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On 18th October, 2018, Sadguru Shri Saibabaâs Samadhi Embrace will attain 100 years at Shirdi. This auspicious occasion is of extra ordinary significance and life-time memories, for Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust as well as Sai devotees all over world. Hence, Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi has decided to celebrate this holy event as a grand festival, starting from 1st October, 2017 to 18th October, 2018.
On this auspicious occasion, Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi has planned to arrange various religious and cultural programmes. In line with this spirit, on behalf of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi a festival of âShri Sai Paduka Darshanâ will be organized in every district of Maharashtra and each state of our country, as well as 25 nations around the world.
Lakhs of devotees have come together and erected hundreds of Sai temples, all over India. Their devotion to Shri Saibaba is of spiritual importance, arranging âShri Sai Paduka Darshanâ, through Sai temples, will serve as a life time opportunity for Sai devotees to celebrate Centenary Year of Shri Saibabaâs Samadhi, in their town.
Dr Shri Suresh Haware, President, Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi appeals to trusts & organizing bodies of Sai temples, desirous of arranging âShri Sai Paduka Darshanâ festival in their town, to contact with complete details â Deputy Collector, Email â email@example.com, Mob â 07720077205 or Shatabdi Cell, Email â firstname.lastname@example.org, ph â 02423-258907-Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi.
Lufthansa Cargo emphasizes long-standing connections with Indian airfreight market
by Shrutee K/DNS
The Frankfurt-based air freight carrier Lufthansa Cargo has increased its freighter services to Mumbai. Since July, the airline operates four instead of three freighter flights to the Indian megacity. âThis change sees us strengthening our position in the regional airfreight marketâ, says Frank Naeve, Lufthansa Cargo Vice President Asia-Pacific.
Lufthansaâs cargo arm also serves the Indian metropoles Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, each with two freighter services a week. Additionally, the cargo capacity of 42 weekly passenger flights between various Indian cities and the hubs in Frankfurt, Munich and Vienna is offered by the German logistic company.
âWe are proud to have had long-standing connections with customers in the Indian air cargo industry since 1959. Our aim is to build on this in the futureâ, says Peter Gerber, Lufthansa Cargo CEO and chairman of the board. Two years ago, the Lufthansa Cargo emphasized this by renaming its McDonnell-Douglas MD-11 freighter with registration D-ALCJ âNamaste Indiaâ.
About Lufthansa Cargo AG : Lufthansa Cargo ranks among the worldâs leading air freight carriers. In the 2016 business year, the airline transported around 1.6 million tonnes of freight and mail and sold 8.4 billion revenue tonne-kilometres. The company currently employs about 4,500 people worldwide. Lufthansa Cargo focuses on the airport-to-airport business. The cargo carrier serves around 300 destinations in more than 100 countries with its own fleet of freighters, the belly capacities of passenger aircraft operated by Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Eurowings, and an extensive road feeder service network. The bulk of the cargo business is routed through Frankfurt Airport. Lufthansa Cargo is a wholly owned Lufthansa subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
India, 4th August 2017: Swipe Technologies, Indiaâs leading mobile internet technology company, is all set to unveil brand new member in its popular KONNECT Series - Swipe KONNECT Power. The slim and sturdy smartphone sports 5â HD IPS display and boasts enormous 3000 mAh battery. The compelling feature rich Swipe KONNECT Power is competitively priced at Rs. 4,999 only. It will be available exclusively on Snapdeal from 7th August 2017.
Swipe KONNECT Power is driven by a powerful 1.5GHz quad core processor that runs on Android 6.0 OS for lag-free multi-tasking smartphone experience. It comes with 2 GB RAM plus 16 GB internal memory, expandable up to 32 GB and OTG support enhances the storage options.The new 4G VoLTE-ready KONNECT Power features 5â HD IPS display that allows users to enjoy cleaner & sharper visuals at the highest resolution. Besides, this device has a very sleek body that makes the phone very stylish in its looks. Thatâs not all. For the photography enthusiast, KONNECT Power comes with 8MP Rear Camera and 5MP Front Camera. The camera app also comes with lots of features to enhance the photography. The new phone gives an extended company to the user with its 3000 mAh battery, which is installed keeping in mind the daily lifestyle and usage patterns of young smartphone users. Commenting on the launch of KONNECT Power, Mr. Shripal Gandhi, Founder and CEO of Swipe Technologies said: âFulfilling aspirations of demanding Indians at affordable price is what differentiates Swipe from other smartphone players. Our latest creation is yet another affordable device under the KONNECT series â KONNECT Power. It is designed for the aspiring youth of the country who requires long lasting battery that too with 2GB RAM yet the phone is light on pocket.â
Vishal Chadha, Sr.Vice President â Business said: âAs part of our commitment to the vision of Digital India, we are keen to bring our consumers access to compelling technology products at great value. With Swipe Konnect Power, we are confident that this newest exclusive addition to our smartphone assortment will be well received by our customersâ
Swipe KONNECT Power comes with a gorgeous design, and it has a smoother touch experience as well as comfortable grip. Customers will be able to enjoy a greater multimedia experience, as they can capture stunning photos and videos in virtually any lighting condition.
About Swipe Technologies:
Swipe Technologies is an innovation-centric mobility solutions company, having started its operations in July 2012. Within a short span of time, Swipe has become the leading tablet and Smartphone maker in India. Swipe was started with an aim to bring exciting devices in the growing Indian market and today, it is the leading consumer brand with key innovations across products, pricing and customer support. Founded by technocrat Mr. Shripal Gandhi, Swipe raised $5 million in May 2014 from the Venture Capital firm Kalaari Capital. In the last three years, Swipe has won a number of accolades including the âTop 50 Inspiring Entrepreneurs of Indiaâ by The Economic Times, the âMost Innovation-driven Company in Indiaâ by World Brand Congress, and the âMost Innovative Start-upâ by Franchise India, the âBest Integrated Campaignâ by the World Brand and Congress& the âBest Youth Brand Tabletâ by CNBC. Also, Swipeâs young founder Mr. Shripal Gandhi has been recognized as the âCNBC Young Turksâ for his breakthrough strategies and innovation in the field of mobile communication technologies. For details, logon to www.justswipe.com
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Il libro che sto recensendo Ã¨: Gabriele Turi, La cultura delle destre. Alla ricerca dell'egemonia culturale in Italia, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino 2013, pp. 175, Euro 14,00, ISBN 978-88-339-2429-8.
L'autore insegna storia contemporanea a Firenze e dirige la rivista "Passato e presente". Il libro, nonostante il titolo, non ha molto a che vedere col celebre saggio di Furio Jesi; ha un approccio decisamente meno teoretico, in compenso Ã¨ ricchissimo di dati.
Il presupposto da cui parte Ã¨ molto semplice: la cosiddetta "egemonia culturale della sinistra" nell'Italia del dopoguerra Ã¨ una leggenda metropolitana. In realtÃ l'ideologia dominante Ã¨ sempre stata di destra; Turi si spinge fino ad affermare una "centralitÃ del fascismo nella storia culturale e civile del paese". Il berlusconismo Ã¨ l'erede e il continuatore di questa cultura.
La trattazione inizia con un ampio estratto del famigerato intervento di Luciano Violante alla Camera del 10 maggio 1996 (quello che invitava a "riflettere" sui "ragazzi" di SalÃ² in nome dei "valori nazionali comunemente condivisi"). Turi dimostra come l'exploit di Violante sia stato preparato da decenni di "edulcoramento storiografico della dittatura di Mussolini"; tappe importanti di questa operazione di normalizzazione del fascismo, a livello massmediatico, furono due mostre sugli anni '30, una allestita a Milano nel 1982 e l'altra a Roma nel 1984 (quest'ultima con la consulenza di Renzo De Felice): "entrambe promosse da amministrazioni socialiste", ha cura di specificare Turi.
Turi menziona poi un altro "caso esemplare": la proposta, da parte dell'allora sindaco di Roma Francesco Rutelli, nel 1995, di dedicare una via a Giuseppe Bottai. L'iniziativa riscosse il plauso (fra gli altri) di Massimo Cacciari, e fu bloccata solo dalle proteste della comunitÃ ebraica; ci si era dimenticati, fra l'altro, che Bottai era stato uno dei sostenitori piÃ¹ ferventi delle leggi razziali; l'immagine corrente di Bottai era infatti quella giustificazionista del "fascista critico" delineata da Giordano Bruno Guerri nella sua fortunata biografia del 1976.
Il patriottismo, la ricerca di valori nazionali, di una "memoria condivisa" e di una "pacificazione" sono il Leitmotiv che, nella ricostruzione di Turi, caratterizza la polemica anti-antifascista condotta negli anni '90 da intellettuali come Renzo De Felice, Roberto Vivarelli, Ernesto Galli Della Loggia, spesso con l'assenso e il plauso della sinistra istituzionale. Troviamo ancora il buon Francesco Rutelli in prima linea nell'operazione di riabilitazione di Giovanni Gentile, filosofo a cui il comune di Roma dedicÃ² un convegno nel 1994 presentandolo come un patriota al di sopra delle parti e dimenticandone l'organicitÃ al nazifascismo.
Interessante notare che, in questo frame revisionistico, chi ostacola la "pacificazione", chi alimenta la "divisivitÃ ", Ã¨ un potenziale terrorista. Turi cita Vivarelli, secondo il quale per colpa degli antifascisti nell'Italia del dopoguerra "si perpetuÃ² un clima di strisciante guerra civile, che [...] produsse la tragica stagione del terrorismo".
Turi sottolinea il ruolo degli intellettuali craxiani nel diffondere in Italia durante gli anni '80 le idee del neoliberismo reaganiano e thatcheriano e nel promuovere l'anticomunismo. Questi intellettuali poi, assieme ad altri di estrazione neofascista o cattolico-reazionaria, divennero nel decennio '90 gli artefici principali dell'ideologia populista berlusconiana, la quale nell'ultimo quindicennio si Ã¨ dotata di "una rete di think thank, laboratori di idee ispirati al modello statunitense, capaci di costruire e diffondere un comune sentire"; tutta una serie di riviste, fondazioni, case editrici, "poco conosciute presso l'opinione pubblica" ma efficaci come centri di "aggregazione di intellettuali e di elaborazione culturale" (e, di solito, ben finanziate dagli industriali).
Turi ricostruisce minuziosamente alcuni fra i principali momenti dell'offensiva culturale di destra: la battaglia a favore del mantenimento del crocifisso nelle aule scolastiche (una battaglia vinta dalla destra anche a causa dell'atteggiamento imbelle assunto al riguardo dal centrosinistra); la vicenda, davvero tragicomica, della censura proposta dal centrodestra sui manuali scolastici di storia, anche qui in nome della "memoria condivisa", della pacificazione, dell'imparzialitÃ e contro la presunta "egemonia culturale" della sinistra.
Interessante il confronto, proposto da Turi, fra il modo in cui il novantesimo anniversario della fine della prima guerra mondiale Ã¨ stato ricordato in Italia e in altri paesi europei. Turi mostra come nel 2008 in Gran Bretagna, in Francia, in Germania, le celebrazioni ufficiali siano state improntate alla pietÃ per le vittime, all'orrore per l'enormitÃ del massacro e siano state accompagnate, a volte, da gesti ufficiali di riabilitazione dei soldati che furono condannati come disertori. Tutto il contrario in Italia, dove "la sostanza della commemorazione Ã¨ rimasta affidata al tema dell'identitÃ nazionale" e dove il ministero dell'Istruzione ha promosso una serie di conferenze nelle scuole affidate non agli storici ma agli ufficiali dell'esercito, in quella che Ã¨ stata definita la "piÃ¹ imponente manifestazione di propaganda militare che l'Italia repubblicana abbia mai messo in piedi".
Nell'ultimo capitolo del suo libro Turi prova a tracciare una mappa del revisionismo storico su Internet, individuando "un network molto ampio di riviste e di istituzioni [...] una rete circolare in cui appaiono ripetutamente gli stessi nomi, specchio di una visione della storia che in breve tempo da antagonista Ã¨ diventata governativa". Il capitolo Ã¨ un ricco dossier di nomi e di indicazioni bibliografiche, una minuziosa schedatura di cui in questa sede non posso dare un'idea.
La conclusione cui giunge Gabriele Turi Ã¨ che la cultura di destra Ã¨ saldamente egemone ed Ã¨ destinata a sopravvivere alla fine politica di Silvio Berlusconi. Aggiungerei che l'attuale esperienza dei governi di âlarghe inteseâ (Monti, Letta, Renzi) getta una luce retrospettiva su molte delle prese di posizione filorevisioniste, da parte di esponenti del centrosinistra, ricordate nel libro di Turi. Bisognerebbe scrivere un libro analogo a quell di Turi, dedicato alla "cultura di sinistra", nel quale si mostrerebbe come a partire da Togliatti il nazionalismo abbia infettato nei decenni la cultura politica del PCI - PDS - DS - PD fino a stravolgerla completamente. Ma questa Ã¨ un'altra storia.
Dai banchi del governo, il Presidente del Consiglio leggeva il discorso di presentazione della finanziaria 2014.
L'emiciclo di Montecitorio era completamente vuoto.
Il nuovo regolamento della Camera, approvato all'unanimitÃ pochi mesi prima, prevedeva solo riunioni in videoconferenza. Gli onorevoli seguivano e votavano da casa, via Intranet, attraverso una rete locale controllata dal Ministero dell'Interno, con notevole risparmio per l'erario.
I passaggi principali del discorso di Letta erano commentati da tonanti applausi preregistrati. Licenziamento di metÃ dei dipendenti pubblici (applausi). Chiusura di un terzo delle scuole e di un terzo degli ospedali (applausi). Abolizione dello statuto dei lavoratori (applausi). Nuova legge molto piÃ¹ restrittiva sullo sciopero, sui sindacati, sulla stampa (applausi), innalzamento a 80 anni dell'etÃ pensionabile (applausi), e ancora tagli, tagli, tagli... Aumento dei finanziamenti alle scuole private. Applausi. Aumento delle spese militari. Applausi.
Arrivato al passaggio sulla chiusura dei Conservatori, Letta si interruppe. C'era un sostantivo tedesco, SphÃ¤renmusik. Cosa diavolo voleva dire? Certo, il testo del discorso era arrivato solo un'ora prima da Francoforte, e la segreteria aveva dovuto farlo tradurre in fretta e furia. "Ma caspita", pensÃ² il Presidente del consiglio, "questo significa lavorare col culo. Anche lÃ¬ bisognerÃ licenziare"...
Letta non riuscÃ¬ a completare il pensiero, interrotto da un fatto improvviso e incomprensibile. Gli altoparlanti della Camera, al posto degli applausi finti, avevano iniziato a diffondere il Capriccio n. 24 in la minore di NiccolÃ² Paganini.
Che stava succedendo? Mentre Letta e gli altri componenti il governo si guardavano intorno, disorientati, la musica fu sovrastata da un sibilo acutissimo, che si faceva sempre piÃ¹ forte.
Dopo il boato assordante, con le orecchie che fischiavano, sentivamo ancora quella musica. Dove fino a un istante prima si trovava Enrico Letta, capo del governo di larghe intese, si apriva una spaventosa voragine. Dall'enorme cratere si levavano nubi di fumo nero.
'..If you canât see this next crisis coming, youâre not paying the right kind of attention..'
'This Fed has already engineered the next crisis, just as Greenspan kept rates too low for too long, ignored his regulatory responsibility, and engineered the housing bubble and subprime crisis. If you canât see this next crisis coming, youâre not paying the right kind of attention. The Trump Fed is going to have to deal with that crisis, but we still have many questions as to what a Trump Fed will actually look like or do.'
'Powerful people everywhere routinely make decisions that hurt others. We see it in central bankers, politicians, corporate CEOs, religious groups, universities â any large organization. The old saying is right: Power really does corrupt. And corruption is a barrier to sustainable economic growth. This is more than a political problem; it has a serious economic impact.
Recent psychological research suggests that powerful people behave remarkably like traumatic brain injury victims. Controlled experiments show that, given power over others, people often become impulsive and less sensitive to risk. Most important, test subjects often lose empathy, that is, the ability to understand and share the feelings of others.
Powerful people also lose a capacity called âmirroring.â When we observe other people doing something, our brains react as if we were doing the same thing. Itâs why, when you watch a sporting event, you may unconsciously mimic a golf swing or the refereeâs hand signals. Some portion of your brain thinks you are really there. But when researchers prime test subjects with powerful feelings, their mirroring capacity decreases.
You can see why this is a problem. The Protected-class members of the Federal Open Market Committee must feel quite powerful when they gather in that fancy room to make policy decisions. Itâs no wonder they forget how their decisions will affect regular working-class people: Their empathy circuits get turned off.'
'..I now feel that it's highly likely we will face a major financial crisis, if not later this year, then by the end of 2018 at the latest..'
'Re-entering the news flow was a jolt, and not in a good way. Looking with fresh eyes at the economic numbers and central bankersâ statements convinced me that we will soon be in deep trouble. I now feel that it's highly likely we will face a major financial crisis, if not later this year, then by the end of 2018 at the latest. Just a few months ago, I thought we could avoid a crisis and muddle through. Now I think weâre past that point. The key decision-makers have (1) done nothing, (2) done the wrong thing, or (3) done the right thing too late.
Having realized this, Iâm adjusting my research efforts. I believe a major crisis is coming. The questions now are, how severe will it be, and how will we get through it? With the election of President Trump and a Republican Congress, your naÃ¯ve analyst was hopeful that we would get significant tax reform, in addition to reform of a healthcare system that is simply devastating to so many people and small businesses. I thought maybe weâd see this administration cutting through some bureaucratic red tape quickly. With such reforms in mind I was hopeful we could avoid a recession even if a crisis developed in China or Europe.
One news item I didnât miss on St. Thomas â and rather wish I had â was Janet Yellenâs reassurance regarding the likelihood of another financial crisis. Here is the full quote.
Would I say there will never, ever be another financial crisis? You know probably that would be going too far, but I do think weâre much safer, and I hope that it will not be in our lifetimes and I donât believe it will be. [emphasis added]
I disagree with almost every word in those two sentences, but my belief is less important than Chair Yellenâs. If she really believes this, then she is oblivious to major instabilities that still riddle the financial system. Thatâs not good.
Financial politicians (which is what central bankers really are) have a long history of saying the wrong things at the wrong time. Far worse, they simply fail to tell the truth. Former Eurogroup leader Jean-Claude Juncker admitted as much: âWhen it becomes serious, you have to lie,â he said in the throes of Europeâs 2011 debt crisis.'
'..Market distortions â including valuations, deeply embedded complacency, and Trillions of perceived safe securities â have become only further detached from reality. And the longer all this unstable finance flows freely into the real economy, the deeper the structural maladjustment.'
'This week marks the five-year anniversary of Draghiâs âwhatever it takes.â I remember the summer of 2012 as if it were yesterday. From the Bubble analysis perspective, it was a Critical Juncture â for financial markets and risk perceptions, for policy and for the global economy. Italian 10-year yields hit 6.60% on July 24, 2012. On that same day, Spain saw yields surge to 7.62%. Italian banks were in freefall, while European bank stocks (STOXX600) were rapidly approaching 2009 lows. Having risen above 55 in 2011, Deutsche Bank traded at 23.23 on July 25, 2012.
It was my view at the time that the âEuropeanâ crisis posed a clear and immediate threat to the global financial system. A crisis of confidence in Italian debt (and Spanish and âperipheryâ debt) risked a crisis of confidence in European banks â and a loss of confidence in European finance risked dismantling the euro monetary regime.
Derivatives markets were in the crosshairs back in 2012. A crisis of confidence in European debt and the euro would surely have tested the derivatives marketplace to the limits. Moreover, with the big European banks having evolved into dominant players in derivatives trading (taking share from U.S. counterparts after the mortgage crisis), counter-party issues were at the brink of becoming a serious global market problem. Itâs as well worth mentioning that European banks were major providers of finance for emerging markets.
From the global government finance Bubble perspective, Draghiâs âwhatever it takesâ was a seminal development. The Bernanke Fed employed QE measures during the 2008 financial crisis to accommodate deleveraging and stabilize dislocated markets. Mario Draghi leapfrogged (helicopter) Bernanke, turning to open-ended QE and other extreme measures to preserve euro monetary integration. No longer would QE be viewed as a temporary crisis management tool. And just completely disregard traditional monetary axiom that central banks should operate as lender of last resort in the event of temporary illiquidity â but must avoid propping up the insolvent. âWhatever it takesâ advocates covert bailouts for whomever and whatever a small group of central bankers chooses â illiquid, insolvent, irredeemable or otherwise. Now five years after the first utterance of âwhatever it takes,â the Draghi ECB is still pumping out enormous amounts of âmoneyâ on a monthly basis (buying sovereigns and corporates) with rates near zero.
Iâm convinced five years of âwhatever it takesâ took the global government finance Bubble deeper into perilous uncharted territory. Certainly, markets are more complacent than ever, believing central bankers are fully committed to prolonging indefinitely the securities bull market. Meanwhile, leverage, speculative excess and trend-following flows have had an additional five years to accumulate. Market distortions â including valuations, deeply embedded complacency, and Trillions of perceived safe securities â have become only further detached from reality. And the longer all this unstable finance flows freely into the real economy, the deeper the structural maladjustment.'
'..This whole episode is likely to end so badly that future children will learn about it in school and shake their heads in wonder at the rank stupidity of it all, just like many of us did when we learned about the Dutch Tulip mania.'
'While I've written about numerous valuation measures over time, the most reliable ones share a common feature: they focus on identifying "sufficient statistics" for the very, very long-term stream of cash flows that stocks can be expected to deliver into the hands of investors over time. On that front, revenues are typically more robust "sufficient statistics" than current or year-ahead earnings. See Exhaustion Gaps and the Fear of Missing Out for a table showing the relative reliability of a variety of measures. In April 2007, I estimated that an appropriate valuation for the S&P 500 stood about 850, roughly -40% lower than prevailing levels. By the October peak, the prospective market loss to normal valuation had increased to about -46%. As it happened, the subsequent collapse of the housing bubble took the S&P 500 about -55% lower. In late-October 2008, as the market plunge crossed below historically reliable valuation norms, I observed that the S&P 500 had become undervalued on our measures.
Again attempting to âstimulateâ the economy from the recession that followed, the Federal Reserve cut short-term interest rates to zero in recent years, provoking yet another episode of yield-seeking speculation, where yield-starved investors created demand for virtually every class of securities, in the hope of achieving returns in excess of zero. Meanwhile, Wall Street, suffering from what J.K. Galbraith once called the âextreme brevity of the financial memory,â convinced itself yet again that the whole episode was built on something more solid than quotes on a screen and blotches of ink on paper..
..greater real economic activity was never the likely outcome of all this quantitative easing (indeed, one can show that the path of the economy since the crisis has not been materially different than what one could have projected using wholly non-monetary variables). Rather, Ben Bernanke, in his self-appointed role as Mad Hatter, was convinced that offensively hypervalued financial markets - that encourage the speculative misallocation of capital, imply dismal expected future returns, and create temporary paper profits that ultimately collapse - somehow represent a greater and more desirable form of âwealthâ compared with reasonably-valued financial markets that offer attractive expected returns and help to soundly allocate capital. Believing that wealth is embodied by the price of a security rather than its future stream of cash flows, QE has created a world of hypervaluation, zero prospective future returns, and massive downside risks across nearly every conventional asset class.
And so, the Fed created such an enormous pool of zero interest bank reserves that investors would feel pressure to chase stocks, junk debt, anything to get rid of these yield-free hot potatoes. That didnât stimulate more real, productive investment; it just created more investors who were frustrated with zero returns, because someone had to hold that base money, and in aggregate, all of them had to hold over $4 trillion of the stuff at every moment in time.
When you look objectively at what the Fed actually did, should be obvious how its actions encouraged this bubble. Every time someone would get rid of zero-interest base money by buying a riskier security, the seller would get the base money, and the cycle would continue until every asset was priced to deliver future returns near zero. Weâre now at the point where junk yields are among the lowest in history, stock market valuations are so extreme that we estimate zero or negative S&P 500 average annual nominal total returns over the coming 10-12 year horizon, and our estimate of 12-year prospective total returns on a conventional mix of 60% stocks, 30% Treasury bonds, and 10% Treasury bills has never been lower (about 1% annually here). This whole episode is likely to end so badly that future children will learn about it in school and shake their heads in wonder at the rank stupidity of it all, just like many of us did when we learned about the Dutch Tulip mania.
Examine all risk exposures, consider your investment horizon and risk-tolerance carefully, commit to the flexibility toward greater market exposure at points where a material retreat in valuations is joined by early improvement in market action (even if the news happens to be very negative at that point), fasten your protective gear, and expect a little bit of whiplash. Remember that the âcatalystsâ often become evident after prices move, not before. The completion of this market cycle may or may not be immediate, but with the median stock at easily the most extreme price/revenue ratio in history, and a run-of-the-mill outcome now being market loss on the order of -60%, the contrast between recent stability and likely future volatility could hardly be more striking.'
'..Dirty air has been linked to cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, among other health issues. The problem is especially pronounced in big cities including London.'
'Britain will ban sales of new gasoline and diesel cars starting in 2040 as part of a bid to clean up the country's air.
The decision to phase out the internal combustion engine heralds a new era of low-emission technologies with major implications for the auto industry, society and the environment.
"We can't carry on with diesel and petrol cars," U.K. environment secretary Michael Gove told the BBC on Wednesday. "There is no alternative to embracing new technology."
Gove said the government's air quality plan, which is set to be officially announced later on Wednesday, was needed because gasoline and diesel engines contribute to health problems, "accelerate climate change, do damage to the planet and the next generation."
Roughly 40,000 deaths in Britain each year are attributable to outdoor air pollution, according to a study published last year by the Royal College of Physicians. Dirty air has been linked to cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, among other health issues. The problem is especially pronounced in big cities including London.
The timeline for ending sales of internal combustion engines mirrors one proposed in early July by France. President Emmanuel Macron has given the auto industry the same deadline to make the switch to cleaner tech.
"We are quite rightly in a position of global leadership when it comes to shaping new technology," Gove said.
'..the "CityTree", a mobile installation which removes pollutants from the air, has been popping up in cities around the world, including Oslo, Paris, Brussels and Hong Kong.'
'(CNN) Air pollution is one of the world's invisible killers.
It causes seven million premature deaths a year, making it the largest single environmental health risk, according to the World Health Organization.
In urban areas, air quality is particularly problematic. More than 80% of people living in areas where pollution is monitored are exposed to air quality levels that exceed WHO limits. And given that by 2050 two thirds of the global population will be urban, cleaning up our cities' air is a matter of urgency.
One well-established way to reduce air pollutants is to plant trees, as their leaves catch and absorb harmful particulates.
But planting new trees is not always a viable option.
That's why the "CityTree", a mobile installation which removes pollutants from the air, has been popping up in cities around the world, including Oslo, Paris, Brussels and Hong Kong.
Moss is in the air
Each CityTree is just under 4 meters tall, nearly 3 meters wide and 2.19 meters deep, available in two versions: with or without a bench. A display is included for information or advertising.
Berlin-based Green City Solutions claims its invention has the environmental benefit of up to 275 actual trees.
But the CityTree isn't, in fact, a tree at all -- it's a moss culture.
"Moss cultures have a much larger leaf surface area than any other plant. That means we can capture more pollutants," said Zhengliang Wu, co-founder of Green City Solutions.
So far, around 20 CityTrees have been successfully installed, with each costing about $25,000.
Wu also argued that the CityTree is just one piece of a larger puzzle.
"Our ultimate goal is to incorporate technology from the CityTree into existing buildings," he said.
"We dream of creating a climate infrastructure so we can regulate what kind of air and also what kind of temperature we have in a city." '
'Now that he is president, Trump likes to tout the fact heâs listening to Americaâs generals. Perhaps he needs to talk to General Mike Millen, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Perhaps then he would see that the greatest threat America faces isnât from China, Russia, or North Korea â it is from the national debt. Until Trump reverses course on military spending, and gets tough on entitlements, his "America First" budget will only make the US worse off.'
'Under a Republican budget resolution, the national debt will explode by a third from an already staggering $19 billion to $29 trillion over the next ten years. Although counterintuitive, Democratic presidents, at least those after World War II, have reduced deficits as a portion of the value of the national economy (GDP) while Republican presidents have increased them â thus accumulating less public debt as a percentage of GDP. Yet neither political party has paid enough attention to this burgeoning national security problem.
National security problem? Yes. General Mike Mullen, while he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nationâs top military man, was enlightened enough about long-term health of American power to realize that it takes continuing infusions of money to acquire the weapons and equipment, personnel, training, maintenance and benefits to create a credible military to adequately defend the country. In addition, all other indices of national power â political, diplomatic and cultural â require money too.
To generate those resources, a strong economy is needed. The number one problem dragging down economic growth rates through the George W. Bush and Barack Obama presidencies was a crippling national debt..'
'..My greatest concern is the lack of public awareness about this existential threat, the absence of a vigorous public debate about the nuclear-war plans of Russia and the United States, the silent consent to the roughly fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in the world. These machines have been carefully and ingeniously designed to kill us. Complacency increases the odds that, some day, they will. The âTitanic Effectâ is a term used by software designers to explain how things can quietly go wrong in a complex technological system: the safer you assume the system to be, the more dangerous it is becoming.'
'The harsh rhetoric on both sides increases the danger of miscalculations and mistakes, as do other factors. Close encounters between the military aircraft of the United States and Russia have become routine, creating the potential for an unintended conflict. Many of the nuclear-weapon systems on both sides are aging and obsolete. The personnel who operate those systems often suffer from poor morale and poor training. None of their senior officers has firsthand experience making decisions during an actual nuclear crisis. And todayâs command-and-control systems must contend with threats that barely existed during the Cold War: malware, spyware, worms, bugs, viruses, corrupted firmware, logic bombs, Trojan horses, and all the other modern tools of cyber warfare. The greatest danger is posed not by any technological innovation but by a dilemma that has haunted nuclear strategy since the first detonation of an atomic bomb: How do you prevent a nuclear attack while preserving the ability to launch one?
..the Cuban Missile Crisis, when a series of misperceptions, miscalculations, and command-and-control problems almost started an accidental nuclear warâdespite the determination of both John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev to avoid one. In perhaps the most dangerous incident, the captain of a Soviet submarine mistakenly believed that his vessel was under attack by U.S. warships and ordered the firing of a torpedo armed with a nuclear warhead. His order was blocked by a fellow officer. Had the torpedo been fired, the United States would have retaliated with nuclear weapons. At the height of the crisis, while leaving the White House on a beautiful fall evening, McNamara had a strong feeling of dreadâand for good reason: âI feared I might never live to see another Saturday night.â
The personnel who command, operate, and maintain the Minuteman III have also become grounds for concern. In 2013, the two-star general in charge of the entire Minuteman force was removed from duty after going on a drunken bender during a visit to Russia, behaving inappropriately with young Russian women, asking repeatedly if he could sing with a Beatles cover band at a Mexican restaurant in Moscow, and insulting his military hosts. The following year, almost a hundred Minuteman launch officers were disciplined for cheating on their proficiency exams. In 2015, three launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, in Montana, were dismissed for using illegal drugs, including ecstasy, cocaine, and amphetamines. That same year, a launch officer at Minot Air Force Base, in North Dakota, was sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for heading a violent street gang, distributing drugs, sexually assaulting a girl under the age of sixteen, and using psilocybin, a powerful hallucinogen. As the job title implies, launch officers are entrusted with the keys for launching intercontinental ballistic missiles.
..A recent memoir, âUncommon Cause,â written by General George Lee Butler, reveals that the Pentagon was not telling the truth. Butler was the head of the U.S. Strategic Command, responsible for all of Americaâs nuclear weapons, during the Administration of President George H. W. Bush.
According to Butler and Franklin Miller, a former director of strategic-forces policy at the Pentagon, launch-on-warning was an essential part of the Single Integrated Operational Plan (siop), the nationâs nuclear-war plan. Land-based missiles like the Minuteman III were aimed at some of the most important targets in the Soviet Union, including its anti-aircraft sites. If the Minuteman missiles were destroyed before liftoff, the siop would go awry, and American bombers might be shot down before reaching their targets. In order to prevail in a nuclear war, the siop had become dependent on getting Minuteman missiles off the ground immediately. Butlerâs immersion in the details of the nuclear command-and-control system left him dismayed. âWith the possible exception of the Soviet nuclear war plan, [the siop] was the single most absurd and irresponsible document I had ever reviewed in my life,â Butler concluded. âWe escaped the Cold War without a nuclear holocaust by some combination of skill, luck, and divine intervention, and I suspect the latter in greatest proportion.â The siop called for the destruction of twelve thousand targets within the Soviet Union. Moscow would be struck by four hundred nuclear weapons; Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine, by about forty.
After the end of the Cold War, a Russian surprise attack became extremely unlikely. Nevertheless, hundreds of Minuteman III missiles remained on alert. The Cold War strategy endured because, in theory, it deterred a Russian attack on the missiles. McNamara called the policy âinsane,â arguing that âthereâs no military requirement for it.â George W. Bush, while running for President in 2000, criticized launch-on-warning, citing the âunacceptable risks of accidental or unauthorized launch.â Barack Obama, while running for President in 2008, promised to take Minuteman missiles off alert, warning that policies like launch-on-warning âincrease the risk of catastrophic accidents or miscalculation.â Twenty scientists who have won the Nobel Prize, as well as the Union of Concerned Scientists, have expressed strong opposition to retaining a launch-on-warning capability. It has also been opposed by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State George Shultz, and former Senator Sam Nunn. And yet the Minuteman III missiles still sit in their silos today, armed with warheads, ready to go.
William J. Perry, who served as Secretary of Defense during the Clinton Administration, not only opposes keeping Minuteman III missiles on alert but advocates getting rid of them entirely. âThese missiles are some of the most dangerous weapons in the world,â Perry wrote in the Times, this September. For many reasons, he thinks the risk of a nuclear catastrophe is greater today than it was during the Cold War. While serving as an Under-Secretary of Defense in 1980, Perry also received a late-night call about an impending Soviet attack, a false alarm that still haunts him. âA catastrophic nuclear war could have started by accident.â
Bruce Blair, a former Minuteman launch officer, heads the anti-nuclear group Global Zero, teaches at Princeton University, and campaigns against a launch-on-warning policy. Blair has described the stresses that the warning of a Russian attack would put on Americaâs command-and-control system. American early-warning satellites would detect Russian missiles within three minutes of their launch. Officers at norad would confer for an additional three minutes, checking sensors to decide if an attack was actually occurring. The Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack System collects data from at least two independent information sources, relying on different physical principles, such as ground-based radar and satellite-based infrared sensors. If the norad officials thought that the warning was legitimate, the President of the United States would be contacted. He or she would remove the Black Book from a briefcase carried by a military aide. The Black Book describes nuclear retaliatory options, presented in cartoon-like illustrations that can be quickly understood.
Although the Air Force publicly dismissed the threat of a cyberattack on the nuclear command-and-control system, the incident raised alarm within the Pentagon about the systemâs vulnerability. A malfunction that occurred by accident might also be caused deliberately. Those concerns were reinforced by a Defense Science Board report in January, 2013. It found that the Pentagonâs computer networks had been âbuilt on inherently insecure architectures that are composed of, and increasingly using, foreign parts.â Red teams employed by the board were able to disrupt Pentagon systems with ârelative ease,â using tools available on the Internet. âThe complexity of modern software and hardware makes it difficult, if not impossible, to develop components without flaws or to detect malicious insertions,â the report concluded.
In a recent paper for the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, Andrew Futter, an associate professor at the University of Leicester, suggested that a nuclear command-and-control system might be hacked to gather intelligence about the system, to shut down the system, to spoof it, mislead it, or cause it to take some sort of actionâlike launching a missile. And, he wrote, there are a variety of ways it might be done.
Strict precautions have been taken to thwart a cyberattack on the U.S. nuclear command-and-control system. Every line of nuclear code has been scrutinized for errors and bugs. The system is âair-gapped,â meaning that its networks are closed: someone canât just go onto the Internet and tap into a computer at a Minuteman III control center. At least, thatâs the theory. Russia, China, and North Korea have sophisticated cyber-warfare programs and techniques. General James Cartwrightâthe former head of the U.S. Strategic Command who recently pleaded guilty to leaking information about Stuxnetâthinks that itâs reasonable to believe the system has already been penetrated. âYouâve either been hacked, and youâre not admitting it, or youâre being hacked and donât know it,â Cartwright said last year.
If communications between Minuteman control centers and their missiles are interrupted, the missiles can still be launched by ultra-high-frequency radio signals transmitted by special military aircraft. The ability to launch missiles by radio serves as a backup to the control centersâand also creates an entry point into the network that could be exploited in a cyberattack. The messages sent within the nuclear command-and-control system are highly encrypted. Launch codes are split in two, and no single person is allowed to know both parts. But the complete code is stored in computersâwhere it could be obtained or corrupted by an insider.
Some of Americaâs most secret secrets were recently hacked and stolen by a couple of private contractors working inside the N.S.A., Edward Snowden and Harold T. Martin III, both employees of Booz Allen Hamilton. The N.S.A. is responsible for generating and encrypting the nuclear launch codes. And the security of the nuclear command-and-control system is being assured not only by government officials but also by the employees of private firms, including software engineers who work for Boeing, Amazon, and Microsoft.
Lord Des Browne, a former U.K. Minister of Defense, is concerned that even ballistic-missile submarines may be compromised by malware. Browne is now the vice-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit seeking to reduce the danger posed by weapons of mass destruction, where he heads a task force examining the risk of cyberattacks on nuclear command-and-control systems. Browne thinks that the cyber threat is being cavalierly dismissed by many in power. The Royal Navyâs decision to save money by using Windows for Submarines, a version of Windows XP, as the operating system for its ballistic-missile subs seems especially shortsighted. Windows XP was discontinued six years ago, and Microsoft warned that any computer running it after April, 2014, âshould not be considered protected as there will be no security updates.â Each of the U.K. subs has eight missiles carrying a total of forty nuclear weapons. âIt is shocking to think that my home computer is probably running a newer version of Windows than the U.K.âs military submarines,â Brown said.In 2013, General C. Robert Kehler, the head of the U.S. Strategic Command, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the risk of cyberattacks on the nuclear command-and-control system. He expressed confidence that the U.S. system was secure. When Senator Bill Nelson asked if somebody could hack into the Russian or Chinese systems and launch a ballistic missile carrying a nuclear warhead, Kehler replied, âSenator, I donât know . . . I do not know.â
After the debacle of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Soviet Union became much more reluctant to provoke a nuclear confrontation with the United States. Its politburo was a committee of conservative old men. Russiaâs leadership is quite different today. The current mix of nationalism, xenophobia, and vehement anti-Americanism in Moscow is a far cry from the more staid and secular ideology guiding the Soviet Union in the nineteen-eighties. During the past few years, threats about the use of nuclear weapons have become commonplace in Moscow. Dmitry Kiselyov, a popular newscaster and the Kremlinâs leading propagandist, reminded viewers in 2014 that Russia is âthe only country in the world capable of turning the U.S.A. into radioactive dust.â The Kremlin has acknowledged the development of a nuclear torpedo that can travel more than six thousand miles underwater before devastating a coastal city. It has also boasted about a fearsome new missile design. Nicknamed âSatan 2â and deployed with up to sixteen nuclear warheads, the missile will be âcapable of wiping out parts of the earth the size of Texas or France,â an official news agency claimed.
Russiaâs greatest strategic vulnerability is the lack of a sophisticated and effective early-warning system. The Soviet Union had almost a dozen satellites in orbit that could detect a large-scale American attack. The system began to deteriorate in 1996, when an early-warning satellite had to be retired. Others soon fell out of orbit, and Russiaâs last functional early-warning satellite went out of service two years ago. Until a new network of satellites can be placed in orbit, the country must depend on ground-based radar units. Unlike the United States, Russia no longer has two separate means of validating an attack warning. At best, the radar units can spot warheads only minutes before they land. Pavel Podvig, a senior fellow at the U.N. Institute for Disarmament Research, believes that Russia does not have a launch-on-warning policyâbecause its early-warning system is so limited.
For the past nine years, Iâve been immersed in the minutiae of nuclear command and control, trying to understand the actual level of risk. Of all the people whom Iâve met in the nuclear realm, Sidney Drell was one of the most brilliant and impressive. Drell died this week, at the age of ninety. A theoretical physicist with expertise in quantum field theory and quantum chromodynamics, he was for many years the deputy director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator and received the National Medal of Science from Obama, in 2013. Drell was one of the founding members of jasonâa group of civilian scientists that advises the government on important technological mattersâand for fifty-six years possessed a Q clearance, granting him access to the highest level of classified information. Drell participated in top-secret discussions about nuclear strategy for decades, headed a panel that investigated nuclear-weapon safety for the U.S. Congress in 1990, and worked on technical issues for jason until the end of his life. A few months ago, when I asked for his opinion about launch-on-warning, Drell said, âItâs insane, the worst thing I can think of. You canât have a worse idea.â
Drell was an undergraduate at Princeton University when Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed. Given all the close calls and mistakes in the seventy-one years since then, he considered it a miracle that no other cities have been destroyed by a nuclear weaponââit is so far beyond my normal optimism.â The prospect of a new cold warâand the return of military strategies that advocate using nuclear weapons on the battlefieldâdeeply unnerved him. Once the first nuclear weapon detonates, nothing might prevent the conflict from spiralling out of control. âWe have no experience in stopping a nuclear war,â he said.
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin confront a stark choice: begin another nuclear-arms race or reduce the threat of nuclear war. Trump now has a unique opportunity to pursue the latter, despite the bluster and posturing on both sides. His admiration for Putin, regardless of its merits, could provide the basis for meaningful discussions about how to minimize nuclear risks. Last year, General James Mattis, the former Marine chosen by Trump to serve as Secretary of Defense, called for a fundamental reappraisal of American nuclear strategy and questioned the need for land-based missiles. During Senate testimony, Mattis suggested that getting rid of such missiles would âreduce the false-alarm danger.â Contrary to expectations, Republican Presidents have proved much more successful than their Democratic counterparts at nuclear disarmament. President George H. W. Bush cut the size of the American arsenal in half, as did his son, President George W. Bush. And President Ronald Reagan came close to negotiating a treaty with the Soviet Union that would have completely abolished nuclear weapons.
Every technology embodies the values of the age in which it was created. When the atomic bomb was being developed in the mid-nineteen-forties, the destruction of cities and the deliberate targeting of civilians was just another military tactic. It was championed as a means to victory. The Geneva Conventions later classified those practices as war crimesâand yet nuclear weapons have no other real use. They threaten and endanger noncombatants for the sake of deterrence. Conventional weapons can now be employed to destroy every kind of military target, and twenty-first-century warfare puts an emphasis on precision strikes, cyberweapons, and minimizing civilian casualties. As a technology, nuclear weapons have become obsolete. What worries me most isnât the possibility of a cyberattack, a technical glitch, or a misunderstanding starting a nuclear war sometime next week. My greatest concern is the lack of public awareness about this existential threat, the absence of a vigorous public debate about the nuclear-war plans of Russia and the United States, the silent consent to the roughly fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in the world. These machines have been carefully and ingeniously designed to kill us. Complacency increases the odds that, some day, they will. The âTitanic Effectâ is a term used by software designers to explain how things can quietly go wrong in a complex technological system: the safer you assume the system to be, the more dangerous it is becoming.'
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' âWeâd have all these circular meetings,â one senior State Department official said, âin which everyone agreed you had to push back at the Russians and push back hard. But it didnât happen.â
Mr. Putin, a student of martial arts, had turned two institutions at the core of American democracy â political campaigns and independent media â to his own ends..
..The Russians clearly had a more sophisticated understanding of American politics, and they were masters of âkompromat,â their term for compromising information.
..the hackings of the State Department, the White House and the Pentagon..
What seems clear is that Russian hacking, given its success, is not going to stop. Two weeks ago, the German intelligence chief, Bruno Kahl, warned that Russia might target elections in Germany next year. âThe perpetrators have an interest to delegitimize the democratic process as such,â Mr. Kahl said. Now, he added, âEurope is in the focus of these attempts of disturbance, and Germany to a particularly great extent.â '
'..the White Houseâs reluctance to respond forcefully meant the Russians have not paid a heavy price for their actions, a decision that could prove critical in deterring future cyberattacks.
..President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia moved beyond mere espionage to deliberately try to subvert American democracy and pick the winner of the presidential election.
..A low-cost, high-impact weapon that Russia had test-fired in elections from Ukraine to Europe was trained on the United States, with devastating effectiveness. For Russia, with an enfeebled economy and a nuclear arsenal it cannot use short of all-out war, cyberpower proved the perfect weapon: cheap, hard to see coming, hard to trace.
The United States had two decades of warning that Russiaâs intelligence agencies were trying to break into Americaâs most sensitive computer networks. But the Russians have always managed to stay a step ahead.
Their first major attack was detected on Oct. 7, 1996, when a computer operator at the Colorado School of Mines discovered some nighttime computer activity he could not explain. The school had a major contract with the Navy, and the operator warned his contacts there. But as happened two decades later at the D.N.C., at first âeveryone was unable to connect the dots,â said Thomas Rid, a scholar at Kingâs College in London who has studied the attack.
Investigators gave it a name â Moonlight Maze â and spent two years, often working day and night, tracing how it hopped from the Navy to the Department of Energy to the Air Force and NASA. In the end, they concluded that the total number of files stolen, if printed and stacked, would be taller than the Washington Monument.
Whole weapons designs were flowing out the door, and it was a first taste of what was to come: an escalating campaign of cyberattacks around the world.
The Russians were also quicker to turn their attacks to political purposes. A 2007 cyberattack on Estonia, a former Soviet republic that had joined NATO, sent a message that Russia could paralyze the country without invading it. The next year cyberattacks were used during Russiaâs war with Georgia.
Mr. Obama was briefed regularly on all this, but he made a decision that many in the White House now regret: He did not name Russians publicly, or issue sanctions. There was always a reason: fear of escalating a cyberwar, and concern that the United States needed Russiaâs cooperation in negotiations over Syria.
âWeâd have all these circular meetings,â one senior State Department official said, âin which everyone agreed you had to push back at the Russians and push back hard. But it didnât happen.â
Last year, the attacks became more aggressive. Russia hacked a major French television station, frying critical hardware. Around Christmas, it attacked part of the power grid in Ukraine, dropping a portion of the country into darkness, killing backup generators and taking control of generators. In retrospect, it was a warning shot.
..CrowdStrikeâs nicknames for the two Russian hacking groups that the firm found at work inside the D.N.C. network. Cozy Bear â the group also known as the Dukes or A.P.T. 29, for âadvanced persistent threatâ â may or may not be associated with the F.S.B., the main successor to the Soviet-era K.G.B., but it is widely believed to be a Russian government operation. It made its first appearance in 2014, said Dmitri Alperovitch, CrowdStrikeâs co-founder and chief technology officer.
Only in March 2016 did Fancy Bear show up â first penetrating the computers of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and then jumping to the D.N.C., investigators believe. Fancy Bear, sometimes called A.P.T. 28 and believed to be directed by the G.R.U., Russiaâs military intelligence agency, is an older outfit, tracked by Western investigators for nearly a decade. It was Fancy Bear that got hold of Mr. Podestaâs email.
It was bad enough that Russian hackers had been spying inside the committeeâs network for months. Now the public release of documents had turned a conventional espionage operation into something far more menacing: political sabotage, an unpredictable, uncontrollable menace for Democratic campaigns.
Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder and editor, has resisted the conclusion that his site became a pass-through for Russian hackers working for Mr. Putinâs government or that he was deliberately trying to undermine Mrs. Clintonâs candidacy. But the evidence on both counts appears compelling.
Mr. Putin, a student of martial arts, had turned two institutions at the core of American democracy â political campaigns and independent media â to his own ends. The mediaâs appetite for the hacked material, and its focus on the gossipy content instead of the Russian source, disturbed some of those whose personal emails were being reposted across the web.
In late 2014, hackers working for Kim Jong-un, the Northâs young and unpredictable leader, had carried out a well-planned attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment intended to stop the Christmastime release of a comedy about a C.I.A. plot to kill Mr. Kim.
In that case, embarrassing emails had also been released. But the real damage was done to Sonyâs own systems: More than 70 percent of its computers melted down when a particularly virulent form of malware was released. Within weeks, intelligence agencies traced the attack back to the North and its leadership. Mr. Obama called North Korea out in public, and issued some not-very-effective sanctions. The Chinese even cooperated, briefly cutting off the Northâs internet connections.
As the first Situation Room meetings on the Russian hacking began in July, âit was clear that Russia was going to be a much more complicated case,â said one participant. The Russians clearly had a more sophisticated understanding of American politics, and they were masters of âkompromat,â their term for compromising information.
..code was put out in the open by the Russians as a warning: Retaliate for the D.N.C., and there are a lot more secrets, from the hackings of the State Department, the White House and the Pentagon, that might be spilled as well. One senior official compared it to the scene in âThe Godfatherâ where the head of a favorite horse is left in a bed, as a warning.
As the year draws to a close, it now seems possible that there will be multiple investigations of the Russian hacking â the intelligence review Mr. Obama has ordered completed by Jan. 20, the day he leaves office, and one or more congressional inquiries. They will wrestle with, among other things, Mr. Putinâs motive.
Did he seek to mar the brand of American democracy, to forestall anti-Russian activism for both Russians and their neighbors? Or to weaken the next American president, since presumably Mr. Putin had no reason to doubt American forecasts that Mrs. Clinton would win easily? Or was it, as the C.I.A. concluded last month, a deliberate attempt to elect Mr. Trump?
In fact, the Russian hack-and-dox scheme accomplished all three goals.
What seems clear is that Russian hacking, given its success, is not going to stop. Two weeks ago, the German intelligence chief, Bruno Kahl, warned that Russia might target elections in Germany next year. âThe perpetrators have an interest to delegitimize the democratic process as such,â Mr. Kahl said. Now, he added, âEurope is in the focus of these attempts of disturbance, and Germany to a particularly great extent.â '
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Google for Nonprofits (G4NP) offers nonprofit organizations across 50 countries free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Ad Grants and more. Whether youâve been using our products for years or are thinking about signing up for Google for Nonprofits, we want you to feel confident when using our products.
Thatâs why weâre excited to announce our brand new YouTube series, âG4NP in Three.â Every few weeks, weâll walk you through one of the many products we offer Â from enrollment process to optimizationâall in roughly three minutes.
What Youâll Learn
Weâll start with the basics. Weâll cover program eligibility requirements, walk through the different signup processes, and give you tips and tricks on how to best use our products. In the first few videos, weâll focus on some of our most popular products: Google Ad Grants, G Suite, and YouTube.
Meet Your Hosts
Bri and Jay are volunteers on our video production and G4NP YouTube strategy team.Â Both work in different parts of the Google organization for their core roles, but have been aligned to G4NP for over a year.Â They write, edit and star in videos to help educate the nonprofit community and, in addition to hosting, are the co-creators of the âG4NP in Threeâ series.
âAâ San Francisco native, âJay ventured to Ann Arbor, MI to get his degree at the University of Michigan. âAfter graduating, he started at Google where he currently works as a Communications Specialist in People Operations. Aside from his passion for marketing, communicationsâ,â and diversity in the workplace, Jayâs claim-to-fame is singing for President Obama at the White House.
Originally from Mountain View, California, Bri attended Chapman University. There she earned a degree in Public Relations and Advertising. After graduation, Bri started a position at Google as an Associate Account Strategist supporting our advertisers. Outside of work, Bri thoroughly enjoys knitting, hiking, and venturing off on the weekends to find the best cup of coffee in the Bay Area.
The first âG4NP in Threeâ video is now live! Videos will be released every few weeks. Subscribe to Google for Nonprofits on YouTube to stay updated.
To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours free access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofitâs story. Learn more and enroll here.
So youâre a savvy nonprofit that has mastered Ad Grants? Read on!Â
Youâre a group of community leaders who know the impact of data. And who know that technology can help you leverage that. Â Â Â
Like many other businesses, itâs critical for nonprofits to translate clicks on ads into a meaningful action on their nonprofitâs website. These actions could be donations, event registrations, file downloads, volunteer sign-ups or form completions â whatever it is that youâre compelling users to do.
Nonprofits like yours, however, often come to us with an important question: âHow do we know if our Ad Grants account is actually resulting in these increased actions?â Great question!Our answer is simple, yet we hope itâs powerful too: Google Analytics.
Google Analytics is your go-to tool for providing insights into user behavior, which can be used to inform Ad Grants, as well as website optimization. By syncing data and using AdGrants & Analytics in tandem, you can boost the quality of traffic reaching your site and increase the chance of visitors completing a meaningful action on your NGOâs page. Best of all, Analytics can be used by nonprofits at no charge.
To get started, we strongly recommend defining your teamâs marketing objectives. (If you havenât set up goals yet, check out Smart Goals, which were designed with groups like nonprofits in mind.)
Then, link your Google Analytics account to your Google Ad Grants account to see your data. (Find out how to do so here: Link Analytics and Ad Grants). In doing so, youâll unlock insights into your Ad Grants campaign. For instance, what happens after someone clicks on your Ad Grants ad and lands on your site? How does it differ by geographical region? Or how does user behavior differ between services offered?
Going forward, you can also track your nonprofitâs marketing goals in Google Analytics to understand how traffic from your Ad Grants campaigns is converted to meaningful action on your website. To do so, import your goals into Ad Grants as conversions.
Now, youâll be able to see traffic quality data such as bounce rate, pages per session and average session duration for campaigns, ad groups, and keywords within Ad Grants. By adding goals as conversions, youâll get the data you need to understand which text ads showing for keywords resonate best with your target audience.
Why, you might ask, is all this important for your nonprofit?
Take Science Buddies, a nonprofit that was one of the earliest adopters of the Google Ad Grants program, joining in 2003. Science Buddies then received 171,000 unique visits in 2004 via Ad Grants, with this number increasing by 4.5X to 773,000 unique visits in 2005. By 2006, Google Ad Grants had doubled the traffic to the website altogether. âAd Grants really put us on the map!â said Kenneth Hess, President and Founder of Science Buddies.
The takeaway here is that the more you optimize, the better chance you have of improving your quality score â a key metric in an Ad Grants account! And more importantly, the better chance you have of authentically connecting with users who are trying to change the world along with with your nonprofit and you.Â
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To see if your nonprofit is eligible to participate, review the Google for Nonprofits eligibility guidelines. Google for Nonprofits offers organizations like yours access to Google tools like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Ad Grants, YouTube for Nonprofits and more â all at no charge. These tools can help you reach new donors and volunteers, work more efficiently, and tell your nonprofitâs story. Learn more and enroll here.Â
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When athletes from around the world come together, some of them compete for the glory of winning. When the 6,500 athletes from across the globe competed at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, they were playing for so much more â acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. Â Â
In order to bring together thousands of athletes, tens of thousands of volunteers, half a million spectators, and tens of millions of dollars in donations, the World Games Organizing Committee had a herculean task ahead of them. They needed technology that could keep up with their ambitious goals.Â
Growing an audience for the World Games was paramount. With Google Ad Grants to run an AdWords campaign and Google Analytics to track behavior on their site, they were able to get their message in front of millions of people. Instead of flying around the world to train their many volunteers, they relied on Google Hangouts to efficiently and cost-effectively spread their knowledge. Twenty-five different sporting events means a lot of things to keep track of. They used Google Sheets to ensured everyone stayed on the same page and Google Sites to publicize the transportation schedule.Â
As Patrick McClenahan, President & CEO of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games says, âWhen people are educated, inspired and engaged, hearts and minds are changed.â Carrying their message further means a more inclusive world for us all.Â
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I almost hesitate to post these because our buddy Kroninger holds the official Drawger position as 'Vice President in Charge of Posting Images at Least 50 Years Old While Simultaneously Running Down a Hallway Dangerously Holding a Pair of Extra-Sharp Scissors'.
I was checking out the Vanity Fair site over the weekend and was paying special attention to the Jazz Age and Depression-Era covers. Now THESE are covers! Covarrubias, Carlu, Aladjalov, Bolin and my personal fave, Paolo Garretto. So graphic, so elegant, so able to communicate an idea visual with an economy of line, shape and effects.
So pull up a mouse and check out some absolutely amazing covers by illustrators who continue to inspire, influence and still ASTOUND us well over 50 years later. Oh, and don't mind Kroninger writhing over there in the corner -- it's only a flesh wound.
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According to a company press release, LagardÃ¨re Sports has named three senior executives to new leadership positions in its consulting division. Kern Egan has been named the president of consulting. In this role, Egan will lead the strategic development of the agencyâs brand consulting division across the Americas and will focus on managing and developing...
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AT&T first launched its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service about seven months ago, but now the carrier is expanding its reach by adding 18 new markets for its VoLTE and HD Voice offerings.
The list of new markets include District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.Â
The good news is that this is just the beginning. AT&T's target is to transition every consumer to VoLTE. That would be easier said than done for sure, considering the tons of networks that need to be set up and the hardware that needs to be deployed. But AT&T is positive about the outcome, and early signs of success are certainly visible.
As stated by John Donovan, AT&T's Senior Vice President of Technology and Operations, the carrier's VoLTE network is performing very well after some internal tests, scoring an average of more than 99 percent in terms of accessibility and retainability (how well the users stay connected).
For those not in the know, VoLTE technology lets users simultaneously make calls and browse the Internet using their smartphones with very fast 4G LTE data speeds.Â
As for HD Voice, it is a type of wideband technology that allows for better call quality with minimal background noise, made possible through widening the frequency range of the audio signals.
Voice calls were previously transmitted on a rather limited frequency range (between 300 Hertz to 3.4 Hertz). But with HD Voice, that frequency range is extended from 50 Hertz to 7 KiloHertz, and sometimes even beyond, in order to achieve high definition quality in voice calls.
However, before users can enjoy HD Voice, they need to meet the requirements. Firstly, the service must be available in their geographical area (AT&T is working on it). Secondly, the person calling and the recipient of the call must both use handsets that are HD Voice capable. For AT&T customers, just about the only devices available from their carrier that meet this requirement are the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.
AT&T is far from being the only major wireless carrier that offers HD Voice though. Sprint may have been the first off the blocks, offering its customers a 30-day trial run of its HD Voice service in June earlier this year. Even Verizon Wireless is working on its own HD Voice brand, and the talk is that the Big Red will utilizing the AMR-wideband standard (the industry norm) for its service.
Interestingly, AT&T and Verizon Wireless are working together in providing clear call quality in both their customers. If they can pull this off, AT&T customers will be able to call their friends and family who are on Verizon as clearly as possible, and vice versa.
El presidente del Consejo de Ministros, Fernando Zavala, fue el encargado de cerrar el reciente 4to Encuentro Nacional por la Primera Infancia, que organizÃ³ el Grupo Impulsor InversiÃ³n en la Infancia. En diÃ¡logo con este blog, el primer ministro da sus impresiones de este Encuentro, en el que se abordaron temas como anemia, desnutriciÃ³n, educaciÃ³n inicial y violencia contra la infancia, y responde sobre las polÃticas del gobierno para la primera infancia y las principales metas que el gobierno se ha propuesto.
AntropÃ³logo especializado en desarrollo rural, catedrÃ¡tico de la Universidad CatÃ³lica y miembro del Grupo Impulsor InversiÃ³n en la Infancia, Carlos E. AramburÃº analiza los compromisos del presidente electo, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, con una serie de objetivos a favor de la primera infancia y lo que deberÃa hacerse para mejorar las polÃticas sociales y para la infancia. Resalta la necesidad de un plan de desarrollo rural, sector en el que se concentran la mayor pobreza y los niveles mÃ¡s altos de anemia, desnutriciÃ³n y mortalidad infantil.
La presidenta de la Sociedad Peruana de PediatrÃa y miembro del Grupo Impulsor InversiÃ³n en la Infancia, doctora Sarah Vega, analiza el rol de los pediatras en la salud de los niÃ±os, especialmente en el combate contra la anemia y la desnutriciÃ³n infantil. Este tema fue abordado en el XVII Congreso Latinoamericano de PediatrÃa y III Congreso Extraordinario Peruano de PediatrÃa, organizado por la AsociaciÃ³n Latinoamericana de PediatrÃa y la Sociedad Peruana de PediatrÃa.
El historiador, antropÃ³logo e investigador asociado de DESCO (Centro de Estudios y PromociÃ³n del Desarrollo), Carlos Monge, hace un balance de los cuatro aÃ±os de gobierno del presidente Ollanta Humala en relaciÃ³n a reducciÃ³n de la pobreza, inclusiÃ³n social y los programas sociales. Monge seÃ±ala que el gobierno no estÃ¡ preparado para la desaceleraciÃ³n econÃ³mica producto de la caÃda del precio de los minerales y advierte que quienes han salido de la pobreza en los Ãºltimos aÃ±os podrÃan volver a caer en ella.
Carlos E. AramburÃº, antropÃ³logo, profesor de la Universidad CatÃ³lica y miembro del Grupo Impulsor InversiÃ³n en la Infancia, hace en la siguiente entrevista un balance de los tres primeros aÃ±os del gobierno del presidente Ollanta Humala en lo relacionado a las polÃticas dirigidas a la primera infancia, y se refiere a los retos para mejorar la situaciÃ³n de la niÃ±ez, asÃ como a la atenciÃ³n que se le da a los niÃ±os y niÃ±as en la agenda electoral regional y municipal.
El presidente regional de Ica y de la Asamblea Nacional de Gobiernos Regionales, Alonso Navarro, hace una evaluaciÃ³n del I Encuentro de Mancomunidades Regionales del PerÃº, y responde sobre la prioridad que debe tener la primera infancia en la inversiÃ³n de los gobiernos regionales. Navarro destaca la importancia de compartir experiencias en la lucha contra la desnutriciÃ³n crÃ³nica infantil.
En entrevista con el Blog InversiÃ³n en la Infancia, Diego GarcÃa â SayÃ¡n, director general de la ComisiÃ³n Andina de Juristas (CAJ), juez y ex presidente de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, analiza la importancia del proyecto de capacitaciÃ³n virtual en derechos humanos que desarrollarÃ¡n, gracias a un convenio de cooperaciÃ³n interinstitucional, la CAJ y SalgalÃº ComunicaciÃ³n & Responsabilidad Social. Estos cursos se centrarÃ¡n en cuatro temas: Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos, conflictos sociales, pueblos indÃgenas y coyuntura jurÃdica.
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The Nintendo Wii U arrives on Japanese shores on December 8th starting at 26,260 yen (around $340), Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced this morning via Nintendo Direct's video stream. A presentation later today in New York City starring Nintendo of America prez Reggie Fils-Aime will reveal pricing and release dates for the rest of the world, but you'd be right in guessing it won't be too far from the Japanese launch.
A basic set (only in white) and premium set (only in black) were revealed, with the darker option adding more storage; 32GB, up from 8GB on the cheaper bundle. The Premium set (priced at 31,500 yen, or about $405) consists of the console, GamePad, a charging stand, play stand, and yet another stand for the Wii U itself. Those GamePads will also be available standalone for 13,440 yen, which could see American gamers paying around $173 for the luxury of a spare.
The Wii U pro controllers are priced at 5,040 yen ($65) each, while the Wiimote will continue to be priced at 3,800 yen (around $50), now in a range of colors. Likewise, the nunchucks will come in three color palettes. The GamePad charging stand will also be available to buy separately -- setting you back around 1,870 yen -- around $25. Naturally, there's going to be some international variance in these prices so we'll be updating once we get those global prices cemented.
We've been given a little more detail on the technical specifics too, with the Wii U packing 1GB of its own ("main") memory alongside 1GB for running games. Two titles, New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land will both debut alongside the console -- we're expecting to hear even more software details later today.
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BOONE, Daniel, pioneer, born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, 22 October, 1734 (For more on Daniel Boone's birthplace please visit his Homestead); died in Missouri, 26 Sept., 1820. Among the immigrants that landed, 10 Oct., 1717, at Philadelphia was George Boone, of Exeter, England, who came with his wife and eleven children, bought land near Bristol, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and joined the society of Friends. His son, Squire Boone, married Sarah Morgan, and Daniel was their son. Squire Boone, who was a farmer, moved, about 1748, to Holman's Ford, on the Yadkin, in North Carolina.
Daniel's education was very limited; he could read and write, but beyond that all he knew related to the fields, the woods, the net, the rifle, and hunting. He was a hunter born, and loved the solitude of the forest. Strong, brave, lithe, inured to hardship and privation, he traced his steps through the pathless forest, sought out the hiding places of panther, bear, and wolf, and was the match of any Indian in the sagacity with which he detected the footsteps of the red man. About 1755 he married Rebecca Bryan and set up his own log cabin, but, displeased with the encroachments of civilization on his solitude, and incited by the glowing accounts brought by John Finley, who had penetrated into the unknown regions of Kentucky, formed a company of six kindred spirits, and, bidding adieu to his family and the comforts of home, on 1 May, 1769, set out on his perilous journey of exploration.
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After numerous adventures with the Indians, having become intimately acquainted with the character of the country, established an enviable reputation for sagacity and integrity on important frontier service assigned to him by Lord Dunmore in the campaign against the Indians, usually called "Lord Dunmore's War," and constructed a strong fort on the left bank of Kentucky river, which he named "Boonesborough," he determined to bring his wife and family to the new home. Some of his neighbors joined him, and he conducted the party, numbering upward of thirty, safely to "Boonesborough" without having encountered any other difficulties than such as are common to this passage.
Daniel Boone founded Boonesborough while he worked for Richard Henderson of the Transylvania Company.
On one occasion Boone, with an armed party of thirty men, had gone for a supply of salt to a place called "Salt Licks," nearly 100 miles north of Boonesborough, and was captured, with twenty-seven of his men, by a band of more than 100 Indian warriors led by two Frenchmen.
They carried them first to Old Chillicothe, on the Miami, and then to Detroit, where they surrendered for a ransom all their prisoners except Boone; him they took back to Old Chillicothe, where the great Blackfish, a renowned Shawanese chief, adopted him into his family under an imposing but painful ceremonial; all his hair, except a tuft three or four inches in diameter on the crown of the head, was plucked out; that tuft was allowed to grow to the length of the "warlock," dressed with feathers and ribbons; an ablution in the river was supposed to cleanse him from the taint of white blood; a coat of paint on his face, and a solemn charge from Blackfish, completed the rite.
After a prolonged and anxious residence among them, during which he was kindly treated, he discovered their intention of marching upon Boonesborough, and resolved, at the peril of certain death in the event of recapture, to attempt his escape and save his family and friends. Chased by 450 Indians, he performed that daring feat in the forty-third year of his age, and thus simply records it: "On the 16th [of June], before sunrise, I departed in the most secret manner, and arrived at Boonesborough on the 20th, after a journey of 160 miles, during which I had but one meal." At the fort he learned that his wife and children, despairing of ever seeing him again, had returned, and safely reached her father's home in North Carolina. The Indians assailed the fort, but were repelled with loss, and retreated. Boone then, in the autumn of 1778, rejoined his family on the Yadkin, and returned with them to Kentucky in 1780.
The country, though well settled, was still unsafe, and, soon after his return, Boone and his brother, Squire, were surprised by Indians; Squire was killed and scalped, and Daniel had a narrow escape. A sanguinary engagement, called the "Battle of the Blue Licks," took place in 1782, in which Boone's two sons fought at his side. One of them was killed, and the other severely wounded. Boone was full of expedients, and on one occasion extricated himself from four armed Indians by blinding them with tobacco dust. Kentucky was admitted into the union, 4 Feb., 1791, and in the survey of the state the title to Boone's land was disputed. The case was decided against him, and, stung to the quick by the wrong, he had again to seek a new home, which he established at Point Pleasant, between the Ohio and the Great Kanawha; but in 1795 he removed to Missouri, then a Spanish possession, and received not only the appointment of commandant of the Femme Osage district, but a grant of 8,000 acres. The Spanish possessions passed into the hands of Napoleon, who sold them to the United States, and, in the survey that followed, the Spanish grant of Boone's lands was pronounced invalid. An appeal to the legislature of Kentucky, and another to congress, resulted in a grant by the latter of 850 acres. Boone was then seventy-five years of age, hale and strong. The charm of the hunter's life clung to him to the last, and in his eighty-second year he went on a hunting excursion to the mouth of Kansas river. He had made his own coffin and kept it under his bed, and after his death they laid him in it to rest by the side of his wife, who had passed away seven years before.
On 13 Sept., 1845, their remains were removed to the cemetery near Frankfort, Kentucky, a few miles from the fort of Boonesborough, by the concurrent action of the citizens of Frankfort and the legislature of Kentucky.
Cemetery in Frankfort, Kentucky where Daniel and Rebecca Bryan Boone were re-interred
An American biographical and historical dictionary Containing an account of the lives, characters, and writings of the most eminent persons in North America from its first settlement, and a summary of the history of the several colonies and of the United States. By: W. Hyde, 1832.
BOONE, Daniel, colonel, one of the first settlers of Kentucky, was born about 1730. While he was young, his parents, who came from Bridgeworth,England removed from Pennsylvania or Virginia to the Yadkin river in North Carolina.
He was early addicted to hunting in the woods; in the militia he attained to the rank of colonel. In 1769, in consequence of the representation of John Finley, who had penetrated into the wilderness of Kentucky, he was induced to accompany him in a journey to that country. He had four other companions, John Stuart, Joseph Holden, James Money, and William Cool, with whom he set out May 1. On the 7th of June they arrived at the Red river, a branch of the Kentucky; and here from the top of a hill they had a view of the fertile plain's, of which they were in pursuit. They encamped and remained in this place till Dec. 22, when Boone and Stuart were captured by the Indians near Kentucky river. In about a week they made their escape; but on returning to their camp, they found it plundered and deserted by their companions, who had gone back to Carolina.
Stuart was soon killed by the Indians; but Boone being joined by his brother, they remained and prosecuted the business of hunting during the winter, without further molestation. His brother going home for supplies in May 1770, he remained alone in the deep solitude of the western wilderness until his return with ammunition & horses July 27th. During this period this wild man of the woods, though greeted every night with the howlings of wolves, was delighted in his excursions with the survey of the beauties of the country and found greater pleasure in the solitude of wild nature, than he could have found amid the hum of the most elegant city. With his brother he traversed the country to Cumberland river. It was not until March 1771, that he returned to his family, resolved to conduct them to the paradise, which he had explored.
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Having sold his farm, he set out with his own and 5 other families, Sept. 25,1773, and was joined in Powell's valley by 40 men. After passing over two mountains, called Powell's and Walden's, through which, as they ranged from the north east to the south west, passes were found, and approaching the Cumberland, the rear of the company was attacked by the Indians on the 10th of October, when six men were killed, among whom was the eldest son of colonel Boone. One man was also wounded, and the cattle were scattered. This disaster induced them to retreat about 40 miles to the settlement on Clinch River, where he remained with his family, until June 6,1774, when, at the request of gov. Dunmore, he conducted a number of surveyors to the falls of Ohio. On this tour of 800 miles he was absent two months. After this he was entrusted by the governor, during the campaign against the Shawanese, with the command of three forts.
Early in 1775, at the request of a company in North Carolina, he attended a treaty with the Cherokee Indians at Wataga in order to make of them the purchase of lands on the south side of the Tennessee river. After performing this service, he was employed to mark out a road from the settlements on the Holston to the Kentucky river. While thus employed, at the distance of about 15 miles from what is now Boonesborough, the party was attacked March 20, and 23, 1775 by the Indians, who killed four and wounded five. Another man was killed in April. On the first day of this month at a salt lick, on the southern bank of the Kentucky,in what is now Boonesborough a few miles from Lexington, he began to erect a fort, consisting of a block house & several cabins, enclosed with palisades. On the 14th of June he returned to his family in order to remove them to the tort.. His wife and daughters were the first white women, who stood on the banks of the Kentucky river. Dec. 24th one man was killed and another wounded. July 14, 1776, when all the settlements were attacked, two of Colonel Calway's daughters and one of his own were taken prisoners; Boone pursued with 18 men and in two days overtook the Indians, killed two of them, and recovered the captives.
The Indians made repeated attacks upon Boonesborough; Nov. 15,1777 with 100 men, and July 4 with 200 men. On both sides several were killed and wounded; but the enemy were repulsed; as they were also July 19 from Logan's fort of 15 men, which was besieged by 200. The arrival of 25 men from Carolina and in August of 100 from Virginia gave a new aspect to affairs, and taught the savages the superiority of "the long knives," as they called the Virginians. Jan. 1, 1778 he went with 30 men to the blue licks on the Licking river to make salt for the garrison. Feb. 7, being alone, he was captured by a party of 102 Indians and 2 Frenchmen; he capitulated for his men, and they were all carried to Chillicothe on the Little Miami, whence he and 10 men were conducted to Detroit, where he arrived March 30. The governor, Hamilton, treated him with much humanity, and offered 1001, for his redemption. But the savages refused the offer from affection to their captive. Being carried back to Chillicothe in April, he was adopted as a son in an Indian family. He assumed the appearance of cheerfulness ; but his thoughts were on his wife and children. Aware of the envy of the Indians, he was careful not to exhibit his skill in shooting. In June he went to the salt springs on the Sciota. On his return to Chillicothe he ascertained, that 450 warriors were preparing to proceed against Boonesborough. He escaped June 16, and arrived at the fort June 20th, having travelled 160 miles in 4 days, with but one meal. His wife had returned to her father's. Great efforts were made to repair the fort in order to meet the expected attack. On August 1st, he went out with 19 men to surprise Point Creek town on the Sciota; meeting 30 Indians, he put them to flight and captured their baggage. At last, Aug. 8, the Indian army of 444 men, led by captain Dugnesne and 11 other Frenchmen, and their own chiefs, with British colors flying, summoned the fort to surrender.
The next day Boone, having a garrison of only 50 men, announced his resolution to defend the fort, while a man was alive. They then proposed that 9 men should be sent out 60 yards from the fort to enter into a treaty; and when the articles were agreed upon and signed, they said it was customary on such occasions, as a token of sincere friendship, for two Indians to shake every white man by the hand. Accordingly two Indians approached each of the nine white men, and grappled with the intent of making him a prisoner; but the object being perceived, the men broke away and re-entered the fort.
An attempt was now made to undermine it; but a counter trench defeated that purpose. Atlast on the 20th the enemy raised the siege, having lost 37 men. Of Boone's men two were killed and four wounded. "We picked, up," said he, "125 pounds of bullets, besides what stuck in the logs of our fort, which certainly is a great proof of their industry." In 1779, when Boone was absent, revisiting his family in Carolina, Colonel Bowman with 160 men fought the Shawanese Indians at old Chillicothe.
In his retreat the Indians pursued him for 30 miles, when in another engagement col. Harrod suggested the successful project of mounting a number of horses and breaking the Indian line. Of the Kentuckians 9 were killed. June 22nd,1780, about 600 Indians and Canadians under col. Bird attacked Riddle's and Martin's stations and the forks of Licking river with 6 pieces of artillery, and carried away all as captives. Gen. Clarke, commanding at the falls of Ohio, marched with his regiment and troops against Reccaway, the principal Shawanese town on a branch of the Miami, and burned the town, with the loss of 17 on each side.
About this time Boone returned to Kentucky with his family. In Oct. 1780, soon after he was settled again at Boonesborough, he went with his brother to the Blue Licks, and as they were returning the latter was slain by a party of Indians, and he was pursued by them by the aid of a dog. By shooting him Boone escaped. The severity of the ensuing winter was attended with great distress, the enemy having destroyed most of the corn. The people subsisted chiefly on buffalo's flesh. In May 1732 the Indians having killed a man at Ashton's station, captain A. pursued with 25 men, but in an attack upon' the enemy he was killed with 12 of his men. Aug. 10 two boys were carried off from major Hay's station. Capt. Holden pursued with 17 men; but he also was defeated, with the loss of four men. In a field near Lexington an Indian shot a man and running to scalp him, was him- self shot from the fort and fell dead upon his victim. On the 15th Aug. 500 Indians attacked Briant's station, five miles from Lexington,and destroyed all the cattle; but they were repulsed on the third day, having about 30 killed, while of the garrison 4 were killed and 3 wounded. Boone, with cols. Todd and Trigg and major Harland, collected 176 men and pursued on the 18th.
They overtook the enemy the next day a mile beyond the Blue Licks, about 40 miles from Lexington, at a remarkable bend of a branch of Licking river. A battle ensued, the enemy having a line formed across from one bend to the other, but the Kentuckians were defeated with the great loss of 60 killed, among whom were cols. Todd and Trigg, and Major Harland, and Boone's second son. Many were the widows made in Lexington on that fatal day. The Indians having 4 more killed, 4 of the prisoners were given up to the young warriors to be put to death in the most barbarous manner.
General Clarke, accompanied by Boone, immediately marched into the Indian country and desolated it, burning old Chillicothe, Peccaway, New Chillicothe, Willis town, and Chillicothe. With the loss of four men he took seven prisoners and five scalps, or killed five Indians. In October the Indians attacked Crab orchard. One of the Indians having entered a house, in which were a woman and a negro, and being thrown to the ground by the negro, the woman cut off his head. From this period to the peace with Great Britain the Indians did no harm. "Two darling sons and a brother," said Boone, "have I lost by savage hands, which have also taken from me 40 valuable horses and abundance of cattle. Many dark and sleepless nights have I spent, separated from the cheerful society of men, scorched by the summer's sun and pinched by the winter's cold, an instrument ordained to settle the wilderness."
From this period he resided in Kentucky and Virginia till 1798, when in consequence of an imperfect legal title to the lands, which he had settled, he found himself dispossessed of his property. In his indignation he fled from the delightful region, which he had explored, when a wilderness, and which now had a population of half a million. With his rifle he crossed the Ohio and plunged into the immense country of the Missouri In 1799 he settled on the Femme Osage river with numerous followers. In 1800 he discovered the Boone's Lick country, now a fine settlement: in the same year he visited the head waters of the Grand Osage river and spent the winter upon the head waters of the Arkansas. At the age of 80, in company with a white man and a black man, laid under strict injunctions to carry him back to his family, dead or alive, he made a hunting trip to the head waters of the Great Osage, and was successful in trapping beaver and other game.
In January 1812 he addressed a memorial to the legislature of Ky. stating that he owned not an acre of land in the region, which he first settled; that in 1794 he passed over into the Spanish province of Louisiana, under an assurance from the governor, who resided at St. Louis, that land should be given him; that accordingly 10 thousand acres were given him on the Missouri and he became Syndic or chief of the district of St. Charles; but that on the acquisition of Louisiana by the United States his claims were rejected by the commissioners of land, because he did not actually reside; and that thus at the age of 80 he was a wanderer, having no spot of his own, whereon to lay his bones.
The legislature instructed their delegates to congress to solicit a confirmation of this grant. He retained, it is believed, 2,000 In his old age he pursued his active course of life, trapping bears and hunting with his rifle. Though a magistrate and sometimes a member of the legislature of Virginia, and much engaged in agriculture; yet he preferred the solitude of the wilderness to the honors of civil office and the society of men.
He died at the house of his son, Major A. Boone, at Charette, Montgomery Company, September 26th, 1820, aged nearly 90 years. His wife died in the same place. He left sons and daughters in Missouri. In consequence of his death the legislature of Missouri voted to wear a badge of mourning for 20 days. A brother died in Mississippi Oct. 1808, aged 81.
Col. Boone was of common stature, of amiable disposition, and honorable integrity. In his last years he might have been seen by the traveler at the door of his house, with his rifle on his knee and his faithful dog at his side, lamenting the departed vigor of his limbs, and meditating on the scenes of his past life.
Whether he also meditated on the approaching scenes of eternity and his dim eyes ever kindled up with the glorious hopes of the christian is not mentioned in the accounts of him, which have been examined. But of all objects an irreligious old man, dead as to worldly joy and dead as to celestial hope, is the most pitiable. An account of his adventures, drawn up by himself, was published in Filson's supplement to Imlay's Description of the Western Territory, 1793.â Niles Register, March 13, 1813.
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Connecticut has been a very safe place to avoid arrest and prosecution for failing to report sexual abuse -- especially if you're a teacher or administrator at a prep school.
That's just part of the picture.
Suppose you lose your teaching job after being accused of rape. Just don't put that job on your resume. You'll be fine for perhaps a decade or more. It also helps to amend your full name on the resume. Supposed background checks will fail to detect resume gaps and irregularities.
But what about that mandatory reporting law compelling teachers and administrators to report suspected abuse to the state? No problem. It hasn't been enforced with any great enthusiasm at the preps: No report, no warning for future employers or victims.
The revelations come after a series of articles by The Boston Globe Spotlight Team and an investigation by the powerhouse law firm Covington & Burling for Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford. The Globe found that abuse victims routinely suffered retaliation at private schools in New England. The schools in turn covered up the abuse. Choate, for example, failed to report abuse incidents prior to 2010.
A spokeswoman for Connecticut courts told The Cool Justice Report there were just 14 arrests in the state for failing to report sexual abuse from January 2010 through late April 2017. During the same time, there were only four convictions, according to the data provided via the state Judicial Department. One of the convictions was of a day care operator. No additional data was available immediately.
There is only a one-year statute of limitations for failure to report sexual abuse claims, and that crime is a misdemeanor. Connecticut Deputy Chief State's Attorney Len Boyle said in a statement there are no plans to try to change that, but he noted there is a five-year statute of limitations for a felony charge if prosecutors are able to cite willfulness or other aggravating factors. Willfulness, like intent, carries with it a significant burden of proof.
"The one-year statute of limitations," Boyle said, "is largely consistent with the limitations periods for all crimes (i.e.: one year for a misdemeanor and five years for a felony). We have not sought to lengthen it. The more egregious cases of failure to report (willfulness, gross negligence, etc.) are felonies and provide a five year limitations period."
Boyle's office is investigating whether anyone at Choate broke the law by failing to report suspected abuse, The Hartford Courant reported in April.
Among the 12 teachers accused of abuse in the Choate report, one went on to become a teacher and administrator at several public schools in Connecticut. He was able to avoid detection partly by amending his name and omitting two teaching jobs at private schools -- Choate and The Gunnery, in Washington, CT -- on his resume. The resume, obtained under Connecticut's Freedom of Information law, also shows some overlap for jobs at public schools in Connecticut and New York.
This teacher / administrator, Jaime E. Rivera, aka Jaime Rivera-Murillo, resigned as principal of Wamogo High School in Litchfield in April. Before that, he was a teacher and assistant principal at Newtown High School for about 11 years. The first teaching job listed on his resume was at Henry Abbot Technical High School in Danbury, beginning in 2001. That leaves a seven-year gap following his graduation from St. Michael's College in Vermont, where he reported earning a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language.
The Covington & Burling report says Rivera-Murillo was fired after being accused of anally raping one student and grabbing the breast of another during a Choate field trip to Costa Rica in 1999. Rivera, a faculty leader for the trip, denied engaging in sexual misconduct but admitting drinking alcohol including beer with students and "local moonshine" with others.
Choate did not report the alleged assaults at the time as required by law. The alleged rape victim told the Covington & Burling team that a female administrator admonished students not to discuss what happened.
The process for vetting resumes at Connecticut public schools like Wamogo and Newtown high schools and Abbot Tech seems to be check the boxes and wave the guy through with barely a pretense of scrutiny. This abysmal failure of diligence and critical thinking should be alarming to students, parents and all taxpayers.
"He didn't list Choate as a former employer when he applied," Christine Chinni, the lawyer for Regional District 6 which includes Wamogo, told The Boston Globe.
District 6 Superintendent Edward Drapp, asked about the committee of 12 that reviewed Rivera-Murillo's credentials and the review process, declined to discuss his procedures for background checks. Besides the resume, which he produced after a formal FOI request, Drapp was also asked to provide documents related to that review committee. Here is Drapp's response: "Attached is a copy of Mr. Rivera's resume. This is the only document in the district's possession that meets the criteria of your FOI request. For the remainder of the school year I will be focused on the students and therefore I am not doing any additional interviews or making any other statements on this matter."
Drapp's response sounds like the result of bad coaching from an inept lawyer. The assertion that there are no documents regarding the review committee is not credible. Are we to believe the review committee never had a meeting?
The Globe reported in April that the sexual misconduct at Choate occurred from 1963 to 2010 and ranged from intimate kissing to groping and sexual intercourse. The Covington & Burling report cites 12 teachers. Other Globe stories cited more than 100 private schools in New England with more than 300 former students saying they faced sexual abuse or harassment.
Just last month, The Kent School was sued and accused of failing to report a 49-year-old teacher who had sex with a 15-year-old student in the late 1980s.
The student claims her advisor scolded her for spreading vicious rumors. Another teacher allegedly told the student she was a sinner for committing adultery. The suit claims the abuse was widely known at the school and that the student was shunned, called "obviously crazy" and blamed for the teacher's breakdown. During a church service the student attended at the school, the suit asserts, Kent staff openly prayed for the teacher's well being. The teacher subsequently got a job at a private school in Indiana.
Kent School, founded in 1906, charges more than $60,000 annually for tuition, board and fees.
Rev. Richardson Schell, the headmaster, said in a statement: "We do not know why [the student] has elected to pursue a lawsuit at this time."
Schell opened the statement by saying he had reviewed the complaint: " ... I am deeply sorry for the wrongful actions of the former Kent teacher who engaged in an inappropriate relationship with this former student ... as the Headmaster of the school then, I responded immediately and to the best of my ability."
The statement does not address the school's duty to report the alleged abuse in a timely manner.
Notably, Schell undertook a massive letter writing campaign some years later when he was annoyed by what he called a TV sitcom's "obnoxious, objectionable content." His letter writing campaign netted responses from 17 companies and he also reached out to publications including Advertising Age and Media Week to generate publicity regarding his concerns about popular culture, The New York Times reported.
Finally, on the national front, The Associated Press reported that a former president of Penn State and two other former university administrators were each sentenced Friday to at least two months in jail for failing to alert authorities to a 2001 allegation against ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a decision that enabled the now-convicted serial predator to continue molesting boys.
Thibault, a private investigator for the Hartford office of Integrated Security Services http://www.intesecurity.com/, is the author of a second collection of newspaper columns, âmore COOL JUSTICEâ http://morecooljustice.com/, credited with helping to free a woman unjustly convicted of first degree murder. His public service includes four years on a local board of education. Follow him on Twitter @cooljustice.
According to the Washington Post, âitâs been a bad 2017 for Jews.â During the month of January, 48 bomb threats were called in to Jewish community centers across the country. Also last month, a neo-Nazi made national news by promising to hold a march in Whitefish, Montana to intimidate the townâs small Jewish population.
This, of course, was followed by another unprecedented press conference by our President during which two reporters were moved to ask Mr. Trump about the rise in anti-Semitism. Many of us were aghast at the Presidentâs rude and dismissive response, and his unwillingness to address the question seriously. The fact is, the country is experiencing an alarming increase of anti-Semitic incidents, and this has been trending upward since 2015. A security report issued by the Department of Homeland Security on protecting houses of worship stated that the United States has approximately 345,000 religious congregations representing 230 denominational groups and roughly 150 million members. Despite being sanctuaries from the troubles of the world, houses of worship have also been targets as violence has spiked across the country in recent years. The killing of nine people at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina was the largest mass shooting in a house of worship since 1991, when nine people were shot at the Wat Promkunaram Buddhist temple in Waddell, Arizona, northwest of Phoenix.
[Under relentless pressure, the President subsequently denounced anti-Semitism.]
The intent of this column is to generate awareness and provide a short guide which contains security practices for religious institutions, parishioners and our non religious communities to help deter threats, mitigate hazards and risks, and minimize the damage caused by an incident in or around a house of worship, including mass casualty events.
I preface with the word âshortâ because there is a wide range of methods from programmatic and procedural considerations to technological enhancements that religious facilities and their leadership may consider implementing based upon the most likely threats to their facilities and their available resources. Basic security principals would suggest taking a blended approach to security and safety with the goal of hardening the facility to deter, detect and/or delay a criminal occurrence before it happens. The next steps are equally important and this is where lives are saved and mass casualties are reduced. Selecting the appropriate response to a threat or armed intrusion will help facilitate a safe transition into an effective recovery and restoration of services mode.
Identifying Your Threats & Vulnerabilities
Identifying and evaluating a known or potential threat to a given facility is the first step of a security assessment. The results of which will guide the process of developing a security plan. A proper readiness plan will aim to deter a threat or mitigate a threat by reducing the religious facilityâs vulnerability to those threats.
Natural Hazards vs. Targeted Violence
As stated before, all life safety solutions should be designed using a blended approach to managing risk. Protecting a religious facility means your emergency management plan(s) must address an all-hazard approach to both natural hazards, e.g., infectious diseases and illnesses, fire, and seismic and weather-related events (hurricanes, tornadoes, flash floods) as well as targeted attacks. Spontaneous and pre-planned attacks are likely to occur by individual(s) who use firearms; improvised explosive devices (IEDs); vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs); chemical, biological, or radiological attacks; or arson in order to inflict a number of casualties and damage to religious facilities.
As previously mentioned earlier, a house of worship environment is managed by creating layers of protective measures in collaboration with state and local partners that allow religious institutions to deter, detect and delay threats. These layers also allow an institution to consider a threat as soon as possible and to more effectively respond to, further deter, eliminate or mitigate that threat.
â¢ Technological sensors such as CCTV surveillance cameras or alarms (fire, smoke, wind, and intrusion detection) will trigger informed decision-making.
â¢ Barriers, such as locked doors or fixed barriers or uniform security personnel should be in place to deter or delay a threat and afford more time for effective decision making.
â¢ Having the correct inbound and outbound communication network in place will influence a number key decisions. Time, or the lack of time, is a principle disrupter of effective decision-making. Sound communication strategies such as emergency email blasts, voice activated alert systems, and silent alert systems help to improve response to and during a crisis. An effective communication protocol should expand the window of time available to leaders to make sound decisions.
Additional Measures to Consider:
â¢ Reporting Procedures
â¢ Establishing Collaborative Planning Teams
â¢ Starting an Emergency Operations Plan
â¢ Define Roles and Responsibilities
â¢ Notification Procedures
â¢ Evacuation Lockdown and ShelterâInâPlace Policies and Procedures
â¢ Plans for Diverse Needs of Children and Staff
â¢ Necessary Equipment and Supplies
â¢ Common Vocabulary
â¢ Emergency Drills
Call us at (212) 808-4153, or write us to tell what you think or how we can be of more assistance and remember, always dial 911 first in an emergency!
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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 â 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 faÃ§ade 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 favorsâa 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 Earthâs family. If we donât, 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 âwater protectors.â âMni Wiconi, Water is Lifeâ is the slogan of the Standing Rock movement.
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 stateâs 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.
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 âtrespassers on their own land.â
In late August, the tribeâs 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.
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.
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 Sheriffâs Department, which has local jurisdiction, reinforced by North Dakota State Troopers, North Dakota National Guard units, sheriffs and police from six nearby statesâall interpenetrated by DAPL security (while the FBI lurks in the background). A contingent of Hennepin County, Minnesota, Sheriffsâ 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.
Native mediaâs 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 Wasiâchu (Lakota word for the white man, meaning literally âtakes too muchâ) 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 Custerâs 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: âAccording 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.â
The news site added, âThe Morton County Sheriffâs Department circulated a false report claiming the man was shot, presumably by protestersâ¦ [As images show], the man was not harmed. The Sheriffâs Department has since retracted that report. Anti-Mediaâs attempts to obtain clarifying comments from Morton County Sheriffs were ignored.â
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 harassmentâpeople maced or beaten, violently thrown to the ground and zip-tied. Often activists are charged with trespass and âriotâ on the Morton County Sheriffâs 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 dayâs action was over, police would stop the last cars in the caravan. They would then make âsnatch and grabâ arrests, impounding the cars of people who had come to support the water protectors but had no expectation that theyâd 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. âThe intention with those types of actions is to scare out-of-towners from being comfortable coming to these actions. So theyâre trying to chill the rights of others to come and participate in these protests.â
The authorities regularly characterize the natives as terrorists, and local radio spreads false rumors of farm animals being slaughtered and stolen, reported vandalismâthe kind of thing you would expect from psychologically projected homesteader fears about savage Indians of earlier centuries.
Yes, Magazine on Oct. 31 reported: âThe 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.â
The UN has sent human rights observers. According to Salon, Nov. 16, 2016: âThe 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.
â âThis is a troubling response to people who are taking action to protect natural resources and ancestral territory in the face of profit-seeking activity,â [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.
âAt least 400 activists have been detained and often have been held in âinhuman and degrading conditions in detention,â Kiai added. Some indigenous protesters have said they were treated like animals and even held in dog kennels.
â âMarking 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,â the U.N. expert said.
â âThe excessive use of State security apparatus to suppress protest against corporate activities that are alleged to violate human rights is wrong,â he continued, noting that it violates U.N. guidelines on business and human rights.
âAmnesty 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.â
Compare the government response at Standing Rock with the response occasioned by Ammon Bundy and his gang of armed militants when they occupied Oregonâs 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 whoâs-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 Deweyâs Digital Smoke Signals. Dewey does updates every day, which he posts on Facebook. I highly recommend anyone who has a Facebook account to âfollowâ 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 Deweyâs Facebook broadcasts. He posts live stream unedited clips that constitute what he calls an ongoing âdocumentationâ 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 heâs panning and zooming in on a large grassfire as heâs 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, âIt looked like someone using a drip torch.â He says they called 911, but itâs been over an hour and the Morton County Fire Department hasnât 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 âhotshotâ firefighter [one of the elite crews]. He and his fellow firefighters can tell by the wind direction that the fire wonât harm the camp.
Now hereâs 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 heâs here. Heâs from the Paiute nation. âIâm here to protect the water,â 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. Weâre 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 theyâre from, inquires about where the road blocks are, what are the open routes. At one level itâs 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 doesnât want to be filmed; Dewey offers to turn his camera away from them and onto himself. The distant officers disappear from the screen and Deweyâs face fills it. The contact officer walks nearer; we can hear his voice. Dewey canât resist a joke, though. He asks the officer if heâs sure he doesnât want to become famous by putting his face on Deweyâs screen? You realize these are just guys doing their job. Dewey understands that, but he also wants to educate them about the water protectorsâ 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 âLetâs get out of here; this is enemy territory.â Dewey laughs, turning the car around, âItâs not enemy territory.â
I believe you learn more about Standing Rock by watching Deweyâs 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 theyâre seeing is a âdocumentationâ thatâs not edited. âItâs not scripted. Itâs not acted out.â
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 mediaâs 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. Youâve 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 itâs lived in the moment. Itâs not what people really experience in their lives. Instead, itâs how theyâve 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 thatâs what Deweyâs 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. Itâs certainly not dramatic or melodramatic. Itâs 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 â10 things to know about DAPLâ (Nov. 18, 2016), thereâs 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, âI was trying to keep it light.â So the Birdshead says, âLaughter is good medicine.â Suddenly theyâre 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 âDAPL dresses up like Ninja Turtles.â You can tell that itâs 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 whoâve âgot their animal spirits onâ¦ Theyâre all furred up. Theyâre coming in all mystical and crystals.â He and his buddy laugh, which Dewey says is laughter âin a good way,â because the whole thing going on at Standing Rock is deadly serious but you need laughter, because thatâs good medicine for healing. And healing and praying are about âgetting reconnected with the Earth.â
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 âall my relations.â When youâre watching a Dewey update from Standing Rock youâre experiencing Mitakuye Oyasin in action. Itâs newscasting as a kind of prayer, in the earth-mind sense. Whether heâs engaging in laughter or educating about the spiritual importance of water, you can see that what heâs 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:
âI pray that weâll be able to keep a state of prayer and peace, as we have beenâ¦ Although thereâs some people on our side are more likely to tend toward violence. But thereâs also people on our side to stop them. Donât start a fight. Thatâs what itâs 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 theyâll unleash the fear on all of us. This wrath that we have with our military overseas, weâre 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 weâre a democracy but itâs not showing anymore. The people didnât want this pipeline, but this foreign entity that they call a corporation, Energy Transfers, is saying, we donât 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 wholeâ¦.Weâre standing up to this corporate machine with prayer and love.â
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 Earthâs objects are us, and we are them. They are our relatives. It seems better armament than most of us Wasiâshu possess. Webster defines fascism as âa political system headed by a dictator in which the government controls business and labor and opposition is not permitted.â Itâs 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.
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 forâthings 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 Departmentâs journalism coordinator for 18 years and was one of the founders of Westernâs 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:
Whoâs Who Whatâs What In the World of CIA Fronts, Partners, Proprietaries & Contractors
The Almost Classified Guide to CIA Front Companies, Proprietaries & Contractors By WAYNE MADSEN ISBN: 978-1-365-11196-9
Cool Justice Editor's Note: Following are excerpts from author Madsen's introduction and the body of the work. Additional suggested reading: News story about Madsen's book via the Washington, D.C. based Justice Integrity Project [link at the bottom of this post].
From the Introduction
One of the most pervasive uses of companies as intelligence partners was under the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD. During the Cold War, the CIA, often with the approval of corporate executives, infiltrated their agents to work as journalists in newspapers, radio and television networks, wire services, and magazines. The following pages in this book are rife with examples of this penetration of the Fourth Estate â all too many in the opinion of this journalist. The CIA admitted to at least 400 journalists on the agencyâs payroll at the height of MOCKINGBIRD. The CIA traditionally understates its capabilities, especially when its covert activities become publicly known. Moreover, the end of the Cold War did not stop the practice of the CIA in infiltrating the media and slant news reports to its wishes.
An insightful look behind the veils of secrecy into the CIAâs use of fronts, proprietaries, and partners calls into question the purpose of the CIA. Created by President Harry S Truman to serve as a central collector and repository of intelligence, the CIA became much more than that. A few weeks after the United States witnessed the assassination of President Kennedy in the middle of downtown Dallas, Truman penned an op-ed piece that appeared in several newspapers around the country. In it, Truman shared his regret for having created the CIA in 1947:
âI think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence AgencyâCIA . . . For some time I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas.
"I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations. Some of the complications and embarrassment I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue.â
The 21st centuryâs CIAâs partners are more likely to be found among high-tech companies marketing the latest and greatest mobile applications and data mining programs than among banks, law offices, and advertising agencies. However, in the post-World War II era, the CIAâs top and middle echelons were normally found operating through cover as typewriter-pecking journalists, traveling Madison Avenue admen, corporate lawyers, and chain-smoking oilmen. In the 1970s and 80s, CIA contractors and partners began showing up in the high-tech field, with database, local area networking, and on-line information retrieval systems attracting the most interest by Langley.
Amazon, Inc. [CIA contractor]. Company provides cloud computing services for the CIA. Amazonâs CEO Jeff Bezos also owns The Washington Post.
American Historical Society. [CIA partner]. Many society officials were OSS/CIA officers.
American Press Institute. [CIA front]. Operating out of Columbia University, the instituteâs director in the 1950s was a CIA officer.
AmeriCares. [CIA partner]. A non-profit organization that is often the âfirst inâ at refugee situations. Founded by tycoon J. Peter Grace, a board chairman of the CIA front, the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD) and a trustee of another CIA front, the American Committee for Liberation from Bolshevism, AmeriCares was involved in funding the Nicaraguan contras. The group has also provided the CIA with recruiting opportunities at mass refugee sites, particularly in Latin America and Asia.
Bechtel Corporation. [CIA contractor]. Bechtel is a large construction company that has included former CIA director Richard Helms, CIA pseudonym âFletcher M. Knight,â among its executive ranks. Bechtel was active in providing corporate cover for the OSS in the Middle East during World War II. Bechtel has been a consummate service company for various CIA operations, including support for the CIA-inspired coup against the Syrian government in 1949, the Iranian government of Prime Minister Mohamed Mossadeq in 1953, and President Sukarno of Indonesia in 1965. From the 1960s to the 1970s, Bechtel provided cover for CIA agents in Libya under both the regime of King Idris and his successor, Muammar Qaddafi. Sometimes called a âsecret armâ of the CIA, Bechtelâs executives included those who would join President Reaganâs Cabinet, including Secretary of State George Schultz and Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger.
Before World War II, Steve Bechtel formed a military-industrial complex partnership with John McCone. McCone later became the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and later, director of the CIA. The CIA has used Bechtel to provide cover for non-official cover CIA operatives abroad.
Blackstone Investment Group. [CIA front]. With offices in Washington, DC and Moscow, arranged for the purchase of KGB documents following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Among the documents sought by the front company were any related to illegal CIA activities during the Cold War, including the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Bourbon and Beefsteak Bar and Restaurant. [CIA front]. Opened in 1967 in Kingâs Cross in Sydney, Australia. Served as a rendezvous point for CIA, Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), and organized crime figures. Its proprietor was Bernie Houghton, a CIA operative with links to Nugan Hand Bank, CIA weapons smuggler Edwin Wilson, and CIA clandestine services officers Theodore Shackley, Rafael Quintero, and Thomas Clines.
Center for Democracy. [CIA front]. Administered under the aegis of Boston University, the center maintained offices in Boston, Washington, DC, Guatemala City, and Strasbourg, France. Involved in CIA operations in eastern Europe, Central America, and Africa.
Colt Patent Firearms Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Hartford, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.
Daddario & Burns. [CIA partner]. Headed by former OSS officer Emilio Daddario, a Democratic Representative from Connecticut, the Hartford-based law firm provided services to the CIA.
DC Comics. [CIA partner]. Worked with the International Military Information Group (IMIG), a joint CIA/Pentagon unit at the State Department, to disseminate propaganda comic books, featuring Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, in Serbo-Croatian and Albanian, to youth in the Balkans during the military conflicts in that region.
Disney Corporation. [CIA partner]. CIA agents who were adept at creating front companies and shell corporations in Florida, worked closely with Disney in preparation for the construction of Disney World near Orlando, Florida. OSS veteran âWild Billâ Donovan and CIA shell company expert Paul Helliwell helped create two fake Florida cities, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, as well as a number of shell corporations, to keep secret the plans for Disney World. This kept land prices low because real estate speculators were unaware of the prospective value of the land in a desolate area of central Florida.
Emory School of Medicine. [CIA partner]. Located in Atlanta, Georgia. Involved in the CIAâs MK-ULTRA behavioral modification project.
Enron Corporation [CIA partner]. Houston-based firm that was used by the CIA to provide commercial cover for its agents around the world. There were at least 20 CIA employees on Enronâs payroll. Andre Le Gallo, a former official of the CIAâs Operations Directorate, went to work as a corporate intelligence officer for Enron.
Fair Play for Cuba Committee (FPCC). [CIA front]. Officially established by American Trotskyists, the group was penetrated by CIA operatives. The FPCC New Orleans office was a CIA front that provided cover for the anti-Fidel Castro activities of Lee Harvey Oswald, Clay Shaw, and David Ferrie, among others. The New Orleans FPCC office was located at 544 Camp Street and shared the same building entrance with Guy Banister Associates, Inc., a private detective agency, the address for which was 531 Lafayette Street and around the corner from 544 Camp Street.
In December 1963, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the FPCC ceased all U.S. operations.
General Electric Company. [CIA partner]. Based in Fairfield, Connecticut, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad.
General Foods Corporation. [CIA partner]. Advertising account at CIAâs Robert Mullen Company handled by an active CIA employee.
Google, Inc. [CIA partner]. Developed as a result of a research grant by the CIA and Pentagon to Stanford Universityâs Department of Computer Science. The CIA referred to the research as the âgoogle project.â
Greenberg Traurig. [CIA partner]. Washington, DC âconnectedâ law firm.
Guy Banister Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New Orleans private detective agency headed by former FBI agent Guy Banister. The detective agency coordinated the activities of various anti-Castro Cuban groups in New Orleans, including Banisterâs own Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean, as well as the Cuban Revolutionary Council, the Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front, Friends of Democratic Cuba, and the Crusade to Free Cuba Committee.
Banister and Associates shared office space with the CIAâs New Orleans front, the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, headed by Lee Harvey Oswald.
Hale and Dorr. [CIA partner]. Boston-based law firm that provided cover for CIAâs Independence and Brown Foundations.
Halliburton. [CIA contractor]. Based in Houston, it is the worldâs largest oil service company. Recipient of a number of CIA sole-source contracts for services worldwide.
Harper and Row, Inc. [CIA partner]. Manuscripts submitted to the New York publisher that dealt with intelligence matters, particularly CIA operations, were turned over to the CIA for censoring edits before publication.
Hewlett Packard Corporation. [CIA partner]. Sold computers to Iraq for Saddam Husseinâs missile program with the knowledge and approval of the CIA.
Hill & Knowlton. [CIA partner]. Public relations firm that teamed with the CIA on a number of operations. Hill & Knowltonâs numerous offices abroad provided cover for CIA agents. One known Hill & Knowlton office that was a CIA front operation was in Kuala Lumpur.
Kerr-McGee. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating overseas.
Kissinger Associates, Inc. [CIA partner]. New York-based international consulting firm founded by former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger. Former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft is a co-owner. The firm provided support to the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation and the Bilderberg Group. Much of the 1982 seed money for Kissinger Associates was provided by Goldman Sachs.
Knight Foundation. [CIA partner]. Also known as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Based in Miami, the foundation provides funding for various CIA-connected media operations in the United States and around the world.
Kroll Inc. [CIA partner]. Founded in 1972 by Jules Kroll, who had links to both U.S. and Israeli intelligence. Based in Manhattan. French domestic law enforcement believed Krollâs Paris office was a CIA front. Kroll handled the security for the World Trade Center after the 1993 terrorist bombing and continued to be responsible for security up to, during, and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Kroll employed former FBI assistant director for counter-terrorism John OâNeill, who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center.
Lincoln Savings and Loan. [CIA partner]. Based in Irvine, California and headed by notorious swindler Charles Keating, Jr., involved in laundering funds for the Iran-contra scandal.
Lone Star Cement Corporation. [CIA partner]. Based in Stamford, Connecticut and linked to the Bush family, provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad. Involved in the Iran-contra scandal.
Mary Carter Paint Company. [CIA front]. A money-laundering operation for the CIA. Involved in casinos in the Bahamas.
Monsanto. [CIA partner]. The firm contracted with former CIA official Cofer Blackâs Total Intelligence Solutions (TIS), a subsidiary of the CIA-connected Blackwater USA, later Xe Services, to monitor animal rights groups, anti-genetically modified (GM) food activists, and other groups opposed to Monsantoâs agri-business operations worldwide.
National Enquirer. [CIA partner]. The tabloidâs founder, Generoso (Gene) Pope, Jr., worked for the CIAâs psychological warfare unit and the agencyâs Italy branch in 1950. In 1952, Pope acquired The New York Enquirer broadsheet and transformed it into a tabloid, renaming it The National Enquirer. This transformation bore the imprimatur of the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program.
Newsweek. [CIA partner]. Magazine reporters and stringers fed information to the CIA. Newsweekâs stringers in southeastern Europe and the Far East were CIA agents. When Newsweek was bought by The Washington Post Company in 1961, cooperation between the magazine and the CIA increased. It was a participant in the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD media influence program. Much of the staff of Newsweek was absorbed into a new online publication, The Daily Beast, which continues to disseminate CIA-influenced articles. See Washington Post.
Nieman Foundation. [CIA partner]. Located at Harvard University, the foundation awarded Nieman Fellowships, some on behalf of the CIA, for foreign journalists to study at Harvard. The journalists were subjected to CIA recruitment efforts prior to their returning to their home countries.
Pamela Martin & Associates. [CIA partner], Escort firm run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called âDC Madam.â During her 2008 trial for mail fraud, Palfrey attempted to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act in order to discuss her relationship with the CIA. The U.S. Court refused Palfreyâs request and she was convicted and later said to have committed suicide before her sentencing hearing in Washington, DC. One of her clients was Randall Tobias, the head of the CIA-connected USAID. Another was Louisiana Republican senator David Vitter.
Paris Review. [CIA front]. Literary magazine edited by George Plimpton. Published works by Jack Kerouac and Samuel Beckett. The magazineâs co-founder, Peter Matthiessen, relied on his affiliation with the magazine as his CIA cover.
Quaker Oats Company. [CIA partner]. Worked with the CIA and Atomic Energy Commission to place trace amounts of radiation in breakfast cereal served to boys at the Fernald School for the mentally retarded in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Radio Corporation of America. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover for CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Iran, Philippines, Japan, and West Germany. Provided technical assistance to CIA-financed clandestine and propaganda radio stations worldwide, including Radio Free Europe. RCA founder David Sarnoff was a major supporter of CIA operations, including propaganda dissemination around the world. RCA chairman and chief executive officer Thornton F. Bradshaw was active in the operations of the CIA-linked American Ditchley Foundation.
Reily Coffee Company. [CIA partner]. Also known as William B. Reily Coffee Company and based in New Orleans, this company employed Lee Harvey Oswald and a number of other U.S. government employees, many of whom were suspected CIA officers.
Robert M. Mullen Company. [CIA proprietary]. A Washington, DC public relations firm, it was used as a front for CIA activities. E. Howard Hunt, the CIA agent, worked for Robert Mullen when he was arrested in the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington in 1972. The Senate Watergate Committee reported that âthe Mullen and Company has maintained a relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency since its incorporation in 1959. It provided covers for agents in Europe (Stockholm), Latin America (Mexico City), and the Far East (Singapore) at the time of the Watergate break-in.â
Rockefeller Foundation. [CIA partner]. Used by the CIA to direct scholarships and grants to the Third World and Eastern Europe. Rockefeller Foundation money was funneled to the American Committee for a United Europe (ACUE), created in 1948. The chairman of ACUE was OSS chief William J. Donovan and the vice chairman was Allen Dulles. One of ACUEâs board members was Walter Bedell Smith, the first CIA director.
Summa Corporation. [CIA partner]. Owned by Howard Hughes, Summa is believed to have skimmed gambling profits from the Sands, Desert Inn, Frontier, Silver Slipper, Castaways, and Landmark casinos in Las Vegas and Haroldâs Club in Reno for the CIA and the Mafia. Provided financial cover for the CIAâs Glomar Explorer project.
Teneo Intelligence. [CIA partner]. Branch of Teneo Holdings, which is headquartered in New York. Teneo Holdingsâs intelligence branch includes former CIA officials. Teneo is closely linked to former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Teneo Intelligence has offices in New York, London, Rome, Brussels, Dubai, Bogota, New Delhi, and Tokyo.
Texas Commerce Bank (TCB). [CIA partner]. Houston-based bank founded by the family of James Baker III. Texas Commerce Bank was used to provide commercial cover for CIA agents. After serving as vice president for Texas Commerce Bank in Caracas from 1977 to 1979, Jeb Bush joined his fatherâs presidential campaign in 1980. Serving with Bush on the campaign was Robert Gambino, the CIA deputy director of security who gave Bush his orientation brief at Langley in 1977.
Kenneth Lay, the chairman of Enron, which had its own links to the CIA, served on the board of Texas Commerce Bank. Texas Commerce Bank was acquired by Chemical Bank in 1987.
The bank provided major loans to Howard Hughesâs Summa Corporation. See Summa Corporation.
United Fruit Company [CIA partner]. Involved in 1954 CIA overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz government in Guatemala. Published the Latin America Report, a publication that was a CIA front used for clandestine activities. The CIA transferred weapons to United Fruit employees in Guatemala who were involved in undermining the Arbenz government. The joint CIA-United Fruit plan was code named OPERATION FORTUNE. Company provided an airfield in Guatemala for the CIAâs training of Cuban exiles for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.
U.S. Rubber Company. [CIA partner]. Headquartered in Naugatuck, Connecticut and later called Uniroyal, provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad. Included those operating under the cover of the Dominion Rubber Company of Canada, a subsidiary of U.S. Rubber Company.
U.S. Youth Council (USYC). [CIA front]. Founded in 1945 and based in New York. Some 90 percent of its funds came from the CIA. USYC received funding from the Foundation for Youth and Student Affairs (FYSA), a CIA front. The USYC was composed of American Youth Hostels, Camp Fire Girls, 4-H, American Unitarian Youth, National Catholic Welfare Conference, National Students Assembly, YMCA and YWCA.
Wackenhut. [CIA contractor]. Wackenhut, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based security firm, stood accused of providing the CIA with specialized services around the world, including Chile, Greece, and El Salvador. Its Venezuelan branch, Wackenhut Venezolana, C.A., was accused in 2002 of involvement in the CIAâs coup against President Hugo Chavez. William Casey served as Wackenhutâs outside counsel before becoming CIA director in 1981.
Wackenhut eventually merged into the global security firm G4S.
Washington Post. [CIA partner]. The Washington Post was part of the CIAâs Operation MOCKINGBIRD, the agencyâs media influence project. Post publisher Phil Graham was a close friend and associate of MOCKINGBIRD chief Frank Wisner, Sr. and CIA director Allen Dulles. Wisner assisted Graham in acquiring The Washington Times-Herald and WTOP radio, creating a sizable CIA-influenced media operation in the nationâs capital.
W. R. Grace. [CIA partner]. Provided corporate cover to CIA officers operating abroad, particularly in Latin America. Provided donations to CIA front foundations.
BULLETIN: Hartford federal jury awards $170K compensatory damages & 32K punitive damages in 4th Amendment / fatal dog shooting case. Costs and attorney fees to be awarded after eight years of litigation expected to total $500,000 - $700,000, possibly more.
âThis verdict is a strong statement from the jury that privacy rights of city residents are just as important as those of suburban homeowners,â said attorney Jon Schoenhorn for the plaintiffs.
9-17-16 column below
Judge orders attachment of personal assets of cops who trespassed
By Andy Thibault
This is the haunting voice of trauma inflicted on a 12-year-old girl:
âThat day never goes away. Itâs like I canât really escape it, no matter how hard I try. I should have done something â anything â to stop that bullet from hitting him in the head.â
And here is some police scanner chatter about the shooting:
âHave you got anybody hit?
âNegative, negative, just a dog.
âWeâre all set, shut down the lights. I donât want a scene here at the, uh, neighborhood.â
The shooting occurred after school on Dec. 20, 2006 on Enfield Street in Hartfordâs North End. The girl, known as K. Harris, suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and became suicidal.
The U.S. Second Circuit of Appeals ruled two years ago that the cops were trespassing and ordered a trial just to determine damages. The Second Circuit ruling overturned a 2012 verdict by an all-suburban jury in Hartford U.S. District Court supporting the home invasion by police.
The appeals court also opened the door to both compensatory and punitive damages. Now â as a trial on the amount to award the plaintiff is scheduled to begin Monday â the city is trying to weasel out of its obligation and in the process throwing the cops it promised to indemnify under the bus.
The Associated Press reported over the weekend that the city of Hartford had reversed its position to indemnify the officers found at fault by the appeals court. Hartford Police Union President Richard Holton told the AP that officers Johnmichael OâHare and Anthony Pia had been âhung out to dry.â
Friday afternoon, U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Martinez ordered the officersâ personal assets attached in the amount of 1.4 million â OâHare at $750,000 and Pia at $650,000.
In a documentary which premiered this summer at the Toronto Film Festival, K. Harris recalls letting her dog â a St. Bernard named Seven â outside after school and then hearing a commotion in her front yard.
âThere was a police officer standing over Seven with a gun pointed at Seven. I yelled at him, please, no, donât shoot my dog!
âHe looked at me dead in my eyes for like a second and then he took a step and then he shot Seven in the head. The police officer was like, âIâm sorry, Maâam, your dog isnât going to make it.â
âMy life ended right there.â
Because the officers lacked a warrant or probable cause to invade the Harris property, they violated the familyâs Fourth Amendment rights ...
Robert F. Kennedy flanked by union organizers Dolores Huerta (left) and Paul Schrade (right). Huerta co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers. Schrade, also a union organizer, was one of five others wounded when RFK was assassinated in 1968. - Photo courtesy of Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Cool Justice: RFK Jr. points to forensic evidence of second gunman in his fatherâs assassination By Andy Thibault
Buried on page 271 of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.âs new book on the Skakel murder case in Greenwich is a quick, but telling reference to his fatherâs assassination.
As part of my summer reading I highlighted the passage. I had a visceral sense it was important.
Kennedy family members rarely have spoken publicly about the assassinations of either President John Kennedy or U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy, much less criticized the official findings. The passage is noteworthy for the simple fact it is memorialized in a book. It is not just a comment in an interview.
This angle deserves serious attention, and so it wasnât shoehorned into the column published Aug. 5 on the Greenwich murder case, âCOOL JUSTICE: RFK Jr. attacks prosecutors, cops, courts for willful misconduct as he asserts cousin Skakelâs innocence.â
Some of Kennedyâs claims and his book investigating the murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxley in Greenwich in 1975 have been panned by the state Judicial Department and other authors who chronicled the case. A state Supreme Court ruling on whether Skakel will face a retrial or be sent back to prison is expected this fall. A senior judge ruled in 2013 that Skakel did not receive a fair trial when he was convicted of the Moxley murder in 2002. Skakel was freed on bond after serving 11 years of a sentence of 20 years to life in jail.
That covers a lot of ground, and the next court decision will be big news. It seems to me the âfootnoteâ on page 271 also is big news.
Following are two paragraphs from Kennedyâs book, âFramed, Why Michael Skakel Spent Over A Decade In Prison For A Murder He Didnât Commit,â leading up to the clincher paragraph on the RFK assassination:
âI sympathize deeply with Dorthy Moxley [Marthaâs mother]. I have seen up-close the agony of a motherâs grief over the loss of her child. my mother lost her husband to murder and two of her sons to violent, untimely deaths in the bosom of their youth. I was with her when my father died. I stood beside her 29 years later as my little brother Michael died in her arms.
âMy mother told us that we needed to let go of our impulse for revenge and allow the cycle of violence to end with our family. This, she said, was the lesson of the New Testament, which swapped the savage eye-for-an-eye tribalism of the Old Testament for the ethical mandate that we turn the other cheek. But forgiveness wasnât just ethics. It was salutary. Revenge and resentments, my mother said, are corrosive. Indulging them is like swallowing poison and hoping someone else will die. By opposing the death penalty for Sirhan, we diluted these poisonous passions.
âAnd what if, God forbid, the object of our revenge turns out to be innocent? For several decades, my fatherâs close friend Paul Schrade [in recent photo, right], who took one of Sirhanâs bullets, has argued that Sirhan Sirhan did not fire the shot that killed my father. Recent forensic evidence supports him. How would we have felt now, if our family had demanded his execution?â
Like most Americans, I had not paid much attention to the forensic details regarding the RFK murder. What kind of evidence was RFK Jr. referring to? What is the significance of his dropping this tidbit toward the end of a book on another subject?
Robert F. Kennedy was shot just after midnight on June 5, 1968 in the back and in the back of the head at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He had been celebrating his California primary win in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. Kennedy had become a vigorous opponent of the Vietnam War and an advocate for civil rights, unions and racial justice. His death came just two months after the murder of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The renowned forensic pathologist and medical school professor, Dr. Cyril Wecht, assisted Los Angeles Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Noguchi in efforts to secure the Kennedy body and perform the autopsy. I reached out to Wecht this week to talk about the new Kennedy statement and the evidence cited by Paul Schrade and others.
Regarding Robert Kennedy Jr.âs statement in the new book, Wecht commented: âI think itâs commendable. I wish he had done it sooner.â
Letter presented this year to California parole officials by Paul Schrade
Each day people from Lima to Cincinnati get their drinking water from an underground river known as the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer. It encompasses about 136 square miles and contains 1.5 trillion gallons of water
In fact, 1.6 million people rely on water from the Great Miami Aquifer, including companies like Procter and Gamble and the region's growing number of breweries.
Richard Dube is Vice President of Brewing and Quality for Christian Moerlein and he knows a thing or two about needing water.
Para vergÃ¼enza mÃa tengo que confesar que he perdido el tiempo leyendo la reforma tributaria. Bueno, es algo "Ã±oÃ±o", aparte que no he entendido ni la mitad de sus consecuencias. Sin embargo, quisiera compartir mis apreciaciones dado que el gobierno se ha desgastado (y comprado con sus recursos) una serie de propagandas para insistir en la reforma tributaria. Una de esas es que no afecta a la clase media.
Una vieja estrategia que se remonta hasta Marx es generar en el colectivo la imagen del "capitalista" rico. "El rico es malo y no hay legitimidad en la forma de generarla". Por eso se crea el "impuesto a la riqueza". Que ademÃ¡s es "transitorio". Dice el presidente:
Pero no afecta a la clase media del paÃs, ni a las pequeÃ±as y medianas empresas âlas pymesâ.
AdemÃ¡s, como ya dije, esta reforma se hizo escuchando las inquietudes y sugerencias de los empresarios, motivo por el cual el impuesto a la riqueza âyo prefiero decirle impuesto contra la pobrezaâ desaparece en 2018.". http://wp.presidencia.gov.co/Noticias/2014/Diciembre/Paginas/20141223_03-Palabras-Presidente-Santos-sobre-la-sanciom-Ley-Reforma-Tributaria.aspx
Palabras mÃ¡s palabras menos hay que quitarle a los mÃ¡s ricos para darle a los mÃ¡s pobres. Pero, Â¿Tiene el impuesto a la riqueza una destinaciÃ³n especÃfica? Â¡No! O sea que lo que paguen por concepto de impuesto a la riqueza va a cualquier gasto del estado. No estÃ¡ ni dedicÃ¡ndose a los programas de primera infancia, educaciÃ³n, lucha contra la pobreza, etc. AsÃ que Robin Hood no le estÃ¡ quitando a los ricos para darle a los pobres, sino quitÃ¡ndole a los ricos para darle al mÃ¡s rico e inÃºtil: Â¡el estado! Tan no es asÃ que otro de los novedosos inventos es la "sobretasa al CREE" pero, a diferencia del CREE que sÃ tiene una destinaciÃ³n social especÃfica:
Sin embargo, en este impuesto hay una gran confusiÃ³n entre riqueza y su medida. Los tan expertos en anÃ¡lisis econÃ³mico y tributario parecen no comprender un balance. Un balance cuenta con activos lÃquidos y activos ilÃquidos o fijos. Una empresa puede estar llena de activos fijos pero padecer iliquidez.
Â¿POR QUÃ HACERLO FÃCIL SI PODEMOS HACERLO DIFÃCIL?
Esta imagen de www.actualicese.com da en el punto de los enredos de la reforma tributaria. Ponga la primera parte del Ãndice tapando el meÃ±ique y abrazando el anular, que a su vez atrapa el intermedio que abraza el meÃ±ique aunque sobresale. Finalmente deje el pulgar afuera. Â¡La esencia es el pulgar afuera y los demÃ¡s enrollados! Podemos hacerlo fÃ¡cil como a la derecha, o difÃcil como a la izquierda Â¡El efecto es el mismo!
ARTÃCULO 16Â°. ModifÃquese el artÃculo 23 de la Ley 1607 de 2012 el cual quedarÃ¡ asÃ:
âArtÃculo 23. La tarifa del impuesto sobre la renta para la equidad - CREE a que se refiere el artÃculo 20 de la presente ley, serÃ¡ del ocho por ciento (8%).
ParÃ¡grafo. A partir del perÃodo gravable 2016, la tarifa serÃ¡ del nueve por ciento (9%).ParÃ¡grafo transitorio. Para los aÃ±os 2013, 2014 y 2015 la tarifa del CREE serÃ¡ del nueve (9%). Este punto adicional se aplicarÃ¡ de acuerdo con la distribuciÃ³n que se harÃ¡ en el parÃ¡grafo transitorio del siguiente artÃculo.â http://www.comunidadcontable.com/BancoMedios/Documentos%20PDF/105%20-%2014%20s%20-%20134%20-%2014%20c%20reforma%20tributaria.pdf
En la medida en que los impuestos se hacen mÃ¡s confusos, es mÃ¡s difÃcil pagarlos. Esto implica una elecciÃ³n "no pagarlos y arriesgarse", "pagarlos y perder valiosas horas de productividad". Tampoco creo que ayude al recaudo, en la medida que la administraciÃ³n de impuestos estarÃ¡ muy ocupada entendiendo, aclarando, recibiendo interpretaciones diferentes. En Estados Unidos, y no es mi paradigma tributario, un doctor en ingenierÃa me decÃa que allÃ¡ hacÃa fÃ¡cilmente la declaraciÃ³n, acÃ¡ le toca contratar un contador. Si un experto consultor se demorÃ³ un mes en entender el "Impuesto MÃnimo Alternativo Nacional" Â¿Va a ser fÃ¡cil para las personas del comÃºn manejar estos costos? Y si los maneja Â¡estÃ¡ dejando de pensar en cosas que sÃ le aportarÃan a su productividad! Â¡EstÃ¡ dejando de producir y de trabajar por pagar impuestos!
B) Tenga en cuenta que hay muchas labores del estado que no tienen sentido. Por ejemplo, piense en el cargo de procurador judicial que todos sabemos que son una traba en procesos, especialmente los penales donde se juega con la libertad de las personas. Y Â¿cuÃ¡nto ganan? Piense en los carruseles de pensiones de las altas cortes mientras el juez promedio no tiene ni lapiceros. Tenga en cuenta la desigualdad de muchos funcionarios donde los altos tienen salario en especie con vehÃculos, escolta, entre otras. Â¡SÃ, la burocracia es mÃ¡s desigual todavÃa que las empresas privadas!
CONCLUSIÃN Concluir sobre 52 pÃ¡ginas y 72 artÃculos que remiten a otros artÃculos no termina aquÃ. La reforma tributaria no se acabÃ³ Â¡apenas empieza! Pronto va a haber decretos, resoluciones, conceptos de la DIAN, seminarios, cursos, actualizaciones (en menos de dos aÃ±os), sentencias, lÃos, enredos... Va a haber lÃos para resolver los lÃos, enredos para aclarar los enredos. AsÃ si razona ad infinitum los enredos que trae la reforma son infinitos. Si quiere profundice en http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2157804, un anÃ¡lisis especial de las leyes tributarias gringas, que al lado de las colombianas son Â¡fÃ¡ciles! AsÃ que esto es cuestiÃ³n de tiempo que se difundan los daÃ±os que hace la reforma, por mÃ¡s buenas intenciones que tengan quienes la promovieron...
Â¿Ciencia a la Colombiana? Este es un artÃculo que va en contra de la corriente actual, de alguna manera podrÃ¡n decir que estoy en contra de la "ciencia" lo que me parece en cierto sentido excelente. Hace pocos dÃas se desatÃ³ el escÃ¡ndalo de que le iban a quitar plata a Colciencias. Para mÃ fue motivo de decepciÃ³n: Â¡DeberÃan cerrarla! Si yo fuera presidente lo primero que cerrarÃa serÃa Colciencias y eso que es complicado dado como se comporta la academia actual, deseo que eso pase, que cierren a Colciencias... no ser presidente.
Â¿Entonces era informaciÃ³n veraz con la que se basaba la directora de Colciencias? Es factible que la informaciÃ³n fuera veraz. Â¿Y cÃ³mo lo comprueba? Pero no es una informaciÃ³n que uno pueda tomar como concluyente. Lo serÃa si hubiera conocido el proyecto de ley del presupuesto presentado al congreso, ni siquiera un borrador permitirÃa una inferencia que "les quitaron el presupuesto". Solamente podrÃa hablarse de una intenciÃ³n. Pero releamos las palabras: "Voy a dar la mala noticia que me acaba de llegar en un correo. Me dice mi jefe de PlaneaciÃ³n: 'Directora, le mando la confirmaciÃ³n del presupuesto del aÃ±o entrante, que es 289.000 millones de pesos. Estamos ya a 125.000 millones del presupuesto del aÃ±o pasado". Pero bueno esa es la ciencia a la colombiana, una declaraciÃ³n no confirmada de una funcionaria -con autoridad de dirigir la "ciencia colombiana"- da para que toda una academia proteste porque "le van a bajar el presupuesto a Colciencias".
Colciencias es el Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, TecnologÃa e InnovaciÃ³n.
Promueve las polÃticas pÃºblicas para fomentar la CT+I en Colombia. Las actividades alrededor del cumplimiento de su misiÃ³n implican concertar polÃticas de fomento a la producciÃ³n de conocimientos, construir capacidades para CT+I, y propiciar la circulaciÃ³n y usos de los mismos para el desarrollo integral del paÃs y el bienestar de los colombianos. http://www.colciencias.gov.co/sobre_colciencias?vdt=info_portal%7Cpage_1
Alguna vez renegaba del colegio del que salÃ diciendo "en este colegio no quieren cientÃficos sino secretarias". Pero el colegio no era mÃ¡s que un mini-Colciencias. Creo que Colombia solamente necesita una profesiÃ³n "elaboraciÃ³n y llenado de formularios", asÃ que el colegio pensaba en mi bien cuando me hablaba de la importancia de no salirme de los mÃ¡rgenes. De paso no debÃa enseÃ±ar nada mÃ¡s, porque los que "estudiamos" comemos cuando llenamos formularios, y comemos mejor cuando llenamos formularios mÃ¡s elaborados. Pero entre llenar un CVLac para decir que investigo o una declaraciÃ³n de renta por plata prefiero llenar una declaraciÃ³n de renta.
El nacimiento de la innovaciÃ³n, la tecnologÃa y la ciencia se da de una forma totalmente contraria al planteamiento burocrÃ¡tico y centralizado de Colciencias. Al respecto puede leerse "El Tomismo DesdeÃ±ado" donde explican con claridad cÃ³mo el descubrimiento, el aprendizaje y demÃ¡s son cuestiones que se dan en el marco de cada persona en concreto. Esa novedad, eso que estaba 'under my very nose' para parafrasear a un autor judÃo-norteamericano citado en "El Tomismo DesdeÃ±ado", no es algo sujeto a la forma, la cantidad o la temporalidad. De esa misma forma investigo yo, abierto a la naturaleza, al mundo y a los hechos... En esa forma de investigar no tengo que llenar formularios, a veces ni dejar registro -aunque sea mejor hacerlo- sino una permanente observaciÃ³n.
Y seamos sinceros Â¿cÃ³mo se dio el aporte a la ciencia en la historia? Â¿Por Ã³rganos centralizados que fomentaran la "innovaciÃ³n, la ciencia y la tecnologÃa"? Entre algunos ejemplos Fermat era un matemÃ¡tico aficionado cuyo oficio era el de abogado, y tener un diploma en derecho hace 'necesariamente' que uno no sepa de matemÃ¡ticas. ConclusiÃ³n a la que los "col-cientÃficos" han decretado como dogma. Fermat jugaba con los nÃºmeros y hacÃa continuos descubrimientos que sorprendieron a muchos matemÃ¡ticos posteriores como Euler. PitÃ¡goras necesitaba seguramente un proyecto de investigaciÃ³n -y financiaciÃ³n de "Crotociencias"- para probar que "en un triÃ¡ngulo rectÃ¡ngulo la suma de los cuadrados de los catetos es igual al cuadrado de la hipotenusa". Se dice que PitÃ¡goras huyÃ³ de su ciudad natal a Crotonas entre otras porque no querÃa participar en cuestiones de polÃtica http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pit%C3%A1goras. Eso sin contar con notables condenas y asesinatos a genios del calibre de SÃ³crates, asesinado entre otras porque pidiÃ³ como condena que "Colciencias" lo financiara de por vida por sus aportes a la sociedad...
NOTA 2: O uno escribe o se dedica a recopilar fuentes, ahÃ estÃ¡n los links y un libro "El Tomismo DesdeÃ±ado" de paso le dejo el "CVLac" del autor http://220.127.116.11:8081/cvlac/visualizador/generarCurriculoCv.do?cod_rh=0000534471. Algunos me entenderÃ¡n que ese CVLac es ridÃculo...De investigador junior no tiene ni un pelo...
1. Se cuentan los votos vÃ¡lidos 2. Se divide el nÃºmero de curules al Senado (en este caso 100) por el nÃºmero de votos totales y eso da el umbral. Los partidos o movimientos que no pasen el umbral no obtienen curules. 3. Los partidos que pasen el umbral serÃ¡n aquellos en los que se distribuyan las curules Â¿CÃ³mo? El sistema que es una funciÃ³n bastante rara que se llama cifra repartidora. La cifra repartidora consiste en tomar los votos de los partidos que superan el umbral y dividirlo entre 1, 2, 3, hasta n que es el nÃºmero de curules. Eso da una matriz de nÃºmeros de los cuales los primeros 100 nÃºmeros son las curules a asignar. Es asÃ que supongamos tenemos dos partidos que pasaron el umbral y 5 curules a asignar a continuaciÃ³n la tabla:
PARTIDO 1: 100 votos
PARTIDO 2: 50 votos
Con cifra repartidora dividimos hasta 5
PARTIDO 1: 100, 50, 33.33333, 25, 20 PARTIDO 2: 50, 25, 16.66666, 12.5, 10
Y ordenamos los primeros 100 nÃºmeros
PARTIDO 1: 100, 50 PARTIDO 2: 50 PARTIDO 1: 33.333, 25
Luego de tener la cifra repartidora se mira si la lista es cerrada o abierta, si es cerrada se asigna al primero de la lista y asÃ sucesivamente. Si es abierta se mira el nÃºmero de votos y se organizan de mayor a menor. AsÃ que no voto por la lista de Marcela Posada, voto por la lista del Partido Liberal y espero a que los votos que corresponden a los de las maquinarias den para un espacio para Marcela.Vale la pena correr el riesgo, pues por un lado estÃ¡ el tema de que los candidatos del Partido Liberal con maquinarias pueden ganar solos, pero darle el voto a Marcela puede dar un espacio para votos de opiniÃ³n dentro del Partido. Pero las probabilidades no son mejores que las de candidatos con maquinarias, aunque es actriz y en Colombia la gente cree y quiere a sus actores (sin perjuicio de que yo no los conozca ni los vea). Es allÃ donde viene otra vez la conversaciÃ³n con mi hermano.
ALEATORIEDAD O DEMOCRACIA...
Sin embargo, la conversaciÃ³n entre mi hermano y yo versaba "Â¿SerÃa mejor una elecciÃ³n aleatoria que las elecciones vÃa voto?" Es claro que entre un polÃtico honesto y uno deshonesto, las posibilidades estÃ¡n a favor del deshonesto. Tal vez los que tengan "voto inteligente" (Â¿es eso posible?) no voten por el deshonesto, pero el deshonesto superando los topes de publicidad en campaÃ±a, mediante maquinarias, sancochos, promesas de burocracia, entre otras que van de $1.000.000 para arriba (menos de lo que pagarÃ¡n en impuestos por 4 aÃ±os) ofrecen mayores incentivos a las personas para que voten por ellos. A mi que me compren con que nadie tendrÃ¡ que pagar impuestos en 4 aÃ±os, ja, apuesto a que no hay polÃtico que haga esa oferta, bueno me equivoco, un "buen polÃtico" harÃa esa oferta pero no la cumplirÃa. En todo caso es claro que las probabilidades favorecen a los deshonestos. El iluso que crea en la democracia dirÃ¡: eso no es asÃ. O defenderÃ¡ su partido pero es claro. Supongamos que la distribuciÃ³n de deshonestos es igual en todos los partidos. Alguna amiga me dirÃ¡ que en su partido todos son honestos, yo creo que hay de todo en todos.
Si hacemos una distribuciÃ³n aleatoria es muy probable que todos los partidos superen el umbral con mÃ¡s o menos la misma cantidad de votos. Lo mismo los votos al interior de los partidos, teniendo una probabilidad mÃ¡s o menos equilibrada entre honestos y deshonestos. La cuestiÃ³n funciona teÃ³ricamente y si uno hace simulaciones, que se pueden programar en R Statistics y ver que efectivamente el azar elegirÃa mejor que lo que lo hace la democracia, porque corruptos y honestos tendrÃan las mismas probabilidades. Claro asumiendo que los corruptos no hagan un programa que desbalancee las probabilidades. Mejor dicho a la democracia le irÃa mejor en un casino que en las urnas...
Por mÃ¡s que haya rechazo a todo lo que signifique Nicaragua, y que me linchen, el mismo derecho a pescar donde le plazca lo tiene el "NicaragÃ¼ense" que el "Colombiano". Un derecho que le nace porque los peces libres no son de nadie, por eso el primero que los encuentre y los aproveche se harÃ¡ su dueÃ±o. Los NicaragÃ¼enses son mis amigos, como lo puede ser cualquier ser humano. Me disgusta el presidente de Nicaragua, pero no porque sea nicaragÃ¼ense, como la mayorÃa de la gente que me cae mal es de Colombia pero no me cae mal por ser colombiana.
Los seres humanos nos preocupamos tanto por las grandes obras, que las pequeÃ±as acaban destruyendo la posibilidad de llegar a la grandeza. Es una paradoja, pero una paradoja con fuertes fundamentos fÃ¡cticos que denotan cÃ³mo descuidar lo poco, es el mÃ¡s grande de nuestros errores. El presente ensayo partirÃ¡ de una reflexiÃ³n metafÃsica pasando por una econÃ³mica, pero la intenciÃ³n serÃ¡ trascender hasta, si es posible, una reflexiÃ³n mÃstica. Partiremos de ser centaveros, con imagen de ambiciosos, para llegar a la gloria infinita... simplemente por el valor de lo pequeÃ±o.
Una breve contemplaciÃ³n matemÃ¡tica.
Nubes fractales. El fractal denota la potencia de esta paradoja, la parte se ve en el todo y el todo en la parte.
"De hecho los pobres saben mÃ¡s de finanzas que los ricos. Un rico no sabe cuÃ¡nto vale un peso porque ese es su dÃa a dÃa, pero una persona pobre sabe verdaderamente cuÃ¡l es el costo del dinero, el sudor que se requiere para ganar $18.000 (10 Us$ aprox) [Cfr ElAlispruz. En 2010 si se quiere profundizar en el costo del trabajo]. Esto es tan cierto que los modelos financieros exitosos surgieron precisamente de un elevado valor del dinero. Adicionalmente es la razÃ³n por la cuÃ¡l los modelos tecnocrÃ¡ticos e intervencionistas fracasan. (TORO RESTREPO, 2011)"
Hay algunos personajes que trabajan en la ONU que para discutir el problema del hambre en el mundo llegan llenitos luego de haber pagado los mejores hoteles 5 estrellas en New York. La comida debe ser de la mejor calidad y costosa. Ante esa situaciÃ³n cuando empiezan a discutir el tema con barrigas llenas, observan el problema y ven cÃ³mo comer un poquito menos serÃa bastante costoso y para no sufrir el dolor de ver la pobreza que su despilfarro ocasiona proponen matar a los pobres. Efectivamente, la soluciÃ³n es fÃ¡cil: "seguimos comiendo igual y despilfarrando igual mientras matamos a aquellos que no pueden despilfarrar como nosotros.".
Sin embargo, el problema del hambre no es de "exceso de poblaciÃ³n" sino de "desperdicio de comida". Cualquiera dirÃ¡ que lo hago porque soy pro-vida o porque no creo que el calentamiento global sea ocasionado por el ser humano o como mÃnimo por la poblaciÃ³n. Somos 7.000 millones de personas, pero resulta que el nÃºmero de hormigas ocupa la misma biomasa (o sea pesando TODAS las hormigas de la tierra pesan lo mismo que TODOS los seres humanos) (Chadwick & Moffet, 2011, pÃ¡g. 86). La fuente del peso de las hormigas, como puede observarse, es la revista National Geographic de mayo de 2011, fuente cientÃfica acreditada a nivel mundial.
"3. Reducir el desperdicio. Aproximadamente la mitad de las cosechas mundiales desaparecen 'entre el campo y el plato', dice Stockholm International Water Institute. El desperdicio, la desviaciÃ³n para fabricar alimentos para animales y el comportamiento del consumidor son factores que llevan a esto.". (TOMANIO, KLEBER, CASSIDY, WELLS, & BUZBY, 2011)
Â¿CuÃ¡nto pesa un gramo de arroz? De acuerdo con una fuente no tan fiable como Yahoo Answers pero en algo creÃble, dice que un grano de arroz pesa 1.16 mg. Si cada persona del mundo desperdicia un grano de arroz, algo insignificante, el desperdicio acumulado serÃa de 8.12 toneladas. No soy nutricionista pero eso beneficiarÃa la dieta de miles de personas. El punto es Â¿cuÃ¡ntos granos de arroz promedio desperdicia cada persona al dÃa?
Pero hagamos el esquema matemÃ¡tico de lo que pedÃa el inventor del ajedrez:
Si organizamos la propuesta en una serie encontraremos que sigue la siguiente secuencia:
Concluyendo que la serie es 1+2^1+...+2^(n-1) por lo tanto por la Ãºltima casilla recibirÃ¡ 2^63 granos.
PlantaciÃ³n de trigo. No es la foto mÃ¡s hermosa pero se observa el efecto infinito.
El caso es que sinteticemos la conclusiÃ³n. Luego de un largo periodo de demora en el conteo de todos los matemÃ¡ticos del rey veamos lo que pasÃ³:
"-Antes de comenzar tu informe [dice el rey], quiero saber si se ha entregado por fin (...) la mÃsera recompensa que ha solicitado.
- Precisamente por eso me he atrevido a presentarme tan temprano -contestÃ³ el anciano [uno de los sabios del rey]. Hemos calculado escrupulosamente la cantidad total de granos que desea recibir... resulta una cifra tan enorme.
-Sea cual fuere la cifra -le interrumpiÃ³ con altivez el rey- mis graneros no empobrecerÃ¡n. He prometido darle esa recompensa, y por lo tanto, hay que entregÃ¡rsela.
El rey escuchaba lleno de asombro las palabras del anciano sabio.
-Dime cuÃ¡l es esa cifra tan monstruosa -dime reflexionando.
-Â¡Oh soberano! Dieciocho trillones cuatrocientos cuarenta y seis mil setecientos cuarenta y cuatro billones setenta y tres mil setecientos nueve millones quinientos cincuenta y un mil seiscientos quince." (PERELMAN, 2002, pÃ¡g. 55)
JesÃºs es el ejemplo de esto. La multiplicaciÃ³n de los panes y los peces muestra cÃ³mo de unos pocos panes y peces se alimenta a una muchedumbre y lo que sobra se recoge. Aunque evidentemente es un milagro, no es lo milagroso lo que interesa, sino lo mucho que sale de lo poco su sentido o significado me parece mÃ¡s sorprendente, de la inmensa cantidad de lo poco, el infinito no es nada sin la unidad. Muchos son los ejemplos como el grano de mostaza (aunque lo discuten algunos tecnicistas pero al fin y al cabo de muchas semillas pequeÃ±as salen cosas grandes). Todo el mensaje cristiano estÃ¡ en esa paradoja, un Dios que nace en lo poco pero que trae la mÃ¡s grande de las riquezas..., la salvaciÃ³n. hay que leer a Chesterton para mirar ese sentido cristiano como paradoja.
En la parÃ¡bola de los talentos JesÃºs muestra cÃ³mo se confÃan ciertos bienes a unos trabajadores y aquÃ sale la frase bÃblica que resume el mensaje aquÃ contenido:
El guayacÃ¡n y sus flores. Un Ã¡rbol que da tributo al cielo y cae humildemente a la tierra para que persista el ciclo de la belleza
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Amazingly and audaciously, the mainstream media and liberal pundocracy has created a narrative that President Obamaâs newly found centrism is molded in the inspirational optimism of President Reagan. This narrative seems confusing, when many liberals excoriate Reaganâs economic policy as the grim reaper of capitalism coming to instill all the inequities of the free market.
Reagan, like the Tea Party, believed heavily in the primacy of the individual over the government and limited self-government constrained by the Constitution. Reagan, in his âA Time for Choosingâ speech, echoed these sentiments by saying, âA government can't control the economy without controlling people. And they know when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. They also knew, those Founding Fathers, that outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.â
On the flipside, President Obama in his State of the Union Address enunciated the greater need for âinvestmentâ (i.e. government spending and subsidies) wrapped in the rhetorical trappings of American exceptionalism and greatness. This deceptive rhetoric attempted to mask the policy that undergirded Obamaâs State of the Union address which called for more dubious government subsidies for green energy and an increase in spending for high-speed rail boondoggles. If American citizens were groping and longing for high-speed rail, wouldnât it be flourishing by now after nearly 30 years since the French launched their Paris-Lyon TGV line?
If there is no demand for these industries, how else can government make them appealing, but by way of force, coercion or wasteful subsidizing hoping to create a market for these currently unwanted and inefficient products?
Are we to forget the GM bailout, Dodd-Frank financial regulation and an intrusive government intervention into our healthcare system? Do President Obamaâs policies even close to matching his own rhetoric in the State of the Union, let alone Reaganâs?
These pontificators may be well-intentioned, but it is more than condescending to attempt to link President Obama with the former President merely based on oratorical flourishes and Reaganesque-style optimism. Their ideas on the proper function and role of the government stand in stark contrast.
Reagan's invocation of Paine, as well as his quotation of John Winthrop's "City upon a Hill" sermon, expresses the core of his optimism and belief in the dynamism of American society, a dynamism that can have unconservative effects. But he explained his use of Paine in conservative terms way back in his 1965 autobiography, Where's the Rest of Me? "The classic liberal," Reagan wrote, "used to be the man who believed the individual was, and should be forever, the master of his destiny. That is now the conservative position. The liberal used to believe in freedom under law. He now takes the ancient feudal position that power is everything. He believes in a stronger and stronger central government, in the philosophy that control is better than freedom. The conservative now quotes Thomas Paine, a longtime refuge of the liberals: 'Government is a necessary evil; let us have as little of it as possible.'"
Maybe It is time for President Obama to return to some of Founder's writings in order to rediscover his inner centrism. He can begin with Thomas Paine.
The April 2017 issue of National Geographic has two very important items.
One if â7 Climate Facts You Need to Know Nowâ, especially in view of President Trumpâs pulling out of the Paris accords.
NatGeo says that extreme weather events even now are related to climate change, and some animals are already going extinct.
But the feature article is âThe Next Humanâ by D. T. Max, with illustrations by Owen Freeman. The article traces how life in the desert, high altitudes, and later colder climates all affected human evolution. Human behavior may have favored development of starch metabolism. Environments seemed to encourage a âthrifty geneâ which leads to obesity in some native populations when exposed to processed foods, but less so in European populations because of centuries of food preparation technology. Sometimes European men became taller and kept more body hair partly because women regarded them as more sexually attractive, but this did not happen in warmer climates.
There is a section called âDistant Futureâ regarding human manipulation of genetics, and particularly âCan Humans Adapt to the Red Planet?â On Mars, bodies would become tall and thin in lower gravity and hairless in an indoor controlled environment without dust.
The APS, my professional organization, has made some dunderheaded moves of late, but this is more encouraging. An email from the APS president and CEO, broadcast today to the membership at large, begins thusly: We share the concerns expressed by many APS members about recent U.S. government actions that will harm the open environment that … Continue reading The American Physical Society Finally Speaks→
NYS OUTDOOR WRITERS SAFARI 2013 IN WASHINGTON COUNTY - GREAT
Washington County safari yields a tom
Reach Gazette outdoors columnist Ed Noonan at enoonan@nycap.-rr.com.
Last Thursday, I was one of 16 members of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association who visited the Cambridge/Salem area of Washington County for our annual safari. Each spring in May, NYSOWA chooses a New York county to visit and enjoy the outdoor activities our host county has to offer. Unlike our annual conferences, the safari is strictly a âno businessâ event in which we just have fun and renew friendships. Iâm a bit embarrassed to say this was my first hunting visit to the area, and I live less than 30 miles from Cambridge. The two primary outings this time of the year center around turkey hunting and fishing, and what better place to fish in May than on the famous Battenkill River. When canoeing, kayaking and hiking trips through those beautiful plush green hills that surround this picturesque area are added, you couldnât ask for a better place to spend a long weekend. Our Thursday evening Meetand-Greet get-together was held at Mommaâs Restaurant in Cambridge, where we were welcomed by Christine Hoffer, Washington County tourism administrator, who outlined our busy agenda and introduced the two places where we would be staying â Batten Kill Valley Outdoors (www.battenkillvalleyoutdoors.com) and Battenkill Riversports and Campground (www.brsac.com). The former offers all types of river rides, boat rentals and a vacation rental house we used as our headquarters, and they have quite an assortment of gear and flies in their shop. Battenkill Riversports and Campground is located right on the Battenkill. After driving up to Cambridge, especially along New York Route 313, where both these places are located, I came to the conclusion that Vermont may be the Green Mountain State, but this southern area of Washington Countyâs rolling hills are equally as green. The next morning, I found out just how hilly they really were. FRIDAY Everyone was up early and anxious to chase gobblers or hook up with some of those Battenkill brown trout. The turkey hunters, with the exception of three, headed off with their guides where they would hunt private lands. Melody and Frank Tennity of Honeoye and I were going to be on our own, hunting several portions of state land that had been pointed out to us the afternoon before. My starting point was the 512-acre Eldridge Swamp State Forest that borders the Battenkill. This area is stocked with pheasants every fall by DEC. And I know that two of them are still alive. When I arrived there just before sunup, I made my way along the edge of the wood line and stopped at a corner of the field to wait and listen. A morning greeting from a distant owl got me the response I wanted (gobbles) several hundred yards off into a mixed pine and hard woods, and I quickly and quietly headed in the direction of where the tom was still gobbling. I stopped about 75 yards from him, and my first soft yelp got a double gobbling result, and I set out my three decoys. Then our conversation began. I knew he was coming, but fi rst in was a hen who eyed my decoys. Mr. Jake appeared shortly after, gobbling and all puffed up with his notched tail. He wasnât what I wanted, but fun to watch, and finally they moved off. I waited about 10 minutes and began calling again, and I got a response from the same area, and this one came in on the run. It was another jake, who continued to strut around the decoys. For fun, in a very loud voice I asked him: âWhat are you doing here?â He actually fell down twice trying to run off. At about 6:30 a.m., after walking and calling without any responses, I decided to try spot number two, up behind the lodge. It was defi nitely âup,â and there was no trail. Eventually, I made it to the stone fence they told me about and set up again. I didnât hear anything for more than an hour, nor was I able to solicit a gobble, so I guessed it was time to do a little walking and talking. For the next hour, I followed the wall, stopping every 100 yards or so to call, fi rst with a low tone and then increasing the volume. At 8:30, I headed down and back to the truck â time to visit spot number three, the 2.5-mile State Peaked Rock Trail, also in the Battenkill State Forest. Its peak altitude is 1,100 feet above the Battenkill. As I made my way slowly up the trail, I found these 69-year-old legs were not as strong as they used to be, and believe me when I tell you, there were numerous stops. Up about a half-mile or so from its head, the trail bordered several different green fields on one side and a dried creek bed on the other. At each field, while resting, I made some yelps with my box call. I got one response on the other side of the road on private land. At the top of the third field, I noticed there was a deep gully leading to the creek bed which had three to four inches of water in it. It looked like a good spot to rest and call. My normal calling ritual when walking and stopping to call is to begin by making soft yelps, then, depending upon the results, continue to increase the call volume. I repeat the sequence every fi ve or 10 minutes. I liked the looks of the area, so I decided to stay a little longer and occasionally make a few calls. On my fifth calling sequence, I got a thundering response gobble somewhere above me. I estimated him to be at least 200 yards up, but on the other side of the creek. Every time I called, he responded and was getting closer, but still on the other side of the creek. Now the âbookâ says incoming toms will not cross creeks. So I grabbed my decoys, slid down the gully, crossed the creek, set them out on the edge of that side, then I climbed about three-quarters of the way back up from the creek on the trail side and settled in with my Benelli and got him talking again. With all that up-and-down running around, itâs a good thing I donât use a mouth call. I wouldnât have had enough wind to blow it. What happened next was a fi rst for me. The tom crossed back over to my side, and I thought all was lost when he went quiet. I was looking straight to where I heard his last call when out of the corner of my eye, there he was, fully displayed and walking âinâ the creek toward the decoys. It was the fi rst turkey I ever shot in the water, and he was a beauty, even though he was wet. I canât remember the last time I shot a turkey on New York state land, and I couldnât wait to show him off. My Washington County gobbler, after drying, was over 20 pounds, carried a 9 3 /4-inch beard and 1 1 /8-inch spurs. Thank you, Jerry Wilson, for your great box call. It did it again (www.wilsongamecalls. net). You can also see my Washington County tom at http://fi shguydblog.-blogspot.com/. Back at the lodge for lunch, I found out that the Battenkill River and Dead Lake anglers all had some nice trout on ice. Our afternoon tour of the Quality Deer Management Co-op in Easton began with a most interesting presentation by Tony Rainville, president and founding member of the local branch, and Jami Whitney, local branch director. What I learned and saw on our walking tour of the food plots, etc., was very impressive and clarifi ed many questions Iâve had. These individuals are a dedicated group thatâs truly improving the deer herd, and itâs a LOT more than just developing trophy bucks. I urge every deer hunter to go to www.qdma.com and see what itâs all about. Thank you, Christine Hoffer, and all the Washington County individuals who helped make this safari a very enjoyable and successful outdoor experience. Iâll be back.
DAN LADD Charles Witek of West Babylon, a member of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association, fishes with his wife, Theresa, from a boat on Dead Lake in Washington County. They were part of the groupâs annual safari.
In a late Friday afternoon announcement, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced his plans to recommend no changes to Arizonaâs Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in a final report due to President Trump later this month.
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The $600 million Interface Security Systems deal has sentâas The Beach Boys once sangââgood vibrationsâ throughout the security industry, as it provides not only a vote of confidence for what Interface is doing as a modern systems integration company, but also a vote of confidence in the security industry, in general, as companies like Interface represent a new breed of integrator that is staying at the forefront of new technology and innovation.
John E. Mack III, executive vice president, co-head of investment banking and mergers & acquisitions at Imperial Capital, which acted as financial advisor to Interface on the deal, astutely pointed out that this deal goes beyond validation of what Interface is doing in the space.
âThis is a very cool story for the sophisticated new-age security provider, which is what Interface isâthe 2.0 version of what the right kind of security player should be,â he told Security Systems News. âWe spend so much time in this industry talking about the residential side of the business, which is interesting, but there is a massive opportunity on the commercial side of the business that Interface is tapping into that I think is a compelling theme.â
He continued, âThere is a lot of validation for a very successful business model here that Prudential is putting up $180 million of new capital, and SunTx is putting up additional capital into the deal. And that youâve got a very attractive set of debt investors, and just the fundamental backing for the business, is a meaningful part of a positive message for the industry.â
Jeff Frye, SVP for Interface, told SSN that the support from equity partners is not only a stamp of approval for what the company is doing, but the âcapital gives us more fuel to build on our current, better than 15 percent compounded annual growth rate, so we know that we can do more with a little more gas in the tank and we are anxious to prove it.â
Frye noted that the equity will allow the company to expand its products and services around providing business intelligence, as security is becoming so much more than just, well, security.
âAs a network provider, and a managed services provider of network services and cybersecurity services, we touch a lot of aspects of our customersâ businesses,â Frye explained. âAnd as a leading purveyor of Internet of Things services, we are able to aggregate intelligence from all of those sensors and data sources to bring actionable insights to a customerâs business. There are some new verticals that we would like to focus on more, including financial services and banking, so this makes that horizon much brighter and much more approachable.â
And it also makes the security industryâs horizon a little brighter.
Vector Security announced in early August that Newport News, Va., is now live with Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP). Newport News joins other municipalities in the state of Virginia using ASAP, such as the City of Richmond, James City County, York County, and Henrico County.
The ASAP to PSAP program, created by The Monitoring Associationâformerly CSAAâand the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials automates communication between alarm monitoring central stations and 911 centers.
Transmitting alarm information digitally, results in improved accuracy and faster emergency responses by eliminating the need for communication over the phone between PSAP centers and monitoring centers.
Vector Security was the first alarm company to use ASAP in the City of Richmond, Va. in 2012. Vector Security assisted with implementation in Newport News by helping to perform extensive testing prior to the system going live.
âAlarm users in Newport News, including several hundred Vector Security customers, will benefit from faster and more accurate emergency response with the implementation of ASAP,â Anita Ostrowski, vice president of central station services at Vector Security, said in a prepared statement. âWe hope the positive impact that ASAP will bring to Newport News will encourage other major 911 centers in the nation to adopt this technology as well.â
Ostrowski continued, âAs a security provider, we seek ways to promote ASAPâs value to municipalities and public agencies, and help other alarm companies implement it for the greater good of the industry and the safety of our communities.â
Other municipalities that have implemented ASAP include Houston and High Point, TX; Washington D.C.; James City County, York County and Henrico County, Va.; Tempe and Chandler, Az.; Boca Raton, Fla.; Cary and Guilford County, N.C.; Kernersville and Durham County, N.C.; Johnston County, N.C.; Denton County and Grand Prairie, Texas; Morgan County, Ala.; Delaware County, Ohio; Bucks County, Pa.; and Highland Park, Texas.
The PSA Security Network, a security and systems integrator cooperative with headquarters in Westminster, Colo., is accepting presentations through Aug. 4, 2017 for its TEC 2018 annual conference. Proposals can be submitted at www.psatec.com/cfp.
TEC 2018, which will be held at the Sheraton Downtown Denver in Denver, Colo., March 12-16, 2018, is a premier education and networking event for all professional systems integrators in the security and audio-visual markets. TEC features education and certification programs, networking, and dedicated exhibit hours designed to advance the skills and expertise of industry professionals nationwide. This training venue is open to all industry professionals and is designed to meet the educational needs of all employees within an integratorâs organization.
PSA Security Networkâs president and CEO Bill Bozeman told Security Systems News that the move from Westminsterâwhere the conference had been held for several yearsâto downtown Denver fro 2018 was needed to accommodate the growth of the show.
âThe hotel [Downtown Denver Sheraton] is bigger, so we look forward to having everyone under one roof,â Bozeman told SSN. âIn addition, I think some of our younger members and supporters are going to enjoy being in downtown Denver, where there is so much to do.â
The education program will deliver sessions tailored to physical security and audio-visual integrators focused on emerging technologies, critical issues in the industry, and tool development to augment attendeesâ knowledge needed to continue to drive these industries forward. Sessions will be selected that serve a variety of disciplines including business management, sales and marketing, HR and recruiting, project management and operations, and installation and service.
Proposals are welcome for both certification programs and general education sessions for the security and audio-visual markets. All sessions must be unbiased and minimize commercial references and overt branding. Submissions are evaluated based on topic relevance, speaker expertise, and originality of the content. Additional guidelines are available within the call for presentations submission tool.
Accepted and approved presenters will receive complimentary registration to TEC 2018 and will have the opportunity to solidify their reputation as an industry resource and subject matter expert while expanding their own professional network and gaining access to strategic partnerships. PSA does not pay honoraria or expenses for accepted proposals.
Recently, I-View Now announced a new integration with Eagle Eye Networks. I got the chance to catch up with I-View Now president Larry Folsom to hear a bit about this partnership and how it works.
âThe I-View Now integration with Eagle Eye Networks is a cloud to cloud integration,â Folsom said in an email interview. âWe appreciate the architecture in that it is a smart appliance that can be used with inexpensive or expensive cameras depending on the opportunity and requirements. We think this is important for scale (as opposed to cloud systems that require expensive cameras). We found the Eagle Eye Networks APIs to be robust and well thought out.â
Folsom discussed how the partnership will benefit I-View Nowâs customers.
âWe believe this is another great video partner for our dealers and central stations to utilize while protecting their customers,â Folsom said. âIt is import to see that the Eagle Eye Networks video will work with all I-View Now compatible signaling integrations (security systems) and will play in the same universal player for operators, end users, and law enforcement.â
Folsom noted that I-View Now has had a busy year; it partnered with COPS Monitoring and earlier this year announced that cameras from Bosch, OpenEye and Hikvision can now come I-View Now Ready. âWe currently have a backlog but we are working our way through it and have been actively hiring engineers to build out the team to support the demand,â he said.
When asked what the company is currently working on, Folsom pointed to the companyâs work with Digital Barriers, announced in early June.
âThis integration is fun because every clip we produce will be processed with the video analytic,â said Folsom. âThe process will add intelligence (percent of likelihood of a person) to all of our existing video integrations to reduce false alarms and add bounding boxes so the agent and the end user can see where the changes occurred.â
Central Security Group on July 6 announced that it received anÂ incremental first lien term loanÂ ofÂ $40 million, as well as a 12-month maturity extension to its credit facilities.
The new funding âis part of a broader $350 million financing the company started in 2014. This was an add on to that financing,â Richard Ginsburg, president and CEO of Central Security Group, told Security Systems News in an email interview. CSG finances through Credit Suisse, Ginsburg noted.
Asked about growth initiatives, Ginsburg said, âWe continue to grow our business through our long-standing Authorized Dealer Program, supplemented by our organic efforts.â
In the recent announcement, Ginsburg mentioned that the funding will help the company with geographic expansion, acquisitions and growing its account base. The announcement also emphasized the companyâs Alert 360 offering, which provides interactive security.
Concerning acquisitions, Ginsburg told SSN, âWe are always looking but are very selective.â
Ginsburg discussed what CSG looks for in an ideal acquisition. âWe would consider quality companies with customers put on through more traditional marketing,â he told SSN. âWe also look for companies with good employees and managers who are hitting glass ceilings because of the company's size and who would benefit from a company like ours, with more resources, financing, and a positive culture.â
The new Sandy Springs, Ga. alarm ordinance, which is set to be voted on July 18, is alarming many in the security industry as it looks to force alarm dealers to pay their subscriber's false alarm fees and fines.
âThis makes as much sense as a car rental company being responsible for paying your speeding tickets if you get caught speeding in their car,â Dan Gordon, president of the Georgia Electronic Life Safety and Security Association (GELSSA), and owner of Ga.-based Gordon Security, told Security System News.
Gordon, as well as many security companies working in Georgia, including LOUD Security and Ackerman Security, are rallying others in the industry to pay attention to what is going on in Sandy Springs.
âIf Sandy Springs passes this, which city goes next?â John Loud, president of LOUD Security Systems, told SSN, noting that he does not think this ordinance will help Sandy Springs reduce false dispatches.
âThey outsource the collections to a firm called CryWolf (Public Safety Corporation),â Loud explained. âTheir service includes collecting the assessed fines. The cost to Sandy Springs is the same, whether the bill goes to the end users of the alarm system or the alarm company. But the alarm companyâs costs will increase. They will now have to bill their customers and establish a collection process, increasing the workload for their personnel.â
Loud and others in opposition to the ordinance believe this will actually cause an increase in the amount of false dispatches.
âCitizens will usually respond to citations from their local police or city municipality,â he explained. âIf a vendor or service provider sends an assessment, they could very easily change monitoring companies and get additional false alarms through new providers. They can choose to never pay and continually change companies.â
He noted that this would result in more false dispatches as the end user would never be forced to change their behavior.
Loud also pointed out that the court systems of Sandy Springs will have a lot more cases. âEither the alarm companies will be filing suit to collect monies from customers refusing to pay or the city will be pursuing alarm companies for nonpayment of fines they do not have the money to pay.â
He continued, âYou will likely see many alarm companies choosing to not do business with residents/businesses that must comply with this ordinance. In Sandy Springs, most alarm companies charge only $25 per month. While false alarm fees can cost hundreds of dollars, the accounts receivable process will likely make it financially impossible for fire/alarm companies to take on such risk.â
He said that Sandy Springs could achieve greater reduction in the false dispatches if they would enforce all of their current ordinance provisions, such as:
- Follow the Enhanced Call Verification Georgia State law that went into effect in 2013. âThe 911 operator could very easily ask for the two phone numbers the alarm company called prior to dispatch request,â said Loud.
- Do not allow dispatch on the subscribers that have not paid for previous finesâput them on a do not dispatch list.
- Do not allow dispatch for subscribers that have had 10 false alarms in a permit year.
- Activate the false alarm school the ordinance allows for, which will provide the training and prevention of future false alarms.
âAnother step Sandy Springs could pursue is a higher fee structure for excessive false alarms,â said Loud. âThis would force subscribers to either fix their system, teach others to use it properly or they could choose to stop arming their system. All three of the options result in reduced dispatches.â
He continued, âWhile I certainly see there are many ways to help unite with the City of Sandy Springs and help them achieve their ultimate goal of reducing false dispatches and wasting government recourses, I do not believe requiring the alarm companies to pay the fees is the answer.â
The GELSSA, along with strong industry voices like Loud's, are urging those in the industry to reach out to the mayor of Sandy Springs to voice their concerns, and for security dealers in the Sandy Springs area to attend the planned vote on July 18.
The following is a statement attributable to Westinghouse Electric Company Nuclear Power Plants Senior Vice President Jeff Benjamin regarding the recent concrete pour at Unit 3 of the V.C. Summer Nuclear Generating Station in Jenkinsville, S. Carolina, U.S.
Westinghouse Electric Company today appointed Steve Hamilton as senior vice president, quality, environment, health and safety, to lead global Westinghouse efforts in continuous improvement, quality compliance and environment, health and safety activities.
Didn't happen. But while we're on the subject, ever wonder why we carve our gobblers on the fourth Thursday of November? Hint: It's not because Thanksgiving Thursday is more alliterative than Thanksgiving Friday.
Istanbul: Their imprisonment has torn families apart while the newspaper they work for is left without some of its brightest stars.
But the relatives and colleagues of jailed journalists from the Turkish opposition daily Cumhuriyet vow to continue to fight for their freedom and ideals.
"For nine months we have been living a nightmare, to be honest," said Nazire Gursel, wife of veteran commentator Kadri Gursel who has been in jail since October.
The hardest part, she said, was replying to questions from their 10-year-old son, Erdem.
"People tell my child, `Your father is a hero, he has done a lot for Turkey`," Nazire Gursel recounted.
"So, on the one hand he is proud, but on the other hand, he asks, `But why is my father in prison if he is a hero? Who is his enemy?`"
Since Monday, 17 journalists, executives and other staff of Cumhuriyet, a daily fiercely critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have been on trial accused of supporting "terrorist" organisations.
Secular Cumhuriyet ("Republic") daily, one of Turkey`s oldest newspapers, has built a strong reputation for publishing scoops embarrassing for those in power.
The newspaper rejects the "absurd" accusations and claims the trial is aimed at damaging one of the country`s last independent media outlets.
The experience has united journalists` relatives and their free colleagues who come to court together, and who sometimes go in groups to Silivri prison on the outskirts of Istanbul with a minibus chartered by the newspaper.
Nazire Gursel goes to Silivri every Friday. "I had never been to Silivri before my husband`s incarceration. When I arrived there for the first time, I told myself `it looks like a Nazi camp`, she told AFP.
"It is a really scary place."The trial gave family members the chance to see their loved ones outside of prison, where visits are confined to an hour and take place behind bulletproof glass.
"We at least have the chance to see or hear them without a window between us, to hear their voice directly without using a telephone," said Yonca Sik, the wife of Ahmet Sik, one of Turkey`s most famous investigative journalists who is also jailed.
According to her, conditions in prison have hardened since her husband`s last incarceration- in 2011, he was imprisoned after writing notably one of the few full-scale investigations into the group of Fethullah Gulen.
Gulen is a US-based cleric who Ankara accuses of ordering last year`s failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
"They are in isolation, that is especially the hardest," she told AFP in front of the Istanbul courthouse where the staff is on trial. Among them, 11 are in pre-trial detention.
"They take them away from the people they love, their work and it`s clearly an injustice, persecution," one of Cumhuriyet`s lawyers Efkan Bolac said.
"It`s torture for the accused."Beyond the impact on families, the incarcerations have hurt Cumhuriyet: the paper`s chairman, Akin Atalay, and its editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu are currently in prison.
"For nine months, Cumhuriyet has faced troubles. Nearly all of its senior executives have been imprisoned as well as many writers," the daily`s Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gul said.
Gul himself was sentenced last year for five years for "revealing state secrets" after a front page story claiming to show the government sending arms to rebels in Syria in May 2015. He is appealing the sentence.
"We are paying a heavy price but we continue to publish the newspaper," Gul said, adding: "Cumhuriyet has not changed its editorial line."
Nazire Gursel says she does not regret the work that her husband did which caused him to be behind bars. "I`m immensely proud of him."
The judge is likely to decide on Friday whether or not to release the accused for the rest of the trial.
"Turkey is no longer a state of law, but there are still people who are fighting for democracy, for justice," said Yonca Sik, pointing to the demonstrators gathered in front of the court.Â
Washington: US President Trump has said that the news media was playing down the terrorist threat posed by the Islamic State (IS) and journalists were reluctant to report on the militant groups attacks in Europe and "have their reasons" for failing to cover them, the media reported.
Trump initially did not provide examples of a news media conspiracy to underplay terrorist attacks. The White House on Monday released a list of what it said were 78 attacks from September 2014 to December 2016 that were carried out or inspired by the IS. It said that "most have not received the media attention they deserved", the New York Times reported.
The list included the major attacks in Paris, Brussels, San Bernardino (California) and Orlando (Florida) that dominated the news for weeks.Â
Other attacks overseas, lesser known to Americans, received extensive local coverage, like a shooting in Zvornik, Bosnia, in April 2015 in which one police officer was killed and two others were wounded, the White House said.
"Radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland, as they did on 9/11, as they did from Boston to Orlando to San Bernardino and all across Europe," Trump said at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.Â
"All over Europe, it's happening. It's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported, and in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn't want to report it," he said.
"They have their reasons," Trump added, "and you understand that."
The President made similar comments about the US media during a January visit to the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Langley, Virginia, that the news media had fabricated his feud with the intelligence community.Â
Those remarks came only days after he likened American intelligence officials to Nazis, after several weeks in which he had denigrated their work, the New York Times said.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that the President had been referring in Tampa to "several instances" in which the news media had not devoted sufficient attention to terrorism.Â
Trump, Spicer said, believed that journalists pay more attention to public protests than they do to terrorist attacks or plots.
During his 12-minute speech on Monday, Trump promised to make "a historic financial investment in the armed forces", in an effort to maintain peace in "our troubled, troubled times".Â
He also vowed to give the military the tools necessary to prevail against the Islamic State and thwart its attempts to strike America.
At a luncheon with enlisted soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, Trump went around his table asking who would remain in the military, and told them their experience would improve during his presidency.
On NATO, Trump, who had earlier called it "obsolete," tempered his message, arguing that he was focused on ensuring that it is well funded.
"We strongly support NATO. We only ask that all of the NATO members make their full and proper contributions to the NATO alliance, which many of them have not been doing -- many of them have not been even close," he said.
Washington: Describing journalists as the most dishonest human beings on Earth, US President Donald Trump has said he has been "running a war" with the media and warned them of consequences for falsely reporting that less number of people attended his inauguration.
"We had a massive field of people. You saw them. Packed.
I get up this morning, I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field," Trump said.
"I say, wait a minute, I made a speech. I looked out, it looked like a million, million and a half people. They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there.
They (media) said, Donald Trump did not draw well. I said, it was almost raining, the rain should have scared them away, but God looked down and he said, we're not going to let it rain on your speech," he said.
"Then I walked off and it poured right after I left. It poured. But, we have something that's amazing because, it looked like a million and a half people. Whatever it was, it was. But it went all the way back to the Washington Monument.
And I turn on -- and by mistake I get this network, and it showed an empty field. And it said we drew 250,000 people," he said.
"Now, that's not bad, but it's a lie. We had 250,000 people literally around in the little bowl that we constructed. That was 250,000 people. The rest of the 20-block area, all the way back to the Washington Monument, was packed.
So we caught them, and we caught them in a beauty. I think they're going to pay a big price," Trump warned.
Trump was speaking at the CIA headquarters.
He told his top spy agency that this is the reason for him visiting the CIA headquarters as the media has portrayed that he has differences with the intelligence community.
"The reason you're my first stop is that, as you know, I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth," Trump said amidst applause and laughter from the CIA officials attending his maiden address to them.
"They sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community. And I just want to let you know, the reason you're the number-one stop is exactly the opposite.
They understand that, too," he said and then said that the crown strength of his inauguration was being accurately being written by the media.
Then Trump listed out another incident.
So a reporter wrote that Trump took down the bust, of Martin Luther King.
"It was right there. But there was a cameraman that was in front of it. So a reporter writes a story about I took down. I would never do that because I have great respect for Martin Luther King. But this is how dishonest the media is," Trump alleged.
"I only like to say that because I love honesty. I like honest reporting. I will tell you, final time -- when you let in your thousands of other people that have been trying to come in -- because I am coming back -- we're going to have to get you a larger room," Trump said indicating that he would have a bigger room for the White House press corps.
New Delhi: As many as 122 journalists and media professionals were killed in 2016 globally, 93 of them in targeted killings and others in natural disasters and accidents, while India witnessed death of five scribes and was eighth on a list topped by Iraq, according to a new report.
The targeted killings, including murders, bomb attacks and crossfire incidents, span 23 countries in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East and Arab World regions, said International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in its annual report released Friday.
The IFJ said the number (93 targeted killings) was down from 112 targeted killings in 2015 while Iraq still had the largest number of media killings with 15, ahead of Afghanistan (13) and Mexico (11).
These were followed by Yemen (8), Guatemala (6), Syria (6), India and Pakistan (5 in both), according to the statistics published by the largest global federation of journalists' trade unions.
In addition to the 93 targeted killings, 20 Brazilian sports journalists perished in a plane crash over the city of Medellin in Colombia, a country where for the first time in many years no killing was recorded this year, against three in 2015. Nine Russian journalists were killed in a military plane crash.
Although the 2016 figures for targeted killings of media professionals are down from the previous year's, the IFJ has cautioned against complacency citing reports of rising threats, intimidation and self-censorship as evidence that attacks on freedom of expression remain at critical levels.
In India, Tarun Mishra, Bureau Chief of Jan Sandesh Times, died on 14 February; Indradev Yadav, Journalist with Taaza TV, on 16 May; Rajdeo Ranjan, Bureau Chief of Dainik Hindustan on 13 May; Kishore Dave, Bureau Chief of Jai Hind on 22 August and Dharmendra Singh, Correspondent of Dainik Bhaskar on 12 November, the report noted.
In 2015, India had reported targeted killings of six media professionals, including those from news channel Aaj Tak and Hindi daily Dainik Jagaran, the report states.
Noting that India along with Yemen, Pakistan and Syria form a group which saw little or no change in the numbers of killings from 2015, IFJ President Philippe Leruth said, "Any decrease in violence against journalists and media staff is always welcome but these statistics and the continued deliberate targeting of media workers in many incidents causing loss of life give little room for comfort nor ground for hope to see the end of the current media safety crisis."Â
The IFJ, which claims to represent more than 6,00,000 journalists in 140 countries, has recorded at least 2,297 killings of media professionals in targeted assassinations, cross-fire incidents and bomb attacks till 2015.
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Providence City Hall celebrated St. Patrickâs Day today with music and dancing. This traditional tune kicked off the celebration at city hall. Members of the Providence Police Pipes and Drums looked sharp in their kilts and spats as they played and marched. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras welcomed everyone, flanked by a row of dignitaries from the police chief to parade committee members. Providence College president Reverend Brian Shanley said a prayer for the crowd, invoking the words of St. Patrick. And students from the Goulding Irish dance school performed. Taking it all in were onlookers of all ages and backgrounds. The latest US Census numbers rank Irish the second largest ancestry group in Rhode Island, but going by the plastic green hats and sparkly green wigs in the audience, everyone was Irish today.
Speaker(s): Professor Craig Calhoun | Humanitarian emergencies are not simply brute facts, appealing directly to our emotions or our moral sensibilities. They are one of the important ways in which perceptions of human life, sympathy for suffering, and responses to social upheaval have come to be organized in recent decades. Like nations and business corporations, they are creatures of social imaginaries, but no less materially influential for that. They are shaped by a history of changing ideas about the human; moral responsibility for strangers; structures of chance and causality; and the imperative and capacity for effective action, even at a distance. They reflect the context of the modern era generally and more specific features of the era since the 1970s. And they are embedded in a complex institutionalization of responses. First, grasping human suffering as humanitarian emergencies is made possible by a long history of changes in how we â Westerners especially â construct the categories of the human, the emergency, and moral obligation. Second, though they are influenced by both state politics and economic activity, humanitarian emergencies appear as anomalies outside the putatively normal stable functioning of political and economic systems. Third, emergencies and humanitarian sympathies are produced importantly through large-scale media systems, including especially visual media. Fourth, they have commanded attention especially since the 1970s as responses to an era of market-driven globalization and declining faith in political action. Fifth, they have occasioned a new institutional field of response in which NGOs and voluntary action are pivotal (even though states remain crucial funders), and they are shaped by the way such response organizes both what we see and what happens materially on the ground. Sixth, they reflect a view from relatively âcoreâ locations in the modern world-system on seeming chaos in its periphery, a view often linked at once to a managerial orientation, an idea of charity, and the reassurance of grasping suffering and chaos precisely as distant. The specific historical circumstances that gave rise to humanitarian response are changing, and with them this specific project of cosmopolitan care for distant strangers may be undergoing a deep transformation. Professor Calhoun is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics. He took up his post as LSE Director on 1 September 2012, having left the United States where he was University Professor at New York University and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and President of the Social Science Research Council. Professor Calhoun is an American citizen but has deep connections with the United Kingdom. He took a D Phil in History and Sociology at Oxford University and a Master's in Social Anthropology at Manchester. He co-founded, with Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at LSE, the NYLON programme which brings together graduate students from New York and London for co-operative research programmes. He is the author of several books including Nations Matter, Critical Social Theory, Neither Gods Nor Emperors and most recently The Roots of Radicalism (University of Chicago Press, 2012).
Speaker(s): Professor Craig Calhoun | Professor Calhoun is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics. He took up his post as LSE Director on 1 September 2012, having left the United States where he was University Professor at New York University and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and President of the Social Science Research Council. Professor Calhoun took a D Phil in History and Sociology at Oxford University and a Master's in Social Anthropology at Manchester. He co-founded, with Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at LSE, the NYLON programme which brings together graduate students from New York and London for co-operative research programmes. He is the author of several books including Nations Matter, Critical Social Theory, Neither Gods Nor Emperors and most recently The Roots of Radicalism (University of Chicago Press, 2012).
Speaker(s): Dr David Graeber, Professor Craig Calhoun | From the earliest meetings for Occupy Wall Street, David Graeber felt that something was different from previous demonstrations. What was it about this particular movement that worked this time? And what can we now do to make our world more democratic again? Graeber presents a vital new exploration of anti-capitalist dissent, looking at the actions of the 99% and revealing the alternative political and economic possibilities of our future. David Graeber is an anthropologist at Goldsmiths, University of London, who has been involved with the Occupy movement most actively at Wall Street. He is widely credited with coining the phrase "We are the 99%" and is the author of the widely praised Debt: The First 5000 Years. His new book The Democracy Project is published by Allen Lane. Craig Calhoun is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics. He took up his post as LSE Director on 1 September 2012, having left the United States where he was University Professor at New York University and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and President of the Social Science Research Council. He is the author of several books including Nations Matter, Critical Social Theory, Neither Gods Nor Emperors and most recently The Roots of Radicalism (University of Chicago Press, 2012).
Speaker(s): Professor Craig Calhoun | Craig Calhoun took up his post as LSE Director on 1 September 2012, having left the United States where he was University Professor at New York University and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and President of the Social Science Research Council. Professor Calhoun is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics. Professor Calhoun is an American citizen but has deep connections with the United Kingdom. He took a D Phil in History and Sociology at Oxford University and a Master's in Social Anthropology at Manchester. He co-founded, with Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at LSE, the NYLON programme which brings together graduate students from New York and London for co-operative research programmes.
Speaker(s): Professor Craig Calhoun | Drawing on his decades of research on social protest, Professor Calhoun will explore the roots of radicalism and the relationship between social movements and social change. Professor Calhoun is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics. He took up his post as LSE Director on 1 September 2012, having left the United States where he was University Professor at New York University and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and President of the Social Science Research Council. Professor Calhoun is an American citizen but has deep connections with the United Kingdom. He took a D Phil in History and Sociology at Oxford University and a Master's in Social Anthropology at Manchester. He co-founded, with Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at LSE, the NYLON programme which brings together graduate students from New York and London for co-operative research programmes. He is the author of several books including Nations Matter, Critical Social Theory, Neither Gods Nor Emperors and most recently The Roots of Radicalism (University of Chicago Press, 2012). Describing his own approach to academic work, Professor Calhoun says: "We must set high standards for ourselves, but in order to inform the public well, not to isolate ourselves from it."
Speaker(s): Professor Craig Calhoun | The university is an institution in upheaval. In his Inaugural Lecture as Director of LSE, Professor Craig Calhoun explores the options for the future. Professor Calhoun is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics. He took up his post as LSE Director on 1 September 2012, having left the United States where he was University Professor at New York University and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and President of the Social Science Research Council. Professor Calhoun is an American citizen but has deep connections with the United Kingdom. He took a D Phil in History and Sociology at Oxford University and a Master's in Social Anthropology at Manchester. He co-founded, with Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at LSE, the NYLON programme which brings together graduate students from New York and London for co-operative research programmes. He is the author of several books including Nations Matter, Critical Social Theory, Neither Gods Nor Emperors and most recently The Roots of Radicalism (University of Chicago Press, 2012). Describing his own approach to academic work, Professor Calhoun says: "We must set high standards for ourselves, but in order to inform the public well, not to isolate ourselves from it."
Speaker(s): Professor Anne Applebaum, Professor Craig Calhoun, Professor Michael Cox, Gideon Rachman | After a closely fought election, this highly topical LSE public debate will look ahead to Obamaâs second administration and assess the challenges it faces at home and how it is likely to address them, as well as how its relationships with Britain, Europe and the rest of the world are likely to develop. Author and Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Applebaum has taken up the post of Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at the School for 2012-13. She is the first woman to ever hold this position. Anne Applebaum is the Director of Political Studies at the Legatum Institute in London, and a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate. After graduating from Yale University, Anne Applebaum was a Marshall Scholar at both the LSE and St. Anthonyâs College Oxford. She has also lectured at Yale and Columbia Universities, amongst others. Anne Applebaumâs journalistic work focuses on US and international politics, with a particular focus on economic and political transition. Craig Calhoun is director of LSE. He is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics. He took up his post as LSE Director on 1 September 2012, having left the United States where he was University Professor at New York University and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and President of the Social Science Research Council. Michael Cox is founding director of LSE IDEAS. `Professor Cox is a well known speaker on global affairs and has lectured in the United States, Australia, Asia, and in the EU. He has spoken on a range of contemporary global issues, though most recently he has focused on the role of the United States in the international system, the rise of Asia, and whether or not the world is now in the midst of a major power shift. Gideon Rachman became chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times in July 2006. He joined the FT after a 15-year career at The Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Washington and Bangkok. He also edited The Economistâs business and Asia sections. His particular interests include American foreign policy, the European Union and globalisation.
Speaker(s): Professor Craig Calhoun, Professor Michael Cox, Dr Pippa Malmgren, Professor Sir Robert Worcester | With just a week to go to the US presidential election, this panel of experts will assess the state of the race, look back at Barack Obamaâs first term, what a second term would bring, or what "President Romney" would mean for the US and the wider world. Craig Calhoun is director of LSE. Michael Cox is Founding co-director of LSE IDEAS. Pippa Malmgren is the president and founder of Principalis Asset Management, former financial market advisor in the White House and member of the National Economic Council. Robert Worcester was the founder of MORI and is an honorary fellow of LSE.
Speaker(s): Professor Todd Gitlin, Professor Craig Calhoun | Erupting in September 2011, Occupy Wall Street was jump-started by a radical core who devised a form of action, occupation, that combined face-to-face with electronic elements. In an election year, the ingenuity of the original core has been overshadowed by the momentum, the stakes, and not least the money of the presidential campaign. Whether an Occupy movement takes shape and endures, focused on transformation of a political system overwhelmingly shaped by plutocrats, depends on the actions of many networks that were mobilized within and around the Occupy moment. Todd Gitlin is professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University and is the author of 15 books, including, Occupy Nation: the roots, the spirit, and the promise of Occupy Wall Street. Professor Calhoun is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics. He took up his post as LSE Director on 1 September 2012, having left the United States where he was University Professor at New York University and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and President of the Social Science Research Council.
Speaker(s): Dr Ben S. Bernanke | Ben S. Bernanke was sworn in on February 1, 2006, as Chairman and a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Dr. Bernanke also serves as Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, the System's principal monetary policymaking body. He was appointed as a member of the Board to a full 14-year term, which expires January 31, 2020, and to a four-year term as Chairman, which expires January 31, 2010. Before his appointment as Chairman, Dr. Bernanke was Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, from June 2005 to January 2006.
Estiveram presentes Ã histÃ³rica reuniÃ£o no bar londrino pessoas ligadas aos seguintes times: Barnes, Civil Service, Crusaders, Crystal Palace, Forest of Leytonstone (que posteriormente seria rebatizado como Wanderers), N.N. Club, Blackheath, Kensington School, Perceval House, Surbiton e Blackheath Proprietary School. O Charterhouse foi convidado para participar, mas seu representante declinou do chamado. A maioria desses clubes nÃ£o existe mais ou apenas atua no rugby.
Vale salientar que o futebol jÃ¡ era praticado de forma amadora antes de 1863 em solo britÃ¢nico, mas ainda sem uma regra oficial. O primeiro esboÃ§o de norma surgiu em 1848 nos pÃ¡tios da Universidade de Cambridge. Outro surgiu em Nottingham em 1850. E ambos foram os alicerces para essa regra final criada pelos ingleses.
Na primeira foto, a ediÃ§Ã£o original do livro de regras escrito naquela noite de 26 de outubro de 1863 escrito por Ebenezer Cobb Morley, que viria a ser o segundo presidente da FA 8 anos depois de sua criaÃ§Ã£o.
A primeira partida da histÃ³ria sob as regras oficiais foi entre Barnes e Richmond, que nÃ£o estava presente na reuniÃ£o de fundaÃ§Ã£o da FA. O placar foi de zero a zero no estÃ¡dio de Mortlake em 19 de dezembro do mesmo ano.
Houve uma revisÃ£o total das regras em 1891, quando apareceram as redes nas balizas, para que nÃ£o houvesse dÃºvidas quando da marcaÃ§Ã£o do gol, e foi oficializado o pÃªnalti - a falta dentro da grande Ã¡rea. Em 1896, cresce a autoridade do Ã¡rbitro, que deixa de ser um simples tira-teima, e passa a se guiar pelo que mandam as regras.
Em 2009 este blog publicou uma postagem a respeito do futebol brasileiro nas ondas do rÃ¡dio, contando um pouco de sua histÃ³ria e mostrando sua evoluÃ§Ã£o ao longo dos anos com Ã¡udios histÃ³ricos de profissionais que fortaleceram/fortalecem a paixÃ£o nacional pelo futebol, que muito contribuiu para que o esporte se popularizasse por todo o Brasil. Desta forma, em homenagem ao Dia do RÃ¡dio, vamos reproduzir o post logo a seguir.
Como exemplo trouxe para vocÃªs 5 locuÃ§Ãµes esportivas em diferentes tempos para anÃ¡lise. Para ouvÃ-las basta clicar no link correspondente. No primeiro, o leitor poderÃ¡ acompanhar uma narraÃ§Ã£o feita por Armando Pamplona, no distante ano de 1934, pela RÃ¡dio Educadora de SÃ£o Paulo, durante uma partida amistosa entre a SeleÃ§Ã£o Paulista e o Bologna da ItÃ¡lia.
No seguinte ouviremos a voz de Pedro Luiz Pauliello na final da Copa do Mundo de 1962 entre Brasil e TchecoslovÃ¡quia pela RÃ¡dio Bandeirantes de SÃ£o Paulo. NÃ£o custa lembrar que a SeleÃ§Ã£o Brasileira tornou-se bicampeÃ£ mundial na ocasiÃ£o.
Nesta locuÃ§Ã£o fica cada vez mais nÃtida a eloquÃªncia do narrador, que passava a torcer pelo time em campo quase como um torcedor que estava nas arquibancadas e pela tentativa de levar o mÃ¡ximo de emoÃ§Ã£o possÃvel aos ouvintes do que se passava em campo.
A seguir vamos ouvir o Ã¡udio de um dos verdadeiros "monstros sagrados" do rÃ¡dio esportivo brasileiro em todos os tempos. Waldir Amaral, entÃ£o na RÃ¡dio Globo, trazendo a decisÃ£o do Cameponato Brasileiro de 1974 entre Vasco da Gama e Cruzeiro, vencida pelo clube carioca.
Amaral narra o confronto com extrema rapidez, dado o contÃnuo aumento da velocidade do jogo com o passar dos anos, mas com bastante clareza. Tenta fazer com que o ouvinte que estava fora do estÃ¡dio ouvindo pelo rÃ¡dio se sinta dentro dele trazendo a partida nos mÃnimos detalhes.
FÃDÃRATION TAHITIENNE DE FOOTBALL (FEDERAÃÃO TAHITIANA DE FUTEBOL)
* Presidente: Eugene Haereraaroa
* EstÃ¡dio:Hamuta (Papeete/TAH - 10 mil pessoas)
* Treinador:Eddy Etaeta
* Uniformes:Camisas brancas com detalhes vermelhos, calÃ§Ãµes vermelhos com detalhes brancos e meiÃµes brancos com detalhes vermelhos (titular) / Camisas vermelhas com detalhes brancos, calÃ§Ãµes brancos com detalhes vermelhos e meiÃµes vermelhos com detalhes brancos (reserva)
* TÃtulos (6):Jogos do PacÃfico Sul (1966, 1975, 1973, 1983 e 1995) e Copa das NaÃ§Ãµes da Oceania (2012)
Swansea x Cardiff City: clÃ¡ssico GALÃS na elite INGLESA
Terminou hoje mais uma ediÃ§Ã£o da Championship inglesa, a segunda divisÃ£o de lÃ¡, com mais um tÃtulo galÃªs na temporada. Depois do Swansea faturar a Copa da Liga Inglesa no mÃªs passado foi a vez do seu rival Cardiff City levantar uma taÃ§a de campeÃ£o ao terminar a temporada com 87 pontos ganhos e garantir seu retorno Ã elite do futebol bretÃ£o depois de 50 anos.
* Uniformes: Camisas azuis com listra branca no peito na horizontal, calÃ§Ãµes brancos e meiÃµes azuis (titular); camisas vermelhas com listra preta no peito na horizontal, calÃ§Ãµes pretos e meiÃµes vermelhos (reserva)
* TÃtulos (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)
Varios deportistas colombianos levantaron su voz en contra de la reducciÃ³n del presupuesto al deporte por parte del presidente Juan Manuel Santos. El pesista Ãscar Figueroa dijo: âes triste y lamentable darnos cuenta que al deporte se le recorta el 66% del presupuesto, lo que significa mÃ¡s sueÃ±os frustrados y falta de oportunidad para la […]
El presidente Juan Manuel Santos sigue robÃ¡ndoseÂ dineroÂ de los colombianos para dÃ¡rseloÂ a los narco terroristasÂ de las FARC. Santos redujo el presupuesto para el deporte en un 62 %, es decir pasa de $ 587 mil millones de pesos a $ 221 mil millones de pesos en 2018. En las Ãºltimas horas varios deportistas han manifestado su […]
LaÂ Corte Suprema de Justicia capturÃ³ al senador del partido de la U y amigo del presidente Santos,Â Bernardo Miguel ÃoÃ±o ElÃas por el caso Odebrecht.Â LaÂ Corte lo capturÃ³ por estar relacionado con los casos de corrupciÃ³n y soborno de la empresa brasilera Odebrecht en Colombia. El ÃoÃ±o es conocido por ser un polÃtico muy influyente en […]
Eram quatro rapazes que estudavam numa escola em uma mesma classe: Arrependido, Falso, MÃnimo e Quero-Tentar.
Arrependido era um rapaz desanimado com os estudos, nÃ£o fazia nada na sala de aula e muito menos os deveres de casa. NÃ£o pensava no seu futuro e vivia achando que estava perdendo tempo naquela escola e por isso arrependia-se por nÃ£o poder ficar pelas ruas com seus colegas. Por nÃ£o gostar de estudar tirava notas baixas.
MÃnimo era um rapaz que nÃ£o pensava em ir muito longe, para este o que importava era conseguir uma nota que o aprovasse, portanto, estudava pouco, mas nÃ£o 'colava' nas avaliaÃ§Ãµes e nÃ£o passava disso, 60% era o bastante e contentava-se com este mÃnimo. Sempre tinha um pensamento 'tenho boas notas porque nÃ£o perdi nenhuma'.
Quero-Tentar gostava do que fazia. Quando lhe apresentava algo novo, um problema que ele nÃ£o soubesse, ele dizia: 'Vou tentar resolvÃª-lo' e quase sempre conseguia mesmo.
Assim Quero-Tentar era o primeiro da classe. Em termos de aprendizagem, MÃnimo era o penÃºltimo, Falso era o Ãºltimo, pois sÃ³ tinha nota e nÃ£o sabia nada, e Arrependido abandonou a escola.
Hoje sÃ£o todos homens feitos e cada um teve o seu destino:
Arrependido mora numa favela chamada Tarde Demais.
Falso, queria se polÃtico, mas infeliz descobriram sua falsidade; foi julgado e condenado por um juiz chamado Verdade.
they want people to have accounts for direct deposit..... What about SCRATCH-OFFS????? Those are probably a lot of the unclaimed money when people rush through and toss away winning scratch-offs. That's why some States have sight codes. Another is people buy them and forget they have them (happened to me once on a 5/5 I found 2 weeks later on a routine check). But really, President W. BUSH doesn't care about listening to you on the phone unless you happen to be calling to chat with loonie-bin ov... [ More ]
Sono passati trentâanni dallâapprovazione della legge 180, la legge Basaglia. Una rivoluzione culturale, sociale e politica che ha portato alla chiusura dei manicomi e al riconoscimento dei diritti dei malati di mente. Franco Basaglia fu il medico veneziano che per primo aprÃ¬ i cancelli di un ospedale psichiatrico, quello di Trieste. Qui sono nate moltissime iniziative per il reinserimento sociale dei malati mentali tra queste anche Radio Fragola. Abbiamo sentito ai nostri microfoni la sociologa e Presidentessa della Fondazione Basaglia, Maria Grazia Giannichedda, una protagonista di questa rivoluzione.
Realizzato da Adriano, Adele e Viviana, studenti del I anno del Master in Comunicazione della Scienza della Sissa
Erika Berroth, associate professor of German, is the recipient of the 2014 Coalition of Women in German Faculty Research Award. The award recognizes and supports projects that address a significant topic with demonstrated relevance to German Studies informed by a feminist perspective. Preference is given to projects that engage the intersections of gender with other categories such as sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, religion, and citizenship. The Coalition of Women in German, WIG, also encourages proposals that further the project of rethinking German Studies along transnational lines. Dr. Hester Baer, President of WIG notes the relevance of Berroth's research project to feminist work in the context of transnational aesthetics, representations of economic transformations in East-Central Europe, and environmental implications in the literature of migration. Berroth is working on a book about the contemporary German author Marica BodroÅ¾iÄ, winner of the European Union Prize for Literature in 2013.
On the Opening Night of the LA Art Show 2017, the first artist to capture my eye with his painting was Si Bowen. This was not easy to do as I was carried away by the crowd at the entrance and was led through a throng of art lovers all but covering the paintings and artworks with their own presence of appreciation. The fact that we are about a week from the inauguration of a new President, it seemed fit to come across a painter with an outside perspective of our election process. Si Bowen, an artist born in Beijing, China who studied art not only in Beijing, but in France and New York, described to me that his rendering of the television debate versions of Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton were painted to describe the passage of time. Viewed as duplicate and triplicate images of Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton side by side on their podiums with hand gestures superimposed one over the other, yielded an out of focus picture of the debate postures from last year. That the image captured my eye because it looked politically vaguely amusing or satirical yet timely or that it expressed a unique and clever perspective was something that made me stop and want to meet the artist. The American People might agree that our process is somewhat murky when we transition from one administration to another, so the artist Si Bowen, might have captured in his painting, the unclarity of our union in mid-gesture. Nonetheless, his portfolio of non-political images was of even further interest as one of his favorites was the wonderful painterly expression and focus on his grandmother's hand. Si Bowen stated that he had studied in France as well as spent time in the arts in New York and that he started drawing at the age of three. When his father observed his talents, he enrolled him in the art schools at an early age. Some of the works that Si Bowen showed me in his catalogue were even more spiritually related than just his exploration of time and space and matters of death and spirituality.
Si Bowen is a multi-diciplinary artist creating works in sculpture, oil paint, and installation works. Si Bowen is represented by the LIAHONA ART SPACE representing the strong forces of young Chinese artists.
Ginger Van Hook, Photographer, Writer, Curator, Artist
Van Hook Fine Arts, Beacon Arts Building Studio 1D
America is having a love affair with trees and California is second to none in leading its appreciation of trees. Digging deep into the roots of this story, I have followed and researched the tree culture specifically in Los Angeles where our love of trees has spawned a unique pop tree culture relating to art. Our popular tree culture today includes but is not limited to tree sculptures, tree paintings, tree photographs, tree videos, tree poetry, tree songs, tree jewelry, tree movies and even tree love affairs.
Tree Earing created by Joel Tauber for his Sick-Amour Tree in Pasadena, California.
Additional Tree Jewelry created by Joel Tauber to adorn the Sick-Amour Tree includes leaf jewelry, as well as the male earing and the female earing that hang from the tree below.
Photos of tree jewelry courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Gallery 5795 West Washington Blvd., Culver City, California 90232 www.vielmetter.com email@example.com (323-933-2117)
Sick-Amour Tree in the parkinglot of the Pasadena Rose Bowl, protected by barriers installed by Joel Tauber in his quest to save his beloved tree. Tree wearing the earings looks hot! Photo courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Gallery.
Leaf sculpture by Joel Tauber Female tree earing by Joel Tauber. Male tree earing created by Joel Tauber, photo courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Gallery, 2008
For the record, our love of trees goes way back to the dawn of time when we were swinging in the trees, however, our love has grown and matured since then. The Greek and Roman heritage of literature and art bestows us with intoxicating stories of their Gods having entanglements with humans. Some of their deities were known as protectors of trees and nature such as Dionysus the Greek god of agriculture, fertility, wine and merriment. He was later renamed Bacchus by the Romans and reported to be the Tree God. Back in the day when artists carved trees into stone and marble relief sculptures to worship in the temples of their mythological gods, people celebrated the sacredness of trees, grapevines and sometimes the unions of gods and mortals. There was Pomona, the goddess of fruit trees who married Vertumnus, the god of fruits and gardens. Digging deep enough, one is sure to find stories of deities mating with trees and spawning children of the harvest for instance.
In modern literary circles there are a number of great imaginative family favorites written about trees, like âThe Giving Treeâ by Shel Silverstein. Then thereâs the infamous story of how Robinson Crusoe lived in a tree-house, and of utmost importance to our American history of trees, we propagate the very memorable legend of âJohnny Appleseedâ.
In our contemporary times we have a legend in the making too. I have been fortunate to witness the emergence of a new âJohnny Appleseedâ and interestingly enough, the story involves a recent romantic love affair between one special tree and a mortal that is well worth pursuing the story. Sometime in the fall of in 2007, I met Joel Tauber. This is the artist who I believe was struck by a mythological bolt of lighting, so to speak, pertaining to one of the Greek or Roman deitiesâ. Joel Tauber is said to have fallen head over heels in love with one particular Sycamore Tree in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. My chance meeting with this now famous mortal under the influence of an enchanted mystical spell, has led me to research the mysteries intrinsic in the charms of trees. I too have been struck with the frailty of trees, their vulnerabilities, and their enormous strengths and inspiration. This together with my own personal experiences with trees has prompted me to come out of my shell and discuss the subject in all seriousness.
My own personal background is not in trees. I am simply a tree-lover from childhood. For a little over ten years, my professional background was in radio as a disc jockey and on-air personality. I listened to music, reviewed songs and kept tabs on the pop music culture. I worked in the Los Angeles market as well as Santa Barbara, California; Eventually I moved to expand my work experience in neighboring radio markets like Reno, Carson City, Lake Tahoe and Gardnerville/Minden, Nevada. It was through traveling that I saw some of the most beautiful trees along the routes through Northern California and Northern Nevada! While I drove from one radio market to another over the years, I watched the trees go by at the various speed limits along the highways of my lifeâs journeys. Thus you will understand when I tell you that often I see art and life, for that matter, through a series of moving images in my head which include a music bed.
I was eleven years old when in 1970, Joni Mitchell wrote and released a song called âBig Yellow Taxiâ whose lyrics surpassed the test of time and is currently in airplay by a glut of new groups. The lyrics began with ââ¦They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum and they charged all the people a dollar and a half just to see âem.â One of the barometers I use to gage the influence of any particular song, music or artwork that I come into contact with is if it will surpass the test of time, among other important criteria. This song became one of my favorite songs of all time. The lyrics made so much sense to me. When I met Joel Tauber, I was introduced to the enormous scope of his Sick-Amour Tree-Baby Project. It was then that I suddenly started hearing Joni Mitchellâs song in my mind again, only this time, as I got in my car, Counting Crows was performing the song. When I started doing more research on the song that I could not get out of my head, I was struck by how many artists had re-recorded the song and barely changed anything about the words. There is Amy Grant, who upgraded the dollar amount from $1.50 to $25 when singing about how much the museums charged people to enter. Additionally there is Green Day, Sarah McLachlan, Charlie Barker, Bob Dylan, Moya Brennan, Ireen Sheer, Donnie Eidt and a host of so many others that have recorded âBig Yellow Taxiâ it was simply overwhelming! I think the importance of the lyrics to this one particular song is that it reveals the fact that people love trees and hate parking lots. The message is that if it werenât for our trees, we could be living in a frying pan! The impact of this single song is that it reveals what is really going on in peopleâs minds. There is a reason why so many artists are flocking to re-record the lyrics in their own way.
Not only are trees involved in the music arena, trees as subjects, are very involved in politics as well. Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin at the time, took a leading role in developing the celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd 1970 as a way to commemorate our environmental concerns. Arbor Day is presently celebrated as well with the first ceremonial tree planting in Washington D.C. on April 27th in 2001, all evidence that goes to prove the people of our planet do care about what happens to our trees.
Trees stand as a testiment and memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King
Dr. Martin Luther King is memorialized with trees along Expositon Blvd. across from the Los Angeles Coliseum and down the street from the University of Southern California.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Online sources on the subject of trees are rich in number. For instance, eighteen years ago, here in Los Angeles, a multi racial group of volunteers planted 400 Canary Island Pine trees along seven miles of road on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther Kingâs life. Today, this living homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continues to thrive and keep the dream alive for his followers. The founder and President of www.treepeople.org is Mr. Andy Lipkis and he keeps tabs on the trees to make sure all 400 trees stay healthy.
Mayor Antonio Villarigosa is the person to thank for the âMillion Trees Initiativeâ he signed into effect in May of 2006 and Los Angeles residents can learn how they too can receive up to 7 free trees to plant on their property. Visit the website at www.milliontreesla.org to learn the details. Also in Portland, Oregon there is www.friendsoftrees.org and in Bellingham Washington you will find www.geocities.com. There is also the International Society of Arboriculture called ISA and can be accessed by visiting www.isa-arbor.com. You will also find a great deal of valuable advise on the growth and care of trees at www.treesaregood.com and check out Tree Care Industry Association TCIA as well.
In the art world, an artist named Mark Dion was featured in a documentary film report that aired in 2007. To view the video one may visit on the Internet by going to www.pbs.org and find Mark Dion as he took the subject of trees and made an art piece that explored what would happen if one were to take a tree after its death, take it out of its familial context of natural forest, and re-create the ecosystem in an environment that would otherwise be a hostile urban setting, needless to say, a cityscape. Just outside of Seattle Washington, he states, a Hemlock fell on February 8th, 1996â¦and so begins an elaborate experiment that pits optimism against reality." The PBS special is very detailed and you will enjoy the depth of research and work that Mark Dion went to to take a tree out of the forest and recreate the setting in the city. The difference between the artwork presented by Mark Dion and the artwork presented by Joel Tauber is in the nature of the life of the tree. Mark Dion works with a dead tree and its living components, and Joel Tauber creates life out of a tree seed and duplicates it all over his community.
Thus Iâve discovered for myself that when I researched the subject of trees, I discovered Joel Tauber wasnât alone! However, instead of creating an experiment in ecology, Joel Tauber goes further than Mark Dion does with this concept of eco-systems and their frailties. Joel Tauber begins a journey that could eventually repair the eco-systems that man has destroyed. This is where Joel Tauber takes the lead in the art world and becomes not only the realist but the optimistic hope for trees in desecrated forests all over the country. Joel Tauberâs work as a living project of art in 2008 has resonance and his story is well worth telling again and again. He is certainly not the first, nor the last to get involved in the love of trees, but he is the first in contemporary times to have been associated with a mythological and mystical occurrence of reproducing tree babies out of just hugging one lonely tree.
The last time I saw a man hugging a tree, he was hugging the tree for all the wrong reasons. At the MOCA, Los Angelesâs Museum of Contemporary Art, some years back I was viewing an exhibition that was in town by the Utah born artist now working in Los Angeles, Paul McCarthy. While this work of art depicted a very raw and unsettling sculpture of âtree-lovinâ it had nothing whatsoever to do with the love of any tree. The work displayed a timely political statement about our government rather than the love for trees, but bear in mind that the thought involved images from manâs intimate involvement with trees both in the biblical sense and in the sense of manâs raping of the planet. Joel Tauberâs work counteracts the devastation of many years of neglect for our trees with a very basic recipe for the renewal of our commitment to our green-leafed friends. Now, when I see the image of Joel Tauber hugging his Sycamore Tree in Pasadena, I get a whole new perspective for the love for our planet, our trees and our environment as a whole.
"The Garden" by Paul McCarthy from The 20th Century Art Book,
Phaidon Press Limited, page 280. Photo is used for purposes of artistic review.
The caption in the book reads as follows: " 'The Garden' is a full-scale tableau of an outdoor, woodland scene, complete with leafy trees, shrubs and rocks. This tranquil picture of nature is rudely interrupted by the presence of a middle-aged, balding man with his trousers round his ankles, engaged in a wholly unnatural act. From one side of the installation, his actions are not immediately apparent, being partially hidden by the tree trunks and foliage, but the sound of mechanical activity draws the viewer in to discover the shocking sight of a man copulating with a tree. This robotic figure, with its endlessly repetitive movements, is both comical and crude, and is intended by McCarthy to question notions of acceptable public behavior and sexual morality. McCarthy is a lecturer at UCLA as well as an artist. His sculptural installations evolved out of his earlier performance work which focused on his own body engaged in extreme and disturbing acts."
To further explain this romantic entanglement between a tree and a mortal, I cite some important historical facts. Back in 2005, Joel Tauber was in the parking lot of the Pasadena Rose Bowl, when he spotted a particularly lonely and neglected Sycamore Tree. There are hundreds of thousands of trees in Pasadena, and a great number of them thrive very well on the grounds of the Rose Bowl, should you ever drive through this luscious community of tree and rose-lovers, you will see. But Joel Tauber focused his attention on one specific lonely tree. He started to note more and more how cars would hit the bark of the tree and scrape it, injuring the tree repeatedly. Joel Tauber became a witness to this treeâs life. Taking compassion and friendship upon this particular tree, Tauber began to film the area of the parking lot where the tree was growing. He got the idea to put up solid barriers to protect it from cars and also carried water in large plastic bags to irrigate the tree. Soon, Tauber found himself as a one-man band, orchestrating a symphony of activities leading to editing mass quantities of tree footage, fighting City Hall, and embarking on a quest to save this tree from infertility using tried and true guerilla tactics that would make tree-huggers stand and salute. To personally view the Sick-Amour project, along with the giant scale tree sculpture installation exhibited at Susanne Vielmetter Gallery in 2007, you may visit www.vielmetter.com.
Recently, I had the privilege and opportunity to discuss Joel Tauberâs work with Susanne Vielmetter and she was delighted to tell me what a wonderful sense of humor that Tauber exhibits in all of his works of art. Susanne Vielmetter reviewed the Underwater project with me as well as the Flying Project which Tauber presented. She explained how deep down, she feels Tauber is on a quest for meaning in his work and that he has a keen sense of humor that unifies and makes his ideas successful. She states that he uses the comical and the tragic in the Tree-Baby project to address the issues of urban living in our time and very subtly pokes fun at the problems innate in urban planning. The real irony of a small Sycamore tree dying of thirst in a parking lot of a beautiful park in a paradise-like valley, alongside the 110 Pasadena Freeway where 80% of the territory is plastered with concrete and the water below runs along asphalt channels of the Los Angeles River is not lost on Tauber, she explained. To contrast, Susanne Vielmetter cited that parks in Europe allow for weeds to grow naturally on landscapes that are not covered with concrete. Joel Tauberâs projects were initially presented at the Susanne Vielmetter Gallery located at 5795 Washington Blvd., in Culver City, California. The response Susanne Vielmetterâs Gallery received was incredibly exciting, even though at first, some folks thought Joel Tauber was a nut; he went on to prove just how serious he really is about changing the landscape of our environment, one tree at a time.
Joel Tauber has a large body of video artwork, photographs and developing tree babies, (the children of a mortal and a Charmed Sycamore Tree) and one may also visit www.joeltauber.com.
As I learned more and more about Joel Tauberâs project, I realized how blessed we all are that tree-lovinâ is not a singular act of love or even a fleeting love of art. I realized how connected we all are to our environment and how the idea of having a special friend âthe treeâ, any tree in any state, in any country for that matter is a beautiful connection to have. The connection that Joel Tauber has to his Sycamore Tree is in synch with the love that the country is experiencing during our new millennium. We have all become acutely aware of the fragility of life; we realize now more than ever that we must respect our dependence on our environment and value our trees.
The first thing that struck me about Joel Tauber was that we had the love of trees in common. He seemed a bit shy, unassuming and humble yet I was later to learn the enormous power he wielded for this one frail and neglected tree in the parking lot of the Pasadena Rose Bowl in California. I was truly inspired by the level of involvement and commitment he had demonstrated for his own beloved Sycamore Tree which he had turned into a full-blown art-project including video, photography and sculptured jewelry. (He did it all!) He named this work the Sick-Amour Project mainly because he said he felt this tree was ill from the lack of love and the inability to have tree babies to fulfill its legacy. I had never personally met someone with such an extreme love and dedication to one particular tree. In our local newscasts, I had heard stories of people who became very emotional when a land developer was about to cut down a tree they considered a relic of their community; in which case people got very nasty about the issue and would chain themselves to the trees or surround the location with demonstrators that would shut down the jobsite. Thatâs when the news crews would come in with their cameras and boom mikes and the news helicopters would hover in circles above the trees trying to capture the âeventâ that was creating all the uproar. A very recent example of this type of community behavior is written about on the front pages of the Los Angeles Times where Eric Bailey, a Times Staff Writer, wrote an extensive story about the tree-issues pertaining to Scotia, California where activists are protesting the logging of the Great California REDWOODS! Read the Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times, August 24th, 2008 or visit www.latimes.com online to learn how the tree-sitters are doing today.
But Joel Tauber is a different type of activist. He doesnât consider himself an activist at all. He merely states, humbly, just for the record, that he loves this one particular Sycamore Tree and it is an outrage to him to see how his new best friend is being suffocated under a six-inch blanket of black tar and asphalt. Better yet, Joel Tauber does something about it. Not with a crew of forty thousand demonstrators, not even with a crew of forty residents. He does this on his own, quietly challenging the laws of the city of Pasadena and humbly takes responsibility for the care and nurturing of his new best friend. I was touched. At once I began to marvel at his potent idea.
The art of loving our trees has grown roots in the higher levels of the art world as well. For instance, if one were to visit the J. Paul Getty Museum both at the Getty Villa which recently re-opened in Malibu and at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, you will find the love of trees has grown branches on all the hillsides surrounding both properties. There are lucky Sycamores and fortunate Pines; there are Pomegranate trees, Apple trees, Pear trees, Jacaranda trees and trees that just look good in a vista overlooking the ocean. Millions of dollars went into the development of artistic gardens which envelope the California landscape against a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean on one edge and the rolling hills of Malibu on the other.
Over in the area of the Miracle Mile, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is celebrating an enormous renovation of its facilities and you guessed it, there are aisles and isles of gigantic palm trees lining the walkways to the entrance of the museum in concert with a unique and flamboyant architecture that has drawn the attention of the art-world with the generosity of Eli and Edythe Broad of the Broad Foundation. The Broad Contemporary Art Museum is the new wing at the LACMA and is considered the largest space in the country devoted exclusively to contemporary art. With a âliving art displayâ dedicated to the iconic palm trees, not native to California, Robert Irwin has developed a plein-air walkway through âPalm Gardensâ as one makes their way to the entrances of the museum.
In Pasadena, where lovers of trees line every street of the city as the landscapes are lush with all types of trees and where these wonderful healthy trees keep cool the throngs of tourists who visit the Rose Bowl every year, is also home to the Norton Simon Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Both locations are areas where tree-lovinâ may be experienced alongside some of Californiaâs best-known artworks. Visit the NORTON SIMON MUSEUM at www.nortonsimon.org located at 411 West Colorado, Pasadena, California 91105 or visit the PASADENA MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART at www.pmcaonline.com at 490 East Union Street, Pasadena, California.
In San Marino, California, the art of trees, gardens and succulents has found a worthy haven at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens spanning an area of 120 acres dedicated to the fine arts founded by Henry E. Huntington in 1928 as the very first public art gallery in Southern California. Along with English portraits and French eighteenth-century furniture, one will delight in tours of the unique garden paradise established for the pure love of the botanical arts.
On the hillside along the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, one may also enjoy walking along the elegant landscapes of the Skirball Cultural Center and Museum grounds and witness the serenity of the trees as Weeping Willows slope their leaves to the ground, and gentle breezes sway the branches of Sycamores, Oaks and Birch trees. Visit the Skirball Museum online at www.skirball.org, or enjoy a personal walk along the grounds and explore the tributes to culture at 2701 North Sepulveda, Los Angeles 90049.
In San Diego, one enjoys walking through a vast museum complex housing 15 unique museums in Balboa Park, not to mention to the collection of rare cactus and enormous Eucalyptus trees (just to name one tree type out of numerous ones) which shade the paths leading from one museum to another.
Each of the locations I have mentioned or described here is where I personally walked through, witnessed, and or photographed sophisticated artistic tree landscapes of the California terrain.
The Roots of my personal anxieties: Why I care.
The impact of my meeting Joel Tauber coincided with an important event that took place for me way before I knew about his Sick-Amour Tree project and was what eventually led me to throw myself into this frenzied study of trees over this summer. Thus I do not necessarily consider myself struck by any of the Greek or Roman gods. I believe my influence came with a special awareness of the frailty of trees with this personal story:
A little over one year ago, on June 30th, 2007 I was walking our dog Sasha, around the block for one of our frequent walks. I rounded the corner to the next block when I was taken aback as I witnessed a set of âcityâ crewmembers slaughtering what appeared to be a California Oak tree. I had grown quite fond of that particular Oak on my many walks while I was writing my first novel. As a matter of fact, I had used that model of tree to describe a forest of these trees in a chapter in my first fiction novel. I especially love the sculptured texture of the Mighty gnarly Oaks. This tree had been the one to rekindle my relationship with the trees of my imagination. My stomach got queasy when I saw how it was being destroyed. I would have thrown-up, but I got a hold of my emotions and took Sasha home. Not only did I return to the scene of the slaughter, but I brought my camera to document the death and dismemberment of this great oak; I was so distraught that I returned again to the site, without my camera this time, and begged the men to stop for a moment while I sought out the seeds for this tree. To my surprise, the men stopped and helped me search for the seeds.
When I got home, I had no idea what to do with the seeds. I called a couple of nurseries until a gentleman at a nursery in Marina del Rey explained to me that I had to wait until the pods dried up and slit to get at the seeds and plant them. So, I waited until the pods were black and wrinkled. I split them according to the directions I had gotten from this kind anonymous arborist. (He suggested a process much like that which squirrels have for cracking the pods.) I photographed the seeds and compared them with the larger seed of an apricot fruit tree and the seed of a maple tree.
Once properly documented, I planted them in a small brown pot. Two weeks later, the first seed came up. A few days later another seed appeared to take root. On the one-year anniversary of the re-birth day of this Great Knurly Oak tree, July 20th, 2008, I documented how large the great twin oaks had become. The highest little bitty branch was about fourteen inches tall. I estimated this tree had grown a little over an inch every month. A compassionate act of kindness yielded a new life on the impulse of grief. The impulse of grief affected not only me; there is an entire world of tree-lovers mourning the losses of their favorite tree friends in surrounding communities.
Both ladies made studio visits all over Los Angeles and surrounding communities in search of the "perfect circle" of artists to represent the illusive qualities of the circle.
It takes over a year to prepare for a large show at the Brand Library Art Galleries and no one will have a better story to tell you about the waiting process than Galleries Manager and Curator, Cathy Billings or Alyssa Resnick, Senior Library Supervisor and Gallery Director. These ladies traveled to Inglewood, California for a studio visit to see Luke Van Hook's circle paintings some time in the early summer of 2007. They told Luke that they were preparing to curate a show of artists working on the motif of the 'circle'. Â They had already reviewed a number of artists and found making the final decision difficult, first because there were a number of artists who worked with this subject and secondly, the talent was very competitive.Â The subject of the circle and how each artist approaches this topic is worth dedicated study in and of itself. Â These lovely ladies, Cathy and Alyssa, with a keen eye for artistic talent, selected a total of five talented artists to show together this summer. Â Â
Here you will find photos of how each artist expressed their obsession with the circular form. Â I'll begin my blog entry with a brief history of what I believe may have led Luke Van Hook to painting the circle and continue with the photos and biographical information of the additional four artists each selected for working with the motif of circles, independently of each other, with their own unique and individual interpretations of the circle: Yesung Kim, Barbara Kolo, Susan Sironi, and Cheryl Walker.
Luke Van Hook began his present study of the circle in 2005. He first discovered the legend of Giotto's "Perfect Circle" in a class about ancient history; but the idea didn't sink in at first. He needed time to reason with his quest. While Luke approached the specific task of painting the circle with thin paintbrushes and applying layer upon layer of color to a raw naked canvas, I set about trying to understand what the hell prompted my husband to go circle crazy in the first place. Â I started researching what the circle meant and I found a lot of literature in the realm of magic, rituals, mathematics, secret societies and romance. But my first impression was that the circle was a way to get back to the beginning of things. Â Then I delved deeper. Â Was Luke trying to say that he was going in circles? Â Were we at this artistic point in our lives as a result of a past life? Â Was our circular existence referencing our cycle of birth, death and rebirth? Â Or was the answer more basic than that, like "the earth is round and it's an orbital thing.' There were other issues on the table I was urged to deal with also. Â Were these circle paintings partly influenced by the school we had attended? Â Once we leave school we are expected to make works of art that have fresh meaning and to blow out the cobwebs of old thinking. Â While at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, Luke Van Hook studied all the required areas to excel in his chosen profession as a fine arts painter including the figure, landscapes and abstracts. But the abstract visual image is what finally drew Luke back in. Â Could it be the understated obvious fact that the big 'O' (which formed a circle on every memo, syllabus and brochure in the name of Otis College) was influencing him subconsciously? Â
Luke's earlier work involved intricately small hatch marks that evolved into large abstract images full of vibrant colors. Â This work was very reminiscent of Jasper Johns. Â So where did this circle idea really emanate from? Â Did his hatch marks get married or what? Â Observers of Luke Van Hook's work have stated that it raises the question, 'Is it a painting or a drawing? Â Is it text or writing?' Â Luke will often begin a row of circles that reads from left to right just as western literature is expressed. Â But sometimes he changes his mind, and the direction of his technique, and he starts to paint his rows from right to left. At other times, he completes a horizontal column of circles which refers more to ancient Asian forms of writing going from the top, down.
During his graduating year at Otis College in 2004, Luke went on a mission to explore machine technology as it pertained to replacing humans. Â He painted large canvases with a number of faces and shapes that represented cyborgs expressing the fear, uncertainty and ambivalence that humans have toward our technological future. Â But once out of school, a full year later, in 2005 Luke seem to have turned a corner. Â He seemed to have replaced his fear of technology with a competitive defiance that defied all reason. Â Luke started working with his father-in-law, in his machine shop, where he started to observe how everything around him involved the circle in one way or another. Â He watched the machines (FadalCNC's- numerical control production machines) in action. The tool would spin in circles, plunging in and out of aluminum, stainless steel and plastic materials. The space left behind was almost always a perfect circle. Â Perhaps, this was Luke's starting point. It was the first time he'd really seen a machine make simple circles and Luke probably said something to himself like 'I can do this! Just watch me!' then promptly, decided to take on his destiny. To compete with a machine, may have been the early impulse that drew Luke to paint the circle, but the legend of Giotto's 'perfect circle' was what has kept Luke going full steam ahead into production of abstract works of art. Â The initial pieces he created were prototypes. These were the experiments he and his father-in-law Luis Ingels, worked on before moving into the hand made pieces. As his first experiment, Luke inserted a paint brush into the collet of the machine and programmed the coordinates to match the canvas. He overshot his calculations and the brush came crashing down upon the canvas; the collet smashed the brush right through the canvas and even broke the frame. Perhaps, Luke might have thought as he and my father, Luis, looked at each other, 'it was time to go back to the drawing board'. Undaunted by initial failure, Luke did complete an entire series of machine made circles before he went on to the main event, the competition of drawing the circles, one by one, by hand. Â
Each piece of artwork created since his first attempts, is meticulously reinvented into creative visual landscapes layering circles upon circles of color schemes in gradations of complementary hues. Â The colors reveal very subtle changes. Â The circles pull the eye in. Â The images seem to have a life of their own, a vibrant quality of pushing the viewer to look for patterns while pulling the eyes into fishers, crevices, or 'wormholes' as one collector observed. I have witnessed the intimate evolution of Luke's circles only because I have the honor and privilege of being Luke's wife. Â The fact that I am discussing my husband's art work is of significance only in the sense that it is somewhat rare, although not unheard of, for the artist's loved one to interject a provocative discussion of the artwork publicly in a blog; however, this is a sign of the times we live in today and I feel blessed as a writer to have this open forum to share with you the joys and struggles inherent in Luke's artistic process.
The way I see it, Luke has taken on Â the impossible task of creating the perfect circle, where no perfect circle has ever existed before, despite Giotto's legend. Â All mathematical equations to date reveal that there is no perfect circle. It is a myth. So why Luke has persisted in this impossible feat only reminds me of the story of Don Quixote. Here is where I see Luke chasing his windmills. This is where in my imagination, I view the circles on the canvas as Luke's quest for the impossible dream and his circles are his windmills. Â His paintbrush is his sword. Â Thus LukeÂ
Van Hook's paintings, for me, exhibit all the romantic qualities innate in a love story. Â Seeking to please his beloved Lucia, these references emerging from raw canvas could be read practically like text. Â Some art collectors saw the circles as Braille text or some secret code or language. Â The secret, I think, lies in Luke's love of sports! Â Sometimes I interpret this circle code to reflect images of the sports activities I see Luke enjoy daily; Â I make visual connections to the circles on the wheels of his bicycles which hang in his studio or his skate boards that decorate the rafters of the painting bays or even the wheels that drive his car which sits resting on almost perfect circles on the driveway.
For a while, I was convinced that Luke's enthusiasm for cycling was directly influencing the subjects of his paintings because one day, I was staring at one of his earlier images, (which is hung lovingly on the wall of the dining room right over the microwave oven); I saw it hanging next to a photograph of Luke participating in the 'Death Race 1999', a bicycle ride that cycle enthusiasts pursue along the most dangerous mountainous roads known as the California Alps in Northern California at the edge of the Northern Nevada border where Markleeville meets the Carson Valley. Â The image Luke had painted in 1998, while recovering, ironically, from a broken ankle suffered in a bicycle race in Minden; was the image of three bicycles in a dead heat on the gray pavement with the yellow dividing line providing a ground for what appears as three large helmets (representative of the riders) in red, green and yellow. Â The eventual emergence of Luke's hatch marks from work created in 2000, can be seen on the helmets and if you are really looking for this, (with your microscope) you may even find, the very beginnings of the influences which have eventually led to this mad case of circle paintings! Â The circle imagery you might be searching for could have started at the base of the bicycle's anatomy with the wheels spinning along the highway to Kingsbury Grade, somewhere near Genoa, along the bottom of the hill leading to Lake Tahoe. Â I comfort myself as painter's wife, that even Picasso had his periods, as did Rembrandt, Vincent Van Gogh, Monet and Gauguin and so long as Luke Van Hook doesn't try to cut off his ear we are doing just fine with these circles.
But don't take my word for it. Luke Van Hook's circle paintings are something you should see for yourself. Â The subtlety of the work is difficult to capture on film, although I tried my best to create a video after struggling with photographing the stills for three years. Â But even the video work fails to reveal the whole story. Â You've got to stand in front of one of these pieces to involve yourself in the novella of Luke's life. Â Although I can decode a small portion of what I see through his work, the rest of the circles on the canvas are still a vague mystery to me as well. Â Every relationship has its secrets. Â Thus Luke and I, as artists, are no different. Â Even when we know each other, there are elements of surprise and adventure that we have yet to tell each other. Â The mystery in his canvases is what really thrills me to see Luke's work on display under gallery lighting! (Sales don't hurt my enthusiasm either!)
When I think of Luke Van Hook's circle paintings, today, in 2008, I often think of Luke riding a skateboard doing 'ollies' and then trying for a loop-de-loop in mid-air. Â This is because in January of 2008, Luke begged for a skateboard for his birthday and little did I know what would happen when I wrapped it up for him! Â He has returned to the love of his youth. Â Luke Van Hook has come full circle to his beginnings to land on his home base. The skateboard has also flown in mid-air, in harmony with gravity, and both land as one in a perfect execution of a move I would never dare try to do myself. Â I see each circle on the canvas as Luke's attempt to catapult his work into the mainstream of the art-world with each rotation of the paintbrush on the surface of the canvas. Â This is where I see Luke Van Hook in mid catapult, surfing on the air, light in transition, from youth to inspired maturity; from student to master, with paintbrush in hand landing and continuing to roll on four wheels with a great big shit-eating grin on his face. ('four' being the lucky number of his numerology charts). I see the ordered struggle, the innate joy in the success of one loop-de-loop after another. And once in a while, I also see the crash landing and the bloody injuries. Â What is more important is that Luke gets up and does it again each and every time. Â Luke has to begin again with each new circle, every circle becoming a part of a larger layer of community, thus his canvases vibrate with activity, mystery, romance and adventure. Â I find my own meanings in each image Â as it develops day by day and I am privileged to stand beside him, admire and witness the struggle of our Don Quixote in the new millennium, first hand.
There is still time to see these painting up close and personal. The Brand Library Art Galleries is part of the Glendale Public Library, located at 1601 West Mountain Street in the City of Glendale, 91201 Â Telephone: Â 818-548-2051/ fax 818-548-2713 ; Â visit the Brand Library Art Galleries online at Â www.brandlibrary.org Â Â to Â check for Library hours.
Cookie Gallegos, Ana Porras and Martha Ingels attend the opening of "Circle in the Square" to support Luke Van Hook. Brand Art Library Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008 Photo by Ginger Van Hook
(From left to right) Margo Payne, Lynn Nantana-Green and Angela Williams attend the exhibition "Circle in the Square" in support of Luke Van Hook.
Lynn Lantana-Green came to support Artist, Luke Van Hook at the opening reception of "Circle in the Square" an art exhibition held at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008. Â Photos by Ginger Van Hook
Kevin Powell came to support Luke Van Hook and enjoy the paintings at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California, August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Artist Luke Van Hook brought home-made pies to his reception of the exhibition "Circle in the Square". In addition to painting, Luke Van Hook has a reputation for making awesome pies from scratch.Â Photographed milling around the Double Fudge Pican Pie and the Sweet Berry Pie were the grandchildren of Hector Sticker. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
(From left to right) Claudio Sticker, Hector Sticker, Peter Bolten, Martha Ingels, Luke Van Hook and Luis Ingels attend the reception of Â "Circle in the Square". Luke Van Hook and Luis Ingels worked together to create circles on canvas with the use of robotic CNC machines. After creating a little over a dozen machine-made paintings, Luke went on to compete with the machine and do the circles on his own by hand, one by one. Each circle is represented as being one breath and Luke Van Hook states that these are the marks he is leaving behind which define his existence during this lifetime as he continues to pursue the legend of "Giotto's Perfect Circle". Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
From left to right, Ohannes Berberian, his daughter Melanie, Luke Van Hook and Rouzanna Berberian attend the opening reception of "Circle in the Square" at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008. Â Ohannes Berberian owns DigiTECH Camera Repair in Monrovia, California (www.digitechcamerarepair.com). Luke Van Hook and Rouzanna Berberian are both fine art painters and members of the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (M.A.F.A.). Rouzanna Berberian is a teacher in the after-school arts programs supported by M.A.F.A. Â which promotes the goal of enhancing the lives of those within the community through interaction with the arts and to increase the opportunities of children through art education. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
From left to right, Kathleen Zgonc, photographer Frank Zgonc and artist Luke Van Hook attend the opening reception of 'Circle in the Square' at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008. Frank Zgonc is a an executive member of the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts in Monrovia, California. Frank Zgonc is the vice-president and official curator of Monrovia's yearly October Art Festival. This year the October Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday October 11th and 12th, 2008 at the Monrovia Community Center located at 119 W. Palm Avenue in Monrovia. Free and open to the public, this art event will feature work by photographer Frank Zgonc; (Scheduled from 10 am to 6pm both days). Â There will also be an Opening Night Celebration Saturday, October 11th from 7-9:30 pm where the special Renaissance Award will be presented to a worthy individual who has made significant contributions to the arts.Â
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Mr. and Mrs. Luke and Ginger Van Hook attend the opening reception of 'Circle in the Square' at the Brand Libraries Art Galleries, August 2, 2008 in Glendale, California. Â Luke Van Hook an artist working from Inglewood, California earned a BFA Â at Otis College of ARt and Design. Â For several years, Van Hook has been exploring in his work, Giotto's fabled "perfect circle". Â Over time the single-minded focus on the perfection of the circle has been subsumed by the artist's interest in the aesthetic and expressive qualities of the circle. New works depict ritualistically repeated circular brushstrokes on canvas, hemp, and other materials. Van Hook states that he began " as a challenge to myself to see if a perfect circle was possible; these circles have now morphed into a challenge to myself to see if a perfect circle is Â possible. These circles have now morphed into a study in patience. The sense of time and the marking of time is inherent in the meticulous application of paint. The viewer can appreciate these temporal qualities but is also compelled to bring their own Â interpretation to the work. Are these circles pure abstraction? Combined do they conceal deliberate shapes and forms? or are they perhaps a secret code or language? Van Hook has exhibited at TAG Gallery, Focus One Gallery, and the Bolsky Gallery in Â Westchester. Luke Van Hook's painting may also be viewed on his website: www.lukevanhook.com
Photo courtesy of Peter Bolten
Kevin Powell comes to support Luke Van Hook for his opening reception. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008. Â Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Jason Porras attends the opening reception to support Luke Van Hook in his endeavors to pursue Giotto's legend of the 'Perfect Circle'. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008. Photo By Ginger Van Hook.
Zoe Hengst, Ginger Van Hook and Martha Ingels attend the opening of "Circle in the Square" to support Luke Van Hook. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California August 2, 2008. Photo courtesy of Peter Bolten.
Zoe and Jopie Hengst walk through the center of the exhibition "Circle in the Square" to support Luke Van Hook at the opening night, August 2, 2008. Paintings by Susan Sironi in the background. Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Cookie Gallegos, Ginger Van Hook and Luke Van Hook pose for photographs in front of Luke Van Hook's painting at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008 Glendale, California. Photo courtesy of Peter Bolten.
Cookie Gallegos and Ana Porras watch the dance performance choreographed by Cheryl Walker, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008, Glendale, California.
Paintings by Yesung Kim, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008, Glendale, California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Paintings by Yesung Kim, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008, Glendale, California.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Yesung Kim poses for a photograph in front of her paintings at the Brand Library Art Galleries, August 02, 2008, Glendale, California. Yesung Kim from Upland, California, was born in Seoul, South Korea and holds MFA degrees from Chung-Ang University and Claremont Graduate University. Kim's mixed media pieces are seductively simple. Ordinary brown packing string is deftly applied to a painted canvas creating organic shapes that shimmer and reflect light. At times these shapes appear to be on the brink of an amoeba-like division as they spread and expand, dropping off the edge of one canvas and continuing on to another. Kim Â cites the natural world and light and color as the underlying themes that both inspire and permeate her work. Â Following solo shows at the Seoul Museum of Art and the Seoul Arts Center, Kim's work was most recently exhibited at the San Bernardino County Museum's Multi Media Mini Show. More information about Kim's work can be found on her website: www.yesungkim.com
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Painting by Susan Sironi, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008 Glendale, California.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Glass curtain by Susan Sironi, Brand Library Art Galleries, August 2, 2008,Glendale, California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Cheryl Walker designed a curtain of vinyl layers of color called 'Waterfall IV' that became the backdrop for a beautiful dance performance using the 'circle in the square' theme exhibited at the Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale California, August 2, 2008. Cheryl Walker holds in her hand some of the vinyl circles that were placed upon the windows at the exhibition hall. Her vinyl circles upon the windows created an illusion of Â the stained glass effects. The dance piece entertained a large audience on opening night as artists, collectors, art appreciators and family and friends celebrated the mythologies, geometries, magical and mystical qualities of the circle. Â Dance Performers Liz Â Curtis, and Martha Carrascosa performed a dance which included participation from members of the audience. Â
Members of the audience interacted with the dancers Martha Carrascosa and Liz Curtis at the Brand Library Art Galleries participated in creating a colorful cascade of window art on August 2, 2008 in Glendale, California.
Audience watches dancers Liz Curtis and Martha Carrascosa from Glendale Community College as they perform a choreographed piece by Cheryl Walker, artist. "Circle in the Square", Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California, August 2, 2008. Â Photo By Ginger Van Hook
Dancers Liz Curtis and Martha Carrascosa performing dance choreographed by artist Cheryl Walker, (within the green curtain), Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California.Â
Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Cheryl Walker engaged in performance art intersecting with window art using the artistic theme of 'Circle in the Square'. Brand Library Art Gallery, Glendale, CAlifornia August 2, 2008. Photo by Ginger Van Hook.
Cheryl Walker smiles happily on opening night, Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California. August 2, 2008. Cheryl Walker, a Los Angeles artist, earned her BA in art in her home state of Minnesota, and her MFA from California State University, Long Beach. In this exhibition Walker created two large site-specific installations of vinyl, oil pastel and natural and artificial light. Â Walker explains that the driving force behind her work is "human interaction and improvisation in response to a natural phenomenon or situation." Trained as painter, Walker's installations have some of the qualities of painting; when viewed head-on the suspended layers of vinyl can appear to be two-dimensional because of their transparency and the cut shapes and forms applied to the vinyl are reminiscent of brushstrokes--but removed from the wall these works are thrust into what she calls an "interactive field of play." The fluidity of the material she works with and her interest in collaboration between the artist and the viewer have inspired Walker to create works that can be transformed into performance pieces by dance, music and in-situ art-making. In this exhibition, a dance performance captivates the audience on opening night at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California. August 2, 2008. Â Photos By Ginger Van Hook
Barbara Kolo, Artist from "Circle in the Square" poses for a photograph in front of her painting with her husband Mr. Kolo. Barbara Kolo, a Santa Monica Artist, earned her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Kolo Participated in a successful two-person show at the Brand Library Art Galleries in 1999. The Brand Library Art Galleries are pleased to present (nearly ten years later) a new body of work by Barbara Kolo that connects to that which was here before. In those works and these, her focus is on representing organic materials. The current large scale acrylic on canvas works are saturated with color; the stippled application of paint creates organic shapes and patterns representative of the natural world. Â The subject matter is open to each viewers interpretation, where one may see a birch forest at dusk, others may see the Â bold aesthetic of pure color and abstraction. Kolo has had recent solo shows at Topanga Canyon Gallery and the Off Rose Gallery in Venice, California. More information about Kolo's work can be found on her website: www.barbarakolo.com Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale California. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Barbara Kolo poses for a photograph during opening night celebrations for the exhibition, "Circle in the Square" at the Brand Library Art Galleries, Augusts 2, 2008. Glendale, California.
Susan Sironi, Â an artist living in Altadena, California posed for her photograph in front of her paintings at Â the Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, California. August 2, 2008. Â Susan Sironi earned her BFA at California Sate University, Long Beach. This exhibition will showcase Sironi's recent paintings as well as her Glass Curtain installation which is comprised of conjoined antique optometric lenses. Her paintings are about texture, color and process. Small dabs of oil paint are painstakingly applied to aluminum, building up an intricate, thorny surface. Highly textured and multihued when viewed up close, this surface belies the color play minimalist color-field appearance of the work at a distance . In the artist's own words "texture and color play equal roles in these works. They ... set up contradictions within each piece. Painitings Â that seem to invite touch and intimacy are also reserved and automomous. Time and process are weighed against a static and minimal structure. Sironi's work was most recently seen in the Brea Art Gallery's Made in California exhibition, at the Chouinard School of Art Gallery, and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Â More information about Sironi's work can be found on her website: web.mac.com/susansironi/susan/sironi/Welcome.html.
Photo by Ginger Van Hook. Â
Yesung Kim, Brand Library Art Gallery, Glendale, California, August 2, 2008.
The Entrance to the Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale, California hosts a prominent postcard of the show "Circle in the Square" now exhibiting through September 5th, 2008
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TV celebrity Jason Alexander supports the arts at the TAG Gallery in Santa Monica, California on August 18, 2007 for the CALIFORNIA OPEN EXHIBITION show juried by Peter Frank. Now showing NEW WORKS, painting, mixed media, sculpture, photography and video through September 1st 2007. Jason Alexander, an actor who played the part of "George" in the long running and popular hit TV show "Seinfeld", is pictured here beside sculpture artist Ali Alinejad. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Christine Owens, president of the Focus One Community Credit Union and sponsor of the Focus One Gallery in Monrovia, California is presented with the Renaissance Award by Monrovia City Councilman, Joe Garcia at the Monrovia Arts Festival Association Gala Black Tie Annual Fund-raising Event May 12, 2007. The Renaissance Award is given to honor and recognize a special member of the community whose contributions to their fellow citizens leads to the cultural enrichment of the community as a whole. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Artist, Photographer and Actor, David Newsom poses with his dog in front of his latest photographs (Thistle #1) being exhibited at the DCA Fine Arts Gallery, in Santa Monica, California, (June 1, 2007 through July 14th, 2007). Three miles of Idaho is an exhibit focusing on the landscape between his brother and his sister's properties in a unique and poignant family setting. David Newsom released large scale renditions of his work currently published from his best-selling book titled SKIP. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Peter Frank, Jurist, for the TAG Gallery, CALIFORNIA OPEN EXHIBITION, stands beside emerging Los Angeles based artist, Luke Van Hook, August 18th, 2007. The Painting in background, oil on canvas, "May", the study of Giotto's perfect circle. by Luke Van Hook (Investigating the legend that Giotto drew a perfect circle for the Pope)
As the economy goes up and down, so do the trends in the arts and art collecting. This is an exciting time for the arts because we have many historical markers and world conditions that exist today that make it a good time to invest in the arts. For instance, instability in the stock market often releases money to make investments in art, that, like real estate, also goes up in value as the years progress. Additionally, there are wars raging around the world so instability in world economic markets are impacting the art market too. The best impact that market instability plays upon the arts is that it gives incentives to support artists in your local communities. These artists are here and now. Their work is presently available, and like property, it too can be insured, placed into a family trust or safety deposit vault and along with the family heirlooms, art can be bequeathed as a legacy or inheritance to members of your family. Both the housing market and the stock market have been riding a roller-coaster in recent years making a good piece of tangible artwork a far more solid investment than betting on governments, point spreads or Las Vegas Mega Slots.
My husband Luke and I have explored a number of fine art galleries and art communities that will interest the art lover, the art collector and fellow artists in the pursuit of great works being created in the NOW, as well as some works that have survived the test of time. In my Blog I intend to discuss some of the hot spots and hot artists in Sunny Southern California. I'll share photos with you of some of these exciting options available to the every day collector, the seasoned collector, the art aficionados, or the emerging collectors eager with new money to infuse into an already thriving and ripe harvest of works in Oil Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Conceptual works, Collage, Digital Photography, Digital Film and Electronic Visual Art.
Through this summer we visited communities on the West side such as Santa Monica, West LA, and Culver City. In the inland areas, we visited some of the foothill mountain art communities such as Glendale and a little further inland, we visited Old Town Monrovia. Starting with the inland foothills we find the quaint town of Monrovia where I grew up and went to school at Immaculate Conception Elementary on Shamrock Avenue. In Monrovia, the City of Art and in Duarte, the City of Health, I grew up as a child. I volunteered about 300 hours as a candy striper for the City of Hope in my teenage years, went on to work for the Duarte Library and attended Alverno High School for girls in Sierra Madre. This is the place where I was raised marching in parades with the Brownies and the Girl Scouts and where I learned to tap dance, twirl a baton and where I rode a ferris wheel for the first time at the fiesta, (as well as ate a lot of cotton candy), I came back as an adult to find an incredible amount of support for the arts in local schools. The arts are not limited to crayons and pencils either. There is an extensive array of art mediums in which students, and some very young students at that, learn to hone their creative skills. For instance, at Paint N Play on Myrtle Avenue, they learn how to throw pottery. Also, with after school teacher, Rouzanna Berberian, children learn the art of drawing, photography and gallery showmanship as well. There are art lessons going on, on almost every street corner you encounter in the busy Old Town Center on Myrtle near the Krikorian Movie theatre. You'll find this charming section of town both soothing and exhilarating. You ought to try walking up and down the main street where there are sidewalk activities, new park benches to rest under shade trees, new lampposts and lanterns all reminiscent of a nostalgic time. Artists show their work on wide city blocks and inside cool and dim lit gallery spaces. The mountains loom in the distance and the afternoons yeild a light summer breeze in the early evening.
We support the Monrovia Arts Festival Association in their endeavors to promote the arts to the children at a very young age. It is not uncommon for lots of families that are raised to appreciate art to blossom into artists later in life. MAFA is a nonprofit organization led by President Bill Beebe with a history of supporting local artists and local after-school art programs. Over the years, the Monrovia community has begun to expand its outreach of art by developing local talent through a number of venues: Focus One Gallery for instance, is located in the lobby of the Focus One Community Credit Union at 404 East Huntington Drive on the corner of California and Huntington Drive. The president of Focus One Community Credit Union, Christine Owens is known for her support of local artists and was recently nominated for and awarded the annual Renaissance Award by Monrovia City Councilman Joe Garcia at the MAFA Black Tie Fundraiser in May 2007. This is a prestigious award that goes to honor and recognize a special member of the community whose contributions to their fellow citizens leads to the cultural enrichment of the community as a whole.
MAFA Marketing coordinator, (on left)Denise Daniels is pictured here with Christine Owens, President of Focus One Community Credit Union and Bill Beebe, President of MAFA at their annual Black Tie Fundraiser that occurs in May.
Monrovia, California Foothill Mountain Communities Some Artists in Action...
THE MONROVIA ARTS FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION otherwise known as MAFA, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and is dedicated to the cultivation and support of the arts in children's after school programs as well as educational awareness of the arts in the community at large. MAFA P.O. Box 92 Monrovia, CA 91017 (www.artfestivals.org) 626-256-3124
Several galleries and art venues have developed over the years which participate and support MAFA. The following information is current as of August 2007: If your event or venue is not listed, please contact Ginger Van Hook, press liaison, for MAFA at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The AZTEK ART GALLERY, is located beside the Aztek Hotel at 305 West Foothill Blvd. Exhibits local artists work as well as holds art classes during scheduled times. The contact person is Bill Hyatt, (Hyatt2000@yahoo.com)
California Wine and Cheese, LLC supports local artists. New Artist reception for Frank Zgonc, Photographer is scheduled for the evening of Friday August 24th, 2007. Frank Zgonc shares images from his travels through Europe, scenes from Bodie Flats, Nevada and local scenes in Monrovia along with his signature digital watercolor manipulations. California Wine and Cheese is located at 115 W. Foothill Blvd., Owned by Janet and Tom Dugan, their website can be located at www.cawineandcheese.com (Contact by phone 626-358-6500 for reservations.)
The MONROVIA COFFEE COMPANY supports local artists and is located at 425 South Myrtle Avenue. Exhibits contemporary and emerging artists work. Next artists showing September 1 through December 30th, Ginger and Luke Van Hook Photography exhibit, Methusula in the Bristlecone Pine Forest. (Landscape photographs of some of the oldest pine trees on the planet. Some trees aged over 4,700 years, older than the Egyptian Pyramids.) (Additional digital photography of flowers and collage by Ginger Van Hook.) For artist schedules, contact person is Carol Curtis, (email@example.com) The PAINT 'N PLAY ART GALLERY is affiliated with Monrovia Arts Festival Association in its' support of the arts by providing a meeting place for MAFA members to discuss and plan their upcoming events for the community on a monthly basis. Contact Lisa or Rachel at paintnPlay2@aol.com. Paint 'N Play is located at 418 South Myrtle Avenue. Paint N Play sponsors the SUMMER ARTWALKS in Old Town Monrovia along with several merchants who participate every year. KidsArt, Segil Fine Art, Oh My Goddard Gallery, Family Festival Productions, Scoops, Joy Print and Design, Box Jewelers and Baldwin's Baked Potatoes as well as the Outback SteakHouse- Arcadia and Trader Joe's also participate in art festivities that promote the education of art in schools through Summer Artwalks. For more information regarding Summer Art Walks and how you may participate, you may also contact Betsy Thurmond (626-358-7800) or firstname.lastname@example.org. The next SUMMER ARTWALK is scheduled for Saturday evening, August 25, 2007 from 6:30 to 9pm.
GLENDALE COMMUNITY ARTISTS EXHIBIT AT THE BRAND LIBRARY ART GALLERIES
August 11 - September 28th, 2007. Glendale Public Library Associates of Brand Library 1601 West Mountain Street Glendale, CA 91201 818-548-2051 www.brandlibrary.org
A group show Titled: PATTERN PLAY. Four artists demonstrate the variety of patterns available in color schemes, pattern originality, unique images in oil paints, sculpture, and graphic designs. Artist reception August 18, 2007. Artists featured are Patsy Cox, Yuriko Etue, Melanie Rothschild, and Jerrin Wagstaff. Definitely a great show for the entire family. You'll experience a great variety of brilliant colors and patterns that pop out of the walls, rise from the floor and reveal creative abstract patterns that draw you in, spiral you out and make you feel good.
16:1 Gallery, Santa Monica, California Summer 2007
Kathryn Andrews Chris Lipomi Donald Morgan Stephanie Taylor organized by Kathryn Andrews
Showing August 11 through September 8, 2007
Sixteen:One 2116 Pico Blvd., Unit B Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-450-4394 email: email@example.com www.16to1.com
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From Exhibition, THREE MENDACIOUS MINDS,(The Return of Paris' New Pestilence School)David Schoffman, Currado Malaspina, Micah CarpenterJuly 23- August 31, 2007310-770-2525 Photo by Ginger Van Hook
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TAG Gallery TAGtheartistsgallery.com Elizabeth Sadoff Gallery Director 2903 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90404 310-829-9556
Elizabeth Sadoff, Gallery Director, TAG Gallery handing out awards to the winning artists. Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Jason Cimenski accepts award from Peter Frank and Elizabeth Sadoff TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007 Photo by Ginger Van Hook First Place Winner, Artist, Jason Cimenski with his daughter"The Flooded Room"TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Artist Kim Kimbro, TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007 Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Artist, Lorien Suarez, TAG Gallery August 18, 2007Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Artist, Carlos Daub, TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007 Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Derek McMullen, Luke Van Hook, Dennis TreretolaThree artists, oil painters, from the same graduating class at Otis College of Art and Design, 2004 TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007 Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Artists, and fine art painters, Carlos Daub, Luke Van Hook, Dennis Treretola TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007 Photo by Ginger Van Hook Artist, Carole Garland, "Midnight Mystery", oil on canvas TAG Gallery, August 18, 2007 Photo by Ginger Van Hook
TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, California August 18, 2007 Standing room only at the popular show CALIFORNIA OPEN EXHIBITION Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Peter Frank thanks the artists and their guests who have participated at the TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, California Open Exhibition, August 18, 2007 Photo by Ginger Van Hook
Press Statement on The Gambia elections The members of the Security Council commended the people of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia for the peaceful and transparent holding of elections on 1 December 2016. In this regard the members of the Security Council strongly condemned the statement by the outgoing President of the Islamic Republic [...]
No doubt, Saturday Night Live has had a stellar season. Alec Baldwinâs pouting buffoonery as U.S. President Donald Trump was a driving force, as well as Melissa McCarthyâs unbridled aggression as press secretary Sean Spicer. The May 13 episode, however, […]
Employees of the ECU Communications and Marketing Department display the seven awards they achieved at the OCPRA Awards Banquet on July 17 in Quapaw. In front are Amy Ford and Jacob Sircy. In back are Gina Smith and Talina Eaker.
East Central Universityâs Department of Communications and Marketing captured seven awards during the 2017 Oklahoma College Public Relations Associationâs yearly awards ceremony at its annual convention held at the Downstream Resort and Conference Center in Quapaw, Oklahoma, July 17.
ECU achieved one first-place, two second-place and three third-place awards, along with one honorable mention.
The first-place (or grand) award was a joint effort between the Office of Communications and Marketing and the Office of Advancement in the Events/Promotion Category for President John Hargraveâs Retirement Celebrations.
The two second-place (or excellence) awards were also picked up by the ECU contingent. Amy Ford, assistant vice president for ECU Communications and Marketing, and LR Creations took the runner-up award in the Multimedia Division for âECU Pokemon Go Tipsâ. Teri LaJeunesse was second in the Sports Writing Category for her article on âPersonifying the Tiger Spirit.â
Picking up a third-place award was Talina Eaker for Best Headline â âFrom Poverty to Presidency: Education paved the way.â Also taking third were Ford, Zane Hefley and Zane Ter Wee for the Holiday Greetings Division with âNight Before Finals.â The Office of Communications also finished third in the Shoe String Category for âRoary of Fall 2016.â
Eaker also captured an honorable mention award for the Full-Length Feature Division for âFrom Poverty to Presidency: Education paved the way.â
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El vicepresidente del Centro de Estudiantes del IPEF, Franco Balaguer, estuvo detenido unas horas por la policÃa por "disturbios en la vÃa pÃºblica" (como de costumbre, abusando del inconstitucional CÃ³digo de Faltas), tan solo por discutir con una periodista del programa "El Show de la MaÃ±ana" de Canal 12, un medio que recibe millones de pesos en pauta publicitaria para ocultar temas perjudiciales para la mafia que gobierna CÃ³rdoba desde hace 16 aÃ±os.
Todo comenzÃ³ con una toma pacÃfica de las instalaciones del IPEF en reclamo de mayor participaciÃ³n de los estudiantes en el gobierno de la Universidad Provincial de CÃ³rdoba (asÃ como la tienen los estudiantes de la UNC y la UTN), mÃ¡s personal docente, y mayor presupuesto para el establecimiento (que bien podrÃa sacarse de los millones que les paga a medios mercenarios de comunicaciÃ³n, a twitteros y facebookeros, la floja campaÃ±a presidencial de De la Sota, y a pagar las "zanahorias" que mueven a los burros para que los sigan votando).
El presidente del Centro de Estudiantes del Colegio CarbÃ³, Gabriel Gerbaldo, fue apuÃ±alado esta maÃ±ana dentro del establecimiento y se encuentra internado en el Hospital de Urgencias, y estÃ¡ evolucionando favorablemente, gracias a Dios.
El alumno, de sexto aÃ±o, habrÃa sido atacado por un joven de 22 aÃ±os, identificado como Pablo Nieto Ribruego, que no es del Colegio, y que fue detenido por la PolicÃa.
Corren muchas versiones de las causas del ataque, como por ejemplo, por un conflicto con una joven.
Hace algunas semanas quisieron amonestar a un estudiante secundario por escribir en un libro de visitas que la muestra de Eva PerÃ³n le habÃa parecido un asco.
Y a principio de este aÃ±o una sanjuanina alumna de un colegio secundario dependiente de la Universidad CatÃ³lica de Cuyo fue sancionada (luego lograron que les anularan las 24 amonestaciones) por hablar de los desaparecidos en la Ãºltima dictadura militar en el acto por la "marcha del niÃ±o por nacer" (excusa de los santurrones fachos para no hacer un acto del "dÃa de la memoria").
MÃ¡s allÃ¡ de la ideologÃa (peronista, K, antiK, antiperonista, fachista, nazi, catÃ³lica, atea, judÃa, musulmana, etc, etc) , de estar de acuerdo o no, y de la correcta o incorrecta forma de expresarse; yo opino que NO SE DEBERÃA PONER AMONESTACIONES POR EXPRESAR OPINIONES NI IDEOLOGÃAS. Se tendrÃa que prohibir por ley nacional a los colegios sancionar a los alumnos por expresarse libremente.
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Embed from Getty Images President Lukashenko of Belarus has enjoyedÂ twenty-two years in power, achieved throughÂ a specific method of counting of votes, and has often been referred to as the last dictator in Europe. Following his annual state-of-the-union address 2015, President Lukashenko has said that Jews in Belarus should be taken “under control”. All this […]
Last week, on a cold December afternoon Liberal Youth continued their campaign for human rights in Belarus, a country often described as âEuropeâs Last Dictatorshipâ. We were joined by the Free Belarus Now group, lead by Irina Bogdanova (sister of an ex-Presidential candidate) in a demonstration outside the Belarusian embassy in London. The event was […]
In December last year, Alyaksandr Lukashenka was re-elected president of Belarus, with 79.7% of the vote in elections deemed to fall massively short of OSCE standards. Under his leadership, the Belarusian regime systematically violates basic liberties. The past week has seen a worsening of the situation, with the oppressive regime using unjustifiable violence against protesters […]
Laura Haim, White House correspondent for Canal Plus, talks with Rachel Maddow about French President Francois Hollande's address regarding the deadly attack in the city of Nice and his announcement that he will be calling up Operational Reserves to bolster national security, including at the borders.
Production & Purchasing Manager | Full Time Position
Bazzaz, Inc. is seeking to fill a full-time position for a Purchasing & Production Manager.
Bazzaz is a designer and manufacturer of superior-quality motorcycle & ATV electronics and dynamometers located in Chino Hills, CA. We are committed to providing customers the very best experience which we believe stems from hiring the best employees. For more information on the company please visit bazzaz.net.
Location: Chino Hills, CA
Description: Seeking an individual who will plan, organize, and control production at Bazzaz Z-Fi fuel controller factory, which produces harnesses, strain gages, and printed circuit boards. Candidate must be committed to ensuring that Bazzaz products are produced efficiently, on time, within budget and to the highest quality standard. Issues Purchase Orders for the raw materials. Candidate should be solution-driven and acutely focused on quality. Listed below are the basic duties and requirements of the position:
Supervises production assembly team of 12-20 persons. Subordinates perform assembly of products or sub-assemblies according to verbal or written instructions, or by following drawings or diagrams. Provides work direction and reviews work performance.
Responsible for light maintenance of production machinery for harnessing and SMT.
Production Planning and ability to apply LEAN manufacturing techniques.
Manages the purchasing function according to department policy and procedure. Accepts and scrutinizes vendor bids or proposals. Selects sources based upon analysis. Arranges vendor contracts, bargains for best costs, and observes quality of purchased materials. Prepares reports and required documents. Organizes activities with sales, engineering, production, or warehouse personnel.
Manages inventory of materials, parts, and finished product to maintain required supply. Maintains records, replenishes stock, and plans for future requirements based on orders, production schedules and forecasts. Strives to achieve JIT.
Quality assurance - Manages quality assurance operations for the factory. Comes up with new ideas to enforce and improve quality programs. Monitors Production Department's conformance with QA standards and procedures. Conducts quality assurance training for employees engaged in materials handling or product assembly. Suggests methods for improving product quality or design, or manufacturing processes.
Manages shipping & receiving staff. With an emphasis on efficiency and accuracy.
Provide production updates to Bazzaz Team.
Harness Documentation / Create BOM.
Reports to Vice President.
We are looking for a responsible, highly motivated and detail oriented individual, who wants to be part of a growing and dynamic company. This person must be a problem solver, have a get it done attitude, and enjoys working with a team. Bazzaz is on the leading edge of technology in the motorcycle aftermarket industry and this position plays a critical role in delivering the ultimate customer experience.
Minimum of a 2 year degree.
Minimum of 2 years of experience in production and/or purchasing for wiring harnesses and/or printed circuit board assembly.
Winning attitude. Must be a team player and enjoy working in a fun yet focused atmosphere.
Experience with MRP/ERP software.
Computer literate with accurate data entry skills.
Able to read a wiring diagram.
Person shall demonstrate competency when using scales and other hand tools. Individuals should exhibit strong communication and organizational skills.
Ability to lift 50 pounds.
Bilingual in Spanish and English, preferred but not required.
Starting salary is $40-50K annually, based on experience.
After six months eligible for company Health/Dental/Vision Insurance.
1 week vacation. 6 Paid personal days. Paid Holidays.
Monthly bonus plan.
Applicant must successfully pass a drug screening, E-Verify, and background check in order to qualify.
Bazzaz, Inc. is an at-will, equal opportunity employer. If you believe yourself to be a good candidate and meet all requirements, please e-mail a brief description of your qualifications and resume to jbuxton@Bazzaz.net.
*Position descriptions and anticipated skills acquired are neither conclusive nor definite and can be expected to change throughout term of employment.
Imperator Fish blogs: The Labour Party has admitted receiving a donation to its coffers from the National Party. National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirmed the donation yesterday. He said it was a contribution towards the costs of running Labourâs blogsite Red Alert. âThey are doing great work, and we want that to continue,â said Mr […]
Olha........ confesso que nÃ£o fico triste pelo Mandela ter morrido nÃ£o. Morreu com 95 (!!!) anos, depois de quase 30 desses na prisÃ£o, depois de tanta coisa.. e como estou lendo aqui na BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-25249520):
"He had been receiving intensive medical care at home for a lung infection after spending three months in hospital."
Nossa, horrÃvel ficar assim. :(
"Our nation has lost its greatest son," Mr Zuma said.
A recente repercussÃ£o da saÃºde do ex-presidente Lula (como pode ser lido aqui), jÃ¡ fez surgirem piadinhas e comentÃ¡rios a respeito. Eis que eu passei a ler a figura acima no facebook de vÃ¡rios amigos e conhecidos e isso gerou uma discussÃ£o e achei interessante colocar minha opiniÃ£o aqui. Segue o que escrevi:
Por que um presidente deveria ir pra outro paÃs tratar de algo que poderia tratar aqui? Por que deverÃamos pagar por saÃºde, educaÃ§Ã£o, transporte etc se o prÃ³prio Estado deveria custear isso (jÃ¡ que tomam 27% do nosso $ pra isso mesmo)?
Ã nessas horas que a gente vÃª que a coisa estÃ¡ tÃ£o mal gerida que quando se precisa mesmo e pode pagar, paga. E o resto continua sendo o resto. Se ele (e os polÃticos em geral) enchem tanto o peito pra dizerem que sÃ£o os bonzÃµes, por que a gente nÃ£o vÃª isso na prÃ¡tica?
Cruising down the motorway between Dublin and Limerick, I am reminded of the building boom that overtook Ireland during the Celtic Tiger years. Before the millennium, a wide divided highway like this simply did not exist in Ireland. Somewhere near Kildare, the stand of modern industrial parks and high embankment walls lining the road give […]
Falar sobre a violência contra mulher, parece um assunto batido. Não é a toa que este assunto tem sido tão abordado. Os números continuam afirmando que a violência existe e muito forte em nossa sociedade. "Segundo a ONU, 7 em cada 10 mulheres no mundo já foram ou serão violentadas em algum momento da vida." Este número deveria assustar a maioria das pessoas, mas não é o que acontece. Somente uma reeducação social seria capaz de transformar este cenário. Em muitas sociedades os homens, ainda são vistos como seres humanos de qualidade superior, possuem direitos e liberdades não concedidos às mulheres.
Isso nos parece distante, falando do Brasil. Um país jovem e aparentemente tão livre. Nossa realidade não está longe desses números. O machismo está enraizado de tal forma que as mães e mulheres contribuem para essa cultura e nem percebem.
A situação fica clara quando observamos a criação dos filhos, as meninas são responsáveis pelos assuntos domésticos, diferente dos meninos que não são cobrados neste sentido. Na adolescência fica ainda mais evidente. Os homens são incentivados à prática do sexo, já o sexo feminino é sempre reprimido.
Quando o assunto é violência sexual, o cenário é ainda pior. A sociedade julga as mulheres por se vestir de forma sensual, como se fossem culpadas pelo crime. Precisamos entender, que independente do acontecimento, o ser humano precisa respeitar o NÃO quando ele é dito, mesmo que seja na última hora. Nós seres humanos, somos RACIONAIS. O que nos diferencia dos animais é exatamente essa capacidade de raciocinar e não agir por impulso ou instinto.
Ainda temos um longo caminho a percorrer. É fundamental reconstruir uma cultura de respeito aos direitos humanos das mulheres e repensar nos papéis estabelecidos dos gêneros.
Atualização em 13/02/2017
No mês de fevereiro de 2017. Vladimir Putin, então presidente da Rússia sancionou a lei que assegura aos maridos russos o direito de bater em suas mulheres uma vez por ano, com penas atenuadas. As penas graves que eram aplicadas a toda agressão doméstica, agora só servirão para quem provocar fraturas em ossos. Um verdadeiro retrocesso para nossa sociedade global.
On this day â Reaction from Perry's speech in New Orleans where the governor looked and sounded like a presidential candidate; Jon Huntsman scores a surprising second place in the RLC's straw poll; a quick look at the bills Perry vetoed; and Texas' water woes could begin to slow the state's population growth.
Not the words you want to see when transiting Nairobi airport in the early hours of the morning. But apparently it was National Day in Cameroon and when we finally left Nairobi, seven hours later, a fellow traveller explained that the airspace (and indeed the country's roads) is always closed during the parades that mark Cameroon's National Day - to protect against a coup d'etat whilst the president is occupied with the celebrations.
Driving through Yaounde I could see all the flags around the place, and scores of women in matching dresses adorned with the president's image (provided free-of-charge by his party, apparently) making their way home. I finally got to the hotel at around 15:00, and pinned around the walls and in my room was a notice, roughly translated as:
"The holiday of 20 May remains a prvileged moment in the life of the country and corresponds to the national holiday. On this occasion parades are organised and the head of state, the President of the Republic, comes out. In order to preserve the safety of the head of state, you are asked to please observe the following:
1) do not open the window of your room 2) do not go to the window to look out 3) do not open the curtains
These measures take effect at six o'clock in the morning, and the lifting of these restrictions will be around 14:30."
Paul Biya has been president for some 28 years now, I believe. What it is to be so loved by your people.
It didn't take long for several prominent Republicans to say they could no longer support Donald Trump's candidacy for president, after a 2005 recording of him speaking disparagingly of women became public Friday. On Saturday, Montana's Congressman Ryan Zinke, a strong supporter of Trump, issued this statement:
What's When Wrong? Hi, I belongs to the Pioneer Generation Singaporean, and I likes to share my thoughts with you guys from the first General Election until now.
The current crop of PAP members are not the same as those during LKY era in many aspects. Yes the world have changed there are more uncertainties out there but ... let consider these, we have more resources / our finance reserve are more stable and healthy, Singaporean are more educated, technology are more advance all these added a plus for us to tackle all these problems as compared to our pioneer of Leaders.
This present group of Leaders even with such a high overpaid salaries and a vast resources in the support system in their Ministries still can make a mess of everything and yet try to persuade and mislead us towards Hell..
SG50, all the achievements rightfully goes to the Pioneer Generation and their Leaderships and now the present group of Leaders continued talking about it and still claiming all the credits.
As we celebrated SG50 we looked back and saw and experienced all the problem we are encountering especially during last 4 years they, already demonstrated to us how incapable they are by introducing all these policies to tackle all these problems they have created in the beginning and get Backfired ... like what Mr. Inderjit Singh had mentioned in a speech on the post assessment of the 2011 elections .. ( Pls look it up on YouTube ) all the information and data used to formulate all the recent last 4 years policies was actually from their Grassroots so called Leaders and Civil Services and not from us. They should able to sense all the unhappiness we have been talking in the Hawker Center / Wet Market Places and Coffee Shop if they spend more time on the ground.
They the PAP still don't trust or care to listen to us the common Singaporean and yet still preferred to listen to their unreliable sources.
(This may be one of the many reasons why this very outspoken MP Mr. Inderjit Singh step out of this year election ) He is a Businessman he rather safe guard himself rather than goes against the PAP'S Whip system when voting to pass a BILL in Parliament , he rather sacrifice and forego his MP status and the fat allowance and step out of the 2015 election as a candidate for Ang Mo Kio GRC anchored by PM himself.
I salute you Mr. Singh for your principle. In future, I hope he can come back and stand in as an Opposition candidate. I recalled he spoke out many times when the Bill was handed into Parliament for Debate.
Eventually and unfortunately, with our present Parliament system after the Wayang Show , all these policies are pushed through in a haste manner. ( Like the SG50 Dollars Note Package even ... our president name been spelled wrongly on the Folder)
Mr Lui, the Transport Minister resigned because he was put in as a "Sacrifice Lamb " to clean up the dirty mess created by the previous Leaders and Minister for a poor forward looking planning the MRT lines during the Planning and Construction stages.
Why don't they in the initial stage design a 3 tracks Rail system ( One center track to be used as a standby track as a contingency plan.)
I recalled in the 70's, Nicholl Highway next to Stadium used to have 3 distinct lanes. The center lane will be used daily during Peak hours in the morning and evening whereby they switched the flow in direction from the City to East. No doubt the Cars population were low and yet that was our only so called Highway we have .. well thought, cheap, practical and workable and able to solve the problems without addition cost past onto the public.
( Now we have COE, ERP, Weekend Car , High Road taxes ...lah ,,etc )
Now you can compared after spending so much Taxpayers $$$$ by the Government building so many Highways and Expressways (Loss Count how many there are !!!) we still encountered congestion problem lots of unhappiness, even our Ancestor cannot RIP, Bukit Brown cemetery have to give way, not sure they know what they are doing ???
In the near future all our Bus Transport System will be tender out and operated by foreigner ... Do you know the London Buses are operated by our own NTUC Comfort Delgro ... What a Joke
So where we go from here ???
I lived here all my life and sang 3 version of the National Anthem
God Save The Queen / Negara Ku and Majulah Singapura.
Vote wisely give the opposition parties a chance, those candidate are also Singaporean with families and friends I strongly believed they will do their best. Remember there is always another election every 4-5 years if they did'nt perform up our expectations we can always look for alternatives.
Singapore can never and will never be a Greece.. Trust me
Tama the stationmaster was a well known sight to visitors at the Kishi railway station in Western Japan. Hired in 2007, she was appointed as stationmaster in 2007 and received her very own stationmaster's uniform - a cap and a jacket. Sitting quietly at the gates to Kishi railway station, she would greet and see off passengers to the station diligently everyday like most stationmasters would.
But Tama was no ordinary stationmaster - she was a cat. Her "service" to Kishi railway station soon became world famous.
Legend has it that Tama drew in enough curious tourists and passengers to the station that her employer went from near-bankrupt to profitable. Tourism flourished and even the local economy in Tama's town felt the effects of her popularity.
On 22nd June last Sunday, Tama passed away in hospital of heart failure. After her death, Tama's employers held a short Shinto-style funeral at the station where she served, where Shinto priests elevated Tama to a "goddess".
Wakayama Electric Railway President Mitsunobu Kojima thanked the cat for her "service", and said Tama would be enshrined at a nearby cat shrine next month.
âTama-chan really emerged like a savior, a goddess. It was truly my honor to have been able to work with her,â Kojima said in eulogy to the cat.
During her tenure, Tama had contributed an estimated 1.1 billion yen ($8.9 million) to the local economy.
Kojima said that when he visited Tama at an animal hospital the day before she died, the cat woke up and reached out to him with her paws, as if asking for a hug, and looked straight into his eyes. He said he told Tama to get well so they can celebrate the catâs upcoming 10th anniversary as a stationmaster, and said the cat responded with a âmeow.â
Tama had climbed the corporate ladder from stationmaster to âultra-stationmasterâ and vice president of the company before receiving the additional title Sunday of âhonorable eternal stationmaster.â
She will be succeeded by another calico cat, Nitama, now an apprentice stationmaster.
The Nursing students from all over the Sindh province will give a sit-in outside the Karachi Press Club and it will be continued till the issuance of the correct results. The president and other reps of the Students Action Committee said that they protested and Director Health Karachi ensured that all such students, who were [...]
In our neuro-centric world-view, a person is equated to his brain. The neuro-discourse has penetrated all aspects of our lives from law to politics to literature to medicine to physics. As part of this neuro-revolution, huge military funding is supporting neuro-scientific research; a huge body of basic knowledge on memory, belief formation, cognition and sensory modalities has been gathered over years, with fieldslike social neuroscience, cultural neuroscience, neuroeconomics and neuromarketing has emerging to improve our lifestyle; neurotechnological know-how from wireless non invasive technologies to neuroelectronic interfaces is exponentially advancing; and neurotechnology business reports indicates the rapid increase in neurotechnological start ups and the willingness of bringing neurotechnological products to the market. In my opinion, all the aforementioned indicators indicate that neurotechnology can be potentially used to control social dynamics.
SerÃ¡ feita Hoje, dia 09 de setembro o anÃºncio oficial da Rede Record da prÃ³xima adaptaÃ§Ã£o mexicana, "Rebelde". No encontro, Walter Zagari - vice-presidente comercial da emissora - irÃ¡ reunir-se com a imprensa para explicar como serÃ¡ o remake de Margareth Boury. Recentemente, foi adiada o folhetim para o ano que vÃªm, 2011.
A maggio sono continuate le presentazioni pubbliche di "UniversitÃ futura".
Abbiamo iniziato il 2 maggio a Milano, prima alla Statale (con numerosi rappresentanti degli studenti) e a seguire al Politecnico, alla presenza del Rettore Ferruccio Resta.
Il 9 maggio Ã¨ stato invece il momento dell'UniversitÃ di Torino, per una discussione coi colleghi Ugo Pagallo, Massimo Durante, Peppino Ortoleva, Franca Roncarolo, Barbara Gagliardi e Anna Masera.
Il 15 maggio sono stato invece all'UniversitÃ Federico II di Napoli, per una presentazione col Rettore Gaetano Manfredi (attuale presidente CRUI) e i colleghi Giorgio Ventre, Roberto Delle Donne e Guido Trombetti (ex Rettore e ex Presidente CRUI).
Infine presenterÃ² "UniversitÃ futura" al Salone del Libro di Torino giovedÃ¬ 18 maggio alle ore 15:30, insieme all'amico e collega Massimo Durante.
( 4UMF NEWS ) Attorneys General To Sue President Trump: Two attorneys general plan on suing President Trump, alleging he violated the U.S. Constitution by accepting payouts from foreign governments through his hotel empire, according to a report Sunday. Brian Frosh of Maryland and Karl Racine of the District of Columbia said the two will […]
ApÃ³s o LanÃ§amento da nova linha de produtos Bellkey, Carlos Farias, que nÃ£o gosta de ser chamado de PRESIDENTE, nos ofereceu um jantar onde propÃ³s um brinde para encerrar com CHAVE DE OURO, este, que foi sem dÃºvida, um encontro para nunca ser esquecido.
Nas prÃ³ximas publicaÃ§Ãµes iremos conferir mais fotos deste JANTAR maravilhoso.
With the holiday season rapidly approaching, more small business ownersâincluding those in the beauty industryâare making Small Business Saturday an integral factor in their sales plans.
Small Business Saturday falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and serves as the traditional kickoff to the holiday-shopping season for independent retailers and restaurateurs. The day was created in response to small business owners' most pressing need: more customers.
Forty-six percent of independent merchants plan to incorporate Small Business Saturday as part of their holiday strategyâand the majority of them say they will offer discounts on Nov. 24, according to the inaugural Small Business Saturday Insights Survey, recently released by the National Federation of Independent Business and American Express. â¨â¨
Of those small business owners who plan to promote Small Business Saturday, 80% expect a year-over-year boost in sales on that day.
Discounts and special offers are among the key incentives to drive consumers to "Shop Small."
âResearch has shown that American consumers have a deep trust in and admiration for the small business community," says NFIB CEO Dan Danner. "Small Business Saturday gives them a chance to show their appreciationâand help Americaâs essential job creators in a very real wayâby patronizing small shops, restaurants and service providers. And anything that helps with sales is certainly appreciated by small business owners, many of whom have struggled to stay afloat in a rough and uncertain economy.â
There are a number of ways that small business owners plan to take advantage of the day. The survey reports:
46% will create coupons for future offers or discounts
25% will offer free gift wrapping
23% will giveaway prizes or hosts contests
20% will give away free items with purchases
Other survey findings include:
87% will be active in social-media channels to promote Small Business Saturday
34% say Small Business Saturday is the most important shopping day during the holiday seasonâmore important than Black Friday or Cyber Monday
28% intend to increase the number of employees who will work on Small Business Saturday
âIn just three years, Small Business Saturday went from an idea to help [small businesses] find more customers to a permanent fixture on the holiday-shopping calendar,â adds Susan Sobbott, president of American Express OPEN. âAccording to the research, we are seeing the small business community take ownership of the day and make it their own.â
For the third year in a row, American Express is offering a merchant toolkit to help small businesses.
For the second consecutive year, FedEx gave away $1 million worth of American Express Shop Small Gift Cardsâeach worth $25âto consumers via Facebook.
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Dear Mr. President: Welcome to the Capital Region of New York State.Â I was thrilled when you visited Ghana, my ancestral home in July; now I get to join my fellow Upstaters in welcoming you to where I live and work. While Troy and Hudson Valley Community College feature prominently on your itinerary, Iâd like
Dear President Obama: I received the news of your impending trip to Ghana with a mixture of excitement, elation and crushing disappointment.Â You see, as a Ghanaian by birth, I cannot overstate the significance of my country being the location of your first trip as President of The United States of America, to Africa.Â Â Knowing
In its drive to universally implement the Cashless Debit Card for all welfare recipients, the Abbott Government first targeted remote indigenous communities to âtrialâ this income management restrict and control scheme. The Turnbull Government then selected certain low-socio economic urban areas for further trials.
Now the Liberal-Nationals federal government intends to extend the reach of this card even further and from 1 July 2018 intends to impose compulsory drug testing on 5,000 new recipients of unemployment benefits â with all who test positive for alcohol or drugs being immediately placed on restricted and controlled payments regardless of their personal circumstances.
All those government MPs and senators cushioned by generous salaries and benefits from lifeâs vagaries have chosen this group because of the illegality of many of the drugs it will test for, as they think that all Australians will blame those with substance abuse problems and feel comfortable with the idea that they should be punished in some way.
These MPs and senators do not appear to give a toss that in an effort to eventually control the income support payments of all welfare recipients, it will socially profile and discriminate against a specific group of people with little if any positive outcomes flowing from this discrimination.
Because it is admitted that cutting off access to cash may exacerbate mental health issues, increase homelessness and lead the desperate into crime.
For 30 years, I served as the head of St Vincent's Hospital Alcohol and Drug Service in Sydney.
I have treated many thousands of patients trying to rebuild their lives in the face of alcohol and drug problems. Many have been victims of sexual abuse, violence from family members, or other devastating trauma â and most are already living on the margins of society.
That's why I'm stunned by the government's plan to strip people with alcohol and drug problems of income support payments.1
Thirty years of experience, backed by research from all over the world, tells me that you can't punish people into recovery. In fact, pushing people into poverty only serves to undermine their chance of recovery â and puts lives at risk.
Over the coming weeks, Parliament will vote on whether to implement mandatory drug testing. Doctors, nurses and allied health workers â determined to protect patients â are speaking out against the changes.
Prime Minister Turnbull assures us that the proposal to strip people of income support payments is "based on love".2 That's a hard thing to swallow given his government's failure to consult with addiction medicine experts and lack of evidence to support the trials.
Mandatory drug testing has already been trialled and abandoned in multiple countries around the world. It's a failed policy that violates our professional commitment to do no harm. This government is forcing doctors to make an impossible choice â to break the law or to hurt our patients.
I've seen with my own eyes how medical treatment of people struggling with severe alcohol and drug problems must be guided by compassionate care and respect for their human rights.
 Drug testing welfare recipients is not about love, Malcolm Turnbull, it's about punishment, The Guardian, 11 May 2017
 Federal budget 2017: Turnbull says welfare drug test policy 'based on love', ABC News, 12 May 2017
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âThese days, it's not just leftie troublemakers who doubt that benefits going direct to big business will trickle down to the rest of us, it's every punter in the street.â [Economics Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald, Ross Gittins, 24 July 2017] âSix months into his presidency, Donald Trump is saddled with a stalled agenda, a West Wing that resembles a viperâs nest, a pile of investigations and a Republican Party that is starting to break away.â[Journalists Julie Pace and Jonathan Lemire writing in The Washington Post, 29 July 2017] âThis White House is broken, perhaps beyond repair. It canât do anything right. It canât issue executive orders that are enforceable. It canât pass legislation. It canât prioritize the presidentâs agenda. It canât get anybody on the same page. In a normal White House, all of those things flow from an empowered White House chief of staff who can execute the presidentâs agenda and most importantly tell him what he does not want to hear. And none of that is happening.â [Author Chris Whipple quoted in The Washington Post, 31 July 2017] âYeah. Heâs like a conveyor belt for bad overseas ideas.â [Journalist Richard Chirgwintweetingabout Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull on 2 August 2017] âBy August 2 2017, we will have used more from Nature than our planet can renew in the whole yearâ¦..This means that in seven months, we emitted more carbon than the oceans and forests can absorb in a year, we caught more fish, felled more trees, harvested more, and consumed more water than the Earth was able to produce in the same period.â [World Wildlife Fund quoted in theIndependenton 2 August 2017]
However, under the original agreement once that vetting is completed Australia becomes obliged to resettle between 20 and 50 people under a U.S. "Protection Transfer Arrangement" in Costa Rica set up to resettle refugees from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
Prime Minister Turnbull verbally changed that undertaking to an open-ended number of people the Trump Administration might be âvery keen on getting out of the United Statesâ.
There is no indication that the U.S. Government intends to complete its vetting of those detained on Nauru and Manus islands.
The Washington Post has obtained transcripts of two conversations President Trump had with foreign leaders: one with Mexican President Enrique PeÃ±a Nieto and another with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The transcripts were prepared by the White House but have not been released. The Post is publishing reproductions rather than original documents in order to protect sources. The reproductions below also include minor spelling and grammatical mistakes that appeared in the documentsâ¦â¦â¦â¦â¦â¦
JANUARY 28, 2017 FROM 5:05 TO 5:29 P.M. EST.
Mr. Prime Minister, how are you?
I am doing very well.
And I guess our friend Greg Norman, he is doing very well?
He is a great mutual friend yes.
Well you say hello to him. He is a very good friend. By the way thank you very much for taking the call. I really appreciate it. It is really nice.
Thank you very much. Everything is going very well. I want to congratulate you and Mike Pence on being sworn in now. I have spoken to you both now as you know. I know we are both looking to make our relationship which is very strong and intimate, stronger than ever â which I believe we can do.
I believe you and I have similar backgrounds, unusual for politicians, more businessman but I look forward to working together.
That is exactly right. We do have similar backgrounds and it seems to be working in this climate â it is a crazy climate. Let me tell you this, it is an evil time but it is a complex time because we do not have uniforms standing in front of us. Instead, we have people in disguise. It is brutal. This ISIS thing â it is something we are going to devote a lot of energy to it. I think we are going to be very successful.
Absolutely. We have, as you know, taken a very strong line on national security and border protection here and when I was speaking with Jared Kushner just the other day and one of your immigration advisors in the White House we reflected on how our policies have helped to inform your approach. We are very much of the same mind. It is very interesting to know how you prioritize the minorities in your Executive Order. This is exactly what we have done with the program to bring in 12,000 Syrian refugees, 90% of which will be Christians. It will be quite deliberate and the position I have taken â I have been very open about it â is that it is a tragic fact of life that when the situation in the Middle East settles down â the people that are going to be most unlikely to have a continuing home are those Christian minorities. We have seen that in Iraq and so from our point of view, as a final destination for refugees, that is why we prioritize. It is not a sectarian thing. It is recognition of the practical political realities. We have a similar perspective in that respect.
Do you know four years ago Malcom, I was with a man who does this for a living. He was telling me, before the migration, that if you were a Christian from Syria, you had no chance of coming to the United States. Zero. They were the ones being persecuted. When I say persecuted, I mean their heads were being chopped off. If you were a Muslim we have nothing against Muslims, but if you were a Muslim you were not persecuted at least to the extent â but if you were a Muslim from Syria that was the number one place to get into the United States from. That was the easiest thing. But if you were a Christian from Syria you have no chance of getting into the United States. I just thought it was an incredible statistic. Totally true â and you have seen the same thing. It is incredible.
Well, yes. Mr. President, can I return to the issue of the resettlement agreement that we had with the Obama administration with respect to some people on Nauru and Manus Island. I have written to you about this and Mike Pence and General Flynn spoke with Julie Bishop and my National Security Advisor yesterday. This is a very big issue for us, particularly domestically, and I do understand you are inclined to a different point of view than the Vice President.
Well, actually I just called for a total ban on Syria and from many different countries from where there is terror, and extreme vetting for everyone else â and somebody told me yesterday that close to 2,000 people are coming who are really probably troublesome. And I am saying, boy that will make us look awfully bad. Here I am calling for a ban where I am not letting anybody in and we take 2,000 people. Really it looks like 2,000 people that Australia does not want and I do not blame you by the way, but the United States has become like a dumping ground. You know Malcom, anybody that has a problem â you remember the Mariel boat lift, where Castro let everyone out of prison and Jimmy Carter accepted them with open arms. These were brutal people. Nobody said Castro was stupid, but now what are we talking about is 2,000 people that are actually imprisoned and that would actually come into the United States. I heard about this â I have to say I love Australia; I love the people of Australia. I have so many friends from Australia, but I said â geez that is a big ask, especially in light of the fact that we are so heavily in favor, not in favor, but we have no choice but to stop things. We have to stop. We have allowed so many people into our country that should not be here. We have our San Bernardinoâs, we have had the World Trade Center come down because of people that should not have been in our country, and now we are supposed to take 2,000. It sends such a bad signal. You have no idea. It is such a bad thing.
Can you hear me out Mr. President?
Yeah, go ahead.
Yes, the agreement, which the Vice President just called the Foreign Minister about less than 24 hours ago and said your Administration would be continuing, does not require you to take 2,000 people. It does not require you to take any. It requires, in return, for us to do a number of things for the United States â this is a big deal, I think we should respect deals.
Who made the deal? Obama?
Yes, but let me describe what it is. I think it is quite consistent. I think you can comply with it. It is absolutely consistent with your Executive Order so please just hear me out. The obligation is for the United States to look and examine and take up to and only if they so choose â 1,250 to 2,000. Every individual is subject to your vetting. You can decide to take them or to not take them after vetting. You can decide to take 1,000 or 100. It is entirely up to you. The obligation is to only go through the process. So that is the first thing. Secondly, the people â none of these people are from the conflict zone. They are basically economic refugees from Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. That is the vast bulk of them. They have been under our supervision for over three years now and we know exactly everything about them.
Why havenât you let them out? Why have you not let them into your society?
Okay, I will explain why. It is not because they are bad people. It is because in order to stop people smugglers, we had to deprive them of the product. So we said if you try to come to Australia by boat, even if we think you are the best person in the world, even if you are a Noble [sic] Prize winning genius, we will not let you in. Because the problem with the people â
That is a good idea. We should do that too. You are worse than I am.
This is our experience.
Because you do not want to destroy your country. Look at what has happened in Germany. Look at what is happening in these countries. These people are crazy to let this happen. I spoke to Merkel today, and believe me, she wishes she did not do it. Germany is a mess because of what happened.
I agree with you, letting one million Syrians walk into their country. It was one of the big factors in the Brexit vote, frankly.
Well, there could be two million people coming in Germany. Two million people. Can you believe it? It will never be the same.
I stood up at the UN in September and set up what our immigration policy was. I said that you cannot maintain popular support for immigration policy, multiculturalism, unless you can control your borders. The bottom line is that we got here. I am asking you as a very good friend. This is a big deal. It is really, really important to us that we maintain it. It does not oblige you to take one person that you do not want. As I have said, your homeland officials have visited and they have already interviewed these people. You can decide. It is at your discretion. So you have the wording in the Executive Order that enables the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State to admit people on a case by case basis in order to conform with an existing agreement. I do believe that you will never find a better friend to the United States than Australia. I say this to you sincerely that it is in the mutual interest of the United States to say, âyes, we can conform with that deal â we are not obliged to take anybody we do not want, we will go through extreme vettingâ and that way you are seen to show the respect that a trusted ally wants and deserves. We will then hold up our end of the bargain by taking in our country 31 [inaudible] that you need to move on from.
Malcom [sic], why is this so important? I do not understand. This is going to kill me. I am the worldâs greatest person that does not want to let people into the country. And now I am agreeing to take 2,000 people and I agree I can vet them, but that puts me in a bad position. It makes me look so bad and I have only been here a week.
With great respect, that is not right â It is not 2,000.
Well, it is close. I have also heard like 5,000 as well.
The given number in the agreement is 1,250 and it is entirely a matter of your vetting. I think that what you could say is that the Australian government is consistent with the principles set out in the Executive Order.
No, I do not want say that. I will just have to say that unfortunately I will have to live with what was said by Obama. I will say I hate it. Look, I spoke to Putin, Merkel, Abe of Japan, to France today, and this was my most unpleasant call because I will be honest with you. I hate taking these people. I guarantee you they are bad. That is why they are in prison right now. They are not going to be wonderful people who go on to work for the local milk people.
I would not be so sure about that. They are basically â
Well, maybe you should let them out of prison. I am doing this because Obama made a bad deal. I am not doing this because it fits into my Executive Order. I am taking 2,000 people from Australia who are in prison and the day before I signed an Executive Order saying that we are not taking anybody in. We are not taking anybody in, those days are over.
But can I say to you, there is nothing more important in business or politics than a deal is a deal. Look, you and I have a lot of mutual friends.
Look, I do not know how you got them to sign a deal like this, but that is how they lost the election. They said I had no way to 270 and I got 306. That is why they lost the election, because of stupid deals like this. You have brokered many a stupid deal in business and I respect you, but I guarantee that you broke many a stupid deal. This is a stupid deal. This deal will make me look terrible.
Mr. President, I think this will make you look like a man who stands by the commitments of the United States. It shows that you are a committed â
Okay, this shows me to be a dope. I am not like this but, if I have to do it, I will do it but I do not like this at all. I will be honest with you. Not even a little bit. I think it is ridiculous and Obama should have never signed it. The only reason I will take them is because I have to honor a deal signed by my predecessor and it was a rotten deal. I say that it was a stupid deal like all the other deals that this country signed. You have to see what I am doing. I am unlocking deals that were made by people, these people were incompetent. I am not going to say that it fits within the realm of my Executive Order. We are going to allow 2,000 prisoners to come into our country and it is within the realm of my Executive Order? If that is the case my Executive Order does not mean anything Malcom [sic]. I look like a dope. The only way that I can do this is to say that my predecessor made a deal and I have no option then to honor the deal. I hate having to do it, but I am still going to vet them very closely. Suppose I vet them closely and I do not take any?
That is the point I have been trying to make.
How does that help you?
Well, we assume that we will act in good faith.
Does anybody know who these people are? Who are they? Where do they come from? Are they going to become the Boston bomber in five years? Or two years? Who are these people?
Let me explain. We know exactly who they are. They have been on Nauru or Manus for over three years and the only reason we cannot let them into Australia is because of our commitment to not allow people to come by boat. Otherwise we would have let them in. If they had arrived by airplane and with a tourist visa then they would be here.
Malcom [sic], but they are arrived on a boat?
Correct, we have stopped the boats.
Give them to the United States. We are like a dumping ground for the rest of the world. I have been here for a period of time, I just want this to stop. I look so foolish doing this. It [sic] know it is good for you but it is bad for me. It is horrible for me. This is what I am trying to stop. I do not want to have more San Bernardinoâs or World Trade Centers. I could name 30 others, but I do not have enough time.
These guys are not in that league. They are economic refugees.
Okay, good. Can Australia give me a guarantee that if we have any problems â you know that is what they said about the Boston bombers. They said they were wonderful young men.
They were Russians. They were not from any of these countries.
They were from wherever they were.
Please, if we can agree to stick to the deal, you have complete discretion in terms of a security assessment. The numbers are not 2,000 but 1,250 to start. Basically, we are taking people from the previous administration that they were very keen on getting out of the United States. We will take more. We will take anyone that you want us to take. The only people that we do not take are people who come by boat. So we would rather take a not very attractive guy that help you out then to take a Noble [sic] Peace Prize winner that comes by boat. That is the point.
What is the thing with boats? Why do you discriminate against boats? No, I know, they come from certain regions. I get it.
No, let me explain why. The problem with the boats it that you are basically outsourcing your immigration program to people smugglers and also you get thousands of people drowning at sea. So what we say is, we will decide which people get to come to Australia who are refugees, economic migrants, businessmen, whatever. We decide. That is our decision. We are a generous multicultural immigration nation like the United States but the government decides, the peopleâs representatives decides. So that is the point. I am a highly transactional businessman like you and I know the deal has to work for both sides. Now Obama thought this deal worked for him and he drove a hard bargain with us â that it was agreed with Obama more than a year ago in the Oval Office, long before the election. The principles of the deal were agreed to.
I do not know what he got out of it. We never get anything out of it â START Treaty, the Iran deal. I do not know where they find these people to make these stupid deals. I am going to get killed on this thing.
You will not.
Yes, I will be seen as a weak and ineffective leader in my first week by these people. This is a killer.
You can certainly say that it was not a deal that you would have done, but you are going to stick with it.
I have no choice to say that about it. Malcom [sic], I am going to say that I have no choice but to honor my predecessorâs deal. I think it is a horrible deal, a disgusting deal that I would have never made. It is an embarrassment to the United States of America and you can say it just the way I said it. I will say it just that way. As far as I am concerned that is enough Malcom [sic]. I have had it. I have been making these calls all day and this is the most unpleasant call all day. Putin was a pleasant call. This is ridiculous.
Do you want to talk about Syria and DPRK?
[inaudible] this is crazy.
Thank you for your commitment. It is very important to us.
It is important to you and it is embarrassing to me. It is an embarrassment to me, but at least I got you off the hook. So you put me back on the hook.
You can count on me. I will be there again and again.
WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck will receive the Ansel Adams Award from The Wilderness Society Thursday night for his major role in protecting the national forests.
"Mike was a game-changer,” said William H. Meadows, president of The Wilderness Society. “He restored balance to the management of our 155 national forests, making clean water, recreation, and fish and wildlife priorities, as the law requires. He was the main architect of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, which prevented logging and road building across 58.5 million acres of our national forests. It was the capstone of a quarter century of sterling public service with federal land management agencies.”
A native of Wisconsin with a Ph.D. in fisheries biology, Dombeck served three years as acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management before President Clinton appointed him Forest Service chief in 1997. No other person has lead both of this nation’s largest land management agencies.
Since leaving the government in 2001, Dombeck has been a University of Wisconsin System Fellow and a professor of global conservation at the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He also directs the Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Conservation Biology.
“Mike was, in my view, the most independent chief that the Forest Service has had since Gifford Pinchot himself,” said Dr. Jerry Franklin, a University of Washington professor often described as “the father of modern forestry.” Pinchot was the first chief, serving from 1898 to 1910. “Mike broke out of the mold and did really innovative things. He did that by design and force of will,” said Franklin, a long-time member of The Wilderness Society’s Governing Council.
“As our country grows, we continue to chip away at our wild places, losing acre by acre, day after day,” said Dombeck. “Protecting the remaining roadless areas of our national forests is perhaps this nation’s last opportunity to keep our few remaining wild places intact.
“They are important habitats and anchor points for native plants and animals in the face of a changing climate. These remote areas provide some of the last best hunting and fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities with at least a measure of solitude. In today’s fast-paced society, these are the places where future generations might experience the land as their forefathers did. It has been a privilege for me to have a career working with people who care deeply about the health of the land. They are the ones who have earned this award.”
The award that Dombeck will receive is named for the celebrated photographer who, until his death, was an outspoken advocate for safeguarding the nation’s natural heritage. “It is noteworthy that Mike is the third winner from Wisconsin,” Meadows pointed out. The award was presented to Congressman David Obey (D) in 2000 and to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson in 1990. Nelson served the state as a governor and U.S. Senator and spent the final 24 years of his life as counselor of The Wilderness Society.
Other winners of the Ansel Adams Award include former Congressman Mo Udall (D-NM), former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall, President Jimmy Carter, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-ME), Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT), and former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus.
The Wilderness Society is the leading public-lands conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than 500,000 members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 110 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands.
I had the honor Monday of joining two of my heroes — former Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck and U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva from Arizona — to share with reporters what steps we would like to see the Obama Administration take to protect our nation’s roadless forests. Recent court rulings favored by President Bush and his oil-and-gas-industry cronies have inserted what we hope is just a temporary sliver into protection for areas that play a critical role in improving the quality of life for people and safeguarding habitat for wildlife.
Grijalva, chairman of the House National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee, noted that our incoming president is already a champion of these values. Obama co-sponsored legislation that would permanently protect America’s unroaded forests when he was a senator and he often mentioned their importance as a presidential candidate. Now that he’s set to take office in a week, The Wilderness Society and many of our friends in the conservation community including the Pew Environment Group can move from addressing the question of whether a new president will protect these pristine forests to how he will do so.
Our immediate focus is on asking the new administration to make it a lot more difficult for the still Bush-heavy Forest Service to approve any projects that would destroy the integrity of our roadless forests. This can be accomplished by stipulating that any destructive activities such as road building, logging, oil and gas development, and mining be reviewed by an Obama appointee rather than allowing such decisions to be made by the Forest Service at the local level.
There are two other items we will work with the administration to accomplish in the short-term. (The phrase “working with the administration” is a refreshing change after the last eight years.) As we all told reporters yesterday, we would like President Obama to:
Require the Department of Justice to vigorously defend our roadless forests in the various on-going court cases that we hope will result in a victory for the millions of people who care so deeply about roadless areas.
End the temporary exemption from the national roadless rule that Bush placed on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.
All three of the principles I’ve mentioned here are expressed in The Roosevelt Resolution, a request to help our forests that honors the legacy of President Theodore Roosevelt. By clicking on the link above, you can also listen to yesterday’s press conference so that you can hear directly from the roadless rule architect, Mr. Dombeck, and one of our most courageous public lands advocates, Rep. Grijalva.
I don’t think it will take you long to discern why they’re heroes of mine, or why protecting our roadless forests is so close to all of our hearts.
David Cameron has been pretty up front about cutting public servants but as pressure mounts regarding his government's failure to tackle tax avoidance, he's starting to deny that they're happening.
When faced with a question during today's PMQs from Labour MP Teresa Pearce about why numbers of HM Revenue and Customs staff were being cut, just when a crackdown had been promised on tax avoidance, Cameron responded by stating that the government had actually presided over an increase in staff levels.
He must have seen different figures to the ones I've seen. In February 2010, just before the coalition came in, the total headcount for HMRC staff was 78,078. Two years later this figure was down to only 70,853. The government are intending to cut a further 10,000 jobs by 2015. Hard to see where his claim of presiding over an increase comes from.
He may of course be referring to the fact that they're reinvesting Â£900m into the department to deal with tax avoidance and evasion. However, this has to be seen in the wider context of them cutting its budget by Â£3bn over three years. So in fact, despite their much heralded 'investment', it means they're cutting just over Â£2bn from the budget of HMRC while claiming to get tough on avoidance. And these cuts are taking the form of sacking 10,000 staff and yet another massive tax office closure programme.
As Graham Black, the President of the Association of Revenue Customs, so rightly put it in his Comment is Free piece: "Does it make sense to cut the one part of the government that brings cash in, when we are having to cut back on services to the vulnerable across the board?"
Well clearly it doesn't which is why the PM is so keen to deny that they're doing it.
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After teasing the public for three years, Lamborghini revealed that it is finalizing plans for its next vehicle this year, which may be a hybrid SUV. Lamborghini CEO and President Stephan Winkelmann talked about the SUV last week with Road & Track Web Editor Alex Kierstein, and explained why a hybrid powertrain would be considered. […]
[If I dont answer I am in trouble? LOL. How so? Will send some bouncers to teach me a lesson?]
Funny! I am not that invested in your blog that I will go to such lengths! Once again you misunderstand! The trouble is your own, your written word decries belief, yet you believe in Shiva, hence the troubleâ¦canât have your cake and eat it!
[Who I think is Shiva? How will that matter? You seem to have decided who he is]
How do you know I have decided who he is? I havenât elaborated on Shiva, just asked you a question. Your apprehension at being possibly caught out in an indefensible position leads you to make this statement perhaps?
[In the Yogic lore, Shiva is not a âgodâ at least not in the way people have made him out to be.]
Shiva is a god! Ask a 100 and a 100 will say that. Just because you consider him to be a yogi and not a god doesnât make it so! You may say whatever to relieve yourself of the label of a believer, because in your own words you described a believer as: Believer (and Non-believer) â He has not seen God, but he believes or doesnât believe there is such a thing as god. Too bad you decry believers and you yourself are proven to be one. Actually you better fit your definition of âlost!â Letâs review what you said about the lost: Lost â One who says he doesnât believe but also doesnât seek and oscillates between belief and non-belief depending on audience. (definition by Desh, about Desh who says he doesnât believe but oscillates between belief and non-belief.)
[My Guru has said he manifests Shiva]
There is so much fun to be had with people who claim such things and those who believe in people who make these claims. You get first prize for being a believer. Just like those Abrahamic religions and evangelicals you decry in your posts, this claim is no different. If god does not exist, then what is being manifest?
Here, I guess you will believe in this then? And if you donât, then why not? If your guru can manifest Shiva, then why canât these people manifest the holy spirit?
[you are smart enough to play me with your patronize/troll process in the hope that you can âplay to the galleryâ]
I have no clue as to what you mean by this! How do you feel I am patronizing you? I am flat out criticizing you and your duality! If you read our past conversation, I have not made a single assumption myself, I asked you for your definitions, asked you questions (which you tried to ignore as well) and when they contained a discrepancy based on what you actually preach, I am laying it bare for you to see. I donât understand how that is patronizing? And trolling? I have read your blog and interacted with you for a while now! So that accusation doesnât stand. This is always your last defense, you add people as friends, post your views on your wall for them to see and when the poor souls object to your views and arenât able to object particularly well or articulate their thoughts as well as you, you bash them with âspammingâ your wall! Of being a troll! Sure, if that makes you happy then label me what you will, doesnât affect me at all! As for playing to the gallery, this is your platform, I donât know anyone here, it isnât as if I am trying to impress your readers! I am happy to comment on your posts via email if you wish, then there is no âplaying to the gallery!â Maybe you should turn on moderation for your comments, then you can keep mine offline and respond to me by email if you feel I am somehow undermining you? Or maybe if you donât want random people reading your blog, just keep a private diary with your thoughts? To put yourself out there, and then call people who disagree with you trolls and such is reminiscent of our soon to be President!
[As for how I treat people who are simply stuck in a needless oneupmanship â maybe to show how relevant you are in your eyes by arguing stuff that you have neither contemplated on or looked at carefully and directly â it has nothing to do with any spiritual work.]
You are describing yourself! This is by you and for you. This is how you come across, preaching spirituality while railing against those who you deem to be believers. Thinking you are superior to others because you have studied spirituality! One canât study it by reading JK and imbibing his language and mannerisms. Spiritual work cannot exist where there is ego. Ego is the very opposite of spirituality! And your stores of the former are formidable. This is what prompts me to speak on your posts, specially those under the spiritual section as it all rings so hollow.
This is as much as I can do to hold a mirror up to you. The rest Desh, is for you to ponder or discard.
FreedomWorks today announced that John Tamny will join FreedomWorks and serve as the director of the organizationâs Center for Economic Freedom.
The Center for Economic Freedom will have a special focus on promoting policies that get government out of the way and allow Americans to keep more of what they earn, while highlighting the dangers of overregulation and protectionism.
John Tamny will lead the Center for Economic Freedom. John has been the political economy editor at Forbes and the managing editor at RealClearMarkets since 2002. He is an author of two books related to his specialization in economics: Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You about Economics (Regnery Publishing, 2015) and Who Needs the Fed?: What Taylor Swift, Uber, and Robots Tell Us About Money, Credit, and Why We Should Abolish America's Central Bank (Encounter Books, 2016).
Among other projects, John will begin his time at the Center for Economic Freedom with a weekly Facebook Live called âNot Fake Newsâ to highlight the very real facts about what our federal and state governments are doing to slow our economy and dampen American entrepreneurship.
âJohn is a brilliant mind and seasoned expert in his field, and we are excited to have him working with us to promote economic freedom,â said FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon. âHe is a great addition to our already stellar team, helping us to spread our message for free markets and limited government even further.â
John Tamny said, âFreedomWorks expertly enhances the terms of the U.S. policy discussion, and in doing so is constantly changing the course of policy in Washington for the better. I'm thrilled to add my voice to an organization that is on any short list of Washington's most influential.â
âIn the coming years, I'll be publishing various books and hundreds of opinion pieces meant to expand FreedomWorks' already substantial voice. The fight for economic freedom is of singular importance, and I'm excited to be a part of an organization that will continue to advance these freedoms,â Tamny added.
FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon released the following statement after the Senate passed the Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act by unanimous consent:
"We applaud the Senate's move to support right to try. Right to try will give hope to those facing the worst diagnoses by opening up treatments with good results that haven't passed the entirety of FDA's bureaucratic approval process.
"Chairman Greg Walden, whose home state of Oregon has passed right to try Oregon, should move Rep. Andy Biggs' Right to Try Act out of his committee first thing in September. The bill has bipartisan support, and dozens of states have recently adopted right to try legislation.
"Vice President Mike Pence signed right to try as Indiana's governor in 2015, and President Donald Trump has spoken up for right to try. This is an easy legislative win if we can get out of our own way."
FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon urged the Senate to support Sen. Ron Johnson's (R-Wis.) unanimous consent request for the Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act:
âRight to try is the right to hope. We saw the heartbreaking situation with Charlie Gard in England; his country would not let him try a treatment that might have saved his life. We see Diego Morris, who is a great advocate of right to try; his life was arguably saved because he got treatment for his cancer that was illegal here by traveling to England where it was legal.
âRight to try has passed in thirty-seven states with great momentum. Five states passed it in 2014, eighteen in 2015, six more in 2016, and seven more in 2017. Vice President Mike Pence signed the bill into law in 2015 for the state of Indiana, and President Donald Trump has expressed support for right to try. They should have a chance to try a treatment that might cure them.
âWe strongly support the right to try in the Senate, and urge senators to support Sen. Johnson should he ask for unanimous consent to bring the Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act to the floor.â