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

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

          Fairline Boats celebrates 100th Squadron 78 milestone   


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

          Indiana: Deal Reached in Suit Over Concert Deaths   
The country duo Sugarland, the concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants have agreed to pay $39 million to settle claims from the 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse....
          Regional Director - Canadian Diabetes Association - Toronto, ON   
Eleven million Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes. Diabetes Canada is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent....
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          Communications Manager - Canadian Diabetes Association - Toronto, ON   
Eleven million Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes. 1-year CONTRACT OPPORTUNITY....
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          Communications Coordinator - Canadian Diabetes Association - Toronto, ON   
Eleven million Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes. 1-year CONTRACT OPPORTUNITY....
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          Coordinator, Leadership Philanthropy & Stewardship - Canadian Diabetes Association - Toronto, ON   
Eleven million Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes. Diabetes Canada is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent....
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          Talent Acquisition Specialist - Canadian Diabetes Association - Toronto, ON   
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          Coordinator, Community Partnership - Canadian Diabetes Association - Calgary, AB   
Eleven million Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes. Diabetes Canada is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent....
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          Custodial Service Worker - Aiken Regional Medical Center   
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          Chris Christie Announces New Jersey Government Shutdown, Orders State Of Emergency   

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          Split airport records biggest passenger traffic in Croatia   

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

          Croatian airports record 7% more passengers in Jan-July   

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

          Seasonal Warehouse Worker - Walmart - Riegelsville, PA   
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          Flexible Warehouse Employee - Walmart - Riegelsville, PA   
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          Seasonal Warehouse Employee - Walmart - Riegelsville, PA   
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          Flexible Warehouse Worker - Walmart - Riegelsville, PA   
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          What I think I've learnt: Part 1   
Way to sound super confident, hey? But the title of this blog post is true, at this stage all I have is a list of things I *think* I've learnt through the process of rewriting, and rewriting, Secrets & Speed Dating. I think I need a few (lot!) more books under my belt before I'm vaguely confident I've learnt anything at all :)

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

So...Part One:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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"They make magic with the money ..."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Translation: Amy Fetchman

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

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


(Gregory Lalieu Michel Collon)

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

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

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

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

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

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

What do you mean by imperialism?

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

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

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

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

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

What Was Tunisia important for the United States?

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

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

Nasser announced the nationalization of the Suez Canal in 1956

Can we be both nationalist and pro-imperialist?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What were the effects of this new economic policy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: www.michelcollon.info
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Democratic Transition in Tunisia

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

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

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

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

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

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

What remains of the old regime?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

react today Western countries and Arab neighbors?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Interview by Eros Sana

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

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Cree Egypt

A Cairene said the regime crisis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Trebling the number of loans'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'A relaxation of lenders' credit policies'

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

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

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

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

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          Langston Galloway, Pistons Reportedly Agree to 3-Year, $21 Million Contract   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more NBA Central news on BleacherReport.com

          Man who needed air in tires, bought lottery ticket wins $1M   
BALLSTON, N.Y. (AP) -- A New York man who stopped at a convenience store to put air in his tires and ended up buying a lottery ticket has won a $1 million jackpot....
          3 Ways to Increase Your Conversion Rate with Data-Driven Marketing   
Campaign Monitor is the leading provider of simple and elegant email marketing software for business. 2 million marketing professionals at more than 150,000 companies around the world, like Rip Curl, BuzzFeed, and Birchbox, use Campaign Monitor to run ...
          3 Email Marketing Best Practices for B2C Marketers   
Campaign Monitor is the leading provider of simple and elegant email marketing software for business. 2 million marketing professionals at more than 150,000 companies around the world, like Rip Curl, BuzzFeed, and Birchbox, use Campaign Monitor to run ...
          R2-D2 from Star Wars sold for nearly $3 million at LA auction    
R2-D2, a droid character that appeared in several Star Wars films, was auctioned off for $2.76 million Wednesday.
          $1 M grant award for Santa Anita Park Field will help nearly double play time   
City of Santa Ana Community: $1 Million Grant Award for Santa Anita Park Field Will Help Nearly Double Play Time / Parque Santa Anita Recibe $1 Millón de Dólares The City of Santa Ana’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Agency is the proud recipient of the State of California Youth Soccer and Recreation Development Program’s […]
          MS looking to invest in Facebook   
Software Giant and makers of the Xbox console Microsoft are interested in buying 5% of online community site Facebook. For Facebook this would add an extra $15 billion in terms of value to the compan, which shot to fame in a very short time span. the actual value for the shares is an estimated $400 million.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

          Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги   

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

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги


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

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги

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

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

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги


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

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги

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

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги

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

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги

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

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги

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

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При этом она сообщила, что сама очень хочет спать.

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

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги

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

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

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги

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

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

Поклонники Баян Есентаевой не спали ночью ради ее книги

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

Трансляция с презентации книги:

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

Los Angeles Times

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

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

Los Angeles Times

What the Senate healthcare bill could mean for Californians
Los Angeles Times
The Affordable Care Act has had a huge impact on California, where roughly 4 million people have gained insurance and the percentage of uninsured residents has dropped more than half. Below is a breakdown of some of the ways the Senate bill could ...
Senate health care bill called 'devastating' to CaliforniaSan Francisco Chronicle
New GOP health-care plan could wreck Medi-Cal, complicate California's single-payer effortPress-Enterprise
California Insurance Commissioner Issues Statement Following Senate Republicans' Health Care ProposalSierra Sun Times
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          After Defying Trump On Climate Change & Immigration, California Clears Way For Universal Healthcare - Forbes   


          Should I be concerned about ransomware attacking my Mac?   

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

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

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

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

The Bad News For Mac Users

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

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

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

The Good News

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

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

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

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

Don’t Let Your Guard Down

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

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

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

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

          Baker-Polito Administration: $1.3 Million for River Restoration Schemes   
The Baker-Polito Administration has announced $1.352.250 in state and federal grant funds for five river restoration projects within the City of Taunton, and the Towns of East Bridgewater, Falmouth and Plymouth through the Department of Fish and Game’s DER Priority Projects Program. The program provides projects with grant funding, project management, and contracted technical services […]
          New Investments Announced for Waterfront Toronto   
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, and Mayor of the City of Toronto, John Tory, joined Waterfront Toronto CEO Will Fleissig earlier this week to announce joint funding of $1.185 billion for Waterfront Toronto. The Government of Canada will contribute up to $384 million to this project, and […]
          AvH and CFE to Combine Their Construction Activities   
The boards of directors of Ackermans & van Haaren and CFE are examining the possible combination of their construction activities. The proposed combination includes activities of Van Laere group and CFE Contracting under CFE. Van Laere group realized a turnover of 195 million euros in 2016. It is fully owned by Ackermans & van Haaren. […]
          Port of Long Beach to Continue Modernization   
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a $748 million budget for the Port of Long Beach in the next fiscal year, with more than 60 percent set aside to continue a modernization program that is the largest of any U.S. seaport. The budget will be now presented to the Long Beach City […]
          An Algorithm Designed Millions Of Unique Labels For Nutella Jars   
The campaign packaged seven million jars of Nutella with one-of-a-kind and colorful computer-generated artwork
          Surprise! Boeing is donating $1 million to the Trump inauguration   
The Boeing Company plans to give $1 million to support President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration events. The announcement comes just days after Trump's tweets about Boeing. He claimed that costs for building new Air Force One jets are out of control, and that orders for the 747s should be canceled.
          Cross-Country Airline Flight Powered By Logging Slash   
A project to demonstrate that jets could someday be powered by logging leftovers from Northwest forests gets a culminating test Monday morning. A Boeing 737 is scheduled to take off with fuel tanks filled partly with a wood-based jet fuel. Alaska Airlines fueled a regularly scheduled cross-country flight from Seattle to Washington, DC with a blend of 80 percent regular jet fuel and 20 percent "biojet." In a sign of how safe the makers think this fuel is, the test flight will carry newly reelected members of Congress back to Washington, D.C., for a lame duck session. A $40 million, five year grant from the USDA funded the consortium of university labs and private industry that refined the biofuel. Washington State University Professor Ralph Cavalieri, project director at the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance , said dozens of previous test flights have taken off with alternative jet fuel. "What is unique about this one is that in the past the alternative jet fuels have been made
          01/07/2017: FRONT PAGE: Angry retailers condemn ‘unfair’ plan for bottle recycling scheme   
TOM GORDON Scotland found a deposit-and-return scheme, with customers paying a small premium for bottles which would be redeemed by returning empties, could cost retailers £40.7 million to set up and packagers £44.5m a year to run. Potential extra...
          Predators sign Bonino away from Pens and trade Wilson to Avs   
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern Saturday, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract....
          01/07/2017: FRONT PAGE: ‘20% of EU farming subsidies go to richest’   
EMILY BEAMENT Sir James Dyson’s farming business was the biggest private recipient of EU basic payments in the UK in 2016, receiving £1.6 million, Greenpeace said. New entrants on the environmental charity’s top-100 subsidy recipients this year...
          01/07/2017: FRONT PAGE: Super-prison out of step with policy of cutting the number of inmates   
PLANS for a super-prison for women in Inverclyde seemed ill-conceived from the start. The £75 million project, brought forward by Kenny MacAskill when he was justice secretary, appeared to run counter to Scottish Government policy of reducing the...
          01/07/2017: FRONT PAGE: Mel B ‘wiped out fortune’   
MEL B has wiped out her multi-million Spice Girls fortune after leading an “extravagant” lifestyle, a court was told as the star appeared at her bitter divorce battle for the first time. The singer, 42, attended court in Los Angeles yesterday to face...
          01/07/2017: PUZZLES: Trinity Mirror sets aside another £7.5m to settle phone-hacking claims   
RAVENDER SEMBHY TRINITY Mirror has set aside an additional £7.5 million to settle phone-hacking allegations. The latest provision means that the newspaper publisher has put aside a total of £60m to cover costs relating to the scandal, which includes...
          01/07/2017: PUZZLES: Law firm targets £4.5m in client wins this year   
MARGARET TAYLOR SPECIALIST personal injury firm Road Traffic Accident Law Scotland is on course to recover £4.5 million in client damages in the current financial year, bringing the total recovered in its fouryear history to £12m. The firm, whose...
          01/07/2017: PUZZLES: Omega Diagnostics wins backing as revenues increase   
OMEGA Diagnostics has secured £2.6 million growth funding from investors as the company prepares for the launch of its HIV testing kit following delays. Alva-based Omega said the funding will allow the firm to capitalise on the growth opportunities...
          01/07/2017: PUZZLES: Royal raises £75m in share issue   
ROYAL Bank of Scotland has raised £75 million by issuing a tranche of ordinary new shares. The state-backed lender announced to the market last night that it had sold 29,000,000 new ordinary shares at a price of 259.05p per new ordinary share. The...
          Investment Advisor - RBC - Fort McMurray, AB   
We employ approximately 78,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through...
From RBC - Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:39:53 GMT - View all Fort McMurray, AB jobs
          LeBron on Twitter Ponders Why There is a Salary Cap; Says Steph Curry Worth $400 Million   
LeBron on Twitter Ponders Why There is a Salary Cap; Says Steph Curry Worth $400 Million

          Democrats Need To Recognize That Obama Screwed Over The Working Class   
Liberals see Obama as an economic savior who stopped a financial crisis, created scores of (crappy or part time) jobs, and did his best to fight for the little guy. That’s what the Left says. Stoller added that the evidence presents a different picture and one that offers a reason why Trump beat Hillary Clinton last November. For starters, Obama allowed the banks for foreclose on nearly 10 million homes, favored creditors over borrowers when both probably should have been shouldering the burden of the housing crisis together, and didn’t prosecute anyone who was involved in almost setting the world...
          Liberals may hate Trump’s first 10 days, but GOP base loves it   
Many of the dominant images from President Trump’s first 10 days in office make it look as if the country is turning on him. The millions who protested him at women’s marches across the country. The thousands who jammed airports over the weekend to support immigrants and refugees hurt by his travel ban. Nevertheless, it’s unlikely any of this early backlash will mean much to the swing-state voters who sent Trump to the White House to deliver a message that the political system wasn’t working for them. “Is the white, blue-collar voter in Pennsylvania going to be upset by all...
          Cat-licking and 'Dirty Jobs': Mike Rowe nails why Trump won   
"These two candidates were the choices we gave ourselves, and each came with a heaping helping of vulgarity and impropriety. Yeah, it was dirty job for sure, but the winner was NOT decided by a racist and craven nation – it was decided by millions of disgusted Americans desperate for real change. The people did not want a politician. The people wanted to be seen. Donald Trump convinced those people that he could see them. Hillary Clinton did not." - Mike Rowe
          CBS News: Millionaire Clinton spotlights middle-class roots (LOL Alert)   
Hillary Clinton is a former First Lady, a former senator, and a former secretary of state. She is the Democratic nominee for president. But on Thursday, Clinton also gave herself another title: "a mom who works." "I loved what I did," Clinton wrote about her job as a lawyer in an op-ed. "And it was important to me to contribute to my family's finances, especially now that we were having a baby." Clinton recounted learning that the law firm where she worked before her daughter Chelsea was born didn't have a maternity leave policy. Clinton "decided to take matters into...
          Labor Day 2016   
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION The strongest middle class the world has ever known was not built overnight.   Nor was it destroyed overnightIt was achieved by men and women who believed that living up to the promise of this Nation meant more than hoping for the best   it meant toiling in the day, working through the night, and proving that theirs was a future worth fighting for. Labor Day 2016 and we have nearly 95 million adult Americans out of the labor force. Thank you Obama!On Labor Day, we celebrate the grit and...
          Kitchen Stewar - The Morton Arboretum   
IL-Lisle, Overview: About Aramark Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Compan
          Food Prep Worker - Constellation Nuclear   
NY-Lycoming, Overview: About Aramark Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Compan
          Cook Supervisor - Tri-County Regional Jail   
OH-Mechanicsburg, Overview: About Aramark Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Compan
          Cook Supervisor - London Correctional Institution   
OH-London, Overview: About Aramark Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Compan
          Cook Supervisor - Southern Ohio Correctional Facility   
OH-Lucasville, Overview: About Aramark Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Compan
          Cook Supervisor - Wyandotte County Detention Center   
KS-Kansas City, Overview: About Aramark Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Compan
          Cook (Spooner Health - FNS)   
WI-Spooner, Overview: About Aramark Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Compan
          Cook Supervisor - Alexandria County Jail   
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          Event/Game Day Supervisor - IUP Crimson Catering/KCAC - Cash & Special Evnt   
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          Source: J.J. Redick Takes 1-Year, $23 M Deal From 76ers   
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          Latinos Key To U.S. Economic Growth, Study Finds   
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          Millionstøtte til forebyggende indsat for socialt udsatte    
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          Zong Pakistan Jobs July 2017   
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          Bob Dylan’s Newport Folk Festival Electric Guitar Sells For Nearly $1 Million   
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          28-Room Wayland Mansion Up For Auction   
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          Boston Church Considers Selling First Book Published in North America   
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          Masonic Mass Murder on the Somme 101 Years Ago   
Masonic Mass Murder on the Somme 101 Years Ago
 “Testament of Youth,” poignantly dramatizes lives shattered by Judeo Masonic First World War.
On July 1,1916, General Douglas Haig, a Freemason, began the Battle of the Somme which by November resulted in the death of one million white, "Christian"British patriots in their prime. Fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, lovers. War is a ruse by which the globalist satanic elite kills patriots under the guise of national duty.  
“When we started to fire, we just had to load and reload. They went down in their hundreds. We didn’t have to aim, we just fired into them. ” German machine gunner.
from July 12, 2015
by Henry Makow Ph.D.

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

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

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

(left, Douglas Haig, Elgin Lodge #91)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Gates Writes for the New York Times

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

Gates Has Already Put His Money Where His Mouth Is

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

The Who

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

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

(1) How were the Twin Towers destroyed?

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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

Search for the swallowed woman

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

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

For the video:

 "And the Earth Shall Swallow up..." 


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

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

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

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

Deadly floods and landslides hit southern China, 7.44 million affected

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Motion Industries Austin
The event will be an entire week long convention mainly dedicated technical workshops and education discussion and activities. Events that take place, beyond the education you'll get in workshops and be able to use there and as soon as you get home... There will be screenings of the NASA movie, “Money”, Nine Inch Nails movie “Ghost eight”, and Addictive TV's “Slumdog Millionaire Remix” and many more will take place for the festival-goer audience's pleasure and critique.

Please come and pay us more attention, and pay yourself a favor and come out and play as I'm sure you'll enjoy this video motion design convention. In 2009 the festival has already been held in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois and is now being held in Austin, Texas.

If you think this is a new event, it all began in 2006 at the Chicago Motion Graphics Festival, moving on becoming an annual event in 2007. And in 2008, the motion graphics Festival was held three times once in Chicago once in Orlando, Florida then once more in Boston, Massachusetts.

This years third venue, Austin has been considered a technology and Internet hot-spot over the last decade were the culture match is the level of technological progression. If you're not from Texas, I hope you're surprised and definitely appreciate and enjoy Austin and the surrounding areas. As the capital of Texas this town adds a flair with some Southern history and hospitality as well as an interesting community. The city and surrounding area has many sites to be seen that will be a great setting for your time away from the festival.

For those not there for the site seeing, but desiring something to do to have a grand ol' time, the city does sleep but there are plenty of places to have a wild time awake, if you're into having a blast after the educational events. Drag some of your fellow festival-goers off to an Austin Sixth Street club or bar to dance and drink the night away.

...And if you're in Austin denizen, check out the events and enjoy the quality movies with those temporarily in your hometown. What would you lose? It's just a seven dollars admission fee. You might lose a good time otherwise and there's no major deterrent from other more local technophiles to make their way down to the shows and there will likely will be a bigger turnout than you and everyone else might expect.

          Business Coach - How to Build Your Million Dollar Network   
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Business Coach and international best-selling author William R. Patterson appears on How to Win Friends and Influence People the Grace and Charm Way with Walethia Aquil to share strategies for building your million dollar network.

          Grow Your Million Dollar Business and Network   
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http://www.baronseries.com/business_coaching.htm | Business Coach and PCOS Challenge Television Show Executive Producer William R. Patterson Appears on the "Wealthy Ways Show" with host Willie Jolley. This week's topics include how to: (1) Grow a multi-million dollar business and network (2) Develop the right business model for building wealth (3) Create multiple streams of income in your business (4) Leverage new wealth building tips for small business owners and investors (5) PCOS Challenge television show to help women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
          Wealth Coach William R. Patterson - Wealth Mindset and Strategies That Create Millions   
Wealth coach and international best-selling author William R. Patterson reveals the new mindset and strategies needed to create millions in today's economy. For more information, visit http://www.baronseries.com/coaching.htm Learn how to accelerate your path to financial independence and save years of wasted time. Discover ways to protect your finances, generate multiple streams of income, and quickly build wealth in any economic environment.
          Wealth Coach William R. Patterson - How to Write Books That Sell   
Best-selling Author Secrets Part I - Don't think you have the time or skill to write a best-selling book? Don't think you can build wealth rapidly and create multiple streams of income in a down economy? Join international best-selling author William R. Patterson and expert writing coach N. Kali Mincy as they prove you wrong and share their success secrets. Learn their accelerated process for writing, publishing and book marketing. For more information, visit http://www.baronseries.com/book-marketing-coaching.htm In this workshop, you will learn how to: (1) Identify great story ideas that will excite publishers, generate a dedicated audience and make you money (2) Minimize writer's block so you can stay motivated and quickly get your book completed (3) Effectively use back story and emotion to create real characters and tell compelling stories that can propel you to best-seller status (4) Discover ways to tell readers more—in less time and with fewer pages (5) Use valuable literary techniques that have sold millions of books worldwide (6) Ensure that every word you write contributes significantly to your story
          Comment on Video: Employee Held at Gunpoint Remains Fearless For a Reason by Dick Tracy   
Actually you're wrong Nig Nog , if you look at the percentiles you'd recind that comment. It's like this kiddo, shitskins make up 13% of the populous here in America & they commit 87% of all the heinous/violent crimes, FACT! The principle is pretty much the same with food stamps, so just because there are more whites than blacks in America doesn't necessarily mean there are "Way More" whites on food stamps ! Let me break it down for you BUB , let's just say there are 1 million blacks in America & 10 million whites, 800,000 thousand blacks are siphoning off the system while 1 million whites are doing the same! So even tho there are 200,000 more whites on assistance than blacks there are an exponential number of whites putting back into the system, GET IT! The majority of your people are "USERS". Martin Luther king unconsciously made a very revealing statement when he said : "Ther Negrero MUST ATTAIN HUMAN DIGNITY". This statement is tantamount to saying the cow must attain bovine dignity. Why would anyone try and attain that which he already possessed? The facts are simple, blacks do not possess one sliver of human dignity. CHECK MATE!
          7/2/2017: Front Page: Freeway billboards up for sale   
PRIME billboard space beside Victorian roads will be sold off to help the state government raise $8 million. VicRoads will carry out the outdoor billboard advertising move, after it was revealed in the May Budget. The signs will be built on freeways...
          7/2/2017: Front Page: Message in millions of bottles   

DREAMS of owning a house on a half- acre block among the gum trees are still alive in Melbourne’s outer northeast. The leafy locales of North Warrandyte and Park Orchards are the city’s two cheapest suburbs for average price per square metre, new data...
          10 Ways To Prevent Sunburn Naturally   

You may feel silly when you go to the beach hoping to achieve a golden bronze-appearance and you end up as red as a beet, but sunburn is no laughing matter. Every year there are more than 5.4 million people who end up with nonmelanoma cancer of the skin, with 90% of them from the […]

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           Curious case of Pope, £50 million jet, oligarch, and FIFA    
It was the curious case of The Pope, a Russian oligarch and the FIFA president charged with cleaning up a rotten institution. And it might have brought down FIFA leader Gianni Infantino.
           How a tiny balloon sent into the gut ‘reverses’ diabetes    
The treatment, which takes just an hour, may be widely available on the NHS as early as next year. More than three million people in Britain suffer from type 2 diabetes.
           Ten reasons your hips are aching    
A study found correctly adjusted chairs can help reduce hip pain, while one in five golf players has hip pain. Osteoarthritis, sometimes called wear and tear arthritis, affects about 2.5 million Britons.
           NHL free agents take high-priced hit in stagnant cap era    
Aside from defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Karl Alzner attracting $20-plus-million contracts, NHL free agency isn't what it used to be. Not in a stagnant...
          The Golden State Warriors will offer free-agent guard Andre Iguodala a three-year deal in the range of $13-15 million a year, according to a report from The Mercury News. Iguodala has met with the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets since   
The Golden State Warriors will offer free-agent guard Andre Iguodala a three-year deal in the range of $13-15 million a year, according to a report from The Mercury News. Iguodala has met with the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets since
          Jay Sekulow and the culture of non-profit impunity   
If Sekulow hadn’t gotten involved in the all-encompassing political fustercluck that is the Trump-Russia investigation, almost certainly he would have happily kept on raking in the millions from unsuspecting small donors, without consequence.
          This Is A Good Weekend To Write A Letter to The Editor About Healthcare   
This is a good weekend to write a Letter to The Editor to your local paper about your Senators needing to vote no on the Senate Health Care Bill, which would cause 22 million Americans to lose health insurance. The Fourth of July is coming up and protecting the right of the American people to health care is the patriotic thing to do - nothing would promote the general welfare more at this point. Our Senators are coming home for the 4th of July recess and they need to hear from us.

Writing a letter to the Editor can take less than 15 minutes but makes a big difference as a Senator will have a staffer who reads every piece of media with that Senator's name in it...so be sure to include their name.  Your local paper will probably have an online form through which you submit letters or an email address to which to submit them.

Some tips from the Lone Star Girl:
  • keep it around 250 words
  • include both the name of the Senator and the issue for which you are advocating in the title; example- Senator Murkowski must protect Alaskans with disabilities
  • paragraph 1- explain your issue and give a little background; use last sentence to call out Senator by name to act on the issue
  • paragraph 2- explain your personal connection to the issue, how the issue is important to you and your state
  • paragraph 3 - urge readers to make their voices heard by contacting their Senator; include the phone number and in-district office address of their district office closest to you.
 Go ahead and take fifteen minutes to make sure every paper in the country has a call-out letting the Senators know they will be held accountable for what they do to us.
          ‘Despicable Me 3′ Heads for $83M Debut; ‘Baby Driver’ Speeds Toward $28M   
July Fourth fireworks at the North American box office for Gru and the minions,  where Despicable Me 3 earned $29.2 million Friday for an estimated three-day debut of $83.5 million before likely racking up more big numbers on Monday and Tuesday, the official holiday Universal and Illumination Entertainment’s threequel is playing in 4,529 theaters, with Friday’s
           Red Wings sign D Trevor Daley to $9.5 million, 3-year deal    
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings didn't make the playoffs this year for the first time since 1990 for many reasons.Lackluster defense might have topped...
           £3million ride gets stuck upside down at Drayton Manor    
Shocking footage from Drayton Manor in Tamworth, Staffordshire, shows people dangling upside down at the top of one of the rollercoaster G-Force.
          «Got Talent»-Wiederholung mit bester Quote   
Der Freitag hatte in den USA programmlich wenig zu bieten, entsprechend mau sahen die Quoten aus. Bei The CW wurde derweil nach Wochen wieder die Millionengrenze überschritten. Nur einmal wurden am Freitag fünf Prozent Marktanteil ausgewiesen — und zwar bei NBCs America's Got Talent, das zwischen ...
           Sale of Ruth contract, ring put expensive 'sheen' on auction    
NEW YORK (AP) - Two of the most prized items of Babe Ruth memorabilia - both owned by actor Charlie Sheen - sold for more than $2 million each at...
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AZ-Flagstaff, America’s Best is wholly subsidiary of National Vision, Inc. that currently operates retail optical stores in 30 states and the District of Columbia. With over 500 locations across the country, and 65 stores being added annually, America’s Best consistently delivers millions of pairs of quality eyeglasses, contact lenses and eye exams to our customers at the low prices America deserves every day.
AZ-Flagstaff, America’s Best is wholly subsidiary of National Vision, Inc. that currently operates retail optical stores in 30 states and the District of Columbia. With over 500 locations across the country, and 65 stores being added annually, America’s Best consistently delivers millions of pairs of quality eyeglasses, contact lenses and eye exams to our customers at the low prices America deserves every day.
AZ-Flagstaff, America’s Best is wholly subsidiary of National Vision, Inc. that currently operates retail optical stores in 30 states and the District of Columbia. With over 500 locations across the country, and 65 stores being added annually, America’s Best consistently delivers millions of pairs of quality eyeglasses, contact lenses and eye exams to our customers at the low prices America deserves every day.
CA-Glendale, America’s Best is wholly subsidiary of National Vision, Inc. that currently operates retail optical stores in 30 states and the District of Columbia. With over 500 locations across the country, and 65 stores being added annually, America’s Best consistently delivers millions of pairs of quality eyeglasses, contact lenses and eye exams to our customers at the low prices America deserves every day.
CA-Glendale, America’s Best is wholly subsidiary of National Vision, Inc. that currently operates retail optical stores in 30 states and the District of Columbia. With over 500 locations across the country, and 65 stores being added annually, America’s Best consistently delivers millions of pairs of quality eyeglasses, contact lenses and eye exams to our customers at the low prices America deserves every day.
CA-Glendale, America’s Best is wholly subsidiary of National Vision, Inc. that currently operates retail optical stores in 30 states and the District of Columbia. With over 500 locations across the country, and 65 stores being added annually, America’s Best consistently delivers millions of pairs of quality eyeglasses, contact lenses and eye exams to our customers at the low prices America deserves every day.
CA-Glendale, America’s Best is wholly subsidiary of National Vision, Inc. that currently operates retail optical stores in 30 states and the District of Columbia. With over 500 locations across the country, and 65 stores being added annually, America’s Best consistently delivers millions of pairs of quality eyeglasses, contact lenses and eye exams to our customers at the low prices America deserves every day.
          White Camry Hybrid Celebrated As 10 Millionth Vehicle Built In Kentucky   

Toyota celebrated May 29 the 10th millionth vehicle built at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) plant, a white Camry Hybrid. In a ceremony at the plant, the “first” Camry that came off the line in 1988 sat next to the 10-millionth vehicle.  Speaking to a crowd that included team members, community supporters and government […]

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           Bankrupt Boris Becker hits Kensington gym    
Former Wimbledon champion Boris Becker (pictured), who amassed tens of millions in an illustrious tennis career, was pictured heading to a his local Virgin Active centre this morning.
          Toyota US Hates Trash   

Yesterday was Earth Day, and every automotive manufacturer tried to put forward their green credentials. In Toyota’s case, it opted to reveal an interesting fact about its operations in the U.S. Since 2009, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) said it has reduced or avoided 1.9 million trash cans worth of waste at its sales […]

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          Kevin Shattenkirk explains why he left money on table to sign with Rangers   

Kevin Shattenkirk details why he was willing to leave multiple years and millions of dollars on the table in order to sign with his hometown Rangers

          Turquoise, Burlap and Lace Table Runner, Teal Lace, Summer, Beach, Wedding, Mexican theme, Boho, Bridal Shower, by Jessmy   

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Ocean hues of teal and turquoise, love this shade. Other colors in the drop down menu.

Gorgeous intricate turquoise, vibrant teal lace on rustic natural burlap runners for standard banquet or round table rentals available with finished sides and ends.

Please contact me for custom listing for combined shipping orders. All orders will ship with UPS fulfillment, tracking and insurance.

This listing is perfect for centerpieces to be placed on runners while still allowing enough room for guest place settings to sit comfortably on table cloth and not overlap the runner.

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           Pay war deepens as cricketers threaten game's first strike    
Australian cricketers feel disrespected following failed negotiations with the governing body after claims they are owed $58 million from Cricket Australia.
          Senior Backend Engineer - Clarifai - New York, NY   
Clarifai raised a $30 million Series B in 2016 led by Menlo Ventures, Union Square Ventures, and Lux Capital....
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          Gadfly Bites 6/30/17 - The return of "intestinal fortitude"   
  1. After the departure of its high-profile leader in the recent past, FutureReady Columbus is still trying to get itself ready for the present day. The organization was born as a big ticket, partner-fueled initiative to help Columbus students get the best possible education. While the dollars and the big-name partners still seem to be in place, the unexpected need to do a second leader search has required them to slow their roll and to significantly shrink their focus. (Columbus Dispatch, 6/29/17) A similar organization in Toledo appears to have had a similar trajectory. Take your time, people. I’m sure it’s fine. (Toledo Blade, 6/29/17)
  2. So, what’s up with that ongoing kerfuffle between the state’s largest online school and the Ohio Department of Education? And the State Board of Education? And the court system? And StateAuditor Man!? And the court of public opinion? And the Ohio Attorney General? And several newspapers around the state? Well, I’m glad you asked, but you might not be. You can check out updates on the fast-moving situation from the Plain Dealer (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/29/17), and the Dispatch (Columbus Dispatch, 6/29/17), and the Plain Dealer (again) for everything you might have wanted to know (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/29/17). But don’t come complaining to me if your head hurts afterward. And it ain’t over yet either.
  3. Editors in Youngstown opined today in favor of at least some part of the above situation. The part where the state board of ed voted to ask politely for some money back. (Youngstown Vindicator, 6/30/17)
  4. Elsewhere in Youngstown, at least one member of the district’s elected board has been busy with some research on CEO Krish Mohip, and appears confident enough in what he has found (related to Mohip’s previous work in Chicago) that he reached out to the Vindy with deets. The Land of Intestinal Fortitude, indeed. Fun fact: while it’s not noted in this piece, this story has links to Lorain’s CEO-style Academic Distress Commission as well. Two-fer! (Youngstown Vindicator, 6/30/17)
  5. Folks in Dayton City Schools are high-fiving all over the place in response to their preliminary state test score data. It’s not final, but proficiency rates appear to be up a bit over last year’s numbers in most subjects in the district’s elementary and middle schools. Bad news – overall proficiency still stinks (highest percentage I saw on any of the tests was 38) and high school proficiency rates declined pretty much across the board. I guess when you’re at rock bottom, anything is a win, but if it were me I wouldn’t be writing the new advertising slogan just yet. “It’s a fairly good time to be a third grader in Dayton City Schools; everybody else hang on!” probably sounds better in a board meeting than it does on a billboard. (Dayton Daily News, 6/30/17)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yahoo Sports

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

New York Post

Nets trying to throw money at 3 targets after Redick rejection
New York Post
Redick, whom the Nets were willing to offer a two-year contract and a key role off the bench, opted for a one-year, $23 million deal from Philadelphia. “Trust the process,” Redick tweeted. ESPN, which had reported the deal seconds earlier, quoted the ...
Grades: JJ Redick Signing Makes Perfect Sense For SixersSports Illustrated
JJ Redick, 76ers agree to one-year deal that makes sense for both sidesYahoo Sports
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter: "JJ Redick has agreed to a one-year, $23 million deal with the 76ers, league sources ...Twitter
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The energy group TXU Corporation bought the British retail energy business of the Amerada Hess Corporation for £117 million ($166 million), doubling its presence in the British industrial gas market. Amerada put its British business up for sale l...
          Boy Sells Father’s Vehicles Worth N7.5m For N350,000 –NDLEA   

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

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


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

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

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

Donations help build the future

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

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

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

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

Donations are still tax-deductible

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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          Guest editorial: Independence Day – a good time to reflect on the kind of nation we want to be   
There are few issues as polarizing today as the issue of what to do about the estimated 11 million people who live in the United
          Comment on A Boy’s Sweet Life In Italy by Michelle   
<i>So, here comes Trump, who has learned to fight like a leftist – who spun a certain type of identity politics to his electoral advantage – and is taking the space afforded to him by the vacuum of our post-truth society. </i> Big Tweet learned how to fight from his daddy and learned how to appeal to the anger and angst of his base from the talk radio right. Nothing Tweet has said hasn't been said before by the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, and such. They're equally outrageous and have made millions off rightwing resentment. In Tweet's mind: Winners! He had no need to look to the left for inspiration. As for his latest misogynist twitter rage--the leopard doesn't change its spots. What's nauseating about the whole thing is the line up of women like Sarah Huckabee-Sanders and Elaine Chao to defend the obvious lies of a man-baby who hates women. Wonder how much evangelical Sarah got for her soul? Sure hope it was worth the degradation.
          Comment on How Today’s Rich Families Are Different by Greg   
Reasonably good insight though it is really the ultra wealthy that are most likely to move out of the country to protect their wealth holdings (likely about the .1% of the population). Frankly we can do (well and in fact much better) without them - this is largely a parasitic and quite destructive population. One proposal that I have been pondering is to simply limit household wealth to 10 million. This is a large number that permits people to live a life of leisure if not luxury as well - assuming prudence in lifestyle to leave an inordinate head start for heirs. Anything beyond 10 million can and should be expropriated for domestic social needs. That coupled with a steeply progressive income tax would go a long way to improving the situation in the US for virtually everyone.
          Government of Canada invests in Nova Scotia's clean technology sector   
...570 million in working capital to support clean technology producers • $450 million in additional project finance for clean technology producers • Budget 2017 also commits $400 million to recapitalize Sustainable Development Technology Canada's SD Tech Fund , which supports the development and ...

          Comment on Qatar Looks to Iran and Iraq by Persian Gulf   
Giorgio Cafiero, Yes, a million dollar gift was waiting for me for falsely claiming that a article that no one reads had a mistake in it, you got me there! It said at one point, "Arab gulf countries" if I am not mistaken since I cannot see it now in the article anymore. Aside from that, two people are claiming the same thing separately in the comment section, that itself is a proof that there was something wrong. Neither of us had telepathic powers by the time we posted the comments I can assure you that!
          Los Angeles Saves Millions With LED Street Light Deployment, 63.3% Electricity Savings   
Next month marks the four-year anniversary of the world’s most ambitious LED street light conversion project. On February 16, 2009, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and President Bill Clinton announced [PDF] a partnership under which the city, advised by the Clinton Climate Initiative, would outfit 140,000 street lights with light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures. [push h=”10″] […]
          Malaika Arora shows off her sexy back in this sizzling picture   

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

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

Summer beckons 🌞🌊🥝🍒🤸‍♂️

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Isn’t she setting major vacation goals?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch the YouTube video here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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          Russell Westbrook Reportedly May Delay Signing Contract After Paul George Trade   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          Lakers waive Tarik Black ahead of his contract becoming guaranteed   

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

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


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

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

Fowler, 25, is the heart and...

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

And finally, at long last, this post happened.

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

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

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

4. Disposable changing pads. Need I say more?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This moment contains none but me and you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

          Governor exercises amendatory veto power on 911 bill – Saves Taxpayers Millions   
In 2015 the legislature created more government bureaucracy by creating the Illinois State Police office of 911 Administration.
           Your letters to the editor    
BYE, METHOT So Marc Methot says he has no ill will toward the Sens. Well, why should he? Here is an athlete who is quite fortunate to be making millions of dollars a year while most people would not make near that in several lifetimes.
          Opinion: How Iran Recruited Afghan Refugees to Fight Assad's War   

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

          Millions Of Credit Scores Could Improve Starting Today -- Here's Why   
Starting July 1, certain public records will no longer be taken into account when calculating credit scores.
          Oregon lawmakers say community colleges need more money – Statesman Journal   

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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          Mummy groups aren't for me   
I'm one of those awkward people who is difficult to become friends with. I've always been this way, throughout my entire education from primary school through to University, in jobs and workplaces; I'm just not the most approachable person. I have a small number of friends who I value tremendously, but having had some very turbulent friendships in the past and always being the friend that gets let down, I find it hard to let people come into my life. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Mentorship - and paying it forward

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

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

2. Share success

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

3. Superhuman stamina and endurance are required

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

4. Remember the power of empathy

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

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

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

No media attached. Please contact Blue Branch for more information.

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

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

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


Reports: Andre Iguodala gets offer from Rockets, will now meet with Warriors
Free agent meetings are a lot like surgeries in sports, after they end everyone says it was “positive” or “successful.” Whether it was or not. Andre Iguodala has reportedly met with the Kings and Spurs with San Antonio extending an offer, then met with ...
Top 50 NBA free agents: JJ Redick joins 'The Process,' signs with Philadelphia 76ersWashington Post
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          Last Train to Paris (Deluxe Edition)   
DIDDY - DIRTY MONEY: Last Train to Paris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 > Analyses historiques > La fondation de la ville de Bagdad



Par Louise Plun

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

Le contexte politique

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

Entre mythe et réalité

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

Bagdad : reflet d’une nouvelle conception du pouvoir

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

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          2001 Awards (NAAR)    

In 2001, NAAR broke new ground in terms of the amount of money committed to autism research and the number of projects funding. It also marked the first time the organization funded projects in Israel and Ireland, and included In 2001, NAAR committed approximately $3.1 million to fund 28 pilot studies, fellowships and programs, including its largest investment to date in a single project: The Baby Sibs Study – a collaborative, multi-site research program taking place in Canada and the U.S. Also in 2001, NAAR played a key role in funding and establishing the first annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), the first international, interdisciplinary conference focusing on autism research.

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Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
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The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
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Louise Gallagher, MB MRC Psych
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
"The Molecular Genetics of Autism: Linkage Disequilibrium Screen in the Irish Population."
Two-Year Award: $99,101
First Year Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research & Education

Jeremy Goldberg, M.D.
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada)
"Investigating Serotonin Receptor Function and Brain Structure as Potential Endophenotypes of Autism."
Two-Year Award: $89,368

Andrew Grayson, Ph.D, C. Psychol.
The Open University (United Kingdom)
"Facilitated Communication: A Systematic Observational Research Project Involving Fine-Grained Video Analysis and Eye Tracking."
Two-Year Award: $93, 532.
Research Partner: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

Karl Herrup, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
"CNS Pattern Formulation and the Etiology of Autism."
Two-Year Award: $99,000

Christine Hohmann, Ph.D.
Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
"Serotonin as Regulator of Cortical Development and Function."
Two-Year Award: $90,702
First Year Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research & Education

Huang Chi-ming, Ph.D.,
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
"Synaptic and Cellular Abnormalities in the Maturing Autistic Cerebellum."
Two-Year Award: $99,880
First Year Research Partner: Autism Society of America Foundation

Jeffrey Hutsler, Ph.D.,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
"Cortical Organization and Synaptic Culling in Individuals with Autism."
Two-Year Award: $99,902

Ami Klin, Ph.D., & Jocelyne Bachevalier, Ph.D.,
Yale University Child Study Center, New Haven, CT
"Studies of Social Visual Pursuit in Non-Human Primates with Mesiofrontal-limbic Lesions Previously Shown to Offer a Successful Animal Model of Autism."
Two-Year Award: $91,730

Jennifer Levitt, M.D.
University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles, CA
"Cortical Complexity and 1H MRS Studies of Communication in Autism."
Two-Year Award: $97,044

Elena Maestrini, Ph.D.
University of Bologna, Bologna (Italy)
"Search for an Autism Susceptibility Gene on Chromosome 2q."
Two-Year Award: $80,340
First Year Research Partner: Autism Society of America Foundation

Henry Markram, Ph.D.
Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
"Altered Inhibitory Microcircuits in Autism."
Two-Year Award: $96,800
Research Partner: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

Daniel McIntosh, Ph.D.
University of Denver, Denver, CO
"Core Affective Processes in Autism."
Two-Year Award: $99,237

Lisa Monteggia, Ph.D.
Utah Southwestern Medical Center, St. George, UT
"Analysis of the Role of the Methyl-CG Binding Protein in the Pervasive Development Disorder, Rett's Syndrome, Using Genetically Modified Mice."
Two-Year Award: $100,000

Stewart Mostofsky, M.D.
Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD
"Examination of a Deficit in Procedural Learning in Autism."
Two-Year Award: $88,968
First Year Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research & Education

Rhea Paul, Ph.D.
Southern Connecticut State University & Yale University Child Study Center, New Haven, CT
"The Development of Prosody in Young Children with Autism and Related Conditions."
Two-Year Award: $97,024

Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D.
Duke University Center for Human Genetics, Durham, NC
"Web-based Genetic Educational Efforts for Autism and Related Disorders."
One-Year Award: $41,912

Judith Innes Piggot, MRCGP, MRCP
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Roland D. Ciaranello, M.D.
Memorial Fellowship in Basic Research
Two-Year Award: $100,000

Samuel Pleasure, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
"The Role of WNTS in Hippocampal Ventricular Zone Development."
Two-Year Award: $92,384

Timothy P.L. Roberts, Ph.D.
University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
"Neural Correlates of Phonological Processing in Autism: An MEG Investigation."
Two-Year Award: $96,273
First Year Research Partner: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

Neil Smalheiser, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Illinois, Chicago, Chicago, IL
"Circulating Reelin in Autism Spectrum Disorders."
Two-Year Award: $89,320

Kathleen Sulik, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
"CNS Dysmorphogenesis in a Mouse Knockout Model for an Autism Syndrome."
Two-Year Award: $100,000

Paul Thorsen, M.D., Ph.D.
Danish Epidemiology Sciences Centre at Aarhus University and Odense University Hospital, Denmark
"Risk Factors for Neurodevelopmental Disorders: MMR Vaccine & Childhood Autism."
One-Year Award: $25,000
Research Partner: CIBC World Markets

Steven Zalcman, Ph.D.
UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
"Cytokines, Monoamines and Stereotypical Motor Activity."
Two-Year Award: $96,170

Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, M.D., Susan Bryson, Ph.D., Peter Szatmari, M.D., Wendy Roberts, M.D.
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada)
"Identifying Early Markers of Autism: A Longitudinal Study of Infant Siblings"
Two-Year Award: $99,993
First Year Research Partner: Autism Society of America Foundation

          Pistons Sign Kennard To Rookie Deal   
Based on the NBA rookie scale, Kennard will make $2.2 million this season, $2.7 million in 2018-19 and $3.1 million in 2019-20.
          Report: Pistons Getting Galloway On A 3-Year Deal   
ESPN first reported the agreement, saying it was a $21 million deal.
          Illinois Lottery   
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — These Illinois lotteries were drawn Friday: LuckyDay Lotto Midday 07-12-33-42-43 Pick Three-Midday 8-1-3, Fireball: 5 Pick Three-Evening 9-4-3, Fireball: 5 Pick Four-Midday 2-2-6-3, Fireball: 2 Pick Four-Evening 2-1-2-2, Fireball: 7 Lucky Day Lotto 12-26-38-40-44 Mega Millions 10-38-51-55-64, Mega Ball: 6, Megaplier: 5 Powerball Estimated jackpot: $106 million http://www.myjournalcourier.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_illinoislottery.jpg
          $15 Million Going To Flint For Water Crisis Health Response   
Lead exposure can cause miscarriage, developmental delays and other problems.
          NBA Salary Cap Set At $99 Million For 2017-18 Season   
The announcement came early Saturday morning, allowing for the start of free agency.
          Reply #1807   
Yall must have gotten our $20.00 tickets...as I bought 4 of them after seeing the 000 number ticket in the trash can today that was not a winner.. So, 5, $20.00 tickets yielded 0 dollars and 0 indian head cents here in Wilson area... Then tonight a man tells me that the $20.00 200 million tickets is about paid out all of its money....Me no go, me not itch no mo.....Lol.....except my Bee-hind, when it itches...Lol...

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

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

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

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

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

'Dems are 0-4'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

more here...

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

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

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

7 8 3

9 9 1

0 0 8

6 6 0

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

A pitiful payout and winners....

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

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

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

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

These crooks
          Reply #1579   
Aint that a pitiful pay-out for 10 million people.. $68,863, the people from just Wilson County played that much worth..I just wish I knew how many millions they made just today.A wad I am sure with it being a week-end...They are really raking the money in right now from us........They can kiss my Ass-ets......
          Oil pipeline spill near Belfield estimated at 176,000 gallons | The Dickinson Press   
We constantly hear how safe pipelines are. Actually studies and facts show a different story. The ''Water Protectors'' at Standing Rock have every right to be concerned about DAPL going under Lake Oahe, which is their water supply and a major spill could affect millions of peopl …
          ANZ says seeking to uncover metals fraudsters after big losses   
LONDON/ MELBOURNE, June 29- Australia and New Zealand Banking Group is seeking to uncover who was behind a metals fraud in Asia that cost it "substantial losses" and led to transfers of $151 million to the United States, according to court papers filed in California. This is the second legal action that has emerged following the announcement in January by...
          Elmhurst Hospital Plans $30M Expansion   

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

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

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

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

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

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

Til høyre ser vi et klassisk visittkortbilde-album.

Du finner litt mer info og bakgrunnsstoff om visittkortbilder her.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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






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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

85 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:24:29.34 ID:ULgbtOKU0.net
やっぱ動きだけで笑わせられるってのはつよみだよ 言葉関係ないからね充分世界で通用するよ
I guess one of his strengths lies in his ability to make people laugh with just his movements. There's no language barrier issue, that's why he can also become a global hit.
87 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:25:04.49 ID:jfTIC84D0.net
Comedians who don't even get laughed at must be so jelly.
88 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:25:05.04 ID:FIALIJzi0.net
お前世界いけるんじゃね? ただ空港の荷物検査で正体ばれて終了だけどな

Funassyi w Won't you be able to become a hit internationally? But you'll be done for once your identity gets blown at the customs counter of the airport. I bet that you're really smelly, and the sweat rashes must be really horrible.
91 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:25:34.94 ID:X3aSOHK/O.net
I'm surprised at the color of the anchor's wardrobe
93 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:25:43.98 ID:ndJ5bvPn0.net
すごいな CNNて
Wow, CNN
100 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:27:49.73 ID:I7trFc040.net
I wonder if the guy inside Funassyi will get caught by FRIDAY
102 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:28:49.08 ID:hETNnhDV0.net
笑いのツボはあの動きだろうな ふなっしーはだいぶ見慣れてきたけど、突然シュッと背が伸びるのにはいまだに吹くわw

I watched CNN's interview video.
His comments actually sounded normal as it also passed through an interpreter, so I think the laughing point was his movements. I've gotten pretty used to seeing Funassyi, but I still LOL whenever he suddenly jumps up straight and grows taller w
103 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:28:57.99 ID:x/oD5NR2O.net

People also had a huge laugh out of him in London. That movement really is funny.
109 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/16(月) 17:30:23.58 ID:wk+tcYsL0.net
We don't feel a thing anymore since we're used to him already, but anyone outside the country would definitely laugh if you suddenly see him doing the things he does.
1: ◆ENPDAsv5PuwA @ターンオーヴァーφ ★@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:21:19.03 ID
A large amount of potato chips were disposed of in Kobe City and Akashi-shi of Hyogo prefecture, as the Hyogo Police arrested Ikki Fukumoto (25), an office worker who resides in Hyogo prefecture's Uozumicho Shimizu, for illegal dumping.

The suspect disposed 89 boxes, totaling to about 1,000 bags of potato chips (total weight of 208 kilos) between May 4 and May 23 in 6 areas within Kobe City and Akashi City, such as in the woods and in empty lots. The suspect comments: "I did buy a lot of these, but I didn't know what to do with them so I just dumped them".

According to the police, the potato chips came with entry stubs for a chance to win seiyuu Nana Mizuki's concert tickets, as Mr. Fukumoto only cut the stubs out and did not eat the contents. Entries were only valid until the end of May.



3 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:22:22.00 ID:j7d2w61B0.net
Someone should really create a facility that will murder and dispose of these kimo-wotas

25 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:26:31.87 ID:Tvcpfp2g0.net
What's this retard

4 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:22:37.06 ID:I9P/77tN0.net
I wanna eat potato chips
5 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:22:38.23 ID:ydKDsYkc0.net
He probably wouldn't have been arrested if he dumped them at an orphanage (´・ω・`)
6 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:23:00.61 ID:dwerNQjP0.net
もったいないな 子供にやれば良かったのに
Such a waste. He should've given these to children.

17 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:24:36.02 ID:Yo7ClZB90.net

If he just had some wit, he could've conjured a tear-jerker story about it too
19 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:24:42.40 ID:gONfWd4G0.net
If he did that then he could've gotten the ticket and even become Naoto Date (Tiger Mask)
79 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:33:27.51 ID:sDvtD0Aq0.net
Who would be happy about trash that's already been opened, you scum

7 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:23:46.84 ID:n4s+6jHr0.net
How much is the unit cost?
18 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:24:39.12 ID:HjJLgQCb0.net
If 1 bag = 100 yen, then 1,000 bags is 1 million, huh
997: 名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/ 2014/06/10(火) 17:02:34.51 ID:DWi7m9K4O.net
I just checked in 7-11 right now, and one BIGBAG costs 275 yen (296 yen after taxes). He bought a thousand of these, that gave him double points (6 points) so all in all he spent 3 million yen, which is accurate with the report. This promo was only done at convenience stores so he wasn't able to purchase the chips at the grocery with their lower prices.
9 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:24:01.79 ID:wEsDxyNQ0.net
How much money did he just spend on a granny w
13 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:24:21.01 ID:OyQK5Lbm0.net
Why didn't he just eat them? It's not something that would expire so soon.


36 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:28:44.57 ID:64epyAjJ0.net
You'd have to cut out bell-mark entry stubs so that would mean you've opened the bag

14 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:24:26.21 ID:cAx/OHZ00.net
Is Nana Mizuki a seiyuu? My only image of her is this mysterious singer who always performs at the Kouhaku.

60 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:31:39.13 ID:AkP+EBT00.net
Wow, you know a lot

15 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:24:29.79 ID:EfIz3q2e0.net
Just eat it, you gross fatso
16 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:24:32.23 ID:iOpxv+mc0.net

I do think that a lot of people would like to have potato chips... Such a waste if you just threw them away.
24 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:26:19.03 ID:+xOY+g1y0.net

So it's already considered opened once you cut out the stub, huh. I dunno if I wanna say 'Thanks for your hard work' or 'You're dumb'.
29 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:27:34.53 ID:QnqbY6vx0.net
普通にファンクラブ入会して チケット購入すればいいのに

He could've just joined the fan club and bought the ticket normally. Buying 1,000 bags... is he stupid?

20 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:25:10.05 ID:dwerNQjP0.net

普通に買えば良いんじゃないのか? 売ってないのか?

> entry stubs for seiyuu Nana Mizuki's concert tickets

Couldn't he have just bought the tickets normally? Don't they sell it?

34 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:28:30.83 ID:BqsBEVkq0.net
なんかググったら ポテチのキャンペーンで 抽選で10人がコンサートご招待で 終わった後にバックステージで本人に会えるという ものだった
I Google'd it and the potato chips promo says that 10 people get invited to the concert through lottery, and then you can meet and greet her backstage after the concert.
84 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:33:56.52 ID:QnqbY6vx0.net
うわああああああ そのために1000袋購入とか きんも~
Uwaaaaaaaa So the guy bought 1,000 bags for that sake? Gross~

106 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:35:50.09 ID:e8chTGHj0.net


The entry stub is apparently the Calbee mark at the back

110 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:36:31.26 ID:SOE3cgrr0.net
So this is all Calbee's fault wwwww

112 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:36:50.95 ID:iPdo16TJ0.net
So it's like a gamble, huh
21 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:25:12.47 ID:o4OLVkop0.net


>Weight about 208 kg

1,000 potato chip bags weigh quite a lot, huh
176 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:44:47.07 ID:IcKXJWcx0.net
200kgて400の単車一台分やぞ 人力じゃ手に負えないわ
200kg is as heavy as a 400cc motorbike! One man can't do anything about that.
22 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:25:30.63 ID:gplxR63R0.net

He should've just donated them. He could've made people happy.
23 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:25:58.62 ID:uQQ9I5/H0.net
He could've distributed them in front of a train station
35 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:28:36.67 ID:td0h+lMPi.net
People have been writing that he should just donate them, but facilities won't need these if they've already been opened
40 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:29:18.92 ID:e8chTGHj0.net

You need to cut the package so you can't distribute it later on
81 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:33:39.46 ID:3tKCE61o0.net

Ahhh, so it's not included inside the bag. You have to cut it out, huh?
32 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:28:04.55 ID:Gp+wGBX60.net
ここまで熱心に金を注ぎ込めるほど熱中できるものがあるのはうらやましいな なんに対しても無関心で金の使い道がないわ
I actually envy him for having something which he can passionately spend his money on. I'm just totally uninterested in everything, and I don't know how to use my money.
33 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:28:21.89 ID:W+I6ZqeM0.net
アフリカの困ってる人とか 福島の仮設住宅の人とかに簡単にあげれればいんだが

I guess it must be difficult to donate food, huh. Would've been great if you could donate them to the troubled people in Africa or those living in shelters in Fukushima.
38 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:28:51.94 ID:s1eZNZoB0.net

He should've just took his time to eat them. It's not raw, perishable food anyway w
39 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:29:05.81 ID:0q1xHuDl0.net
I don't need Nana Mizuki tickets, just gimme potato chips w
42 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:29:30.06 ID:qwTaH5Rz0.net
「応募券欲しさに1000袋買いましたが、食べきれません。 ご自由にお持ち下さい。」って書いて、人通りの多い場所に置いておいたら 皆持って行ってくれるかな? 置いた時点で法律に触れちゃうかな?
Couldn't he just leave them in a place where a lot of people pass by and put a sign saying "I bought 1,000 bags just for the entry stubs, but I couldn't eat it all. Please take these as you please", and would people bite and get them? Or would he already be going against the law the moment he sets them down?
64 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:31:52.74 ID:G7/h6inr0.net
開封済みのポテチなんて 何が入ってるか分からなくて怖くて食えるかよ
I wouldn't dare eat potato chips that have already been opened, I dunno what would be in the bag.
46 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:30:00.79 ID:79tb0cNe0.net
I also had quite a stock of baseball card chips before, but I gave them all to my officemate's kid for snacks
51 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:30:53.78 ID:c9/u93Kf0.net
I'm thinking that it should just be given to the homeless. Can't you do that?
52 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:31:01.04 ID:v4T8rIP90.net
I'm pretty serious when I say that I want them ww
67 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:32:14.90 ID:zEHL1Rpr0.net
Give me some of those chips w
54 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:31:03.23 ID:/QhZbxAO0.net
Wait, isn't his address a little bit too detailed here in the report? w
62 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:31:44.55 ID:o4OLVkop0.net
人にあげるという思考がないのか それとも別の理由があったか
Didn't it ever cross his mind that he could've given it to other people? Or was there a different reason?
63 :名無しさん@恐縮です@\(^o^)/:2014/06/10(火) 12:31:50.29 ID:3m8VawLH0.net
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Jerome Baker returns the July 1 2017 Skull Session

Today's dispatch hails from the sandy banks of the Ohio River in the Derby City, baby! Looking to drink bourbon, gamble on ponies, and not pass out at 3:30 a.m. in a bar that's open 'til 4 for some reason.

Any Cardinal or Wildcat fans are free to meet me outside the KFC Yum! Center this afternoon for an ass kicking. (That includes you too, Rick Pitino! A video of a weeping, purple-faced Pitino hollering "Uncle!" would do over a million views.)

I'll be the transient-lookin' fella in full Buckeye regalia dual-wielding bottles of cheap Everclear with a freaked Black & Mild dangling from my lips.

Until then, let's watch Billy Price bulldoze a Michigan Man.

From NFL.com's Lance Zierlein (turn sound on for analysis):


Word of the Day: Cairn.

 MEET THE INTERNS. All elite football programs preach the importance of academics in recruiting. For some schools, though, talk is all it ever amounts to.

Not at Ohio State, where Urban Meyer has spearheaded "Real Life Wednesdays," a program which has turned into a massive tool on the recruiting trail. 

On top of that, Meyer's program works with corporations and institutions to land career-defining institutions for the leaders of his team.

From Urban Meyer's Twitter account, Chris Worley shooting the Memorial Tournament with 10TV:

Chris Worley at 10TV
Chris Worley at 10TV.

Billy Price and the world's smallest couch: 

Billy Price at Mast Global
Billy Price at Mast Global.

Looks like Tyquan Lewis plans to terrorize criminals when he retires from terrorizing quarterbacks:

Tyquan Lewis, FBI
Tyquan Lewis at the FBI.

Meet future Nike CEO Terry McLaurin, who's coaching at the The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Oregon: 

Terry McLaurin at Nike
Terry McLaurin at Nike

Stuff like this won't get the #clicks compared to an article on Dublin police apprehending two rogue pissers, but they help keep the hot #take artists from putting Ohio State football into their trash articles. So that's nice.

 THE MILLENNIAL QUESTION. If some Baby Boomers had their way, America would only use Millennials to harvest their blood.

Michigan State coach Mike D'antoni Mark Dantonio doesn't have that option, for at least a few more years. He needs that Millennial life-force to pad his bank account with an extra ~4.3 million dollars this fall.

Thankfully for Spartan fans, Dantonio understands an entire generation now thanks to a 15 minute video he saw on the internet.

From footballscoop.com:

Earlier this year, I was sitting in on a speaking session featuring Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio. If memory serves me right, it was at the AFCA convention in Nashville where he was on a panel of coaches talking about discipline, or perhaps it was at the annual Michigan HS Coaches association convention.

In either instance, I distinctly remember him saying that everyone who works with millennials (widely defined as people born in 1984 or after) needs to Google “Millennial video” and watch it. I remember jotting it down at the time, along with a number of other things he said, with the intention of tracking down that video later. I knew I had seen the video Dantonio was referring to before, and noted that it was a message that should be shared with all coaches, since we’re all working with (and some of us are members of) the millennial generation.

With out further ado, the video in question:

I would like to thank this guy for giving me an excuse next time Whitney chastises me for checking Slack while at dinner.

Baby, blogging about the local team is an addiction, which is a synonym for disease. You wouldn't tut tut somebody for taking cancer medications at the dinner table, right? Exactly.

 BOILER UP? Don't look now, but Purdue is on the ascension in that it convinced a Western Kentucky coach a move to West Lafayette would be a promotion.

Enter former XFL quarterback Jeff Brohm, who inherits the smoking remains of the Darrell Hazell era. 

From Bill Connelly of sbnation.com:

Brohm doesn’t inherit a senior-heavy squad. That’s a plus. Granted, seniors could make up about half of the defense, but the odds are good that whoever emerges will return in 2018.

This might not be a full-fledged Year Zero situation, in which the smartest thing to do is strip the house to the studs and start over. Brohm might be able to get mileage out of Blough and some new skill guys, and maybe there’s enough in the defensive front seven to keep the Boilers in games.

Still, the schedule doesn’t include many likely wins, even for a slightly improved team. The Boilermakers will probably beat Ohio and could hope to split tossup games against Rutgers and Illinois and maybe steal an upset against a Missouri or Minnesota or Nebraska or Indiana. But 2017 will be mostly about planting seeds.

I would say it'd be hilarious to see the Boilermakers raise hell in the West, but I still haven't recovered from that hangover I suffered on Iuka Avenue in October 2009 while watching Terrelle Pryor turn the ball over five times in West Lafayette. I hope they lose every game this year.

 HOLTMANN CLEANING HOUSE? Not even a month on the job and new Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann has already signed one new player and seen two of Thad Matta's recruits leave town.

It seems like he's pretty efficiently getting his guys in and the old guys out, which is exactly how Holtmann does it, claims Max Landis, Holtmann's first-ever recruit.

Holtmann's not going to have to wait long to fill his team with his own recruits. After next season, he'll have seven open scholarships to fill however his heart desires.

 BOUT DAMN TIME. Breaking news: The NCAA is considering doing something humane and just for the student-athletes it claims to look out for.

From vice.com (via 11W member Hetuck):

When it comes to college athlete transfers, the National Collegiate Athletic Association may be on the cusp of—finally—doing something right. Earlier this week, the Division I Council Transfer Working Group announced that it's considering altering current rules that limit the ability of players to move from one school to another. The most notable rules up for consideration include those:

  • Requiring athletes to get permission from their current schools to speak with other schools;
  • Barring those athletes from receiving a scholarship from their new school without first getting said permission.

Changes to both rules—and by changes, I mean scrapping them completely—are long overdue. As is, they are arbitrary, capricious, and philosophically absurd, giving coaches and athletic departments undue, unearned power over unpaid students seeking a better situation elsewhere.

Shame it will come to late to help Antwuan Jackson this cycle, though.

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The man who was the main organizer of the failed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas earlier this year has been arrested by authorities and charged with wire fraud for allegedly bilking investors in his company, Fyre Media, which promoted the event. Billy McFarland was arrested by federal agents at his Manhattan home on Friday. The New York Times writes: "A criminal complaint unsealed on Friday detailed the case, which relies heavily on misrepresentations of financial information to people who invested in Fyre Media — whose main business was a website that let people book celebrities for special events — and a subsidiary, Fyre Festival LLC. "According to the complaint, sworn to by Brandon Racz, a special agent with the F.B.I., at least two people invested about $1.2 million in the two companies, and in communications with these investors in 2016 and 2017, Mr. McFarland repeatedly overstated Fyre Media's revenue from bookings and his own wealth." In a statement released by the U.S. Attorney's
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          A trading startup tackling a key problem in the world's most important market has raised $10 million   

Susan Estes OpenDoorA new trading platform focused on hard-to-trade segments of one of the most important markets has raised $10 million from private investors.

OpenDoor Securities will use the funds to improve its connectivity to current customers, according to a statement.

The platform is auction based and is what's called an all-to-all marketplace for off-the-run Treasurys and Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS). In plain English, that means the platform hosts auctions for instruments at a particular time. 

The startup is trying to tackle challenging trading conditions in what is arguably the world's most important market.  The US government bond market makes up around 30% of the fixed-income market, according to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and American Bankers Association. In a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission last year, they said the Treasury market is  "the most important global benchmark for pricing and hedging spread asset classes and is a key transmission mechanism for US monetary policy."

However, liquidity in the Treasurys market is divided between on-the-run Treasurys, or the most recently issued bonds and therefore the most liquid, and off-the-run bonds. Off-the-run bonds represent 98% of the total outstanding issuance in the US Treasury market, according to OpenDoor, but account for less than a third of average daily trading volume. 

The platform launched April 25, and the firm has seen more than $60 billion in orders placed since then. The firm has matched "multiple billions in US off-the-run Treasuries and TIPS orders with seamless settlement," OpenDoor said in a statement. 

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          Warren Buffett is now the largest owner of 2 of the world's biggest banks (BAC, JPM, WFC, GS)   

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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is now the biggest owner of two of the world's largest banks: Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve cleared the way for Buffett to become Bank of America's largest shareholder.

It passed all the big banks on their so-called stress tests, giving them permission to use their capital for things beyond buffering against disaster, including share buybacks and dividend payments.

Bank of America raised its dividend to $0.12 a common share.

That made it compelling for Berkshire to convert its preferred shares into common stock, giving it shareholder ownership, and earning as much as $12 billion in profit. Berkshire announced on Friday that it would exercise its warrants to buy 700 million common shares of Bank of America, the third-largest US bank by market cap, instead of waiting until just before their expiry in 2021.

In a statement, the bank said it welcomed Buffett's decision.

With $2.19 trillion in assets, Bank of America ranked ninth in the world, according to an S&P Global Market Intelligence ranking released in April.

Buffett's initial investment in the bank dating back to 2011 was a thumbs-up of sorts to CEO Brian Moynihan, who had recently taken the helm. It was also a bet that the bank would recover from the fallout of toxic mortgage securities.

He acquired $5 billion of Bank of America preferred stock with a 6% dividend, or $300 million annually, in August 2011, at a time when investors worried about the bank's capital needs, Reuters reported.

The conglomerate said last July that it owned more than 10% of Wells Fargo, which on Friday amounted to nearly 537 million shares, according to Bloomberg. It's the second-largest bank in the US by market capitalization and was the 10th largest in the world by assets, according to S&P.

Berkshire Hathaway also owns smaller stakes in Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan.

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          Canadians celebrated the nation's 150th anniversary with fireworks and poutine — here are the photos   

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It's Canada's birthday!

July 1, also known as Canada Day, marks the 150th anniversary of the confederation. An estimated half a million people are expected to attend celebrations in the capital Ottawa, where the government spent approximately half a billion Canadian dollars (US $386 million) on the festivities.

See how Canadians and a couple of royal visitors celebrated.

SEE ALSO: How to move to Canada and become a Canadian citizen

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off the festivities in a visit with Prince Charles, whose mother, the Queen, remains Canada's head of state 150 years after its independence.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla spent the last several days visiting museums, monuments, and even startups in Canada. July 1 marks the end of their royal tour.

The Duchess of Cornwall greeted onlookers outside the Canadian Museum of History.

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          It might be time for Tesla to get out of the car business (TSLA)   

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Here's a completely heretical idea, especially on the eve of Tesla launching its long-awaited $35,000 Model 3 in July and the stock rallying almost 80% over the first half of 2017:

Tesla should think about getting out of the car business.

Crazy, right? This is the first new American automaker in decades — and investors are so bullish on it that even though it has made money in exactly two quarters since its 2010 IPO and sold less than 80,000 vehicles in 2016, its market cap is bigger than General Motors', Ford's, or Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Additionally, Tesla is really nothing but a carmaker at this point. Although it sells solar panels and energy storage systems and is building a massive battery factory in Nevada, its revenues largely come from an old-fashioned place: assembling and marketing cars.

But here's the thing: for a carmaker such as BMW or Porsche or even Ferrari, limited production, a longstanding perception about the brand, and generally high to very high to astronomically high transactions (I'm looking at you, Ferrari LaFerrari supercar and your $1-million-plus price tag), the car business can be pretty good. Not Apple good, but healthy double-digit margins are in order.

Tesla started out at this end of the market, selling expensive luxury vehicles to a well-heeled elite. If it stayed with this business, it could conceivably end up with a 20% profit margin. 

Tesla Model S

A victim of Musk's vision

But CEO Elon Musk wants to get gas-powered cars off the road, so that means Tesla has to attack the low-margin mass-market business. The Model 3 is the first shot. And there are 400,000 pre-orders, so it's a big first shot.

The mass market isn't really about what Tesla is good at, which is visionary spectacle and succeeding against overwhelming odds. The mass market is about grinding, unspectacular execution, day after day. This might be why Musk wants to see it taken over by robots. 

For the time being, Tesla has committed to playing in this space, and doing it with a product — an all-electric vehicle — that consumers have thus far shown little interest in. EVs now make up only about 1% of global sales. Tesla needs to move that needle and move it big time, and to be honest, the company isn't strong enough to do it on its own. Others will have to come into the game.

This is where matters get challenging. Autos are a tough business: capital intensive, with cyclical sales and a requirement that car companies spend a lot on R&D to avoid falling behind. The end product is extremely complicated and relatively costly — so much so that carmakers maintain financing arms to loan customers the money to buy products.

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A business for the nutty

Many, many auto executives would say that the reason nobody has started a successful new car company in half a century is that you had to be nuts to start a new car company. There are so many other ways to get rich.

It's not clear that Musk fully understood this when he originally invested in Tesla and later took over the CEO job. But he's learning now. 

Fortunately, he doesn't have to think of himself as the quixotic leader of a company that by its economic nature will destroy his fortune, perhaps more than once. Tesla could at some point shed its car business or outsource it and focus on more lucrative, higher-growth, less-capital-hungry enterprises. Solar could be huge in the future, and in any case it's been a rapid growth area for energy.

Batteries for residential, industrial, and utility applications could also be big future businesses. And I haven't even gotten to the software and self-driving innovations that make up Tesla Autopilot. They could be worth more on their own than Tesla's entire carmaking operations someday, especially if you assume that the data generated by self-driving vehicles is where the real opportunity (and riches) resides. 

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Hard to change course?

But, you might ask, wouldn't it be hard to unload the car business?

Not really. For example, if Tesla builds a factory in China, it will almost certainly have to establish a JV with a Chinese company, meaning that effectively half the Chinese manufacturing business would be owned by someone else. A contract manufacturer such as industry leader Magna could assemble Tesla vehicles in North America or Europe. And given that Tesla is aiming to sell 500,000 vehicles annually by the end of next year, a competitor might decide it's worth it to buy up the car brand.

The bottom line is that we know where Tesla's car business is going, and it's nothing all that financially thrilling. It could be financially depressing. Almost all the company's other projects, even idealistic moon shots like the Boring Company (digging traffic-beating tunnels under Los Angeles) have the potential to growth more rapidly or establish entirely new markets. 

Perhaps that's where Musk's focus should be.

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          A trade war 'could threaten the success' of Trump's presidency but he might start one anyway   

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Donald Trump is playing a dangerous game of chicken with international trade.

While he initially backed away from major protectionist campaign promises, including ripping up the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and naming China a currency manipulator, Trump and his top economic officials have kept up the "America First" drumbeat, insisting the United States has gotten a raw deal from a global trading system it played an enormous role in shaping. 

The latest point of attrition is steel, which has long been the subject of targeted trade disputes between the United States and China. Yet Trump’s aggressive negotiating tone carries a great risk that international trust will evaporate, narrowing rather than improving the wiggle room for fresh agreements.

"Protection is pernicious since it restricts imports and usually this triggers more counter restrictions," Richard Baldwin, professor of international economics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, told Business Insider.

In particular, Baldwin worries Trump’s evocation of national security concerns to justify the potential tariffs could have broader repercussions. Only 3% of US-made steel is used for military purposes.

"The National Defense clause however opens things up to basically unlimited protection and thus the Section 232 moves are potentially a new and dangerous development," he said. "This is not just more dumping duties of the type we’ve seen on steel for decades."

Caroline Freund, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (where I used to work), says she’s hopeful industry pressure and economic reality is forcing the Trump team to rethink its more draconian proposals, such as tearing up NAFTA.

"I think what they’re looking for is a voluntary export restraint agreement, where Canada and Germany and whoever say we volunteer not to export more, a self-enforced quota that’s agreed upon," she said. "The manufacturing industries are lobbying hard because steel is going to be even more expensive."

"The problem is they’ve antagonized other countries so much, especially after pulling out of the Paris [climate] Accord — you could have gotten there with a carrot rather than a stick, you had have a better chance at a deal," Freund added. 

Richard Haas, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, was clearly taking the Trump threat seriously.

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          PRESENTING: The most important charts in the world from the brightest minds on Wall Street   

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Here they are: the most important charts in the world. 

Once again, we asked dozens of top strategists, economists, and writers for one chart that is top of mind right now. The slideshow includes their verbatim analysis of the trend they picked. 

All of these charts were submitted by June 16, so some of the data may have evolved since then.

With assistance from Rachael Levy, Elena Holodny, and Jonathan Garber.


David Rosenberg

"This is where the power and influence still reside, and nothing is going to stop the inevitability that nearly two million of this critical demographic group will be turning 70 annually for the next 15 years. And they are very likely to make it to 85 or even older with medical advancement.

This has crucial implications for the financial markets because it is when you turn 70 that you undertake the most profound asset mix shift since you were in your 30s and loaded up on equities — when you turn 70, preservation of capital and cash flows becomes much more important, and yet in a world where 'safe yield' has become extremely scarce, the investment challenges for the aging but not yet aged boomers are going to be daunting, to say the least."  

Rick Rieder

"This crisis has under-appreciated negative side effects for the US economy as a whole. Most significantly, student loans are making it harder for first-time home buyers to afford their own home, with more than 70% of would-be first-time buyers saying student loan debt is delaying their home purchase, according to the National Association of Realtors. As a result, the homeownership rate in the US has fallen each of the last six years despite a solid economic recovery, according to the US Census Bureau, with the biggest impact coming from the 25-34 year old cohort as seen in the chart above. 

The student loan burden is not just curtailing young adults’ home buying; it is weakening their consumption in general, posing a major headwind to US economic growth. In addition to the direct economic impact, the student loan crisis could also worsen the class divide. Home ownership levels at age 30 are much lower among those with college debt than those without, and when faced with today’s high college costs coupled with the prospect of taking on significant debt, more students from lower-income households may choose not to attend college, worsening their outlook for employment and wage income over the course of their career. The bottomline: This crisis is likely to be a major drag on the US economy for years to come if it remains unaddressed, and an elegant fiscal-policy solution is needed, the sooner the better."

Torsten Slok

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          Deutsche Bank is reportedly staring down a $60 million trading loss (DB)   

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Deutsche Bank could be staring down a $60 million loss after a bad bet on inflation, Bloomberg reported Tuesday

The German lender's supervisory board is reportedly investigating whether traders flouted risk limits on derivatives trades tied to US inflation, generating concerns over the strength of the company's risk controls.

Bloomberg reported that the bank does not expect the bad bet to turn around. 

This is the latest in a spate of bad news that has called into question oversight procedures at Deutsche Bank, which was fined nearly $160 million by the Federal Reserve in April after traders violated foreign exchange rules. 

Regulators also hit the company with more than $650 million in fines earlier this year for anti-money laundering failures connected to wealthy Russian clients. 

It's also another blow to Deutsche Bank's fixed-income trading operation. Business Insider reported last week that the bank had unexpectedly pulled an offer to hire a top executive at the last minute. Meanwhile, a number of senior executives have left the business in recent months. 

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          Verizon wants to borrow T-Mobile and Vodafone's consumer data to take on Facebook and Google (VZ)   
  • Tim ArmstrongVerizon wants to license data from its competitors to bulk up its online ad business Oath
  • This initiative could bring together competitors like T-Mobile and Sprint
  • Ultimate plan is to take on Google and Facebook

Verizon Communications wants to challenge Google and Facebook. So it's reaching out to some of its biggest rivals in the wireless industry for help.

Now that the telecom giant has completed its acquisition of Yahoo and rolled out Oath, a division which includes a wide collection of digital advertising assets, it is looking to ramp up its ability to challenge Google and Facebook in the sector. The wireless giant is exploring building a data partnership with other top wireless players, including T-Mobile, Sprint, Vodafone and Telefónica, people with knowledge of the matter told Business Insider.

Specifically, Verizon wants to pool together more wireless consumer data that can be used for ad targeting. A big reason Google and Facebook are so dominant in digital advertising – besides the fact that their platforms reach huge audiences  –is that they have powerful, accurate data sets on millions of consumers that can be used by advertisers to target people with more relevant ads.

When Verizon purchased AOL two years ago, Oath CEO Tim Armstrong spoke openly about the power of Verizon's data and how it, coupled with AOL's advertising technology and large audience, could be used to put some real pressure on Google and Facebook on the ad targeting front. For example, Verizon knows where its customers live, where they travel, and what apps they use, all of which could be used to show people more relevant ads as they surf the web. 

But while Verizon's US subscriber base is close to 150 million people, that's still rather paltry compared to Facebook and Google's massive audiences. So if it can license data from T-Mobile, for instance, it could layer on ad targeting signals from roughly 72 million more consumers.

In addition, licensing data from companies like Vodaphone and Telefónica would help Verizon expand its ad footprint outside the US, an area where advertisers have been pushing for progress, given Google and Facebook's global clout.

There's a lot to be worked out behind the scenes for such a data partnership to fully come to fruition. To date, just weaving together the various pieces of AOL and Verizon has proven particularly complicated. And the level of data that various wireless companies would be willing to license may vary widely. But Armstrong did discuss this plan in his pitch to top advertisers at the Cannes ad festival last week, said people familiar with the matter.

Verizon was potentially hampered by regulatory uncertainty during the waning months of the Obama administration. But since March when Republican senators voted to kill regulations in this realm, companies like Verizon are freer to exploit consumer data for advertising. (Of course, it's perhaps a different story in Europe, where regulators just hit Google with a monster fine).

If Verizon and competitors like T-Mobile and Telefonica did share consumer data, it's a good bet that there would be steps taken to make sure that no personal consumer identification data would be shared between the two companies. Undoubtedly, consumer privacy advocates would scrutinize this project closely.

If this plan proceeds, it will be interesting to see what other Verizon rivals may participate. It seems doubtful that AT&T would jump in, considering that Verizon is blocking AT&T users from logging onto Yahoo with AT&T email addresses, according to TechCrunch. And Sprint's potential wireless pact with Comcast and Charter, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, would only seem to complicate matters.

Officials from T-Mobile and Telefonica declined to comment. Vodafone and Sprint did not return request for comment on this story.

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          MORGAN STANLEY: Here's why it makes sense for Tesla to become the next big music-streaming service (TSLA)   

FILE PHOTO - New Autopilot features are demonstrated in a Tesla Model S during a Tesla event in Palo Alto, California October 14, 2015. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

Tesla, the electric-car and energy-storage company, could become the next big music-streaming service.

Last week, a representative told Business Insider that it was important for its customers to "listen to the music they want from whatever source they choose." The comments followed a report suggesting the company was working on a music-streaming service.

And according to Adam Jonas, an equity strategist at Morgan Stanley, this would make sense.

Silicon Valley is interested "in the potential multi-trillion dollar opportunity selling data, content, and experiences unfamiliar to today's auto firms," Jonas said in a note on Tuesday.

"The potential total addressable market of such a bundled mile (utility + content + data) dwarfs some of the major end markets (PC, smartphones) that Silicon Valley currently services."

By 2030, Jonas forecast, Tesla Mobility — an on-demand service similar to Uber — would have about 2 million cars, and there would be about 7 million privately owned Teslas.

"Tesla wants to be more than a 'dumb pipe'" that moves people around, Jonas said.

The auto industry would be a "money loser" by 2030, Jonas said. However, Tesla would be able to monetize the time that people are spending in their cars, as it and other companies develop what he described as a "living room on wheels."

"These firms could cede 100% of the value of content to the likes of Apple, Alphabet, Pandora, Sirius, or Netflix," Jonas said. "On the other hand, they could say: 'Wait a second. This is our venue. Our OLED screen. Our speakers. Our HMI. Our seats. Our software. Let's at least give the customer a choice of using our own apps before we too quickly go the way of the pure handset manufacturers.'"

Additionally, the buying power of people who own Tesla's electric cars could be well-suited to the market for paid premium content.

Jonas expects that Tesla's peers entering the self-driving and ride-hailing space, including Alphabet and Apple, could also explore original content for their cars' passengers.

But these competitors are bigger and better capitalized than Tesla, meaning they could provide ride-hailing services at a loss and at Tesla's expense, Jonas said.

Music streaming is worth about $50 million in enterprise value to Tesla, Jonas estimated.

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          The Perplexing Psychology Of Saving For Health Care   
Spending your own money on health care might mean that you'll be more frugal with it. That's the theory behind health savings accounts, a decades-old GOP concept that's sparking renewed interest on Capitol Hill as Republican lawmakers look for ways to replace the Affordable Care Act. HSAs are like personal savings accounts — with a difference . As with a retirement account, money put into an HSA can be invested, and any growth in the fund accumulates tax-free. Withdrawals can be made at any time, and they are tax-free, too — but the money can be used only to pay for certain medical expenses, such as health insurance deductibles, or for copays for hospital care or a visit to the doctor. Currently, HSAs are only available to people who have high-deductible health plans , meaning they usually pay a few thousand dollars for medical care each year before their insurance kicks in to pay its share. While HSA participation is growing, only about 20 million people out of the 176 million who
          Nowruz: Persian New Year's Table Celebrates Spring Deliciously   
A version of this story first ran in March 2014. The first day of spring is cause for a celebration, especially after the winter many of us have been having. But it's hard to top the 13-day festivities of the Persian New Year, Nowruz. Nowruz, or "new day" in Persian, is an ancient festival that marks the beginning of spring and celebrates the rebirth of nature. And naturally, it has a lot to do with fresh, green foods just beginning to poke out of the ground that remind us winter is not, in fact, eternal. Nowruz begins at the stroke of the vernal equinox, when the sun crosses the equator. This year it came early in the morning of March 20. When the equinox comes, millions of families of Iranian descent gather around a ceremonial table known as the haftseen . (Think colorful, elaborate Day Of The Dead -type altars meet a mashup of Easter and Passover traditions.) Young and old hold hands and count down to the New Year together and cheer Eide Shoma Mobarak, or Happy New Year! The
          News Briefing for Wednesday, April 1, 2015   
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          Top Tories in revolt against May over public spending   
Jeremy Hunt and Justine Greening tell PM it is time to ease austerity as poll shows party leader’s popularity plummeting

Theresa May is facing a chorus of Tory demands for a radical overhaul of state funding for public services as cabinet ministers and senior Conservative MPs back higher pay for millions of NHS workers, more cash for schools and a “national debate” on student debt.

The prime minister’s waning authority was highlighted as her health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and education secretary Justine Greening lobbied for an easing of austerity and senior Conservative MPs insisted public services would be in growing peril without an urgent loosening of the purse strings.

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          Fears grow for reciprocal rights of EU citizens and Britons abroad   
On eve of Brexit talks, Brussels officials suspect that Theresa May’s ‘generous offer’ will fall short

Theresa May’s promised “generous offer” on EU citizens’ rights at the start of the Brexit talks this week will fall short of protection of the status quo, meaning a difficult start to the negotiations, officials in Brussels fear.

The British government is yet to provide any documents relating to its proposal regarding the 3.1 million EU citizens living in the UK, but initial talks between the two sides have prompted concerns that Britain will make an underwhelming opening bid. Senior EU sources said the result would be a slow start to the already delayed negotiations.

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          Boku no Hero Academia Season 2 – 13   

There are eight million stories in Boku no Hero Academia - and give Horikoshi-sensei enough time, he'll tell all of them. Read more

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          Shattenkirk to Rangers on mostly quiet day of NHL free agency   
Aside from defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Karl Alzner attracting $20-plus-million contracts, NHL free agency isn't what it used to be. Not in a stagnant salary-cap era.
          Broad Swath of S. Africans Meets on Nation's Future    

THE broadest spectrum of parties ever to come together for political talks in South Africa gathers here today to plan a resumption of negotiations on the country's transition to democracy.

Ten months after multiparty talks broke down, the groups are returning to the table with a new sense of urgency. Three months of bilateral talks between the ruling National Party and the African National Congress (ANC) have cleared the way for a resumption of full negotiations.

"They're back at the table at last and this time there are more of them and the chemistry is looking good," says a Western diplomat monitoring the negotiation process.

Today's meeting, which will set a date for the resumption of full-blown multiparty talks, for the first time will include white right-wing parties and radical black rivals to the left of the ANC.

Participants are expected to include 23 delegations from 21 political groups - four more than the 19 delegations that attended the Convention for a Democratic South Africa, which deadlocked last May after five months of deliberations. Wide spectrum of parties

Among the attendees will be the militant Pan-Africanist Congress (PAC), which failed to reach agreement with the government in talks this week about the suspension of the armed struggle being waged by its radical military wing, the Azanian Peoples Liberation Army.

The right-wing Afrikaner Volks Unie, which broke away from the more hard-line Conservative Party last year, will take part in a six-party committee chairing the meeting. This marks the first direct involvement of a right-wing party in steering multiparty talks.

There is also cautious optimism that Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), is preparing to put his full weight behind multiparty talks.

Today's meeting will be attended by chief negotiators rather than political leaders. A delegation from the semi-autonomous KwaZulu homeland could provide the mechanism for the Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, to attend the next round of talks.

There is still disagreement over the boundaries, powers, and functions of South Africa's regions and whether they should be bound in a federation or a looser arrangement. But consensus is growing among the parties that the new constitution will need to provide for a high degree of autonomy for regional governments to prevent secessions that could fragment the country.

In the past three months, the ANC has made major concessions in the direction of a federal-type system and ANC leader Nelson Mandela has gone out of his way to recognize the principle of self-determination in talks with white right-wing leaders.

Multiparty talks, which could be held this month, must reach agreement on the powers and functions of a Transitional Executive Committee (TEC), an independent Electoral Commission, and an independent Media Commission that will have the task of leveling the political playing field.

The TEC, a multiracial super-advisory body, will function with sub-councils that will establish multiparty management of the security forces during the run-up to the elections. The three commissions should be established by June, by which time the multiparty forum is expected to have agreed on an election date.

"I think by the time we get to July it will be all systems go for the election," says ANC Electoral Commission head Popo Molefe.

The talks take place in the wake of the March 2 massacre of six school pupils in the violence-racked hills around Pietermaritzburg, which has served as a grim reminder of the bitter war still raging between supporters of the ANC and the IFP in that province.

The killing of the pupils has evoked national outrage across the political spectrum and Law and Order Minister Hernus Kriel has offered an $80,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited the bereaved community with other church leaders yesterday in a bid to calm political passions and prevent revenge killings.

Figures published Wednesday by the Human Rights Commission, a civil rights group that monitors political violence, indicate that deaths this year from political violence have dropped to levels well below the 300-a-month average for 1992. Coalition government

Today's talks will take place against the backdrop of an understanding reached last month between the government and the ANC that the drafting of a democratic constitution after the first democratic ballot will be followed by a period of coalition rule lasting up to five years.

The coalition government will include all parties that win at least 5 percent of the vote. According to recent polls this is sure to include the ANC and the National Party and is likely to include the PAC, the IFP, and possibly the right-wing Conservative Party.

"One could say that the real challenge of the ballot will be about whether South Africa can hold a peaceful election rather than who will win the election," says Larry Garber, an official of the National Democratic Institute in Washington, which helps run a South African voter education program.

The major challenge prior to the election will be to educate an estimated electorate of 21 million - about 16 million of whom are blacks who have never voted before - in the basics of democracy and electoral procedures.

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          Police say 1 million people taken in in Philippine drug war   

The Philippine National Police said Tuesday that a total of 1.049 million people have surrendered, been arrested or killed in President Rodrigo Duterte's fight against illegal drugs.

          Millions of Filipinos vote for next Philippine president   

Millions of Filipinos cast their votes Monday for a new president of the Philippines, as public frustration over the outgoing administration propelled a tough-talking mayor to the front of the race.

          Following Trump's Travel Ban, LA Spent Millions Welcoming Foreigners   
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          Report: Cavaliers, Rockets in serious talks about Iman Shumpert trade   
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          Video calls on WhatsApp for Android, closer than ever   

This is a feature that many of the millions of users of instant messaging application most used in the world are waiting; we mean to make use of video calls through their own app installed on our mobile terminals. This is something that already takes speculating for months, and is that everyone knows that the […]

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          The Swinging Revolution 1966   


This sartorial vision of a young Ossie Clark (centre), along with Niel Winterbottom (left), photographed in their finery against the incredible Antony Little fin de siecle style backdrop inside Hung On You on Cale St in 1966 by Terence Spencer for Life International, quite possibly makes this my personal favourite cover story by the magazine from the period! Inside, you'll find an eight page report on the continued rise and rise of the revolution in menswear emanating from London. And although some of the content had previously been used in an editorial which the magazine had published on the revolution in male clothes just two months earlier, I would still imagine that when this particular subscription arrived through their parents letter box over fifty years ago, that it merely succeeded in reinforcing the thoughts that many a teenage son already had about getting 'The Look' and heading to where the action was coming from!


                                                       So Long Sad Sack                                                          
It all began with the teen-age ''mods'' (Life International, July 27, 1964) who spent most of their pocket money on flamboyant clothes. Now the frills and flowers are being adopted in other strata of Britain's society, and the male fashions born in London have joined the theater among the British exports that aren't lagging. The way-out styles already have appeared in such disparate metropolises as Paris and Chicago and may eventually change the whole raison d'être of male dress. Photographed by Terence Spencer, the sartorial sights of London and Paris shown on these pages—exemplify the clothes that threaten the staid ''sad sack'' which European and American males have considered de rigueur. The explanation? The new clothes, says John Taylor, editor of London's Tailor and Cutter,'' are based on the sexual excitement principle rather than on the respectability and security motif.''


Peering through the art nouveau window of Biba's (designed by Antony Little), one of London's most popular boutiques, Model Richard Asman is investing in a common costume of the London Look—a checked version of British battle dress with Bob Dylan cap (unrumpled). Photograph by Terence Spencer. 

In Le Duke of Bedford pub (like British clothes, British pubs are ''in''), Actor Horst Buchholz is wearing a tight, white Rudy Valentino-style suit bought from the leading avant-garde male couturier of Paris, Pierre Cardin, who closely watches London's styles. Photograph by Terence Spencer.

The garish London garb has crossed one ocean. American teen-agers, like the Chicago boys above, are shedding their blue jeans for checked pants, dazzling shirts—though now and then retaining local flavor with a cowboy hat. Photograph by Henry Grossman.

                  ‛If  You’re Not Way Out‚ You’re On Your Way Out’
The man who fomented London's male fashion revolution revolution is 29-year-old John Stephen, who five years ago opened a small shop on Carnaby Street. Since that time, he has opened eight more men's shops on that street, 14 others in the London area, and is $15 million richer. Stephen created the Carnaby Street Look which emphasizes, among other things, wide op-arty ties, turtle-neck sweaters and flowered shirts, boots and tight checked trousers. One secret of his success is the determination of London's young men to dress differently from their bowler-hatted elders. As one boy said in a boutique called Hung On You: ''If your clothes aren't way out, you're on the way out.''

In typical new-look attire, turtle-neck sweater and checked jacket, John Stephen lounges with customers on his purple and gold Cadillac parked outside one of his Carnaby Street shops. Photograph by Terence Spencer.

Brandishing this summer's latest Carnaby Style (solid-color shirt, white collar and cuffs, op-art tie). Baron Nikolai Soloviev lunches with Jenny Philips in the Guys and Dolls coffee shop. Photograph by Terence Spencer.

Michael Chaplin, son of comedian and the author of ''I Couldn't Smoke the Grass on My Father's Lawn,'' poses in 1920s garb at Granny Takes a Trip shop with (Nigel Waymouth) one of the owners. Photograph by Terence Spencer.

The Kinks, a popular rock 'n' roll group, created top hit song ''Dedicated Follower of Fashion'': He thinks he is a flower to be looked at...He flits from shop to shop just like a butterfly.''  (*Dave Davies wearing an incredible pair of thigh-high leather boots!). Photograph by Terence Spencer

                      Elegant Edwardian Attire of Chelsea's Aristocrats
London's fashion revolution is not all teen-agers and pop singers in op-arty ties and thigh high boots. A new aristocratic tailoring establishment such as Blades (below) is being influenced by the Carnaby Look, and Lord Snowdon and the Duke of Bedford wear styles of the way-out boutiques of Chelsea's King's Road as well as Carnaby Street. The Chelsea shops offer several elegant variations on the new attire such as a 1920s Silent Movie Look and an increasingly popular Edwardian Look like that flaunted by the two youths opposite, and by Christopher Gibbs. Says Gibbs, who is male fashion editor of Vogue and high priest of the Edwardian Look: ''We were revolted by the ugliness of suits of the regular 'good' tailor. We encouraged friends to dig into their heirlooms, to wear old clothes, to turn their backs on ugliness and conformism.''

Actor David Hemmings is being fitted in a Carnaby-like, flowery-lined jacket by Eric Joy, co-owner and top designer of Blades, a new London couturier that caters to the upper classes. Photograph by Terence Spencer.