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'I remain optimistic, but even more cautiously than before. If 2016 taught me anything, it was that we economists should stick to our jobs as "students of civilization" as the founding members of the Austrian School saw their intellectual mission.

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..We have the tools and mentality to be 'students of civilization" as our intellectual tradition demands.'

- Peter Boettke, 2016: A Year in a Life, December 29, 2016


'This book argues that the work of the Austrian economists, including Carl Menger, Joseph Schumpeter, Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek, has been too narrowly interpreted. Through a study of Viennese politics and culture, it demonstrates that the project they were engaged in was much broader: the study and defense of a liberal civilization. Erwin Dekker shows the importance of the civilization in their work and how they conceptualized their own responsibilities toward that civilization, which was attacked left and right during the interwar period. Dekker argues that what differentiates their position is that they thought of themselves primarily as students of that civilization rather than as social scientists, or engineers. This unique focus and approach is related to the Viennese setting of the circles, which constitute the heart of Viennese intellectual life in the interwar period.

• Corrects the one-sided view on Austrian economists which dominates the literature • Investigates how economics was transformed into a modern engineering science and what was lost in the process • Helps the reader understand how the Austrian economists regarded their role and responsibilities as scholars and citizens'

- The Viennese Students of Civilization, 2014


Context 'A judgment of value .. a man's affective response to definite conditions of the universe..' - Ludwig von Mises

'..dismantle the Marxist myth..' - 'Karl Marx, False consciousness'

(Bazaarmodel - To Heal - Teal) - '..is it possible to build a truly Evolutionary-Teal school?'

(The Electric Universe) - SAFIRE as Astrophysical Laboratory | EU2016


The Christmas Truce of 1914 - '..what might have happened if the truce had spread and this had caused the war to end earlier..'

(To Heal - Teal - Bazaarmodel) - Striving for wholeness '..We have let our busy egos trump the quiet voice of our soul; many cultures often celebrate the mind and neglect the body..'

'..how socialism actually produces a superclass of elites and a form of socio-economic apartheid..'


Presentation: Phase I (2012 - 2022) - The Beginning

          Resistance at Standing Rock: Dispatches from the Front Lines        

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  • Water Protector Legal Collective Files Suit for Excessive Force against Peaceful Protesters


  • Veterans to Serve as ‘Human Shields’ for Dakota Pipeline Protesters



  • Oceti Sakowin encampment on Oct. 6, 2016. The proper name for the people commonly known as the Sioux is Oceti Sakowin, (Och-et-eeshak-oh-win) meaning Seven Council Fires.








    Story and Photos by John Briggs

    Cool Justice Editor's Note: OK to repost, courtesy of John Briggs and The Cool Justice Report.







    Corporate – Government Alliance Versus the American People

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Though Promised for Domestic Use, Dakota Access Pipeline May Fuel Oil Exports


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

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

  • The Legal Case for Blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline


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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

  • Environmental Lawyer Explains Standing Rock Legal Issues




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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

  • Standing With the Standing Rock Sioux


  • The Bundy crew was the cowboys, not the Indians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    What Dewey does goes way beyond advocacy journalism.

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

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

  • Forcibly removed from prayer at Standing Rock


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

    Media covering the Standing Rock resistance movement:

  • Digital Smoke Signals


  • Myron Dewey, Facebook


  • The Antimedia


  • Democracy Now


  • The Intercept


  • The Guardian


  • Censored News


  • Unicorn Riot


  • Living on Earth


  • The Indigenous Environmental Network


  • Status of Standing Rock court claim



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              Jurkov, Grigorij Dmitrievič        
    Autor: Panzer

    Datum: 10.08.2017 14:53:45



     
    Příjmení:
    Surname:
    Jurkov Grigoriy
    Jméno:
    Given Name:
    Grigorij Dmitrievič Dmitriyevich Yurkov
    Jméno v originále:
    Original Name:
    Григорий Дмитриевич Юрков
    Fotografie či obrázek:
    Photograph or Picture:
    -
    Hodnost:
    Rank:
    major Major
    Akademický či vědecký titul:
    Academic or Scientific Title:
    - -
    Šlechtický titul:
    Hereditary Title:
    - -
    Datum, místo narození:
    Date and Place of Birth:
    DD.MM.1907 Soľ-Ileck /
    DD.MM.1907 Sol'-Iletsk /
    Datum, místo úmrtí:
    Date and Place of Decease:
    DD.MM.RRRR
    DD.MM.RRRR
    Nejvýznamnější funkce:
    (maximálně tři)
    Most Important Appointments:
    (up to three)
    - veliteľ 88. samostatnej dopravnej letky stíhacieho letectva protivzdušnej obrany - Commander of the 88th Independent Transport Squadron of the Fighter Aviation of Counter-Air Defence
    Jiné významné skutečnosti:
    (maximálně tři)
    Other Notable Facts:
    (up to three)
    - -
    Související články:
    Related Articles:

    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    http://podvignaroda.ru/?#id=1105489338

              88. samostatná dopravní letka stíhacího letectva PVO [1943-19??]         
    Autor: Panzer

    Datum: 10.08.2017 14:38:10



     
    Název:
    Name:
    88. samostatná dopravná letka stíhacieho letectva protivzdušnej obrany 88th Independent Transport Squadron of the Fighter Aviation of Counter-Air Defence
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    88-я отдельная транспортная авиационная эскадрилья Истребительной Авиации Противо-воздушной обороны
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    DD.MM.RRRR
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    - -
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    DD.MM.RRRR
    Nástupce:
    Successor:
    - -
    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR Jurkov, Grigorij Dmitrievič (Kapitan / Kапитан)
    Výzbroj:
    Armament:
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR Douglas C-47
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    - -
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    http://podvignaroda.ru/?#id=46229544
    http://podvignaroda.ru/?#id=46802695

              Velitelství ženijního vojska 32. hraniční oblasti [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 14:30:36



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství ženijního vojska 32. hraniční oblasti Engineer Command of the 32nd Border Area
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství ženijního vojska 32. hraniční oblasti
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    25.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 114 (114-A-1) 114th Mobilisation Formation (114-A-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:

    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 32. hraniční oblast 27.09.1938-22.10.1938 32nd Border Area
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Plzeň, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Patzelt, Vilém (Štábní kapitán)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
    Subordinated Units:


    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno MIKULÁŠ –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení

              Velitelství telegrafního vojska 32. hraniční oblasti [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 14:28:43



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství telegrafního vojska 32. hraniční oblasti Signal Command of the 32nd Border Area
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství telegrafního vojska 32. hraniční oblasti
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    25.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 114 (114-A-1) 114th Mobilisation Formation (114-A-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:

    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 32. hraniční oblast 27.09.1938-22.10.1938 32nd Border Area
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Plzeň, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Hlavička, František (Nadporučík)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
    Subordinated Units:


    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno MIKULÁŠ –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení

              Velitelství dělostřelectva 32. hraniční oblasti [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 14:20:43



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství dělostřelectva 32. hraniční oblasti Artillery Command of the 32nd Border Area
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství dělostřelectva 32. hraniční oblasti
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    25.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 114 (114-A-1) 114th Mobilisation Formation (114-A-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:

    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 32. hraniční oblast 27.09.1938-22.10.1938 32nd Border Area
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Plzeň, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Heider, Vilém (Plukovník)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
    Subordinated Units:


    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno MIKULÁŠ –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení

              38. těžká dopravní letka [1940-????]        
    Autor: Panzer

    Datum: 10.08.2017 12:54:01



     
    Název:
    Name:
    38. ťažká dopravná letka 38th Heavy Transport Aviation Squadron
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    38-я тяжелая транспортная авиационная эскадрилья
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    DD.02.1940
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    - -
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    DD.MM.RRRR
    Nástupce:
    Successor:
    - -
    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR, ( )
    Výzbroj:
    Armament:
    DD.MM.RRRR-DD.MM.RRRR Tupolev TB-3
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    - -
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Siničkijanc, A.M.: Otečestva krylatyje syny, Mozaika, 2002 (Синичкиянц А.М. Отечества крылатые сыны. - М.: "Мозаика", 2002)

              Lundy, Michael D.         
    Autor: wlasto

    Datum: 10.08.2017 12:00:13



     
    Příjmení:
    Surname:
    Lundy Lundy
    Jméno:
    Given Name:
    Michael D. Michael D.
    Jméno v originále:
    Original Name:
    Michael D. Lundy
    Fotografie či obrázek:
    Photograph or Picture:
    Hodnost:
    Rank:
    Generálporučík Lieutenant General
    Akademický či vědecký titul:
    Academic or Scientific Title:
    - -
    Šlechtický titul:
    Hereditary Title:
    - -
    Datum, místo narození:
    Date and Place of Birth:
    DD.MM.RRRR ?
    DD.MM.RRRR ?
    Datum, místo úmrtí:
    Date and Place of Decease:
    DD.MM.RRRR
    DD.MM.RRRR
    Nejvýznamnější funkce:
    (maximálně tři)
    Most Important Appointments:
    (up to three)
    velitel: Vysoká škola pro velitele a důstojníky štábů Armády Spojených států Commander: United States Army Command and General Staff College
    Jiné významné skutečnosti:
    (maximálně tři)
    Other Notable Facts:
    (up to three)
    - -
    Související články:
    Related Articles:

    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    usacac.army.mil

               Brown, Robert Brooks        
    Autor: wlasto

    Datum: 10.08.2017 11:17:14



     
    Příjmení:
    Surname:
    Brown Brown
    Jméno:
    Given Name:
    Robert Brooks Robert Brooks
    Jméno v originále:
    Original Name:
    Robert Brooks Brown
    Fotografie či obrázek:
    Photograph or Picture:
    Hodnost:
    Rank:
    generál General
    Akademický či vědecký titul:
    Academic or Scientific Title:
    MSc MSc
    Šlechtický titul:
    Hereditary Title:
    - -
    Datum, místo narození:
    Date and Place of Birth:
    14.04.1959 ?, Pennsylvania
    14.04.1959 ?, Pennsylvania
    Datum, místo úmrtí:
    Date and Place of Decease:
    DD.MM.RRRR
    DD.MM.RRRR
    Nejvýznamnější funkce:
    (maximálně tři)
    Most Important Appointments:
    (up to three)
    velitel: Vysoká škola pro velitele a důstojníky štábů Armády Spojených států Commander: United States Army Command and General Staff College
    Jiné významné skutečnosti:
    (maximálně tři)
    Other Notable Facts:
    (up to three)
    - -
    Související články:
    Related Articles:

    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Brooks_Brown

              Velitelství ženijního vojska 31. hraniční oblasti [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 11:01:02



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství ženijního vojska 31. hraniční oblasti Engineer Command of the 31st Border Area
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství ženijního vojska 31. hraniční oblasti
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    27.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 117 (117-A-1) 117th Mobilisation Formation (117-A-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    22.10.1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:
    - -
    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 31. hraniční oblast
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 31st Border Area
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Veselí-Mezimostí, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Brož, František (Major)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
    Subordinated Units:


    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno BLAŽEJ –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení
    armada.vojenstvi.cz

              Velitelství telegrafního vojska 31. hraniční oblasti [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 10:59:40



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství telegrafního vojska 31. hraniční oblasti Signal Command of the 31st Border Area
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství telegrafního vojska 31. hraniční oblasti
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    27.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 117 (117-A-1) 117th Mobilisation Formation (117-A-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    22.10.1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:
    - -
    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 31. hraniční oblast
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 31st Border Area
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Veselí-Mezimostí, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Hronek, František (Nadporučík)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
    Subordinated Units:


    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno BLAŽEJ –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení
    armada.vojenstvi.cz

              Velitelství dělostřelectva 31. hraniční oblasti [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 10:56:42



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství dělostřelectva 31. hraniční oblasti Artillery Command of the 31st Border Area
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství dělostřelectva 31. hraniční oblasti
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    27.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 117 (117-A-1) 117th Mobilisation Formation (117-A-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    22.10.1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:
    - -
    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 31. hraniční oblast
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 31st Border Area
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Veselí-Mezimostí, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938 Kánský, Eduard (Podplukovník)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-22.10.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
    Subordinated Units:


    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno BLAŽEJ –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení
    armada.vojenstvi.cz

              Velitelství ženijního vojska 22. divise [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 09:45:36



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství ženijního vojska 22. divise Engineer Command of the 22nd Division
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství ženijního vojska 22. divise
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    27.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 129 (129-B-1) 129th Mobilisation Formation (129-B-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    14.10.1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:

    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 22. divise
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 22nd Division
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 Žilina, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 Matohlína, Josef (Major)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
    Subordinated Units:


    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno HVIEZDOSLAV –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení
    armada.vojenstvi.cz

              Velitelství telegrafního vojska 22. divise [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 09:41:14



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství telegrafního vojska 22. divise Signal Command of the 22nd Division
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství telegrafního vojska 22. divise
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    27.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 129 (129-B-1) 129th Mobilisation Formation (129-B-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    14.10.1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:

    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 22. divise
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 22nd Division
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 Žilina, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 Morvic, Jan (Štábní kapitán)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
    Subordinated Units:


    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno HVIEZDOSLAV –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení
    armada.vojenstvi.cz

              Velitelství dělostřelectva 22. divise [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 09:38:40



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství dělostřelectva 22. divise Artillery Command of the 22nd Division
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství dělostřelectva 22. divise
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    27.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 129 (129-B-1) 129th Mobilisation Formation (129-B-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    14.10.1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:

    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 22. divise
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 22nd Division
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 Žilina, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938 Horejší, Jaroslav (Plukovník)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-14.10.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
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    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno HVIEZDOSLAV –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení
    armada.vojenstvi.cz

              Velitelství ženijního vojska 21. divise [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 09:34:40



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství ženijního vojska 21. divise Engineer Command of the 21st Division
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství ženijního vojska 21. divise
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    27.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 128 (128-B-1) 128th Mobilisation Formation (128-B-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    18.11.1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:

    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 21. divise
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 21st Division
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 Veselí nad Moravou, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 Veverka, Jaroslav (Brigádní generál)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
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    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno ŠAFAŘÍK –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení
    armada.vojenstvi.cz

              Velitelství telegrafního vojska 21. divise [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 09:32:23



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství telegrafního vojska 21. divise Signal Command of the 21st Division
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství telegrafního vojska 21. divise
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    27.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 128 (128-B-1) 128th Mobilisation Formation (128-B-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    18.11.1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:

    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 21. divise
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 21st Division
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 Veselí nad Moravou, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 Kovář, František (Major)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
    Subordinated Units:


    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno ŠAFAŘÍK –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení
    armada.vojenstvi.cz

              Velitelství dělostřelectva 21. divise [1938-1938]        
    Autor: wade

    Datum: 10.08.2017 09:08:41



     
    Název:
    Name:
    Velitelství dělostřelectva 21. divise Artillery Command of the 21st Division
    Originální název:
    Original Name:
    Velitelství dělostřelectva 21. divise
    Datum vzniku:
    Raised/Formed:
    27.09.1938
    Předchůdce:
    Predecessor:
    Mobilisační těleso 128 (128-B-1) 128th Mobilisation Formation (128-B-1)
    Datum zániku:
    Disbanded:
    18.11.1938
    Nástupce:
    Successor:

    Nadřízené velitelství:
    Higher Command:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 21. divise
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 21st Division
    Dislokace:
    Deployed:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 Veselí nad Moravou, kasárny /
    Velitel:
    Commander:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938 Šandera, Ladislav (Plukovník)
    Náčelník štábu:
    Chief of Staff:
    27.09.1938-18.11.1938
    Podřízené jednotky:
    Subordinated Units:


    Čestný název:
    Honorary Name:
    - -
    Vyznamenání:
    Decorations:
    -
    Poznámka:
    Note:
    krycí jméno ŠAFAŘÍK –
    Zdroje:
    Sources:
    Vojenský ústřední archiv Praha, fond Hlavní štáb branné moci, 1. oddělení
    armada.vojenstvi.cz

              NEWFOUNDLAND MOOSE - SCI SILVER AWARD        


    PART I - THE BEGINNING
    Have you ever flipped through the pages of Field & Stream or watched an exciting big game hunt on the Outdoor Channel and said to yourself, “Someday I would like to do that?” I guess all hunters have a specific species they dream about pursuing and mine has always been a moose. In terms of my “bucket list” for animals I want to hunt, the moose has always been number one. For years, I have sent my check to Vermont and Maine in hopes of getting drawn in their moose hunting lottery; but it never was. But last Fall I received an email from Amsterdam hunters Dick Andrews and Marshall Knapik and Rich Kraus(Ballston Spa) about their Newfoundland moose hunt that finally lit the fire under me. And the results is that in 3 weeks my dream hunt will finally become a reality.

    The moose, which is derived from the Algonkian name meaning “eater of twigs,” was not native to Newfoundland. They were introduced, two bulls and two cows from New Brunswick, in 1904 and today it is estimated that there is a population of 120,000. Moose are the largest member of the deer family with a weak eyesight but their most acute sense is their hearing. Their habitat is includes swampy areas as well as forested higher ground around lakes.

    The destination, which I choose mainly because of Dick’s recommendation and the fact that he has hunted there successfully five times already and will be returning in 2010, is Sam’s Hunting and Fishing Camps located in Portland Creek, Newfoundland, Canada. Owned and operated by Sam and Hebbert Caines, they have over 30 years of experience guiding and outfitting hunters. Sam’s has three hunting camps located in Area No. 3 on the Northern Peninsula: St. Paul’s Big Pond, where I will be hunting, which is one-half mile from Gros Morne National Park which is 35 miles from Deer Lake; Long Range Mountains at Trophy Lake and High Pond which are each 60 miles from Deer Lake which is the pick up point for all Sam’s hunters. Now although we will be hunting from fly-in remote sites, which I am looking forward to, it is comforting to know that there is two-way radio and cell telephone contact with these camps.

    There are two ways to get to Deer Lake; driving and flying. If you drive there is a 5 - 8 hour ferry crossing depending upon the weather or, my choice, drive to Montreal and fly into Deer Lake. Here I will spend the night, be picked up early the next morning and flown in to camp by helicopter. And this, the helicopter ride, is something I am looking forward to also. All the camps are built to Newfoundland Tourism specifications and include indoor toilets, showers, two bedroom with two single beds in each, a large dining room and a kitchen. And each camp has a full time cook. Each hunter has his/her own guide. The actual hunting is done by spot and stalk, which is walking and glassing a variety of terrains, and/or sometimes glassing from elevated blinds.

    Now when choosing a guide/outfitter success rate should always be a major consideration. In the case of Sam’s Hunting and Fishing Camps he has a 90 percent success rate for moose and 100 percent for caribou. Unfortunately, I applied for a Woodland caribou hunting tag but did not receive one; but I did get a black bear permit which I hopefully will be able to fill during this hunt. As for the caribou, I will try again next year.

    BORDER CROSSING
    When hunting in Canada there are a number of forms and documents that are needed when crossing the border. The easiest way to travel to and from Canada is with a passport. As for your firearm, this too is fairly simple and most of the paperwork can be competed before you go. You cannot bring a fully automatic weapon, handgun or pepper spray into Canada. Your regular hunting rifle/shotgun is not a problem as long as complete a Nonresident Firearms Declaration(CAFC909EF) form. Sam sent this form to me when I confirmed my hunt with him in February. The form is very simple to complete and on it you can register up to 3 firearms and the cost is $25(Canadian) which you pay at the time of crossing. The registration is good for 60 days. Do not sign and date the form until you are at customs. In all the times I have traveled to Canada with a firearm(s) to hunt it has been a very simple process which usually will take no more than 30 minutes. To download this form Goggle “Canadian firearms declaration form.”

    With regards to transporting firearms to Canada , which they may or may not inspect at the border, is in a protective and lockable case, and obviously, unloaded. It is wise if your gun is a bolt action to remove the bolt, and if it a clip remove the clip.

    CLOTHING
    Weather-wise, during September it is usually very pleasant in the mid - 40s which is good hunting weather. But Dick and other hunters who have been to Newfoundland in September all agree that things can change very quickly. “You will hunt in the rain,” they tell me and things will get damp and therefore layering you clothing is the best method. The absolute must for this trip is quality rain gear which should include quality rubber boots that are 16 or 17 inches high and with aggressive tread.


    THE GUN/AMMO
    Now those of you who know me are probably saying: “First moose hunt; he will surely have to buy a new gun.” That’s what my wife thought also. Well, believe it or not, the gun that I will be using is one that is already in my gun cabinet. In fact I have had it for at least 7 years now and never really shot anything with it. It is a ported Remington Model 700 BDL in the .300 Win Mag caliber. I told you I knew that one day I would be making this hunt and actually bought the gun solely for the purpose of hunting moose with it. The only action it has seen up until now has been a twice a year complete cleaning and oiling. But now that my dream hunt is going to be a reality I have added a quality optic and spent some range time getting acquainted with this gun; and I am very impressed with its performance and power; just what is needed to bring down a large bull moose that stands higher than a large saddle horse and can weigh as much as 1500 pounds.

    When I asked Sam and Hebbert what to expect in terms of the range of shooting distance he said that it could be anywhere from 50 yards to 400 yards; which was another reason I chose the .300 win mag cartridge.

    With the number of quality scopes offered today my selection of the right one for this rifle and especially this hunt was difficult. At the Shot Show in January I spent one day visiting optic manufacturers booths and reviewing what they were offering in scopes. One in particular impressed me; Hawke Optics. And when Brad Bonar, their Sales Manager, let me look through their Endurance 30 series 3-12x50 L3 Dot IR reticle scope all I could think about was placing that red dot on the shoulder of my Newfoundland bull moose. Other important features include a 30mm matt black mono tube, it is fog and waterproof, shockproof and has an 11 setting rheostat to adjust the Dot’s intensity to any light condition.

    After mounting and bore sighting the scope I headed for the range where I tested 3 brands of ammunition shooting from a Caldwell Lead Sled shooting rest which is the only way to sight in a firearm for two reasons: one is that you get the best accuracy and two, it absorbs almost all of the felt recoil. My 3-shot grouping with the Endurance was quite impressive(one-half inch) and the best results were with the Winchester Supreme Elite XP3, 180 grain 2-stage expansion bullet with delayed controlled expansion, deep penetration and high weight retention. Ballistically it has a muzzle velocity of 3000 feet per second and energy of 3597 foot pounds. Just the right medicine for taking a moose down. Zeroed at 200 yards it will be 1.4 inches high at 100 yards and 6.4 inches low at 300 yards. And should I get that 400 yard shot, my holdover will be 18.5 inches.

    One other service I found helpful when dealing with Hawke Optics was their Ballistic Reticle Calculator(BRC) which is a free software package that will help you to choose the right ammunition for your gun and print a copy of the results. This program covers calibers from a 177 air rifle, up to a 300 Weatherby magnum and even will calculate the best crossbow bolt for your crossbow. To get the BRC go to their web at hawkeoptics, click on “Hawke BRC” and they will email it to you. And while you are there click on “NEW Reticle Information” and see how my L3 DOT IR looks when sighting in a bull elk in the field.

    PART II - THE HUNT

    Forty five years ago when I realized how much I enjoyed big game hunting I promised myself that someday I was going to go on a moose hunt. And two weeks ago my wish came true in Newfoundland at Sam’s Hunting and Fishing Camps; and I can honestly say it was the most exciting hunting adventures I have ever experienced.

    It was 2a.m. when I stepped off the plane in Deer Lake along with several other camo clad passengers and headed for the baggage claim conveyor. Now if you have ever traveled with a firearm on a hunting trip you know how good you feel when you see that gun case come out on the conveyor; and mine did. But my suitcase, with all my hunting clothes, boots and other accessories, didn’t. Now I had a real problem because in just 4 hours my outfitter Sam Caines was going to pick me up and take me to the helicopter that would fly me into St. Paul’s Big Pond; which was the only access to the camp.

    At the airline desk I completed the missing baggage claim form and explained the situation and asked how, when they found my bag, they would get it to me. They would have to send it to the outfitter who would then have it flown out to me at the camp. So when I climbed into that helicopter later that morning I was wearing my hunting clothes: jeans, Nike shoes, long sleeve cotton shirt, baseball cap and a photographer’s vest. Not exactly what I needed for the spot and stalk hunting in wet bogs in the wind and rain and temperatures in the low 40s.

    The helicopter ride was great and I got a chance to see just how beautiful the Newfoundland wilderness really is; and it was then that I felt the excitement of the upcoming hunt despite the knot in my stomach because of my lost luggage. I could not hunt like this and all I thought about was having to stay in camp for 7 days and not being able to hunt; something I waited a lifetime to do.

    After settling in, which did not take long for me, I got to meet the other three hunters: Oscar Primelles, my roommate from Florida; and Victor Chandler and Wayne Cleveland who were both from Nova Scotia. The staff included guides Hebbert, Sherman and Harrison Caines, Ralph House and Derrick Kelly our camp cook. Each hunter at Sam’s has his/her own guide. Ironically all had heard of my problem with the airlines and they all said “they would dress me.” Each one of them contributed to my hunting outfit and when I dressed for hunting on Monday morning the only piece of clothing I was wearing that was mine was my underwear; which by the way, I washed each evening and hung over the wood stove to dry.

    That evening before the hunt I felt lot better knowing I would be able to hunt comfortably and thoroughly enjoyed Derrick’s ham dinner with all the trimmings which we all found out was equally outstanding all week. And that included the home made bread, pies and cakes.

    MONDAY
    It rained all night and it was raining at 7 a.m. with 5-10 ph winds and temperatures in the mid - 30s when Sherman, my guide, and I along with Oscar and his guide Hebbert, all climbed into an 18 foot aluminum boat and headed for the other end of the pond. This “pond” by the way was the size of Saratoga Lake.

    Once on shore we all started up 12 STOP mountain which is the name I gave it because it required 12 rest stops where I would catch my breath before I reached the top. Sherman and I stayed on one side of the top while Oscar and Hebbert went over the top to the other side to set up. Each of the guides would call, using only their mouths, but nothing came in.

    By 9 a.m. the wind had picked up considerably and that combined with the heavy rains made sitting difficult; and at by 11:00 we were back in the boat and headed for camp. And when we got there Derrick’s homemade turkey vegetable soup was just what we all needed. No one that morning had seen a moose.

    The afternoon watch took us up another steep incline( 10 Stop mountain) and the bad weather conditions were the same. I remember reading that moose do not move much when it is rainy and windy and they didn’t this evening either. Victor and Ralph reported seeing two cow moose that evening but they were about 500 yards across the bog.

    TUESDAY
    Anticipation was high that morning despite the fact that conditions had actually gotten tougher and we had to wait about an hour for the fog to lift before we left camp. This time Sherman and I headed out behind the camp for an area they called the Waiting Rock stand. It was an 8 stops climb for me and we climbed into the 20 foot high tower. These towers are quite unique. They(guides) find four 10 - 12 inch trees that are in a square about 5 or 6 feet apart, trim the branches from the ground up, cut the tops off the trees, and build a platform blind enclosing the sides with canvas and with seats. It is quite comfortable but I found out that temperatures were a bit colder at this height. And at times the high winds would create horizontal rains which added to our discomfort. But that’s hunting. And again, by 10 a.m. we were headed back to camp without sighting a single moose.

    It was on this trip back to camp that I found out about what Newfoundlanders call a bog hole, and why they told me to always watch and duplicate where your guide steps; which I did on the first day. However on this day I got caught up in looking at the beautiful scenery and my right foot with the 18 inch high boot found its way into a 24 in hole full f water. I knew than that I was done hunting for the day. But as it turned out, because of the bad weather no one went out that afternoon.

    WEDNESDAY
    Finally Mother Nature turned off the water, reduced the wind and replaced them with chilly 34 degree temperatures. At daybreak Sherman and I headed back up for the Waiting Rock tower; but we never made it. The evening before Hebbert had told me that in the history of this camp Waiting Rock had produced at least 100 moose harvests and on this day I was about to make it 101.

    Several hundred yards from camp we stopped and Sherman made a few cow calls but got no response. Continuing up the hill we were just about 100 yards from the bog that the tower was located in when Sherman stopped, tapped his ear and pointed at the thick spruce off to our left. I heard the scraping and then saw those large palmated antlers thrashing the trees and brush about 80 yards from us. I think I froze momentarily in awe. It is one thing to watch something like this on the Outdoor Channel, but it is nothing like actually being there. Quickly and quietly I chambered a round and turned the Hawke scopes power down to 4. I don’t remember being nervous but I am sure I was.

    By watching the movement of the bushes and trees we could see the bull was heading parallel to us and hopefully he would cross a 15 foot opening about 50 yards from me. Sherman motioned me up a few yards where I set up on a small rise in the trail, got down on one knee, clicked off my safety and laid my cheek on the stock.

    All the time I could feel the chill running up and down my spine and my heart was pounding. To keep the bull headed in our direction Sherman cleverly turned his back on the bull and called again making it sound like this love sick cow was leaving. It worked.

    Not only did the bull step into the opening but he started to turn down the trail towards me. I don’t know remember my feelings or even pulling the trigger when that big bull was just 40 yards from me slowly tossing his head from side to side. I knew I had hit him, but I am not sure he knew. Shot number two got the reaction I was looking for and shot number three put him on the ground. It was then that I remember what the veteran hunters and guides in camp said; “ shoot until he is down.”

    My knees were a bit shaky when I stood up and so were my hands as Sherman and I waited a few minutes before moving cautiously toward the fallen bull. And when we were sure he was dead the high 5s, hoots, hugs and handshakes began. I don’t know exactly how many times I thanked Sherman, my 27 year old guide, for my first bull; and he thanked me also; because I was actually the first client he had guided.

    I believe I stood over my bull for at least 15 minutes just admiring his rack, head, swollen neck and shoulders. Everything about him was “BIG.”

    Now the real work was about to begin for Sherman. That big half ton at least animal had to be rolled over and not only field dressed but boned, quartered and carried out on a pack frame.

    Back in camp that afternoon after another long photo shoot Hebbert gave me my bulls statistics. He estimated that the bull weighed 1500 pounds, was 7-8 years old, had 22 measurable points, 13 inch palms, a 48 3/4 inch spread and the bases of his antlers measured 9 3/4 inches around.

    As for the other hunters in camp they too tagged out by the end of the week. My cabin roommate Oscar, shot a 10 point bull, called in by Hebbert, just about 550 yards from where I took my bull on the Waiting Rock watch. On the next morning, Thursday, Harrison called in a 3 point bull and a cow moose to Victor, who chose to shoot the cow. And at 9:10 a.m. on Saturday, the final day of hunting, I was in camp when Ralph called in to report he had called in a 4 point bull at the Waiting Rock tower, which Wayne dropped with just one shot at 158 yards. It was this 73 year old gentleman’s 10 th bull and his 10 th year of hunting with Sam. The first week of the 2009 moose hunt at St. Paul’s Big Pond was 100 percent successful. And I later found out that only one hunter in all three of Sam’s outpost camps had not taken a moose this week.

    If you have ever considered a moose hunt I highly recommend that you contact Sam’s Hunting and Fishing Camps(709-898-2535).



              Kommentar zu Docs & Demo von Aleksandar Veljkovic        
    I've introduced your plugin as a way for users to upload track to your site, but I can't find where to change the default colour of tracks in GPX files? While KML files show the original colours of tracks, those from GPX files are shown in a dull brown colour, which has very poor contrast and is badly visible on the sattelite images. Any way to change the default colour?
              A COPA DA ALEMANHA        

    Bayern de Munique: o maior campeão da DFB Pokal




    Neste sábado o Bayern de Munique entrou em campo novamente para mais uma decisão. Depois de ganhar o Campeonato Alemão e a Liga dos Campeões da Europa, o time bávaro recheou ainda mais sua vasta galeria de troféus com a Copa da Alemanha e chegou à tríplice coroa nesta temporada - o adversário foi o Stuttgart, tradicional clube germânico, e o placar foi de 3 a 2.

    A Copa, conhecida como DFB Pokal (Deutscher Fußball-Bund Pokal), é disputada desde 1935 e tem o lendário clube de Munique como seu maior vencedor com 16 conquistas. O primeiro campeão da história do torneio foi o 1. FC Nuremberg ao bater o Schalke 04 por 2 a 0 na decisão em Düsseldorf.

    Em sua primeira edição a Copa da Alemanha se chamava Tschammer-Pokal - ou  Tschammer und Osten Pokal - em homenagem ao então Reichssportführer (Chefe do Gabinete de Esportes do 3º Reich) Hans von Tschammer und Oste. A disputa envolveu incríveis 4100 clubes desde a elite até as divisões amadoras do futebol alemão no período preliminar. A fase principal se deu com 63 times em 6 rodadas de mata-mata, acabando, conforme já dito, com o título do Nuremberg sobre o Schalke 04 na grande final em Düsseldorf com público estimado em mais de 50 mil pessoas presentes.

    Desde então o formato sofreu poucas alterações no que diz respeito ao original dos anos 30: várias equipes de todo o país, das divisões semi-profissionais e amadoras, começam a disputa nas fases preliminares até chegar ao grupo principal que vai até a final no já conhecido sistema de mata-mata. Na atualidade 64 times entram nessa fase, na qual já estão qualificados automaticamente todos os clubes da Bundesliga, da 2. Bundesliga e os 4 melhores colocados da última temporada da 3. Liga, respectivamente 1ª, 2ª e 3ª divisões. A título de curiosidade a Alemanha possui 13 divisões em sua pirâmide futebolística, comportando mais de 30 mil equipes e mais de 2 mil grupos regionais.

    A partir de 1953 a competição passou a se chamar DFB Pokal. nome mantido até os dias atuais, em virtude do fim do nazismo. Aliás, entre 1943 e e 1952 não houve disputa devido à Segunda Guerra Mundial.

    Os confrontos são definidos por sorteio, quando na fase principal os clubes são divididos em dois potes: um contendo os times semi-profissionais e amadores e outro, os profissionais, sempre na obrigatoriedade de haver uma partida entre os de um recipiente contra o do outro até que um deles fique vazio e, assim, todos se juntem num único pote. Desde 1985 a final é disputada no Olympiastadion de Berlin e seu vencedor tem vaga garantida na próxima edição da Liga Europa (antiga Copa da UEFA).

    Poucos clubes de divisões inferiores na DFB Pokal chegaram às fases finais da competição na história, dada a diferença abissal de estrutura e financeira entre eles e os da elite. Até 1974 nenhum time da Bundesliga havia sido derrotado por um amador ou semi-profissional, quando o Hamburgo entrou para os registros históricos ao ser o primeiro a sucumbir perante um adversário bem menos expressivo - o VfB Eppingen. Podemos citar mais alguns exemplos de surpresas ao longo do tempo como a derrota do Borussia Dortmund em 1990 para o nanico SpVgg Fürth, a chegada à final em 1993 do Hertha Berlin II (reserva do Hertha Berlin) - a primeira vez de um time da 3ª divisão a chegar à decisão - e a surpreendente vitória do desconhecido TSV Vestenbergsgreuth sobre o então campeão nacional Bayern de Munique por 1 a 0 na 1ª rodada na temporada 1994/95.

    O maior vencedor da Copa, como já citado, é o poderoso Bayern de Munique com 16 taças, seguido do Werder Bremen, que tem 6. O super artilheiro Gerd Müller, como de costume, é o artilheiro máximo da competição com 78 gols. Já o goleiro Oliver Kahn detem o recorde de 6 títulos. Por fim o ex-meia tcheco Mirko Votava foi o atleta que mais vezes entrou em campo pelo certame: 79 vezes.

    Outro dado digno de nota é o fato de o torneio ter em sua história dois campeões austríacos, o Rapid Wien (que também foi campeão alemão) em 1938 e o First Vienna em 1943 - tais fatos se deram pela anexação da Áustria por parte da Alemanha na época do nazismo, fazendo com que as equipes austríacas disputassem os campeonatos em território alemão.

    Para finalizar outra curiosidade: nesses 78 anos de Copa da Alemanha houve apenas um 0 a 0 em uma final - na temporada 1991/92 entre Hannover e Borussia Mönchengladbach, com vitória nos pênaltis para o primeiro por 4 a 3.

    Abaixo, dados, estatísticas e todos os campeões e vices de cada edição da DFB Pokal.


    COPA DA ALEMANHA (DFB Pokal - Deutscher Fußball-Bund Pokal)

    * Início: 1935 (como Tschammer-Pokal)

    * Maior vencedor: Bayern de Munique (16 vezes)

    * Maior placar: Stuttgart Kickers 17 x 0 VfB 05 Knielingen (1940/41)

    * Maior público: Borussia Dortmund 3 x 0 FC Carl Zeiss Jena (80708 pessoas em 18/08/2008 no Signal Iduna Park)

    * Maior artilheiro: Gerd Müller (78 gols)

    * Mais gols em um único jogo: Carsten Jäncker (6 gols na vitória do Kaiserslautern por 15 a 0 contra o FC Schönberg 95 em 21/08/2004)

    * Jogador que mais venceu a competição: Oliver Kahn (6 vezes)

    * Jogador que mais autou na competição: Mirko Votava/TCH (79 jogos)

    * Finais (local):

    1935 - 1. FC Nuremberg 2 x 0 Schalke 04 (Düsseldorf)

    1936 - VfB Leipzig 2 x 1 Schalke 04 (Berlin)

    1937 - Schalke 04 2 x 1 Fortuna Düsseldorf (Köln)

    1938 - Rapid Wien 3 x 1 FSV Frankfurt (Berlin)

    1939 - 1. FC Nuremberg 2 x 0 Waldhof Mannheim (Berlin)

    1940 - Dresdner SC 2 x 1 1. FC Nuremberg (Berlin)

    1941 - Dresdner SC 2 x 1 Schalke 04 (Berlin)

    1942 - 1860 Munique 2 x 0 Schalke 04 (Berlin)

    1943 - First Vienna 3 x 2 Luftwaffen-SV Hamburg (Stuttgart)

    1952/53 - Rot-Weiss Essen 2 x 1 Alemania Aachen (Düsseldorf)

    1953/54 - Stuttgart 1 x 0 Colônia (Ludwigshafen)

    1954/55 - Karlsruher 3 x 2 Schalke 04 (Braunschweig)

    1955/56 - Karlsruher 3 x 1 Hamburgo (Karlshure)

    1956/57 - Bayern de Munique 1 x 0 Fortuna Düsseldorf (Augsburg)

    1957/58 - Stuttgart 4 x 3 Fortuna Düsseldorf (Kassel)

    1958/59 - Schwarz-Weiss Essen 5 x 2 Borussia Neunkirchen (Kassel)

    1959/60 - Borussia Mönchengladbach 3 x 2 Karlsruher (Düsseldorf)

    1960/61 - Werder Bremen 2 x 0 Kaiserslautern (Gelsenkirchen)

    1961/62 - 1. FC Nuremberg 2 x 1 Fortuina Düsseldorf (Hannover)

    1962/63 - Hamburgo 3 x 0 Borussia Dortmund (Hannover)

    1963/64 - 1860 Munique 2 x 0 Eintracht Frankfurt (Stuttgart)

    1964/65 - Borussia Dortmund 2 x 0 Alemania Aachen (Hannover)

    1965/66 - Bayern de Munique 4 x 2 Meidericher SV (Frankfurt)

    1966/67 - Bayern de Munique 4 x 0 Hamburgo (Stuttgart)

    1967/68 - Colônia 4 x 1 Bochum (Ludwigshafen)

    1968/69 - Bayern de Munique 2 x 1 Schalke 04 (Frankfurt)

    1969/70 - Kickers Offenbach 2 x 1 Colônia (Hannover)

    1970/71 - Bayern de Munique 2 x 1 Colônia (Stuttgart)

    1971/72 - Schalke 5 x 0 Kaiserslautern (Hannover)

    1972/73 - Borussia Mönchengladbach 2 x 1 Colônia (Düsseldorf)

    1973/74 - Eintracht Frankfurt 3 x 1 Hamburgo (Düsseldorf)

    1974/75 - Eintracht Frankfurt 2 x 1 MSV Duisburg (Hannover)

    1975/76 - Hamburgo 2 x 0 Kaiserslautern (Frankfurt)

    1976/77 - Colônia 1 x 0 Hertha Berlin (Hannover)

    1977/78 - Colônia 2 x 0 Fortuna Düsseldorf (Gelsenkirchen)

    1978/79 - Fortuna Düsseldorf 1 x 0 Hertha Berlin (Hannover)

    1979/80 - Fortuna Düsseldorf 2 x 1 Colônia (Gelsenkirchen)

    1980/81 - Eintracht Frankfurt 3 x 1 Kaiserslautern (Stuttgart)

    1981/82 - Bayern de Munique 4 x 2 1. FC Nuremberg (Frankfurt)

    1982/83 - Colônia 1 x 0 Fortuna Köln (Colônia)

    1983/84 - Bayern de Munique 1 x 1 Borussia Mönchengladbach - pen. 7 x 6 (Frankfurt)

    1984/85 - Bayer Uerdingen 2 x 1 Bayern de Munique (Berlin)

    1985/86 - Bayern de Munique 5 x 2 Stuttgart (Berlin)

    1986/87 - Hamburgo 3 x 1 Stuttgarter Kickers (Berlin)

    1987/88 - Eintracht Frankfurt 1 x 0 Bochum (Berlin)

    1988/89 - Borussia Dortmund 4 x 1 Werder Bremen (Berlin)

    1989/90 - Kaiserslautern 3 x 2 Werder Bremen (Berlin)

    1990/91 - Werder Bremen 1 x 1 Colônia - pen. 4 x 3 (Berlin)

    1991/92 - Hannover 0 x 0 Borussia Mönchengladbach - pen. 4 x 3 (Berlin)

    1992/93 - Bayer Leverkusen 1 x 0 Hertha Berlin II (Berlin)

    1993/94 - Werder Bremen 3 x 1 Rot-Weiss Essen (Berlin)

    1994/95 - Borussia Mönchengladbach 3 x 0 Wolfsburg (Berlin)

    1995/96 - Kaiserslautern 1 x 0 Kalrshurer (Berlin)

    1996/97 - Stuttgart 2 x 0 Energie Cottbus (Berlin)

    1997/98 - Bayern de Munique 2 x 1 MSV Duisburg (Berlin)

    1998/99 - Werder Bremen 1 x 1 Bayern de Munique - pen. 5 x 4 (Berlin)

    1999/2000 - Bayern de Munique 3 x 0 Werder Bremen (Berlin)

    2000/01 - Schalke 04 2 x 0 Union Berlin (Berlin)

    2001/02 - Schalke 4 x 2 Bayern Leverkusen (Berlin)

    2002/03 - Bayern de Munique 3 x 1 Kaiserslautern (Berlin)

    2003/04 - Werder Bremen 3 x 2 Alemania Aachen (Berlin)

    2004/05 - Bayern de Munique 2 x 1 Schalke 04 (Berlin)

    2005/06 - Bayern de Munique 1 x 0 Eintracht Frankfurt (Berlin)

    2006/07 - 1. FC Nuremberg 3 x 2 Stuttgart (Berlin)

    2007/08 - Bayern de Munique 2 x 1 Borussia Dortmund (Berlin)

    2008/09 - Werder Bremen 1 x 0 Bayer Leverkusen (Berlin)

    2009/10 - Bayern de Munique 4 x 0 Werder Bremen (Berlin)

    2010/11 - Schalke 04 5 x 0 MSV Duisburg (Berlin)

    2011/12 - Borussia Dortmund 5 x 2 Bayern de Munique (Berlin)

    2012/13 - Bayern de Munique 3 x 2 Stuttgart (Berlin)



    Imagem: Arquivo pessoal
    Foto: AsianWave


              NA ELITE INGLESA TEM CLÁSSICO... GALÊS!!!        


    Swansea x Cardiff City: clássico GALÊS na elite INGLESA




    Terminou hoje mais uma edição da Championship inglesa, a segunda divisão de lá, com mais um título galês na temporada. Depois do Swansea faturar a Copa da Liga Inglesa no mês passado foi a vez do seu rival Cardiff City levantar uma taça de campeão ao terminar a temporada com 87 pontos ganhos e garantir seu retorno à elite do futebol bretão depois de 50 anos.

    O futebol galês vem progredindo nos últimos anos após um ostracismo que já perdurava desde a Copa de 1958, quando chegaram à 2ª fase da competição e venderam muito caro a derrota para o Brasil de Pelé, o futuro campeão, naquela oportunidade. Há algumas temporadas o esporte no País de Gales tem revelado bons nomes e seus clubes têm subido de patamar de qualidade. Apenas a seleção é que continua ainda destoando desse desenvolvimento. Desde então surgiram jogadores como o do lendário e supercampeão Ryan Giggs, o maior da sua história, o artilheiro Ian Rush, os atacantes Dean Saunders e Craig Bellamy, o meia Gareth Bale, entre outros valores.

    E com os times a evolução tem sido intensa, principalmente entre Swansea e Cardiff City, que até há poucos anos figuravam nas divisões inferiores do futebol inglês e hoje estão na Premier League respaldados por seus respectivos títulos nacionais. Os Swans, aliás, foram mais além: na temporada 2013/14 vão representar a Inglaterra (?) na Liga Europa (o motivo da "?" veremos adiante). 

    Em dezembro de 2008 eu publiquei um post sobre o clássico galês na Inglaterra, que à época era disputado na segunda divisão. Teremos dois novos embates entre os rivais na próxima edição da Premier League e, por isso, resolvi republicar a postagem de 2008 editado e atualizado para que possamos conhecer um pouco mais sobre os clubes galeses que se enfrentam na Inglaterra, além dos motivos para isso acontecer fora de seu país de origem.


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    NA INGLATERRA TEM CLÁSSICO... GALÊS!!!


    Por: Carlos Henrique (03/12/2008)


    O que você acharia caso um clássico entre Peñarol e Nacional, ambos do Uruguai, fizesse parte do Campeonato Brasileiro da Série A? Ou então entre Flamengo X Vasco, Corinthians X Palmeiras e Cruzeiro X Atlético/MG aparecesse em uma rodada do Brasileirão um Boca Juniors X River Plate da Argentina? No mínimo estranho, não? Pois na Inglaterra isso é bastante comum. Vejamos.

    Além do Cardiff e do Swansea, hoje na elite, os galeses ainda possuem o Wrexham, o Newport County, o Merthyr Tydfil e o Colwyn Bay disputando as divisões de Conferência inglesa. Tal anormalidade no Campeonato Inglês se dá pelo fato de que esses clubes, na ânsia por desenvolverem suas equipes, tendo em vista o baixíssimo nível ténico do Campeonato Galês; por terem feito parte da Southern League (um torneio de clubes do sul da Grã-Bretanha); e pelos efeitos pós-I Guerra Mundial se filiaram à FA (a Associação Inglesa de Futebol) no início do século passado. Além disso os dirigentes dos times cambrianos fizeram valer a ideia de unificação do Reino Unido, no qual Gales faz parte ao lado da Inglaterra, Escócia e Irlanda do Norte, por mais que a FIFA reconheça cada nação separadamente. Cardiff X Swansea é o confronto de maior rivalidade no país.

    O Cardiff City foi fundado em 1899 por adeptos do Riverside Cricket Club que apreciavam a prática do futebol. É sediado na capital galesa de mesmo nome e seu estádio é o Ninian Park Cardiff, que tem capacidade para 22 mil pessoas. Foi aceito pela FA em 1915 e fez sua primeira partida pela Football League Second Division em 1920, um empate sem gols contra o Clapton Orient, por ser o melhor time do ranking galês segundo a entidade. As demais agremiações que compunham a Southern League formaram a Third Division. Os Pássaros Azuis, como são conhecidos, durante muitos anos conseguiram o feito de serem os únicos campeões não-ingleses na história de competições oficiais da Inglaterra: a FA Cup, com vitória de 1 a 0 sobre o Arsenal - e a FA Charity Shield, com vitória por 2 a 1 sobre o F.C. Corinthian, ambas em 1927. O Swansea se juntou no hall este ano com a conquista da Copa da Liga depois de golear o Bradford City por 5 a 0. 

    Já o Swansea City FC existe desde 1912 após um grupo de praticantes de rugby (o esporte mais popular de Gales) perceberem que a cidade de Swansea também precisava de um clube de futebol. Nos mesmos moldes do rival Cardiff City participa de competições inglesas desde 1920. Manda seus jogos no Liberty Stadium, que tem capacidade para 20.500 pessoas, onde disputa a Premier League desde a temporada passada. Tem um vasto currículo de conquistas em País de Gales, onde faturou 9 vezes a Copa de Gales e 12 vezes o campeonato nacional, entre outros de menor expressão.

    Assim como a rivalidade, o duelo entre ambos tem tudo para ser duro na elite inglesa. Ou seja, uma grande rivalidade galesa para inglês nenhum botar defeito.

    Abaixo, dados e estatísticas do rivais galeses que jogam na Inglaterra.


    CARDIFF CITY FOOTBALL CLUB

    * Fundação: 1899

    * Local: Cardiff/PGA

    * Estádio: Ninian Park Cardiff (22.008 espectadores)

    * Apelido: Bluebirds (Pássaros Azuis)


    * Presidente: Simon Lim

    * Técnico: Malky McKay

    * Uniformes: Camisas azuis com listra branca no peito na horizontal, calções brancos e meiões azuis (titular); camisas vermelhas com listra preta no peito na horizontal, calções pretos e meiões vermelhos (reserva)

    * Títulos (27): Copa de Gales (1912, 1920, 1922, 1923, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1956, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1988, 1992 e 1993), FA Cup (1926/27), FA Charity Shield (1927), Third Division South (1947), Third Division (1993), Welsh Premier Cup (2002) e Championship inglesa (2012/13)

    * Jogador que mais vestiu a camisa: Phil Dwyer (531 jogos entre 1972 e 1985)

    * Maior artilheiro: Len Davies (148 gols entre 1920 e 1931)


    SWANSEA CITY ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL CLUB

    * Fundação: 1912

    * Local: Swansea/PGA

    * Estádio: Liberty Stadium (20.500 pessoas)

    * Apelido: Swans (Cisnes)

    * Presidente: Huw Jenkins

    * Técnico: Michael Laudrup

    * Uniformes: Camisas, calções e meiões brancos com detalhes dourados (titular); camisas vermelhas com detalhes verdes, calções brancos com detalhes verdes e meiões verdescom detalhes vermelhos (reserva)

    * Títulos (58): Campeonato Galês (1913, 1925, 1926, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1951, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 e 1976), Copa de Gales (1913, 1950, 1961, 1966, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1989 e 1991), Senior Cup de Gales (1923, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1930, 1934, 1949, 1950, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1975, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 2002 e 2003), Third Division South (1924/25 e 1948/49), Copa da Liga de Gales (1931 e 1933), Troféu FA (1994 e 2006), Third Division (1999/2000), Premier Cup de Gales (2005 e 2006), League One (2007/08) e Copa da Liga Inglesa (2012/13)

    * Jogador que mais vestiu a camisa: Ivor Allchurch (445 jogos entre 1947/1958 e 1965/1968)

    * Maior artilheiro: Ivor Allchurch (164 gols entre 1947/1958 e 1965/1968)




    Foto: BBC
    Escudos: arquivo pessoal

              A LIGA FAROESA        



    HB Tórshavn: maior vencedor da Liga Faroesa




    Depois de um longo e tenebroso inverno, eis que apareço novamente nesse espaço tão bacana com informação sobre a história de curiosidades do futebol. Recebi comentários, tweets e até e-mail questionando o porquê da não atualização periódica do blog. Então retorno hoje para contar um pouco mais sobre o esporte mais popular do planeta.

    O futebol existe está presente nos quatro cantos do mundo, desde nas superpotências econômicas mundiais como EUA, Japão e Alemanha, até nos mais exóticas e remotas nações como Vanuatu, Taiti, Guam, entre outros. Cada lugar tem sua liga local com suas regras específicas – algumas simples e outras bem complexas e pouco inteligíveis. Nelas podemos ver times que certamente a esmagadora maioria dos amantes do esporte jamais ouviu falar, como FC Tobol Kostanay, FK Jedinstvo, Erakor Golden Star, Quality Distributors, Inter Moengotapoe, Mtibwa Sugar, entre outros. Como informação os clubes citados são respectivamente do Cazaquistão, de Montenegro, Vanuatu, Guam, do Suriname e da Tanzânia.

    No post de hoje vamos falar sobre outro campeonato de nível técnico obscuro e praticamente desconhecido do restante do planeta, mas cujo país é um dos mais fascinantes no quesito paisagens naturais: o das Ilhas Faroe. Em 2009 este blog já teve publicada uma postagem sobre a seleção da região autônoma da Dinamarca, e você pode conferi-la clicando aqui.

    Como dito, as Ilhas Faroe é um país pertencente à coroa dinamarquesa, entretanto é autônomo politica e economicamente falando. É um arquipélago situado entre a Noruega e a Islândia que tem aproximadamente 1400 km² de extensão e uma população de pouco mais de 50 mil pessoas segundo dados oficiais de 2012. É uma região com paisagens exuberantes com seu mar de águas azuis e montanhas verdejantes recobrindo boa parte do território. Sua capital é Tórshavn e sua moeda é a Coroa Dinamarquesa.

    O desporto é bastante praticado nas Ilhas Faroe, entretanto os atletas têm que disputar modalidades olímpicas e paraolímpicas com a bandeira da Dinamarca. E como normalmente acontece na maioria dos paises pelo mundo a fora, o futebol é o esporte mais popular entre os faroeses. Sua seleção ocupa o 161º lugar no ranking da FIFA atualmente; já a liga nacional tem o 51º coeficiente pela UEFA. 

    O campeonato nacional existe desde 1942, entretanto os clubes participantes só passaram a disputar competições europeias somente 50 anos depois. Entre o ano de estreia e 1975 a primeira divisão do torneio era chamada de "Divisão dos Campeões", ou Meistaradeildin em faroês. Na primeira edição apenas quatro times disputaram a taça: TB Tvøroyri, B36 Tórshavn, HB Tórshavn e KÍ Klaksvík - sendo este último seu primeiro campeão nacional. Muitas das equipes que participam da liga faroesa surgiram antes da criação da disputa, por isso disputavam o campeonato dinamarquês até seu início. A segunda divisão passou a ser disputada em 1943, contudo não havia acesso nem descenso. Até 1971 o certame envolvia apenas quatro clubes, quando a ISF, a Associação de Esportes das Ilhas Faroe, aumentou o número de participantes para 6. Cinco anos depois mais uma vaga foi aberta para a disputa e o nome da liga de elite mudou para 1.deildin (Primeira Divisão) e o sistema de rebaixamento e acesso foi introduzido - a segundona local passou a se chamar 2.deildin. O NSÍ Runavík teve o desgosto de ser o primeiro time rebaixado da história do futebol faroês, enquanto a honra da primeira promoção coube ao Fram Tórshavn.

    Em 1979 foi criada a FSF, a Associação de Futebol das Ilhas Faroe, que passou a reger o campeonato faroês e, por conseguinte, já aumentou o número de equipes da primeira divisão para oito até 1988, quando finalmente o torneio passou a contar com 10 participantes, além de fazer com que dois times caíssem e subissem de divisão. Até 1992 os vencedores da 1.deildin não entravam nos torneios continentais, contudo, neste ano, a UEFA abriu vagas para os clubes faroeses disputarem tanto a Liga dos Campeões (o campeão nacional) e a Copa da UEFA (o campeão da Copa), atual Liga Europa, na primeira fase preliminar de ambos. KÍ Klaksvík e B36 Tórshavn foram os primeiros clubes da história das Ilhas Faroe a jogarem uma fase, respectivamente, da Liga e da Copa, porém sem passarem da primeira etapa.

    A partir de 2006 o nome da competição sofreu algumas mudanças por motivos de patrocínios, passando a se chamar Formuladeildin entre 2006 e 2008, Vodafonedeildin entre 2009 e 2011, e Effodeildin desde então. A segunda divisão passou, então, a receber o nome de 1.deildin. A fórmula de disputa é simples e padrão na maioria das ligas europeias: jogos em turno e returno com os dez participantes em pontos corridos. O vencedor se habilita a participar da primeira fase eliminatória da Liga dos Campeões, enquanto o segundo e o terceiro lugares vão encarar a fase inicial de qualificação da Liga Europa. Os dois últimos colocados, como já visto, são relegados para a segundona nacional.

    O maior vencedor da Liga Faroesa desde 1942 é o HB Tórshvan com 21 títulos, seguido do KÍ Klaksvík com 17. O atual detentor da taça é o EB Streymur. Já os maiores artilheiros de uma única edição são os ex-atacantes faroeses Uni Arge, pelo HB Tórshavn em 1997, e Fríði Johannesen, pelo B68 Toftir em 1995, ambos com 24 gols. Como não poderia ser diferente, a liga conta com alguns brasileiros, notadamente o atacante carioca Clayton Nascimento, de 34 anos, saído da base do Tigres do Brasil/RJ e desde 2002 no ÍF Fuglafjørður, artilheiro da última edição com 22 gols; e o zagueiro baiano Alex dos Santos, de 32, que começou a carreira na Portuguesa de Desportos em 2002 e hoje veste a camisa do HB Tórshavn.

    Abaixo, dados e estatísticas da Liga Faroesa de futebol.


    LIGA FAROESA - 1ª DIVISÃO (EFFODEILDIN)


    * Fundação: 1942

    * Organização: FSF - Associação de Futebol das Ilhas Faroe (Fótbólutssamband Føroya em faroês)

    * Fórmula: pontos corridos com 10 clubes jogando entre si em turno e returno

    * Clubes participantes em 2013 (10): 07 Vestur, AB Argir, B36 Tórshavn, EB Streymur, HB Tórshavn, ÍF Fuglafjørður, KÍ Klaksvík, NSÍ Runavík, TB Tvøroyri e Vikingur

    * Campeões: HB Tórshavn (21), KÍ Klaksvík (17), B36 Tórshavn (9), TB Tvøroyri (7), GÍ Gøta (6), B68 Toftir (3), EB Streymur (2), NSÍ Runavík (1), SÍ Sørvágur (1) e VB Vágur (1)

    * Maiores artilheiros de uma edição: Fríði Johannesen (pelo B68 Toftir em 1995) e Uni Arge (pelo HB Tórshavn em 1997) com 24 gols



    Foto 1: UEFA.com


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    Wayne Cobb

    Birthed out of reunion of former basketball players, the Wayne Cobb Scholarship has been established at East Central University.

    Forty-five of Cobb’s players converged on ECU’s Sterling L. Williams Center on April 8 to reminisce and share stories about Cobb, the Tigers’ all-time winningest coach, during a five-hour celebration.

    As a result, the Wayne Cobb Scholarship, valued now at $21,000, was created.

    “This was an opportunity to thank Wayne and donate toward the scholarship,” said Craig Kurtz, a former player under Cobb and current chief executive officer for the ECU Foundation, Inc.

    Attending the event were former players and current coaches such as Phil Johnson, Jim Wooldridge, Vernell Kemp, Jeff Coleman. Bobby Shelton, Pete Papahronis and Todd Scott.

    Cobb, an NAIA Hall of Famer, posted a 417-251 record in his 24-plus years as head coach of the ECU program from 1978-2003. Included in that was an appearance and subsequent runner-up finish by his Tigers in the 1989 NAIA National Championship game. His teams appeared in three other NAIA Tournaments, including two Elite Eight berths in 1996 and 1998.

    He coached ECU to eight regular season conference championships, two postseason conference tournament crowns and six 20 or more win seasons.

    Cobb’s overall coaching record was 638-345, including coaching stints at Chattanooga High School (two years), Sulphur High School (one year) and Murray State College (nine seasons).

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              I'm gonna rouge my knees and roll my stockings down...        
    To bare, or not to bare? That is the question- well, it is when it comes to wearing stockings and suspenders, at least. Ever since last summer, with the rise of the underwear as outerwear trend, and since I first began to see pictures of the beautiful Miss Momsen rocking exposed stockings and suspenders on her endlessly long legs, I have been obsessed with the idea of wearing some myself. All last summer, I entertained visions of myself strutting the streets in a cream vintage slip, black stockings and an oversized parka, or hitting the town in heels, stockings and suspenders and an LBD, with my baggy leopard print vintage shirt thrown over the top. I have managed to wear mock-stocking tights a number of times, and did so that summer- although what I really want to do is strut out of my front door and off to to the shops in a pair of actual suspenders. Sigh. If only it were that easy.

    Let me just tell you a little story detialing my daily walk to the train station. So, I'm walking down the road in my flat winter boots, black opaque tights and huge fur coat fastened up to my chin. As I round the corner, I see the work van belonging to the builders who are working on one of the houses parked along my route to the station. My stomach clenching with nerves and annoyance, I deliberately cross the road to avoid them, even though I am already on the side I need to be. I keep my eyes and head down so as not to draw additional attention to myself, but as I draw level with the builders, the inevitable wolf- whistling and cat-calling begins. The first time I walked past them, I got a leering grin and an 'alright love', which I returned with a polite, albeit embarrassed, smile. After that, I felt too self conscious to walk right past again, so I started crossing the road. Each time I get at least a whistle. The other day I got 'excuse me!' shouted out repeatedly, which I firmly ignored. Taylor Momsen gets hoards of screaming fans and paparazzi clamoring for a photograph as she walks along the street with her army of bodyguards. I get a whistle of approval from Bob the overweight, middle-aged builder. This is the sort of response I get when I am completely covered up in my winter gear. Now try to imagine the chaos I would stir up if I actually walked past wearing a mini skirt revealing supsenders and sheer, lace- topped stockings, a la Taylor. I'd be asking for it, right? But that's the thing- I'm not asking for it, and this leads me onto my next question: how much freedom do women actually have to dress the way that they want to?

    This is something I have given a lot of thought to in recent months. As someone who dresses in what some would call an 'unusual' way, I inevitably tend to stand out from the crowd quite a bit. Especially around Orpington and Bromley, where I live, as opposed to in London where crazy fashion is more the norm. Having people stare at me for wearing attention-grabbing outfits and even bold makeup is something I've had to force myself to accept as part of expressing myself through my style. I think the time where I first began to really notice it was, surprisingly, in New York. I went to New York back in April for my 21st birthday, and began planning my looks months and months and months in advance. I was finally going to visit a place that I had adored and worshiped since I was sixteen, when I discovered Sex and the City. I was going to the HOME of Carrie Bradshaw. The playground of the Gossip Girl social elite. I was going to the city where dreams come true. I think it's safe to say that what I wore to the New York City was pretty damn important. I pulled out all the fashion stops- I scoured magazines for inspiration, visited Topshop.com on a daily basis and hunted through vintage shops to put together the most fun, fabulous outfits I could think of. When I got there, I spent two hours getting ready each morning, wore fake eyelashes everyday and honestly treated the streets like they were my catwalk. New York was my big date, and I wanted it to be impressed. However, I didn't exactly get the response I was hoping for. People actually stared open-mouthed as I stepped into cafes in my see-through black lace body with only a skimpy croptop underneath, deep plum lipstick and flamboyant floral headband. One woman in a supermarket stared fixedly at my legs for about five whole minutes when I was wearing my denim chambray body-con skirt and bow-print tights. I searched the streets for the Blair Waldorfs, Serena Van Der Woodsens and Jenny Humpfreys, but all I saw was a load of suits, jeans, T shirts and trainers. I was disappointed. To be honest, New York street style was nothing like I'd expected, and I stood out like a sore thumb. I did manage to find some really trendy shop owners and stall-holders, but they were confined to the safety of their thrift-stores and vintage street fairs. Unlike me, they were safe from the bewildered stares of passers-by on the streets.

    Most of the stares I got were from men- and it's the same here. I stand there sometimes and watch as their eyes travel unashamedly up my legs in my short skirts, or oggle me square in the face, even when I stare right back at them. Seriously, did their mothers never teach them it was rude to stare? Don't get me wrong- it's not that I don't want people looking at me. I put alot of time and thought into my outfits and it's lovely when you get an admiring glance and a smile from a stranger. But it's the fact that no one ever SMILES. Even when I'm smiling at them (which I always do- it's polite to smile) they just stare back at me like I'm an alien from outter space (if the person is female) or someone that they are thinking very dirty things indeed about (if the person is a straight male). If ever I look at anyone to take in their outfit and they happen to catch me looking, I always, always smile. It's just a natural reaction. When I catch people looking at me and they continue to stare straight into my eyes without even the hint of a polite smile- I must admit- it totally freaks me out.

    So, should we try to avoid this rude, blatant, open-mouthed staring by dressing in a less eye-catching manner, and more to the point, should we, as women, try to dress less provocatively in order to avoid unwanted leering from men, even if it means not being able to wear our favourite trends? In attempting to give out the signal that we are strong, confident women who dress how we damn well please, do we instead give out the signal that we crave sexual attention from men? What happens when the signals you are trying to give out to the world are totally misread? I don't want to be unfair to men here, and I do understand that men can't help but look at women they find sexually attractive on the street. It's natural. I even think sometimes it can be quite flattering. A little look and a smile, or even a 'you look beautiful' is actually a real confidence booster, and when that happens to me, I take it as a compliment. But when men cross the line by leering unpleasantly or repeatedly shouting things out or muttering vulgar comments to their friends as you walk by, it makes you feel really uncomfortable. When I was sixteen, a builder who was older then my dad and much, much fatter, stood and watched me as I approached him for what felt like an age, and then as I walked past, leaned towards me and growled 'you're fit.' I think it's safe to say that I didn't take that as a compliment.

    Worse still, is the idea that women are 'asking for it' or are 'up for it' if they wear a revealing outfit. Or, as my ex- friend's boyfriend once convinced her, that women who wear skirts and dresses have 'no respect for themselves.' As a result, she only ever went out after that wearing jeans, when previously, she had been the most daring, fashion-forward person I knew. Now, I don't know about you, but someone who allows a man to dictate to them how they should dress seems to me to have a lot less respect for themselves than a girl who wears whatever she wants because that's what she likes. I'm not saying that every woman should wear revealing clothes, I'm just saying that women should have the freedom to wear whatever they like, without certain men assuming that they are desperate sluts who are up for a one-night-stand simply because they are showing a bit of leg. One thing I HATE when I come across it in womens' magazines, are those articles where they ask 'what do men think of they way we dress?' The article always comes to the conclusion that most men think extremes of fashion are weird, therefore we should avoid wacky trends at the cost of our boyfriends no longer finding us attractive. What do men think of the way we dress? Here's a thought- WHO CARES?? I want to wear stockings and suspenders because I think it looks edgy and cool. Also because I am a creative person who likes to have fun and experiment with clothes. Wearing suspenders would reflect a style that I like- therefore reflecting my personality, and that's why I want to wear them. Not because I want men to shout out 'oi oi' and ogle me like I'm a piece of meat.

    This also begs the question of how accepting are people in general of fashion? Of course it depends where you are, but the answer, in most cases I think, is not very. But then here's another question: should we care? Having experienced this sort of bewilderment  first hand for as long as I've been interested in fashion, I think it's safe to say that there are always going to be those people who just. don't. get it. For example, there are certain people who would never understand why I would never want to wear fake tan or get a sunbed. They just can't see that there is any other way to be attractive than that of being tanned. They think that there is only one way to be beautiful, whereas I disagree. I believe that beauty comes in many, many forms, and that you can be beautiful in so many unique, different ways, no matter what your skin colour/race/hairtype/bodyshape. Yes, girls with blonde hair, blue eyes, big busts and golden tans are beautiful (ie Blake Lively), but so are girls with bright red hair and milky white skin (ie Nicola Robers)- it's just a different type of beauty. But then again, there are also a lot of people who admire and appreciate the style choices of others, even if it's something they'd never wear themselves. It seems that acceptance is always the solution at the end of the day, folks. Once people stop judging each other in such a negative way and start to accept the fact that we are all different, the world will be a much better place.

    So- in conclusion, no, I don't really care if some people out there don't like the way I dress. Not that it's a nice thought- after all, we all want people to like and accept us. But if you want to make a statement with your clothes, you will have to accept that not everyone will like the statement you are making. As Christina Aguilera once sang, 'I'm humanly unable to please everyone at the same time...I'm gonna carry on, I'm gonna keep on, singin' my song'. So, in light of Miss Aguilera's fantastic advice, I will keep on singing my song. Come summer, I will wear my stockings and my suspenders, and I will do it with my head held high...

    Ok, so enough of the heavy stuff: Here're some pics to get you inspired:


        Lilly Allen working the look on stage


    Wearing mock-stocking tights again, this time with an amazing sparkly jumper dress. (I want this outfit.)


          So many celebs were seen in THOSE famous Henri Holland tights (I've already gotten through two pairs).
    The beautiful Pixie Lott working chain-effect suspender tights
    Lily, Taylor and Pixie.
    The queen of suspenders herself
    Seriously- can this girl get any cooler? My fave look of them all!!!
    These shoes got a really mixed reaction- but I LOVE them.
    What I wore today.
    These are just two of the outfits I plan to wear in the summer when it's warm enough! I got the amazing Bob Marley Tee from a vintage shop in Greenwich today for only a tenner. Don't the lyrics written on it PERFECTLY capture the entire theme of this post? I didn't even realise that until I'd finished writing this piece!

    Please leave your comments and let me know your responses to my article- I'd love to hear your opinions on the subject! Thanks!

    Love and kisses,
    The Porcelain Princess xoxo
              Venezuela is Socialism's Last Nail in the Coffin        

    From a so-called “economic miracle” to a human rights disaster, Venezuela has followed in the footsteps of literally every single socialist or communist country ever with its country in complete collapse. Crime is on the rise, the people are starving, protests are going all throughout the country, and unconfirmed rumors are coming out that President Nicolas Maduro is considering leaving.

    In the never ending desire to achieve an impossible utopia, Venezuela is living in a nightmare that may serve as the best evidence against government mismanagement.

    To be blunt, the people are starving. Roughly 75 percent of the country lost 19 pounds in 2016. This actually coincides with reports that Venezuelans were looking for food in the trash.

    It is not just food that Venezuelans seem to be running out of at the moment. The country is lacking medicine, toilet paper, and even goods for religious sacraments as well. All sorts of goods are disappearing from the country faster and faster.

    Meanwhile, their economy is in complete shambles. At the start of the year, inflation had hit 800 percent while their GDP had shrunk by 19 percent. To make matters worse, 2016 marked its third year of recession.

    Of course, the elite of the country have not seemed to notice the problems their citizens are facing. Accusations fly of the leaders of Venezuela living luxurious lifestyles despite the recession. Unsurprisingly, reports have the daughter of Venezuela’s last President Hugo Chavez at a networth of $4.2 billion.

    So the big question is: why is Venezuela falling apart? The simplest answer is government mismanagement as it started taking over the economy. Under the watch of Socialists Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolas Maduro, the socialist leadership in the country has greatly increased its influence in economic affairs, resulting in decreased investment, business failures, and scarcity.

    Over the past decade and a half, the Venezuelan government has nationalized multiple industries, including oil, agriculture, finance, steel, electricity, and telecommunications. Unsurprisingly, this led to significant ruin in the various industries it controlled, especially oil. Case in point, the Chavez regime largely underfunded the investment necessary to bring about increased oil production.

    Large portions of oil revenues were transferred to generous social programs but there was lackluster reinvestment to make sure that more oil was produced to keep revenue flowing. As a result, oil production starting dropping consistently after 2007 which saw a major decline in revenue (and helped lead to the debt that caused hyper inflation). Additionally, Chavez demanded more money from oil companies investing in the country and the ones that refused saw their assets seized. With such a clear lack of respect for human rights, it should come as no surprise that foreign investment has been on the decline recently in the country which is also hurting business and revenue.

    To make matters worse, many workers were fired and replaced with government loyalists. In one case, a company that had never created an oil well was hired to create several since it had ties to the government. The lack of experienced workers unsurprisingly has also added to the decline of the oil industry that was a huge part of the government’s revenue.

    Just about every industry the government has touched has fallen apart. Steel production was reduced by 70 percent after it was nationalized, food production has been on the decline while the government redistributed farmland for the production of food the land was not suited for, and the Venezuelan government is instituting blackouts to reduce consumption to reduce electricity use due to decreased supply. Overall, it seems Venezuela is in the process of running its economy into the ground.

    Venezuela has also added newer regulations and laws to improve the economic situation of its country that had the opposite effect. Case in point, the minimum wage was increased recently by 50 percent despite the fact overall wages still decreased by 17 percent. Other reports have increased labor protections actually hurting business while price controls that were implemented to reduce profits and keep prices low also helped to reduce food productions which also helped cause the food crisis. With all this in mind, it should come as no surprise that the number of businesses in Venezuela has gone down from 800,000 in 1998 to 230,000 in 2016, a decline of 570,000.

    It is important to remember though that none of this should even be looked at as being done as a love for the people from the state. As was noted by a former education minister, the goal of the people reforms is “‘not to take the people out of poverty so they become middle class and then turn into escuálidos’ (a derogatory term to denote opposition members).” Translation: it’s not for their benefit but to create a dependent class of supporters.

    For more evidence of how the government does not care about its people, look no further than its human rights records. The Maduro government has been seizing power by stacking the courts with supportive justices and then met the protests against that with violent crackdowns on dissenters. Meanwhile, accusations of sham elections are now flying in the wake of an election referendum to give him the power to rewrite the country’s constitution. In the end, the increase in power has come to the detriment of the people backed by phony promises.

    As is always the case, the promise of helping the people through government intervention completely falls apart. Just like with China and Russia, the result is always economic ruin with the well connected few reaping the benefits. Unfortunately, the US is not free from these mistakes as states like Connecticut or cities like Seattle implementing their own interventions in the economy that results in disaster. If the US wants to head down the path same economic path as Venezuela that leads to destruction and corruption, it will inevitably end there.


              NEHMESIS A ESTRELA DA REVOLUÇÃO MÉTRICA        
    Nº70 MOTO REPORT Outubro 2007
    Nos EUA – berço das polegadas cúbicas, medida tão característica das míticas Harley-Davidson – há quem ouse especializar-se na construção e transformação de choppers baseadas no sistema métrico internacional (centímetros cúbicos). Os estúdios BMS (Broward MotorSports Choppers) são talvez a elite desta nova tendência que teima em se afirmar no país considerado como o mais improvável para tal empreitada. A Nehmesis, deixou de ser uma Yamaha Road Star, para passar a ser a estrela de uma outra constelação. O resultado – além de absolutamente soberbo – firmou créditos em várias frentes e prepara-se para deixar uma legião de seguidores do conceito.

    No país dos automóveis estilo “banheira” com seus motores V8, as motos customizadas não são, de todo, conhecidas por economizarem nos equipamentos, cromados, acessórios e pinturas. Muitos são os dólares investidos neste nicho de mercado. Mas até então, por razões óbvias, o alvo das mais radicais customizações era a prata da casa, ou seja, as Harley-Davidson e os seus clássicos motores como o Twin Cam 88. De há uns tempos para cá, os fãs das custom nipónicas resolveram fazer uma “revolução métrica” para exaltar as qualidades das motos com capacidades expressas no sistema métrico internacional, ou seja, em centímetros cúbicos. A bandeira dessa “revolução” é o programa de TV, “Metric Revolution”, que vai para o ar pela ESPN2, nos EUA. Cada episódio conta a história da personalização de uma moto (não-americana) feita por alguns dos melhores transformadores do país.

    CO MO NASCE UMA ESTREL A
    Entre as estrelas do “Metric Revolution” está a Nehmesis, baptizada com o nome do proprietário do estúdio BMS Chopper, da Flórida, Sam Nehme. Adepto dos motores em centímetros cúbicos, Sam, fundou o maior centro de customizações de motos Yamaha do mundo inteiro. O aviso deixado no seu site www. bmschoppers.com não deixa margem para dúvidas: “Nós somos exclusivamente especializados em motos métricas (desculpem-nos os proprietários de Harleys). O nosso objectivo é transformar/construir as customs métricas mais fantásticas do mercado e ainda assim garantir a fiabilidade a que esta tecnologia nos habituou.” O projecto da extraordinária Nehmesis começou quando Sam e a equipa da oficina BMS foram convidados a participar no programa “Metric Revolution”. Não havia restrições de custo e material, a única exigência era que a moto fosse projectada e construída em seis meses, prazo que Sam e seus colaboradores consideraram impossível de cumprir. Mesmo assim, com a ajuda de seus 50 funcionários, o desafio foi aceite. De uma Yamaha Road Star 1700, com zero quilómetros, aproveitaram apenas o motor, os seus apoios e a caixa de velocidades (esta por conter o número de identificação do veículo). A partir daí, tudo – com excepção da pintura e das rodas – foi idealizado e executado pela BMS. O inédito mono-braço dianteiro, feito em alumínio, consumiu muitas horas de desenvolvimento para se tornar uma realidade. Incorporado, nesta bela peça, estão dois amortecedores pneumáticos que, em conjunto com o monobraço da suspensão traseira, ajudam a erguer, literalmente, a moto até 25 cm ou baixá-la até o chão, dispensando o descanso lateral, uma vez que a Nehmesis apoia-se sobre o próprio quadro. Mas a ousadia não pára por aí. Em vez do tradicional quadro de duplo-berço com tubos na parte dianteira, a BMS criou um quadro no qual o enorme V2 de 1.700 cm³ fizesse parte da estrutura ficando assim mais visível. Por onde quer que se olhe a Nehmesis surpreende com suas soluções de engenharia. Atrás, o enorme pneu de 360 mm (mais largo que o de um Dodge Viper) da marca Vee Rubber impressiona. Foi preciso desenvolver um braço oscilante tipo mono-braço para comportar este que, até agora, é o maior pneu alguma vez usado numa moto.
    Cobrindo-o está outra peça impressionante, o guarda-lamas traseiro que já traz embutido lateralmente os LEDs.
    Destaque também para a embraiagem automática, que permite trocas de caixa apenas girando o punho esquerdo. Além disso, todos os cabos e fiação estão ocultos. Há ainda ou tras dúzias de curiosidades: a pinça do travão dianteiro está embutida no mono-braço; já a traseira fica junto ao pinhão-de-ataque, também escondida. Isto sem falar no refinado acabamento, com muitas peças cromadas e estilizadas, algumas até folheadas a ouro (como, por exemplo, as tampas da cabeça do motor). Os motivos de esqueletos da pintura estendem-se até mesmo na cobertura do filtro-de-ar que está bem à vista. O guiador é bastante largo. Os escapes também são directos e o banco, forrado, é só para o condutor. A injecção é electrónica e a refrigeração é a ar. Este modelo é um delirante exercício de criação sobre rodas, uma espécie de obra de arte, feita quase exclusivamente para ser admirada. Mas, se for preciso, também anda. Aliás, ela pode mesmo circular nas estradas, desde que sem muitas irregularidades, já que a sua altura ao solo não permite grandes extravagâncias.

    O TR AJECTO DA ESTREL A
    O que fez da Nehmesis uma moto tão especial foi o prémio que recebeu na Biketoberfest, realizada em Outubro de 2006, em Daytona Beach, na Flórida. Com a sua extrema beleza e soluções para lá de inovadoras, a Nehmesis foi “autorizada” pelo júri do Rat’s Hole (prestigiado concurso de motos customizadas) a competir na categoria de motos acima de 1.000 cm³. “Foi a primeira vez em 38 anos que eles permitiram que uma moto métrica participasse na categoria americana” ressalta Sam. Mais surpreendente que a participação foi a Nehmesis ser eleita a grande vencedora do famoso concurso. Como estrela que se preze, esta belíssima criação além de vencer o concurso em Daytona, conquistou outros prémios, como a escolha popular entre outras centenas de motos no Las Vegas Metric Revolution Show. Mas, para Sam, o prémio mais importante continua a ser o do Rat’s Hole. “Foi realmente emocionante derrotar as motos americanas construídas com base nas Harley-Davidson”, comemora o construtor. O preço não está ao alcance de qualquer um. Fruto da nobreza dos materiais, das avançadas soluções de engenharia, das 3.000 horas de trabalho e currículo de prémios entretanto conquistado, quem quiser levar esta original criação para a sua garagem terá de desembolsar perto de 250 mil dólares (cerca de 178 mil euros).

    Road Star é a denominação escolhida pela Yamaha para o modelo Wild Star (ou XV 1600) no mercado americano. Crê-se que a diferença na nomenclatura esteja relacionada com o posicionamento estratégico do produto face ao seu principal concorrente: a Harley-Davidson Road King. Contudo a versão 1700 da Wild Star nunca foi comercializada na Europa. Em Portugal, até 2005 era possível encontrar a Wild Star 1600, e durante cerca de dois anos foi possível adquirir a Road Star Warrior 1700, que era um outro modelo, mais desportivo e arrojado, estilo muscle bike, criado com base no motor da retro bike XV 1700 que, como se disse, só esteve à venda nos EUA.
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    © General Moto, by Hélder Dias da Silva 2008

              Â¿Se leen los conflictos de manera distinta con el paso del tiempo?        
    ¿Se leen los conflictos de manera distinta con el paso del tiempo?

    Por Sara Plaza

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Y de esta manera lo hace Robert St. John:

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

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

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

    Criscaut explica:

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

    St. John manifiesta:

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

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

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

    Ilustración.

              ESM's QuickLessons A DearMYRTLE Genealogy Study Group Lesson 18        

    Hilary Gadsby

    QuickLesson 18: Genealogy? In the Academic World? Seriously?    
    Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 18: Genealogy? In the Academic World?” Seriously? Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage (https://www.evidenceexplained.com/content/quicklesson-18-genealogy-academic-world-seriously : accessed 14 August 2016).


    This QuickLesson was published 9th January 2014 and the discussion of how Genealogy and Family History has been perceived by the academic world and whether it is, has or will change is not static. 

    The interface between professional, academic and hobbyist in the field of genealogy can be fractious due to competing or conflicting demands. 
    Conflicts due to differing perceptions do nothing but harm. 
    The struggle to prove that genealogical skills need to be taught as an academic discipline when there are financial constraints and competing demands. 
    Ensuring that there are standards in place and that they are observed by all involved.

    Bloggers have posted about this. Thomas MacEnteeTony Proctor and more recently Amy Johnson Crow.

    Whilst those who might class themselves as genealogists or family historians are possibly starting to form a more cohesive group with more online courses both paid and free (the online course run by Future Learn, created by the University of Strathclyde, last year had thousands of participants worldwide and is currently running again). 

    The acceptance of genealogy as an academic discipline may not be so easy to achieve.

    The skills needed to create accurate family histories are multifaceted they would ensure the graduate would have transferable skills for many occupations. 

    Where many hobbyist family historians can fall down is that, whilst they may know where they obtained a piece of information, they do not always accurately record this. Sound conclusions can only be made when we take care to look at all of the information and review it with an open but critical "eye". The proliferation of inaccurate poorly documented "genealogical trees" on the internet does much to tarnish academic interests. It is in the interests of everyone that these inaccuracies are highlighted and education at all levels is paramount.

    Many societies have a tradition of oral histories and until very recently "the masses" would have relied upon this. Only the elite in society could have access to, or afford, those who could write or paint. Official records only exist where law or tradition required them.
    The advent of photography and other means of recording have added alternative means of passing on the information but as with any other media are prone to errors. 
    Genealogists need to have the skills to know how to handle conflicts which is a skill that comes with knowledge and experience. Academia can assure that these skills are passed on by providing the education to the next generation.

    This study group and others that have been hosted by DearMYRTLE, even the less formal discussions, are an ideal learning environment for all. (be they beginner or professional/ academic) 
    They provide a platform for discussion and alternative ways of getting the information across to anyone and everyone.

              Hypertext Fiction is Possible.        

    Furthermore, Aristotle concludes, "a well-constructed Plot, therefore, cannot either begin or end at any point one likes; beginning and end in it must be of the forms just described. Again: to be beautiful, a living creature, and every whole made up of parts, must not only present a certain order in its arrangement of parts, but also be of a certain definite magnitude" (1462).
    Hypertext and the Aristotelian Conception of Plot

    Within "Is Hypertext Fiction Possible?" by George P. Landow, this page about Hypertext, Aristotle, and plot can be found. Because Aristotle says that a plot must have a beginning, middle, and end that are all well-formed, what happens to hypertext? Most hypertexts do not have a definitive beginning, middle, or end. Do they not have a plot?

    I believe that they do. Hypertext is not written in the same way that published books and poetry are. It is allowable, normal, acceptable for a reader to start anywhere within the text and finish anywhere. Unlike in a book, one reader's concept of the plot within the hypertext may be completely different from the plot found by another reader.

    Hypertext is interesting because of it's ability to be a completely different experience for every reader. It can even be a different experience for the same reader. The same path does not have to be chosen everytime. It is new, exciting, different... and definitely possible.

    Hypertext therefore calls into question qualities associated with all these other concepts.

    • fixed sequence
    • definite beginning and ending
    • a story's "certain definite magnitude" and
    • the conception of unity or wholeness

    Hypertext and the Aristotelian Conception of Plot 

    The article brings up the point that hypertext calls certain qualities of plot "into question." I examined these qualities within the context of the hypertext I spent the most time with.

    I examined a creative hypertext called Stir Fry Texts which is talked about more in depth in my blog I, You, We Stir Fry! The authors of the different Stir Fry Texts defy all of what Aristotle says while still creating effective hypertext that is also fiction.

    There is no fixed sequence. By rolling the mouse over the text, anything can happen. The words do not change in a certain order. A slight movement of the mouse can change a word, a phrase. Moving the mouse over everything can change almost everything within the paragraph. Changes can happen in any order possible. While there is no specific order for the text to be experienced, a fixed sequence still occurs for the reader. One page is text is viewed, changes are made with the mouse, and then a whole new page can be viewed. The reader still experiences text within an order, just not a predetermined one. 

    There may be a definite beginning to Stir Fry Texts, but there is certainly no definite ending. The reader is provided with a place to start reading but after anything can happen within the text. The reader is free to stop at any point without feeling like he or she is missing any of the story. But isn't that the definite end for the reader? When the reader decided that he or she is done with the story, they walk away. And it's finished. 

    There is no "certain definite magnitude." It seems that the story can be as big or as small as the reader wishes. The reader could spend hours with this hypertext, just as one could spend hours with a book. The reader could also choose to be done with the hypertext after just a minute or two, all the time it takes to read some poems. 

    The concept of unity or wholeness is left up to the reader. The text can be seen as a whole story or not.

    Despite the hypertext's ability to live up to what Aristotle says constitutes a good piece of fiction with a solid plot, the readers can still walk away from Stir Fry Texts with the sense that a story happened. They can feel connected with the characters and also feel that something was resolved within the 'story' being told on screen. I did.

    After all this investigation on hypertexts themselves and reading about hypertext, I have a new respect for this writing form. The first creative hypertext I read was The Heist by Walter Sorrells. My reaction to the piece was not altogether pleasant. I was confused by the constant jumping around from one section to another within the writing. After exploring many other hypertexts, which include different forms of hypertext besides pure writing, I found different sites that I really enjoyed. While not all hold to Aristotle's conventions of what constitutes good plot, I found that some of them could still hold the form of a story. Others, such as Stud Poetry, were not similar to a story.

    In the end, I really do not think that hypertext can be compared to books because it is an entirely different way of storytelling. I believe it holds true, though, that it is a form of storytelling, no matter what Aristotle said thousands of years ago.

    Assignment Post


              I, You, We Stir Fry!        

    Now that I had perused five different texts for at least 5 minutes each, I chose two to look at in more depth.

    The first one I investigated was Stir Fy Text. Because there were five different sections within this game. There was a lot to explore.

    The first, Log, was interesting because it had a strong connection to self. It starts with five different times. Under each time is a short description, five sentences each, about what is happening to the person. These short descriptions do not reveal big details, but instead are able in invoke emotion within the reader. The writer seems to be searching for something, possibly finds it, and loses. He seems to be in a perpetual state of waiting, no matter what is happening. Running my mouse over the text, some of the original writing is preserved, and new things are added. Each time, different words seem to convey the same emotions, despair and waiting.

    The second text, Spastext, starts with a description of writing. It does not matter who does the work, who gets credit for the work. It matters that extraordinary writing is done and made available to everyone. As I ran the mouse over the text and read other sections, it seemed that this ever changing paragraph really deals with individuality. While it may not matter who did that wonderful piece of writing, the writer wants credit. A part of the writer is in that work. We each, just as writers and artists, have the ability to 'create' part of our own individuality.

    The third text, Blue Hyacinth, seems to deal with a woman. This woman is dealing with the pain of not meaning to the man she wants/has what he means to her. I truly did not understand this one at all. I spent a bit of time with it, but the descriptions of music recording, nightclubs, and fire alarms did not fit together for me.

    The fourth text, Correspondence, was interesting because there was more than one text to change within this individual site. By clicking the icon at the bottom, I rotated through out five different 'e-mail letters' sent by different individuals. By rolling over these e-mails, the sender would change, as would the content.

    The fifth text, Divine Mind Fragment Theater, was really interesting because, just like Correspondence, there were different texts to start with that could be rotated through. It was really interesting because the text started as a paragraph from a published work. There were three different paragraphs. By rolling over the text and changing it, what happened was that different parts of each paragraph were merged into the one. You could start with any of the three paragraphs you liked, but soon, you would be looking at parts of all three, merged into one.

    I really like the idea of Stir Fry Text. I was able to create many different stories and paragraphs just by moving my mouse.

    The second game I looked at with more depth was I, You, We. This game rotated around the word, or letter if you prefer, I. The words you and we were thrown throughout the space along with a mish mash of many other words. I spent a lot of time looking at all the different words. I actually tried to write a lot of them down:

    impair, nobble, contrive, consult, drool, flake, rejuvinate, turnover, splice, employ, glimpse, bedeck, purify, suggest, sponge, reoffend, pontificate, elope, remind, adjourn, permeate, psych, squish, unfasten, bargain, vent, rumble, cripple, picket, dismantle, reunify, stomach, reject, tempt, slag, manufacture, fudge, gatecrash, waft, pilot, rationalize, benchmark, evangelize, prick, farm, reconvene, befoul, rehearse, edit, dispossess, juxtapose, evaporate, prevent, deviate, engender, reinterpret, limber, spoon, replicate, propound, outwit, backtrack, censor, spurn, expend, amuse, torpedo, rage, boot, riffle, dominate, flash, rescind, suffice, overdose, superimpose, preside, devalue, gloss, disown, gush, promote, pillage, resubmit, claw, chuck, misbehave, photocopy, paralyse, lip, seal, revert, excavate

    There were a lot more words within this site than I even realized. What I liked best were the emotions that can be invoked by words. Just by looking at all of these words on the screen, I could feel many different things. Memories were brought up, feelings I have past experienced. I loved the simplicity, but intensity, of this site.

    Assignment Post


              HyperText ... Not all what I thought.        

    Because the creative hypertext we have been dealing with in class is all similar to story form, that is what I was expecting within the sites I chose from the Electronic Literature Collection Volume One site. That was not at all the case. The different creative sites I visited were all very different. They all involved different sorts of creative ideas using text and the web.

    Stud Poetry
    Stud Poetry, by Marko Niemi, is an interesting take on poker. Words take the place of numbers on the cards. Words such as nature, infinite, and balsam can now be found on the cards. You play just as you would play poke, betting, calling, raising, and folding, hoping to win the hand. The people you play with can include Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, and Paul Verlaine.

    I found this game really interesting because it emphasizes the importance of words. Words hold the power that numbers often do.

    Carving in Possibilities
    This site focuses on the face of Michaelangelo's David. The interaction starts with the introduction "Mouse slowly to carve out your existence ... and remember where you put your ghosts." The player is to slowly move the mouse over the blurry face of David to find new phrases and to slowly reveal David's sculpted face.

    I liked this creative hypertext because of the phrasing used: 
    "Did they keep you company in polyphonic harmony?"
    "ancient bodies compressed in calcite structures"
    "How do you know this David did not lie?"

    The wording seemed so poetic and striking.

    Inanimate Alice, Episode 1: China
    This site was a pretty straight-forward story. After a few sentences, a button would appear to click through to the next part of the story. It told the story of a little girl who lived with her parents in China. She and her mother go to look for the father when he gets lost.

    I didn't much like this because there was not much interaction. The user clicks to go on to the next page and that is pretty much it. At one point, the user cannot move on until he or she "takes a picture" of each flower that Alice wants to. After images of the four flowers are captured on Alice's little communication device/game player, the user is able to click to the next part of the story. 

    I, You, We
    I loved this site. While very simple, this page could be explore for a long time. The user of the site seems to be in an infinite cube in which there are many, many words. The words I, you, and we randomly fill the space. The rest of the space is filled with other words. All of these words are striking because they seem to be able to describe the user.

    Stir Fry Texts
    The idea of this site is very interesting. As you move the mouse over the words, the words seem to spasm, and then they change. A new piece of writing is created with each move of the mouse. There are five different stir fry texts, Log, Spastext, Blue Hyacinth, Correspondence, and Divine Mind Fragment Theater. Each seperate page contains the same idea with different writings.

    I really liked this page and I'd like to spend more time with it. It was fun to roll my mouse quickly over the entire text, read what appeared, and repeat.

     

    Overall, I found some of these to be really interesting. Of the five I looked at, only two were interesting enough to play for more than a few minutes. More on that in my next blog =]

    Back to the original assignment. 


              Blogger Lawsuit Threat of the Day        
    So apparently, XGH has joined the elite little club of bloggers being threatened with legal action. As the story goes, Webads placed an ad on his blog, among others, for a book written by Rabbi Eliyahu Safran on the topic of Tzniut (modesty). XGH, upon perusing the book's website, noticed that in his bio, Rabbi Safran mentioned his wife's profession as a purveyor of fine custom wigs . XGH, on further investigation, noticed that said wig company sells some wig styles that he apparently feels are not in keeping with the spirit of Tzniut, and expressed as much in a satirical post. Evidently Rabbi Safran did not appreciate the joke, and threatened both Webads and XGH with a lawsuit unless the offending post was removed. XGH refused, at which point he and Webads severed their business relationship. Should be end of the story, except that according to this comment, Rabbi Safran is apparently still threatening both Webads and GH with legal action unless the offending post is removed.

    A few points:
    A. What does Webads have to do with this anymore? It seems to me that Rabbi Safran should have no further beef with them now that their relationship with GH has been severed. And even when their relationship was intact, it isn't as if there is any understanding that Webads has any control whatsoever of the content that goes up on the blogs on which they sell ad space. They placed an ad on GH's site, he posted something Rabbi Safran did not like, Rabbi Safran informed Webads, they severed the business relationship. Sounds like the Webads chapter is closed, and that they did everything they could to deal with the issue properly. The Webads chapter of this saga should be closed. They seem to be an innocent victim in all this, and I would hate to see Rabbi Safran bully them over this when it is clear they have no further control over the situation.

    B. This is the reality of the blogworld, for better or for worse. Blogs are a little bit like the Wild West of the Jewish community. Just about anything goes - certainly more than what goes in the mainstream Jewish media or press. When that goes well for an advertiser, they can get a tremendous boost from a viral marketing campaign on a popular blog, or from a positive review or plug from a revered blogger. But when an anonymous blogger chooses to criticize, such is life. It's a bit naive to expect take the good without accepting the possibility of getting criticized. When you put yourself out there in an ad, expect to get the attention you are seeking. The fact is, attention is not always positive. Such is life. Which brings me to...

    C. Was GH's criticism fair game? Some might say it was over the line, as it isn't as if his criticism was based on the content of the book. That said, whether or not I would have chosen to poke fun at the situation as GH did does not mean that his post topic was not fair game. Rabbi Safran did choose to put the information about his wife in his bio, and it isn't as if he mentioned that she was a seminary teacher. She deals in headcoverings, and the book is about Tzniut. Sounds like a reasonable topic to discuss, regardless of whether one agrees with GH's tone. I myself admit to being curious whether the author of a highly touted book on Tzniut endorses the wearing of glamorous sheitels named after movie actresses. Does anyone know if Rabbi Safran takes a position in his book on the propriety of various types of head coverings? I'd be interested in knowing.

    D. As often happens when people make a big deal of a little thing, things tend to get magnified. I highly doubt many people would have cared what Rabbi Safran's wife does for a living, and had this not become an issue, XGH's post would have been pushed down by his usual busy posting schedule, and probably quickly forgotten. Instead, this issue has been dredged up in numerous posts at XGH's, and I'm sure will be picked up by many other bloggers. Sometimes it's better to simply let well enough alone. Trust me. I know this from personal experience. I got more traffic as a result of the Greenbaum lawsuit than I had ever gotten, and all Ms. Greenbaum et al succeeded in gaining was a larger audience for my views - the very views they found so offensive and hurtful in the first place. Probably not what they were looking for.

    Discuss.
              When you're out there, you're family        
    I've said it before. I'll say it again. I'm not an athlete.
    I slouch so much, I wonder if my future job will be ringing church bells.
    I can't dribble down a basketball court and run at the same time. My shot is a heave, even at the free throw line.
    I can run down a football field, as long as I hold the ball out in front of me, meaning a mosquito could cause me to fumble. I can catch, too, as long as it's a pitch. I can defend, as long as there's no such thing as pass interference, as grabbing the shirt and hanging on for dear life is my only move.
    I dance worse than the members of Genesis. I've never tried hockey because I can't skate. I've never swung a golf club, and it's my goal in life to never do so. I was always picked last in kickball. I "roped" too much in tetherball. I was good in volleyball until I got out of high school and I learned the nets were higher than my forehead. Bummer. Because, you guessed it, I can't jump.
    Sure, I can climb mountains, pretty well, in fact, even if I've tried to perform open heart surgery on myself many times while learning how to self arrest on snow. But if you want to know the truth, mountain climbing, even at my somewhat advanced level, is full of guys like me, introverted, introspective, semi-geeky types who love mountaineering simply because it gives us a chance to get our grrr on. When I climbed Mount Rainier with the guiding group RMI many years ago, our group of 24 had, I believe, 21 engineers. Seriously. When I said I was a writer, everyone looked up and stared at me, like I was the guy with bottle-coke glasses stepping into a biker bar. In this case, I suppose, it was the opposite.
    Somehow, despite all this, I love sports. I love the NFL, sorta love baseball, kinda love hockey and the NBA and dearly love my Kansas Jayhawks and college basketball. When Kansas destroyed Baylor Monday night, I felt a buzz, as if I was drunk off a good lager. Some of my best memories are playing in the basketball band and going to the Final Four with the team and leaving Allen Field House with my ears ringing not from the trumpets but from the crowd.
    Yet because I can't do the things they can, the athletes look like a circus act. The circus, if it's not one of those stupid ones that make animals do tricks, is designed to entertain you with acts that seem impossible. And it's not much different when I watch, say, Thomas Robinson grab a basketball with one hand on an alley-oop and flush it through the cord. Go ahead and watch it. I'll wait.
    You back? Wow, right? Only there's NO WAY I could do that. I probably couldn't catch an alley pop with one hand with my feet planted firmly on the ground.
    I know what you're saying. Not many can do that, Dan. True. But many of you have played sports. So you know what they're feeling. You may not dunk like Robinson, but you know the smell of the court, the sweat off your eyes, the sticky blisters on your feet. How a ball sounds on the hardwood.
    Your spikes have stabbed at the grass. You've crushed a ball down the left field line. You've scored a goal in soccer.
    I had no idea what it was like to watch athletes and relate to them in any way.
    Until I watched the Olympic Marathon Trials Saturday.
    Now look, don't get me wrong. Anyone who ran the marathon in Houston Saturday was an athlete, and a serious one at that. Their VO2 maxes are off the charts, their resting heart rates are probably in the 40s, if not lower, and their bodies, as far as I could tell, were so lean, fat was an anti-matter. They were built to survive a zombie takeover.
    These guys, and gals, were basically sprinting for 26 miles.
    I can't relate to that.
    And yet, I knew what they were feeling.
    I'm a runner too.
    I could see Deena Kastor, one of my heroes, straining at mile 8, and I knew the pace would be too much for her proud, 38-year-old body. Sure enough, she fell off the pace almost right away. I think she finished seventh or eighth. It reminded me of a half marathon in Moab, when my partners were blazing into a strong headwind, and I tried to hold on to their pace for as long as I could, but I knew I'd have to let them go.
    I could see Abdi Abdirahman pumping his arms and waving to the crowd, and my wife asked me why he was raising the roof. "He's not," I said. "He's trying to draw some energy from them."
    That told me he was struggling a bit, and sure enough, at mile 21, his legs stiffened, his arms pumped like a machine about to break, and his feet seemed to flop forward. That reminded me of my last mile in Vegas, when a crash could wreck my beautiful PR and all I needed to do was just hold on and run. All Abdirahman needed to do was hold the brutal pace of 5-minute miles, faster than I've ever run a mile, like, ever. EVER. And he would make the Olympics.
    I'd been there many times. My goal was not the Olympics, or even to win the race. But many times I've been there, just trying to hold on until the end, dreaming about nothing but not feeling that pain any longer.
    I love running for many reasons, and I've talked about them plenty in earlier posts. I think one of the best reasons for me is I now know what athletes are feeling during a big event. It adds to the enjoyment of it. I know what it means to run a 2:09 marathon, the times the top three had to run to qualify for the games, even if I'll never run that fast (my last marathon, which I was very proud of, was a 3:43).
    Heck, I KNOW an elite runner. She's ran with us many times. She ran in the trials Saturday. She's Wendy Thomas. She finished 12th at 2:34, and four years ago, she would have finished seventh. It's pretty incredible. There's no ceiling for her, either, and some are saying she has a shot at the Olympics in four years. Yowza. I followed up on her performance in my column Tuesday.
    Yep. I feel what elite athletes are feeling now.
    And now I run with a bunch of athletes. I'm in a group. We all met Wednesday for drinks to celebrate the performance of Wendy and others I run with regularly who ran Sunday and qualified for the Boston Marathon.
    I left feeling like I was part of a family.
    A family of athletes.
    It makes me think that maybe, just maybe, I'm one myself now.

              My last WIP from the first round...        
    It could have been the guilt from my last post - or maybe it was just in my horiscope - but this was a big finishing week for me. My Barbie was done and turned in (more on that in my blog -- or here later...), I have almost finished a pair of socks, and my hush dress from Knitty is DONE!! I started the original in October, which had to be frogged for reasons beyond my control. The new yarn came in March and now I am done!! I love it, it fits well and is flattering!! And it was my only WIP that didn't get finished in stashbusting - v.1. THere are more details on my blog! Now I am only doing small projects for a bit - I see lots of socks in my future!!
              My new yarn...        

    I am so proud of myself - this is all the yarn that I purchased after my three month stint of no yarn purchasing. The whole yarn buying experince was bad - there are more details on my blog - but lets just say that there is a LYS that I will not be returning to, even when my stash is of manageable size... Although, on the upside, it is just more re-inforcement, that I should be knitting from my stash... Hopefully, there will be a FO posting from me soon...
              Reparacion computadoras en satelite y echegaray        
    Actualizacion, mantenimiento a equipo de computo , especialista en laptops y rescate de informacion importante , el servicio a domicilio cuesta 600 y si usted me la trae la mitad : 300 pesos, tengo 15 años de experiencia si busca a un experto llameme al 5.3.7.3.1.3.2.3
              The Series Finale of The Money Shot...        
    Well, we did it.  This is the 2,385th and final post at The Money Shot.  February 4th, 2015 is probably going to be talked about more than 9/11 and Pearl Harbor combined when the new history books are written.  As I've mentioned over the past week, this day was coming at some point--I just did not know when.  Now that we are here, I'm strangely at peace.  It just seems right.  Helping ease the powerful feels is the next chapter of our internet lives anyway but we'll get to that later.

    I started The Musings of GMoney (nice name, douche) in July of 2006 while I was living in a one bedroom apartment on the east side of Cleveland.  The idea was sprung on me by a current college football DL coach who thought that I could carve out a decent niche on the worldwide web with my unique opinions, brash style, and gorgeous looks.  Ironically, the plans for this site were hatched at the wedding reception of Ace's basketball coach cousin.  Dickhead was actually there when this site was mentally born and he didn't even know it.  Hell, we probably didn't even know each other at that point.  Either way, solo living isn't easy and I started randomly writing to get through the boredom and loneliness (very little of it was any good though).

    Once I moved to Columbus, I started doing this daily.  I'm not sure if anyone remembers this, but I used to write posts as soon as I came into work every morning.  How mad would you jerks be if I was posting at 9 am every day still?  LOL SO MAD BRO.  We eventually started to build a following whether it be through lifelong friends from Nap, through message boards/links, or picking up losers off the scrap heap (Drew).  We added Mr. Ace along the way to lessen my burden and then he quit.  After a high stakes contest to replace him, we gained an Iceman.  Iceman then eventually died out of stupidity, came back as someone else, killed that guy off, and then became a born-again Iceman.  Never forget that this was all necessary because he is an idiot.  Then Mr. Ace came crawling back again and we had a threesome that was loved and hated and lusted after by all.  We developed our own played out words and phrases.  We LOLZed.  We cried.  We got erect. We got married.  We had kids.  We had incredible discussions about pornography.  It was everything that I ever wanted.

    Over the years, and especially recently, people have asked what the goal was for The Money Shot.  Did I have bigger aspirations for the site?  To answer that question as plainly as possible.  No.  This is exactly what I wanted it to be.  I didn't secretly want to work at The Dispatch or whatever.  I can only imagine submitting this site as a writing sample and the sports editor saying, "Have you seen how this guy uses the word 'faggot'?  Incredible!  Let's put him on the Crew beat post haste!" I wanted a relatively small and tight-knit group that I could see myself arguing at a bar with over sports and life or whatever only doing it every day on the internet.  I had no intention of making it big as a blogger (LOL).  The only thing that I wanted from this was a distraction from work and/or life.  I love talking about sports and I REALLY love being right.  That's all that I've ever needed.  Finding a group of assholes with the same zest for internet life was all that I required.

    No one has ever asked, but I do have two big regrets here.  It's nothing major but there were two stories/concepts that I wanted to address but never got around to it.

    *Big Boy Work Stories - In high school, I was a server for six months or so at Big Boy.  Burke was a cook and a handful of our bros also worked there.  It was seriously the worst restaurant ever.  We picked on the mentally challenged dishwasher (she threw a butter knife at me once!), fucked with nearly everyone that tried to order via the drive-thru (I will never forget one guy screaming at the top of his lungs, "I WANT A GODDAMN PEPSI WITH NO ICE"!), and who could forget the fake shit.  I will tell that tale really quick.  Juan Negro and myself were the only servers on the floor one night and it was about an hour before close.  The only people in there were the regulars that just drank coffee and smoked a lot.  We see a car pull in and neither of us want to deal with them.  Black decides to put a lump of the plastic fake dog shit on the floor mat so it is the first thing that you see when you walk in.  This foursome opens the door, I smile at them, they look down, and then immediately retreat back to their car.  LOL!  Black and I went back to working on our Paul Bearer impressions probably.  There are so many good stories from that dump and I wish I had dedicated more time to telling them.
    *The grandest finale - For YEARS, I had my exit planned.  It just didn't work out due to laziness.  It was going to be an incredibly high concept week-long post in the style of Vh1's Behind The Music.  Prime, Ape, Iceman, and myself would have formed a rock band and everyone who has contributed here in the past would have played some role in our story.  One day would be the rise then the break-through then the peak of popularity then the fall and to end with the redemption story.  It was going to be great.  I was mentally writing this thing for three years.  But it would have taken forever so I just never started.  SPOILER ALERT: Ape lost an arm in a fight with his savage dogs, Prime was murdered by Boogie Cousins, Iceman became addicted to ribs and was living inside a smokehouse, and I left the band to do acoustic sets under the backdrop of old Peter King columns called "Ten Songs I Think I Sung".  I was the one with the gigantic ego OBVZ.  And it would have ended with all of us burying the hatchet and going on one final Prime-less tour with each of carrying 50 pounds of fat on our frames just like every band.

    So what happens now?  Where do we go from here?  I believe that I promised some sort of message board option?  To quote the great Walter White, "you're goddamn right".  Starting RIGHT NOW, the next chapter has begun.  When one door closes, another one opens.  That door has a big sign on it that reads ELITE TAKES.  Yes, ELITE Takes dot com is now your source for 24 hour smack talk and comment accountability.  It is intentionally a bare bones site.  No site banner that screams "not appropriate for work".  No spam.  13 threads and nothing but the best.  I have asked so little from all of you over the years (outside of Iceman and Mr. Ace).  I do ask that you register for the board and give it a chance.  What are you going to do?  Work?  Fuck you and the horse you rode in on!

    That is it for us here at The Money Shot.  The comment section will be open until about 4 pm today until I shut down comments for good.  That will be sad.  The site will remain forever though because I am still very proud of what we have done and also because people need to be held accountable.  We've done some great work here, people, and you should all be pleased with what you've added.  I wanted to close with a quote from one of America's finest poets:

    Not about to see your light
    And if you wanna find hell with me
    I can show you what it's like

    --Glenn Danzig

    LOL!  Iceman thinks that he's hot.  Never forget.  Enough of that though.  One more time, thank you all for your support over the years.  We could not have done it without you.  Nine years is a long time.  Hell, this site can officially try out for Little League.  But it's time to send it out to stud and move on.  Adios, Money Shot, your services were always beloved by all yet are no longer needed.  We will love and miss you forever.  Goodbye.
              Ask Me Anything: The GayMA You've All Been Waiting For        

    Welp. It's Apocalypse Eve here at The Money Shot. G$ bumped Mrs. Ward...and Lacey I guess, out of the hot seat in a move that will never be forgiven. I bet Mrs. Ward would have had some boiling hot takes. But I felt the right thing to do was grant the slave master of this site his wish; An AMA done by your favorite blogger's favorite blogger. Enjoy.

     Ace: I prefer the ol Facebook chat for the AMA's. I'm gonna send u the ones that got submitted so far first. Then send u the real gay ones after I'm drunk at beerfest. I would like you to ask G$ how many times on average he jerks off each week?
    G$: What I do in the privacy of my own office bathroom stall is my business. More than zero...way less than hourly

     Ace: How emasculated are you on a daily basis with a daughter, wife, and a beagle that gets picked on by other neighborhood toughs?
    G$: Jesus Christ...this is obvz from Ide because only a childless shit-dick would think that baby gender actually matters. I'm not of 17th century British nobility so having an heir matters little. So to answer the stupid ass question, I feel fully masculine.

     Ace: You eat steak medium well like a spade. Iceman prefers fanta. So, who is the bigger asshole when they walk into a Denny's; you or Iceman? (I was fucking dying when I first saw this question, well done)
    G$: Iceman lives in Florida so we might have to go to Shoney's. I've eaten at Denny's once in the last 20+ years and it was 6 hours after visiting Prime. I ordered a burger that was 90% grease and I didn't eat it. But I also did not send it back because I was afraid what would come out next. Ice treats servers like filth so definitely he would be the bigger ass while I constantly apologize.

     Ace: AMA for G$: Be real. How many times have you used that flesh light?
    G$: You have to admit that it was a baller move to win the DFL and make Dut buy me a sex toy trophy. I don't have the exact number in my head but it isn't more than five times. It is more for show these days. But yeah, you shouldn't ever ask to touch it.

     Ace: If you could bro out w/ any athlete, who would it be and why?
    G$: Gronk. Easy. You are guaranteed getting laid by multiple skanks and will get shithouse drunk. I kept it in my race because I have no clue how I would handle going clubbing with black guys.

    Ace: What songs would be included in a "faves of G$" playlist?
    G$: I'm starting to get into Band of Horses as The Funeral is such an ELITE song. My iTunes account is packed with Big Tymers, Eminem, Pearl Jam, Tony Bataska songs for some reason but they do get better with each listen, and I'm down with Vance Joy. For my money, and I know that Iceman will agree, Hunger Strike by Temple of the Dog is the greatest song of all time.

    Ace: Favorite and least favorite commenter?
    G$: Favorite is Prime simply because it was this site that reconnected us after 20 years. It's cool when the Internet works in a positive way. Least favorite are those that quit. May their shit names never be spoken again.
    Ace: That's a fucking copout response. Who is ur least favorite commenter
    G$: Fine. Least is Cakes who just disappeared without even giving a sad excuse.

    Ace: What was the ultimate deciding factor in shutting it down?
    G$: You have no idea how much the garbage fucking trash NFL season hurt my soul. This was BAD. When you add in ohio Buckeyes winning as well, that did not help. Basically, I lost my passion for the craft (not Aaron Craft though because he is a faggot)

    G$: By the way, original Coors is a rock solid cheap beer.
    Ace: The banquet beer is white trash toilet water.

    Ace: What's the best beer you've ever had?
    G$: I am no snob on this but I've always loved a big ass stein of Spaten.

    Ace: Are you sending me coordinates to a cock party?
    G$: I don't think I am.
    Ace: This was sent from you:

     G$: I was unaware of this...I like our relationship where it is.

    Ace: What's better, life without kids or with it better?
    G$: That's a good question. You're definitely more busy with one in tow. Sometimes I miss my lazy ass weekends and nights out with the bros but I love having a kid. I don't expect the childless to understand this sentiment.

    Ace: 2nd question from Drew: If you had to have sexual relations with one commenter or else your beautiful spawn would be shipped to Syria, who would it be?
    G$: I want to go with a guy who has been there before and would be discreet. So spread dem cheeks, Dut!

    Ace: Marry, Fuck, Kill: RG3, Big Ben, Travis Prentice
    G$: Kill Ben that's easy. Marry Prentice. And I've been saying it a lot this year anyway but fuck RG3.

    Ace: Your top 5 porn stars ever.
    G$: 1. Jenna Jameson and the rest in no particular order are Gianna Michaels, Brooklyn Chase, Briana Banks, and pre-BBW Carmella Bing edges out Amy Reid and Tera Patrick
    Ace: *Googles Brooklyn Chase* She's well equipped.

    Ace: If you could pick one job for the rest of your life, what would it be? And it has to be a job...not lotto stud.
    G$: Lotto stud seems pretty sweet but I've always liked the looks of Ron Swanson's gig on Parks & Rec.  I think that he is the Parks Director.  You hire good people and do nothing yourself.  Plus, working for a city's Parks Department is enjoyable.  I know from experience, dude. Also: rock star would be badass

    Ace: Pick 1: Cavs title, Redskins title or Miami winning BCS Bowl. The one you pick happens, but the others are guaranteed not to happen for another 25 years.
    G$: You mean that if I don't pick the Redhawks to win a BCS Bowl then they won't for 25 years?  How horrible!  I want Dan Snyder to die ringless so I'm picking the Cavs just so I can hold it over all those losers up there that they are winners because of me
    Ace: If it were Redhawks win a Natty you would pick that....right?
    G$: Yes I would pick a national title obvz

    Ace: Another user submitted question: Where is Cakes?
    G$: That's what I want to know. I ain't gonna beg but we deserve an explanation

    Ace: Hall Pass: You can bang one chick with She$'s blessing and no guilt. Who is it?
    G$: Dolph Lundgren but if he's too busy with Iceman, put me down for Anne Hathaway.
    Ace: That's the worst choice ever.

    Ace: Why did you start the blog?
    G$: TUNE IN TOMORROW BECAUSE G$ BIG TIMED(NOT BIG TYMED) ME AND WILL ANSWER THAT TOMORROW.
    Ace: Don't make me go all whiny Bobby Costas on you.
    G$: Well, I need something for the finale, god dammit


    Ace: How did you come up with The Money Shot as the name? What was the second choice for blog name?
    G$: The name was part of a poll I conducted in the early days.  TMS won while The Mustache Ride finished second.  To be honest, I was pulling for the latter.  Maybe 10 people voted so it was way more successful than a non-presidential general election.

    Ace: What's your favorite Stube story?
    G$: Stube memory - Every once in a while back in the not-married days, I would work the door.  Burke used to bartend on Sundays so if it was a three day weekend, I would check IDs for him.  Checking IDs is pretty boring so I used to fuck with people and accuse them of having fakes to see what they would do.  One douche did not care for this move (it was a pretty obvious "I'm just fucking with you vibe") and told me to go fuck myself.  So I frisbee flung his ID out into the middle of the parking lot and told him to never come back.  It felt great.
    Ace: That's fantastic.
    G$: By the way, the Stube Door gig came with 40 bucks at the end of the night and all the beer/shots that I could drink.  It was a GREAT job but probably not what Kempton wanted his door guy to do.  Fuck him and the Seahawks.


    Ace: What was the apex of The Money Shot? Like was there a time period where page views were really up and you thought you or TMS could go big time?
    G$: Apex...I used to put together a lot of list posts before Buzzfeed killed lists forever that would get linked at a lot of the big boy sites.  But the problem with the internet is that now days everything that you think of, someone has already done better.  Five years ago, that wasn't necessarily the case.  I think that my Sweatiest Coaches in College Hoops is the all-time traffic leader with something like 40K hits in one day...The part about where I envisioned the site to go is going to be a part of Wednesday.


    Ace: What 3 posts would you say were your finest work? Or are you covering that tomorrow too.
    G$: My God, you are asking me to pick three favorites out of 9+ years?  This truly is a hard-hitting GayMA!  The hardest one that I ever wrote was the day after my dog got hit by a car.  That one was tough.  Back when commenters getting married was fast and furious, I always enjoyed the pre-wedding day advice posts.  And I think that my favorite post here was when I ran Denard through Gruden's FFCA segment.  Also: The BRAHs 4 Life.

    Ace: A late commenter question: Ask him what he plans to do to fill the void of ego inflation from internet trolls?
    G$: That's a thing that I am concerned about.  I am the Slumlord of Baltic Avenue here.  Once the slum closes tomorrow, then what?  I pretty much only have one goal left anyway and that is to get TBone fired from The Fan.

    Ace: How about what was your favorite post of mine and Ice? Or at least the one that sticks out above the rest of Icemans cock jokes?
    G$: Will you ever live down May The Forcier Be With You?  I think not.  It was not your best effort but no one will ever forget it.  I always enjoyed Iceman and I's mock drafts and, without him going to the Friday's on Airport Hwy every night, we would have never met the Harbaugh Boys as who they really are.
    Ace: I need to go back and read that post. Tater really fucked me there. Also, I actually own a shirt that says "May the Forcier be With You".

    Ace: Top 3 Big Tymers songs?
    G$: 1. #1 Stunna 2. Rocky 3. Big Ballin...not a big fan of Still Fly for some reason.

    Ace: Why does everybody hate Dut?
    G$: He's a weasel that openly brags about groomed stubble

    Ace: As I'm in the middle of cooking a feast right now, What is the best meal you could make?
    G$: I work well with pork and I'm good with seasoning.  Put me down for a grilled Cajun chop with bacon and cheese rotini as a side.  I make that shit from scratch.  Roux brah!
    Ace: Impressive.

    Ace: What do you really think happened to Cakes? My theory is he went into mourning after Ice left for Florida and couldn't take having Internet TAEKS with him and not being able to touch his face.
    G$: Probably something simple like he's too dumb and felt inadequate around such brilliant takesmiths

    Ace: Are you afraid of Mrs Ward? I am.
    G$: Nah she married a turd sandwich.

    Ace: Why aren't you protecting your dog?
    G$: I wish I knew. Someone remind me in the comments to bring closure to that story. I come off like a stud.
    Ace: I have my doubts.

    Ace: Any sage advice for me as I am 5 months away from fatherhood?
    G$: Honestly, it's easier than you think. I am NOT saying that it's easy but I built it up in head as worse than a lifetime hourly convo with Jeff but it's not. Keep a level head. Shit is going to happen. Also, do not seek to watch your kid come out. You don't want that.
    Ace: I decided long ago that I would not move below the waist when it was time. No man needs to see that.

    Ace: Would you ever move back to Naptown?
    G$: I highly doubt it. I've long grown out of my fondness of small town America. And I don't need the in laws showing up unannounced.

    Ace: Who do you predict will show up for Ribfest?
    G$: The usuals will be there. Dut won't. I'm calling two Sauls and Lacey to bring one of not both of his bro in laws

    Ace: Do you ever get tired of being called a ginger/lacking a soul?
    G$: Someone get this n-word an urban dictionary.  One of the many kids he left behind might have one.
    Ace: I'll take that as a yes.

    Ace: What's your favorite app on your phone, other than PROBOARDS.
    G$: My least favorite is espn. Twitter is the best. I was so wrong about it.

    Ace: What is the first thing you do when you get home from work?
    G$: I work out.  Get it over with before my ladies get home and I need to focus on being a mediocre husband and father

    Ace: What sports team do you hate the most, other than the Redskins?
    G$: Dallas Cowboys

    Ace: How many times can you wear dress pants before washing them? Not being able to wear sweatpants to work is really throwing me off.
    G$: Twice on the pants. Jeans can go weeks
    Ace: That's fucking absurd. I'm wearing dress pants at least 6 times before they get washed, or drycleaned, right IDE?

    Ace: How many people have touched your b-hole?
    G$: *Crickets*

    Ace: I think we've hit on just about everything. Anything else you would like to add?
    G$: Nah. I'm good.
    Ace: It was my pleasure allowing you to pleasure me in this interview
    G$: Word.

    And there you have it folks. The last ever AMA...or is it?

              The Worst of Super Bowl 49 Vol.VIII        
    Bye, Money Shot!
    For being the final Super Bowl that I "cover" here, it sure did not disappoint for drama.  I would say that it was one of the best ever until you realize that the Patriots won and fuck them so whatever.  There should not be any sort of asterisk attached (unless you are trolling and, in that case, asterisk your ass off).  The better team might not have won but the healthiest did and that makes sense.  Let's talk about the game itself. 

    The Wolf of Wall Street - I finally watched this movie over the weekend and while the tits and drugs and language were quite incredible and Jonah Hill's buck teeth were LOL, I couldn't help thinking that this movie was the exact same as Boiler Room only twice as long.  If I'm going to watch a movie about shady stock brokers, I'm going to need Businessman Vin Diesel dammit.  Good movie but should have never been nominated for an Oscar IMO.

    Bob Costas - I watched some of the never-ending pregame show and the former Newsradio guest star (beat up Joe Rogan!) was whining because the Commish stood him up for an interview.  He probably has a point though.  Shouldn't the head of the league talk to the network broadcasting the biggest game?  Fuck Goodell.  Someone should have murdered him after he tried to big time my girl, Rachel Nichols, last week.

    Not Dude Perfect - I had no idea who these guys were before yesterday.  Are they legit?  Because they are sick as all get out if that trick shot group is legit.

    Tom Izzo - I watched the second half and overtime of the WE ON/WE ON State game yesterday and while laughing at regular WE ON for having three players worth a shit, I couldn't help but notice that Sparty leads the nation in really light-skinned black guys.  They've got at least four.  It was unsettling to me.  WE ON sucks.

    Jeremy Lane - Did you see the picture of his arm snapping in half?  NASTY.  He pulled a Grumpy!

    Who the fuck is that guy? - That Chris Matthews cat has some skills.  I would ask "where did they find that guy" but Al and Chris told us where 40 times and also called him Hardball every chance they could.  I thought I heard that the Browns (who were mentioned a few times during the game for some reason) cut Hardball.  Makes sense.  Got to clear a spot for Nate Burleson!

    Nationwide - Uh, sweet commercial about drowning children, bruh.  Way to represent Columbus with that interesting advertisement.  I don't have coverage through you but I would appreciate it if you did not kill my kid.  Thanks!  Also, Budweiser mocking craft beer was hilarious.  Hilarious because they don't want you to buy better beer.  I don't care about commercials though.  I'm a winner.

    Not Julian Edelman - As annoying and cliche as it is to say, this is just a bro that you want on your team.  He makes winning plays.  Period.  He might not be the MVP, but he was easily runner-up.  In FACT, he and Vereen were everything that loser ass LaFell and Blount were supposed to be.

    Lenny Kravitz - The Halftime Show was solid even though Lenny was pointless and Missy Elliott sucks.  Katy killed it as expected because Katy is ELITE. I also want to draw a line in the sand here:  PRINCE SUCKS.  FUCK PRINCE.  The internet and 40 somethings love him but gritty champions like myself realize that he's only good for Chapelle Show re-enactments and nothing else.  All of his songs are terrible.  All of them.  Come at me, bro.

    Tarrold Simon...maybe? - The Patriots kept picking on Lane's replacement but why the hell were they leaving him on an island anyway?  That was dumb as fuck.

    Brady Haters - He is the best QB of all time. He was before last night.  He still is. He always will be.  This is not up for debate.  Can he be a douche and a cry baby?  Of course he can but Tom Brady is the ultimate winner in football.  FACT.

    Russell Wilson - I didn't think that he played well at all outside of a few deep balls and they REALLY LUCKY completion to Kearse at the end.  He should have definitely audibled to a Lynch run.  That was dumb as fuck. Yes, it was a stupid play call by Darrell Bevell but Dubs can change it.  He failed.  That is on him.  You have Marshawn fucking Lynch--a human tank--in the backfield with one timeout left.  RUN THE GODDAMN BALL.

    Doug Baldwin - Finally, this is when everything changed.  We all had a good laugh at the "Poopdown", his touchdown celebration where he mimed shitting out a football but the game changed as soon as that happened.  I believe it little momentum shifters such as this.  When you fucking suck as Baldwin does, you can not do that.  Richard Sherman can.  Doug Baldwin can not.

    So the Patriots win their fourth title and their very horrible fans get to celebrate.  Maybe they'll inherit the superior Champions Lane?  Someone needs to use it.  By the way, JSAUL nailed NE and the OVER so he wins the contest going an impressive 15-7.  I owe you ribs on 3/21.  As for gambling, I would have made a TON had Lynch been given the ball at the end.  Oh well.  Time for me to switch things up and watch Downton Abbey.  FUCK ALL TEAMS THAT WON FOOTBALL TITLES THIS YEAR.
              Our Final Super Bowl Prediction Post        
    NEVER FORGET
    Enough with the tears and memories...there will be more time for that later.  Let's talk about the biggest sporting event on the planet before we flat-line.  I've been breaking down the Super Bowl in my own unique way since this blog’s creation. This is the 9th year that I've instituted my 15-prong attack to figure how Sunday's game will shake out. I can't remember if the system is 6-2 or 5-2 so we'll just assume that we are 6-2. It picked Denver last year even though I kept saying throughout that I hated that pick (and bet against it).  I expect to continue our traditional winning ways this year. As a reminder, I don't know how this breakdown will go until I finish it. Personally, I have no real feel on this game at all. I can’t look at either team and say “yes, this is why they will definitely win” as I have been able to do in the past. This is a tough game to handicap. The line opened at SEA -2.5 but has gone bonkers and has settled on New England -1 with an O/U of 47.5.
    Remember, RIBS are on the line (and we have a new leader):

    13-7: JSaul
    12-8: G$, Drew, Ide, Iceman
    10-10: Buke, Andrew B
    9-11: Lacey, Seal, Jeff
    8-12: Mr. Ace
    7-13: Prime...an embarrassment
    Lover of getting pegged: -Rex

    It's a five stud race to the finish.  The tie-breaker will be Gronk receiving yards using Price is Right rules (because as we all know, in football, LOW MAN WINS).  Let's fire up the Predictifier one last time:

    QB - Tom Brady is possibly the best QB to ever live so he is definitely ELITE.  Rusty Dubs is well on his way there at this pace.  However, rumors are swirling on Twitter that he definitely had a concussion against GB (TOTES OBVZ) and is still dealing with headaches now.  Also, Brady bangs Gisele while Rusty is nailing Snowphat (left and a man) and is probably gayer than Michael Sam.  NE +4

    RB - Lynch is the goddamn best.  Treating the media like the filth that they are and celebrating with dick grabs and candy is just amazing.  Blount is a piece of shit and deserves nothing but bad things.  SEA +5

    WR/TE - You really have to give Seattle a ton of credit for doing what they've done the last two years with absolutely zero decent wide receivers.  Doug Baldwin is terrible.  The Patriots have the three best pass catchers in this game (if not more).  I haven't done any prop research yet but I will probably go over on Brandon LaFell's total yards.  Have a feeling that he's going to have a big role.  Gronk gets extra points for A Gronking To Remember.  NE +6

    OL - The Seahawks have a guy named JR Sweezy which is the least white name a white man has ever had.  As you remember, the Pats had #77 Nate Solder score a receiving touchdown last game.  We favor #77's making the score sheet here.  NE +3

    DL - When you start a guy from Bowling Green, you are inferior always.  Michael Bennett (the DL, not the horrible RB from Wisconsin from about a decade ago) wore a hilarious cowboy hat to Media Day.  Props to that.  SEA +2

    LB - I really like both Bobby Wagner and Jason Collins or whatever his name is.  Malcolm Smith is still there I think and he won the SB MVP last year somehow.  Circle gets the square. SEA +2

    DB - There is no doubt that Richard Sherman and Revis are the two best CBs in the league (Peterson is third and Justin Gilbert is last).  Chancellor and Thomas are badasses and I can't wait to watch them deal with Gronk.  I think that Patrick Chung sucks though and Brandon Browner is the most OVERRATED CB in the game.  Dude holds on every route.  SEA +3

    K/P - Still have not forgiven Belichick for getting rid of ZOLTAN.  Gostkowski and Hauschka are both incredible kickers (takes one to know one).  SEA wins the points though because Jon Ryan is a touchdown throwing machine and trolled Big Gay Aaron Rodgers after he did it.  Respeck, BRAH! SEA +2
    WTF?

    Return Game - A bald idiot once constantly mouth-queefed that "SPECIAL TEAMS WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS" and it has to be true with these two squads.  I mean, each team features a white punt returner.  That is huge.  PUSH DUE TO EQUAL GRIT

    Coach - I am not much of a Pete Carroll fan but at least he doesn't cheat.  However, McDaniels is killing it with formations and schemes and that could be a deciding FACTor.  That leads me to ask the question: Is Josh McDaniels a FACTorback?  NE +3

    City - Would I rather spend a weekend in Seattle or Boston?  LOL!  I'll take mountains over fall foliage every day.  SEA +4

    Fans - Who do I hate more: SeaHulk and the 12th Man (blatant rip-off of Texas A&M by the way) or Tommy From Quincy and people of that ilk.  Maybe I'm growing soft over the years but I find the 12th Man to be way more nauseating.  Probably because you can shut up any Pats fan by mentioning that they can't be ELI.  Also, I'm a fan of Li'l Poopson.  NE +2

    Celeb Fans - I can forgive Seattle for embracing Macklemore because they have Johnny Karate on their side.  Bostonians can go to the Hell of Hell forever.  SEA +5

    Organization - Bob Kraft killed his wife instead of just divorcing so that he could fuck models.  And now he wants an apology from the NFL even though he and Goodell play tummy-sticks on the reg.  I feel like the Seahawks owner is the Microsoft guy or the Starbucks guy or Boeing or some such thing that I've used plenty of times.  SEA +3

    Against The Spread - Seattle was 11-7 against the number this year while the Patriots were 10-8.  The team that makes people the most money gets the point.  SEA +1

    Add it all up and The Predictifer has...

    Seattle goes back-to-back with a 27-18 (SEA Under) victory in Super Bowl 49 at Burke's House.  It's pretty simple: who wins the middle of the field when New England has the ball?  I like those safeties more than Gronk and Edelman.  Put me down for Gronk with 77 yards because that is the best number.

    It should be a great game.  All week, I was thinking New England but The Predictifier brought up a lot of great points.  I believe in sports karma and thus there is no chance in Detroit that the Patriots deserve to hoist a trophy Sunday night.  Then again, this has been a God awful year for the NFL so what better way to cap it off than by having the cheaters win.  As for my slovenly ways, I have decided on making a taco pizza (sheet style) and I very much looking forward to making that.  I don't know who I am rooting for (probably will be Seattle) but I know that I am definitely on Team Katy Perry.  See you Monday.  Enjoy the Super Bowl.
              The Perfect Storm Is Upon Us        
    WTF???
    If you missed yesterday's big news, Iceman has officially retired from the blogging world and is riding off into the sunset with the title of World's Least ELITE College Football Reporter.  He gave me a whopping 18 hour notice about this by the way.  I hold nothing against him though because he did what we asked of him and delivered and received shit for a long time.  We wish him well.  Knowing that he lives in Florida, he's going to need all the help that he can get.

    So what happens now?  Who is working Tuesdays?  Am I hiring?  Making Ape work double shifts?  Well, it's complicated.

    I have decided to shut down The Money Shot.  Whoa.  That is an emotional sentence for me to type.  The final post here will be posted one week from today on 2/4.  You probably want to know why and that is a perfectly cromulent question to ask.  As I mentioned in the title, it was sort of a perfect storm of circumstances leading to this decision.

    *Much like Iceman, internally I said that I would only keep doing this if it wasn't a drag.  For awhile now, it has been a drag.  I HATE Sundays knowing that I have to write something for Monday morning.
    *You don't know this but on Monday, we reached ONE MILLION page views.  Now, that isn't any sort of accomplishment considering that we've been open for nine years but that number was also a landmark that, once reached, would lead toward me looking at the finish line.
    *Life is different for me now.  I have more important priorities as do most of us.  It's not that the writing itself is time consuming, but the preparation for posts is exhausting.  It feels like half of my day revolves on what I can write about and how the post needs to flow and it takes its toll.
    *While Iceman vacating his day wasn't the deciding factor, I said that I would never go back to writing four days a week.  I also have a strange feeling that Mr. Ace wasn't going to be far behind in leaving.
    *I'm empty on life stories.
    *After receiving his notice, I just sat in my office and thought to myself "it's not that I can't keep doing this, it's that I don't want to do this anymore".  And once you start thinking like that, it's time to walk away.
    *It feels like the right time.

    I told She$ about this decision while I was watching Brock Lesnar be all sorts of awesome on Raw (like usual) and her reply was "I'd rather you quit watching pro wrestling than quit your blog".  NEVER!  Don't tell me my business, devil woman!  I thought that she would be more pumped about this.  She can go to Hell.

    Anyway, I've decided on one more week before we close the doors.  I'm not going to do an elaborate retirement tour or anything but I feel like we do need a little more time for closure.  HOWEVAH, don't assume that I am leaving you high and dry and sticking you with all work, all the time.  I do have an exit strategy that I think can help everyone who enjoys the daily banter here and wants it to continue.  I am currently looking into free message boards throughout the interwebs that can keep the ELITE trash talk and #IdeLies going while allowing everyone to provide content (not just the three of us).  Some positives for this are:

    -24/7 commenting...anything typed after 4 here probably doesn't get read but that isn't an issue on a board--you no longer have to wait until Tuesday morning to talk about Ohio Buckeyes!
    -NO FIREWALL ISSUES, DUT...I plan on keeping it simple so your employer should not have a problem
    -Better security...a new site means no footprints left behind that Google could pick up on (AKA your name)
    -AN IPHONE APP...the current leader in the clubhouse for our board has an app that you can download for easier commenting while taking a shit!

    The only negative though is that isn't the same as we have had for almost a decade now.  I'm not the biggest fan of change so this will take some getting used to but I think it is the best way to stick together.  Twitter (@GMoneyELITE) was an option but it's hard to develop molten hot takes in 140 characters and waking up to find that you have 40 mentions isn't a lot of fun.  I compare our situation to graduating high school.  Sure, we could all go our separate ways and move on but I would like you all to move in to this bitching new house that I plan on taking over so the party can continue.  I mean, seriously, do you really want to work that hard?  I will have details on this new endeavor next Wednesday as I plan on spending a good chunk of the next week working on the next chapter of our internet lives.

    So there you go guys.  It is officially the beginning of the end.  Tomorrow will be Ape's last trip through the jungle, Friday and Monday will be reserved for the Super Bowl (as was planned), Tuesday Mr. Ace has invited me into his den of savage dogs for a GayMA (sorry, Lacey, you were fired from being NEXT MAN UP), and in 7 days we board up the windows and write ABANDONED on this little corner of the internet.  I GUARANSHEED that I start crying when I write that final post because I AM A REAL MAN.

    I will say it again next week but thank you all for what you have done here over the years whether you are a frequent commenter, infrequent poster, or just an avid lurker.  This was not an easy decision but I feel like it is the right decision.  As I said above, this is by no means "goodbye", more like a "smell ya later".  I hate you and love you all but definitely more toward the hate so DEAL WITH IT, BRAH!
              A Legend Retires Today.        

    My departing gift to you all.



    Today is the day.  A day that will always be remembered much like the attack on Pearl Harbor, JKF's assassination, the Olson twins 18th birthday, Paris Hilton's sex tape release date and The Fappening.  A day most of you have been waiting for since September 5th, 2011.  Today I officially resign my Tuesday post at the MoneyShot.  Don't all rush out and get me a retirement gift at once.

    As much as all of you begged and pleaded G$ to fire me, know that this was 100% my choice and your demands always fell on deaf ears.  Because all of you are dumb assholes.  I've actually been thinking about this move for awhile now.  Back when I obliterated the competition and ran away with this job, I promised myself that the minute doing this felt like work I would hang up my keyboard and walk away in my prime on my terms.  That day has come.  I'm just not into writing posts as I used to be.  So for my last post here at the greatest corner of the Internet world, I will share my fondest memory of each commenter.

    Dut - Giving you AIDS in the Jolly St. Prick post is the foundation of my legacy.  It'll be hard to knock that out of the top 5 best things every written here and will most likely make my Hall of Fame speech.

    Nibbles - How much your wife hates Ide.  Real, true, passionate hate.

    MUDawgFan - For the longest time I thought you and MUfan were the same person.  Still kinda do.  My favorite part about you is how you get so mad when I blast your teams even though deep down you kinda agree with everything I say about them.

    MUfan - Gonna need that stalker story, bruh.  No matter how embarrassing it may be.

    Burke - Go get me a fucking sandwich.  No onion.  And step on it or your tip will suffer.

    Damman - Making everyone buy into the fact that you only fuck fat chicks was a thing of beauty.  Hopefully that legend will never die.

    Seal - Your blind rage taught me that it's wise to always keep my blood pressure in check.  Whenever I get frustrated with something I just take a couple deep breaths and say, "Don't be Seal.  Don't be Seal.".  Also, I realized that all Kentucky inbreds aren't complete weirdos the night I blacked out with you at that random bar in Dublin after RibFest.

    Cakes - The evolution of Cakes and FUCK YOU CAKES were about the only worthwhile things that came from your comments.  And you probably won't even read this because you randomly vanished like a fart in the wind.

    Lacey - You made me despise Notre Dame more than I ever thought possible.  Opened up hate doors I never knew existed after that bitch fest about a perfectly legit offensive PI call.

    Jeff - You will go down as my last official COTY nomination.  That's something you can and SHOULD put on your resume.

    Prime - You gave me Chip Kelly interviews.  I don't think I need to elaborate.  You were also a valuable asset in the longest post in the history of this site.  The Music Mock Draft - 90's Edition.

    Ide - I will forever regret the day we met.  It still haunts me some nights.  But #IdeLies will be something I use forever.  And paying for ribs from NYC was a pretty baller move even though you bitched out on the zombie run because your pussy had the sniffles.

    Grumpy - If not for your misplaced Steeler bravado and betting with your white trash Appalachia heart, RibFest would have never been a thing.  When you die in a few months from being 200 years old, I will make sure the tombstone properly represents your greatest life's work.  RibFest.  And not once did I ever clean the fucking attic.

    Ace - You set the bar so incredibly low here with shit like May The Forcier Be With You, it was impossible for me to fail.  And where would this website be without your porn post?  Almost non existent, IMO.

    And finally, G$ - The father of this site and the mind numbing ELITE debate.  Born and bred from your wide ginger hips and massive birth canal.  You gave me this thankless job 3 years ago for zero dollars.  Suck Eli Manning's pecker.  It was a great 3 year run and I'm grateful I had the chance to piss people off at an alarming rate.  Now go sucker someone else into this terrible job.

    So what is my fondest memory of myself, you ask??  ELITE question.  After all these years I would say that my fondest memory of myself would be everything.  But if I had to narrow it down and pick a Mona Lisa...that would have to be the creation of the BRAHs.  That is what I'm most proud of.  As far as the void I've left that will, no doubt, be impossible to fill...use today to express interest/apply for the job you'll never do as well as I did.  For my final thoughts on my final post at the end of a first ballot Hall of Fame blogging career, I will leave you with my campaign slogan that won this election by a landslide back in 2011.  "Gmoney/Iceman 2012.  We're gonna titty fuck the world!"  You're God damn right we did.
              The Hump Day Hump: Football Free Edition!        
    LOL Jeff Rimer fart cloud
    Unless something major happens during the course of the day, let's stick with a football free day here.  Starting this evening, I begin my 5 day run as a goodwill ambassador for the city of Columbus at the NHL All Star Fan Fair.  Could you possibly think of a better representative?  I think not.  I have no idea what I'll actually be doing but should find out more tonight at our little orientation meeting.  I'm hellbent on getting a selfie with the Stanley Cup and pretty sure that I will try to steal something (not a kiss from Sidney Crosby, dicks), too.  It should be a good time.  And if not, well, at least the work shifts are only 4-5 hours at a time.  I thought that I heard somewhere that Dan Gilbert wanted to bring the All-Star Game back to The Q so maybe I can let some of you northern jerks know if doing something like this for them is worth your time.  I'll probably have stories on Monday to go along with my Pro Bowl live-blog.

    Football has dominated the talk around here for months now but since that is ending, we should check in on the other sports to see what it going on.

    *College Basketball! - I'm really struggling to get into it this year.  My alma mater is terrible and the game seems to be lacking ELITE white males and thus my interest is at an all-time low.  When boring ass Virginia is the #2 team, that isn't helping.  Plus, Ohio and WE ON don't appear to be have a big run in them.  Dullsville, bruh.

    *Hockey! - I pretty much only follow the Jackets but I do have to say that the goddamn Islanders are really fucking impressive.  Them and Nashville are the two teams that just obliterated the CBJ from start to finish and that doesn't happen often.  As for the CBJ, the early season injuries killed them and they won't be able to dig out of the hole this year.  The rest of the East got way better while we spent most of the first half averaging 7 guys on the shelf PER GAME.  I still love these guys because they play their asses off and won't quit and additional gritty sports cliches, but they need to play .700 hockey the rest of the way and I don't see that being possible.  Carry It nonetheless!

    *Golf! - Outside of Tiger Woods' hilarious meth teeth, the big story from the weekend was the Hawaiian abduction of Robert Allenby from a wine bar.  Cowherd was questioning the truth behind this odd tale yesterday and I'm starting to poke holes in this as well.  I'm calling this guy out as a liar.  Pretty sure that Allenby is a serial rapist of homeless people and finally met one that fought back IMO.  Also: LOL Tiger's missing tooth.

    *Baseball! - We briefly touched on the Max Scherzer signing on Monday but the parameters of this deal are fascinating.  Baseball people are saying that paying him 15 million a year for 14 years is smart but that seems pretty dumb to me.  Then again, I'm no nerd.  I would try to front-load as much of that as possible just to get it out of the way.  I hope that the Reds fans are paying attention to this because you should start preparing for no more Cueto.  He isn't going to make Max money, but it is definitely going to be more than what you offer.  And now that teams are doing this deferred money plan, the rich are only going to get richer.

    *NBA! - Last but not least, let's talk about my rejuvenated Cavs who look like an entirely different team now.  Mozgov and JR Smith have been fantastic additions (TIMOFEY has been well worth the low first round picks if he keeps playing like this).  LeBron looks focused and is actually trying.  Kyrie and Love are slowly playing a little bit better defense.  Blatt is setting on player rotations.  Shumpert should be back any day now to bolster the perimeter defense.  Things are trending up for sure.  I know that Lacey will chide me for cocking off about a game in January, but they beat the piss out of the Bulls the other night.  It was never close.  I've always said that I'm OK with losses as long as the effort is there.  When the Cavs play with the kind of effort that they showed against the Bulls and Clippers, no one in the East can beat them in a series.  No one.  Sorry, Dawg, but your Hawks are peaking too early.  I'm feeling good about this team now and they are starting to become pretty fun to watch.  THE DIFF!  Also, we made Derrick Rose's pussy lips cry after the game...LOLZ!

    I got through everything that I wanted to today but feel free to discuss anything and everything non-football.  This is my final post for the week as you get a BONUS ICEMAN RANT on Friday.  He's had this one locked and loaded for months so you know that it is bad.
              The MoneyShot Snipes You With HOT Political TAEKS.        

    "Bro.  You gotta check out the hooters on this Iraqi chick before I blow them clean off."




    I don't do this often ever but today we're going to get mildly political at The MoneyShot.  I tend to avoid subjects like these since they usually start mindless Internet wars that will never be solved.  But then I thought about it and realized...we do that shit with sports on the reg anyway, so who gives a fuck?

    Everyone is talking about this new movie American Sniper.  The Academy is rock hard and lubed up, ready to pepper this flick with all the awards.  But many on the Interwebs seem outraged by an alleged misinterpretation of the sniper in question.  Admittedly, I knew nothing about Chris Kyle when the movie trailer was released.  I saw a war movie starring Bradley Cooper and violently fist pumped for a good 15 seconds after.  I just envisioned Clint Eastwood laughing like a bastard while rolling around in stacks of money completely naked.  I'm not sure there is a better money making equation in Hollywood.  War + actor that cranks out the jams = fuck load of money.  It's a nearly fool proof formula.  Even now, I'll admit that I still don't know a lot about this guy.  Or I should say I don't know if the information I have is completely accurate.  The Internet can be a dangerous place to get believable information these days.

    From what I've read, apparently Clint Eastwood has really ruffled some feathers with this one and the film has brought into question exactly who this Chris Kyle guy is/was.  I've read some articles and watched some interviews and it seems like there is a definite divide in opinion.  Chris Kyle American Hero or Chris Kyle American Psycho?  You have right wing people celebrating Chris Kyle the solider and calling him a true American hero because of the countless number of American lives he is responsible for saving.  Then you have left wingers calling Kyle a hate filled, murderous bastard who "loved" killing and who was insanely racist.

    Here's my ELITE opinion on the matter.  It's going to take a lot more than Michael Moore flapping his fat jowls for me to think poorly of a guy who put his life on the line to protect mine.  I personally know one SEAL and he's a Kentucky gay boy who turns a blind eye to improper NCAA benefits and incest.  The SEAL I know is not a bad mother fucker that could kill you with a paper clip.  It takes a special combination of crazy and stupid to become a Navy SEAL and they probably need to be in order to do what they do and live with it.  You have to be born with a certain mental makeup that differs from most normal people, IMO.  What I'm saying is I'm not judging this man for whatever faults he may have had.  Because I know who isn't becoming a SEAL.  Me.  I also know who isn't fighting terrorists.  Also me.  And to be honest, I think I require the guys making sure I don't wake up with a bad guy's assault rife pressed firmly against my nose, a little off upstairs and radical with their actions.

    I think these left wingers just need to R-E-L-A-X.  The men and women in our military risk their lives to make sure that Americans like me can do stupid shit like be gluttonous assholes at ridiculous food challenges.  So I'm gonna cut our soldiers a little fucking slack when it comes to the manner in which they defend my freedom.  So maybe Kyle did enjoy killing terrorists.  Okay.  So fucking what?  Wouldn't you?  Just a little?  Especially if it meant an American solider lived in the process??  So what if he was a little hate filled?  I can safely say that I would also probably hate the people responsible for me waking up in the desert every morning wondering if today is the day a four pound spider bites my dick off.  I think any normal person would be somewhat hate filled in that situation.  And I don't think I need to point out the fact that every last one of you fuckers here is a little racist.  Also...who gives a rat's ass that he wrote a book about his experience to try and reap some monetary benefits, post war? The military guys I know tell me the pay sucks and is really hard to live off of.  So I see nothing wrong with a little side action.

    Maybe my opinion will change if I get more information.  Or more credible information.  But from what I've seen and read so far, it sounds like sad, gun hating hippies are just trying to poke holes in a story about a man responsible for saving a lot of American lives.  If that is indeed the case...go eat some granola and find something else better to do, you fucking losers.  Anyway...I figured this would be a nice break from sports and something new to talk about.  Have at it, fellas.
              The Worst of Conference Championship Weekend Vol.VIII        

    I don't want to sound like Grampa Simpson here but I am currently experiencing lower back pain and it is the worst.  I would rather live with Cakes forever than deal with this for another minute.  I felt it tweak a little bit when I was twerking at the gym two weeks ago and, no matter what I do, the dull and awkward pain remains.  Putting on socks is the goddamn Battle of the Bulge at this point.  It is the hardest thing that I do right now.  The only thing that gets me through the day is that stretch where you look like you're trying to blow yourself/shoving your head up your ass.  I don't want to go to the chiropractor and hope it goes away eventually (LOL NO) but I know that it won't.  Lower back pain is terrible (UPDATE: feeling significantly better!  Complaining about it on the internet seems to be the best medicine).  Don't get old.  Let's talk about shitstack human beings and football.

    409 - The NCAA gave Joe Paterno his wins back on Friday and it was obvz a terrible decision.  I don't know why they took them away in the first place (fucking kids isn't really a performance enhancer...or at least I hope it isn't) but giving them back blows.  The Penn State basketball and hockey teams both wore 409 patches this weekend.  I hate Penn State alums more than anyone ever.  They don't get it and they never will.  It is OK to want them all to die horribly.  They deserve worse.

    Greg Anthony - Arrested in a prostitution ring!  BOO YAH!  I like Anthony so I hope that it doesn't kill his broadcasting career but you know that it will and we will be doomed with a lifetime of Doug Gottleib being a cocksucking thief on the mic forever.

    Jim Tomsula - Watch his interview with CSN Bay Area or whatever.  They basically replaced HarBRAH with PFTCommenter.  This guy is the best and will produce LOLZ forever.  Plus, he looks like Football Ron Jeremy and that is what the NFL needs right now.

    Jim Tomsula Part Deux - The favorite to be the Niners OC is LANE KIFFIN!!!  Jesus titty-fucking Christ.  Does Prime know how lucky he is to live in that area and not be a fan just to listen to the constant bitching?  He can probably drive with his erection while listening to KNBR.

    The NFL - Of course they don't particularly give a shit about beating women and kids but if Beast Mode wants to wear solid gold cleats...HE MUST DIE (or be banned from playing)...because of cleat color.  This is important now.

    Mike McCarthy - When you're on the road and kick two field goals from inside the three then you are a gigantic slop box.  This guy is such an average ass coach.  That might be giving him too much credit because the way that his team folded yesterday was Hall Of Fame shittiness.

    AJ Hawk - Did he get hurt?  Because the Seahawks ran the ball 35 times and the starting MLB had one more tackle than Soda Popinski.

    Pete Carroll - BRAH, your QB totes had a concussion from that savage Matthews hit and no one tested him at all...just put him back out there.  NO MORE!

    Brandon Bostick - The play was bad enough but don't tell the media that you are out there to block but thought that you could catch it so you decided to not do your job.  Poor guy is going to take all the heat while his coaches deserve most of it if not all.

    Russell Wilson - For 55 minutes, this guy was Joe Bauserman on whatever the complete opposite of steroids is.  The punter was showing more ARM TALENT.  And then, like all annoying goody-two-shoes, he came through when it mattered.  Even the passes that he completed looked like they were all due to luck.  What an unreal ending to a pig-poop game.  That wasn't even football for the most part.  I can't believe that the Seahawks won.  They didn't deserve that and Sherman has one arm now.  Oh well, that is why you earn home field in the regular season so that a ton of your fans can leave before the game is over.  LOL!  Go cry some more, Rusty, you dicknip.

    Peyton Manning - I mean, I could laugh at him tucking his jersey into his dad jeans for Papa John's all day long, but I feel like his poop performance last week (calling bullshit on that torn quad FOREVER) ruined what could have been the worst QB game of all time last night.  Pey Pey in the wind and rain might have had 10 picks.  And I feel cheated.

    Andrew Luck - Belichick just owns his ass.  I mean, the Colts had zero chance unless Brady played like Rusty Dubs and he didn't.  It was uglier than Luck's beard.  I'm just glad that it's over.

    Former Browns - Cribbs (or Chronic as someone called him last week) had a GIANT MUFF that effectively ended the game in the first quarter and Trent Richardson didn't even make the trip because he is going through some sort of massive family issue.  I'd bet that whatever is going on in his life is hilarious.

    Not Nate Solder - Typical fucking Patriots running OL pass plays but I will forever love 77s finding paydirt.  It is a known FACT that #77 is the best number in football and seeing the hands and agility of big Solder was refreshing and exhilarating. Mark my words: the first team to get their 77 into the end zone in the Super Bowl will win the game.

    LeGarrette Blount - Fuck this piece of shit.  How is he only ever decent against Indy?  I hate this guy.  More carries to Pat Devlin or GTFO.

    Jim and Feel and especially Mike fucking Carey - YES!  We are officially the longest amount of time away from the next time that we have to hear these fucktards call another football game!  If I was grading this announce team, I would give them a Y minus.  Of course, Carey thought that that TERRIBLE roughing the passer on Brady call was correct because he is awful and that was absurd.

    So here we go with Seattle and New England in the Super Bowl (with thankfully the NBC telecast) and Katy Perry's beefers.  I can live with this.  Actually, I'm all for this.  I don't necessarily want either team to win but these are probably the two best franchises in the game and ELITE respects ELITE.  And yes, both of these teams would kill Ohio Buckeyes, Drew!
              Open Forum: MONEY SHOT POTLUCK!        
    Might I interest you old timers in a game of Find The Fleshlight?
    Yesterday, Monkey Boy was talking about his perfect diaper party that he has a scrapbook on or whatever.  Part of that was determining the food served.  He said that he didn't want it to be a potluck or something...I don't know, I wasn't really listening.  Bro, potlucks are always tremendous.  You can eat whatever you want and then on the way home say shit like "who brought that potato salad...shit tasted like mung" to your lady friend (or man candy in Dut's case).  Now, I do most of the cooking in our house.  I like doing it and it gives She$ a chance to feed the baby while I prepare Michelin star quality plates.  I am by no means an ELITE chef but I know my way around a spice rack.  One thing that all great culinary minds such as mine do is NEVER measure anything.  Makes me feel like a real pro.

    Anyway, I thought that today we could all make our offerings to a future Money Shot Potluck which will likely never happen.  I suppose we could maybe do something cool if this site ever has a RibFest X or something (like Grumpy's funeral) but I doubt it.  That isn't the point.  Attendance is mandatory and you are required to bring your best dish and a beverage to be shared among the group.  I will provide well done steaks for all commenters.  Just kidding, BRAHs, why don't I slow roast a whole hog (or pay someone to do it for me because I would definitely fuck that up).  Who doesn't enjoy a hog roast?  Well, other than devout Jews and I think Muslims.  Fuck them, they aren't invited anyway.

    As for my contribution to The Money Shot Potluck, I make a damn fine chicken and andouille sausage jambalaya.  I'll bring a big ass pot of that.  Also put me down for a 30 pack of Stroh's (30 pack of hos).  Beer was meant to be fire-brewed.

    If you suck at cooking or just don't want to, that's cool.  My only rule is that you can't bring anything from a restaurant.  Like, you aren't showing up at this mythical party saying "I BROUGHT THURMANATORS FOR EVERYONE".  Nah, brah.  You are allowed to have a family member make your dish though.  Gram Gram's peach cobbler is perfectly acceptable.  So line up and fill the table.  This comment section is about to get a whole lot more obese.

    We also have more NFL playoff games to pick.  Remember, you are playing for me to buy you ribs/avoid having to chip in for my size adult medium Joe Flacco jersey.

    Green Bay @ Seattle -7.5 O/U 46.5 - A completely healthy Green Bay team lost by 20 in Seattle in week one.  A banged up Green Bay team will lose by 21 on Sunday.  SEA OVER

    Indianapolis @ New England -6.5 O/U 53.5 - Doesn't it feel like the Patriots always destroy the Colts?  I'm not going to say that anyone could have done to Denver what Indy did last weekend but I'm not not going to say that either.  I think that both home teams roll to be honest.  NE OVER

    STANDINGS!
    10-6: G$, Drew, Iceman, Ide, and JSaul
    8-8: Seal and Andrew B
    7-9: Prime, Lacey, and Jeff
    6-10: Ace and Burke
    Faggot Squad: -Rex

    It looks like a five horse-cocked race to the finish.  May the best G$ win!  My daughter is getting baptized on Sunday (DEAL WITH IT, GOD) so that may effect my football watching ways.  I doubt it though.  I'll make it back for kickoff even if I have to pistol-whip the pastor.  Enjoy the second to last weekend of meaningful football, bros, and don't forget to set your crock pots for our never-going-to-happen potluck.
              Ohio vs. Oregon National ChampionSHIT: Live Blog        

    Didn't even take a full decade to forget this loser.



    Today will either be the best or worst day in the history of college football.  Either we all get to hoist Mark May onto our shoulders while celebrating the Ohio Buckeyes falling short in yet another national championship game, or we're forced to live in a Godless world where the most undeserving fan base in the country gets to be happy.  Unfortunately I have a feeling the Fuckeyes win this one convincingly.  You don't dominate Bama in that fashion and then not show up in the title game.  Since today will definitely be about Ohio winning a national title or choking on a gaggle of duck dicks, we're going to live blog this one and just let the inmates run wild in the comment section.  A tried and true formula that always delivers.  Don't forget to LOL at Fat Face Troy SMIFF Young one last time before we kick things off.

    8:09 - Doran Grant looks like a horse.  And Ezekiel Elliott's face looks like he's having an allergic reaction to shell fish.  First impression...Ohio has the advantage in ugly shit birds.

    8:11 - Listening to Lee Corso makes me wonder how much longer ESPN is going to let this guy float slowly into insanity in front of our eyes.  One day he's gonna show up in just his underwear holding a spatula in one hand and a dead cat in the other.

    8:16 - EXPERT PICK TIME!  Desmond Howard should make some more friends in Ohio by picking Oregon.  LOL.  David Pollock hates women's rights but likes the Ohios.  And Corso gives his patented curse to the Buckeyes...after accidentally spitting on himself and almost losing consciousness.

    8:20 - "REMEMBER MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE FOR CENTURIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIES!!"  Can't wait to hear this fucking song a billion times tonight.  Prime's musical heroes are annoying.

    8:24 - How did Urban Meyer make it out of the tunnel without his heart exploding?  Lotta flashing lights and loud noises for a guy with heart problems.

    8:27 - Mother of mercy!  Joey Bosa's nose needs its own zip code.



    The Bosa brothers having some family fun

    8:28 - That National Anthem would have been way better if done by Total Recall, IMO.  Something to think about next year, guy in charge of booking that job.

    8:31 - Two minutes before kickoff seems like a good time for sideline interviews.  Get the fuck off the field, losers.  And someone kill Tom Rinaldi, please.

    8:34 - KICKOFF!!  Oregon ball at the 25.

    8:35 - Hey, guys.  Can anyone tell me if Oregon's offense goes fast?  More responsible journalists would probably alert the people watching at home to such important information.  It looks like it's Thomas Tyner's personal mission to fucking truck every last defender for the Buckeyes.  FUMBLE!!!!  Oof.  What a lucky bounce.  Jesus, ANOTHER FUMBLE!!!  Check that...knee down, Oregon keeps it.  What a crazy start.

    8:43 - Oregon TD.  Uh oh....that was really fast and easy.  Probably a lot of sweaty Buckeye sacks out there right now.  7-0 Oregon.

    8:48 - Ohio Buckeyes turn to respond.  Already a critical drive for them with 12 minutes to go in the 1st quarter.  Good Lord...Cardale Jones is a fuckin load.  Good run by him for a first down.  Well that didn't last long.  Punt.

    8:53 - That Taco Bell commercial where the dick wad kid can't decide whether or not to pay for parking so he can shove diarrhea in his mouth is stupid as fuck.  Just use the drive thru, dipshit.  Oregon ball at the 10.  Buckeyes need a stop in order to keep this game under control...and they do on a dropped pass.

    9:00 - AVENGERS, AVENGERS, AVENGERS, AVENGERS, AVENGERS!!!!!

    9:01 - Buckeyes pinned deep and Oregon nearly gets a safety.  The advantage of Cardale Jones.  The guy could probably squat on a live grenade and be fine.  Huge first down for Ohio.  Hell of a catch by Marshall followed up by one of the gayest things I've ever seen...


    Video above: Retired UH Law Professor Randy Roth sums up rail project in 3 minute video. From (https://youtu.be/ZL9pIrxaA3Q).

    He also described the project as deliberate misrepresentation, deliberate fraud on this 30 minute ThinkTech Hawaii with Kelii Akina, President of Grassroot Institute. From (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw_NDLg6EbbmYlNOSy13a0NKNmM/view?usp=sharing).
    Whether one is Pro-Rail or Anti-Rail, there’s something virtually everyone in the state agrees about – the cost of building the Honolulu Rail is getting out of hand.

    Not only that, serious questions have been raised about how well the funds already invested in this project have been spent.

    Law professor Randy Roth, who has a long history advocating for the public good, appears on E Hana Kakou with Dr. Akina to discuss why it is time to hold our government leaders responsible for the progress of the Rail.

    ThinkTech Hawaii streams live on the Internet from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm every weekday afternoon, Hawaii Time, then streaming earlier shows through the night. Check us out any time for great content and great community.

    Our vision is to be a leader in shaping a more vital and thriving Hawaii as the foundation for future generations.

    Our mission is to be the leading digital media platform raising pubic awareness and promoting civic engagement in Hawaii.


    Rail Cost Spirals Out of Control

    SUBHEAD: Watch short video and sign the petition here to require a forensic audit of the rail.

     By Staff on 22 July 2017 for Grassroots Institute of Hawaii
    (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw_NDLg6EbbmRE8yWU9qZFRBUWc/view)


    Video above: Group seeks to audit the Honolulu rail project with "Where is our Money Going?" From (https://youtu.be/X8Fa2qr2djg).
     Longtime journalist Mark Coleman talked recently with ThinkTech Hawaii host Tim Apicella about his recent Grassroot Institute of Hawaii article titled “Honolulu rail clearly a fiasco,”and suggested that now would be a ideal time to subject the over-budget, behind-schedule project to an independent forensic audit.

    In particular, Coleman suggested that the state legislators use their upcoming special session to order such an audit, which would allow them to avoid extending or raising any state taxes until they have better information about why the city’s rail project has veered so far off track — while yet so much of it remains tobe built.

    The timing is apt, he told Apicella, because the City Council just approved selling bonds to fund construction of the rail through to next year, thus taking pressure off the Legislature to consider anything before it starts its regular session in January 2018.

    Coleman said transportation experts warned city officials years before the rail project was even started that it would be a “gigantic white elephant,” and by now it’s clear that just about everything that could have gone wrong with the project has — though nobody has a definite explanation as to why.



    Has HART committed federal crimes?

    SUBHEAD: Is falsification of federal documents, lying to officials to get $1.55B HART a crime?

    By Ed Wagner on 9 August 2017 on Google Drive -
    (https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bw_NDLg6EbbmNnI2bnJlV0o3TGM?usp=sharing)

    The people of Hawaii seek Congressional, DOJ, & FBI investigations into the following allegations against Mayor Caldwell, City Council, HART, Developer DR Horton, construction unions, Pacific Resources Partnership (PRP), DLNR, regarding the Honolulu rail project:

    Systemic fraud, waste, and abuse of power, violations of public procurement codes, violations of the Hawaii State Constitution's Public Trust Doctrine, violations of basic ethical and moral principles, perjury, deliberate falsification of Federal documents / lying to Federal officials, deliberate misrepresentation of facts, deliberate fraud, bribery, racketeering, malfeasance, graft, conspiracy to defraud, and criminal offenses directly related to obtaining $1.55B in federal funds for the Honolulu rail project.

    Those advocating for a forensic audit & investigations include former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano, retired UH Law Professor Randy Roth, UH Civil Engineering Professor, Panos Prevedouros, President of Grassroot Institute and OHA Trustee, Dr. Keli’i Akina, former Army War College faculty instructor, retired Col Al Frenzel, retired businessmen, 2 attorneys, an accountant, and concerned citizens.

    Dr. Keli’i Akina submitted testimony to the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Railroads regarding these issues.

    All major newspapers and TV networks around the country have been notified about the dire situation in Hawaii.

    It is argued that the City is jeopardizing its credit rating and solvency over this project and someone has to stop the bleeding, stop the irreparable hard this rail project is causing our people today, and for the next 3 generations, and folks in Washington seem to be turning a blind eye to this matter.

    In lieu of reviewing rail-related documents online, I request a formal meeting with a Honolulu FBI agent to discuss this urgent matter, a meeting to include those advocating for these investigations.

    Others have written to FTA, OIG, GAO, and Congress, and spoke to some officials. One high ranking official stated to one individual that perjury to obtain federal funds for rail appears to be involved.

    The Honolulu rail is likely a massive government cover up similar to Watergate, but called HARTgate.

    Please help us. This dire situation is reaching critical mass.

    Messages sent to Washington and FBI. The city deliberately falsified federal documents, lied to federal officials, and lied to the public. I encourage everyone to submit a request to the FBI to conduct an investigation.

    https://tips.fbi.gov/

    https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bw_NDLg6EbbmeTdFazZNQW4zYkk?usp=sharing

    Please give these messages widest possible distribution.


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              Fascism and the Denial of Truth        
    SUBHEAD: Party polarization and gridlock in the US have created unsolved issues amenable to a Trump demagogue.

    By Thomas Scott on 30 July 2017 for Truth Out  -
    (http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/41423-fascism-and-the-denial-of-truth-what-henry-wallace-can-teach-us-about-trump)


    Image above: Cover art for song release of "Demagogue" by Franz Ferdinand. From (https://rateyourmusic.com/release/single/franz-ferdinand/demagogue/).

    What is a fascist? How many fascists have we? How dangerous are they? These are the questions that the New York Times posed to Henry A. Wallace, Franklin Roosevelt's vice president, in April 1944.

    In response, Wallace wrote "The Danger of American Fascism," an essay in which he suggested that the number of American fascists and the threat they posed were directly connected to how fascism was defined.

    Wallace pointed out that several personality traits characterized fascist belief, arguing that a fascist is;
    "one whose lust for money and power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends."
    Wallace also claimed that fascists "always and everywhere can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power."

    Fascists are "easily recognized by their deliberate perversion of truth and fact" (my italics), he contended.

    Moreover, Wallace noted that fascists "pay lip service to democracy and the common welfare" and they "surreptitiously evade the laws designed to safeguard the public from monopolistic extortion."

    Finally, Wallace identified that fascists' primary objective was to "capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they keep the common man in eternal subjection."

    Wallace was writing in the context of an existential threat to democracy posed by Nazi Germany, Italy and Japan.

    However, his essay is prescient in that he identified the existence of a domestic form of American fascism that emerged from the political context of enlightened thought, rule of law and limited government. Wallace drew a clear distinction between European fascism and the kind of fascism found in the United States.

    Rather than resort to overt violence, American fascists would "poison the channels of public information," Wallace reasoned. Likewise, he argued that American fascism was generally inert, not having reached the level of overt threat that it had reached in Europe.

    Despite this, Wallace argued that American fascism had the potential to become dangerous to democracy under that appropriate context; one in which a "purposeful coalition" emerges based on "demagoguery."

    British historian Karl Polanyi has written in his seminal book, The Great Transformation, that fascism can emerge in a society in reaction to "unsolved national issues."

    Party polarization and gridlock in the US have created unsolved issues concerning health care, immigration reform and the "war on terror." These volatile issues, in turn, have created the perfect political context for a demagogue to emerge in the United States.

    With the election of Donald Trump, the purposeful coalition Wallace feared may have evolved. Trump is the first US president who has been seriously associated with fascist ideology.

    His coalition of white supremacists, xenophobes, plutocratic oligarchs and disaffected members of the working class have aligned with the mainstream Republican Party.

    The coalition's political philosophy, rooted in reactionary populism and "American First" sloganeering, has quickly led to the United States' systematic withdrawal from global leadership.

    Coupled with a disdain for multilateral collaboration, a rejection of globalization, and a focus on militarism and economic nationalism, Trumpism has taken the country down the perilous path of national chauvinism reminiscent of previous fascist states like Spain under Franco, Portugal under Salazar, or Peronist Argentina.

    Unlike past Republican and Democratic presidents, Trump has disregarded long-standing traditions related to political protocol and decorum in the realm of political communication. He routinely makes unsubstantiated claims about political rivals, questioning their veracity and ethics.

    Trump's claim that the Obama administration wiretapped his phones during the 2016 campaign and that Obama refused to take action regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as well as Trump's incendiary tweets about federal judges who ruled against his executive orders on immigration, suggest a sense of paranoia commonly associated with autocrats.

    Trump has demonstrated a fundamental ignorance of democratic institutions associated with the rule of law, checks and balances, and the separation of powers.

    Common to autocratic leaders, Trump sees executive power as absolute and seems confounded when the legislative or judicial branches of government question his decisions.

    Trump has seemed willing to ignore norms that are fundamentally aligned with US democracy: equality before the law, freedom of the press, individual rights, due process and inclusiveness.

    Typical of all autocratic leaders, Trump has a deep-seated distrust of the media. Calling journalists "enemies of the people," Trump's incessant claims that media outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post create "fake news" is a common attribute of authoritarian regimes.

    In response to investigative reports that are critical of his administration, Trump engages in systematic tactics of disinformation. Trump has refined the art of evasion through communicating a multiplicity of falsehoods as a means of obfuscating charges of abuse of power and political misconduct.

    The biggest dilemma for an autocrat is confronting the truth. Systematic strategies to implant misinformation have historically provided significant political dividends for demagogues.

    From Trump's earliest forays in national politics, the truth was his biggest enemy.

    Trump discovered in the 2016 campaign that the perpetuation of lies and deceit could be converted into political capital. Lying on issues actually generated support from Trump's political base, many of whom were low-information voters.

    The hope by many that Trump would conform to traditional political norms once elected proved to be a chimera. Trump has obliterated the Orwellian dictum that lies are truth; in Trump's worldview, truth does not exist. It is seen as a political liability.

    As president, the debasement of truth has become an important political strategy shaping much of his communication to the American public.

    Purposeful deceit has become one of the primary means by which Trump energizes and excites his supporters. It is the catalyst that drives their emotional connection to Trump, who is insistent on "telling it like it is" and fighting for "the people" as a challenge to the political elite.

    For Trump, facts mean nothing. They are contrary to the desires of his political base. Connecting to his base is visceral; intellectualism is the antithesis of Trump's immediate political objectives.

    By denying the existence of truth-based politics, Trump solidifies his populist vision and perpetuates one of fascism's greatest mechanisms for acquiring absolute power: the force of emotion conquering the force of reason.

    As Timothy Snyder states in his insightful book On Tyranny, "To abandon facts is to abandon freedom.

    If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so."

    Seen in this light, empirical evidence based on scientific investigation is superfluous; public policy is only useful when it is connected to human emotion and desire.

    This is all that matters in Trump's vision for the US. As such, facts and scientific research are a ruse, a tool of the elite designed to consolidate power over "the people" and discredit Trump's "America First" policies.

    Truth is a necessity for democracy because citizens depend on truth-based decision-making to achieve reasoned judgments about public policy. In the Trump administration, the eradication of fact-based communication has normalized the denial of truth.

    As a result, democracy is clearly under siege. Henry Giroux makes an excellent argument when he writes, "normalization is code for retreat from any sense of moral or political responsibility, and it should be viewed as an act of political complicity with authoritarianism and condemned outright."

    All Americans should take heed of this point. History has provided ample evidence of how institutional and civic complicity with autocratic rule erodes democracy.

    However, history has also demonstrated how engaged citizens can mobilize to resist this erosion.

    ]As Snyder argues, in order to confront autocracy, citizens need to become aware that democracy can disappear and mobilize to stop such a disastrous turn of events. In the age of Trump, there is no time for complacency.

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              Do you feel Capitalism dying?        
    SUBHEAD: We need to develop the fortitude and skills needed for the future that is coming at us.

    By Joe Brewer on 24 July 2017 for Medium -
    (https://medium.com/@joe_brewer/do-you-still-feel-capitalism-dying-c487b89c42ca)


    Image above: A sign about "Capitalism" in Westminister Square with the Tower of London at British Parlement in the background. From (https://medium.com/@discomfiting/kill-capitalism-before-it-kills-us-fe23d10f6243).

    Can you feel capitalism dying around you? There is a mental disease of late-stage capitalism causing deep worry and anxiety, prompting feelings of severe isolation and humiliation, combined with a profound sense of powerlessness for millions of people around the world.

    The question I ask today is What are YOU going to do about it?

    The feeling bubbles up when students graduate from college with mountains of debt and few prospects for meaningful work. It spreads across cities where housing prices are skyrocketing and a giant financial chasm exists between owners and renters of residential property. And it aches in the spiraling decay of exploited ecosystems as they unravel after decades (or centuries) of pillaging industries waging war on nature.

    There is a reason only 5 men have the same aggregate wealth as half the human population. And that the Earth’s climate is ramping up for a phase transition that threatens our entire civilization. It is because a Global Architecture of Wealth Extraction has been carefully built up in the last five hundred years to produce exactly these outcomes.

    And it is causing millions of people to feel a malaise of loneliness and quiet desperation that tickles at the edge of their tongues — yet they don’t quite know what to call it.

    I’ve called it late-stage capitalism and this resonated with hundreds of thousands when I wrote about it last year. The depth and tenor of this resonance revealed that these feelings are truly widespread and the currents run deep within our veins.

    So what are we going to do with these feelings? Some tens of millions of Americans decided to elect President Trump last year. They had fallen victim to a sophisticated information war that functions as a kind of political mind control.

    Too few among them were able to discern what is really going on and now they are emotionally manipulated pawns in the end game for a small cohort of super-elites.

    This is not an acceptable place to direct the feelings we have about the death of capitalism. It will only accelerate us on the path to planetary-scale collapse that we need to reckon with in our lifetimes.

    Instead — if we can develop the fortitude and skills — we need to direct these feelings toward the much more productive path of learning how to design cultural change.

    You see, it has been our inability to collectively set intentions that enabled elite groups to divide-and-conquer us in these times of mass confusion, hardship, and despair.

    We need to recognize that the real state of power is culture and learn how to wield this power the way our ancestors once did.

    Anthropologists who study hunter-gatherer societies have long known that they are all egalitarian.

    Bullies and dictators were not able to rise up and boss people around because the group sanctioned against it.

    They did this through a combination of shaming and ostracism, or in extreme cases they resorted to expulsion or execution. But they were able to keep the bullies in check becaus;
    1. everyone knew everyone else in these small bands of people and
    2. relationships of trust were robust enough to navigate conflicts and cooperate effectively against individuals who might be stronger or more skilled at hunting than any one person on their own.
    We now have a vast digital infrastructure — the internet plus cell phones and satellite communication systems — that make it possible for the first time since the birth of civilizations to coordinate with transparency and trust at larger scales of society.

    Yet we remain divided into political tribes, fighting amongst each other at the beckoning of those who set the terms of debate.

    Are you a Democrat or Republican? Socialist or Capitalist?

    A person of color or a beneficiary of white privilege? Categories of division such as these may have important realities embedded within them but none gets at the root issue that defines these times.

    We are in a deep crisis that is carrying us all on the path toward extinction. We must learn to rise above our labels of separation and remember that everything is connected. Only then can we be seeds of transformation in a world where most of our stories are breaking down.

    So I call upon you to name your feelings of angst and powerlessness.

    Recognize that you are living through the death of a capitalist system that has brought our entire civilization to the brink of ruin.

    Learn how to design for change in a world where only through a paradigm shift in values and behaviors will it be possible to navigate our way toward planetary resilience in the decades ahead.

    We can get to the future we all want but only when we realize that it is our power to create cultural mythologies that has blinded us to our place within a world barreling toward humanity’s end.

    This power must now be employed in service of life, compassion, humility, and care for the living world. These are dangerous times and our actions matter more than most of us are ready to realize.

    Take hold of your feelings and direct them toward life, healing, and regeneration of our broken world.

    We owe it to ourselves. We owe it to our children, born and unborn.

    And we owe it to the many other species whose very existence are now in jeopardy because an arrogant myth of human superiority has driven us to soil the beds we must sleep in as members of the natural world ourselves.

    Time is short and there is much work to be done.

    Onward, fellow humans.

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              Is A Capitalist Meltdown Upon Us?        
    I'll only be 53 on my next birthday in late July, yet it already seems like I've lived a tiring amount of history. Only 20 years ago, the world saw the meltdown of Soviet-style communism -- and many observers, largely neo-conservatives, interpreted that as an ideological culmination, "the end of history." There was even an influential book written with that title. (Does anyone remember that author now? And, does he want to remember that book? Yeah, I know -- Francis Fukuyama.)

    It appears that reversals of fortune can happen quickly. Now it looks like the allegedly venerable ideology of "free-market" capitalism is on the ropes, and in serious danger of going down. Who would have thought it?

    Die-hard Marxists did. I've never been one of them, even as a long-ago radical all of 23 years old. I still know three people who have continued to call themselves Marxists in total defiance of dismissal or ridicule, and they are probably gloating a lot now. The economic train wreck they kept dogmatically predicting finally seems to be in front of us.

    But even as America sleepwalked through our Second Gilded Age (circa 1981-2005), I grew skeptical of the Marxist vision. "Historical inevitability" always sounded like a religious tenet, without the pure superstition; and Marxism itself, a sort of quasi-religion for embittered atheists.

    We should be as cautious about awarding hard-line socialists a victory here, as much as "we" (in the editorial sense) should have checked for our wallets the minute Reagan started talking about trickle-down and Phil Gramm started talking about deregulation. The past century should have taught us that the answer lies in between.

    Starting with the excesses of laissez-faire: America has, for the past 30-ish years, seen the roller-coaster ride that happens with that sort of economic policy. An elite grows very rich, a minority near the bottom slips much further down, and most people tend to stagnate in the middle.

    There are cycles of boom and bust. The booms are good for most people, but especially good for a few. The latter group inevitably forms a "Why Should I Have To Pay Taxes?" lobby and gets bonanzas from lawmakers eager to please. And since these are the people of ostentation and material success, their influence is great among fashionable "thinkers" of the day.

    Now the big bust is upon us. It's a bit like 1933 all over again -- not as grim or total in devastation, but it's likely to get worse. President Barack Obama has warned us that this is so.

    But history, with its entire lesson, should be heeded, and it seems like Obama is one who will do so.

    There were very good reasons for the meltdown of the Soviet empire 20 years ago. Contrary to right-wing mythology, Reagan and his military buildup had little to do with it. Post-Soviet Russian economists recall the problems as internal, and any intellectually honest person knew what they were. There's no need for me to recite the litany here -- Americans heard it all for decades.

    But, let's face it, die-hard socialists out there -- state-run enterprises have a poor track record. The employees seem to lack incentives to produce. Cooperatives tend to degenerate into personal conflict, power struggles and chaos. And as for the concentration of power in the hands of "vanguard revolutionaries" -- the horrors and enormities of that have been abundant just in the past century.

    I don't think it's hard to argue for a sense of balance and measure. In America, it seems like the compromising wheeler-dealers -- the FDRs, the Trumans, the LBJs, the Ted Kennedys -- got more done for working Americans than any of our homegrown radicals ever did.

    But there is little doubt that there's been a sea change, and it's been back toward socialist thinking. The Nobel Prize committees have not been known for their sympathy toward socialist-leaning economists, yet Nobel Laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz has more or less come out in favor of the nationalization of U.S. banks. That would be a major step toward socialism of some fashion. Why not? We've just given the bastards $700 billion in taxpayer money to keep them in business. Here's a link to the interview with Stiglitz.

    And, it appears that such state power would be the only thing to force the shameless swine who run these enterprises to behave themselves. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., made a speech on the Senate floor about the Wall Street oinkers who had themselves awarded $18.4 billion in bonuses while their enterprises got in on the aforementioned $700 billion, because of reckless and disastrous mismanagement. Here's another link to reports on this issue, and to a video of McCaskill's speech. Be patient, the video seems very rough.

    So, what should be the ultimate American destination, in an era of "capitalist" meltdown? The Swedes, with a hybrid socialist-capitalist system, don't seem to do badly, with avowed Socialists predominantly in power since 1929. Their booms are smaller, but so are their busts. Their people don't live in fear of homelessness or inability to afford basic health care. Right-wing humorist P.J. O'Rourke, when asked about the Swedes' seeming happiness with their stable system, said that they are all insane -- but that their insanity is distributed equally among the people.

    It's a funny line. But there's nothing funny about facing a mortgage foreclosure, or about the welfare rolls shrinking even as joblessness is rapidly expanding. With a growing U.S. underclass, it may be time to take a second look at the socialist mind-set -- despite the old Marxist baggage. Nobody requires us to go to extremes.

    Crossposted at Manifesto Joe.
              The Crime of a Two-Tiered Justice System        
    In the context of the vapors experienced by the Beltway fainting virgins at the prospect of prosecuting torturers and murderers for, you know, torturing and murdering, Glenn Greenwald brings us an example of the kind of justice Smirky/Darth and their minions should be receiving.

    Homeless man gets 15 years for stealing $100

    A homeless man robbed a Louisiana bank and took a $100 bill. After feeling remorseful, he surrendered to police the next day. The judge sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

    Roy Brown, 54, robbed the Capital One bank in Shreveport, Louisiana in December 2007. He approached the teller with one of his hands under his jacket and told her that it was a robbery.

    The teller handed Brown three stacks of bill but he only took a single $100 bill and returned the remaining money back to her. He said that he was homeless and hungry and left the bank.

    The next day he surrendered to the police voluntarily and told them that his mother didn't raise him that way.

    Brown told the police he needed the money to stay at the detox center and had no other place to stay and was hungry.

    In Caddo District Court, he pleaded guilty. The judge sentenced him to 15 years in prison for first degree robbery.

    Fifteen years for feeling remorseful about taking a hundred-dollar bill. By that logic, 4,200-plus counts of pre-meditated murder ought to get Dubya and Dick 10 or 12 lifetimes hanging from a hook in the ceiling by their scrotums.

    Greenwald goes into shameful detail about the American criminal injustice system's ludicrous over-sentencing of the powerless and its passes for the powerful. But here's the point:

    Under all circumstances, arguing that high political officials should be immunized from prosecution when they commit felonies such as illegal eavesdropping and torture would be both destructive and wrong [not to mention, in the case of the latter crimes, a clear violation of a treaty which the U.S. (under Ronald Reagan) signed and thereafter ratified].

    But what makes it so much worse, so much more corrupted, is the fact that this "ignore-the-past-and-forget-retribution" rationale is invoked by our media elites only for a tiny, special class of people -- our political leaders -- while the exact opposite rationale ("ignore their lame excuses, lock them up and throw away the key") is applied to everyone else. That, by definition, is what a "two-tiered system of justice" means and that, more than anything else, is what characterizes (and sustains) deeply corrupt political systems. That's the two-tiered system which, for obvious reasons, our political and media elites are now vehemently arguing must be preserved.

    Read the whole thing.
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              Another Coup for the Outgoing Emir of Qatar        
    In July 2010, the (now outgoing) Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, traveled to South Lebanon to bask in the gratitude for his country's largesse in supporting reconstruction following the Israeli bombardment just four years earlier. The $300 million (and beyond) committed by the Gulf state was very much appreciated by the Shiite armed movement Hezbollah, who ensured billboards in the South and on Airport Road in Beirut were decorated with notes of thanks to the Emir. It was a conspicuous visit because Qatar had stood out amongst the GCC in taking a strong if not controversial stand. Hand-in-hand with Hezbollah, the Emir, was not apparently one of the "half-men" that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad pointed to in the Gulf during the 2006 Hezbollah-Israel war. In fact, the Emir and Assad were quite close, if not close friends, and were frequently in touch.

    In 2013, Qatar finds itself at the forefront on a number of regional issues, most notably the conflict in Syria, which had pitted the Emir in direct opposition to his old friend Bashar Al Assad. In fact, on the sectarian front, hosting firebrand spiritual figure, Yusuf al-Qaradawi who recently called for a Sunni-led jihad, and allying almost openly with Muslim Brotherhood movements in the region (which brought criticism from people as far afield as Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef), has increasingly prompted the question: Has the politically adept Qatar lost its touch?

    Once again, however, the Emir of Qatar (who I'll refer to by his initials HBK) shocked the region with another unprecedented move - this time the transfer of power to his 33-year old son Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (the 'new Emir'). In doing so, HBK put Qatar back on the political front-foot and raised the pressure on regional allies. And in typical style, he added another deft touch in his address to the nation with a quote (and the only quote outside from scripture) from Ali Ibn Abi Talib, the fourth Caliph in Islam and the first Imam of the Shi'a Muslims: 'Teach your children other than that what you were taught; as they are created for a time other than yours."

    It was nearly 18 years to the day, on June 27, 1995 [although official Qatari sites list his 'start-date' as June 26] that the outgoing Emir, HBK, came to power in a bloodless coup with the aid of his current outgoing Prime Minister, Sheikh Hamid bin Jassim al-Thani (HBJ) and other figures. He dislodged his father, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad, at the time, under largely benign circumstances but also as Qatar was starting to truly increase its economic base. When HBK took the reigns, the country was bit-player on the regional scene, with a GDP of $8bn. Today, the country is a regional powerhouse, punching far above its weight with a GDP in upwards of $170bn. The transformation, after HBK's rise, began in a number of areas:
    • In 1995 (August), the Emir alongside his wife, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, launched what has become one of the largest foundations, Qatar Foundation, dedicated to 'knowledge' and social development in the country and wider region;
    • In 1996, the State of Qatar launched Al Jazeera, initially only in Arabic, which shocked the region by becoming literally the only widespread outlet of independent voices (from the 'regimes') in the region; 
    • And in 1997, Qatar Airways was relaunched and became a symbolic flagship for the country, although it is not clear whether the carrier will ever truly be profitable.
    Economically, with growing revenues from natural gas over the last decade and a half, the departing Prime Minister, HBJ, effectively became the CEO of the country. In addition, to governing national investments through the Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund, HBJ also built up constituent vehicles like Qatari Diar, which looked to deploy billions of dollars in capital throughout the region, including in places that would traditionally be 'off-the-grid' like Libya, Syria and the Palestinian Territories.

    Yet, while the transformation of Qatar happened on several levels - and Sheikha Moza led a number of key initiatives that have separately built up the profile of the country - the Prime Minister & Emir particularly forged a formidable political duo, implementing a plan for political leadership which led to alternating reactions of admiration and consternation in the region. HBK & HBJ became in recent years, the guiding and influencing force on a number of key regional files. It was a strategy of multi-faceted engagement and relevance, often replete with paradoxes, that even until now has confounded observers and analysts, who were always late to the party in understanding and engaging with Qatar.

    For example, while condemning Al Jazeera Arabic for links to Al Qaeda, the U.S. government in September 2002 began moving its Central Command (CENTCOM) Headquarters in part to Doha. Qatar maintained an Israeli trade office since the late 1990s (closing intermittently during the Intifada and in 2009 during the Gaza War), while also building up relations with Hamas throughout the 2000s. The country maintained strong links within the GCC, and also with Sunni allies such as leader of the Future Party Saad Hariri, but in 2008 it was their ties with Hezbollah that allowed them to forge the Doha Agreement, averting what could have been a dark period of civil strife in Lebanon. There was no end to the political engagement: peace talks on Darfur, engagement with the Taliban, mediation between Chad and Sudan, and the list goes on.

    On the political level, while the period prior to the Arab awakening was characterized by engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders, in early 2011, it seemed that Qatar was starting to play a much more partisan role. Previous allies such as Syria's Assad, and Libya's Gaddhafi fell by the wayside very quickly, with Qatar in fact leading efforts in the fight to topple both dictators. And in other 'revolutionary' environments such as Egypt and Tunisia, where the ruling parties are Islamist, Qatar has become the political football for its perceived support for Islamist movements. Critics ask why figures like Qaradawi (mentioned above) are based in Qatar? Why was the state mosque in Doha named after the founder of Wahhabism, the particularly conservative brand of Islam, in 2011? And why has a station like Al Jazeera portrayed only one side of the story, often with an 'Islamic' bent, the last two years especially?

    Yet, the criticism has only grown commensurate with the prominence of Qatar in the region. On one hand, the policies of Qatar were simply part of its strategy of engagement in the region, to demonstrate leadership but also fundamentally relevance - important for a small country that previously lived in the shadow of Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Arab uprisings and subsequent rise of Islamist movements in the region was a tremendous opportunity for Qatar to provide indispensable leadership. Yet, leadership and unique prominence, has consequences, and it is likely that the inflection point of a transfer of power, provides a moment for reflection, especially as the region comes to terms with its new (and oft-changing) dynamics. What was immensely popular in late 2011 no longer is definitively so. For example, in Egypt, President Morsi's approval rating has notably dropped from 70% to 40%.

    Thus, the transfer of power to a new ruler, in Sheikh Tamim, means that Qatar can assess its strategic position and alignment. Perhaps, the country could benefit from a broader engagement given rising divisions in the region, and once again capture the role of lead mediator? Domestically, Sheikh Tamim will play close attention to catalyzing the role of his generation in the country's leadership. After all, Qatar had yet to enact the legislative or Shura Council that HBK promised when he rose to power, and enshrined in the Constitution ratified 9 years ago. The first step will be the announcement of a new cabinet that will replace what is increasingly seen as a gentrified political elite with new or younger faces. It is also expected that there may be a rise in salaries of Qataris employed in the public sector, at a smaller scale, however, to a similar announcement in 2011. Most important, however, will be a new dialogue and series of consultations that the new Emir will have with Qatari citizens, whose expectations have risen with new-found wealth and prosperity. In particular, with 70% of Qataris under the age of 30, engaging youth will be a priority. Do they feel included in the governance of the country and its institutions? Are there sufficient opportunities for employment and growth? And do public services meet their expectations?

    As Sheikh Tamim assesses the domestic situation, he does have a strong ally in his mother, Sheikha Moza, and the institutions she leads that address youth, health and education. And he will rely on  experienced hands like Sheikh Abdullah al-Thani to evaluate macro-projects like the Qatar World Cup preparations and the development of the national railways. Yet, both on the national and international fronts, the new Emir is not without experience or preparation. While observers were caught off-guard, it is thought HBK had planned for this day far ahead of time. The ascension of the Crown Prince to the leadership, began in earnest over the past two years. In fact, when significant announcements like the salary increase from 2011 were made, it was from Sheikh Tamim's office. He was also front and center, for example, when the move was made to shift Hamas headquarters out of Syria. And the then Crown Prince had been taking an increasing "foreign affairs role" amidst the Arab uprisings.

    While the policies that Qatar will follow will likely be unchanged in the short-term, we will have to wait and see what path the new Emir forges in the long-term. Yet, his father has assured that he enters on the political front-foot. Even in his departure, the outgoing Emir left as he came in - with a coup. Upending traditions in the region, he ensured that he would leave the scene at the ripe (for the GCC) age of 61, leaving power to his son who is only 33. This is next to countries such as Saudi Arabia, where the King is 91 (if not older) and where power has never been transferred to the 'next generation', passed instead from brother-to-brother among the descendents of King Abdelaziz (since his death in 1953). Or take Bahrain, where the Prime Minister, Khalifa bin Salman, has helmed the government for over four decades without interruption.

    Certainly, the move by HBK has not ushered in a democracy in Qatar; it is still an authoritarian state. And the ascension of Sheikh Tamim does not automatically assuage any of the concerns (real or perceived) ranging from migrant rights to nepotism to regional interference. Nevertheless, in its own way, Qatar has provided the region with a new revolutionary moment. Now we wait to see how the day-after, always the hard part, plays out.


              The Day the Sun Stood Still        
    A new MP3 sermon from Merriman Hills Baptist Church is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

    Title: The Day the Sun Stood Still
    Subtitle: Joshua
    Speaker: Mike Perry
    Broadcaster: Merriman Hills Baptist Church
    Event: Sunday - AM
    Date: 5/1/2016
    Bible: Joshua 10
    Length: 43 min. (64kbps)

    Overview: God continues to give the Israelites victory over the Canaanites. In this passage He even makes the sun stand still for about 24 extra hours so that they may complete their victory.
              Deceived by Facts        
    A new MP3 sermon from Merriman Hills Baptist Church is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

    Title: Deceived by Facts
    Subtitle: Joshua
    Speaker: Mike Perry
    Broadcaster: Merriman Hills Baptist Church
    Event: Sunday - AM
    Date: 4/24/2016
    Bible: Joshua 9
    Length: 42 min. (64kbps)

    Overview: The people of Gibeon fear the Israelites so they deceive them into believing that they are from a far country. The Israelites observe their old, moldy bread and their worn out clothes and believe their story. What they didn't know was the starting condition of these objects. This is similar to the way we can be fooled about the age of the earth. If we don't know what it was like at the beginning we can be deceived about how much time has past.
              Entering Into His Rest        
    A new MP3 sermon from Merriman Hills Baptist Church is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

    Title: Entering Into His Rest
    Subtitle: Hebrews
    Speaker: Mike Perry
    Broadcaster: Merriman Hills Baptist Church
    Event: Sunday - AM
    Date: 11/29/2015
    Bible: Hebrews 4
    Length: 32 min. (64kbps)

    Overview: The author of Hebrews uses the failure of the first generation of Israelites to enter the Promised land in order to caution Christians to not fall into the same sin of unbelief.
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               - Policeman ordered to pay damages to journalist he assaulted        
    (RSF/IFEX) - On 16 December 2008, a court in the southeastern town of Jacmel convicted police officer Bastien Novembre of assaulting Radio Express reporter Fritzer Philogène and ordered him to pay Philogène 100,000 gourdes (approx. US$2,500) in damages. If Novembre, a member of the elite Departmental Unit for Maintaining Order (UDMO), fails to pay he could go to prison for one year. A report by his superiors also recommended disciplinary measures.
              Globe Guilders Host Annual Couture Fashion Show to Raise Funds for The Old Globe        

    The Globe Guilders are pleased to announce their annual fashion show and luncheon, Celebrating Couture 2017, presented by Neiman Marcus, to benefit The Old Globe's artistic and arts engagement programs. Once again this year, Neiman Marcus is producing The Art of Fashion, an exclusively curated show featuring the Fall collections, including both couture and prêt-à-porter, of a special group of designers.Celebrating Couture 2017 will take place on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in the Costa Del Mar Ballroom of the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.

    Each year, the Globe Guilders Fashion Show features couture expertly selected by Neiman Marcus from the elite designers they represent, including Gucci, Etro, and Tom Ford; runway samples from Monique Lhuillier and Marchesa; and a compelling collection fromNaeem Khan. This year, from New York to Milan, fashion has become the creative platform to reflect a world of assertion and empowerment. Rich and robust reds, shocking pinks, and gorgeous greens all share the spotlight. The early '80s are reflected in rebellious punk-rock studs, spikes, grommets, and silver sequins. On the softer side, expect transparent sheers, flounced cuffs, and beautiful crushed velvets appearing on everything from handbags to shoes.

    Guests will be greeted with a champagne reception at 10:00 a.m. in the sunlit foyer and will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items. Beginning at 12:00 noon in the ballroom, there will be a live auction followed by the fashion show and a delicious lunch. After the show, Neiman Marcus will present a one-of-a-kind boutique for browsing and shopping in the foyer. Globe Guilders Kim Neapole, Lisa Berry Shaw, and Lynn Silva are theCelebrating Couture 2017 Co-Chairs; Jo Ann Kilty is the Honorary Chair. Over 600 supporters of The Old Globe from the San Diego community are expected to attend, including prominent philanthropists, heads of corporations, and representatives of major organizations.

    All of San Diego is invited to support this annual event, now a can't-miss staple on San Diego's fashion calendar. Tickets start at $125. For information on reserving a table or a seat at the Fashion Show, please call Barbara Bolt at (619) 889-7121 or visit www.globeguilders.org/fashionshow2017. The Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is located at 2100 Costa del Mar Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009.

    "The Globe Guilders Fashion Show has always been a San Diego highlight," Honorary Chair Jo Ann Kilty says. "With the collaboration of Neiman Marcus, it just keeps getting better every year."

    As the Globe's volunteer auxiliary, the Globe Guilders have a long-standing tradition of supporting the diverse programs of this unique theatre, San Diego's largest performing arts institution, and its year-round programming on three stages and throughout San Diego's communities. This dedicated membership of women and men utilizes its collective talents and strengths to benefit The Old Globe's artistic and arts engagement programs. These include Globe for All, AXIS, coLAB, Behind the Curtain, Bard Basics, Reflecting Shakespeare, Community Voices, Breaking Bread, Pam Farr Summer Shakespeare Studio, Behind-the-Scenes and Bard Experience Tours, Free Student Matinees, Grinch Children's Initiatives, Grinch sensory-friendly performances, School in the Park, Hoover High School Residency, seminars and forums, program translations, professional development for teachers, Globe Learning-Opportunities for Impact (including technical center internships and programs), and The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.

    The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country's leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego's flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdooR Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre's education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.

    Photo via http://www.globeguilders.org/fashionshow2017


              Using Hypnosis To Reach Your Fitness Goals        
    Do you want to know a powerful secret many elite athletes and business people employ to give them an edge over their competition? It’s free, it’s easy, it’s natural. It’s hypnosis. Let me start by saying that I am not a psychologist or hypnotherapist and am only relaying my personal experience with hypnosis that has ...
              Xbox 360 Elite No Longer Shipping With HDMI Cable        
    Add the Xbox 360 to the list of HD capable items that require you to pay extra to get the “HD experience”. According to various GameStop employees, new Xbox 360 Elite shipments do not contain a HDMI cable. If one wants to experience 1080p HD on their Xbox 360 they must buy a third party HDMI [...]
              Marcus Abrahamsson player stats from Eliteprospects.com        
    Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

     Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
     1992-1993 Skövde IKDivision 212 1 23 4|        
     1993-1994 Skövde IKDivision 223 3 36 36|        
     1994-1995 Skövde IKDivision 228 2 46 59|        
     1995-1996 Skövde IKDivision 238 1 45 28|        
     1996-1997 IFK MunkforsDivision 128 3 47 22|        
     1997-1998 Mariestad BoISDivision 114 2 810 6|        
     1998-1999 Skövde IKDivision 235 4 48 34|        
     1999-2000 Väsby IKDivision 136 6 1218 16|        
     2000-2001 Väsby IKDivision 137 7 1522 34|        
     2001-2002 EHC MemmingenGermany449 4 1620 32|        
     2002-2003 EHC MemmingenGermany323 5 1116 57|        
     2003-2004 DijonFrance28 0 77 26|Playoffs5 4 15
     2004-2005 Nijmegen DevilsNetherlands37 5 1217 72|        
     2005-2006 EC BregenzerwaldAustria231 10 1828 100|        
     2006-2007 EC BregenzerwaldAustria232 10 3343 83|        
     2007-2008 Linden HockeyDivision 130 4 2428 48|        
     2008-2009 Linden HockeyDivision 135 4 1822 36|        
     2009-2010 Linden HockeyDivision 134 2 810 66|        
     2010-2011 Linden HockeyDivision 226 5 1924 52|        

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              Nina "powerhouse" Jurna        

    'Mijn koers eist dat ik loslaat'


    AMSTERDAM - Nina – ‘Powerhouse’ – Jurna was de afgelopen dagen wereldnieuws in Nederland, vanwege de presentatie van haar boek Standplaats Paramaribo, uitgegeven door het Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen (KIT). Ze haalde paginagroot de grootste krant van Nederland, halfpaginagroot de voornaamste krant van Amsterdam, ze zat aan tafel, tegenover Rita Verdonk, bij de Nederlandse talkshow der talkshows Pauw & Witteman. De RTL4-correspondente kreeg aandacht van Lijn 4, van AT5 en veel meer. Maar voor het ware verhaal ben je bij deze blogspot op het juiste adres. “Ik heb het spiritueel gevoel dat ik in contact sta met het universum.”

    “Wauw, lijkt wel een troon”, zegt Nina over de zetels bij de raamzijde in het restaurant van het Americain Hotel, vermaard om zijn Jugendstil-architectuur en Art Deco-interieur. Een geriefelijkere plek konden we ons niet wensen. Halverwege het gesprek zal ook nog eens live pianomuziek worden ingezet; een mengeling van licht klassiek en dito jazz. Zichtbaar moe vleit de koningin van de Surinaamse journaille zich op haar zetel. “Moe van het fietsen en van alle indrukken”, zegt ze. “Gisteren was een openbaring. Vooral hoe Cohen zichzelf was en niet een formeel praatje afstak.”

    Ze heeft het over de Amsterdamse burgemeester Job Cohen, die woensdag het ‘eerste exemplaar’ van haar nieuwe boek Standplaats Paramaribo in ontvangst mocht nemen. “Migreren betekent tegenwoordig niet dat je een land loslaat maar dat je één erbij krijgt”, zei Cohen. “Er ontstaat een nieuwe, dynamische relatie, waarvan die tussen Amsterdam en Suriname er één bij uitstek is. Daarom ben ik trots om het eerste exemplaar te mogen ontvangen.”

    Nina is werkelijk overrompeld door het aantal mensen dat op de presentatie in het stadhuis was. En van het enthousiasme. “Ik ben blij dat het boek af is”, zegt ze. “Het is een afsluiting van iets waarvan ik niet wist dat ik dat in mij had; ik ben meer dan een correspondent. Het doet me goed dat ik verneem van mensen dat ze het in één ruk uitlezen. Maar ik heb het niet daarom geschreven. Het was vooral in de eerste instantie voor mezelf.”

    Nina leerde ik kennen vlak voor haar emigratie in 2000 naar Suriname. “Ik was toen erg zoekende naar mezelf en had weinig stabiliteit”, vertelt ze over die periode. “Ik heb toen ook veel adressen gehad en was voortdurend in onderhuur. Het enige stabiele dat ik had was [de Amsterdamse lokale televisiezender] AT5, maar daar kon ik mijn ei niet kwijt. Ik heb nu meer vertrouwen gekregen in het leven en in mezelf. Ik sta steviger op mijn benen als persoon.”

    En wat een legdrang had ze. Weinig zelfvertrouwen en stabiliteit of niet, toch wist ze zeker dat ze haar ei – wat nu blijkt zo groot als dat van een struisvogel – wel kwijt kon. “Ik wilde graag naar Suriname omdat ik het gevoel had en wist dat ik mijn drive zou kunnen omzetten in verhalen. Wat ik wel bij AT5 had geleerd was humor en andere ingrediënten toevoegen wat het nieuws overstijgt.”

    Haar carrière op AT5 was mij ontgaan omdat ik zelf inmiddels alweer vier jaar in Suriname woonde. Maar ik herkende die dadendrang en het onverzettelijke geloof dat er meer voor je weggelegd is. Hoewel ik Nina persoonlijk slechts enkele uren kende, was dit voldoende – en uiteraard haar Surinaamse roots – voor mij haar voor te stellen aan de redactie van RTL4-nieuws. Ik wilde het beste voor Nina maar vooral voor Suriname; mijn gevoel zei dat zij het land breed zou kunnen belichten via de camera. Maar om nou te zeggen dat ik visionair bezig was, nou nee. Zoals Nina met haar levenspartner Dave Edhard Suriname belichten, onder de noemer van Fawaka Creation, overtreft de stoutste verwachting. Zelf omschrijft ze het als volgt: “Het is een chemie en wanneer het ook klikt met andere mensen, dan krijg je dit als resultaat. Ik wilde ook geen kinderen en geen partner. Ik stond er niet voor open.” Inmiddels heeft ze twee prachtige kinderen gebaard. Leila Esperanza en Zen Ibrahim, aan wie ze Standplaats Paramaribo heeft opgedragen.

    Een diepe wens

    Tijdens de presentatie in het Amsterdamse stadhuis, vroeg Sam Jones van de Wereldomroep en van radio Zorg en Hoop mij om Nina ‘te typeren’. Dan komt er maar één zin in me op. ‘Ze is een powerhouse’. “Dat heb ik van kinds af aan, dat als ik iets wil, ik ervoor vecht. Ik ben niet bij een kerk, maar ik heb wel het spiritueel gevoel dat ik in contact sta met het universum. Ik geloof dat wanneer je als mens een wil heb, een diepe wens, dan ook het universum aan jouw energie gaat meewerken. Het is een oergevoel, een oerenergie, waarvan ik denk dat die in de natuur in Suriname aanwezig is.”

    “Hier in Nederland was ik zoekende. Het is een eeuwige zoektocht, waarbij je iets ontdekt voor jezelf om te kunnen creëren. Het komt allemaal vanuit mijn hart. Het is nog niet klaar. Ik zit er nog steeds in. Ik probeer wel rust te nemen, wat heel moeilijk voor mij is. Ik wil te veel en ben nooit tevreden. Waar ik nu sta, is nog niet echt wat ik wil. Het land Suriname geeft mij veel inspiratie, waardoor ik steeds nieuwe energie krijg. Wel is die euforie van het begin – die roze bril – weg. Dat is jammer. Maar ik heb in mezelf nu een stevigere basis.”

    Nina gelooft niet in termen van een ‘God’ of ‘Almachtige’. Hoe denkt ze dan die energie toch te kunnen vasthouden en de dankbaarheid hierover te betonen?
    “Door te bezinnen. Blij te zijn met de wijze waarop je gecreëerd bent”, klinkt het verre van atheïstisch. “Dat het allemaal toch een betekenis heeft gehad. Te zoeken naar de betekenis waarom ik hier ben, wat mijn doel hier is. Vandaar dat ik zie dat ik er nog niet ben. Ik geloof dat wanneer je je hart volgt, je dan signalen krijgt welke stappen je moet nemen. Als je dat niet doet, dan kan het gebeuren dat je op den duur niet meer vatbaar bent voor die signalen en dan wordt het allemaal heel troebel.” Op basis van deze ervaring, zegt ze over haar verleden: “Ik was in de war.”

    Drie dimensies

    Nina beseft als geen ander dat het leven geven en nemen is; een belangrijke voorwaarde om geestelijk te kunnen blijven groeien. “Naarmate ik verder wil, laat ik dingen los. Ik doe binnen Fawaka Creation niet alles zelf meer; ik werk steeds meer met andere regisseurs. Neem bijvoorbeeld Kevin Headley, die maakt voor MTNL [Multiculturele Televisie Nederland] een jongerenprogramma. Hij is een hele ambitieuze Surinaamse jongen. Behoorlijk selfmade en voor zover ik weet, komt hij niet voort uit de elite. Ik ben blij dat ik bijdraag aan zijn vorming. En als ik dat goed doe, dan heb ik er later zelf ook profijt van. Mijn koers eist dat ik loslaat, anders ga je gek worden. Twee jaar geleden kon ik dat echt niet.”

    Maar wat is dat einddoel nou precies, zoals Nina ‘Powerhouse’ Jurna het voor ogen heeft?
    “Die snelle journalistiek wil ik afbouwen. Wat ik voor me zie, is dat ik documentaires of films maak én schrijf vanuit een soort rust. Ik wil een brede basis met deze drie dimensies. Dan zie ik mezelf bij de rivier, met de kinderen in de buurt, tot rust komen en een scenario schrijven. En dat ik me niet meer bezig hou met het nieuws van de dag. Journalistiek is wel een goede basis. Het is een karaktertrek, je kan het niet aanleren; je zoekt eerder een soort vorm die bij je past.”



    De dag van presentatie - een fotoverslag

    Nina tijdens haar korte toespraak in de koffiekamer van de raadszaal tijdens haar boekpresentatie, afgelopen woensdag, in het Amsterdamse stadshuis. Onder de toehorenden waren toch wel niet de eerste de besten. Alhoewel; de eerste en ook nog de beste burger van Amsterdam, Job Cohen, was een van hen. Nina maakte het statement: "Ik mis Nederland niet als land maar wel Amsterdam als stad." Deze uitspraak zal Cohen ertoe inspireren een dankwoord uit het hart te houden.

    Het was een bijeenkomst van vele vrienden, nieuwe en oude bekenden. Hier hebben we Remy Jungerman, Apana van Leeuwaarde en Iris Dekker. Sorry Apana; je bent te mooi om te worden weggephotoshopped.


    Ook Mariëlle "mooiste vrouw van Amsterdam" van Sauers was er met Shanti en Bodi.


    En waar er nieuws is, zijn er altijd nieuwsjager en -makers. Boven maakt Prem weer een stevig statement in de microfoon van de Wereldomroep en hiernaast doet Henry Strijk niet ten onder.


    Myra Winter en Remy, die op zijn shirt heeft staan 'Creature of the night'. Zou dat de reden zijn waarom we hem zo weinig zien, zie je Patrick "Rasta" Dorder van de Wereldomroep denken. De laatste keer dat ik Dorder zag was vorig jaar in Wenen, tijdens de top van de EU, Latijns-Amerikaanse en Caribische landen.


    Dan is het tijd voor uitreiking van het eerste exemplaar aan de eerste burger. Daarna wordt het ook nog eens gesigneerd. Burgemeester Cohen, hoe luidt de voordracht? Dan klinkt het toch een beetje stijfjes: "Dat is geheim."
    Maar als het goed is, staan woorden in als: "voor mijn lieve burgemeester". Althans, dat hoorde ik hem zojuist aan intimi voorlezen. Maar ik kan Oost-Indisch doof zijn.
    Hé, op deze foto links, zien we in het midden het hoofdje van Ralf van de Beek, persman van de Nederlandse Ambassade te Paramaribo!

    En als je toch aan het signeren bent, dan kan je meteen mijn rug op, moeten sommigen hebben gedacht. Het was in elk geval een dolle pret!

    Maar burgermeester Cohen kreeg nog meer. Hierboven bedankt hij veldbotanicus Frits van Troon voor een DVD-exemplaar van de documentaire 'Zonder Plant Ga Je Niet Leven'. Op de valreep, want Van Troon vertrekt de volgende dag. In het midden Fenny Vlietstra, de producer van de IDS-documentaire. Hé, en die stralende glimlach hier rechts is van Harriët Duurvoort. Tegenwoordig verkast naar Feyenoord-stad. Maar Robin Hood-stad is in de picture, begrijpen we. Ja kijk uit Harriët; tegenwoordig heet ik Iwan van der Meyden!

    O ja, toen was er ook nog een pakketje haring! Nina raakte zichtbaar opgewonden van het idee. Een 'echte Surinamer' zal nooit begrijpen wat je lekker vindt aan die "rauwe vis". Maar voor het eten nog even snel op de staatsiefoto. In de zaal riep ik: "trouwfoto", maar toen zag ik Nina toch een beetje verschrikt opkijken. Dus houden we het op staatsiefoto.
    Er waren nog veel meer mensen zoals acteur Kenneth Herdigein, de dictator van "Paramaribo Papers", kunstschilder Frank Kreton, Ryan Jessurun van Noticias, kunstfotograaf Mieke van de Voort, schrijver Clark Accord, documentairemaker Hans Arends, AT5-nieuws, RTL-nieuws en de koffieman. Te veel om op te noemen. Het mooie was dat er vooral de sfeer van vriendschap hing. En de toon werd gezet door onze Job! He did a good job. En wat denk je: ik heb 1.000 visitekaartje laten drukken en had er geen één bij me. Ik blijf een hopeloze netwerker. Dus bij deze. En Suriname: van harte gefeliciteerd met Nina. En andersom!

    Terug naar: Amsterdams Venster
              Twist Over Sital's Politieke Dood        

    JARIKABA - Is Jarikaba nog hét bolwerk van de Politieke Vleugel van de FAL (PVF)? En zal het Alternatief 1 (A1), met PVF-voorzitter Jiwan Sital als lijsttrekker, na 25 mei met twee zetels in Saramacca komen? De gehouden wijkvergadering in het wooncentrum Jarikaba, van afgelopen vrijdagavond, wordt gezien als een eerste krachtmeting. Met de sociaal-economische nasleep van Surland als inzet. "Waarom vechten met iemand die al dood is?"

    Tektst: Iwan Brave/dWTFoto: Hijn Bijnen - de Ware Tijd, van 22 maart 2005

    Om zeven uur, de officiële aanvangstijd, wijst niets op enige opkomst. De tent leeg met slechts witte kuipstoelen. De atmosfeer vochtig door de gevallen regen. Er klinkt ingetogen hindi-muziek. Hier en daar getimmer. De berm langs de tent is een modderboel. Maar een optimist ziet de acht maanden verse asfaltlaag op de Jarikabaweg naar het voormalige Surland, dat nu een ‘doorstart' maakt als Stichting Behoud Bananensector Suriname (SBBS).
    Over de lengte van het afdak van de tent loopt repeterend in groengeel het logo van PVF: de gespreide handpalm met het ei erop. ‘PVF, de jonge reus', staat eronder. Het wegscheuren van Nieuw Suriname, de dinsdag ervoor, is zo ‘ei-vers' dat de naam nog niet verwijderd is uit het overwegend blauwe A1-logo. Op één bord is dat gepoogd, maar het was kennelijk een hels karwei. Alleen het ‘Nieuw' is eraf.
    Radjinder Jewlal werkte voorheen voor Surland en werkt nu als vrachtvervoerder. Zijn huis is van kleurloos cement, delen van het balkon nog ongepleisterd, loze elektriciteitsdraden uit de muur en de plafondplaten eveneens ongeverfd. Het afbouwen staakte toen hij ontslagen werd bij Surland. Jewlals huis staat symbool voor het ineens ophouden van economische voorspoed in Jarikaba.
    "Mi lobi a partij", zegt hij over de PVF, op de vraag waarom hij zijn erf ter beschikking stelt voor de wijkvergadering van A1.
    Aan het huis ernaast, dat goed in de verf staat en volop licht heeft, wapperen drie rode VHP-vlaggen. Daar woont zijn zus. "Den sma na lanti, die verdienen schaal, schaal", zegt Jewlal lachend. Van een familieconflict is beslist geen sprake.

    Uitsluitend shanti
    "Als u rondrijdt, dan ziet u voornamelijk VHP", zegt parlementariër Mahinder Jogi, door politieke tegenstanders afgeschilderd als ‘geitendief'. Hij is met een aantal jongeren flink in de weer op het erf van Jewlals zus met het aanbrengen van VHP- propaganda. Zijn ze uit op provocatie? "VHP predikt uitsluitend shanti", antwoordt Jogi geruststellend. "Trouwens, waarom vechten met iemand die al dood is? De laatste eieren zijn al stukgetrapt door de olifant."
    Het ressort Jarikaba telt tussen 2.500 en 3.000 stemgerechtigden, goed voor een zetel in Saramacca. Volgens Jogi voor de VHP. Maar het is toch het Nieuw Front dat Surland en daarmee Jarikaba economisch de nek heeft omgedraaid? "Alleen mensen die daarbij belang hebben zeggen dat. Wij bouwen op", zegt Jogi.
    Jongemannen komen erbij. Ze willen niet bij naam worden genoemd. Ze hebben niets te verbergen. "Maar we zijn een kleine gemeenschap", legt een 24-jarige jongeman uit. Hij stemde vorige keer PVF. "Meneer Sital had heel wat beloofd, maar heeft niets gedaan", vertelt hij. "Veel jongeren tussen 18 en 35 jaar zitten nu bij de VHP om te mobiliseren. We worden er niet voor betaald." Het Front heeft wel ‘veel gedaan'. Twee ontwateringsluizen, het asfalteren van Chandie Shawweg, watervoorziening, een CBB-filiaal en een BO-kantoor, somt hij op. Hoe zit het met werkgelegenheid? "Als we het Front nog een mandaat geven, dan zullen ze nog meer doen; men is nu halverwege. Velen delen deze mening."
    Een 32-jarige jongeman motiveert zijn overstap: "Als kleine partij kun je niets realiseren. Er kan meer ontwikkeling komen als wij jongeren bundelen." Volgens een bierbuikige vijftiger is Sital de grimmige tegenhanger van koning Midas. "Alles wat deze man heeft aangeraakt, is gesloten. Zelfs zijn eigen bedrijf aan de Zesde Rijweg en houtzagerij Oemrawsingh."

    Alles opvangen
    Kwart over zeven arriveert de eerste bus met voornamelijk vrouwen en kinderen. De muziek is inmiddels loeihard en uitbundiger. Een oude man glijdt uit in de modderberm. Spartelend als een eigentijdse Charlie Chaplin en met beide handen in de modder probeert hij overeind te komen. Mensen lachen hartelijk om zijn slapstickvoorstelling.
    "Jogi is een landverrader", zegt een 64-jarige tengere Hindoestaanse man als de muziek gestopt is. "Ik woon hier 38 jaar, wat weten de jongeren; ze zijn pas geboren. Jogi komt hier alleen voor zijn houtzagerij. Het water komt van Jarikaba en niet van NH. Er is voortdurend een waterprobleem. We moeten alles opvangen in vaten en kommen. En dan komt BOG klagen over dengue-gevaar." Hij heeft 36 jaar lang gewerkt voor Surland. Toen hij in 2002 met pensioen ging, genoot hij daarvan precies drie maanden. "Vanaf die april tot heden heb ik niets meer gekregen", legt hij zijn harde realiteit bloot. Hij moet het doen met zijn schamele aov (150 SRD). Hij krijgt bijval van een vrijwel tandenloze man, geboren in 1936. Wiens schuld het is? Front natuurlijk. "Ze oogsten nu elke dag en toch krijgen we niets", zegt de tandenloze bejaarde. Hoe ze overleven? "Door wat te planten."
    Iets over acht komt PVF-voorzitter Jiwan Sital haast ongemerkt binnen. Een enkeling klapt weifelend. Dat is beslist anders dan bij de NDP of DNP en zelfs de NPS. "Mi de in mi dorpu", verklaart Sital zijn bescheiden entree. Niet lang daarna druppelen de overige A1-toppers binnen.
    "Ik doe het harte welkom in het Nederlands en maar daarna in het Hindoestaans", zegt Dayanan Dwarka, secretaris van de FAL, die ceremoniemeester is. De zaal en de berm zijn eivol. "Als u in de heilige Ramayana gelooft, volg dan Sital", roept Dwarka op.
    Bij het voorstellen van de toppers vraagt hij ‘extra applaus' voor Winston Jessurun, voorzitter van DA'91 en van het A1-presidium, die nog bijkomt van de ‘huisvredebreuk' door Radjen Nannan Panday. Het applaus voor Soewarto Moestadja van D21 is beslist harder. Maar dat komt omdat het publiek zijn schroom laat varen en bij elke volgende naam uitbundiger wordt. Bij Arti Jessurun van Trefpunt 2000 en presidentkandidaat Monique Essed-Fernandes wordt zelfs op fluitjes geblazen. Het culmineert in een – weliswaar verzochte – staande ovatie voor Jiwan Sital, de man waarom het vanavond draait.

    Bakru's en yorka's
    Ook de beroepen worden genoemd: ‘een plastisch chirurg', ‘kinderarts', ‘socioloog' en een ondernemer uit Wanica, die ‘econoom' is, mag de eerste spreker zijn. Het moet kundigheid uitstralen, tegelijkertijd onderstreept het pijnlijk de sociaal- maatschappelijke kloof tussen politiek en volk. Wellicht helpt het dat Sital later zijn speech afsteekt in het Hindi tegenover de grotendeels laaggeschoolde landbouwers.
    "Volgens mijn politieke informant is Sital allang dood. Dan is hier een geest die volle zalen trekt", zegt Arti Jessurun tijdens zijn speech. Hij zou over bakru's en yorka's willen praten, maar ‘als kinderarts' wil hij de vele aanwezige kinderen ‘niet bang' maken. "Ik ben waarschijnlijk de man in Suriname die de meeste kinderen in handen had, maar ook de man op wie de meeste kinderen hebben geplast", schildert Jessurun zichzelf af. Hij oogst hiermee spontaan applaus.
    Over Radjen Nannan Panday van Nieuw Suriname is hij kort. "We praten over een hartspecialist die tot een week voor de verkiezingen zijn Nederlandse nationaliteit wilde behouden, in zo iemand kan je nooit meer vertrouwen hebben." Over de resterende verkiezingsmotieven van A1 zegt Jessurun: "We zijn mensen die lang hebben geaarzeld om dit te doen, maar A1 heeft wel uw hulp nodig om een veilig huis voor iedereen te zijn."
    Ex-‘superminister' Moestadja – hij bestierde drie ministeries onder Wijdenbosch – zegt over Jiwan Sital: "Hij heeft de afgelopen tien jaar bewezen de kleine man niet in de steek te laten. Deze regering verdient het niet om waardig te zijn. Hoeveel van u moet nog worden uitbetaald? Hoeveel van u slaapt gerust. Het A1 zal zekerheid brengen. Wij zijn etno-servers, maar u beslist!" besluit de man die de politieke uitspraak ‘mensen die op mij lijken' introduceerde.

    Vijfhonderd bouwkavels
    Als het tijd is voor Sital, the man himself, wordt er toch opzwepende Sarnami-muziek opgezet. Het publiek wordt aangemoedigd. Slechts één vlag wappert. Het applaus mag er zijn, maar de houding van mensen past toch meer bij een ‘één-minuut-stilte'.
    Sital benadrukt tevreden dat deze wijkvergadering slechts voorspel is. Na phagwa komt er een ‘ressortmassameeting' aan de Chandie Shawweg. "Toen wij van de rechteroever van de Commewijne kwamen, waren hier slechts twee straten", memoreert hij. "Wij hebben sindsdien 500 kavels gebouwd. Dan komt de VHP vragen om uitleg wat ik voor Jarikaba heb gedaan. En niet te vergeten de RGD-poli en het voetbalveld." Sital trekt een vergelijking met de plantageopstanden van 1893 in Commewijne. De contractarbeiders wilden niet langer dan zeven uren veldarbeid verrichten. "En wat zien we nu? Weer contractarbeid met tien uren per dag, zonder voorzieningen.
    Wat hier gebeurt is verschrikkelijk", sneert hij over SBBS. Sital waarschuwt zijn rivalen. "Als het Nieuw Front niet uitbetaalt vóór de verkiezingen, dan zij zijn dood. En wel zonder belasting, want die is al betaald. Want als ze dat doen, dan is het oorlog!" Alles wat de afgelopen vijf jaar is gedaan, trekt Sital naar zich toe. "De dag dat ik er niet meer zal zijn als volksvertegenwoordiger, zal niemand meer naar u omzien. Al dat asfalteren is gebeurd uit vrees voor Jiwan Sital. De A1 komt met twee zetels in Saramacca." Sital kan geen charisma worden ontzegd.

    Kansen strooien
    "Het is nu tijd voor een vrouw als president, want de mannen hebben er blijk van gegeven dat zij waardeloos zijn", zegt Sital als hij Monique Essed-Fernandes introduceert. Hoe zal zo'n elitevrouw – hoe groot haar hekel ook is aan dit ‘cliché' – aanslaan, vooral na het populistische Hindi-geweld van Sital? Maar Essed-Fernandes doet het juiste: ze spreekt oprecht, eenvoudig, maar beslist niet badinerend. Via de kinderen bereikt ze de moeders van wie Sital zegt dat zij hem ‘groot' hebben gemaakt.
    Ze begint over een politieke tekening van Dagblad Suriname, die suggereerde dat zij belooft ‘met geld te zullen strooien' als ze president wordt.
    "Waarmee wij gaan strooien is ontwikkeling", verduidelijkt Essed-Fernandes. "Dat betekent dat u recht heeft op goede gezondheid zonder politieke tegenprestaties, dat ook uw kinderen hier kunnen zeggen: ik word ooit president. Die keuzes hebben ís ontwikkeling Als we niet daarvoor vechten, dan vechten we niet voor onze mensen. Wij gaan ervoor zorgen dat uw kinderen de beste kansen krijgen van de wereld."
    Essed-Fernandes lijkt voor de A1 de juiste overspanning voor de sociaal- maatschappelijke kloof tussen politiek en volk. Maar of het armlastige Jarikaba de handreiking van het elitaire A1 zal aanvaarden, zal voor een groot deel afhankelijk zijn van het strooimateriaal van politieke opponenten.
    De afgelopen week hebben VHP en DNP-2000 voedselpakketten uitgedeeld. Volgens Sital ging het om ‘vervallen goederen'. Over DNP-2000 zegt hij: "Ze hebben zich vijf jaar lang niet laten zien en komen nu twee maanden van te voren met pakketten. Het ergste is dat ze ons als bedelaars zien". Maar als je het al drie jaar zonder salaris of pensioen moet doen, dan is dat niet eens zo slecht gezien; wellicht dat dit het A1 parten kan spelen.
    Na afloop is er voor iedereen een cup soft en twee ovenverse bara's.



              Masters Of Balatonfüred        
    Courtesy of FINA Masters World Championships, Balatonfüred, Hungary.

    The masters swimmers will compete in a 3 km one loop competition between August 10th-12th Balatonfüred, Hungary at the 17th FINA Masters World Championships.

    Those athletes 55 years and over will compete on Thursday. Those 40-54 years old will compete on Friday. Those ages 25-39 will compete in Lake Balaton on Saturday.

    1,200 swimmers will take part, approximately 800 men and 400 women with the most popular age group being 45-49.

    Two photos above are of the 5 km race at the 17th FINA World Championships recently held in July; the masters swimmers will compete in same location in Lake Balaton as the elite younger competitors used in July.

    Copyright © 2008-2017 by World Open Water Swimming Association

              Drew Worrad (F) from Oakville Blades to Steinbach Pistons        


    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 07/13/2017
    Player: Drew Worrad (F)
    From: Oakville Blades
    To: Steinbach Pistons
    Source: Link
              Mackenzie Graham (F) from Steinbach Pistons to Oakville Blades        
    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 07/13/2017
    Player: Mackenzie Graham (F)
    From: Steinbach Pistons
    To: Oakville Blades
    Source: Link
              Owen Kipke (D) from Oakville Blades to Soo Eagles        


    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 07/01/2017
    Player: Owen Kipke (D)
    From: Oakville Blades
    To: Soo Eagles
    Source: Link
              Jack Tucker (D) from Buffalo Jr. Sabres to Oakville Blades        


    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 06/18/2017
    Player: Jack Tucker (D)
    From: Buffalo Jr. Sabres
    To: Oakville Blades
    Source: Link
              Nicholas Boehmer (D) from Welland Jr. Canadians to Oakville Blades        


    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 06/18/2017
    Player: Nicholas Boehmer (D)
    From: Welland Jr. Canadians
    To: Oakville Blades
    Source: Link
              Matt Steen (F) from Toronto Jr. Canadiens to Oakville Blades        


    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 06/05/2017
    Player: Matt Steen (F)
    From: Toronto Jr. Canadiens
    To: Oakville Blades
    Source: Link
              Zach Bramwell (F) from Ancaster Avalanche to Oakville Blades        
    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 06/02/2017
    Player: Zach Bramwell (F)
    From: Ancaster Avalanche
    To: Oakville Blades
    Source: Link
              Spencer Kersten (F) from Waterloo Siskins to Oakville Blades        


    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 06/02/2017
    Player: Spencer Kersten (F)
    From: Waterloo Siskins
    To: Oakville Blades
    Source: Link
              Andrew McIntyre (F) from Elmira Sugar Kings to Oakville Blades        


    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 06/02/2017
    Player: Andrew McIntyre (F)
    From: Elmira Sugar Kings
    To: Oakville Blades
    Source: Link
              Tyler Hildebrandt (F) from Oakville Blades to Univ. of Toronto        


    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 05/17/2017
    Player: Tyler Hildebrandt (F)
    From: Oakville Blades
    To: Univ. of Toronto
    Information: College Commitment
    Source: Link
              Nicholas Turenko (D) from Oakville Blades to Univ. of Toronto        


    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 05/17/2017
    Player: Nicholas Turenko (D)
    From: Oakville Blades
    To: Univ. of Toronto
    Information: College Commitment
    Source: Link
              Chris Brill-Morgan (F) from Oakville Blades to Univ. of Guelph        


    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 04/11/2017
    Player: Chris Brill-Morgan (F)
    From: Oakville Blades
    To: Univ. of Guelph
    Information: College Commitment
    Source: Link
              Jeff Clarke (D) from Oakville Blades to St. Lawrence Univ.        


    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 12/09/2016
    Player: Jeff Clarke (D)
    From: Oakville Blades
    To: St. Lawrence Univ.
    Information: College Commitment
    Source: Link
              Michael Botiz (G) from Oakville Blades to Salmon Arm Silverbacks        


    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 07/18/2016
    Player: Michael Botiz (G)
    From: Oakville Blades
    To: Salmon Arm Silverbacks
    Information: Traded
    Source: Link
              Michael Mannara (D) from Oakville Blades to Lake Superior State Univ.         


    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 06/23/2016
    Player: Michael Mannara (D)
    From: Oakville Blades
    To: Lake Superior State Univ.
    Information: College Commitment
    Source: Link
              Eric Holland (F) from Oakville Blades to Aurora Tigers        


    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 06/18/2016
    Player: Eric Holland (F)
    From: Oakville Blades
    To: Aurora Tigers
    Source: Link
              Ian Blacker (D) from Oakville Blades to London Knights        


    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 05/18/2016
    Player: Ian Blacker (D)
    From: Oakville Blades
    To: London Knights
    Source: Link
              Ryan Garvey (F) from Oakville Blades to St. Lawrence Univ.        


    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 03/31/2016
    Player: Ryan Garvey (F)
    From: Oakville Blades
    To: St. Lawrence Univ.
    Source: Link
              Christian Rajic (F) from Oakville Blades to Univ. of Alabama-Huntsville        


    Status: Confirmed
    Date: 03/01/2016
    Player: Christian Rajic (F)
    From: Oakville Blades
    To: Univ. of Alabama-Huntsville
    Information: College Commitment
    Source: Link
              XBOX 360 BLACK        

    XBOX 360 BLACK


    XBOX 360 BLACK





    Spanish-language gaming website Consolas has a bunch of pics of the black, or negra, Xbox 360 Elite. And if these pics are real—which they definitely look like—we have to hand it to Microsoft for being consistent. Not only did they make the console black, they made the controller, battery packs, play and charge kit, and even the wired headphones black. The memory unit's still white, though, as is the version of the 120GB for white Xbox 360s. Even though we already have an original Xbox 360, we're kind of tempted by this blackness
              XBOX 360 BLACK        

    XBOX 360 BLACK





    Spanish-language gaming website Consolas has a bunch of pics of the black, or negra, Xbox 360 Elite. And if these pics are real—which they definitely look like—we have to hand it to Microsoft for being consistent. Not only did they make the console black, they made the controller, battery packs, play and charge kit, and even the wired headphones black. The memory unit's still white, though, as is the version of the 120GB for white Xbox 360s. Even though we already have an original Xbox 360, we're kind of tempted by this blackness
              Ron Hainsey        
    Hainsey Finds Jackets To Be A Comfortable Fit
    By: 
    Zac Clark

    It’s no secret that defense is the No. 1 priority for coach Ken Hitchcock’s Columbus Blue Jackets club.

    Ron Hainsey


    DEFENSEMAN
    Shoots: Left
    Hometown: Bolton, Conn.
    Height: 6-foot-3
    Weight: 209 pounds
    Birthdate: March 24, 1981
    College: UMass Lowell
    NHL Draft: Selected in the first round (13th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens

    So it wasn’t exactly point production the Blue Jackets were seeking when they acquired Ron Hainsey from the Montreal Canadiens in 2005.

    Move ahead two seasons and Hainsey has emerged as an offensive force in Hitchcock’s methodical defensive system. He ranks third on the team in power-play goals and has been among the top five in points for Columbus this season.

    “Being on the power play a lot, the points are going to come,” says Hainsey. “The opportunity on the power play you have to earn. It’s up to the guys that are out there to get the job done, or you won’t be on it very long.”

    The U.S. NTDP alum has come a long way since being selected No. 13 overall by the Canadiens in 2000. He spent four seasons in the Montreal organization, which included “a lot of back and forth” time with the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Quebec.

    “I tried to do whatever I could to stay there,” Hainsey recalls. “It was tough, but you’ve got to just keep working.”

    The hard work eventually paid off as he landed a job in Columbus. He played in all but two games with the Blue Jackets in 2006-07 — his first full season in the NHL — and finished with 34 points.

    But the coaching staff didn’t relent on the former first-rounder. They wanted him to have a productive offseason and return to camp as one of the top five on the team in conditioning.

    “The coaches were on me about it at the end of last season,” says Hainsey. “They said this was something that was going to be very important, and they weren’t going to be satisfied — and that I shouldn’t be satisfied — without making vast improvements.

    “I tried to do whatever I could to stay there. ... You’ve got to just keep working.”

    “A lot of the focus for me was on training and getting into more elite shape than just good shape and being able to handle more minutes,” he says, “and using that to my advantage, as far as closing in quicker on people in the defensive zone and getting up the ice faster.”

    Hainsey’s point production from the blue line hasn’t been the only upside to his game. He’s averaging more than 20 minutes of ice per game and his plus/minus rating has climbed nearly 20 points. Not to mention a considerable drop-off in penalty minutes compared to last season.

    Still, not many in Columbus’ defense-first system are bewildered that one from its own defensive fold would be a lasting presence in the top five on the Blue Jackets in points.

    “We knew that Ron had a good offensive side to his game,” says Columbus assistant coach and former NHL defenseman Gord Murphy. “He’s a guy that’s had a lot of power-play time and played a lot of five-on-five and four-on-four. He came out of the gate strong and got some points early. To say it’s a surprise, I don’t think so.”

    As a regular contributor on the score sheet along with his ability to play in various situations, Hainsey could potentially be a nice fit for Team USA in 2010.

    Although his focus now is to continue playing at a consistent level in Columbus, Hainsey admits that “it would be a great accomplishment and even greater honor” to represent Team USA in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

    “We’ve got a lot of American-born players now in the league and a lot of American-born defensemen playing well,” he says. “We’ll see where it’s at in the next couple of seasons.”

    photo by Getty Images

     

    Issue: 
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              Honoring the Spirit by Honoring the Scriptures        

    From the very beginning, the battle between good and evil has been a battle for the truth. The serpent, in the Garden of Eden, began his temptation by questioning the truthfulness of God’s previous instruction:

    Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” . . . The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:1, 4–5)

    Casting doubt on the straightforward revelation of God has been Satan’s tactic ever since (cf. John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 11:44).

    With eternity at stake, it is no wonder that Scripture reserves its harshest words of condemnation for those who would put lies in the mouth of God, usurping His Word with dangerous experience that is paltry in comparison. The serpent was immediately cursed in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:14), and Satan told of his inevitable demise (v. 15). In Old Testament Israel, false prophecy was a capital offense (Deuteronomy 13:5, 10), a point vividly illustrated by Elijah’s slaughter of the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal following the showdown on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:19, 40).

    But the Israelites often failed to expel false prophets; and by welcoming error into their midst, they also invited God’s judgment (Jeremiah 5:29–31). Consider the Lord’s attitude toward those who would exchange His true Word for a counterfeit:

    Then the Lord said to me, “The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds. Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who are prophesying in My name, although it was not I who sent them—yet they keep saying, ‘There will be no sword or famine in this land’—by sword and famine those prophets shall meet their end! The people also to whom they are prophesying will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and there will be no one to bury them—neither them, nor their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters—for I will pour out their own wickedness on them.” (Jeremiah 14:14-16; cf. Isaiah 30:9-13; Ezekiel 13:3-9)

    The point of those passages is unmistakable: God hates those who misrepresent His Word or speak lies in His name. The New Testament responds to false prophets with equal severity (cf. 1 Timothy 6:3–5; 2 Timothy 3:1–9; 1 John 4:1–3; 2 John 7–11). God does not tolerate those who falsify or fake divine revelation. It is an offense He takes personally, and His retribution is swift and deadly. To sabotage biblical truth in any way—by adding to it, subtracting from it, or mixing it with error—is to invite divine wrath (Galatians 1:9; 2 John 9–11). Any distortion of the Word is an affront against the Trinity, and especially against the Spirit of God because of His intimate relationship to the Scriptures.

    Martin Luther put it this way, “Whenever you hear anyone boast that he has something by inspiration of the Holy Spirit and it has no basis in God’s Word, no matter what it may be, tell him that this is the work of the devil.” [1]Martin Luther, Luther’s Works, Vol. 23, ed. Jaroslav Pelikan (St. Louis: Concordia: 1959), 173–174. And elsewhere, “Whatever does not have its origin in the Scriptures is surely from the devil himself.” [2]Luther’s Works, Vol. 36, 144.

    Although charismatics claim to represent the Holy Spirit, their movement has shown a persistent tendency to pit Him against the Scriptures—as if a commitment to biblical truth somehow might quench, grieve, or otherwise inhibit the Spirit’s ministry. But nothing could be further from the truth. The Bible is the Holy Spirit’s book! It is the instrument He uses to convict unbelievers of sin, righteousness, and judgment. It is the sword by which He energizes the proclamation of the gospel, piercing the hearts of the spiritually dead and raising them to spiritual life. It is the means by which He unleashes His sanctifying power in the lives of those who believe—growing them in grace through the pure milk of biblical instruction.

    Thus, to reject the Scriptures is to rebuff the Spirit. To ignore, disdain, twist, or disobey the Word of God is to dishonor the One who inspired, illumines, and empowers it. But to wholeheartedly embrace and submit to biblical truth is to enjoy the fullness of the Spirit’s ministry—being filled by His sanctifying power, being led by Him in righteousness, and being equipped with His armor in the battle against sin and error.

    Charles Spurgeon explained it this way to his congregation:

    We have a more sure word of testimony, a rock of truth upon which we rest, for our infallible standard lies in, “It is written. . .” The Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible, is our religion. . . . It is said that it is hard to understand, but it is not so to those who seek the guidance of the Spirit of God. . . .  A babe in grace taught by the Spirit of God may know the mind of the Lord concerning salvation, and find its way to heaven by the guidance of the Word alone. But be it profound or simple; that is not the question; it is the Word of God, and is pure, unerring truth. Here is infallibility, and nowhere else. . . . This grand, infallible book . . . is our sole court of appeal. . . . [It is] the sword of the Spirit in the spiritual conflicts which await. . . . The Holy Spirit is in the Word, and it is, therefore, living truth. O Christians, be ye sure of this, and because of it make you the word your chosen weapon of war. [3]Charles Spurgeon, “Infallibility—Where to Find It and How to Use It,” The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 20 (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1874), 698-99, 702.

    The Bible is a living book because the living Spirit of God energizes and empowers it. The Word convicts us, instructs us, equips us, strengthens us, protects us, and enables us to grow. Or more accurately, the Holy Spirit does all of those things as He activates the truth of Scripture in our hearts.

    As believers, we honor the Spirit most when we honor the Scriptures—studying them diligently, applying them carefully, arming our minds with their precepts, and embracing their teaching with all of our hearts. The Spirit has given us the Word. He has opened our eyes to understand its vast riches. And He empowers its truth in our lives as He conforms us into the image our Savior.

    It is difficult to imagine why anyone would ever disdain or neglect the words of this Book, especially in light of the divinely promised blessings that come from cherishing it. As the psalmist declared so long ago:

    How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3)

    (Adapted from Strange Fire.)

           

              Feasting on the Word of God        

    Christians should earnestly desire to grow. If we aren’t becoming more like Christ, we’re defying what Scripture plainly teaches about the Christian walk: “For those whom [God] foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29).

    Christian growth involves transformation from our old way of life into a new and upward Christlike trajectory of change—increasing strength and effectiveness as servants of Christ. That’s exactly what Paul describes in Romans 12:2 when he says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

    And yet, as every Christian well knows, the old mind is still there with its habits of self-preoccupation, cravings for sensation, vain imaginations, and its appetite for what is cheap and gross. The old mind is the culprit that keeps us going back to the spiritual junk food. The old mind is the subtle enemy that keeps us feeding only on milk when we should be going on to meat. The old mind is what keeps us from being transformed and more committed to Christ and His Word. Many believers find themselves in a seeming holding pattern as they struggle with the besetting sins of their former lives. That’s because the key to breaking the cycle is often hidden right under our noses.

    Lifting the Veil

    Paul gives a beautiful explanation in 2 Corinthians 3:13–18. As he describes the glories of the new covenant that Christians have with God, he goes back to the time of Moses and the Israelites. At one point, after being in God’s presence, Moses’ face shone with such brilliant glory that he had to put a veil over it in order not to blind his people. But as glorious as Moses’ ministry of the law to the Israelites was, Paul says that it does not compare with the surpassing glory of the gospel of Christ and the new covenant that He installed with His death and resurrection (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:7–11).

    And Paul adds that since we have such a wonderful hope in Christ, we can be very bold.

    [We] are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted. (2 Corinthians 3:13–14)

    What Paul is simply saying here is that the Jews of his day who didn’t know Christ remained with their minds veiled. They could not see the Lord because the veil of the old covenant—the Law—stood in the way. Paul says that the veil, 

    Remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:14–17)

    And then Paul comes to the thought that I am most concerned with: “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18). So Paul tells us that we can be changed into the image and glory of the Lord. It is very simple, he says. We don’t change ourselves. We just stand staring into the face of Jesus Christ and the Spirit of God does the transforming for us!

    The Solitary Source

    But you may feel there is just one hitch. You may be saying, “If I’m supposed to look on the glory of the Lord, where do I find it to look upon?” And, of course, the answer to that is in God’s Word.

    If you keep learning and beholding the glory of God in His Word, the Spirit of God will transform you into the image of Jesus Christ. It is just that simple (and just that difficult). So many Christians are seeking some shortcut to growth—naming and claiming their victory; watching Christian television; having the hands of “anointed prophets” laid on them. But the shortcut simply doesn’t exist.

    The greatest thing that ever happened in my life, next to my salvation, was the day I learned to study and feed on God’s Word. I find that the longer, the more intensely, and the more devotedly I look into the glory of Jesus Christ through the pages of Scripture, the more the Spirit of God changes my life into the image of Christ. There are no shortcuts. If I am to grow, to mature, and to finally be transformed, I must feed on the Word of God!

    The Growing Christian

    Lack of growth is a sad thing to see in anyone or anything. It is especially tragic in Christians. And unfortunately too many believers don’t seem to be growing in their faith. The major cause is always a failure to be feeding on God’s Word.

    In 1 Peter 1:23–2:3, the great apostle compares God’s Word to two things that are vital for life and growth: an imperishable seed and the milk of the Word. As Christ taught in His parable of the sower, God’s Word is like a seed that brings about the new birth. Just as a seed contains the power and energy of life, so too does God’s Word.

    Before the Christian can get the most from feeding on God’s Word, he needs to get rid of the toxins that are still present in his life because of the lingering old nature. Peter describes these poisons as the evils of worldly malice, the guile of deceitfulness, the phoniness of hypocrisy, the self-centeredness of envy, and the slander of gossip. If we want to watch our diet, we should start with the sincere milk of the Word of God, and we are guaranteed to grow.

    Our goal is to become fully mature and Christlike through feeding on the more solid food to be found in Scripture. The prophet Jeremiah described that process beautifully in Jeremiah 15:16: “Your words were found and I ate them, and your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I have been called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.”

     

    (Adapted from Why Believe the Bible.

           

              10 Commandment flap        
    By Allan Sloan
    Newsweek July 11 issue

    You may think that the Supreme Court ruled last week that
    the state of Texas could continue to display a Ten Commandments monolith on
    its capitol grounds in Austin. But you'd be wrong. Look at the monolith?you
    can find it at tspb.state.tx.us/spb/gallery/monulist/ 10lg.htm?and you'll
    notice that it doesn't contain 10 commandments. It has 11. And if you count
    "I am the Lord thy God" as a commandment, which Jews do but Christians
    don't, the Supreme Court has approved a Twelve Commandments monolith,
    rather than the traditional Decalogue.

    This monolith, sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, was part of a PR
    campaign for "The Ten Commandments," Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 Biblical epic
    starring Charlton Heston. Yes, the Supreme Court was ruling on the legality
    of a Hollywood promotion. The Eagles' grand secretary, Bob Wahls, explained
    to me last week that the text is a compromise drawn up by Jewish and
    Christian clergy to respect everyone's beliefs. So rather than bearing Ten
    Commandments that are the Word of God, the monolith bears 11 or 12
    commandments that are the Word of a Committee.

    This may all sound like hairsplitting and mockery, but it's not. Regardless
    of whether you believe in the literal truth of the Bible (or, as most call
    it, the Old Testament), the Ten Commandments are a vital underpinning of
    Judeo-Christian culture. But while it's one thing to be in favor of ethics
    and morality in public life, it's a whole different thing to think?as I
    suspect most Americans do?that there is one single Decalogue. The complex
    textual history of the Commandments suggests that the more you study the
    Bible, the less certain you become of your ability to divine the precise
    Word of God. That's a useful lesson in this divided time.

    Most public displays of the Ten Commandments, including the ones in Texas
    and Kentucky that the Supreme Court dealt with, are based on Exodus 20,
    verses 2-14, where God speaks directly to the Israelites. But if you grew
    up as I did, studying the Bible in its original Hebrew, you know that
    there's a second, equally valid version in Deuteronomy 5:6-18. And the two
    versions differ. In Exodus, God says to remember the Sabbath because he
    created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. In Deuteronomy,
    Moses recounts that God told the Israelites to observe the Sabbath because
    the Lord liberated them from Egyptian bondage. So which is it? The
    traditional Jewish answer is that God uttered both versions simultaneously,
    but fallible human ears heard it two separate ways. So how can you post one
    version or the other and declare it the Ineffable Word of God? You can't.

    Then there's the numbering problem?which is how the Eagles ended up with
    more than 10 commandments. During the Monica Lewinsky uproar, Bill Clinton
    said he hadn't violated the Sixth Commandment. But whose Sixth Commandment?
    To Roman Catholics and Lutherans, it's the no-adultery commandment. But to
    Jews and members of Orthodox and Reformed churches, Clinton was saying he
    hadn't murdered or killed, respectively.

    The rules of the game require all religions to end up with 10 commandments
    (or "utterances," to use the literal Hebrew translation) because that's the
    Bible's number. (See Exodus 34:28 and Deuteronomy 4:13 and 10:4.) Jews
    count "I am the Lord thy God" as the First Commandment, while Christians
    consider it part of "You shall have no other gods before me," which Jews
    count as No. 2. Some Christians split "don't covet" into two commandments;
    others split up the prohibitions on having other gods and making graven
    images. We won't even get into translations: whether God is speaking
    against murder and swearing false oaths (the Jewish version) or killing and
    taking the Lord's name in vain (the Christian one).

    So rather than fighting about the Ten Commandments, perhaps we should turn
    to Micah 6:8. The Lord, says the prophet, requires us "only to do justly,
    and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God." To which all of us can
    say, amen.


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              Ragtime America 08-29-2013 with Jack Rummel        
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    Jeff Barnhart Brian Holland- Horseshoe Rag - Stompin em Down
    Bill Edwards- Piffle Rag - A Bag Of Rags
    Max Morath- Red Rambler Rag - The Ragtime Women


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              Re: Plane shot down over Colbitz. Germany. WW2        
    And some final information while I think of it: this aircraft was with 156 Squadron RAF which was a Pathfinder squadron. These aircraft generally flew target-marking missions ahead of the main force and were responsible for locating and then illuminating with flares the correct bombing location and so were something of an elite force.
              On the Right Track {InsideTracker Intro}        
    I don't have a doctor.

    This admission is a somewhat new revelation, one that I was somewhat surprised to make. For years, I have been reporting Dr. H as my primary care doc. I put her name on file with my OB, with the hospitals where I delivered the boys, at the pharmacy when filling prescriptions.

    But when I called to make an appointment for a check-up, I was told that since it had been more than three years since my last appointment, I was no longer considered a patient and Dr. H was not accepting new patients. I could write her a note asking to consider seeing me or find someone new.

    Well then ... I guess it doesn't pay to be healthy.

    The news was as disappointing as it was confusing. For some time, I had wanted to check in with a doctor. I had wanted to see what my health – and blood – looked like after going through Whole30 and adopting a grain-free diet. And, let's be frank: I turned 35 this year; I'm not exactly young anymore, at least by some standards.

    But the answer to my questions wasn't going to be just a call away anymore. I now had to research family doctors, see if they were accepting new paitients and then if my insurance covered my to ppick.

    It seemed like such a hassle, and I was ready to put the idea to bed when I got the note. The note giving me the opportunity to try InsideTracker.

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    What is InsideTracker?

    InsideTracker offers a personalized series of blood tests to establish a baseline, to compare your results to benchmarks, and to track your progress for key scientifically proven biomarkers for health, wellness and athletic performance. After receiving the results, InsideTracker offers personalized, actionable recommendations (nutrition, exercise, supplements, lifestyle) to improve areas that were marked after the results. Personalized dashboards and online tracking tools

    How does it work?

    After signing up for an account, athletes can select one of six plans. InsideTracker works with blood centers around the country (in my area, it is Quest), and participants can schedule an appointment online. After having blood drawn (a fast is required), one will receive an email with results. You log in, fill out a questionnaire and the receive recommendations for ways to improve areas that are not optimized or are at risk.

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    Before you get your results, you fill out a short survey – questions about your lifestyle and diet preferences, methods of improving what’s “at risk” or “not optimized” (either exercise, diet, etc) and selecting your goals (reduce stress, sleep better, build endurance, boost energy) – “at risk” biomarkers first, then “not optimized” then “optimized”.

    But why?

    To put it simply, and somewhat arrogantly, most physicians don't know how to deal with very active people. I am not an elite athlete, I don't run 100 miles a week, I am not winning races. However, my activity level and needs are far different than the average patient.

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    I learned this the hard way when I was seeing a physcial therapist for piriformis syndrome when I was pregnant. She wanted to help me get to a point where I could vacuum safely; I wanted to run. She wanted to show me how to squat to pick up something off the floor. I wanted to heal enough so that I could squat with a weighted bar on my back. Not having a physician, I now had the opportunity to find someone who would treat me – not just as a patient but as someone with certain needs. And that's what InsideTracker does. It would look at the results for ME, not the mom next door who enjoys a leisurely walk with friend a couple times a week.

    Up next

    I'll share my experience getting an InsideTracker test, my surprising results and what it all means for me.

    Disclosure: I was offered the opportunity to try InsideTracker thanks to a partnership with Team Nuun. I will receive two Ultimate tests in exchange for posting about my experiences but I'm not being compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.
              Nexus Legal Recruitment: Project Finance Associate - 2-6pqe - Top US firm - No language skill requirement - Tokyo, Japan        
    Highly competitive + housing: Nexus Legal Recruitment: Project Finance Associate with elite US law firm - Tokyo, Japan tokyo
              Harley Davidson brand motorcycles launched in India.        


    • The world's most iconic motorcycle brand Harley Davidson has finally entered the Indian territory with its elite range of motorcycles. The American bike maker has launched its products in India at the Auto Expo 2010, New Delhi. The company introduced 12 bikes starting from its street based Sportster series to its premium touring model, The Ultra Classic Electra Glide.The bookings for the Harley Davidson motorcycles will start from April 2010. 
    • The bikes will be imported in CBU condition and sold through select Harley Davidson outlets in New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hydrabad and Chandigarh. The deliveries will commence from June 2010 once the dealer networks start their operations.
    • The company is also planning to provide good financial options to the buyers as the aim is to introduce the Harley Davidson brand in India
    • The bikes will be competitively priced starting from 6.95 lakhs ex showroom, New Delhi.
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              Here’s A List Of The Best Luxury Hotels Of 2017        

    The world’s elite is always on the move, whether we’re talking about business trips or personal vacations. However, most wealthy individuals expect nothing but the best when it comes to …

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              The Wall Street Journal on the European elites        
    A quick, interesting item. The Wall Street Journal has published a post by Douglas Murray titled "Europe’s Elites Seem Determined to Commit Suicide by ‘Diversity’".

    It's hidden behind a paywall (see here if interested) but the key part comes toward the end. Douglas Murray believes that the European elites have a sense of guilt and that they think of their own tradition as being tired and played out. He goes on to write:
    All these instincts, when put together, are the stuff of suicide. They spell out the self-annihilation of a culture as well as a continent. Conversations with European policy makers and politicians have made this abundantly clear to me. They tell me with fury that it “must” work. I suggest that with population change of this kind, at this speed, it may not work at all.

    ...Over recent decades Europe has made a hasty effort to redefine itself. As the world came in, we became wedded to “diversity.” As terrorism grew and more migrants arrived, public opinion in Europe began to harden. Today “more diversity” remains the cry of the elites, who insist that if the public doesn’t like it yet, it is because they haven’t had enough of it.

    The migration policies of the political and other elites of Europe suggest that they are suicidal. The interesting thing to watch in the years ahead will be whether the public join them in that pact. I wouldn’t bet on it.

    I don't think he is entirely right in identifying why the elite acts as it does, but the good thing is that an establishment newspaper has been willing to directly state the problem, namely that the European elites are determined to commit cultural suicide and that it is up to the public to resist them.
              Filmes em Destaque        

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    Karate Kid 2010

    As Tropa de Elite 2

    Nosso Lar

    5x Favela - Agora Por Nós Mesmos

              Tropa de Elite 2        

    Lançamento: 2010
    Sinopse: 2010. Nascimento enfrenta um novo inimigo: as milícias. Ao bater de frente com o sistema que domina o Rio de Janeiro, ele descobre que o problema é muito maior do que imaginava. E não é só. Ele precisa equilibrar o desafio de pacificar uma cidade ocupada pelo crime com as constantes preocupações com o filho adolescente. Quando o universo pessoal e o profissional de Nascimento se encontram, o resultado é explosivo.
              Esquadrão Classe A        

    Lançamento: 2010
    Sinopse: Em 2003, uma unidade operacional de elite foi condenada pela corte militar por um crime que não cometeu. Mas estes homens escaparam rapidamente da prisão de segurança máxima e passaram a viver clandestinamente no submundo de Los Angeles. Hoje, ainda procurados pelo governo, sobrevivem como mercenários.
              Retirement for Man About Mayfair        
    Sir Basil Seal, 14th Baronet of Beauchamp-Cholmondeley of St. Jennifer
    (Pronounced Beechum - Chumley)

    Man About Mayfair R.I.P.

    Well, over my holiday I gave some thought to blogs and blogging in an effort to decide if I wanted to continue, or fade gracefully into retirement. A part of me enjoys the blog and has wonderful fun messing about with it, but another part, hovering in the back of my mind, finds it all so silly and childish...Of course, then I remember that I am silly and childish, so there you go...I also have been writing the blog, in fits and starts, for four or five years now, and if the truth be told, I'm running out of things to talk about, so I need to spread them out a bit more.

    I have been working diligently to weed out the readers here, in order to get down to that very discriminating and elite few. I think that I have been somewhat successful, if those blog stats things mean anything. So, I wanted to let the elite know that although Man About Mayfair is being retired, Sir Basil will still be working full time for Mr. and Mrs. P over at PP. I just realized that that's a lot of Ps...Anyway you must all go there faithfully each day with high hopes of hearing from me, Sir Basil Seal. Mrs. P does such a wonderful job of running a blog, and because it bores me to tears to do so, I think it best to let her handle that end of it, and I will just try to come up with as much asinine drivel as I can, and be a complete and utter snob there, instead of here.

    So this is really not goodbye, just a see you later somewhere else...Thanks to everyone who has stopped by and left rude comments. I am sure they were deserved. And don't forget to visit me at my new home, Patum Peperium...Visit daily, hourly, just make it your homepage. I will see you there. And address all rude comments to Mrs. P, she's used to it. Thank you.

    Sir Basil Seal
              Monarchy in the age of New Labour        


    Peter Hitchens:


    "...Anyone who tries to discuss the political role of the monarchy is immediately banged over the head by tedious quotations from Walter Bagehot (it helps a lot if you know this is pronounced Badjot), who for some reason is believed to be the last word on the subject, thanks to some 19th-century scribblings that have become famous. He limited the functions of the monarch to muttering hesitant advice, and perhaps warnings, into the ears of ministers. This is taken as a sort of gospel on the subject.

    And this might have worked in the dead era when the British establishment was run by gentlemen. Though don't be so sure. George V exerted all his influence to obtain a peaceful settlement in Ireland in 1921, which few can object to, but was he entitled to do so? He may well have gone beyond his powers in helping set up the National Government of 1931. Edward VIII came close to causing complete constitutional catastrophe. George VI utterly disgraced himself when he publicly lauded Neville Chamberlain's catastrophic surrender at Munich in 1938, an error he atoned for later but which oughtn't to be overlooked, ever. It is not often enough remembered that George VI and his Queen (the future Queen Mother) invited Chamberlain on to the balcony of Buckingham Palace to bathe in the cheers and admiration of a gigantic, deluded crowd, the whole embarrassing scene illuminated by the only anti-aircraft searchlights then available in London.

    There are a couple of interesting fictional reflections on this that are worth looking at. George Macdonald Fraser's 'Mr American', one of his few non-Flashman books, contains an well-observed and historically well-informed depiction of Edward VII and examines the cunning and shrewdness that monarch used to keep pre-1914 Britain from flying apart. Constantine Fitz Gibbon's enjoyable and bitter Cold War thriller 'When the Kissing Had to Stop’ has some cunningly-described scenes as various highly responsible and senior persons try to use the traditional safeguards of the British constitution to prevent a pretty obvious coup d'etat. In an entirely believable way, they all persuade themselves that they are powerless to act until it is too late, and the putsch, with all its terrible consequences, succeeds.

    Princecharles_1 Why does this matter? I think our obsession with 'democracy' as the only thing that makes government legitimate tends to blind us to the importance of other things. Why do we make such a fetish out of universal suffrage? If you had a choice between liberty and democracy - which are by no means the same thing, which would you pick? If you had a choice between the rule of public opinion and the rule of law, which would you pick? Are we safer with both Houses of Parliament 'elected' by party machines, or with at least one House whose members are immune from 'democratic' party pressure?

    Actually, pure democracy would be unbearable, since every politician, to survive or prosper, would have to be a crowd-pleasing Blair type (actually, this now seems to be more and more what we have got).

    Even assuming that we could reconstruct something like a decent education system, it is hard to see how a state governed purely by the popular will could be anything other than a corrupt anarchy, or a demagogic dictatorship. The purest product of mass democracy since it came into being was Adolf Hitler - whose National Socialists would have won an absolute majority in the Reichstag under our first-past-the post system, by the way. This isn't an argument against that system( which I favour) just a warning against being complacent.

    Mass opinion can prevent good actions, as well as stimulating bad ones. It was American democracy, and the fervent campaigns of the America Firsters, that prevented Franklin Roosevelt from aiding Britain against Hitler. US public opinion was dead against involvement in a European war, and it's still not clear what would have happened if Hitler hadn't declared war on the USA after Pearl Harbor.

    So most serious wielders of power in democratic states devise ways of frustrating, or getting round the 'people's will' which they praise in public. Mostly, these days, these anti-democrats are of the left. In the US, a largely liberal elite has for decades been using the unelected third chamber of Congress - the Supreme Court - to pass radical social legislation. In Canada, left-wingers who could never get anywhere in parliamentary politics have exploited the 'Charter of Rights and Freedoms' to do the same sort of thing.

    And the European Convention on Human Rights gives liberal judges and the lawyers the same power to intervene here. The balance of our mixed constitution, partly as a result of this, has tipped heavily towards the Left. Parliament, especially the House of Commons, is now the servant of a left-wing governing party, not at all its master. So who or what can speak for tradition, for conservative opinions, for private life and family, for inheritance and continuity? Certainly not the Tory Party, which flatly refused to defend the hereditary principle against the attacks of Baroness Jay (who just happened to be the daughter of Jim Callaghan, and had no other visible qualification for her grand post as Leader of the Lords, in one of the best jokes of the 1990s).

    That Tory failure to defend heredity was a warning to the British people and the monarchy that worse was to come. We all actually value inheritance - we expect to leave, or be left our goods and wealth in legally enforceable wills. We all know that we inherit important characteristics and gifts from our parents, and hope to pass such things on. Our state, with its memory and experience stretching back a thousand years, inherits each generation the principles of law and justice and liberty wrought by centuries of experience and combat. So what is wrong with a Head of State who embodies this idea?

    Nothing, except that he or she gets in the way of the Left's desire for total control over the state, especially over the things previously regarded as politically neutral and so loyal to the crown - the civil service, the armed forces and the police. All these bodies are now increasingly politicised. I think that the moment is approaching when the monarchy has either to assert itself or be abolished. The danger is that, in asserting itself, it may get abolished as a punishment, while being slandered as unrepresentative, elitist etc. It will be a very difficult and risky moment..."


              Otimista, Delegação de Hortolândia parte rumo a Itatiba        
    Com a expectativa de manter o 3° lugar geral na elite da 4ª Região Esportiva de São Paulo, atletas de Hortolândia partiram, na tarde desta quarta-feira (02/07), em direção a Itatiba, para participar dos 58°Jogos Regionais. No primeiro ônibus cedido pela Prefeitura, por meio da Secretaria de Esporte e Recreação, estavam cerca de 30 pessoas, […]
              Otimista, Delegação de Hortolândia parte rumo a Itatiba        
    Com a expectativa de manter o 3° lugar geral na elite da 4ª Região Esportiva de São Paulo, atletas de Hortolândia partiram, na tarde desta quarta-feira (02/07), em direção a Itatiba, para participar dos 58°Jogos Regionais. No primeiro ônibus cedido pela Prefeitura, por meio da Secretaria de Esporte e Recreação, estavam cerca de 30 pessoas, […]
              The most gorgeous and cinematic Halo to date        

    Before you read any further, know that I am a newcomer to the Halo series and played Halo Reach this January after receiving it from a friend. After finishing it, I started playing the original trilogy and finished the campaign of this game just a few days before this review. To keep things simple, here is my breakdown:

    Graphics:

    Oh my gosh, it is insanely gorgeous. The HDR lighting and textures are mind blowing, and the entire game plays and looks just like a CGI film. The Elites/Sangheili are genuinely intimidating and borderline terrifying. The cutscenes are also incredibly detailed, and I thought the prologue was actually live action for the first minute or so. The guns and the scopes are beautiful and it is a complete visual treat.

    Sound: 

    The sound has been edited incredibly well, and the soundtrack is awesome. The weapons, however, did not sound as powerful in my opinion. The DMR and .45 sound a bit more wispy; something that I found a bit disappointing compared to Halo Reach's pounding audio for those same weapons. Other than that, all the weapons sound incredible. The grunts and elites don't speak English very much, and even if they do, the grunts are barely understandable. I really enjoyed the dialogue from the grunts from Halo CE-3, but since the Covenant appear to be rogue in this game, maybe that was intentional on 343's part.

    Gameplay:

    Plays just like Halo should. For the first time ever, you can finally sprint as Master Chief in addition to other armor abilities you can acquire throughout the game. Not too much to say other than that. There's a few other fun cinematic gameplay additions, but I'm going to leave them out so it can be a surprise.

    Story:

    The story, in my opinion, was incredible. If you are expecting it to feel like the first three, then you will ruin the experience because this is a completely different experience in terms of mood and story. Just be open to what will come and don't make any judgement until the end. The new perspective and approach to the Chief and his story was done very well, and I look forward to the next installments.

    Multiplayer:

    The multiplayer is SO FUN. I just wrote in all caps, that's how fun I find it. While the new loadout feature is reminiscent of Call of Duty, it's actually a refreshing addition to the series. You also get to call down ordnance, and with some practice, the drops can actually destroy enemy vehicles when timed and aimed properly. 

    Machinima and the File Browser:

    While I have not used the File Browser much, I was very disappointed that it is not possible to save replays of Campaign and Spartan Ops sessions in the File Browser. Why this feature was removed, I do not know, but I hope 343 issues an update so that becomes possible. I love taking screenshots with in-game cameras, and one of my favorite things in Reach was taking cinematic stills of the campaign. Anywho, it sucks it isn't there for campaign and Spartan Ops.

    Spartan Ops:

    I am only on Episode 5 of Season 1, but have been quite entertained so far. The dialogue of the Spartans can be quite funny at times, and the story is actually a tad intriguing. While you can play it solo, the mode is definitely designed for a large party of friends to play with you. It's certainly possible, I'm sure, to finish a mission without dying on Legendary, but good luck with that. There are times where you are cornered with literally 50-60 enemies that suddenly appear all at once in a tight space. Aside from the difficulty factor of playing solo, it's really not as fun as playing with others, and if it is possible I definitely encourage you to find others to play with.

    Conclusion:

    To conclude this, I would love to give Halo 4 a 10, but the lack of being able to save replays from campaign sessions is not cool, and the change of the DMR and .45's sound forced me to rate it 9.75.


              piers antique show        
    This past weekend I explored the Antique Show at the Piers here in NYC and posted a gallery of photos on thecraftsdept blog of many of the interesting things I saw. Here are my favorites:
    Bakelite prison rings—originally made out of toothbrushes by inmates!
    Confirmed once again that I am not alone in my dead animal collecting. 
    This cardigan was totally awesome—knitted with a variety of different dog breeds.
    Antique dolls can be highly collectible and utterly eerie when they all get together. Some alone can be completely awkward and strange, like this crawling porcelain doll. I guess their bizarreness is part of their appeal.
    I was thrilled to see antique pom-pom animals. We've made very similar ones at Martha but seeing the originals made by Steiff was really neat. Here are a few links to different handmade pom-pom how-tos:

              Böll-Stiftung bittet um Verzeihung für Pranger, nennt aber keine Namen – News vom 8. August 2017        
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    "Wir bedauern sehr, dass durch die gewählte Form manche an antidemokratische Methoden erinnert werden und entschuldigen uns bei denjenigen, die sich möglicherweise persönlich verletzt fühlen."


    So heißt es in einer Verlautbarung vom Vorstand der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung zum Antifeminismus-Pranger, die gestern online gestellt wurde. Weiter heißt es dort, man werde die lagerübergreifend entsetzte

    Kritik und Reaktionen zum Anlass nehmen, die bisherige Veröffentlichung zu überprüfen. Entsprechend unseres Selbstverständnisses werden wir Ziele und Format sowie die Zusammenarbeit mit dem Netzwerk und die Wirkung der "Agent*in" kritisch hinterfragen, zeitnah intern beraten und die öffentliche Debatte führen.


    Für mich gibt es offen gesagt einige Hindernisse, diese Bitte um Verzeihung zu gewähren. Beispielsweise wüsste ich gerne, wie genau es aussehen soll, wenn die Böll-Stiftung mit mir eine "öffentliche Debatte" führen möchte. Bisher hatte man in der grünen Stiftung peinlich genau darauf geachtet, zu geschlechterpolitischen Debatten wohl Feministinnen, aber ja keine Männerrechtler einzuladen. Das sind die Strukturen, die überhaupt erst den Online-Pranger ermöglichten, der "an antidemokratische Methoden erinnert", wie die Böll-Stiftung jetzt scheinbar einsichtig schreibt. Auch der Online-Pranger sollte offenbar das Entstehen einer Debatte auf Sachebene unterbinden, indem er Personen mit abweichenden Meinungen brandmarkte.

    Das Blog Science Files schätzt das Statement der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung so ein:

    Wenn man in Rechnung stellt, dass dieser Text mit Sicherheit die moderateste Formulierung ist, die man bei der HB-Stiftung gefunden hat, dann kann man sich ungefähr vorstellen, welche Ausmaße die interne Kritik angenommen hat und welche Folgen die öffentliche Kritik für die Reputation und – viel wichtiger: die Bereitschaft der Projektpartner der HB-Stiftung, Geld an die Stiftung zu überweisen – hatte. Dass sich Unmüßig und Ueberschär gemüßigt sehen, sich für die gewählte Form und dafür zu entschuldigen, dass "manche" durch die Denunziationsplattform "möglicherweise" persönlich verletzt wurden, lässt auch einiges an Rückschlüssen zu.

    Sicherlich gibt es bei der HB-Stiftung dann, wenn die Anti-Antifeminismus-Fraktion wütet, keine Gedanken daran, ob man mit Anti-Antifeminismus Menschen verletzt oder ihnen persönlich, beruflich oder psychisch schadet. Eine Größe, mit der die Anti-Antifeminismus-Fraktion rechnet, werden die Feinde erst dann, wenn sich die Kosten für die anti-antifeministischen Kampagnen häufen. Genauer: Die Zahl derjenigen, die die HB-Stiftung mit der Ankündigung einer Klage auf Schadensersatz wegen ihrer Nennung in Agentin.org erschreckt haben, ist wohl nicht gering. Bei 177 Personeneinträgen im Denunziations-Wiki ist selbst nach deutschem Recht, nicht zu reden von britischem Recht, einiges Potential für Schadensersatzforderungen, die sich schnell im fünf- bis sechsstelligen Bereich summieren können. Man hat also wohl vor den finanziellen, nicht vor den moralischen Kosten kapituliert.


    Science Files weist auch auf einen Tweet des FAZ-Journalisten "Don Alphonso" hin, dessen Recherchen wohl maßgeblich dazu beitrugen, den Verantwortlichen für diesen Pranger zunächst das Handwerk zu legen. "Don Alphonso" nämlich merkt völlig zu Recht an:

    Zur Entschuldigung gehört auch die Benennung der Schuldigen. Und nicht deren Vertuschung.


    Nun liegt der Einwand nahe, dass "Don Alphonso" selbst doch den umstrittenen Soziologen Andreas Kemper als Hauptschuldigen identifiziert hatte. Allerdings hegt "Don Alphonso" den wohl nicht unbegründeten Verdacht, dass Kemper mit seiner bekannten Begeisterung dafür, auf Männerrechtler loszugehen, nur anderen Leuten nützlich war und für sie eine vorgeschobene Figur darstellte. So beanstandet auch ein aktueller Artikel der "Welt", dass hier offenbar Hintermänner oder -frauen noch im Dunkeln bleiben:

    Auf der vorübergehend stillgelegten Seite findet sich kein namentlicher Absender, ein Impressum, das erst nachträglich eingefügt wurde, verweist auf die Böll-Stiftung. Wer sich informieren will, könne dies über eine Mail-Adresse tun, die ebenfalls von der Böll-Stiftung angelegt wurde. (...) Weitere Namen von Mitwirkenden werden nicht genannt. Bei der Böll-Stiftung heißt es, finanziell werde das Projekt "Agent*In" nicht von der Stiftung unterstützt, man stelle lediglich die technische Unterstützung. Eine Distanzierung von dem Projekt? Weitere Fragen müssten Henning von Bargen gestellt werden, hieß es noch Montagmittag. Für die Stiftung der Grünen eine zumindest missliche Konstruktion, wenn sich die Pressestelle inhaltlich nicht zu einem Projekt äußern kann, das eindeutig von der Stiftung gefördert wird, sei es auch nur über technische Dienstleistungen. (...) Mitgründer Henning von Bargen befindet sich auf einer Dienstreise und sei bis Dienstag für Nachfragen schwer zu erreichen.


    Währenddessen berichtet "Don Alphonso" auf Twitter, dass eine unter Pseudonymen wie "Fiona B." und "Fiona Baine" agitierende Aktivistin inzwischen auf der Wikipedia-Seite von "Don Alphonso" (Rainer Meyer) wütet.

    "Fiona B." ist mit einigen Helfershelfern seit Jahren dafür verantwortlich, mich und andere Menschen, die sich für Jungen und Männer einsetzen, in den Wikipedia-Einträgen über uns so schlecht wie nur irgend möglich darzustellen und die Männerrechtsbewegung als eine Mischung aus Geistesgestörten und Schwerverbrechern erscheinen zu lassen. Dabei stellte die Wikipedia ein System dar, in dem ein solches Treiben nicht nur funktionierte, sondern wo die Verantwortlichen feministischen Eingriffen sogar Unterstützung anboten. Schützenhilfe gab es damals auch in Blättern wie der "taz", die letzte Woche Andreas Kempers momentanen Rückzug vom Veröffentlichen Schwarzer Listen flankierte.

    Von dem "Neutral Point of View", den die Wikipedia als Banner vor sich her trägt, ist hier nichts übrig geblieben. Stattdessen stellte sie eine Art Übungsgelände für den grünen Online-Pranger dar, um politisch missliebige Personen durch den Dreck zu ziehen. Ich habe die dabei angewendeten Methoden hier und hier näher aufgeschlüsselt.

    Grundsätzlich fällt auf, dass Akteure, deren "politische Arbeit" meiner persönlichen Schätzung nach zu 95 Prozent aus dem Denunzieren anderer Personen besteht, extrem empfindlich reagieren, wenn sie selbst namentlich gemacht werden. Andreas Kemper etwa hatte dieser Tage in seinem Blog erklärt, der Initialzünder für seine Attacken auf die Männerrechtsbewegung sei seine Enttarnung in der "Jungen Freiheit" gewesen, wofür er offenbar mir die Schuld gibt, weil ich zuvor in einem Blogeintrag gegen die Anonymität in der Wikipedia plädiert hatte.

    Das Ungleichgewicht war in den letzten Tagen auch anderen Beobachtern aufgefallen. Während die Verantwortlichen für den Online-Pranger anonym blieben, würden sie ihre Gegner "gnadenlos" angehen, hatte etwa das "Hamburger Abendblatt" angemerkt. Die Frage ist, wie lange das noch gutgehen wird. "Ich kann zeigen, wer die Beteiligten im Hintergrund sind" erklärte "Don Alphonso" in einem weiteren Tweet. Und falls die Böll-Stiftung das nicht selbst hinbekomme, werde er das auch tun.

    Die Spannungskurve in diesem Krimi ist noch immer nicht am Ende.



    2. Verschiedene Medien, darunter die New York Times berichten, dass der Google-Mitarbeiter James Damore, der in einem Memo die Diversity-Politik des Konzerns kritisiert hatte, gefeuert wurde:

    Google on Monday fired a software engineer who wrote an internal memo that questioned the company’s diversity efforts and argued that the low number of women in technical positions was a result of biological differences instead of discrimination.

    (...) The memo put the company in a bind. On one hand, Google has long promoted a culture of openness, with employees allowed to question senior executives and even mock its strategy in internal forums. However, Google, like many other technology firms, is dealing with criticism that it has not done enough to hire and promote women and minorities.

    (...) Mr. Damore, who worked on infrastructure for Google’s search product, said he believed that the company’s actions were illegal and that he would "likely be pursuing legal action." "I have a legal right to express my concerns about the terms and conditions of my working environment and to bring up potentially illegal behavior, which is what my document does," Mr. Damore said.


    Aus der Washington Post erfährt man:

    Yonatan Zunger, a former Google executive who wrote a widely read post about the memo published on the platform Medium, addressed the memo's author by saying "do you understand that at this point, I could not in good conscience assign anyone to work with you?" he wrote. "I certainly couldn’t assign any women to deal with this, a good number of the people you might have to work with may simply punch you in the face, and even if there were a group of like-minded individuals I could put you with, nobody would be able to collaborate with them."


    Hat James Damore nun Recht mit seiner Behauptung, dass es an biologischen Unterschieden statt Diskriminierung liegt, wenn sich weniger Frauen in technischen Berufen finden? Die Debatte darüber wird durch Ausgrenzung und andere soziale Sanktionen weiterhin unterbunden.

    Der Umgang mit Damore erinnert an den Fall von Professor Lawrence Summers, ehemals Präsident der amerikanischen Elite-Universität Harvard. Im Januar 2005 hielt Summers bei einer Wissenschaftskonferenz eine Rede über die Frage, woran es liege, dass Frauen in den oberen universitären Rängen der Naturwissenschaften sowie der Mathematik unterrepräsentiert seien. Bei den denkbaren Gründen verwarf er zunächst Diskriminierung, weil das bedeuten würde, dass eine Universität, die Frauen nicht benachteiligte, im Wettbewerb davonziehen könnte, indem sie schlicht jene Top-Akademikerinnen anheuerte, die anderswo diskriminiert wurden. Übrig blieben als mögliche Gründe, dass Frauen weniger bereit seien als Männer, sich einer 80-Stunden-Arbeitswoche ohne jede eigene Flexibilität zu unterwerfen sowie dass Frauen aufgrund angeborener Eigenschaften weniger Zugang zu Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften finden als Männer (aber dafür z. B. sprachlich begabter sind), was auch aufgrund verschiedener Forschungsergebnisse belegt sei. Mehrere Feministinnen waren so außer sich über Summers Meinungsäußerung, dass sie seine Entlassung durchsetzten.

    Menschen mit politisch unerwünschten Auffassungen werden heutzutage einfach beseitigt.

    Zu dieser Unfähigkeit einiger, abweichende Meinungen auszuhalten, gibt es einen aktuellen Beitrag im "Spektrum der Wissenschaft": "Warum wir etwas nicht glauben, das uns nicht passt."

    Eine Reihe von Belegen, die die Auffassung des gefeuerten Google-Mitarbeiters stützen, findet man bei "Alles Evolution". Aber natürlich würden Argumente nur eine Rolle spielen, wenn die Möglichkeit einer offenen Sachdebatte noch gegeben wäre. Vor diesem Hintergrund bewertet die liberale Feministin Cathy Young die Kontroverse so:

    #GoogleManifesto reactions should dispel any notion that progressives are any more rational or fact-based than the trumpiest of Trumplings.




    3. Aus einer Besprechung der neuen "Game-of-Thrones"-Folge erfährt man mehr über die Befindlichkeit von Feministinnen im Jahr 2017:

    Half a season ago (...), folks were arguing that "Dragonstone" was the most feminist episode in GOT history. Why? Well, mostly because Arya slaughtered an entire castle full of men in one go. My personal take is that ye olde poison-the-wine trick didn’t make a feminist statement, it just proved that we’re all so hungry for vengeance that we cheer when a young girl feeds some dude his sons.

              The Archaeology of Myth        
    The Archaeology of MythPapers on Old Testament Tradition

    By N. Wyatt

    £25.00   01 Mar 2010   Paperback   Equinox Publishing Ltd,SW11

    Recognizes the importance of mythological categories in discussing any religion, and especially Israelite religion, as a means of redressing this perceived imbalance in this field.



              The Archaeology of Myth        
    The Archaeology of MythPapers on Old Testament Tradition

    By N. Wyatt

    £55.00   01 Mar 2010   Hardback   Equinox Publishing Ltd,SW11

    Recognizes the importance of mythological categories in discussing any religion, and especially Israelite religion, as a means of redressing this perceived imbalance in this field.



              Interview with Amanda Williams: Bee Grooming, Nosema and Bee-Friendly Zones        

    Termites are not so different to bees in many ways: both are social insects that live in large colonies and have several castes. Both use grooming as a first-line defence against potentially damaging diseases. 

    Bayer sells a pestide called Premise that kills termites, which they market on the strength of its ability to interfere with the termites' grooming process. The active ingredient is Imidacloprid, and yet they claim never to have tested it on bees to see if it has a similar effect. Some would say that this a a significant oversight, while others might suggest that it is evidence of Bayer's usual habit of being 'economical with the truth'. 

    Whatever we think about this, there is no statutory requirement for Bayer to conduct such research.

    You can read Bayer's Premise leaflet here http://www.elitepest.com.sg/brochure/Premise_200SC.pdf

    See http://tinyurl.com/6a7wa9z for an article about this issue in the Independent newspaper.

    Amanda Williams worked in the pharmaceutical industry for a number of years, and now campaigns on behalf of bees, giving talks in schools and running an informative web site www.buzzaboutbees.net

    Also in this edition, we launch Bee-Friendly Zones - see www.beefriendlyzone.com







              Opposition and Social Structure in Moocville        
    Over at Playable, DSKMAG comments on the oppositions constituting the social structure in MOOCville. Here is the account, lightly paraphrased.  

    In the first generation of ed tech, people were represented but could not participate. The structure was built on polar oppositions - expert/audience, teacher/student, etc. But the new media world of web 2.0 challenges these oppositions. All of us can represent ourselves and participate in our own self-representations. We are no longer mere consumers of meanings but also their producers.


    We can compare two emerging Internet structures. One is the structure of web celebrities and their audiences, the other is the structure of roughly equal distributed knowers and meaning producers. 


    Sir Ken Robinson is a paradigm of the first. He is a media star, and his TED talk is a paradigm of the kind of media object which the rest of us can stand back and marvel at. We participate in his celebrity by absorbing and 'getting' his insights. Compare this with William Shatner or Kurt Sutter who engage with us one-to-one on Twitter. They understand the new power of media, while Robinson understands merely how to use media to grab power for himself. 

    By emerging from the crowd, the Robinson types lose contact with web users and fail to pick up on the new cutting edge ideas constantly emerging out there. They come to believe too much in their own social authority, and over-rate their correctness. To put this another way, they come to think that knowledge resides in them, not in the network.

    I am reminded here of a wonderful line from Picasso. In his famous interview with Christian Zervos, Picasso said "I never buy a picture from myself". He meant that he wasn't all that impressed with himself and his past processes or objects - rather he was tuned in to the world and the art world, and always moving on to the next thing.

    The Ken Robinson's by contrast are perpetually buying pictures from themselves. 

    xMOOCs, the article contends, constitute the entire human population as 'audiences' - as 'students' being served up "habituated content" by venture capitalists, Scientists, elite universities, and intellectuals. The students, once habituated to the new commodified knowledge forms, are then to be converted into potential paying customers of the next levels of 'education,' as e.g. students in Georgia Tech's Masters degree program, or the business schools of Temple or the University of Cincinnati. And the students are expected to be grateful - they are getting a 'second chance' - or a 'world class elite university course' as a philanthropic gift

    xMOOCs, in short, perpetuate the cultural control of experts - those whose status is most threatened by the open access, distributed knowledge potential of web 2.0 and what I call 'education 2.0.' They convey the message that a 'real educational experience' - even for those liberating themselves from the hegemonic structures of schooling - is one provided by an institution - and ultimately at significant cost to the 'student'. In this model learners and knowers remain 'students' who control neither the processes or outcomes of their own learning. xMOOCs thus reproduce the structure of oppositions - expert/ novice and teacher/student and celebrity/audience - in the Internet culture which might undermine them. 

    This is certainly a very probing analysis. I see McLuhan and Ivan Illich hovering in the background here. The xMOOC medium is the message.  And the message is that opportunities for learning are scarce. 

    I would wish to soften this analysis somewhat. While we can all agree with Stephen Downes that knowledge is distributed and that networks - not their nodes - are the real sites of learning, and then accept that 'experts' and 'celebrities' cut themselves off from the flow of information and cutting edge insights, knowledge is nonetheless never distributed equally. There are people who have spent years on various topics and who are more discerning than most. While like Sutter or Shatner they can engage one-on-one with some of the ‘low rank’ people they cannot be expected to engage with very many of them, simply because of the limits that come with any form of celebrity (where celebrity by definition means having more people being attentive to you than you can attend to) â€“ even the relative celebrity of the leaders and major participants in the Twitterverse and cMOOCs. 

    So there is an overdrawn  â€˜opposition’ in this account of oppositions in the MOOC space, the untenable opposition between spaces with oppositions and spaces without them. And far from necessarily re-imposing  the polar oppositions of the past, xMOOCs can be valuable tools for self-directed learning and not merely re-habituation into institutionalized, hierarchical forms of 'education.  


              I am the director of the Bank        
    Nobody can get into that bank unless I told so. That bank was invented for those who wanted to do the job to train people all around the world and they did not have money or they could not protect their money they gathered for training. Anybody who has the training money there knows that it is safe and realiable.
    ---
    Alinda volt az a csaj aki a katapultos projektben a top job ot végezte a final report megírásával. Ő annak a dokinak a lánya aki a major crimes-ban és a blacklist azon részében megjelent amikor hagytam hogy megkínozzon a legbrutálisabb fájdalommal ami lézetik...
    "You tortured and programmed your own daughter? You are more sicker than I thought."
    "Peter I wanted her to survive and have a good life. You trained her! I did the base programming but I left her open for you so you could do the rest."
    "But you shit you left her open to be manipulated by the very assholes on the top. You gave them the possibility to controll and use her for their shit. She became a tool in their hand in the process of the final distroyment of this planet."
    Amikor megütöttem lerogyott a földre levegőért kapkodott, lebénult szinte teljesen. Kibontottam a kötést a kezemen és a lábamon, de ülve maradtam. A fájdalom a mozgástól még erősebbé vált. Haldokoltunk mind a ketten.
    "Am I going to die now?"
    "Yes. In about 5 minutes you'll be dead."
    "I cannot die peter I have to live. I can give you the relese it is in the red tube."
    "I don't beleive you an dI don't care. What you did ruins everything and you pushed this planet over the last point. That programming can fool anybody up to the best levels of understanding, ther will be very few to oversee that kind of programming you invented. And if you did that others will figure it out how is it done. And ther will be nobody to stop that. Therefore my job and my goal cannot be reached ever. This plant is done. I finished."
    "No!" nagy nehezen odavonszolta magát az asztalához az iszonyatos fájdalom eltorzította az arcát, majd belém szúrta a tűt. A fájdalom egy pár pillanat múlva megszűnt. Lerogyott a földre és elterült.
    "Please help me." hörögte "I can make this right I can help you."
    "You say you can heel? Well let us see if you can. Put your hand in your heart and take a deep breath slowly and exhale." Megcsinálta.
    "It doesn't work."
    "You see you don't have the power to heal. All you know and do is torture and controll. That is what you are about. You cannot heal anything. Now I'll shoe you my real power." Lehajoltam hozzá és a szívére tettem a kezem. "Now you take a deep breath until the pain point and exhale lowly." A fájdalom megszűnt. "About in an hour the rest of the pain will be gone completely. Now you see? I do have the power to heal and I can heal the damege what I cause, also I can heal the demage what you did over decades but there is only one of me and you did more damege what I can heal alone. You fucked up everything and I am the only one who can make this right and the only one who is willing to do that and who does it - but even my efforts are not enough to make everything right and you shit all do even more damege and continue to do so. You see I am more than any of you."
    ...
    Beprogramozta a saját lányát hogy jó fegyver legyen a kezükben, mert azt gondolta hogy úgy jó élete lesz. Idióta fasz. Ő se fogta fel hogy mit csinál és ez hova vezet. Alinda volt az az eset ami nagyon megijesztett. "They are not creative peter they are just highly advaned biocomputers with a very good programming and training." "You trained my daughter." Ezt csinálták. ilyen az andika és sok másik is. Highly advanced biocomputer." A gömzsik. Ezért nem gyakorolják az alapgyakorlatokat ezért módosította a gömzsik mindig az alap meditációt ezér bukott el az a srác is akivel a támadó technika méretét akartam megüzenni emlékeztetővel, és a johanni anyja és sokan mások is. kinyitották őket hogy kiképezhessem őket de az alap boot rendszert ők kontrollálták. Sokat sikerült még így is feltörni. És ezért nem engedték őket hozzám tréningre többé, mert a felépülési program és a teljes kontroll amit kértem tőlük és hogy ezáltal be tudtam juttatni a felépülési programot a fejükbe és a lelkükbe leért a legalsó rétegekig és feltörte az általuk oda beillesztett boot rendszert is. De a doki ki tudta kerülni ezt is. Kinyitotta, hogy ki tudjam képezni és egyben lezárta hogy a legalsó rétegekig le tudjon jutni a felépülés és a józan élet alapértéke és bölcsessége - mert abban nincs pénz és azt a circus tagjai üldözték és üldözik. hogy jó élete legyen... Hogy lehe jó élete ha elpusztítja közben az élőhelyét a földet? Idióta.
    ---
    kb 3 milliméter hosszú 1,5 milliméter széles henger alakú kapszula. Egy fa rögyébe bele lehet tenni. Ekkora.
    ---
    A doki nagyon bizonygatta hogy most megértette hogy az öreg miért adott ekkora hatalmat a kezembe. Leültünk és beszélgettünk egy pár nap múlva részletesen megint. Elmondtam neki ugyanazt amit már annyiszor. Hogy az öregéknek fel kellett jutniuk a legtetejére és ehhez minden eszközt fel kellett használniuk. És hogy az univerzum alkotó és romboló erői intelligens módon úgy rendezték az egészet hogy amikor odaértek a tetejére akkor születtem meg én és át tudtam venni az egészet, meg tudtam érteni az egészet és rájöttem hogy mi a megoldás. Hogy van megoldás, de ezt csak velük együtt tudom megvalósítani egyedül nem. Ezért kaptam meg az összes tudást ami létezik és amit az Öreg elért minden fejlesztéssel és minden titokkal együtt és ezért kellett a végleges és halálos biztosíték egyedül az én kezembe. Mert nélkülem semmi sem fog megvalósulni a megoldásból.
    ---
    A bankból három fiók van egy new yourkban egy svájcban egy asszem indiában. Kis fiók. Azok akik a magánpénzüket tartják ott, mert valamit azért dolgoztak és segítettek nekünk is - azknak az ajtón kell bemenniük. Azután ugyanúgy mint a könyvtáram (bizonyíték tár) egy scenneren keresztül, maszk nélkül, és mindenféle elektronikus és egyéb eszköz nélkül mehetnek csak tovább. A belső szobában van egy számítógép terminál hasnoló a könyvtárihoz. A géphez semmilyen módon nem férhetnek hozzá és a biztonsági rendszer is gondolatolvasó. Van egy pár fotel is gyűléseket is tartanak ott a kiképzők. Csak olyanok mehetnek be a bankba a kiképzők közül is akikkel személyesen találkoztam és adtam nekik egy számlaszámot. Senki más. Ők a labirintuson keresztül mennek be. Jól szigetelt és védett szoba az. hogy egy kicsit lazíthassanak is. Sokszor van aki ott is alszik hogy tudja milyen az, emlékezzen arra hogy milyen amikor nem basztatják a testét és az elméjét a manipulátorok.
    "Te Jani én már nem is emlékszem mikor aludtam utoljára ennyire jól és pihentetően. Talán még valamikor gyermekkoromban. Lehetséges az hogy már a késő 50-es években és a 60-as éveke lején is léteztek ezek a támadóeszközök?"
    Apu kis gondolkodás után: "Lehetséges."
    "De akkor mi is úgy éltük le az életünket hogy folyamatosan manipuláltak bennünket." "Igen ez biztosan így van." mondta apu.
    A trénereknek is fontos hogy emlkezzenek és tudják hogy milyen az amikor nem basztatják őket.
    ...
    "Te miért engedted be a bankba ezeket a szarháziat? Kockáztatod a kiképzésre szánt pénzeinket!"
    "Nem tudnak semmit se tenni a biztonsági rendszer ellen. Azért engedtem be őket, mert egyrészt mindegyikük csinált ezt azt nekünk is - igaz hogy a másik oldalon háromszor annyi kárt okoznak, de azért fontos dolgokat megoldanak nekünk is. Másrészt minden pénzfelvétel után pénzt kapunk mi is, százalékot általában 20%-ot. Ami nem sok pénz de nekünk nagyon fontos. Ebből a pénzből dolgozik az a csapat amelyik az ott tartott pénz értékét igyekszik megőrizni. Ők a banktól függetlenül gazdasági tevékenységet végeznek egy általam nagyon részletesen és gondosan átgondolt és meghatározott módon és alapelvek mentén. Kockázatot vállalnak és veszélyeket hogy minden pénz megőrizze az értékét ami ott van, de közben nem kockéztatják senkinek a pénzét se amit tréningre szántatok. Erre azért van szükség mert ezek a szarházik képesek globálisan is összefogni hogy kicsinálják ezt az egy bankot. (voltak is kísérletek, egyik ilyen svájci frankos hitel, egy áttételes támadás volt). Msárészt hozzászoktatom ezeket a szarházikat is a biztonsághoz, mert arra a pénzre amit ott tartanak biztosan számíthatnak - hogy az ott lesz. Aki meg amikor elérjük a 2016-17-es határidőt nem tart velünk vagy nem vall színt nyíltan és tovább kétkapuzik, ki lesz baszva onnan. Mehet a circus-beli haverjaihoz, ha ők tudnak biztonságot adni nekik. Azért mert ezek kiemelkedően jók őket kiemelkedően támadják. És ők el fogják veszíteni a pénzeiket. Ezért aki bukik akkor az nagyot fog bukni. Dönteniük kell. Ha akarják azt a biztonságot amit mi tudunk biztosítani, akkor ki kell állniuk nyíltan mellettünk. Ha nem teszik meg akkor mehetnek a picsába."
    A bank védelme nem csak passzív hanem aktív is. Bárki bárhol a planétán bármilyen támadást kezd szervezni (pszichológiai- beépülős felforgatós, elektronikai, fizikai- katonai, gazdasági, jogi, hivatali bármilyen) azt mérlegelés nélkül elpusztítjuk. Több millió ember figyel oda aktívan egymástól független csoportokban. Ha egyiket teljesen uralmuk alá tudják vonni, akkor sem férhetnek hozzá a többi pénzéhez és a bank működésmódját sem tudják befolyásolyni. Ráadásul a többi csoport egymást is figyeli és azonnal lépnek is brutálisan és kegyetlenül ha kell. Ez a bank nem azért jött létre hogy pénz harácsoljon és pénzmosó hely legyen. A külsősök és belősök akik a magábpénzeiket tartják ott, azért nem vehetnek fel több pénz háromhavonta mint 50ezer dollárnyi kézpénzt, hogy senki se használja pénzmosóhelyként. Csak személyesen maszk és egyéb alterációk nélkül lehet bejutni és átutalást kieszközölni vagy készpénzt felvenni. Van egy pár alkalmazott akiket szintén szigorúan ellenőriz több csapat és egy ballépésnél likvidál azonnali hatállyal. Az a pénz érinthetetlen a circus és katonái számára. Megyó is amikor először megkeresett, hogy tarthatja e ott a pénzét és elmondtam a feltételeimet elhúzta a száját... "péter én életemben nem húztam fel kétszer ugyanazt a zoknit, életvitelszerűen luxusszállodákban lakom, én nem tudok annyi pénzből megélni..." De ez a limit gyakorlatilag bárkinek elég bármelyik országban meg lehet belőle élni. A százalékokat én szabtam meg mindenkinek személyes megbeszélés alapján. Aki kevesebb pénzzel is beérte háromhavi felvéttel annak kisebb százalékokat szabtam. Van aki 7%-ot fizet minden pénzfelvétnél és a három havi limitje 30ezer dollár (vagy annak megfelelő más pénznem) három hónapra, van aki - mint pl a megyó amikor másodszor megkeresett már durvábban fogott a tollam és 50%-ot fizet minden kp felvétnél. Azért szabtam szigorúan neki, mert ő a világ legravaszabb tolvaja. Több kormányzat kasszáiból tud és képes nyomtalanul eltüntetni ezer meg ezer milliárdokat. persze ez a mtatvány nagyon sokba kerül neki, mert a pénzeltüntető hálózat is leszedi a maga sápját sokszor a pénz 80%-a elkopik mire a saját számláira érnek az összegek és egyre többször onnan is ellopták mások a pénzeit, mert a többi tolvas is egyre jobb.
    Szóval azért keresett meg másodszorra. Neki 50%-ot kell fizetnie és 50ezret tud így felvenni. Tehát a limitje 100ezer. Feltöltötte 120 éves koráig és ez a pénz -amíg nem szegi meg a megállapodásunkat - a rendeklezésére áll - vagy amíg mindenki meg nem őrül és hagyják szétkúrni a bankot de akkor meg már mindegy nem lesz semmi szerepe.
    Mindenkire vonatkozó feltétel az hogy ha engem megtámadnak személyesen bármiylen formában vagy a bankot akkor a pénzüket kénytelenek átutalni máshová és többé nem élvezhetik az általunk nyújtott biztonságot. Ha még hazudnak is - mint a gömzsik tette hogy elloptam az összes pénzét - akkor közzé teszzük a szokott csatornákon hogy hová utalta át az összes pénzét, milyen számlákra mennyit.
    Aki a kiképzők pénzeit veszélyezteti az azonnali hatállyal meghal. Ha kiképző próbál visszaélni és saját pénzmosodályát üzemeltetni a bankon kersztül azt is kiszűrjük. A figyelőrendszer egymást is figyeli biztonsági okokból. minenkinek tudnia kell hogy melyik országban milyen árak vannak a kiképzésekhez szükséges eszközök és anyagok tekintetében. A kiképzőknek mindig két másik kiképző jelenlétében kell meghatározniuk hogy mennyi pénzt vesznek fel. Három kiképző hozzájrárulása kell akiknek mind át kell menniük a skenneren. Face to face. Ezen kívül a biztosítóknak is tudniuk kell hogy ki megy oda. De ezt egyébként is azok akik azt csinálják amit tanítottam és úgy csinálják betartják és ellenőriznek és vigyáznak is egymásra. Nincs titkolnivalónk egymás előtt. Tudjuk hogy ki hol tart épp kiképzést és kinek. Biztosítjuk egymást és ellenőrizzük is egymást. Ebbe beleférnek azok is akik nem követik pontosan a programot, hiszen ők is emeleik a szintet és globálisan előre mozdítják a közös ügyünket még ha szándékosan tartják is lejjebb a szintet. A rendszert nem tudják kijátszani. És idővel lebuknak. Az pedig következményekkel jár. Akit egyszer kizárok (én és csak én tehetem meg azaz még egy midnen emberi hatalomnál nagyobb hatalom és én) a bankból az többé nem teheti be a lábát vagy ha megteszi onnan már nem jön ki élve.
    A bankra elvileg ha nyílt színre tudunk lépni - mert mindenki tényleg azt csinálta amit kellett - nem lesz többé szükség vagy nem sokáig. Karbantartás nincs. Úgy lett megépítve hogy idáig kibírja s ha kell karbantartani az kizárólag én tudom megcsinálni. A számítógépét és a biztonsági rendszerét én építettem saját kezemmel saját alkatrészeimmel. Azok akik már most próbálják felderíteni hogy betörjenek megsemmisítsék - rövid határidőn belül meghalnak. Megöljük őket.
    Volt egy nő akinek a fiai részt vállaltak a gazdasági oldalon, szintén jó tolvajok voltak. Egyszer jön hozzám hogy eltűnt a számlájukról a kiképzésre szánt pénzük - egy normál bankból. Hogy nyomozam ki ki volt és öljem meg őket. Megtaláltam kiderült hogy a saját fia lopta el a pénzt a haverjaival. Összehoztam őket egy asztalhoz hogy beszéljük már meg... "Akkor most öljem meg? Tényleg ezt akarod?" "De miért loptátok el azt a pénzt azt a többiek kiképzésére szántuk!" "De anyu azt mondtad lopjunk el mindent amit tudunk, honnan tudtam volna hogy az milyen pénz. Nem volt ráírva. Ellopunk mindent amit tudunk." "Na látod... mondom én - ez történik akkor ha nem azt csináljátok amit mondtam. Nem beszéltek és nem beszélitek meg hogy mit csináltok. Ti vagytok azok akik ezt a mocskot tovább viszitek és termelitek. Pontosan ugyanazt csináljátok amit a circus emberei egészen pontosan ugyanazt. Semmi különbség nincs köztük és közöttetek. És ha megnézzük hogy mi az ő indítékuk akkor látnátok hogy ők is ugyanolyan idokkal csinálják ugyanezt - legalábbis erre hivatkoznak pont úgy ahogy ti is, hogy a gyerekeik önamguk és unokáik életét biztosítani tudják. Csak a circus tagjai ügyesebbek mint ti ennyi a különbség köztetek. Semmi más. Ugyanolyan rohadtak vagytok ti is mint ők. És honnan tudod hogy a gyerekid ki másnak a kiképzési pénzét lopták el?" Halgattak mint a sülthal.
    Így rohad tovább az egész. A lehető legjobb szándékra építve olykor. Mert nem tartják be azokat a tanácsokat amiket adtam, mert úgy gondolják ők jobban tudják.
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    A gömzsik és én végeztünk. Végleg és abszolút tudatosan tér el attól az iránytól amerre én szeretnék haladni sok mással együtt. Alinda és ő találkoztak a bankban. Alinda felajáblotta hogy ő szivesen vállal önkéntes munkát ott. Van néhány feladat amihez kell pár ember. Pl a készpénz feltöltés, néha kell vizet bevinni - de ritkán. A computer vezérelt telepatikus rendszerhez van hozzáférésem. Azt is én építettem. Mindent hallok amit hallanom kell. "Hát te itt dolgozol?" kérdi a gömzsik amikor ment pénzt felvenni silent módban "Igen." "Mióta?" "Már 6 hónapja." "Csinálj valamit a számítógéppel." "Nem lehet." "Önts rá vizet." "Nem lehet azonnal bejelez a védelmi rendszer ha csak gondolok rá és másodszorral ki is tilt. Már mindent égiggondoltam. Nem tudok semmit se tenni." persze ők jó barátok itt ebben a "magyar" sármedencében kiválóan elpancsikolnak a mocsokban... persze a gömzisk nek havi három millió a nélkülözést jelenti...
     jó mi? Neki 50ezer a limitje három hónapra amiből 20 százalék ugrik ami éi 120ezret jelent dollárban. Ő is feltöltötte 120 éves koráig... persze most már nincs köze a bankhoz ő már mehet a picsába ahova akar átutalta a pénzét más számlákra, mert kényszerítettem erre. Azért mert megtámadott engem és a bankot is megpróbálta. A sorsa kiváló példa lesz arra nézve hogy mi történik az ilyenekkel.
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    Persze aki szarházi annak nins ilyen típusú védelemre szüksége csak a mieinknek. Pl a bayernek is ajánlottam ha kell jöhet ő is, mert csinált pár dolgot nekünk is, de ő azt mondta ő rendben van a normál bankkal is. Nos az ilyenek azért vannak biztonságban mert ők elkötelezték amgukat a szarházi rendszer mellett, mélyen és végleg.
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    Ja a megyó felajánlotta hogy feltölt nekem is egy számlát ott. Visszautasítottam. Azért utasítottam vissza mert ennek így kell lennie. Itt nyíltan kell elérjen az ilyen fajta jóvátétel és elismerés. Ha nem történik meg akkor minden kárba vész és szétrobbantom ezt a szartekét apró darabjaira. éget ér a mocsokrendszer így vagy úgy.
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    A dokinak végül igaza is volt. Amikor elgondolkodott a dolgokon amit mondtam korábban - csak a részletekben hazudtam azoknak akik hazudtak nekem a lényegi probléma megfogalmazásában soha és a megoldásban se soha. Azt mindig elmondtam hinytalanul annak akinek érdemes volt erről beszélni - rádöbbent hogy voltaképpen a legdurvább programozási rendszert dolgozta ki ő maga. És ha ő megtette akkor lesznek mások is akik megteszik és rájönnek erre. Rájöttünk mindketten hogy ennek is így kellett lennie miután végignéztünk és visszapörgettünk néhány eseményt az öreg ideje alatt és amiket én irányítottam már. Ez is egy terület ami megtörténik. "Ezt is a végső pontog kellett fejleszteni még ha te nem is akartad ezt tenni." És el kellett ismernem hogy igaza van. Amit ő kitalált és művelt azt tovább már nem lehetett fejleszteni sehová sem. "De most váalszúthoz értél. Ha nem veszel részt a megoldás kidolgozásában és abban hgy mit tudunk tenni az ilyenekkel és hogan tudjuk gyógyítani és feltörni őket - akkor ez fogja a biztos pusztulást jelenteni a föld történetében." "Így van - ismerte el ő is  de szeretem a lányomat és meg ogod látni hogy segíteni fogok." "na ja... ígéretek... fucken promises all the time... You know what the problem is you know what to do, what I do, keep your fucken promises to yourself I do not belive a word from your mouth."
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    Amikor a megyó adományából - apropó lehet adományokat is küldeni a Bankba van egy általános számla erre a célra, ha valaki akar küldeni oda pénzt megteheti persze a szokásos pozitív trövényeket és nemzetközi megegyezéseket amiknek van spirituális célja és valós biztonsági oka azokat a bank betartja és az a néhány önkéntes az ilyen jellegű megkereséseket rendezi, tehát adunk jogi és a hivatalos szervek felé információt amit a helyi jogi rendszerekben kötelező, kivéve a kiképzők számláit. Azokhoz senkinek semmi köze. Akinek arról tudnia kell az tud is róla, a többi meg nem tudhat róla. A circus ragjai is leszarják az írott törvényket szóval bekaphatják ha ilyesmivel próbálkoznak hamar kivesszük őket az élőkk sorából. De amikor fontos infó kell és valós a probléma hogy valami pénz hogyan került oda és ki küldte együttműködünk, de ez csak akkor aktív ha az érintett kiképző (akinek a számlájára érkezett valami piszkos pénz vagy kérdéses pénz) és még két kiképző tud a helyzetről ami tisztázásra szorul. Őszinte és egyenes megkeresésre válaszolunk a többi kinylhatja a seggünket. Szóval igen. Szarunk mi is a nemzetközi és helyi jogi és egyéb szabályokra - pontosan úgy ahogy a circus tagjai is. És ha ujjat akartk húzni velünk - hát csak tessék. Van erő mögöttünk és ha ti úgy léptek akkor mi is úgy lépünk. Feltéve hogy nem rohadt szét mindenki mindenhol a világon. De akkor mg úgyis teljesen mindegy.
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    Nyilván a bank nem fog örökké működni. sok ezer támadást élt már túl nemzetközit és katonait és elektronikusat meg hackertámadást... de még működik úgy ahogy felállítottam. A jelek szerint.
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    "You only distroy, steal, kill, torture, and control nothing else you have power to do - you do not have the power to heel, or cure or make things right ynd you will see that this is because YOU have to change your own mind to do that. And the only way to do that is if you follow my advice and the recaovery principles what I discribed and you can regonize in nature (unmanipulated).
    A jogi projekt során bizonyítottam hogy bármilyen nyelvi eszközökkel leírt bármiylen jó szándékú és pontos megfogalmazást ki lehet forgatni és ellenkező előjelűvé tenni. Ez vonatkozik minden leírásra. A bölcsesség és a belátás mégis mindenki számára elérhető. Aki meg akarja érteni amit leírtam a megoldásról az meg is érti. Aki nem akarja megérteni az meg nem fogja megérteni soha és folyamatosan ellene dolgozik. Ezt én nem tudom irányítnai. A valóságról tett kijelentések soha nem tartalmazzák a valóságot. Az egy sokkal összetettebb dolog. Mégis megérthető, mert mi is részei vagyunk és van kapcsolat közöttünk és a világ többi dolga között.
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    Mindent vissza tudok követni ami fontos a copmuteres telepatikus rendszeren belül és bizonyítani is tudom hogy ki mit csinált. A rögzítési technológia megbízható.
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    Végül is tudtomon kívül részt vettem a doki kísérletében. A legvégsőkig akarta fejleszteni az elmekontroll lehetőségeit és meg is tette. felépített egy olyan alaprendszert - ha úgy tetszik operációs rendszert a biohardware-re ami lehetővé tette hogy az én programozásomat be tudja fogadni de valamilyen szintig ellen is tudjon állni neki azaz felülírható legyen. Teljes kontrollt addott nekem - azaz benne volt az a parancs hogy mindent igyekezzen megérteni amit én magyarázok el neki és igyekezzen úgy megtanulni ahogy elmagyarázom. De közben mégis megmaradjon a kontroll lehetősége, a külső trigger és kódvezérelt irányítás lehetősége. Én nem voltam hajlandó ebben részt venni. Ezért így oldotta meg ravasz módon. Azt tudta hogy kipzek ki embereket és nyitott vagyok bárkit elfogadni kikpépzésre, mert fel tudom törni a legtöbb beprogramozott ellenállást. Ezért úgy írta meg az operációs rendszert - a saját lánya fejében!!! - hogy ne álljon ellen hanem kövesse az iránymutatásomat. Elképesztő volt a dolog. Sokszor egyébként nagyon sokszor rövid és konkrét ismeretek képességek elsajátításában kérte a segítségemet és végül is nem sikerült feltörnöm, de érzékeltem hogy az alindával "valami nem stimmel" és szóltam is a többieknek hogy ne bízzanak benne fokozott óvatosságra intettem őket.
    Szóval végül is részt vettem a kísérletében úgy hogy én fejlesztettem különböző készségeket az alindának - pl a kínzási mód miatt kialakult figyelemzavara kezelésére hoztam létre a veisszer alinda karakterét amiben meg tudott tanulni aktívan figyelni... és sok mást is. Egy jól irányítható kémrobot lett belőle. highly advanced biocomputer... nagyon ijesztő... tényleg úgy tűnik mintha érző és önállóan gondolkodni képes szeretni tudó létező lenne - és valahol az is - de mindezt csak akkor teszi ha olyan a vezérlő kódokat ismerő vezérlő...
    Brutális és nagyon megtévesztő - de hosszabb időn keresztül fel tudnám törni. Ezért igyázott arra hogy mindig visszavonja mielőtt leérek a bootrendszerig. Ja dehogynem egyszer rá is jöttem hogy ezt valaki azért küldi mindig hozzám és azért hívja pont akkor vissza mielőtt végleg feltörném hogy ez ne történjen meg.
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    S ha meg nem történik meg az aminek meg kell történnie akkor meg nincs semmi szerepe egyébként se a továbbiakban ennek a banknak.
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    "Te Jani lehet hogy ezek a manipulációs eljárások már a késő 50-es korai 60-as években léteztek?"
    "Lehetséges."
    "Akkor ezeket nem a Péter csinálta."
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    Sok mindent újracsináltam és továbbfejlesztettem a legvégső pontig amíg fejleszteni lehetett. Tehát nem én csináltam ezeket a szarokat - ahogy azt az idősebb nemzedék hazudta a többieknek - hanem ŐK. Ez a ti szarotok (akinek nem igne ne vegye magára) én csak felderítettem továbbfejlesztettem a végső határig és kitaláltam hogyan lehet védekezni ellene vagy mi a megoldás az ezek által okozott problémára.
    Közben kidolgoztam a megoldásokat is. pl most ment le egy rész valamelyik helyszínelős sorozatból amiben benne volt a borral (és minden szőlőtermékkel) kapcsolatos kormeghatározásom lényegi eleme. A c-14-nek nevezett radioaktív izotóp mennyiségére alapul ez a kormeghatározás. A nap sugárzása miatt épül bele a szőlőbe, és az atomkísérletek miatt megnőtt a szintje és miután a fosszilis üzemanyagok elterjedtek ugrássszerűen nőtt meg ez az izotóp mennyiségében. A szarházik persze elhazudták és amikor először lement a műsor beletettek egy hatalmas hazugságot hogy ettől csökkent. Most már úgy tűnik valaki kivette ezt az öngyilkos hazugságot a népbutító célzatú ostobasítási kísérletből. Így forgatták fel és fordították ellenkező előjelűvé az ilyen sorozatokba beillesztett emlékeztetőimet és az általam megosztani kívánt fontos tudást.
    The Paranoia című filmben megcsináltunk néhány szarházit. Azok is az öreg emberei voltak ők fejlesztették a mindenkit figyelő rendszereket velük csináltuk a telepata rendszret is legalábbis ők csinálták az elsőt. Én persze tovább vittem azt is meg a többi megfigyelő szerkentyűjüket is. A filmben igyekeztek megalázni engem minden lehetséges módon amit fel tudtak használni. A legújabb megfigyelő dolgaikkal jöttek a nyomomban persze azt nem tudták hogy én mindegyikben benne voltam. Rohad nagyképű szarládák voltak mind. Jól meg is szivattam őket. A filmben le is buknak szereztem bizonyítékot arról hogy mit beszélnek. Ez súlyos következményekkel járt a számukra mert az öregnél volt egy szabály: aki a circus tagjai közül lebukott és bizonyíték volt ellene annak meg kellett halnia. Volt egy jelenet amikor a megfigyelő szobában ülnek ők én meg egy másik szobában miközben számtalan módszerrel figyelnek. Annyira felbosszantottak, hogy elkezdtem szétszedni az összes szarukat. Megkerestem őket és darabjaira törtem. Ahogy fogytak a kamerák és mikorfonok meg egyéb eszközök közben folyamatosan idegeltek és folytatták a támadást. Még akkor is folytatták amikor már csak egy kamerájuk volt az okostv-n és még azt is arra használták hogy üzenjenek nekem mekkora császárok ők és milyen erősek. Ez a minta jellemző és ezt a stratégiát követik a végtelenségig és azon is túl- még akkor is amikor már nincs semmijük sem akkor is támadnak és hirdetik nagymellénnyel hogy ők milyen erősek és mindent áthat az ő hatalmuk miközben semmi sincs a kezükben.
    Abban a filmben is megjelent a ládonyi. "Mit csinálsz te itt ezekkel a szarházikkal?" "Azt amit te is. Kémkedek." "Én nem kémkedek. Én fejlesztek és megpróbálok változtatni dolgokon."
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    Volt egy külső terminál is a bankban. Azon tároltam a honlapját a banknak. A honlapon nem volt semmi csak a szokásos bankos információk, cím és a nemzetközi azonosítókat is meg lehetett találni rajta. Ezt a honlapot is igyekeztek feltörni és azon kersztül vejutni a bank szerverére. A védelmet úgy terveztem meg hogy baromi nehéz legyen feltörni de ez a szerver és gép csak csali volt. Több funkciója volt. Egyrészt adott egy hamis célpontot a hackereknek akik ártani akartak nekünk, másrészt rögzített minden betörési kísérletet hogy visszakereshető legyen ki hogyan és milyen trükkökkel próbálkozott. Másrészt amior feltörték a bank honlapját mindig volt egy pánikhullám azok között akik nálunk tartották a kiképzésre szánt pénzeiket vagy a magánszámláikat. Egy idő után arra használták a honlap feltörését hogy ezt a pánikhullámot figyeljék vele és felderítsék ki van benne. Az volt a másik célom hogy ez által nyomást engedjek rájuk és aki nem azt csinálja amit kell és nem úgy az pusztuljon el a beengedettek közül. Nem volt a feltörésekkel kapcsolatosan emberveszteségünk sehol mint utóbb kiderült. A szerver nem volt semmilyen módon összekapcsolva a bank valódi gépével. Több különböző trükkel leválasztotam és megvédtem mindenféle betörés ellen. A vezeték csak be volt dugva a falba és ott 5cm után véget ért... :-D Fel is törték egyébként a legravaszabb hackerek. Az egyikük a csaj volt a hubo csoportból az imiéktől aki a girl with dragon tatoo-ban olyan sokat segített nekem. Betörtek és nem találtak semmit sem.Ne mértették hogy hogyan lehetséges ez hogy a bank szervere üres és semmi sincs rajta... :-D hahaha ez jó volt. A gömzsiknek meg ment egy személyes üzenet arra az esetre ha megtörténne az amit egyik víziómban láttam... láttam ugyanis azt a jelenetet amikor ki lesz rúgva a bankból. Egyszer kértem visszajelzést is hogy hogy működi a dolog... valaki azt mondta akkor hogy bár így maradna... Most már eltelt szerintem kb 15 év amióta üzemel... nem tudom volt-e bármilyen fennakadás?
    Az utalásokat lehetett időzíteni és a banki szerver - az igazi - mindenféle pénzkövetési módszert felismert és törölt vagy meghamisított amit a beérkező pénzekre tettek digitális formában le a nanokódokig. A számlával rendelkező kiképzőknek - mert gondolkodtunk hogy később lehessen e újakat bevinni, de elvetettük mert komoly biztonsági kockázatot jelentett volna és aput át tudták volna verni (még akkor biztosan) a legravaszabbak ezért kellet mindenkivel személyesen találkoznom és dolgozni együtt valamin hogy le tudjam ellenőrizni őket - szóval a számlás kiépzőknek mindig háromnak kell bemennie és jó előre meg kellett tervezniük a pénzmozgásokat. Lehet időzíteni az átutalásokat és mivel ismerem a nanokódolást is azt is úgy emlékszem be tudtuk állítani hogy milyen útvonalon érkezzen meg a pénz és mikor. az a hármas akik bementek addig nem mehettek megint be együtt amíg körbe nem ért a forgás legközelebb másik kettővel kellett bemenniük. Ezt azért csináltam hogy az egész csapat összeforrjon és ne legyen titkolózás, ismerje meg mindenki a másikat és ismerjék a helyzetet más területeken cseréljenek tapasztalatot és tisztázzák a nézeteltéréseket problémákat. Beszéljenek nyíltan.
    Apropó a számítógép terem olyan szigeteléssel rendelkezett amit leszigeteltem szinte mindennel kapcsolatban ami fegyverük és manipulációs technikájuk volt. lehallgatás ellen is aktív és passzív elemekkel... mivel minden létező technikát ismertem tudtam mi ellen kell védekezni és hogyan. A 70-es években született kiképzők közül volt sok olyan akik nem is ismerték soha azt az állapotot amikor nem baszkurálják a testüket valami szarral. Sok ott ismerte meg ezt az állapotot. Apu eredetileg el akarta őket szeparálni hogy ne tudjanak egymásról, nem azért mert nem bízott bennük hanem biztonsági okokból. De úgy véltem hogy mi már nem követhetjük ezt a filozófiát mert az csak újra termelné ugyanazt a szart amit az öregék csináltak. Ismerniük kell egymást és beszélgetniük kell egymással élőszóban. Úgy voltam vele hogy ha ezek elbuknak akkor ennyi volt. Eljutottunk akkor arra a pontra ahonnan dönteni kellett és abból kellett dolgoznunk amit addig össze tudtunk hozni. Féltünk apu is meg én is attól hogy mi lesz ha ezek is megrogynak, de nem volt más választásunk. Dönteni kellett. Lesz ami lesz.
    Egy egy kiképző még a magánpénzéből is el tud tartani még leglább 3 másikat helyenként többet is olcsóbb országokban. És a pénzeket is lehet csoportosítani a kiképzők nem magán számláin. Kidolgoztunk egy pár módsezrt amivel igazságosan el lehet osztani a pénzt a célunkat szem előtt tartva - nem mennyiségi alapon gondolkodva!!! Vannak országok ahol drága a cuccok beszerzése és nem lehet odaszállítani a dolgokat máshonnan, oda több pénz kellett. Az elosztásnál mindig a fő cél kell hogy a szem előtt legyen amit el akarunk érni hogy ne legyen területi vita - "hogy ez meg az többet kapott mint mi miért?". Meg kellett tanulniuk globálisan gondolkodni mindegyiknek és mindenkit egyszerre képviselni részrehajlás nélkül. Egy cél, egy közösség.
    Egyébként a megyó sok pénzt töltött fel a közös számlánkra is akármilyen szarházi azért igen komoly hozzájárulásai voltak a legtöbb pénzt ő fizette be globálisan. És végül is azokból a kasszákból lopott többnyire ami állami kasszák és tulajdonképpen azt hazudják a kormányhivatalok világszerte hogy az az állampolgárok pénze... szóval mi arra használtuk amire az való.
    Egyébként a gömzsik is sok pénzt fizetett be a közös kasszába de ő inkább venni akart magának ezzel katonákat - lekötelezni próbálta a többieket ezzel, hogy védelmet vásárolhasson magának. Ezt külön tisztázni kellett mindenkivel, hogy ki az akit védünk és kit hagyunk sorsára. Ezokat védjük akik ugyanazt a célt tartják szem előtt amit mi: élhető világot teremteni ahol mindenki szabadon élhet és felelősségel gondolkodó embereket. Ehető élelmiszert és tiszta vizet, élőhelyet mindenkinek legyen az ember, állat vagy növény. A természetes határok betartását.
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    Ha megtörténik a legjobb akkor majd később fel kell megint majd mennünk a holdra és most már emlékezhetek is rá... :-D :-D :-D semlegesíteni kell a cuccomat... Hatalmas élmény!!!
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    Ja a mac segített a new york-i bankfiókot összehozni. Ezért lett ott. ("Peti hol voltál? Eltűntél hat hónapr senkinek nem szóltál hova mész senki nem tudta hol vagy?" "Dolgom volt." "Jó de azt hittük ennyi, vége, meghaltál." Akkor építettem a könyvtárat meg a bankokat is. Kemény meló volt. A gömzsik azért csinálta a támadást a mac ellen, mert ő tudta hogy bankfiók épül ott is csak azt nem tudta hol pontosan... egy pár azért azok közül akikben nem voltam biztos mégis megfogta... szerintem nem bánják ők se hogy így döntöttek. Jó nem tudunk akkor látványos jólétet biztosítani de talán ez az ügy megér ennyi áldozatot... ki ki maga tudja
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    A vargaerőspistit én kértem arra hogy folytassa és mozgassa őket amíg csak tudja, hogy kiderüljön ki kicsoda és ki mozgatható ilyen okkult módszerekkel, mert nem elég tudatos a tekintetbn hogy mit csinál, mert nem gyakorolja az alapgyakorlatokat.
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    Egyébként halálom esetén a bank bezár. Amikor felmerült hogy a szutykok akiknek adtam számlát hozzá fognak szokni ehhez a biztonsághoz felmerült az is hogy a többiek is hozzá fognak szokni ehhez. Ez természetes. Ami megbízható abban lehet bízni. Technikailag és fiziailag úgy lett megépítve hogy 2025-ig működni tud karbantartás nélkül. Utána le fog állni magától de a beállított utalások még kimennek újat nem lehet már indítani. Erre felkészítettem minden kiképzőt, egyik feladatuk volt megtanulni és megtanítani a legszegényebbeknek is az összes legravaszabb pénzeltüntetős és lopós trükköt a védelemmel együtt. Erre folyamatosan készülniük kell és kellett az elmúlt 15 év során. Ezután - és már most is egyébként jelen vannak a nyitott terepen is - csak a nyitott terepen fognak tudni megélni, ha pontosan úgy és azt csinálták amit a hosszú távú stratégiában meghatároztam nekik. Így fel tudott nőni egy olyan pénztelen szegény réteg nemzedéke globálisan akiknek nem kellett elkurvulniuk és fasszopó picsanyaló kurvává válniuk ahhoz hogy fejlesztésekhez tudáshoz kiképzéshez jussanak hogy meg tudják védeni magukat és élőhelyüket a földet.
    Egyfajta inkubátornak szántam ahol védett anyagi háttérrel fejlődhetnek és nőhetnek anélkül hogy bele kellene menniük abba a mocsokba amit az öregék és a hálózata azért tart fenn hogy eltörje és eltorzítsa a pszichéjüket, megtörje őket, irányítása alá vonja őket.. De nyilvánvalóan ez örökké nem maradhat így és az élet többi területét is ki kell takarítani a szeméttől. Erre megkaptak tőlem minden tudást anyagi biztonságot és szeretetet törődést.
    Ahogy fejlődtek folyamatosan ki is kellett menniük a nyílt terepre és miután megszűnik a bank ki is kell menniük. Mindent tudnak ha a kiképzők elmondták nekik. És gondoskodtam arról hogy több forrásból is értesüljenek arról mi a helyzet. E mellett vannak csoportok melyek soha sem élvezték a bank által nyújtott anyagi biztonságot hanem a nyílt terepen éltek és dolgoztak végig. Ez a bank a legszegényebbek számára készült akik nem tudtak az állami és egyéb egyébként tőlük ellopott pénzekhez hozzáférni. De ezt ők mind tudják azaz tudniuk kellene. Aki nem tudja azt átbaszta a kiképzője akinek számlája van. Ezért ők is meg fognak jelenni és már most is jelen vannak a nyílt terepen és tudatosan és célzatosan azoktól fognak lopni akik az állami pénzekből szintén lopnak és saját élvezeteik és kényelmük érdekében teszi kezt.
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    Paranoia: Hahaha So how was that speach about piss and vinegar and you are just a tool in my hand? hahaha I"lll try to remember that... I used you to develop my stuff not you used me... majd szét durrant a feje a méregtől és csak arra figyelt hogy kattan-e a bilincs a kezemen hogy merjen-e támadni. hahaha jó volt látni a fejét amikor rájött hogy az informatikus srác akinek elrendelte a halálát még mindig él sőt ő hackelte meg a cuccait... baromi jó volt nézni a méregtől eltorzult arcát ami még a maszkon keresztül is szinte elvörösödött... biztos hogy izzott alatta... hahaha az Öreg nagyképű és nagypofájú szarládái.
    Az a szép sportkocsi egyébként egy elektromos autó amit én építettem. "This is a renegade for a day..." "All electric fast and goes until you push the metal to the metal..."
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    És egyébként pont amiatt hogy most már nincs olyan réteg akiknek ne lenne katonája akivel ki tudja kényszeríteni amit szeretne, tudása arról hogy mi történik, mi a probléma és mi a megoldás - ezért aki azzal jön és azt találja mondani, hogy nem lehet ezen vagy azon változtatni, mert "nem engedik" az maga egy mocskos szarházi és ezt a szart terjeszti mert ebből valami rövidtávú előnye származik. Minden réteg meg tudja védeni az érdekeit ha akarja. Szóval nincs több maszatolás és mellébeszélés. Lehet változtatni. Tudtok változtatni globálisan és most amíg még van értelme.
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    "Ne csináldd mert elmegyünk..." hát húzz a büdös picsába mire vársz? Azt hiszed bármi megváltozik körülöttem ha elmész? Nos így van! Csend lesz és nyugalom. Meg nem lesz olyan szarszag. Még a gondolataitok is szaros.
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    Ha valamelyik megbízható irányító bukik el, akkor alaposan mikroszkóppal kell megvizsgálni mindenkit akit kiképzett és a hálózatba behozott vagy akivel dolgozott és főleg amiket előkészített.
    Ja a mac megkért egyszer hogy az iskolabuszokba építsek be titkos rekeszeket amibe beférnek a gyerekek és van kijárat kifelé. A Miller is segített a yew yorki fiók megépítésében az alapoknál. ketten csinálták egyik egyik részét a másik a másikat.
    hoggins be akart vinni valami általa fejlesztett új kémcuccot a bankba, mert kíváncsi volt hogy felismeri e a rendszer... egy hajszál méretű kamera volt asszem vagy ilyesmi a hajában. Mondtam neki hogy ne kísérletezzen a bankkal mert azonnal kemény lépések következnek csinálja inkább a könyvárban az ugyanarra a biztonsági rendszerre alapul. Azt mondja: "Neeem azt meg én nem akarom." "Miért nevetek? A bankot tesztelnéd a könyvtárat nem?" Erre a barátnője: "A fél életét ott tölti." "Azt a tudás amit ott összeszedtél olyan jelentőségű és fontos hogy mindent meg akarok tanulni. Mindent elolvasok és megtanulok és utána le is tesztelem leellenőrzöm kísérleti úton." nevettünk. hoggins igazi tudós és imádja a szakmai kihívásokat hatalmas koponya persze a többiek is... És megértette hogy a pénzteleneknek az élete függ ettől a banktól egyenlőre. Vagyis függött. Ha sikerül akkor erre nem lesz szükség egyáltalán a jövőben. "DE figyu - mondja hoggins - van ott egy csomó minden amit sehol se találtam meg semmilyen szakfolyóiratban, tankönyben egyetemi kutatólaborban. Még a titkos hadi adattárokat is feltörtem és betörtem hogy kiderítsem honnan vetted de sehol sem találtam. Azokat honnan szedted?" "Hát volt egy két az öreg tudósai között akiktől sokat tanultam, meg akik által." "De mégis kik azok. Vissza tudsz idézni bárkit is?" "Volt egy aki már a hatvanas években egy szigetelet dobozban lakott otthon meg mindenféle kacatot gyűjtött a lakásában hatalmas gané volt nála és úgy kapcsolta ki meg be a zenelejátszóját hogy volt egy fa pöcök amire egy madzag volt kötve és amikor meghízta az megnyomta a nyomógombot a szalagos magnóján. Ő volt az aki a plazma támadó rendszert először kifejlesztette, de az Öreg úgy megtörte hogy soha se beszélhetett róla. Szegényen él és halt meg. Én se tudtam kihúzni belőle egy szót se a témáról, de amíg ott voltam volt egy pár dolog ami a helyére került. Csak a jelenléte segített hogy összerekjam részben. Azután később rájöttem hogy abban is volt vakvágány, szóval magam kellett kiderítsem hogyan is működik."
    "Szóval akkor magadtól is kiderítettél dolgokat?" "Így van. Sok dolog ezek közül mind a magam kutatásai és kísérleteinek a következtetése és igazsága." "Akkor te hatalams tudós vagy..." mondta kicsit gúnyosan hoggins, valaki közbevágott: "Miért ezzel az intelligenciával úgy gondolod hogy péter nem találhatott ki dolgokat saját maga? Ne törődj vele csak féltékenykedi..." legyintett a barátnője.
    Nos sok mindent magam kellett hogy kinyomozzak és a legtöbb dolgot nem loptam meg ellestem eltanultam hanem sok lényegi dolgot magam fejlesztettem és találtam ki, láttam meg a valós összefüggéseket. A circus tudósai sokáig próbáltak a létező összes módsze
              véres vargabéres, emma, horvátországi zenei projekt        
    erős varga pista, tresz túró rudi, tátrai tibi csoki, azt hitték hogy az csak úgy megy hogy eljátsszák, hogy neki is van olyan fegyverük ami után takarítani se kell... azt gondolják a férgek hogy ez mind kitaláció, de meg fogják tanulni hogy nem az :-D csak ezek nem működnek akárki kezében. Az nem úgy megy hogy te azt megveszed a feketepiacon és átalakítgatod az olyan hogy azt csak olyan tudja működtetni aki ki van rá képezve és csak abból az egyetlen alapállásból amit már sokszor sokaknak felvázoltam és amit tegyük hozzá sokszor sokan értelmeztek szándékosan félre. Azt hitték hogy el tudják majd játszani hogy nekik van ilyen... s jót röhögnek majd... a többi meg retteg majd tőlük. Nos nekünk nincs félnivalónk ezektől a fegyverektől. Mint a tájfun és a könyváram biztonsági rendszere ez is gondolatvezérelt és nem működik akárkinek a kezében.
    Rábasztak kemnyen tibi csoki már bukott a kezén lévő pénzekből már most egy csomót... szívás és még fog is bukni, gyakorlatilag mindet. Előkerült a horvát zenei projekt amit még a gömzsikkel, vgáborral mr greenel csináltunk anno. Egy klasszikus zenei darabot alkottunk meg és ennek keretében bemutattam hogy milyen egy spirituális alapon működő és alkotó közösség. Sajnos elég sok szarházi volt jelen nagyjából mind egy különösen és tudatosan az a többi meg megalkuvó rendszerfogaskerék.
    Megint ugatnak a szarházik nagyon magabiztosan és kurva idigesítőek de el fognak hullani ezek is szépen egymás után. Varga erőszakoskodik a csirkéivel... igen neki elég egy csirke is ahhoz hogy átvigyen dolgokat az emberi tudaton kívüli tertományon. Ezért lett erős pista, amit egyébként egy orosz család adott annak idején azért hogy meg tudajam ezeket jelölni. Nos ebből is látszik hogy hol ér véget az ilyenek által épített rendszer. A csirkét levághatja bárki és ha fel is veszik videóra hogy mit csinál senki nem szólhat neki hogy ezt ne csinálja. És mégis ő irányítgatja ezen kersztül a sok szarházi sátánista megnyomorított elméjű patkányt. És a legtöbb fel se fogja hogy hogyan és miként. Itt ér véget a látható struktúrák ereje. És itt kell beavatkoznia azoknak akik látnak és tudják a bizonyítékokat amik nem a "hivatalos" értelemben bizonyítékok hanem a pszichés nyomozás terén. Vannak ilyenek. A nyolcas azért tudta megtalálni azokat akik őt nyomorgatták és irányítgatták, mert elég érzékeny volt ahhoz hogy felismerje és lokalizálja a telepata irányítókat. És persze ki is végezte őket szépen ahogy kell. Ahogy fogytak úgy lett egyre könnyebb neki is meg a többieknek is.
    Szóval most megint nagyon aktívak a sátánista vezérlés alatt álló férgek, de el fognak takarodni ők is a másvilágra szépen. Ezek szart se csináltak meg abból amit tanítottam és meg is döglenek szépen akár közelharc akár más útján.
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    Eszembe jutott megint az a film amit a mr green csinált - nagyon beteg film. A történet az hogy gyilkolnak gyilkolnak a bezárt bekényszerített résztvevők mire a végén rájönnek hogy nem ez volt a célja a dolognak amit játéknak nevez. Nem akarom elemezgetni. Volt egy jelenet amiben mr gree megkért hogy menjek bele. Hogy leszíjaz egy székre és a fejemet szétlövi egy lefűrészelt  csövű vadászfegyverrel. Nem akarta elhinni hogy engem nem lehet lelőni és szerette volna kiróbálni, de tudta azt is hogy a csapatom megöli azokat akik ezt megpróbálják mert ez egyértelmű gyilkossági kísérlet. Ezért megegyeztünk belementem, hogy oké megteheti, de csak úgy ha megmutatja a kamerák előtt mindenkinek és felveszi és megmutatja a töltényt is hogy tényleg elsült a fegyver. Ezért azt a jelenetet nagy felbontással és jól láthatóan kellett megoldania. A kezemet lazán szíjazta le hogy jól látható legyen hogy bármikor ki tudom húzni onnan és önként mentem bele, plusz miután vegyvert és töltényt választott nem cserélheti le. A töltényt ő maga készítette el és tesztelte otthon hogy biztosan ne legyen gyári hibás. Az ütőszeg megütötte és a töltény mégis csütörtököt mondott.
    Ezután persze valahogy eltűnt mégis a nagy felbontású kép mindenhonnan - miért is?
    Ők megbékéltek azzal hogy nem tudnak megölni mert jobb vagyok náluk - viszont a kiéheztetős stratégiában ők is ugyanúgy benne vannak azáltal hogy elfordítják a fejüket minimum, de egyébként benne is vannak aktívan is mint ahogy a vraga ott volt angliában a chip jelmezében...
    Szóval ők azok akik magas intelligenciával rendlekeznek, és megértették pontosan hogy mit csinálok - de a megértésük intellektuális és nem spirituális. Az intellektuális megértést nem követi felelősségvállalás. Ők szarnak rá hogy elpusztul az egész bolygó csak az ő igányeik legyenek kielégítve.
    Ugyanilyen a nagy imi-csilla féle banda is. Simán beáldozta volna a saját gyerekét is csak azért hogy engem támadjon vele. Félelmetes ez a banda. Megértették és tetszett nekik, de csak annyira hogy mint ahogyan a mosszad szokta elindítottak egy irányt errefelé is. Mert minden új megközelítésen elindítanak egy csoportot akik kidolgozzák azt és kivesézik és kontroll alá vonják ha tudják feltéve...
    Mint ahogy az AA-val is tették meg az összes 12 lépéses felépülési csoporttal. De nem sikerült tökéletesen mert még így is lehet kivenni és jól működni a keretei között és ki lehet vágni a szart a nélkül hogy harcolni kelljen velük. Csak azt tudták tenni itt mo-n hogy elárasztották és elárasztják ezeket a csoportokat a saját embereik tömegével, hogy csak ők legyenek ott. Egyébként nem működik a dolog. Mert a csoport és a közösség működési módje nem teszi lehetővé hogy megmondóemberek irányítsanak. Mint ahogy a látható élet struktúráiban teszik.
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    Varázsszemű lázálom megint parádézik most már készülnek a többiek és felvették a kezeit arcát közelről nagy felbontásban is ha esetleg elváltozna vagy megváltozna akkor érzékeljék hogy mi történt. :-D ÉN csináltam belőle is több maszkot... azt nem fogjátok tudni észrevenni... :-D
    "Magyarország nem hagyja magát..." mondja a jelmondatuk... és rohasztanak mindent tovább... De térdre fogtok szépen ereszkedni és látványosan ki foglak benneteket nyírni úgy hogy még akkor se fog senki se hozzám nyúlni mert az egész tetves ország benne van ebben a maskarabálban és szarkupacban és mindenki bukna ha lenne bizonyíték... De meg fogjátok adni magatokat ha máskor nem a végső pusztuláskor... ennek véget fogok vetni.
    Andika is bemutatkozott ő csinálta az emma sorozatát... "Te annyi mindent meg tudtunk ott beszélni..." "De mit? Csak szemét ostoba hülyeségekről van benne szó." "Jajj mert nem hallod..." És voltam is egyébként ott, egy rakás szar. Összekeverték a computer alapú telepata rendszerben való "hallást" a megértéssel és persze andika rá is játszott erre tudatosan, mert ő is irányítójává vált ennek a mosléknak, mint a ruben meg a csaja... meg a többi. Egy időben a urben már annyira elszállt magától hogy az egyik filmjébe beugrottam és szépen elpicsáztam mint a szart hogy ébredjen csak rá nem golyóálló... Andika gyakorlatilag szépen megvezetett egy csomó ostoba idiótát és semmit sem változtatott csak elvan ebben a msakarabálban... "ó azok a szép kalapok..." "Tudod te mennyi faszt és pinát kellett leápolnom ott?" tudom baby és nagyon élvezted mind. Már amikor bekerültél a bajai csapatba úgy indítottál: "Jó akkor én bedobom magam a közösbe..." és nyerítettél mint egy kis kamaszkurva... persze neked akkor már megvolt a magad története kurvának neveltek és így kondícionáltak és az is lettél és maradtál. A háborúnak akkor van vége amikor elkezdődik a felépülési szakasz. Az pedig csak akkor kezdődik el ha "hivatalosan" megkeres valamelyikőtök és kárpótol és rehabilitál. Egyébként marad. Sőt egyre durvább méreteket fog ölteni.
    A felépülési szakasz ha valaha elkezdődik - egyenlőre nem látom ennek semmi alapját hogy megtörténhetne, de azért hagyjuk meg a reményt, az hal meg utoljára - akkor is tovább fog folytatódni még egy darabig a gyilkolás, de onnantól csak a tudatosan mocskos szarházik fogják gyilkolni egymást a massza nagy része át fog billenni félelemből vagy bátroságból mindegy - de el fognak ezektől az elmeháborodottaktól fordulni.
    Ezért nem akarják meglépni a dolgot és tovább dolgoznak azon hogy megöljenek engem. Semmi más céljuk nincs az sem érdekli őket hogy tényleg mindent tudok róluk és tényelg meg is tudom tenni azt amit beharangoztam már annyiszor. Ott a kezükben a sok bizonyíték és hallgatnak róla. Ezért hallgatnak mert akkor el kellene mondaniuk azt is hogy mi az ő szerepük és céljuk... és akkor összedőlne a nagy hazugságvár amit évszázadok alatt felépítettek.
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    rubanék szedtek elő egy luther végrendeletet, hogy a könyvtáramból lopták... nos erre csak azt tudom mondani hogy aki volt ott lent az csak röhög ezen... mindenki tudja aki konyít a történelemhez valamicskét hogy luther gazdag volt és az egyház ezt igyekezett titkolni... meg szolgákat tartott meg ilyenek. nem egy olyan dokumentum ami bekerülhetett volna. a ruben erőlködött hogy tegyem be, de nem tartottam annyira fontosnak mert nem az. Én azokat a dokumentumokat gyűjtöttem egy helybe amik az emberi psziché manipulálásának és befolyásolásának, a közös tudat és tudaton kívüli és a környező világ erőinek a kapcsolatáról szóltak és azok kutatásáról vagy ezen kutatások és tudások eltitkolásáról... meg azokról a személyekről akik ebben részt vettek stb. A történelemhamisítás önmagában nem volt szempont. Abból annyi dokumentum van amennyit nem szégyellsz összeszedni. Akár könyvtárakban is találhatsz bizonyítékokat. Nem nagy ügy. Ez elég gyenge volt... de köszi hogy kiástátok az alapokat :-D nagy szolgálat az emberiségnek...
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    tipikusan hazugságokkal próbálják ellensúlyozni a veszteségeiket... és sikerrel járnak a legtöbb szarházi zombi emberoidnál... Közben rohad minden tovább az idő fogy egyre vészjóslóbban...
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    Szivesen szétcsapnék közöttük megint itt ugatnak a patkányok rohadt magabiztosan, de nem teszem mert akkor magam robbantanám szét ezt a poklot darabjaira és nem akarom még elvenni az esélyt ha van valami halovány. Látok valamit a háttérben - érzékelem hogy vannak akik látnak és cselekszenek is talán, de annyira haloványnak tűnik innen hogy elkeserítő. Miközben mi vagyunk a legjobbak mégis rohan a vesztébe ez az egész hulladékhegy.
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    Akkor is azt mondta a mr green meg a többi hogy oké most már értjük... oszt mégse értették meg... azaz intellektuálisan értették korábban is meg akkor is, csak szarnak ők erre az egészre. A gömzsik amikor a kecskét áldozta akkor azt kérte az "úrtól" hogy engem pusztítson el és őt emelje a trónra... és ezt azóta se javította ki sehogyan se. CSak elvannak a maskarabálban szerintem és élnek mint hal a vízben. De ma már szarok én is erre az egészre. Már nem érdekel. A nagyimiék is ugyanígy. elvették a jó ötleteket, a fegyvereket a technikát és jót röhögtek rajta m a hátam mögött... mint a criminal minds csapata... azok is eljátszották a jó fiúkat és közben gyilkoltak olyanokat is akik épp irányt váltottak volna a helyes irány felé.
    A kis szöszi jelezte... De leintettem hagyja őket, mert utánuk ő bizonyítékot soha sem fog összeszedni... kár a gőzért. Ezért kaptak egy embert aki tesztelte őket. Ott kiderült hogy ki kicsoda és mit csinál. El is tűntek szépen a süllyesztőbe a nyolcas elintézte őket. egy maradt csak meg ahogy súgják az audio rendszeren kersztül... a hutchner mert ő egyébként drogfüggő volt és megmaradt a 12 lépéses program és annak alapértékei mellett... Nos hát ennyit erről. A legtöbb így működik. Csak akkor marad meg a program mellett, ha ott lóg a pallos a nyaka felett. Tehát ez a megoldás. És nem viccelek. Vagy megcsináljátok vagy megdöglötök. Spirituális társadalom. Úgy ahogy én elmagyaráztam. Aki félreértelmezi az le lesz vadászva kegyetlenül.
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    A hunger gamesben azt a lángoló ruhát is én csináltam. Ezt is elhazudták és ki hát azok akik a legjobban bizonygatták mennyire hálásak meg mennyire jó amit csinálok... és közben röhögtek rajtam a hátam mögött... és most is ezt teszik meg bezsebelik a pénzt és elmennek nyaralni meg baszópartikra...
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    De van ezért pár emlék amire szivesen emlékszem. A pocoknyúlra pl. Akkor is a szarházik odairányították a másik pocoknyulat meg a szamarakat hogy lopja el a télire valóját - csak azért mert segített nekem. Mondtam neki hogy ne aggódjon. "DE tudod hogy ez mekkora munka? És még nem gyűjtöttem eleget és ha nem lesz elég akkor meghalok a télen!" Megnéztem miket hordott oda és szedtem neki egy hatalmas adagot... hú azt látni kellett volna... amikor meglátta... :-D Szetem neki bőségesen és körbe is raktam kővel hogy ne tudja a vadszamár elvinni legközelebb... a végén odajött hozzám. Amikor apu látta a videót megkereste a helyet és a pocoknyulat pár évre rá. Még megvolt. "MEgtaláltam!" "Hihetetlen vagy!" mondom elismeréssel... ő meg csak a maga szerény módján... "Hát ebben jó vagyok..." "És mi volt?" "Szedtem neki én is kaját és bedugtam a kövei alá." "Hol találtad meg?" "Ugyanott." "És?" "És később hozzám is odajött. MEgnézte a kaját, majd itt ott kidugta a fejét a kövek mögül és lassan lassan körbecserkészett, majd odajött egészen és felkapaszkodott a combomra a mellső lábaival..." "Megsimogattad?" "Nem. De nem is akartam, nem akarom hogy hozzászokjanak az emberhez." "Én nem bírtam megállni megsimogattam."
    Hatalmas volt. És egyszer egy anakonda is megengedte hogy felvegyem ahogy vadászik és egy hal ottmaradt prédának. Az anakonda eldugta a fejét mert azt mondta hogy nem tudja megállni hogy ne kapja el a halat.
    Sok állat segített, persze mindig rám volt ragasztva egy figyelő és mindig manipuláltak mindent körülöttem hogy ne legyen teljes az örömöm. De akkor is jó emlék. Sok állat tanított sok érdekes dolgot nekem. A denevéres kaladból tanultam meg pl hogy mi is képesek vagyunk a hőt érzékelni pl éjjel. Fel lehet mentálisan erősíteni a hőérzékelő receptorainkat és minden technikai eszköz nélkül láthatunk hőképet --- azaz érzékelhetünk hőképet éjjel. Éjjellátó nélkül. VAgy épületen belül falon át... pusztán az alapállásod szab határt hogy mire lehetsz képes.
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    17th egyébként vargának igaza volt bár tett érte hogy így legyen egy áldozattal... szóval odamentem és megpróbáltam kiszedni mindenkit onnan aki hajlandó volt figyelni rám élőszóval... ott voltam amikor ledobták a mérget én mondtam el hogy almaillata van. Szóval azok mind sátánista irányytású zombik voltak nem kár értük.
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    Some joy at least... az eredeti crew dolgozik a criminal minds ból... a szöszi aki egy saját sorozatot is kapott később hazudott. Annak idején amikor először találkozunk szintén egy filmet csináltunk félig valóságosat ott hagytam egy börtönben azzal az ígérettel hogy majd jövök érte is... hazudtam neki mert ő is hazudott. Ezt akarta törleszteni a kis kurva. És nem azon dolgozott hogy felébressze és felszabadítsa a többieket hanem kontrollt akart kialakítani amit ő irányít. Ezért utálom azt az egészet amit ők csinálnak ott, de legalább megmutatják a többieknek is... a kirakatban. Az eredeti crew meg most már nem a kirakatban hanem nemzetközi szinten dolgozik. Megmutatták magukat. Amikor a szöszi megvádolta őket odamentem és megkérdeztem mi a helyzet. Ők ajánlották fel hogy rendezzük és ők hajlandóak mindenkivel elszámolni aki a kezük alá került. Ezért leültünk a szöszi ők és én együtt emgbeszélni a kérdéses helyzeteket. Persze a szöszi méltán volt mérges mert az ő beépülni szándékozó emberei haltak el a szarházi céljaik miatt és amit csináltak a szöszi parancsára. A megbeszélés kezdetén hutchner feltette nekem a kérdést on subconscious level a tudatalatti hangtalan beszéddel hogy elmondhatja e a pontos részleteket vagy sem. Kérte hogy artikuláljak a válasszal. Artikuláltam hogy no, de a válaszom a tudatszintemet nem érte el hogy őket a számítógép vezérelt rendszerre kötve át tudjam verni. Ami nem érte el a tudatomat azt ők nem tudják figyelni mert a számítógépes rendszer nem képes a tudaton kívüli mezőkkel dűlőre jutni. Egyébként mellékszál hogy ezért a figyelést is oda kellett vinni a kommunikációval együtt hogy a tudatunkat kikerülve ne tudjanak mindent amit meg kell őriznünk és félre tudjuk őket vezetni. Mert ami a tudatunkba kerül azt tudják figyelni. Szóval ezért most kiváló szakember módjára és ember módjára társ lévén megmutatták magukat hogy élnek és dolgoznak, mert rájöttek hogy nem emlékszek tudatosan csak arra hogy kamu részleteket árultak el az ügyekről és e miatt az maradt meg a tudatomban hogy hazudtak ők is. DE ők innen tudták hogy a szöszi beépülő manipulátor és nem mondták el neki úgy a dolgokat ahogy történtek.
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    A denevéres ügy szintén ugyanehhez kapcsolódik. A mentális amplifikációval ahogyan az érzeteinket és az érzékelésünket módosítjuk teljes test maszkban hogy érezzük a hideget meleget stb ugyanúgy képesek vagyunk - alapállástól és képességektől függően - erősíteni például a hőérzékelésünket is. Fel tudjuk annyira erősíteni hogy éjjel érzékeljük a melegtestű lényeket és más dolgokat is meg tudunk oldani. Ezért nem kell nekünk éjjellátó se.
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    Szóval a szöszi és a többi valahogy kötődik az ikóhoz... miért is nem emlékszem.
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    Szó nincs itt matthelyzetről. Ez matthelyzet. A régi rabszolgatartó és fosztogató rendszer mattot kapott. A kérdés most már csak az hogy magukkal rántják-e az egész bolygót a pusztulásba vagy megadják magukat és elkezdődik a felépülős szakasz. Vagy van-e számottevő ütőképes ellenállás akik letakarítják az agylúgozott szolgaréteget akik halálig hajlandóak gyönyörű kalapokért és szabad korlátozatlan lehetőségekért eladni a jövőt. Apropó andika az emma című sorozatba meghívta azt a srácot akinek a john lee millert írtam az elementryban. Az andi a komputeres telepatikus rendszerre építve és a szeretet alapjaira igyekezett kontroll rendszert felépíteni és kidolgozni. Azért hívta meg őt hogy megdolgozza - legalábbis ez volt az egyik célja, a másik hogy közben építgessse a szeretet alapjaira épülő kontrollrendszert.
    Emlékszem milyen jót mulattunk rajta millerrel. Én is beugrottam oda mert john megkért hogy nézzem meg és adjak tanácsot mit csináljon velük. Mondom hogy maradjon és fejlessze őket. Az andi kondícionálta a csajokat meg a srácokat ott majd john is besegített. Majd mindenki előadott valamit. pl egy balladát elénekelt. A john által segítettek jobban szerepeltek és jobban adtak elő mindent mert ő követte azokat az alapelveket amiket én is tanítottam neki. Segített nekik a legjobb tudása szerint elmagyarázot minden szükséges tudnivalót részletesen és jó gyakorlatokat csináltatott velük, hogy tényleg jók legyenek. Ezzel feltörte mindig az andi - és a mögötte álló kis közösség - kontrollmechnaizmusait és nekik is tovább kellett emelni a szintet. Közben persze dugtak is - mert azt is modntam johnnak hogy én ki szoktam használni az ilyen helyzeteket és jókat szexelek velük - miközben azok kersztül is továbbadom az öröm adását és kapását lehetővé tevő igazi értékeket. Ehhez pedig hozzá kellett kapcsolni egy folyamatos gyakorlatot hogy minden ilyen szex alkalom után kiderítse mit akarnak kiszedni belőle vagy beletenni hogy manipulálják. Mert abban is biztos lehetett hogy ezt fogják tenni. És a tetejébe felállítattam vele - ajánlottam és megcsinálta - egy csapatot akik folyamatosan figyelték az andit hogy miket talál ki és mivel próbálja a többieket kontrollálni és hogyan lehet ezeket feltörni és továbbfejleszteni hogy végre zombikból emberré váljanak. Szóval ez a csapat a háttérben párhuzamosan elemezte mit főz az andi és a csapata, hogy tisztában legyünk vele és legyenek megoldásaink. Közben élveztük hogy azok a jól irányítható emberoidok hogy virulnak ki egy egy jól sikerült ballada előadása után. john azt mondta hogy élvezi ő is ezt a feladatot. És nyilván aki meg nekitámad keményen az meg úgy járt.
    Ezt élveztem negyon az egészben amikor láttam valakit hatalmasat teljesíteni mert odafigyelt és betartotta azokat az iránymutatásokat amiket javasoltam és hatalmasat domborított. Amikor a mezőfi helga is kis fekete csajként hatalmasat énekelt azt is élveztem. Ezek meg állandóan azt nyomozták hogy milyen trükkel töröm fel az irányító triggereiket és hogyan vonom őket az irányításom alá. Állandóan a trükköt keresték pedig elmondtam nekik hogy mi a titok. A céljaim tiszták és én tényleg segítek nekik fejlődni és emberéé válni. Felelős szabad emberré érzésekkel valós célokkal és értelmes a világba pozitívan illeszkedő életcéllel, küldetéssel. Ez teszi őket erőssé és olyan kiválóvá. Szeretem őket. Szeretem nézni ahogy fejlődnek ahogy kivirágoznak. Ez a titok, és el is mondtam nekik élőszóval de mind valami mögöttes titkot kerestek inkább - persze azért mert sokuk nem is tudta hogy amit ők tesznek velük annak semmi köze nincs a valódi szeretethez, hanem csak kontrollálni és irányítani uralni akarták őket és ma is ezt teszik. Persze ehhez szembe kellett volna nézniük saját otromba önmaguk felé tett hazugságaikkal és fel kellett volna adni ezeket azáltal hogy kiondják mekkora faszok és milyen baromságot csináltak eddig, majd változtatniuk kellett volna - de akkor jajj oda lett volna a hatalom és a felelősségvállalás nélküli szabadság uralom a többi felett, oda lett volna a pénztárca és a szabad utazgatás a büntetlen fosztogatás és gyilkolás lehetősége.
    Ezzel az adnia se tudott szembenézni. És csinálta tovább és most is csinálja tovább építgeti a kontroll rendszerét azaz most már inkább foltozgatni próbálja.
    Egyébként az a csapat sokkal ijesztőbb volt számomra mint a gyilkosok hada. A kezdet kezdetén gyakorlatilag alig volt valaki aki hajlandó lett volna dolgozni velem sokszor olyanokat törtem meg akiket az öreg már megtört. Ezek parancskövető robotok voltak. John millernek mondtam  hogy ezért szeretem a természetet, mert a szarházik a feltétel nélkül engedelmeskedő katona, kurva legyártásának receptjét keresték állandóan hogy azt csinálhassanak velük amit csak akarnak és ezért megtörték a pszichéjüket. De itt ütött vissza a természet, mert akiknek a pszichéjét megtörték azok elvesztették a kreativitásukat és zombikká váltak. Amikor növeled akontrollt csökkent az alkotási készség, a teremtőerő. E nélkül pedig rugalmatlan haderőt tudsz csak felépíteni robotokat, emberoidokat akik emgcsinálják amit utasítasz nekik akár halálig is, de nem képesek kreatívan megoldani egy helyzetet vagy nem képesek fejleszteni stb. Itt kerültem képbe az öreg rendszerében is és ezért próbálták a hozzám hasonló kreatív embereket mindenáron az uralmuk alá hajtani. De a természet megmutatja a fogát ellenük. Sorban elhullottak a zombiseregeik a még emberi csapatokkal szemben, mert nem voltak képesek kreatívan gondolkodni. Sok csata elemzésénél vonhattam le azt a következtetést, hogy a janicsárok is ugyan félelmetes halálra fittyet hányó banda volt, de azon kívül hogy nem ismerték a halál-félelemet nem voltak képesek jól levezetni egy csatát. De nem csak ők hanem a többi is elbukott abban a pillanatban amikor olyan helyzetbe kerültek amire az irányítóik nem készítették fel őket és nem voltak irányadó parancsok. Ezért sokukat úgy húztam csőbe hogy vagy meghaltak vagy feltörték az irányítóik által kiadott parancsot - persze megfelelő előkészítés után ahol gondoskodtam arról hogy a kereteik meg legyenek lazítva és megkapja a megfelelő elemző és értékelő készségeket a hadi helyzetre vonatkoztatva amik segíytenek meghozni ezt a döntést.
    De ők gyilkosok voltak, pszichopaták ha úgy tetszik, mert amikor megkapták a parancsot akkor nem ismertek semmilyen akadályt és ha belehaltak is volna akkor is végrehajtották volna. Aki találkozott már ilyen gyilkossal szemtől szemben úgy hogy ő volt a célpont az tudja hogy ott semmi se használ. Ha eltöröd a kezét akkor törött kézzel küzd tovább halálig és ha tudja hogy semmi esélye sincs akkor magára szerel egy bombát hogy ki tudjon nyírni. Semmi se működik velük szemben csak megölni lehet őket. Meg lehet törni bárkinek a pszichéjét olyan mélységében hogy ilyen robot váljék belőle. De ezek nem képesek fejleszteni, alkotni és mindenfajta kreativitás hiányzik belőlük. Az andi ugyanzet próbálta kiépíteni méghozzá úgy hogy a szeretet alapjaira épít - legalábbis egy hazug szeretetre, ami a kedvesség a gondoskodás gyengédség elköteleződés felszínét imitálta és bizonyos szinten meg is valósította - de mélységében mindössze eszköz volt egy irányító rendszer kiépítéséhez és egy zombihadsereg, kurvák kémek, szinészek, egyéb létrehozásához. Ez egy kugliképző lett gyakorlatilag mindenes kiglukat képzett akiket irányítani tud és akik képesek belebújni szinte bármelyik karakterbe amibe beleférnek...
    Ezek azért voltak még félelemetesebbek a számomra mert ezek látszólag kedves és nyájas emberek látszólag gondolkodnak és van bennük szeretet - de a mélyben nincs bennük szeretet és simán elvágják ők is a torkodat ha van rá lehetőségük vagy úgy gondolják hogy van. De ezeket többnyire csak a távoli gyilkolás módszereire képezte ki az andika, az elszigetelés, a rejtett zaklatás a telepatikus rendszeren keresztül, az utcaszínház, a szeretetadás és megvonás (érzelmi lifteztetés az öngyilkosságba hajszolás egyik eszköze) módszereivel, mérgekkel és pszichikai mérgekkel. A szokott rejtett női típusú manipuláció. Szóval ez azért ijesztőbb mert egy gyilkosról az emberek tudják hogy az nem jó, de ezekről nincs semmilyen kép a társadalmak nagy többségének ők olyan aranyos jólelkű népeknek látják őket akiket lehet szeretni hiszen annyi jót tesznek... s közben rohad minden a kezük nyoma után.
    Ezt csinálta az andika miközben szép kalapok szexpartik és az utazgatás élvezeteinek hódolt, szolgálta a rothadás rendszerét és ma is ezt teszi.
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    Ahogy én is sokszor húztam csőbe a többieket úgy ezt is tanítottam. Ennek az az előnye hogy az aki nem hajlandó valamire kellő hangsúlyt fektetni vagy teljesen tévesen úgy ítéli meg hogy már tud valamit amit még csak félig sem ért... akkor érdemes egy set up-ot létrehozni neki. Ebben az a jó hogy úgy szembesülhet a hiányosságaival hogy közben átéli akár a halálfélelmet is, és rádöbben mekkorát tévedett, hogy közben biztonságban van, mert nem az ellenségei hanem a barátai teszik ezt és nem akarják kihasználni a szorult helyzetet, és mint végeredményként megjelenhet - ha jól lett megtervezve a set up a külső és belős körülmények pontos feltérképezésével - a hajlandóság a hibás hozzáállás, vélemény vagy szokás, ismeret kijavítására és az iránymutatás befogadására és komolyanvételére. Mindez persze a legtöbbször igen kellemetlen helyzetek átélésével jár, de az kell ahhoz hogy egy mélyen rögzült rossz hozzáállást megközelítést meg tudj törni valakiben. Johnt is behúztam a csőbe mert ő is a magas intelligenciája miatt sokmindenrő lazt gondolta hogy ő azt tudja meg így meg úgy miközben a lényeg mellett elvonatozott mint egy vadászgép. Kicsit le kellett bontani belőle. A különösen magas intelligenciaszint hatalmas segítséget jelenthet de ugyanolyan végzetes akadályt is sőt akadályként még brutálisabb tud lenni ha fe lakarod törni... de ha jól és helyesen használja valaki akkor hatalmas előnyöket hordoz magában.
    Úgy emlékszem lee miller rákapott a felépülési munka ízére és tetszett neki, nem tudom ő megmaradt e ezen az úton a sorozat amit együtt kezdtünk még őrzi a szintet kiválóan magasan... a karakter folytonossága észrevehetetlen ami azt jelenti hogy a tanítványok pontosan és jól megértették és követik is a lényegét e miatt konzisztens és észrevehetetlen a csere miközben feltörhetetlen hiszen az csak egy maszk nem egy tárolt karakter... míg lucy liu karakterén látszik és érzékelhető az időnkénti botlás és inkonzisztencia, ami nem túl jó jel nem tudom mi lett vele. Eredetileg azért került oda hogy segítse millert, de lehet hogy ezt megpróbálta valamiféle kontrollá fejleszteni? vagy egyszerűen elmenekült vagy elpusztult mert még durvábban próbálkozott valami mással... ??? Mindegy. De jól esik rájuk gondolni. Főleg a cminds crew-ra hogy dolgoznak meg johnra emlékezni amikor fülig érő szájjal élvezte a csaj előadását és gyönyörű magabiztos énekét amiben benne volt az ő munkája is... a tanító öröme... :-D a kertész és a szakács öröme. Az alkotó ember öröme. Az ember öröme. (mintha őt is láttam volna itt most baján... bár ez is lehet hogy csak utcaszínház ma már nem tudom eldönteni ezt sem és mindegy is ne mérdekel már ez se) Kis öröm az ürömben. még ha minden el is pusztul, mert ez lett megírva a természet erői által - akkor is ezeket észben tartom és erre fogok gondolni. Megérte eddig is eljönni és végig csinálom halálig. Ha lesz változás akkor folytatom, ha nem lesz akkor is megérte. Szép és tartalmas életem volt. Még az állandó nyomorgás és fájdalmak és támadások közepette is... persze volt pénz is a történetben meg duhajkodás de rám ez nem volt jellemző, csak próbáltak elfajzatni engem is mint az összes többit de ezt is feladatként megoldottam.
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    A szőke nő a színpadnál aki a tésztát hozta a kacsáknak szintén a komputeres rendszeren keresztül próbált etetni: hogy most "hallasz engem kristálytisztán" a szöszi a ciasorozatbók meg szintén az audio rendszeren keresztül próbál etetni bosszúból hogy "segítünk" ... (ott rohadjon meg...); gyarmati atti szintén elvétette az irányt nem csak nyaralni járt el 6 hónapokra hanem el is tért a lényegtől ezért most elhullanak az emberei sorban meg ő is követni fogja őket... s ezzel nincs egyedül... sokakat győzött meg a régi rendszer okosstojásai hogy nem kell olyan szigorúan dolgozni, mert nincs akkora veszély hiszen "mi" támadjuk a petit csak ő nem tudja, szóval ha megegyezünk akkor nektek nem lesz bántódásotok.... és megegyeztek... ezért nem dolgoztak olyan kitartóan és engedték meg maguknak hogy lazítsanak. Most szívnak mert oda nem kellenek mint erős csapat akiket nem irányíthatnak kedvükre, nekünk meg szintén nem kellenek mint szarházi megalkuvó banda megbízhatatlanok. ÉS hány ilyen van. Ha végignézem az ovódától kezdve az egész csoportot mindenkit!!! akkor lehet látni ki kicsoda ebben a dologban. A legtöbb mind beállt kettős játékosnak: előttem játszották a segítő odaadó elkötelezettet majd a hátam mögött röhögtek hogy milye nhülye ez de  "legalább kikaparja nekünk a gesztenyét...". Óvodától egyetemig akikre amlékszem azok mind benne voltak vannak. Az összes munkahelyemen dolgozók mind. Lehet kiket szem előtt tartani és felelősségre vonni - már amelyik él még. És mind magas szinten irányítják ezt a mocskot. Legalábbis a legtöbb.
    Nem is említve a többit. Ezért nem is kellett a középiskolában már helyettesítő se maz egyetemen, mert ők már tudatában voltak annak hogy alig vagyok ott és itt ott "dolgozok" közben.
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    A concorde baleset amikor felpattant egy kis fémlemez ami egy dc10-esről hullot le - szintén egyike azoknak az okkult az emberi elme psziché és a környezet erőhatásainak összefüggéseire épülő szándékos gyilkosság volt, hogy a repülőgép típus eltűnjön a színről. Azt is a varga féle joe bácsis csapat csinálta. S hogyan? Hát hogyan lehet egy ilyen eseményt irányítani? Lehet. Úgy ahogyan mi belgiumban a johanni darus balesetét előkészítettük, úgy. Azt mi csináltuk a dani, a patrick, a habriel meg a johanni anyja. Együtt egy meditációval.
    Olyan erős az elménk. Nehezebbé tettük a "tudomény jelenleg iállása szerinti" állandó súlyú vasoszlopot ami e miatt leszakadt a daruról és pontosan a vezetőfülkére esett úgy hogy a johanni túlélte de megtanulta hogy az ilyesfajta balesetek megtervezése - amit ő igen élvezett - nem játék. Azért csináltuk. "Ki a legjobb medic közöttetek - kérdi a johanni anyja s a patrickra néz - te vagy az nem? - s folytatja is - jó lenne ha te ott lennél a közelben ha valami baj történne..." S a többiek öszenéztek... "Mi van nem te vagy a legjobb?" "Hát a péter az... úgy tudjuk hogy ő még eg szívátültetést is meg tud csinálni ha kell akár műanyag csövekkel is..." nevettek. "akkor legyen ott a közelben ha nem úgy sikerül a dolog." és ott fejmosás jött hogy miért hozta ezt a lehetőséget a teamre, mert így meg is történhet ha idehozza és ezért csináljuk mindig team előtt a determináló meditációt hogy a megvalósítani kívánt dologra figyeljünk és fókuszáljunk. de ez most nem ide való nem írom le.
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    A horvátországi zenei projekt járt a fejemben most idefelé... kitűnő példája annak ami nagyban is lejátszódik úgyhogy megér egy pár szót még bár nincs nagy kedvem róla írni, mert eléggé elkeserítő volt akkor is most is emlékezni erre.
    Szóval a projekt célja a kreativitás spirituális közösségben való gyakorlása volt, mellékcél pedig mint minden projektemben, fejlesztésemben a végcélom felé való mozdulás az egyéni pszichék átirányítása a spirituálisan szerveződő társadalom felé. A régi rendszer lebontásával egyidőben.
    "I'll do the cooking." "De miért hívja ezt cooking-nak?" "Mert leizzaszt a fejed búbjától a bokádig közben, hidd el nekem..."
    Férfi testbe zárt nők és fordítva: ilyen nincs. Ez a régi rendszer mocska. Nő van és férfi meg azok akik a mocsokfürdőbe születtek és el lettek tudatosan torzítva. Vonzódni az egy más dolog, nemi örömöt szerezni megint más, de még a hosszabb ideje együtt élő homoszexuális párok között is kialakul az emberi psziché alapvető lényegei szerinti megosztás. Az egyik a punci lesz a másik a férfi princípiumot fogja jobban képviselni. Ez azért van így mert ez az amberi psziché alapja. A többi maszlag. Manipulált törött eltorzult szemét. Ez a véleményem. A természet rendje szerint szerveződő társadalmakban nincs homoszexualitás. Ma már nincs ilyen társadalom sehol, mert a szarházi hatalom függő elmeháborodottak minden társadalom szerkezetébe beleszartak. A férfi és a női lényeg megérthető mindkét oldal által, de soha sem teljes mértékben. Soha. Ott van egy természetes határ amit nem lehetséges átlépni senki számára sem. Ezért aki "nemet vált" vagyis azt hiszi el hogy nemet váltott ezt hangoztatja és akár át is operáltatja magát az soha nem lesz önnmaga és utódjaiban ha lesz a torzult életképtelen mocskot fogja örökíteni. Egyébként régebben mondjuk 100 éve még nem keverték össze a nemi örömszerzést a család fogalmával. Valahogy mindenki tudta hogy a természet szerint a család egy apából és egy anyából lesz. És elterjedt a nemi viszonyok felbomlása pontosan a női ág a nemiség és a nemi örömszerzés fegyverként való használata miatt amire madam dubouis pontosan és éleslátóan figyelmeztette nagy katalint, aki magasról szart rá. Pont. Téma lezárva.
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    Szóval a végén a hármas mrgreen gömzsik, vgabi fejmosás volt. Az egyikük a gömzsik megint elsütötte a "tényleg most már értem hogy mit csinálsz és teljesen el tudom fogadni" típusú szöveget... ott kiakadtam... "Nem hiszek nektek. mind a hárman több alkalommal beszélgettetek velem erről elmagyaráztam mindent és mégis pont te anikó másnap kifizettél 40 millió dollárt a tommy emannuel csoportjának hogy öljenek meg. Akkor madjnem ugyanezeket a szavakat használtad ugyanígy ígérgettél és bizonygattad hogy szeretsz és segítesz blablabla... Nem hiszek nektek egyikőtöknek se. Így volt vagy nem így volt hazudj a szemebe ha mersz itt hejben kivégezlek!" üvöltöttem. Beismerte hogy így volt.
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    "Te ezt csináltad végig velünk is?" így kezdődött a beszélgetés mrgreen tette fel a kérdést. "Igen. Veletek kicsit más volt de a fő célom ugyanaz minden egyénnel és csoporttal fejlesztéssel és bármivel amit csinálok. Veletek nem működött mert benneteket az öregék úgy megtörtek és úgy kondícionáltak, hogy senki ne legyen képes változtatni a célotokon ami a hatalom és a tudás felhalmozása és a circus tetején megmaradás. Ezért veletek más taktikát alkalmaztam. Technikai fejlesztésekkel és új nagyon hatékony módszerekkel a sikereimmel kezdtem adagolni az irányváltáshoz szükséges falatokat. Erre ráharaptatok mert a hatalom megtartásához, megszerzéséhez szükségetek volt erre a tudásra és a technikákra. Legalábbis azt hittétek. Szépen lassan elkezdtetek odafigyelni és minden alkalommal egyre több dologban sikerült feltörni a fejetekben meglévő keretrendszert. Fellazítottam a határokat majd reménykedtem benne hogy majd egyszer talán fel is fogjátok és legbelül megtörténik a váltás."
    "De most megtörtént azért kértünk hogy csináld meg ezt a projektet."
    "De most már nem hiszek nektek. Eljátszottátk a bizalmamat."
    " Segíts képezz ki bennünket újra."
    "Szó sem lehet róla. Kiképeztem pár embert amikor elérünk a 2016-17-es végő határvonalhoz és még akkor is tovább építgetitek a kontroll rendszerét, akkor ők ki fognak benneteket végezni. Nem akarom az ő dolgukat még jobban megnehezíteni."
    "Akkor hogyan tudunk tovább fejlődni?
    "Hát leülhettek együtt végigcsinálhatjátok a most már állítólag biztosan megjelent elkötelezettség alapjain végigcsinálni a tréninget. Ti hárman. hahaha Ha egyikőtök is elkezd madj fejlődni valamelyik modulban és előrébb jut mint a másik akkor a többi azonal félni kezd majd és ha hazudtok megint akkor meg is fogja próbálni kinyírni a többit nehogy ők előrébb jussanak. Viszont bizonyított tény hogy már a tényleges és biztos belső !!! elkötelezettség ami valós már az is elég ahhoz hogy a legerősebb támadást is vissza tudjátok verni - úgyhogy amelyikőtök ebbe a hibába esne az pórul jár... Úgyhogy türelemmel és bizalommal együtt végig tudjátok csinálni és igan magas szintre eljuthattok - feltéve hogy képesek lesztek nem hazudni egymásnak és őszintén beszélgetni - nyíltan kimondott szavakkal. Ami a ti esetetekben igen kemény munkát fog jelenteni mert mindegyikőtök olyan fejlett módszerekkel hazudik hogy azt nehét felülmúlni."
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    Még mindig csak a kimondatlan szinten zajlik minden. Semmi se változott a látható keretrendszerekben - ugyanaz a kontroll és fosztogató rendszer működik rabszolgatartó és hazug és eltaposó. "Mit képzeltek ti hogy nektek jár ez a szabadság hogy bármilyen papírt legyárthattok magatoknak és oda utaztok és olyan foglalkozást csináltok amihez épp kedvetek szottyan miközben a többi napról napra bejár valami szaros munkahelyre, a gyáraitokba ahol épp csak annyi erőforráshoz fér hozzá hogy másnap is be tudjon menni? Hogy áll ez össze a ti fejetekben mi? Nektem mindent szabad felelősség nélkül lehetnek milliárdjaitok olyan forrásokból amit a többitől loptok el igyen kapjátok semmit se tesztek érte a többi meg csak útlevéllel utazhat és soha nem próbálhat ki semmit se mert nincs rá lehetősége? És mindeközben egy sarki zöldséges hamarabb és jobban megért mindent mint ti? És közben azt képzelitek hogy ti jobbak vagytok? Ha ez nem változik meg és a régi szar struktúrák nem tűnnek el akkor véget fogok vetni ennek a mocsoknak. Ti vagytok azon kevesek akik pontosabban felmérhetitek mihez volt hozzáférésem és milyen képességekkel rendlekezem. Ti tudjátok hogy a fenyegetéseim nem légbőlkapottak és be is váltom amit megígérek. Ma már azt se hiszem e