, dry and safe. My machismo was intact; I was simply hors de combat.
    “The next day I heard that my regiment was going to land behind enemy lines on Oroku Penisula. I left my cot, jumped hospital, hitchhiked to the front and made the landing on Monday.
    “Why had I returned to terror? To be sure, I had been gung ho at the outbreak of war. But I had quickly become a summer soldier and a sunshine patriot. I was indifferent toward rank, and I certainly sought no glory. ‘We owe God a death,” wrote Shakespeare. So we do, but I hoped God would extend my line of credit indefinitely. I was very young. I hadn’t published a short story, fathered a child or even slept with a girl. And because I am possessed, like most writers, by an intense curiosity, I wanted to stick around until, at the very least, I knew which side had won the war.
    “So, craftily, I became the least intrepid of warriors, a survivor, not a hero, more terrier than lion. If there was a coward’s way, I took it. The word hero, to me, is redolent of Nelson Eddy in his Smokey Bear hat, with Jeanette McDonald shrieking in his ear, or of John Wayne being booed in a Hawaiian hospital by an audience of wounded Marines from Iwo Jima and Okinawa, men who had macho acts, in a phrase of the day, up their asses to their armpits.
    “To be sure, I was not an inept fighter. I was lean and hard and tough and proud. I had tremendous reserves of stamina. I never bolted. I was a crack shot. I had a shifty, shambling run, and a lovely eye for defilade — for what the Duke of Wellington called ‘dead ground,’ that is, a spot shielded from flat-trajectory enemy fire by a natural obstacle, like a tree or a rock — coupled with a good sense of direction and a better sense of ground. To this day, I check emergency exits immediately after registering in a hotel, and in bars you will find me occupying a corner table, with my flanks secure.
    “But that was the sum of my military skills. I had walked through the valley of the shadow of death and had been terribly frightened. Afterward, those few of us in my unit who had survived received a document from Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal citing us for ‘gallantry,’ ‘valor,’ ‘tenacity’ and ‘extraordinary heroism against enemy Japanese forces,’ but those shining words didn’t really apply to me. Indeed, at times it seemed that they applied to no one except the dead. I agreed with Hemingway: ‘Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage or hallow were obscene beside the concrete names of villages, the number of roads, the names of rivers, the numbers of regiments and the dates.’
    “For us, they had been Buna and Suribachi; the Kokoda Trail and Tarawa; the First Marine Division and the Eleventh Airborne; the Kumusi and the Asa Kawa; December 7, 1941, and V-J Day. I honored them while hating the whole red and ragged business of war.”
    ---
    Manchester, who had harrowing experiences as a Marine in World War II, was an eloquent and even compassionate writer with a determined honesty, and yet a blind spot.
    Reading his memoir, you find it easy to spot a theme that constantly reappears. It’s that the concerns and fates and white male warriors are the only things that really matter, and that their extreme sacrifices somehow sanctified that principle. Only his band of brothers and their fathers were fully real existentially. All others were somewhat shadowy figures who owed them gratitude.
    By 1979, Manchester felt himself to be someone whom time was passing by. And he was right. It was and it has. A growing awareness of justice has entirely swept his worldview away, leaving the reader to admire him, yes, but also to feel a little embarrassed for him. But how few of us manage not to embarrass our descendants.
    ---
    “War monuments have never stirred me,” Manchester wrote. “They are like the reconstructed buildings at Colonial Williamsburg, or elaborate reproductions of great paintings; no matter how deft the execution, they are essentially counterfeit.
    “In addition, they are usually beautiful and in good taste, whereas combat is neither. Before the war I thought that Hemingway, by stripping battle narratives of their ripe prose, was describing the real thing. Afterward I realized that he had simply replaced traditional overstatement with romantic understatement.
    “War is never understated. Combat as I saw it was exorbitant, outrageous, excruciating and above all tasteless, perhaps because the number of fighting men who had read Hemingway or Remarque was a fraction of those who had seen B movies about bloodshed. If a platoon leader had watched Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Errol Flynn, Victor McLaglen, John Wayne or Gary Cooper leap recklessly about, he was likely to follow his role model.
    “In crises, most people are imitative. Soldiers received ‘Dear John’ letters copied from those quoted in the press. The minority who avoid Hollywood paradigms were, like me, people who watched fewer B movies than we had read books. That does not mean we were better soldiers and citizens. We certainly weren’t braver. I do think that our optics were clearer, however — that what we saw was closer to the truth because we weren’t looking through MGM or RKO prisms.”
    ---
    Manchester’s already passé notions about gender roles mixed with melancholy about humanity’s fate when he visited Tinian, the island from which, on the late afternoon of Aug. 6, 1945, the B-29 named Enola Gay took off to drop the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
    “There is an air of forbidding stillness on the isle, a desolation unmatched in, say, rebuilt Hiroshima,” Manchester wrote. “This is where the nuclear shadow first appeared. I feel forlorn, alienated, wholly without empathy for the men who did what they did. This was not my war. In my war, a single fighter with one rifle could make a difference, however infinitesimal, in the struggle against the Axis. It was here that the role of men as protectors began to fade until women, seeing how much it had diminished, left their own traditional roleas behind and shouldered their way upward.”
    ---
    The bored Marines stood at attention, listening to Buck Rogers describe homosexual sex acts.
    Manchester recalled that his captain, “Buck” Rogers, would read aloud from Navy courts-martial arising from sexual indiscretions.
    “As unsubtly as possible, we were being warned that no matter how horny we got, we couldn’t go down on each other,” Manchester wrote. “It mystified us. Youth is more sophisticated today, but in our innocence we knew almost nothing about homosexuality.”
    “There was so much excitement (and apocrypha about) heterosexuality that we seldom gave homosexuality a second thought. Had we been told that practitioners of oral sodomy wanted to live together openly, with the approval of society, and insisted on being called ‘gay,’ we would have guffawed. That just wasn’t one of the rights we were fighting to protect. We weren’t exactly prejudiced. It was, literally, mindlessness. We hadn’t thought about it. That didn’t make it unique. We weren’t fighting for the emancipation of housewives, either, or for the right of blacks, who performed menial, if safe, tasks far behind the lines, to bleed alongside us. Like most soldiers in most wars, we were fighting for status quo ante bellum. And like the others, we were doomed to disappointment.”
    All those bored Marines knew were that perverts were guys who lisped and longed to put on a dress. “Therefore the other NCOs and I laughed when our sergeant major told us, in a drunken moment (and an unusual one, because liquor was generally reserved for officers; enlisted men, including sergeants, got beer), that he had slept with men. Mike Powers was in the regular Marine Corps, a professional soldier; he had served in Nicaragua, Haiti and on Gibraltar. It was on Gibraltar that he had, by his soused account, violated Chapter Two Specification Seventeen almost nightly. His lovers had been civilians, he said, some of them distinguished European civilians.”
    Powers told them that when he retired, he planned to write a book calledFamous Cocks I Have Sucked.
    “We didn’t take him seriously, partly because in the Marine Corps there was a constant rivalry to see who could be coarsest,” Manchester wrote. “His behavior was in many ways regrettable, but always in macho ways which, we thought, were the exact opposite of homosexuality. Six feet two, blond and virile, he was heavily muscled and deep voiced.”
    Powers was tough and brave, but he had a flaw in combat. “Our strutting, bullying, powerfully built sergeant major just couldn’t stand the strain of concentrated enemy shellfire,” Manchester said. “He could take small-arms fire, and once he demolished a Nambu light-machine-gun nest with a hand grenade. But artillery turned his bowels to water.”
    And so one night, when the firing stopped after a sustained attack from 81-millimeter mortar shells, Powers cracked up. The Marines knew that the silence was a tactic to draw them out in the open so they could relieve themselves, at which point they’d be caught in a fresh fusillade. Powers began ranting and yelling and ordering a charge that would have gotten them all killed, so Manchester was forced to relieve Powers and get him to a battalion aid station.
    Manchester never saw Powers again, but he learned Powers’ fate much later, when Manchester, bedridden in a naval hospital, heard the officer of the day describe the court martial of one Michael J. Powers. Powers had been caught having oral sex with the young medical corpsman who had soothed and befriended him when Manchester left him at the aid station. And he’d been sentenced to 85 years in Portsmouth Naval Prison for it.
    ---
    One perverse irony of war, Manchester found, is how it sanctifies bloody disasters while underrating undramatic military victories.
    “Time (magazine) trumpeted the defense of the American tactics: ‘Last week some 2,000 or 3,000 United States Marines, most of them now dead or wounded, gave the nation a name to stand beside those of … the Alamo, Little Big Horn and Belleau Wood. The name was Tarawa,’” Manchester wrote. As a sergeant, he’d been in the middle of that 76-hour battle in which roughly 6,400 Japanese, Koreans and Americans died, mostly on and around the small coral island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll.
    “That made everyone on Betio stand tall, but it deserves second thoughts. The Alamo and Little Big Horn were massacres for Americans, and the Fifth and Sixth Marines had been cut to pieces in Belleau Wood. Time’s comment may be attributed to a curious principle which seems to guide those who write of titanic battles. The longer the casualty lists — the vaster the investment in blood — the greater the need to justify the slain. Thus the fallen are honored by hallowing the names of the places were they fell, thus writers enshrine in memory the Verduns, the Passchendaeles, the Dunkirks and the Iwo Jimas, while neglecting decisive struggles in which the loss of life was small.
    “At the turn of the 18thcentury, the Duke of Marlborough led 10 successful, relatively bloodless campaigns on the Continent, after which he was hounded into exile by his political enemies. In World War I, Douglas Haig butchered the flower of England’s youth on the Somme and in Flanders without winning a single victory. He was raised to the peerage and awarded 100,000 pounds by a grateful Parliament...”
    “Similarly, in World War II, Anzio and Peleliu are apotheosized, though neither contributed to the defeat of Germany and Japan, while the capture of Ulithi, one of the Pacific’s finest anchorages, is unsung since the enemy had evacuated it, and Hollandia, (Gen. Douglas) MacArthur’s greatest triumph in that war, is forgotten because the general’s genius outfoxed the Japanese and limited his losses to a handful of GIs.
    “In the Pacific, we received ‘pony’ editions — reduced in size, with no ads — of Time and the New Yorker. The comparison of Tarawa with great battles of the past didn’t impress most of us; we saw it for what it was: wartime propaganda designed to boost the morale of subscribers, a sophisticated version of the rhapsodies about the Glorious Dead who had Given Their All, making the Supreme Sacrifice. Our sympathies were with those who protested the high casualties.”
    From his vantage point on the battlefield, Manchester immediately saw through military myth-making, but years would pass before he could bring himself to cast a cold eye on other hypocrisies of war. “At the time it was impolitic to pay the slightest tribute to the enemy, and Nip determination, their refusal to say die, was commonly attributed to ‘fanaticism,’” he recalled. “In retrospect, it is indistinguishable from heroism. To call it anything less cheapens the victory, for American valor was necessary to defeat it.”
    ---
    Memory was Manchester’s thing. He remembered sights like this: “You could always tell whether men were moving up or coming off the line. Usually those coming off had samurai swords jutting from their packs. And they had a different look — dull, sightless eyes showing the strain, misery, shock, sleeplessness and, in veteran fighters, the supreme indifference of young men who have lost their youth and will never recover it. The Spanish poet Frederico Garcio Lorca caught their expressions. They had ‘sad infinite eyes, like those of a newborn beast of burden.’”
    Manchester remembered, even as he watched others forget. “When a man reaches his late fifties almost any change empties him a little,” he wrote. “It is disconcerting to feel quaint.”
    ---
    Thirty-five years after the war, Manchester ticked off the Marines he had known well and seen killed.
    “Shiloh Davidson II, Williams ’44, a strong candidate for his family’s stock exchange seat, crawled out on a one-man twilight patrol up Sugar Loaf. He had just cleared our wire when a Nambu burst eviscerated him. Thrown back, he was caught on improvised wire. The only natural light came from the palest wash of moon, but the Japs illuminated that side of the hill all night with their green flares. There was no way that any of us could reach Shiloh, so he hung there, screaming for his mother, until about 4:30 in the morning, when he died.
    “After the war, I visited his mother. She had heard, on a Gabriel Heatter broadcast, that the Twenty-ninth was assaulting Sugar Loaf. She had spent the night on her knees, praying for her son. She said to me, ‘God didn’t answer my prayers.’ I said, ‘He didn’t answer any of mine.’’
    Recalling Okinawa, Manchester wrote, “I was in the midst of satanic madness: I knew it. I wanted to return to sanity: I couldn’t. All one could do, it seemed to me, was to stop combat from breaking you in half, to keep going until you reached the other side of your immediate objective, hoping it would be different from this side while knowing all the time, with the weary cynicism of the veteran, that it would be exactly the same. It was in this mood that we scapegoated all cases of combat fatigue — my father’s generation of infantrymen had called it ‘shell shock’ — because we felt that those so diagnosed were taking the dishonorable way out. We were all psychotic, inmates of the greatest madhouse in history, but staying on the line was a matter of pride. Pride was important to young men then. Today it is derided as machismo. But without that macho spirit, California and Australia would have been invaded long before this final battle.”

              William S. Paley: The Limits of Power   
    In 1965, the new Eero Saarinen-designed building on 52nd Street at Sixth Avenue — swiftly dubbed “Black Rock” — was CBS President Frank Stanton’s baby.
    “Consistent with his own taste in art, the furnishings and fixtures reflected a sleek, modern look,” wrote Lewis J. Paper in his book Empire: William S. Paley and the Making of CBS. “Glass, chrome and modern paintings dominated the interior space. Even the location and quantity of plants received careful consideration.
    “The only exception to the master plan was (CBS Chairman of the Board Bill) Paley’s office. It continued to reflect his own (and very different) tastes. The French gaming table remained as his desk, rich paneling still adorned the walls, comfortable couches were placed strategically, exquisite paintings hung on the walls, and various artifacts — an old CBS microphone, the cigar-store Indian and later a photograph of Edward R. Murrow — all helped to provide a warmth that seemed even more pronounced because of its stark contrast with the rest of the building.”
    But the urbane and sophisticated gourmet Paley had his own baby —a haute cuisine restaurant on the ground floor, eventually to be called The Ground Floor.
    “The notion of owning a restaurant had always appealed to Paley, especially as the years went by,” Paper said. “Decades of culinary experience had only added to his knowledge and heightened his interest in planning a restaurant. It would, of course, have to feature the best in everything — from its design to the food to the service. Friends noticed the considerable energy he put into the restaurant — picking a name, shaping the décor and planning the menu.”
    The interior design reflected the exterior of Black Rock, but the restaurant’s manager, Jerry Brody, thought that was a mistake. “He felt the building was too cold and stark for a restaurant,” Paper said. “Then there was the cost of the fixtures. Bill Paley wanted the best, but the cost made it that much more difficult for the restaurant to show a profit. All of which might have been overcome if the restaurant became popular, but Bill Paley’s zest for food was not matched by his success as a restaurateur.”
    Brody suggested a northern European steakhouse, but Paley said no. It must be French cuisine.
    “He went to France almost every year, knew the food and it would draw the right kind of customers — sophisticated people, those who appreciated the finer things. But all these plans and hopes and expectations could not guarantee results. No matter how much time Paley spent in the kitchen tasting the soups and other fare (which he did almost every day), The Ground Floor did not produce the business that Bill Paley wanted, that he felt he deserved.”
    In 1968, restaurant critic Gael Greene described the chilly ambience. “The Ground Floor is a perfect room to end an affair in,” she wrote. “The tables are far enough apart to announce the break in a firm voice, and the ambiance is stern enough to discourage sloppy emotionalism.”
    “But Boss Paley mingles with everyday folk in the dining room. Leonard Lyons moves through the grill, antennae clicking off the celebrities du jour – Donald Pleasence, Sloan Simpson, an author or two drinking breakfast. And good grief! Bob Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman tieless, unjacketed, grizzled gray locks to the shoulder, Ben Franklin specs … the oldest hippie in the world. Mostly, though, the grill is lined with youngish executives expense-accounting each other. Restrained, subdued: That is not a bar to get sloppy drunk in … not a room to unlax in.”
    “It was a never-ending source of frustration,” Paper wrote. “He knew food, he knew New York City and yet he could not make the kind of mystical connection to customers that he had made with his programming. And those who confronted him with the obvious truth proceeded at their peril.
    “There was the time, for example, when Stanton, Fred Friendly and Bill Leonard met with Paley one afternoon shortly after The Ground Floor had opened. Paley asked the three executives if they had eaten at the restaurant. In fact, they had all just eaten there — and thought it was terrible. Neither Stanton nor Friendly dared to speak the truth, though. They mumbled that it was fine, just fine. But Bill Leonard loved food as much as Paley, and the two of them had spent many occasions passing away hours discussing food. Leonard could not compromise the truth on so important a matter, and he blurted out, ‘It was awful. The food was terrible. Fred had a fish dish and got sick. The service was bad and the prices were way out of line.’
    “As Leonard continued, on and on, the color started to drain from Stanton’s face, and the effect on Paley was obvious.
    “‘It was as though I had said his mother had been caught with a young man,’ said Leonard. The meeting ended more quickly than anyone had anticipated, and the phone was ringing for Friendly almost as soon as he and Leonard returned to the news offices on West Fifty-seventh Street. Friendly reported that it was Stanton with a message for the deputy news chief.
    “‘Tell Leonard,’ said Stanton, ‘that he has just set the News Division back 10 years. He’s wrecked everything. All Paley can talk about now is the restaurant.’”
    “All he wanted, he told friends in 1965, was a simple place where a secretary could go downstairs and have lunch for seven or eight dollars,” David Halberstam wrote in the Atlantic. “His pleasure was enormous when the restaurant finally opened, and his disappointment equal when it was not a wild success. At one point Paley, puzzled by the lack of its success, turned to the restaurateur running it for him, Jerry Brody, and suggested that they might try a supper club for those who eat around 11 p.m., something that Paley liked to do after an evening of concerts or theater.
    “ ‘Bill,’ said Brody, ‘there ain’t no supper business in this town.’
    “ ‘No?’ answered Paley, puzzled. ‘Why not?’
    “ ‘Because everyone’s home watching the tube.’”
    Paley’s restaurant evolved into the Ground Floor Café, the American Charcuterie and then the sixth incarnation of the venerable Rose Restaurant. Today the location offers the haute Asian fusion of the China Grill.
    ---
    Who was Paley? The son of an Eastern European Jewish immigrant to Chicago who’d started a successful cigar company, William S. Paley was, by 1928, a young man looking to make a mark in a young industry, broadcasting.
    He’d received a million dollars worth of stock in the Congress Cigar Company, and wanted to use part of it to buy a controlling interest in New York-based UIB, the United Independent Broadcasters, a rival to the industry leader, NBC. But he couldn’t do that without his father’s approval.
    “After thinking it over, Sam told his son that he approved of the UIB purchase, that Bill should use $400,000 of his stock funds to buy (Jerome) Louchheim’s interest, and that the family would contribute another $100,000,” wrote Paper. “Paley was delighted and surprised, but most of all surprised. He had convinced himself that Sam would never release him from the cigar business, and he could not resist asking his father why he had yielded. Sam replied that it was all a matter of good business sense. ‘Well,’ he told Bill, ‘if you succeed, it’ll be a bigger business than what you’re in now; and if you don’t succeed,’ his father added, ‘you will have had a lot of experience which might be very useful in the cigar business and to me, and so, on balance, I think you ought to try it.’”
    After some hard bargaining, Paley succeeded in securing 50.3 percent of UIB’s stock for $503,000, the day before his 27th birthday.
    “Paley was no doubt excited when he arrived at UIB’s office on an upper floor in the tower of the Paramount Building in midtown Manhattan. But the reception was something less than he had hoped for. A stocky office boy refused to admit the boyish-looking president, demanding to see credentials and to know the purpose of his visit.”
    The purpose of his visit was to run the company for several decades, as soon as he changed its name to CBS.
    ---
    Programming was always Paley’s first love at CBS, and his desire for both quality and profits wasn’t easy to satisfy. In Paper’s book, programming chief Mike Dann recalled that day in the 1960s when he entered Paley’s office to deliver the good news that CBS now had nine of the top 10 daytime programs. Paley’s response was, “That damn NBC always hangs in there for one.”
    Paley’s programming instincts may have been strong, but they weren’t infallible. In the late 1950s, Paley “…rejected any suggestion that the network make use of Ian Fleming’s stories about James Bond, believing that the American public would have no interest in the escapades of a British spy,” Paper wrote.
    ---
    Shaken by CBS’s extremely costly debacle in experimental color television, Paley seemingly lost his nerve. The sure, instinctive executive touch was gradually replaced by indecision. His confidence about programming also suffered.
    “Paley was too far removed from his audience,” wrote Sally Bedell Smith in her Paley biography In All His Glory. “For decades, he led a rarified life. He did not carry cash, never stood in line, and each morning his faithful valet Dean knotted his tie. Early in 1977, after CBS acquired Woman’s Day magazine as part of its Fawcett Publications purchase, Paley asked Jack Purcell, president of CBS Publishing, ‘Who would buy this? It’s nothing but recipes.’ Purcell told him that eight million women bought the magazine every three weeks. Paley was amazed. ‘Where do they go to buy it?’ he said. ‘Supermarkets,’ said Purcell, who could tell by Paley’s quizzical look that the CBS chairman had never been in that kind of store. Purcell subsequently took Paley to a supermarket on the West Side. After walking all around the store to inspect the displays, Paley stood transfixes as women moved through the check-out lines buying Woman’s Day or Family Circle.”
    But while he may never have been a man of the people, Paley’s principled and fairly consistent support for the independence of CBS News set a journalistic standard that ultimately benefited the American public at large.
    ---
    Whatever his private misgivings, if any, Paley backed Edward R. Murrows nation-rattling broadcast expose of the fascist Sen. Joe McCarthy’s witch hunts in 1954, in a show that risked reprisals against his own network. Murrow biographer A.M. Sperber noted that, “In the morning there had been a  call from Paley: He’d be with Ed tonight and tomorrow as well — a personal gesture for which Murrow was understandably grateful.  Paley also urged Murrow to offer McCarthy reply time on the air: Beat him to the punch,he said.”
    ---
    The charming and aloof Paley’s central position at CBS during decades when CBS was central to American society seemed to make him something more than self-centered. After decades of such power, Paley finally seemed to regard even mortality as just another problem to be solved by an executive decision.
    In 1974, his wife Babe was diagnosed with lung cancer. “Bill Paley … now faced the prospect that his 58-year-old wife could die, leaving him, alone in his old age,” wrote Smith. “His perfectly constructed world threatened to unravel. Paley, so accustomed to controlling virtually every aspect of his existence, worked furiously to conquer Babe’s illness. ‘He was motivated by concern for her,’ recalled Kidder Meade. ‘But he also was confronted by something he couldn’t control. He had an extreme impatience of any failure.’”
    “The idea of Babe dying was a terrible shock to me,” Paley said. “I had such faith in myself and believed that, somehow, I was going to beat the rap.”

    He didn’t. When his wife died in 1978, Paley sank into two years of depression and disorientation, once complaining to a friend, “My memory is so poor now. I can’t even remember whom I sat next to at dinner last night.”

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              Eagles soar above state parks   

    WEST ALTON, Mo. -- Quinn Kellner had the frigid facts on bald eagle watching in winter in Missouri.

    “On the coldest, most miserable days, you see the most birds,” said Kellner, who is natural resource manager of Edward “Ted” and Pat Jones-Confluence Point State Park, which sits at the meeting of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers at West Alton.

    “When the river gets ice on it, they really congregate around open water to feed on fish,” Kellner said. “You can have a couple dozen eagles on the ice close to each other.”

    With the resurgence of our national bird over the past decades, spotting an eagle has become a common, but still exhilarating, occurrence at many of Missouri’s state parks. Seeing an eagle is not guaranteed, just a bonus.

    You can eagle watch from the warmth of your vehicle, or hike the park trails. The only required equipment is binoculars, or a spotting scope.

    Most of the eagles in Missouri are migrants that head south each winter from the Great Lakes and Canada when freezing temperatures block them from the fish that are their main food supply. They begin arriving in late November, and stay around until March, depending on the weather.

    But Missouri also now has permanent residents with eagles building nests along the state’s rivers and major lakes. Resident eagles have become a featured attraction of summer float trips on many Ozark rivers.

    State parks centered on big lakes – Mark Twain, Pomme de Terre, Table Rock, Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Wappapello, Harry S Truman, Long Branch, and Stockton – can have resident eagles year-round, joined by migrants from the north in winter.

    “Stockton Lake has an average count of 110 birds,” said Doug Rusk, natural resource manager at Stockton State Park. “It is common to see 10 to 15 eagles along the shoreline. As Stockton Lake starts to freeze, you can watch eagles trying to pick the shad out of the ice.”

    Five youngsters

    The Mississippi and Missouri rivers are prime viewing spots in winter.

    Eagles frequent Big Lake, Lewis and Clark, and Weston Bend state parks on the Missouri north of Kansas City, and can be seen from Katy Trail State Park along the river near Portland in mid-Missouri.

    On the state’s eastern border, eagles can be found on the Mississippi River from Wakonda State Park north of Hannibal south to Trail of Tears near Cape Girardeau.

    Parks on smaller rivers also get their share. Eagles can be seen at Meramec, Castlewood, and Route 66 state parks on the Meramec River. Sam A. Baker State Park gets an occasional winter visitor on Big Creek and the St. Francois River. And a hiker at Cuivre River State Park recently saw five mottled juvenile eagles from the top of Frenchman’s Bluff. Bald eagles don’t get their distinctive white heads and tails until they are about five years old. Then both the male and female have similar plumage.

    Eagles at the Trout Parks

    Anglers aren’t the only ones that appreciate the fish stocked at the state’s three trout parks – Roaring River, Bennett Spring, and Montauk state parks.

    Up to 25 eagles gather in the mornings in the sycamore trees at Roaring River State Park, and roost in the afternoon sun on the hillside across from the park’s nature center. Bennett Spring State Park has both migrating eagles and permanent residents, which built a nest south of the park along the Niangua River.

    “Twenty years ago, there were only winter migrants that stayed through the cold months,” said Diane Tucker, naturalist at Bennett Spring State Park. “In the past few years, at least one breeding pair has stayed year-round and had offspring.”

    At Montauk State Park, a pair of eagles has been nesting in the park since 2001, but had abandoned the eggs each March 1, frightened off by the hubbub of the opening of trout season. This year, park naturalist Stephen Bost tried a new tactic.

    The nest is in the tallest pine on a ridge overlooking the bridge where the governor traditionally fires several shots with a starter’s pistol to open trout season. This year, for several weeks before the opening of the season, Bost went to the bridge and clanged on it to acclimate the birds to sharp noises.

    On opening day, the siren sounded, Gov. Jay Nixon fired the pistol - and the birds stayed put. They hung around and raised three eaglets, providing year-round entertainment for floaters on the upper Current River.

    Nine kayakers leaving Montauk State Park on a November float watched in amazement as an adult eagle snatched a fish from the river, and landed on a limb just above them to have a leisurely lunch.

    A common goal

    Jones-Confluence Point State Park, which opened in 2004, is at the only spot where you can put one foot in the Mississippi, and the other in the Missouri. It also is the perfect spot for winter eagle watching.

    The park has 1,121 acres, but its neighbors are even larger. When added together, they serve as a 10,000-acre welcome mat for migrating birds and waterfowl.

    The park is on the same road as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, a mosaic of 3,700 acres of waterways and wetlands next to the Melvin Price Locks and Dam on the Mississippi. The dam itself is a magnet for birds in bad weather when its outflow may be the only unfrozen water.

    Also nearby is the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, which was created with wildlife and waterfowl in mind and adds 4,318 acres of prime habitat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently took over management of the 1,470 acres of Cora Island in the Mississippi.

    “It all works in conjunction,” Kellner said. “I’ve never been in a setting where you’ve had so many agencies working toward a common goal.”

    A bounty of birds

    While eagles are the stars, they are not the only rare birds that gather around the confluence in winter.

    “We have great egrets for much of the year, and some snowy egrets,” Kellner said. “We get American white pelicans frequently. Trumpeter swans start showing up in November-December. We get several dozen.”

    On a drive through the park, a familiar face was behind a spotting scope braced on the window of an idling van. Richard Coles is a retired Washington University professor and a leading birder in the St. Louis area.

    “I probably come out here three or four times a month,” Coles said. Asked what he was watching, he replied, “There’s a group of gulls over there, and what may be a long-billed dowitcher.

    “A friend of mine witnessed a merlin, a rare small falcon, dismembering and eating a ring-billed gull. Back there is a really beautiful group of pintails in breeding plumage. That’s one of our prettiest ducks, with chocolate-brown heads and long tails.”

    As eagle watchers get more accomplished, Coles suggested they turn their binoculars on the rest of the bounty of birds.

    “The eagle is a real jazzy, sexy bird for the general public,” he said. “But for those of us out on a regular basis, you get a little benumbed.”


              Baker Hughes Confirms It's in Merger Talks With Halliburton   

    HOUSTON -- Oilfield-services provider Baker Hughes said it's talks with rival Halliburton about a potential merger.  The deal talk between the two Houston-based companies comes during a drop in oil prices that has hurt both companies' stock price. Combined, Halliburton and Baker Hughes would be slightly larger by revenue than Schlumberger , and hold an even larger advantage in North America, where hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a big business for the oilfield companies.  A combination could give Halliburton and Baker Hughes more power to charge energy companies higher prices, particularly in North America.  Baker Hughes shares closed up 15% at $58.75. They added another 3% in extended trading after the company confirmed the deal talks. Halliburton gained 56 cents, or about 1%, to close at $53.79 and tacked on another 68 cents in after-hours trading.

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              Fill 'Er Up: Gas Is Under $3 for the First Time in 4 Years   

    By Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer NEW YORK -- The sight is so surprising that Americans are sharing photos of it, along with all those cute Halloween costumes, sweeping vistas and special meals: the gas station sign, with a price of $2-something a gallon. "It's stunning what's happening here," says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. "I'm a little bit shocked." Must Read: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Loves in 2014 The national average price of gasoline fell 33 cents to end October at $3 a gallon and dipped Saturday to $2.995, according to AAA. That marks the first time in four years that gas has been cheaper than $3 a gallon. When the national average crossed above $3 a gallon in December of 2010, drivers weren't sure they'd ever see $2.99 again. Global demand for oil and gasoline was rising as people in developing countries bought cars by the tens of millions and turmoil was brewing in the oil-rich Middle East. Now demand isn't rising as fast as expected, drillers have learned to tap vast new sources of oil, particularly in the U.S., and crude continues to flow out of the Middle East. Seasonal swings and other factors will likely send gas back over $3 sooner than drivers would like, but the U.S. is on track for the lowest annual average since 2010 -- and the 2015 average is expected to be lower even still. Trisha Pena of Hermitage, Tennessee, recently paid $2.57 a gallon to fill up her Honda CRV. Like many around the country these days, she was so surprised and delighted by the price she took a photo and posted it on social media for her friends to see. "I can't remember the last time it cost under $30 to put 10 or 11 gallons in my tank," she said in an interview. "A month ago it was in the $3.50 range, and that's where it had been for a very long time." Must Read: Jim Cramer: What the Fall in Oil Means Here are a few things to know about cheap gas: Crude prices came off the boil. Oil fell from $107 a barrel in June to near $81 because there's a lot of supply and weak demand. U.S. output has increased 70% since 2008, and supplies from Iraq and Canada have also increased. At the same time, demand is weaker than expected because of a sluggish global economy. In the past, a stronger economy in the U.S., the world's biggest consumer of oil and gasoline, typically meant rising fuel demand. No longer. Americans are driving more efficient vehicles and our driving habits are changing. Michael Sivak of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute calculates that the number of miles travelled per household and gallons of fuel consumed per household peaked in 2004. The drop from last year's average of $3.51 per gallon will save the typical U.S. household about $50 a month. The drop will save the U.S. economy $187 million a day, and also boost the profits of shippers, airlines and any company that sends employees out on sales calls or for deliveries. It will take an extra 1.5 years to make purchasing a higher-priced, better-mileage Toyota Prius instead of a Toyota Corolla pay off. New York's average of $3.365 is the highest in the continental U.S. South Carolina and Tennessee are the lowest, with an average of $2.74. Politicians are either going to take the credit for lower gasoline prices or blame the other party for not helping them fall further. Don't listen. There are small things politicians can do over long time horizons, like implement fuel economy standards or ease drilling regulations, but the decline in prices is mainly due to market forces. Gasoline is cheaper than milk again. In September the national average price of milk was $3.73 per gallon. The annual average for milk is on track to be more expensive than the annual average for gasoline for the first time since 2011. The gap is even bigger for some bottled water lovers. A case of a dozen 1.5 liter bottles of Evian on Amazon.com costs $38.99, which makes for a price per gallon of $8.20. Must Read: Oil Services Stocks Are Now Too Cheap to Ignore as Crude Oil Prices Slide

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              Survey: Gas Prices Continue to Decline Nationally   

    CAMARILLO, Calif. -- A national survey of gas prices reports that Americans are paying 12 cents on average less than they were three weeks ago. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the average for regular grade gas is $3.26 per gallon, while midgrade averages $3.48 and premium $3.64. Retail diesel averages $3.74. Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying Lundberg said the price has decreased for 16 weeks, crediting lower crude oil prices. She forecastafurther cuts of a dime or more, thanks to decreases in theaprice of crude oil and ethanol. In the lower 48 states, San Francisco averaged the highest average price at $3.66 per gallon, while Tulsa, Oklahoma, had the lowest average at $2.93. Must Read: 23 Oil Industry Stocks to Consider for Your Stock Portfolio TheStreet Ratings team rates EXXON MOBIL CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate EXXON MOBIL CORP (XOM) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins." You can view the full analysis from the report here: XOM Ratings Report


              The Deal: Regency Energy Pays Premium for PVR   

    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Houston energy midstream services provider Regency Energy Partners said Thursday it agreed to buy PVR Partners of Radnor, Pa., for $5.6 billion, expanding it from the Permian Basin, South Texas and northern Louisiana into Appalachia's Marcellus and Utica shale plays and the Mid-Continent. The deal includes $1.8 billion in debt assumption.PVR was surging on the news, gaining 12% to $25.65, while Regency was losing 8% to $25.61. Holders of PVR common units, Class B units and special units will receive 1.020 common units of Regency for each PVR unit they hold and a one-time cash payment at closing estimated at $40 million. Together, the stocks and cash were valued at $28.68 per unit, a 25.7% premium over PVR's closing price Wednesday of $22.81. Both partnerships' boards have approved the deal. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014 if it clears PVR unitholders and Hart-Scott-Rodino. CreditSights Inc. analysts Andy DeVries and Charles Johnston wrote in a report Thursday that Regency is paying a full multiple for PVR at 19.5 times Ebitda for the last 12 months, 17 times this year's estimated Ebitda and 14 times next year's Ebitda, versus the bidding war for Southern Union Co. that went over 10 times Ebitda ("and everybody thought that was expensive," they wrote). "While the 14 times is high relative to historic norms, that is being driven by the Fed and investors chasing yield in MLP's," they said, noting that 14 times is in line with current merged GP/LP MLP valuations like MarkWest Energy Partners LP (13.9 times) and Enterprise Products Partners LP (14.2 times). CreditSights said it was surprised by the deal, as it expected Regency would instead get merged into Energy Transfer Partners LP. It was also surprised that Regency used equity to fund the deal, as Regency yields 6.7% while Sunoco Logistics Partners LP, also owned by Energy Transfer, yields only 3.7% and thus is a much more richly valued currency for making acquisitions. "We understand PVR is in a different business line than SXL [Sunoco] but we assumed SXL could find its own acquisitions," it wrote. CreditSights is also concerned about Regency picking up PVR's coal royalty business, which makes up 20% of its earnings. "While less than 10% of the combined company's Ebitda, coal is clearly a negative for MLP [master limited partnership] investors," it said. "We assume the negative of the coal business is offset by O&M [operations and maintenance] synergies." PVR also merged with its general partner in 2011 so there are no incentive distribution rights impacting financials, CreditSights noted.The two companies claimed that the deal will create a leading gas gathering and processing platform with a scaled presence across North America's premier high-growth unconventional oil and gas plays in Appalachia, West Texas, South Texas, the Mid-Continent and northern Louisiana. The combination will be slightly dilutive to next year's discounted cash flow. However, the partnerships said it's not expected to affect anticipated cash distribution growth next year, and the enhanced scale, balance sheet strength and diversification are expected to provide substantial Ebitda and discounted cash flow growth over time. Moreover, the deal is expected to better-position the combined company to capitalize on the long-term growth momentum of North American gas production through incremental, high-value expansions around its core asset base and other growth and acquisition opportunities. "This acquisition enhances our overall geographic diversity by providing Regency with a strategic presence in two prolific producing areas, the Marcellus and Utica shales in the Appalachian Basin and the Granite Wash in the Mid-Continent region," Regency CEO Michael Bradley said in a statement. "These are tremendously complementary businesses, and as a result, we expect the increased footprint and scale to create significant synergies and provide substantial organic growth opportunities that will continue to support our goal of increasing distributions and creating unitholder value." PVR chief executive William Shea Jr. said in a statement the merger creates a larger, more diversified operating platform that will be highly attractive to investors, customers, creditors and employees. "We believe that the size and scope of the combined enterprise will be highly beneficial to our unitholders, offering added diversification and critical mass which will provide the needed financial flexibility to fully execute and benefit from the significant portfolio of organic growth projects we have developed over the past three years, especially in our Eastern midstream operations." Bradley will continue as president and CEO, and Thomas Long will continue as CFO. Regency and PVR expect to establish a transition team made up of members of both management teams to prepare for and to oversee the integration. The partnerships said the combination will have assets in many of the most economic, high-growth unconventional oil and gas plays in North America: the Wolfcamp, Bone Springs, Avalon and Cline shale plays in the Permian, the Eagle Ford shale play in South Texas, the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in Appalachia, the Granite Wash play in Oklahoma and Texas and the Haynesville Shale and Cotton Valley formation in North Louisiana. The increased scale and footprint will position Regency to build deeper customer relationships and secure and execute additional accretive growth opportunities, the partnerships said. Regency used Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Michael Cannon and Andrew Castaldo, UBS Investment Bank's Rob Pierce and Carlos Rivero and a Baker Botts LLP team including Neel Lemon, Breen Haire, Joshua Davidson, Steve Marcus, A.J. Ericksen, Daniel Gottschalk, Rob Fowler, Paul Cuomo, Scott Janoe, Doug Rayburn and Luke Weedon. PVR tapped Citigroup Global Markets Inc.'s Claudio Sauer and Drew Horn; Evercore Partners' Ray Strong, Rob Pacha, Eric Bauer, Amit Bushan and Joyce Zhang; and Vinson & Elkins LLP's Mike Rosenwasser and Michael Swidler.--By Claire Poole in Houston

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              Shorts Battle Over Linn   

    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Linn Energy has become a news story without much news, courtesy of TheStreet founder Jim Cramer and the very aggressive short war being engaged by Barron's magazine and a research firm looking to make a name for itself.

    So the battle over Linn is pitched, but let's take a look, not as an analyst but as a trader should -- trying less to find a winner in the numbers and rhetoric, but instead understanding the trading psyche that encircles this beleaguered name.

    First, understand that Linn uses the Master Limited Partnership structure in a very unique way and some could argue it abuses this structure, both in the tax advantages it gains and the distributions it looks to pass along to its shareholders. I won't opine on whether turning an energy company into a registered MLP is a fair or unfair organizational trick, but I will say that it can make proper valuation of this name difficult for the retail investor -- there is no other energy company quite like Linn. >>Also see: Coal Is First Casualty of Energy Abundance>> The retail shareholder is what the stock action has been all about. Linn is not an institutional name -- its holders are mostly all retail punters, easily frightened and sensitive to "bear raid" activity. With almost 5% short interest in the stock, there is a good financial reason for certain funds to very much want to see those shares go down....

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              Transocean Stock Jumps After Admitting Criminal Charges in Gulf Oil Spill   

    Updated to include analyst comments from Credit Suisse and Wells Fargo

    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Rig maker Transocean has plead guilty to a misdemeanor criminal violation of the Clean Water Act and will pay $1.4 billion in fines to settle criminal and civil claims with the U.S. Department of Justice related to a 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which was the worst manmade environmental disaster in U.S. history.

    Transocean's fine follows BP's $4.5 billion settlement with U.S. regulators, which also led to guilty pleas on 11 felony counts and manslaughter charges for two of the British oil giant's employees. ...

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              Drilling for Energy Stocks to Buy   

    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Nymex crude oil peaked at $100.42 per barrel on Sept. 14, which was the day after the FOMC announced QE3. Oil subsequently declined 15.9% to $84.05, into Nov. 7. On Dec. 12, the FOMC announced QE4. Since then, oil has moved sideways to up.

    Analysis of Nymex Crude Oil ($87.72): On Dec. 14, I wrote FOMC QE4 Foolishness Pushes Stocks to Cliff Edge. In this post I projected that crude oil had upside potential to its 200-day simple moving average at $92.62. A daily close above the 50-day SMA at $87.63 would enhance this upside potential. A close this week above the five-week modified moving average at $87.79 shifts the weekly chart profile to positive. The chart support is the 200-week SMA at $84.27.

    Fundamentally, ValuEngine shows the oils-energy sector 5.2% undervalued, with the oil & gas exploration & production industry 10.0% undervalued; the oil & gas field services industry 2.0% undervalued; oil & gas international integrated industry 10.5% undervalued; the oil & gas drilling industry 3.6% undervalued; the oil & gas machinery & equipment industry 5.1% overvalued; and the oil refining and marketing industry 7.2% overvalued....

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              'Mad Money' Lightning Round: Get Out of Arch Coal, Buy EMC   

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    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here's what Jim Cramer had to say about some of the stocks callers offered up during the "Mad Money Lightning Round" on CNBC last night: EMC : This is one of the largest positions of my charitable trust, Action Alerts PLUS. It has been a winner so buy, buy, buy." MFA Mortgage : "I'm getting nervous about mortgages. Be careful here." Microsoft : "This does not yield enough to intrigue me. It's in no-man's land and I don't like being in no-man's land." Arch Coal : "I'm an incredible bear on this stock. Get out of Arch Coal." Bank of America : This is not my favorite bank" despite the stock being inexpensive "but it will do well if we go over the fiscal cliff." To read a full recap of "Mad Money" on CNBC, click here.

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              TheStreet Ratings Top 10 Rating Changes   

    NEW YORK (TheStreet Ratings) -- Every trading day TheStreet Ratings' stock model reviews the investment ratings on around 4,600 U.S. traded stocks for potential upgrades or downgrades based on the latest available financial results and trading activity.

    TheStreet Ratings released rating changes on 50 U.S. common stocks for week ending December 7, 2012. 20 stocks were upgraded and 30 stocks were downgraded by our stock model.

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              TheStreet Ratings Top 10 Rating Changes   

    NEW YORK (TheStreet Ratings) -- Every trading day TheStreet Ratings' stock model reviews the investment ratings on around 4,600 U.S. traded stocks for potential upgrades or downgrades based on the latest available financial results and trading activity.

    TheStreet Ratings released rating changes on 88 U.S. common stocks for week ending November 16, 2012. 26 stocks were upgraded and 62 stocks were downgraded by our stock model.

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              Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: Politics Is Overrated   

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              Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: China's Importance   

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    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- China is more important than we are, according to Jim Cramer. He told "Mad Money" viewers Thursday that positive news out of China was all it took to lift our slumping markets. ...

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              Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: A Pause to Reflect   

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    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- With the markets taking a rare pause thanks to Hurricane Sandy, Jim Cramer told his "Mad Money" TV show viewers Tuesday that he's had a chance to catch his breath in the middle of a busy earnings season to make some observations. ...

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              TheStreet Ratings Top 10 Rating Changes   

    NEW YORK (TheStreet Ratings) -- Every trading day TheStreet Ratings' stock model reviews the investment ratings on around 4,600 U.S. traded stocks for potential upgrades or downgrades based on the latest available financial results and trading activity.

    TheStreet Ratings released rating changes on 88 U.S. common stocks for week ending October 26, 2012. 38 stocks were upgraded and 50 stocks were downgraded by our stock model.

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              Energy Stocks Face Their Own Fiscal Cliff   

    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- While the battle between Democrats and Republicans for the White House and Congress is very much up in the air, investors in the energy sector should prepare to fall off a fiscal cliff, regardless of how the vote unfolds in November.

    Energy investors should prepare for integrated oil and gas giants -- and independent drillers -- to be constrained by high debts and spending levels, that may force CEO's to rein in exploration budgets sharply in 2013, impacting earnings across the sector.

    Notably, as drillers try to extract what's been deemed a hundred year shale oil and gas resource, Chesapeake Energy has spent much of 2012 selling assets to meet a $14 billion cash crunch, in last-ditch financial moves that may speak to wider industry pressures as firms try to balance drilling budgets with earnings and debt levels. ...

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              Sunday, June 25, 2017 - Do not be afraid   
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    During his years as premier of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev denounced many of the policies and atrocities of Joseph Stalin. Once, as he censured Stalin in a public meeting, Khrushchev was interrupted by a shout from a heckler in the audience. “You were one of Stalin’s colleagues. Why didn’t you stop him?” “Who said that?” roared Khrushchev. An agonizing silence followed as nobody in the room dared move a muscle. Then Khrushchev replied quietly, “Now you know why.” It is not always easy to stand up and be counted.

    The Gospel text of today deals with what it takes to stand up and be counted. It is part of Matthew’s Mission Discourse in which Jesus, after commissioning his disciples, gives them both instruction for and exhortation in Mission. Today’s reading deals with exhortation. The words “Do not be afraid” appear three times. ‘Do not be afraid to be open about faith, do not be afraid of powerful opponents, and do not be afraid about what future holds in store. All three lay in God’s hands.’ The message therefore is this: Confidence in God’s presence and promise even in the midst of persecution. The message is: ‘Do not be afraid to stand up and be counted because God is on the side of those who fight for justice and the truth.’

    It is possible that fear might lead to the disciples remaining silent and not communicating the message of Jesus, which is a message of the Kingdom. While the disciples should expect persecution, they should not be paralyzed by fear. They must continue to give bold witness to the message entrusted to them that in Jesus and his words and works, the Kingdom of heaven has indeed come. The disciples will be tempted to give up when things get difficult, but they are called to persevere till the end with the witness that they must give. The ideas expressed in this part of the Gospel are similar to the first reading from Jeremiah.

    After castigating the leaders for not obeying God’s word and warning them that therefore they would be conquered by Babylon, Jeremiah is scourged and put in stocks by Passhur, the head of the temple police. The text of today, spoken after his release, includes Jeremiah’s sixth lament, in which he begins by railing at God for “enticing” him into proclaiming God’s message and then allowing him to be mocked and shamed. Though he is tempted to give up his vocation of being a prophet (and so speaking God’s word on behalf of God) because he is aware that people are plotting against him, he perseveres. This perseverance results from his confidence in the fact that God will come to his aid and deliver him from his enemies.

    These enemies cannot do real harm, because though physical death is indeed a possibility for a disciple of Jesus, it will only be a transition, says Jesus. God’s power is much more than even death. All that happens to the disciple is known by God. As surely as God knows the comings and goings of even the littlest bird, so he knows everything that happens to the disciple. He is always the one who is in charge. He is “father” to the disciples and so the disciples are related to Jesus as brothers and sisters. This relationship between the Father, Jesus and the disciples must lead to witnessing to Jesus and all that he stands for including justice and truth and to hope for the future.

    The best example of this confidence according to the reading from Romans is Jesus himself. He was obedient unlike Adam; he remained sinless and faithful unlike Adam and thus made grace reign freely where there would have been universal condemnation. He dared to stand up and be counted. He was unafraid even in the face of ignominy, persecution and death. Thus through his life, mission, death and resurrection Jesus has given his disciples the example they must follow, the path they must take and the way they must walk.

    To walk this way continues to be difficult especially today when fears of all kinds continue to dominate our lives and take control of us, not allowing us to be the kind of persons we are meant to be. There are numerous people who will try their best to stifle the message of justice and peace; simply because it is beneficial to them do so. There are many who will try to shut down the voices of those who protest against discrimination and violence.


    By looking to Jesus we see that the trials and sufferings of this life, especially what we face as we try to live out and share our faith, are short-lived. We should, therefore, not give in to fear; knowing that in the end truth will triumph over untruth, justice over injustice, and eternal life over death, as we are able to see already in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

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    Week Two of the Vegetarian Lifestyle:
    Hubby and I have enjoyed our first week of the vegetarian lifestyle. We both feel healthier and more aware of what we are putting into our bodies. I am amazed at the hightened energy level - without the meat.

    I am curious how my other bloggers and bloggistas are faring with their New Years resolutions.
    Eggplant Parmigiana

    1 Medium Eggplant sliced thick
    1c. Panko Breadcrubs
    1/2 Cup Parmigiana Cheese Grated
    1/2 Cup Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs
    2 eggs - beaten

    Dip the sliced of eggplant in the egg wash, then into the panko/cheeese/breadcrumb mixture
    Saute them in a non-stick frying pan sprayed with a small amount of vegetable spray until they are nicely browned on both sides

    Arrange them in a baking dish that has a thin layer of spaghetti sauce on the bottom. Cover the eggplant with a thin layer of additional sauce. Sprinkle the entire pan with a liberal amount of shredded mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle some oregano, basil, and grated parmigiana cheese.

    Bake at 400 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes. ENJOY

    Minestrone Soup

    Olive Oil
    2 cups chopped Onion
    5 medium cloves of Garlic - minced
    2 tsp salt
    1 stalk celerey - minced
    1 medium carrot - diced
    1 cup eggplant - diced
    1tsp oregano
    fresh black pepper
    1 tsp. basil

    Saute all of the above ingredients in a large stock pot (15 minutes)

    add
    1 medium bellpepper diced
    4 cups water
    15 oz can tomato puree
    simmer for 15 minutes

    add
    2 cups cooked or canned beans (chick peas, kidney beans, etc...)
    simmer for 5 minutes

    bring soup to a gentle boil
    add
    1 cup dry pasta of choice
    stir and cool until pasta us tender

    top with parmesan cheese. ENJOY.


    Marinated Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli

    3 medium sized sweet potatoes

    peel the sweet potatoes, cut in quarters, then into thin slices. Cook or steam potatoes on the stovetop.

    1/2 cup walnut or olive oil
    1 large clove garlic, minced
    3 Tbsp. lemon juice
    2 Tbsp raspberry vinegar or red wine vinegar
    1 tsp salt
    1 Tbsp dry mustard
    1 Tbsp honey
    freshly ground pepper

    Combine the marinade mixture and add the sweet potatoes to the marinade while they are still hot.

    Steam 1 large bunch of broccoli *(cut into small spears)
    Cool the broccoli off by running cool water over the spears.
    place broccoli on top of marinatd sweet potatoes, cover tightly and marinate for several hours.

    Mix broccoli into the sweet potates just before serving.


    (optional garnish: slices of green apple and chopped toasted pecans)

    Other options for the week:
    Waldorf Salad
    Baba Ganouj
    Lentil-Walnut Burgers
    Apple Strudel
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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. securities regulators on Wednesday filed civil accounting fraud charges against Canada-based oil and gas company Penn West Petroleum Ltd and several of its former top finance executives.

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged that Penn West Petroleum, which changed its name earlier this week to Obsidian Energy, had moved hundreds of millions of dollars from operating expense accounts to capital expenditure accounts.

    That maneuver, the SEC said, artificially reduced the company's operating costs by as much as 20 percent at times, and improved metrics for oil extraction efficiency.

    The company issued a statement saying the lawsuit is based on "historic" accounting practices that were discovered and reported to the SEC in July 2014.

    The company restated its financial statements in September that same year.

    "We are naturally disappointed that the SEC has chosen to pursue these past matters which we reported to them and fully remediated years ago," Chief Executive Officer David French said.

    "This is particularly true since the employees involved in the matters have long since left the company," he added.

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    Attorneys for Curran and Grab could not be immediately reached for comment.

    Separately, the SEC said on Wednesday that two of the company's other former CEOs had reimbursed the company for cash bonuses and stock awards. Neither were found to have engaged in any misconduct.

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              Less than an hour from Paris: Petit Trianon, Versailles   
    We should all be grateful to Marie-Antoinette for the Petit Trianon. Well, technically to Madame de Pompadour, but anyway...


    In 1774, the same year that Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette's husband, became King of France and Navarre, he offered her the Trianon estate. Although Madame de Pompadour, the favourite of King Louis XV, was the instigator of this small palace built in the 1760s, it is the memory of Marie-Antoinette that hangs over the building. 

    Petit Trianon was the masterpiece of architect Anges-Jacques Gabriel. Built according to the latest Greek-style fashion and surrounded by gardens, it allowed the Queen to live away from the Court. 

    Not as sumptuous as the excessively ornate Versailles, my favourite buildings are the Queen's Hamlet. Marie-Antoinette ordered its construction in 1783, so she didn't really enjoyed for long. The Hamlet became a veritable farm. Producing supplies for the kitchens of the Palace, it was built in a rustic style, following a trend initiated by the late Louis XV. The Farm was located outside the village and sheltered a varied livestock: a small herd of eight cows and a bull, ten goats and pigeons. You still can see animals today.

    If you go to Versailles Palace, allow a good couple of hours to walk around the Petit Trianon area, the lakes, the folly, the gardens, the farm... Unlike Versailles Palace, this area is not at all crowded -and I visited in August-. It's an oniric dreamy world that Sofia Coppola captured perfectly in her movie, Marie-Antoinette. 


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    บ้านเรามีแบบแช่แข็งที่ไ่ม่ต้องทอด เข้าเตาอบได้เลย สะดวกดี แต่ที่เค้าทำขายมักทอดด้วยเนยขาวที่ไม่ดีต่อสุขภาพ ที่บ้าน ไม่ค่อยได้ซื้อแบบแช่แข็ง จะใช้มันสดคะ  มันฝรั่งมันมีสองชนิด ชนิดแป้ง ลูกมันจะกลมๆ ผิวขรุขระมีหลายพันธุ์เช่นกัน อันนี้เหมาะสำหรับทอดกรอบ ทำมันบด หรือ โครเกต  อีกชนิดผิวจะมัน เนื้อแน่น ใช้ทำสลัด ต้มอย่างไรก็ไม่เละ
    *** คนสวิสเขาต้มให้สุกแล้วทิ้งไว้ค้างคืนให้เย็น พออีกวันเอามาไสเป็นเส้นๆ แบบมะละกอทำส้มตำ นั่นแหละคะ จากนั้นเอากะทะตั้งไฟใส่เนย เอามันใส่ โรยเกลือ ลูกจันทร์ป่น พอเหลือง กลับด้าน ทอดไปอย่าให้ไหม้ จากนั้น พยายามใช้พายหรือทัพพี ตะล่่อมให้เป็นรูปวงกลม ที่ร้านเราจะมี พิมพ์วงกลม หน้าตาตอนเสร็จจะเหมือน ข้าวเหนี่ยวจี่ เรียกว่า เริสตี่ roesti อาหารประจำชาติเขาหละ  ว้ายยังไม่ได้ถึงเรื่องทอดมันเลย ไปอย่างอื่นซะแล้ว 

    วิธีทอดมันฝรั่ง
    1.หลังจากที่หั่นมันเป็นท่อนแล้วแช่น้ำ ซับผ้าให้แห้ง
    2.เริ่มแรก ไฟอ่อนก่อน ประมาณ 140-160 องศา ทอดไป ห้านาที แล้วยกตะแกรงขึ้น หรือตักใส่ตะแกรงให้สะเด็ดน้ำมัน
    3.จากนั้นทอดอีกครั้งเมื่่อจะทาน ไฟ 180 องศา อันนี้เอาตามเครื่องคะ ก็กะเอาไฟร้อนกว่าเดิม แต่อย่าร้อนมาก เพราะถ้าน้ำมันร้อนจัดไม่ดี จะทำให้เกิดสารที่ทำให้เป็นมะเร็งได้ ทอดไป 2 นาที หรือจนเหลืองกรอบตามที่เราต้องการ  เขาต้องทอดสองรอบ ถึงจะกรอบ คะ
    4.ก่อนเสริฟค่อยโรยเกลือ ถ้าโรยทิ้งไว้ มันจะหายกรอบ
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    เวลาที่ร้านเขาขาย เขาจะทอดช่วงแรกก่อน แล้ว พอเราสั่งเขาถึงจะทอด ช่วงสองให้เรา แต่เดี๋ยวนี้ร้าน ทั่วไป เขาไม่มานั่งเอามันสดมาทำให้เราหรอกคะ หรือไม่ชอบน้ำัมันใช้ระบบอบ เปิดไฟ 250 เอาน้ำมันทาถาดอบบาง แล้ววางมันบนถาด นำไปอบครึ่งชั่วโมง ระหว่างนี้ให้กลับหนึ่งครั้ง จะได้มันที่กรอบเช่นกัน อยากกรอบมาก ๆ หั่นเป็นแว่นบางประมาณครึ่งหนึ่งของความหนา เฟรนซ์ฟราย มันบางพันธ์ กรอบมากๆ จนแข็งเลย ถ้าเราใช้มันเนื้อแน่นมาทำ ทอดออกมา ก็นิ่มไม่กรอบคะ


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    I've bought - and collected/saved lots of unused stamps, mainly Christmas, so as to give Christmas and birthday cards a bit of a different look.
    Most of my Christmas stamps this year were from 1980 [there were many more sent but they had similar combinations]

    vintage stamps posting christmas cards

    previously - not such an ambitious project in 2010

    old stamps used this year

    I also make decorations and cards from old British stamps  - visit my Etsy shop [though it does need stocking up on stampy things]

    P.S also lots of the envelopes were recycled from a 1999 report on creativity in schools
              Things I don't get about other people's Christmasses #3 stockings that are not stretchy stockings/socks   
    stocking #1


    Stockings are generally made of stretchy material [way back in Elizabethan times they had lovely knitted ones] so why make ones that are in a sort of sock/stocking shape from non stretchy stuff that is more like an odd shaped bag? Stockings stretch and create mysterious lumps an bumps. They work well across the end of a bed - waking to feel the weight over your feet...and things don't fall out. There's a hint of sheens, shines, textures through the stocking. OK I'd better explain my stockings - original 1950s patterned ribbed stockings - wish you could buy them like that now. Long mountaineering socks can work, indeed on lean years any old sock will do. Heavy weight Falke cotton tights chopped up do quite well. You can put your hand deep down inside.

    Some gold chocolate coins, a tangerine, some nuts are all to be found inside. Usually a notebook and pencil/pen - for writing down who gave you what later in the days. Things to keep children amused as parents get things sorted in the kitchen... especially as we have our presents after lunch but that's perhaps another blog entry. When we were young there was one big present. When I was five my brother and I had to go downstairs for our big present. Mine was wooden dolls house, all furnished [as the years went by I realised that my Ma had made the whole thing, we had a tiny house, lord knows where it was hidden]. There it stood amongst the magical decorations that had also appeared overnight....we would put up things we'd made and the help decorate the tree, but the whole woodland came in after we'd gone to bed. Such a transformation - traditions from both sides of my family. Then there was Susie the black doll I requested, then an alarm clock - amazing rectangle, flat, chrome design with a glow in the dark face - that I could see in the darkness of my early waking; and a watch when I was 8. On my seventh Christmas I remember the wonderful long bright coloured synthetic fibre hair ribbons in my stocking [went well with my brand new red leather look pinafore...] and the wonderful snow....

    Last year [with one of the original stockings from my childhood]

    if you still believe in father christmas [december diary day 25]
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    Poisoned

    The world has been poisoned twice: First by the idea of a punishing god - a god who drowns us, burns us, inflicts plagues on us, even throws hailstones at us (see Joshua) - a god who likes nothing as much as the sound of weeping - a god who makes frequent use of a "terrible swift sword" - a god who scourges whole nations. The ancient Jews thought up the idea, they elaborated upon it in their sacred scriptures: the books of Joshua, Lamentations, etc. Their god at his worst is intolerant, legalistic (see Deuteronomy), racist (see 2 Samuel 1-15) - really a monster raging in the sky, lit by lightning, a danger to the earth.

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              Damn Banks II   
    I received a comment on my last post from Anonymous who seems to be an insider at one time. It was very informative and brought up some good points that I had to answer. The comment was long and my responses were at least just as long so I decided to make a new post. Maybe we all can learn something and clear up some misunderstandings, if any.

    Anonymous is in yellow text, mine in white.


    Anonymous said...

        LOL! SOME of what you said is true, some are "spiced" if you will.

        BTW, that building that you said came from somewhere... It isnt OWNED by NBAD. That building is owned by a member of a royal family. 3 floors are rented by NBAD.

    You maybe have me there! I looked for a stock photo of a big building with the NBAD logo on it for the first photo. Its kind of a blogging thing. Here is the real HQ, the NBAD tower.

    NBAD Tower



        There is no link with immigration, or with the traffic dept. If you want I will tell you the exact process (I had sadly asked that many ppl be bared from flying myself)

    When a person properly quits their job, they have to surrender their passport to their employer/sponsor and will only get it back (on the day of travel) after all paperwork, including clearance letters from the banks et al, are submitted. If an expat cannot provide these, they do not get their passport back until all debts are paid. They can't leave as they have they have no passport, job or home at this point. I have heard jail is a desperate option.

    What this does is creates the runner/absconder phenominon. Things go bad here with some folks for various reasons and they are deep enough in debt they cannot come up with the cash to settle local debts. So instead of having the option of leaving and paying the debt from abroad, they get desperate and just escape. I see enough dusty cars with flat tires in airport parking lots to know this is quite common. I think most people want to pay their debts but these rules force some into a corner. Seems the banks stand to lose more the way things are than trying to work with their customers before it becomes a legal problem.

    Curiously, as I said in a previous post the banks seem uninterested in retrieving these automotive orphans to mitigate losses.

    Banks Seem Unconcerned About Recovering These Assets, They Are Everywhere

     
        Also, there are reasons why banks here cant allow people to pay for debt from abroad. Mainly because you cant enforce it in any way. If a bank scares you into thinking that it can "get" you when ur back home, they are usually mistaken. Few are the countries in which a bank here can get a bad debt holder to pay. Truth.

    I think that is changing. I recently got a small personal loan and was asked for family addresses back in the US and my Social Security Number so I could be easily located.Debt collector firms wordwide purchase bad debts from banks all the time and take on the risk of recovering the debt. VISA and Mastercard are also global companies with aggressive collection methods and could damage my credit rating back in the US.

        There are however non official ways to continue to pay for asset backed loans (Like a car or house) but we wont get into those. I will say that I had set a few such schemes up for customers and they did not cause me any issues till the day I left. But not all customers are like that. With 20% of the country being labor, and another 30% being low level employees (with low incomes) you simply cant take chances with everyone. It it really is a chance.

        The banking system here is based on caution. In the UAE it's the exact opposite. Yes, a healthy way to be would to have a nice balance, but you have to understand the contact, this region is not a stable one. the UAE may be stable, but it's surrounded by shit and bad stuff.

        Also, with 90% of the country's population foreigners, the control you have over securing your loan is close to nil. Truth is if you take out 500K worth of loans and leave within a week, the bank will have no warning and little recourse.

    I think any of the banks here would go after someone owing that amount of money. They would be crazy not to.

        As for banks not being all they can be to consumers, it depends both on the bank and the consumer.

        If you have a salary of 55K, a 1.6 million mortgage, a car loan, a personal loan, and credit cards, the banks are the best you'll ever deal with.

        If you make 55K and send 45 back home on the same day, most banks wont care about you.

    I truly understand about the demographics here and the difficulties they bring.

        Also, not all banks here have the same focus. NBAD has, and is, and probably always will be a corporate bank. Its main job (originally, and still) is to be the banker of the Govt of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as well as govt owned companies, semi govt companies, and large corporations.

        Do they have consumer banking solutions? yes. Are they good? Maybe. Are they the best? No.

        For a consumer, a more consumer focused bank like RAK bank might be a better option. RAK Bank is one of the few UAE banks that does NOT have a corporate banking section. Only consumer (you) and SME (Your small business)

        As for consumer rates (You mention a credit card at 35%) yes, it is highway robbery. But things are getting better. A few months back the central bank limited what a bank can offer and charge in terms of base banking and lending. CC were not included. Maybe in the revision next year. (Last year a certificate of liability costed 400, today its no more than 100 by law)

    I have VISA and MC CC's with US banks that charge 10-12%. I agree 35% is very excessive for the same here. I took that aformentioned small personal loan (unsecured) for a very reasonable single digit rate. The credit cards are a cash cow and are aggressively marketed by commissioned salespeople. The rules seem lax and a lot of naive newcomers succomb the the lure of easy and high credit limits.

        The lack of a central lending database = ppl can get into debt easily and with multiple banks without the banks knowing. But this isnt the banks fault. The lack of the data base is the system's fault, but no one forces all these morons to sign those loan agreements.

     You are right on this. Theoretically, a person can get multiple credit accounts from several institutions without being qualified for the aggregate of the limits. This would not happen in countries with an independent credit bureau because that person could be tracke and info shared between financial institutions. In the US, every citizen has a credit score which sets limits on the amount that can be borrowed.

        It simply isnt anyone else's fault if you cant manage your finances.

    I agree with you on that, but it seems a lot of people get into trouble in the UAE and that trouble can cause very serious legal consequences. In my opinion, the banks are like drug pushers making easy credit available to most. Hell, I bought a 99,000AED car on 100% credit after just 90 days on the job. Was that dumb...yes! Would I do it again...no! That car is sold now and I currently free of debt, at least in the UAE. I know many that are way over their heads in credit balances and will have to be in the UAE many more years than they want.

    But ultimately it was my decision as I rose to the bait and took the hook.The banks are enablers but it is ultimately the individual that is responsible to refuse the offer.

        But yeah, you added alot of "baharat" (Spices) to the story Ace.

    I didn't intend on singling out NBAD. They have treated me quite well except for the online banking troubles. My post tended to drift toward the overall financial system in the UAE as seen by a retail customer.

    You are/were obviously a bank employee. I appreciate the insight and if there is something I failed to understand, let me know and maybe I won't sprinkle as much "baharat" on my future posts about the rules here.


    UPDATE:
    I just received an email today, 19 November, from the bank addressing my initial question I asked on 29 October, see below.

    Email from Ace to the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, 29 October:

    I am now blocked from my online account. I need this fixed as I have bills to pay. Your phone message says 24/7 service for the online accounts and I was informed I could not be helped after 11:00 PM as the technical service was closed.

    Ever since the website has changed, there have been problems.

    Ace

    The "prompt" reply 3 weeks later, 19 November:

    Dear Ace,
                  
    Thank you for your recent email.

    You are kindly requested to reply the following to help us process this faster:
                             
    1. NBAD Account number:
    2. PO Box number:       
    3. Branch you received the password from:
    4. Mobile/Telephone number:
    5. NbadOnline User ID: 
    6. time to be contacted :        
                                               
    For any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us again on toll free 800 XXXX  from outside UAE) between 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM on all UAE working days (from Saturday to Thursday) or send us a reply email.
                                                 
    Thank you for using nbadOnline.
                                            
    Regards,                                 
                                            
    Back Office Person
    Internet Banking Unit
    National Bank of Abu Dhabi

    I had better luck with the telephone help-line and the problem was solved 2 1/2 weeks ago through them.  Apparently the email guys are not only unaware that the problem was fixed a long time ago by a 1 1/2 hour call to the help-line, they are just getting around to looking at the problem 3 weeks after my initial email complaint. Unbelievable!!!!

    I expect things to work once they are set up. Here  internet , banking , electricity and cable TV services are very fragile and I have experienced many unexpected shutdowns. I cringe when I have to enter the labyrinth of what is called "customer service" in Abu Dhabi. It has always meant a time consuming and frustrating experience trying to correct a situation that was not of my making.  













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    “Es la primera vez que la justicia de un país americano declara que ese Plan de las dictaduras de los países del Cono Sur fue una asociación ilícita para cometer delitos, y las privaciones ilegales e imposición de tormentos fueron considerados dentro de esa asociación”, dijo el presidente del Cels, Horacio Verbitsky.
    En esa misma línea se expresó el fiscal Pablo Ouviña al destacar el fallo de los jueces Oscar Ricardo Amirante, Adrián Federico Grünberg, Pablo Gustavo Laufer y Ricardo Ángel Basílico como juez sustituto. Ouviña señaló que es la primera vez que la justicia define al Operativo como una asociación para el crimen, “en un proceso destacable por su respeto las garantías, al derecho a las defensas, el derecho de los testigos y las reglas del procedimiento”.
    El fallo comenzó a leerse a las cinco de la tarde. Desde temprano, buscaron espacio en la sala los pañuelos de las Madres de Plaza de Mayo. Estuvieron Vera Jarach, Laura Conte, Taty Almeida y Nora Cortiñas. También Lita Boitano de Familiares de Desaparecidos y Detenidos por Razones Políticas. Y logró llegar la abuela Elsa Pavón con la fatiga de los años en el cuerpo mientras su nieta Paula Logares completaba trámites de acreditación. La cara de Macarena Gelman apareció una y otra vez retransmitida por la pantalla que amplificó imágenes en la sala. Estuvo el fiscal Miguel Angel Osorio, uno de los primeros empeñados en ordenar lo que al comienzo eran vestigios de una investigación imposible. Los nombres fueron más porque todos estaban ahí. Horacio Pietragalla, ahora secretario de derechos humanos de Santa Cruz. Carolina Varsky, de la Procuración. Quienes llegaron del exterior, como Federico Jorge Tatte, hijo de un ex marino y dirigente comunista de Paraguay desaparecido en Argentina que integra la Comisión por la Verdad y la Justicia de Paraguay.
    Este juicio oral que empezó hace tres años y tres meses, estuvo por caerse cuando murió el dictador Jorge Rafael Videla, uno de los principales imputados de los 32 con el que se elevó esta causa y ayer concluyó con 17 acusados, porque unos murieron y otros fueron separados del juicio por razones de salud. Edgardo Binstock fue parte de la querella por la desaparición de su compañera Mónica Pinus, secuestrada en marzo de 1980 en Brasil. Y ese era uno de los casos que llegaba a Juicio con Videla como único imputado. “Pensar que se caía cuando esto empezó. Pero no pasó. Esto es un caso penal pero al mismo tiempo un caso político, porque lo que unifica las causas es que tuvieron en común una operación y un acuerdo de las dictaduras y del Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos para poder operar. Hoy llega esto en un contexto difícil para las democracias latinoamericanas: si bien no tiene la misma característica represiva, somos sujetos de una nueva ofensiva neoliberal y conservadora sobre nuestros países”.
    Mientras Binstock recordaba el Cóndor II del que habla Rafael Correa, el único acusado presente en el sala se abrió camino en la planta baja. El tribunal decidió darles la opción a los acusados de no participar en la audiencia final. No estuvieron ni en la sala ni en las trasmisiones vía internet que suelen conectarlos en los lugares de detención. En una larga fila de sillas vacías estuvo el único acusado que asistió: Miguel Angel Furci, que tenía pedidos de condenas por las dos causas que se debatieron en el juicio: Cóndor y un segundo tramo de Automotores Orletti, el centro clandestino donde fueron llevados la mayoría de los prisioneros extranjeros. Furci fue condenado como autor de 67 privaciones ilegales de la libertad y por 62 hechos de tormento, a 25 años de prisión y, como el resto, a una inhabilitación para ejercer cargos públicos por el doble del período. Sus dos ojos protegidos por anteojos no perdieron vista del juez ni siquiera en ese momento. Cuando le cayó encima la sentencia no parpadeó siquiera, sin darse cuenta que las cámaras iban y venían al mismo tiempo mirando la cara de Macarena Gelman, nieta del poeta Juan Gelman, hija de Claudia y Marcelo, hoy diputada en Uruguay. “Las condenas son para mi satisfactorias -dijo ella-, y tienen además la particularidad de que incluye al primer uruguayo condenado por el caso de mi mamá, lo cual me hace pensar en Uruguay. Sentir que se cierra un capítulo es difícil de decirlo o sentirlo por la fragmentación de las causas, pero había una expectativa muy concreta que era sentencia a Cordero”.
    La sala no aplaudió ni cantó hasta que el juez Amirante leyó el último punto de la sentencia, que indicó informar a la embajada uruguaya sobre la nueva situación judicial del imputado de ese país. Entonces la sala vivó a los 30 mil desaparecidos.
    A Andrés Habegger le salió en ese momento un atragantado “¡Y que se pudran en la cárcel, asesinos!” “Empezamos –dijo– con la querella en 2004, todo esto no tenía forma, la desaparición hace eso, la falta de verdad. Y con esto es como que reencontrás las formas. Y darle la forma y que lo haga el Estado es reparador y un proceso que tardo tanto tiempo es también una alegría, y eso pude decirlo acá, y no en la cancha, ni en un bar, ni en la Plaza. Fuimos querellantes con mi mamá (por su padre Norberto). Dimos testimonios. Y mi sensación es que al hacerse Justicia esto entra en los libros de historia porque el Estado hace eso: que la historia sea una y no otra”.
    La periodista Stella Calloni, acosada por las cámaras de televisión extranjeras, repetía una y otra vez por qué el Cóndor fue una “Operación”. Habló de “tácticas” y “estrategias” y del avance de una operación contrainsurgente contra los dirigentes de la región, razón por la cual “esto se pudo conocer desde temprano porque esas víctimas eran nombres tan conocidos que nadie podía soslayar”.
    Los fundamentos de la sentencia se darán a conocer en agosto. Los acusados fueron condenados con penas significativas sobre todo por la cantidad de hechos que tienen adjudicados. Hubo tres condenas a 25 años de prisión: Riveros, Cordero y Furci. Hubo 2 a 20 años: Bignone y el general Rodolfo Emilio Feroglio. Una a 18 años de prisión para el coronel Humberto José Román Lobaiza. También 4 a 13 años, entre los que estuvo el vicealmirante Antonio Vañek, segundo en la estructura de la Armada. El TOF condenó a otros 5 imputados a 12 años de prisión. Y al general Federico Antonio Minicucci a ocho años. Hubo dos absoluciones.
    Salvo Riveros y Furci, el resto de los acusados obtuvo sentencias en general por uno a cuatro hechos. Una de las explicaciones es que si bien la causa Cóndor tuvo a un número de 109 víctimas en juicio, un universo importante tenía como único imputado a Videla. Con su muerte, esos crímenes salieron de la causa. Pero los casos y sus historias continuaron en juicio, como Binstock, porque querellas y fiscalía solicitaron continuar por el derecho a la Verdad y porque cada hecho permitía probar no sólo una imputación sino la asociación criminal. Como los nombres de cada una de esas víctimas, sin embargo, no aparecieron en la lectura del fallo, ahora se aguardan los fundamentos para saber si este pedido fue considerado por el tribunal. El Cels adelantó que si no fue así pedirá en Casación una revisión de la sentencia. “Reclamamos en esos casos que no se pudo llegar a la condenar porque el responsable ha muerto, que exista una constancia de que fueron víctimas del Cóndor en función del derecho a la verdad”, explicaron.

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              Multiculturalism at work   

    Charing Cross Road, a heaving mass of punters, tourists and ambling drunkards flows past Samuel's workplace at its usual frenetic, clogged pace, until one of its number dislodges himself. An ambling drunkard. He sports baggy pants, a loose striped jacket and a whiskery, unkempt beard. He shouts at Samuel to the rustle of a plastic Waterstone's bag. "Fuck… eh, you….you… what are you doing?" "What!" Samuel stays back, keeps cool. The abuse runs in thick streams, words can barely be made out. Curious shoppers stare wildly over their issues of Zoo and The Economist. The man is black; Samuel is black too. "Fou!" Is it French? Red-eyed, mouth agape, the man keeps screaming, grabs his bag and plunges back into the crowd. Punters dive back into their torrents of headlines, semi-nudes and Harry Potter blurbs at the Borders storefront. Samuel resumes his lax position at the reception, wistfully contemplating the crowds.

    Charing Cross Road is the pulse of multicultural London, an artery of pleasure, strife and boredom, snaking from the imperial grandeur of Trafalgar Square to the heart of Oxford Street. Its pedestrian flow makes a garish display; multicultural, festive and sweaty. Almost half of the UK's ethnic minorities live in the capital, clustered in villages: Jews up Golders Green, Cypriots in Haringey, Arabs at Edgware Road and hip white things in Islington. Charing Cross road is where they meet, shop and scuffle: but it is also a place where cultures are put to work. If the now bitterly contested British model of multiculturalism is falling ill, Charing Cross Road is a good place to take its blood pressure.

    The security guard

    "We don't get too much abuse. We are trained to handle this," Samuel says laconically. No security guard clichés apply to his five foot eight inch frame: no bouncy muscles, towering torso or chiselled face, and only a small corporate insignia on his plain T-shirt indicates he might be at work. Except, that is, for one distinct marker of those guarding the shopfronts and clubs of central London's incongruous geography these days, a marker by now too clichéd to even be noticed by most Londoners: Samuel is black.

    "I have been working as a security guard for three years," he says. "You get a lot of junkies in this area. Sometimes you have to be aggressive." Samuel smiles, pushing out his chest a little. "You have to know how to act depending on the person. It's like science – action and reaction." He chuckles ever so slightly.

    Samuel comes from Nigeria, as do many others in his profession. His eyes flick back and forth, scanning the throng of people. "You can't stand like this for too long, talking – somebody might just go in, take a pack of CDs and leave," he says. Samuel excuses himself, adding his name and a furtive handshake as an afterthought. Less than five minutes' talk in all.

    The private security sector is expanding, and guards now adorn even the humblest of supermarket checkouts and dingiest of clubs. A "visual deterrent" to crime, security companies claim. And this visual deterrence is increasingly performed by bored-looking black Britons and Africans. The good news may be that black minorities, still two and a half times more likely to be unemployed than white Britons, are now entrusted with security matters, inching a bit higher up London's pecking order. The bad news is that an ethnic furrow is drilled into London's asphalt, channelling black men into badly paid, vulnerable frontline positions.

    Politicians, pundits and even the police have often praised the multicultural British model of integration, not without good reason. Nobody will launch into patriotic sing-a-longs or wave a Union Jack in the face of the hookah-smoking, Morris dancing, Qur'an-chanting and sauerkraut-eating masses. But this is all multiculturalism by night. Multiculturalism also works – works hard – up Charing Cross Road, down dingy backstreets, at the back of fusty pubs, deep in the cellars of milk-white Kensington hotels, under the sterile bulbs of NHS surgeries.

    It may be insolent to heave another load of real-world grit onto multiculturalism's back at this time of trials by government, racism and terror. But dreary work is the flipside to London's multicultural project. Black bouncers, Asian shopkeepers, African parking attendants, Polish bartenders, Spanish chambermaids, Irish builders, African nurses, Indian doctors – they all come to London and find their place, as if by serendipity, from £4.85 an hour and counting. Europe's financial capital is insatiable, spongy, absorbent. But do people pick jobs according to ability and preference, or is the grid already laid out for them; colourful, deceptive and non-negotiable as a London tube map?

    The parking attendant

    Like security guards, parking attendants are too busy for a chat. Brisk, outsourced, undaunted, they roam the capital's grimy single yellow lines armed with just an oversized machine to crunch number-plates and a council vest against cold winds and the evil eye. And they are virtually unstoppable, furtive figures.

    "I am too busy, don't have time," says my first interview target, a stern black parking attendant. He walks off briskly, escaping the lunging white hack. Luck comes in the voluminous shape of a fast-paced black woman negotiating a Camden sidestreet. Her vest is deceptively branded with a comforting council-green dye that blends with a minuscule NCP insignia – the private, nationwide parking venture that won Camden Council's lucrative enforcement contract in 2001.

    Is this one of London's toughest jobs? "No, it's not that hard!" she chuckles, scanning a white van's pay-and-display ticket. She treads along briskly. "Really, it's OK," she assures me. "In the beginning it's harder, but you get used to it. The abuse comes daily, of course. It's not the job for you if you can't handle abuse. But if you know you are doing the right thing, it's OK. You just walk away when they start shouting."

    She is matter-of-fact, stout and cheerful, her hair sculpted into a bun. I tag along, barely keeping up. Is she running away from her stalker? What's her name? "You can call me this!" she chuckles again, pointing to her shoulder cuff. It says 1571. "I am not allowed to say my name. Here I am a number – my name doesn't matter." 1571 looks busier and busier. The radio crackles. Where is she from? "Nigeria." Why do so many Africans do this job? "Oh, I don't know," 1571 says, curtly or just briskly. We reach the end of the block, another grey Camden thoroughfare beckons beyond, with a neat stack of pay-and-displays. She is speeding – wait … too late. 1571 chuckles, says goodbye. A colleague approaches – could be her cousin: hair neatly wrapped, fast-paced, African features. Then a male colleague – black, African traits. One, two, three, all heading down the same street, an avalanche of attendants … And my failed source, pacing briskly as ever. But now he smiles. "So, you found somebody?" His accent, too, is African.

    No job evokes such hostility as parking enforcement, more so since public-private partnerships and new profit-making incentives began unleashing a ticketing bonanza on the capital's streets. But London's parking business has been doubly outsourced: to private ventures and flak-catching Africans, who have relentlessly populated the payrolls. At the public-private faultline they teeter, armed with silly hats and plastic machinery, come rain or shine or saliva-spattering owners of four-by-fours.

    Enforcing London's rules and patrolling private property are tough tasks, but somebody's got to do them. Not to worry: multiculturalism assigns the posts. Please tick the ethnic monitoring form and wait in line. If you tick "black", the chance is you will soon find your place within London's hard-working, visually deterring foot soldier community.

    Who's doing what – A rough guide to working Britain

    4.3 per cent of Pakistanis work as shopkeepers, wholesale and retail dealers, compared to 0.5 per cent of white Britons

    4.2 per cent of Indians work as medical practitioners, compared to 0.5 per cent white Britons

    16 per cent of Bangladeshis work as chefs, compared to 0.7 per cent white Britons

    11.3 per cent of Bangladeshis work as retail assistants, compared to 6.3 of all Asians and 4.5 of whites

    2 per cent of Asians work as cashiers or checkout operators, compared to 1.1 per cent of whites

    9.4 per cent of Pakistanis are chauffeurs or cab drivers, compared to 0.5 per cent whites and 0.9 per cent of blacks

    8.5 per cent of black Africans are nurses, compared to 1.7 per cent whites, few South Asians and 11.2 per cent of "other Asians"

    3.6 per cent of black Africans work as security guards, compared to 0.5 per cent of whites

    Approximations based on data from the Quarterly Labour Force Survey, December 2004 – February 2005. Ethnic minority data is unreliable due to sample size.

    The shopkeeper

    Aftab huddles behind a desk cluttered with weekly glossies, breath mints, KP nuts and 2p sweets, the radio filling his shop with muted noise. "Violence is not the solution," he sighs, referring both to the still recent 7 July London bombs and Iraq. On a shelf by the open door, a four-year-old copy of The Economist peeks out next to a gaudy selection of lads' mags. "The day the world changed", its front page trumpets, to the dust and fumes of Manhattan. "It reminds me of when it all started," Aftab says softly.

    His cornershop is set in the shadow of thronging, roaring Camden Town station. Aftab comes from Pakistan, or rather, Kashmir. "Ever since Pakistan was created out of the British Empire in 1947 by [Muhammad Ali] Jinnah, it has failed to reconcile the different nations within its borders. It's an artificial creation. Actually, there are only two countries in the world created on the basis of religion: Israel and Pakistan," he says, bemused. "Their borders are a colonial legacy."

    Since coming to Britain in 1997, Aftab has become the hub of a local community made up of itinerant builders, international students, crackheads, Bangladeshi shopkeepers and working-class families. He knows everybody. "My brother was running the shop when I got here, then he fell ill. I started coming to the shop, reading four-five papers a day: that's how I got to know all the people around here." He has braved shoplifters, stinkbombs and random yobbery, and recently appeared on the BBC after launching a petition against drug-related crime.

    Aftab holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of Karachi. "When I came here they told me that if you have a Third World qualification, you need to get a diploma in this country," he says. "The Job Centre is just there to give you your £52 a week in benefit, and then you're off. They don't help you find jobs. I was registered there for two years, and scanned job offers all the time. At one point I said, 'please, just give me anything!' I told them I could study for a diploma to complete my qualifications, but they weren't interested. Then I started to get more involved here." He still wants to study a Masters of Science in Human Rights.

    Has he felt discriminated against? "No, it's the same for everyone." He smiles. I ask him why he thinks so many Asians have set up shop. He looks unsure, and eventually produces a bit of sociology. "When migrants first started arriving here, many were uneducated and set up shops and have continued since then. But their children often prefer to go looking for employers. With Sainsbury's and Tesco opening local stores, the cornershop is becoming a thing of the past."

    In this "nation of shopkeepers", shopkeeping has been subcontracted to that old imperial safeguard of the nation's values, British Asia. Small-scale entrepreneurs of Indian or Pakistani extraction have absorbed the retail function, running cornerstores as well as staffing supermarkets, high street stores and bank counters. They are not alone, of course: Turkish Cypriots have carved a clothes-and-food niche out of north London. But Asian shopkeepers are the only group with full-spectrum dominance, from Haringey to Hampstead. However their market share is increasingly threatened by supermarkets that wedge their slick Express, Local, Metro and Central chains into minuscule urban spaces. Does that leave you, or your kids, unemployed? Please tick the "Asian" box, and be patient: the chance is you will be handling supermarket tills, sorting ballpoint pens in a stationers, or stacking crates before you know it.

    The supermarket assistant

    Feronda pauses from stacking tins and dons a sincere, expectant grin worthy of the glossiest of Corporate Social Responsibility reviews. He is happy with his job as a Sainsbury's customer assistant. "I'm from Sri Lanka. I'm a refugee. Only I and one more are from Sri Lanka in this shop – most of the other people here are Pakistani." Actually, all the other customer assistants seem to be Brits of Pakistani background. Even the security guard is Asian. Why does Feronda think this is so? "Oh, this I don't know," he says, tugging his grin along, keen to move on to the next question. "I like it here, I want to stay – I especially enjoy being on the shop floor. Before I worked for four years as a car mechanic up the road," – he waves past pea cans, north – "doing night shifts. That was very hard." Now he works 3-11pm, five days a week, at £6 an hour. "Let's see… about £850 a month for a 39-hour week," he says. He looks thrilled, grateful. Before coming to the UK he studied computers, but struggles to translate his education into British levels. "I didn't apply for any other jobs – just this," he says. But is there anything he doesn't like about the job? "No, no," he says, with the sparkling grin making a lingering plea for mercy. The largely white Chalk Farm clientele scavenges for breakfast bagels and tender-stem broccoli. Feronda's colleagues shuffle past, aisle-wide looks in their eyes.

    Whether British supermarkets' workforces are as diverse as their stock of curries, mozzarella and stodgy German bread is hard to ascertain – their statistics slip from your hands like salmon. Fourteen percent of Sainsbury's employees and three to four percent of its managers come from ethnic minorities: more detailed figures are not available from either Sainsbury's or Tesco, despite their equal opportunities policies.

    Sainsbury's prohibits discrimination and strives to "move beyond simple legal compliance," according to Cheryl Kuczynski, a spokeswoman. "We actively look to employ colleagues who reflect the diversity of our customers," she says. Tesco, the behemoth of the British food market, says targets have been set to get so-called "ethnic groups" into managerial positions. Flexible work during Ramadan and Diwali and briefings in languages like Hindi, Urdu, and Bangladeshi are two selling points. All according to its Corporate Social Responsibility review.

    Katie Jenkins, Tesco's employment spokeswoman, says that diversity "creates a great atmosphere in stores" and makes everybody contribute with different skills and knowledge. "Retail is a fast-paced environment, so we look for people who can adapt well to change, people who are very customer-focused. The stores reflect the demographics of the local area. It is about recruiting local people into local jobs."

    In lush white Hampstead, amid the cobblestones, blonde beer, Unitarian churches, window displays of pains au céréales and fragrant Jojoba oils, lurks an unbecoming Tesco Express. Inside, Jayvishal is morosely stacking boxes of vegetables. "I can't do an interview if it's going to take time," he warns. I try an optimistic note. What does he like most about his job?" "I don't like it at all," he says, his slightly pained face sloping down into an unlikely smile. "It's hard work, very hard work. Packing all the time."

    Jayvishal is from India. "There are not many Indians here – mainly Sri Lankans and some Europeans," he says. By European he must mean British Asian: all the shop's staff look Asian. How did he find this £6-an-hour job? "Oh, through the Job Centre, and then I had some friends over here," Jayvishal answers, somewhat cryptically. "I have been in the UK since 2003, and couldn't find a job for a while. It was very hard. Legally, international students are only allowed to work 20 hours a week, but during vacations I do overtime. It is difficult economically – I have to pay rent, transport and everything, and only earn £500 a month."

    Jayvishal is studying a Masters in Business and Finance at London's Metropolitan University. While not in India he lives in Queensbury, zone four, on the Jubilee line that branches through a parallel part – or galaxy, perhaps – of north London. Skills and knowledge he has: a local he is not. The manager, a short-set, trim-bearded man of South Asian features presses up against us, fingering the stack of plastic boxes. Time to retreat. "And when you're finished…" – the orders fade, giving way to wine bars and American ice cream parlours slanting down the north London hillside.

    Hampstead is at the extreme end of the spectrum. But a random Monday afternoon headcount at seventeen West End supermarkets, where workers are least likely to be drawn from a residential pool, confirms the ethnic pattern, albeit with minor variations. One hundred customer assistants were of Asian background, fifty-eight were black, nineteen white, and four "other Asians". The eleven security guards on duty were all black but for one.

    The bar tender

    It would be a mistake to think that low-paid jobs are the reserve of the Queen's post-colonial subjects. Some minorities have fared quite well: ethnic Indians, for one, are now approaching the employment chances of white Britons. Meanwhile, London's pint-pullers earn even less than its shelf-fillers, and a terrifying ninety-seven percent of pub workers nationwide are white. Why?

    Perhaps Al Murray's comedy act the Pub Landlord hinted at the answer when saying that there should be no things foreign in a proper English pub, with the natural exception of peanuts. Peanuts are more nondescript than exotic, a bit like the "white other" box on the ethnic monitoring forms. And so it is that Europeans, Australians and their fellow Antipodeans have been swallowed by the fusty land of minimum wages, ruddy-faced regulars and sticky floors.

    Behind the bar, a twenty-something lad moves packets of crisps about. Covent Garden's cobbled streets unfold outside. "Cleaning, cleaning, cleaning all the time," he says, in spotless English. "There's lots of cleaning in this pub." He doesn't look glum at all saying it. The pub is one of a constellation of glinting properties on the online London map of the Spirit Group, one of the UK's biggest pub businesses with over two thousand venues to its name. Boleslaw has worked here since May, and shares the pleasure with a girl from Sweden, another from France, an Irish boss and two other Poles – a friend and the assistant manager. He got his job through the previous manager, also Irish. "That's a traditional English pub for you!" he says.

    This is not the first time I come across the Ladder. The Ladder is a peculiar upstairs-downstairs way of ordering the capital's economy. The lower steps of many a London workplace are, predictably enough, dominated by the poor relatives of the world economy: Poles, Colombians and Nigerians abound. But climb one step up, and surprisingly often you will find employees from closer to home: Irish managing continental Europeans, perhaps, or Spaniards managing Colombians. On the top of the Ladder, perch the white English top managers and boardroom staff. The Commission for Racial Equality's (CRE) chairman Trevor Phillips has called it "snow-capping", or white on black: only 1.4 percent of executive management comes from ethnic minorities.

    "It's a very hard job and not paid very well. The minimum: £4.85," Boleslaw continues. No big deal. This is his third bout of pub work in London. "At least this is a very nice area, with lots of theatres around." Nice areas make customer flows impressive, and it's hectic, lager-churning madness. "After a while you get used to it – even if it's packed you can listen to the music and chat up a girl. But you work till late and don't have time for yourself. You wake up at nine or ten next morning and start work at 12. It's like a full circle." He smiles. "If you get some days off, you just chill upstairs," he adds, pointing heavenward. Boleslaw and his colleagues sleep upstairs: it's a live-in pub.

    Despite paying rent to his landlord-bosses, Boleslaw can save "a few hundreds" each month, he says. He is a graphic designer and photographer, a graduate of Poland's Academy of Fine Arts, and has worked for advertising agencies back home. "It's a dodgy job market in Poland, simple as that," he says, unapologetically. "The UK market is more stable. You can do bar work for a while, then start looking around for what you really want to do."

    A man with entourage orders pints of Tetley and pork scratchings. A colleague shows up, and Boleslaw breaks into Polish for a few sentences, cackling until the colleague disappears into the sunshine.

    What do his fellow Poles do in the capital these days? "Any job you can get," he says. "Normally, guys who are tough enough go work on building sites, but others go into these jobs. The guy who just left, for example, is a doctor." A doctor? "Yeah – it's easy to find them working in pubs. We got lawyers, we got doctors, graphic designers, actors, the lot. This country has got the most educated bar staff ever," he says cheerily, pouring pints of Guinness for a couple of Koreans. He has only applied for one graphic design job so far, and saves his pounds with determination. "I felt I had too good qualifications. They looked at my portfolio and said 'you're too good, you better go somewhere else'. When the time comes, I'll do it."

    Years back, London's fleet of theme pubs, Irish pubs, local pubs and all the other concept and brand name pubs shop-fronting for Japanese investment banks were manned by cheery mates from Down Under. The Anglo-Saxon reaches of empire supplemented London's homegrown working class with much-needed building and boozing skills. Aussies and Kiwis provided the pint-pulling crowd. South Africans joined the Irish on the building sites. The Working Holiday Visa kept the children of the Commonwealth snuggled on old England's beer belly for years.

    But in 2000, New Labour sowed the seeds of a revised migration strategy, which has blossomed into today's demand-based, quotas-and-points approach. Working Holiday rules for Commonwealth countries changed in 2003, and Antipodeans have moved into administration, computer work and public services with the easing of job-type restrictions. Poles are entering the pub-and-scaffolding race, quickly filling their predecessors' place. Some 98,500 Poles had applied for Britain's worker registration scheme in May 2005, over half of all new east European hopefuls arriving in the wake of 2004's EU expansion. Eighty percent of them earned up to £5 an hour.

    The arrival of Poles is changing the demographic makeup of other parts of London's service economy, too. José Vigo, employment adviser, senses a growing fashion for east European employees at his West End Job Centre, which specialises in low-paid hotel and catering vacancies "that have not been taken through the domestic labour market".

    Southern Europeans and Latin Americans, often over-skilled but with poor English, have peopled the lower reaches of London's job market for years, where a dank stereotype of the Latin service worker has grown. A recent Job Centre language survey confirms the lingering Mediterranean makeup of London's catering and hotel trades: Spanish clocked in as first language, followed by Portuguese, French and Italian – but with upstart Polish wedged in at third place.

    Statistics are scant and unreliable and the turnover ferocious, but Vigo confirms that employers now head for eastern Europe rather than scavenging the Iberian soils for catering and hotel staff. "There they get better levels of English and people willing to do that kind of job."

    The service sector is likely to continue haunting southern European visitors, however. "London is still one of the most popular places in Europe for young Spaniards," says Manuela Martínez, adviser for EU employment network Eures in southern Spain. "People want to master English and make their CVs look better. But if their level of English is low, they will work in places where they don't deal with the public, in 'backstage' jobs. They end up spending a year in London and bring back three or four words related to the hotel trade. Then, naturally, they only tell people about the good things that happened, and the process starts snowballing."

    The backstage jobs of London's fickle service economy have a convenient feature: as Portuguese hotel workers, Spanish chambermaids and Latin American kitchen porters mingle in their trade, they speak Spanish instead of English. And the less English they speak, the more likely they will languish in their underpaid niches. London keeps luring job-hunters into its wide nets, its finance-fuelled economy selects and cherrypicks the candidates, and multiculturalism keeps them apart, blissful in their ghettoes.

    The state's story

    Government departments are blissful in their ghettoes, too, and keep chucking the ball out of their own ponds. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) does not target specific ethnic groups, says Ben Lloyd, a spokesman, who suggests I try the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI), which deals with safeguarding employees' rights. And what does the DTI think? A spokesperson mentions Tony Blair's 2003 cross-departmental Ethnic Minorities Employment Task Force, but little more: the DWP is wrong – "we don't deal with getting people into jobs."

    Academia is also suffering from a "paucity of research" on ethnic recruitment according to Dr Sophia Skyers, senior research fellow on the London labour market with the public interest company Office for Public Management (OPM). She explains ethnic niching in relation to London's expanding knowledge economy. "We are seeing a polarisation of the labour force into, on the one hand, high-paid jobs in professional and financial services and, on the other hand, retail, protective services and other personal services like healthcare," she says. "What we get is a pattern of occupational segregation – a lot of people are forced into particular employment groups, often because of discrimination in other sectors. The stereotype goes with the job, and sticks to the people who get these jobs."

    Professor Michael Hardt, co-author of the watershed tome Empire about how power has been redistributed in a globalised world, agrees that multiculturalism plays an economic role in the new economy. "Britain's multicultural model can facilitate an ethnic division of labour, a model that has perhaps a longer history in the Americas," he says. "Racialized hierarchies and exploitation do not always function along the old or assumed models of exclusion. But it's worth insisting that recognizing that cultural diversity can be part of a new scheme of exploitation does not mean we should be against cultural diversity as such. What we need to strive for is equality and freedom within this multicultural society."

    Trevor Phillips has criticised multiculturalism for keeping people apart, labelling it "a typically British way of dealing with difference". But now the stakes are higher. While London Mayor Ken Livingstone praised multiculturalism in the wake of the 2005 London bombings, Tony Blair announced a crackdown on Britain's permissive liberal consensus to a chorus of tabloid approval. But even multiculturalism's defenders often have little clue of what it really is, or does. Multiculturalism is not only a heap of colours, it is a machine with cogs that whirr. It not only fuses, but keeps apart. It doesn't so much discriminate as direct a choreography of cultures. Much like a latter-day, benign sort of empire, where all races and cultures play a minor part in the symphony of power.

    On the ring road again

    Your no-frills flight descends among thick nighttime clouds and your bags emerge from the bowels of Stansted airport. Now it's business the British way. Bearded Muslims, lavish Iberian girls and red-nosed Brits clutching Su Doku books mingle in the halls and tow their luggage into the rainy night, stared on by billboards vying for their London fare. Outside, hordes of many-accented hustlers flog £5 one-ways for cheap airbus upstarts. Beyond the Pink Elephant car park waits the National Express. A stream of people crosses the wet asphalt, oblivious to the hustlers' calls. This is how multicultural London commutes, in and out of London, twenty-four hours a day, every fifteen minutes.

    Chris descends from his bus and lights a quick fag before his next drive. "The job is not as stressful as it looks," he says. "It's easy, and the pay's quite good. £22,000 a year because I do night shifts." He cuts a stoic figure, tall and bulky, his shaved head pinched by an earring. His colleagues, like him, are overwhelmingly white, bald, and big, emblems of the well-fed English working class. They ferry multiculturalism in and out of the capital. What do the people boarding his coach to the throbbing financial hub of Europe do, then? "Well," Chris puffs on his fag, thinks. "We carry a lot of students, some come over on a gap year, a small portion are on business and the bulk of them are tourists and sightseers."

    What about the workers? Where are they? Who notices the shelf-stacker in the business student, the pint-puller in the graduate, the cornershop owner among the businessmen, the sandwich wrappers, cappuccino steamers and doormen among the tourists? Not Chris, not Ken, not Tony, nor Middle England or the City elite. The City: white as a scrubbed cathedral wall, home of offshore dollars and high-value bonds, generator of the service economy and its guards, attendants, retailers, cleaners, drivers. And Chris, where does he live? "I live in Haverhill, outside Cambridge," he says, stubs out his fag, and sets the motor purring towards the M25.


              Partert lik kan ha ligget ett år i bil i Stockholm   
    Stockholm-politiet rykket tirsdag ut for å kontrollere en bil i Helenelund, etter at naboene reagerte på at bilen luktet ille. I bilen fant de en død.
              Comstock Country RV Resort 7/10 - Carson City, Nevada   
    Clean facilities, friendly staff, mostly long termers (75%). Across the street is Costco. Lots of highway noise, but some mitigation from noise by highground and fences. Very busy corner, but convenient at intersection of Hwys 395 and 50. Spent one night on way through to Reno and beyond. Camp store with limited supplies and ice. Wifi in office at nice break area.
              Allergies Feeling Worse? Blame The Heat   
    Thermometer (Photo Credit: Thinkstock)The heat is making allergy season worse.
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              (Oklahoma City) Yugo SKS for sale - $ 400   
    I have for sale a Yugoslavian SKS. Almost all numbers matching and 2 tapco 20 round mags. This gun has the original Wood stock which I have refinished. This is a grenade launcher variant, which means it has an additional sight and a switch on the gas block to select semi-automatic or single shot firing mode. Gun works great and looks even better, just don't shoot it enough. Asking 400 OBO
              (Columbus) CMMG - $ 750   
    Cmmg MK4 RCE complete factory upper  416 stainless steel barrel Keymod rail Cmmg muzzle brake  Anderson lower Cmmg lpk  Milspec buff tube and stock Lower was assembled at blackwing in Delaware.  200 rounds fired.  2 pm mags  All brass  No steel case was shot out of rifle. Also have ruger flip up sights with tool to adjust front sight. Also about 160 rounds of ammo total.

    No optic or fde grips. 



    750 cash. 
              Rides for Saturday & Sunday 5/3 &5/4/2014   
    Saturday:
    Let's meet at Panera Bread in Wilmette and be ready to ride at 08:00 AM. We will do the usual cemetery loop with a short stop at Panera on Rt. 176. Back before noon.
    Sunday:
    Few of us are going to join Rene Boer for the ride to Lake Geneva. It will be a remote start from Union, IL, so plan accordingly (about 70 minutes drive from Wilmette). Let me know if you are going to that one, so I can look for you. Rene will leave at the listed start time, so plan to be there ahead of time. They do not wait for people who come late and I really do not know the way to Lake Geneva from there. Bellow are the details from Rene.
    For those wanting to stay local on Sunday, there will be regular VF Show and Go from Panera Bread in Wilmette at 09:00 AM.
    If the weather is bad I will post a cancellation by 7AM on both days.

    "We have our annual "get in gear" ride to Lake Geneva, WI scheduled for Sunday, May 4th departing the Wild West Steakhouse in Union, IL at 9am. In years past we've forded streams, basked in the sun and fought gale force winds ... who only knows what Sunday's weather will bring ... dress appropriately. 
    Depending on the turnout we may have more than one group ... faster/slower. We'll stop for approximately 5 minutes in Woodstock enroute to Lake Geneva where we'll stop for 20 minutes for a quick lunch .. Jimmy John's or Starbucks. The return trip has no stops. Ensure that you have adequate liquids and snacks with you for the return trip. Total distance is 68 miles. This is a "social ride" NOT a hammer fest ... a good opportunity to meet fellow Sub5 riders and have some fun. We'll enjoy a beer(s) after the ride.


    Felix

              The Gospel: The Story of Cosmic Restoration or The Plan of Salvation?   
    cfrr map

    Above is my graphical representation of the Gospel. It is the four-chapter story of God’s working in history for the restoration of the cosmos that He created.

    When I first present this to many Christians, they automatically place themselves, as individuals, into this timeline. “I was created, I sinned, I accepted Jesus and was redeemed/saved, and one day I will be in heaven.”

    It takes a lot of de-programming to help them see this timeline not individualistically, but cosmically: that each of us are certainly in the storyline, but that the storyline is bigger than each one of us.

    What God has been doing, through Christ, is the cosmic renewal of all things. When we get into the storyline, we begin to understand the story as portrayed in the Bible, not as portrayed in evangelistic tracts that seek to simplify the gospel to individual need and individual sin and individual salvation. We get the story of how God has been working throughout history to bring about his purposes.

    CREATION
    God creates a wonderful cosmos, and puts humanity in charge of it.
    “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’…God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’” (Genesis 1:26, 28)
    FALL
    Adam and Eve, however, failed in their role.

    The world is cursed, in need of redemption, in need of restoration. And God begins using human beings for this very purpose. Why? Because humans are His image-bearers; We are the ones who have been called to rule God’s world in righteousness and Shalom.


    REDEMPTION
    Scot McKnight, in his new book, The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited, writes, “What Adam was to do in the Garden—that is, to govern this world redemptively on God’s behalf—is the mission God gives to Israel. Like Adam, Israel failed, and so did its kings. God sent his Son to do what Adam and Israel and the kings did not (and evidently could not) do and to rescue everyone from their sins and systemic evil and Satan (the adversary). Hence, the Son is the one who rules as Messiah and Lord” (p. 35).

    In other words, the story of Jesus is the fulfillment of the story of Israel (and hence, the story of all of humanity). The story is about how Jesus, the Hebrew Messiah (“Anointed One,” “King”) fulfills the calling to govern this world redemptively on God’s behalf. The gospel is not first about my personal salvation from my sins, but the story of how Jesus is the King, the One that we must follow as he brings all things back into reconciliation with God (Colossians 1:19-20).

    Contrary to the popular notion of the gospel in much of American evangelicalism, the story of the gospel does not start with me and my sins. It starts with God’s creation and intention for his image-bearers to rule over his creation. The story of the gospel does not skip over what God was doing in the Old Testament with Israel as if it has no bearing on the story, but is rooted in that story of Israel: their calling, their failure. The story of the gospel is about Jesus fulfilling that calling as King. When Jesus is presented to people outside the framework of the story of Israel, all sorts of strange distortions happen to the gospel. Even with good intentions (trying to make the gospel more readily understood and accessible), when we disconnect the story of Jesus with the story of Israel, the story of humanity, and the story of cosmic restoration, we get a Jesus that is truncated, altered, and easily misunderstood.


    RESTORATION
    The story is consummated when Jesus returns and God makes “all things new” (Revelation 21:5). Resurrected humans are then given authority to rule over the new earth, under the rulership of Jesus the King.

    While Scot McKnight and I are of different theological stripes (he is an Anabaptist Arminian, I am a Neo-Calvinist),  we agree that the current crop of Calvinists in America have so focused on issues of “Salvation through Justification” that they miss the larger story of the Bible. What Neo-Calvinists focus in on is the gospel story of cosmic restoration; what the new crop of Calvinists (what I call the Neo-Puritans) focus in on is how God saves people.

    The latter (God saving people) is the means for the former (God restoring his creation) because the failure of humanity from their creational mandate to rule the creation (The Fall) created the chaos that Jesus Christ came to rescue the world from.

    Certainly it is good news that Jesus saves each one of us from our sins in the act of Justification. But the really BIG good news is this: Jesus is the King. This is why we find that when Jesus proclaimed "the gospel" (or "good news") it was "the gospel of the kingdom" (Matthew 4:23).
              Subversive Prophetic Music   
    In my last post, I asked, “What would it look like if a new generation of Christians took seriously the task of being subversive prophetic voices in their culture?”

    Derek Webb takes a prophetic stand against the homophobia that exists in the evangelical subculture with “What Matters More.”

    Webb’s label, INO Records, found the song too scandalous because Webb uses the word “shit” on it, so after much wrangling, Webb and the label agreed to not include it on INO’s release of the album Stockholm Syndrome while Webb could include it on his personal website’s version of the album.
    The song is a subversive prophetic voice to those of us who act self-righteous with our words against homosexuality, showing that we have our priorities out of whack about the things that really matter.
    If I can tell what's in your heart
    By what comes out of your mouth,
    Then it sure looks to me like
    Being straight is all it's about. 
    It looks like being hated
    For all the wrong things,
    Like chasing the wind
    While the pendulum swings.
    'Cause we can talk and debate
    Till we're blue in the face
    About the language and tradition
    That He's coming to save.
    Meanwhile we sit
    Just like we don't give a shit
    About fifty thousand people
    Who are dying today.
    Tell me, brother what matters more to you?
    Tell me, sister what matters more to you?



    Besides being perhaps the first song from a Christian musician to use the word “shit,” this is perhaps the first to rage against the injustice of homophobia.

    Of course, Derek Webb is not the first Christian ever to write something using a shocking word for excrement as a device to get our attention. The Apostle Paul, writing about all his past religious credentials, wrote to the Philippians,
    “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as σκύβαλον (skubalon - dung, human excrement, “shit”) in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him” (Philippians 3:8-9).
    Sometimes it takes a little rebellious language to get the attention of those who are “religious” while Christ and his Kingdom demand us to change our ways.
              Swine Flu   
    The fear of Swine Flu entering schools is increasing as the return on school approaches many student and teachers. According to NSW health, "there have been 3,648 confirmed cases of swine flu and a total of 17 people have died from swine flu." It is important for parents and teachers to work together as school approaches for the fall to avoid an increase in swine flu among the students. Schools play an important role when teaching children how to maintain a good hygiene and and how to understand the ways to minimize the spread of infections. This summer there have been hundreds of children sent home from overnight camps because of the rapid increase of swine flu like symptoms. Number of officials think that the number of swine flu like symptoms that have been seen in camps across the U.S. this summer is just a preview of what is going to partake in elementary and secondary schools and for students that are moving into dormitories. Health officials are predicting the increase of the flu in the fall with the U.S. population having to wait until long after the start of school for the treatment of swine flu to exist. Schools districts and universities are working towards ways to alert the public on swine flu before the school year approaches. They are going to to this by holding education campaigns with updated statistics, discuss worst-case scenarios, and how to prevent these worst-case scenarios. "School closures would occur only by order of the superintendent or the county health department and only if so many children were sick that it was impractical to keep classes running," said Dr. Kimberly Uyeda, director of student medical services at the Los Angeles Unified School District. Many campuses are stocking up on supplies like paper masks, hand sanitizer, food, and water. After many camps were cancelled and had to send campers home the increase of Tami flu among the campers increased. Many campers were required to bring Tami flu and this might be something that is seen in schools if swine flue continues. Schools are educating students on how to properly cough and sneeze so it does not spread bacteria. How to prevent the spread of the virus in schools can be educated, however it is important to take personal responsibility and take care of your hygiene.
              1907-06-03 Harry Harris W-DQ8 Harlem Tommy Murphy [National Sporting Club, Lyric Hall, Manhattan, NY, USA]   
    1907-06-04 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY) (page S2)
    HARRIS WON FROM MURPHY.
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    "Pride of Harlem" Ordered Out of Ring at National Sporting Club.

    Harry Harris won over "Harlem" Tommy Murphy on a foul in the eighth round of a ten-round contest last night, at the National Sporting Club. Murphy had fought foul throughout and was allowed to proceed by Referee Johnnie White, who called Tommy's tactic unintentional, but in the eighth, when Murphy, in plain sight of everybody, deliberately butted Harris under the chin, he sent the "Pride of Harlem" from the ring.

    Harris fought an excellent battle, considering the time he has been out of the ring; his left jabs were very effective and played havoc with Murphy's temper by repeatedly jarring Tommy's head; his footwork saved him many times when it seemed as if it only needed one more punch from Murphy to put him away. The body work weakened Harris, and Murphy would probably have stopped him before the limit, had he kept his head. Murphy's work was crude and did not tend to add to his popularity.

    In the preliminaries, "Kid" Egan won over Harry Phillips; Willie Dorsey bested Joe Bedell, and Jack Robinson earned the decision over "Dutch" Zimmer.

    Just before the main bout Terry McGovern, George Dixon and Young Corbett were introduced and received a rousing reception. Terry seemed in fine shape, but said there would be no more fighting for him.


    1907-06-04 The Evening Telegram (New York, NY) (page 7)
    1907-06-04 The New York Herald (New York, NY) (page 7)
    Harry Harris Wins from Murphy on Foul
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    In the first fight of real quality held in New York without police interference since the lapse of the Horton law, seven years ago, Harry Harris last night won on a foul from "Harlem Tommy" Murphy. The decision was received with enthusiastic approbation by the members of the National Sporting Club in Lyric Hall, fully a quarter of whom were in evening dress.

    Although the battle was sensational from the tap of the gong that called the two boys to the centre of the ring until the referee, "Johnny" White, sent Murphy disqualified to his corner, the greatest interest perhaps lies in the fact that it marked a resumption of legitimate pugilism in New York.

    All present were bona fide members of the club and more representative men have seldom attended a glove event. Seated around the ringside were Stock Exchange members, merchants, physicians, "men about town," politicians and owners of famous race horses. They generally approved of the referee's decision, giving the winner's share of the purse to Harris.

    Murphy was rough throughout the battle, which had been scheduled to go ten rounds. At least three different times did he foul Harris before he was disqualified after fifty-five seconds of fighting in the eighth round. He was full of the fever of warfare and at all times attempted to tear his way through Harris, who remained cool, though frequently in danger of a knockout. As a fighting machine Murphy is made of the right material, but he lacks the proper gray matter under his hair.

    It was an experienced boxer possessed of ring generalship surpassed by few against a fighter who was willing to accept two blows that he might land one. The boxer won simply because his opponent has more willingness than brains. Harris had permitted himself to be lured into the ring under rules that weakened him and strengthened Murphy. He was fortunate that the fight terminated in his favor.

    In the opinion of many White might have proclaimed Harris the winner on two prior occasions without doing Murphy an injustice. One opportunity for action on the part of White developed in the third round, when Murphy fouled his opponent, and another in the fifth, when the Harlem lad again violated the rules.

    On both occasions claims of foul were made to the referee. He, however, refused to allow them, believing they were accidental. He made it clear when he finally stopped the bout in the eighth round that he entertained no doubt on that point. Walking to the ropes on the south side of the ring, he said:--"Gentlemen, I am here to give satisfaction. I know when a foul is deliberately committed and when it is not. The foul I just passed was one of the most deliberate I ever saw."

    White's speech was loudly applauded, indicating that losers and winners alike recognized the fairness of his verdict.

    The fight was full of ginger throughout, but the rules operated greatly to the disadvantage of Harris. The men fought with the understanding that each must protect himself on the break away. This helped Murphy's style of fighting considerably, as it enabled him to do fine execution at close range and in clinches with his famous short arm drives.

    Harris, who shows to better advantage when sparring at long range, had few opportunities to extend himself to the limit of capabilities under the adverse conditions. Notwithstanding the handicap, he made a good showing, but Murphy had the better of the exchange, particularly during the early rounds, when he almost closed Harris' right eye and landed frequently with the left to the head and the right to the short ribs.

    The fifth round was marked by terrific fighting. Harris scored heavily during the first minute and a half, using his straight left jabs effectively on his adversary's jaw and body. But he weakened under the pace and Murphy had him beaten to a state of collapse with short heart and body blows when the gong sounded. The minute's rest helped Harris wonderfully and he came out of his corner for the sixth round refreshed and aggressive.

    He soon scored first blood with a stiff jab to the mouth, and also reached Murphy's jaw with the right. He also made a good impression in the seventh round with a terrific left hand hook over "Harlem Tommy's" right eye.

    In the eighth and what proved to be the last round Harris was scoring vigorously on Murphy's damaged eye, when "Tommy," who was hard pressed, in danger of serious consequences, deliberately brought his left hand up in the final foul.


    1907-06-04 The Evening World (New York, NY) (page 12)
    MURPHY LOSES TO HARRIS AND CLAIMS A "JOB"
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    Pride of Harlem Butted Opponent Viciously in Eighth Round--Referee White Says that Loser's Manager Is a Liar.
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    Harry Harris got a decision over Tommy Murphy last night--got it when he was on the run, weak and staggering--when his mind was fighting off the Harlem demon rather than his fists. Murphy fouled him in the eighth round. The referee did the rest. It was a deliberate foul, as plain as the glove on Murphy's hand.

    Nettled by the decision against Murphy, John Oliver, his manager, declared that the "Pride of Harlem" had been made the victim of a base and foul job. This is what Oliver said:

    "A few days ago the Harris people sent a man to me, who offered me $3,000 to have Murphy lay down. I told them there wasn't enough money on Broadway to get Murphy to do it. And this is what they have done to us."

    "Oliver's cry is that of a bad loser," said Tom O'Rourke, manager of the club. "The man he says offered him the money hasn't got a dollar. Everybody here saw the foul. It is ridiculous to say it was a job. All my friends lost money. They bet 2½ to 1 that Murphy would win."

    Johnnie White, the referee, had this to say to-day about the fight:

    "Having heard that Johnnie Oliver, Murphy's manager, has made the statement that he was offered $3,000 to have Murphy lose to Harris, I call upon Oliver to give the name of the person who made the proposition to him. If he refuses to make known this name, then all I have to say is that he is an unqualified liar.

    "I desire to add that I have ample reason to believe that the yarn is false from beginning to end. I will give $500 to any charity selected by The Evening World if Oliver can come forward with evidence to show that his statement is true, or that I was in any way a party to such a plot."

    All Saw the Foul.

    If there was a job it was not apparent to the naked eye. Referee Johnny White had two chances to disqualify Murphy. Twice Harris stopped and dropped to his knees, claiming he had been hit low. And finally, when he did disqualify Murphy, even the men who had lost their wagers--and thousands were lost--took their medicine gracefully. They had witnessed the foul.

    The National Sporting Club's quarters in Lyric Hall, Sixth avenue and Forty-second street, were crowded to the doors when the men entered the ring. It was a curious fight crowd. Only the elect were there. The pikers were nowhere. It was a crowd with parlor manners. The lusty-lunged hysterical fight fans of the olden days, when the Horton law was young, sat subdued and quiet. It is doubtful if at any stage the pedestrians on Sixth avenue knew, or had any reason to know, what was going on.

    Three Champions There.

    It was a convention of champions. Three of 'em sat in a row--wee dusky George Dixon, once invincible, now aged and withered; the quiet and well fed looking Young Corbett, and "Terrible" Terry McGovern. Surrounding them were lawyers and doctors--the highball coterie from the Waldorf-Astoria cafe, headliners from the Broadway shows, and the "also rans" of the sporting world, and last, but not least, John Philip Sousa.

    Harris was the first in the ring. Norman Selby, once Kid McCoy, was his chief second. Then came Murphy, with Oliver at his ear. When they went to the centre of the ring it became known that they were to fight straight Queensberry rules. The Harris followers were chagrined. All hope of victory seemed gone. Murphy was known to be a furious and powerful combatant at that aggressive game.

    Alongside of the stocky Murphy Harris's lithe, rangy body was accentuated. He spelled agility, Murphy power. When the bell sounded in the first of the ten rounds they were scheduled to go, Murphy was after Harris with a rush. Two lefts and then another crashed into the tall fighter's face, and then a vicious swing struck the body. The tall one doubled up, and they were at it in a rapid exchange of body blows. In a minute Harris's body was red from the pummeling he got. Then suddenly Harris's left shot out, and Murphy's head went back from the blow. But the Harlem boy came rushing back, and with a left to the jaw sent Harris staggering back. It was Murphy's round on aggressiveness.

    Another for Murphy.

    Murphy's left smashed into Harris's jaw at the beginning of the second. They came together and had a fair exchange. Then Murphy forced Harris to the ropes and shook his head back with a hard one on the jaw. Harris came out of the clinch with a jab to the face. It annoyed Murphy and was back again. But a short right uppercut stopped Harris. That round was Murphy's, too.

    During the intermission the Harris followers became jubilant. The Harris of old seemed to be coming back. So far the sturdy Murphy, although his blows had landed hard, gave no sign of telling effect. Murphy's followers expressed surprise.

    Murphy sent in a hard right to the body at the beginning of the third. Then out came Harris's jab again. Once, twice, three times it crashed against Murphy's face without return. Murphy, with head down and arms swinging, bored in to the tall one and suddenly Harris dropped to his knees and dragging himself to the ropes cried "foul." The crowd took up the cry, but the referee ordered Harris to continue. Murphy landed a terrific punch in the stomach. The bell parted a mix up. It was Murphy's round.

    Murphy jumped from his chair with the gong at the beginning of the fourth and chased Harris around the ring. Harris kept him away with his annoying jabs, but when they clinched he suffered from Murphy's body blows. One fist after the other crashed against his heart and stomach and he began to grow weak. But suddenly his left found Murphy's jaw and then his right swing over for the first time. The round ended in a draw.

    Another Cry of Foul.

    The fifth started with a terrific exchange. Harris's wind was gone. He was getting wobbly and on the defensive. Murphy was fighting like a demon. Then Harris fell again, crying "Foul!"

    Instantly two of his seconds were in the ring protesting to the referee. The house was in an uproar, "Give the decision to Murphy!" cried one crowd. "Give the decision to Harris!" cried the other faction. The referee shooed the seconds out of the ring and forced Harris to go on. That was Murphy's round.

    Murphy leaped at Harris in the sixth. He seemed eager to finish it. He landed blow after blow and Harris clung to him in distress. At times he struck out, but all his steam was gone. All the way it was Murphy's round. Skill and pluck saved Harris.

    In the seventh Harris came to life again. At the beginning he got the worst of the exchanges in the clinches, but he went after Murphy with his annoying jabs again. Murphy jarred him with a right to the head, but he came back with a terrific right to Murphy's stomach. Harris jabbed Murphy. When they came out of a clinch Murphy had a cut over the right eye. Harris's right eye was closed. It had been closing slowly for several seconds. The round was a draw.

    The eighth round brought the thrilling climax. Murphy sent his left to the jaw and Harris landed two rights. They came together and clinched and fought around the ring. Then Murphy bored in again.

    Murphy rushed in with his head down. As his gloves struck Harris he suddenly shot his head into Harris's face. Referee White promptly disqualified him, sending men to their corners.

    Crowd Was Surprised.

    The unexpected termination dazed the Murphy backers. It was some seconds before they recovered. They made a howl, but were quickly silenced. Referee White raised his hands and the noise subsided.

    "Gentlemen, " said White, "I try to be fair, but I never saw a more deliberate foul, and my duty was plain."

    Johnny Oliver jumped into the ring and protested to White, but his argument had no effect, and he finally led Murphy away. The crowd applauded both fighters. In his dressing-room Murphy made this explanation:

    "He fouled me all through the fight. I never knew a fouler fighter. He gouged me, crushed my nose with his hand, and even bent back my fingers. And he butted me, too. That is how I got this cut over my eye."

    The astute Kid McCoy made this characteristic explanation:

    "Fouling may be all right if you can get away with it. Murphy got caught with the goods."

    In the semi-windup Jack Robinson bested Dutch Zimmer. There were two other six round bouts. Bant Darcy defeated Joe Bedell, and Kid Eagan had a shade on Harry Phillips.


    1907-06-04 The New York Times (New York, NY) (page 8)
    1907-06-04 The Standard Union (Brooklyn, NY) (page 8)
    MURPHY LOSES BOUT.
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    Disqualified in Lively Contest with Harris for Fouling.

    In a most unsatisfactory ten-round bout Harry Harris, the elongated boxer of Chicago, defeated Tommy Murphy, "the Pride of Harlem," in the eighth round on a foul before the National Sporting Club at Lyric Hall last night. Murphy was disqualified for using his head while in a clinch. Whether the foul was intentional or not the spectators could not decide, but Referee Johnny White declared that it was, and made the announcement from the ring. Up to this time Murphy had a commanding lead and looked as if he had the encounter well in hand. The fight was a vicious affair, in which many hard punches were exchanged. Murphy was the most prolific with his blows, ripping his man with telling effect in nearly every round save the seventh.

    In this period Harris caught Murphy on the right eye with a left hook, inflicting a deep gash.

    From the outset Murphy cut out the pace, slashing away at Harris' body and head. Murphy connected exceptionally well at close range, Harris being unable to avoid Murphy's jarring jolts to the jaw and chin. As they agreed to battle under straight Marquis of Queensbury rules, this was permissible under the code. In order to escape this punishment, Harris had to resort to clinching, and displayed some strength while in this position.

    Murphy made a rushing scrap of it from the first round. He plied both hands with lightning-like rapidity. If the rules had been religiously observed, Harris should have been the loser in the fifth. In this round, after Murphy caught Harris a hard right in the wind which dropped Harry, the latter's seconds raised a cry of foul and rushed pellmell into the ring. The referee pushed them back. The combat was also delayed in the third, when Harris claimed that Murphy had caught him below the belt. The blow was a sort of glancing one, and Harris dropped into his chair, to all appearances in agony.

    There is no question regarding Harris's gameness. He withstood enough grueling during the fight to subdue five ordinary men, the beating about the body and face that Murphy administered being especially severe. Murphy's soporific left hooks played havoc with Harry's countenance, so much so that when Harris retired to his dressing room his lips were considerably puffed and his visage was marked and bruised.


    1907-06-04 The Washington Times (Washington, DC) (page 8)
    HARRY HARRIS WINS ON FOUL
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    Tommy Murphy, However, Put Up Far the Best Fight.
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    By TAD.

    NEW YORK, June 4.--Tommy Murphy lost to Harry Harris on a foul in the eighth round last night at Tom O'Rourke's National Club, which holds forth at Lyric Hall.

    The boys were to have boxed ten rounds, but after a very shameful exhibition on the side of both men the Harlem boy lost for butting his opponent with his head in a clinch.

    For the real, active merits in the boxing line Murphy proved himself far the better man, but after being butted himself and choked with the elbow, he tried to even things up--and he lost out. Referee Johnny White, after the fight, announced that it was the most deliberate foul he had ever seen and as he was there to see fair play, he gave the fight to Harris.

    Mr. White may mean well, but he didn't give Tommy a square deal on the rules or else we read the rules wrong.

    In the fifth round Murphy hit Harris a bit low, and the latter claimed a foul. Mr. White decided that there was no foul, and then two of Harris' seconds jumped into the ring, ran across to their man and yelled wildly at the referee for allowing such a thing to pass his notice. Mr. White told them to get out, and ordered the boys to fight.

    Tom Sharkey won over Jim Corbett the night Jim's seconds entered the arena after Jim was pretty well mussed up, but then they might have changed the rules since. Mr. White will have to enlighten us a bit on that affair.

    Just before that in the third round, when Harris had one of his eyes closed, Murphy missed a low punch and Harry, seeing a chance to cop, walked to his corner with an expression of pain on his face. The referee let him rest half a minute or so and then ordered him to fight amid loud protests from the Harris men.

    If Murphy fouled him Harris should have won. If Murphy did not foul him, why was Harris allowed a rest?

    It is only fair to ask such questions, for the rules were stretched so far last night. Mr. White was right in ordering Harris to fight, however, as he was not hurt in the least and no punch landed on him. Quite a number of foxy fighters have won bouts this way, but then those at the ringside are not all blind, even though some up there last night were crazy enough to bet two and one-half to one that Murphy would win.


    1907-06-05 The Denver Post (Denver, CO) (page 11)
    Explains Alleged Fake Go
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    McDonald Wanted Murphy to Lay Down-Offered Him $3,000.
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    (By Tad.)

    New York, June 5.--The suspicious circumstances surrounding the fight between Tommy Murphy and Harry Harris, in which the Harlem boy lost on a foul, before the National Sporting club, were explained today by Johnny Oliver, the manager of Murphy, who said: "last Friday a man known as McDonald, and a former newspaper man, came to me at the New Polo Athletic club and said: 'Oliver, will you take $3,000 to have Murphy lay down in his fight with Harris? Just let him put a bandage around his bad leg and when the time comes he can go down for the count.'

    "I told him that we were not in that kind of business. McDonald did not explain to me anything about the details of the matter."


    1907-06-05 The Evening World (New York, NY) (page 12)
    FIGHT FANS ARE WORKED UP OVER CLAIMS OF FOUL
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    To the safe and sane these things rise from the Harris-Murphy aftermath:

    Tommy Murphy fouled Harry Harris, and was caught with the goods.

    Harry Harris's seconds jumped into the ring and so disqualified Harris, according to the technical interpretation of the rules.

    But---

    Any reasonable fight fan knows that all rules, all laws, are flexible to the application of common sense. Johnny White employed common sense. He knew that Harris's seconds were hysterical--he knew that the men who climbed into the ring were merely bottle-holders, and that Kid McCoy--the real second, the chief handler--had not violated the rules. He knew that a literal interpretation of the rule would mean that a dishonest second could finish any fight at any stage.
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    No matter how much Harris bruised Murphy in the clinches, no matter how foul Harris fought, the fact remains that Murphy's attempt at foul fighting was so flagrant the referee's duty was clear. Retaliation is no excuse for Murphy.

    Oliver says he was offered $3,000 to lay down. He didn't take it. No man who saw the fight dare say that either man pulled. And no man of reason will condemn Johnny White for his part. It was a mighty fine thing that he was in the ring.

    They are fighting around New York now. But if we have any more exhibitions of the Harris-Murphy sort it is likely that our fighting interests will once more take a train for Philadelphia.
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      H. B.


    1907-06-05 The Standard Union (Brooklyn, NY) (page 8)
    SCANDAL FOLLOWS MURPHY-HARRIS FIGHT
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    Johnny Oliver, manager of Tommy Murphy, the "Pride of Harlem," who lost to Harry Harris on a foul at Tom O'Rourke's National Club Monday night, stated immediately after the bout that a man, whose name he gave, came up and offered him $3,000 if he would have Murphy lose to Harris.

    There is heavy betting on all the bouts at the National Sporting Club.

    Monday night Murphy was held favorite at 2½ and even 3 to 1. As fast as this price was offered by the admirers of the Harlem fighter it was taken in fifties and hundreds. Several of those near the ring held hundreds of dollars in cash, besides the thousands that were bet all over the hall, either in cash or "finger betting."

    It was remarked that there never seemed to be a lack of Harris money, though the fight experts present gave him only an outside chance.

    In the judgment of most of those present this opinion was vindicated, for Harris was badly beaten when Referee Johnny White gave the battle to Harris on a foul in the eighth round. Murphy was disqualified for butting Harris under the chin after Harris had butted him over the eye, opening a gash an inch long, from which the blood flowed down and blinded the Harlem man.


    1907-06-05 The Washington Times (Washington, DC) (page 8)
    SPORTS DISGUSTED WITH REFEREE
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    Murphy-Harris Fight Has a Decidedly Bad Look.
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    By TAD.

    NEW YORK, June 5.--Up and down Broadway yesterday there was nothing but talk of the Murphy-Harris fight. Some were for Harris straight, place, and show, while others took the Murphy end with its queer angles.

    Just why the referee allowed Harris to butt Murphy and let it go on is still unanswered. Just why the referee allowed Harris' seconds to scamper about the ring in the fifth round and then chase them out without giving the fight to Murphy is still among the unanswered.

    Johnny Oliver was the sorest man in town last night.

    "I don't want to say that Murphy was double crossed," says Oliver, "but it certainly looks funny. When I refused the $3,000 offer which was made to me to have Tommy lay down, I thought we would get an even break, and the best man would win. Tommy did win by a mile, but he lost anyway. We should have won the fight twice on a foul, but when I made a kick to the referee, he wouldn't even listen to me."

    One of the Harris' brokers last night at the Cadillac said that Murphy did everything but pull a knife on Harry in that fight. He said that Harris was getting better from the sixth on and Murphy, seeing no chance to knock him out, tried every dirty trick he knew.

    To be fair to both sides, it was a very dirty exhibition after the sixth round. Harris used his elbow and tried to break Murphy's back over the ropes, butted him, and then got the same thing himself. If two professional pugilists can't engage in a bout without such tactics they should retire. There are plenty of clean fighters.
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              1897-09-27 Joe Gans L-PTS20 Bobby Dobbs [Greenpoint Sporting Club, Brooklyn, NY, USA]   
    1897-09-28 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY) (page 4)
    DOBBS DEFEATS GANS
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    He Is Now the Colored Lightweight Champion.

    Bobby Dobbs of Minneapolis won the decision over Joe Gans of Baltimore, after twenty rounds of fighting and with it the right to the title of colored light weight champion. Dobbs had the better of the fighting all through, Gans being unable to reach him. In the first four rounds not a blow was struck, but in the fifth Dobbs cornered his man and severely punished him on the body with both hands. In the seventh Gans sent his right to the mouth and drew first blood, but did little during the rest of the fight. Dobbs repeatedly cornered his man throughout and had him weak with body blows. The last round was fast, but the referee had no trouble in picking the winner.

    In the opening bout George Munroe and Bob Reily met for ten rounds at 112 pounds. Reily was a novice, while Munroe had had some experience, and in the first landed his left on the face repeatedly. Reily improved in the second and sent his left to the face and right to body in good style. The fighting during the rest of the bout was all Munroe's, Reily taking enough punishment to stop much better men. Munroe tried hard to finish his man in the seventh, but did not succeed. The bout went the limit and Munroe received the decision.

    The second preliminary was between Eddy Hayes of New York and Hugh Fitzsimmons of Greenpoint, ten rounds at 126 pounds. Both were cautious in the opening round. As the bout progressed the men warmed up and the fighting became faster, the last being in the hammer and tongs order. Neither seemed to have the advantage at the finish and the bout was declared a draw.


    1897-09-28 The Standard Union (Brooklyn, NY) (page 8)
    DOBBS DEFEATED GANS.
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    GOOD BOXING AT THE GREENPOINT A. C. LAST NIGHT.

    The bouts of the Greenpoint Sporting Club, which were contested last night at the clubhouse in Greenpoint, were of the sort that pleased the large crowd of spectators present. The work of "Joe" Ward, the referee, in the second bout did much to cause an unpleasantness, which must have made his ears tingle. It was the consensus of opinion among the followers of the fistic art present that Eddie Hayes had won in a walk from Hugh Fitzsimmons, but a draw was the best he could get.

    The main attraction of the night was a twenty-round argument at 135 pounds with Joe Gans, of Baltimore, and Bobby Dobbs, of Minneapolis, as principals. Both of these chocolate colored gentlemen showed in fine fettle, and consumed the first round in looking each other over. At all times Dobbs appeared like a pair of distended scissors, and proved a difficult man for Gans to reach. There was little to choose between them up to the tenth round. The ninth proved decidedly warm, both men doing effective work. After the tenth Gans let out several links and jabbed and uppercut Dobbs in a manner he didn't like. From the twelfth round on, however, Dobbs did the best work of the night, and received a well-earned decision.

    The first bout showed George Munroe, of New York, and Tommy Riley, of Brooklyn. They boxed the required ten rounds, each weighing 112 pounds. Neither man knew much about boxing. Munroe obtained the decision.


    1897-09-28 The Sun (New York, NY) (page 3)
    BOXING AT THE GREENPOINT A. C.
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    Bobby Dobbs Whips Joe Gans in a Twenty-Round Bout.

    Joe Gans, colored, of Baltimore, was squarely defeated in a twenty-round bout by Bobby Dobbs, of Minneapolis, also colored, at the Greenpoint A. C. last night. Dobbs did all the work, and his victory was a decisive one. Joe Ward was referee.

    Tommy Reilly of Brooklyn and George Monroe of New York battled in the first bout of ten rounds at 112 pounds. Reilly was a white-haired youth, who evidently had not been very long at the game. All he knew how to do was to stop a lead and drive his right home in the ribs. Monroe was more scientific and countered continually. He received the decision.

    Eddie Hayes of New York, and Hugh Fitzsimmons of Greenpoint clashed in the next bout. The weight announced was 126 pounds, but Fitzsimmons appeared to be at least ten pounds heavier. The referee astonished the crowd by declaring it a draw.

    Dobbs and Gans were in the ring at 10:45 o'clock. Al Herford, Eddie Bean of Newark, and Danny McBride were Gans's seconds, while Jim Johnson, Edward Bowman, and Jack Crealey attended to Dobbs's wants.

    Twenty rounds at 135 pounds were the conditions. The boxers were in superb shape. Not a blow was struck in the first round. The second was lively. Dobbs forced the work, but only landed a short swing on Gans's ribs.

    The Baltimorean was cautious and only staved Dobbs off. Gans was not so timid in the third. After being enticed in a corner and receiving a slight smash on the nose, Joe forced his way and staggered Dobbs with a heavy swing alongside the head. He would have scored a knockout had it been a trifle lower.

    Dobbs distressed Gans with two terrific punches in the wind in the fourth. Gans would not take any chances after this, and confined himself to blocking Dobbs's speedy rushes.

    In the fifth Dobbs kept Gans in his (Dobbs's) corner and puzzled him with feints. He was quick to take advantage, too, and landed one in the short ribs, which made Joe wince.

    Dobbs visited Joe's stomach again in the sixth. Gans partly let himself out in the seventh, and made Dobbs's nose bleed.

    The ninth was a corker. Dobbs piled blow after blow into Gans's wind and chest. Joe did not seem to relish it. He crossed Dobbs near the close and nearly put him down.

    The tenth was fast, with honors easy. Gans missed two vicious rights in the next round. Dobbs did the better work, however. Dobbs was very weak on his legs in the twelfth.

    Bobby tried for Gans's body again in the thirteenth, but was unsuccessful. Gans used his left with good effect and kept Dobbs in check. Gans hugged a corner again in the fourteenth and allowed Dobbs to do all the work.

    Gans received most of the blows in the wind and under the heart. Dobbs did all the leading in the fifteenth, and his admirers were confident. Dobbs fell down in the sixteenth from weakness, but did all the leading.

    In the final rounds Bobby trounced Gans for keeps, and received the verdict.


    1897-09-29 Morning Herald (Baltimore, MD) (page 5)
    PUGILISTIC GOSSIP.
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    Manager Al Herford, of the Eureka Athletic Club, of Baltimore, is highly incensed at the treatment he received at the hands of the Greenpoint Sporting Club, of Greenpoint, Long Island, on Monday night, when his lightweight boxer, Joe Gans, met Bobby Dobbs, of Minneapolis. Dobbs was given the decision over the Baltimorean, when, in the eyes of every sporting man present, it seemed unjust. Gans during the battle had made things so lively for his opponent that he, throughout the match, resorted to clinching, and, though repeated calls were made to have it suppressed, the club management refused to stop it. Gans is confident that he is a better man than his opponent, and is ready to meet him at the earliest opportunity. He claims that the deal he received could only come from men who had a set purpose in view, and that he stands ready to make a second match with the provision that the winner is to take all, and that the bout be pulled off before a club other than the Greenpoint. He will also wager a side bet on the outcome.

    A glance at the support Dobbs had is given by Gans' manager, who claims that nothing else could have been expected. Matt Kennedy, the president of the club, acted as announcer, while Jack Skelley, manager of the club, is manager for Dobbs, and Joe Ward, who refereed the bout, is a stockholder in the organization.


    1897-09-29 The Sun (Baltimore, MD) (page 6)
    Herford and Gans Angry.

    Manager Al. Herford, of the Eureka Athletic Club, of Baltimore, and Pugilist Joseph Gans are incensed at treatment they received at the hands of the Greenpoint Sporting Club, of Long Island, on Monday night, when Gans met "Bobby" Dobbs, of Minneapolis.

    Dobbs was given the decision over the Baltimorean, when in the eyes of every sporting man present, says Mr. Herford, it seemed unjust. Gans made things so lively for his opponent that Dobbs throughout the match resorted to clinching, and though repeated calls were made to have it suppressed, the club management refused to stop it. Gans is confident that he is a better man than his opponent and is ready to meet him at the earliest opportunity, with the provision that the winner take all and that the bout be held before some other club. He will also wager a side bet on the outcome.

    Gans says that the bout was once declared a draw, and that the referee upon being intimidated changed his decision and gave the bout to Dobbs.
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              1912-02-23 Mike Gibbons W-KO2 Willie Lewis [Empire Athletic Club, New York, NY, USA]   
    1912-02-24 New-York Tribune (New York, NY) (page 5)
    LEWIS BITES THE DUST
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    Knocked Out by Gibbons in Second Round of Bout.

    Mike Gibbons, the St. Paul middleweight, knocked out Willie Lewis, of this city, in the second round of a ten-round bout at the Empire Athletic Club last night. One minute and twenty-five seconds had elapsed in the second round when Gibbons whipped over left and right hooks to the point of the chin and Lewis fell, to box no more for the night.

    The bout was one sided from start to finish, and Lewis was never in the hunt. He landed about four punches, and was fortunate to last out the first round, as seven seconds before the end he was knocked down and saved from defeat then and there by the bell.

    Gibbons went at his man at the start in a manner that forecasted the summary ending that followed. Stepping up briskly, he circled about, and, feinting Lewis into kinks, hit him when and where he pleased. Lewis, clever as he is, looked like an untried schoolboy, and was thoroughly afraid of the man before him. In an effort to take a chance he went in close, but Gibbons handled him like a child. His efforts at infighting were smothered, while Gibbons ripped solid counters home at pleasure.


    1912-02-24 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY) (page S3)
    Willie Lewis is in the Down and Out Club. The clever fighter from the Gas House district hit the toboggan slide at the Empire Athletic Club in Manhattan last night, and still is on his way to oblivion. Mike Gibbons, the St. Paul middleweight, started Willie along the road. It did not take Mike very long to bid Willie "bon voyage." After one minute had elapsed in the second round, Mike tapped Willie with his right on the point of the latter's jaw, and Willie peacefully passed away. So ended the second lesson, the first having been read at the Fairmont Athletic Club in the Bronx a month or two ago.

    Lewis never had a lookin during the encounter. His first knockout at the hands of Gibbons had left the former afraid of the clever fighter from St. Paul, and as a result, Willie wanted to keep well out of the road of Master Gibbons. The St. Paul man kept after the New Yorker and dropped Willie in the first round for the full count. However, the bell saved Lewis and he was able to get to his corner for a minute's rest. Hardly had the second period started than Gibbons sent over his right and Lewis dropped dead to the world. Not waiting to hear the count, Gibbons reached down and helped Referee Tone carry Lewis to his corner. It took a good two minutes to bring Lewis back to the land of the living.


    1912-02-24 The Evening Telegram (New York, NY) (page 6)
    Gibbons Makes Short Work of "Willie" Lewis in Ring
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    Western Boxer Knocks Out the New York Pugilist in the Second Round.
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    BELL SAVES DEFEATED BOXER IN THE FIRST
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    Wide Open Swings Are Quickly Taken Advantage of by the Winner of Bout.
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    By Ed. Cole.

    It took one round and one minute and twenty-five seconds of the succeeding round for "Mike" Gibbons, of St. Paul, to knock out "Willie" Lewis, of New York, at the Empire Club last night. But for the very friendly bell Lewis would have passed up the fight in the first round, as he was down and the count was going on when the gong sounded to cease hostilities. He came up for the second round in fairly good condition and tried his best to get a swinging right to the young man from St. Paul. But it was a sorry attempt, and after Gibbons pumped a few left jabs into Lewis' face and hooked a short right to his jaw he went down, and everybody, about three thousand lovers of the boxing art, donned their wraps and went home.

    That Gibbons is a master of the art of boxing he demonstrated last night without a question of doubt. He showed that he lacks nothing. He knows everything that was ever known in the art of self-defence. In the last three months he has developed what appeared to be lacking in his early fights in this city--a knockout punch. This he has proved he possesses twice within a month by knocking out Cashman and Lewis.

    In regard to his cleverness, both with his hands and his footwork, old timers at the boxing game compare him with the one great boxer of the old days, "Jack" Dempsey, "the Nonpareil," who mastered opponents in the most artistic way until he met "Bob" Fitzsimmons. A fighter never leaves a positive record on the books that can prove decisively which is the better man unless they meet, hence it is only a matter of opinion whether Gibbons or the late and much thought of "Jack" Dempsey was the greater fighter.
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    Gibbons a Phenomenon.

    One thing is positive, however, Gibbons is not only phenomenally clever, but he has a snappy punch with either hand that will bring an opponent to the mat. This is something that Dempsey never boasted of. That is the one addition to Gibbons' stock of ability that will possibly give the impression that Gibbons would have proved Dempsey's master had he lived in the days of "the Nonpareil."

    That Gibbons is headed for the middleweight championship is assured, and he is loaded to the muzzle with all kinds of shot. He intends to have another meeting with "Jack" Denning some time in April, and if he is in as good condition as he was last night it is only a question how long Denning will be able to stand his punishment. After that there is but one other fence for him to climb, the "Eddie" McGoorty obstacle, and the latter will no doubt prove the hardest proposition he has had to deal with.

    Last night's contest needs little description. It was lopsided throughout. That Lewis' intention was to bring Gibbons to earth by a right swing was evident before a minute of the first round had elapsed. Lewis jumped into action immediately he left his chair. He shot his left out and Gibbons dodged it and in return for the attempt Gibbons hooked up his right and followed in one, two succession with his left. Lewis then tried another right swing, but Gibbons just backed away as cleverly as a batter gets away from an inshoot.

    Gibbons drew Lewis into a right swing and then sidestepped a trifle and as Lewis floundered from the force of his swing Gibbons hooked him on the point of the chin and passed the left over on him as his head bobbed up from the force of the uppercut. Then with a short stinging right, again on the point of the chin, Lewis toppled over in bad shape. The referee started to count him out but the gong sounded and Lewis was helped to his corner.
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    The Last of Lewis.

    No sooner had the second round been called than Lewis made another effort with his powerful right hand, but it met atmosphere and not Gibbons. That was about the last thing Lewis did in the fighting line, for Gibbons smashed him with right and left, upper cut him and jabbed him. Lewis covered up with both hands, but the storm of gloves that bounced off him caused him to wobble about like a beheaded chicken. Then Gibbons waited for a couple of seconds and Lewis opened his gloves to see where Gibbons was. He didn't have time to locate him, for "Mike" shot his left into his face and hooked up his right to the jaw with the accuracy of a rifleman locating bull's eyes. Another right and left to the jaw and the story is told.

    At the ringside Gibbons tipped the beam at 151 pounds and Lewis at 149½ pounds. To-day Gibbons leaves for St. Paul to see his wife, who expects to present a young middleweight to her husband in the near future. After that event he may return here to meet Denning and probably a local boxer in Bridgeport, Conn. He and his manager, "Ed" Reddy, will then take a trip to the coast in search of middleweight game.


    1912-02-24 The Evening World (New York, NY) (page 4)
    Lewis Cries When He Realizes Mike Gibbons Has Knocked Him Out
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    Local Fighter Quickly Disposed Of in Second Round by St. Paul Fistic Artist.
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    Three thousand fight fans witnessed the bout between Mike Gibbons of St. Paul and Willie Lewis of this city at the Empire A. C., and after it was over these same three thousand persons left Manhattan Casino proclaiming the Westerner one of the greatest fighters for his weight they have ever seen in action. This high compliment was tendered to Gibbons for the easy and graceful way in which he knocked out Lewis in the second round, after about one minute of fighting, with a terrific right hand swing on the jaw.

    Gibbons would have accomplished the feat in the first round had it not been for the clang of the bell, which sounded while Willie was groggy on his feet after having got up from the floor in a helpless condition from a heavy blow on the chin.

    Up to the time Gibbons put in the punch that stowed Lewis away the Western "phenom" had given an exhibition of cleverness, ring generalship and clean and terrific hitting which are seldom seen in bouts at the local clubs.

    Gibbons fought an entirely different battle from those which he put up in his previous six contests here. Instead of doing a lot of unnecessary feinting, sidestepping and ducking, as he did in these other bouts, Gibbons just walked out of his corner and with his guard high he cut loose at Lewis in a way that showed he was out to win as quickly as possible or lose out himself in the attempt.

    After jabbing Lewis a few times in the face Gibbons let fly an overhand left hand swing, which nailed him flush on the cheekbone. The moment the blow landed Lewis's legs began to wobble, and as he started to stagger Gibbons dealt him left and right hand swings on the jaw. These blows dazed Willie completely, and he began to rush at Gibbons, letting fly with a right swing. Gibbons saw the punch coming and, stepping back, let the blow fall short and then countered beautifully with two straight jabs into Lewis's face, sending his head back.

    By this time Lewis was bewildered, and Gibbons, seeing he had him at his mercy, hooked a left swing to the jaw which sent him reeling. As quick as a flash Gibbons drove in a right uppercut, dropping Lewis to the floor.

    After Referee Tone had counted six, Lewis staggered to his feet. He was very shaky, while both hands hung at his side. Gibbons was just about to put over the finishing punch when the bell rang, causing Referee Tone to go between the men.

    When the second round started Gibbons waded right into Lewis by jabbing him hard in the nose with a straight left. Willie then threw over a left hand swing to Gibbons's jaw, which seemed to rile him, for he let go three stiff jabs to Willie's face and then crossed his right to his jaw, sending him to the floor on his back.

    With the exception of a slight turn of his head and the raising of his right leg, Lewis did not move, and was counted out. At the fatal count of ten the referee and Gibbons bent down and picking Lewis up carried him to his corner. After he recovered consciousness Lewis, broken-hearted over his defeat, put his head on his glove and began to cry. He was still crying when he was escorted from the ring by his seconds.


    Gibbons Best Man I Ever Met, Says Lewis in Adieu to Ring.
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    By Willie Lewis.

    I think Gibbons is a wonderful fighter. He is not only clever and shifty, but he can certainly deliver a terrific blow. Before my fight with him this time I was confident he could not punch. I know different now, for he proved to my satisfaction that he is one of the hardest punchers in the business. I have fought middleweights, light heavyweights and heavyweights, both in this country, England and France, but none of them hit me so hard as Gibbons. I wish to state right now that I am through with the fighting game forever. I have fought my last fight. I took on this bout with Gibbons to find out if I was still there or all in. I am satisfied now that I am all in, and that is the reason why I have retired from the game. I have been fighting for thirteen years next June and I think it's about time for me to quit. I intend to pay strict attention to my cafe in the future and forget the past. I wish Gibbons the best of luck and hope to see him middleweight champion in a year or so.



    1912-02-24 The New York Herald (New York, NY) (page 11)
    Gibbons Knocks Out Lewis
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    St. Paul Middleweight Puts Local Man Away in Second Round at Empire A.C.
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    Beaten into a state of utter helplessness and knocked out in the second round, "Willie" Lewis made a sorry showing against "Mike" Gibbons, the St. Paul middleweight, in the Empire Athletic Club ring last night. Gibbons did not allow Lewis to land a single clean blow, but went after him from the opening gong and battered him down in impressive fashion.

    The crowd of five thousand that jammed the hall got an excellent idea of what was coming when Gibbons hammered Lewis down in the first round. Had not the bell come to the local man's relief just as he arose it is highly probable that he would have been saved the necessity of going into the second session. Gibbons took matters coolly, doing the execution in a businesslike way with right and left uppercuts, jabs and smashing jolts to the body. Lewis attempted several left hooks, but he was wild and the St. Paul boxer stepped inside the swings with straight lefts to the head. Gibbons landed half a dozen right uppercuts and left jabs and Lewis hit the boards. As he got up, wavering, the gong sounded.

    The second round went just 1m. 25s. Gibbons repeated his programme of the previous round, and finally knocked Lewis out with a ripping left to the jaw. The Minnesota boxer's hair was not even mussed, and he failed to get any perspiration up. In the second bout in the city Gibbons easily defeated Lewis in ten rounds. "Willie" clamored for another chance, and he got it with a vengeance. Gibbons entered the ring weighing 151 pounds and Lewis scaled at 149½.

    In the preliminaries "Eddie" McFarland, the Oklahoma lightweight, made a fair showing against "Kid" Alberts, the latter winning on points. "Willie" Chandler stopped "Young Terry" Martin, a negro, in five rounds. "Battling" Reddy and "Phillie" Carmine went six rounds to a fast draw.


    1912-02-24 The New York Press (New York, NY) (page 7)
    GIBBONS KNOCKS OUT LEWIS IN 2D ROUND
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    St. Paul Fighter Lands Haymaker with Ease.
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    NOTHING TO STOP HIM
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    New Yorker, Unable to Put Up Defense, Takes a Count Soon After Start.
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    There's another wreck on the track. Mike Gibbons, the St. Paul Limited, booming along at a mile a minute clip, crashed into Willie Lewis of the Gashouse district at the Empire A. C. of Harlem last night. All that was left of Lewis was the pieces. The once great welterweight was a mere toy in the hands of Glittering Gibbons. Willie's light went out in the second round. After dropping the former pride of the Parisian boulevards toward the end of the first round, the bell coming to Willie's rescue and postponing is enforced sleep, Mike caused the swan song to be sung over McKetrick's roustabout before the second round was half over. Mike sent a snappy right hook to the jaw and the tottering Lewis dropped like a log. Willie fell on his face, unconsciously tried to pull himself up and rolled over on his back while Referee Dan Tone tolled the full drone of the doleful decimal. Lewis was carried to his corner. Two minutes afterward he was revived and led weeping from the ring.

    The beginning of the end came in the first two minutes of fighting. About the middle of the first round Gibbons hooked a hard left to the jaw. The punch rocked Lewis from head to toe, and but for his falling into a clinch he would have been floored. Gibbons fought himself free and shot rapid-fire lefts and rights to Lewis's head and body. For a few seconds Lewis weathered the gale. Then "crash!" and he was driven to the boards from a one-two punch, a straight left and a crossing right. Willie arose at the count of five. The fog was still in his eyes and he walked blindly in without offering to protect himself. Gibbons shook the staggering Lewis with stiff punches to head and body, but just when Willie was ready to fall the bell came to his rescue.

    Lewis, staggering to his corner, was showered with water by his seconds. He was weak and groggy, however, when he came up for the second round. Mike went right in to finish him. For a few seconds Willie tried to block the lightning punches that Gibbons shot in from all angles. Gibbons, however, picked out the holes in his armor, and drove home shot after shot. Lewis threw discretion to the winds and waded in with his guard down, risking all on one good healthy swing. It was Gibbons, however, that landed the haymaker. He sent three lightning left jabs and a terrific right to the body. Another left jab and a vicious right uppercut followed. Then the terrible crossing right and--it all was over but the count.

    Though defeated Lewis was not disgraced, and he went down to defeat like a man. It was another case of the pitcher going once too often to the well. A great fighter in his day, Lewis's stamina and vitality were sapped by loose training that often amounted to excesses. He was but a shell of his former fighting self. In fact, he has been living on his reputation since he was beaten to a pulp and knocked out by Frank Klaus a year ago. His ring generalship and courage have carried him through several tough battles since then, but it only was a question when some good, fast, hard-hitting man would come along and "bust" the bubble.

    Gibbons entered the ring at 9.55 p. m., accompanied by his manager, Eddie Reddy, and a retinue of handlers. Lewis followed a minute afterward. Danny McKetrick and Joe Jeanette looked out after things in Lewis's corner. It was announced the men had weighed in, as agreed, at 147 pounds at 3 p. m. The announcer said the ringside weights of the men were: Gibbons, 151 pounds; Lewis, 149½. While the men were donning the gloves Jess Smith, Johnny Dundee, Tommy Coleman and Knock Out Brown were introduced, and a collection was taken up in behalf of the widow of Connie Schmidt, the Jersey fighter who was killed by a freight train last week. The McMahon brothers donated $50 and those around the ringside contributed generously, several hundred dollars being taken up.

    The gong rang a few seconds before 10 p. m. Lewis lead with a light left to the face, Mike coming back with a snappy left and a right-hand uppercut to the face. The punch hurt Lewis. Gibbons shot a left to the jaw and Willie, returning the compliment, fell into a clinch. Lewis hooked a right to the jaw on the break and, quick as a flash, Mike planted a left and right to the face. Gibbons stepped back and then leaped in with a crossing right labeled "knock out." The punch missed the mark, grazing the jaw. Lewis shot a left to the face and tried the right for the jaw, but was blocked. Mike then began peppering Lewis with straight lefts. Gibbons shot in his punches with the speed of a bullet, and Lewis could not block or duck them. Willie got wild and missed a hard left swing. Lewis landed a right to the jaw, and then Gibbons hooked a vicious left to Willie's mouth. The punch shook Lewis from head to heel, and he fell into a clinch. Mike fought himself free and hooked a left and right to the jaw. Again Gibbons sent the left and right to the jaw, following with a right cross. Lewis was sent to the boards. He got up at the count of five. Gibbons tried hard to finish him. Lewis, though groggy, was set to receive the punches. Mike was showering him with stiff lefts and rights, and Willie was staggering when the bell came to his rescue.

    Lewis had trouble getting to his corner. It looked as if he would fall before he could get to his chair. Frantic work by his seconds brought him up for the second round. Mike opened the round with a left to the face. Lewis missed a right and clinched. Mike shot a right to the body and hooked the left to the face. Gibbons reached the face with a straight left and crossing right. Willie reached the body with a right, and Mike sunk a left and right in Willie's mid-section.

    Three times Mike jabbed Lewis in the face. By this time Lewis was almost in. He dropped his guard and tried to land one good, solid punch. Gibbons stepped in and placed a right to the body. He jabbed the face and uppercut the jaw with his right. Suddenly Gibbons crossed his right flush to the jaw. Good night.


    1912-02-24 The New York Times (New York, NY) (page 12)
    GIBBONS KNOCKS OUT LEWIS IN SECOND
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    St. Paul Man Has New Yorker Staggering Around Ring in Empire A. C. Fight.
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    Willie Lewis had his chance last night at the Empire Athletic Club to prove that his recent defeat by Mike Gibbons was a fluke, and the St. Paul whirlwind brushed the erstwhile king of welterweights into dreamland in less than five minutes. A right to the jaw was the finishing punch and it did the trick so effectively that Lewis was still in the land of dreams when Gibbons carried him to his corner. The knockout arrived less than two minutes after the second round began.

    From the bell which started the rival battlers on their way until Gibbons dropped Lewis to the canvas for the full count, there was nothing to the bout except Gibbons. Lewis, noted for his feinting ability and all-around boxing cleverness, was as powerless before the St. Paul boy as a novice, and during the five minutes he failed to land a single effective punch on Gibbons. Mike simply toyed with the New Yorker, feinted until Willie was dizzy, stepped out of the paths of Lewis's punches without apparent effort, and penetrated Lewis's guard with his terrific punches as often as he desired. It was evident before the first round was half completed that Lewis was in for the trimming of his life. He took almost as much punishment as could be crowded into such a short space of time.

    Before the bout was ten seconds old Gibbons had jolted Lewis's head back with two lefts and a right. Within a minute he had Willie staggering around the ring, and before the bell sounded Gibbons dropped Lewis with a terrific right uppercut after staggering him with a left swing. Lewis regained his feet at the count of five, and the bell sounded just in time to save him from a knockout.

    Gibbons went in to make a quick finish of the bout in the second round, and succeeded. He was landing often on Willie's jaw with either hand, and Lewis was unable to stop the shower of blows. His right eye was swollen and his face was very red from the punishment already received. A series of rights and lefts soon had Lewis groggy, and Gibbons shot out that terrible right with enough power to end the bout. Lewis did not move a muscle while Referee Tone tolled off the fatal ten, and Gibbons helped Willie's seconds to carry him to his corner.


    1912-02-24 The Standard Union (Brooklyn, NY) (page 8)
    GIBBONS MAKES SHORT WORK OF WILLIE LEWIS
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    Mike Gibbons, the St. Paul scrapper, to-day laid claim to the welterweight championship of the world, following his decisive victory last night over Willie Lewis, at the Empire A. C., of Harlem. Mike declared that he had been vindicated by knocking out the New York boy who claimed that Gibbons' recent decision over him was a fluke.

    "I said I would put him away in a hurry, and I made good," was Gibbons' comment to-day.

    A ring victory was never more decisive. In the first round Gibbons put over a crashing blow which would have ended the battle had not the bell rung while Lewis was lying helpless on the floor. In the second round the St. Paul wonder duplicated, but this time the bell did not come to the rescue.


    1912-02-24 The Sun (New York, NY) (page 11)
    WILLIE LEWIS KNOCKED OUT.
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    Gibbons Does the Trick in Second Round at Empire A. C.

    Willie Lewis, the local welterweight who once claimed the world's championship, was knocked out cold in the second round by Mike Gibbons of St. Paul at the Empire A. C. in Harlem Casino last night. Lewis was no match for the wonderful Western boxer. He could not land his heavy swings and also found it impossible to defend himself when Gibbons went after him. Gibbons outboxed, outfeinted and outslugged Lewis from start to finish.

    Just before the first round ended Lewis was floored with a heavy right hand hook to the jaw. He was just getting on his pins when the bell rang. Gibbons cut out fancy business in the second round and made a punching bag of the Bowery boy.

    He hit Lewis from every angle, putting so much power into his punches that a knockout was inevitable. A left hook on the chin finally put Lewis away in such a manner that he was dead to the world when the tenth second was counted.

    Attracted by Gibbons, one of the largest crowds ever housed by the club gathered at the ringside, and by the time the preliminaries were at an end there were few empty seats in the big casino. The ringside weights were: Gibbons, 151; Lewis, 149½. Dan Tone was referee.

    First Round--As Lewis tore in Gibbons landed a hook with each hand and made the local man break ground. Gibbons danced around his man with great foot work, jabbing him with lefts and sending over a terrific right to the ear. Lewis blocked for a moment and then, rushing in, he received more hooks in the face. Gibbons feinted beautifully, after which he shot a left to the jaw. Lewis's swings were short, and again Gibbons jabbed him in the face. Lewis tore in with a right on the neck, whereupon Gibbons cut loose with a blinding volley of punches. A right put Lewis down, and he staggered up just as the bell rang. Gibbons had the round.

    Second Round--Lewis missed a hard blow with the right and Gibbons stepped in with hooks and upper cuts that made Lewis reel. The latter rushed and Gibbons sidestepped him. Again Lewis rushed and this time Gibbons landed a fierce right hook under the chin. Lewis tottered, but instinctively threw up his hands. Gibbons drove in body blows underneath his guard and then, shifting with a left hand upper cut, he reached the point of the jaw. It was a terrific wallop and Lewis's legs bent under him. He sank to the floor in a heap and after being counted out he was literally carried to his corner, where he soon revived. It was an easy victory for Gibbons.
              1916-01-03 Sam Langford L-PTS20 Harry Wills [Tulane Athletic Club, New Orleans, LA, USA]   
    1916-01-03 The Daily States (New Orleans, LA) (page 11)
    LANGFORD MEETS WILLS AT TULANE A. C. TONIGHT
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    Negroes In Good Shape and Promise Fast Bout, Says Promoter Burns
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    BY HARRY MARTINEZ

    Harry Wills and Sam Langford will enter the ring at the Tulane Club arena Monday night in good condition to furnish the local boxing fans with the first negro heavyweight scrap seen here in several months, according to word forthcoming from the local promoters of the scheduled twenty-round bout.

    When the two last met here, the bout only went ten rounds, the decision going to the local negro. This was more than a year ago. Since then the Boston "Tar Baby" dropped Wills for the count in a bout on the coast. In this last scrap Wills floored Langford twice before the Boston negro packed the fatal wallop.

    While showing here in but very few bouts, Wills is said to have made a big improvement in the past year. His fight here with Battling Jim Johnson was too one-sided to determine whether or not he has improved to any great extent.

    Sport writers from the various sections have boosted Wills and fans will see for themselves just how good he is when he meets the most experienced negro fighter in the game at the Howard street arena.

    Langford has been fighting for years during which time he has bested some of the best in the heavyweight division. Of late, Wills seems to be the only fighter in his class to give him trouble. Langford has trained hard for this mill and is looked for to put up his best fight against the local negro. Wills has been made the favorite.


    1916-01-03 The New Orleans Item (New Orleans, LA) (page 8)
    Wills Has Chance To Show He's Best Of All the Heavies
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    (By Ham.)

    The assertion frequently is made that Harry Wills, either now or in a year from now, will be the world's best fighter--in other words, will stand just where Jack Johnson stood just after he defeated Jeffries.

    Joe Woodman, manager of Sam Langford, will not admit that Wills has much of a chance to beat Langford in their 20-round fight Monday night, but he does say that in one more year Wills should beat Langford and the rest of the blacks, and he intimates very strongly that he believes Wills, if properly handled, will develop into a better man than Willard.

    They have been saying such things about Wills for more than a year. He hasn't developed as rapidly as was expected of him, but now that Jim Buckley, the man who contributed largely to the making of a near-champion out of Gunboat Smith, has him, the New Orleans negro may show surprising improvement over his last fight here, which was with black Jim Johnson.

    This Was a Bad One.

    That fight, by the way, left a dark brown taste in the mouths of local fans. Johnson was hog fat and had to stall his way through. It takes two to make a fight and Wills had no chance to show anything that night.

    Langford will enter the ring considerably to the fat himself, but Sambo has had three experiences with Wills and the last, which was a boxing session of ten rounds, was so much of a Wills nature that Sambo has taken no chance this time, and is said to have trained harder for this engagement than for any in a long time. Sam probably knows he's sliding, and knows that this tall young copper-shade will get him if he is not very careful.

    But Sam knows how to be careful. He hasn't been in the game for nothing all these years, beating some of the best men in the ring. He went down five times before Wills in their Los Angeles fight, but Sam was crafty and Wills wasn't and the result was that Wills took the full count in the fourteenth round.

    Black Hope Needed?

    Many wise fans fight shy of the black squadron, knowing that a lot of stuff has been pulled in the past year that wouldn't bear close scrutiny. Most of it has been in the 10-round no-decision bouts, however, and Wills and Langford showed in Los Angeles what is likely to happen in a longer fight.

    Wills has a chance to stop Langford if he keeps a cool head. If he doesn't Langford will stop him again. Either outcome would not be entirely unexpected.

    If Langford is knocked out Joe Woodman will have to start a search for a black hope. The only classy negro of the old brigade left besides Langford is McVea, and he is going. Wills would have no real competition as he is the only young one coming up.


    1916-01-04 The Daily States (New Orleans, LA) (page 12)
    WILLS WINS BLACK TITLE
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    WILLS BEATS 'BOSTON TAR BABY' FOR BLACK HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
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    Negroes Fight Fastest Twenty Rounds Seen In An Orleans Ring In Recent Years--Local Negro Is Now Top of His Race.
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    By COL. CLUKE.

    Jess Willard, heavyweight champion of the world, is fortunate Harry Wills of New Orleans and Sambo Langford of Boston are negroes. If they were any other color, the celebrated "wild west hero" would be forced to defend his title against either man with a possibility of being bumped off the Queensberry throne.

    In earning a twenty-round decision over Langford Monday night at the Howard-street arena, Wills convinced a majority of the big assemblage he is championship material. Langford, too, showed himself a great fighter, for in keeping Wills busy from start to finish, the defeated negro put up a very creditable scrap.

    The black men, contrary to the word passed down the line, "who's turn is it?" gave a corking-good crowd a run for its money. It is doubtful if any heavyweight scrap of recent years measured up to it for speed. And as for the blows traded, something more than a wallop is necessary to put Sambo down for the count of ten.

    With the possible exception of the twelfth when Sambo tried every trick he knew to ease the dreamland wallop over and had Wills worried, and in the eighteenth, Wills sending the Boston black to his corner partly groggy, there was not the least semblance of a knockdown.

    Wills Loses Head When He Is Hurt.

    Wills, however, is an improved fighter. He lacks experience to cope with a man of Langford's ability. His biggest fault is the same as when he fought McVey, losing his head when hurt. Langford peppered Wills with slashing rights and lefts to the jaw at different periods and in almost every instance, the native black opened up and narrowly escaped the deciding swing.

    For the first ten rounds, and it is doubtful if two middleweights could have gone the same pace as the negroes, Wills, because of his advantage in height and reach, stabbed Langford with a left jab, using his right at times for a cross and hooking it to the wind. Wills showed a variety of punches that if used by Willard or some other fighter, would make him the best touted man in the heavyweight division.

    In the second half of the scrap, though a trifle slower, excelled any black bout staged here in the past four years. Langford realized his only chance to earn the decision was by dropping his opponent to the cloth and the Tar Baby began a systematic attack, loafing one round and cutting loose with everything he had in the next.

    Wills Shows Respect For Sambo's Left.

    Wills continually retreated during the twenty periods and in the closing number hardly tried to land a blow. The local negro was also guilty of an unusual lot of holding, especially in the last half of the mill. Another referee would have probably penalized him for these tactics. It was evident throughout that Wills had a lot of respect for Langford's left, as every time the men locked, Harry tucked Sambo's southpaw lunchhook beneath his arm and held it as tight as if it were in a vise.

    Just how much stamina Langford possesses, even though he is supposed to be a "fat old man" who has seen his best days in the ring, isn't difficult to imagine when he assimilated all of Wills' wallops to the midsection and continued to carry the fight to his opponent.

    If Sambo is ready for the scrap heap, he surely must have been a great fighter when at his best.

    In the preliminary mill, Young Kid Green lost a decision to Eddie Palmer.

    According to the announcement made from the ringside, Langford and Wills fought for a $1,000 side bet. The currency posted was in the shape of a check. Tommy Burns handed it over to Wills at the conclusion of the mill.


    1916-01-04 The New Orleans Item (New Orleans, LA) (page 8)
    Wills Is Another Black Peril to White Heavies
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    (BY HAM.)

    The black squadron has an admiral. Another Jack Johnson has come out of the colored population of Louisiana and boxed himself to the front through the ranks of the Langfords, the Jeannettes and the McVeas--all good ringmen and better than the run of white heavyweights.

    One or two of these still may be good enough to win a decision over Harry Wills, but his improvement, as shown in his 20-round victory over Sam Langford Monday night, means eventual command of the situation, and that very soon. He has been beaten by the entire trio of black rivals, but in his last three times out against them he has outboxed McVea in 12 rounds, and outpointed Langford both in ten and in twenty.

    Langford has been the best of the negro fighters, Johnson excepted, for a long time, and a decisive victory over him even at this late day is quite enough for the fans of ebony hue in New Orleans and vicinity to rave about.

    Will History Repeat?

    Such a feat establishes Wills as the best heavyweight in the world, barring Jess Willard, and a little development may soon make him a better man than the white champion.

    This comparison may be distasteful to many followers of fighting, but who knows that the time isn't far off when this brown-skinned negro of New Orleans and the giant of Kansas will meet to settle the supremacy of the races just as Jeffries and Johnson did--when the black man won?

    It doesn't take a great stretch of the imagination to picture this in the face of ring history that is not seven years old. The then invincible Jeffries retired and bestowed his title on another white man, Tommy Burns, who refereed last night's fight, came along and won it.

    How Demands Started.

    Burns was a good fighter, but a small man. He would have been a great champion of light heavyweights. Everywhere the fight fans and experts of the game said there lived a better fighter than the champion himself. Eventually Burns agreed to defend his championship against the black man and the black man won.

    Then the call for Jeffries to come out of retirement. The title must be restored to the white race. Wasn't Jeffries the real champion, anyway--only in retirement?

    Public appeal and the false confidence that has carried nearly all champions to their defeat brought Jeffries out of retirement--but the black man won again. It took a young Lochinvar to come out of the west to restore the title.

    Is It the Last?

    Jack Johnson's reign was thorn enough in the sides of white men, but it was more odious because of his criminal character. An exile from the United States it was necessary for Willard to meet him in Cuba.

    "Well, that's the last. There'll never be another fight between a white man and a negro for the championship," declared the sporting public with great relief from its agony.

    Willard declared he would not meet a negro as long as he held the title, and recently when he signed for a championship fight here he demanded that the phrase "any white man" be inserted in the articles.

    Let's hope sentiment will always stand as an effective barrier against "mixed fighting." If there should be a return to it for only a few matches there same condition that prevailed when Burns was champion might arise again. Wills probably could beat the Morans and Coffeys, and the fighting world doesn't yet look upon Willard as a great champion.

    Wills Sambo's Master.

    From the time Wills shot a straight right to Langford's nose in the first round and sent him half-way across the ring until the twentieth round, Wills was master of the situation. There were isolated instances of Langford's superiority, but it would be hard to give the Boston tar baby more than four rounds of the entire twenty.

    Though in the early rounds Langford's hitting was the cleaner, and though he carried the fight in the majority of rounds, Wills scored point after point when his shorter opponent was unable to reach him at all. It suited Wills for Langford to carry the battle to him. Inexperience might have led the local negro into many an error had he been compelled to force the fighting.

    Sam Can't Put It Over.

    Langford had only one effective weapon in his attack, and that was a vicious lightning left hook, which sometimes rocked Wills' head, but more often was dodged or blocked. Wills surprised the ringsiders several times by ducking under this blow, and Langford had trouble measuring it.

    The tar baby sacrificed boxing and all else to land a knockout via this punch. He took blow after blow hoping to "get one over." Had he landed half the punches that Wills scored the local negro never could have weathered the 20 rounds.

    Wills was content with his boxing, and only now and then traded blow for blow. His long left, which he sometimes used in a sort of corkscrew jab, worried Sambo considerably, but Harry's only drive of any force was his straight right, which would have been more punishing had he not drawn his body from it as he shot it.

    There was no lack of speed or action. It was the fastest and best heavyweight fight staged in any New Orleans ring in years.


    1916-01-04 The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) (page 11)
    HARRY WILLS WINS GREAT BATTLE WITH 'SAMBO' LANGFORD
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    Local Negro Proves Himself Peer of All Fighters of His Color.
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    After one of the greatest ring contests ever seen in New Orleans, Harry Wills, local negro heavyweight, was awarded the decision over Sam Langford, of Boston, in twenty rounds at the Tulane Athletic Club last night, and thereby established himself as the peer of all negro heavyweights.

    Wills earned eleven of the twenty rounds, while Langford could claim but five. And when the final gong sounded the end of what probably was the fastest heavyweight battle ever held in a roped arena, there was not one of the 4000 spectators that packed the arena who was not of the opinion that the verdict of Referee Tommy Burns was a just one.

    None was more convinced of Wills' right to the victory than the veteran fighting machine, Langford, who showed as early as the twelfth round that he realized his only chance of winning lay in a knockout. This frank admission on the part of the great little Boston fighter, coming in the form of a throwing off of all intentions of trying to win on points, was well received by the fans, who appreciated that "Short Sam" was acknowledging that he must win by a knockout or lose.

    For twelve rounds Langford used every bit of his remarkable boring-in defense to cover him while he attempted to penetrate Wills' guard, with unsatisfactory results. The giant New Orleans negro was Langford's master at the finer points of the game, and the Boston "Tar Baby," whose experience as a ring gladiator extends through nearly fourteen years, made no attempt to evade the issue by hiding the fact that he knew he was being outpointed.

    ALWAYS GOING IN

    And it was this willingness on Langford's part to toss aside the chance of getting a draw anyhow by slowing up and making Wills lead, which made the struggle one which long will be remembered by those who saw it. Throughout the entire twenty rounds the Boston negro kept after Wills with bull dog tenacity, forcing the fighting as fast after he dropped his guard as when he was picking off Wills' blows coming in.

    At the end of the twenty rounds, Langford was beaten, but not disgraced.

    There were no knockdowns, but this must not be taken to mean that there were no hard blows landed. There hardly was a second during the whole contest when mighty blows were not being exchanged, in the clinches, which were few and of short duration, as well as out of them. That there were no knockdowns, can be attributed to the fact that both men were in remarkable condition.

    Never did Harry Wills fight as he fought last night. Only once during the whole battle did he appear to be facing defeat. This was in the twelfth round, when Langford shook him up considerably with a stinging left hook and a mighty right cross to the jaw, causing Wills' knees to sag.

    Outside of that spell, however, the local heavyweight seemed one of the most confident fighters in the world, and though there were other rounds in which he was bested by his stocky antagonist, he always walked to his corner with the bearing of one who was sure of victory.

    Seldom missing his punches, Wills pecked away at Langford's guard in the early rounds, sometimes raining ineffective fusillades on Langford's gloves and arms, but at other times beating down the Easterner's defense and peppering Langford's face with left jabs and hooks and right crosses and uppercuts.

    WILLS ALWAYS AT EVENS

    While in the clinches and in most of the toe-to-toe bees, Wills held his own in the majority of cases and in some fought the ever-coming Boston negro to a standstill and momentarily checked "Short Sam's" advance.

    Langford could have made a better showing if he had cared to wait for Wills to come for him. He could have kept covered for twenty rounds and probably would not have been outpointed so far.

    But the Boston negro considered himself champion fighter of the negro heavyweights, and he was out to prove it. He had knocked Wills out once, and he was anxious to show that this victory was no fluke, and though he did not accomplish his end, he at least proved that it was through no fault of his own but solely because in the Wills of last night he met a greatly improved fighter from the Wills he knocked out in fourteen rounds at Los Angeles, and because the Wills of last night proved himself one of the greatest heavyweight fighters the ring has known in recent years.

    As has been said, the end of the twelfth round found Langford with a little the worst of things as far as points were concerned, though he had been the aggressor throughout.

    At this stage of the game, the Boston "Tar Baby" decided he had waited long enough to begin his real battle.

    So he bored in even faster than he did before, only he decided to devote more of his attention to landing blows than to blocking them.

    While he did not altogether quit picking off all the dangerous wallops he could, Langford obviously showed that he was out to land a decisive wallop if he had to take a hundred. And right here let it be said that Joe Woodman's veteran battler stopped many a blow with his face during those last eight rounds. His left eye, which had been badly puffed since the early innings, closed altogether in the fourteenth, while his right eye, lips and nose were considerably battered up.

    From the thirteenth round on, every move of Langford's was pointed toward one goal--a knockout. His vicious left hooks to the body, and his right and left hooks to the head carried worlds of steam, and once or twice he rocked Wills.

    But Wills remained cool and collected, and showed lots of stamina in assimilating Langford's hardest punches, at the same time keeping a volley of left jabs and right crosses in Langford's face as he stepped around and landing many a terrific right swing and uppercut to Langford's kidneys and ribs in the clinches.

    So anxious was Langford to turn the tide of battle that as the rounds wore on he became wild, and Wills' advantage stood out in stronger contrast.

    Wills enjoyed every physical advantage, being more than a head taller than his opponent, and thereby being able to reach over Langford's shoulder and deal telling blows to Sam's kidneys.

    Langford was much faster than when he fought Wills here before, sometimes dancing in like a flash with a left jab to the wind, and with left hooks to the jaw.

    Wills weighed about 210 pounds, while Langford scaled in around 190.

    The men fought for a side bet of $1000, which was handed to the winner by Tommy Burns after the fight.
              1913-12-29 Jack Britton ND10 Al Dewey [Peerless Athletic Club, Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA]   
    1913-12-30 The Scranton Truth (Scranton, PA) (page 8)
    JACK BRITTON DEFEATS DEWEY
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    Too Fast and Clever for Luzerne County Fighter Who Makes Good Showing.
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    YOUNG CONWAY ON TOP
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    Jack Britton, known as the Chicago wizard, and who has trimmed nearly all the topnotch 135-138 pound boys in the land, Packey McFarland excepted, outpointed Al Dewey of Wilkes-Barre last night in ten rounds before the Peerless A. C. in that city. The battle was one of the most exciting staged in that burg in years. Every round was a thriller, Dewey doing his utmost to land a knockout blow while Britton was jabbing away at him and avoiding wallops in clever fashion. About 1,700 spectators were in the arena.

    Britton's principal stock of trade was his left hand which he used to jab his rival throughout the fight. Sometimes he would land five jabs on Dewey's face and head without getting a return. Jack didn't do much at infighting for the simple reason that this is the department in which he is weak. He is a wonder at long range and whenever Dewey permitted him to fight at that style, the visitor had things his own way.

    Two Went to Dewey.

    Dewey had two rounds in the fight and the others were Britton's by a wide margin. The first was Britton's and the second went to Dewey. For the next seven rounds Britton outboxed Dewey enough to give him a good lead. Dewey made a garrison finish and deserved the round, although he didn't do all the fighting in that period.

    The second, seventh, ninth and tenth rounds were the stellar periods of the engagement. The seventh found each boy standing toe to toe walloping away at one another. In this round Britton shot his famous right across twice and one of them gave Dewey a shaking. In the ninth round Britton shot the same right to Dewey's jaw but Al simply smiled and went back for more. Dewey took good punishment, but was not cut up very much. Had he been able to get away from Jack's left handed jabs it would have been a closer exhibition.

    Conway the Winner.

    In the semi-final Scranton had a representative in the person of Young Conway of the South Side. He met Rubber Gibbons of Ashley for the fifth time in about two months. Conway won the bout by a good margin, although neither scored a knockdown and neither was marked up to any great extent. It was a first class scrap and pleased the sports who were put out by two preliminaries that had been cut short.


    1913-12-30 The Tribune-Republican (Scranton, PA) (page 12)
    DEWEY OUTPOINTED BY JACK BRITTON; FIGHT GOES LIMIT
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    Famous Chicago Pugilist Finds Wilkes-Barre Boy Tough Customer. Young Conway Winner.
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    Special to The Tribune-Republican.
      WILKES-BARRE, Dec. 29.
    Jack Britton, of Chicago, considered one of the greatest fighters in the world, outpointed Al Dewey by a good margin before 1,100 fans in the Peerless club arena tonight. The combat went ten rounds, the limit, with neither boy suffering a knockdown and with neither being badly cut up. Britton was by far the cleverer and there was no question but that he won. However, it must be said that Dewey put up a slam-bang argument--his showing being better than was expected of him by some of his best friends.

    Britton had height and reach on Dewey and used the reach to good advantage. The Western fighter was as heavy, if not heavier, than his opponent. It was said both boys entered the ring weighing under 138 1-2 pounds. But if one of them was over the person was Britton.

    Britton Had Good Left.

    Only occasionally during the battle did Britton shoot his terrific rights over. In most rounds he was satisfied to jab away at Dewey, some of these reaching his face, but a majority going to his forehead. He did little fighting in the clinches. With his advantage in reach he managed to keep away from a number of Dewey's hard rights, although on one or two occasions Al made them reach their mark and Britton's face took on a surprised look.

    It was a splendid battle. Each round had a lot of action, Britton satisfying the sports by his clever footwork and boxing, while Dewey's continued forcing of the milling won for him the admiration of the big crowd. Britton had about seven of the rounds by a good margin. Three were fairly even and one went to the local boy. Dewey's best rounds were the second, ninth and tenth. He was fighting in wonderful style at the close.

    Dewey a Tough Boy.

    After the battle I asked Britton what he thought of Dewey and he said: "He's a good, tough boy, and don't let anyone think otherwise." Dewey was well pleased with his showing. He admitted that Britton was one of the cleverest boys he ever tackled. "He has a dandy left jab and that right of his carries a wallop, too," said Dewey.

    It was the greatest crowd that the Peerless club has ever catered to. The total receipts amounted to about $2,400, of which Britton received $1,000. He fought under a guarantee with a privilege of percentage. It isn't known what Dewey pulled down.

    Young Conway, of Scranton, and Rubber Gibbons went the limit in the semi-final, with Conway winning by a larger margin than he did last Thursday, when the two boys fought in Scranton. Conway hit the harder blows tonight and worked better at infighting. Gibbons' best work was in using his left hand jab. It was a dandy bout.

    The referee announced that Porky Flynn, of Boston, and Jack Curfey, of England, heavyweights, fight next Monday night. On the following Monday night Frankie Burns tackles Tommy O'Toole.

    There were about 100 Scranton sports at the mill.
      BUB.


    1913-12-30 Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader (Wilkes-Barre, PA) (page 14)
    DEWEY FORCES BRITTON IN TEN ROUND DRAW
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    DEWEY STAYS LIMIT WITH JACK BRITTON
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    In a battle "Al Dewey of Edwardsville stayed the limit with "Jack" Britton of Chicago in 10-round mill at the Peerless A. C. last night. The local boy was on the short end at the close of the fifth round, but from that time on Dewey took the aggressive and forced the fighting. It must be conceded that Al proved himself a game, clever fighter and that he gave his opponent all he was looking for.

    The crowd was one of the largest that ever attended a mill at the Peerless A. C., nothing left but standing room at 8:30, and the fans continued coming until time for the main bout to start. Naturally the majority were in favor of Dewey, but Britton also had his admirers.

    The latter was there with a wicked left jab which he shot to Al's face time after time, only to have Al come back with a vicious right to the head or body. Britton's famous right did not seem to be working and he seldom landed with it. Dewey forced the going and kept boring in all the time, but he was wild and many of his blows were wasted through the clever dodging of Britton.

    The first round was fairly earned by Dewey, who landed left and right to the wind and a corking left to the head. Britton jabbed Dewey in the face with his left, but not hard enough to hurt.

    Britton won the second, third and fourth rounds, by pushing that left jab over on Al's proboscis with alarming regularity and drawing blood from the Edwardsville lad. Al came back with a couple stiff lefts to the face, but not enough to balance up with Britton's jab.

    The fifth was one of the best of the match. Dewey rushed matters at the start and landed two left hooks to Britton's face which shook the latter. "Jack" then came back, assuming the aggressive and took the round. His best blow was a right uppercut which fairly raised Dewey off the floor.

    Dewey showed a lot of stuff in the sixth round and made a wonderful spurt, planting a right hook to Britton's head and then coming through with three smashes to the mouth. The visitor was unable to keep Dewey back with his left jab in this round. Dewey won all the way.

    The seventh session was pretty even, Britton trying to score with a chopping right, but Dewey made him miss several times. The eighth was a repetition of the seventh.

    Dewey put on steam in the ninth, but Britton kept him away in fine shape, neither boy doing much damage. The tenth and last round was full of action and Dewey had a shade on his opponent, landing several hard rights.

    The semi-final between Rubber Gibbons of Newtown and Jimmy Conway of Scranton was a fine battle. Both boys were in there fighting all the time. Conway earned the decision by a shade. Gibbons was bothered by a bad right hand which he sustained in his bout of Christmas afternoon.

    Billy Welsh of Pringle and Kid Pritchard of Forty Fort met in the first preliminary and Welsh put his opponent away in the third round with a hard right to the jaw.

    In the second preliminary Johnny Cooney of Ashley put the kibosh on Spike Hennessey of East End after one minute and forty seconds of the first round had elapsed.

    In an added bout Johnny Cooney took on Freddy Haefling for four fast rounds and the milling was about even.

    Jack Curphey, heavyweight from England, a new man in Dewey's stable, was introduced and it was announced by the referee that he would meet Porky Flynn in the wind-up at the Peerless A. C. next Monday night.

    SHORT SPORTS OF ALL SORTS
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    Crisp and Breezy Comment on Current Events; Pertinent and Newsy
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    Were you at the Peerless A. C. last night?
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    If you weren't you missed a corking good bout.
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    Dewey fought the best battle of his career and surprised a lot of the knowing ones.
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    Britton's left jab was a beautiful thing to watch and he kept banging away at Dewey's head all through the bout.
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    Rubber Gibbons put up a great fight considering the condition of his right hand, which he injured in the bout at Scranton Christmas afternoon.
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    With all Britton's jabbing, Dewey kept boring in every minute and the Chicagoan was kept moving all the time by the West Side boy.
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    That sure was some crowd at the Peerless A. C. last night. Just goes to show that the fans will patronize good attractions. Dewey and Britton must have cleaned up right on the battle.
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              Tarik Saleh Bike Club Webstore and such   
    Tarik Saleh Bike Club has a webstore now.  In stock with caps patches and pins.
    Yo! I got Tarik Saleh Bike Club caps, pins and patches in stock and shipping worlds wide through the TSBC Webstore

    The patches made by Falls Creek Outfitters and designed by ACW Brad came out great.
    TSBC patches are in!
    Also I literally have over 1000 pins in stock and ready to ship.
    This is what 1000 pins looks like.  Tarik Saleh Bike Club orders shipping now.  tariksaleh.com/tsbc Thanks to @busybeaverbuttonco for being awesome and fast yet again.  #tariksalehbikeclub #tsbc #ridebikestrynottobeanass #pins #buttons #busybeaverbuttonco

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              TSBC cap order window closing 4/15   
    Tarik Saleh Bike Club Cap Order window closing 4/15

    Hey!, cap preorder is closing soon. 4/15/2014 at midnightish, just like your taxes. Three styles, all the sizes, details here!...

    you get these four pins with each cap order

    New tsbc pin stock! These 4 go out with all TSBC hat orders! http://www.tariksaleh.com/tsbc/ #tariksalehbikeclub #tsbc

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              Tarik Saleh Bike Club Bike Cap, PREORDERS through 4/15   

    Update 6/3/14 Preorder window is closed. There will be some extra caps for sale. Read the below and email me at the hats@tariksaleh email address with your request and I will see if I can accommodate you. Price will be $40 per cap shipped. Mellow Velo in Santa Fe will stock some hats if you are local. If you live in Los Alamos, get with me ASAP...

    TSBC hat preorders are OPEN NOW! Window closes 4/15.
    See HOW TO ORDER Below

    There will be three types of hats available, IN ALL SIZES, all made in the USA by Randi Jo Fab:

    (1) Orange wool with navy TSBC logo. Similar to last run, but more pumpkiny. This is a lightweight wool cap. $32 preorder
    something like these, but a little darker orange:
    Tarik Saleh Bike Club cap preorders, http://tariksaleh.com/tsbc design 1 sort of #tsbc #tariksalehbikeclub #capsnothats

    (2) Burgundy Wool caps with Navy wool earflaps, white TSBC logo. $34 preorder
    something like these with tsbc logo:
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    (3) Cotton crazy caps. Ed Emberleydragon/batprint on the front. Blue side and back panels with green TSBC logo, red brim. $32 preorder.
    Pattern is the same in front, cap sides will be blue, cap brim will be red, logo green
    Tarik Saleh Bike Club cap preorders, http://tariksaleh.com/tsbc design 3 sort of #tsbc #tariksalehbikeclub #capsnothats

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    HOW TO ORDER. This is important. All pre-orders will be paid in advance. You must email me with WHICH cap you want and WHICH size you want to hats@tariksaleh.com. Use the same address for paypal payment and questions. All prices include shipping to the Continental US. Please email me if you want a cap and live outside the US. Email me if you want more than one. Comments in the blog or a facebook page or whatnot WILL NOT result in an order. You must email hats@tariksaleh.com and pay me before the order goes in April 15th. I may entertain some trades, email me at hats@tariksaleh.com...

    delivery will be in mid to late May, I will update those who have ordered as things progress...


              Customer Service Representative Dawson Minnesota - Family Dollar - Dawson, MN   
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              Repoze at ZPUG last night   
    Last night Chris McDonough gave a presentation to the Zope/Python User Group of Washington, D.C.  I went along for the festivities and quite enjoyed myself.  Pretty good turnout.

    As preparation, Chris wrote a detailed article about getting started with Repoze:

    We've just created and released Developing With repoze.zope2 which is a short 10-page PDF that explains the benefits of and differences between developing Zope 2 applications using Repoze and "stock" Zope 2. It might be helpful to folks developing under Plone and CMF.

    I believe we're slated to give another talk at the next ZPUG meeting in December.  I might give a walkthrough on using Deliverance to theme your Plone site.  I'll probably just play my screencast and claim I put effort into preparation. [wink]

    We're also interested in getting Repoze more out and into the wild.  First, we're talking with Plone/Zope/Python user groups on the east coast, seeing if we can get our travel covered to come give more talks on WSGI and Repoze.  If you're interested and can cover our travel, drop us a line.

    We also want to get more folks into Repoze, so it's bigger than us.  Both people that want to contribute, but also, people that want to start using it for real.  Drop by #repoze on irc.freenode.net and hang out with us.


              Our time with Pop Up Parramatta has come to a close   
    Making Spaces Marketplace has enjoyed 6 months of introducing the handmade community to the broader community and offering a place for independent designers to showcase their wares. With the support of Pop Up Parramatta and Arts NSW we’re very pleased with what we’ve achieved in such a short space of time, making connections and generating close to $30 000 in sales for the small businesses that have traded with us.

    As shop girls, we’ve been delighted to be involved in the project and cannot speak highly enough of how it is growing the CBD and inviting new life into the city, as well as supporting micro industry and creativity. We hope that it continues to strengthen over the coming year and wish all involved every success!

    We would also like to thank all of the designers who have committed to trading with and promoting our shop. It’s been an incredible privilege to work along side such diverse talent. We couldn't have had such a vibrant store and developed a loyal customer base without them.

    Making Spaces closes its doors at 3:30pm Saturday 21st January - so if you’ve been meaning to pop by and stock up on handmade designer wares, make haste!

    Thank you again for your tremendous support and enthusiasm, what an amazing time we’ve had!

    Yours in handmade
    Kirrily and Kirsten

              *bespoke* giveaway   
    A little treat for you!

    Go into the draw to win a copy of *bespoke* zine by leaving a comment here. Simply state which issue you'd love to own (this is a perfectly acceptable case of judging a book by its gorgeous hand illustrated cover!) and cross your fingers until 19th October when we'll draw 3 lucky winners.

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              Goodbye, Borders   

    Yesterday I paid what will likely be my last visit to a Borders Books. Here's a typical shelf in their store:


    2011-08-29_12-57-48_776

    As you can see, things are about half-full, like some carcass partially picked over by a small flock of vultures. What's there is kind of in order, but not really. The staff seemed more interested in selling the tables and bookcases than in helping confused customers find books. And frankly, I don't blame them.


    It was a melancholy experience for me. I grew up in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. Up through high school the only game in town were B. Dalton's and Waldenbooks. Nice stores for their day but pretty small in comparison to what we've become used to. I'm pretty sure the stores from my youth would only barely hold the regular fiction collection of a Borders or B&N, so when Borders first came to the area when I was in college it was like a revelation. And it wasn't just about size.


    You mean you don't stick Sci-Fi into the darkest, loneliest corner of your store?


    You mean you actually carry comics and graphic novels? Like on the shelf?


    And you'll special order stuff for me and not sneer at me while you do it?


    For the first time since I was a little kid I actually felt welcome in a bookstore. It was fantastic and I made a point to visit it every time I came home from college so I could stock up on pleasure reading for the semester.


    As I've gotten (much) older and my tastes have changed I've found less and less by just browsing in their stores, but certainly more than I do when I browse their main competitor. Losing all of these stores will be a loss for many communities.

    2011-08-29_12-59-01_435

    Take where I live: Prince George's County, Md. A suburb of Washington, D.C. Population of 863,420 and, according to Wikipedia, "the wealthiest African-American majority county in the nation". With the Borders stores closing, that sadly leaves all of two bookstores in the entire county. When the location in Landover shut down a few months ago it ended a series of weekly kids programs, teen book groups, adult book groups, an anime club, author readings, and a place many went just to read, write, and use their internet while sipping coffee. Say what you will about poor business decisions by corporate and ineffective competition, but around here I know book lovers will feel a real sense of loss when these stores shrivel up.


    Excelsior


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              Recycled Metal Queen Monster head --- Steampunk Dieselpunk Cyberpunk Craft Handmade by Kreatworks   

    160.00 USD

    Dimension is approx 20 x 36 x 17 cm ( height x length x width)
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              Basic Cowl   
    Just finished this basic cowl. While in my Local Yarn Shop about a month ago, I saw this yarn and fell in love.  It is soft and nubby and lovely.  The colours are soft and lovely as well.  I had no plans for it so decided that I have been wearing my old cowl every day;  time for something new.





    This is worsted weight Bamboo Bloom Handpaints.  I have never seen it before or heard of it but trust me,  it is delicious. I mixed this with natural Lady Godiva by Handmaiden Yarns which is some of the softest yarn I have ever used. I did this because I was not sure I had enough for a long, wrap around cowl.  I was basing this cowl on a Noro one that I made several years ago.  I really love that cowl.  This one does not have the stretchability that the Noro one does and only wraps around twice instead of the Noro 3 times. Oh well.  I cast on 220 st using 6mm needles and did 6 rows of garter followed by stocking stitch for 8 rows and then 4 rows of garter, etc.  until I was ready to bind off and then 8 rows of garter.  Nothing exciting.  Plain and basic which describes me to a T.  I use to try all types of patterns but I am finding that I come back to the basics more and more.

    It is a glorious sunny day here and I am off for the weekend.  Look out knitting, here I come.

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              Workday Wednesday - Carl Stohn, Jr., Chicago Producer and Director   

    While going through some pictures, I found this picture of my parents with Carl Stohn, Jr. (far right) a man who should be a Chicago legend. Sadly, he is not. This blog post is my feeble attempt to write something about this great man who I remember fondly. Carl Stohn, Jr. was born in Canada but moved to Chicago sometime before 1950. When my father first introduced me to Mr. Stone, I was a young girl, probably around 1968. For the next 10 years I would meet with and talk to Mr. Stohn. My father ran a business that provided seminars (and an annual conference) to electronic engineers. The seminars lasted a week and were arranged by my father four times a year. When my father moved his offices from Wabash Avenue in downtown Chicago to the suburb of Oak Brook, he began hosting the seminars at Pheasant Run Inn located in St. Charles, Illinois. It was here my father met Carl Stohn, Jr. who produced and directed plays at the theater in Pheasant Run. The theater was a new concept - dinner theater. During his career in Chicago, he directed many of the great screen legends in popular plays of the day.
    By 1950 he was already a well known producer and at that time also acted. During this time he produced plays for the only winter stock company outside of the New York area. When Carl Stohn joined forces with Tony DeSantis to produce and direct plays at Drury Lane Theater in Evergreen Park, the concept of dinner theater was new. Mr. Stohn was an innovator in the industry. When Pheasant Run opened their dinner theater they recruited Carl Stohn to produce and direct their plays. He had a reputation in the industry and was able to attract many big name stars to perform in his plays. Pheasant Run Dinner Theater was set up like a restaurant on multiple levels with a stage in the front. Patrons would enjoy a full course meal followed by good entertainment. He was well spoken, witty and a very sharp dresser. He was a class act. He also liked a bit of flash and always wore stunning jeweled cuff links and several diamond rings.
    On August 21, 1980 Carl Stohn, Jr. was brutally assaulted, mugged and shot in the head. Several south side gang members were put on trial for his murder. It is ironic his death occurred around the same time as the decline in popularity of dinner theater. Although he seems to have been forgotten by most, I will always remember him.






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              Nasdaq Composite Scores Its Best Day of 2017   

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              The 10 Best S&P 500 Stocks Through 2017’s First Half   

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              Why Paychex, Inc. (PAYX), Ezcorp Inc (EZPW) and Government Properties Income Trust (GOV) Are 3 of Today’s Worst Stocks   

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    Government Properties Income Trust (GOV), Paychex (PAYX) and Ezcorp (EZPW) were all taken out behind the woodshed on this week's hump-day.

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              3 Bank Stocks Ready to Roll Higher   

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              Rite Aid Corporation (RAD) Stock and the Folly of Calling a Bottom   

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    The longer Rite Aid goes without a Walgreens buyout, the further RAD stock falls. And, it may not even have hit rock bottom, yet.

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              7 New Movies Coming to Theaters in July 2017   

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    There are only 7 new movies coming to theaters from major studios in July, including a superhero movie that hopes to overtake 'Wonder Woman.'

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              8 Stocks to Sell for July   

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    Put these tickers on your list of stocks to sell sooner than later. Each one of them faces a difficult hurdle ahead that could trip things up in July.

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              3 Beer Stocks to Buy, 3 to Pour Out   

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    As consumer interest in locally produced ale gets frothier, craft brewers have benefited. Here are which beer stocks can ride the trend.

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              New on Netflix in July 2017: 20 New Netflix Movies   

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    What's new on Netflix in July? Here are 20 titles you should be aware of for next month, including 'Titanic' and 'The Land Before Time.'

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              Illinois Tool Works Inc.’s Prospects Are Bright: Is It Time to Buy ITW Stock?   

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    We issued an updated research report on Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) on Jun 27, 2017. Here's where we stand on ITW stock...

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              Not All Energy Stocks Fall in Conjunction With Oil Prices   

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              Will Oil Prices Spoil Tesla Inc’s (TSLA) Model 3 Party?   

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    TSLA stock has cruised for months to all-time highs, but some fear that oil's lack of momentum could cramp Tesla's upcoming EV launch.

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              I'm So Behind - Heath Forgive Me!!   
    So apparently I can't have a new job and blog on time.

    Incidentally I've found out that I can't have a new job and keep my house clean either.

    Or keep my fridge stocked with food.

    Or do the laundry.

    So, I can have a job.

    And that's it.

    But for you, for the few of you who faithfully follow this tiny blog I will post the few sad pictures I have of this week's cupcake.

    The first picture looks completely different than the second one for a number of reasons.

    They are:

    1. As mentioned above, this week has been kind of out of control in the "getting things done" arena and the cupcakes were no exception. Thus, I was making cupcakes at 10 pm on Wednesday night. And I am a 'get in bed at 9 pm' kind of girl. Rough!

    2. Due to the late hour I didn't have time to wait for my coffee to cool to make mocha frosting out of chocolate frosting. And I don't know if you know, but let me be the first to tell you that pouring warm coffee into butter cream frosting will make soft, sloppy frosting. DELICIOUS frosting, but sloppy nonetheless. And sloppy frosting doesn't pipe well. Duh.

    3. So, the cupcakes that went to work with Mr. Kate's BakeShop were spread on. The one's that went to work with me were piped...at 7 am on Thursday morning...15 minutes before I had to walk out the door. I like to live on the edge.

    Ok, so really that was just ONE reason, broken down into three paragraphs. Clearly I'm delusional. I haven't had dinner. I can't be held responsible for the things I say or type.

    Alright, enough messing around, here's what you came here for.

    From my phone...not as impressive as the hubby's fancy schmancy phone. But the cupcake is much prettier!

    Hubby's phone...not quite like a real camera...but close...someday.

    Ok, we're late for dinner with friends. Let me just break this down for you.

    Mocha Toffee Cupcake
    Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate cupcake, filled with a mocha whipped cream, topped with chocolate butter cream, sprinkled with crushed toffee bits.

    Oh yeah, I'm not making that up. There's booze in that cupcake. And it was SO good! The cupcake wasn't bad either. :)

    Happy Valentine's Day everyone. I have some heart day cuppies to make this weekend. I'll try to snap some pics and post them before next week.

    And I'll work on a new poll. Still not sure what the choices will be.

    Any suggestions??
              Walmart seeks new products amid online battle with Amazon   
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              How the Student Loan Industry Is Helping Trump Destroy American Democracy   
    Student loan servicers are engaged in economic terrorism, and DeVos is only making it worse.

    Most of the discussion about student debt in the United States has centered on its excessiveness, the negative impact it has on home-buying for the next generation, various refinancing schemes, and (for the grossly uninformed) how borrowers simply need to “pay what they owe.” However, the untold story of student loan debt in the United States is that it is being used as a form of economic terrorism designed not only to redistribute wealth from everyday Americans to the elite, but to undermine and degrade American democracy as a whole.

    Up until her confirmation as Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos had financial ties to a large student loan servicer in contract negotiations with the Department of Education. PRWatch reported in January that one of the firms DeVos divested from, LMF WF Portfolio, helped finance a $147 million loan to a student debt collection agency called Performant, which had more than 346 complaints brought against it with the Better Business Bureau. The student loan industry is said to be worth $1.3 trillion in total debt owed according to Forbes. While some might chalk this up to successful business management, it’s important to evaluate just exactly how the student loan industry works.

    Contrary to what most students believe, many loans supposedly from the U.S. Department of Education are actually owned by big private banks. This acquisition of federal student loans by big banks was first introduced by the Federal Reserve in November of 2008, in which student loans, along with other forms of debt, are bundled and re-sold to banks as asset-backed securities (ABS). A few months later, with the blessing of former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, this program was dramatically expanded to include more than $1 trillion in collateralized debt. This means that for many borrowers, they're being jerked around by private loans deliberately dressed up in U.S. Department of Education attire.

    Student Loan Servicers Are Engaging in Economic Terrorism

    In a lecture delivered at Carleton University in Ottawa 2011, famed MIT professor and linguist Noam Chomsky argued that the American student debt system fosters fear and insecurity among people who, burdened by financial stress, anxious for their jobs or stuck in low-paying jobs, are afraid to question or challenge the system.

    "When you trap people in a system of debt, they can't afford the time to think," Chomsky said.

    One indebted borrower, Denise, whose fiancee, Kevin, spoke to AlterNet on condition of anonymity, is living proof of the dilemma Chomsky presented.

    "I’ve wanted to marry Denise for years now," Kevin said. "But after seeing what she’s been put through with these student loan companies, I honestly don't want to risk having a bunch of crooks stealing my paycheck or my tax refund."

    According to Kevin, the student debt Denise acquired for four years of higher education totaled approximately $35,000. Under the management of student loan servicer Navient (which broke off from Sallie Mae), her student loan debt quickly swelled to more than $75,000 in less than 10 years following her graduation from the University of Arizona. According to Kevin, loan fees and high interest rates quickly snowballed as a penalty for Denise not having enough money. (Multiple requests to reach Navient executives by phone or email were not returned.)

    “The monthly payment they demanded was three times what Denise paid for her rent. She would send what she could afford, but it would end up being a fraction of the penalty fee they’d add to her loan balance for not having enough money to pay. They would then charge her interest on the penalty fee as though it were money she actually received for school," Kevin said.

    Kevin’s account of what happened to Denise could be happening to millions of other distressed borrowers. A March 20 report from Bloomberg detailed how Secretary DeVos is now green-lighting punishing new fees on student borrowers even if they agree to make good on their outstanding debt. In a memo to the student loan industry, DeVos’ agency is allowing companies to charge struggling borrowers as much as 16 percent more of a debtor’s total loan balance in additional fees.

    “It’s a con game that caused Denise so much stress that it began affecting her health and even made her fantasize about taking her own life as a means of getting out from crippling debt,” Kevin said. “These companies use the authority of the government to extort money from people who took out loans they thought were from the government and not just some crooked bank.”

    In some instances, the tax refunds Denise counted on each year would be confiscated as penalty for not having enough money to pay her loans. According to Kevin, Denise earned a social sciences degree with the specific intent of pursuing a career that involved helping people and supporting positive change in society.

    “Instead of doing that good work, she was forced to cling to whatever low-wage position she could find,” Kevin continued. “Even after I used my savings to help pay off the remainder of her student debt, the loan servicer, Navient, kept refusing to credit her account for the payment and continues to damage her credit.”

    “It has taken such a huge toll on us,” he added. "I guess now we’ll have to gather more money to file a lawsuit to get them to acknowledge that they received payment in full. In the meantime, they can still take her tax refunds even though she doesn’t owe them money anymore.”

    “This should be criminal. They’re just awful, awful human beings,” Kevin said.

    Ironically, the Federal Student Loan Program was intended to make higher education affordable for students and families who lack the ability to pursue higher education without funding support. With the insertion of predatory banks and student loan shark servicer companies like Navient, Strada Education Network (formerly known as USA Funds), and others, the soul of the Federal Student Loan Program has shifted from that of opportunity and advancement to profit and subjugation.

    Recently, Secretary DeVos announced that the Public Service Loan Forgiveness agreements the Department of Education made with borrowers who agreed to work in the public service field for at least 10 years might not be honored. The New York Times reported in March that students who signed up when the program began in 2007 may now be on the hook for those loans after all. A recent legal filing from the Department of Education argues that FedLoan Servicing's approval letters for the loan forgiveness program are non-binding and can be rescinded at any time.

    This means borrowers, who chose professions in public service that are routinely paid less than those with jobs in other sectors, could now not only have forgone a much higher salary for over a decade, but could also find themselves on the hook for loans that the Department of Education agreed to forgive in exchange for their service.

    Denise is not alone—the New York Fed reported earlier this year that 44 percent of student loan borrowers are underemployed. This means seemingly benign decisions when it comes to student loan policy ensure that a vast net of stress, fear, and insecurity is cast upon an entire generation. The lasting impact will, by default, stifle and root out any inclinations of challenge to the current political and economic system. In this way, the student loan industry is suppressing resistance to societal change by poor Americans, ensuring that whatever steps are taken in the name of neoliberalism to tighten the corporate grip on American society will be met with little to no resistance.

    Who Has the Moral High Ground?

    President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget includes a provision requiring already cash-strapped student loan borrowers to pay higher monthly fees on income-based repayment plans. While there is no evidence showing how an increase in payment requirements is needed for an already grossly lucrative industry, the Trump budget prioritized steep cuts to Medicaid, Food Stamps, Social Security and Disability Insurance, while also raising monthly payments for student loan borrowers. The combination of these two policies is a crushing blow for underemployed student debtors.

    The Republican Party often campaigns on being the morally superior party based on its stance on issues like abortion and contraception. However, the student loan industry’s pillaging of the next generation of Americans has been met with deafening silence by the GOP. One would think that a majority in the House, the Senate and control of the White House would motivate the GOP to address an issue that affects 44 million Americans, but instead, Republicans choose to look the other way.

    Democrats aren't entirely blameless in the student loan debacle. While a recent effort to address the greed and usurious practices of the student loan industry was championed by progressives like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), Patty Murray (D-Washington) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin), other neoliberal Democrats like Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) have joined the GOP's morality farce by teaming up with the private sector to ransack public schools and gut teacher’s unions in the name of “school choice” and “teacher accountability.”

    If Republicans and Democrats alike hope to hold on to any credibility when it comes to ethics, they must take steps to address the student loan industry in favor of the hardworking Americans who put them in office, not their corporate masters.

     

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              Connect with Cleaning Pros via Housekeeper.com   


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              Saab - Managing the Ridiculous   
    (Originally aired Sept 1, 2011)

    From Saab’s web site today … quoted “Swade”...

    “Saab’s problem right now comes down to one thing and one thing only – a cash shortage. We didn’t have enough cash to meet obligations at one stage earlier this year and key suppliers made a decision that it was too big a risk for them to allow us to trade our way out of that situation. To win them back, we need to find the cash. Our fault. Our task to fix. We are working on it flat-out.”

    It’s unbelievable, the propaganda Saab expenses on what is truly nothing but their own fault.

    “Saab’s problem right now comes down to one thing and one thing only – a cash shortage."

    Let’s explore Swade's comment. In the US, I estimate Saab has been burning around $35 Million per month since February 2010. In it's arrogance Muller’s team took the position “if we build - they will come.”

    From a base line 250 sales per month, Saab began pushing unrealistic sales objectives to its dealers at the “burning gas” pace of 1500 per month. Targets not achieved, Saab's leadership team encouraged dealers report “service loaner” sales each quarter end.

    Note: Service loaners are nothing but phony sales to the manufacturer (and press). Dealer takes a car in stock, reports the car to the factory as a service loaner sale, then parks the car in his back lot. Because the car was reported to the factory as a delivery the car's warranty begins. Its estimated that in CY2010 Saab reported more than 40% service loaner sales and the press reported these sales as +++% over last year.

    What makes these actions so ridiculous is that factory executives forget about these phony sales and start telling dealers “we are gaining sales momentum over last year.”

    Even more ridiculous ...Sweden doesn’t have a clue…they believe “wow US sales are kicking ass so lets build and ship more cars” when in fact dealers are parking the cars in back lots unsold.

    The public, and most of the press, have no clue how sales are manipulated.

    In any regard, Saab was reporting sales but NOT finding end users to drive them. This nonsense goes on most of CY2010. Inventories build at dealers and ports (bi-products sit unsold to this day).

    Some other significant achievements during CY2010 and early 2011 …

    The 2010 9-3 Convertibles built in CY2009 (missing trim items) are delivered to dealers in March 2010 (without proper marketing support most sit unsold for almost a year).

    The 9-3 XWD Combi (wagon) is launched unsold with no ad support or promotions.

    The first 2010 9-5 Aeros are delivered to dealers with no sunroof and are basically "tryout" models without proper finishing and options (missing remote start, plastic trim has no grain, priced over $53,000). You can find these service loaner cars on Ebay tonight for $39,000 - unsold.

    The first 2011 9-5 2.0 Liter FWD cars land, $10,000 higher than the car it replaced. And as of today is a complete failure.

    And this nonsense is just related to car sales.

    Let’s not discuss:

    Lack of brand awareness
    Lack of brand positioning
    Lack of any logic in product offers
    Lack of any showroom dynamics
    Lack of Tier 1, 2 and 3 advertising
    Lack of anyone knowing what “bi fuel” stands for
    Lack of promotions and competitive position
    Lack of corporate communications to owners
    Lack of profitable dealers

    But according to Swade ….Saab’s “only” problem is a lack of cash. In the early months Saab indeed had tons of CASH.

    Saab executives failed to ask the most significant question..

    What is it we are doing and why?

    Saab never had an honest business plan, and no one had the ambition to tell Victor Muller.. “the plan you have.. well sir it’s not a very good one and here is why.”

    Note: There was one very bright exception.. however he only lasted a few months and moved on to a German brand.

    More CASH Swade? How ridiculous.


              WTBQ - "Our Town" Morning Show   
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    October 13, 2009

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    And now the wall street automotive report sponsored by Country Saab of Orange County

    What’s in a number? Well if you’re in the auto industry… numbers (after great products) are really all you have..

    Over the next few weeks, Ford Motor Company will announce its 3rd quarter results … and guess what ..

    Ford’s numbers will be very strong.

    That’s because a few years ago.. Ford’s great grandson hired Alain Mulany as his CEO and unlike many CEO’s on Wall Street; Mr. Mulany did exactly what Chief Executives are paid to do…

    Improve the numbers.

    And he’s just getting started…

    In the past investors talked of “blue chip” stocks, however today you would be hard pressed to find any formal definition..

    So please let me provide one.

    Blue Chip..

    Defined within a Big Blue Oval,

    Called Ford Motor Company.

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              Three Reasons, Three Nos   
    The following is the audio transcript from “Wall Street Automotive” – WTBQ - NY Radio 1110AM / 99.1 FM – show dated December 13, 2008.

    Following a debate on loan guarantees for the big three:

    VO: Robb

    “As we all remember, in 1979-1980, Chrysler requested $1.5 billion in Federal loan guarantees. The structure of these Federal loan guarantees was underscored to provide "Chapter 11" type restructuring opportunities without its filling. [there was strings attached] Congress required Chrysler to obtain private financing for the $1.5 billion they were seeking (the government was co-signing the note, not printing the money) and Chrysler was also required to obtain another $2 billion in "commitments or concessions" for the financing of its operations. In essence most of Chrysler’s suppliers, union workers and contractors were forced to re-negotiate with Chrysler in order to assure their own viability. Some of Chrysler's suppliers accepted ten cents on each dollar rather than to loose Chrysler as a client.

    Lee Iacocca stated openly "equality of sacrifice" and most Americans bought into his sales-man-ship, after all Mr. Iacocca spoke not of a pending doom, rather he talked to the opportunities to lead and how each and every American can participate in his turn-around. The loan was paid, the K-Car and the Mini-Van was created and Chrysler was on a roll again and Mr. Iacocca was an American hero.

    Today (concerning) Chrysler

    81% of Chrysler is owned by Cerberus Capital LLC, a privately owned company with over 100 billion dollars in assets. If you go to Cerberus' web page and read their mission statement its clear they are experts in turning under performing companies around, this is what they do, this is why they purchased Chrysler in the first place. It’s clear from Congressional hearings Chrysler's CEO Bob Nardelli has made no effort to tap into Cerberus capital quoting “loaning money to Chrysler would represent a conflict of interest with other Cerberus investments”.

    Back in July 2008, when the price of oil started to escalate, Chrysler had over 71% of its production focused on trucks and SUV type vehicles, Chrysler's only objective was to make fast money, paying less attention to customer driven products, quality and its own future.

    Giving Chrysler federal government money without the parent company participating, flat out no.

    (concerning) General Motors:

    This is easier, let’s just outline the following brands: Pontiac, Buick, Saturn, Hummer, and GMC. GM may be illustrating different brands representing different social milieus, however the truth is GM’s real reasons for its many brands was focused on the rewards of critical mass, shared platforms, common components - looking ahead only to increase its operating margins. GM’s critical mass approach became obvious to most consumers back in the mid 1970's and became chronic in the 1990's as overlapping carlines between its brands became more and more obvious.

    Sometime during the early 2000's GM tried to turn this around, however most consumers simply got tired of waiting and found Honda's, Toyota's and other Asian brands most welcome to fill their automotive needs.

    The loss of consumer brand loyalty between GM's divisions was rapid, and continues to this day.

    Giving General Motors federal government money without a clean sheet business plan, flat out no.

    (concerning) Ford Motor Company:

    Without going into too much detail here, I have the most faith in Alan Mulally, an outsider to the auto industry. Ford has capital today only because it borrowed some money last year. Ford is a smaller "ocean liner" in the automotive sea and can maneuver faster even during these turbulent times.

    Ford appears stronger; however their appearance is more about their financial condition rather than their products or consumer demand. So short term Ford looks like it has some viability, however the next 24 months future car launches will prove their real strength. The most successful, efficient and modern automotive assembly plant is owned by Ford in Brazil, look for this trend to continue.

    Additionally, I anticipate Ford will sell Volvo within 60 days, this will raise $3 - $4 billion dollars to the balance sheet, at the same time anticipate a more robust common stock as well, as GM share holders flee to more stable ownerships.

    Giving Ford federal government money when they haven't really asked for it, flat out no.

    So there it is, three reasons, three nos.

    Without loans anticipate Chrysler being the first to go Chapter 11, Cerberus shows least sincerity and care and Bob Nardelli (the same person that almost drove Home-depot to the ground) is (in my opinion) a terrible leader.

    GM will survive - Chevy is GM's Honda if managed properly. GM will be smaller, leaner, more global than ever before, it may take some time and some relocation of assembly plants, but I'm confident GM will be around for another 100 years.

    As discussed Ford appears to have already taken some measures on a turn around, suppliers and UAW negotiations will hang on Chrysler and GM's fate”.
              The Fool On The Hill   
    Twenty four hour news formats have most people believing the reason for higher gas prices is due to rising global demands of crude oil and American’s dependence of imported oil – especially from OPEC nations.

    Demand for fuel in China is the best smoke-screen. It’s easy to visualize masses of people on bicycles now driving Cadillac’s with 2 car garages – thus Americans can conclude “it’s out of our control” so just pay the price.

    For those just awaking ….there is a small square bock of real estate in Manhattan called Wall Street, the buildings there (and in similar markets throughout the globe especailly London); control the world’s financial conditions good, bad or indifferent.

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    The Street invests
    The Street controls

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    Over the past 25 years the price of oil and the price of a gallon of gas were paired, both rising, but matched in even parallels. Since 2002 the price of oil disconnected itself from the price of gas like a run-a-way train, the spread is alarming, if it were a cardiogram the patient would have already died.

    Index Speculators claimed their territory post September 11, fueled by Institutional Investors, Mutual funds and University endowments… Index Speculators have become as critical to world oil markets as China, both place equal amounts of pressures to continue the rise in oil prices. The key difference is Index Speculators buy “oil indexes” and China buys the “actual commodity”.

    As more Oil Index Speculators…”speculate”… the sheer mass of long positions assure higher prices.. the unsupervised frenzy feeds itself.

    Could the oil bubble burst? Possibly.. however traditional supply and demand models are paralyzed – eight fold price increases in any commodity over an 8 year period doesn’t increase demand it reduces it (yes even with China consuming more oil). Thus increasing oil production won’t work because we already have an oil surplus.

    The only remedy is to eliminate Index Speculation on all commodities. Without Index Speculation investor risk is tied into an obligation to cover short positions by buying the actual commodity, thus placing the focus on real supply and demand swings. Till then Index Speculators remain the core reason Oil and Food prices continue to increase.

    The fool on the hill sits alone but has the ability to see the big picture.
              "Straight Ahead" and other Fairy Tails   
    I'm a firm believer in history and trends.

    In the 60’s people woke up, drank coffee, bought a local newspaper, went to work, came home, watched some TV and went to bed.

    In 2008 people still wake up, click on e-mail, check cell phone messages, watch MSNBC, buy coffee, watch Ipod casts, go to work, log onto news formats, search Google, drive home viewing NAV systems, check e-mail, check cell phone messages, watch a reality show, take one more peek at e-mail and get to bed.

    Yes information is king and if we believe bad news sells, then 24 hour news formats can be a windfall.

    The most simplified definition of Economics pivots on attitude.

    Believe times are bad you hold back.
    Believe times are good you spend.

    A recession vaulted soon after 9/11 and for really good emotional reasons.

    By November 2001 GM launched zero percent, Chrysler and Ford jumped in, and the Federal Reserve Bank participated as well. Within 10 months 24 hour news makers were forced to called it a "mild" recession because they lost the key battle and really hated to loose the powerful "recession" tag line.

    Now it’s January 08, 25 days after New Years, just 6 months since the Dow peaked at 14000... its cold, winter and election time.

    Twenty Four Hour news require sprints of “breaking news”, "this just in", “up next” and “later on” type leading formats to capture its viewer.

    How to fill the time?

    The revenue makers are played out, Hurricane's, The Iraq war, Bush bashing, the election and Britney Spears, even the award winning named "Jenna 6" failed to launch.

    What's a 24 hour news format to do????

    Reach for the "fire box" of news stories, the always reliable, hard hitting "Household survey":

    Question:
    “Now that we are in a recession and the stock market is tumbling do you plan to spend your money?”

    Household answer:
    "No"

    With glee CNN reporter Kelly Lookingood (who majored in art and fashion design) reports:

    “The latest consumer survey is in and it’s a lot worse than I already predicted… 100 households surveyed if they plan to spend money this year and the answer was Absolutely NOT. All agreed that the stock market is tumbling and we are indeed in a recession”.

    With a sudden 3/4 drop our new Fed Chairman proves he has an eye for news. Detroit sees it as just another January, their 16 inch incentive guns sit idle but not without ammunition.
              Trading Made Simple   
    Dateline December 21, 2007, masses of automotive incentive forces have been taken back to the boarders, reduced production is planned. “We will not fight” acclaim Automotive Executives. Analysts are quick to publish reports on a more mature, financially driven industry, using buzz words like “market driven”, "ordered pipelines" and “Value Priced Products”.

    But wait this is December.

    ----------

    For those new to how automotive companies plan their calendar year, allow me to illustrate each month – along with the appropriate stock order.

    Jan. - Buy
    The big picture always begins at the Detroit Auto Show, where Automotive CEO’s from all corners of the globe project the promise of new markets, new segments and new profits. Most (if asked) underestimate first quarter forecasts. Keeping in mind this is Detroit and the month is January, most agree and go home, finding frozen inventories and little revenue.

    Feb. - Hold
    Ok a little push back from Wall Street on poor January results, no need to over-react its still February. Dealer meeting frenzy time - present confidential plans for a March close out – push new orders now, with the promise of increased incentive spending sometime around (pick a date).

    Mar. - Sell
    Hoping no CFO will notice, quietly borrow from fourth quarter incentive budgets and launch a March close out blitz, off-set spendings with increased wholesale gains and surprise Wall Street with a stronger than anticipated first quarter result.

    Apr. - Buy
    Follow January (different auto show / same story)

    May - Hold
    Follow February

    June - Sell
    Follow March

    July – Buy
    Similar to April

    Aug. – Hold
    Similar to May

    Sep. – Sell
    Yes it's June again

    Oct. – BUY
    New model launch.

    Nov. – Hold
    Short month - no one pays attention.

    Dec. – SELL
    Ran out of money, talk advertising / first quarter plans.

    Ok now you know the secret – you can send me the commissions.

    Happy Holidays.

    Editor.
              A New Deal   
    Last week, Automotive Stock Analysts down-graded the outlook for Publicly Traded Dealer Stocks (i.e., Auto Nation, Asbury, Group 1) explaining that both the economy and auto sales were going to decline in 2008.

    Wall Street analysts were indeed right about short siding Publicly Traded Dealer Stocks (“Publics”), however for the wrong reasons. Sure it’s the economy that fuels the appetite for car sales, but for Publics, sheer sales increases can’t save an overall defunct business model.

    If you view Publics in similar way you view (and invest in) large “box” retailers you will find three key differences:

    1. Publics can't receive discounts for large stock orders.
    2. Publics are restricted to sell only one brand per facility.
    3. Publics can't profit from the sale of their new products.

    Think about it, Wal Mart can buy 50,000 tubes of tooth paste for one quarter of the cost to your local drug store and then profit off any brand a consumer chooses, all displayed on the same shelf.

    In automotive retailing, a dealer who sells five cars a month buys products for the same price as a dealer who sells 100 cars per month. Publics become large by committing to exclusive brand offerings (especially in expensive major markets) and then report significant losses in their new car departments. Sure there are exceptions, but unless everyone drives Toyota, Honda, BMW and Lexus brands the retailing business model will remain seriously flawed.

    The only "real" value Publics have is real estate. Steer clear of Publics who pay more rent than mortgage (thus funneling rents to separate LLC’s - more of this at a later time).

    The future of automotive retailing does indeed belong to big investors and CEO’s with vision and leadership (common traits of most Publics today). However only those Publics strong enough to lobby changes in franchise laws and distribution policies will prevail. Imagine IKIA sized retail facilities where customers can view products and services in the same way one clicks onto the Internet.

    If you must sell Publics, sell because the business model is as out of date as the leaf springs I saw today on the new Hummer H3.
              BIH: Resumption Confirmed   
    Birmingham International Holdings have confirmed in an announcement to the stock exchange that trading in shares in the company will resume trading at 9am on Monday morning.
              BIH: The Home Straight   
    It's now just eleven days before the scheduled date for the resumption of trading in shares in Birmingham International Holdings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange - and with it the completion of the takeover of the company by Trillion Trophy Asia.
              Verktøy: Mobilverktøy til gjør det selv-folk   
    Teaser FEM imponerende verktøy til mobilen

    Ryobi har lansert de første mobilverktøyene til gjør det selv-folk. Vi har testet de fem enhetene, som imponerer i samspill med telefonens muligheter.

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              PROMO TOUR FOR UNEXPECTED GIFTS   



    UNEXPECTED GIFTS
    by S.R. Mallery

    Genre: Historical Romantic Fiction with Family Saga elements



    A TRUE AMERICAN FAMILY SAGA: Can we learn from our ancestors? Do our relatives’ behaviors help shape our own?

    In "Unexpected Gifts" that is precisely what happens to Sonia, a confused college student, heading for addictions and forever choosing the wrong man. Searching for answers, she begins to read her family’s diaries and journals from America’s past: the Vietnam War, Woodstock, and Timothy Leary era; Tupperware parties, McCarthyism, and Black Power; the Great Depression, dance marathons, and Eleanor Roosevelt; the immigrant experience and the Suffragists. Back and forth the book journeys, linking yesteryear with modern life until finally, by understanding her ancestors' hardships and faults, she gains enough clarity to make some right choices.


    SONIA’S paraplegic Father --CHAPTER 2: Sam––Living With Fear

    “First thing I killed was no kind of thing at all. It was an enemy
    soldier, which was a hell of a lot easier to say than the first thing I ever killed was a man.”
    --Steve Mason

    “...Nearing the village, we passed women in their beige tunics, black pants, and Sampan hats, shouldering thick bamboo rods weighted down by buckets of water. Most kept their heads lowered as they walked, but the few who didn’t, stared up at us with dead, black-brown eyes and pressed lips. The afternoon was drawing to a close by the time we reached a village compound that reeked of nuoc maum rotten fish sauce and animal dung. An old, leathery woman, squatting by her hooch was our welcoming committee, but once she saw us shuffle by, she scurried back into her hut, clacking loudly in Vietnamese as chickens pecked at rice granules, bobbing their heads up and down in 2/4 time.

    Carbini cut to the chase. “First, pull every one of those gooks outta their hooches, then line them up here,” he barked.

    I watched my troop comb each thatched home, rounding up families of all ages and herding them out into the open like a cattle drive in Oklahoma. I, too, started the mission and stooping into one of the huts, saw a young woman sitting on a straw mat, eating some rice in a black bowl, a young child at her side.

    She was exquisite—the best possible combination of French and Chinese ancestry, with such delicate features, she made my heart ache. My immediate instincts were to protect her and her son from Carbini and this horrendous war, but she just gazed up at me, emotionless.

    I could hear Carbini yelling orders to get a move-on, and I signaled this girl, this treasure, to follow me. She shook her head vehemently, and curled her legs around her son. I motioned again, but still, she refused. I froze, unable to think, but when Carbini popped his head in the doorway and snarled, “Weylan!” she got the message and followed me out.

    Whimpering slightly, she joined her fellow villagers, gripping her child’s hand and wiping off a tear that had slid halfway down her cheek. I suddenly pictured slave owners in pre-Civil War days and felt my lunch rise up in my throat.

    “Now, get your Zippos ready, men.” As Carbini’s face flushed red, I sucked in my breath. He caught sight of my reaction and came over. “Weylan here doesn’t like my orders. Anyone else here who doesn’t like my orders?” Nobody spoke up.

    He opened up one of my backpack pockets, yanked out my Zippo lighter, and shoved it into my face. Immediately, you could hear the snap of pockets opening and boots shifting. We were getting ready to Rock ‘n Roll.

    Carbini was first. He marched over to a hooch, flipped on his Zippo, and carefully lit the underbelly of its thatched roof. It smoldered for a few seconds, a thin, rising wisp of smoke twisting in the tropical air. From that, a flame grew, nibbling at the straw with a low, blue heat before suddenly bursting into a torch, arcing up towards the sky in a yellow-hot blaze.

    Carbini turned to us and nodded, his eyes glazed. This was our cue, yet I spun around to search for the girl, who was at the back of the pack, crying softly as she hugged her son. I glanced over at some of the other men, their hands jammed deep into their pockets, and decided to follow their lead. The fire was raging full force on each hooch now, the thatch and bamboo crackling like a 4th of July fireworks display, leaving its reflections in the villagers’ eyes and turning the sky dark with thick, bulbous smoke.




    S.R. Mallery, Gold Medalist winner of the 2016 READER'S FAVORITE Book Awards for Anthologies, has been labeled nothing short of 'eclectic'. She has been a singer, a calligrapher, a quilt designer, and an ESL teacher. As a writer, History is her focus and is woven into her stories with a delicate thread. When people talk about the news of the day, or listen to music, Sarah's imagination likens the story to a similar kind of news in the past and is conjuring up scenes between characters she has yet to meet.

     Interested in learning more about S.R.'s love for history. Visit her website and travel through her passions of the past.


              6 Benefits Of Eating Dates For Your Skin, Hair and Health   

    You know it’s Ramadhan when you start hearing those ‘Yusuf Taiyoob‘ ads in the radios. This time of the month dates are going to be big in stock and you...

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              Comment on Baterai Double Power Asus Zenfone Selfie/Laser 5800mah by Danang Sagita Putra   
    Kak stock batreinya masih ada apa tidak?
              Resilienz und Life-Balance    
    Wie kann ich meine innere Widerstandskraft aufbauen und nutzen, um zu einer neuen Lebensqualität zu kommen? Die Resilienz (Widerstandskraft) ist das Fundament, auf dem die einzelnen Lebensfelder Stockwerk für Stockwerk aufgebaut sind. Wann bewohne ich wielange ein einzelnes Stockwerk? Wann räume ich ein Stockwerk auf? Wann modernisiere ich ein Stockwerk? Wann wechsle ich ein Stockwerk? Wann muss ich mal wieder das Fundament stärken?
    Der von mir entwickelte Ansatz "Das LebensHAUS" fügt die Themen Resilienz und Life-Balance zusammen. Er beschreibt recht einfach, welche Faktoren notwendig sind und in welchem Zusammenhang, um ein selbstbestimmtes und zufriedenes Leben führen zu können.

    Schaubild "Das LebensHAUS"

              Pioneer Woman...and Cowboy Josh!   
    WE INTERRUPT THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED 'Disney Fever Thursday' to PRESENT...
    "I MET THE PIONEER WOMAN and COWBOY JOSH!"
    Hallelujiah!
    I have been reading the Pioneer Woman's website for....mmmm.... 4.5 years I think? LOVE HER. I really think we'd be the best of friends if she knew who I was!
    Well, TODAY, she finally did a book signing here in Wichita. Her second cookbook just came out! (Her first one sits on my counter 24/7, I use it a lot!).
    We packed into this random venue like sardines. She came out and did a presentation for about 45 minutes. She was adorable and funny and claiming to be totally nervous.
    My favorite slide from her presentation:
    Which she followed up by saying "other than that, it was a year of bliss!" ---hahahah {she got pregnant on their honeymoon. yikes}
    After that, they called ticket numbers 25 at a time to line up to get your book(s) signed. I was number 106. It actually went pretty fast, which is good because I was so hungry I was looking in my purse for fruit snacks or purse candy or some kind of sustenance.
    {We were at a cookbook signing...dude...where were the samples?!}
    When we got to the table, I had a little gift for Ree. I wanted to do something fun and sweet.
    I thought about baking her something. Then worried she might be one of those people that looks at food from strangers and thinks "what if they let their cat lick the spoon?"
    I was going to make her some flower magnets from some pics I did recently (and complete my friend Kristen's at the same time).... but I didn't think of it in time to get it done.
    I was going to find a cute subway art printable and print that for her.... ran out of colored ink.
    So instead I made her this 5x7 black and white subway art. I can't post the actual file because apparently I saved it as a PDF instead of a jpg...but it's a subway art of all her book tour stops. Printed on cream cardstock as a 5x7.
    Gave it to her with a little card. And because it was so quick and chaotic, I accidentally handed her this sign and she went to put it all in her purse. I said 'oops! Wait! Let me see that piece of paper!" and then had her take a pic of it for my Aunt Debbie.
    I was kind of a spaz. Really I just wanted to sit and chat with her, ya know?
    Before I knew it, she was on to the next group. Never fear though. Cowboy Josh was in the hallway.
    I have to tell you, that is one adorably flirty cowboy.
    Tonight was almost as exciting as the night this past July when I touched two Backstreet Boys. (which...I just discovered...I never blogged about?!? What?!?!)
    Thanks for coming to Wichita, Ree!!! I'll just keep an eye out for my ranch invite next :)

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              2012 Snowboard Gear   

     

    GoPro Cameras Now in Stock

    GoPro cameras give athletes the ability to record their tricks, stunts and skills via helmet cameras, chest mounts and handlebar mounts. The-House.com has all the cameras and accessories in stock now!

    My friends in the TV and Film business use these for their shoots and say they work better than some of the more expensive cameras they use. They are tough and don't break easily, they also give you steady video. They are quite amazing.


              Stocks Under $10 Weekly Summary   
    We exited 2 positions and took some profits during a busy week for the portfolio.
              Stocks Under $10 Weekly Summary   
    We initiated a new position and made several other trades during a week of twists and turns.
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    We initiated 2 new positions in a week dominated by political events.
              Why We Are Adding AXT Inc.   
    The proliferation of connected devices will boost this stock.
              Dotschew neuer Trainer in Rostock    

    Pawel Dotschew ist neuer Trainer des Drittligisten Hansa Rostock.

    Der 51-Jährige erhält beim ehemaligen Bundesligisten einen Vertrag bis zum 30. Juni 2019.

    "Mit Pawel Dotschew haben wir einen sehr gut vernetzten Trainer mit großer Dritt- sowie Zweitligaerfahrung gewinnen können. Auf mehreren langjährigen Stationen hat er nachhaltige Arbeit geleistet", sagte Sportvorstand René Schneider.

    Dotschew passe perfekt ins Anforderungsprofil von Hansa, da ihm bereits zwei Mal der Aufstieg in die 2. Bundesliga gelang, betonte Schneider. Die Rückkehr ins Unterhaus ist auch das erklärte Ziel der Rostocker. Dotschew folgt auf Christian Brand, der aufgrund der aktuellen sportlichen Talfahrt am Samstag einen Spieltag vor Saisonende beurlaubt worden war. Rostock liegt in der Tabelle nur auf Rang 14.

    Dotschew: "Erwartungen sind sehr groß"

    "Mir wird großes Vertrauen geschenkt und ich weiß, dass die Erwartungen sehr groß sind. Aber das motiviert mich noch mehr, hier eine erfolgshungrige Mannschaft mit Siegermentalität zu formen, die jedes Spiel für sich entscheiden will. Dafür werde ich alles geben", sagte Dotschew.

    Beim Auswärtsspiel am Samstag (13.30 Uhr) in Chemnitz wird sich Dotschew ein erstes persönliches Bild von der Mannschaft machen und sich anschließend am Montag dem gesamten Team in Rostock vorstellen.

    Zuletzt war Dotschew im vergangenen Jahr mit Erzgebirge Aue aufgestiegen, ehe er im Februar zurücktrat. Der Deutsch-Bulgare war außerdem mehrere Spielzeiten Cheftrainer bei Rot-Weiß Erfurt, Preußen Münster und dem SC Paderborn, mit dem ihm 2005 ebenfalls der Zweitliga-Aufstieg gelang.


              Hansa Rostock entlässt Trainer Brand    

    Drittligist Hansa Rostock hat auf die sportliche Talfahrt reagiert und einen Spieltag vor Saisonende seinen Trainer Christian Brand beurlaubt.

    Die gemeinsame Entscheidung von Vorstand und Aufsichtsrat des langjährigen Erstligisten gab der Klub am Samstag nach dem 1:2 (0:1) gegen Rot-Weiß Erfurt bekannt. Zunächst werde nun der bisherige Co-Trainer Uwe Ehlers die Leitung der Mannschaft übernehmen.

    "Aufgrund der sportlichen Entwicklungen in der laufenden Saison und unterschiedlicher Auffassungen über die strategische sportliche Ausrichtung haben wir uns entschieden, die Zusammenarbeit zu beenden", sagte Hansa-Sportvorstand Rene Schneider: "Wir danken Christian Brand, der die Mannschaft Ende 2015 in einer schwierigen Situation übernommen und vor dem Abstieg bewahrt hat, für seine geleistete Arbeit."

    Hansa steht nach 37 Spieltagen nur auf dem 14. Rang der dritten Liga und reist am letzten Spieltag am kommenden Samstag noch zum Chemnitzer FC. Abstiegsgefahr besteht für die Rostocker nicht mehr.

    Ex-Hansa-Profi Brand hatte seinen Vertrag in Rostock erst im Januar bis 2019 verlängert. Allerdings soll sich der 44-Jährige durch einen umstrittenen Führungsstil innerhalb der Mannschaft zunehmend ins Abseits manövriert haben. Außerdem galt die Beziehung des Trainers mit Teilen des Vorstandes und des Aufsichtsrats als belastet.


              Aufstieg! Duisburg und Kiel feiern vorzeitig    

    Die Fans stürmten auf den Rasen, die Spieler ließen die Korken knallen: Die Traditionsvereine MSV Duisburg und Holstein Kiel feierten den Aufstieg in die 2. Bundesliga ausgelassen.

    Duisburg schaffte die sofortige Rückkehr durch ein überzeugendes 3:0 (1:0) bei Fortuna Köln, Kiel spielt nach einem 1:0 (1:0) bei Sonnenhof Großaspach erstmals seit 36 Jahren in der 2. Liga.

    "Es war eine intensive und harte Saison. Ich bin froh, dass wir es perfekt machen konnten. Es ist sehr emotional. Wir standen seit dem neunten Spieltag auf Platz eins", sagte MSV-Trainer Ilja Grujew nach den Toren von Andreas Wiegel (45.+1), Kingsley Onuegbu (72.) und Simon Brandstetter (90.). 

    Am Samstagabend feiern die Duisburger mit ihren Anhängern in der heimischen MSV-Arena, in der kommenden Woche wollen sie sich mit einem Sieg gegen den FSV Zwickau auch die Drittliga-Meisterschaft sichern. In der vergangenen Saison musste der MSV nach der Relegation gegen die Würzburger Kickers den bitteren Gang in Liga drei antreten. 

    DFL-Spitze gratuliert Zebras

    DFL-Präsident Reinhard Rauball und Geschäftsführer Christian Seifert gratulierten dem MSV Duisburg und Holstein Kiel zum Aufstieg. "Mit dem MSV Duisburg kehrt ein alter Bekannter nach nur einem Jahr in den Profifußball zurück. Die Mannschaft hat die Saison in der 3. Liga in der Favoritenrolle dominiert und den Aufstieg absolut verdient", sagte Rauball nach dem 3:0 (1:0)-Erfolg des MSV bei Fortuna Köln.

    Bei den Kielern kannte der Jubel ebenfalls keine Grenzen. "Das ist der absolute Wahnsinn. Ich bin unheimlich stolz auf alle. Heute ist Holstein-Tag. Jetzt wackeln die Wände", sagte Sportchef Ralf Becker. In Feierlaune war auch Kapitän Rafael Czichos: "Wir haben uns das über Jahre verdient, sind vor zwei Jahren noch knapp gescheitert. Die ganze Stadt hat sich das verdient. Es ist einfach ein geiler Tag."

    Marvin Ducksch (31.) schoss die seit elf Spielen ungeschlagene Mannschaft von Trainer Markus Anfang zum Sieg. Der deutsche Meister von 1912, der vor zwei Jahren in der Relegation gegen 1860 München ganz knapp den Aufstieg verpasst hatte, spielte zuletzt in der Saison 1980/81 in der 2. Liga. 

    Enges Rennen um Platz drei

    Hinter den Aufsteigern Duisburg und Kiel tobt der Kampf um Relegationsrang drei. Jahn Regensburg (60 Punkte) hat nach einem 3:2 (1:0) gegen den Chemnitzer FC die besten Karten. Benedikt Saller (31.), Kolja Pusch (75.) und Marc Lais (90.) erzielten die Treffer der Gastgeber, Danny Breitfelder (84.) und Tom Baumgart (85.) hatten in einer packenden Schlussphase zwischenzeitlich ausgeglichen.

    Der 1. FC Magdeburg (58) fiel derweil nach einem 2:2 (1:1) beim VfR Aalen auf Platz vier zurück. Christian Beck (9.) hatte Magdeburg zwar in Führung gebracht, Matthias Morys (29.) und Steffen Kienle (72.) drehten aber die Partie. Ahmed Waseem Razeek (77.) sicherte den Gästen wenigstens einen Punkt.

    Im Tabellenkeller hat der SC Paderborn (43) nach einem 1:0 (1:0) gegen Preußen Münster gute Chancen, den dritten Abstieg in Serie zu verhindern. Allerdings bleibt der Abstiegskampf spannend.

    Werder Bremen II (4:0 beim FSV Frankfurt) liegt nur einen Punkt hinter Paderborn auf dem ersten Abstiegsrang. Rot-Weiß Erfurt (44) hat nach einem 2:1 (1:0) bei Hansa Rostock den Klassenerhalt in eigener Hand. Als zweiter Absteiger nach Frankfurt steht der FSV Mainz 05 II nach einem 3:3 (1:2) beim Pokal-Viertelfinalisten Sportfreunde Lotte fest.


              Duisburg verpasst vorzeitigen Aufstieg    

    Der MSV Duisburg muss seine Aufstiegsfeier noch einmal verschieben. Am 36. Spieltag der 3. Liga reichte es für den Zweitliga-Absteiger nur zu einem 1:1 (0:0) gegen Sportfreunde Lotte, sodass die direkte Rückkehr in das Unterhaus noch nicht in trockenen Tüchern ist und zudem auch die Meisterschaft in Gefahr gerät.

    Denn durch ein 2:1 (2:0) gegen Hansa Rostock verkürzte Verfolger Holstein Kiel zwei Spieltage vor Saisonende den Rückstand auf die Zebras auf einen Punkt. 

    Platz drei behauptete der 1. FC Magdeburg durch ein 0:0 gegen FSV Frankfurt. Punktgleich mit Magdeburg (57) belegt Jahn Regensburg, das bereits am Freitag Rot-Weiß Erfurt 4:1 (2:1) bezwungen hatte, auf Platz vier.

    Rückschlag für Paderborn 

    Im Abstiegskampf musste Absteiger SC Paderborn unter seinem neuen Trainer Steffen Baumgart einen weiteren Dämpfer hinnehmen. Der ehemalige Bundesligist kam gegen den FSV Zwickau zu einem 1:1 (0:0) und muss mit nur 40 Punkten nach wie vor fürchten, in die Regionalliga durchgereicht zu werden.

    Werder Bremen II, das am Freitag 1:1 (1:1) gegen den Halleschen FC gespielt hatte, weist auf Abstiegsplatz 18 nur einen Zähler weniger auf.

    Winzige Hoffnungen auf den Klassenerhalt kann sich der Vorletzte FSV Mainz 05 II machen, der mit 2:0 (2:0) gegen den VfR Aalen seinen dritten Sieg in Folge feierte und mit 36 Zählern wieder Blickkontakt zum rettenden Ufer hat. In Sorge ist zudem noch Erfurt mit 41 Zählern.

    Köln rettet sich

    Den Klassenerhalt feierte unterdessen Fortuna Köln durch ein 2:1 (1:0) beim VfL Osnabrück. Zudem trennten sich im Mittelfeldduell der SV Wehen Wiesbaden und die SG Sonnenhof Großaspach 0:0.

    Den Duisburgern, die bei einem Sieg vorzeitig den Aufstieg perfekt gemacht hätten, machte Saliou Sane (70.) einen Strich durch die Rechnung. Kingsley Onuegbu (90.+1) rettete den Hausherren zumindest noch die Tabellenführung.

    Kühlen Kopf bewahrten die Kieler, für die Kingsley Schindler seine Saisontreffer zehn und elf erzielte. Zunächst traf der Holstein-Torjäger in der 3. Minute per Foulelfmeter, dann stellte der Torjäger in der 37. Minute auf 2:0. Marcel Ziemer (63.) konnte für Rostock nur noch verkürzen.


              Big Point für Kiel im Aufstiegsrennen    

    Der MSV Duisburg zeigt im Aufstiegsrennen der 3. Liga Nerven. Der Tabellenführer unterlag am 35. Spieltag 1:2 (0:1) beim VfR Aalen, der sich seinerseits noch Hoffnungen auf eine Rückkehr in die 2. Liga machen kann. 

    Sollten die Baden-Württemberger  kommende Woche am Grünen Tisch die neun Punkte zurückerhalten, die ihnen wegen eines Insolvenz-Antrages unter der Saison abgezogen worden waren, würden sie im Aufstiegskampf mit dann 56 Punkten kräftig mitmischen.

    Mit 61 Punkten liegt trotz seiner sechsten Saisonniederlage nach wie vor der MSV an der Spitze. Den zweiten Rang verteidigte erfolgreich Holstein Kiel, das sich im Spitzenspiel bei Jahn Regensburg 3:0 (1:0) durchsetzte und 58 Zähler aufweist. Auf Relegationsplatz drei liegt der 1. FC Magdeburg (56) nach einem 1:1 (0:1) beim Halleschen FC (SERVICE: Die Tabelle).

    Wichtiger Sieg für Mainz II im Abstiegskampf

    Im Kampf um den Klassenerhalt schöpft die Zweitvertretung des FSV Mainz nach einem 2:1 (1:0) beim praktisch als Absteiger feststehenden Tabellenschlusslicht FSV Frankfurt wieder ein wenig Hoffnung. 

    Die Rheinhessen trennen aber als Tabellenvorletzter sechs Punkte vom rettenden Ufer. Werder Bremen II darf sich nach einem 0:0 bei der SG Sonnenhof Großaspach und 38 Punkten auf Platz 18 weitaus größere Chancen auf den Klassenerhalt ausrechnen.

    Bereits am Freitag hatte Absteiger SC Paderborn im Kampf gegen den dritten Abstieg in Folge neue Hoffnung geschöpft und erstmals seit dem 25. Spieltag die Abstiegsränge verlassen. Das Team des neuen Trainers Steffen Baumgart gewann zum Auftakt des Spieltages bei Fortuna Köln in Unterzahl mit 1:0 (0:0) und verbesserte sich auf 39 Punkte.

    Wehen Wiesbaden sichert Klassenerhalt

    Bangen müssen nach wie vor auch Rot-Weiß Erfurt (41) nach einem 1:1 (0:1) beim Chemnitzer FC und Fortuna Köln (43). Wehen Wiesbaden (46), das bei Hansa Rostock 3:1 (0:1) gewann, ist dagegen aus dem Schneider.

    In Aalen brachte Gerrit Wegkamp (7.) die Gastgeber in Führung, ehe Matthias Morys (46.) kurz nach der Pause Duisburg erneut schockte. MSV-Torjäger Kingsley Onuegbu (70.) konnte für den MSV nur noch verkürzen. 

    Die Treffer für Kiel, das zum zehnten Mal in Folge ungeschlagen blieb, erzielten Kingsley Schindler (8.), Marvin Ducksch (69.) und Manuel Janzer (84.). Magdeburg geriet im Sachsen-Anhalt-Derby durch Martin Röser (15.) ins Hintertreffen, ehe Piotr Pawel Cwielong (46.) der Ausgleich glückte.

    Zudem trennten sich im Mittelfeldduell Sportfreunde Lotte und der VfL Osnabrück 0:0. Abgerundet wird der Spieltag am Sonntag mit der Partie Preußen Münster gegen FSV Zwickau.


              Hansa Rostock erhält Lizenz unter Bedingungen    

    Drittligist Hansa Rostock hat die Lizenz für die kommende Spielzeit unter Bedingungen im wirtschaftlichen Bereich erhalten. 

    "Wir stellen fest, dass der DFB die wirtschaftliche Konsolidierung der vergangenen 18 Monate anerkennt und auch in der Planung der Saison 2017/18 berücksichtigt. Die vom DFB errechnete Finanzierungslücke haben wir in dieser Höhe erwartet und die notwendigen Schritte bereits eingeleitet", sagte Finanzvorstand Christian Hüneburg.

    "Wir sind optimistisch, dass wir die an uns gestellten Anforderungen termingerecht bis zum 2. Juni 2017 erfüllen."


              MSV feiert Comeback-Sieg, Kiel klettert    

    Der MSV Duisburg (61 Punkte) ist der Rückkehr in die 2. Bundesliga einen großen Schritt näher gekommen.

    Die Zebras gewannen gegen den insolventen FSV Frankfurt nach einem 0:2-Rückstand noch 3:2 (0:2) und haben vier Spieltage vor dem Saisonende der 3. Liga sechs Punkte Vorsprung auf den Relegationsplatz.

    Neuer Zweiter ist Holstein Kiel (55) nach dem 2:0 (0:0) gegen den Chemnitzer FC, dem neunten Spiel der Störche nacheinander ohne Niederlage. Mindestens drei weitere Mannschaften machen sich allerdings noch Hoffnungen auf den direkten Aufstieg. Punktgleich mit Kiel auf Platz drei liegt der 1. FC Magdeburg nach dem 2:1 (1:1) gegen die SG Sonnenhof Großaspach.

    Paderborn darf wieder hoffen

    Während Jahn Regensburg (54) durch das 1:1 (1:0) beim SV Wehen Wiesbaden zwei wichtige Zähler liegen ließ, kletterte der VfL Osnabrück (52) durch das 1:0 (1:0) gegen den VfR Aalen auf Platz sechs. Marc Heider (45.) erzielte kurz vor der Pause das Tor des Tages.

    Im Tabellenkeller schöpfte der SC Paderborn nach dem Trainerwechsel vom vergangenen Sonntag neue Hoffnung. Im ersten Spiel des Zweitliga-Absteigers unter Steffen Baumgart gewannen die Ostwestfalen gegen die Sportfreunde Lotte 3:1 (1:0) und sind nur noch einen Punkt vom rettenden Platz 17 entfernt, den Werder Bremen II belegt.

    Die Bremer verloren gegen Hansa Rostock 0:2 (0:0). Schlusslicht bleibt Mainz 05 II trotz des 3:2 (2:1) gegen den Halleschen FC.

    Ducksch trifft für Kiel

    In Duisburg drehten die Gastgeber durch Kingsley Onuegbu (53.), ein Eigentor des Frankfurters Denis Streker (57.) und Enis Hajri (61.) innerhalb von nur acht Minuten die Partie. Cagatay Kader (12.) und Bentley Baxter Bahn (20.) hatten die Hessen in Führung gebracht.

    Kiel gewann durch die Treffer von Marvin Ducksch (56.) und Dominick Drexler (60.).

    Ben Zolinski (8.), Kapitän Tim Sebastian per Foulelfmeter (72.) und Aykut Soyak (83.) ließen Paderborn jubeln. Für Pokalschreck Lotte, der sich endgültig aus dem Aufstiegsrennen verabschiedete, traf Gerrit Nauber (68.).


              DFB sperrt Magdeburgs Schwede    

    Der 1. FC Magdeburg muss ein Ligaspiel auf Mittelfeldspieler Tobias Schwede verzichten.

    Das Sportgericht des Deutschen Fußball-Bundes (DFB) sperrte den 23-Jährigen nach dessen Roten Karte aus dem Spiel bei Hansa Rostock (1:1).

    Für das Derby im Landespokal beim Halleschen FC am Mittwoch ist Schwede spielberechtigt. Das Urteil ist rechtskräftig.


              Duisburg lässt Big Point liegen    

    Spitzenreiter MSV Duisburg hat die Vorlage seiner Konkurrenten im Aufstiegsrennen der 3. Liga nicht genutzt. Die Mannschaft von Trainer Ilia Gruev kam am 33. Spieltag beim Halleschen FC nicht über ein 1:1 (1:0) hinaus.

    Mit 58 Punkten bleibt Duisburg aber Tabellenführer, nun vor Jahn Regensburg (53). Holstein Kiel und der 1. FC Magdeburg (jeweils 52) ließen ebenfalls Zähler liegen, bleiben aber in der Spitzengruppe. Zlatko Janjic (46.) hatte die Duisburger in Führung gebracht, doch Marvin Ajani (59.) glich für Halle aus. Zudem sah MSV-Mittelfeldspieler Kevin Wolze in der Schlussphase die Rote Karte (87.).

    Regensburg gewann sein Heimspiel gegen die Zweitvertretung von Werder Bremen 3:1 (1:0). Kolja Pusch (29., 61.) und Erik Thommy (56.) trafen für die Oberpfälzer. 

    Auch Verfolger lassen Punkte liegen

    Der bisherige Tabellenzweite Holstein Kiel erreichte trotz fast 45-minütiger Überzahl nur ein 1:1 (0:1) bei Rot-Weiß Erfurt. Okan Aydin (26.) traf für die Thüringer, bei denen Jens Möckel (48.) die Gelb-Rote Karte sah. Dominic Peitz glich in der Schlussminute aus.

    Der 1. FC Magdeburg hätte ebenfalls der Nutznießer des Spieltages sein können, kam im Ost-Derby bei Hansa Rostock aber nur zu einem 1:1 (0:0). Marius Sowislo (67.) hatte Magdeburg im Ostseestadion in Führung gebracht, doch nach einem Handspiel im Strafraum sah Mittelfeldspieler Tobias Schwede (76.) die Rote Karte.

    Stephan Andrist (78.) verwandelte den fälligen Elfmeter für Rostock. 

    Nächster Tiefschlag für Paderborn 

    Im Tabellenkeller wird es für Zweitliga-Absteiger SC Paderborn und die Bundesliga-Reserve von Mainz 05 immer brenzliger. Mainz verlor 1:2 (0:2) bei der SG Sonnenhof Großaspach und bleibt damit Schlusslicht, Paderborn unterlag als Drittletzter 0:4 (0:1) beim VfR Aalen. Der Rückstand der Ostwestfalen auf das rettende Ufer beträgt weiter vier Punkte.

    Einen wichtigen Sieg feierte Preußen Münster. Der in diesem Jahr kriselnde Traditionsklub schlug Fortuna Köln 4:2 (4:0) und baute sein Polster auf die Abstiegsränge auf elf Punkte aus.

    Der Chemnitzer FC besiegte den SV Wehen Wiesbaden 4:2 (2:2), die Sportfreunde Lotte setzten sich gegen den FSV Zwickau mit 2:1 (2:0) durch. Der Spieltag wird am Sonntag mit der Partie zwischen Absteiger FSV Frankfurt und dem VfL Osnabrück (14.00 Uhr) abgeschlossen.


              Magdeburg und Kiel patzen im Aufstiegsrennen    

    Der 1. FC Magdeburg und Holstein Kiel haben im Aufstiegsrennen der 3. Liga gepatzt. Magdeburg unterlag im Topspiel Jahn Regensburg mit 1:2 (0:0) und fiel mit 51 Zählern hinter die punktgleichen Kieler zurück, die sich trotz Überzahl mit einem 0:0 gegen Preußen Münster begnügen mussten.

    Souveräner Tabellenführer ist weiter der MSV Duisburg mit sechs Punkten Vorsprung auf die Verfolger.

    Magdeburgs Serie reißt

    Magdeburg musste trotz der Führung durch Steffen Puttkammer (62.) die erste Niederlage nach zuletzt sechs Spielen ohne Pleite hinnehmen. Benedikt Saller (64.) und Erik Thommy (81.) trafen für die Regensburger, die sich trotz der Roten Karte gegen Andreas Geipl (78./grobes Foulspiel) mit 50 Punkten auf Rang vier verbesserten.

    Die Kieler sind nach dem torlosen Unentschieden gegen Münster zwar seit sechs Begegnungen ungeschlagen, nach der Roten Karte gegen Sandrino Braun wegen groben Foulspiels (34.) ließen sie aber zwei wertvolle Punkte liegen. Dennoch schoben sich die Gastgeber auf einen direkten Aufstiegsplatz.

    Im Kampf um den Klassenerhalt verbuchte Hansa Rostock mit 4:2 (1:0) bei Schlusslicht FSV Mainz 05 II einen wichtigen Erfolg. Matchwinner war Christopher Quiring mit einem Dreierpack (36., 72., 87.).


              Spitzenreiter Duisburg patzt - Kiel holt auf    

    Drittligist Holstein Kiel präsentiert sich im Aufstiegsrennen weiter in starker Form und darf nach 36 Jahren auf die Rückkehr in die Zweitklassigkeit hoffen.

    Der Traditionsklub gewann am 31. Spieltag gegen den SV Wehen Wiesbaden dank drei Treffern von Steven Lewerenz (12./47./54.) mit 3:0 (1:0). Kiel liegt mit nun 50 Punkten auf dem Relegationsrang drei und nutzte zudem die Patzer der direkten Konkurrenz.

    So unterlag der Tabellenführer MSV Duisburg (54 Punkte) am Mittwoch bei Hansa Rostock mit 0:1 (0:1). Der zweitplatzierte 1. FC Magdeburg (51) hatte schon am Dienstagabend nur 1:1 (0:0) beim Chemnitzer FC gespielt und liegt nur noch einen Zähler vor den Kielern (SERVICE: Die Tabelle

    Osnabrück fällt zurück

    Der VfL Osnabrück (48) verlor bei der SG Sonnenhof Großaspach mit 0:1 (0:1) und rutschte hinter Holstein auf den vierten Rang ab. Dahinter darf auch Jahn Regensburg (47) durchaus noch vom Durchmarsch in die 2. Bundesliga träumen, der Aufsteiger hatte am Dienstag gegen die Zweite Mannschaft des FSV Mainz 05 mit 2:1 (2:1) gewonnen.

    Die beiden Zweitliga-Absteiger SC Paderborn und FSV Frankfurt befinden sich indes weiterhin im kaum gebremsten Fall in Richtung Viertklassigkeit. Paderborn kam beim Halleschen FC in Unterzahl immerhin zu einem 1:1 (1:1), bleibt mit 30 Zählern aber Vorletzter.

    FSV weiter im freien Fall

    Frankfurt musste sich dem starken Aufsteiger FSV Zwickau mit 0:1 (0:0) geschlagen geben und hat mit 32 Zählern vier Punkte Rückstand auf das rettende Ufer. Preußen Münster gewann zudem gegen den DFB-Pokal-Viertelfinalisten Sportfreunde Lotte mit 1:0 (0:0).

    Mit seinem Dreierpack entschied Lewerenz das Spiel für Kiel im Alleingang, Wehen Wiesbaden musste dabei ab der 36. Minute in Unterzahl agieren: Marc Lorenz hatte wegen wiederholten Foulspiels Gelb-Rot gesehen.

    Duisburg lief in Rostock fast über die gesamte Spielzeit vergeblich dem Rückstand hinterher, Amaury Bischoff hatte Hansa schon in der 10. Minute in Führung gebracht. Ähnlich erging es dem VfL Osnabrück, Joseph-Claude Gyau traf schon in der zweiten Minute entscheidend für Großaspach.


              Osnabrück klettert nach Last-Minute-Sieg    

    Der VfL Osnabrück hat am 30. Spieltag der 3. Fußball-Liga den dritten Tabellenplatz erobert. Die Niedersachsen kamen zu Hause zu einem 2:1 (1:0) gegen Hansa Rostock. Mit 48 Punkten konnte der VfL Holstein Kiel (47) überflügeln.

    Anthony Syhre (31.) traf zum 1:0 für Osnabrück, Dennis Erdmann (90.) egalisierte. Michael Hohnstedt (90.+1) machte den Dreier dann doch noch perfekt.

    In eine weiteren Sonntagsspiel gewann der SV Wehen Wiesbaden 1:0 (0:0) gegen Preußen Münster. Patrick Mayer (88.) sicherte drei wichtige Punkte im Abstiegskampf.

    Im Ostduell hatte am Sonntag der FSV Zwickau gegen den Halleschen FC ebenfalls mit 2:0 (1:0) das Nachsehen. Der FSV verbesserte sich mit 43 Zählern auf den neunten Tabellenplatz. Halle ist mit 41 Punkten Elfter im Ranking. Jonas Nietfeld (33.) und Ronny König (90.+4) waren für Zwickau erfolgreich.


              MSV patzt - Magdeburg holt auf    

    Der MSV Duisburg hat nach zuletzt zwei Siegen in Folge im Aufstiegsrennen der 3. Liga wieder einen kleinen Dämpfer erhalten. Die Zebras mussten sich am 30. Spieltag im Spitzenspiel gegen Jahn Regensburg mit einem 1:1 (1:0) begnügen.

    Verfolger 1. FC Magdeburg feierte unterdessen einen 2:0 (0:0)-Erfolg im Ostderby gegen Rot-Weiß Erfurt und verkürzte den Rückstand auf den MSV (54) auf vier Punkte.

    Relegationsplatz drei behauptete Holstein Kiel (47) durch ein 2:0 (1:0) bei Werder Bremen II vor dem VfL Osnabrück (45), der am Sonntag gegen Hansa Rostock spielt. Regensburg, das beim MSV nach einer Roten Karte für Marcel Hofrath (41.) mehr als eine Stunde in Überzahl spielen musste, ist mit 44 Punkten ebenfalls noch gut im Geschäft.

    Wirbel um Magdeburgs Führungstreffer

    Vor dem Platzverweis hatte Stanislaw Iljutschenko (35.) die Zebras in Führung geschossen. Die Gäste wehrten sich anschließend aber auch mit einem Mann weniger nach Kräften und kamen durch einen verwandelten Foulelfmeter von Andreas Geipl (57.) zum Ausgleich. Tugrul Erat hatte den Strafstoß mit einer unfairen Attacke gegen Marco Grüttner verursacht.

    In Madgeburg erzielten im Duell der ehemaligen DDR-Meister gegen Erfurt Manuel Farrona-Pulido (46.) die Führung für die Hausherren. Nach Meinung der Gäste war der Treffer aber irregulär, da der Ball bei der Flanke von Michel Niemeyer auf den Torschützen bereits klar im Toraus gewesen war. Beim 2:0 durch Christian Beck (74.) gab es keine Diskussionen.

    Lotte weiter auf Talfahrt

    Für Kiel machte Kingsley Schindler mit einem Doppelpack (42./72.) den zwölften Saisonsieg perfekt. Die Störche sind bereits seit fünf Spielen ungeschlagen und feierten dabei vier Siege.

    Weiter aus dem Tritt sind die Sportfreunde Lotte, die seit dem Pokal-K.o. gegen Borussia Dortmund (0:3) Mitte März durch ein 0:2 (0:2) gegen den VfR Aalen auch das fünfte Spiel in Folge sieglos blieben und sich mit 42 Zählern aus dem Aufstiegsrennen verabschiedet haben dürften.

    Im Tabellenkeller erkämpfte der FSV Frankfurt beim torlosen Unentschieden bei Fortuna Köln einen Punkt, während Mitabsteiger SC Paderborn durch ein 1:2 (1:2) gegen die SG Sonnenhof Großaspach im Kampf um den Klassenerhalt immer mehr an Boden verliert.


              MSV baut Führung aus, Regensburg patzt    

    Das Spitzenduo in der 3. Liga hat am 29. Spieltag seine Position behauptet: Während Tabellenführer MSV Duisburg 3:2 (1:1) beim Chemnitzer FC gewann, erkämpfte sich der 1. FC Magdeburg im Spitzenspiel bei Holstein Kiel ein 1:1 (0:0).

    Der bisherige Tabellendritte Jahn Regensburg musste dagegen eine 1:2 (1:0)-Heimniederlage gegen den VfL Osnabrück hinnehmen, womit sich die Niedersachsen auf Position drei verbesserten.

    Der MSV rangiert sechs Zähler vor Magdeburg. Vier weitere Punkte dahinter rangieren die Osnabrücker. Auf Position vier haben sich die Kieler Störche nach vorne geschoben. Der Rückstand auf Osnabrück beträgt zwei Punkte.

    Andreas Wiegel (22.) brachte die Duisburger in Führung, doch Philip Türpitz (40.) markierte den Ausgleich für die Himmelblauen und traf in der 52. Minute auch zum 2:1 des CFC. Simon Brandstetter (67.) erzielte den 2:2-Ausgleich für die Zebras. Kingsley Onuegbu (73.) war Schütze des Siegtores der Meidericher. 

    Last-Minute-Niederlage für Regensburg

    In Kiel traf Florian Kath (49.) zum 1:0 für die Magdeburger. Rafael Czichos (85.) war zum 1:1 erfolgreich.

    Erik Thommy (35.) schoss den SSV Jahn mit 1:0 gegen die Niedersachsen aus Osnabrück in Führung. Ahmet Metin Arslan (78.) gelang der Ausgleich für den VfL, Kwasi Okyere Wriedt (89.) traf zum Siegtor für die Gäste.

    Der Hallesche FC kam im Heimspiel gegen Fortuna Köln über ein 0:0 nicht hinaus. Beide Teams sind im Tabellenmittelfeld angesiedelt. Der FSV Zwickau holte in einem weiteren Duell im Mittelfeld bei der SG Sonnenhof Großaspach einen 2:1 (1:0)-Erfolg. 

    Der VfR Aalen unterlag 1:2 (1:1) bei Preußen Münster. Maximilian Welzmüller (7.) sorgte für das 1:0 der Gäste. Martin Kobylanski (13.) glich aus. Jeron Al-Hazaimeh (62.) zeichnete für das 2:1 der Münsteraner verantwortlich. 

    DFB weist Aalener Einspruch ab

    Am Freitag hatte der Spielausschuss des Deutschen Fußball-Bundes (DFB) den Einspruch der Aalener gegen den Abzug von neun Punkten abgewiesen. Aalen hatte am 14. Februar einen Antrag auf Insolvenz gestellt, um sich von Schulden zu befreien, die den Verein aus der Vergangenheit belasten. Die Liquidität des VfR ist bis zum Saisonende gesichert.

    Im Tabellenkeller konnte der Ex-Bundesligist SC Paderborn durch das 1:1 (1:1) bei Hansa Rostock punkten. Tommy Grupe (14.) schoss die Norddeutschen in Führung, Sebastian Heidinger (26.) gelang der Ausgleich für die Ostwestfalen, die noch sechs Punkte Rückstand zum rettenden Ufer aufweisen. 

    Einen wichtigen Sieg im Kampf gegen den Abstieg landete auch der FSV Frankfurt durch ein 2:0 (2:0) gegen DFB-Pokalschreck Sportfreunde Lotte. Yannick Stark (23., Foulelfmeter) und Bentley Baxter Bahn (38.) trafen für die Hessen.


              Zwickau punktet nach Aufholjagd    

    Aufsteiger FSV Zwickau hat in der 3. Liga dank einer Aufholjagd einen Punkt gegen Hansa Rostock gerettet.

    Robert Koch (60.) und Ronny König (85.) trafen beim 2:2 (0:2) nach der Pause für die Sachsen. Stephan Andrist (36.) und Soufian Benyamina (45.+3) hatten die Gäste aus Rostock zunächst in Führung gebracht. Mit 37 Punkten liegt der FSV in der Tabelle als Zwölfter weiter unmittelbar vor Hansa.

    Die Begegnungen musste nach zwei Minuten unterbrochen werden, weil aus dem Hansa-Block Leuchtraketen auf den Rasen geworfen wurden. Schiedsrichter Pascal Müller schickte die Teams daraufhin kurzzeitig zurück in die Kabine.


              Paderborn verliert gegen neun Mann - Abstieg naht    

    Der SC Paderborn befindet sich in der 3. Liga weiter im freien Fall.

    Der frühere Bundesligist kassierte am Mittwoch beim Chemnitzer FC mit 1:2 (0:1) trotz zwischenzeitlich zwei Spielern mehr auf dem Feld seine fünfte Niederlage hintereinander und muss sich allmählich mit dem dritten Abstieg in Folge auseinandersetzen. Das rettende Ufer ist für den Tabellenvorletzten nun drei Punkte entfernt.

    Dennis Mast (21.) und Philip Türpitz (54.) trafen für den CFC, der durch den Erfolg nach Punkten mit den Sportfreunden Lotte auf dem Aufstiegs-Relegationsplatz gleichzog. Marcus Piossek (67.) verkürzte nur noch für Paderborn, das nach Gelb-Rot gegen den Chemnitzer Björn Jopek (56.) lange in Überzahl spielte. In der dritten Minute der Nachspielzeit flog auch noch Mast mit Rot vom Platz.

    Regensburg verliert überraschend

    Punktgleich hinter Chemnitz auf Platz fünf liegt Jahn Regensburg. Die Bayern verpassten den Sprung auf den Relegationsplatz durch das 1:2 (1:2) gegen Mitaufsteiger FSV Zwickau, der sich mit dem dritten Sieg in Folge ins gesicherte Mittelfeld vorschob.

    Im Niemandsland der Tabelle trennten sich Hansa Rostock und Fortuna Köln 1:1 (0:0). Kölns Cimo Röcker sah zehn Minuten nach seinem Ausgleichstor die Rote Karte wegen groben Foulspiels (87.). Schlusslicht FSV Mainz 05 II schöpfte durch das 2:0 (2:0) bei Wehen Wiesbaden neue Hoffnung im Abstiegskampf.


              Rostock für brennendes Klo bestraft    

    Drittligist Hansa Rostock muss wegen unsportlichen Verhaltens seiner Fans eine Strafe von 4000 Euro zahlen. Während des Spiels bei der SG Sonnenhof Großaspach (1:1) im Jahr 2015 wurde die Herrentoilette im Gästeblock zweimal in Brand gesetzt.

    Beim letzten Aufeinadertreffen in Großaspach gab es als Konsequenz kein Klopapier mehr für die Rostocker.

    Zudem zeigten Fans beim Spiel gegen den Halleschen FC (1:0) im Rostocker Bereich ein Banner mit beleidigendem Inhalt. Der Verein hat dem Urteil zugestimmt.


              MSV patzt - Overtime-Krimi beim Jahn    

    Der Vorsprung von Spitzenreiter MSV Duisburg in der 3. Liga schmilzt. Nach zwei torlosen Unentschieden kassierten die Zebras beim 0:1 (0:0) gegen den SV Wehen Wiesbaden ihre dritte Saisonniederlage und liegen nur noch fünf Punkte vor Verfolger 1. FC Magdeburg.

    Auch die Sportfreunde Lotte mischen drei Tage vor dem Viertelfinale im DFB-Pokal gegen Borussia Dortmund munter im Aufstiegsrennen mit. Der Aufsteiger gewann gegen Hansa Rostock 2:0 (1:0) und ist mit einem Nachholspiel in der Hinterhand Dritter.

    Wichtige Zähler vergab dagegen Jahn Regensburg. In der zehnten Minute der Nachspielzeit kassierte der Drittliga-Rückkehrer aus Bayern das 2:2 (1:0) bei Fortuna Köln und rutschte auf Platz vier ab. Marco Grüttner (44./76.) hatte die Gäste mit einem Doppelpack in Führung gebracht, Boné Uaferro (90.+6) und Markus Pazurek (90.+10) trafen spät für Köln. 

    Wird Paderborn durchgereicht?

    Unbeeindruckt vom Neun-Punkte-Abzug durch den Spielausschuss des Deutschen Fußball-Bund (DFB) infolge des Insolvenzantrags setzte sich der VfR Aalen gegen die SG Sonnenhof Großaspach mit 2:0 (2:0) durch und kletterte in der Tabelle mit 29 Zählern auf die Nicht-Abstiegsplätze. Noch hat Aalen allerdings die Möglichkeit, Einspruch gegen die Strafe einzulegen.

    Während sich der VfR gegen den Abstieg stemmt, droht der SC Paderborn mehr denn je in die Regionalliga durchgereicht zu werden. Die Ostwestfalen unterlagen dem direkten Rivalen Rot-Weiß Erfurt 0:1 (0:0) und bleiben Vorletzter. Ebenfalls in höchster Not befindet sich Mit-Absteiger FSV Frankfurt, der 0:1 (0:1) beim Halleschen FC verlor. Schlusslicht bleibt Mainz 05 II, das Werder Bremen II 0:1 (0:1) unterlag.

    In Duisburg erzielte der Wiesbadener David Blacha (52.) das Tor des Tages. Moritz Heyer (17.) und Kevin Freiberger (55.) erzielten die Treffer für Aufsteiger Lotte, bei Rostock sah Michael Gardawski (56.) sah Gelb-Rot. Magdeburg hatte bereits am Freitag Preußen Münster mit 1:0 geschlagen.


              Schlusslicht Mainz düpiert Magdeburg    

    Spitzenreiter MSV Duisburg darf sich in der 3. Liga durch Punktverluste mehrerer Verfolger zumindest vorläufig als großer Gewinner des 25. Spieltages fühlen.

    Nachdem Ex-Europacupgewinner 1. FC Magdeburg als MSV-Jäger Nummer eins sich sogar eine 1:2 (1:1)-Heimpleite gegen Schlusslicht FSV Mainz 05 II geleistet hat, können die Zebras am Sonntag (14.00 Uhr) ihren Vorsprung durch einen Sieg 13 Runden vor Saisonschluss auf zehn Punkte ausbauen. 

    Wie Magdeburg erlitt auch der VfL Osnabrück durch ein 1:2 (1:0) bei Wehen Wiesbaden einen Rückschlag. Aus dem bisherigen Verfolger-Trio nutzte Jahn Regensburg die Gunst der Stunde und zog durch ein 2:0 (0:0) gegen Pokalschreck Sportfreunde Lotte auf Rang drei mit dem FCM gleich. 

    Zwickau hat Grund zur Freude

    Zwei Punkte hinter dem Spitzentrio folgen der Chemnitzer FC (am Freitag 3:1 gegen Fortuna Köln) und die SG Sonnenhof Großaspach nach ihrem 3:1 (0:0)-Erfolg gegen den FSV Frankfurt. Magdeburg und Regensburg ebenfalls noch in Reichweite haben mit einem weiteren Zähler Rückstand auch noch Holstein Kiel durch ein 2:1 (1:1) gegen Zweitliga-Absteiger SC Paderborn und der Hallesche FC, beim 1:1 (0:0) bei Abstiegskandidat Preußen Münster zwei Zähler liegen ließ. Gleiches galt für den VfR Aalen beim 1:1 (1:0) bei Hansa Rostock.

    Im Abstiegskampf war abgesehen von Mainz der FSV Zwickau der große Gewinner des Tages: Die Sachsen katapultierten sich durch ein 3:1 (1:0) im Kellerduell der Ostklubs bei Rot-Weiß Erfurt vom vorletzten gleich auf den 15. Rang. In größter Not befinden sich dadurch nunmehr neben Mainz auch Münster und Paderborn.


              Regensburg nutzt Patzer der Konkurrenz    

    Verkehrte Welt in Liga drei: Sämtliche Spitzenteams von den Plätzen eins bis sieben blieben zu Karneval ohne Sieg und ebneten damit dem früheren Zweitligisten Jahn Regensburg den Weg vom neunten Rang auf Relegationsplatz drei.

    Die Bayern siegten beim Mitkonkurrenten VfR Aalen 2:1 (0:1) und profierten vom gleichzeitigen 0:1 (0:0) des bisherigen Tabellenvierten Hallescher FC gegen die SG Sonnenhof Großaspach und der Absage des Verfolgerduells zwischen den Sportfreunden Lotte und dem Chemnitzer FC.

    Regensburg verdrängte den punktgleichen VfL Osnabrück vom wichtigen dritten Rang, nachdem die Niedersachsen sich tags zuvor eine unerwartete 0:1-Niederlage gegen Werder Bremen II geleistet hatten.

    Spitzenreiter MSV Duisburg liegt nach der Nullnummer vom Freitag im Gipfeltreffen mit dem 1. FC Magdeburg weiter sieben Punkte vor dem früheren Europacup-Gewinner.

    Magdeburgs Polster auf Regensburg und Osnabrück beträgt drei Zähler. Am Sonntag bietet sich Holstein Kiel die Chance, durch einen Sieg beim Abstiegskandidaten FSV Zwickau an Regensburg und Osnabrück vorbeizuziehen. 

    Im Abstiegskampf sendete Schlusslicht FSV Mainz II ein Lebenszeichen. Die Rheinhessen gewannen das Kellerduell mit dem Drittletzten Preußen Münster 3:1 (1:0) und schöpfen im Ringen um dem Klassenerhalt neue Hoffnung.

    Der FSV Frankfurt konnte aus Münsters Rückschlag nur wenig Kapital schlagen und hat durch das 0:0 gegen Hansa Rostock lediglich einen Zähler Vorsprung auf die Abstiegsplätze.

    Rot-Weiß Erfurt hingegen verschaffte sich durch seinen 1:0 (1:0)-Erfolg bei Fortuna Köln ein Polster von drei Punkten auf die Gefahrenzone.


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              STV17MON26- Cottage Garden   
    by Dorothy Mutafopulos I used Cottage Garden stamp set by Clair Brennan. Ink pads ocean mist, warm cocoa, grass green , memento black onyx & spectrum Noir markers. Cardstock white layering, ocean mist black onyx and Gina white envelope. Enjoy Dorothy Mutafopulos
              Verizon, Vodafone, and Measuring FDI   
    Recently back from APSA in Chicago, I've been reflecting on the state of our knowledge about FDI (or perhaps more accurately, cross-border management stakes in enterprises). That, and working on my dissertation, applying for academic jobs, and teaching. Oh, and telling everyone who'll listen about my Optimus Prime sighting on Michigan Ave.

    Anyway, I find a post-conference review of the discipline is generally a good way to consider potentially fruitful lines of new inquiry. In my experience, the quality of papers at conferences can be rather hit-or-miss. This generally fits into my view of conferences as important sources of external deadlines for getting drafts done as well as interacting with other scholars in more informal settings such as the hotel bar/lobby/over-crowded coffee shop. And, I think that's enough to ask out of a conference.

    However, there are generally one or two papers every conference that catch my eye in meaningful ways. They are often more conceptual pieces that challenge traditional approaches to measurement or quantitative analysis. Andrew Kerner's "What we talk about when we talk about foreign direct investment" was the stand out paper for me this year. According to his website the paper is under review and I'm not sure if he's widely circulating a draft at this time. Hopefully this piece will be published somewhere good soon because its well worth the read. The gist is that measures of FDI derived from balance of payment measures are grossly inadequate measures of the kinds of economic activity political scientists are generally interested in when we study the phenomenon frequently referred to as FDI. Not only do countries often have different definitions of FDI, but FDI flows bounce around for all sorts of reasons that are far removed from decision over making fixed, long-term investments in capital stock. Even worse, FDI flow data are reported in net terms, which makes it impossible to differentiate between a country that experienced a lot of inward direct investment concurrent with an equal amount of outward investment and a country that experienced no direct investment flows at all.

    The recent news about Verizon's buy-out of Vodafone nicely illustrates some of the problems with current measures of FDI. Vodafone is a British company, so Verizon's decision to buy out Vodafone's share will register as a massive repatriation to the UK. The size of the deal is so large ($130B!) that it's going to influence measures of global FDI flows for 2013. For context, UNCTAD reports global FDI inflows last year were $1.35 trillion. That means this one mega deal is worth 10% of all total FDI net inflows last year! I doubt any political scientists would argue the Verizon-Vodafone deal reflects any underlying change in assessment of political risk in the US. But, that one deal will dominate 2013 measures of global FDI.

    Kerner's entreaty is to use data sources that differentiate between flows of cash and real fixed capital investments. One limitation of such as strategy is that it limits us to modeling the investment decisions of either US or Japanese firms (since the US and Japan are really the only countries that make available such detailed data about the investment decisions of their foreign affiliates), and the investment behavior of firms from these countries might differ in important ways from firms headquartered in other countries.

    Given the tendencies of those writing on this blog, as well as our co-authored academic work elsewhere, it may not be surprising that I'm partial to another tactic. It seems that all this semi-liquid investment caught up in measures of FDI might not be so easily captured through an obsolescing bargaining mechanisms (though, as Rachel Wellhausen pointed out in discussion, even cash can be effectively illiquid if there are restrictions on repatriation), but the flow of these investments across borders does influence banking systems, the growth of the money supply, the availability of credit both globally and domestically, and therefore the propensity for crisis. Perhaps one way forward here is to consider more explicitly the relationship between different kinds of financial flows and how their interaction affects both political and economic outcomes.


              Distributional Politics of the Ice Cream Parable   
    Tyler Cowen is thinking out loud:
    This parable assumes that [monetary] injection effects are important, namely where the new money goes first. This Austrian-like view is unfashionable, has weak theoretical foundations, and violates the Modigliani-Miller theorem, but at the moment markets seem to believe it. Should we believe it too?
    Yes we should. Or at least we shouldn't let Modigliani-Miller stop us. In his 2011 Presidential Address to the American Finance Association, John Cochrane said the following:
    Discount rates vary a lot more than we thought. Most of the puzzles and anomalies that we face amount to discount-rate variation we do not understand. Our theoretical controversies are about how discount rates are formed. We need to recognize and incorporate discount-rate variation in applied procedures.
    If discount rates are varying a lot -- across time, space, and actors -- then a representative agent model such as Modigliani-Miller is not going to perform very well. And, as it turns out, it doesn't. I have paper, while I'll be sending out for review soon, which drills down at banks' activities (at the firm level) across countries and time. It turns out that there is all kinds of variation being driven by a whole host of variables at multiple levels of analysis. Which, you know, we all know intuitively... but it's not what our models expect. So let's ditch Modigliani-Miller. Capital structure is clearly not irrelevant in the real world.

    Going back to Cowen, here's something with which we might be concerned. Central banks act by trading debt instruments for others at price. In normal times the swap is either short-term sovereign debt for cash or present dollars for future dollars plus interest. In our current environment, it's practically anything for cash. Who benefits from this situation? Those who can create debt that can be sold to the central bank for cash. In normal times this has primarily been governments, but governments are doing everything they can to stop creating debt. So who does that leave? Banks.

    Because central banks want to be active they have been broadening the range of debt instruments that they will conduct business in. So here's a worrisome dynamic: governments are trying to reduce debt, while banks are being encouraged by central banks to create debt instruments which they can trade for cash. Karl Whelan may be correct that traditional solvency concerns don't apply to central banks, but that doesn't mean that there aren't knock-on effects from this.

    The upshot is that expansionist central bank policy requires somebody to lever up. If governments won't do it and households can't do it then banks and large corporations pretty much have to. The more activist the central bank wants to be and the less indebted the government wants to be, the more banks have to create debt instruments however they can. Possibly that could mean loans to individuals and smaller firms, which could be stimulative, but households and firms are deleveraging. Meanwhile, bank regulators are telling banks to stop lending to risky groups. So where's the debt going to come from?

    Banks and big credit-worthy firms are going to do very well. They're getting debt finance for free, so their equity can be deployed elsewhere or held in reserve. This is why stock markets are up so much. This is why Apple and other corporations are taking out loans when they don't even need the cash and have no real plans to do much of anything with it in the short run. Everyone else is not going to do very well, because the traditional mechanisms for distributing from central banks to the citizenry -- fiscal policy plus bank loans to individuals and small firms -- is being cut out of the story. In one sense that might be okay if the future costs of debt servicing are higher than the expected return folks would get from borrowing. But the distributional implications of this are clear: the economy is going to become more unequal and less efficient. Credit is not being allocated to facilitate productive investment -- there might not be many -- but to create debt instruments to sell to central banks for cash. The policy mix we have right now practically requires inequality to go up, which is a sign that the economy is seriously imbalanced.

    One alternative is to let risk back into the system but I don't hear anybody calling for that right now.

    At some point central banks will be pressured to tighten. It looks very likely that this will be under conditions of steady but slowish growth. This is where the Big Unknown comes in. When that day comes will banks (and corporations) start using their cash productively or keep hoarding it? Given the experience of the past decade or so, will there be many people who even want to borrow in order to build a McMansion or buy a luxury car or MBA? If they did, will regulators let banks lend to them? Will the originate-securities-and-distribute-to-surplus-countries market come back as strong as before?
                 




    With us planning on moving to Hungary later this year we decided to drive over at the end of December 2007 and spend New Year tucked away in our little house in Almar. By driving we could take a trailer and transport many of the items that were already boxed up therefore leaving less to take when we move for good.

    Getting ready for the trip was a nightmare with having to make a solid lid for my trailer, then I couldn't get hold of a spare wheel for it or any European breakdown cover for the trip. I also ended up without any van insurance for the whole trip but didn't realise this until I returned home!!

    We set off for Dover on December 27th and sailed to Dunkerque at 12 lunchtime. The journey was straightforeward and we stopped in a layby off the motorway at 11.30pm somewhere beyond Frankfurt, having covered around 750 miles. Our intention was to sleep in the back of the van to save money. We overslept and awoke at around 8.15am but the battery was totally flat (I'd inadvertantly flicked the spotlight switch when climbing into the back of the van the previous night, thus flattening the battery). Many thanks to the kind German who jump started the van.

    On through Germany, Austria and in to Hungary by mid evening, arriving at our destination at midnight. Due to the extreme low temperature (-8*c) the road surfaces were very slippery and the windscreen kept freezing up so we stopped at a relative's house on the 1st night.

    We got up the following morning and drove to Sirok where we unloaded the van and trailer and headed back to Eger to stock up on food and drink for a few days. How fantastic it was to finally arrive at our house on the mountain.

    The temperature for the next few days only fluctuated between -8*c and -6*c but we wrapped up well and locked ourselves away from the outside world. It started snowing on New Year's Eve and we celebrated on the terrace watching the fireworks and celebrations in Eger in the distance.

    Overnight we had about 10cm of snow which brought some problems getting up and down the mountain, even with snow chains. The scenery, however, was absolutely stunning. We went for a couple of long walks through the forests on a couple of days.

    Over the next couple of days we visited family and did a little more shopping, visited our Sirok house again and ate out on a few occasions. Unfortunately I couldn't dig the trailer out of the snow so had to leave it behind our house in Sirok. Hopefully it will still be there when we next go over.

    We were up early on the morning of January 4th, loaded the van and left Eger at 7.30am with ta temperature of -10*c. Once again there were no problems until we hit the cobbled streets of Budapest where a suspension bush collapsed on the van. I had a look and decided that we should be ok to continue on. Across the border into Austria then on through Germany, only stopping for fuel and food. We finally bedded down near Aachen, only a short distance from the Belgian border at 10.30pm, having travelled around 850 miles.

    The following morning we'd arranged to have a coffee with some friends in Tongeren (Hi Didier & Edith) then hit the motorway again towards Dunkerque, arriving at the port with an hour to spare before our ferry left. That night we were kindly invited to stay with Erika's brother and his wife in Leicester which broke the journey up nicely.

    Now we're back home we need to crack on and finish the last few jobs on our house here so that we can get it up for sale.

              Canadian (and maybe Mexican) Trade Retaliation?   

    I often think that retaliatory measures taken by aggrieved parties in the WTO dispute settlement process are among the most interesting aspects of trade politics.*  US industry/policymakers may have to deal with retaliation from Canada, after the WTO ruled against the US in a dispute over mandatory meat labeling requirements.  Canada (and Mexico too, see here) has suggested that the US has not complied with the WTO’s ruling, justifying authorized trade retaliation against US products.
    This kind of policy response is far from arbitrary or scattershot.  Countries deliberately identify industries that are politically important, and then they target them for retaliation by threatening to impose higher tariffs on their products.  The idea, of course, is that these industries will complain to the offending government to convince their representatives to implement the WTO decision, thus preventing the imposition of the punitive tariffs.  Here, because the Canadian government has determined that the US failed to implement the WTO ruling, it released a list of potential commodities that it might select for trade retaliation, including beef, pork, cheese, corn, steel pipes, wood furniture, cherries, rice, potatoes, maple syrup, chocolate and others (see here and here and here).**  Absent steps by the US to implement the WTO decision, or otherwise come to a settlement with Canada, the new tariffs could (eventually) come into effect.  The value of this disrupted trade would be pretty substantial, as one estimate sugggests that Canadian livestock producers have "lost $640 million annually because of COOL [i.e., the US labeling regulation], with similar losses in pork- approximately $500 million per year." (Here).
    This list contains a lot of products that probably sound familiar if you follow trade disputes between the US and other countries.  Many of the products have previously been the subject of various “trade remedies” such as antidumping orders.  That such sensitive industries are being targeted is not surprising . . . after all, that’s kind of the point.  But what is also pretty interesting is that trade representatives might even target specific legislators at particular times.  As the US Congress debates amendments to the 2013 Farm Bill, we might see legislators that are instrumental to this process targeted -- maybe in an effort to get them to add an amendment to the Bill modifying the current US labeling regime.  In any case, it’ll be fun to watch this play out the next 18+ months to see if/how tariffs end up getting imposed on these products. 


    * A while back I noted that Antigua threatened to ignore copyright protection to the detriment of US firms in response to the US failure to abide by a WTO ruling.  
    **  full list from Canadian Ministry of Int'l Trade: 

              NIFTY OUTLOOK FOR 29/06/2017   
    NIFTY OUTLOOK  FOR    29/06/2017
    --------------------------------------------------

    CHOPPY TRADING DAY SEEN,
    BULLS GET SUPPORT FROM YESTERDAY LOW  9473,
    TODAY'S  LOW IS  9474,
    NIFTY CLOSES AT  9491,
    PIVOT STANDS AT  9577,


    MARKET NEED SOME TIME TO DIGEST GST,
    AND ALSO TO GET CLEAR VIEW ABOUT GST,
    IT WILL TAKE 2 OR 3 DAYS,


    SOME DOWN TREND EXPECTED
    BELOW 9555,
    9488  AND  9400 MAY BE TESTED,
    IN ANOTHER TWO DAYS,


    FOR THIS WEEK,
    ABOVE  9622,
    BULLS MAY DRIVE TOWARDS  10,000,
    10036 IS THE TARGET FOR CURRENT RALLY,


    NIFTY STARTED THE CURRENT RALLY
    FROM  7893 ON 26/12/2016,
    HIGH IS  9709,
    NIFTY MAY, CONTINUE THIS RALLY
    ABOVE 9600  OR  TAKE RETRACEMENT
    TOWARDS  8635,


    FOR THIS WEEK,

    ON THE UP SIDE,
    BULLS ARE RULING ABOVE  9622,
    9755  AND  9844  ARE THE TARGETS FOR BULLS,

    ON THE DOWNSIDE,
    BEARS MAY GET ACTIVE BELOW    9533,
    9400  AND  9311  ARE THE TARGET FOR BEARS,




    AS PER ASTRO FOR NIFTY,
    ----------------------------------------------
    MILD GREEN SEEN FOR NIFTY
    FOR ANOTHER ONE WEEK,





    ASTRO SIGNALS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD
    --------------------------------------------------------------

    SUN SAILING IN  MITHUNAM HOME,
    NEUTRAL MOVES SEEN FOR PSU SECTORS,


    MARS SAILING IN MITHUNAM HOME,
    THIS WEEK TAKING MESHAM  NAVAMSAM,
    GREEN  MOVES SEEN FOR THIS WEEK,
    FOR, POWER, INFRA, AND ADAG GROUP STOCKS,


    GURU SAILING IN  KANYA HOME WITH NORMAL MODE,
    TAKING  KADAKAM NAVAMSAM,
    GREEN MOVES SEEN FOR BANKING SECTORS,


    SATURN SAILING IN VIRUCHIKAM HOME,
    TAKING KUMBAM HOME AS NAVAMSAM HOME,
    SATURN SAILING WITH VAKRAM MODE,
    FOR STEEL, OIL, AND METAL SECTORS,
    VOLATILE  MOVES SEEN,


    SUKRAN SAILING IN MESHAM HOME,
    THIS WEEK SHIFTING IN TO RISHABAM OWN HOME,
    FOR REALITY SECTORS,
    GREEN  MOVES SEEN FOR THIS WEEK AHEAD,

    .
    RAAHU AND KETHU SAILING IN SIMMAM
    AND KUMBAM HOMES,
    ALSO TAKING  MESHAM  AND THULAM
    HOMES AS NAVAMSAMS,
    FROM THIS WEEK TAKING
    GOOD BOUNCE EXPECTED IN FOREX/GOLD/SILVER MARKETS,




    TECHNICAL FOR THE WEEK AHEAD
    --------------------------------
    BULLS HAVE TO  WAIT FOR CLOSE ABOVE  9622  SL  9577,
    BEARS HAVE TO  KEEP CLOSE ABOVE  9577 AS SL,




    GLOBAL TRENDS
    ================
    GOLD TRADING AROUND 1250 AT  1249
    US DOLLAR INDEX TRADING NEAR  96  AT  95.75
    NYMEX CRUDE TRADING AROUND  45 AT  44.30
    DOW FUTURE  TRADING WITH  75POINTS GAIN ON WEDNESDAY
    NEUTRAL  GLOBAL TREND SEEN,



    NIFTY WEEKLY RANGE
    ===================
    9311/9400/9488-9577-9667/9755/9844




    AS PER ASTRO THIS WEEK
    =========================

    THURSDAY..         RED UP TO  12.51PM, THEN GREEN
    FRIDAY....         VOLATILE DAY






    NIFTY FUTURE MOMENTUM PLAY  FOR    THURSDAY
    ===========================================
    BUY   ABOVE    9533   TARGET        9577/9622     STOPLOSS          9511
    SELL  BELOW    9466   TARGET        9422/9377     STOPLOSS          9488

    MOMENTUM PLAY FOR BANKNIFTY
    ============================
    BUY  ABOVE    23311   TARGET    23400/23488     STOPLOSS         23266
    SELL BELOW   23222   TARGET    23133/23044      STOPLOSS         23266






    ASTRO VIEW FOR    THURSDAY
    =============================

    MOON SAILING IN   POORAM  STAR  SUKRAN    SAARAM,
    THIS IS   SIMMAM   SIGN,

    GURU SAILING  2ND  HOME,
    SATURN SAILING IN   4TH  HOME,
    RAAHU SAILING IN  SAME  HOME,
    KETHU SAILING IN  7TH  HOME,

    RED SEEN UP TO  12.51PM,
    THEN  GREEN  EXPECTED,


    29/06/2017   BIRTH NO.2   FATE NO.9
    -------------------------------------------------
    RANGE  MOVES  ON CARD,


    OUT PERFORMERS
    ----------------------------------
    REALITY, PSU, PHARMA, IT, AND TEXTILES,


    UNDER PERFORMERS
    ----------------------------------
    METALS, OIL,  AND LARGE-CAPS,






    TECHNICAL VIEW FOR    29/06/2017
    ================================
    LAST(29/06)  CLOSE@9491    (-20  POINTS)

    LAST   HIGH@9522    LOW@9474
    WEEKLY HIGH@9698    LOW@9473


    5DMA@9568
    20DMA@9617
    50DMA@9466
    200DMA@8820


    EXPECTED RANGE IN SPOT
    9377-9600

    POSITIVE ABOVE    9511
    RESISTANCES    9511/9555/9600

    NEGATIVE BELOW    9466
    SUPPORTS    9466/9422/9377


    5-RSI  17  14-RSI  41
    INDICATES NIFTY PLACED IN  TRADING  ZONE
    WITH  BEARISH  MOMENTUM


    WEEKLY KEY RESISTANCE@9667/9755/9844
    WEEKLY PIVOT @9577
    WEEKLY KEY SUPPORT@9488/9400/9311


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    ASTRO-BASED WEEKLY NOTES FOR TRADERS
    ====================================

    1.REALITY..    GREEN  WEEK
    --------------------------------------------------------
    SUKRAN SAILING IN MESHAM HOME,
    ON THURSDAY SHIFTING IN TO RISHABAM OWN HOME,
    TAKING  THANUSH AND MAKARAM  NAVAMSAM HOMES,
    NOW SAILING WITH  NORMAL MODE,
    GREEN MOVES SEEN FOR THIS WEEK,



    2. POWER, INFRA AND FERTILIZER
    ---------------------------------
    MARS SAILING IN MITHUNAM HOME,
    TAKING  MESHAM  NAVAMSAM HOMES,
    FOR THIS WEEK, GREEN MOVES SEEN,



    3. TELECOM....     GREEN   WEEK
    ------------------------------------------------------
    PUTHAN SAILING IN  MITHUNAM/KADAKAM HOME,
    WITH NORMAL MODE,
    GURU SAILING IN KANYA HOME,
    MARS SAILING IN MITHUNAM HOME,
    GREEN   TREND SEEN THIS WEEK,



    4. OIL, METAL AND STEEL
    --------------------------------
    SATURN SAILING IN VIRUCHIKAM HOME,
    TAKING KUMBAM HOME AS NAVAMSAM,
    SATURN SAILING WITH VAKRAM MODE,
    VOLATILE MOVES SEEN FOR ABOVE SECTORS,



    5. BANKING AND FINANCE.
    -------------------------------
    GURU SAILING IN KANYA HOME,
    ALSO TAKING KADAKAM HOME AS NAVAMSAM,
    GURU SAILING WITH NORMAL MODE,
    GREEN SEEN IN THIS WEEK,



    7. OTHERS
    -----------
    PSU.......       RED  WEEK
    AUTO.......        GREEN WEEK
    IT/PHARMA..       NEUTRAL WEEK
    RIL........        GREEN UP TO THURSDAY
    ADAG........       GREEN WEEK





     WE ARE STARTING NEW PLAN
    ============================

    RS.25000 TO RS.4LAKHS IN 120DAYS BY NIFTY OPTION TRADING
    ======================================================


    WE INVITE  CUSTOMERS
    WHO CAN KEEP RS.25000 AS TRADING CAPITAL
    WHO CAN UNDERSTAND THE HIGH RISK OF OPTION TRADING
    WHO CAN TRADE WITH US FOR 4-MONTHS,
    PLEASE SMS '' 4LAKH'' TO US AT 81441 50157
    WE WILL EXPLAIN THE DETAILS TO YOU,
    THANK YOU,





    STAGE NO.01
    ============
    RS.25000 TO RS.100,000
    TWO TIME MULTIPLICATION
    25000 TO 50000
    50000 TO 10,000
    ESTIMATE TIME 2MONTHS
    ESTIMATE NO. OF CALLS  10 TO 14
    MAXIMUM RISK FROM THE CAPITAL  50%


    STAGE NO.02
    ===========
    RS.100,000 TO RS.400,000
    TWO TIME MULTIPLICATION
    100,000 TO 200,000
    200,000 TO 400,000
    ESTIMATE TIME 2MONTHS
    ESTIMATE NO. OF CALLS  10 TO 14
    MAXIMUM  RISK FROM THE CAPITAL 50%



    CHARGES
    =========
    5% OF THE PROFIT(3,75,000) MADE  RS.18,750
    RS.3750 AS ADVANCE,
    RS.15000 AFTER REACHING RS.200,000





    ABOUT NIFTYSIGN AND OUR SERVICES.
    ==================================

    WE ARE DEDICATED TEAM FOLLOWING MARKETS
    WITH ASTRO AND TECHNICAL VIEW. OUR MAIN
    FOCUS ARE NIFTY FUTURE, NIFTY OPTIONS AND
    BANK NIFTY FUTURES.

    WE FOLLOW ASTRO GUIDANCE GIVEN BY ANCIENT
    TAMIL SITHTHAR SUVADIS. WE FOLLOW VAAKKIYAM
    PANJCHANGAM FOR ASTRO ANALYSIS.
    FOR MORE DETAILS SMS YOUR NAME TO 08144150157.
    KINDLY VISIT OUR BLOG niftysign.blogspot.com



    OUR SERVICES
    =============

    INTRA-DAY AND BTST/STBT TRADINGS ARE USED TO
    MAKE MONEY BY MOST OF THE TRADERS.
    BUT WEALTH CREATION IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT
    FROM MONEY MAKING.
    FOR WEALTH CREATION POSITIONAL AND CORE

    TRADINGS ARE THE RIGHT WAYS.
    THE CORE TRADING ( HOLDING POSITION MORE THAN
    15DAYS ) IS NOT LIKED BY MANY SMART TRADERS.

    SO, THE POSITIONAL TRADING ( HOLDING POSITIONS
    MORE THEN 48HOURS TO 14DAYS) IS THE ONLY WAY
    FOR SMART TRADING AND ALSO FOR WEALTH CREATION.

    NIFTY FUTURE AND BANK NIFTY FUTURE ARE LIKED
    BY MOST OF THE SMART TRADERS. BOTH SCRIPTS
    ARE TRADED IN HIGH VOLUMES AND ALWAYS GIVING
    OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMART TRADERS.



    WEALTH CREATION PROGRAMS
    ==============================

    WE ARE NOW RUNNING WEALTH CREATION PROGRAM
    FOR BULK TRADERS WHO CAN HOLD MINIMUM 2-LOTS
    IN NIFTY OR 4-LOTS IN BANK NIFTY.
    WEALTH CREATION PROGRAM IN NIFTY OPTIONS,
    IS SUITABLE FOR SMALL INVESTORS AND TRADERS.



    PROGRAMS
    ============

    ONLY SEVEN TO NINE CALLS PER MONTH.
    MINIMUM TARGETS FOR MONTH WILL BE,

    1000-POINTS IN NIFTY,
    540-POINTS IN NIFTY OPTIONS
    540-POINTS IN BANK NIFTY OPTIONS, AND
    2000-POINTS IN BANK NIFTY FUTURES,

    MARKET HOUR ASSISTANCE WILL BE GIVEN.
    PLANNED TO SERVE ONLY FOR LIMITED CUSTOMERS.


    CHARGES
    ==========

    WEALTH CREATION BY NIFTY FUTURES
    ======================================
    RS.6000 PER MONTH OR UP TO 1000-POINTS.
    EASY START BY PAYING RS.3000 AND PAY
    BALANCE AFTER MAKING 500-POINTS.



    WEALTH CREATION BY BANK NIFTY FUTURES
    =========================================
    RS.6000 PER MONTH OR UP TO 2000-POINTS.
    EASY START BY PAYING RS.3000 AND PAY
    BALANCE AFTER MAKING 1000-POINTS.



    WEALTH CREATION BY NIFTY OPTIONS
    ========================================
    RS.4000 PER MONTH OR UP TO 540-POINTS.
    EASY START BY PAYING RS.2000 AND PAY
    BALANCE AFTER MAKING 270 POINTS.


    WEALTH CREATION BY BANK NIFTY OPTIONS
    =====================================
    RS.4000 PER MONTH OR UP TO 540-POINTS.
    EASY START BY PAYING RS.2000 AND PAY
    BALANCE AFTER MAKING 270 POINTS.


    WEALTH CREATION BY BOTH NIFTY + BANK NIFTY OPTIONS
    ====================================================
    RS.6000 PER MONTH OR UP TO
    540 POINTS IN NIFTY AND BANK NIFTY OPTIONS EACH,
    EASY START BY PAYING RS.3000 AND PAY
    BALANCE AFTER MAKING 270 POINTS EACH IN NIFTY AND
    BANK NIFTY OPTIONS,


    WEALTH CREATION BY BOTH NIFTY AND BANK NIFTY
    ===================================================
    RS.9000 PER MONTH OR UP TO 1000-POINTS,
    IN NIFTY AND 2000-POINTS IN BANK NIFTY.
    EASY START BY PAYING RS.4500 AND PAY
    BALANCE AFTER MAKING 50% TARGETS.



    REGISTRATIONS BY SENDING SMS
    ================================

    SEND FOLLOWING SMS TO OUR NUMBER 08144150157.
    "WEALTH NIFTY" FOR NIFTY FUTURE.
    "WEALTH BANK" FOR BANK NIFTY FUTURE.
    "WEALTH BOTH" FOR BOTH.
    "WEALTH OPTIONS" FOR NIFTY OPTIONS.
    ''BOTH OPTIONS'' FOR NIFTY+BANK NIFTY OPTIONS,


    KINDLY NOTE
    =================

    BANK DETAILS WILL BE SENT VIA SMS.
    SERVICES WILL START AFTER INITIAL PAYMENT.

    WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN FOR OUR
    WEALTH CREATION PROGRAMS.
    THANKING YOU. TEAM NIFTYSIGN
              NIFTY OUTLOOK FOR 28/06/2017   
    NIFTY OUTLOOK  FOR    28/06/2017
    --------------------------------------------------

    GST FEAR FILLED THE MARKETS,
    BANK NIFTY LOST 500POINTS,
    NIFTY LOST 63POINTS,
    9473 IS THE LOW,
    NIFTY CLOSES AT  9511,
    PIVOT STANDS AT  9577,


    SOME DOWN TREND EXPECTED
    BELOW 9555,
    9488  AND  9400 MAY BE TESTED,
    IN ANOTHER TWO DAYS,


    FOR THIS WEEK,
    ABOVE  9622,
    BULLS MAY DRIVE TOWARDS  10,000,
    10036 IS THE TARGET FOR CURRENT RALLY,


    NIFTY STARTED THE CURRENT RALLY
    FROM  7893 ON 26/12/2016,
    HIGH IS  9709,
    NIFTY MAY, CONTINUE THIS RALLY
    ABOVE 9600  OR  TAKE RETRACEMENT
    TOWARDS  8635,


    FOR THIS WEEK,

    ON THE UP SIDE,
    BULLS ARE RULING ABOVE  9622,
    9755  AND  9844  ARE THE TARGETS FOR BULLS,

    ON THE DOWNSIDE,
    BEARS MAY GET ACTIVE BELOW    9533,
    9400  AND  9311  ARE THE TARGET FOR BEARS,




    AS PER ASTRO FOR NIFTY,
    ----------------------------------------------
    MILD GREEN SEEN FOR NIFTY
    FOR ANOTHER ONE WEEK,





    ASTRO SIGNALS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD
    --------------------------------------------------------------

    SUN SAILING IN  MITHUNAM HOME,
    NEUTRAL MOVES SEEN FOR PSU SECTORS,


    MARS SAILING IN MITHUNAM HOME,
    THIS WEEK TAKING MESHAM  NAVAMSAM,
    GREEN  MOVES SEEN FOR THIS WEEK,
    FOR, POWER, INFRA, AND ADAG GROUP STOCKS,


    GURU SAILING IN  KANYA HOME WITH NORMAL MODE,
    TAKING  KADAKAM NAVAMSAM,
    GREEN MOVES SEEN FOR BANKING SECTORS,


    SATURN SAILING IN VIRUCHIKAM HOME,
    TAKING KUMBAM HOME AS NAVAMSAM HOME,
    SATURN SAILING WITH VAKRAM MODE,
    FOR STEEL, OIL, AND METAL SECTORS,
    VOLATILE  MOVES SEEN,


    SUKRAN SAILING IN MESHAM HOME,
    THIS WEEK SHIFTING IN TO RISHABAM OWN HOME,
    FOR REALITY SECTORS,
    GREEN  MOVES SEEN FOR THIS WEEK AHEAD,

    .
    RAAHU AND KETHU SAILING IN SIMMAM
    AND KUMBAM HOMES,
    ALSO TAKING  MESHAM  AND THULAM
    HOMES AS NAVAMSAMS,
    FROM THIS WEEK TAKING
    GOOD BOUNCE EXPECTED IN FOREX/GOLD/SILVER MARKETS,




    TECHNICAL FOR THE WEEK AHEAD
    --------------------------------
    BULLS HAVE TO  WAIT FOR CLOSE ABOVE  9622  SL  9577,
    BEARS HAVE TO  KEEP CLOSE ABOVE  9577 AS SL,




    GLOBAL TRENDS
    ================
    GOLD TRADING AROUND 1250 AT  1250
    US DOLLAR INDEX TRADING NEAR  97  AT  96.50
    NYMEX CRUDE TRADING AROUND  45 AT  43.98
    DOW FUTURE  TRADING WITH  FLAT NOTE ON TUESDAY
    NEUTRAL  GLOBAL TREND SEEN,



    NIFTY WEEKLY RANGE
    ===================
    9311/9400/9488-9577-9667/9755/9844




    AS PER ASTRO THIS WEEK
    =========================

    WEDNESDAY.         GREEN UP TO  01.01PM, THEN CHOPPY MOVES
    THURSDAY..         RED UP TO  12.51PM, THEN GREEN
    FRIDAY....         VOLATILE DAY






    NIFTY FUTURE MOMENTUM PLAY  FOR    WEDNESDAY
    ===========================================
    BUY   ABOVE    9533   TARGET        9577/9622     STOPLOSS          9511
    SELL  BELOW    9488   TARGET        9444/9400     STOPLOSS          9511

    MOMENTUM PLAY FOR BANKNIFTY
    ============================
    BUY  ABOVE    23266   TARGET    23355/23444     STOPLOSS         23222
    SELL BELOW   23177   TARGET    23088/23000      STOPLOSS         23222






    ASTRO VIEW FOR    WEDNESDAY
    =============================

    MOON SAILING IN   MAKAM STAR KETHU    SAARAM,
    THIS IS   SIMMAM   SIGN,

    GURU SAILING  2ND  HOME,
    SATURN SAILING IN   4TH  HOME,
    RAAHU SAILING IN  SAME  HOME,
    KETHU SAILING IN  7TH  HOME,

    GREEN SEEN UP TO  01.01PM,
    THEN CHOPPY MOVES EXPECTED,


    28/06/2017   BIRTH NO.1   FATE NO.8
    -------------------------------------------------
    RED AND RANGE  MOVES  ON CARD,


    OUT PERFORMERS
    ----------------------------------
    PSU, PHARMA, IT, AND TEXTILES,


    UNDER PERFORMERS
    ----------------------------------
    METALS, OIL,  AND LARGE-CAPS,






    TECHNICAL VIEW FOR    28/06/2017
    ================================
    LAST(27/06)  CLOSE@9511    (-63  POINTS)

    LAST   HIGH@9615    LOW@9473
    WEEKLY HIGH@9698    LOW@9473


    5DMA@9600
    20DMA@9623
    50DMA@9459
    200DMA@8817


    EXPECTED RANGE IN SPOT
    9400-9622

    POSITIVE ABOVE    9533
    RESISTANCES    9533/9577/9622

    NEGATIVE BELOW    9488
    SUPPORTS    9488/9444/9400


    5-RSI  19  14-RSI  43
    INDICATES NIFTY PLACED IN  TRADING  ZONE
    WITH  BEARISH  MOMENTUM


    WEEKLY KEY RESISTANCE@9667/9755/9844
    WEEKLY PIVOT @9577
    WEEKLY KEY SUPPORT@9488/9400/9311


    FOR REGULAR UPDATES AND OUR SERVICES,
    KINDLY VISIT OUR BLOG    niftysign.blogspot.com
    FOLLOW US AT    facebook.com/niftysign
    CALL OR SMS TO    8144150157








    ASTRO-BASED WEEKLY NOTES FOR TRADERS
    ====================================

    1.REALITY..    GREEN  WEEK
    --------------------------------------------------------
    SUKRAN SAILING IN MESHAM HOME,
    ON THURSDAY SHIFTING IN TO RISHABAM OWN HOME,
    TAKING  THANUSH AND MAKARAM  NAVAMSAM HOMES,
    NOW SAILING WITH  NORMAL MODE,
    GREEN MOVES SEEN FOR THIS WEEK,



    2. POWER, INFRA AND FERTILIZER
    ---------------------------------
    MARS SAILING IN MITHUNAM HOME,
    TAKING  MESHAM  NAVAMSAM HOMES,
    FOR THIS WEEK, GREEN MOVES SEEN,



    3. TELECOM....     GREEN   WEEK
    ------------------------------------------------------
    PUTHAN SAILING IN  MITHUNAM/KADAKAM HOME,
    WITH NORMAL MODE,
    GURU SAILING IN KANYA HOME,
    MARS SAILING IN MITHUNAM HOME,
    GREEN   TREND SEEN THIS WEEK,



    4. OIL, METAL AND STEEL
    --------------------------------
    SATURN SAILING IN VIRUCHIKAM HOME,
    TAKING KUMBAM HOME AS NAVAMSAM,
    SATURN SAILING WITH VAKRAM MODE,
    VOLATILE MOVES SEEN FOR ABOVE SECTORS,



    5. BANKING AND FINANCE.
    -------------------------------
    GURU SAILING IN KANYA HOME,
    ALSO TAKING KADAKAM HOME AS NAVAMSAM,
    GURU SAILING WITH NORMAL MODE,
    GREEN SEEN IN THIS WEEK,



    7. OTHERS
    -----------
    PSU.......       RED  WEEK
    AUTO.......        GREEN WEEK
    IT/PHARMA..       NEUTRAL WEEK
    RIL........        GREEN UP TO THURSDAY
    ADAG........       GREEN WEEK





     WE ARE STARTING NEW PLAN
    ============================

    RS.25000 TO RS.4LAKHS IN 120DAYS BY NIFTY OPTION TRADING
    ======================================================


    WE INVITE  CUSTOMERS
    WHO CAN KEEP RS.25000 AS TRADING CAPITAL
    WHO CAN UNDERSTAND THE HIGH RISK OF OPTION TRADING
    WHO CAN TRADE WITH US FOR 4-MONTHS,
    PLEASE SMS '' 4LAKH'' TO US AT 81441 50157
    WE WILL EXPLAIN THE DETAILS TO YOU,
    THANK YOU,





    STAGE NO.01
    ============
    RS.25000 TO RS.100,000
    TWO TIME MULTIPLICATION
    25000 TO 50000
    50000 TO 10,000
    ESTIMATE TIME 2MONTHS
    ESTIMATE NO. OF CALLS  10 TO 14
    MAXIMUM RISK FROM THE CAPITAL  50%


    STAGE NO.02
    ===========
    RS.100,000 TO RS.400,000
    TWO TIME MULTIPLICATION
    100,000 TO 200,000
    200,000 TO 400,000
    ESTIMATE TIME 2MONTHS
    ESTIMATE NO. OF CALLS  10 TO 14
    MAXIMUM  RISK FROM THE CAPITAL 50%



    CHARGES
    =========
    5% OF THE PROFIT(3,75,000) MADE  RS.18,750
    RS.3750 AS ADVANCE,
    RS.15000 AFTER REACHING RS.200,000





    ABOUT NIFTYSIGN AND OUR SERVICES.
    ==================================

    WE ARE DEDICATED TEAM FOLLOWING MARKETS
    WITH ASTRO AND TECHNICAL VIEW. OUR MAIN
    FOCUS ARE NIFTY FUTURE, NIFTY OPTIONS AND
    BANK NIFTY FUTURES.

    WE FOLLOW ASTRO GUIDANCE GIVEN BY ANCIENT
    TAMIL SITHTHAR SUVADIS. WE FOLLOW VAAKKIYAM
    PANJCHANGAM FOR ASTRO ANALYSIS.
    FOR MORE DETAILS SMS YOUR NAME TO 08144150157.
    KINDLY VISIT OUR BLOG niftysign.blogspot.com



    OUR SERVICES
    =============

    INTRA-DAY AND BTST/STBT TRADINGS ARE USED TO
    MAKE MONEY BY MOST OF THE TRADERS.
    BUT WEALTH CREATION IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT
    FROM MONEY MAKING.
    FOR WEALTH CREATION POSITIONAL AND CORE

    TRADINGS ARE THE RIGHT WAYS.
    THE CORE TRADING ( HOLDING POSITION MORE THAN
    15DAYS ) IS NOT LIKED BY MANY SMART TRADERS.

    SO, THE POSITIONAL TRADING ( HOLDING POSITIONS
    MORE THEN 48HOURS TO 14DAYS) IS THE ONLY WAY
    FOR SMART TRADING AND ALSO FOR WEALTH CREATION.

    NIFTY FUTURE AND BANK NIFTY FUTURE ARE LIKED
    BY MOST OF THE SMART TRADERS. BOTH SCRIPTS
    ARE TRADED IN HIGH VOLUMES AND ALWAYS GIVING
    OPPORTUNITIES FOR SMART TRADERS.



    WEALTH CREATION PROGRAMS
    ==============================

    WE ARE NOW RUNNING WEALTH CREATION PROGRAM
    FOR BULK TRADERS WHO CAN HOLD MINIMUM 2-LOTS
    IN NIFTY OR 4-LOTS IN BANK NIFTY.
    WEALTH CREATION PROGRAM IN NIFTY OPTIONS,
    IS SUITABLE FOR SMALL INVESTORS AND TRADERS.



    PROGRAMS
    ============

    ONLY SEVEN TO NINE CALLS PER MONTH.
    MINIMUM TARGETS FOR MONTH WILL BE,

    1000-POINTS IN NIFTY,
    540-POINTS IN NIFTY OPTIONS
    540-POINTS IN BANK NIFTY OPTIONS, AND
    2000-POINTS IN BANK NIFTY FUTURES,

    MARKET HOUR ASSISTANCE WILL BE GIVEN.
    PLANNED TO SERVE ONLY FOR LIMITED CUSTOMERS.


    CHARGES
    ==========

    WEALTH CREATION BY NIFTY FUTURES
    ======================================
    RS.6000 PER MONTH OR UP TO 1000-POINTS.
    EASY START BY PAYING RS.3000 AND PAY
    BALANCE AFTER MAKING 500-POINTS.



    WEALTH CREATION BY BANK NIFTY FUTURES
    =========================================
    RS.6000 PER MONTH OR UP TO 2000-POINTS.
    EASY START BY PAYING RS.3000 AND PAY
    BALANCE AFTER MAKING 1000-POINTS.



    WEALTH CREATION BY NIFTY OPTIONS
    ========================================
    RS.4000 PER MONTH OR UP TO 540-POINTS.
    EASY START BY PAYING RS.2000 AND PAY
    BALANCE AFTER MAKING 270 POINTS.


    WEALTH CREATION BY BANK NIFTY OPTIONS
    =====================================
    RS.4000 PER MONTH OR UP TO 540-POINTS.
    EASY START BY PAYING RS.2000 AND PAY
    BALANCE AFTER MAKING 270 POINTS.


    WEALTH CREATION BY BOTH NIFTY + BANK NIFTY OPTIONS
    ====================================================
    RS.6000 PER MONTH OR UP TO
    540 POINTS IN NIFTY AND BANK NIFTY OPTIONS EACH,
    EASY START BY PAYING RS.3000 AND PAY
    BALANCE AFTER MAKING 270 POINTS EACH IN NIFTY AND
    BANK NIFTY OPTIONS,


    WEALTH CREATION BY BOTH NIFTY AND BANK NIFTY
    ===================================================
    RS.9000 PER MONTH OR UP TO 1000-POINTS,
    IN NIFTY AND 2000-POINTS IN BANK NIFTY.
    EASY START BY PAYING RS.4500 AND PAY
    BALANCE AFTER MAKING 50% TARGETS.



    REGISTRATIONS BY SENDING SMS
    ================================

    SEND FOLLOWING SMS TO OUR NUMBER 08144150157.
    "WEALTH NIFTY" FOR NIFTY FUTURE.
    "WEALTH BANK" FOR BANK NIFTY FUTURE.
    "WEALTH BOTH" FOR BOTH.
    "WEALTH OPTIONS" FOR NIFTY OPTIONS.
    ''BOTH OPTIONS'' FOR NIFTY+BANK NIFTY OPTIONS,


    KINDLY NOTE
    =================

    BANK DETAILS WILL BE SENT VIA SMS.
    SERVICES WILL START AFTER INITIAL PAYMENT.

    WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN FOR OUR
    WEALTH CREATION PROGRAMS.
    THANKING YOU. TEAM NIFTYSIGN
              NIFTY OUTLOOK FOR 27/06/2017   
    NIFTY OUTLOOK  FOR    27/06/2017
    --------------------------------------------------

    LAST WEEK
    9698  IS THE HIGH,
    9565  IS THE LOW,
    NIFTY CLOSES AT  9574,
    PIVOT STANDS AT  9622,


    SOME DOWN TREND EXPECTED
    BELOW 9555,
    IF NIFTY HOLD 9555 THEN
    BULLS WILL TAKE THE CONTROL,


    FOR THIS WEEK,
    ABOVE  9667,
    BULLS MAY DRIVE TOWARDS  10,000,
    10036 IS THE TARGET FOR CURRENT RALLY,


    NIFTY STARTED THE CURRENT RALLY
    FROM  7893 ON 26/12/2016,
    HIGH IS  9709,
    NIFTY MAY, CONTINUE THIS RALLY
    ABOVE 9600  OR  TAKE RETRACEMENT
    TOWARDS  8635,


    FOR THIS WEEK,

    ON THE UP SIDE,
    BULLS ARE RULING ABOVE  9667,
    9800  AND  9888  ARE THE TARGETS FOR BULLS,

    ON THE DOWNSIDE,
    BEARS MAY GET ACTIVE BELOW    9577,
    9444  AND  9355  ARE THE TARGET FOR BEARS,




    AS PER ASTRO FOR NIFTY,
    ----------------------------------------------
    MILD GREEN SEEN FOR NIFTY
    FOR ANOTHER ONE WEEK,





    ASTRO SIGNALS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD
    --------------------------------------------------------------

    SUN SAILING IN  MITHUNAM HOME,
    NEUTRAL MOVES SEEN FOR PSU SECTORS,


    MARS SAILING IN MITHUNAM HOME,
    THIS WEEK TAKING MESHAM  NAVAMSAM,
    GREEN  MOVES SEEN FOR THIS WEEK,
    FOR, POWER, INFRA, AND ADAG GROUP STOCKS,


    GURU SAILING IN  KANYA HOME WITH NORMAL MODE,
    TAKING  KADAKAM NAVAMSAM,
    GREEN MOVES SEEN FOR BANKING SECTORS,


    SATURN SAILING IN VIRUCHIKAM HOME,
    TAKING KUMBAM HOME AS NAVAMSAM HOME,
    SATURN SAILING WITH VAKRAM MODE,
    FOR STEEL, OIL, AND METAL SECTORS,
    VOLATILE  MOVES SEEN,


    SUKRAN SAILING IN MESHAM HOME,
    THIS WEEK SHIFTING IN TO RISHABAM OWN HOME,
    FOR REALITY SECTORS,
    GREEN  MOVES SEEN FOR THIS WEEK AHEAD,

    .
    RAAHU AND KETHU SAILING IN SIMMAM
    AND KUMBAM HOMES,
    ALSO TAKING  MESHAM  AND THULAM
    HOMES AS NAVAMSAMS,
    FROM THIS WEEK TAKING
    GOOD BOUNCE EXPECTED IN FOREX/GOLD/SILVER MARKETS,




    TECHNICAL FOR THE WEEK AHEAD
    --------------------------------
    BULLS HAVE TO  WAIT FOR CLOSE ABOVE  9667  SL  9622,
    BEARS HAVE TO  WAIT FOR CLOSE BELOW  9577  SL  9622,




    GLOBAL TRENDS
    ==