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In this one-day intensive course we invite you to take a fresh look at ways of determining the potential of a piece of land (large or small) and at the elements and processes which lead to a sustainable design.
The course will help you to assess land and plan the development of a property to suit your life goals. Well explore the identification of personal aims, land ownership options, designing for sustained productivity, soil, water, fencing, machinery, taxation management and finance as well as the choice of crops and animals and how to rebuild lost ecosystems.
Bring along your plans and, if relevant, soil and water samples to test and discuss in an interactive learning environment.
This is a good course for those who may be considering a full Permaculture design course but want a taste of what it would be like.
You may like to read this article for some hints about property design.
Growing your own fresh fruit and nuts has to be one of the most satisfying things you can do in your own backyard or property! What's more, South Australias Mediterranean climate enables us to grow the most intensely flavoured and nutritious tree crops in the world.
This one-day workshop will explore different varieties of stone fruit, citrus, olives, pecan nuts, figs, apples, pistachios and as many other crops as you desire. We will also discuss preserving techniques to stock your pantry for supply through the seasons.
The course will develop skills required to plan, establish and manage fruit and nut trees in a garden or plantation.
Using demonstrations, practicals, walks and talks, we'll examine the selection of varieties, pollination requirements, planting material (grafting and other propagation techniques), orchard establishment, tree shaping, irrigation, soil fertility and pest management.
You are welcome to bring plans of orchards you are planning and soil samples for testing.
A concentrated introduction to the principles and techniques of this complete system for the sustainable design for gardens, farms, homes, waste re-use, economics, community development and energy management. Inspect appropriately designed structures and growing systems on this organically certified property and solve some property design challenges using three-dimensional interactive modelling.
In this two-day course we will present you with an opportunity to assess the opportunities for strawbale building in your life, whether you wish to build your own home, construct a chook shed or just decide if strawbale is the right medium for your project.
We take you through the theory and design of strawbale building as well as actually building part of a strawbale structure and well discuss load-bearing versus pole frame structures, various wall shapes, foundations, plastering options, floors - earthen, concrete and wood.
You will learn through lectures, practical activities, case studies, videos, slides and a wealth of printed material.
In past workshops we have built an extension to the homestead at The Food Forest, a commercial coldroom, the 'Eco Gazebo', the 'Studio', an indoor/outdoor food preparation entertainment area and a beautiful sculptured garden wall using this extraordinary medium.
Growing high quality organic vegetables is not difficult once you understand the ecology of the garden, especially if you use free range poultry. This course will show you techniques for managing a self-sufficient backyard or small scale commercial garden and the basics of free range poultry husbandry.
We will consider the selection of vegetable species through the seasons, garden design, bio-diversity, irrigation, pest and disease management, mulching, composting and soil fertility, meeting quality and organic standards and small scale marketing.
The Chook is the world's original recycler and pest controller. We will look at its housing, breed characteristics, supplementary feeding, keeping hens out of the lettuces and foxes out of the hens, managing pests and diseases in free-range flocks, rearing your own replacements, as well as chickens and geese in orchard management.
Population growth and consumption levels are pushing our Planet towards a catastrophic environmental tipping point. Permaculture offers a way that we, as individuals and communities, can take control of our future and live sustainably.
Permaculture is a design system which draws upon the great truths of traditional knowledge, modern scientific understandings and the ethics of a peaceful and democratic society. The approach was first developed in Australia in the late 70s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren and is now taught in over 100 countries. Since then hundreds of thousands of people have graduated from Design Courses and are using this tool to build resilience and diversity into their lives at home & in the office.
Permaculture can be employed by anyone, whatever profession or skill, on any scale, from balconies and backyards to farms, factories, businesses, schools and cities anywhere on the planet and in any climate. It offers a sustainable landscape, dignified human-scale living and self-reliant children who have the confidence to design a sustainable future for themselves.
It is based on three ethics: Care of the Earth, Care of Community and Acceptance of personal responsibility for consumption and population. Many principles, technologies and strategies have evolved to make permaculture one of the most accessible and dynamic solutions to the issues we face in the 21st Century.
This 10 day intensive design course will present you with an opportunity to consider your life in a new light and give you increased confidence and many skills needed to design a sustainable and meaningful place for your future.
You will work with a group of motivated fellow students with diverse skills and backgrounds and learn through lectures, practical activities, small group work, case studies, DVDs, field trips and games. In addition to our experienced teaching team, you will have access to a wide range of printed and digital resources.
The extended format of the course is for busy people, designed to cause minimum disruption to other parts of your life. It will allow you to absorb and practise skills from one learning block before moving on to the next. However the residential aspect is important, as it helps you become fully immersed in learning about sustainable living.
The first teaching block of 5 days starts Wednesday April 25th, which is Anzac Day and a Public holiday. Sessions are scheduled on most evenings, but we finish at 5pm on the last day of each block. There are 3 days in total which are weekday working days; these may need some planning to have off.
It is estimated that five hundred million people contracted it, and that between fifty and a hundred million of them died. Asians were thirty times more likely to die than Europeans. The pandemic had some influence on the lives of everyone alive today. Donald Trumps grandfather Friedrich died from it in New York City. He was 49. His early death meant that his fortune passed to his son Fred, who used it to start a New York property empire.
Postmodern Britain lies well beyond Orwells imagining, a country where superannuated teenagers in certain walks of middle-class life, including journalism and politics, stay in a condition of more or less permanent adolescence from puberty to retirement. Surely its time for the authentically middle-aged we know who we are: square, clapped out, disillusioned and cardiganed to take charge before the inheritance is squandered?
The difference between Catharine MacKinnon and a typical pro-war American feminist is that MacKinnon has a far bleaker view of the condition of women in Western countries. As she sees it, they need more than top-level representation in the form of a female president, for example to perfect their equality. They are systemically brutalised in a society that refuses even to recognise what is going on. This raises the question of whether America, too, might be a legitimate target of humanitarian intervention. But that doesnt seem to be what MacKinnon has in mind when she asks: Will the marines never land for them?
Hands, in this world without faces, do an enormous amount of work. They are a fulcrum for the bodies the persons they belong to: around them the body opens, exfoliates, puts on show its basic structure, displays its duality (following the hands left and right) or its multiplicity (since the hands themselves lose edges, flip from concave to convex and back, clench, disintegrate, weigh a ton, unfold into corrugations or diamond facets). They challenge the viewer to see them as part of the body they terminate. Maybe hands are where character hides in Czanne, in the carnal unconscious, however hard an individual or a culture tries to suppress it.
The letters page from London Review of Books Vol. 40 No. 2 (25 January 2018)
Josephine King Jody Olsen, who was a Peace Corps volunteer in Sousse, Tunisia, teaching English from 1966 to 1968, was nominated January 3, 2018, to be the organizations director.
Olsen was born in Utah and moved to Maryland in 1959 after her father, David King, was elected to Congress as a Democrat. Her grandfather, William King, represented Utah in the Senate from 1917 to 1941. Olsen attended Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, graduating in 1961 before returning to her native state to study at the University of Utah. She earned a B.S. in sociology and a teaching certificate in 1965. Olsen later earned a masters in social work (1972) and a Ph.D. (1979) from the University of Maryland.
After graduating from Utah, Olsen and her then-husband, Robert Olsen, left for Tunisia as Peace Corps volunteers, with Jody Olsen teaching English during her two-year stint. After earning her masters degree, Olsen in 1974 was named director of the University of Maryland Center on Aging.
Olsen returned to the Peace Corps, this time as the country director for Togo, in 1979. In 1981, she was named regional director for North Africa, the Near East, Asia and the Pacific, holding that post until 1984. Olsen left the Peace Corps again, this time to become vice president of the student exchange group Youth for Understanding. But in 1989, Olsen was back at the Peace Corps, this time as its chief of staff.
In 1992, Olsen was named executive director for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) and managed the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, which facilitated college faculty exchanges. She left CIES in 1997 to become senior vice president of the Academy for Educational Development, a development consultancy. Olsen handled international training services, management development services, computer and systems services and higher education management services for the organization.
Olsen in 2002 was named deputy director of the Peace Corps, holding that position until the early days of the Obama administration, and served briefly as acting director in 2006 and again in 2009. She also served for a time as acting country director for Kazakhstan.
Olsen has been a visiting professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore since 2010. She also was director of the Center for Global Education Initiatives and spent several summers heading research projects in Malawi, El Salv...
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and mobile security company Lookout have uncovered a new malware espionage campaign that has targeted activists, journalists, lawyers, military personnel, and enterprises in more than 20 countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. They have dubbed the threat Dark Caracal, and have traced its activities to as far back as 2012. The malware used by Dark Caracal The attackers went after information stored on targets Android devices More
JAKARTA Indonesian authorities have retrieved 17 air gun pellets from the body of an orangutan found decapitated and seemingly tortured in Indonesian Borneo earlier this week. The discovery was made Thursday during a necropsy which was ordered following criticism from wildlife activists over local authorities decision to bury the corpse of the male Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) before a thorough examination could be carried out. The necropsy revealed that the orangutan had been dead for three days before its body was discovered Monday in a river in South Barito district, Central Kalimantan province. Of the 17 pellets found in the corpse, 14 were retrieved from the torso, two from the back and one from the left thigh. The pellets had ruptured the apes heart, lungs and stomach. The examination also showed that seven of the animals left ribs were broken, and there were three lacerations near the neck area. The bodys hairless state was attributed to its having been in the river for so long. There were no apparent signs of poisoning. Veterinarians prepare to carry out a necropsy Thursday on the decapitated and bloated body of a Bornean orangutan found floating in a river in Central Kalimantan earlier this week. Photo by Centre for Orangutan Protection. We will follow up on these findings together with the police and the [environment] ministrys law enforcement arm, Adib Gunawan, the head of the provincial wildlife conservation agency, said Thursday. Hopefully we can catch the perpetrator. Ramadhani, habitat protection manager at the
Pope Francis will visit one of the Peruvian Amazons most threatened regions today, where the leader of the Catholic Church is expected to address escalating deforestation and uncertainty about indigenous peoples rights. The Holy Father has a special concern for the Amazon and therefore put as the first point of his journey an encounter with indigenous groups to dialogue, to give a sign of hope, Salvador Pieiro, president of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference, said in an article published by Mongabay LatAm. These topics concern the Pope and he feels them very closely. Deforestation resulting from gold mining in Madre de Dios. Photo by Agencia Andina. After a visit to Chile earlier this week, the pope is scheduled to fly Friday morning from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, the capital of the Madre de Dios region. Its a place where logging, agriculture and mining much of it illegal have led to the loss of thousands of hectares of rainforest in recent decades. In some cases, these activities have touched off conflicts with local communities. Buoyed by Pope Franciss commitment to tackling environmental issues as codified in Laudato Si, the encyclical he published in 2015 subtitled On Care for Our Common Home, campaigners are eager to welcome him to their corner of southeastern Peru. After meeting with local authorities, he will speak to indigenous people in a coliseum. It is very symbolic that the pope is going to Madre de Dios, the capital of the countrys biodiversity, home to many indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation,
Facebook has emerged as a major market for trafficking in live reptiles in the Philippines, according to a new report by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade and monitoring network. In a survey that lasted three months in 2016, TRAFFIC researchers monitored 90 Facebook groups that had previously been known to advertize the sale of reptiles, and recorded 2,245 live reptile advertisements representing more than 5,000 individual animals from 115 taxa. This small snapshot reinforces how social media has taken over as the new epicentre of wildlife trade, Serene Chng, program officer for TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia, said in a statement. In only selected groups and in under a hundred days, we found thousands of individual reptiles in trade. This magnitude of commerce in live wild animals online is just mind boggling. The Asian Leaf Turtle Cyclemys dentata is illegally collected in Palawan Province and transported and traded in Metro Manila. Most advertisements were for the ball python (Python regius), a snake that is not native to the Philippines, the study found. Other reptiles among the top ten most commonly traded species included the Burmese python (Python bivittatus), leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius), bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) and the African spurred tortoise (Geochelone sulcata). In the Philippines, all reptile species are protected under the Philippine Wildlife Act of 2001, and people who want to keep reptiles as pets must have appropriate permits, the team said. More than half the species recorded in the report are also protected by the Convention on International Trade
Tropical Cyclone "Berguitta" produced huge amounts of rain and sustained winds of over 120 km/h (75 mph) as its center passed over Mauritius and extremely close to La Reunion on January 18, 2018. Some areas received more than 800 mm (31.5 inches) of rain...... Read more
[VIDEO] I am intrigued. This feels like something Google would have come up with. If youve got kids, this is a reason to buy a Nintendo Switch.
Check out the video, embedded in the main Loop post.
The Telegraphs Tom Hoggins got the chance to play with one. Heres his review, Hands-on with the Switchs brilliant and barmy cardboard toys.
Cant wait to get my hands on a set!
Itll be interesting to keep an eye on this page over time, to see if any cities are added or deleted. Fascinating to compare this process (with its public auction feel), to Apples much more closely held process.
A criminal complaint? Really? Yeesh.
Researchers routinely discover a variety of malicious apps on Google Play, some of which have been downloaded and installed on millions of devices worldwide. Heres what infosec experts think about the security of Google Play, what they think Google should do better, and what users can do in order to protect themselves from malicious apps on the official Android app store. Chris Boyd, Lead Malware Intelligence Analyst, Malwarebytes Google Play continues to have issues where More
Chance Miller, 9to5Mac:
Apple today has rolled out a major redesign for the App Store web interface. The new redesign replaces the dated and clunky interface that previously housed the App Store on the web
The new redesign takes cues from the all-new App Store in iOS 11, which offers larger images, a focus on curation and reviews, and more. On the new webpage, youll see a larger app heading, preceded by This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
To see this for yourself, heres a link to todays iOS app of the day, MUBI. Open the link on your Mac.
As Chance points out, theres now a big warning towards the top of the page (blue background) telling you you have to go to the iOS App Store if you want to buy the app.
While the refreshed look is nice, it still feels like a broken marketing link, forcing me to switch devices (from my Mac to my iOS device) and type in the name of the app in an iOS App Store search field to find the app and make a purchase.
And this, from Graig Grannell, in a post entitled Apples App Store Preview needs to steal some ideas from Google Play:
Its 2018. Apple has Apple Pay. If Im sent to An App Store Preview page after reading an article about an amazing new iOS app, I should be able to buy it there and then, and send it to my iOS devices. Likewise, if Im on my iPhone, I should be able to buy and send an iPad-only app to my iPad (or vice-versa). I shouldnt have to remember it later, by sending myself an email or note.
Theres clearly a reason Apple is doing this. But to me, its just as clear that this is adding friction to the purchase process.
Benedict Evans, from a terrific read entitled TV, retail, advertising and cascading collapses:
When Sears and Macys go bust, how many malls do they take with them, and how many other retailers that might have been doing fine on their own will go or lose a lot of their footprint because of that? And, where were those retailers advertising? What was their TV budget? How much of this is self-reinforcing the more you buy online, the more you buy online?
Suppose you go on eBay and buy the last ten years of Elle Decoration and drop it into Google Brain, and then wave your phone at your living room and ask what cushions or lamps you would like?
Suppose I put a bunch of HD cameras in the right parts of Berlin and Brooklyn and track what people are wearing, entirely automatically, and then see what of that shows up in middle America in a year, and then apply that pattern matching to what people are wearing in Berlin now?
Theres a famous Jeff Bezos quote that your margin is my opportunity right now Amazon is building a billion dollar ad business in its own search results, but I suspect he also looks at the $500bn thats spent every year on advertising and the further $500bn thats spent on marketing and sees money that should be going to lower prices and same-day or 1-hour delivery.
The mechanics of retail are changing. Margin (simplistically put, what Apple charges for an iPhone minus what they pay to create that iPhone) is critical to a company, necessary for them to prosper, grow. The slimmer the margin, the thinner the ice on which that company skates.
In your margin is my opportunity, Bezos sees disruption in large margins. He does not need to advertise products. The company that creates the product pays for the advertising/marketing out of their margins. An opportunity indeed.
Continuous vulnerability management for ICS cybersecurity PAS Cyber Integrity 6.0 now includes continuous vulnerability management providing visibility into vulnerability risk within industrial process control networks. Cyber Integrity moves beyond traditional IT vulnerability management by also addressing the proprietary industrial control systems that comprise 80 percent of a facility environment. BlackBerry releases cloud-based static binary code scanning solution BlackBerry Jarvis is a cloud-based static binary code scanning solution that identifies vulnerabilities in software used in automobiles. More
Total spending on IT infrastructure products (server, enterprise storage, and Ethernet switches) for deployment in cloud environments is expected to total $46.5 billion in 2017 with year-over-year growth of 20.9%, according to a new forecast from IDC. Public cloud datacenters will account for the majority of this spending, 65.3%, growing at the fastest annual rate of 26.2%. Off-premises private cloud environments will represent 13% of cloud IT infrastructure spending, growing at 12.7% year over year. More
New Delhi: Two and a half years after a young lawyer filed a petition before the president seeking the disqualification of 21 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs who had been made parliamentary secretaries in Delhi, the Election Commission has recommended their disqualification to the president. The petition had said that being appointed parliamentary secretaries amounted to holding an office of profit.
One of the MLAs in question, Jarnail Singh of Rajouri Garden, had resigned last year; the ECs recommendation pertains to the other 20 MLAs.
Though the ECs decision to write to President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday is unlikely to plunge the current Arvind Kejriwal government into a crisis since it enjoys an overwhelming majority in the 70-member Delhi assembly the move created a charged political atmosphere.
AAP reacted strongly to the development, accusing Chief Election Commissioner A.K. Joti, who is due to demit office soon as he turns 65 on January 23, of playing into the hands of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said a report on the 21 MLAs had been sent to the president of India, but there was no official information on it.
Bharadwaj also stat...
At an age when most of his mates are just getting admissions into higher institutions, 16-year-old Abel Bekewei has become one of the suspects in police detention fighting to extricate himself from kidnapping charges. Bekewei, an alleged cook for a kidnap syndicate, was arrested by policemen in Ogun State, along with other suspects. He is the youngest among the men. Bekewei said that his arrest and stay in police custody would be short-lived. The suspect said he planned to go and study in the university, but his temporary incarceration would...
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says Poland, Czech ties helpful for Iceland, Croatia as NFF confirms June 9 for South Americans game Super Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr is happy the Nigeria Football Federation sealed a deal with its Chilean counterparts for a friendly match between the national teams of the two countries as part of the preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The NFF confirmed six international friendly matches for the Super Eagles when it rolled out the World Cup programme for the team on Wednesday and the body confirmed on Thursday it...
Jim Willie: Silver As A Strategic Metal and Why Prices Will Soar Silver-Phoenix 500 The arguments in favor of silver as an investment asset are growing rapidly. In the opinion of the Jackass website, silver is the most under-valued...
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Youtube announced this week that it will be demonetizing all accounts which do not meet a certain threshold in followers.
We have been fortunate to have had a very large number of distinguished military leaders. There was a General K.M. Cariappa to begin with; then we had Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, General Sam Manekshaw, General K. Sundarji, General Ved Malik, General S. Padmanabhan. Other chiefs were not insubstantial leaders of men, either. Each led the force in the trying and exacting contexts of his time. But, perhaps, none was heard so often and so loudly as the present chief, General Bipin Rawat. And, it needs to be noted that he remains unrebuked by the civilian-political leadership for his garrulity.
In recent days, he hit the headlines with regularity. More than a month ago, he took it upon himself to respond to Pakistani army chief General Bajwas formulations before the Pakistani parliament. It was a significant speech, given the power-sharing arrangement in Pakistan. Its moderate tone and its expression of hope for some kind of normalcy between India and Pakistan were at variance with our officially-inspired understanding that it is the Pakistani generals who have acquired an institutional interest in enmity with India. It was too cute, too neat to be true, for our taste. The Ministry of External Affairs spokesp...
This video from the USA says about itself:
Will President Donald Trump Start, or Allow War, so he can hold Political Power?
17 January 2018
Trump sees his political power in danger, he thinks that the 2018 election could cost his party dearly. He also sees a way out.
According to the Washington Post, Trump thinks that if terrorists attack, hell be able to ride the re-election wave. Is Trump more concerned about political power than democracy?
Bombshell Doc Will End Mueller Probe Video Bill Still A long-awaited bombshell classified document was dropped on Congress today that has Democrats scurrying for the shadows and Republicans calling for its release to the public in its totality. To sum...
Seven years ago in January, a popular uprising in Tunisia ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. This year over 770 Tunisian civilians have been detained and one civilian has been killed in protests that commemorated what became known as the Jasmine Revolution.
The protests which began on January 8 this year were organised to question the passage of Tunisias new Finance Act. The act raises taxes on consumable goods and seeks to cut government spending, including public sector wages.
The country has been plagued by deep seated structural economic challenges fo...
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New Delhi: India on Friday joined the Australia Group which aims to stop the development and acquisition of chemical and biological weapons, a move that may take the country an inch closer to joining the Nuclear Suppliers group (NSG).
This is the third multilateral export control group after the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and Wassenaar Arrangement that India has become a member of.
In a press release, the 42-member Australia Group said there had been very strong support for Indias membership at its plenary meeting in June 2017. Following that, consensus was reached intersessionally to admit India to the club. India then reaffirmed its intention to join the Group, said the announcement.
The Ministry of External Affairs said that the series of the multilateral export control groups that India has joined helps in establishing our credentials for joining the NSG. India joined the MTCR in June 2016, followed by the...
major promoter of heart disease in the U.S. today could be a
chemical that the government has been intentionally dumping into
the water supply for decades on the premise that it prevents tooth
decay. Fluoride, according to a new study published in the journal
Toxicology, shows demonstrated cardiotoxic effects, which include
the calcification and hardening of arteries.
Researchers from the University of Zaragoza in Spain looked at the effects of water fluoridation on the progression of vascular calcification in renal (kidney) disease. The team used real-world concentrations of fluoride as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for optimal oral health 1.5 milligrams per liter (mg/L) administering this amount to rats via water in the same way humans would receive it.
It was observed that, for five days, the rats, all of whom had experimental chronic kidney disease (CKD), experienced calcification of their aortic smooth muscle cells. The rats also experienced further declines in renal function as a result of exposure to fluoride, demonstrating the nephrotoxicity of this common water additive.
[F]luoridation of drinking water dramatically increased the incipient aortic calcification observed in rats with experimental chronic kidney disease, wrote the authors. [T]he WHOs recommended concentrations in drinking water become nephrotoxic to CKD rats, thereby aggravating renal disease and making media vascular calcification significant.
90 percent of digested fluoride is taken up by intestines and distributed throughout body
Previous research, as noted in the new study, has confirmed that 90 percent or more of digested fluoride is absorbed through the intestines and distributed throughout the body to soft tissues, calcified structures and blood plasma. At WHO-recommended doses, fluoridecan still get lodged throughout the body and remain there for many years.
In healthy individuals, plasma fluoride is cleared through the dual action of calcifying tissues and expelling through the kidneys. But in those with renal disease, the kidneys are not up to the task of removing fluoride from the body, greatly amplifying both the calcification process and the advancement of renal failure.
Since atherosclerosis involves the gradual hardening and final calcification of the arteries with a form of calcium known as hydroxylapatite, fluorides role in replacing hydroxyls within hydroxylapatite crystals to form fluorapatite can be considered enhancing the cardiotoxicity of these calcium deposits, wrote Sayer Ji for GreenMedInfo.
When does a lifeboat look like a Scotch Terrier? It would appear that, if youre an AI, the difference is a few pixel-shifts, and thats got interesting implications.
Im not particularly worried about AI-based facial recognition, because its like worrying about gravity after youve been pushed off a bridge: you may as well compose yourself and try to enjoy the ride down. Because certain things are going to happen.
I do think theres some fun to be had trying to interfere with facial recognition algorithms, and I did some personal camouflage this fall, when I was farting around over at the studio since I know that facial recognition systems render down our features into abstract elements, then do fuzzy matches against those elements and a database (generated with similar renderings) there is a certain value to being able to invalidate the down-rendering algorithm. Especially if the database caches its own down-rendered versions; suppose someone had to update the renderer to recognize non-skin texture and change how it reduces the features: now theyd have to re-scrub the entire database of 50 million faces. Jamming these algorithms might be good, healthy, passive-aggressive fun.
Janelle Shane posted a link to a really interesting article on adversarial noise the idea being, to produce carefully-designed noise that fuzzes the AI recognizer but not a humans evolved-in recognizer. It turns out the humans recognizers are evolved to defeat natural attempts at noise injection (also known as camouflage) as practiced by Bunny. You can see that what Bunny is doing is aligning with the landscape to blend in, and breaking the characteristic outlines of its body (nose, ears, eyes) by hiding them behind pieces of grass that break the outlines. Bunny is adding noise to what my eyes see and it works! Bunny is nearly invisible.
Camouflage theory is pretty neat stuff. Back around the Franco-Prussian War, nations began to realize that being super-visible on battlefields or at sea was not such a great idea. Suddenly warships got exotic paint-jobs instead of polished brass, and soldiers (except for the French) began to blend in to their surroundings. One of the rules of camouflage was to break lines wherever possible because the human eye/mind appears to do exactly what I described above: part of it tries to down-...
Prayer and Meditation for Saturday, January 20, 2018 They said of Jesus, He is out of his mind. If not, why is he seen happily in the company of sinners, tax collectors, prostitutes, lepers and outcasts? "IndyWatch Feed Allaunews"
Alas! the glory of Israel, Saul,
slain upon your heights;
how can the warriors have fallen!
Saul and Jonathan, beloved and cherished,
separated neither in life nor in death,
swifter than eagles, stronger than lions!
Women of Israel, weep over Saul,
who clothed you in scarlet and in finery,
who decked your attire with ornaments of gold.
How can the warriors have fallen
in the thick of the battle,
slain upon your heights!
I grieve for you, Jonathan my brother!
most dear have you been to me;
more precious have I held love for you than love for women.
How can the warriors have fallen,
the weapons of war have perished!
A new model can detect abnormalities in x-rays better than radiologistsin some parts of the body, anyway.
The results: Stanford researchers trained a convolutional neural network on a data set of 40,895 images from 14,982 studies. The paper documents how the algorithm detected abnormalities (like fractures, or bone degeneration) better than radiologists in finger and wrist radiographs. However, radiologists were still better at spotting issues in elbows, forearms, hands, upper arms, and shoulders.
The background: Radiologists keep getting put up against AI, and they usually dont fare even as well as this. Geoffrey Hinton, a prominent AI researcher, told the New Yorker that advances in AI mean that medical schools should stop training radiologists now.
Treating the diseases of ageing requires rethinking of our approach to treating disease. Rather than a whack-a-mole strategy going after individual conditions, a concerted medical effort against ageing as a whole is in order.
Aging is something that we all share, rich or poor; it is something that happens to us all, and we are taught from a young age that it is inevitable. However, some scientists believe that aging is amenable to medical intervention and that such interventions could be the solution to preventing or reversing age-related diseases.
Academics are currently debating whether aging is natural or a pathological disease that we can treat.
In fact, there is now pressure from many academics to classify aging itself as a disease; indeed, doing so could potentially improve funding for aging research and help to speed up progress in finding solutions to age-related diseases. The debate continues, but does it really matter if aging is classified as a disease, or is it largely a matter of semantics?
Good morning, Im still reporting on: Flaky Sen Jeff Flake Calls Trump Stalin, 1983 Synopsis: Outgoing Senator Flaky Jeff Flake lived up to his name today in spades. He spent today putting the finishing touches on a rollicking anti-Trumper speech which he pulled off with a straight face. [insert 1] Senator Flake it is a proven fact that the MSM has colluded throughout 2017 to support the wild conspiracy theories in an attempt to discredit and ultimately overturn the election so that this Democrat disguised as a Republican, Flakey Flake to this day - would rather have this woman assume his office. [insert Hillary why didnt I win by 50 points] [insert Flake, Stalin.] The difference, Sen. Flake, is that Stalin was a ruthless dictator who killed aver 100 million of his own people. President Trump has never been accused of killing anyone, however this woman has: Insert Flake . Guardian of Democracy at end And how many times did this statement by the rookie Democrat candidate for president appear on national TV? Zero. [insert Obama 58 states] Dont you think America needed to know that this candidate was so unfamiliar with this nations history that he was no doubt the first in American history to not have a clue how many states there were in the union? Where were the guardians of Democracy then? In fact it was so obvious to the rest of the world that the so-called Free Press was deliberately asleep at the wheel when it came to Mr. Obamas foreign policy that they were making fun of i Support Our Sponsors: - Virtual Shield VPN - the easiest way to create a home VPN. Go to: https://www.virtualshield.com/billstill - Nobel Gold: Protect Your Money With Gold - Click Here- https://goo.gl/kx2yzW Or Call - 877-646-5347 - Jeevy Computers: Move up to business-level computer protection. 800-844-8613 http://jeevycomputers.com/pcs/ - Trade Genius Academy: Learn the safe, sure way to trade. https://www.TradeGeniusAcademy.com - SeaShell Diamond Gallery, Custom Fine Jewelry Made in Hawaii. 808-338-9988; https://www.SeaShellDiamondGallery.com - PrepareWithBill - Food Storage You Can Depend On. 888-756-8727 https://preparewith.com/Bill.Still - Kangen Water, ionized, alkaline water, website: https://www.TopShelfWater.com Still Report BTC address: 18Ky2c3CgPY3eu5N7ySoM3X6NjgEAN2w4v Connect with me; Bill Still: newspaper editor/publisher, economics reporter - top US publications, authored 22 books, 4 documentary videos & daily host of this Y/T channel, THE STILL REPORT: https://plus.google.com/u/0/109353617116072656672 Get the word Out: Please LIKE, COMMENT & SHARE! Our website: http://www.billstill.com Considered by informed insiders as the ultimate resource for surviving economic or financial collapse/crash and attaining the unvarnished truth about the latest US and world news, current events in Washington, and todays United States political climate. Please Like, Comment & Share. Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and pub...
The Irish News reports that a basket of reform proposals have been withheld from public view because there are no ministers to sign them off. This is height of exquisite absurdity. Here we have material for the agenda for the renewed party talks to get their teeth into. Once these papers have been presented to the parties to consider for a week or two, ( if they havent been already), they should be signalled for early publication by the supervising authority of the British government, no doubt supported by Dublin and most if not all of the minority parties. If however the DUP and Sinn Fein were to pledge to action them in some form as part of a new agreement package, there could be a delay until that point is reached.
Last year The Irish News revealed at least 19 completed reports are being withheld from publication because departmental officials say they need ministers to sign-off their release.
However, at least 10 have been released even though staff admit they would normally require ministerial approval to publish them.
When asked for a copy of their policy on how these decisions are made, Stormont departments confirmed that no such policy exists.
The unpublished reports include a high-profile paper on the norths abortion laws, completed over a year ago.
An Executive Office spokesman said: The Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition was established as part of the Fresh Start Agreement. The report is not yet completed.
It will be for ministers to consider its findings and agree publication arrangements.
A FICT spokeswoman said: No decisions have been taken in relation to the processes around approval and publication of the commissions report.
The labour minister said that about 1m subcontractor workers would qualify for a change in terms Bloomberg
Laura Pitel and Onur Cakir in Istanbul
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For seven years, Ersin Gulbahar has worked behind a desk at the Turkish health ministry. Though he clocks in each day at a public institution, he has always been employed on a temporary contract handled by a private subcontractor.
Turkish health ministry
But, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree expected to bring hundreds of thousands of workers on to the government payroll, he is relishing the prospect of becoming a public employee. For years we have been working under the fear of getting fired, Mr Gulbahar said. Now we will feel much more secure.
The change represents a shift in direction for Mr Erdogans Justice and Development party (AKP) which, for the first decade of its 15 years in power married social conservatism with capitalism that led to a flurry of privatisation.
The government says the decree issued last month shows it is responding to a public clamour to clamp down on exploitative outsourcers. The opposition says it is electioneering.
Musa Cam, an MP of the Republican Peoples party (CHP), accused the government of reprising assurances with upcoming elections in mind. As the 2019 election calendar draws closer, the AKP has remembered its promise, he says.
Since the AKP took power in 2002, jobs previously done by state employees, from street sweepers and cleaners to security guards and office workers, have been outsourced.
The groups that supply these workers are usually small, family-run businesses. Their sole business activity is entering services procurement auctions, says Esra Ceviker Gurakar, author of Politics of Favouritism in Public Procurement in Turkey. With a tiny investment an office and some employees and minimal risks, they had been making quite notable profits.
In December, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree that could bring hundreds of thousands of workers on to the government....
Seven years after South Africa's President Jacob Zuma promised free sanitary pads for poor women and girls, not much progress has been made.
On January 8, the Health South East RHF, that is the healthcare organization that manages hospitals in Norways southeast region (countries of stfold, Akershus, Oslo, Hedmark, Oppland, Buskerud, Vestfold, Telemark, Aust-Agder and Vest-Agder), disclosed a security breach that may have exposed sensitive data belonging to more than half of the population.
The incident was announced by the national healthcare security centre HelseCERT that detected an abnormal activity against computer systems in the region. HelseCERT notified the incident to local authorities as well as NorCERT.
We are in a phase where we try to get an overview. Its far too early to say how big the attack is. We are working to acquire knowledge of all aspects, Kjetil Nilsen, director of NorCERT, the National Security Authority (NSM) told Norwegian media outlet VG.
Everything indicates that it is an advanced player who has the tools and ability to perform such an attack. It can be advanced criminals. There is a wide range of possibilities,
According to the HelseCert, the security breach is the result of an attack conducted by advanced and professional hackers.
Authorities announced important measures to limit the damage caused by the security breach.
A number of measures have been implemented to remove the threat, and further measures will be implemented in the future, announced Norways Ministry of Health and Care in a statement.
The hospitals in the region currently serve 2.9 million inhabitants, that correspond to 56 percent of the overall population composed of 5.2 million citizens.......
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A group of researchers from the American Chemical Society (ACS) have found that a particular African plant extract could be the key to producing male contraceptive pill. According to a report published in the ACS Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, a study on rats shows contraceptive benefits of ouabain, a compound traditionally used by African hunters as poison on their arrows. Ouabain is produced naturally in the body at a low level which scientists believe can help maintain blood pressure levels and it is occasionally prescribed to treat patients who have...
Its Time to Retire Capitalism by Charles Hugh Smith Of Two Minds Our current socio-economic system is nothing but the application of force on the many to enforce the skims, scams and privileges of the self-serving few. Ive placed...
These sources say the report is explosive, stating they would not be surprised if it leads to the end of Robert Muellers Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates. -...
Beijing: Chinas ruling Communist Party will enshrine President Xi Jinpings political thought into the countrys constitution, state media said on Friday, further solidifying his power following its addition last year to the party constitution.
The arguably more important party constitution was amended a...
The city of Los Angeles came up with the perfect way to advertise for a graphic designer.
This is an actual ad the City of Los Angeles posted for a graphic designer and it has brightened my 2018 immeasurably. pic.twitter.com/2OoErOVJN4
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It looks like it was made by a child using Microsoft Paint and people were so impressed they decided to join in the fun by applying for the job in similar fashion.
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I would be perfect for this job. See previous work:https://t.co/errgx0n2On
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Israel should have been a water basket case, says Siegel, listing its problems: 60% of the land is desert and the rest is arid. Rainfall has fallen to half its 1948 average, apparently thanks to climate change, and as global warming progresses, Israel and the whole Levant are expected to become even drier and from 1948, Israels population has grown 10-fold.
During that time, the countrys economy grew 70-fold. But instead of starting to waste water, as happens when a society becomes wealthier, it used its new affluence to implement what Siegel calls the Israel model of water management.
That model includes drip irrigation, the worlds highest rate of water reclamation and recycling, high prices when necessary, massive desalination, fixing leaks early and frequently, discouraging gardening, and mandating water-efficient toilets.
Are you listening California? Here is the article from Ruth Schuster at Haaretz. Here is Wikipedia on water policy in Israel. Here is the miracle of Israeli dairy; Israeli cows are far more productive than most other cows, mostly because of technology.
Wednesday it was announced that at the Winter Olympics next month, delegations from North and South Korea will march together under a flag representing a unified Korea. Before you start popping champagne bottles or using white-out on your map of North and South Korea, lets pause and consider what led to this announcement and what good could possibly come from it.
First, a recap of what led to this sudden easing of tensions between North and South: On New Years Day, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his annual speech, in which he made an overture to the government in Seoul, saying he wants peace with the South and is open to talks about North Korea sending a delegation to the Winter Olympics.
South Koreas president, Moon Jae In, leapt (or was it pole-vaulted?) at the chance, quickly arranging high-level talks and a long-sought postponement of scheduled joint drills with the United States. Those talks, which leave the nuclear issue off the table, led to an announcement that a small number of North Korean athletes would indeed participate in the games. Then came Wednesdays announcement.
In addition to marching together under the unified flag, South Korea will send some of its athletes to train at a ski resort in North Korea and attend some kind of cultural event. South and North Korea will also jointly form a womens ice hockey team. North Korea is also sending 230 cheerleaders to the Olympics. Even more bizarre, according to The New York Times, negotiators agreed that supporters of both Koreas would root together for athletes for both countries.
At first glance, this might seem like a sensible agreement: neither country wants to stir up nationalistic rivalries by rival fans cheering for their own countrymen and women. Things are tense enough already. And why not sprinkle some extra fairy dust on the gathering and have the two countries pretend that they are both equally seeking peaceful re-unification?
Upon further reflection, however, the plans for the Olympic Games reveal themselves as ridiculous and shameful. What about the fact that North Korea is, in a sense, holding the South hostage with a massive arsenal of conventional weapons pointed at Seoul? The threat of attacking the South Korean capital is part of Pyongyangs insurance policy against the United State, or anyone else, launching a pre-emptive or preventive strike, or invading the country. Why shouldnt South Koreans be allowed to root solely for their own country and not for...
Letterkenny, a CraveTV comedy series set in rural Canada, has the energy and feel of early Seinfeld episodes in its linguistic weirdness and in its Zen-like existence in a self-contained universe where only etiquette seems to matter, strange as it may seem to compare the two.
Seinfeld had to grow on me over the years. But my first encounter with Letterkenny was akin to seeing Southpark, Raising Arizona, or Reservoir Dogs for the first time. As in, what the heck just happened to my brain? Then, this is the most original thing Ive come across in many moons.
Like Seinfeld, Letterkenny is mostly an extended discussion of the ps and qs of social graces (or lack thereof). Ultimate right and wrong scarcely play into the matter at hand. Instead, characters spend what must be pages and pages of the script in Whitmanesque pseudo-poetic, somewhat-scatological catalogs of the correct and incorrect ways to behave given that an initial condition of some sort is true. For example, theres a running gag about two characters who allegedly had sex with an ostrich. Or one of them did, while the other held the bird. Allegedly. The exact mechanics are unclear. And that is the joke. Not the why of it, but the how. Ostrich sex is acknowledged as a wrongful act, but then hundreds of variations of the mechanics are discussed and dissected in an attempt to understand how it might happen at all.
So it goes on Letterkenny.
Whats more, the shows mostly middle-of-the-road political nature is incredibly refreshing after enduring so many other comedy series surrendering their creativity and becoming sloughs of progressive hate-wallowing (see Comedy Centrals once-promising Broad City as a prime example).
There is one problem right now with Letterkenny, which is that you cant actually legally stream the show in the U.S. The first season is available in DVD format, but for the moment, the whole run of four six-episode seasons is exclusively viewable at Cravetv.ca, which only takes credit cards with Canadian addresses. Season four debuted Christmas Eve 2017. You can find it elsewhere, though, if youre ambitious.
The series revolves around an agriculturally-oriented group that includes unofficial leader Wayne (Jared Keeso), his beautiful and scantily-clad sister, Katy (Michelle Mylett), as well as Wayne and Katys friends Daryl, mostly known as Dairie (Nathan Dales) due to his work, and Squirrely Dan (Canadian comic K. Trevor Wilson). All are farmers and agricultural types living on the outskirts of the fictitious Canadian village of Letterkenny. The opening of the show announces that Letterkenny is a town of 5,000 pe...
The Washington Post recently published an article headlined: Why social justice warriors are the true defenders of free speech and open debate. Written by Matthew Sears of the University of New Brunswick, the piece is an academic fantasy. Sears might as well have opened his article by declaring: Let us begin by setting aside all the facts.
Even if the clickbait headline, which the author likely did not write himself, is set aside, the article is ridiculous. It attempts to graft a bland discussion of Socrates, philosophical history, and educational theory onto a defiant vindication of social justice warriors as the real truth-seekers and defenders of intellectual inquiry. Sears claims social justice warriors are the true heirs to the Socratic method of dialectic, a form of debate in which new ideas can emerge only after the very best ideas of the very best thinkers have been considered and taken seriously.
But campus enforcers of political correctness do not seek out the best arguments of those they disagree with. They do not engage in respectful, informed debate. Rather, they shut it down. They scream, blockade, threaten, and assault to stop speech they disagree with. Left-wing academics systematically discriminate against conservatives (especially Christians) and even stage hysterical witch-hunts against each other to suppress perceived heresies. Social justice warriors are not the heirs of Socrates; they are precisely the sort of people who had Socrates sentenced to death.
Sears presents a fanciful vision of social justice as inspiring a superior approach to intellectual inquiry. However, his writing about respectful, informed debate condemns, rather than vindicating, actual campus social justice warriors. Their very name gives them away. They have labeled themselves warriors rather than debaters or dialoguers or respectful interlocutors in a shared effort at moral and philosophical inquiry. None of Sears high-minded piffle bears any relation to how social justice advocates actually behave in the classroom and the academic community.
Sears mentions incidents like left-wing mobs takeover of Evergreen State College, but never disavows them. If Sears wishes to defend social justice as actually practiced on college campuses, he should do so forthrightly and honestly. If he wishes to claim that violent campus mobs and vindictive academic witch-hunters are not real social justice warriors, he should explain how they have deviated from the true gospel of social justice.
Each January, anti-abortion activists take to the streets of the nations capital to fight for policies they say will protect unborn life. This year, emboldened by conservatives controlling the White House and Congress, and courts stacked with like-minded judges, they are setting their sights on a new target: The elimination of federal funding for family planning services.
For 45 years, the pro-life movement has gathered in Washington around the anniversary of the Supreme Courts Roe v. Wade decision to protest the legalization of most abortions in the US, and to implore lawmakers to turn back the clock on reproductive rights. Now, however, with President Donald Trump in the White House and, perhaps as importantly, Mike Pence as vice president as well as GOP majorities in both chambers of Congress, the prospects for victory have never been better.
Indeed, on Thursday the Trump administration announced that it was strengthening protections for medical providers whose religious beliefs prompt them to refuse to perform abortions or to offer other contraceptive services. A new division in the Department of Health and Human Services will also protect providers who object to sex-change surgery.
Many of these new policy initiatives may have the largest impact on the poor, as Congress and the White House seek to deprive families of federally funded assistance to help make family planning decisions.
This money known as Title X funds, after a provision in the Public Health Service Act of 1970 has increasingly come under attack from Republicans who want to limit womens access to contraceptives.
Title X is federal grant legislation that secures federal funding for family planning services. It is the only grant legislation approved annually, and is constantly under threat of defunding because of this status. Of the 38 million American women who use contraception, over half 20 million rely on publicly funded contraceptive care.
Without contraceptive coverage, many women would need to pay more than $1,000 out of pocket to start using a highly effective method such as a intrauterine devices (IUDs), a contraceptive implant or sterilization; that would amount to nearly one months salary for a woman working full-time at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research organization.....
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A new research paper that may help unlock the mystery of why Americans can't seem to get a decent raise. Economists have struggled over that question for years now, as wage growth has stagnated and more of the nation's income has shifted from the pockets of workers into the bank accounts of business owners. Since 1979, inflation-adjusted hourly pay is up just 3.41 percent for the middle 20 percent of Americans while labor's overall share of national income has declined sharply since the early 2000s. There are lots of possible explanations for why this is, from long-term factors like the rise of automation and decline of organized labor, to short-term ones, such as the lingering weakness in the job market left over from the great recession. But a recent study by a group of labor economists introduces an interesting theory into the mix: Workers' pay may be lagging because the U.S. is suffering from a shortage of employers.
[...] argues that, across different cities and different fields, hiring is concentrated among a relatively small number of businesses, which may have given managers the ability to keep wages lower than if there were more companies vying for talent. This is not the same as saying there are simply too many job hunters chasing too few openingsthe paper, which is still in an early draft form, is designed to rule out that possibility. Instead, its authors argue that the labor market may be plagued by what economists call a monopsony problem, where a lack of competition among employers gives businesses outsize power over workers, including the ability to tamp down on pay. If the researchers are right, it could have important implications for how we think about antitrust, unions, and the minimum wage.
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Over the past seven years of homeschooling, my husband and I have been surprised that the biggest objection people have to our educational choice for our children is not that they are educated at home, but that they are not being educated exactly how they would be if they were in the neighborhood public school. People arent interested in why we believe in a particular philosophy of education or even whether our children are thriving. They just want to know that the children are being tested every year, they are studying the same things as their public-schooled peers, and theyll be able to go to college. Americans have largely come to accept education for what we today know as school.
But parents want a better education for their children than what schools are currently providing. In 2017, only 47% of American parents said they were completely or somewhat satisfied with K-12 education. While the majority are dissatisfied with the state of education, parents arent sure what changes need to be made and how to go about instituting that change.
Parents have the great responsibility to oversee their childrens education, but too often we think of it as the governments job. Joseph Pearce recently wrote that we have given the government the right to define education when we consider education a civil right. Pearce is not arguing to go back to a time when the few privileged receive a formal education; he believes all children need to be educated. His grievance is when the government, not parents, are deciding how to educate children.
Pearce says our discussion needs to switch from calling education a civil right that Big Brother imposes to a discussion of the civil responsibility of parents to raise their children without the ideological intrusion of the government. It is not a question of rights to be imposed by the state but of the freedom of parents to choose the sort of education that they believe is best for their children. Schools should empower parents to educate their children and should not empower big government to impose its own ideological understanding of what constitutes a civil right.
Recent education policies and reform ideas have proven to be wanting. Diane Ravitch, a former proponent of No Child Left Behind and later Common Core, said that the reform she once supported gave us educational promises [that] havent come true. To see the changes we want to see in Americas schools, we cant rely on politicians and new policies. Ravit...
The Womens March is preparing to mark the one year anniversary of its march in Washington D.C. in Las Vegas on January 21st, but theres something important missing from the groups list of eight Unity Principles. This year, the organization is focused on registering voters to obtain tangible strategies and concrete wins in 2018.
The march has provided a platform for a national discussion of womens issues, and to guide this conversation, the march organizers wrote a series of eight Unity Principals that are intended to be the cross section of intersectional feminism. Two of the principals that have been particularly relevant this year those on ending violence and on reproductive rights.
As we saw in the second half of 2017, it unfortunately still needs to be said that women stand against all forms of violence against our bodies. Sexual assault is something we must identify and condemn as a culture, and specifically as women. Reproductive rights also continue to dominate the conversation, although the movement has run into some trouble over the issue of abortion, since pro-life feminists have added their voice to the conversation around the march.
But the conversation around reproductive rights is missing an important issue. There is a large group of women whose problems have been omitted. These are the women and families who have suffered pregnancy loss (and its ugly sisters; stillbirth and infertility, which are deserving of their own time and will not be addressed here).
If we are going to talk about womens issues, and specifically reproduction, it seems negligent not to include pregnancy loss. The statistics regarding pregnancy loss are staggering with as many as 1 in 4 pregnancies ending in miscarriage. Pregnancy loss hurts women and it does not discriminate. It does not matter if you are pro-choice or pro-life, Catholic or Buddhist, Republican or Democrat, rich or poor. It doesnt matter if you wanted the baby for years or if you were planning on having an abortion. Women across all demographics have experienced pregnancy loss, yet it is a largely ignored issue, even among women.
One might argue that the Womens March does not need to focus on pregnancy loss because everyone agrees that it is bad, and because its not an injustice caused by society. But treating it as simply a naturally occurring tragedy is an injustice.
In a conversation largely dominated by reproductive choice, we have forgotten those who know all too well that sometimes pregnancy and...
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I like Will Smith, so even after numerous headlines had announced to me that film critics had unfavorably received Netflixs Bright, I thought, Im bound to watch this eventually. If anyone could give Bright a favorable viewing, itd probably be me. Especially after a cocktail, as was the case when I did watch.
But neither my respect for Smith as an actor nor the cranberry vodka ginger ale could put Bright in the not a waste of time column. If I had seen it in the theater instead of from the comfort of my own couch, I wouldve walked out. I guess the equivalent wouldve been going to bed, but I persevered for the eminently respectable goal of being able to have an opinion about it.
For those of you who havent been forced to watch the autoplayed trailer on Netflix the second you open the app, Bright is the story of a pair of Los Angeles cops, a human named Daryl Ward (Will Smith) and an orc named Nick Jacoby (Joel Edgerton), who find themselves entangled in an ancient prophecy.
The idea of taking all the main fantasy races (elves, dragons, centaurs, fairies, orcs, etc.) we are familiar with and superimposing them onto the modern, developed world is intriguing and bold. Bright straddles two genres, drawing its characters from classic fantasy and the setting from a modern police department. Its half fantasy-adventure and half police drama.
Its a daring vision, and it mightve worked if Bright had been a series instead of a movie. Its a bit like combining water and chocolateit takes time and proper technique, or else you end up with brown water and tiny bits of chocolate floating on the top. In Bright, the fantasy characters were isolated bits swirled into another genre but refusing to blend. If the writers and producers had given themselves room to build their world, to flesh out the details, the history, the cultures, and fully incorporate the two genres, it could have worked.
Instead, viewers are thrown meager tidbits of history, such as the existence of a Dark Lord and an epic battle 2,000 years ago. They see brief snapshots of L.A.s subcultures, including a 15-second tour through the Elven District, from which we come away with the bare knowledge that they are privileged, and a minute or two of Orcish graffiti while the credits roll at the beginning. The graffiti is the most thorough insight viewers get into what becomes a major thread in the plot, so hopefully they dont use that time to check email on their phones.
It is a shame that an idea like this was squandered on a mere two hours. The richness of fantasy comes from the depth and detail of the world. You go there, whether it be in television or book, to escape. Avatar had to....
When a states insurance market stands on the verge of collapse, as Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak claimed in 2016, why would she and her colleagues fail to consider another potential change that could precipitate a full-on implosion? Congress should analyze this question as it examines Obamacares health insurance markets.
Unfortunately, however, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander seems more interested in stuffing the coffers of the insurance industry than in conducting robust oversight of McPeaks regulatory debacle.
The issue surrounds President Trumps October decision to stop making Obamacares cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers. Under existing law, insurers will have to reduce cost-sharing (i.e., deductibles and co-payments) for certain Obamacare enrollees, but following Trumps October decision, will not get paid by the federal government for doing so. Americas Health Insurance Plans, the industrys trade association, claimed in a court filing that insurers will suffer $1.75 billion in losses over the remainder of 2017 due to the decision.
A recent public records request confirms that when health insurers filed their 2017 rates in the summer of 2016, Tennessees Department of Insurance failed to contemplate that the incoming presidential administration could cancel the cost-sharing payments. As a result, Tennessee insurers will incur their share of the $1.75 billion in losses insurers face nationally this year. The departments lack of planning and preparation left Tennessee consumersto say nothing of health insurers themselvesexposed.
McPeak cannot say she was not warned about the vulnerability of insurers cost-sharing subsidies. In May 2016, federal court Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled the payments unconstitutional, because Obamacare did not include an explicit appropriation for them. While Collyer stayed her ruling as the Obama administration appealed, I noted that month that the incoming president could easily concede the lawsuit and halt the payments unilaterallyexactly what President Trump did in October.
As one insurance expert noted recently, the hand grenade of stopping the cost-sharing reduction payments, if it was thrown in January...
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Jordan Peeles critically praised box-office smash Get Out (2017) received multiple nominations for the Golden Globes, but came away empty-handed. The Oscars await, however, where Get Out has been chatted up for best picture, best actor, best director, and best film editing nominations. The nomination lists come out January 23.
A smug feature of modern liberalism is moral vanity, especially about minorities. Claiming to care more about the plight of African-Americans than heartless conservatives has constructed an escape hatch for when their big-government policies fail: at least their hearts are in the right place. Rather than addressing how big government holds minorities down, conservatives often play this rigged game by asserting that they also care, and that acquiescence to wealth redistribution and racial preferences proves it.
As a result, white liberals continue to own the moral high ground and are rarely accused of condescension or even racism toward minorities. This heroic portrayal of white liberals has transferred over into film. The prime example is Gregory Pecks Atticus Finch, who, Mr. Smith-like, takes on the racist culture in his town by defending an innocent black man. Another is Julia Moores otherwise compliant Northern wife, who comes to life when racism rears its ugly head in her Northern community.
White racists on-screen are of the sweaty, Southern variety, such as Andy Griffiths cornpone crooner in A Face in the Crowd (1957) or the white trash farmer who spits on Finch for being a n-gger lover.
Peele subverts this image, playing on viewers expecting the villains of his film to be crackers. A white girlfriend (a stellar Allison Williams) introduces Chris Williams (a superb Daniel Kaluuya) to her family, who fits the profile of white liberals: they are rich, open-minded, and assure Chris that they are Barack Obama voters. The father, a white-haired neurosurgeon (played by uber-liberal Bradley Whitford), and his wife, a deceptively caring psychiatrist/hypnotist (Katherine Keener), register liberal guilt to Chris over employing black servants as cooks and groundskeepers.
Their neighbors, all country-club whites equally welcoming toward Chris, dont sport a Southern accent....
There is the album and there is the mixtape. The former is a progression, infused with the sensibilities of the artist; the latter a progression infused with the sensibilities of the person curating the collection. These dont have to be different things, particularly if the curator is also the songwriter and therefore accustomed to curating a collection for a variety of ears.
Caitlyn Smith has combined the two in her debut album, Starfire. Its not an album, in the sense that it isnt obviously thematically curated. It wanders around. Its not a mixtape in that Smith permeates every song. Theres the soaring voice, the unmistakable style. There is also an expected sensibility, despite the wandering, given that Smiths time as a songwriter in Nashville.
People think of Nashville and think country music. If they think of songwriters in Nashville and, yes, there are still people who get paid to pen tracks that will be recorded by a variety of others they also think country. But thats not all there is to Nashville. Smith herself co-wrote Meghan Trainors Like Im Going to Lose You, featuring John Legend. That track hit the eighth spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Smiths written for indie folk rocker James Bay. Dolly Parton cut one of her tracks. It is Nashville, after all. A songwriter there is going to write some country tunes. That doesnt mean the town is going to kill you, not by a long shot. Nonetheless, Smith, a Nashville songwriter, isnt a county artist. Starfire has some slide guitars here and there, but it hangs in the territory of pop Americana, sometimes leaning more in the pop direction and sometimes more in the Americana direction. Sometimes she leans in different directions with the same song. Contact High on the album bounces along more like a straight pop song. When Smith performed the tune on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Kimmel on January 16, it rocked and swung with more Americana as she strutted around the stage and belted it out.
Those two songs hint at the theme. The penultimate track, House of Cards, begins to sum it up. Its wistful, as is the album, even when it drives along. Then we finish with Cheap Date, which while still wistful, is also optimistic. There is always hope, particularly as we learn to settle down and stop fighting. It takes a moment to get there, though. Before we do, we visit East Side Restaurant, a hauntingly beautiful s...
As we consider yet another possible government shutdown, its important that we review the ground rules for how to approach the central issue that arises each time we face this calamitynamely, who is to blame for it.
If Republicans control both the White House and Congress, then the shutdown is their fault. Thats because Republicans were unwilling to negotiate with a Democratic minority that offered sensible, mature, and apolitical ideas for improving the spending bill.
The GOP must be reminded that in our system, holding a bare majority is not enough. The 60-vote supermajority threshold required to pass legislation in the Senate forces both sides to find common ground. The GOP should have worked harder to win votes from moderate Democratic senators to clear this procedural hurdle, which protects the vital interests of the congressional minority.
If Democrats control both the White House and Congress, then a shutdown must be the result of a small number of Republican senators filibustering the spending bill in reckless disregard for the urgency of funding the government. These senators are subverting the will of the duly elected majority, playing politics with our national security, and harming millions of hard-working civil servants and their families. The situation is a textbook illustration of how the anachronistic Senate rules allow a small cadre in the minority to wield immense power, and why we should abolish the filibuster.
If Republicans control the White House and Senate, but Democrats control the House of Representatives, then the shutdown was caused by an out-of-touch Republican president and tone-deaf Senate Republican majority that has callously rejected the national popular will, as it is expressed through the legislative priorities of the Peoples House, just as the Founders intended.
If Democrats control the White House and Senate, but the Republicans control the House of Representatives, then fault for the shutdown must be laid at the feet of a House Republican caucus that has been hijacked by the extreme fringe of a once-sensible party. The situation presents a sad but enduring testament to the destructive power of Republican gerrymandering efforts that have artificially sustained the partys House majority.
If Republicans control the White House and the House of Representatives, but Democrats control the Senate, then the shutdown reflects a GOP unwilling to come to terms with the need to share power with the opposition party in the worlds most deliberative body, the incomparable U.S. Senate.
If Democrats control the White House and the House of Representatives, b...
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Greys Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo said women need to be vocal to get paid what they are worth professionally. The actress recently signed a deal to earn more than $575,000 per episode of the show, which will add up to just over $20 million per year, making her the highest-paid actress on TV. The interview is worth reading in full, but here are some of the most telling points of the conversation Pompeo had with THRs Lacey Rose.
Pompeo explained that it took her years to become comfortable with asking for more, a trait she says can only be acquired with age. She says the reason young starlets are paid significantly less than their male co-stars is because Hollywood tosses actresses aside at a relatively young age. That short shelf-life intimidates women from asking for more.
Im 48 now, so Ive finally gotten to the place where Im OK asking for what I deserve, which is something that comes only with age. Because Im not the most relevant actress out there. I know thats the industry perception because Ive been this character for 14 years. But the truth is, anybody can be good on a show season one and two. Can you be good 14 years later? Now, thats a f-ckin skill.
Im not necessarily perceived as successful, either, but a 24-year-old actress with a few big movies is, even though shes probably being paid sh-t certainly less than her male co-star and probably with no backend. And theyre going to pimp her out until shes 33 or 34 and then shes out like yesterdays trash, and then what does she have to take care of herself? These poor girls have no real money, and the studio is making a fortune and parading them like ponies on a red carpet. I mean, Faye Dunaway is driving a f-ckin Prius today. Now, theres nothing wrong with a Prius, but my point is, she had no financial power. If were going to invoke change, that has to be part of it.
The actress, who grew up in a blue-collar, mob-heavy Boston suburb, was raised by her father and grandfather after her mother died of an overdose when Pompeo was just five years old. She blames her humble beginnings for making her afraid to sound greedy when negotiating her salary.
Now, maybe its my Irish Catholic upbringing, but you never want to [be perceived as] too greedy. Or maybe its just that as women, thats our problem; a guy wouldnt have any problem asking for $600,000 an episode. And as women, were li...
AFP/File | Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont says he has the legitimate mandate to rule after his Together for Catalonia list won the most votes within the separatist camp in the December elections
The only way is to continue doing it freely and safely.
Nowadays big business and academic research projects are essentially managed using new technology, he added.
These arent the kind of normal conditions we would have liked, but its sadly much harder to do it (govern Catalonia) from the Spanish state, where we would be in prison.
Puigdemont, who was sacked along with his cabinet on October 27 after the regional parliament declared independence, is the only candidate of Catalonias separatist block to lead the region.
He insists he has the legitimate mandate of the people to rule after his Together for Catalonia list won the most votes within the separatist camp in December elections.
But the central government in Madrid has warned it will take the matter to court and keep direct control over Catalonia if Puigdemont tries to govern from Belgium, where he and other ousted regional ministers fled after the October independence declaration.
Still looks kind of cartoony. But, i would really like to see a head like this put on the body of the ATLAS robot, just to see where we are at with the best android we could possibly make right now. Oh, and put clothes on it, have it walk down the street. The next Turing test will be can it dupe people into thinking it is a person, in person.
Who hasnt pinned one of Saul Basss elegant film posters on their wallwith either thumbtacks above the dormroom bed or in frame and glass in grown-up environs? Or maybe its 70s kitsch you preferthe art of the grindhouse and sensationalist drive-in exploitation film? Or 20s silent avant-garde, the cool noir of the 30s and 40s, 50s B-grade sci-fi, 60s psychedelia and French new wave, or 80s popcorn flicks? Whatever kind of cinema grabs your attention probably first grabbed your attention through the design of the movie poster, a genre that gets its due in novelty shops and specialist exhibitions, but often goes unheralded in popular conceptions of art.
Despite its utilitarian and unabashedly commercial function, the movie poster can just as well be a work of art as any other form. Failing that, movie posters are at least always essential archival artifacts, snapshots of the weird collective unconscious of mass culture: from Saul and Elaine Basss minimalist poster for West Side Story (1961), with its bright orange-red background over the title with a silhouette of a fire escape with dancers to more complex tableaux, like the baldly neo-imperialist Africa Texas Style! (1967), "which features a realistic image of the protagonist on a horse, lassoing a zebra in front of a stampede of wildebeest, elephants, and giraffes.
These two descriptions only hint at the range of posters archived at the University of Texas Harry Ransom Centerupwards of 10,000 in all, from when the film industry was just beginning to compete with vaudeville acts in the 1920s to the rise of the modern megaplex and drive-in theaters in the 1970s. So writes Erin Willard in the Ransom Centers announcement of the digitization of its massive collection, expected to reach completion in 2019. So far, around 4,000 posters have been photographed and are becoming available online, downloadable in Large, Ext...
The CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia (Carol M. Highsmith Archives collection at the Library of Congress)
An internal email from Aflac management to workers
Who would have thought that you could light up pyrotechnics on USB power? This USB keystroke injector that blows up after its used proves the concept.
Fully aware that this is one of those just because you can doesnt mean you should projects, [MG] takes pains to point out that his danger dongle is just for dramatic effect, like a prop for a movie or the stage. In fact, he purposely withholds details on the pyrotechnics and concentrates on the keystroke injection aspect, potentially nasty enough by itself, as well as the dongles universal payload launching features. Were a little bummed, because the confetti explosion (spoiler!) was pretty neat.
The device is just an ATtiny85 and a few passives stuffed into an old USB drive shell, along with a MOSFET to trigger the payload. If you eschew the explosives, the payload could be anything that will fit in the case. [MG] suggests that if you want to prank someone, an obnoxious siren might be a better way to teach your mark a lesson about plugging in strange USB drives.
While this isnt the most dangerous thing you can do with a USB port, it could be right up there with that rash of USB killer dongles from a year or so ago. All of these devices are fun what ifs, but using them on anything but your own computers is not cool and possibly dangerous. Watching the smoke pour out of a USB socket definitely drives home the point that you shouldnt plug in that thumbdrive that you found in the bathroom at work, though.
[Yuu], thanks for the tip.
E. L. Trouvelot, Mare Humorum (1881), color lithograph, 25 3/4 x 32 3/4 inches, Jay T. Last collection, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens ( The Huntington)
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A complete set of tienne Lopold Trouvelots (18271895) chromolithographs will be exhibited at the the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in April. According to the museums press release, only a handful of complete portfolios survive. Trouvelot produced some 7,000 astronomical illustrations during his lifetime.
The Tate and National Galleries Scotland have reportedly suspended contact with Anthony dOffay after the art dealer and donor was accused of inappropriate behavior and harassment. The allegations, which are being investigated by the Metropolitan police, date from between 1997 and 2004.
Jerry Chun Shing Lee, the former CIA officer who was arrested for allegedly assisting China in infiltrating US covert operations, has been working as the head of security for Christies Hong Kong, according to reports by the...
With its recovery stalled, bitcoin needs a quick break above $12,500 or the tide may turn in favor of the bears.
BEIJING (Reuters) Chinas ruling Communist Party will enshrine President Xi Jinpings political thought into the countrys constitution, state media said on Friday, further solidifying his power following its addition last year to the party constitution.
The arguably more important party constitution was amended at the once-in-five-years 19th Party Congress in October to include Xis political thought.
The party unanimously passed an amendment then to add Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era as one of its guiding principles.
Following a two-day meeting of top officials in Beijing, the party has now proposed writing the same theory into the state constitution, state news agency Xinhua said.
The communique said Xis thought had generated a national fervor which had helped provide great spiritual impetus in the implementation of 19th Party Congresss strategic policies.
The meeting also stressed that a centralized, unified, authoritative and highly effective national supervision system should be set up to fight corruption throughout the state bureaucracy, Xinhua said.
Chinese legal scholars have said the country needs to amend its constitution before it can set up the new supervision commission to ensure there is a proper constitutional basis for its powers.
Xinhua however did not explicitly say what might be amended when it came to the supervision commission.
A gospel musician, Michael Jagaba, popularly known as Dizzo, has said that the Nigerian music industry would record much progress in 2018 if adequately supported. Jagaba told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that adequate support would enable structures for grooming and establishing talents, adding that the support would promote production of music with meaningful messages for societal development. Some Nigerian music now seems to be intended to antagonise than pacify, incite than calm. Good music makes people happy. It replaces anger with happiness, hatred with love, wickedness...
But seriously you are not going to believe this.
greek stars in their eyes is absolute madness pic.twitter.com/YWYGgWMM0m
G (@oneofthosefaces) January 17, 2018
Can someone comment just to make sure they are seeing the same thing as we are please?
blackface AND blindface AND gender swapping?? honestly when the stagehand escorted ha down the steps i lost it
G (@oneofthosefaces) January 17, 2018
Hannah (@hannahkaty) January 17, 2018
She got guided through the doors, guided down the stairs, guided into her seat and then reached straight for the microphone.
Paul_Ed (@eddo75) January 18, 2018
Someone got in touch on behalf of the entire Greek nation.
I am so embarrassed and deeply apologise
yasilios (@VasiliosMantou) January 18, 2018
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Within the first few hours of posting that picture, as admiring likes, hearts and comments started to pour in, I began feeling like a total fraud. In my mind the picture became a metaphor for
Americans believe they have less stamina for strenuous mental activity than their European counterparts -- an indication that people in the U.S. perceive their willpower or self-control as being in limited supply, a new study suggests.
Man muss schon mit geschlossenen Augen durch die Stadt gegen, um nicht zu sehen, dass groe Teil belebter und gut frequentierter ffentlicher Rume in Grostdten mit Plakaten und Werbebotschaften zugepflastert sind. Die Initiative Berlin Werbefrei plant nun gegen groformatige Werbung im ffentlichen Raum vorzugehen und mchte ein neues Gesetz zur Regulierung von Werbung in ffentlichen Einrichtungen und im ffentlichen Raum (AntiKommG) auf den Weg bringen. Wir stellen der stetigen Kommerzialisierung des ffentlichen Raumes eine neue Regelung zum Umgang mit Aussenwerbung entgegen. Mit unserem Gesetzentwurf sollen zuknftig Plakate fr Kultur, Sport und Gemeinntziges im Vordergrund stehen. Produktwerbung bleibt weiterhin an der Sttte der Leistung erlaubt, zum Beispiel an Lden, Gaststtten und Betrieben. Der Vorschlag der Initiative Berlin Werbefrei ist es dabei nicht, Werbung im ffentlichen Raum in Gnze zu verbieten, sondern Billboards und Groplakate aus dem Stadtraum zu verbannen. Werbung von Geschften und Gaststdten, sowie fr Kultur- und Sportangebote sollen weiterhin erlaubt sein. Zudem soll nach Meinung der Initiative Werbung aus Universitten und Schulen ganz verschwinden. Titelbild: Berlin Werbefrei Sollte es am Ende zum Beschluss des Gesetztes kommen, wrde sich Berlin optisch ziemlich sicher an vielen Stellen stark verndern. Der Hauptstadt und anderen Grostdten wrde es ganz sicher gut tun. Andere Stdte, wie Sao ...
Der Beitrag Volksentscheid fr ein Werbeverbot im ffentlichen Raum von Berlin erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.
Political leaders willing to fight for human rights principles have shown that they can limit authoritarian populist agendas, says Human Rights Watch's latest World Report,
The Russian capital survived without direct sunlight for an entire month in what was surely welcome news for sun-averse readers. The last month of the year is traditionally the darkest throughout Russia, according to the Meteonovosti weather portal. Although Moscow sees on average 18 hours of sunlight in December, this year, the sun failed to shine for an entire month, the portal said.
Albertsons/Safeway Loses Grocery War, Lidl Gives Up? by Wolf Richter Wolf Street Price war by Amazon-Whole Foods and Aldi scuttle Albertsons IPO hopes as customer traffic and same-store sales drop despite promos and price cuts. Click here to sign...
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RT (Russia Today)
Thousands of Kurds braved the rain in the northern Syrian city
of Afrin to denounce what they say is Turkish aggression. The
protest comes as Ankara amassed its forces along the border,
seemingly in preparation for an attack.
Demonstrators gathered in the predominantly Kurdish city Thursday to send a message to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. We want to tell Erdogan that his dream would vanish just as his dreams vanished when he tried to enter Kobani, so Afrin would be your graveyard, a man filmed by RTs Ruptly video agency said.
Today hundreds of thousands are protesting to tell Erdogan that the people of Afrin would never leave their land. As the people of Kobani used to say, we will never leave our soil till the end, till the last drop of blood.
Turkish Army tanks
Turkey has been mobilizing its forces and tanks to the north and west of Afrin. The area is controlled by the Kurdish-led Peoples Protection Units (YPG) which Ankara considers to be a terrorist organization as well as being a branch of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Turkey is fighting the PKK in the countrys south-east.
YPG fighters, backed by US-led coalition airstrikes, have been
fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists in
Syria. But earlier this week, coalition officials announced they
would help the YPG build a 30,000-strong border security force,
setting off alarm bells in Ankara. It appears that Turkey is now
gearing up for a major offensive on Afrin.
Today the people are protesting to assure that Afrin will never fall into the Turkish traitors hands, said a female protester. We as people from Afrin, we will defend our city and those fascist Turks cant defeat us, we will be defending to the last drop of blood, added a young man. Erdogan listen: neither you, ISIS nor FSA [Free Syrian Army], you and all of your mercenaries cant break our will and stop interfering in our land and be aware that Kurds from all countries will come to defend us.
The district of Afrin is home to around 500,000 civilians, including refugees from elsewhere in Syria. On Thursday morning, it was hit by Turkish artillery strikes.
The Syrian government has warned that any...
So heres our favourite Donald Trump story of the day so far.
According to a new report by the Mother Jones website, Donald Trump asked former porn star Stormy Daniels to spank him with a copy of Forbes magazine that had him and his family on the cover.
The report also claims that Trump made Daniels watch hours of Shark Week.
Donald Trump had an affair with Stormy Daniels in 2006.
Daniels said Trump asked her to spank him with a copy of Forbes magazine which had him on the cover.
Trump was indeed on a copy of Forbes in 2006along with his children.https://t.co/mnv7iFwOin pic.twitter.com/Burnc43WId
Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) January 18, 2018
KuCoin is the first top 20 exchange to open up the BCH trading pairs #SPONSORED
The word DREAMers, which stems from the 2001 DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act, refers to people who, with their parent(s), illegally entered the U.S. when they were 16 or younger. The one-name actress-singer Cher is an Continue reading
When New Yorkers discuss the community land trust, they often describe it as a complicated land ownership structure, one thats already proven its success in Bernie Sanders Burlington and in Boston. But the community land trusts origin story reveals that its not simply a wonky policy tool dreamed up in the Ivy tower; rather, its roots lie in the life-and-death struggle by Blacks for civil rights in the deep South. In the model, a community-controlled nonprofit owns land and ensures the buildings or other assets on that land continue to serve the community, such as by requiring homeowners to abide by sales restrictions on their homes. The Arc of Justice, a documentary released last summer and screened at the New School on Wednesday, explores the founding of the United States first community land trust by civil rights leaders in southern Georgia during the 1960s.
earmarks N53m for national competition The Bauchi State Government has declared that it spent N17 million on the purchase of cars and other items, which were presented to participants as gifts at the just concluded 32nd edition of Quran recitation contest in the state. Chairman of the competition committee, Dr Zubeiru Madaki, who said this in Kirfi, Bauchi State, added that the government has released N53 million for national competition. Stating that N17 million out of the fund released to the committee was spent on the purchase...
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Scientists have developed a noninvasive blood test that can detect signs of eight types of cancer long before any symptoms of the disease arise. The test, which can also help doctors determine where in a persons body the cancer is located, is called CancerSEEK. Its genesis is described in a paper published Thursday in the
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First Brexit robbed our Toblerones and now its taking the biscuit by removing 7 yes count them 7 biscuits from a packet of 400g McVities Digestives.
Merryn Somerset Webb (@MerrynSW) January 19, 2018
Pladis (owner of McVities) tolds the Evening Standard : The rising cost of ingredients and changes in the exchange rates means it has become more expensive to bake our products. We are making changes in response to changing market conditions and the increased cost of ingredients.
Seven digestive biscuits, pictured earlier.
Reaction from British biscuit fans was swift and brutal:
Crumbs! writes @Arfurphuqsake over on Twitter.
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It all kicks off around the 20-second mark.
Weans make glasgow, wait for it pic.twitter.com/XjM7zyH5Av
Ronnie (@ronnie_mackay) January 17, 2018
Zander Nation (@ZanderNationDj) January 18, 2018
A actual canny believe this ma maw wid be in there draggin me oot by my wee 12 year old ginger mullet
Ronnie (@ronnie_mackay) January 17, 2018
Thats gets funnier the mare a watch it haha
Ally'Ferrans (@TheboyFerrans) January 18, 2018
zaaaaander ZANDERRRR ZANDER FUCKIN NAAATION
Blair Whyte (@BlairWhyte19) January 17, 2018
which I really have not too much draw to go into the details about. Theres so much going on out there, but these did seem to have a positive things going on flavor to them. Enjoy! (Note: I particularly love the ones that point to the Koreas rejoining (the CIA (N. Koreas puppet master) aint gonna like that!))
[Related to above] Just In: Armed Agents Storm Puerto Rican Warehouse, Bust Politicians Is Horrific Scandal (1-18-18)
Tennessee Republican files bill aimed at ending private prison usage in state (Knox News 1-16-18)
It is now abundantly clear that a just and sustainable world cannot be achieved unless consumer-capitalist society is basically scrapped. It involves levels of resource use and environmental impact that are already grossly unsustainable, yet growth is the supreme goal. The basic form the alternative must take is not difficult to imagine. (For the detail see TSW: Summary Case.) The essential concept must be mostly small, highly self-sufficient and self-governing communities in which we can live frugally but well putting local resources directly into producing to meet local needs without allowing market forces or the profit motive or the global economy to determine what happens. Unfortunately even many green and left people do not grasp the magnitude of the De-growth that is required.
A Tiv pregnant woman was yesterday hacked to death at Orin-Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State by herdsmen called in local parlance as Bororo. A former Chairman of Ido/ Osi Local Government, Prince Sanmi Olubummo, said on the phone that another victim of the attack was in a hospital receiving treatment. Olubummo added that policemen from Ido-Ekiti Divisional Headquarters had been drafted to the scene of the killing. He said: The incident happened inside the Orin Farm Settlement. Nobody knows what led to the crisis in the...
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Israel is calling for a tax on upcoming ICOs for both issuers and investors, opting in a double-edged sword scenario to tighten the noose on regulation as opposed to a more severe approach taken by China and South Korea. Israels Tax Authority, which is comparable to the IRS, has published draft legislation with details of Continued
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Central to this boom thesis is China, in no small part because China is and has been central to the global economy. If globally synchronized growth is anything other than a projected slogan, we should see it inarguably in Chinas numbers. What we find instead isnt booming, but its opposite. Because that kind of interpretation 
Has the Crypto Currency Bubble Popped? Or, Are You HODLing or Adding to Crypto Positions? Video Wall St for Main St TDC Note My guess is you cant point to a particular person that introduced the HODL non-sense....
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Via: Sacramento Bee: The states wealthiest 1 percent, for instance, pay 48 percent of its income tax, and the departure of just a few families could lead to a noticeable hit to state general fund revenue. It is a genuine concern and thats why the legislatures in high-tax states are swinging into action immediately, said 
The Department of Justice is considering subjecting state and local officials to criminal charges if they implement or enforce so-called sanctuary policies that bar jurisdictions from cooperating with immigration authorities. Immigration advocates argue such a move would be illegal. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen made the disclosure Tuesday during a Senate committee hearing on the departments operations. The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues might be available, Nielsen said. The context of this is of course not only putting my [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] officers at risk, but also finding an efficient and effective way to enforce our immigration laws. She said it's safer for immigration agents to do their jobs if they have the assistance of local and state jurisdictions.
Rivers State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Felix Obuah, yesterday dismissed the allegation levelled against him by the Orashi National Congress (ONC) that he sponsored killer cult leader, Don Waney. Obuah described the allegation as shocking, false, unfounded and malicious just as he claimed that members of Orashi National Congress were cardcarrying members of the All Progressives Congress (APC). In a statement yesterday, Obuah described the accusation as yet another plot by the APC and his political detractors to drag his name in the mud to make way...
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Via: Al Jazeera: You might not have electricity, but you wont get killed by the police either. I think more will come when they begin to see it as a viable alternative. But its not easy and its not cheap. I cant say whats happening in America today is any worse than whats been 
Not only does this fella help solve crimes, he also cheers us up. What a dog.
I think we should all take a moment out of our day to just reflect on how awesome PD Max's hair is.
That is all. pic.twitter.com/IsFtRicWmd
Mersey Police Dogs (@MerPolDogs) January 18, 2018
And heres some of the love hes feeling on Twitter.
OK Ive reflected and would really like to know who his Stylist is, what products he uses to keep his style looking so magnificent and how long it takes him to get ready for a big night/day out
Anne Coombes (@BadFairy01) January 18, 2018
Okay we've spoken to the handler who states that he is often woken by the sound of a hair dryer in the kennel about an hour before leaving for work so we can only assume Max must do it himself.
Mersey Police Dogs (@MerPolDogs) January 18, 2018
Looking cool PD Max. Spaniels have the best hair. Case closed. pic.twitter.com/umJSWJ3Aa0
Ralphy (@RalphyRua2) January 19, 2018...
I built then expanded the fire place heat exchanger here,
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It works great but I'm still burning a ton of wood to heat 1 room, to keep it comfortable. I'm burning off up to 10lb of wood per hour.
Burning that much wood, say in a wood stove could heat the entire house, not just one room.
So something has go to to give, the fire place is nice but it's too...
Fireplace wood stove or pellet burner
Woman Is Sent Disturbing Messages From Takeout Delivery Driver (Not that she's an attention seeker, dress like a slut expect to get treated like one, some women like it!) "IndyWatch Feed Allcommunity"
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As Democrats in the Senate work to push forward a resolution that would stop the Federal Communications Commission from killing net neutrality and ending the open and free internet for everyone, multiple lawsuits were filed Tuesday by different groups with that same goal in mind. A group of attorneys general from 21 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block the FCCs new rules from going into effect, the Associated Press reports. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that the FCC made arbitrary and capricious changes to existing policies and was unjustified in departing from the FCCs long-standing policy of defending net neutrality. Schneiderman was joined in the lawsuit by the attorneys general representing California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and the District of Columbia.
From The New Yorker: A number of studies show that much of the damage done by being poor comes not from the conditions of poverty itself, but from the psychological effects of inequality and low socioeconomic status in comparison to others.
Payne is now a professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has come to believe that whats really damaging about being poor, at least in a country like the United Stateswhere, as he notes, even most people living below the poverty line possess TVs, microwaves, and cell phonesis the subjective experience of feeling poor. This feeling is not limited to those in the bottom quintile; in a world where people measure themselves against their neighbors, its possible to earn good money and still feel deprived. Unlike the rigid columns of numbers that make up a bank ledger, status is always a moving target, because it is defined by ongoing comparisons to others, Payne writes.
Jesse is a skinny but artistic 16-year-old living in a suburb of a small town in Massachusetts, bullied at high school and largely ignored by his handsome but sometimes violent alcoholic father. As a small boy, he found his mothers body, dead in bed from taking an overdose of pills. No wonder the kid is introspective. But Jesse has a devoted school-friend, Sarah, to whom he confesses his determination to commit suicide himself, at midnight on his next birthday. All her efforts to dissuade him are in vain. This might sound like the makings of a really heavy movie, but in fact Just Say Goodbye, directed by the young Matt Walting, is an often lyrical piece of great sensitivity and profound psychological insight. Though shot on a minuscule budget, raised from a range of donors, the film is anything but amateurish, fortified by a powerful script by Layla OShea and an extraordinarily self-assured performance by Max MacKenzie as Jesse; his voice is mesmerising and his steely determination to put an end to his largely unsatisfactory life gripping. Given the subject, the film could so easily have been maudlin, whereas in fact it is just the opposite: unsentimental and dignified, with an unusually perceptive insight into a troubled adolescents mind.
By Caleb Melby and David Kocieniewski
Photographer: Walter McBride/Corbis Entertainment
In a six-floor retail space near Times Square, the Guy Fieri restaurant has closed and construction hasnt begun on celebrity chef Todd Englishs food hall. A tourist attraction featuring a 1/87th scale model of New York City was behind on rent for two months as of December, according to loan documents.
It wasnt supposed to be this way.
When Kushner Cos. bought the property for $296 million in 2015, then-Chief Executive Officer Jared Kushner had big plans to capitalize on the tens of millions of tourists who visit the area every year. Deutsche Bank AG financed the endeavor before selling most of the debt to investors across Wall Street a year ago. Those investors were shown disclosures describing the retail space as 100 percent occupied and estimating it would throw off $24 million of rent annua...
In this piece for Aeon, Bonnie Evans chronicles the history of the diagnosis of autism, from its establishment as a marker of dysfunction and impairment to the contemporary neurodiversity movement, which frames autism as a difference rather than a disorder. She then poses the concern that the notion of autism as difference, not disorder, may be used to justify neoliberal cuts to resources and accommodations for autistic people, exploring the question, Can we identify and classify aspects of psychology without stigmatizing and limiting them?
Is there really an autism paradox? Or is this actually a paradox of human difference, and of what it means to delineate human types while also offering people the best opportunity to thrive. If we are to think creatively about how to identify difference without stigmatising it, it pays to think historically about how autism research got us to this point. Such history offers a rather humbling lesson: that it might very well be impossible to measure, classify and quantify an aspect of human psychology, without also muting attempts to tell the story differently.
1265 In Westminster, the first English parliament conducted its first meeting held by Simon de Montfort in the Palace of Westminster.
1356 Edward Balliol abdicated as King of Scotland.
1523 Christian II was forced to abdicate as King of Denmark and Norway.
1649 Charles I of England went on trial for treason and other high crimes.
1840 Willem II became King of the Netherlands.
1841 Hong Kong Island was occupied by the British.
1887 The United States Senate allowed the Navy to lease Pearl Harboras a naval base.
1892 At the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, the first official basketball game was played.
1896 George Burns, American actor, comedian, was born (d. 1996).
Florence Ashley opens this essay by distinguishing between the rule of law and the rule of man, describing the latter as a widely undesirable state of governing (or lack thereof) while the former is supposed to be a steady and reliable foundation of order:
The rule of law is a lot like gender. The analogy is puzzling, at first glance. Coming from a trans experience, the parallels are much more visible to me: Then an analysis can focus not on what the rule of law is, or what it should be, but on what it does, what it accomplishes, what it produces. Indeed, if the only thing we know for sure about the rule of law is what any of these many state actors say it is in any particular instance, the rule of law will turn out to be as messy and diffuse a concept as the state. This passage is perfectly intelligible, and yet every reference to the rule of law in the passage was a replacement of the term sex. Both the rule of law and gender, in legal contexts, are normative notions which seek to define the proper relationship between citizens and between citizens and the state. Whereas the supported relationship is a cisheteronormative one with regards to gender, the rule of law promotes a law-abiding relationship between citizens and state. In the negative chasm of each conception, we find transgender people and emancipatory actors. Gender as a state construct makes trans lives either impossible or difficult, whereas the rule of law makes emancipatory lives either impossible or difficult. That trans lives are often led as emancipatory lives attests to importance of transfeminist analyses of the rule of law. The analogy is also interesting insofar as the enforcement of gender as a legal-administrative category to the disadvantage of trans people is frequently defended by appeal to the rule of law.
However, Ashley argues that its a false distinction: Man must apply the law, and discretionary power brings us back to square one.
The notion of the rule of law implies that we are ruled by law. However much a truism as this sentence may be, it is not a trivial point. There must be a meaningful way in which laws, rather than people, are what rule our lives. For some rule of law theorists, the enforcement of laws satisfies the rule of law if it is exercised by those in power in their role as agents of the law, in a good faith belief that the law mandates them t...
South Korean banks have been providing virtual account services to cryptocurrency exchanges and earning commissions from them. According to data obtained by the countrys Financial Supervisory Service, banks made 36 times more in commission income from crypto exchanges last year than the previous year.
The Korean Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) has obtained data from banks relating to their virtual account services to crypto exchanges. It includes data from the six banks inspected by the regulators last week: Woori Bank, KB Kookmin Bank, Shinhan Bank, Nonghyup Bank, Korea Development Bank, and Industrial Bank of Korea.
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Simething seems very wrong with this story about a family that are taking their kids to disneyland when they aren't starving them to death chained to the bed,
An organization of global securities regulators has issued a notice alerting investors to the perceived risks associated with initial coin offerings.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. Continuing its trend of licensed games, Telltale revealed it would be working on a new game set in the Black Mirror universe that will allow users unprecedented choice in just how depressing their story will be.
What better studio to create a game that lets players experience emotions ranging from sad to depressed than Telltale Games? said Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker. There is not another developer I would trust to make the fans of Black Mirror agonize themselves over for hours.
Telltale promises that the game will feature plenty of scenarios that will allow gamers to define their sad story. In one such instance, a pale man in a black hat holds a gun to your iPhone and your child and the player must choose which to save.
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In this scenario, you can choose to save the iPhone and watch the man kill your son. Or you can choose to save your kid, watch the man shoot your iPhone and then shoot your son, said Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner at press conference. Whether your want your sadness to be seasonal or clinical, the decision is fully in the players hands.
For fans wondering if there might be a chapter in the game that has a similar heartwarming ending like beloved Black Mirror episode San Junipero, Bruner assured them that there would eventually be such an episode.
I dont want to spoil anything, but in one episode someone interacts with a computer and doesnt immediately die.
This is an interesting, sculptural design from Lexus. I dont what to make of the kinetic seats, but the Suicide Doors are neat I first encountered in the 1961 Lincoln Continental, and later in a surprisingly exotic Mazda RX8 I owned 15 years ago.I always like the idea of companies pushing the design envelope,
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During the drive from the airport into Denver last week I spotted something on the horizon in the evening twilight. It looked like an ocean liner or an offshore oil rig.
I was intrigued. I wanted to get closer and see what it was. As the car twisted along the highway I got a slightly different perspective from another angle and it looked like Mont Saint-Michel on the prairie. What was it? I had to go back a couple of days later and explore.
Turns out, its a 1,500 room hotel. In fact, its a destination resort hotel and convention center complex complete with every imaginable bell and whistle inc...
Will dancing to Washingtons tune advance the countrys security? Will it benefit the nation in any way at all? These are the questions that arise as Macedonia is trying to revive its efforts to become NATOs 30th member-state.
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