12 Outrageously Delicious Hot Dog Toppings   

Summer is here. It’s time to do what men do: grill meat. That often includes some hot dogs, which is good because the hot dog is almost universally liked, generally fits anywhere on the grill, and is idiot proof. C’mon, has anyone ever messed up a hot dog on the grill? Here’s the best part […]
       

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          Glenn Loury & Bret Weinstein   
Bret’s work in evolutionary biology ... Bret’s inside take on the turmoil at Evergreen State College ... Attempts to limit faculty autonomy at Evergreen ... The problem of self-censorship ... Bret explains why he went on Tucker Carlson’s show ... The clash with the “Patriot Prayer” group at Evergreen ... How protestors targeted Bret ...
          Molotov cocktails vs tear gas: Athens police clash with protesters (VIDEO)   
Preview Tear gas was deployed in the Greek capital as protesters threw Molotov cocktails at riot officers. The stand-off took place after the authorities banned rival demonstrations by a police union and anarchists.
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          Riot police descend on squatter site in Berlin, remove protesters by force (PHOTOS, VIDEO)   
Preview Berlin police have forcibly removed activists protesting the eviction of the squatters’ community at the Friedel 54 center in the borough of Neukolln.
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          Intel kills 3 IoT product lines   
Intel is quietly discontinuing three product lines designed to tap into the growing maker movement.

          Intel kills 3 IoT product lines   
Intel is quietly discontinuing three product lines designed to tap into the growing maker movement.

          Anuncian asamblea para profesionales de la industria de bodas y eventos   
La cita es el martes, 18 de abril, a las 6:00 p.m., en el Hotel Marriot Courtyard de Isla Verde.
          Non-Boring #Tech4Good Meetings for Nonprofits   
NetSquared organizers bring together the nonprofit technology community for face-to-face meetings ... but we all know that meetings are boring! Admit it, you sometimes dread going to those all-staff assemblies. Luckily for you, our NetSquared leaders are super creative when planning their #Tech4Good events. "Meetings" come in diverse and innovative formats like Mississauga, Canada's Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo; Pangani, Tanzania's Social Media Surgery ; and Birmingham, United Kingdom's Summer Tech for Good Social in a local pub. Join us at your local group. It will be fun — we promise! Find your closest NetSquared group Upcoming Tech for Good Events This roundup of face-to-face nonprofit tech events includes meetups from NetSquared , NTEN's Tech Clubs , and other awesome organizations. If you're holding monthly events gathering the #nptech community, let me know , and I'll include you in the next community calendar. Or, apply today to start your own NetSquared group. Africa The targets need to be linked like so: --> Jump to events in North America or go international with events in Africa and Middle East Asia and Pacific Rim Europe and United Kingdom Central and South America ## North America ## Africa ## Europe ## Asia and Pacific Rim --> North America Monday, July 3, 2017 Mississauga, Ontario: Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo Wednesday, July 5, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Thursday, July 6, 2017 San Francisco, California: Tech for Good Monthly Mixer Friday, July 07, 2017 Saint Paul, Minnesota: Tips and Tools to Doll Up Your Data | Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (Free) Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Naples, Florida: How to use Technology to Communicate and Manage Volunteers Vancouver, British Columbia: Full Spectrum Civic Engagement Columbus, Ohio: Nonprofit IT Forum Boston, Massachusetts: Tech Networks of Boston Roundtable: Nonprofit Organizations, Civic Data, and Civic Faith Phoenix, Arizona: Phoenix: QuickBooks Made Easy Wednesday, July 12, 2017 Los Angeles, California: Summer Social Phoenix, Arizona: Data Management: What Nonprofits Need to Know San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Monday, July 17, 2017 Kitchener, Ontario: Mail Management Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Greensburg, Pennsylvania: Bagels and Bytes — Westmoreland Marietta, Georgia: Easy SEO Fixes for Your Nonprofit Jasper, Indiana: Social Media Wednesday, July 19, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Portland, Oregon: QuickBooks Made Easy Thursday, July 20, 2017 Seattle, Washington: QuickBooks Made Easy Friday, July 21, 2017 San Francisco, California: Mobile Apps for Change Demo Day at the Salvation Army Monday, July 24, 2017 Nanaimo, British Columbia: "Free Money" (Microsoft Volume Licensing and Google for Nonprofits) Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Buffalo, New York: Why Nonprofits Should Use TechSoup and NetSquared Houston, Texas: Net2Houston Refresh! Wednesday, July 26, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Friday, July 28, 2017 Seattle, Washington: Roundtable for New Nonprofit Executives Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Naples, Florida: Tech4Good SWFL Meeting Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Bagels and Bytes — Allegheny Wednesday, August 2, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Phoenix, Arizona: Defining and Targeting Your Audience: Marketing for Nonprofits Thursday, August 3, 2017 Cleveland, Ohio: How to Remarket to Website Visitors via Facebook and Twitter Monday, August 7, 2017 Mississauga, Ontario: Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo Tuesday, August 8, 2017 Columbus, Ohio: Nonprofit IT Forum Ottawa, Ontario: Review Progress on Data Analysis Projects Wednesday, August 9, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Los Angeles, California: Web Accessibility: Designing Inclusive User Experiences Friday, August 11, 2017 Saint Paul, Minnesota: Optimizing Your Communications for Mobile | Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (Free) Wednesday, August 16, 2017 San Francisco, California: Code for America Civic Hack Night Research Triangle Park, North Carolina: The Internet of Things: You Only Live Twice? 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          Follow the History of Spider-Man Pt. 9   

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe, and this summer, the web-slinger swings onto the silver screen once more in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”! In celebration of this stories history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story!

The X-Men’s Iceman clashed with Spider-Man in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #92, but after realizing his mistake, joined forces with our hero to put the kibosh on Sam Bullit, a crooked politician wooing Gwen Stacy following the death of her father. Spidey stood alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes at a charity event in AVENGERS #85, but when Gwen announced a permanent move to London in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #93, he tried to drown his sorrows in a rematch with The Prowler.

After a bout with The Beetle in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #94, and making up his mind to fly to London to bring Gwen back, Peter Parker changed to his alter-ego in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #95 to put down some British criminals. Back home again in CAPTAIN AMERICA #137, the Web-Slinger held off an attack by The Falcon, then teamed with the high-flying hero and Captain America versus Stone Face in CAPTAIN AMERICA #138.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #92

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #92

  • Published: January 10, 1971
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Gil Kane
  • Cover Artist: John Romita
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Peter took a job with Norman Osborn in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #96, but the business tycoon allowed the pressures in his head to explode and reawaken his other self, The Green Goblin. He battled Spidey in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #97, while unbeknownst to the two combatants, Norman’s son and Peter’s friend Harry fell under the spell of a drug dealer. The Wall Crawler crashed the pusher’s party in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #98, and made Norman see the light of reason by forcing him to face his son’s pill problem.

Spider-Man helped out Daredevil in a fracas with Namor the Sub-Mariner in DAREDEVIL #77, then broke up a prison riot in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #99. Later, weary of his role as a super hero, Peter concocted a potion to be rid of his spider-powers in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #100, but instead gave himself an extra four arms. Now sporting as many limbs as an actual spider, the young hero stumbled into the path of Morbius the Living Vampire in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #101, and felt immense relief when his friend Dr. Curt Connors cured him of his multiple arms in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #102.

Desiring nothing more than a chance to get away from it all, Peter flew with Gwen and his boss J. Jonah Jameson to the Savage Land in search of a legendary monster in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #103. When they found the creature, it took the timely intervention of Ka-Zar to unstick them from the web they’d fallen into.


          Where to eat, drink, and be 'Merican in Charleston this Fourth of July weekend   


Sometimes partying like a patriot can really make you hungry. We've rounded up some parties and make-your-own picnic deals from local restaurants to stave off holiday hunger this weekend. more…


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          Article: Enabling IoT Ecosystems through Platform Interoperability   

The fragmentation of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the lack of interoperability prevent the emergence of broadly accepted IoT ecosystems. The BIG IoT (Bridging the Interoperability Gap of the IoT) project aims to ignite such an ecosystem

By Arne Bröring
          Presentation: Building Secure Player Experiences at Riot Games   

David Rook talks about the Riot Games Application Security program and how they define Application Security at Riot, how they’ve grown to meet the demands of their fast paced engineering organization, why they’ve hired software engineers into their team and the tools they’ve developed to help Rioters globally build fun and safe experiences for their players.

By David Rook
          Re: City cuts a check, takes ownership of Missoula's water system   
I would title the story, "At What Price?". The Mayor was either an idiot or pretended to be an idiot (when it comes to his cost prediction).
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          As the dust settles: Russian authorities move against protesters and campaigners   

New evidence of police violations against protesters emerges, and regional authorities take aim at Alexei Navalny's campaign offices. 

Conditions for people detained at anti-corruption protests have been poor. Image: Polina Kostyleva.

We continue our partnership with OVD-Infoan NGO that monitors politically-motivated arrests in Russia. Every Friday, we bring you the latest information on freedom of assembly. 

We have collected and analysed a large number of reports of violations by Russian police officers at anti-corruption rallies held on 12 June. Now we are able to say with certainty there have been 109 violations. Police officers exceeded the permitted time for administrative detention, wrote official reports with numerous mistakes, and did not allow lawyers to visit those detained. In one of the St Petersburg police stations, a detainee contracted pneumonia after spending the night in a cold cell. This was despite the fact that he had warned the police officers he was in poor health and should not get cold. The list of violations with legal commentaries can be seen here.

This week a number of individuals requested political asylum abroad. Krasnodar artists Lusiney Dzhanyan and Aleksei Knedlyakovsky requested asylum in Sweden. The artists said that their telephones had been tapped, and in 2013 Dzhanyan was dismissed from Krasnodar University of Culture for supporting Pussy Riot and exhibiting in a gallery owned by Marat Gelman. But it’s not only those who create modern art who can fall victim to persecution. Children’s drawings in chalk can also evoke the dissatisfaction of the authorities. Mikhail Petrov, a martial arts trainer from Pskov, has left Russia because he feared persecution by the authorities. It is thought the authorities’ interest in the trainer was related to the fact that he and his students had drawn anti-military drawings on the walls of buildings belonging to a military air assault division. He has requested political asylum in Estonia. 

Supporters of Alexei Navalny continue to be persecuted. In the town of Cherepovets, writer and journalist Elena Kolyadina was dismissed by the newspaper Golos Cherepovtsa for giving a lecture to staff of Navalny’s local election campaign office. In the Siberian city of Barnaul, the coordinator of the campaign office was injured with a knife, while earlier someone set fire to one of the office’s windows. In Vladimir, the local branch of the Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Network asked its chief engineer to resign because he had headed Navalny’s local campaign office. Meanwhile, in Rostov-on-Don a car belonging to the head of Navalny’s office was covered with paint and its tyres were punctured.

The Investigative Committee completed its investigation into one more defendant in the “26 March case”. Dmitry Krepkin is charged with using force against a police officer during the anti-corruption protest in Moscow. Krepkin maintains his innocence. Moreover, he has said that he was himself assaulted at the time of his detention at the 26 March protest. Doctors at the emergency medical centre recorded bruising all over his body. He had been struck at least six times.   

The pre-trial detention of mathematician Dmitry Bogatov was extended until 31 August. Bogatov has been charged with incitement to riot on the grounds that he had posted appeals on the SysAdmins.ru forum to go out on to Red Square on 2 April 2017 under the pseudonym of “Airat Bashirov”. The appeals were sent from Bogatov’s IP address. However, since Bogatov operates a Tor exit node, any user could have posted the materials using his IP.

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          Start-up : l’IoT au cœur de l’appel à projets Usine 4.0   
Le groupe Total a annoncé le lancement de la deuxième édition de l’appel à projets « Usine 4.0 », qui se concentrera cette année autour de l’univers de l’IoT. Plusieurs acteurs de l’industrie et du BTP dont Eiffage et Vinci Energies se sont (...)
          IoT forecasts come into focus   
For years now there has been forecast after forecast predicting the size of the IoT market by the end of the decade or ten years hence. There is always a big number of connected things and impressive valuation for the sum of the whole market, and with the large mobile operators such as AT&T and Verizon now including connected things in their quarterly reports there is hard data to back up the rosy forecasts. At an editorial briefing in San Jose last month, Qualcomm executives said it is now shipping one million wireless connections per day - this certainly gives a perspective on how fast IoT can grow. The company has hundreds of OEM design wins for its MDM9206 LTE modem for IoT.

As of June 15th, the GSMA Intelligence services says there are 8,132,111,132 mobile connections, including M2M. The GSMA's online tracker further reports 5,016,263,289 unique mobile subscribers, which are assumed to mean people with at least one mobile phone and SIM card. By subtraction, this means 3.1 billion M2M connections tracked by the GSMA via their mobile operator members.

This piece collects newly published data from several sources. First, IDC recently reported that worldwide spending on the IoT will reach nearly $1.4 trillion in 2021. Second, the Cisco Visual Network Index (VNI) found that M2M connections globally will grow from 780 million in 2016 to 3.3 billion by 2021, a 34% CAGR or fourfold growth. Third, the newly published Ericsson Mobility Study finds that 70% of wide-areas IoT devices will use cellular technology in 2022. While studies from different authors will never precisely line up, this collection of data agrees that real and significant revenue from IoT for carriers has started to materialize and will grow quickly in the near term.

Highlights from IDC’s Worldwide Semi-annual IoT spending guide

The first big finding to notice in IDC's report is that worldwide spending on IoT will reach $800 billion this year, up 16.7% year over year, which means that the market this month must be worth tens of millions of dollars. These numbers are spread out amongst the hardware, software, services and connectivity that enable the IoT. This means splitting the pot between vendors such as Qualcomm, Sierra Wireless, Cisco Jasper, integration specialists, and of course carriers such as AT&T, Orange and Vodafone. There are many others that could be included on this list, especially when considering the global market.  In that sense, the $800 billion is just a starting point. IDC's forecast says that by 2021, global IoT spending will total nearly $1.4 trillion. In a press release announcing the study, IDC's Carrie MacGillivray, vice president, Internet of Things and Mobility, stated that the true value of IoT is realised when the software and services come together to enable the capture, interpretation, and action on data produced by IoT endpoints.

IDC breaks down 2017 investments in IoT as follows: manufacturing operations ($105 billion), freight monitoring ($50 billion), and production asset management ($45 billion), smart grid technologies for electricity, gas and water and smart building technologies ($56 billion and $40 billion, respectively). Looking to 2021, IDC expects these use cases will remain the largest areas of IoT spending. Smart home technologies are forecast to experience strong growth (19.8% CAGR) over the five-year forecast. The use cases that will see the fastest spending growth are airport facilities automation (33.4% CAGR), electric vehicle charging (21.1% CAGR), and in-store contextual marketing (20.2% CAGR).

IDC sees hardware as the largest IoT spending category to 2021, the last year of the forecast, when it is overtaken by the services category. This is to be expected as the various physical sensors and connectivity units must be deployed first before a service can be offered. IDC says hardware spending will be dominated by modules and sensors that connect end points to networks, while software spending will be similarly dominated by applications software. In addition, IDC says services spending will be about evenly split between ongoing and content services and IT and installation services. The fastest growing areas of technology spending are in the software category, where horizontal software and analytics software will have five-year CAGRs of 29.0% and 20.5%, respectively. Security hardware and software will also see increased investment, growing at 15.1% and 16.6% CAGRs, respectively.

Regional highlights:

•   Asia Pacific (excluding Japan, APeJ) will be the IoT investment leader throughout the forecast with spending expected to reach $455 billion in 2021.

•   The U.S. will be the second largest region with IoT spending reaching $421 billion in 2021.

•   Western Europe will reach $274 billion in 2021.

The IDC Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide is quite comprehensive, covering IoT spending for 12 technologies and 54 use cases across 20 vertical industries in eight regions and 52 countries (for more details see here: http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS42799917).

Cisco looks wide with its VNI forecast

Generally speaking, Cisco's forecasts have tended to be the most optimistic. This year’s Cisco VNI indicates that its IoT coverage includes both M2M and emerging category of wearable IoT devices. M2M connections, which Cisco defines as home and office security and automation, smart metering and utilities, maintenance, building automation, automotive, healthcare and consumer electronics, are predicted to grow from 780 million in 2016 to 3.3 billion by 2021, a 34% CAGR or fourfold growth.

Wearable devices, which Cisco notes could connect and communicate to the network either directly through embedded cellular connectivity or through another device (primarily a smartphone) using WiFi, Bluetooth, or another technology, include such things as smart watches, smart glasses, heads-up displays (HUDs), health and fitness trackers, health monitors, wearable scanners and navigation devices and smart clothing. The Cisco VNI predicts that by 2021 there will be 929 million wearable devices globally, growing nearly threefold from 325 million in 2016 at a CAGR of 23%. By 2021, Cisco expects that 7% will have embedded cellular connectivity, up from 3% in 2016. As AR/VR headsets enter the market, they could start to have a tangible impact on mobile traffic.

Ericsson looks to short-range and wide-range IoT connectivity

The newly published Ericsson Mobility Report finds that at the end of 2016 there were around 0.4 billion IoT devices with cellular connections. Ericsson's study divides IoT into short-range and wide-area segments, and it provides some guidance as to how IoT is impacting the network. For instance, the report says use cases with VoLTE calls for IoT (Cat-M1) are starting to emerge. This could extend mobile voice service to IoT devices, an interesting possibility.

By 2021, Ericsson expects there will be 2.1 billion devices connected via LTE-M and NB-IoT networks, roughly a 30% CAGR from today. This trend has already started. This year, several prominent mobile operators have rolled out commercial LTE-M networks. For instance, in March, Verizon announced the commercial launch of its nationwide 4G LTE Category M1 (or Cat M1) network. The coverage spans 2.4 million square miles. Verizon will introduce low rate, multi-year plans to match the longer useful life of Cat M1 devices, including data plans that start at $2 per month per device, with customised options available for bulk activations and volume purchases. In May, AT&T followed suit by announcing the deployment of its nationwide LTE-M network ahead of schedule.


          Nokia – IP networks re-imagined   
Recently we have seen Cisco predict that busy hour global IP traffic will grow 4.6-fold (35% CAGR) from 2016 to 2021, reaching 4.3 Pb/s by 2021, compared to average Internet traffic that will grow 3.2-fold (26% CAGR) over the same period to reach 717 Tb/s by 2021. The latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report, released earlier this week, calculates that the total traffic in mobile networks increased by 70% between the end of Q1 2016 and the end of Q1 2017. And now, Nokia Bell Labs has just announced its own prediction: IP traffic will more than double in the next five years, reaching 330 exabytes per month by 2022 while growing at a 25% CAGR. The company anticipates that peak data rates will grow even faster at nearly 40% annually. Nokia Bell Labs also predicts that 3D/4K/UHD will experience a 4.79x growth from 2017 – 22, that wireless traffic will experience 7.5x growth from 2017 – 22, and that worldwide IoT devices to grow from 12bn in 2017 to 100bn in 2025.

Nokia unveils next gen networking processing engine

Nokia's processing engine sets the stage for perhaps the most significant announcement from the company since the merger of Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks in 2015. In a press event entitled 'IP networks reimagined', Nokia unveiled its FP4 silicon, featuring the 'first' 2.4 Tbit/s network processor, up to 6x more powerful than processors currently available. The proprietary chipset is designed for a new class of petabit-class routers.

Core routers traditionally have been the 'big iron' that powers the heart of the Internet. It is a product category dominated by Cisco, Huawei, Juniper and Nokia, including via its existing 7950 XRS routing platform. However, the market has been in flux. Earlier this month, Dell’Oro Group reported a significant break in Q1 17 with Huawei taking the top spot from Cisco in the core router market for the first time. The report also found Huawei taking over second spot from Nokia in the SP edge router and CES market. The primary reason cited for this shift is that the SP core routing business is only growing at a low single-digit rate, while China Mobile is defying the trend with significant investments in their IP core backbone, for which Huawei is the lead supplier. Nevertheless, the overall predictions for rapid growth in IP traffic over the coming five years makes it more likely that service providers will need a significant refresh of their core backbones to handle hundreds of 100 or 400 Gbit/s connections at major nodes.

Nokia's previous generation FP3 chipset, unveiled by Alcatel-Lucent in June 2011 and launched in 2012, packed 288 RISC cores operating at 1 GHz and leveraged 40 nm process technology; the FP2 chipset offered 112 cores at 840 MHz and was built in 90 nm. This network processor lineage can be traced back to TiMetra Networks, a start-up based in Mountain View, California that launched its first carrier-class routing platforms in 2003.

TiMetra, which was headed by Basil Alwan, was acquired by Alcatel-Lucent later in 2003 for approximately $150 million in stock. The product line went on to become the highly successful 7450, 7750 and eventually 7950 carrier platforms - the basis for the IP division at Alcatel-Lucent. Not bad for an idea from a small start-up to grow into the star platform underpinning all of Alcatel-Lucent + Nokia Siemens Networks.

In a launch day webcast, Basil Alwan, now president of Nokia's IP/Optical Networks business group, said we are moving into a new phase of the Internet requiring 'cloud-scale routing'. First, he noted that there is market confusion between Internet-class routers and core data centre switches, which are being used to power the hyperscale infrastructure of the Internet content providers. High-end, data centre spine switches are capable of routing packets at high rates and can handle access control lists (ACLs). Likewise, conventional big iron core routers can switch data flows, and are sometimes deployed in data centres. However, there have been tradeoffs when this role reversal happens. Nokia's new FP4 chipset aims to fix that.

First multi-terabit NPU silicon

Six years have passed since the FP3, or roughly two cycles in the evolution of Moore's Law, so naturally one would expect the new silicon to be smaller, faster and more powerful and efficient. But Alwan said the company took its time to rethink how the packet processing works at the silicon level. To begin with, Nokia redesigned the onboard memory, employing 2.5D and 3D layouts on 16 nm Fin Field Effect Transistor (FinFET) technology. The single chip contains 22 dies, including memory stacks and control logic. It runs at 2.4 Tbit/s half-duplex, or 6x more capacity than the current generation 400 Gbit/s FP3 chipset. The FP4 will support full terabit IP flows. All conventional routing capabilities are included. Deep classification capabilities include enhanced packet intelligence and control, policy controls, telemetry and security.

The FP4 could be used to provide an in-service upgrade to Nokia's current line of core routers and carrier switches. It will also be used to power a new family of 7750 SR-s series routers designed for single-node, cloud scale density. In terms of specs, the SR-s boasts a 144 Tbit/s configuration supporting port densities of up to 144 future terabit links, 288 x 400 Gbit/s ports, or 1,440 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Absolute capacity could be doubled for a maximum of 288 Tbit/s configuration. It runs the same software as the company's widely-deployed systems. The first 7750 SR-s boxes are already running in Nokia labs and the first commercial shipments are expected in Q4.

Nokia is also introducing a chassis extension option to push its router into petabit territory. Without using the switching shelf concept employed in the multi-chassis designs of its competitors, Nokia is offering the means to integrate up to six of its 7750 SRS-s routers into a single system. This results in 576 Tbit/s of capacity, enough for densities of up to 2,880 x 100 GBE ports or 720 x 400 Gbit/s ports. Adding up the numbers, it is not truly petabit-class, but at 576 Tbit/s it is more than halfway there.

Network telemetry leads to security
Another interesting twist concerns security and petabit-class routing. In December 2016, Nokia agreed to acquire Deepfield, a start-up specialising in real-time analytics for IP network performance management and security. Deepfield, founded in 2011 and based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has developed an analytics platform that identifies over 30,000 popular cloud applications and services. Its Internet Genome tracks how traffic runs to and through networks to reach subscribers, in real time, and without the need for probes, taps and monitors in the network itself. At the time of the deal, Nokia said it would integrate Deepfield big data analytics with the dynamic control capabilities of open SDN platforms, such as the Nokia Network Services Platform (NSP) and Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP).

Expanding on this idea, Alwan said Deepfield can really leverage the routers rather than probes to understand what is happening to the traffic. Fewer probes mean lower investment. More importantly, Deepfield could be used to track DDoS attacks passing through the core of the network rather than at the edge destination target. The new FP4 silicon is said to be a very good match for this application.


          China Telecom and Orange Business Services Target IoT   
China Telecom and Orange Business Services announced the extension of their strategic partnership into the IoT space during the launch event of eSurfing on the Silk Road, IoT with the World in Shanghai, China, with the new cooperation designed to enable the companies to serve enterprise customers via a combined footprint across three continents.

Through the expanded agreement, multinational customers of China Telecom and Orange will be able to deploy IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) services across each other's networks.

China Telecom enterprise customers with outbound IoT businesses can deploy their assets and offerings on the Orange networks in Europe and Africa, while Orange's global enterprise customers can access the Chinese market utilising China Telecom's IoT network resources and business capabilities. In addition, both partners propose a global solution to address local IoT connectivity requirements leveraging eUICC capabilities and the commonly deployed Device Connectivity Platform from Ericsson.

China Telecom and Orange plan to cooperate commercially and technically to create new service models designed to address global IoT opportunities. Under the agreement, Orange will become one of China Telecom's preferred partners for connectivity in Europe and Africa, while China Telecom will support Orange in delivering connectivity in China.

The agreement also encompasses joint exploration of the potential for enhancing existing IoT capabilities and the application of new technologies such as mobile IoT in the global market.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Deng Xiao Feng, MD of global business department of China Telecom, said, "China is one of the fastest growing markets for IoT applications, China Telecom is working with Orange to push for the building of an advanced IoT solution to capture global IoT opportunities… China Telecom (and) Orange will address the increasing IoT demand and… support enterprise customers with the IoT Open Platform".


          Coding4Fun Second Quarter 2017 Round-Up   

Scanning this past Quarter's posts, it's pretty easy to see some meta-themes. IoT, VS 2017, UWP and lots of Pi... :)

Coding4Fun Blog

Cloning Your VS 2017 Packages
Small Basic is Now Available in the Windows Store
C64ForTheWin - C64 Development on your Windows Machine
Squish That Whitespace
One Browser Extension Tutorial to Rule...
Cortana goes IoT
Menees VS Tools Updated for Visual Studio 2017
ReactXP - A library for building cross-platform apps
"Happy Path” to IoT
Functioning Private Visual Studio Gallery via Azure Functions
dotnet CLI Tool Build Redux
Sock IoT with this Azure Connected System-on-a-chip Project
Breaking the Breakpoint Blues with the Breakpoint Generator
Rion's "Contributing to .NET for Dummies"
End-to-End IoT with Azure Services
Adding Fire to your Coding with Fira Code Font
Keeping Track of Your Code's Performance with CodeTrack
Hello World .NET Core Pi
Make Visual Studio Zoom with Font Sizer
Scratch is Ten!
Raspberry PI ASP.NET Core MVC
WTS FTW 10T (Windows Template Studio For The Windows 10 Template)
Get Started with the Cortana Skills Kit
OpenZWave for UWP and .NET
dotnet new Template Creator
ToDo - Voice Activated IoT RPi ToDo List
Don't Skimp Code Security, Check Out DevSkim
Leveling Up with MonoGame and XML
iBeacons and UWP
CodeMaid Gets Some VB Loving and more...
From 0 to 100 with this ASP.NET Core/AngularX Project Template
Raspberry Pi Online Simulator and Azure IoT
Code Analysis at Compile? Why? Do it Live!
VSCode Your Next PWA
Getting Started with Azure IoT
Remarkable Comments with Remarker
Windows Template Studio (WTS) 1.1 Now Available

Coding4Fun Kinect Gallery

HoloOCR'ing
Kinecting to Art
HoloLens Terminator Vision
Kinect to HoloLens with Hololens-Kinect
Visual Gesture Builder (VGB)
HoloLens, Kinect and Telepresence
UrhoSharp HoloLens
Kinect to Your Inner Actor/Actress with Play The Knave
Kinect to Bouldering Pong
Kinect to Joints... Rotations that is...
Kinect to Zen Meditation
Kinect to at Home Rehab
HoloToolkit Setup - June Edition

Just June's Posts...

Coding4Fun Blog

ToDo - Voice Activated IoT RPi ToDo List
Don't Skimp Code Security, Check Out DevSkim
Leveling Up with MonoGame and XML
iBeacons and UWP
CodeMaid Gets Some VB Loving and more...
From 0 to 100 with this ASP.NET Core/AngularX Project Template
Raspberry Pi Online Simulator and Azure IoT
Code Analysis at Compile? Why? Do it Live!
VSCode Your Next PWA
Getting Started with Azure IoT
Remarkable Comments with Remarker
Windows Template Studio (WTS) 1.1 Now Available

Coding4Fun Kinect Gallery

Kinect to Bouldering Pong
Kinect to Joints... Rotations that is...
Kinect to Zen Meditation
Kinect to at Home Rehab
HoloToolkit Setup - June Edition

Past Round-Ups

Coding4Fun January 2017 Round-up
Coding4Fun February 2017 Round-up
Coding4Fun First Quarter 2017 Round-Up
Coding4Fun April 2017 Round-up
Coding4Fun May 2017 Round-up

Coding4Fun 2014 Round-Up
Coding4Fun 2015 Round-Up
Coding4Fun 2016 Round-Up

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          Re: Multnomah County Republicans Formally Allow Militia Groups to Run Security   
"The volunteers are afraid of going to Portland street fairs and Portland events because of what happened to them,"

'What happened to them' being that some of the Oath Keeper's friends in Patriot Prayer sent an anonymous letter to threaten themselves to claim victim-hood, misunderstanding that Antifa would never deign to send a missive to public entities, since, you know, they don't beleive public institutions are legitimate.
Posted by The Beans
          IoT Google and the Connected Car   

Collaboration focuses on the next generation of connected car systems, using the Android open-source platform Google and FCA will showcase the seamless integration of Android with the award-winning Uconnect 8.4-inch connected system Android offers automakers user interface customization, a full-featured automotive infotainment stack and ability to integrate Android apps into the vehicle’s infotainment system Hands-on […]

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          New Zealand vs. British & Irish Lions: Start Time, Live Stream for 2017 2nd Test   

New Zealand can end the British and Irish Lions' hopes of a series victory on Saturday with a win in the second Test at Wellington's Westpac Stadium.

The Lions made a bright start at Auckland's Eden Park last Saturday as they looked to surprise the All Blacks in Game 1 of this summer's series, but the visitors ultimately ran out of steam en route to a convincing 30-15 loss.

Preventing New Zealand from gaining their usual second wind in the last 30 minutes of Saturday's Test will be a chief priority for the travelling outfit this time around, although many have tried and failed in that regard.

Lions coach Warren Gatland has changed up the team ahead of Game 2, however, and his side need a win if they're to keep alive any hopes of stopping New Zealand from finishing the series in early fashion.

We take a look at some of the players likely to play key roles in Saturday's crunch encounter, complete with all the fixture details and live-stream information you'll need to tune into the action. 

       

Date: Saturday, July 1

Time: 8:35 a.m. BST/3:35 a.m. ET/7:35 p.m. local time

Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Live Stream: Sky Go app (UK)

       

Sonny Bill Williams

One of the key areas of debate this week has oddly enough been the midfield, where England centre Ben Te'o has dropped to the bench, with compatriot Owen Farrell taking his place while Johnny Sexton slots in at fly-half.

It's a bold move for Gatland to make considering one of Te'o's primary roles last Saturday was caging New Zealand behemoth Sonny Bill Williams, and the Telegraph's Paul Hayward thought he did a fine job in that regard:

Indeed Farrell doesn't pose the same hulking figure as compatriot Te'o in the centre, and there is the added risk of Williams running riot should the sometimes No. 10 lose out by a wide margin in the physicality department.

But the prospect of seeing Farrell trampled into the Westpac Stadium soil hasn't crossed the mind of Gatland, who has insisted the Englishman and Ireland's Sexton can stop the Kiwi crusher, per Nick Purewal of the Evening Standard:

"Johnny and Owen haven't started but have had quite a bit of time together. It's just given us two ball players and two kicking options at first and second receiver, so we're happy with the mix.

"One concern we might have is that looking at the long-range weather forecast it doesn't look too great for Saturday night. So we may have to change how we play tactically."

"And of course defensively we'll have to do a job on Sonny Bill Williams, too. He came pretty direct at us and got away a couple of offloads, so it's going to be important we shut him down."

Gatland touched on the added dynamism his backs will likely have as a result of swapping Farrell in for Te'o, but ex-England centre and former Lion Mike Tindall has also warned of the imbalance that could follow:

It's not as though Farrell hasn't played and taken down big centres in the past, but Williams isn't only big and as athletic as they come, he also boasts some of the silkiest hands in the game.

Therefore, Gatland could either outwit New Zealand counterpart Steve Hansen as a result of his changes, or he could have just handed Williams the keys to the kingdom as he looks to run riot from the All Blacks' core.

       

Maro Itoje

Though some of Gatland's decisions during this summer's tour have been contentious, not many can argue the point that England star and first-time Lion Maro Itoje isn't deserving of his place in the XV.

He's only recently begun to make strides on the international stage, but he's already established himself as one of the northern hemisphere's greatest talents, one that should have started Game 1, according to ex-England lock Ben Kay:

Wales second-row Alun Wyn Jones will be an unfamiliar partner for the 22-year-old, but Itoje's maturity beyond his years was recently illustrated by Murray Kinsella of The42.ie:

The fact Itoje could have his chance to make an impact across 80 minutes this time around, as opposed to his 30-minute stint off the bench in Auckland, could make a difference to the Lions' hopes in itself.

That's the unique talent Gatland has opted to trust from the beginning this time around, although a big task awaits the Saracens star in ensuring the occasion doesn't become too overwhelming.

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          "The Flight" Chapter 2 of Apurvai, a travelogue by P.L. "PuLa" Deshpande   
Many years ago, I translated chapter 1 from the 1960 book. You don't HAVE TO read it to follow this chapter, but it is recommended. Unlike my other translations which were done from audio files of PuLa narrating his work, this one has been done from the actual book. So even Marathis who've never read the book will find something new here. 

To set the stage a little, in this chapter, PuLa describes the experience of his first ever international flight. Based on the references to the Suez Crisis, I'm guessing it happened in 1956 or 1957. So almost 60 years ago! I was surprised to learn of the sheer number of stopovers flights had to make in those days. It is indeed a different era. But so much of what he writes resonated with me in terms of my experiences with international flights. Which is why I chose to translate this although it isn't as ROFLMAO funny as the previous chapter.

Usual caveats - Much of PuLa's humor comes from how he played with the Marathi language, and it can get lost in translation. But his observations and descriptions stay relevant even 55 years later.

Our flight to London from Santa Cruz airport was scheduled for 11 PM on August 20th. It wasn't my first time flying, but it was the first time I was flying to another country, that too on a huge airplane. I had been told to reach the airport about an hour before the flight. Even if I hadn't been told this, I would've gone there two hours before. Because even when I am taking an M.S.M. train (or as you kids today call it, Southern Railway), I go to the station an hour early. Even if I have a reserved seat. 

I find it convenient to allow that buffer for unforeseen but predictable events like getting on the wrong train, not being able to find my compartment, taxi to the station breaking down, heavy rain causing waterlogging, forgetting some important stuff at home and realizing it halfway to the station, forgetting to fill the water bottle, and of course, panicking every few minutes thinking that I have either forgotten the ticket at home or lost it. 

And of course, Indian Railways regularly contributes with unforeseen but predictable events of its own. Just as you've spread out a sheet on your berth and laid down, a railways employee comes and says the compartment has some problems, so we need to shift to another one. It takes about 45 minutes to find a porter, find the replacement compartment, and move all the luggage. It turns out that if you turn the lights on, the fan stops working, and if you turn the fan on, the lights stop working. Finally both are fixed, and when you go to the bathroom, there is no water in the compartment. So you have to stay awake till Lonand to find a guard and complain about it. If you're lucky, it'll get fixed by the time the train reaches Nira. Or then wait till Miraj at 5 AM so you can use the bathroom on the station. 

So even if you go very early to the station, there's no guarantee that your rail journey will be pleasant. I wonder if we are destined to ever get railways that take the responsibility of passenger comfort seriously. Until then, there are only two ways to travel without any problems - on foot like Vinoba Bhave or by air.

Or so I thought.

When I bought my tickets at the Air India office, the lady behind the counter had told me to reach the airport at 9 PM. And then, flashing me a disarming smile, suggested that I call the airline before leaving to make sure the plane wasn't delayed. So just as we were about to leave, I remembered that smile and mentioned this to the huge contingent of friends, family, and neighbors gathered at our house to bid us farewell.

"Haha, don't be an idiot! It's a plane, not an ST bus to be delayed. Airlines operate with second-by-second precision!"

A friend, who had never traveled an inch north of Malad or south of Kala Ghoda, said making me feel like an idiot in front of everyone. This guy has always had this publicly dismissive attitude towards me. I don't know why I am still friends with him. When I told him I was being sent to England by Doordarshan, his first reaction was,

"You??? Why??? Looks like the government has too much money to waste!"

When I first wore the suit mentioned in the previous chapter, he laughed and said I looked like a trumpeter from one of the Dhobi Talao wedding bands. Totally unnecessary snark. But he can't help it. So even though he had no first hand experience on the matter, he stayed true to his nature and ridiculed me for wondering if I should call the airline to check the flight status.

My wife called the airline office anyway. And we came to know that because the incoming plane from Tokyo hadn't reached yet, our flight was delayed by two hours. 

I winced. The idea of sitting in Mumbai's humidity for two more hours wearing a three piece suit, that noose-like tie, those damned expensive Chinese shoes, the nylon socks bought after the Middle East cooled down, and a thick coat meant for England's cold weather, was unbearable. I was tempted to take off all my clothes (except for one) and cal the whole thing off. 

"So....will the plane depart exactly two hours later than scheduled?"

Someone from the annoyingly large farewell contingent asked, and that question suddenly made our house explode into a pointless deliberation that made it resemble a legislative body debating a useless resolution.

"Will the plane leave two hours later or do you go to the airport two hours later?"

"But does two hours really mean two hours?"

"But what does a plane coming from Tokyo have to do with an Air India flight going to London?"

"Let's say the plane reaches earlier than estimated......will it still leave two hours late or earlier than that?"

"Let's say that Tokyo flight is delayed by four hours instead, will your flight leave two hours late or four hours late?"

"Someone told me that last week a flight scheduled for midnight eventually departed after dawn. Is that true?"

"Are you sure it's a plane from Tokyo? Maybe it's Kyoto."

"I just called a friend of mine who works in a restaurant at the airport. He says there is some mechanical problem in this plane, and the Tokyo plane thing is just an excuse."

"So the flight might get cancelled?"

"Do they have a replacement plane? How many planes does All India Radio have anyway?"

"It's Air India, not All India Radio."

"Yeah, same difference."

"Mechanical problems......that's scary!"

"You both have life insurance, right?"

"Remember the plane that crashed at Cairo five years ago? My boss' nephew was on it. His wife got two million as compensation!"

"I've heard you can buy life insurance at the airport."

All this nonsense from people who had nothing to do with our travel whatsoever. I prayed to god to rescue me from this plane chaos by sending the plane he sent for Sant Tukaram. 

"I'm telling you guys. Instead of spending the two hours sitting at home, spend them sitting at the airport. Let's say they repair the plane early and it leaves before time. What are you going to do? It's not like you can catch it on the way. It's not the Barshi-Pandharpur passenger train. Hehehehe!"

So finally, following the over-cautious traditions of my train journeys, we reached the airport at 9:30 PM for a plane that was scheduled to depart at 1:30 AM. Some of my other friends and colleagues were at the airport already to see me off. They either didn't know that the plane was delayed, or even if they knew, they were aware of my over-cautious traditions. 

All my friends at the airport made me feel very awkward and also emotional by showering me with so many garlands and bouquets, that the airport officials thought I was a politician. And I had an epiphany at that moment - the greatest wealth in my life is my friends. If wealth were to be measured in friendships, I am probably richer than Tata-Birla combined. I have so many dear friends in so many walks of life! And so many of them had come late at night and out of the way to the airport to see me off. 

I felt touched but also embarrassed. Firstly, I still wasn't sure I could pull off the suit-boot look. Having such a huge audience for it felt weird. And then there were these garlands and bouquets. I was overwhelmed. I have gotten used to getting such attention at functions and award shows and suchlike. But on this occasion, I was feeling like I had an emotional debt to pay off. Just popping by to say goodbye is one thing, but these guys had come all the way to the airport!

My embarrassment was compounded by the fact that I hadn't really done or achieved anything to deserve all the attention that night. When I get such attention after a successful theater performance, it's okay. At least I gave them some happiness, and they are appreciating it. But that night, my wife and I were just flying to England like thousands of people do everyday. And yet my mob of friends at the airport had made me feel like I was doing something special. With a luggage full of such love and good wishes, I started feeling confident that even if all the engines of the plane failed, I could fly anywhere I wanted. 

The crowd of friends and all the flowers being heaped on me made the press photographers hanging around think that I was some big deal. They suddenly started snapping our pictures like paparazzi. In all this chaos, one of my friends went to the airport officials and convinced them to open a "VIP Lounge" for me. A sturdy fellow in a crisp uniform politely asked us to follow him to the VIP lounge. 

At that moment, my wife looked at me happily with an expression that said - "all these years that I have put up with you are finally paying off!"

As we were led into the imposingly plush VIP lounge, I started feeling even more awkward. Given our colonial history, I know that "England returned" has a certain halo attached to it. But I had no idea that the halo starts appearing even before you leave India. I started feeling worried about the possibility of a real VIP showing up and frowning at how our raucous farewell contingent had made the VIP lounge resemble Khandke's chawl. 

Even in all that chaos, I overheard one of the uniformed guys whispering to the other,

"Nowadays, any random person can become a VIP."

His colleague responded,

"Hoga koi Minister ka baccha nahi toh jamai!"

and walked away.

So I tried to appear and act as VIP-ish as possible. I went around folding my hands and solemnly thanking all the people who had come to see me off. Then I started giving away the garlands and bouquets to kids and being unnecessarily nice to them. Basically, emulating every aspect of VIP behavior that I could remember. 

A few of the professional photographers kept taking pictures of all this, and then offered to send them to me. They helpfully quoted a "professional" rate for it that was ten times what it would cost to get a photo taken in my neighborhood studio. But I was pretending to be a VIP and had to play the part. Once I parted with all the advance payments for the photos, the expression on my face finally came to resemble something that actually deserved to be photographs. I have no idea where those expensive photos are now, by the way.

Eventually there was an announcement that the customs check process had started, and we finally prepared to leave that VIP cell....I mean lounge. While leaving, I handed a generous tip to the uniformed guys standing at the door. The astounded expressions on their faces made me realize that real VIPs probably never hand out any tips. They hand out only two things - promises or threats.

We left the lounge and walked straight to the weighing scales near the customs area. I put our bags on it one by one and felt relieved when each of them were a pound or so less than the 44 pound limit. My wife on the other hand seemed a little disappointed and said,

"Hmpf, I guess we could have taken a few more papads then."

I ignored her and walked to the customs booth, standing in front of the officer with an appropriately guilty expression on my face.

This was the second time in my life that I had faced a customs officer. A few years ago, when returning from Goa (then a Portuguese territory) I stood in front of a customs officer for the first time. Everyone in front of me had been questioned extensively and had their bags checked thoroughly. So I was already terrified. Even though there was no reason to be terrified. In the entire crowd there, we were probably the only ones returning from Goa without as much as a tiny piece of chocolate. But customs booths are one of those weirdly imposing places where I feel nervous by default.

Some people are scared of a dentist's chair. Not me. I have been to dentists many times. One dentist actually turned my simple complaint of an aching tooth into an imperative to extract it with the glee of a professional sadist. It hurt so much, I think I actually saw a few angels waiting to welcome me into heaven. But even then, the next time I went to a (different, obviously) dentist, I went with the ease with which I go to Kulkarni's restaurant to eat bhajiyas. No fear or worries. But put me in front of a custom's officer and my heart starts racing.

There are many random entries in my list of "people I am irrationally scared of". For some reason, I am terrified of every liftman. Not afraid of the actual lift, mind you. It's not like I am scared that the lift will plummet to the basement or anything. I am just scared of the liftmen, at least in Mumbai, where almost all of them seem to have a cold blank expression on their face. I am also terrified of waiters in fancy restaurants. If one is standing next to me, I feel so nervous that I invariably spill something. I was never scared of male teachers, but female teachers always petrified me. And I can slap a doctor on his back and sing songs with him even when he is in the middle of surgery, but when it comes to nurses, my hands start trembling even if I am handing them a note. I have no idea why I carry these bizarre fears in my heart.

That customs officer I encountered when returning from Goa had insulted me rather painfully! I still shudder and shed a tear when I think about it.

When it was my turn, he asked me my name, address, and profession. Those days, I earned my living in a college fostering deep hatred for literature among the students. As soon as I told the officer that I was a Professor, and that too of Marathi, he just looked straight into my eyes, and with an expression conveying immense pity, said,

"You can go."

He didn't ask to search my luggage, didn't ask me if I was carrying any contraband, didn't even ask me if I had anything to declare. With utter conviction that I lacked the ability or the means to smuggle in alcohol, gold, cigarettes, or anything like that, he sent me on my way. I have never felt more humiliated. I would've preferred it if he had instead put me through a two hour long interrogation under a bright lamp.

So that day in Mumbai airport, I was wondering if the customs officer in charge of examining departing passengers would be more respectful. He looked at my bags, then glanced at my face, and then wordlessly made some chalk markings on the bags and waved me through. Rude, isn't it?

Next my wife and I went to Passport Control. Our passports had been issued two years ago and were valid for three more years. But one of my friends in the farewell party had authoritatively said, 

"Ohhhh.....just three years validity left? That might create problems. Good luck!"

I nervously handed over the passports to the officer. He glanced at them for a nanosecond and returned them to me. I was less worried about the validity and more worried about the passport photo. But the officer had evidently discovered some similarity between my passport photo and the way I actually look. Once we were done with that, a health officer quickly made sure we had taken the necessary vaccinations and we were done.

Once we got the "worthy of traveling abroad" certification from Pandit Nehru's people, all we could do was wait for the plane to leave. It was past midnight. The departure area at Santa Cruz is decorated and furnished in a very modern way. There are lots of comfortable couches and chairs for passengers to relax in. But my wife and I were sitting there uncomfortably, feeling out of place.

There was a European couple sitting in front of us. They seemed confused by Indian currency. These were the days when paisa coins co-existed with anna coins and the poor visitors had no idea if the many coins they had were worth five rupees or five annas. Hoping to give them a happy memory of Indian hospitality, I jumped in to offer unsolicited advice and ended up compounding their confusion even more. Finally my better half stepped in, sorted the whole thing out, and informed them that Indian women have a much better understanding of money than Indian men. 

The European couple left for their flight and I started looking around at other fellow-passengers. With a parochial mindset, I went around to see if there were other Marathi folk there, and soon met a man named Patil and a student named Joshi. I was there representing the Deshpande name. All we were missing was a Kulkarni. If we had found one, we would have had Patil-Joshi-Deshpande-Kulkarni, the four pillars of the ancient Marathi administrative set-up. Sadly there was no Kulkarni on that flight, but it did end up having a pilot named Nadkarni. Nadkarni is essentially the South Kannada version of Kulkarni, so I guess we ended up with the full set eventually.

 Around 1 AM, the plane's wings must have fluttered because suddenly, there was a lot of activity around us. The crowd started walking in one direction, and we went along. I looked at the glass barrier at the customs desk and saw our contingent was still patiently waiting. The elders had tears in their eyes and the younger lot looked like they were cracking stale jokes at our expense and passing them off as new. 

When we eventually reached the gate, I confirmed three times that it was the right plane. Or else we'd wake up the next morning in Cochin instead of Cairo. I still carried emotional scars from the night at Pune station that I got on a train to go to Kolhapur and woke up the next morning to find I was in a compartment parked in the Pune railway yard. I have always had the kind of luck where I take a girlfriend to watch a movie on the sly and run into a nosy old relative who decided to come watch the same movie. And I couldn't afford to let that luck mess up international travel. 

There was an air hostess standing at the door, welcoming us with an unnaturally wide smile. The rest of the crew, dressed in crisp dark trousers and skirts and blindingly white shirts, sporting wing shaped lapel pins and painstakingly groomed mustaches, was darting about doing their work. We reached our seats and stared out the tiny oblong window at the terminal, wondering if our friends and family were still there. 

Once I was in the seat, I assured myself that despite all apparent obstacles, it now seemed like I would definitely go to England, and fastened the seat belt around my stomach. The engines started humming and the fans started rotating one by one.   The plane got going. After zooming along the ground for a mile or so, it slowed down and stopped at the other end of the runway. 

As soon as it stopped, I started fearing the worst. The plane had already been delayed by mechanical problems. I wasn't sure if they had fixed the problems completely or had postponed some repairs. Maybe now they'd discover more problems. I also carried emotional scars from bus drivers who'd make passengers board on a scorching hot day, bake them in that tin box for an hour while they waited, and then open the bonnet of the bus to examine what's wrong with the engine. 

Luckily, nothing like that happened. In a couple of minutes, the plane started moving again, then sped up, and eventually left terra firma in a graceful glide. I watched the airport rapidly disappear from my view and before I knew it, Mumbai started resembling a gem-laden ornament below us. In that ornament, four million people were probably dreaming as they slept, while I sat with wide open eyes, realizing my childhood dream of foreign travel. 

And next to me was my soul mate and my life partner accompanying me on this adventure. Over the previous twelve years, we had built many castles in the air together, while never feeling tempted to build a house on the ground. We never stayed in one place for more than 2-3 years anyway. We had in common a huge appetite for new challenges and new experiences. And the latest one was to be living in England for 5-6 months.

Our flight had been in the air for a while, and the plane was completely dark as was the sky outside, but I still couldn't sleep. The plane was completely packed and experienced travelers were already snoring. Our air-hostess was Japanese. She was promptly and efficiently offering candy and nuts to travelers with a studied smile straight out of the training syllabus. Her walk was brisk and her voice had the crispness of springtime. 

I was feeling really hot. That damned suit on my body started feeling like clunky armor and I again cursed myself for wearing it on the plane. I looked around and was taken aback when I noticed at an Englishman sitting in front of me. Here I was, wearing a brand new three piece suit because I was going to his snooty country. And this dude was sitting there looking very relaxed in khaki shorts, a flannel shirt with some twenty five pockets, and a flimsy felt hat that did not match.

So I discreetly looked around at the other white people on the flight. Not a single one of them was dressed even as remotely formally as I was. Sitting there overdressed in that damned suit in the middle of the night, I started feeling like even more of a neophyte than I already was. 

Suddenly the Japanese air-hostess appeared with a small wet towel on a plate. I eyed the towel suspiciously for a second. I had no idea what purpose a wet towel was supposed to serve at two in the morning. But I was brought up never to turn a plate away, so I picked up the towel and thanked her. I looked at my wife to see if she had any suggestions, but she was fast asleep. I slowly glanced across the aisle and saw that the guy there was gently rubbing the towel on his face. I did the same, and the cool cologne scented fabric gave me some relief from the intense heat I was experiencing. 

Our massive jumbo jet was slicing through the darkness leaving cities and mountains behind. I was finally feeling a little drowsy. Almost everyone around me, including my wife, was already asleep. That Englishman with the khaki shorts was in fact trying to drown out the noise of the engine with his own booming multi-octave snores with his mouth open. The ex-subject of Her Majesty's realm inside me felt relieved to observe first-hand that even the English can snore with their mouths open. Because once our travel plans were made, I was a bit worried about that. 

You see, I am one of "those" too. But over the course of my life, I have come across some impressively loud snorers. My grandma says that people with big hearts and minds snore the most. I don't know if there is any correlation between big bodies and big hearts and minds - I won't mind if there is. I started thinking a lot about snoring and hearts and minds. I do remember that I spent a lot of time thinking about it. But I don't know for how long, because the next thing I knew, I was waking up to the dawn's early light.

Our plane was flying over a huge desert. I noted how different this dawn was from any other dawn I had experienced in my life, thousands of miles over a limitless desert. This experience, coming right after I had experienced a darkness so different from any other darkness I had experienced in my life, spurred some philosophical and metaphorical thoughts. It felt like I was witness to the dawn of a new phase of my life. I thought about my recent years and realized that I hadn't really experienced real dawn in years. In Mumbai's fast-paced hectic life, by the time my day ended, it was usually well past midnight. So by the time I usually woke up, dawn would have given up on waiting for me and slid away, making way for harsh sunlight. 

Our Japanese air-hostess, still looking as fresh as a dew-kissed flower, was making the rounds with hot fortifying beverages for the morning. I have never found those beverages particularly fortifying immediately after waking up, so I politely declined her offer of tea or coffee. Instead, I got up and headed to the bathroom. Taking care not to wake up or bump into any of the other passengers, I tiptoed my way to the front, and slowly opened the door to what I thought was the bathroom. Instead I found myself face-to-face with the fine gentlemen flying the plane. It was the cockpit door! I guess the expression on my face gave away what my need was because the co-pilot, without saying anything, pointed me to the correct door. 

I finished my morning ablutions and returned to the seat to find the "fasten seatbelts" sign flashing. By the time I was able to find the belt and buckle it up, the plane had started its rapid descent. I looked out the window and saw that we were headed to a desert island surrounded by more desert. I assumed it was Cairo, our first stopover. I started looking around the landscape in the hopes of spotting some pyramids. By the time I spotted a bump that I thought was a pyramid and was about to point it out to my wife, the plane was touching down, and before I knew it, it was standing stationary in a foreign land.

I looked at the dinky terminal outside the window and was a little disappointed that a city as renowned as Cairo should have an airport that looks more like an ST bus stand. But once we got off the plane, I learned that we were not in Cairo, but in some place called "Bahrain" instead. I felt a bit like Columbus who reached land confident that he was in India but then discovered that he was instead in some strange land he did not know anything about. And I felt relieved that I had not pointed out those supposed pyramids to my wife.

I had never heard of Bahrain before and had no idea where the hell it exactly was or why we were there instead of Cairo. But we walked into the terminal and headed for the restaurant. I learned that there were oilfields nearby and that Bahrain is a small island nation that is known for its oilfields. That was pretty much all we learned about the place. 

We sat in the restaurant, ordered tea, and waited while the plane was refueled. The tea arrived after a long time. One sip of that concoction and I was convinced that in Bahrain, they used dried date palm leaves in lieu of tea leaves and the milk probably came from a camel instead of a cow. Over the course of my life, I have tasted many different kinds of tea......except of course the spilled tea from Mongini's mentioned in the previous chapter. Tea served in small glass tumblers in Mumbai, tea served in mud bowls on the banks of the Narmada, tea served in metallic cups in Madras, masala milk tea, railway station tea flavored with charcoal, tea without milk, tea without sugar, and even Chinese tea made from jasmine flowers. But I will never EVER forget that horrible tea from Bahrain airport. I will happily drink the bitterest castor potion than drink that tea again.

Well, at least the tea was free, because it was paid for by the airline.

Pretty soon, the plane was ready and we all climbed back into its belly. The plane took off soon and headed for Cairo. The flight from Bahrain to Cairo was essentially just desert after desert after desert. Once in a while, just as a change of scenery, there would be a small strip of water. But otherwise, totally barren. Not a single glimpse of green. 

And that's when I really understood why the green flag of Islam came was hoisted in these deserts first. The prophet was very clever in choosing the color green for his flag. It is obvious why millions of Arabs enthusiastically followed that rare pleasant colored flag. I'm sure that the green flag was as instrumental in the spread of Islam as the Koran was. Add to it the moon that the desert dwellers probably equated with the relief provided by night, and I felt I had to applaud the prophet for his grasp of semiotics. 

It was about 8:30 in the morning. I was staring at the desert out the window hoping to spot a camel train. But in vain. I did spot a lot of dry river beds though. Soon the sun got really bright and the glare made it difficult to keep looking outside. Soon our plane moved from the sea of sand to a sea of water. Being geographically challenged, I first decided it was the Red Sea, then the Caspian Sea, then the Black Sea, and then the Dead Sea. I still have no idea which one it was.

A while later, there were murmurs all around that we were flying over the Suez Canal. All passengers looked out the windows, identified the first strip of water they could find, and assured themselves that it was the Suez Canal. Again, no idea if any of those were actually the Suez Canal. From the height we were flying at, every strip of water looked as tiny as the Fergusson College canal in Pune. But in one strip, I spied some dots that seemed like boats and I silently convinced myself that it was indeed the Suez Canal. It was hard to believe that this tiny strip of water was responsible for almost starting World War 3 and almost sinking my travel plans.  

When your plane is flying so high that you can only see the sky and clouds above you as well as below you, you can't help but get philosophical. You forget any fears you have about the plane crashing. Looking at creation from a height that makes even seas look like saucers of water makes you realize how insignificant you are in the whole scheme of things. As our plane flew towards Cairo, I couldn't help but realize that I was looking at the cradle of civilization. These deserts were where the Babylonian, Sumerian, and Assyrian civilizations had once bloomed. Where the library of Alexandria was once home to millions of of books that were burned. I'm assuming some Big Four or Big Five must have had a summit even then and decided that burning books was in the best interests of the world.

As impressive as the sights of great oceans, great skies, and great lands is while flying, one look at the great space when flying above clouds make them all pale in comparison. And you start wondering what the whole point of creation is, and whether you make any difference to it whatsoever. 

Our plane was about to reach Cairo soon and I started thinking about it. Egypt is an ancient civilization, much like India. Historians have discovered that trade and cultural links between Egypt and India date back millenia. This is the land that saw rich culture flourish for millenia even before Christ was born. And when Christ was born, the bright star that shone was above these lands too. This is the land where Jews, Christians, and Muslims found their faiths and then unfurled the blood-soaked flags of those faiths.

I was in the middle of these thoughts and didn't even realize when I dozed off. The next thing I knew, someone was yelling "KAHIRO!!!!", waking me up.

The first sight I saw at Cairo airport was of battle-ready fighter jets. Next to them were imposing anti-aircraft guns with their barrels pointed to the sky. The stage seemed to be set for the next big war. The only question seemed to be which actors would enter the stage first and who the director would be. Actors from dozens of countries seemed to be ready, with war-paint on, or make-up on. Who knew when the final act would start and when it would end.

When I read a big sign that said, "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT", I felt like someone had sprayed a stream of cold water on my face on an oppressively hot day. Why shouldn't all human beings be welcomed heartily all over this little planet of ours? Although as long as there exist things like passports and visas, built on an assumption of distrust of fellow human beings, can we really expect true expressions of such humanity? The sign that said "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT"....to any "you" who reached there, regardless of race, religion, gender, creed.....why shouldn't such signs and more importantly sentiments, be displayed everywhere?

The funny thing is, this "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT" sign was right next to the massive anti-aircraft guns and the irony endemic to human existence tickled me and troubled me in equal amounts.

We headed to the restaurant inside the terminal. The waiters there were very friendly and polite, and served us some divine Egyptian coffee. Compared to Mumbai airport, I thought Cairo airport was small. There was a lot of new construction happening around us though. Egypt is currently in the midst of writing a new chapter in its history. Everybody is watching carefully to see which way their new statesman (Nasser) takes them.

It was in Cairo airport that I first encountered Egyptian people. And as I examined their appearance carefully, I wondered how many Egyptians there might be in Mumbai too. Because in terms of appearance, I didn't really see any major differences between Egyptians and Indians. Beyond the facts I had memorized in my childhood to score 2 marks in the history exam, such as pyramids, mummies, pharaohs, and the Nile river, my knowledge about Egypt was as barren as their desert. I had never even thought about anyone living in Egypt other than Cleopatra, General Najeeb, and now this Nasser fellow.

Suddenly, I was overcome by a profound sense of ignorance and curiosity as a foreigner in a foreign land. And sitting there in the Cairo airport, I started thinking about how day-to-day life in Egypt must be and how I knew nothing about it. How do school teachers, lawyers, and bureaucrats here dress? Is it similar to how those folks dress in India? What is the most popular item in a typical restaurant in Egypt? Do wives here refer to their husbands by name or is there some tactful pronoun that has been coined for the purpose like in India? With each passing second, the expanse of my ignorance about this fascinating culture seemed to exceed the expanse of the desert.

Then I started thinking about the people who worked at that airport. For them, a typical day consisted of interacting with travelers from dozens of different countries, for maybe an hour or two at a time, before they went on their way and were replaced by a different set of foreigners. Do they feel the same sense of curiosity and note their ignorance about other cultures? Or has it become just a mundane feature of their lives by now? Do they actively notice the multi-colored lattice of different races and nationalities or does it just pass by in the blink of an eye like a frame from a cinema reel?

I spent the rest of the time in Cairo thinking about all this before we were called back to the plane. The next stopover was Geneva in Switzerland. As our plane surged through the clouds, we gradually left the desert behind and were soon traveling over Europe. Specifically, Italy, as the pilot informed us.

While I was almost entirely ignorant about Egypt except for its ancient history and contemporary politics, I at least knew more about Italy thanks to all the books I had read. Names like Rome, Venice, and Naples started swimming around in my head. I decided that if the plane had to crash right now, I would want it to do so near Naples. I had read that Naples was home to some of the most awe-inspiring sculptures in the world. So if my plane crashed in Naples, I could drag myself to those sculptures, see them first hand, and then die happy.

Yes, I know it is morbid to keep pondering the possibility of the plane crashing but that's how I am and be honest, aren't you too?

But the plane kept going. I kept looking at the Italian landscape underneath and we didn't see Naples or Venice. But we did fly over Rome. It was hard to miss. As I looked at the distant but clear images of various buildings and cathedrals in Rome, I first felt a great sense of satisfaction at seeing them first hand. Then I compensated for the unfamiliar bliss by berating myself for still not having read Gibbon's "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" even after buying it years ago. I made a mental note to read it as soon as I returned home.

When you're flying over different countries of the world, you think more about what you haven't read about those lands than what you have read. In another hour or so, our plane was flying over the gorgeous alps and I realized we were in Europe's Eden.

Soon the plane touched down in Geneva. I had heard a lot of cautionary tales about how the cold in Europe is way worse than anything I might have experienced in India. I experienced it first hand as I walked into the Geneva airport and felt like I had walked into a massive refrigerator. And this was just August! So I shivered a little and prepared for six more months of this inhumanly cold weather. No wonder these white folks ran away and captured our warmer lands.

As soon as I stepped into the chilly Geneva airport, my brain initiated a flashback from 20 years ago from my college days in Pune. I had grown up in Mumbai, where it never gets even remotely chilly. Then in Pune in the winters, every so often, I would wake up to such a chilly morning. It felt more bracing than oppressive, making me feel like running all the way across the world. I had always thought cold weather would make me feel like a shriveled old man, but instead, it made me feel like a daring young man, ready to achieve anything!

Anyway, we walked into the restaurant at the Geneva airport and it looked more like a flower shop than a restaurant. The faces of all the staff members were fresh and enthusiastic like recently bloomed lilies. There was a spring in their step. It didn't look like anyone could ever age, and everyone looked like they were in their 20s even though they probably weren't. We were served coffee in a very elegantly crafted glass cup. And it tasted divine and almost intoxicating. I wondered that if even the coffee here gets my pulse racing so much, what will stronger beverages do? I had heard that Switzerland is a place where extreme beauty and extreme pleasure is the default and my experiences at their airport confirmed it.

I didn't even realize when that stopover at Geneva ended. It was cold, but I was surrounded by beauty, human and non-human, and I felt more alive than I ever had. Before I got back on the plane, I turned around and took a 360 degree mental picture of all I could see of Switzerland from that terminal. The tall trees sheltering cute little houses, the snow-covered peaks of the Alps kissing the deep blue sky. I promised myself to return for a more leisurely visit. When the plane took off, I was looking at a meandering little river as it flowed through the verdant Swiss countryside, when suddenly, our plane ascended above the clouds. And those fluffy white things that a few hours earlier had seemed gorgeous, now seemed like villains for blocking my view of the Swiss landscape. Our journey continued.

The next stop was to be at Dusseldorf in Germany, It had been over 20 hours since we took off from Mumbai. The hands of my watch had already been rotated many times by then. Every hour, the pilot made announcements about how high we were flying, what the temperature outside was, what the local time was, and so on. Passengers around us were saying random things in response to those announcements like, "Oh! 18,000 feet? That's nice! Very high!"

We were flying through clouds at that moment, so I personally couldn't tell the difference between 18,000 feet and 18 million feet. Honestly, this whole thing of estimating distances has been a challenge for me, whether I am in the air or on the ground. Whenever I read about some witness in court say stuff like "the accused was 19 feet away from me", I feel jealous of his ability to express distance so precisely. Because I absolutely suck at it. I can't even remember the inches in my own measurements for shoes, hats, collars, socks, and so on. When a shoe salesman asks what size I want, I just give him the chappals I am wearing then and ask him to figure it out. I have immense respect for people who go shoe shopping and say stuff like "Bring me Number 8 pairs".

And when someone remembers the precise date on which something happened, I feel overcome enough with admiration to go hug them. When I hear someone say stuff like, "I remember it was July 17th...", I am amazed. I suck at dates too. Which is why I always sucked at history in school. Even now, I remember only three dates - Shivaji Maharaj died in 1680, the 1857 uprising happened in 1857, and using multiple reminder mnemonics, my wife's birthday. Other than these three, I have no idea of any other dates. You can ask me when India gained independence and I will try to hedge between 1947 and 1950.

Anyway, the point is, I am horrible with anything that is expressed numerically. So even before I could figure out how high 18,000 feet exactly is, our plane was touching down in Dusseldorf. Before I knew it, we were surrounded by cries of "Achtung! Achtung!" and "Gut! Gut!". My wife and I walked to the terminal, now sick of this sequence of stopovers. Yes. I was in Germany with its rich history and culture and intriguing contemporary split between East and West, but I didn't give a damn. The aforementioned Joshi and Patil left us here and we sat there hoping that we'd reach London before we died of boredom.

Why does the final stretch of the journey always seem to last the longest? Even when I am traveling from Pune to Mumbai by train, it is the same. The time from Pune to Thane or Kalyan seems to breeze by in a happy procession of vada, omelets, chikki, etc. But from there, Mulund, Bhandup, Vikroli, Dadar, etc seem to take an eternity to pass by. Very annoying! It's the same with other trips too. When you're taking a train from Mumbai to Delhi, everything seems great until you reach Mathura, and then after that, things seem to slow down. If you're going from Mumbai to Nagpur. it is Wardha that is the tipping point after which it is all yawns and polite curses.

The flight from Dusseldorf to London seemed similarly annoying and yawn-inducing. Finally, after about the hundredth yawn, the plane started barreling downwards. All the passengers around us seemed to have perked up as the plane continued descending. Finally there was a bump and the plane started slowing down. And a few passengers around me echoed my thoughts,

"Ah! London!"



          Musical: Billy Elliot – eine geniale, puderzuckerfreie Inszenierung   
Elegant schlägt Regisseur Stephen Daldry in seiner Musical-Version von Billy Elliot den Bogen vom derben Arbeitermilieu zur diffizilen Hochkultur - mit großen Gefühlen. In Hamburg feierte sie Premiere.
          TS120: The Bachelor, Senator-Elect Black Dick, Flowers in the Attic, Looking   
This week, Throwing Shade is LOOKING good! (Get it? The tv show "Looking"? Jokes. Funny.) Bryan and Erin also revel in Heather Graham's incredible performance in Lifetime's "Flowers in the Attic" as well as the benefits of swishing coconut oil in your mouth. Bryan throws shade on paid idiot and Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis who said some pretty terrible things about gay people, or as he calls them, "pervert." Then Erin talks about political hopeful Dick Black, who has some truly insane things to say about women.  This week, why not take a bath face-down?  Watch Us!  Every Wednesday on Funny or Die Subscribe and Rate Us! iTunes Tweet Us!  @gibblertron & @bryansafi Use the Hashtag #tspod Email Us! shadethrowing@gmail.com Like Us! Throwing Shade Facebook Page Old School Listen! RSS FeedProud member of Max Fun Podcasting Network 
          Wimbledon 2017 Draw: Bracket, Schedule and Preview of Men and Women's Event   

World No. 1 Andy Murray could face Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter-finals of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships after being drawn in the upper end of the men's singles bracket on Friday.

Murray will face either a qualifier or a lucky loser in the first match of his Wimbledon title defence, and the competition's official Twitter account teased some of the prospective fixtures in the final eight:

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic will be looking to put some of this year's disappointments behind him as he prepares to open his campaign against Martin Klizan.

In the women's singles, top seed Angelique Kerber and Karolina Pliskova were drawn in the top half of the bracket, while Simona Halep and Elena Svitolina took their spots in the bottom half.

Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times provided a look at the men's draw in full:

Read on for a more detailed breakdown and preview of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships' first round following Friday's draw announcement.

Visit the official Wimbledon website for a look at the tournament schedule and the order of play in full.

        

Preview

Murray may be ranked as top seed in the men's singles entering his Wimbledon title defence, but spirits are hardly at their strongest after he exited this month's AEGON Championships in the opening round.

The Scot has appeared in two ATP finals this year, and although he's yet to add any silverware to his collection in 2017, coach Ivan Lendl is confident regarding his charge's chances, per BBC Sport's David Ornstein:

Djokovic will be another high-profile star seeking at least some redemption at SW19, although world No. 44 Klizan is among the more difficult fixtures he could have been handed outside the seeded ranks.

The Serb's run through England's capital won't be an easy one, either, as Reem Abulleil of Sport 360 illustrated he won't have to wait long before the competition really begins to heat up:

Seven-time champion Roger Federer will begin his search for an all-time record eighth Wimbledon crown against Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, with hopes high after enjoying something of a resurgence in 2017 so far.

Nadal has exhibited a rejuvenation of monstrous proportions in recent months and tightened his grip as the French Open's all-time most successful star after adding an unprecedented 10th Roland Garros title to his trophy cabinet.

But the clay season has made way for grass, meaning the Spaniard may no longer be the frontrunner to run riot as he has done at recent competitions.

The women's bracket also features a selection of tantalising potential fixtures as early as the round of 16, as Jose Morgado of Portuguese daily Record posted the women's singles bracket in full:

Serena Williams' pregnancy means the reigning champion will not return to defend her Wimbledon crown, but as was shown by Jelena Ostapenko's shock victory at the French Open, women's titles seem there for the taking.

An open field has emerged in Williams' absence, and Johanna Konta worsened world No. 1 Kerber's 2017 woes with a win at the AEGON International on Thursday, per WTA Insider:

Konta beat Kerber and French Open-winner Ostapenko in the same day to prove her Wimbledon credentials just days prior to the tournament getting underway in earnest, and she'll face Su-Wei Hsieh in the first round.

However, that's provided she's fit to feature in the competition. BBC Sport reported on Friday that Konta was forced to withdraw from the semi-finals in Eastbourne due to a back injury she suffered from a fall during her clash with Kerber.

It's also been reported fourth seed Svitolina is an injury doubt heading to London after she picked up a foot concern at the AEGON Classic, per the official WTA website. She's due to take on Australian Ashleigh Barty in the first round.

At least one American will drop at the first hurdle after Shelby Rogers was drawn against compatriot Julia Boserup.  

Read more Tennis news on BleacherReport.com


          Sigfox : abonnement, couverture, concurrents…   
L'opérateur tricolore basé dans la banlieue de Toulouse, à Labège, déploie son réseau IoT ultra-bas débit dans 32 pays. Mais il doit faire face à la concurrence féroce de l'alliance LoRa.
          New Java Champions: Emmanuel Bernard, Chris Newland and Bert Jan Schrijver   

Welcome three new Java Champions: Emmanuel Bernard, Chris Newland and Bert Jan Schrijver

 

Emmanuel Bernard is a data platform architect at JBoss. He has been a contributor and lead of open source projects for over 15 years and has led the Hibernate portfolio since 2008. He also contributed to JPA specs as JCP EG member and the Bean Validation spec as JSR Spec Lead. 

He is the author of Hibernate Search in Action, a reference guide for Hibernate Search. Aside from speaking at Java conferences around the world, he runs two podcasts, JBoss Community Asylum, and the French podcast, “Les Cast Codeurs”.

Chris Newland is a senior developer and team lead at ADVFN using Java to process stock market data feeds in real time. In his spare time, he invented and still leads developers on the JITWatch project, an open source log analyzer to visualize and inspect Just-In-Time compilation decisions made by the HotSpot JVM.

Chris is also a JavaFX developer and built a performance benchmark called DemoFX.  He set up a community OpenJFX backend at http://chriswhocodes.com/ for cross-platform builds so that OpenJFX can be used with ARM JDKs and OpenJDK-based builds from other vendors such as Azul Systems' Zulu JDK.

 

Bert Jan Schrijver is a senior developer at JPoint. A tireless community organizer, he organizes J-Fall, the biggest Java conference in the Netherlands as well as the IoT Tech Days, a one-day conference on smart technologies. He is the chief editor of Java Magazine in the Netherlands, which has 4,000 subscribers. 

 Bert Jan worked with the JCP to have NLJUG join the Adopt-a-JSR program. The NLJUG was nominated as ‘outstanding adopt-a-jar participant’ for the JCP awards this year. Just in the past year, Bert Jan helped the Utrecht and Amsterdam JUGs start up their user groups. Bert Jan is always eager to share experiences with other JUG leaders and he helps out at Devoxx4Kids workshop to teach kids how to code. 


The Java Champions are an exclusive group of passionate Java technology and community leaders who are community-nominated and selected under a project sponsored by Oracle. Learn more about Java Champions 

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          ExPatriot 2017 English Full HD Movie 720p   
ExPatriot 2017 English Full HD Movie 720p Directed: Conor Allyn Released Date: 27 June 2017 Types: Thriller Film Stars: Mario Espitia, Valene Kane, Marcela Mar Movie Quality: 720p Web-DL File Size: 785MB Download Link Full Movies 750 Mb HD BDupload – Indishare
          Zimbabwean good Samaritan develops conservation projects in SA   

Eliot Chisango didn’t come to South Africa to improve his own life, but he came to improve the lives of others.

The post Zimbabwean good Samaritan develops conservation projects in SA appeared first on The South African.


          Plini: Cascade - .strandberg* plus US tour dates   


play-through of an excerpt from "CASCADE"
listen + buy : http://plini.co/handmade-cities
touring North America this August & September
general + masterclass tickets : http://plini.co/shows

august:

18 • Philadelphia, PA • Voltage Lounge
19 • Richmond, VA • Capitol Ale House
20 • Spartanburg, SC • Ground Zero
21 • Orlando, FL • Backbooth
22 • Atlanta, GA • Masquerade
24 • Dallas, TX • Curtain Club
25 • Houston, TX • Walters Downtown
26 • Austin, TX • Barracuda
28 • Tempe, AZ • Rebel Lounge
29 • Los Angeles, CA • The Roxy Theatre
30 • San Francisco, CA • DNA Lounge

september:

1 • Vancouver, BC • Astoria
2 • Seattle, WA • El Corazon
3 • Portland, OR • Lolas
5 • Salt Lake City, UT • Loading Dock
6 • Denver, CO • Moon Room
7 • Kansas City, MO • Riot Room
8 • St Paul, MN • Amsterdam
9 • Chicago, IL • Beat Kitchen
10 • Detroit, MI • The Loving Touch
12 • Toronto, ON • Sneaky Dees
13 • Montreal, QC • Bar Le Ritz
14 • Boston, MA • Once Ballroom
15 • Brooklyn, NY • Knitting Factory



signature guitar : https://strandbergguitars.com/boden-p...

Chambered Swamp Ash body
Figured Australian Blackwood Veneer on Solid Maple Top
Natural Finish
Roasted Maple neck
Ebony fingerboard
25.5″ – 25″ scale
24 Stainless Steel frets
Plini signature inlay on 12th fret
Suhr™ H-H SSV/SSH+ pickups
.strandberg* EGS Pro 4 Tremolo Bridge & String Locks
Average Weight 2.3 kg (5 lbs)

i use Dunlop Primetone Jazz III XL 1.4mm picks
and D'Addario NYXL 10-46 strings


Plini - "CASCADE" - .strandberg*

          Navy SEAL Foundation Announces Kenneth C. Griffin as 2017 Patriot...   

The Navy SEAL Foundation announced today that Kenneth C. Griffin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Citadel, will receive the 2017 Navy SEAL Patriot Award at the Chicago Evening of Tribute on the...

(PRWeb June 29, 2017)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/05/prweb14325713.htm


          Verizon carries first successful live over-the-air VoLTE call on U.S. LTE Cat M1 network   

For the first time, Verizon's LTE network carried a live over-the-air LTE Cat M1 VoLTE call - laying the foundation for the next generation of IoT connectivity. By proving CAT M1 VoLTE technology works on a production network, Verizon, along with Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies Inc., demonstrated that the reach of Cat M1 can extend across Verizon's U.S. LTE network, fostering growth opportunities for IoT companies and developers, whether they are focused on data-only or voice-enabled p...

Read the full story at http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=210389


          Casual Pantry Attendant - Hampton Inn by Hilton Elliot Lake - Elliot Lake, ON   
To be responsible for serving guests a fresh hot breakfast, all the while creating a home away from home environment.... $11.85 an hour
From Indeed - Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:47:43 GMT - View all Elliot Lake, ON jobs
          IT Network & Systems Administrator - City of Elliot Lake - Elliot Lake, ON   
Requires a valid Class “G” Ontario Driver’s Licence for travel to staffed locations and some unmanned areas, such as tower locations.... $35.44 an hour
From Jobillico - Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:48:22 GMT - View all Elliot Lake, ON jobs
          Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator - Denison Environmental Services - Elliot Lake, ON   
Valid class G driver’s licence. Develop and offer training programs to community business, schools, governments and the general public....
From Indeed - Tue, 30 May 2017 15:23:30 GMT - View all Elliot Lake, ON jobs
          Manager of Recreation & Culture - City of Elliot Lake - Elliot Lake, ON   
Must possess and maintain valid First Aid & CPR Level C with AED Certification; Reporting to the Director of Community Services, this position provides... $78,729 a year
From Jobillico - Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:28:43 GMT - View all Elliot Lake, ON jobs
          Customer Representative - Scotiabank - Elliot Lake, ON   
A high degree of customer focus and a strong customer service orientation is required to ensure a consistent service experience for our customers....
From Scotiabank - Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:49:53 GMT - View all Elliot Lake, ON jobs
          Community Support Supervisor - March of Dimes Canada - Elliot Lake, ON   
Driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle required able to travel. Effectively manages and approves program resources, human and financial, to meet...
From Indeed - Thu, 25 May 2017 12:56:41 GMT - View all Elliot Lake, ON jobs
          Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 6/29/17   

Special Nite Cap: Catch Up on Today's Post 6/29/17
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Join us on June 30 for student data deletion day! | Parent Coalition for Student Privacy
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          MS Dynamics CRM Adapter now available on Enzo Unified   

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/hroggero/archive/2017/04/25/ms-dynamics-crm-adapter-now-available-on-enzo-unified.aspx

I am proud to present our first third party adapter created by Aldo Garcia. With this adapter, you can communicate to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online directly from SQL Server Management Studio, and from stored procedures/views/functions. You can also programmatically access MS Dynamics CRM records through this adapter using basic HTTP commands and headers, without the need to download/use/install the Dynamics CRM SDK. This provides a simple, light-weight programmatic environment for both SQL and lightweight clients (such as IoT and mobile devices).

Aldo’s adapter allows you to issue simple SQL EXEC or SELECT/INSERT/UPDATE/DELETE commands to manage records in MS Dynamics. For example, this command retrieves all the records found in the account table:

SELECT * FROM DynamicsCRM.RetrieveMultiple@account

And this command does the same thing using an EXEC request:

EXEC DynamicsCRM.RetrieveMultiple ‘account’

The SELECT command supports simple WHERE clauses, TOP N, NULL field filters, and ORDER BY operations.

To view how Aldo is able to read/write MS Dynamics data through simple SQL commands, visit his blog post here.

And to see how to use the MS Dynamics adapter to load data in bulk, please visit this blog post.


          U.S. Treasury targets Chinese bank over purported ties to North Korea, new sanctions risk emerges   
The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday moved to sever a Chinese bank from the global financial system over concerns it was a conduit for illicit North Korean financial activity. The move signaled the United States is no longer willing to tolerate the actions of Chinese entities that support Pyongyang and plans to mete out punishment in the form of financial sanctions to alter behavior, experts said. "I think this is significant, not because of the effects of this singular action, but because it is, I think, the opening salvo of a broader campaign to pressure North Korea through the Chinese financial system. It begins to lay the groundwork for an isolation of Chinese actors that are facilitating illicit North Korean activity," former senior Treasury and White House official Juan Zarate told Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence. Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) employed a seldom-used USA Patriot Act Section 311 authority to label the Bank of Dandong an institution
          Put some Canadian pride on your home screen with these Canada Day themes!   
"Canada… big, wide, and very, very cold!" "WHAT?!" That's the beginning of the Canada movie at Epcot, and that's the first thing that pops into my head whenever I think of our northern neighbors. Safe to say, I am not an expert on the country. Until I started to work for Android Central, my Canadian experiences consisted of Epcot and Hetalia. That said, there's a lot to be envious of looking at Canada. You've got good healthcare, you've got Justin Trudeau, you've got all that maple syrup, and the biggest chance of a riot in Canada seems to be a hockey match. If it weren't for those winters and how much more expensive technological gadgetry seems to be up there, I'd be all over it! No matter where you call your Canadian home, you can display some home screen pride this Canada Day with this pair of themes. Wallpapers This landscape wallpaper features one of Canada's most photogenic (and famous) locals: Moraine Lake. This idyllic scene has been a wallpaper many, many time...
          E' arrivata l'estate! Ma anche no (parte prima)   
Ecco la prima parte del post di prima.
Si lo so sono confusionaria, abbiate pieta'.


BILLY ELLIOT (10.05.10)
Niente di spettacolare stavolta. Il papa' mi e' piaciuto molto (stranamente), ma la Mrs Wilkinson non mi soddisfa mai.
Il piccolo mostro Billy era tale Rhys, per la cronaca.


Piccolo intermezzo italiano *suona il mandolino*

Vado a trovare mamma' e parentame vario, non si sa come arriviamo fino ad Amalfi (!!) e ritorno, in una giornata di caldo pazzesco e sole e mare a ARGH quanto mi mancava..
Riesco persino a vedere uno Scoobie, penzanpo'! *ciao Marky :D*

Festeggio tipo 2 volte il mio compleanno. Ebbene si, sono 30. Ma noi faremo finta che sono 28. Per sempre. L'anno prossimo saranno ancora 28. Perche' l'ho deciso io.


Faccio in tempo a tornare che ho due Wicked, uno dietro l'altro.

WICKED (17.05.10)
Oh, Tucker. <3
Tanto tanto amore per Tucker.
E per Louise. (che adesso si spatafascia a peso morto sul letto, a faccia avanti, giusto prima di Popular, e sta cosa fa sempre molto ridere..)
E per Cassie PrettyPretty.
Niente amore per Lee Mead.
Non ho mai avuto niente contro di lui, anzi, ho sempre pensato che fosse caruccio e sbarazzino, col ricciolo a molla e il sorriso da impunito.
Poi s'e' sposato la Van Outen, e l'ha pure messa incinta. E' praticamente un genio, che je voi di'?
Peccato che e' come se non ci fosse.
Vocalmente inesistente, personalita' zero, il Fiyero piu' noioso ever.
Persino Adam Garcia era piu' funny, quanto meno ironico, Fiyero e' cosi', non gliene frega niente, sorride beffardo e trova tutto ridicolo..
Lee!Fiyero e' talmente preso a prendersi sul serio che si scorda che sta facendo.
E me lo scordo anche io, perdendo attenzione completamente.
ZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

WICKED (matinee, 19.05.10)
Primo show in assoluto della stand by Elphaba, Nikki David-Jones.
Devo dire gran bello show.
Diversa, tanto per cambiare, dalle altre Elphabe viste finora.
La fa acida e rincagnata il giusto, il ballo solitario all'OzDust e' tutto contorto e sgraziato, come e' giusto che sia (al contrario di Kerry che era una principessina e non riusciva a farla sgraziata nemmeno impegnandosi).
Sarcastica e pungente, ma amabile (al contrario di CJ, che era solo amabile).
Vocalmente ineccepibile (al contrario di Alexia Vomito Khadime).
Ha una mancanza di accento quasi sconcertante, ma molto nice da ascoltare. (al contrario di Tucker che non si capisce se la vuole fare nordirlandese, scozzese o di York..).
E lavora bene con Louise, il che non guasta..mi viene il dubbio che anche il mio cane lavorerebbe bene con Louise, she's just special that way..

E basta, tutto qui, che vi credevate? Forza, circorlare. Che non c'e' niente da vedere. (una di quelle frasi che uno sogna sempre di dire, come "Segua quel taxi!" o "And the winner is.." o "Live! From New York! IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!", ma quello giusto se sei me. O Phoebe Buffay.)
          Zones a Diamond Sponsor at the IoT Global Innovation Forum   

With an Established Internet of Things Practice, Zones Leads the Market with Successful Customer Implementations; Shares Expertise at IoT Global Innovation Forum 2015

(PRWeb April 21, 2015)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/04/prweb12661526.htm


          Internet of Things (IoT) Integration Market by Service (Device and Platform Management, System Design and Architecture, Advisory Services), Organization Size, Application Area (Smart Healthcare, Smart Retail), and Region - Global Forecast to 2022..., Market Research Report: MarketsandMarkets   
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          Locked Up   
Most of us will never know what really happens behind bars. Prisons are generally off limits to the public and press, but a national prisoner strike on the 45th anniversary of the Attica Prison riot is drawing new attention to the conditions in many of our nation's jails. This hour, what should a prison be? How The Attica Prison Riot Fueled Mass Incarceration in America; Working Undercover As A Private Prison Guard; In Defense of Flogging; Norway's Unusual Approach to Imprisonment; How To Reduce Mass Incarceration; Exploring the Emotional Roots of Justice.
          WWE NXT Live Results (6/29/17) - Gunner Debuts In St. Petersburg   

Below are complete results from Thursday's WWE NXT live event in St. Petersburg, Florida. The biggest takeaway was that former Impact Wrestling star Gunner made his NXT debut as Chad Lail. 1) No Way Jose def. Chad Lail 2) Liv Morgan def. Vanessa Borne 3) Heavy Machinery def. The Ealy Brothers 4) Fabian Aichner & Roderick Strong def. Cezar Bononi & Kona Reeves 5) Adrian Jaoude def. Marcel Barthel 6) Lacey Evans, Dakota Kai (Evie) & Ruby Riot def. Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose & Taynara Conti 7) Drew McIntyre def. Steve Cutler

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          One Patriot says team's running backs don’t look like running backs   
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          Sooze Orman Has A Change Of Heart   

Has the Sooze had a Road-to-Damascus Experience?

We haven't heard much from the Sooze lately.  Maybe her "You're Approved" program lost its appeal (EDIT: It was cancelled, and the successor program is in limbo - and controversial, apparenty).  Whatever the reason, she's apparently decided to go back to her roots and offer some common-sense advice.  Maybe it's because so many financial advisors now these days are encouraging self-indulgence that going against the flow would get her some attention get her back in the Press.

Or maybe she is just whoring for publicity to sell at $54 online course on finances.  Maybe.  I guess since she can't make money selling "FICO kits" anymore, this seemed like a good deal.

Whatever the reason, it's time to give the Sooze a big hug (at arm's length, with one hand on our wallet, just to be safe) because she's saying something rational for a change, even if she is attempting to personally profit from it.  In a recent CNBC article, she counsels people to spend less money on convenience transactions and points out that these little indulgences cost little by themselves, but  over time they add up to an awful lot of money missing from your bottom line.

Whether is getting takeout food instead of preparing your own meals, or stopping off at Starbucks for a three-dollar coffee, or at leasing a car instead of buying one and taking care of it, the incremental cost of these conveniences can really break the budget of a middle-class person.

I get a lot of flack from people who defend this type of behavior.  They don't believe that not indulging yourself in tiny little luxuries will make a big difference in your life.  After all it's only a dollar here, two dollars there, ten dollars here, or a hundred dollars there.  How could that add up to a million dollars over time?

This also plays into the mentality that if you can't be a billionaire in 10 seconds or less, why bother trying?  You might as well just spend all your money to entertain yourself and wallow in self-pity. And to some extent we all do this, it is a part of human nature.

But having been at both ends of this transaction, I can see how it plays out over time.  When I was very young, I squandered a lot of money on self indulgence and it was pretty stupid.  I did manage to save some money, and over period of thirty years this morphed into a sizable retirement nest egg.  My only regret is not cutting back even just slightly on my self-indulgence in my earlier years and put more money aside, is it would have meant how much larger nest egg at this point in my life - not to mention the option of retiring even earlier.

And we're not talking about extreme sacrifices either.  I get emails from people saying "I don't want to eat ramen noodles to rest of my life" or some such thing.  For some reason, raman noodles get picked on a lot by people who wanted to disavow any kind of frugal lifestyle.  I'm not sure why they pick on ramen noodles.  They probably are not good for you - very high in carbohydrates, and also that powdery flavoring packet that comes with it is usually loaded with salt and MSG.

That is the nature of the "logic" that people use.  It's either caviar or ramen noodles and there's nothing in-between in their mind.  You either go out and have a good time or you live like a monk. There's nothing between these two extremes.  And of course, we call this a straw man argument.  You set up a straw man and then you knock him down which is easy to do because he's made of straw.

But the reality is, if you just cut back by a little bit, you can save an awful lot.  For example if you go out to lunch several times a week at work, consider brown-bagging it for one of those days. The amount of money you save might not be a lot - maybe five to ten dollars or so, but over time, it is going to add up to a significant amount in your retirement account.  When you get comfortable this, think about maybe brown-bagging it two days a week and so forth.  You might also find ancillary benefits in that going out to lunch with your co-workers can being emotional drag and also make you look like a slacker to your superiors - as usually these lunches extend for more than an hour.

Or take leasing. Many young people are lured into leasing a car because the monthly cost is lower. However the overall transaction cost is far higher, something most people realize when they try to turn the car in at the end of the lease and are socked with a lot of back-end charges.  All cars are used cars the moment you buy them.  So why not consider buying a two- to three-year-old car that is off-lease that some other idiot paid all the depreciation on and drive that instead?

A two- to three-year-old car looks just like a new car. I remember when I was at the Patent Office I bought a second-hand Camry from Avis.  I'm not necessarily recommending you buy a used rental car, but for me it was so much cheaper deal than a brand new car.  And all of my neighbors thought I had a brand new car, so if you're looking for bragging rights there really is no difference.  And realize that usually buying a new car is nothing more than bragging rights.  Just get over that and acknowledge your own human frailty - we all have the same problem.

But getting back to the Sooze, maybe this is a dawn of a new era from Ms. Orman.  Maybe from now on she'll start offering practical advice instead of going on television and telling people they're "approved" to buy things.  Quite frankly she lost me when she started going down that road.  She went from offering frugal advice to saying "you're approved" to buy a Sea Ray boat or a Buick car, after those companies sponsored her and paid her to endorse the products.

On the one hand, I don't blame her for going after the money, as we all need to make a living in this world and it's very hard to avoid the temptation of being corrupted by commercial influences.  We live in a capitalist society and you have to exploit your opportunities when they arise.

Corporate sponsorships can be a double-edged sword, as perhaps she is finding out.  Many people come including myself, criticized her for taking all these sponsorship deals as well as her "You're Approved!" television show as cheapening her overall message and reputation.

Sadly, it seems that most people just don't get this, or at least the television people think that we don't get it.  The shouting guy on the financial Channel still screams buy and sell for various sketchy stock deals which usually end up being a raw deal for the small investor.  The other Financial channels just hype the stock price and never talk about anything else such as profitability, P/E ratios, and least of all, dividends.  You would think from watching television that the only thing that matters about a company is its market cap.  The reality is of course, that market cap really needs nothing and if you were using that as a metric for evaluating a company, you have a broken compass.

So here's to the "new" Suze Orman.  Let's hope she is going back on track to her old advice and echewing the corruption of our secular world.  And hopefully, maybe she'll find an audience for this good advice.  But I would not pay $54 for it.

But given the feedback I've received from some readers, I think that she would be better off telling people what their approved for, is that seems to be when people like.  No one wants to hear hard truths - that's not marketable!

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Somebody's been a busy little beaver at the Patent & Trademark Office!

          Intel kills 3 IoT product lines   
Intel is quietly discontinuing three product lines designed to tap into the growing maker movement.

          Inexcusable Employee Behavior   

I've actually had very positive experiences with BART in general, I started a new job and am now doing the daily commute from the East Bay to SF and haven't had problems so far. That being said, this morning while trying to pay for my parking stall, the machine kept telling me to "see agent", so I did, and asked the woman in the glass office for assistance. She told me I didn't have enough money on my ticket, but since it was displaying $15 I showed some confusion, and simply asked for clarification. At this point she was very snippy with me and told me that's just how it was (granted I'm a newbie and can still make dumb moves, I'm the first to admit it) but this woman's anger proceeded to escalate far beyond necessary levels, and at one point she called me an "idiot for not comprehending anything she was saying", and that this conversation was over and she would no longer assist me. I was flabbergasted. This was after I'd asked how I could reload my ticket in order to pay for parking, since I was being told by every machine that I could NOT reload this particular ticket. I'm not blaming the error on BART, I'm sure if I were more experienced I'd known what to do and where my mistake was, but this woman's behavior toward me was inexcusable. To name-call a paying rider, calling me "stupid" and an "idiot", made my jaw drop. Once I'd finally managed to reload my card, I came back around to her office and politely asked what her name was. She did not look up nor acknowledge me, and when I asked, "you're not going to give me your name?" she laughed. At that point I said thank you and went on my way.


          The Riot Club   

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          Dpto En Alquiler En Miraflores A Solo $ 1300 Cerca A Malecon Y A Cc Larcomar   
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          2010 NBA Draft - Mock Draft (Final)   
It's time for my final mock draft - a little less than 8 hours before the real thing. Sifting through rumors and figuring out which ones to believe in is a time-consuming process... but I love doing it so it's a welcomed "chore".

Before I hit the actual mock, I want to discuss two trades which I think have a good chance at going down and thus I included them while making this mock draft.

The first is a trade between New Jersey and Sacramento. This deal would have the #3 pick (Cousins) going to Sacramento for the #5 pick (Johnson) and one of their PFs. Sacramento would ensure they get their franchise C, while New Jersey gets the SF they want, but pick up value.

The second is the rumored Minnesota/Detroit deal. Here, Minnesota would send out Al Jefferson and #16 for Tayshaun Prince and #7. More could be added, but I think those are the only two picks and "major" players involved.

Alright, time for the mock. I shortened down the commentary and added in a feature of my odds sheet with the % chance to reach a certain level. After each label, will be what I believe the odds are that they will be at least that good.

Lottery:
1. Washington - John Wall (PG):
Franchise player: 20%, Fringe All-Star: 90%
The Arenas era is over; the John Wall era has now begun. This pick is a lock now per reports.

2. Philadelphia - Evan Turner (SG/SF):
Franchise player: 5%, Fringe All-Star: 80%
It seems like Philadelphia will draft Turner and then try to flip Iguodala as they duplicate each other’s strengths and weaknesses a little too much.

3. Sacramento (from NJN) - DeMarcus Cousins (C):
Franchise player: 10%, Fringe All-Star: 60%
I think New Jersey ends up trading down to take Wesley Johnson, and that Sacramento moves up to #3 using one of their PFs as the prime bait. Sacramento gets their franchise C.

4. Minnesota - Derrick Favors (PF/C):
Franchise player: 15%, Fringe All-Star: 50%
Minnesota thinks about taking Johnson, but reason wins out and they go Favors. This opens up the trade which will send Al out for Detroit’s pick.

5. New Jersey (From SAC) - Wesley Johnson (SF):
Fringe All-Star: 30%, Solid Starter: 85%
Sacramento trades up for Cousins, while New Jersey moves down for the correct value on Wesley Johnson. New Jersey gets their long-term starting SF and then plans on getting a PF in free agency.

6. Golden State - Greg Monroe (PF/C):
Fringe All-Star: 11%, Solid Starter: 45%
Seeing as they already have athletes in the frontcourt, Monroe’s athletic and defensive deficiencies could be covered up and his skills could be maximized.

7. Minnesota (from DET) - Paul George (SG/SF):
Fringe All-Star: 15%, Solid Starter: 35%
Detroit trades this pick to Minnesota for Al Jefferson. Minnesota attempts to use this pick to get Wesley Johnson, but instead settles for Paul George who impressed in workouts.

8. LA Clippers - Al-Farouq Aminu (SF/PF):
Fringe All-Star: 11%, Solid Starter: 31%
The Clippers have a need at SF, and Aminu gets the spot here since he has the ability to play PF next to Griffin when they go small and also gives them great athleticism and defense.

9. Utah (from NY) - Cole Aldrich (C):
Fringe All-Star: 1%, Solid Starter: 35%
Cole doesn’t offer much upside, but he’s ready right away and it beats relying on Fesenko or Koufos to develop, while also being a decent fit with Millsap.

10. Indiana - Ed Davis (PF):
Fringe All-Star: 25%, Solid Starter: 60%
Davis gives them a very athletic PF with upside to put next to Hibbert, and also reuinites him with Hansbrough. Opens up Murphy to be moved for a veteran PG.

11. New Orleans - Gordon Hayward (SF):
Fringe All-Star: 0%, Fringe Starter: 40%
Hayward makes sense for the Hornets, as they are looking for a scorer at the SF spot. It’s rumored he has a promise in the top-12.

12. Memphis - Patrick Patterson (PF):
Fringe All-Star: 0%, Fringe Starter: 65%
Patterson has the ability to come in next season and replace the troubled Randolph at PF, giving them steady production on both ends of the court.

13. Toronto - Eric Bledsoe (PG):
Fringe All-Star: 1%, Fringe Starter: 35%
I think they go PG here, but the question is - which one: Bledsoe or Bradley? I think they go for the one who has more developed PG skills but slightly less talent defensively and take Bledsoe. This allows them to move Calderon or Jack.

14. Houston - Xavier Henry (SG/SF):
Fringe All-Star: 20%, Fringe Starter: 85%
I don’t know what Houston is going to target, but Henry is BPA at this spot and I can’t see him falling much further than this, and even though he doesn’t quite make sense in Houston they could easily trade this pick.

Rest of 1st Round:
15. Milwaukee (from CHI) - Ekpe Udoh (PF/C):
Solid Starter: 30%, Fringe Starter: 75%
With the Bucks just acquiring Maggette, I think they look in the frontcourt and add Udoh who bolsters their surprisingly good defense and could be a very nice fit next to Bogut.

16. Detroit (from MIN via CHA) - Hassan Whiteside (PF/C):
Solid Starter: 30%, Fringe Starter: 50%
Minnesota ships this pick to Detroit in the Al Jefferson trade and Detroit selects Hassan Whiteside who they hope can give them some much needed defense in the frontcourt if Wallace leaves, although they may have to wait a little.

17. Chicago (from MIL) - James Anderson (SG):
Solid Starter: 26%, Fringe Starter: 66%
Anderson fits well next to Rose as an off-the-ball scorer from deep and also brings decent playmaking and defense to the table. Great fit.

18. Oklahoma City (from MIA) - Daniel Orton (PF/C):
Fringe Starter: 21%
Oklahoma could very well package all three of their picks to move up into the lottery, but I can’t speculate on who they’d target. I do know they like Orton, so he’s the pick here.

19. Boston - Avery Bradley (PG/SG):
Fringe Starter: 45%
Boston is aging. Bradley can come in and give them athleticism, defense, and jumpshooting at the SG spot and eventually learn to play some point. He and Rondo in the backcourt would be menacing.

20. San Antonio - Luke Babbitt (SF/PF):
Fringe Starter: 30%
Jefferson was a letdown at the SF spot, and so I think the Spurs use this pick to upgrade their talent. Babbitt falling gives them an NBA-ready offensive talent.

21. Oklahoma City - Damion James (SF/PF):
Fringe Starter: 50%
If the Thunder keep this pick, they go with value and reunite James with Durant. While he kind of overlaps with Green, it gives them leverage in contract negotiations.

22. Portland - Kevin Seraphin (PF/C):
Fringe Starter: 31%
Seraphin is an upside pick, but also should be able to contribute a crude, but punishing game on offense his first year; while also giving them plus production defensively and on the boards while Oden and Przybilla are out.

23. Minnesota (from UTA) - Quincy Pondexter (SF):
Fringe Starter: 20%
Minnesota could include this pick in the Detroit deal, or use it to attempt to move up from the 7th pick, but as it stands I think they go with Pondexter given his impressive workout and he’ll give them more defense and flexibility on the wing.

24. Atlanta - Larry Sanders (PF/C):
Fringe Starter: 30%
The Hawks need size and defense. Sanders brings great defensive ability as well as an excellent frame, but doesn’t have the bulk they’d be looking for.

25. Memphis (from DEN) - Eliot Williams (SG):
Fringe Starter: 15%
I don’t think Memphis keeps both of their late picks, however I’ll pick like they do. Williams grew up in Memphis and played one year there in college, and his style works well with Mayo.

26. Oklahoma City (from PHX) - Tibor Pleiss (C):
Fringe Starter: 20%
If they keep the pick, Pleiss goes here. The Thunder are rumored to like him, and this is a stash pick.

27. New Jersey (from DAL) - Solomon Alabi (C):
Fringe Starter: 20%
Working off the first trade, I think NJ now goes for a big that could work next to Lopez in limited minutes, and also give them defense.

28. Memphis (from LAL) - Greivis Vasquez (PG/SG):
Fringe Starter: 11%
This pick is rumored to be available for cash. However, if they keep it he apparently impressed them in workouts, and they assure that he’s in a Grizzlies uniform with this pick. Should be a nice backup PG.

29. Orlando - Darington Hobson (SG/SF):
Fringe Starter: 35%
Hobson is rumored to have a 1st round promise. While he doesn’t have the star potential on the wing which they seemed to need in the playoffs, he can fill a void off the bench and then eventually earn a starting spot and allow Nelson to work off him at times.

30. Washington (from CLE) - Devin Ebanks (SF/PF):
Fringe Starter: 65%
Nice value here. Ebanks gives them excellent defense on the wing and someone who likes to run. If his offensive skillset ever matures, he’ll give them an extremely versatile player.

2nd Round:
31. New Jersey - Terrico White (SG)
32. Miami (from OKC via MIN) - Craig Brackins (PF)
33. Sacramento - Willie Warren (SG)
34. Portland (from GS) - Dominique Jones (SG)
35. Washington - Jordan Crawford (SG)
36. Detroit - Jerome Jordan (C)
37. Milwaukee (from PHI) - Gani Lawal (PF)
38. New York - Lance Stephenson (SG/SF)
39. New York (from LAC) - Trevor Booker (PF)
40. Indiana - Armon Johnson (PG/SG)
41. Miami (from NO) - Stanley Robinson (SF)
42. Miami (from TOR) - Artsiom Parakhouski (C)
43. LA Lakers (from MEM) - Jerome Randle (PG)
44. Milwaukee (from GS via CHI) - Paulao Prestes (C)
45. Minnesota (from HOU) - Nemanja Bjelica (SG/SF)
46. Phoenix (from CHA) - Brian Zoubek (C)
47. Milwaukee - Mikhail Torrance (PG/SG)
48. Miami - Dexter Pittman (C)
49. San Antonio - Jarvis Varnado (PF)
50. Dallas (from OKC) - Derrick Caracter (PF/C)
51. Oklahoma City (from POR) - Latavious Williams (SF/PF)
52. Boston - Omar Samhan (C)
53. Atlanta - Miroslav Raduljica (C)
54. LA Clippers (from DEN) - Sherron Collins (PG)
55. Utah - Da’Sean Butler (SF)
56. Minnesota (from PHO) - Sylven Landesberg (SG)
57. Indiana (from DAL) - Jon Scheyer (PG/SG)
58. LA Lakers - Tiny Gallon (PF/C)
59. Orlando - Charles Garcia (PF)
60. Phoenix (from CLE) - Lazar Hayward (SF)
          2010 NBA Draft - Big Board (Final)   
2010 Big Board: Rule - can go down one tier for need, makes tiers more flexible and blended

1. John Wall - Elite athlete who takes advantage of fast breaks and drives seams well. Great defensive potential and comes up with big plays on that end though sometimes has mental lapses. Can create his own shot with ease, but will need to work on refining his jumper to become a complete offensive player. Prone for handling errors and tends to force things at times, but can also do some spectacular things with the ball. Is a good mix of pure and scoring point guard tendencies.
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2. Derrick Favors - Physical specimen with rare combination of strength and athleticism. Could play either frontcourt spot offensively, but needs to work on his jumpshot if he’s to maximize his effectiveness at the ‘4’ and his post skills if he’s going to maximize his effectiveness at the ‘5’. Tends to lose his dribble when executing post moves, but has great hands and should be a monster in terms of efficiency. At his peak, he should be one of the best defenders and rebounders, but he might lack the desire or passion on the court to be a dominant offensive player.

3. Evan Turner - A complete prospect. He is a good playmaker, handler, and floor general from the wing spot and will create mismatches because of his array of talents. Needs to keep working on his long-range jumpers, but currently has one of the best mid-range games in the draft, while also being comfortable driving to the rim - however in this area he is turnover-prone as he is too loose with his handle. He should be a plus defender because of his effort, even though he’s not the best of athletes. Might be facing an uphill battle to be a superstar, as he lacks the tools normally seen in those players, thus his potential is limited.

4. DeMarcus Cousins - He’s a dominant player in the post, able to bull over most people guarding him, but also blessed with surprisingly quick feet. Uses his body to gobble up rebounds on both ends, and has the touch to finish shots around the basket even though he’s not an explosive athlete to throw them down with ease. Has problems with maturity on the court, but not off of it. This leads him to pick up silly fouls and sometimes be an indifferent defender. Sometimes his fire is a good thing, however, as it’s what causes him to be dominant at times.
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5. Wesley Johnson - Elite athlete on the wing with a very effective jumper with NBA 3pt range and quick release. Doesn’t look uncomfortable with the ball, but not relied upon to handle the ball and doesn’t use his dribble to attack the basket effectively despite his physical advantages. Because of this, it leads one to believe he’ll never be seen as a star in the NBA. Good rebounder that takes advantage of positioning and his leaping ability to be an asset in that area. Defensively, he has the tools, but tends to gamble - though playing within the zone makes it hard to see how he’ll translate.
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6. Ed Davis - Before his season ended with a broken wrist, he showed improvement on both ends of the floor. Able to create for himself in the post as well as establish position against bigger players. Showed good touch around the hoop, but needs to add a reliable jumper to be a dangerous offensive player. Defensively, he possesses great timing and is a plus in both man and weakside situations. Can guard face-up ‘4’s effectively on the perimeter. Tends to be a little passive on the court, which brings up questions if he can ever be “the man”.

7. Xavier Henry - Overshadowed by veterans, Henry still showed his ability to play at both ends of the court and the potential to be a deadeye shooter. Has a smooth jumper with effortless release, but had a midseason slump where it was extremely streaky. Deceptively good athlete, who isn’t explosive around the rim but is able to create for himself when the situation calls for it. Not the best handler or playmaker, if he’s going to be anything more than a scorer he needs to improve in those areas. Has the length, athleticism, and strength to defend either wing position.
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8. Greg Monroe - Spectacular playmaker in the frontcourt who plays more like a guard than a big. Because of that, he also sports a decent jumpshot and is comfortable handling the ball on the perimeter. The downside, however, is that he’s relatively soft when playing in the post and can be easily rooted from position. Defensively, his lack of great athleticism and length, combined with the absence of the mentality to own the paint, causes him to be a neutral-at-best player on that end.

9. Paul George - Great athlete with the size and length to create mismatch problems on either end. Streaky jumpshooter who was relied upon too much in college, may become much more efficient as a 2nd or 3rd option as he shows pure form on his shot and great efficiency in spot-up situations. Ability to make plays and handle the ball is a plus. Defensively, he tends to gamble more than he should.

10. Al-Farouq Aminu - An intriguing combination of great length, agility, and instincts makes him an outstanding defensive prospect that can guard either Forward spot. Has a nose for the ball when it comes to rebounding. Offensively, he’s raw, having an unreliable jumper and making odd decisions when trying to make plays for himself or teammates. He is effective, however, when set up with spot-up jumpers or off offensive rebound opportunities.

11. Ekpe Udoh - Great athleticism and the biggest shoulders known to mankind are likely huge influences in helping make him a great defensive player both in man and weakside situations. Makes good decisions with the ball when making plays, however dribbles it way too high when driving to the rim. Decent jumper and post-game, but should not be relied upon as one of the top options - upside is that of a role player.

12. Hassan Whiteside - Being an elite weakside defender but raw man defender makes him an intriguing prospect. Great athlete with the ability to effectively guard players on the perimeter. Has a surprisingly good jumper and a decent post-game, but has tunnel vision once he gets the ball. He needs to work on his game in the post (offensively, defensively in man situations, and rebounding) to realize his great potential. A huge boom or bust prospect.

13. Cole Aldrich - Ready-made player who is a great rebounder and post defender. Has decent touch and an adequate jumper. However, he is not a good athlete and doesn’t assert himself offensively, which limits his upside.
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14. Patrick Patterson - Very polished player who is good in just about every aspect you judge a PF on. Has good strength, athleticism, size, and motor which means the mismatches against him will be few and far between. Worked on his jumper so now he can spot-up out to the 3pt line with good efficiency. Lost the mentality to go after every board, and also still cannot handle or create for himself outside of the post which means he’s almost certainly a role player.

15. Devin Ebanks - Excellent defender who excels at shutting down great perimeter players despite only having decent athleticism and physical tools. He needs to bulk up to be a good post defender against the bigger ‘3’s and most ‘4’s in the NBA. Possesses a good jumper out to 15-18 feet, but efficiency drops off the map once he gets near the 3pt line even though he has good form. Passing ability is a plus, but should not be relied upon to handle the ball. Lack of athleticism and polished offensive game limit his upside.

16. James Anderson - Good athlete possessing a great jumper with unlimited range as well as the ability to finish at the rim through contact. Does not look comfortable handling the ball, almost always going left when he drives and sometimes unable to create for himself when guarded by a skilled defender. Uses screens well, however, which should help him be an effective 3rd option in the NBA - however he’ll need to continue working on his handle to be anything more. Is an above average defender who tends to stay home instead of gamble.
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17. Avery Bradley - Great athlete and elite defender. Only offensive weapon is his jumper, both off the dribble and spotting up - but he doesn’t effectively take it to the rim nor does he draw contact. Needs to work on his handle and playmaking ability to realize his potential.

18. Damion James - Nice athlete with good size and skills for a role-player SF. Tough-nosed defender who can defend most perimeter players and some post players. Has a decent jumper and can create for himself, but isn’t a guy you want handling the ball often due to his lack of playmaking ability and not being a good dribbler even when comparing him to other SFs.

19. Willie Warren - If he were two inches taller he’d be a great prospect even though he had a down year, however at 6’4 without great length he’s small for a SG and his weaknesses become magnified. Great dribbler and ability to finish around the rim, also possesses a streaky jumpshot which is money if it’s on. However, he is an indifferent defender and even though his team was dysfunctional last year, he wasn’t helping with his selfish mentality.

20. Larry Sanders - Very athletic frontcourt player with excellent length, but lacking the strength required to guard some of the bigger post players. However, he is a great weakside defender and has solid man defensive skills. Needs to crash the boards with more fervor, as he plays a bit soft. Has worked on developing a jumper, but could stand to improve both that and his post skills.

21. Darington Hobson - A versatile wing with great playmaking ability, good handles, and a nice jumper. Struggles with efficiency when guarded with long, athletic players; but at the next level he won’t be the focus of defenses as he was in his one year in the NCAA. He needs to work on his game off the ball, as well as defensive intensity to maximize his potential as a role player.

22. Gordon Hayward - Smooth player with surprising athleticism and a good jumper, however he appeared to be very streaky this year after a consistent freshman season. Plays tougher than he looks, and also is an effective defender when he’s focused. Can rebound the ball and make plays at an above average clip compared to most other SF prospects. Needs to improve his handle and become more consistent on both ends of the court.
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23. Kevin Seraphin - Intruiging player with a great package of size, strength, athleticism, and length in the frontcourt. Could play either spot offensively or defensively. Needs to keep developing his offensive repertoire.

24. Eric Bledsoe - Great athlete who was forced to play out of position for most of his minutes. Showed the ability to guard either backcourt spot and was extremely focused when doing so, having few lapses. Has a good jumper, but far too often takes bad shots and is wild when driving to the rim. His playmaking skills did not appear to be very good compared to most PGs, so he’ll need to work on that or play next to a ball-dominant player who can handle the ball.

25. Terrico White - Great athlete with good length for the SG spot. Possesses solid playmaking skills and can help handle the ball, though he showed far less of this his sophomore year. Can create for himself in the halfcourt and good at driving the seams, however can be a bit reckless in his decisions which leads to him taking a few too many contested jumpers. An indifferent defender, he needs to show more intensity on this end and make use of his tools to realize his full potential and possibly become a very good starter.

26. Luke Babbitt - Very good offensive skills. Able to create for himself despite only having average handles and playing as an average or below average athlete. Has range well beyond the 3pt line, and also is dangerous close to the hoop. Surprisingly good playmaker with good vision for a combo forward. Defensively he gives effort, but frequently looks overmatched when guarding players with NBA athleticism and thus isn’t an effective defender.

27. Artsiom Parakhouski - Skilled player with great size, decent athleticism, and the mentality people look for in a post player. Goes after every rebound and utilizes good positioning and effort to secure it. Not an explosive leaper, but still a good defender at the college level due to his size and positioning, though he struggled outside the paint. Plays below the rim, but shows good touch around the hoop and has a reliable jumper to help space the floor.

28. Quincy Pondexter - Great athlete who relies upon playing bigger and stronger than he is to overpower opponents. The lack of a reliable jumper and good handles could hurt him in the NBA, as his interior game will not be nearly as effective and thus he may be in for a harsh transition. Defensively, he’s very good as he shows effort and intensity so his tools are used to their fullest.
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29. Gani Lawal – Explosive, powerful player who has developed offensive skills in the post. Missing a reliable jumper to make him an extremely dangerous offensive player - FTs need help too. Blessed with great athleticism and length, with good length and motor. Crashes the boards well. Defensively he needs to focus more as he’s prone to picking up silly fouls and allows easy baskets a bit too often.

30. Lance Stephenson - Good playmaker and handler for a SG, also possesses a knack for creating separation and getting up tough shots. Overly confident in his abilities, pressing too hard and frequently taking shots which are too tough instead of pulling back and passing the ball. Defensively, he shows good intensity at times, but most of the time he’s an indifferent defender. If he continues to work on his game, he has high potential, but doesn’t seem to get it.

31. Craig Brackins - Skilled offensive player whose efficiency will increase when he’s not asked to carry the load. Has well developed post moves, a good midrange game, and has the ability to extend his range beyond the 3pt line in time to - when combined with his playmaking ability - become a dangerous offensive role player. Defensively, however, he is likely going to be a negative for his team, as he hasn’t seemed interested on that end.

32. Jerome Jordan - Athletic, long player with skills on both ends. Is inconsistent in his level of play which makes it hard to project where he could go in his career. Needs to work on his jumper if he wants to be seen as a starter.

33. Solomon Alabi - Nice athlete from the C spot who can make a significant impact defensively thanks to his timing and ability to harass opposing big and guards both in the post and when he’s forced out to the perimeter. Plays a little soft, however, and needs to assert himself more on the boards - hands need work as well. Has a nice jump hook and stroke from the line, which bodes well for his ability to become a decent option in the post if he continues to improve.

34. Stanley Robinson - Great athlete who uses this athleticism to be a quality defender as well as an exciting player in transition or when crashing the boards offensively. Has a decent jumper, but needs to continue to improve it to become a good role player. Lacks good handles and strength, thus tends to play outside far more than inside.

35. Elliot Williams - Good athlete who relies on his ability to drive to the rim and finish through contact, but needs to work on his handle to become ambidextrous with the ball. Possesses an improving jumper, but needs to keep working on it to make a smooth transition to the NBA. Solid playmaker, but prone to trying to be too fancy with the ball and thus be a bit turnover prone despite not being ball-dominant. Defensively, he is below average, but this should not be his focus as his role in the NBA will be that of a scorer.

36. Daniel Orton - He’s a body blessed with great physical tools. Right now he’s raw on both ends, showing glimpses of having a decent face-up game and defensive potential to go along with those tools. Knee problems may scare off some teams, as will his tendency to play like a thug and thus pick up lots of fouls. Has a lot of work to do to become a decent NBA player, but the potential is there.

37. Dominique Jones - A bull of a guard who loves driving to the rim and has good touch around the basket despite not being a great athlete. Decent handle and playmaking ability, can also create separation for himself, but his jumper isn’t reliable. Defensively, he puts forth good effort, but isn’t very effective.
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38. Jarvis Varnado - Great weakside defender with outstanding timing. As a man defender, he’s in for a tough transition as he’s too small to guard most post players, and not quite agile enough to guard some face-up ‘4’s. Quality rebounder despite his lack of strength, thanks to his fundamentals. Needs to continue to work on his jumper to make a successful transition to PF.

39. Da’Sean Butler - Streaky jumpshooter who comes up big in the clutch. Knee injury may knock his athleticism down a notch, but at WVU he was an average athlete. Very complete offensive player, able to handle and make plays while also being able to drive to the rim and create separation for himself in the halfcourt. Defensively, he was mostly hidden, and doesn’t seem to possess the ability to do more than put a hand up.

40. Lazar Hayward - Good athlete with legit size for a SF. Possesses a nice jumper with NBA range, but lacks good handles and playmaking to be anything more than a role player offensively. Defensively, shows very good effort and has the potential to be a plus defender.

41. Jordan Crawford - Volume shooter whose efficiency tailed off in bigger games. However, he can create for himself and is able to get off shots in tough situations. Playmaking and handling are there, but not a strength. On the defensive side, he looks indifferent much of the time.

42. Trevor Booker - Surprising athlete who is skilled and can rock the rim. Has worked on a jumper and has range out to 18-20 feet. Nice defensive skills, active down low and very physical. Needs to become more physical on the boards and learn better fundamentals.

43. Mikhail Torrance - SG with some very nice PG skills, however doesn’t have a takeover mentality nor athleticism which will wow anyone, thus is a classic tweener. Defensively he’ll be a liability.

44. Derrick Caracter - Big, strong post player with excellent post skills and touch around the basket. Tough-nosed rebounder and very physical defensively - however is relatively ineffective against skilled opponents and isn’t much of a weakside defender due to below average athleticism.

45. Miroslav Raduljica - Very skilled post player with legit size, range on his jumper, and decent court vision. Lacks defensive ability and toughness, and is also a subpar rebounder.
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46. Tyler Smith - Immaturity destroyed his NBA prospects, but outside of that is a solid prospect with good playmaking, average defensive ability, a decent jumper and solid physical attributes. If he can show that he’s matured, and can improve the range on his jumper out to the NBA 3pt line, he could be a solid player.

47. Greivis Vasquez - Was a star in college. Good size, handles, jumper, and playmaking. His problem lies with his poor athleticism, where it is a hindrance that he cannot get around defensively, and offensively will make his transition to the pros a bumpy one.

48. Tibor Pleiss

49. Armon Johnson - Explosive guard who is at his best attacking so he can create for himself or his teammates. Spot up jumper is suspect, as is the range on it - so if he’s going to make it in the NBA it will need to be improved. Defensively, he has the tools, but seems disinterested at times.

50. Sylven Landesberg - Smooth offensive player that can create for himself and others at the SG spot, however he’s still quite raw and doesn’t always make the best play. Athletically, he is average or below average; which, when combined with his mentality defensively, makes him a minus on that end of the floor.

51. Nemanja Bjelica
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52. Alexey Shved
53. Tiny Gallon
54. Ryan Richards
55. Brian Zoubek
56. Latavious Williams
57. Manny Harris
58. Jerome Randle
59. Dexter Pittman
60. Hamady Ndiaye
61. Marqus Blakely
62. Charles Garcia
63. Paulao Prestes
64. Vladimir Dasic
65. Luke Harangody
66. Matt Bouldin
67. Omar Samhan
68. Jacob Pullen
69. Dwayne Collins
70. Samardo Samuels
71. Andy Rautins
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72. Aubrey Coleman
73. Jerome Dyson
74. Elijah Millsap
75. Sherron Collins
76. Wayne Chism
77. Jon Scheyer
78. Deon Thompson
79. AJ Ogilvy
80. Ben Uzoh
81. Jeremy Lin
82. Scottie Reynolds
83. Jeff Foote
          Updated Mock Draft - June 15th, 2010   
Latest Mock Draft after reading through various rumors and articles, as well as watching a lot of workout videos. As such, there's been a lot of shake-up in this mock compared to the last one.

1st Round:
1. Washington - John Wall (PG):
The Arenas era is over; the John Wall era has now begun. This pick is a lock now per reports.

2. Philadelphia - Evan Turner (SG/SF):
This pick could be moved so Philadelphia picks up more value as Turner and Iguodala duplicate each other’s strengths and weaknesses a little too much. I believe they would be almost equally as happy with Favors or Cousins, but right now Turner is the safer bet.

3. New Jersey - Derrick Favors (PF/C):
Lopez isn’t really a brutish player down low, but he’s a very skilled offensive player who can also step out and hit a jumper. Favors is a tough-nosed player and he has the athleticism Lopez lacks. This is a spectacular fit, though the pick is rumored to be “gettable”.

4. Minnesota - DeMarcus Cousins (C):
This represents a BPA pick as DeMarcus has the potential to be dominant. It is also a pick which will drastically change the franchise as Al and Cousins likely cannot coexist, but Cousins is the larger and more talented of the two.

5. Sacramento - Wesley Johnson (SF):
This is a tough pick for the Kings, and don’t be surprised to see them move up or down. They need talent which fits next to Evans, but they would highly prefer it to be a big with defensive ability. However, as the value isn’t there, they instead go for BPA and take Johnson - even though they already have Casspi and Greene.

6. Golden State - Greg Monroe (PF/C):
The Warriors really don’t have a specific need besides being healthy and reorganizing their talent. Seeing as they already have athletes in the frontcourt, Monroe’s athletic and defensive deficiencies could be covered up and his skills could be maximized.

7. Detroit - Ed Davis (PF):
Detroit needs help just about everywhere, and as such they cannot afford passing up the potential Davis has on both ends of the floor. He’ll fill a huge hole in the Pistons rotation next year, possibly starting by year’s end.

8. LA Clippers - Paul George (SF):
The Clippers have a need at SF, but they also could use some playmaking since Gordon lacks in that area. Aminu could get a look here since he has the ability to play PF next to Griffin when they go small, but George offers a diverse skillset and his stock has skyrocketed.

9. Utah (from NY) - Cole Aldrich (C):
Gift wrapping Utah an NBA-ready defensive Center would be like an early Christmas, even if he isn’t the BPA. He doesn’t offer much upside, but it beats relying on Fesenko or Koufos to develop, while also being a decent fit with Millsap.

10. Indiana - Xavier Henry (SG/SF):
If the Pacers trade down or out of this spot as rumored, then Henry is the pick as he’s BPA and the team targeting this pick in a trade would likely be looking to draft him. However, if they keep the pick, this is a tough spot and Aminu, Udoh, or Hayward are all possibilities.

11. New Orleans - Gordon Hayward (SF):
It is rumored that Hayward has a promise somewhere above the 12th pick. This would be a reasonable spot for him if that’s the case, even though Aminu is still on the board and represents the BPA. If he can rid himself of the streakiness which plagued him this past year, this could be a very nice fit.

12. Memphis - Al-Farouq Aminu (SF/PF):
If they allow Gay to walk, then Aminu would look like an excellent fit - and even if they do not, Mayo, Gay, and Aminu could all play on the floor together and create huge mismatch problems with their athleticism and scoring ability.

13. Toronto - Patrick Patterson (PF):
Losing Bosh is certainly going to sting, but Toronto can’t panic. Patterson - while not a quite as good defensively like the BPA Udoh - could immediately come in and be a nice fit next to Bargnani as he has a reliable post game, while also being an extremely safe choice.

14. Houston - Hassan Whiteside (PF/C):
Upside pick that Houston can afford to take, even with the red flags surrounding him. While this pick has a high possibility of being moved, a pick of Whiteside would allow him time to mature and also make him earn his minutes - possibly giving him more motivation to reach his potential.

15. Milwaukee (from CHI) - Luke Babbitt (SF/PF):
Babbitt measured out better than almost everyone expected, and it’s rumored the Bucks like him a lot. The Bucks should give Anderson a heavy look here, but the Bucks will take one of the most skilled offensive players on the board.

16. Minnesota (from CHA) - Ekpe Udoh (PF/C):
The Timberwolves really need help on the wing, and Anderson is staring them in the face. However, Udoh is BPA and he is potentially a perfect fit alongside Cousins and would work very well in an uptempo triangle variation. I think they take him and reshape their frontcourt.

17. Chicago (from MIL) - James Anderson (SG):
Rose is a dominant ball-handler with a budding jumper, and the SG next to him needs to be able to play off the ball and be great working primarily in catch-and-shoot and screen situations. Anderson brings that as well as decent playmaking and defense to the table. Great fit.

18. Miami - Avery Bradley (PG/SG):
Bradley isn’t currently ready to play PG in a traditional role, but the Heat don’t need that if they keep Wade. He can immediately step in and give them excellent defense as well as solid shooting in his limited minutes, while learning to become more of a playmaker.

19. Boston - Willie Warren (SG):
Warren has certainly fallen out of favor with the masses over the past year, but I still think he has the upside to be pretty good in the NBA. Working off more talented players, he could be a deadly sharpshooter with handles. In Boston he could replace some of Allen’s production, and give them another handler when Rondo is off the floor.

20. San Antonio - Damion James (SF):
They need toughness, length, and spot-up shooting at the SF spot since Jefferson clearly didn’t give them that. James brings those as well as quality defense, and seems like a Popovich kind of player.

21. Oklahoma City - Daniel Orton (PF/C):
I personally would dislike this pick if I were an OKC fan; however this is a mock, not my big board. Some team will reach for him early because of his size, athleticism, and thug-like nature on the court; and I think that team will be the Thunder as he is a hometown player who also fills a big need.

22. Portland - Kevin Seraphin (PF/C):
They were decimated by injuries last year, and could have Oden and Przybilla start off the year watching games in suits. Seraphin is an upside pick, but also should be able to contribute a crude, but punishing game on offense his first year; while also giving them plus production defensively and on the boards.

23. Minnesota (from UTA) - Devin Ebanks (SF/PF):
Minnesota likely moves up in the draft using this pick, but if not, I like Ebanks here. As BPA (in my opinion at least) he does not given them an immediate boost offensively at the wing like they need, but he’ll provide lockdown defense, quality rebounding, playmaking, and also possesses a nice mid-range game. They can get the offense in Free Agency.

24. Atlanta - Larry Sanders (PF/C):
The Hawks need size and defense. Sanders brings great defensive ability as well as an excellent frame, but doesn’t have the bulk they’d be looking for. However, seeing that he’s put on about 15lbs of “good” weight in the past two seasons (he only has 4.6% body fat); I think he could eventually bulk up to 240-250 and be a menace for Atlanta.

25. Memphis (from DEN) - Eric Bledsoe (PG/SG):
Conley doesn’t seem to be a guy worth considering part of their core, even though he’s a decent player. As such, they go with Bledsoe who - even if Conley is kept longterm - can play a role as a comboguard off the bench that will give them a great defender and decent shooting.

26. Oklahoma City (from PHX) - Tibor Pleiss (C):
I don’t know if they keep both picks, but I’ll pick as though they will. They already took Orton, but it’s rumored that they also like Pleiss and they could stash him for a year or two. Their roster cannot handle any more non-impact players, so taking an international prospect makes sense.

27. New Jersey (from DAL) - Quincy Pondexter (SF):
The Nets should use this pick to guess at the type of role player a star FA would want to surround him. You can never have enough role players who are very athletic and have the ability to guard three positions, while also able to create for themselves - so Pondexter is the pick here.

28. Memphis (from LAL) - Elliot Williams (SG):
I cannot see Memphis taking three rookies this year, so I would assume they will trade up or out of one of their later picks. However, if they do keep all three, I think they’ll go with Elliot Williams who grew up in Tennessee, played at Memphis, and is a pretty good athlete that can be a scorer/slasher off the bench.

29. Orlando - Darington Hobson (SG/SF):
Hobson is rumored to have a 1st round promise. As someone who is adept at handling the ball, shooting it from deep, and also possesses decent athleticism - it makes sense. While he doesn’t have the star potential on the wing which they seemed to need in the playoffs, he can fill a void off the bench and then eventually earn a starting spot and allow Nelson to work off him at times.

30. Washington (from CLE) - Solomon Alabi (C):
Could he slip all the way to the last pick in the 1st round? It’s possible, especially when a lot of teams don’t necessarily need a C at the end of the 1st in this mock. He gives the Wizards a legit C with good defense and budding skills, as well as a high character guy. I don’t know if he’ll ever be a big-minute player, but this is good value.

2nd Round:
31. New Jersey - Artsiom Parakhouski (C)
32. Oklahoma City (from MIN) - Terrico White (SG)
33. Sacramento - Jerome Jordan (C)
34. Golden State - Dominique Jones (SG)
35. Washington - Gani Lawal (PF)
36. Detroit - Jarvis Varnado (PF)
37. Milwaukee (from PHI) - Trevor Booker (PF)
38. New York - Lance Stephenson (SG/SF)
39. New York (from LAC) - Stanley Robinson (SF)
40. Indiana - Mikhail Torrance (PG/SG)
41. Miami (from NO) - Craig Brackins (PF)
42. Miami (from TOR) - Jordan Crawford (SG)
43. LA Lakers (from MEM) - Greivis Vasquez (PG/SG)
44. Portland (from CHI) - Paulao Prestes (C)
45. Minnesota (from HOU) - Nemanja Bjelica (SG/SF)
46. Phoenix (from CHA) - Brian Zoubek (C)
47. Milwaukee - Armon Johnson (PG/SG)
48. Miami - Lazar Hayward (SF)
49. San Antonio - Ryan Richards (C)
50. Dallas (from OKC) - Derrick Caracter (PF/C)
51. Oklahoma City (from POR) - Latavious Williams (SF/PF)
52. Boston - Da’Sean Butler (SF)
53. Atlanta - Omar Samhan (C)
54. LA Clippers (from DEN) - Jerome Randle (PG)
55. Utah - Alexey Shved (PG/SG)
56. Minnesota (from PHO) - Manny Harris (SG)
57. Indiana (from DAL) - Sylven Landesberg (SG)
58. LA Lakers - Dexter Pittman (C)
59. Orlando - Tiny Gallon (PF/C)
60. Phoenix (from CLE) - Charles Garcia (PF)
          June 2nd, 2010 - Mock Draft (full)   
Alright, next up is the first full mock of the year.

Before this update, I had just done the first round, but I have now added the second round as I had time to read up and watch a bit more videos on the international prospects I wasn't too familiar with, while also seeing measurements and all that good stuff. This mock was done based on whatever news and rumors I have been come across about the stock of certain prospects, as well as what I think would make good sense where there hasn't been much news.

Going to save you from reading any more non-draft stuff. Remember to hit up the Big Board if you are curious about how I view a player.

Here it is:

Lottery:
1. Washington - John Wall (PG):
The Arenas era is over; the John Wall era has now begun. This pick is a lock.

2. Philadelphia - Evan Turner (SG/SF):
This pick could be moved so Philadelphia picks up more value as Turner and Iguodala duplicate each other’s strengths and weaknesses a little too much. I believe they would be almost equally as happy with Favors or Cousins, but right now Turner is the safer bet.

3. New Jersey - Derrick Favors (PF/C):
Lopez isn’t really a brutish player down low, but he’s a skilled offensive player who can step out and hit a jumper. Favors is a brutish player and he has the athleticism Lopez lacks. This is a spectacular fit.

4. Minnesota - DeMarcus Cousins (C):
This represents a BPA pick as DeMarcus has the potential to be dominant. It is also a pick which will drastically change the franchise as Al and Cousins likely cannot coexist, but Cousins is the larger and more talented of the two.

5. Sacramento - Wesley Johnson (SF):
This is a tough pick for the Kings, and don’t be surprised to see them move down. They need talent which fits next to Evans, but they would highly prefer it to be a big with defensive ability. However, as the value isn’t there, they instead go for BPA and take Johnson - even though they already have Casspi and Greene.

6. Golden State - Greg Monroe (PF/C):
The Warriors really don’t have a specific need besides being healthy and reorganizing their talent. Seeing as they already have athletes in the frontcourt, Monroe’s athletic and defensive deficiencies could be covered up and his skills could be maximized.

7. Detroit - Ed Davis (PF):
Detroit needs help just about everywhere, and as such they cannot afford passing up the potential Davis has on both ends of the floor. He’ll fill a huge hole in the Pistons rotation next year, possibly starting by year’s end.

8. LA Clippers - Al-Farouq Aminu (SF/PF):
Aminu fills a huge hole at SF for the Clippers, while also having the ability to play PF next to Griffin when they go small. This pick would leave them heavily reliant on the PG position for playmaking, but it could also create matchup nightmares for opponents.

9. Utah (from NY) - Cole Aldrich (C):
Gift wrapping Utah an NBA-ready defensive Center would be like an early Christmas, even if he isn’t the BPA. He doesn’t offer much upside, but it beats relying on Fesenko or Koufos to develop, while also being a decent fit with Millsap.

10. Indiana - Ekpe Udoh (PF/C):
This is a tough spot for Indiana. Do they go with upside or readiness? Athleticism or skill? Size or playmaking? They kind of get all of that here. Henry could get a look here as BPA, but Udoh makes more sense.

11. New Orleans - Xavier Henry (SG/SF):
Henry is the BPA at this point, and the Hornets love that he fell. Not only does Henry fill a gigantic hole in the Hornets rotation, but he also has the potential to be a plus player on both ends of the floor, and also has the length to play SF when Thornton is sharing the court with him.

12. Memphis - Paul George (SG/SF):
If they allow Gay to walk, then George would look like an excellent fit - and even if they do not, Mayo, George, and Gay could all play on the floor together and create huge mismatch problems with their athleticism and scoring ability.

13. Toronto - Patrick Patterson (PF):
Losing Bosh is certainly going to sting, but Toronto can’t panic. Patterson - while not a high potential player like the BPA Whiteside - could immediately come in and be a nice fit next to Bargnani.

14. Houston - Donatas Motiejunas (PF/C):
Upside pick that Houston can afford to take. Even if they make a play for Bosh or if they decide to keep Scola for another year; Donatas could learn on the bench in a system that seems like it would fit his strength. Whiteside could get a look here as BPA, but the red flags likely cause him to slip a little.

Rest of 1st Round:
15. Milwaukee (from CHI) - James Anderson (SG/SF):
Jennings needs a guy to play off his dominant ball-handling that can shoot and occasionally take it to the rim. Anderson brings that as well as decent playmaking and defense to the table for a team that could use the help on the wing immediately.

16. Minnesota (from CHA) - Hassan Whiteside (PF/C):
The Timberwolves really need help on the wing, but as three good wing prospects just went before them, they are left looking at tweener guards, tweener forwards, or the BPA in Whiteside. I think they choose Whiteside and see if a Love, Cousins, Whiteside rotation will work.

17. Chicago (from MIL) - Willie Warren (SG):
Warren has certainly fallen out of favor with the masses over the past year, but I still think he has the upside to be pretty good in the NBA. Working off more talented players, he could be a deadly sharpshooter with handles. It’s all about finding players to fit next to Rose and the FAs they bring in, I think Warren is what they’re looking for.

18. Miami - Avery Bradley (PG/SG):
Bradley isn’t currently ready to play PG in a traditional role, but the Heat don’t need that if they keep Wade. He can immediately step in and give them excellent defense as well as solid shooting in his limited minutes, while learning to become more of a playmaker.

19. Boston - Luke Babbitt (SF/PF):
Babbitt measured out better than almost everyone expected, and while I’m still not high on him, it will probably get him selected before the late-1st. I don’t think the Celtics could justify taking an athletic PF/C like Sanders when they have a bigger need for offensive production, so Babbitt gets the look here as one of the most skilled offensive players on the board.

20. San Antonio - Damion James (SF/PF):
They need toughness, length, and shooting at the SF spot since Jefferson clearly didn’t give them that. James brings those qualities and seems like a Popovich kind of player, so he’s the pick.

21. Oklahoma City - Daniel Orton (C):
I personally would dislike this pick if I were an OKC fan; however this is a mock, not my big board. Some team will reach for him early because of his size, athleticism, and thug-like nature on the court; and I think that team will be the Thunder as he is a hometown player who also fills a big need.

22. Portland - Gani Lawal (PF):
They were decimated by injuries last year, and will likely have Oden and Przybilla start off the year watching games in suits. Lawal style of play puts the ‘Power’ in Power Forward, and should prove to be a good bench player.

23. Minnesota (from UTA) - Devin Ebanks (SF/PF):
Minnesota likely moves up in the draft using this pick, but if not, I like Ebanks here. Sanders is BPA, but as they took two bigs already, they need to take a wing. Ebanks makes three picks for MIN in this mock with rumored attitude problems, but he also gives them a player with great role player potential especially on the defensive side, and seems like a good fit in Rambis’ scheme.

24. Atlanta - Larry Sanders (PF/C):
The Hawks need size and defense. Sanders brings great defensive ability as well as an excellent frame, but doesn’t have the bulk they’d be looking for. However, seeing that he’s put on about 15lbs of “good” weight in the past two seasons (he only has 4.6% body fat); I think he could eventually bulk up to 240-250 and be a menace for Atlanta.

25. Memphis (from DEN) - Eric Bledsoe (PG/SG):
Conley doesn’t seem to be a guy worth considering part of their core, even though he’s a decent player. As such, they go BPA here and go with Bledsoe who - even if Conley is kept longterm - can play a role as a comboguard off the bench that will give them a great defender and decent shooting.

26. Oklahoma City (from PHX) - Gordon Hayward (SF):
I don’t know if they keep both picks, but I’ll pick as they will. They already took Orton, so now they need to keep filling in role players around their star duo. Hayward, if he can be consistent in his stroke, would be a fine scorer on the wing to work off of Westbrook and/or Durant.

27. New Jersey (from DAL) - Terrico White (SG):
The Nets should use this pick to guess at the type of role player a star FA would want to surround him. You can never have enough role players who are very athletic as well as being decent shooters - and so even though they already have CDR on the bench, I think they go with White.

28. Memphis (from LAL) - Kevin Seraphin (PF/C):
The Grizzlies take him and then keep him overseas for a year until they have room. Once they bring him over, it seems like he and Gasol would work well together and he’d bring much needed athleticism combined with balanced skills.

29. Orlando - Darington Hobson (SG/SF):
Hobson is a decent athlete, can handle the ball, and shoot it from deep. While he doesn’t have the star potential on the wing which they seemed to need in the playoffs, he can fill a void off the bench and then eventually earn a starting spot and allow Nelson to work off him at times.

30. Washington (from CLE) - Solomon Alabi (C):
Could he slip all the way to the last pick in the 1st round? It’s possible, especially when a lot of teams don’t necessarily need a C at the end of the 1st in this mock. He gives the Wizards a legit C with good defense and budding skills, as well as a high character guy. I don’t know if he’ll ever be a big-minute player, but this is good value.

2nd Round:
31. New Jersey - Miroslav Raduljica (C)
32. Oklahoma City (from MIN) - Dominique Jones (SG)
33. Sacramento - Jerome Jordan (C)
34. Golden State - Quincy Pondexter (SF)
35. Washington - Stanley Robinson (SF)
36. Detroit - Artsiom Parakhouski (C)
37. Milwaukee (from PHI) - Trevor Booker (PF)
38. New York - Lance Stephenson (SG/SF)
39. New York (from LAC) - Jarvis Varnado (PF)
40. Indiana - Greivis Vasquez (PG/SG)
41. Miami (from NO) - Elliot Williams (SG)
42. Miami (from TOR) - Craig Brackins (SF/PF)
43. LA Lakers (from MEM) - Armon Johnson (PG/SG)
44. Portland (from CHI) - Pablo Aguilar (PF)
45. Minnesota (from HOU) - Nemanja Bjelica (SG/SF)
46. Phoenix (from CHA) - Brian Zoubek (C)
47. Milwaukee - Mikhail Torrance (PG/SG)
48. Miami - Robin Benzing (SF)
49. San Antonio - Jordan Crawford (SG)
50. Dallas (from OKC) - Derrick Caracter (PF/C)
51. Oklahoma City (from POR) - Alexey Shved (PG/SG)
52. Boston - Matt Bouldin (PG/SG)
53. Atlanta - Paulao Prestes (C)
54. LA Clippers (from DEN) - Lazar Hayward (SF)
55. Utah - Da’Sean Butler (SG/SF)
56. Minnesota (from PHO) - Vladimir Dasic (SF/PF)
57. Indiana (from DAL) - Latavious Williams (SF/PF)
58. LA Lakers - Dexter Pittman (C)
59. Orlando - Charles Garcia (PF)
60. Phoenix (from CLE) - Sylven Landesberg (SG)
          June 2nd, 2010 - Big Board   
Been a little busy enjoying the summer, but I'm back working on this site again to get us all ready for the draft.

I just finished doing a major update to my big board, where instead of just having their name next to their rank, I now have a short synopsis of how I view the players and their attributes. Now, admittedly I am not an international expert, so those players will have shorter descriptions which may be far less helpful than looking at their respective DX, nbadraft.net, or ESPN page - but nonetheless I hope this is a helpful tool as you continue to get to know prospects strengths and weaknesses before the draft. In the coming weeks I'll be tweaking the descriptions more depending on the type of feedback I get.

Well, without further ado, the updated Big Board out to my 10th tier:
(As a reminder, the rule is that I would be able to go down one tier for need, this makes tiers more flexible and blended)

Tier 1:
1. John Wall - Elite athlete who takes advantage of fast breaks and drives seams well. Great defensive potential and comes up with big plays on that end though sometimes has mental lapses. Can create his own shot with ease, but will need to work on refining his jumper to become a complete offensive player. Prone for handling errors and tends to force things at times, but can also do some spectacular things with the ball. Is a good mix of pure and scoring point guard tendencies.

Tier 2:
2. Derrick Favors - Physical specimen with rare combination of strength and athleticism. Could play either frontcourt spot offensively, but needs to work on his jumpshot if he’s to maximize his effectiveness at the ‘4’ and his post skills if he’s going to maximize his effectiveness at the ‘5’. Tends to lose his dribble when executing post moves, but has great hands and should be a monster in terms of efficiency. At his peak, he should be one of the best defenders and rebounders, but he might lack the desire or passion on the court to be a dominant offensive player.

3. Evan Turner - A complete prospect. He is a good playmaker, handler, and floor general from the wing spot and will create mismatches because of his array of talents. Needs to keep working on his long-range jumpers, but currently has one of the best mid-range games in the draft, while also being comfortable driving to the rim - however in this area he is turnover-prone as he is too loose with his handle. He should be a plus defender because of his effort, even though he’s not the best of athletes. Might be facing an uphill battle to be a superstar, as he lacks the tools normally seen in those players, thus his potential is limited.

4. DeMarcus Cousins - He’s a dominant player in the post, able to bull over most people guarding him, but also blessed with surprisingly quick feet. Uses his body to gobble up rebounds on both ends, and has the touch to finish shots around the basket even though he’s not an explosive athlete to throw them down with ease. Has problems with maturity on the court, but not off of it. This leads him to pick up silly fouls and sometimes be an indifferent defender. Sometimes his fire is a good thing, however, as it’s what causes him to be dominant at times.

Tier 3:
5. Wesley Johnson - Elite athlete on the wing with a very effective jumper with NBA 3pt range and quick release. Doesn’t look uncomfortable with the ball, but not relied upon to handle the ball and doesn’t use his dribble to attack the basket effectively despite his physical advantages. Because of this, it leads one to believe he’ll never be seen as a star in the NBA. Good rebounder that takes advantage of positioning and his leaping ability to be an asset in that area. Defensively, he has the tools, but tends to gamble - though playing within the zone makes it hard to see how he’ll translate.

Tier 4:
6. Ed Davis - Before his season ended with a broken wrist, he showed improvement on both ends of the floor. Able to create for himself in the post as well as establish position against bigger players. Showed good touch around the hoop, but needs to add a reliable jumper to be a dangerous offensive player. Defensively, he possesses great timing and is a plus in both man and weakside situations. Can guard face-up ‘4’s effectively on the perimeter. Tends to be a little passive on the court, which brings up questions if he can ever be “the man”.

7. Xavier Henry - Overshadowed by veterans, Henry still showed his ability to play at both ends of the court and the potential to be a deadeye shooter. Has a smooth jumper with effortless release, but had a midseason slump where it was extremely streaky. Deceptively good athlete, who isn’t explosive around the rim but is able to create for himself when the situation calls for it. Not the best handler or playmaker, if he’s going to be anything more than a scorer he needs to improve in those areas. Has the length, athleticism, and strength to defend either wing position.

Tier 5:
8. Greg Monroe - Spectacular playmaker in the frontcourt who plays more like a guard than a big. Because of that, he also sports a decent jumpshot and is comfortable handling the ball on the perimeter. The downside, however, is that he’s relatively soft when playing in the post and can be easily rooted from position. Defensively, his lack of great athleticism and length, combined with the absence of the mentality to own the paint, causes him to be a neutral-at-best player on that end.

9. Al-Farouq Aminu - An intriguing combination of great length, agility, and instincts makes him an outstanding defensive prospect that can guard either Forward spot. Has a nose for the ball when it comes to rebounding. Offensively, he’s raw, having an unreliable jumper and making odd decisions when trying to make plays for himself or teammates. He is effective, however, when set up with spot-up jumpers or off offensive rebound opportunities.

10. Ekpe Udoh - Great athleticism and the biggest shoulders known to mankind are likely huge influences in helping make him a great defensive player both in man and weakside situations. Makes good decisions with the ball when making plays, however dribbles it way too high when driving to the rim. Decent jumper and post-game, but should not be relied upon as one of the top options - upside is that of a role player.

11. Paul George - Great athlete with the size and length to create mismatch problems on either end. Streaky jumpshooter who was relied upon too much in college, may become much more efficient as a 2nd or 3rd option as he shows pure form on his shot and great efficiency in spot-up situations. Ability to make plays and handle the ball is a plus. Defensively, he tends to gamble more than he should.

12. Hassan Whiteside - Being an elite weakside defender but raw man defender makes him an intriguing prospect. Great athlete with the ability to effectively guard players on the perimeter. Has a surprisingly good jumper and a decent post-game, but has tunnel vision once he gets the ball. He needs to work on his game in the post (offensively, defensively in man situations, and rebounding) to realize his great potential. A huge boom or bust prospect.

13. Cole Aldrich - Ready-made player who is a great rebounder and post defender. Has decent touch and an adequate jumper. However, he is not a good athlete and doesn’t assert himself offensively, which limits his upside.

Tier 6:
14. Donatas Motiejunas - Great athlete with a versatile game which allows him to play inside or out, play fast-paced or in the half-court. Needs to toughen up and work on his interior game to realize his great potential, otherwise he will need to be an extremely efficient offensive player to make up for the other areas in his game.

15. Devin Ebanks - Excellent defender who excels at shutting down great perimeter players despite only having decent athleticism and physical tools. He needs to bulk up to be a good post defender against the bigger ‘3’s and most ‘4’s in the NBA. Possesses a good jumper out to 15-18 feet, but efficiency drops off the map once he gets near the 3pt line even though he has good form. Passing ability is a plus, but should not be relied upon to handle the ball. Lack of athleticism and polished offensive game limit his upside.

16. Patrick Patterson - Very polished player who is good in just about every aspect you judge a PF on. Has good strength, athleticism, size, and motor which means the mismatches against him will be few and far between. Worked on his jumper so now he can spot-up out to the 3pt line with good efficiency. Lost the mentality to go after every board, and also still cannot handle or create for himself outside of the post which means he’s almost certainly a role player.

17. James Anderson - Good athlete possessing a great jumper with unlimited range as well as the ability to finish at the rim through contact. Does not look comfortable handling the ball, almost always going left when he drives and sometimes unable to create for himself when guarded by a skilled defender. Uses screens well, however, which should help him be an effective 3rd option in the NBA - however he’ll need to continue working on his handle to be anything more. Is an above average defender who tends to stay home instead of gamble.

Tier 7:
18. Avery Bradley - Great athlete and elite defender. Only offensive weapon is his jumper, both off the dribble and spotting up - but he doesn’t effectively take it to the rim nor does he draw contact. Needs to work on his handle and playmaking ability to realize his potential.

19. Willie Warren - If he were two inches taller he’d be a great prospect even though he had a down year, however at 6’4 without great length he’s small for a SG and his weaknesses become magnified. Great dribbler and ability to finish around the rim, also possesses a streaky jumpshot which is money if it’s on. However, he is an indifferent defender and even though his team was dysfunctional last year, he wasn’t helping with his selfish mentality.

20. Damion James - Nice athlete with good size and skills for a role-player SF. Tough-nosed defender who can defend most perimeter players and some post players. Has a decent jumper and can create for himself, but isn’t a guy you want handling the ball often due to his lack of playmaking ability and not being a good dribbler even when comparing him to other SFs.

21. Larry Sanders - Very athletic frontcourt player with excellent length, but lacking the strength required to guard some of the bigger post players. However, he is a great weakside defender and has solid man defensive skills. Needs to crash the boards with more fervor, as he plays a bit soft. Has worked on developing a jumper, but could stand to improve both that and his post skills.

22. Kevin Seraphin - Intruiging player with a great package of size, strength, athleticism, and length in the frontcourt. Could play either spot offensively or defensively. Needs to keep developing his offensive repertoire.

23. Eric Bledsoe - Great athlete who was forced to play out of position for most of his minutes. Showed the ability to guard either backcourt spot and was extremely focused when doing so, having few lapses. Has a good jumper, but far too often takes bad shots and is wild when driving to the rim. His playmaking skills did not appear to be very good compared to most PGs, so he’ll need to work on that or play next to a ball-dominant player who can handle the ball.

24. Darington Hobson - A versatile wing with great playmaking ability, good handles, and a nice jumper. Struggles with efficiency when guarded with long, athletic players; but at the next level he won’t be the focus of defenses as he was in his one year in the NCAA. He needs to work on his game off the ball, as well as defensive intensity to maximize his potential as a role player.

25. Gordon Hayward - Smooth player with surprising athleticism and a good jumper, however he appeared to be very streaky this year after a consistent freshman season. Plays tougher than he looks, and also is an effective defender when he’s focused. Can rebound the ball and make plays at an above average clip compared to most other SF prospects. Needs to improve his handle and become more consistent on both ends of the court.

Tier 8:
26. Artsiom Parakhouski - Skilled player with great size, decent athleticism, and the mentality people look for in a post player. Goes after every rebound and utilizes good positioning and effort to secure it. Not an explosive leaper, but still a good defender at the college level due to his size and positioning, though he struggled outside the paint. Plays below the rim, but shows good touch around the hoop and has a reliable jumper to help space the floor.

27. Terrico White - Great athlete with good length for the SG spot. Possesses solid playmaking skills and can help handle the ball, though he showed far less of this his sophomore year. Can create for himself in the halfcourt and good at driving the seams, however can be a bit reckless in his decisions which leads to him taking a few too many contested jumpers. An indifferent defender, he needs to show more intensity on this end and make use of his tools to realize his full potential and possibly become a very good starter.

28. Luke Babbitt - Very good offensive skills. Able to create for himself despite only having average handles and playing as an average or below average athlete. Has range well beyond the 3pt line, and also is dangerous close to the hoop. Surprisingly good playmaker with good vision for a combo forward. Defensively he gives effort, but frequently looks overmatched when guarding players with NBA athleticism and thus isn’t an effective defender.

29. Gani Lawal – Explosive, powerful player who has developed offensive skills in the post. Missing a reliable jumper to make him an extremely dangerous offensive player - FTs need help too. Blessed with great athleticism and length, with good length and motor. Crashes the boards well. Defensively he needs to focus more as he’s prone to picking up silly fouls and allows easy baskets a bit too often.

30. Quincy Pondexter - Great athlete who relies upon playing bigger and stronger than he is to overpower opponents. The lack of a reliable jumper and good handles could hurt him in the NBA, as his interior game will not be nearly as effective and thus he may be in for a harsh transition. Defensively, he’s very good as he shows effort and intensity so his tools are used to their fullest.

31. Craig Brackins - Skilled offensive player whose efficiency will increase when he’s not asked to carry the load. Has well developed post moves, a good midrange game, and has the ability to extend his range beyond the 3pt line in time to - when combined with his playmaking ability - become a dangerous offensive role player. Defensively, however, he is likely going to be a negative for his team, as he hasn’t seemed interested on that end.

32. Stanley Robinson - Great athlete who uses this athleticism to be a quality defender as well as an exciting player in transition or when crashing the boards offensively. Has a decent jumper, but needs to continue to improve it to become a good role player. Lacks good handles and strength, thus tends to play outside far more than inside.

Tier 9:
33. Jerome Jordan - Athletic, long player with skills on both ends. Is inconsistent in his level of play which makes it hard to project where he could go in his career. Needs to work on his jumper if he wants to be seen as a starter.

34. Daniel Orton - He’s a body blessed with great physical tools. Right now he’s raw on both ends, showing glimpses of having a decent face-up game and defensive potential to go along with those tools. Knee problems may scare off some teams, as will his tendency to play like a thug and thus pick up lots of fouls. Has a lot of work to do to become a decent NBA player, but the potential is there.

35. Solomon Alabi - Nice athlete from the C spot who can make a significant impact defensively thanks to his timing and ability to harass opposing big and guards both in the post and when he’s forced out to the perimeter. Plays a little soft, however, and needs to assert himself more on the boards - hands need work as well. Has a nice jump hook and stroke from the line, which bodes well for his ability to become a decent option in the post if he continues to improve.

36. Jarvis Varnado - Great weakside defender with outstanding timing. As a man defender, he’s in for a tough transition as he’s too small to guard most post players, and not quite agile enough to guard some face-up ‘4’s. Quality rebounder despite his lack of strength, thanks to his fundamentals. Needs to continue to work on his jumper to make a successful transition to PF.

37. Elliot Williams - Good athlete who relies on his ability to drive to the rim and finish through contact, but needs to work on his handle to become ambidextrous with the ball. Possesses an improving jumper, but needs to keep working on it to make a smooth transition to the NBA. Solid playmaker, but prone to trying to be too fancy with the ball and thus be a bit turnover prone despite not being ball-dominant. Defensively, he is below average, but this should not be his focus as his role in the NBA will be that of a scorer.

Tier 10:
38. Lance Stephenson - Good playmaker and handler for a SG, also possesses a knack for creating separation and getting up tough shots. Overly confident in his abilities, pressing too hard and frequently taking shots which are too tough instead of pulling back and passing the ball. Defensively, he shows good intensity at times, but most of the time he’s an indifferent defender. If he continues to work on his game, he has high potential, but doesn’t seem to get it.

39. Dominique Jones - A bull of a guard who loves driving to the rim and has good touch around the basket despite not being a great athlete. Decent handle and playmaking ability, can also create separation for himself, but his jumper isn’t reliable. Defensively, he puts forth good effort, but isn’t very effective.

40. Da’Sean Butler - Streaky jumpshooter who comes up big in the clutch. Knee injury may knock his athleticism down a notch, but at WVU he was an average athlete. Very complete offensive player, able to handle and make plays while also being able to drive to the rim and create separation for himself in the halfcourt. Defensively, he was mostly hidden, and doesn’t seem to possess the ability to do more than put a hand up.

41. Jordan Crawford - Volume shooter whose efficiency tailed off in bigger games. However, he can create for himself and is able to get off shots in tough situations. Playmaking and handling are there, but not a strength. On the defensive side, he looks indifferent much of the time.

42. Trevor Booker - Surprising athlete who is skilled and can rock the rim. Has worked on a jumper and has range out to 18-20 feet. Nice defensive skills, active down low and very physical. Needs to become more physical on the boards and learn better fundamentals.

43. Mikhail Torrance - SG with some very nice PG skills, however doesn’t have a takeover mentality nor athleticism which will wow anyone, thus is a classic tweener. Defensively he’ll be a liability.

44. Derrick Caracter - Big, strong post player with excellent post skills and touch around the basket. Tough-nosed rebounder and very physical defensively - however is relatively ineffective against skilled opponents and isn’t much of a weakside defender due to below average athleticism.

45. Miroslav Raduljica - Very skilled post player with legit size, range on his jumper, and decent court vision. Lacks defensive ability and toughness, and is also a subpar rebounder.

46. Pablo Aguilar - A below average athlete, he makes his living off his smooth jumper and being a smart offensive player. Defensively he’s active, but he lacks the physical tools to be a plus defender at the NBA level - only a pest.

47. Tyler Smith - Immaturity destroyed his NBA prospects, but outside of that is a solid prospect with good playmaking, average defensive ability, a decent jumper and solid physical attributes. If he can show that he’s matured, and can improve the range on his jumper out to the NBA 3pt line, he could be a solid player.

48. Lazar Hayward - Good athlete with legit size for a SF. Possesses a nice jumper with NBA range, but lacks good handles and playmaking to be anything more than a role player offensively. Defensively, shows very good effort and has the potential to be a plus defender.

49. Greivis Vasquez - Was a star in college. Good size, handles, jumper, and playmaking. His problem lies with his poor athleticism, where it is a hindrance that he cannot get around defensively, and offensively will make his transition to the pros a bumpy one.

50. Armon Johnson - Explosive guard who is at his best attacking so he can create for himself or his teammates. Spot up jumper is suspect, as is the range on it - so if he’s going to make it in the NBA it will need to be improved. Defensively, he has the tools, but seems disinterested at times.

51. Sylven Landesberg - Smooth offensive player that can create for himself and others at the SG spot, however he’s still quite raw and doesn’t always make the best play. Athletically, he is average or below average; which, when combined with his mentality defensively, makes him a minus on that end of the floor.
          Jim Boeheim Calls Tom Crean an Idiot for Ripping Tyler Lydon's NBA Potential   

Syracuse Orange head basketball coach Jim Boeheim did not take kindly to former Indiana coach Tom Crean criticizing Tyler Lydon's NBA prospects.

"He's an idiot," Boeheim said Thursday, per Chris Carlson of Syracuse.com. "He said he's not a good shooter. Freshman, sophomore year he shoots 40 percent from 3. That's pretty good for a young player.

"I think he had the best shooting statistics at the combine, I think, of all the big guys," Boeheim continued. "He shoots it. That's what he does. It just shows the ignorance and not doing the work, the research, the background check. He's athletic and can do a lot of other things but he can really shoot."

Carlson noted Crean questioned Lydon's shooting and defensive abilities as a potential stretch 4 at the NBA level, saying, "I don't think he's that good."

According to Carlson, Crean's comments came on The Vertical's NBA draft livestream.

Boeheim was adamant the 6'9" Lydon impressed at the combine with his shooting touch, and NBA.com notes he hit at least 60 percent of his shots in all but one of the 10 shooting stations. He also drilled 39.8 percent of the three-pointers he attempted during his two years at Syracuse.

Despite Crean's criticism, Lydon was good enough for the Denver Nuggets, who traded for him after the Utah Jazz selected him with the No. 24 overall pick.

Lydon's touch from the outside helped him average 13.2 points per game with the Orange this past season, and Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report praised his release when breaking into open space:

Lydon also averaged 7.4 rebounds a game in his collegiate career and will look to translate his success on the boards and beyond the arc to the NBA level, even if Crean doesn't believe he can.

 

Read more NCAA news on BleacherReport.com


          Israël: l'ex-Premier ministre Olmert bénéficiera d'une libération anticipée   
L'ancien Premier ministre israélien, ex-, qui purge une peine de 27 mois de prison pour corruption, va bénéficier d'une libération anticipée et devrait être relâché dimanche, a indiqué son avocat jeudi.
Israël: l'ex-Premier ministre Olmert bénéficiera d'une libération anticipée
"Le comité (de libération conditionnelle) a accepté tous nos arguments", a affirmé Me Shani Illouz à la radio publique israélienne. "Olmert sera libéré dimanche", a précisé l'avocat, soulignant cependant que le ministère de la Justice pourrait faire appel de la décision.

Chef du gouvernement de 2006 à 2009 et âgé de 71 ans, Ehud Olmert emprisonné depuis février 2016, est le premier ex-chef de gouvernement israélien à purger une peine de prison.

M. Olmert avait demandé une réduction de peine, mais aucune raison n'a été donnée dans l'immédiat quant à la décision sur une libération anticipée. Une déclaration sur l'affaire devrait être publiée ultérieurement.

S'il est libéré dimanche, il aura purgé les deux tiers de sa peine de prison.

Il avait démissionné du poste de Premier ministre en septembre 2008, la police ayant recommandé son inculpation pour pots-de-vin, mais il a exercé ses fonctions jusqu'à mars 2009, quand le dirigeant du parti Likoud, Benjamin Netanyahu, a prêté serment comme Premier ministre, un poste qu'il occupe toujours.

M. Olmert est le dernier Premier ministre israélien à s'être investi dans des négociations, intensives mais infructueuses, pour faire la paix avec les Palestiniens.

La décision du comité de libération conditionnelle survient quelques jours après son hospitalisation, le 20 juin, après des douleurs à la poitrine.

L'ancien Premier ministre a subi des examens médicaux dont les résultats ont montré qu'il était en bonne santé, et est retourné en prison.

- Vague de soutien -

Une photo de M. Olmert, hagard, dans des tenues d'hôpital mangeant avec des ustensiles en plastique a été partagée sur les réseaux sociaux, suscitant une vague de soutien au sein de l'opinion publique mais aussi de la classe politique et des appels ont été lancés pour sa libération anticipée.

Mais en dépit d'une libération anticipée immédiate, M. Olmert pourrait faire face à de nouvelles poursuites pénales.

L'ancien Premier ministre est en effet au centre d'une polémique, après une perquisition de la police ordonnée par le Parquet à la mi-juin dans les bureaux de son éditeur pour saisir les manuscrits de ses mémoires, qu'il est en train d'écrire.

La police a confisqué les documents dans les bureaux de Yediot Books, maison d'édition appartenant au quotidien à grand tirage Yediot Aharonot, considéré comme critique vis-à-vis du Premier ministre Netanyahu.

Le ministère de la Justice avait indiqué que certains des passages des mémoires de M. Olmert contiendraient des informations classifiées "susceptibles de porter gravement atteinte à la sécurité de l'Etat".

Selon le Yediot Aharonot, lors de sa perquisition, la police a aussi saisi le manuscrit d'un livre que le journaliste Ben Caspit, considéré comme un critique virulent de M. Netanyahu, est en train d'écrire sur le Premier ministre, ainsi que le manuscrit d'un ouvrage de l'ex-ministre de la Défense Moshé Yaalon, considéré comme un adversaire politique de M. Netanyahu.

Toujours selon le quotidien, la police a perquisitionné le domicile de l'éditeur qui travaille sur les mémoires de Ehud Olmert pour Yediot Books.

L'enquête se poursuit et le bureau du Procureur doit annoncer dans les prochains jours si M. Olmert sera poursuivi dans cette affaire.

La peine de prison, au départ de 27 mois, portait sur une peine de 18 mois pour des pots-de-vin touchés dans le cadre du pharaonique projet immobilier Holyland à Jérusalem lorsqu'il était maire de la ville, entre 1993 et 2003, et huit mois d'incarcération pour une affaire de fraude et corruption outre un mois pour entrave à la justice.


          Comment on “Coridorul morţii” — o imagine creată de mine, pe când eram copil by Alecu Mocanu   
PLUS cei 7 tineri torturaţi, schingiuiţi și masacraţi de către teroristii-poliţişti mascaţi comunisti in acel Aprilie Negru 2009 in timpul protestelor anti-comuniste și anti-voroniste de la Chișinău. Atentie: Ucigaşii nu a fost pedepsiţi ! 23. Valeriu Boboc din s. Sângera / 5 mai 1985 – 7 aprilie 2009/ omorât in batai de «Oamenii Legii» pe Piata Mare din Chisinau la 7 aprilie 2009 22. Ion Ţâbuleac /n.1987 s. Bolohan/Orhei – 7 aprilie 2009, Chisinau/ 21. Eugen Ţapu din or. Soroca 20. Maxim Canişu din s. Christofor/Ungheni, omorât bestial de politistii teroristi si aruncat in lacul Ghidighici la 8 aprilie 2009 si apoi gasit la 19 aprilie 2009. 19. Radu Ciobanu, decedat ‘la comanda» la 24 iunie 2009 in s. Cornesti/ Ungheni si in urma torturii din «coridorul mortii» de la Procuratura neo-comunista din Chisinau. 18. Ruslan Melinte, un tânar romantic din s. Peticeni/Calarasi, simpatizant si agitator pro-PLDM, partidul lui Vlad Filat,si ucis miseleste la 25 iunie 2009 de catre comunistii teroristi voronisti-tkaciukisti locali, 17. Vasilică Dumistraşcu /1982 – 26 Mai 2014/, patriot român din s. Brânza, jud. Cahul, mort după 5 ani în urma rănilor din timpul torturii de regimul poliţienesc voronist comunist din aprilie 2009. 18. Chiril Gumeni /22 ani/ din Buiucani, omorât cu bâtele la 12 martie 2017 de 2 vagabonzi, unul din Transnistria. În acel aprilie sângeros 2009 a fost luat cu forța de pe stradă de poliția voronistă teroristă, bătut, maltratat apoi aruncat iarăși în stradă. Mama lui susţine că există mai multe neclarităţi şi nu este exclus ca omorul fiului său, să fi fost comandat: „Chiril avea probleme cu poliţia. Odată i-au strecurat droguri în buzunar, însă până la urmă nu a fost condamnat. Chiril nu avea probleme cu drogurile. El iubea viaţa şi era pentru dreptate”.
          Franek Wins Patriot Tour Feature at McKean County Speedway   
Davie Franek won the Patriot Sprint Tour feature Saturday night at McKean County Speedway.
          Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Rumours on Jose Maria Gimenez, Mamadou Sakho   

Reported Liverpool transfer target Jose Maria Gimenez could be leaving his current club Atletico Madrid, while Crystal Palace have shifted their focus toward more affordable targets following the Reds' refusal to budge from their £30 million asking price for Mamadou Sakho.

According to AS (via Daily Star's Marc Williams), Inter Milan are the current favourites to sign Gimenez, who saw his role diminish in the Spanish capital last season and is weighing up his future.

The 22-year-old lost his spot as an automatic starter alongside compatriot Diego Godin, making just 12 starts in La Liga. Stefan Savic was the preferred option in defence, and with Lucas Hernandez knocking on the door, his playing time could take even more hits moving forward.

Manchester United have also been linked with the youngster, who has long been touted as a top talent at the centre-back position.

A move for the Uruguay international would be complicated by Atletico's current transfer ban. The club has some depth at the position but would be unable to bring in reinforcements should Gimenez leave this summer.

As a result, the Rojiblancos are likely to hold out for a huge transfer fee, and the Reds are more likely to address their defensive needs elsewhere.

Liverpool could raise some additional capital with the sale of Sakho, but per the London Evening Standard's Giuseppe Muro, Crystal Palace will not cough up the £30 million required.

According to the report, manager Frank de Boer has already turned his attention toward other targets. The Eagles have a limited budget of just £40 million this summer, and while Sakho did a wonderful job for the club in the second half of last season, Palace can't afford to blow 75 percent of their budget on one player.

While a permanent transfer of the France international seems almost inevitable after he was frozen out of the squad last season, it's worth noting he's been training for next season at Melwood:

Few expect the former Paris Saint-Germain man to get another chance under manager Jurgen Klopp, but his dedication―the start of the new season is well over a month away―could buy him some much-needed credit.

Read more Liverpool news on BleacherReport.com


          Picking the Transfer Window That Liverpool Fans Would Love to Reboot   

Liverpool's summer transfer history is patchy, to say the least.

To borrow Isaac Newton's third law of motion, for every action, there has been an equal and opposite reaction. From the start of the Premier League era, the Reds made mistakes in the market.

From Paul Stewart in 1992 through to Christian Benteke in 2015, Liverpool have signed their fair share of flops. Signings that perhaps made sense on paper but, for whatever reason, didn't pan out on the pitch.

But what about the success stories?

If the club's fans could pick one summer window to reboot, allowing them to add that year's signings to bolster manager Jurgen Klopp's current squad, which year would they choose?

Well, we asked them on Twitter:

Of course, the poll only provided four options. It didn't allow the sadomasochists out there to vote for the summer of 2002, for example, when then-manager Gerard Houllier appeared to lose his marbles by agreeing to buy the triumvirate of El Hadji Diouf, Bruno Cheyrou and Salif Diao. Ouch.

Here is Bleacher Report's own breakdown of the best windows seen since the BBC cancelled Play School.

 

      

Third place: 2004, The Spanish Armada

Benitez’s arrival at Anfield signalled a wave of Spanish recruits. Dabbling in a market he knew ridiculously well, the new Liverpool manager signed four of his fellow countrymen during his first summer at the helm.

On reflection, he had a 50 per cent strike rate. Full-back Josemi—the first in the door—and Antonio Nunez—a makeweight in the deal that sent Michael Owen to Real Madrid—failed to make an impact during their largely forgettable time in England.

Yet if that pair were poor (and poor is putting it kindly, particularly for Nunez, the winger with the turning circle of the QE II), Benitez struck gold with the other two Spaniards he signed from La Liga.

By scoring the "Ghost Goal" in the 2005 UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea, Luis Garcia—the winger who drank Sangria—made sure he would forever be remembered fondly by the red half of Liverpool.

Having previously worked together at Tenerife, Benitez knew all about Garcia, a hard-working wide man with an eye for goal (he scored 18 in 71 appearances during his time with the Premier League club).

But it was the fourth and final Spaniard who must have heavily swayed the voting in the Twitter poll.

Such is the love for Xabi Alonso, Liverpool fans would have him back in a heartbeat, even though he’s now officially retired. Just mention the midfielder’s name to some and they will still go weak at the knees.

Alonso works in any team. In Benitez’s structured system, he flourished next to Steven Gerrard; at Real Madrid, he was part of the engine room that kept the Galacticos going; and at Bayern Munich, he continued to sparkle even in the twilight of his career. Oh, and then there was his success with the Spanish national team, as he won Euro 2008 and 2012, with the 2010 FIFA World Cup sandwiched in between.

But would he be the most beneficial of all the old boys? Probably not, no (and typing that makes me die a little inside).

While Alonso's range of passing would undoubtedly be beneficial, Klopp is not short of options to play in the centre of the park, particularly if Philippe Coutinho continues in the deeper role he occupied at the end of the last season.

Sorry to disagree with the masses, but Liverpool have more pressing concerns than midfield. A young, fresh-faced Alonso from 2004 isn't solving a problem in the current squad, he's just creating a headache when it comes to selecting the best XI.

 

     

Second place: 2007, Striking it Rich

Benitez’s summer of 2007 was a hotchpotch in terms of his transfer dealings.

Who can forget Charles Itandje, Damien Plessis and Sebastian Leto? Everyone, that’s who. The trio made about as much of an impact as a water pistol at the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Other recruits did, however, make a better impression with the Reds. A young Lucas Leiva could replace the departing Lucas in Klopp’s crop, while Ryan Babel and Yossi Benayoun would offer contrasting options off the bench, particularly as Liverpool could do with some cover for wingers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

However, this window would be rebooted for just one man: Fernando Torres.

Signed for a then-club-record £20.2 million from Atletico Madrid, the Spanish striker didn’t take long to show he was worth every penny.

Handed the famous No. 9 jersey, Torres adapted quickly to the Premier League. The physicality and pace of English football suited him down to the ground as he became the focal point of Liverpool’s attack.

"El Nino" scored 33 goals in all competitions in his debut season. Injuries hampered him in the following years, but that shouldn’t detract from the initial impact he made.

"Torres is the nearest thing I have ever seen to Roger Hunt. When Roger was around, if there was a chance inside the 18-yard box then the ball was in the back of the net—there was no question about that," Tommy Smith said of the forward, per LFC History.

Of course, his move to Chelsea left a bitter taste. Liverpool profited financially, yet the loss of such a talismanic figure was like a gut punch from Mike Tyson (prime Mike Tyson, too, not the Mike Tyson who appears on Broadway).

The anger at the manner of his departure has faded with time. Torres struggled badly as a Blue in London and is now back home with Atletico, the club where he built such a burgeoning reputation in his early years.

But that player who dominated the 2007/08 campaign would start in Liverpool's current XI. While Roberto Firmino does a fine job leading the line, he’s not good enough to keep out a prime Torres, who could lead the counter-press and would feast on the chances that the creative players around him provided.

 

      

First place: 1999, Solid as a Rock

When Houllier took over, he talked about putting in place a five-year plan for success. Having started out at Anfield working alongside Roy Evans, the Frenchman was placed in sole charge in November 1998.

The following summer offered him the chance to put his stamp on the squad. The Reds were good at scoring goals—no surprise considering they had Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen up front—but had more issues with leaks than Julian Assange.

Houllier realised his grand plan didn’t have a hope of working out without solid foundations, so he signed two centre-backs to help plug the holes at the back.

Finn Sami Hyypia cost £3 million from Willem II in May 1999. Stephane Henchoz arrived the following month, with Liverpool paying relegated Blackburn £3.5 million to acquire the Swiss (thanks to a release clause in his contract).

Talk about hitting the jackpot.

The tall, technically gifted Hyypia meshed perfectly with the doggedly determined Henchoz. In their first season playing together, Liverpool conceded just 30 league goals as they finished in fourth position.

How supporters must wish they could pair these two together now. Just one of them would be nice, popped in alongside Joel Matip to give the Reds a more stable-looking centre-back partnership. Klopp’s public pursuit of Virgil van Dijk shows how Liverpool’s current boss sees the need for defensive reinforcements.

The German would also be ready with one of his now customary bear hugs to welcome the arrival of compatriot Dietmar Hamann, who signed from Newcastle United for £8 million on July 22, 1999.

Captain Jordan Henderson filled the holding midfield role until his 2016/17 season was cut short by a foot injury.

Hamann, however, might be an even better fit for the position. His ability to read the game, as well as kick-start attacks from deep with his excellent passing skills, would make him ideal for Klopp’s 4-3-3 system.

Titi Camara, Vladimir Smicer and Sander Westerveld arrived in the summer of 1999, although all three would do well to make the bench in the current squad.

Emile Heskey was also signed in the season, albeit he didn’t join until March 2000. He proved an excellent foil for Michael Owen in Houllier’s team that did the cup treble the following campaign. Yet for all his qualities (and he does have some, despite receiving plenty of criticism during his career), the striker wouldn't suit Klopp’s high-press, fast-tempo football.

Hyypia, Henchoz and Hamann, however, would fit right in. What Liverpool wouldn't give to repeat the summer of '99 all over again.

 

 

Rob Lancaster is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. All statistics and transfer fees are from LFC History unless otherwise stated.

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          StarCraft Remastered has a release date and price   

 

The remaster of StarCraft, StarCraft Remastered, that was announced in March, will be coming to PCs worldwide on August 14th for $15 USD. The remastered version of the game will include the Brood War expansion. You can preorder the game now and it'll live in the Blizzard app.

The artwork and visual assets have been redone, with native widescreen aspect ratio and 4K support. Audio has been refined as well, and players can even swap between the new and old graphics incase you're some idiot who likes BAD, OLD graphics.

The gameplay will remain the same, with the same beloved balance between the races, Turron, Proots, and Zoorb. More news to come, I'm sure.


          Cisco Kinetic Unlocks the Power of Your IoT Data   
On Tuesday we announced Cisco Kinetic, a first-of-its kind IoT operations platform designed to unlock the power of data from the billions of connected devices being added to the network. In recent years, companies across the globe have embraced the idea of a hyper-connected, digital world. Now I’m starting to see a level of maturity […]
          Saints line-up signing triple header   
FORMER Saints goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski believes his Poland compatriot Jan Bednarek is a player you can "trust" ahead of his big move to St Mary's.
          Cisco: IoT Threat Defense in Healthcare   
What are IoT devices in healthcare?  In my experience talking with customers, I don’t believe I’ve ever received the same answer twice. Most often, they call out patient home monitoring devices and consumer-grade fitness trackers. But to me, an IoT device is anything that you connect to the network. And in healthcare, we are certainly connecting more […]
          Cisco and IBM Break Down Barriers to IoT Success   
IoT is a very hot topic and many enterprises have started their IoT journey. But a majority of those initiatives never make it past the proof of concept stage.  In a recent survey of 1,845 business leaders, Cisco found that 60 percent of IoT projects stall out at proof of concept and are never deployed. […]
          Supporting the Full Life-Cycle for OER-Based Lessons is Critically Important   
By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway, Campus Technology It doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that OERs — Open Education Resources — are the future of curriculum. That said, turning OER into actual, coherent, cohesive, aligned curricular lessons is fraught with challenges. The particular challenge under our microscope here is this: we aren’t seeing support for [...]
          IoT to Represent More Than Half of Connected Device Landscape by 2021   
by Sri Ravipati, Campus Technology The total number of devices connected to IP networks is projected to be three times the global population by 2021. Internet of things (IoT) technologies specifically are expected to represent more than half of the total 27.1 billion devices and connections. That analysis comes from Cisco’s recent Visual Networking Index for [...]
          AIM’s Dr. Mehran Maalekian to Present at the TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition   

AIM Solder, a leading global manufacturer of solder assembly materials for the electronics industry, is pleased to announce that Dr. Mehran Maalekian, R&D Director, will present at the TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, scheduled to take place February 26th – March 2nd, 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center and Marriot Marquis & Marina in San Diego, CA.

(PRWeb February 06, 2017)

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          (USA-MI-Battle Creek) Teller PT   
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This mission is accomplished by providing outstanding service to both internal and external members as well as being an ambassador of the credit union. As as part time teller, you will have the opportunities to: + Interact with our members while building impactful relationships. + Shape and sustain our companies image through excellent member service. + Strengthen your knowledge of financial services to be better positioned for future opportunities. + Be an important part of a fun and collaborative team. + Delivers outstanding service by meeting all service standards as set forth by the credit union. In addition, the position is required to deliver upon the credit union's Service Promises to our internal and external members. + Greets and welcomes members to the credit union in a courteous, professional and timely manner and works to exceed their expectations by identifying a need and educating them on how to improve their financial life. + Performs routine member transactions including deposits, withdrawals, transfers, purchase of negotiable instruments, cash advances, loan payments, check cashing, opening and/or closing a variety of account types, address changes, and collection of Security Box rental fees. + Consults with members to obtain information and explain available financial services. Provides routine information on credit union services or policies, including eligibility for membership, website information, types of accounts, insurance on loans, loan policies, interest rates, current dividend rates, locations, office hours and telephone numbers. + Cross-sells products and/or services that will improve the financial lives of members. + Maintains an up-to-date and comprehensive knowledge on all credit union products and services that are handled and/or promoted as well as policies, procedures, rules and regulations, including robbery procedures. + Prepares collection forms for maturing Savings Bonds, counsels members on the merits of the various investment options, and processes changes of ownership and exchanges of Savings Bonds. + Performs a variety of internal documentation and balancing activities consistent with credit union standards and guidelines, including daily cash drawer management, miscellaneous receipt and disbursement transactions, general ledger account record-keeping, and the like. + Accountable for the security of member transactions by observing security procedures to help detect fraud. + Participates in the development of local and organization-wide standard operating procedures. + Maintains and develops professional abilities by: attending regular peer-level team meetings, educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, benchmarking state-of-the-art practices, participating in professional societies, and otherwise maintaining professional and technical knowledge. + Must comply with applicable laws and regulations, including but not limited to the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the Patriot Act, and the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). Physical Requirements Perform primarily sedentary work with limited physical exertion and regularly lifting cash box of up to 10 lbs. and coin bags up to 30 lbs on occasion. Must be capable of climbing / descending stairs in emergency situation. Must be able to operate routine office equipment including telephone, copier, facsimile, and calculator. Must be able to stand for long periods of time. Must be able to routinely perform work on computer for an average of 6-8 hours per day, when necessary. Must be able to work extended hours whenever required or requested by management. Must be capable of regular, reliable and timely attendance. Working Conditions Must be able to routinely perform work indoors in climate-controlled shared work area with minimal noise. Mental and/or Emotional Requirements Must be able to perform job functions independently or with limited supervision and work effectively either on own or as part of a team. Must be able to read and carry out various written instructions and follow oral instructions. Must be able to speak clearly and deliver information in a logical and understandable sequence. Must be able to use basic math skills and spell accurately up to a high school graduate level. Must be capable of dealing calmly and professionally with numerous different personalities from diverse cultures at various levels within and outside of the organization and demonstrate highest levels of customer service and discretion when dealing with the public. Must be able to perform responsibilities with composure under the stress of deadlines / requirements for extreme accuracy and quality and/or fast pace. Must be able to effectively handle multiple, simultaneous, and changing priorities. Must be capable of exercising highest level of discretion on both internal and external confidential matters. Acknowledgement Nothing in this position description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job description is not a contract and should not be construed as a guarantee of employment for any specific period of time. Interpersonal Skills Courtesy and tact are essential elements of the job. Work involves personal contact with customers and others inside and outside the organization, generally regarding fairly routine matters for the purposes of giving and obtaining information or instructions, updating or referring. Communications require shorter and not in-depth discussions most of the time. Experience Cash handling and customer service experience is strongly preferred. Education/Certifications/Licenses A high school degree or equivalent ID: 2017-1317 External Company Name: Advia Credit Union External Company URL: adviacu.org
          Lions and tigers and murder, oh my / Denise Swanson.   
cover imageFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Between a Book and a Hard Place comes the latest Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery--and it packs a bite. Opening up a dime store in her hometown of Shadow Bend, Missouri, Devereaux "Dev" Sinclair thought she'd left the wilds of city life behind her. But she's about to discover that even rural life can be beastly. . . Handsome private investigator Jake Del Vecchio has rented the office space on the second floor above Devereaux's dime store, and Dev now finds herself embroiled in his first case, which involves Gabriella Winston, the missing wife of wealthy philanthropist Elliot Winston. Elliot is determined to open a wildlife park on the edge of town but is facing all sorts of angry opposition--including Gabriella. After the Winstons have a bitter fight, Gabriella disappears, and their house is ransacked. The authorities are quick to claim Elliot killed his wife, but Dev's not so sure. One thing is certain: Claws are out in Shadow Bend. . . .
          Oregon Indictment Guaranteed to Enflame Patriot Paranoia   

Antigovernment extremists and militia-types looking to bash federal law enforcement just got a new drumbeat – one to replace the worn-out tropes arising from the 1990s tragedies at Ruby Ridge and Waco.

The new theme-card is this week’s indictment of an FBI agent – a member of the bureau’s elite Hostage Rescue Team – who is accused of an attempted cover-up during last year’s fatal shooting of an occupier at an Oregon wildlife refuge.

In a five-count indictment unsealed Wednesday in Portland, W. Joseph Astarita is accused of three counts of making false statements – lying to supervisors – and two additional counts of obstruction of justice.

“For an extremist movement whose bread-and-butter is conspiracy theories about governmental violence, overreach and deception, this case is like a lottery windfall,” Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, told Hatewatch.


The recent indictment of an FBI agent for lying will fuel fair-right conspiracy theories over the justified shooting of antigovernment activist LaVoy Finicum, seen here during the occupation of Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. (AP Images/Rick Bowmer)

Astarita, a 40-year-old FBI veteran, was part of its specially trained hostage rescue squad deployed early last year to Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during the illegal, armed takeover of the federal preserve by Ammon and Ryan Bundy and assorted militia and antigovernment extremists. 

The Oregon siege came two years after an earlier standoff at Bunkerville, Nevada, involving the Bundys and their father, Cliven Bundy, and assorted militia players. They subsequently were charged with pointing firearms at federal agents involved in a failed attempt in April 2014 to roundup Bundy’s cattle for nonpayment of federal grazing fees.

During the 2016 siege in Oregon, occupier Robert LaVoy Finicum of Nevada was fatally shot by Oregon State Police as they and FBI agents attempted to stop three vehicles and arrest their occupants driving away from the refuge.

His death – caught on FBI surveillance video -- almost immediately seemed to further galvanize factions in radical right, antigovernment circles.

Astarita is accused of firing two shots that both missed as Finicum got out of his truck and attempted to reach for a gun after plowing the vehicle into a snow bank at the police roadblock.

After the shooting, the indictment alleges Astarita lied to three FBI supervisors and failed to disclose that he fired his weapon to the FBI’s Shooting Response Team.

The indictment was returned after an 18-month long investigation by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice working with detectives from the Deschutes County, Oregon Sheriff’s Office.

Billy J. Williams, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon, said the alleged cover-up doesn’t call into question earlier investigative findings that Oregon State Police were fully justified in using deadly force against Finicum.

But already there’s evidence that antigovernment, militia extremists aren’t buying that official U.S. government line and, instead, are pointing to the Finicum shooting and its alleged cover-up as examples of what they call federal government excesses and corruption.

“What did I tell you?” Washington state militia organizer Gavin Seim posted on Facebook after the indictment was announced. He disputed claims by the FBI and the Oregon State Police that the shooting of Finicum was justified.

“The diversion indictment is not about justice,” Seim ranted, “rather it is designed to give them the narrative so they can spin it as if they are accountable.”

Finicum’s widow, Jeanette Finicum, a featured speaker at last weekend’s “Red Pill” gathering of assorted antigovernment extremists and conspiracy theorists in Montana, claims the federal cover-up in her husband’s death is much broader.

After the FBI agent was indicted, she told media outlets that she was “grateful,” but still believes “other officers were involved in the cover-up.”

Some in militia and antigovernment ranks continue to maintain, without any forensic evidence, that Finicum was “murdered” by FBI agents and state police.

Levin, who studies extremists and hate crimes in his position as a professor at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino, said the Oregon case serves up the perfect ingredients for antigovernment conspiracy buffs and bashers.

“Finicum already was on his way to becoming a new, folkloric hero in the extremist, Patriot movement,” Levin said, referring to Patriot-depictions of the Nevada rancher and foster parent as a quirky, horseback-riding, Constitution-and-gun-loving Patriot who was cut-down by murderous federal agents.

“What was missing was a real overt hook of government over-reach, violence and cover-up, and now, with this indictment, all those elements are there for the Patriots who want to believe this stuff,” he said.

Antigovernment extremists, as they did after Ruby Ridge in 1992 and Waco the following year, like to bolster their message by citing such “catalytic events” involving folkloric victims with any hint of federal law enforcement overreach or cover-up. 

In contrast, following the FBI’s 1996 standoff with the Montana Freemen, the longest siege in the bureau’s history, where there were arrests without gunfire and no casualties on either side, there were no legacy claims left for antigovernment proponents and fuel for the Patriot movement.

“After the Freeman standoff ended peacefully, it knocked the wind out of the movement,” Levin said.

“In any extremist movement,” Levin said, “you not only need heroes, you need villains, and here you have it wrapped all into one.”


          AT&T joins IoTAA Executive Council    
(Telecompaper) AT&T has joined the Executive Council of Internet of Things (IoT) Alliance Australia (IoTAA), Australia's main IoT industry body...
          Android Things Hackster Community   
Posted by Dave Smith, Developer Advocate for IoT

Android Things makes building connected embedded devices easy by providing the same Android development tools, best-in-class Android framework, and Google APIs that make developers successful on mobile. Since the initial preview launch back in December, the community has turned some amazing ideas into exciting prototypes using the platform.

To empower these makers and developers using Android Things to share and learn from each other, we have partnered with Hackster.io to create a community where aspiring IoT developers can go to showcase their projects and get inspired by the work of others. Hackster.io is a community of 200,000 engineers and developers dedicated to building internet-connected hardware projects. They also seek to educate and challenge members through live workshops and design contests.

We are eager to see the projects that you come up with. More importantly, we're excited to see how your work can inspire other developers to create something great with Android Things. Visit our Hackster.io community to see the amazing projects others have already built and join the community today!

Android Things Webinar

We will be hosting a webinar in cooperation with Hackster.io on July 7th, 2017 at 10AM PST titled Bootstrapping IoT Products with Android Things. During this time, you will learn how we have designed Android Things to address many of the pain points experienced by developers attempting to build IoT products. You will also have the opportunity to send in questions you have regarding the platform and ecosystem. Register today to join us for this exciting event!


          Elliot Smith vinner Pokerstars Championship Macau   

Det var en av de längsta heads-up matcherna i pokerns historia, men tillslut kunde kanadensaren Elliot Smith lyfta Main Event trofén i Pokerstars Championship Macau.

Smith spelade mot lokalbon Terry Tang i 10,5 timma innan han lyckades vinna turneringen genom en klassisk flipp.

Med Ess-Kung limp/synade han Terry Tangs all-in pre-flop. Tang satt på pocketsexor, och när en sexa landade på floppen såg det ut som att maratonmatchen skulle fortsätta ännu längre, men turn och rivern gav Smith fyrfärgen samt förstapriset på $370,508.

Tang fick $331,816 i tröstpris.

Anonymt Finalbord

Finalbordet blev en relativt anonym historia. Den mest kända spelaren var den australiensiska grindern Daniel Laidlaw.

PSC Macau
Dealen drog ut på tiden

Laidlaw blev dock väldigt shortstackad med tre spelare kvar, och när han stoppade in sina sista marker med Ess-Tio så åkte han ut efter att Smith dragit ut honom med Kung-Fem.

När Laidlaw försvann satte Smith och Tang omedelbart igång at diskutera en deal. Det tog dem över en timma att komma överens, och eventuellt kom man fram till att dela upp prispengarna och lämna HK$300,000 att spela om.

Dealen ingick ej i den beräknade speltiden, och under den 10,5 timma långa heads-up duellen fick vi se färgstegar, en ledning som skiftade flera gånger och ovanligt få all-ins.

Övriga spelare på finalbordet var Avraham Oziel, Aymon Hata, Pete Chen, Yan Li och Xuan Tan.

Bästa svensk blev Sofia Lövgren. Hon slutade på 44:e plats för $13,000.

Totalt deltog 546 spelare. Det skapade en prispott på dryga $2,6M.

Nästa stopp för Pokerstars Championship blir i Monte Carlo mellan 25:e april till 5:e maj.

Resultat Main Event Pokerstars Championship Macau

Elliot Smith (Kanada) - $370,508 Terry Tang (Kina) - $331,816 Daniel Laidlaw (Australien) - $221,896 Avraham Oziel (Kanada) - $164,749 Aymon Hata (Tyskland) - $122,275 Pete Chen (Taiwan) - $90,741 Yan Li (Kina) - $67,058 Xuan Tan (Kina) - $49,682

(Alla summor är omräknade från Hong Kong Dollar.)



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          Brooding dinosaurs   
A new method used to perform geochemical analysis of fossilized eggs from China has shown that oviraptorosaurs incubated their eggs with their bodies within a 35-40° C range, similar to extant birds today. This finding is the result of Franco-Chinese collaboration coordinated by Romain Amiot of the Laboratoire de géologie de Lyon: Terre, planètes et environnement (CNRS/ENS de Lyon/Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1). The article is...

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          Globetouch acquires Indian startup Teramatrix to leverage its IoT apps to support connected cars, autonomous driving   

This complements Globetouch’s global connectivity suite and IoT platform which manages the intersection of Big Data, Machine Learning and autonomous systems for enterprise customers Globetouch, a California-headquartered company which provides global connectivity solutions and IoT platforms, has acquired Gurgaon-based IoT solutions firm Teramatrix Technologies. The transaction details were not disclosed. Globetouch will leverage and integrate Teramatrix’s xFusion platform […]

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          DevOps/Cloud Operations Engineer - SaaS, IoT - (Boston)   
Job Description Overview: We are looking for a DevOps/Cloud Operations Engineer to help develop and support our cloud infrastructure and application lifecycle framework. Some may call this a DevOps role, but we like to say this role is in service to the DevOps mission - "to build and support the tools that empower a best-in-class engineering organization." We are a collaborative, self-aware, smart, driven, fun, innovative company paving the IoT space.
          Fernando Llorente Suffers Broken Arm in Cycling Accident   

Swansea City forward Fernando Llorente has suffered a broken arm during a cycling incident and is a doubt to be ready for the start of the Premier League season.

The club announced the news via their official website, adding they are hopeful the Spaniard will be fit to face Southampton on August 12 following a special pre-season program. 

Per the report, the 32-year-old fractured a bone in his lower arm, and surgery is not required. 

The former Juventus man moved to the Premier League last summer and enjoyed a fine first season in Wales, scoring 15 goals. His big frame, excellent aerial ability and surprising mobility make him an excellent fit for the English game, and he's already been linked with a transfer to Chelsea, per Miguel Delaney of The Independent.

Compatriot Borja Baston, who will be hopeful of a bigger role next season, has a similar profile and would be a solid replacement should Llorente not be fit in time for Swansea's season opener.

   

Read more Swansea City news on BleacherReport.com


          HAUNTCAST 21 – Dead HookerFest   
Hauntcast 21 - "Dead H**kerFest" Join us for a stroll about Whitechapel in this installment featuring an interview with Devil's Chariot from Haunted Tiki Island & Haunt on Hellizondo, News From Beyond, the Top Ten Halloween Memories From My Sordid Past, Fright Flicks and Horror Reviews, Haunting on the Cheap in the Charmed [...]

          Chris Cheney And Phil Jamieson To Perform At The Helpmann Awards   

The Living End’s Chris Cheney and Phil Jamieson of Grinspoon will perform ’21 Guns’ from American Idiot at the Helpmann Awards for 2017. The Australian production of Green Day’s American Idiot has received a nomination for this year’s awards. The Helpmann’s recognises excellence in live performance. 42 awards were announced on June 19 with the

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          REVIEW: Will Graefe - North America   

Laura Kerry

Will Graefe has spent much of the last decade on the road. Touring as the guitarist for bands such as Okkervil River, Star Rover, Petra Haden, Jesse Harris, and Landlady, he has traveled all around the continent and grown accustomed to seeing things from a moving vehicle.

In his first full-length as a solo act, Graefe captures his observations from the road in a concise and contemplative album, North America. The guitarist wrote the songs while on the move but returned home to Brooklyn to record his songs at Figure 8, where he welcomed collaborators including Shahzad Ismaily (Sam Amidon and Damien Rice), Benjamin Lazar Davis (Cuddle Magic and Okkervil River), and others. The resulting work contains both a sense of immediacy and a polished and full sound.

North America is, in many ways, the album one would expect from its origin story. The record reflects all of the yearning, restlessness, isolation, and beauty that comes with wandering from place to place across a large and varied continent. Graefe’s work fits neatly into the Americana tradition, combining storytelling, a meditative sound centered around acoustic guitars, and the push and pull between cowboy solitude and the desire for close relationships. For most of North America, the former sentiment wins out. On “Rest Your Head on the State Line,” Graefe sings, “In times of need / I find my own reprieve echoing softly,” affirming his own independence; the three different versions of the all-instrumental “North America” suggest that words aren’t necessary to communicate feeling; and in “Place Me on a Rock,” he sings, “Leave me on my own / The reverie’s been shown.”

In that last song, though, the melody is subdued and slow, betraying some sadness as it unfolds patiently over acoustic guitar and the quiet glow of mellotron. Being alone, it seems to suggest, does not always live up to the romantic notions we ascribe to it. In “Call Me A Stone,” the artist longs for home as he talks to someone on speaker phone. “Boys” is also about communication, its Elliot Smith-like chorus repeating, “Please don’t speak and I’ll hear you.” This is a different side of the same American (and human, for that matter) coin: the need for the relationships that are at a distance.

The problem with fitting so neatly into the Americana tradition, though, is that occasionally, the songwriting in North America can cross the line into cliché. At times, the lyrics force a rhyme (“Put me in a box / And fasten all the locks / I won’t make a sound / Until I touch down”) or use too-familiar imagery (“Like a river, they run right through me” in “Boys,” and “I know my feeling has no ceiling” on “Blood Feather”).

But these moments are rare and easy to miss on an album that otherwise deals in beautiful subtlety. Exhibiting his training, Graefe excels at using the full range of what a guitar can do. He finger-picks quietly, eliciting a powerful bout of wistfulness; strums to make a full, lush sound; and with a soaring, screeching electric guitar, makes certain songs feel lofty and wonderfully off-kilter. At first glance a straightforward album, North America quickly reveals the twists and turns that unfold like the many roads on which it reflects. We should be glad, then, that those roads eventually led Graefe back.


          Walton Arts Center 2017-18 season features Taj Mahal, David Sedaris, Bela Fleck   

The Walton Arts Center announced the programming for its 2017-18 season earlier this week. The WAC Broadway Series features productions of Rodgers & Hammerstein's “The King and I,” Oct. 3-8; Irving Berlin's “White Christmas,” Nov. 7-12; Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy’s “Finding Neverland,” Dec. 19-23; John Kander and Fred Ebbs’ “Cabaret,” Jan. 19 21; George and Ira Gershwin’s “An American in Paris,” Feb. 6-11; Jonathan Larson’s “Rent,” March 2-4; Douglas McGrath’s “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” April 24-29; and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music,” May 15-20.

The WAC’s 10x10 Arts Series features Ballet Arkansas’s “Emergence,” Oct. 13; contemporary dance ensemble Cas Public’s “Symphonie Dramatique,” Oct. 26; a cappella ensemble Voces8, Dec. 3; a concert from Béla Fleck and Brooklyn Rider, Jan. 17; The Triplets of Belleville Cine-Concert, Feb. 1; the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Feb. 24; Aquila Theatre Co.’s production of “Sense and Sensibility,” March 8; the Dublin Guitar Quartet, March 9; “Flow,” a “yoga-inspired” piano concert from Ravé Mehta, May 24; and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra 10x10 Concert, June 19.

The comedy series, LOL @ WAC, includes performances from David Sedaris, Oct. 24, and Robert Earl Keen, Dec. 13. The American Music Series brings shows from the Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ Band, Sept. 19; ukelele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, Oct. 18; country star LeAnn Rimes, Dec. 12; and the Charlie Daniels Band, May 10.

The Starlight Jazz Club Series features performances from The Huntertones, Oct. 14; trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg, Nov. 10; the Latin Jazz All Stars, featuring Steve Turre and Nestor Torres, Dec. 8; Donny McCaslin, Feb. 10; vocalist Alicia Olatuja, March 2; and trombonist Conrad Herwig, April 28. For a full list of events or early access to tickets through the WAC’s subscription program, visit waltonartscenter.org.



          Grand Rapids man escapes captors at Ithaca Motel, stops traffic for help   

A kidnapping that began in Grand Rapids ended in Gratiot County Friday morning after a 53-year-old man escaped his captors and ran into Center Street in front of the Ithaca Motel, waving down traffic in search of help.

A woman stopped her car to help the man just before 7 a.m. as four younger men identified as the kidnappers jumped into the man's blue Durango and fled the motel parking lot, said Gratiot County Sheriff Doug Wright.


          Patriot Act Overrides Constitution Across America   
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          Members of Congress Working to Curtail Powers of Patriot Act   
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          NEO-CONS WANT PATRIOT ACT EXTENDED   
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          Glenn Beck: True Patriot or False Hope?   
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          DJ KOOLHAND & VIBING WITH REECE FEB 5TH MIX   
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1) Bel Biv Devoe- I'm Betta 2) Frankie feat Jadakiss - If I had you (Exclusive) 3) Jaquees B E D pt.2 feat Quavo 4) Jeezy- Give It To Me feat Chris Brown 5) JeMOuri - Another Number 6) Jhonny Gill ft Jaheim - 5000 miles 7) Khelani - Everything is yours 8) Keysha Cole YOU- feat remy ma , French Montana 9) LaLa Hathaway feat Bj thee Chicago Kid - Angel 10) LeCrae - Blessings - Feat Ty Dolla $ign 11) LeToya Luckett - Back 2 Life 12 Missy Elliot - I'm Better (Feat Lamb) 13) Sevyn Streeter & Cam Wallace - Fallen 14) Sir - Oooh Nah Nah (Feat Masego) 15) Slow Grind - Whoaaa (feat Jaquees, tory Lanez, Baby Blue) HIPHOP HALF 16) STIK FIGA - HOLDING BAK TEARS 17) FAITH EVANS & B.I.G - NYC (FEAT JADAKISS) 18) O.C. - SERIOUS 19) EL DA SENSAI & RAPPER POOH - TAKE NOTES 20) DAYE JACK -RAW (REMIX) FEAT. DP & DENZEL CURRY 21) J-HOOD - NEVA RAN 22) TORAE- YGB 23) THE SPECIALIST MUSIK - WHERE YALL AT 24) FAITH EVANS & BIGGIE SMALLS -WHEN WE PARTY (FT. SNOOP DOGG) 25) GUCCI MANE - SIR-BRIX-ALOT 26) B.o.B - FIND A WAY 27) SKYZOO - THE HUNTER 28) LlOYD BANKS - THE ONLY THING 29) MIGOS & HOODRICH PABLO JUAN - I CAN
          DJ DIAMOND BLACK LOVE SHOW PT 2   
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Monica - So Gone D' Angelo - Brown Sugar Ludacris feat. Miguel - Good Lovin Jennifer Lopez - I'm Real ft. Ja Rule The Notorious BIG - Warning Brandy & MC Lyte - I Wanna Be Down Remix Jill Scott - Fools Gold Tyrese Ft. Snoop Dogg & Black Ty - Dumb Shit Janet Jackson - Go Til it's Gone ft. Q-Tip Jaheim Ft. Keyshia Cole - I've Changed Bobby Valentino - Slow Down Fat Joe - What's Luv ft. Ashanti, Ja Rule Keyshia Cole - Let It Go Ft. Lil Kim & Missy Elliot LL Cool J - Luv You Better R. Kelly - Freaky In The Club R. Kelly - Joyful People Lucy Pearl - I Wanna Dance Tonight ft. Tony Toni Tone 112 - Peaches and Cream Amel Larrieux - Afraid​
          Dj Spin Wiz "Wizard Radio W_DjSpinWiz 2016 MixMaster Weekend Mi   
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Dj Spin Wiz - Fridays @ 6pm - Wizard Radio Promo Commerical (fleet) Plies - Lowa Leah Labelle - Sexify (Radio Edit) (hotbox) Lexxus - Booty Clap reggae clean Jagged Edge ft J Dupri - Put A Little Umph In It (Remix) usher - caught up (remix ) Trina ft Lil Wayne, Rick Ross , plies - Single Again (Remix BIGGIE SMALLZ - Another feat Lil Kim Ciara ft Missy Elliot - ciara - 1,2 step (produced by Jazze Pha) Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk Plies ft Akon - plies f akon - hypnotized Iconz - iconz - get crunked up clean J-Kwon - TIPSY [B. Howe Booty Mix] Luke Campbell feat. Petey Pablo & Pittbull - Holla At Cha Homeboy BOOTY SHAKE - shake that ass girl Elephant Man - Shake That Booty (Kopa) Pitbull ft ying yang - Shake (Feat. Pitbull) clean Enur Ft Lumidee - Enurs bonfire remix Nina Sky/Nina Sky - Move Your Body Girl Mary J. Blige - Just Fine clean 2 Live Crew - Me So Horny Trina - trina - pull over- dip baby dip - clean ghost town djs - my boo - Uncle Luke & 2 live Crew - Pop That Coochie clean hotbox Jay Dee - Plastic Dreams Baltimore club - Swiff Beat
          Devices With Linux: Tesla Cars, 'Internet of Things', Intel Has a New Media SDK for Linux   
  • Tesla starts pushing new Linux kernel update, hinting at upcoming UI improvements

    Albeit being about 6 months late, Tesla finally started pushing the new Linux kernel update to the center console in its vehicles this week.

    While it’s only a backend upgrade, Tesla CEO Elon Musk associated it with several long-awaited improvements to the vehicle’s user interface. Now that the kernel upgrade is here, those improvements shouldn’t be too far behind.

    Sources told Electrek that the latest 8.1 update (17.24.30), upgraded the Linux Kernel from the version 2.6.36 to the version 4.4.35.

  • Is Ubuntu set to be the OS for Internet of Things?

    The Internet of Things has enjoyed major growth in recent years, as more and more of the world around us gets smarter and more connected.

    But keeping all these new devices updated and online requires a reliable and robust software background, allowing for efficient and speedy monitoring and backup when needed.

    Software fragmentation has already become a significant issue across the mobile space, and may threaten to do so soon in the IoT.

    Luckily, Canonical believes it can solve this problem, with its IoT Ubuntu Core OS providing a major opportunity for manufacturers and developers across the world to begin fully monetising and realising the potential of the new connected ecosystem.

  • What's New in Intel Media SDK 2017 R2 for Embedded Linux

    Among the key features this release enables is the Region of Interest (ROI) for HEVC encoder in constant and variable bitrate modes.

    Developers can now control the compression rate of specific rectangular regions in input stream while keeping the bitrate target. This makes it possible, for example, to reduce compression of the areas where the viewer needs to see more details (e.g. faces or number plates), or to inrease it for the background with complicated texture that otherwise would consume majority of the bandwidth. ROI can also be used to put a privacy mask on certain regions that have to be blurred (e.g. logos or faces).


          WHERE IS THE 'KDN' & IT'S MINISTER ?? PLEASE HELP !!   



It seems that The Malaysian Insider is at the usual sinister best playing fire and making attempt to instigate and incite the Christians on the ‘Kalimah Allah’ issue. First they got theApostolic Nuncio to Malaysia HE Archbishop Joseph Marino to state his support for the Christian Federation of Malaysia’s quest to use ‘Allah’ in place of God.


Now, they manipulate to resort by demanding the Christians who are in power and members of the Federal Government executive, especially the Bumiputera from Sabah and Sarawak to stand up for the ‘Kalimah Allah’ issue.


Time the Christian politicians protected their flock



JULY 14, 2013

NEWS ANALYSIS – Datuk Seri Idris Jala. Tan Sri Joseph Kurup. Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili. Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum. Datuk Joseph Belaun. Datuk Seri Douglas Unggah. Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin. Datuk Richard Riot. Datuk Mary Yap…

These names have several things in common: they are either ministers or deputy ministers in the Najib administration, represent constituencies in Sabah or Sarawak and are Christians.

Yes, they are Catholics, Protestants, Evangelical, and are members of Sidang Injil Borneo but do not expect any of them to lead the charge and defend the position of their faith in public.


Indeed, there is a better chance of there being four seasons in Malaysia than any Christian representative resigning from government on a matter of principle, say, because the administration going back on its word on the use of the word Allah by East Malaysians. Or even taking the fight to right-wing groups who in the past few years have threatened Christians.

They are ensconced in nice and comfortable positions of power and prefer others to do the heavy lifting.

So it is left to the various church leaders and even some non-Christian elected representatives to protect the constitutional right of freedom of worship and ensure fairness in public policies.

Think about it. When the controversy arose over the hurried Bill that allowed the conversion of children to Islam based on the consent of one parent, did you hear loud protests from Idris and gang? Or was it the Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz who reminded his own colleagues that it was unconscionable to force through legislation which was unfair and once rejected by the Cabinet in 2009?

To be fair, even MCA’s president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek went public with his displeasure over the proposed law, noting that the BN component party would not support its passage through Parliament.

The Bill has since been withdrawn, thanks to the principled positions taken by the likes of Nazri, Pakatan Rakyat and religious groups.

Now let’s move on to the more vexatious issue of the use of the word “Allah’’ by Christians. And this is where the silence of the Christian elected representatives is deafening, taking into the account this simple fact: 60 per cent of Malaysian Christians only speak Bahasa Malaysia and have done so since 1731.

The word Allah is used mainly by Christians in Sabah and Sarawak. In short, mainly constituents who voted for Messrs Kurup, Unggah and Riot into power use it.

East Malaysian Christians were allowed to use the word Allah for centuries until the then Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar prohibited its use, leading the Catholic Church to commence legal proceedings against the government.

In 2011, the High Court allowed the Catholic Church to use the word Allah. The government’s appeal against the decision will be before the courts soon.

But in the run-up to the Sarawak state elections in 2011, the Najib government made conciliatory moves, releasing the infamous 10-point resolution to issues faced by the Christian community.

Among other things, the 10-point solution allowed the importation of Malay-language Bibles or Al-Kitab. The 10-point solution was seen as a short-term solution as it did not address a couple of important issues: the prohibition of the use of the word Allah in Christian publications and the continued classification of the Malay-language bible as prejudicial to national security.

Mind you, Idris Jala was a key player in the 10-point solution initiative but he melted into the background when the then Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein suggested that the government plan was only a work in progress.

Since then, it has been clear that Prime Minister Najib Razak and his colleagues have decided that the word Allah cannot be used by non-Muslims. He said so in an interview with Al-Jazeera a few days before GE13.

And what did the likes of the Christian politicians do when they watched the interview or read transcripts? Zilch. Nothing. Business as usual.

Once again, church leaders had to clear the smog over the issue and come into the line of fire.

The Christian Federation of Malaysia has said that in the Malay language, Allah means God and Tuhan means Lord. Both God and Lord are used in the Bible and have different connotations. Allah cannot be substituted by Tuhan and by doing so, Bahasa-Malaysia speaking Christians will not be able to affirm the deity of Jesus Christ and teach the doctrine of the Trinity, said the federation recently.

“If churches in Malaysia agree to stop using the word “Allah’’, it means that the right to edit the Scripture of a major world religion has been given over to a secular government,” it added.

The usual argument put forward by elected representatives of minority groups is that it is more effective to work quietly behind the scenes and not take a public position on controversial issues. A whole lot of good that approach did in fighting off the proposed conversion law.

It is quite clear that the quiet diplomacy of the Christian representatives in that instance failed miserably. In fact, by keeping quiet and not bringing the pulse of their constituents to the knowledge of the PM, these leaders are doing the government a great disservice because it creates the impression that only a handful of noisy Christians feel strongly about the Al-kitab or Allah issue.

Similarly, what did the Christian Cabinet ministers and deputy ministers do when Perkasa and Jati attacked the Vatican envoy for stating in moderate tones his support for the use of the word Allah by Christians here?

Precious little.

At some point you have to decide what is more important: the chauffeur-driver car and bodyguard or standing up for your faith and beliefs.

Or perhaps, it is time their constituents in Sabah and Sarawak send them a major message. – July 14, 2013.

**********

They should be reminded that the Federal Constitution stated that Islam is the religion of the Federation of Malaysia and professing Christianity to Muslims and protelysation is against the law.

HRH Ruler already made a decree that “Non Muslims are barred from the use of ‘Allah’ in place of God and the sacred word is exclusive for the Muslims only”, which is based on a fatwa by the National Fatwa Council.

Going against all these provisions and facts with the ill intent to create ill feelings, anger and probably attempts to distabilise understanding and harmony between races and believers should be seen as an act of sedition.

It is time that the Police and authorities investigate The Malaysian Insider under the Sedition Act 1948.

*Footnote: The title translate to “Playing fire with malice”

SOURCE : http://bigdogdotcom.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/ludens-ignis-malitia/

BLOG BN 2013

          :KINABALU DI HATI::   
Assalamualaikum to all readers.


Wallaweh....lama siot aku tak update apa-apa news dalam ni. Malaih lak.hahahhaha. Walaupun ada yang rasa rindu nau nak membaca blog aku yang tah hapa-hapa nih.

Dekat setahun mendiamkan diri dari dunia blogging yang aku sangat suka ni.

Banyak event yang jadi dalam life aku. akibatnya aku lost teruih password blog ni.aduyaaaiiiii.Fon aku jatuh dalam waterfall.password semua bagai dok dalam tu.Teruih dia x hidup dan aku pulak pinjamfon orang ni. hehe

Bersempena kembalinya aku ke alam blog ni, saja la aku nak upload gambaq-gambaq masa aku ke Gunung Kinabalu awal March yang lepas.







Banyak lagi sebenaqnya dalam fon tapi ada yang tak dapat diselamatkan dah.Redha ja la nampak gaya.


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Συνέχεια στις ανακοινώσεις της Qualcomm από τo MWC 2017 Shanghai, με την εταιρεία να παρουσιάζει το νέο SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 για mid-range smartphones/tablets, αλλά και το Snapdragon Wear 1200 για φορετές συσκευές. 
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          Newsflash: Announcing our line ups for August through September    

Newsflash: Announcing our line ups for August through September

Posted on Thursday 29th June, 2017



Following our announcement of two oversized techno takeovers in August and September – when we see both Marcel Dettmann and Ben Klock come to Room One for extended sets - we’re now stoked to present a fuller and all the more radiant picture of the sounds that we have lined up for these final months of summer 2017.

We have a few firsts set to take place in our basement space over this period which cover a dynamic range of four four’s many brilliant facets. Landing on August 4th, Lady Starlight has been booked for a replacement date for her moved July show – this will be the debut of the New York party-maker’s hotly tipped and ferocious live set in Farringdon. Tel Aviv’s psych-disco-rockers Red Axes also land for a DJ set in August and we’re amped, too, about the first Treatment session that’s set to arrive in Room One with Onur Özer and Binh at the end of September. These master classes in off-kilter constructs are unmissable feats of selection prowess wherever in the world they land.

We also look forward to welcoming back some of our absolute favourite faces back to EC1. Among them are the inimitable Dave Clarke, Michael Mayer, Eats Everything, Luke Slater, Alan Fitzpatrick, Deetron and Adriatique (who are set to helm Room Two all night long).

Check the full line ups below and watch out for some further drops in the coming weeks.


04 AUGUST

fabric Presents...
ROOM ONE:
Dave Clarke, Lady Starlight (Live), Mr. Jones
ROOM TWO:
HUXLEY PRES. NO IDEAS ORIGINAL…
Huxley, Superflu, More Artists TBA


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05 AUGUST
ROOM ONE:
Michael Mayer, Red Axes, Terry Francis

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12 AUGUST
ROOM ONE:
Terry Francis, More Artists TBA


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19 AUGUST
ROOM ONE:
Marcel Dettmann, Anthony Parasole
ROOM TWO:
Dasha Rush (Live), O/V/R, Terry Francis


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26 AUGUST
ROOM ONE:
Eats Everything, Elliot Adamson, Artist TBA
ROOM TWO:
Luke Slater, Lucy, Billy Turner


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01 SEPTEMBER
FABRIC PRESENTS KALUKI...
ROOM ONE:
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ROOM TWO:
Detlef, Latmun, De La Swing, Paolo Francesco


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02 SEPTEMBER
ROOM ONE:
Mano Le Tough, Hunter/Game, Phil Kieran (Live)


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09 SEPTEMBER
ROOM ONE:
Alan Fitzpatrick, Mike Dehnert (Live), Terry Francis


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16 SEPTEMBER
ROOM ONE:
Ben Klock, Ryan Elliott, Jay Clarke
ROOM TWO:
Sigha, Ancient Methods (Live), Perc


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23 SEPTEMBER
ROOM ONE:
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30 SEPTEMBER
ROOM ONE:
Craig Richards, Treatment: Onur Özer & Binh, Colin Chiddle
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Tigers, Horses, and Stripes
The New York Review of Books
In defiance and celebration of the earthen black that surrounds them, the vigorously delineated horses, flowers, hands, faces, stripes, a nude, and a foot found in Ellen Berkenblit's striking new paintings at Anton Kern Gallery are a riot of luminous ...


          Cherche femme couples   
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          Jalan Patriot Bekasi ditutup pascakebakaran pusat elektronik   
Aparat gabungan menutup akses Jalan Raya Patriot, Kelurahan Jakasampurna, Kecamatan Bekasi Barat, Kota Bekasi, Jawa Barat, Jumat malam, menyusul peristiwa kebakaran gedung pusat perbelanjaan eletronik dan perabotan rumah tangga ...
          Ohio isn’t very patriotic compared to other states   
Next Tuesday is the fourth of July, and Americans from sea to shining sea will launch fireworks, eat hotdogs and enjoy a peaceful day off from work with their family. Here in Ohio, just about everyone will be a patriot as the state celebrates the nation’s independence from the British. However, Ohioians are less patriotic than residents of most states, according to a new WalletHub study. Ohio ranked No. 35 based on states’ patriotism. WalletHub measured patriotism based on 13 key indicators…

          EOS-Book #38 ESPertino non solo Maker!   


È uscito l'EOS-Book di giugno! La copertina di questo mese è ancora dedicata alla nostra nuova scheda ESPertino, che ha riscosso notevole successo tra tutti i nostri lettori. Tanti interessanti articoli sulla scheda più flessibile che c'è. Troverete, inoltre, ulteriori articoli e progetti interessanti dedicati all'IoT, alle schede di sviluppo, alle stampanti 3D, alla progettazione dei PCB, e alle applicazioni del Raspberry Pi. Abbiamo poi proseguito con nuove puntate dei nostri corsi sul Raspberry Pi. Buona lettura! La copertina dell'EOS-Book #38   Il sommario dell'EOS-Book #38   Bot per Telegram con ESPertino Realizziamo una scatola nera per automobile con ESPertino Realizziamo applicazioni IoT con il Raspberry Pi 3 Festeggiamo il capodanno con ESPertino La scheda Photon Wi-Fi ed Electron 2G/3G […]

          Rzeczy, które Riot powinien dodać do gry   

Sezon 2017 jest niezwykle obfity w nowości, które Riot implementuje do gry. Powtórki, nowy launcher, nowy system honorów… Mimo wszystko nadal mi czegoś brakuje… Kiedy zaczynałem grać w LoL-a, twórcy dosyć rzadko wypuszczali nowe rzeczy. Większe zmiany prawie zawsze były wydawane w przedsezonie, a do tego nie było ich wiele. Raz zmienią delikatnie drzewko masterek, […]

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          Sesja pytań i odpowiedzi na temat honoru   

Nowy system honoru pojawił się już na serwerach, jednakże nie każdy z Was ma o nim jakiekolwiek pojęcie. Z tego powodu Riot sporządził sesję pytań i odpowiedzi, aby każdy gracz wiedział, jak działa nowy mechanizm! Poziomy honoru Dlaczego zaczynam z honorem na 2 poziomie? Aktualizacja honoru to nowy start dla wszystkich. O ile nie masz […]

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          Co z wymuszoną pozycją? Riot odpowiada!   

Dzisiaj w Spytaj Riot: pomówimy o obserwowaniu gier w najwyższych kręgach, wymuszanej pozycji oraz mapach! Dlaczego istnieje funkcja wymuszonej pozycji? Po co zmuszać graczy do gry w rolach, które im się nie podobają? Gdy wprowadziliśmy możliwość wyboru pozycji przez wszystkich, nastąpił gwałtowny skok czasu oczekiwania w kolejkach, ponieważ niewielu graczy chciało grać jako wsparcie. Obecnie około […]

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          Tigers, Horses, and Stripes - The New York Review of Books   

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Tigers, Horses, and Stripes
The New York Review of Books
In defiance and celebration of the earthen black that surrounds them, the vigorously delineated horses, flowers, hands, faces, stripes, a nude, and a foot found in Ellen Berkenblit's striking new paintings at Anton Kern Gallery are a riot of luminous ...


          Dr. Singh Options Review YouTube Video Released by Eliot Blat   
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          Protestors Finished in Under a Minute   
Scary Sci-fi inspired riot control being discussed in the New Scientist. I did check to see if this had been posted before...
          “Simone Veil a imposé l'évidence dans un monde politique profondément archaïque”   
Simone Veil est morte ce vendredi 30 juin 2017. Ministre de la Santé, elle a défendu la dépénalisation de l'avortement au moment où les mouvements féministes avaient fait de la vie privée des femmes un enjeu politique inévitable. C'est avant tout face à l'archaïsme des députés français que se sera battue l'ancienne ministre, explique l'historienne Michèle-Riot Sarcey.
          The Companion Chronicles - The First Doctor Volume 2   
This is a fairly downbeat set – I will admit that from the beginning. Four stories all dealing with the worst of humanity and alien-kind, of the cruelty that we can impose on each other for wearing a different coloured uniform or speaking a different language – fear bred by ignorance, superstition and design from those with a vested interest and the effects that it has on those caught up in the mania and the violence that inevitably follows. A horrible mirror held up to the times that we live in now, a set of cautionary tales, a wakeup call that we are better than this, yes we ARE better than this. And then there is the final act of the final story and a beautiful use of some of the most beautiful words ever strung together and do you know – the ordeal of the first three and a half stories seem almost wth it, the dark places seem worth visiting, the ending seems earned the lesson given and hopefully learned.
 Its bleak isn’t it? A bit too downbeat. I do these stories an injustice because in each and every one of these stories there is a very special ingredient – the perfect antidote to all the awful things happening and that ingredient is hope – from revolutionary France to the planet Shade to Lewes to Renaissance England and beyond far in to the future there is always hope.
 Four stories make up this set and they are:
 1 Fields of Terror by John Pritchard
 Landing in revolutionary France at the height of the Reign of Terror, The Doctor, Vicki and Steven are caught up in the middle of an awful situation. Revolutionary soldiers are killing all whether they be revolutionaries or royalists, the bloodshed and human suffering is appalling, and then trapped in an inn with these butchers something begins to terrorise them a strange hooded figure that scratches and beats at the windows, a figure who is immune to bullets and soon the terrorisers become the terrified. So we have a base under siege story set about two years before they became fashionable – Maureen O’Brien gives a great performance as the petrified Vicki and several of the other characters whilst Robert Hands sneers and bullies his way through as the leader of the French Soldiers “Lagrange” in a story light on laughs but heavy on seat edge drama.
 2. Across the Darkened City by David Bartlett
 Steven Taylor has lost. he has been captured by The Daleks and is on the Planet Shade, separated from The Doctor and Vicki – things look desperate. And then he forms an alliance, an alliance born from mutual need, an alliance no one would have thought possible – Steven forms an alliance with a very special Dalek, a genetic variant who thinks differently from other Daleks – an injured Dalek who needs Steven’s help to get it to a transmit through a city in perpetual darkness – a city teeming with the Chaons, unspeakable monsters who have even forces the Daleks to retreat. Desperate times, desperate measures – but can a Dalek, even a very special Dalek be trusted or is a Dalek always a Dalek? Edge of seat stuff, knowing that death can be at any turn (forget that you know Steven survived this and it is even better) – we see a side to a Dalek we have not seen before, this one seems more “human” and in fact this story can be seen as a prequel to a Dalek epic…..
Peter Purves really delivers the goods as a desperate Steven, and a “punch the air” moment when he gives his wonderful Hartnell impersonation is a lovely reward for the listener. In a word “intense”
 3. The Bonfires of the Vanities by Una McCormack
 I always found the news stories of the Lewes Bonfire parades and effigy burnings rather distasteful – something of the unthinking mob mentality and making a bogey man and scapegoat rather than actually taking the time to find out about that person. In this story the First Doctor, Ben & Polly arrive in Lewes in the late 1950’s and the Bonfire revelries seem to be a lot more out of hand than they usually are. Again the intensity is there, at the Doctor is ill, near death, his regeneration being held back by sheer force of will meaning that it is left to Ben and Polly and librarian Mary to tackle the immediate problem of the gangs of “Bonfire Boys” and the alien Guys that have come to life. A story of hate breeding hate and this being perpetuated by tradition and a cautionary tale for the uncertain era we live in.
 4. The Plague of Dreams by Guy Adams
 And then there is this. Possibly the best Companion Chronicle I have ever had the honour to listen to, beautifully written, beautifully framed and set, perfectly pitched by Anneke Wills & Elliot Chapman this is a story unlike any other told in the vast pantheon of Doctor Who, and proof positive that the “infinitely variable format” is as alive and well today as it was back in the 1960’s – this adds layers of mystery and clarity the first Doctor’s regeneration and his part in the great scheme of things that leads to….. Well, I will let you find that out. Utterly compelling, magical and wonderful.
 So there is always light, there is always hope – even in the darkest places, there has to be and this set proves that there is, but sometimes it really does need to be looked for. Beginning with the cruelty of revolutionary murder and ending with a bow – as varied a tapestry as the first Doctor era ever was condensed into four stories – a well deserved 9/10.


          Die IoT-Basis fehlt: Netzwerktechnologien im Rückstand   
Was sind die wichtigsten IoT Technologien? Gibt es Unterschiede in KMUs und Großunternehmen? 370 Entscheider aus der DACH-Region wurden dazu befragt und geben Einblicke, wo aus ihrer Sicht der größte Nachholbedarf besteht.
          Opportunities: VMware Shaping IoT   

Ray O&#rsquo;Farrell, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer Over the last few months, we&#rsquo;ve seen many of the large infrastructure and infrastructure-software companies in the world of IoT releasing new products and announcing new partnerships. This is far from surprising. IoT at its core, is around the connectivity of Things, all the way back […]

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          myDevices & X-TELIA Allow For Deployment of IoT Applications in Quebec   
myDevices, the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company that “simplifies the connected world” and creator of the Cayenne IoT solution builder, and X-TELIA, the first LoRaWAN public network in Quebec, today announced their partnership dedicated to the development and deployment of IoT solutions. myDevices develops technology that allows businesses to quickly design, prototype and commercialize IoT […]
          Thank you, President Trump, high office is not for poor people   

Dear President Trump,

Thank you for the bravery you showed when pronouncing upon the fitness of poor people to manage your nation’s finances or hold high public office in your administration in general. Your off-the-cuff remarks about the wisdom of appointing rich poor to high office reveal more about leaders’, and probably society in general’s, true attitudes to poor people and the superior qualities which wealth supposedly imbues than the platitudes of so-called progressives or the faux empathy of liberals.

Your words are those of a genuine, full-blooded American patriot and recall the deeper class character of the racially and gender exclusivist political project that the Founding Fathers imagined the democratic experiment would turn out to be in the United States. In these days of ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Islamic’ terror, when it has become relatively easy to believe it to be somehow ‘natural’ for people’s consciousness to be defined solely by their ascribed identities, your words remind us of the classist leanings of these erstwhile enlightened figures.

Your comments epitomise the attitude which exalts the status of members of the elite and seduces rich persons into believing themselves to be a beacon for the great unwashed masses whose birth right it is to lead them. In so doing, they expose as a sham the claim that contemporary interpretations of democracy automatically ensure a meritocracy.

In making your remarks, you forcefully asserted the idea that only rich people can save society, a message that, till now, has been conveyed all too subtly if you ask me. Society needed you to decode the pervasive message that seeks to convince us of the benevolence and moral uprightness of rich people, in a way that the adventures of the fascistic superhero Batman, the largesse of the tycoons who publicise their donations to multi-billion dollar charitable foundations yet avoid taxation by spiriting their money away to tax havens or the disproportionate influence of movie and reality TV starlets whose views just as easily determine the outcome of elections as they do the success of the products they endorse never could.

Thanks to you, we are left in no doubt of elites’ ability to save us and their desire to do wonderful deeds despite the consequences of their actions, which say otherwise. Granted, the preachers who aim to save souls by preaching on the ticket of a ‘prosperity gospel’, where material wealth is equated with spiritual favour, are also deserving of mention but you are definitely worthy of being singled out for praise. After all, preachers do ultimately claim to rely on a text which some have interpreted to advocate for providing a preferential option for the poor.

Thank you, too, President Trump for relieving Americans of the burden of anxiety of expectations and assuring them that they can expect more of the same policies that have enabled rich people to gorge themselves and accumulate unprecedentedly vast amounts of riches even though these policies promise only economic pain in the form of austerity programmes for the poor when things go wrong. By pointing out that poor people cannot be trusted with managing public money, you may also have inadvertently confirmed the view (hitherto expressed privately) that poor people are responsible for their station in life. It is not, for instance, the disadvantage wrought by residual discrimination caused by years of oppressive policies or structural barriers that keep them there. In this way, sundry commentators can finally engage in guilt-free blaming of the poor while continuing to peddle the belief that the upward mobility envisioned in notions like The American Dream is possible if only poor people worked harder. Your insights will be useful to help quell demands for greater equality and a fairer distribution of income which are being expressed more vocally in a world where economic inequality is rapidly increasing and starting to fray the tenuous bonds which knit societies together.

Thank you for standing beside members of your class even though they have been responsible for some of the gravest economic and environmental calamities that have befallen the planet in recent memory. Needless to say, your unwavering confidence in their ability and the unquestioned loyalty you exhibited in expressing a willingness to entrust them with all our economic fortunes despite their constant failures may finally enable you to dismiss the accusations of deception that have been levelled against you based on slanderous opinions that you have betrayed the promises you made to ordinary American voters by backtracking on key election promises and playing on their fears instead.

The consistent favour you have shown other rich people is sure to to have put paid to any notions of competence which poor people, many of whom perform miracles to feed and clothe their families each day with minimal or no government assistance, may have harboured. Had you not done so and permitted the possibility that a person from a humble background could prove themselves capable of actually handling finances, poor people may have actually started believing that they could be competent in other areas as well. For example, that one of them could be responsible for your country’s foreign policy. This when everyone can see what a sterling job the phenomenally rich Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been doing issuing threats and generally embodying the belligerent and warlike stance which has characterised US foreign policy in the 21st century and caused your country to become estranged from so many of its friends.

And to think there are those who dare to say that you, dear sir, lack principle?

Most of all, thank you President Trump for making the rest of us across the world realise that making the myth that is your idea of America great again might not work out so great for us.

 

Yours truly,

A working class South African

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          Canadian PM Trudeau is not a friend of all God’s children   

Trudeau’s first cabinet was Africanless. Africans in Canada, from the continent and here questioned this move.  Many felt that the younger Trudeau took us for granted because his father Pierre Elliott Trudeau (October 18, 1919 – September 28, 2000) “opened” the doors for immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa. Eventually he did appoint Somali Toronto MP Ahmed Hussen to the federal cabinet as immigration minister.

Trudeau did appoint Indian-born Sikh Harjit Sajjan, MP for Vancouver South, minister of defence. Sikhs have a significantly different history in Canada than Africans.  The Sikh community is represented in all professional fields: medical, legal, technological, academic. Africans came kicking and screaming to the Western Hemisphere. Recently he has been questioned about “fibbing” about being the leader of a battle in Afghanistan. Sajjan said yearly defence spending will swell by more than 70 per cent, from $18.9 billion in 2016-17 to $32.7 billion in 2026-27. He promised $62.3 billion in new spending over 20 years.

Bardish Chagger is another India- born Canadian politician who is the current Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism.  Chagger was elected as a Liberal member of the House of Commons of Canada in 2015.  She is the first female Leader of the Government in the House of Commons by Trudeau.

Amarjeet Sohi is an Indian-Canadian politician, currently the Member of Parliament for Edmonton and the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities in the federal cabinet. He narrowly beat out strong community advocate Nigerian-born Chinwe Okelu.

Maryam Monsef is an Afghan Canadian politician, a Liberal member the House of Commons in 2015. She was previously the Minister of Democratic Institutions and president of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada until January 10, 2017.

Monsef has not had an easy ride. According to Wikipedia: “Monsef has been criticized for stating that she was born in Afghanistan, when in fact she was born in Iran. When this was revealed in September 2016, some commentators pointed out that this could lead to revocation of her Canadian citizenship and potential deportation, while others have criticized the absurdity of the present law or decried the importation of birtherism into Canadian politics. In an interview at that time, former MP Dean Del Mastro said that political workers in the 2014 municipal and 2015 federal campaigns knew she was not born in Afghanistan, but chose not to make an issue of it.”

Navdeep Singh Bains, the new minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development is a Canadian born Indian.

Canada’s role in Haiti should never be forgotten. Back in the day I discussed Haiti on the Black Commentator in an article: “Canada's Crimes Against Haiti” in   the October 27, 2005 issue. After reading Yves Engler and Anthony Fenton’s  volumeCanada in Haiti’, I pointed out: “The chapter ‘Responsibility to Protect or A Made in Ottawa Coup?’ points out the coup against Aristide was actually planned on Canadian soil. From January 31-February 1, 2003, Canada’s Secretary of State for Latin America and La Francophonie, Denis Paradis, played host to a high-level roundtable meeting dubbed, The Ottawa Initiative on Haiti. Surprise, surprise, no representative of Haiti’s elected government was invited. However, Otto Reich, then President George W. Bush’s appointee as Assistant Secretary State for the Western Hemisphere, was in attendance. Paradis leaked the fact that this meeting took place to journalist Michael Vastel, who reported the meeting in the March 15, 2003 edition of L’Actualite magazine. Another chapter, ‘Using NGOs to Destroy Democracy and the Canadian Military Connection’ exposes the shameful role played by many Canadian NGOs.”

Trudeau is a self-proclaimed “feminist”. The court is still out on this matter. A recent article in the British based Guardian newspaper questioned the Canadian Prime Minister: “A slight note of exasperation crept into Justin Trudeau’s voice, suggesting that this was a topic he had broached many times before. ‘I’m going to keep saying loud and clearly that I am a feminist until it is met with a shrug,’ he declared to an audience at the United Nations in New York.”

His words sparked delight around the world. But one year on, Trudeau’s heady promises have run into the realities of government, prompting the question: has electing a self-described feminist to helm of the country translated into real change for Canadian women?

Canada’s prime minister is moving the Great White North further to the right on foreign affairs. Trudeau’s father Pierre Elliot Trudeau opened the doors to draft resisters including myself who refused to fight against the Vietnamese people. I saw Africans in America and the Vietnamese as colonial subjects. Africans in the United States were colonized by Uncle Sam and the Vietnamese by the French. Wiki pointed out: “While Canada had previously participated in military action against Iraq  in the Gulf War of 1991, it refused to declare war against Iraq without United Nations approval.

The Iraq War began with the United States-led 2003 invasion. The Government of Canada did not at any time formally declare war against Iraq, and the level and nature of this participation, which changed over time, was controversial.

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said on 10 October 2002 that Canada would, in fact, be part of a military coalition to invade Iraq if it were sanctioned by the United Nations. However, when the United States and the United Kingdom subsequently withdrew their diplomatic efforts to gain that UN sanction, Jean Chrétien announced in Parliament on 17 March 2003 that Canada would not participate in the pending invasion.”

However, this is not the full story. The “Big White Folks” as Paul Robeson called them speak with forked tongues. “Nevertheless, he offered the US and its soldiers his moral support. However, according to classified U.S. documents released by Wikileaks, a high-ranking Canadian official may have secretly promised to clandestinely support the invasion. Two days earlier, a quarter million people in Montreal had marched against the impending war. Major anti-war demonstrations had taken place in several other Canadian cities.” Chrétien’s moves had more to do with the growing opposition to the invasion than his political morality.  

The not so great white north has a checkered history in the African continent. Canada joined the imperialists and played with the white checkers. They played a significant role in the assassinations of Patrice Lumumba, Maurice Mpolo, and Joseph Okito on January 21, 1961. Ottawa came up on the wrong side of history on the question of the Congo. Yves Engler author of the illuminating volume, Canada in Africa: 300 years of aid and exploitation, pointed out: “Siding with Washington, Ottawa promoted ONUC) and UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold’s controversial anti-Lumumba position. ONUC was established in July 1960 to ensure the withdrawal of Belgian forces. 1,900 Canadian troops participated in the UN mission between 1960 and 1964, making this country’s military one of its more active members. There were almost always more Canadian officers at ONUC headquarters than those of any other nationality and the Canadians were concentrated in militarily important logistical positions including chief operations officer and chief signals officer.”

Canada opposed anticolonial struggles in Africa, supported apartheid South Africa and Idi Amin’s coup against Milton Obote (December 28 1925- October 10, 2005) who had led Uganda to independence in 1962 from British colonialism. He was overthrown by Amin in 1971. Canada played a role in the ousting of Lumumba in the Congo by the CIA, Belgium and Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga aka Joseph Mobutu and Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah.

The Great White North pressed African states to follow neoliberal policies, which have benefitted Canadian corporations. The Canadian International Development Perform points out: “Canada is a global mining giant and a leading player in Africa’s mining sector. 70% of the equity capital raised globally by the mining industry was raised on the Toronto (TSX) and Venture (TSXV) exchanges. Of the $10.3 billion in equity raised for mining on the TSX and TSXV in 2012 $1.9 billion or 18.5% was for projects in Latin America while another $1.7 billion or 16.5% was for projects in Africa.”   Canada played a role in the violence the Congo, Rwanda and Somali.  

Canada does have a Black Radical Tradition. However, we cannot expect Corporate Canada or the Black Misleadership Class to tell the story. That is on us on the Black Left.

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          USB drive not showing all capacity   
If you have a USB that's only showing 2GB but should be more, use the steps below to restore it to it's size...

If you can't get the full capacity of your USB drive back with the Lexar tool (I couldn't with a Patriot Memory X-Mini 8GB), you can use DISKPART from Vista/Win7 to do so. Warning: DISKPART is dangerous - do not use if you don't feel comfortable with it! Insert your USB disk, make sure it is recognized by Windows (with the lower capacity), and then do the following:

1) Type "DISKPART" from the Command Prompt (accessible by clicking on Start and then typing "cmd" into the open field); you will then see the following prompt: DISKPART>
2) Type "LIST DISK" to see what number your USB drive is listed as.
3) Type "SELECT DISK 2" (if your USB is disk 2; replace # with your disk #); Diskpart will confirm that "Disk 2 is now the select disk."
4) Type "SELECT PARTITION 1" (this command selects what should be the only partition on your USB drive, the small one that you want to delete to get back the larger, full partition size). Diskpart will confirm with "Partition 1 is now the selected partition."
5) Type "DELETE PARTITION".
6) Type "CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY" - " You can type in "LIST PARTITION" to confirm the new, full-size.
7) Type "EXIT" to leave Diskpart. You can now format your USB drive by using the standard Windows formatting process.
          India Smart Cities Mission shows IoT potential for improving quality of life at vast scale   
The next BriefingsDirect Voice of the Customer Internet-of-Things (IoT) transformation discussion examines the potential impact and improvement of low-power edge computing benefits on rapidly modernizing cities.

These so-called smart city initiatives are exploiting open, wide area networking (WAN) technologies to make urban life richer in services, safer, and far more responsive to residences’ needs. We will now learn how such pervasively connected and data-driven IoT architectures are helping cities in India vastly improve the quality of life there.

Listen to the podcast. Find it on iTunes. Get the mobile app. Read a full transcript or download a copy.

Here to share how communication service providers have become agents of digital urban transformation are VS Shridhar, Senior Vice President and Head of the Internet-of-Things Business Unit at Tata Communications in Chennai area, India, and Nigel Upton, General Manager of the Universal IoT Platform and Global Connectivity Platform and Communications Solutions Business at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

Here are some excerpts:

Gardner: Tell us about India’s Smart Cities mission. What are you up to and how are these new technologies coming to bear on improving urban quality of life?

Shridhar: The government is clearly focusing on Smart Cities as part of their urbanization plan, as they believe Smart Cities will not only improve the quality of living, but also generate employment, and take the whole country forward in terms of technologically embracing and improving the quality of life.

So with that in mind, the Government of India has launched 100 Smart Cities initiatives. It’s quite interesting because each of the cities that aspire to belong had to make a plan and their own strategy around how they are going to evolve and how they are going to execute it, present it, and get selected. There was a proper selection process.

Many of the cities made it, and of course some of them didn’t make it. Interestingly, some of the cities that didn’t make it are developing their own plans.
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There is lot of excitement and curiosity as well as action in the Smart Cities project. Admittedly, it’s a slow process, it’s not something that you can do at the blink of the eye, and Rome wasn’t built overnight, but I definitely see a lot of progress.

Gardner:Nigel, it seems that the timing for this is auspicious, given that there are some foundational technologies that are now available at very low cost compared to the past, and that have much more of a pervasive opportunity to gather information and make a two-way street, if you will, between the edge and central administration. How is the technology evolution synching up with these Smart Cities initiatives in India?

Upton:I am not sure whether it’s timing or luck, or whatever it happens to be, but adoption of the digitization of city infrastructure and services is to some extent driven by economics. While I like to tease my colleagues in India about their sensitivity to price, the truth of the matter is that the economics of digitization -- and therefore IoT in smart cities -- needs to be at the right price, depending on where it is in the world, and India has some very specific price points to hit. That will drive the rate of adoption.

And so, we're very encouraged that innovation is continuing to drive price points down to the point that mass adoption can then be taken up, and the benefits realized to a much more broad spectrum of the population. Working with Tata Communications has really helped HPE understand this and continue to evolve as technology and be part of the partner ecosystem because it does take a village to raise an IoT smart city. You need a lot of partners to make this happen, and that combination of partnership, willingness to work together and driving the economic price points to the point of adoption has been absolutely critical in getting us to where we are today.

Balanced Bandwidth

Gardner:Shridhar, we have some very important optimization opportunities around things like street lighting, waste removal, public safety, water quality; of course, the pervasive need for traffic and parking, monitoring and improvement.

How do things like a low-power specification Internet and network gateways and low-power WANs (LPWANs) create a new foundation technically to improve these services? How do we connect the services and the technology for an improved outcome?

Shridhar:If you look at human interaction to the Internet, we have a lot of technology coming our way. We used to have 2G, that has moved to 3G and to 4G, and that is a lot of bandwidth coming our way. We would like to have a tremendous amount of access and bandwidth speeds and so on, right?

Shridhar
So the human interaction and experience is improving vastly, given the networks that are growing. On the machine-to-machine (M2M) side, it’s going to be different. They don’t need oodles of bandwidth. About 80 to 90 percent of all machine interactions are going to be very, very low bandwidth – and, of course, low power. I will come to the low power in a moment, but it’s going to be very low bandwidth requirement.

In order to switch off a streetlight, how much bandwidth do you actually require? Or, in order to sense temperature or air quality or water and water quality, how much bandwidth do you actually require?

When you ask these questions, you get an answer that the machines don’t require that much bandwidth. More importantly, when there are millions -- or possibly billions -- of devices to be deployed in the years to come, how are you going to service a piece of equipment that is telling a streetlight to switch on and switch off if the battery runs out?

Machines are different from humans in terms of interactions. When we deploy machines that require low bandwidth and low power consumption, a battery can enable such a machine to communicate for years.

Aside from heavy video streaming applications or constant security monitoring, where low-bandwidth, low-power technology doesn’t work, the majority of the cases are all about low bandwidth and low power. And these machines can communicate with the quality of service that is required.

When it communicates, the network has to be available. You then need to establish a network that is highly available, which consumes very little power and provides the right amount of bandwidth. So studies show that less than 50 kbps connectivity should suffice for the majority of these requirements.

Now the machine interaction also means that you collect all of them into a platform and basically act on them. It's not about just sensing it, it's measuring it, analyzing it, and acting on it.

Low-power to the people

So the whole stack consists not just of connectivity alone. It’s LPWAN technology that is emerging now and is becoming a de facto standard as more-and-more countries start embracing it.

At Tata Communications we have embraced the LPWAN technology from the LoRa Alliance, a consortium of more than 400 partners who have gotten together and are driving standards. We are creating this network over the next 18 to 24 months across India. We have made these networks available right now in four cities. By the end of the year, it will be many more cities -- almost 60 cities across India by March 2018.

Gardner: Nigel, how do you see the opportunity, the market, for a standard architecture around this sort of low-power, low-bandwidth network? This is a proof of concept in India, but what's the potential here for taking this even further? Is this something that has global potential?
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Upton: The global potential is undoubtedly there, and there is an additional element that we didn't talk about which is that not all devices require the same amount of bandwidth. So we have talked about video surveillance requiring higher bandwidth, we have talked about devices that have low-power bandwidth and will essentially be created once and forgotten when expected to last 5 or 10 years.

Upton
We also need to add in the aspect of security, and that really gave HPE and Tata the common ground of understanding that the world is made up of a variety of network requirements, some of which will be met by LPWAN, some of which will require more bandwidth, maybe as high as 5G.

The real advantage of being able to use a common architecture to be able to take the data from these devices is the idea of having things like a common management, common security, and a common data model so that you really have the power of being able to take information, take data from all of these different types of devices and pull it into a common platform that is based on a standard.

In our case, we selected the oneM2M standard, it’s the best standard available to be able to build that common data model and that's the reason why we deployed the oneM2M model within the universal IoT platform to get that consistency no matter what type of device over no matter what type of network.

Gardner: It certainly sounds like this is an unprecedented opportunity to gather insight and analysis into areas that you just really couldn't have measured before. So going back to the economics of this, Shridhar, have you had any opportunity through these pilot projects in such cities as Jamshedpur to demonstrate a return on investment, perhaps on street lighting, perhaps on quality of utilization and efficiency? Is there a strong financial incentive to do this once the initial hurdle of upfront costs is met?

Data-driven cost reduction lights up India

Unless the customer sees that there is a scope for either reducing the cost or increasing the customer experience, they are not going to buy these kinds of solutions.
Shridhar: Unless the customer sees that there is a scope for either reducing the cost or increasing the customer experience, they are not going to buy these kinds of solutions. So if you look at how things have been progressing, I will give you a few examples of how the costs have started constructing and playing out. One of course is to have devices, meeting at certain price point, we talked about how in India -- we talked that Nigel was remarking how constant still this Indian market is, but it’s important, once we delivered to a certain cost, we believe we can now deliver globally to scale. That’s very important, so if we build something in India it would deliver to the global market as well.

The streetlight example, let’s take that specifically and see what kind of benefits it would give. When a streetlight operates for about 12 hours a day, it costs about Rs.12, which is about $0.15, but when you start optimizing it and say, okay, this is a streetlight that is supported currently on halogen and you move it to LED, it brings a little bit of cost saving, in some cases significant as well. India is going through an LED revolution as you may have read in the newspapers, those streetlights are being converted, and that’s one distinct cost advantage.

Now they are looking and driving, let’s say, the usage and the electricity bills even lower by optimizing it. Let’s say you sync it with the astronomical clock, that 6:30 in the evening it comes up and let’s say 6:30 in the morning it shuts down linking to the astronomical clock because now you are connecting this controller to the Internet.

The second thing that you would do is during busy hours keep it at the brightest, let’s say between 7:00 and 10:00, you keep it at the brightest and after that you start minimizing it. You can control it down in 10 percent increments.

The point I am making is, you basically deliver intensity of light to the kind of requirement that you have. If it is busy, or if there is nobody on the street, or if there is a safety requirement -- a sensor will trigger up a series of lights, and so on.

So your ability to play around with just having streetlight being delivered to the requirement is so high that it brings down total cost. While I was telling you about $0.15 that you would spend per streetlight, that could be brought down to $0.05. So that’s the kind of advantage by better controlling the streetlights. The business case builds up, and a customer can save 60 to 70 percent just by doing this. Obviously, then the business case stands out.

The question that you are asking is an interesting one because each of the applications has its own way of returning the investment back, while the optimization of resources is being done. There is also a collateral positive benefit by saving the environment. So not only do I gain a business savings and business optimization, but I also pass on a general, bigger message of a green environment. Environment and safety are the two biggest benefits of implementing this and it would really appeal to our customers.

Gardner:It’s always great to put hard economic metrics on these things, but Shridhar just mentioned safety. Even when you can't measure in direct economics, it's invaluable when you can bring a higher degree of safety to an urban environment.

It opens up for more foot traffic, which can lead to greater economic development, which can then provide more tax revenue. It seems to me that there is a multiplier effect when you have this sort of intelligent urban landscape that creates a cascading set of benefits: the more data, the more efficiency; the more efficiency, the more economic development; the more revenue, the more data and so on. So tell us a little bit about this ongoing multiplier and virtuous adoption benefit when you go to intelligent urban environments?

Quality of life, under control

Upton:Yes, also it’s important to note that it differs almost by country to country and almost within region to region within countries. The interesting challenge with smart cities is that often you're dealing with elected officials rather than hard-nosed businessman who are only interested in the financial return. And it's because you're dealing with politicians and they are therefore representing the citizens in their area, either their city or their town or their region, their priorities are not always the same.

There is quite a variation of one of the particular challenges, particular social challenges as well as the particular quality of life challenges in each of the areas that they work in. So things like personal safety are a very big deal in some regions. I am currently in Tokyo and here there is much more concern around quality of life and mobility with a rapidly aging population and their challenges are somewhat different.
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But in India, the set of opportunities and challenges that are set out, they are in that combination of economic as well as social, and if you solve them and you essentially give citizens more peace of mind, more ability to be able to move freely, to be able to take part in the economic interaction within that area, then undoubtedly that leads to greater growth, but it is worth bearing in mind that it does vary almost city by city and region by region.

Gardner:Shridhar, do you have any other input into a cascading ongoing set of benefits when you get more data, more network opportunity. I guess I am trying to understand for a longer-term objective that being intelligent and data-driven has an ongoing set of benefits, what might those be? How can this be a long-term data and analytics treasure trove when you think about it in terms of how to provide better urban experiences?

Home/work help

Shridhar:From our perspective, when we looked at the customer benefits there is a huge amount of focus around the smart cities and how smart cities are benefiting from a network. If you look at the enterprise customers, they are also looking at safety, which is an overlapping application that a smart city would have.

So the enterprise wants to provide safety to its workers, for example, in mines or in difficult terrains, environments where they are focusing on helping them. Or women’s safety, which is as you know in India is a big thing as well -- how do you provide a device which is not very obvious and it gives the women all the safety that is there.

So all this in some form is providing data. One of the things that comes to my mind when you ask about how data-driven resources can be and what kind of quality it would give is if you action your mind to some of the customer services devices, there could be applications or let’s say a housewife could have a multiple button kind of a device where she can order a service.

Depending on the service she presses and an aggregate of households across India, you would know the trends and direction of a certain service, and mind you, it could be as simple as a three-button device which says Service A, Service B, Service C, and it could be a consumer service that gets extended to a particular household that we sell it as a service.

So you could get lots of trends and patterns that are emerging from that, and we believe that the customer experience is going to change, because no longer is a customer going to retain in his mind what kind of phone numbers or your, let's say, apps and all to order, you give them the convenience of just a button-press service. That immediately comes to my mind.

Feedback fosters change

The second one is in terms of feedback. You use the same three-button service to say, how well have you used utility -- or rather how -- what kind of quality of service that you rate multiple utilities that you are using, and there is toilet revolution in India. For example, you put these buttons out there, they will tell you at any given point of time what’s the user satisfaction and so on.

So these are all data that is getting gathered and I believe that while it is early days for us to go on and put out analytics and give you distinct kind of benefits that are there, but some of the things that customers are already looking at is which geographies, which segment, who are my biggest -- profile of the customers using this and so on. That kind of information is going to come out very, very distinctly.

The Smart Cities is all about experience. The enterprises are now looking at the data that is coming out and seeing how they can use it to better segment, and provide better customer experience which would obviously mean both adding to their top line as well as helping them manage their bottom line. So it's beyond safety, it's getting into the customer experience – the realm of managing customer experience.

Gardner:From a go-to-market perspective, or a go-to-city’s perspective, these are very complex undertakings, lots of moving parts, lots of different technologies and standards. How are Tata and HPE are coming together -- along with other service providers, Pointnextfor example? How do you put this into a package that can then actually be managed and put in place? How do we make this appealing not only in terms of its potential but being actionable as well when it comes to different cities and regions?

Upton:The concept of Smart Cities has been around for a while and various governments around the world have pumped money into their cities over an extended period of time.
We now have the infrastructure in place, we have the price points and we have IoT becoming mainstream.

As usual, these things always take more time than you think, and I do not believe today that we have a technology challenge on our hands. We have much more of a business model challenge. Being able to deploy technology to be able to bring benefits to citizens, I think that is finally getting to the point where it is much better understood where innovation of the device level, whether it's streetlights, whether it's the ability to measure water quality, sound quality, humidity, all of these metrics that we have available to us now. There has been very rapid innovation at that device level and at the economics of how to produce them, at a price that will enable widespread deployment.

All that has been happening rapidly over the last few years getting us to the point where we now have the infrastructure in place, we have the price points in place, and we have IoT becoming mainstream enough that it is entering into the manufacturing process of all sorts of different devices, as I said, ranging from streetlights to personal security devices through to track and trace devices that are built into the manufacturing process of goods.
That is now reaching mainstream and we are now able to take advantage of this massive data that’s now being produced to be able to produce even more efficient and smarter cities, and make them safer places for our citizens.

Gardner:Last word to you, Shridhar. If people wanted to learn more about the pilot proof of concept (PoC) that you are doing there at Jamshedpur and other cities, through the Smart Cities Mission, where might they go, are there any resources, how would you provide more information to those interested in pursuing more of these technologies?

Pilot projects take flight

Shridhar:I would be very happy to help them look at the PoCs that we are doing. I would classify the PoCs that we are doing is as far as safety is concerned, we talked of energy management in one big bucket that is there, then the customer service I spoke about, the fourth one I would say is more on the utility side. Gas and water are two big applications where customers are looking at these PoCs very seriously.

And there is very one interesting application in that one customer wanted for pest control, where he wanted his mouse traps to have sensors so that they will at any point of time know if there is a rat trap at all, which I thought was a very interesting thing.
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There are multiple streams that we have, we have done multiple PoCs, we will be very happy as Tata Communications team [to provide more information], and the HPE folks are in touch with us.

You could write to us, to me in particular for some period of time. We are also putting information on our website. We have marketing collateral, which describes this. We will do some of the joint workshops with HPE as well.

So there are multiple ways to reach us, and one of the best ways obviously is through our website. We are always there to provide more important help, and we believe that we can’t do it all alone; it’s about the ecosystem getting to know and getting to work on it.

While we have partners like HPE on the platform level, we also have partners such as Semtech, who established Center of Excellence in Mumbai along with us. So the access to the ecosystem from HPE side as well as our other partners is available, and we are happy to work and co-create the solutions going forward.


          How confluence of cloud, UC and data-driven insights newly empowers contact center agents   
The next BriefingsDirect customer experience insights discussion explores how Contact center-as-a-service (CCaaS) capabilities are becoming more powerful as a result of leveraging cloud computing, multi-mode communications channels, and the ability to provide optimized and contextual user experiences.

More than ever, businesses have to make difficult and complex decisions about how to best source their customer-facing services. Which apps and services, what data and resources should be in the cloud or on-premises -- or in some combination -- are among the most consequential choices business leaders now face. As the confluence of cloud and unified communications (UC) -- along with data-driven analytics -- gain traction, the contact center function stands out.

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We’ll now hear why traditional contact center technology has become outdated, inflexible and cumbersome, and why CCaaS is becoming more popular in meeting the heightened user experience requirements of today.
Here to share more on the next chapter of contact center and customer service enhancements, is Vasili Triant, CEO of Serenovain Austin, Texas. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

Here are some excerpts:

Gardner: What are the new trends reshaping the contact center function?

Triant:What’s changed in the world of contact center and customer service is that we’re seeing a generational spread -- everything from baby boomers all the way now to Gen Z.

With the proliferation of smartphones through the early 2000s, and new technologies and new channels -- things like WeChat and Viber -- all these customers are now potential inbound discussions with brands. And they all have different mediums that they want to communicate on. It’s no longer just phone or e-mail: It’s phone, e-mail, web chat, SMS, WeChat, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and there are other channels coming around the corner that we don't even know about yet.

Triant
When you take all of these folks -- customers or brands -- and you take all of these technologies that consumers want to engage with across all of these different channels – it’s simple, they want to be heard. It's now the responsibility of brands to determine what is the best way to respond and it’s not always one-to-one.

So it’s not a phone call for a phone call, it’s maybe an SMS to a phone call, or a phone call to a web chat -- whatever those [multi-channels] may be. The complexity of how we communicate with customers has increased. The needs have changed dramatically. And the legacy types of technologies out there, they can't keep up -- that's what's really driven the shift, the paradigm shift, within the contact center space.

Gardner:It’s interesting that the new business channels for marketing and capturing business are growing more complex. They still have to then match on the back end how they support those users, interact with them, and carry them through any sort of process -- whether it's on-boarding and engaging, or it’s supporting and servicing them.

What we’re requiring then is a different architecture to support all of that. It seems very auspicious that we have architectural improvements right along with these new requirements.

Triant:We have two things that have collided at the same time – cloud technologies and the growth of truly global companies.  

Most of the new channels that have rolled out are in the cloud. I mean, think about it -- Facebook is a cloud technology, Twitter is a cloud technology. WeChat, Viber, all these things, they are all cloud technologies. It’s becoming a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based world. The easiest and best way to integrate with these other cloud technologies is via the cloud -- versus on-premises. So what began as the shift of on-premises technology to cloud contact center -- and that really began in 2011-2012 – has rapidly picked up speed with the adoption of multi-channels as a primary method of communication.

The only way to keep up with the pace of development of all these channels is through cloud technologies because you need to develop an agile world, you need to be able to get the upgrades out to customers in a quick fashion, in an easy fashion, and in an inexpensive fashion. That's the core difference between the on-premises world and the cloud world.

At the same time, we are no longer talking about a United States company, an Australia company, or a UK company -- we are talking about everything as global brands, or global businesses. Customer service is global now, and no one cares about borders or countries when it comes to communication with a brand.
Customer service is global now, and no one cares about borders or countries when it comes to communications with a brand.


Gardner:We have been speaking about this through the context of the end-user, the consumer. But this architecture and its ability to leverage cloud also benefits the agent, the person who is responsible for keeping that end-user happy and providing them with the utmost in intelligent services. So how does the new architecture also aid and abet the agent.

Triant: The agent is frankly one of the most important pieces to this entire puzzle. We talk a lot about channels and how to engage with the customer, but that's really what we call listening. But even in just simple day-to-day human interactions, one of the most important things is how you communicate back. There has been a series of time-and-motion studies done within contact centers, within brands -- and you can even look at your personal experiences. You don’t have to read reports to understand this.
The baseline for how an interaction will begin and end and whether that will be a happy or a poor interaction with the brand, is going to be dependent on the agents’ state of mind. If I call up and I speak to “Joe,” and he starts the conversation, he is in a great mood and he is having a great day, then my conversation will most likely end in a positive interaction because it started that way.

But if someone is frustrated, they had a rough day, they can’t find their information, their computers have been crashing or rebooting, then the interaction is guaranteed to end up poor. You hear this all the time, “Oh, can you wait a moment, my systems are loading. Oh, I can’t get you an answer, that screen is not coming up. I can't see your account information.” The agents are frustrated because they can’t do their job, and that frustration then blends into your conversation.

So using the technology to make it easy for the agent to do their job is essential. If they have to go from one screen to another screen to conduct one interaction with the customer -- they are going to be frustrated, and that will lead to a poor experience with the customer.

The cloud technologies like Serenova, which is web-based, are able to bring all those technologies into one screen. The agent can have all the information brought to them easily, all in one click, and then be able to answer all the customer needs. The agent is happy and that adds to the customer satisfaction. The conclusion of the call is a happy customer, which is what we all want. That’s a great scenario and you need cloud technology to do that because the on-premises world does not deliver a great agent experience.

One-stop service

Gardner:Another thing that the older technologies don't provide is the ability to have a flexible spectrum to move across these channels. Many times when I engage with an organization I might start with an SMS or a text chat, but then if that can’t satisfy my needs, I want to get a deeper level of satisfaction. So it might end up going to a phone call or an interaction on the web, or even a shared desktop, if I’m in IT support, for example.

The newer cloud technology allows you to intercept via different types of channels, but you can also escalate and vary between and among them seamlessly. Why is that flexibility both of benefit to the end-user as well as the agent?

Triant: I always tell companies and customers of ours that you don't have to over-think this; all you have to do is look to your personal life. Most common things that we as users deal with -- such as cell phone companies, cable companies, airlines, -- you can get onto any of these websites and begin chatting, but you can find that your interaction isn’t going well. Before I started at Serenova, I had these experiences where I was dealing with the cable company and -- chat, chat, chat, -- trying to solve my problem. But we couldn't get there, and so then we needed to get on the phone. But they said, “Here is our 800 number, call in.” I’d call in, but I’d have to start a whole new interaction.

Basically, I’d have to re-explain my entire situation. Then, I am talking with one person, and they have to turn around and send me an email, but I am not going to get that email for 30 to 45 minutes because they have to get off the phone, and get into another system and send it off. In the meantime, I am frustrated, I am ticked off -- and guess what I have done now? I have left that brand. This happens across the board. I can even have two totally different types of interactions with the company.

You can use a major airline brand as an example. One of our employees called on the phone trying to resolve an issue that was caused by the airline. They basically said, “No, no, no.” It made her very frustrated. She decided she’s going to fly with a different airline now. She then sent a social post [to that effect], and the airline’s VP of Customer Service answered it, and within minutes they had resolved her issue. But they already spent three hours on the phone trying to push her off through yet another channel because it was a totally different group, a totally different experience.

By leveraging technologies where you can pivot from one channel to another, everyone will get answers quicker. I can be chatting with you, Dana, and realize that we need to escalate to a voice conversation, for example, and I as the agent; I can then turn that conversation into a voice call. You don't have to re-explain yourself and you are like, “Wow, that's cool! Now I’m on the phone with a facility,” and we are able to handle our business.

As agent, I can also pivot simultaneously to an email channel to send you something as simple as a user guide or a series of knowledge-based articles that I may have at my fingertips as an agent. But you and I are still on the phone call. Even better yet, after-the-fact, as a business, I have all the analytics and the business intelligence to say that I had one interaction with Dana that started out as a web chat, pivoted to a phone call, and I simultaneously then sent a knowledge-based article of “X” around this issue and I can report on it all at once. Not three separate interactions, not three separate events -- and I have made you a happy customer.

Gardner:We are clearly talking about enabling the agent to be a super-agent, and they can, of course, be anywhere. I think this is really important now because the function of an agent -- we are already seeing the beginnings of this -- but it's going to certainly include and increase having more artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning and associated data analytics benefits. The agent then might be a combination of human and AI functions and services.

So we need to be able to integrate at a core communications basis. Without going too far down this futuristic route, isn't it important for that agent to be an assimilation of more assets and more services over time?

Artificial Intelligence plus human support

Triant:I‘m glad you brought up AI and these other technologies. The reality is that we've been through a number of cycles around what this technology is going to do and how it is going to interact with an agent. In my view, and I have been in this world for a while, the agent is the most important piece of customer service and brand engagement. But you have to be able to bring information to them, and you have to be able to give information to your customers so that if there is something simple, get it to them as quick as possible -- but also bring all the relevant information to the agent.

AI has had multiple forms; it has existed for a long time. Sometimes people get confused because of marketing schemes and sales tactics [and view AI] as a way for cost avoidance, to reduce agents and eliminate staff by implementing these technologies. Really the focus is how to create a better customer experience, how to create a better agent experience.

We have had AI in our product for last three years, and we are re-releasing some components that will bring business intelligence to the forefront around the end of the year. What it essentially does is alIow you to see what you're doing as a user out on the Internet and within these technologies. I can see that you have been looking for knowledge-based articles around, for example, “why my refrigerator keeps freezing up and how can I defrost it.” You can see such things on Twitter and you can see these things on Facebook. The amount of information that exists out there is phenomenal and in real-time. I can now gather that information … and I can proactively, as a business, make decisions about what I want to do with you as a potential consumer.

I can even identify you as a consumer within my business, know how many products you have acquired from me, and whether you're a “platinum” customer or even a basic customer, and then make a decision.

For example, I have TVs, refrigerators, washer-dryers and other appliances all from the same manufacturer. So I am a large consumer to that one manufacturer because all of my components are there. But I may be searching a knowledge-based article on why the refrigerator continues to freeze up.

Now I may call in about just the refrigerator, but wouldn't it be great for that agent to know that I own 22 other products from that same company? I'm not just calling about the refrigerator; I am technically calling about the entire brand. My experience around the refrigerator freaking out may change my entire brand decision going forward. That information may prompt me to decide that I want to route that customer to a different pool of agents, based on what their total lifetime value is as a brand-level consumer.

Through AI, by leveraging all this information, I can be a better steward to my customer and to the agent, because I will tell you, an agent will act differently if they understand the importance of that customer or to know that I, Vasili, have spent the last two hours searching online for information, which I posted on Facebook and I posted on Twitter.
Through AI, by leveraging all this information, I can be a better steward to the customer and to the agent.

At that point, the level of my frustration already has reached a certain height on a scale. As an agent, if you knew that, you might treat me differently because you already know that I am frustrated. The agent may be able to realize that you have been looking for some information on this, realize you have been on Facebook and Twitter. They can then say: “I am really sorry, I'm not able to get you answers. Let me see how I can help you, it seems that you are looking online about how to keep the refrigerator from freezing up.”

If I start the conversation that way, I've now diffused a lot of the frustration of the customer. The agent has already started that interaction better. Bringing that information to that person, that’s powerful, that’s business intelligence -- and that’s creating action from all that information.

Keep your cool

Gardner:It’s fascinating that that level of sentiment analysis brings together the best of what AI and machine learning can do, which is to analyze all of these threads of data and information and determine a temperature, if you will, of a person's mood and pass that on to a human agent who can then have the emotional capacity to be ready to help that person get to a lower temperature, be more able to help them overall.

It’s becoming clear to me, Vasili, that this contact center function and CCaaS architectural benefits are far more strategic to an organization than we may have thought, that it is about more than just customer service. This really is the best interface between a company -- and all the resources and assets it has across customer service, marketing, and sales interactions. Do you agree that this has become far more strategic because of these new capabilities?

Triant:Absolutely, and as brands begin to realize the power of what the technology can do for their overall business, it will continue to evolve, and gain pace around global adoption.
As brands begin to realize the power of what the technology can do for their overall businesses, it will continue to evolve and gain global adoption.

We have only scratched the surface on adoption of these cloud technologies within organizations. A majority of brands out there look at these interactions as a cost of doing business. They still seek to reduce that cost versus the lifetime value of both the consumer, as well as the agent experience. This will shift, it is shifting, and there are companies that are thriving by recognizing that entire equation and how to leverage the technologies.

Technology is nothing without action and result. There have been some really cool things that have existed for a while, but they don’t ever produce any result that’s meaningful to the customer so they never get adopted and deployed and ultimately reach some type of a mass proliferation of results.

Gardner:You mentioned cost. Let’s dig into that. For organizations that are attracted to the capabilities and the strategic implications of CCaaS, how do we evaluate it in terms of cost? The old CapEx approach often had a high upfront cost, and then high operating costs, if you have an inefficient call center. Other costs involve losing your customers, losing brand affinity, losing your perception in the market. So when you talk to a prospect or customer, how do you help them tease out the understanding of a pay-as-you-go service as highly efficient? Does the highly empowered agent approach save money, or even make money, and CCaaS becomes not a cost center but a revenue generator?

Cost consciousness

Triant:Interesting point, Dana. When I started at Serenova about five years ago, customers all the time would say, “What’s the cost of owning the technology?” And, “Oh, my, on-premises stuff has already depreciated and I already own it, so it’s cheaper for me to keep it.” That was the conversation pretty much every day. Beginning in 2013, it rapidly started shifting. This shift was mainly driven by the fact that organizations started realizing that consumers want to engage on different channels, and the on-premises guys couldn’t keep up with this demand.

The cost of ownership no longer matters. What matters is that the on-premises guys just literally could not deliver the functionality. And so, whether that's Cisco, Avaya, or Shoretel, they quickly started falling away in consideration for technology companies that were looking to deploy applications for their business to meet these needs.

The cost of ownership quickly disappeared as the main discussion point. Instead it came around to, “What is the solution that you're going to deliver?” Customers that are looking for contact center technologies are beginning to take a cloud-first approach. And once they see the power of CCaaS through demonstration and through some trials of what an agent can do – and it’s all browser-based, there is no client install, there is no equipment on-premises - then it takes on a life of its own. It’s about, “What is the experience going to be? Are these channels all integrated? Can I get it all from one manufacturer?”

Following that, organizations focus on other intricacies around - Can it scale? Can it be redundant? Is it global? But those become architectural concerns for the brands themselves. There is a chunk of the industry that is not looking at these technologies, and they are stuck in brand euphoria or have to stay with on-premises infrastructure, or with a certain vendor because of their name or that they are going to get there someday.

As we have seen, Avaya has declared bankruptcy. Avaya does not have cloud technologies despite their marketing message. So the customers that are in those technologies now realize they have to find a path to keep up with the basic customer service at a global scale. Unfortunately, those customers have to find a path forward and they don’t have one right now.
It's less about cost of ownership and it’s more about the high cost of not doing anything. If I don't do anything, what’s going to be the cost? That cost ultimately becomes - I’m not going to be able to have engagement with my customers because the consumers are changing.
It's less about cost of ownership and it's more about the high cost of not doing anything.

Gardner:What about this idea of considering your contact center function not just as a cost center, but also as a business development function? Am I being too optimistic.

It seems to me that as AI and the best of what human interactions can do combine across multichannels, that this becomes no longer just a cost center for support, a check-off box, but a strategic must-do for any business.

Multi-channel customer interaction

Triant:When an organization reaches the pinnacle of happiness within what these technologies can do, they will realize that no longer do you need to have delineation between a marketing department that answers social media posts, an inside sales department that is only taking calls for upgrades and renewals, and a customer service department that’s dealing with complaints or inbound questions. They will see that you can leverage all the applications across a pool of agents with different skills.

I may have a higher skill around social media than over voice, or I may have a higher skill level around a sales activity, or renewal activity, over customer service problems. I should be able to do any interaction. And potentially one day it'll just be customer interaction department and the channels are just a medium of inbound and outbound choice for a brand.

But you can now take information from whatever you see the customer doing. Each of their actions have a leading indicator, everything has a predictive action prior to the inbound touch, everything does. Now that a brand can see that, it will be able to have “consumer interaction departments,” and it will be properly routed to the right person based on that information. You’ll be able to bring information to that agent that will allow them to answer the customer’s questions.

Gardner:I can see how that agent’s job would be very satisfying and fulfilling when you are that important, when you have that sort of a key role in your organization that empowers people. That’s good news for people that are trying to find those skills and fill those positions.

Vasili, we only have a few minutes left, but I’d love to hear about a couple of examples. It’s one thing to tell, it’s another thing to show. Do we have some examples of organizations that have embraced this concept of a strategic contact center, taken advantage of those multi-channels, added perhaps some intelligence and improved the status and capability of the agents -- all to some business benefit? Walk us through a couple of actual use cases where this has all come together.

Cloud communication culture shift

Triant:No one has reached that level of euphoria per se, but there are definitely companies that are moving in that direction.

It is a culture change, so it takes time. I know as well as anybody what it takes to shift a culture, and it doesn't happen overnight. As an example, there is a ride-hailing company that engages in a different way with their consumer, and their consumer might be different than what you think from the way I am describing it. They use voice systems and SMS and often want to pivot between the two. Our technology actually allows the agent to make that decision even if they aren’t even physically in the same country. They are dynamically spread across multiple countries to answer any question they may need to answer based on time and day.

But they can pivot from what’s predominantly an SMS inbound and outbound communication into a voice interaction, and then they can also follow up with an e-mail, and that’s already happened. Now, it initially started with some SMS inbound and outbound, then they added voice – an interesting move as most people think adding voice is what people are getting away from. What everyone has begun to realize is that live communication ultimately is what everybody looks for in the end to solve the more complex problems.
What everyone has begun to realize is that live communication ultimately is what everybody looks for in the end to solve the more complex problems.

That's one example. Another company that provides the latest technology in food order and delivery initially started with voice-only to order and deliver food. Now they've added SMS confirmations automatically, and e-mail as well for confirmation or for more information from the inbound voice call. And now, once they are an existing customer, they can even start an order from an SMS, and pivot back to a voice call for confirmation -- all within one interaction. They are literally one of the fastest growing alternative food delivery companies, growing at a global scale.

They are deploying agents globally across one technology. They would not be able to do this with legacy technologies because of the expense. When you get into these kinds of high-volume, low-margin businesses, cost matters. When you can have an OpEx model that will scale, you are adding better customer service to the applications, and you are able to allow them to build a profitable model because you are not burning them with high CapEx processes.

Gardner:Before we sign off, you had mentioned your pipeline about your products and services, such as engaging more with AI capabilities toward the end of the year. Could give us a level-set on your roadmap? Where are your products and services now? Where do you go next?

A customer journey begins with insight

Triant:We have been building cloud technologies for 16 years in the contact center space. We released our latest CCaaS platform in March 2016 called CxEngage. We then had a major upgrade to the platform in March of this year, where we take that agent experience to the next level. It’s really our leapfrog in the agent interface and making it easier, bringing in more information to them.

Where we are going next is around the customer journey -- predictive interactions. Some people call it AI, but I will call it “customer journey mapping with predictive action insights.” That’s going to be a big cornerstone in our product, including business analytics. It’s focused around looking at a combination of speech, data and text -- all simultaneously creating predictive actions. This is another core area we are going in an and continue to expand the reach of our platform from a global scale.

At this point, we are a global company. We have the only global cloud platform built on a single software stack with one data pipeline. We now have more users on a pure cloud platform than any of our competitors globally. I know that’s a big statement, but when you look at a pure cloud infrastructure, you're talking in a whole different realm of what services you are able to offer to customers. Our ability to provide a broad reach including to Europe, South Africa, Australia, India, and Singapore -- and still deliver good cloud quality at a reasonable cost and redundant fashion –  we are second to none in that space.

Gardner:I’m afraid we will have to leave it there. We have been listening to a sponsored BriefingsDirect discussion on how CCaaS capabilities are becoming more powerful as a result of cloud computing, multimode communications channels, and the ability to provide optimized and contextual user experiences.

And we’ve learned how new levels of insight and intelligence are now making CCaaS approaches able to meet the highest user experience requirements of today and tomorrow. So please join me now in thanking our guest, Vasili Triant, CEO of Serenova in Austin, Texas.

Triant:Thank you very much, Dana. I appreciate you having me today.

Gardner:This is Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions, your host and moderator for this ongoing series of BriefingsDirect discussions. A big thank you to our sponsor, Serenova, as well as to you, our audience. Do come back next time and thanks for listening.

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Transcript of a discussion on how contact center-as-a-service capabilities are becoming more powerful to provide optimized and contextual user experiences for agents and customers. Copyright Interarbor Solutions, LLC, 2005-2017. All rights reserved.

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I let Wyatt choose which day he wanted to go  - he could go on Tuesday or on his birthday on Wednesday.  He chose his birthday so that he could hang out with Jack, and we made a plan to get to the park before it opened. That gave us a little bit of time before it got too crowded!  


Unfortunately, we ended up in two "shifts" for the Loch Ness Monster. Wyatt and Jack, and then everyone else.  The boys got on the coaster first, and then the other six loaded up.  Then something went wrong and we couldn't go.  We had to unload and get back in line, and that's when we realized that the boys were stuck somewhere on the roller coaster by themselves.  AGAIN.  It happened to them last year when they road it for the first time!  I'm just thankful that they didn't end up in the dark or upside down!

The "big kid group" left with Brian to go ride Apollo's Chariot (I can't believe they're in this stage now!), and we went off to Sesame Place.  She road The Barstormer on our Disney Trip in November, but this was her first time riding the roller coaster at Busch Gardens.

While the big kids waiting in ridiculously long lines, these two cruised right on their rides. 




I don't know what makes the kids want to ride this ride.  Just watching them ride it makes me feel queasy!




We spent the rest of our day at the park riding rides and eating lunch.  Later in the afternoon (after we waited almost an HOUR for the log flume!), we started to head out.  I was following our friends and the girls were with me.  After I walked for a bit, I just had a feeling that I needed to stop and wait for the boys.  Everyone went ahead, and the girls and I stopped for a minute or two to wait for the boys.  And then Brian rounded the corner with Wyatt.  And no Hudson.  He thought I had him, I thought he had him.  Fortunately we hadn't gotten too far away, so Brian and Reese sprinted back and found him right where we "left" him...playing with the mining contraption that we had just left.  And he had no idea that he was "lost" or "left."  He thought we'd just gone in the store!  I was in panic mode, but then just showered him with hugs and compliments for staying where he'd seen us last (even though he had no idea we were gone and he was just playing)!  

After all of that excitement, we left the park and came home.  It was Wyatt's birthday after all, and he wanted to open his presents!  And have cake!

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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - The Edmonton Oilers have placed forward Benoit Pouliot on unconditional waivers with the purposes of buying out his contract.

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From the breakdown to kicking, through Waisake Naholo v Elliot Daly and Beauden Barrett v Johnny Sexton, plus New Zealand’s Wellington form

Sam Warburton and Maro Itoje will give the Lions not only greater ball-winning capacity at the breakdown, more opportunity to slow down New Zealand’s ball and will put the scrum-half Aaron Smith under pressure. So far this tour, the Lions have looked to fracture their opponents’ supply line by rushing up in defence in midfield but the All Blacks neutralised that ploy in the first Test by playing through nine rather than 10 and creating space around the ruck. The Lions will need to generate quick ball and Alun Wyn Jones and Tadhg Furlong must clear out All Blacks on the fringe of rucks with Itoje and Warburton taking care of anyone grappling for possession. It is an area the Lions have to win to have a chance of ending New Zealand’s 16-match winning run in Wellington, which started after a defeat by England in 2003.

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It takes a lot to shock me in Russia, after 45 years of studying it. But this month my blood ran cold. Not because I watched innocent kids being hauled off the street by thuggish riot forces, and not because I was myself arrested and questioned by police for seven hours – though those incidents played a part – but because of what I witnessed in a Russian state television studio. But let’s start at the beginning …

On “Russia day”, 12 June, thousands of people protested in central Moscow against Vladimir Putin and his kleptocratic clique. There was no rhyme or reason to the arrests that followed. “National guards” in black tunics sliced through the crowd in groups of five, snatching random people and hustling them into police vans. You might have been holding a Russian flag (on Russia day!), you might have been chanting “Russia without Putin”, or you might just have been watching, or even – in one case – explaining to an interviewer why you supported Putin … nothing protected you.

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          Democratic challenges to the Brexit decision | Letters   
The ramifications of leaving the EU are becoming clear, but readers are divided on the benefit of a second referendum

Brexit devotees hold dearly to their slim majority and assert “democracy” in demanding this grave national error go unchallenged. But the real democrats are Carole Cadwalladr (The great British Brexit robbery, Observer, 23 June) and George Monbiot (Who paid for the leave vote…, 28 June) in questioning the very legitimacy of the 2016 EU referendum. David Cameron’s unforgivable legacy was to agree the EU membership vote. By comparison, we don’t hold public votes on judicial decisions; we rely on experienced judges to chart the way through trials with dedicated analysis of the detail by objective juries. This is strictly governed to heavily punish any financial interference.

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          Tuunattu tylliunelma   
Jostain syystä aina katsoessani yllä olevaa kuvaa, alkaa päässä soida Carly Rae Jepsenin Run away with meMutta siis asiaan! Keväällä postailinkin pukujahdista, jonka tuloksena päädyin hankkimaan unelmieni hääpuvun. Ainakin melkein. Se oli oikeastaan aika sinnepäin, mutta muutoksia oli silti tehtävä paljon. Olisin tietysti voinut jättää koltun kauppaan ja jatkaa etsintöjä, mutta hääpuvun tuunausprojekti tuntui niin houkuttelevalta, että päätin ottaa haasteen vastaan. Saisinpahan ainakin uniikin ja täysin omannäköisen yksilön.

Itselleni oli tärkeämpää puvun malli ja sopivuus, kuin merkki tai vallitsevat hääpukutrendit. Vaikka ihan kokeeksi sovitin merenneitomallisia ja laahuksellisia pukuja (ja nekin olivat oikein ihania), toi se mulle vain varmuuden siitä että havittelemani puvun malli oli mulle juuri se oikea. Joskus sitten vuosien päästä katsoessani hääkuvia, haluan ajatella että toi oli juuri se prinsessapuku josta aina pienenä tyttönä haaveilin.


Vaikka alkuperäinen puku oli ihan sievä, oli yläosassa omaan makuuni liikaa bligiä, liikaa pituutta, kiinnitys tapahtui nyöreillä, ja kangaskin oli liian luonnonvalkoinen. Niinpä siis kiikutin koltun ompelijan pakeille, ja aloitimme yhdessä tuunausprojektin. Mekko-osaa nostettiin viitisen senttiä ylemmäs, jolloin yläosa lyheni sopivan mittaiseksi. Helmet, paljetit ja muut härpäkkeet irroitettiin, ja tilalle pistettiin uusi kirkkaamman valkoinen pitsi. Alle jätimme kuitenkin hieman luonnollisemman valkoisen kankaan, joka siftasi nätisti pitsin läpi tuoden kuviot paremmin esille. Sama kangas kuulsi myös alaosassa valkoisten tyllien alta. Takaosan nyörikiinnityksen vaihdoimme vetoketjuun.











Lopputulos oli juuri sellainen kun olin suunnitellut. Ihana tyllikasa. Näyttävä mutta silti yksinkertainen, ilman blingejä tai mitään ylimääräistä. Puvun alla oli suuri vannehame, joka teki fiiliksestä yllättävän keveän ja muutenkin puku oli mukava päällä. Nyt pesulakäynnin jälkeen hieman haikein mielin ajattelin pistää koltun myyntiin. Olisihan tuo kiva säilyttää, mutta viehän se melkein puolet vaatehuoneesta ja tuskin tulisin kovin montaa kertaa hääpuku päällä hengaamaan. Onneksi on kuvia, joita voi aina fiilistellä!

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          "Ich weine mir die Augen aus, wenn ich daran denke, dass ein Hund mehr Rechte hat als mein Sohn" – News vom 30. Juni 2017   
1. "Niedersachsens Männer sind weit höher verschuldet als die Frauen" berichtet die Hannoversche Allgemeine. Daran sollte man vielleicht denken, wenn man das nächste Mal Parolen wie "Armut ist weiblich" liest.



2. Dem Leiter des Umfrageinstituts Forsa zufolge ist die "Ehe für alle" KEINE Steilvorlage für die AfD.

Auch die ehemalige Frauenministerin Kristina Schröder (CDU) erklärte vor einer Stunde auf Facebook, dass sie dem Gesetzesvorschlag zustimmen werde.



3. In der aktuellen Druckausgabe des SPD-Propagandablattes "Vorwärts" findet sich der Info eines (Noch-)SPD-Parteimitglieds meiner Leser zufolge der Artikel "Feminismus bleibt unsere Aufgabe" der neuen spezialdemokratischen Frauenministerin Katarina Barley. Darin heißt es: "Feministinnen und Feministen kämpfen für eine offene und tolerante Demokratie, in der alle Menschen unabhängig von Geschlecht, sexueller Identität, Haufarbe, Religion, Beruf, Einkommen und Herkunft gleichberechtigt und respektvoll miteinander leben."

Wenn man solche Behauptungen oft genug wiederholt, werden sie vielleicht irgendwann wahr.



4. Die Washington Post titelt: A man helped a lost toddler find her parents, police say. He was smeared online as a predator and fled town.

Trotz solcher Meldungen halten es kaum geschätzte fünf Prozent aller Menschen für nötig, eine politische Bewegung für Männer zu unterstützen, weil Männer in unserer Gesellschaft bekanntlich herrschen und allenfalls unter dem Verlust ihrer Privilegien leiden.



5. Die BBC berichtet von einer Mutter, die überraschend feststellte, dass ihr Sohn ohne ihr Wissen geschweige denn ihre Zustimmung beschnitten worden war:

There was an investigation but the force deemed it not to be a criminal matter, and the case was referred to the General Medical Council.

The mother later got help from the anti-circumcision group Men Do Complain and leading human rights lawyer Saimo Chahal QC, who wrote to Nottinghamshire Police.

(T)he mother believes it amounts to MGM or "male genital mutilation", and should be viewed in the same way as female genital mutilation (FGM).

"It's even illegal to dock dogs' tails. I've come home crying my eyes out thinking a dog has got more rights than my child. There's something seriously not right with it all. You can protect a dog, you can protect a girl, but not a boy."


Ja, klar. Patriarchat halt. Da haben Jungen nun mal nicht so viel Rechte wie Hunde.

In the years since the circumcision, the mother said her son has suffered from recurring infections, and his penis regularly becomes inflamed and sore.

"It looks like he's been half circumcised is the only way to describe it. There's half the skin, it's not all the way over. It swells up, it gets red and a little bit sore in places."

She has been given cream to apply to her son and told he may need further surgery when he is older.

(...) "When he first started talking he did say a lot that it hurt," said the mother. "Now he doesn't really say much because it draws attention to it and he's getting a bit more private."

(...) She said a lot of people have failed to empathise with her and her son.

"Even a couple of police officers have made remarks like 'Oh my husband is circumcised, I think it's better'. Or 'Oh they are tougher than they look, it will toughen him up'. It's just silly little comments like that. It's just heartbreaking. I wrote to MPs and they basically shoved me off. Everybody you speak to it's like speaking to a brick wall."


"Es ist, wie gegen eine Mauer zu reden." Diese Erfahrung machen Männerrechtler mittlerweile seit Jahrzehnten. Wie gesagt: Patriarchat.



6. Ist feministische Kritik daran vorstellbar, dass sich eine Frau ZUVIEL über sexistische Diskriminierung von Frauen beklagt? Es mag euch überraschen, aber genau diese Kritik erfährt gerade der "Game-of-Thrones"-Star Emilia Clark. Sie beschwerte sich in einem Interview mit dem Magazin "Rolling Stone" darüber, dass Frauenfeindlichkeit ebenso allgegenwärtig wäre wie Rassismus. Klingt nach der üblichen Social-Justice-Warrors-Rhetorik – wurde auf feministischen Websites wie "Jezebel" aber eher ungnädig aufgenommen. Und der schwarze Publizist Michael Harriot schenkt der Schauspielerin sogar RICHTIG ein:

Emilia [Clark] is just like many other white women whose paths have so been littered with roses that when they encounter any personal hurdle, they cannot fathom anyone having experienced anything worse. That is the ultimate privilege.

There is nothing wrong with a beautiful millionaire who grew up on the shores of England traipsing through private schools thinking that she knows anything about racism. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a woman complaining about the world treating her differently because she has tits — even after she displays her titties to the world on TV. There isn’t even anything wrong with a white woman lecturing me on how to express my anger over racism as if white women weren’t complicit in slavery, Jim Crow, the history of lynching and every other aspect of black people’s oppression.

The privilege is that they feel comfortable enough to say it out loud.




7. Die USA Today, eine der meistgelesenen Zeitschriften der Vereinigten Staaten, beteiligt sich an der Debatte um John McEnroe:

John McEnroe owes the world an apology — and now.

He was wrong when he said Serena Williams would probably rank around No. 700 in the world if she were competing against men. Her ranking would be more like No. 1,000.


Wenn Serena Williams sich nach McEnroes eingeschränktem Lob nicht aufgeführt hätte, als ob er sie durch den Schmutz ziehen wollte, wäre ihr diese öffentliche Demütigung erspart geblieben.



8. Die Washington Post lässt einen früheren Dekan der Elite-Universität Harvard zu Wort kommen, was eine bedenkliche Praktik dieser Hochschule angeht: Sie tut so, als engagiere sie sich gegen jegliche Diskriminierung, diskriminiert Männer jedoch ohne Bedenken:

Last spring, the university decided to attack the off-campus, all-male Final Clubs by disqualifying their members from Rhodes Scholarships and other distinctions — unless the clubs admitted women. A few of these clubs are infamous for loud parties and drunken misbehavior. The new strategy against them had the merit of novelty, even in the absence of evidence that coed clubs would behave any better.

Faculty members reacted with alarm, recalling Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s persecution of Harvard professors in the 1950s simply for belonging to a hated organization. Students deserve a better lesson from Harvard than an attempt to solve social problems by blackballing members of unpopular groups.




9. Ihr wisst ja, dass ich mich immer für männerpolitische News aus Ländern interessiere, von denen man bei uns nicht so viel hört. Aktuell beschäftigt sich in Jamaika The Gleaner mit häuslicher Gewalt gegen Männer und einer maskulistischen Gruppe, die dieses Problem angeht.



10. Und was wäre Genderama ohne ab und zu eine Meldung aus dem Frauen unterdrückenden Indien: "Männer begehen keinen Selbstmord" befand dort gerade Frauenministerin Gandhi:

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi believes men do not commit suicide and even says she hasn't heard of a single such case. Her answer to a query, during a Facebook Live session, about the government's initiative to reduce suicide rates among men has left people upset.

"Which men have committed suicide? Why not try and resolve the situation rather than commit suicide - I have not heard/read of a single case," said Ms Gandhi, the Women and Child Development minister.


Wohin man auch schaut auf dieser Welt: Es ist wirklich überall dasselbe. – Nein, Moment, in einer Sache ist die indische Ministerin der deutschen Geschlechterpolitik voraus (was allerdings weiß Gott nicht schwer ist):

At the very end of the session though, replying to a user who suggested that there be a ministry only for men, Ms Gandhi said that she would welcome it.


So etwas würde man von deutschen Politikerinnen wie Schwesig und Barley niemals hören.
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          Cerita Tentang Hamengkubuwono VIII   


Kisah Humanis Dari Yogyakarta : Tentang Sri Sultan HB VIII (Ayah Sri Sultan HB IX) mempersiapkan anaknya untuk menjadi pemimpin bangsa.

TIDAK sebagaimana tokoh dari dinasti Mataram yang
lain, nama Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono VIII (Sultan HB VIII) memang terasa kurang bergaung di Bumi Nusantara, bahkan masyarakat yang tinggal di Yogya sekalipun.

Popularitas Sultan HB VIII memang tidak seperti Panembahan Senapati,
Sultan Agung, Pangeran Mangkubumi (Sultan Hamengkubuwono I), Pangeran Diponegoro dan Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX. Namun, jika kita mau mencermati sejarah Yogyakarta menjelang masa-masa terakhir penjajahan Belanda di Nusantara ini, peran HB VIII laksana sepercik api lentera di kegelapan malam yang bias cahayanya mampu menembus dinding siti hinggil dan benteng keraton hingga menjangkau sudut-sudut dunia.

Visi global telah berkembang di lingkungan istana Mataram meski tanpa perumusan yang rumit, yang memusingkan kepala.Sultan HB VIII yang saat itu masih berkedudukan sebagai putramahkota sadar betul akan perlunya pendidikan bagi putra-putranya dalam rangka
menghadapi perkembangan dan perubahan zaman. Persiapan awal untuk membuktikan keyakinannya dilakukan dengan tindakan yang mengejutkan banyak pihak. KRAy. Adipati Anom, sang permaisuri, "dikebonke" (dipindahkan keluar keraton) dengan alasan yang tidak diketahui oleh kerabat kraton, tetapi kedudukan sebagai garwa padmi tak pernah dicabut, bahkan segala atribut berupa pakaian dan payung kebesaran seorang permaisuri tetap disertakan.

Langkah kontroversi sang putra mahkota itu tidak berhenti, Dorodjatun, putranya yang masih berusia 4 tahun-pun segera
'disingkirkan' dari kraton untuk kost pada keluarga Belanda. Di sini,
pangeran kecil itu dibiasakan hidup mandiri, jauh dari sikap manja dan
bermalas-malas, adanya hanya disiplin, kerja keras dan spartan.
Rupanya calon Sultan Yogya itu sadar benar bahwa orang yang telanjur kalingan suka, ilang prayitnane(terbuai oleh kesenangan, akan hilang kewaspadaan). Itulah sebabnya, Sultan HB VIII sengaja memisahkan kost putra-putranya dan tidak menyertakan inang-pengasuh ataupun abdi panakawan untuk menemani putrandanya yang sedang kost, meski kenyataannya Dorodjatun sering
menangis saat akan kembali ke kost sehabis berlibur di keraton.


Pesan yang sangat bermakna dari Sultan HB VIII adalah saat Dorodjatunakan ke Holland bersama kakaknya, BRM Tinggarto (nama kecil GBPH Prabuningrat) untuk kuliah di Universitas Leiden: "Selama di Negeri Belanda, buka pintu hatimu seluas-luasnya. Berupayalah agar kau benar-benar menyelami sifat-sifat orang Belanda, karena di masa depan kau selalu akan berurusan dengan mereka".

Sejarah membuktikan bahwa buah pendidikan Sultan HB VIII mulai tampakpada pribadi Dorodjatun saat dirinya akan dinobatkan sebagai Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX. Pembahasan kontrak politik dengan ahli diplomasi Belanda, Dr Lucien Adams, harus ia jalani secara maraton selama empat bulan berturut-turut tanpa membuahkan kesepakatan. Ia memang harus benar-benar teliti dan hati-hati, karena jika salah langkah, implikasinya akan sangat berat, karena menyangkut nasib rakyat negeri Mataram, Yogyakarta.

Dorodjatun adalah salah satu contoh putra terbaik bangsa yang
mengenyam pendidikan Barat tanpa harus kehilangan pribadinya sebagai orang Indonesia atau orang Jawa. Ia telah berhasil membuktikan bahwa belajar pada orang asing tidak berarti menjadi antek-antek, begundhal atau gedibalbangsa asing, tetapi justru sebaliknya, dengan mengenal sifat-sifat bangsa asing, dirinya akan lebih mudah menghadapi bangsa tersebut demi
keselamatan dan kesejahteraan rakyatnya.


Sifat itu terasa sangat bertolak belakang dengan keadaan sekarang,
dimana banyak ilmuwan melawat ke luar negeri untuk belajar ilmu
pengetahuan, teknologi, bahasa, budaya dan cara hidup orang asing.
Tetapi pada akhirnya mereka justru terhanyut menjadi agen atau
perpanjangan tangan orang asing untuk mengelabuhi bangsa sendiri.
Kebanggaan pada hal-hal yang berbau asing (Luar Negeri, Internasional,
Global) telah mengikis jatidiri sehingga tanpa disadari mereka terjebak
menjadi kacung-kacung imperialis, dimana kepandaian yang diperolehnya
justru digunakan untuk membuka pintu-pintu penjajahan baru dengan cara
menjual aset negara tanpa mempedulikan bahwa ulahnya menyengsarakan
rakyat banyak.

Sikap patriotis seorang ksatria Mataram hasil didikan Sultan HB VIII
benar-benar mengagumkan dan membanggakan. Setelah Serangan Oemoem 1 Maret 1949, keraton yang dicurigai sebagai pusat gerilya dikepung tentara Belanda di bawah pimpinan Kolonel Van Langen dan ajudannya Kapten De Jonge dengan pasukan tank dan panser yang moncongnya mengarah ke gerbang Keben (Kemandungan Lor).

Sultan HB IX yang juga menyandang gelar Mayor Jenderal Tituler dari negeri Belanda itu menghalau dengan kata yang tegas dan penuh wibawa: "Kalau tuan-tuan ingin memperlakukan (mengobrak-abrik) Keraton seperti Kepatihan, lebih baik bunuhlah saya".

Di era awal kemerdekaan Indonesia, Sultan HB IX dengan jiwa besarnya telah menolak kedudukan Wali Negara sebagaimana yang ditawarkan Belanda. Suatu keputusan untuk 'mengasuh' Indonesia yang masih 'bayi' dengan segala risiko itu justru dipilihnya. Perannya sebagai 'Proklamator ke-2' saat Soekarno-Hatta sedang menyingkir ke Bukittinggi, menjadi bukti bahwa Sultan HB IX adalah benar-benar patriot sejati, benteng terakhir negeri ini.

Akankan pendidikan kita mampu berbuat seperti suksesnya Sultan HB
VIII dalam menyiapkan putranya menjadi seorang pemimpin besar dan
manusia berjiwa besar yang rela mempertaruhkan segala yang dimiliki
untuk kepentingan negerinya? Atau sebaliknya, kita justru akan
menjadikan anak-didik kita sebagai pialang/ broker/makelar untuk
menguras aset negara demi kepentingan pribadi dan orang asing?

Jawabnya akan ditemukan setelah kita mencermati pendidikan di sekitar kita yang rasa-rasanya lebih banyak didikte oleh pasar dan penanam modal.Meski saat ini telah banyak bertebaran sekolah bersertifikasi ISO, juga sekolah dengan kualifikasi SBI (Sekolah Bertaraf Internasional), bukan jaminan bahwa sekolah tersebut akan menghasilkan manusia berjiwa besar yang berani menghadapi tantangan zaman demi membela bangsanya.

Konsep dasar yang dipesankan barangkali memang berbeda. Sultan HB VIII berpesan pada putrandanya supaya di kemudian hari ia mampu menghadapi dan mengatasi penjajah. Apakah? pesan internasionalisasi pendidikan Indonesia sekarang apakah juga demikian? Jangan-jangan pesan itu hanya sebatas agar anak-anak kita ikut mengenyam keuntungan dari kolonialisme modern yang tengah nge-trend di masyarakat kita, alias kita mendidik mereka menjadi manusia oportunis.
Yang lebih ironis lagi, para fasilitator internasionalisasi pendidikan kita kadang over-PD, sekan-akan yang ia bawa adalah segala-galanya bagi pendidikan Indonesia. Sikapnya cenderung jumawa, jalannya tegap, dada membusung, dagu mendongak dan wajahnya menengadah seakan-akan dirinya adalah manusia klas internasional, jagat-semesta.
Bicaranya dengan bahasa Inggris logat Jawa yang di-native-native-kan. Mereka lupa bahawa di negeri aslinya sana, bukan hanya golongan orang pintar yang berbahasa Inggris, pencoleng dan orang bloon-pun juga fasih berbahasa Inggris.

Mereka tidak sadar bahwa pada dasarnya kita sedang diolah menjadi follower yang nantinya akan diperankan sebagai bangsa yang tak lebih dari underbow sang funding country.Kalau mau menjadi bangsa yang bermartabat, jangan menyediakan diri untuk dijajah. Untuk menyikapi kemajuan, aspek global dan aspek mental kepribadian harus bangun secara imbang. Sri Sultan HB VIII adalah salah satu contoh seorang bapak/pendidik yang berhasil, dan Sri Sultan HB IX adalah salah satu contoh anak didik yang cemerlang, meskipun batal menjadi Sarjana karena tugas akhirnya dirampas Belanda. Tentu buah keberhasilan pendidikan seperti itu akan membanggakan dan membahagiakan kita semua, terlebih bagi para guru.

Jangan malu untuk mengakui bahwa gelar akademis kita seakan menjadi tak bermakna dibanding pengorbanan beliau. Juga tak perlu merasa rendah diri, karena kita takut meniru kerasnya pendidikan oleh Sultan HB VIII itu. Tidak mengapa, toh derajad kita memang hanya sebagai rakyat jelata; wong pandh? galeng, pidak pedarakan, sedangkan dua Sultan tersebut adalah trahing kesuma, rembesing madu, wijiling adana tapa, yang tentu tidak akan nangis gulung koming hanya gara-gara lapar atau karena tidak disanjung orang.

( SKH Kedaulatan Rakyat Rubrik Adiluhung)

Drs Anang Prawoto, Guru SMKN 2 Depok (STM Pembangunan) Mrican

          "Ainsi va le Monde" (1790) by Mary Robinson    
May 1998
A Note on the Text of Ainsi va le Monde (1790)

 

AINSI VA LE MONDE,
A POEM.
 
INSCRIBED TO
 
ROBERT MERRY, Esq. A.M.
 
MEMBER OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF FLORENCE;
 
AND, AUTHOR OF THE LAUREL OF LIBERTY AND THE DELLA CRUSCA POEMS.
 
BY
 
LAURA MARIA.
 
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SECOND EDITION.
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LONDON:
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PRINCE OF WALES,
AT THE BRITISH LIBRARY, STRAND.
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_______________________________
AS A SMALL TRIBUTE
 
OF
 
ESTEEM AND ADMIRATION,
 
THE FOLLOWING SKETCH IS INSCRIBED
 
TO
 
ROBERT MERRY, Esq.
 
BY
 
LAURA MARIA.
 
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AINSI VA LE MONDE,
A POEM.
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O THOU, to whom superior worth's allied,

Thy Country's honour---and the Muses' pride;

Whose pen gives polish to the varying line

That blends instruction with the song divine;

Whose fancy, glancing o'er the hostile plain,

Plants a fond trophy o'er the mighty slain;*

Or to the daisied lawn directs its way,

Blithe as the songstress of returning day;

Who deign'd to rove where twinkling glow-worms lead

The tiny legions o'er the glitt'ring mead;

Whose liquid notes in sweet meand'rings flow,

Mild as the murmurs of the Bird of Woe;

Who gave to Sympathy its softest pow'r,

The charm to wing Affliction's sable hour;

Who in Italia's groves, with thrilling song,

Call'd mute attention from the minstrel throng;

Gave proud distinction to the Poet's name,

And claim'd, by modest worth, the wreath of fame---

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Accept the Verse thy magic harp inspires,

Nor scorn the Muse that kindles at its fires.

 

O, JUSTLY gifted with the Sacred Lyre,

Whose sounds can more than mortal thoughts inspire,

Whether its strings HEROIC measures move,

Or lyric numbers charm the soul to love;

Whether thy fancy "pours the varying verse"

In bow'rs of bliss, or o'er the plumed hearse;

Whether of patriot zeal, or past'ral sports,

The peace of hamlets, or the pride of courts:

Still Nature glows in ev'ry classic line---

Still Genius dictates---still the verse is thine.

 

TOO long the Muse, in ancient garb array'd,

Has pin'd neglected in oblivion's shade;

Driv'n from the sun-shine of poetic fame,

Stripp'd of each charm,--- she scarcely boasts a name:

Her voice no more can please the vapid throng,

No more loud Pæans consecrate her song,

Cold, faint, and sullen, to the grove she flies,

A faded garland veils her radiant eyes;

A with'ring laurel on her breast she bears,

Fann'd by her sighs, and spangled with her tears;

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From her each fond associate early fled,

She mourn'd a MILTON lost, a SHAKSPERE dead:

Her eye beheld a CHATTERTON oppress'd,

A famish'd OTWAY---ravish'd from her breast;

Now in their place a flutt'ring form appears,

Mocks her fall'n pow'r, and triumphs in her tears:

A flippant, senseless, aëry, thing, whose eye

Glares wanton mirth and fulsome ribaldry.

While motley mumm'ry holds her tinsel reign,

SHAKSPERE might write, and GARRICK act in vain:

True Wit recedes, when blushing Reason views

This spurious offspring of the banish'd Muse.

 

THE task be thine to check the daring hand

That leads fantastic folly o'er the land;

The task be thine with witching spells to bind

The feath'ry shadows of the fickle mind;

To strew with deathless flow'rs the dreary waste;

To pluck the weeds of vitiated taste;

To cheer with smiles the Muse's glorious toil,

And plant perfection on her native soil:

The Arts, that thro' dark centuries have pin'd,

Toil'd without fame, in sordid chains confin'd,

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Burst into light with renovated fire,

Bid Envy shrink and Ignorance expire.

No more prim KNELLER'S simp'ring beauties vie,

Or LELY'S genius droops with languid eye:

No more prepost'rous figures pain the view,

Aliens to Nature, yet to Fancy true,

The wild chimeras of capricious thought,

Deform'd in fashion, and with errors fraught;

The gothic phantoms sick'ning fade away,

And native Genius rushes into day.

 

REYNOLDS, 'tis thine with magic skill to trace

The perfect semblance of exterior grace;

Thy hand, by Nature guided, marks the line

That stamps perfection on the form divine.

What RAPHAEL boasted, and what TITIAN knew,

Immortal REYNOLDS, is excell'd by you:

'Tis thine to tint the lip with rosy die,

To paint the softness of the melting eye;

With auburn curls luxuriantly display'd,

The ivory shoulder's polish'd fall to shade;

To deck the well-turn'd arm with matchless grace,

To mark the dimpled smile on Beauty's face:

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The task is thine, with cunning hand to throw

The veil transparent on the breast of snow:

The Statesman's thought, the Infant's cherub mien,

The Poet's fire, the Matron's eye serene,

Alike with animated lustre shine

Beneath thy polish'd pencil's touch divine.

As BRITAIN'S Genius glories in thy Art,

Adores thy virtues, and reveres thy heart,

Nations unborn shall celebrate thy name,

And waft thy memory on the wings of Fame.

 

OFT when the mind, with sick'ning pangs oppress'd,

Flies to the Muse, and courts the balm of rest,

When Reason, sated with life's weary woes,

Turns to itself---and finds a blest repose,

A gen'rous pride that scorns each petty art,

That feels no envy rankling in the heart,

No mean deceit that wings its shaft at Fame,

Or gives to pamper'd Vice a pompous name;

Then, calm reflection shuns the sordid crowd,

The senseless chaos of the little proud,

Then, indignation stealing through the breast,

Spurns the pert tribe in flimsy greatness drest;

Who, to their native nothingness consign'd,

Sink in contempt,---nor leave a trace behind.

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Then Fancy paints, in visionary gloom,

The sainted shadows of the laurel'd tomb,

The Star of Virtue glist'ning on each breast,

Divine insignia of the spirit blest!

Then MILTON smiles serene, a beauteous shade,

In worth august---in lustrous fires array'd

Immortal SHAKSPERE gleams across the sight,

Rob'd in ethereal vest of radiant light.

Wing'd Ages picture to the dazzled view

Each mark'd perfection---of the sacred few,

POPE, DRYDEN, SPENSER, all that Fame shall raise,

From CHAUCER'S gloom---till MERRY'S lucid days:

Then emulation kindles fancy's fire,

The glorious throng poetic flights inspire;

Each sensate bosom feels the god-like flame,

The cherish'd harbinger of future fame.

Yet timid genius, oft in conscious ease,

Steals from the world, content the few to please:

Obscur'd in shades, the modest Muse retires,

While sparkling vapours emulate her fires.

The proud enthusiast shuns promiscuous praise,

The Idiot's smile condemns the Poet's lays.

Perfection wisely courts the lib'ral few,

The voice of kindred genius must be true.

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But empty witlings sate the public eye

With puny jest and low buffoonery,

The buzzing hornets swarm about the great,

The poor appendages of pamper'd state;

The trifling, flutt'ring, insects of a day,

Flit near the sun, and glitter in its ray;

Whose subtle fires with charms magnetic burn,

Where every servile fool may have his turn.

Lull'd in the lap of indolence, they boast

Who best can fawn---and who can flatter most;

While with a cunning arrogance they blend

Sound without sense---and wit that stabs a friend;

Slanders oblique---that check ambition's toil,

The pois'nous weeds, that mark the barren soil.

So the sweet blossoms of salubrious spring

Thro' the lone wood their spicy odours fling;

Shrink from the sun, and bow their beauteous heads

To scatter incense o'er their mossy beds,

While coarser flow'rs expand with gaudy ray,

Brave the rude wind, and mock the burning day.

 

AH! gentle Muse, from trivial follies turn,

Where Patriot souls with god-like passions burn;

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Again to MERRY dedicate the line,

So shall the envied meed of taste be thine;

So shall thy song to glorious themes aspire,

"Warm'd with a spark" of his transcendent fire.

 

THRO' all the scenes of Nature's varying plan,

Celestial Freedom warms the breast of man;

Led by her daring hand, what pow'r can bind

The boundless efforts of the lab'ring mind.

The god-like fervour, thrilling thro' the heart,

Gives new creation to each vital part;

Throbs rapture thro' each palpitating vein,

Wings the rapt thought, and warms the fertile brain;

To her the noblest attributes of Heav'n,

Ambition, valour, eloquence, are giv'n.

She binds the soldier's brow with wreaths sublime,

From her, expanding reason learns to climb,

To her the sounds of melody belong,

She wakes the raptures of the Poet's song;

'Tis god-like Freedom bids each passion live,

That truth may boast, or patriot virtue give;

From her, the Arts enlighten'd splendours own,

She guides the peasant---She adorns the throne;

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To mild Philanthropy extends her hand,

Gives Truth pre-eminence, and Worth command;

Her eye directs the path that leads to Fame,

Lights Valour's torch, and trims the glorious flame;

She scatters joy o'er Nature's endless scope,

Gives strength to Reason---extacy to Hope;

Tempers each pang Humanity can feel,

And binds presumptuous Power with nerves of steel;

Strangles each tyrant Phantom in its birth,

And knows no title---but SUPERIOR WORTH.

 

ENLIGHTEN'D Gallia! what were all your toys,

Your dazzling splendours,---your voluptuous joys?

What were your glitt'ring villas,---lofty tow'rs,

Your perfum'd chambers, and your painted bow'rs?

Did not insidious Art those gifts bestow,

To cheat the prying eye---with tinsel show?

Yes; luxury diffus'd her spells, to bind

The deep researches of the restless mind?

To lull the active soul with witching wiles,

To hide pale Slavery in a mask of smiles:

The tow'ring wings of reason to restrain,

And lead the victim in a flow'ry chain:

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Cold Superstition favour'd the deceit,

And e'en Religion lent her aid to cheat.--

When warlike Louis,* arrogant and vain,

Whom worth could never hold, or fear restrain,

The soul's last refuge in repentance sought,

An artful MAINTENON absolv'd each fault;

She who had led his worldly steps astray,

Now, "smooth'd his passage to the realms of day!"

O, monstrous hypocrite!---who vainly strove

By pious fraud, to win a people's love;

Whose coffers groan'd with reliques from the proud,

The pompous off'rings of the venal crowd.

The massy hecatombs of dire disgrace,

To purchase titles, or secure a place.---

And yet,---so sacred was the matron's fame,

Nor truth, nor virtue, dar'd assail her name;

None could approach but with obsequious breath,

To smile was TREASON,---and to speak was DEATH.

In meek and humble garb, she veil'd command,

While helpless millions, shrunk beneath her hand.

And when Ambition's idle dream was o'er,

And art could blind, and beauty charm no more;

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She, whose luxurious bosom spurn'd restraint,

Who liv'd the slave of passion,---died a saint!*

 

What were the feelings of the hapless throng,

By threats insulted, and oppress'd with wrong?

While grasping avarice, with skill profound,

Spread her fell snares, and dealt destruction round;

Each rising sun some new infringement saw,

While pride was consequence,---and pow'r was law;

A people's suff'rings hop'd redress in vain,

Subjection curb'd the tongue that dar'd complain.

Imputed guilt each virtuous victim led

Where all the fiends their direst mischiefs spread;

Where, thro' long ages past, with watchful care,

THY TYRANTS, GALLIA, nurs'd the witch DESPAIR.

Where in her black BASTILE the harpy fed

On the warm crimson drops, her fangs had shed;

Where recreant malice mock'd the suff'rer's sigh,

While regal light'nings darted from her eye.---

Where deep mysterious whispers murmur'd round,

And death stalk'd sullen o'er the treach'rous ground.

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O DAY---transcendent on the page of Fame!

When from her Heav'n insulted Freedom came;

Glancing o'er earth's wide space, her beaming eye

Mark'd the dread scene of impious slavery,

Warm'd by her breath, the vanquish'd, trembling race,

Wake from the torpid slumber of disgrace;

Roused by oppression, Man his birth-right claims,

O'er the proud battlements red vengeance flames;

Exulting thunders rend the turbid skies;---

In sulph'rous clouds the gorgeous ruin lies!---

The angel, PITY, now each cave explores,

Braves the chill damps, and fells the pond'rous doors,

Plucks from the flinty walls the clanking chains,

Where many a dreadful tale of woe remains,

Where many a sad memorial marks the hour,

That gave the rights of man to rav'nous pow'r;

Now snatch'd from death, the wond'ring wretch shall prove

The rapt'rous energies of social love;

Whose limbs each faculty denied,---whose sight

Had long resign'd all intercourse with light;

Whose wasted form the humid earth receiv'd,

Who numb'd with anguish,---scarcely felt he liv'd;

Who, when the midnight bell assail'd his ears,

From fev'rish slumbers woke---to drink his tears:

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While slow-consuming grief each sense enthrall'd,

'Till Hope expir'd, and Valour shrunk,---appall'd:

Where veil'd suspicion lurk'd in shrewd disguise,

While eager vengeance op'd her thousand eyes;

While the hir'd slave, the fiend of wrath, design'd

To lash, with scorpion scourges, human-kind,---

Dragg'd with ingenious pangs, the tardy hour,

To feed the rancour of insatiate Pow'r.

 

BLEST be the favour'd delegates of Heav'n,

To whose illustrious souls the task was giv'n

To wrench the bolts of tyranny,---and dare

The petrifying confines of despair;

With heav'n's own breeze to chear the gasping breath,

And spread broad sun-shine in the caves of death.

 

WHAT is the charm that bids mankind disdain

The Tyrant's mandate and th' Oppressor's chain;

What bids exulting Liberty impart

Ecstatic raptures to the Human Heart;

Calls forth each hidden spark of glorious fire,

Bids untaught minds to valiant feats aspire;

What gives to Freedom its supreme delight?

'Tis Emulation, Instinct, Nature, Right.

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WHEN this revolving Orb's first course began,

Heav'n stamp'd divine pre-eminence on Man;

To him it gave the intellectual mind,

Persuasive Eloquence and Truth refin'd;

Humanity to harmonize his sway,

And calm Religion to direct his way;

Courage to tempt Ambition's lofty flight,

And Conscience to illume his erring sight.

Who shall the nat'ral Rights of Man deride,

When Freedom spreads her fost'ring banners wide?

Who shall contemn the heav'n-taught zeal that throws

The balm of comfort on a Nation's woes?

That tears the veil from superstition's eye,

Bids despots tremble, scourg'd oppression die?

Wrests hidden treasure from the sordid hand,

And flings profusion o'er a famish'd land?---

Nor yet, to GALLIA are her smiles confin'd,

She opes her radiant gates to all mankind;

Sure on the peopled earth there cannot be

A foe to Liberty---that dares be free.

Who that has tasted bliss will e'er deny

The magic power of thrilling extacy?

Who that has breath'd Health's vivifying breeze,

Would tempt the dire contagion of Disease?

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Or prodigal of joy, his birth-right give

In shackled slavery---a wretch to live?

 

YET let Ambition hold a temp'rate sway,

When Virtue rules---'tis Rapture to obey;

Man can but reign his transitory hour,

And love may bind---when fear has lost its pow'r.

Proud may he be who nobly acts his part,

Who boasts the empire of each subject's heart,

Whose worth exulting millions shall approve,

Whose richest treasure---IS A NATION'S LOVE.

 

FREEDOM--- blithe Goddess of the rainbow vest, 

In dimpled smiles and radiant beauties drest,

I court thee from thy azure-spangled bed

Where Ether floats about thy winged head;

Where tip-toe pleasure swells the choral song,

While gales of odour waft the Cherub throng;

On every side the laughing loves prepare

Enamel'd wreaths to bind thy flowing hair:

For thee the light-heel'd graces fondly twine,

To clasp thy yielding waist, a zone divine!

Venus for thee her crystal altar rears,

Deck'd with fresh myrtle---gemm'd with lovers' tears;

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Apollo strikes his lyre's rebounding strings,

Responsive notes divine Cecilia sings,

The tuneful sisters prompt the heavenly choir,

Thy temple glitters with Promethean fire.

The sacred Priestess in the centre stands,

She strews the sapphire floor with flow'ry bands.

See! From her shrine electric incense rise;

Hark! "Freedom" echoes thro' the vaulted skies.

The Goddess speaks! O mark the blest decree,---

TYRANTS SHALL FALL---TRIUMPHANT MAN BE FREE!

 

FINIS.
 

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[Robinson's three notes to Ainsi va le Monde]

 

[page 1]

See the Elegy written on the plains of Fontenoy, by Mr. Merry. ["Elegy Written on the Plain of Fontenoy" included in The Poetry of the World, vol. 1, 1788].

[page 10]

Louis XIV.

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Madame de Maintenon died a perfect devotee at the Convent of St. Cyr.

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Editorial notes for Ainsi va le Monde

A Note on the Text of Ainsi va le Monde: This 1790 edition of the poem is taken from Robinson's second edition, published by John Bell (who had also published Robinson's first volume of poetry). Page numbers in brackets refer to the original pagination of this 1790 edition. In the 1806 Ainsi va le Monde, Robinson's daughter tries to distance her mother from Merry and the Della Cruscan school, omitting Robinson's lengthy prefatory dedication to him , as well as several passages in praise of his works, and adding the disclaimer "Written at the beginning of the French Revolution" at the poem's start. Also, the 1806 edition omits the last stanza on freedom, which Wollstonecraft had excerpted in her review of Ainsi va le Monde for the Analytical Review. According to Robinson's Memoirs, "In 1791 Mrs. Robinson produced her quarto poem, entitled Ainsi va le Monde. This work, containing three hundred and fifty lines, was written in twelve hours, as a reply to Mr. Merry's Laurel of Liberty, which was sent to Mrs. Robinson on a Saturday; on the Tuesday following the answer was composed and given to the public." (See editorial note on Robert Merry below.)

Robert Merry and The Laurel of Liberty: Merry was the leading figure in the "Della Cruscan" school of poetry, a highly sensuous and decorative style controversial in Britain because of its adherents' support for the French Revolution and because of its eroticism. His poem The Laurel of Liberty (1790) was an outspoken celebration of the French Revolution and the immediate inspiration for Robinson's Ainsi va le Monde; Robinson is also responding to his "Elegy Written on the Plain of Fontenoy" (published in The Poetry of the World, vol. 1, 1788). Hannah Cowley, in whose plays Robinson had acted, was another leading member of the Della Cruscan school, and she corresponded publicly with Merry (whose pen name was "Della Crusca") as "Anna Matilda" in the World periodical. It was Merry who introduced Robinson to William Godwin in 1796.

John Bell: Bell also published Robinson's first volume of poems, and in 1794 became a war correspondent with the British Army in Flanders (see Hoagwood and Jackson, Introduction to Sappho and Phaon, 4,11).

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          "Ainsi va le Monde" (1806) by Mary Robinson    
May 1998
A note on the text of Ainsi va le Monde (1806)

 

AINSI VA LE MONDE.
INSCRIBED TO A FRIEND.

Written at the beginning of the French Revolution.

 

O THOU, to whom superior worth's allied,

Thy Country's honour---and the Muses' pride;

Whose pen gives polish to the varying line

That blends instruction with the song divine;

Whose fancy, glancing o'er the hostile plain,

Plants a fond trophy o'er the mighty slain;*

Or to the daisied lawn directs its way,

Blithe as the songstress of returning day;

Who deign'd to rove where twinkling glow-worms lead

The tiny legions o'er the glitt'ring mead;

Whose liquid notes in sweet meand'rings flow,

Mild as the murmurs of the Bird of Woe;

Who gave to Sympathy its softest pow'r,

The charm to wing Affliction's sable hour;

Who in Italia's groves, with thrilling song,

Call'd mute attention from the minstrel throng;

Gave proud distinction to the Poet's name,

And claim'd, by modest worth, the wreath of fame---

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Accept the Verse thy magic harp inspires,

Nor scorn the Muse that kindles at its fires.

 

O, justly gifted with the Sacred Lyre,

Whose sounds can more than mortal thoughts inspire,

Whether its strings HEROIC measures move,

Or lyric numbers charm the soul to love;

Whether thy fancy "pours the varying verse"

In bow'rs of bliss, or o'er the plumed hearse;

Whether of patriot zeal, or past'ral sports,

The peace of hamlets, or the pride of courts:

Still Nature glows in ev'ry classic line---

Still Genius dictates---still the verse is thine.

 

Too long the Muse, in ancient garb array'd,

Has pin'd neglected in oblivion's shade;

Driv'n from the sun-shine of poetic fame,

Stripp'd of each charm, she scarcely boasts a name:

Her voice no more can please the vapid throng;

No more loud Pæans consecrate her song,

Cold, faint, and sullen, to the grove she flies,

A faded garland veils her radiant eyes:

A with'ring laurel on her breast she wears,

Fann'd by her sighs, and spangled with her tears:

From her each fond associate early fled,

She mourn'd a MILTON lost, a SHAKSPERE dead:

Her eye beheld a CHATTERTON oppress'd,

A famish'd OTWAY---ravish'd from her breast;

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Now in their place a flutt'ring form appears,

Mocks her fall'n pow'r, and triumphs in her tears:

A flippant, senseless, aëry thing, whose eye

Glares wanton mirth, and low-soul'd ribaldry.

While motley mumm'ry holds her tinsel reign,

SHAKSPERE might write, and GARRICK act in vain:

True Wit recedes, when blushing Reason views

This spurious offspring of the banish'd Muse.

 

The task be thine to check the daring hand

That leads fantastic folly o'er the land;

The task be thine with witching spells to bind

The feath'ry shadows of the fickle mind;

To strew with deathless flow'rs the dreary waste;

To pluck the weeds of vitiated taste;

To cheer with smiles the Muse's glorious toil,

And plant perfection on her native soil:

The Arts, that thro' dark centuries have pin'd,

Toil'd without fame, in sordid chains confin'd,

Burst into light with renovated fire,

Bid Envy shrink, and Ignorance expire.

No more prim KNELLER'S simp'ring beauties vie,

Or LELY'S genius droops with languid eye:

No more prepost'rous figures pain the view,

Aliens to Nature, yet to Fancy true,

The wild chimeras of capricious thought,

Deform'd in fashion, and with errors fraught:

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The Gothic phantoms sick'ning fade away,

And native Genius rushes into day.

 

REYNOLDS, 'twas thine with magic skill to trace

The perfect semblance of exterior grace;

Thy hand, by Nature guided, marks the line

That stamps perfection on the form divine.

'Tis thine to tint the lip with rosy die,

To paint the softness of the melting eye;

With auburn curls luxuriantly display'd,

The ivory shoulder's polish'd fall to shade;

To deck the well-turn'd arm with matchless grace,

To mark the dimpled smile on Beauty's face:

The task is thine, with cunning hand to throw

The veil transparent on the breast of snow:

The Statesman's thought, the Infant's cherub mien,

The Poet's fire, the Matron's eye serene,

Alike with animated lustre shine

Beneath thy polish'd pencil's touch divine.

As BRITAIN'S Genius glories in thy Art,

Adores thy virtues, and reveres thy heart,

Nations unborn shall celebrate thy name,

And waft thy memory on the wings of Fame.

 

Oft when the mind, with sick'ning pangs oppress'd,

Flies to the Muse, and courts the balm of rest,

When Reason, sated with life's weary woes,

Turns to itself---and finds a blest repose,

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A gen'rous pride that scorns each petty art,

That feels no envy rankling in the heart,

No mean deceit that wings its shaft at Fame,

Or gives to pamper'd Vice a pompous Name;

Then, calm reflection shuns the sordid crowd,

The senseless chaos of the little proud,

Then, indignation, stealing through the breast,

Spurns the pert tribe in flimsy greatness drest;

Who, to their native nothingness consign'd,

Sink in contempt---nor leave a trace behind.

Then Fancy paints, in visionary gloom,

The sainted shadows of the laurel'd tomb,

The Star of Virtue glist'ning on each breast,

Divine insignia of the spirit blest!

Then MILTON smiles serene, a beauteous shade,

In worth august---in lustrous fires array'd:

Immortal SHAKSPERE gleams across the sight,

Rob'd in ethereal vest of radiant light.

Wing'd Ages picture to the dazzled view

Each mark'd perfection---of the sacred few,

POPE, DRYDEN, SPENSER, all that Fame shall raise,

From CHAUCER'S gloom---till these enlighten'd days:

Then emulation kindles fancy's fire,

The glorious throng poetic flights inspire;

Each sensate bosom feels the god-like flame,

The cherish'd harbinger of future fame.

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Yet timid genius, oft in conscious ease,

Steals from the world, content the few to please:

Obscur'd in shades, the modest Muse retires,

While sparkling vapours emulate her fires.

The proud enthusiast shuns promiscuous praise,

The Idiot's smile condemns the Poet's lays.

Perfection wisely courts the lib'ral few,

The voice of kindred genius must be true.

 

But empty witlings sate the public eye

With puny jest and low buffoonery,

The buzzing hornets swarm about the great,

The poor appendages of pamper'd state;

The trifling, flutt'ring insects of a day

Flit near the sun, and glitter in its ray;

Whose subtle fires with charms magnetic burn,

Where every abject fool may have his turn.

Lull'd in the lap of indolence, they boast

Who best can fawn---and who can flatter most;

Who with obsequious smiles mislead the mind,

And prove most mischievous, by seeming kind;

Pour on the Ear soft adulation's sound,

And give to infamy the fame they wound;

While with a cunning arrogance they blend

Sound without sense---and wit that stabs a friend;

Slanders oblique---that check ambition's toil,

The pois'nous weeds, that mark the barren soil.

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So the sweet blossoms of salubrious spring

Thro' the lone wood their spicy odours fling;

Shrink from the sun, and bow their beauteous heads

To scatter incense o'er their native beds,

While coarser flow'rs expand with gaudy ray,

Brave the rude wind, and mock the burning day.

 

Ah! gentle muse, from trivial follies turn,

Where Patriot souls with god-like passions burn;

So shall thy song to glorious themes aspire,

Rapt in the wonders of the Poet's lyre.

 

Thro' all the scenes of Nature's varying plan,

Celestial Freedom warms the breast of man;

Led by her daring hand, what power can bind

The boundless efforts of the lab'ring mind.

The god-like fervour, thrilling thro' the heart,

Gives new creation to each vital part;

Throbs rapture thro' each palpitating vein,

Wings the wild thought, and warms the fertile brain.

To her the noblest attributes of Heav'n,

Ambition, valour, eloquence, are giv'n.

She binds the soldier's brow with wreaths sublime,

From her, expanding reason learns to climb.

To her the sounds of melody belong,

She wakes the raptures of the Poet's song;

'Tis god-like FREEDOM bids each passion live,

That truth may boast, or patriot virtue give.

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From her, the Arts enlighten'd splendours own,

She guides the peasant---She adorns the throne;

To mild Philanthropy extends her hand,

Gives Truth pre-eminence, and Worth command;

Her eye directs the path that leads to Fame,

Lights Valour's torch, and trims the glorious flame;

She scatters joy o'er Nature's endless scope,

Gives strength to Reason---ecstasy to Hope;

Tempers each pang Humanity can feel,

And binds presumptuous Power with nerves of steel;

Strangles each tyrant Phantom in its birth,

And knows no title---but SUPERIOR WORTH.

 

Enlighten'd Gallia! what were all your toys,

Your dazzling splendours---your voluptuous joys?

What were your glitt'ring villas---lofty tow'rs,

Your perfum'd chambers, and your painted bow'rs?

Did not insidious Art those gifts bestow,

To cheat the prying eye---with tinsel show?

Yes; luxury diffus'd her spells to bind

The deep researches of the restless mind;

To lull the active soul with witching wiles,

To hide pale Slavery in a mask of smiles;

The tow'ring wings of reason to restrain,

And lead the victim in a flow'ry chain.

When warlike LOUIS,* arrogant and vain,

Whom worth could never hold, or fear restrain,

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The soul's last refuge in repentance sought,

The artful MAINTENON absolv'd each fault;

She who had led his worldly steps astray

Now, "smooth'd his passage to the realms of day!"

O, monstrous hypocrite!---who vainly strove

By pious fraud to win a people's love;

Whose coffers groan'd with reliques from the proud,

The pompous offsprings of the venal croud,

And yet---so sacred was the matron's fame,

Nor truth, nor virtue, dar'd assail her name;

None could approach but with obsequious breath,

To speak was TREASON---and to murmur DEATH.

In meek and humble garb, she veil'd command,

While helpless millions shrunk beneath her hand.

And when Ambition's idle dream was o'er,

And art could blind, and beauty charm no more;

She, whose luxurious bosom spurn'd restraint,

Who lived the slave of passion---died A SAINT!*

 

What were the feelings of the hapless throng,

By threats insulted, and oppress'd with wrong?

While grasping avarice, with skill profound,

Spread her fell snares, and dealt destruction round;

Each rising sun some new infringement saw,

While pride was consequence---and pow'r was law;

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A people's suff'rings hop'd redress in vain,

Subjection curb'd the tongue that dar'd complain.

Imputed guilt each virtuous victim led

Where all the fiends their direst mischiefs spread;

Where, thro' long ages past, with watchful care,

THY TYRANTS, GALLIA, nurs'd the witch DESPAIR.

Where in her black BASTILE the harpy fed

On the warm crimson drops her fangs had shed;

Where recreant malice mock'd the suff'rer's sigh,

While regal lightnings darted from her eye.---

Where deep mysterious whispers murmur'd round,

And death stalk'd sullen o'er the treach'rous ground.

 

O DAY---transcendent on the page of Fame!

When from her Heav'n insulted Freedom came;

Glancing o'er earth's wide space, her beaming eye

Mark'd the dread scene of impious slavery;

Warm'd by her breath, the vanquish'd, trembling race,

Wake from the torpid slumber of disgrace;

Rous'd by oppression, Man his birth-right claims,

O'er the proud battlements red vengeance flames;

Exulting thunders rend the turbid skies;---

In sulph'rous clouds the gorgeous ruin lies!---

The angel PITY now each cave explores,

Braves the chill damps, and fells the pond'rous doors,

Tears from the flinty walls the clanking chains,

Where many a dreadful tale of woe remains,

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Where many a sad memorial marks the hour,

That gave the rights of man to rav'nous pow'r,

Now, snatch'd from death, the wond'ring wretch shall prove

The rapturous energies of social love;

Whose limbs each faculty denied---whose sight

Had long resign'd all intercourse with light;

Whose wasted form the humid earth receiv'd,

Who, numb'd with anguish---scarcely felt he liv'd;

Who, when the midnight bell assail'd his ears,

From fev'rish slumbers woke---to shed new tears:

While slow-consuming grief each sense enthrall'd,

'Till Hope expir'd, and Valour shrunk---appall'd:

Where veil'd suspicion lurked in shrewd disguise,

While eager vengeance op'd her thousand eyes;

While the hir'd slave, the fiend of wrath, design'd

To lash, with scorpion-scourges, human-kind---

Dragg'd with ingenious pangs the tardy hour,

To feed the rancour of insatiate Pow'r.

 

Blest be the favour'd delegates of Heav'n,

To whose illustrious souls the task was giv'n

To wrench the bolts of tyranny---and dare

The petrifying confines of despair;

With Heav'n's own breeze to cheer the gasping breath,

And spread broad sun-shine in the caves of death.

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What is the charm that bids mankind disdain

The Tyrant's mandate, and th' Oppressor's chain;

What bids exulting Liberty impart

Ecstatic raptures to the Human Heart;

Calls forth each hidden spark of glorious fire,

Bids untaught minds to valiant feats aspire;

What gives to Freedom its supreme delight?

'Tis Emulation, Instinct, Nature, RIGHT!

 

When this revolving Orb's first course began,

Heav'n stamp'd divine pre-eminence on man;

To him it gave the intellectual mind,

Persuasive Eloquence and Truth refin'd;

Humanity to harmonize his sway,

And calm Religion to direct his way;

Courage to tempt Ambition's lofty flight,

And conscience to illume his erring sight.

Who shall the natural Rights of Man deride,

When Freedom spreads her fost'ring banners wide?

Who shall contemn the heav'n-taught zeal that throws

The balm of comfort on a Nation's woes?

That tears the veil from superstition's eye,

Bids despots tremble, and oppression die?

Wrests hidden treasure from the sordid hand,

And flings profusion o'er a famish'd land?---

Nor yet, to GALLIA are her smiles confin'd,

She opes her radiant gates to all mankind;

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Sure on the peopled earth there cannot be

A foe to Liberty---that dares be free?

Who that has tasted bliss will e'er deny

The magic power of thrilling ecstasy?

Who that has breath'd Health's vivifying breeze,

Would tempt the dire contagion of Disease?

Or, prodigal of joy, his birth-right give

In shackled slavery---a wretch to live?

 

Yet let Ambition hold a temp'rate sway,

When Virtue rules---'tis Rapture to obey;

Man can but reign his transitory hour,

And love may bind---when fear has lost its pow'r.

Proud may he be who nobly acts his part,

Who boasts the empire of each subject's heart,

Whose worth exulting millions shall approve,

Whose richest treasure---IS A NATION'S LOVE.

 

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[Robinson's three notes to Ainsi va le Monde]

 

[page 15]

See the Elegy written on the plains of Fontenoy, by Mr. Merry. ["Elegy Written on the Plain of Fontenoy" published in The Poetry of the World, vol. 1, 1788].

[page 22]

Louis XIV.

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Madame de Maintenon died a perfect devotee at the Convent of St. Cyr.

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Editorial notes for Ainsi va le Monde

A Note on the Text of Ainsi va le Monde: This 1806 edition of the poem is taken from Robinson's posthumous volume, edited by her daughter: The Poetical Works of the Late Mrs. Mary Robinson. 3 Vols. London: Richard Phillips, 1806; London: Routledge/Thoemmes Press, 1996. Facsimile Reprint edition. Vol. 1. pp. 15-27. Page numbers in brackets refer to the original pagination of the 1806 edition. In the 1806 Ainsi va le Monde, Robinson's daughter tries to distance her mother from Merry and the Della Cruscan school, omitting Robinson's lengthy prefatory dedication to him , as well as several passages in praise of his works, and adding the disclaimer "Written at the beginning of the French Revolution" at the poem's start. Also, the 1806 edition omits the last stanza on freedom, which Wollstonecraft had excerpted in her review of Ainsi va le Monde for the Analytical Review. (See editorial note on Robert Merry (FRIEND) below.)

FRIEND: The 1790 edition of Ainsi va le Monde specifically dedicates the poem to Robinson's friend and fellow republican Robert Merry. Merry was the leading figure in the "Della Cruscan" school of poetry, a highly sensuous and decorative style controversial in Britain because of its adherents' support for the French Revolution and because of its eroticism. His poem The Laurel of Liberty (1790) was an outspoken celebration of the French Revolution and the immediate inspiration for Robinson's Ainsi va le Monde; Robinson is also responding to his "Elegy Written on the Plain of Fontenoy" (included in The Poetry of the World, vol. 1, 1788). Hannah Cowley, in whose plays Robinson had acted, was another leading member of the Della Cruscan school, and she corresponded publicly with Merry (whose pen name was "Della Crusca") as "Anna Matilda" in the World periodical. It was Merry who introduced Robinson to William Godwin in 1796. On the Della Cruscans, see McGann, "The Literal World of the Della Cruscans" in The Poetics of Sensibility.

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          4 Hal Ini Bikin Relasi AS dan China Merenggang?   

Dalam kurun seminggu terakhir, pemerintah Amerika Serikat nampak memandang China sebagai negara yang 'kurang disukai'. Dan, lewat sejumlah keputusan dan kebijakan luar negeri yang dilakukan, relasi kedua negara kini diduga merenggang.

Padahal, pada April 2017, pemimpin kedua negara --saat pertemuan resmi-- nampak seperti sekutu dekat. Presiden Donald Trump bahkan menjamu Presiden China Xi Jinping di resor mewah pribadinya, di Mar-a-Lago, Florida.

Hasil pertemuan itu bahkan mengejutkan dunia. Sesuai permintaan Presiden Trump, Presiden Xi berjanji bahwa China akan berkontribusi lebih banyak untuk membantu AS dalam isu Korea Utara.

Sebagai balasan, presiden ke-45 AS itu berjanji akan memberikan kelonggaran terhadap Tiongkok untuk sejumlah isu, misalnya seperti situasi di Laut China Selatan.

Pasca-pertemuan di Mar-a-Lago, Presiden Trump bahkan sempat menyebut koleganya dari Negeri Tirai Bambu itu sebagai, "orang hebat, aku bahkan memiliki relasi yang baik dengannya."

Namun kini, setelah munculnya sejumlah keputusan dan kebijakan luar negeri dari kedua negara pada seminggu terakhir di penghujung Juni 2017, hubungan harmonis AS - China perlahan merenggang.

Berikut, 4 penyebab yang diduga sebagai tonggak kerenggangan relasi Negeri Paman Sam - Negeri Tirai Bambu dalam kurun seminggu terakhir, seperti yang diragkum oleh Liputan6.com dari berbagai sumber (30/6/2017).

 

Saksikan juga video berikut ini

Washington, DC menjatuhkan sanksi dan pemutusan hubungan terhadap sejumlah entitas asal China. Sanksi itu diberikan oleh Kementerian Keuangan AS terhadap Bank of Dandong, sebuah perusahaan, dan dua individu pegiat finansial asal China.

Penjatuhan sanksi yang dilakukan Kemenkeu AS itu juga menandai kali pertama bagi Negeri Paman Sam untuk menerapkan wewenangnya --yang dilandasi US Patriot Act 2001-- pada entitas perbankan China.

Kemenkeu AS mengklaim bahwa entitas asal China itu bertindak sebagai "pipa penghubung" untuk mendukung aktivitas finansial Korea Utara yang diduga ilegal dan melanggar hukum. Demikian seperti yang dikutip dari CNN, 30 Juni 2017.

Kementerian yang dipimpin oleh Menteri Steven Mnuchin itu juga menilai sejumlah firma keuangan asal Korea Utara memanfaatkan "kedekatan" Bank Dandong dengan beberapa entitas bisnis asal AS guna memperoleh akses finansial alternatif dari Negeri Paman Sam. Bagi Washington, latar belakang itu cukup menjadi justifikasi pemerintah untuk menjatuhkan sanksi finansial.

"Firma atau entitas asal China (yang menjalin hubungan dengan Korut) juga tidak akan mendapatkan akses kepada lembaga finansial AS, baik secara 'langsung maupun tidak langsung'," tambah Mnuchin.

Akan tetapi, Kemenkeu AS berargumen bahwa sasaran sanksi yang sebenarnya bukan ditujukan kepada China, tetapi lebih kepada Korea Utara.

"Sanksi itu tidak ditujukan untuk China," jelas Menteri Mnuchin.

Pada kesempatan yang berbeda, penasihat keamanan nasional AS, H.R. McMaster, turut mengamini penjelasan Mnuchin.

"Sanksi itu bukanlah aksi untuk menekan China. Tindakan itu merupakan upaya kami untuk meminta China agar mampu lebih berkontribusi dalam masalah (Korea Utara) tersebut," kata McMaster.

Pakar politik juga memiliki penilaian serupa, bahwa sanksi Kemenkeu AS terhadap Bank Dandong merupakan upaya "penyampaian pesan" yang dilakukan Washington kepada Beijing agar dapat bertindak tegas terhadap Pyongyang.

"Pesan yang ingin disampaikan AS kepada China adalah, 'Hey, kami berusaha untuk menjalin kerja sama dengan kalian untuk masalah (Korea Utara) tersebut, tapi kalian harus melakukan upaya yang lebih maksimal," ucap Anthony Ruggiero, analis dari Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

 

Seusai pertemuan antara Presiden Trump dengan Presiden China Xi Jinping pada April 2017, Gedung Putih telah berkali-kali mengingatkan Tiongkok untuk semakin menguatkan tekanan ekonomi dan diplomatik terhadap Korea Utara.

Pasca-pertemuan itu, China telah menerapkan sejumlah kebijakan 'tegas' terhadap Korut. Seperti, menolak impor batu bara Pyongyang serta --diduga-- menghentikan ekspor suplai bahan bakar ke negara yang dipimpin oleh Kim Jong-un itu. Demikian seperti yang dikutip dari BBC, Kamis 27 April 2017.

Bahkan, media pemerintah China - Korut sempat mengalami peningkatan tensi, situasi yang jarang terjadi dalam riwayat kedua negara. Peningkatan tensi disebabkan imbauan Tiongkok terhadap Korea Utara terkait isu nuklir.

Akan tetapi, Presiden Donald Trump terus mendesak China agar semakin menambah tekanan ekonomi dan diplomatik terhadap Korea Utara. Karena, bagi Trump, Beijing belum melakukan tindakan yang efektif untuk menghentikan program nuklir Pyongyang, yang hingga kini masih berlanjut.

Namun, Beijing berdalih bahwa pengaruhnya ke Pyongyang amatlah terbatas.

Sebagian besar pihak juga menilai bahwa upaya AS untuk "menegaskan posisinya terhadap Korea Utara" melalui China, akan terus mengalami stagnasi. Bahkan kini, Presiden Trump pun mulai "menyerah" untuk meminta bantuan China terkait isu Korea Utara.

"Saya harap China dapat membantu kami untuk membuat Korea Utara lebih segan terhadap AS. Namun tampaknya, upaya mereka (China) tidak berhasil," ujar Presiden Trump lewat akun Twitter-nya, @realDonaldTrump, pada Juni 2017.

 

Amerika Serikat berencana menjual peralatan militer senilai US$ 1,42 miliar atau setara Rp 18,9 triliun kepada Pemerintah Taiwan.

Keterangan mengenai rencana penjualan ini disampaikan oleh Juru Bicara Departemen Luar Negeri AS, Heather Nauert. Penawaran tertuang dalam tujuh buah proposal penjualan.

"Jadi saat ini harganya sudah sampai US$ 1,42 juta," sebut Naubert seperti dikutip dari The Star, Kamis 30 Juni 2017.

Tidak cuma alutsista yang dijual AS ke Taiwan. Beberapa paket penjualan ini termasuk di dalamnya bantuan teknik untuk sistem radar, misil kecepatan tinggi anti-radiasi, terpedo, dan komponen rudal.

Penjualan tersebut dijelaskan Naubert merupakan bentuk dukungan AS terhadap pemeliharaan kapabilitas pertahanan Taiwan. Kementerian Pertahanan Taiwan juga mengatakan bahwa senjata baru itu ditujukkan untuk memperkuat keamanan udara dan laut serta sistem kewaspadaan domestik.

Sebelum AS benar-benar menjual senjata ke Taiwan, mereka harus menunggu persetujuan Kongres. Pembahasan permintaan penjualan itu, saat sudah masuk dalam sesi pembahasan kongres.

Penjualan senjata ke Taiwan merupakan yang pertama sejak Presiden Donald Trump berkuasa. Rencana AS itu membuat marah China.

"China memprotes keras tindakan AS (menjual senjata ke Taiwan). Itu jelas melanggar kebijakan 'One China'. Kami akan segera merespons tindakan tersebut," kata Duta Besar China untuk AS Cui Tiankai, seperti yang diwartakan oleh media pemerintah Tiongkok, People's Daily.

Terkait, datang protes dari China, Naubert mengimbau agar Beijing tak perlu khawatir. Sebab, terkait perseteruan kedua negara, sikap AS tetap konsisten dari awal.

"Tidak ada peluang bagi kami untuk merubah kebijakan 'One China'. Kami mengakui Beijing bukan Taipei," sebut dia.

Pakar menilai bahwa transaksi tersebut, mungkin disebabkan atas 'kekecewaan' AS terhadap China yang minim berkontribusi untuk menekan Korea Utara agar menghentikan program rudal nuklirnya. Dan, kebijakan Washington, DC, mungkin saja akan memprovokasi Beijing.

"Sebagian pihak menilai bahwa perdagangan itu dipicu relasi AS - China terkait isu Korea Utara, dan penjualan senjata ke Taiwan dianggap oleh AS mampu meningkatkan 'taji' mereka di hadapan Tiongkok. Saya sendiri tidak melihatnya sebagai bentuk provokasi. Namun, jika kebijakan itu dihubungkan dengan kebijakan lain, salah satunya sanksi terhadap bank China, kemungkinan (provokasi) dapat menjadi pertimbangan," jelas Profesor Zhang Baohui, pakar politik dari Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

Bukan pertama kali AS menjual senjata ke Taiwan. Hal ini dilakukan pertama kali pada Desember 2015 di saat Barack Obama masih memerintah.

Ketika itu, AS menjual alutsista seharga US$ 1,83 miliar. Penjualan tersebut termasuk dua kapal frigate dan kendaraan amphibi. Langkah tersebut juga mengundang kecaman keras dari China.

Kementerian Luar Negeri Amerika Serikat merilis hasil kajian tahunan yang membahas isu perdagangan manusia di dunia. Rilis itu mengkaji tentang negara yang diklaim oleh AS memiliki aktivitas perdagangan manusia terburuk di mancanegara.

Rilis tahunan itu bernama 'Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) 2017, US State Department'. Sejumlah negara yang masuk dalam kategori kualitas terburuk menurut rilis tersebut di antaranya meliputi China, Rusia, Suriah, dan Iran. Demikian seperti yang turut diwartakan oleh CNN, Rabu 28 Juni 2017.

Menurut laporan TIP, "China tidak memenuhi ketentuan standar minimum maupun melakukan upaya yang signifikan untuk menghapuskan fenomena perdagangan manusia. Maka, negara itu yang semula berada di Tier 2, diturunkan menjadi Tier 3, tingkatan terendah."

Berdasarkan laporan TIP 2017, China dan sejumlah warga negaranya, terlibat dalam aktivitas seputar perdagangan manusia dan perbudakan moderen. Aktivitas itu meliputi, jual-beli manusia (anak, perempuan, dan laki-laki), tenaga kerja paksa, perdagangan dan eksploitasi manusia untuk kepentingan seksual, serta sistem kerja paksa yang disponsori pemerintah.

Saat memberikan pidato ulasan terkait TIP pada Selasa 28 Juni 2017 di Washington DC, Menteri Luar Negeri Rex Tillerson menilai bahwa China tidak melakukan upaya serius untuk menghentikan trafficking.

"China masuk ke Tier 3 karena tidak mengambil langkah serius untuk menghapus perdagangan manusia. Termasuk, isu pekerja paksa Korea Utara yang berada di Tiongkok," ujar Menlu Tillerson.

Menurut laporan TIP, "China tidak memenuhi ketentuan standar minimum maupun melakukan upaya yang signifikan untuk menghapuskan fenomena perdagangan manusia. Maka, negara itu yang semula berada di Tier 2, diturunkan menjadi Tier 3, tingkatan terendah."

Berdasarkan laporan TIP 2017, China dan sejumlah warga negaranya, terlibat dalam aktivitas seputar perdagangan manusia dan perbudakan moderen. Aktivitas itu meliputi, jual-beli manusia (anak, perempuan, dan laki-laki), tenaga kerja paksa, perdagangan dan eksploitasi manusia untuk kepentingan seksual, serta sistem kerja paksa yang disponsori pemerintah.

Saat memberikan pidato ulasan terkait TIP pada Selasa 28 Juni 2017 di Washington DC, Menteri Luar Negeri Rex Tillerson menilai bahwa China tidak melakukan upaya serius untuk menghentikan trafficking.

"China masuk ke Tier 3 karena tidak mengambil langkah serius untuk menghapus perdagangan manusia. Termasuk, isu pekerja paksa Korea Utara yang berada di Tiongkok," ujar Menlu Tillerson.

Sementara itu, pihak Kemlu China merespons TIP. Meski menolak hasil kajian Kemlu AS, namun pemerintah Tiongkok tetap bertekad untuk menghapuskan perdagangan manusia.

"Kami menolak penilaian AS terhadap negara lain yang dibuat berdasarkan pertimbangan hukum domestik mereka. Akan tetapi, kami bertekad untuk melawan trafficking dan bekerjasama dengan negara lain untuk isu tersebut," jelas juru bicara Kemlu China, Lu Kang.


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7th Pay Commission allowances approved by Cabinet – Official press release of Govt

7th Pay Commission allowances approved by Cabinet – Official press release of Govt – 7th Pay Commission HRA at 30% 20% and 10% for pay level 1 to 3 – For remaining level HRA @ 24% 16% and 8% – After DA crosses 25% HRA will be at 27%, 18% and 9% for X, Y and Z Cites respectively

Cabinet approves recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowances

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowances with some modifications. The revised rates of the allowances shall come into effect from 1st July, 2017 and shall affect more than 48 lakh central government employees.

While approving the recommendations of the 7th CPC on 29th June, 2016, the Cabinet had decided to set up the Committee on Allowances (CoA) in view of substantial changes in the existing provisions and a number of representations received. The modifications are based on suggestions made by the CoA in its Report submitted to Finance Minister on 27thApril, 2017 and the Empowered Committee of Secretaries set up to screen the recommendations of 7th CPC.

7th CPC recommendations on Allowances
The 7th CPC had adopted a three-pronged approach in examining a total of 197 allowances which involved an assessment of the need for continuation of each allowance, appropriateness of the set of people covered by the allowance and rationalisation which involved clubbing of allowances with similar objectives. Based on the examination on these lines, the 7th CPC recommended that 53 allowances be abolished and 37 be subsumed in an existing or a newly proposed allowance.
For most of the allowances that were retained, the 7th CPC recommended a raise commensurate with inflation as reflected in the rates of Dearness Allowance (DA). Accordingly, fully DA-indexed allowances such as Transport Allowance were not given any raise. Allowances not indexed to DA were raised by a factor of 2.25 and the partially indexed ones by a factor of 1.5. The quantum of allowances paid as a percentage of pay was rationalised by a factor of 0.8.
A new paradigm has been evolved to administer the allowances linked to risk and hardship. The myriad allowances, their categories and sub–categories pertaining to  civilians employees, CAPF and defence personnel have been fitted into a table called the Risk and Hardship Matrix (R&H Matrix). The Matrix has nine cells denoting varying degrees of risk and hardship with one extra cell at the top named as RH – Max to include Siachen Allowance. Multiple rates applicable to individual allowances will be replaced by two slab rates for every cell of the R&H Matrix.
Modifications approved by the Cabinet
The modifications approved today were finalised by the E-CoS based on the recommendations of the CoA. The CoA had undertaken extensive stakeholder consultations before finalising its recommendations. It had interacted with Joint Consultative Machinery (Staff side) and representatives from various staff associations. Most of the modifications are on account of continuing requirement of some of the existing arrangements, administrative exigencies and to further the rationalization of the allowances structure.
Financial Implications
The modifications approved by the Government in the recommendations of the 7th CPC on allowances will lead to a modest increase of ₹1448.23 crore per annum over the projections made by the 7th CPC. The 7th CPC, in its Report, had projected the additional financial implication on allowances at ₹29,300 crore per annum. The combined additional financial implication on account of the 7th CPC recommendations along with the modifications approved by the Cabinet is estimated at ₹30748.23 crore per annum.
Highlights of Cabinet approval on Allowances
1.        Number of allowances recommended to be abolished and subsumed:
Government has decided not to abolish 12 of the 53 allowances which were recommended to be abolished by the 7th CPC. The decision to retain these allowances has been taken keeping in view the specific functional requirements of Railways, Posts and Scientific Departments such as Space and Atomic Energy. It has also been decided that 3 of the 37 allowances recommended to be subsumed by the 7th CPC will continue as separate identities. This has been done on account of the unique nature of these allowances. The rates of these allowances have also been enhanced as per the formula adopted by the 7th CPC. This will benefit over one lakh employees belonging to specific categories in Railways, Posts, Defence and Scientific Departments.
2.        House Rent Allowance
HRA is currently paid @ 30% for X (population of 50 lakh & above), 20% for Y (5 to 50 lakh) and 10% for Z (below 5 lakh) category of cities. 7th CPC has recommended reduction in the existing rates to 24% for X, 16% for Y and 8% for Z category of cities. As the HRA at the reduced rates may not be sufficient for employees falling in lower pay bracket, it has been decided that HRA shall not be less than ₹5400, ₹3600 and ₹1800 for X, Y and Z category of cities respectively. This floor rate has been calculated @ 30%, 20% and 10% of the minimum pay of ₹18000. This will benefit more than 7.5 lakh employees belonging to Levels 1 to 3.
7th CPC had also recommended that HRA rates will be revised upwards in two phases to 27%, 18% and 9% when DA crosses 50% and to 30%, 20% and 10% when DA crosses 100%. Keeping in view the current inflation trends, the Government has decided that these rates will be revised upwards when DA crosses 25% and 50% respectively. This will benefit all employees who do not reside in government accommodation and get HRA.
3.        Siachen Allowance
7th CPC had placed Siachen Allowance in the RH-Max cell of the R&H Matrix with two slabs of ₹21,000 and ₹31,500. Recognizing the extreme nature of risk and hardship faced by officers / PBORs on continuous basis in Siachen, the Government has decided to further enhance the rates of Siachen Allowance which will now go up from the existing rate from ₹14,000 to ₹30,000 per month for Jawans & JCOs (Level 8 and below) and from ₹21,000 to ₹42,500 per month for Officers (Level 9 and above). With this enhancement, Siachen Allowance will become more than twice the existing rates. It will benefit all the soldiers and officers of Indian Army who are posted in Siachen.
4.        Dress Allowance
At present, various types of allowances are paid for provisioning and maintenance of uniforms/outfits such as Washing Allowance, Uniform Allowance, Kit Maintenance Allowance, Outfit Allowance etc. These have been rationalised and subsumed in newly proposed Dress Allowance to be paid annually in four slabs @ ₹5000, ₹10,000, ₹15,000 and ₹20,000 per annum for various category of employees. This allowance will continue to be paid to Nurses on a monthly basis in view of high maintenance and hygiene requirements. Government has decided to pay higher rate of Dress Allowance to SPG personnel keeping in view the existing rates of Uniform Allowance paid to them (which is higher than the rates recommended by the 7th CPC) as also their specific requirements. The rates for specific clothing for different categories of employees will be governed separately.
5.        Tough Location Allowance
Some allowances based on geographical location such as Special Compensatory (Remote Locality) Allowance (SCRLA), Sunderban Allowance & Tribal Area Allowance have been subsumed in Tough Location Allowance. The areas under TLA have been classified into three categories and the rates will be governed as per different cells of R&H Matrix and will be in the range of ₹1000 – ₹5300 per month. The 7th CPC had recommended that TLA will not be admissible with Special Duty Allowance (SDA) payable in North-East, Ladakh and the Islands. Government has decided that employees will be given the option to avail of the benefit of SCRLA at pre-revised rates along with SDA at revised rates.
6.    Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to all employees:
(i)    Rate of Children Education Allowance (CEA) has been increased from ₹1500 per month / child (max. 2) to ₹2250 per month / child (max.2). Hostel Subsidy will also go up from ₹4500 per month to ₹6750 per month.
(ii)   Existing rates of Special Allowance for Child Care for Women with Disabilities has been doubled from ₹1500 per month to ₹3000 per month.
(iii)   Higher Qualification Incentive for Civilians has been increased from ₹2000 – ₹10000 (Grant) to ₹10000 – ₹30000 (Grant).
7.   Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to         Uniformed Services: Defence, CAPFs, Police, Indian Coast Guard and    Security Agencies
i.    The 7th CPC has recommended abolition of Ration Money Allowance (RMA) and free ration to Defence officers posted in peace areas. It has been decided that Ration Money Allowance will continue to be paid to them and directly credited to their account. It will benefit 43000 Defence officers.
ii.   Technical Allowance (Tier – I & II) are paid to Defence officers belonging to technical branches @₹3000 per month and ₹4500 per month. 7th CPC has recommended that Technical Allowance (Tier – II) be merged with Higher Qualification Incentive for Defence personnel. In view of the specific requirements of Defence Forces for the Defence personnel to keep pace with changing Defence requirements and technologies, the  Government has decided not to discontinue Technical Allowance. The list of courses for these allowances will be reviewed to remain in sync with the latest technical advancements in Defence.
iii The facility of one additional free railway warrant (Leave Travel Concession) presently granted to personnel of Defence Forces serving in  field/high altitude/CI Ops shall also be extended to all personnels of CAPFs and the Indian Coast Guard.
iv.                        Rates of High Altitude Allowance granted to Defence Forces and CAPF personnel will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from  ₹810 – ₹16800 per month to ₹2700 – ₹25000 per month.
v.  Field Area Allowances are granted to Indian Army, Air Force & CAPF personnel. The rates of Field Area Allowances (Modified Field, Field & Highly Active)  will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from ₹1200 – ₹12600 per month to ₹6000 – ₹16900 per month. Classification of field areas for this allowance will be done by Ministry of Defence for Defence personnel and by Ministry of Home Affairs for CAPFs.
vi.  The rates of Counter Insurgency Ops (CI Ops) Allowance, granted to Defence and CAPFs while deployed in counter – insurgency operations will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from  ₹3000 – ₹11700 per month to ₹6000 – ₹16900 per month.
vii.   Rates of MARCOS and Chariot Allowance granted to marine commandos of Indian Navy will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from ₹10500 – ₹15750 per month to ₹17300 – ₹25000 per month.
viii.                        Rates of Sea Going Allowance granted to personnel of Indian Navy will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The twelve hour conditionality for determining the eligibility of Sea Going Allowance has been reduced to four hours. The rates will go up from ₹3000 – ₹7800 per month to ₹6000 – ₹10500 per month.
ix.  Rates of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) Allowance granted to CRPF personnel deployed in Naxal hit areas will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from ₹8400 – ₹16800 per month to ₹17300 – ₹25000 per month.
x.  Rates of Flying Allowance granted to flying branch and technical officers of Defence Forces will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from ₹10500 – ₹15750 per month to ₹17300 – ₹25000 per month. It has been extended mutatis mutandis to BSF Air Wing also.
xi.   Rates of Higher Qualification Incentive for Defence Personnel have been increased from ₹9000 – ₹30000 (Grant) to ₹10000 – ₹30000 (Grant).
xii.                        Aeronautical Allowance, presently paid to personnel of Indian Navy, has been extended to Indian Coast Guard. The rate of this allowance has been increased from ₹300 per month to ₹450 per month.
xiii.  Rates of Test Pilot and Flight Test Engineer Allowance will be governed by the R&H Matrix. The rates will go up from  ₹1500 / ₹3000 per month to ₹4100 / ₹5300 per month.
xiv.  Rates of Territorial Army Allowance have been increased from ₹175 – ₹450 per month to ₹1000 – ₹2000 per month.
xv.    Ceilings of Deputation (Duty) Allowance for Defence Personnel have been increased from ₹2000 – ₹4500 per month to ₹4500 – ₹9000 per month.
xvi.    Rates of Detachment Allowance have been increased ₹165 – ₹780 per day to ₹405 – ₹1170 per day.
xvii.    Rates of Para Jump Instructor Allowance have been increased from ₹2700/3600 per month to ₹6000 / 10500 per month.
xviii.    Special Incident / Investigation / Security Allowance has been rationalized. Rates for Special Protection Group (SPG) have been revised to 55% and 27.5% of Basic Pay for operational and non – operational duties respectively.
8.         Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to Indian Railways
i.    Rates of Additional Allowance have been increased from ₹500 / 1000 per month to ₹1125 / 2250 per month. This has also been extended to Loco Pilot Goods and Senior Passenger Guards also @₹750 per month.
ii.    In view of strenuous nature of the job, new Allowance namely Special Train Controller’s Allowance @5000 per month for Train Controllers of Railways has been introduced.
9.   Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to Nurses & Ministerial Staffs of Hospital
i. Existing rate of Nursing Allowance has been increased from ₹4800 per month to ₹7200 per month.
ii. Rate of Operation Theatre Allowance has been increased from ₹360 per month to ₹540 per month.
iii.  Rates of Hospital Patient Care Allowance / Patient Care Allowance have been increased from ₹2070 – ₹2100 per month to ₹4100 – ₹5300 per month. 7th CPC recommendations modified to the extent that it will be granted to Ministerial staff also.
10.       Recommendations in respect of some important allowances paid to        Pensioners
Rate of Fixed Medical Allowance (FMA) for Pensioners has been increased from ₹500 per month to ₹1000 per month. This will benefit more than 5 lakh central government pensioners not availing CGHS facilities.
i.   The rate of Constant Attendance Allowance granted on 100% disablement has been increased from ₹4500 per month to ₹6750 per month.
11.       Allowances to Scientific Departments
i.     The recommendations of 7th CPC to abolish Launch Campaign Allowance and Space Technology Allowance has not been accepted. In order to incentivize the supporting employees in Space and Atomic Energy sector, the rate of Launch Campaign and Space Technology Allowance has been increased from ₹7500 per annum to ₹11250 per annum. Professional Update Allowance for non-gazetted employees of Department of Atomic Energy will also continue to be paid at the enhanced rate of ₹11250 per annum.
ii.   The 7th CPC had placed Antarctica Allowance, paid to the Scientists and other members undertaking the expedition to Antarctica under the Indian Antarctic programme, in the RH-Max Cell of the R&H Matrix. The rates of the RH-Max Cell recommended by the 7th CPC were less than the existing rates of Antarctica Allowance which is currently paid on per day basis. Considering the specific nature of these expeditions and to provide appropriate increase in rates, Government has decided to keep Antarctica Allowance out of the R&H Matrix and the allowance will continue to be paid on per day basis as per existing practice. The Rates of Antarctica Allowance will go up from ₹1125 per day (Summers) and ₹1688 per day (Winters) to ₹1500 per day (Summers) and ₹2000 per day (Winters).
12.     Allowances paid to D/o Posts
i.      The recommendations of 7th CPC to abolish Cycle Allowance, granted     mainly to Postmen and trackmen in Railways, has not been accepted.           Keeping in view the specific requirement of this allowance for postmen                       in Department of Posts and trackmen in Railways, the cycle allowance       is retained and the rates have been doubled from ₹90 per month to ₹180 per month. This will benefit more than 22,200 employees.
Conclusion
While increasing the rate of allowances affecting the central government employees, especially the Defence, CAPF and Coast Guard personnel, the staff of Railways, Postal department and nursing staff, the total number of allowances have been rationalized from 197 to 128. Thus, the Government has shown a great deal of fiscal prudence and at the same time addressed the genuine concerns of the employees and responded to some of the administrative exigencies necessitating the modifications.
Source: PIB

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Trzeba było, by mój Prezydent zginął w Katyniu, w ziemi ciemnego kresu, gdzie giną najlepsi z najlepszych, odbierając ostatnią nagrodę.  Trzeba było, by mój Prezydent wrócił w prostej trumnie, by tym, co na kolanach, i tym, odwróconym od prawdy przypomnieć czym jest ofiara życia.
bądź odważny gdy rozum zawodzi, bądź odważny, w ostatecznym rachunku jedynie to się liczy...
Odwaga jest w nienawiści u tchórzy. Dlatego szydzili z niej, pytając o „ślepego snajpera”, gdy mój Prezydent został bohaterem Gruzji. Dlatego zagłuszano jego głos, gdy przypominał o mordercach z Katynia i drwiono z niego, gdy bronił naszej pamięci.
oni wygrają pójdą na twój pogrzeb i z ulgą rzucą grudę, a kornik napisze twój uładzony życiorys...
Oni wiedzą, że dziś można. Pokazywać zdjęcia nigdy nie widziane, nazywać mężem stanu i ciepłym człowiekiem. Dziś, gdy mój Prezydent nie żyje, zgraja hipokrytów prześciga się w pochwałach, z nikczemnym przekonaniem, że martwy już im nie przeszkodzi. Po latach szyderstw, tanim bełkotem próbują zmyć hańbę, wierząc, że oszukać Polaków jest rzeczą łatwą. 
i nie przebaczaj, zaiste nie w twojej mocy przebaczać w imieniu tych których zdradzono o świcie...
Nie będzie przebaczenia. Dopóki trwa kolejna odsłona kłamstwa katyńskiego, załgany spektakl pod dyktando Moskwy, odgrywany przez media i rządzących. Rozpoczęty przed wieloma miesiącami, gdy ten rząd, z tym pułkownikiem KGB postanowili z mojego Prezydenta uczynić przedmiot rozgrywek. Nie będzie przebaczenia, bo nim zebrano ciała ze smoleńskiego lotniska, już zabrzmiał haniebny dwugłos  - o „winie polskich pilotów” i „roli jaką mógł odegrać upór prezydenta” – zwiastujący to, co będzie się działo za kilka tygodni.
Nie będzie przebaczenia, bo chcą nam zabrać nawet naszą dumę.
 strzeż się jednak dumy niepotrzebnej, oglądaj w lustrze swą błazeńską twarz...
Chcą, żebyśmy ślepą nienawiścią wystawili się na ciosy. Łatwe do zadania, bo ten kto nienawidzi, już przegrał. Przed swoją maską „żalu”, chcą postawić naszą „wrogość” i pokazać światu, jako „dumę niepotrzebną”. 
niech nie opuszcza ciebie twoja siostra Pogarda, dla szpiclów katów tchórzy...
I dla namiestnika, który w nienawiści do mojego  Prezydenta, przez lata topił lęk. Dziś – wyniesiony na jego śmierci chce „łączyć w żałobie” i załganym frazesem - „bądźmy wszyscy razem” próbuje zatrzeć nieprzekraczalne granice.
Nie będziemy razem, bo nie ma przyzwolenia na zdradę o świcie i na fałsz przekraczający ludzką miarę.
Nie możemy być razem, bo nasz gniew jest dziś bezsilny, gdy zabrano nam tylu niezastąpionych.
Nigdy nie będziemy razem, bo pamiętamy -  kto siał nienawiść i chciał zebrać jej żniwo.  

Tekst z 11 kwietnia 2010 r.
          News in Brief 30 June 2017 (PM)   
  Security concerns still to be overcome at Cyprus talks Efforts to reunite Cyprus have "overcome significant challenges" but "a lot of work" still needs to be done before a deal can be reached, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday. Mr Guterres was speaking during talks underway in Switzerland involving the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot [...]
          The Importance of Community Events   

Yesterday I had the honor of speaking at the 4th Annual March for Equality. The event is hosted by Central Arizona Rainbow Education (C.A.R.E.). It kicks off with a march and then goes into a festival. The theme this year was the importance of community and I was asked to speak on the importance of community events. It was a great day and I wanted to share the speech with you all here:


It is an honor to be here today. The 4th Annual March for Equality is an event that gives us a chance to come together – create awareness about the injustices that face the LGBT community and participate in a festival that allows us to celebrate who we are. Our community loves events. From Prides to parades – from dinners to the drag shows – we have community events constantly. The events are important to our community. Not just as fundraisers and time to see each other but because of the direct impact they have had on our movement.

The famous lesbian poet and activist, Audre Lorde once said, “Without community there is no liberation.” I couldn’t agree more. A perfect example of this is the Stonewall Riots. On June 28th, 1969 police raided the Stonewall Inn, known to many as the only gay bar in NY City. But this riot wouldn’t end like the others. See these individuals had found a place where they could meet, they could dance, they could drink, they could establish a sense of strength in each other. They were not alone. That night the patrons of the bar fought back against the police. Within days, gay rights organizations formed and within two years there was a gay rights organization in every major city across the country. This small bar community led to visible communities all across the country. On the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots the first Gay Pride March was held and is a tradition that we honor by marching today and each time we attend a Pride event.
While Pride marches and festivals let us celebrate and provide an opportunity to be visible in the society we live in, Marches also allow us to show our strength and to let our voices be heard. In 1979, the first March on Washington was held. The purpose was to nationalize the gay movement, which had previously been focused on local struggles. The event had approximately 100,000 participants and included a Congressional Lobby Day and organizational trainings. Having such a large number of LGBT and allied individuals participate in the March showed that our community was not willing to be in our closets. The LGBT community was willing to fight publicly for our rights. When the next March on Washington was held in 1987 more than 500,000 people participated. This March was held on Oct. 11th – which has become known as National Coming Out Day. To date there have been five Marches on Washington by the LGBT community. Each one has strengthened our community and our voice.
So whether the community event happens in a bar or on the National Mall they have importance. The event has importance because it reminds us that we are not alone - that we are all fighting for the same thing - that there is strength in numbers. Author and activist Terry Tempest Williams said, “I have inherited a belief in community, the promise that a gathering of the spirit can both create and change culture. In the desert, change is nurtured even in stone by wind, by water, through time.” What a powerful statement – to believe that a community can come together to create and change culture. That’s why I am so excited to be here today. To watch as our Arizona LGBT community comes together to change the culture of our state to a place where LGBT individuals are no longer discriminated against. To look out and see so many faces looking to create that culture. This is a critical time for our movement. Our visibility and the visibility of our allies have never been more important. So thank you for being here today and for being an active part of our community and I will see you at the next community event!

          Multnomah County Republicans Formally Allow Militia Groups to Run Security   
by Doug Brown

A Three Percenters militia member running security at a pro-Donald Trump event in April
A Three Percenters militia member running security at a pro-Donald Trump event in April Doug Brown

The Multnomah County Republican Party (MCRP) has formally decided to pair up with right-wing militia groups to run security at local events.

The formal resolution was passed on on Monday and its text was leaked to the Mercury Friday morning. MCRP Chairman James Buchal, despite being displeased with the leak, confirmed his group approved pairing up with the Oregon Three Percenters and Oath Keepers via a resolution earlier this week:

Proposed Resolution of Chairman Buchal: Resolve that the MCRP may utilize volunteers from the Oregon Three Percenters, Oath Keepers, and other security groups. To provide security where such volunteers are certified to provide private security service by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. Kay Bridges moved and Janice Dysinger seconded. Resolution passed.

Update: We got ahold of the meeting minutes from Monday night MCRP meeting at the Shiloh Inn. Here's the relevant section:

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The Guardian reported late last month—in the wake of the MAX hate crime stabbings and ahead of a June 4 alt-right rally downtown—that the MCRP was considering allowing the militia groups to run security for right-wing events. It's now official.

Such arrangements have already caused uproar. At the June 4 rally, a militia member was spotted helping a federal cop detain and arrest a protester. The Department of Justice announced it would investigate the incident.

Militia groups have also previously volunteered as security at pro-Donald Trump rallies in Lake Oswego in March and at Patriot Prayer's Vancouver, WA, rally in April. Patriot Prayer is hosting a rally in downtown Portland Friday evening.

"The volunteers are afraid of going to Portland street fairs and Portland events because of what happened to them," Buchal tells the Mercury, specifically citing the anonymous email threat regarding the MCRP marching in the 82nd Avenue of the Roses Parade that led to the parade's cancellation. "Our only recourse is volunteers because we got no money. This volunteer resource is available."

Using these volunteer militia groups is necessary, Buchal said, because of "unhinged people screaming at (Republicans), in one case shoving them and in another case spitting on them. They don't feel like it's safe environment out there."

The resolution calls for the militia members to be certified by the state to run private security. Buchal said he didn't know if the Republicans will ask each militia member to prove their certification before working security, as the kinks haven't been worked out yet.

"I don't understand how it's a whole hell of a lot different than rich people hiring private security guards," explained Buchal about the volunteer militias. "I don't understand why it's so different."

In the Guardian last month:

The Oath Keepers are described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “one of the largest radical antigovernment groups in the US”, recruiting current and former military and law enforcement personnel. They have recently appeared at rallies from Berkeley, California, to Boston, standing with activists from the far right, activists holding what were once fringe positions who have recently risen to national prominence.

The Three Percenters are described by Political Research Associates as “a paramilitary group that pledges armed resistance against attempts to restrict private gun ownership”. They were a highly visible presence in Burns, Oregon, before and during the occupation of the Malheur wildlife refuge by rightwing militia early in 2016.

"One of the things we did before going down this road is research these groups," Buchal tells the Mercury on Friday. "Because of all this gross disinformation in the media that they’re racist, white supremacists, Nazis and so forth — I was very pleased to find their bylaws and internal procedures say that nobody’s going to tolerate racism and that kind of stuff. That’s not what it’s about. They are concerned that with the government overstepping its constitutional bounds."

This post has been updated with more quotes from James Buchal and more information on the militias.

For the latest in information about rallies, marches, and political events, consult the Mercury's RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY calendar. Want to publicize an event? Send the info to calendar@portlandmercury.com.

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          Greece: Athens police clash with protesters   
Tear gas was deployed in the Greek capital as protesters threw Molotov cocktails at riot officers. The stand-off took place after the authorities banned rival demonstrations by a police union and anarchists. The violence erupted Thursday night near the National Technical University of Athens, in the city center, local media and Ruptly news agency reported. […]

          Slade   


The band was formed in 1966 and was called N’Betweens. The group had formed when two local bands, The Vendors and Steve Brett and the Mavericks joined forces. They played a mixture of soul and rock tracks and had one single called "You Better Run" but it made no impact.



The band changed their name to Ambrose Slade and signed with the Fontana label. Ambrose Slade consisted of Noddy Holder (singer/guitarist); Dave ‘Super Yob” Hill (guitar); Jimmy Lea (bassist); and drummer Don Powell. They proved a very good live band and whether by accident or design often performed in front of rough crowds. Sometimes Noddy would encourage a rumble and when their management was taken over by former Animal Chas Chandler (who had discovered Jimi Hendrix) he suggested they shorten their name to Slade and assume a "skinhead" look with made to measure shirts, Levi jeans, Dr. Martin boots, shaved heads. The boys became an Oi band or suede head outfit. The group began to write their own material and grew their hair long and changed their fan base to the younger glam rockers. In 1971 they recorded a Bobby Marchan song "Get Down And Get With It which went straight to number one and became a big high hit across Europe.



Slade adopted another gimmick and humorously misspelled their song titles. These only infuriated school teachers across the country and their anger only endeared the Wolverhampton group to their fans. Between 1971 and 1974 the band scored 11 Top Five hits five of which topped the UK charts, "Coz I Luv You," "Look Wot You Dun," "Take Me Bak 'Ome," "Mama Weer All Crazee Now," "Gudbuy t'Jane," "Cum on Feel the Noize," "Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me," the hits came thick and fast.



























At the height of their fame Slade made a semi-biographical movie called Slade in Flame (1975) directed by Richard Locraine (The Missionary and Wimbledon).



Although not a box office success it met with critical acclaim. Despite their phenomenal success all over the world Slade failed to impact in the US. They did several tours of the North America at a time when Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath were rock giants in the States, but Slade were thought too English to crack the US market. Slade produced arguably some of the best glam rock singles and continued to appear in the UK charts with "My Friend Stan," "Everyday," "Bangin' Man," "Far Far Away," "How Does it Feel," and "In for a Penny."























However musical tastes changed and Glam was replaced with punk and Slade’s hits dried up. One of their last was "Merry Xmas Everybody," a song which has become an evergreen Christmas standard, ensuring Slade are forever associated with the festive season.



Don Powell was involved in a dreadful car accident and lost his long term memory. He made a remarkable recovery and the band played on touring and releasing albums. Slade had a large dedicated following among the older glam rockers and in 1980 they appeared at the Reading Festival as a late replacement for Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard of Ozz. Dave Hill had left the band but was encouraged to do one more performance. Slade blew the crowd away and in 1981 were back with two giant hits, "We'll Bring the House Down" and "Lock up Your Daughters."







Noddy and the talented Jimmy Lea diversified and tried their luck as producers working with Girl School in 1983.



By 1991 Noddy had had enough and left the band and became a popular DJ on Piccadilly Radio (Manchester), while exploring other options which led to numerous television guest appearances and taping of commercials. Jimmy Lea decided to retire leaving Don and Dave to carry on as Slade II. In 1993 they toured the world to great acclaim and the band continues to enjoy great popularity on the European retro circuit. The current members of Slade II are John Berry (ex Mud) and Mal McNulty (ex Sweet). Ironically although Slade failed to impact upon the US market as performers several of their hits were rerecorded by US pop metal bands. In 1978, the Runaways recorded "Mama Weer All Crazee Now," others followed with Quiet Riot "Cum on Feel the Noize" (1983) and Oasis brought out a version of "Cum on feel the noise" in 1996.













Worth a listen:
Get Down And Get With It (1971)
Coz I love you (1971)
Take me back ‘Ome (1972)
Mama weer all crazee now (1972)
Gudbuy to Jane (1972)
Cum on feel the noize (1973)
My friend Stan (1973)
Merry Xmas Everybody (1973)
We’ll bring the house down (1981)
          Shorties (Must-Read Canadian Books, A New St. Vincent Song, and more)   

The Toronto Star listed must-read Canadian books.


Stream a new St. Vincent song.


Vol.1 Brooklyn interviewed Hannah Lew of the band Cold Beat.


Electric Literature interviewed author Jeff VanderMeer.


Paste listed the best of Montreal songs.


Stream a new Ben Sollee song.


The Guardian profiled author Matt Haig.


Flavorwire previewed July's best new albums.


The Christian Science Monitor recapped June's best books.


Stream a new Matthew Dear song.


WBUR recommended summer reading.


Nicole Atkins visited Paste for an interview and live performance.


The A.V. Club listed the best comics of 2017 (so far).


Stream a new Arcade Fire song.


The Nation features new poems by Tracy K. Smith.


The Ravi Coltrane Quartet played a Tiny Desk Concert.


The Rumpus interviewed author Siel Ju.


Stream a new Weezer song.


Rosecrans Baldwin recommends works of New England noir at Work in Progress.


Rolling Stone Australia listed the best albums of 2017 (so far).


The Rumpus interviewed author Erika Carter.


Stream a new Liars song.


BookPage interviewed author Julia Glass.


Daddy Issues played a Stereogum Session and World Cafe.


Colson Whitehead recommended books at Booklist.


Stream a new Toro Y Moi song.


Publishers Weekly recommended books that puzzle the reader.


Stereogum interviewed Animal Collective's Avey Tare.


eBooks on sale for $0.99 today:

A Father's Law by Richard Wright
The Interrogative Mood by Padgett Powell

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

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The Hippest Trip in America by Nelson George
History by Elsa Morante
Insurrections of the Mind by Franklin Foer
The Humans by Matt Haig
Living Like a Runaway by Lita Ford
The Los Angeles Diaries by James Brown
The Memory Place by Mira Bartok
Moshi Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto
My Cross To Bear by Gregg Allman
Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming
An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
Pavilion of Women by Pearl Buck
Post Office by Charles Bukowski
She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel
A Widow's Story by Joyce Carole Oates

eBooks on sale for $2.99 today:

All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful: Three James Herriot Classics
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Frog Music by Emma Donohue
The Group, The Company She Keeps, and Birds of America: Three Novels in One Collection by Mary McCarthy
Jackie Under My Skin by Wane Koestenbaum
Land's End by Michael Cunningham

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And the Band Played on by Randy Shilts
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Dry by Augusten Burroughs
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previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)
weekly music release lists


          Shorties (When Haruki Murakami Met Raymond Carver, The Best Albums of 2017 So Far, and more)   

The Seattle Times examined the time Haruki Murakami met Raymond Carver.


NPR Music, Vulture, and The A.V. Club listed the best albums of 2017 (so far).


Buzzfeed shared an excerpt form Zinzi Clemmons' novel What We Lose.


Stream a new She Keeps Bees song.


Vulture listed the best comics of 2017 (so far).


Drowned in Sound interviewed singer-songwriter Jane Weaver.


The Rumpus interviewed poet Jennifer S. Chang.


The Oxford American shared a new song and essay by guitarist William Tyler.


Ms. recommended poetry and prose collections feminists should read this summer.


Paste profiled singer-songwriter Jillette Johnson.


0s & 1s interviewed author Paul La Farge.


Stream a new song by the National.


Diksha Basu discussed his new novel The Windfall with Weekend Edition.


Stream a new Deerhoof song.


Emma Straub talked books and reading with the New York Times.


Paste listed the best Wilco songs, and SPIN listed the best songs written by frontman Jeff Tweedy.


Newsday and Vulture listed the best books of 2017 (so far).


The Omaha World-Herald and Baltimore City Paper interviewed singer-songwriter Jason Isbell.


HuffPost interviewed author Phillip Lopate.


PopMatters reconsidered the Cure's Pornography album.


Alain Mabancko discussed his favorite books at The Week.


Stream a new CYMBALS track.


Financial Times recommended summer reading.


Kevin Morby visited World Cafe for an interview and live performance.


Vox interviewed author and New York Times books editor Pamela Paul.


Stream a new Mogwai song.


Joyce Carol Oates talked to Salon about her new short fiction collection.


Stream Washed Out's new visual album Mister Mellow.


Bookworm interviewed author Zachary Mason.


NPR Music is streaming Tristen's new album Sneaker Waves.


Literary Hub interviewed poet Charles Simic.


NPR Music is streaming Sarah Jaffe's new album Bad Baby.


eBooks on sale for $0.99 today:

A Father's Law by Richard Wright
The Interrogative Mood by Padgett Powell

eBooks on sale for $1.99 today:

Across the Bridge by Mavis Gallant
Blind Ambition by John W. Dean
Disappearance at Devil's Rock by Paul Tremblay
The Drowning Season by Alice Hoffman
Finks by Joel Whitney
Gone to Soldiers by Marge Piercy
The Hippest Trip in America by Nelson George
History by Elsa Morante
Insurrections of the Mind by Franklin Foer
The Humans by Matt Haig
Living Like a Runaway by Lita Ford
The Los Angeles Diaries by James Brown
The Memory Place by Mira Bartok
Moshi Moshi by Banana Yoshimoto
My Cross To Bear by Gregg Allman
Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming
An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
Pavilion of Women by Pearl Buck
Post Office by Charles Bukowski
She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel
A Widow's Story by Joyce Carole Oates

eBooks on sale for $2.99 today:

All Creatures Great and Small, All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful: Three James Herriot Classics
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Back to Blood by Thomas Wolfe
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Frog Music by Emma Donohue
The Group, The Company She Keeps, and Birds of America: Three Novels in One Collection by Mary McCarthy
Jackie Under My Skin by Wane Koestenbaum
Land's End by Michael Cunningham

eBooks on sale for $3.99 today:

And the Band Played on by Randy Shilts
Black Deutschland by Darryl Pinckney
Dry by Augusten Burroughs
A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists
WORD Bookstores Books of the Week (recommended new books)
weekly music release lists


          Programa de mano - 16/02/13   

El programa comienza con una pieza sobre la ópera 'Los cuentos de Hoffmann', de Jacques Offenbach que se puede ver en el Liceu. Es una adaptación de tres narraciones fantásticas del escritor romántico alemán y hoy día se la considera la obra maestra del romanticismo francés.

Programa de mano estuvo con la violonchelista estadounidense Alisa Weilerstein con ocasión de su visita al programa Los clásicos de Radio Nacional. Acaba de grabar los conciertos de Edward Elgar y de Elliot Carter bajo la batuta del pianista y director Daniel Barenboim.

En el plató, Clara Sanchís entrevista a la pianista donostiarra Judith Jáuregui, una de las de mayor proyección de su generación. Habla de su último disco, con el que homenajea a la gran pianista Alicia de Larrocha e interpreta el tema Granada, de la Suite española de Albéniz.

El espacio finaliza con una pieza en la que el director Carlos Kalmar desmenuza el concierto que ofreció la Orquesta de RTVE de obras maestras inacabadas de famosos compositores. Es el caso de la sinfonía número 10 de Gustav Mahler, el concierto para piano número 3 de Bela Bartok, la Sinfonía número 8, 'Incompleta' de Franz Schubert y el Contrapuctus XIX ('El arte de la fuga') de Juan Sebastián Bach, en la versión de Luciano Berio.


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          Hacker News Suggestions for Engineering Team Blogs   
See this comment page on Hacker News suggestions for engineering team blogs. Some of the suggested blog: Google Research Blog Giant Robots Smashing into Other Giant Robots Airbnb Engineering and Data Science Riot Games Engineering Google Testing Blog Netflix Technology … Continue reading
          Экс-Патриот / ExPatriot (2017)   
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          re: Here Are The Locations And Clues That Will Lead You To Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's New DLC Content   

Well some idiot had Majora's Mask laying around the first time too lol


          From the floor of Cisco Live: IoT Threat Defense in Healthcare   
What are IoT devices in healthcare?  In my experience talking with customers, I don’t believe I’ve ever received the same answer twice. Most often, they call out patient home monitoring devices and consumer-grade fitness trackers. But to me, an IoT device is anything that you connect to the network. And in healthcare, we are certainly connecting more […]
          Cops, youths in fierce clashes   

Source: Cops, youths in fierce clashes – DailyNews Live Blessings Mashaya      30 June 2017 HARARE – Motorists and commuters were caught in a cross fire of fierce clashes between riot police and angry youths during yesterday’s evening rush hour which resulted in chaos in the Central Business District (CBD). For than two hours,… Read More »

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          Think Camp - Smart Country: Mediathek, Hauptstraße 113, 7521 Bildein   
Am Samstag, 1. Juli 2017 von 9.30 bis 18 Uhr und Sonntag 2. Juli 2017, 9 bis 17 Uhr findet in der MEDIATHEK in Bildein, Hauptstraße 113 das Think Camp "Smart Country" statt. DIE FORMEL DES WANDELS Wir werden in einer Zeit des steigenden Wettbewerbs, der schwindenden Ressourcen und der ökonomischen Krisen die Zukunft nur bewältigen, wenn wir "Smart" werden. "Smart" heißt mehreres gleichzeitig: Neue Technologien, weniger Verschwendung, bessere Koordination und Kommunikation, sowohl der Menschen als auch der Werkzeuge miteinander. Allerdings brauchen wir diese "Smartness" nicht nur in den "Smart Cities" für die es inzwischen internationale Konferenzen und Forschungsverbände gibt. Wir brauchen auch und gerade "Smart Country", die Attraktivitätssteigerung des ländlichen Raumes durch soziale und technische Innovationen, die ihn lebenswerter, anziehender und jünger machen. Das Südburgenland ist eine solche einladende Region, in der zukunftsfähige Entwicklungen eine große Chance haben. Allerdings nicht im Alleingang, sondern in smarter Kombination. Anlässlich eines Besuches einer internationalen Gruppe von Designern und Regionalentwicklern, die sich von Arkadien (Griechenland) bis Wien mit neuen "Being Spaces" für eine neue Form des mobilen und regionsorientierten Lernens einsetzen (UnaVision/UnaVersity), laden wir zu einer gemeinsamen Denkwerkstatt ein. ANGESTREBTES ZIEL Liveentwicklung einer Zukunftslandkarte „Nächste reale Schritte planen, nicht im Träumen stecken bleiben.“ • Eine Plattform für innovative Menschen in der Region schaffen • Drehscheibe für jene, die mit genialen Ideen und unkonventionellen Projekten „Zukunft“ aufs Land bringen DREHORT FÜR KINOFILM Filmaufnahmen während der Veranstaltung für den Open Source Film „Smart Country“ von Produzent Stephan Kanduth PROGRAMM SÜDBURGENLAND - PUNITZ/KIRCHFIDISCH/BILDEIN Freitag, 30. Juni 2017, 18 Uhr PUNITZ/KIRCHFIDISCH • ANKUNFT Cessna Kennung OE-DVK in Punitz • Dreharbeiten im OpenLandLab in Kirchfidisch • Präsentation Projekt „Pegasus Trimaran“ (Entwickler/Konstrukteur Christian ALEXANDER) Samstag, 1. Juli 2017, 9.30 bis 13 Uhr, 14.30 bis 18 Uhr BILDEIN/MEDIATHEK • VORSTELLUNG OpenLandLAB Leopold Zyka • KENNELERNEN UNTER DEN TEILNEHMERN • KEYNOTE Vom Global Marshall Plan zu UnaVision Johannes Pfister Das Problem und die Chancen • KEYNOTE Dörfer mit Zukunft Franz Nahrada • IMPULS Smart Regions sind mehr als Smart Cities Ramesh Biswas • IMPULS AGZ Arbeitgeberzusammenschlüsse Franz Heumayr • MINIWORKSHOP IN KLEINGRUPPEN Wo drückt der Schuh (am Land) Neue Werkzeuge und neue Technologien • Wie starte ich ein OTELO? Robert Fabian und Harald Unterhuber Vom Reparaturcafé bis zum 4D Drucker • KEYNOTE IoT Austria, Industrie meets Makers, Silkroad 4.0 Über Industrie und Maker bis Internet-of-Things ausgestattete Motorräder: Österreichische Initiativen erobern die Welt bis nach China! Phillipe Reinisch • Wunderwuzzi Roboter in der Schule Erkin Bayirli Neue Lebensräume und Perspektiven • KEYNOTE Wie das Land in ein Paradies verwandeln? Bernhard Harrer • Keine neue Bauweise, eine neue Lebensweise tut Not Architekt Ewald Onzek • Mehrgeschossig gemeinschaftlich selbst bauen mit Holz, Lehm und Stroh Institute for Convivial Practices • Kreative Dörfer und neue Landtechniken Waclaw Idziak (Polen) OPEN SPACE - Impulsverarbeitung in Kleingruppen Samstag, 1. Juli 2017, 19 Uhr BILDEIN/MEDIATHEK Filmvorführung DIE ZUKUNFT IST BESSER ALS IHR RUF Überall hören wir von Krisen, Medien schüren Verunsicherung. Wie reagieren wir darauf? Sechs Beispiele erzählen von der Möglichkeit, den Lauf der Dinge doch selbst mitzugestalten. www.diezukunftistbesseralsihrruf.at - Filmlänge 85 min. Im Anschluss Diskussion zum Film und Landparty (Open End) Sonntag, 2. Juli 2017, 9 bis 13 Uhr, 14.30 bis 17 Uhr BILDEIN/MEDIATHEK Erfolgsgeschichten und Ermutigung Lightning Talks & FlashLights - OFFENES MIKROPHON FÜR ALLE • Modelle des Wandels Pioneers of Change • Ein Startup im Südburgenland: Mit Permakultur zum Selbstversorger werden – Jesko Schneider • Wunderwerkstoff Holz Alfred Ruhdorfer ECOFORMA Sarleinsbach • Mz* Baltazar’s Lab! Stefanie Wuschitz • Dorfprojekt Leben in Gemeinschaft, Generationenübergreifendes Wohn-, Arbeits- und Lebensprojekt in Fehring (für voraussichtlich 100-150 Menschen) • Kultur - Vielfalt – Toleranz, Kulturpass und -begleiter, Elke Marksteiner, ARGUMENTO • Mit dem Pegasus Trimaran ins 21. Jahrhundert segeln Christian Alexander • Farmbot++, Earthship im OpenLandLAB? Leopold Zyka • Elektromobilität im Südburgenland Günther Gur • Wir verlegen uns unsere Glasfaser selber – bis zum Bauernhof! ev. Videovorträge via Skype, z.B. Jan Hut, Bürgernetze Gronigen • Rückenwind: Revisionsverband und Genossenschaftsinkubator Ressouren, Potentiale, Talente und Vernetzung • Steiermark Gemeinsam Jetzt – die Zivilgesellschaft kooperativ verknüpfen Hansi Herzog • Transition Austria – den gesellschaftlichen Wandel in Gemeinde und Nachbarschaft in Gang bringen David Steinwender • Was gibt es an unentdeckten Ressourcen am Land? • Welche Ressourcen aus der Stadt könnten hilfreich sein? Zukunftslandkarte Welche Ideen wollen hier und jetzt Wirklichkeit werden? - SCHLUSSFURIOSO
          Price, Aikhionbare and Korboa on target as Robins run riot against Three Bridges   
Three of Carshalton Athletic's homegrown young guns made their mark as the Robins empathically got back to winning ways at the weekend.
          Speaker Ryan & House Leaders Meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in   

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after hosting a bipartisan meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in:

“We were honored to be joined by President Moon on his first visit to the United States since his election. The relationship between our nations is underpinned by shared values and strong economic and military cooperation. That is why we must work hand-in-hand to address the threats posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. South Korea is one of our most important allies in the world, and it’s clear President Moon shares our desire to strengthen our bilateral relationship.”

NOTE: Today’s meeting took place in the Speaker’s office in the U.S. Capitol. Participants included:

·        House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)

·        House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

·        House Chief Deputy Majority Whip Patrick McHenry (R-NC)

·        House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

·        Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA)

·        Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY)

·        Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX)  


          Genetic nomenclature abbreviation: Trpalm for taxon Trididemnum palmae Monniot F., 1984   
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          Genetic nomenclature abbreviation: Stkott for taxon Styela kottae Monniot C. & Monniot F., 1991   
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          Genetic nomenclature abbreviation: Stchar for taxon Styela charcoti Monniot C. & Monniot F., 1973   
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          Genetic nomenclature abbreviation: Snlaev for taxon Stolonica laevis Monniot C., 2002   
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          Genetic nomenclature abbreviation: Snbigy for taxon Stolonica bigyna Monniot F. & Monniot C., 2001   
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          Genetic nomenclature abbreviation: Pyvann for taxon Pyura vannamei Monniot C., 1994   
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          Minerd, Edward   
Minerd, Edward MINERD Edward, age 72, of Blanchard passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017 at MidMichigan Gratiot Hospital of Alma. A memorial mass for Ed...
          A Short Guide to Swedish Politics   
Politics is only interesting when it’s happening somewhere else, like in Africa, or in a Fantasy novel. But when there is a general election raging, it’s just the most atrocious bore imaginable. There is a general election brewing in Sweden now and you can’t walk through town for ten seconds without some intense idiot in … Continue reading A Short Guide to Swedish Politics
          Global IoT Security Market Size Will Reach USD 464 Million by 2020   

Deerfield Beach, FL, June 29, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zion Market Research has published a new report titled "IoT Security Market for Utilities, Automotive, Healthcare and Other End-users: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2014 - 2020". According to the report, global IoT security market was valued at USD 55.6 million in 2014 and is expected to reach USD 464 million in 2020, growing at a CAGR of 42.4% between 2015 and 2020.

IoT security is related to the activity of protection of connected devices. It associates with a wide area of networks in the Internet of things. The "Internet of Things" is a physical and technological concept which is flying over the market in recent days. As this era is all about technology and computerization, this concept drives the market extreme and most of the industries are getting involved in it dedicatedly. These devices are intelligent devices which take the further step and recognize other gadgets or devices present in the surrounding. The Internet of Things is advanced from the union of wireless technologies, Internet protocols, and micro-electromechanical systems.

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           Le dictionnaire moyen-oriental de Laurent Murawiec   
Ce texte de Laurent Murawiec (z'l) est initialement paru sous le titre : 

« Dictionnaire moyen-oriental des idées reçues ». 


AFP – Agence de presse chargée de la propagande extérieure de l’Autorité palestinienne (voir aussi Reuters).

Ahmadinejad – Nabot, profession : tortionnaire. Essaie de faire avaler des amphétamines au Mahdi. Confond vecteurs balistiques et virilité. A besoin d’un rasoir, mais en ferait probablement usage sur quelqu’un d’autre.

Aide (arabe) – En additionnant les annonces officielles arabes faites à l’occasion des sommets arabes et islamiques, l’aide versée aux Palestiniens depuis 1948 se monte à 800 milliards de dollars.

Aide internationale – Voir dans la Bible la manne envoyée du Ciel. Ici, le Ciel est remplacé par les ONG et organisations internationales. Permet de ne jamais se soucier des contraintes imposées par la réalité (budgets, déficits, etc.).

Al-Andalus – Paradis terrestre. Démonstration irréfutable que l’impérialisme islamique est une bénédiction pour tous, et que tout le monde l’adore. Ne jamais mentionner les pogromes commis par les Almohades et les autres, contre des juifs et des chrétiens, ni l’infériorité constitutive qui les frappait.

Ambulance – Camionnette revêtue des insignes du Croissant rouge. Elle a pour fonctions principales (1) le transport de terroristes vers les lieux d’un attentat, (2) le transport d’armes, (3) l’exhibition télévisée (voir : CNN, BBC, France 2, etc.) au cas où elle a été atteinte par un projectile, et (4), le cas échéant, le transport des blessés (s’en procurer de faux si on n’en a pas de vrais sous la main et arriver à l’hôpital dans un vrai show son et lumière, après avoir prévenu les media susnommés). À ne jamais oublier, plus généralement, dans les mises en scène de douleur palestinienne.

Amnesty International – Un Palestinien tue un Juif : quelles bonnes raisons le Juif a-t-il données au Palestinien pour justifier son acte ? Cf. rapport d’Amnesty International n°943/b/5 « 43 bonnes raisons » !

Amour de la vie – Faiblesse méprisable des juifs et des chrétiens.

Arabe – Victime incarnée de l’impérialisme, du colonialisme et de l’exploitation (voir aussi : comptes en Suisse).

Arabie Saoudite – Pays bienfaiteur de la démocratie occidentale, puisqu’il finance une grande partie des campagnes électorales de nombreux partis au pouvoir.

Arafat (Yasser) – Personnage de cirque au remarquable talent de ventriloque, d’illusionniste et de prestidigitateur. Tueur sans scrupules. Grand talent de papier tue-mouche sur lequel s’engluaient les idiots utiles. Égyptien crevé à paris, le jour de la Victoire (11 novembre 2004), suite à un empoisonnement au virus HIV attrapé par l’anus. Ami de l’ex occupant de l’Élysée. Ce dernier le fit naturaliser Hiérosolymite à titre posthume et fantaisiste.

Armée arabe – Corps militaire aux fonctions variées : (1) se faire écraser par les armées adverses, (2) massacrer la population civile de son pays, (3) absorber un tel niveau du PNB qu’il ne reste plus rien pour le reste des besoins, sauf pour les kleptocrates au pouvoir.

Assassinat – (1) Acte israélien ignoble. (2) Nom inadapté donné par la presse sous domination des Juifs à l’élimination d’un bourreau sioniste.

Auschwitz – « Les Allemands ne pardonneront jamais Auschwitz aux Juifs » a dit le psychiatre Zvi Rex. Idem, les élites françaises ne pardonneront jamais Vichy aux Juifs.

Barre (Raymond) – Français innocent enfin crevé. Fonctionnaire pour qui la défense du parti du fonctionnariat passe toujours avant toute autre considération.

Barrière de sécurité (« mur ») – Good walls make good neighbors, (« les bons murs font les bons voisins » – Ndlr) sauf au Moyen-Orient. Empêche regrettablement le libre accès palestinien aux Juifs à exterminer (« Shocking! »une journaliste de la BBC).

Barrière israélienne – Crime suprême (coupe en deux des vergers) qui justifie à lui seul la re-convocation du Tribunal de Nuremberg.

BBC – « Mais évidemment, vous ne pouvez pas soutenir sérieusement qu’Israël ne se conduit pas comme un État nazi... ? » Question objective posée par une présentatrice équilibrée de la BBC au cours d’un débat télévisé courtois.

Be’Tselem – Organisation israélienne qui se consacre à tendre l’autre joue des autres Israéliens.

Bébé – Futur sioniste. Cible légitime.

Blonde – Chez la femme, couleur de cheveux favorite des djihâdis candidats au meurtre, pour l’heure de la gratitude d’Allah.

Bôle-Richard (Michel) – Victime incurable de troubles oculaires : témoin d’un crime qui identifie catégoriquement l’assassin comme la victime. A le nerf optique si endommagé qu’il a été embauché comme photographe par Le Monde mais pourrait tout autant faire l’affaire à l’Agence Reuters (voir plus haut).

Bombe – Expression anxieuse de griefs et de frustrations diverses.

Bourreau – Caractère héréditaire, état natif de l’Israélien ; voir les Protocoles des Sages de Sion et lire Edgar Morin.

Bousquet (René) – Tueur de Juifs méthodique, mais il ne leur en voulait pas pour autant.

Budget – De quoi ? Vous rigolez ? On est à Ramallah (Gaza) ici !

Camp – Partout ailleurs, un « camp de réfugiés » est une ville de toile faite de tentes et plantée sur la boue ou la poussière. Un camp palestinien n’est pas un camp, n’a pas de tentes et n’abrite pas de réfugiés : c’est une ville en dur, avec des rues, des immeubles élevés, etc. Il abrite des Palestiniens parqués de force par leurs « frères arabes » et arnaqués par les « leaders palestiniens ». N’invoquer que le misérabilisme victimaire. Cameraman, SVP, pas trop de plans sur ces immeubles : il faut faire dans le style bidonville.

Capitulations – À partir du XVIe siècle, immunités et privilèges concédés à la France, puis à d’autres nations « franques » par le Sultan d’Istanbul dans ses domaines (au pluriel). Plus récemment, état normal des relations euro-arabes (au singulier).

Caricatures – Voir émeutes.

Chabot (Arlette) – Personnalité télévisuelle (France 2) ; comme l’état-major de l’Affaire Dreyfus, est en possession de toutes les preuves qu’il faut mais n’en montrera aucune, ce qui contribue, évidemment, à asseoir sa crédibilité (référence : Mohammed Al-Dura).

Chirac (Jacques) – Patient victime d’une maladie honteuse (arabophilie galopante avec morpions islamophiles) ; vient de perdre son immunité. Transformateur de l’adage « L’argent n’a pas d’odeur. » Fut conseiller, ami intime et protecteur personnel d’Arafat. Sa retraite laisse des plaies béantes.

CIA – Agence de renseignement américaine spécialisée dans la boulette, le loupé, l’erreur d’analyse, l’aveuglement, les prétentions illimitées, le désir de protéger son fromage de toutes ses forces ; a, de plus, installé au pouvoir les militaires syriens (1949), le colonel Nasser (1952). S’est trompée sur tous les événements depuis 1949. On comprend qu’elle soit l’épouvantail de la Gauche et de l’extrême-gauche.

Civil – Milicien armé décrit par des « témoins palestiniens » et les « sources médicales » de Gaza à un reporter occidental, surtout une fois qu’il a été cabossé par l’armée israélienne.

Communauté internationale – Entité amorphe dont la fonction principale est de condamner Israël, et accessoirement les États-Unis. Mot-mélasse dans lequel la pensée s’englue.

Complot – Sécrétion naturelle du monde non-arabe et non-musulman qui n’a qu’une seule passion, détruire les Arabes et les musulmans par les moyens les plus tordus.

Crime de guerre – Activité de routine des Israéliens (voir : doigt palestinien coincé dans la porte et vociférations ultérieures). Notion a priori totalement et radicalement inapplicable à quiconque est palestinien ou même arabe.

Cypel (Sylvain) – Lauréat du concours Lépine, section journalisme d’investigation, sous-section : inventions pures et simples.

Dhimmi – Statut passionnément convoité par les chrétiens, les Juifs, les zoroastriens et autres Sabéens, en terre conquise par l’Islam. Comprend l’humiliation systématique, de nombreuses interdictions, empêchements et infériorités. Il faut être non-musulman pour adorer ce statut. 

Diplomate – Confectionneur de plats moyen-orientaux dont toutes les recettes commencent par : « jeter Israël dans l’eau bouillante » (variante : « dans le four »). 

Djihad – Combat spirituel et intérieur qui consiste principalement à massacrer Juifs, chrétiens, hindouistes et musulmans dont la tête ne revient pas au djihadiste. 

Droit au retour – N’est pas un droit, et, pour ses bénéficiaires supposés, ne serait pas un retour. Imitation absurde de la Loi du retour, destinée à établir une fictive similarité entre Juifs et Palestiniens. 

Émeutes – Forme de critique littéraire ou artistique (voir : caricatures de Mahomet).

Enderlin (Charles) – Scénariste et producteur de fictions, capable de transformer le vivant en mort, de faire apparaître et disparaître les cicatrices, d’empêcher les blessures par balles de guerre de saigner. Journaliste à l’objectivité sans faille. Modèle professionnel de Jacques Chirac et des journalistes français. Détenteur de rushes invisibles, mais néanmoins accablants. Les montrera le jour suivant la Saint-Glinglin 2019, à cause d’une clause signée avec les acteurs, MM. Al-Dura père et fils.

Enfants – Futurs suicidés, s’ils sont palestiniens.

Envoyé spécial – Toujours disponible au bar du grand hôtel pour partager ses tuyaux avec ses collègues, qui les ont reçus des mêmes sources. Aurait pu écrire son papier avant d’arriver, sauf le prénom du chauffeur de taxi (Ahmed), qui permet de donner un visage humain à la souffrance palestinienne.

États-Unis – L’impérialisme incarné ; toujours exiger plus de subventions de leur part, et qu’ils traitent sur un pied d’égalité leurs amis et leurs ennemis.

Fatah – Organisation modérée dont le credo (Brigades des Martyrs d’Al-Aqsa) est de tuer des Juifs. On notera la différence radicale avec le Hamas (de pourritures), dont l’objectif est de tuer beaucoup plus de Juifs.

Finkielkraut (Alain) – Coupable. Le faire taire.

Fisk (Robert) – Il n’y a pas un mensonge que ce propagandiste anglais n’ait promulgué afin de mieux propager la vénération de ses idoles palestiniennes. Titulaire de la chaire Joseph Goebbels du reportage à l’université de Bir-Zeit.

Frères musulmans – Matrice du Hamas. L’extermination des Juifs est à son programme. Ne pas faire attention, c’est un artifice purement rhétorique pour mobiliser les masses.

Frustration (souvent usité en ajoutant « et colère ») – Condition infantilisante attribuée au Palestinien par les victimologues. Ailleurs, les êtres humains agissent sur une base politique, ils font des choix plus ou moins rationnels. Dans les « territoires », ce sont les émotions primitives qui sont censées devoir tout déterminer.

Garaudy (Roger) – Spécialiste du grand écart : rien de ce qui est antisémite ne lui aura été étranger.

Gauche – A enfin pu, pour l’essentiel, se débarrasser de cette aberration temporaire que fut sa brève sympathie pour Israël. On respire.

Gauchiste – S’est pris pour un Juif allemand pendant cinq minutes, il y a fort longtemps. Cela n’a heureusement pas duré. S’est rattrapé depuis.

Hôtel al-Mashtal, Gaza
Gaza – A la « densité démographique la plus élevée du monde ». Cliché journalistique inepte mais fréquent. 

Les chiffres officiels : 

Gaza : 3 823 hab./km2, 
Paris 11e : 41 053 hab./km2, 
Kowloon : 1,9 M. hab./km2. 

Genet (Jean) – La trajectoire la plus courte du SS au Palestinien : le sur-place.

Guerre des Six-Jours – Grande victoire syro-égyptienne, durant laquelle les chars israéliens furent lamentablement incapables de couvrir les derniers 50 km qui les séparaient de Damas et du Caire.

Ha’aretz – Hallucination collective dominante dans les régions septentrionales de Tel-Aviv, et qui met des lunettes roses devant les yeux des spectateurs.

Hamas (de pourritures) – Organisation charitable. Pourvoyeur de services sociaux pour les Palestiniens. Vecteur de La Rage et de La Frustration. Partisan irréductible de l’extermination des Juifs et d’Israël. Ne traiter le fait que comme exagération rhétorique bien compréhensible de la part des Victimes.

Hitler – N’en a pas fait assez. Mais ce qu’il a fait, mazette ! Objet d’admiration éperdue dans le monde arabo-musulman, lequel n’est pas antisémite « puisque les Arabes sont des Sémites ». Allez, encore une rafale ! Grand admirateur du mufti de Jérusalem, Hadj Amin Al-Husseini.

Holocauste – N’a jamais eu lieu. A eu lieu mais de façon bien moindre que ne le prétendent les Juifs. Grand mensonge inventé par les Juifs pour dominer le monde. Cf. le grand historien Ahmadinejad et le très grand historien David Irving. Voir Sigmund Freud : vous ne m’avez jamais prêté ce chaudron, d’ailleurs je vous l’ai rendu, et il était percé.

Honneur – (voir aussi dignité) Valeur absolue qui détermine le comportement au détriment de tout le reste : « l’honneur des Arabes », « l’honneur de l’Islam ». Exige, en particulier, le meurtre des filles, sans parler du meurtre des autres. Comportement toujours respectable parce que culturellement « authentique ».

Houri – 1/72ème de la récompense spirituelle des combattants. Virginité garantie, grâces rendues à Allah !

Human Rights Watch – A beau mentir qui vient de loin.

Impérialisme – Action magique menée à distance et secrètement, qui permet d’expliquer le tohu-bohu et l’arriération qui règnent au Moyen-Orient et la totalité des turpitudes commises par les classes dirigeantes. « C’est à cause de l’impérialisme que... »

Innocent – Catégorie inexistante hors le monde musulman. 

Intellectuel – « Il faut être un intellectuel pour croire des choses de ce genre : nul homme normal ne pourrait être aussi stupide. » George Orwell.

Intellectuel égyptien – L’examen qui certifie cette qualité comprend les épreuves suivantes : 

* classiques : Alfred Rosenberg, Le Mythe du XXe siècle 
* vocabulaire : insultes antisémites 
* littérature mondiale : Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf 
* histoire : Protocoles des Sages de Sion ; œuvres de David Irving

Irving (David)Grand historien anglais, persécuté par les Juifs.

Islam – Religion d’Amour, de Tolérance et de Paix, sauf tout le temps et partout pour des raisons hautement justifiées.

Islamophobie – Le fait de ne pas se prosterner devant la moindre manifestation de l’Islam. Suggérer, même à mots couverts, la moindre relation entre Islam et terreur est « islamophobe ». Insinuer, même prudemment, un lien entre émeutes de banlieues et religion d’origine ou de souche des perpétrateurs est ultra-islamophobe.

Jeningrad – Grenouille que les media objectifs (BBC, AFP, Reuters, Le Monde) avaient essayé de faire aussi grosse qu’un bœuf. La grenouille a explosé, non sans avoir, auparavant, fidèlement servi la Cause pendant quelques semaines. Les bovins n’en sont pas encore revenus : la farce dure d’habitude plus longtemps.

Jérusalem – Troisième lieu saint de l’Islam, premier lieu saint du Cliché journalistique. Comme le disaient feu Yasser Arafat et feu le roi Fayçal d’Arabie, il n’y a jamais eu de présence juive dans la ville. Curieuse manie des Juifs d’y voir leur unique lieu saint.

Juifs – Toupet infernal de dhimmis, qui, au lieu de se prosterner humblement, prétendent résister à la Nation d’Allah. Du jamais vu ! Le châtiment devrait être exemplaire.

Le MondeJournal clérical pratiquant de confession laïco-islamique. Bêtisier permanent de la génuflexion islamophile.

Lelong (Père) – Prêtre d’une bonté si angélique qu’il sourit béatiquement sous la torture infligée aux autres.

Liban – Pays que la France aime tellement qu’elle l’a laissé aux tendres soins de la Syrie et de l’Iran (« responsabilités historiques... liens affectifs... communauté culturelle... francophonie »).

Massacre – Au cas où un attentat aurait (temporairement, inexplicablement) retenu l’attention de la « communauté internationale » à cause du trop grand nombre de bébés israéliens tués, expliquer que le massacre « ne sert pas l’image [ou : les intérêts] de la cause palestinienne ». Suggérer, de plus, que le Mossad ou le Shabak (les services israéliens de sécurité – Ndlr) étaient impliqués.

Massignon (Louis) – Islamologue, inspirateur intellectuel de la « politique arabe de la France ». L’avait lui-même lancée dans les bordels homosexuels du Caire.

Mazen (Abou, dit Mahmoud Abbas) – Auteur d’une thèse de doctorat remarquée à l’université Patrice Lumumba de Moscou ; il y analysait le document qui prouvait l’existence d’un maléfique complot juif à travers les âges (cf. Protocoles des Sages de Sion). Depuis, s’est mué en modéré.

Mein Kampf – Excellente pédagogie quant à la nocivité des Juifs. En vente dans toutes les bonnes librairies arabes. Les nouvelles éditions moyen-orientales intitulent la traduction : Djihad. 

Modéré – Partisan de tuer un certain nombre de Juifs tout de suite, et les autres plus tard.

Monde diplomatique – Marquis de Norpois, Che Guevara, Jacques Mesrine, José Bové, Jean-Luc Godard, Félix Dzerjinski, Tartuffe.

Mossad – A monté la destruction des Tours Jumelles en manipulant des musulmans qui n’en étaient pas et étaient d’ailleurs incapables de monter un coup de ce genre, la Gloire d’Allah soit sur eux, puisque aucun vrai musulman… De plus, la CIA et Cheney étaient dans le coup.

MRAP – Mouvement pour le Respect d’Allah et de la Palestine : organisation communiste consacrée à la délégitimation d’Israël et à la paix entre les autres peuples.

Mur – À Berlin, servait à empêcher les Allemands de l’Est de fuir la RDA ; en Israël, sert à empêcher les assassins extérieurs de tuer ceux qui sont à l’intérieur. La totale ressemblance saute aux yeux.

Nasrallah (Cheikh) – A instamment émis le vœu qu’un grand nombre de Juifs s’installent en Israël afin qu’un plus grand nombre soit exterminé d’un coup à l’heure du grand règlement de compte. Omettre cette rhétorique de détail, somme toute bien compréhensible de la part des Opprimés. Homme politique qu’il convient d’intégrer au jeu parlementaire et de ne pas isoler (d’après un ancien premier ministre français à la chevelure abondante).

Nazis – Alliés et amis des Arabes, devenus malheureusement moins efficaces après 1945. 

Occupation – La raison pour laquelle un Palestinien vient de se coincer le doigt dans la porte. Qui ne voit pas la causalité est islamophobe.

ONG – Organisations auto-chargées d’avaliser la moindre baliverne émise par les organisations antisémites. N’ont jamais rencontré de dictateur arabe dont elles ne croient à la bonne foi, ni de tueur qui n’ait de circonstances atténuantes.

ONU – « Machin ». Embryon de droit international qui justifie à lui seul toutes les campagnes pour l’avortement. Jack l’éventreur y mène l’enquête, Pierrot le Fou y rend la justice, le prêtre y est un assassin récidiviste. Le pot-de-vin n’y est pas accepté à moins d’un hectolitre.

Pacifiste – Agneau qui adore dîner avec le loup, pourvu qu’Israël soit dans l’assiette (voir « idiot utile »).

Palestine – Petit bout de papier collé sur les cartes et atlas arabes pour cacher Israël.

Palestinien – (1) Bébé phoque de la gauche européenne et de la droite bien-pensante. (2) Espèce de victime largement préférée au Tibétain, au Darfourien, à l’Indien et autres. A l’avantage sur les autres d’être corrélatif de la haine du Juif. (3) D’apparition récente, inventé par le Colonel Nasser et fort prisé des régimes arabes et musulmans les jours de sommets diplomatiques. (4) N’est jamais responsable des conséquences de ses actions : c’est toujours la faute des autres.

Papon (Maurice) – Expéditeur spécialisé en futurs morts, et qui leur en veut. Figure moderne de Jean Valjean. N’a jamais rien fait dont son chef de service ait eu à rougir.

Peres (Shimon) – Avait signé des traités de coopération économique avec Sargon III, Nabuchodonosor, Hadj Amine al-Husseini. Toujours prêt à en signer d’autres.

Pierre (Abbé) – Si l’on ne peut même plus chercher la vérité historique auprès des révisionnistes, où va la charité ?

Plan de paix – Projet de « règlement » du conflit où la subtilité des détails proposés n’a pour but que de masquer les réalités. Il faut faire semblant d’y croire et s’agiter pour y faire croire. Il est impossible d’être Secrétaire d’État américain sans pondre un tel Plan qui portera son nom. Au fil des années l’activité s’est démocratisée : tout un chacun peut désormais y aller de son plan à lui.

Politique arabe (de la France) – Reconstitution velléitaire d’empire dissous ; reniement postdaté de la bataille de Poitiers ; lancée pour le compte du général de Gaulle par le nazi Jacques Benoist-Méchin ; l’art de faire financer par le contribuable français le don de crédits bonifiés, jamais remboursés, à certains pays, dans le but de leur faire soutenir le rôle soi-disant prééminent de la France dans le monde, tout en leur donnant des armes dont ils sont incapables de se servir. Voir aussi : financement des partis politiques français. Voir enfin : Jacques Chirac (financement des campagnes électorales de).

Porte (doigt dans la) – Instrument du complot juif – c’est l’endroit où le comploteur voulait introduire le doigt palestinien pour lui faire du mal. 

Presse arabe – Est à la politique arabe ce que les égouts sont aux cloaques.

Prisonnier – (a) palestinien : a droit à un avocat ; (b) sioniste : a droit à la torture.

Processus de paix – Beaucoup de processus, aucune paix. Permet à de nombreux diplomates de voyager en première classe pour y participer, à beaucoup de journalistes de secouer leurs micros, aux experts de pontifier. Il ne s’y passe jamais rien, mais quelle poudre aux yeux !

Production (terme économique) – Pratique peu usitée et nuisible à la cause palestinienne, qui a, avant tout, besoin d’armes.

Proportionnalité – Absence de réaction israélienne à une sanglante attaque arabe.

Protocoles des Sages de Sion – Best-seller, source toujours re-publiée de la Vérité historique. Voir Al-Ahram, et la quasi-totalité de la presse arabe et iranienne. Ne pas faire attention, de toute façon, c’est juste de la propagande.

Qaradawi (Cheikh) – Islamiste modéré courtisé par le Département d’État des États-Unis, le MI6 britannique, le Quai d’Orsay : en effet, ses fatwas ne sont des « licences de tuer » qu’envers les Israéliens, les militaires américains et quelques autres catégories négligeables. Ouf, on respire.

Quai d’Orsay – Bâtiment de belle allure sis sur les rives de la Seine. Peuplé de personnages à particules qui ne voient que ce qu’ils veulent croire. Rempli de praticiens horizontaux de la politique arabe de la France.

Rage – Voir : frustration. Terme censé tout expliquer. Résultat naturel de la condition victimaire. Accepté comme raison suffisante de l’action terroriste. « Qui a la rage a tous les droits, en particulier celui d’assassiner ».

Réfugié – Si c’est un Palestinien, caste héréditaire : on est réfugié de père en fils et de mère en fille, comme certains sont cordonniers ou serfs. Exception géopolitique unique : nul ne parle des « réfugiés » allemands (12 millions d’expulsés en 1945) ni de leurs enfants, petits-enfants et arrières petits enfants. Entretenu depuis 1948 par le contribuable occidental (UNWRA), ce qui permet de maudire ce dernier du matin au soir.

Résistance – Terme mésusé depuis longtemps pour valoriser l’assassinat des civils en Israël, en excipant d’une parenté avec le mouvement français du même nom qui, de 1940 à 1944, n’assassinait jamais de civils allemands, encore moins de femmes et d’enfants. On voit tout à fait Jean Moulin torturer les enfants de Klaus Barbie (au cas où il n’y arriverait pas, Jacques Vergès accourrait à la rescousse).

Reuters – Agence de fabrication et d’usage de faux photographiques et autres. Sa bonne foi a été moult fois surprise depuis trente ans.

Rice (Condoleezza) – N’en a jamais fini d’apprendre que les roues sont rondes ; c’est qu’elle n’en avait auparavant aucune idée. Grande universitaire spécialiste de la Russie, qui n’a jamais publié le moindre papier sur la question.

Rue arabe – En anglais, rent-a-crowd (« louer une foule » – Ndlr). Population urbaine oisive, toujours disponible pour accourir là où les services de police appropriés lui remettent les slogans du jour (Israël, États-Unis). Par miracle, la BBC et CNN sont toujours sur place là où les manifestations spontanées vont avoir lieu (ne pas oublier les banderoles en anglais, SVP).

Rushdie (Salman) – Fatwa à exécuter.

Saïd (Edward) – Abandonna son existence fictive d’Égyptien de souche chrétienne aux États-Unis pour accéder à une identité inventée de Palestinien : un pseudo-faux. Application bien léchée des théories de son mentor Michel Foucault : il n’y a pas de vérité, il n’y a que des perspectives. Lanceur de cailloux fournis par le Hezbollah : ce jour-là, il se cassa un ongle.

Saramago (José) – Prix Nobel de littérature, mais très faible en calcul : confond en effet le chiffre 52 avec le chiffre 1,5 million (voir Jenine-Auschwitz). Prouve que la réalité dépasse la fiction.

Sderot – Ville israélienne qui illustre ce qu’est une « trêve » vue par le Hamas : nous arrosons une ville israélienne de roquettes et de missiles quand nous le voulons ; il est crucial que les diplomates et les ONG appellent Israël à faire preuve de retenue.

Sermon (khutbah) – Appel au meurtre pour des raisons que Le Monde et l’AFP trouvent toujours compréhensibles (voir : occupation). Ne jamais en citer, cela pourrait ternir l’image des Palestiniens.

Sharon (Ariel, dit Arik) – A personnellement égorgé avec sadisme plus de quatre-vingts Palestiniens dans les « camps » de « réfugiés » de Sabra et Chatila. A également personnellement torturé 879 321 Palestiniens, gazé sept millions d’entre eux, érigé un mur pour empêcher les victimes de ses nombreux crimes de venir légitimement tuer des civils israéliens. A, de plus, écrasé un bon nombre d’armées arabes au combat.

Sioniste (entité) – Physiologiquement, le larynx arabe n’est pas apte à prononcer les syllabes is-ra-ël, ce qui est un drame anatomique. Ce mot-substitut, inventé par les phonologistes arabes, permet donc de nommer la chose sans émettre le son approprié. Bel exemple de compensation culturelle d’un défaut physique. Qui a médit de la science des Arabes ?

Sommet arabe – Groupe d’individus bedonnants et barbus qui crient très fort sans se soucier du contenu, pourvu qu’à la fin, Israël soit condamné, ainsi que les États-Unis. S’embrassent de temps en temps sans se soucier des conséquences épidémiologiques.

Streicher (Julius) – « C’est notre père à tous ! » Influent professeur émérite à l’Institut arabe de journalisme (Le Caire et Beyrouth).

Suez – Grande victoire panarabe (1956), sous la direction des grands chefs de guerre arabes Eisenhower et Boulganine.

Suicide – Action interdite par l’islam, mais rendu licite et désirable par l’assassinat simultané d’un ou de nombreux Juifs (en Irak, faute de Juifs, le Chiite fera l’affaire).

Syrie – Pays dont les dirigeants sont des parangons d’honnêteté, d’intégrité et de bonne foi. Les prisons y sont vides, les salles de torture propres, les usines flambant neuves, les policiers sans reproche, et la croissance économique énorme. Favorite du Quai d’Orsay.

Terrorisme – Arme du faible contre le fort (300 millions d’Arabes, 1,2 milliard de musulmans, contre 6,5 millions d’Israéliens).

Tolérance – Notion inusitée. 

Torture – Continuation de la politique arabe par d’autres moyens.

Turc – Occupant, exploiteur et tyran pendant neuf siècles environ. N’a pas suscité de résistance à l’impérialisme, au colonialisme et à l’exploitation.

Union soviétique (aussi : Russie poutinienne) – Meilleure amie des arabes (jusqu’en 1991). L’extermination des musulmans chez elle lui est rarement reprochée.

Unité arabe – Fétiche brandi à tout bout de champ pendant qu’on s’entre-égorge ; ne jamais oublier la crécelle !

Unité palestinienne – (voir : unité arabe). Scandez le slogan, si vous êtes un tueur du Hamas, pendant que vous poussez un tueur du Fatah du haut du toit d’un immeuble élevé : ça donne une dignité politique très chic à votre action.

Utérus – Arme secrète des Palestiniens – voir le slogan « Avec nos utérus, nous libérerons la Palestine » qui se réfère à l’ « arme démographique ». Lieu saint du féminisme arabo-musulman. Curieusement ignoré par les féministes occidentales, qui ne veulent la contraception que pour elles-mêmes, et, à la rigueur, [pour la partie du] tiers-monde qui n’a pas pour devoir l’extermination d’Israël.

Verger (voir aussi : oliveraie) – Lieu sacré du culte journalistique de l’innocence paysanne bafouée par la soldatesque : « Les troupes israéliennes ont coupé les arbres des vergers ».

Victime – État natif, permanent et éternel du Palestinien.

Villepin – Postiche qui a eu naguère le désir de devenir perruque. Le fameux auteur de science-fiction Bossuet avait consacré un sermon à l’anticiper : « vanitas vanitatvm et omnia vanitas ».

Par Daniel Greenfield 
On est en train de pendre Israël publiquement sur un gibet érigé par l’ONU, avec une corde joyeusement fournie par le monde musulman. Cependant, les bourreaux sont principalement les Occidentaux, qui croient encore que la mort d’une unique victime permettra d’apaiser la foule musulmane lyncheuse qui est sur le pas de leur porte.
Quand vous êtes sur le point d’être pendu, il y a trois choses que vous pouvez faire. Vous pouvez marcher fièrement, déclamer une ou deux paroles glorieuses afin que votre supplice soit inscrit dans la mémoire et dans l’Histoire, puis, vous laisser pendre. Les Juifs ont une longue expérience de ce genre de martyre.
Une autre possibilité est de plaider votre cause d’un bout à l’autre du chemin menant à la potence, affirmer qu’il y a erreur, que votre affaire n’a pas été jugée de façon correcte, supplier qu’on vous écoute et que l’on fasse quelque chose. Cette méthode aussi aboutit à la pendaison. Mais c’est là la pendaison d’un esclave, sans une once de dignité. Un homme qui meurt en suppliant ses assassins, et qui s’en remet à l’honnêteté de menteurs et d’hypocrites – dont les crimes sont tels, que les pires méfaits du condamné sont des vertus en comparaison –, un tel homme n’est qu’un misérable pleutre.
En réalité, quand on vous passe la corde au cou, il n’y a qu’une chose que vous puissiez faire : résister. Le principe du nœud coulant est qu’il vous serre le cou jusqu’à vous priver d’air, ou jusqu’à vous briser la nuque. En résistant au resserrement du nœud, il est possible de survivre. Au contraire, si vous respectez toute la procédure, si vous vous laissez lier les mains dans le dos et passer la corde au cou tout en gardant confiance dans le système, votre mort est inévitable.
Cela fait dix-sept ans qu’Israël marche vers la potence. Ses dirigeants l’y ont conduit à l’aide d’un anneau passé dans le nez, l’anneau des garanties internationales. Son peuple s’y est laissé mener en refusant de voir ce qui l’attendait, alors même qu’on nettoyait la chaussée du sang répandu. Chaque tentative de parvenir à une solution pacifique, chaque concession et chaque marque de bonne volonté ne faisaient que resserrer les liens autour de ses poignets et le nœud autour de son cou.
C’est que chacune des concessions qu’Israël a faites n’a eu pour résultat que de réduire non seulement sa capacité de se défendre, mais même sa capacité de faire des choses aussi élémentaires que construire des logements résidentiels dans la capitale de sa propre nation. Chaque geste qu’a fait Israël, chaque accord qu’il a signé, l’ont enfermé dans une situation toujours plus contraignante, et sans jamais amener la moindre paix. Le seul résultat a toujours été de placer la barre plus haut pour la série de concessions exigées par l’ennemi, par ses auxiliaires et par ses complices, lors de la prochaine phase des négociations.
Ce n’est pas un processus de paix, et ce n’en a jamais été un. C’est un lynchage public. C’est le lynchage d’un pays dont le seul crime réel est d’exister, son existence constituant une offense pour le fanatisme religieux et les préjugés d’un milliard de musulmans qui contrôlent une grande partie des ressources mondiales de pétrole, et dont les adeptes sont prêts à se déchaîner et à tuer dans les rues de pratiquement toutes les grandes villes du monde, à la plus légère offense.
Ce lynchage a commencé par un procès dans lequel l’assassin portait un beau costume tandis que sa victime était au banc des accusés, revêtue d’une combinaison orange [NdT – uniforme des condamnés]. Tous les jours que dura ce procès, l’assassin avait toute latitude de quitter le prétoire et de tuer à nouveau, et chaque soir, quand il y revenait, le juge et les jurés faisaient mine de ne pas voir ses mains sanglantes. Et si la victime osait attirer l’attention sur ces mains couvertes de sang, on la réduisait au silence en affirmant que ces crimes étaient aussi de sa faute. N’avait-elle pas provoqué l’assassin, ne l’avait-elle pas incité à les commettre ?
À présent, le procès se termine. La comédie se dénoue, et l’on voit que tout cela n’avait rien à voir avec la paix. De cela, nous pouvons remercier le Hamas et Obama. Au dernier round, les choses ne sont que trop évidentes. C’est la réparation de cette « erreur » par laquelle la plus ancienne et la plus persécutée des minorités du Moyen-Orient a pu soustraire un court moment son pays à la tyrannie des califes et des sultans, pour que ses membres, persécutés à l’est comme à l’ouest, au sud comme au nord, aient une patrie. Cette erreur.
Cette année même où le régime iranien viole et assassine les contestataires à la suite d’une élection volée ; cette année où la Chine et la Corée du Nord continuent de torturer et d’assassiner les opposants politiques ; cette année où l’Arabie Saoudite et Dubaï continuent à exploiter des esclaves asiatiques, et où Chavez, au Venezuela, continue de supprimer les médias indépendants et de faire incarcérer les opposants ; cette année où la Turquie continue de détenir des milliers de prisonniers politiques kurdes tout en occupant Chypre ; cette année où la Russie continue de démanteler la démocratie et d’assassiner les journalistes ; où le Soudan continue de perpétrer un génocide, et où le reste du monde émet des reproches, mais continue de vaquer à ses affaires habituelles : cette année, c’est Israël qui est le principal coupable, pour des actes aussi lâches que d’avoir peut-être assassiné un chef terroriste du Hamas à Dubaï, ou d’avoir intercepté une flottille qui apportait de l’aide et du renfort au Hamas. Tous les pays, y compris ceux de la liste qui précède, brandissent leurs condamnations et exigent qu’Israël rende des comptes. Des comptes pour quoi ? Pour avoir refusé de se laisser lyncher.
Chaque fois qu’Israël s’efforce d’être arrangeant, il ne fait que se rapprocher du gibet. Il permet que le nœud se resserre autour de son cou. Et chaque fois que cela se produit, il doit lutter plus durement encore pour pouvoir respirer. À la fin, si cela continue, il ne pourra plus respirer du tout. Il ne sera plus qu’une triste silhouette se balançant désespérément sous le vent chaud du désert, tandis que les cris « Itbah al-Yahoud » [NdT – Mort aux Juifs] retentiront parmi les décombres des villes et des jardins de Jérusalem, de Haïfa, de Tel-Aviv et d’Ariel.
Ce n’est pas en étant conciliant face à une foule de lyncheurs qu’Israël pourra survivre, mais seulement en ayant le courage de l’affronter. Quand une communauté internationale, sur l’injonction de la foule musulmane des lyncheurs, dicte les conditions de la survie d’Israël, il faut que celui-ci élargisse le champ en les faisant passer de l’autre côté. S’ils veulent reconnaître ces terroristes, tuons ces terroristes. S’ils veulent briser le blocus de Gaza, reprenons Gaza. S’ils veulent créer de façon unilatérale un État palestinien, annexons ces territoires. La conciliation, c’est le nœud coulant. L’affrontement, c’est la liberté de respirer. Chaque fois qu’Israël bat en retraite, on le condamne pour cela. Quand il progresse, il est aussi condamné, mais il étend sa liberté d’action.
Le monde entier condamnera toujours Israël, quelles que soient ses intentions. Cependant, comme toute forme d’insulte, ces condamnations ne font que prendre de l’ampleur quand Israël se laisse dicter ce qu’il doit faire. Israël est condamné non pas pour ce qu’il fait, mais en raison de la convergence de trois tendances maladives qui sont le fanatisme islamique, la gauche radicale et une attitude de dhimmi à l’échelon international. Un tel mouvement de haine ne peut pas être défait. Il ne peut qu’être ignoré.
Quand vous écoutez les menaces et les quolibets de ceux qui vous haïssent, vous leur permettez d’exercer un pouvoir sur vous. Si vous essayez d’adopter une attitude plus conciliante pour gagner leurs faveurs, cela ne peut qu’accroître leur haine débordante. En effet, ce qu’ils haïssent, ce n’est pas votre attitude, c’est vous. En leur montrant votre faiblesse, vous les invitez à vous attaquer. En donnant à vos ennemis du pouvoir sur vous, vous ne pouvez réussir qu’à les rendre impatients de profiter de votre vulnérabilité. En continuant de la sorte, vous vous condamnez à devenir un esclave ou un cadavre : un esclave s’ils voient une utilité à vous garder vivant, un cadavre dans le cas contraire. Dans un cas comme dans l’autre, vous mettez la tête dans le nœud coulant qu’ils vous ont préparé.
Israël ne peut pas continuer dans cette voie. Aucun pays ne pourrait le faire longtemps. Et cependant, c’est ce qu’il fait. Israël avance vers la potence tout en dénonçant une terrible erreur. Mais il n’y a pas d’erreur. Pas du tout. Les exécuteurs acquiescent aimablement et promettent de vérifier, tout en lui liant les mains dans le dos. C’est une comédie et tout le monde le sait, sauf le plus idiot des lyncheurs et sauf le condamné.
Cependant, comme le condamné qui refuse qu’on lui bande les yeux avant l’exécution, nous continuons de nous entendre dire que nous devons éviter de faire des remous. Allons-y tran