Cubes, Conic Sections, and Crockett Johnson   

Children’s book author and painter's interest in doubling the cube


          Rocket League’s two year anniversary update brings a new arena, new customisation options, and some Rick and Morty goodies next week   
Rocket League is getting schwifty for its second birthday with some new free content. Rick and Morty will be coming to Rocket League through various toppers and antennas that will be made available in a free update on July 5. As outlined on the game’s official site, Rick and Morty will be coming as antennas, […]
          Unknown lines   

While working on new projects, these lines bounded by green dots seem to just show up.  Can anyone tell me how to get rid of them as they are not tied to any particular Work Plane, Sketch or Extrusion?  Thanks so much!

 

 

 

 

 

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          SpaceX loses out to ULA for $191M Air Force contract   
United Launch Alliance's rocket launches are more expensive than its rival SpaceX — but that didn't stop ULA from scoring a major military contract. Centennial, Colorado-based ULA — a joint venture between global giants Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) and The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) — on June 29 won a $191 million contract from the U.S. Air Force, according to a U.S. Department of Defense report. As part of the deal, ULA will perform launch services to deliver the Space Test Program-3 (STP-3)…

          Who won the latest Air Force launch contract? Colorado's ULA? Or SpaceX?   
United Launch Alliance won a $191 million space launch contract for an experimental Air Force project, beating out SpaceX to launch the STP-3 mission in two years. The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles on Thursday awarded Centennial-based ULA the contract after reviewing bids by ULA and Elon Musks’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX. STP-3 is slated to launch atop one of ULA’s Atlas V rockets from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with the mission occurring…

          SpaceX has launched and landed two rockets in one weekend   
On 23 June, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket using a booster that had already been to space, only the second  time SpaceX has flown used boosters
          RIO vs. TRAMA -ou- SÃO PAULO = TRAMA   
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50% do meu tempo na internet é na tramavirtual, descubro bandas na tramavirtual, não seria um "indie" se não existisse um tramavirtual, aconselho sua bandinha de garagem vagabunda a se cadastrar na tramavirtual, mas uma coisa vem me chamando a atenção: 99,9% DAS BANDAS CONTRATADAS PELO SELO TRAMAVIRTUAL SÃO PAULO! (e 73% ja apareceram na TV da musica). Exemplos? pois meu caro amigo seboso: Cansei de Ser Sexy(obvio), Rock Rocket, Pullovers, Telepatas...(posso citar mais, mas seria uma lista gigante) Gosto dessas bandas (principalmente Pullovers) mas vamos combinar que a Trama não da uma certa atenção pros cariocas,porque sera? >porque nós temos tantas bandinhas "riocore"sem a minima originalidade? não, a Tramavirtual não diz que tem que contratar só bandas Indie, Punk Revival, Elêtronica, Garage Rock etc. >porque a tramavirtual não contrata banda de outros estados? obvio que não! eles contrataram o Zefirina Bomba e o Mombojó que são la do NORDESTE Sobre a primeira pergunta, tudo bem ela não tem o direito de escolher como critério estilo de musica! mas vou falar uma coisa: O RIO DE JANEIRO ESTA OCORRENDO O TAL RETROCESSO MUSICAL!. Poucas bandas se salvam aqui do Rio!(temos alguns artistas solos, mas eles só tocam MPB e como recompensa só ganham uma matéria no Segundo Caderno do jornal superpopular O GLOBO) o nivel de originalidade e inteligencia é pessimo! hoje, você vai no sarau de qualquer escola particular e ve aquelas bandas que imitam FORFUN e DIBOB, e com nomes simplesmente idiotas, usando a péssima tatica de usar numeros para fazer um tocadilho (Sun7,4ever...). As primeiras bandas boas do Rio de Janeiro que vem minha cabeça é: MOPTOP, SEX NOISE, HEREGES, NERVOSO E OS CALMANTES, PESSOAS DO SÉCULO PASSADO... musica:hum....acho que vou botar Zefirina Bomba, a bomba que me fez postar essa matéria (todo mundo ja conhece Rock Rocket, Cansei de Ser Sexy, eu tava em duvida em bota Zefirina, Mombojó ou Pullovers, escolhe a primeira porque eu descobri ela foi contratada antes da segunda, então ela que começou toda essa revolta!)
          RIO vs. TRAMA -ou- SÃO PAULO = TRAMA   
50% do meu tempo na internet é na tramavirtual, descubro bandas na tramavirtual, não seria um "indie" se não existisse um tramavirtual, aconselho sua bandinha de garagem vagabunda a se cadastrar na tramavirtual, mas uma coisa vem me chamando a atenção: 99,9% DAS BANDAS CONTRATADAS PELO SELO TRAMAVIRTUAL SÃO PAULO! (e 73% ja apareceram na TV da musica). Exemplos? pois meu caro amigo seboso: Cansei de Ser Sexy(obvio), Rock Rocket, Pullovers, Telepatas...(posso citar mais, mas seria uma lista gigante) Gosto dessas bandas (principalmente Pullovers) mas vamos combinar que a Trama não da uma certa atenção pros cariocas,porque sera? >porque nós temos tantas bandinhas "riocore"sem a minima originalidade? não, a Tramavirtual não diz que tem que contratar só bandas Indie, Punk Revival, Elêtronica, Garage Rock etc. >porque a tramavirtual não contrata banda de outros estados? obvio que não! eles contrataram o Zefirina Bomba e o Mombojó que são la do NORDESTE Sobre a primeira pergunta, tudo bem ela não tem o direito de escolher como critério estilo de musica! mas vou falar uma coisa: O RIO DE JANEIRO ESTA OCORRENDO O TAL RETROCESSO MUSICAL!. Poucas bandas se salvam aqui do Rio!(temos alguns artistas solos, mas eles só tocam MPB e como recompensa só ganham uma matéria no Segundo Caderno do jornal superpopular O GLOBO) o nivel de originalidade e inteligencia é pessimo! hoje, você vai no sarau de qualquer escola particular e ve aquelas bandas que imitam FORFUN e DIBOB, e com nomes simplesmente idiotas, usando a péssima tatica de usar numeros para fazer um tocadilho (Sun7,4ever...). As primeiras bandas boas do Rio de Janeiro que vem minha cabeça é: MOPTOP, SEX NOISE, HEREGES, NERVOSO E OS CALMANTES, PESSOAS DO SÉCULO PASSADO... musica:hum....acho que vou botar Zefirina Bomba, a bomba que me fez postar essa matéria (todo mundo ja conhece Rock Rocket, Cansei de Ser Sexy, eu tava em duvida em bota Zefirina, Mombojó ou Pullovers, escolhe a primeira porque eu descobri ela foi contratada antes da segunda, então ela que começou toda essa revolta!)
          Monaco Rocket - 8/1 to 13/2   
Place/Show Only - R2 Hb Boutique (bm55) - MACKAY (AUS)
          Rockette Rocket - 9/2 to 7/2   
Place/Show Only - R8 Mcdonald Murphy Machinery-c6 - MACKAY (AUS)
          Rockette Rocket - 22/1 to 16/1   
Win Only - R8 Mcdonald Murphy Machinery-c6 - MACKAY (AUS)
          Rocket Fighter   
Go on missions on the Lost Land of Orain and fight aggressive monsters by shooting them up
          Delivery Hero nimmt mit Börsengang 1 Milliarde Euro ein   
Die Aktien werden für 25,50 Euro ausgegeben, dem oberen Wert der anvisierten Preisspanne. Mit dem Geld werden unter anderem Schulden getilgt. Der Großteil geht an die Alteigentümer. Davon profitiert auch Hauptaktionär Rocket Internet, der seinen Anteil von 36 auf rund 26 Prozent reduziert.
          Установка docklets на RocketDock   
Перетаскиваю файл DigitalClockDocklet.dll на панель програмы, назначаю файлу изображение background в виде пустого циферблата часов(в папке была только эта иконка) и нажимаю на него, чтоб он завелся. Но ничего не происходит, часы не работают. Скажите, как правильно настроить часы в RocketDock? RocketDock 1.3.5
          L'image du jour : Un but de très haut niveau dans Rocket League   

Le principe est très simple : chaque jour de la semaine, à 19h, retrouvez une image insolite sous forme de visuel, Gif, Vine ou vidéo, en rapport avec la sphère vidéoludique, high-tech ou geek qui...
          NBA Free Agency: J.J. Redick interested in Rockets, but only at the right price   
Redick will consider Rockets if they can make his price point work, but he's also looking at 76ers and Nets
          4th of july rocket firework vector icon   
4th of july rocket firework vector icon clip art
          Poptone revisit the work of Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets   
Daniel Ash, former guitarist of Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, and Love and Rockets, recently told Kansas City’s the Pitch that he was inspired to take to the road again following a half-asleep 4 AM encounter with Motörhead’s “Ace of Spades” during which he felt his late old acquaintance Lemmy urging him to get his ass back out there. It’s really no more outlandish than anything else in his career—including his final attempt at a Bauhaus reunion, which ended fairly decisively after the 2008 album Go Away White (Cooking Vinyl).…
          Vector obtains $21 million in funding   
Capitalism in space: The smallsat rocket company Vector has obtained $21 million in new funding, making it possible for it to accelerate its test rocket schedule. With this most recent round of funding, Vector will accelerate the company’s upcoming flight test series and launch orbital customer missions in early 2018. Vector’s next launch is planned for Summer 2017, making it
          Rockets GM hints at making move for Paul George or Carmelo Anthony   

Rockets GM Daryl Morey isn't done adding superstars in Houston.


          Doc Rivers: Seeing Chris Paul leave Clippers to join Rockets 'bugs me'   

Doc Rivers is upset he couldn't make it work in Los Angeles.


          Rockets’ Red Glare and Bombs Bursting in Air   
A June 27 Pew Research Center poll says world opinion of the United States has plummeted since Donald Trump took office. Surveying people in 37 countries, 49 percent held a positive view of the United States, down from 65 percent at the end of 2016. Maybe we could cancel the fireworks this 4th of July More
          Carmelo to the Houston Rockets Would Require a Reconciliation With Mike D'Antoni   
Not sure that would be easy.
          My Week Long Experiment and the Benefits to my Mind and Body   

You're reading My Week Long Experiment and the Benefits to my Mind and Body, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

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…

Day 1

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!

Day 2

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!

Day 3

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!

Day 4

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!

Day 5

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.

Day 6

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?

Day 7

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…

Day 8

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!

You've read My Week Long Experiment and the Benefits to my Mind and Body, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you've enjoyed this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.


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          The Clippers Divide: Chris Paul Rift With Doc Rivers Motivated Departure   
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Now that Chris Paul is officially a member of the Houston Rockets there will be a myriad of reports trying to break down the “hows” and “whys” of the departure of a future Hall of Fame point guard from a team that desperately needs his presence. Let’s face it, the Los Angeles Clippers have been […]
          Membangun tim adidaya instan   
Salah satu point guard bintang NBA, Chris Paul, baru saja dipastikan meninggalkan Los Angeles Clippers menuju Houston Rockets dalam sebuah skema ...
          Christmas Gift Giveaway #12   
WIN A BRILLIANT BUNDLE OF THREE NEW GAMES - WORTH £58!

In collaboration with Drumond Park, we have a wonderful prize up for grabs – a trio of new table-top games which will keep the whole family enthralled and entertained over the festive season.



In the DIG IN! game (rrp £19.99, age 8 to adult) players take turns to frantically sift through the big white Dig In! bowl with both hands, trying to find the exact six pieces (all everyday items – button, train, dog, plane, rocket, bike, key etc.) in the right colour which they need to fill their picture card… in just 15 seconds flat. If no one succeeds first time round, everyone ‘digs in’ together, using one hand each. There is no time limit for this stage, and the winner of the round is the player who all the six items illustrated on his or her card. It’s a unique and spell-binding formula, ensuring hours of stimulating fun for the players, who are desperate to be the first to fill their card!



And in the delightful new spinning game PICKIN’ CHICKENS (rrp £19.99, age 4+), smaller children select and open chicken coops to add different coloured chicks to their collection. But watch out, there’s a fox about! Every now and then, totally unexpectedly, Mr Fox pops up from his tree-trunk lair like a jack-in-the-box – and gives everyone a shock! When he appears, each player instantly loses one of his or her chickens – unless they hold the Farmer card, which protects them from the fox.




The fast and furious new STOOPIDO family game (rrp £17.99, age 8 to adult) is about as stupid as it gets! Everyone dons plastic glasses, the dice is rolled, and if Nose, Eyes, Hat or Ears come up, the players race to hang the relevant colourful cardboard pieces on whichever player they choose. As play proceeds, people get loaded up with ever more comical items, for a totally mis-matched look. The winner is ‘the last man standing’ – the only player left with a gap or gaps on their glasses.





For your chance to WIN all three of these games you can enter via the Gleam entry form below.

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          Fourth of July fireworks leave trail of death, lost limbs, burns   
Twelve years old and well versed in the art of converting a Fourth of July fireworks fountain into a tiny explosive, a friend hands me my first bottle rocket and lights the fuse. I expect the firework at the end of the stick to fly off. Instead, a shower of burning gunpowder scorches my arm. […]
          Bacha, padá wojbomba! Svalovci se bojí, co brýlatý chlapík zase vyzradí   
Silnější chlapík s brýlemi a ustupujícími vlasy patří k nejmocnějším mužům ve světě NBA. Není to bývalý basketbalista, není to ani trenér, manažer nebo agent. Jen sportovní novinář. Přes Twitter sledují Adriana Wojnarowského téměř dva miliony lidí a všichni čekají na další WojBomb.
          07/17/2017 - Sapce Week at ISEC   
Space Week is a five day space science program for children ages 10-15 about The Earth, The Solar System, The Galaxy, The Universe, Rocketry, and Outer Space Observation. Each day is divided into two 3 hour sessions of fun filled model making, rocket launching, demonstrations and games. On the final day of Space Week everyone will have a video of themselves sending a signal to the moon with their voice and hearing their own voice bounce off the moon and return to earth. We expect to have speakers from NASA and Princeton University. Activities are indoors and outdoors and include a visit to the InfoAge Radio Museum, The Original Marconi Tower and a trip to see Mobile Radar Units. Learn about the history of the Space Program and the exciting events that took place right here at the Diana Site in Wall Township that launched the Space Program. Use the 18 meter Radio Telescope Dish to send your voice to the moon and hear it bounce back in 2.5 seconds! Registration is limited, Register Now to save your place!
          Red, White & BLU: All-Natural Rocket Pop Recipe   

Red, White & BLU: All-Natural Rocket Pop Recipe

This is the time to celebrate our great nation and proudly display our red, white and BLU, but it’s also a time to spend with family and friends. Everyone loves a good Independence Day celebration filled with burgers, hot dogs, beer and lots of dessert. For the health-conscious, this can spell out diet disaster, but it doesn’t have to. You can still celebrate and have fun this Fourth of July without sacrificing your healthy habits or your beach body.
 
Take off with this healthy, all-natural, fruit-filled alternative that will help you resist the temptation of those sugary dessert selections. If you’re ready to set off the flavor fireworks, then give this Independence Day-inspired patriotic popsicle recipe a try.
 

Tools

  • Popsicle molds (try rocket-shaped molds, if you can find them)
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Blender
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    Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups strawberries, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 5 tbsp. honey
  • ½ cup of LIMU LEAN Creamy Vanilla
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1½ cups blueberries
  • ¼ cup pomegranate juice
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    Directions

     
    Red, White & BLU: All-Natural Rocket Pop Recipe

    1. Combine the sliced strawberries, lime juice and 2 tbsp. honey into a bowl then place in your blender. Blend until puréed. Divide the mixture evenly between the popsicle molds and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. It may not look exactly like the traditional rocket pop, but it also won't include made-up fruit like the infamous blue raspberry. If you can find rocket pop molds, great! Take it back to your childhood and go old-school. Clean the blender and set aside. The trick to making these patriotic popsicles is working quickly in layers.

     

     Red, White & BLU: All-Natural Rocket Pop Recipe

    2. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, coconut milk, LIMU LEAN shake mix and the remaining 3 tablespoons honey until smooth. Divide the mixture evenly between the popsicle molds, pouring it atop the frozen strawberry layer. Insert popsicle sticks into the center of each mold and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.

     

     Red, White & BLU: All-Natural Rocket Pop Recipe

    3. Combine the blueberries and pomegranate juice into your blender. Using the blender, blend the mixture until puréed. Divide the blueberry mixture evenly between the popsicle molds, pouring it atop the frozen yogurt layer, and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.

     

    When ready to serve, briefly run the popsicle molds under warm water then gently pull the popsicles from the molds and serve. There you have it! Celebrate liberation from calories this Fourth of July with this guilt-free treat.

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              Have the 'Food Evolution' Filmmakers Mistreated Moms?   
    The documentary negatively portrays the entire organic food movement.

    The trailer of the new documentary "Food Evolution," which negatively portrays both me and the organic food movement, fails to acknowledge the reality of American mothers. Our families are sick and struggling. And yet, when we remove GMOs and related toxins from our diet, we get better. The trailer implies that the movie will focus on the so-called noble promises of GMOs, yet fails to present reality in a noble manner.

    In the last paragraph of the description of the film on its website, filmmakers Trace Sheehan and Scott Kennedy say, "And as we take in the scientific process at work, let's do our best to put aside bias so we can have more productive conversations and make the most informed decisions we can."  

    Yet, in the trailer—before the movie is even out—they take my words out of context, misrepresenting what I say with heavy editing and belittling the experiences of thousands of American families. That doesn't look like putting bias aside; it looks like an advertisement for GMOs.

    In fact, Scott Kennedy’s crew misrepresented their intentions in order to interview food movement proponents Jeffrey Smith, Vani Hari and myself. Claiming that the film would be a balanced representation of both sides of the food movement was misleading and ignoble.

    Vani Hari told me she did not grant permission for her image to be used in the film, yet it was used anyway. Jeffrey Smith and I granted permission for one interview with first right of refusal. The filmmakers failed to honor that agreement and never showed us the first cut. Marion Nestle and I have asked for our interviews to be removed from the film, with no response.

    A few months after the interview with Jeffrey Smith and Vani Hari, I was surrounded by GMO proponents Kavin Senapathy and Karl Haro Von Mogel at the March Against Monsanto in Chicago. They shouted at me in order to try to antagonize me into appearing like a hysterical activist. I told them they did not have my permission to use my image, but they did anyway. The filmmakers are more interested in appeasing the chemical companies that sell GMOs and pesticides than of accurately portraying concerned Americans.

    In the film they edited my interview in order to make it look like I said, “I trust social media more than scientists.” What I actually said was that I trust the mothers who are seeing their children get sick after consuming GMOs and related toxins and are courageously sharing their new reality on social media, more than the scientists who are conducting isolated experiments funded by Big Ag.

    I said that when I see my child get sick after consuming GMOs and toxins, and then see him get better when he eats organic foods, I don’t need another scientific study to tell me we should avoid GMOs and toxins. Thousands of moms agree with me and they are sharing their experiences as well. I trust the moms who are sharing their truth. Apparently Scott Kennedy does not.

    This film is not only blatantly pro-GMO, it is patronizing. The filmmakers are trying to make the issue look like it’s an issue of emotional moms vs. science. The fact is, GMO proponents are nervous because we have the truth and we have sound science to back us up. The filmmakers would not be trying to invalidate us if we did not have something valid to say.

    The film attempts to discredit the organic food movement by belittling the power of social media, but the world knows that social media is now the dominant way to reach people with a message. (Just ask President Trump.) Social media is filled with honest stories of sick children, desperate families and skyrocketing medical costs. Unfortunately, pro-GMO proponents are pushing cherry-picked scientific data from short-term studies, while failing to disclose their funding.  

    Their perspectives are limited by their lack of real-world experience and their motivations are questionable. It’s no coincidence that the point the film is trying to make aligns with huge profits for chemical companies.

    In the New York Times review of the film, the reviewer writes that while it's true there is an increased use of pesticides with GMOs, "those pesticides are far less toxic."  

    What degree of food toxicity is acceptable for you to give to your children? Maybe science doesn't know the answer to that question, but mothers do.

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              AEE Test Talk IELTS: How to Beat Writing Task 1 on the IELTS   

    Do you need a plan for Writing Task 1 on the IELTS exam?

    Today, Lindsay and Jessica share two clear steps for helping you beat it!

     

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    The IELTS exam’s written section is divided into two tasks.  Task 1 requires you to interpret a map or chart in approximately 150 words, while Task 2 is about 250 words on your own thoughts.  Even though it is longer, Task 2 is often easier for test-takers.  Task 1, because of the vocabulary needed, can be much more difficult.

    The Task 1 chart is usually some kind of line or graph that shows a change over time.  To give yourself the language needed to discuss this chart, a good tactic might be to read the business section of the newspaper and pick up the vocabulary you need – words like that describe change, like increase, decrease, decline and skyrocket.

     

    In writing your answer for Task 1, keep it clear and simple.  A good plan might be to discuss increases in paragraph one, and decreases in paragraph two.  That way, your answer is organized.

     

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              Marshall Kent Leads Nine Players Set for Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open Finals   

    Three-time PBA Tour titlist Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., averaged 227 over four rounds on different lane conditions to lead a field of nine players who advanced to this weekend’s stepladder finals of the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open.

    ESPN’s live coverage begins Saturday at noon CDT (1 p.m. ET) from the Grand Hotel Event Center when qualifiers five through nine will compete on two specially-installed lanes with the winner advancing to the no. 5 qualifying position who will join the tournament’s top four qualifiers for Sunday’s stepladder finals telecast which also gets underway at noon local time.

    Kent compiled a 7,278 32-game pinfall total bowled on PBA’s 32-foot Wolf, 40-foot Bear, 52-foot Badger and 44-foot Oklahoma Open lane condition patterns over the four days of qualifying at the FireLake Bowling Center. He bowled games of 237, 274, 266, 257, 236, 220, 235 and 207 in Friday’s final round on the Oklahoma condition.

    IMG_2060Despite starting the tournament with games of 160 and 170 in the first round on the Wolf condition Tuesday, Kent relied on his ability to adjust to quickly rebound.

    “I was a little frustrated but I reminded myself it’s a marathon, not a sprint,” he said. “In a tournament like this you have to look at the big picture. I was a little frustrated but I knew I had 30 games to go.

    “I think overall my versatility showed in this tournament,” the 24-year-old Kent continued. “I didn’t have a good start but it didn’t worry me.”

    As top qualifier, Kent earned the right to select the lane condition pattern for both stepladder telecasts this weekend and has selected the Bear pattern. He does have the option to change the pattern selection after Saturday’s telecast for Sunday’s competition.

    “I feel that the Bear pattern is the best pattern for rewarding the player who makes the best shot,” Kent said. “My gut right now is to stick with it for both days.”

    Climbing from 28th after the first round and 12th after Thursday’s third round, three-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia averaged 256 in the final round to rocket to the no. 2 qualifying position and finish with a 7,208 pinfall. The two-hander will be trying for this third win of the season after winning the USBC Masters and Barbasol PBA Players Championship.

    Joining Kent and Belmonte in Sunday’s finals will be no. 3 qualifier three-time Tour winner Rhino Page of Orlando who finished with a 7,191 pinfall and no. 4 qualifier 18-time Tour champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, who finished with 7,181.

    IMG_2057“I knew the pattern today would be easier than what we had been bowling on,” said Belmonte, who owns 14 career PBA Tour titles. “You still have to execute because pin carry becomes something you have to deal with. I went into this round taking it shot by shot and wasn’t going to be afraid of what was going to happen down lane.”

    Players who qualified fifth through ninth bowling in Saturday’s stepladder round to determine the no. 5 qualifier for Sunday’s stepladder finals telecast will be two-time tour winner Thomas Larsen of Denmark, reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., Jesper Svensson of Sweden, Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., and Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla.

    Trey Ford III, the 16-year-old PBA member from Bartlesville, Okla., fell short of making the top nine by 94 pins finishing 11th with a 6,941 pinfall (216.9 average) to record his highest PBA Tour finish.

    GRAND CASINO HOTEL & RESORT PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

    FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Friday

    Fourth Round

    (after 32 games. Positions 1-4 advance to Sunday’s stepladder finals. Positions 5-9 advance to stepladder round on Saturday that will determine no. 5 qualifier for Sunday’s finals)

    1, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 7,278.
    2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 7,208.
    3, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 7,191.
    4, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 7,181.
    5, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 7,108.
    6, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 7,101.
    7, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 7,055.
    8, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 7,042.
    9, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 7,035.
    10, Stuart Williams, England, 6,948, $4,000.
    11, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 6,941, $3,500.
    12, Dom Barrett, England, 6,923, $3,000.
    13, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 6,913, $2,900.
    14, (tie) Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 6,898, and Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 6,898, $2,500.
    16, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 6,889, $2,200.
    17, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 6,883, $2,000.
    18, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 6,881, $1,900.
    19, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6,873, $1,800.
    20, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 6,869, $1,700.
    21, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 6,848, $1,700.
    22, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 6,835, $1,500.
    23, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 6,814, $1,450.
    24, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 6,812, $1,400.
    25, Sam Cooley, Australia, 6,805, $1,350.
    26, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 6,792, $1,300.
    27, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 6,786, $1,250.
    28, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 6,771, $1,200.
    29, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 6,761, $1,150.
    30, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 6,735, $1,100.
    31, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 6,732, $1,050.
    32, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 6,677, $1,025.
    33, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 6,561, $1,000.


              PBA Spare Shots: PBA’s Influence on International Bowling Community Continues to Grow   

    Bowlers from around the world have always considered the PBA as the gold standard. If you wanted to find out how good you are, you had to bowl against – and beat – the world’s best. For decades, that was a difficult decision to make because the Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs, the international governing body in the eyes of the International Olympic Committee, banned professionals from its ranks.

    (Feature photo, from left: Members of the victorious international team in the inaugural USA Vs. The World team match held during PBA World Series of Bowling II in Las Vegas in 2010 were Finland’s Osku Palermaa, Kimmo Lehtonen and Mika Koivuniemi, Canada’s Dan MacLelland, Australia’s Jason Belmonte and Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli)

    That policy changed in 2008, when the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) – now World Bowling – became the official governing body of tenpin bowling and opened its doors to professionals in the hopes of advancing bowling’s hope to gain Olympic acceptance, meaning that international players would no longer jeopardize eligibility to represent their national teams if the joined the PBA.

    The introduction of the multi-event PBA World Series of Bowling concept a year later brought a veritable flood of international players into PBA competition. While notable players like PBA Tour champions Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela (1982), Sweden’s Mats Karlsson (1983) and Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi (1999), among a handful of others, had ventured into the PBA arena prior to 2008, the inaugural WSOB included an unprecedented 28 players from 14 different countries.

    flagsThe WSOB has continued to welcome players from around the world. Since 2009, 38 different countries have been represented in the World Series, including a record 23 countries and 55 international players last year in Reno. The same sort of trend has had an impact of the recently-resurrected Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour, which has featured a strong influx of international players.

    In 2017, the PBA has seen international competition grow in events not previously known for global appeal, such as the Xtra Frame PBA Tour program and, this week, the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Oklahoma Open, which includes 16 nations and 26 international players in its field of 91.

    It’s an exciting trend for bowling, especially as the sport continues to seek the attention of the IOC and bowling manufacturers continue to expand their global markets. It’s good for bowling fans around the world, who can cheer for their home-country favorites thanks to the advent of Xtra Frame, pba.com and other social media outlets with world-wide accessibility. And it’s good for competition, because the level of talent in PBA competition has never been stronger, which only adds to the prestige of winning a PBA Tour title.

    XTRA FRAME SCHEDULE INCLUDES OKLAHOMA PRELIMS, PWBA ACTION

    This week’s Xtra Frame’s live streaming schedule will feature qualifying round coverage of the PBA Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Oklahoma Open from FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., through Friday, leading up to two days of live ESPN coverage of the Oklahoma Open’s nine-player stepladder finals Saturday and Sunday, July 1-2, at 1 p.m. EDT both days. The Oklahoma Open finals also will be live streamed on ESPN and the WatchESPN app.

    This week’s PWBA Tour coverage features the Orlando Open Friday and Saturday.

    Heading into July, Xtra Frame’s schedule includes the Teen Masters from Richmond, Va., July 5-7; the PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open from Seminole, Fla., July 7-8; the Proprietors Cup from Beavercreek, Ohio, July 8-9; the Nationwide PWBA Rochester (N.Y.) Open, July 14-15; the PBA50 South Shore Open from Hammond, Ind., July 25-27; the XF Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas, July 28-30, which will award PBA and PWBA Tour titles; and the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic from Anderson, Ind., July 30-Aug. 1. For broadcast time and other details, check under the “schedules” tab on pba.com.

    PBA fans also can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com. PWBA live scoring is available on pwba.com.

    Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv for details.

    PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WARREN, TANG WIN PBA50/PBA DOUBLES TITLE IN RENO

    PBA50 competitor Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., teamed up with Darren Tang of San Francisco to win the PBA50/PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Doubles Open, presented by MOTIV, at High Sierra Lanes Sunday over PBA50 rookie Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix and Tang’s younger brother, amateur Michael Tang, 449-422.

    Warren and Darren Tang took an early lead and a costly open late in the game by Michael Tang, combined with Haugen’s inability to carry pocket hits, resulted in Warren claiming his fourth PBA50 Regional title while Darren Tang picked up his second title since becoming a member a year ago.

    In the single elimination match play leading up to the title match, the Warren/Tang team swept Utah amateurs Clay Rees from Riverton and Craig Harrington of Harriman, 3-0. Warren/Tang then defeated the San Jose, Calif., team of Gregory Thompson Jr. and Marty Deh in the semifinal match, 490-416, while the Haugen/Tang team survived a semifinal round shootout against PJ Haggerty from Roseville, Calif., and Las Vegan Ron Mohr, 546-545.

    ● PBA rookie Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., defeated Chandler Stevens of Archbold, Ohio, 216-177, to win his first PBA title in the PBA Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Roto Grip at Pro Bowl West on Saturday.

    Challenge events are open to PBA members without a PBA title or non-members who have never won a PBA event. In addition to his first title, Anderson won $1,500.

    Anderson downed Frank Snodgrass of Center Line, Mich., 228-161, in the semifinal round while Stevens topped Charlie Brown of Grandville, Mich., 208-159, to set up the championship match.

    Keith Lesko of Chicago defeated Mark Sullivan of Indianapolis, 222-202, to win the PBA50 Ultimate Inserts Midwest Open presented by Hammer at Lakeside Lanes in Davis, Ill., Sunday. 

    Lesko, who led qualifying, took each of the preliminary matches to the maximum number of games.  He defeated Jeff Johnson of Freeport, Ill. 3-2, in the best-of-five-game Round of 8, and then defeated R.J. Alman of Murrysville, Pa., 2-1, in the best-of-three semifinal round. Sullivan bested his travelling partner Danny Clark of New Palestine, Ind. 3-2, before beating Dave Traber of Hebron, Ill., 2-1, in his semifinal match.

    Along with his third PBA Regional title Lesko received $1,700.

    ● The July PBA Regional calendar begins with the PBA and PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Opens, both presented by Columbia 300 at Yosemite Lanes, in Modesto, Calif.

    ● On the July 7-9 weekend schedule is the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Columbia 300 at 30 Strikes Bowling Pub & Pizza in Stratford, N.J.

    ● July 14-16 weekend activity for PBA Regional players includes the Albany Strikers South Open at in Albany, Ga., and the St. Charles Lanes Midwest Open presented by Storm in St. Charles, Mo. The PBA Central Region will conduct a mid-week event, the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic at Bowl 10 Fairborn in Fairborn, Ohio, July 18-20.

    ● On the busy July 21-22 PBA Regional calendar are the PBA50 Parkway Lanes Open and the PWBA/PBA Parkway Lanes Open in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the Angola Central/Midwest Open at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Roto Grip in Arlington Heights, Ill.; the Spring Hill South Open at Spring Hill Lanes in Spring Hill, Fla.; the Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twins Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla., and the Secoma Lanes Northwest/West Open, PBA50 Northwest/West Open and PWBA/PBA Open, all presented by Storm, in Federal Way, Wash.

    ● Also in July are the PBA Japan Region’s first events of 2017, the PBA Chameleon Open on July 23 followed by the Women’s Chameleon Championship on July 30, both at Shinsayama Grand Bowl in Sayama.

    ● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

    MageQUICK NOTES:

    ● Chris Paul’s blockbuster trade to the Houston Rockets this week also means the annual CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational will move to Houston in 2018. Details will be announced later.

    PBA West/Northwest Region manager Gary Mage (at left with wife Toni) was inducted into the Washington State USBC Hall of Fame Saturday at the Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel in Rochester, Wash.

    ● Now available in the PBA Store (http://pba.firelakedesigns.com/), the Marshall Holman t-shirt and polo joins the Signature Collection which already includes Earl Anthony, Mark Roth and Dick Weber signature apparel.


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              Cavs Rumors: Breaking Down 2017 Offseason Plan for Cleveland   

    The stakes couldn't be much higher for the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer.

    Blow it, and LeBron James might walk out the door next offseason, likely creating a domino effect regarding the futures of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Hit a home run and the Cavs may be able to close the gap on the Golden State Warriors.

    While the team's massive payroll limits what Cleveland can realistically do, that doesn't lessen the weight of each and every decision the front office makes. 

    Below are the biggest tasks ahead for the Cavaliers.

         

    Resolve the General Manager Vacancy

    In defense of the Cavs, at least they didn't fire their team president less than a week after the NBA draft, when the team selected an 18-year-old point guard to run the offense said team president espoused. While welcomed by New York Knicks fans, the timing of Phil Jackson's departure wasn't ideal.

    Granted, Cleveland doesn't have much room to boast. The free-agent negotiating window opens Saturday and the Cavaliers are no closer to hiring a general manager.

    ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman reported Wednesday the team is still in negotiations with Chauncey Billups and that Billups' representatives presented a counter-offer to team owner Dan Gilbert. The Associated Press' Tom Withers reported Tuesday that Billups is the only candidate who has met with Gilbert so far.

    Firing David Griffin, who helped build a roster that reached three straight NBA Finals and win a championship, would've been more defensible if the Cavaliers had a cogent plan in mind to replace him.

    Instead, they're putting all of their eggs in one basket—a basket that comes with potential pitfalls of its own:

    As risky as hiring Billups would be, it might be a more preferable outcome than failing to hire him. At that point, Cleveland would be left scrambling for other candidates—potentially as the free-agency moratorium period is underway.

    The absence of a general manager has already hurt the Cavs this offseason. They failed to land Jimmy Butler, who instead moved on to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears also shared this on the night of the draft:

    Having a general manager surely would've helped the Cavs get the deal across the finish line.

    Cleveland has backed itself into a corner, and hiring Billups is the best way to mitigate the damage.

         

    Go All-In for Paul George or Carmelo Anthony

    The Cavs don't have enough cap space to sign a marquee free agent, and their trade options are limited both by their available assets and the caliber of star they'd be looking to acquire. Butler's trade to the Timberwolves trims their choices even further.

    If Cleveland fails to add Carmelo Anthony or Paul George, then it could be facing a summer in which it makes no noticeable upgrade to the roster. While the Cavs don't necessarily need to transform their squad, they can't afford to stand pat and hope their odds of upsetting the Warriors improve.

    The door to trade for George may not be closed completely, but it's not exactly wide open, either.

    The Cavs missed a chance to get George before the draft, with ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Chris Haynes reporting they tried to get a three-way trade involving the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets completed.

    Stein and Haynes added Cleveland will continue to pursue a possible George trade.

    The Cavaliers have plenty of competition. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Boston Celtics are attempting to get George and Gordon Hayward this summer, while ESPN.com's Tim MacMahon reported the Houston Rockets are targeting George as well.

    The Rockets traded for Chris Paul on Wednesday, which might signal they shifted their resources toward acquiring the All-Star point guard at the cost of possibly acquiring George.

    On Wednesday, Stein provided an update on the Anthony front:

    The New York Knicks have eroded Anthony's trade value to the point that the Cavs may not have to give up much to get him—with a buyout clearly the optimal route.

    Adding Anthony won't make the same kind of impact it would have five or six years ago, but he averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds a game and shot 35.9 percent from three-point range. And as a third or fourth scoring option for Cleveland, he may find the offensive efficiency he has lacked for much of his career.

          

    Re-Sign Kyle Korver

    The Cavaliers are at least somewhat lucky in that they don't have to worry about losing too many key players to free agency. They have five players out of contract: Kyle Korver, Deron Williams, Derrick Williams, James Jones and Dahntay Jones.

    Of the five, Korver should be Cleveland's top priority.

    The 36-year-old was very effective in his limited role. According to Basketball-Reference.com, 74.3 percent of his field-goal attempts came from beyond the arc, and he shot 48.5 percent from three-point range.

    In February, Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon noted the Cavaliers have Bird rights for Korver, so they can exceed the salary cap in order to re-sign him. That gives Cleveland some much-needed financial help to lure the sharpshooter back for next year.

    Given Gilbert's willingness to open his checkbook in the past, re-signing Korver shouldn't be too difficult for the Cavs.

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              [wanabidii] News Digest: Live updates: India braces for GST rollout   
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    Comparing two 20-year periods -- 1960-79 and 1991-2010 -- between which average global temperatures jumped 0.5 C (0.9 F), scientists found that the hottest summer temperatures increased by more than 1 degree C across a quarter of Earth's land areas, while the coldest winter temperatures warmed by more then 2.5 degree C.

    Ice-free areas of Antarctica to increase by 2100: Study
    Ice-free areas may increase in Antarctica by 25 per cent due to climate change, leading to drastic changes in the continent's biodiversity, a study warns. They found the melting ice could create up to 17,000 square kilometre of new ice-free area across Antarctica.

    Rare Siamese crocodile eggs found in Cambodia
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    Europe to meet US plea for more troops to Afghanistan
    European allies pledged more troops to support Afghanistan's hard-pressed military on Thursday but left details on numbers vague until the United States clarifies its new strategy to break a stalemate with the Taliban.

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              Look Away, Look Away....   

    by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

    For us living in the US, our poet reminds us, imperial atrocities are at worst collateral damage, and most often invisible. Only when they come into sight need we look away.... look away...

     

    Look Away, Look Away....

    by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

    Rumbling bellies, parched throats,
    numb Mother, stunned Father
    crawl on scraped knees,
    bleeding hands across
    gold foil fragments of
    diploma seals;
    Across shards
    of glass, pulverized
    appliances, crushed
    sheetrock, smoldering
    furniture, shattered
    North African dreams
    and Mideast mornings;
    They claw frantically
    with laser precision
    to muffled cries of
    Their toddler

    Their infant’s dead—
    Say bonnet, booty and
    bloody baby blanket,
    where the window was—
    Mothers Of All Bombs
    do this to Other
    Peoples’ Babies named
    ‘Collateral Damage—’
    To pre-teens with poster-
    plastered walls, and floors
    mined with soccer shoes
    and balls, below bookshelves
    armed with sports stars,
    magic tricks and insects

    No hand-wringing, heart-
    wrenching mili-second
    mechanical sympathy,
    like families with
    nannies, playdates,
    Thousand dollar strollers get

    Every Tuesday—for
    8 years—you trained
    Yourselves to “…Look away…”
    Orgasmic as your
    Hero unleashed
    Hellfire Missiles on
    suspicious farmers

    You’d “…Look away…”
    Mesmerized by
    Madison Avenue marketing:
    “Yes, we can” and
    Bottle Jim Jones Juice and
    Deliver regime “Change
    you can believe in:”
    Massacres making
    Washington and
    Wall Street warlords more money

    You’d “…Look away…”
    Wet, cold Wiki-leaked
    Reality irrelevant
    in your rush to
    “Feel the Bern,” climb the
    Hill—tread denial—blind
    behind Capitalist Hill’s latest liar
    Spiking war profiteers’ shares

    To beautiful
    “Bombs bursting in air…
    and rockets red glare” and
    Hear campaign chants,
    “Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs!”

     

    Oh, how magnificent
    it must feel to
    “…Look away, look away…”

    Raymond Nat Turner is an acclaimed poet and performance artist. Find much more of his work at http://ursurgejazz.com


              Rising Rents Threaten to Displace Oakland Nonprofits   
    Despite a growing nonprofit sector, job training and social justice groups are in peril. Oakland’s skyrocketing rents are affecting more than just low-income households. Now, the same nonprofit organizations that serve low-income people are beginning to suffer from the high-rents harming their clients.…
              The NASA Wallops 'artificial aurora' rocket launch finally happened. Here’s what it looked like   
    Early Thursday morning, the Terrier-Improved Malemute rocket launched from Wallops Island, Va., with a payload of colorful chemicals. Scientists wanted to study the movement and reaction of the upper atmosphere by filming man-made, glowing clouds
              Casper's Final 2011 NBA Draft Big Board   
    Final rankings of players, with Tiers and likely ranges (guys who are considered to have the 2nd round be the highest they will be drafted labeled 31-Undrafted) - players tabbed as 1st rounders have the teams who appear to have the most interest in them.

    Tier 1:
    1. Kyrie Irving - Fr. PG, Duke
    Range: 1-2 --- Most likely: Cavaliers

    Tier 2:
    2. Derrick Williams - So. PF/SF, Arizona
    Range: 1-2 --- Most likely: Timberwolves

    Tier 3:
    3. Jonas Valanciunas - 1992 C, Lietuvos Rytas
    Range: 4-11 --- Most likely: Cavaliers, Pistons

    4. Enes Kanter - 1992 PF/C, Kentucky
    Range: 3-8 --- Most likely: Cavaliers, Wizards

    5. Kemba Walker - Jr. PG, Connecticut
    Range: 3-8 --- Most likely: Raptors, Kings

    6. Jan Vesely - 1990 SF/PF, KK Partizan Belgrade
    Range: 3-9 --- Most likely: Jazz, Wizards

    7. Alec Burks - So. SG, Colorado
    Range: 9-17 --- Most likely: Bucks, Knicks

    Tier 4:
    8. Brandon Knight - Fr. PG/SG, Kentucky
    Range: 3-7 --- Most likely: Jazz, Raptors

    9. Donatas Motiejunas - 1990 PF/C, Benetton Treviso
    Range: 10-22 --- Most likely: Rockets, Sixers

    10. Bismack Biyombo - 1992 PF/C, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada
    Range: 5-17 --- Most likely: Pistons, Warriors, Rockets

    11. Tristan Thompson - Fr. PF, Texas
    Range: 6-16 --- Most likely: Pistons, Bobcats, Suns

    Tier 5:
    12. Chris Singleton - Jr. SF/PF, Florida State
    Range: 7-16 --- Most likely: Bobcats, Warriors, Jazz

    13. Marcus Morris - Jr. PF/SF, Kansas
    Range: 8-15 --- Most likely: Bobcats, Bucks, Suns

    14. Kawhi Leonard - So. SF, San Diego State
    Range: 5-12 --- Most likely: Wizards, Kings

    15. Tobias Harris, Fr. SF/PF, Tennessee
    Range: 9-27 --- Most likely: Suns, Bobcats

    16. Markieff Morris - Jr. PF, Kansas
    Range: 9-22 --- Most likely: Suns, Sixers, Bobcats

    17. Marshon Brooks - Sr. SG, Providence
    Range: 10-20 --- Most likely: Bucks, Jazz, Knicks

    18. Reggie Jackson - Jr. SG/PG, Boston College
    Range: 18-31 --- Most likely: Celtics, Heat

    19. Jimmer Fredette - Sr. PG/SG, Brigham Young
    Range: 7-17 --- Most likely: Kings, Suns, Pacers

    20. Kenneth Faried - Sr. PF/C, Morehead State
    Range: 13-25 --- Most likely: Pacers, Wizards, Nuggets

    Tier 6:
    21. Justin Harper - Sr. PF/SF, Richmond
    Range: 19-35 --- Most likely: Mavericks, Spurs, Kings

    22. E’Twaun Moore - Sr. SG, Purdue
    Range: 24-Undrafted

    23. Nikola Mirotic - 1990 PF, Real Madrid
    Range: 21-38

    24. JaJuan Johnson - Sr. PF, Purdue
    Range: 20-45

    25. Jordan Hamilton - So. SF/SG, Texas
    Range: 9-23 --- Most likely: Suns, Sixers, Bobcats

    26. Tyler Honeycutt - So. SF/SG, UCLA
    Range: 23-40 --- Most likely: Rockets, Celtics

    27. Darius Morris - So. PG/SG, Michigan
    Range: 21-41

    28. Nikola Vucevic - Jr. C, USC
    Range: 14-25 --- Most likely: Rockets, Sixers, Blazers

    29. Jimmy Butler - Sr. SF, Marquette
    Range: 23-37

    30. Klay Thompson - Jr. SG/SF, Washington State
    Range: 9-23 --- Most likely: Bucks, Suns, Rockets

    Tier 7:
    31. Josh Selby - Fr. SG/PG, Kansas
    Range: 27-46

    32. Jeremy Tyler - 1991 C/PF, Tokyo Apache
    Range: 17-39 --- Most likely: Portland, Boston

    33. Travis Leslie - Jr. SG, Georgia
    Range: 25-46

    34. Davis Bertans - 1992 SF, Union Olimpija Ljubljana
    Range: 23-35

    35. Bojan Bogdanovic - 1989 SG/SF, Cibona VIP Zagreb
    Range: 31-Undrafted

    36. Charles Jenkins - Sr. PG/SG, Hofstra
    Range: 21-41

    37. Kyle Singler - Sr. SF/PF, Duke
    Range: 24-46

    38. Isaiah Thomas, Jr. PG/SG, Washington
    Range: 28-Undrafted

    39. Demetri McCamey - Sr. PG, Illinois
    Range: 31-Undrafted

    40. Cory Joseph - Fr. PG, Texas
    Range: 21-Undrafted

    41. Norris Cole - Sr. PG, Cleveland State
    Range: 21-51

    42. Nolan Smith - Sr. PG/SG, Duke
    Range: 31-51

    43. Jon Leuer - Sr. PF/C, Wisconsin
    Range: 25-57

    44. Iman Shumpert - Jr. SG, Georgia Tech
    Range: 13-34 --- Most likely: Suns, Knicks, Nuggets

    45. DeAndre Liggins - Jr. SG/SF, Kentucky
    Range: 31-Undrafted
              Updated Mock Draft - June 15th, 2010   
    Latest Mock Draft after reading through various rumors and articles, as well as watching a lot of workout videos. As such, there's been a lot of shake-up in this mock compared to the last one.

    1st Round:
    1. Washington - John Wall (PG):
    The Arenas era is over; the John Wall era has now begun. This pick is a lock now per reports.

    2. Philadelphia - Evan Turner (SG/SF):
    This pick could be moved so Philadelphia picks up more value as Turner and Iguodala duplicate each other’s strengths and weaknesses a little too much. I believe they would be almost equally as happy with Favors or Cousins, but right now Turner is the safer bet.

    3. New Jersey - Derrick Favors (PF/C):
    Lopez isn’t really a brutish player down low, but he’s a very skilled offensive player who can also step out and hit a jumper. Favors is a tough-nosed player and he has the athleticism Lopez lacks. This is a spectacular fit, though the pick is rumored to be “gettable”.

    4. Minnesota - DeMarcus Cousins (C):
    This represents a BPA pick as DeMarcus has the potential to be dominant. It is also a pick which will drastically change the franchise as Al and Cousins likely cannot coexist, but Cousins is the larger and more talented of the two.

    5. Sacramento - Wesley Johnson (SF):
    This is a tough pick for the Kings, and don’t be surprised to see them move up or down. They need talent which fits next to Evans, but they would highly prefer it to be a big with defensive ability. However, as the value isn’t there, they instead go for BPA and take Johnson - even though they already have Casspi and Greene.

    6. Golden State - Greg Monroe (PF/C):
    The Warriors really don’t have a specific need besides being healthy and reorganizing their talent. Seeing as they already have athletes in the frontcourt, Monroe’s athletic and defensive deficiencies could be covered up and his skills could be maximized.

    7. Detroit - Ed Davis (PF):
    Detroit needs help just about everywhere, and as such they cannot afford passing up the potential Davis has on both ends of the floor. He’ll fill a huge hole in the Pistons rotation next year, possibly starting by year’s end.

    8. LA Clippers - Paul George (SF):
    The Clippers have a need at SF, but they also could use some playmaking since Gordon lacks in that area. Aminu could get a look here since he has the ability to play PF next to Griffin when they go small, but George offers a diverse skillset and his stock has skyrocketed.

    9. Utah (from NY) - Cole Aldrich (C):
    Gift wrapping Utah an NBA-ready defensive Center would be like an early Christmas, even if he isn’t the BPA. He doesn’t offer much upside, but it beats relying on Fesenko or Koufos to develop, while also being a decent fit with Millsap.

    10. Indiana - Xavier Henry (SG/SF):
    If the Pacers trade down or out of this spot as rumored, then Henry is the pick as he’s BPA and the team targeting this pick in a trade would likely be looking to draft him. However, if they keep the pick, this is a tough spot and Aminu, Udoh, or Hayward are all possibilities.

    11. New Orleans - Gordon Hayward (SF):
    It is rumored that Hayward has a promise somewhere above the 12th pick. This would be a reasonable spot for him if that’s the case, even though Aminu is still on the board and represents the BPA. If he can rid himself of the streakiness which plagued him this past year, this could be a very nice fit.

    12. Memphis - Al-Farouq Aminu (SF/PF):
    If they allow Gay to walk, then Aminu would look like an excellent fit - and even if they do not, Mayo, Gay, and Aminu could all play on the floor together and create huge mismatch problems with their athleticism and scoring ability.

    13. Toronto - Patrick Patterson (PF):
    Losing Bosh is certainly going to sting, but Toronto can’t panic. Patterson - while not a quite as good defensively like the BPA Udoh - could immediately come in and be a nice fit next to Bargnani as he has a reliable post game, while also being an extremely safe choice.

    14. Houston - Hassan Whiteside (PF/C):
    Upside pick that Houston can afford to take, even with the red flags surrounding him. While this pick has a high possibility of being moved, a pick of Whiteside would allow him time to mature and also make him earn his minutes - possibly giving him more motivation to reach his potential.

    15. Milwaukee (from CHI) - Luke Babbitt (SF/PF):
    Babbitt measured out better than almost everyone expected, and it’s rumored the Bucks like him a lot. The Bucks should give Anderson a heavy look here, but the Bucks will take one of the most skilled offensive players on the board.

    16. Minnesota (from CHA) - Ekpe Udoh (PF/C):
    The Timberwolves really need help on the wing, and Anderson is staring them in the face. However, Udoh is BPA and he is potentially a perfect fit alongside Cousins and would work very well in an uptempo triangle variation. I think they take him and reshape their frontcourt.

    17. Chicago (from MIL) - James Anderson (SG):
    Rose is a dominant ball-handler with a budding jumper, and the SG next to him needs to be able to play off the ball and be great working primarily in catch-and-shoot and screen situations. Anderson brings that as well as decent playmaking and defense to the table. Great fit.

    18. Miami - Avery Bradley (PG/SG):
    Bradley isn’t currently ready to play PG in a traditional role, but the Heat don’t need that if they keep Wade. He can immediately step in and give them excellent defense as well as solid shooting in his limited minutes, while learning to become more of a playmaker.

    19. Boston - Willie Warren (SG):
    Warren has certainly fallen out of favor with the masses over the past year, but I still think he has the upside to be pretty good in the NBA. Working off more talented players, he could be a deadly sharpshooter with handles. In Boston he could replace some of Allen’s production, and give them another handler when Rondo is off the floor.

    20. San Antonio - Damion James (SF):
    They need toughness, length, and spot-up shooting at the SF spot since Jefferson clearly didn’t give them that. James brings those as well as quality defense, and seems like a Popovich kind of player.

    21. Oklahoma City - Daniel Orton (PF/C):
    I personally would dislike this pick if I were an OKC fan; however this is a mock, not my big board. Some team will reach for him early because of his size, athleticism, and thug-like nature on the court; and I think that team will be the Thunder as he is a hometown player who also fills a big need.

    22. Portland - Kevin Seraphin (PF/C):
    They were decimated by injuries last year, and could have Oden and Przybilla start off the year watching games in suits. Seraphin is an upside pick, but also should be able to contribute a crude, but punishing game on offense his first year; while also giving them plus production defensively and on the boards.

    23. Minnesota (from UTA) - Devin Ebanks (SF/PF):
    Minnesota likely moves up in the draft using this pick, but if not, I like Ebanks here. As BPA (in my opinion at least) he does not given them an immediate boost offensively at the wing like they need, but he’ll provide lockdown defense, quality rebounding, playmaking, and also possesses a nice mid-range game. They can get the offense in Free Agency.

    24. Atlanta - Larry Sanders (PF/C):
    The Hawks need size and defense. Sanders brings great defensive ability as well as an excellent frame, but doesn’t have the bulk they’d be looking for. However, seeing that he’s put on about 15lbs of “good” weight in the past two seasons (he only has 4.6% body fat); I think he could eventually bulk up to 240-250 and be a menace for Atlanta.

    25. Memphis (from DEN) - Eric Bledsoe (PG/SG):
    Conley doesn’t seem to be a guy worth considering part of their core, even though he’s a decent player. As such, they go with Bledsoe who - even if Conley is kept longterm - can play a role as a comboguard off the bench that will give them a great defender and decent shooting.

    26. Oklahoma City (from PHX) - Tibor Pleiss (C):
    I don’t know if they keep both picks, but I’ll pick as though they will. They already took Orton, but it’s rumored that they also like Pleiss and they could stash him for a year or two. Their roster cannot handle any more non-impact players, so taking an international prospect makes sense.

    27. New Jersey (from DAL) - Quincy Pondexter (SF):
    The Nets should use this pick to guess at the type of role player a star FA would want to surround him. You can never have enough role players who are very athletic and have the ability to guard three positions, while also able to create for themselves - so Pondexter is the pick here.

    28. Memphis (from LAL) - Elliot Williams (SG):
    I cannot see Memphis taking three rookies this year, so I would assume they will trade up or out of one of their later picks. However, if they do keep all three, I think they’ll go with Elliot Williams who grew up in Tennessee, played at Memphis, and is a pretty good athlete that can be a scorer/slasher off the bench.

    29. Orlando - Darington Hobson (SG/SF):
    Hobson is rumored to have a 1st round promise. As someone who is adept at handling the ball, shooting it from deep, and also possesses decent athleticism - it makes sense. While he doesn’t have the star potential on the wing which they seemed to need in the playoffs, he can fill a void off the bench and then eventually earn a starting spot and allow Nelson to work off him at times.

    30. Washington (from CLE) - Solomon Alabi (C):
    Could he slip all the way to the last pick in the 1st round? It’s possible, especially when a lot of teams don’t necessarily need a C at the end of the 1st in this mock. He gives the Wizards a legit C with good defense and budding skills, as well as a high character guy. I don’t know if he’ll ever be a big-minute player, but this is good value.

    2nd Round:
    31. New Jersey - Artsiom Parakhouski (C)
    32. Oklahoma City (from MIN) - Terrico White (SG)
    33. Sacramento - Jerome Jordan (C)
    34. Golden State - Dominique Jones (SG)
    35. Washington - Gani Lawal (PF)
    36. Detroit - Jarvis Varnado (PF)
    37. Milwaukee (from PHI) - Trevor Booker (PF)
    38. New York - Lance Stephenson (SG/SF)
    39. New York (from LAC) - Stanley Robinson (SF)
    40. Indiana - Mikhail Torrance (PG/SG)
    41. Miami (from NO) - Craig Brackins (PF)
    42. Miami (from TOR) - Jordan Crawford (SG)
    43. LA Lakers (from MEM) - Greivis Vasquez (PG/SG)
    44. Portland (from CHI) - Paulao Prestes (C)
    45. Minnesota (from HOU) - Nemanja Bjelica (SG/SF)
    46. Phoenix (from CHA) - Brian Zoubek (C)
    47. Milwaukee - Armon Johnson (PG/SG)
    48. Miami - Lazar Hayward (SF)
    49. San Antonio - Ryan Richards (C)
    50. Dallas (from OKC) - Derrick Caracter (PF/C)
    51. Oklahoma City (from POR) - Latavious Williams (SF/PF)
    52. Boston - Da’Sean Butler (SF)
    53. Atlanta - Omar Samhan (C)
    54. LA Clippers (from DEN) - Jerome Randle (PG)
    55. Utah - Alexey Shved (PG/SG)
    56. Minnesota (from PHO) - Manny Harris (SG)
    57. Indiana (from DAL) - Sylven Landesberg (SG)
    58. LA Lakers - Dexter Pittman (C)
    59. Orlando - Tiny Gallon (PF/C)
    60. Phoenix (from CLE) - Charles Garcia (PF)
              Well-trained: US senators propose another $558M for Israeli missile defense   
    A Senate committee markup of the 2018 Pentagon funding bill would give $705 million to Israeli "cooperative" missile defense programs, a $588 million increase from the budget request made by President Donald Trump. The Senate Armed Services Committee draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would allocate $268.5 million for research, development, testing and evaluation for "multi-tiered missile defense systems" and another $290 million for purchasing them. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) identified the systems that would benefit from the funding as Iron Dome, David's Sling, Arrow-2 and Arrow-3. "These funds will help Israel defend its citizens against rocket and missile threats, and contribute to America's missile defense programs," AIPAC said Thursday, in a statement thanking the Senate and House armed services committees. The David's Sling weapon system and the Arrow program would receive $120 million apiece, while $92 million would go towards Israeli procurement of Tamir interceptors for the Iron Dome short-range system through co-production in the United States, according to the Senate committee markup. The 2018 Senate proposal would be a $105 million increase over the funds approved for 2017, AIPAC noted. "As Israel faces dramatically rising security challenges, AIPAC urges inclusion of these vital funds in the final versions of the Fiscal Year 2018 defense authorization and appropriations bills," the lobbying group said. Comment: Israel would have little to no 'dramatically rising security challenges' if it minded its business, didn't force settlements on others' land, wasn't committing Palestinian genocide and didn't bomb Syria over false provocation. But that is just not how pathocrats operate.
              Rocket Launchers Exchanged In Tampa Bay Gun Swaps   
    Authorities say two rocket launchers were among roughly 2,500 weapons exchanged for cash and tickets in the Tampa Bay area.
              Comment on Report: Uncertainty with LaMarcus Aldridge played factor in Chris Paul going to Rockets by money2long   
    Doesn't mitigate the talent or IQ
              Comment on Report: J.J. Redick interested in Rockets, but only if money is right by ddarqwon   
    On what planet...in which universe...in what dimension would a team get rid of Eric Gordon to sign JJ at the same price? JJ is a really good three point shooter but does little else notably well. Meanwhile Gordon nails the three at a high clip, can attack the rim, is the bigger player, a better playmaker, and a better defender. I only see the Rockets moving Gordon if it's an absolute must in order to land a difference maker like Paul George.
              Comment on Report: J.J. Redick interested in Rockets, but only if money is right by xmatt0926x   
    At least he's honest. If I'm his age and I'm looking at what may very well be my last payday to set up the rest of my life I wouldn't be able to leave millions on the table either. None of us would.
              PAYDAY 2: Crime Spree - New Modifiers, Rewards and more...   


    The police will be stepping up its war on crime with new challenges for any heister that is trying to commit a Crime Spree in their city. Any heister that wish to claim the new rewards added to the cosmetic item pool will surely have a challenge ahead of themselves. There will be new abilities and buffs for existing enemies and even some new unit variants to be deployed against them.

    The Spree system has also gotten a bit of an update. The initial buy-in cost is gone for a level 0 Crime Spree. That means you only need to pay when skipping levels in the Spree.

    The modifier selector is also different with the new update. After the update there will be three modifier intervals to work with.

    Loud Modifiers every 20th Crime Spree Level
    Stealth Modifiers every 26th Crime Spree Level
    Forced Loud Modifiers every 50th Crime Spree Level.

    Stealth and Loud Modifiers will have the player choose from a set of old and new modifiers that will change the gameplay in different ways. Forced Modifiers will always increase the enemies health and damage and will be automatically applied to the Crime Spree when the appropriate level is reached.

    The heist selector will no longer be divided in long, medium and short heists like before. The choice will now be stealth, short or long heists. The stealth heist may be long or short.

    Attention:
    When downloading this update your current Crime Spree will disappear, we highly recommend claiming your rewards before downloading the update. Any unclaimed rewards will be lost when the update is installed.



    Now it’s time for some good old fashioned lawbreaking.
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    OVERKILL - a Starbreeze Studio.


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    The Desync Beta will be deactivated until we release a new beta update.

    General
    • Made a slight visual update to Jacket
    • Fixed so that items will show their DLC lock again instead of "Ultimate Edition"
    • Players can no longer be downed while in casing mode
    • Fixed some advanced video options not resetting when defaulting video options
    • Players can no longer select "loud" tactic on stealth only heists like The Yacht Heist
    • Fixed players being refunded cash when default weapon parts were removed from their weapons during weapon validation
    • "Fixed some visual issues with the Beanies masks on lobby characters
    • Fixed an issue where Continental Coins on the end of heist screen wouldn't use thousand separators correctly while counting
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when switching profiles fast in the inventory

    Levels
    Aftershock
    • Fixed a portal issue
    • Fixed some floating graffiti
    • Fixed enemies running through the wall before you blow it up
    • Fixed a spot where the truck could get stuck
    • Moved a tent so that the player can't get stuck behind it
    Biker Heist
    • Fixed host players being able to give the Mechanic the chrome skull, soda, or tools, even if somebody else was holding it
    Diamond Store
    • Fixed so that cops can no longer shoot you through the wall in the alley
    Election Day
    • The player can no longer grab the drill from another room in Breaking Ballot
    • Fixed some floating objects in Breaking Ballot
    • There are no longer 2 escape zones at the end of Breaking Ballot
    • Players can no longer get stuck between desk and chair behind the voting machines on Breaking Ballot
    Framing Frame
    • Fixed so that the player can not throw a bag where he can't reach it
    Goat Simulator
    • Fixed a crash when kickstarting the saw on day 1
    Golden Grin Casino
    • Fixed so that there is cash in the vault on Mayhem and One Down
    Hoxton Breakout
      Fixed a crash if Hoxton was on the bridge when it was blown up on day 2
    New Safe House
    • Fixed so that the Goat trophy does not appear until you finish the trophy
    • Fixed a blue box in Scarface room on Tier 1
    • Fixed a sniper that would not shoot at the player during a raid
    • Fixed a lamp that was clipping with the wall in Scarface room
    • Fixed some floating money in Scarface room on Tier 2
    • Fixed so that players can no longer throw bags up on the roof
    • Fixed so that the butler no longer gets stuck
    • Fixed an issue where Dragan’s hands were clipping with the floor when he was doing push ups
    • Fixed so that Bonnie is no longer floating when she is next to the roulette wheel
    • Fixed a hole in wall between Sokol and Bodhi's rooms
    Panic Room
    • Fixed an issue where one sniper could end up in a position where the player could not kill him
    Scarface Mansion
    • Fixed a portal issue inside of the mansion
    • Fixed the HP of the Scarface boss
    The Diamond
    • Fixed an exploit where 3 players could stand in one spot and let 1 player do the objectives without enemies
    • Fixed a floating camera

    Skills
    • Fix incorrect ammo & stability values with akimbo skill and hitman perk deck

    Skins
    • Fixed the icon for the "Spacegoat" skin for the Kross Vertex
    • Fixed an issue with the Santa's Helper skin on the Lebensauger
    • Fixed both barrels and the extra mag for Barbwire skin for Chimano 88 Pistol
    • Fixed so that the Donald compensator changes color depending on the skin being used
    • Fixed some issues with the color of the Flying Pelican Skin

    Weapons
    • Fixed an issue with the RPG rockets sometimes not being accurate for clients

              Like A Dark Horse   
    Tony Reali and the national panel cover Doc Rivers' comments on why Chris Paul left, Isiah Thomas being rumored for the Knicks job, the Rockets' new look and more.
              Quark-Wechsel von 7.5 auf 2017?   
    Hallo liebe Community,

    muss kurz etwas ausholen, bevor ich um Euern Rat bitte.

    In unserem kleinen Fachverlag publizieren wir Magazine zwischen 36 und 68 Seiten, seit Urzeiten immer mit Quark (seit 3.11). Aktuell haben wir seit vielen Jahren 7.5 im Einsatz, alles läuft stabil und Funktionalitäten fehlen eigentlich auch nicht.

    Quark 7 läuft nur noch bis max. Mac OS 10.5.8., so dass wir auch eher betagte MacPros aus 2006 hier haben.

    Jetzt wird jeder sagen, wie kann man nur mit so steinaltem Equipment arbeiten? Aber, wie gesagt, es läuft stabil und schnell auf so einem alten MacPro.

    Nervig sind eher folgende Dinge: Wenn mal ein Mac Defekte hat, muss der repariert werden oder gebrauchter Ersatz beschafft werden, weil man ja keinen neuen kaufen kann (wg. OS 10.5.)

    Und zunehmend zu einem echten Problem werden die alten Browser.

    Also war klar, dass irgendwann mal der Zeitpunkt kommt, fünf neue Rechner und fünf neue Quark-Versionen zu kaufen. Wir fragen uns, ob das jetzt der richtige Zeitpunkt ist - und darum drehen sich meine Fragen.

    1. Wie intuitiv ist der Sprung von Quark 7 auf Quark 2017 möglich? Das wird wahrscheinlich keine Rocket Science sein, mit der aktuellen Version schnell zurecht zu kommen - oder ist das alles komplett neu aufgebaut (Werkzeuge etc.)?

    2. Welche Funktionalitäten schätzt Ihr bei den neueren (auch 2016) Versionen besonders, wenn es mehr um Content-Produktionen geht als um ausschweifende graphische Spielereien? Ich würde es z.B. schätzen, wenn in Quark eine zuverlässige Rechtschreibprüfung enthalten wäre.

    3. Ist es richtig, dass man Bilder mittlerweile direkt in Quark bearbeiten kann? Wir haben i.d.R. recht hochwertige Bilder zur Verfügung, die nur selten in Photoshop bearbeitet werden müssen. D.h., wir ändern nur von RGB in CMYK, passen die Bildgröße an und speichern als tif ab. Ist das jetzt in Quark direkt möglich?

    4. Welche Mac-Hardware reicht aus, um mit Quark flüssig arbeiten zu können? Tut es da auch ein aktueller MacMini? Von den Systemvoraussetzungen, die Quark selbst angibt, müsste das ausreichen - aber wie sind da Euere Erfahrungen? Unsere Dokumente sind selten mehr als 4 A4-Seiten und 20 MB groß? Welcher Mac wäre da für Euch ideal?

    5. Was an echten Arbeitserleichterungen oder sinnvollen Features bieten die 2016er oder 2017er Versionen aus Eurer Sicht? Stimmt es, dass man mit Quark jetzt problemlos ein epaper produzieren kann? Gibt es irgendwelche Tools, die den Export aus dem Quark-Dokument in eine Wordpress-Website erleichtern?

    6. Wir haben vor Jahren mal die Quark 10er-Upgrades gekauft, aber nie installiert. So, wie ich das lese, müssten wir ein Vollversion kaufen, weil man nur noch aus einer 2015er-Version upgraden kann, richtig?

    Viele Fragen, die sich für den einen oder anderen vielleicht etwas laienhaft anhören. Aber, wie gesagt, bei uns ist eher der Content als die Kreation die Herausforderung, weswegen wir bei dem Thema Equipment und Software etwas hinterher sind.

    Mit Dank und Gruß
    Casey
    ... QuarkXPress 30. Jun 2017, 14:34 (Casey)
              Action-packed weekend awaits!   
    The Memphis music scene surely has its ups and downs, like any city, but sometimes a weekend slate of shows appears that promises one grand-slam band after another, and one is left stunned by the sheer quantity of good music being produced in this city. Here's a subjective overview of some dynamite LIVE performances you should check out, not mentioned elsewhere in our music column or the Steppin' Out or After Dark sections. Get up offa that thing! "That thing" being your sofa, where you'll be tempted to sit with your device of choice while all this swirls around you.

    FRIDAY
    Don Bryant at the Levitt Shell (Free): Don Bryant, soul singer extraordinaire and writer of many great songs for other artists, including wife Ann Peebles, doesn't play his hometown that often. He'll be backed by the Bo-Keys and members of the Hi Rhythm Section – truly a Wrecking Crew of our own, here and now in Memphis. Take a blanket, some mosquito repellent, and get outside. (7:30 pm)

    Tony Manard CD release party at 831 S. Cooper (Donations accepted): Many bands, finding their favorite clubs booked months in advance now (I told you Memphis was hopping), are experimenting with new, alternative venues. This space is the hallowed ground of our beloved Black Lodge Video, which hosted many a throw-down in its heyday, and now can be rented for parties such as this. Tony is a songwriter and guitarist who you've seen in many a Memphis band, most recently the Low Life Leakers super group at the fundraiser for the Victims of the Bowling Green Massacre. His "Know Why" CD has a host of local greats playing behind him, and most of them will be at this show. Jeremy Scott will play a solo set as opener. (8 pm)

    The Margins at Murphy's: Perhaps the city's best kept secret, the Margins rock minimalist guitar textures and intriguing rhythms for a unique blend that recalls early Wire. They'll be joined by genre-benders Los Psychosis and that perennial favorite, one man show Johnny Lowebow. (9 pm)

    SATURDAY
    Sweat Fest 3 at the Hi Tone (Free): Shangri-La Records have created a mini-fest of their own in recent years, celebrating the sheer audacity of surviving another Memphis summer. A gaggle of groups always plays, often some of their best shows, because they know record buyers are the best listeners. This year's Sweatfest will make summer more survivable than ever, as it's being held inside the Hi Tone rather than the store parking lot. But never fear! Crates upon crates of records will be toted by the Shangri-La minions into the club, so the deals can be had by all. This is the lineup:
    2:00 pm: CROCKETT HALL
    2:50 pm: TURNSTYLES
    3:40 pm: WOOLLY BUSHMEN
    4:30 pm: CRYSTAL SHRINE
    5:30 pm: YESSE YAVIS

    NOTS Homecoming at Bar DKDC: The NOTS have just completed a tour of Europe. This band, already incendiary, have surely benefited from what all bands know as Post-tour Peak Performance Potential. If you liked them already, or even if you were just NOTS-curious, this is a must:  they will surely be firing on all cylinders with this triumphant return. (10:30 pm)

    SUNDAY
    Snowglobe at the Harbert Avenue Porch Show (Donations accepted):  This venerable group make a rare appearance at what has become an annual tradition. Since 2012, Robert Jethro Wyatt has been the curator of performances on his front porch, complete with free beer. And he knows how to pick 'em: members of Snowglobe have gone out into the world seeking their fortunes since they formed in the 1990s. So it's a special treat for fans to see them reunited. Did we ever imagine we would be nostalgic for the 90s? Well, we are. (6 pm)

    Jack Oblivian at Bar DKDC: What more can be said of Jack O? Have they named a drink after him yet? He's a seasoned observer of humanity in his witty, bristling songs, no matter what band is backing him. Now with longtime comrades-in-arms The Sheiks, he's playing old favorites and material from last year's stunning "The Lone Ranger of Love" . A new project by Graham Winchester and Seth Moody, Turnstyles, will be opening the set, so arrive early for something fresh on the scene. (10 pm)

              Commentaires sur Carte des Pirates par Le Capitaine   
    Bravo à Rocket qui a été le 1er mais qui a oublié la moitié dans la precipitation! L'icone et le message... B-) Tu as le droit de rejouer :bye:
              Rocket League is, uh, getting some, Morty, it’s getting some, BLARGH, I mean, some, you know, getting some free Rick and Morty stuff, Morty   
    In celebration of the game’s second anniversary, developer Psytronix has announced that a number of characters from Adult Swim’s sci-anarchy show are coming to Rocket League next week for exactly zero schmeckles. SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT. Starting 5 July, Rick, Morty, Cromulon, Mr Meeseeks, and everybody’s best friend Mr Poopy-Butthole will be available as […]
              Browns CB Jamar Taylor & Rider University asst basketball coach Marlon Guild   
    We will be talking sports and having fun doing it! We will be joined by Browns CB Jamar Taylor, who will discuss his upcoming football camp, and more & Rider University asst basketball coach Marlon Guild will join us to discuss NBA free agency and more! Are the Rockets title contenders with Chris Paul? What's next for the Clippers? What will the Cavaliers do in free agency? Call 646-727-3070 to join the fun! Website: goforitgantsports.com
              Drugz Bunny and Marshe Rockett join SGWS   
      We have two big time guest in this expanded episode.   Hoodslam's Drugz Bunny joins us for the first time. Fans of Hoodslam have long loved Drugz Bunny. He's achieved a cult like following amoung adult fans of wrestling. We'll sit down with him and talk about his wrestling career and the phenomenon that is Hoodslam. Marshe Rocket has been a long time favorite of midwest wrestling fans. He's been one of the top competitors in that area for a long time. He's currently an Impact Wrestling X division satar. You've seen him compete on Pop TV on Thursdays and now he's going to be joining us to discuss the rocket ride that his career's been.
              How Stange   
    I was reading the book I mentioned, "Cheating Destiny", last night. All cuddled up in bed, nice warm and cozy with a sugar reading of 156. That's fine for my before bed reading. Also, take note that I usually don't read these kinds of books because they tend to scare me a little and they can be quite depressing. I was reading about the author's child and how he was diagnosed with diabetes. I was reading about lows and the effects they have on the body and what happens if you go severely low. I started to feel anxious. I know my sugar probably couldn't have went too low in the matter of twenty minutes since I last checked. My heart started pounded too hard and I felt dizzy. I grabbed my meter pretty fast because I thought I was going really low.......from the symptoms I was having, I was thinking my sugar must have dropped into the 40's. Check it, wait, Oh Cripes.......wait...five seconds seems like a freakin' eternity - my sugar is still in the 150's. I check it again, just to be sure, and it is the same. I layed in bed trying to relax and wondering why I felt this way. It seems, reading that damn book gave me an anxiety attack. Reading about how your body SHOULD wake you up if you go too low and how your body should kick some glucose in if you start to go way too low - just reading all that scary stuff made me anxious. Now I really, honestly know why I DO NOT want to read these books. I sat the book on my nightstand, looking at it, shaking my head, and wondering why anyone wants to read about such depressing things. I will stick to the facts and read them when I need to, I guess. No more book for me! It would be like having cancer, getting a book about it, and then reading about all the terrible things that COULD happen to you. That's okay. I pass.

    Anyways, one great point from the book that I just don't understand is why, WHY!!! are foods that are unhealthy so cheap and foods that are healthy for us cost so much more!!!! It really tends to piss me off. The potato chips with all the unhealthy trans fats cost about $2.50 a bag. The Baked Lay's are almost $4 a bag! And then we are soooo freakin' concerned about obesity and diabetes in this country. And, in my opinion, that is price gouging(Hello? against the law, right?). The good cuts of meat are $4 a pound and the meat with all the disgusting fats is like $2 a pound. People on very fixed incomes cannot eat the healthy way they may want to; therefore, they become unhealthy, and they might not have health insurance because they can't afford that (which is an entirely new story) and BAM! Health costs skyrocket for the entire country! It is like everyone has a hidden agenda. Don't let anyone really be able to afford healthy food because they might actually lose weight and become healthy and then what will happen!? Could you imagine if that bag of Baked Lay's cost $2.50 and the uhealthy bag of chips cost $4? Oh NO! I would have to buy the Baked Lays!!!!!! The government REALLY needs to get a damn clue!

    My vent for the week! ; )
              SON-TWIN10G-TB2 Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual Port Copper 10Gb Ethernet Adaptor   
    SON-TWIN10G-TB2 Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual Port Copper 10Gb Ethernet Adaptor

    SON-TWIN10G-TB2 Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual Port Copper 10Gb Ethernet Adaptor

    Sonnet SON-TWIN10G-TB2 (SONTWIN10GTB2, SON TWIN10G TB2, SON/TWIN10G/TB2, son-twin10g-tb2) Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual Port Copper 10Gb Ethernet Adaptor Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Lightning Fast 10GBase-T Connectivity Over Thunderbolt With increasing demands for greater data transfer speeds and more bandwidth over shared networks, and with specialized applications such as HD video editing using high-performance shared storage systems, the deployment of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) networking has skyrocketed. This high-speed wired networking standard offers ten times the performance of Gigabit Ethernet, the most common wired network connection included with most computers today, and yet, most computers aren't equipped to get you connected. If you have a computer with a Thunderbolt port (Thunderbolt 2 port required for Windows compatibility), Sonnet has a simple solution—the Twin 10G. This Thunderbolt-certified for Mac® and Windows, 10GBase-T adapter is a powerful and cost-effective way to add 10GbE connectivity to your setup. The Twin 10G is equipped with two RJ45 and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. Using RJ45 connectors, the Twin 10G is able to connect to 10 Gigabit infrastructure via inexpensive CAT-6 or CAT-6A copper cabling at distances up to 55 or 100 meters, respectively. Through one of its two Thunderbolt 2 ports, the Twin 10G connects to your computer through an included Thunderbolt cable; the second Thunderbolt port supports daisy chaining up to six devices to a single port on the host computer. Sleek, Quiet, and Compact The Twin 10G is a striking example of form following function—this adapter's attractive and rugged aluminium housing is engineered to effectively dissipate heat. Together with a temperature-tuned, ultra-quiet fan to quietly cool the components inside, this design enables the Twin 10G to be used comfortably in noise-sensitive environments. Measuring just 4.9" wide x 6.3" long x 2.7" high, the Twin 10G takes up little space. Simple Configuration, Advanced Features The Twin 10G is easy to set up. To keep things simple, you configure its settings through the OS X® Network control panel or Windows Device Manager. When you configure the device, you can also activate its advanced features: link aggregation (teaming) of its two 10GbE ports increases throughput beyond what a single connection can sustain; transparent failover between 10GbE ports keeps your computer connected in case a single cable is disconnected or one of the ports fails; jumbo packet (jumbo frame) support can increase throughput and reduce CPU utilization; and Wake-on-LAN support enables remotely waking your computer when you need it, and not wasting energy when you don't. This Sonnet solution is perfect for high-performance computing where low latency, high bandwidth, and low CPU overhead are required. Its increased throughput performance and low host-CPU utilization are achieved with stateless offloads, allowing your computer to perform better while large files transfers or high I/O operations take place. New Mac Pro Mate The Twin 10G incorporates mounting points to support firm attachment to our xMacâ„¢ Pro Server and RackMacâ„¢ Pro rackmount enclosures for the new Mac Pro. The adapter is secured to the inside of the enclosure, thereby enabling 10GbE connectivity for the Mac Pro via a separate Thunderbolt 2 port for maximum bandwidth without taking up a PCIe slot or requiring extra rack space. IN THE BOX: Twin 10G Thunderbolt 2 to Dual-Port 10 Gigabit Ethernet Adapter 0.5m Thunderbolt cable Universal power adapter Power cord Documentation  


              6/30/2017: NEWS: STATE- BY- STATE   

    Editor’s Note: This is an abbreviated State- By- State page. The full version will return. News from across the USA ALABAMA Huntsville: Gov. Kay Ivey says Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin will build its BE- 4 rocket engine in...
              6/30/2017: SPORTS: MAGIC NUMBER   

    15- 1 New odds on the Rockets winning the NBA title after the Chris Paul acquisition was announced Wednesday, according to Las Vegas’ Westgate Sportsbook. The Rockets had been 30- 1. LAST WORD “WHEN YOU START POINTING FINGERS, THAT JUST LABELS YOU AS...
              Account Manager - Rocket Digital - Ancaster, ON   
    Please send your resume and professional references to our VP of Sales & Accounts at trevor[at]rocketdigital.ca....
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              Visits to Proxima Centauri’s planet are probably millennia away    

    Even alpha particle propulsion is too slow for trip to new world

    Context
    illustration of the distance to Proxima Centauri

    Proxima Centauri, the nearest member of the Alpha Centauri triple star system, is just a little more than 4 light-years away from the sun. With a proposed propulsion scheme using alpha particle decay, travel time to the star's newly discovered planet would be no shorter than 4,000 years.

    If you’d like to vacation at the newly found planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, you might want to reconsider. It’s nearby astronomically — a mere 4.2 light-years away — but still too far away for any plausible transportation technology to reach within the current millennium.

    In fact, it’s a pretty safe bet the Chicago Cubs will win the World Series before any human steps foot on Earth’s nearest exoplanetary neighbor (known as Proxima b). Unless P. Centaurian aliens arrive soon with a “To Serve Man” cookbook, your chances of visiting Proxima b before you die are about the same as sainthood for Ted Bundy. By the time anybody from here goes there, years will have five digits.   

    It took NASA’s New Horizons probe — the fastest spacecraft humans have ever launched — over nine years just to get to Pluto. At its top speed of 16 kilometers per second, New Horizons would need almost 80,000 years to get to Proxima Centauri.

    Solar sail propulsion — in which lightweight craft could be accelerated by pressure from sunlight — would be a little be faster, but not by much, taking (by one estimate) 66,000 years to make the Proxima Centauri run.

    Novel propulsion schemes have been proposed that could reduce that time substantially. A sail driven by alpha particle recoil, for instance, provides some serious advantages over solar sails, as Wenwu Zhang and colleagues point out in the August issue of Applied Radiation and Isotopes.

    Ordinary rocket speed is limited by how fast the combusted fuel can eject exhaust; NASA has investigated a plasma engine design that can attain exhaust speeds of 50 km/s. But that approach requires huge energy input and high voltage, Zhang and colleagues point out (and so would be prohibitively expensive). Alpha particles emitted by radioactive substances, on the other hand, can speed away about 300 times faster. Therefore, Zhang and coauthors assert, “alpha decay particles … may be a potential solution for long-time acceleration in space.”

    Usually, of course, a chunk of radioactive matter would emit alpha particles in all directions. So your craft would need a shield on one side to absorb the particles before they got very far. The rest would stream away in the opposite direction, pushing the craft forward (by virtue of the law of conservation of momentum). True, alpha particles are tiny and the effect of their recoil would be small. But it would add up. Shot into space with standard technology (thereby achieving a 16 km/s start-up speed), an alpha recoil spacecraft could eventually reach a speed in the range of 200–300 km/s or so.

    It helps to choose the right alpha-emitting material. Uranium-232 would be ideal. It has a long enough half-life (almost 70 years) to last for an extended voyage, but it also decays into daughter nuclei that emit alpha particles more frequently, boosting the recoil effect. (You won’t find any U-232 in uranium mines, though — it would need to be produced in nuclear transmutation factories.)

    Assuming a suitably light and thin absorption material, Zhang and colleagues envision an alpha-powered interstellar sail about 24 meters across. They calculate a travel time to Proxima Centauri between about 4,000 and 9,000 years (depending on the ratio of fuel mass to total spacecraft mass). That would easily win the race against a solar sail, but would far exceed most people’s available vacation time. “Interstellar travel definitely asks for even better propulsion technologies,” Zhang and colleagues understate. And surely within 4,000 years somebody will invent a faster technology that could pass the alpha-decay craft and get to Proxima b first.  

    Other people already have ideas, as Science News astronomy writer Christopher Crockett noted in his story on the discovery of Proxima b. Philanthropist Yuri Milner recently announced a research project to explore the prospects of sending numerous nanocraft to Proxima Centauri’s neighborhood — the Alpha Centauri triple star system. (Proxima is the third star, presumably in orbit around Alpha Centauri A and B.) That plan envisions wafers weighing about a gram or so carried along by similar-mass light sails propelled by a powerful laser beam. If current technological dreams come true, tiny cameras and lasers on the wafer could capture and transmit information about Proxima b back to Earth.

    Supposedly such nanocraft could reach 20 percent of the speed of light, allowing them to reach Proxima Centauri by maybe 20 years after launch. So there’s an outside chance of getting a message back from Proxima b before the Cubs win a World Series. But there’s no hope of hitching a ride on such a wafer, unless, perhaps, you’re a tardigrade.

    Even if some futuristic technology permitted building a real ship, say the size of the space shuttle, that could fly 20 percent of the speed of light, it might not be a good idea. Such a ship could, in the wrong hands, become the most devastating weapon ever imagined. Flying 20 percent of light speed, a space shuttle would possess a kinetic energy roughly the equivalent of 1,000 hydrogen bombs (or millions of Hiroshima-sized bombs). Of course, it would be an expensive ship and probably nobody would want to crash it. Unless the people who took it to Proxima Centauri got really mad at the people back on Earth.

    Follow me on Twitter: @tom_siegfried


              Maxaa Kataqaan 10-ka Geed Ee Awooda Galmada Kordhiya Ama Siyaadiya.   
    Daawo 10 Ka Geed Ee Awooda Galmada Kordhiya Oo Aysan Cuntadu Ku Jirin…Video  Waxa jiro geedo badan oo ka baxa dhulka somalida kuwaasi oo somalida intooda badani adeegsadaan balse dhalinyartu ay ka dhaga laadahay arrinkaasi

    1-Soo qaado koob Malab ah iyo koob badhkii oo Basal la ridqay ah, oo isku kari ilaa iyo inta urta basashu ka ba’ayso, markaa hal macalgo ka qaado raashin kasta dabadii, adigaa wax dareemi doonee.
    2. Malqaacad (Qaaddo) Xabbaasuud ah oo riqdan (shiidan) intaad ku jebiso toddoba xabbo oo Beed ah ‘Ukun guri’, maalin dhaaf u qaado muddo bil ah, waxaad kala kulantana ha iga qarsan.
    3. Saddex gabal oo Toon ah ku rid raashin kasta dabadii.
    4. Saddex malqaacadood oo Saliid Xabbaasuud saafi ah, ku jebi toddoba xabbo oo Beed ah, kuna dar saddex malqaacadood oo Malab ah, waxaas oo dhanna makiinad ku wada ridiq, raashinka dabadiina qaado.
    5. Malqaacad Malab ah ku dar laba garaam oo Sanjabiil ah iyo laba garaam oo Qarofal la ridqay ah, aroor kastana cun intaadan wax kale carrabkaaga saarin.
    6. Caanaha Lo’da oo saafi ah ku dar laba malqaacadood oo Sanjabiil ridqan ah, xoogaana dabka saar. Hal bakeeri oo weyn ka cab habeenkii hal saac ka hor xilliga galmada. Kolkaad Sanjabiilkaa cabtana iska ilaali inaad wax cunto ah ka daba geysid ilaa ay galmadu kasoo gebagabowdo.
    7. Soo qaado shamaca Malabka (25g), Miski (5g), Cambarka Nibiriga oo dabiici ah (10g), Saliid Xabaasuud (240) iyo Sonkor (5g). Intaad isku wada qastid ku karkari dab deggan illaa iyo intay si wanaagsan isu dhex dabaalanayaan, midabkooduna ka noqonayo madow xigeen, dareerihiina isu beddelayo cajiin xigeen. Dabeeto intaad quraarad yar ku shubatid, dhig meel aanay carruurtu ka gaadhi karin. Galab iyo subax ka qaado qaddar aad u yar oo le’eg madaxa kabriidka kuna cab shaah, saddex beri kadibna ii war keen.
    8. Iniinyaha Karafiska (Gelery), Jarjiirka (Rocket), Fijilka (Radish), Karootada (Carrot), Sanjabiilka iyo Xabbaasuudda, intaad mid waliba (25g) kasoo qaadatid, si wanaagsan u shiid kuna cajiin hal kiilogaraam oo Malab saafi ah, dabeetana malqaacad yar raashinka dabadii ka qaado, adigoo weliba badsanaya cabista Canabka iyo Karootada la miiray iyo cunista Beedka (Ukunta). Kolkaad intaa dhammaysana Ilaahay idamkii amankaag baad arki.
    9. Soo qaado Beed oo intaad meel yar ka daloolisid ka daadi xabka cad, daloolkana kaga shub malab. Intaa kedib cajiin daqiiq kaga dabool daloolkii yaraa oo foornada xoogaa ku shiil ama weel biyo ku jiraan intaad dhex dhigtid dabka la saar. Dabeeto intaad beedka soo saartid, waxa ku jira ka cab iyagoo kulul, bil walbana hal usbuuc sidaa yeel, daawo kuuma dhinnee.

    10- Soo qaado dhowr xabbo oo Beed ah, intaad caddaanka ka daadisid, shaharka subag ku shiil, dabeeto intaad Malab dhex dhigtid ku cun roodhi laga dubay daqiiq aan la xashirin. Haddaad subaxdii quraac ka dhigatid ama habeenkii cuntid saacado ka hor xilliga galmada, ogow daawo kuuma dhinnee.
    Tixraac: Buugga Raaxada Guurka

              最全面的Harrods九折血拚清單 + 粉色Burberry風衣 + Valentino鉚釘包 + Lulu Frost獨家折扣碼    


    朋友從英國的harrods血拚完畢, 現在人已經在花都巴黎了! 看他享受一打生蠔+白酒的照片, 實在很愜意! 十幾年前我跟photodog去巴黎度假, 結果在羅浮宮我一直生氣, 因為我想買小香, 某人死也不給我買, 結果我還迷路! 你看, 當初如果給我買了, 現在等於是賺到耶, 價錢都漲了三倍啦!

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    Harrods全場九折又來了, 只要加入會員就可以享受九折優惠(有些品牌不打折) 加到購物車可以看到退稅, 不是每一樣單品都可以退稅, 不過我下面列出來的重點品牌幾乎都會退稅, 他們寄到台灣跟美國都是預收關稅, 也就是說, 你退稅+預收關稅 ,到貨不會多收了, 不管買多少都是一個運費, 買越多省越多! (我有一個harrods購物教學可以參考一下每一個步驟的貼圖)

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    @Burberry The Sandringham Mid-Length Heritage Trench Coat(還沒買的人, 實在應該考慮! 不是粉嫩的粉紅, 是氣質粉紅! 就算熟女也可以輕鬆駕馭! 美國百貨公司都沒賣的顏色喔! 我穿的是舊款內裡是灰的, 可是外面表布是一模一樣的粉色, sandringham剪裁我穿UK4=US2 合身好看! 請注意 harrods上面的尺碼對照是錯誤的, 正確的如下: UK4=US2 UK6=UK4 以此類推, 美國網友不要買錯了)


    @Burberry The Sandringham Mid-Length Heritage Trench Coat(蜜金色版本sandringham中長度風衣在這裡, yellow就是蜜金)
    @Burberry The Sandringham Long Heritage Trench Coat(其實身高夠高的穿長版, 好看! yellow就是蜜金 這是sandringham版型)
    @Burberry The Kensington Mid-Length Heritage Trench Coat(胸部大的人, 穿Kensington版型, 扣子沒那麼多, 大氣! 色號寫Yellow實際上就是蜜金色)
    @Burberry The Kensington Short Heritage Trench Coat(個子不高的人 比如說150CM左右的 穿短版最好看 胸部不大的人可以降碼 這件我穿UK2=US0)

    (話說我在被拍照的時候, 某dog一直說, 妳臉不要那麼臭好不好! 我說我的臉反正會被黃笑臉蓋住啦! 你不要管那麼多好嗎?)


    我穿的牛仔褲: Citizens of Humanity Rocket Skinny Jeans (尺碼正常買即可)
    我穿的高跟鞋: Roger Vivier Decolleté Belle Vivier Metallic Pumps 70 (我的是4吋版本)

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    下面截圖那樣, 點選Register註冊, 登入之後就可以享受九折




    加入會員之後, 你加到購物車的商品, 會看到價格被劃掉, 改成紅字的特價


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    √ Burberry女款點這裡, 經典風衣要買就是趁這個機會
    √ Burberry男款點這裡
    √ Burberry包款點這裡 要買背包可以打折!
    Revive點這裡, 部分款式已經是特價九折, 還可以額外九折喔! 超划算
    √ La Mer點這裡, 買起來也會便宜
    √ Roger Vivier點這裡, 價格很好, 不過一向不打折, 可是剛剛網友眼尖, 金屬小跟可以打折!
    LC鍋點這裡 特價之後還可以額外九折
    Staub鍋點這裡 特價之後還可以額外九折
    √ Valentino包款點這裡
    √ Valentino鞋款點這裡
    √ Moncler童裝點這裡 童裝有時候就不退稅
    √ Chloe包款點這裡(少部分款式可以打折+退稅, 只要是沒有標出incl local duty and taxes的都可以退稅)
    √ Allsaints女裝點這裡
    √ Allsaints男裝點這裡
    √ Redline法國製小紅繩點這裡 不怕買到仿的!

    @Gucci Princetown Leather Slippers(救人啊! Gucci鞋子破天荒可以打折 尺碼還全齊! 不過只能寄到英國住址喔, 可是有兩個網友分別可以寄到台灣跟香港 大家自己試試看了!)
    @Valentino Garavani So Noir Pumps 100(也是媽呀! 鉚釘鞋可以打折!)

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    √ 美妝區點這裡

    √ Sisley點這裡嚇死人的便宜 可以折上折能不買嘛!
    √ Revive點這裡差價巨大的要命
    √ La Mer點這裡
    √ Chanel點這裡 很難得香家保養品跟彩妝可以打折+寄國外
    √ Dior點這裡
    √ GA點這裡
    √ Tom ford點這裡
    √ YSL點這裡
    √ Fresh點這裡台灣沒有賣
    √ Suqqu點這裡 美國沒有賣 跟台灣差價大到不行

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    Burberry medium logo backpack(中尺寸經典後背包可以打折+退稅)



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    Burberry Short Silk Trench Coat(短版粉紅純絲質風衣可以打折 有最小UK2號碼! 想買的別錯過了 這件偏寬鬆可以降碼)
    Burberry Sanbridge Short Silk Trench Coat(絲質短版還有深藍色版本)



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    @Valentino包款點這裡
    @Valentino鞋款點這裡

    @Valentino鉚釘包點這裡(可以打折 網友剛試成功了! 看截圖 就是我買的同一咖)







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    Chloe Nile Small Cross Body Bag(Chloe Nile包點這裡可以打折, 可是只能寄英國地址, 如果你有英國朋友幫你收件就可以買!



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    Redline Diamond Illusion Bracelet(這條小紅繩 價格最好 上面也是有帶鑽的喔)
    Redline Yellow Gold And Diamond Pure Bracelet With Red Thread(上面有10分鑽石的小紅繩)



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    √ La Mer點這裡, 買起來也會便宜


    La Mer The Concentrate Grande(最大罐的La Mer修復濃縮精華 買起來最划算)
    La Mer The Eye Concentrate (15ml)(適合任何膚質的綠罐La Mer眼霜)
    La Mer Moisturizing Cream(La mar經典面霜)



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    √ GA美妝點這裡

    Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Longwear High Coverage Foundation(最新的GA Face Fabric粉底液)
    Giorgio Armani Smart Moisture Serum(GA的訂製光智慧保濕彈潤精華 保濕的)
    Giorgio Armani Glow-On Moisturizing Balm(訂製光保濕亮顏霜, 上面那罐保濕用完, 接下來鎖水用的)
    Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet(GA的空氣唇蜜)



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    √ Revive點這裡差價巨大一定要囤貨

    RéVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream(快用完一罐的時候你會發現你的臉是會發光的! 有酸類可是不會脫皮! 本來的定價就是九折的 現在可以疊上額外九折 台灣定價七千多 不思議好價錢)
    Révive Moisturizing Renewal Cream Suprême(這是比較滋潤的版本 也是定價就是別人九折 然後又可以額外九折)
    RéVive Intensite Line Erasing Serum(這罐台灣定價兩萬五! 這次我的貴婦姊姊有買 說省很大 主打抗老修復撫平皺紋)



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    Max Mara點這裡 部分款式價格超好喔!

    Max Mara Lilia Cashmere Coat(乾燥玫瑰色的最新款純羊絨lilia大衣!!!! 本來不能寄出英國, 不知道為啥突然可以, 而且美國定價五千多美金, 現在買起來半價! 尺碼全齊, 我穿UK2, 所有的地方都沒進這個顏色喔)
    Max Mara Lilia Cashmere Coat(Lilia還有灰色版本 也是好價錢 這種大衣台灣定價都是二十幾萬)



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    √ Chanel點這裡 很難得香家保養品跟彩妝可以打折+寄國外

    CHANEL SUBLIMAGE LE TEINT Ultimate Radiance-Generating Cream Foundation(連nordstrom都還沒進的香奈兒粉底 目前色號齊)
    CHANEL LE LIFT Firming – Anti-Wrinkle Crème Riche(我覺得這罐晚霜滿好用 可以有緊實效果)
    CHANEL ROUGE ALLURE INK Matte Liquid Lip Colour(這個就是大家愛買的唇蜜吧!)



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    更多美妝好物

    Suqqu Blend Color Eyeshadow (Suqqu的眼影粉質細膩是有名的 美國沒賣 跟台灣差價巨大)
    Suqqu Pore Covering Powder(Suggu遮毛孔的蜜粉餅)
    Dior Addict Lip Glow Spring 2016 Limited Edition(這是之前限量的Lilac色變色護唇膏)
    Dior Addict Lip Glow Berry(這個顏色是今年新色 看起來很深其實是很有氣色的紅)
    DIOR Lip Sugar Scrub(唇部去角質 不用抹掉 裡面的糖會自己融化)
    Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy(我好愛Fresh家的護唇膏, 我習慣買沒有防曬的, 睡覺用)
    Eve Lom Cleanser(只有harrods家有的超大罐Eve Lom卸妝膏 450ML)



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    √ Sisley點這裡嚇死人的便宜 可以折上折能不買嘛!

    @Sisley Ecological Compound(大罐的全能乳液 九折又可以疊加九折)
    @Sisley Sisleÿa Eye and Lip Contour Cream(眼唇霜)
    @Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil(黑玫瑰面油)



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    下面這些很重要喔, 仔細看, Harrods全部 match Burberry官網的特價, 官網打對折的, Harrods也打對折, 而且還可以額外九折! 不用找代購了~~

    @Burberry Technical Hooded Cotton-Blend Parka(好多網友想找的派克外套 官網點這裡對折 Harrods也把價錢改成對折!尺碼偏寬鬆可以買小一碼)
    @Burberry Hooded Parka Coat(駝色版本也是對折! 官網價格點這裡 harrods價錢就已經是對折了)
    @Burberry Silk Trench Dress(絲質風衣洋裝 有match官網點這裡的特價 我穿UK4)
    @Burberry Agatha Silk Trench Dress(紫紅色實品真的很不錯 很襯臉色喔 也是已經match官網特價了)
    @Burberry Churchdale Warmer Trench Coat(這件有可拆保暖內裡的狐狸毛帽子風衣 也是match官網特價點這裡 帽子也是可拆的)



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    紐約珠寶品牌Lulu Frost國慶日折扣來了

    1. 全場八折碼: fireworks20 (折扣商品不適用)
    2. 菜湯粉絲獨家免國際運費碼: vegejulyfs (滿$325; 美國訂單滿150直接免運費不用碼)


    Code Fine Jewelry點這裡
    Zodiac Fine Jewely點這裡
    Vegesoup X Lulu frost點這裡
    Plaza系列點這裡

    @ZODIACS AQUARIUS + AIR RING(這個戒指真的超美的! 很適合疊戴, 單戴也非常秀氣)
    @ZODIACS CANCER + WATER RING(另外一個戒指更是簡單大方)
    @ZODIACS SAGITTARIUS + FIRE NECKLACE(項鍊我是這個也是超好看! 非常百搭到不行!)



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    Allsaints折扣升級! 又放了好多新品進去折扣區, 買滿250英鎊免國際運費, 到貨收關稅 (美國網友: 你們可以選擇要去美國官網買還是英國官網買, 都可以寄美國的, 英國區下單之後他會寫信知會你, 有可能進到美國會收關稅, 實際上不到800美金的訂單是沒有關稅的), 她家的尺碼是UK4=US0, UK6=US2, 以此類推, 如果你看到英鎊結帳就是UK碼

    @BALFERN LEATHER BIKER JACKET(今天最新的特價皮衣! 是經典的Balfern版型 灰色! 好好看喔! 我自己通常都穿UK4=US2)



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    (台灣網友看不到的請翻牆)Moda 滿500折100碼: JUNE100 滿1000折250碼: JUNE250 滿2700折700碼: JUNE700 寄美國免運費, 可以寄台灣要運費

    Boyy點這裡, 明年2018春天最新款可以預購了, 要先預付50%訂金, 超美的啊!!!
    Bally點這裡 要買Melody也穿的踩腳洛福鞋別錯過了
    Malone Souliers點這裡 鞋子偏小要大半號

    @BOYY Karl Top Handle Bag(我一看就想買這咖白色了, 金害, 義大利製)
    @BOYY Buckle Square Wallet(連皮夾都想買一組)
    @BOYY Karl 24 Top Handle Bag(還有這個黑的也好好看)



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    今天shopbop點這裡好多新款下折扣 我下面選的單品都是有打折的

    @STATE Kent Backpack(便宜的背包)
    @alice + olivia Stace Face Embellished Tote(A+O的stace face托特包)
    @Mackage Rubie Cross Body Bag(紅色的mackage箭頭包)
    @Mackage Keeley Bag(黑色箭頭包六折)



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    Ssense的折扣, 寄到台灣美國價格都包括預收關稅, 到貨不會多收, 只能美金結帳, 美國滿200免運費, 台灣$25運費:

    @Proenza Schouler Green Tiny PS1+ Satchel(PS1+ Tiny的軍綠色特價, 很好看!)
    @Proenza Schouler Beige Tiny PS1+ Satchel(還有奶茶色版本更便宜)
    @Proenza Schouler Black Medium PS1+ Satchel(PS1+中尺寸全黑)



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    今天shopbop點這裡好多新款下折扣 我下面選的單品都是有打折的

    @Mackage Keeley Bag(Mackage的箭頭包 價格很好耶! 黑色的六折)
    @Mackage Hania Washed Leather Jacket(也是六折的Mackage黑色皮衣)
    @Michelle Mason Short Sleeve Cross Wrap Top(像這樣的小露肩上衣也是我的菜 下面搭配高腰褲 裙子都很好看)
    @Helmut Lang Denim Pocket Tee(美國製的丹寧口袋上衣)



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    升級升級升級! mytheresa瘋了, 現在折扣區的東西"只要買滿€600", 全部都可以"折上八折"! 購物車直接顯示折扣. (台灣網友千萬別錯過這個超好康啊! 不過這次美國區就沒有折上折喔)

    @Embellished cotton top(Chloe秀上款的上衣)
    @Embellished cotton top(還有棕色版本 我滿喜歡的)
    @Cora Crop Relaxed Undone Hem jeans(這條牛仔褲好看!)
    @Printed cotton sweatshirt(Kenzo的上衣對折了尺碼齊!)
    @The Insider Crop Fray jeans(我也喜歡這條Mother九分微喇叭)



    @Classic long-sleeved top(T by 的口袋上衣 很實穿)
    @Valentino Garavani Chain leather crossbody bag(霧藍色的valentino金鍊包 可以搭配牛仔褲)
    @Valentino Garavani — Leather shoulder bag(百搭當然就是黑色)
    @Vanessa Flat suede ballerinas(這雙Jimmy Choo好好穿 尺碼正常略鬆 我穿36 是你的碼可以考慮)



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              Air Force selects Atlas 5 to launch multipurpose satellite to high orbit   
    A nuclear blast detection satellite and an assortment of experiments will be boosted directly into geosynchronous orbit 22,300 miles above Earth in 2019 by the most-powerful version of United Launch Alliance's Atlas 5 rocket, the Air Force has decided.
              Next SpaceX launch on track for Sunday after hold-down firing at pad 39A   
    Six days after SpaceX fired its last Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, another launcher rolled to historic pad 39A and ignited its nine Merlin 1D engines at sunset Thursday in preparation for a commercial satellite delivery mission Sunday for Intelsat.
              Video: SpaceX conducts Falcon 9 static fire at dusk   
    SpaceX fueled its next Falcon 9 rocket at launch pad 39A and ignited the booster’s nine Merlin engines at sunset Thursday, passing a major step in the launch campaign leading up to liftoff of the Intelsat 35e communications satellite Sunday.
              Video: Falcon 9 lifted vertical for static fire test at pad 39A   
    Watch a time lapse replay of SpaceX's next Falcon 9 rocket being raised vertical Thursday at launch pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a mock countdown and engine test, ahead of a scheduled liftoff this weekend with an Intelsat communications satellite.
              Video: Bringing NASA’s TDRS-M satellite to Florida   
    Go behind the scenes to see the labor it takes to deliver a satellite to its launch base, in this case NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M scheduled for launch Aug. 3 atop an Atlas 5 rocket.
              Imagery from Wednesday’s Ariane 5 launch in French Guiana   
    Blasting off shortly before sunset in French Guiana, an Ariane 5 rocket delivered two communications satellites to orbit Wednesday for the Indian space agency and companies based in Greece and the United Kingdom.
              Live coverage: SpaceX’s next Falcon 9 rocket set for launch Sunday   
    SpaceX's next Falcon 9 rocket arrived at launch pad 39A Thursday for a customary hold-down engine firing. Liftoff from Florida's Space Coast is targeted for Sunday, weather permitting.
              Ariane 5 rocket tallies 80th straight success with on-target satellite launch   
    Two geostationary communications satellites rode an Ariane 5 rocket into orbit Wednesday from a launch pad in French Guiana, embarking on missions to broadcast television across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, link European air travelers with Wi-Fi, and relay video and data signals across India.
              At 18, He Strapped A Rocket Engine To His Bike. Now He’s Taking On SpaceX   
    After decades of tinkering, Peter Beck and Rocket Lab are poised to bring low-cost launches to the world.
              Somalia: Water is life: Emergency water trucking in drought-prone Somalia   
    Source: ACTED
    Country: Somalia

    Clean and safe water is essential for life. The impending drought in Somalia has caused a severe water shortage leading to use of contaminated water, which, coupled with poor hygiene practices, has led to widespread outbreaks of water-borne diseases such as acute watery diarrhea and cholera.

    As a consequence of the water shortage, water prices have skyrocketed making it difficult for the most vulnerable to access safe water. Water scarcity has also led to a high mortality rate amongst livestock and failed crop production, essential elements of household survival. Many households, usually women and girls, walk long distances to access water, increasing their exposure to risks of sexual and gender-based violence. To respond to this crisis, with support from the Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF), ACTED provided over 1,500 households in Sanaag region with 45 liters of water per day through emergency water trucking. The beneficiaries also received hygiene kits and participated in hygiene promotion sessions to improve hygiene practices and reduce the spread of water-borne disease.

    Asho is a mother among the 1,500 households ACTED targeted for its emergency water trucking in Badhan district of Sanaag region. After losing their only assets due to the droughts, Asho and her family came to Gumar village to look for assistance from relatives and other well-wishers. She now lives there with her eight children, like many other pastoralists that lost their livestock to the drought.

    “Before ACTED trucked water to my village, the situation was bad, people lacked water to drink, wash and cook food, but today as you can see water is plenty at our home, we are able to access clean, fresh and chlorinated water safe for human consumption”, explains Asho, one of the beneficiaries.

    Thanks to the water trucking intervention, Asho and her children received 45 liters of fresh water per day for a period of 30 days. The water was treated to make it safe for consumption, which significantly reduced cases of diarrhea and other water related diseases. Thanks to the SHF-funded project, they now have access to clean water for drinking and domestic use such as washing, bathing and cooking without having to walk long distances.

    “We are thankful for ACTED’s timely assistance that came at a time of great need. We hope that the response will be extended until the rains come,” she says.

    Since the intervention, low rainfall brought a couple of months of relief, but assistance continues to be much needed in the villages of the region, especially with the upcoming dry season.

    “Water is vital for the survival of all human beings and animals, it is devastating to see people suffer from a lack of it. We need to come together and offer life-saving assistance to the people in need” - Sarah, ACTED Kenya-Somalia Country Director


              News: Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Expansion Pass aktuell im Angebot für 19 Euro bei Gamesrocket   
    Bei Gamesrocket bekommt ihr aktuell einen Gutschein, mit dem ihr den Expansion Pass für Breath of the Wild zum Bestpreis erhaltet.
              Report: J.J. Redick interested in Rockets, but only if money is right   
    Unless the Rockets can dump Eric Gordon's salary, this is not likely.
              Kennen Sie schon den neuesten Food-Trend?   
    Ob Macarons, Burger oder Eiscreme. Alles ist jetzt schwarz. Was in Japan mit einem schwarzen Hot-Dog begann, findet nun auf der ganzen Welt Nachahmer. Wir machen den Black Food Fakten-Check! So gesund ist Black Food: Wenn nicht gerade Lebensmittelfarbe für die Schwarzfärbung des Essens verantwortlich ist, enthält Black Food viele gesunde Inhaltsstoffe. Sepia: Der grau-schwarze Farbstoff wird aus dem Beutel der Tintenfische (den „Sepien“) gewonnen. Tintenfischtinte ist reich an Lipiden, Proteinen und Mineralien. Aktivkohle: Die Kohle entsteht beispielsweise durch das Verbrennen von Kokosnüssen und hilft dem Körper beim Entgiften. schwarzes Obst und Gemüse: Schwarze Karotten, Bohnen oder Früchte wie Aroniabeeren können ebenfalls zum Einfärben genutzt werden. Ihre dunkle Farbe entsteht durch Anthocyanen, einem sekundären Pflanzenstoff. Dieser schützt den Körper vor freien Radikalen und wirkt entzündungshemmend, nierenfreundlich und ist gut für das Herz. Generell lässt sich merken: Je dunkler ein Lebensmittel von Natur aus gefärbt ist, desto mehr freie Radikale kann es abfangen und somit unsere Zellen schützen. Lebensmittelfarbe: Sicherlich die schnellste Methode Essen einzufärben. Am besten gelingt es mit Gel-Paste. Der Geschmack: Bei Black Food bleibt der Geschmack neutral. Ab und zu kann es jedoch vorkommen, dass das Essen - je nachdem wie die Schwarzfärbung erstellt wurde - einen leichten Eigengeschmack enthält. Wo bekomme ich Black Food in Deutschland? Von Japan über Gesamt-Asien ist der Trend - natürlich - erst einmal nach Amerika geschwappt. Doch auch in Deutschland kommt schwarzes Essen langsam an. Food Trucks verkaufen ihre Kreationen auf Street-Food-Markets, wie zum Beispiel die „Keluha - The Black Food Company“, die die ersten schwarzen Pommes weltweit anbieten. In Essen kann man im Eiscafé "Bertram" (Am Bocklerbaum 24-26, 45307 Essen-Kray) das schwarze Eis „Grubengold“ probieren und in Berlin lassen sich schwarze Burger im koreanischen Restaurant „Chilees“ (Choriner Str. 35, 10435 Prenzlauer Berg) genießen. Wer den Food-Trend lieber selber ausprobieren möchte, darf sich gleich an dem Rezept für Black-Burger-Buns versuchen. Rezept: Black Burger Buns Zutaten 400 ml Wasser 4 EL Milch 2 EL Milchpulver 1 Würfel frische Hefe 35 g Zucker 8 g Salz 80 g weiche oder geschmolzene Butter 500 Gramm Mehl 1 Ei 28g Tintenfischtinte/ Sepia oder schwarze Lebensmittelfarbe 1 Ei 2 EL Milch 2 EL Wasser Sesam Optional: 1 TL Xanthan aus dem Reformhaus oder Bioladen, um den Teig geschmeidiger zu machen Zubereitung Wasser und Milch in eine Schüssel geben. Die Hefe mit dem Zucker flüssig rühren, etwas Wasser dazu und ebenfalls in die Schüssel geben. Die restlichen Zutaten Mehl, Milchpulver, Salz, Ei, weiche Butter sowie ggf. das Xanthan hinzu geben. Alles zu einem geschmeidigen Teig kneten. Den Teig mit einem feuchten Handtuch abdecken, sodass er nicht austrocket und ca. eine Stunde gehen lassen. Danach in ca.100g Portionen aufteilen und mit leicht bemehlten Händen zu Kugeln formen. Die Teigkugeln auf einem mit Backpapier belegtem Blech zu einer flachen Scheibe mit ca. 8 - 9 cm Durchmesser drücken. Ein Ei mit 2 EL Wasser und 2 EL Milch verquirlen und die Burger-Buns damit bestreichen. Sesamkörner über die Brötchen streuen. Die Buns in den auf 200 Grad (Ober-/Unterhitze) vorgeheizten Backofen schieben und mit etwas Wasser leicht besprühen. Etwa 20 Minuten backen und danach auskühlen lassen. Nach Wunsch belegen. Fertig!
              Kennen Sie schon den neuesten Food-Trend?   
    Ob Macarons, Burger oder Eiscreme. Alles ist jetzt schwarz. Was in Japan mit einem schwarzen Hot-Dog begann, findet nun auf der ganzen Welt Nachahmer. Wir machen den Black Food Fakten-Check! So gesund ist Black Food: Wenn nicht gerade Lebensmittelfarbe für die Schwarzfärbung des Essens verantwortlich ist, enthält Black Food viele gesunde Inhaltsstoffe. Sepia: Der grau-schwarze Farbstoff wird aus dem Beutel der Tintenfische (den „Sepien“) gewonnen. Tintenfischtinte ist reich an Lipiden, Proteinen und Mineralien. Aktivkohle: Die Kohle entsteht beispielsweise durch das Verbrennen von Kokosnüssen und hilft dem Körper beim Entgiften. schwarzes Obst und Gemüse: Schwarze Karotten, Bohnen oder Früchte wie Aroniabeeren können ebenfalls zum Einfärben genutzt werden. Ihre dunkle Farbe entsteht durch Anthocyanen, einem sekundären Pflanzenstoff. Dieser schützt den Körper vor freien Radikalen und wirkt entzündungshemmend, nierenfreundlich und ist gut für das Herz. Generell lässt sich merken: Je dunkler ein Lebensmittel von Natur aus gefärbt ist, desto mehr freie Radikale kann es abfangen und somit unsere Zellen schützen. Lebensmittelfarbe: Sicherlich die schnellste Methode Essen einzufärben. Am besten gelingt es mit Gel-Paste. Der Geschmack: Bei Black Food bleibt der Geschmack neutral. Ab und zu kann es jedoch vorkommen, dass das Essen - je nachdem wie die Schwarzfärbung erstellt wurde - einen leichten Eigengeschmack enthält. Wo bekomme ich Black Food in Deutschland? Von Japan über Gesamt-Asien ist der Trend - natürlich - erst einmal nach Amerika geschwappt. Doch auch in Deutschland kommt schwarzes Essen langsam an. Food Trucks verkaufen ihre Kreationen auf Street-Food-Markets, wie zum Beispiel die „Keluha - The Black Food Company“, die die ersten schwarzen Pommes weltweit anbieten. In Essen kann man im Eiscafé "Bertram" (Am Bocklerbaum 24-26, 45307 Essen-Kray) das schwarze Eis „Grubengold“ probieren und in Berlin lassen sich schwarze Burger im koreanischen Restaurant „Chilees“ (Choriner Str. 35, 10435 Prenzlauer Berg) genießen. Wer den Food-Trend lieber selber ausprobieren möchte, darf sich gleich an dem Rezept für Black-Burger-Buns versuchen. Rezept: Black Burger Buns Zutaten 400 ml Wasser 4 EL Milch 2 EL Milchpulver 1 Würfel frische Hefe 35 g Zucker 8 g Salz 80 g weiche oder geschmolzene Butter 500 Gramm Mehl 1 Ei 28g Tintenfischtinte/ Sepia oder schwarze Lebensmittelfarbe 1 Ei 2 EL Milch 2 EL Wasser Sesam Optional: 1 TL Xanthan aus dem Reformhaus oder Bioladen, um den Teig geschmeidiger zu machen Zubereitung Wasser und Milch in eine Schüssel geben. Die Hefe mit dem Zucker flüssig rühren, etwas Wasser dazu und ebenfalls in die Schüssel geben. Die restlichen Zutaten Mehl, Milchpulver, Salz, Ei, weiche Butter sowie ggf. das Xanthan hinzu geben. Alles zu einem geschmeidigen Teig kneten. Den Teig mit einem feuchten Handtuch abdecken, sodass er nicht austrocket und ca. eine Stunde gehen lassen. Danach in ca.100g Portionen aufteilen und mit leicht bemehlten Händen zu Kugeln formen. Die Teigkugeln auf einem mit Backpapier belegtem Blech zu einer flachen Scheibe mit ca. 8 - 9 cm Durchmesser drücken. Ein Ei mit 2 EL Wasser und 2 EL Milch verquirlen und die Burger-Buns damit bestreichen. Sesamkörner über die Brötchen streuen. Die Buns in den auf 200 Grad (Ober-/Unterhitze) vorgeheizten Backofen schieben und mit etwas Wasser leicht besprühen. Etwa 20 Minuten backen und danach auskühlen lassen. Nach Wunsch belegen. Fertig!
              Chris Paul's motivation? Trade to Houston moves him closer to a title contender   

    Chris Paul's motivation? Trade to Houston moves him closer to a title contender Chris Paul orchestrated Wednesday's trade simply because he wanted a better chance to win. Check out this story on myozaukeenow.com: https://usat.ly/2tZCZSb The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to deal perennial All-Star PG Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, where he'll team up with fellow superstar James Harden.


              The latest breaking news from the world of the NBA.   
    James Dolan is thinking about Phil Jackson’s Future with the Knicks

    James Dolan is considering Phil Jackson’s future as the president of the New York Knicks. Dolan had the capacity to eschew the contract at the end of the 2016/2017 season, since both sides were able to exercise a mutual option. The New York Knicks hired Phil Jackson on a 5-year, US$60 million contract back in 2014, amidst harsh criticism from Knicks fans that supported Dolan.

    Jackson has been looking to trade Carmelo Anthony recently, but the comments that he’s been making publicly have seen Anthony turned instead into a sympathetic figure in the eyes of most fans and almost all of the media.

    The manner in which Jackson treated Anthony was also part of the reason that Kristaps Porzingis missed his exit interview with the Knicks when the season came to an end. Subsequently, Jackson has spoken in public about the Knicks’ options being explored as far as the trade market for Porzingis was concerned.

    Rockets are a Serious Threat Regarding Signing Chris Paul

    The Houston Rockets have come into view as a more and more serious threat to sign Chris Paul away from the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul met with the latter on Tuesday, and is set to do so again soon.

    James Harden is one of the individuals advocating for the Rockets to sign Paul, and has conveyed this message directly to the player, and betting sites worldwide are eagerly awaiting the outcome of these talks.

    Celtics Hope to Get Paul George

    The Boston Celtics need a commitment from Gordon Hayward before a trade can be finalized for Paul George. The Pacers are perhaps unwilling to wait until the free agency begins in order to agree on a trade, however, and may well start looking elsewhere with their trade talks regarding George.

    The Celtics need to maneuver their roster and start unloading salaries, but they do have a contingency plan in place. If Boston is unable to secure the deal with Hayward, it’s possible that they will sign Blake Griffin instead, and then make a trade for Paul George.

    Rockets Focus on Trading Anderson if They Need Cap Space

    The Houston Rockets have put all of their attention on attempting to find a team with cap space that would allow for the absorption of Ryan Anderson’s contract in order to chase maximum free agency space. Anderson is still owed US$19.6 million and US$61 million in total over the next 3 seasons. The Sacramento Kings are a possibility, since they require a stretch-4 and Anderson is native to that area.

    Anderson enjoyed an outstanding 1st season with the Rockets after he was signed from the New Orleans Pelicans. Houston is also chasing Kyle Lowry, Paul Millsap, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin in free agency.

    Everybody Wants Andre Iguodala

    The San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz are some of the teams that are set to go in for Andre Iguodala in free agency.

    The Golden State Warriors are still hopeful about re-signing Iguodala, and it has not been confirmed whether the player will be meeting with anyone else. Iguodala’s contracted with the Warriors on a 4-year, US$48 million deal back in 2013.




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    Did the CP3 deal leave enough for the Rockets to land PG13, too?
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    The Rockets might've traded for Chris Paul on Wednesday, but they had to give up Patrick Beverley
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    Image copyright ESA/CNES/ARIANESPACE Image caption The EAN will use a satellite that was launched from French Guiana on Wednesday by an Ariane rocket A new Europe-wide wi-fi service for aeroplanes came a step closer on Wednesday night with the launch of a key satellite from French Guiana. Airline passengers will soon be able to connect

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    “This is the 26th year for the parade at Crocketts Bluff,” Kenneth Graves, committee member of the event, said. “Come on out and celebrate with us.”
              Health care policy FAQ   
    What proposed state and federal changes mean for the future of health care policy in Arkansas.

    Health care policy impacts millions of Americans, including the more than 300,000 Arkansans currently covered by the state's Medicaid expansion program. The details, however, can get confusing quickly. It's hard enough to keep track of all the names — private option, Arkansas Works, Medicaid expansion, Obamacare, ACA, AHCA. On top of that, it seems like every month lawmakers propose to shift the policy ground beneath our feet. The Arkansas legislature met in a special session earlier this month to approve Governor Hutchinson's plan to alter the state's Medicaid expansion, adding work requirements and cutting eligibility. That plan now awaits approval from the federal government. The same day the governor signed that bill into law, the U.S. House passed the American Health Care Act, which would completely undercut the governor's proposal and threaten the very existence of Medicaid expansion in Arkansas. It's now in the Senate, awaiting a vote.

    The Medicaid expansion helped cut the state's uninsured rate in half. What would the proposed changes coming from the governor and Republicans in Congress mean for those who rely on that coverage? Let's take a look.

    What is the Medicaid expansion? What is Arkansas Works?

    The Affordable Care Act (often called Obamacare) provided funding to cover low-income adults under the Medicaid program. This expansion of Medicaid covers people who make less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level — that's $16,400 for an individual or $33,600 for a family of four. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that states could choose whether or not they wanted to accept the Medicaid expansion. Arkansas decided to move forward, but with a twist: The state obtained a special waiver from the federal government to use Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance for the Medicaid expansion population, a policy that became known as the private option. Later, when Hutchinson became governor and continued the policy, he re-branded it as Arkansas Works. Whatever name it goes by — Medicaid expansion, private option, Arkansas Works — the program covers more than 300,000 Arkansans, with most of the costs covered by the federal government through the ACA.

    How will Hutchinson's proposed alterations to the Medicaid expansion change who is eligible?

    Hutchinson, with the legislature's backing, is seeking permission from the federal government to limit eligibility for Arkansas Works to households at or below the federal poverty line (that's $11,880 for an individual or $24,300 for a family of four). That would mean that current beneficiaries who make between 100-138 percent of the FPL — more than 60,000 of the state's working poor — would be removed from the program.

    Assuming the ACA remains in place, what options will those cut from coverage under the governor's plan have for health insurance?

    Most of the 60,000 people who would lose Arkansas Works coverage would be eligible for the ACA's Health Insurance Marketplace, often called the exchange, where they can buy subsidized health insurance. The ACA provides income-based premium tax credits and cost-sharing reduction subsidies that keep premiums, co-pays and deductibles relatively low.

    Others will not be able to get subsidized coverage on the exchange, because their employer offers them health insurance (the state Department of Human Services estimates this applies to 20 percent of the beneficiaries in the 100-138 FPL group). If that employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) meets two tests — it's considered "affordable" under the law and meets a "minimum value" standard in terms of coverage — then they are barred from getting the premium credits and cost-sharing reductions that would make coverage on the exchange affordable for them. Those who fall into this category would typically face higher costs and receive less generous coverage if they switch to ESI.

    Will the working poor have to pay more under the governor's plan?

    The governor has claimed that the 60,000 people being removed from the Medicaid rolls "will not lose access to coverage" and would get "the same level of financial support that they have now." In fact, those beneficiaries will pay more than they do today — sometimes much more — and coverage will be skimpier for many.

    Under the terms of its Arkansas Works agreement with the federal government, the state is allowed to charge beneficiaries who make between 100-138 percent of the FPL premiums up to 2 percent of their household income. However, currently, the state charges a flat rate of $13 per month.

    On the exchange, premiums for plans equivalent to Arkansas Works are designed to be equal to 2 percent of household income (because of the federal subsidies, that's what this group will have to pay for premiums regardless of whether the unsubsidized premium that insurance companies charge for the plan goes up or down). That's significantly more than $13 per month. An individual right at the poverty line would have to pay up to $20 a month in premiums. An individual who makes 138 percent of the FPL would have to pay up to $27 per month. Meanwhile, larger family sizes will have larger incomes in order to fall in the 100-138 FPL range. So a single mother of three, for example, who is right at the poverty line, would be on the hook for $40 per month premiums on the exchange; if she was at 138 percent of the FPL, she would be on the hook for $56 per month premiums.

    For those who have to move to ESI plans, the premium increase will be even more dramatic. For an ESI plan to be deemed affordable, premiums cannot exceed 9.69 percent of household income. That means that a plan could have premiums nearly five times what someone was paying under the 2 percent max allowable under Arkansas Works (and even more than that compared to the flat $13 premiums that the program is imposing this year). Under the Medicaid rules in the Arkansas Works waiver, an individual living at the poverty line could be charged no more than $20 monthly; the most that a single mother of three could be charged is $40. But if those same beneficiaries get insurance through a plan at work, they could face employee-contribution premiums of up to $95 or $195, respectively, and would then not be allowed to shop on the exchange. They would have to find a way to pay those premiums or go without health insurance.

    What happens if people don't pay premiums?

    If people are unable to pay their premiums under Arkansas Works, they don't lose their coverage; they incur a debt to the state, which likely isn't collectible unless the individual has a state tax refund from which to withhold. On the other hand, if people are unable to pay their premiums on the exchange, they'll be booted off of coverage and become uninsured for the remainder of the year. These premiums are relatively small, but this is a population with almost no disposable income. Forty dollars a month may not sound like a lot, but for a family of four at the poverty line, that could be the difference in getting enough groceries to go around. Currently, only 25 percent of these beneficiaries are paying the $13 premiums each month. If they struggle to keep up with premiums on the exchange, they'll end up without coverage.

    Will the working poor get the same level of coverage under the governor's plan?

    Those who are sent to the exchange will get plans that have a similar amount of coverage to the plans on Arkansas Works, though that coverage may take different forms (for example, they might have deductibles, whereas Arkansas Works only has co-pays). However, there is one key difference, which will lead to many having to pay more out of pocket on the exchange plans. Under Arkansas Works, Medicaid rules impose a strict limit on the total amount that beneficiaries can be charged between premiums and cost-sharing (it cannot exceed 5 percent of monthly or quarterly income). There is no such rule on the exchange, and while there are out-of-pocket limits, the total amount that beneficiaries have to pay could exceed 5 percent of income.

    For example, consider an individual who makes $12,500 a year: If she was being charged premiums at 2 percent of her income, the most that she could be charged in cost-sharing under Arkansas Works on a monthly basis is $35. Over the course of the year, that would work out to $360. If that same individual was on the exchange, the available plans average nearly twice that, $660.94, as an out-of-pocket maximum — and that's only over the course of the year, with no protections for monthly/quarterly charges.

    Things look much worse for those who are routed to ESI plans instead of the exchange. For a work-sponsored plan to meet the "minimum value" test, it only has to cover 60 percent of average expected costs, as opposed to 94 percent under Arkansas Works. That could mean $5,000 deductibles or $7,000 out-of-pocket maximums, expenses that many people in this population could not realistically afford to pay.

    Will the governor's plan increase the uninsured rate in the state?

    Almost certainly, yes. Many will not be able to afford the premiums or the cost-sharing and will have no choice but to go without coverage. Others may struggle to successfully navigate the system and find their way to coverage alternatives in the first place. Moving this population from Medicaid to other coverage is not as easy as flipping a switch. Sixty thousand people will receive a sudden letter that their coverage has been canceled; many of them have no experience purchasing private health insurance. The transition would require a massive outreach and education effort and excellent communication. The Hutchinson administration has often faced criticism for its failures at such outreach, including a botched eligibility renewal process in 2015 that led to tens of thousands of eligible beneficiaries losing coverage. In similar transitions in other states, even with much more extensive outreach efforts than Arkansas has ever done, attrition was significant as people inevitably got lost in the shuffle and ended up with gaps in coverage.

    "Our greatest concern is that tens of thousands of Arkansans will become uninsured because they are no longer eligible for Arkansas Works, unable to afford other coverage, or simply fall through the cracks because of the constant policy changes," Marquita Little, of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, said. (Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families have provided donations to the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network.)

    What happens if Donald Trump and the Republican Congress repeal the ACA and replace it with the American Health Care Act (AHCA)?

    The AHCA would completely unravel Arkansas Works, as well as Hutchinson's plan for Arkansas Works 2.0.

    The Medicaid expansion would be completely phased out, eliminating the enhanced federal funding for new and returning enrollees starting in 2020. Without that funding, Arkansas could not realistically continue to offer Medicaid coverage for the population of low-income Arkansans reliant on Arkansas Works under current law, now numbering more than 300,000 beneficiaries. Forget about Arkansas Works 2.0; Arkansas Works itself would be dead.

    Hutchinson said that he hopes the enhanced match rate for Medicaid expansion will be saved now that the AHCA is in the Senate. But even if it is, the AHCA would still completely undermine Hutchinson's plan for the 100-138 FPL population because of the way it changes the subsidies on the exchanges. Hutchinson's plan presupposes that the 100-138 FPL population can rely on those subsidies. The ACA offers tax credits that ensure that the amount people are charged for premiums on the exchange will not exceed 2 percent of income; the AHCA has no such limit and its tax credits aren't based on income. The Arkansas Works beneficiaries that Hutchinson aims to send to the exchange would find themselves faced with premiums that most of them could not possibly afford if the AHCA passed in its current form. Premiums would be even higher for older people in this population because the AHCA would also allow insurance companies to charge higher amounts based on age than the ACA does. Under the AHCA, regardless of how poor the consumer was, the Congressional Budget Office found that the average monthly premium faced by an individual who is 21 years old would be $120; at 40 years old, $200; at 64 years old, $1,216.

    Hutchinson acknowledged this problem. "The governor would like to see the AHCA's tax credits increase for the lower income populations to account for this issue and ensure there are affordable coverage options available outside of Medicaid," his spokesman J.R. Davis said.

    In addition to drastically lowering the premium tax credits available to poorer and older Arkansans, the AHCA would also altogether eliminate the ACA's cost-sharing reductions, which offer cost protections from co-pays and deductibles to low-income consumers. Under current law, people in the 100-138 FPL range can sign up for plans that cover 94 percent of the average cost of medical expenses; under the AHCA, those same plans would only cover 70 percent. Under the ACA, someone who was sent to the exchange as part of Hutchinson's plan would face an average deductible across eligible plans of $246 and an average out-of-pocket maximum of $661. Under the AHCA, cost-sharing would skyrocket, with deductibles for those same plans ranging from around $1,500 to $3,500 and the out-of-pocket maximum ranging from around $3,600 to $7,150.

    What other impacts would the AHCA have on Arkansas health care?

    In addition to eliminating the Medicaid expansion and increasing costs on the exchange for poorer, sicker and older Arkansans, the AHCA would also enact hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to the state's traditional Medicaid program (the program that existed before the ACA's expansion), covering the elderly in nursing homes, low-income children, very poor parents, the blind, the disabled and other vulnerable populations. Such cuts would put additional burdens on the state budget or force the state to cut services or eligibility for traditional Medicaid.

    Work requirements


    In addition to cutting eligibility, the governor's proposal would institute work requirements for Arkansas Works beneficiaries. The Obama administration did not allow work requirements for Medicaid because it said such requirements were not consistent with the purpose of the program, which is to increase access to health care. The Trump administration has signaled that it is receptive to the idea of work requirements, so Hutchinson is trying again with the request.

    The details of the work-requirement program still need to be worked out between the state's Department of Human Services and the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, but here is the outline of the governor's plan, according to DHS:

    In order to continue receiving coverage, beneficiaries must work 20 hours per week or 80 hours per month. If they are not working, they have to participate in job training programs (or potentially certain approved volunteer activities).

    Beneficiaries must be in compliance for nine months out of the year. Otherwise, they will be kicked off of coverage and locked out of the program for the remainder of the year.

    People aged 18-49 will be subject to the work requirement, and those older than 50 will be exempt. The following groups will also be eligible for exemptions:

    Those deemed "medically frail" — the 10 percent of Arkansas Works beneficiaries who have the most intensive medical needs.

    Those caring for an incapacitated person.

    Those caring for dependent children in the home.

    People receiving unemployment benefits.

    Those participating in a drug or alcohol addiction treatment program.

    Full-time students.

    Pregnant women.

    DHS projects that around half of Arkansas Works beneficiaries would be eligible for an exemption.

    This analysis is courtesy of the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network, an independent, nonpartisan news project dedicated to producing journalism that matters to Arkansans.



              Jeff Nichols' plan to make Arkansas a cinema paradise for film lovers   
    He and filmmaker Kathryn Tucker lead the Arkansas Cinema Society.

    Jeff Nichols hasn't lived in Arkansas in more than a dozen years, but the acclaimed filmmaker remains deeply connected to his home state. He visits family and friends in Little Rock regularly, and set and shot two of his five films, "Shotgun Stories" and "Mud," here. His likely next one, "Alien Nation" — about "two intelligent species crashing together and trying to make it work," he says — takes place in Arkansas, at least in the version of the script he's working on now.

    So it's not entirely surprising that Nichols is behind the Arkansas Cinema Society, a new initiative aimed at helping foster Arkansas's film culture. Nichols, who has lived in Austin, Texas, since 2002, wants to model the new venture on the Austin Film Society, founded in 1985 by Richard Linklater ("Dazed and Confused," "Boyhood"). The AFS hosts regular screenings, provides grants to filmmakers and teaches people how to make movies. When Nichols first got to Austin as a fledgling filmmaker with no money, a slim resume and a lot of ideas, the AFS was where he found his community. Today, it's where he meets up-and-coming filmmakers like Kat Candler, on whose 2014 film "Hellion" Nichols served as executive producer, and it's where he sees screenings of films he'd otherwise miss. Nichols calls the AFS a "magnet" for people who are interested in "production or film theory or just watching movies." The goal is for the Arkansas Cinema Society to be the same sort of hub.

    The kickoff event will come Aug. 24-26, with a couple of well-known filmmakers coming to Little Rock's Ron Robinson Theater and the screening of some of their movies. "The goal would be that they show a film that inspired them during the day and talk about it, and in the evening show one of their films. And possibly have midnight screenings, whether they attend it or not," Nichols said, adding that he would moderate discussions with the filmmakers, whose names he's not ready to reveal. Then, beginning in September, the ASC will host monthly screenings at Ron Robinson. Depending on the audience and the ASC's budget, the screenings will later become twice monthly and then weekly. Perhaps around the holidays, Nichols will lead the first of three seminars on filmmaking — one each on writing, directing and editing. Nichols has had some practice. He recently did a master class at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and he's dropped in a few times to a class on his film "Mud," which is being taught at the University of Texas this semester.

    Helping bring the ASC to reality is another filmmaker and Little Rock native, Kathryn Tucker. After working for several years as an assistant director on the likes of "Glee," "This Is 40" and "Oblivion," she moved back to Little Rock in 2012, and later met filmmaking brothers Josh and Miles Miller. She agreed to produce their feature debut, "All the Birds Have Flown South." She and that film's cinematographer, Gabe Mayhan, started dating and later married. They have a son who is nearly 2 years old. Tucker also produced the feature adaptation of Daniel Campbell's "Antiquities," with Mayhan again serving as cinematographer.

    The formation of the ACS grew out of a meeting between Nichols and Tucker when Nichols was in town in November for a screening of his latest film, "Loving," to benefit the Tiger Foundation of Little Rock Central High School, where he and Tucker were classmates. The conversation got around to what a shame it was that the Little Rock Film Festival called it quits in 2015. When Tucker mentioned there was interest in reviving the festival, Nichols suggested instead that they go for a year-round model.

    Tucker is leading the ASC on the ground as executive director of the newly established 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Nichols is chairman of the board, for which Tucker and Nichols recruited an all-star membership that includes former Gov. Mike Beebe, Mary Steenburgen, local writer and television creator Graham Gordy, producer Jayme Lemons and Yellow Rocket Concepts creative director Amber Brewer.

    Brent and Craig Renaud, the acclaimed documentary filmmakers who co-founded the Little Rock Film Festival, cited their busy professional schedule as a reason for shuttering the fest after nine years. Because of their workload, they didn't have the time needed to raise money or manage the logistics of the fest. How will an organization led by two working filmmakers avoid the same fate?

    "I'm going to see it through no matter what that takes," Tucker said. "We're building this thing slowly and laying a really good foundation. We've also got so many people on our board who aren't going to let it fail."

    Nichols stressed the importance of community involvement and running lean. "I hope that Kathryn and I aren't the engine for this thing. Or a better way to put it is, we build the engine, but the fuel is the community, and it will just sit there not running if the community doesn't respond. If they don't, we'll move on and go do something else. But it's on our shoulders to build something that runs on not much gas."

    For budget reasons, Nichols doesn't want to see the ACS start a traditional film festival.

    "When you throw a big event, it's like throwing a big party. You've got to bring in a lot of people from out of town, and you've got to pay for their airfare, and you've got to pay to put them up in a hotel, and you've got to get cars to take them places, and you've got to have places to do multiple screenings, and you've got to sell tickets and have to have an infrastructure to sell tickets, and you have to have a big party and pay for catering and do the decorations. You have to do all this shit, which has nothing to do with getting as many people together to watch a movie."

    A model to grow toward might be Ebertfest in Champaign, Ill. Founded by the late film critic Roger Ebert, the fest does no counterprogramming and isn't competitive. It's a tightly curated event. When the critic was alive, it was "Roger Ebert saying, 'Hey, take a look at these films,' " said Nichols, who screened "Shotgun Stories" there in 2007. He and Tucker say the August kickoff event could grow into a version of Ebertfest down the road.

    But don't look only for indie movie fare at it or at ACS screenings throughout the year.

    "I'm not simply a guy who loves European arthouse films," Nichols said. "Movies are fun. They're amazing and they can open your mind and they can be a blast to experience in a room with other people, and I want the programming to reflect that. For every Cassavetes series, you have one that's a Sam Raimi ("The Evil Dead," "Spider-Man")."

    Tucker echoed a similar sentiment. "I feel like a lot of film nerds — a term I use lovingly because I'm one of them — who program film festivals, show things that are way too obscure for our audience. They want to show the beauty of these crazy Japanese films and these terrible horror films, and they say, 'If only people would just see these, they'd see how awesome they are.' But a lot of people don't." She said she thought a lot of people either wanted to see how "Spider-Man" was made, or they want to see films getting buzz at festivals.

    Though Nichols and Tucker want the ACS to grow responsibly, they have grand visions for the nonprofit. Most immediately, they hope to partner with and help promote all existing film festivals and screenings throughout the state. They encourage anyone with ideas for partnerships or anything else to connect via arkansascinemasociety.org.

    "If you're from Arkansas and you're into movies, that's awesome. All ships rise, is my philosophy. That's how it's been in my film career," Nichols said.

    Once the ACS has made some strides on fundraising, Nichols said, he wants to start a grant program modeled on one at the Austin Film Society. "If you can prove that you've been to a film festival with a film [or been accepted to a festival], we'll give you a grant to help out with travel. Even after it's done. I remember with 'Shotgun Stories,' I was so broke. [The AFS] gave me something, I can't remember exactly what, maybe it was $250, but it was a chunk that really helped. You don't have to put a committee together to judge. It's, 'Cool, you made something. Cool, you got it into a film festival. Let us help you.' "

    Down the road, he said, he'd like to create another grant program modeled on the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund, where a panel would review submissions for support of creative material or productions in process. "That's later down the road because that's more complicated," Nichols acknowledged. "And you have to raise a certain amount of money just for that."

    Another dream: working with single-screen theaters in smaller towns throughout Arkansas. "How amazing would it be if we could help those places out?" Nichols asked. "If we could help them stay open or improve their screening capabilities. Maybe in exchange for that, we get to show a movie there once a month or once in a while. Admittedly, this is coming from a guy who has made movies that typically play in one or two places and people have to drive to see them." Even more far out would be following the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's Rolling Roadshow model, where the ACS would have a massive inflatable screen and a cinema-grade projector to take on the road throughout the state, Nichols said.

    Nichols calls the demolition of the Cinema 150 on South University Avenue in 2015 "a travesty."

    "In my dream world, you'd flash down the road 15 years, and we'd have a single screen dome theater, with Arkansas Cinema Society offices in it, a restaurant, maybe one of John [Beachboard]'s breweries." (Beachboard is a longtime friend and Lost Forty co-owner.)

    Tucker might know a real estate guy. Her father, Rett Tucker, of the development and real estate firm Moses Tucker, is a member of the ACS board.



              Re: Triumph Rocket III: A Satirical Inside Look   

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              Re: Triumph Rocket III: A Satirical Inside Look   

    "Argument juice is added from the argument lobe of the female brain to allow the finished bike to change direction in an instant, improving handling. The same technology is used in modern fighter planes."

    Now that is funny :P


              NBA: Chris Paul ya es de los Houston Rockets   
    Los Rockets han conseguido mediante traspaso a Chris Paul. Los de Houston juntan a dos All Star en el equipo y no dudarán de ir ahora por un tercero.
              Comment on RESPs and High Fee Mutual Funds by BK   
    Not sure why you think that setting up or administering an RESP is difficult with a discount broker. Once it's set up, and can be done easily online, you can buy low cost index funds or ETF's, and even bond ETF. You contribute. The government gives 20% on top of that a month later, and you buy once or twice a year once you've accumulated enough funds to make it worthwhile to pay the trading commission, which could be $10-30, depending on the assets you have. It's not rocket science, but most people are not financially confident enough to take it on so they do it at the bank, insurance company, or scholarship company. DIY is the least expensive way, but does require a bit of work.
              La NASA por fin consigue crear sus nubes de colores: así es como lucen las auroras artificiales    

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    La NASA quiso crear nubes artificiales, pero no para emular a la naturaleza o por lo vistoso que ha resultado ser, sino para estudiar varios fenómenos atmosféricos. Os lo contamos en febrero, cuando explicaban la misión, y tras algunos imprevistos anoche por fin el cohete de la NASA pudo crear unas espectaculares nubes artificiales.

    ¿Por qué decimos eso de "tras algunos imprevistos"? Porque el vuelo lleva posponiéndose desde mayo precisamente... Porque había ya nubes (y malas condiciones climatológicas en general, como vientos y tormentas). Así, tras diez cancelaciones el vuelo pudo realizarse y el resultado para nosotros (los no ingenieros de la NASA) es un espectáculo visual muy curioso y que recuerda a las auroras boreales naturales en ciertos aspectos.

    De auroras va la cosa

    El cohete Terrier Malemute despegó a las 4:25 de la mañana de ayer (en franja horaria EDT) desde las instalaciones Wallops Flight de la NASA en Virginia. Instalaciones que existen desde 1945 y en las que actualmente se realizan programas de investigación suborbital como éste de las nubes artificiales.

    El vuelo fue corto, de unos ocho minutos, y durante el mismo se expulsaron diez contenedores del tamaño aproximado de una lata de refrescos. Esta expulsión es la que provocó los vapores que se vieron en el cielo y tomaron tonos verdes, rojos y azules, que según explica la NASA se vieron desde Nueva York hasta Carolina del Norte.

    Como dijimos en su momento, la intención de lo que parece un regalo para la vista de los curiosos es en realidad una prueba para el estudio de cómo responde la ionosfera con estas nubes, de modo que se pueda conocer con más exactitud qué ocurre en el interior de un arco de aurora. Las sustancias que provocan la reacción de colores son el bario, el estroncio y el óxido cúprico.

    El cohete voló a unos 190 kilómetros (en la termosfera, que va desde los 80 hasta los 500 kilómetros y es donde se producen las auroras y se realizan los vuelos suborbitales terrestres). En todo caso se trata de lanzamientos seguros que no tienen ningún riesgo para la salud, ni durante la expulsión de sustancias ni tras la reacción, y de hecho se trata de imitar lo que ocurre de forma natural en los cielos, con la ventaja de que el resultado es precioso (y sobre todo, útil).

    En Xataka | Un cohete de la NASA creará nubes artificiales, pero no para que llueva: quieren conocer mejor las auroras

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              Reports of negative health reactions to cosmetics have doubled in the last 2 years   
    The number of negative health reactions to cosmetic products reported to the FDA has skyrocketed, with the majority of complaints coming for hair products.
              Hellas Sat 3 / Inmarsat S EAN communication satellite has been successfully launched   
    Hellas Sat 3 / Inmarsat S EAN telecommunication satellite, has been successfully launched by Arianespace on board an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou launch pad in French Guiana. This condominium satellite for Inmarsat and Hellas Sat (an Arabsat subsidiary) will provide Mobile Satellite Services (MSS), Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) and Broadcast Satellite Services (BSS). The Inmarsat S EAN payload will deliver communication services in the S-band to support Inmarsat's European Aviation Network,...
              Software Engineer - ANSYS - Boulder, CO   
    If you’ve ever seen a rocket launch, flown on an airplane, driven a car, used a computer, touched a mobile device, crossed a bridge, or put on wearable...
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              Blue Highway's Wayne Taylor to receive Lifetime Achievement Award   

    Wayne Taylor by Sherri GeorgeTazewell, VA -- On the heels of being inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame last Fall, the gifted vocalist, songwriter, and bass player Wayne Taylor of the multi-award winning, highly respected band Blue Highway is being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th Annual Tazewell County Fiddlers Convention on Saturday, July 15, at 6:30 pm, at the Historic Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park.

    Museum Executive Director Charlotte Whitted announced on Thursday the two honorees for 2017 as Blue Highway's Wayne Taylor and posthumous awardee, banjo standout John Wesley Wright, Jr.

    "The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes those who have made a significant impact toward preserving Traditional Mountain Music in Tazewell and Southwest Virginia," said Whitted. "We are proud to welcome bluegrass legend Wayne Taylor to our list of honorees. Wayne's humble approach to music and giving spirit pushed him to the top of the Nominees List this year. He will make a worthy addition."

    Wayne Taylor's life reads like a pure American dream.

    A child of humble parents, Wayne overcame four early years spent on crutches and in a wheelchair to become a coal truck driver in the mountains of southwest Virginia for 18 years before a golden door opened for him to become a founding member of what would become one of the most awarded and influential contemporary bluegrass bands in modern history, Blue Highway.

    The 23-year strong, highly respected Blue Highway has earned 26 IBMA Awards, 6 SPBGMA Awards, one Dove Award, and three prestigious Grammy Nominations as a band, including a 2017 Grammy Nomination for Best Bluegrass Album.

    Wayne is often credited with giving Blue Highway its "inimitable" sound. Taylor is a highly respected vocalist, songwriter, and bass player, earning honors as SPBGMA Bass Player of the Year in 2001. Wayne was recently honored as the 2016 Inductee into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, alongside legends such as Patsy Cline, The Statler Brothers, and Roy Clark.

    Taylor's songs have filled Blue Highway's albums from the band's first release in 1995, with songs from the rollicking Riding the Danville Pike to the toe-tapping Lonesome Pine and Talk is Cheap, to the deep perennial fan-favorites Keen Mountain Prison, No Home to Go Home To, That Could Be You, Homeless Man, Only Seventeen, and Seven Sundays In A Row, which was co-written by Kim Williams and Larry Shell and nominated as 2004 IBMA Song of the Year.

    Eighteen years of hauling coal in southwest Virginia gives Wayne's songwriting a depth and authenticity hard to match.

    The gifted songwriting and pure vocals of Wayne Taylor, Tim Stafford, and Shawn Lane have been like rocket fuel for Blue Highway, helping skyrocket each of their 11 studio albums to #1, with their most recent album 'Original Traditional' being nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. Their last album 'The Game' reigned at #1 for 7 consecutive months on the Bluegrass Unlimited Album Chart, helping Blue Highway chart the Most Radio Airplay of Any Bluegrass Artist in 2014. Blue Highway was also voted the Favorite Bluegrass Artist of All Time in April 2016 by the readers of Bluegrass Today.

    The 15th Annual Tazewell County Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers Convention will be held July 14-16, 2017, at the Historical Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park at 3663 Crab Orchard Road in Tazewell, VA. A fun, family-focused event, activities for the 3-day event include concerts, musical workshops, cake and pie walks, an old fashioned Dance on the Green, and individual music competitions with prizes in the categories of guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, Dobro, harmonica, dulcimer, bass, autoharp, fiddle & banjo duet, folk song, and youth. On Sunday morning, a free Gospel Sing at the Red Barn will conclude the weekend's activities.

    Weekend Passes are $12, with Single Day Passes $7 for Friday or Saturday. All events are FREE for children 12 and under with an accompanying paying adult. Camping is also available on site. For more information, please call 276-988-6755 or email info@craborchardmuseum.com

    For full event details, please go to www.CrabOrchardMuseum.com. For more information on Wayne Taylor and Blue Highway, please go to www.BlueHighwayBand.com.


              Delivery Hero geht an die Börse   
    Seit Freitag wird die Aktie des Unternehmens aus der Start-up-Schmiede Rocket Internet erstmals an der Frankfurter Börse gehandelt.
              SpaceX Test-Fires Rocket Ahead of Sunday Launch (Photo)   
    SpaceX test-fired a Falcon 9 rocket yesterday (June 29), helping pave the way for a planned launch this weekend.
              « The rocket is on the launch pad » pour la Réunion …   
    C'est mardi matin lors d'une conférence de presse annoncée au moyen de la désormais récurrente petite fusée, que le forfait mobile que nous évoquions hier sera annoncé.
              Comment on Rocket League is as boring as soccer by Wilhelm Arcturus   
    But can you fall on the ground and fake an injury like real soccer?
              Comment on Rocket League is as boring as soccer by Kobeathris   
    It isn't the type of game I would play alone, however, it is fun to play with my wife and daughters. It moves fast and the physics are nuts, so it is very exciting, but unlike a fast racer, it's not punishing if you aren't very good. The ball is going to bounce around, someone might blow up mom, and after 3 minutes one side wins.
              Comment on Rocket League is as boring as soccer by darkaine2   
    Respectfully disagree, game play is fantastic for those of us that love the beautiful game.
              Triumph Rocket III: A Satirical Inside Look   

    Triumph Rocket III: A Satirical Inside Look
    Here we have an unmistakeably British satirical video about the making of the Triumph Rocket III. more
              Comment on Rocket League is as boring as soccer by Bhagpuss   
    "Soccer" is the world's most popular team sport because of its direct and visceral appeal to tribalism, not because of its "gameplay". Can't speak for Rocket League as I've never seen let alone played it.
              Comment on Rocket League is as boring as soccer by Izlain   
    I'm in agreement. I tried it on a friend's console when they purchased it amid its release window hype. I dislike Soccer, and it's Soccer with cars. I played 3-4 rounds and put it down. I actually own a copy on PC now due to a humble bundle, but never installed it. I'd much rather be playing Mutant League Football, if that remake would ever show itself.
              Two Mississippi law enforcement agencies pick BodyWorn for video and communications solutions   
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    DECATUR, GA June 29, 2017 Utility, Inc. announced today that the Harrison County Sheriff's Department and Pascagoula Police Department in Mississippi have selected BodyWorn™ police cameras and Rocket IoT™ in-car video recording and communications systems.

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              Before Congress, Aerojet touts solar electric propulsion as key for deep space exploration   
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    WASHINGTON June 29, 2017 Aerojet Rocketdyne, the nation’s premiere propulsion provider and a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), advocates Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) as a central element of America’s deep space architecture.

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              SpaceX is having a very, very good year... so far   
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    SpaceX is having a pretty great year. 

    It's only June and the Elon Musk-founded company has already launched nine missions to orbit, exceeding their previous annual launch total of eight. (Not to mention the fact that two of those launches occurred within 48 hours of one another last weekend.)

    SpaceX is also consistently landing Falcon 9 rocket stages back on Earth after lofting those missions, an extraordinary feat considering that the company hadn't successfully landed a booster back on Earth at all until December 2015. 

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              Doc Rivers Says Lack of Postseason Success During Chris Paul Era 'Bugs Me'   

    Los Angeles Clippers head coach and president Doc Rivers said Friday that point guard Chris Paul's departure from the team bothered him because "the way we tried to do it didn't work."

    According to ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne, Rivers also acknowledged the Clippers weren't getting the job done as constructed: "That part is over. And that bugs me. But we're not done trying to reach our goal. Sometimes you gotta do it a different way."

    On Wednesday, the Clippers traded Paul to the Houston Rockets for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, Darrun Hilliard, Montrezl Harrell, a top-three-protected first-round pick next season and $661,000.

    After Paul was traded, ESPN anchor Michael Eaves said in a Facebook post that Rivers' coddling of his son, guard Austin Rivers, was a significant factor in Paul's decision to leave.

    Doc disagreed, saying:

    "Let's not make this story about Blake [Griffin] and [DeAndre Jordan] and Austin. This story is about Chris leaving. He is the one that decided to leave. That doesn't make him a villain. He had the right to do that. And I have no problem with that. That's what free agency is.

    Was I disappointed with his decision? Yeah. I thought he had a better chance to win with us. He didn't agree with that. And that's fine too. ... But ain't nobody at fault. The fault is we didn't do well enough to keep him. We played a role in that. In not winning. But Chris was part a that too. He was on that team that didn't win."

    In six seasons with Paul on the team and four seasons under Rivers, the Clippers never missed the playoffs.

    Despite their regular-season success, L.A. was unable to get past the second round of the playoffs in the Western Conference. With Paul out of the picture, the Clips must now shift their focus toward trying to sign Blake Griffin or rebuilding.

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              Blake Griffin Reportedly Clippers' Top Priority, Will Have Free-Agency Meeting   

    After trading Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets, the Los Angeles Clippers can turn their focus toward re-signing Blake Griffin.

    The Southern California News Group's Bill Oram reported Thursday the Clippers will have an informal meeting with Griffin's agent Friday. Oram added that Griffin remains the Clippers' "top priority."

    The Clippers are at least the second team that will have a meeting with the five-time All-Star power forward. The Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner reported he will have an official visit with the Phoenix Suns when free agency begins Saturday.

    For some, the Paul trade would seemingly push Griffin away from Los Angeles since the team lost one of its best players. According to the Turner, however, the Clippers are confident that Paul's departure increases their chances of getting Griffin to stay.

    When it comes to Griffin's final decision, the stakes couldn't be much higher for the Clippers.

    If he stays, then the team can remain a title contender for the short term—though Los Angeles would likely need to add another star to be a serious threat for the Golden State Warriors' Western Conference supremacy.

    If Griffin leaves, then things start getting bleak for the Clippers, especially considering DeAndre Jordan only has one more guaranteed year left on his deal. While it might be a stretch to say losing Griffin would necessitate a full-scale rebuild, Los Angeles would at least be facing a few lean years before it assembled another star-laden roster.

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              Blake Griffin Rumors: Free Agent to Meet with Phoenix Suns on Saturday   

    The Los Angeles Clippers will have competition in their quest to re-sign Blake Griffin, with the Phoenix Suns set to meet with the free-agent forward. 

    Per Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Griffin's meeting with the Suns will take place Saturday. Turner added that Phoenix can offer the five-time All-Star a max contract of four years and $130 million. 

    Griffin became the Clippers' top priority in free agency after they traded Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. 

    ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported the Clippers were "focused" on retaining Griffin after the Paul deal.

    The Suns, who finished 24-58 last season and haven't made the playoffs since 2010, ranked 22nd in offensive efficiency and 28th in defensive efficiency in 2016-17, per Basketball-Reference.com

    Phoenix has intriguing young talent, including Devin Booker and TJ Warren, to build around. Griffin would bring a star presence and playoff experience with him to a franchise in desperate need of a cornerstone player to speed up the rebuilding process. 

    Read more Los Angeles Clippers news on BleacherReport.com


              Doc Rivers Denies Turning Down Carmelo Anthony Trade Involving Son Austin   

    Los Angeles Clippers coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers denied a report that said he turned down a trade that would have brought Carmelo Anthony to the team in exchange for his son, Austin Rivers.

    In a quick interview with TMZ, Rivers said of the report, "That's not true." 

    Michael Eaves of ESPN first made the claim on his Facebook account, writing, "New York offered Carmelo and Sasha Vujacic to the Clippers in exchange for Jamal Crawford, Paul Pierce and Austin Rivers, a deal to which Rivers ultimately said no."

    Austin Rivers also took to Twitter to deny the allegations:

    Eaves added that this led to a fallout between Rivers and Chris Paul, saying the point guard "despises" his now former head coach, per an unnamed league executive.

    Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday for seven players and a draft pick, per ESPN. Despite the apparent hostility, Rivers seemed happy for the departed player.

    "I wish Chris well," the coach said to TMZ, calling him "a great Clipper."

    Paul had been with Los Angeles for six years, the last four with Rivers as his coach. Although the team won at least 50 games each season, it was never able to advance past the second round of the playoffs.

    The Clippers lost in the first round in each of the last two years.

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              Blake Griffin May Not Return from Toe Injury Until Dec. Amid Conflicting Reports   

    With Chris Paul having been dealt to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, the success of the Los Angeles Clippers' offseason will be predicated on retaining Blake Griffin. But even if the All-Star forward re-signs in Los Angeles, the Clippers may not have him for the start of the regular season. 

    ESPN.com's Michael Eaves reported Griffin could be out until December with a right toe injury suffered in the Clippers' first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz. Colleague Ramona Shelburne, however, cited a source saying the Clippers believe Griffin will be ready for the start of the regular season.

    Griffin, 28, missed the final four games against Utah after suffering an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe in Game 3. The Clippers lost Game 7 at home in a contest that would, though unbeknownst at the time, be the end of the Lob City era.

    The Houston Rockets acquired Paul on Wednesday in a blockbuster deal that sent Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins and Kyle Wiltjer along with a first-round pick to the Clippers. L.A. made the deal at the behest of Paul, who wanted to play with James Harden and could have left for nothing in exchange via free agency.

    Paul, a nine-time All-Star, spent the last six seasons with the Clippers. His arrival coincided with the most extended stretch of success in franchise history, but the Paul-Griffin-DeAndre Jordan trio never made it past the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.

    Griffin is expected to have no shortage of suitors in free agency, all armed with maximum contracts and arguably better chances to compete for a title. A source who spoke to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical categorized the Boston Celtics as the "biggest danger" to poach Griffin. Other teams like the Miami Heat could also entice Griffin into a change of scenery.

    While his toe is a concern, injury issues shouldn't come as a shock to any team pursuing Griffin. He missed his entire rookie season due to a knee injury and has missed at least 15 games each of the past three seasons with various ailments.  

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              Business Model vs. Revenue Model   

    My column in the December issue of the Entrepreneur magazine:  Assuming that the term ‘Business Model’ is the same as ‘Revenue Model’ is assuming that the word ‘aspiration’ means ‘inspiration’. Then, you might as well assume that the surname Singh is the same as Kejriwal.  The terms Business Model and Revenue Model are as distinct as chalk and cheese. Yes, they do look white at times and that’s how close they ever get.  To explain their distinction, let’s first consider Twitter – a company we are all familiar with (errr… if you don’t have a twitter handle, then please ask your kids to get you one before reading further!).  Now, let’s ask: What is the “Business” of Twitter? The website says “Twitter helps you create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.”  To deploy its business, Twitter like any other business in the world, needs a Business Model. That Business Model is the ‘engine’ that creates, executes, delivers and services the business. As an exercise, let’s break down some of the engine-parts of Twitter:  Product – Clearly, Twitter is a product that you have to use ‘as is’. You cannot customize Twitter too much and create your own version  Rules – What is allowed, what isn’t; how do the checks and balances work? These change over time.  Usage & access – Who can use Twitter? Clearly, anyone. Usage defines the ‘market’ that the company is going after and sets the controls of access etc.  Availability – How and where will the product of Twitter be made available? Currently via the web, as a mobile app and as a mobile service.  I am sure you can list the rest of the engine parts. Do it! It will be a neat exercise.  The Business Model is the magical assembly that makes all these moving parts come together and actually creates a live, real business!  But engines can be pretty ineffective unless they are used for a real purpose! That is the real genius of a Business Model. Creating a ‘magical use’ of the Business Model that makes the company propel itself forward, like a rocket, shooting into the universe. The founding entrepreneurs, the core team and people in the company at the very early stage are usually the magicians! (This is also why startups are such fun!)  In the case of Twitter, the genius of allowing ‘followers’ &‘following’, trends, and the absolutely ubiquitous ‘#’ hashtag is what sprinkled magic on its Business Model and made it a household name. The ‘rule’ of 140 characters created an amazing reduction in reading clutter that today, allows us to read hundreds of tweets at a time, without getting tired or bored.  Was the need to add @ before every user name a good business idea? Surely not. It made Twitter a ‘techy’ product and intimidated a lot of people. Could the @ have been dropped just after the launch when the business began to show a strain in user adoption? I think so. This is one example of a defect design in Twitter’s Business Model with respect to usability (the simpler the product, the faster it scales).  Twitter really took off on gossip. And when Hollywood personalities began using it as their digital mouthpiece. The company’s Business Model was clearly proven out when tweets exploded and we saw twitter handles everywhere.  Twitter listed on the NYSE in the first week of November and was valued at 22 billion dollars at the time of writing this article.  Therefore, let’s park the point that the business of Twitter, propelled by a massively successful Business Model was proven massively successful by its IPO and 22 billion dollar market value. Now let’s tackle Revenue Model.  In the exercise of listing the engine parts of the Twitter engine, you may have listed ‘revenue’ as one of the items. Good going and good thinking!  For many years, no one really knew the Revenue Model of Twitter; if and how they made money; and if there was as a plan. I vaguely remember that when the co-founders of Twitter were once asked what their Revenue Model was, they shrugged and said, “We are trying to figure it out”. Evidently the Revenue Model of their massively explosive business was not top of their mind.  I applaud the Twitter co-founders for their unconventional and contrarian thinking; and for delaying the creation of its Revenue Model while they were perfecting its Business Model. Clearly placing the horse before the cart and not the other way around!  In the Twitter IPO listing, revenues of the company were pegged at about US$ 400 million (for 9 months). Let us assume that they will generate US$ 500 million by the year end.  Where does the money come from? Evidently, from advertising via ‘sponsored tweets’. Now, only a few ‘involved’ consumers even notice these sponsored tweets that appear interspersed while reading tweets on twitter walls.  So, is the Revenue Model of the almighty Twitter only advertisements, served via these chintu-mintu non-intrusive and elegant sponsored tweets?  Maybe, maybe not. But what is clear is that the Revenue Model halo isn’t eclipsing the Business Model of Twitter that is currently going gangbusters. Also, anyone who understands public markets will also tell you that stock investors do not value a company generating US$ 500 million in revenue for US$ 22 billion. Undoubtedly, investors are paying for Business Model vs. Revenue Model.  At this juncture, let me throw a spanner in the works and remind you of the Internet behemoth called Myspace that was launched in 2003. The site was a social networking platform for music rockstars and their fans.  By 2005, Myspace had boom, boom, boomed! It became the most popular social networking site in the world and was acquired by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation for US$ 580 million. Myspace also became the launch pad for other big startups like RockYou and Zynga and dominated the traffic charts.  In June 2006 Myspace surpassed Google as the most visited website in the USA!  You will not refute me when I state that in 2006, the Business Model of Myspace was absolutely stellar! I mean have you ever heard of any website beating the traffic of Google in USA?!  Alas! Myspace sat on the wall. Myspace had a great fall. All of Murdoch’s finances and all of Murdoch’s men Couldn’t put Myspace together again. In a couple of years after its peak, Myspace crashed into oblivion. In June 2011, the once Herculean Myspace was acquired by Justin Timberlake and Specific Media Group for a measly, vada pav price of US$ 35 million! A site that had beaten Google in traffic was now a piece of scrap.  What went wrong? What made Myspace implode, crash and burn? A very badly implemented REVENUE MODEL!!  At its peak, Myspace entered into an advertising contract with Google that guaranteed Myspace US$ 900 million  in minimum revenue over a 3 year period. This deal badly compromised the user experience on the website that was anyway reeling under heavy advertising. To honor the Google deal, Myspace had to spray the site with ads. The Myspace CEO Chris DeWolfe reported that he had to push back against Fox Interactive Media’s sales team who monetized the site without regard to user experience (Source – Wikipedia).  Just like Diwali crakers, Myspace crackled, fizzled and burnt out. The company’s Revenue Model had destroyed the Business Model on which the entire business was built!  To put it metaphorically, the Revenue Model component in the Myspace engine was such a defective part, that it bust the engine itself. Considering the Twitter and the Myspace examples, let me summarize as: – The Business Model of any enterprise is unique, distinct and very, very sacred. It’s the soul of the business that needs to be cultivated, nourished, and preserved. The difference between failed, mediocre and spectacular companies is their Business Model and the magical genius that it comes wrapped in. – The Revenue Model is an offshoot of a sound Business Model and can wait. It’s a dangerous, volatile, elusive element that needs to be eased into a business like a foreign article entering a sacred body. With care and utmost caution. A successful combination of a great Business Model and Revenue Model results in a Google of today or a Facebook of tomorrow. But if you place your Revenue Model on the throne and crown it as king, with your Business Model as its slave, then you will land up with a Myspace of yesterday.  ****** Read ALL my other articles published in Entrepreneur mag HERE. ****** First Published on: Dec 3, 2013

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              Comment on ULA wins Air Force launch contract by aeroeng14   
    Bob, this was a clear cut payload performance issue between Atlas 551 and F9. http://spacenews.com/ula-wins-competition-for-191-million-air-force-launch/ John Taylor, a spokesman for SpaceX, said in a statement that “the mission performance required that we bid Falcon Heavy,” a rocket that is still in the process of receiving final certification from the government for military launches. “We did submit a bid, but with the knowledge that our first Falcon Heavy flight might occur after the time of the award,” Taylor said. “Given we have not flown Falcon Heavy, we did not anticipate winning this mission.” Even then given the time the response was due, I don't think F9 block 5 performance increases were truly known outside of back of the napkin calculations and certainly not to the fidelity required for a bid.
              Comment on Vector obtains $21 million in funding by Edward   
    That is the beautiful part of free market capitalism. The companies that provide a better service or a more desirable price are the ones that are efficient enough to survive. The others either have to improve their efficiency or get out of the business. This means that the investors (like those investing $21 million) are eager that the company do well. Lockheed Martin recently announced the end of their Athena rocket business, which launched small satellites to orbit as well as the Lunar Prospector probe. Athena couldn't compete with the new rockets coming on the market, and was so expensive that it only launched half a dozen times over the past two decades. Congratulations to Vector for making it this far -- it isn't easy -- and I wish Vector continued success in the future.
              January Challenge -- Seeds of Change   

    As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m hoping to offer, every month, a suggestion of a small change we can all make to help conserve resources and green our corner of the planet. Often we will find that these same changes in our lives will help us conserve our own financial resources as well, which is an added bonus.

    This month’s challenge was an obvious choice for me, as it was my own challenge to myself – ordering seeds to start this year’s garden. My husband also wants to join in the gardening in 2008. Like any new gardener, his aspirations are high. I have done my best to talk him down to starting small, with easy crops, so that he can get a few successes under his belt before he tackles more challenging crops. I also encouraged him to choose plants that will be successful in our short and often relatively cool growing season. Perhaps the most important lesson a gardener can learn is to grow those plants that suit one’s local conditions best. Otherwise gardening may become more of a disappointment than a delight.

    Based upon my discussions with my own eager new gardener, I thought it would be helpful to outline a list of vegetable crops that most beginners, will have a good chance at growing well. For a brief outline on how to get a garden established, you may want to read the following article from the University of British Columbia. Even those of you living without a yard can join in the fun, as all of the suggestions below will also grow contentedly in containers. For a primer on container vegetable garden, you may want to read the following PDF from Iowa State University extension.

    Need further incentive for this challenge? Salad greens and lettuce are extremely easy to grow and require only relatively shallow containers for those who don’t have garden space. As with all vegetables, green leafy vegetables are most nutritious when eaten shortly after harvesting. Yet how many of us are accustomed to purchasing our salad greens in those dreaded plastic containers that have flown in from California and then sat on the grocery shelves? Some of those same greens are fairly tolerant of extreme weather and can be grown early in the spring as well as well into late fall or early winter without added protection in some northern climates. With protection you may find yourself with fresh greens well into winter, even in harsher climes. Since salad crops grown in California are absorbing rocket fuel – which is disruptive to the human thyroid – you might also find your self-sown salads leave you feeling healthier and with a bit more energy. Bag the rocket fuel and grow your own rocket (more commonly known as arugula), which is a wonderful addition to any salad and has all the health benefits of the broccoli clan – technically it is a cruciferous vegetable and not a lettuce crop.

    What many new gardeners are surprised to learn is that not all traditional vegetable crops grow well during the summer months. In fact, it seems that most of the easiest to grow crops thrive during the cooler months of spring and fall. The advantage of this is clear – your time and labor will be spread out fairly uniformly over the entire growing season. You will find yourself capable of growing a few crops in the spring, several different ones in the summer, and then be able to either repeat some spring crops in the fall or grow something completely different that will tide you over until winter encroaches. And speaking of winter, one gentleman has a fairly simple plan for extending his harvest well into the leaner months.

    You will notice some of my links suggest using more conventional growing techniques. I recommend substituting organic methods.

    Herbs are also easy to grow, especially mint, oregano, garlic, and Italian parsley. Some herbs will attract beneficial insects and all of them will save you a bundle at the grocery store.

    Now for the cast of characters (this list is by no means exhaustive):

    BEANS
    When: warm season
    Where: full sun; well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter*
    How: in garden, or in a container at least 16” deep
    Why: high in antioxidants, as well as a good source of iron, zinc, and protein for vegetarians and vegans

    BROCCOLI
    When: cool season crop (spring/fall)
    Where: full sun; well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter*
    How: in garden, or at least a 2 gallon (10” wide) container
    Why: nutritional superstar, high in vitamins A, C, D, and also a good source of calcium

    CARROTS
    When: cool season crop (spring/fall)
    Where: full sun; deep, loose, well-drained soil with plenty of nutrients
    How: in garden, or at least a 2 gallon (10” wide) container
    Why: antioxidants and carotenes

    LETTUCE/GREENS
    When: cool season crop (spring/fall)
    Where: nearly any soil, but well-drained with plenty of organic matter* is best
    How: in garden, or at least a 6” deep container
    Why: good source of vitamins A, C, K; folate, manganese, chromium, and fiber

    POTATOES
    When: warm season
    Where: full sun; light, loose, well-drained soil with organic matter* added during previous growing season
    How: in garden, or in containers at least 16” deep
    Why: high in potassium, high in vitamin B6 which is necessary for building the nervous system and may alleviate morning sickness in pregnant women

    PUMPKINS
    When: warm season
    Where: soil with abundant nutrients and organic matter*
    How: in garden, or in containers at least 16” deep
    Why: good source of vitamin C, beta carotene and potassium

    RADISHES
    When: cool season (spring/fall)
    Where: loose soil with plenty of organic matter*
    How: in garden, or in at least a 2 gallon (10” wide) container
    Why: moderately high in vitamin C and K, also has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties and is beneficial to cold and flu symptoms


    * Organic matter is best added to the garden in the form of finished compost

              US to get another four Russian-made engines to power its Atlas-5 rockets   
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              Israel pursuing a strategy that is placing its long-term future at risk   
    I came across the following article, written by the Israeli Ambassador to Singapore, in today's edition of TODAY.

    Following the Israeli Ambassador's article is an essay by John J. Mearsheimer, professor of political science at the University of Chicago and co-author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. I've read the book which he co-authored with Stephen M. Walt, professor of international affairs at JFK School of Government at Harvard University. The controversial book, published in 2007, started out as a controversial essay in 2006 published in the London Review of Books. (At the end of this post is a video of a 2007 documentary on the Israel Lobby in America)

    Read also Stephen M. Walt's essay The myth of Israel's strategic genius and Avi Shlaim's essay How Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe.
    Lasting peace in the Middle East...

    Accepting the existenceof a Jewish state there, and abandoning the dream of destroying it, is the answer

    Thursday • January 22, 2009

    Ilan Ben-Dov
    Israeli Ambassador to Singapore

    THREE weeks of fighting in Gaza have once again put the Middle East at the focal point of the international media.

    Now, after another round of violence has ended, we have to ask ourselves again, what is the real root of the problem? What is the key which will lead us to peace in the Middle East?

    The basic Arab argument is that the root of the problem is occupation. The Arab world accuses Israel of controlling occupied Arab territories and claims that this is the main issue which prevents peace in the Middle East.

    This argument is utterly baseless. The Israelis believe that the root of the problem is the very fact that a large fraction of the Arab-Islamic world still rejects Israel’s right to exist, and rejects the basic right of Jews to live in their independent state of Israel.

    Israel has shown in the past that in order to achieve peace, it is ready for territorial concessions, exactly as it did when it signed a peace treaty with its neighbour in the south, Egypt, and its neighbour in the east, Jordan. In both these cases, the dispute over territory was not an obstacle to peace.

    Moreover, Israel endorses the establishment of a Palestinian independent state that will live in peace next to it.

    In the last two military confrontations in the Middle East — the one with the Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the one with Hamas in Gaza — Israel had to defend itself from radical Muslim terrorist organisations which are motivated by extreme religious, Jihadistic ideology that calls for the destruction of Israel.

    It is time to reveal these facts loud and clear: Both Hamas and Hezbollah are heavily and directly influenced by Iran. It is the same Iran whose President is calling for the annihilation of Israel, the same Iran which does everything possible to sabotage and to harm any attempt of a dialogue and reconciliation between the Palestinians and Israel.

    Iran does not only supply the ideological basis for Hezbollah and Hamas, it supplies them with huge amounts of weapons, ammunition and money.

    It is also important to answer the question of what exactly do Hamas and Hezbollah mean by speaking about “occupied territories”? For them, the whole of Israel is considered a so-called “occupied territory”. They do not distinguish between Gaza and Tel-Aviv, between the West Bank and the city of Haifa. For the Iranian President who supports them, Israel must be “wiped out of the map”.

    Should this lead us to despair? Of course not.

    The Middle East is nowadays divided into two parts. The first is the radical, fundamentalistic-jihadistic part that dreams of the disappearance of Israel from the region. Whoever dreams these dreams is doomed to lead the Palestinians to a deadlock and to many more years of wars, suffering, poverty and hopelessness.

    On the other hand, we find the moderate and pragmatic Arab world which aspires to find a peaceful solution based on mutual recognition, justice for both sides and a territorial compromise. Such a solution will pave the way for all people in this region — and especially for the Palestinian people, who have suffered so much in recent years — to a better future.

    The key to a lasting solution of the Middle Eastern conflict is therefore not a question of occupied territories. For this question, we can find a compromise.

    The real key to a solution is the willingness of the Arab and the Muslim countries to recognise the existence of a Jewish state in the Middle East and to abandon the dream of destroying it.
    Another War, Another Defeat
    by John J. Mearsheimer
    Published in the Jan 26, 2009 edition of The American Conservative


    The Gaza offensive has succeeded in punishing the Palestinians but not in making Israel more secure.

    Israelis and their American supporters claim that Israel learned its lessons well from the disastrous 2006 Lebanon war and has devised a winning strategy for the present war against Hamas. Of course, when a ceasefire comes, Israel will declare victory. Don’t believe it. Israel has foolishly started another war it cannot win.

    The campaign in Gaza is said to have two objectives: 1) to put an end to the rockets and mortars that Palestinians have been firing into southern Israel since it withdrew from Gaza in August 2005; 2) to restore Israel’s deterrent, which was said to be diminished by the Lebanon fiasco, by Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, and by its inability to halt Iran’s nuclear program.

    But these are not the real goals of Operation Cast Lead. The actual purpose is connected to Israel’s long-term vision of how it intends to live with millions of Palestinians in its midst. It is part of a broader strategic goal: the creation of a “Greater Israel.” Specifically, Israel’s leaders remain determined to control all of what used to be known as Mandate Palestine, which includes Gaza and the West Bank. The Palestinians would have limited autonomy in a handful of disconnected and economically crippled enclaves, one of which is Gaza. Israel would control the borders around them, movement between them, the air above and the water below them.

    The key to achieving this is to inflict massive pain on the Palestinians so that they come to accept the fact that they are a defeated people and that Israel will be largely responsible for controlling their future. This strategy, which was first articulated by Ze’ev Jabotinsky in the 1920s and has heavily influenced Israeli policy since 1948, is commonly referred to as the “Iron Wall.”

    What has been happening in Gaza is fully consistent with this strategy.

    Let’s begin with Israel’s decision to withdraw from Gaza in 2005. The conventional wisdom is that Israel was serious about making peace with the Palestinians and that its leaders hoped the exit from Gaza would be a major step toward creating a viable Palestinian state. According to the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman, Israel was giving the Palestinians an opportunity to “build a decent mini-state there—a Dubai on the Mediterranean,” and if they did so, it would “fundamentally reshape the Israeli debate about whether the Palestinians can be handed most of the West Bank.”

    This is pure fiction. Even before Hamas came to power, the Israelis intended to create an open-air prison for the Palestinians in Gaza and inflict great pain on them until they complied with Israel’s wishes. Dov Weisglass, Ariel Sharon’s closest adviser at the time, candidly stated that the disengagement from Gaza was aimed at halting the peace process, not encouraging it. He described the disengagement as “formaldehyde that’s necessary so that there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.” Moreover, he emphasized that the withdrawal “places the Palestinians under tremendous pressure. It forces them into a corner where they hate to be.”

    Arnon Soffer, a prominent Israeli demographer who also advised Sharon, elaborated on what that pressure would look like. “When 2.5 million people live in a closed-off Gaza, it’s going to be a human catastrophe. Those people will become even bigger animals than they are today, with the aid of an insane fundamentalist Islam. The pressure at the border will be awful. It’s going to be a terrible war. So, if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill. All day, every day.”

    In January 2006, five months after the Israelis pulled their settlers out of Gaza, Hamas won a decisive victory over Fatah in the Palestinian legislative elections. This meant trouble for Israel’s strategy because Hamas was democratically elected, well organized, not corrupt like Fatah, and unwilling to accept Israel’s existence. Israel responded by ratcheting up economic pressure on the Palestinians, but it did not work. In fact, the situation took another turn for the worse in March 2007, when Fatah and Hamas came together to form a national unity government. Hamas’s stature and political power were growing, and Israel’s divide-and-conquer strategy was unraveling.

    To make matters worse, the national unity government began pushing for a long-term ceasefire. The Palestinians would end all missile attacks on Israel if the Israelis would stop arresting and assassinating Palestinians and end their economic stranglehold, opening the border crossings into Gaza.

    Israel rejected that offer and with American backing set out to foment a civil war between Fatah and Hamas that would wreck the national unity government and put Fatah in charge. The plan backfired when Hamas drove Fatah out of Gaza, leaving Hamas in charge there and the more pliant Fatah in control of the West Bank. Israel then tightened the screws on the blockade around Gaza, causing even greater hardship and suffering among the Palestinians living there.

    Hamas responded by continuing to fire rockets and mortars into Israel, while emphasizing that they still sought a long-term ceasefire, perhaps lasting ten years or more. This was not a noble gesture on Hamas’s part: they sought a ceasefire because the balance of power heavily favored Israel. The Israelis had no interest in a ceasefire and merely intensified the economic pressure on Gaza. But in the late spring of 2008, pressure from Israelis living under the rocket attacks led the government to agree to a six-month ceasefire starting on June 19. That agreement, which formally ended on Dec. 19, immediately preceded the present war, which began on Dec. 27.

    The official Israeli position blames Hamas for undermining the ceasefire. This view is widely accepted in the United States, but it is not true. Israeli leaders disliked the ceasefire from the start, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the IDF to begin preparing for the present war while the ceasefire was being negotiated in June 2008. Furthermore, Dan Gillerman, Israel’s former ambassador to the UN, reports that Jerusalem began to prepare the propaganda campaign to sell the present war months before the conflict began. For its part, Hamas drastically reduced the number of missile attacks during the first five months of the ceasefire. A total of two rockets were fired into Israel during September and October, none by Hamas.

    How did Israel behave during this same period? It continued arresting and assassinating Palestinians on the West Bank, and it continued the deadly blockade that was slowly strangling Gaza. Then on Nov. 4, as Americans voted for a new president, Israel attacked a tunnel inside Gaza and killed six Palestinians. It was the first major violation of the ceasefire, and the Palestinians—who had been “careful to maintain the ceasefire,” according to Israel’s Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center—responded by resuming rocket attacks. The calm that had prevailed since June vanished as Israel ratcheted up the blockade and its attacks into Gaza and the Palestinians hurled more rockets at Israel. It is worth noting that not a single Israeli was killed by Palestinian missiles between Nov. 4 and the launching of the war on Dec. 27.

    As the violence increased, Hamas made clear that it had no interest in extending the ceasefire beyond Dec. 19, which is hardly surprising, since it had not worked as intended. In mid-December, however, Hamas informed Israel that it was still willing to negotiate a long-term ceasefire if it included an end to the arrests and assassinations as well as the lifting of the blockade. But the Israelis, having used the ceasefire to prepare for war against Hamas, rejected this overture. The bombing of Gaza commenced eight days after the failed ceasefire formally ended.

    If Israel wanted to stop missile attacks from Gaza, it could have done so by arranging a long-term ceasefire with Hamas. And if Israel were genuinely interested in creating a viable Palestinian state, it could have worked with the national unity government to implement a meaningful ceasefire and change Hamas’s thinking about a two-state solution. But Israel has a different agenda: it is determined to employ the Iron Wall strategy to get the Palestinians in Gaza to accept their fate as hapless subjects of a Greater Israel.

    This brutal policy is clearly reflected in Israel’s conduct of the Gaza War. Israel and its supporters claim that the IDF is going to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties, in some cases taking risks that put Israeli soldiers in jeopardy. Hardly. One reason to doubt these claims is that Israel refuses to allow reporters into the war zone: it does not want the world to see what its soldiers and bombs are doing inside Gaza. At the same time, Israel has launched a massive propaganda campaign to put a positive spin on the horror stories that do emerge.

    The best evidence, however, that Israel is deliberately seeking to punish the broader population in Gaza is the death and destruction the IDF has wrought on that small piece of real estate. Israel has killed over 1,000 Palestinians and wounded more than 4,000. Over half of the casualties are civilians, and many are children. The IDF’s opening salvo on Dec. 27 took place as children were leaving school, and one of its primary targets that day was a large group of graduating police cadets, who hardly qualified as terrorists. In what Ehud Barak called “an all-out war against Hamas,” Israel has targeted a university, schools, mosques, homes, apartment buildings, government offices, and even ambulances. A senior Israeli military official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, explained the logic behind Israel’s expansive target set: “There are many aspects of Hamas, and we are trying to hit the whole spectrum, because everything is connected and everything supports terrorism against Israel.” In other words, everyone is a terrorist and everything is a legitimate target.

    Israelis tend to be blunt, and they occasionally say what they are really doing. After the IDF killed 40 Palestinian civilians in a UN school on Jan. 6, Ha’aretz reported that “senior officers admit that the IDF has been using enormous firepower.” One officer explained, “For us, being cautious means being aggressive. From the minute we entered, we’ve acted like we’re at war. That creates enormous damage on the ground … I just hope those who have fled the area of Gaza City in which we are operating will describe the shock.”

    One might accept that Israel is waging “a cruel, all-out war against 1.5 million Palestinian civilians,” as Ha’aretz put it in an editorial, but argue that it will eventually achieve its war aims and the rest of the world will quickly forget the horrors inflicted on the people of Gaza.

    This is wishful thinking. For starters, Israel is unlikely to stop the rocket fire for any appreciable period of time unless it agrees to open Gaza’s borders and stop arresting and killing Palestinians. Israelis talk about cutting off the supply of rockets and mortars into Gaza, but weapons will continue to come in via secret tunnels and ships that sneak through Israel’s naval blockade. It will also be impossible to police all of the goods sent into Gaza through legitimate channels.

    Israel could try to conquer all of Gaza and lock the place down. That would probably stop the rocket attacks if Israel deployed a large enough force. But then the IDF would be bogged down in a costly occupation against a deeply hostile population. They would eventually have to leave, and the rocket fire would resume. And if Israel fails to stop the rocket fire and keep it stopped, as seems likely, its deterrent will be diminished, not strengthened.

    More importantly, there is little reason to think that the Israelis can beat Hamas into submission and get the Palestinians to live quietly in a handful of Bantustans inside Greater Israel. Israel has been humiliating, torturing, and killing Palestinians in the Occupied Territories since 1967 and has not come close to cowing them. Indeed, Hamas’s reaction to Israel’s brutality seems to lend credence to Nietzsche’s remark that what does not kill you makes you stronger.

    But even if the unexpected happens and the Palestinians cave, Israel would still lose because it will become an apartheid state. As Prime Minister Ehud Olmert recently said, Israel will “face a South African-style struggle” if the Palestinians do not get a viable state of their own. “As soon as that happens,” he argued, “the state of Israel is finished.” Yet Olmert has done nothing to stop settlement expansion and create a viable Palestinian state, relying instead on the Iron Wall strategy to deal with the Palestinians.

    There is also little chance that people around the world who follow the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will soon forget the appalling punishment that Israel is meting out in Gaza. The destruction is just too obvious to miss, and too many people—especially in the Arab and Islamic world—care about the Palestinians’ fate. Moreover, discourse about this longstanding conflict has undergone a sea change in the West in recent years, and many of us who were once wholly sympathetic to Israel now see that the Israelis are the victimizers and the Palestinians are the victims. What is happening in Gaza will accelerate that changing picture of the conflict and long be seen as a dark stain on Israel’s reputation.

    The bottom line is that no matter what happens on the battlefield, Israel cannot win its war in Gaza. In fact, it is pursuing a strategy—with lots of help from its so-called friends in the Diaspora—that is placing its long-term future at risk.



              Palestinian David faces a heavily armed, merciless and overbearing Israeli Goliath: How Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe   
    How Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe
    Avi Shlaim, The Guardian, 7 Jan 2009

    Oxford professor of international relations Avi Shlaim served in the Israeli army and has never questioned the state's legitimacy. But its merciless assault on Gaza has led him to devastating conclusions

    The only way to make sense of Israel's senseless war in Gaza is through understanding the historical context. Establishing the state of Israel in May 1948 involved a monumental injustice to the Palestinians. British officials bitterly resented American partisanship on behalf of the infant state. On 2 June 1948, Sir John Troutbeck wrote to the foreign secretary, Ernest Bevin, that the Americans were responsible for the creation of a gangster state headed by "an utterly unscrupulous set of leaders". I used to think that this judgment was too harsh but Israel's vicious assault on the people of Gaza, and the Bush administration's complicity in this assault, have reopened the question.

    I write as someone who served loyally in the Israeli army in the mid-1960s and who has never questioned the legitimacy of the state of Israel within its pre-1967 borders. What I utterly reject is the Zionist colonial project beyond the Green Line. The Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of the June 1967 war had very little to do with security and everything to do with territorial expansionism. The aim was to establish Greater Israel through permanent political, economic and military control over the Palestinian territories. And the result has been one of the most prolonged and brutal military occupations of modern times.

    Four decades of Israeli control did incalculable damage to the economy of the Gaza Strip. With a large population of 1948 refugees crammed into a tiny strip of land, with no infrastructure or natural resources, Gaza's prospects were never bright. Gaza, however, is not simply a case of economic under-development but a uniquely cruel case of deliberate de-development. To use the Biblical phrase, Israel turned the people of Gaza into the hewers of wood and the drawers of water, into a source of cheap labour and a captive market for Israeli goods. The development of local industry was actively impeded so as to make it impossible for the Palestinians to end their subordination to Israel and to establish the economic underpinnings essential for real political independence.

    Gaza is a classic case of colonial exploitation in the post-colonial era. Jewish settlements in occupied territories are immoral, illegal and an insurmountable obstacle to peace. They are at once the instrument of exploitation and the symbol of the hated occupation. In Gaza, the Jewish settlers numbered only 8,000 in 2005 compared with 1.4 million local residents. Yet the settlers controlled 25% of the territory, 40% of the arable land and the lion's share of the scarce water resources. Cheek by jowl with these foreign intruders, the majority of the local population lived in abject poverty and unimaginable misery. Eighty per cent of them still subsist on less than $2 a day. The living conditions in the strip remain an affront to civilised values, a powerful precipitant to resistance and a fertile breeding ground for political extremism.

    In August 2005 a Likud government headed by Ariel Sharon staged a unilateral Israeli pullout from Gaza, withdrawing all 8,000 settlers and destroying the houses and farms they had left behind. Hamas, the Islamic resistance movement, conducted an effective campaign to drive the Israelis out of Gaza. The withdrawal was a humiliation for the Israeli Defence Forces. To the world, Sharon presented the withdrawal from Gaza as a contribution to peace based on a two-state solution. But in the year after, another 12,000 Israelis settled on the West Bank, further reducing the scope for an independent Palestinian state. Land-grabbing and peace-making are simply incompatible. Israel had a choice and it chose land over peace.

    The real purpose behind the move was to redraw unilaterally the borders of Greater Israel by incorporating the main settlement blocs on the West Bank to the state of Israel. Withdrawal from Gaza was thus not a prelude to a peace deal with the Palestinian Authority but a prelude to further Zionist expansion on the West Bank. It was a unilateral Israeli move undertaken in what was seen, mistakenly in my view, as an Israeli national interest. Anchored in a fundamental rejection of the Palestinian national identity, the withdrawal from Gaza was part of a long-term effort to deny the Palestinian people any independent political existence on their land.

    Israel's settlers were withdrawn but Israeli soldiers continued to control all access to the Gaza Strip by land, sea and air. Gaza was converted overnight into an open-air prison. From this point on, the Israeli air force enjoyed unrestricted freedom to drop bombs, to make sonic booms by flying low and breaking the sound barrier, and to terrorise the hapless inhabitants of this prison.

    Israel likes to portray itself as an island of democracy in a sea of authoritarianism. Yet Israel has never in its entire history done anything to promote democracy on the Arab side and has done a great deal to undermine it. Israel has a long history of secret collaboration with reactionary Arab regimes to suppress Palestinian nationalism. Despite all the handicaps, the Palestinian people succeeded in building the only genuine democracy in the Arab world with the possible exception of Lebanon. In January 2006, free and fair elections for the Legislative Council of the Palestinian Authority brought to power a Hamas-led government. Israel, however, refused to recognise the democratically elected government, claiming that Hamas is purely and simply a terrorist organisation.

    America and the EU shamelessly joined Israel in ostracising and demonising the Hamas government and in trying to bring it down by withholding tax revenues and foreign aid. A surreal situation thus developed with a significant part of the international community imposing economic sanctions not against the occupier but against the occupied, not against the oppressor but against the oppressed.

    As so often in the tragic history of Palestine, the victims were blamed for their own misfortunes. Israel's propaganda machine persistently purveyed the notion that the Palestinians are terrorists, that they reject coexistence with the Jewish state, that their nationalism is little more than antisemitism, that Hamas is just a bunch of religious fanatics and that Islam is incompatible with democracy. But the simple truth is that the Palestinian people are a normal people with normal aspirations. They are no better but they are no worse than any other national group. What they aspire to, above all, is a piece of land to call their own on which to live in freedom and dignity.

    Like other radical movements, Hamas began to moderate its political programme following its rise to power. From the ideological rejectionism of its charter, it began to move towards pragmatic accommodation of a two-state solution. In March 2007, Hamas and Fatah formed a national unity government that was ready to negotiate a long-term ceasefire with Israel. Israel, however, refused to negotiate with a government that included Hamas.

    It continued to play the old game of divide and rule between rival Palestinian factions. In the late 1980s, Israel had supported the nascent Hamas in order to weaken Fatah, the secular nationalist movement led by Yasser Arafat. Now Israel began to encourage the corrupt and pliant Fatah leaders to overthrow their religious political rivals and recapture power. Aggressive American neoconservatives participated in the sinister plot to instigate a Palestinian civil war. Their meddling was a major factor in the collapse of the national unity government and in driving Hamas to seize power in Gaza in June 2007 to pre-empt a Fatah coup.

    The war unleashed by Israel on Gaza on 27 December was the culmination of a series of clashes and confrontations with the Hamas government. In a broader sense, however, it is a war between Israel and the Palestinian people, because the people had elected the party to power. The declared aim of the war is to weaken Hamas and to intensify the pressure until its leaders agree to a new ceasefire on Israel's terms. The undeclared aim is to ensure that the Palestinians in Gaza are seen by the world simply as a humanitarian problem and thus to derail their struggle for independence and statehood.

    The timing of the war was determined by political expediency. A general election is scheduled for 10 February and, in the lead-up to the election, all the main contenders are looking for an opportunity to prove their toughness. The army top brass had been champing at the bit to deliver a crushing blow to Hamas in order to remove the stain left on their reputation by the failure of the war against Hezbollah in Lebanon in July 2006. Israel's cynical leaders could also count on apathy and impotence of the pro-western Arab regimes and on blind support from President Bush in the twilight of his term in the White House. Bush readily obliged by putting all the blame for the crisis on Hamas, vetoing proposals at the UN Security Council for an immediate ceasefire and issuing Israel with a free pass to mount a ground invasion of Gaza.

    As always, mighty Israel claims to be the victim of Palestinian aggression but the sheer asymmetry of power between the two sides leaves little room for doubt as to who is the real victim. This is indeed a conflict between David and Goliath but the Biblical image has been inverted - a small and defenceless Palestinian David faces a heavily armed, merciless and overbearing Israeli Goliath. The resort to brute military force is accompanied, as always, by the shrill rhetoric of victimhood and a farrago of self-pity overlaid with self-righteousness. In Hebrew this is known as the syndrome of bokhim ve-yorim, "crying and shooting".

    To be sure, Hamas is not an entirely innocent party in this conflict. Denied the fruit of its electoral victory and confronted with an unscrupulous adversary, it has resorted to the weapon of the weak - terror. Militants from Hamas and Islamic Jihad kept launching Qassam rocket attacks against Israeli settlements near the border with Gaza until Egypt brokered a six-month ceasefire last June. The damage caused by these primitive rockets is minimal but the psychological impact is immense, prompting the public to demand protection from its government. Under the circumstances, Israel had the right to act in self-defence but its response to the pinpricks of rocket attacks was totally disproportionate. The figures speak for themselves. In the three years after the withdrawal from Gaza, 11 Israelis were killed by rocket fire. On the other hand, in 2005-7 alone, the IDF killed 1,290 Palestinians in Gaza, including 222 children.

    Whatever the numbers, killing civilians is wrong. This rule applies to Israel as much as it does to Hamas, but Israel's entire record is one of unbridled and unremitting brutality towards the inhabitants of Gaza. Israel also maintained the blockade of Gaza after the ceasefire came into force which, in the view of the Hamas leaders, amounted to a violation of the agreement. During the ceasefire, Israel prevented any exports from leaving the strip in clear violation of a 2005 accord, leading to a sharp drop in employment opportunities. Officially, 49.1% of the population is unemployed. At the same time, Israel restricted drastically the number of trucks carrying food, fuel, cooking-gas canisters, spare parts for water and sanitation plants, and medical supplies to Gaza. It is difficult to see how starving and freezing the civilians of Gaza could protect the people on the Israeli side of the border. But even if it did, it would still be immoral, a form of collective punishment that is strictly forbidden by international humanitarian law.

    The brutality of Israel's soldiers is fully matched by the mendacity of its spokesmen. Eight months before launching the current war on Gaza, Israel established a National Information Directorate. The core messages of this directorate to the media are that Hamas broke the ceasefire agreements; that Israel's objective is the defence of its population; and that Israel's forces are taking the utmost care not to hurt innocent civilians. Israel's spin doctors have been remarkably successful in getting this message across. But, in essence, their propaganda is a pack of lies.

    A wide gap separates the reality of Israel's actions from the rhetoric of its spokesmen. It was not Hamas but the IDF that broke the ceasefire. It di d so by a raid into Gaza on 4 November that killed six Hamas men. Israel's objective is not just the defence of its population but the eventual overthrow of the Hamas government in Gaza by turning the people against their rulers. And far from taking care to spare civilians, Israel is guilty of indiscriminate bombing and of a three-year-old blockade that has brought the inhabitants of Gaza, now 1.5 million, to the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.

    The Biblical injunction of an eye for an eye is savage enough. But Israel's insane offensive against Gaza seems to follow the logic of an eye for an eyelash. After eight days of bombing, with a death toll of more than 400 Palestinians and four Israelis, the gung-ho cabinet ordered a land invasion of Gaza the consequences of which are incalculable.

    No amount of military escalation can buy Israel immunity from rocket attacks from the military wing of Hamas. Despite all the death and destruction that Israel has inflicted on them, they kept up their resistance and they kept firing their rockets. This is a movement that glorifies victimhood and martyrdom. There is simply no military solution to the conflict between the two communities. The problem with Israel's concept of security is that it denies even the most elementary security to the other community. The only way for Israel to achieve security is not through shooting but through talks with Hamas, which has repeatedly declared its readiness to negotiate a long-term ceasefire with the Jewish state within its pre-1967 borders for 20, 30, or even 50 years. Israel has rejected this offer for the same reason it spurned the Arab League peace plan of 2002, which is still on the table: it involves concessions and compromises.

    This brief review of Israel's record over the past four decades makes it difficult to resist the conclusion that it has become a rogue state with "an utterly unscrupulous set of leaders". A rogue state habitually violates international law, possesses weapons of mass destruction and practises terrorism - the use of violence against civilians for political purposes. Israel fulfils all of these three criteria; the cap fits and it must wear it. Israel's real aim is not peaceful coexistence with its Palestinian neighbours but military domination. It keeps compounding the mistakes of the past with new and more disastrous ones. Politicians, like everyone else, are of course free to repeat the lies and mistakes of the past. But it is not mandatory to do so.

    Avi Shlaim is a professor of international relations at the University of Oxford and the author of The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World and of Lion of Jordan: King Hussein's Life in War and Peace.
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              'Rocket League' is the latest X Games eSport on ESPN   
    Driving giant RC cars around a soccer field and using them to bounce an equally gargantuan ball into the net sounds like the ultimate extreme sport. Unfortunately, Faceit and the X Games will only allow competition in a virtual version of that this y...
              It sounds more and more like the Clippers acquiring Austin Rivers caused a rift within the team   

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    The Los Angeles Clippers as we've known them for six years ended on Wednesday when it was reported the Houston Rockets and Clippers agreed to a trade to send Chris Paul to the Rockets.

    The move wasn't wholly unexpected as some NBA rumors suggested Paul, Blake Griffin, and J.J. Redick, all free agents this summer, may not re-sign with the Clippers after yet another early postseason exit.

    While Paul informing the Clippers he intended to leave in free agency seemingly happened for several reasons, chatter is growing that a big source was a rift with Doc Rivers, one that may have been caused, in part, from his son Austin Rivers.

    In 2015, the Clippers traded for Austin, who, at the time, had been a fairly disappointing combo guard for the New Orleans Pelicans. Of course, many suggested that the trade only occurred because Austin's father, Doc, is the coach and president of basketball operations for the Clippers.

    In two years, Austin has actually grown into a solid role player —  a decent ball-handler, shooter, and defender who gave the Clippers good minutes off the bench. In the summer of 2016, the Clippers re-signed him to a three-year, $35 million contract.

    Now, however, it sounds like Austin's tenure with the Clippers created some chemistry issues. After news of Paul's trade to the Rockets broke, ESPN's Michael Eaves reported Paul and other Clippers felt Doc didn't treat Austin the same as other players on the team.

    "Paul's relationship with Doc Rivers started to deteriorate rapidly after the Clippers acquired Austin Rivers. Several members of the team felt Austin acted entitled because his dad was both the coach and the President of Basketball Operations. In the view of the tenured players, Austin Rivers never tried to fit in, and when players tried to address the situation with him, he still did not respond the way the core of the team wanted him to. It led to resentment within the locker room, which often played out during games. One of Paul's biggest contentions with Doc was that Paul, and other players, felt Doc treated Austin more favorably than other players. He would yell at guys for certain things during games and practices, but not get on Austin in the same manner for similar transgressions."

    Austin denied the report.

    Eaves' report of contention within the Clippers is the strongest yet, but others have suggested that there is real fire behind the smoke.

    ESPN's Zach Lowe wrote after the Clippers-Rockets trade:

    "The culture had eroded. Insiders complained about a lack of accountability -- about practices and shootarounds starting late, and Austin Rivers carrying himself like an anointed superstar. (This appears to have gotten better over the past year-plus, and Rivers has clearly earned his keep as a plus reserve.)

    "The relationship between Paul and Doc Rivers frayed, sources say."

    Additionally, while appearing on Lowe's podcast, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne said the timing of Austin's contract last season made things "awkward" on the team.

    "Because he's Austin Rivers, because he's Doc's son, it's always going to be awkward for everyone involved. Even last year, it's not so much that they re-signed him, it's that they re-signed him before Jamal [Crawford]. So, if you pay him first, what does that signal to the rest of the team? That you took care of your son first. Is that Austin Rivers' fault? No, he had offers from other teams, but he's Doc Rivers' son, so it's just always going to be that way. If you have players who aren't playing as much as they want or Austin's playing a different role or Austin carries himself a certain way they don't like, whatever it is, because of who he is, it's always going to be a problem."

    However, any rift caused by Austin wasn't the only thing that led to the team breaking up.

    Eaves also reported that Paul was unhappy that Doc turned down a potential trade for Carmelo Anthony, while Shelburne noted that Paul wasn't happy about the Clippers' alleged doubts about signing him to a full, five-year max contract this summer.

    In general, the team as a whole seemed to struggle with its chemistry. ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz had reported that Paul's demanding ways sometimes wore thin on teammates. ESPN's Brian Windhorst said Redick leaving in free agency this summer is the "worst kept secret" in the league, perhaps a sign of his growing weary of the Clippers' inner-dynamics.

    There's no shame in six straight 50-win seasons and relative playoff success. The Clippers were on the verge of reaching a next level in the postseason several times, only to suffer mental collapses or untimely injuries.

    But if anything, it's a sign of how delicate the balance of team chemistry can be. A move to acquire a young combo guard may have played a part in the team feeling divided and losing an All-Star point guard.

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              Why a lot of NBA players are about to start making salaries previously unheard of in sports   

    During the 2016-17 season, LeBron James was the only player in the NBA with a salary of $30 million or more. Not only is the number of players making $30 million about to grow, but a bunch of players are soon going to sign contracts that will include salaries nearing $50 million.

    Take Stephen Curry. This past season he made $12.1 million, a salary smaller than 81 other players. But Curry's bargain contract is now up and under the new collective bargaining agreement, he is eligible for a contract worth approximately $203 million over five years. While his salary would be close to $35 million in the first season, it would gradually increase and reach approximately $47 million in Year 5.

    This new world order of NBA contracts is due to the skyrocketing NBA salary cap. Thanks to big bumps in television revenue, the cap has more than doubled in 12 years and jumped nearly 30% just in the last two seasons, to a projected $99 million next season. 

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              13 41 44 59 71 112 113 179 | Chris Paul agrees to trade to Houston Rockets June 28, 2017 (For his 13th season)   

    https://sports.yahoo.com/sources-clippers-agree-trade-chris-paul-rockets-154013456.html

    Chris Paul and Rockets have '44' in common.  See my work on the rockets, space, James Harden and '44'.


    44.

    From today to Harden's birthday is 59-days.  59 is the 17th prime.  Here we are in 2017.

    Houston Rockets = 59




    From Chris Paul's birthday to today is 112-days...

    Houston = 112; Harden = 112





    That was also a span of 113-days.  Mainstream = 113; Dishonest = 113

    Chris Paul turned 32-years-old.  Next year will be Houston's 32nd NBA playoff appearance when they make it.

    America = 32; Houston = 32


    http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/HOU/

    This news comes June 28, the 179th day of the year.

    179, the 41st prime

    The defending champs have big connections to 41.  Golden State = 41

    41, the 13th prime

    This will be Chris Paul's 13th NBA season, which began in 2005.  Of course Harden wears #13.

    Houston = 31 (Reflection of 13); Harden = 31 (Basketball = 31)


    http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/HOU/

    For Harden, this upcoming season will be his 9th.


    http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/HOU/

    This is the biggest NBA news since the conclusion of the 71st season, June 12, 2017, 16-days ago, or a span of 17.

    6/28/2017 = 6+28+20+17 = 71



    Remember once upon a time when Chris Paul scored 61 for Grandpa?:
    http://freetofindtruth.blogspot.com/2015/01/33-47-66-death-of-chris-pauls.html



    It reminds how Stephen A. Smith, with connections to Winston-Salem, lost his mother at 61.

    ALSO, don't overlook the December 30 date of the news...

    AND... look at this updated headline...


    4/4...


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              Up, up and away   
    Some kids dream of being an astronaut. Others want to see things explode or go boom. Those things came together of sorts for the students in the two-week Estes Rocket Lab class at Kids College.
              06/30/2017 The Blitz Hour 3   
    In hour three, the guys speak about the upcoming NBA Free Agency and what the key moves will be for the Rockets. Also, the guys give a preview of the upcoming NFL season.
              En la jungla vas a esperar hasta un 5 o un 8 sacar. Cazando Gangas 109   

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    Toca despedirse de junio a lo grande, con un Cazando Gangas que engloba las mejores ofertas de los principales servicios. ¡Menuda semanita se ha juntado!

    Ofertas de videojuegos para PC

    Empezamos seleccionando (otra vez) las mejores ofertas de Steam.

    • 'Half-Life 2' por 0,99 euros.
    • 'Hyper Light Drifter' por 9,99 euros
    • 'Firewatch' por 8,99 euros
    • Edición GOTY de 'La Tierra-Media: Sombras de Mordor' por 3,99 euros.
    • 'Metro Redux' por 7,49 euros.
    • 'Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition' por 9,99 euros.
    • 'SUPERHOT' por 13,79 euros.
    • 'Tyranny' por 22,49 euros.
    • 'Dishonored 2' por 19,99 euros.
    • 'DOOM' por 14,49 euros.
    • 'Left 4 Dead 2' por 1,99 euros.
    • 'Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box' por 2,49 euros.
    • 'Age of Empires II HD' por 4,99 euros.
    • 'Cities: Skylines' por 7,49 euros.
    • 'XCOM 2' por 16,49 euros.
    • 'Fallout 4' por 14,99 euros.
    • Edición GOTY de 'The Witcher 3' por 24,99 euros.
    • Cambiamos de tercio hasta GOG, donde también tienen la edición GOTY de la última aventura de Geralt de Rivia al mismo precio, 24,99 euros, pero con 2,80 euros de regalo para futuras compras. Además, si compramos éste u otro de la promoción de esta semana, nos regalan una copia de 'Double Dragon Trilogy'.
    • Da igual el que sea, con tal de que paguemos por un juego dentro de esa promo. Como por ejemplo, el 'Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition' por 5,89 euros, o su secuela, por otros 5,89 euros. Aunque si vamos a lo barato, nada supera al 'Commmandos 2+3', por 0,89 euros, y con el 'Double Dragon Trilogy' de regalo.

    Ofertas de videojuegos para consolas

    Xbox 360 y Xbox One

    Iniciada la Ultimate Game Sale de verano, seleccionamos las mejores ofertas:

    PS3, PS4 y PS Vita

    En PlayStation Store aún siguen activos los Descuentos Dobles. Aquí los mejores:

    • 'Destiny: The Collection' por 23,99 euros.
    • 'Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy' por 13,99 euros.
    • 'Metro Redux' por 8,99 euros.
    • Edición Deluxe de 'Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2' por 14,99 euros.
    • La edición GOTY de 'The Witcher 3' por 24,99 euros.
    • Y ya entre la promo "Descuentos Digitales", algunos tan destacables como 'Shadow Complex Remastered' por 5,99 euros, 'Firewatch' por 6,99 euros, 'Hard Reset Redux' por 8,99 euros, o 'Jotun: Valhalla Edition' por 5,99 euros.

    Novedades y reservas

    • Con todo el revuelo que ha levantado la SNES Mini, explicando cómo se podía reservar, no extraña que a estas alturas esté agotada en todas las tiendas. Os recomendamos, en cualquier caso, revisar de manera periódica cada día.
    • De lo que acaba de debutar en tiendas, tenemos 'Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy' por 34,90 euros, y ya 'Micro Machines World Series' por 24,95 euros.
    • Hoy también sale 'Valkyria Revolution' (en edición limitada) por 34,90 euros.
    • 'Cars 3: Hacia la Victoria', a la venta la próxima semana, llega hasta los 54,90 euros en sistemas actuales, siendo 'Splatoon 2', exclusivo de Switch, otro recomendable para los niños (y adultos, ojo) por 49,90 euros. Sin olvidar ese 'Hey! Pikmin' para Nintendo 3DS, por 34,90 euros, de finales de mes.
    • 'Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age', por su parte, saldrá por 44,90 euros.

    Como siempre, tenéis los comentarios para reflejar cualquier otro tipo de oferta o ganga. También tenéis otras alternativas sobre tecnología y sobre Apple.

    Nota: algunos de los enlaces aquí publicados son de afiliados. A pesar de ello, ninguno de los productos mencionados han sido propuestos ni por las marcas ni por las tiendas, siendo su introducción una decisión única del equipo de editores.

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              The Future Of Health Care Could Be Humans, Robots — Or Both   

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    At the well-funded startup Omada Health, coaches teach patients to prevent diabetes by eating better and exercising. They don’t meet face-to-face, but communicate over the internet — and the coaches are increasingly aided by a machine-learning-powered software that provides cues for interacting with the patients.

    Since the San Francisco company was founded in 2011, these coaches were a mix of full- and part-time staffers. But in November, Omada let go of all the part-timers and instructed the remaining coaches to rely more on the software, the company told BuzzFeed News.

    CEO Sean Duffy insists that his long-term goal isn’t to replace people with software. “The thesis is that we don’t think we’ll ever be at a point in Omada’s trajectory where we’ll ever take people or coaches out of the equation,” he told BuzzFeed News. “But they’ve got really smart systems to help them.”

    Like many other tech-enabled health care services that connect patients with experts — coaches, therapists, nurses, doctors — over video chat, email, and text, Omada is trying to navigate a fundamental shift in labor. People are expensive — at least compared to automated, data-driven chatbots that could give advice and diagnose diseases without needing a salary or a college degree. But bots aren’t nearly as good at holding conversations, perceiving emotions and subtext, and delivering sensitive information like, say, a cancer diagnosis. If they want to grow, startups will have to figure out whether their patients and businesses alike will be best served by man, machine, or some blend of the two.

    “There’s a spectrum of totally autonomous machine learning and the other side is totally human-driven,” said Mike McCormick, principal at Comet Labs, a venture capital firm that invests in artificial intelligence startups. “And then there’s every shade of gray in the middle of that.”

    The previously unreported cuts at Omada last fall were small, and affected 10 to 12 part-time coaches, according to a spokesperson. It has about 60 to 70 full-time coaches and 250 employees overall. In another set of layoffs that Duffy said were unrelated, the startup also laid off roughly 20 workers last week, saying it “had to focus on Omada’s core business and expertise, while orienting the company for long-term success.” Omada has raised $125 million in venture capital, including $50 million this month in a round led by the health insurer Cigna.

    “There’s a spectrum of totally autonomous machine learning and the other side is totally human-driven.”

    Duffy said that as Omada has treated more patients and collected more of their data, it’s trained an algorithm to detect important behavioral changes. For example, if a person weighed in on a digital scale every day consistently, then stopped weighing in for three days, the system would flag the coach. It’d then “suggest messages they might send to a participant that might result in an outcome” — in this case, to find out how a person is doing and why they’re skipping weigh-ins, Duffy said.

    The CEO was quick to note that the machine isn’t prewriting messages down to the word, but rather suggesting a gist to convey. He said that users could tell when a nominally human-written message is computer-generated, and that this makes them lose trust in the system.

    Coaches can also say no. “If we get enough coaches declining these suggestions and saying, ‘That violated my intuition as a human being,’ it trains the system to get better and better and give better and better suggestions,” he said.

    The part-timers had access to this technology, but Duffy said that the company benefited more from having full-timers who are constantly involved and invested in improving it.

    Omada isn’t the only company exploring how to use AI to improve health care. Startups like Babylon Health, HealthTap, and Remedy are developing chatbots to assess patients’ symptoms. Big Health has an entirely automated program called Sleepio, which stars a cartoon professor and is designed to help people with severe insomnia. But these nascent technologies are too new to definitively prove that machines can improve health more than humans can.

    To survive, any kind of virtual health service will have to prove that it can get people to sign up, stay involved, and actually improve their health, said Liz Rockett, director of Kaiser Permanente Ventures, which has invested in both Omada and Big Health. “Doing the work of proving efficacy and reach is the best way to define that line of what works and what doesn’t – including on the question of using coaches in the delivery or having an all-virtual offering,” she wrote in an email to BuzzFeed News.

    For now, there are way more people-to-people telemedicine services. Ginger.io initially tried to infer behavioral patterns and mental health problems from passively tracked smartphone data, but switched to a text and video-chat model with human therapists.

    So in 5 to 10 years, will patients be more likely to interact with a human or a chatbot when they open up a health app? It’ll largely depend on how high stakes the situation is, McCormick said. You’d want to hear that you have cancer from a trained expert with an extremely high degree of accuracy and emotional sensitivity. But for, say, nutrition coaching, he said, “maybe people are ready now ... It has to be nuanced.”


              Dave Murray’s Latest STL forecast and weather disco…THURSDAY JUNE 22, 2017:   
    Dave Murray’s Latest STL forecast and weather disco…THURSDAY JUNE 22, 2017: . Still feeling like summer on this Thursday…but a little cooler thanks to a mix of clouds and sun…clouds spraying north from the tropical storm…but a very humid day…an increase in rain and storms late Thursday night and Friday as the storm curves to the northeast into the Ohio valley…but this track is close enough…especially for the STL area and points south and east…then a cool front rockets in […]
               Nasa lights up the East Coast sky with artificial clouds    
    After weeks of delays and anticipation, NASA has finally launched its Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket, creating artificial clouds that could be seen from New York to North Carolina.
              A house divided / Donna Hill.   
    cover imageJournalist Zoie Crawford had to leave New Orleans to finally make her own life. Her grandmother, Claudia, inspired her to follow her dreamsjust as her mother, Rose, held on too tight. But with Claudia's passing, Zoie reluctantly returns home, where the past is written in the lonely corners of the bayou and the New South's supercharged corridors of power. And there she discovers a stunning, painstakingly kept secretone that could skyrocket her career, but destroy another womansand change both their vastly different lives, for better or for much worse. Zoie has always put the truth first. Now, as the line between the personal and professional blurs, and she tries to understand her relatives deception, she must face some tough questions. Is there a way to expose the truth and save those you love? And at what cost? Heartfelt, emotional, and revelatory, A House Divided is an unforgettable tale about making the hardest of choices, coming to terms with all you could loseand finding what forgiveness and family truly mean.
              Soon-To-Be Free Agent J.J. Redick Interested In Joining Rockets   

    Chris Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets this week, and his Clippers backcourt-mate is interested in joining him. J.J. Redick has been a Clipper since 2013, enjoying his best NBA years in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that Redick will not resign with the team. The Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, […]

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              Book Review: Digital Apollo   

    We love David Mindell's Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight. Mindell's book tells the story of "human pilots, of automated systems, and of the two working together to achieve the ultimate in flight." From our perspective, the book explains the link between what rocket scientists in the 1950s called "systems engineering" and what the cool kids in skinny jeans now call "design thinking."

    Whether we're designing the first spacecraft to land on the moon, or the first phototherapy device intended for use in a low-resource hospital, the key is to start with a very clear idea of success. In the case of a rocket, the system is only successful if it brings the astronauts all the way home. In the case of a medical device, the system on works if people are willing to use it and able to successfully treat patients with it. There is no partial credit!

    Another similarity is the role that we as designers imagine for the users. In the Apollo program, the two primary metaphors for the astronauts were "cowboys or cargo." Would astronauts serve as the pilots of "dumb rockets" or as passengers in an autonomous vehicle?

    As pilots, the early astronauts expected to have lots of instrument data and full control of the vehicle. Rocket engineers, on the other hand, were more comfortable developing fully autonomous systems. They realized that rockets could develop problems too quickly for the human response time.

    Initially, [software engineer Alex] Kosmala pictured the spacecraft with one button: "The astronaut goes in, turns the computer on and says 'Go to moon' and then sits back and watches while we did everything." Another version has the computer running two programs—"P00" to go to the moon, and "P01" to return home. [David Mindell, Digital Apollo, p. 161]
    MIT Instrumentation Laboratory cartoon showing the extremes of automation. Too much automation leaves the astronauts bored, awaiting an abort, while too little overwhelms them with work. (Draper Laboratories/MIT Museum)

    The Apollo system was ultimately a synthesis that combined autonomous systems with human inputs. It serves as an excellent metaphor for healthcare. Do we imagine caregivers in low-resource hospitals as "cowboys" who need lots of options and the ability to override medical device settings, or do we imagine them as "cargo," overloaded with too many patients and not enough training and grateful for machines that can reduce their workload?

    As designer thinkers, we see two options for guaranteeing our desired social impact outcomes with a given medical device: provide lots of training and incentives for appropriate behavior, or create product features that make a device intuitive and easy to use.

    One framework for evaluating our choices in achieving design outcomes. 

    DtM's overall philosophy of making medical devices "hard to use wrong" is really a statement about our expectations for users. In the same way Apollo rocket scientists realized that too little automation would place unrealistic demands on the astronauts, we see how medical systems that expect significant amounts of prior training and user expertise are poorly suited to the needs of rural hospitals in developing countries. 

    Mindell's book includes loads of other ideas that have applications in social impact design. One is Apollo's approach of "all-up testing": only investing in tests of complete systems, rather than individually testing subsystems that might not work as well together.

    Another is what the Apollo team called "configuration discipline": the rigorous documentation of system changes. The logic of any given design modification has a very short half-life. What seemed like an obvious improvement on Monday can be a total mystery by Wednesday. We want to manage the product development process like a disciplined experiment. To quote Adam Savage, "Remember kids, the only difference between Science and screwing around is writing it down!"

    Fantastic book, check it out! And if you buy the book through the links in this email, Amazon will send part of the proceeds to DtM! [Digital Apollo]

    _____________________________________

    This "Design Experience that Matters" series is provided courtesy of Timothy Prestero and the team at Design that Matters (DtM). As a nonprofit, DtM collaborates with leading social entrepreneurs and hundreds of volunteers to design new medical technologies for the poor in developing countries. DtM's Firefly infant phototherapy device is treating thousands of newborns in 21 counties from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. In 2012, DtM was named the winner of the National Design Award.



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              5 Best VPNs for Gaming in 2017   
    Whether it is the billion dollar eSports industry or the insane rise of games such as World of Warcraft, League of Legends, or Counter-Strike, it’s easy to see how popular online gaming has become. Indeed, new games like Overwatch, PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds, and Rocket League have only further boosted the online gaming scene. The Best VPNs … Continued
              6 Colorful Things To Do In Kansas City This Weekend   
    Whatever hue you may be, being colorful is a whole other thing. Offering colorful guidance this weekend are activities promoting the exciting, the interesting and the unusual, from sparkling Fourth of July fireworks to the attitude-drenched stage debut of a famously animated cat. What if you don’t need assistance being colorful? Lucky you. Get out there and lead by example! 1. Booms & Blooms Flowers and fireworks combine to serenade the senses at this annual Fourth of July event at Powell Gardens, where things will be decidedly colorful before a single skyrocket is ignited. In addition to hands-on art doings and games going on at Kansas City’s botanical garden, there’s the new exhibit, Gardens of Myth , that includes imaginative exemplifications of a goblin, a troll, a leprechaun, a unicorn, a minotaur, a dragon and even Bigfoot, who hopefully won’t mind that he’s being represented as fake news. Otherwise the huge galoot might rudely interrupt the Lee’s Summit Symphony’s pre
              Evento natal - Localização cards   
    O evento de natal desse ano se caracteriza por achar 251 cards pelo mapa.  

    Para pegar as cartas e preciso pega um card
    Fale com o Snorlax de natal. Ele está em todas as cidades.
    Meio bugado, mas está. Fale hi/bye várias vezes e ele te dá o livro.


    1- Ginásio do Brock em Pewter.
    2- Ginásio da Misty em Cerulean - embaixo da escada/ponte Perto da Lorerei.
    3- CP de Pewter - Próximo aos depots, andar superior.
    4- Na "baladinha" do trade center.
    5- Na mesa no último andar do CP de Cerulean.
    6- Casa do "Pinsir" na floresta de viridian.
    7- Lado esquerdo do CP de Vermillion, numa pedra no lago.
    8- Escada em direção ao Farol do Bill, norte do CP Cerulean.
    9- Andar intermediário no Farol do Bill.
    10- CP Viridian. Nos depots.
    11- Andar de cima da casa da Daisy Oak, em Pallet.
    12- Entrada norte do CP de Hamlin.
    13- CP de Cinnabar.

    14- Mesa da Pizzaria de Mandarin.
    15- Casa ao lado do Snorlax NPC de Sudoeste do cp de Mandarin.
    16- Casa abaixo do npc Mark de Mandarin.
    17- Em cima da mesa no Npc Hugh Mandarin (trovitropolis).
    18- Prédio nordeste de Celadon, 3º andar acima do térreo.(Imediatamente sul do respawn de 1 kingler norte do cassino)
    19- Sudoeste da base da equipe Rocket, subsolo de Celadon.
    20- Na parede norte da entrada para a equipe vermelha de pvp, no trade center.
    21- Atrás da estante no norte da sala onde se pega a daily task.(Escondida)
    22- Casa no Segundo andar do respawn de Mankeys, entre Viridian e Coliseu.
    23- Caverna oculta em shamouti: Venha de fly pelo sul, um pouco a esquerda do Npc slowking.
    24- Respawn de Aipom de Mandarin.
    25- Embaixo da escada que leva ao coliseum. (Entre coliseu e Viridian)
    26- Escondida na maquina de boost do Gary mais ao nordeste do andar.
    27- Prédio de houses ao sudoeste de Celadon, andar bem elevado.
    28- Old Village, Mandarin. Dentro de uma casa com espelho.
    29- Old village, Mandarin, parede sul na parte externa de uma casa.
    30- Celadon, atrás do npc HUGH.
    31- Entre Saffron e Cerulean, na estrada mesmo. Leste do respawn de 1 snorlax.
    32- Jardim em frente a casa do Ash
    33- Topo do ginasio de Celadon (bem escondido)
    34- Torre Sudeste da golden.
    35- Na saida leste de Saffron! Na parede << /\
    36- No balão da equipe Rocket, em Pewter, se não me engano.
    37- Na porta do charizard valley, atrás da estatua de charizard na direita.
    38- Entre as torres da power plant de pewter (No local do espelho da Aghatha quest) [PELO VISTO INFORMAÇÃO NÃO CONFERE]
    39- Parede sul do npc da Venom stone quest, em Lavender.
    40- Mesa numa casa nordeste de Lavender, depois dos gastly. (casa de Addons)
    41- Ilha ao sul da power plant de Cerulean e leste de Lavender.
    42- Cerulean. Andar térreo. Noroeste na cave da quest de pokeball de noob.
    43- Árvore no térreo da ilha do shiny Espeon.
    44- Dentro da casa do electabuzz na lightstorm island.
    45- Numa árvore na praia da ilha leste de cerulean. (Creio que de minun)
    46- Entre as torres da power plant entre cerulean e Saffron.
    47- No final da quest de Poison a oeste de Cerulean. Escondida atrás de uma pedra no sudeste da sala.
    48- No norte da wildwind island, andar térreo, no respawn de machamps/machokes.
    49- Na mesma Windwind island, no andar +1. Leste da ilha dentro da cave com parasect.
    50- Hurricane Island. Andar +4, Leste da ilha.
    51- Hurricane island. No rio no final dos slowbro's.
    52- No botão para a quest de matar a Oficial Jenny. [Parece não conferir]
    53- Mt.moon Na pedra da lua, no final do respawn de clefables.
    53- Canto sudeste do respawn de gengars de Pewter.
    54- No museu de pewter, Ultimo andar Oeste da sala.
    55- Respawn de togetic no Mt.Moon.
    56- Extremo nordeste de Viridian, embaixo de uma escada.
    57- Dentro do Coliseu, na parede Oeste, atrás da estatua do Magmar.
    58- CP de Trovitrópolis, Ultimo andar, na árvore de natal.
    59- CP de trovitrópolis, andar dos depots, na arvore de natal da direita.
    60- Nos Xatu de Mandarin.
    61- Dentro do Charizard Valley. Lá no meio do respawn numa pedra.
    62- 3º andar da piramide no deserto de mandarin. No respawn.
    63- Essa árvore gigante em um lugar com fearows (Noroeste de Pewter)
    64- Cassino de Celadon. Ao lado da npc Jay.
    65- Mandarin. no "Stonehenge" onde tem o respawn de snorlax. Extremo Oeste.
    66- Mandarin. Sul do Cp no meio do Lago.
    67- Embaixo da ponte do diving spot, sul de lavender.
    68- Numa casa na cidade dos Smeargles em trovitropolis.
    69- Sudoeste de saffron numa pedra no meio do lago.
    70- Arvore da praia Norte-Oeste de shamouti. Perto da escada que dá à cidade.
    71- Embaixo da escada que dá para o respawn de tauros a Oeste de shamouti.
    72- Respawn de castform, Terreo de shamouti.
    73- Casa de Fast travel/ Motocas em Cerulean.
    74- (repetido. Adicionado 74b no final da lista)
    75- Ilha norte da power plant de cerulean: No respawn Leste de Blastoises.
    76- No respawn de (1gengar+1haunter+1gastly) bem no fundo do cemitério de lavender.
    77- Na ilha dos Kabutos, proximo ao npc Umberto, dentro da casa dele.
    78- Sudoeste do barco que leva entre Vermillion e Cinnabar.
    79- No mesmo barco que leva para Cinnabar. Na sala do Capitão.
    80- No Centro pokemon no diving spot, na sala a direita onde se tem as 2 tasks.
    81- Numa pedra no lago maior da ilha sudeste Kinnow.
    82- Na ilha do Zapdos. Onde fica o npc de rank5. (?)
    83- Outra pedra lago menor DA OUTRA ILHA MENOR Kinnow.
    84- Na maior das ilhas kinnow. Numa arvore na praia isolada ao nordeste. Perto da escada.
    85- Ilha do Articuno. Canto sul. Pedra no rio imediatamente próximo a ilha.
    86- Ilha do Articuno. Extremo Norte. Pedra no rio.
    87- Chão do Subsolo de Fuchsia. Relativamente ao sul.Creio que tenham 2.
    88- Floresta externa da Ilha do Moltres: Nordeste. (Parece que só um confere)
    91- 92 -93- Jungle island. 1º lago central. 2º Cave ao sul desse rio. 3º no nordeste da ilha.
    94- Ilha do Big Snorlax na mesa próxima a segunda casinha
    95- Shamouti nas bloodherb perto do Slowking
    96- Canto extremo oeste, térreo do quartel dos Police em Pallet.
    97- Cinnabar: na casa ao norte do npc Mark. Escondido num vaso de planta.
    98- Cinnabar: No local de pintura de pokeballs. Num Tapete na parede.
    99- Fast travel de Lavender, onde tem as Motocas, emcima do balcão
    100- Parede ao sul da casa extremo sul de Viridian. Sul do vendedor de isca.
    101- Parede esquerda do CP de Moro.
    102- Na cave no meio da cleopatra island, perto dos golbat.
    103- Leste da ilha onde fica o npc Lance.
    104- Cp de Magma Island.
    105- Cp de tarroco, perto dos computadores.
    106- Tarroco, nos polices. No último andar perto do capitão.
    107- No final da cave de bastiodon.
    108- Museu de Moro. Atrás das estátuas ao noroeste.
    109- Na parede do Mt.Moon, no local dos Rockets, onde pega bp da quest.
    110- Parede ao norte final da cave entre Pewter e Mt.moon (cuja entrada é pelo sudeste de pewter onde tem rhydon e golem)
    111- Atrás do respawn de Articuno (!?)
    112- Em um dos pilares onde fica o Moltres (!?!?)
    113- Cleopatra island no sul da praia ao noroeste. Numa árvore.
    114- Uma pedra no rio no respawn de togekiss. (Cleopatra island)
    115- Pedra numa escada no caminho para o Moltres.
    116- Green Island: Bem no centro no respawn de Venusaur.
    117- Green Island: Noroeste da ilha. Numa árvore.
    118- Outro na ilha do Zapdos: Último andar. Leste da escada. (!?!?!?)
    119- Green island: No meio do lago na parte sudeste da ilha.
    120- Colado na parede do farol dos fearows de Shamouti.
    121- Em um barril no andar +3 da power plant leste de Cerulean.
    122- Parede externa do Fight club:Onde tem o respawn de 1 machamp.
    123- Dentro do bueiro de Cinnabar seguindo pra Viridian.
    124- Rock tunnel andar térreo. Leste de Cerulean. Bem próximo a entrada pelos digglets.
    125- "No cassino de celadon se você jogar na segunda maquina da esquerda para a direita vai sair um card."
    126- No poço de pallet. Perto do mr.mime. (Boatos de que está bugado)
    127- Vendedor de iscas de fuchsia. Nos panos que ele pendurou.
    128- Dentro da casa do respawn de farfetch'd em Fuchsia.
    129- No topo da casa onde fica a enfermeira joy leste da cidade de shamouti.
    130- Shamouti no canto sudeste na praia da esquerda ao norte. Bem no cantinho.
    131- Cave da quest dos fosseis de kabuto, noroeste.
    132- Ascorbia. Parte de cima do CP, na parede pelo corredor norte.
    133- CP de ascórbia, na arena de duels. Na arvore de natal
    134- Túnel do Charizard Valley, alcançável por surf.
    135- Saindo do cp de Ascorbia indo em direção praia no segundo andar de fly tem um card numa casa.
    136- Predio abaixo dos firefighters em Ascorbia (bombeiros quest sudo) no ultimo andar dele tem o card do aerodactyl.
    137- No Clube em ascorbia dos Bombeiros na mira do warttortle.
    138- (Repetido)
    139- Trono do Meowth na golden.
    140- Na porta daEnfermeira Joy leste de shamouti.
    141- Parede externa do prédio mais ao sul da "cidade abandonada" de voltorbs/eletricos sudoeste de Hamlin.
    142- Na sala do Haunter Capitão de Navio, da quest do Shiny Gengar, em moro.
    143- Dentro da loja do npc Hugh de Hamlin.
    144- Noroeste de Hamlin, na parte separada da cidade onde tem dois barcos. Atrás da árvore de natal.
    89b- Estante no Npc Mark de Vermillion.
    90b- No centro do lago de Butwal, bem onde o colega do tópico tomou Hs de shiny meganium.
    145- Num goldeen (?) imediatamente sul do vendedor de isca de pewter.
    146- Num dos postes na saída norte do cp de pewter. (Necessário apagar a luz do poste, dando use nele)
    147- Bem no meio do respawn de Armaldo.
    148- Na ilha do mewtwo, na entrada para quest dele, onde os 4 players se unem para entrar.
    149- No lago dentro do respawn de Nidokings/queens dentro do safari.
    150- Arena de duelo de players para quem espera a golden arena.
    151- Último andar do Cp de fuchia, numa árvore de natal na arena de duels.
    152- Atrás do Jet li na fight tower de fuchsia.
    153- Norte da ilha imediatamente ao sul da Jungle island. (Butterfree island)
    154- No final do respawn de smeargles oeste de shamouti.
    155- shamouti, no subsolo da casa que separa a cidade dos respawns. (Caminho pros lutadores e etc)
    156- No leste da cidade de Shamouti, onde tem uma elevação com uns macumbeiros tocando flauta.
    157- Na entrada pro CP de shamouti. Terreo da cidade mesmo.
    158- Numa pedra central no respawn de paras no térreo próximo a pewter.
    159- No npc da Rock Stone quest, em pewter.
    160- No navio afundado no respawn sub aquatico de gyarados, sudoeste da entrada pelo diving spot.
    161-162- Nos penúltimos andares de fly do Metal ship de moro.
    74b-Nordeste de celadon, no final da rua atrás de uns barris.
    163- Em uma das casa da ilha da equipe rocket.
    164- Arvore na praia de celadon. Noroeste.
    165- Esse é complicado: No meio do mar entre Cleopatra e o Moltres (print)
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/…/10862476_100590479…
    166- Norte da saída oeste de saffron. No meio do lago perto da cidade.
    138b- Dentro da entrada de uma casa no térreo de ascórbia, leste do CP.
    167- No desert island: Como indica a print:
    168- Desert island: Subsolo (-1) a caminho da quest dos alakazams, antes de usar dig.
    169- Desert island: Próximo a quest dos alakazams: Antes de subir a ultima rampa para a "zona segura" antes de ir descendo nos respawns.
    170- Perto do globo de metal na pirâmide grande noroeste da desert island. Andar +1
    171- No subsolo da pirâmide pequena mais ao noroeste da desert island: Bem ao sudoeste.
    172- Topo da ilha de omastar. Leste de fuchsia.
    173- Sala para entrar na quest de matar giovanni.
    174- Na mesma ilha de omastar, no resp de bastiodon, numa cachoeira.
    175- Em lost island: na "casa destruída" relativamente ao norte da ilha.
    176- Subsolo da lost island, respawn de gengars. Sul do respawn.
    177- Caminho para Outland North, butwal. Surf para o leste. (?)
    178- Outro que precisa do poste de iluminação ser apagado: Vermillion próximo a entrada norte da cidade.
    179- Dentro da quest do regador do Sudowoodo em ascórbia. No meio do fly no final do corredor que dá a volta nas salas.
    180- Em cima de umas margaridas no respawn de sunflora a oeste da cidade de Ascorbia.
    181- Outro Poste em vermillion. Pela saída leste do CP.
    182- Outro poste de luz perto do npc Juan em Ascorbia.
    183- Cave de spinarak em Ascorbia (bug corrigido).
    184- Ascorbia: Poste de luz final da cidade no canto nordeste, perto da ponte final.
    185- Poste de luz em frente ao Cp de mandarin.
    186- Poste de luz em frente ao ginasio de Fuchsia.
    187- Em frente ao CP de cerulean tem um no poste de luz.
    188- Embaixo da escada em direção ao diving spot de Butwal.
    189- Subaquatico de butwal: Respawn de qwilfish.
    190- Subaquatico de butwal: respawn de lanturn. Nordeste do respawn.
    (Descrição do achador:
    indo pros lanturn pela parte de baixo vc passa no q esta nos qwilfish, e o q ta nos lanturn ta na parte superior direita do mapa, em um caminho sem saida
    No lanturn fica >>/\ e no qwilfish fica na parte mais estreita q passa de um respaw pro outro
    )
    191- Dentro da golden arena. Tipo dentro mesmo.
    192- No coqueiro da ilha do Shiny umbreon.
    193- Butwal. Numa caverna na cachoeira, imediatamente sul do CP.
    194- Ilha do shiny dodrio em cima de uma caixa. Sul da ilha.
    195- Cleopatra Island: No Cp da equipe rocket atrás de um vaso.
    196- Último andar do RT (?)
    197- Casa do lado da torre do chuck norris em fuchsia.
    198- Lakeshore island. Descendo a escada. Perto do shiny Politoed.
    199- Dungeon quest do mewtwo. Sala central.
    200-Shamouti embaixo da ponte das jigglypuff.
    201- Outland south depois do npc de clã, na entrada.
    202- Em cima do Cp de Celadon.
    203- Sudeste da cave dos muk de Cerulean (respawn de paras).
    204- Andar térreo de tarroco island. Perto da escada. Dentro do poste de luz.
    205- Nordeste da maior ilha kinnow. No andar +1, numa parede de bambu. imediatamente norte da praia.
    206- Numa parede: vem de pewter pro mt moon, e logo na entrada do mt moon vai ver as escadas pra descer no subterraneo.
    207- Saida sul de pewter, pra leste. Beirando o rio você dá dig, DEPOIS da cave de paras.
    208- Poste de ser apagado em frente ao ginásio de elétricos em Vermillion.
    _____(corrigido 83)_____
    209- Sudoeste extremo da ilha de Cleopatra: Dentro de uma casa.
    210- Camping site em Seafoam island.
    211- No lago sudeste de fuchsia. Sul do respawn de venomoth/nat.
    38b- Poste de luz saida oeste do Cp de Fuchsia.
    212- Numa pedra no recife norte da ilha do zapdos.
    213- Respawn de abomasnow na ilha do articuno.
    214- Goldeen no respawn de ponyta oeste de cinnabar.
    215- " tá no deserto de mandarin entre old village e um lugar verde no mapa, um pouco pra cima"
    216- No último Nidoking lá do safari, perto do kangashakn. Goldeen pulando com o Suicune.
    217- Poste de luz no sul da lagoa entre saffron e vermillion.
    218- Magmar hell à esquerda. Andar mais profundo.
    52b- Floresta de mandarin. Sul da cidade, area free. Sai da cidade, vá indo sul, desce a escada tripla e vá leste. Bem na divisão entre as duas grandes áreas.
    219- Pedra nordeste da ilha do Moltres, na agua.
    220- No meio da montanha no meio da floresta de mandarin. Print:
    http://i.imgur.com/3ehuxyY.jpg
    221- Árvore perto da canoa de viagem de Ascorbia.
    222- Poste de luz na rua do Cp de Celadon, ao sul.
    223- Subsolo de cerulean~lavender~Saffron:
    http://i.imgur.com/weDwYoA.jpg
    224- Numa tapeçaria dentro do prédio no respawn de Electrode nordeste de hamlin.
    225- Na parede lateral do prédio dos addons de lavender. Denovo.
    226- Na Power plant ultimo andar indo para descer as escadas em direção a outland.
    227- Embaixo desse caminho da power plant citado acima, andar térreo.

    Post retirado de: PokexFa


              Kabuto Quest   
    • Vá até a NPC Nurse Joy na Skarmory Island (ao sul da ilha, no acampamento) para iniciar a quest.

    Diálogo: Hi/ help/ yes/ help/ yes

    Pokextutoriais: hi
    Nurse Joy: Hi! I am Nurse Joy, I'm the director of this scientific expedition. We are studying fossilized Kabutos.



    Pokextutoriais: help
    Nurse Joy: Hmm, there is something you can help with! I think something or someone in this island is trying to sabotate our expedition, can you investigate what, or who is it?
    Pokextutoriais: yes
    Nurse Joy: Thanks, I will continue the expedition while you try to solve this problem.
    Pokextutoriais: help
    Nurse Joy: Did you figure out who was sabotating the expedidtion?
    Pokextutoriais: yes
    Nurse Joy: Who was it then? Come back when u figure it out!

    • Depois vá ao NPC Umberto na própria Skarmory Island, ao norte e à esquerda em uma casinha na montanha:
    Diálogo: Hi/ Help/  PROPHECY

    Pokextutoriais: hi
    Umberto: So you'are investigating the sabotage of the expedition!? I will save you some time! I'm the one sabotating it! I'm not a bad person, I'm just trying to protect you all from thePROPHECY!
    Pokextutoriais: help
    Umberto: You are the one in danger, you shouldn't ignore the PROPHECY!
    Pokextutoriais: PROPHECY
    Umberto: There is an Ancient Prophecy in this island that says Anyone who comes to the island to disturb the Kabutos will cause the island to be swallowed by the sea! You can tell the Nurse Joythat I was the saboteur..

    • Retorne à NPC Nurse Joy na Skarmory Island:
    Diálogo: Hi/ help/ yes/ help/ yes

    Pokextutoriais: hi
    Nurse Joy: Hi! I am Nurse Joy, I'm the director of this scientific expedition. We are studying fossilized Kabutos.
    Pokextutoriais: help
    Nurse Joy: Did you figure out who was sabotating the expedidtion?
    Pokextutoriais: yes
    Nurse Joy: So, it was all that old man, Umberto! And he was only trying to help us get out of trouble!? It is interesting, but we can't believe in all prophecies...
    Pokextutoriais: help
    Nurse Joy: There is something you can help! Umberto allowed one of us to enter the kabuto cave, but we can't remove any fossil, and he must go along. Are you interested?
    Player: yes
    Nurse Joy: Good! A pokemon trainer can handle it better then us. Explore the cave and bring me 50 pictures of the fossils so I can study them closely! Good luck!

    • Você então receberá da Nurse Joy o seguinte item: You see a Photo camera. It's an unique item.
    • Então deverá ir ao norte da Nurse Joy, quebrar a pedra, seguir reto ao norte e dar "use" na entrada da cave.
    • Uma vez dentro da cave com o Umberto atrás de você, use a câmera nos fósseis até completar as 50 fotos de fósseis.
    • Após completar as 50 fotos dos fósseis 2 NPCs aparecerão e lutarão com você. O NPC James sumonará um Weezing e uma Victreebel e a NPC Jessie sumonará um Wobbuffet, uma Arbok e uma Yanma.
    • Após derrotar os 2 NPCs você deverá sobreviver por 3 minutos ao respawn constante de Kabutos.
    • Após esse período de tempo você será teleportado para fora da cave e deverá retornar na NPC Nurse Joy do acampamento da Skarmory Island.

    Diálogo: Hi/ help/ yes

    Pokextutoriais: hi
    Nurse Joy: Hi! I am Nurse Joy, I'm the director of this scientific expedition. We are studying fossilized Kabutos.
    Pokextutoriais: help
    Nurse Joy: Did you take all the 50 pictures and explored the cave?
    Pokextutoriais: yes
    Nurse Joy: Wow! I heard an explosion sound, but I didn't knew the equipe rocket was attacking there! At least you are not hurt and I can continue my study with the pictures! Thank you! Here isyour reward for your troubles

    Reward: 400.000 experience points, 8.000 dollars and 8 dome fossil.

              Moro Quest   
    • Vá até o NPC Varinius, que fica no Museum de Moro para iniciar a quest.

    Diálogo: Hi/ help/ yes

    Pokextutoriais: hi
    Varinius: Sorry, our main attraction, the 300 years old official Orange League Championship Trophy isn't here right now, enjoy the other artifacts.
    Pokextutoriais: help
    Varinius: Of course I need help! Someone stole the main attraction! There is an officer Jenny at the beach, south of the island, can you help her find the trophy to my Museum?
    Pokextutoriais: yes
    Varinius: Thank you! Report to me if you solve this situation. Good luck.

    • Depois vá até a NPC Officer Jenny, que fica ao sul de Moro.


    Diálogo: hi/ help/ yes

    Pokextutoriais: hi
    Officer Jenny: Hello citizen!
    Pokextutoriais: help
    Officer Jenny: I could use some help! Can you investigate and find out who stole the trophy?
    Pokextutoriais: yes
    Officer Jenny: Good, I have suspect that the team rocket is responsible for this crime! Jessie and James was spotted going to Kinnow Island. Follow their path and interrogate them!

    • Depois vá até a Team Rocket secret cave em Kinnow island (ilha de pokémons water e grass, ao sudoeste de Moro, a cave fica indo pelo mar do lado direito da ilha).
    • Você terá que batalhar com os NPCs Jessie (Arbok, Yanma e Wobbufet) e James (Victreebel e Weezing), após derrotá-los e matá-los eles aparecerão novamente e você deverá falar com eles.
    Diálogo: hi/ pokemon

    Pokextutoriais: hi
    Jessie: Stop! We surrender! I know you are after that Orange League Championship Trophy, but we are not with it anymore! Some POKEMON stole it from us!
    Pokextutoriais: pokemon
    Jessie: A Gastly and a Haunter stole it from us! So, we aren't outlaw at the moment... Leave us in peace!

    • Retorne na NPC Officer Jenny em Moro.
    Diálogo: hi/ help/ yes/ help/ yes

    Pokextutoriais: hi
    Officer Jenny: Hello citizen!
    Pokextutoriais: help
    Officer Jenny: Did you interrogate the Team Rocket? Did you get the trophy?
    Pokextutoriais: yes
    Officer Jenny: Interesting! So, it wasn't the Team Rocket! Are you sure they said about a haunter and a gastly? I think it should be our next move! Good job!
    Pokextutoriais: help
    Officer Jenny: So, our last clue was the ghost pokemon that stole the trophy! We receive a report a few weeks ago that a ghost ship is sailing around the island, are you ready for this?
    Pokextutoriais: yes
    Officer Jenny: The ghost ship is east of here! Go there and get that trophy, then, deliver it to Varinius at the Museum. You don't need to report to me again. Good luck, and thanks for all your support!

    • Você então deverá ir até o ghostship à direita de Moro, entrar e subir até o último andar e falar com oNPC Captain's Haunter.
    Diálogo: hi/ master/ yes/ dream world/ yes

    Pokextutoriais: hi
    Captain's Haunter: The Orange League Championship Trophy belongs to our MASTER! I can't let you get it, it means a lot to us!
    Pokextutoriais: master
    Captain's Haunter: Three centuries before, our master was the captain of this ship. He was a well-known Pokemon Trainer and managed to win the Orange League. But a sea storm put an end tohis life... Want me to continue?
    Pokextutoriais: yes
    Captain's Haunter: We were searching our master's trophy for three centuries until some weeks ago when we found it! So, I can only let you get our trophy if you beat our master in a fair battleof 3 pokemons at the DREAM WORLD!
    Pokextutoriais: dream world
    Captain's Haunter: So, you think you are ready to battle with our master! I must warn you, you can only leave the dream world if you defeat him, and if you die in there, you die in this worldtoo! Are you ready?
    Pokextutoriais: yes
    Captain's Haunter: Close your eyes, and relax...

    • Você cairá em uma arena onde deverá duelar com o NPC, ele sumonará um shiny gengar, um haunter e um gastly.
    • Cuidado: nesta arena você NÃO poderá usar revive, apenas potions e medicine.
    • Após derrotar o NPC, você deverá falar novamente com ele.
    Diálogo: hi

    Pokextutoriais: hi
    Captain's Haunter: Wow! You are really a good trainer! It's the first time the Captain lost a battle. You can have the trophy now, we will now rest in peace. Good bye!

    • Então você receberá o troféu roubado: You see a golden pXg trophy. It's an unique item.
    • Você deverá retornar no Museum de Moro e entregar o troféu para o NPC Varinius.
    Diálogo: hi/ help/ yes

    Pokextutoriais: hi
    Varinius: Sorry, our main attraction, the 300 years old official Orange League Championship Trophy isn't here right now, enjoy the other artifacts.
    Pokextutoriais: help
    Varinius: Did you get my trophy? I will reward you generously if you got it!
    Pokextutoriais: yes
    arinius: Finnaly! My Museum has its main attraction again! Thank you traveler! Here is your reward for all your trouble searching for my trophy! Good bye!

    Reward: 800.000 experience points and a Boost Stone (unique item).

              Rocket quest [Box 2]   
    Atenção: Imagens de auxilio ao fim da pagina.
    Para virar um rocket, é bem simples, você pode ser qualquqer level, tem apenas que entrar no esconderijo da Equiper Rocket em Celadon
    e então mate os va ate o Giovanni.
    os rockets irão te atacar, cuidado com o grunt.
    Fale para o giovanni, hi, join, everything, yes.
    Pronto voce é um rocket.

    Box 2 :
    Fale com giovanni.
    Hi, mission, yes.


    Parte 1:
    Ele pedirá que você vá ao Mt.Moon e recupere uma bolsa com fosseis, va ate la, derrote os polices e pegue a bolsa, perto dos rockets.
    Volte no esconderijo, fale hi, sell goods, yes para o Sirius e fale com giovanni, pronto.

    Parte 2:
    Fale novamente com o Giovanni, ele pedira apra que voce va no Mark de Vermilion, va la, mate o Police officer 2 vezes, pegue o bau, volte no sirius e fale hi, sell goods, yes, e depois fale com giovanni.

    Parte 3:
    Fale com giovanni, ele pedira que voce envenene os growlithes, va ate a estação policial de Viridian, e use a carne nos growlithes.

    Parte 4:
    Fale com giovanni, ele pedira que voce se infiltre na estação policial, para isso, voce tera uma roupa(disfarce) para que os policiais não te ataquem, entre la e pegue o bau.
    Volte e ganhará Box 2, 5k e Exp.
    OBS: Apenas em 30 min.

    Imagens Auxiliares:
    Esconderijo Rocket

    Estação Policial

    Mt.Moon 1


              Pinkan Quest [Police]   
    • Para iniciar a quest diga "Hi, help, yes" à NPC Officer Jenny, que se encontra no Departamento de Polícia de Pallet, e então vá à Pinkan Island, localizada à esquerda de Shamouti

    Chegando à Pinkan Island, vá ao Centro Pokémon e diga "Hi, help, yes" à NPC Officer Jenny e ela te pedirá para derrotar 30 Rocket Grunts e 5 Rocket Rookies da Pinkan Island.



    Player: hi
    Officer Jenny: Hello Officer, we are having problem with the Rockets in this island, and we could use some help!
    Player: help
    Officer Jenny: The rockets are givin us much trouble in this island! Can you help us defeat some of them?
    Player: yes
    Officer Jenny: Ok! I need you to defeat 30 Rocket Grunts and 5 Rockets Rookies, come back here when you're done with them!

    • Após derrotá-los, volte à NPC Officer Jenny e diga "Hi, help, yes" e ela te pedirá para derrotar 10 Rocket Gangsters da Pinkan Island.

    Player: hi
    Officer Jenny: Hello Officer, we are having problem with the Rockets in this island, and we could use some help!
    Player: help
    Officer Jenny: Already? Did you defeat all of them?
    Player: yes
    Officer Jenny: Hmmm, you are stronger than I thought! I think you can help us even more!
    Player: help
    Officer Jenny: You defeated those weakest rockets, but the gangsters are giving us much more trouble! Can you help?
    Player: yes
    Officer Jenny: You must defeat 10 Rocket Gangsters! I hope you can do it, otherwise, all our efforts would be in vain!

    • Após derrotá-los, retorne à NPC Officer Jenny e diga "Hi, help, yes" e você receberá seus rewards!

    Player: hi
    Officer Jenny: Hello Officer, we are having problem with the Rockets in this island, and we could use some help!
    Player: help
    Officer Jenny: Did you manage to defeat all those gangsters!?
    Player: yes
    Officer Jenny: Perfect! Those rockets will think twice before bother us now! Good job officer! Here, this is your reward for helping me!

    • Reward: 300.000 experience points, 20.000 dollars. •

    Imagens de auxilio:




              Tarroco Quest Police   
    [Looker] Tarroco Quest [Police]


    • Para iniciar a quest diga "Hi, help, yes" à NPC Officer Jenny, que se encontra no Departamento de Polícia de Pallet, e então vá à Tarroco Island, localizada à esquerda de Hamlin e Magma Island.

    Chegando à Tarroco Island, entre no Centro Pokémon, e desça uma escada à direita (como mostrado no mapa acima), encontre então o NPC Looker e diga a ele "Hi, help, yes" ele te pedirá para ir à Ascorbia e recuperar 4 Informações Roubadas da Polícia (Stolen Police Informations).



    Player: hi
    Looker: Hey, I'm the International Police Officer. I came here to help the police against the Team Rocket at Ascorbia island, but I'm too famous to go in there undetected, I coulduse some help.
    Player: help
    Looker: I will explain the situation. One of our undercover agents warned us about a police traitor that is giving some private informations to the rockets! Can you help?
    Player: yes
    Looker: Ok! You must go to Ascorbia island and recover 4 stolen police informations at their outposts, I'm counting on you!

    Após recuperá-los, volte ao NPC Looker em Tarroco e diga "Hi, help, yes, help, yes" e ele te dará um Unique Item (Algemas) e te pedirá para ir até o esconderijo dos Rockets em Ascorbia e prender o policial traidor.
    Voltamos então para a ilha de Ascorbia para prender o policial.
    OBS: Você terá de enfrentar um Criminal Rocket para chegar até o traidor.

    Player: hi
    Looker: Hey, I'm the International Police Officer. I came here to help the police against the Team Rocket at Ascorbia island, but I'm too famous to go in there undetected, I coulduse some help.
    Player: help
    Looker: Did you recover all 4 stolen police informations?
    Player: yes
    Looker: Good job! I was investigating who could be the traitor, and I think I found him! Tell me when you wish to go further in this investigation.
    Player: help
    Looker: There is one last thing I need help with. I found the traitor! I have clues that he will be at the rocket hideout at Ascorbia island right now! Can you go there and arrest him?
    Player: yes
    Looker: Here! Use these handcuffs to arrest the Police Traitor inside the rocket hideout. Good luck!

    Após prendê-lo, volte ao NPC Looker em Tarroco e diga "Hi, help, yes" para receber a reward!

    Player: hi
    Looker: Hey, I'm the International Police Officer. I came here to help the police against the Team Rocket at Ascorbia island, but I'm too famous to go in there undetected, I coulduse some help.
    Player: help
    Looker: Did you arrest the Police Traitor?
    Player: yes
    Looker: Excellent! You helped me a lot with the investigation, I appreciate it. Take this reward for all your trouble!

    Reward: 100.000 experience points e 40.000 dollars.

    Imagens De auxilio:
    Localização Looker

    Localizações de documentos para recuperar

    Localização do traidor

    Localização Looker 2

    Indo Tarroco

    Tarroco

              Police Quest[Box 2]   
    Quer se tornar um policial?
    Aprenda como.

    • A primeira coisa a se fazer é ir para Pallet (Cidade localizada ao sul de Viridian, Veja nossa seção Mapa Global) e então entrar no Departamento de Polícia que lá está localizado.




    Departarmento de Polícia (NPC Officer Jenny)


    • Suba as escadas mostradas de amarelo na imagem, e encontre a NPC Officer Jenny para iniciar a 1ª Missão.
    Diga então "Hi, Justice, Yes".
    Desta forma você passa a pertencer à polícia.
    Agora diga "Hi, help, yes".
    ** Este diálogo será usado em todo ínicio de missão a partir de agora.




    Missão 1:

    • A NPC Officer Jenny te pedirá para ir até Mt.Moon (Localizado entre Pewter e Cerulean) para derrotar 5 Rockets Rookie. Após derrotá-los, você deverá pegar uma Mochila, que está localizada no esconderijo deles em Mt.Moon

    Seguem os caminhos com Imagens de como chegar até lá:

    Mt. Moon (Caminho 1)



    • A cor vinho é representa o caminho vindo de Pewter e a azul o caminho vindo de Cerulean.
    Para chegar ao nível seguinte você deve ter um Pokémon que possua a habilidade Rock Smash, para quebrar as pedras.

    Mt. Moon (Caminho 2)


    • As escadas para o próximo nível estão localizadas no Círculo Vermelho na imagem acima, e o Círculo Azul representa o respawn de um Golem.
    Cuidado, pois às vezes esse Golem pode estar lurado e aparecer no caminho.

    Esconderijo dos Rockets (Mt. Moon)


    • Os Pontos Brancos representam policiais, e um pouco a frente, o Círculo Vermelho representa o Esconderijo dos Rockets de Mt.Moon. Lá você encontrará 5 (Cinco) Rockets Rookie.
    Aconselho a matar um por um, para não ocasionar maiores problemas. Nesse esconderijo você também encontrará a mochila que você deve pegar (Como descrito anteriormente), para pegá-la você deve clicar sobre ela.
    Após derrotar os 5 Rockets Rookie e obter a mochila, volte à NPC Officer Jenny para continuar a quest.





    Missão 2

    • Na próxima missão nós deveremos ir até o subsolo da loja de Vermilion, ir seguindo até o final e derrotar um Rocket Grunt e pegar a carta, que está localizada no balcão, como na imagem abaixo.


    Esconderijo Rockets (Vermilion)


    • Mas este não é o fim da missão, porque temos que vencer 2 (dois) Rockets Grunts. É aconselhável a você esperar 3 minutos, até que dê respawn, para matar outro.
    Após completar a missão, volte novamente à NPC Officer Jenny para continuar a quest.




    Missão 3

    • Sua próxima missão é prender 20 Rockets, após dizer "Hi, help, yes" à NPC Officer Jenny você receberá as algemas que deve usar para prendê-los. Você pode prender Rockets Rookie, Grunt ou Gangster.
    O lugar mais aconselhável para realizar essa missão é a Sede dos Rockets, em Celadon, no subsolo do Cassino.


    Sede dos Rockets


    • Podem ser encontrados Rockets Rookie ou Grunt. Para prendê-los, derrote todos os pokémons deles e depois use as algemas neles.
    Após prender 20 (vinte) Rockets, volte à NPC Officer Jenny para continuar a quest.




    Missão 4

    • Vamos à penúltima missão: Vá até a Sede dos Rockets em Celadon novamente para obter os "Planos de Operação" deles.


    Sede dos Rockets


    • O Circulo Vermelho representa o lugar onde estão os planos. Você ficará vestido de Rocket por 30 minutos para passar despercebido pelos Rocket na Sede.
    Após terminar a missão, volte à NPC Officer Jenny para continuar a quest.




    Missão 5

    • Vamos à última, e mais díficil das missões. Depois de entregar os "Planos de Operação" à NPC Officer Jenny, diga "Hi, help, yes" e ela te pedirá para ir até Lavender e pegar a bomba que está no final da sala.
    Outro objetivo que você deve cumprir nessa missão é matar 5 (cinco) Rockets Rookie e 3 (três) Rockets Grunt que estão no caminho.


    Esconderijo dos Rockets (Lavender)


    • Onde a seta está apontando, é a entrada para o esconderijo. Você pode voar sobre as barras usando o Fly, ou quebrar as pedras em um caminho logo abaixo do Mark usando Rock Smash, e atravessar o subsolo, onde você encontra Zubats e Golbats. Quando você derrotar todos os Rockets e recuperar a bomba, volte para viridian e diga "Hi, help, yes" à NPC Officer Jenny para receber seus Rewards!



    • Reward: Average Pokémon Egg (Box 2), 5.000 dollars, Police Outfit (Com Taunt) e você passa a fazer parte da Polícia. •


    Read more: http://pokexguia.blogspot.com/2012/09/se-tornando-um-policial-police.html#ixzz26qEmtyu8

              Scouting Notebook: Dani Ceballos Putting His Football to the Fore at Euro U21s   

    With the notable exception of 2015, Spain have been utterly dominant in Under-21 Championships this decade. 2011 saw them defeat Switzerland 2-0 in the final; in 2013 they beat Italy 4-2; and in 2017, they enter the final against Germany as heavy, heavy favourites.

    The calibre of player they've taken to this tournament has been just as remarkable as their collective performances. 2011 saw Thiago Alcantara, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Javi Martinez form an all-powerful midfield, while in 2013, Isco, Asier Illarramendi and Koke joined Thiago to make them even stronger.

    This year a new crop have shined. In their first game of the tournament—a 5-0 demolition of Macedonia—Marco Asensio, fresh off scoring in the UEFA Champions League final, grabbed the headlines (again) with an eye-popping hat-trick.

    Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez also scored that day, and he has gone on to bag four more, including a ridiculous hat-trick against Italy in the semi-final, while Marcos Llorente has swept up at the base of midfield in a calm, collected manner.

    But one man's name currently in the papers was not on the teamsheet for that opening fixture, and said man was not happy about it.

    According to ESPN FC's David Cartlidge, Dani Ceballos—who you may well have seen tear Italy's entire team apart with one slinking dribble on Tuesday—was incredibly disappointed not to have been handed a key role and had to set about changing matters.

    It's not the first time this season he's been left sidelined; Gus Poyet, when manager of Real Betis, inexplicably pushed him (and Chelsea loanee Charly Musonda) away from the first-team squad for periods of time before Christmas. From a footballing perspective it made no sense, as Ceballos is the most creative, talented player in that team and they battled relegation from August to April, but then, the decision to drop him may well have had nothing to do with football at all.

    Despite being aged just 20, Ceballos already has a chequered past. According to Goal.com, he's made some derogatory comments in the past about different regions of Spain; insulted legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas and his wife; told a just-relegated player that he hopes his club rots in the second division; and even sent a pro-General Franco tweet.

    That's been the story of his career to date: off-field issues, distractions and mishaps coming to the fore, with the unfortunate casualty being his football. For one so young to be constantly battling back from adversity is a true shame.

    Missing the starting XI against Macedonia was simply the next in a lengthy line of footballing setbacks, but Ceballos made the most of his 27 minutes off the bench against Macedonia and found himself in the starting XI against Portugal for the group's key clash.

    They won, he played well, and he found himself back on the bench for the third game—only this time it was alongside Asensio and Saul, as coach Albert Celades rotated his crop ahead of the semi-finals.

    Against Italy, he shot to the fore for all the right reasons. His tempo-setting midfield play, so often seen in excellent Real Betis performances this year, were key to Spain controlling the game and controlling proceedings. Saul Niguez may have scored another rocket, but that was almost overlooked due to Ceballos producing the moment of the game.

    Having already nutmegged Roberto Gagliardini three times and got him sent off for two yellows earned from pure frustration, he embarked on a scintillating run, ducked between two midfielders after an outrageous fake pass sent them the wrong way, beat one more and then nutmegged another poor soul in the box to set up a shot. It left the crowd, the Twittersphere, the universe gobsmacked.

    That's what Ceballos is, in pure footballing terms: An electric, exciting, dazzling, smart midfielder. If he can set aside his documented off-field issues and control his emotions, the sky's the limit for him.

    That slick fake-pass move to flummox Italy is one of his specialties. He did it to Atletico Madrid last season too, fooling two of Diego Simeone's seasoned warhorses with a quick swish of the leg. In the same game, he smacked the post from distance, then went one better and powered a ridiculous volley in from outside the box after a corner had been headed clear.

    But while it's easy to fall for Ceballos' highlight reel moments and simply consider him a difference-maker in the final third, that would do an injustice to his abilities in the other two.

    He can drop into deeper areas and control games. For long periods against Italy he was level with Marcos Llorente in the base of midfield, playing as a No. 6 and dictating. He set Spain's rhythm and tempo, kept the ball moving and probed for weak points in Italy's formation. From there he was able to either slalom forward and beat markers or launch accurate passes into Gerard Deulofeu or Asensio.

    He also put the work in defensively, tracking men back and, on a number of occasions, getting a vital foot in to dispossess just outside his own box. He won't make an elite box-to-box midfielder, nor will he try to, but the graft shown is important—particularly given the circumstances he started the tournament in, and given Barcelona's Denis Suarez is on the bench, itching to reclaim that spot in the team.

    The whole world has seen Ceballos at his best during this tournament, and, as if often the case, transfer links have followed. Real Betis' president has been forced to deny reports that Real Madrid are just a step away from signing him, per Canal Sur TV (h/t ESPN's Adriana Garcia), but the fact he has a €15 million buyout clause is public knowledge and can only work against the Andalusian club.

    €15 million for a player who can do what he's done this summer, at the age he is? It shouldn't just be Real Madrid interested; it should be every top club on the continent.

          

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              NBA Free Agency Shopping Lists: Northwest Division   

    Free agency is a complicated time full of misdirection, brief opportunities and a whole lot of persuasion. We’ve put together these shopping lists to ensure every team stays on track.

    Utah Jazz

    2016-17 record: 51-31, eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals

    Unrestricted free agents: Gordon Hayward, George Hill, Shelvin Mack, Jeff Withey

    Restricted free agents: Joe Ingles

    It feels downright mean that this is where the Jazz find themselves. For a handful of years, a front office led by Kevin O’Connor and Dennis Lindsey has done so many things right: drafting and developing a homegrown All-Star in Hayward, taking Rudy Gobert at No. 27 overall and building him into an All-NBA Second Teamer and Defensive Player of the Year runner-up, making enough savvy trades and signings to build a roster deep enough to win 51 games despite coach Quin Snyder only having his expected starting five together for 14 games last season and winning the franchise’s first playoff series since 2010 by beating the Los Angeles Clippers in a Game 7 in their own gym.

    And then you run into the Warriors, and four games later, you’re left staring up at the lights, and into the possibility of watching your foundation crumble.

    [Fantasy Football is open! Sign up now]

    Billboards and paeans aside, Hayward’s taking meetings with the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. There is a very real chance that he decides the extra coin he can make by staying in Salt Lake City — a five-year, $180 million deal that would be about $44 million more than he could make elsewhere, per Bobby Marks of The Vertical — isn’t as attractive as the opportunity to play in an environment that might provide a more attractive path to continued contention than the one in Utah.

    The free-agent fates of George Hill and Gordon Hayward seem to be intertwined. (Getty Images)
    The free-agent fates of George Hill and Gordon Hayward seem to be intertwined. (Getty Images)

    After spending a season watching virtually every non-Gobert player expected to help him turn the Jazz into a legitimate contender battle myriad injuries — shooting guard Rodney Hood, power forward Derrick Favors, swingman Alec Burks and unrestricted-free-agent-to-be point guard George Hill — maybe Hayward worries the Jazz are less an ascendant power than one whose past potential might outstrip its future projection. A Hayward exit wouldn’t necessarily cripple a Jazz team that has Gobert locked up for several more years, but it would leave Utah reeling, needing to completely reorient its offense and facing serious questions about the proper price points for their other free agents.

    Despite missing 33 games last season battling a persistent toe injury, Hill’s likely to draw significant interest on the open market as a ball-handler capable of defending both backcourt positions and spotting up off the ball. When he was on the floor, the Jazz were excellent, and he made so much sense next to Hayward. But if Hayward’s on the way out, will Lindsey and company feel comfortable spending $20 million or so per year on someone who’s played fewer than 50 games twice in the last three seasons and who seems much more suited for a complementary role than a starring one — especially with 2014 first-round pick Dante Exum waiting in the wings? Then again, that decision-making calculus might be backward; Hill and Hayward are very tight, and a pledge to retain the former might be a prerequisite in getting a commitment from the latter.

    Ingles was a valuable contributor to the Jazz, serving as a sharpshooting swingman, savvy ball-mover and tough defender. But if the 30-year-old Aussie’s market goes past midlevel-exception money and reaches eight figures per season, the Jazz might be better served trying to find higher-upside ways to spend that money, as much as they’d like to retain his services.

    Bringing back all three would vault the Jazz over the $99 million salary cap and within hailing distance of the $119 million luxury tax, and that’s before factoring in potential rookie-scale extensions for eligible class of 2014 draftees Hood and Exum. It’s exceedingly unlikely Utah will pay that tab, meaning their best-case scenario is probably bringing back two of the three — a decision that could prove awfully tricky, considering the competing interests at work here:

    Potentially complicating matters: the Jazz are still about $16 million under the 2016-17 salary cap, giving them financial flexibility to take on a big contract for a player that might help … so long as they do it before midnight Eastern time, when the league calendar flips to 2017-18. They’ve reportedly been eyeing trades for a veteran point guard, most notably Ricky Rubio … which might complicate things juuuuust a tad on the Hill front and could wreak havoc on the possibility of retaining Hayward.

    Utah’s got a lot at stake and a lot of balls in the air as the clock winds down. Lindsey, for his part, is projecting calm.

    “Many times, what happens is, you capitulate to pressure and then you overreach,” the Jazz GM recently told reporters. “We want to stick to our fundamentals of team building — mindset, culture, skills, fits, value adds, contract, production. We’re quite confident.”

    Whether that confidence is founded could be one of the biggest storylines of the summer of 2017.

    Andre Roberson and Taj Gibson were key pieces of the Thunder's defense. (AP)
    Andre Roberson and Taj Gibson were key pieces of the Thunder’s defense. (AP)

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    2016-17 record: 47-35, eliminated in the first round

    Unrestricted free agents: Taj Gibson, Norris Cole, Nick Collison

    Restricted free agents: Andre Roberson

    The Thunder enter the summer with just under $113 million in guaranteed salary on the books — meaning they’re about $14 million over the cap, and about $6 million under the luxury tax line — so they don’t have very much financial flexibility. In a perfect world, they’d bring back both Gibson (a stalwart veteran four who helped on both ends of the floor after his trade-deadline acquisition) and Roberson (an All-Defensive Team perimeter stopper who makes life miserable for opposing scorers every night). But doing so means going very deep into the luxury tax, which could be a non-starter for a team that’s already paid the tax twice in the last three years and doesn’t want to fall prey to the dreaded repeater tax incurred when you’re a taxpayer four times in five seasons.

    Vaulting into the tax would be especially damaging because going more than $6 million over the tax line (the so-called “apron”) would cost the Thunder the right to use the biannual exception of $3.3 million per year and would limit the amount of their midlevel exception to just under $5.2 million per year for up to three years, as opposed to the $8.4 million over four that non-taxpayers can offer. When you’re capped out, retaining the ability to use those exceptions to add talent is really important, and that could mean the Thunder are in for some restructuring.

    The most preferable path to creating a little bit of breathing room is probably finding a taker for the two years and $36.5 million owed to reserve scorer Enes Kanter. Given the Turkish big man’s defensive struggles, though, that price tag might be a bit rich without additional sweeteners. The Thunder might struggle providing those, as they already owe a lottery-protected 2018 first-round pick to the Jazz (as part of the deal that sent Kanter to OKC) and a top-20-protected 2020 No. 1 to the Orlando Magic (who acquired it from the Philadelphia 76ers, who took it in exchange for forward Jerami Grant).

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    If general manager Sam Presti can’t offload Kanter (or, less likely, about-to-become-$22-million-man Victor Oladipo) or find another ingenious path to cap flexibility, the Thunder might be forced to bid farewell to Gibson — and maybe even Roberson, if some suitor comes calling with a front-loaded restricted free agent offer sheet — and try to find defensive replacements with the midlevel exception.

    The market might push players like Toronto’s Patrick Patterson and Memphis’ JaMychal Green out of MLE range; if not, OKC could do worse in replacing Gibson. Similarly, Tony Allen, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Thabo Sefolosha represent longer-in-the-tooth, lower-grade options for life after Roberson, but they might offer some of the flavor the Thunder want at the price they need.

    At some point, it’d also be nice for the Thunder to find a backup for Russell Westbrook who can keep OKC from cratering when he needs to rest. (Which he does sometimes, with the Thunder very much unable to stay afloat when he did so.) The Shelvin Macks and Langston Galloways of the world might not be available for the biannual exception, and Oklahoma City might need to target bigger fish with the MLE, which could leave Presti once again scraping the minimum market in search of a lottery ticket.

    And speaking of the just-crowned MVP …

    Russell Westbrook accepted his NBA MVP award on Monday. Now what? (AP)
    Russell Westbrook accepted his NBA MVP award on Monday. Now what? (AP)

    Presti reportedly plans to offer him a monster five-year, $200-plus million super-max Designated Veteran Player Extension as soon as free agency opens. If Westbrook takes it, the Thunder have their centerpiece locked in through 2022. If he doesn’t, for the second time in three years, Presti will have to decide whether or not to put a beloved franchise player on the trade market to avoid potentially losing him for nothing the following summer. Things could soon get very, very interesting in Oklahoma.

    Portland Trail Blazers

    2016-17 record: 41-41, eliminated in the first round

    Unrestricted free agents: None

    Restricted free agents: None

    Like the Thunder, Portland’s got zero financial flexibility. Negative wiggle room, in fact. After paying C.J. McCollum $106 million, signing Evan Turner, matching Brooklyn’s offer sheet for Allen Crabbe, and bringing back restricted free agents Meyers Leonard and Maurice Harkless last summer, the Blazers enter July with $142.5 million in guaranteed salary committed for next season, according to Mark Deeks of ShamSports.com. And they’re in line to pay nine figures’ worth of salary that keeps them capped out and luxury-tax-adjacent in each of the next two seasons, as well.

    Footing gigantic tax bills for a team that can contend is one thing. But the Blazers finished .500, got blasted in the first round by Golden State and seem to have a couple of quantum leaps to make before they can claim with a straight face they’re within sniffing distance of the West’s upper echelon. Something’s got to give, right?

    Blazers star Damian Lillard and general manager Neil Olshey try to figure out how to make a splash. (Getty Images)
    Blazers star Damian Lillard and general manager Neil Olshey try to figure out how to make a splash. (Getty Images)

    It’s possible that one of those leaps will come with a full season of pairing the high-octane backcourt of McCollum and Damian Lillard with a healthy Jusuf Nurkic, who became a folk hero after joining the team before the trade deadline. In Nurkic’s minutes, Portland outscored the opposition by a whopping 9.3 points per 100 possessions during the regular season before he went down with a fractured right fibula.

    Other avenues toward a leap, though? Those are harder to figure. The Blazers paid through the nose to ensure they had depth on the wing, knowing how hard it is for NBA teams to come by quality swingmen these days, but now might find themselves unable to offload either Crabbe or Turner. They’re also unwilling to move the more cost-effective and defensively useful Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu. And with 2017 first-rounders Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan joining Nurkic, Leonard, Noah Vonleh and Ed Davis on the roster, the frontcourt’s now awfully crowded without too much in the way of a clearly defined pecking order. (That Nurkic and Vonleh are both eligible for extensions of their rookie deals, and will enter restricted free agency next summer if Portland doesn’t re-up, only complicates matters.)

    Neil Olshey has done well to compile a pretty interesting collection of players capable of producing a top-10 offense; if Nurkic’s late-season surge is the real deal and Aminu’s healthy, the Blazers’ defense might not be as hopeless as it often seemed last season. But he spent plenty of Paul Allen’s money to do it, and barring major internal improvement from multiple pieces, it’s tough to see a way for Portland to reach the next level without a significant shake-up via trade.

    After seven seasons, Danilo Gallinari might be about to fly out of Denver (Getty Images)
    After seven seasons, Danilo Gallinari might be about to fly out of Denver. (Getty Images)

    Denver Nuggets

    2016-17 record: 40-42

    Unrestricted free agents: Danilo Gallinari, Roy Hibbert

    Restricted free agents: Mason Plumlee

    In the middle of December, coach Mike Malone reinserted Nikola Jokic into Denver’s starting lineup. From that point on, nobody — not the Warriors, not the Rockets, not the Cavs: nobody — scored more points per possession than the Nuggets, who sliced and diced opposing defenses behind the brilliant playmaking and efficient scoring of their 6-foot-11 Serbian center.

    There was just one problem. Over that same stretch, nobody — not the Lakers, not the Suns, not the Kings: nobody — allowed more points per possession than the Nuggets, who saw their late-season push for the West’s eighth and final playoff spot scuttled by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to cap off a 50-point triple-double by Westbrook. Denver’s got some tantalizing young passers, shooters and finishers on board, but the Nuggets need some defensive steel if they’re to make a serious push into the Western playoff picture.

    So, naturally, they’ve been linked to Kevin Love.

    Denver emerged ahead of last week’s draft as the wheel-greasing third team in prospective deals that would land Paul George in Cleveland, Love in Denver, and a slew of future draft picks, young players and expiring contracts in Indiana. A Love-Jokic frontcourt would allow Denver to play a brand of five-out ball that could be damn near un-guardable. It wouldn’t, however, seem to address that nettlesome issue of not being able to freaking stop anybody — especially if one of the pieces moving to Indiana is shooting guard Gary Harris, a legitimate two-way contributor who took major steps forward last season as a perimeter defender, shooter and cutter.

    Harris helps, and does so at a position that’s super-thin around the league, which is why Denver doesn’t really want to move him. He’s also eligible for an extension of his rookie deal, and might soon cost nearly as much as Love, which is why the Nuggets would probably have to at least entertain the notion, even if a lineup of something like Love, Jokic, Wilson Chandler, Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay doesn’t seem particularly likely to strike fear into the hearts of the Warriors, Spurs or Rockets.

    Love’s a name that sticks because Denver needs to figure out what it’s doing at power forward. Jokic firmly established himself as the Nuggets’ center of the future — this is why Nurkic is now in Portland, instead of being unhappy next to Malone on the bench — but Denver hasn’t yet found the right sort of fit at the four next to their super-skilled but somewhat slow-footed and ground-bound playmaker. A defensively versatile type who doesn’t demand No. 1 option touches would be wonderful.

    Is Denver willing to shell out max or near-max money for 32-year-old Paul Millsap while knowing they’ll soon need to shell out big paydays for Harris and Jokic (a second-round pick in 2014 who didn’t come over until 2015, signing a four-year deal with a team option for 2018-19, but who could look to tear that up next summer to lock him up long-term as soon as possible)? If the Raptors decide to move on from Serge Ibaka, the soon-to-be-28-year-old could be a dynamite fit. (Kentucky product and former Jazz reserve Trey Lyles, imported on draft night, could factor into the solution here, too, though he shouldn’t be counted on to provide the whole answer himself.)

    If the Nuggets do decide to look elsewhere at the four, it probably means they’re moving on from Gallinari, who bounced back in a big way last season and has proven when healthy — two heavy words — to be a valuable shooter and face-up playmaker for teams seeking stretch fours who already have defensively viable fives.

    With Mudiay struggling in his second season and rising sophomore Murray perhaps not ready for full-time point guard duty, Denver also figures to be in the market for a veteran point guard. How high-caliber an option they’ll be able to pull on the open market remains to be seen. Chris Paul’s already in Houston; Utah and San Antonio will probably fight over Hill; and the Pelicans pretty much have to keep Jrue Holiday. If Toronto balks at offering five years or max money, Kyle Lowry might be an interesting name to keep an eye on as a hard-nosed defender who can shoot, share, score and cut to wind up on the other end of some of those sweet, sweet Jokic dimes.

    After trading for Jimmy Butler, the Wolves are on the hunt for more big-time talent. (AP)
    After trading for Jimmy Butler, the Wolves are on the hunt for more big-time talent. (AP)

    Minnesota Timberwolves

    2016-17 record: 31-51

    Unrestricted free agents: Omri Casspi, Adreian Payne, Brandon Rush

    Restricted free agents: Shabazz Muhammad

    The Wolves already made one big splash, pulling off a draft-night blockbuster fleecing of the Chicago Bulls to import All-NBA swingman Jimmy Butler and give Minnesota a core that rising superstar Karl-Anthony Towns calls “what dynasties are made of.” There’s a lot of space, though, between the destination of a dynasty and the starting point of a 31-win roster. Getting there will require even more bold moves.

    Like, say, trading incumbent point guard Ricky Rubio to a team with cap space (hello, Utah) to create even more cap space to pursue a potential upgrade at the point who can space the floor to a degree the Spaniard’s never been able to? Like, say, Lowry, whom Butler may or may not be trying to recruit to join him in Tom Thibodeau’s backcourt? Or Hill, who might see Minnesota as a viable new home if the Jazz and Spurs look elsewhere?

    With sweet-shooting guard Zach LaVine shipped to Chicago in the Butler deal, a Wolves team already lacking enough capable marksmen needs more shooters. Lowry or Hill would certainly help there. If Hill rejoins the Spurs, San Antonio’s Patty Mills, who shot 41.3 percent from deep last season, might be available at a lower price point, too, though I’d be leery of considering him an upgrade over Rubio’s playmaking and defensive excellence.

    They’ve long been rumored to be interested in Millsap — who, for what it’s worth, is less a “stretch” four than a playmaking power forward, having shot better than league-average from 3-point range just once in his career (and less than 32 percent in the last two seasons) — as a smart, defensive-minded veteran complement to Towns. But shelling out a big-money four-year deal for him ahead of forthcoming max extensions for Wiggins (next summer) and Towns (in 2019) might make owner Glen Taylor a little green around the gills.

    But that’s the price of trying to level up in the NBA. The Wolves showed on draft night that they’re serious about becoming a rising force. Now it’s up to them to put some money behind that mission.

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    Is this the end of the line for Spurs legends Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili? (AP)
    Is this the end of the line for Spurs legends Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili? (AP)

    Free agency is a complicated time full of misdirection, brief opportunities, and a whole lot of persuasion. We’ve put together these shopping lists to ensure every team stays on track.

    San Antonio Spurs

    2016-17 record: 61-21, eliminated in the Western Conference finals

    Unrestricted free agents: Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills, David Lee, Dewayne Dedmon, Joel Anthony

    Restricted free agents: Jonathon Simmons

    For about 23 minutes, the Spurs put the fear of God into the Golden State Warriors. And then Kawhi Leonard landed on the foot of Warriors center Zaza Pachulia, suffering his third left ankle sprain in a six-day span and ending his season, and that, as they say, was that. The Warriors rolled to a four-game sweep, leaving in their wake questions about what might have been and what comes next for a Spurs team that remains among the NBA’s elite, but still finds itself in transition.

    The Spurs now inarguably belong to Leonard, an MVP finalist who took his game to new heights during the regular season and was even more of a holy terror in the playoffs before succumbing to a busted wheel. So long as he is ambulatory, the Spurs can be a title contender. He needs help, though, and a San Antonio braintrust led by general manager R.C. Buford and coach Gregg Popovich must figure out how to provide it while navigating some treacherous waters.

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    Tony Parker vows to be better than ever this season. The 35-year-old won’t get to start making good on that promise until January, though, as he works back from a ruptured left quadriceps tendon that leaves major questions about how effective he can be. We still don’t know whether we’ve seen the last of Manu Ginobili. Key reserve Patty Mills, an unrestricted free agent, could be in line for big offers elsewhere, and rumored target Chris Paul decided to head about 3 1/2 hours east of San Antonio instead. That leaves only 3-and-D man Danny Green, second-year point guard Dejounte Murray (who showed flashes in brief postseason deployment) and rookie Derrick White (who’s got a whale of a story) in line to be in the backcourt on opening night.

    Leonard took steps forward as an initiator last season, but he’d still benefit from working with an ace point guard capable of working off the ball, too. If the Spurs were really looking to make a CP3-level splash with machinations like getting Pau Gasol to decline his player option for next season to create more financial flexibility and exploring the trade market for postseason disappointment LaMarcus Aldridge, would they be willing to go through the same process for Kyle Lowry? If not, San Antonio’s best bet might be trying to bring back Mills, or waiting out the point guard market to see if a reunion with forever Pop favorite George Hill might be in the cards. (There are also those pesky Derrick Rose rumors, which frankly don’t make much sense to me, but must at least be considered.)

    The Spurs can match any offer sheet tendered to Simmons, an energetic, defensive-minded athlete who shined when pressed into duty as Leonard’s replacement late in the postseason. They might decide, though, that they’d be better served letting him walk rather than committing big money for a 28-year-old with a limited offensive game, and look to fill the hole on the wing by bringing over 2011 draft-and-stash Adam Hanga, a 6-foot-7 swingman who just earned recognition as the Euroleague’s best defender. The same might hold true of center Dewayne Dedmon, a key cog in San Antonio’s league-best regular-season defense who found himself out of the rotation by the end of the playoffs, and who might have a replacement waiting in 2015 first-rounder Nikola Milutinov, a 7-footer who plays for Greek power Olympiacos.

    The Spurs don’t act rashly. They know how good a team they had last year and what might have been had Kawhi landed softly; they may choose to just spend their cap space trying to bring back as much of last year’s squad as possible, with an extra bell or whistle to bolster depth, and to run it back. But last year’s last year, the game’s only getting more fierce out West, and the Spurs are only two years removed from swinging for the fences for a star at a position of need. If Buford and Popovich see an opportunity to land a backcourt difference-maker who helps them match up with Golden State and Houston while easing the transition out of the Parker/Ginobili era, don’t be surprised if they act aggressively.

    Houston Rockets

    2016-17 record: 55-27, eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals

    Unrestricted free agents: Nene

    Restricted free agents: Bobby Brown, Troy Williams

    Sure, the Rockets landed one of the 10 best players in the NBA three days before the start of free agency. That doesn’t mean GM Daryl Morey’s job is done, though. The “weapons race” continues.

    Having added Paul to MVP runner-up James Harden in a Mike D’Antoni offense that should remain at or near the very top of the NBA in offensive efficiency, Morey now turns his attention slowing down the other best attacks in the West — namely, those in Golden State and San Antonio. He’ll keep Kevin Pritchard’s phone line burning up in pursuit of Paul George. He might try to bundle some of the non-guaranteed contracts he’s amassed with future draft picks and other assets to engage the Atlanta Hawks in a sign-and-trade for Paul Millsap, who could be a dynamite fit as a defensively versatile frontcourt partner for Clint Capela.

    He could look to use the salary cap exceptions the Rockets retained by pulling off the CP3 deal before July 1 — the full midlevel exception of $8.4 million per year and the biannual exception of $3.2 million per year — on more frontcourt help, behind Capela and Ryan Anderson. As ESPN.com’s Zach Lowe notes, the MLE might not quite be enough for the likes of JaMychal Green and Patrick Patterson — two smart, capable defenders with some stretch to their games — but it might be enough to add several other veteran pieces interested in joining up with a contender. The BAE might be enough to bring back Nene, who was great in his first season in Houston before a season-ending injury in the playoffs.

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    Being able to put Paul or Harden on the floor at all times should ensure that the Rockets can score on just about anybody, even in the crucible of the postseason. Whether they can get import personnel to improve their capacity to get stops could be the difference between remaining a high-priced also-ran and becoming a real threat to rise to the top of the West.

    Tony Allen and Zach Randolph defined the 'Grit-and-Grind' Grizzlies, but they might both be on their way out of Memphis. (Getty Images)
    Tony Allen and Zach Randolph defined the ‘Grit-and-Grind’ Grizzlies, but they might both be on their way out of Memphis. (Getty Images)

    Memphis Grizzlies

    2016-17 record: 43-39, eliminated in the first round

    Unrestricted free agents: Zach Randolph, Tony Allen, Vince Carter

    Restricted free agents: JaMychal Green

    This is, as friend of the program Geoff Calkins notes, a different kind of free-agency period for the Grizzlies. After spending recent years needing to focus their efforts primarily on bringing back one member of their core — Allen in 2013, Z-Bo in 2014, Marc Gasol in 2015 and Mike Conley last summer — Memphis now faces losing the two players who more than any other have defined the most successful era in franchise history, as well as a hard-nosed and versatile forward (the 27-year-old Green) who has earned his way into a starting role and a double-digit annual salary.

    Much depends on how high that double-digit number is. Closer to $10 million a year, and the Grizzlies likely match it to keep Green next to Gasol, which might make it more likely that Randolph — getting up there in years, but largely excellent as a sixth man last season — seriously courts offers to assume a similar role on a contender elsewhere, loathe as he might be to leave the city where he’s become an icon. Closer to $15 million, and the Grizzlies probably need a new starting power forward, but might be better positioned to keep Z-Bo as a second-unit punisher.

    And if Memphis is really only prepared to offer “The Grindfather” a veteran’s minimum deal, fearing a sharp decline for the offensively limited 36-year-old stopper … well, it seems like Allen’s camp wants to make it clear that won’t be enough to get it done:

    As painful as letting Allen go might be from a cultural perspective, the Grizzlies would probably be fine with it if they could find a suitable replacement at shooting guard who can actually shoot. Those won’t be easy to come by, though — seriously, check out the list of free-agent two-guards — and if another suitor swoops in on Green with an offer too rich for Memphis’ blood, there might be worse alternatives than running it back with the foundational tandem of Allen and Randolph for another year or two. Should Green and/or Randolph leave, it’d be awfully nice to see youngsters Jarell Martin and Deyonta Davis get a crack at filling their roles; this is, after all, why you use first-round and high-second-round picks.

    From a structural standpoint, the Grizzlies’ needs remain what they’ve been since time immemorial: more wings who can shoot and make plays, and a backup point guard to remain afloat when Conley rests. If Shaun Livingston winds up squeezed out of Golden State, he’d be perfect; if not, the hope will be that Wade Baldwin IV and Andrew Harrison take significant steps forward in their second seasons. Barring major leaps forward, though, the Grizz could find themselves scouring the market and hoping to strike gold silver bronze with point men like Aaron Brooks, Darren Collison and Shelvin Mack, or shooting guards like Rodney Stuckey, Randy Foye or the immortal Jason Terry.

    Given the concerns at power forward and with perimeter playmaking, especially if Carter (still arguably Memphis’ best reserve wing at age 40) leaves town, the best possible addition they could make is a healthy Chandler Parsons. Given the way last year went, though, I’ll believe he’s good to go when I see it. This was always the danger when the Grizz decided to go all-in with max deals for Gasol, Conley and Parsons — that they’d wind up top-heavy and capped out, without the necessary flexibility to fill in the gaps. If Memphis can’t get Parsons right and can’t get creative in a hurry, their perennial playoff status might be on shaky ground.

    The Pelicans kind of have to bring Jrue Holiday back, even if it means overpaying. (AP)
    The Pelicans kind of have to bring Jrue Holiday back, even if it means overpaying. (AP)

    New Orleans Pelicans

    2016-17 record: 34-48

    Unrestricted free agents: Jrue Holiday, Dante Cunningham, Donatas Motiejunas

    Restricted free agents: None

    The Pelicans probably have no choice but to open up the checkbook to retain Holiday when he hits the unrestricted market. If they don’t bring him back, they’ll only have about $13 million to find a replacement at the point. That’s not enough to afford someone capable of doing what Holiday does when he’s healthy — play very good defense at either guard spot, run the offense, space the floor, and complement the interior tandem of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

    “When he’s healthy” is a pretty significant conditional. The 27-year-old has missed 122 games over his four-year tenure in New Orleans. But with former reserve Tim Frazier shipped out to the Washington Wizards, and no evident options on the market likely to be as productive as Holiday in New Orleans’ price range, locking him up is the Pelicans’ most significant order of business.

    If they can keep Holiday in the fold, the other big issue is finding any sort of shooting on the wing that can open up room for Davis and Cousins. The problem: bringing back Holiday probably vaporizes the Pelicans’ cap space. (The lesson: be wary of paying eight figures for Omer Asik and Solomon Hill.) That means they’re going to be competing with the other teams trying to get sub-star wings to take their midlevel exception. A name to watch: Justin Holiday, a 6-foot-6 wing who played pretty well as a 3-and-D sort for the New York Knicks last season, and who also happens to be Jrue’s brother. They’d like to play together someday.

    They do own all of their own future first-round picks — weirdly, right now the Pelicans are the only team in the NBA that’s not set to receive any future picks or send any out — and could go fishing on the trade market for floor-spacing defenders using a future No. 1 as bait. Might a Clippers team interested in asset accumulation think about redirecting the just-acquired Patrick Beverley?

    Such later-for-now swaps can be dangerous, though. On one hand, Dell Demps and company need to all possibilities while staring down the barrel of losing Cousins in free agency next summer if they don’t become a viable playoff team. On the other, what if you start flipping future firsts to import present-day help, it still doesn’t work, Boogie leaves in a year anyway, and now you’re without a future asset that return help in keeping AD around long-term? These are tough questions, and the Pelicans are in a tough spot, with even a trio of Davis, Cousins and Holiday promising little in a brutal West.

    Dirk Nowitzki tells Salah Mejri a little secret: he's going to play until he's 65. (AP)
    Dirk Nowitzki tells Salah Mejri a little secret: he’s going to play until he’s 65. (AP)

    Dallas Mavericks

    2016-17 record: 33-49

    Unrestricted free agents: Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Romo

    Restricted free agents: Nerlens Noel

    Dallas’ own free agents should be taken care of in short order. The Mavs will reportedly decline their $25 million option for Nowitzki in favor of giving him a new (and perhaps longer) deal. They also reportedly intend to lock down Noel, who posted strong per-minute numbers after coming over at February’s trade deadline and looks like the glass-clearing, rim-protecting, screen-and-rolling finisher in the middle they’ve needed whenever they haven’t had Tyson Chandler. (With apologies to Brandan Wright.)

    Doing so might cost Mark Cuban a pretty penny, whether for the benefit of pre-empting the “multiple” maximum-salary-level suitors reportedly out there for the 23-year-old’s services, or in matching an offer sheet should Noel sign one. Even so, it seems likely Cuban won’t hesitate to pony up for Nerlens, in whose minutes Dallas allowed only 104.8 points per 100 possessions (equivalent to a top-10 full-season defensive rating) and outscored opponents by about the same per-possession margin as the playoff-bound Washington Wizards.

    The Mavs have been trying for years to secure a center like Noel. Now that they have one, and an electric pick-and-roll point guard (No. 9 overall pick Dennis Smith Jr.) to go with him, it’s time to let the kids go to work, blessed by the floor-spacing of the eternal German and under the watchful eye of Rick Carlisle.

    The hope is that Smith, an explosive playmaker out of North Carolina State with athleticism to burn and a nose for the rim, will help energize a Mavericks offense that played at the league’s second-slowest pace, ranked dead last in free-throw attempts, and finished 23rd among 30 NBA teams in offensive efficiency. They could stand to add some more firepower, but as Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News notes, bringing back Nowitzki and Noel likely means the Mavs will only have one roster spot to play with, and likely precious little salary cap space to use.

    Maybe Donnie Nelson takes flyers on some undervalued potential two-way helpers, as he did successfully last summer with Seth Curry. (If his market’s chilly, someone like Langston Galloway might make sense.) But with the Mavs coming off an admitted tank and seemingly happy to develop their young core and celebrate Dirk rather than pushing for an immediate return to contention, it seems unlikely they’ll look to make any big moves.

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              Israeli air-defense: A game of cat and mouse.   

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              Mo Money Mo Problems: The NBA’s 2017 All-About-To-Be-Overpaid Team   
    Nikola Mirotic and Kelly Olynyk battle it out for their next big contract. (AP)
    Nikola Mirotic and Kelly Olynyk battle it out for their next big contract. (AP)

    NBA general managers are smarter than ever, and they still couldn’t help themselves when gifted a ballooning salary cap last summer, spending like Montgomery Brewster (timely references, here). The Los Angeles Lakers saddled themselves with Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng, the Portland Trail Blazers threw $70 million at Evan Turner, and the Memphis Grizzlies figured Chandler Parsons for $94 million in an annual tradition that will only seem more ridiculous as the salary cap continues to climb.

    These five guys will cash in soon, so maybe this list will soften the blow when the news comes down.

    JRUE HOLIDAY, New Orleans Pelicans (unrestricted)

    Let me start by saying I’m a big fan of Holiday. I like his effort on both ends of the floor, and I love his hustle off it. He’s 27 years old, enjoyed arguably his best season since his 2013 All-Star campaign — averaging 15.4 points (53.2 true shooting percentage), 7.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game — and did it all despite missing the start of the season to tend to his wife as she recovered from brain surgery.

    But he is not a max-contract player. And he will in all likelihood receive a max deal from the Pelicans, if only because they have no other choice. Pairing DeMarcus Cousins with Anthony Davis at the trade deadline meant New Orleans was entering the summer with a win-now ultimatum and no cap space.

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    If Holiday walks in unrestricted free agency, the Pelicans have nobody to deliver the ball to their two stud bigs, no way of paying somebody else of his caliber, and no assets to trade for an adequate replacement, because they owe Solomon Hill, Omer Asik and E’Twaun Moore a combined $85 million.

    So, when another team makes a big play for Holiday — and the Dallas Mavericks were among those rumored to be making a sweetheart offer that included the chance to play with Justin — the Pelicans have no other option but to top it. And that will get expensive. Like, $30 million a year expensive.

    TIM HARDAWAY JR., Atlanta Hawks (restricted)

    The New York Knicks’ No. 24 pick in 2013, Hardaway was dealt to Atlanta for another non-lottery pick two years into his career, averaged just six points on below-average shooting in 17 minutes per game during his first season on the Hawks, and then salvaged his career in the final year of his rookie deal.

    A top-10 finisher in this year’s Most Improved Player voting, Hardaway submitted career-highs of 14.5 points per game and 56.8 percent true shooting this season. With more minutes and responsibility following the trade of Kyle Korver, the Basketball Hall of Famer’s son increased his output and efficiency, and Atlanta’s offensive rating rose 8.5 points per 100 possessions with him in the lineup.

    I’m practically talking myself into offering him four years and $70 million this summer — the same offer teammates Kent Bazemore and Dennis Schroder received in restricted free agency last year. Show any general manager game tape of his 23 points in the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets, and that offer might even climb to $20 million annually. The guy is still only 25 years old.

    But what if I told you Reggie Jackson gave the Detroit Pistons the same numbers last season? You’d say he was overpaid at $15 million. Hardaway is a useful player, but his inconsistent production can be approximated by any number of players, and I’d be shocked if he’s ever a starting shooting guard on a contender. If that’s the case, he should get closer to $10 million than $20 million. Which won’t happen, because he is exactly the type of player whose best nights enthrall GMs enough to throw cash at him.

    Jodie Meeks advises Kentavious Caldwell-Pope about big paydays in Detroit. (AP)
    Jodie Meeks advises Kentavious Caldwell-Pope about big paydays in Detroit. (AP)

    KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE, Detroit Pistons (restricted)

    Caldwell produced comparable offensive numbers to Hardaway (14 points per game on 35 percent shooting from 3-point range), while serving as an above-average wing defender (he even picked up an All-Defensive Second Team vote). That’s somebody you want on your roster, especially at age 24.

    But the Brooklyn Nets, with a plethora of cap space, are reportedly prepared to offer Caldwell-Pope a max contract, which would mean a start salary around $25 million for the former No. 8 overall pick.

    What’s more, the Pistons have their hands tied into matching it, because they are without cap space this year and next, and cannot possibly replicate a Caldwell-Pope with the mid-level exception. He was arguably the Pistons’ most important player in 2015-16, whatever that means for a 37-win team.

    So, Detroit would technically be paying market value for Caldwell-Pope, but only because another bad team is desperate enough to overpay for anyone better than Joe Harris. Outside of trading one of several other cumbersome contracts, the Pistons would then be locked into a core of Caldwell-Pope, Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris for the next two years — with another $75 million or so due to the first three in 2019-20. That’s the same team that finished 10th in the East this year.

    KELLY OLYNYK, Boston Celtics (restricted)

    I’m not sure how much money Olynyk earned with his 26-point performance to beat the Washington Wizards in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, but it was a lot. Millions, most likely. His next two games, in which he finished with two points and couldn’t stay on the floor against the Cleveland Cavaliers, will be ignored, because that’s what GMs do. They’re an optimistic bunch, for the most part.

    They will see Olynyk as a prototypical stretch big well-suited for today’s NBA — a 7-footer who can stretch the floor. He even shot 40.5 percent from 3-point range two seasons ago. They will ignore the fact he is an awkwardly plodding brute inside the arc, accidentally ripping people’s arms out of their sockets and elbowing his screen victims in the face, who doesn’t rebound or defend all that well.

    They will not see him for what he is — a serviceable backup big. Somebody will throw more than $15 million per season at Olynyk for the same reason the Chicago Bulls drafted Lauri Markkanen with the No. 7 overall pick last week. They think he’s a perfect fit for the pace-and-space era, forgetting about the pace part, and the Celtics will let him walk, because they know better after four years of him.

    NERLENS NOEL, Dallas Mavericks (restricted)

    I like Nerlens. I like all the players on this list. Gregg Popovich could probably finish .500 with them. But to pay Noel max money — as much as $140 million over the next five years — is one heck of a risk for a 7-footer whose knees (plural) have cost him a total of 135 games over his first four NBA seasons.

    And reports indicate there are multiple teams willing to pay the max for Noel, because he is a 23-year-old rim-protecting, rim-running athletic freak who is capable of stuff like this, over Draymond Green:

    The Mavs have reportedly made re-signing Noel their top priority this offseason, and they can match any offer in order to keep him part of a core that now includes Harrison Barnes, Seth Curry and Dennis Smith. Noel might even be worth that money if he stays healthy. But big men with multiple ACL surgeries in their recent past aren’t a safe bet. Not at an average annual rate of $28 million until 2022.

    You’re also paying 25 percent of the salary cap to a guy who can’t shoot beyond eight feet in a league that’s increasingly requiring its big men to space the floor. This sounds contradictory to also having Olynyk on this list, but it’s really the same argument: You’re paying in full for half a complete player. Even on the lottery-bound Mavs and Philadelphia 76ers, Noel only managed 20 minutes per game.

    I hope he succeeds. I really do. I hope they all do. I just wouldn’t bet on them. Or these guys, either …

    (DIS)HONORABLE MENTIONS:

    Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors (unrestricted): After trading Terrence Ross and a first-round pick for Ibaka, the Raptors seemed intent on keeping him long-term. If Kyle Lowry returns, the Raps’ only option to stay in the East hunt will be to outbid Ibaka’s suitors. If Lowry goes, and Ibaka follows suit, the dearth of free-agent big men with Ibaka’s range and rim-protection means someone will still pay up for him, even if he’s a third or fourth option who couldn’t get Toronto out of the second round.

    Joe Ingles, Utah Jazz (restricted): Once one of the league’s most underrated players, too many people started to notice, and now a team will ruin it by making the 30-year-old Australian overrated.

    James Johnson, Miami Heat (unrestricted): The 30-year-old posted career-highs across the board as a super-sub, but we have seven more years of evidence he won’t be worth the deal he’ll get as a result.

    Patty Mills, San Antonio Spurs (unrestricted): Projecting production in San Antonio over more minutes elsewhere is always a difficult proposition, but with several teams in need of help at the point guard position, someone is sure to be conceived they can get even more out of Mills than Popovich did.

    Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls (restricted): Olynyk, only better, and more expensive. So, Olynyk.

    Mason Plumlee, Denver Nuggets (restricted): There’s a rule that a Plumlee always has to be on this list.

    Otto Porter Jr., Washington Wizards (restricted): Similarly to Holiday and Caldwell-Pope, in that high-paying suitors will drive up his price tag, knowing the Wizards can’t afford to lose him.

    Andre Roberson, Oklahoma City Thunder (restricted): If OKC matches Roberson’s best offer, it’ll cross the luxury-tax line, and that’s nowhere for a small-market team to be. On the other hand, if Roberson goes, the Thunder will be even shallower on the wing. So, the bidding could get fierce for the All-Defensive Second Teamer, and the final offer will seem like a lot for a guy who teams dare to shoot.

    Tony Snell, Milwaukee Bucks (restricted): He’s 3-and-D, without the D, but NBA teams sure love the 3.

    Dion Waiters, Miami Heat (unrestricted): I figured Waiters for an overpay last summer, when he turned out to be a bargain at $2.9 million, and the market overcorrection should come after his career year.

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    Ben Rohrbach is a contributor for Ball Don’t Lie and Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rohrbach_ben@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!


              Gordon Hayward 'can't stand' Tom Brady, prefers Aaron Rodgers   
    Gordon Hayward #20 of the Utah Jazz reacts with Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics during the 2017 Taco Bell Skills Challenge at Smoothie King Center on February 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
    Hayward’s quarterback preferences may displease some Boston sports fans. (Getty)

    Boston diehard sports fans are hopeful that the Celtics will be able to land marquee free agent Gordon Hayward, but the 2017 NBA All-Star insulted perhaps the most beloved athlete in all of New England.

    During an interview with Utah Jazz reporter Hayley Byrnes during the NFL playoffs, Hayward was asked a question that dominates sports talk radio around the country: Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady?

    Without hesitation, the former Butler University standout responded with, “Aaron Rodgers. Can’t stand Tom Brady.”

    Although his answer will likely make Boston sports fans’ blood boil, they can take solace in his explanation for the choice.

    “I’m a Colts fan. I can’t stand him just because he plays for the Patriots,” Hayward noted. “I think he’s a good quarterback. It’s just loyalty.”

    Hayward’s quarterback preference is not the only peculiar wrinkle in his possible landing with the Celtics.

    General manager Danny Ainge’s son, Tanner, is currently running for Congress in Utah and has continually expressed a desire for Hayward to re-sign with the Jazz. If Hayward were to bolt for Boston, it is likely that Tanner’s chances of winning the election would be diminished to some degree.

    In an appearance on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub last week, Danny Ainge brushed off any possible issues that may arise in the family if Hayward ends up leaving Utah for Boston.

    “Tanner’s got five kids, a couple little boys, and some days I see them wearing Isaiah Thomas T-shirts, some days I see them wearing Gordon Hayward jerseys, and some days it’s Dante Exum jerseys,” he said. “They’re big Jazz fans and they live in that neck of the woods. I get all that.”

    Tanner took to Twitter to acknowledge how much of a hot button issue Hayward’s free agency is in Utah.

    The NBA offseason is a wild time and the Celtics’ pursuit of Hayward is certainly no exception.

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              Chris Paul s-a transferat la Houston   

    Adversarii lui Golden State Warriors se intaresc! Houston Rockets a decis sa sa-si faca o echipa capabila sa-i tina pieptfrancizei californiene. Primul adus in Texas este Chris Paul (32 ani), unul dintre cei mai buni conducatori de joc din Liga. In shimb,   Rockets va trimite la  Los Angeles Clippers sapte jucatori (Patrick Beverley, Sam

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              Rainier Summit #2, June 10-12, 2011   
    I always like to write trip reports on my bigger climbs so that I can remember them, record key learnings and share the stories with others who are interested. So, this documents my climb of Mt. Rainier via the Disappointment Cleaver route from Friday, June 10th to Sunday, June 12th, 2011. I climbed with good friends and climbing partners Ben and Mark Gossett. I do almost all of my climbing with them and really enjoy their personalities, temperament, attitudes toward climbing/safety, and shared love for Jesus. When you’re roping up to someone and trusting your life to them, it’s really nice to have so many things in common, and it’s also really nice to have done many climbs together already so that you know you can trust them.

    The trip started out with a lot of blessing in that Ben and I were both able to get out on the same weekend without causing our wives too much trouble/extra work, as they were both out of town with the kids. It looked like there was going to be a weather window over the weekend, although there had been some snow on the mountain during the preceding days and we were a little concerned about avalanche danger. We decided to get up there to get a better feel for conditions.

    We met up, drove to Paradise and left the trailhead at 4:30pm on Friday the 10th. We hit clouds around 6,500 ft (Paradise is at 5,400) and climbed into a foggy, grey world. Not really a white-out, but at times it was difficult to see the route/wands. At around 8,000 feet, the clouds parted and we made camp at around 8,200 feet – above the clouds. We carved out a platform in the snow, set up tents, boiled water, ate dinner and enjoyed the views. It got pretty cold that night (20’s?), but there was little wind. We were in our down bags for the night by 10pm (the sun had not set much earlier) and didn’t get up until 8am. None of us slept straight through of course, but we had a hard time getting out of the warm bags in the morning.

    Looking down at the clouds from our camp at 8,200 feet.

    Looking up at the summit from our camp at 8,200. Clear blue skies beckoning.

    Eventually we got up, broke down camp and got focused on moving up again. It was warming up and sunny on our way up to Camp Muir at 10,100 feet, where we stopped to talk to the climbing rangers and use the pseudo-facilities (a glorified porta-potty that always seems like it could rocket down the hill at any moment because it’s tied to the side of the mountain). Shortly thereafter we left for Ingraham Flats and enjoyed the total snow coverage on Cathedral Gap, which is often a sliding rock pile by this time of year. The snow levels on Rainier are running about a month behind and were fantastic this weekend.

    Porta-potties that hang on the side of the mountain at Camp Muir. They are "emptied" by helicopter.

    We rolled into our high camp at Ingraham Flats at about 2:30pm and carved out a flat area in the snow with some wind protection. We spent the next five and a half hours melting snow and boiling water to stay hydrated in the morning. We realized we’d made a mistake in bringing only one stove – we really needed two in order to make quicker progress. Because of this error, we didn’t get into our bags and to sleep until about 8pm. It was going to be a short night’s sleep as we had set alarms for 11:45pm. The stove issue also meant we were not able to hydrate well that afternoon and evening (Saturday), which would cause us trouble on Sunday.

    Our camp at Ingraham Flats at 11,100 feet - our launching point for a summit bid. This camp is basically level with the top of Little Tahoma (in the background), Washington's 3rd-highest summit.

    Alarms went off at 11:45pm – we were up getting harnesses and crampons on by midnight. We had laid the rope out with our ice axes already, so we were ready to go by 12:45am. I tried to eat a dessert bar I had set aside, but it was frozen solid so I wasn’t able to eat it. I also had another huge issue: I had recently bought a larger platypus (water carrier) with an insulated tube and cap (the thin tubes don’t work on Rainier at altitude, where it’s very cold, without insulation anyway). Apparently, they don’t work WITH insulation either. The mouthpiece was already freezing and soon I had no water – I would have to share with Ben and Mark and carry my water to replenish them.

    We left camp and headed up the hill and to the right to avoid a large crevasse. We stepped over a small one (one foot) and tried to make quick progress through an area where large house-sized ice-blocks loom (and where 13 people died in an ice fall in the 80’s). The route transferred onto the Disappointment Cleaver after skirting a few rock outcroppings. The guide companies had installed a fixed line in this section of the climb, because of steepness that could cause problems for their clients, but we avoided it. We climbed up the steep section and onto the spine of the Cleaver, and kept moving up for about an hour until we hit the top of the Cleaver at 12,100 feet. We rested for about 5 minutes and I was able to get some water from Ben and Mark. At this altitude even their better insulated bottles were getting cold.

    This is the "Disappointment Cleaver" seen after we were back down. If you look closely, you can see climbers on the spine.

    We continued our progress, traversing out to the North towards the Emmons Glacier. The traverse across was fairly flat (even down a bit) to skirt around a few icefalls. Even the flat traverse though had significant exposure and large crevasses (big enough to drop a house into) at the bottom. It was important to step carefully and to be ready to self-arrest a fall by yourself or a climbing partner. I kept my headlamp focused on the path in front of me and avoided the sometimes disorienting look out into the exposure and lower peaks looming up from below. Sometime around now, the sun came up and began to warm our environs a bit.

    This is the traverse out to the Emmons Glacier and the large crevasses below. The pic is not taken straight - it should look a little bit steeper.

    We kept going up, climbing up the switch backs and eventually made another stop for water on a steep section, where a large group passed us. Once we got going again, we passed them as they rested on a few ice steps along the route. We were now at about 13,300 feet. I was bonking. The altitude, lack of water and poor food consumption at the beginning of the climb (down at 11,100) was catching up to me and I was lacking will power. I was doing a lot of taking 6-8 steps, one full breath at each step, stopping, breathing hard and then moving again. Mark was doing a good job of giving a little tug from above (he was in front now) to keep our rope team moving. We converged with a group of guys coming up from the Gib Ledges route (a steeper and more exposed route directly out of Camp Muir) who congratulated us on the self-supported climb, and we all kept moving up. It was tiring, but we knew we were close.

    This picture is taken near the crater rim.

    A short bit later, at 6am, we crested the crater rim at about 14,100, walked into the center of the crater, dropped our packs, unroped and collapsed onto our gear. All of my water was frozen, even water in my pack. My suntan lotion (which I needed) was frozen, and I munched on barely edible frozen gummy worms. They warmed in my mouth and allowed me to swallow them. I needed the sugar boost. Ben and Mark’s water was nearly frozen too, but we were able to share it between us.

    We finally got going again and trudged slowly up to the Columbia Crest true summit at 6:30am. It was cold and the wind was blowing pretty good. It was probably 10-15 degrees and 0 with the 10-15 mile/hour wind. It was a beautiful summit morning though – the clouds were still down low at 8-10,000 feet – and we could see both the city of Seattle and all of the big peaks around us. As I took a 360 degree video, including a view of the Liberty Cap summit, it was sad to realize later that a 50 year old man was struggling for life somewhere near that summit right around the same time.

    Mark, me and Ben (left to right) on the summit at 6:30am.

    The crater - we are headed back down now.

    We didn’t stay long on top, made our way back to the shelter of the crater, fueled up a bit more, re-roped and headed down. We were moving slowly and allowed several groups to pass us. We wanted to be safe and make good decisions with our footsteps and knew that slow was better. Once we got back to 13,000 feet, the air thickened up a little bit and it was getting warmer. I took off my down sweater and we continued to make our way down. Once we got to the top of the Cleaver at 12,100, it was getting hot and we were feeling better. After a 10-15 minute break, we headed down the steep Cleaver, stepping carefully and short-roping. Surprisingly, there were still people headed up the Cleaver, even though it was 10 in the morning, well after a normal start time to avoid ice movement, crevasse falls and avalanche danger. We made quick work of the Cleaver, traversed quickly through the section of giant house-sized ice blocks that hang above the route, and trudged into camp. It was 10:45am and we had been moving for 10 hours solid after less than 4 hours of broken sleep.

    Ben leading back down - at the top of the Cleaver.

    We are almost back to our high camp now.

    We collapsed into our tents, refueled on water and snacks, boiled some fresh water for the down-climb and began to pack up. By 1pm we were ready to move and headed down to Camp Muir. At every step the air was getting thicker. At Camp Muir, the clouds were beginning to come up-mountain a bit, and as we descended past the 10,000 foot mark, we moved into the clouds. We made quick work of the Muir snowfield and down-climb to Paradise, arriving at 4:30pm. We had been moving for almost 16 hours. In what seemed like a gift from God, as we stepped onto pavement again for the first time in three days, it began to rain. We had had beautiful weather all weekend, so the fact that the rain held off seemed like a blessing.

    We gave a prayer of thanksgiving, then it was back off to civilization, half pound burgers and chocolate shakes at the Highlander and warm beds at home.


              Christmas Traditions   

    It is with the beautiful and encouraging writings of my wife, my friends and my pastor still fresh in my mind that I lay out a word about our Christmas traditions. Kelly did such a great job of outlining our heart behind our traditions, and I just thought I might add to it a bit and flesh it out with descriptions of some of the practical activities. As the leader of our household, I really connect with Pastor Mark’s description of Dad’s role in all of the activities and I cherish that responsibility.


    Cutting a tree. We generally go cut our tree the day after Thanksgiving. We were going to a local Home Depot or Lowes in the past, but this year kicked off the wonderful (and now annual) tradition of going to a local tree farm. We found this great farm in North Bend that was literally in a small valley with Mt. Si looming over us. The owners were Christians (a rarity around here), which made it all the more special. It felt great to cut down a tree that’s been growing in our backyard for 10+ years and Kelly and I and the kids had a great time. Nani and Poppi came too. The girls’ favorite trees were the small ones that were their height.


    Getting the house ready. We spent a good chunk of time that weekend getting out the Christmas decorations, putting them up, trimming the tree and putting the lights up outside. The girls had a ton of fun helping Kelly unwrap all of the ornaments and helped me put some of them on the low branches of the tree. The girls also have a small artificial tree that they decorate and redecorate throughout the month. S mostly crawls around and creates mayhem. We have what I consider to be a nice but not obscene number of white lights on outside. They are on timers so I don’t have to think about them again the rest of the season. And we put ornaments on a Christmas-tree-like tree out front. I have been challenged by something I read on Desiring God to ask myself how the external part of our house reflects our love for Jesus. Maybe we need a lit nativity? Or a lit Cross (I think I could make one for way cheaper)? That would be cool. I also intentionally do not do too many lights because I don’t want to get into a competition with some of my more ambitious and competitive neighbors.


    Christmas Music. One of my secret vices (along with Diet beverages) is Christmas music. We have about 500 Christmas songs on our iPods. That doesn’t sound like that many until you think about it being roughly 50 albums and 50 hours of Christmas music playing without a stop. That’s a lot! We also often start in early November. I love Christmas music though – it always lends that Christmasy spirit to the season for me.


    Various activities in the house with the kids. Kelly has her list of things she does with them during the week. I have a couple of things I like to do too, including building and decorating a Gingerbread house with them, watching Christmas movies (Polar Express, the Rudolph movie, others), cooking and decorating Christmas cookies, and reading Christmas books focused on the birth of Jesus.


    Various activities outside the house with the kids. We have several other traditions or new traditions that we don’t necessarily do every year, but are part of the repertoire when we are looking for activities to enjoy the Christmas season. Some of these include going downtown to see the Gingerbread house display at the Sheraton, going to see the CRISTA Nativity displays (haven’t done this yet, actually), seeing the light display at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens, or the light display at Warm Beach (kind of a long drive). We also go to Bellevue Square as a family and let the kids (and me and Kelly too of course!) pick out an ornament for the year. I love Kelly’s idea of recording who’s is who’s and saving them to have as their “starter” set when they have their own tree some day.


    Advent We have been excited to learn about and implement a real Advent study this year, including lighting five candles (one for each of the four Sundays before Christmas and the fifth on Christmas day) in additive progression as we approach Christmas. It’s been really interesting to learn about Advent’s meaning (“coming”) and its application as 1) remembering that Jesus came, 2) looking to the ways that His coming, and His having left His Holy Spirit with us, effects us and grows us today and 3) looking to His coming again in glory. I love the picture of the light growing (adding lit candles each Advent Sunday)as the true light comes and arrives and we’ll look forward to practicing this with greater wisdom every year (this year seems like we’re just taking baby steps!).


    The Christmas story We have tried to be really faithful to read and know the true redemptive depth of the Christmas story. We have read it again and again to the girls, we have read parts of it during the Advent candle lighting, and we’re even going to try to memorize “Matthew’s Begats” (the rich genealogy of Jesus) with the kids in future years – Andrew Peterson has a really catchy and fun version that is full of life and meaning.


    Thoughtful consideration of others God has put it on our hearts to grow in the area of generosity at Christmas (and other times). I in particular need to grow in this area. Someone reminded me recently of Oskar Schindler’s broken realization – despite having saved over 1,000 Jews from concentration camps during World War II – that he could have done more. We live such rich lives and even giving in a small sacrificial way can bless someone else and help us keep an attitude of distance from a love and pursuit of money and wealth. A few things we have been oriented towards this year: Helping our community group take care of a family in need, “Christmas bags” for the homeless (Kelly put new socks, cookies and some Scripture in a little gift bag and has been handing them out when she sees a homeless person on a street corner, in safe parts of town), and sending a care package to an orphan who is in our life. In past years, we have bought presents off of the World Vision Gift Catalog.


    Christmas Movie date nights for me and Kelly Kelly and I have a bunch of Christmas movies we like to watch during this season, including Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Polar Express, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, and a few others. In the future, I’d like to check out The Nativity to see if it’s a good one to watch this time of year. We also started a new tradition of watching the Andrew Peterson Behold the Lamb of God Christmas concert DVD, which is a cool narrative of the Christmas story from Old Testament through New Testament.


    Kelly Christmas Date Kelly and I always do a Christmas date in December. This year we got dressed up, had a great dinner at Daniel’s Broiler and then went to see The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at the Paramount Theater. We really enjoyed the show – the first three quarters were pretty secular, dancing Santa Claus, Nutcracker scenes, the Rocketettes, 50’s style Christmas dancers, etc. But it finished with a very surprising bang: a living Nativity (real sheep, real camels, etc.), including the Wise Men and their train of people/animals. They read scripture from Isaiah and finished by reading “One Solitary Life,” about the influence and historical centrality of Jesus. Pretty amazing finish.


    Dates and Buddy Time I do a special Christmas date (or buddy-time in S’s case) with the kids during this time of year. The girls each get to buy a special Christmas dress, I will take them out to eat and to do something special. I do this at other times of the year too, but we try to make this one extra special. S and I are going to start having a Christmas “buddy-time” too. This year I think we might do some last minute Christmas shopping (classic man-time, huh?), but in future years I’d love to take him go-kart racing and stuff like that. We will also be having S take his Mommy on a date during Christmas time so that he can learn how to treat his future wife really well and honor and respect her.


    Hospitality We haven’t had a ton of opportunities for this over the years, but we’re trying to develop a heart of hospitality during the Christmas season (and other times, too, of course). Last year we were blessed to get to spend part of our Christmas day with the Connelly’s. This year we invited another friend who might not have been home with family. In general we want our home to be one of hospitality and “family” for those who might not be near it at this time of year.


    Extended Family Kelly and I trade years that we spend time with our respective extended families. For example, this year is a “Jason’s family” year and next year is a “Kelly’s family” year. Of course, both of our families are both of our families, but you know what I mean. When we can make it work, we have tentatively scheduled to be in Charlotte for Christmas every fourth year. So, for example, we would be with my family on Christmas Day on year one, we would be here in town but have Kelly’s family in town on year two, we would be with my family again on year three, and in Charlotte with Kelly’s family on year four.


    We always get to see each of our families somewhere near Christmas, even if we’re not there on the actual day (for example, we were blessed to have Leta and Andy in town last week and celebrated with them then). We’re excited to be in our own home at least three out of four years, though, as we feel like it’s important for the kids to have their own traditions and to build them in their home.


    Speaking of extended family, we’ve been really blessed to get to do a big dinner at Canlis for the last eight or nine years, and we hope this tradition will continue either at Canlis or somewhere else equally special.


    Christmas Eve We usually try to go to our Christmas Eve service (if Mars Hill is doing one), or sometimes to another family member’s church service. We usually finish the night setting up toys, wrapping presents and watching The Polar Express. I have made this a Christmas tradition and I love it. I have also begun watching the Catholic Christmas mass (“Christ-mass”) at midnight on Christmas morning, which is pretty cool.


    Christmas Day Christmas Day starts with the kids and going downstairs to see the tree and anything Mommy and Daddy might have put in the stockings. We usually try to do something yummy for breakfast before opening presents. Our Christmas morning traditions are still developing since our kids are so young, but we hope to celebrate the 5th Advent candle and reading the account of the birth of Jesus before opening presents. In general, though, our heart is that we would keep Jesus and family-relationship-building central to the day.


    So, that’s it! I know, it’s a long list. If you’ve made it this far, I hope you enjoyed it and that you got some ideas from us. If not, then it was mostly a journal account for me anyway, so that I can take a look at what we’re doing and assess areas to grow and change and mature.


    Merry Christmas!


              Vector Space Systems Gain $21 Million Funding to Build Cheaper Rockets   
    While Elon Musk was starting his new venture SpaceX, he had asked experts of aviation field during his series of salons in Silicon Valley and around Los Angeles to suggest ideas regarding the new generation rocket. Most of those who made credible suggestions, related to the development of smaller, cheaper, and yet efficient rockets, which can take something into the orbit at a much lower price than the present cost of about $100 million. In the past few years, Space Technologies Corp. has indeed managed to reduce the launch prices drastically, although the size of the spaceships have not reduced as much as desired by some of the advisers. Equal Focus on Increasing Launch Efficiency Among those who made the suggestions and helped Space X get off the ground, have collaborated to ignite a start-up of themselves, called Vector Space Systems, which now has gained $21 million funding from some of the most prominent venture capitalists in the Silicon Valley, including Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Shasta Ventures. This funding is expected to go a long way in Vector Space Systems’ ambitious goals to make $1.5 million rockets that can carry small satellites into the orbit, and aspire to increase the efficiency to over 100 launches per year. Currently, the entire aerospace industry manage to launch so many spacecraft collectively. As per the co-founder and CEO of Vector Space Systems, the company has poured equal efforts onto fixing the launch problem as they did on building advanced rockets, something Elon Musk’s company ignored. As Jim Cantrell puts it, his company is trying to make the simplest of rockets, building them like sausages, and launching by the hundreds.  

    Original Post Vector Space Systems Gain $21 Million Funding to Build Cheaper Rockets source Twease
              File: Age of Steam Expansion: 1830's Pennsylvania / Northern California:: 1830s Pennsylvania redraw   

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              6/30/2017: News: Online scams rocket   
    MORE and more people are falling victim to internet scams and paying for “phantom” goods and services that do not exist, a charity has warned. Citizens Advice has registered a 17% increase in complaints from consumers caught out in the past year. The...
              File: Robofactory:: Robofactory rules   

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    New File: Robofactory rules for Board Game: Robofactory
              6/30/2017: Tennis: TEAMS   
    ALL BLACKS: Dagg; Naholo, Lienert-Brown, Williams, Ioane, B Barrett, Smith; Moody, Taylor, Franks, Retallick, Whitelock, Kaino, Cane, Read (capt). Replacements: Harris, Crockett, Faumuina, S Barrett, A Savea, Perenara, Cruden, Laumape. LIONS: L...
              For sale - Chryslar pt cruiser. Purple pocket rocket! - £ 900   

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    Chryslar pt cruiser. Purple pocket rocket! I am selling my little purple pocket rocket! 04 reg . 81k on clock . Mot Jan 18. Diesel manual 2.2l. Great runner only selling as we can't afford to run 3 vehicles. cd player/ radio . Air con. electric windows. Back brakes just been done.
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              用英语谈论“神九”发射成功   
    China last Saturday sent three astronauts, including its first female astronaut Liu Yang, into space for the nation's manned space docking mission. Shenzhou-9 spacecraft, atop an upgraded Long March-2F carrier rocket, blast off from the Jiuquan Sate
              Triumph Rocket III: A Satirical Inside Look   

    Triumph Rocket III: A Satirical Inside Look
    Here we have an unmistakeably British satirical video about the making of the Triumph Rocket III. more
              Soon you’ll be able to snore away on your very own Snorlax Pokémon bed   
    Officially licensed furniture also functions as a cushion or massive stuffed animal. Pikachu may be Pokémon’s king of crowd-pleasing cuteness (and dancing), but that doesn’t mean that the other Pocket Monsters don’t have their own specialties which they do better than anyone else. As you might guess from his name, Snorlax snoozes superiorly to any […]
              New uber-soft gel dog beds mimic the feeling of lying between owner’s legs for pet pooches   
    Despite our fondness of cats here at RocketNews24, we do still have a soft spot for pooches. So here’s something to appease the dog-loving readers of our site–a new line of gel dog beds sold by Japanese pet interior brand UNIHABITAT, which are designed to recreate the feeling of lying between a human’s legs. Get ready, pampered pooches […]
              Super Mega Important Debate: Are Japan’s futons awesome or simply awful? 【Poll closed】   
    Happy weekend, everyone! Congratulations on surviving another week! But before you run off to smother yourself with butter and startle donkeys by shouting the names of under-appreciated actors from the 1980s (hey, we don’t know what you do with your spare time), we have one little question to ask you: are Japanese futons awesome, or are they awful? Since you’re reading […]
              Spoil your pet rotten with this comfy bed and blanket that looks fit for a king!   
    Ever feel like you could spend the rest of your life in a soft bed tucked under a fluffy blanket? Well, maybe your pet sometimes feels the same way. And if that’s the case, then this may be an item you’ll want to get for your four-legged friends. It’s the “antibacterial and deodorized fluffy bed […]
              Sweet dreams, MasterCard: People in Japan are putting their wallets to bed in tiny futons   
    We all have our funny little habits and daily rituals. Some of us don’t feel settled at night unless we’ve put all the dishes away or spoken to our loved ones on the phone. Others can’t head to bed unless they’ve first checked that the front door is locked or whipped the shower curtain open to […]
              Catch a movie in bed…at the theater! Four awesome theaters from around the world with beds for seats   
    We love movies. That’s not really a surprise or a secret, but it certainly is true! Whether it’s some kung-fu cop action or the latest from Ghibli, we would be hard-pressed to decline a trip to the theater. But even we have to admit that not all theater seating was created equally. Sure most of […]
              Hand-made Pussy Palaces Require a One-Year Wait   
    It’s too late for this Christmas, but if you want to pamper your pet next December, this might make the perfect gift! Made from soft inewara rice-straw, these neko chigura (lit. cat cradle) are made by a 30-strong team of weavers in the town of Sekikawa, Niigata prefecture on the northwest coast of Honshu, Japan. […]
              China Invents Floating Bed: Kids Love It, Parents May Fear It   
    China seems to be a hotbed of independent development of new inventions recently.  Inventing’s a tough business though.  For example, “China’s Noah’s Ark” has dubious financial prospects. However, in central Chongqing, China, the Wang family has been enjoying their much more promising invention: a floating bed that can be stored in the ceiling! ★It Floats?! […]
              Rocket Luncher celuje w niszę na rynku dostaw jedzenia dla pracowników biurowców   
    Aplikacja mobilna stworzona przez DaftMobile to proste i szybkie narzędzie do zamawiania lunchu w kompleksach biurowych. Za pomocą trzech kliknięć pozwala zamówić posiłek z pobliskiej restauracji z dostawą do biura w ciągu kilkunastu minut. Innowacyjny system działa już w kompleksie Warsaw Spire, należącym do Ghelamco Poland.
              FREE Rocket League Gearlock Wheels For Buying Fate of the Furious Digital Movie In Limited Time   
    For a limited time, Rocket League's offering early access to a FREE set of Gearlock Wheels for the fans in qualifying regions who buy the Fast 8 - Fate of the Furious Digital Movie or any of the Fate of the Furious movie bundles on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, to help Universal celebrate the digital release of the full-length Fate of the Furious.
              Neutron stars could be our GPS for deep space travel   
    NASA's Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer, or NICER, is an X-ray telescope launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in early June 2017. Installed on the International Space Station, by mid-July it will commence its scientific work – to study the exotic astrophysical objects known as neutron stars and examine whether they could be used as deep-space navigation beacons for future generations of spacecraft.
              Artek Rocket Bar Stool   
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    Artek Rocket Bar Stool

    Retro Design Bright Colours  Made in Finland


              IMAGES: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Booster Returns To Port Canaveral After Successful June 23 Launch   
    Port Canaveral welcomed back a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket booster on Thursday after its successful June 23 launch, and landing aboard the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You."
              Comment on The Old and New Faces of Brooklyn Nets After 2017 NBA Draft by Arsenium12 .   
    Yes. They waived Rajon Rondo and Isaiah Canaan, another PG, who was with Jeremy on the Rockets.
              Japan plans to land a human on the moon by 2030   

    Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced Wednesday that it plans to land an astronaut on the moon by 2030, joining China in a new manned race to space.

    It is the first time JAXA has revealed an intention to send Japanese astronauts beyond the International Space Station, and it will mostly likely be part of an international mission, the agency said.

    The announcement from Japan Wednesday is just the latest in a series of ambitious space exploration plans by Asian countries, with the increasing competition for space-related power and prestige in the region echoing that of the Cold War space race of the mid-20th century.

    In December 2016, China announced plans to land a rover on Mars by 2020 as well as a manned mission to the Moon at some point in the future.

    Pictured here is one of JAXA's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries rockets, via Danspace.

              Demand for Russian Warships Skyrockets Amid Syria Campaign   

    International demand for Russian warships has been picking up since the start of Russia’s military operation in Syria, President Putin’s adviser on military-technical cooperation with foreign countries, Vladimir Kozhin, told reporters on Monday.

    “Everyone sees the great job our ships are doing there. Our ships are in high demand, especially frigates and corvettes,” Kozhin said, when asked how the impact Russia’s operation in Syria has had on the export of Russian naval ships.

    “We have also seen an uptick in foreign demand for our high-speed boats, coastal defense systems and small boats equipped with drones,” Vladimir Kozhin added.

    "The Russian Navy's Admiral Essen, Admiral Grigorovich frigates and Krasnodar submarine launched six Kalibr cruise missiles from the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea on Daesh terrorist group targets in Syria," the ministry said in a statement.

    The statement noted that the Krasnodat submarine carried out a submerged launch of the missiles.


              Reply #700   
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    A rocket like hahahhaha sucker YOU missed..

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              Rocketeer (HC): High Flying Adventures. . 360,00   
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              Donald Trump's facelift barbs fail to fix wounds from fake Time covers | John Crace   

    Evidence of the US president’s near-certifiable level of narcissism was back on show this week – swiftly followed by a personal attack on a newsreader

    For almost the first time since the state of my knees forced me to stop playing for the Hemingford Hermits, one of the country’s least competent cricket teams, I went to watch them play at the weekend. It wasn’t an altogether heroic homecoming, as half the team clearly hadn’t noticed I hadn’t been playing for the past four years and assumed I would be taking up my usual role as unreliable number nine batsmen and disappointing third change bowler. The only person who appears to have noticed my retirement is me and even I’m struggling. Retirement in sport is usually preceded by a gradual falling off in performance levels, but when you have had a batting average of 3.75 for your entire 30-year career it’s hard to notice you are getting a little bit worse every season. Not least when there is still the prospect of a thick edge through the slips to the boundary to send your average rocketing above four. Still, it was good to see that some things about the Hermits hadn’t changed. Having got the opposition nine down and needing more than 50 for victory, they still contrived to lose. My kind of team.

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              More hidden figures: 10 women who helped take us to space   

    Forget the glass ceiling, women have had to blast through a heavy atmosphere of sexism to reach the stars. From the ‘mother of the Hubble telescope’ to the first women in space, here are some pioneers you should know

    Female scientists provided the rocket fuel that launched the space race into orbit, but it wasn’t until Hidden Figures was released that these women – or, at least, three of these women – gained global recognition. Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson have since been rightly lauded as pioneers, but the history of women in space is long and filled with shining stars. Here are a few more names we ought to remember.

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              Senior Single Women Dating Have To Live Outside Of The Box   

    Women Single Seniors Must Take Another Course of Action

    Senior Singles Dating Need To Think Differently

    Today's senior singles dating ought to act outside of the box to be able to find their perfect companion.

    If you're a single female more than 40, Fifty or Sixty as well as desire to meet nice available men you need to be resourceful?

    Strut towards your own drum as it were.

    The main reason a great number of senior females dating usually are not being able to meet the great guys is they do what almost every other older woman does to connect with guys.

    They may be signing up on older online dating services, they're going to single meet ups. Other women creating advertisements on Craigslist Personals and also some tend to be going to Seniors Speed Dating functions.

    A reduced percentage of senior women go in with various other cougars in hopes they are going to come across true love with a younger man.

    The catch is getting together with the 'others' will not set you away from just about any other mature single lady.

    Think of it this way.

    If you go to the supermarket to get a box of cereal, as you enter the cereal aisle you have a ton of choices, right?

    Dare To Be Different & Do Things Differently

    If you want to switch from the cereal you typically buy and you are checking out the other options available how will you decide between so many choices? Basically each box on every shelf is cereal: one doesn’t really stand out from the others, would you agree?

    However, if you were in the bread aisle and you suddenly noticed this attractively packaged cereal box amongst the bread you would probably take it off the shelf to get a closer look. Since you are not looking at bunches of other cereal boxes in this bread aisle this cereal box has got your undivided attention.

    Are you getting the picture?

    If you are of the herd mentality, you show-up at the same places that other senior women dating go and you discover that it is challenging to stand out from all the other mature women.

    But if you show up where these women don’t go then you will get noticed and will have the undivided attention of the men who are there.

    This is exactly what I mean when I say senior singles dating need to think outside of the box.

    One of the senior dating tips for women from men is to let the real you blossom and bloom.

    Get a Senior Dating Attitude Adjustment

    But the first thing you need to adjust is your attitude and priorities.

    The Attitude I’m speaking about is…

    How you show up in the world.

    Yes, You Can Be a 'HOT' Potato!

    Are you perceived as a friendly, warn approachable woman when out in public as you go about your daily routine?

    Or do you appear pre-occupied, busy, shutdown and not approachable as you go about your day?

    Start from this point forward noticing your attitude and that will explain a lot of what is or what is not working in you dating life.

    It’s not rocket science!

    Think about it, the more interactions you have with others (men and women) the more opportunities will come your way to meet some great available men.

    So when you walk out your door with an attitude of:

    I’m open and look forward to seeing what new people I will meet and interact with today.

    Do I hear some skeptics out there saying this is ridiculous?

    Ain’t gonna happen, I will not meet Mr. Right this way.

    Well, hey, don’t take my word for it!

    Just try it for yourself and see what happens, what do you have to lose?

    And right along with attitude is priority.

    How much of a priority on the scale of everything else in your life is finding the one?

    In other words, is meeting great available men at the top of your list when you compare to all the other things you consider priorities at this moment in time, or is it at the bottom of list?

    Or does it even show up on your priority list??

    Okay, I think I’ve made my point.

    The Trick For Senior Singles…

    The best senior dating advice for women is dare to be different, to be yourself and to give your self permission to adjust your ‘attitude’ a bit

    If your attitude and priority are not in alignment with finding a good partner then don’t be surprised when it never happens.

    But on the other hand if your intention is fully focused and targeted to take action, than understand that today’s senior singles dating need to think outside of the box to find their perfect mate.

    To learn more about thinking outside the box check out “Women Over 40 Dating

    Suzy Weiss


              Moore ready to mix it with the best of British   
    NEWPORT sprinter Mica Moore reckons a massive lifetime best – or strapping rockets to her running spikes – will be needed if she is to claim a place in Great Britain’s World Championships squad.
              Report: Redick interested in joining Rockets if finances work    
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              Comment on Fireworks, Music and a Parade: Where to celebrate the 4th of July on the Eastside by Androg   
    "When you live on the Eastside, there’s usually no need to head out to attend a formal 4th of July fireworks show — there’s usually someone nearby lighting up the night sky with colorful skyrockets, bombs and other fiery displays." I'm very disappointed that the Eastsider is blowing off the fact that neighborhood fireworks are Illegal and can be dangerous to those setting them off and to trees and homes. The neighborhood fireworks have grown to such an extent that Echo Park sounds like a battle field on the 4th, and a big portion of the fireworks are simply noise, such as the M-80s. The Eastsider published photos of one of the "displays" last New Years: Trees blazing away next to an apartment building that the LAFD thankfully prevented from going up in flames. So many complaints have been filed about illegal fireworks both prior to, and on, July 4, that this year it appears LAPD will attempt to address the issue: "Starting Friday, our Los Angeles City Attorney's Office Neighborhood Prosecutor, Gabrielle Taylor, has committed to providing enforcement tips to our officers in roll call and we will be enforcing the illegal use of fireworks with citations and seizures of the items (fireworks). We will be training our officers and hope to influence them in taking proactive efforts in stopping the use of fireworks, which, as you know, are illegal to possess or use in the City of Los Angeles." Phillip A. Smith, Captain Commanding Officer Northeast Patrol Division (323) 561-3231 (Office) (323) 340-3979 (Fax) 25921@lapd.online
              ISS Eviction notice   
    Russia wants to nix plans to use the ISS after 2020, prohibit the United States from visiting the space station after that date along with preventing the US from using Russia made rocket engines for military launches. NASA says it hasn't received any official word, as US Congress critters begin asking questions
              “Rick & Morty” llegará a Rocket League   

    Rocket League es un emocionante juego que combina la emoción de carreras futuristas a alta velocidad con el fútbol y el basketball que pondrá a prueba tu destreza como nunca antes y que poco a poco se ha ganado un lugar en el gusto de los gamers, desde su lanzamiento nos han regalado updates que […]

    La entrada “Rick & Morty” llegará a Rocket League aparece primero en Freim.


              Re: Big dance club in lake charles late 1950's 60's   
    On the left past the Moulin Rouge was The Golden Rocket and the band there when I was stationed at the AFB was Frankie Lowry and the Golden Rockets, twin brothers on the Guitars. I was there from '57 till '60.
              '#A# Goldenes Kleid' ein Foto von 'PolaRocket'   

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              New All Black Ngani Laumape finishes brilliant Hurricanes try against the Lions   

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    Outstanding young Hurricanes centre Ngani Laumape has been rewarded for his impressive form with a call up to the All Blacks bench for the second Test against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday. Laumape finished this excellent try for the Hurricanes on Tuesday.

    The 24-year-old, who played four years of Rugby League and was actually a forward when playing Union at high school, has had a stellar season of Super Rugby, combining well with Vince Aso to make it easy for fans to forget about the legendary pairing of Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith.

    Laumape will make his Test debut in front of his home crowd in Wellington. His strong performances this year saw him lead Super Rugby for line breaks and defenders beaten and he's currently joint leading try scorer with 14 tries.

    This effort against the Lions was just another stunning piece of Hurricanes backline play, and signaled the beginning of Laumape terrorising Lions flyhalf Dan Biggar, who made a courageous tackle over the line but felt the full brunt of it.

    The bruising young centre then attacked his channel repeatedly throughout the contest, which was a thrilling game but ended in a stalemate, 31-31.

    ALL BLACKS SQUAD (Test caps in brackets):
    1. Joe Moody (26), 2. Codie Taylor (17), 3. Owen Franks (92), 4. Brodie Retallick (62), 5. Samuel Whitelock (86), 6. Jerome Kaino (79), 7. Sam Cane (42), 8. Kieran Read (98) - Captain, 9. Aaron Smith (60), 10. Beauden Barrett (51), 11. Rieko Ioane (3), 12. Sonny Bill Williams (35), 13. Anton Lienert-Brown (11), 14. Waisake Naholo (12), 15. Israel Dagg (63)
    Subs:
    16. Nathan Harris (6), 17. Wyatt Crockett (60), 18. Charlie Faumuina (48), 19. Scott Barrett (6), 20. Ardie Savea (14), 21. TJ Perenara (31), 22. Aaron Cruden (48), 23. Ngani Laumape - new cap

    You can make your prediction with a bet on the result of the 2nd test with Betway

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              Charge Plug 1   

    The Charge Plug 1 is a good looking commute, cyclo-cross, gravel, bit of everything bike with a simple alloy frame and fork, even more basic singlespeed drivetrain, and unremarkable parts and wheels. Room for large tyres gives it the potential to take on most terrains and travel further afield – that which the tall gearing will allow.

    There are five models in Charge's Plug line, a range of bikes with what the brand from Somerset calls 'all-road' geometry, meaning room for on-trend large volume tyres and rack and mudguard mounts, making them ready for either commuting or epic adventures, or both, and everything in between. The Plug is available as the cheap as chips steel singlespeed Plug 0 (£350) all the way up to the £2.5K titanium 1x11 Plug 5 road bike, so there should be just the right bike in there to, um, sink your budget into.

    > Find your nearest dealer here

    The Plug 1 sits one up from the bottom of the fleet, a simple singlespeed cyclo-cross commuter hacking about sort of a thing. As a package it looks pretty tidy – Charge has always had a good eye for the aesthetic on a bicycle – and its coordinated looks suggest a far posher bicycle than it is with the stem, saddle graphics and underside, and even the bar-end plugs, matching the frame. If this Satin Rhodamine colour is a bit too brash for you then the Plug 1 also comes in a somewhat stealthier matt black which might be more sensible if you want to hide it among the bike racks. If, however, you like people smiling at you at the traffic lights and shouting 'nice bike' as you pedal past then get this pinky one. I bloody love it.

    Charge Plug 1 - Top Tube Graphic.jpg

    Charge Plug 1 - Top Tube Graphic.jpg

    With its 6061 series aluminium frame, straight blade alloy fork and no geary gubbins, you might expect the Plug 1 to be a little bit lighter than it actually is. It isn't heavy per se, but there's no fancy lightening trickery going on with those tubes; the only concession to snazzy is an integrated headset, and the bike is adorned with standard parts designed to do their job at a price, rather than be exotic or svelte. But for what you're getting for a monkey, they're absolutely fine.

    The frame comes with mudguard mounts front and back and rack mounts at the rear as well, with bolts either side of that bulging wishbone seatstay. There are twin bottle mounts should you wish to venture far from taps and pubs. The Plug has plenty of room in the frame and fork for the supplied 38mm Kenda tyres, though you could fit fatter in there without mudguards if you wanted. Knobbly 'cross rubber road.cc favourites Surly Knard 41s fit in both ends happily if you wanted to go chunky and off-road, as well as any of the new wave of voluminous gravelly tyres.

    Charge Plug 1 - Seatstay Wishbone Side.jpg

    Charge Plug 1 - Seatstay Wishbone Side.jpg

    Wheels are, as is common with hoops that come on bikes of this price, the somewhat unglamourous side of perfunctory. Hubs are listed as Charge looseball, which equates to basic black hubs with sealed ball-bearings, not so loose then. The screw-on 16-tooth freewheel will benefit from periodic crude maintenance of dribbling in some oil to keep it going through the wet and the winter, but is cheap to replace when it dies. The other side of the hub is threaded for a fixed sprocket if you wanted to err that way.

    Charge Plug 1 - Rear Hub.jpg

    Charge Plug 1 - Rear Hub.jpg

    Both wheels are held in place by 15mm nuts, which is a bonus for in-town security but don't forget to keep a spanner on you at all times otherwise a puncture turns into a right pain. The hubs are laced via black stainless spokes to black non-eyeleted double-wall 700C rims; you'll need to keep an eye on them for trueness if you like to crash through the urban jungle or bounce about off-road.

    Charge Plug 1 - Track End.jpg

    Charge Plug 1 - Track End.jpg

    The wheels have custom skinwall Kenda Kwick Tendril tyres levered onto them. The amber sidewalls definitely help towards the bike's whole look, and the rubber has a smooth centre ridge with lightly treaded edges making them good for tarmac, ill-maintained bike lanes, gravelly tracks and as much off-road as your handling skills might allow.

    Full Charge

    The finishing kit is all Charge's own brand stuff; bar, stem, seatpost and its firm favourite to many bums Spoon saddle, although it's not that firm actually, and really quite comfy. The bar is about as wide as you'd want to get at 44cm centre to centre at the top, flaring out subtly to 47cm in the drops. Just riding along it certainly does feel rangey, which is nice for cruising around and then affording added control if you venture off-road, but noticeably wide into a headwind. It's a common shaped compact drop with a flat section just under the levers that's comfortable enough unless you're really fussy about your bar curve.

    Charge Plug 1 - Cockpit.jpg

    Charge Plug 1 - Cockpit.jpg

    The Charge track cranks are 170mm long, they spin on a FSA square-taper bottom-bracket, and the chainring is a 42t. Nothing special here; you might argue over the length of the cranks, they make spinning a single gear easier but offer less loping leverage on the climbs, and the old fashioned cartridge bottom bracket is better served and sealed for a harder, less-loved life than any external BB, from experience. The Plug 1 isn't a bike that necessarily demands the extra performance benefits of a stiff and hollow crank spindle.

    Charge Plug 1 - Charge Track Crank 42.jpg

    Charge Plug 1 - Charge Track Crank 42.jpg

    That 42t chainring is linked to a 16t freehweel via a chunky half-link chain. You might also want to argue about that gear. You could struggle if you live somewhere with lots of hills or headwinds, or prefer a more spinny cadence, or if you're going to take advantage of those fat tyres and head away from the tarmac onto more fluctuating terrain where that tall gear is going to test you quite significantly. And if you're going to make use of the rack mounts and pannier up, you'll definitely need to get the gear calculator out and swap the chainring or freewheel, or both. As it is, it can take a bit of effort to get the Plug 1 up to speed, and the sticky Kenda tyres don't help, but once it's there it trundles along really quite comfortably.

    The Tektro CR-710 cantilever brakes do a very good job for what they are, even if they are 'old' technology. All-year all-weather riders might likely look elsewhere now for readily available disc brakes, but cantilevers keep the price down – discs would add a hefty percentage to the price of a £500 bike. And the Tektros are powerful enough – it's possible to induce judder in the fork, which can be alarming in alloy tines, but a little bit of pad toe-in soon sorts that out.

    Charge Plug 1 - Tektro CR-710 Cantilever Side.jpg

    Charge Plug 1 - Tektro CR-710 Cantilever Side.jpg

    The straddle-cable feeds through an in-line adjuster on the cantilever arm to make subtle tension fettling easier, and in a similar vein there's a quick release spigotti on the brake lever to help you get the wheels out without taking the brakes apart. All small yet significantly useful day-to-day details.

    Stiff measures

    There's not much subtlety with the frame and fork, both feel pretty solid with very little in the way of 'souplesse'. The Plug 1 is both laterally and vertically stiff – you can feel the large-volume Kenda tyres taking on the lion's share of the compliance work.

    Angles on the Plug are in the ballpark for a standard issue, round the park for an hour, all-day adventure, bit of everything CX bike, so it has a bit of nip to its character, but the big tyres feel quite sluggish despite their smooth tread and make it feel more lethargic than it might want to be. Slip some skinnier 'cross sized semi-slicks on and the Plug 1 perks up immediately and shows more of its chirpy persona. And also a little bit more of the solid ride.

    But as it is, the Plug 1 is just perfect for smashing through the city. What you might lose in speed and acceleration over the trendy skinny-tyred fixie-singlespeed bikes (actually, are they still trendy?) you definitely gain in being able to straightline through the usual bumps, potholes and urban detritus with cheery alacrity. And if you wanted to take the short-cut through the park, maybe go down those steps or skip along a snicket, then those large-volume Tendrils are spot on for the job of sneaking the cheeky way to work. The bike positively encourages a wandering behaviour, to be honest.

    Charge Plug 1 - 700x42c Kenda Kwick Tendril.jpg

    Charge Plug 1 - 700x42c Kenda Kwick Tendril.jpg

    If you're keen to venture away from the suburbs and onto some more gravelly terrain, then the Plug 1 is well up for that too, and a bit of gumption with that stiff single gear will get you further than you might imagine. For more challenging territory, a simple swap to a more knobbly grippy tyre will help; there's tons of room for a standard cyclo-cross tyre in the frame – even some of the bigger girthed adventure bike rubber will squeeze in so there's potential to extend this bike's horizons if you wanted to, or just make it a bit more rufty-tufty for you daily riding. You'd want to ease that gearing to something a little more off-road-friendly, though, I've spent too much time riding one-speed bikes off-road to know this. As have my knees.

    Singlespeed thing

    You can get a perfectly reasonable bike with all the gears and stuff for £500 and less (although if you snoop around you can also find the Plug 1 healthily discounted), but if you're comparing those to the Plug then you might be missing the certain 'thing' that a singlespeed bike has. While the market isn't as cloyed as it once was with such steeds, there are still enough brands offering them for the Plug 1 to be up against considerable competition at the lights.

    > Read more road.cc reviews of fixed and singlespeed bikes

    It's the sort of market where street cred, skidz and looking good outside the coffee shop or craft beer establishment can be as important as equipment, weight, performance or value for money. The Plug 1 certainly looks good in either the satin rhodamine or black, depending upon your colour palette, so café credibility is certainly there.

    Charge Plug 1 Packshot.jpg

    Charge Plug 1 Packshot.jpg

    The Charge wins against many one-speed town bikes thanks to its 'all-road' design, by being both city usable and off-road versatile straight out of the box, with rack and mudguard compatibility for city smarts and countryside travel. The supplied Kendas are great for smashing the streets and alleys but they do prefer an unrushed ride; slipping some of the new fatter road-specific rubber in there might suit your ProCommuting needs better. Or, as I've said, if you want to tread off-road instead then there's plenty of frame space for some big cushiony cyclo-cross/gravel tyres; you could happily enter a cyclo-cross race on the Plug 1 if you so desired. You'd absolutely need to change that gear for something easier, though, to enable you to tackle dirt, grass and gradients. And because the frame and fork are resolutely solid, you're probably better off sticking with the fattest rubber you fancy for absorption duties.

    Verdict

    Simple and fun cyclo-crossy bike that can mix rough commuting with off-road exploring – but that gear would need sorting

    road.cc test report

    Make and model: Charge Plug 1

    Size tested: Satin Rhodamine 56

    About the bike

    State the frame and fork material and method of construction. List the components used to build up the bike.

    Frame - 6061 series aluminium. Rack and fender mounts.

    Fork - Straight blade alloy.

    Headset - FSA No.16 integrated.

    Gears - Single Speed.

    Crankset - Charge track crank 42t.

    Cassette - DNP 16t freewheel.

    Chain - 1/8' shortlink.

    Bottom Bracket - FSA sealed.

    Rims - Double wall 700c Charge.

    Hubs - Charge looseball.

    Spokes -14g stainless.

    Tyres - 700x42c custom skinwall Kenda Kwick Tendril, wire bead.

    Brakes Tektro CR-710 canti.

    Levers - Tektro RL-340 drop bar.

    Ssddle - Charge Spoon.

    Seat Post - Charge single bolt.

    Seat Clamp - Charge single bolt.

    Bar Tape - Charge U-Bend 45°.

    Handlebar - Charge compact bar.

    Stem - Charge alloy.

    Pedals - Wellgo alloy trekking.

    Tell us what the bike is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about the bike?

    Charge says that its new Plug range uses new all-road geometry and fast rolling, large volume tyres that provide comfort, confidence and inspiring grip. Every Plug features durable wheels, excellent groupsets and is rack and mudguard compatible, making them ready for the simplest of commutes or epic adventure.

    That sums it up nicely. You could do the work run every day of the week on the Plug 1 and then add bottles and a rack for weekend jollies, or change the tyres and go Mildly Epic. For anything that requires more horizon hunting than the nearest pub, though, you'd really want to easy up that gearing.

    Frame and fork

    Overall rating for frame and fork
     
    6/10

    Tell us about the build quality and finish of the frame and fork?

    It's pretty good actually, its looks are certainly punching above its weight with a nicely done paint-job and while the welds are blobby they're tidy enough.

    Tell us about the materials used in the frame and fork?

    The frame is made from 6061 series aluminium, the fork is straight blade alloy.

    Tell us about the geometry of the frame and fork?

    Size Tested – Medium

    Frame Size C-T – 54cm

    Seat Tube Length - 540mm

    Actual Top Tube Length – 548mm

    Effective Top Tube Length – 565mm

    Front Centre – 610mm

    Head Angle – 71.5

    Head Tube length – 150mm

    Seat Angle - 73

    Chainstay Length – 435mm

    Wheel Base – 1035mm

    O.L.D – 120mm

    BB Drop – 69mm

    BB Shell Width – 68mm

    Fork Length – 400mm

    Fork Offset - 45

    How was the bike in terms of height and reach? How did it compare to other bikes of the same stated size?

    The geometry was pretty standard for a cyclo-cross type bike (Medium tested), the top-tube a few millimetres longer than some though.

    Riding the bike

    Was the bike comfortable to ride? Tell us how you felt about the ride quality.

    The unsophisticated alloy chassis was pretty rigid; thankfully the large volume Kenda tyres ironed out the rough edges.

    Did the bike feel stiff in the right places? Did any part of the bike feel too stiff or too flexible?

    The frame was stiff.

    How did the bike transfer power? Did it feel efficient?

    A singlespeed drivetrain feels efficient as it is and the rigidity of the frame meant it didn't feel like there was much power suck.

    Was there any toe-clip overlap with the front wheel? If so, was it a problem?

    No.

    How would you describe the steering? Was it lively, neutral or unresponsive? With the supplied tyres the bike was the slow side of neutral, this cheered up with a swap to narrower tyres, just to see.

    Tell us some more about the handling. How did the bike feel overall? Did it do particular things well or badly?

    A confident bike with let's-go-down-there handling.

    Which components had the most effect (good or bad) on the bike's comfort? would you recommend any changes?

    All perfectly acceptable kit, the Spoon saddle a highlight and popular choice. Some might find the bar a bit wide.

    Which components had the most effect (good or bad) on the bike's stiffness? would you recommend any changes?

    The frame was the biggest component in the bike's stiffness.

    Which components had the most effect (good or bad) on the bike's efficiency? would you recommend any changes?

    The tyres felt well draggy.

    Rate the bike for efficiency of power transfer:
     
    7/10
    Rate the bike for acceleration:
     
    6/10
    Rate the bike for sprinting:
     
    4/10
    Rate the bike for high speed stability:
     
    8/10
    Rate the bike for cruising speed stability:
     
    9/10
    Rate the bike for low speed stability:
     
    9/10
    Rate the bike for flat cornering:
     
    8/10
    Rate the bike for cornering on descents:
     
    8/10
    Rate the bike for climbing:
     
    4/10

    The drivetrain

    Rate the drivetrain for performance:
     
    7/10
    Rate the drivetrain for durability:
     
    8/10
    Rate the drivetrain for weight:
     
    4/10
    Rate the drivetrain for value:
     
    8/10

    Tell us some more about the drivetrain. Anything you particularly did or didn't like? Any components which didn't work well together?

    As a singlespeed there's not a lot to say really. Some might find the gearing is a struggle if they live in a hilly part of the world or want to explore the bike's off-road potential.

    Wheels and tyres

    Rate the wheels for performance:
     
    4/10
    Rate the wheels for durability:
     
    4/10
    Rate the wheels for weight:
     
    4/10
    Rate the wheels for comfort:
     
    7/10
    Rate the wheels for value:
     
    7/10

    Tell us some more about the wheels.Did they work well in the conditions you encountered? Would you change the wheels? If so, what for?

    The wheels are cheap, basic and heavy, but as such perfect for the bike's intended use and the urban environment.

    Rate the tyres for performance:
     
    6/10
    Rate the tyres for durability:
     
    7/10
    Rate the tyres for weight:
     
    3/10
    Rate the tyres for comfort:
     
    8/10
    Rate the tyres for value:
     
    8/10

    Tell us some more about the tyres. Did they work well in the conditions you encountered? Would you change the tyres? If so, what for?

    Great tyres for surviving the city streets comfortably, and then some light off-road action. They did feel slow, though. A quick swap of these cheers the bike up.

    Controls

    Rate the controls for performance:
     
    7/10
    Rate the controls for durability:
     
    7/10
    Rate the controls for weight:
     
    5/10
    Rate the controls for comfort:
     
    8/10
    Rate the controls for value:
     
    7/10

    Tell us some more about the controls. Any particularly good or bad components? How would the controls work for larger or smaller riders?

    It all just did its job.

    Your summary

    Did you enjoy riding the bike? Yes

    Would you consider buying the bike? Yes. But I'd want to slot the fattest tyres I could in it and make that gearing easier to make full use of the bike's potential, and muck about on and off-road.

    Would you recommend the bike to a friend? Yes, if they were looking for a versatile bit-of-everything commuter-crosser crossover thing.

    Rate the bike overall for performance:
     
    5/10
    Rate the bike overall for value:
     
    7/10

    Use this box to explain your score

    If you can snap this up at a discount price then it's a bit of a no-brainer commute/pub/gravel bike.

    Overall rating: 7/10

    About the tester

    Age: 47  Height: 180cm  Weight: 73kg

    I usually ride: It varies as to the season  My best bike is: The one I'm on at the time

    I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

    I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, cyclo-cross, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking, fun

    Story weight: 
    1
    Price: 
    £499.99
    Road.cc rating: 
    7
    Weight: 
    9,790g
    Road.cc verdict: 

    Simple and fun cyclo-crossy bike that can mix rough commuting with off-road exploring – but that gear would need sorting

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              NASA created glowing, artificial auroras that looked a whole lot like UFOs   

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              Análisis de Micro Machines World Series: las carreras más gamberras de Codemasters han regresado   

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    Con los años, Codemasters se ha convertido en un referente en los títulos de conducción, pero -curiosamente- uno de sus primero éxitos se limitaba a ofrecer sencillas carreras cuyos escenarios eran (literalmente) circuitos improvisados a base de objetos caseros. Unas pistas adaptadas a los 'Micro Machines', los coches en miniatura que se autoproclamaban los más pequeños del mundo, y que ahora vuelven con 'Micro Machines World Series'.

    Sin embargo, más allá de adaptar a los sistemas de entretenimiento de entonces el carisma de aquéllos coches, nos encontrábamos con una propuesta terriblemente sencilla en lo jugable, sin apenas pretensiones visuales en lo técnico y con un control muy poco amigable. ¿Cómo aquella idea pudo triunfar? Sencillamente porque era tremendamente divertida.

    Dicen que si algo funciona no debes tocarlo mucho, pero son tiempos muy diferentes a los de entonces. 'Micro Machines World Series' retoma la misma fórmula e intenta llegar tanto a los nostálgicos de las entregas clásicas de la serie, como a una nueva generación de jugadores. Una generación más exigente y que, salvo excepciones, dispone de menos paciencia. Pero la realidad es que no se puede contentar a todo el mundo. O -por lo menos- no de cualquier manera.

    El precio de ser demasiado fiel a los clásicos de otra generación

    Vamos a comenzar despejando las dos grandes incógnitas: 'Micro Machines World Series' no es -ni será- el siguiente 'Rocket League', y tampoco pretende competir con 'Super Mario kart' en ninguno de sus apartados. Pero es un juego con el que puedes pasarte tardes enteras jugando, y que se ha enfocado hacia la obtención de elementos extra a base subir niveles y obtener cajas de botín al estilo de 'Overwatch' o tantos otros.

    Olvídate de los giros de cámara y te aseguro que aquí no te podrás fiar de los controles: 'Micro Machines World Series' es un viaje a las raíces de la saga y eso supone que tendremos una única cámara que seguirá a nuestro coche a vista de pájaro y la dirección asistida de los coches modernos no está incluida. Ahora bien, ten muy presente que perder de vista a tu vehículo entre el resto de competidores o los elementos del escenario es parte de la experiencia.

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    Date por avisado de que no importa la cantidad de victorias y derrotas que lleves en lo alto, tus coches no te van a obedecer con la precisión de otros juegos. El peso de cada vehículo y la sensibilidad con la que aceleramos o tomamos una curva serán parte del desafío, pero lo fundamental es que -salvo en un par de modos de juego- en 'Micro Machines World Series' no ganarás siendo el primero durante la carrera, sino el último en quedar de pie.

    Dicho todo lo anterior, y como ocurre con los juegos de conducción, 'Micro Machines World Series' premiará generosamente a aquellos que memoricen sus mapeados, descubran sus atajos y sepan exprimir cada curva. Hasta ahí lo normal. Sin embargo, aquí no encontrarás ningún modo en el que correrás solo para entrenar, y una vez que aprendas a no patinar demasiado en los diferentes escenarios y domines cada curva y elemento interactivo, te darás cuenta de que la verdadera clave del juego siempre estuvo en saber trollear al resto de corredores. Dicho de otra manera: en este título el pez grande SIEMPRE se comerá al chico y la experiencia compitiendo determinará tu tamaño.

    'Micro Machines World Series' ofrece tres modos principales: un modo carrera tradicional donde competiremos con el objetivo de no ser los últimos en tocar la línea de llegada tras la vuelta final. Algo que sería bastante corriente si no fuera por las físicas de coches de choque que abundarán durante las primeras partidas conseguirán que nuestros rivales nos saquen al menos dos vueltas de ventaja y, cuando dominemos las armas de fuego, seamos nosotros quienes nos impongamos al resto de usuarios y la IA. Si, has leído bien: ARMAS.

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    Manteniendo la tradición de la serie 'Micro Machines', tanto los escenarios, como los propios coches y hasta los power ups serán un cúmulo de product placements: nuestras armas, con las que DEBEREMOS trollear a nuestros enemigos, llevarán el logotipo de NERF; pasaremos sobre juegos de mesa de la marca Hasbro como el Tragabolas y hasta dos de los coches hacen referencia explícita a los muñecos G.I. Joe. Y eso es parte del encanto del juego.

    Una fórmula por la que no pasan los años, con algunas novedades

    Sin embargo, donde emplearemos la mayoría del tiempo en este juego será en las otras dos variables. El modo eliminación regresa, y es sinónimo de carreras disparatadas a través de diferentes escenarios con el mero propósito de no quedarnos fuera de plano; de hecho, si el resto de corredores hacen que la cámara nos deje atrás, nosotros seremos los eliminados.

    Por supuesto, la idea básica en Eliminación es correr para adelantar el avance de la cámara o atacar desde la retaguardia, empujando a conciencia a nuestros enemigos cerca de los acantilados -o en puntos estratégicos- con el fin de dejarlos encallados en el escenario; o simplemente dejando caer bombas que -si no los destruyen- al menos crearán un efecto de dispersión. A efectos prácticos, deberemos mantenernos en plano y ser los últimos en quedar en pie.

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    Cada vez que uno de los corredores se clasifica, avanza posiciones en un tablero que se muestra sobre la partida en todo momento. Mientras que los primeros en caer verán cómo sus líneas de color retroceden, el primero en llegar a esa segunda meta que se decide a base de victorias, ganará la partida.

    'Micro Machines World Series' dispone de diez escenarios de salida con múltiples secretos y enormes posibilidades de trollear a nuestros adversarios, pero también existen mapas específicamente diseñados para una tercera y última variante en la que dejaremos de correr en circuitos y pasaremos a modos más agresivos: 'Campo de Batalla', 'Capturar la bandera' o 'Rey de la montaña' nos permitirán adoptar combates individuales o por equipos y desplegar las habilidades únicas de cada Micro Machine, incluidas demoledoras habilidades definitivas.

    Estos combates tienen lugar en escenarios simétricos, añadiendo más loopings, rampas propulsadas con sus propios efectos visuales, portales teletransportadores, resortes que nos agilizarán el paso de un punto a otro del escenario y toda clase de divertidos añadidos que harán que esta Battle Royale motorizada se repartan tengan por todo el mapeado, en lugar de concentrar la acción en puntos calientes.

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    La propuesta jugable se completa con eventos especiales que se activarán de manera periódica, aunque -salvo excepciones muy concretas- todo se reducirá a las partidas rápidas (sobre todo contra bots) y las escaramuzas contra otros jugadores en la misma consola. De hecho, es en las partidas locales donde realmente se encuentra la esencia del juego.

    Micro Machines: el homenaje definitivo de Codemasters al multijugador de sofás

    Ahora que ya hemos dejado bien establecidas sus posibilidades jugables, es el momento de hablar de lo que nos encontraremos a la hora de abordarlo, y en términos generales 'Micro Machines World Series' es un juego enormemente competitivo que palidece cuando nos enfrentamos a bots o a otros jugadores online sin chat de voz, pero que brilla con luz propia si decidimos compartir la experiencia con otro jugador más en las escaramuzas locales.

    Dicho de otro modo: cuando apostamos por jugar de manera individual, aunque sea con otros usuarios a través de su online, nuestro objetivo principal -más allá de ganar cada competición- es obtener créditos con los que poder desbloquear las abundantes personalizaciones de cada uno de los vehículos o subir niveles como jugador para obtener nuevas cajas de botín.

    Micro Machines World Series 20170630033849

    Pero cuando nos enfrentamos a otra persona nuestra perspectiva es muy distinta: ganar está bien, pero trollear a nuestros adversarios es mucho mejor. Todos los fallos a la hora de tomar una curva, cada misil que consigue impactar -incluso para sorpresa del que lo lanza- y ese empujón final que proyecta a nuestro enemigo por el borde de una mesa y nos garantiza la victoria da sentido al título. Y es que 'Micro Machines World Series' es un juego creado para compartir la experiencia, y sus propios menús de juego (y lo enfocados que están hacia sumar jugadores) lo delatan.

    La opinión de VidaExtra

    La serie 'Micro Machines' nunca destacó en lo técnico, y entrega no será la excepción. De hecho, puede llegar a ser reprochable que existan tan pocas diferencias, tanto en sus escenarios como en el modelado de sus vehículos, con respecto a los vistos en la reciente adaptación para dispositivos móviles ofrecida el diciembre pasado. El hecho de haber sido desarrollado desde Unity pasa una terrible factura visual al conjunto.

    'Micro Machines World Series' es tu juego si disfrutaste de los originales en NES, MegaDrive, Game Boy o cualquiera de las versiones editadas entre 1991 y el cambio de milenio, y quieres reencontrarte con los sprites de Spider, Cherry y Davey casi veinte años después. Pero sobre todo si tienes a alguien con quien compartir la partida.

    Vete olvidando del Fair Play, Codemasters te propondrá que seas el conductor más canalla en pistas diseñadas con el mismo mimo y cariño con el que un crío montaría sus propios circuitos con todo lo que se encuentre al paso, y sin la más mínima intención de recogerlo todo después. Y sí, aprenderás a dominar cada coche cuando lleves más de 30 carreras, pero el juego está diseñado para que nadie haga una partida limpia y perfecta.

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    Pero, sobre todo, ten muy presente que 'Micro Machines' nunca fue una saga de carreras al uso, y su nueva apuesta jugable no es tan accesible como el resto de títulos de conducción para todas las edades que puedes encontrar desde hace décadas. Sin embargo, el mayor logro de 'Micro Machines World Series' no es haber permanecido fiel a sus siglas, sino la capacidad de conseguir que, tras victorias fortuitas, humillantes derrotas y jugadas maestras, siempre queramos jugar solo una partida más.

    Micro Machines World Series

    Micro Machines World Series

    Plataformas PS4 (versión analizada), Xbox One y PC
    Multijugador Si
    Desarrollador Codemasters
    Compañía Codemasters
    Lanzamiento 30 de junio de 2017
    Precio 29,99 euros

    Lo mejor

    • Totalmente fiel a los juegos clásicos
    • El homenaje definitivo al multi en sofás
    • El enorme número de detalles de cada escenario

    Lo peor

    • El sistema de control no es para todo el mundo
    • El apartado técnico es demasiado similar a la versión de móviles
    • Hay modos que, sencillamente, no son para jugar en solitario

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              7/1/2017: PEOPLE: Space pioneer   
    ‘‘All the trajectory of my career was to enable me to learn more, or provide resources to ultimately build bigger and better rockets.’’ Beck started off as a toolmaking apprentice at Fisher & Paykel, a role that enabled him to tinker away in the...
              Report: JJ Redick Interested in Joining the Rockets   
    Could Houston afford Redick at $16-18 million per season?

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              VA - Need For Speed Vol.7 (2017) MP3   

    Категория: Музыка / Music MP3
    Размер: 1.10 GB
    Траффик: Раздают (отдают): 38, Скачивают (качают): 21
    Добавлен: 2017-07-01 00:12:47
    Описание: Информация о сборнике
    Исполнитель: VA
    Название сборника: Need For Speed Vol.7
    Год выпуска: 2017
    Жанр: Dance, Hands Up , Сборник


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              Сборник - Need For Speed Vol.7 (2017) MP3   

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    Описание: Информация о музыке
    Исполнитель: Сборник
    Название альбома: Need For Speed Vol.7
    Год выпуска: 2017
    Жанр: Dance, Hands Up

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              Rockets GM: ‘It’s a Weapons Race in the NBA’   
    "This gives us a real shot to chase the juggernaut teams."

    The post Rockets GM: ‘It’s a Weapons Race in the NBA’ appeared first on SLAMonline.


              Perpetuating a Legacy in the Modern Day Business of Wine in Italy   
    In recent days, in Tuscany, there were some terrific thunderstorms. Along with the rain, hail fell from the heavens. Not exactly an “under the Tuscan Sun” moment. But just as I wrote these words, the sun poked its head out through the steel gray clouds.

    Over the period of 30 hours, with full immersion (and submersion, as the case may be), I had the opportunity to sit and talk with three Tuscan families about their wine business. And the overriding (if not overtly intended) dilemma they all expressed to me was that of their family legacy in the business of wine.


    These are all very successful families, some with deep, deep roots in Italian culture, history and entrepreneurship. Their names are not important, but their challenges - as I sensed in talking to them - strike a common chord.

    One is that doing business in Italy is close to broken. Taxation has skyrocketed, while services have not kept pace in terms of efficiency and delivery. In an example one of my three winery owners noted, in his town the municipal police force has grown 18-fold while the population has actually shrunk by almost half. And this from another winery principal; that urban crime is now spreading to the countryside, with an increase in daylight crime (break-ins, robberies, and in some cases armed assault) in once quiet little hamlets and borgos.

    There is a cynicism about the role of government in Italy and how it is damaged. And the Italians, while they look to America and ponder the new world order as it emanates (and changes) daily from Washington, are also not so sympathetic to the challenges we are facing as a country. “We Italians have gone through much worse than America, and for many more centuries. And in Tuscany, well, read the history. This has never been an easy place to survive, let alone thrive,” one of my Tuscan friends told me.

    Indeed, it has only been recently, since the end of WWII, that the region has seen business growth and development unparalleled in any other historical epoch. If one wanted to in the 1970’s, you could have bought Tuscan land for a pittance. And many did. One American family, the Mariani’s, bought big, bet large, and reaped the rewards.

    One of my three winery owners, who came from a totally different business, told me that even in this time houses in his area of southern Tuscany can be had for very little money. There is a lull. He is concerned with restoring some of the fallen properties, just like in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Here, in Tuscany, they are focusing their energies on resolving their local matters.

    With all the challenges, my three Tuscan colleagues are successful. They are building (or rebuilding) their businesses and they are hopeful. So much that they fret over another issue – that of their legacy.

    Which of us get to that point in our lives when we entertain the fantasy of our personal legacy? Will my writing be relevant, or read, in 100 years, a writer asks herself? Will my art be around, an artist asks? And the winemaker, who deals in making a wine to travel through time, do they not ask, who will carry on this work?

    In reality, it is being carried on. If you tasted a Barolo or a Chianti Classico from the 1950’s, the people who worked in the fields, who harvested the grapes, and who put the wine in bottles, many of those people are no longer with us. But their life, their legacy, is in those bottles. They may not be signed, like a Rembrandt or a Caravaggio, but their life’s energy nonetheless went into making something for the ages.

    The business side of winemaking in Tuscany is a little older than in some other areas. And there is often a seamless thread with other activities, other efforts. Maybe some family came through the leather business, while another came through the clothing business. Maybe it was jewelry, or maybe it was agriculture. All these crafts had to be turned into a viable business so that people could find a way to get their daily bread.

    And everyone I met this week in such a short, but intense time, they all infused within me an impression that they are resolute in their need to thread the needle of time with their hard work, efforts which can be passed from one to another generation. And over and over again.

    There is another family, one which I did not meet with this week, but with which they have for over 600 years, toiled. And they are still going strong. So there are pathways into what might seem like an eternity to a human. A lasting legacy, a line of ascendancy, with the chance of improving on the process and the product with every new generation.

    But for those facing the wall of their mortality, whether they are 60 or 50 or 40, the time we have to carve one’s notch on their family tree is shorter than we want, always.

    I really felt a thread in the conversations but really more in wasn’t said. Like an urgency was presented to these three individuals and they were really struggling with coming to grips with their limitations. It wasn’t wealth. It wasn’t drive. At the end it wasn’t even the government. It was simply time. No matter how much money or energy or cunning, there can never be enough time. And that is why we seek to extend our influence and our life force into the next generation.

    “I bought this vineyard for the next 30 years,” one of the gentlemen said. “But in 30 years, you will be old,” I replied. His look, as if to say, “Why do you have to spoil my dream?” “Fly your kite,” I say, “as long as the wind is to your back.” But know when it’s your time to step off of the field.

    Yes, the hard part of this legacy business is the letting go part. You never know if you left it solid and reinforced enough, able to withstand any storms that may be coming in the future. But at some point you have to let the kite go.




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              A Good Horse - And an Even Better Saddle   
    The other day I got a late-pay notice from a government agency. I fretted over it for a while, imagining all kinds of economic burden to my little world. And then a picture popped up on the screen, of some crazed leader laughing with his generals in front of a high powered missile, capable of potentially sending a nuclear payload into my back yard. And I forgot all about my little problem.

    There are many ways to look at things, in this age of disruption. We can bemoan the loss of freedoms we once took for granted, we can activate socially and make our voices heard and we can celebrate for our side. And that is what is being done in various quarters around the country and indeed, in the world.


    In this country of Texas, where I live, there is a fierce independent streak. So much it can be seen as narrow, limiting even cruel. We have a low tax rate, and in return we have low services. Our local government congressional session operates for 140 days, every other year. So, for 140 days out of 730 they politicians are active. And for 590 days they are off wreaking havoc in the private sector.

    For those of us who see survival and resilience as our goal, and wanting to move forward, I put up a mental picture, which evokes an erstwhile image of that desire for freedom that draws people to this place. The idea of a good horse with an even better saddle. And in the vinous mode of imaging, this applies as well.

    Can Italian wine be the trail that I lead my horse down? Well it seems to have been for some time now, even if only in a metaphorical sense. I do see wine as the horse and the saddle, from time to time.

    Right now, Nebbiolo is a great work horse. I find myself drawn to it in these times, for Nebbiolo really seems to have returned to its nature of being. All those years of struggling with dark, dense, chewy Barolos are over. Maybe they needed more time in the bottle, as we found out again, last week in Napa Valley. Maybe some of them should have never been made in that brawny overly- assertive style. And maybe, just maybe, the winemakers want to drink those Barolos and Barbarescos as much as some of us do.

    I’m resigned with Tuscan Sangiovese being more emphatic in these times. Yes, the saddle is newer and shinier and the grain is tighter. I’ve had too many disappointing bottles of older Chianti, and Brunello. Maybe Tuscany is a little like Texas - in that a fierceness to its boldness is a symbol of craft, not detriment. That maybe, finally, the winemakers have seen Tuscany for what it really is – a place to make bold wines. Why not? It works out quite well for Napa Valley. There are plenty of good horses in Tuscany with handsome saddles. Give those wines 5- 10 or more years in the bottle and what develops might be seen in the future as a revolution, not a regression. I know, to some this sounds like heresy. I’m just looking out over the horizon and seeing the rainbows and the silver lining. Call me a dreamer.

    And not just Italian wine. In the past week, there have been wines in glasses in front of me from Germany, from California from New Zealand. Those wines, like the people that come to America, made the trip, coming here for a reason. Maybe it was for economic purposes. Perhaps someone, far away, decided it would be a good idea - a goal - to reach these shores. Whatever the reasoning, they (and we) are here. And from the pleasant encounters I’ve had, I’d say this will continue. That is, if the mad little man with the funny hairdo doesn’t launch his missile. Nuclear winter as an antidote to global warming? I’m not praying for this.

    I have no missiles, no rockets, no arsenal of mass destruction. All I can do is make sure I do have a good horse, and an even better saddle. With Italian wine, we’re in pretty good hands these days. Now we just need to go about setting the rest of the world right, eh?




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              Comment on Will NASA Suffer as Trump Administration Tightens Control? by redneck   
    Grantsmanship requires proposing whatever is popular with an agency at the time. Similar to the hydrogen /Isp fixation in rocketry that seems to be giving way to a methane fixation. It doesn't take a conspiracy for opinions to be heavily slanted, or even a majority. Just a few persuasive ones and a funding connection.
              Hypersonic and anti-hypersonic arms race   
    Lockheed Martin is using turbine rocket combined cycle (TRCC) to build a mach 6-10 hypersonic plane. The TRCC is an engine that switches between turbofan, ramjet and scramjets for subsonic, supersonic, and hypersonic flight. The TRCC engine will be tested on a fighter-sized flight testbed by 2020. They would then try to develop a Mach 6, unmanned spyplane by 2030 that would perform the same role as the old SR-71 Blackbird. The hypersonic spyplane would enter highly contested and defended airspace at altitudes of 18 and 62 miles, using its speed to outrun enemy defenses. Hypersonic planes could fire hypersonic
              Norwalk California 90650 Plumber Call (562) 444-3270   

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              Hellas Sat 3 / Inmarsat S European Aviation Network (EAN) Communication Satellite Has Been Successfully Launched   
    NewswireToday (newswire) - 2017/06/29 Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes France - Hellas Sat 3 / Inmarsat S EAN telecommunication satellite, has been successfully launched by Arianespace on board an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou launch pad in French Guiana - ThalesAleniaSpace.com
              Independence Days Sale Coach Prairie Bag In Mahogany Leather With Brass Hardware and Cross Body Strap No. 9954- Made In United States- EUC by ProVintageGear   

    89.10 USD

    This is a Coach Mahogany Leather 'Prairie Bag' with an adjustable shoulder strap. The Style Number stamped on the creed is 9954 which also states that this bag was made in the United States. This bag is in excellent used condition.

    This bag has an interior leather zippered pocket and two exterior leather slip pockets. One slip pocket on the rear of the bag and the other on the front under the flap. It has a solid brass turn lock closure, its original hang tag and a 48 inch adjustable shoulder strap with brass buckles.

    This is another one of those early Coach styles reminiscent of the early American pioneer days where one can't help but imagine seeing a leather clad Daniel Boone or Davy Crockett climbing over a mountain or hiking across a prairie carrying a bag very much like this bag. Or, in the words of the ten year old boy inside me whose memories of Disney's Davy Crockett persist in spite of the passage of more than half a century: 'Wow neat bag'. The people at Coach reacted in a much more subdued manner, referring to the Prairie as 'Classic yet timely'.

    This is what Coach had to say about the Prairie Bag when they introduced it in their 1994 Holiday Preview Catalog:

    A. New Prairie bag

    No. 9954 $198. Classic yet timely. Full-length open back pocket. Full-length gusseted front pocket under flap. Inside zipper pocket. 48 inch adjustable shoulder strap. 9 1/2" x 7 1/2" x 3". British tan shown. Black, Bottle Green, Mahogany, Navy, Red.

    Dimension Summary:

    Length: 9.5 inches
    Width: 3 inches
    Height: 7.5 inches

    Strap: 48 inches long 23.5 inch drop

    Condition:

    This bag is in excellent used condition. There are no rips, tears, or holes. It is as structurally sound as the day it was made. The hardware functions perfectly. While this bag, like most vintage bags this bag has some scuffing and scratching, it has very little for a bag this age. In addition, the inside is very clean. Please see photos and ask for more if you need them.

    On the date of this listing our shop had a black Prairie Bag in very good condition at this link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/489588879/independence-days-sale-coach-prairie-bag?ga_search_query=prairie&ref=shop_items_search_1

    If you prefer a different style vintage bag, I have many in stock and you can see it at my shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ProVintageGear


              Challenges – Our #WOTW    
    I can’t quite believe it’s Friday tomorrow, this week has rocketed by and we’re one week closer to the end of term too, eeek! It’s been a “will it happen, won’t it happen?” time for D’s Sports Day as it was re-arranged from last week as it was too hot and then the forecast for […]
              Canadiens Notebook: Sylvain Lefebvre named head coach of AHL Rocket   
    Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday that Sylvain Lefebvre will remain head coach of the club’s AHL affiliate, which is moving to Laval for the 2017-18 season. The farm club, which spent the last two seasons in St. John’s as […]
              Comment on RESPs and High Fee Mutual Funds by BK   
    Not sure why you think that setting up or administering an RESP is difficult with a discount broker. Once it's set up, and can be done easily online, you can buy low cost index funds or ETF's, and even bond ETF. You contribute. The government gives 20% on top of that a month later, and you buy once or twice a year once you've accumulated enough funds to make it worthwhile to pay the trading commission, which could be $10-30, depending on the assets you have. It's not rocket science, but most people are not financially confident enough to take it on so they do it at the bank, insurance company, or scholarship company. DIY is the least expensive way, but does require a bit of work.
              Swedish Police Chief Begs “HELP” – Migrants’ Crime & Violence Skyrockets   
    The only remaining police station in Kista in the troubled Järva area is forced to be closed. The pledge by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to step up the fight against drug gangs in vulnerable areas in Sweden, delivered roughly 2 weeks ago, came too little, too late. Swedish National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson has begged […]
              I Remember My Dad   
    I remember my Dad teaching me to mow the grass at four years old. Well, maybe I was five or six. Not much older than seven. But he taught me how to check the gas and oil, how to start it, how to mow around the edges of the yard and house and garden, and then how to mow straight lines.

    I remember the neighbor boy Jason saying his dad would only let him mow if he was wearing a suit of armor. I was glad my dad wasn't that paranoid.


    I remember my Dad attending our high school soccer games, pacing back and forth behind the goal net, advising the goalie, encouraging the defense, and rallying our team to never give up.

    Considering we didn't win a single game my senior year, my Dad's presence and belief in us became ever more valuable.


    I remember my Dad coming in at night when I was in grade school, I slept in the top bunk, and he would lean over to give me a good night kiss. Except that it was more of a good night whisker rub. Which, as a boy, I kind of appreciated.

    I remember Saturday nights with my Dad as a kid, watching Hockey Night in Canada on the TV, and us relaxing together a bit before bedtime. I remember Sunday nights with Mum and Dad and the family snuggled up on the coach watching the Wonderful World of Disney: Davey Crockett, Shaggy Dog D.A., and Herbie the Love Bug.

    I remember going through a real dark period as a man, a husband, a pastor; my Dad and I started meeting for breakfast every Friday at Kahganns Korner, a little gas station restaurant on the corner of 69 and Highway 6. We'd walk out of that dingy place smelling like a smoke stack! But I cherished those times with my Dad, talking about gardening, the news, politics, ministry, marriage, life.


    I remember dinner time, Dad at the head of the table, Mum at the other end, and us boys on both sides. Mum would have us help set the table, and then we'd sit down, Dad would pray, and then we would feast. It wasn't long before things got loud and obnoxious. Ben would sing a silly song he heard on a commercial - usually the most annoying one. Matt would be making odd sounds and comments. Jerm would be telling funny jokes, the punchline timed to when I would slurp up some soup or take a swig of milk.

    I'm still impressed that Dad managed to grin even as I spewed the contents of my mouth all over the supper table. Every once in awhile, Dad would say, "Enough!" We'd quite down real quick, but then, as Ben would say, we were starting to get on our own nerves anyway.


    I remember, soon after we moved to Montgomery Michigan, Dad was given an opportunity to start a second garden at the Ferrier's farm down the road. Dad dragged us boys along to help weed a large plot of neglected dirt. Dad set about his work with determination and diligence. It's almost as if he enjoyed transforming this unused piece of land into something productive and nourishing.

    Though at the time we didn't quite appreciate the scope of Dad's vision, nor the hardiness of his work ethic, we did have fun trying to yank out weeds that were taller than us! It'd take three of us to pull them out of the ground! We wondered about what kind of country we had moved to that had weeds like this! Dad was undaunted, and by the end of the summer we were savoring sweet strawberries, feasting on fresh corn on the cob, harvesting cucumbers, potatoes, green beans, peas and watermelon. It was always impressive to me what Dad was able to grow.


    I remember when we were real little, we went to go visit Grandpa and Grandma Hallman on the farm. It was a cold, snowy, blustery Canadian day. Thus, the four grown ups bundled up us four kids and shoved us outside into the blizzard to play while they sat around the fireplace sipping hot tea. We trudged over to the barn for shelter.

    While huddled there we tried to think of something fun to do. We noticed that the snow drifts were so high and solid that we could walk right up onto the barn roof. Which is what we did. We then noticed that there was enough packed snow on the roof that if we climbed high enough, we could slide down the barn roof and land in the snow drift. Which is what we did. Now we were having some fun in the blizzard!

    After awhile we noticed that the bottoms of our snow pants were shredded to pieces. We couldn't figure out why. Then we noticed little nail heads sticking up out of the roof. It was then that we realized that we were busted. We doubted that our parents would have approved us in climbing up a barn roof in the middle of a snow storm to use as a slide, and now we would have to tell them about it. It was a somber moment. So we decided to keep sliding, if we were going to get in trouble anyway.

    After awhile, when we got really cold and there was nothing left on the bottom of our snow pants, we single-file headed back to the farmhouse, prepared for doom. You can imagine my mom's shock when we entered the kitchen with shredded snow pants. We timidly awaited my father's follow up comment of "You what?" But instead it was if the heavens openend, the angels started singing, and my father responded with a laugh, a huge grin, and: "Yeah, that's what I used to do when I was a kid!"

    Oh, we were so happy, I had never been more thankful for my dad then in that moment.


    So now, when I mow the yard, I remember my dad. When I cheer my kids on at soccer, I remember my dad. When I kiss my daughter and sons goodnight, and every once in awhile give them a whisker rub, I remember my dad. Sometimes I'll turn a hockey game on just as a way to remember being with my dad as a little kid. I doubt I'll every eat another meal at Kaghanns Korner, but every time we drive by on our way up to the Lake, I remember my dad.

    Every time my kids get loud and obnoxious at the dinner table, I remember my dad. Every time I plant a bearded iris or marigolds, I think of my dad. When I plant huckleberries and asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries and pole beans, I think of my dad. And when my kids do something crazy dangerous, like climb to the tops of thirty foot trees, I remember my dad.



    I remember my dad studying the Bible. I remember my dad preaching Scripture. But mostly what I remember is my dad living out his faith - as a dad, as a husband, as a friend. The first sermon of my dad's that I remember being interested in was about 1 Corinthians 13. Like my father, I've preached through that text many times. Like my father, I've meditated on those words of God for many hours.

    Like the Apostle Paul, when reflecting on all the words of the Gospel, on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, here was the conclusion that we have come to: without love, anything we attain is worth nothing. In imitating the life of Christ, we would, like Paul, describe love by first saying that love is patient, and that love is kind. And when I read those words, I remember my Dad.


    And when I remember my Dad, I will remember his faith in Jesus, I will remember his hope in God, and most of all, I will always remember his love.
              Rocket docket to help drug addicts   
    Logan County Attorney Joe Ross informed Fiscal Court this week that his office, in conjunction with the office of Todd County Attorney Mack Johns, has received a grant that will pay for a part-time prosecutor to help move people arrested for drug offenders through the judicial system quicker. The program is referred to as the […]
              Global mobile app market to reach $6.3 trillion by 2021   
    A new study by analyst firm App Annie suggests the global mobile app economy was worth $1.3 trillion last year and is poised to skyrocket to $6.3 trillion by 2021 as users spend more money on apps, in-app purchases, and mobile commerce. According to the report, consumer spending across all mobile app stores will reach […]

              Video: NASA Sounding Rocket Fills The Skies With Colorful Clouds   
    NASA has whetted appetites for Jul 4th fireworks and the Aug solar eclipse with a space-based lightshow of a own. The space agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia launched a Terrier-Improved Malemute sub-orbital sounding rocket on Jun 29 that widespread colorful clouds opposite a sky, that could be seen from New York to North Carolina. During ...
              July Fourth Comes Early: NASA Sounding Rocket Releases Colorful Morning Cloud Show (Photos, Video)   
    A NASA sounding rocket launched early this morning and lit up the skies over the U.S. East Coast with colorful clouds, ringing in an early July Fourth celebration.
              The Portland Trail Blazers had a hilarious reaction to their trade with the Houston Rockets in which they didn't receive any players   

    The Portland Trail Blazers had a hilarious reaction to their trade with the Houston Rockets in which they didn't receive any playersThe Houston Rockets' acquisition of Chris Paul may have been the biggest offseason...



              Syrian Regime Denies Using Poisonous Gas in Deadly Attack Outside Damascus   

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    RAY SUAREZ: The Syrian government pounded rebel areas outside the capital, Damascus, early today, and anti-government activists said some rockets included chemical weapons that killed hundreds of people.

    A warning: There are disturbing images in this report.

    Women and children shielded their faces with handkerchiefs, while victims, writhing in pain, gasped for air, some foaming at the mouth. These amateur videos all posted on social media Web sites that cannot be independently verified showed scores of bodies filling clinic floors and hallways. All showed little signs of visible injuries.

    In one local doctor’s account:

    MAN (through interpreter): It is a huge crisis. The number of victims is very high. I have carried in my own hands around 50 dead children. The gas was losing its effect after half-an-hour, but unfortunately people went down to the basements, and because the gas is heavy, it reached the basements, and, as a result, the number of wounded increased.

    RAY SUAREZ: It’s all evidence, Syrian opposition leaders in Turkey say, of the government’s gassing of its own civilians, in what could be one of the deadliest incidents in the two-year-long Syrian conflict.

    KHALED SALEH, Syrian National Coalition: These are the faces of terrorists that Bashar al-Assad is targeting. This massacre puts the world on attention. It really sends a message to all of the international organizations to the — the number of crimes this regime is willing to commit.

    RAY SUAREZ: But, back in Damascus, a military spokesman denied the allegations.

    MAN (through interpreter): The media channels have lied, as usual, that the Syrian Arab army used chemical weapons in the suburbs of Damascus today. The general leadership of the army confirms these allegations are completely false and are a part of the dirty media war that is led by some countries against Syria.

    RAY SUAREZ: The purported attack comes amid reports that Assad forces have regained major swathes of territory in the country in recent weeks and just days after a 20-member United Nations inspection team arrived in Syria to investigate three other possible chemical weapon incidents.

    In Washington, the Obama administration expressed alarm at news of the attack, but White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest stopped short of confirming details, instead calling for a U.N.-backed investigation.

    JOSH EARNEST, White House Deputy Press Secretary: There is an investigation team that is on the ground in Syria right. And we are hopeful that the Assad regime will follow through on what they have claimed previously and give the investigators access to the sites, the opportunity to interview witnesses, the opportunity to collect physical samples, and other things that would help them reach a credible determination about what exactly occurred there.

    RAY SUAREZ: World leaders, including the foreign ministers of Britain and Germany and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, expressed shock at the chemical weapons allegations and called for a thorough investigation, as did Russia, which has protected the Assad regime by vetoing U.N. sanctions aimed at ending the violence.

    In a statement, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesman suggested the incident could be a provocation by the opposition, saying: “This is supported by the fact that the criminal act was committed near Damascus at the very moment when a mission of U.N. experts had successfully started their work of investigating allegations of the possible use of chemical weapons there.”

    The U.N. Security Council did meet in emergency session late today to discuss the day’s events, all this as thousands of Syrians continue to stream over the borders everyday to neighboring countries Iraq and Jordan, trying to escape the ongoing violence.

     

     

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              Refugees and Rebels Flee Syrian Conflict Areas as Government Troops Advance   

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    GWEN IFILL: Now to Syria, with two reports from inside Aleppo, as the nation’s largest city endures its tenth day of fierce battle between government troops and rebels.

    The fighting there has centered in the southwestern neighborhood of Salahuddin. The United Nations reports that 200,000 of the city’s 2.5 million residents have already fled.

    We begin with John Ray of Independent Television News.

    JOHN RAY: The battle for these streets could yet decide fate of all Syria. So, rebels fight hard to retain a foothold at the heart of the city, while state TV shows Assad’s soldiers hunting them down.

    If this scene looks slightly staged, in the past few days, we have witnessed the awesome reality of the regime’s firepower. On the outskirts of Aleppo, we come under a barrage of shell and rocket attacks, a bombardment that last several hours.

    At dawn, thick smoke fills the air. And terrified, the few remaining residents are packing up to leave, joining an exodus the U.N. says is 200,000 strong.

    The streets around me here are now almost entirely deserted, except for a few Free Syrian Army fighters. That’s a suburb of 30,000 people that has emptied out as the fighting has intensified in the city below. And about a kilometer from here, dug in, a detachment of Syrian army tanks.

    Today, a fierce firefight said to be at a checkpoint to the north of the city, rebels claim victory here, looting weapons and ammunition, celebrating on top of a captured tank. The regime cannot afford to lose Aleppo. It says it’s purging Syria’s second city of terrorists. So much disputed, only one certainty: more bloodshed and more names to carve on gravestones, though, in this town, we’re told, the stone mason has already run for his life.

    JUDY WOODRUFF: And to a second report from Aleppo.

    Margaret Warner spoke to James Foley from our partner GlobalPost. They talked via Skype earlier today.

    MARGARET WARNER: James Foley, thanks for speaking with us.

    So what’s the state of the conflict right now between the rebels, who came in about 10 days ago, and the government forces now mounting this assault?

    JAMES FOLEY, GlobalPost: We hear a lot about the battle for Aleppo as being one of the critical battles.

    And it seems like the Syrian army is trying to really demoralize the rebels by using Syrian fighter jets. We saw MiG fighter jets yesterday swooping down, firing missiles and rockets, followed by of course helicopters that they have used for a while now. So this is a terrifying tactic.

    They have also made tank probes into places like Salahuddin. A lot of activists speculate that the real battle hasn’t started yet, they’re just testing the area.

    It would seem that, if Assad loses Aleppo, surely this is a huge blow for him, and he wouldn’t be able to tolerate that, Aleppo being the industrial capital.

    MARGARET WARNER: Assad used to enjoy support from the business community in Aleppo. What can you tell about how the population feels now, where their sympathies lie?

    JAMES FOLEY: We were here weeks before fighting broke out. And it was very interesting, because there’s wealthiest neighborhoods in Aleppo that look like Amman or Beirut untouched by fighting, untouched by protests, wealthier shops, and, of course, very nice homes.

    And the question is, have these people gone, fled to Lebanon? Have they fled to Turkey? Or are they just staying in their houses for now to see what happens? There’s still power in these parts of the city. They’re not being shelled. And there are still army positions. The places that are shelled, as I said, are beginning to look like the worst war zones in Syria now.

    MARGARET WARNER: Well, James Foley, thanks so much for doing this. And stay safe.

    JAMES FOLEY: Thanks. I appreciate you guys.

    GWEN IFILL: There was another high-level defection from the Syrian government today. The top diplomat in London said he would no longer represent the Assad regime.

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              Tiny nano-motors are driven by light   
    Tiny nano-motors are driven by lightScience fiction is full of fanciful devices that allow light to interact forcefully with matter, from light sabers to photon-drive rockets. In recent years, science has begun to catch up; some results hint at interesting ... Read more

              Comment on Did Dr.Robert Gallo Create HIV/AIDS? by Traumer   
    I'm not saying that what +442rocketdave said above is true. Nevertheless, all governments have many methods not to return multitudes of soldier's bodies who go to war. (e.g. Telling families of dead soldiers their bodies were destroyed in some explosion, and delivering an unidentifiable body - or no body at all - to those families.) Do you remember how Osama bin Laden was killed and his body was destroyed? However, there is little to no evidence of this fact? I'm not stating that he isn't dead, I am solely giving an example of a high profile case where the family (and public) never saw the body of a "soldier" murdered by a government agency. (I put the word soldier in quotations for grammatically accepted reasons. The manner in which I used the quotes points to the fact that I do not consider him a soldier.)
              People are watching the firework show. by SVTeam   
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              Wahoo! Virginia CB Davis wins $100K in lottery   

    6:51 PM ET ESPN.com news services You have to play to win. And while Chuck Davis wasn’t able to play for the University of Virginia football team last season after transferring from Nebraska, that didn’t mean he couldn’t play the … Continue reading

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              Wolves shipping Rubio to Jazz, sources say   

    6:49 PM ET Marc Stein Close ESPN Senior Writer • Senior NBA writer for ESPN.com• Began covering the NBA in 1993-94• Also covered soccer, tennis and the Olympics Tim MacMahon Close ESPN Staff Writer Joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009 Covers … Continue reading

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              Paterno family drops lawsuit against NCAA   

    6:54 PM ET Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. — Late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno’s family dropped a lawsuit Friday against the NCAA over its use of a report in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal to punish Paterno and … Continue reading

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              Trump warns US 'patience is over' with North Korea   

    President Donald Trump has warned the US patience with North Korea’s “reckless and brutal regime” has run out and called on the international community to back additional sanctions to thwart the North’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. During his remarks … Continue reading

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              Bulls waive veteran Rondo after only 1 season   

    4:57 PM ET CHICAGO — The Bulls announced on Friday they have waived veteran point guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo had a team option worth over $13 million that would have become fully guaranteed had the Bulls not waived him by … Continue reading

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              Charges dropped against 2 youths in Tennessee wildfires   

    FILE – In this Dec. 9, 2016, file photo, the remains of laundry machines sit on the site of a burned inn near downtown Gatlinburg, Tenn. District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn said Friday, June 30, 2017, that two juveniles would … Continue reading

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              Prince Charles and Camilla honour troops on Canada tour   

    The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have honoured Canadian soldiers who died while fighting in Afghanistan. On the second day of their tour, Charles and Camilla laid a wreath at a memorial in Trenton, Ontario, alongside a … Continue reading

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              Ravaged by opioids, a rural W.Va. community fears gutting of Medicaid   

    View photos An ambulance responding to a call in Point Pleasant, W.Va. (Photo: Holly Bailey/Yahoo News) More POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A few months ago, Dylan Handley and another paramedic were responding to a medical alert here in rural Mason … Continue reading

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              DeVos Presses Pause on Burdensome Gainful Employment Regulations   

    Continuing to deliver on her promise of a regulatory reset at the Department of Education, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department will allow additional time for institutions to comply with overly burdensome Gainful Employment regulations. “Since … Continue reading

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              Death toll in Bahawalpur oil tanker blast reaches 190   

    The death toll from an oil tanker explosion in central Pakistan has risen to 190, hospital and government officials said, as 16 more people succumbed to their injuries on Friday. The oil tanker overturned on Sunday morning on a main … Continue reading

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              Comment on For-profit colleges want in on tuition-discount program by UnCivilServant   
    I predict a $12,000 increase in tuition, with the school "match" being a write down of $6,000 so they can pocket the state's $6,000. . It is the kind of behaviour being incentivised with government grants. . The price of college = the amount they figure the student can pay + the amount the government will pony up. I had school-issued 'grants' for a small margin to cover the difference between that value for me and the paper price tag. They never said anything about it and I only noticed because I bothered to read my bills. . The cause of the skyrocketing pricetag of college is the efforts to make it "Affordable".
              How big is Canada’s marijuana market, really?   

    Many are gambling demand will skyrocket when pot is legal. Here's why that's not a safe bet

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              Comment on Utah Jazz: Predicting the Second Half of the Season by John Jenkins   
    Liked the article and consideration of how the Jazz might do in the playoffs. Notes on the players was rather spot on. Agree Exum simply needs time on the court in a situation where it is not critical. Very young in basketball time. Alex will improve but he is still a liability on the defensive end. His team D needs serious work as well as his individual. Raul continues to play well in spot minutes. If the Jazz take the 4th spot they win at least that series. 5th spot is a bit more problematic. I believe they can take the Rockets in a playoff scenario.
              George Colligan: More Powerful review – captivating and unpredictable   

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    American pianist George Colligan has spent more than two decades enhancing the work of famous leaders, but as well as appearing on more than 100 albums, he makes impressive ones of his own. The usual jazz-piano suspects (Corea, Monk, Tyner) influence Colligan, and he likes the deviously fast-moving melodies of beboppish modal music, evident here as the band rocket through the Giant-Steps-like Whiffle Ball and the climbing-and-diving Effortless.

    But although the title track’s bright, tumbling theme suggests the same route at first, the uninhibited young saxophonist Nicole Glover takes off from Colligan’s rolling chordwork with wild, free-form wails, and the leader catches the mood in jabbing, splintery dissonances against Pat Metheny bassist Linda Oh’s surefootedly eloquent solo. Southwestern Silence is a captivatingly unjazzy melody with a cat-and-mouse piano/bass theme; Empty resembles a swelling and fading Django Bates anthem; The Nash suggests a more urgent, high-intensity Thelonious Monk.

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              Felony Friday 078 - Johnny Adams on the Drug War, Hate Speech and Children’s Rights   

    Today we welcome a friend of the Lions of Liberty to the Felony Friday show for the first time. Johnny Adams joins the show to help Felony Friday host John Odermatt break down some important felonies. Johnny is the host of the Johnny Rocket Launch Pad. Last week John Odermatt was a guest on the Launch Pad.

    On the Johnny Rocket Launch Pad each week Johnny Adams and his co-host Curt Nelson strive to bring you the best guests in talk radio. The Johnny Rocket Launch Pad delivers weekly interviews of Noteworthy: Politicians, Experts, and Activists. The Johnny Rocket Launch Pad is “Bringing the Party To The Libertarian Party” and “Launching Ideas in Your Direction.” Johnny is also the c [...]


              Nombres importantes disponibles en la agencia libre de la NBA    

    MIAMI. La agencia libre de la NBA siempre cuenta con su dosis de drama. Este año no será la excepción. Un ejemplo: Un aficionado de Utah ha estado cabildeando para que Gordon Hayward se quede con el Jazz, citando un artículo esta semana sobre cómo la legislatura de Massachusetts pretende aumentar los impuestos para quienes ganan más de un millón de dólares al año. Ese fanático resulta ser Tanner Ainge, aspirante al Congreso de Estados Unidos e hijo del presidente de los Celtics de Boston, Danny Ainge.

    Por lo que incluso los lazos familiares entran en juego durante la agencia libre, que inicia el sábado a las 12:01 de la mañana hora del este de Estados Unidos, un momento en que jugadores como Hayward, Kyle Lowry, Blake Griffin, Paul Millsap y mucho más pueden oficialmente empezar a reunirse y escuchar ofertas que al final les ayudarán a decidir dónde jugarán la próxima temporada.

    “Uno nunca sabe lo que va a suceder en la agencia libre”, declaró el presidente del Heat de Miami, Pat Riley. “Veremos qué pasa el 1 de julio. Siempre es un momento muy emocionante”.

    Dado que Chris Paul de antemano fue canjeado a Houston, y que es casi seguro que los próximos agentes libres Kevin Durant y Stephen Curry permanezcan con el campeón de la NBA, Golden State, Hayward podría ser considerado el mejor jugador disponible en la agencia libre. El sábado se reunirá con el Heat, un equipo que contará con cerca de 35 millones de dólares para gastar una vez que rompa relaciones oficialmente con Chris Bosh y obtenga un beneficio con el resto de su contrato.

    Ningún acuerdo puede concretarse hasta el 6 de julio, pero es muy probable que los tratos que suman hasta 2.000 millones de dólares o más estén asegurados para cuando termine la moratoria. Todos persiguen a Golden State, y Houston ha disparado su primera salva importante.

    “Nos lo vamos a jugar todo”, afirmó el gerente general de Houston, Daryl Morey.

    Eso resulta evidente, ante la forma en que los Rockets realizaron una serie de seis intercambios a fin de adquirir a Paul de los Clippers de Los Ángeles esta semana. Houston busca agregar aún más potencia para sumarse a Paul y el finalista al Jugador Más Valioso de la liga, James Harden, con la posibilidad de adquirir a Paul George (que anunció a Indiana que jugará en otra parte para 2018, si no es que antes).

    George no es agente libre, ni Carmelo Anthony. Pero ambos podrían cambiar de equipo justo ahora; Es muy probable que los Pacers se vean obligados a canjear a George para garantizar que no lo perderán por nada el próximo verano, y Anthony podría ser dejado libre por Nueva York luego que los Knicks decidieran esta semana romper relaciones con Phil Jackson tras tres temporadas cargadas de turbulencia y carentes de playoffs.

    Minnesota de antemano dio la sorpresa al obtener a Jimmy Butler el día del draft. Butler dijo que está reclutando a más jugadores para que se les unan a él, Andrew Wiggins y Karl-Anthony Towns.

    “Creo que el impacto de Jimmy en nuestro equipo será grandioso”, afirmó el gerente general de los Timberwolves, Scott Layden. “Eso es lo que pasa con los grandes líderes. Están involucrados con su capacidad de liderato y con las medidas para mejorar al equipo”.

    La llegada de Butler de antemano tuvo el viernes su primera repercusión: de acuerdo con una persona al tanto de las negociaciones, Minnesota llegó a un trato con Utah que enviará al base Ricky Rubio al Jazz, que a su vez cedió la selección de primera ronda del draft 2018 del Thunder a los Timberwolves a cambio del español de 26 años.

    Hay un mercado de armadores con Lowry, George Hill y el ex Jugador Más Valioso de la NBA Derrick Rose listos para nuevos acuerdos. J.J. Redick, Kyle Korver y Dion Waiters estarán entre los escoltas que podrían recibir el mayor interés. Miami tratará de mantener a James Johnson fuera de una generación de aleros que incluye a Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay _que viene de una lesipon_ y Danilo Gallinari (junto con Durant y Hayward).

    Griffin se ha declarado agente libre, lo que significa que podría dejar a los Clippers. Él encabeza un grupo de alas pivotes que cuenta con Millsap, Serge Ibaka, Taj Gibson y otros. Y entre los pivotes, quizá el nombre más interesante es JaVale McGee _que recientemente resucitó su carrera tras un sólido año con los Warriors.

    También están los veteranos como Dirk Nowitzki y Pau Gasol, que es casi seguro que sólo estén libres de nombre: Nowitzki no dejará Dallas, ni Gasol saldrá de San Antonio.

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    El periodista de The Associated Press Jon Krawczynski en Minneapolis contribuyó a este despacho.


              U.N. Hosts Jew-Hate Palestinian Forum   

    The United Nations once again has displayed its anti-Israel bias by hosting what is called the "United Nations Forum to Mark Fifty Years of Occupation."  The United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People has organized the two-day meeting taking place this week in New York. Representatives affiliated or working with two terrorist organizations - Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) - are taking part. 

    Palestinian representative Saeb Erekat told the Israel haters that “Hamas and the PFLP are not terrorist organizations.”  Erekat also said that the way to defeat ISIS is by ending the Israeli "occupation.” He added, "The Israeli government, headed by Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, is trying to replace the two-state solution with one state, two systems, apartheid.”

    Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon responded to such nonsense, saying, "They have no shame. These are lies and incitement from those who are paying terrorists to kill innocent Israelis."

    Hamas is indeed a terrorist organization, with innocent civilian blood on its hands as it tries to carry out its genocidal campaign against the Jewish state.  As for the PFLP, Ambassador Danon displayed a photograph of Israeli policewoman Hadas Malka who was killed in a terror attack earlier this month. He explained to reporters that one of the groups presenting at the UN forum works with the PFLP terror organization which claimed responsibility for Malka's murder. Both Hamas and the PFLP are considered foreign terrorist organizations by the U.S. State Department.

    Nevertheless, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed legitimized the hatefest by their participation along with terrorist organization collaborators.

    The Secretary General’s message to the forum, delivered by his deputy, lamented “Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Syrian Golan, and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and Syrians.” He went on to declare that only the end of Israeli “occupation” would “lay the foundations for enduring peace that meets Israeli security needs and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty.” He repeated the canard that “recurring cycles of violence and retribution” were “fueled “by “[F]ifty long years of occupation.”

    The Palestinians could have had their own state the same year that Israel was created. Instead, they chose the rejectionist path, vowing with their Arab nation neighbors to destroy the Jewish state at birth. They failed, but would not give up their ambition to drive the Jews into the sea. Cycles of violence against Jews were carried out by Palestinian terrorists before the June 1967 War, while Jordan controlled the West Bank and Egypt controlled Gaza. The Palestinian leadership is not interested in a genuine two-state solution. They want an immediate state on the lands that Israel took over after the June 1967 War, to be followed by the implementation of the so-called “right of return” that would result in the Palestinians’ eventual demographic takeover of pre-1967 Israel. In short, the Palestinians' version of the two-state solution is two Palestinian states, in addition to Jordan which has a majority Palestinian population.  

    Gaza has been in Palestinian hands since Israel’s unilateral withdrawal in 2005. Instead of using the opportunity to build a prototype state living side by side with Israel in peace, the terrorist organization Hamas turned Gaza into a launching pad for rocket attacks against Israeli civilian population centers.

    Jerusalem was divided by virtue of Jordan’s illegal occupation of the Old City after the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, and restored to its undivided, unitary status, open to members of all faiths, by Israel in 1967. The notion of a separate “East Jerusalem” that is “occupied” by Israel is a Palestinian fiction that the so-called international community has cynically bought into.

    When Syria controlled the Golan Heights, it took advantage of the high terrain to launch sniping attacks against Israeli civilians, including children, in the Huleh Valley below. The UN Mixed Armistice Commission ignored Israel’s complaints. During the June 1967 Six Days War, Syrian armored units fired on villages in the Huleh Valley. Israel fought back and seized control of the Golan Heights terrain that Syria had used to conduct its lethal attacks on helpless Israeli civilians. Even so, Israel was willing to return the Golan Heights to Syria in exchange for a genuine peace agreement. But the offer fell on deaf ears after the passage of the Khartoum Resolution of September 1, 1967 at the conclusion of the 1967 Arab League summit. This resolution declared, “no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it, and insistence on the rights of the Palestinian people in their own country.”

    Israel was willing to be a gracious victor and give back territory that had been used to terrorize its population, but was met with intransigence, a pattern followed by the Palestinians repeatedly over the years. Syria has forfeited any legitimate right to reclaim the Golan Heights, which Israel has every right to retain for defensive reasons.

    The Palestinians have only their own leadership to blame for their present plight. No UN forum can change the truth that, to paraphrase the great Israeli statesman Abba Eban, the Palestinians "never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity."

    U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has tried, since assuming her post, to move the UN away from its blatant anti-Israel bias. As the "United Nations Forum to Mark Fifty Years of Occupation" shows, she definitely has her work cut out for her.


              Tulsa's Skyrocketing Homicide Rate Goes Up Overnight   
    Tulsa Police say a man is dead after being shot to death at an apartment complex. The shooting took place in a parking lot overnight east of the Admiral and Mingo Traffic Circle. Police say several people were in a car when someone, outside the vehicle, started shooting. Another person was hit by bullets and taken to the hospital. There is no word on that individual's condition. Names have not been released. Police have not shared suspect information at this point. This is Tulsa's 45th homicide of the year.
              SpaceX Test-Fires Rocket Ahead of Sunday Launch (Photo)   
    SpaceX test-fired a Falcon 9 rocket yesterday (June 29), helping pave the way for a planned launch this weekend.
               CDSL shares zoom 75% on massive demand in debut trade   
    The stock skyrocketed 75.57% to close at Rs 261.60 on NSE. During the day, it zoomed 81.17% to Rs 269.95. Earlier in the day, it had listed at Rs 250, up 67.78%.
              NBA Rumors: J.J. Redick Could Follow Chris Paul, Join Rockets In Free Agency   
    The Los Angeles Clippers already have lost one of their starting guards this offseason, and now it looks like they’re... Read More »
              Magic man Roarie Deacon scores last-gasp leveller for Sutton United to deny Lincoln City   
    Roarie Deacon’s 25 yard rocket shot in injury time stunned National League leaders Lincoln City to earn a point for Sutton United at Gander Green Lane on Tuesday night.
              NASA skapade konstgjorda molm   
    För att kunna följa partiklar i luften





    NASA har efter flera inställda försök nu genomfört sitt experiment med att skapa konstgjorda moln genom att skjuta ut burkar med ånga från en stigande raket.

    Det hela skedde igår när man skickade upp en raket från Wallops Flight Facility i Virginia. Raketen steg under åtta minuter till cirka 190 kilometers höjd och under färden skickades tio burkar med ånga ut från raketen. Som synes på bilden ovan så resulterade testet i ett gäng med färgglada moln på den amerikanska natthimlen.

    Tanken bakom testet är att det här systemet ska användas när man undersöker jonosfären eller norr/sydsken och då ska forskare på marken kunna följa partiklars rörelser i luften med hjälp av de konstgjorda molnen.

    Molnen kunde ses från New York till North Carolina och nedan hittas en timelapse på hur det hela såg ut.
    www.nasa.gov

    Läs vidare och kommentera:
    http://feber.se/vetenskap/art/367569/nasa_skapade_konstgjorda_molm/



              Your July 4th Party Needs These Rocket Jello Shots   
    These red, white, and blue layered shots are sure to impress.
              7/1/2017: NEWS: Diving ‘ bullet’ to revolutionise surf lifesaving   
    QUEENSLAND lifesavers could soon be using a new jet- powered rescue “bullet” that rockets through the surf and dives underwater. The German- made Seabob device can dive up to 40m beneath the surface and rescue as many as 10 people at once. It...
              4th of July starts early    

    A neighbor in the street behind us became the first ninny to fire off fireworks this 4th of July season. There's always one. In past years, a clown at some nearby apartments made his presence known by igniting a cherry bomb every night at 10 o'clock, from weeks before and after the 4th of July. Last evening, the neighbor from the opposite direction shot off fire crackers for about a half hour. The neighbor ended his noisy display by shootinig off a bottle rocket. I enjoy fireworks. Mrs. O and I watch the chamber fireworks from City Beach on the Fourth of July. We enjoy the neighborhood fireworks while riding to and from the community fireworks show. But I don't have much use for the clowns who shoot them off before and after the Fourth of July. How about you?

    Question: Do you enjoy fireworks that are ignited before or after the Fourth of July?


              Anti-Growth 'Make It Fair' Lobby Pushes For $9 Billion Tax Increase In California   
    California voters approved the People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation (Proposition 13) in 1978. To this date, Proposition 13 stands as one of the most important advances in the history of American tax reform. The initiative, which decreased property taxes by assessing homes at their 1975 value, allowed thousands of families to stay in their homes; the skyrocketing property taxes would have forced many Californians (particularly working-class families and seniors on a fixed income) to move. Proposition 13 was (and is) so popular among California residents that many politicians consider it a “third rail” – changing or weakening it seems virtually unthinkable.
              Upgrading locals are snapping up blocks in Rochedale Grand   

    LOCALS are trading in their older style homes for modern luxury as home site sales skyrocket in this southside suburb.

    The post Upgrading locals are snapping up blocks in Rochedale Grand appeared first on realestate.com.au.


              Rocket Sky - What Animation Training Looks like   

    Cast: ROCKET SKY 3D ANIMATION SCHOOL

    Tags: animation school, animation training, learn to animate, online animation school, online gaming school, video games, disney animation, pixar, rocket sky and rocket sky 3D animation school


              THE ANIMATOR'S SURVIVAL KIT ANIMATED   

    This animated logo took 9 months to complete.

    Cast: ROCKET SKY 3D ANIMATION SCHOOL


              HUAWEI | Nova (director's cut)   

    Director | Benjamin Nicolas
    Cinematographer | Kristof Brandl
    Editing | Ben

    Executive Producer | Inna Pan | Rocket Science Production LT
    Production Paris | Satellite My Love | Alain Dib - Omar Cabbabé - Andy Standley
    Creative Agency | Ogilvy Beijing

    Cast | Nagisa Morimoto, Nicolas Phongpheth, Aurelie Serrine, Arnaud Deprez, Dat Vi Ha, Clara Joly, Claire Tran, Noémie Demeule, Hugo Hainault, Jiaxi Gao, Thomas Charpentier Souagnon, Sienna Miu, Lea Swan streck

    Casting director Paris | Alexis Millet @ Inkonitocasting.com

    Color Grader | Arthur Paux

    1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Gary Brocaud
    2ND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Leila Macaire

    LOCATION MANAGER Cedric Freni
    ASSISTANT LOCATION MANAGER Sébastien Coppini
    DRIVER CREW Cédric Deprez
    DRIVER AGENCY Philippe Rinino
    DRIVER AGENCY Olivier Suffert
    DRIVER CREW Alexandre Pettelat
    RUNNER Charles Jacques
    PA TRUCK Clément Herraiz
    PA HMC Sylvain Maignan

    1ST ASSISTANT CAMERA Quentin Guichard
    2ND ASSISTANT CAMERA Benjamin Cohenca

    KEY GRIP Cédric Lemonnier
    GRIP Julien Loferon

    GAFFER Pierre Antoine Conan
    ELECTRICIAN Emmanuel Roudaut

    ART DIRECTOR Vincent Olivieri
    STYLIST Nathalie Frachon

    HAIR AND MAKE UP ARTIST Bérengère DUCLOUX

    Cast: Benjamin Nicolas

    Tags: huawei, young, fun, commercial, Paris, Benjamin Nicolas, kristof Brandl and sexy


              North Korea Tests New Missile 'Able to Carry Nuclear Warhead'   
    North Korean TV showed what it said was the latest test of a Hwasong-12 rocket.
              Windows 10 [106] : 2017年6月、2回目の累積的な更新プログラム(KB4022716)   
    月例 Patch Tuesday は6月14日でした(日本では第2水曜日)。

    先月の WannaCry に続き、今月も Petya(別名 GoldenEye)なるランサムウェアが現れています。

      # 身代金目当てのランサムウェアではなく、
        政治的な意図をもつマルウェアだとの記事も目立つようになりました。

    Petya の意図はさておき
    これに呼応したかのように2回目の累積的な更新プログラム(KB4022716)が公開されました。

    宅内には家族の分も合わせ5台の Windows 10 マシンがあります。

    自分用3台については早々に適用しました。

      Windows Update で累積的な更新プログラム(KB4022716)がインストールできたのは2台。
      何度か試したのですが、残る1台ではダメでした。

      なので Microsoft Update カタログを使ってダウンロードし
      オフラインでインストールしました。

    妻と次女のPCを見てみました。

      何と!しばらく更新されていない!

      ビルド番号の違いこそあれ、バージョンは共に 1607。
      昨年9月に出た Anniversary Update のまま。
      今年4月の Creators Update(バージョン 1703)になっていません。

    で、Windows 10 更新アシスタントを使い Creators Update にして
    そして Microsoft Update カタログから KB4022716 をダウンロード&インストール。

      

    ようやく家族の足並みがそろいました・・・ (^^)/

      Windows 10 更新アシスタントの入手
      https://www.microsoft.com/ja-jp/software-download/windows10
      

      Microsoft Update カタログでの KB4022716 の入手
      http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4022716
      

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      # ご質問にはできる限りお答えしています。
        ただし、お名前(本名)を書いていただいた場合に限らせていただきます。


    ここをクリックして、北窓舎のサイトにもお立ち寄りください・・・


              Comment on Rick and Morty coming to Rocket League in July by GameZard   
    This game is still getting DLC?
              Edit: more shit!   
    I was digging through my photobucket today. I've had that since highschool, and there's alot of old/cool shit.

    Decided I'd put tiles, etc up for anyone to take if they're interested. They aren't great but I like them better than the traditional lj format. Of course, you'd have to switch to S1 to use them.



    These aren't photos, they're tiles. I use them for journal backs. I make them when I'm bored. You can take them if you want. :)

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    These next two go waaaaay back. I had this shitastic computer in my room at my mom's house, and the only programs on it were the snake game, the ski game, and this really basic foto editing program, only slightly better than paint! I spent alot of time on these, mostly just when i was bored and listening to music. Blast from the past furreal.

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    And here are some icon/friends only graphics.

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    I took a look at my even older photobucket--Even more stuff!!

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    Aaaaand some that i've made in the last year, on my current comp.

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              All the biggest questions in another wild NBA offseason   
    The NBA has been spinning out of control since the Finals, and we've only now reached the main event: the kickoff of what should be a wild free agency period, even with a flattened cap that squeezed available room around the league. The NBA knew the cap would skyrocket thanks to its mammoth new national TV deal.
              Comment on NEWS ALERT: Federal Judge Rejects California Mag Ban by gunsandrockets   
    There's nothing normal about the silence of the court since 2010. The DC v Heller ruling was very narrow and left numerous important issues unaddressed about 2nd Amendment Rights. Yet the Court has turned down hearing appeals of important 2nd Amendment related cases, even cases which have a record of split rulings from different Circuits such as the Peruta case, even cases which arguably violate the direct ruling of DC v Heller.
              Planes, Boats, Automobiles, a Lion Fish and the Maldives   

    Things always go mad in the Motor Trade when you’re due to go on holiday, I had sold more cars than usual, the phone was ringing constantly and I needed to leave for the airport in the next 30 minutes or we would miss our flight to the Maldives. I had a car going out, and the bonnet cable had snapped. Rover in their wisdom had routed the bonnet release cable underneath the bonnet and out of reach, so when it snapped, it was impossible to get at. I had tried from underneath the engine bay to get to the broken cable, but my arms were scratched and burned off the hot engine. In temper and frustration and as a last resort I punched through the grille and forced the bonnet up, now my knuckles were a mess too, my day couldn’t get any worse or so I thought.

    I still had things I needed to do, so I checked the airport web site, just my luck for the first time ever when I was going on holiday the plane was on time. The journey to the airport was pretty uncomfortable, we had booked a return trip with the local taxi firm, and I wasn’t sure the car they had sent should have even been on the road, I was convinced that there was no oil in the shock absorbers, and I wasn’t convinced that there was any in the engine. I was contemplating asking him to turn back as I didn’t think we were going to make it all the way. They should have been paying me to travel in the Taxi, not the other way around. I should have learned my lesson not to book them as the same firm had once picked me and my mate up in a Transit Van, with 2 park benches in the back, what made it worse was the benches weren’t even screwed down so we were sliding around in the back whenever he turned a corner, then there was the time when the car caught fire and i had to walk the rest of the way to the pub with my shoes smouldering after stamping the dashboard out.

    Our holiday was an absolute bargain, and I was beginning to realise why when we got to the checkout we were told that the start of our holiday would be delayed by 24 hours as there was a problem with the plane. Apparently there was a crack in the Planes windscreen and the regulations for planes are a little bit stricter than for cars, they couldn’t ring the local windscreen firm and have a new one fitted on the runway, so they were going to put us up in a local hotel for the night.

    I had too much work to do back at the garage, so I rang the taxi firm who dropped us off to try and get the driver to turn back and collect us. They said they couldn’t contact him and woild have to send another car for us, but as this wasnt a pre booked trip it wouldnt qualify as an “Airport Special” or even as our return which we had already paid for so they would “have” to charge us full price. I knew I was being conned but I was desperate to get back so I paid, needless to say that I have never used that Taxi firm again, a lot of firms (especially Car Sales) try to benefit from short sighted short term gain, I didn’t mind them using shit cars, but I object to being ripped off and they lost my business for ever.

    The next day when we returned to the Airport, we were greeted with even more bad news. Our plane was being diverted to Gatwick to pick up more passengers. I started to doubt the cracked windscreen excuse when i realised that they had actually filled the plane with passengers and saved them selves all the fuel for a return trip to the Maldives by delaying us for 24 hours. I needed the beach and I wasn’t best pleased, another passenger was even more displeased, she hadn’t been told that we were diverting to Gatwick and she was furious as she had driven from London to Manchester that morning and considered it to be a waste of time and money. She was demanding that she and her 4 kids be upgraded to first class for the inconvenience. It wasn’t the Stewardesses fault, and I’m sure that if it had just been her, they would have done it, but her 4 kids had been running riot and she was paying no attention to them. One had been eating a bag of Maltesers and was covered in chocolate, so was the seat the little brat had been sitting in, and also the armrests all up the isle where he’d been running out of control. The chocolate covered kid had nearly fallen on me but I had managed to catch it by its hair and stop my linen pants being ruined, any way at least it had chosen to go back to its own seat to blubber, rub its head and stare at me, that kid wasn’t going to come anywhere near me anytime soon.

    Clearly the woman hadn’t thought things through as her car was in Manchester, and we were now 200 miles away in London, she issued an ultimatum to the Stewardess that unless they upgraded her she wanted to get off the plane. The Cabin Crew stopped short of deploying the safety chute and throwing her down it, but she was out of the door before she had chance to change her mind, they had already had enough of her whining and her unruly kids on the 35 minute flight to London, and they realised that we had another 13 hours ahead of us to the Maldives, the Women, her kids and her luggage were promptly kicked off the plane. All the passengers clapped when the nasty bitch finally went through the door and we could get on our way, how she was going to get her car back from Manchester I don’t know, and I didn’t care, but somehow I knew it would be her Husband who would cop for it when she got home.

    The rest of the flight was great, and the transfer “speed boat” was waiting for us just a short distance away from Airport Arrivals. I was a little disappointed to be travelling by speed boat, not just because I had expected it to be like Sonny Crockett’s 42 foot Wellcraft Scarab, but because I had tried to book the Sea Plane and had been told by the Travel Rep of the firm we booked the holiday through that it didn’t go to the Island that we were staying on (roughly translated, she couldn’t be bothered to check, or make the arrangements for us).

    The Island was Paradise and it was an All Inclusive resort, we were given free drinks on arrival and we sauntered down to the beach just in time to see the Sea Plane arriving with some of the other guests on board. I took a photograph and started to compose an email to the Travel Rep “Dear Travel Rep, You know the Sea Plane that you said didn’t go to the Island that we are staying at, Well guess what? “

    The scenery was fantastic, there were shoals of beautifully coloured fish, Black Tipped Sharks and Stingrays swimming just yards from the shore. The food was great, the staff were so nice. I asked our dedicated waiter Labib if he knew the score at the Man United game as I had missed it while travelling and from then on he used to come to our table every morning and tell me all the sports results that he had specifically memorised to report to me, the staff asked me if I would like to play football with them, and as there was no TVs in the rooms they also invited me to watch Manchester United play on the TV in their staff quarters.

    I was admiring the magnificent display of food available and I happened to mention to my Girlfriend that the soup looked good, the guy that dished it out and also made it overheard me and you could see his chest swell with pride in his work, he was overjoyed as he ladled out an extra big helping for me, which technically I hadn’t actually asked for, but hadn’t got the heart to refuse. From then on he waited for me every night and as soon as I walked in, he came over to tell us what soup of the day it was, so for two weeks I had soup every night, it was 40 degrees outside, and I was eating red hot soup, that’ll teach me not to compliment people, after 2 weeks I was sick of the sight of soup!

    Usually I can’t relax on holiday, I was forever on the phone underwriting vehicles for the trade, answering emails or checking my works web cam to see if there are any customers on my pitch. With no 3 G signal I couldn’t do this and was forced to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of Maldives, and pretty soon I forgot about work all together. This was the life, I started to question the sanity of Tom Hanks and the film Castaway, if I was marooned on a desert island and I saw a ship going past, I would hide in the deepest undergrowth I could find, why on Earth would you want to be rescued, was at the time beyond me, the Universe works in mysterious ways and the answer was soon forthcoming.

    We had been there for a few days when my girlfriend at the time was bitten or stung on the foot, her ankle and foot were swollen and looked incredibly painful. Again the bar staff  took it in turns to relay a supply of ice cubes and towels to us, and making them into a cold compress to relieve the pain and swelling, but it was getting worse for her. There were medical facilities at the resort but only to dispense aspirin and plasters, I was afraid that we were getting beyond that as I could see she was in tremendous pain. I kept asking if she was alright, and she assured me she was. Now when I am feeling under the weather I make sure that everybody knows and suffers with me, but she was different, as long as I had known her she had never had a day off work, or moaned about having a cold or anything, she used to say Children get colds, Men get Flue and Women get on with it, to be fair she did..

    Again my “Hope for the best, plan for the worst” instincts had taken over. I had seen a
    Pterois (Lion Fish) in the sea not far from where we had been walking through the surf. I knew they were extremely poisonous, the bite/sting was on my Girlfriends foot and she had developed several of the symptoms that were associated with their stings which could cause paralysis and also prove fatal  (I’d Googled Lion Fish on the Computer in Reception). I had enquired and pre warned the staff at reception to be on stand by in case if she did need urgent medical attention. I was told that there was a possibility of getting the Air Taxi, but after 6.00 pm it went dark (Pitch Black) and our only option would be to sail to the Prison Island. This sounded like it would make an ideal plot for the next Die Hard film so I thought I would call the “Prison Island” excursion Plan B.  I also thought it best to keep my Lion Fish theory to myself as I didn’t want to panic her and make the situation worse than it was already.

    The crew on High Alert 
    We were rapidly burning daylight and she looked like she was getting worse, I kept asking her if she was sure that she was ok, but it was about 10.00 pm that night I knew she wasn’t, I heard the first sniff.  She’d had all day, but she chose that time at night to succumb to the pain, she could no longer walk, or put any weight on her leg. But it was too late now to get a ride in the Air Taxi!

    I carried her to reception and Plan B was put into action, the boat was ready with her 3 man crew and we set sail through the Inky blackness towards the flickering light of the Prison Island. One of the crew was standing at the bow holding a lantern with a candle in it, it was as dim as an usherettes torch and we couldn’t see anything in the distance. Im like a shit magnet, and things happen to me that wouldn’t happen to normal everyday people, so when I go on Holiday, I go equipped, up until the travel laws changed I always carried my own medikit complete with syringes, Intravenous Catheters and Field Dressings. I had still managed to take a few of my essentials with me, I whipped my trusty mag light out and pushed the candle equipped pointman out of the way, he didn’t want to relinquish his position so he pushed me back. I shone my torch in his face, this insured he wouldn’t be able to see anything for a while so he went and sat down till his night vision recovered leaving me in charge which is where I like to be. I pointed my Mag Lite forward and lit up the sea between us and the prison Island, no one would get in our way.

    It took us well over an hour to sail to the Island and when we docked there was a member of
    the prison hospital staff waiting to meet us, the hospital was quite a distance away and he offered to get us transport, but when he came back he was driving a 1 seater tipper truck, good luck getting her to sit in the bucket I thought, I couldn’t get her to travel in anything less than the passenger seat of my Porsche.

    Long story short I carried her to the hospital, and then I had to go to the other side of the Island to pick up the syringes and antibiotics that the Doctor needed to treat her. My journey was like something off a horror film, and I clasped my trusty maglite all the way there and back, I made a mental note not to shine it into the shadows anymore as all the eyes staring back at me was starting to freak me out.

    A few injections later, and another trip through the unbelievable non light polluted blackness that is night in the Maldives, and my girlfriend was already showing signs of improvement. The cost of her treatment on the Island was the Maldivian equivalent of £3.00 I tried my best to give the Doctor a tip but he refused, in the end he agreed to take a small donation to the clinic he ran in his spare time. I wasn’t looking forward to getting the bill from the Hotel for 3 crew, their time, a boat and fuel. If they had the same ethics as the Preston Taxi Firm that we had used, the cost would probably Bankrupt me, thank goodness for Holiday Insurance.

    Until I could claim the money back from the insurance company I would have to settle the bill, I could hardly bring myself to open it. I was expecting it to be in the hundreds and I laughed out loud when I saw the Total was a mere £29.00,  obviously the Maldivians are committed to making sure their patrons thoroughly enjoy their holidays (actually it’s not a Holiday it’s a Life Changing Experience!) , repeat business is more important to them than short term gain, and they cannot bring themselves to profit from someone else’s misfortune, there is a lot to be said for that.

    The rest of the Holiday was fantastic, and went far too fast, I was very sad when our last day arrived and I could have quite happily stayed there for the rest of my life. My Girlfriend and I went back to our room after breakfast to see that our Bed had been decorated with petals, the message said “Good Luck” I think the message was aimed more at my Girlfriend than me but we really felt like the staff meant it.

    Our Maldivian adventure was almost over, or so I thought when we boarded the “Speed
    Leatherman Multi Purpose Tool
    Boat” for our homeward bound journey to Male Airport. The Island was a spot in the distance and we had just about got to the point of no return when I thought I heard the engine miss a beat, then I heard it again, and again, a cloud of black smoke came out of the back of the boat and we ground to a halt. I wasn’t too worried and just thanked my lucky stars that it was the engine of the boat that had cut out and we weren’t making a Mayday call from the Air Taxi.

    Swiss Army Knife
    There was no anchor on the boat and we had no drive so we were at the mercy of the tide, we started to drift in the current as the boat bobbed up and down on the swell. The crew broke out the 3 tools they had on board which looked like they had gotten from a Christmas Cracker. They lifted the hatches up and started to dismantle the engine, that’s when one of the female passengers who was sat next to them, almost whispered in disbelief “There’s water coming in!” she was right it was coming in, and it was pouring in too, our Adventure wasn’t quite over, I put my camera down, and searched in my rucksack for the 2 pieces of equipment that I never leave home without, my “Leatherman” and my "Swiss Army Knife" I can repair anything with these, and I was ready in case the crew needed assistance.


    It struck me that I should really be a Castaway, I don’t like people,  I was rapidly running out of Women who were prepared to take the risk of going on Holiday with me and succumbing to “The Curse Of The Cramptons”

    What a fantastic Holiday, I need to go back, SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!  And if you haven’t been, You need to go too!







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              Yippee Ki Yay Mr Customer   

    I poured her a glass of wine, but before she could take it from my hand I jumped back almost spilling it, she was startled to say the least, I’m not sure what startled her the most, the fact that I had jumped back like a lunatic, or that she thought that she wasn’t going to get the wine, I explained the incident without going into too much detail, my explanation was "Sorry, it’s just that a gang of crooks have threatened to kill me, I saw a red dot on my chest in the mirror and I thought it was a laser sited firearm aimed at my heart” I could tell by her expression that wasn't really what she wanted to hear, I tried to make light of the situation, sat back down on the settee and carried on watching the TV as if it was an every day occurrence in my life, and hoping she would forget.

    It wasn’t a sniper about to pull the trigger it was just a shaft of light refracting off the bezel of my Rolex and through the glass of Merlot  that I was about to pass her, my explanation seemed to do the trick as she was pretty quiet for the rest of the night, but she did drink more than her fair share of Merlot.  

    I'm pretty sure she just thought I had watched too many movies, which in fairness I had, but that didn't mean I wasn't telling the truth. I hadn't known her very long so I thought it was better not to go into too much detail and scare her off there and then, I would just let matters take their natural course as it usually took at least a couple of months before they got fed up of me, this incident wouldn’t help matters at all but over the years I hadn't changed for the better in any way what so ever, so the chances that it this one would turn into a long term relationship were slim to zero, after all I was getting on a bit and none of my previous ones had. 

    Later that night it was my turn to be startled by her, when she let out a piercing scream and jumped out of bed, for reasons best known unto herself she had put her arm under my pillow, and felt the cold steel of my Beretta, nope that’s not a euphemism it’s actually an Italian made semi automatic pistol, and in my opinion, it is to hand guns, what Ferrari is to super cars.

    I tried to calm her down by telling her it was the same gun that Mel Gibson used in Lethal Weapon, the gun overshadowed his acting and was the real star of the film, all the gun shops in America sold out within a few hours of the movies release,  when I saw Mel unload a full clip and take out a Sniper, I just had to have one too, however when she had mumbled “why”, apparently what she had actually meant was, why did I sleep with a loaded gun under my pillow, not why had I bought it in the first place, she also added “You Moron” through gritted teeth, I thought that was very brave of her, particularly as I was now holding a loaded gun in my hand, nothing but the full story was now going to shut her up.
     


    I would like to stress that this was an extreme measure, I am a law abiding person, but I was genuinely in fear for my life, if they were going to come after me,  I wasn't just going to roll over and die. I held a valid Firearms Certificate, and I am a very good shot. When not being transported to and from the gun club where I practiced Combat shooting (Pop Up Targets), technically my Stainless Steel Beretta 92 FS should have been locked up in my gun cabinet, and not where it actually was when I was in bed, under my pillow, cocked and locked with, 15 x 9mm Parabellum bullets in the magazine, and another one up the spout (in the firing chamber), but a gang had really threatened to kill me and I had taken their threat very seriously indeed.

    When I was outside of my house I would be a sitting duck, but to get at me inside my home, first of all they would have to find where I lived, and that would mean following me home from the garage, I was always very careful to make sure I wasn't being followed, I went to great lengths, driving home via different routes, different directions, different times, in different cars, always keeping an eye on the cars behind me.

    If they did manage to find where I lived, to get me they would have to defeat my security system and get up my creaky stairs, avoiding the step with the hidden pressure pad, then get through my security locked bedroom door, without waking me, if they woke me, I had a panic button by my bed, if that didn't frighten them off and they got through the door, then I'm afraid they would need to be bullet proof, because there would be 16 high velocity Parabellum rounds heading in their direction, it was a last resort, but as I said I did take their threat very seriously indeed.

    You're probably thinking that I would have had time to get my gun out If I heard an intruder downstairs, true, my gun safe was concealed in my bedroom, but it was not easy to get my gun out as I had made sure that no one would be able to steal a weapon of mine and use it to commit a crime, I would never be able to forgive myself if that had happened.  My gun was kept in a safe, within a safe, it was also wired to my house alarms "Tamper" circuit, which meant that even if my house alarm wasn't  armed, the klaxon would sound immediately the safe was opened, or if someone tried to remove it from the wall, the only way to open it was by entering first the alarm code, then the special engineers code to take the system completely off line.

    I had contacted the Police to ask for help and advice but the desk Sergeants response was something like "Oh Dear, that's not good is it, but what do you expect me to do ? I took it from his attitude that putting me in the witness protection program was not something the Walton Le Dale Police force were familiar with, and my request for a new identity and relocation to a Safe House in Miami with Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs guarding me fell on deaf ears.

    (Parabellum loosely translated means "prepare for war" ) I'm a Parabellum kind of guy, I prefer a quiet life, but if it’s a war you want, I’m prepared for it!  

    (Back to my explanation)

    It briefly crossed my mind to use the excuse that a friend of mine used to avoid any potentially awkward "We need to Talk's"  with his girlfriend,  early on in their relationship he had confided in her that he was in the SAS (Special Air Service) and there would be times when he was called away at a moments notice,  whenever she suspected that he’d been up to no good, he would say that "He had been on a Top Secret Mission, he could tell her about it, but then he would have to kill her”, his excuse worked for a short while until she realised that it was unlikely he would come home smelling of alcohol, perfume and be covered in lipstick if he had actually been sent on a mission to dispatch a few terrorists. 

     

    It was clear that my Girlfriend was absolutely horrified, I'm not a very good liar as I havent had much practice, so I couldn’t pretend that I was in the SAS, and anyway it was my mates wife who had introduced us, she knew everything about me including that I was an above average dyed in the wool car salesman, not an elite die in a combat zone killing machine,  she had already warned my girlfriend not to get too attached to me or she’d only end up being disappointed.

    After discovering my gun, my soon to be Ex now thought that I was involved in the seedier side of the Car Business and that I was some type of Gangster, it was clear that she wasn't going to let the matter drop, forget about it, or think that she had been dreaming,  so before I could go back to sleep myself, I had to explain  everything in great detail. 

    I began my story with "You will laugh at this" it all started when I advertised my Rolex for sale" I was wrong she didn't laugh!  

    Would my story convince you?  

    When I want something I can’t rest until I’ve got it, but when I’ve got it I lose interest immediately and I don't really want it any more, I’ve always been the same, I had saved every penny till I could afford to buy a Rolex, when I got it after I'd worn it a few times I didn't want it anymore, I scratched it the on the garage doors the first day I got it and the last straw was when I wore it on a night out in Preston with my mates. 

    After last orders I left to make my way home I usually walked which gave me chance to get some fresh air and sober up a little, although I was a bit tipsy I noticed that a guy who had been staring at my wrist all night had followed me out of the pub, he either fancied me or he wanted my watch for himself, I could see his reflection in the shop windows, he was about 30 feet behind me and I knew he was biding his time till he could jump me I found myself hoping it was my watch he was after. 

    I satisfied myself that he was actually following me and I wasn't being paranoid, by going out of my way in the wrong direction, cutting up a side street then doubling back on myself, he wasn't very good at following people, he mustn't have realised that I was on to him and he probably thought that I was very drunk and would be easy prey. 

    Ahead of me I saw a shop called Past Times which was undergoing a refit, the builders had left all the bits which they had ripped out of the shop on the floor outside, as I turned the corner I saw a big piece of wood, I picked it up and stood it against the wall within arm’s reach just in case the guy was carrying a concealed weapon, and then I waited. 

    I had turned off the main road and on to a dimly lit side street, the would-be mugger realised that this would be his best chance to get me, he had quickened his pace and he came round the corner almost running, but he stopped dead in his tracks when he saw me waiting for him, steadying himself with his arms as he almost overbalanced and fell forward, he looked as though he was balancing and trying not to tip over the precipice of a cliff. 

    I asked him "what time it was", the penny dropped and he realised I was on to him,  it was "time" for him to get his ass out of there, let’s just say he wasn't as keen to attack me from the front when he realised that I had sobered up quickly and I was expecting it. 
    I realised that being able to tell the time in Gold and Diamonds was just asking for trouble, I was fed up of having the watch, it was a Perpetual Motion self winding model and would only self wind due to the motion of your wrist, the state of peoples driving in England meant that it was in constant danger of being over wound when I was wearing it. 

    I couldn't wear it to work as it would get ruined, and the conditions of my insurance specified that if it wasn't on my wrist it had to be locked away in my safe, which coincidentally was where I kept my gun, every time I took the bloody thing off for more than 12 hours it would stop, and then it would take me at least half an hour to reset the Day, Date and time it was becoming too much aggravation, I had bought a special box which actually had an electric motor that replicated the movement of your wrist and kept the watch wound, but it wouldn’t fit in my safe when my gun was in there. It was just too much hassle I didn't want the watch anymore so I decided to sell it. 

    A couple of days after the magazine that it was advertised in hit the newsagents shelves, I got a call from a Liverpudlian, after qualifying him ( Sales Speak for asking questions, ) I had a feeling that he wasn't being entirely honest with me, my heart sank "here we go again" I thought! I realised that a prospective thief would also think that anyone stupid enough to spend that amount on something that just tells the time, would more than likely have a few other valuable possessions, so instead of inviting him to my home where he could possibly check out my security from inside only to return later and rob me, I arranged to meet him at 2 o'clock the next day at the garage where I worked. 

    I was waiting at the front of the showroom when he arrived, and although he said he was coming from Manchester, I had seen him walking down the road but there was no sign of a car, this just didn't seem right at all, it got worse, he had a Mullet haircut, I didn't like him at all, I didn't believe a word he was saying and pretty much called him a liar, he probably thought that I was the worlds worst salesman and I finished my pitch by telling him that I had been in the car job a long time and had seen pretty much every scam and con there is, so if he was thinking of trying one on me, he would come off worse.

    I couldn’t have made my mistrust any clearer and anyone who wasn't a Con Man would have been insulted and told me where to stick my watch, I gave him every opportunity to abandon the con which I suspected he was going to attempt, but he didn't, he was convinced that he could outsmart me, or he took my words as a challenge instead of a warning, the game was on!  

    He had just looked at my watch in the box and I saw that he was careful not to touch it with his finger tips, he may as well have worn a stripey t shirt, a mask and and a bag with "Swag" written on draped over his shoulder, I took my watch out of its presentation box and handed it to him, in a way that he couldn't refuse,  now I would have his fingerprints too, he knew he would either have to buy back the evidence with real money or come up with a very convincing con.

    We agreed a price and he went off to draw the cash out, saying that he would return before the close of business, I walked with him to the front of the showroom and watched as he walked up the road, he kept turning round to see if I was still watching him, every time he turned round his stupid mullet haircut swirled from side to side like the girls in the Harmony Hair Spray advert, that annoyed me more than thinking he was trying to con me, so I walked back inside, but then when I was out of his sight I ran round the back of the garage, jumped over the wall and watched him through the gaps in our fence.

    When he was satisfied that I was no longer watching, I saw him signal to someone, then a car pulled out of the pub car park up the road, there were 3 other occupants, and the guy who thought he was going to get a free Rolex got into the front seat, I could see they were all laughing as they drove away, I was laughing too as  I wrote down their registration number, Finger prints and his car registration number, I knew I had them bang to rights now if they did try to Con me. 

    He didn't return that day but about 4.30 pm he rang to say he was having trouble drawing out the money at the building society, they wouldn't release that amount in cash (which I knew was often the case) but they would give him a building society cheque (same as a Bankers Draft, guaranteed funds) which would be as good as cash and it would be made out directly to me. 

    I knew he was lying, but just to confirm my suspicions I used an old pre “Caller Display” Salesman's trick, I told him that I was dealing with a customer in my office so I would need to call him back in a few minutes when I was finished, I asked him what telephone number he was calling from, he wasn't expecting that, if he gave me the number I would have a means to trace him, he lost his composure, clearly flustered, there was silence then he blurted out "Eeerrr,  I’m calling from my mates house and we’re just going out, I'll call you back in 15 minutes, my in built Bullshit detector jumped into the red, I now knew for definite that he was going through with his plan to Con me. 

    The phone rang 15 minutes later, there was no pips as the call connected so he was still in the same place and not ringing from a call box, we had a quick chat, I played along with him and agreed to take a Building Society cheque, but asked him which Building Society he used, we made arrangements for him to come and pick my watch up at 2 O'clock the next day, this would allow me to ring the Branch from where the cheque was issued while they were still open  and see if it was real, I was still clinging on to the slim hope that he was going to relieve me of my watch by paying me for it with real money. 

    As soon as I put the phone down I rang the building societies Head Office, I explained that I thought someone was trying to defraud me and the girl described in detail, the size, colour, watermarks, and every detail of how the cheque should be printed, signed and counter signed, she also told me that a number of blank cheques had been stolen from one of their branches.  

    At 2 o clock I was ready and waiting, I had telephoned the local Police station to pre warn them that I would need their services, I had primed our mechanic to be on standby and to make sure he got the make, model and registration number of the vehicle the "Buyer" turned up in, but the buyer was a no show. 

    I thought he had decided that it would be too risky to try and get one over on me and had abandoned his plan. At about 5 O’clock I was sat reading the paper when my office door opened and in walked a guy who looked like he belonged on a wanted poster, he threw a brown envelope down on the desk, and said I've come to pick the watch up for D#####, I didn’t like the first guy, but this guy was even more obnoxious, all the Building Society cheques I had ever been given before, and have been given since have been in White good quality self seal envelopes, not thin, cheap brown ones that require licking to stick down. 

    It was without doubt an attempted con! But it was amateur hour, when I tore open the envelope the cheque looked genuine, but my name and the amount of money it was made out for looked like it had been done with a pen and a children’s stencil set, not machine printed. I asked Mr Mug shot to wait outside while I made a quick phone call, It was too late to ring the Building Society but I didn't need to, only a complete idiot would have been taken in by this pathetic forgery, It was obvious D##### didn’t have a very high opinion of me, and it was going to cost him dearly. I put the cheque in our photocopier and printed off a couple of copies, then I put it on my desk, picked the phone up and dialled the cops. 

    As usual they weren't answering their phone, and as I cursed them under my breath “Mug shot” ran in to the office, he grabbed the cheque, and ran out of the showroom, our mechanic followed him up the road to the pub car park and made a note of the registration number of the car he'd come in, when the cops eventually answered I gave them all the details. 

    A few days later I was contacted by the CID, it transpired that the gang had committed thousands and thousands of pounds worth of fraudulent transactions up and down the country, buying hard to trace high value watches and antiques using forged cheques. 

    Like the old joke, “Someone had stolen the toilet from the Police Station. A Spokesman said at the moment the Cops had nothing to go on” 

    I was the only one who had a lead to the perpetrators, I had his finger prints on my Rolex,  and I had gotten the registration numbers of their cars, all the other victims had let their valuables go, and were just left with a forged cheque and an invoice with a fictitious name and address on, they couldn't even claim on their insurance as the items weren't stolen, they had willingly handed them over, and the only way they could pursue their monies was through a civil court, but they didn’t know who to pursue. I was also the only one who hadn't fallen for the con, the Police set up surveillance on the cars that I had identified and pretty soon they apprehended all except one of the gang, he had managed to keep one step ahead of the posse and skip the country, I hadn't realised the scale of their operation, or the amount of criminals involved in the scam, I had severely pissed off a lot of the underworld.

    I can’t be certain, ( I have some strange mates, and they would go to unbelievable lengths (and have done) to wind me up)  but I'm assuming it was him who rang me a couple of nights later, I knew the caller was phoning from abroad by the beeps when I answered the phone, his message was simple and to the point, he said " We know where you work, you're a fu#### dead man ! if it was D##### it was the first thing he had said to me that had a ring of truth to it!

    Never being one to know when to keep my mouth shut, or putting on a foreign accent and saying "Sorry, I think you've got the wrong number, I replied "Dont say I didn't warn you, bye the way "Have you seen that new film Die Hard? that’s exactly what Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) said to John McClain (Bruce Willis) and look how well that turned out for him!” (Incidentally Bruce Willis used a Beretta too) 

    Just in case he ignored that warning too, I ran upstairs, got my Beretta out of the safe, and put it in my shoulder holster! 

    Yep, it’s official I do watch too much TV


              Comment on GAO report warns of cost and schedule risks to SLS by Serge   
    No, no. I wanna more of this cool-aid like SpaceX. Real launches every month or less that is. Preferably I wanna see some hundred newspace companies worldwide. But this SLS crap, russian goverment new space policy of total control and concentration, and ITAR fear mongering makes it american dream only. Just how lucky you are having a thriving and acomplishing commercial innovative industry while most others keep pushing big goverment crap. There will be no need for HLV with more capacity than FH (50t class) in 21st century at all. Orbital assembly and nuclear rockets/Solar electric/solar sails make all efforts of chemical space propulsion obsolete. And minuatirisation of all components (electronics, antennas,photonics, microfluidics) realises that the need to put any brain with body in space useless. Just connect "brain only" with telerobotically produced exoskeleton via fast compact computer and thats it. No need for Earth environment, swarms of bacteria and grease that you carry. Multiplanetary humans - who really needs that ineffective biosystem in different environments totally incompatible with it. Its outdated idea, big monkeys flying in space, really what is so important to preserve that form of mind and cell restricted nanomachines? Lets move beyond human, much easier to colonize solar system by posthumans, nonbiological, fast evolving and easy compatible with certain space/planet environment.
              Comment on House members seek details on SLS/Orion schedules and spending by Dark Blue Nine   
    This blog was started (or the archives go back to) the same month that the Vision for Space Exploration was released. It is now sadly fitting that the last two posts on this blog are still dealing with yet another, year-odd delay on yet another hyper-expensive, fragile, Shuttle-derived launch vehicle. Unbelievably, more than ten years and billions of taxpayer dollars later, the nation's space exploration hopes are still hamstrung by the very kind of launch system that the VSE tried to avoid by directing NASA to shut down STS and leverage commercial providers. Too bad everyone from Griffin to Nelson couldn't read for comprehension. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Maybe some day, we will learn. Until then -- and until Mr. Foust gets a new blog rolling at SpaceNews -- I'll get my fix of civil human space flight dysfunction by rereading old rocketsandsuch.blogspot entries. A sincere thanks and all the best for Mr. Foust. Take care.
              More nail-biting as the Senate works to pass the cram down bill   

    The Senate is officially in recess until Monday, April 20, but many senators are hard at work, trying to make - or break - the bankruptcy cram down reform bill.

    At stake for banks: increased FDIC insurance, perhaps lower FDIC premiums (banks have to pay for FDIC insurance, and because of the many bank failures over the past year, rates are set to skyrocket). But for the rest of us, the American people, the stakes are much greater.

    According to a few news reports, a deal may be in the works to get the banking industry to call off its dogs regarding the cram down, in return for changes to the FDIC system that would benefit banks. The possible political fallout is that banks would alienate the senators who are currently holding up the cram down bill, so it is still touch and go at this point.

    Everyone understands that this economy will not stabilize unless and until we do something to stop the continuing tsunami of foreclosures. Two thirds of the American people favor helping homeowners remain homeowners, and unlike most recent efforts, the cram down bill will not cost taxpayers one red cent.

    The problem? The myopia of the lending industry, and their cronies in Washington. I found a great article in the Miami Herald - it's an interview of the local chief bankruptcy judge, the Honorable A. Jay Cristol. I encourage readers to share this article with anyone (especially their Senators) who, for whatever reason, think that cram downs hurt banks or other borrowers.

    Judge Cristol doesn't pull punches: he sees banks as being greedy and stupid in opposing cram downs, because banks make more money through a cram down than they do through foreclosure. Given that banks are supposed to be about making money, it makes no sense to oppose a solution that makes them more money.

    Let's all hope that the Senate can muster enough votes, or better yet, use some leverage with the banking industry, to get this important legislation passed right away. Closing this loophole (remember, every other type of secured loan is already subject to well-established cram down rules) is long overdue, and our economy's recovery could be riding on it.


              Prezi hits 30M users, doubling annually, and has ‘not used a dime’ of investors’ money   

    Prezi has raised over $14 million in venture capital to grow its business. However, despite rocket-stick growth and a massive user-base that just passed 30 million, the company has not used a single dime. Which doesn't mean the company won't, of course.


              SlideRocket takes on PowerPoint with Web-based interactive presentations   

    Chuck Dietrich, CEO and founder of SlideRocket, has a problem with PowerPoint and other presentation platforms: They haven’t fundamentally changed in 25 years. Enter SlideRocket, an online presentation platform that brings interactivity and collaboration to a market otherwise dominated by Microsoft’s PowerPoint. SlideRocket allows users to create slideshows in which viewers can post comments and answer […]


              Spicy Greens with Bulgur   



    Although the recipe has already been published on my blog, I remember how many of you enjoyed it at our previous Summer get-together and thought you might like to have the recipe.

    Originally, the recipe calls for a variety of greens called khoubiz or bakool , which is found growing wild in the fields of North Africa. It tastes like a cross between arugula (rocket leaves) and watercress, with a hint of acidity, and there is no real equivalent for it here in the US. After experimenting, with fair results, with spinach, arugula, Tuscan kale, dandelion, I've