Î¤Î¿ Windows 10 Timeline δεν θα συμπεριλαμβάνεται στο Fall Creators Update        


Ένα από τα καλύτερα επερχόμενα χαρακτηριστικά του λειτουργικού συστήματος Windows 10 της Microsoft είναι αναμφισβήτητα το Timeline.
Με το Timeline θα είστε σε θέση να έχετε πρόσβαση στις εφαρμογές σας κατά μήκος πολλαπλών συσκευών, επιτρέποντας στην ουσία να μεταβαίνετε από τη μια Windows 10 συσκευή σας στην άλλη, για να συνεχίσετε τη δουλειά σας από εκεί που την είχατε αφήσει τελευταία.

Πρόκειται αναμφισβήτητα για ένα φιλόδοξο χαρακτηριστικό, και μάλλον περισσότερο φιλόδοξο από όσο θα ήθελε η Microsoft αφού δεν πρόκειται να διατεθεί τελικά στο επερχόμενο Fall Creators Update. Αυτό τουλάχιστον ξεκαθάρισε ο επικεφαλής των Windows 10, Joe Belfiore σε μία σειρά από tweets, υποστηρίζοντας επιπλέον πως το συγκεκριμένο χαρακτηριστικό που αποκαλύφθηκε τον Μάιο που μας πέρασε, δεν προοριζόταν να διατεθεί με το Fall Creators Update ούτως ή άλλως.

Αν και αυτό θα απογοητεύσει τους χρήστες που ήθελαν να το εκμεταλλευτούν το συντομότερο δυνατόν, το Timeline δεν πρόκειται να αργήσει να κάνει την εμφάνιση του, αφού λίγο μετά τη διάθεση του Fall Creators Update θα ενσωματωθεί σε Windows Insider build.

Με το Timeline η Microsoft θέλει να κάνει τη μετάβαση ανάμεσα σε συσκευές ή ακόμα και πλατφόρμες όσο απρόσκοπτη και εύκολη γίνεται. Η εταιρεία προσφέρει ένα calendar timeline που συγχρονίζεται ανάμεσα σε συσκευές και επιτρέπει στον χρήστη να κάνει τη δουλειά του σε μία δεύτερη συσκευή, συνεχίζοντας από εκεί που την είχε αφήσει στη πρώτη συσκευή. Για να επιτευχθεί κάτι τέτοιο, το Timeline εκμεταλλεύεται διάφορες τεχνολογίες της Microsoft, συμπεριλαμβανομένης της ψηφιακή βοηθού Cortana ή του OneDrive κ.ά. Η Microsoft οραματίζεται ένα Timeline που δεν θα λειτουργεί μόνο μεταξύ Windows 10 συσκευών, αλλά και μεταξύ Android και iOS συσκευών.

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          Chrissy Teigen: “Everything About Me Is Fake Except My Cheeks”        
Chrissy Teigen is a popular model and she tweets often in social media. Having made her debut in Sports Illustrated in 2010, she has gone on to host the Lip Sync Battle on Spike TV. However, in recent years, she has been dogged by plastic surgery rumors. In a recent interview with Byrdie Chrissy opened […]
          How to use Twitter to promote your business online        

Twitter can be a very powerful tool for marketing any business or website online, and by using Twitter, a person can easily reach thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions of potential customers consistently.


Tweeting Consistently
Once a person creates a profile for their business or for their website on Twitter, they should tweet consistently and update their profile consistently. Tweeting consistently will ensure that their Twitter followers are engaged in the information that they're posting, and usually, tweeting consistently can help a person to obtain new followers for their Twitter account.


Respond To Tweets
When a person has a Twitter account, people can send them tweets, or Twitter users can direct tweets to their Twitter profile. This is an excellent way for a business to connect with its customers and with its potential customers.

If a person has any questions for a business owner, they can easily ask the business owner those questions on Twitter. In addition, a question that is asked by one customer or one potential customer on Twitter is likely a question that many other people have, so when a business owner answers a question from one person, they are likely answering a question that many other people have as well.


Gaining More Followers

In order to reach a large amount of people on Twitter, it's vital to gain a large amount of followers. There are many ways to gain followers on Twitter, and one of the ways is to buy Twitter followers.

When a business owner buys Twitter followers, they should make sure that the Twitter followers that they bought are real and active. The more active that Twitter followers are, the more successful that the marketing strategy of a business on Twitter will be.


Following Other Twitter Users


In addition to gaining followers on Twitter, a business should follow other Twitter users. Following other Twitter users helps to promote interactivity among users on Twitter, and in addition, a business that follows many other people and many other profiles is likely to gain more followers much more quickly for its Twitter profile.


Posting Funny And Interesting Information

A business owner should frequently post funny and interesting information and content on Twitter. Posting funny, interesting and informative content will help to ensure that a person's Twitter followers stay interested and engaged, and in addition, posting funny and interesting content can increase the likelihood that the Twitter followers of a business profile will retweet the tweets of the business owner.

When Twitter users retweet content that a business has posted, that content can easily reach hundreds of thousands or even millions of other Twitter followers very quickly, and as a result, a business can very easily reach many more potential customers by having its followers retweet content that it has tweeted.

In addition, a business owner should also post deals and discounts for certain products and services sporadically by using their Twitter account. Posting deals and discounts will attract new customers to the business, and these deals and discounts make it likely that customers that have already placed orders with a business will place more orders in the near future. 


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          Protecting Our Houses of Worship: Guest Column by Security Expert / Retired NYPD Detective Sergeant         

By ALAN SCHISSEL

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

  • Integrated Security Services

  • According to the Washington Post, “it’s been a bad 2017 for Jews.” 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 town’s 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 President’s 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.]

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  • 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 “short” 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 facility’s 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.

    Protective Measures

    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.

    • Technological sensors such as CCTV surveillance cameras or alarms (fire, smoke, wind, and intrusion detection) will trigger informed decision-making.

    • 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.

    • 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:

    • Reporting Procedures

    • Establishing Collaborative Planning Teams

    • Starting an Emergency Operations Plan

    • Define Roles and Responsibilities

    • Notification Procedures

    • Evacuation Lockdown and Shelter‐In‐Place Policies and Procedures

    • Plans for Diverse Needs of Children and Staff

    • Necessary Equipment and Supplies

    • Common Vocabulary

    • 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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  •           Amarnath Yatra Terror Attack: Shah Rukh Khan hails spirit of pilgrims for countering dastardly act with courage        

    New Delhi: The entire nation shook with grief after terrorists attacked the ongoing Amarnath Yatra in Jammu & Kashmir. On Monday night as many as seven pilgrims, including six women were killed in the terror attack leaving 19 others injured.

    The terrorists attacked an unescorted bus from Gujarat at Khanabal in Anantnag district on the Srinagar-Jammu highway reportedly. The bus was returning from Baltal to Mir Bazar after darshan. The militants also carried out two attacks on security forces in the area. After such a dastardly act, the entire social media is flooded with condolence messages expressing sadness and outrage at the same time.

    Several Bollywood celebrities too have extended their condolences to the families of the affected on Twitter. Superstar Shah Rukh Khan took to the micro-blogging site and hailed the courage shown by pilgrims in continuing the Yatra despite such a terror attack.

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              PS Vita's Twitter app shown off in Hong Kong, we go hands-on (video)        
    Here's a little souvenir for Twitter addicts eyeing the upcoming PS Vita: at today's debut event in Hong Kong, we got to see said console's Twitter app in action for the very first time, and we were also fortunate enough to get some exclusive hands-on time with Sony's in-house software. As you can see in our video after the break, the overall design feels very much in line with Twitter's standard ID: the same shade of blue, the usual tabs on the left column, slick elastic scrolling in the timelines, and support for geotagging, hash tags plus photo attachment while tweeting. No surprises here, but hey, the app worked well for us.

    That said, we were told that the app wasn't quite finished yet, and Sony still couldn't confirm whether this -- along with the other dedicated apps like Skype, Foursquare and Facebook -- will be ready for download by the time the Vita launches in Hong Kong on December 23rd (just a tad later than Japan's launch on the 17th). In case you're wondering, the Vita there will cost HK$2,280 (US$290) for the WiFi version and HK$2,780 (US$360) for the 3G flavor, both unsubsidized but cheaper than their Japanese counterparts. Of course, given that the console isn't region-locked, feel free to go do some shopping in Hong Kong then -- just save some for the locals, OK? Also, check out our gallery below for some close-up shots of the Vita's music and video apps.
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              #059: Fünf Gewohnheiten für einen besseren Umgang mit dem Internet        

    Michael Hyatt, ein großartiger Blogger aus den USA, hat vor einiger Zeit in einem Podcast den Artikel “Tweets, Texts, E-mail and Posts: Is the Onslaught Making Us Crazy?” aus der Newsweek zusammengefasst und eine Antwort verfasst.

    Ich finde die Gedanken daraus so gut, dass ich sie auch ver-podcastet habe.

    Lernen Sie hier also die 5 Gewohnheiten kennen, die Ihnen helfen, besser mit den negativen Seiten des Internets umzugehen.

     

    Die Links aus der Folge:

     


              Trump attacks on McConnell bring rebukes from fellow Republicans - Washington Post        

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              Monica Lewinsky's Subtle Emoji Response to Scaramucci's Linda Tripp Comparison - Newsweek        

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    Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky has responded to comments by short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who compared a New Yorker reporter to Linda Tripp. In a flurry of tweets on Wednesday night, Scaramucci ...
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              Primer Vistazo a la Campaña de Robert Pattinson para Dior Homme + Detalles sobre la Conferencia de Prensa        
    La espera ha terminado: POR FIN tenemos las primeras imagenes (aunque estén en mala calidad, mejor que nada) de Robert Pattinson en el famoso y esperadísimo anuncio para Dior. OMG tiene muy buena pinta.

    Para ver el video tendremos que esperar un poquito más :(

    Dior: Dior se complace en anunciar que el actor Robert Pattinson es la nueva cara de la fragancia Dior Homme fragrance. #DiorRob

    De la web de Dior Mag

    "El hombre detrás del perfume"
    Él ha vuelto de Autralia dónde estaba rodando la nueva película de David Michod con Guy Pierce, The Rover. Y pronto comenzará el rodaje de Maps to the Stars de David Cronenberg junto a John Cusack y Julianne Moore. Y luego será el turno de Hold On To Me, de James Marsh. Alguna idea? Preciavente, estuvo en Cosmopolis y Water For Elephants. Los cinéfilos deberían haberlo averiguado ya... Y su primer papel? Cedric Diggory en la cuarta entrega de la serie de Harry Potter. Caliente? Y luego... Bueno luego, por supuesto, vino la inolvidable Twilight Saga. No puede quedar ninguna duda, y lo has averiguado: Robert Pattinson dará cuerpo al nuevo hombre Dior, el nuevo Dior Homme.

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    • Yves Bongarçon: Rob dice en el anuncio: "Sueña como si fueras a vivir para siempre. Vive como si fueras a morir hoy"
     
      
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    Conferencia de Prensa: 

    *Es una periodista famosa aquí en España. Ella escribe para revistas como Vogue y GQ ;)*
    #Dior y #RobertPattinson que combinación para esta noche...

    Tiempo para él
    Estamos listos amantes del tumblr, el anuncio de #Dior con #RobertPattinson es muy sexy
    #RobertPattinson está delante de mí hablando, es agradable, lindo, dulce y dice que le encanta el olor de Londres

    "Como un actor tu estas por tu cuenta" #RobertPattinson

    Lo siento no permiten tomar Fotos de él
    Fiesta de Dior Homme en Soho House

    Tweets



    _analeia 

    Rob?

    tommyraffa

    Sí, Rob esta aquí

    *Este chico se encuentra en la fiesta y efectivamente ha confirmado que Rob ya se encuentra en Soho House :)*
    Cenando con #RobertPattinson. Realmente genial
    *Natalie Portman también se encuentra allí, recuerden que ella es imagen de Miss Dior*

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    • De Women's Wear Daily:

    PARIS - Christian Dior Perfumes ha confirmado que el actor Robert Pattinson es la nueva cara de la fragancia de Dior Homme.
    La estrella de "Crepúsculo" se une a una lista de embajadores famosos iluestres para las fragancias de Dior, que incluyen a Jude Law, Alain Delon, Natalie Portman y Charlize Theron.
    El fotógrafo americano Nan Goldin y el director francés Romain Gavrais grabaron las campañas que protagoniza Pattinson, dijo Dior, haciendo notar que serán difundidas en Europa excluyendo UK, y Asia, excluyendo China y Japón.

    • Comunicado Oficial de Dior - De Marie Claire UK

    Después de meses de especulación sobre la colaboración de la estrella con la marca, la casa de Dior ha lanzado un comunicado oficial hoy confirmando la campaña.
    Ellos han dicho: 'La Casa de Dior está encantada de anunciar que el actor Robert Pattinson va a ser la nueva cara de la fragancia Dior Homme'.
    El comunicado después alaba la exitosa carrera de Robert en un gran número de películas de alto-perfil, diciendo: 'Desde su primer papel relevante en 2005 en la 4º secuela de Harry Potter, la estrella de cine Robert Pattinson ha sido más conocido recientemente por su papel en el éxito de taquilla, The Twilight Saga.
    'Desde entonces él ha probado el alacance de sus talentos actorales eligiendo películas tan variadas como Remember Me de Allen Coulter, Water for Elephants de Francia Lawrence, en la que fue protagonista junto a Reese Witherspoon, o con su papel como Bel-Ami, el famoso personaje de Maupassant.
    En el último tributo a su talento, David Cronenberg le escogió para protagonizar su última película, Cosmopolis, adaptada de la novela de Don De Lillo. Un papel sorprendente como el chico de oro que se estrenó en el Festival de Cine de Cannes de 2012.
    Recientemente ha terminado de grabar The Rover, de David Michod, en Australia con Guy Pearce y pronto estará en el set en la próxima película de David Cronenberg, Maps To The Stars. Después, protagonizará Hold On To Me, dirigida por James Marsh y co-protagonizada por Carey Mulligan'.
    (...)
    Dior Homme añade: 'Hoy estamos emocionados de anunciar que se unirá al privilegiado círculo de caras de Dior. Fotografiado por el artista americano Nan Goldin y grabado por el director francés Romain Gavras, esta nueva campaña publicitaria de Dior Homme será distribuida ahora exclusivamente en Europa (excepto UK) y Asia (excepto China y Japón).

    • Glamour.es

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    Y es que acabamos de saber que la maison le ha nombrado imagen de la nueva fragancia masculina de Dior Homme. El 'estreno' de esta nueva faceta lo podremos ver en septiembre, cuando se presentarán el perfume y la campaña con Robert como protagonista.

    Además, Glamour será la primera de las revistas femeninas en tener una entrevista exclusiva con el actor. Será en el número de septiembre, y en ella nos contará todos los detalles de su nueva faceta como embajador de una firma de lujo. No es la primera vez que Robert Pattinson trabaja como modelo (recordemos que los inicios de su carrera fueron posando) pero sí lo es como imagen de una casa como Dior.

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              Pruitt’s inquiry gives climate science the reality TV treatment        
    This is an attempt to confuse the public and sow doubt about an already-settled issue.

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              Who’s who at the EPA? Latest staff picks continue alarming trend.        
    People with deep connections to polluters are being handpicked to run the agency charged with protecting American health.

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              5 things the world may not know about America and the environment        
    The United States is losing respect overseas, but most Americans don't support Trump's destructive policies.

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              Comment on Library Day in the Life 4 – Thursday by Tweets that mention hollysue…who? » Blog Archive » Library Day in the Life 4 – Thursday -- Topsy.com        
    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Bobbi Newman, Holly. Holly said: Library Day in the Life 4: Thursday Thursday Thursday http://bit.ly/9Xh2Uj #libday4 [...]
              Yes, I'm still alive...        

    Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/BlackRabbitCoder/archive/2015/11/30/yes-im-still-alive.aspx

    Hey folks, I know a lot of you have been tweeting and commenting on my lack of posts lately.  Believe me I want to keep going as well.

    It's been a bit busy coming back during peak season here at my new job, so I haven't had the time to devote to it as I'd like.  I will try to get the Little Puzzlers flowing again soon!

    -Jim

              â€˜Laughter Shocks’: 13 Best Tweets About the East Coast Earthquake        
    Did you feel it? That was the question du jour after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake centered in Virginia rocked the East Coast from D.C. to Boston. The temblor’s commotion also shook up Twitter with tweeters trying to make sense of the spontaneous shaking. Here are some of the best tweets.
              The Gamma — Visualizing Olympic Medalists        

    Olympic Games are perfect opportunity to do a fun data visualization project - just like New Year, you can easily predict when they will happen and you can get something interesting ready in advance. I used this year's Games in Rio as a motivation to resume working on The Gamma project. If you did not read my previous article, the idea is to build tooling for open, reproducible and interactive data-driven storytelling. When you see a visualization, not only you should be able to see how it has been created (what data it uses & how), but you should also be able to modify it, without much programming experience, and look at other interesting aspects of the data.

    The first version of The Gamma project tries to do some of this, using historical and current data on Olympic medals as a sample dataset. You can play with the project at The Gamma web site:

    Without further ado, here are the most important links if you want to explore how it all works on your own. However, continue reading and I'll describe the most important parts!

    The project is still in early stages and the code needs more documentation (and ReadMe files, I know!) However, if you would be interested in using it for something or you have some interesting data to visualize, do not hesitate to ping me at @tomaspetricek. Also, thanks to the DNI Innovation Fund for funding the project and to the Alan Turing Institute for providing a place to work on this over the coming months!


              Happy New Year 2016 around the World: Behind the scenes of my #FsAdvent project        

    Just like last year and the year before, I wanted to participate in the #FsAdvent event, where someone writes a blog post about something they did with F# during December. Thanks to Sergey Tihon for the organization of the English version and the Japanese F# community for coming up with the idea a few years ago!

    As my blog post ended up on 31 December, I wanted to do something that would fit well with the theme of ending of 2015 and starting of the new year 2016 and so I decided to write a little interactive web site that tracks the "Happy New Year" tweets live across the globe. This is partly inspired by Happy New Year Tweets from Twitter in 2014, but rather than analyzing data in retrospect, you can watch 2016 come live!


              As Twitter Flirts With Hearts, Will You Miss The Stars?        
    Some Twitter users pulled up their feed Tuesday and saw changes involving the reply, retweet and "fav" buttons.

    The main change — which many Android users got to see a few weeks ago — is the star icon that turns gold when you favorite a tweet is now a heart icon (TheNextWeb.com has screengrabs), which was confusing to at least a few tweeters.

              Día Nacional del Mate        
    El amor por el mate es tan grande que todos hablan de él.

    Nosotros desde hace muchos años quisimos hacer un homenaje bautizando este blog.
    Día nacional del mate
    #unemojiparaelmate 
     Hasta Google Argentina le dedicó un espacio.


              Dżihadysta chciał zestrzelić samolot. Został zatrzymany        

    Renat Bakijew został zatrzymany 13 dni temu w Adanie na południu Turcji, i w czwartek stanął przed sądem. Według "Hurriyet" policja śledziła go od wielu miesięcy, gdyż dwukrotnie nielegalnie przekroczył granicę z Syrii do Turcji.

    Siły bezpieczeństwa przeanalizowały wiadomości Bakijewa przesyłane za pośrednictwem aplikacji Telegram i są przekonane, że Rosjanin planował zestrzelić samolot amerykańskich sił powietrznych w bazie w Incirliku. Chciał wykorzystać do tego drona.

    Według policji Bakijew po tym zamachu planował zaatakowanie obiektu należącego do mniejszości alewitów. Jak pisze "Hurriyet", podczas przesłuchania Bakijew przyznał się, że należy do IS.


    Siły powietrzne USA stacjonują w bazie w Incirliku, położonej w pobliżu Adany, w ramach walki z IS w Syrii i Iraku.

    Agencja AP przypomina, że dżihadyści wykorzystywali już uzbrojone drony w Iraku i Syrii. Przebudowywali drony komercyjne, by były zdolne przenosić niewielkie materiały wybuchowe.

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              A LIGA FAROESA        



    HB Tórshavn: maior vencedor da Liga Faroesa




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Abaixo, dados e estatísticas da Liga Faroesa de futebol.


    LIGA FAROESA - 1ª DIVISÃO (EFFODEILDIN)


    * Fundação: 1942

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

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

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

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

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



    Foto 1: UEFA.com


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              Add a Facebook Share Button to Blogger        
    An easy way to have your readers share your articles on Facebook is to add a Facebook Share Button to your Blogger blog (Blogspot blog). It only takes a few minutes to put a Facebook Share Button on your Blogger blog.

    Sharing your content on Facebook is an excellent way to attract many more visitors to your Blogger blog. By adding a Facebook Share Button to Blogger you will allow your content to be shared with all the friends of your blog visitor through their Facebook account.

    When a visitor to your blog clicks on the Facebook Share Button Facebook collects post details like your blog name, post title and the first few lines of the content including the images and other media.

    The Facebook Share Buttons look and act very similar to the Twitter Retweet buttons by Tweetmeme.

    Steps to Put a Facebook Share Button on Blogger (Blogspot)
    There are 2 different Facebook Share Button styles to choose from: a large button and a compact button. The following codes will place the Facebook Share Button at the top of the post only on the post page. If you wish to have the button appear on the homepage as well you will need to remove the if statement.
    <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
    Facebook Share Button Code
    </b:if>
    1. Login to Blogger
    2. At the Dashboard go to Layout >> Edit HTML
    3. Check the Expand Widget Templates box on the right
    4. Using CTRL + F find this code: <data:post.body/>
    5. Copy and paste the following codes depending on your choice of Facebook Share Button style immediately before the line <data:post.body/>

      Note: If you have trouble finding <data:post.body/> alternatively you can paste the code directly below:
      <div class='post-header-line-1'/>

      Large Facebook Share Button (right aligned)


      <!-- Facebook Share Button -->
      <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
      <div style='float:right;padding:4px;'>
      <a expr:share_url='data:post.url' name='fb_share' rel='nofollow' type='box_count'/>
      <script src='http://static.ak.fbcdn.net/connect.php/js/FB.Share' type='text/javascript'/>
      </div></b:if>
      <!-- End Facebook Share Button -->


      Large Facebook Share Button (left aligned)


      <!-- Facebook Share Button -->
      <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
      <div style='float:left;padding:4px;'>
      <a expr:share_url='data:post.url' name='fb_share' rel='nofollow' type='box_count'/>
      <script src='http://static.ak.fbcdn.net/connect.php/js/FB.Share' type='text/javascript'/>
      </div></b:if>
      <!-- End Facebook Share Button -->


      Compact Facebook Share Button (right aligned)

      <!-- Facebook Share Button -->
      <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
      <div style='float:right;padding:4px;'>
      <a expr:share_url='data:post.url' name='fb_share' rel='nofollow' type='button_count'/>
      <script src='http://static.ak.fbcdn.net/connect.php/js/FB.Share' type='text/javascript'/>
      </div></b:if>
      <!-- End Facebook Share Button -->


      Compact Facebook Share Button (left aligned)


      <!-- Facebook Share Button -->
      <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
      <div style='float:left;padding:4px;'>
      <a expr:share_url='data:post.url' name='fb_share' rel='nofollow' type='button_count'/>
      <script src='http://static.ak.fbcdn.net/connect.php/js/FB.Share' type='text/javascript'/>
      </div></b:if>
      <!-- End Facebook Share Button -->

    6. Click Save
    7. View a blog post to see your new Facebook Share Button in action

    Summary
    Today you have learned how to add a Facebook Share Button to your Blogger blog. The Facebook Share Button will allow your readers to share your content which will attract new visitors to your blog. Adding a Facebook Share Button to your post pages only takes a few minutes.



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              Add a Print Friendly Button to Blogger        
    Attention Blogspot bloggers I have found a really easy way to allow visitors to my Blogger blogs to print out my articles. Today I am going to share with you this very easy trick. It only takes a few minutes to install a printer friendly button at the foot of your Blogger posts and you will be adding a lot of functionality to your blog.

    Advantages of Adding a PrintFriendly Button
    • Creates an attractive print friendly version of your blog article that is print optimized
    • Removes unwanted content such as Google ads
    • Provides flexibility to remove unwanted text and only print out what is important to the reader
    • All images can be removed leaving only the text thus saving paper and ink
    • Minimizes the risk of readers copying and pasting your material because they don't know how to print out

    The PrintFriendly button is a very handy gadget. When a visitor clicks on the button it will take them to an article preview screen and offers some printing and sharing options. There is the option to print out the article directly with or without images. Alternatively the article can be downloaded as a PDF file or a link to the article emailed. PrintFriendly even lets you share the article via a Twitter Tweet button.

    How To Add a Print Friendly Button to your Blogger blog
    1. Log into Blogger and select the blog you want to add the printer friendly button to.
    2. From the Blogger dashboard go to Layout > Edit HTML
    3. Tick the Expand Widget Templates checkbox.
    4. Using CTRL + F find the following code:
      <div class='post-footer'>

    5. Open a new browser window go to the PrintFriendly website
    6. At Step 1 go ahead and select the radio button for Blogger to choose your site type
    7. At Step 2 select the radio button for the print friendly button that you wish to use on your Blogger blog


    8. Copy the code snippet for your chosen button
    9. Then go back to your open Blogger window and find the code you identified in Step 4 of these instructions.
    10. Paste the code directly after the <div class='post-footer'> tag
    11. Save your template
    12. Click View Blog to see your PrintFriendly button beneath each post.

    Summary
    Today I introduced you to the PrintFriendly button - a button that print optimizes your Blogger posts. I discussed some of the main advantages of adding the printer friendly button to Blogger and I provided you with comprehensive instructions to add the button to your Blogger template.



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              Put a Twitter Button Icon on Blogger        
    Would you like your blog visitors to be able to follow you on Twitter? It's easy when you put a Twitter button on your Blogger blog (Blogspot blog). Let me show you how.

    Just follow the instructions below to add a Twitter button to Blogger to encourage your readers to follow your Twitter tweets. This is an easy way to attract new traffic to your blog and it only takes a few minutes.

    This Blogger tutorial is easy and doesn't involve changing your Blogger template.

    How to Put a Twitter Icon on Blogger (Blogspot)
    There are lots of Twitter icons to choose from. Below are several to get you started. Remember you can change this Twitter icon or button for another if you find a better one simply by changing the URL address of the image.

    1. Log in to Blogger
    2. At the Dashboard go to Layout > Page Elements
    3. Click Add a Gadget in the sidebar or where ever you want to place your Twitter icon
    4. Choose the HTML/Javascript gadget
    5. Copy and paste the following HTML code for the icon into the content box

      <a href="http://twitter.com/Your-Twitter-Username"><img width="150" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_vLeiVavkV_M/SspoQko3KOI/AAAAAAAAB4M/kMDVtv7Cfxk/s320/twitter-34c.png" height="124" title="Follow Me on Twitter"/></a><br/>


      <a href="http://twitter.com/Your-Twitter-Username"><img width="175" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_vLeiVavkV_M/SspuP_1ce9I/AAAAAAAAB4U/KiQtxEq-mus/s320/twitter8gif.gif" height="81" title="Follow Me on Twitter"/></a><br/>


      <a href="http://twitter.com/Your-Twitter-Username"><img width="152" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_vLeiVavkV_M/SspvMr71piI/AAAAAAAAB4c/31KBqHlFQpI/s320/nt11.png" height="68" title="Follow Me on Twitter"/></a><br/>


    6. Change Your-Twitter-Username for your own Twitter username
    7. Click Save
    8. View your blog to see the Twitter icon in your Blogger sidebar

    Summary
    Today you have learned how to add a Twitter button to your Blogger blog. If you follow the instructions above you will have your Twitter button or badge up and running in no time. Want another button design check out more free Twitter buttons.



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    Dalam dunia internet ekarang kelihatannya adalah masa keemasan dari situs-situs jejaring sosial. Fenomena Facebook yang sangat digemari (terutama di Indonesia) menjadikan sebagai suatu fenomena teknologi, social dan bisnis yang menarik. Selain Facebook, adalah Twitter yang juga mengalami kenaikan pamor diantara para pengguna internet.
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    Simple tapi powerful, mungkin itu kesan yang bisa terlihat dari Twitter. Bagi para pengguna yang tidak memiliki waktu banyak atau tidak ingin wara-wiri surfing dalam situs pertemanan, Twitter menyediakan cara berinteraksi yang simple tapi efisien.

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    Oktober 2006, Jack Dorsey menggandeng Biz Stone, Evan Williams membentuk Obvious Corp untuk membeli asset Odeo serta Twitter. Selanjutnya Odeo dan Twitter menjadi perusahaan yang terpisah. Untuk sumber dana dari Twitter sendiri didukung oleh perusahaan modal ventura (yang umum sering mendanai perusahaan start up yang potensial) seperti ; Benchmark Capital, Institusional Venture Partners, Union Square Ventures. Proses pendanaan Twitter ini menjunjukkan bahwa dalam bisnis teknologi internet seringkali suatu model bisnis awal memerlukan “suntikan dana” yang kuat. Karena belum tahu kapan model bisnis ini akan mulai menghasilkan. Sehingga perencanaan keuangan yang kuat mutlak diperlukan agar bisa survive dan menghasilkan cashflow positif.

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    “Six months into his presidency, Donald Trump is saddled with a stalled agenda, a West Wing that resembles a viper’s nest, a pile of investigations and a Republican Party that is starting to break away.”  [Journalists Julie Pace and Jonathan Lemire writing in The Washington Post, 29 July 2017]

    “This White House is broken, perhaps beyond repair. It can’t do anything right. It can’t issue executive orders that are enforceable. It can’t pass legislation. It can’t prioritize the president’s agenda. It can’t 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 president’s agenda and most importantly tell him what he does not want to hear. And none of that is happening.”  [Author Chris Whipple quoted in The Washington Post, 31 July 2017]

    “Yeah. He’s like a conveyor belt for bad overseas ideas.” [Journalist Richard Chirgwin tweeting about Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull on 2 August 2017]

    “By August 2 2017, we will have used more from Nature than our planet can renew in the whole year…..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.” [World Wildlife Fund quoted in the Independent on 2 August 2017]

              Samuel L. Jackson shares nipple pic for male breast cancer awareness        
    Actor Samuel L. Jackson has released a close-up photograph of his nipple to promote male breast cancer awareness. The star, a supporter of cancer charity One for the Boys, tweeted the snap to promote the organization’s new initiative #InTheNipOfTime, which encourages male social media users to post pictures of their own nipples to raise awareness
              ÙƒØªØ§Ø¨Ø© تغريدة طويلة اكبر من 140 حرف بطريقتين مختلفتين        




    كما هو معروف للجميع , يضع موقع تويتر حد على اقصى عدد لحروف التغريدة "التويتة" الواحدة , حيث لا يمكنك كتابة تغريدة تحتوى على اكثر من 140 حرف , ويسبب هذا التقيض إزعاجاً لدى شريحة كبيرة من مستخدمين احد اكبر مواقع للتواصل الاجتماعى ,, ولهذا السبب ظهرت العديد من المواقع التى تساعدك على تخطى هذا الحاجز بطرق مبتكرة , وفى درس اليوم سنستعرض احد تلك المواقع التى تمكنك من كسر حاجز ال 140 حرف بطريقتين فعالتين .

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              Waxahachie pitcher excels with one hand        

    Cristian Gonzalez, 15, pitches and plays first base for the Waxahachie Indians. And he does it differently than most anyone you’ve ever seen play the game.

     
           

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              High school coach who confronted...        

    SEATTLE -- A high school basketball coach in North Central Washington who was placed on leave after getting into a verbal confrontation with a teacher -- including threatening a "beat down" -- was reinstated last week. The incident was recorded on a student's cell phone.

           

              Coach fired over social media posts        

    LOCUST GROVE, Ga. -- Just 20 days after he was hired, former NFL corner back Fernando Bryant was fired from the head football coaching job at Strong Rock Christian School because of questionable social media posts, according to his termination letter.

           

              Sonos® PLAY:5 (gen 2) Home Wireless Speaker Unboxing Review @Sonos        
    Specs- Audio Six Class-D digital amplifiers perfectly tuned to match the six dedicated speaker drivers and the acoustic architecture. Three tweeters create the crispest and clearest high-frequency response. Three mid-woofers...
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    ThielAudio.com SPECIFICATIONS Inputs: AirPlay (wireless); Play-Fi (wireless); Bluetooth (wireless); Aux-in via 3.5mm stereo jack; Ethernet via RJ45 to USB connector (sold separately) Tweeters: Two 19mm edge-driven wide dispersion soft dome...
              STRIKING BEAUTY to Bring Politcal Satire to KC Fringe This Weekend        

    The artists have had it and are going on strike! Trouble is, they get the attention of The Man himself (via Twitter, of course) and it becomes a game of one-upmanship as they struggle to define the role of art and artists. The strike quickly generates a Tweet storm of surprising proportion.

    Come join us for a political satire that will question the views on both sides. Only two shows left! Presented by Thespiation! as part of the 2017 KC Fringe Festival, "Striking Beauty" will be performed at Phosphor Studio tonight, July 28, at 9 PM; and Saturday, July 29, at 4:30 PM. Phosphor Studio is located at 1730 Broadway Boulevard in the Crossroads Arts District.

    Thespiation! is an entertainment company more commonly known by its alias, The Mystery Train. After twelve seasons of interactive murder mystery shows, the creator and writer, Wendy Thompson, decided to produce something completely different. This is the company's Fringe debut. To learn more, visit www.kcfringe.org.


              STUDIES: FBI Crime Report Shows Murder Rates Remain Higher in Death Penalty States        

    The U.S. Department of Justice released its annual FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2014, reporting no change in the national murder rate since 2013. In the Northeast, the region with the fewest executions, the murder rate declined 5.7%, from 3.5 to 3.3 per 100,000 population. The murder rate was 1.7 times higher in the South, which carries out the most executions of any region. That region saw a 3.4% increase in the homicide rate, and its 5.5 murders per 100,00 population remained the highest rate of any region. Murder rates in the West and Midwest declined by 3.8% and 5.4%, respectively. A DPIC analysis of weighted murder rates found that death penalty jurisdictions continue to have a higher murder rate than non-death penalty jurisdictions (including Washington, D.C.): 4.7 per 100,000 compared to 3.8 per 100,000. Ten of the eleven states with the highest murder rates have the death penalty, while six of the eight lowest do not.

    ("Crime in the United States, 2014", U.S. Dept. of Justice (2015); DPIC analysis posted October 30, 2015).  See Deterrence and Murder Rates.

    REGION 2014 2013
    Northeast 3.3 3.5
    West 3.9 4.0
    Midwest 4.3 4.6
    South 5.5 5.3
    NATIONAL 4.5 4.5

    Rates are number of murders per 100,000 persons.


              FBI Reports Continued Decline in Police Officers Killed        

    On November 24, the FBI released a report on law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2013. Twenty-seven (27) officers were killed in "felonious acts," a 45% drop compared to 2012, when 49 officers were killed, and a 53% decline since 2004. Most (15) of the 27 officers killed were in the South, with Texas having the highest number of any state (6). Six officers were killed in the West, four in the Midwest, and only two in the Northeast. California had the second highest number, with 5. In 26 out of the 27 incidents, officers were killed by firearms. Forty-nine (49) other officers died as a result of accidents.

    (Press Release, "FBI Releases 2013 Statistics on Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted," Federal Bureau of Investigation, November 24, 2014). See Studies and Deterrence.


              STUDIES: Murder Rate Highest in South; Northeast Has Sharpest Decline        
    REGION 2013 Murder Rate 2012 Murder Rate Mur
    Northeast 3.5 3.8
    West 4.0 4.2
    Midwest 4.5 4.7
    South 5.3 5.5
    NATIONAL 4.5 4.7

     On November 10 the Justice Department released its annual Uniform Crime Report for 2013. The report revealed an overall decline of 5.2% in the national murder rate. The Northeast had the lowest murder rate--3.5 murders per 100,000 people--and the sharpest decline from last year. The South again had the highest murder rate (5.3). The West had the second-lowest murder rate (4.0), followed by the Midwest (4.5). The states with the highest murder rates in the country were Louisiana (10.8) and Alabama (7.2). The states with the lowest rates were Iowa (1.4) and Hawaii (1.5). The Northeast has also had the fewest executions in the modern era, with 4, and none since 2005. The South has had the highest number of executions (1,132) since 1976. The average murder rate for states with the death penalty (4.4) was higher than the average rate for states without the death penalty (3.4).

    Among the ten states with the lowest murder rates, six have abolished the death penalty. Overall, as the use of the death penalty has declined, the murder rate has continued to fall.

    ("Crime in the United States, 2013", U.S. Dept. of Justice, Nov. 10, 2014).  See Deterrence and Murder Rates.



     


              STUDIES: FBI Releases Report Including State Murder Rates for 2012        

    The U.S. Department of Justice recently released its annual FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2012. The national murder rate remained approximately the same in 2012 as in 2011. The Northeast, the region with the fewest executions, had the lowest murder rate of any region, and its murder rate decreased 3.4% from the previous year. The South, which carries out the most executions of any region, again had the highest murder rate in 2012. The murder rate in the West remained about the same, while the rate in the Midwest increased slightly. Six of the nine states with the lowest murder rates are states without the death penalty. The average murder rate of death penalty states was 4.7, while the average murder rate of states without the death penalty was 3.7 (not weighted by population).

    ("Crime in the United States, 2012", U.S. Dept. of Justice (2013); DPIC analysis posted October 28, 2013).  See Deterrence and Murder Rates.

    REGION
    2012
    2011
    Northeast 3.8 3.9
    West 4.2 4.2
    Midwest 4.7 4.5
    South 5.5 5.5
    NATIONAL 4.7
    4.7

    Rates are number of murders per 100,000 persons.


              STUDIES: FBI Preliminary Crime Report for 2012        

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently released the preliminary findings of its annual Uniform Crime Report for 2012. The final report will likely be published in October, but the initial statistics indicate the number of murders in the U.S. increased slightly by 1.5% from 2011. Three regions of the country showed an increase in murders, while one region declined. Murders in the Northeast decreased by 4.4%. The number of murders increased by 3.3% in the Midwest, 2.5% in the South, and 2.5% in the West. The entire Northeast has not carried out an execution since 2005 and accounts for less than 1% of the executions in the country since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. It consistently has the lowest murder rate for the 4 regions. The South, which regularly has the highest murder rate, has been responsible for 82% of the executions; the Midwest 12%; and the West 6%.

    (“Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report, January-December, 2012,” U.S. Dept. of Justice, June 2013; DPIC posted, Aug. 14, 2013).  See Deterrence and Murder Rates.


              STUDIES: FBI Releases 2011 Crime Report Showing Drop in Murder Rates        

    On October 29, the U.S. Justice Department released the annual FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2011, indicating that the national murder rate dropped 1.5% from 2010. This decline occurred at a time when the use of the death penalty is also decreasing nationally.  The Northeast region, which uses the death penalty the least, had the lowest murder rate of the 4 geographic regions, and saw a 6.4% further decrease in its murder rate in 2011, the largest decrease of any region.  By contrast, the South, which carries out more executions than any other region, had the highest murder rate. It saw a small decline from last year. The murder rate in the West remained about the same, while the rate in the Midwest increased slightly.  Four of the five states with the highest murder rates are death-penalty states, while four of the five states with the lowest murder rates are states without the death penalty. See table below.

    On the whole, the number of violent crimes in the U.S. dropped 3.8% from 2010 to 2011.

    (T. Frieden, "U.S. violent crime down for fifth straight year," CNN, October 29, 2012; "Crime in the United States, 2011", U.S. Dept. of Justice, October 29, 2012; DPIC analysis).  See Deterrence and Murder Rates. Listen to DPIC's podcast on Deterrence.

    REGION
    2011
    2010
    Northeast 3.9 4.2
    West 4.2 4.2
    Midwest 4.5 4.4
    South 5.5 5.6
    NATIONAL 4.7
    4.8

    Rates are number of murders per 100,000 persons.


              TIME Magazine Poses Five Reasons for Death Penalty Decline        

    In a cover story for TIME Magazine, award-winning journalist and TIME editor-at-large David Von Drehle explores the decline of capital punishment in the U.S.  Von Drehle offers five significant reasons for the drop in death sentences, executions, and public support for the death penalty in the United States. First, he cites persistent problems with the administration of the death penalty: botched executions and a lengthy appeals process that fails to identify wrongful convictions for decades, if at all. Second, he points to the falling crime rate, showing that support for the death penalty has closely tracked the national murder rate throughout the 20th century. The third reason Von Drehle gives is the erosion of the justification for capital punishment. Life without parole sentences provide an alternative way to ensure that a murderer will never be released and an equivalent to "[w]hatever deterrent capital punishment provides." He also describes the historical use of executions as a tool of white supremacy. While he notes that "the overt racism of the old order is now plainly unconstitutional," the system remains plagued by economic bias, as a result of which "[t]hose without the capital get the punishment." Fourth, he highlights the financial cost of the death penalty, which has led some prosecutors to decide that death sentences are simply not a priority within a constrained budget. Finally, he says, "Actions of the legislatures, lower-court judges and governors can all be read by the Supreme Court as signs of 'evolving standards of decency' in society," which the U.S. Supreme Court may eventually see as justification for striking down capital punishment. He concludes, "The facts are irrefutable, and the logic is clear. Exhausted by so many years of trying to prop up this broken system, the court will one day throw in the towel."

    (D. Von Drehle, "The Death of the Death Penalty," TIME Magazine, June 8, 2015.) See Arbitrariness and History of the Death Penalty.


              STUDIES: FBI Uniform Crime Report Finds Murder Rates Declined in 2008        

    The annual crime report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation showed a decline in the national murder rate.  The rate dropped 4.7% in 2008 compared to 2007. Despite a regional decline, the South still has the highest murder rate among the four geographic regions: 6.6 murders per 100,000 people, higher than the national rate of 5.4. The Northeast still maintains the lowest murder rate at 4.2. There were 16,272 murders or non-negligent manslaughters in 2008, according to the report.  (FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2008 (published Sept. 2009)). The South has accounted for over 80% of executions since 1976 (971 of 1176 executions), while the Northeast accounted for less than 1% (4 of 1176).  Of the 20 states with the highest murder rates in the country, all of them had the death penalty in 2008.

    Blacks and whites were victims of murder in about equal numbers in 2008, with each accounting for about 48% of murder victims.  In death penalty cases resulting in executions, however, 78% of the victims in the underlying murder where white.  Studies have shown that defendants are more likely to receive the death penalty if the victim in the underlying murder was white than if the victim was black.

    (Posted Oct. 13, 2009).  See Murder Rates and Race.


              Murders Drop in New Jersey Following Moratorium and Abolition of Death Penalty        

    The number of murders in New Jersey declined 24% in the first six months of 2009 compared to the same period last year.  Murders declined in 2008, the year after the state abolished the death penalty, marking the first time since 1999 that New Jersey has seen a drop in murders for two consecutive years.  Murders dropped 11% in 2007, the year following a state-imposed moratorium on executions, which was instituted in 2006. Governor Jon Corzine, who signed the bill abolishing the death penalty, was encouraged by the statistics and attributed the decline to aggressive crime-fighting measures: "The release of these crime report statistics shows that we are winning important battles in the war against violent criminals and gangs," said the Governor. "Thanks to the efforts of Attorney General Milgram and the New Jersey law enforcement community, county task forces, police departments, and partner agencies, more than  4,200 offenders have been arrested for crimes including murder, assault with a firearm, armed robbery, and gun and drug trafficking. We know more work remains.  Even one act of violence against a New Jersey citizen is one too many."

    For the first six months of 2009, the overall statewide homicide rate was down every month as compared to the same month in 2008.  The broader category of violent crime also decreased in the past two years.  New Jersey was the first state to legislatively abolish the death penalty since the 1960s.

    (Press Release, Gov. Corzine and Attorney General Anne Milgram, Aug. 3, 2009; DPIC research).  See Deterrence and Recent Legislation.


              Perez Hilton Has a New Baby; Who is Missing a New Baby?        
    About 41 minutes ago (according to Tweetdeck), Modern Family actress Sophia Vergara wrote an angry message to Perez Hilton: mobi.perezhilton.com/2013-02-27-sof…
              Nothing Show - Episode 11: Dirty Snowflake and Julien Smith        
    Episode 11 of The Nothing Show.Today: Dave Delaney will play Julien Smith and Tim Coyne will play Dirty Snowflake.Special thanks to Dirty Snowflake and Julien for their tweets.The Nothing Show theme music is by: Keith Troup. idmstudios.com.Listen Now or subscribe for free updates automatically using iTunes.

              Nothing Show - Episode 10: Al3x and BumbleBunny        
    Episode 11 of The Nothing Show.Today: Dave Delaney will play Al3x and Tim Coyne will play BumbleBunny.Special thanks to Alex and Valerie for their tweets.The Nothing Show theme music is by: Keith Troup. idmstudios.com.Listen Now or subscribe for free updates automatically using iTunes.

              Nothing Show - Episode 9: Laura "Pistachio" Fitton and Pamela Tribbons        
    Episode 9 of The Nothing Show.Today: Dave Delaney will play Pistachio and Tim Coyne will play Pamela Tribbons.Special thanks to Laura and Pamela for their tweets.The Nothing Show theme music is by: Keith Troup. idmstudios.com.Listen Now or subscribe for free updates automatically using iTunes.

              Nothing Show - Episode 8: Sleepy Dad and Candice        
    Episode 8 of The Nothing Show.Today: Dave Delaney will play Sleepy Dad and Tim Coyne will play Candice.Special thanks to Sleepy Dad and Candice for their tweets.The Nothing Show theme music is by: Keith Troup. idmstudios.com.Listen Now or subscribe for free updates automatically using iTunes.

              Nothing Show - Episode 7: Veronica Belmont and Amanda Gravel        
    Episode 7 of The Nothing Show.Today: Dave Delaney will play Veronica Belmont and Tim Coyne will play Amanda Gravel.Special thanks to Veronica and Amanda for their tweets.The Nothing Show theme music is by: Keith Troup. idmstudios.com.Listen Now or subscribe for free updates automatically using iTunes.

              Nothing Show - Episode 6: Justine Ezarik and Eli Duke        
    Episode 6 of The Nothing Show.Today: Dave Delaney will play Justine Ezarik AKA iJustine and Tim Coyne will play Eli Duke from Elisfanclub.Special thanks to Justine and Eli for their tweets.The Nothing Show theme music is by: Keith Troup. idmstudios.com.Listen Now or subscribe for free updates http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifautomatically using iTunes.

              Nothing Show - Episode 5: Nick Douglas and Sarah Wurrey        
    Episode 5 of The Nothing Show.Today: Dave Delaney will play Nick Douglas and Tim Coyne will play Sarah Wurrey.Special thanks to Nick and Sarah for their tweets.The Nothing Show theme music is by: Keith Troup. idmstudios.com.Listen Now or subscribe for free updates automatically using iTunes.

              Nothing Show - Episode 4: Chris Penn and John Wall        
    Episode 4 of The Nothing Show.Today: Dave Delaney will play Chris Penn and Tim Coyne will play John Wall.Special thanks to Chris and John for their tweets.The Nothing Show theme music is by: Keith Troup. idmstudios.com.Listen Now or subscribe for free updates automatically using iTunes.

              Nothing Show - Episode 3: Chel Pixie and Andy Ihnatko        
    Episode 3 of The Nothing Show.Today: Dave Delaney will play Chel Pixie and Tim Coyne will play Andy Ihnatko.Special thanks to Chel and Andy for their tweets.The Nothing Show theme music is by: Keith Troup. idmstudios.com.Listen Now or subscribe for free updates automatically using iTunes.

              Nothing Show - Episode 2: Marina Martin and Chris Brogan        
    Episode 2 of The Nothing Show.Tonight: Dave Delaney will play Chris Brogan and Tim Coyne will play Marina Martin.Special thanks to Marina and Chris for their tweets.The Nothing Show theme music is by: Keith Troup. idmstudios.com.Listen Now or subscribe for free updates automatically using iTunes.

              Nothing Show - Episode 1: C.C. Chapman and Merlin Mann        
    Episode 1 of The Nothing Show.Tonight: Dave Delaney will play C.C. Chapman and Tim Coyne will play Merlin Mann.Special thanks to C.C. and Merlin for their tweets.The Nothing Show theme music is by: Keith Troup. idmstudios.com. Thanks Keith!Listen Now or subscribe for free updates automatically using iTunes.

              Join the Conversation! MommyTechTV Wants to Hear from You        

    Tweet #mommytechtv With Your Questions & Point of View; Prizes for Best & Most Tweets

    (PRWeb January 08, 2014)

    Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/MommyTechTV/2014ces/prweb11470343.htm


              arrêtés        
    Un employé d'Oxford et un universitaire arrêtés après un meurtre Un employé de l'université britannique d'Oxford et un enseignant d'une faculté de Chicago ont été arrêtés aux États-Unis où ils étaient recherchés pour le meurtre d'un Américain, a annoncé dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi la police de Chicago Andrew Warren, 56 ans, et Wyndham Lathem, 42 ans, sont détenus par la police à Oakland, en Californie, selon un tweet du porte-parole de la police de Chicago. Une chasse à l'homme pour retrouver les deux hommes avait été lancée dans l'ensemble des États-Unis. Ils auraient poignardé à mort Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, un coiffeur de 26 ans retrouvé mort à son domicile de Chicago, la semaine dernière. Le meurtre a été si violent, a expliqué la police, que la lame du couteau utilisé s'est brisée. Les autorités ont révélé vendredi que Wyndham Lathem avait envoyé un message vidéo à ses proches pour demander pardon après ce meurtre. Wyndham Lathem aurait évoqué «la plus grosse erreur de sa vie». M. Lathem est professeur associé à la Northwestern University de Chicago, où il travaille depuis dix ans. Après l'annonce des soupçons pesant sur lui, l'université a indiqué dans un communiqué l'avoir placé en congés administratifs et lui avoir interdit l'entrée sur le campus. Quant à Andrew Warren, une page du site internet d'Oxford qui a depuis été supprimée le décrivait comme un assistant administratif à Somerville College. La police n'a pour l'instant pas communiqué sur les relations entre ces deux hommes ni entre eux et la victime. Plusieurs zones d'ombre entourent ce sordide fait divers, en particulier selon le Chicago Tribune la raison pour laquelle Warren a subitement quitté la Grande-Bretagne le 24 juillet pour se rendre à Chicago pour la première fois. Un autre mystère est rapporté par le journal, un don anonyme de 1000 dollars effectué au profit d'une librairie du Wisconsin voisin au nom de la victime et après l'agression. Source : AFP le 5 août 2017
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              [Photo] BYJ spotted in front of Key East on 14th Sept        
    source: twitter tomato99 ‏@_tomato99 pic lifted from HJ fan's tweet, BYJ spotted in front on KE on 14th 14日のヨンジュンさん - つきのほっこり部屋 - Yahoo!ブログ http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/byjwakayama/10271009.html …



              Happy Birthday to BYJ ~ Message from JYP        
    source: twitter




    욘사마 생일빵! ㅋㅋ 추카해~~ Happy Birthday Yong Joon! Here's your birthday beating~~! 

              [Update] BYJ spotted in East Village, New York        
    source: twitter by tomato

    tomato99


    YJ was spotted at East Village, NY ^^RT : 오늘 뉴욕 이스트빌리지에 있는 한 식당 안에서 배용준 봤음. 그냥 그렇다고요.

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              #CoxCiscoTV TweetChat at CES and #PersonalTV Instagram Photo Contest        
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              Jontay Porter to Reclassify, Play with Brother Michael at Missouri Next Season        

    Michael Porter Jr. won't be the only Porter playing for the Missouri Tigers in the upcoming college basketball season.

    On Wednesday, Jontay Porter—Michael's younger brother—tweeted he will reclassify to the 2017 recruiting class:

    "This is going to be a special year for Mizzou basketball, and I couldn't pass up on this opportunity to be a part of it," Jontay Porter said, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com. "Playing with Michael was definitely one of the most attractive things about reclassifying. Every team we've played on together has had major success, so hopefully that trend continues."

    The Porter brothers will have the opportunity to play for their father, Michael Porter Sr., who is an assistant coach on new head coach Cuonzo Martin's staff.

    Jontay Porter was originally set to join the Washington Huskies, but he decommitted after the firing of Lorenzo Romar. His brother also decided against joining the Huskies and headed to the Tigers.

    Martin has put together a loaded 2017 recruiting class, which Scout listed as the eighth-best group in the country. It already included Michael Porter Jr., who is a 5-star prospect on Scout, Jeremiah Tilmon, Blake Harris and C.J. Roberts, and it now has Jontay Porter as another potentially dominant force in the frontcourt.

    "He makes everything easier for everybody on the court and that's one thing that he's very good with," Michael Porter Jr. said, per Goodman. "He might not fill the stat sheet in term of points, but the way he attacks the game it makes it so much easier. I think him coming here alongside the other players we have here will be ridiculous."

    The Tigers were an abysmal 8-24 last season but feature this talented incoming class as well as returning pieces Jordan Barnett, Kevin Puryear and Terrence Phillips. They figure to be a much more potent threat to the Kentucky Wildcats and others in the SEC this season.

    Read more Missouri Tigers Basketball news on BleacherReport.com


              Thanks        
    Many times, during a run, I find myself talking to my body.
    I am not talking to myself. I am talking to the vessel carrying me across the path.
    I have had that kind of relationship with my body for years, decades, really, since I began climbing mountains and trying to find a way to work through the altitude sickness and reach the top. I treat my body as if it has a conscience. It works for me. If it makes me look a little New Agey, well, that's OK.
    But before Arizona a week ago, since the Chicago Marathon in October, I'd been in a spat with my body. Cramps ravaged me in Chicago despite a wonderful first half, and I was pissed at it. This wasn't rational, but spats rarely are, even to the point where I refused to acknowledge that I pushed it too hard, too fast. I refused to acknowledge, in other words, that the fight was mostly my fault.
    As a result, for the first time since I began running in 2005, I found myself having to push myself to get outside. I almost fell into a depression, and I probably would have, if depression wasn't a selfish luxury that my busy Dad life can't afford. I ran out of habit, or to get my golden retriever puppy out, or a way to escape the house for a half hour or so. I didn't run out of joy. And when I ran, I was silent. I didn't talk to my body at all. I was alone.
    I even faked it on Twitter occasionally, tweeting that I was recovered from the marathon, ready to go, blah blah blah.
    I now understand what was wrong. Something really is wrong. I've downplayed it a bit on Facebook and Twitter, but I'm dealing with a doozy here, and yet it's a doozy that doesn't sound like it should be a doozy. It sounds like something your 94-year-old grandfather should be battling.
    My sinuses are a mess.
    Years ago, I'd get a sinus infection with every cold. If you haven't had one, try pouring rubber cement and a razor blade in your nose, then do a lap around the track 20 times wearing a sweater. The Netti Pot took care of the chronic problem for a few years. But I got a cold in late August, while training for the marathon. Then the flood hit, and I worked two weeks into one, most of it under rain and in sewage and rivers, and all of it was emotionally draining. Did I keep training? Of course I did.
    The sinus infection that came probably as a result hasn't gone away. In fact, after a brief time when I thought the drugs had worked, the infection's gotten worse.
    There's been some pain, a near-constant stuffy head and a general feeling of being run down, like all I can do once my kids go to bed on most nights is go to bed after them. I have seen a specialist, and I'm getting a CT scan in a couple weeks. I wouldn't be surprised if surgery wasn't next.
    The only thing that kept me running was Arizona. I was going to run the Rock and Roll Half on Jan. 19, and if I was going to travel to a place to run a race, I wasn't going to suck at it. I may not PR, and the chances of me even turning in a decent race were pretty slim, I thought, but I would not suck. That would be a waste of time and money and my Get Out Of Jail free card from the spouse.
    At times, running sucked. My sinuses weren't draining, so all that poison went down my throat, not out of my nose. Fun. So at the start of every run, I choked to the point of nearly puking for at least two miles. After one especially tough run, I was on my knees for 10 minutes, spitting and coughing, at a park while others stared.
    Three weeks before Arizona, though, just in the nick of time, my body seemed to rally. I could breathe. My legs, unburdened with speed workouts, seemed bouncy. My attitude improved. So did my outlook on running. I put in some good miles, and I even began to enjoy them.
    This led me to the morning of the race. I was in the first corral, the badass corral, having no idea whether I belonged to be there. I always tell people to be thankful before the start of a race. It had been a tough few weeks, and I chose, instead, to wait to see what happened.
    At mile 3, when I passed my running partner, I turned to her and said "today's going to be a good day."
    I tell people to be thankful because you don't know when some shit's gonna go down and you won't be able to run any longer. One of my closest friends is going through that now. My partner, one of the toughest people I know, had some recurring back problems that day, even though she still finished strong. You just don't know.
    This ending isn't perfect. I've felt pretty lousy the last couple of days, and I won't feel myself until doctors fix what's wrong. That could take another two months, and that may be best-case. But until then, I'll think back to that day in Arizona, when I ran my second-best half ever, at 1:36, and I thanked my body many times for responding the way it did.
    I thanked my body as I talked to it continually throughout the race. And when I did, it felt to me like old friends sharing a pot of coffee.






              Cheering out the ugly        
    It's not often, but there have been times, during a race, when I wasn't sure I was going to make it.
    It happened more often earlier in my running "career" than it has of late. I've learned a few things.
    I've learned how to enjoy running more, and I've learned that with that enjoyment comes pain. If you think about it, lots of fun stuff hurts, and that goes for things that are bad for you and good for you.
    I learned how to deal with the pain by repeating mantras, falling in love with lowering my times and pushing myself far beyond what the guy in my 20s thought was possible. But there was something else I learned too. I learned how to accept encouragement.
    I once thought I should be able to get through whatever was thrown at me on my own. You can get through life that way, but only if life is fairly easy. My life was pretty easy until I started running.
    Running brings the pain. I've never been as miserable as I've been during a bad race, even on my worst days of mountaineering. I've fantasized about many things in my life, many wonderful things, and yet nothing left me as longing as much as deep, easy breathing, a calm stomach and toes without blisters when I'm in the throes of a tough race. Yes, there are times when you feel superhuman, and those times are why you run, because more often than not, you feel inhuman.
    You want nothing more than to be done. And then you look up and see someone you usually don't know smiling at you. Holding a funny sign for you. Clapping for you. Cheering for you.
    This is why God made spectators.
    Sometimes they say stupid things. I've heard "you're almost there" two miles from the finish, which is fine, unless you're running a marathon and your legs are cramping. But many times they don't. They say "you're looking strong" or "nice work" or, best of all, they just yell and cheer and clap.
    It always amazes me. Running, unless you love it, is not a spectator friendly sport. I agree with the signs: It really is the worst parade ever. Besides, we runners can be an annoying bunch. We talk too much about it, or at least I do. We post about it too much, too, or at least I do. There's a joke that surfaces on Twitter occasionally, and every time I see it, I laugh a knowing laugh. Unfortunately I'm paraphrasing, but here goes: How will you know when someone is training for a marathon? Don't worry. They'll tell you.
    Yet I wrote a story that ran in today's paper about four runners who ran Monday's Boston Marathon, and all of them said, without a doubt, the spectators were wonderful. I've heard that from others as well. It's one of many reasons why, one day, I want to run there.
    Monday, as you know, was a terrible day. It was one of the worst I've had, and while I wasn't there, I had close friends there, including one who is a training partner, someone I run with pretty often. A few friends and I had no idea if she was safe for almost an hour after we learned the bombs went off.
    The Boston Marathon is one of my favorite days of the year. It's a lifetime goal. It's simply special. Someone could not have hurt me more, at least not symbolically, by attacking it.
    And yet when I talked to those runners today for my story, they talked a little bit about the bombing. They talked a lot more about the crowds.
    I thought about that, and many times, those same crowds cheering me and my fellow runners lifted me up too during a race. Sometimes they even brought me out of the darkness.
    I've been cheered by friends, and there's no doubt it means a little more. But during a painful race, there isn't that much distinction between the cheers from a friend or a stranger. It all helps. It's all wonderful.
    There's been lots of brave talk about not letting terrorism defeat us, and I agree with all that, but you know, this shook me pretty hard. It probably did you too. Monday we all may have felt a little bit like we weren't going to make it. Maybe you still feel that way.
    I'm already feeling a little better, though, and here's why. I've been lifted by this country's reaction to our running community. People wore race shirts to work, and they talked about our runners' spirit in stories and tweets and posts. It's been wonderful. The last time a huge news event clashed with a race, it was New York, and runners were treated like pariahs in some ways. That marathon created divisive debate. Boston seems to be healing a lot more old wounds, even if an attack opened some new ones.
    It makes me think we can all lift each other, still, despite lately feeling the exact opposite about our country. A pat on the back, a smile, even a little hoo-rah can go a long way. All that can get us through the day. They can get us through the next mile.
    Those runners I interviewed did mention how loud, how angry, the explosion was. But they kept going back to those cheers. Those wonderful cheers. They simply must have been louder than the bomb.


              Addicted to disconnection        
    My wife looked at me funny when I asked her where she was at gymnastics.
    We were on the second shift of gymnastics. My son was done, and it was the girls' turn. I was doing what I was told, as usual, and waiting for Jayden to put his clothes on so I could take him home. I missed Kate taking the girls in, so I gathered up Jayden, who was protesting that he wanted to be with Mom, and put him in the car.
    "What do you mean?" she said later when I asked her why I missed her. "I talked to you. You answered. Allie came up to say hi."
    I might as well have been sleepwalking.
    Only I wasn't asleep.
    I was looking at my iPhone.
    To my credit, I was reading a story, a long, narrative story, the kind that makes me a better writer. But I can't just say I'm devoted to my craft. I'm really devoted to the phone. Sometimes, I wonder, more than my kids.
    My iPhone is my favorite thing now. It has Angry Birds, e-mail, texting, Twitter, Facebook, Words With Friends and lots of other things to keep me from talking to anyone, even my family.
    Lots of articles have come out in the last year about the addictive nature of smartphones, one of the more obvious things to cover in the last couple of years. Anytime I'm in a waiting area, or in a place where humans might actually interact with each other, two out of every three people are buried in their phones. I'm no different. I probably spend more time on my phone than I do read a book, read the paper or, sadly, play with my kids.
    My wife even used it in a fight later. You're never here, she said. You're here, but you're not HERE.
    She's right. I would love to blame it on the culture. It's easy to think that if others are looking at their phone, it's OK for you to do it too. That IS part of the problem. But it's not all of the problem.
    Most of the problem is that I'm an introvert.
    My iPhone broke a few days ago. The LED light wouldn't go off. I tried a lot of different solutions, but my last straw before taking it back to the Apple store was a Restore.
    I did a restore on the iPhone, and I laughed when I did it. Usually the iPhone restores me.
    Introverts crave time alone. That's what restores us. And when you're a parent of young children, that time is so limited. It's by far the hardest thing for me now. I probably need three hours a night to myself after work and baths and dinner. I get, maybe, an hour. Sometimes it's less, especially now that Jayden, 6, continually goes out of his room for drinks, snacks, begging to sleep in our bed, ask to watch me play Super Mario Bros. again, etc.
    Given that, I snatch whatever time to myself I can get, and burying my nose in my phone actually disconnects me enough to give me that feeling of being alone. It's pretty frightening, actually, how lost I can get in it. I can have someone talk to me, and I can answer, without even knowing they are there, apparently. I wonder if my iPhone actually plugged a wire into me that night at gymnastics, forcing me to answer, so I would continue to play it.
    That's only science fiction talking. Then again, a decade ago, a device that would play music, games, text, e-mail, surf the Internet, post a tweet, Facebook, take pictures and play movies probably seemed like science fiction too.
    My New Year's Resolution is to spend more time with my kids and my wife. I'm always around. But now I need to be AROUND.
    Every time it buzzes, I fight an itch. Playing Hot Wheels with the kids, so far, has scratched it.


    P.S. You probably noticed some changes I made to the blog. I'm tempted to change the address in my blog, too, but I don't want to lose the audience I've built here. Regardless, I'm finally acknowledging that the focus of this blog has shifted, and rather than quit, I'd like to keep it going. If you'd like a link, let me know, as I tried to eliminate most of you who haven't written in a while.

              Bright Lights, Big Post        
    Warning: This post is long. I won't apologize for it, but I don't expect you to read it. If you want, you could divide it up to before race day and after, though I think you'll miss the theme if you do. I don't even have it in the headline.
    Enjoy. I guess.


    My life feels like it began after I had kids.
    This is a cliche turned on its head (you see what I did there?) because it's not meant to be a caption for "The Family Circus." My life feels that way because of the way it seems to be rushing by without me getting so much as a glimpse of it. Time flies when you're having fun. It flies even more when you're too busy to have it.
    When Jayden was born six years ago, I began to notice that whole chunks out of the year just seemed to vanish. I distinctly remember three things. Finishing the 14ers, the first time I played online poker for money and Jayden's birth. The rest, even when Kate told me she was pregnant, is a smear. And then life seemed to get smooshed into globs of seasons without any kind of a calendar to mark it. It was hot, then cold, only we were inside most of the time, changing diapers and collapsing into bed. Vacations were the same every year, a trip to Kansas to see Kate's grandmother and my parents. We'd put the tree up at Christmas. Then we would take it down.
    The girls were born a couple years later, and I'll be damned if I can recall much of anything in that first year. I remember being tired.
    Time, by then, was indistinguishable. Songs I loved felt like they were released just weeks ago, and someone had to tell me it was a couple years ago. Metallica's "Death Magnetic," my favorite recent album, came out in 2008. That's a high school career ago.
    My high school career, those four years in high school, still feel like 20 to me. I can tell you what albums came out then and what I was doing every month in my life. I can point out the grocery store that let us buy beer and the other that almost had us arrested. I know all the movies.
    I was busy then, too, almost as busy as I am now. But I marked my life with moments. There were so many moments. There were moments in my life that I'll remember forever.
    I love my kids dearly, but when you're a parent, at least in the first six years I've done it, I've found myself so bent on surviving them, and life, and all the crap that comes in between, that it's easy to forget to have moments.
    There are a ton of milestones, but most of them are your kids', not your own, other than their births. And if you don't have anything to write down anything significant on the calendar, how do you know when it's time to turn the page?
    Which is the longest lede you'll ever read from me, in perhaps the longest blog post I'll ever write.
    Other than a few times in my life, say, Jayden's first day of Kindergarten or my first marathon, I had run out of moments. The #wpbt started to feel that way as well. Even those special trips sort of blurred together. And then I decided to run the Vegas Half Marathon.
    Well, we did.
    That's kind of the point.
    • • • 
    It's hard to explain what the #wpbt is to people, and so I treat it like Fight Club. You know the first rule of Fight Club, right? I followed it.
    My life is so different back home. I don't drink much, play poker much or even stay up past 10 p.m. much. When I had a 40th birthday surprise party, I didn't get drunk, to the crushing disappointment of one of my best friends.
    I also find it hard to explain to people why running has taken over my life. I hated it for so many years. I always thought it was because I had to shave my mountain climbing down to a nub after the kids were born, and I needed something to keep me motivated to stay active. But I've thought about this trip a lot the last few days, and I've come to two conclusions why both things mean a lot to me.
    The first is the milestones.
    The second is the people.
    • • •
    Sure, the roads were snowpacked Thursday morning, even icy in spots, but the thought of my plane being cancelled never occurred to me until I heard it announced over the loudspeaker in the small airport in Fort Collins.
    Running's taught me more than anything else how to deal with adversity. Climbing laid the groundwork, but when you're running, adversity is only a few steps behind. Cramps, side stitches, unplanned trips to the bathroom, hunger, thirst, cold, heat, dogs, wild animals, your balance, your sense of direction, nausea, black ice, injuries, 5 a.m. wake-ups, bad food, your GPS, a leaky Gatorade bottle, other runners and even your very breath (really, especially that) all conspire to screw you over, probably when you least expect it.
    Whatever running hasn't taught me how to handle, being a parent takes care of the rest, like dealing with puke and poop or a bad night's sleep.
    So I can handle just about any situation, and I was handling it. I was handling it like a motherfucker as I shuffled back to my car, until I heard the message that another flight wouldn't be available until Friday evening.
    I was going to miss half the fun after not being at #wpbt last year.
    I was instantly, totally crushed.
    I said so on Twitter.
    Then I started getting tweets back.
    I had to pull over my car to read and respond to all of them.
    They were offers to get me on another one-way flight using their miles.
    I can think on my feet when I'm a reporter, a runner or a climber, but in the rest of my life, I'm a planner. 
    It took me a moment to gather my thoughts.
    I didn't know how I'd get home, and I wasn't sure if I'd get a refund from this flight, and if I didn't, I'd have to suck it up and go Friday night. My head was swimming. Did I have time to get to Denver's airport? Could I still make it that Thursday night? Was it worth it? How much more money would it cost me?
    A small voice whispered to me. This is like the race you are about to run.
    I was home maybe five minutes. I called the airline and (woot!) and got a refund. I was packed, my bag was in the car, and I was ready to go.
    April's offer was the best. With her 25,000 miles, she could get me off the ground at 3 p.m. 
    Book it! I Tweeted, as I was on my way to the airport, in the car, with Christmas music blasting through the speakers. 
    She did. 
    First Class.
    For $75.
    It wasn't lost on me that this reminded me of two other times when people did something completely selfless and unexpected that required a sacrifice, and both those other times involved the same sense of community I got from climbing and get now from running. Once was just after the time a decade ago when I got trapped in a rock avalanche and barely escaped with my life. I was beaten up, bloodied and a bit broken, and I had a long way to go. Eight miles. A quarter-mile into the hike, someone offered me his hiking poles. I turned them down at first, until my Dad chased the guy down after I stumbled down the trail a couple times. I could not have made it without them. We returned them a week later.
    The second was during my first marathon, and I was at mile 20 when I got hit by severe cramps. People gave me their bananas, pretzels and drinks. I made it across.
    In both cases, these were adventures that people planned far in advance, and they brought that food and drink (and the poles) in case something bad happened to them. Instead, they risked their own well being to give them to me.
    April took time out of her day and gave me a shitload of airline miles just so I could get there Thursday night and have dinner with some bloggers.
    I bought her meal that night.
    • • •
    By now you're wondering why I decided to run the race. Or, most likely, you no longer care and have moved on to Angry Birds. I don't blame you.
    Still with me? Wow.
    A couple years ago (oh man, I'm REALLY trying your patience now, aren't I, I mean, how much exposition can one blog have), John, aka Bad Blood, wrote me, wondering how he could run a 10K in 48 minutes. It was for a bet. Rob, aka Gordon, aka um, G-Rob, was losing a bunch of weight, and Blood bet him some pounds against his time. 
    I knew Blood a bit, mostly because we both liked music that scared most people, but I was happy to help because, well, I love talking about running, probably way too much. So I put him on a plan, taught him how to run speed work and tempo runs, and he crushed the race. It was really fun. So when he wanted to do a half marathon, I helped him with that, too, and it turned out to be really, really fun. He got hooked on the running, and I got hooked on the help. We stayed in touch throughout the years.
    When Rock and Roll sent me an e-mail stating that the race would be held that night, I registered, not knowing, or caring, how it would work with #wpbt. I had a feeling John would want to do it too. He did.
    Only he had a surprise. Others were interested too.
    They were only interested at first. Brad, aka Otis, seemed especially nervous about it. I knew Brad a bit, too, as I had met him during a trip two years ago, while Steel Panther blasted in the background, and he was kind of a legend among the #wpbt, and he was a pretty darn good writer and was really supportive of my own writing, which, of course, meant a lot because I tend to write long, rambling sentences with a lot of commas.
    So, OK. I wrote him an email, explaining that a half marathon really, truly, honestly wasn't as hard as it sounded. At least the training wasn't. You didn't have to run all day, every day, while whipping yourself like a monk. Really, for what you get out of the race, it's a pretty good deal.
    John just told Brad to pull his head out of his ass and sign up.
    I'm not sure what worked more.
    G-Rob, fresh off losing 100 pounds, which would leave me weighing about as much as my 6-year-old, and Doc signed up as well. We had a group.
    I volunteered to help right away just like I helped John. Part of me likes being the guru. But mostly I do it because I remembered when I first started running, and so many great runners, people who were destroying me in races, turning in times I never thought I'd run, helped me. They waited for me on group runs, talked to me about different ways to run and introduced me to the concept of runs having a purpose, not just strapping on shoes and getting out there. I remembered that, and I thought it was time to pay them back by (sigh, I hate this expression) paying it forward to others.
    The e-mails among our group started back in the summer. They didn't stop until it was time for the race. They meant far more than I thought they would when they started.
    • • •
    No, I'm not breaking this into parts. Deal with it.
    • • •
    As excited as I was for the race, I felt conflicted when I got there Thursday night. I was eating with Astin, Heather, April, Dawn, Ryan and later Michelle.
    (By the way, I liked how we sort of ditched the nicknames for the most part this year and called each other by our real names. I occasionally referred to them if I needed them or wanted them, aka Bad Blood is such a badass name that it fit before we headed out to the race. But for the most part people went by their actual names. It was time).
    The food was fantastic, but I chose not to drink, and I worried about eating too much greasy or fried pickings. It was like that most of the weekend. Vegas is usually the one place I don't have to be on guard all the time, and yet I had to be. I focused on eating rice, pasta, breads, pancakes and fruit and not drinking, in addition to drinking a lot of water.
    The race doesn't happen until you hit the starting line, but really, it begins a few days before, when you load your body with carbs, try not to eat anything that will screw with your stomach on race day and try to get rest. You also probably shouldn't drink a lot.
    What helped was not only were my running partners following the same program, but many of the rest of us bloggers were too. This time seemed far mellower than any other. I even saw AlCan'tHang sober a few times. I preferred it that way. We're all older now, and it's nice to act like it a little bit. There were no wheelchair stories, and as disappointing as that was, acting like adults does mean sacrificing a little fun.
    So Thursday and Friday were fun, but they involved poker (with Jordan and Carol, mostly, which was awesome). Then Otis came to town Friday afternoon. You all know the story by now. I'll let him tell the bulk of it. But his father died suddenly earlier that week.
    I'd already written him off for the most part, though a part of me, selfishly, really wanted him there. We all did.
    Otis/Brad had really embraced running, and I got as much joy out of coaching him than anyone I've ever helped. He was thankful, of course, but more than that, I could see what it did for him spiritually. I told him for weeks as he got on the program that running really would become enjoyable, and one day, after those many weeks, I got an email from him, explaining how he'd finally had that day. Running, the outdoors and mountain climbing are much more to me than a way to exercise, and finally Brad felt that way too.
    I hoped he was going to go, but our group let him make that decision.
    He sent us an email that he was coming when I was on my way to the airport.
    We spent Friday night, after an appearance at the mellow blogger mixed game, at the Monte Carlo poker room. It's a run-down place, close to the opposite of the Aria poker room.
    It was exactly what we needed.
    John arrived late that night.
    It was good to have our group together.
    • • •
    You won't find many details of the nights here. I"m not afraid to share them, of course, as they were fairly tame, especially by Vegas standards, but this post is long enough, and there were some special times that don't need to make the Internet. We had a wonderful pasta dinner Saturday, the night before the race, picked by Brad, where we reflected on our training and the guys surprised me by buying me dinner. I was so touched I forgot to say no.
    The place was located next to the Palms, and we played a wild game (one of several that weekend, and those wild games meant me picking my spots while they splashed around a lot of chips), and I'll just say two words: Jose Canseco (the guy's kinda a whiner at the table).
    That Saturday was especially mellow: We picked up our number for the race, played the tournament and cheered Brad's min-cash before we went to the runner's Expo that night and then dinner.
    We got in fairly late but slept until 10 a.m. Sunday. After a pancake breakfast, we decided the best thing to do was play a little poker to take our mind off what we were facing.
    I'd never run a night race before, especially not something as ardrous as a half. I grabbed a large Gatorade to drink over the afternoon with Brad. At the last second, he picked up a couple black pens.
    When I sat at the poker table, I instantly pulled off two huge bluffs and was betting like a maniac. In other words, I was playing exactly like I usually DON'T play. What was going on? I didn't even realize what I was doing until someone whispered, "I'm gonna get this wild guy." I laughed to myself and snapped out of it.
    I'm an aggressive runner, and just a few hours before the race, I was ready to tear it up. I was in running mode.
    I switched that off for the moment and settled into my usual careful play, and soon enough, I looked over at Bad Blood, and he nodded at me. I smiled and my mind began to travel down a darkening tunnel. I love it when my brain does that on its own and I don't have to force it. It usually means I'm going to have a good race. Pain, nausea and weariness can't penetrate that zone.
    We got up to go to our rooms. It was time to get ready.
    • • •
    Before the race almost makes racing worth it on its own. The anticipation is incredible if you let it be that way. If you don't let the nerves and doubts take over. Your stomach rumbles, your tapered legs tingle and your lips snarl.
    I told the guys during our incredible dinner the night before that I go over in my head what Kansas' coach Bill Self said to his troops the night before the Final Four, when we eventually went on to win the title in 2008. It sounds cheesy, but when you're going through something like a long race, cheesy works. In this case it's a pretty simple statement, not a Gipper cheer.
    "You can't hope good things happen tonight," he said. "You expect them to."
    There are always things in a race you can't train for. Maybe there's stomach problems, weather, injuries, other runners and the crappy unknown, like a small piece of broken pavement that's just big enough to trip you. But what I've found, and really love, about running is if you do the training, it pays off in a race. It really rewards you with the time you put into it. Many sports aren't necessarily like that. Football and baseball rely too much on the circumstances. Even mountain climbing, my first love, isn't that way because the weather and the altitude play such huge roles in whether you make your goal or not.
    So if you do the training, it's foolish to hope good things happen during a race. You should expect them to.
    You may want to skip this next part. It's a race report and will include my thoughts on my time during the run. You may find this the most interesting part of the blog. But I doubt it.
    • • • 
    Brad and I were silent as we got dressed for the race, which I took as a good sign. It meant he was sure of what he was wearing, carrying and using for the race. That's the first step to keeping your nerves under control.
    I was most worried about Brad. G-Rob seemed to be as self-assured about the race as he is about everything else in his life, including his hair. He wasn't cocky by any stretch, but he seemed to know he would run relatively slow but also that he would finish. Bad Blood looked sharp and was going to run well and fast, and I knew he knew how to focus (in fact, there was an outside chance he would beat me, I thought). Doc was exactly like G-Rob and had already run a half earlier that year.
    But I not only expected Brad to be emotional before the race, I thought he might push it a little hard and let the moment overtake him. I was hoping he'd run an even, fun race where he didn't have to walk. Running an even race is harder than it sounds. I've rarely done it.
    I had concerns about myself, too, namely whether my bitchy hamstring would hold up. I expected it to hurt. I just didn't want it to prevent me from running. I didn't know if the crowds would hold me back a bit. And I really wanted to PR, but a lot has to go right. We'd been up late every night even if we got a good night's sleep.
    The bloggers wished us well, and OhCaptain took over photo, which was sweet, but I was already in a zone. I allowed one smile for Iggy, who shouted my old blogger name as we left. 
    After the promised shuttles didn't deliver, we started walking to the starting line. I tried to look out for my runners as best I could, but I failed miserably as a coach in this spot. We were rushed, as were 25,000 other runners, it seemed, and so it was crowded, and I would like to blame the race officials for that, and I can and will, but ultimately it's up to you to get to the race in enough time. I barely got us there before the start, and Blood didn't even get to check his bag. 
    All this robbed us somewhat of the electricity before a big race. It was still there, but a good portion of it went to worry and concern of us reaching the starting line. It's the one thing I still regret about the way things went.
    I had planned a small speech for them for days, but I also had to pee, bad, and I saw some bushes to the side. It would be my only chance among the crowds. I pulled in my runners and said to them to not start too fast, have fun and remind themselves how thankful they should be before the start of the race to be there. Then I gave them a hug. It was too fast of a goodbye.
    I dashed off to the bushes, hoping an officer wouldn't see me. 
    I was now on my own. 
    I entered corral 2 and was immediately thankful for it. Even the runners corral 3 were bunched together like cattle in the pens, but they let us spread out, and there weren't very many runners. I knew right away that I wouldn't get trapped behind a crowd, and that thought relaxed me.
    I'll admit that I was annoyed at first when Mike McCready from Pearl Jam began to play our national anthem. I use the song as a final way to get focused before what's facing me. It helps remind ME how lucky I am to be at the line. But I shook off the irritation after the first few notes. I mean, look at where I was. I was in VEGAS, about to run the strip at NIGHT, and the guitarist from PEARL JAM, one of my favorite bands, was there, tearing it up. If I have one flaw, it's that sometimes, I forget to have fun. I told myself this, above all other things, would be really, really fun.
    So when I crossed the line, and my chip beeped, and I was off, I held back that first mile, running at a conservative pace of 7:45. It would be the only mile that I didn't run by feel. I held back and held back, almost to frustration, because that's when I have my best races, when I let my body ease into it. 
    I was pleasantly surprised at how amazing it was, even better than I thought, to run the strip. Seeing the lights of Vegas in the middle of the strip makes you realize how overwhelming, and, yeah, beautiful in an obnoxious way, it all is. And the PEOPLE. There were so many people watching us and cheering for us like we were athletes, like we mattered. I've never had half that many spectators. Many people called for my Colorado shirt, and I loved it.
    Iron Maiden wrote about the loneliness of the long distance runner because it IS lonely. You are there, in your head, with your doubts and your courage. Sometimes a little cheer goes a long way to quieting those fears, even from people you don't know.
    And yet, a lot of people I DO know who where there.
    I was silently thrilled, even flabbergasted, at how the #wpbt embraced the race. Not only did they volunteer to talk to us about it (which is dangerous since I might keep you for a while), they seemed generally interested in what we had to say. A good chunk of the group showed up for it, and though I didn't see them, I looked for them as the miles got tougher, and knowing they were probably out there helped in ways I can't explain. I love running, but I also know it's not a spectator sport. I would imagine watching a bunch of runners stream by is probably about as exciting as watching someone play live poker without the hole cards. But they showed up, shook our hands after, and Pauly even told me he had fun being out there. I wonder what he was on. I may want it next year. Drizz packed us beers! Beers!
    Anyway, once I got to mile two and saw the Bellagio on my left, I threw off the shackles and decided to let my body tell me what I could run. I was looking for a pace that was just beyond comfortably hard. A half marathon is a long way, so I couldn't run completely balls out, like I do many times in a 5K, and yet it's still a race. I settled on a pace that left me breathing hard, but not gasping, and that got my legs moving, not straining. It would hurt, bad, to trip, but the motions felt relaxed yet quick. It's probably the same pace I would use if I were dashing away from a pack of zombies.
    I looked at my watch. That pace was 7:15 per mile.
    That's over 8 miles an hour if you're scoring at home.
    Shit. Really?
    I knew I'd run faster. The elevation in Vegas isn't sea level, but it's not 5,000 feet, either. And it's the flattest course I'll run, so I knew I wouldn't bonk on a hill. Still. It was a little scary to see that pace. I have run races too fast at first, and by the end, you're so miserable, you want to burn your shoes. My 10K split was the second-fastest 10K I've ever run. Even in this year, by far the greatest I've had running, I ran two 10Ks that weren't as fast.
    Fuck it, I thought. I know I can finish. I know I can run below 1:45 (I ran 1:40 a month ago in Denver, which was a PR). I know that if I get back to mile 10, I"ll have the Vegas lights to lead me home.
    I took a deep breath. And then I ran.
    • • • 
    By mile 7 and 8, as we darted through the darker areas of downtown Vegas, both in lighting and in humanity, I felt tired, and my chest tightened a bit, but I felt all right, mostly thanks to the incredible, 40-degree weather most of the night. The pace, regardless, was torrid for me and would put me close to a crash. I resolved to do what I could to avoid it. I ripped open a Powerbar gel and gulped it down and hoped for an aid station to take away the taste. I took a salt pill. I did find a station, got pissed when they didn't seem to have any sports drink and tried to focus on the next step. I needed that dark tunnel in my mind back. Arch Enemy came over the iPod. That's what I needed. "Battery low," it chirped at me. Oh please don't give out, I said to it.
    I got caught up in a group as we swerved the corners, and I fought for space with some dude who refused to move over an inch so I wouldn't have to hop the curb. He gashed my wrist with an elbow and got an elbow in the ribs in return. I can be a polite runner, but if someone tries to cut me off, it's Braveheart time. I would never shove a runner - that's like ramming a car on the highway - but I will throw elbows. He got the message and backed off. 
    It turns out I ran a 6:59 mile at this point. It would be my fastest. Things got harder after that. I managed to stay around 7:20 or so, which makes me happy, but probably the toughest thing about a half marathon is also the most obvious: You have to keep running, hard, after you've put on some serious miles. Even at mile 11, when I had the strip back and the bright lights, I knew I was fading. I also knew at this point that I had a shot at 1:37 and didn't want to blow it, and even a pace of, say, 8:30, an aggressive pace for two-thirds of the runners out there, would blow it. I was straining, and my legs felt like a stuffed animal being pulled in a fight between a brother and sister. The only good news was my hamstring wasn't bothering me any longer, which probably was because I was too tired to care.
    I apologize I didn't see the bloggers cheering on the sideline. I was trying so hard not to see anything but the lights and the finish line. I was hurting by that point, just trying to hard to seal away 1:37 and knowing I could crash at any moment. I was floating around a 7:35-7:40 pace and was afraid I could not hold even that much longer.
    And then I saw the finish line.
    I stepped across.
    I didn't celebrate when I finished. I bent over and slowly walked over to grab a foil wrap. I grabbed a water and a drink and tried to breathe. Everyone around me was dead, too, barely able to walk or breathe. It felt good to me to be with them. We WORKED. We nodded at each other or patted each other's shoulder on the way to the exit out of the chute. We'd worked against, and with, each other most of the way. I spent a little time at the trash can, with a coin flip's chance of puking, and then the nausea went away and then I felt a tap on my back. He was the guy I fought at the corner. 
    Good run, he said. You too, I said.
    I waited, far too long, for Blood but knew I'd missed him, and then later Otis and the others. I looked for the bloggers. I finally shivered so hard someone came over and asked me if I needed a doctor, and so I went inside Mandalay to warm up and catch the shuttle. I waited inside there, too, for a long time, but I finally rode the bus home.
    I pressed my nose against the glass when I saw an In and Out Burger.
    • • • 
    I made it up to my room without seeing anyone, which was the plan since I needed to decompress, stretch and become myself again. After touching base via my phone with Blood and Brad, knowing the others wouldn't be far behind, I stripped off my sticky clothes and took a shower. The warm water felt like heaven. 
    I was just about to leave the room, texting my running friends back home anxious to hear my time, when I heard the door open and Brad came through.
    We hugged each other, unabashedly, and then Brad talked like one of my kids for 10 minutes straight. I knew exactly what he was feeling, but it was so rewarding to see it from someone else and know that I helped him get there. It's that crack-like, addicting feeling of accomplishment. Ultimately it's why we run. It was an emotional run for him, as I thought, but it also seemed to be a great, fun experience too.
    And he ran the whole way.
    I came back down and got warm greetings from Blood, who crushed the race, and many other bloggers, which felt great. I was almost embarrassed at how much everyone cared. 
    We had to eat in the food court, and plans didn't exactly go like we had hoped, but they never do. We ate, played some table games (I broke my Pai Gow cherry; that game is fun) and then, finally, had a private poker game at the Monte Carlo. 
    Brad called it an epilogue in an email to us. As usual, he found a great word for it. Though I like to think of that game, the race, really the whole weekend, as something else.
    I think, for once, I've got an even better word than Brad for it.
    I'm calling it a moment.

      

              Quick Hitters: Gig'em Gerry, Comedy Central Wednesday Nights, and More Fucking Dog Issues        
    OMG, That's sooo funny!

    BIG ACE Update: He's going in for a small procedure tomorrow...or at least he should be if his blood levels are okay. They say if everything goes well he should be out by Saturday. However, they are not aware of my father's knack for turning 3 day stays into 17 day staycations. So hopefully all goes well. This shit will never end.

    Fucking Dogs, Man. And not my fucking dogs. I have the worst fucking neighbors in the world. They have random cars in the driveway, they have blankets hung up over all their windows(great for property value, I hear), they're loud, and they have 4 Rottweilers that basically live in the backyard 24/7 and just bark constantly. I ignore them and deal with it, but everything about their dog situation pisses me off and that all came to a head Saturday.

    Twice in the last three weeks one of their dogs has gotten out of their fence and ended up on my property. The first time I had my German Shepherd in the front yard playing frisbee. The dog came running towards us, my dog chased it back to its doorstep. I called my dog back and then tried to go knock on the door. The dog was going crazy whenever I got close, so I just waited outside until somebody let the dog in. That was the first time it happened in the two years we have lived here, so I just let it go.

    And then Saturday happened. We just got a new foster dog last Monday. She's a great dog, but needs some training in her interactions with other dogs. Which means constantly barking Rottweilers aren't ideal neighbors for her. And in the back corner of my yard there is a small section of chainlink fence where the Rotts jump up and bark. My dogs don't go back there because I don't let them. The new dog didn't get that memo and went running back there. So I had to throw some shoes on and run back there to get her. So I get back there and one of the larger Rotts has jumped the fence and is in my yard. The fuck? I'm pretty sure the fence just gave way and the dog came tumbling over, because it was terrified when I got back there. My dogs didn't attack it, but they had it in a corner. I got my dogs away and back inside and then went over to the neighbors.

    And what do you fucking know, they aren't home. Now what the fuck do I do? I have this terrified large dog in my backyard, it won't move, it barks when I approach it, and it's owners aren't fucking home. Oh, and their other three dogs are going nuts. I don't want to call the cops or the dog warden, because I just don't. So I grab a rake and swing it around while yelling like caveman. It works. The dog jumped back over the fence.

    The next day I go over to my neighbors house multiple times to try to talk about this. Nobody answers the door. I know they're fucking home. I can see the TV screen flashing through a basement window. What a bunch of fucks. So I write a note, being very respectful and explaining the situation, and said that I just want to make sure everybody stays safe. I leave my phone number. I don't expect any response.

    Lo' and behold, I come home from work last night and there are random pieces of metal siding stacked up against the chainlink fence. It's trashy as fuck, but at least it should keep the dogs back...or make it really fucking loud when they escape. God dammit I hate those people. I should have just called the cops, right?

    Workaholics/Broad City. This is the best hour of television around right now. And I am the most gender biased media consumer out there, but Broad City is hilarious. #JeanClaudesDamnVan

    GERRY! GERRY! GERRY! I suppose there is a chance that some of you guys missed this huge Michigan recruiting announcement...
    As excited as I am about Roquan Smith possibly committing to Michigan(not likely), Gerry was even more excited. In fact, he was so excited that he decided to celebrate with some Pornhub and share his choice of spankbank with his loyal followers. That's correct, this ESPN National Recruiting Analyst tweeted out a porn link. And I know what you're all wondering. "What was he jerking it to, Mr.Ace?" Well I did some research for you and found out where that link led to. Turns out our friend Gerry is a fan of Teen Porn, particularly films starring Krystal Boyd. Gerry takes his scouting of high school talent very seriously. At least he's consistent. Drew and Gerry have a lot in common it appears.

    Now I'm not here to rag on the guy for watching porn. I'm not even gonna rag on him for posting the link. Mistakes happen. I know. About 3 years ago I was working in a residential facility with sexually reactive youth; aka sexual offenders...or at least kids who were found guilty of attempting to offend. At this same time, a friend of mine sent me a link to some Youporn vid that he claimed had some chick we went to college with. I opened the vid, got distracted by something, and then locked my phone. Hours later it's about bedtime at the facility and I am bullshitting with one of the clients, who is 19, and at some point we start talking about my dog. I unlock my phone to show him a video of my dog and FUCKING BAM PORN IN MY FACE! My heart drops immediately. I try to hide it, but the kid saw it. Pornographic material can be a HUGE trigger for some of these kids. Thankfully, this happened to be a kid who kinda got fucked in his situation and didn't really belong in our program. So he just laughed at me trying to cover it up.

    The point is; Shit Happens. Especially in recruiting porn. We've all been caught watching porn on the job, right? RIGHT? Hopefully we get some answers from ESPN today. And by answers I hope they don't do anything because it's just, like, porn man. But until then, lets make Gerry feel better and share our stories of porn coming back to bite us in the ass...in the comments.

              Ohio vs. Oregon National ChampionSHIT: Live Blog        

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



    The Bosa brothers having some family fun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Vincent Peillon par franceinter




    Vincent Peillon par franceinter


    Normalement, j'aime bien France Inter mais là j'ai trouvé certaines questions un peu vagues voire inintéressantes... "quand avez-vous appris que vous étiez désigné ?", combiné à du blabla inutile sur de vraies ou fausses querelles internes, le divorce Hollande-Aubry (prendre la voix du Figaro)... Quatre minutes à ne pas parler d'éducation. Je sais bien qu'il faut une introduction. Mais "COMME MÊME" comme dirait Brenda-Gwendoline, 13 ans et demi, il serait temps de passer aux choses sérieuses car il reste... ah ouais... moins de six minutes d'interview.

    Je vous parlerai essentiellement de l'enseignement au collège qui est celui que je maîtrise le mieux. Nul doute que parmi les - j'espère - nombreux commentaires, mes lecteurs, collègues et citoyens préoccupés par l'avenir des écoles maternelle, primaire et lycées, sauront vous indiquer les mesures hautement souhaitées afin d'insuffler une nouvelle énergie salvatrice.

    Le manque de dialogue avec les principaux partenaires d'éducation (notamment et surtout les enseignants) fut l'un des écueils du précédent gouvernement... un ministre totalement déconnecté des réalités du terrain, uniquement intéressé par des chiffres, des statistiques et autres résultats transformant l'école en une entreprise rentable... des décisions prises sans une réelle concertation avec des professeurs confrontés aux problèmes envahissant les établissements scolaires. Bien évidemment, je ne vous apprends rien en vous disant que l'école ne produit rien. Elle est là pour développer connaissances, compétences, savoirs et savoirs-faire chez des enfants et des adolescents, le tout en instillant esprit critique, curiosité intellectuelle, envie de réussir... Il ne semble pas inutile de rappeler ces valeurs fondamentales de l'école, car celles-ci semblent s'être estompées pour laisser place aux notions de rendement et d'économie.

    Dans cet entretien, Vincent Peillon a abordé succinctement :

    • l'abrogation du décret concernant l'évaluation des enseignants (trop choupi ♥) (et je vous conseille de cliquer ici pour lire ma vision de l'évaluation des enseignants)
    • les 2000 postes en plus d'encadrement dès la rentrée 2012 : auxiliaires de vie scolaire pour les élèves handicapés, assistants pédagogiques, assistants d'éducation, infirmiers/infirmières scolaires, assistants sociaux, conseillers d'orientation (trop choupi ♥)... et du personnel pour assurer la sécurité dans les bahuts difficiles (il va falloir m'expliquer plus précisément les tenants et aboutissants du concept. Je ne suis pas contre du tout mais encore faut-il savoir comment cela sera mis en place)
    • le retour des RASED (trop choupi ♥)
    • la création de postes pour alléger les classes et pour que les élèves ne se retrouvent pas sans prof de SVT pendant deux mois (trop choupi ♥)
    • l'allocation de rentrée scolaire +25% (trop choupi ♥)
    • le retour de la formation des futurs enseignants (trop choupi ♥)
    • le retour de la semaine de 5 jours en laissant le choix aux collectivités locales du mercredi ou du samedi (sachant que les deux ont leurs avantages et leurs inconvénients aka ouais c'est choupi d'avoir son samedi ET son dimanche... mais se lever 5 jours d'affilée très tôt le matin pour des enfants et des ados, c'est pas méga choupi)
    • l'apprentissage, voire le pré-apprentissage sous statut scolaire et non plus comme un contrat de travail lambda + revaloriser les filières pro. (trop choupi ♥)

    Les trucs qui me semblent méga vitaux afin de redresser une structure branlante :

    • Alléger les effectifs des classes. Parce que 28 élèves en 6ème, c'est un peu cruel et criminel pour les enseignants ET pour les élèves. On parle d'individualiser le parcours de chaque élève... Méga choupi comme principe, méga logique... MAIS pour cela, il faut du temps. Et du temps, on n'en a pas lorsqu'on a 28 élèves tous plus différents les uns que les autres, avec des personnalités, des possibilités et des besoins différents. Qui dit création de postes, dit création de classes. C'est l'un des piliers qui permettra une réelle progression. 20 élèves maximum par classe. Et ouais. Faut savoir ce qu'on veut.
    • Rouvrir des classes adaptées. IME, ULIS, SEGPA... Il n'y a pas assez de places en IME, alors on parque (oui PARQUER, il n'y a pas d'autre mot) les gamins en SEGPA. Du coup, les élèves relevant de SEGPA n'ont plus de places et se retrouvent dans des classes-types où ils galèrent et où il est difficile de les aider à cause des effectifs trop lourds et du manque d'AVS (Auxilaire de Vie Scolaire) et crevette sur la paëlla => FORMER LES PROFS POUR ENSEIGNER À CE PUBLIC SI PARTICULIER et surtout ne recruter que des enseignants volontaires avec une prime supplémentaire car il s'agit d'un investissement émotionnel et nerveux énorme.
    • Afin de pallier le manque de profs remplaçants, pourquoi ne pas créer un statut spécifique avec un salaire plus élevé, de véritables remboursements de frais de déplacement pour des profs certifiés/agrégés volontaires qui se déplaceraient dans leur académie afin d'assurer des remplacements plus ou moins longs. Cela éviterait de devoir recruter des personne via "Le Bon Coin" ou Pôle Emploi qui ne sont absolument pas qualifiées, formées pour se retrouver devant des élèves, pas forcément dociles et assoiffés de connaissances.
    • Transformer certains "enseignements" en disciplines à part entière. Je pense à l'Histoire des Arts (et pourquoi ne pas en faire une option facultative au Brevet des collèges ?), au B2i, à la formation aux premiers secours... Il y a d'énooooormes incohérences... je pense à l'option Euro anglais qui ne compte pas pour le Brevet... je pense à l'Histoire des Arts qui est coefficient 2 tandis que les autres matières ne sont que coefficient 1... et quid de l'histoire-géographie qui ne compte pas pour le contrôle continu ??? L'Histoire des Arts est un concept intéressant qui demande un encadrement spécifique avec des enseignants qualifiés. Pour l'instant, il s'agit juste d'un vaste bordel qui appartient à tout le monde et à personne.
    • Lever un énorme tabou... les élèves mal-élevés dont l'éducation reçue à la maison n'est pas compatible avec les règles d'un établissement scolaire et par extension avec les règles de la société. Sur France Inter, Vincent Peillon a commis une maladresse rhétorique en désignant les enseignants comme "ceux qui éduquent nos enfants"... J'aurais préféré que l'on parle de "ceux qui INSTRUISENT" nos enfants. Dans mon collège, certains parents ont déjà maintes fois menacé certains enseignants de je cite : "si vous embêtez encore ma fille, la prochaine fois que je viens c'est pour vous mettre deux balles dans la tête" / "Moi, je ne viens qu'une fois pour parler. Après je casse tout et je vous défonce". Pour l'instant, les menaces sont restées en l'air même si l'an dernier, une collègue a failli se prendre le poing d'un père d'élève dans la tronche parce qu'elle avait osé disputer sa fille qui faisait un caprice en classe... Il y a un véritable malaise. Dans certaines zones (défavorisées, rurales, isolées...), le manque d'éducation, de repères, de règles de courtoisie est devenu le problème number one de l'école. Les élèves ne travaillent pas, se montrent insolents avec un sentiment d'impunité insupportable. Comment faire pour éduquer les parents ? Des cours de parentalité ? Il est nécessaire de repérer très tôt les élèves perturbateurs qui manquent cruellement de bases d'éducation parce que malheureusement, certains parents sont persuadés qu'avant l'âge de 4 ans, les enfants sont incapables d'être éduqués... J'ai déjà parlé de ce problème dans cet article et les commentaires qui en ont découlé, cliquez ici pour le (re)découvrir.

    Vincent Peillon a également adroitement ajouté que les enseignants n'étaient pas des crevards, qu'ils souhaitaient tout d'abord que l'école redore son blason et que les élèves progressent et réussissent dans de bonnes conditions et que les augmentations de salaire n'étaient pas leur cheval de bataille principal.
    Pas faux.
    Néanmoins, avant de nous payer plus, il serait choupi de payer déjà ce qui nous est dû. Les frais de déplacement sont remboursés jusqu'à 6 à 8 mois en retard, certaines HSE effectuées ne sont pas payées faute de moyens, et surtout les heures supp' de septembre ne sont absolument pas payées, ce qui est quand même hallucinant, idem pour la prime de professeur principal qui n'est versée qu'à partir d'octobre (c'est bien connu qu'à la rentrée, le prof principal fait des sudokus au lieu de préparer l'accueil des élèves...). L'état a la réputation d'être le plus mauvais payeur... Il serait bon d'inverser un peu cette tendance.

    Je compte sur vous pour ne pas tout faire foirer. Entourez-vous de profs, de conseillers qui sont sur le terrain et qui sauront vraiment vous aiguiller... Ne faites pas comme vos prédécesseurs qui ne se sont intéressés qu'aux profs obséquieux, carriéristes bons à rien mais prêts à tout...


    (un prof carriériste ? c'est un oxymore, non ?!)


              â™ª Nan mais r'gardez c'qui nous débarque ! La Nadine qui r'vient à l'attaque ! ♫ (Fatals Picards forever)        

    Quand je n'ai pas le moral, je vais dans FICHIERS (D:) puis dans mon dossier "Ces-gens-que-tu-crois-qu'ils-ne-sont-pas-vrais-tellement-ils-sont-incroyables" et je lance ma petite compil' Nadine Morano.

    Ouais la meuf qui nous a bien fait marrer en ne tiltant pas sur Carlos Ghosn... j'ai hâte qu'elle nous parle des chansons de Benoît Saez dans une prochaine interview ♥


    J'ai vraiment découvert Nadine grâce à Yann Barthès qui a très rapidement flairé en elle un potentiel de folie.


    Et puis, au moment où tu crois qu'on ne peut pas aller plus loin dans le pathétique et tac Rangers de l'amour du RISK (un jeu MB)... BAM, tu te prends ça dans les dents.


    je n'arrive toujours pas à croire qu'il ne s'agit pas d'un fake.

    Je ne me remettrai JAMAIS de Christine Lagarde qui se déhanche. Vous m'entendez ? J-A-M-A-I-S.


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    Nadine qui fait le buzz car une vendeuse est virée suite à une blague vaseuse, Nadine au marché qui se déguise en Marine Le Pen, Nadine qui crée la polémique avec des propos maladroits, Nadine qui est dégoûtée parce que Sophia Aram se fout bien de sa gueule, Nadine qui joue les chiennes de garde (mais pas façon Isabelle Alonso, mais plutôt version caniche agressif) pour démonter François Hollande qui aurait insulté le mec qui dit "casse-toi pauv' con", alors que son parti n'a pas cessé d'affubler l'ex de la meuf qui démocratise la contraception dans les lycées de petits surnoms affectueux tels que Chamallow, Babar ou Flamby...

    Comme l'a si bien dit Gaspard Proust : "Vu la tournure dispute de bac à sable que prend la campagne, j'attends avec impatience la prochaine lettre en couv de Pomme-D'Api".

    Nadine, notre petit clown, qui est donc également devenue UNE TWITTA :-|

    (un Twitto, une Twitta => appellation partie d'une blague et qui a fait son chemin depuis, certains politiques maniant difficilement le second degré)

    Une Twitta surfant sur la tendance... Les politiques qui utilisent Twitter pour tacler, propagander et se vulgariser en racontant leur life.
    Une diarrhée verbale qui n'en finit pas, décrédibilisant les politiques qui espèrent gagner en popularité en racontant qu'ils ont bouffé du coq au vin.

    J'imagine le Twitter de De Gaulle, de Napoléon (wesh tro la chouma à Waterloo) ou de Louis XIV...

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    Nadine over-tweet. TOUT. De sa meilleure copine, au curé de sa paroisse en passant un peu par son taf (quand même)... Logorrhée politique à base "Dominique de V. reviens mon chou" à "Bouh c'est trop des méchants incompétents à gauche", conseils judicieux pour avoir une bonne hygiène de vie combo. le terroir, le peuple, y-a-que-ça-de-vrai-poil-au-nez avec ne l'oublions pas sa litanie sur l'air de "je ne regarde JAMAIS ma marionnette des Guignols, mais je peux néanmoins vous en citer des passages par coeur et commenter chaque intervention mais je ne la regarde JAMAIS hein ça ne m'intéresse pas, j'ai la France à sauver moi môssieur".
    Des coquilles, des gaffes (la fameuse NATALITÉ ♥)... Nadine est devenue l'égérie d'une droite agressive et un peu beauf qui parle sans réfléchir, accumulant bévues et contradictions qui font les gorges chaudes de la presse et des humoristes. Comment oublier la meuf qui vient gueuler contre ces jeux vidéo amoraux et addictifs tels que GTA et qui pose ensuite pour Paris Match avec ses enfants, moment complice en famille autour de la console... tiens avec GTA justement, ce jeu interdit aux moins de 18 ans auquel jouent ses enfants dont sa fille de 13 ans... Reine de la mauvaise foi qui tentera de se justifier de manière relativement peu crédible... Les personnes qui "s'attaquent" à elle (vendeuse chez Kookaï ou cette internaute qui avait laissé cet effroyable et sanguinaire commentaire "Ouh la menteuse") sont interpellées mais à chaque fois, Nadine nie totalement avoir une quelconque responsabilité... Nadine et les jeunes à casquette, Nadine et sa capuche lors d'un reportage d'Envoyé Spécial, Nadine décrédibilisée sur i-Télé qui continue de s'enliser dans la mauvaise foi...

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    Pois chiche sur le couscous, l'une de ses dernières interviews est tellement PRICELESS qu'on a du mal à croire que Nadine nous apporte autant de bonheur depuis autant d'années...


    Bonne année Nadine... Que 2012 nous apporte encore et encore la confirmation que vous êtes la plus belle quiche de Lorraine.



              I 10 comandamenti del programmatore        
    Ispirato da un post al quale sono arrivato attraverso un tweet, (al quale metto il link per correttezza), ho deciso di estrarre dal libro "The Psychology of Computer Programming", scritto nel 1971, i dieci comandamenti del programmatore (senza ego).
    Lo scopo è quello di ispirare qualche visitatore di passaggio a chiedersi meglio quale sia l'habitat di queste strane bestie chiamate programmatori o sviluppatori, e di ispirare alcuni di essi a farsi un paio di domande in più!
    Non esiste ancora un debugger per la vita reale...


    Dopo il salto i 10 comandamenti degli sviluppatori!
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              Ada Lovelace Day and The SAP Community Network        
    Thanks to a Facebook invite from the inimitable Sandy Kemsley , I learned about Ada Lovelace Day a few months back.
    Suw Charman-Anderson, herself a fascinating woman wrote: “I will publish a blog post on Tuesday 24th March about a woman in technology whom I admire but only if 1,000 other people will do the same.”

    By the way, for those of you, who like myself weren’t sure who Ada is, Suw Charman-Anderson explains: “Ada Lovelace was one of the world’s first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programmes for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite the fact that it was never built.”

    Now as a value add in my job as an SAP Community Evangelist, I have the privilege of knowing some of the smartest techies on the planet. So my first and only challenge in role models was finding “A” woman… as in limiting myself to a single role model.

    I found that approach a tiny bit…well…limiting. And soon realized rather than to try to name every remarkable woman in Technology I know or know of, I could introduce people outside my SAP Community Network and perhaps even inside that community, to some of the women of the community I admire. So I’ll name just a few (second huge challenge) of my local heroines and by linking you to their blogs, tweets, or wiki profiles allow you all the pleasure of discovery or perhaps further introduction.

    Bhanu Gupta – I first met Bhanu during SAP TechEd in September 2006, when she attended the first Business Process Expert Day, but I had been a fan of this Business Intelligence nova for a long while before that, as she rapidly became one of the most prolific forum participants on the SAP Developer Network attaining top contributor ranking internationally. She told a great community story as many of the folks in the community didn’t realize she was a woman.

    Anne Kathrine Petteroe – Ann also told a great community story of how twitter facilitated our meeting her in the SAP headquarters during an SCN Meetup in Walldorf – Later, I had the privilege to meet with Anne again when she came to TechEd Berlin 2008 as one of the developers of ESME and a powerful contestant in “Demo Jam”.

    Moya Watson – Technical evangelist and all around SAP superstar, Moya, writes like a dynamo and shepherds software solutions to release. Moya introduced me to the world of digital anthropology through her blog posts on the SAP Developer Network and celebrated women in technology by pointing to the book O'Reilly Goes Live with Women In Technology Series

    Dafna Yanay a tools mentor and community evangelist for Visual Composer . This Israeli who studied industrial engineering garnered comments and followers on her blog posts from every corner of the globe and is a frequent speaker at SAP TechEd.

    Ginger Gatling was my teacher and mentor in a number of SAP related technical courses and has been a colleague for over a decade. Can’t say enough good things about the way she transfers knowledge to thousands of people online and at live events. She has this way of explaining technology that makes you feel “you get it”. She introduced me to Susan Keohan who goes under the code name SAP Workflow Goddess and who is an active ASUG (SAP User Group) volunteer leader who in turn introduced me to Gretchen Lindquist who has been “working in SAP Security since 1997… the lead configurator and technical support analyst for an SAP partner system in her ERP landscape” and somehow it seems like I’ve know forever yet another ASUG leader Karin Tillotson, Technical Lead for Valero’s SAP Data Archiving Project.

    And lastly, one of my newest …and perhaps youngest heroines, another colleague and community member Jen Robinson whose simple list of places you can find her “Elsewhere” belies the depth, maturity and passionate commitment those activities have her engaged in.

    And now since I see my list is already 9 women, I’ll conclude with a warm acknowledgment and shout out to the other techie women in our SAP Community Network, colleagues, mentors, fellow community members whose ranks thankfully are swelling and can be seen coaching Business Expert topics, mentoring developers, coding solutions, supporting process integrations and representing a world of talented women, who have chosen to follow a career path in technology.
              Attending Office 2.0        


    Here I am in San Francisco attempting to live into the concepts I'll be hearing more about tomorrow at Office 2.0. That means using Google Calendar and scheduling my sessions by looking into the wiki agenda and working with everything via my browser. For someone (me) complaining endlessly about email overload and struggling to make sure I at least know of and attempt to understand and use the latest and greatest enterprise collaboration tools, the next few days should be very interesting, to say the least. I'm hoping I can tweet some of my impressions and I'll be using my colleague, Craig Cmehil's Eventtrack to organize my contents around the event and tag them with #o208 (thanks Craig) .

    I do feel a little out of my element. Granni isn't the fastest wiki markup maven in the west (and I'm in the west now having arrived here this evening from NYC) and I really will be itching to see how others tame the beast with Office productivity untools. One of my goals: to look over shoulders and see how others are getting their collaboration work done. I think the case studies will be enlightening.

    Oh, and I hope to finally meet a number of twitter pals and see how face-to-face corresponds to online interactions. Was really hoping to meet Gia Lyons, my heroine of "collaboration made easy" assets, but I don't see her on the roster. Her new colleague, Sam Lawerence will be there though and I will finally get to meet Oliver Marks as well.

    My biggest goal will actually be to invigorate my understanding of how to facilitate adoption for folks like myself, perhaps a slightly different demography from the 30's something, hard-core geeks I engage with in my SDN world for whom every technological gizmo is perfectly intuitive and if you don't "get it" immediately, you are some dumb **s n00b.

    Wish me well. Want to bring some fresh energy to the BPX tables of SAP TechEd the following week in Vegas and recharge my batteries that have run low from working in my isolated cell of a home office. Having put the accident, summer and Teched prepping behind me, I'm raring to go.
              Discharged from the Trauma Unit and Discharging Some Emotion        
    Ironically while a rather heated debate rages on our SDN/BPX blogs around the topic of personal contents in the SAP blogsphere I am faced once again with a dilemma of what content is appropriate for which audience. Here in “A time to mourn a time to rejoice”, grannimari, can definitely share and discharge a day’s emotions and convey personal feelings, opinions and observations. Is that offensive in the business context? Where do we draw the line?

    Today was pretty dramatic. It started by waking up being alive. Now, I know that is what most of us perceive we do everyday, but considering last evening nearly had me dead, waking up alive was rather an occasion. In fact, I half-jokingly asked my husband last night if I was dreaming I had survived the rather serious car accident that a few hours previously had thrown my vehicle on to its side and forced this grandmother to confront her mortally in a stark way. I sincerely could not fathom that I wasn’t dead.

    Thankfully, the car that plowed into mine had passengers who sustained no injuries, but being trapped in an overturned vehicle, with the knowledge that my mortality was as finite and sure as any other disposable resource on this planet was very sobering. Modern technology provided means to alert my family to my predicament and to assure them that although badly shaken and my car totally destroyed, I was alive and well. But during the hours I lay in the trauma unit, being checked from head to toe, and very alone, I kept thinking how helpful it would be if I could reach my blackberry and punch in a few tweets. A kind of self medication and reaffirmation of life was what I imagined that ability to be.

    This morning I fulfilled that urge and the responses were heartening. Empathy is a powerful human need. I discovered a number of colleagues and friends and even virtual strangers (twitter followers who I really didn’t know at all) who sent caring words across the twitterverse and shared similar harrowing experiences.

    I have no lack of loving people in my immediate periphery. I’m blessed with a remarkable spouse and uniquely sensitive children and very close and good friends of long standing and steadfast support, many of them rallying around me yesterday and today. But how can I describe and celebrate the incredibly healing power of the kind words of virtual strangers?

    So I still deliberate over whether such content has any place in a public business environment, namely my SDN/BPX blog arena, while I haven’t the slightest qualms about posting these sentiments to my @marilynpratt twitter account and microblog environment. For whom do I post these? Actually, mostly for my business associates, who, if truth be told, are transformed in an instant to more familiar acquaintances in the context of these sharings. Today I was really grateful for that as well.

    Thanks for all your good wishes. They are very therapeutic.
              Thanking Good People (Pass it on)        

    "Sometimes life's events just come together at the right time, and things falls into place. The last few hours have been exhilarating, and a perfect ramp up for me to celebrate today's internet holiday: Good People Day 2008."

    Thus blogs Kristen Forbriger inspired by Gary Vaynerchuk's declaration that today, April 3rd, be a day to thank good people.

    And thanks to a randomly read tweet, I've been virally infected with this meme and picking up the phone (3 am just as it was for Kristen), I find myself speaking to Cambodia. Why Cambodia? Why now? Who thanking? I'm making good on a promise I began to keep a week ago, when I sent a small package to a tiny village 5 kilometers outside of Siem Riep. There, last December, together with my friend and my son, we found ourselves cared for and nurtured by Mr. S., a survivor of the Pol Pot Child Labor camps and our guide through the history, past and present, of his country, Cambodia. He, like his fellow countryman(woman) Chanrithy Him, lost his parents, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles in the killing fields.

    Mr. S. is a spiritual person. He shared with us his beliefs, his dreams for a quiet and peaceful and pastoral life. It seemed to us, that he supported and guided a handful of "relatives" whose only relation was experiential. The family who shared their wood hut with us had suffered the same fate as Mr. S. and I can truly say that never have I met a more generous or good family. Chanrithy's words resound here:

    "As a survivor, I want to be worthy of the suffering that I endured as a child. I don't want to let that pain count for nothing, nor do I want others to endure it ... . Throughout a childhood dominated by war, I learned to survive. In a country faced with drastic changes, the core of my soul was determined to never let the horrific situations take away the better part of me. I mentally resisted forces I could only recognize as evil by being a human recorder, quietly observing my surroundings, making mental notes of the things around me. There would come a day to share them."

    So I called Cambodia to say a simple "thank you". I did not detail the reason. The gratefulness and privilege I felt that other human beings had opened heart and family to us was what I was acknowledging. Mr. S. has not yet received the package, but the joy he imparted across those many miles was for the call. "I am so happy you called and hope to speak to you often". Thank you Mr. S., from my family who learned from you and your family the recognition of the purest goodness. The acts of generosity and kindness to total strangers, the gifts of sharing the enormity of your past and the remarkable resilient hopefulness of your future. You've passed it on.


              A Twittervite to a Blogger Diner        
    Yesterday, I noticed a quick "tweet" from Jeremiah Owyang in which he invites locals to a blogger dinner in New York, then uninvites them, then kind of re-invites them to a meeting with Charlene Li.

    After a rather cryptic plea to Sam Lawrence to argue my case before Jeremiah, I decided to take my chances and hopped over the George Washington bridge into midtown Manhattan to see if I would be a persona non Grata if I showed up for the event without being formally registered (as registration had already closed).

    On the subway I was busy musing about whether I would appear to others as a Zelig character, crashing the party and behaving in a "chameleon like way" as one of the pseudo-blogerati. I started wondering if indeed I had any business calling myself blogger, let alone going to the meet-up, when suddenly a poster caught my eye: "Working for the radical notion of fairness". This is the tag line of freelancers.com an online community for "independent workers, mutual support, advocacy and the spirit of friendship".

    I thought about how blogging is a very personal form of expression and decided that working for fairness was exactly who I am and want to be. The radical part was a bit strident but heck, having passions around causes is part of my DNA. Regardless of credentials I felt armed with a real persona even though I see my blogging experience as a modest one.

    I got to NYC, attended the meet up, found Charlene Li to be gracious and welcoming, received a copy of her excellent book, Groundswell, which she authored with Josh Bernoff and considered the evening a success. In addition I met with a number of folks who I had hoped to be introduced to for a long while now such as Robin Carey and Jerry Bowles, being a visitor of their Social Media Today and their Energy Collective blogs. Then too, I encountered a number of others who I'd like to add to my twitter buddies and who engage in activities regarding the tracking, creation, and promoting of social media. I'll need to check my "dance cards" for exact names but companies like Razorfish and Monster and Clickster come to mind.

    Upon returning home, I went to further reference the event, the hostess, and some of the folks I'd met and found this post in Charlene's blog: Turning radicals into revolutionaries: the key to kick-starting your social strategy Really resonates. I think I'll change that poster tag line for me to read: "Working for the revolutionary notion of fairness".

              Micro Blog Tweet Points to “Micro V-Card” Word Clouds        

    I love words, and Sam Lawrence reminded me of just how much when he Twittered an experiment he cleverly ran with Many Eyes . Sam provided visualizations of the way the datasets of some of the top bloggers he was interested in tracking, produced word clouds which in turn provided a glimpse into the psyches or at least current passions of the writer/blogger/thought leaders whose words he analyzed and visualized.

    Well, a clever stratagem and one that worked for Sam, not only in allowing folks to take a critical look at how “loudly” certain words played in their own or others’ conversations, but also by brilliantly encouraging a further look into the work he is obviously doing well in dissecting patterns in cross-departmental collaboration Words were the bait, further ego-boo was the absolute dragnet. Almost ½ of the “thought leaders” Sam used in his experiment responded with comments in his blog post and many I’m sure took more than a glance at his previous posts and findings.

    And speaking of appealing to vanity, I was quite shocked and rather overwhelmed to see myself in the next round of experiments, this time focused on women, as the first round seemed to be a “male only thing” as a few of us noticed. I enjoyed learning more about the women Sam selected and liked the diversity that his choices highlighted. Whereas the men had a common theme of PEOPLE, the women, had more eclectic word choices.

    In addition, I noticed a number of folks in twitterdom running their own self-analysis. For example, I watched in envy as Goldie Katsu whose tweets I enjoy, created her own Goldie’s Gabs cloud. And it wasn’t any surprise to find People, Video, Life prominent in her most used words. (I have been frustrated in my attempts to register to the Many Eyes website, to create my own visualization and will have to contact IBM support it says)

    Some of the loudest words surfacing might have been the result of the topical nature of some of the datasets. For example: Yahoo in the news probably created disproportionate Yahoo word cloud size, as someone commented. Since I am a relatively new blogger and not nearly as prolific or notable as Sam’s other women choices, my list was based on a data source of only 4,000 some odd words as contrasted to the 45,000 word sampling of the likes of Kara Swisher.

    But regardless, it would indeed be a marvelous calling card to have our most oft used words associated with our profiles. I’m sure it is only a matter of time until someone supplies a widget to make that ability dynamic in blog posts.

    For those familiar with the Strength Finder signature themes or those who once took the time and invested $35 to discover their strengths online (or as in my case many years ago, had their company invite them to participate in such analysis) it might be interesting to correlate the word themes, with the signature themes. I randomly checked out this gentlemen Steve Borsch

    Steve Borsch's signature themes matched mine almost 1-to-1 (the exception was his Woo strength replacing my Empathy theme), but out of 34 possibilities Ideation, Learner, Strategic, and Input were aligned as themes.

    Here's the interesting part for me. When I quickly flipped through his post and biography I found so many common touch points between us. Without knowing a great deal about him, I would even dare to say there were numerous similarities in some of the demographics: age, passions, interests, work experiences, family composition, at least by what I could glean by briefly reading about his interests.

    I'd love to see how the "personality" type mappings align or contrast to Sam's micro v-card idea,as Sam calls it, which is boiling us down to our signature words as well as themes.

    By the way, this exercise also evoked memories of a childhood passion I had for just sitting down with our 1963 Funk & Wagnalls and skimming the pages. (We couldn’t afford the more expensive Britannica and our’s was the supermarket “buy a volume a week” version with few pictures and lots of words). I wonder now how closely the words that spoke the loudest to me then, in those childhood moments, found their way into my present vernacular.

    A big thanks to Sam for catalyzing all these activities and firing up these thoughts.


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              A SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR THE TRUMP ERAHere’s a summer...        


    A SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR THE TRUMP ERA

    Here’s a summer survival guide, 10 ways to relax during the era of Trump.

    1.  Take a day off from the news, one day a week.

     2.  Don’t get into an argument with a Trump supporter, especially if it’s a member of your family. Remember, there are more independents and non-voters than Trump Republicans. And the 2018 midterm election will be won on the basis of turnout.

    3.  Pay no attention to Trump’s tweets. They’re becoming increasingly bizarre and irrelevant.

    4.  Watch an old movie of biting political satire, like “Wag the Dog.”

    5.  But don’t watch “Doctor Strangelove.”

    6.  Join an Indivisible group near you and take action with them, attending a congressional town meeting and organizing others to contact your members of congress. It’s having an effect. Plus, it’s therapeutic.  

    7.  Drink lots of water and get plenty of exercise. Helps with the anger.

    8.  Read good books of fiction, like Harry Potter. Don’t read George Orwell’s “1984” or Sinclair Lewis’s “It Can’t Happen Here” or Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America.”

    9.  Go to a county fair with your kids, and watch the pigs.

    10. Have a cookout with your neighbors and see what resources you yourselves can offer to your community. Start a tool collective or teach a class in a library or out of someone’s house. Tangible change can come from your hands, not only your votes. Remember, resistance works best when people come together and work together.         

    Have a great summer!


              Trump’s Escalating Assault on the Press        
    On Sunday morning Trump seemed to promote violence against CNN. He tweeted an old video clip of him...
              Annotation: Donald Trump Jr.'s Emails About Russia Meeting        
    Donald Trump Jr. tweeted images of emails regarding his 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer on Tuesday. An intermediary said he could connect Trump Jr. with people who had information "that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton]... and would be very useful to your father." Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting, which former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner also attended in June 2016. They met with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya , whom Trump Jr. said ultimately did not provide the promised material on Clinton. In the emails, Trump Jr. corresponds with publicist Rob Goldstone , who represents the son of an Azerbaijan-born billionaire who has also done business with the Trumps. Trump Jr. forwarded the thread to Kushner and Manafort Loading...
              Three Actions to Take When Looking for a Job        

    One of the things I do is work with people looking for a job. Sometimes they are entering the job market for the first time; sometimes they just got fired or laid off. Either way, if you have not been in the job market, there are three actions you should take immediately to increase your […]

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              Revealing your weaknesses in an interview        

    Does revealing your weaknesses in an interview mean that you are being authentic? It’s a question that came up in a conversation when discussing topics for a professional organization panel group. It’s the dreaded question that no one likes to be asked. No doubt, you shy away from telling someone your weaknesses – after all what […]

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              Focus on organization culture – hit a home run        

    There is research to back up that the majority of people leave an organization because they don’t like their boss and/or the organization culture. I urge you to place greater emphasis on the organization culture because that rarely changes. Here’s why. The organization culture is an important part of a decision about where you work, […]

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              Stay LinkedIn with Ira Bass        

    It’s my first meeting to BENG – Business Executives Networking Group run by Michael Hall, president of FranNet Carolina. The group is comprised of job seekers, employed and business networkers that span all industries. The discussion leader for today’s session is Ira Bass from Connect to Success about tips on using LinkedIn effectively. Ira calls […]

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              Six Reasons You Did Not Get the Job        

    Frustrated that you did not get the job you coveted? Perhaps one or more of these reasons on the list played a role in the missed opportunity. Consider what you might do to overcome one of these job-hunting deal killers. You are casting too wide a net. Contrary to what many career coaches or counselors […]

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              How to Get Hired After Being Fired        

    The first thing you probably are thinking about is how do I get hired after being fired again? Getting hired after being fired happens everyday, sometimes it is easier than other times. There are many reasons why you might have gotten fired – poor attendance, making a mistake on the job or poor performance such […]

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              Contemplating a Career Change?        

    If you are thinking about a career change – you are not alone. There are many reasons why you may be thinking about that career change: You are in a dead-end job You hate or dislike your job You are ready to retire and want to finally do something that makes you excited every day […]

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              Job Hunting in December        

    What better end of the year gift than a job to start the New Year. December is the month to kick your job hunting into high gear for several reasons: New Budgets Companies with end of the year budget cycles have a round of new funding available at the first of the year. When finances […]

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              Admitting a Mistake at Work        

    There will come a time when even the most conscientious employee will make a mistake at work. I am not talking about a minor mistake or error at work. We are talking about a HUGE mistake that could cause major problems for customers or management to correct. In every day situations where you make errors, […]

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              Make it an Inclusive Holiday Season        

    Consider opening your home over the holiday season to someone that is alone. It is not always obvious that someone does not have a place to go. Most people don’t advertise it and if asked if they have an invitation they may even lie and say “yes” for fear of being judged. There are many […]

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              Thoughts on the GBC's Younger Leaders' Forum        
    On Tuesday of this week, the Georgia Baptist Convention sponsored a forum for pastors and ministers 45 years of age and younger. The purpose of the forum seemed to be to allow younger leaders to voice their concerns to the convention and for the convention to address some of those concerns. There were approximately 120 of these younger leaders gathered together in the same room, along with Dr. Robert White, Executive Director of the GBC, and many of the employees of the GBC.

    Without going into much detail about the format of the forum, we essentially divided into groups based on specific concerns that you most wanted to address. Then each table presented their concerns to the entire group and the microphones were opened to allow other leaders and/or Dr. White to respond to and address those particular concerns. After each table presented, there was an open forum with open mic time to deal with anything not brought up previously or to hammer down further on the ones already addressed.

    After having attended the meeting, participated in both the presentation and open forum time, and talked with others there, I wanted to offer 5 observations:


    1) It was good to meet other younger pastors and ministers who are concerned about some of the same things that I am.

    It's always good to know that you aren't alone in how you think. And this forum showed me that there are a number of other guys under 45 years of age who feel exactly as I do when it comes to the GBC and convention life in general. However, it may be disturbing for some to learn at the meeting that pastors aged 45 or younger in the GBC make up only 20% of the total number. That's a tremendous amount of older pastors who will be leaving pulpits in the next 25 years or so only to see those pulpits filled with today's younger pastors. In other words, 80% of the pastors in GBC Churches are halfway to retirement or closer. This fact alone should get the attention of the GBC.

    2) Younger Leaders are concerned about money - particularly the use and abuse of Cooperative Fund giving.

    We seemed to spend an inordinate amount of time talking about money at the meeting. So much so that when we finally moved on, I tweeted in celebration. Younger leaders want to know that the money they are sending in to the GBC is being put to good use. They are concerned about the $43 million dollar building in Duluth that seems to be a money hog, draining needed resources from ministry and putting them to use in decorating, maintaining, and utilizing a huge structure. In answering the concerns, Dr. White was gracious, but really offered nothing that hadn't already been said before, save one statement in which he did admit that had he known what would have taken place with the economy after the building was built, he never would have supported it. That was helpful, but I don't know if it went far enough to dissuade people from further criticism. More helpful was the comment that what's done is done and we can't sell the building and hope to recuperate enough costs to do any better now. Thus, we should quit complaining and move on to better stewardship in the future. Still, it would have been nice to hear, "We made a mistake in erecting a building this large, this opulent, this unnecessary. We should have done better." Perhaps even, "I wish David Platt would have written Radical and Francis Chan, Crazy Love, before we built the building - it would have saved us a lot of grief knowing how the younger crowd would react later on" (because I think we all know that those two books and individuals probably have done more to influence the under-45 crowd in regards to stewardship that any other books or personalities in the last 50 years).

    3) Calvinism was a topic the younger leaders wanted to discuss and deal with, but unfortunately most were disappointed in the lack of response by the GBC representation.

    Calvinism came up in the very first presentation. Ric Blazi, who was coerced chosen to speak on the topic, described some older pastors' take on Calvinism as "the great red dragon" who was coming to get them. A question immediately went up on the Twitter feed as to how many people in the room were "Reformed." Wayne Bray, President of the GBC Pastors' Conference and one of the facilitators of the event, stopped and asked the "4+ pointers" to raise their hands so they could see exactly how many identified themselves as Calvinists. To some people's surprise (probably those facilitating and those who were employed by the GBC), easily a little more than half of the younger leaders gathered there raised their hands. There was, however, little to no discussion on the topic during the response time and we moved on quickly to the next set of presentations. Later, I brought the topic up during the open forum time, asking the GBC leadership and other influential pastors and leaders to help tone down the rhetoric against those who identify themselves as Reformed. There was no discussion or response. A final time it was mentioned was in regard to a comment made by Ryan Lyons, an Acts29 Church Planter in Milledgeville, who remarked that he wasn't sure if he and other Acts29 planters were welcome in the GBC. Again, there was little to no discussion. In the end, I think many of the Reformed guys were disappointed that Calvinism wasn't addressed by Dr. White or other GBC facilitators. Obviously, it is a huge concern and a point of contention between younger and older leaders. Yet, it was given less importance than the discussion on money.

    4) It was clear that there are many younger leaders who want a say in the Convention and some are just downright frustrated.

    It was said at the meeting that 25% of the under-45 pastors in the state participated. That's a pretty good crowd considering that the event was held over lunch on a Tuesday in Duluth (not the best time or place for almost anyone). That shows how much younger people want to be involved in the conversation. And that was clear in the discussions, which were often times passionate (though never disrespectful). Hearing the tone of those of those at my table and during the open mic times led me to believe that many people are frustrated with the GBC and the SBC in general. They want to see change, they want to be a part of the change, but they aren't sure how to get a seat at the table. If anything comes of this meeting, it has to begin by trying to find a way to get more younger leaders to the table of influence in the GBC, which brings me to my last observation:

    5) If this meeting is the last one of these, or if nothing is done to intentionally include more younger leaders in the GBC leadership, then it will have been a waste of time.

    It was obvious when the meeting was over that we could have gone another couple of hours had we been given the time. Though the event was scheduled to take place over the course of 3 hours, it really felt like it was not nearly enough. The discussions were hurried, the mic time cut short, and in the end much was left unsaid or undealt with. And as one person on Twitter put it, there was no "action plan" given for what should happen next. So this cannot be the end of the younger leaders' forum. If so, then we will have wasted our time. There must be more discussion, more clarification, more opportunities for feedback. After all, within 25 years, this group will move from being 20% to 80% of the GBC. And then they will have all the say in the direction of the Convention. Regardless, this was a good start.

              Emir Caner Should Apologize for Tweet: UPDATED!!        
    ***SEE UPDATE BELOW

    On Monday, Dr. Emir Caner, President of Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, GA took to his iPhone to tap out the following tweet:


    The military discovered a large stash of pornography in bin Laden's compound. I was unaware that Islam had its own Acts 29 Network.
    It's hard to imagine the president of a Southern Baptist college, which is supported by the Cooperative Program ($1 million a year in fact), would stoop to such levels as to place on his Twitter account such an unChristlike statement.

    There has been some reaction and backlash to Caner's tweet, but from my standpoint not enough. I am thankful for Danny Akin's tweet yesterday:


    @EmirCaner I love you my brother & I am proud of U in so many ways. You a better man than your bin Laden/Acts 29 tweet.
    My hope is that Dr. Caner will recognize his error and how it hurts the Body of Christ and causes division and seek to rectify this wrong by apologizing and removing the tweet from his Twitter page. If you join me in calling Dr. Caner to apologize, please say so in the comments. I hope to direct a trustee or two of Truett-McConnell to my blog tomorrow.

    ***UPDATE***

    This morning, Emir Caner posted the following statement to his blog:

    I have come to realize over the past few days that Driscoll's vulgarity is far too serious an issue to simply put out a satirical tweet. While it is easy to find Driscoll crossing the line (see articles by John MacArthur and Cathy Mickels) it should not be likewise with me, and for that I apologize.
    Soon after seeing this I was contacted by a few pastors who expressed their displeasure with Caner's statement. While speaking to one such pastor, I was contacted by Mike Dorough, Youth Pastor at Second Baptist Church, Warner Robbins, GA, and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Truett-McConnell College. He noted that Emir Caner had asked him to call and hoped that his statement would be sufficient.

    I informed Mr. Dorough that no one that I have spoken with was pleased with the statement. Mr. Dorough's words were that it was more than he had expected Dr. Caner to say and that he had spoken to others who felt the statement was sufficient.

    After a tense, but (I believe) God-honoring discussion by both of us, we parted ways without any resolution, but (I hope) without any ill feelings. Mr. Dorough is a fine man and I appreciated very much his call to me. However, during the discussion one area of disagreement we had was on whether or not I should have blogged about this incident.

    As I indicated to Mr. Dorough, Dr. Caner's original inappropriate tweet was public and thus his call to repentence should be public as well. Mr. Dorough brought up the principle of Matthew 18 - a passage that I believe is very essential for us as Christians to understand. I explained to Mr. Dorough that Matthew 18, when read properly speaks about private sin ("if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone"), not public sin. The two passages that show us how to deal with public sin are Galatians 2 (where Paul confronts Peter publically) and 1 Corinthians 5 (where Paul calls out a couple engaged in sin that is publically known). Again, because Dr. Caner's actions were performed in the public domain, a public call to repentence is necessary.

    Now, having read Dr. Caner's statement and his tweet, what do you think about his apology? Is it enough? How might Dr. Caner's statement been more conciliatory and satisfying to his brothers and sisters in Christ that he harmed?
              åŠ£ãƒ¢ã‚¸ãƒ¥ãƒ©æœ€å¤§åŒ–によるエントリの推薦をやってみた        

    背景

    半年前から機械学習に関するよさそうなエントリを提示してくれるbot(ML君)を運用しています。

    大量のtweetの中から関連するエントリを人手で探す手間は省けるようになったのですが、最近別の問題が起こっています。以下の画像はある日に提示されたエントリの結果ですが、arxivの論文(しかもほぼ深層学習関連のもの)ばかりになっています…。ML君はURLが与えられたときに、それが機械学習に関連するいいエントリかどうかを判定しますが、提示したエントリの話題が重複しているなど条件は全く考慮していないので、当然と言えば当然の結果です。ML君を責めてはいけない。

    上のような推薦結果は私が深層学習研究者/エンジニアなら喜ぶかもしれませんが、残念ながらそうではありません。機械学習/自然言語処理に関連する企業のニュース/githubのライブラリなど、色々なトピックについてカバーして欲しいものです。問題設定が抽出型の複数文書要約と似ている(めっちゃ大雑把に説明すると、様々なトピックをカバーしつつ、重要な文を選択するタスク)なと思ったので、要約業界で使われる手法でこの問題を解決してみることにしました。

    最適化問題としての自動要約/エントリ選択

    X語以内でなるべく多くのトピックをカバーする(例えば異なり語をできるだけ多く)という問題は、典型的な離散最適化問題です。可能な解を全列挙すると

    • エントリ1を解に入れる/入れない
    • エントリ2を解に入れる/入れない
    • エントリNを解に入れる/入れない

    となり、愚直にやると2^N通りについて考えなければなりません(これに加えて、その解が制約を満たしているかチェックする必要があります)。エントリは50個以上はあるので、全列挙は厳しいです。このような問題について研究している最適化理論の分野では、分枝限定法やラグランジュ緩和、劣モジュラ最適化などがよく使われます。今回は劣モジュラ最適化の方法を実装してみました。理由は以下の通りです。

    • 実装が簡単
      • 貪欲法の亜種のような形になるので、すぐ書ける
    • 高速
      • 線形計画法(ILP)のソルバーを使うと解が出るまで結構時間がかかります
    • 最悪ケースが保証されている
      • 目的関数が最適解の場合と比べて(1 - 1 / e) / 2以下にはならないってやつですね
      • かなり緩い下限ではあるものの、ないよりは安心できるし、実験的にはかなり最適解に近い解を出すことが多い

    劣モジュラ最適化の欠点としては、目的関数が劣モジュラ関数である必要がある、というのがありますが、自分に必要なCoverage functionは劣モジュラ関数なので大丈夫です。

    劣モジュラ最適化(最大化)のアルゴリズムは、あるエントリxを解に含めたときに目的関数が最も上昇するようなxを貪欲的に制約を越えるまで追加していく、という簡単なものです。目的関数はあるエントリの部分集合をS、元々のエントリ集合をVとすると、Vに含まれるエントリとSに含まれるエントリとの類似度の和のような形で表わされます。詳しくは元論文を参照してください。学生時代に紹介エントリも書いていました。

    元論文では文iと文jの類似度を計算するために、それらの文に含まれている単語のtf-idfのコサイン類似度を計算していましたが、ML君でエントリから特徴抽出したベクトルに対する重みを保持していたので、エントリiとエントリjに関連する重みベクトルのコサイン類似度を今回は使ってみました(\mathbf{f}_i \odot \mathbf{w}と\mathbf{f}_j \odot \mathbf{w}のコサイン類似度)。詳しい実装は以下を参照してください。

    元論文ではCoverage function以外に多様性を考慮した項も入っています。しかし、論文の実験結果を見ると、この項がなくてもそれほど悪くならないようなので、今回は実装していません。

    実験結果

    元々100件程度あるML君の提示結果を、劣モジュラ最大化で20件に絞ってみました。結果はこちら。

    arxivの論文もありつつ、最近出た本の話題や、人工知能系のニュースも入っていて、色々なトピックがカバーできたような気がします。自分で運用しているbotなので、評価用データセットなどは特に用意していないですが、しばらくこれで運用してみようと思います。

    個々のアイテムのよしあしだけではなく、一覧や集合として出力されたもののよしあしを考慮したいケースはWebエンジニアでも結構あると思うので、他にも使いどころを探ってみたいところです。

    劣モジュラ最適化と機械学習 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)

    劣モジュラ最適化と機械学習 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)


              NLP2017の論文を読みました        

    NLP2017の論文を読んだので、面白かった論文を中心に読んだメモを残しておきます。もう一月ほど前になるので、大分昔な感じがしますが…。

    参考リンク集

    D4-1 ニュース制作に役立つtweetの自動抽出手法

    • ○宮﨑太郎 (NHK), 鳥海心 (都市大), 武井友香, 山田一郎, 後藤淳 (NHK)
    • ニュース取材に役立つ情報をソーシャルメディアから抽出するプロジェクトがNHKにある
    • SNSから検索するためのいい感じのクエリを網羅的に用意するのは大変
    • SNSでは口語体や略語もあるので、形態素解析をせずに文字単位のRNNを作る
      • bi-directionalなRNNでベクトル表現を作ってNNでニュース取材に役立つかを判定する
      • RNNではないベースラインでは実験されていない
    • attentionとマルチタスク学習を取り入れるとさらに精度が向上した
      • マルチタスクは「ニュースが役に立つか」「言語モデル(次の文字を予測)」を2つで解く
      • 若干上がる
    • 最終的性能はF値で6割くらいでなかなか難しい

    P8-7 STAIR Captions: 大規模日本語画像キャプションデータセット

    • 吉川友也 (千葉工大), ○重藤優太郎 (NAIST), 竹内彰一 (千葉工大)
    • 最近画像と言語の融合が活発、特にキャプション生成
      • 視覚障害者支援や画像検索に役に立つ
    • 画像キャプションを日本語で生成するためのデータセット
    • 構築したデータセットでNNでのキャプション生成ができることも確かめた
    • http://captions.stair.center/
      • クラウドソーシングでアノテーション
    • YJ! Captionsも類似のデータセットだが、画像数やキャプション数はこちらのほうが多い
    • MS-COCOを翻訳したものを学習データに使うよりは性能がよい
    • YJ! Captionsで学習させたものとの性能比較はどんな感じだろうか
      • よくよく考えると直接的な比較はできなかった

    P7-4 抽出型文書要約における分散表現の学習―文書と要約の距離最小化―

    • ○田口雄哉, 重藤優太郎, 新保仁, 松本裕治 (NAIST)
    • 文書と要約の類似度をよりよく見れるように抽出型文書要約専用の分散表現を学習しましょう、という話
      • 教師あり学習といえば教師あり学習、直接的ではないにせよ
    • 0から学習させるわけではなく、word2vecの結果から離れないように正則化を入れる
    • 凸関数になるので、最適解はclosed-formで得られる
    • ROUGEでもまぁまぁよくなってる
    • 簡単にできるのでいい感じに見えた

    B4-5 ニューラルネットワークによる日本語述語項構造解析の素性の汎化

    • ○松林優一郎, 乾健太郎 (東北大)
    • いい論文でした
    • 述語項構造は、文章内の述語とその項間の関係を規定する構造
    • 従来用いられてきた素性(統語関係パス、単語共起)を分散表現で汎化する
      • 組み合わせ素性だとsparseになるので分散表現でなましたい
      • 述語項毎に個別のルールを覚えることが重要である、ということも昔から知られており、汎化すれば性能が上がるかは自明ではない
    • 分散表現で汎化したものは二値素性と同等の精度で、二値素性も組合せると従来のものから性能が向上した
      • お互い捉えているものが異なる
      • state of the artの性能
    • 図1が大体表している
      • 統語関係パスをGRUを通して埋め込む
      • 述語・項候補の単語を埋め込む(concatする)
      • その他の二値素性
      • ガヲニ無のスコアをsoftmaxで吐く
      • 従来は5次程度の組み合わせ素性を使っていたため、多段にする

    P10-5 疑似データの事前学習に基づくEncoder-decoder型日本語崩れ表記正規化

    • ○斉藤いつみ, 鈴木潤, 貞光九月, 西田京介, 齋藤邦子, 松尾義博 (NTT)
    • SNS等のくずれた日本語をどうにかしたい研究の続編
      • 崩れた分の分かち書きではなく、正規化をするタスクをやる
    • attention付きのencoder-decoder
    • 文字列正規化の正解データは多くないため、いくつかの変換パターンで疑似データを作る(表1)
      • twitterデータに対して変換をして、約11万分の疑似正解データを作った
    • Mosesでは疑似データも学習に加えるとノイズに負けて精度が落ちる
    • 提案法では疑似データも学習に加えるとノイズに負けず精度が上がる
      • とはいっても、表3によるとMosesと同じくらいの性能
      • 疑似データを増やしていくとMosesも越えられそう、という感じかな?

    C2-2 係り受け構造との同時予測によるA* CCG解析

    • ○♠吉川将司, 能地宏, 松本裕治 (NAIST)
    • 優秀賞を受賞していた
    • CCGによる構文解析で曖昧性があった場合に英語ではヒューリステックを使うことである程度解決できた問題が日本語ではヒューリステックな方法では簡単には解決できない
    • 係り受け構造と同時予測することにより曖昧性を解消し、従来法と比べて高い解析精度を達成している
    • Nojiらの手法では正解の品詞情報を使っているが、提案法では品詞情報を使わず高い性能を出している

    A2-1 医療テキスト解析のための事実性判定と融合した病名表現認識器

    • ○矢野憲, 若宮翔子, 荒牧英治 (NAIST)
    • 日本語の医療用NLPツールを提案する。以下の2つからなる。
      • 事象認識: 病名、疾患名を同定する
      • 陽性判定: 陽性か陰性か判定する
    • 形態素だと難しいので、文字単位で処理を行う
      • 形態素単位の実験と比較したい
      • 素性には単語ベースのものも入っている
    • 2つのタスクは関連しているので、融合(同時に解く)する
    • NTCIRの共有タスクを解く
    • 方法は固有表現抽出と同じく系列ラベリングっぽい方法で解く
    • 単語ベースのやつよりかはマージンを持ってよさそうな感じに見える
    • 方法は単純だが、医療系テキストの特徴を捉えていてよさそう

    深層学習による自然言語処理 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)

    深層学習による自然言語処理 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)


              ä¸å®šæœŸML&NLPå ±#3        

    最近の機械学習&自然言語処理に関する情報をまとめるコーナーです。前回はこちら。このエントリ忘れてるよというのがありましたら、たれこみフォームから教えてもらえるとうれしいです。

    論文

    • [1701.00160] NIPS 2016 Tutorial: Generative Adversarial Networks
      • 最近流行りのGANのNIPSでのチュートリアル論文(資料)
    • [1612.08220] Understanding Neural Networks through Representation Erasure
      • 深層学習の解釈性に関する研究。線形モデルのように重みの絶対値だけでは重要度が分からないので、重みが全部入っているときとある次元dの重みを0にしたとき(erase)の負の対数尤度の差を見ることで、ある次元dの重要度をはかろうというアプローチのようだ

    ブログ/勉強会資料

    ビジネス

    ペパボのログ解析。データの収集、可視化、パス分析をやった結果をどう施策に活用していくか(離脱ユーザーへのリテンション)。

    学会/勉強会

    「HOME'Sデータセット」を活用した不動産物件画像への深層学習の適用の取り組み from Yoji Kiyota

    WebDB Formでの発表資料。深層学習を使った間取りの生成、物件画像の分類(玄関、居間、キッチン、トイレなどの分類)など。不動産物件のデータセットの提供もあって熱い。

    NIPS2016

    NL研

    深層リカレントニューラルネットワークを用いた日本語述語項構造解析 from Hiroki Ouchi

    NL20161222invited from Tetsuya Sakai
    招待講演の酒井先生の発表資料。うーん、あまりできていないので耳が痛い...。情報アクセス評価方法論を出されたようなので、これを読んでみるとよさそう?

    coling2016

    第8回入力メソッドワークショップ (IM 2016)

    毎年年の瀬に行なわれているIME関係の集まり。来年はきっと京都であると思うので、参加したい。

    その他

    機械学習のための連続最適化 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)

    機械学習のための連続最適化 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)

    関係データ学習 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)

    関係データ学習 (機械学習プロフェッショナルシリーズ)


              ä¸å®šæœŸML&NLPå ±#2        

    最近の機械学習&自然言語処理に関する情報をまとめるコーナーです。今回は医療品設計やセキュリティなど、自分があまり知らなかった分野での機械学習適用事例が多く、勉強になるものが多かったです。前回はこちら。

    このエントリ忘れてるよというのがありましたら、たれこみフォームから教えてもらえるとうれしいです。

    論文

    • [1612.03242] StackGAN: Text to Photo-realistic Image Synthesis with Stacked Generative Adversarial Networks
      • テキスト(キャプション)からの画像生成系のタスクでGAN(Generative Adversarial Networks)がよく使われているが、GANを多段にする(最初は荒い画像を作って、積んだやつで精密にする)ことでかなり精密な生成ができるようになったという論文。GANをあまり追っていないけれど、出てきている画像がぼやっとしていないのでかなりびびる
    • 統計的自然言語処理と情報理論
      • 統数研の持橋さんが情報理論研究会での招待講演で話された発表資料
      • 中野さんと一緒にやっておられる典型度の定量化の話は知らなかったので面白かった(論文)

    ブログ/勉強会資料

    ビジネス

    • Googleの自動運転車ユニット、Waymoとして独立―クライスラーと提携して事業展開も | TechCrunch Japan
      • 自動運転車の開発を断念という話が一瞬出ていたけど、飛ばし記事だった様子
    • 言葉に表れない相手の本音が分かる! 会話中の満足感を定量化するAI(人工知能)技術 : FUJITSU JOURNAL(富士通ジャーナル)
      • アクセントやイントネーションによってコールセンターでの会話の満足度を機械学習を使って特定
    • How we learn how you learn | Making Duolingo Blog
      • 語学学習アプリを作っているduolingo社が機械学習を使ってどのようにユーザーが学習すべき単語を出しているかという話(論文)
      • 単純に精度が上がったという話だけでなく、サービスにどのような影響があったか(学習が効率的になってユーザーがonline fome等を使ってくれるようになったなど)も書かれているので参考になる
      • 社内で元になった論文をすごく簡単に紹介したときの資料があったので貼っておきます

    Duolingo.pptx from syou6162

    学会/勉強会

    NIPS2016

    • NIPS 2016参加報告 - Qiita
    • www.reddit.com/r/MachineLearning/comments/5hwqeb/project_all_code_implementations_for_nips_2016
      • NIPS2016で発表された論文の中でgithub等で実装が公開されているもの一覧。すでに20個以上ある様子
      • 実装やデータセットが公開されるとレビューに加点があったり、ということで公開される流れができつつある。再現性の観点からも望ましい

    その他

    データセット

    • GitHub - yahoojapan/YJCaptions
      • Yahooが画像の日本語のキャプションデータを公開(約12万件)。元になっている画像データはMS COCOはマイクロソフトが出しているもの
    • FMA: A Dataset For Music Analysis

    • これもMS COCOに対してアノテーションしているデータセットの1つだった


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              Only One More Day!        

    I thought I would let you all know about my brother's contest. You might win a $25 dollar iTunes card if you have a twitter account! Here are the rules.


    Twitter Contest Rules


    1. contest runs from Apr. 4 2011 - Apr. 7 2011 11.59 pm MST



    2. Every Tweeter who RTs "RT and follow @gamemotiv for a chance to win a $25 iTunes gift card. Winner will be selected 11:00 am MST Friday 4/8/11 http://goo.gl/of24B" and follows @gamemotiv on twitter will be entered into the contest. You may RT multiple times but only your first RT will enter you into the contest.

    3. We will randomly select the winner at 11;00 am MST of Friday the 8th of April, 2011 and contact that person via DM to arrange delivery of the $25 USD iTunes giftcard.


    Please Re-Blog!
              Live Tweets: Day 3 Of Boston Marathon Bombing Trial's Penalty Phase        
    NPR's Tovia Smith is covering the sentencing phase of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial in Boston. A jury is weighing whether the 21-year-old convicted in the bombings that killed three people and left 264 others wounded should be put to death for his crimes. Tovia will be tweeting developments as they happen.
    Copyright 2015 NPR.
              Apps for Librarian Productivity        

    Caveat! This post isn't intended as technical review, but one busy librarian's experience!

    A few days ago, I received another in a growing line of requests for a list of iPad apps that I find most useful in my workaday life. While the list does, of course, go through the necessary evolution that is part of contemporary tech, maybe sharing a current snapshot list here is in order.

    First off, I use my iPad for both work and play. I teach online courses from it, develop curriculum on it, file as well as read email, Tweets and assorted blog-posted sites I think warrant return visits. And I move around a lot while I work so the iPad travels in my small backpack and is protected by a well-padded cover that has both a fold out stand and a hand strap to support it should I want to read, write or converse while lounging. In other words, my iPad is a practical extension of my hands as well as my workspace. With all that in mind, here are the apps that keep me productive:

    For word processing, I use Pages. This app allows the finished (or finished-for-now) doc to be emailed in Word. (For less polished, private notes I just use the built in Notes app and like how it stores past ones, as well as providing instant sharing options.) Pages also allows for loading pictures and you can insert tables or shapes to further format the document you are creating.

    One of the apps I am most excited about is the collaboration-oriented SynchSpace, which allows multiple users to work on a shared whiteboard, or to share and add to documents in the same space. It allows docs to be created with typing , but also with freehand drawing (such as arrows) and emailing as a pdf so that content can't be altered by the recipient.

    Skitch allows me to take screenshots and then annotate them. You can also annotate photos and maps, or draw freehand on a blank. You can choose text colors, fonts, etc., and can share the resulting page. And never a big spender (except for books!), this one has the added allure of still being free!

    Flipboard is another one I really love, both for its visual-tactile connection and the time-saving it offers.  It allows you to make your own personalized "magazine" by compiling your Twitter account(s), rss feed(s), and any other social media (such as news feeds from specific sources like Mashable or comic strips) into a source that presents you with the actual content, rather than the link to content. So, instead of seeing that the Guardian has a link to a story on a particular person, I am seeing the opening paragraph of the story itself and with one click am at the full story, able to go back to the Flipboard page with one tap, and also able to email, Tweet, or otherwise share the full story with one more tap.

    Keynote is what I use for creating presentations (along the lines of Microsoft's PowerPoint) and with a portable projector, the iPad can be plugged in to actually provide the presentation to a group!

    The iBooks app allows me to save pdf's I receive via email as "books" on its shelf, so I can much more readily refer back to lengthy ones, like government reports. The fact is, that storing such lengthy pdfs in a bookcase-like setting makes it far more likely that I will refer to the document more attentively. The iBooks library feature also shelves pdfs and books separately, so I can locate those reports much more quickly than when they arrived as spindly 25-page papers that I had to hold up on my professional bookshelf by slotting them between probably unrelated titles.

    Since the iPad is a mobile device, not a computer, I don't store my own documents on it, but rather on my laptop. However, I do create documents on it, and the only way to NOT store the ones I create there is to willfully delete them, so the default is actually storage.

    This isn't intended to be an exhaustive list, nor a sales pitch, just a more thorough response than I've been able to provide those who ask me for a quick reply about I get my work done efficiently with my iPad. How do you?


              Conciencia ecológica y blancos equivocados        
    [tweetmeme source=”PLPLE” only_single=false] Desde que escribí el post sobre los “famosos” apagones ecológicos, me he dado cuenta que la gente no tiene idea de lo que es la conciencia ecológica ni cómo puede materializarla en acciones. La sociedad en su … Seguir leyendo
              for your own good...        



    holy moses. please do yourself a favor. give your soul a molatov cocktail. go to www.myspace.com/tylerjames and listen to "stay humble". then cool off with www.myspace.com/griffinhouse and listen to 'only love remains'.

    from riches to rags
    from diamonds to coal
    has always seemed better to me

    than trading for silver
    the price of my soul
    to buy what is already free


    damn, griff. keep on truckin'. and to quote tom petty, "it's time to move, time to get going, what lies ahead i have no way of knowing, but under my feet, babe, the grass is growing, it's time to move on..."

    a night train to paris and then to the border of spain for a hitching to the island of ibiza? who knows...as my great friend, brother and mentor -tres altman - says, "when it comes to making plans, always have reservations." so my soul is full from sounds of home and moments of deep living here in stuttgart, germany - where i 'planned' on staying for two days and am leaving a week later. ha! big love to jens, jesse and sophie for taking care of me. thank you. tweet, tweet.
              Transparency & Transition        
    Last winter, I took a job in social media and I find that after I spend all day at work blogging, tweeting and posting to Facebook, I'm spent.

    I really miss the way that regularly blogging here offered me a chance to reflect, even in small ways, on what was happening in my life and how I felt about it.

    Since going back to work full time, I sometimes find that I'm not sure what I think or how I feel about anything because there's no time to stop and consider.

    Life is one long task list it often seems.

    Yesterday I found out I'll be speaking at the Mom 2.0 summit to be held in New Orleans from February, 14-16.

    I'm super excited to be going because I know I'll love seeing some of my favorite bloggers and meeting new ones.

    When I saw the announcement though, it was the first time that I have seen my professional blog linked to my personal one.

    I'm not sure how I feel about that.

    I haven't taken down any posts here, but this new job in social media has forced my once (at least semi-private) identity to merge with my professional identity.

    I don't mind, per se.

    I mean, I stand behind the stories I've told here. I've been honest, I've been myself.

    I've been transparent.

    I'm not sure I'm used to being so completely transparent in a work context.

    That's one thing I'd like to explore with friends at Mom 2.0.

    More and more of us are translating our blogging experience into new career opportunities.

    The blogging community helped me write through the process of becoming a mother.

    This community was invaluable to me in that long path to integrating the idea of myself as a mother with the idea I had of myself before I became one.

    I'm hoping that I'll write more, and that we can talk more, about what it means to be online personally and professionally at the same time.

    Interested?

    (Oh, and I probably have to talk about volunteerism too, because that is what I've always been all about professionally and now everything's all mixed up and jumbled together.)

    So here we go...

              13 on Thursday--Monday Edition        
    What can I say? The holidays have kept me really busy. I feel like I am back on track a bit now. I thought I'd dive right in with a 13 on Thursday...yes, yes I know it's Monday. Let's just overlook that shall we?

    1. My fingers are so cold right now. I really wish there were some sort of very thin, easy to type in gloves or something. Brrrrr!
    2. This weekend I wrapped up all of our Christmas gifts (to give). I only have 2 more gifts to buy. It feels great to be so close to being done shopping. It sure has made for a less stressful holiday. How's your holiday shopping going?
    3. Today on the BSP we are giving away a gift card to CSNstores. At times like this I wish I could win! I spent a large amount of time browsing their bedroom furniture while "researching" for the giveaway. After the new year I'm redecorating our master bedroom.
    4. I really wish Etsy offered Gift Cards, that's what I'd want for Christmas. I have a wish list of Etsy items a mile long.
    5. My mom bought hubby and I an Elf on The Shelf a few years ago. Even though we don't have kids we have totally been having a blast with our elf, Rudy, this year. We've shared so many laughs because of this little elf!
    6. These macro photos of snowflakes are so pretty! Even the simplest things can be beautiful when viewed with a thankful heart.
    7. This weekend I picked up a Polaroid 600 Land Camera at an estate sale. I can't wait to get film for it. Anyone have experience with The Impossible Project? Should I buy from them or purchase discontinued film?
    8. Ninjabread men: awesome! My hubby would love it if I made him these.
    9. Probably no surprise but our Christmas tree is decorated in a gingerbread + peppermint theme. So I wrap our presents in kraft paper and peppermint embellishments. These packages are so pretty though, I want to change my entire theme!
    10. If I had the room (and the funds) I'd purchase this nativity set in a heartbeat. It is adorable!
    11. One word: yum!
    12. I flunked out of SFS this time around. But wowee, my classmates have taken some amazing photos.
    13. This week I plan on drinking lots of warm beverages, finishing up the last of the Christmas photo orders, baking chocolate chip cookies and spending time with friends + family. What are your plans?

              Eclipse 06-01-2014 with Dj Deep Rawk, Alisha B        
    Playlist:

    Bone ThugsnHarmony- 1st Of Tha Month - E 1999 Eternal
    Handsome Boy Modeling School- The Truth - So Hows Your Girl
    Masta Ace- The INC Ride - Sittin On Chrome
    Mobb Deep- Hell On Earth Front Lines - Hell On Earth
    MMG Too Black Too Strong- Up In The Mountains - Hard Time On Planet Earth
    Ultramagnetic MCs- Ease Back - Critical Beatdown
    Onyx- Throw Ya Gunz - Bacdafucup
    - voicebreak -
    Main Source- Just Hangin Out - Breaking Atoms
    DFC MC Breed- Just Kickin It - MC Breed DFC
    EPMD- Gold Digger - Business As Usual
    Breeze- LA Posse - The Young Son Of No One
    Lakim Shabazz- Sample The Dope Noise - Pure Righteousness
    KMD- Boy Who Cried Wolf LP Version - Mr Hood
    The Coup- Long Island Iced Tea Neat feat Japanther - Sorry To Bother You
    Queen Latifah- Latifahs Law - All Hail The Queen
    Queen D- Queen Ds World - Queen Ds World 12
    Beastie Boys- 1 - Tripple Trouble
    Dead Prez- Hell Yeah Pimp The System - RBG Revolutionary But Gangsta
    Jean Grae- The Jam - The Orchestral Files Deluxe Version
    Lifesavas- Fa Show - Spirit In Stone
    Mystic- The Life - Cuts For Luck And Scars For Freedom
    Janet Jackson- Rhythm Nation - Rhythm Nation 1814
    DJ Jazzy Jeff Jazzyfatnastees The Roots- The Next Movement - Things Fall Apart
    Dena Deadly- 1608 - 12
    LL Cool J- Doin It - All World Greatest Hits
    Tweet- Call Me - Southern Hummingbird
    Phesto Dee- Infared Rum - Terri Cloth


    playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/101/playlistDate/2014-06-01
              Governor, school district offended by 18-year-old's cranky tweet        
    Kansas high school student Emma Sullivan took a field trip to see Governor Sam Brownback speak. She didn't like what he had to say, and tweeted about what she wished she could do: "just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot." Clearly, this kind of insubordination could not stand. Someone from Brownback's office sent the tweet to someone from the Shawnee Mission School District who sent it to Sullivan's principal, who has demanded that Sullivan write the governor an apology. (Via Chad Manspeaker)
              Standing Rock lawsuit update        
    SUBHEAD: Army Corps of Engineers sent back to analyze the environmental justice of the Dakota Access pipeline.

    By Yessenia Funes on 3 August 2017 for Yes Magazine -
    (http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/standing-rock-lawsuit-started-a-year-ago-heres-where-we-are-now-20170803)


    Image above: More than 380 tribes around the world came forward to stand with the water protectors. Photo by Vlad Tchompalov.From original article.

    On July 27, 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux filed a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers for authorizing the construction of the 1,172-mile Dakota Access pipeline. Just over a year later, the project has been completed and carries crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields to an export terminal in Illinois. The case is still pending, and continues to be the tribe’s last hope to protect its water and land.

    The lawsuit alleged that authorization of the pipeline violated the Clean Water Act, Rivers and Harbors Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to adequately conduct an efficient environmental assessment and skipping an environmental impact statement (EIS) altogether.

    “If history is to repeat itself, it doesn’t look good for us,” says Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Dave Archambault II. “But that doesn’t mean we don’t have hope.”

    The lawsuit has now been joined by the Cheyenne River Sioux and the Yankton and Oglala Sioux tribes, but at its heart, the case remains the same since its initial filing, said lead attorney Jan Hasselman, who represents the Standing Rock Sioux on behalf of nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice.

    He’s been arguing that the $3.8 billion energy project ignores treaty rights and needs further environmental review. The goal is that U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg will rule in favor of an EIS and pause pipeline operations indefinitely, and, ultimately, stop them completely.

    In December, pipeline opponents almost secured the EIS under former President Barack Obama when the Army Corps of Engineers announced it would prepare the statement and not permit the pipeline to cross beneath the Lake Oahe crossing on the Missouri River, an area of cultural, religious, and spiritual significance to the tribe.

    It was a near victory. With the EIS secured, the court shelved the lawsuit, but there was more bubbling beneath the surface. Dakota Access launched a counter lawsuit once the Obama administration requested the EIS, and Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration loomed on the horizon. The lawyers, the tribe, and even the court knew the situation could change drastically.

    “The court was pretty explicit that this could be undone,” Hasselman said. And it was.

    Trump rescinded the EIS and issued the final easement across Lake Oahe in February. Immediately, the attorneys amended their initial complaint to include the final easement. Things moved along quickly from there, Hasselman explained. For the first time, the tribe had something concrete to contest, not something they were asking the courts to prevent.

    “We were finally able to put those environmental review issues and treaty issues up front and center,” Hasselman said. Until then, the case was essentially in “pause mode.”

    Then in June, Judge Boasberg found that the Corps had not sufficiently considered the pipeline’s environmental effects or environmental justice impacts when issuing its permit, and remanded the case back to the EIS process to reconsider its analysis. This is the first time Earthjustice is aware of such an environmental justice ruling.

    Boasberg’s recent decision offers DAPL’s opponents hope, but a favorable outcome is anything but assured. A pipeline has never before been stopped with a lawsuit, Hasselman said. “The legal and regulatory infrastructure is badly broken.

    You just don’t have the big overarching federal permits for a crude oil pipeline that you have in a lot of other contexts.” Unlike natural gas pipelines, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regulates a pipeline’s terms and conditions of transport, but not its actual construction and operation.

    Earthjustice didn’t take up the case because it believed the court held the answer but, rather, because it recognized the political power such a case could build. To that end, it has surpassed expectations.

    “What I had in mind was substantially more modest than what happened,” Hasselman said. He had hoped that 50 people would show up to court and they’d end up on the evening news. He wasn’t expecting the iconic fight for indigenous sovereignty that Standing Rock has become.

    The Dakota Access pipeline is now a matter of global interest. More than 380 tribes around the world—from New Zealand’s Māori to the Ecuadorian Amazon’s Kichwa—came forward to stand with the water protectors. “That’s a very significant time in history: when the tribes come together collectively and unite and say, Enough is enough,” Archambault said.

    The tribe’s effort became a movement with the support of spirit and prayer camps outside the reservation—including the Sacred Stone and Oceti Sakowin camps—and a 1,500-mile run to Washington, D.C., in which about 30 Native American youth delivered a petition with more than 140,000 signatures to the Army Corps headquarters demanding it halt the pipeline’s construction.

    Although this attention hasn’t influenced the lawsuit, Hasselman said, it legitimized the movement. Once the world set its eyes on Standing Rock, it could no longer ignore that the historic violent treatment of indigenous people isn’t a thing of the past—it continues today.

    Now? Hasselman thinks they have a shot. “We have an uphill struggle in persuading the court to shut down the pipeline while the remand process is underway, and we have an uphill struggle persuading the Army Corps to do a legitimate and appropriate analysis on remand, but we’re all working 24/7 to make that happen,” he said.

    Judge Boasberg is set to decide in September whether to pause pipeline operations while the Corps continues its review, and court proceedings are ongoing as both parties make their arguments. Until then, the tribe will see its challengers in court.

    See also:
    Ea O Ka Aina: DAPL battle not over 6/15/17
    Ea O Ka Aina: Defense contractors fought NoDAPL 5/27/17
    Ea O Ka Aina: Tribes divest DAPL Bankers 2/13/17
    Ea O Ka Aina: Veterans defending NoDAPL 2/11/17
    Ea O Ka Aina: Army Corps okays DAPL Easement  2/8/17
    Ea O Ka Aina: Trump orders go on DAPL EIS 2/3/17
    Ea O Ka Aina: Water Protectors pipeline resistance 2/1/17 
    Ea O Ka Aina: Force a full EIS on DAPL 1/27/17
    Ea O Ka Aina: Missile launcher at Standing Rock 1/19/17
    Ea O Ka Aina: Lockdown at Trans-Pecos Pipeline 1/10/17
    Ea O Ka Aina: Standing Rock has changed us 12/9/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: As Standing Rock celebrates... 12/5/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Army Corps denies easement 12/4/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: My Whole Heart is With You 12/2/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: The Loving Containment of Courage 12/1/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: The Beginning is Near 12/1/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Feds to shutdown NoDAPL Camp 11/25/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL people are going to die 11/23/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Hundreds of vets to join NoDAPL 11/22/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Obama must support Standing Rock 11/21/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Trump's pro oil stance vs NoDaPL 11/15/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Kauai NoDAPL Demonstration 11/12/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Obama to Betray Standing Rock 11/12/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Trump impact on Standing Rock 11/12/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Ann Wright on Standing Rock 11/8/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Turning Point at Standing Rock 11/6/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Jackson Browne vs DAPL owner 11/5/16
    Democracy Now: Boycott of DAPL Owner's Music Festival
    Ea O Ka Aina: World responds to NoDAPL protests 11/5/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL victory that was missed 11/5/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: DAPL hid discovery of Sioux artifacts 11/5/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Dakota Access Pipeline will leak 11/5/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Route of the Dakota Access Pipeline 11/4/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Sanders calls for stopping DAPL 11/4/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Obama hints at DAPL rerouting 11/3/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: New military attack on NODAPL 11/3/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: How to Support NoDAPL 11/3/16
    Unicorn Riot: Tweets from NoDAPL 11/2/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Standing Rock & the Ballot Box 10/31/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL reclaim new frontline 10/24/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: How far will North Dakota go? 10/23/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Amy Goodman "riot" charge dropped 10/17/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Amy Goodwin to face "Riot Charge" 10/16/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Shutdown of all tar sand pipelines 10/11/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Why Standing Rock is test for Oabama 10/8/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Why we are Singing for Water 10/8/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Labor's Dakota Access Pipeline Crisis 10/3/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Standing Firm for Standing Rock 10/3/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Contact bankers behind DAPL 9/29/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: NoDAPL demo at Enbridge Inc 9/29/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Militarized Police raid NoDAPL 9/28/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Stop funding of Dakota Access Pipeline 9/27/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: UN experts to US, "Stop DAPL Now!" 9/27/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: No DAPL solidarity grows 9/21/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: This is how we should be living 9/16/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: 'Natural Capital' replacing 'Nature' 9/14/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: The Big Difference at Standing Rock 9/13/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Jill Stein joins Standing Rock Sioux 9/10/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Pipeline temporarily halted 9/6/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Native Americans attacked with dogs 9/5/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Mni Wiconi! Water is Life! 9/3/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Sioux can stop the Pipeline 8/28/16
    Ea O Ka Aina: Officials cut water to Sioux 8/23/16




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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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              3,799 And Counting: Promote the Petition!!!        
    And now to an old friend...

    Thanks so much to everyone who has taken the time to sign the petition linked to this blog: Stop the Greyhound Slaughter. We have 3,799 signatures so far and this is absolutely fantastic but we need more signatures so please spare a few moments to sign if you have not already. If you have signed it then please take a few moments to spread the word.

    There are now icons on the petition that allow you to post it to Facebook, Digg, StumbleUpon, Reddit or to email or Tweet it. If you are a member of any of those social networking sites then posting it to them would be very much appreciated.

    Here is the link once again: Stop the Greyhound Slaughter. If everyone who reads this helps t spread the word then I am confident that we can reach the 20,000 signatures required early next year.

    What are we waiting for? Let's send it viral!
              Venezuela Agents Arrest Opposition Leaders In Midnight Raids        
    Updated 8:40 p.m. ET Venezuelan security agents arrested two key opposition leaders in a midnight raid on their homes, making good on President Nicolas Maduro's promise to crack down on dissent following a vote that gave him broad authoritarian powers. In the middle of the night, armed men took Leopoldo Lopez and Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma from their respective homes in the capital. The leaders had been highly critical of Maduro and had only recently been released from jail on politically motivated charges. The two, however, remained under house arrest. The wife of Leopoldo posted a video on Twitter showing flak-jacketed agents bundling her husband into a vehicle marked "Sebin" — the name of Venezuela's intelligence agency — and then speeding off. "They've just taken Leopoldo from the house," Lilian Tintori wrote in one tweet. "We don't know where he is or where they're taking him." Ledezma's daughter, Vanessa Ledezma, also tweeted video that apparently shows the arrest of her
              Muslim Liberals Caught in No Man's Land        
    Originally published in Huffington Post
    Muslim Liberals Caught in No Man's Land
    "Islam is the motherload of bad ideas." - Sam Harris
    "That's just a fact." - Bill Maher
    When the host of Real Time on HBO, Bill Maher, tag-teamed with 'new atheist' Sam Harris, to lead an assault on Islam last week, it was Batman-to-be Ben Affleck who stood up as the inexplicable first line of defense against the disjointed attack. Rounding out the panel of record, was New York Times activist Nicholas Kristof and Republican-lite Michael Steele. The debate - in which, of course no Muslims participated - quickly went viral. In the messy aftermath, Sam Harris even claimed that the media reaction vindicated him and proved his point. 
    While Maher and his sidekick, Harris - and for that matter the entire Dawkinsian crew - may not be the bigots that Affleck accused them of being, they certainly should not feel any sense of self-absorbed vindication. They are not emissaries of the truth nor do they represent the vanguard of neo-enlightenment. Rather they come across as pseudo-intellectual bullies driven by a vain desire for celebrity, feigning any concern for the 'victims of Islam' they cite in remarks branching from their central diatribe against the religion. In effect, they silence the very Muslim liberals and champions who are leading the charge for a more just, equal, and tolerant (i.e. liberal, I guess) Muslim world, forcing on them a Faustian and false choice between identity and values. 
    Just today, Malala Yousafzai, the ardent campaigner for girls' education from Pakistan and a proud Muslim, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In fact, five of the last twelve recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize have been Muslim. These five alongside millions of others seek to promote progressive and positive change in the Muslim world. They constitute everyday Muslims, not necessarily Islam incarnate. The reason this distinction is important is that treating as equal the Muslim world and the ideology of Islam is a misdirection that confuses an evolving 1,400-year philosophy with a disaggregated non-body politic of 1.5 billion people. As I wrote on these pagesseveral weeks ago, it does not mean ignoring a problem but diagnosing it accurately: 
    "There is no crisis in Islam. But, there is, conversely and unmistakably, an existential crisis (or crises) in the Muslim world...The approach of religious discourse divorces us from what is the larger crisis facing the Muslim world, which is one of being mired in a political, social and economic malaise, characterized by hollow leadership and disintegrating states, an environment into which extremism seeps."
    Malala and others are the vanguard in the fight being waged by Muslim liberals, one that is just unfolding, and which contests a broad range of injustices, inequalities, and intolerances in Muslim-majority countries. Yet, these individuals are also caught in a tripartite 'battle' that is ongoing: within the West, within the Muslim world and between the West and Muslim world. These battles are not clear-cut by any means, but each places the Muslim liberal effectively in no man's land. 
    Within the West, we are witnessing the rise of xenophobic and anti-immigration sentiment broadly in the conservative movement, and in the United States, most acutely, on the fringes of the Republican Party. This has been exacerbated by the War on Terror, in which, domestically, the Muslim constitutes the ubiquitous bogeyman. So mainstream is this sentiment, that a series such as Homeland entertains many Muslim Americans, even though it not-so-subtly portends that every Muslim from a secular journalist to a CIA agent could be a threat, simply because he or she is Muslim. More tangibly, in terms of everyday consequences, each new mosque in the U.S. now faces anti-Sharia protestors, including from sitting politicians (who conveniently forget the meaning of the First Amendment). 
    In Europe, however, while there has been similar sentiment from the conservative side of the spectrum, such as from political parties such as the UKIP or BNP in the United Kingdom, it has often dovetailed with a similarly xenophobic liberal view, such as that espoused by Sam Harris. Much akin to the convergence of the liberal humanitarian perspective with the neoconservative movement in recent years (e.g. prior to the Iraq War in 2003), this neo-liberalism is partly a revivalist movement of the White Man's Burden. Overall, within this battle, Islam is portrayed as a flawed essence, and there can be no equivocation. When an assured liberal such as Reza Aslan appears on CNN, he is forced to choose between Islam and liberalism, and asked to re-confirm that indeed Islam is the threat. Meanwhile, the anchors (on CNN) fail to realize that this would mean he would be asserting that he himself (and many members of his family) have an essentialized evilness about them. Whether or not a person like Reza Aslan is liberal is cast aside due to this inability to disavow Islam.
    Yet, it is not just Muslims on the American side of the Atlantic who are caught up in this game. In the Muslim world's own multi-dimensional civil war, we see hyper-nationalists and Islamists battling it out, overlaid with a layer of sectarian strife. Muslim liberals - a term used loosely without weighing the religiosity of individuals - are often the last ones in the streets pushing for open societies. Take the example of the exemplary Alaa Abdel Fattah in Egypt, who, fresh off from being released from prison on bail after being charged for encouraging a demonstration, had his nomination for the prestigious Sakharov Prize revoked. He, like all Muslims, inevitably faced the pro-Israel test, and (two weeks ago) failed. Already under threat of condemnation from within their countries, Muslim liberals within Muslim countries are abandoned in their hour of need by the haughtier-than-though 'critics' in the West. Muslim liberals may be fighting for democracy, against gender discrimination, and for the rights of minorities, but they likely have not reconciled with Zionism. Ask Malala for her views on Israel: you may not like the answer
    Finally, since 9/11 (and before as well), Western countries have increasingly been at war in the Middle East and within other majority-Muslim countries. The recent strikes against ISIS are just one recent example. In this battle, again the Muslim liberal is caught in no man's land. On one hand, he or she will surely be in favor of crushing the cancer that is ISIS but not by any means necessary nor will this mean broad support for the securitization of the interaction between the West and the Muslim world. When a recent video surfaced on Fox News from the Harvard campus, where many students alleged that the U.S. had a more detrimental footprint, overall, on the world stage than ISIS, the headline read, "Twisted Ivy: Harvard students say US bigger threat to world peace than ISIS." Imagine, a Muslim making the same statements as in the video. Game over. 
    When Bill Maher and Sam Harris pontificate from their plush perches, criminalizing a faith, which has 1.5 billion adherents, they think they are doing the world a big service. Nothing could be further from the truth. It should be pointed that Muslim countries are not uniquely in crisis and that broadly there are many countries in crisis in the developing world. In addition, America's homophobia is only now beginning to subside for example, and in many ways is still real (so no real claim can be made of some type of civilizational superiority). And many of Burma's Buddhist monks would have something to say about religious militancy being the dominion of Islamists only. Nevertheless, there are indeed a myriad of unique problems within the Muslim world, which is in a deep crisis. Yet, there are also countless Muslim leaders, intellectuals, clerics, philanthropists, and others, facing these problems, and trying to stand-up to illiberal phenomena in their communities and societies. They already are well aware of the challenges in front of them and do not need lectures from people far-removed from the very violence they face. 
    Maher's (and others) self-titillating orgies of intellectual masturbation demonstrate a total lack of awareness. Perhaps they'll be comforted by the controversy they spawn, indulging their egos as they eye retweets and dollar signs. As for the Muslim liberals on the frontlines? Once again they are caught in No Man's Land.
    Original Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/taufiq-rahim/muslim-liberals-caught-in_b_5965546.html

              The (Counter?)Revolution in #Egypt will be Televised (and Tweeted)        
    Around midnight in Cairo the night of Tuesday, July 2, millions of people in Egypt awaited the President of the Republic, Mohammad Morsi, to respond to the 48-hour ultimatum delivered by the country's military on Monday: resolve your differences with the protestors or we will do it for you. With the deadline fast approaching, and due to hit at 4:30pm local time the next day, Morsi rejected the challenge by the military in a tweet. Then, he came on television and delivered what was the most important speech in not just his life but in the history of the Muslim Brotherhood movement he represents. And it was a spectacular failure. While not as long-winded as the two-and-a-half hour speech he had given just days earlier - akin to a State of the Union - it was just as hollow. His near constant use of the word 'legitimacy' began to elicit uncontrollable laugher in many corners (with the usage count of the word at around 75 in the speech). With millions of Egyptians on the streets across the country - some in support of him but many if not most in opposition - and the military's ultimatum in the background, Morsi had seemingly put the final nail in his own coffin.

    Just 30 months after the ousting of the dictator for the past 30 years, Hosni Mubarak, street protests in Egypt culminated on Wednesday night in a coup d'etat, effectively overturning the 14 democratic elections since February 11, 2011 (the total voting cycles for the parliament, presidency and constitution). Indeed, it was broader than a coup d'etat, as the Tamarod (rebellion) movement that brought millions of people to the streets was a grassroots uprising that gathered millions of signatures from ordinary Egyptians, and more significantly, managed to coalesce a previously disparate and dispirited opposition. Additionally, deposed President Mohammad Morsi had governed incompetently and non-inclusively, which seemingly left the invitation open to change. Yet, what transpired this week, especially in the final sequence of events, could be the initial salvo of a counter-revolution 2.0, potentially endangering the process of democratization in Egypt for years to come.

    While things seemingly have not changed that much in Egypt, and in many ways have gotten worse, a lot has transpired. Following the departure of Mubarak and his gang from the scene, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) took charge of managing the country's affairs. It took nearly a year to hold parliamentary elections. When it did happen, in late 2011-early 2012 the Brotherhood's party (the Freedom & Justice Party or FJP) took 38% of the vote, followed closely by the more conservative Salafist party, Al Nour, which took 28%. Given that this body would determine the fate of the new constitution (and the assembly to draft it), the fact that it was dominated by 'Islamists' already meant the new era of Egypt was handed a poisoned chalice in the eyes of many. Six months later, in June 2012, the Presidential elections saw a run-off between a former Prime Minister but tainted 'remnant' of the old Mubarak regime, Ahmed Shafiq, and Mohammed Morsi (representing the Muslim Brotherhood). Morsi won, and with the backing of protests in the famed Tahrir Square, also managed to wrest plenty of executive authority from SCAF. Within two months, Morsi also seemed to assert civilian control over the military, with a shuffling of key positions in the defense establishment.

    Then on November 22, 2012, with full executive powers, and the parliament in limbo (due to pending court cases), Morsi assumed essentially legislative powers and declared himself immune from judicial oversight until a new constitution was formed. In essence that gave birth to the current movement (well at least the National Salvation Front that formed 2 days later and was a hodge-podge of opposition groups, including figures such as Mohamed El Baradei) which culminated in Morsi's removal from office this week. Morsi and the FJP then ham-fisted a constitution through a referendum, which garnered the support of 64% of the voting public. However, the process was not led by consensus and Morsi appeared to be increasingly marginalizing the judiciary, which many viewed as being too linked to the old regime, especially given that many senior judges were appointed by Hosni Mubarak (the judges had their own democracy movement in 2006 so not a unified group by any means). Yet for many in the opposition, the judiciary was still a check against Morsi and the Brotherhood's power. And there were also complaints about the ikhwanization of the state; given what transpired this week, this appeared not to have been the case.

    Nevertheless, the concentration of power by the Brotherhood and its non-inclusive method of governance as described above, could have overcome minor challenges from the opposition, if Morsi had enacted policies that improved the lives of everyday people. His approval rating had begun to drop dramatically, falling to 28% of the public just weeks before his overthrow. This was mainly due to the inability of the government to turnaround the economy, with 25% of Egyptians below the poverty line, unemployment on the rise, and the country's fiscal health on the decline. Meanwhile, his approach to foreign policy of aligning with the US, engaging with Iran, partnering with Qatar, and leading the charge on Syria, did little to assuage a frustrated public waiting for change at home in their daily lives that had yet to materialize. And sectarian clashes that mainly killed Shiites and Christians tarnished the impartial role the President was assumed to play, given that he was close to figures that were prone to incitement.

    In the backdrop of all of this, the Tamarod movement, which started just several months ago (in April), began to tap into the widespread anger and frustration. Gone was the gloss of a technocratic 'Islamist' party - a la the AKP in Turkey, who incidentally are having their own issues - replaced instead by the reality of the FJP in Egypt. And gone also was the mystique of a survivalist Brotherhood that was the David against the Goliath of the last half century; the Brotherhood was now the Goliath, and seemingly squandering the power that it had accumulated. The Tamarod activists claimed to have gathered 22 million signatures, in a country of 93 million people, which seems patently ridiculous for many demographic/logistical reasons (in the course of just two months). Nevertheless, their demands were clear, and principally centered on early Presidential elections (Morsi had served one of a four-year term). They were supported by umbrella opposition groups such as the National Salvation Front, April 6 Movement, and others, and with their deadline of June 30 for Morsi to respond coming fast, thousands and then millions began to fill Egypt's squares (some as noted in support of Morsi).

    By Wednesday, just prior to the removal of Morsi from power, several implications of what was transpiring were already clear. Firstly, the Tamarod movement, and subsequent mobilization demonstrated that there could be an organized opposition to Islamists in the 'new' Arab world, and that this secular alternative could mobilize numbers. This could have far-reaching consequences in other countries such as Tunisia, where Islamists like the Nahda Party hold sway, as well as eventually (in the longer-term) in autocratic countries where often the only strong opposition movements are bogeyman Islamists movements. Secondly, Morsi's reign had as noted above, dulled - as power does to any party - the shine of the Brotherhood. It has been noted, for example that the clashes that led to the separation of the West Bank & Gaza Strip, and undermined the Hamas victory in Palestinian elections, only emboldened Hamas instead of forcing the movement into the pubic accountability spotlight.

    Of course, in the euphoria of what the opposition was about to gain, the darkness just around the corner might have seemed far away. With millions on the street, and the military indicating a willingness to force itself on the scene as the arbitrator, Morsi offered a new constitutional process, a unity government of technocrats, and an accelerated schedule of new parliamentary elections but it was too little too late it seemed for the street, especially with the military now backing the activists' play. And so instead of a negotiated agreement with President Morsi, or a legal process through the courts, or any other process through civilian authorities, it was the military that removed Morsi from power. The crowds in Tahrir Square cheered but the supporters of the deposed President, in Nasr City (also in Cairo), jeered. In a carefully choreographed display, the civil secular state - with an associated roadmap essentially a reset of the revolutionary period - was re-established by three initial speeches: first by General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, head of the armed forces (appointed by Morsi), second by the Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar, and third by the Coptic Pope. Short statements followed from a range of opposition figures, including a representative of Tamarod and El Baradei and the conservative Nour Party.

    If you are an opponent of the Muslim Brotherhood, this was indeed a victory. And given the direction that Egypt was going, if you are an Egyptian, you can only hope that this could lead to a more positive future. Whatever the case, however, the military re-takeover appears to also be a re-launch of the counter-revolution. The autocratic powers that be in the region were effusive and immediate in their praise of the military and the coup. More worryingly, was the systematic campaign of arrests that already started to unfold late into the night of Muslim Brotherhood activists, leaders, affiliated journalists, and yes even Mohammad Morsi. The military is looking not just to referee the playing field but to define the playing field and the players allowed on it. That's not democracy. It may be that in the modern Arab world the demographics are such that the debate is about choosing between liberalism and democracy, but isn't that the false choice of the last 40-50 years offered by autocratic rulers in the Arab world? And there is nothing 'rosy' about liberal autocracy versus religious autocracy in this region. In fact, if anything, liberal/secular authoritarianism has been the bane of decay in modern Arab history: the Baath parties in Iraq and Syria, Ben Ali's Tunis, Mubarak's Egypt, and the list goes on.

    Yet, unless the Egyptian military is kept in check, it will likely go down the path it knows best and one that it has followed since 1952, which is to systematically crush dissent and marginalise and exclude the Muslim Brotherhood. All indications today point to a proclivity to re-instate this exclusion, which could lead to an Algeria scenario of the 1990s, albeit in a different form, of course. Paradoxically, as this new Pandora's Box is opened, the only hope to keep the military in check is the very street and youth who demanded its removal from the scene, and then demanded it to come back to its role as guarantor of the state. Hopefully the tamarod or rebellion, will keep that spirit, now that they have been given a share of the power.





              Mid-Year Review: Executions, New Death Sentences Remain Near Historic Lows in First Half of 2017        

    As we reach the mid-point of the year, executions and new death sentences are on pace to remain near historic lows in 2017, continuing the long-term historic decline in capital punishment across the United States. As of June 30, six states have carried out 13 executions, with 30 other executions that had been scheduled for that period halted by judicial stays or injunctions, gubernatorial reprieves or commutation, or rescheduled. By contrast, at the midpoint of 2016, five states had carried out 14 executions, and 25 other executions had been halted. 12 executions are currently scheduled for the rest of 2017, with 8 others already halted, and several more death warrants are expected to be issued. Depending on whether Ohio carries out the five executions pending between now and December, DPIC anticipates a slight increase in executions in the U.S. from 2016's 26-year low. However, even with the spate of four executions carried out in Arkansas from April 20-27—that state's first executions since 2005—there will likely be fewer executions in 2017 than in any other year since 1990. New death sentences also remain near historically low levels. DPIC has confirmed at least 16 new death sentences so far in 2017, a pace very close to the record-low 31 new death sentences imposed in 2016. Florida's abandonment of non-unanimous jury recommendations of death and Alabama's repeal of judicial override of jury recommendations for life are expected to substantially reduce the number of new death sentences in those states. The death sentences of nearly 100 Florida death-row prisoners have been overturned as a result of the state supreme court's declaration than non-unanimous death sentences are unconstitutional, and courts in Delaware and Connecticut have continued emptying those state's death rows after their death penalty statutes were declared unconstitutional. Three people have been exonerated from death row in 2017—Isaiah McCoy in Delaware, Rodricus Crawford in Louisiana, and Ralph Daniel Wright, Jr. in Florida—bringing the number of death-row exonerations in the U.S. since 1973 to 159. There have also been three grants of clemency in the first half of 2017, bringing the national total since 1976 to 283. President Barack Obama granted clemency to federal death-row prisoner Abelardo Arboleda Ortiz and military death-row prisoner Dwight Loving, and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe granted clemency to Ivan Teleguz. All three are now serving sentences of life without parole. The U.S. Supreme Court has issued three significant decisions in 2017 in favor of death-row prisoners. On February 22, in Buck v. Davis, the Court granted relief to Duane Buck due to racially biased testimony on the issue of future dangerousness. A month later, in Moore v. Texas, the Court unanimously struck down Texas' outlier practice for determining intellectual disability in capital cases. In McWilliams v. Dunn, the Court found on June 19 that James McWilliams' constitutional rights were violated when Alabama failed to provide him assistance of an independent mental-health expert. The Court ruled against Texas death-row prisoner Erick Davila on June 26.

    Other states that have carried out executions so far in 2017 are Texas (4), Alabama (2), Georgia (1), Missouri (1), and Virginia (1).

    (Posted by DPIC, June 30, 2017.) See Executions, Innocence, Clemency, and U.S. Supreme Court.


              U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Alabama Death-Row Prisoner in McWilliams v. Dunn        

    In a 5-4 decision released June 19, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Alabama had unconstitutionally denied death-row prisoner James McWilliams (pictured) the assistance of an independent mental health expert. The Court wrote that its 1985 ruling in Ake v. Oklahoma, which entitles indigent defendants to the assistance of a mental health expert, encompassed a clearly established right to an expert who is "independent from the prosecution." In his opinion for the Court, Justice Breyer wrote that "Alabama’s provision of mental health assistance fell ... dramatically short of Ake’s requirements." The defense had no expert to help it prepare to examine the doctors who testified for the state, and only presented testimony about his mental condition from McWilliams and his mother. After the jury voted 10-2 to recommend the death penalty, the court scheduled a formal sentencing hearing and appointed a state neuropsychologist to examine McWilliams. That doctor prepared a report of the evaluation and consulted with the prosecution. Defense counsel received the neuropsychological report—which stated that McWilliams had “organic brain damage,” “genuine neuropsychological problems,” and “an obvious neuropsychological deficit”—only two days before his sentencing hearing. On the day of the hearing, counsel received extensive prison mental health records that contained evidence that McWilliams was being prescribed anti-psychotic medication. After denying the defense time to consult with an independent expert to develop the mental health evidence for use in mitigation, the court found no mitigating evidence and sentenced McWilliams to death. Justice Breyer wrote, "Ake clearly established that when certain threshold criteria are met, the state must provide a defendant with access to a mental health expert who is sufficiently available to the defense and independent from the prosecution to effectively 'conduct an appropriate examination and assist in evaluation, preparation, and presentation of the defense.'" The Court remanded the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, which must now determine whether Alabama's violation of McWilliams' right to an independent expert had the "'substantial and injurious effect or influence' required to warrant a grant of habeas relief." Stephen Bright, who argued on behalf of McWilliams before the Supreme Court, said, "Today’s decision is about fairness. The adversarial process cannot function properly if the prosecution can retain mental health experts, but the defense is not even allowed to consult with an expert." He said, "James McWilliams could not have a fair trial without a mental health expert to assess his brain damage and other mental impairments and to help his counsel present that information to the sentencing court." 

    (I. Hrynkiw, "U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Alabama death row inmate," AL.com, June 19, 2017; Press Release, "Statement from Stephen Bright, Counsel of Record for James McWilliams, in re: Today's SCOTUS Ruling (McWilliams v. Dunn)," June 19, 2017.) Read the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in McWilliams v. Dunn. See U.S. Supreme Court. See DPIC's background page on McWilliams v. Dunn.


              Federal Court Grants Lethal-Injection Stay to Alabama Prisoner With Claims of Attorney Abandonment, Flawed Forensics        

    Robert Melson (pictured), an Alabama death-row prisoner whose clemency petition alleges that abandonment by his post-conviction lawyers prevented him from adequately challenging the flawed forensic evidence in his case, received a stay of execution from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on a challenge to Alabama's lethal-injection protocol. Melson was convicted of three murders at a Popeye's restaurant in 1994. A survivor of the crime recognized one of two assailants as Cuhuatemoc “Tempo” Peraita, an acquaintance of Melson's, and described the second assailant only as a black man. More than an hour after the crime occurred, police pulled over Peraita's car, and arrested him along with the black male passenger, Robert Melson. At the suggestion of police, Peraita—a 17-year-old with intellectual impairments—confessed to having been present during the crime, but claimed Melson had shot the victims. (Peraita has since recanted his accusation.) Melson has consistently maintained his innocence. During the interrogation, police took Melson's shoes from him. According to Melson's clemency petition, "Five days later, a police evidence technician belatedly discovered, photographed, and cast footprints in a rainy drainage ditch behind Popeye’s restaurant, which they later said matched Mr. Melson’s shoes." Peraita didn't testify at Melson's trial, and the witness who had identified Peraita did not identify Melson in a photo lineup. No other forensic evidence—such as fingerprints or DNA—linked Melson to the crime. As a result, Melson's conviction relied heavily on the shoeprint evidence, a type of evidence that the landmark 2009 report on forensic science by the National Academies of Science, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, found to be unreliable, unscientific, and susceptible to bias. In addition to the problems inherent with shoeprint evidence, nearly two inches of rain had fallen between the time of the crime and the time police reported discovering the shoeprint. Melson should have been able to challenge the shoeprint evidence during his post-conviction appeal, but was represented by an inexperienced volunteer attorney who was not licensed in Alabama and a local attorney who had a history of malpractice. The lawyers did not properly file Melson's state post-conviction petition, and then, on appeal, they filed the documents in the wrong court, causing his appeal to be dismissed. The error was compounded because the attorneys failed to inform Melson of the dismissal. Melson's time to file a petition for habeas corpus in federal court ran out before he learned his state case had been dismissed. Cases like Melson's raise concerns about Alabama's recently passed "Fair Justice Act," which would potentially exacerbate errors like those made by his attorneys, since state deadlines would be shorter and stricter and all state death penalty appeals would run concurrently. In a separate case, Melson and several other Alabama death-row prisoners challenged Alabama's use of midazolam in executions, highlighting problems that have occurred when the drug was used in past executions. The 11th Circuit stayed Melson's June 8 execution to allow time for it to consider that challenge. [UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court vacated the stay of execution, and Melson was executed as scheduled.]

    (H. Koplowitz, "Alabama death row inmate Robert Melson granted stay of execution by federal appeals court," AL.com, June 2, 2017; K. Chandler, "Court stays Alabama execution to decide on use of drug," Associated Press, June 2, 2017; B. Lyman, "Melson case revives old questions about Alabama execution methods," Montgomery Advertiser, June 4, 2017.) Read Melson's clemency petition and the 11th Circuit's stay order. See Arbitrariness and Lethal Injection.


              Alabama Prisoner Facing Eighth Execution Date Claims Innocence, Challenges Execution Procedures        

    Tommy Arthur (pictured), an Alabama death-row prisoner whose 35-year journey through the court system has frustrated both proponents and opponents of the death penalty, is scheduled to be executed on May 25, 2017, the eighth time Alabama has set an execution date in his case. Arthur—whose conviction and death sentence has twice been overturned by the courts and was sentenced to death by his trial judge based upon a non-unanimous jury sentencing recommendation—has steadfastly maintained his innocence in the 1982 murder of Troy Wicker. Most recently, an evenly divided U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of execution four hours after Arthur's execution was set to begin on November 3, 2016, so the Court could consider whether to review Arthur's challenge to Alabama's use of the controversial drug midazolam and his request to be executed by firing squad. The Court ultimately declined to review both that claim and Arthur's separate challenge to the constitutionality of Alabama's non-unanimous sentencing practices. Arthur has repeatedly raised innocence claims, seeking new forensic testing of evidence from his case. Judy Wicker, the wife of Troy Wicker, who was charged with hiring Arthur to kill her husband, testified at her trial that her husband had been murdered by a burglar who beat and raped her. After Ms. Wicker's conviction, she changed her testimony when a prosecutor, who had previously represented her at a parole hearing, offered her early release if she testified against Arthur. The rape kit taken from Ms. Wicker at the time of the murder was lost or destroyed without being tested for DNA and, according to Arthur's current lawyer, Suhana Han, “[n]either a fingerprint or a weapon, nor any other physical evidence connects Arthur to the murder of Troy Wicker.” Hairs found near the victim have also never been tested with modern DNA technology. Arthur has also argued that his trial counsel was ineffective, and continues to litigate issues relating to Alabama's lethal injection protocol. He currently has an emergency motion pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, challenging the state's planned use of midazolam, a drug that has been linked to many problematic executions, including that of Ron Smith in Alabama in December 2016. He has also challenged the state's refusal to disclose records related to the Smith execution, which his lawyers say may provide critical evidence for his lethal-injection challenge. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals issued a preliminary ruling in Arthur's favor on a separate issue on May 23, reversing a Montgomery Circuit judge's order rejecting Arthur's claim that the legislature, rather than the Department of Corrections, should determine the state's execution method. But that procedural ruling will not delay his execution. His motion stated, "The role of the legislature is particularly critical given the controversial nature of the ADOC's current midazolam-based execution protocol. ...The choice of the first drug (midazolam) to be used is critical, because without an effective anesthetic, the second and third drugs would cause unbearable pain. But the drug the ADOC chose (in secret), midazolam, is not used in medical practice as a general anesthetic; rather, it is an anti-anxiety sedative in the same drug family as Valium and Xanax, and its use in lethal injection has been extremely problematic." [UPDATE: Alabama executed Thomas Arthur near midnight on May 25. He was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m. on May 26. Media witnesses reported no visible indicators that the drugs had failed.]

    (A. Blinder, "Alabama Inmate Hopes to Dodge Death for an Eighth Time," The New York Times, May 24, 2017; E. Pilkington, "'It's mind over matter': Alabama prisoner faces execution date for the eighth time," The Guardian, May 24, 2017; K. Faulk, "Court reverses ruling in death-row case, but AG says execution still on," AL.com, May 23, 2017.) See Arbitrariness and Innocence.


              Death-Row Exoneree, Law Professor, Attorney Voice Opposition to Alabama's "Fair Justice Act"        

    Soon after passing legislation to make death penalty trials fairer by preventing judges from overriding jury recommendations of life sentences, the Alabama legislature is taking steps to enact a bill that critics say would make capital appeals far less fair. The bill, denominated the "Fair Justice Act," would constrict the amount of time death-row prisoners have to file appeals, impose deadlines for judges to rule on appeals, and require prisoners to pursue their direct appeal and post-conviction appeal simultaneously. Critics of SB 187/HB 260, which has passed the Senate and been approved by the House Judiciary Committee, include Harvard Law School Professor Ronald Sullivan Jr., Alabama death-row exoneree Anthony Ray Hinton, and Birmingham attorney Lisa Borden, who say the proposal is neither fair nor just. They argue that the bill would reduce the quality of appellate representation, insulate trial errors from appellate review, and increase the risk of executing innocent people. Sullivan called the bill "deceitfully named" and wrote it would "undermine much of the progress" made when Alabama recently became the last state in the U.S. to end judicial override. Hinton, who spent 30 years on Alabama's death row before being exonerated, said, "If proposed changes to Alabama's postconviction procedures under consideration by the state legislature had been enacted, I would have been executed despite my innocence." Hinton explains that he spent 14 years looking for volunteer lawyers who could help him prove his innocence, saying, "Because the so called "Fair Justice Act" now pending before the state legislature puts time restrictions on how long death row prisoners have to prove their innocence or a wrongful conviction, this legislation increases the risk of executing innocent people and makes our system even less fair." Borden raises concerns that the poor quality of trial-level representation will spill over into the proposed shortened appeals process. "The average trial of a capital case with appointed counsel takes just a few days, given appointed counsel's frequent lack of preparation and failure to challenge the State's case. ...The attorneys and experts who will try to uncover and correct the injustices done to poor defendants must not be forced to rush through the process too." She suggests, "If Alabama wants to save taxpayers millions of dollars, and provide certainty and finality for the peace of mind of the victim's families, it could do so by abolishing the death penalty, or by limiting its use to only the most egregious cases and providing real, effective representation for those charged with capital crimes."

    (R. Sullivan Jr., "Opinion: A quick death in Alabama," Montgomery Advertiser, May 3, 2017; A. Hinton, "I was released from death row. Under the Fair Justice Act, I'd be dead.," AL.com, April 27, 2017; L. Borden, "The 'Fair Justice Act' is neither fair nor just," AL.com, April 20, 2017.) Read the text of SB 187 and HB 260. See Arbitrariness, Innocence, and Recent Legislative Activity.


              Supreme Court Tells Alabama to Reconsider the Factors It Has Used to Determine Intellectual Disability        

    The U.S. Supreme Court has vacated the Alabama state courts' rejection of a prisoner's claim that he is ineligible for the death penalty because of intellectual disability, and directed the state to reconsider his claim in light of the Court's recent decision in Moore v. Texas requiring states to employ scientifically accepted standards in determining whether a death-row prisoner is intellectually disabled. On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the case of Taurus Carroll, and vacated the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals' decision in his case after Carroll's lawyer argued that the March 28 decision in Moore established that Alabama had unconstitutionally deviated from accepted methods of determining intellectual disability. In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled in Atkins v. Virginia that defendants who are found to have intellectual disability—then known as mental retardation—cannot be executed. The ruling left states with discretion in establishing procedures for determining which defendants have intellectual disability. In Moore, however, the Court reiterated that this discretion is not “unfettered” and that a state's intellectually disability determination must be “informed by the medical community’s diagnostic framework.” The Court struck down Texas' use of an unscientific set of lay stereotypes, known as the “Briseño factors," that Texas had used to determine whether Moore had deficits in adaptive functioning characteristic of intellectual disability. The Court said that, "[i]n concluding that Moore did not suffer significant adaptive deficits, the [Texas courts] overemphasized Moore’s perceived adaptive strengths," but "the medical community focuses the adaptive-functioning inquiry on adaptive deficits." In Carroll's case, the Alabama courts had considered Mr. Carroll’s supposed adaptive strengths—that he had passed a GED exam and successfully held down a job in the prison kitchen—as proof that he was not intellectually disabled. Carroll's attorney argued that, “As in Moore, the consideration below of Mr. Carroll’s adaptive functioning ‘deviate[s] from prevailing clinical standards, by ‘overemphasiz[ing] Mr. [Carroll]’s perceived adaptive strengths.” He also argued that Alabama had unconstitutionally employed a strict IQ cutoff score, while at the same time inflating Carroll's IQ score by refusing to apply scientifically established factors that adjust for limitations in IQ testing. With the Supreme Court's ruling in Carroll's case, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals must now determine how Moore affects Alabama's methods of determining intellectual disability. John Palombi, a lawyer with the Federal Defenders for the Middle District of Alabama, said he was "pleased" with the Court's decision. “This will require Alabama courts to follow scientific principles when making the life or death decision of whether someone charged with capital murder is intellectually disabled,” he said.

    (C. Geidner, "Who Is Intellectually Disabled? Supreme Court Orders Alabama To Reconsider Death-Row Case," BuzzFeed News, May 2, 2017.) See Intellectual Disability and U.S. Supreme Court. Read Mr. Carroll's Petition for Writ of Certiorari, Alabama's Brief in Opposition, and Mr. Carroll's Reply Brief in Support of Petition for Writ of Certiorari. 


              Alabama Legislature Votes to End Judicial Override        

    The Alabama legislature has approved and sent to the Governor a bill that would bring to an end the practice of permitting trial judges to impose death sentences over a capital sentencing jury's recommendation that the defendant be sentenced to life. Alabama is the only state in the U.S. that currently permits judicial override. The legislature acted in response to mounting court challenges to Alabama's death penalty statute. On April 4, the state House of Representatives voted 78-19 to pass a bill prohibiting trial judges from overriding the sentencing recommendations of juries in death penalty cases. Governor Robert Bentley has indicated that he intends to sign the legislation. Two versions of the proposal had advanced in the state legislature. A bill sponsored by Sen. Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery) that would eliminate judicial override but retain Alabama's practice of allowing death sentences if ten or more jurors voted for death, passed the Senate 30-1 on February 23. A House bill by Rep. Chris England (D-Tuscaloosa) that would have abolished judicial override and required a unanimous jury vote for death had passed the House Judiciary Committee on February 16. Rep. England agreed to substitute the Senate version of the bill, which then overwhelmingly passed the House. The bill "places the death penalty back in the proper perspective," England said. "It puts it ... where in my opinion the Constitution intends it to be: in the hands of juries." Although Alabama is no longer an outlier on judicial override, it remains the only state in the country to permit a death sentence to be imposed based upon a non-unanimous jury vote. According to research by the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), judicial override has historically been employed to impose death sentences when a jury recommended life, rather than as a safeguard against unjust jury votes for death. In 101 of the 112 cases in which Alabama judges have overriden capital jury sentencing recommendations, they have imposed the death penalty over a jury recommendation of life. The EJI study also found that the use of judicial override has been influenced by political concerns, with sentencing overrides disproportionately rising in election years. Bryan Stevenson, founder of EJI, said, "Override undermines the role of jurors, who sometimes deliberate for hours to make the right decisions in these cases on behalf of the community. Alabama has had one of the highest death-sentencing rates in the country largely because we add to death row so many people juries do not believe should be executed."

    (M. Cason, "Alabama House passes ban on judicial override in death penalty cases," Birmingham News, April 4, 2017; K. Chandler and A. Izaguirre, "Alabama House Votes to End Judicial Override," Associated Press, April 4, 2017.) See Recent Legislative Activity and Sentencing.


              Federal Appeals Court Finds Alabama Prisoner Incompetent To Be Executed        

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled on March 15 that Alabama death-row prisoner Vernon Madison (pictured)—who was spared execution last May when the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked at 4-4 on whether to lift a stay—is not mentally competent to be executed. The appeals court overturned an Alabama state court ruling, saying that the state court had unreasonably determined the facts when it concluded that Madison was aware of the reasons for his impending execution. “The only evidence in the record that does address this issue demonstrates that, due to his serious mental disorder, Mr. Madison does not understand the connection between his crime and his execution,” Judge Beverly Martin wrote. Under the 1986 Supreme Court ruling Ford v. Wainwright, the execution of individuals who lack a rational or factual understanding that they will be executed and the reason for their execution constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of the Eighth Amendment. The court found that the record contained uncontroverted evidence that Madison has "memory loss, difficulty communicating, and profound disorientation and confusion," in part caused by two debilitating strokes in 2015 and 2016. As a result, he no longer remembers the crime for which he was sentenced to death, nor does he understand why he was to be executed. He asked the prison to notify his mother of one of his strokes, but she had been dead for several years. The court noted that Madison is, "legally blind, cannot walk independently, is incontinent and has slurred speech.” Madison is one of the longest serving death-row prisoners in Alabama, having been tried three times for the 1985 murder of a Mobile police officer. His first conviction was overturned because of racially biased jury selection. His second conviction was reversed because prosecutors presented illegal evidence. At his third trial, the jury voted 8-4 to recommend that Madison receive a life sentence, but the judge overrode the jury's verdict and sentenced him to death. In 2016, the Eleventh Circuit granted Madison a stay of execution just hours before he was scheduled to die, in order to consider his incompetency claim, and the Supreme Court split on the prosecution's motion to vacate the stay, leaving the appeals court's decision in place. 

    (K. Faulk, "Federal appeals court rules Alabama Death Row inmate Vernon Madison can't be executed," AL.com, March 15, 2017; B. Lyman, "Death row inmate found incompetent to face execution," Montgomery Advertiser, March 15, 2017; "Federal Court Rules EJI Client Vernon Madison Not Competent to Be Executed," Equal Justice Initiative, March 15, 2017.) See Mental Illness.


              Florida, Alabama Consider Legislation on Exoneree Compensation        

    As the Florida legislature considers a bill that would change Florida's "Clean Hands" policy, which denies compensation for wrongful convictions if the defendant had a prior felony record, Alabama lawmakers are deciding whether to grant compensation to Anthony Ray Hinton (pictured), who was exonerated in 2015 after spending nearly 30 years on death row. In Florida, death row exoneree Herman Lindsey told the Senate Criminal Justice Committee about his having been denied compensation because of prior unrelated felony convictions. He spoke about the difficulty he has faced finding housing or a job because the arrest for murder is still on his record. He said the "Clean Hands" Provision is, "basically saying, ‘we can take anybody that has a criminal record and say let’s falsely incarcerate him and when he found it wasn’t really him, we can actually put him out on the streets and we don’t actually even have to worry about it.’ I didn’t receive any apology. I didn’t receive any compensation.” The proposed bill would allow compensation for some exonerees who have prior nonviolent felony convictions. Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg), a supporter of the bill, said, “If the state and the people of the state get it wrong, it shouldn’t matter what individuals have done in their past.” Lindsey said only four of Florida's 26 death-row exonerees have received compensation under the Clean Hands Act. “Now, perhaps, this might open the door for 10." Meanwhile, the Alabama Committee on Compensation for Wrongful Incarceration is considering an application to grant $1.5 million in compensation to Anthony Ray Hinton. The amount is based on the 30 years Hinton was wrongfully incarcerated. Two Assistant Attorneys General have written conflicting letters to the committee, with one stating, "I have found no information that indicates that Mr. Hinton's application is disqualified by any of the eligibility exceptions," while the other claims, "The fact that thirty years later different ballistic experts are unable to say conclusively that this gun fired the fatal shots, without the benefit of the original test fired projectiles used by the original examiners, is not evidence of innocence." Sen. Paul Bussman (R-Cullman) has introduced a bill to compensate Hinton $1.5 million, to be paid over a three-year period. He criticized the notion that a wrongly convicted person should be denied compensation when the state lacks evidence to convict, saying, "We can't convict someone in the court of public opinion. ... It has to be in a court of law."

    (S. Cordner, "Fla. Lawmakers Looking At Making It Easier For Exonerees To Receive Compensation," WUSF News, February 24, 2017; K. Faulk, "Does former death row inmate Anthony Ray Hinton deserve compensation?," AL.com, February 28, 2017.) See Innocence.


              Capital Sentencing Reform Bills Advance in Florida, Alabama        

    Legislative committees in Florida and Alabama have voted to advance bills that would reform capital sentencing procedures in those states that have been the subject of extensive constitutional challenges. In Florida, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee by a vote of 6-0 approved a bill that would require a jury to unanimously recommend a death sentence before the trial judge could sentence a defendant to death. The bill would bring Florida's sentencing procedure in line with a Florida Supreme Court ruling that had declared unconstitutional death sentences that were imposed after one or more jurors had recommended a life sentence. In Alabama, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to end Alabama's practice of judicial override. Alabama is currently the only state that allows judges to override a jury's recommendation of a life sentence and impose a death sentence. Senator Dick Brewbaker (R - Montgomery), who sponsored the bill, raised concerns about political pressure on elected judges. A majority of overrides in the last 10 years happened in election years. “I’m not saying anyone has any evil intent,” Brewbaker said. “I’m not arguing about constitutionality, but there’s no way to take politics out of politics. It’s like taking the wet out of the water. It can’t be done.” According to research by the Equal Justice Initiative, judges have used their override power to impose death sentences over jury recommendations for life 101 times, but overrode jury recommendations for death and imposed life sentences just 11 times. The U.S. Supreme Court has remanded four death penalty cases to Alabama's courts for a determination of the constitutionality of the state's sentencing practices—including judicial override. The Alabama courts have upheld the practice, and in December 2016, Alabama executed Ronald Smith despite a 7-5 jury recommendation that he be sentenced to life.

    (W. Sayre, "Here's Where Death Penalty Legislation In Florida Stands," WLRN, February 9, 2017; B. Lyman, "Senate committee approves bill ending judicial override," Montgomery Advertiser, February 8, 2017.) See Recent Legislative Activity.


              Goodbye…For Now        

    I’m guessing that most of you reading this are already well aware, but I thought I’d write a blog post to inform those members of the Trillion Man March who don’t know that I’ve accepted a job writing full-time for Bill Simmons’s relatively new site, Grantland, which explains why I haven’t blogged on here in awhile and why I probably won’t blog on here any time soon. I was thinking about making this next sentence something sentimental about how we had a good run and it was a lot of fun and I appreciate all the fan support, but I’m a man with two healthy, fully-grown testicles so I’m not going to write any sappy crap like that, especially since we can still continue our relationship over at Grantland. Anyway, because I make exactly no money from writing this blog, it has been obvious for awhile now that moving onto bigger and better things was always and inevitability. Still, I’m anxiously awaiting the onslaught of emails, tweets, etc. calling me a sellout, mostly because I completely deserve every one of them. The truth is that I am a sellout. But you know what? Thanks to a terrible ticketing system that screws deserving students out of season tickets, there’s a good chance I’ll be the only Ohio State basketball sellout this year. And that’s something to be proud of.

    Many of you have been asking me for details about my book Don’t Put Me In, Coach, so I figured before I let you go I should tell you what I know. First and foremost, I’ve been told that the book is going to be released March 6th (and might actually be released a week or two earlier than that), but you can actually already preorder it here. There isn’t a single reason in the world why you shouldn’t do exactly that right now, so go make it happen. I’ll wait.

    Back? Ok, good. Since you just bought the book, I feel obligated to mention that, as far as the content is concerned, it’s basically just a chronological rundown of my basketball career at Ohio State, starting with a little background story of how I ended up at OSU and ending with my final game my senior year. It’s technically probably considered a memoir, but “memoir” sounds like such a classy word and seeing as how I make dick jokes throughout the book, I wouldn’t exactly describe it as classy. Still, 90% of the content is basically just ridiculous stories about my teammates, coaches, fans and myself from my four years at Ohio State, so memoir is probably the best way to classify it.

    Speaking of dick jokes, many of you have asked me how vulgar the book is going to be, presumably because you are kindergarten teachers and you want to know if the book is appropriate enough to recommend to your students. Short answer: Yes. Long answer: I wrote this book solely with 18-34 year old males in mind, so if you don’t fit in that demographic you might find it crude in some places, but I wouldn’t exactly describe it as vulgar. It’s obviously written with the same juvenile tone I’ve used for years on this blog (please note that “juvenile” isn’t capitalized – I don’t want you to think I wrote things like “girl you working with some ass, yeah, you bad, yeah” throughout the book), so if you’re a fan of what I’ve written on Club Trillion, you shouldn’t have any problems with the book. There are a some four letter words sprinkled throughout the book, but I can say with absolute certainty that I have never been the type of guy to use curse words just for the sake of using curse words, because that shit just isn’t cool. So yes, there are some words you probably shouldn’t teach your 5-year-old kids (like “poopdick”, for example), but I promise you that unless you’re the type of person whose face melts off or something when you hear/see bad words, you’re not going to be overwhelmed with the language in the book.

    If you have any other questions about the book or just want to keep in touch with me for whatever reason, the best way to do so would be to either follow me (@clubtrillion) on Twitter or email me at clubtrillion@gmail.com. It’s pretty much a certainty that I won’t respond to anything you send me, but just know that it’s not because I don’t love you – it’s because I’m either too lazy or I couldn’t think of anything clever or witty to say back to you, so I instead decided to act like I didn’t see your email/tweet instead of acknowledging that you’re more creative than me (ok, fine – it’s always the latter).

    Well, I guess that just about does it. Don’t forget that when you get a tingle in your naughty places in the future because you miss me so much, you’ll be able to find me over at Grantland. Also, if nothing else, you can always re-watch Mr. Rainmaker a thousand more times. There’s a pretty obvious Easter egg in there that I’m completely shocked nobody has found yet, so if you’re bored you should try to find it. There might even be a special prize for whoever finds it first (read: there absolutely is not a special prize).

    Proud To Be An American But Even Prouder To Be A Buckeye,

    Mark Titus

    Club Trillion Founder


              How I Feel About The Brickyard 400        

    Being a native of Indiana and one of the few NASCAR fans who can form an articulate sentence and can say with absolute certainty that I have never kissed my cousin, the last week of July is typically a week that I spend doing a lot of explaining to people.  That’s because the last week of July is when the Brickyard 400 is held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and is therefore the time of year that all sorts of people over here in Ohio ask me if I’m going back home for the race and then look at me like I just pulled my testicles out of my pants and rested them on their forehead when I tell them “absolutely not.” 

    Part of their disbelief comes from the fact that it’s no secret that I think the Indy 500 is the single most sacred event (sporting event or otherwise) in the world and that I’ve actually ended relationships with my friends and girlfriends when they didn’t want to accompany me to the race because they claimed that it didn’t appeal to them.  I’ve made it well-known that the Indy 500 is a really big f’ing deal to me, so people assume that because I actually prefer NASCAR to the IndyCar series, I must really be pitching a tent towards the end of July because I get to watch my favorite drivers race on my favorite track just a few miles from my hometown.  After all, the Brickyard 400 is essentially just the Indy 500 for NASCAR, right? 

    The answer is of course not, stupid.  Much like Disney’s Doug and a deep fried hand job, the Brickyard 400 is a perfect example of how it’s entirely possible to put two otherwise great things together and create something far worse than the individual parts.

    Let me first say that my disdain for the Brickyard 400 doesn’t come from me being some sort of traditionalist who hates the fact that the 500 isn’t the only race run on the sacred IMS track anymore, which is how some people in Indy felt when the Brickyard first started in 1994.  I’m perfectly fine with the idea of there being another race at IMS.  Hell, I’d be fine with there being a race every weekend at IMS so long as they all featured quality racing and a crazy party.  But that’s where the Brickyard 400 falls short and is really why I have such an issue with it – the racing sucks and the party is even worse.  On the surface, it seems like the Brickyard 400 has all the necessary elements to make for an awesome experience, but it only takes one trip to the Indy 500 and one trip to the Brickyard 400 to notice the vast difference and get the overwhelming feeling that, like a dry college campus or a prude supermodel, there are serious problems that completely outweigh any and all positives.

    First let’s tackle the racing.  Now, I don’t pretend to be a racing expert and even though I’ve been watching NASCAR for as long as I can remember, I admittedly have no idea what the hell the commentators are talking about most of the time because my knowledge of the terminology is pretty limited.  Truth be told, I probably know more about elephants than I do racing strategy or the anatomy of cars in general (here’s proof: elephants have up to six sets of teeth in their lifetime and once their sixth set falls out, they die from starvation because they can no longer eat.  Also, did you know that if you just went to your local zoo and picked out any elephant at random, removed all of its organs including its trunk, and laid them all end-to-end on the ground, you would certainly get arrested and would probably spend a significant amount of time in prison?).

    But despite my shortcomings in car knowledge, I am able to tell if what I am watching is boring or not.  Of course, some would argue that all racing is boring because it’s nothing more than a bunch of left turns.  And yet others would argue that this is all a moot point anyway because when I go to the IMS, I typically sit in the infield and don’t watch any of the race at all because I’m too busy slamming back a case of Bud heavies while trying to get trashy chicks to show me their goods.  But I’ve been to enough of these races to know how to pay attention to both the race and the Tweety Bird tattoo on the breast of some chain smoking lady in a tube top, so really that’s an invalid argument.  Besides, I went to a bunch of races before I turned 10 and started drinking and trying to get girls to flash me, and even back then I could tell that the Brickyard 400 just wasn’t getting the job done.

    The fatal flaw with the Brickyard 400 is that the track simply wasn’t built for NASCAR cars.  Again, I don’t know much about car engineering or the science behind racetracks and whatnot, but even a Michigan fan could figure out pretty quickly that IMS has relatively no banking.  This lack of banking means that most of the entertainment at IMS comes from watching cars fight physics and try to make a turn going 200+ mph without much help from the track itself, which might be boring to watch on TV but I assure you is pretty nuts to see in person for the first time (and really every time).  This fighting of physics is exactly what the founders of the IMS wanted, seeing as how they built the track in 1909 primarily as a way to test the limits of high performance cars (fun fact: the guy who was in charge of building the track thought that cars wouldn’t be able to go any faster than 120 mph around IMS, so the fact that the modern day cars run at almost double that speed during the Indy 500 is pretty remarkable).

    Anyway, my point is that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was built and exists for one reason – to see how fast cars can go around it.  It was a track built to test speed and the Indy 500 does just that, which is why that particular race is so entertaining.  The cars are literally going as fast as the physics will allow them and if the drivers make even a fraction of a mistake, it could cost them a win (JR Hildebrand on the final turn this year) or in some cases – God forbid – even their lives.

    The Brickyard 400, on the other hand, doesn’t provide that balls to the wall speed that the 500 does because NASCAR cars are built entirely differently.  NASCAR races, relatively speaking, are often predicated more on physicality than speed (at Indy, NASCAR cars average about 50 mph less than the open wheel cars do), so when they race on a track like IMS that was built solely to test speed, they go relatively slowly through the turns and the race turns out to essentially just be a parade of what appear to be elaborately painted refrigerators.  Plus, throw in the fact that NASCAR guys like to bump each other and IMS is most certainly not a track for bumping, and it makes things even worse because all that bumping results in a lot of crashes and caution flags (when people say they like crashes, what they really mean is they like seeing fiery crashes where the car rolls a few times and looks completely decimated when it’s all said and done.  Most crashes, though, are entirely unexciting and just drag out the race and make it even more boring).  Throw all of these factors together and what you’ve got is a race that can’t even sniff the jock of the Indy 500.

    Of course, this is just my theory that I’ve established solely through years of observation.  I don’t have stats to back me up and I certainly don’t have any real knowledge of racing whatsoever, so there’s a good chance my explanation is way off.  Either way, the fact of the matter is that the racing at the Brickyard 400 just isn’t that exciting.  Regardless of why, there’s no denying that it’s pretty boring when compared to the 500.

    Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s move on to the real issue – the partying (or more accurately, the lack thereof).  There are really only four words needed to explain why the Indy 500 party scene makes the Brickyard 400 party scene look like a Sunday morning trip to church with your grandparents – general admission infield tickets.  I’ve written about this before, but the infield at the Indy 500 is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in my life (and yes, I’ve been to the Kentucky Derby), primarily because I’ve seen just about anything you can imagine short of rape and murder.  I’ve seen people having sex (I’ve even seen what appeared to be a 3-way), I’ve seen people doing hardcore drugs, and I’ve seen a woman try to piss in a busy men’s restroom by removing her jean shorts, propping her foot up to get a better angle, and pointing her vajeen toward the community urinal tub (admit it – you’re jealous).  It might be a typical Tuesday afternoon for Charlie Sheen, but for average people like you and me the infield at the 500 is mind-blowingly wild.

    Why is the Indy 500 infield so rowdy, you ask? It’s simple – because it’s stupidly cheap and you can damn near bring anything into the track that you can carry.  This is really what separates it from the Kentucky Derby infield in my mind (not to mention the fact that horse racing can lick auto racing’s chode), since Derby infield tickets are more expensive and you can’t bring in outside food or drinks.  You can get a ticket for the Indy 500 infield for $30 and bring in a huge cooler full of food and beer (or if you’re like The Villain, stuff to make Cosmos).  Hell, for the 2010 race, I brought two kegs into the infield and tapped those bitches about 100 yards away from the track (it’s the only major sporting event I can think of that you can legally bring your own personal kegs to).  It’s essentially just a BYOB party with a $30 cover charge that 150,000 people are invited to and literally lasts all day, so there’s really no excuse for it not to be the most bitchingest party in America each and every year.

    The Brickyard 400, though, doesn’t have these coveted general admission infield tickets.  I’ll say it again, this time using bold text to help emphasize what I’m saying: the Brickyard 400 does not have general admission infield tickets.  If that confuses the hell out of you and makes you think whoever is in charge of this decision should be immediately fired, you now have something in common with every 18-34 year old (white) male in the greater Indianapolis area. 

    Now, it should be noted that you can buy a regular ticket with an actual seat assigned to it for the Brickyard 400 and walk into the infield and watch the race from there, but that completely defeats the purpose of the infield ticket.  Regular tickets aren’t as cheap as the infield tickets would be, so the poor white trash people that can afford to come party at the Indy 500 (and are typically the rowdiest people at the track) don’t show up for the 400.  As a result, the infield for the Brickyard basically just consists of legitimate race fans who have no interest in partying and just want to sit closer to the track to enhance their experience, college kids who think they’re cool because they’re drinking beer at a race at IMS and don’t know that the Brickyard is the JV race, and middle class people who don’t completely hate their lives like the poor people do and therefore don’t turn to drugs and alcohol as a way of coping with their failures.  So yeah, the party kinda sucks.

    Basically, here’s the ultimate problem: In my opinion, the only way to make the Brickyard 400 as awesome as it should be and to make it a must-attend event is to sell the infield tickets.  But they won’t start selling infield tickets any time soon because they don’t even come close to selling all the normal tickets, so they’re obviously going to focus more on trying to figure out a way to get more people to buy the relatively expensive seat-assigned tickets because those tickets bring in more money for them than the infield tickets do.  But they’re never going to sell out of the normal tickets until the quality of racing improves.  But the quality of racing won’t improve because the track simply isn’t a good fit for those cars.  So really, the way I see it, the only way to improve the overall event is to completely change the type of cars NASCAR uses.  Obviously this can’t happen, which is why the Brickyard 400 seems like it’s on track (pun absolutely intended) to be a perpetual letdown.

    And let’s not kid ourselves.  Even though I said earlier that I wouldn’t mind there being a race at IMS every weekend, that doesn’t mean that all of the races there should be treated equally.  Regardless of the quality of racing or the party scene, the Indy 500 is in a class on its own just because of the history associated with it, and there’s legitimately no way in hell the Brickyard could ever come close to being as big of a deal to the people of Indianapolis (the Brickyard is like the NIT final four – just because it’s being held at a historic venue doesn’t make it a big deal).  That in and of itself is enough for some to think that it’s sacrilege to go to IMS for a race at any time other than Memorial Day weekend because the experience is borderline laughable and it makes the Indy 500 feel less special (another reason why the Indy 500 rules – Memorial Day is a built in recovery day for the day after the race). 

    For as long as I can remember, I haven’t been included in that group, but with each passing year it seems like I’m getting closer and closer to feeling the exact same way.


    It goes without saying that you should feel free to call me out on anything I screwed up.  As I said earlier, everything I just wrote is based on nothing more than my own personal experience, which typically means I’m embarrassingly wrong.  So if I was way off with my reasoning for why the Brickyard just isn’t what it seems like it could be, by all means send me an email and put me in my place.  If your email has enough vitriol in it, we might even become pen pals.

    Proud To Be An American But Even Prouder To Be A Buckeye,

    Mark Titus

    Club Trillion Founder


              My Rebuttal        

    It’s ridiculous that I even have to write this and defend myself, but the sad reality is that there are way too many people who take sports just a tad too seriously and are calling for my head, so I feel like this is the only way to get everyone to put down their pitchforks and torches.  It would be comical if it weren’t so sickening and pathetic.

    Here’s what happened:

    I’ve been planning for months to write a blog entry about my experience at the Indy 500 because it’s my favorite sporting event in the world and is something I look forward to every year.  After I wrote something about my mom on the day after Mother’s Day, I figured I’d just wait until after the race to post my next blog entry.  But then I realized that if I waited until after the race, there would be a three and a half week gap between each of my posts, which would have lead to complaints from the people who regularly read the blog.  See, that’s what we do here – I try to see how long I can go without writing something and then the people who regularly read the blog playfully give me crap for being lazy.  It’s kind of the ongoing theme of this blog, really.  And it’s made for a great relationship for the past two and a half years.

    So as a way to keep my regular readers from getting on me for not writing something in a long time, I figured I’d throw them a bone and write a quick blog post before the race.  I sat down at my computer and racked my brain trying to think of what to write about, before it hit me that I had gotten a handful of emails and tweets from people asking me about the Tressel/OSU football stuff.  Since I had nothing better to write about and was basically just writing a filler post anyway (I explicitly said it was a filler post in the first sentence), I figured “ah, what the hell” and decided I’d just give my take on that issue. 

    This notion that I wrote it so I could get attention or more hits on my blog couldn’t be further from the truth.  I have no advertising on the blog, I barely take the thing seriously (which is why the design of the site sucks and I haven’t ever considered changing it), and I infrequently post new entries.  Before yesterday, it had been over a year since the last time I even checked to see what kind of traffic the blog had been getting.  Hell, I’ve been writing about the significance of pooping in front of your girlfriend/wife, Spaghetti O’s, and my mom for the past month and a half.  Why would I write about stuff that has exactly no mass appeal if I cared even the slightest bit about blog hits?  And since I have no advertising, how could I possibly benefit from getting more blog hits anyway, especially when the increased traffic I did get came from maniacal Ohio State fans who would be perfectly fine if I ceased to exist (it’s not like these people are going to buy t-shirts or my book or anything)?  Plus, if I really was trying to start a sh*tstorm, I would have said more than just “the football players always seemed to have nice cars when I went to OSU” and instead would have made up much more scandalous stuff like I saw Terrelle Pryor being handed an envelope full of cash or something.

    Truth be told, I don’t want more blog hits and I don’t really care if my blog gets more attention. I’m perfectly fine with my audience of a few thousand who, like me, don’t take things too seriously and enjoy a cheap laugh or two.  We were all doing just fine before the masses of crazed OSU fans from message boards and forums all over the internet flocked here and called for my head.

    Now that we got that settled, a few of you rational people might still be wondering what there was to gain by writing it anyway.  Well, my only intention was to give my thoughts to the people who had asked me about it.  Believe it or not, there are people who read this thing and aren’t from Ohio, and a few of them wanted to hear about what’s going on in Columbus from a guy who has been relatively close to it for the past few years.  So I basically just said that while it might seem like I would know a lot about the situation, the truth was that I was just a bystander to everything that went on in the football program and only knew what had been written about in the press.  But having said all of that, any OSU student in the past five years could tell you that a lot of the football players drive nice cars (since most of the people who asked me about the scandal weren’t ever OSU students, I figured that this would be something they would like to know).  You’d have to be blind to not notice it.  I didn’t exactly say anything that tens of thousands of  people on that campus haven’t already noticed themselves.  And besides, it’s not like the NCAA was going to throw the case out until they read my blog.  Nothing I wrote will have any impact whatsoever on the impending investigation, so from that standpoint it’s ridiculous that this is being made a much bigger deal than it really is.

    My intent is all a moot point anyway. So many of you are calling me out for throwing my alma mater under the bus, while I see it the exact opposite way – I’m holding my alma mater accountable.  No, scratch that. I’m holding my alma mater’s football team accountable (it might be hard to believe, but OSU has plenty more to offer than just a football team – like this for example).  Instead of brushing things under the rug and trying to justify and defend everything that the football team is being accused of, I’m of the opinion that acknowledging flaws is not only the right thing to do, it’s the healthy thing to do as well.  I know how important the football team is to the school and I know that to many people around the country, the football team is really the only thing they think about when someone says “Ohio State.”  Because of this, I want the football program to be an honorable one (like we thought it was), so people around the country associate Ohio State with integrity and class instead of whatever it is they associate OSU with now.  Pretending that something isn’t going on when all the evidence points to the contrary is incredibly irresponsible and is how we got into this whole mess in the first place (Tressel didn’t speak up when something was amiss).  Call me crazy, but I’d much rather lose every single game with integrity than win a slew of national championships by cheating.

    So all of you “real” Buckeye fans who want to disown me as a Buckeye for pointing out an obvious observation after I was prompted to do so, by all means go ahead.  I’m hopeful that for every one of you irrational people there are two other Buckeye fans who feel the same way I do and will welcome me with open arms to Buckeye Nation.  It doesn’t make you any more of a fan than us because you blindly support your team without acknowledging the fact that there is a lot of shady stuff going on (and let’s make that perfectly clear – there is shady stuff going on. Just how much shady stuff still remains to be seen).  We care just as much about the Buckeyes as you do, which is why we acknowledge flaws and want our football team (as well as every other team and all other aspects of the school) to be held accountable to fix those flaws.

    In conclusion, I hope nobody took this the wrong way.  In no way was this meant to be an apology for what I wrote yesterday.  I stand by everything I said, because frankly, nothing I said should ever have been made a big deal in the first place.  Some of you got your panties in a bunch because I didn’t have the facts, but I think you misinterpreted what I said. I do have facts.  It’s a fact that I’ve seen football players driving what every other student on campus would consider to be nice cars.  It’s a fact that when I was on a basketball scholarship for two years (which I’m eternally grateful for, by the way, and if you think for one second that I’m not, you can suck my oversized balls), I could not afford to buy the cars that the football players had.  Those are the facts.  The facts I don’t have are how the football players got the cars.  I, like all Ohio State fans, hope that they got them by following NCAA rules.  Sadly, though, if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, it must mean that these guys are either getting serious discounts on their cars or they’re getting them for free.  Stop being so naïve.

    One last point: The bit I wrote about how I would never let protecting the basketball team get in the way of a good story wasn’t meant to be taken seriously (neither is about 95% of what I write).  While I do want the basketball program to be held accountable and I do think they should be called out when they screw up, the fact of the matter is that while I played at OSU, I never once saw anything that seemed to be shady from any of the players or coaches.  The only reason I wrote that yesterday is because I’ve been taunting the basketball coaching staff for over a year now about how I could trash the program in my book if I wanted.  I would never do such a thing, but it’s fun to tease them about it and make them sweat over the possibility of me saying unflattering things about their program.  For the first time in five years, I have some sort of power in the basketball program, which is why I like playfully using it whenever I can.  It’s basically just my way of pranking the coaching staff, so it really shouldn’t be interpreted as anything other than that.

    (I know I probably just pissed off a lot of you who had been defending me, since writing this makes me look like a bitter douche who is stooping to the irrational people’s level.  And for that I’m sorry.  I probably should have just let it blow over instead of looking like a whiny bitch, but after about the 1,000th time of being personally attacked and accused of stuff that is the exact opposite of the truth, I had to speak up.  I swear that this is the last time I’ll acknowledge this ordeal at all, but I had to get all of this off my chest before I moved on.  So now that I’m done, I swear I’m done for good.  I’ve got more important things to worry about now.  The Indy 500 is only five days away.)

    Proud To Be An American But Even Prouder To Be A Buckeye,

    Mark Titus

    Club Trillion Founder


              Less Than A Week Away        

    I gotta be perfectly honest with you and admit up front that this blog post is basically just a filler one, primarily because it’s late May, which is another way of saying that the Indy 500 is right around the corner and I’m so excited for it that just about every body part I have is fully erect (including – but not limited to – my penis) and I can’t even think straight.  Every year at about this time, I mentally zone out and focus solely on the race and everything that comes with it.  What will I wear this year? What hairstyle am I going to go with? What is going to be my strategy to get a white trash chick to flash her boobs to my group of friends? When she inevitably does flash, will I even want to look? And when I inevitably do look, how will I explain to my fiancée that I was completely justified because getting a trashy chick to show her nips is an Indy 500 tradition as old as the race itself? Ah yes, it’s late May in the Midwest alright.  And I couldn’t be more excited about it.

    (By the way, the best example of me zoning out in May came almost exactly one year ago, when I flew out to LA and met Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Simmons, and Adam Carolla.  While we were all at dinner, Simmons asked me what my favorite network comedy was for whatever reason and I froze and told him How I Met Your Mother because all my favorite comedies are on cable and it was the only one that I watch and could think of on the spot, which was an answer that prompted Carolla to playfully make fun of my terrible taste in TV for the rest of the night.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think How I Met Your Mother is an awful show necessarily, but it certainly isn’t even in my top five favorite network comedies, so for me to claim that it was #1 and then fail to even provide a #2 was a monumental brain fart for me and sent a message to everyone at the table that I never intended to be sent. There aren’t many moments in my life that I wish I could do over, but my answer at that dinner was certainly something I will always regret.

    Also, while I have you, the second best example of me mentally checking out in May is the fact that I just inexcusably told an irrelevant story with the sole purpose of name dropping, which is something that will surely lead to many of you calling me out for being a doucher.  But I’m too distracted to care, so I’m just going to leave it. Besides, Zach Efron and Vanessa Hudgens were also at the same restaurant on that night, but you don’t see me dropping their names do you? Exactly.)

    Since I’m focusing all my energy towards the race at this point and I’m therefore too lazy to think of anything to write about, I figured I’d just tackle an issue that I’ve gotten a few emails and tweets about.  A handful of you have been asking about my take on the whole Jim Tressel/OSU football saga, either because you value my opinion or, more likely, because you want to know if I have any inside information.  While I know this story seems to be yesterday’s news, it’s far from being settled so I figured I’d address it real quick.  As always, if you don’t like it, you can firmly press your tongue to my buttcrack.


    First of all, I don’t have any “inside information”, mostly because I didn’t play football and therefore have no idea how their program is run.  I’ve never been to any of their practices, I never once hung out with any of the players, I went to completely different tattoo parlors and car dealerships when I was at OSU than they did, and the envelopes full of cash I received always came from a different booster than their cash came from (I had a class with Ross Homan one quarter, and we worked on group projects together and usually sat by each other, but I wouldn’t exactly say we “hung out” really).  Also, I’ve only ever talked to Jim Tressel twice in my life, with the first of these occasions being when he came to one of our practices during my sophomore year, and before he started the speech he had prepared for our team, he asked, “Where is #34? He can really shoot.” (I replied, “That’s nothing. You should see me punt a football. Most scouts had me as the 7th ranked punter in all of Brownsburg High during my senior year.”  He had no response to this, which leads me to believe that hearing about my punting prowess left him speechless.)  The second time I talked to him was during the spring football game a couple years later, when he shook hands with all the basketball players who were standing on the sideline for the game and said to me, “You must be the benchwarming blogger.”  So yeah, I don’t really have much perspective considering I didn’t really know any of the players and I’ve only talked to the head coach for a grand total of 30 seconds (strangely enough, in those 30 seconds he managed to pinpoint my entire identity on the basketball team – “the benchwarming blogger who can shoot well”).

    Having said all of that, I frequently crossed paths with a bunch of the football guys for a variety of reasons (stayed in the same dorm as some of them during my freshman year, went to same place for our training table meals, had a bunch of mandatory athlete meetings with them, some of them hung out with my teammates, etc.). And in crossing paths with them so frequently, I can offer this analysis: While I don’t really know anything about the whole tattoo ordeal, I’m almost certain that there was something shady going on with the car dealer.  In fact, as the news of the free tattoos and sold merchandise or whatever came out, I kept telling my family how funny it was that they were getting busted for tattoos and gold pants when I was pretty sure they had been getting serious discounts on cars for years. Again, I have no “inside information” and really only know what the general public knows.  But it doesn’t exactly take top notch detective skills to figure this one out.  Anyone who spent any time on Ohio State’s campus while I was there could tell you that there were an unusually high volume of brand new Dodge Chargers driving around on campus, and just about all of them had tinted windows and rims on the outside with Ohio State football players behind the wheel on the inside. 

    Now, I understand that there’s a chance these guys all paid the same price for their cars that normal citizens like you and I would pay, and I honestly hope that they did.  But my intuition has told me for years that something is off.  I’m not sure how much the monthly scholarship checks the football team got were for, but when I was on my basketball scholarship for my first two years at Ohio State, I was only given $1,100 a month.  That might sound like a lot of money at first thought, but you have to realize that these checks had to cover the monthly cost of rent, utilities, food, gas, entertainment, tattoos, trips to the strip club, bottles off the top shelf, weed, hookers, blow, and – on top of all of that – child support.  I wouldn’t necessarily say I struggled to pay all my monthly bills, but as you can imagine, I sure as hell never had enough of a cushion to afford a $400 monthly car payment either.

    The fact of the matter is that I’m sure there are ways for football players to buy new cars and still obey NCAA rules.  From what I can remember, there are all sorts of other forms of financial aid other than just the scholarship checks that the players could be eligible for, so there’s a good chance they got more than the $1,100 a month that I got.  But even so, I seriously doubt that the extra aid was enough for them to take on a hefty car payment on top of all their other expenses.  Especially when you consider that most of these guys lived lavish lifestyles when compared to your average college student.  Sure they theoretically could have probably afforded a new car if they would have lived modestly in an average sized apartment with a few roommates, didn’t go out much, and didn’t spend a lot of money on things like phones, TVs, iPods, etc.  But does anyone seriously believe that these guys lived modestly?  If you were to play a word association game and were given the phrase “big time college athlete”, the word “modest” wouldn’t even be on the list of the first 100,000 words that come to mind.

    In the end, I’m too lazy to formulate a legitimate argument as to why I think guys on the football team got discounted and/or free cars.  That would involve way too much research on how the system works, way too much investigating on what actually transpired in the last few years, and – most importantly – way too much effort on my part.  And I really don’t care that much. So please don’t take this the wrong way.  I’m not trying to say that I know certain things and I’m certainly not trying to play the role of insider informant. The truth is that I have no facts, and God knows that if I’m entirely wrong it would be far from the first time (hell, I hope I am wrong).  I’m just saying that I was always under the impression that the scholarships the football guys got were close to (if not exactly) the same as the basketball guys, yet in my four years of playing basketball at Ohio State, my 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee was consistently one of nicest cars on the team because none of us could afford anything better. Meanwhile, it seemed like everyone on the football team had either a new Charger or a new Chrysler 300.  From this, I am deducing that either the football guys were paid a considerably larger stipend than we were (in all honesty, that could be the case – I really don’t know), were excellent at managing their money, came from financially well off families, or received discounted and/or free cars.   I really can’t see how any of them could’ve had the cars they did without at least one of those four things applying.

    So to recap, I have no facts, I don’t know what I’m talking about, and in no way should I be taken seriously.  All I’m saying is that I won’t be surprised in the slightest if the NCAA digs up some serious dirt on the Ohio State football team (especially the stuff surrounding the discounted and/or free cars) because it’s something I’ve been scratching my head over for years.  So if you’re an OSU football fan, I’d suggest not getting your hopes up.  There’s a solid chance that this won’t end well.

    As for the allegations that Will Buford was included in the same group of guys who got free/discounted tattoos and cars, and the news that Jon Diebler’s parents bought a car from the same guy who sold cars to all the football players, well, I honestly don’t know what to say.  As hard as it may be to believe, I never talk to any of those guys about any stuff like that, mostly because I’m of the opinion that ignorance is bliss (I’ve watched way too many mob movies where the guy who knows too much information gets bin Laden’d).  What I can tell you is that when I was teammates with him, Will only had a couple of tattoos and didn’t even own a car, so if anything did go down, it had to have happened after I left.  In fact, I had to give Will rides to and from practice all the time, so I’ll be pissed if I find out that all that time he not only had a car, but his car was much better than mine and he got it for free.  I know it might seem like I’m withholding information to protect the basketball program, but you’re just going to have to trust me when I say that I really don’t know anything about those guys (it will be easier to trust me on this when my book comes out next year and you realize that I’m of the opinion that protecting the basketball program should never get in the way of a good story).

    So that’s my take on the whole issue.  I’m essentially in the same boat as all of you in that I don’t exactly have inside information or anything and I’m just anxiously waiting to see how everything unfolds.  I’ll be shocked if the NCAA doesn’t find anything when they look into this car scandal, but again I feel like I need to stress that I’m only basing this viewpoint off of information that every OSU student from 2006-2010 should have (after all, the football players weren’t exactly discreet with their cars).  In other words, to summarize this entire blog post, I don’t really know what happened and I don’t really have any idea what’s going to happen from here.  Glad I could help.


    I apologize for this blog post to all the non-OSU people who I’m sure are sick of hearing about Tressel and/or just Ohio State in general.  But I’m not that sorry because I told you in the first sentence that this was just a filler post, so it’s your fault for reading the whole thing.  Nonetheless, to make it up to you, I plan on doing a retroactive running diary of my experience at the Indy 500 this upcoming weekend for my next blog post, which has the potential to be my favorite piece of writing ever.  Get excited.

    By the way, I feel like I should use this last paragraph to try to convince you to go to the Indy 500 if you live within driving distance of the track.  It is not only my single favorite sporting event in the world, but it’s my single favorite anything in the world, and travel expenses aside, it’s actually pretty cheap (you can get an infield ticket for $20 and bring your own cooler full of food and drinks into the track).  So if you live in the Midwest and have never been to the race, do yourself a favor and make the trip.  If you do end up making it over to Indy, find me in the turn 3 infield and I’ll spot you a beer or two and try to get a trashy chick to show her goods so you can get the complete Indy 500 experience.  It’s the least I could do.

    Proud To Be An American But Even Prouder To Be A Buckeye,

    Mark Titus

    Club Trillion Founder


              We’ll Put A Boot In Your Ass, It’s The American Way        

    It’s no secret that I’m a patriotic person who gets so aroused at the thought of freedom that I may or may not have tried to look up the Statue of Liberty’s robe to see her labia of liberty when I visited New York City for the first time (more like Snatch-ue of Liberty, am I right?).  In fact, I’m so patriotic that “I love America” was one of only three things I included in the online dating profile I made a few years ago that lead to exactly 239 dates (if you must know, the other two things were “I am terrified of every kind of mustard” and “My penis is somewhere in between 4 and 17 inches long”).  I’m well aware that my patriotism could sometimes be interpreted as if I’m playing some sort of character and only pretend to care about America to be funny or something, but the truth is that I really do have a strong passion for my country.  While foreigners (and even a majority of Americans) scoff at how ridiculous it is that the cast of Jersey Shore are all millionaires, that singular fact epitomizes why I love the US of A so much (even though I also agree that it’s ridiculous that they’re rich) – it’s the only country in the world where literally anyone and everyone has a chance to make a name for themselves, even alcoholic douchers from New Jersey (like you, Barrale).  Simply put, this is the land of opportunity, where anyone can be anything they want to be.  Sure it helps to be born into a wealthy family or to be given freak athletic genes if you want to make it to the big leagues, but at the end of the day, every American is born with a blank slate and a world of opportunity ahead of them.  It’s on us to make the most of these chances.

    (One more thing and I’m done with this part of my rant: I was watching coverage of the royal wedding last week – but only because [insert acceptable excuse here]!!! – and I saw something about how Kate Middleton’s mom was chastised by the British media a few years ago for chewing gum in the Queen’s presence.  Now, I respect British traditions and actually do find the history of the royal family to be fascinating stuff, but I think I speak for all Americans when I say that I’m thankful I live in a country where I can not only chew gum in front of the president, but I can also tell him to lick my chode without any real repercussions if my heart desires.  I know Kate Middleton’s mom didn’t actually break any laws and wasn’t arrested or anything, but still.  The fact that she got chastised in the media was bad enough.  By comparison, disrespecting and disagreeing with the president is actually some Americans’ favorite pastime, not to mention a great way to get your own show on Fox News. So yeah, just another reason why America rules.)

    With all of that being said, because I’ve made it clear in the past how patriotic I am, I seem to be the guy that the Trillion Man March turns to whenever something happens that could warrant a USA chant.  No matter the time of year, I get all sorts of emails, tweets, Facebook messages/posts, etc. from the TMM whenever you all see a patriotic YouTube video, a news story that triggers national pride, or a badass picture of Teddy Roosevelt shooting bigfoot while smoking a cigar.  For many of you, I’m apparently your patriotic correspondent who you turn to when America is kicking ass and taking names.  So when the news broke that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan, I knew I’d get bombarded by the TMM, which was ultimately exactly what happened.  And so, because of this reaction, I feel obligated to address bin Laden’s death, since I’m sure it would be a huge letdown for some of you if I ignored it altogether and didn’t at least offer my thoughts.  It still baffles me why anyone would care about my opinion on anything that could even remotely be considered a serious topic, but nonetheless some of you apparently do, so here’s how I feel about it.


    On the morning of September 11, 2001, a librarian from my school came into the classroom I was in and whispered something to my 8th grade US history teacher that left him visibly shaken.  Once the librarian left the room, my teacher somberly relayed the news to us: someone had flown a plane into the World Trade Center.  Being an ignorant 14-year-old, I had no idea what the World Trade Center was and therefore thought something along the lines of, “It’s sad and all, but plane crashes happen all the time.  Why did our librarian interrupt class to tell us about a random plane crash?”  This was the prevalent thought in our classroom, as pretty much nobody other than our teacher had the slightest clue what the World Trade Center was.  As it turned out, though, it didn’t really matter that I didn’t know what the WTC was, because even when I did ultimately learn that planes crashed into the tallest buildings in NYC, I still didn’t give much thought to it all due to the fact that I wasn’t mature enough comprehend the magnitude of death in general, let alone the deaths of thousands of people at once (regretfully, I remember being more concerned about whether or not we would play our football game the next day than anything else).  But now, almost ten years later, I can comprehend death, which is why the death of Osama bin Laden is such a big deal to me.  I can now comprehend the magnitude of all the deaths he caused, and in turn can comprehend the magnitude of his own death.

    The fact of the matter is that because 9/11 happened when I was just 14-years-old, Osama bin Laden has been the most wanted man in the world for almost half of my life.  That is truly incredible for me to think about.  What’s even crazier to think about is that there are very few things I remember before 9/11, which means that it’s difficult for me to remember a world in which bin Laden wasn’t the most dangerous man on the planet and didn’t have his sights set on bringing total destruction to the country I live in.  So nevermind the fact that he was supposedly just a figurehead at this point and didn’t have all that much power with Al Qaeda.  Nevermind the fact that killing him doesn’t mean the war against terrorism is over.  And nevermind the fact that the terrorists will most likely try to retaliate.  At the end of the day, the most evil person to walk the face of the earth in my lifetime – a man singlehandedly responsible for thousands of innocent civilian lives and public enemy #1 for the American people – is dead. That in and of itself is a very big deal and is reason to celebrate.

    There are a lot of self-righteous people who are trying to say it’s a disgrace that people would cheer the death of another human being, no matter how evil he may have been.  And there are also people who think bin Laden deserved a fair trial and killing him makes us just as inhumane as the terrorists are.  God bless these people. I think it’s awesome that there are people in this world who are compassionate and have such a strong moral fiber that they’re willing to treat Osama with the same respect as they would a loved one.  But I’m not one of these people.  The way I see it, bin Laden has repeatedly made it clear that he’s not actually a human but is instead a monster.  And the last time I checked, the protocol when dealing with monsters/zombies isn’t to slap some handcuffs on them, waste time and money on a trial that would obviously result in capital punishment, and then just shrug our shoulders and ho-hum as someone who has been terrorizing us for years dies.  No, the protocol is to put a bullet between his eyes, throw his ass on the express train to Hell, and rejoice that the world is rid of one less demon.

    Let me lastly say that I’m not naïve in thinking that America is suddenly fixed now.  We are far from perfect and still have a bunch of problems that need to be addressed.  But this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate a significantly historic victory.  The bottom line is that I would make absolutely no difference in the war on terror if instead of celebrating in the streets and partying at Mirror Lake, I decided to stay focused and try to figure out how to fix America.  The beauty of our country is that I can sit on my lazy ass and play FIFA all day while the big shots in Washington figure out how to fix our problems (for the record, I couldn’t care less about politics. Everyone I know who is interested in politics basically just bitches all day about how the other party is wrong. I’m not interested in bitching so I just stay out of it altogether).  Whether or not I riot in the streets in celebration has literally zero effect on the American mission to end terrorism. 

    Sorry for the rant and sorry for being serious with all of this, but I honestly do view this as a historic time in America and felt compelled to quickly write about it, not only because it’s a significant time in our country’s history but also because some of the holier-than-thou people who are criticizing the majority of Americans for being excited kinda piss me off.  We aren’t necessarily excited that a human being died – we’re excited that no matter what else happens with this war on terror, the man who killed thousands of our innocent civilians and caused one of the most somber times in American history will never again hurt a single one of us.  Screw every other detail about the situation.  That alone is enough for me to be absolutely ecstatic.  Sorry I’m not sorry.

    God bless our troops and God bless the United States of America.

    Proud To Be A Buckeye But Even Prouder To Be An American,

    Mark Titus

    Club Trillion Founder


              Don’t Call It “Don’t Call It A Comeback”        

    Listen here and listen good.

    If you’re reading this, you’re obviously a diehard member of the Trillion Man March.  I know this because I informed the masses  months ago that I was done blogging yet here you are still visiting, either because you like reading the old posts or you have your fingers crossed that maybe, just maybe, I’ve written something new.  Well, I’ve got good news.  You can now uncross your fingers, douse them with lube, and start pleasuring yourself  (unless you’re reading this in a public place, in which case I’d recommend you just simply uncross your fingers and leave it at that) because not only is this blog post “something new”, but there’s plenty more where this came from.

    As I’m sure you remember, the main reason I stopped writing the blog is because I was overwhelmed with trying to write both it and my book  (“Don’t Put Me In, Coach” will be available in March 2012 wherever books and cans of whoop-ass are sold), and therefore decided to put all my focus towards just the book.  But now that I’ve written half of the book and gotten into a groove (which is just another way of saying I’ve figured out the appropriate ratio of dick jokes per page), I think it’s high time to start blogging again.  And even though it’s all but guaranteed that many of you will claim that this is an April Fools prank, I assure you that it isn’t.  You’re just going to have to trust me, which shouldn’t be too hard considering that, if you don’t count my repeated behavior of lying and going back on my promises, I’ve never let you down.

    So here’s the deal. I’m going to wait a week or so to tweet and post on Facebook about my “comeback” for two reasons, with the first being that I’m dumb and apparently don’t want anyone to read my blog.  The second (and real) reason, though, is that I want to give you diehard fans a chance to be the cool person in your group of friends by being the one who breaks the news to all of them (although if being the first one to know that I’m starting my blog again makes you the cool one in your circle of friends, it’s probably time for you to find some new friends who aren’t incredibly lame). I understand that by waiting to tweet and post on Facebook, it only enforces your thought that this is an April Fools prank, but I again assure you that it’s not. So go spread the word and meet me back here in about a week so we can party.  And before I forget, when you do come back for the party be sure to bring a bag of chips with you if the first letter of your last name starts with A-M, or a dessert item if your last name starts with N-Z. 

    Don’t you worry – I’ll provide the booze.


    For those who have asked – yes, we still plan on having the SharkWolf podcast.  As of right now, the only thing standing in our way is Keller somehow being even lazier than I am.  For whatever reason, every time I ask him to record one he says he doesn’t feel like it or he’s too busy screwing around on the internet.  If you want to give him a kick in the pants so we can make this podcast a reality, here’s his Facebook (I should warn you, though – he takes pride in his Facebook stalking abilities, so if you’re a female, you should probably think twice before you open that can of worms).

    Lastly, I need to congratulate Brooks Godwin of Wake Forest for clinching The Belt last week, making him the inaugural winner of what’s sure to be college basketball’s coolest award.  Brooks actually tied with Jarrett Sutton of Missouri for total number of trillions on the season with eight, but crushed Jarrett with the tiebreaker.  I’ll post a final leaderboard on the next blog entry (when the season is officially over), but none of that really matters anyway because none of the other guys in the race can catch Brooks (I’ll also post a picture of The Belt once I get it).  So if you go to Wake Forest and see Brooks Godwin on campus, be sure to congratulate him.  And if you’re an attractive female who is ready and willing, by all means don’t be afraid to give him a ride to Pleasure Town.

    Proud To Be An American But Even Prouder To Be A Buckeye,

    Mark The Shark


              Trying To Think of A Blog Post Title Sucks        

    With the exception of turning around, walking away, and pretending I don’t love you, writing a book is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.  I devote pretty much every hour of the day to writing the thing and as of right now I’ve only made a small dent in the final product.  The main problem is that I’m a perfectionist who reads through everything I write a thousand times to make sure I don’t mispell anything or have any tyops, which means it sometimes takes me hours to write a single paragraph.  But another big problem I’ve run into is that I can’t really make jokes about current events since the Trillion Man March won’t understand the references/they won’t be nearly as effective when the book comes out in a year.  For example, I can make a joke on my blog about Rashard Mendenhall dry-humping an accused rapist on national television, but I can’t put it in my book because it will be a completely irrelevant story in a year.  And of course, the last problem I’m having is the inability to link to awesome YouTubes in my book, which is something that makes up about 50% of my blog and 100% of the interesting parts of my blog.  I was under the impression that the book would be just as easy to write as the blog, but that was before I realized that it’s a completely different process that’s much more challenging and unlike anything I’ve done before.  Anyway, the point is that writing a book is more tedious and  mentally draining than my first marriage.

    This is why I’ve decided to put the blog on the backburner for awhile.  The way I see it, I can either stop doing my blog to focus on my book now, or I can ignore my book and realize six months from now that I’m screwed as a scramble to finish it (Before you ask, no, I’m not capable of writing both at the same time.  I’m a terrible at multitasking and I’m terrible at writing, so doing something that involves both doesn’t seem like a very good idea).  I know that the TMM isn’t thrilled with my decision, but I really do think it’s better than the alternative.  Besides, when my book comes out and you all buy at least ten copies (in the words of Latrell Spreewell, I’ve got a family to feed), this will be water under the bridge.  By then you’ll all be mad at me for talking about pubes too much or using the word “poopdick” too much in my book and you’ll completely forget about the time I didn’t write my blog for months.

    In the meantime, if you really are desperate to swim with The Shark and can’t fathom a life without my off-base and ignorant thoughts (judging from the bombardment of “what the hell happened to you” emails, many of you apparently are for whatever reason), you do have some options.  First of all, you can follow me on Twitter, where I routinely make fun of Daequan Cook and then get disappointed that nobody finds him as hilariously awesome as I do.  Yeah, I know – “Twitter is gay and is only for people with self-confidence issues who can’t figure out that nobody cares they’re having a muffin for breakfast.”  I can’t say I fully disagree.  But if you actually checked Twitter out you’d realize that as long as you don’t follow professional athletes, celebrities, or 16-year-old girls, you’ll most likely never see a dumb tweet about what someone is having for breakfast.  #jussayin

    The other option that you’ll have pretty soon (within the next month for sure) is the SharkWolf podcast that I’m starting with my BFF Andy Keller, who calls himself The Electric Wolf (yeah it’s a terrible nickname, but just go with it – you’ll hurt his feelings if you tell him how badly it sucks).  I can only imagine what’s going through some of your minds as you read that sentence so I figured I should just list what you’re thinking and address your thoughts right now.

    1. Didn’t you already have a podcast? And didn’t it kind of suck? 
      Yes I did and yes it did.  The biggest difference between my old podcast and the SharkWolf podcast is that I really just don’t give a s*** this time around.  With the old podcast, I tried too hard to be professional and not piss off the higher-ups at Ohio State, which ultimately made me kind of bland and uninteresting.  For the most part, the SharkWolf podcast will never have guests and will instead just be Keller and me discussing things like the strange hypothetical situations we always come up with (and probably tons of “would you rather…”).  Since I do this with him everyday anyway, it will be a lot more natural for me and won’t result in me trying way too hard to conduct an interesting interview with a guest and failing miserably.
    2. You’re turning into Simmons. 
      I see your point, but I promise you that I won’t end up being Simmons 2.0.  The truth is that I really don’t care about sports all that much, which is the primary reason why I want nothing to do with sportswriting.  My proof is that I dabbled in college basketball writing for ESPN a little bit, but I really wasn’t feeling it so I stopped.  I know it puts me in the minority, but sports are enjoyable for me only when I’m watching the actual games.  All the arguing and banter that goes on in between the games is exhausting and completely pointless to me.  It’s occasionally entertaining to watch other people do it (and argue about sports LOL), but I don’t really want to be a part of it.
    3. Yeah, but you’re still turning into Simmons. He took time off to write his book and now he podcasts more than he writes.
      I don’t know what to tell you.  It just makes sense to do it that way.  I’m not a good enough writer and there aren’t enough hours in the day for me to consistently write two different things.  Podcasting is a good way to let the Trillion Man March inside my brain without having to take huge chunks of time away from writing my book.  It makes sense and you know it.  As always, if you don’t like it, you can suck it.
    4. Podcasts suck.  I don’t have an hour and a half to take out of my life to listen to you talk.
      Like you, my pet peeve with podcasts is that they are always way too long.  This is why the SharkWolf podcast will aim for 30 minutes every time.  After all, you people have lives, and even if you don’t, your video games aren’t going to play themselves. We might go over 30 minutes every now and then, but that’s the goal. Just like I’ve told every girl I’ve ever dated: If you want longer, there are plenty of other options.

    So there it is.  Follow my ass on Twitter, listen to my ass on the SharkWolf podcast, or be SOL.  Those are your options.  If you have your heart set on only reading the blog, well I guess this is goodbye.  For now.  I’ll be back eventually, but maybe it’s best that we go on a little break and rekindle our love somewhere down the road.  After all, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from all of the high school/college chicks I’m Facebook friends with, it’s that absence makes the heart grow fonder.


    Your awesome YouTube is the video that everyone keeps asking me about.  Watch it first if you haven’t already and then meet me on the other side for my commentary.

    The concept for a video like this is a good idea (I say this because I proposed a similar idea to some OSU higher-ups while I was there, but it got shot down because they’re all jealous douchers), but the execution was terrible.  I don’t mean that the three guys blew it, because they made it as entertaining and funny as they possibly could have.  I mean that the song choice was awful and having them just sit there and sing while reading the lyrics was another poor choice.

    If I’m in charge of this thing, I get together five guys (three sitting down and two standing behind them) and have them sing “Tha Crossroads” by the Bone Thugs, but I don’t let them look at the lyrics.  Since they all know how the song goes, but nobody actually knows the words, I’d have them sing with hardass looks on their face while they basically just mumble the words.  I’d split the parts of the song up so that it mirrors the Bone Thug’s style of passing the baton and letting another guy take over the song every so often.  After the inevitably hilarious “bow bow bow bow bone bow bone bone” intro, the rest of the video would fall into place and would be equally awesome.  Just imagine Aaron Craft looking hard while mumbling about how tough ghetto life is, before letting Jon Diebler take over and struggle to tell us all about the homeys that he’s lost in the streets.  I say throw in Sullinger and Lighty, who are both great at playing along and would bring some over the top comedy, and then round it out with Will Buford, who would take the thing dead seriously and would make it that much funnier because he probably knows all the words. That’s an F’ing video. It would’ve taken 30 minutes longer to film this thing than it did to film the Miley Cyrus one, but it would have definitely been worth it because my idea would have been much, much better.  But alas, my suggestions always fall on deaf ears, which, interestingly enough,  is exactly what I have after listening to those guys sing.

    Proud To Be An American But Even Prouder To Be A Buckeye,

    Mark Titus

    Club Trillion Founder


              Comment on Links of the week by Tweets that mention Links of the week | Stop Thinking – DO! -- Topsy.com        
    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Defnetmedia, Neil Morrin. Neil Morrin said: Links of the week: Links I have been or should have been looking at this week http://blog.jonudell.net/elmcity-p... http://bit.ly/ifITvB [...]
              Germany: Israeli Spray-Paints "Let's Gas the Jews" on Public Property, Cops Drive Off - No Charges        
    So here's the deal: you can now legally spray-paint virulent anti-Semitic and otherwise racist hate-talk on public and private property in Germany.All you have to do is be a Jew.The cops won't arrest you.And here's the thing: I think that Germans are so opposed to arresting Jews, that they won't even ask you for proof you're Jewish. Reuters : A German-Israeli artist who accuses Twitter of failing to delete hate speech tweets has taken matters into his own hands - by stencilling the offending messages on the road in front of the company's Hamburg headquarters. A post on video-sharing site YouTube showed Shahak Shapira and fellow activists stencilling tweets saying "Germany needs a final solution to Islam" and "Let's gas the Jews" - clear references t
              Daily Must Reads, October 10, 2012        

    The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Lily Leung.1. Facebook stock falls back below $20 (Mashable) 2. George Zimmerman’s defense team seeks to subpoena Trayvon Martin’s tweets (AllTwitter) 3. When many papers are thinking web first, Orange County Register invests in print (Nieman Lab) 4. Quartz editor ‘confident in the […]

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              Daily Must Reads, October 8, 2012        

    The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Lily Leung.1. CNN launches its own feature film banner, CNN Films (TVNewser) 2. The newest factchecker: Reddit (The Atlantic) 3. British Prime Minister David Cameron sends his first tweet (AllTwitter) 4. BuzzFeed relies on sponsored content shared by social media users (WSJ) 5. […]

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              Reading SMASHED!        
    My pal Sean Murray received copies of Smashed: The Life and Tweets of Drunk Hulk and posted these pictures of his reading experience.
              My favorite Drunk Hulk tweets        
    Here are my top ten personal favorite Drunk Hulk tweets with commentary.
              White House Downplays Trump Tweets On Gulf Feud         
    Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET Spokespeople at the White House and the State Department say the Trump administration remains committed to cooperation among Arab allies in the Middle East. The reassurance comes after a series of tweets in which President Trump appeared to be siding with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states in their push to isolate Qatar. The Saudis, Egypt and several neighboring countries abruptly severed diplomatic ties to Qatar on Monday, while also cutting off transportation links to the country. Qatar is regional headquarters for U.S. Central Command and home to some 10,000 American troops. "The United States continues to be in close communication with all the parties to resolve the issues and restore cooperation, which is so important to regional security," said White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Tuesday. "The U.S. still wants to see this issue de-escalated and resolved immediately, in keeping with the principles that the president laid out in terms of defeating terror
              Trump's Latest Tweets On Travel Ban Could Raise New Legal Hurdles         
    Updated at 2:20 pm ET President Trump is mounting a vigorous defense of his controversial travel ban, continuing an argument he started over the weekend in response to a terrorist attack in London. That message launched a series of tweets. His uncompromising language could complicate matters for administration lawyers charged with defending the travel ban in court. The tweets also threaten to overshadow a series of White House policy announcements on infrastructure this week. This is not the first time that a carefully choreographed roll-out by the administration has been upended by the president's itchy thumbs. Trump's original travel ban, barring would-be visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries, prompted airport protests throughout the country and was quickly blocked by the federal courts. The administration crafted a second version, which dropped Iraq from the list of targeted countries, removed religious language and made other adjustments in an effort to pass constitutional
              Trump Has Multiple Escape Routes From Paris Climate Accord         
    President Trump is nearing a decision on whether to formally withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement — a landmark deal in which nearly every country volunteered to curb its greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to limit global warming. Trump is getting conflicting advice from various quarters of the administration. He met Tuesday with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, one of the strongest voices calling for the U.S. to drop out of the Paris accord. Trump is to meet Wednesday with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who believes the U.S. should stay in so it can keep its place at the international bargaining table. Various news outlets have reported that Trump has already made the decision to withdraw. But the president is doing his best to maintain suspense. Trump tweeted early Wednesday that he'll announce his decision "over the next few days." For all its symbolic importance, the decision may have little practical effect on U.S. carbon emissions. Trump has already taken steps
              Another #sfnbanter in the books!        
    Wow, you guys. This year's banter was just beyond. What was once 25 bloggers & tweeters in the corner of a bar is now LITERALLY ONE THOUSAND neuroscientists of all stripes taking over San Diego's 5th avenue like rock stars. I believe, now, that my work here is done, and it's time to pass the torch while […]
              Re: The First Ever Online Tweet-UP A Success!        

    It was a great time. Thank you for pulling this together. It was great to hear from others and get a chance to chat in longer then 140 characters. Great job, I'm definitely looking forward to next time.


              Re: What I Learned Without Twitter and Friendfeed        

    Wow! You did it, I've had days where I've come close, but then I feel like I need to read through and reply to a bunch of tweets that I didn't get to earlier. Congrats on the accomplishment, you were definitely missed.


              Re: Which Do You Read More: Tweets or Blogs?        

    No thanks necessary, its the geek in me that makes me read every one of your blogs. Thank you for all the interesting reviews! :-)


              Re: Which Do You Read More: Tweets or Blogs?        

    I am constantly reading Twitter, so, I'd have to say Tweets. I have my Google Reader catch all the blogs. Though, I do read yours all the time because you are good at getting my attention. :-)


              Requesting a code review: MQTT, Adafruit IO, Scroll bot, et al. (Python)        

    @LimeBlast wrote:

    Howdy folks, I'm hoping someone here might be able to give some code I've written a once over, please?

    I picked up a scroll bot kit last week and decided I wanted to use it in collaboration with the MQTT features of Adafruit IO. Before I go any further, here's what I've ended up with:

    # Example of using the MQTT client class to subscribe to and publish feed values.
    # Author: Tony DiCola
    
    # Import standard python modules.
    import random
    import sys
    import time
    import threading
    import os
    # import signal
    
    # Import Adafruit IO MQTT client.
    from Adafruit_IO import MQTTClient
    
    # Import scrollphathd
    import scrollphathd
    from scrollphathd.fonts import font5x7
    
    import settings
    ADAFRUIT_IO_KEY = os.environ.get("ADAFRUIT_IO_KEY")
    ADAFRUIT_IO_USERNAME = os.environ.get("ADAFRUIT_IO_USERNAME")
    
    
    scrollphathd.rotate(180)
    
    messages = []
    
    
    def add_message(string):
        messages.append(string)
    
    
    def display_feed():
        while True:
            if len(messages) > 0:
                print('There are {0} messages waiting for display'.format(len(messages)))
                display_string(messages.pop(0))
            else:
                time.sleep(1)
    
    
    def display_string(string):
        string += '      '
        buffer = scrollphathd.write_string(string, x=17, y=0, font=font5x7, brightness=0.5)
    
        for i in range(buffer):
            scrollphathd.show()
            scrollphathd.scroll(1)
            time.sleep(0.02)
    
        scrollphathd.scroll_to(0, 0)
        scrollphathd.clear()
        scrollphathd.show()
    
    
    # Define callback functions which will be called when certain events happen.
    def connected(client):
        # Connected function will be called when the client is connected to Adafruit IO.
        # This is a good place to subscribe to feed changes.  The client parameter
        # passed to this function is the Adafruit IO MQTT client so you can make
        # calls against it easily.
        print('Connected to Adafruit IO!  Listening for Message changes...')
        # Subscribe to changes on a feed named Message.
        client.subscribe('Message')
    
    
    def disconnected(client):
        # Disconnected function will be called when the client disconnects.
        print('Disconnected from Adafruit IO!')
        sys.exit(1)
    
    
    def message(client, feed_id, payload):
        # Message function will be called when a subscribed feed has a new value.
        # The feed_id parameter identifies the feed, and the payload parameter has
        # the new value.
        print('Feed {0} received new value: {1}'.format(feed_id, payload))
        add_message(payload)
    
    
    # Create an MQTT client instance.
    client = MQTTClient(ADAFRUIT_IO_USERNAME, ADAFRUIT_IO_KEY)
    
    # Setup the callback functions defined above.
    client.on_connect = connected
    client.on_disconnect = disconnected
    client.on_message = message
    
    # Connect to the Adafruit IO server.
    client.connect()
    
    # Now the program needs to use a client loop function to ensure messages are
    # sent and received.  There are a few options for driving the message loop,
    # depending on what your program needs to do.
    
    # The first option is to run a thread in the background so you can continue
    # doing things in your program.
    client.loop_background()
    
    threading.Thread(target=display_feed).start()

    This is the end result of three of four different source examples all copy/pasted together into something which works, but can, no doubt, be improved upon.

    In fact, just looking at it now, it's become clear that I don't need to put the display_feed function into its own thread, as I think it can quite happily sit at the bottom of the script, looping to its heart's content. (I've ended up with this threaded approach because, in my original take, the feed values were being populated by the same script, as you can see here).

    Anyway, the script above does two things. First is registers itself via MQTT to the Adafruit IO broker service as a subscriber to the Message feed. Every time the feed has a new payload (which, for testing purposes, is currently be populated with tweets via IFTTT), this gets added to a messages list.

    The second thing it does is check the messages list every second for a new element, popping the top element off when it's found one (never used pop before, that was exciting), and sending it for display on the on the scrollphathd.

    The process for displaying the message on the scrollphathd, itself, is a bit weird, but that's a side effect of how it works, which I've discussed over on the Pimoroni forums.

    Anyway, getting to the point, I'd welcome any feedback any Python folk might have. At the moment this feels really clunky, and I'm sure it can be massively improved upon. For example, I'm sure it's not right that the global scoped messages array is accessible from inside the add_message and display_feed functions.

    Ideally, I'd like to try and separate out the concerns and make the code more self-descriptive, but despite my couple years experience of Ruby (and several years of PHP before that), I'm a total n00b at Python. I'm also a total n00b at real-time stuff, as my entire coding background is in stateless web apps, so a lot of these concepts (such as running threads, etc..) is very foreign to me.

    Thanks :slight_smile:

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              5 Ways To Use Social Media To Launch A Book        

    -Have a Book Cover Designing Contest
    Although it hasn't been used too often, this technique can go a long way in generating interest around your book, and chances are, you'll probably be able to get yourself a variety of book cover designs to choose from.

    Everybody loves a good contest, and it's one of the best ways to capitalize on the ‘viral’ factor of social networks. Just set the ball rolling by convincing some of your friends to put the details up as their status or tweet about it, and watch the ripple effect take place. Make sure your contest page has some details about the book - putting up a couple of extracts from the book will help you gather more interest around the book.

    -Lure the movers and shakers
    The first step in this technique involves finding the so called ‘movers and shakers‘ in your genre of books i.e. the bloggers and reviewers who have large fan followings. Once you have identified them, try getting them to review your book or even just tweet about it - you could offer them a few free copies or send them the first chapter and ask if they'd like to see the rest. However, if you do follow this technique please remember there's a fine line between 'luring' and ‘spamming - make sure you don't cross it.

    -Don't be afraid to promote yourself
    Blog, promote, use Zinzz for share, advertise yourself... do whatever it takes to get yourself heard. Don't be afraid of coming across as annoying or narcissistic. If you genuinely believe your book has what it takes, then you shouldn't be afraid to let that fact be known. Having a tumblr or vlog is a great way to promote yourself and your book.

    Another great idea is to just tweet and blog about stuff that interests you - if you create a famous internet persona for yourself, people will automatically read your book.

    -Release extracts
    Imagine this - an extract from your book flying around Twitter and Facebook, being commented on, shared, and debated. It's one of the easiest ways to generate excitement around your book because it requires almost no effort on your part except for selecting the right extract from your book. Ensure that the extract is posted online in such a manner that it lends itself to sharing - this is one place where those annoying share buttons linked to multiple social networks is essential.

    -Make sure purchasing online for your customers is easy
    This is absolutely essential if you really want to leverage the power of a social network. Imagine this situation - someone reads an extract from your novel on Facebook, decides they want to buy it, looks on all the online stores doesn't find it, makes a mental note to buy the book the next time he sees a bookstore, and never thinks of the books again.

    To really use social networks to your advantage, you must ensure that your book is available for those who want to buy it on an impulse - otherwise there's a large chance they'll just forget about it. Ideally this would mean that your book can be purchased in both paperback hardcover and eBook format online, and is available at all the major online retailers.
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              3 Simple Ways To Make Money Online        
    The internet is a wonderful thing and many people would struggle to live without it in the 21st century; not to mention all of the businesses that wouldn’t be able to trade without it. We tend to use the internet for a lot of things these days; for finding out information, to keep in contact with friends and family and sometimes just for entertainment but it can also be used to make a bit of money on the side.

    I’m sure all of us would snap up the chance to earn a bit more money if we had it presented to us but I’m here to tell you it has been in front of your eyes all along. There are many ways to make money online but here are three of the simplest.
    Writing Reviews –

    There are plenty of sites online that will pay you to write reviews that will then be placed on their website. Every company wants their products to be reviewed positively as this will ultimately increase sales and you can take advantage of this by offering your skills. You don’t even need to be a particularly good writer either, just chose to review something that you are interested in and then let your passion take over.
    You will earn money per review which can then be paid to you in the form of Amazon vouchers or a cheque if you accumulate enough. It doesn’t just stop at products either; there are many other things to be reviewed like hotels, shops and restaurants.

    Blogging –

    According to recent statistics, there are over 2 million blog posts written everyday which just goes to show the power that blogging online now has. When it first started blogging was just a way to write about your passions and hobbies and post it online but now it is much more than that and can be a viable way of making some extra cash.

    If you build up enough of a following then companies will pay you big money to advertise on your blog because they know they will be reaching large audiences. You can also charge businesses a fee in order for you to write a blog post on your site that sponsors one of their products or services to help them spread the word.
    Sponsored Tweeting –

    Do you feel like you are a big deal on social media sites such as Twitter? Well why not start making a bit of money just for tweeting to your many followers. SponsoredTweets.com gives you the opportunity to state exactly how much you want to charge per tweet and what you want to tweet about. All you have to do then is sit and wait for companies to contact you to tweet on their behalf.

    Businesses know that Twitter allows you to reach a wide and varied audience almost instantly and therefore they will be willing to pay to have someone promote them through this platform. The good news also is that you can control the final wording of the tweet so you don’t end up having to tweet anything that you don’t agree with.
    Featured images:

    Chris Mayhew works for internet marketing company Marketing By Web who do SEO in Bristol and has seen first hanmd how people can make money over the internet. He has experience in SEO, social media management and blogging which can all help you earn a significant income.

              Istilah Gaul yang Sering Digunakan di Jejaring Sosial        

    Afgan
    Tahu kan siapa Afgan? Pernah dengar lagunya yang judulnya sadis. Isitilah ini awalnya dipake sama orang-orang di forum jual beli Kaskus. Misal ada iklan, “Jual motor, bisa nego, no afgan,” itu artinya, bisa nego tapi jangan sadis!

    Alay
    Banyak versi yang menyebutkan. Mulai dari anak lebay, anak kelayapan, namun yang sering disebut adalah anak layangan. Konon, istilah ini digunakan untuk menyebut anak-anak yang sering nongol di musik tv. Berambut merah, dan berkulit gelap seperti kebanyakan main layangan gitu. Namun seiring waktu, kata alay sering dipakai untuk anak-anak yang sok eksis, narsis, norak dsb.
    Bais
    Bais berarti habis, cuma di bolak-balik aja susunan hurufnya. “Pulsa gw bais, ntr kabarin ya kalo sudah kumpul!”
    Cukstaw
    Kata ini merupakan singkatan dari cukup tahu. Oke, cukstaw! “oh, gitu ya? Fine! cukstaw!”
    Eaa
    Di Twitter, sering banget gw liat hastag seperti ini. Biasanya #eaaa digunakan seseorang utk nge-tweet kata-kata gombal. Kata ini diciptakan dan dipopulerkan oleh Tukul Arwana, biasanya diucapkan pas Tukul melakukan gerakan yang aneh-aneh.
    Elo Gue End
    Kalimat yang lagi banyak ditirukan orang ini dipopulerkan Wendy Cagur dalam tanyangan Opera Van Java. Kata-kata ini sempat jadi Trending Topic di Twitter. Kalimat ini digunakan hanya untuk bercandaan saja.
    Fudul
    Kurang lebih artinya sama kayak stalking atau kepo. Digunakan buat menunjuk sifat orang yang want to know something sampe ngorek-ngorek informasi dari mana saja, termasuk jejaring sosial.
    Galau
    Untuk yang satu ini, teman gue sampe ada yang dinobatkan sebagai raja galau. Entah kapan diresmikan kepadanya. Kata galau sebenarnya termasuk dalam Bahasa Indonesia baku yang terdaftar di kamus, artinya perasaan kacau nggak karuan, resah, bimbang. Tapi entah siapa yang memulai. Kata galau mendadak populer di jejaring sosial. Sering muncul dengan #galau dan yang berbau galau kayak #galaucity, #galaugombal, #lagugalau. Bahkan, banyak juga akun Twitter yang menggunakan kata galau. seperti @RadioGalauFM, @galaubijak, @galaugila.
    Gengges
    berasal dari kata ganggu yang diubah dikit, dikasih imbuhan *-es* dibelakangnya. “Gw unfollow ah, soalnya gengges, fotonya sok imut.*
    Hoax
    Berarti berita palsu, diambil dari kata sama dalam bahasa Inggris yang berarti cerita bohong. Bisa juga di film Amerika berjudul The Hoax (2006) yang dianggap mengandung kebohongan. Awalnya cuma pengguna Internet di Amerika saja yang make istilah Hoax, tapi lama-lama kata ini menjadi dipake di seluruh dunia.
    Jutek
    Sering banget dengar ini. Kata ini sering dipake Pekerja Seks Komersil (PSK) di awal tahun 2000-an buat nyebut pria sombong dan jarang senyum. Kata ini akhirnya jadi kata umum yang dipake buat menunjuk orang yang judes, galak dan nggak ramah.
    Kepo
    Berasal dari kata Kaypoh. Bahasa Hokkien yang banyak dipake di Singapura dan sekitarnya. Sama seperti fudul, kepo berarti ingin tahu, mencampuri urusan orang lain, dan nggak bisa diam. Kata ini punya konotasi yang rada negatif. ” Dia udah putus belom sama sih sama ceweknya?””Iiih, kep banget si loo!”
    Kicep
    artinya diem atau mematung biasanya karena malu atau nggak tau apa yang mesti dilakuin. “Langsung kicep gw begitu ngeliat soal ulangan Fisika…”
    Lebeh
    perkembangan dari kata lebay yang juga merupakan bahasa populer sejak sekitar tahun 2006, yang artinya berlebihan. “Nggak ketemu cowok gw sehari rasanya nggak ketemu setahun”” Iiih, lebeh lo!”
    Mager
    Singkatan dari kata males gerak. “Laper tapi mager.”
    Menel
    Menunjukkan pada perilaku centil demi menarik perhatian orang yang disukai.
    Meper
    Adalah mengelapkan tangan yang kotor atay terkena sesautu secara diam2, bisa ke tembok, baju orang lain dll.
    Narsis
    Bukan istilah baru sih. Tapi mungkin banyak yang belum tahu, narsis juga punya legenda lho. Berasal dari cerita yunani, ada seseorang lelaki tampan bernama Narcissus yang menolak cinta seorang cewek bernama Echo. Kemudian patah hati dan mengutuk Narcissus buat jatuh cinta dengan bayangannya sendiri di kolam. Sekarang, kata narsis digunakan buat menggambarkan orang yang terlalu suka sama diri sendiri, salah satu tandanya adalah hobi banget foto sendiri.
    Oretz
    Artinya oke, berasal dari bahasa Inggrs, “all right” yang diplesetin penulis maupun pengucapannya.
    Palbis
    Singkatan dari kata-kata “PALING BISA.” Cobaan terberat itu saat ngeliat tweet kamu sama dia..””Yelah, palbis lo, hahah!”
    Pecah
    Istilah ini biasanya digunakan buat mengomentari hal-hal yang keren, gokil, heboh. “Rugi lo nggak dateng, pecah banget acaranya semalem!”
    Peres
    artinya palsu, bohong, nggak tulus.
    Prikitiew
    Jangan ditanya deh. Istilah ini sering kita dengar lewat lawakan si Sule. Penggunaannya hampir mirip dengan “cieee” atau “ihiiy”.
    Pundung
    Berasal dari bahasa Sunda, artinya tersinggung, ngambek dan kesel.
    Rempong
    Berarti ribet, repot atau rese. “Ngapain sih lo telepon gue tengah malah gini? Rempong deh!”
    Selon
    Bisa diartikan santai, slow, pelan-pelan
    Sokil Gob
    Merupakan plesetan dari kata “Gokil,sob!” Artinya sama aja kayak gokil, yaitu gila tapi dalama artian positif. Biasanya dipake buat menggambarkan sesuatu yang heboh, lucu atau unik. Sedangkan sob adalah kebalikan dari kata bos, yang biasa digunakan sebagai pangggilan akrab untuk seseorang.
    Spupet
    Plesetan dari kata sepupu.
    Ucul
    berasal dari kata lucu, cuma dibolak – balik.
    Unyu
    Kata ini berasal dari kata “Oh no”, yang sengaja diplesetin jadi Onyo biar terkesan lucu. Ada juga yang bilang kalau unyu berarti anak anjing dari bahasa Sanskerta. Yang jelas, kata ini sering dipake untuk menunjukkan hal-hal yang lucu, imut, ngegemesin.
    Yalsi
    Ucapkan kata yalsi berulang-ulang, kata baru apa yang kita dengar? Yalsi merupakan plesetan dari kata sial. “Omongan nggak nyambung gara-gara BBM pending, yalsi!”

    Pengunjung datang dari kata:

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              Î¡. Αντωνοπούλου: Κύριοι της αντιπολίτευσης ποιες πολιτικές οδήγησαν τη χώρα στην κρίση και στην ανεργία;        

    Με tweet της η αναπληρωτής υπουργός Εργασίας απαντά στις επιθέσεις της αντιπολίτευσης αναρωτώμενη για το ποιοι ευθύνονται για τις πολιτικές που οδήγησαν στην κρίση και στην ανεργία


              8月9日(æ°´)のつぶやき        

    ヾ(o´∀`o)ノ
    おはようございます!
    今日が皆さんにとって良い日となりますように☆

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 07:30

    100均のクリップでできる16のコト
    youtube.com/watch?v=PXFKvT…

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 08:13

    ギミチョコ!!叩いてみた
    youtu.be/S_gui5P3Qvo

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 09:13

    『心配事の98%は、取り越し苦労だ』
    (藤村正宏)

    たしかにそんな気もしますね(◔‿ゝ◔)

    Tweet ☞ twitter.com/hitori_japan

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 10:13

    Pharrell Williams-HAPPY-日本語訳&歌詞 - YouTube
    歌詞が解ると断然・・・
    HAPPY━ヽ(*゚Д゚*)人(*゚Д゚*)人(*゚Д゚*)人(*゚Д゚*)ノ
    youtube.com/watch?v=brUH4y…

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 11:13

    ヾ( ^ω^)ノ
    お昼になりました!

    そろそろ昼食に何を食べるかを
    うっすら検討しましょう!!

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 12:06

    Applause! I'm Octavia! Too Cute Kitten
    youtube.com/watch?v=-U_1ZO…

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 12:13

    ポンコツクエスト~魔王と派遣の魔物たち~第十二章「再戦」
    youtu.be/jF7U877tZoA

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 13:13

    enra " Torque starter " - YouTube
    youtube.com/watch?v=3JdT4f…

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 14:13

    ヾ(´ω`)ノ
    おやつの時間です☆
    甘いものでもつまみましょか。

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 15:03

    HAPPY DOGS in Australia - Pharrell Williams Happy - YouTube
    youtu.be/DePFiF-nNoE

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 15:13

    殿町ホテル棟新築工事現場の自販機。
    真夏の建築現場の自販機はみんなこうであるべき!! pic.twitter.com/d8eKKPrph5

    — はぁもっぴ@8/11生誕祭 (@harmo_p) 2017年8月7日 - 10:55

    Pharrell Williams - Happy (Official Music Video) - YouTube
    youtube.com.2-t.jp/1M7H

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 16:13

    The Trashmen - Surfin Bird - Bird is the Word 1963 (RE-MASTERED) (ALT End Video) (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
    youtu.be/9Gc4QTqslN4

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 17:13

    銀河鉄道の夜より
    #切り絵 pic.twitter.com/aFjG5EUevq

    — 里紗 (@mi_kocoa) 2017年8月5日 - 23:19

    Pharrell Williams -- HAPPY (We are from HIGH TATRAS SLOVAKIA) - YouTube
    youtu.be/sGrHwBlf-7M

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 18:13

    こんな時はひたすら人参を食べます。 pic.twitter.com/JZaLDZAL9F

    — chiro (@Chiro_chan_neko) 2017年8月5日 - 18:08

    水曜日のカンパネラ『松尾芭蕉』
    youtu.be/iEGjoWVJKNk

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 19:13

    【中毒性あり】A4の紙は何センチ?の歌 youtu.be/tZoGZJ8P94c @YouTubeさんから

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 19:37

    渋谷肉横丁が7周年感謝祭だモォ〜〜
    700円で飲み放題!!

    安すぎるモォ〜〜

    皆さん遊びに来てだモォ〜〜

    あと、拡散よろしくだモォ〜〜

    #仙台牛たん#バル#牛の舌#渋谷肉横丁#牛たん#牛タン#厚切り牛たん#フォローミー#渋… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

    — 仙台牛たんバル 牛の舌 (@ushinoshita2945) 2017年8月9日 - 19:02

    おはよう☺️❤️ pic.twitter.com/ezkdxi2ZPb

    — 希望と夢 (@Q__jl33) 2017年8月9日 - 06:53

    水曜日のカンパネラ『アラジン』
    youtu.be/4jWLioW7Zx0

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 20:13

    ポンコツクエスト~魔王と派遣の魔物たち~第十九章「怠惰」
    youtu.be/AoiISi88PbM

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 21:13

    Vivid LIVE 2012: URBANSCREEN Light Sydney Opera House - YouTube
    youtube.com.2-t.jp/1eBQ

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 22:13

    Pikachu Parkour/Freerunning - YouTube
    youtube.com/watch?annotati…

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 23:13

    (´‐`)眠い…
    もう、そろそろ日が変わります。

    体が眠りたがっています…
    今日も1日、お疲れ様でした。

    おやすみなさい☆

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月9日 - 23:40
              8月1日(火)のつぶやき        

    ヾ(o´∀`o)ノ
    おはようございます!
    今日が皆さんにとって良い日となりますように☆

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 07:31

    ポンコツクエスト〜魔王と派遣の魔物たち〜 第二章「招集」
    youtu.be/A0SnxNIWjX8

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 08:13

    水曜日のカンパネラ『アラジン』
    youtu.be/4jWLioW7Zx0

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 09:13

    MYTH & ROID - JINGO JUNGLE (OFFICIAL)
    youtu.be/5VRyiaszGtA

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 10:13

    宇多田ヒカル - 光
    youtu.be/kOSNIIx5u_U

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 11:13

    これ鳥取でできるんです。
    ウユニ塩湖みたい。 pic.twitter.com/UswqvWjE9h

    — 河島 匠(697) (@kwsmtkm_0429) 2017年7月30日 - 20:35

    ヾ( ^ω^)ノ
    お昼になりました!

    そろそろ昼食に何を食べるかを
    うっすら検討しましょう!!

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 12:06

    ポンコツクエスト~魔王と派遣の魔物たち~第十四章「裏切り」
    youtu.be/v5LQ2Wmg5fs

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 13:13

    Perfume 「FLASH」
    youtube.com/watch?v=q6T0wO…

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 14:13

    ヾ(´ω`)ノ
    おやつの時間です☆
    甘いものでもつまみましょか。

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 15:03

    You Make Me / Monday Michiru
    youtu.be/GDvtWRt0IPM

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 15:13

    「撫でて、撫でて〜」
    youtu.be/BV-X-BMiq3Q

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 16:13

    『心配事の98%は、取り越し苦労だ』
    (藤村正宏)

    たしかにそんな気もしますね(◔‿ゝ◔)

    Tweet ☞ twitter.com/hitori_japan

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 17:13

    無限ピーマン☆ご飯が無限にすすむとネットで話題|C CHANNELレシピ youtu.be/1duPBfGXsp0 @YouTubeさんから

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 18:13

    フラミンゴに囲まれた時、空気よんで片足上げるアヒル可愛すぎ。 pic.twitter.com/E716CLKklI

    — うたさん (@joker_budou) 2017年7月26日 - 21:12

    100均のクリップでできる16のコト
    youtube.com/watch?v=PXFKvT…

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 19:13

    ポンコツクエスト~魔王と派遣の魔物たち~第十九章「怠惰」
    youtu.be/AoiISi88PbM

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 20:13

    東京事変 - 幕ノ内サディスティック
    youtu.be/i9I55MZLYYY

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 21:13

    Pharrell Williams-HAPPY-日本語訳&歌詞 - YouTube
    歌詞が解ると断然・・・
    HAPPY━ヽ(*゚Д゚*)人(*゚Д゚*)人(*゚Д゚*)人(*゚Д゚*)ノ
    youtube.com/watch?v=brUH4y…

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 22:13

    Ninja Robot Tobikage - Flying Shadow Spotted! Extended
    youtube.com/watch?v=6etNWt…

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 23:13

    (´‐`)眠い…
    もう、そろそろ日が変わります。

    体が眠りたがっています…
    今日も1日、お疲れ様でした。

    おやすみなさい☆

    — Hitori Japan (@hitori_japan) 2017年8月1日 - 23:40
              OCLC Symposium ALA MW 2010        
    It's taken me longer than expected to get this post up...busy day today with lots of interesting conversations going on. But these are the scattered notes (along with tweets from @itgirl and @alicesneary) from the Symposium speaker on Friday, Michael Brown:

    Loretta Parham
    kicks of the OCLC Symposium. We all do PT *physical training*!

    Michael Brown
    , CEO of CityYear
    His first library—Belmont, Massachusetts. He remembers his early experiences with the public libraries.
    Boston loves its libraries (source of pride for the community).
    Widener Library, his introduction to philanthropy. (The appeal is around something to do with leaving a legacy and personal concerns.)

    --We’re in the same business, CityYear and libraries: Citizenship and democracy. Libraries help underscore what it means to be human.
    “Getting my library card was like citizenship; it was like American citizenship.” –Oprah Winfrey

    Why did he start CityYear?

    Born in 1960—the civil rights movement, the moon landing, Star Trek—feeling of intense engagement
    He became Passion-Struck. He worked on Capitol Hill for Leon Panetta,
    HR2500—Study the commission of volunteer national service: tapping the civic power of youth.
    • Life changing benefits (access to college, fulfilling the American dream)
    • Needed Services
    • Civil Rights
    • Rite of Passage
    • Inspire to Action

    Action Tank – “National Service or Bust”
    --Most Americans get excited about the idea of national service, once you explain it
    --This isn’t a voting issue

    Every meeting had to be inspirational.
    Core member handbook: every member of CityYear has to register to vote, pay taxes, and have a library card.
    Entrepreneurship: Timberland supplied the boots: boots, brands and beliefs. Timberland outfits the corps. Timberland provides 40 paid hours of volunteer service for employees.
    Had to have uniforms—Promoting the concept. This is about service and idealism.
    We did calisthenics in front of Boston Public Library every morning.

    We had to engage the public sector. Wrote to all Presidential candidates.
    Clinton said it was his trip to CityYear that inspired the development of Americorps.

    Time magazine wanted to do a cover story on national service. (You never know who is going to be your next champion.)

    Edward M Kennedy Serve America Act
    . Idealism of Young People, showing they can make a difference.

    Now they’re focusing on the High school dropout crisis. Every 26 seconds a child drops out of school. Goal is to reach 50% of the potential drop outs.

    6 Major lessons learned along the way:
    1. Mantra: COME VISIT! All commitments are experiential.
    2. Find a sponsor for it: Get a sponsor for everything (Timberland for Boots)
    3. Build partnerships on Reciprocity and Engagement—even when it doesn’t seem like there’s a fit. (CareForce One: CSX has a truck full of rakes, shovels, etc. and it goes to small communities where CSX drives through and helps them clean communities, graffiti, etc.)
    4. Every institution has unique assets. (CityYear has young people’s energy)
    5. Give a role for citizens in your institution. Serve-A-Thon (One-day where everyone else gets to do what CityYear does.) Create alumni—make people feel like a part of your institution
    6. Build a Movement. Be part of something larger than yourself.


    Carnegie completed 1,689 libraries. He did challenge grants—the communities had to support the library, once built. Women’s organizations took up the challenge and gave us America’s libraries. A great example of movement building and democracies. (All of this was done before Women had the right to vote!)

    Connect your needs to other institutions’ needs. Then you can really get some interesting things going.

    Then Loretta Parham gives some examples from her library system about how she engaged members of the community outside the library to try and get some momentum around projects, and what successes emerged.

    Some really interesting questions came out for both Loretta and Michael. It's clear that we're all still grappling with how to partner with our civic and campus organizations in the best way possible--some good ideas and questions.

    Then we all adjourned and had Boston cream pie. Great ending to a good Symposium. It made me wish I was 22 years old again and full of heady ideals about how to Make The World A Better Place. Has that 22 year old spirit been stamped out completely? I don't think so--seeing the CityYear participants and knowing their passion, I am inspired to give some of my personal time to a national service project, too.
              Americas Regional Council in full swing        
    The Americas Regional Council is in full swing here in Boston. Roy just posted a photo of the session, and you can follow his tweets (@rtennant) for bite-size snippets of the discussion. There will be video of the session available after ALA MW for everyone on the OCLC Web site.

    Simultaneously gearing up for the Symposium this afternoon at the Westin Boston Waterfront, Grand Ballroom A/B. The discussion this time is about building influence. Here's the description:

    OCLC Symposium: On the Radar: How Libraries and Other Nonprofits Can Increase Their Influence

    Gaining attention and funding among nonprofit and community entities has never been more critical. Join OCLC and Michael Brown, CEO & Co-Founder of City Year, for a discussion of this vital topic. How can libraries build influence in their communities to improve sustainability? What groups see your library as a vital and essential resource for their success and survival? Building effective partnerships is essential to instilling a sense of urgency when questions of support arise. Michael’s experience in developing and growing an entrepreneurial nonprofit will bring a valuable perspective to this discussion. Loretta Parham, CEO/Director of the Robert W. Woodruff Library at the Atlanta University Center, will moderate the session and provide her thoughts on building influence from within the academic library setting.


    Look for notes, ideas, photos and more from the session this afternoon. Even if you haven't RSVP'ed yet, there's always room for more. And same as the Americas Regional Council meeting--there will be video of the session available shortly after ALA MW.
              Blog Salon moved!        
    Heads up! The OCLC Blog Salon has moved locations.
    Now we will be in the Westin Waterfront, Stone Room.
    The full info:

    OCLC Blog Salon

    Sunday, January 17
    Not just for bloggers anymore! The blog salon is open and welcome for anyone interested in "Web 2.0" kinds of stuff--from blogs and tweets to APIs, mash-ups, mobile apps and more. It's your chance to rub shoulders with other technically and social-media savvy folks, and make some new friends in a relaxed, social setting.
    5:30 - 8:00 p.m., Westin Waterfront, Stone Room

    See you there!
              Blog Salon at ALA MW 2010        
    While you've got visions of sugarplums dancing in your heads (or you are up to your elbows in pre-holiday task lists), wanted to give you the scoop on this year's Blog Salon at ALA MW 2010. We're going Old School.

    That's right. You asked for it, we delivered: We're back to the suite in Boston (!).
    Here are all the details:
    OCLC Blog Salon at ALA MW 2010
    Sunday, January 17
    5;30 pm-8 pm
    OCLC Red Suite
    Westin Boston Waterfront (connected to the convention center)

    Can't wait to see familiar and new faces in Boston. All library bloggers/tweeters/mashers/readers welcome! And while you're planning your dance card for the weekend, be sure to sign up for some additional OCLC events at ALA MW 2010, too. You could have breakfast AND cocktail hour with OCLC on Sunday!

    * Reminiscing? Previous Blog Salon photos on Flickr works well for that!
    * Not attending this year? Leave us your comment and we'll post them for everyone in the room...
              Follow ebizQ on Twitter!        
    Just wanted to let everyone know that ebizQ's editorial team is ramping up its Twitter presence. (We've been on Twitter for ages, but we'll be tweeting a lot more regularly now.) So we invite you to follow us to keep...
              IT'S ALL IN THE DAILY NEWS        
    We record several news programs every day, and then wind up erasing them all to make room to record the next day's news programs . . . we don't watch all of the shows, but pick and choose to include a variety. Lately though almost all the news is surrounding the events in Washington.


    And of course we all are included in the latest "twittering". I have sent out a few tweets over the years, but nothing to compare with the volume and content of today's tweets.

    Actually lately the news programs are making the weather reports look more appealing even though those reports can get so repetitive and share way too much information.

    And speaking of the weather:

    We are glad that right now we live in Northern California and not near someplace like pictured to the right.

    I do remember those years though and shutter to think about having to deal with those conditions.

    When you are a kid and in school, it is not too bad because usually that kind of weather means -- no school today . . . but the parents.



    But we do have weather related horror stories right here in Healdsburg, the plaza to be specific.

    We often sit in this park and in the summer enjoy the shade of the many mature large trees.

    There is now one less tree there and fortunately it collapsed they think in the middle of the night.


    It will make us think more about those trees when we do sit near them this coming year. It is hard to imagine that a tree that appears so sturdy would just topple over . . .

    We have taken advantage of the cold and rainy weather to enjoy comfort food:


    Recently we made a large pot of chicken barley soup -- so good. While there was "no soup for you" there was plenty for us.

    Soup is fun to make and certainly enjoyable to eat along with some biscuits or crackers.

    We also made and enjoyed a large meatloaf this week and it served us well for three dinners . . . "no meatloaf for you either".



    I did of course work on family history this week. I attended a webinar about DNA and how to discover missing folks from the tree via DNA.

    DNA to me is often way more complex than I can deal with. I have received many many matches from the three services that I have tested with -- the trick is to then figure out how those matches relate to me.

    Some matches I have been able to determine, but the majority of them I have no idea how they relate to me and it is a very intricate
    process to prove the relationship.

    Everyone is hoping that as the DNA process is perfected, that the identification of relationships will follow. Ancestry DNA has provided some relationships with the matches that they report, and that is helpful.

    In Ancestry, the Hiles tree currently has just shy of 15,000 folks.

    In the coming year I plan to focus on just the closest relatives and would like to be sure that the details for their lives are as complete as possible.

    Sometimes, it is like photographs. I might assume that everyone knows everyone else like I do.



    So, as I take the Write Stuff II class, I'll be working on telling that story -- or part of it anyway.

    It seems that memory keeps reminding me of tales that have been dormant for awhile.

    I have to learn how to piece them together so I can share them with others or just for my own satisfaction.

    Actually I have a big missing piece of the puzzle -- I don't know (yet) where the Hiles originated. There are so many theories.

    I do though, know where some of the other close relatives originated. It is what keeps driving me.


    While bouncing around the Internet I did come across a recent photo (Google Earth) of my maternal grandparent's home in Chicago.

    The middle house in the picture, where I spent so many memorable holidays, specifically Thanksgiving.



    I can still remember so much about that house -- of course it loomed much larger in my mind than how it looks today, and also the condition of the house and grounds . . .

    My grandfather, Dayton Bumgardner, kept the front lawn spotless and perfectly groomed. The grass was the same grass as used in golf greens (creeping bent) and I can still see Grandpa on his haunches using the hose to remove any debris and leaves from ruining the appearance. A little different in today's photo.

    And then around the side was the "Koi Pond". The fish were kept all year round and in the winter months they lived in the laundry sinks in the basement. I loved looking at them in either location and was always fascinated with them.

    I could go on and on, but will wait for another post or another vehicle to share those memories.

    And lastly:


    Who will be receiving Oscars in Sunday's event. It goes without saying, we have seen NONE of the movies nominated.

    But maybe we will see one or two. From the trailers that we see on TV there are some that I'm sure that we'd enjoy.

    I have wondered where the name "Oscar" came from. I remember that in one of my school pictures that, as usual, I did not feel like smiling on command, so the photographer called me "Oscar" and I smiled big-time.

    Well that is a bit of our week. See you all "in a few"!
              If Murray goes, list of possible replacements for LA Kings        
    When a tweet appears from a Hall of Fame hockey writer saying ‘Kings may be preparing to fire Terry Murray as coach,’ you click the link. And according to a report filed with the LA Times by Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman here late last night, that may be the course of action in progress at [...]
              Re: How To Find The Day That You Joined Twitter (And See Your Very First Tweet)        

    Weird. 2nd of Jan is the oldest - I have to go to page 3 (when sorted by oldest) to get it. A glitch in the matrix.

    Still, I know when and what my first tweet was any way ;)


              Re: How To Find The Day That You Joined Twitter (And See Your Very First Tweet)        

    Does their database not go back beyond 2007? I get a "No tweets found" error going back beyond that.


              Re: The # Discover Tab        

    This is something that will improve the more you use Twitter. I've not been a very heavy user lately so I think it's having some problems with relevance but that should improve if I start to tweet and interact more.

    I've been saying for almost a year that I can envisage #discover becoming the default view for Twitter as we continue to use an increasingly visual web. Twitter Cards make a lot of sense in this scenario.


              Goodman League vs. Indy Pro-Am game on for Sept. 24        
    The Goodman League will take on all comers. Well, except the Drew League again. But all other comers. Just days after agreeing to a game against the Rucker Park league, the Goodman League has agreed to a deal to take on the Indianapolis Pro-Am, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Chris Palmer. Indy is supposed […]
              NEW restaurants added to Restaurant Week!        
    Two new restaurants have signed up to participate in Restaurant Week. Check out the menus from Tony Roma’s on International Drive and the Market Street Cafe in Celebration. They’ve both signed up to give you a fantastic meal for a total bargain! If you eat at either during Restaurant Week, Tweet us about it using […]
              Use the Orlando Restaurant Week hashtag on Twitter and Instagram!        
    If you’ve eaten something you were totally in love with during this year’s Restaurant Week, tell the world about it! Tweet or Instagram a pic using the hashtag #owrw2013! Don’t forget to tag the restaurant in your post, too. We want to let them know how much you love Restaurant Week!
              How Twitter Failed Me: Thoughts of a Facebook Convert        
    “I love Twitter.” I smirked.  I’ve heard this so many times by 20-something year old girls I meet around campus.  These creatures, however, are the type who have visited the site once – to set up their account and link to phone.  They tweet rarely, and always about weird occurances in their day.  They follow […]
              Due to elections Confederation postponed the One Day Strike from Feb 15th to March 16th 2017        

    It was widely reported this in news media that Central Government Employees demand for better 7th Pay Commission Allowances, increase in Minimum Pay Revised fitment formula would be considered by Govt only after Assembly Elections in 5 states which are scheduled to be held from Feb to March 2017.

    Now, Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers which is organizing the All India Strike against low salary increase in 7th Pay Commission has decided to postpone the strike from 15th February 2017 to 16th March 2017, considering the Assembly Elections Schedule in the month of Feb to March 2017.

    It is inferred that the decision of confederation to postpone the All India is due to code of Conduct enforced by Election Commission in view of State Elections.

    The bottom line is Central Government Employees will have to wait longer to get the increased 7th Pay Commission Allowances and revised fitment formula, if at all the demands of employees regarding the same are considered by Govt.

    Here is the extract of information published in the official website of Confederation of Central Government Employees on Postponement of All India Strike by Central Government Employees.

    Confederation postponed the One Day Strike from Feb 15th to March 16th 2017

    Due to election Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers has decided to postpone the proposed ONE DAY STRIKE on February 15th to MARCH 16th 2017 THURSDAY

    MOST IMPORTANT

    CONFEDERATION OF CENTRAL GOVT. EMPLOYEES & WORKERS
    1st Floor, North Avenue PO Building, New Delhi- 110001

    Dated : 05th January,2017

    To
    (1) All National Secretariat Members
    (2) Chief Executives of all Affiliated Organisations
    (3)General Secretaries of all C-O-Cs

    Dear Comrades,

    As Assembly elections to five States are scheduled to be held from February 4th to March 11th (including declaration of results) and as February 15th is also poll date in two states , the National Secretariat of Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers has decided to postpone the proposed ONE DAY STRIKE on February 15th to MARCH 16th 2017 THURSDAY.

    As 13th March is holiday for Holi in North India and the celebrations are to continue on 14th also, the strike date is fixed as 16th March. There is no change in the 10th January Mass Dharna Programme.

    All those Organisations who had served the strike notice as February 15th shall give a letter to their Head of the Departments intimating the postponement of the strike to 2017 March 16th , showing reasons as mentioned above , WITHOUT FAIL.

    Those organisations who have not yet served the Strike Notice should serve the notice before 15th January 2017 WITHOUT FAIL.

    Regarding already announced campaign programme of National Secretariat members , if necessary , dates may be rescheduled by the National Secretariat members in consultation with the concerned C-O-Cs.

    General Secretaries of C-O-Cs are also requested to contact IMMEDIATELY, the concerned National Secretariat members and finalise the date of campaign programme. Intensive campaign should be conducted by all C-O-Cs and Affiliated Organisations in all States, especially in those states where elections are declared, so that employees and general public will become aware of the totally negative attitude of the Central Government towards the legitimate demands of the Central Government Employees and Pensioners.

    The betrayal of the Group of Cabinet Ministers of NDA Govt by not fulfilling their assurance given to NJCA leaders on 30th June 2016, should be exposed.

    M.Krishnan,
    Secretary General ,
    Confederation of Central Government Employees & Workers.

    Source: Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers


              7thcpc allowances announcement only after the completion of five states assemblies poll process        

    7th Pay Commission allowances announcement only after the completion of five states assemblies poll process

    Reliable sources indicate that the central government will announce higher allowances under 7th Pay Commission for the central government employees only after the completion of five states assemblies poll process, as the model code of conduct has come into effect from Wednesday.

    The 7th pay commission has already submitted its report, the Committee on Allowances set up by the government is also ready with its reports, however the government is not willing to accept it now, its buying more time.  The Government may delay it till mid March or March end.

    Sources, however confirmed, the central government had no plan to give allowances in Arrears from August for the central government employees.

    The ‘Committee on Allowances’ has finalized the report on the allowances in October, and were waiting for a invite from the ministry to submit its report. however the government gave extension to the committee till February 22, 2017 to submit its report for getting normalized on the cash crunch position.

    Its very clear that although the report was, and is ready, government bought some time to delay the implementation hiding behind demonetisation.

    In the mean time, the Election Commission on Wednesday announced elections to state assemblies in Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Manipur. The elections will be held between February 4 and March 8, the results of which — to be announced on March 11.

    Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi also announced on Wednesday that the model code of conduct came into force with immediate effect.

    The model code of conduct eased and helped the central government to further delay the acceptance and implementation of the recommendations of  the ‘Committee on Allowances’.

    Reliable sources said, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will announce the higher allowances in mid-March, or may be,  by the end of March, nothing can be expected before that.


              Unilateral decision by Govt on salary hikes under 7th CPC will not be accepted – Staff Side        

    Though the central government employees are ardently waiting for the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission, reports suggest that it will not be done before the results for the Assembly elections are announced. If reports are to be believed then the proposal of minimum pay of 24,000 will be taken into consideration and the reasonable expectations of central government employees will be met while announcing the salary hikes in accordance with the 7th pay commission.

    According to a Zee news report, “Other than the pressure of trade unions, the results of the Assembly election in five states, West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pondicherry, are likely to have an influence on the final pay out.

    The notification towards implementation of the seventh pay commission will be announced only after the result of the elections. If the mandate goes totally in favour of the Opposition, the government will be under greater pressure to keep the dissatisfaction related to salary hike in check.”

    ‘No unilateral decision on salary hikes under 7th Pay Commission acceptable’ The central government employees lead by the National Council (Staff Side) Joint Consultative Machinery have said that they will not accept unilateral decision on salary hikes under the seventh Pay Commission and would like to have more say in the way their monthly salaries and allowances are shaped up by the Empowered Committee of Secretaries. “Neither did the Government side made any commitment on any demands, nor did they indicate in the minutes that further discussion will be held with the staff side to arrive at a negotiated settlement on each demands.

    It seems that the Modi Government is moving ahead to issue unilateral orders taking the staff side for a ride”, M Krishnan, Secretary General of the central government employees confederation was quoted as saying in the Zee report. “The staff side on the other hand has taken a position that if unilateral orders are issued, without taking the staff side into confidence, the NJCA shall go ahead with the indefinite strike from 11th July 2016 as already informed to the government”, Krishnan further added in the report.

    An empowered committee of Secretaries was formed under the Cabinet Secretary to process the recommendations of the pay panel.

    This committee also invited the Joint Consultative Machinery which is the group representing the Staff side (central employees union) to understand their view point. The central employees union has clearly said that they will not accept any unilateral decision on the issue and needs a bilateral negotiation on the matter.

    Source: One India


              PMO is in favour of higher pay package to the central government employees        

    While the Secretaries group working hard for the the execution of new pay package, the government would like to nip the popular opinion building up that the current government is apathetic to the needs of common man.The two earlier policy decisions on the proposed EPF changes and their subsequent rollback showed government in a bad light.

    PMO Also instructed Secretaries group to keep inflationary trends in perspective while finalising the salary

    There is good news in the store for the Central Government employees who are waiting for the implementation of Seventh pay Commission. Reportedly, Prime Minister office (PMO) is unhappy with the pace of development and has asked officials to speed up the whole process. Sources say PMO has ordered Finance Ministry to resolve all issues regarding the same and hand over ‘increment’ to Government staff by July.

    Finance Ministry sources was quoted by a media report as saying, “We have seen the recommendations of the PMO. Accordingly the Secretaries group works hard for the the execution of new pay package, which would be handed over likely by July”.

    Reportedly, after facing flak from different quarters for its political misadventure in Uttarakhand, Government is deep concerned about protecting its image. Not only that, Centre’s flip-flop on EPF things has also unleashed enough harm upon the government. Sources say, Government is also cautious about Assembly election results. If mandate goes against it, in that case there will be huge pressure upon Government to win lost confidence back by giving huge payout to employees.

    Reports say, PMO has asked for 30 per cent hike in the basic salary of Government employees. A website writes, “PMO, narrating the “importance” of the implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations, said it was necessary to provide different incentives, including a higher pay package, to the central government employees to build a “pro-people” administration”.

    Source: One India


              Gucci - Suede & Mesh Sandals - Black - Size 8 M US / 38.5 EU        


              Salvatore Ferragamo - Large Patent Leather Tote - Burgundy        


              David Yurman - Diamond Citrine Stone Pendant - Silver        


              The Emma Read-Along Begins...        

    Today marks the beginning of the Emma read-along! For all the details of our schedule, please visit the invitation post. Our first discussion (on chapters 1-14) will take place next Sunday, October 9th. If you'd like to break up the reading evenly, two chapters per day ought to do it. :)

    If you're on Twitter, you can join the continuous conversation using the #EmmaReadAlong hashtag. Feel free to tweet your favorite quotes, update the group on your reading progress, share some quick thoughts each day, or simply let others know the read-along is happening!

    And to get us off to a fine start, we have a giveaway! What might make your reading experience this month even more enjoyable? How about a pumpkin spice latte? (Or, if you're a non-coffee person like me, a hot chocolate?) Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks gift card!

    Fine print: Giveaway open to those 18 years old or older. (But void where prohibited by law.) Drawing ends at midnight PT on October 9, 2016. Prize to be delivered via email. 

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              Tory Burch - Denim & Rope Satchel - Blue        


              Ann Coulter likes to say, “Our blacks are better.” But have you ever noticed that so are our trannies?        
    Ann Coulter likes to say, “Our blacks are better.” But have you ever noticed that so are our trannies?
    More from my siteAnn Coulter: “At least we know Trump wasn’t lying when he said he didn’t practice for the debate”Ann Coulter: Every Word The Media Says About Trump Is A Lie, Including Words Like AND And THEAnn Coulter: ‘BLM is a gay group. It was started by two lesbians and its most prominent spokesman […]

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    Gavin McInnes: “I’ve been to [Google] headquarters in NYC and it’s one of the least diverse companies I’ve ever visited”
    Gavin McInnes writes:The only black or Hispanic person I saw in the entire building was at the front desk where they check your ID. Upstairs, I’d say it was roughly 70% white male, 30% female, 15% Asian, and 15% East Indian. They get away with this because they make you sign a ton of nondisclosures […]

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              â€œThe Mystery of Sylvia Plath’s Lost Novel”        
    “The Mystery of Sylvia Plath’s Lost Novel”
    Via the Daily Beast:Hughes claimed both that the manuscript went missing after 1970 and that Aurelia Plath, Sylvia’s mother, was the last to possess it, although none of his claims have been verified. Because they were still married at the time of her death, Hughes became the executor of Plath’s literary estate and he is […]

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              Video: “Mark [Steyn] shares a few more thoughts on how a Statue of Liberty became a statute of immigration”        
    Video: “Mark [Steyn] shares a few more thoughts on how a Statue of Liberty became a statute of immigration”
    More here. More from my siteEzra Levant: Time to halt Muslim immigration to Canada (#video)Mark Steyn: ‘You have to choose between liberty and mass Muslim immigration’Reminder: A bad poem on an old French statue is not an immigration policyJim Goad: An Evil Virus Called Populism

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              The one you’ve been waiting for: Steve Sailer on the “Google Memo”        
    The one you’ve been waiting for: Steve Sailer on the “Google Memo”
    Steve Sailer writes:It’s not punching down for the Indian-born CEO of Google (who was paid $200 million last year) to fire a twentysomething coder, it’s punching up because the victim’s a white male, just as it wasn’t punching down for Apple CEO Tim Cook to attack an Indiana pizza maker because Tim is gay. (In […]

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              I’ve promised myself that if I get cancer, I’ll get to start smoking again        
    I’ve promised myself that if I get cancer, I’ll get to start smoking again
    I never miss drinking.However…I liked the ceremony of the cigarette. The implicit danger of starting a fire near your face. The punctuation that talking while smoking affords, giving your words animation and shading: the stops and starts, the dramatic pauses, sitting still after exhaling while letting the smoke do all the work around you. It […]

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              â€œWho pays for your conscience?”        
    “Who pays for your conscience?”
    Poignantly, [Sonya Tolstoy] asks why it is that people who write so eloquently about universal love and the possibility of simple, selfless communal life create such emotional havoc around them. (…)But her question remains an unsettling one: how do we make sense of a spiritual vision for human reconciliation that apparently can’t deliver at the […]

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              32TB of Windows 10 beta builds, driver source code leaked        
    Seeing "Windows 10 source code leaked!" headlines or tweets? Not so fast - while there was a leak, it wasn't anything particularly interesting. The only truly interesting bit is this, as explained by Ars' Peter Bright: The leak is also described as containing a source code package named the "Shared Source Kit." This is a package of source code for things like the USB, storage, and Wi-Fi stacks, and the Plug-and-Play system. It isn't the core operating system code (part of which leaked in 2004) but rather contains those parts of the driver stack that third parties have to interact most intimately with. Microsoft routinely gives access to the source code of a wide variety of parts of Windows to academic institutions, certain enterprise customers, and, of course, hardware makers - which is what the above mentioned source code package refers to. While interesting, it seems unlikely this leak is of any significance to anyone.
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              Mark Steyn: “There are three kinds of leak…”        
    Mark Steyn writes:What we are witnessing is a slow-motion coup against a duly elected government by people determined to use whatever they have to hand – national-security leaks by the permanent bureaucracy, money-no-object fishing expeditions by hopelessly conflicted prosecutors, domestic surveillance of political opponents by Obama officials, and indifference to most of the preceding by […]

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              David Cole: “Prof. Mohammed Abed is a man with a message: Genocide has gotten a bum rap”        
    David Cole: “Prof. Mohammed Abed is a man with a message: Genocide has gotten a bum rap”
    David Cole writes:Abed, a tenure-track professor of ethics, social & political philosophy, and classical Islamic philosophy, believes that, in large part due to the overbearing historical presence of the Holocaust, the definition of genocide has become unnecessarily narrow. When someone cries “genocide” these days, folks expect to see gas chambers, crematoria, and Nazis stuffing Jewish […]

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              Julie Burchill: “Is Roxane Gay’s relentless self-analysis compounding her problems?”        
    Julie Burchill: “Is Roxane Gay’s relentless self-analysis compounding her problems?”
    Julie Burchill writes:No one with an ounce of compassion is going to condemn a woman for trying to make sense of a traumatic sexual assault through the medium she feels most comfortable in. But after establishing in the opening pages that it was the rape which led to her weight gain, all sorts of other […]

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              â€œNot long afterwards, it became fashionable to mock that week of Diana”        
    “Not long afterwards, it became fashionable to mock that week of Diana”
    As much as I admired The Abolition of Britain, I never quite agreed with all of Hitchens’ conclusions.The book is bracing, like a massive wave, but just as easy to get a little too caught up in.As usual, I figured it was a matter of class differences (between us, that is.)So here is another perspective. […]

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              â€œTV news report (…) shows how gross hippies could be”        
    “TV news report (…) shows how gross hippies could be”
    What you catch glimpses of, aside from the period-costume detail everyone expects from this time and place—incense sticks, love beads, bad dancing—is the grime of actually existing hippiedom: chainsmoking guys with scabs on their noses and dirt under their fingernails who stole their friends’ records, ate chili dogs and shot A, huddled in stuffy rooms, […]

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              Sailer: “If Johnny Ramone were alive today, he’d be Trump’s Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts”        
    Sailer: “If Johnny Ramone were alive today, he’d be Trump’s Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts”
    Over 100 comments at Sailer’s “What was the whitest music…?” post:Presumably, prog rock fans tended to have more musical intelligence and thus got bored faster. Punk rock fans tend to have more verbal than musical intelligence. Punk is musically repetitive but fast, so it appeals to people who aren’t that good at music, but whose […]

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              Dying!!!        
    Dying!!!
      (Thanks, YouKnowWho.) More from my siteThe United Church is a sick, senile, crazy old woman who just won’t die and nobody goes to visitHow Working At Comic-Con Showed Me That America Is A Nation Of CucksDying…Jeepers, if only I’d gone to college AND studied statistics!

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              TrailersFromHell: “King of Comedy” (1983) is “a skewed reimagining of ‘Taxi Driver'”        
    TrailersFromHell: “King of Comedy” (1983) is “a skewed reimagining of ‘Taxi Driver'”
    Yep, the Clash were supposed to have more screen time but couldn’t get their act together…Funnily, it’s their entourage (Joe’s wife Gaby, and Kosmo) easier to make out in the foreground. More from my site’50 Reasons Why ‘Taxi Driver’ Might Just Be the Greatest Film of All Time’If ‘Taxi Driver’ was filmed in Times Square […]

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