Update: Gracze Luminosity CS:GO dołączyli do SK-Gaming i tam kontynuują swoją karierę w Counter Strike: Global Offensive. Luminosity Gaming (skrót LG) to kanadyjska organizacja sportów elektronicznych. W jej składzie Counter Strike: Global Offensive występowali brazylijscy gracze, którzy wcześniej występowali m.in. w Keyd eSports. Obecnie SK-Gaming to jedna z najlepszych drużyn CS:GO. Potwierdzili to wygrywając MLG Columbus 2016 […]
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We’ve all seen the “Shot on iPhone” ads splashed across billboards while we’re driving, in which incredible photographs captured with iPhones are shared. Each makes you question whether you’re actually using the same phone as the photographer. If you want to question your skills further, check these out. These are the winners of the 2017 […]
We loved the Nike Cortez long before Forrest Gump rocked a pair of them. The red, white, and blue along with the track-ready build makes for a pair of trainers we can get behind. Nike is not one to rest on their laurels, so they took the iconic Cortez and gave it a refresh for 2017. […]
Summer is here. It’s time to do what men do: grill meat. That often includes some hot dogs, which is good because the hot dog is almost universally liked, generally fits anywhere on the grill, and is idiot proof. C’mon, has anyone ever messed up a hot dog on the grill? Here’s the best part […]
The folks at Netflix knew they had to come out swinging in July. Not only are we ramping up for one of the hottest months of the year (which, let’s face it, means we’re going to be spending a lot more time indoors rather than grill-side), we’re also losing some really, really great stuff: Futurama […]
The Amazon Prime Video catalog is growing by the month, and not only because a ton of old movies are jumping into the public domain. They’re getting their hands on Oscar and Emmy winners, along with an ever increasing selection of original programming. If you don’t have Amazon, now may be the time to consider […]
Internationally acclaimed artist Chris LaBrooy has a client list with quite a few of your favorite brands (Apple, Nike, Time, Target, the list goes on), but our favorite works of his might be the digital 3D sculptures where he bends cars and reality to create something surreal and mind-blowing. It started with “Tales of Auto […]
When the thought of summer comes to mind, the immediate desire to take it easy is not far behind. When the weather is warm and things tend to slow down a bit, it’s a lot more acceptable—and almost required—to carve out some downtime to soak it all in while you can. Here are a few […]
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Do you cry when your dog runs away? Get angry at the bills you have to pay? How about when your mom smokes pot? No? Perfect! Keep on chillin’ and crack one of these bad boys while you do. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Sublime’s “40oz. to Freedom,” AleSmith Brewing Co. brewed 40oz. […]
Binging with Babish does a great job feeding us movie meals, but until now, we haven’t had anything to drink with them. If we’re going just by his channel that is. In this video, we get a whole bunch of cocktail recipes, all different and all delicious. The first one is the White Russian, as […]
Ironwood Custom Motorcycles (aka IWC) is a custom garage founded about five years ago by Arjan van den Boom & Partner in Amsterdam. Their love for all things cafe racer is apparent in the bikes they build, but each custom concept is a unique piece unlike anything else you’ll find on the market—like the Ironwood […]
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Global leadership is part of US foreign policy DNA, according to former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, while Russia has previously positioned itself as “defender and advocate” of a world order based on religion, and then on Marxist principles. Read Full Article at RT.com
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and what sort of lawyer forms a trust and then mis spells its name on the snip ed ticket!
Yeah that bearer instument is a load of malarky, they match video footage of EVERY claimant with footage take at the time of purchase. and prob check the tickets for dna and fingerprints. im glad there is an investigation. someone bought it, and are either in dead or in a lunatic assylum/ jail rotting. im guessing dead.
not spilling his guts , is prob only thing lawyer has done right.
It was in late 1987, and I was conducting an in-dealership workshop focused on Financial and Operational Planning and Controls. I was describing an F&I process that I had recommended to increase service contract penetration, when the general manager said, “We used to do that.” In response to his statement, I asked, “Did it work?” “Absolutely,” he answered. I was tempted to say, “Then why did you stop doing it?”, but I was new to the consulting business and didn’t want to risk offending one of my few clients. As it turns out, it was probably just as well that I refrained from asking that question. Because in my 30 years of training and consulting, if I’ve heard a client-dealer or manager say, “We used to do that” once, I’ve heard it five hundred times. And in the numerous times that I’ve asked, “Why did you stop?”, I’ve never gotten a good answer (but rather mostly blank stares).Well, the two real reasons for why they stopped aren’t all that hard to identify:Either new people (managers, producers, or both) have joined the organization and brought with them their own way of doing things, orThe activity or process that was discontinued was never well-anchored in the organization to begin with.I’ve written previously about dealership cultural needs and deficiencies. One of the tenets of any strong business culture is Accountability Management. And one of the primary elements of effective accountability management in an automotive dealership is to:Develop and implement a systemic structure. (Because we know that dissimilar people operating within a systemic structure will produce similar results.)The “systemic structure” refers to clearly defined processes. So when we have a proven process that consistently produces measurable and predictable results, that process must become embedded within the culture of our dealership. It needs to be continually savored, enhanced, honored, and talked about.Would you like to improve your dealership culture so you’ll never get caught saying, “We used to do that?” Review my web site at www.ghaGPS.com and learn how Garry House & Associates provides Value First, and then call me at 561-744-2627. I’ll listen and recommend a solution that’s right for you and your team.Warmest regards,Garry House See More
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MILANO - Hirotoshi Ito può essere considerato a tutti gli effetti un figlio d'arte, in quanto la sua famiglia lavora la pietra dal 1879. Anche se inizialmente l'artista giapponese era intento a proseguire le orme della sua famiglia, decise comunque di frequentare il Dipartimento Metallico dell'Università delle Arti di Tokyo. Gli incontri stimolanti nella scuola con altri artisti del metallo e il loro lavoro sono diventati il fondamento del suo pensiero e della sua creatività.
LE CATEGORIE - Il lavoro di Hirotoshi Ito può essere suddiviso in due categorie. Una è la scultura solida scolpita in marmo o granito, dove Hirotoshi Ito altera la superficie naturale della pietra dando vita a forme scultoree che non fanno neanche pensare alla pietra per quanto sia bravo a lavorarle. L'altro gruppo è fatto dalle alterazioni delle forme naturali delle pietre, che conferiscono al materiale diversi caratteri. Tutte le opere in entrambe le categorie si riferiscono a immagini, oggetti ed esperienze ordinarie della vita quotidiana. Una caratteristica importante di entrambi i tipi di Hirotoshi Ito art è il suo tentativo di conferire alla pietra un'altra natura, per darle una nuova vita. Hirotoshi Ito è molto attivo nel promuovere le crescenti tradizioni artigianali della zona di Nagano in Giappone.Vent'anni fa, infatti, l'artista e i suoi amici hanno avviato un progetto che è cresciuto a tal punto da diventare un festival annuale di artigianato a Matsumoto City, del quale oggi è il presidente.
LE SCULTURE - Nella mente dell'artista le comuni rocce diventano delle bizzarre sculture di pietra dal carattere inquietante e divertente allo stesso tempo. Un modo per mettere a frutto il suo potenziale attraverso l'umorismo e il calore. Le rocce usate dall'artista per le sue creazioni, provengono dal letto fluviale del suo paese e che lui considera come una tela perfetta. Matsumoto City, dove vive Hirotoshi Ito, è circondata da splendide montagne ed è ricca di una bellezza naturale. Le pietre consegnate da queste montagne sono state lavate da flussi freschi d'acqua per lunghi periodi di tempo, e ogni pietra ha una forma unica che è stata plasmata naturalmente. Mentre Hirotoshi Ito raccoglie pietre sulla riva del fiume, immagina storie e opere d'arte che può creare attraverso la loro lavorazione. Tuttavia, Hirotoshi Ito tenta di evidenziare le forme naturali, i colori e le bellezze di queste pietre e in generale cerca di non modificare le loro forme originali. Rispettare e utilizzare le caratteristiche naturali del materiale originale è un aspetto molto vecchio e importante della cultura giapponese. Si tratta del concetto di creatività conosciuto come Mitate, che implica la creazione di nuovi valori assumendo qualcosa che abbia un certo significato in un contesto e collocandolo in un altro.Anche se Hirotoshi Ito è ampiamente considerato come artista contemporaneo, ritiene che tali antichi concetti giapponesi siano profondamente incorporati nel suo DNA.
TORONTO—As a line-up forms outside the Art Gallery of Ontario, Lachaolasie Akesuk takes advantage of the city’s concrete sidewalks to pull out his skateboard.
There aren’t many places for the 16-year-old to skateboard at home in Cape Dorset, with its long winters and dusty summers, but Toronto’s urban landscape makes the perfect playground.
Akesuk didn’t come all this way to skateboard though; the sprawling gallery he rides around features some of the young artist’s work.
Akesuk and his mom,
The weather couldn’t have been better as the royal family, Charles, Prince of Wales, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, descended on Iqaluit for the first stage of the Prince’s 18th visit to Canada, June 29.
“Quviasuttunga Iqalunnuurama,” Charles said in Inuktitut, during a speech outside the Nunavut Legislative Assembly.
That translates roughly to “I’m happy to be here in Iqaluit.”
“Arriving here today brings back the happiest of memories, chiefly because this is where I began my first visit
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On Wednesday, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted out some cataclysmic NBA news.
This was a blockbuster move—the Los Angeles Clippers’ stellar point guard signing up to play with recent MVP runner-up James Harden—a transaction huge enough that it may affect which team loses to the Golden State Warriors in next year’s conference finals.
If you read the replies to Wojnarowski’s tweet, though, one of the biggest NBA trades in years seems secondary—overshadowed by the man who broke the story.
In the parlance of NBA Twitter, Wojnarowski dropped a “Woj bomb,” hence the deployment of mushroom cloud GIFs.
In his 10 years at Yahoo—the company gave Wojnarowski his own website, the Vertical, in 2016—the NBA reporter built a reputation as the basketball world’s Eye of Providence, a mysterious, all-seeing entity who breaks news with terrifying speed and accuracy.
Judging by the reaction to his tweets, one might get the sense that he is actually the one setting these deals into motion—that teams make moves because Wojnarowski reports them rather than the other way around. It’s all part of the mythos of Woj, a cult of personality devoted to a man who doesn’t seem to have much of a discernible personality beyond “reporter who is always on Twitter.”
On Saturday, Wojnarowski will be joining ESPN, a move that coincides with (and in certain exceedingly nerdy circles perhaps overshadows) the start of the NBA’s free agency period. For years, his identity has been wrapped up in the fact that he doesn’t work for the Worldwide Leader in Sports. He’s been known to pick at ESPN in his columns, sometimes referring to them as an unnamed “cable sports company.” His defection to the world’s most powerful sports media company at once feels surprising and inevitable. It’s a marriage of questionable harmony but undoubtable impact, the equivalent of hiring a T. rex to hem your pants.
In his tenure at Yahoo, Wojnarowski has been a one-man wrecking crew, often out-scooping the world’s sports media hydra on the strength of his connections and unparalleled ability to type with his thumbs. Earlier this week, in his last days at the Vertical, he broke the news that Jeff Van Gundy—who works for ESPN—will be coaching USA Basketball’s World Cup qualifying team.
Wojnarowski’s unique ability to delight his fans and bedevil his rivals has been most evident during the NBA draft, when he managed to report, via Twitter, the upcoming selections well before they’re announced on ESPN’s live broadcast. The fact that one guy could ruin the drama and pageantry of a manicured television event infuriated ESPN execs and undoubtedly contributed to the company’s decision to make him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
In tandem with Wojnarowski’s hiring, ESPN laid off a number of talented NBA reporters, many of whom covered individual teams and contributed postgame recaps and analysis. They also terminated Marc Stein, who has long been Wojnarowski’s biggest competitor. Stein is a prodigious reporter in his own right, and many within the company have expressed dismay at his departure. Given that it seems like the network is shifting toward breaking news and scoops, there’s only one logical explanation for laying off Stein: ESPN’s suits feel it’s important to have Wojnarowski be the unquestioned leader of their NBA scoop machine. If you’re looking for an explanation for why that might be, you should ask someone who has better sources than I do.
ESPN, which pays $1.4 billion annually for the rights to televise NBA games, wants to claim total ownership of almost every NBA storyline. The network’s coverage of the NFL provides an instructive example. In 2013, Deadspin did a nice play-by-play of a story the network created out of thin air and subsequently covered to death. It began on SportsCenter, when one of ESPN's NFL pundits said, “I truly believe Colin Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.” ESPN got Kaepernick’s response to the statement, and that response was then covered at length on the network’s myriad shouting-head programs. The pundit who made the comment eventually became a featured guest across its various platforms, and the issue was debated for days until a natural endpoint was reached. (It somehow became about Tim Tebow.)
ESPN has been built to trim every last edible bit from a story, and with basketball’s greatest rumormonger and scoop-getter at its disposal, there’s no telling what the Worldwide Leader will now be capable of. My best guess is it will look a lot like what Gustavus Swift did to cows back in the 19th century.
Swift owned and operated one of the largest slaughterhouses in Chicago, but selling salted pork scraps wasn’t enough for him. In the late 1800s, the market demanded fresh beef, which meant cattle were shipped live to Eastern population centers where they would be butchered and sold after transit. Swift had a nose for inefficiency, and he got a great whiff of it with each and every steer-filled boxcar that passed through Chicago on its way east. If his company could somehow slaughter and butcher the beef in Chicago, he’d be able to expand his operation while more efficiently meeting demand.
To facilitate this, Swift hired an engineer to design a refrigerated train car that could ship dressed meat over long distances without sacrificing freshness. The Swift-owned cars were loaded with ice in Wisconsin, packed with beef at Swift’s Chicago slaughterhouse, and then sent east and sold for maximum profit. The supply process was so efficient and direct, a side of beef in the freezer of a New York wholesaler would hang off the same hook as the cow from which it was cut back in Chicago weeks prior.
It is perhaps a bit on the nose that the process Swift pioneered is known as “vertical integration.” The man ESPN lured from the Vertical will provide the grist for a never-ending mill of debate shows, news programs, and interview segments. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the NBA receives as much attention on Twitter during summer free agency as it does during the regular season. ESPN is counting on its ability to grab that attention by harnessing the multikiloton power of the Woj bomb.
Consider, though, that the two biggest NBA stories of the past five years—LeBron James’ return to Cleveland and Kevin Durant’s move to Golden State—got broken via personal essays published in Sports Illustrated and the Players’ Tribune respectively, not via reporters on Twitter. If a player is savvy enough, he can circumvent the scoop machine and take ownership of his own breaking news, Adrian Wojnarowski be damned.
If history is any indicator, the establishment won’t give up the means of production without a fight. In the words of Karl Marx, “Tune into First Take for more reaction.”
A l’occasion du 25e anniversaire de son assassinat, El Watan Week-end a choisi de revenir sur un épisode peu connu de la vie de Mohamed Boudiaf.
Vendredi 21 juin 1963. Midi. Pont d’Hydra. Un homme filiforme, habillé d’un complet veston, marche à petits pas. Deux individus à la mine patibulaire l’accostent. Bref échange.
L’homme est embarqué dans la Peugeot 404 garée sur cette route. Mohamed Boudiaf vient d’être enlevé par le commando du président Ahmed Ben Bella. Dans son livre Où va l’Algérie, il en donne le signalement : l’un des agents dénommé Mohamed S., quinquagénaire, est un ex-agent zélé de la police des renseignements généraux et de la DST à Alger où il a sévi lors des événements de mai 1945 et de l’arraisonnement de l’avion des Cinq en octobre 1956. Le second agent, «plus replet et aux gestes brusques», est un «militant» «parfaitement imbu de son rôle et pénétré de son importance policière».
Demandant à Boudiaf de se mettre à leur disposition au nom de la SM, ils l’embarquent dans la berline qui démarre en trombe. Itinéraire : la colonne Voirol, chemin Beaurepaire, clinique des Orangers et arrivée dans une villa «fleurie» des environs.
Boudiaf, extrêmement fatigué, est fouillé «des pieds à la tête». Mais aucun des agents ne lui explique les raisons de son arrestation et qui en sont les commanditaires. Il décide alors d’entamer une grève de la faim. «Kidnappé dans le plus grand secret, emmené dans une villa inhabitée sans explication, je ne peux que trouver une allure macabre à toute cette aventure», écrit le «séquestré» dans ce qui devient son journal, qu’il entame le jour même de son interpellation.
Durant quatre jours, Boudiaf, qui a été arrêté une première fois une année plus tôt à M’sila (30 juillet 1962), où il est parti dans sa famille des Ouled Madi, cherche désespérément à «communiquer avec les villas voisines, sans résultat». Il décide alors d’écrire à l’«autorité mystérieuse» qui a ordonné son enlèvement.
Le lundi, il est embarqué en voiture vers le siège de la gendarmerie (actuellement groupement de gendarmerie d’Alger, Bab J’did). Entouré à son arrivée à la caserne par une dizaine de gendarmes, mitraillettes au poing, «un peu curieux, un peu fébriles», il reconnaît leur chef, le colonel Ahmed Bencherif, qui lui dit, pince-sans-rire, que la chambre qui lui est réservée dans cette caserne coloniale vaut mieux que celle de la prison de la Santé où il était détenu.
Chez les Boudiaf et les militants du Parti de la révolution socialiste (PRS), créé en septembre 1962, c’est la stupéfaction et la rage. «Le problème, c’est qu’on ne savait pas s’il était vivant ou mort. On pensait qu’il était fini et qu’il allait être exécuté», raconte à El Watan Week-end Nacer Boudiaf, âgé à l’époque de 8 ans. Rencontrant leur père pour la première fois une année seulement auparavant, Nacer et sa fratrie (Kheireddine, Fella et Samia) le voient disparaître à nouveau.
L’oncle Aïssa décide d’aller à la police d’Hydra où les agents «ont nié être au courant de cette affaire». Le frère prend alors l’initiative d’entrer en contact avec certains compagnons de l’ancien coordonnateur du FLN. «Mehri m’a promis d’intercéder en sa faveur auprès de Boumediène. Mais il ne fait rien. Je suis entré en contact avec Bitat. Après un moment d’attente devant sa maison à la rue Bachir Ibrahimi (El Biar), il me reçoit dans le jardin tout en jetant des coups d’œil à droite et à gauche comme s’il y avait des yeux pour le guetter», signale Aïssa dans un entretien à El Khabar hebdo.
Le PRS publie dans l’après-midi de l’arrestation un communiqué. L’alerte a été donnée par Rachid Krim, «le fils spirituel de Boudiaf et son chef de cabinet en 1992», actuellement à Paris. L’arrestation de Boudiaf par le président Ben Bella a marqué le clan. «J’ai un oncle, Moussa, actuellement décédé. Il était le premier ambassadeur de l’Algérie à Genève.
C’est un ancien militant qui s’est retiré après le kidnapping de Boudiaf par les sbires de Ben Bella», témoigne Nacer, amer. Le pouvoir décide de faire évacuer d’Alger l’encombrant opposant. Le 26 juin, Boudiaf, embastillé dans la caserne de la Haute-Casbah, est réveillé à quatre heures du matin pour être emmené à l’aérodrome de Chéraga, où l’hélicoptère prend l’air en direction de Oued Norson. A bord, il est rejoint par d’autres militants, eux aussi arrêtés par les hommes de Ben Bella : Ali Allouache, ancien porte-parole de la wilaya IV, Moussa Kebaïli et Mohand Akli Benyounes, dit Daniel, anciens de la Fédération de France du FLN. Arrivé à Oued Norson, le groupe est embarqué à bord de voitures légères en direction de Sidi Bel Abbès, Saïda, Mecheria, Aïn Safra et Beni Ounif. Complètement éreintés par un voyage de mille kilomètres, Boudiaf et ses compagnons arrivent à Colomb Béchar à la tombée de la nuit.
Tsabit : détenus dans une école désaffectée
«Je suis épuisé après ce long voyage, survenu au sixième jour de ma grève de la faim, je décide d’interrompre mon jeûne, croyant candidement qu’à Colomb Béchar le régime politique va nous être appliqué et que nous pourrons engager une grève dans de meilleures conditions», fait remarquer Boudiaf, qui décide d’écrire une lettre au colonel, commandant de la Région militaire. Le 4 juillet, les séquestrés seront dirigés plus au sud où, leur dit-on, ils seront «plus à l’aise» ! Ils seront transbahutés dans d’énormes camions Berliet vers le camp Colonel Lotfi, à Tsabit, localité située à 65 km au nord de la ville d’Adrar, capitale du Touat. La chambre réservée aux prisonniers dans ce qui fut probablement une école de construction récente est trop exiguë : 5 mètres sur trois. Là, dans la caserne Lotfi, Boudiaf arrive à «dialoguer en imagination» avec le colonel, de son nom d’état civil, Ben Ali Boudghène, mort au combat à Béchar avec des dizaines de ses compagnons.
«Ce héros, nous ne le renierons pas ! Nous n’abandonnons pas la lutte pour que notre peuple soit le seul maître de son destin», écrit Boudiaf dans son journal en date du 8 juillet. Souffrant des conditions de détention — chaleur suffocante (60°), manque de nourriture —, mais ne subissant pas de sévices particuliers (Aïssa Boudiaf évoque des tortures dans son témoignage), le groupe entame à partir du 15 juillet une grève de la faim. Entre-temps, le pouvoir a décidé de communiquer sur les détenus du Touat. N’indiquant pas où il été interpellé et par quel service, le ministre de la Justice, Amar Bentoumi, a admis en conférence de presse que Boudiaf avait été «appréhendé vendredi 21 juin 1963 en fin de matinée alors qu’il sortait de chez lui». Dans le discours prononcé au Caroubier (Alger), à l’occasion de l’indépendance, le président Ben Bella a «brodé, précise Boudiaf, sur le thème du complot aux ramifications lointaines». Le raïs reprend, en employant sa rhétorique habituelle, les mêmes accusations lors d’une tournée dans le Constantinois.
«Ces derniers temps, nous avons arrêté cinq personnes qui ont traité avec le gouvernement français et avec le colonialisme pour instaurer un climat à la Tshombé», signale-t-il. Interrogé par le journaliste français de la RTF (Cinq colonnes à la Une), Georges De Caunes, Ben Bella reconnaît : «Oui, Boudiaf a été arrêté parce qu’il avait des agissements que j’estime dangereux». Il parle aussi d’un complot fomenté par son ancien codétenu du château d’Aulnoy avec la complicité du Ppésident Bourguiba. Face à ces accusations, aucune réaction indignée des compagnons de Boudiaf. Exceptée celle de Hocine Aït Ahmed qui a interpellé Ben Bella à l’Assemblée. L’ancien capitaine de l’ALN Si El Hafidh Yaha parle dans ses mémoires (FFS contre dictature, Koukou) d’une entrevue entre Aït Ahmed et le raïs lors d’une réception organisée en l’honneur de son ami Fethi Dib, responsable des moukhabarat égyptien, et proche de Gamal Abdel Nasser. Le défunt président du FFS rapporte à Yaha la réaction de son interlocuteur : «Ben Bella est buté. Il est décidé à continuer dans sa politique de répression et d’arrestations.
Il m’a dit que toute personne qui s’opposera à lui ira les rejoindre en prison». Les prisonniers, détenus dans des conditions difficiles à l’extrême-sud du pays, dénoncent l’aveuglement d’un pouvoir «pré-dictatorial» : ni procès ni même d’interrogatoires dans les lieux où ils sont détenus. «Depuis notre enlèvement, aucun de nous n’a été interrogé. Nous ne savons même pas ce qu’on nous reproche. La vérité est ailleurs : il s’agit d’une basse vengeance personnelle, inspirée par la peur panique devant la montée du mécontentement populaire», estime Tayeb El Watani, dont les activités (entretien à la veille de son arrestation avec le journaliste Paul Marie de la Gorce) dérangeaient le locataire de la Villa-Joly. Petite concession : un poste radio qui leur permet de suivre et de commenter l’actualité. Boudiaf en fait état dans son journal : discours populistes de Ben Bella, démission de Ferhat Abbès de la présidence de l’Assemblée, crise du FFS, conflit avec le Maroc, etc.
Remontée vers le Nord
Après une vingtaine de jours passés à Tsabit, Boudiaf et ses compagnons, toujours en grève de la faim, sont emmenés par avion à Béchar, avant d’être transférés à Saïda par Beni Ounif (même itinéraire que le premier).
Là, ils seront détenus dans la caserne de gendarmerie de la ville des Eaux, où des médecins dépêchés d’Oran tentent de les persuader de cesser leur grève. Refus. «Rien de nouveau et la grève continue. Mes compagnons sont aussi fatigués et traînent leur faim et leur mauvaise humeur, n’espérant plus rien». Saïda, 7 août. Hospitalisation après aggravation de la situation des détenus. Le groupe décide, le 15 août, d’arrêter sa grève de la faim qui a duré 32 jours «pour reprendre des forces en vue d’une autre action». Conséquence fâcheuse de l’action : ils ont perdu chacun au moins une quinzaine de kilos.
«J’ai demandé une bascule pour avoir une idée de mon poids. J’ai été moi-même étonné de la perte de 18 kilos, de 69-70 kilos, mon poids normal, je ne pèse plus que 51 kilos. Mes deux autres compagnons (Kebaïli a été libéré, ndlr) en sont au même point de faiblesse ; l’un et l’autre ont perdu en moyenne 15 kilos. Nous sommes devenus de véritables squelettes désarticulés, incapables du plus petit effort.» 13 août. Boudiaf réussit à envoyer des lettres, l’une à sa femme et l’autre à son frère, pour mettre à nu «les mensonges des déclarations gouvernementales».
Agée de 33 ans, sa femme sera elle aussi internée et ne sera libérée qu’après l’intervention de Sellami Zohra, M’silie et future épouse de Ben Bella, explique Nacer. Les autorités qui ont évoqué un accord avec l’opposition ont décidé de libérer en novembre Boudiaf et ses compagnons, rejoints plus tôt par Salah Boubnider, dit Sawt El Arab. Partis à Sidi Bel Abbès, ils se retrouveront à la caserne de gendarmerie de Bab J’did, après une autre grève de la faim (44 jours pour Boudiaf, après près de 5 mois de détention). 15 novembre. Il est 21h30 quand Boudiaf est ramené chez lui «à la surprise de (sa) famille qui ne s’attendait pas à (le) revoir de sitôt».
«C’est ainsi que je recouvris la liberté, de la même façon qu’une certaine matinée du 21 juin, je l’avais perdue», s’étonne-t-il. L’inénarrable journaliste, alors correspondant du Monde à Alger, Jean-François Kahn, décrit le mieux l’état d’esprit de l’ancien détenu de Tsabit : «Fidèle à son personnage, dur et tranchant, le même éclat dans le regard et les mains nerveuses, tel est apparu M. Mohamed Boudiaf à sa sortie de prison. Apparemment peu affecté par sa détention, mais légèrement amaigri, l’ancien prisonnier d’Aulnoy s’est tout de suite replongé dans son élément.»
Témoignage de première main d’un acteur en vue de la Révolution. En exil au Maroc où il s’occupait de sa briqueterie, Mohamed Boudiaf a décidé de détailler les préparatifs du 1er Novembre, à l’occasion de la célébration du 20e anniversaire du déclenchement de la Guerre d’Algérie.
Publié une première fois par le journal du PRS, El Jarida (Paris, 1974), le texte d’une centaine de pages a été réédité en 2010 chez Dar El Khalil (Alger) par son frère Aïssa Boudiaf qui y a adjoint l’entretien qu’il a accordé à El Khabar Hebdo.
Le document est un témoignage fort intéressant d’un acteur de cette période qui a été à la manœuvre (organisation spéciale, CRUA, groupe des 22 et des 6, etc.).
Boudiaf commence par expliquer ses objectifs : «Répondant aux désirs des militants du parti et certainement à celui de tous les Algériens épris de vérité, la commémoration du 20e anniversaire du 1er Novembre 1954 sera pour moi l’occasion de reprendre l’histoire de cette époque, des contacts, des discussions, des démarches, de l’organisation, en un mot des circonstances réelles dans lesquelles est née l’insurrection algérienne.»
Pour le rédacteur, «bon nombre de personnes étrangères à ces événements ont écrit et continuent de le faire en déformant, par intérêt ou par ignorance, les faits attribuant à des gens des rôles qu’ils n’ont pas joués, idéalisant certaines situations et passant d’autres sous silence, refaisant l’histoire après coup». Les chercheurs ne manqueront pas de se référer lorsqu’ils traitent de cette période dont beaucoup d’acteurs n’ont pas pu — mort au combat — ou voulu rédiger leurs témoignages.
La Préparation du 1er Novembre, Dar El Khalil, Alger, 2010, p. 111.
Quand Boudiaf assène ses vérités
Parfois des titres connaissent une meilleure fortune que les livres eux-mêmes.
Le livre de Mohamed Boudiaf Où va l’Algérie ? en fait partie. Publié une première fois aux éditions Librairie de l’Etoile (Paris, 1964), il sera réédité au début des années 1990 après avoir été diffusé en samizdat.
La jeune maison d’édition Tafat (ex-Belles-Lettres), installée à Béjaïa, l’a mis à la portée des lecteurs sous un format poche (2013).
Genèse du texte : enlevé par les hommes liges de Ben Bella, Boudiaf raconte dans le détail les journées de captivité. Amar Benbelaïd, étudiant et militant du PRS témoigne : «Le manuscrit a été envoyé dans le secret à des militants du PRS en France en septembre, soit deux mois avant sa libération (novembre 1963, ndlr). Quand Boudiaf fut libéré, nous étions en train de mettre la dernière main à la rédaction du manuscrit qu’il nous a fait parvenir du lieu de sa détention et qui relatait dans ses moindres détails, sa mise au secret depuis son enlèvement jusqu’à la veille de sa libération. Le soir même nous l’avions eu au téléphone et nous lui avions témoigné notre joie de le savoir enfin libre et de nouveau à sa place parmi nous.
Nous décidâmes de surseoir à la publication du livre pour lui permettre d’y ajouter une analyse politique et économique de la situation de l’Algérie et de le terminer par des propositions concrètes qui viendraient compléter la plateforme du PRS.» Le rédacteur, qui parle de ses privations, ne s’est pas retenu pour commenter l’actualité qu’il suivait sur un poste radio (crise du FFS, tensions avec le Maroc, démission de Abbas, etc.). L’auteur a consigné également des observations qui gardent, malgré la distance qui nous sépare de cette période de l’histoire de l’Algérie indépendante, toute leur force.
Mohamed Boudiaf, Où va l’Algérie ?, Tafat, P.250, 2013.
Boudiaf, l’enfant du Hodna
La ville de M’sila a connu une effervescence politique. La population indigène comme coloniale avait ses choix bien arrêtés : formations colonialistes, Parti communiste algérien (PCA), Association des oulémas, Amis du Manifeste algérien (AML), et plus tard PPA/MTLD. Birem Kamel, enseignant à l’université de M’sila, a consacré une étude sur l’activité nationaliste dans sa région du Hodna, tirée de sa thèse de doctorat. S’appuyant sur un fonds archivistique important (Archives Outre-mer d’Aix-en-Provence, Quai d’Orsay, Armées de terre-France, etc.), l’ouvrage permet de suivre les activités menées par les différents groupes organisés en «nadi» (club), ou suivant des personnalités en vue.
Né à Ouled Madhi à M’sila dans une famille déclassée, Mohamed Boudiaf fera ses premières armes dans ce milieu particulier. Après des études arrêtées en cinquième des cours complémentaires, il devient fonctionnaire successivement à Constantine et Jijel (service des contributions). Incorporé dans l’armée française en 1942 pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, il en sort avec le grade de brigadier-chef d’artillerie. A la fin de la guerre, il rejoint le parti MTLD/PPA (fin 1945) et en devient l’un des responsables à Bordj Bou Arréridj.
Fin 1947, il est chargé de créer une section de l’organisation para-militaire - Organisation spéciale (OS). Recherché en 1950 après le démantèlement de l’OS, il est jugé et condamné par contumace pour ses activités militantes. En 1952, il est chargé de l’organisation de la Fédération de France du MTLD.
En mars 1954, il forme le CRUA, avant d’être élu lors de la réunion des «22» comme responsable du Comité révolutionnaire. Il quitte l’Algérie en octobre 1954, pour rejoindre la délégation extérieure. L’avion de la compagnie Air Atlas-Air Maroc qui le conduit avec quatre des leaders de la Révolution est détourné en octobre 1956 sur Alger. A l’indépendance, il s’oppose à Ben Bella. Né le 23 juin 1919, il sera arrêté le 21 juin 1963. Il connaîtra une fin funeste le 29 d’un autre mois de juin (1992).
Birem Kamel, Le Mouvement national dans la région de M’sila (1900-1954), Dar El Awtan, Sidi Moussa, Alger, 2012, p.203.
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I just have to make the cake tonight. I always make a test of the recipe when I’m finished with the manuscript. I also have to write the patterns. Well, write them out. I have them in my own shorthand.
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Od bitvy u Zborova, která pomohla ke vzniku Československa, uplynulo 100 let. Na straně Čechoslováků tam stáli i dva sourozenci - dvaadvacetiletý podporučík Karel Kutlvašr a jeho o tři roky starší bratr František. Pro každého z obou selských synků z Michalovic ležících u Havlíčkova Brodu si však osud přichystal jinou cestu.
Samsungu se to zatím nepovedlo, Apple s tím má problémy. Takže prvním výrobcem, který bude mít čtečku v displeji, možná bude čínské Vivo. Dnes nejzmiňovanější a nejočekávanější inovaci vyřešil Qualcomm.
author: Marcia Brown
average rating: 3.51
book published: 1954
read at: 2010/07/12
date added: 2017/06/28
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“Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper” is the winner of the Caldecott Medal and is one of the earlier books by Marcia Brown that retells the French fairy tale “Cinderella” about how a miserable girl named Cinderella tries to go to the grand ball with the help of her fairy godmother. “Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper” is clearly one of Marcia Brown’s most memorable books yet!
Marcia Brown has indeed created many children’s books throughout her life. Imagine my surprise and excitement when I read her first children’s book! Marcia Brown has made this version of Cinderella much more tame than in the other versions of “Cinderella” I have seen as Cinderella’s stepsisters in this version seem a bit nicer to Cinderella by easily telling Cinderella about their time at the ball, although they still maintained their cruel nature by teasing Cinderella about not going to the ball, which is a bit unusual for in most versions that I have read of “Cinderella,” the stepsisters were always mean to Cinderella regardless of the situation that Cinderella was in. Marcia Brown’s illustrations are truly beautiful and simplistic in this version of the classic fairy tale as Cinderella truly looks beautiful with her wavy golden hair and beautiful black eyes. Also, the illustrations are a bit simplistic due to the fact that there is barely any color in the background, but the color is mainly focused on the characters, which allows the characters to stand out more, which I have never seen done in any other book that have simplistic illustrations.
“Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper” is a brilliant retelling of the classic fairy tale that I think will be more suitable to children who want to read the more tame version of the fairy tale and will be a great hit for children everywhere. I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book other than the stepsisters’ poor behavior towards Cinderella.
Elity evropských zemí neví, jak zastavit nelegální migrační toky z Afriky a Asie. Elitami míním zejména politiky hlavního proudu, velkou část novinářů a mediálních pracovníků, státní úředníky, politizující neziskové organizace a menší, avšak vlivnou část zaměstnanců pracujících ve vysokém školství.
You might already know that in order to prevent mistakes,
and halt shipping snafus in our doll orders, we use a long checklist, which has
to be gone over step-by-step before a doll can ship. This checklist works
well, but we still had the occasional ding that slipped through. It has no problems
checking things like joints, movement and function, body and head types, and
physical flaws, but some things could be missed. We didn’t like that – we know
you deserve the very best for your hard-earned money, and we are determined to
make sure that happens!
We’ve added a crucial final step to this checklist, which
has proven over the last few weeks to catch every possible issue. Now each inch
of your doll is photographed at the factory before she, or he, is shipped. We
then review the photographs and confirm the colors and options, making sure the
doll matches the order. We look for visual issues such as problems with fingernails, toenails, makeup, pubic hair, hair, eyes, eyebrows,
areola, labia colors and sizes. Only when we are sure that
everything is just perfect, do we allow a doll to ship to you.
Of course, this doesn’t stop the shipping company from
making a mistake, or Customs being rude and snooping, leaving a mess. But we
can handle that problem, if it happens. We always stand behind our product, and
we’ll always support you, our customer. If you ever have any problem with a
doll that arrives at your door, please contact us immediately and we’ll take
care of you.
You’re not just our customer, you’re a part of a huge family
of realistic love doll owners and admirers –just as we are. This isn’t just a
business, but a passion for love dolls. We want to be sure that all of our dolls
are just right and perfect for you, and this new quality control system is
taking a huge step in the right direction.
Zájemci měli k výběru celkem 157 položek, od knih a rukopisů přes kresby a plakáty až po artefakty či soudobé fotografie. Dražební síň Bloomsbury posílala do světa umělecké kousky ze světa erotiky. Například kolekce kreseb Chrise Priceho Belle Epoque se prodala za necelých 13 tisíc korun.
Nová česká aplikace částečně nahradí klasický atlas hub. Přímo v terénu dokáže z fotografie rozpoznat, o jaký druh houby se jedná. Podle tvůrců se aplikace navíc z každé vyfotografované houby bude učit, takže procento shody se bude zlepšovat.
Už desetiletí vědci spekulují, že částečnou vinu za zánik dinosaurů mohou nést mohutné sopky v Indii. To je stále nejisté, ale jak se ukazuje, vulkanická činnost sehrála klíčovou roli při nástupu dinosaurů na výsluní o dobrých 135 milionů let dříve.
Nejdříve to byla maďarská cesta. Pak se jednalo o balkánskou trasu. Nyní je epicentrem tohoto demografického zemětřesení Itálie, která se stala měkkým podbřiškem Evropy, kam připlouvají stovky tisíc migrantů.
Česká justice má opravdu veliký problém. Je jím neomluvitelná a trestuhodná neodbornost soudních znalců. Nedbalost, která může člověka dostat za mříže. Proč k tomu vedení české justice stále mlčí a nezakročilo již dříve?
Erdoganovo Turecko zakáže vyučovat evoluční teorii: vyjme ji ze školních osnov, neboť tak složité téma zvládnou až studenti univerzit. Pozoruhodné je už to, že příslušné oznámení není načasováno k přelomu školního roku, ale ke konci postního měsíce ramadánu.
Jekot motorové pily zmlkl a mohutný kmen se za praskotu lámaných větví řítí k zemi. Rostl dlouhá staletí, vzdoroval suchu i vodním přívalům, vichrům i škůdcům, aby se v jediném okamžiku proměnil v kus dřeva, v kubíky vysoce ceněné suroviny.
Málokdy se stává, že souhlasím se sociální demokracií. Tento zřídkavý úkaz nastal nyní; návrh ministra vnitra Milana Chovance (ČSSD) vložit do ústavy právo bezúhonných a způsobilých občanů držet a nosit zbraně považuji za dobrý, prozíravý a vhodný. Spíše se divím, že toto právo nebylo v Listině už od samého počátku.
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This week Erin tells us how she was scammed by a donut party while Bryan shares his love of naming everything "jer-majesty." Also Medical research studies are not allowing women to participate because their periods and their emotions will taint the data. Also Republicans are getting bribed to vote against gun laws with such a low amount of money they couldn’t even buy an iced coffee, but remember..their prayers are with us.
It's that time of the year again. The only night of the year when desi people dominate ESPN primetime in the United States. The Scripps National Spelling Bee. Yet again, the winner...or rather co-winners..came from the families of Indian immigrants.
This has been happening for over a decade now, and every year, the aftermath of the Bee in Indian media and Indian and Indian-origin social media follows a similar pattern. There are a few think pieces about why Indian-Americans are so good at spelling bees. Some folks go all uber-patriotic extolling the superior virtues of our intellectual tradition and what not (cue...Bhaaaaarrrraat maaata kiiii.......). And some folks sneer, indulging in a mild form of communal self-loathing. I don't have kids but my close Indian-American friends who do are very emphatic about how they will not make...or even let their kids participate in something as nerdy and inherently uncool as a spelling bee.
Through Twitter I came across this post that quotes Varun Grover's interview in the excellent excellent documentary I Am Offended (do watch if you haven't) which references spelling bees. That blog, and Varun in that documentary, are making a larger point about how the Indian education system is centered around rote learning, stifling creativity and basically preparing "middle managers". And that the success in spelling bees is a symptom of that.
While I agree with Varun and Auctorly on the larger problem, I don't think it is correct to link spelling bees to that problem. I see where they are coming from, and the reason for that is a couple of myths about spelling bees in general which merit some attention.
Myth #1 Spelling Bees are all about memorizing thousands and thousands and thousands of words, and regurgitating them on stage.
I used to think the same way, but it's not really that way. A few years ago, I had a long chat with a student of mine (I am a college professor) who in her school days had participated in the spelling bee. She didn't win, but talked to me about how much fun it was, and ended up giving me a different perspective on this activity that I too once sneered at. Then I read some more about it, watched the documentary Spellbound, talked to some more students over the years, and I think it is necessary to add some nuance to how we view the "sport".
Spelling bee as a contest is more about pattern recognition than just rote memorization. Don't get me wrong. Of course it is important to know and remember many many words to participate in a spelling bee. But the same is true of scrabble. Or crosswords. Or trivia quizzing. Heck, memorization is key even in chess. A serious chess player will have thousands of moves and games memorized.
Just like all those activities/sports, spelling bee is about, yes, having a memory bank of relevant information, but at the top level, it is often about recognizing patterns, working out clues, and then formulating an answer by accessing the relevant information from your brain.
You know how the kids ask for meaning, language of origin, use it in a sentence etc etc? It is not for theater. It has important information, and many times, can even help you make an educated guess at the spelling of a word you've never heard of by using what is basically pattern recognition.
Let me give you an example about how I, without memorizing any words, was able to correctly guess one of the words in the final this year. The word was chremslach. When it was first uttered, I thought it would start with "Kr" and maybe end with "che" or "kh". Then I heard that the word was Yiddish. And the meaning was a kind of passover pastry. Instantly I thought of a pastry that a Jewish deli near my house excels at - rugelach. The end sounded the same. So it had to end in -lach. And the different pronunciations of the starting syllable suggested chr not Kr. The repeated usage by the moderator further confirmed what I had in my mind. A pattern emerged and voila. There the spelling was.
I felt thrilled at having worked it out before the contestant answered. It was a thrill similar to the one I get as a trivia quizzer when I crack a cleverly framed Final Jeopardy style "workout-able" question. Or the thrill I get when I crack a particularly cryptic clue in crosswords.
The aforementioned student kept stressing about how much fun the whole thing was for her. She said it was a form of solving puzzles. And I saw what she meant. I asked her, isn't it boring to memorize thousands and thousands of words. She said no, she LOVES words (sidenote - she always wrote the most well-crafted and thoughtful term papers in my class). And again, I see her point.
When you enjoy any activity built on pattern recognition so much that you want to seriously compete in it, you don't think of the underlying memorization as a drab chore. I like to play scrabble semi-competitively, and it is fun for me to have those cruel 2 letter words memorized so I can gain advantage on the board despite not having great tiles. And I'm sure poker players don't think of probability calculations as mundane.
Myth #2 These desi spelling be winners will most likely end up as middle managers, code coolies, cogs in the corporate machine....just total drones.
Although it seems like Indian-Americans have been winning the bee for ages, in reality, it's been less than two decades that it has been happening consistently. So the sample of winners is not statistically significant, but from whatever I read in "where are they now" type stories, I saw very few, if any, ending up in those drone type jobs.
A lot of them were in some form of research, which to me, as an academic researcher, makes sense. Research is like the rigorous grown-up impactful form of pattern recognition that is built upon a deep memory bank of knowledge about a subject. A bunch of them were doctors and lawyers. One was a professional poker player (again, pattern recognition and memory). And so on. I even googled a few names of winners and always found that the person was doing something really cool.
Maybe a systematic study will throw up more details.
Myth #3 We Indians are just awesome at English and we are such brainiacs and we have the bestest education-centric culture so we are awesome at Spelling Bees
While the first two myths were in the self-loathing category, this one is in the uber-patriotic category. I have no problem with Indians or Indian-origin feeling proud or elated or whatever at this dominance, although I am personally from the Bill Hicks school of thought when it comes to patriotism.
But let us dispel with this notion that there is something really inherently culturally genetically special about Indians that our kids just go to America, show up at spelling bees, and start winning them left and right. There is actually a pretty strong and well-organized training infrastructure that is making all this possible. Remember that these contestants train with the rigor and discipline of athletes. It is not done in isolation, but requires broader support like with any sport or activity.
What you see on ESPN is the culmination of a year of smaller contests, local spelling bees, practice bees, and other such events on the local circuits. And there's a kind of feedback loop that forms. Successive generations build on the success of previous generations. Legacies and even "dynasties" are created and inspire some to adhere to it. I could keep going, but I came across this article that explains the quasi-institutional reasons behind the dominance in more detail.
If some other community starts taking such a deep interest in the sport and organizes in such a serious grassroots way, other communities could start dominating too.
One thing to note is that the winners have all been kids of Indians who migrated to the United States. Recent Indian immigrants, much like recent immigrants of other communities, tend to socialize more with their compatriots and do so in a very community-based way, with associations and groups and mandals and so on. But second generation Indian-Americans are more assimilated in the American mainstream. So when they grow up and have kids of their own, they are not as plugged into the Indian-American groups and associations as their parents were.
So you don't see many (or even any?) third generation Indian-American children winning the spelling bee or even making it to the national finals, because they don't have automatic access to that community-based infrastructure.
The best way to end this post is to quote a now-grown-up Nupur Lala, the star of the Oscar winning documentary who arguably started this Indian-American phenomenon.
“Having watched Spellbound, I realized that several of my competitors weren’t any worse than me ability-wise, but they didn’t have the same advantages—economic privilege, educational background, family dynamics,” she says. “I know that played a big, big role in my success. As a 14-year-old, I really thought I was one of the best spellers out there. In hindsight, I think, yeah, I was a very good speller, but I also had some of the best preparation and resources out there. I had a mom who had a graduate degree in linguistics. Parents who have literally hundreds of books in the house, and who were very motivated to help me succeed.”
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It's been a couple of years since I translated anything by PuLa. While considering different options about what to translate next, Hari Tatya stood out as a particular appealing candidate. He is so universally identifiable. Hari Tatya - the eccentric but genial family friend with one foot firmly in the distant past that all kids have encountered growing up. Your Hari Tatya might not have been interested in history. Maybe he was into politics, or science, or even astrology. But that does not take away from the HariTatyaness of all Hari Tatyas.
Usual caveats apply - I cannot even pretend to be a good enough translator to keep most of PuLa's magic intact. But even a fraction of the essence of the character sketch should make it readable. And I have changed or omitted some references to make the essay accessible. And used contemporary phrases and expressions.
A couple of days ago, I heard someone use the phrase "irrefutable proof", and I was suddenly reminded of Hari Tatya. I had heard him say "I have irrefutable proof of this!!" hundreds of times during the course of my childhood in Mumbai. So had everyone else who knew him. So much so, that my grandma's nickname for Hari Tatya was "Mr. Irrefutable Proof".
There was nothing surprising about his penchant for that phrase, because he is always making claims that can't be justified without irrefutable proof. The guy refuses to inhabit the present. And describes the past as if he can see it unfolding in front of his eyes. He's been like that for as long as I can remember. Obviously, I can't remember the first time I saw him. But I am sure he remembers it vividly.
"Purushottam! Come on, son! How can you not remember? It was a Saturday. Late in the afternoon. How can you not remember?"
That's how he's sure to chide me for forgetting the details of my birth.
The remarkable thing about Hari Tatya was how informally he addressed everyone, be they younger or older than him. He is the only person I ever knew who spoke to my generally feared and respected grandpa like an old chum. Of course, we knew him as grandpa's friend. But he was obviously several years younger. Because he generally treated grandpa with respect and veneration. In his own way. He never used the respectful pronoun as is the norm when speaking to elders in India. But whenever grandpa entered the room, Hari Tatya would sit up straight. Maybe because grandpa gave him some pocket money to tide him over every month. And often provided him with seed funding for his latest entrepreneurial venture.
No one in the family can remember exactly when this creature named Hari Tatya became a part of our extended household. My grandfather was a very generous man, and a friend to anyone who tried to be his friend. So it was difficult to predict exactly how many people he'd bring home any given evening to have dinner with the family. Of course, in those days of the big joint family, the occasional dinner guest or two didn't really bother those minding the kitchen. In those days, rice, dal, and flour for a meal were measured not by cupfuls, but by fistfuls. The dinner table was populated by not just immediate family, but also uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins once, twice, several times removed. There was also the occasional son or daughter of a family friend studying in the city, in addition to ABC's brother-in-law and XYZ's neighbor's son-in-law. So at pretty much any meal, there were always a few unexpected guests present. I don't recall many evenings when our joint family of 12 had less than 25 plates laid out for dinner.
My grandma seemed to me like Annapoorna (the goddess of nourishment) reincarnated. Her hands were blessed with some magical touch that imparted rich flavor even on a glass of water she served. So you can imagine how tasty and welcoming any dinner table she laid out was. Hari Tatya joined our family by turning up at one such dinner table. After that, he kept turning up. He was there with us at joyous occasions. He was with us at sad moments.
But all those years, even as I grew up and looked different every year, Hari Tatya always looked the same. A simple cotton shirt, modest dhoti, and a rarely-washed Gandhi cap. We kids referred to his style of wearing the cap as "Compass Fashion". If his nose pointed east, then the two ends of his cap seemed to align with the North-South axis, like a compass needle.
I never had any idea what Hari Tatya did for a living. I only knew that grandpa kept helping him start some "promising new business" every few months. Grandpa had always had a dream of owning and running his own business. But his stable and respected position in society, the steady income his job brought him, and the large family depending on that income, made taking any big risks all but impossible. So he lived his entrepreneurial dream vicariously through Hari Tatya by funding Hari Tatya's ambitious albeit modestly scaled business ideas.
I remember one monsoon season when grandpa gave Hari Tatya money to start a business selling umbrellas. For the next couple of years, everyone in the family got a new umbrella for free in the first week of June. But I doubt Hari Tatya's umbrella business was profitable any longer than an umbrella mushroom's lifespan. It seemed like grandpa was more devoted to making the umbrella business succeed. I remember he would come home from work in the evening every day and hand Hari Tatya a sheet of paper,
"Here are orders for some umbrellas. Be sure to deliver them to these addresses right away."
Then we kids would accompany Hari Tatya, brand new umbrellas stacked on our heads, making deliveries to customers that grandpa has managed to canvas during his day job. We kids usually didn't move a muscle for anyone else. We'd disappear if anyone else tried to give us a chore. But for Hari Tatya, we didn't mind looking ridiculous walking the streets with those umbrellas on our heads. We loved his company so much, we'd have walked on coals with umbrellas on our heads if he had asked us to.
Hari Tatya told us absorbing stories and taught us fascinating poems and shlokas as we accompanied him. That too at the top of his voice while walking on the street without any regard to passers by. I remember an anecdote from one of our umbrella sorties. We were all walking with those umbrellas stacked on our heads. Hari Tatya told us to put the umbrellas down, and join him on a stone bench on a street square, and regaled us with the story of Sant Ramdas.
He had a truly unique narrative style. As a result of that narrative style, for many years, we kids were under the impression that Hari Tatya, Sant Ramdas, Moropant, Sant Tukaram, Vaman Pandit, Shivaji Maharaj etc. all once lived together in the same neighborhood. Because no matter how far back in the past the event he was narrating had occurred, he effortlessly injected himself into the proceedings. The way he recounted those stories convinced us that he had seen it all unfold in front of his eyes.
"Kids, I tell you, this Ramdas, even as a kid, was quite the character! He would run away and hide somewhere. We'd keep searching, keep seeking, but couldn't find him! His mother would ask us - have you seen my little Narayan anywhere? We'd say, sorry ma'am, we have no idea. Poor woman, she'd keep looking for him all over the village."
"Once she asked the village chief - have you seen my Narayan anywhere? The village chief had the habit of pouncing on any opportunity to be arrogant. He said - Narayan? Which Narayan? There are hundreds of Narayans in this village! Mother said - Please help me, sir. My Narayan. Narayan Thosar. Have you seen him?"
"Poor lady. There were tears in her eyes. And with good reason. Tell me Purushottam, if you go missing some day. And your mother is looking for you everywhere. Won't she tear up? Tell me, Purushottam! Won't she??"
Hari Tatya would narrate this story with so much pathos, that all our eyes would moisten up as well. Then we'd start walking again to make sure the umbrellas were delivered on time. But as our hands held the umbrellas on our heads, our shirt sleeves would be busy wiping our tearful eyes as Hari Tatya continued with Sant Ramdas a.k.a Narayan Thosar's story.
"Narayan's mother was terrified! Fair good-looking little boy. I tell you guys, this Narayan looked so beautiful as a child. Positively radiant. Plus he'd just had his threading ceremony, and wore a pearl earring. She was aghast - did those Muslim invaders kidnap him to convert him to Islam??? Oh my god!!!"
"And kids, I tell you....those damned Muslim invaders in those days....they weren't decent like Muslims we know today. No! They were just so damn #$%%*&^$#......"
And he'd unleash a barrage of expletives that any other adult would've deemed inappropriate for our supposedly innocent young ears. Maybe it's because of these expletives he let loose so readily, but to our pre-pubescent minds, Hari Tatya seemed like the epitome of valor and courage.
"So then, hours ticked by. And soon it was afternoon. Still no sign of Narayan! Mother ran home and spread her arms in front of Lord Ram's idol. Ah, how beautiful that idol was, kids, believe me! So divine...."
And Hari Tatya folded his hands to pay respects to that imaginary idol of Lord Ram floating in the air in front of him. We all were still carrying umbrellas. But still, we did our best to twist our arms and pay our respects to the imaginary idol too.
"She said - Goddess Sita, please find me my Narayan, and I will give you an offering of my best clothes and a coconut! Mother said that, and opened the closet to take out her best clothes to offer to the goddess. And lo! Narayan was sitting in the closet!"
"Mother wailed in delight - NAAARAAYANAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!"
And Hari Tatya yelled so loudly, that everyone around us on the street stopped whatever they were doing and started staring at us.
"Mother took Narayan in her arms and said - My son, I have been looking for you all over the village. What are you doing here? .... Do you know Purushottam, what Narayan's response was?"
I shook my head.
"Yeah, well, it's difficult for you to know. How would you know? An innocent little child like you can't even imagine what the future Sant Ramdas said. Narayan said...get this, kids.... Narayan said - Mother, I was pondering the fate of the world"
"That's what he said - I was pondering the fate of the world."
Hari Tatya finished the story. He blew his nose. Then he wiped his eyes with his shirt sleeves. All us little umbrella carriers, or chhatrapatis, had no idea what to do next. Hari Tatya regained control of his demeanor and said,
"Just think Purushottam.... he was about your age. And what did he say? I was pondering the fate of the world! Unbelievable! Simply divine! Tell me Purushottam, do you have such a boy in your class? A boy who will hide in the closet? And say - I was pondering the fate of the world?? Is there? Tell me!"
I meekly shook my head.
"Yeah! So that was Ramdas! Saintly right from his childhood. I have irrefutable proof of this. He went on to become Ramdas Swami.... Sant Ramdas. But just because he was a Sant, don't think he was a softie. You should've seen him flex his muscles. The way his biceps sprang up, almost jumping out of his skin, I tell you! All he had to do was bend his arm ever so slightly, and his bicep would spring up. If you struck his bicep with an iron bar, the iron bar would bend! But Sant Ramdas would barely notice the blow. Barely...."
Hari Tatya kept staring into nothingness for a couple of minutes as if he had just seen Sant Ramdas in the flesh. He smiled a little and gradually shook his head in admiration.
Then suddenly, as if waking up from a dream, he shook his shoulders. And in a voice completely devoid of the narration-specific baritone, he said,
"Umm....Purushottam....tell me...Nerulkar...Nerulkar is the guy who lives around the corner from the grocery store, right? How many umbrellas has he ordered? Three, right? Let me check..."
Hari Tatya fished out the sheet from his pocket, verified the order, and led our umbrella-bearing procession to the Nerulkar residence.
No one in that procession had yet truly returned to the present, to the real world. One kid was visualizing the full scale and strength of Sant Ramdas' legendary biceps. Another was wondering how a well-built 10 year could fit inside a 17th century closet in a poor Brahmin family's house. Yet another was promising himself that when he grew up, he'd work out so intensely that an iron bar would bend when struck on his biceps. With all these anachronistic thoughts in our minds, dreamy expressions on our faces, and umbrellas on our heads, we were helping Hari Tatya run his business.
It goes without saying that the umbrella business didn't last long. None of Hari Tatya's businesses did. The reason was obvious to me. Hari Tatya aspired to run those businesses. But his passion and dedication towards running them was nothing compared to the passion and dedication grandpa had for those businesses. But grandpa's passion and dedication was moot, since he couldn't practically quit his job. And Hari Tatya, who was supposed to run the business, usually inhabited a completely different reality.
Later, grandpa gave Hari Tatya money to start a business selling agarbattis (incense sticks). So Hari Tatya started walking around with a big bag of agarbattis hanging from his neck. Grandpa and Hari Tatya would discuss the sales of the day every evening. Often, it'd turn out that Hari Tatya had taken 1 rupee from a customer for an agarbatti pack worth 75 paise, and returned 50 paise instead of 25 paise. And on most days, the bag hanging from his neck was as full in the evening as it had been in the morning.
But still, after all these discussions, on his way out, Hari Tatya would open the door and happily yell at us kids,
"Jai Jai Raghuveer Samartha!"
That's a line from the Dasbodh - Sant Ramdas' treatise on spiritual and practical matters. It is particularly known among Marathi people for its guidance on practical matters, a ready reckoner for success, if you will. Hari Tatya was a man who kept quoting that practical treatise at every possible opportunity, but remained utterly and truly impractical. He never reached an appointment on time, never left an appointment on time.
Grandpa and Hari Tatya clearly loved each other, cared for each other. But they also spent several nights arguing with each other. Random corners of various rooms in our house were stacked with unsold inventory from Hari Tatya's failed ventures - from umbrellas to agarbattis to books to backpacks. Once in a while, when we eavesdropped on the arguments, what Hari Tatya said was oddly but somehow appropriately unrelated to the business at hand and more relevant to arcane Maratha history,
"Dude, I have irrefutable proof of this! Come with me to Maval right now! I can literally see where that horse Krishna's hooves landed!"
And truly, Hari Tatya could probably see where those hooves has landed centuries ago. I often wonder if Hari Tatya's default existence was in the distant past, in the golden age of the Maratha empire. The odd occasion when he acknowledged the 20th century was probably like a dream to him.
"So there we all were. Standing in the royal court with Shivaji Maharaj on the throne. And they brought in the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor. Oh wow! She was absolutely gorgeous! A true beauty if I ever saw one! And as the victorious king, Shivaji Maharaj had the right to have his way with her. She was his for the taking. She was so damn beautiful, I tell you guys! And her flawless milky white complexion! She was at least 6 times as fair as this girl Yami everyone thinks is so fair. And I'm not making this up, boys. I have irrefutable proof of this!"
When I was a kid, our neighbor Yami Gokhale was the benchmark of fair complexion. She had the whitest skin we ever saw. The Gokhales were the only Konknastha Brahmin family in our neighborhood, and Konknastha Brahmins are reputed to have fair/white skins. The rest of us were mainly Deshpande-Kulkarni types with wheatish-to-dark skins. Hari Tatya himself was as dark as the iron pillar in Delhi. So when he said "6 times as fair as this girl Yami", we had genuine trouble imagining how fair the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor must have been. But Hari Tatya had no trouble embellishing his story.
"We were all standing there, staring, admiring her beauty. Maharaj himself was stunned by her beauty..... tell me kids.... Maharaj who???"
We had all memorized the answer to this question thanks to several prior lessons from Hari Tatya,
We kids yelled out the official complete title for Shivaji as if we were orderlies in the Maratha court of the 1600s. When we said this correctly, Hari Tatya regally looked at us with an expression of pride and humility, as if he were Shivaji himself!
"Well done, boys! So anyway....where was I?"
"6 times as fair as Yami" one of us piped up.
"Okay, you idiot. Who was 6 times as fair as Yami?"
"The wife of Kalyan's vanquished governor."
"WIFE????????" Hari Tatya screeched.
We all took a step back.
"You idiot! Where did his wife come from? There in Kalyan, the vanquished governor is splayed out dying, yelling YA ALLAH! YA ALLAH!"
And Hari Tatya laid down on the ground with his limbs flailing in the air, invoking the Koranic almighty.
"He is dying! His wife is next to him, crying! The one they brought to Shivaji Maharaj's court was his beautiful daughter-in-law!"
"6 times as fair as..."
"YES!" Hari Tatya thundered, "Will you stop obsessing over Yami, for crying out loud?"
The boy looked away and Hari Tatya continued,
"So we were all staring at this exquisite beauty that was the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor. And Maharaj was looking at her too. Oh, and how handsome Maharaj himself looked, I tell you, boys! Eyes like an eagle. Sharp straight nose. Thick flowing beard. Rich well-defined sideburns....."
Whenever Hari Tatya narrated a story about Shivaji Maharaj, this effusive description of his appearance was bound to turn up sooner rather than later. As soon as Hari Tatya mentioned the sideburns, we'd complete the remaining description -
"...the regal crown on his head, the divine Bhavani sword at his waist, a pearl necklace hanging against his chest, a tilak on his forehead....."
When we completed this description, Hari Tatya looked at us all with an expression of genuine bliss and satisfaction.
"Well done, boys!" Hari Tatya nodded and continued, "So Maharaj said to the beauty - betaa, pardaa nikaalo, darney ki koi baat nahin (Child, take off your veil. There is no need to be afraid.)"
All of us had heard the story of the daughter-in-law of Kalyan's vanquished governor dozens of times. But every time, this particular line was delivered in Hindi for some reason.
"So that beauty raised her veil. Maharaj looked at her. And said - Wow! Goddess Bhavani has made you extremely beautiful!"
Because of Hari Tatya's numerous renditions of this story, all us kids grew up assuming that the job of making someone beautiful had been assigned to Goddess Bhavani. In fact, we were so convinced of it, that for many years afterwards, whenever I saw a beautiful woman, I'd think to myself - Goddess Bhavani has done a good job on her!
"Maharaj then said - If my mother had been as good looking as you, then maybe I too would have been good looking! Hearing this, I swear you Purushottam, that lady was so touched, tears started flowing from her eyes. Then Maharaj gave her a sari as a gift, and respectfully sent her back to Kalyan, untouched and unmolested. That's how wise and decent our Maharaj was!"
Just as Hari Tatya finished narrating the story, grandpa showed up. Suddenly, Hari Tatya's demeanor changed, and he earnestly said,
"Listen Purushottam, tomorrow morning, we must leave really early to sell those agarbattis, understand? Later on, the streets get so crowded, that it's difficult to move about!"
Of course, all us kids understood the sudden change in Hari Tatya. In fact, we had an unspoken arrangement with him, in which, if we saw grandpa approaching, we would quietly tell Hari Tatya about it.
This arrangement worked great when we were kids. But kids don't always stay kids. They grow up.
We grew up too. Lost our wide-eyes innocence, and developed a healthy sense of cynicism and sarcasm. We went from revering Hari Tatya to poking fun at Hari Tatya. Once we started making fun of the guy, we realized that grandma had been doing it for ages. If he occasionally turned up late for dinner, grandma would say,
"Oh, you still haven't had dinner, Hari Tatya?? When you didn't show up at the usual time, I thought Shivaji Maharaj insisted you stay over at his palace for dinner!"
Hari Tatya would say nothing.
"Or maybe at Peshwa Bajirao's table tonight.... in a silver plate!"
I don't think the ridicule mattered to Hari Tatya. In fact, I am sure that in his mind, he really had dined with Shivaji Maharaj thousands of times. Once he entered the idyllic world of the past, he completely immersed himself in it.
Once, our entire family went to Pune for a function. Hari Tatya came with us. For him, Pune, steeped in Maratha history, was Valhalla. Not only did he come with us, but he took all us kids for several walks around the city all week, and all but recounted the history associated with every tiny rock we encountered.
When Hari Tatya took us to the bare spartan innards of the historic Peshwa palace Shanivaarvaada, he told us the story of Peshwa Narayanrao's murder. And of course, he ran around the place yelling,
"UNCLE!! SAVE ME!! UNCLE!! SAVE ME!!"
Be it the reign of Shivaji or the reign of Peshwas, this man was always there. 'How was Hari Tatya present at every historic event related to the Maratha empire in the 17th, 18th, and 19th century?' - was a question we never asked ourselves when we were children. And when we grew up, although we poked a little fun at him, we never asked him that uncomfortable question to force him to confront the fact that his fantasy world was just that - a fantasy.
Hari Tatya led us through the streets of Pune, reliving several processions full of elephants and horses. His eyes had apparently seen the first ever public Ganpati, in Kasba. He didn't just know the details of everything that went on at Lal Mahal; he could even identify the window from which Shaistekhan was hanging when he lost his fingers to Shivaji's sword.
"And the bugger went to the Mughal emperor Delhi and greeted him with his chopped up fingers!" Hari Tatya told us with ill-concealed glee, "The emperor said to Shaistekhan - Sir Uncle, where are your fingers? Khan said to the emperor - that bastard Shivaji, that rat of the hills, he cut them off! Imagine that! This no-good Shaistekhan called Maharaj a bastard! That damn #$%%@#$$#@@@..."
Hari Tatya, in the presence of us kids, fired at Shaistekhan a colorful expletive of such unbridled hostility, that if the Khan had heard it, he would've presented his hands to Hari Tatya and said, "if you want, cut off my remaining fingers, but please, stop with the profanity!"
Hari Tatya often turned up when least expected. Similarly, he often disappeared when least expected. On Chaturthi (a holy night for Marathis), if Hari Tatya didn't show up for dinner, even grandma would wonder,
"Where the heck is Hari Tatya? Has he gone to Panipat to wage another ill-advised war?"
Hari Tatya was sorely missed on every holy occasion that he didn't show up, solely for his flair at leading aarti (public prayer). He knew hundreds of of aartis. He seemed to know by heart the aarti for every god and goddess in the Hindu pantheon. When a shirtless Hari Tatya, with tilak on his forehead would start the aarti of the Dashaavtaars in his booming voice, everyone's hands instinctively came together in devotion. And when I say his voice boomed, I mean it! Even the person holding the pooja plate would put it down, probably worried about it vibrating because of the voice.
By the time he was halfway through the 10 avatars, Hari Tatya's own delirious avatar was worth marveling over. We kids would get caught up in the fervor too. Whenever Hari Tatya became engrossed in the aarti, his right eye developed an odd squint. On such occasions, we kids would turn our back on the holy idols and stare at the divine Hari Tatya instead.
"PINDYA PATAKAA...VAISHNAV NAACHATI..."
At this line, he'd spin on the spot a couple of times. We kids would spin too.
"CHANDRABHAAGE MADHYE SNAAN KARITI"
I can still picture the imaginary dip he would take in the imaginary holy river at this line.
Towards the end of the aarti, his voice got even louder at the DEVAAAA.... and of course, all us kids would join in. That was the only moment in the whole year when we had a license to scream as loudly as we wanted. That's what made Hari Tatya so special to us kids - in his company, we could be what we wished we could be all the time.
Today, after remembering Hari Tatya after all these years, I can't help but get a little choked up. Dozens of people of all ages, appearances, and backgrounds came to visit grandpa when I was growing up. I can remember some of them well, can't even picture the faces of many others. But no one was as memorable as Hari Tatya.
When Hari Tatya walked into the compound of our house, he'd first stop and talk to us kids playing in the yard, and only then go greet the adults. He was popular not only among the kids in my family, but also other kids in the neighborhood, who had no compunctions in calling out his name when they saw him,
Hari Tatya would acknowledge the kid who had called out his name and do his best to entertain. He'd pretend to jump up and down like a monkey, make funny faces, march around like a drummer boy until everyone was laughing. He'd stop whatever he was doing to entertain kids.
Sometimes he'd do this when he was walking with grandpa, engaged in some serious discussion about their latest business venture. Grandpa would discover that he was talking to fresh air, and Hari Tatya had stopped several steps back to make faces at some kid. On such occasions, grandpa scolded him in public, asked him to behave like a grown-up.
But grandpa did love Hari Tatya a lot, like a brother. I never fully understood why the bond between them was so strong, because you couldn't find two men more unlike each other. But the bond was strong. If grandma made some special dessert, grandpa would always remind her to set some aside for Hari Tatya. Not that grandma needed any reminders. She cared about him too. Often she'd tell other women in the kitchen to make sure there's enough food set aside for "that old crow Hari Tatya" in case he dropped by.
Hari Tatya resembled a crow in many ways. When he moved his gaze, he moved not just his eyes, but even his neck, like a crow does. His eyes had a slight squint, like crow's eyes. But his squinted gaze had seen a lot of things that others with a normal gaze missed. He had seen Shivaji's coronation, the third battle of Panipat, the Buradi Ghat skirmish...
"Even if we die, we'll keep fighting on!" Hari Tatya, down on the ground in our front yard with limbs flailing, hollered Dattaji Shinde's dying words.
Even today when I read Dattaji's tragic death, I see him as Hari Tatya in my front yard. Over the years Hari Tatya got me intimately acquainted with Shivaji, Tanaji, Tukaram, and everyone of any importance in Maratha history.
I never really liked history lessons at school, nor did I fully understand them. School history was infested with dates that had to be memorized. Hari Tatya's history wasn't tangled in the cobwebs of distant dates; it was as alive as he was. And he brought it to life for me.
As a child when I made my first trip to Pune, I was surprised not to see Shivaji or Sambhaji Maharaj there. When the train passed through the Sahyadris, I hoped to catch the glimpse of the Marathi army crossing the hills in full battle gear. Hari Tatya's refusal to think of history in past tense had rubbed of on me. His tendency to inject himself into any event and narrate in first person made it seem like all those events had occurred just before Hari Tatya came to our house.
People often personify History when they say things like "History will remember", "History will note", "History tell us", and so on. Today I realize that the "I" in Hari Tatya's stories was never meant to be Hari Tatya himself, but that personification of History.
"All us soldiers on Sinhagad were terrified by the enemy's swollen ranks, and started running away from battle, when Suryaji stood in our way. WAIT, he shouted at us, I HAVE CUT OFF THE ROPES THAT WE USED TO CLIMB UP. Well, what could we do? There was no way to run. So we turned around and joined the battle again. A sword through an enemy's throat, a spear through another's stomach, we kept going!"
"Tanaji had already been martyred. Shelarmama was wounded, but still fighting. I tell you, Purushottam, I have never seen a man bleed as much as Shelarmama did that night. His clothes were completely red. But oh, when he finally landed a blow on that Udaybhaan.... that was all it tok. Udaybhaan was flat on his back. Soon the tide turned, and we had won. We lit up the signal torches. Shivaji Maharaj saw our signal and reached Sinhagad in an hour."
"When he learned that Tanaji had died, Maharaj started bawling like a baby! Like a baby, I tell you! He said in a broken voice - "I got my gad (fort) back, but I lost my sinha (lion)". Oh, the plaintive voice when he said it, I swear to you Purushottam, I couldn't bear to hear it. I had never and have never since heard Maharaj sound like that. And I have irrefutable proof of this. Not making it up. Even the stones on Sinhagad melted at the intensity of Maharaj's sorrow. That's how Maharaj was. Which Maharaj?"
"GoBrahminPratipalak........" we'd break into our well-rehearsed chant.
As time went by, my childhood too became history. Most of the elders in the family passed away. The house also aged. Maintaining the yard became too much of a hassle, so it was tiled. The little flower garden was gone, as were grandpa, grandma, and dad. I lost touch with most other members of the family as well. There was no way to always keep in touch with Hari Tatya.
Once in a while, the clock turns back, and in the broken glasses of the old house's windows, I see countless reflections from my childhood. Occasionally the scent of an agarbatti, or the first drop of rain on a new umbrella makes me think of Hari Tatya. And his voice starts echoing in my head.
That man, no relation of mine, gave me more than most of my close relatives ever did. He'd take us kids high in the open skies of fantasy on his wings of history. Bring to life everyone from history. He made sure that the roots of the tiny saplings that were our childhoods were buried deep in a glorious past. Hari Tatya never gave us snacks or candy that money could buy, but instilled in us a sense of pride for our heritage that no treasure in the world can.
He strengthened our tiny wrists with the character of the past. I never realized it then, but can see the true value of his efforts now. Those wrists don't always turn the way they are supposed to. But Hari Tatya instilled in us the confidence that if need be, they can turn the course of history.
Now Hari Tatya himself is part of history. Old age made him a shadow of his former self. It was much later, during his last and eventually fatal bout of illness, that I learned Hari Tatya had a grown-up son. He worked in some trading firm in East Africa.
In those final days, when I went to meet him, I couldn't bear to look at what old age had done to him. He was almost fully blind. As he laid there looking weak, his shriveled body didn't even cover half the bed. I sat next to him.
"Hari Tatya, it's me Purushottam."
"Oh Purushotam! Great!" he smiled in the direction of my voice, "As you can see, I am now Surdas! So how have you been? You're in Delhi these days, right?"
"Ah, never got to see Delhi."
"Why don't you come with me?"
"There's no use now. I may be able to visit Delhi, but won't be able to see it, which is the whole point. No, I'll just admire it in my mind."
Hari Tatya felt silent. I felt tempted to gather all my childhood friends, including the 1/6th fair Yami Gokhale, and holler,
Maybe it would have brought life back to his eyes, put some meat on his bones, and maybe he'd have said,
"I tell you, Purushottam! We were all standing there dumbfounded in the court at Delhi. And Sadashivrao Bhau was chipping away at the golden throne! With his bare hands! Pieces of gold flying all around, as the rest of us watched, unable to move!"
Come to think of it, Hari Tatya didn't need to see Delhi for all this. Whatever he had seen of history, he hadn't seen with the eyes he lost to old age. I spent several hours with him and left, aware that this might be the last time I get to meet him.
A few days later, Hari Tatya's obituary appeared in the newspaper with the cliched salutations and praises - affectionate, kind, loved by all, etc etc. As I read the obituary, I realized it didn't even come close to capturing the essence of the man. It was the first and last printed record my old childhood friend, who usually lived in the distant past, having any contact with the present. All it did was offer "irrefutable proof" that a man called Hari Tatya had existed in our times.
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Griffith -Dyer is contesting the poll along with Carolyn Seepersad- Bachan and Sharon Gopaul- McNichol.
However, attorney Ramroop, representing COP member Kirt Francis , a former executive officer, wrote the party regarding alleged unlawful ratification of new members and ineligibility of new members to vote at/ to contest leadership election.
The letter claimed COP’s ratification of Dyer-Griffith’s membership in COP↔was null and void since it didn’t meet party constitutional rules. It called for the party to bar Dyer- Griffith from contesting or voting in the election and to have systems in place for a national executive to be elected.
Mahabir said, “I’m not commenting on any letter or whether we received it..... we have no reason to postpone the election at this time,”
McNichol, who said she’d heard of the legal moves , but was not part of it , said she resigned as COP deputy leader and from the COP’s interim “lead team” on February 13 following concerns on “many matters including unorthodox” procedures.
However ,support for Dyer-Griffith has come from Opposition↔Senator Rodger Samuel who said, Her candidacy brings freshness to the party’s helm and she has the propensity to draw youths.,”
COP’s founder, Winston Dookeran, said Dyer- Griffith contacted him on Tuesday asking to speak with her and he confirmed he would be speaking with her .
On Monday, Carolyn Seepersad- Bachan indicated she had support from Dookeran. He’d endorsed her in the 2014 leadership poll.
Dookeran,who’s working overseas, told the T&T Guardian on Wednesday, “Carolyn did speak to me about her candidacy and I told her that I was happy there is a contest and that she has offered herself to stay in the politics. “
“Yesterday (Tuesday), Nicole e-mailed me a request to talk, and I will be more than pleased to do so. Other than that, I have been very much out of T&T, and do hope that the COP may again initiate a healthy, not fake, political narrative that touches the young persons of our country. Although, I am now far off, my hope is that a ‘team effort’ will emerge in our politics.”
Former leader Prakash Ramadhar said he didn’t think former leaders “should get involved in elections save in extreme circumstances , so if I have personal views, I’m not sharing them. But I won’t allow the party to fall,”
“Many clamoured for leadership for years, but weren’t willing to do the work and criticised without assisting. I saw it fit for those clamouring to take leadership to see what improvements they may or can bring until the next election.”
“ I learned we must always bring together all who are interested in improving citizens’ lives. That includes people you may not wish to befriend, but if we have a common goal, I’m willing to work with anyone on ideals COP espouses. In politics, you have the good, the bad and the ugly and you have to be able to work with as many to achieve power to make the necessary changes.”
After 14 hours of intense prayers and a massive operation by police and army for the safe return of San Fernando businessman Gregory Laing, he was set free by his captors in the Beetham Gardens last evening.
The T&T Guardian learned that Laing was released following the payment of a ransom and was picked up by the Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU) on the roadside around 5.05 pm. ACP Irwin Hackshaw said Laing was then taken to the Eric Williams Medical Science Complex in Mt Hope for a check-up. Investigators said he had minor bruises to the face and was to be interviewed and taken back to his home in St Joseph Village, San Fernando, last evening.
Up to last night, there was a large contingent of police and soldiers combing the Laventille and Beetham Garden districts searching for suspects.
Laing, 54, whose family owns the popular Puff N Stuff Bakery along Circular Road, Vistabella and the Trade Winds Hotel in St Joseph Village, was the latest of three south business owners to be kidnapped in recent years. Designer Kirby Mohammed and produce importer Caroline Katwaroo were both kidnapped 2015 while hair stylist Ria Sookdeo was taken in 2016. Those three victims were never found and ransoms were not demanded.
Yesterday around 3 am, police said Laing went to open the bakery so staff could begin preparations for the 6 am opening. Around 3.10 am, one of his employees arrived and saw his Mercedes Benz at the side of the building with a cell phone and a bunch of keys on the ground. One of his brothers reported to police that around 4 am he received a phone call from someone demanding a ransom of $270,000 for his safe return. The call was said to have originated from the Beetham Gardens area.
A party of officers from the San Fernando CID and Mon Repos Police Station, led by Insp Don Gajadhar, responded and statements were taken from a few people. Laing’s car was taken to the Mon Repos Police Station for processing. There were no CCTV cameras nearby and police said they were not able to get a description of possible suspects or the vehicle used in the kidnapping. They suspect he was held up at the business and taken away.
Following the kidnapping, DCP Harold Phillip called a meeting of senior officers, which included Snr Supt Boxhill, ASP Ajit Persad, Snr Supt Mohammed, Insp Gajadhar and officers from the Port-of-Spain Division, Southern Division, AKU and the T&T Defence Force.
There were several social media reports that Laing was found earlier in the day, but Hackshaw confirmed he was only found around 5.05 pm. He said police had aggressively pursued all leads in an effort to safely return Laing to his family. Relatives and staff declined to speak about his disappearance earlier in the day, saying it was at a sensitive stage. However, it was business as usual as the bakery remained open. San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello, however, condemned the “reprehensible actions” by Laing’s kidnappers.
Regrello said while the city has mostly avoided the brunt of criminal activity in T&T, the kidnapping further galvanized the need for all citizens to take back the city. He called on citizens who may have information regarding the kidnapping to contact the San Fernando police and pass on any information.
“Mr Laing is one of San Fernando’s model business owners and is noted for providing employment to many of the citizens of San Fernando, while the charitable contributions of his company are a testament to Mr Laing’s dedication towards the city of San Fernando,” Regrello said.
Newly appointed Government Senator Allyson West says she will focus on tax administration after she is sworn in as Minister in the Finance Ministry today.
West, in her first interview since being appointed, said her ministerial appointment was taking place at “a very difficult time in the country (and) I have a tough task ahead of me.” She said, however, she has “quite a lot of experience in the tax area (and) that will be my focus and I am very hopeful that I can make a positive difference.”
Asked if citizens should be fearful of her appointment because of her focus on taxes, West smiled and said ,”No, my objective would be to ensure that taxes are fairly and properly applied (and) I really want to bring the concept of service to the tax area and ensure that the administration recognises that the taxpayers are our clients, so that we deal with them more efficiently , we give them their refunds but we collect the taxes that are due to the Government.”
She also worked previously at the Board of Inland Revenue as a State Counsel. She said she had “short stints in teaching” and was part of the implementation team for the VAT system- which was introduced under former prime minister Arthur Robinson during the 1985 to 1991 term. She was also a representative on the permanent and negotiating double taxation treaty committees.
West insisted yesterday she remains committed “to the tax system and getting it working properly.”
She said she was not surprised by the Prime Minister’s decision to appoint her as minister, adding that she knew the Prime Minister “for quite some time and I do know he appreciates my knowledge in the area (tax administration), so it didn’t shock me .”
She said, however, that she was “hoping to avoid a political post because I have shied away from politics all my life but Prime Minister Rowley said if we need to get it done properly this is how we need to do it , so I accepted the challenge.”
Asked to elaborate, West said she is “happy with the Ministry of Finance but the position of senator is not something I would have gravitated towards but I was called to serve and I have decided to take up the challenge.”
She said her first priority will be to gather information on the BIR. West said she wants “to see where the BIR is at with their challenges to determine what we can do differently as soon as possible.”
She said the establishment of the Revenue Authority is also on the agenda.
West said she “always thought that was the way to go. We have lost too many good people from the BIR because of the inflexibility of the public service, so if we create
some more flexibility in terms of remuneration , hiring and firing people, promotion based on merit rather than seniority , I think we will produce a better organisation.”
West said taxpayers should “recognise that we all have a responsibility , we are placing great demands on the Government and the demands don’t decrease with the government’s revenues.”
She also said: “To enable the Government to meet those demands we need to play our part, and if we all play our part then the burden is spread more evenly and it doesn’t fall on a few of us . So the issue of increasing tax rates should not arise if everybody is paying the correct amount of taxes, so that will be my focus.”
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Twenty days after University of Illinois graduate student Yingying Zhang disappeared from the Urbana-Champaign campus, her family called on the community Thursday to hold on to hope for her safe return.
"She's always a brave girl and she never easily gives up on anything," Zhang's boyfriend, Xiaolin Hou, told a crowd of well-wishers gathered at the school Thursday night.
"She never gives up as long as there's a glimmer of hope ... so we cannot give up either," he said.
Hou and members of Zhang's family led a procession of hundreds of well-wishers through the streets of the Urbana-Champaign campus Thursday night. They waved flags with her name on them and carried her picture as they chanted "let's find Yingying."
The family flew from China to the United States earlier this month to search for the 26-year-old visiting scholar. And they say they're not going home without her.
Zhang's father issued a plea earlier Thursday to those responsible for his daughter's disappearance: Let her go and I'll forgive you.
"The family hopes the kidnappers would not hurt her and know she is really well loved by family and friends," her father told CNN through a translator Thursday. "Let her go, let her come back as soon as possible."
Last seen June 9
Zhang had a yearlong position at the university's department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. She graduated from Beijing's prestigious Peking University in 2016 with a master's degree in environmental engineering.
Zhang is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds, the FBI said. She was last seen wearing a charcoal-colored baseball cap, a pink and white top, jeans and white tennis shoes. She carried a black backpack.
The last known sighting of Zhang was on the afternoon of June 9. Security camera footage shows her entering the passenger side of a black Saturn Astra hatchback that day.
University police said Zhang had just gotten off a public bus before the four-door hatchback approached her on the north end of the university campus. The FBI announced that investigators found the car on Tuesday, but provided no further details.
The FBI is treating the disappearance as a kidnapping, but campus police, in a recently released update, say they are calling it a missing persons case.
Support from around the world
Zhang is one of more than 300,000 Chinese students and scholars attending US universities. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the most popular universities for Chinese students, with more than 5,600. They make up a sizable community both on campus and in the small town of 207,000.
Her disappearance has triggered widespread concern in China, with groups set up on messaging app WeChat to share information about the case.
A crowdfunding campaign set up to help Zhang's family with expenses as the search continues has raised more than three times its $30,000 goal, with many donors leaving messages of support in Chinese.
'Twenty days is a long time'
Her disappearance has struck a nerve on the Urbana-Champaign campus.
Supporters who joined Thursday's rally echoed her family's hopeful tone.
"I'm praying as I walk," said Champaign resident Donald Baker. "We're hoping we can bring her back home to her family and to this campus."
Another woman said she joined the rally to support Zhang's family. She has a daughter close to Zhang's age who travels internationally, and sometimes she doesn't hear from her for days, she said.
"It was important to me as Americans that we show love and care to this family," she said.
"I want to be optimistic that we will find her," she added. "Twenty days is a long time."
@a csirkefogó: fontosnak tartom, hogy iq-d (a maradék) megmaradjon, fércmunkáidat továbbra is megoszd a subbán, öntelt éneddel, beképzeltségtől dagadó melleddel pöffeszkedj a géped előtt, és gőgösen oszd az észt.
Ezért egyetértek, ne beszélgessünk, de azért engedtessék meg, hogy a hozzám írt szavaidra válaszoljak.
Kicsit hosszú, de remélem már nagyon sokkal nem megy lejjebb büszkeséged, az iq-d és a pengékkel is vársz egy picit még.
Nem hiszem, hogy nekem ezanévnek kéne lennem és felhúzni bárkit is itt.
De ha úgy érzed lehúzom, ezt el tudom fogadni, te régebb óta ismered őt, biztos így van. Nekem nem ez volt a szándékom. És sajnálom, ha ez történt.
Nem miattad, miatta.
Régóta beszélgettünk időnként, de ha ez megváltoztatta, akkor nem fogok máskor, mert ő különleges ember és szeretném, ha az maradna.
Köszönöm, hogy ráébresztettél erre.
The very cute and cuddly Fiat 500 was born way back 60 years ago – and by the looks of it you wouldn’t tell it’s actually apt for grandparenting in the real world. Be that as it may, people should remember one of the most iconic models of the automotive […]
阿邦贈書【當代英雄】(宋雲森譯，新竹：啟明，2013)，與 丘光譯本(台北：櫻桃園，2012)有點互補：註解上(送本有高加索等處士意圖，可遠遠不夠細......)、插圖上。 讀了第一章Bela之後可知馬克思等人對作者的特色說明。 也可進一步了解後人的芭蕾舞 A HERO OF OUR TIME | Ep. 5 | Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yBNSGo-cP8 英文版Wikipedia詞條 "A Hero of Our Time (Russian: Герой нашего времени, Geroy nashego vremeni) is a novel by Mikhail Lermontov, written in 1839, published in 1840, and revised in 1841.
It is an example of the superfluous man novel, noted for its compelling Byronic hero (or antihero) Pechorin and for the beautiful descriptions of the Caucasus. There are several English translations, including one by Vladimir Nabokov and Dmitri Nabokov in 1958."
“I was ready to love the whole world, but no one understood me, and I learned to hate.” ―from "A Hero of Our Time" By Mikhail Lermontov, with a Foreword by Vladimir Nabokov, Translation by Vladimir Nabokov and Dmitri Nabokov
In its adventurous happenings–its abductions, duels, and sexual intrigues–A Hero of Our Time looks backward to the tales of Sir Walter Scott and Lord Byron, so beloved by Russian society in the 1820s and ’30s. In the character of its protagonist, Pechorin–the archetypal Russian antihero–Lermontov’s novel looks forward to the subsequent glories of a Russian literature that it helped, in great measure, to make possible. This edition includes a Translator’s Foreword by Vladimir Nabokov, who translated the novel in collaboration with his son, Dmitri Nabokov. READ an excerpt here:http://knopfdoubleday.com/book/100118/a-hero-of-our-time/
Ships in the Sky: The Story of the Great Dirigibles (New York: Henry Holt; London: F. Muller, 1957)
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian John Willard Toland was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on this day in 1912.
"A hybrid of Prometheus and Lucifer.” --from ADOLF HITLER: THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY by John Toland
Toland's classic, definitive biography of Adolf Hitler remains the most thorough, readable, accessible, and, as much as possible, objective account of the life of a man whose evil effect on the world in the twentieth century will always be felt. Toland’s research provided one of the final opportunities for a historian to conduct personal interviews with over two hundred individuals intimately associated with Hitler. At a certain distance yet still with access to many of the people who enabled and who opposed the führer and his Third Reich, Toland strove to treat this life as if Hitler lived and died a hundred years before instead of within his own memory.
"He was learning how to appeal to the basic needs of the average German ... His 'basic values and aims' were as reassuring as they were acceptable. His listeners could not possibly know that the 'reasonable' words were a mask for one of the most radical programs in the history of mankind, a program that would alter the map of Europe and affect the lives, in one way or another, of most of the people on Earth." - John Toland, Adolf Hitler
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian John Toland’s classic, definitive biography of Adolf Hitler remains the most thorough, readable, accessible, and, as much as possible, objective account of the life of a man whose evil effect on the world in the twentieth century will always be felt.
The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936–1945, written by John Toland, was published by Random House in 1970 and won the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. It was republished by Random House in 2003.Wikipedia
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After the birth of her youngest son nearly 20 years ago, Elay Nantz of Colorado developed carpal tunnel syndrome in her right hand, sank into post-partum depression, and attempted suicide. After a three-month stay at a Colorado psychiatric hospital, she endured a carousel of specialists who only wanted to know “What do you want?” or “What do you need?” and then wrote countless prescriptions. If she stood her ground and said the pills weren’t working, they would refer her to another doctor. Two of her four psychiatrists even fell asleep during her counseling sessions. Eventually, she stopped seeking treatment.
Nantz has struggled with depression for most of her life and has bounced in and out of doctors’ offices. She felt that the mental health system just saw her as a wallet to rifle through. “None of them gave a crap about me,” she says.
After she had surgery on her hand in 2009 and began physical therapy, her health improved. But after Nantz got divorced in 2010, she lost her private insurance and went on Medicaid—which her physical therapist did not accept. Her hand grew weak and shook so much that she could not hold a fork. It would tumble to the ground and stay there until one of her three children picked it up. A bad day would lead to deeper depression. She felt worthless.
The combination of depression and carpal tunnel meant she could not work and provide for her children. Her thoughts turned to suicide again: “I felt like the only exit I could see was me dying—my head was a mess—like I was in a cave and I couldn’t get out,” she told The American Prospect. “I was getting ready to kill myself.”
Nantz believed that the health-care system simply viewed her as a depressed woman with shaky hands rather than a 45-year-old mother of three who wanted to work and care for her family. But after running out of other options, she decided to try counseling one more time. In 2015, she met Dr. Yaira Oquendo-Figueroa, a staff psychologist at a Salud Family Health Center in Denver.
Oquendo-Figueroa took an “integrated care” approach to Nantz’s problems that focused on breaking through the institutional barriers that separate mental and physical health care. In integrated care settings, behavioral health specialists work together with primary-care doctors to treat individual patients. An ongoing relationship between physicians and a patient is the basis of primary care, and it provides a pathway for coordinating mental health treatment.
Oquendo-Figueroa listened carefully to Nantz’s problems and helped her develop the mental “tools” to steer her thoughts in a positive direction. She also connected her with an acupuncturist to treat her carpal tunnel. “She changed my life and the perception of everything,” Nantz says of Oquendo-Figueroa. “I think she’s a magician.”
Mental and physical care have long occupied distinct silos in the American health-care system. However, if Congress has its way, the treatment gulf between these two areas could become even wider, particularly for poor and low-income people who rely Medicaid, the largest health insurer in the United States.
Medical professionals like Oquendo-Figueroa have redoubled their efforts to offer a program of treatment that addresses psychological issues and physical ailments in tandem—which can go a long way to helping patients like Nantz. “You can’t separate the head from the body,” the doctor says.
Primary-care physicians see the majority of patients with mental health problems in the United States, but they are not trained to provide specialized treatment for mental illnesses. According to Benjamin Miller, a University of Colorado’s School of Medicine psychologist who specializes in linking mental and physical care, fewer than 4 percent of primary-care physicians accurately screen for depression. There has been little change in the percentage of adults who use mental health services, or who report an unmet need for mental health services. Two-thirds of doctors say that they can’t get their patients access to outpatient mental treatment because of a shortage of workers, lack of coverage, or inadequate coverage.
In the 1970s, Salud Family Health Center opened in northeast Colorado to serve patients who were historically underserved or completely uninsured, like the state’s migrant farm workers. In 2013, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognized Salud as a “patient-centered medical home,” a health-care delivery model that promotes strategies like integrated care. This model upends the traditional health-care system by providing mental health care in primary-care settings, where it is most accessible.
For many people, primary-care clinics and doctors’ offices are a safe haven. “People want an [ongoing] relationship with someone, they want to feel connected [and] to know you’re they’re for them,” Miller says. He believes that nurturing these relationships provides patients with an avenue to discuss and manage mental health issues before they become serious.
The Colorado health center includes a mobile legal team that advocates for patients, especially undocumented immigrants or Medicaid recipients who live paycheck to paycheck. The center also sends behavioral health professionals around the clinic to meet patients in other departments. “Let’s say that a patient is coming for a dental cleaning, and the hygienist concludes that the patient may be anxious or depressed,” says Oquendo-Figueroa. “I go there and do a consult right there in the dental area.”
While that practice may seem invasive to people who have health-care plans that cover behavioral therapy, a dental clinic might be the only time that some Medicaid or Medicare recipients can talk to a mental health professional.
Washington State’s Mental Health Integration Project features telepsychiatry to help treat low-income patients on Medicaid and Medicare. Encouraging patients to stay in touch with care managers and consulting psychiatrists over the phone allows those health centers to reach more people, and not just during regular visits.
Anne Shields, the associate director of the University of Washington’s Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions program sees e-medicine as one possible solution to a shrinking, aging workforce of psychiatrists, especially in rural areas of the country where there were never many specialists to begin with. From 1995 to 2014, while the total number of physicians in the United States grew by 45 percent, the number of psychiatrists only increased by 12 percent. In 2010, 59 percent of psychiatrists in the United States were 54 years old or older. “Primary-care settings are very diverse, small practices,” Shields says. “Rural health centers have no more than three people working and they’re not going to be able to hire a behavioral health-care manager.”
While health-care staffing often determines the number and types of services a hospital provides, integrated care relies on coordination between doctors to identify the specific treatments that will work for an individual patient. Using this approach, a small rural health center can strive to provide the same high-quality integrated care that an urban hospital system does.
Yet despite the health benefits that integrated care provides, the American health-care system continues to rely on traditional strategies. Treating mental and physical conditions separately has not only prevented vulnerable populations from accessing treatment, but it has also driven up those costs. Miller has calculated that, on average, physical conditions cost twice as much per person per month to treat when there is a mental illness present as well.
Moreover, mental health crises often play out in emergency rooms, which are the least efficient and most expensive care locations. Integrated care has reduced the patients’ reliance on emergency room treatment by focusing on preventative services, and targeting mild or moderate symptoms before they become severe.
The Cherokee Health System in Tennessee found that integrated care patients used emergency services 68 percent less than the regional average; specialty care 42 percent less; and hospital care 37 percent less. These savings amounted to a 22 percent discrepancy between CHS’s total cost and the regional average.
Most health-care networks prioritize people with serious mental illnesses over patients with mild or moderate symptoms, which prevents people from getting the help they need earlier. “The bulk of mental health services are in the public system, but people can’t get those services until they have had many crises,” says Debbie Plotnick, a vice president of Mental Health America, one the nation’s leading mental health advocacy groups.
Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress could tear wide open the existing gap between having insurance that covers mental health treatment and having access to that treatment with their plans to undo the Affordable Care Act. The ACA repeal proposals fail the two-step process Miller of the University of Colorado uses to evaluate potential reforms: “Does this continue to further fragment our experience with health?” he says. “And does this limit my patient’s ability to get access to mental health treatment where they want it?”
Moreover, transforming Medicaid into a block grant program means that mental health programs would take a significant hit as state officials search for savings to offset the federal cuts. Miller believes that integrated care programs would be the first to go, forcing medical professionals to make difficult decisions about whether they can marshal the resources to help people like Nantz. Repealing the ACA would simply take programs designed to bridge the gap between mental and physical illnesses backward—states, Miller says, “can’t take a chance on this right now.”
Oregon Governor Kate Brown, at podium, celebrates Oregon's first year of an automatic voter registration program with a news conference, where she said that in the November election, over 97,000 ballots were cast by new voters registered by the so-called motor voter program. Hazelnuts contained in the bags in the foreground represent the 270,000 Oregonians who were registered to vote by the program.
The national battle over voting rights and “voter fraud” will play out in Washington over the next months in relation to the Kobach-Pence commission and the resistance to it. But in the meantime, issues have been joined this spring in state legislative sessions around the country. And the resulting scorecard may surprise you.
Back in November, when the dust settled after the election, the numbers on partisan control of legislatures seemed stark and frightening for advocates of voting rights and election reform. Republicans controlled both chambers in 31 states, and had the full “trifecta,” including the governor, in 24. In sharp contrast, Democrats controlled both houses in only 13 states, and had trifectas in a mere six. Looking at these numbers, at the post-Shelby decision absence of Voting Rights Act preclearance protections, and at the radically changed posture of the Justice Department, many feared an onslaught of voter-suppression legislation that would create an even more diminished electorate for the elections of 2018.
Well, it’s now the end of June, and while some legislatures are still in session, the great majority have finished their business for the year. Several states have indeed passed bad bills. But, overall, the results are significantly better, both in staving off voter-suppression efforts and in expanding voting rights and voting access, than one might have expected as the sessions began.
First, A Few Real Successes
Perhaps the most remarkable outcome this year is in Illinois, which has a Democratic legislature and a conservative Republican governor, Bruce Rauner. Last year, the legislature passed an automatic voter registration (AVR) bill with bipartisan support, but Rauner vetoed it.
Under automatic voter registration, people who go to the DMV, and potentially other agencies as well, are automatically put on the voter roll, unless they opt out. In Oregon, which was the first adopter, AVR has added several hundred thousand voters to the rolls.
In Illinois, an AVR bill was reintroduced this year and, remarkably, passed both chambers with unanimous votes. While Rauner has 60 days to sign the bill, all indications are that he will, joining Illinois with eight other states and the District of Columbia where AVR is being implemented, and showing that maybe, at least in Illinois, encouraging people to register and vote doesn’t seem like a partisan trick.
The victory was also the work of a broad and determined coalition of voting-rights and election-reform advocacy groups, under the rubric of Just Democracy. Brian Gladstein, Executive Director of Common Cause Illinois and one of the leaders of the coalition said:
This bill will bring over one million eligible voters into the electoral process in Illinois. During a time of heightened partisanship in Springfield and across the nation, we have demonstrated that breaking down barriers to the ballot box can be achieved and supported by both Democrats and Republicans.
AVR still has a good chance to pass in other states. In Rhode Island, an AVR bill passed the House unanimously and a positive vote in the Senate is expected shortly. Governor Gina Raimondo has said she will sign it if it comes to her desk. In Massachusetts, where the legislative session goes on all year, an AVR bill with 102 legislative sponsors has been heard in committee (23 speakers in favor and none against), and could be before the full legislature in the fall.
In some other states, AVR made headway but was eventually blocked. These include Maine, New Mexico, and Nevada. In Nevada’s case, the bill passed both houses, but was vetoed by Republican Governor Brian Sandoval. A ballot initiative on AVR now goes to the voters, who will have the chance to approve it in the November 2018 general election.
In addition to automatic voter registration, other real gains were made. Utah expanded opportunities for early voting and absentee voting. New Jersey improved its processes for military voters and Indiana improved its registration process at the motor vehicle department.
Another issue where progress was made, though halting and slow, is restoration of the right to vote for citizens with felony convictions. Forty-nine bills were introduced in 16 states to restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated people who have served their sentences. A real victory occurred in Wyoming, which enacted a bill providing that people who completed their sentence after January 1, 2010, do not need to submit an application for restoration of voting rights and will automatically be issued a certificate of restoration.
In Florida, where 1.7 million citizens can’t vote due to the state’s lifetime ban on voting by people with felony convictions (1.5 million have fully completed their sentences), the broad and bipartisan Florida Rights Restoration Coalition has made major strides. The Florida Supreme Court has approved language for a proposed ballot initiative to restore voting rights to ex-felons; now the job is collecting 700,000 signatures on the petition in order to be on the ballot in November 2018.
In Minnesota, the Restore the Vote Coalition got a bill to more effectively restore voting rights through one house of the legislature. And in Nebraska, the state’s conservative unicameral legislature passed a bill to restore voting rights to citizens upon release from incarceration by a 27-13 margin, but the bill was vetoed by Governor Pete Ricketts. (Nebraska voting-rights advocates also derailed a proposed constitutional amendment requiring voter ID.)
Now for the Bad News
To be clear, and clear-eyed, the move to make voting more difficult and restricted continues, and several states enacted laws designed to limit the vote in one way or another. The forces bent on restricting the vote have won significant victories over the last several years, though many of the laws have been successfully challenged in court. In fact, of the worst voter-restriction bills that passed this year, a majority were actually efforts to re-pass laws struck down in court, altered in order to make them more judicially acceptable.
· Iowa enacted a law, championed by Secretary of State Paul Pate, which includes restrictions on voter-registration drives; hindrances to Election Day, early, and absentee voting; strict voter-ID requirements; and—most troublesome—the right to purge voter rolls of “non-citizen” names without any clarity on who and how such decisions to purge are made. This could lead to significant numbers of eligible voters being disenfranchised.
· New Hampshire passed a bill restricting registration for students and low-income voters by requiring proof of residency for those who register 30 days before the election, with investigation and criminal penalties for failure to comply. (A component to eliminate same-day registration was dropped from the bill.)
· In Arkansas, a voter-ID law, modified after courts struck down an earlier, similar law, was passed and signed. The law reinstates the requirement that a voter must provide one of a narrow choice of IDs at the polls. In addition, the legislature put a constitutional amendment requiring voter ID on the 2018 ballot.
· In North Dakota, the only state that doesn’t require voter registration at all, the governor signed strict voter-ID requirements into law. The bill was softened somewhat, particularly in regard to the Native American community, to avoid the fate of the 2016 version of the law, which was struck down in court.
Why Less Carnage?
No one wants to be naïvely optimistic, or to underestimate how much damage has already been done in states by determined efforts at voter suppression. Racially charged and politically motivated efforts continue at every level to find ways to discourage people from registering and voting. In the wake of Shelby, these efforts have multiplied and will continue to do so.
But, overall, the results in the 2017 legislative sessions were not nearly as bad as seemed likely last November. There was not a deluge of major voter-suppression legislation. Some bad bills were passed, a number were weakened as they made their way through the legislative process, and a significant number were sidetracked along the way. Two main reasons for this seem clear.
First, the courts, both state and federal, have played a significant role in preventing extreme assaults on voting. Prodded by strong litigation efforts from voting-rights organizations, in state after state, courts have found voter-suppression efforts unconstitutional, blocking their implementation. In addition to the direct effects of the cases, their cumulative impact has been to caution and restrain advocates of restrictive legislation from overreaching.
Second, it is deeply encouraging to see the growing power, sophistication, and rapid response capabilities of the movement for an inclusive democracy. In state after state, coalitions were activated, or created, to fight back against the efforts to stifle, shrink, and bleach the vote.
And the advocates didn’t just play defense. Despite the potentially unfavorable partisan makeup in so many states, the affirmative action for expanding the right and ability to vote continues to make headway—winning in some states, gathering momentum for future victories in others.
And there is one other cause for optimism worth noting. I recently attended a conference of 200 legislators and election officials from around the country, co-convened by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Democracy Fund. The focus of the event was election technology and administration. There was strong and bipartisan support for improving election machinery, combating the challenges of cybersecurity, and fighting for adequate funding to run elections in the best way possible. This is one of the reasons that online registration and automatic voter registration are making real progress; they are technical improvements as well as access expansions. The election officials take their responsibilities seriously, and if legislators, state and national, would take their cues, bipartisan progress just might become more possible.
Thanks to Cecily Hines for research and perspective for this column.
Travelers wait in line near an Emirates ticket counter at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
A limited version of President Trump’s controversial travel ban is back in place after the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government could impose restrictions on certain foreign travelers and refugees. The constant back-and-forth rulings have created a bureaucratic nightmare for those involved in the refugee resettlement process, and Thursday’s developments promise even more disruption.
While President Trump proclaimed victory, refugee and human rights advocates have been on tenterhooks this week. The high court’s decision was certainly a blow to opponents of the ban, but just how hard that blow is will depend on the Trump administration’s next moves.
The government’s new guidelines would significantly limit the total number of noncitizens and refugees that can enter the country, according to a State Department background briefing Thursday afternoon. The department released its guidance just four hours before the ban is scheduled to go into effect. However, the Department of Homeland Security, which controls border enforcement, has not issued its own guidance on the new policies.
During its short but turbulent existence, two versions of the travel ban have been issued, blocked by federal courts, and now given the go-ahead with certain restrictions. But the Supreme Court decision and the subsequent federal guidelines do not reassure refugees advocates. “Nothing is off the table when it comes to this travel ban,” says Justin Cox, a National Immigration Law Center (NILC) staff attorney. “We can’t assume smooth sailing.”
On Monday, the justices said that they would wait until October to hear two cases regarding Trump’s travel ban. Until then, the high court granted a partial stay to injunctions freezing the controversial executive order, allowing a limited version of the travel ban to go into effect.
Noncitizens who can show they have a “bona fide relationship” with a “person or entity” in the United States will be allowed to enter the country, as will anyone who has already been issued a visa. People who cannot prove that they have a close relationship with a U.S. citizen will be banned from entering the country for 90 days if they are from the six Muslim-majority countries included in the executive order. That time period increases to 120 days for refugees from any country who have not yet received permission to enter the U.S.
The high court gave a few examples of what constituted a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S., such as visiting a relative or traveling to work or study, but stopped short of providing comprehensive definitions, preferring to leave the work of coming up with more nuanced characterizations to the federal government and lower courts.
But under the new guidelines, relatives only include immediate family members already in the country: parents, spouses, children, adult sons or daughters, sons- or daughters-in-law, and siblings. Grandparents were not included in the guidelines.
Refugees who have already been admitted to the U.S. and are booked to travel before July 6 will be exempt from the ban. A senior administration official said that the fate of those who’ve been booked travel after that date would be addressed at a later time. The briefers also said that establishing valid connections with American entities by refugees would need to be “formal” and “documented”: Simply being connected to a resettlement agency would not be sufficient. Roughly one-third of refugees waiting to be admitted do not have family ties in the United States, according to resettlement agency estimates.
“This is an unduly restrictive approach,” says Eleanor Acer, director of Human Rights First’s Refugee Protection program. “Refugees who go through multiple security entities, are approved by the DHS [Department of Homeland Security], vetted by various government agencies, and have long relationships with resettlement agencies should all be viewed as having requisite bona fide relationships.”
The limited ban could still leave thousands of people in limbo. “This isn’t like postponing a vacation,” says Melanie Nezer, vice president of policy and advocacy at HIAS, a Maryland-based Jewish resettlement agency. “These are life or death situations that refugees could be forced to remain in.”
Of the top 10 countries for total numbers of refugees granted permission to enter the United States during the last fiscal year, only three—Somalia, Syria, and Iran—were listed in Trump’s original executive order. Iraq is also among the top 10, and there are tens of thousands of people who worked with the U.S. government who are waiting to get clearance to resettle in this country. Under these current guidelines, it’s not clear if they would be granted entry.
The reinstated ban has stoked fears of a return to the chaos that played out in airports across the country following the haphazard rollout of Trump’s first executive order.
Naureen Shah, Amnesty International’s senior director of campaigns announced that the organization would be sending researchers to airports to “monitor how the ban is being implemented.”
“There’s going to be massive confusion in airports around the world,” says Acer, who anticipates a heightened legal response to refugees connected to resettlement agencies being blocked from entering the country.
In his partial dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas warned that the court’s decision would “invite a flood of litigation”—a comment that will likely prove prescient in the months to come. Lawsuits challenging the original and updated versions of the travel ban have inundated federal courts.
“I expect that we’ll be back in court soon,” says Cox of the NILC. “No one is going to take this lying down.”
Critics of the ban argue that refugees are already the most rigorously vetted group allowed into the U.S., undergoing a process that can take up to two years or more. “I don’t know how much more extreme the vetting can get, frankly,” says Cornell law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr.
This new wave of uncertainty unfolds at a time when the number of approved refugees approved to enter the U.S. had just started to bounce back after Trump’s initial immigration restrictions. Resettlement numbers plummeted in the wake of Trump’s first two attempted travel bans: In January, the U.S. admitted nearly 7,000 refugees admitted by March that number had declined to just 2,000 in March, according to State Department data.
More than 46,000 refugees have been admitted and resettled in the U.S. in fiscal 2017, nearly reaching the 50,000 limit that Trump had specified in his original executive order, but still a long way off from the 110,000 ceiling that the Obama administration had put in place.
The Supreme Court allowed the U.S. to cap refugee arrivals, but justices did not allow the Trump administration to prohibit refugees with bona fide relationships, even if “the 50,000-person cap has been reached or exceeded.”
Officials at HIAS, one of nine agencies that work with the State Department to resettle refugees, were already worried they wouldn’t hit their resettlement targets before the travel ban was reinstated. Even in the “best-case” scenario, the agency expects to resettle 1,400 fewer than they had been approved to resettle at the beginning of the fiscal year. Other resettlement agencies have reported similar drops.
“The program changes on an almost weekly basis,” says Nezer. According to Nezer, these changes in policy can stall refugee case processing. That can often result in medical and security clearances expiring, which in turn creates even lengthier delays.
Trump had originally ordered federal agencies to wait 72 hours after the court’s decision to implement the ban. Trump maintains that the ban is necessary to protect the nation from terrorist activities and praised the court’s decision as “a clear victory for our national security.”
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If you think there's unnecessarily many Harry Potter pictures in this post, you've come to the wrong place since in my world there's no such thing as too many Harry Potter pictures. These are from January, back when I visited the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London. And this is only a small fraction of my photos from the day - it literally took me days to go through them and I still couldn't narrow it down to a few favourites. So here you have about 50. I found January to be a good time to visit as they still had 'Hogwarts in the snow', and for me Hogwarts at Christmas is definitely at its most magical. I absolutely adored it. Every single bit of it. (The only thing I'd say is that it was obviously really busy, and if someone wanted to invite me to a private event/tour, I'd love that, too.) There's not a lot of things I love more than Harry Potter, and I already want to go back. Now that they've added the Forbidden Forest, I think it's reasonable to plan another visit, right? Makes me giddy just thinking about this trip and the possibility of a new one. I did do some smaller purchases at the shop, but still need to save up so that I can buy everything and live my Harry Potter dreams to the fullest. Seeing all the Harry Potter things, learning more about them and drinking all the butterbeer just made me very happy.
If Harry Potter is appropriate for Christmas, it certainly is so for Easter as well (when is an inappropriate time for Harry Potter, though?). Those are the two times I'm most likely to reread the books or rewatch the films. And I hope you all are having a lovely Easter! And maybe add a little Harry Potter to it, too, haha!
Have you been on the tour, how much did you love it? Let's talk all about Harry Potter!
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Ik vermoed niet dat veel Nederlanders zo'n hoog percentage hebben. U zou kunnen overwegen uw "raw data" op Gedmatch te laden en dan door de een admixture calculator te halen. Ik heb bij de calculator JTest, van Eurogenes, zo'n 4,5% Ashkenazi, was dus (volgens deze test) betekent dat 4,5% van mijn DNA overeenkomt met het DNA dat kenmerkend is voor Ashkenazim. In mijn geval klopt dit met mijn afstamming, waarin 1/16 Joods bloed zit (de overige 1,7% Joods zal verspreid zijn over clusters als "Meditteraans" etc.). De kans dat u géén nabije joodse voorvader hebt, lijkt mij dus vrij klein.
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While the very fabric of space-time warped and undulated over the Trump-Morning Joe conflict (we’ll get to that), Republicans in the House finance subcommittee worked up a scheme to neutralize the Johnson Amendment. The proposed rule would deny the IRS the funds it would need to investigate Johnson Amendment violations…for churches only. That’s right, no mention of other nonprofits, no mention of other houses of worship. We joined a big coalition of groups opposing the measure, and I did the equivalent of marching up and down, toddler-Bart-Simpson style, making noise about it.
But you know, the fabric of space time. Undulating and whatnot. About that:
After Trump did his dumbass Trump thing that he does, Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to justify the president’s behavior as some kind of proportional response to bullying (????), and when asked who she could point to as a role model, she defaulted to God. That’s fine, but you’d think a couple human role models would be useful in a pinch. Maybe keep a couple of those in your back pocket. Just a thought.
More fun was the op-ed by Mika and Joe themselves, where they threw so much shade it looked like an eclipse. They said Trump wasn’t mentally healthy enough to watch Morning Joe, and made the charge that Trump had blackmailed them with the threat of a negative National Inquirer article.
Trump defies our theory of mind because he appears to lack a coherent, persistent self or worldview. He is a raging fire of need, protected and shaped by a lifetime of entitlement, with the emotional maturity and attention span of a 6-year-old, utterly unaware of the long-term implications of his actions. ... Politicos and journalists need a story in which Trump’s stumbling and grasping can be construed as a savvy media strategy, a “distraction” from some other wrongdoing he has going on, or a “pivot” from his current omnishambles. Those are all versions of political maneuvering with which they are familiar. They need for Trump to want things, to be after things, to have a plan. ... But there’s no there there.
What doesn’t fit is that the Church of Scientology could be a central character in The Handmaid’s Tale TV series. For decades we’ve been hearing real-life stories from ex-Scientologists that sound like they could be plots in the series.
Nikhil Sonnad at Quartz does a great service, cataloguing how Alex Jones’ Infowars store and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop store and the Moon Juice store all sell the same snake oil.
Speaking of Alex Jones (if we must), he had a guest, Robert David Steele, who said this:
This may strike your listeners as way out but we actually believe that there is a colony on Mars that is populated by children who were kidnapped and sent into space on a 20 year ride. So that once they get to Mars they have no alternative but to be slaves on the Mars colony.
Now, Jones does seem to distance himself from this idea a tad (“Well I don’t know about Mars bases”), but don’t give him too much credit! Or any! Because then he says this:
I know they’ve created massive, thousands of different types of chimeras that are alien lifeforms on this earth now.
CFI’s new intern Andy Ngo thinks back to the Orlando massacre one year ago, and how the discourse about it has been too diffuse, asking, “While it is imperative to prevent and condemn discrimination against Muslims, why does that have to come at the cost of speaking openly about religious fundamentalism, particularly Islamism?”
Theologian and sociologist Peter Berger has died at the age of 88. I don’t know much about most of his work, but his book The Social Construction of Reality blew my mind when I read it in college a million years ago.
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Oxfam calls for British company to investigate the forced eviction of more than 20,000 Ugandans to make way for its plantations
Oxfam today launches a major new report highlighting the growing pace of land deals brokered around the world, often to the peril of poor communities who lose their homes and livelihoods – sometimes violently – with no prior consultation, compensation or means of appeal.
In the report Land and Power, the international agency reveals preliminary research indicating as many as 227 million hectares have been sold, leased or licensed in large-scale land deals since 2001, mostly by international investors. Lack of transparency and the secrecy that surrounds land deals makes it difficult to get exact figures but to date up to 1,100 of these deals amounting to 67 million hectares have been cross checked. Half of these deals are in Africa, and cover an area nearly the size of Germany. (1)
Oxfam warns this modern day land rush follows a drive to produce enough food for people overseas, meet damaging biofuels targets or speculate on land to make an easy profit. However, many of the deals are in fact ‘land grabs’ where the rights and needs of the people living on the land are ignored, leaving them homeless and without land to grow enough food to eat and make a living.
This is likely to get worse as the increasing demand for food, the gathering pace of climate change, water scarcity and non-food crops like biofuels compete for land. Already, nearly three billion people live in areas where demand for water outstrips supply.
Land grabs: devastating vulnerable communities
Oxfam International’s Executive Director Jeremy Hobbs said: “The unprecedented pace of land deals and the increased competition for land is leaving many of the world’s poorest people worse off. In the scramble for more land, investors are ignoring the people who currently live on the land and depend on it to survive.”
Oxfam’s report profiles the devastating effect land grabs in Uganda, South Sudan, Indonesia, Honduras and Guatemala are having on vulnerable communities. The report is part of Oxfam’s GROW campaign which aims to secure a future where everyone has enough to eat. Women, who produce up to 80 per cent of food in some poor countries, are usually most vulnerable as they have weaker land rights.
In Uganda, Oxfam’s research indicates that at least 22,500 people have lost their homes and land to make way for a British timber company, the New Forests Company. Many evictees told Oxfam how they were forcibly removed and have been left destitute, without enough food or money to send their children to school. There were court orders in force which named the company but eye-witnesses say that company workers took part in some of the evictions anyway. NFC denies that it was involved in any evictions. (2)
Evicted without consultation or compensation
Christine, a farmer in her mid 40s, who lived in Kiboga district before the Uganda land grab said: “All our plantations were cut down – we lost the banana and cassava. We lost everything we had. The company’s casual laborers would attack us – they beat and threatened people. Even now they won’t let us back in to look for the things we left behind. I was threatened – they told me they were going to beat me if we didn’t leave.”
Hobbs said: “The Uganda case clearly shows how land grabs are slipping through the net of existing safeguards which are intended to ensure the protection of vulnerable people. Thousands of people are suffering because they have been evicted without meaningful consultation or compensation.
“The New Forests Company describes itself as an ethical company, adhering to international standards. It needs to investigate these claims urgently. It’s not acceptable for companies to blame governments. They must respect the needs and rights of poor communities affected by their investment.”
Prioritize existing land use rights
Oxfam is calling for investors, governments and international organizations to prioritize putting a stop to land grabbing by fixing the current policies and regulations which all too often fail to ensure that, when investors negotiate deals, local people are consulted, treated fairly, and that all relevant international standards are respected. These include the World Bank's International Finance Corporation Performance Standards and the Forest Stewardship Council’s standards.
Governments should avoid pandering to investors’ wishes, and prioritize existing land use rights – not just where legal land title or formal ownership rights are held. Governments should recognize that women have equal rights over land and ensure that all agricultural investments benefit local communities who rely on the land to survive. While governments and companies get their house in order to stop future land grabbing, there is an urgent need to remedy the damage done by existing land grabs, including in the case of the Uganda international investment.
Flawed biofuels policies
Perverse incentives such as the flawed biofuels targets, like the EU’s target of obtaining 10 per cent of transport fuels from renewable sources by 2020, should be scrapped to curb the rush on land to meet biofuel demand.
Meanwhile, the UN’s Committee on Food Security in Rome could take an important first step when it meets in Rome next month, by adopting credible pro-poor, pro-women guidelines on land tenure.
Hobbs said: “Land investment should be good news for people in poverty but the frenetic scramble for land risks putting development in reverse. We need urgent global action so that local people with relatively little do not lose everything for the benefit of a few, and to secure a future where everyone has enough to eat.”
I was threatened – they told me they were going to beat me if we didn’t leave.
Farmer from Kiboga district, Uganda
Notes to editors:
This data is compiled by the Land Matrix Partnership, a coalition of academic, research and non-governmental organisations. The 227 million figure is based on information on land deals over 200 hectares from a whole range of different sources including government reports, academic research, company websites, media reports and the few contracts that are available. The coalition is currently cross checking the records of land deals it has identified. It is calling for increased transparency among companies and governments so that the true scale of the problem can be accurately understood. The Land Matrix Partnership includes the International Land Coalition, the universities of Bern and Hamburg, the French research institute CIRAD, the German agency for technical cooperation, GIZ and Oxfam.
The evictions took place between 2006 and 2010. One High Court order was granted on 24 August 2009 and remained valid until 18 March 2010. The other was granted on 19 June 2009 and remained in force until 2 October 2009. Both were to restrain evictions by the company. The New Forests Company stated that the majority of local residents had no legal right to the land, that they had left peacefully and that the process was the sole responsibility of the Ugandan National Forestry Authority. It told Oxfam that it had brought jobs and amenities to local communities and that its activities had been approved by the Forestry Stewardship Council and International Finance Corporation.
The global economy, which is expected to triple in size by 2050, will demand ever more scarce natural and agricultural resources
Palm oil has become the world’s most consumed edible oil and can be found in up to half of all packaged food and hygiene products. Production is expected to double by 2050, increasing the land area under cultivation worldwide by 24 million hectares – six times the size of the Netherlands
In Guatemala, eight per cent of farmers account for 78 per cent of the land in production. Of the smallholders who control the remaining land, just eight per cent are women.
Oxfam’s GROW campaign is calling for global action to fix a broken food system where 925 million people already go hungry every day. This could get worse in the face of dwindling natural resources, like land, the gathering pace of climate change and increasing food price volatility. Find out how we can help prevent this from getting worse at www.oxfam.org/grow
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In almost all health and well-being articles I’ve ever read, there’s always one tip that reoccurs every time. It’s the simplest of things, the easiest advice to follow, and I’m just surprised that more people don’t do it. It’s not rocket science, it’s not expensive (in fact, it’s pretty much free) and is available to us all. Drink water.
I know, I know! It can be the most boring thing you can think of when it comes to thirst. First thing in the morning when I’m still on autopilot, I’ve usually made and drunk a large cup of strong coffee before I’m properly awake – I need that rocket fuel to get me going! But with the warmer weather now upon us, I can have a tendency to feel sluggish, for my feet and ankles to swell when I sit at my office desk for too long, and to suffer with far more headaches than is really acceptable. Talking to my colleagues (who all sit with a sports bottle filled with water on their desks) they all told me I should drink more water. I could still have the coffee, but I should add drinks of water in-between coffees, or replace one or two of those coffees throughout the day.
Biting the bullet, I decided to conduct a little experiment of my own. It couldn’t hurt, could it? A week out of my life? I pledged to my work colleagues, that for one week, I would drink nothing but water, document my findings as I went, and then give them an honest account of my well-being at the end of the week. Here’s how I got on…
I had to try really hard not to make that coffee. I really needed coffee. BUT… I had hot water instead - a little compromise in my mind, as I’m used to having a hot drink. I won’t lie, it certainly didn’t hit the spot like my usual coffee does. Throughout the day I consumed the recommended amount. By the end of day one, I’d drunk over 2 litres!
Still craving that early morning coffee! It was a little more difficult during the day, because I work part time, and this was one of my home days. I was busy with chores, and so I fell slightly short of the two litres, but I didn’t count it as failure. If anything the opposite – I’d done 2 whole days without coffee!
Woke with a thumping headache! I put this down to a little caffeine withdrawal. I persevered with the hot water, instead opting to add a little lemon juice. By the end of day 3 I had consumed over 2.5 litres of water! Go me!
The temptation of coffee was still there, but I didn’t feel like I ‘needed’ it in the same way as a couple of days before. Drinking water was almost becoming a habit. At home I made sure that I set myself little reminders to drink by programming my phone’s alarm to go off every hour, on the hour. By the end of day 4 I’d consumed another 2.5 litres. I noticed too that my visits to the bathroom were far more frequent than the days before. My system really was flushing through!
I tend to work all day on a Friday, which means I’m sat on my bottom from 9-5! I made sure I drank plenty, and got up and moved about at least once every hour. Leaving the office, I was surprised that my feet were normal size, and that only one of my ankles were ever so slightly puffy. What a difference! Toilet visits were more frequent, but I started to feel physically better. I was getting to sleep earlier, which in turn made me feel brighter in the morning.
A Saturday. Fail! Not only did I not consume my target 2 litres, but I also went off plan. I was out for the day, and didn’t prepare adequately. The craving for something sweet and fizzy got the better of me and I gave in to it and had a lemonade. Still, once home I stuck to my liquid plan, and got straight back on to water. At least lemonade is a clear liquid, right?
Mission complete! Target consumption met! I could really see a difference in my overall well-being. I still peed for England, and not only did I notice a difference in my bladder behaviour, but also my bowels. Things were ‘easier’. My headaches became almost non-existent, and I was actually feeling like I had a bit of energy! My mind-set was more positive, and on the whole, I couldn’t believe how good I was feeling!
I’ve added a day 8 because I just had to share this amazing benefit with you…
The day I stepped on the scales. Perhaps drinking more water had suppressed my appetite a little as I am 3.5lbs lighter! I put it down to water being calorie free! Whatever the answer, I know that from now on I’ll be carrying on with the water drinking. It’s not permanently sustainable, as I like a social drink now and again, and I will allow myself the odd coffee – just not to the same extent as before.
Jane works part time, and is also a freelance writer and blogger, who currently writes for Cooleraid. In her spare time she enjoys reading, travel, and chocolate!
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National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch doubled down on her earlier video that characterized dissent against President Donald Trump as “the violence of lies” that needed to be countered with the “clenched fist of truth.” Loesch said she was “proud” of the video and “endorse[d]” it “personally.”
In the ad, which was originally posted on the YouTube page of NRA’s news outlet NRATV in April 2017, Loesch claimed that in their opposition to Trump, left-wing Americans “scream racism, and sexism, and xenophobia, and homophobia, [and] bully and terrorize the law-abiding until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness.” She went on to say the only way to save “our country and our freedom” is with “the clenched fist of truth.”
The video drew widespreadcriticism after NRATV reposted it on its Facebook page on June 28. In a June 29 article, Vox’s Zack Beauchamp called the video “chilling” and said it “comes this close to calling for a civil war against liberals.” The same day, ThinkProgress’ Aaron Rupar wrote a piece saying the video “stops just short of calling for violence against … progressives.”
During the noon edition of NRATV’s program Stinchfield, which provides live updates at the top of the hour from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST, Loesch, who is also an NRATV commentator, doubled down on the spot, calling it a “fantastic ad” that “holds up a mirror to the violent aspects of the left.” Loesch denied that she was inciting violence in the ad, saying that she meant “meeting that violence with simple truth and simple peaceful ideas”:
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DANA LOESCH: Absolutely, and Grant, I want to make one thing perfectly clear, I am proud of this ad and I endorse personally the message of this ad. It’s a fantastic ad and it holds up a mirror to the violent aspects of the left. And, Grant, we have seen this time and time again. We saw this violence in Chicago during the campaign for the general election. We saw this violence in the streets of Washington, D.C., during the inauguration -- where there were not just a few, mind you, but a number of a very far leftists who thought that breaking store windows, arson, property damage, physical assault, setting fires in the middle of the street, et cetera, et cetera -- that these were all forms of protected speech and that they were generally acceptable forms of dissent to a fair election. And then of course, Grant, we have seen time and time again on college campuses, individuals react so physically, hostilely to a simple difference of opinion. And so they set fire on their college campuses and once again we see arson, and we see property destruction, and we see physical assault over and over again. I know, Grant, that I don't have to remind you or anyone else of what happened sadly just two weeks ago when a leftist went to a ballfield with a list of Republican congressmen and decided to open fire on GOP congressional members because they were simply Republicans. Now with this ad, Grant, when I say the clenched fists of truth, I mean the clenched fists of truth. And this is where I get the inspiration for that line. Everybody knows what this is, right? Everybody can recognize this? It’s the symbol of the resistance movement. It’s the symbol of the movement that by and large has sanctioned the violence of which I speak. It has sanctioned the arson, and the property destruction, and it has sanctioned the physical assault. So, I didn’t say meet fist with fist. And I didn’t even mention anywhere in this ad to go and purchase a firearm. I specifically, Grant, said clenched fist, not of physical altercation like they promote, but of truth. Meeting in the battleground of ideas, meeting that violence with simple truth and simple, peaceful ideas. That is what we have always been about, and even in the face of continued aggression and violence and destruction from the left, that is what we will continue to be about.
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The Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez once said that when he read the first line of Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” he didn’t know people were allowed to write sentences like that, and immediately began writing short fiction. Well, I had the exact same experience—with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Specifically, with his masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude. […]
We are quite literally just digging into Breath of the Wild's first DLC pack, but if you rushed into the game after updating, you may have missed the clues putting you on the trail of the new content. Here are the hints that point you in the right direction to track down all the Master Trials' new stuff.
Where to find some of the new additions are obvious. Master Mode is a new difficulty setting that can be selected from the title screen. Hero's Path Mode is a setting that can be accessed through the map. The other items and Trial of the Sword, however, require a little exploration.
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