Sesc abre seleção simplificada para Jovem Aprendiz na unidade de Garanhuns e em mais 14 cidades do Estado   

O Sesc Pernambuco abre na próxima segunda-feira (3/7) seleção simplificada para Jovem Aprendiz no Recife e Região Metropolitana, no Agreste e Sertão. Serão oferecidas 68 vagas destinadas às atividades administrativas. Os interessados devem se inscrever gratuitamente até o dia 7 de julho, por meio do preenchimento de formulário no endereço eletrônico www.sescpe.org.br.

As oportunidades são para os turnos da manhã e tarde e a carga horária corresponde a quatro horas diárias. Há vagas para as unidades do Sesc no Recife (Santo Amaro, Santa Rita e Casa Amarela) e nas cidades de Jaboatão dos Guararapes (Piedade), São Lourenço da Mata, Goiana, Araripina, Arcoverde, Belo Jardim, Bodocó, Buíque, Caruaru, Garanhuns, Pesqueira, Petrolina, Surubim e Triunfo.

O programa tem duração de um ano e oferece remuneração de R$ 426,00, vale transporte, de acordo com a legislação vigente, além de fardamento para atuação. O edital público simplificado da seleção considera os aspectos legais e outros requisitos, como a situação socioeconômica, educacional e de vulnerabilidade social dos candidatos.

Para concorrer, o interessado precisa, dentre outros requisitos, ter entre 14 e 24 anos incompletos no ato da contratação – este requisito de idade máxima não se aplica à pessoa com deficiência –, cursar do 7º ano em diante do Ensino Fundamental ou, no máximo, ter concluído o Ensino Médio, sem ingresso no Ensino Superior. Não serão validadas as inscrições de participantes com experiência registrada na Carteira de Trabalho e Previdência Social (CTPS) ou anteriormente vinculados ao Sesc PE, por meio do programa Jovem Aprendiz ou contrato empregatício.

O programa Jovem Aprendiz é um projeto do Governo Federal que foi criado a partir da Lei de Aprendizagem (Lei nº 10.097/00), que visa à capacitação profissional de adolescentes e jovens em todo o País.

Serviço:
Seleção Jovem Aprendiz do Sesc
Inscrições gratuitas pelo site: www.sescpe.org.br
Período: de 3 a 7 de julho


          Corbyn kicks off campaign to unseat vulnerable Tory MPs, starting with Amber Rudd   
Jeremy Corbyn is to hold an election-style rally in Home Secretary Amber Rudd's constituency of Hastings on Saturday, as part of a series of events around the country aiming to consolidate growing Labour support and demonstrate that the party is a "government in waiting".
          Trump's climate cuts to impact "hugely" on vulnerable - Robinson   

           John McEnroe's autobiography shows star's vulnerable side    
Brian Viner says John McEnroe's autobiography 'deserves to be seeded No.1' as an 'acutely vulnerable side' to the bullish tennis star emerges from its pages.
          GMAT Critical Reasoning (CR) | Councilman: It is readily apparent, and fortunate that during the past   
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          Accenture Security Canada Threat & Vulnerabiliy Management Consultant - Accenture - Canada   
Working with offshore delivery center testing personnel; View the Transcript....
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          Accenture Security Canada Threat & Vulnerabililty Management Manager - Accenture - Canada   
Working with offshore delivery center testing personnel; Minimum of 2 years of managing teams of three or more resources including remote offshore resources;...
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          Community Mobilization Assistant Position At Action Against Hunger   

Action Against Hunger works to save lives by combating hunger and diseases that threaten the lives of vulnerable communities, through nutrition, food security, water and sanitation, health and advocacy.We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below: Job Title: Community Mobilization Assistant Location: Maiduguri, Borno Job Summary The Community Mobilization Assistant will report to the […]

Community Mobilization Assistant Position At Action Against Hunger


          Business Support Assistant Job Vacancy At The United Nations World Food Programme   

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, […]

Business Support Assistant Job Vacancy At The United Nations World Food Programme


          Holding firm, moving forward, determined to win the battle before us   
By Carol Tobias, President Editor’s note. These remarks from NRLC President Carol Tobias were part of a Friday morning General Session entitled, “The Battle Before Us.” What is “The Battle Before Us”? To advance a culture of life in which innocent unborn human beings are protected from abortion and the medically vulnerable are defended against
          Program Assistant (summer job) - YWCA Halifax - Halifax, NS   
Must have completed Police Security Check with Vulnerable Sector Search and Child Abuse Registry. Key duties will include:.... $10.85 an hour
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          Cadet Primary Nurse - Level 1 - Bayshore HealthCare - Halifax, NS   
Successfully completed the Reliability Status Check (RS) as well as the Police Records Check (PRC)/Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) process....
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          Cadet LPN/RPN - Bayshore HealthCare - Halifax, NS   
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          Area Support Manager - Scouts Canada - Halifax, NS   
Must have a clean Police Record Check and pass a Vulnerable Sector Search. Must have access to your own vehicle, a valid Driver’s License and a clear driver’s...
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          Exclusive: India presses Microsoft for Windows discount in wake of cyber attacks   

By Euan Rocha

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India is pressing Microsoft Corp to offer a sharply discounted one-time deal to the more than 50 million Windows users in the country so that they can upgrade to the latest Windows 10 operating system in the wake of ransomware attacks.

Microsoft officials in India have "in principle agreed" to the request, Gulshan Rai, India's cyber security coordinator, told Reuters over the phone on Friday.

A spokeswoman for Microsoft in India declined to comment on the matter. Officials at the company's headquarters in the United States and regional headquarters in Asia also declined to comment.

If Microsoft agreed to such a discount, it could open up the global software giant to similar requests from around the world. Rai said the government was in talks with Microsoft management in India. It is not immediately clear whether any other countries were seeking similar deals.

Rai said India began talks with Microsoft after the WannaCry ransomware attack last month, noting that both WannaCry and this week's attack, dubbed by some cyberexperts "NotPetya", exploited vulnerabilities in older iterations of the Windows OS.

"The quantum of the price cut, we expect some detail on in a couple of days," Rai said, adding the Indian government expected the company to offer the software at "throw-away prices."

"It will be a one-time upgrade offer to Windows 10 and it will be a discounted price for the entire country," said Rai, who was hand-picked by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the country's first cyber security chief.

Rai declined to be more specific, but said he was confident that it would be "less than a quarter of the current price."

Rai, who has over two decades of experience in different IT areas including cyber security, said his team began coordinating with government agencies and regulators to push for OS upgrades soon after the WannaCry attack began on May 12.

The government's quick action helped minimize the impact of the NotPetya attack, which affected two of India's container port terminals, he said.

The government has also worked with banks to ensure that some 200,000 of the more than 240,000 ATMs in the country, most of which run on older Windows XP systems, have been upgraded with security patches released by Microsoft following the WannaCry attack, Rai said.

This is just an interim solution, however, said Rai, because although the patches fix vulnerabilities in older OS versions, they retain the limitations of those versions.

"New OS versions have different architecture, much improved architecture and much more resiliency," said Rai.

PRICE-SENSITIVE

Windows 10 Home currently retails for 7,999 rupees ($124) in India, while the Pro version of the software typically used by large companies and institutions costs 14,999 rupees ($232).

Roughly 96 percent of an estimated 57 million computers in India currently run on Windows, according to Counterpoint Research. Apple- and Linux-based systems account for the rest.

Given that only a small minority of Windows users in India already have Windows 10, Microsoft could be forgoing several billion dollars of potential revenue if they agreed to sell just the more widely used Home version of Windows 10 at a quarter of its current Indian retail price.

In the price-sensitive Indian market, people using computers in households or small businesses often do not upgrade their OS given the steep costs. The wide use of pirated Windows OS versions, which would not automatically receive security patches, exacerbate the vulnerabilities.

In light of the attacks, Rai said, the government "wants to incentivise the common man to upgrade their systems".

The WannaCry attack in May affected a state-run power firm in western India, while the NotPetya attack this week crippled operations at two port terminals in India operated by shipping giant AP Moller Maersk, which was affected globally.

($1 = 64.5175 Indian rupees)

(Additional reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal in Mumbai, Salvador Rodriguez in San Francisco and Jeremy Wagstaff in Singapore; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)


          Global shipping feels fallout from Maersk cyber attack   

By Jonathan Saul

LONDON (Reuters) - Global shipping is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack that hit A.P. Moller-Maersk two days ago, showing the scale of the damage a computer virus can unleash on the technology dependent and inter-connected industry.

About 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea, with ships and ports acting as the arteries of the global economy. Ports increasingly rely on communications systems to keep operations running smoothly, and any IT glitches can create major disruptions for complex logistic supply chains.

The cyber attack was among the biggest-ever disruptions to hit global shipping. Several port terminals run by a Maersk division, including in the United States, India, Spain, the Netherlands, were still struggling to revert to normal operations on Thursday after experiencing massive disruptions.

South Florida Container Terminal, for example, said dry cargo could not be delivered and no container would be received. Anil Diggikar, chairman of JNPT port, near the Indian commercial hub of Mumbai, told Reuters that he did not know "when exactly the terminal will be running smoothly".

His uncertainty was echoed by Maersk itself, which told Reuters that a number of IT systems were still shut down and that it could not say when normal business operations would be resumed.

It said it was not able to comment on specific questions regarding the breach of its IT systems or the state of its cyber security as it had "all available hands focused on practical stuff and getting things back to normal".

The impact of the attack on the company has reverberated across the industry given its position as the world's biggest container shipping line and also operator of 76 ports via its APM Terminals division.

Container ships transport much of the world's consumer goods and food, while dry bulk ships haul commodities including coal and grain and tankers carry vital oil and gas supplies.

"As Maersk is about 18 percent of all container trade, can you imagine the panic this must be causing in the logistic chain of all those cargo owners all over the world?" said Khalid Hashim, managing director of Precious Shipping, one of Thailand's largest dry cargo ship owners.

"Right now none of them know where any of their cargoes (or)containers are. And this 'black hole' of lack of knowledge will continue till Maersk are able to bring back their systems on line."

BACK TO BASICS

The computer virus, which researchers are calling GoldenEye or Petya, began its spread on Tuesday in Ukraine and affected companies in dozens of countries.

Maersk said the attack had caused outages at its computer systems across the world.

In an example of the turmoil that ensued, the unloading of vessels at the group's Tacoma terminal was severely slowed on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Dean McGrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 there.

The terminal is a key supply line for the delivery of domestic goods such as milk and groceries and construction materials to Anchorage, Alaska.

"They went back to basics and did everything on paper," McGrath said.

Ong Choo Kiat, President of U-Ming Marine Transport, Taiwan's largest dry bulk ship owner, said the fact Maersk had been affected rang alarm bells for the whole shipping industry as the Danish company was regarded as a leader in IT technology.

"But they ended up one of the first few casualties. I therefore conclude that shipping is lacking behind the other industry in term of cyber security," he said.

"How long would it takes to catch up? I don't know. But recently all owners and operators are definitely more aware of the risk of cyber security and beginning to pay more attention to it."

In a leading transport survey by international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright published this week, 87 percent of respondents from the shipping industry believed cyber attacks would increase over the next five years - a level that was higher than counterparts in the aviation, rail and logistics industries.

VULNERABLE

Apart from the reliance on computer systems, ships themselves are increasingly exposed to interference through electronic navigation devices such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) and lack the backup systems airliners have to prevent crashes, according to cyber security experts.

There were no indications that GPS and other electronic navigation aids were affected by this week's attack, but security specialists say such systems are vulnerable to signal loss from deliberate jamming by hackers.

Last year, South Korea said hundreds of fishing vessels had returned early to port after its GPS signals were jammed by North Korea, which denied responsibility.

"The Maersk attack raises our awareness of the vulnerability of shipping and ports to technological failure," said Professor David Last, a previous president of Britain's Royal Institute of Navigation.

"When GPS fails, ships' captains lose their principal means of navigation and much of their communications and computer links. They have to slow down and miss port schedules," said Last, who is also a strategic advisor to the General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland.

A number of countries including the UK and the United States are looking into deploying a radar based back up navigation system for ships called eLoran, but this will take time to develop.

David Nordell, head of strategy and policy for London-based think tank, the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science, said the global shipping and port industries were vulnerable to cyber attack, because their operating technologies tend to be old.

"It's certainly possible to imagine that two container ships, or, even worse, oil or gas tankers, could be hacked into colliding, resulting in loss of life and cargo, and perhaps total loss of the vessels," Nordell said.

"Carried out in a strategically sensitive location such as the Malacca Straits or the Bosphorus, a collision like this could block shipping for enough time to cause serious dislocations to trade."

SECRETIVE INDUSTRY

Cyber risks also pose challenges for insurance cover.

In a particularly secretive industry, information about the nature of cyber attacks is still scarce, which insurance and shipping officials say is an obstacle to mitigating the risk, which means there are gaps in insurance cover available.

"There has been a lot of non-reporting (of breaches) on ships, and we’re trying efforts where even if there could be anonymous reporting on a platform so we can start to get the information and the data," said Andrew Kinsey, senior marine consultant at insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty.

There is also a gap in provision, because most existing cyber or hull insurance policies - which insure the ship itself - will not cover the risk of a navigation system being jammed or physical damage to the ship caused by a hacking attack.

"The industry is just waking up to its vulnerability," said Colin Gillespie, deputy director of loss prevention with ship insurer North.

"Perhaps it is time for insurers, reinsurers, ship operators and port operators to sit down together and consider these risks in detail. A collective response is needed - we are all under attack."

(Additional reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen in Copenhagen, Keith Wallis and Carolyn Cohn in London, Euan Rocha in Mumbai, Miyoung Kim in Singapore, Alexander Cornwell in Dubai, Michael Hirtzer in Chicago, Noor Zainab Hussain in Bangalore, Adam Jourdan and Shanghai newsroom; Editing by Pravin Char)


          ‘I, Daniel Blake’ review: 2 nightmares of the unemployed   

This finely crafted movie examines two cases of unemployment benefits for the vulnerable going cruelly wrong. David Johns and Hayley Squires give impressive performances. Rating: 3 stars out of 4.
          El INDEC presentó un empeoramiento de los indicadores de distribución del ingreso (Página 12)   


Crece la desigualdad como un brote verde

El organismo oficial volvió a publicar el coeficiente de Gini, que revela los grados de equidad en una sociedad. Los resultados ratifican una tendencia de deterioro para los sectores de menores ingresos que empezó en 2016.


El coeficiente de Gini, un indicador que cuanto más cercano a 1 sea el valor mayor es la desigualdad en la distribución del ingreso, se ubicó en 0,437 puntos durante el primer trimestre de 2017. El apagón estadístico dispuesto por el Indec imposibilita la comparación interanual. La cifra publicada ayer representa un retroceso hasta la foto distributiva de 2011, cuando el índice llegó a 0,434 punto. Los registros disponibles para el mismo período de 2015, cuando el índice llegó a 0,420, ofrecen una aproximación al deterioro en el “reparto de la torta” que acompañó a la aceleración de la inflación, los aumentos en las tarifas de los servicios públicos, el salto cambiario, la quita de retenciones y el incremento en el desempleo experimentados a lo largo del año pasado. La autoridad estadística publicó en su informe los datos correspondientes al segundo, tercer y cuarto trimestre de 2016. En el segundo trimestre del año pasado el indicador llegó a 0,427 puntos cuando un año antes se había ubicado en 0,410 puntos. El pico en el deterioro distributivo se alcanzó en el tercer trimestre, cuando el índice de Gini marcó 0,451 puntos, el nivel más elevado de los últimos siete años para ese período del año.



Los registros que el Indec volvió a difundir en forma de Informe Técnico en reemplazo de los cuadros estadísticos publicados desde el segundo trimestre del año pasado revelan que la brecha entre el ingreso familiar promedio del diez por ciento de los hogares más pobres y el diez por ciento más rico llegó a 21,8 veces en el primer trimestre de 2017. Tampoco es posible comparar con el mismo período un año antes pero, entre enero y marzo de 2015, la diferencia informada por el Indec había sido de 17,8 veces. A pesar de la imposibilidad para realizar comparaciones interanuales y el cuestionamiento a las cifras, los datos dan cuenta del ensanchamiento de la brecha distributiva desde que asumió el gobierno de Mauricio Macri. En el segundo trimestre de 2015, la distancia entre los ingresos de los hogares del primer y el último decil había sido de 16,5 veces mientras que durante el mismo período del año pasado llegó a ser de 18,9 veces. En el tercer trimestre de 2016 la diferencia de ingresos entre los extremos había ascendido a un pico de 21,7 veces y durante el período octubre-diciembre se ubicó en 18,7 veces.

El equipo de investigación de Cifra que conforman Mariano Barrera, Mariana González y Pablo Manzanell señaló que en el “primer año de gobierno de la alianza Cambiemos se avanzó en un proceso regresivo en la distribución del ingreso que derivó en una transferencia del trabajo al capital en torno de los 16.000 millones de dólares, producto de la caída de la participación de los trabajadores en el ingreso nacional del 37,4 al 34,3 por ciento entre 2015 y 2016”. Ese proceso se explica por la devaluación, la eliminación de los derechos de exportación, el alza en el precio de los servicios públicos y la restrictiva política monetaria. El impacto de esas medidas en las condiciones de vida de los hogares no afectó a todos por igual: los más perjudicados fueron los de menores ingresos lo que ensanchó la brecha distributiva.

Los datos publicados ayer muestran que el décimo decil, el segmento donde se ubican las familias más acomodadas, se apropio del 31,6 por ciento del ingreso mientras que el primer decil, el correspondiente a los sectores más vulnerables, apenas concentró el 1,4 por ciento. Para evitar las imprecisiones que arrastran los datos referidos a los extremos de la Encuesta Permanente de Hogares se pueden realizar comparaciones alternativas como la relación entre el segundo y el noveno decil. Mientras que los primeros se recibieron 3,4 por ciento del ingreso los otros se quedaron con el 16,7 por ciento.  Otro guarismo que da cuenta de la concentración distributiva es que el 10 por ciento más rico de las familias concentra un nivel de ingresos superior al del 60 por ciento de la población de menores ingresos. Una dinámica similar se observó en la CAB A. Durante el primer año de gestión de Horacio Rodríguez Larreta , las diferencias entre los ingresos reales de los hogares porteños más pobres y los más ricos, así como la brecha entre el norte y del sur del distrito, se amplificaron.

Fuente: https://www.pagina12.com.ar/47184-crece-la-desigualdad-como-un-brote-verde

          Datos oficiales muestran el retroceso del mercado laboral. Suben el empleo precario y el estatal (Página 12)   


La industria sigue perdiendo empleos

La información del SIPA-Anses revela que la industria destruyó 41.600 puestos en abril pasado respecto al mismo mes del año anterior. En forma global, hubo un aumento de 138 mil por el registro de monotributistas, alza de estatales y en construcción.


El proceso de destrucción de empleo industrial no se detiene según las estadísticas laborales difundidas por el Ministerio de Trabajo. En abril las actividades manufactureras y las petroleras sumaban 41.600 puestos de trabajo perdidos en relación al mismo período del año pasado. El cierre de la planta productora de snacks de la estadounidense Pepsico en Vicente López, la reducción de personal decidida por Puma en sus empresas de calzado e indumentaria ubicadas en La Rioja y la baja definitiva de las persianas anticipada por la química Lanxess en Zárate representan los exponentes más recientes de un proceso que es acompañado de manera pasiva por el Ministerio de Trabajo.



Sin embargo, los niveles de empleo registrado totales muestran una variación favorable. Los datos oficiales muestran que durante el cuarto mes del año hubo 138 mil asalariados más que en el mismo período de 2016. Los registros utilizados por los funcionarios para celebrar una supuesta recuperación laboral ocultan que prácticamente la mitad de esos nuevos puestos de trabajo se explican por la inscripción de nuevos monotributistas: en un año se registró un incremento neto de 68 mil individuos. No se trata de creación de nuevos empleos sino de un proceso de “blanqueo” de una situación laboral precaria a través de esa modalidad. El fenómeno responde a la extensión de la Asignación Universal por Hijo a ese colectivo de trabajadores en abril del año pasado.

El resto de los rubros que compensan el impacto de la apertura comercial y la contracción de la demanda interna sobre la actividad manufacturera son el empleo público con 32.700 empleos en un año, los monotributistas sociales al sumar otros 32.000 y la construcción con 24.200 puestos. Tres sectores dependientes del gasto y la inversión estatal.

La estabilización de las estadísticas laborales celebrada por la Casa Rosada desde comienzos de año no refleja una reactivación de la economía, sino como el resultado de una política social dispuesta por el Gobierno que balancea a nivel global las consecuencias de la política macroeconómica. Los puestos de trabajo en relación de dependencia en actividades industriales destruidos se compensan por la inscripción de individuos que trabajaban en condiciones irregulares en el monotributo ya que pueden mantener sus derechos en materia de asignaciones familiares y lograr cierta cobertura adicional.

El escenario descripto por el Indec para el primer trimestre cuando la desocupación ascendió hasta 9,2 por ciento, el registro más elevado en una década para un período enero-marzo, acompaña esa dinámica. Con una nueva configuración se mantienen “estadísticamente estables” los niveles de empleo registrado mientras que el incremento en el desempleo lo explican la destrucción de puestos más vulnerables.

Los datos publicados ayer por la cartera laboral tampoco dan cuenta de una mejora sostenida durante los primeros meses del año. En abril la cantidad de trabajadores registrados anotó un retroceso mensual de 22.300 trabajadores que, cuando se depuran los elementos específicos del período, arroja una variación positiva de 12.200 trabajadores. Los datos se construyen sobre un universo de 12 millones de trabajadores en la actividad privada, el sector público y el monotributo social que figuran en los registros administrativos del SIPA de la Anses.

En abril, la cantidad de asalariados del sector privado se contrajo en 50.600 puestos de trabajo frente al mes anterior, mientras que la medición sin estacionalidad arrojó un reducción de 1500 puestos mensuales. Las caídas fueron generalizadas y ni siquiera se salvó la construcción que había comenzado a ofrecer un impulso incipiente.

En la industria manufacturera la caída fue de 5700 empleos que, en los registros desestacionalizados maca 2200 puestos menos. La mayor caída mensual la muestra el empleo agropecuario con una reducción estimada de 15.200 empleos. Esa dinámica está asociada a la terminación de las cosechas durante el verano ya que los registros depurados arrojan un alza de 1600 puestos. La construcción, por su parte, se mantuvo estable en la comparación mensual y en la medición sin estacionalidad anotó una suba de 3500 empleos.

Las autoridades de la cartera laboral publicaron ayer la Encuesta de Indicadores Laborales (EIL) que en mayo mostró una leve variación positiva de 0,5 por ciento respecto al mismo mes del año anterior y se mantuvo estable en la comparación contra el mes anterior. Este comportamiento se explica por una mejora del 8,7 por ciento interanual en la construcción y del 2,9 por ciento en los rubros vinculados al comercio. Como sucede con los datos del SIPA, el impulso en el sector privado es contrarrestado por la sostenida caída en la industria manufacturera que para la encuesta marcó un retroceso del 4 por ciento interanual el mes pasado.

Fuente: https://www.pagina12.com.ar/46987-la-industria-sigue-perdiendo-empleos

          (IT) Security Analyst - SIEM tools   

Rate: Market Day Rate   Location: London   

Security Analyst required for 10 week contract in Inner London to develop plans to safeguard computer files against accidental or unauthorised modification, destruction, or disclosure and to meet emergency data processing needs. Confer with users to discuss issues such as computer data access needs, security violations, and programming changes. Monitor current reports of computer viruses to determine when to update virus protection system. Modify computer security files to incorporate new software, correct errors, or change individual access status. Coordinate implementation of computer system plan with establishment personnel and outside vendors. Experience required: Experience working with Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) tools Significant experience of system operational security, network and/or application security Technical knowledge in security engineering, system and network security, (authentication and security protocols, cryptography), operation of a PKI, and application security Knowledge of system security vulnerabilities and remediation techniques Analytic skills to understand security implications of technical events Extensive troubleshooting and research skills with a positive and proactive approach to customer service and getting things done Strong experience working in an operational role in a secure environment Knowledge of network and web related protocols (eg TCP/IP, UDP, IPSEC, HTTP, HTTPS, routing protocols) Strong Scripting skills in at least one of the following is highly desirable: Ruby, Python, Shell (bash, ksh, csh). Working knowledge of Linux Clearance Level Required: BPSS (DS) - Baseline Personnel Security Standard (with a Disclosure Scotland) IR35 Scope: Outside If deemed inside IR35 - Please note that the client has determined that the off-payroll working rules will apply to this assignment and where a worker elects to provide their services through an intermediary (such as a personal services company) then income tax and primary national insurance contributions will be deducted at source from any payments made to the intermediary. If deemed outside IR35 - Please note that the client has determined that the off-payroll working rules will not apply to this assignment. CV closing date is Friday 30th June at 3.00 pm. GSA Techsource Ltd operates as an Employment Agency when recruiting for permanent vacancies, and an Employment Business when recruiting for contract vacancies. All contract rates quoted are to Ltd companies.
 
Rate: Market Day Rate
Type: Contract
Location: London
Country: UK
Contact: Jackie Dean
Advertiser: GSA Techsource Ltd
Start Date: July 2017
Reference: JSJD/C/16866

          Presentation: How to Backdoor Invulnerable Code   

Josh Schwartz takes a look at the real tactics, with examples, used to compromise and backdoor seemingly secure products by exploiting the humans and systems that create them.

By Josh Schwartz
          Acestea sunt EFECTELE mai puțin știute ale CANICULEI asupra organismului uman   
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          How eCitation Improves Officer Safety and Increase Revenue   

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          Trump Revoked Key Pesticide Protections. We're Fighting Back.   

Trump Revoked Key Pesticide Protections. We're Fighting Back.

The EPA has said that the protections would prevent at least a thousand acute poisonings every year.

The EPA has said that pesticide protections would prevent at least a thousand acute poisonings every year.

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This past January, three brothers—ages 7, 9 and 11—and their 17-year-old sister, died in their home in Amarillo, Texas, because a highly toxic restricted-use pesticide was improperly applied in their home.

And just two years ago, a family on vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands and another family in Florida were poisoned after applicators grossly misused restricted-use pesticides. The vacationing father and his children were paralyzed; in Florida, the family’s 10-year old son suffered significant brain damage.

These kinds of tragedies prompted the federal government to enact long overdue updates to the Certification of Pesticide Applicators Rule, also known as the CPA Rule. Designed to protect lives from restricted-use pesticides—some of the most hazardous chemicals that can only be used by certified professionals—the rule hadn’t been updated since Nixon was in office.

The EPA’s revised protections were supposed to go into effect in March, but Trump's new EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, delayed the CPA Rule from going into effect for at least a year. This month, Earthjustice and Farmworker Justice sued the EPA for this unlawful delay.

By delaying this rule, the Trump administration is putting workers, children and families at risk.

The CPA Rule ensures that children are not allowed to apply restricted-use pesticides and that certified applicators get updated annual trainings. It also requires applicators to have access to essential information about the products they use, so that they can wear appropriate protective gear and know what they’ve been exposed to if accidents happen.

By delaying this rule, the Trump administration is putting workers, children and families at risk. They are allowing poorly trained pesticide applicators to handle the most dangerous chemicals in the fields where we grow our food, where we work and where we live.   

Although urban dwellers sporadically face these dangerous pesticides in businesses, homes and schools; there are roughly one million farmworkers who, together with their families, face pesticide exposures on a daily basis. As a second generation Chicana who comes from a lineage of laborers, farmworkers, and in general, a population whose children are nearly twice as likely to attend schools in close proximity to use of hazardous pesticides, the EPA’s delay of the CPA Rule is unacceptable to me on a deeply personal level.

We know that in some areas, 16-year-old kids are applying restricted-use pesticides because there is no minimum age limit for the roughly one million certified applicators nationwide. Moreover, most of the farmworkers facing the gravest pesticide risks are not just migrants, they are often low-income Spanish and indigenous language speakers who need these protections the most.

The EPA estimates that as many as 20,000 farmworkers are poisoned by pesticides every year, yet the agency is still delaying action.

The EPA estimates that as many as 20,000 farmworkers are poisoned by pesticides every year, yet the agency is still delaying action. For perspective, this is like saying that we know every inhabitant in a U.S. town will suffer severe pesticide poisoning each year, but we simply prefer not to take action.

The EPA itself said that the now-delayed rule, which was developed after years of reviews, would prevent at least a thousand acute poisonings every year. While this isn’t enough to get to where we need to be, in a society that values all lives alike, this is a much-needed start. None of us should be OK with delaying life-saving rules.

The federal government may be eager to bow to industry barons who care more about profit than life, but we the people have to defend our families and the most vulnerable populations. So while it’s clear that we can’t count on the Trump administration to do the right thing, we can use the power of the law to force them into action.

In fact, that’s exactly what we’re doing.


          Charting Russia’s most dangerous cities for LGBT people   

Here are the towns where it’s dangerous to be gay in Russia. A culture of silence and a law “against propaganda” are keeping them that way. Русский

An LGBT pride parade in St Petersburg, 2014. Photo CC BY-NC-ND 2.0: Maria Komarova / Flickr. Some rights reserved.

It’s become a tradition across the globe to celebrate LGBT Pride in the last days of June. Usually, such events are held on the weekend closest to the 28 June, as it was on that day that the modern LGBT movement in the USA began in earnest. It was an initiative that inspired strategies and tactics of human rights advocacy in many other countries. Although it takes different forms across the world, LGBT pride raises issues of freedom of expression, human rights, and healthcare for LGBT people. In some cities Europe and the USA it has turned into something of a commercial event or cultural festival for the wider public. In other locations, LGBT people march under the threat of police brutality.

In Russia, the first LGBT pride march was held in 1991 on the square before Moscow’s Bolshoi theatre as part of the Soviet Union’s first LGBT festival. The more modern history of LGBT parades in Russia began in 2006 when LGBT activist Nikolay Alekseyev attempted to officially organise a pride march in Moscow. Years passed, and the city authorities still haven’t found the guts to permit a march for LGBT human rights through the capital’s streets and provide security for its participants. However, other banned marches have been successfully challenged in the European Court for Human Rights and Alekseyev has generated support in other regions of the country. He and his colleagues have applied for permission to hold pride marches in Blagoveshchensk, Cherkessk, Cherepovets, Kazan, and Nizhny Tagil among many other cities across Russia, though they have always been rejected and sued city governments in response. A notable exception came in 2013, when the governor of St Petersburg did not forbid the city’s LGBT pride parade, although it did encounter violently homophobic protesters who tried to obstruct the march.

The metrics of hatred

In fact, these violent far-right groups keep close tabs on LGBT activists in Russia and the events they hold – or try to. While the government fights some homophobic campaigners and inciters of hatred, it supports others. After all, instigating violence against LGBT people is essentially the Russian state’s official policy towards sexuality. For example, the 2013 law banning “propaganda” of “non-traditional sexual orientations” sparked a wave of hatred against LGBT people across the country. As we discovered from court decisions last year, after the “propaganda” bill was signed into law, the number of hate crimes against lesbians and gay men doubled. 

In 2012, we found 33 examples of such hate crimes, while 2013 saw 50 hate crimes against LGBT citizens. By 2015 there were 65. We registered not only a common rise of LGBT hate crimes, but also the rise of homicides: following the enactment of the “propaganda” bill, there were more and more murders of people simply for being LGBT.

The growth in hate crimes against LGBT people across Russia. Image courtesy of the authors.

Of course, these are only the recorded crimes – many LGBT people may not dare approach the authorities after harassment, humiliation, or worse. These data are based on official court statistics, though we had to dig through the results ourselves. Nobody officially collects information on violence against LGBT people in Russia. On the contrary, the authorities pretend that nothing is happening. This attitude sometimes reaches absurd extremes when government officials claim that LGBT citizens simply do not exist.

After facts came to light about the systematic torture of gay men at secret detention camps in Chechnya, the republic’s press secretary immediately retorted that “you cannot repress those who are not and cannot be here in the Chechen Republic.” Despite the justified focus on Chechnya, these claims are hardly specific to one culture or region within the Russian Federation – officials in other regions speak in much the same manner. For example, the mayor of Svetogorsk in Leningrad Region declared his city “free from gays.” He subsequently argued that LGBT issues and rights are irrelevant there, neither an LGBT community nor LGBT people exist in the small city.

This imagined absence of LGBT people constitutes an active policy of silencing and excluding some citizens from the wider national community on the grounds of their sexuality

This imagined absence of LGBT people constitutes an active policy of silencing and excluding some citizens from the wider national community on the grounds of their sexuality. These comments certainly reinforce existing prejudices and reproduce violence against vulnerable groups. But what is the real picture? Let’s say that the authorities of a Russian city actually permitted an LGBT march to go ahead? Would these violent protectors of a false morality then take to the streets to fight those marching, to stop their fellow citizens expressing their point of view and standing up for their rights?

It depends on where you are. In other words, how dangerous is it to be gay in different Russian cities?

A “sexual stratification” of Russian cities

Media doesn’t simply inform society about current affairs; it also provides frames for understanding social problems, rendering some topics more important than others by virtue of generating discussion around them. Violence against LGBT people may be a key cause for concern in the human rights movement, but that urgency is lost in public discussions.

But media can also remedy societies from oblivion by sharing stories which are otherwise forgotten or ignored, and spark positive change. For example, the murder of gay teen Matthew Sheppard was one of the most publicised hate crimes in the US history. The furore in the press eventually led to changes in hate crime law.

One of the effects of Russia’s “propaganda” law was not simply the rise in violence against LGBT people. It also led to more frequent ewspaper publications on LGBT topics, hence public discussion on a topic which still remains taboo for many people. This was not entirely what legislators intended. We benefitted from this situation by researching the details and contexts of violence against LGBT in Russia as they were reported in media. The Sexuality Lab studied almost 4,500 media publications about violence against LGBT people in Russia between 2011 and 2016. We categorised all newspaper articles in accordance with the sexuality of the victims reported and the locations of crimes committed. All cities were then classified by population, making it possible for us to calculate an index of safety for every urban settlement.

The data reveal that the most dangerous places for LGBT people are villages in the countryside and small towns with a population below 100,000: they are characterised by the highest rates of violence against LGBT people per 1,000 persons. The safest locations are the largest cities (Moscow and St Petersburg): despite the greater number of crimes against LGBT in these cities, their relative indexes are actually the lowest. This can be explained by understanding the circumstances of these hate crimes.

Statistically, a gay person is safer in St Petersburg than in a smaller city like Nizhnevartovsk

Very often, hate crimes are committed as soon as perpetrators learn about the victim’s sexuality, which is usually revealed in a conversation in a private space over a drink or meal. These social gatherings occur more frequently in smaller settlements, because that way of life is simply more common there: there are fewer bars to go to, fewer crowds to blend into, and more free time to kill. People drink alcohol and talk about their personal lives as there’s no other way to spend one’s spare time. Alhough many people in Russia actually do not give a damn about LGBT issues, some still react violently to a person’s coming out – and such reactions are more common in smaller towns and cities.

The graph below shows incidents of violence against LGBT people in different towns and cities of Russia. We compare capital cities, big cities (of 500,000 people and above) and smaller cities (of between 100-500,000 people). This graph shows that the smaller a city, the bigger the probability of violence against LGBT people. Statistically, a gay person is safer in St Petersburg than in a smaller city like Nizhnevartovsk. This could explain why the mayor of Svetlogorsk thinks there are no gay men in his town – anybody with half a mind in that position would leave the place as soon as they felt threatened. 

Violence and hate crimes against LGBT people across Russia, by city size. Image courtesy of the author.

These results aren’t surprising; they just prove once again that homophobia is on the rise in Russia and that hate crimes are supported in its remote regions. We have based our claims on a survey of media publications, which limits the whole picture only to material in the public domain. As a result, there will be many hate crimes which went unreported, and some remote regions not covered in our media survey. However, it is no exaggeration to say that there are parts of the country which are simply not safe for LGBT citizens.

One of the ways to protect oneself is to keep silent about one’s sexuality, concealing it from the public in order not to become a victim of violence. So this secrecy around the existence of homosexuals is reinforced not only by political decisions, but also by individual moves as many LGBT people opt to hide their sexuality. While their response contributes to a culture of silence, they cannot and must not be blamed for it – simply put, they fear for their lives.

The LGBT pride parades pursue a radically different approach: a public and full-throated political demand to recognise that LGBT people exist. Do our data confirm that Russian cities are not ready to host such events on their territories? If our goal is to fight the silence, the data show exactly the contrary: as long as anybody suffers and is killed because of their sexuality, it is important to shout at the top of our voices to try and stop the murders and political climate in which they are tacitly tolerated. Human rights marches across towns and cities of all sizes are one way of articulating this; a means to make violence visible and demand that it stop.

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          Profesor(a) Psicomotricidad Ed. Parvularia (14 hrs.) - Maipú   
Establecimiento particular subvencionado (Escuela de Párvulos), ubicado en sector vulnerable de la comuna de Maipú, requiere Profesor(a) de Educación Física con especialidad en el área de Psicomotricidad Infantil, para trabajar con NT1 y NT2. Jornada labo......
          Pois eu, com vossa licença, se fosse ao Costa, demitia o Ministro da Defesa Azeredeo Lopes. E, naturalmente, se eu fosse o Ministro, antes que fosse preciso chegar a esse ponto, demitia-me eu.   

Não sou de reacções emocionais que se sobreponham à racionalidade -- ou, pelo menos, acho que não sou. Acho que se devem perceber as razões, avaliar as responsabilidades, perceber se há ou não negligência ou culpa antes de desatar a clamar pelo pescoço de alguém. Até prova em contrário, toda a gente é inocente e há causas naturais de tal intensidade ou extensão que os meios dimensionados para situações dentro da média não podem dar resposta -- por exemplo. Ou seja, não é o primeiro que caíu em desgraça junto de alguns jornalistas ou que se chegou à frente numa situação de tragédia que deve arcar com culpas que, se calhar, não são de ninguém em particular.

Por isso, não condeno na praça pública José Sócrates já que ainda nem acusado foi (quanto mais condenado) e, também por isso, não ando para aqui a pedir a demissão da ministra Constança Urbano de Sousa.


Contudo, há situações e situações. Por exemplo, acho que o que se passou nisto do roubo de armamento é de tal forma grave, aberrante, incompreensível e perigoso que acho que o responsável pela área deve assumir as suas responsabilidades. Deve. Não digo que 'tem que', digo que 'deve'. É uma questão moral face à gravidade e ao risco potencial do que está em causa.

Numa altura em que se sabe bem da difusa ameaça terrorista, não posso entender nem aceitar que armazéns carregados de munições de toda a espécie e feitio estejam sem videovigilância nem, tão pouco, com um banal alarme. Os meliantes entraram, circularam, roubaram tanta e tanta coisa e não disparou uma buzina, não há um vídeo, não há nada. Um paiól com uma protecção à Pai Adão. Surreal. Ridículo. Dramático.

Se não tinham dinheiro para montar um sistema capaz, fizessem um contrato com a Prosegur ou com a Securitas. E pode parecer que estou a ironizar mas não estou. Proteger uma casa, um armazém ou o que for não é nenhuma fortuna. Não é, mesmo. E que fosse. Os riscos de haver granadas, lança-morteiros, munições de calibre não sei quantos e sei lá que mais nas mãos sabe-se lá de quem são imensos. E imensamente graves.

Pode ser que a culpa seja dos militares. E os responsáveis bem podiam pôr as barbas de molho. Mas, independentemente disso, a responsabilidade primeira por tão absurdo e grave roubo é do Minsitro.

Tenho pena mas é isto. Não confio num ministro em cujas barbas é cometida tal coisa. E pode ele nem ter barba ou não ter estado lá dentro a facilitar as movimentações dos ladrões: não interessa. Com uma coisa destas não se brinca e os paóis têm que estar bem guardados, à prova de bala --  e não vulneráveis e desprotegidos como provaram estar. Ou seja, e uma vez mais: ou o ministro Azeredo Lopes deverá sair pelo seu pé ou o Costa deve indicar-lhe o caminho da porta. 



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          Large study links key pesticide to weakened honeybee hives   
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          Bridging the Mind-Body Gap in Health Care   
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After the birth of her youngest son nearly 20 years ago, Elay Nantz of Colorado developed carpal tunnel syndrome in her right hand, sank into post-partum depression, and attempted suicide. After a three-month stay at a Colorado psychiatric hospital, she endured a carousel of specialists who only wanted to know “What do you want?” or “What do you need?” and then wrote countless prescriptions. If she stood her ground and said the pills weren’t working, they would refer her to another doctor. Two of her four psychiatrists even fell asleep during her counseling sessions. Eventually, she stopped seeking treatment.

Nantz has struggled with depression for most of her life and has bounced in and out of doctors’ offices. She felt that the mental health system just saw her as a wallet to rifle through. “None of them gave a crap about me,” she says.

After she had surgery on her hand in 2009 and began physical therapy, her health improved. But after Nantz got divorced in 2010, she lost her private insurance and went on Medicaid—which her physical therapist did not accept. Her hand grew weak and shook so much that she could not hold a fork. It would tumble to the ground and stay there until one of her three children picked it up. A bad day would lead to deeper depression. She felt worthless.

The combination of depression and carpal tunnel meant she could not work and provide for her children. Her thoughts turned to suicide again: “I felt like the only exit I could see was me dying—my head was a mess—like I was in a cave and I couldn’t get out,” she told The American Prospect. “I was getting ready to kill myself.”

Nantz believed that the health-care system simply viewed her as a depressed woman with shaky hands rather than a 45-year-old mother of three who wanted to work and care for her family. But after running out of other options, she decided to try counseling one more time. In 2015, she met Dr. Yaira Oquendo-Figueroa, a staff psychologist at a Salud Family Health Center in Denver.  

Oquendo-Figueroa took an “integrated care” approach to Nantz’s problems that focused on breaking through the institutional barriers that separate mental and physical health care.  In integrated care settings, behavioral health specialists work together with primary-care doctors to treat individual patients. An ongoing relationship between physicians and a patient is the basis of primary care, and it provides a pathway for coordinating mental health treatment.

Oquendo-Figueroa listened carefully to Nantz’s problems and helped her develop the mental “tools” to steer her thoughts in a positive direction. She also connected her with an acupuncturist to treat her carpal tunnel. “She changed my life and the perception of everything,” Nantz says of Oquendo-Figueroa. “I think she’s a magician.”

Mental and physical care have long occupied distinct silos in the American health-care system. However, if Congress has its way, the treatment gulf between these two areas could become even wider, particularly for poor and low-income people who rely Medicaid, the largest health insurer in the United States.

Medical professionals like Oquendo-Figueroa have redoubled their efforts to offer a program of treatment that addresses psychological issues and physical ailments in tandem—which can go a long way to helping patients like Nantz. “You can’t separate the head from the body,” the doctor says.

Primary-care physicians see the majority of patients with mental health problems in the United States, but they are not trained to provide specialized treatment for mental illnesses. According to Benjamin Miller, a University of Colorado’s School of Medicine psychologist who specializes in linking mental and physical care, fewer than 4 percent of primary-care physicians accurately screen for depression. There has been little change in the percentage of adults who use mental health services, or who report an unmet need for mental health services. Two-thirds of doctors say that they can’t get their patients access to outpatient mental treatment because of a shortage of workers, lack of coverage, or inadequate coverage.

Meanwhile, suicide rates in America have risen by nearly 25 percent over the past 15 years and, of the 20 percent of Americans who suffer from mental illness, only about one-fifth get treatment. “The U.S. health-care system [has] two cultures of care that isolate the mind from the body, and mental health has fallen victim to that,” says Miller.

In the 1970s, Salud Family Health Center opened in northeast Colorado to serve patients who were historically underserved or completely uninsured, like the state’s migrant farm workers. In 2013, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognized Salud as a “patient-centered medical home,” a health-care delivery model that promotes strategies like integrated care. This model upends the traditional health-care system by providing mental health care in primary-care settings, where it is most accessible.

For many people, primary-care clinics and doctors’ offices are a safe haven. “People want an [ongoing] relationship with someone, they want to feel connected [and] to know you’re they’re for them,” Miller says. He believes that nurturing these relationships provides patients with an avenue to discuss and manage mental health issues before they become serious.

The Colorado health center includes a mobile legal team that advocates for patients, especially undocumented immigrants or Medicaid recipients who live paycheck to paycheck. The center also sends behavioral health professionals around the clinic to meet patients in other departments. “Let’s say that a patient is coming for a dental cleaning, and the hygienist concludes that the patient may be anxious or depressed,” says Oquendo-Figueroa. “I go there and do a consult right there in the dental area.”

While that practice may seem invasive to people who have health-care plans that cover behavioral therapy, a dental clinic might be the only time that some Medicaid or Medicare recipients can talk to a mental health professional.

Washington State’s Mental Health Integration Project features telepsychiatry to help treat low-income patients on Medicaid and Medicare. Encouraging patients to stay in touch with care managers and consulting psychiatrists over the phone allows those health centers to reach more people, and not just during regular visits.

Anne Shields, the associate director of the University of Washington’s Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions program sees e-medicine as one possible solution to a shrinking, aging workforce of psychiatrists, especially in rural areas of the country where there were never many specialists to begin with. From 1995 to 2014, while the total number of physicians in the United States grew by 45 percent, the number of psychiatrists only increased by 12 percent. In 2010, 59 percent of psychiatrists in the United States were 54 years old or older. “Primary-care settings are very diverse, small practices,” Shields says. “Rural health centers have no more than three people working and they’re not going to be able to hire a behavioral health-care manager.”

While health-care staffing often determines the number and types of services a hospital provides, integrated care relies on coordination between doctors to identify the specific treatments that will work for an individual patient. Using this approach, a small rural health center can strive to provide the same high-quality integrated care that an urban hospital system does.

Yet despite the health benefits that integrated care provides, the American health-care system continues to rely on traditional strategies. Treating mental and physical conditions separately has not only prevented vulnerable populations from accessing treatment, but it has also driven up those costs. Miller has calculated that, on average, physical conditions cost twice as much per person per month to treat when there is a mental illness present as well.

Moreover, mental health crises often play out in emergency rooms, which are the least efficient and most expensive care locations. Integrated care has reduced the patients’ reliance on emergency room treatment by focusing on preventative services, and targeting mild or moderate symptoms before they become severe.

The Cherokee Health System in Tennessee found that integrated care patients used emergency services 68 percent less than the regional average; specialty care 42 percent less; and hospital care 37 percent less. These savings amounted to a 22 percent discrepancy between CHS’s total cost and the regional average.

Most health-care networks prioritize people with serious mental illnesses over patients with mild or moderate symptoms, which prevents people from getting the help they need earlier. “The bulk of mental health services are in the public system, but people can’t get those services until they have had many crises,” says Debbie Plotnick, a vice president of Mental Health America, one the nation’s leading mental health advocacy groups.

Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress could tear wide open the existing gap between having insurance that covers mental health treatment and having access to that treatment with their plans to undo the Affordable Care Act. The ACA repeal proposals fail the two-step process Miller of the University of Colorado uses to evaluate potential reforms: “Does this continue to further fragment our experience with health?” he says. “And does this limit my patient’s ability to get access to mental health treatment where they want it?”

Moreover, transforming Medicaid into a block grant program means that mental health programs would take a significant hit as state officials search for savings to offset the federal cuts. Miller believes that integrated care programs would be the first to go, forcing medical professionals to make difficult decisions about whether they can marshal the resources to help people like Nantz. Repealing the ACA would simply take programs designed to bridge the gap between mental and physical illnesses backward—states, Miller says, “can’t take a chance on this right now.” 


          Trump's Appointment to Gender Equality Office Has Hateful Anti-Trans Record    
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Adding to his record of appointing people to posts they are fundamentally unqualified to hold, Donald Trump has named an anti-trans activist as a senior adviser to the office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. Bethany Kozma, who held positions in the White House and Homeland Security under George W. Bush, vehemently opposed guidelines issued by President Obama's administration that advised schools to let trans students use their preferred names and pronouns and use the restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity, Buzzfeed reports. And to Google the woman who will advise on gender equality in the office that is part of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is to uncover a treasure trove of hateful, woefully misguided anti-trans propaganda. 

“A boy claiming gender confusion must now be allowed in the same shower, bathroom, or locker room with my daughter under the president’s transgender policies,” Kozma wrote in a 2016 piece about the Obama administration guidelines. “When I learned that predators could abuse these new policies to hurt children in school lockers, shelters, pool showers, or other vulnerable public places like remote bathrooms in national parks, I realized I had to do something.” 

In a disgusting attempt to equate trans women with sexual predators, Kozma’s story included a video of women sharing their stories of how they were sexually assaulted by cisgender men in spaces like bathrooms and locker rooms. 

While naming Kozma, who clearly doesn’t believe that trans women are equal to cisgender women, as an adviser at the office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment is a slap in the face to all women, her position in the office is further complicated by the fact that USAID has a long history of supporting programs that advance LGBT equality around the world, including a program that leverages financial contributions to support “LGBTI human rights and development in 14 countries around the world,” HIV and AIDS prevention efforts, and an initiative to empower Asia’s LGBT people, according to its website.

A spokesperson for USAID said Kozma’s appointment does not mean there has been a change in policy in terms of its commitment to LGBT rights, according to Buzzfeed. 

"USAID is committed to promoting a work environment that is free from sexual-orientation and gender-identity discrimination, in accordance with existing federal law," the spokesperson said. 

But Kozma's anti-trans crusade did not end with her campaign to oppose Obama’s protections for trans students in 2016. Earlier this year she wrote a piece for The Daily Signal (part of the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation) in which she patted herself on the back for being a part of the movement that she believes helped influence the Trump administration to rescind those protections.  

“Trump’s decisiveness on this issue shows that he cares more about people than political correctness — that all our children deserve a safe and respectful learning environment, not just a very small minority, and that privacy and free speech are rights that American parents hold dear,” Kozma wrote this February. 

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          Oxfam warns that modern day land rush is forcing thousands into greater poverty   

Oxfam calls for British company to investigate the forced eviction of more than 20,000 Ugandans to make way for its plantations

Oxfam today launches a major new report highlighting the growing pace of land deals brokered around the world, often to the peril of poor communities who lose their homes and livelihoods – sometimes violently – with no prior consultation, compensation or means of appeal.

In the report Land and Power, the international agency reveals preliminary research indicating as many as 227 million hectares have been sold, leased or licensed in large-scale land deals since 2001, mostly by international investors. Lack of transparency and the secrecy that surrounds land deals makes it difficult to get exact figures but to date up to 1,100 of these deals amounting to 67 million hectares have been cross checked. Half of these deals are in Africa, and cover an area nearly the size of Germany. (1)

Oxfam warns this modern day land rush follows a drive to produce enough food for people overseas, meet damaging biofuels targets or speculate on land to make an easy profit. However, many of the deals are in fact ‘land grabs’ where the rights and needs of the people living on the land are ignored, leaving them homeless and without land to grow enough food to eat and make a living.

This is likely to get worse as the increasing demand for food, the gathering pace of climate change, water scarcity and non-food crops like biofuels compete for land. Already, nearly three billion people live in areas where demand for water outstrips supply.

Land grabs: devastating vulnerable communities

Oxfam International’s Executive Director Jeremy Hobbs said: “The unprecedented pace of land deals and the increased competition for land is leaving many of the world’s poorest people worse off. In the scramble for more land, investors are ignoring the people who currently live on the land and depend on it to survive.”

Oxfam’s report profiles the devastating effect land grabs in Uganda, South Sudan, Indonesia, Honduras and Guatemala are having on vulnerable communities. The report is part of Oxfam’s GROW campaign which aims to secure a future where everyone has enough to eat. Women, who produce up to 80 per cent of food in some poor countries, are usually most vulnerable as they have weaker land rights.

In Uganda, Oxfam’s research indicates that at least 22,500 people have lost their homes and land to make way for a British timber company, the New Forests Company. Many evictees told Oxfam how they were forcibly removed and have been left destitute, without enough food or money to send their children to school. There were court orders in force which named the company but eye-witnesses say that company workers took part in some of the evictions anyway. NFC denies that it was involved in any evictions. (2)

Evicted without consultation or compensation

Christine, a farmer in her mid 40s, who lived in Kiboga district before the Uganda land grab said: “All our plantations were cut down – we lost the banana and cassava. We lost everything we had. The company’s casual laborers would attack us – they beat and threatened people. Even now they won’t let us back in to look for the things we left behind. I was threatened – they told me they were going to beat me if we didn’t leave.”

Hobbs said: “The Uganda case clearly shows how land grabs are slipping through the net of existing safeguards which are intended to ensure the protection of vulnerable people. Thousands of people are suffering because they have been evicted without meaningful consultation or compensation.

“The New Forests Company describes itself as an ethical company, adhering to international standards. It needs to investigate these claims urgently. It’s not acceptable for companies to blame governments. They must respect the needs and rights of poor communities affected by their investment.”

Prioritize existing land use rights

Oxfam is calling for investors, governments and international organizations to prioritize putting a stop to land grabbing by fixing the current policies and regulations which all too often fail to ensure that, when investors negotiate deals, local people are consulted, treated fairly, and that all relevant international standards are respected. These include the World Bank's International Finance Corporation Performance Standards and the Forest Stewardship Council’s standards.

Governments should avoid pandering to investors’ wishes, and prioritize existing land use rights – not just where legal land title or formal ownership rights are held. Governments should recognize that women have equal rights over land and ensure that all agricultural investments benefit local communities who rely on the land to survive. While governments and companies get their house in order to stop future land grabbing, there is an urgent need to remedy the damage done by existing land grabs, including in the case of the Uganda international investment.

Flawed biofuels policies

Perverse incentives such as the flawed biofuels targets, like the EU’s target of obtaining 10 per cent of transport fuels from renewable sources by 2020, should be scrapped to curb the rush on land to meet biofuel demand.

Meanwhile, the UN’s Committee on Food Security in Rome could take an important first step when it meets in Rome next month, by adopting credible pro-poor, pro-women guidelines on land tenure.

Hobbs said: “Land investment should be good news for people in poverty but the frenetic scramble for land risks putting development in reverse. We need urgent global action so that local people with relatively little do not lose everything for the benefit of a few, and to secure a future where everyone has enough to eat.”

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I was threatened – they told me they were going to beat me if we didn’t leave.
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Farmer from Kiboga district, Uganda
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  1. This data is compiled by the Land Matrix Partnership, a coalition of academic, research and non-governmental organisations. The 227 million figure is based on information on land deals over 200 hectares from a whole range of different sources including government reports, academic research, company websites, media reports and the few contracts that are available. The coalition is currently cross checking the records of land deals it has identified.  It is calling for increased transparency among companies and governments so that the true scale of the problem can be accurately understood.
    The Land Matrix Partnership includes the International Land Coalition, the universities of Bern and Hamburg, the French research institute CIRAD, the German agency for technical cooperation, GIZ and Oxfam.
  2. The evictions took place between 2006 and 2010. One High Court order was granted on 24 August 2009 and remained valid until 18 March 2010. The other was granted on 19 June 2009 and remained in force until 2 October 2009. Both were to restrain evictions by the company.
    The New Forests Company stated that the majority of local residents had no legal right to the land, that they had left peacefully and that the process was the sole responsibility of the Ugandan National Forestry Authority.  It told Oxfam that it had brought jobs and amenities to local communities and that its activities had been approved by the Forestry Stewardship Council and International Finance Corporation.

Useful figures:

  • The global economy, which is expected to triple in size by 2050, will demand ever more scarce natural and agricultural resources
  • Palm oil has become the world’s most consumed edible oil and can be found in up to half of all packaged food and hygiene products. Production is expected to double by 2050, increasing the land area under cultivation worldwide by 24 million hectares – six times the size of the Netherlands
  • In Guatemala, eight per cent of farmers account for 78 per cent of the land in production. Of the smallholders who control the remaining land, just eight per cent are women.

Oxfam’s GROW campaign is calling for global action to fix a broken food system where 925 million people already go hungry every day. This could get worse in the face of dwindling natural resources, like land, the gathering pace of climate change and increasing food price volatility. Find out how we can help prevent this from getting worse at www.oxfam.org/grow

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Tricia O'Rourke, tricia.orourke@oxfaminternational.org, +44 1865 339157 or +44 7876 397915

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          “Es una vida menos que duele y recuerda la negligencia y el maltrato institucional”   
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La diputada nacional del Frente Renovador y especialista en temas previsionales, Mirta Tundis habló este jueves 29/6 sobre el suicidio de un jubilado en la ANSES en Mar del Plata.

“Lo que acaba de suceder era algo previsible. Hay una persecución contra los más vulnerables. Le sacan a los que menos tienen, quitan beneficios a las personas con discapacidad y hasta dudan de los matrimonios de los pensionados por viudez. Este es un gobierno sin pensamiento ni sentimiento”, lamentó Tundis.

Asimismo, la diputada advirtió: “Lo que hizo este jubilado es muy triste, ¿Pero cuántos otros están en la misma situación de no querer depender de sus hijos? Este hombre tenía la necesidad de vivir dignamente y sustentarse con sus propios ingresos después de haber trabajado 30 o 40 años, pero este Estado negligente se lo impidió. Esto es una muestra más de la insensibilidad del gobierno con los que menos tienen”.

“La angustia, la desidia y la persecución llevan a estos desenlaces que no son una tragedia sin causa, sino la consecuencia de la violencia y el abandono que ejerce el Estado sobre las personas mayores. Es una vida menos que duele e indigna, y que recuerda que la negligencia y el maltrato institucional matan”, opinó.

Por último, Tundis afirmó: “Lamentamos profundamente la pérdida de la vida de Rodolfo Oscar Estivill. Deseo que este trágico acontecimiento funcione como un llamado de atención para cambiar las políticas que expulsan y maltratan a los que menos tienen. El Estado está para cuidar y proteger a los ciudadanos, no para abandonarlos. Espero que hoy, por fin, quienes nos gobiernan, tomen nota de ello”.

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En relación al hecho ocurrido esta mañana en las oficinas de ANSES de Mar del Plata, la diputada nacional Mirta Tundis se refirió al tema con preocupación: “Esto que sucedió es lo que venimos advirtiendo sobre el maltrato y la denigración que reciben nuestros adultos mayores. Argentina ratificó su adhesión a la Convención Interamericana de los Derechos Humanos de Personas Mayores, pero la viola sistemáticamente. Tanto ANSES como PAMI ejercen violencia institucional contra nuestros jubilados y pensionados”.
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          Trump Urges GOP To Repeal Obama Law Now, Replace Later   

President Donald Trump urged divided congressional Republicans on Friday to break their logjam over dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law by “immediately” repealing it and replacing it later, a formula that GOP leaders dismissed months ago as politically unwise. Trump’s early-morning tweet embraced a sequential approach favored by only a handful of conservatives eager to take quick action on one of the party’s foremost priorities — repealing Obamacare, something Republicans have long promised to do. But his suggestion threatened to sharpen divisions between conservatives and moderates, who are leery of stripping coverage from millions of constituents without something to substitute for it. “If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!” Trump tweeted. Supporters of that idea include Sens. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., and Rand Paul, R-Ky. House and Senate leaders long ago abandoned initial thoughts of first erasing Obama’s law, and then replacing it. Such a step-by-step approach would leave Republicans vulnerable to Democratic accusations that they were simply tossing people off coverage without helping them obtain medical care. It could also roil insurance markets by prompting insurers to flee or boost premiums because of worries over whether, when and how Congress would replace the statute. And the idea would leave unresolved the quandary stumping lawmakers today — how to replace Obama’s system of online insurance markets, tax subsidies and an expanded Medicaid with something that will get enough Republican votes to pass Congress. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declined to comment on Trump’s tweet. Underscoring the fissures within the GOP, conservative group leaders welcomed Trump’s suggestion but said it didn’t go far enough because it could open the door to a subsequent bipartisan compromise to replace Obama’s law. They accused McConnell of not wanting to go far enough and protecting GOP moderates who want to keep parts of the statute, such as insurance coverage requirements. “It’s distressing to see so many Republicans who’ve lied about their commitment to repeal. Mitch McConnell wants to amend Obamacare,” Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, said in a conference call. Mimicking a southern accent, the New Jersey-born Cuccinelli said, “Root and branch, root and branch,” repeating an expression McConnell once used about how thoroughly he wanted to repeal the Obama law. On Thursday, Senate Republicans were considering breaking a stalemate over what their replacement bill should do by preserving a tax boost Obama’s law imposed on high earners. Keeping that tax increase in place was a bid to woo party moderates and rescue their sputtering push to repeal his health care overhaul. The break from dogma by a party that has long reviled tax boosts — and most things achieved by Obama — underscores McConnell’s feverish effort to rescue the Senate legislation from the brink of possible defeat. The money from the tax boost would instead be used to bolster proposed health care subsidies for lower-income people. The change, proposed by Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., would give a more populist flavor to the bill. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says that as the legislation now is written, it would boost out-of-pocket costs for many poor consumers and produce 22 million uninsured people while cutting around $700 billion in taxes over a […]

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          Kate del Castillo demanda al Estado Mexicano   

LOS ÁNGELES. Los abogados de la actriz mexicana Kate del Castillo han radicado hoy una demanda de investigación “por la vulneración de sus Derechos Humanos” por parte del gobierno mexicano, tras su encuentro con Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán.

La protagonista de la serie Ingobernable apelará a la Comisión Interamericana de los Derechos Humanos para indicar que el fiscal general de México filtró información sobre una investigación que debería ser secreta con fines políticos, arruinando su vida pública y generando una persecución mediática.

“Me ha afectado muchísimo. Se me han quitado varios contratos, no he podido trabajar como yo quisiera. Obviamente por el escarnio público a mi persona pues la gente piensa que tal vez soy culpable por todos los cargos que se me dieron”, indicó la actriz El abogado de Kate del Castillo, Federico Mery Sanson, junto con un segundo letrado entregó a la corte dos cajas llenas de documentos para demostrar la relación entre el Gobierno de México y las filtraciones.


          El ejemplo para una crianza responsable y sin miedos   

El ejemplo de los padres influye mucho de cómo el niño se relaciona con los demás. Porque nuestros hijos nos van a imitar, no por lo que les digamos que es importante, sino más bien por lo que hacemos. Enseñarles a ser agradecidos, siendo nosotros los primeros, dando las gracias aún por las acciones más simples, los buenos días y las buenas noches, – que el niño lo oiga y lo vea – Y que los padres se respeten entre sí y respeten a los demás, incluyendo a la niñera y otros trabajadores. Porque lo cortés no quita lo valiente. Así, podremos lograr el hombre nuevo en la sociedad nueva a que aspiramos. Con un niño saludable y feliz, seguro de sí mismo, instruido en la escuela y educado en el hogar.

Al niño desde muy pequeño hay que enseñarle a ser selectivo con las personas con las que puede y con las que no debe relacionarse. Enseñarle que puede hablar con las personas que son amigas y conocidas por sus padres, y a no establecer conversación con desconocidos. No es educarle en el miedo, sino, protegerlo de la maldad existente. Hacerle consciente del derecho que tiene a defender su integridad física y emocional. Y, una manera es, enseñarle a no establecer vínculos con extraños si sus padres no están presentes.

El niño debe saber además, que no puede recibir dádivas si está solo y menos de alguien a quien no conoce, y que ningún adulto, tiene por qué pedirle ayuda. Porque eso no es lo normal, lo normal es, que el niño, si está en problemas, sea él quien pida la ayuda del adulto. Repito, esta no es la crianza del miedo, es más bien, la protección responsable del derecho del niño a ser feliz, a no ser vulnerado, y eso, él debe saberlo.

Si los padres inculcamos a nuestros hijos los valores de una formación basada en el ejemplo, una crianza responsable y sin miedos. Amor al trabajo, honestidad, agradecimiento, amor y compasión por las demás personas, por su país y su medio ambiente, estaríamos sentando las bases más solidas para un verdadero desarrollo. Porque cualquier otro “desarrollo “que no tome en cuenta estos valores, no es más que un laborantismo ineficaz para más subdesarrollo.


          Bummer: Los Federales To Target Relatives Who Bring Kids Illegally   
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          GOP health care debate turns to stark question: help the vulnerable, or help the rich?   

Republican negotiations over how to overhaul the Affordable Care Act centered sharply Thursday on a divisive and ideological question: How much money should the Senate health care bill spend on protecting vulnerable Americans, and how much on providing tax relief to the wealthy?

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          Check It, A Powerful Documentary About a Gang of Gay Black Teens Available on Louis C.K.’s Site   

Check It is a truly powerful documentary about the singular gang of gay black teens who warded off their vulnerability by becoming a protective family of their own while living on the streets of Washington, D.C. The film was directed by Toby Oppenheimer and Dana Flor with Steve Buscemi serving as executive producer. While wrapping […]

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          Las fuerzas y cuerpos de seguridad se incautaron en 2016 de artículos valorados en más de 21 millones de euros por delitos que vulneraban derechos de propiedad intelectual   

Viernes, 30 de junio de 2017 - En España

La cifra total de los objetos incautados asciende a más de 90.000 unidades, siendo el sector de la informática/electrónica/software el más afectado con el 65,63% del total de efectos intervenidos. Madrid, Andalucía, Comunidad Valenciana, Cataluña e Illes Balears son las comunidades autónomas en las que se han producido el mayor número de intervenciones policiales.


          Show do Criolo em SP arrecada quase 2 toneladas de alimentos para refugiados   
Em um show que reverenciou o samba e suas raízes, o rapper brasileiro Criolo reafirmou seu compromisso com a causa humanitária e promoveu a arrecadação de alimentos para refugiados e solicitantes de refúgio, assim como para migrantes e brasileiros em situação de vulnerabilidade que vivem em São Paulo. Antes do início do espetáculo, enquanto os fãs do músico chegavam com suas doações, o vídeo “Tendências Globais do Deslocamento Forçado em 2016”, produzido pela Agência da ONU para Refugiados (ACNUR), foi exibido em todas as telas do Citibank Hall.
          CV-Library: Care Assistant / Worker   
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          ONU lança cartilha informativa sobre proteção de pessoas LGBTI em situação de refúgio   
Pessoas em situação de refúgio devido às suas orientações sexuais e identidades de gênero enfrentam dificuldades e violência ao longo de suas vidas, tornando-as ainda mais vulneráveis tanto em seu país de origem como durante seu deslocamento em busca de segurança e proteção internacional. Cartilha lançada pela Agência da ONU para Refugiados (ACNUR) e pelo Escritório do Alto Comissariado da ONU para Direitos Humanos (ACNUDH) em quatro idiomas está disponível para download e tem como objetivo esclarecer quem são e quais as necessidades específicas de proteção das pessoas LGBTI, assim como indicar instituições no Brasil que oferecem apoio e informação.
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Антонио Сгарбосса родился в городе Фонтанавива, Италия, в июле 1945 года. Он начал рисовать в двенадцать лет, и использовать для этого масляные краски, которым сохраняет верность их до сих пор.

Заметив его талант к рисованию, родители решили отправить его в художественную мастерскую, обучаться технике живописи, где он постиг основы искусства и пристрастился к ню. В 1971 году из-за своей работы он был вынужден переехать в Невшателе, Швейцария, где со временем основал собственную студию. В 1976 состоялась его первая персональная выставка.

Сейчас его работы пользуются известностью во всем мире и опубликованы в различных художественных журналах и каталогах.




 





 





 





 




 

Antonio Sgarbossa 1945 | Italian Figurative painter

Antonio Sgarbossa 1945 | Italian Figurative painter

 

Antonio Sgarbossa 1945 | Italian Figurative painter

 

Antonio Sgarbossa 1945 | Italian Figurative painter

 


 


 


 


Antonio Sgarbossa 1945 | Italian Figurative painter

 


Antonio Sgarbossa 1945 | Italian Figurative painter

 


 


 



 

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          Dmitry_Shvarts: Antonio Sgarbossa. Figurative painter   



Antonio Sgarbossa 1945 | Italian Figurative painter

Antonio Sgarbossa 1945 | Italian Figurative painter

Antonio Sgarbossa 1945 | Italian Figurative painter

Antonio Sgarbossa 1945 | Italian Figurative painter

Antonio Sgarbossa 1945 | Italian Figurative painter

Antonio Sgarbossa 1945 | Italian Figurative painter

Antonio Sgarbossa 1945 | Italian Figurative painter

Antonio Sgarbossa 1945 | Italian Figurative painter

Antonio Sgarbossa 1945 | Italian Figurative painter

Antonio Sgarbossa 1945 | Italian Figurative painter

Antonio Sgarbossa 1945 | Italian Figurative painter

Antonio Sgarbossa 1945 | Italian Figurative painter






 
For other works by Sgarbossa see:
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          4 Hidden Dangers of Pork   
Pork is the most commonly consumed meat in the world, but may also be one of the most dangerous.

Among foods that inspire a cult-like following, pork often leads the pack, as evidenced by the 65% of Americans eager to name bacon the country’s national food.

Unfortunately, that popularity comes at a cost. Along with being the most commonly consumed meat in the world, pork may also be one of the most dangerous, carrying some important and under-discussed risks that any consumer should be aware of (1).

1. Hepatitis E

Thanks to the revival of nose-to-tail eating, offal has redeemed itself among health enthusiasts, especially liver, which is prized for its vitamin A content and massive mineral lineup.

But when it comes to pork, liver might be risky business.

In developed nations, pork liver is the top food-based transmitter of hepatitis E, a virus that infects 20 million people each year and can lead to acute illness (fever, fatigue, jaundice, vomiting, joint pain and stomach pain), enlarged liver and sometimes liver failure and death (23).

Most hepatitis E cases are stealthily symptom-free, but pregnant women can experience violent reactions to the virus, including fulminant hepatitis (rapid-onset liver failure) and a high risk of both maternal and fetal mortality (4). In fact, mothers who get infected during their third trimester face a death rate of up to 25% (5).

In rare cases, hepatitis E infection can lead to myocarditis (an inflammatory heart disease), acute pancreatitis (painful inflammation of the pancreas), neurological problems (including Guillain-Barré syndrome and neuralgic amyotrophy), blood disorders and musculoskeletal problems, such as elevated creatine phosphokinase, indicating muscle damage, and multi-joint pain (in the form of polyarthralgia) (678).

People with compromised immune systems, including organ transplant recipients on immunosuppressive therapy and people with HIV, are more likely to suffer from these severe hepatitis E complications (9).

So, just how alarming are pork’s contamination stats? In America, about 1 out of every 10 store-bought pig livers tests positive for hepatitis E, which is slightly higher than the 1 in 15 rate in the Netherlands and 1 in 20 rate in the Czech Republic (1011). One study in Germany found that about 1 in 5 pork sausages were contaminated (12).

France’s traditional figatellu, a pig liver sausage that’s often consumed raw, is a confirmed hepatitis E carrier (13). In fact, in regions of France where raw or rare pork is a common delicacy, over half the local population shows evidence of hepatitis E infection (14).

Japan, too, is facing rising hepatitis E concerns as pork gains popularity (15). And in the UK? Hepatitis E shows up in pork sausages, in pork liver and at pork slaughterhouses, indicating the potential for widespread exposure among pork consumers (16).

It might be tempting to blame the hepatitis E epidemic on commercial farming practices, but in the case of the pig, wilder doesn’t mean safer. Hunted boars, too, are frequent hepatitis E carriers, capable of passing on the virus to game-eating humans (1718).

Apart from total pork abstinence, the best way to slash hepatitis E risk is in the kitchen. This stubborn virus can survive the temperatures of rare-cooked meat, making high heat the best weapon against infection (19). For virus deactivation, cooking pork products for at least 20 minutes to an internal temperature of 71°C (160°F) seems to do the trick (20).

However, fat can protect hepatitis viruses from heat destruction, so fattier cuts of pork might need extra time or toastier temperatures (21).

Summary: Pork products, particularly liver, frequently carry hepatitis E, which can cause severe complications and even death in vulnerable populations. Thorough cooking is necessary to deactivate the virus.

2. Multiple Sclerosis

One of the most surprising risks associated with pork — one that’s received remarkably little airtime — is multiple sclerosis (MS), a devastating autoimmune condition involving the central nervous system.

The robust link between pork and MS has been known at least since the 1980s, when researchers analyzed the relationship between per capita pork consumption and MS across dozens of countries (22).

While pork-averse nations like Israel and India were nearly spared from MS’s degenerative grips, more liberal consumers, such as West Germany and Denmark, faced sky-high rates.

In fact, when all countries were considered, pork intake and MS showed a whopping correlation of 0.87 (p<0.001), which is much higher and more significant than the relationship between MS and fat intake (0.63, p<0.01), MS and total meat intake (0.61, p<0.01) and MS and beef consumption (no significant relationship).

For perspective, a similar study of diabetes and per capita sugar intake found a correlation of just under 0.60 (p<0.001) when analyzing 165 countries (23).

As with all epidemiological findings, the correlation between pork consumption and MS can’t prove that one causes the other (or even that, within MS-stricken countries, the most enthusiastic pork consumers were the most diseased). But as it turns out, the evidence vault goes much deeper.

Earlier, a study of inhabitants of the Orkney and Shetland Islands of Scotland, a region teeming with unusual delicacies, including seabird eggs, raw milk and undercooked meat, found only one dietary association with MS — consumption of “potted head,” a dish made from boiled pig’s brain (24).

Among Shetland residents, a significantly higher proportion of MS patients had consumed potted head in their youth, compared to healthy, age and sex-matched controls (25).

This is particularly relevant because — per other research — MS that strikes in adulthood might stem from environmental exposures during adolescence (26).

The potential for pig brain to trigger nerve-related autoimmunity isn’t just an observational hunch, either. Between 2007 and 2009, a cluster of 24 pork plant workers mysteriously fell ill with progressive inflammatory neuropathy, which is characterized by MS-like symptoms such as fatigue, numbness, tingling and pain (2728).

The source of the outbreak? So-called “pig brain mist” — tiny particles of brain tissue blasted into the air during carcass processing (29).

When workers inhaled these tissue particles, their immune systems, per standard protocol, formed antibodies against the foreign porcine antigens.

But those antigens happened to bear an uncanny resemblance to certain neural proteins in humans. And the result was a biological calamity: confused about who to fight, the workers’ immune systems launched a guns-blazing attack on their own nerve tissue (3031).

Although the resulting autoimmunity wasn’t identical to multiple sclerosis, that same process of molecular mimicry, where foreign antigens and self-antigens are similar enough to trigger an autoimmune response, has been implicated in the pathogenesis of MS (3233).

Of course, unlike pig brain mist, hot dogs and ham aren’t literally inhaled (teenage boys notwithstanding). Could pork still transmit problematic substances through ingestion?

The answer is a speculative yes. For one, certain bacteria, particularly Acinetobacter, are involved in molecular mimicry with myelin, the nerve-sheathing substance that becomes damaged in MS (3435).

Although the role of pigs as Acinetobacter carriers hasn’t been exhaustively studied, the bacteria has been found in pig feces, on pig farms and in bacon, pork salami and ham, where it serves as a spoilage organism (36373839). If pork acts as a vehicle for Acinetobacter transmission (or in any way increases the risk of human infection), a link with MS would make sense.

Two, pigs may be silent and under-studied carriers of prions, misfolded proteins that drive neurodegenerative disorders like Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (the human version of mad cow) and Kuru (found among cannibal societies) (40).

Some researchers suggest MS itself could be a prion disease, one that targets oligodendrocytes, the cells that produce myelin (41). And since prions — and their associated diseases— are transmitted by consuming infected nerve tissue, it’s possible that prion-harboring pork products could be one link in the MS chain (42).

Summary: A causative role of pork in MS is far from a closed case, but the unusually strong epidemiological patterns, biological plausibility and documented experiences make further research imperative.

3. Liver Cancer and Cirrhosis

Liver problems tend to trail closely on the heels of some predictable risk factors, namely hepatitis B and C infection, exposure to aflatoxin (a carcinogen produced by mold) and excessive alcohol intake (434445).

But buried in the scientific literature is another potential scourge of liver health — pork.

For decades, pork consumption has faithfully echoed liver cancer and cirrhosis rates around the world. In multi-country analyses, the correlation between pork and cirrhosis mortality clocked in at 0.40 (p<0.05) using 1965 data, 0.89 (p<0.01) using mid-1970s data, 0.68 (p=0.003) using 1996 data and 0.83 (p=0.000) using 2003 data (4647).

In those same analyses, among the 10 Canadian provinces, pork bore a correlation of 0.60 (p<0.01) with death from liver cirrhosis, while alcohol, perhaps due to an overall low intake, showed no significant link.

And in statistical models incorporating known perils for the liver (alcohol consumption, hepatitis B infection and hepatitis C infection), pork remained independently associated with liver disease, suggesting the association isn’t just due to pork piggybacking, as the case may be, on a different causative agent (48).

Beef, by contrast, remained liver-neutral or protective in these studies.

Liver cancer, too, tends to follow in the hoof steps of the pig. A 1985 analysis showed that pork intake correlated with hepatocellular carcinoma deaths as strongly as alcohol did (0.40, p<0.05 for both) (49). (Considering liver cirrhosis is often a prelude to cancer, this connection shouldn’t be surprising (50).)

So, what’s behind these eerie associations?

At first glance, the most likely explanations don’t pan out. Although pork-transmitted hepatitis E can lead to liver cirrhosis, this happens almost exclusively in immunosuppressed people, a subset of the population that’s too small to account for the global correlation (51).

Relative to other meat, pork tends to be high in omega-6 fatty acids, including linoleic acid and arachidonic acid, which may play a role in liver disease (525354). But vegetable oils, whose polyunsaturated fatty acid content blows pork out of the water, don’t dance the same liver disease tango that pork does, calling into question whether fat is really to blame (5556).

Heterocyclic amines, a class of carcinogens formed by cooking meat (including pork) at high temperatures, contribute to liver cancer in a variety of animals (57). But these compounds are also readily formed in beef, according to the same studies that indicated pork has no positive relationship with liver disease (5859).

With all that in mind, it’d be easy to dismiss the pork-liver disease link as an epidemiological fluke. However, some plausible mechanisms do exist.

The most likely contender involves nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic compounds created when nitrites and nitrates react with certain amines (from protein), particularly in high heat (60). These compounds have been linked to damage and cancer in a variety of organs, including the liver (61).

One of the biggest dietary sources of nitrosamines is processed pork, which, along with being a frequent visitor to the frying pan, typically contains nitrites and nitrates as curing agents. (Vegetables are also rich in naturally occurring nitrates, but their antioxidant content and dearth of protein help thwart the process of N-nitrosation, preventing them from becoming cancer-causing agents (62).)

Significant levels of nitrosamines have been found in pork liver pâté, bacon, sausage, ham and other cured meats (636465). The fatty portion of pork products, in particular, tends to accumulate much higher levels of nitrosamines than the lean bits, making bacon a particularly abundant source (66).

The presence of fat can also turn vitamin C into a nitrosamine promoter instead of a nitrosamine inhibitor, so pairing pork with veggies might not confer much protection (67).

Although much of the nitrosamine-liver cancer research has focused on rodents, where certain nitrosamines produce liver injury with remarkable ease, the effect appears in humans as well (6869). In fact, some researchers suggest humans may be even more sensitive to nitrosamines than mice and rats (70).

In Thailand, for instance, nitrosamines have been strongly linked to liver cancer in areas where other risk factors are low (71). A 2010 analysis of the NIH-AARP cohort found red meat (including pork), processed meat (including processed pork), nitrates and nitrites to be positively associated with chronic liver disease. Rubber workers, occupationally exposed to nitrosamines, have faced extremely high rates of non-alcohol-related liver disease and cancer (72).

Do nitrosamines prove a chain of causation between pork, liver-harming compounds and liver disease? The evidence is currently too patchy to make that claim, but the risk is plausible enough to justify limiting nitrosamine-containing (or nitrosamine-producing) pork products, including bacon, ham, hot dogs and sausages made with sodium nitrite or potassium nitrate.

Summary: Strong epidemiological links exist between pork consumption and liver disease. If these links reflect cause and effect, one culprit might be N-nitroso compounds, which are found abundantly in processed pork products cooked at high temperatures.

4. Yersinia

For years, pork’s precautionary motto was “well-done or bust,” a consequence of fears about trichinosis, a type of roundworm infection that ravaged pork consumers throughout much of the 20th century (73).

Thanks to changes in feeding practices, farm hygiene and quality control, pig-borne trichinosis has dropped off the radar, inviting pink pork back onto the menu.

But pork’s relaxed heat rules may have opened the doors for a different type of infection — yersiniosis, which is caused by Yersinia bacteria. In the US alone, Yersiniacauses 35 deaths and almost 117,000 cases of food poisoning each year (74). Its chief entry route for humans? Undercooked pork.

Yersiniosis’s acute symptoms are rough enough — fever, pain, bloody diarrhea — but its long-term consequences are what should really ring alarm bells. Victims of Yersiniapoisoning face a 47-times higher risk of reactive arthritis, a type of inflammatory joint disease triggered by infection (75).

Even children become post-Yersinia arthritis targets, sometimes requiring chemical synovectomy (the injection of osmic acid into a troubled joint) to relieve persistent pain (7677).

And in the less-common instances where Yersinia doesn’t bring the typical feverish, diarrheic unpleasantries? Reactive arthritis can develop even when the original infection was asymptomatic, leaving some victims unaware that their arthritis is a consequence of food-borne illness (78).

Although reactive arthritis usually subsides on its own over time, Yersinia victims remain at higher risk of chronic joint problems, including ankylosing spondylitis, sacroiliitis, tenosynovitis and rheumatoid arthritis, for years on end (798081).

Some evidence suggests that Yersinia can lead to neurological complications (82). Infected individuals with iron overload may be at higher risk of multiple liver abscesses, potentially leading to death (838485). And among people who are genetically susceptible, anterior uveitis, inflammation of the eye’s iris, is also more likely following a bout of Yersinia (8687).

Lastly, via molecular mimicry, Yersinia infection could also raise the risk of Graves’ disease, an autoimmune condition characterized by excessive thyroid hormone production (8889).

The solution? Bring on the heat. The majority of pork products (69% of tested samples, according to a Consumer Reports analysis) are contaminated with Yersiniabacteria, and the only way to safeguard against infection is through proper cooking. An internal temperature of at least 145°F for whole pork and 160°F for ground pork is necessary to decimate any lingering pathogen.

Summary: Undercooked pork can transmit Yersinia bacteria, causing short-term illness and raising the risk of reactive arthritis, chronic joint conditions, Graves’ disease and other complications.

In Conclusion

So, should health-savvy omnivores scrap pork from the menu?

The jury’s still out. For two of pork’s problems — hepatitis E and Yersinia — aggressive cooking and safe handling are enough to minimize the risk. And due to a shortage of controlled, pork-centric research capable of establishing causation, pork’s other red flags spring from epidemiology — a field rife with confounders and unjustified confidence.

Worse, many diet-and-disease studies lump pork together with other types of red meat, diluting whatever associations might exist with pork alone.

These issues make it hard to isolate the health effects of pig-derived products and determine the safety of their consumption.

That being said, caution is probably warranted. The sheer magnitude, consistency and mechanistic plausibility of pork’s connection with several serious diseases make the chances of a true risk more likely.

Until further research is available, you might want to think twice about going hog-wild on pork.

This article was originally published by Authority Nutrition.

 

 

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Today let’s talk about how All Ears English got started, what we do to publish each episode, and what it means for you if you want to put your creative vision out into the world!

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The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest people with the smallest minds...

Think big anyway.

People favour underdogs but follow only top dogs...

Fight for some underdogs anyway.

What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight...

Build anyway.

Give the world the best you've got and you'll get kicked in the teeth...

Give the world the best you've got anyway.

Regards
Trevor Nel - 011 - 705-2790 - www.innercircleforum.com
trevor@innercircleforum.com
          90 seconds: 4 stories you can't miss   

At LAX, immigrant-rights attorneys are unsure of how the Trump administration's travel ban will impact travelers. Southern California is especially vulnerable to wildfires this year after the wettest winter in years. 20 acres burned near Topanga Canyon Boulevard and a fire swelled to 40 acres in...


          Justice for state abuse survivors: 6 July 2017   
Justice for state abuse survivors: 6 July 2017 New Zealanders who were abused as children and vulnerable adults while in state care are calling on other survivors and supporters to join them at parliament on Thursday 6 July as they present an open ...
          EDUARDO BONVALLET (1955-2015)   

A mediados de los ’90, un ex seleccionado nacional de fútbol que debió retirarse a los 27 por exceso de infiltraciones, arremetió en la radio y la televisión chilenas con singular estilo. Blandiendo un micrófono, a ratos justiciero y otras veces simplemente cruento, pero casi siempre preñado de risas, rompió el obtuso paradigma de que Chile nunca sería campeón del mundo. No exagero: en decenas de ocasiones les oí decir a los comentaristas de entonces que “la selección juega muy bien de chico a grande”, por ejemplo en el partido donde La Roja fue a Londres a defender con 11 y empató a cero goles con Inglaterra gracias a que el portero (el llamado ‘Cóndor’ Rojas) atajó hasta los gritos de los hinchas británicos, y aquello fue tomado como un triunfo.

Pero Bonvallet se opuso siempre a ese modelo porque, como todos los grandes, no había venido a esta vida a empatar. Asumió un personaje agresivo, impecable, de voz imponente y autoritaria, y con muchos de esos rasgos filofascistas que muchos líderes debieran ponderar (ante todo la seguridad absoluta, cierto autoritarismo ya explícito o encubierto, y esa capacidad del polemista de pies ligeros que –como dice Juan Villoro de Bolaño– cambia de parecer sin permitir a los otros el hacerlo); aunque también otros que resultan polémicos y hasta detestables (cierta xenofobia, racismo y una facilidad imbécil para rotear a todo aquel sujeto de menos recursos económicos o espirituales). Había también en él esa obsesión desagradable de medir el éxito de un ser por el grado de conocimiento que de éste se tenga, y que es inherente a la aristocracia bastarda de la televisión. En esa línea y no en otra está la entrevista que se fabricó con Pinochet.

Pero era un comunicador brillante y su megalomanía –hija de una autoestima inestable y de un ego hipertrofiado y sordo– era al menos creativa, casi como parte de un programa, o de un símbolo; leerlo de manera racional resulta absurdo. Recuerdo que en el verano del ’97 vimos en la casa de Rafael Lanyon el partido donde Chile perdió 2 a 1 en Lima, con Perú, por las clasificatorias a Francia 98. Estábamos tan disgustados que cambiamos de canal para ver a Bonvallet: “¿Qué irá a decir este viejo culeado?”, dijimos, pero nuestra atracción era genuina. A veces daba la impresión que lucraba con las derrotas del fútbol chileno, que detestaba a la izquierda o que era de una ignorancia extrema que disimulaba con el ruido. Pero todos aquellos rasgos eran parte de un personaje que siempre tuvo rasgos entrañables, acaso por su extrema vulnerabilidad.

Fue el primero en jugársela en el fútbol por una postura nacionalista que, aunque algo pueril, incluía el respeto hacia el himno y la bandera. Y fue el primero, al menos en Chile, en comentar, con una pizarra con fichas que representaba a los 22 jugadores del campo y sus estrategias, los partidos de la selección. En esto último era tan asertivo y jocoso que, cuando aceptó el desafío de “probarle a todos que puedo ser el mejor técnico del mundo”, empezó su ocaso como hombre de fútbol. Fue el año 2007, en Deportes Temuco, escuadra a la que debía salvar de caer a la Tercera División. Al principio ganó muchos puntos y se hizo buena fama, pero a renglón seguido se agenció muchos enemigos, entre la prensa, los socios influyentes e inclusive al interior del plantel (llegó hasta a denostar a un jugador por ser de raza negra). Le hicieron –o él mismo se hizo, lo que para el caso da igual– la vida imposible y debió retirarse, enfermo y con la certeza del fracaso: el sabelotodo en cuestiones del fútbol, el infalible gurú (apodo patético que asumió en el último tiempo) era al final pura boca, se dijo. Fue un golpe durísimo.

Posteriormente, su estilo fue imitado y dejó de ser único. La masificación de las redes sociales, de la opinología y el advenimiento de la cultura del insulto y el descrédito entre los chilenos, que hizo casi ridícula la institución de la querella por injurias (Bonvallet recibió decenas de ellas y desenmascaró a varios delincuentes del deporte), lo fueron invisibilizando. Conservó su estilo hasta el final, pero se le veía menos como un líder o un sabio que como un sujeto pintoresco, una suerte de humorista. Y es este último rasgo en el que quiero detenerme. La agresividad de este sujeto era creativa y refrescante; no te dejaba ese regusto de amargura que te puede dejar una Patricia Maldonado o un Fernando Villegas: ellos nunca o casi nunca dieron, además, puntada sin hilo, y eso los hace un tanto abyectos.

Un cáncer furioso, que pudo derrotar casi del todo, lo dejó malherido y con dolores atroces en el rostro. Y una depresión sin duda coadyuvada por su ambición desordenada y algunas derrotas familiares, lo llevaron a quitarse la vida el 18 de septiembre de este año 2015. Fecha que quizá no fue casual. Ha muerto una suerte de guerrero ‘que reinventó el nacionalismo en democracia’ (es un decir) y que nos hizo más competitivos, también como país. Veremos cómo salimos librados de aquello. Yo por mi parte al menos, me declaro optimista.

          UK consumers suffer longest decline in spending power since 1970s   

LONDON (Reuters) - British consumers have suffered the longest decline in their spending power since the 1970s, official data showed on Friday, although there was a sign that the economy may have recently gathered a bit of momentum.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics painted a bleak picture for consumers who are facing the double hit of rising inflation - caused in large part by the fall in the pound since the Brexit vote - and slowing wage growth.

Household disposable income, adjusted for inflation, fell for the third quarter in a row, the ONS said, putting some of the blame on the timing of tax payments.

That was the worst run since the 1970s and took the household savings ratio down to an all-time low of 1.7 percent.

The Bank of England is watching for signs of a pickup in the economy after the weak start to the year as it plans when to raise interest rates for the first time in a decade.

The ONS confirmed that the economy grew by just 0.2 percent in the January-March period compared with the previous three months, slowing sharply from the fourth quarter of 2016 when it grew by a quarterly 0.7 percent.

The sudden slowdown meant Britain went from being one of the fastest-growing economies among the Group of Seven rich nations to its weakest performer in the first quarter.

The BoE expects growth to increase speed to 0.4 percent in the second quarter - despite the inconclusive outcome of this month's national election - and has said it might start to raise interest rates if it sees stronger exports and investment in the coming months.

The ONS said Britain's giant services sector grew by a monthly 0.2 percent in April, slightly slower than in March. But growth was up 0.2 percent in the three months to April, faster than 0.1 percent in the first three months of the year.

Alan Clarke, an economist with Scotiabank, said earlier on Friday that monthly growth of 0.2 percent for the services industry in April would be consistent with the BoE's forecast for overall economic growth to pick up in the second quarter to 0.4 percent.

ONS said business investment grew by a quarterly 0.6 percent in the first three months of 2017, unchanged from its previous estimate and only partially offsetting a fall in the fourth quarter.

It also said Britain's current account deficit widened to 16.9 billion pounds in the January-March period, equivalent to 3.4 percent of gross domestic product, up from 2.4 percent in the fourth quarter.

The increase in the shortfall was driven mostly by a weak performance in Britain's trade balance in early 2017 although it was slightly smaller than a median forecast of 17.3 billion pounds in a Reuters poll of economists.

BoE Governor Mark Carney has said the current account deficit represents one of the vulnerabilities of Britain's economy, leaving it dependent "on the kindness of strangers" to keep funding its shortfall.

Breaking down the overall growth of the economy in early 2017, the ONS said household spending grew more slowly than in late 2016, up 0.4 percent compared with 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter.

Real household disposable income fell by 1.4 percent in quarterly terms, the third fall in a row and the biggest drop since the first quarter of 2013.

((Reporting by William Schomberg and Andy Bruce; uk.economics@reuters.com; +44 20 7542 5109))


          Student Wellness Coach - Fort Vermilion School District - Rainbow Lake, AB   
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          Denuncia violación de Derechos Humanos   

La actriz Kate del Castillo llegó ayer por la mañana a las oficinas de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) en Washington D.C., Estados Unidos, para presentar una demanda de investigación por la "vulneración de sus derechos humanos" por parte del gobierno de México tras su encuentro con el capo mexicano Joaquín Guzmán Loera, "El Chapo".

Afuera de las oficinas de la CIDH en Washington, el abogado de la actriz señaló que "el estado mexicano ha violado constantemente los derechos de Kate desde que fue a ver al 'Chapo' Guzmán".

Según TMZ, la actriz mexicana considera que el procurador general de su país no hizo un buen trabajo durante el caso de la entrevista que Sean Penn llevó a cabo a Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán , y en la que la protagonista de Ingobernable habría mediado.

Señaló que "la conclusión de todos los juicios que hemos venido llevando tienen que acabar aquí porque el gobierno mexicano legitimizó un acto ilegal. Entonces, como no se tuvo justicia en México, venimos no ha buscar justicia aquí en la CIDH, sino a restablecer un criterio en derechos humanos".

Kate aseguró que no cree que estas acciones sean represalia de alguien específico del gobierno o de la administración. "No tengo el fundamento para decir algo así, pero si ha sido un ataque, un linchamiento a mi persona no sé de quién específicamente, pero del gobierno en general desde luego", señaló.

La histrión mexicana aseguró que todo el caso "ha afectado muchísimo mi carrera. Tengo un año y medio en que, a partir de lo que sucedió, se me han quitado varios contratos. No he podido trabajar como yo quisiera, obviamente por el escarnio público a mi persona".

"La gente a veces piensa que soy culpable de todos los cargos que se me dieron, muchas veces cree lo que dicen los medios porque fueron filtradas todas esas informaciones a las televisoras y los medios", apuntó, pero dijo que no acusa a las televisoras, sino "al gobierno que filtró la información".

"Sólo mis abogados me pueden ayudar y me toca a mí restablecer mi nombre", dijo la actriz para luego ingresar a las oficinas de la CIDH.

Los antecedentes del caso de Kate

El nombre de la actriz salió a relucir el 9 de enero pasado cuando la revista Rolling Stone publicó el relato que el actor estadounidense Sean Penn escribió del encuentro que sostuvo con "El Chapo" Guzmán en octubre de 2015 en el noroeste de México.

Según Penn, el encuentro fue propiciado por la actriz, a quien el narcotraficante había pedido que se encargara de llevar a cabo su película biográfica.

Desde entonces, la prensa mexicana ha publicado una serie de mensajes de texto intercambiados por teléfono celular entre Del Castillo, Guzmán y Andrés Granados, uno de los abogados del capo, e interceptados por los servicios de inteligencia del país.

Según el Gobierno, esos contactos contribuyeron a dar con el paradero del "Chapo", capturado el pasado 8 de enero y recluido en la misma prisión de máxima seguridad de la que se escapó en julio de 2015 a través de un túnel de 1.5 kilómetros.


          Do Neonics Hurt Bees? Researchers and the Media Say Yes. The Data Do Not.    

This story is being co-published with the Genetic Literacy Project.

On Thursday, Science published a large-scale study on the relationship between bees and a pesticide, neonicotinoids. It got quite a bit of pickup in the press—Nature touted that the “Largest-Ever Study of Controversial Pesticides Finds Harm to Bees,” while the BBC explained that a “Large-Scale Study ‘Shows Neonic Pesticides Harm Bees.’ ” The Scientist said the same, with “Field Studies Confirm Neonicotinoids’ Harm to Bees,” and PBS followed suit with “Neonicotinoid Pesticides Are Slowly Killing Bees.”

These headlines seem to reflect a line included in the abstract of the study itself: “These findings point to neonicotinoids causing a reduced capacity of bee species to establish new populations in the year following exposure.”

Sure sounds like a bummer for the bees. One problem: The data in the paper (and hundreds of pages of supporting data not included but available in background form to reporters) do not support that bold conclusion. No, there is no consensus evidence that neonics are “slowly killing bees.” No, this study did not add to the evidence that neonics are driving bee health problems.

Unfortunately, and predictably, the overheated mainstream news headlines also generated a slew of even more exaggerated stories on activist and quack websites where undermining agricultural chemicals is a top priority (e.g., Greenpeace, End Times Headlines, and Friends of the Earth). The takeaway: The “beepocalypse” is accelerating. A few news outlets, such as Reuters (“Field Studies Fuel Dispute Over Whether Banned Pesticides Harm Bees”) and the Washington Post (“Controversial Pesticides May Threaten Queen Bees. Alternatives Could Be Worse.”), got the contradictory findings of the study and the headline right.

But based on the study’s data, the headline could just as easily have read: “Landmark Study Shows Neonic Pesticides Improve Bee Health”—and it would have been equally correct. So how did so many people get this so wrong?

This much-anticipated two year, $3.6 million study is particularly interesting because it was primarily funded by two major producers of neonicotinoids, Bayer Crop Science and Syngenta. They had no involvement with the analysis of the data. The three-country study was led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, or CEH, in the U.K.—a group known for its skepticism of pesticides in general and neonics in particular.

The raw data—more than 1,000 pages of it (only a tiny fraction is reproduced in the study)—are solid. It’s a reservoir of important information for entomologists and ecologists trying to figure out the challenges facing bees. It’s particularly important because to date, the problem with much of the research on neonicotinoids has been the wide gulf between the findings from laboratory-based studies and field studies.

Some, but not all, results from lab research have claimed neonics cause health problems in honeybees and wild bees, endangering the world food supply. This has been widely and often breathlessly echoed in the popular media—remember the execrably reported Time cover story on “A World Without Bees.” But the doses and time of exposure have varied dramatically from lab study to lab study, so many entomologists remain skeptical of these sweeping conclusions. Field studies have consistently shown a different result—in the field, neonics seem to pose little or no harm. The overwhelming threat to bee health, entomologists now agree, is a combination of factors led by the deadly Varroa destructor mite, the miticides used to control them, and bee practices. Relative to these factors, neonics are seen as relatively inconsequential.

I’ve addressed this disparity between field and lab research in a series of articles at the Genetic Literacy Project, and specifically summarized two dozen key field studies, many of which were independently funded and executed. This study was designed in part to bridge that gulf. And the devil is in the interpretation.

According to the lead researcher Richard Pywell of the CEH:

We’ve shown for the first time negative effects of neonicotinoid-coated seed dressings on honeybees and we’ve also shown similar negative effects on wild bees. … Our findings are a cause for serious concern.

I agree that there might be cause for serious concern if the studies had shown convincing evidence of negative effects. But a review of the data—by the GLP and independent scientists—concludes differently. The European study focused on three types of bees placed in fields across three countries—Germany, Hungary, and the U.K. As Jenna Gallegos noted in her particularly nuanced analysis in the Washington Post:

[T]he results were not as clear-cut as experts had hoped. … The differences between bees in treated or untreated fields were largely insignificant, and many of the bees in both groups died before they could be counted.

Overall, the data collected from 33 different fields covered 42 analyses and 258 endpoints—a staggering number. The paper only presented a sliver of that data—a selective glimpse of what the research, in its entirety showed.

What patterns emerged when examining the entire data set? Here is a chart assembled from data supplied to the research funders by the CEH (but not released in the published study) with the findings summarized (light green indicates “no impact,” red points to “negative impact,” and dark green suggests neonics had a positive impact).

In sum, of 258 endpoints, 238—92 percent—showed no effects. (Four endpoints didn’t yield data.) Only 16 showed effects. Negative effects showed up 9 times—3.5 percent of all outcomes; 7 showed a benefit from using neonics—2.7 percent.

As one scientist pointed out, in statistics there is a widely accepted standard that random results are generated about 5 percent of the time—which means by chance alone we would expect 13 results meaninglessly showing up positive or negative.

Norman Carreck, science director of the International Bee Research Association, who was not part of either study, noted, the small number of significant effects “makes it difficult to draw any reliable conclusions.”

When pressed, even Pywell acknowledged the conflicting data.

The data were rife with other contradictions. Worker bees and drones in Britain struggled to survive the winter, but the same variety of wild bees increased in Germany. Egg production also increased in Germany but fell in Hungary.

The health problems seemed to have little to do with pesticides. A fungal infection ran roughshod over Hungary’s bees. In Britain, they were decimated by the deadly and unrelenting Varroa destructor mite—even the controls suffered losses 400 percent greater than the national average. These catastrophic loss numbers suggest the field experiments may have been poorly constructed—raising doubts about the standard of research for the entire research project.

The broader context of the bee health controversy is also important to understand; bees are not in sharp decline—not in North America nor in Europe, where neonics are under a temporary ban that shows signs of becoming permanent, nor worldwide. Earlier this week, Canada reported that its honeybee colonies grew 10 percent year over year and now stand at about 800,000. That’s a new record, and the growth tracks the increased use of neonics, which are critical to canola crops in Western Canada, where 80 percent of the nation’s honey originates.

Managed beehives in the U.S. had been in steady decline since the 1940s, as farm land disappeared to urbanization, but began stabilizing in the mid-1990s, coinciding with the introduction of neonicotinoids. They hit a 22-year high in the last count.

Global hive numbers have steadily increased since the 1960s except for two brief periods—the emergency of the Varroa mite in the late 1980s and the brief outbreak of colony collapse disorder, mostly in the U.S., in the mid-2000s.

So the bees, contrary to widespread popular belief, are actually doing all right in terms of numbers, although the Varroa mite remains a dangerous challenge. But still, a cadre of scientists well known for their vocal opposition to and lobbying against neonics have already begun trying to leverage the misinterpretation of the data. “In the light of this new study, continuing to claim that use of neonicotinoids in farming does not harm bees is no longer a tenable position,” David Goulson, a University of Sussex bee biologist, known in anti-neonic circles as a scientist-for-hire, told the U.K.’s Science Media Centre.

But other, less ideologically invested scientists were far more circumspect. “We learn again: It’s complicated,” said biologist Tjeerd Blacquière of Wageningen University in the Netherlands. The mixed findings are likely to intensify ongoing debates about restricting or banning the compounds, with both sides claiming vindication.

The study, while problematic and contradictory in its results, is not without value. It has underscored that it’s possible or even likely that exposure to miticides or insecticides—including neonics, which like all insecticides are designed to target insects—increases the vulnerability of bees to disease and other threats. But that could be said about any chemical, including organic treatments. In Europe, where neonics have been banned since 2013 (based almost entirely on disputed lab studies), farmers have turned to alternatives that are far more toxic to both bees and humans, such as Lorsban and pyrethrins. Canola production is down, and bee health has shown no appreciable change. Farmers are in open revolt, and bees are arguably the worse for it.

Within hours of the release of the study, advocacy groups opposed to intensive agricultural techniques had already begun weaponizing the misreported headlines.

“It shows that industry claims that neonicotinoids do not harm bees at field-relevant concentrations are baseless,” said a Greenpeace senior scientist, a marine biologist with no background in entomology.

“Pressure mounts for a complete ban on neonicotinoid pesticides as landmark study confirms these chemicals are harming bees,” wrote Friends of the Earth.

But viewing the date from the European study in context makes it even more obvious that sweeping statements about the continuing beepocalypse and the deadly dangers to bees from pesticides, and neonicotinoids in particular, are irresponsible. That’s on both the scientists, and the media.


          (USA-OR-Salem) Physical Therapist - Home Health   
**Description:** **Providence is calling a Physical Therapist to Providence Salem Home Services in Salem, OR.** **In this position, you will:** + Manage and provide skilled physical therapy to patients/clients with a wide variety of diagnoses and disabilities, taking into account individual patient's special physical or age-related needs. + Have skills in patient/client evaluation and treatment, as well as professional consultations to achieve maximum patient/client independence in accordance with individual's functional level and potential. **Qualifications:** **Required qualifications for this position include:** + Bachelors or Masters degree in Physical Therapy from an accredited institution + Physical Therapy licensure through the State of Oregon + Current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Provider Certification or ability to obtain in 60 days + Renewal of BLS card every 2 years + Driving record consistent with Safe Driving Policy 330 Incident Point Matrix at time of hire + In compliance with company policy and state regulations, a Department of Human Services (DHS) criminal background check is required for this position + In-depth and up-to-date knowledge of physical therapy, theory and practice and the legal and ethical issues associated with them + Ability to travel in an efficient manner between sites as assigned and have reliable transportation + 1 year of clinical experience in a healthcare setting **Preferred qualifications for this position include:** + 1 year of clinical experience in home health or active enrollment in the Providence Benedictine postgraduate preceptor program **About Providence in Oregon** As the largest healthcare system and largest private employer in Oregon, Providence offers exceptional work environments and unparalleled career opportunities. The Providence Experience begins each time our patients or their families have an encounter with a Providence team member and continues throughout their visit or stay. Whether you provide direct or indirect patient care, we want our patients to feel that they are in a welcoming place where they can be comfortable and free from anxiety. Our employees create the Providence Experience through simple, caring behaviors such as **acknowledging** and **welcoming** each visitor, **introducing** ourselves and Providence, **addressing** people by name, **providing** the duration of estimated wait times and **updating** frequently if timelines change, **explaining** situations in a way that puts patients at ease, carefully **listening** to their concerns, and always **thanking** people for trusting Providence for their healthcare needs. At Providence, our quality vision is simple, "Providence will provide the best care and service to every person, every time." Providence is consistently ranked among the top 100 companies to work for in Oregon. It is also home to two of our award-winning Magnet medical centers. Providence hospitals and clinics are located in numerous areas, ranging from the Columbia Gorge to the wine country to sunny southern Oregon to charming coastal communities to the urban setting of Portland. If you want a vibrant lifestyle while working with a team highly committed to the art of healing, choose from our many options in Oregon. **We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details** http://www.providenceiscalling.jobs/rewards-benefits/ **Our Mission** As people of Providence, we reveal God's love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service. **About Us** Providence Health & Services is the third largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. Providence employs more than 82,000 caregivers (employees) across a five-state area; AK, WA, MT, OR, and CA. Our facilities include 34 hospitals, 600 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and other health and educational services. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. **Schedule:** Full-time **Shift:** Day **Job Category:** Physical Therapy **Location:** Oregon-Salem **Req ID:** 158734
          (USA-OR-Portland) Staffing Coordinator - Home Health Intake   
**Description:** **Providence is calling a Home Health Staffing Coordinator to Providence Home Services in Portland, OR.** **This position is full-time with benefits available.** **In this position, you will:** + Be accountable for the efficient coordination of the Home Health clinical staff schedules. + Provide a scope of work that includes triaging incoming calls to the Home Health queue, scheduling visits in an electronic scheduling system, and ensuring staff assignments maximize continuity of care and clinical productivity. + Be responsible for notifying clinical staff of daily schedules. + Facilitate the sharing of clinical staff among Portland Service Area Home Health agencies. + Confirm upcoming admission visits with patients, and provide Central Intake and the clinical supervisors/managers with staffing information. **Qualifications:** **Required qualifications for this position include:** + High school diploma or equivalent + Educational course work in medical terminology **-or-** equivalent knowledge acquired through on-the-job experience + 1-2 years of recent experience as a scheduler, Home Health Aide, unit secretary, or related experience in a clinical setting + Demonstrated outstanding customer service experience + Proficiency in the use of personal computer and multiple business software applications + In compliance with the Providence Health & Services - Oregon (OR) Human Resources policy #302 “Background Checks”, a criminal background check is required for this position, based on assigned duties **Preferred qualifications for this position include:** + 2 years of college education + Experience in a Home Services agency **About Providence in Oregon** As the largest healthcare system and largest private employer in Oregon, Providence offers exceptional work environments and unparalleled career opportunities. The Providence Experience begins each time our patients or their families have an encounter with a Providence team member and continues throughout their visit or stay. Whether you provide direct or indirect patient care, we want our patients to feel that they are in a welcoming place where they can be comfortable and free from anxiety. Our employees create the Providence Experience through simple, caring behaviors such as **acknowledging** and welcoming each visitor, **introducing** ourselves and Providence, **addressing** people by name, **providing** the duration of estimated wait times and **updating** frequently if timelines change, **explaining** situations in a way that puts patients at ease, carefully **listening** to their concerns, and always **thanking** people for trusting Providence for their healthcare needs. At Providence, our quality vision is simple, "Providence will provide the best care and service to every person, every time." Providence is consistently ranked among the top 100 companies to work for in Oregon. It is also home to two of our award-winning Magnet medical centers. Providence hospitals and clinics are located in numerous areas, ranging from the Columbia Gorge to the wine country to sunny southern Oregon to charming coastal communities to the urban setting of Portland. If you want a vibrant lifestyle while working with a team highly committed to the art of healing, choose from our many options in Oregon. **We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details** http://www.providenceiscalling.jobs/rewards-benefits/ **Our Mission** As people of Providence, we reveal God's love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service. **About Us** Providence Health & Services is the third largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. Providence employs more than 82,000 caregivers (employees) across a five-state area; AK, WA, MT, OR, and CA. Our facilities include 34 hospitals, 600 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and other health and educational services. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. **Schedule:** Full-time **Shift:** Day **Job Category:** Administrative Support (Clinical) **Location:** Oregon-Portland **Req ID:** 158906
          (USA-OR-Portland) Staffing Coordinator - Home Health   
**Description:** **Providence is calling a Home Health Staffing Coordinator to Providence Home Services in Portland, OR.** **This position is full-time with benefits available.** **In this position, you will:** + Be accountable for the efficient coordination of the Home Health clinical staff schedules. + Provide a scope of work that includes triaging incoming calls to the Home Health queue, scheduling visits in an electronic scheduling system, and ensuring staff assignments maximize continuity of care and clinical productivity. + Be responsible for notifying clinical staff of daily schedules. + Facilitate the sharing of clinical staff among Portland Service Area Home Health agencies. + Confirm upcoming admission visits with patients, and provide Central Intake and the clinical supervisors/managers with staffing information. **Qualifications:** **Required qualifications for this position include:** + High school diploma or equivalent + Educational course work in medical terminology **-or-** equivalent knowledge acquired through on-the-job experience + 1-2 years of recent experience as a scheduler, Home Health Aide, unit secretary, or related experience in a clinical setting + Demonstrated outstanding customer service experience + Proficiency in the use of personal computer and multiple business software applications + In compliance with the Providence Health & Services - Oregon (OR) Human Resources policy #302 “Background Checks”, a criminal background check is required for this position, based on assigned duties **Preferred qualifications for this position include:** + 2 years of college education + Experience in a Home Services agency **About Providence in Oregon** As the largest healthcare system and largest private employer in Oregon, Providence offers exceptional work environments and unparalleled career opportunities. The Providence Experience begins each time our patients or their families have an encounter with a Providence team member and continues throughout their visit or stay. Whether you provide direct or indirect patient care, we want our patients to feel that they are in a welcoming place where they can be comfortable and free from anxiety. Our employees create the Providence Experience through simple, caring behaviors such as **acknowledging** and welcoming each visitor, **introducing** ourselves and Providence, **addressing** people by name, **providing** the duration of estimated wait times and **updating** frequently if timelines change, **explaining** situations in a way that puts patients at ease, carefully **listening** to their concerns, and always **thanking** people for trusting Providence for their healthcare needs. At Providence, our quality vision is simple, "Providence will provide the best care and service to every person, every time." Providence is consistently ranked among the top 100 companies to work for in Oregon. It is also home to two of our award-winning Magnet medical centers. Providence hospitals and clinics are located in numerous areas, ranging from the Columbia Gorge to the wine country to sunny southern Oregon to charming coastal communities to the urban setting of Portland. If you want a vibrant lifestyle while working with a team highly committed to the art of healing, choose from our many options in Oregon. **We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details** http://www.providenceiscalling.jobs/rewards-benefits/ **Our Mission** As people of Providence, we reveal God's love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service. **About Us** Providence Health & Services is the third largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. Providence employs more than 82,000 caregivers (employees) across a five-state area; AK, WA, MT, OR, and CA. Our facilities include 34 hospitals, 600 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and other health and educational services. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. **Schedule:** Full-time **Shift:** Day **Job Category:** Administrative Support (Clinical) **Location:** Oregon-Portland **Req ID:** 158917
          (USA-OR-Portland) Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse - Home Health   
**Description:** **Providence is calling a Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse to Providence Home Health / Mall 205 visiting patients in Portland, OR.** **This position is full time and benefit eligible.** **In this position you will:** + Be accountable for direct and indirect quality care for patients of all ages, according to the individualized needs of the patient, following the nursing process and in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act. + Accept professional development as an integral part of nursing practice. + Function as an educator and consultant to the Home Care staff, patients, and in the community, as needed. + Coordinate patient care activities with other members of the healthcare team in a collegial relationship. **Qualifications:** **Required qualifications for this position include:** + Graduation from an accredited Baccalaureate school of nursing + Current and unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in the State of Oregon + Completion of an accredited course in Wound, Ostomy and Continence prior to hire + Certification as a Enterostomal Therapist by the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board within 3 months of hire + Current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider **-or-** Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) within 30 days of hire + Valid drivers license and reliable transportation + Driving record consistent with GOP Safe Driving Policy 330 Incident Point Matrix at time of hire + 2 years of nursing experience + In compliance with the Providence Health & Services-Oregon Human Resources policy #302 “Background Checks”, a criminal background check is required for this position, based on assigned duties **Preferred qualifications for this position include:** + 1 year of home care experience either prior to or upon certification as Enterostomal Therapist (ET) **About Providence in Oregon** As the largest healthcare system and largest private employer in Oregon, Providence offers exceptional work environments and unparalleled career opportunities. The Providence Experience begins each time our patients or their families have an encounter with a Providence team member and continues throughout their visit or stay. Whether you provide direct or indirect patient care, we want our patients to feel that they are in a welcoming place where they can be comfortable and free from anxiety. Our employees create the Providence Experience through simple, caring behaviors such as **acknowledging** and welcoming each visitor, **introducing** ourselves and Providence, **addressing** people by name, **providing** the duration of estimated wait times and **updating** frequently if timelines change, **explaining** situations in a way that puts patients at ease, carefully **listening** to their concerns, and always **thanking** people for trusting Providence for their healthcare needs. At Providence, our quality vision is simple, "Providence will provide the best care and service to every person, every time." Providence is consistently ranked among the top 100 companies to work for in Oregon. It is also home to two of our award-winning Magnet medical centers. Providence hospitals and clinics are located in numerous areas, ranging from the Columbia Gorge to the wine country to sunny southern Oregon to charming coastal communities to the urban setting of Portland. If you want a vibrant lifestyle while working with a team highly committed to the art of healing, choose from our many options in Oregon. **We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details** http://www.providenceiscalling.jobs/rewards-benefits/ **Our Mission** As people of Providence, we reveal God's love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service. **About Us** Providence Health & Services is the third largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. Providence employs more than 82,000 caregivers (employees) across a five-state area; AK, WA, MT, OR, and CA. Our facilities include 34 hospitals, 600 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and other health and educational services. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. **Schedule:** Full-time **Shift:** Day **Job Category:** Home Health Nursing **Location:** Oregon-Portland **Req ID:** 158762
          Le manque de sommeil associé à plus de stress chez les couples mariés   
Dormir peu augmente le risque d'inflammation et de vulnérabilité au stress dans le couple indique cette nouvelle étude américaine.Le manque de sommeil n'a pas seulement de désastreux effets sur l'humeur, l'attention ou la mémoire. Il expose également davantage à un risque inflammatoire lié au stress et responsable de nombreuses pathologies : maladies cardiovasculaires, diabète, arthrite. Pour vérifier le lien entre dette de sommeil et stress...
          (USA-OR-Mount Angel) Registered Nurse - Mental Health - Mount Angel Home Health   
**Description:** **Providence is calling a Mental Health Registered Nurse to Providence Home Health visiting patients in the Salem/Mt. Angel area.** **This position is full-time and benefit eligible.** **In this position, you will:** + Provide quality care to patients in their homes under the direction of a physician. + Be responsible for assessing the needs of the patient including safety concerns and coordinating Home Health Services to reflect the philosophy and standards of the agency. **Qualifications:** **Required qualifications for this position include:** + Current, unencumbered Oregon Registered Nurse (RN) license + 2 years of experience in acute care setting + Valid driver's license and reliable transportation + Driving record consistent with Safe Driving Policy 330 Incident Point Matrix at time of hire + Current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider Certification + In Compliance with the Department of Human Services (DHS), a criminal background check is required for this position **Preferred qualifications for this position include** : + Additional experience in Home Health or Public Health nursing **About Providence in Oregon** As the largest healthcare system and largest private employer in Oregon, Providence offers exceptional work environments and unparalleled career opportunities. The Providence Experience begins each time our patients or their families have an encounter with a Providence team member and continues throughout their visit or stay. Whether you provide direct or indirect patient care, we want our patients to feel that they are in a welcoming place where they can be comfortable and free from anxiety. Our employees create the Providence Experience through simple, caring behaviors such as **acknowledging** and welcoming each visitor, **introducing** ourselves and Providence, **addressing** people by name, **providing** the duration of estimated wait times and **updating** frequently if timelines change, **explaining** situations in a way that puts patients at ease, carefully **listening** to their concerns, and always **thanking** people for trusting Providence for their healthcare needs. At Providence, our quality vision is simple, "Providence will provide the best care and service to every person, every time." Providence is consistently ranked among the top 100 companies to work for in Oregon. It is also home to two of our award-winning Magnet medical centers. Providence hospitals and clinics are located in numerous areas, ranging from the Columbia Gorge to the wine country to sunny southern Oregon to charming coastal communities to the urban setting of Portland. If you want a vibrant lifestyle while working with a team highly committed to the art of healing, choose from our many options in Oregon. **We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details** http://www.providenceiscalling.jobs/rewards-benefits/ **Our Mission** As people of Providence, we reveal God's love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service. **About Us** Providence Health & Services is the third largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. Providence employs more than 82,000 caregivers (employees) across a five-state area; AK, WA, MT, OR, and CA. Our facilities include 34 hospitals, 600 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and other health and educational services. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. **Schedule:** Full-time **Shift:** Day **Job Category:** Behavioral Health Nursing **Location:** Oregon-Mount Angel **Req ID:** 158703
          (USA-OR-Portland) Registered Nurse - Home Health - East Portland   
**Description:** **Providence is calling a Home Health Registered Nurse (1.0 FTE, Days) to cover the East Portland area out of the Providence Mall 205 branch.** **This position is full-time with benefits available.** **In this position, you will:** + Be responsible under the direction of the Home Health Clinical Supervision and on order of the physician. + Be accountable for direct and indirect quality care for patients of all ages, according to the individualized needs of the patient, following the nursing process and in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act. + Coordinate patient care activities with other members of the healthcare team in a collegial relationship. + Posses professional development which is an integral part of this nursing practice. **Qualifications:** **Required qualifications for this position include:** + Current Oregon Registered Nurse (RN) license + Current Basic Life Support (BLS) **-or-** Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) certification within 30 days of hire + Valid driver's license and reliable transportation + Driving record consistent with GOP Safe Driving Policy 330 Incident Point Matrix at time of hire + 1-2 years of medical/surgical experience in an acute care setting + 2 years of experience in acute care **-or-** community mental health setting for Mental Health RN work assignment + In compliance with the Providence Health & Services-Oregon, criminal background check is required for this position, based on assigned duties **Preferred qualifications for this position include:** + Recent Home Health experience + Hospice or Palliative Care experience for Palliative Care RN work assignment **About Providence in Oregon** As the largest healthcare system and largest private employer in Oregon, Providence offers exceptional work environments and unparalleled career opportunities. The Providence Experience begins each time our patients or their families have an encounter with a Providence team member and continues throughout their visit or stay. Whether you provide direct or indirect patient care, we want our patients to feel that they are in a welcoming place where they can be comfortable and free from anxiety. Our employees create the Providence Experience through simple, caring behaviors such as **acknowledging** and **welcoming** each visitor, **introducing** ourselves and Providence, **addressing** people by name, **providing** the duration of estimated wait times and **updating** frequently if timelines change, **explaining** situations in a way that puts patients at ease, carefully **listening** to their concerns, and always **thanking** people for trusting Providence for their healthcare needs. At Providence, our quality vision is simple, "Providence will provide the best care and service to every person, every time." Providence is consistently ranked among the top 100 companies to work for in Oregon. It is also home to two of our award-winning Magnet medical centers. Providence hospitals and clinics are located in numerous areas, ranging from the Columbia Gorge to the wine country to sunny southern Oregon to charming coastal communities to the urban setting of Portland. If you want a vibrant lifestyle while working with a team highly committed to the art of healing, choose from our many options in Oregon. **We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details** http://www.providenceiscalling.jobs/rewards-benefits/ **Our Mission** As people of Providence, we reveal God's love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service. **About Us** Providence Health & Services is the third largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. Providence employs more than 82,000 caregivers (employees) across a five-state area; AK, WA, MT, OR, and CA. Our facilities include 34 hospitals, 600 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and other health and educational services. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. **Schedule:** Full-time **Shift:** Day **Job Category:** Home Health Nursing **Location:** Oregon-Portland **Req ID:** 158741
          (USA-OR-Portland) Home Health CNA - East Portland (Days)   
**Description:** **Providence is calling a Home Health CNA (1.0 FTE, Days) to Providence Home Services to visit patients in the East Portland area.** **This position is full time with benefits available.** **In this position, you will:** + Act under the supervision of a registered nurse providing supportive personal care services to patients of all ages according to the individualized physical needs of the patient in accordance with state and federal regulatory requirements. + Performs all duties in a manner, which supports team concept of caring and respect, which reflects the philosophy of Providence Home Services, Providence Mission, and Service Excellence Standards of Behavior. **Qualifications:** **Required qualifications for this position include:** + Current Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) with 2 years of experience (exception would be nursing student with current CNA) + State Home Health Aide certification **-or-** successful completion (80% or better) of Oregon Association for Home Care Home Health and Hospice Aid (OAHC HHA) certification within 2 weeks of hire + Current BBasic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Provider **-or-** Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) within 30 days of hire + Passing a skills observation checklist at hire and annually + Valid driver's license and reliable transportation + Driving record consistent with GOP Safe Driving Policy 330 Incident Point Matrix at time of hire + In compliance with the Providence Health & Services-Oregon, criminal background check is required for this position, based on assigned duties **About Providence in Oregon** As the largest healthcare system and largest private employer in Oregon, Providence offers exceptional work environments and unparalleled career opportunities. The Providence Experience begins each time our patients or their families have an encounter with a Providence team member and continues throughout their visit or stay. Whether you provide direct or indirect patient care, we want our patients to feel that they are in a welcoming place where they can be comfortable and free from anxiety. Our employees create the Providence Experience through simple, caring behaviors such as **acknowledging** and **welcoming** each visitor, **introducing** ourselves and Providence, **addressing** people by name, **providing** the duration of estimated wait times and **updating** frequently if timelines change, **explaining** situations in a way that puts patients at ease, carefully **listening** to their concerns, and always **thanking** people for trusting Providence for their healthcare needs. At Providence, our quality vision is simple, "Providence will provide the best care and service to every person, every time." Providence is consistently ranked among the top 100 companies to work for in Oregon. It is also home to two of our award-winning Magnet medical centers. Providence hospitals and clinics are located in numerous areas, ranging from the Columbia Gorge to the wine country to sunny southern Oregon to charming coastal communities to the urban setting of Portland. If you want a vibrant lifestyle while working with a team highly committed to the art of healing, choose from our many options in Oregon. **We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details** http://www.providenceiscalling.jobs/rewards-benefits/ **Our Mission** As people of Providence, we reveal God's love for all, especially the poor and vulnerable, through our compassionate service. **About Us** Providence Health & Services is the third largest not-for-profit health system in the United States. Providence employs more than 82,000 caregivers (employees) across a five-state area; AK, WA, MT, OR, and CA. Our facilities include 34 hospitals, 600 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and other health and educational services. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. **Schedule:** Full-time **Shift:** Day **Job Category:** Certified Nursing Assistant **Location:** Oregon-Portland **Req ID:** 158669
          Why were there gotos in apple software in the first place?   

A recent vulnerability in iOS and Mac OS can boils down to a double goto resulting in making critical ssl verification code unreachable.

hashOut.data = hashes + SSL_MD5_DIGEST_LEN;
hashOut.length = SSL_SHA1_DIGEST_LEN;
if ((err = SSLFreeBuffer(&hashCtx)) != 0)
    goto fail;
if ((err = ReadyHash(&SSLHashSHA1, &hashCtx)) != 0)
    goto fail;
if ((err = SSLHashSHA1.update(&hashCtx, &clientRandom)) != 0)
    goto fail;
if ((err = SSLHashSHA1.update(&hashCtx, &serverRandom)) != 0)
    goto fail;
if ((err = SSLHashSHA1.update(&hashCtx, &signedParams)) != 0)
    goto fail;
    goto fail;
if ((err = SSLHashSHA1.final(&hashCtx, &hashOut)) != 0)
    goto fail;

/* ... */

fail:
    SSLFreeBuffer(&signedHashes);
    SSLFreeBuffer(&hashCtx);
    return err;

Since the fail label return err, no error is reported in normal conditions, making the lack of verification silent.

But gotos are bad, lol

With all the talk about goto being bad (if you haven’t, read Edsger Dijkstra’s famous go to considered harmful), it’s a wonder it could still be found in production code. In this short post I’d like to point out that while goto is generally a code smell, it has one very valid and important use in Ansi C: exception handling.

Let’s look at a simple function that makes use of goto exception handling:

char *
load_file(const char *name, off_t *len)
{
    struct stat  st;
    off_t            size;
    char            *buf = NULL;
    int            fd;

    if ((fd = open(name, O_RDONLY)) == -1)
        return (NULL);
    if (fstat(fd, &st) != 0)
        goto fail;
    size = st.st_size;
    if ((buf = calloc(1, size + 1)) == NULL)
        goto fail;
    if (read(fd, buf, size) != size)
        goto fail;
    close(fd);

    *len = size + 1;
    return (buf);

fail:
    if (buf != NULL)
        free(buf);
    close(fd);
    return (NULL);
}

Here goto serves a few purposes:

  • keep the code intent clear
  • reduce condition branching
  • allow graceful failure handling

While this excerpt is short, it would already be much more awkward to repeat the failure handling code in the body of the if statement testing for error conditions.

A more complex example shows how multiple types of “exceptions” can be handled with goto without falling into the spaghetti code trap.

void
ssl_read(int fd, short event, void *p)
{
    struct bufferevent  *bufev = p;
    struct conn           *s = bufev->cbarg;
    int                      ret;
    int                      ssl_err;
    short                      what;
    size_t                   len;
    char                       rbuf[IBUF_READ_SIZE];
    int                      howmuch = IBUF_READ_SIZE;

    what = EVBUFFER_READ;

    if (event == EV_TIMEOUT) {
        what |= EVBUFFER_TIMEOUT;
        goto err;
    }

    if (bufev->wm_read.high != 0)
        howmuch = MIN(sizeof(rbuf), bufev->wm_read.high);

    ret = SSL_read(s->s_ssl, rbuf, howmuch);
    if (ret <= 0) {
        ssl_err = SSL_get_error(s->s_ssl, ret);

        switch (ssl_err) {
        case SSL_ERROR_WANT_READ:
            goto retry;
        case SSL_ERROR_WANT_WRITE:
            goto retry;
        default:
            if (ret == 0)
                what |= EVBUFFER_EOF;
            else {
                ssl_error("ssl_read");
                what |= EVBUFFER_ERROR;
            }
            goto err;
        }
    }

    if (evbuffer_add(bufev->input, rbuf, ret) == -1) {
        what |= EVBUFFER_ERROR;
        goto err;
    }

    ssl_bufferevent_add(&bufev->ev_read, bufev->timeout_read);

    len = EVBUFFER_LENGTH(bufev->input);
    if (bufev->wm_read.low != 0 && len < bufev->wm_read.low)
        return;
    if (bufev->wm_read.high != 0 && len > bufev->wm_read.high) {
        struct evbuffer *buf = bufev->input;
        event_del(&bufev->ev_read);
        evbuffer_setcb(buf, bufferevent_read_pressure_cb, bufev);
        return;
    }

    if (bufev->readcb != NULL)
        (*bufev->readcb)(bufev, bufev->cbarg);
    return;

retry:
    ssl_bufferevent_add(&bufev->ev_read, bufev->timeout_read);
    return;

err:
    (*bufev->errorcb)(bufev, what, bufev->cbarg);
}

One could wonder why functions aren’t used in lieue of goto statements in this context, it boils down to two things: context and efficiency.

Since the canonical use case of goto is for a different termination path that handles cleanup it needs context - i.e: local variables - that would need to be carried to the cleanup function this would make for proliferation of awkward specific functions.

Additionaly, functions create additional stack frames which in some scenarios may be a concern especially in the context of kernel programming, and critical path functions.

The take-away

While there is a general sentiment that the goto statement should be avoided, which is mostly valid, it’s not a hard rule and there is, in C, a very valid use case that only goto provides.

In the case of the apple code, the error did not stem from the use of the goto statement but on an unfortunate typo.

It’s interesting to note that Edsger Dijkstra wrote his original piece at a time where conditional and loop constructs such if/then/else and while where not available in mainstream languages such as Basic. He later clarified his initial statement, saying:

Please don’t fall into the trap of believing that I am terribly dogmatical about [the goto statement]. I I have the uncomfortable feeling that others are making a religion out of it, as if the conceptual problems of programming could be solved by a single trick, by a simple form of coding discipline.

words of wisdom.


          Pantallas de los celulares abren puerta a ‘hackers’   

En Beer-Sheva, la capital mundial de la ciberseguridad, un experto demuestra que los dispositivos móviles tienen una vulnerabilidad que nadie había notado.


          Monitoring and Evaluation Deputy Project Manager at Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI)   

Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI) is an Italian humanitarian non-governmental organization founded in Milan in 1965. COOPI aims to help the world’s poorest to improve their access to healthcare, food, and financial security, and to overcome their special vulnerability to wars, civil conflicts and natural disasters. With more than 3,900 humanitarian workers employed, and an average of […]

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          Entry-level Complaints Response Mechanism (CRM) Officer at COOPI – Cooperazione Internazionale   

Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI) is an Italian humanitarian non-governmental organization founded in Milan in 1965. COOPI aims to help the world’s poorest to improve their access to healthcare, food, and financial security, and to overcome their special vulnerability to wars, civil conflicts and natural disasters. With more than 3,900 humanitarian workers employed, and an average of […]

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          Driver at Medecins Du Monde   

Medecins du Monde or Doctors of the World, is an international humanitarian non-profit organization that provides emergency and long-term medical care to vulnerable populations while advocating for equal access to healthcare worldwide. We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below: Job Title: Driver Location: Maiduguri, Borno Supervisor: Logistics Officer Length of contract: 6 months […]

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          Programme Policy Officer (CBT Operations) at the United Nations World Food Programme   

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, […]

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          How eCitation Improves Officer Safety and Increase Revenue   

During a traffic stop, officers are most vulnerable on the roadway—while writing citations or moving to and from vehicles to check information. But an electronic ticketing system can reduce the time officers are exposed while writing tickets by more than 50%, while delivering a range of other benefits as well. 



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          Gartner: Security Without Security People: A [Sad] Way Forward?   
This post is a convergence of a few things: our recent foray into more basic security areas (such as from threat hunting to vulnerability management), my experiences at a recent Security Summit and of course recent ransomware-like incidents (from WannaCry to Petya). So, we analysts lots of do 1on1s at Gartner Events, these are essentially […]
          Can the Linux Stack Clash Vulnerability Affect Containers?   
The recently discovered ‘Stack Clash’ vulnerability in Linux-based systems is another critical security issue like Dirty Cow, but can the stack clash vulnerability affect containers, and what could an attacker do? The short answer is yes, an attacker could exploit the vulnerability to gain root privileges within a container, but not necessarily be able to […]
          CN ON: LTE: Pot Tragedy   
Ottawa Sun, 28 Jun 2017 - Sadly tragedies will increase, especially with our young people who feel they are invulnerable with the upcoming legalization of marijuana. It seems that the federal government is more interested in another form of taxation and looking cool in the eyes of the world come next July 1. The provinces do not have a plan in place, there will be a major increase in impaired drivers, and because of the taxation, like cigarettes, weed will thrive on the black market. We are headed toward a real quagmire.
          Comment on Abolish Wage Labor by 2027: Is such a movement possible? by intersectional   
I WOULD find out what Marxists of all stripes believe but they refuse to say. They don't want to make themselves politically or socially vulnerable to attack. Then if you press them on anything, they defend themselves with snark and ignore. The terror comes from the the fact that labour sharing agreements may not occur on a mutual basis. The end of wage slavery, as you put it, will only give rise to further losses of privileges, however small. Your utopian anarchy will not in fact come to pass. What will be instead will be a more atomized economy, only possible due to the major products being machine produced without any labour. These chains are comparatively comfortable. The working class, who are not class conscious communists, will not even know where to begin asking for a reduction in hours. The bourgeois middle class intellectuals who identify as communists, will lose their privileges without a slave class to provide cheap services that are not easily automated. This leaves only the working class communists, who can not organize their fellow workers because their fellow workers refuse to imagine less labour rather than more money as a desirable goal.
          'Keith Higgins is out, which in a way is a blessing' - Joe Brolly thinks Mayo are 'vulnerable' in the qualifiers   
Mayo will look to replicate last season's back door success when they enter the qualifiers against Derry on Saturday - but Joe Brolly thinks Stephen Rochford's men could be vulnerable to an upset.
          Acceptance   
When you were little, acceptance was all you knew. You had to accept what was given to you because you didn't know any better. You were vulnerable, just a child. You had to accept good things and bad things and you adjusted yourself for those things so that you could continue on, happily.

I have been asked some questions lately regarding my diabetes from co-workers because I attended a Customer Service Training Session which included a luncheon afterward. I didn't attend the luncheon simply because I had to go home for lunch because my daughter was getting ready to head to Florida for spring break (ahhhh!). Anyways, the co-worker I was talking to also knew I had diabetes and since the subject was food, she asked how I was doing with my diabetes. She told me she would never even think that I had it and I asked why. She told me that I never mention it and never seem down about it and she knows several other people with diabetes who have a real problem with it.

This brings me to the title of by blog, Acceptance. I was diagnosed about six years ago. My doctor very casually told me, "You have diabetes." Handed me some paperwork, told me to take these pills and check back with him in a week. I was devasted. I cried all the way home. I didn't know what to eat or what to expect at all. Fastforward to about a year after that day, when I was finally diagnosed as Type 1, I realized that this is just the way it is going to be. There is no changing this. I have to watch what I eat. I have to do these shots. I have to prick my finger ten plus times a day to watch my sugar levels. It could be worse. So, this is ALL I have to do? Yes. This is ALL I have to do. Sure, it can get in the way when I have to put a halt to everything I am doing so I can check my sugar to make sure everything is fine, but, I HAVE to. That's all there is to it. Acceptance. I have accepted it as part of my life. It is a part of me. A pretty small part actually. So, I continue on, HAPPILY.
          Circa 40 specialiști în protecția copilului și ONG-uri din țară sunt instruiți pentru a valorifica cunoștințele în beneficiul copiilor vulnerabili și a familiilor acestora   

În perioada 27-29 iunie curent la Holercani, circa 40 de specialiști în protecția copilului și reprezentanți ONG din 12 raioane ale țării, inclusiv regiunea transnistreană participă la un Atelier de consolidare a cunoștințelor și bunelor practici în beneficiul copiilor vulnerabili și a familiilor acestora. Specialiștii, atât din direcțiile raionale, cât și cei din organizații ale societății civile locale, beneficiază de informații de ultimă oră despre modificările legislative, prevederile legislative internaționale, sfaturi practice și modele de soluționare bazate pe cazuri concrete prezentate de experți în domeniu.

 

Scopul evenimentului este informarea și consolidarea bunelor practici de către profesioniștii care muncesc în interesul superior al copiilor în situații de risc, pentru a preveni separarea acestora de familie și a nu admite ajungerea lor în instituțiile rezidențiale. Totodată, în cadrul evenimentului specialiștii din structurile de stat, de comun cu reprezentanții societății civile au discutat despre eventualele acţiuni de parteneriat de domeniu.

 

Atelierul durează 3 zile și a fost organizat de CCF/HHC Moldova și Cancelaria de Stat prin intermediul cu Secretariatului permanent al Consiliului Național pentru Protecția Drepturilor Copilului (CNPDC) în baza unui Acord de colaborare.

 

Evenimentul este realizat în cadrul proiectului „Consolidarea capacității societății civile pentru participarea incluzivă în societate a celor mai marginalizați părinți și copii” 2015-2017 implementat de CCF/HHC Moldova și finanțat de Delegația Uniunii Europene în Moldova.

 

 


          Comment on Character Design Challenge #327 – RPG Character Classes: Final Round – “NOT” Jedis and Siths by cliff   
I've been in hospital since Monday, got home last night to finish my entry, but have to go back to hospital cause my wife is still in there. Wanted to write more details, but don't have time. I'm just glad I didn't miss entering this one. Entry #1 Ewan Dongor Satyr Knight Studant Companion to Master Satyr Knight Liam Soo-Ne http://i795.photobucket.com/albums/yy240/Cliff_HM3/Cliff_NotJedi_EwanSatyrKnight_zpshl46uj0j.jpg I named the race Caprians, They are actually originally from Earth during Ancient Greek/Roman times, Transported by the Gods Pan and Dionysis to their new home in which the race of satyrs became Homo Caprians from the planet Capra IV from the system Caprius in the constillation of Capricornus. Now circling the forested planet is Space Station Treetop Arcadia is the Capital City on planet Capra IV other notable places are the Satyrides Islands, Marsyas City and E'Terpi University The four recognized life cycles of Caprians are as follows: Satyrisci - kids Fauns - teens Satyroi- adults Seilenoi- elderly The race political system is ran by the Forest High Cheif - Lucas Gregor and the Horned Council One of the most charismatic and outspoken polititions is Ambassador Libidicus from the capital Arcadia- The Ambassador has been known, like most of his race, to party, drink and carouse to excess. “What some races consider scandles, others look upon as achievements” Ambassador Libidicus Ash, is the Cultural Attache, He is mild mannered and even tempered Goldleaf, is Envoy On Trade, Greedy, out to get everything he can for himself and his planet. Rowen is Envoy On Deforestation, A solemn Caprian, quickly prone to anger and defend his planet, who sees his sylvan homeword being systematily despoiled and eventually destroyed by offworlders. Liam Soo-Ne in one of the mystic Satyr Knights and a master.. He is the teacher cumpanioon of Ewan Al Gedi "The Kid" a foolish young hero, destined to become a companion to Satyr Knight Ewan. Reed Auloi Double Piper super star, a graduate from E'Terpi University in the city Marsyas. Has a huge ego and self assuarance. With his pipes he can manipulate a person's emotions such as: Charm, Calm, Sleep, Cause Fear, Inspire, Despair, Enrage, Laugh, Dance. Deafen, Shatter, Sound Counter Attack. Neil Ranger - Reed's Pilot. a very skilled pilot, repairman and bodyguard. Star Goat - Reed Auloi's concert tour ship General Cytyr - an insane Caprian scientist from Dabih, is now a satyr with many cyborg inplants including metal horns, wire dreadlocks, cyber eyes, head phone and mic, cyber arms and hands and cyber digigraded legs. giving him superhuman senses, strength, speed and endurance and virtual invulnerability. He longs for power, and not only system, but galactic domination.. Cytyrian Warriors - kindnapped Caprians taken to turn them into subserviant cyborg warriors under General Cytyr's every whim Ma'Asad "the slaying" Aitho Pikos - This brilliant but evil Caprian was once a Satyr Knight, he can project his astral self long distances into a ghost like apparition, and attack, defend with his powerful mind. He seems to be immune to physical damage, disease or aging so is apparently immortal. (I have pics of all the characters, but not shaded or anything and don't have time to post them sadly)
          Depression linked to physical health decline in cancer caregivers   

A new report finds cancer caregivers suffer a steady decline in physical health compared to controls, and that symptoms of depression were the only significant predictor of caregivers' physical health decline. Writing in Cancer , the authors say assessing and addressing depressive symptoms among caregivers early in the cancer survivorship trajectory may help to prevent premature health decline among this important, yet vulnerable population.


          Immigrant rights groups blast new ICE policy they say targets parents of child migrants   
The Trump administration has begun to arrest parents and relatives it suspects of paying to have children smuggled to the United States, sparking fierce criticism from immigrant advocates that officials are interrogating vulnerable migrant children with the intent of separating families.

Officials... Reported by L.A. Times 7 minutes ago.
          Children Most Vulnerable to Climate Change   
Children are among the most vulnerable members of society. Natural and man-made disasters often affect children more than adults because they are unable to fend for themselves. This is doubly true in poor countries, where children often suffer...

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          Novo ransomware ataca empresas ao redor do mundo   

Novamente o mundo passa por um ataque generalizado, pois um novo ransomware ataca empresas ao redor do mundo e toda a história se repete. Semanas atrás o ransomware WannaCry percorreu o mundo e demonstrou o quão vulnerável estamos quando falamos em segurança cibernética e agora um novo ransomware ataca empresas ao redor do mundo. Começando […]

O post Novo ransomware ataca empresas ao redor do mundo apareceu pela primeira vez em Viablog.


          Your Voice: Drastic decisions at Delta College   
by Sam Hatch, Lodi

EDITOR,

Besides the budget crisis, the public should know a second storyline is unfolding at Delta College: the reshaping of the college’s mission without much reflection by faculty and staff.

The state budget crisis has become an opportunity to jettison support services for Delta’s most vulnerable students. This summer, the Economic Opportunity Programs and Services and Disabled Student Programs and Services suffered reductions of 31 percent because of cuts in state funding for the programs. Despite carrying over $10 million dollars from the most recent fiscal year, the college used none of that money to help students in these programs.

Although some funding has recently been restored, the college appears to be hedging on its commitment to ensure educational access to all students.

The current round of so-called “strategic” budget cuts have been focused on basic skills — reading, ESL, developmental writing — services for the college’s most vulnerable students.

Of course, judicious cuts to all programs are a financial necessity. However, balancing the budget by slashing these programs so deeply does a disservice to the majority of our students.

Roughly 38 percent of Delta’s students read at or below the sixth-grade level, and another 46 percent read between the sixth- and ninth-grade levels. Without a sound core of support services, many of our students won’t have a reasonable chance of success.

With more “strategic” cuts expected in the spring, the college will soon help many fewer students looking for an educational second chance.

• Sam Hatch is a San Joaquin Delta College faculty member.

Thanks for reading!
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          El Brief: Alemania reconoce el matrimonio homosexual; aborto gratuito en el Ulster   

Angela Merkel

¡Buenos días, actuallers!

Estas son las historias más destacadas al comenzar este viernes 30 de junio, primeros Mártires de la Iglesia. Si te lo han reenviado, date de alta aquí para recibirlo directamente en tu buzón.

SOLO PARA SUSCRIPTORES

El Parlamento alemán ha aprobado este viernes el reconocimiento del matrimonio homosexual. La votación acaba de celebrarse hace unos minutos, mientras te escribo esta nota.

La canciller Angela Merkel dio el pasado lunes libertad de voto a los diputados de la CDU, cambiando así la oposición que hasta ahora había expresado a que se equiparen el matrimonio y otras uniones.

En Actuall, Candela Sande comenta el nuevo criterio de la canciller y concluye que “con Merkel, la ‘derecha’ vuelve a ceder ante la izquierda”.

Los socios bávaros de la señora Merkel, los social cristianos de la CSU, se han opuesto en bloque a la reforma, mientras que, entre los cristiano demócratas de la CDU, el voto se dividió tras el cambio de postura de la señora Merkel.

Más de 170.000 personas han firmado una petición de la plataforma pro-familia Demo für Alle, publicada en CitizenGO, para que los diputados voten “no” a la reforma.

El obispo católico de Ratisbona, Rudolf Vonderholzer, ha invitado a los alemanes a “ser activos” en defensa de la singularidad del matrimonio, y ha compartido la petición de Demo für Alle en la web de la Diócesis.

El contexto de la votación de este viernes son las elecciones generales del próximo 24 de septiembre.

Al cambiar de opinión sobre la reforma del matrimonio, la canciller Merkel está intentando atraer votantes de centro-izquierda para mantener la mayoría.

Su política de acogida a los inmigrantes la ha alejado de una parte de la base tradicional de votantes de la CDU, que ahora pueden tener otra opción en Alternativa por Alemania.

Actualmente, el matrimonio homosexual está reconocido en veinte países del mundo, catorce de ellos europeos, incluyendo ahora a Alemania.

En Austria e Italia se reconocen las uniones civiles, pero se mantiene la singularidad del matrimonio y se reserva la adopción de niños para familias con un padre y una madre, o bien para hogares monoparentales.

+++++Puedes unirte a la petición por la familia: La organización pro-familia Demo Für Alle ha activado en CitizenGO una petición dirigida a los parlamentarios alemanes, para que respeten la singularidad jurídica del matrimonio, frente a la iniciativa para equipararlo a otras uniones. Más de 150.000 personas la han firmado ya. Puedes unirte a ellas aquí.

QUÉ MÁS

Aborto gratuito en el Ulster. El Gobierno británico correrá con los gastos de las mujeres de Irlanda del Norte que viajen a Inglaterra, Escocia o Gales a abortar en hospitales del servicio público de Salud británico. El Ejecutivo cambió de postura y aceptó la enmienda en las últimas 24 horas, ante la amenaza de varios diputados del Partido Conservador de emprender una rebelión contra Theresa May durante el discurso de la Reina. (The Guardian, en inglés)

Manifiesto por la igualdad de derechos. Intelectuales católicos piden al Parlamento catalán que legisle en derechos para todas las personas, y no en forma de derechos exclusivos para personas por su sexualidad o por su “identidad de género”. (Actuall)

El PSOE rechaza la ley de eutanasia de Podemos. Los socialistas se inclinan por el modelo de Ciudadanos, algo más enfocado en los cuidados paliativos. (Actuall)

SELECCIÓN DE ACTUALL

Coloquio en 'Actuall' sobre las leyes LGBT. La Redacción del diario acogió este jueves una nueva conversación moderada por su director, Alfonso Basallo, dentro del ciclo de Encuentros Actuall. Puedes leer un resumen aquí, o ver el coloquio completo en este vídeo [una hora y 22 minutos].

Por esto la llaman “ley mordaza LGBT”, por Juan Robles. Derechos fundamentales vulnerados por el proyecto de ley de Podemos de derechos exclusivos LGBT.

++++Puedes firmar por el “no” a la “ley mordaza”: Hay una recogida de firmas en HazteOir, dirigida a los diputados del Grupo Popular en el Congreso, para que voten “no” al proyecto de “ley mordaza LGBT” presentado por Podemos. Ya ha recaudado más de 43.000 firmas. Puedes unirte aquí.

El PP, al rescate del “electorado abandonado del PSOE”, por Nicolás de Cárdenas. El partido del Gobierno “desprecia” a sus votantes –escribe Nicolás de Cárdenas en este artículo–, mientras vira a la izquierda para atraer a los electores que el PSOE pueda haberse dejado atrás, debido a la apuesta de Pedro Sánchez por un pacto con los partidos de la extrema izquierda.

El Congreso español aprueba la moción laicista, por Miriam Calderón. El partido independentista catalán ERC consigue el apoyo de la mayoría para una moción que pide al Gobierno que suprima los símbolos religiosos de escuelas y edificios públicos, y que suprima la liturgia en los funerales de Estado.

Con Merkel, la ‘derecha’ vuelve a ceder ante la izquierda, por Candela Sande. La autora comenta en esta nueva columna para Actuall la postura de Angela Merkel sobre el llamado “matrimonio igualitario”.

CORRESPONDENCIA

Con verdadero horror, aunque me lo esperaba, escuché el mitin de Cristina Cifuentes en la televisión de los Obispos. 

Ni una palabra de reproche de los comentaristas a la perversa ley de dictadura LGBT que ha excretado está señora. 

Una ley de perversión de menores y de mayores aborregados. Ni siquiera una pregunta suavecita. Nada de nada. Fue algo escandaloso. 

Pero, ¿que les pasa a los obispos? ¿Se han vuelto locos? ¿Hemos de entender que esta ley está bendecida por las autoridades máximas de la Iglesia Católica en España? 

Esta ley es inmoral, de lo peor de lo peor, no solo para los católicos, también para cualquier no creyente honesto y con sentido común. 

Y al final, aún el pésimo ayudancito de Antonio Jiménez, diciendo: "Doña Cristina, hemos  recibido muchos mensajes a favor de usted". 

¡Y se quedó tan pancho!

Don Antonio Jiménez, estuvo usted de vergüenza. Y con usted, toda la emisora al mando de los obispos.

Confieso: No me lo puedo creer. ¿Estuve soñando una pesadilla o fue real?

Gracias por permitirme expresar mi desesperación.

Vicente

Roberto Meza, desde El Salvador, reprueba el abuso de noticias relacionadas con la semana del Orgullo Gay en el boletín diario de Actuall:

Empecé a leer su página hace mucho tiempo. 

Ahora, estoy a punto de dejar de hacerlo, puesto que si revisan el contenido del boletín de hoy [por este jueves], encontrarán una saturación de material Gay, que hace perder mi interés por leerlos. 

Roberto Meza

El Salvador

Roberto Grao, desde Zaragoza, expone las siguientes objeciones al boletín:

Buenos días:

Perdóname por este comentario pero me siento obligado a hacerlo: el apartado “Qué sabes”, conteniendo preguntas y respuestas sobre algunos de los contenidos de la publicación diaria de Actuall me parece infantil, propio del antiguo 'TBO', hoy desaparecido, y no de un diario formal y serio como es Actuall.

Por otro lado, creo que sería interesante lo que apuntaba un suscriptor, cuyo nombre no recuerdo: o bien no publicar cartas retorcidas e incluso de muy dudosa intencionalidad o falsedad, o publicarlas con Notas de la Redacción al pie poniendo las cosas en su sitio adecuadamente, claro.

Un cordial y afectuoso saludo.

Roberto Grao

Zaragoza

El Ayuntamiento de Valencia se ha sumado a los festejos del Orgullo LGBT con una variedad de iniciativas. Una de ellas es un cartel con los colores del arco iris, símbolo del movimiento LGBT, y un eslogan que dice: “Sí, algunos hombres tienen vulva y algunas mujeres tienen pene”.

Desde Valencia, Inma Capó nos comenta:

Queridos amigos,

Como valenciana, española y persona consciente, me veo constantemente ofendida por la falaz manipulación que nuestro alcalde Joan Ribó proyecta sobre todos los valencianos.

Por las extravagancias en la que malgasta nuestro dinero el alcalde, debería haber dimitido hace ya tiempo.

En ese cartel asevera una gran mentira, como si hubiesen testigos de que es cierto,para que la gente joven se lo trague como verdad. La infamia es constante, no sólo aquí, sino en toda España, y por lo visto nadie hace nada para frenarla.  

Saludos a todos,

Inma Capó

Envíanos comentarios, pistas de noticias y críticas a info@actuall.com.

Únete a nuestra conversación en Twitter y Facebook.

Que pases un buen fin de semana.

¡Hasta mañana!

La Redacción de Actuall.

PD. Al abrir tu buzón este sábado, encontrarás –puntual, como siempre– “La historia de la semana” que el director de Actuall, Alfonso Basallo, selecciona y comenta para ti. ¡Que lo disfrutes!

La entrada El Brief: Alemania reconoce el matrimonio homosexual; aborto gratuito en el Ulster aparece primero en Actuall.


          Andrew Cuomo Refuses Federal Data Request Related To Trump's "Voter Fraud Myth"   

Shortly after moving into the White House, President Trump promised a "major investigation into VOTER FRAUD" and vowed that any evidence of wrongdoing would be used to strengthen voting procedures.  The following tweets undoubtedly 'triggered' millions of liberals across the country as visions of 'racist' voter ID laws danced in their heads.

 

Then, just last month, that "major investigation" came in the form of an Executive Order entitled: "Presidential Executive Order on the Establishment of Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity."  The Commission was to be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and it's mission was defined as follows:

The Commission shall, consistent with applicable law, study the registration and voting processes used in Federal elections.  The Commission shall be solely advisory and shall submit a report to the President that identifies the following:

 

(a)  those laws, rules, policies, activities, strategies, and practices that enhance the American people's confidence in the integrity of the voting processes used in Federal elections;

 

(b)  those laws, rules, policies, activities, strategies, and practices that undermine the American people's confidence in the integrity of the voting processes used in Federal elections; and

 

(c)  those vulnerabilities in voting systems and practices used for Federal elections that could lead to improper voter registrations and improper voting, including fraudulent voter registrations and fraudulent voting.

 

And, since no one would possibly argue in favor of more voter fraud rather than less, you might assume this particular Executive Order enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support across the country...of course, you could think that, but you would be incredibly wrong.

Enter New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Apparently Mr. Cuomo is so certain that voter fraud is nothing more than a right-wing "myth" that's he unwilling to even comply with a data request to make sure.  We're sure he's just trying to save Vice President Pence from wasting his time.

 

Of course, Cuomo's position is somewhat curious in light of the fact that New York City's own Commissioner of the Board of Elections, Alan Schulkin (Democrat), was caught on a secret video by Project Veritas openly admitting that "there is a lot of voter fraud."  At one point, Schulkin even admits that campaign officials bus minorities from "poll site to poll site" so they can vote multiple times.

“He gave out ID cards, de Blasio. That’s in lieu of a driver’s license, but you can use it for anything.  But they didn’t vet people to see who they really are. Anybody can go in there and say, ‘I am Joe Smith, I want an ID card."

 

"It’s absurd. There is a lot of fraud. Not just voter fraud, all kinds of fraud . . . This is why I get more conservative as I get older.”

 

“Voters? Yeah, they should ask for your ID. I think there is a lot of voter fraud.  You know, I don’t think it’s too much to ask somebody to show some kind of an ID . . . You go into a building, you have to show them your ID."

 

“They bus people around to vote . . . They put them in a bus and go poll site to poll site.”  Asked which neighborhoods, Schulkin said, “I don’t want to say.”  When the undercover mentions black and Hispanic neighborhoods, Schulkin responded, “Yeah . . . and Chinese, too.”

 

Alas, we assume that video is also just a 'myth'...

Of course, New York wasn't the only snowflake state to opt out of Trump's voter fraud data request. Apparently California is also quite confident that all of their illegal immigrants are voting legally...or something like that.

 

As The Hill notes, a total of 5 states have refused to turn over any voter data whatsoever while another 9 have said they'll only hand over publicly available data.

As of Friday afternoon, officials in New York, California, Massachusetts, Kentucky and Virginia had said they would not turn over any of their voter data to the voter fraud commission.

 

Other officials in Connecticut, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Vermont, Utah, North Carolina, Indiana and Iowa said they would only turn over public information on voter rolls, but wouldn't share private information.

 

Wisconsin announced it would turn over public information but would charge the commission $12,500 to buy the voter roll data.

Of course, at the end of the day, you only really need to examine a couple of critical swing states to get a sense for how rampant voter fraud might be.  And, since we don't see Florida or Ohio on the lists above, we very much look forward to the data from those two states.


          Pensions Timebomb In America – "Global Crisis” Cometh   

Pensions Timebomb - Pensions "Are Going To Be A National Crisis"

- America’s underfunded pension system is “not a distant concern but a system already in crisis”...

- Tax may explode as governments seek to bail out insolvent pension plans

- Illinois, California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Kentucky and eight other states vulnerable

- The simple mathematical mismatch at the heart of the pension crisis...

- Why the pension crisis really is “America’s silent crisis”...

- Pensions timebomb confronts Ireland, UK and most EU countries


By Brian Maher, Managing editor, The Daily Reckoning

"This is going to be a national crisis..."

“This” being America’s woefully underfunded pension liabilities, according to Karen Friedman. She’s the executive vice president of the Pension Rights Center.

(A place called the Pension Rights Center does in fact exist. We checked.)

MarketWatch columnist Jeff Reeves howls in confirmation that “collapsing pensions will fuel America’s next financial crisis.”

“This is not a distant concern,” warns he, “but a system already in crisis.”

According to data supplied by the Federal Reserve, pensions — public and private combined — were roughly 27% underfunded at the end of last year.

By some estimates, America’s public pensions alone are sunk in a $6 trillion abyss.

The issue, approached from any direction, is an impossible knot… a tar pit… a minotaur’s maze of blind alleys and dead ends.

How has the American pension come to such an estate?

Most public pension systems were built upon the sunny assumption that their investments will yield a handsome 7.5% annual return.

But consider…

The average public pension plan returned just 1.5% last year.

Last year marked the second consecutive year that plans undershot the 7.5% return rate, according to Governing magazine.

The same plans worked an average gain of 2–4% in 2015.

A highly technical term describes the foregoing if it goes on long enough... and we apologize if it sends you to the dictionary:

Insolvency.

Briefly turn your attention to the Golden State, for example. California.

State pensions are only in funds to meet 65% of their promised benefits.

And California pins its hopes on that golden annual 7.5% return to make the shortage good.

But it’s in a devil of a fine fix if the average public pension plan only returns 1.5%.

The math is the math.

California essentially depends on returns 400% above the norm, according to financial analyst Larry Edelson.

But California is by no means alone.

We won’t run the entire roll call of shame.

But the great state of Illinois, for one, risks sinking into a $130 billion "death spiral" from its unfunded pension liabilities, as Ted Dabrowski of the Illinois Policy Institute described it.

S&P Global Ratings has even threatened to downgrade the state's credit score to "junk" status.

New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Kentucky are also among the worst deadbeats.

But the problems run from ocean to ocean and south to north.

A report from Moody’s reads thus:

For many states and municipalities, exposure to unfunded pension liabilities is already at or near all-time highs. Since cost burdens are already expected to further increase, pension fund investment performance is critical for the credit quality of many governments.

Not even a "best case" cumulative 25% investment return on public pension plans would stanch the blood flow, according to Moody’s.

They say that best-case 25% would merely reduce pension liabilities a slender 1% through 2019 due to weak contributions and poor past investment returns.

“But I don’t have a pension,” comes your response. “This doesn’t concern me.”

Ah, but have another guess — at least if you swear off your taxes in these United States.

Is it your belief that governments will let their prized public pension plans flop?

There are votes to consider, after all.

Jilted pensioners are capable of generating a good deal of hullabaloo, hullabaloo to which the official ear is exquisitely attuned.

Besides, do you think kind Uncle Samuel will turn the politically strategic states of California and Illinois out on their ears?

As our resident income specialist Zach Scheidt argues:

Your tax bill could explode as governments around the country seek to bail out insolvent pension plans. And you know how much politicians like to use your tax money to bail out some constituent. They like to prove their “compassion” with your money!

“Expect to pay higher state and local taxes for fewer services in the years to come,” adds Larry Edelson, before mentioned.

And:

“Don’t be surprised if authorities of all shapes and sizes — from local governments to national agencies — up the ante to get ahold of your assets any way they can.”

We would have to agree. You shouldn’t be surprised in the least.

And we can scarcely imagine the holy hell that would follow another financial crisis.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner warns the state’s pension crisis is driving his beloved Land of Lincoln into "banana republic" territory.

But we suspect the good governor’s mouth ran away with him here...

Can you imagine comparing the venerable, eminently worthy banana republic... to Illinois?

The pension crisis is truly “America’s silent crisis” and indeed the world's silent crisis.

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          WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF A U.S.-CHINA WAR? / THE WALL STREET JOURNAL   

What Are the Odds of a U.S.-China War?

Handicapping whether the rise of one power inevitably leads to armed conflicto

By Andrew Browne

Is President Donald Trump’s vision for ‘America First’ on a collision course with Xi Jinping’s ‘China Dream’? Here, Mr. Trump welcomes the Chinese president at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 6. Photo: CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS


SHANGHAI—Two fiery nationalists— Xi Jinping and Donald Trump —now occupy the seats of power in Beijing and Washington.

In their mission to make their countries great again, one pursues the “China Dream,” one “America First.” Both see the other as the chief obstacle to their ambition; they’re locked into a zero-sum competition.

Halting efforts to cooperate on North Korea have papered over deep tensions on a range of issues including the South China Sea.

Are the U.S. and China headed for war? That has been the recent hot question in China circles, spurred by a deluge of books that handicap the chances.

Graham Allison, the Harvard professor who popularized the term “Thucydides Trap” to describe the risk of conflict when a rising power challenges the incumbent, isn’t optimistic.

Thucydides, the Athenian historian and general, summarized the causes of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.) in a single line of a monumental history: It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this inspired in Sparta, he wrote, that made conflict inevitable.

War has resulted in 12 out of 16 similar setups over the past 500 years, Mr. Allison asserts, including Germany’s challenge to Britain that led to World War I.

In a new book that bears the ominous title “Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?” he lays out how conflicts over trade, the South China Sea or cyberspace could all spin out of control.

It is “frighteningly easy to develop scenarios in which American and Chinese soldiers are killing each other,” he writes

Nonsense, responds the noted Sinologist Arthur Waldron, a history professor at the University of Pennsylvania. War is by no means ordained.

In a caustic review of Mr. Allison’s book, he declares that the Thucydides Trap is a fallacy. Dig deeper into Thucydides’s text, he argues, and it becomes clear that Sparta, though warlike, tried to head off confrontation with Athens, at one point suggesting a simple compromise.

There’s much more here than an academic dispute over classical history.

Fundamentally, the two professors disagree in their estimates of China’s rise, and thus the severity of the challenge it represents to the U.S.-led order that has kept the peace since World War II.

Mr. Allison focuses on data showing China’s wealth and power soaring ever up.

Mr. Waldron dwells on figures that indicate China’s crippling vulnerabilities. He mentions chronic water shortages and energy wastage. Others point to an alarming surge in corporate debt and an aging population that could stall, or even reverse, growth.

Those who live in China, rather than observe it from afar, juggle both perspectives daily.

Inhale the toxic air in almost any city and it’s clear why wealthy Chinese are fleeing.

Yet, testifying to China’s creative energy are the fleets of emerald, blue and fluorescent orange bicycles that have overrun the same cities in a matter of months as multiple startups have jumped into a bike-sharing business powered by smartphone apps.

China is choking to death; China is vibrant. Both are true. Washington’s challenge is to make sense of these contradictions, and steer a policy course that avoids the extremes of capitulation and reckless belligerence.

The Obama administration was timid; Beijing seized the opportunity to start turning the South China Sea into a Chinese lake.

To the extent that the Trump administration has a China policy, it’s on hold due to North Korea.

Mr. Trump has suspended the verbal hostilities he unleashed on the campaign trail in hopes that his Chinese counterpart will use his influence to halt Pyongyang’s nuclear program. If, as seems likely, Mr. Xi can’t, or won’t, deliver a solution this truce could quickly crumble.

Influential voices are urging a hard line. Ely Ratner, a senior fellow at the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, recommended last week the U.S. should consider basing troops on disputed South China Sea islands. Whether the White House takes that inflammatory suggestion, once its disillusion with Beijing’s North Korea efforts sets in, expect renewed bellicosity on issues from trade to Taiwan.

There’s little doubt about Chinese intentions. As the journalist Howard French points out in his erudite book “Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power,” China aspires to restore its position at the pinnacle of East Asia.

The coming decades, he writes, will involve “a certain amount of yielding to China.”

How much will depend on a fine understanding of Chinese capabilities. While China has made giant leaps in military technology—enough to strike U.S. aircraft carriers—it will become progressively harder and more expensive to advance further.

In a speech two years ago, Mr. Xi insisted that “there is no such thing as the so-called Thucydides trap.” But he went on to warn against strategic miscalculations by unnamed “major countries” that “might create such traps.”

The next few years will be perilous: The risks of conflict can’t simply be dismissed. Mr. Waldron, though, is confident that Chinese leaders would quickly smother any unintended conflict rather than escalate and risk their country’s ruin.

“They are, after all, not idiots,” he writes.
          ARGENTINA´S 100-YEAR BOND CANNOT DEFY EM PLAYBOOK FOREVER / THE FINANCIAL TIMES   

Argentina’s 100-year bond cannot defy EM playbook forever

If the Fed is proved right on growth and inflation, then EM assets are likely to suffer

by: Jonathan Wheatley



Gauchos: saddle up. Argentina, one of the world’s most notorious serial defaulters, came to market on Monday with a 100-year sovereign bond, and investors snapped it up with all the macho bravado of the legendary horsemen of the pampas.

Really? A dollar-denominated bond that pays back 100 years from now, from a junk-rated country that has barely managed to stay solvent for more than half that time in its entire history as a creditor?

While there is certainly an investment case for taking part, several analysts warn that this issue is a classic sign of a market getting ahead of itself.

The point, though, is not the 100 years. The complexities of bond maths mean that, once maturities go beyond 30 years, the investment case barely changes. Barring default, with a yield of nearly 8 per cent, the bond will repay investors in full in about 12 years, all else (such as inflation) being equal — and that’s leaving aside its resale value. Many investors will have much shorter horizons.
In a world starved of yield, the 7.91 per cent on offer proved to be quite a pull and the bond attracted orders of $9.75bn for the $2.75bn issued. “People are looking out over the next 12 to 24 months and see a pretty positive outlook [for Argentina],” says David Robbins, head of emerging markets at TCW in New York. “Duration in high yield is something they are more comfortable with.” Argentina, he notes, is in effect selling equity in its economic recovery.

With so much else priced to perfection on global markets, this may seem to go with the territory. But others warn that we have been here before.

Sérgio Trigo Paz, head of emerging market fixed income portfolio management at BlackRock, says the rationale and the pricing are all good. But, he adds: “When you put it into perspective, it gives you a sense of déjà vu.”

Argentina’s is not the only noteworthy sale this week. Russia reportedly attracted demand of more than $6bn for 10-year and 30-year eurobonds expected to be priced later on Tuesday at yields of about 4.25 per cent and 5.25 per cent respectively.

This is happening just as the US Federal Reserve has embarked on “quantitative tightening”, raising interest rates last week for the second time this year and preparing markets for an announcement on how it will begin shrinking its supersized balance sheet later in the year.

It is not hard to see parallels between today and 2013, when the Fed announced the approaching end of quantitative easing just as investors were piling with enthusiasm into a series of high-profile eurobond issues by African governments. Some of those went badly wrong as investors fled emerging markets in the subsequent “taper tantrum”.

Investors may feel Argentina is less vulnerable this year to the dangers of “original sin” — issuing debt in dollars that must be serviced from revenues in your own, potentially weakening currency.

Last year’s dollar strength has faded and the peso has weakened against it by only about 1.5 per cent this year.

While a repeat of the taper tantrum is not expected, Mr Trigo Paz is among those warning that we are nevertheless at an inflection point.

He sees two scenarios. In one, the Fed is right about inflation and rates will continue to rise.

This would turn the Argentine bond into “a bad experience”. In the other, markets are right, US inflation and payrolls will disappoint and we will be back in a low rate environment, which will be good for the bonds — until deflation rears its head again, hurting the Argentine economy and its ability to pay.

In the meantime, he says, there is a “Goldilocks” middle ground in which investors can suck up an 8 per cent coupon. Beyond that: “It doesn’t look good either way — which is why you get an inflection point.”

Jim Barrineau, co-head of EM debt at Schroders, agrees. “Issuance like this will be the most volatile when the market cracks,” he says. “You do well until you don’t.”

At bottom, the question is whether the strong flows into EM assets this year, more than $35bn into EM bond funds alone, will continue to cushion investors from upsets down the road. It may be that the sheer quantity of money in search of yield will overpower events.

“You’re getting a ton of inflows, including passive inflows, compression of yields and compression of default risk,” says Mr Barrineau. “And people need to put money to work.”

However, he added: “History shows in EM that this type of environment doesn’t last for ever.

“This is the type of thing that when the tide turns is just poised to underperform. We’d rather pass on issues that appear to be the product of a frothy market.”

          New Mexico bishop takes charge in fighting sex abuse, healing wounds   

Gallup, N.M., Jun 29, 2017 / 02:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico added three names earlier this year to its list of workers against whom there are credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor, as part of the diocesan commitment to transparency and youth protection.

The local Church is also holding healing services in many of its parishes across New Mexico and Arizona, in which Bishop James Wall listens to and prays with any who wish to do so, as they seek healing from sexual abuse.

The three new names on the list of credibly accused are Brother Mark Schornack, OFM, who served at parishes in the Gallup diocese between 1952 and 1984, and who is now deceased; Fr. Ephraim Beltramea, OFM, who served at St. Francis parish in Gallup from 1970 to 1973; and Fr. Diego Mazon, OFM, who served in parishes of the diocese between 1977 and 2003.

Emails sent by CNA to representatives of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Province of the Order of Friars Minor inquiring about Fr. Beltramea and Fr. Mazon were not acknowledged.

Bishop Wall spoke to CNA recently about the Diocese of Gallup's efforts at child protection, the need to find healing, and the central role that transparency plays in the life of the Church.

“We use transparency so much as a buzzword,” he reflected. “I think transparency's important because all things must be brought into the light; things shouldn't remain in the darkness.”

“In the past I think we've learned from some our mistakes, and some of that had to do with shielding those who committed abuses, or sometimes maybe turning a blind eye, or allowing people to remain in ministry – and I don't think that's a good practice, because that doesn't really protect young people, vulnerable adults. It doesn't allow for them to have a safe place to encounter the living Christ.”

Transparency means “showing our policies, our procedures, what we're doing,” he said, so that “everything is brought into the light, so there's nothing that's hidden.”

April's inclusion of three new names brings the list of those who have worked in the Gallup diocese who have been deemed by the diocese to have credible accusations of sexual abuse of a minor against them to a total of 34.

Most of them (21) were diocesan priests. Another 11 were priests or brothers of religious communities, including the Order of Friars Minor, the Claretians, the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, and the Crosier Fathers. There was also one seminarian and one lay CCD teacher.

Some two-thirds of the credibly accused (22) are deceased.

Bishop Wall explained that when the diocese receives an allegation of sex abuse of a minor, it undertakes an investigation, or has an outside investigator look into it. The investigator brings its findings to a review board, which makes recommendations to the diocese.

“Through that process, if we discover that the allegation is credible, then we will post that name on the diocesan website, as well as let the parishes where this person has served know.”

He added that the investigation is done because “we always have to make sure that we're protecting everyone's rights involved in this, being sensitive to everyone: the person bringing the accusation forward, as well as the accused,” noting that “the legal system is innocent until proven guilty.”

If the credibly accused person is a cleric, “immediately their faculties are withdrawn and they're informed that they are not to function or present themselves as a cleric in the Church.”

The bishop added that their case can be sent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, where they can be assessed various penalties, such as dismissal from the clerical state.

When the credibly accused person is a member of a religious community, “the expectation is that (their community) take the lead,” Bishop Wall explained, though the diocese does work closely with the religious community throughout the process.

The Gallup diocese's list of credibly accused was first made in December 2014, and its recent update reflects the fact that “sometimes we don't have enough information on a particular case; we might not have enough information to investigate it, and then deem it credible.”

“If at a later date more information does come to us, so that we are able to investigate it, and then we are able to deem it credible, then we immediately put it on our list of credibly accused,” the bishop said. “So it all has to deal with the information that we have.”

The diocese's list reflects any local Church workers who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor, whether while they were in ministry in Gallup or in another diocese. It also shows when and where they ministered within the diocese, whether or not the alleged abuse was carried out at those times and places.

Those who have been credibly accused were in ministry between the 1930s and the 2010s. There was a sharp rise of those in ministry in the 1950s, with a peak in the 1960s. Many of the credibly accused were also in ministry in the 1970s and '80s. The numbers fell in the 1990s and 2000s.

There was a sole case since Bishop Wall was named Bishop of Gallup in 2009: Fr. Timothy Conlon, a member of the Crosier Fathers. He served in two Arizona parishes from 2011 to 2013 before the diocese was informed by his religious community of an allegation of sexual abuse against him.

The bishop said the Church is now “really in the forefront of making sure that we provide a safe environment for our young people, and vulnerable adults as well,” with its screening of potential ministers leadings its efforts.

He cited the use of psychological screening and testing, and the fact that “our interview process is much, much more extensive than it was” in past times. Moreover, the Gallup diocese trains its volunteers, employees, students and clerics in child safety, and has a mandatory background check.

“We try to put in as many safety procedures as possible,” he said.

Reflecting on the spike of credibly accused clerics in the 1950s and '60s, Bishop Wall said that while there were a number of contributing factors, he believes that chief among them was the sexual revolution and “the groundwork [which] was already being laid prior to that.”

“But then again, these were bad people who did bad things to people; and these people should never have been placed in the positions to violate the trust, to violate these young people.”

In response to the crisis of sexual abuse, the Diocese of Gallup has also held healing services in parishes across its territory, in which Bishop Wall listens to and prays with survivors of sexual abuse, regardless of who their abuser was.

“It provides an opportunity not only to come together to pray, to pray for healing, but also gives an opportunity for anyone, and I stress that – anyone – who is a survivor of sexual abuse to meet with me,” the bishop explained.

“So we could have someone who is a survivor of sexual abuse by a worker of the Church, or someone who's a survivor of sexual abuse not by a worker of the Church, it could be family or friends, whatever the case might be … that's what the Church is about, it's what our ministry is about: offering the healing of Christ, so we provide that opportunity as well.”

Communities across the diocese have responded differently to the healing services, which began in November 2016.

In some places, Bishop Wall said, there is “a pretty good sized group that comes, and people who will want to meet with me individually afterwards; some people will bring family members in with them, they feel a little more comfortable, and some people just come to pray – you don't have to be a survivor of sexual abuse to come and pray.”

Healing services are scheduled at different communities in the diocese through March 2018.

While acknowledging that “it is difficult,” Bishop Wall also affirmed that “I think it's necessary, and it's a good thing, to allow people to come and sit and talk, and kind of, really unload their burden. Especially for someone who was abused by a worker of the Church, I think it's important for the bishop, who's the shepherd of the diocese, to sit with the person, to talk with the person, pray with them, apologize. I think that's one of the most important things were able to do in this.”

“These healing services, difficult though they are, provide a great opportunity for survivors of sexual abuse, whether at the hands of workers of the Church or someone else … to come before the Lord and find healing in the Lord,” the bishop concluded.

Survivors of sexual abuse are also afforded an opportunity “to pray, too, and also I think to realize they're not alone, because I think many times if someone is a survivor of sexual abuse, sometimes they feel like they're alone. And I think coming together with others, and the Church welcoming and inviting them to come together, it lets them feel that they're not alone, they're not isolated, there are people that are there for them, the Church is there for them.”
 

 


          Fr. James Martin's LGBT book: Where it's strong, where it falls short   

Washington D.C., Jun 29, 2017 / 01:10 pm (CNA).- There’s been a lot of chatter about Fr. James Martin’s new book, “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity,” and given the topic, it’s understandable why. Pope Francis’ call to “encounter” has reinforced the necessity for Catholics to go bring the Gospel to those on the margins. Within American society at large, one of the most visible minorities on the margins are those who experience same-sex attractions or identify as LGBT, and ministry to this community has been of special concern among faithful Catholics in recent years. At the same time, both communities have borne legitimate struggles, as the Church faces pressures to choose between its teachings and public service, and those who identify as LGBT – including celibate Catholics who abide by Church teaching – have for years faced violence, ridicule and discrimination for their attractions.

The book contains many good and practical explanations for why conversations between these groups can come to a standstill. Fr. Martin points out how the scandal of the sex abuse crisis or mistreatment by persons in the Church can make it difficult for members of the LGBT community to listen to the Church’s guidance. Additionally, he explains to members of the LGBT community why it’s important to respect the teaching authority of the Church. Advice like this is clarifying and can help facilitate conversations with more patience and understanding. The book closes with a series of prayers and spiritual reflections, some of which provide a welcome antidote to the Pelagian poisons of our time: Fr. Martin rightfully reinforces God’s love for all his children in a world that places terms and conditions upon our human dignity and worth.

Yes, all of us are sinners and fall short of the glory of God and face the consequences of our actions. But all of us are created in the image and likeness of God; it is not our action or inaction, but God’s grace, which secures our salvation. I can only hope that these reflections provide spiritual fruit for all of the book’s readers who feel rejected, neglected, hurt, or who think their deeds somehow have rendered them unworthy of God’s love, particularly readers who experience same-sex attraction or identify as part of the LGBT community.

However, there were other aspects of the book that were troubling.  

Most of all, I was confused by the book’s avoidance of the Church’s teaching on the Sacrament of marriage, as well as the importance of the gifts of celibacy and chastity for the life of the Church. Likewise, I was baffled by Fr. Martin’s reluctance to acknowledge Catholics who experience same-sex attraction who live in obedience to Church teaching – either through celibacy or in sacramental marriages to persons of the opposite sex. If the purpose of the book is to build a bridge between the Church and the broader LGBT community, why skip over the perspective of those at the crossroads of living a Catholic life and experiencing same-sex attraction?

Eve Tushnet, an author, pro-life activist and Catholic who identifies as a lesbian spoke to similar frustrations, particularly the book’s avoidance of sexual ethics, in her review of Fr. Martin’s book for the Washington Post. “The Catholic sexual ethic is this book’s embarrassing secret. It’s never mentioned, and so the difficulties the teaching itself poses for gay Catholics in our culture are never addressed.”  

Tushnet later continues: “In a culture where everything from pop songs to health insurance urges us to structure our lives around romance and marriage, gay Christians have a chance – or a duty – to show that you can make a life of devotion, joy and mutual sacrifice within celibacy. And straight Christians have a chance not only to live the models we’ve shown them, following the paths we’ve blazed, but to support us when our callings to non-marital love leave us economically or emotionally vulnerable.”

Given the topic, it seemed jarringly incomplete to be denied even a reference to the call of Tushnet and other LGBT Christians trying to live in accord with Church teaching.

After reading, I also found myself wondering about the definitions Fr. Martin lays out, particularly those surrounding identity.

While certainly respect and sensitivity are necessary for any difficult conversation, I can’t help but wonder if Fr. Martin’s fixation on identity as LGBT overlooks Catholics who experience same-sex attraction but do not wish to identify as such. For instance, members of groups such as Courage share experiences of same-sex attraction, yet many choose not to identify as “gay” or “lesbian.” Furthermore, even within the LGBT community, those labels of “gay” and “lesbian” are falling out of use among the Millennial generation, with the terms like “queer” taking their place. If this book is to help bridge an understanding, why limit this conversation to their exclusion?

On top of that, all of these sexual identities – including that of “straight” – are very recent social constructions. This isn’t to say that identities don’t reflect on how we are shaped and encounter the world, or that they cannot be an effective shorthand for describing one’s background or community. Yet, as Pope Benedict XVI wrote while he was still Joseph Ratzinger, “the human person, made in the image and likeness of God, can hardly be adequately described by a reductionist reference to his or her sexual orientation” (or any other temporal identity). While we might claim a given identity – Gentile, Jew, Gay, Straight – they aren’t essential to who we are as children of God, nor should they limit us in doing what the Church, our Mother, asks of us.

Sadly, this point of Church teaching and historical understanding doesn’t come across clearly in Fr. Martin’s book. In one section, Fr. Martin rightly points to the hypocritical “acceptance” of some other groups who publicly disobey Church teaching such as known usurers or those in cohabiting relationships. However, he doesn’t merely call for consistency, but for consistency in acceptance of these forms of public sin. This is problematic for a number of reasons, but most of all because it seems to despair of God’s grace and sells short Christ’s call for all of us to live lives of virtue.

Overall, there are some useful insights in the Building a Bridge’s prayers and descriptions of where many conversations on this topic come to a standstill. And, the book may be a useful tool for a well-formed Catholic who wants a better insight into the LGBT experience, or for a member of that community who wants to understand a neighborhood priest's perspective. However, bridge-building is a difficult task. Hopefully the fruits of this book will prove to be a solid plank, but there is clearly a need for other resources, materials and direction to make up for what is lacking in this book as we seek to span these waters.

 

 


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          En defensa de los derechos fundamentales en internet.   
"Manifiesto “En defensa de los derechos fundamentales en internet”:

Ante la inclusión en el Anteproyecto de Ley de Economía sostenible de modificaciones legislativas que afectan al libre ejercicio de las libertades de expresión, información y el derecho de acceso a la cultura a través de Internet, los periodistas, bloggers, usuarios, profesionales y creadores de internet manifestamos nuestra firme oposición al proyecto, y declaramos que…

1.- Los derechos de autor no pueden situarse por encima de los derechos fundamentales de los ciudadanos, como el derecho a la privacidad, a la seguridad, a la presunción de inocencia, a la tutela judicial efectiva y a la libertad de expresión.

2.- La suspensión de derechos fundamentales es y debe seguir siendo competencia exclusiva del poder judicial. Ni un cierre sin sentencia. Este anteproyecto, en contra de lo establecido en el artículo 20.5 de la Constitución, pone en manos de un órgano no judicial – un organismo dependiente del ministerio de Cultura -, la potestad de impedir a los ciudadanos españoles el acceso a cualquier página web.

3.- La nueva legislación creará inseguridad jurídica en todo el sector tecnológico español, perjudicando uno de los pocos campos de desarrollo y futuro de nuestra economía, entorpeciendo la creación de empresas, introduciendo trabas a la libre competencia y ralentizando su proyección internacional.

4.- La nueva legislación propuesta amenaza a los nuevos creadores y entorpece la creación cultural. Con Internet y los sucesivos avances tecnológicos se ha democratizado extraordinariamente la creación y emisión de contenidos de todo tipo, que ya no provienen prevalentemente de las industrias culturales tradicionales, sino de multitud de fuentes diferentes.

5.- Los autores, como todos los trabajadores, tienen derecho a vivir de su trabajo con nuevas ideas creativas, modelos de negocio y actividades asociadas a sus creaciones. Intentar sostener con cambios legislativos a una industria obsoleta que no sabe adaptarse a este nuevo entorno no es ni justo ni realista. Si su modelo de negocio se basaba en el control de las copias de las obras y en Internet no es posible sin vulnerar derechos fundamentales, deberían buscar otro modelo.

6.- Consideramos que las industrias culturales necesitan para sobrevivir alternativas modernas, eficaces, creíbles y asequibles y que se adecuen a los nuevos usos sociales, en lugar de limitaciones tan desproporcionadas como ineficaces para el fin que dicen perseguir.

7.- Internet debe funcionar de forma libre y sin interferencias políticas auspiciadas por sectores que pretenden perpetuar obsoletos modelos de negocio e imposibilitar que el saber humano siga siendo libre.

8.- Exigimos que el Gobierno garantice por ley la neutralidad de la Red en España, ante cualquier presión que pueda producirse, como marco para el desarrollo de una economía sostenible y realista de cara al futuro.

9.- Proponemos una verdadera reforma del derecho de propiedad intelectual orientada a su fin: devolver a la sociedad el conocimiento, promover el dominio público y limitar los abusos de las entidades gestoras.

10.- En democracia las leyes y sus modificaciones deben aprobarse tras el oportuno debate público y habiendo consultado previamente a todas las partes implicadas. No es de recibo que se realicen cambios legislativos que afectan a derechos fundamentales en una ley no orgánica y que versa sobre otra materia.

Este manifiesto, elaborado de forma conjunta por varios autores, es de todos y de ninguno. Si quieres sumarte a él, difúndelo por Internet."

Pues eso. Difúndelo tu tambien.

          How Health Care And Community-Based Human Services Organizations Are Partnering for Better Health Outcomes   

The Greater Boston Food Bank

While the headlines focus on the latest twists and turns of health care politics and policies, a tectonic shift is happening in America’s approach to health, with innovations that show promise in terms of better outcomes, better quality of care, and lower costs.

Health care organizations and community-based providers of human services are now collaborating to address the crucial social—as well as the clinical—determinants of health. This movement recognizes the important role that factors like housing, food security, education, employment, and so forth play in the overall well-being of people and communities. It takes into account the costs of failing to address these factors, such as the impact of homelessness on emergency department (ED) usage. And it has been accelerated by developments like the Affordable Care Act and new payment and delivery models, such as accountable care organizations and value-based contracting.

This year, as part of its ongoing efforts to build a Culture of Health in communities across the country, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supported an effort to get a clear and current picture of this dynamic landscape—to capture, analyze, and share widely what kinds of partnerships exist among which partners, what’s working well, and what could work better.

The Partnership for Healthy Outcomes, which includes Nonprofit Finance Fund, the Center for Health Care Strategies, and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities reached out to partnerships across the United States. Those that responded to the Request for Information included more than 200 organizations that are members of partnerships serving one or more of all fifty states. Key findings from the data have just been published here and will be augmented later this summer by four detailed case studies of partnerships serving varied populations and geography.

Here is a snapshot of what we have learned to date.

We and our partners knew, anecdotally, of numerous partnerships between health care organizations and community-based human services nonprofits.

We found a deepening and diverse array of partnerships of many sizes, shapes, motivations, and contractual and funding arrangements—with partners ranging from public health and other government agencies to private insurers, foundations, dental clinics, food banks, supermarkets, and more.

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We knew that many partnerships had been formed to improve health outcomes and contain costs.

We found that most partnerships today focus on services targeting immediate goals such as lower ED usage, fewer hospital readmissions, shorter hospital stays, and transitioning patients from acute care to more appropriate and cost-effective settings. Many partnerships provide care coordination and clinical support. Fewer partnerships provide services that directly address social determinants of health with the goal of improving health in the long term.

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We knew that there is an almost universal priority of more effectively deploying limited resources.

We found that 65 percent of partnerships reported cost savings. Community-based organizations, health care organizations, and other partners also reported expanded organizational skills and capabilities. In other words, they are expanding their professional networks, learning data systems, and building cultural competencies. These make for stronger partners as well as stronger partnerships.

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We knew that we were asking questions in largely uncharted territory and that “we don’t know what we don’t know.”

We found that this growing movement needs clarity of language (talking at cross-purposes costs productivity) and that success depends on clearly identifying, articulating, and funding the full costs of launching and developing effective partnerships.

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We knew that this effort is, at its heart, all about people.

We found that relationships, good communication, and trust—between and among providers, funders, and, crucially, the communities they serve—are absolutely key to successful partnerships and need attention and investment up front and throughout their existence.

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The only certainty about the US health care landscape is that more change is coming. In this learning-while-doing moment, as we and others dig deeper into the operational, cultural, capacity-building, and other ingredients for effective partnerships, we must all remain open and nimble to respond, in real time, to what we learn, as well as to changes in policy and funding environments.

The Partnership for Healthy Outcomes, a year-long project of Nonprofit Finance Fund, the Center for Health Care Strategies, and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities with generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, captured and shared insights from partnerships between health care and community-based organizations, particularly those that serve low-income and/or vulnerable populations.

Related reading:

“Integrating Medical And Social Services: A Pressing Priority For Health Systems And Payers,” by Melinda K. Abrams and Donald Moulds of the Commonwealth Fund, July 5, 2016, GrantWatch section of Health Affairs Blog.


          Andy Wingo: it's probably spam   

Greetings, peoples. As you probably know, these words are served to you by Tekuti, a blog engine written in Scheme that uses Git as its database.

Part of the reason I wrote this blog software was that from the time when I was using Wordpress, I actually appreciated the comments that I would get. Sometimes nice folks visit this blog and comment with information that I find really interesting, and I thought it would be a shame if I had to disable those entirely.

But allowing users to add things to your site is tricky. There are all kinds of potential security vulnerabilities. I thought about the ones that were important to me, back in 2008 when I wrote Tekuti, and I thought I did a pretty OK job on preventing XSS and designing-out code execution possibilities. When it came to bogus comments though, things worked well enough for the time. Tekuti uses Git as a log-structured database, and so to delete a comment, you just revert the change that added the comment. I added a little security question ("what's your favorite number?"; any number worked) to prevent wordpress spammers from hitting me, and I was good to go.

Sadly, what was good enough in 2008 isn't good enough in 2017. In 2017 alone, some 2000 bogus comments made it through. So I took comments offline and painstakingly went through and separated the wheat from the chaff while pondering what to do next.

an aside

I really wondered why spammers bothered though. I mean, I added the rel="external nofollow" attribute on links, which should prevent search engines from granting relevancy to the spammer's links, so what gives? Could be that all the advice from the mid-2000s regarding nofollow is bogus. But it was definitely the case that while I was adding the attribute to commenter's home page links, I wasn't adding it to links in the comment. Doh! With this fixed, perhaps I will just have to deal with the spammers I have and not even more spammers in the future.

i digress

I started by simply changing my security question to require a number in a certain range. No dice; bogus comments still got through. I changed the range; could it be the numbers they were using were already in range? Again the bogosity continued undaunted.

So I decided to break down and write a bogus comment filter. Luckily, Git gives me a handy corpus of legit and bogus comments: all the comments that remain live are legit, and all that were ever added but are no longer live are bogus. I wrote a simple tokenizer across the comments, extracted feature counts, and fed that into a naive Bayesian classifier. I finally turned it on this morning; fingers crossed!

My trials at home show that if you train the classifier on half the data set (around 5300 bogus comments and 1900 legit comments) and then run it against the other half, I get about 6% false negatives and 1% false positives. The feature extractor interns sequences of 1, 2, and 3 tokens, and doesn't have a lower limit for number of features extracted -- a feature seen only once in bogus comments and never in legit comments is a fairly strong bogosity signal; as you have to make up the denominator in that case, I set it to indicate that such a feature is 99.9% bogus. A corresponding single feature in the legit set without appearance in the bogus set is 99% legit.

Of course with this strong of a bias towards precise features of the training set, if you run the classifier against its own training set, it produces no false positives and only 0.3% false negatives, some of which were simply reverted duplicate comments.

It wasn't straightforward to get these results out of a Bayesian classifier. The "smoothing" factor that you add to both numerator and denominator was tricky, as I mentioned above. Getting a useful tokenization was tricky. And the final trick was even trickier: limiting the significant-feature count when determining bogosity. I hate to cite Paul Graham but I have to do so here -- choosing the N most significant features in the document made the classification much less sensitive to the varying lengths of legit and bogus comments, and less sensitive to inclusions of verbatim texts from other comments.

We'll see I guess. If your comment gets caught by my filters, let me know -- over email or Twitter I guess, since you might not be able to comment! I hope to be able to keep comments open; I've learned a lot from yall over the years.


          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


          Ethiopia: Resilience in Ethiopia and Somaliland: Impact evaluation of the reconstruction project ‘Development of Enabling Conditions for Pastoralist and Agro-Pastoralist Communities’   
Source: Oxfam
Country: Ethiopia, Somalia

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Oxfam GB’s Global Performance Framework is part of the organisation’s effort to better understand and communicate its effectiveness, as well as enhance learning across the organisation. Under this Framework, a small number of completed or mature projects are selected at random each year for an evaluation of their impact, known as an ‘Effectiveness Review’. One key focus is on the extent they have promoted change in relation to relevant Oxfam GB global outcome indicators.

During the 2015/16 financial year, one of the projects that was randomly selected for an Effectiveness Review was the Reconstruction Project: ‘Contributing to the Development of Enabling Conditions for Human Security for Vulnerable Pastoralist and Agro-Pastoralist Communities’. Oxfam carried out this project in partnership with several organisations, including Ogden Welfare and Development Association (OWDA), Community Development Service Association (CDSA), Somaliland Pastoral Forum (SOLPAF), Candlelight, Himilo Relief and Development Association (HIRDA), and The Horn of Africa Voluntary Youth Committee (HAVOYOCO). The project activities, which began in July 2012 and finished in June 2016, were focused in the Somali region of Ethiopia and the Galbeed and Togdheer regions of Somaliland (see Figure 1.1).

The project was designed to build the resilience of project participants to drought, conflict, and other shocks and stresses, through a series of activities working at different scales. The project worked directly to improve pastoralists’ and agro-pastoralists’ ability to thrive in spite of drought and conflict by rehabilitating sources of water and grazing land and by managing livestock disease. The project also aimed to support alternative income-generating activities among women and the youth by providing training and supporting savings/credit groups. Finally, the project tried to increase the voice and representation of marginalised groups in key decisionmaking forums.

EVALUATION APPROACH

This Effectiveness Review used a quasi-experimental evaluation design to assess the impact of the activities among the households whose members directly participated in women’s savings and credit groups that were formed by the project and through which many of the project activities were channelled. This involved comparing those households that participated in the project to a group of comparison households, which were similar to the project participants. The Effectiveness Review can only fully identify household-level effects of the project. Communitylevel effects are partially identified in the evaluation, but given the potential spillovers of the community-level activities into the comparison group, it is impossible to capture their full impacts. Activities operating at a higher level, including the project’s advocacy work in key decision-making forums, are not included in this evaluation.

This Effectiveness Review focused on 10 project villages, across two woredas (districts) of Ethiopia and one region of Somaliland. In these project communities, all households that participated in the women’s credit and savings groups that were formed and supported by the project were targeted for interview. The project participants were identified using beneficiary lists that were maintained by the project partner organisations. For the comparison, 14 villages were identified in woredas/regions that were similar to the project communities in our sample in terms of a number of key characteristics, including the dominant livelihood strategies employed by community members, the distance of the community from main roads, and the distance of the community from the Ethiopia-Somaliland border. Within the comparison communities, households were identified using exactly the same protocol that was used to establish the women’s savings and credit groups in the first place, namely through focus groups conducted with the village elders that sought out households that were poor, female-headed, and had demonstrated the potential to establish a non-farm household business.

At the analysis stage, the statistical tools of propensity-score matching and multivariate regression were used to control for apparent baseline differences between the households in the project and comparison communities, to increase confidence when making estimates of the project’s impact.
The primary aim of the Effectiveness Review was to investigate the project’s impact on building resilience to shocks and stresses. This was assessed by identifying 36 characteristics that were thought to be associated with resilience, for which data could be collected in the household survey. These characteristics were formulated under Oxfam GB’s multidimensional framework for measuring resilience, and developed through discussions with project staff and focus groups conducted in local communities. In general, these indicators were chosen to focus on the intermediate steps between project activities and final well-being outcomes, although some measures of project outputs were included. It should also be noted that we sought to generate a mix of indicators that were connected to the project’s Logic Model and those that were not. A full list of indicators and a summary of the results for each is shown in Table 1.


          Somalia: WFP VAM Food Security Analysis - East Africa: The 2017 Season - Crisis Rather Than Disaster   
Source: World Food Programme
Country: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Despite improved rains since late April, the delayed start of the season and severe early dryness will result in poor crop production, degraded pasture and low water availability for human and livestock consumption.

  • The food security situation of the extremely vulnerable households is expected to further deteriorate. Pastoralists in central Somalia, SE Ethiopia and western Kenya are of particular concern.

  • Somalia, Kenya and SE Ethiopia have now endured three consecutive droughts, including one of the most severe on record in Oct-Dec 2016.

  • Central South Sudan, Sudan, NW Ethiopia and Eritrea have experienced abundant rainfall resulting in robust early vegetation growth and early start of the growing season.


          DirtyCow: Görülmüş en büyük Linux kernel açığı   

Linux 2.6.22'den itibaren açık mevcut ve CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, Red Hat vb. tüm sistemleri etkiliyor. Özetle sistem üzerindeki yetkisiz kullanıcı root yetkilerine erişebiliyor.

Açık iki şeye yol açıyor(muş)

  1. Sistem üzerinde yetkisiz bir kullanıcı bu açıktan istifade ederek read-only olan dosyalara yazma yetkisi sağlayabilir.
  2. Sistem üzerindeki kullanıcıya disk binarylerini modifiye etme ve uygun izinler sağlanmadan modifikasyon yapmayı engelleyen izin mekanizmasını devredışı bırakma imkanı sağlıyor.

Sistem bilgim iyi olmadığı için kaba bir çeviriyle yetindim, ilgilisine.

Kaynaklar

https://dirtycow.ninja/
https://github.com/dirtycow/dirtycow.github.io/wik...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEsshExn7aE
https://bobcares.com/blog/dirty-cow-vulnerability/ (çözüm)
http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/10/android-ph... (android)


          Fox in the Hen House: Allowing Terrorists to Re-enter Prisons   

Recent articles by the IPT and other news organizations have addressed the growing concerns regarding the upcoming release of over a hundred inmates convicted of terrorism related crimes. Experts have spoken on the lack of a bona fide strategy that will address the unique security issues presented when a terrorist is released. The need for post release specialized supervision programs is clear.

The one idea that should not be on the table is to allow them to re-enter prisons to speak with inmates as a religious volunteer. Yet this is exactly what has happened in the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) for the last two years.

Edwin Lorenzo Lemmons, also known as Asad al Salaam, is an employee of the Muslim Chaplain Services of Virginia. He is licensed in the state as an Islamic clergyman authorized to perform marriages and other religious ceremonies. He has been issued a statewide pass to enter any VADOC facility and speak with inmates. He is currently teaching a class in Arabic for inmates. He is also an ex-offender. While that in itself is not unusual, many ex-offenders, in a desire to give back and help others in similar situations, have successfully done so. This particular ex-offender, Edwin Lorenzo Lemmons, (FBI # 939113RA3), is quite unique.

Lemmons' criminal history began in a small rural community in upstate New York. His parents had sent him there from Chicago in hopes of protecting him from the scourge of gang violence and drugs. His first arrest occurred when he was a teenager, and for the next two years he amassed charges ranging from DUI to Burglary, Assault, and finally, Robbery. The last charge resulted in his being sentenced to a term of 2-4 years in a New York State prison. Upon his entrance to a Reception and Classification facility in April of 1996, he declared his religion as Christian. A few months later, after meeting with several inmates of Middle Eastern descent, one, a former Colonel in the Yemeni army and the other, a member of Hamas, Mr. Lemmons informed his counselor that he was changing his religious affiliation to Islam. Following that development, he began to attend Arabic classes taught by another inmate in the Cayuga Correctional Facility. The inmate teacher's name was Abdel Nasser Zaben.

Abdel Zaben, a Palestinian, was born in Jordan in 1969. He illegally entered the United States in 1990, arrested by the NYPD in 1993 for Kidnapping and Robbery, and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Zaben was also the target of an investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force who had received confidential information that he had sworn allegiance to Osama bin Laden and was recruiting disenfranchised inmates to his group for training and to fight in the Jihad. At the time he first met with Edwin Lemmons, Zaben worked as a clerk for the prison's Islamic Chaplain . For the next two years he tutored Lemmons in both Arabic and the Koran. When the time for Lemmons' release from prison drew near, inmate Zaben provided him with names and contact information of individuals in the Middle East who would assist Lemmons in his travel and studies.

Following his release, in the fall of 1998, Lemmons had his parole supervision transferred to Florida, and enrolled in the Islamic Center of Gainesville. In March 2000, Lemmons made his first trip overseas to the Middle East. Upon his return from Jordan through New York's JFK Airport and then on to Gainesville, Florida, he approached the president of the Islamic center and asked about fighting in the jihad overseas. The then-president, Mohamed Bahmaid, in an interview with members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, stated that he tried to discourage Lemmons from any future overseas travel. Lemmons did not heed his advice. Four months later Lemmons made another trip overseas, this time to Egypt. He stayed for three months and while there, according to a reliable source who knew both Lemmons and Zaben, he received "underground tactical training."

Later, while under surveillance by the JTTF, Lemmons was observed at a firing range in Melbourne, Florida with two other individuals, firing AK 47's and SKS assault rifles. They were practicing tactical maneuvers known as "cover & concealment." In addition, authorities received credible information from a reliable source that described Lemmons as someone with extremist Islamic views similar to that of the Taliban. Lemmons himself admitted to extremist views in a recorded conversation with inmate Abdel Zaben. The majority of Lemmon's conversations with Zaben were in Arabic and required the use of government translators. The translators often remarked as to the skill and scholarly approach to the language that Lemmons had acquired. That development caused concern with investigators in June 2003 when monitoring a conversation between Lemmons and Zaben. Lemmons kept saying over and over to Zaben that he needed to learn how to say "Big Truck" in Arabic. He was fluent in Arabic and knew precisely how to say those words. Why was he repeating the phrase, "Big Truck"? Investigators believed this was a coded message about a possible future attack that Lemmons was to be involved with.

That is why on September 6, 2003, members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Lemmons in the Orlando airport as he returned from yet another trip to the Middle East. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. But this was no ordinary gun case. This was the result of a joint investigation dubbed "Operation Hades" which included investigators from my Office, the NYPD, the NYSP, and the JTTF. The goal of the investigation was to determine the level of Islamic radicalization in the prison system both here and abroad and also to identify and neutralize any radicalizing influences.

Lemmons was only one of the many radicals we uncovered.

As a result of his plea arrangement, he received a sentence of twenty seven months in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He was released from prison on May 12, 2006. He continued to have contact with Abdel Zaben and other individuals in the Middle East whom he met during his travels. He has never recanted his extremist views.

The question arises as to why the Muslim Chaplains Services of Virginia would hire someone holding such extremist views. Perhaps they were unaware of Lemmons' background, or perhaps they share the same beliefs as Mr. Lemmons. The MCSVA is a non-profit organization incorporated in 2003 whose stated mission is "to serve incarcerated individuals, ex-offenders, and their families." To accomplish that goal, MCSVA has received funding from various organizations including the Islamic Relief (IRUSA), an organization with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Its former global affiliate and current partner organization Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) was banned from operating in Israel on allegations the charity funneled funds to Hamas. Later the same year, the United Arab Emirates declared IRW to be a terrorist group.

One of the MCSVA board members, Sa'ad El-Amin, pled guilty to Tax Fraud and sentenced to 37 months in a federal prison. Adding to this, MCSVA is now employing an individual who was radicalized in prison and has spoken of fighting and dying for jihad, namely Edwin Lorenzo Lemmons, also known as Asad al Salaam

Allowing an individual with such radical Islamic views to meet, teach, and influence a particularly vulnerable group of society, incarcerated men and women, is in direct opposition to the FBI's Correctional Intelligence Initiative which seeks to detect, deter, and disrupt the level of violent extremism and radicalization in correctional institutions. It specifically speaks of preventing un-vetted religious clergy and volunteers with extremist views from any interaction with inmates. The DOJ Inspector General's Office has also spoken of this security concern. That inmates could be radicalized while incarcerated and then carry out terrorist attacks after release is a very real concern both here and in abroad.

It seems incredulous to me that, in light of the recent terrorist attacks in the UK and other European countries, carried out in part by individuals radicalized in prison, someone with Mr. Lemmons' background would be allowed to reenter a prison, let alone teach inmates.

When notified of Lemmons' well documented criminal activity since his release from a New York State prison, Melissa Welch, the Operations Support Manager for VADOC, whose office oversees religious volunteers, stated that the approval to allow Mr. Lemmons to visit and teach inmates in Virginia was granted by her predecessor in 2015. She went on to say that the agency is in the process of reviewing how Edwin Lemmons slipped through the cracks and what action VADOC will need to take to correct the security error.

Three crucial steps will be necessary to effectively neutralize this egregious security breach. First, Virginia Department of Corrections Director Harold Clarke should immediately suspend Mr. Lemmons' authorization to enter any correctional facility. Second, an audit/investigation into how religious volunteers are vetted should be conducted, and changes made, to prevent individuals with prior convictions for terror related crimes to gain access to any correctional facility. And thirdly, a list of the names of all the inmates, both in custody or released, who attended any classes or services conducted by Mr. Lemmons should be forwarded to the National Joint Terrorism Task Force that has oversight for the Correctional Intelligence Initiative Program.

Failing to implement these steps will only increase the level of radicalizing influences in the U.S. prison system.

Allowing a fox into the hen house does irreparable harm to all. Allowing a terrorist back into prison will only do the same.

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          Trump's voter commission already stirring criticism   
Donald Trump's appointment of an "election integrity" commission including Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach raised red flags from the start and its activities have already spurred more concerns that it's another vote suppression ploy.

Kobach has led efforts to suppress votes in Kansas and has participated in highly flawed efforts to investigate voter rolls nationally. He's a pal of Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin.

Now he's sent a letter to all 50 states in advance of the first meeting.

The information requested includes the names, addresses, birthdates, political party v(if recorded), last four digits of the voter's Social Security Number and which elections the voter has participated in since 2006, for every registered voter in the country.

Kobach, who is also Kansas' Republican secretary of state, did not say how the commission plans to use the data other than to help it "fully analyze vulnerabilities and issues related to voter registration and voting."
If history repeats, he'll drum up some bogus matching lists, heavily flawed because, for example, the fact that five or six  people with the same name, say Jose Cruz or Roosevelt Washington to give you the idea of what Kobach hopes to find, exist in several states isn't evidence of voter fraud.

Vanita Gupta, former head of the Justice Department Civil Rights Division, boiled it down to this on Twitter:

The letter @KrisKobach1787 is sending to states confirms: Pence and Kobach are laying the groundwork for voter suppression, plain & simple. 
The Kentucky secretary of state has told Kobach to stuff it.


I've asked Mark Martin's office if it intends to comply with Kobach's request. UPDATE: His spokesman, Chris Powell, says Arkansas has not received the letter.

I also sent an e-mail to former Democratic state Rep. David Dunn, now a lobbyist at the Arkansas Capitol, for his response to this. He was appointed to this panel thanks to friendship with Mark Martin. I wondered what he thought of the witch hunt in which he's been enlisted. No response as yet.

Talking Points Memo, in outlining how dubious this effort is, notes:

Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill (D), who released the copy of Kobach’s letter sent to her, issued a statement saying that, while they’ll be turning over the data, they’ll also be requesting from Kobach’s commission “any memos, meeting minutes or additional information as state officials have not been told precisely what the Commission is looking for.”

“This lack of openness is all the more concerning, considering that the Vice Chair of the Commission, Kris Kobach, has a lengthy record of illegally disenfranchising eligible voters in Kansas,” Merrill said. “The courts have repudiated his methods on multiple occasions but often after the damage has been done to voters. Given Secretary Kobach’s history we find it very difficult to have confidence in the work of this Commission.”
David Dunn, where are you?

The League of Women Voters' Chris Carson had this to say:Vir

“There is no justification for this giant fishing expedition. The Commission itself is a distraction from the real issue of voter suppression, and that efforts to ‘investigate voter fraud’ threaten our most fundamental voting rights.

“This most recent move by Mr. Kobach is an indicator that the so-called Election ‘Integrity’ Commission is not interested in facts, but false accusations and dangerous policy recommendations.

“State laws govern the release of voter registration information, and, at a minimum, election officials must follow those laws before releasing data. "
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said: "I have no intention of honoring this request." California, Massachusetts and Kentucky aren't going along either. UPDATE: Add Rhode Island. UPDATE: Add Indiana!

FURTHER UPDATE: Kobach says Kobach-led Kansas won't supply the Social Security numbers he's requested.

Mother Jones explains how this is a building block for more Republican vote suppression.

More from Talking Points Memo on this bad idea.

UPDATE: In late afternoon, Ari Berman says 18 states have refused to participate: CA, CT, IN, KY, MA, MN, NC, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, RI, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA

Good overview here including clueless comment from David Dunn. Who knew?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/trumps-voting-commission-asked-states-to-hand-over-election-data-theyre-pushing-back/2017/06/30/cd8f812a-5dce-11e7-9b7d-14576dc0f39d_story.html?utm_term=.ad618667ea23

Even Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said on national TV that this is not a good idea

          GOP bill would cut Medicaid by 35%, but...   
Braggart accountant and WI US Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Stupidville), calculates his party's Medicaid bill cuts this way: "I don't think anybody is proposing any cuts.
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You can read the latest Congressional Budget Office analysis that points to Medicaid spending cuts escalating from 26% to an eventual 35% in this Washington Post story.


          PACER Plus: In whose interests?   

The government’s pursuit of free trade agreements at any cost has now turned to some of the most unique but vulnerable societies in the world – our Pacific neighbours. The government is again pushing a trade agreement that undermines the majority of people, social equity, the environment and cultural heritage. There is another reality behind […]

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          Wikileaks: La CIA desarrolla un malware para el Sistemas Operativos basados en Linux   

Wikileaks está desvelando en el programa Vault 7 en su página web todos los detalles sobre los cientos de herramientas de hackeo que tenía (y tiene) la CIA en su poder para todo tipo de dispositivos. Mientras que ayer conocimos Elsa, un malware para geolocalizar a usuarios a través del WiFi, hoy se ha desvelado Outlaw Country, el malware de la CIA para ordenadores con Linux.
 

Outlaw Country: utilizado para manipular paquetes de red de manera oculta en Linux

Mientras que prácticamente todo lo que Wikileaks ha desvelado de la CIA tiene que ver con malware para ordenadores con Windows, es especialmente destacable que Outlaw Country sea la primera herramienta pensada explícitamente para Linux, que como todos sabemos es mucho más seguro que otros sistemas operativos y parchea mucho más rápido sus vulnerabilidades.
 
Outlaw Country permite redirigir todo el tráfico saliente de un ordenador objetivo a ordenadores controlados por la CIA con el objetivo de poder robar archivos del ordenador infectado, o también para enviar archivos a ese ordenador.

El malware consiste en un módulo de kernel que crea tablas netfilter invisibles en el ordenador objetivo con Linux, con lo cual se pueden manipular paquetes de red. Conociendo el nombre de la tabla, un operador puede crear reglas que tengan preferencia sobre las que existen en las iptables, las cuales no pueden verse ni por un usuario normal ni incluso por el administrador del sistema.
 
Relacionado:https://www.adslzone.net/2017/06/01/es-realmente-mas-seguro-linux-que-windows/
 
Y es que Linux es muy utilizado en servidores, por lo que es un objetivo prioritario para la CIA, que busca infiltrarse de cualquier manera en redes ajenas para realizar labores de espionaje, como hemos visto con otras herramientas como Brutal Kangaroo o Pandemic. 
 
Outlaw Country permite redirigir todo el tráfico saliente de un ordenador objetivo a ordenadores controlados por la CIA con el objetivo de poder robar archivos del ordenador infectado, o también para enviar archivos a ese ordenador.
 
El malware consiste en un módulo de kernel que crea tablas netfilter invisibles en el ordenador objetivo con Linux, con lo cual se pueden manipular paquetes de red. Conociendo el nombre de la tabla, un operador puede crear reglas que tengan preferencia sobre las que existen en las iptables, las cuales no pueden verse ni por un usuario normal ni incluso por el administrador del sistema.
 

El último documento del malware data de 2015

El mecanismo de instalación y persistencia del malware no viene muy bien detallado en los documentos a las que tuvo acceso Wikileaks. Para poder hacer uso de este malware, un operador de la CIA tiene que hacer primero uso de otros exploits o puertas traseras para inyectar el módulo del kernel en el sistema operativo objetivo.
 
 
La versión de Outlaw Country 1.0 contiene un módulo para el kernel de la versión de 64 bits de CentOS/RHEL 6.x. La primera versión de esa rama fue publicada en 2011, mientras que la última fue lanzada en 2013, siendo la última disponible hasta verano de 2014 cuando llegó la versión 7. El módulo sólo funciona con los kernel por defecto, y además, la versión 1.0 del malware sólo soporta DNAT (Destination NAT) a través de la cadena PREROUTING.
 
La versión del documento que Wikileaks ha revelado tiene como fecha el 4 de junio de 2015. En ese mismo documento aparece referenciado como requisito utilizar la versión de CentOS 6.x o anterior, y que tenga como versión de kernel 2.6.32 (del año 2011) o inferior. No se sabe si la herramienta contaba con una versión más actualizada para versiones más recientes.
 
https://www.adslzone.net/2017/06/29/outlaw-country-wikileaks-desvela-malware-de-la-cia-para-linux/
 
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          “A dereliction of duty.”   

“A dereliction of duty.”

By Sen. Tony Hwang

We’re ready to vote on a budget.  We’re here at the State Capitol on behalf of state taxpayers.  We’re here to work.”

On June 29, I stood with Senate Republicans and Senate Democrats at the State Capitol to say exactly that.

Connecticut Senate Republicans have produced a detailed, line-by-line, thoughtful budget that has been thoroughly vetted by non-partisan analysts.

Our Senate Republican plan, which can be read at www.ctsenaterepublicans.com:

  • restores cuts to town aid
  • restores cuts to local education funding
  • restores cuts to hospitals
  • does not harm non-profit organizations
  • reduces the size of government
  • makes necessary changes to state employee benefits
  • protects core services for seniors, the disabled, children and our most at-risk residents.

Stanley Black & Decker’s CEO said he prefers the Senate Republican approach “because it goes much further toward eliminating inappropriate practices related to public employee pensions and is less punitive to towns and municipalities.”

Unfortunately, Senate Republican plan never received a vote prior to the end of the fiscal year.

The Democrat Speaker of the House, who controls the House legislative agenda, refused to allow votes on any budget proposals.

This in my view, is a dereliction of duty.

This is failure.

The Hartford Courant described it as “abrogation of a serious responsibility.”

And I wholeheartedly agree.

 So, what happens now?

Gov. Malloy will have unilateral control of Connecticut’s finances until a budget is agreed upon.

 The governor has unveiled an executive order which will “impose drastic spending cuts to local funding, hospitals and social services.”

Vulnerable people will be hurt.

Pain will be inflicted.

This didn’t have to happen.

You, the taxpayers, sent me to Hartford to work on your behalf and to be your advocate.

Every day, I try my very best to do my job and be your voice in Hartford.

On June 29, I showed up at the State Capitol to do exactly that.  We were blocked from doing so.

And that’s truly a shame.

What can you do?

Call the House Democrats Office at 860 240-8500.  Tell them how you feel.

Tell them to do their job.

Send me your comments at Tony.Hwang@cga.ct.gov .

 

 

*Sen. Hwang represents Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport.  On the web: www.SenatorHwang.com .

 


          Wow…have you seen this Hartford Courant Editorial?   

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(Please read and share the following July 28th  Hartford Courant editorial for an update on the CT state budget.  Send me your comments at Heather.Somers@cga.ct.gov)

Mr. Aresimowicz, Get The Democrats To The Capitol

It’s on you, Joe Aresimowicz.

For many months, the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives has known that the state was facing a multibillion-dollar problem. He knew legislators would have to make painful cuts and find creative and fair ways to raise revenues if they had a prayer of solving it.

And they had a deadline. The fiscal year ends Friday.

But now, after mustering zero workable solutions over the past few months and with only hours to go, Mr. Aresimowicz has refused to call for a vote on a reasonable stop-gap budget offered by the governor and supported by the Senate‘s Republican and Democratic leaders.

Why? Because, Mr. Aresimowicz said, a temporary solution isn’t good enough — but also because the Democrats are on vacation.

v”I believe my members are less than likely to hop on planes and leave their families at vacation places all over this country and other countries to come in and do a temporary fix,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

He refused to identify for The Courant those Democratic state representatives who chose to go on vacation at a critical time in one of the most serious budget crises the state has ever faced. Leaving town this week is a stunning dereliction of duty.

Mr. Aresimowicz and the rest of the House Democratic caucus are instead choosing to accept spending cuts so drastic that basic social safety nets for some of the state’s most vulnerable will be lost. Cuts to town aid will be so deep that local officials might have to recast their entire budgets. The move also puts the state’s shaky credit rating at further risk.

Apparently realizing that the legislature is incapable of finding its own elbows, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy earlier this week wisely offered legislators the option of passing a “mini-budget” for the next quarter that would allow for some new revenue (much of it already earmarked for certain programs but not yet spent). Without a budget, the governor can’t raise revenue or shift funds. He can only slash millions, cutting services for the sick and the poor and eviscerating school funding grants to towns.

The vote on the mini-budget would have to take place Thursday or Friday. If nothing passes by the end of Friday, the governor’s executive order budget goes into effect.

If Mr. Aresimowicz continues to refuse to call for a vote, the impacts will be felt immediately. It will eliminate services to some clients of the Department of Developmental Services and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Rental assistance will be slashed by millions. Funding for summer youth jobs will be completely eliminated.

School funding will see the biggest cuts if the legislature can’t come up with a budget before the fall. How big? Take West Hartford. In the last fiscal year, the city received $20.9 million in state funding for schools. Under the governor’s proposed executive order, West Hartford would receive $4.3 million. Simsbury, which received about $6 million last year, would get zero dollars.

Do the math.

The most frustrating thing is that through these past few months, the legislature wasted time debating and amending bills that didn’t stand a chance of becoming law, and leadership knew it. Mr. Aresimowicz placated members of his caucus by entertaining floor debate on bills such as marijuana legalization that were soon enough left to rot.

How could House Democrats have gone months without coming up with a workable, clear, full-spectrum solution to the state’s $5 billion budget shortfall? Did they not realize that that was their job? Or did their own internal politicking get in the way?

One Democratic effort to fashion a budget failed spectacularly in April when a 262-page detailed spending plan couldn’t even get a vote in the Democrat-controlled appropriations committee. In May, Democrats offered a one-page sketch of a plan, along with a spreadsheet containing more details. Since then, nary a peep from the party nominally in control of the legislature.

Others had their priorities in order.

The Senate and House Republicans, and Mr. Malloy, came up with actual spending plans. Their respective strengths and weaknesses are debatable (Mr. Malloy’s budget director Ben Barnes told The Courant’s editorial board that the House Republican’s plan contained “large pieces of baloney”), but that’s the point — they have offered something to debate.

What have House Democrats offered?

Shamefully little.

And now they refuse to vote on a measure that would at least keep some basic protections in place.

Mr. Barnes warned that if the legislature refused to vote on the mini-budget, there would be a “significant risk” of another bond rating downgrade from Wall Street. “They are paying close attention to what we are doing,” he said.

Mr. Aresimowicz’s failure to call for a vote, to say nothing of his failure to craft a complete budget proposal that was at least palatable to his own caucus, is an abrogation of a serious responsibility, and the consequences for the people of Connecticut are going to be profound.

It’s mystifying how legislators could be so cavalier about solving the budget problem, the most important thing they have to do.

Connecticut’s Democratic leaders need to ask themselves: Whom do you serve?

Mr. Aresimowicz, call for a vote.


          JAY-Z Bares His Soul On '4:44'   
JAY-Z opens his latest album, 4:44 , by slaying his own ego. For an MC who's spent his entire career constructing such a formidable facade, it's a tall task. But "Kill Jay Z" sets the stage for what becomes his most personal, vulnerable album yet — and arguably one of his best. Why the title 4:44 ? Because he woke up at 4:44 a.m. one morning and wrote the album's title track, he tells iHeartRadio . "I just believe it's one of the best songs I've ever written," he says — which is good, because it's also the song people have been waiting a whole year for him to write. He and wifey Beyoncé share a lot of connections with the number four — birth dates, their anniversary date, even their favorite president was No. 44. In "4:44," he apologizes for putting it all on the line with the alleged infidelity that made Beyoncé's Lemonade so bittersweet: "I suck at love, I think I need a do-over / I would be emotionally available if I invited you over." But Hov goes even further, apologizing to all
          Immigrant rights groups blast new ICE policy they say targets parents of child migrants   
The Trump administration has begun to arrest parents and relatives it suspects of paying to have children smuggled to the United States, sparking fierce criticism from immigrant advocates that officials are interrogating vulnerable migrant children with the intent of separating families.

Officials... Reported by L.A. Times 13 minutes ago.
          Size not important for fish in the largest mass extinction of all time   
Understanding modern biodiversity and extinction threats is important. It is commonly assumed that being large contributes to vulnerability during extinction crises. However, researchers have found that size played no role in the extinction of fish during the largest mass extinction of all time.
          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.



          The real transgender crisis in Arkansas: health care   
Finally, the doctor is in.

While Arkansas lawmakers were wringing their hands this past legislative session over what to do about genitalia sightings in bathroom stalls — a nonexistent problem that, had the legislation passed, would have required bearded, buff men to use the ladies' room — doctors, medical students and activists were working to address a real problem: the dearth of health care for transgender individuals.

Nonscientific ideas about gender crowded out reason, as Republican state lawmakers like Sens. Linda Collins-Smith of Pocahontas and Gary Stubblefield of Branch and Reps. Bob Ballinger of Berryville, Mickey Gates of Hot Springs and Greg Standridge of Russellville promoted bills that would have required Arkansans to wear their original birth certificates around their necks and thrown people in jail if their nudity offended. Their actions, thankfully, were stopped by a business-minded Governor Hutchinson. But Hutchinson only stanched the flow of hurt that such ignorance surely set loose, the sort of bullying that drives 45 percent of transgender teenagers to attempt suicide.

Had legislators gotten their heads out of the stalls, they could have acted to help, rather than further marginalize, their fellow Arkansans. They could have changed state Medicaid rules that disallow reimbursement for hormone therapies. They could have appropriated funds to run the Department of Health's suicide hotline. Or they could have talked to physicians who would have helped them understand that transgendered people are not freaks, no more likely to prey on people than, say, redheads or Razorback fans.

Rowan Rodgers, 27, is one of those burly, bearded guys that, had Collins-Smith's bathroom bill passed, requiring folks to show original birth certificates at the bathroom door, would have been coming to a girls' powder room near you. The Heber Springs man, born with the genital attributes of a woman but who as a toddler asked for boys' underwear on a shopping trip with his father, praised Little Rock gynecologist Dr. Janet Cathey for making his life, and that of his fiance and two kids, better. "She's a one of a kind," he said.

Cathey, along with Drs. Sara Tariq and Sam Jackson are a few of the physicians working to provide better health care for transmen and transwomen, both in clinics and the classroom, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Cathey, an obstetrician/gynecologist, sees transgender patients in clinic one morning a week at UAMS. It's work she said is the most rewarding of her life. She's been treating transgender patients for most of her 30-year career, providing hormone therapy to transmen who, in the days before social media, learned of her willingness to help by word of mouth. It started shortly after she opened her practice, when a caller inquired if she'd provide testosterone to a woman, "and I thought, 'Why not?' " It grew from there.

"I get tearful thinking about it," Cathey said. Her transgender patients "are the most appreciative patient population you could ever have. When you put someone on hormones, and they come in two months later for follow-up, and they say, 'I've just had the best two months of my life ... .' "

That she feels bonded to her patients is obvious: She does tear up while she's talking about them.

In 2009, Cathey injured her spine in an automobile accident and had to sell her practice. That left her transgender patients hanging. As she recuperated, she knew she didn't want to retire. "I thought maybe I could do a gender clinic. I knew there was a need," she said. But how could she afford to set up a new practice?

Serendipitously, she ran into Dr. Curtis Lowery, chairman of UAMS' department of obstetrics and gynecology. He asked her to help oversee the medical college's residents' clinic, and she agreed.

Cathey wasn't the only doctor who saw a need for a gender clinic. A year into her work at UAMS, she was approached by mental health professionals about setting up a gender clinic. With the same determination it took to get back on her feet again — she walks now with the help of braces and a cane — she went to Lowery and told him that's what she and another OB/GYN wanted to do. "He said, 'Just don't lose a lot of money.' "

The administration allotted her two spots for gender patients. "I said, 'Y'all just wait.' "

There is now a four-month waiting list to be seen in the gender clinic: The two spots for appointments have stretched to a morning's worth of appointments. She and Dr. Mary Racher "make about 60 patient contacts" a month. "We've seen, between the two of us, probably around 300 patients," genetic females transitioning to males and genetic males transitioning to female, in the past two and a half years, Cathey said. Men get estrogen and androgen blockers. Women get testosterone. Transmen — the term for a genetically female person who is transitioning to male — can schedule hysterectomies and breast reduction surgery.

What does she think about legislative attempts to pass a bathroom bill? "I promise you have peed next to a transperson plenty of times."

Rodgers has been a patient of Cathey's since 2015. "I was very depressed when I went in there," he said. "She knew it."

But his hormone therapy lifted "a huge weight off my shoulders. When I took testosterone ... [changes in my] energy level, my voice, it was like injecting life into myself. That's the best way I can explain it. It was definitely life-changing."

Rodgers cried after his first shot in Cathey's office. After his second, he quit having periods. "I was like, 'wow.' "

The relief and happiness that Rodgers experienced after the start of hormone therapy is common, though the reasons why have not been well studied. "There is something neurochemically going on," Jackson, the Psychiatric Research Institute resident, said. It may be that the hormones resolve the emotional conflict that transpeople experience. Hormones "change the brain so it becomes correct. ... It confirms to me that biologically, there is something there, activating the brain and the right receptors, [telling the brain] yes, this is the correct hormone situation I am supposed to be in."

The hormones alter mood so much, Cathey said, that her patients can quit taking their antidepressants. "I've seen kids come in on SSRis (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and Abilify (an antipsychotic). They come in and they won't make eye contact. In two or three months [after hormone therapy], they're animated. It's too much to think it's not biological. They're getting relief." They're getting what they need, she said.

Though some Arkansas legislators believe that men are men and women are women and never the twain shall meet, medicine knows that human gender is on a continuum.

As Arkansas Children's Hospital endocrinologist Dr. Michele Hutchison explained it, there are several kinds of gender. There is chromosomal gender: one X and one Y for males and two Xs for females. There is hormonal gender: For example, boys born with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome are born looking and identifying as female because their bodies don't respond to testosterone. Boys with Reifenstein Syndrome —partial androgen insensitivity — may be born with either male or female genitalia and may identify as either male or female. There is something called testosterone transfer in fraternal twins, when the testosterone of the male fetus is transferred to the female fetus and makes the female masculine in genital and brain structure, etc. There is physiological gender: Whether there is a penis or a vagina. There is emotional gender: Whether you feel like a boy or a girl.

"It's a complex system that goes into creating a child," Hutchison said.

Hutchison said there is an "ever-growing body of evidence" that trans children and trans adults differ physiologically from non-trans persons, though the research "is in its infancy."

Male and female brains differ in structure, chemistry and how information is processed. One study, a small brain imaging project, showed that the brains of transgender children acted like the brains of the sex with which the children identified — transmale brains looked male, transfemale brains looked female. "Of course, behavior and experience shape brain anatomy, so it is impossible to say if these subtle differences are inborn," she said.

Arkansas Children's Hospital, which has physicians on staff who address such things as ambiguous genitalia, is looking into creating a gender clinic, Hutchison said. Health care — especially mental health care, given the high attempted suicide rate — for children who identify with a gender their bodies don't reflect would be a good thing, she believes.

"The hospital treats children with diabetes, and adrenal issues and hyperthyroidism [for example]. We're so good at it now. It's a fantastic hospital. We're so good at those things that we don't lose kids. This is an area where we could quite literally save some lives," Hutchinson said. "I have goose bumps" thinking about it, she said. She said clinics in Seattle, Los Angeles and Boston offer a model to look at.

Before she transitioned, Michelle Palumbo moved to Salem (Fulton County) with her wife and four children. She showed up with long hair, wearing earrings. Folks just attributed that to the fact that she was from New York.

But Palumbo had for a lifetime struggled with feelings of being a woman in a man's body. She was a cross-dresser, and her wife was OK with that.

In 2008, after her third heart attack and after doctors told her she could die at any time, Palumbo made up her mind to transition. Because she had been a bench chemist, she made her own estrogen, a fact that she said made Cathey's jaw drop when she finally went to her for proper medication two years ago. "If there is an angel on this earth," it's Cathey, Palumbo said.

"We are not freaks," said Palumbo, 64. She considers people who think so "religious extremists"; by contrast, the member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church considers herself a "religious evangelical." Palumbo also described herself as "ticked off" at the legislature, where she testified on various anti-transgender bills in the last session.

Palumbo moved to Little Rock in September after someone she'd confided in spread the word of her transition. (She'd been binding her breasts.) Her high school daughter was getting teased at school; kids were asking, "What's between your father's legs?" Palumbo said. Her wife stopped her from raising hell at the high school, and asked her to move out. The couple is now divorcing, though Palumbo said of her wife, "there's no better person on earth."

Palumbo is of the same generation as many of the legislators who don't understand that there is such a thing as transgender identification. In fact, 30 years ago, she decided to go through conversion therapy. "I wanted to be a man," she said, and her wife at the time had grown tired of Palumbo's "internal battle of identity." Palumbo said she would buy women's clothes and wear them, and then decide to "purge that, be a man, then the cycle would start all over again."

The psychiatrist Palumbo went to told her she could "cure her," and prescribed more sex. After a year and a half, Palumbo realized there was no cure. She researched transgender issues. "I'm not a freak. I'm not nuts."

Also because of her age, she believes, Palumbo is less militant than younger people about getting pronouns right. When a nurse who was looking down while Palumbo was signing in at the doctor's office and, hearing her voice, addressed Palumbo as sir, the nurse became flustered and apologetic. Palumbo told her not to worry. "I was upset because she was upset," Palumbo said, laughing. (Palumbo's voice is not generally deep, but on occasion it can change.)

Medical settings can be problematic, though not always because providers are uncomfortable with transgender people. Palumbo said her medical chart includes information that she is transgender, and at a recent appointment, the nurse who called her in for a heart procedure had a "stone cold" look on her face. Palumbo told her if she had a problem with her gender identity, she'd like to have another nurse, "but if you misgender me [use the wrong pronoun], I'm not going to be upset. Boom! Big smile."

And another thing about coming out as an older person: "You have more guilt," Palumbo said, wistfully. "You've made relationships with more people. When you're young, it's not like that."

"You can't hold people responsible for what they don't understand."

Dr. Tariq, assistant dean for undergraduate education at UAMS' College of Medicine, teaches the practice of medicine, a three-year course, to students in their second year: how to be compassionate, effective and "savvy." About seven or eight years ago, she introduced LGBT care into the course curriculum.

Not surprisingly, the LGBT community is underserved. "The patients are very vulnerable, and not just because they have to take their clothes off and let us poke around," Tariq said. They are called on to reveal information about themselves that they have never told anyone else. She teaches her students "the most irresponsible thing you can do is ignore them."

Many of UAMS' medical students have never been knowingly exposed to members of the LGBT community. As part of the curriculum, Tariq brings in a panel of LGBT folks — most recently, two transgender persons, a lesbian and a gay man.

One of the panelists told the assembled students that when he walks into a doctor's office he looks around for signs that the clinic is friendly to gay people. Even "as a brown woman in the South, that would never occur to me," Tariq said. The panelists gave examples of bad treatment: Doctors referring them to psychiatrists, not to deal with depression, but because they believe them to be mentally ill. Doctors making no eye contact. Doctors referring them to other doctors because they are uncomfortable treating them. (Palumbo recounted the experience of a transgender friend who was upbraided by a doctor for coming in: "There are children here!" he was told, as if he were a pederast.)

Many transgender people choose to keep their body phenotype, especially since surgery is both expensive and sometimes risky. That means pap smears and mammograms for transmen, prostate exams for transwomen. It also means mammograms for transwomen, since estrogen stimulates real breast tissue. "My motive," Tariq said, is to teach her students "to leave their biases at the door."

Part of Tariq's curriculum was contributed by Sam Jackson. In his fourth year of medical school, Jackson did a rotation in primary care for LGBT patients at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. There, he worked with the hospital's transgender support group, which he said was the largest in Southern California.

"I am a story-driven person," Jackson said. "I really liked hearing the patients' stories. ... It just blew my mind." The experience left him with a passion for working with the trans community, and when he returned, Tariq asked him to share his experiences with her students.

"We've done an OK job of talking about LGBT health in the past," Jackson said. "We learn how to interview patients, take a sexual history and not be judgmental. It becomes a rote process ... and makes it easier for you to ask [questions] in a nonjudgmental way."

Now, Jackson is medical director for a clinic for transgender youths, the Rainbow Clinic, which meets quarterly at UAMS' student-staffed 12th Street Health and Wellness Center. Lucie's Place, a shelter for homeless LGBT youth, partners with UAMS for the Rainbow Center. Jackson also hopes to work with Cathey's clinic to provide psychiatric care.

Cathey has heard the stories, too. She recited what a transmale told her: "I remember one of my earliest memories was I got out of Pull-Ups and was going to Walmart to get real underwear, and we go in the girls' department and my mother picks out pink panties. And I said, I want boy underwear." An 18-year-old told her, "It wasn't that I wanted to be a boy. It was that I knew I was a boy." That patient's mother told Cathey that as a child, every picture he drew of himself was as a boy, never as a girl.

"One patient who was transfemale said she was coming home from first grade and her mother asked, 'How was your day?' And the patient said, 'This girl had on a pink dress and a pink bow and could I get a pink bow?' And the mother said, 'No, that's not how God made you, you're a boy."

An older patient told Cathey that in her 30s she'd learned you could buy hormones over the counter in Mexico, and, as Cathey related, "I went over and picked out the highest dose of Premarin I could. It was like magic. The second time, the border patrol started questioning me." She was too intimidated to continue. "Those were the best six months of my life," the patient told Cathey.

"It really gets you," Cathey said. Nobody would choose to be transgender. Palumbo said the same. "No guy would decide to be a woman. ... Who would give up male privilege?"

Dating also presents new issues for some transgender people, and they seek Cathey's advice. When do they tell people they're interested in about their transgender situation? "I don't talk about my genitals on a first date," Cathy said she tells them, "and you don't have to, either." She also tells them not to reveal anything at their apartment or their friend's.

One of Cathey's patients, a transwoman, told her she'd come out to her parents as gay last Christmas, and was thinking of telling them she was transgender this Christmas. "So last year, they had a gay son and this year they have a heterosexual daughter?" Cathey asked.

Rowan Rodgers, who's been with his girlfriend for seven years, first as a lesbian woman, waited a couple of years before he told her he was transgender.

"I didn't know how she'd react. We have two children, and it's just when you live in a world where you don't know how people are going to take things ... . You hear about people disowning their children. It's just bad. If I have one regret, it's not telling her sooner.

"At first, there were a lot of questions. It was a lot she had to take in. But she was very accepting. I call her 'my constant.' "

The children, boys 11 and 13, "are wonderful," Rodgers said. "They are thriving, doing wonderful in school and so smart and the most accepting of a lot of people who I thought were my friends. They said, 'You're my dad and I love you.' "

His parents, Rodgers said, "are a different story." They call him by his "dead name," which is what transgender people call the names given them at birth. "They tell me their daughter is dead." Rodgers has tried to keep the relationship going. "So when they call and want to talk, I'm there. When they tell me they hate me, I turn the other cheek."

Caring for the transgender community has also required that Cathey become a social worker of sorts. She's made her nurse a notary to help with legal documents, and helps her patients navigate the process of changing birth certificates, which requires a name change and a letter from a physician.

One of those persons she's helped changed a birth certificate was Rodgers. "I was lucky," Rodgers said. "I got a very nice lady" at the health department's vital records office. Now, Rodgers always keeps his birth certificate with him. "I'm always scared I'm going to be hassled."

Cathey and her patients have struggled with Medicaid, and Cathey is fearful the current political situation will make things harder for her transgender patients, many of whom rely on Medicaid because of the barriers to work that an anti-transgender society presents. Medicaid will cover top surgery — mastectomy — once a transman has begun to transition and the sex on his birth certificate has been corrected, because at that point, the condition is considered gynecomastia — male breasts. But it wouldn't pay for Rodgers' testosterone.

"Reassignment surgery male to female," Cathey estimated, "is about $50,000, but that's nothing compared to a total hip replacement." She hears people complain their insurance shouldn't have to pay for gender reassignment. To them she would say, "Well, you know what, I don't want to pay for your hip surgery."

Rodgers has found a pharmacy in Heber Springs that charges him a reasonable price for testosterone. He's also had top surgery and a hysterectomy. "Right now, I'm not planning to have any other surgery. I'm fine. The breasts bothered me and having a period every month."

Rodgers is looking forward to summer. "This is the first year I get to go out and swim. That's a beautiful thing."


          The Little Rock millage question: taxation without representation?   
Frustration with the state's takeover of Little Rock schools scrambles the usual political lines on an upcoming millage election.

On May 9, residents of the Little Rock School District will vote on a ballot measure that would allow the district to make facilities improvements totaling $160 million, if approved. According to LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore, the measure is not a new tax, since it would not raise the rate of 46.4 mills now levied on property owners. Instead, by refinancing debt on an existing bond, the district would push back the expiration date of a portion (12.4 mills) of the current tax rate by 14 years, from 2033 to 2047. The LRSD says the projects to be funded by this extension of debt would include construction of a new high school in long-neglected Southwest Little Rock, major renovations to the McClellan High School campus and improvements to almost every school building in the district, from roof replacements to air conditioner upgrades to new windows. The work could begin as early as this summer, with some efforts completed in time for the 2017-18 school year.

So why are many public school advocates — including the city's most visible African-American civic leaders — urging a "no" vote on May 9?

In a word, distrust. Since January 2015, when the district was taken over by a 5-4 vote of the state Board of Education, the LRSD has been governed not by a locally elected school board, but by Arkansas's education commissioner, Johnny Key, a gubernatorial appointee. The proximate reason for the takeover was low student performance at six schools (out of the district's 48 campuses) that were deemed to be in "academic distress" based on test scores over a three-year period. But many in Little Rock saw other reasons for the state's actions: a racially motivated animus toward the majority-black local school board, which was dissolved by the January 2015 state board vote, and a desire to promote privately operated charter schools at the expense of public ones. For those critical of the takeover, the past two years have only confirmed these suspicions.

Two charter operators in Little Rock, eStem Public Charter Schools and LISA Academy, are dramatically expanding and will likely draw many students away from the LRSD in the coming years — perhaps thousands. The state board authorized their expansion plans in March 2016 over the vocal protests of the district's erstwhile superintendent, Baker Kurrus, who was fired by Commissioner Key shortly thereafter. Kurrus had served just one year on the job, having been hired by Key in 2015. Then, in the 2017 legislative session, the Republican majority created a new law that will soon allow charters to force districts to sell or lease school buildings deemed "unused or underutilized." The LRSD will close two buildings at the end of the current school year, and the ongoing migration of families toward charters raises the possibility of more closures in the future. And more charter operators are eyeing the Little Rock market: In March, a New Orleans-based operator called Einstein Charter Schools began the application process to open a campus in the city. All of this means the district is asking taxpayers to shoulder millions of dollars in additional debt to improve public buildings at a time when the future ownership of those buildings is itself in doubt.

Those who believe racial prejudice propelled the takeover find fault both with charter growth and with the district's priorities while under state control, especially the recent closure decisions. The LRSD soon will shutter two K-5 elementary schools, Franklin and Wilson, along with a pre-K facility, Woodruff Early Childhood Center. The LRSD's alternative school, Hamilton Learning Academy, will move to the Wilson building, with the old Hamilton building likely to be used by adjacent Bale Elementary. Franklin and Wilson are located in majority-minority neighborhoods and their student populations are mostly African-American and Latino. Though many of the projects outlined in the LRSD's list of capital improvements to be funded by the May 9 vote would benefit schools serving black and Latino students — the Southwest Little Rock high school most of all — many activists are deeply skeptical the district will follow through with those promises. Because the ballot measure does not specifically state which projects will receive funding, some warn the $160 million could be directed toward schools in more affluent, whiter neighborhoods rather than those with the greatest needs.

Superintendent Poore is at the heart of this controversy. The decision to close or repurpose schools was his, and he defends it as a difficult but necessary choice. (Key, who acts as the district's board while under state control, gave final approval.) For years, the LRSD received $37 million annually from the state as a result of a desegregation lawsuit — over 10 percent of its budget — but those payments will soon end. Although both Poore and his predecessor, Kurrus, made major cuts in other areas, the district still had to trim $11 million from the 2017-18 budget.

Poore told the Arkansas Times recently that school closures were painful, but also long expected. "The reality was we had 2,300 vacant elementary seats — 4,100 when you add in the portable [buildings] — and so we took out of the mix two elementaries with maximum capacities being just under 1,000." If the LRSD doesn't close buildings, Poore argued, it would have to cut back on staff. "Yes, these two schools closing, and the preschool closing, that has an impact on our communities, but I'll tell you what could have had a bigger impact. ... When 80 percent of your business is people, now you're talking about privatizing food service, privatizing custodial. ... We could have been impacting hundreds of employees if we'd taken that route."

As for the charter school issue, Poore said he urged legislators to vote against the recent legislation, which will give charters the ability to wrest underutilized buildings away from districts. Poore has not been as outspoken as Kurrus on the potential harm that charter growth can deal to the LRSD, but he's made it clear he doesn't want the district's facilities to be colonized by outside schools. For that reason, he is moving quickly to find a new use for the Franklin and Woodruff buildings, and the district is now reviewing proposals garnered by a recent RFP.

"We're trying to be aggressive about repurposing," he said, adding later, "I don't believe we want to enhance the number of charter seats [in Little Rock] right now."

Poore argued that capital improvements are necessary if the district hopes to retain students or to win back families that have left the LRSD for charters or private schools. He pointed to studies showing modernized facilities can boost student achievement by several percentage points. "I can't control [charter growth], but what I can control is what we do. ... If you've improved academic performance and you're creating a better learning environment and it's a more pleasing building to kids and patrons, that prevents some of the issues that we're already facing right now in terms of our competitiveness. And it ties into the bigger picture of what this district has to do to have the community believe that, and, more importantly, have families say, 'I want my kid in Little Rock schools.' "

Poore also said the proposed debt extension on the May 9 ballot is "just the first phase" in a larger, long-term plan to address the full $340 million in needs identified by a 2014 study of district facilities, which will eventually require a modest millage increase. Getting the ball rolling with an initial $160 million investment will build confidence for that future vote, Poore believes. "My No. 1 target that has been given me since I came in, from the governor, the commissioner and this community, is [to] get local control back. But the No. 1 thing to do is to serve kids well, and they deserve to not have a roof that leaks. They deserve to have air conditioning that creates fresh air [and] hallways that aren't dark and dingy," he said.

Yet for many, the May 9 vote itself is a reminder that LRSD voters have not weighed in on a school issue since the September 2014 local board election — a few months before the state takeover dissolved that body. State board member Jay Barth, a Little Rock resident, recently pushed his colleagues to set a timeline for release of the district from state control, but the effort foundered.

"There are people who are critical," the superintendent acknowledged, "who say, 'Really, Mike Poore? You're coming to ask us in May to extend the debt, and you just closed schools? And really, you're coming when we don't even have local control?' Well, on the local control issue — this does allow every citizen in this whole community right now [to speak]. You can't get a truer form of democracy than everyone gets to go vote on this issue. So in that sense, it really is a deal to let the community say, 'Here's what we think.' "

And what does the community think? To get a sense, we asked school advocates on both sides to make their case.

Maxine Allen

I am a sixth-generation Little Rock residential property owner. I witnessed my parents paying a poll tax in order to vote. I am a product of the segregated and then newly integrated Little Rock School District. I attended the district at a time in which white schools received textbooks first. By the time black schools got the books, they were soiled, pages were missing and text had been marked through. In spite of all of that, I believed I received an excellent education.

I am a parent who served as a "room mother" and whose children attended Woodruff, Pulaski Heights and Williams Magnet Elementary Schools; Pulaski Heights, Horace Mann Magnet and Forest Heights Middle Schools; and Parkview and Central High Schools. I believe my children received a quality education.

I am a pastor who has served as a volunteer in public schools. I believe every child needs a great school where they are immersed in diversity, encouraged to think critically and empowered to expand their worldview. As a United Methodist, I operate within our tradition that declares education is a right of all children. This is affirmed by scripture, which calls us to "train children in the way they should go" (Proverbs 22:6).

However, I believe that we must regain local control of our schools BEFORE voting for any millage. The LRSD is no longer in academic distress (if it ever was, as six schools do not a distressed district make). While I have many friends on the opposite side of this issue, I cannot in good conscious vote for the millage until we have an elected LRSD board. There's just something about the basic American principle, "No taxation without representation." For these reasons, I urge you to vote against the millage!

Rev. Maxine Allen is the president of the Christian Ministerial Alliance.

State Sen. Joyce Elliott

Little Rock School District students deserve not just better facilities, but world-class facilities. So let's just stipulate that we all agree on that point and try to understand why many of us feel as if we are redlined to bear the burden of a master plan not revealed to us. For example, most of the millage extension supporters I have observed do not have schools closing in their neighborhoods.

LRSD students, parents/guardians, educators and others deserve to have their district back, not under state control. To this date, there has been no compelling reason put forth for the state to have assumed authority over the LRSD when 42 of the 48 schools in the district — 87 percent — were not in distress. The number has since climbed to 45 schools, or 94 percent. It was a raw exercise of power by folks who gave vague answers such as, "Well, something needed to be done." Yes — about the few schools in academic distress. Taking over the entire district was totally unwarranted. If I have a couple of teeth that need to be extracted, would you extract them all using the logic "something needed to be done"? Certainly not. But that's just what the State Board of Education did.

And now the extended apparatus of the board, Commissioner Key, has wielded power far beyond addressing the schools in academic distress by hiring a superintendent (Baker Kurrus), firing that superintendent, installing present Superintendent Michael Poore and unilaterally closing schools in historically underserved neighborhoods south of Interstate 630. And now, folks who advocated for the state board to seize control of the LRSD, such as the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, are leading the effort to extend the millage with glossy flyers and bright yard signs.

I cannot vote for a tax without elected, accountable representation. I want the best for LRSD students, but I am not prepared to dishonor the blood-soaked history of all those who sacrificed to guarantee me full citizenship rights. There are many voters who share my visceral feeling that a tax election imposed by one person is a betrayal of democracy. There are others, it appears, who have no problem with it and who are cheerleading to carry out a vote under conditions you might find in a developing country.

This election is a deliberate attempt to force us into a false dilemma: On May 9, choose better facilities for students, or choose to insist on restoration of our rights as citizens. Let us not choose but work together to demand both. Let's not give in to political extortion.

Will the folks who pleaded for the takeover now join in the demand to return the LRSD to us? I hope so. I am ready to join hands with you.

Joyce Elliott is a Democratic state senator representing a portion of Little Rock and a former teacher.

Bill Kopsky

For the first time in my life, I will be voting AGAINST a bond measure for important civic infrastructure. My opposition to the bond extension comes down to trust, transparency, accountability and inclusion.

A deep distrust rooted in more than a century of racial and economic segregation is the LRSD's biggest challenge, not finances. The state takeover and Education Commissioner Johnny Key, our one-man appointed school board, have made it worse.

Commissioner Key consistently refuses to meet with the community and has failed to produce any vision for the school district other than a massive, polarizing charter school expansion. He is barreling ahead despite clear data showing that charter schools fail to outperform LRSD schools with similar demographics. Those charters leave the LRSD with a more segregated student population and significantly fewer resources to meet their needs.

The greatest tragedy of Commissioner Key's charter mania is the distraction from effective education reforms we could be working on together. We should be expanding community schools, not closing neighborhood schools. We should be recruiting and developing more world-class teachers, not demoralizing and chasing them away. We should be building community partnerships to help our students meet their full potential, not alienating wide swaths of the city. We should be dramatically expanding early childhood education, summer and afterschool programs, and supports for low-income students and English-language learners.

The LRSD is attempting some of these reforms, but it is constantly being undermined by the state. In 2015, legislators attempted to hand the entire district over to private charter corporations. Then, the commissioner fired our superintendent, Baker Kurrus, for telling the truth about charter expansion's harmful effects. This year, the legislature passed a law requiring us to give closed school buildings to charter corporations while those in control of the district simultaneously shut down schools in the most vulnerable parts of town in a sham public engagement process.

Now with no trust, transparency or accountability, and no district-wide plan for the future, Commissioner Key asks for a bond extension? It's outrageous. How could anyone trust him with a blank check?

Those arguing for the bond extension rightly point out that LRSD facilities have many needs. They fail to make a case for the urgency of doing this while we remain under state control. The bond that we are being asked to extend doesn't expire for years to come.

There's no reason why Little Rock taxpayers can't make this decision once LRSD is back in local control. The schools our kids deserve are rooted in evidence-based and community-driven reforms. In the coming years I hope to vote for a transparent and accountable bond measure that unites our city. For now, VOTE AGAINST.

Bill Kopsky is a Little Rock School District parent and public education advocate.

Marion Humphrey Sr.

I intend to vote against extending this millage because I do not trust either Education Commissioner Johnny Key or the Arkansas State Board of Education.

Key was placed in charge of the district after the state board's racist and immoral vote on Jan. 28, 2015, to remove the lawfully elected and majority African-American district's board of directors. The takeover came after the district's board was notified by letter on July 10, 2014, that six out of its 48 schools were in academic distress. The district was given just one semester in which to correct the acknowledged problems with those schools. No further academic proficiency testing was done between the time of notification in July and the time of the takeover the following January. The fix was already in.

The state board simply wanted someone other than the duly elected district board members in control, even if that meant recklessly throwing the district into disarray and chaos in the middle of the school year. The majority of the state board removed a local school board composed of people whom the Walton Family Foundation and the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce did not want to be in charge of the district — and especially its $330 million budget.

Yet Key has not made himself available to the general public to discuss why the millage extension is necessary. Whether he does not want to disclose what he intends to do with the additional money or whether he does not have time to be bothered with some of us, Key is simply not accessible to many district patrons. Perhaps he has targeted the voters he thinks he needs for passage of the millage extension and sees no need to waste his time with others.

I am not convinced that additional money is needed to make the capital improvements that proponents suggest, and I am not confident in the judgment of Commissioner Key. If he cared about families living south of I-630, why would he close schools such as Wilson, Franklin, Woodruff and Hamilton? After all, Wilson received an exemplary rating from the Arkansas Department of Education. If our concern is truly about a great education for the children of this district, why would an intelligent and thoughtful educator close an exemplary school and do collateral damage to its neighborhood as well?

For my first time ever, I intend to vote against a school millage.

Marion A. Humphrey Sr. is a retired Pulaski County Circuit judge and a pastor at Allison Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Anika Whitfield

It is really simple. The LRSD is currently being managed by two men, both of whom were appointed to their positions, are not natives of Little Rock, did not attend the LRSD and do not have children who attend the LRSD now or in the past. Education Commissioner Johnny Key and Superintendent Michael Poore are making decisions for our district without locally elected representation or accountability.

Key will argue that he appointed the LRSD Community/Civic Advisory Board to represent the people of this city. The problem with that argument is that Key chose persons who will serve his interest in supporting the expansion of charter schools. Key has been publicly lobbying to replace traditional public education options for students with private-public charter schools.

In addition, Key has refused to meet in public settings to engage with parents and community members who have questions about school closures, community impact studies, plans for academic improvements in schools designated to be in academic distress, ways to assist traditional public schools, and ways to help advertise, recruit and promote the great programs and opportunities for students, parents and teachers in the LRSD — just to name a few of his denied requests for public meetings.

Given the fact that Key is the sole board member of the LRSD, the only person who makes the final decisions for the LRSD, and the sole person who has the power to overrule Poore's decisions, it would be unwise to hand more tax money over to this appointed leader who has shown little to no respect for the residents of Little Rock, the students who attend the LRSD and their parents. Key has publicly said that he would not be open to yielding to the Little Rock Board of Directors and mayor to conduct neighborhood impact studies before closing schools, displacing students and school personnel and taking away public, anchoring institutions from people who fund and support them.

Voting for the May 9 LRSD millage tax extension would be like Walmart giving Target money and expecting Target to use those funds to improve Walmart's business. Not going to happen. It would be like giving a thief keys to your home and expecting the thief to protect your home and possessions. Not a wise choice. I strongly encourage voters to vote AGAINST the May 9 LRSD millage tax extension.

A better investment of taxpayers' dollars, time and resources would be to directly invest in students, schools, teachers and families in the LRSD. This way, you know that your dollars will be spent on students and teachers that need these resources, and not on brick and mortar. Invest directly in students, teachers, families and schools in a way that you can ensure is actually meaningful and not destructive to the vitality of the LRSD.

Dr. Anika T. Whitfield is an LRSD graduate, an alumna of Franklin Elementary and a volunteer in the district.

Faith Madkins

As I walk the halls of McClellan High School each day, I see a small community high school filled with Lion pride, exceptional talent and growing potential. Unfortunately, with the good also comes the bad. I have immense pride in my school, but sadly I cannot say the same about my district. I have been in the Little Rock School District all of my life since kindergarten — bouncing around from school to school — and I've seen most of what the district has had to offer.

Our buildings are older than most of our parents. In fact, most of our grandparents can remember these schools being built. That means everything in these buildings is outdated. Things that would have sufficed 60 years ago would never make the cut today.

To further explain what I mean, I want to place you in my shoes. So, here we are at the doors of McClellan. It's springtime and the flowers are blooming. The sun is out, and it is beautiful outside. The bell sounds, and it is time for first period. The main halls are so cramped that it's difficult to pass through the crowd. It's hard to not feel a shoulder or a backpack invade my personal space and even harder to not trample over someone's feet. I can avoid going to my locker; I stopped using it due to the fact it frequently jammed. There wasn't enough space in there, anyway. I finally get to class and take my seat. As my teacher is talking, I can't help but be distracted by what's going on next door. Most of our walls either (a) don't reach the floor or (b) are paper-thin. Yet I am expected to focus.

A teacher of mine once said, "You know you have a friendship when you can have a conversation with disagreements and still go out for lunch." Now that I am 18, I am able to sit down at that table with you and join the conversation. Let's establish a friendship based on the well being of the students in this district. With all of our agreements and disagreements, let's at least be able to agree that the students deserve better. I deserved better, and I had to settle. Don't force other kids to do the same. Let's go out for lunch May 9.

Faith Madkins is a senior at McClellan High School.

Mollie Campbell

I am the proud mother of two, soon to be three, young children. My oldest is in pre-K at Forest Park Elementary. My younger two will follow their big sister to Forest Park, Pulaski Heights Middle School and eventually Central High. My family is committed to being in the Little Rock School District for the next 18 years. That is why this vote is so important to me.

Schools all over our district are seriously overdue for upgrades and improvements. The buildings are on average 53 to 68 years old and have gone without any major capital investments since 2000. Our kids deserve the best possible learning environment. They should not be in buildings with leaky roofs or cafeterias without air conditioning. Every student in the district deserves modern, clean, safe facilities.

This vote will invest millions back into our schools and will impact the entire district — every school and every student. Roof repairs, window replacements, new security systems, restroom renovations and heating and air conditioning replacements will improve the lives of every student, teacher and staff member in the district. The list of improvements to be made comes from a study conducted in 2014, and the funds generated will go directly toward these capital improvements ... no surprises.

Our kids deserve better. After talking with several people about this vote, I acknowledge that some would rather wait until a local school board has control of the money. I, too, look forward to the swift return of our local school board. On this issue however, how long should we ask our kids to wait and allow their education to suffer in the meantime? We cannot let perfection be the enemy of the good when we have a chance to improve all of our kids' classrooms and learning experiences immediately. By voting FOR this ballot measure on May 9, my daughter will enter kindergarten this fall in a school that was improved this summer.

Every day, as my 4-year-old walks into school, I expect her to do everything she can to maximize her learning experience. As her parent, I know it is my responsibility to do the same for her, and right now that means supporting this investment in her school and schools across the district. The time is NOW to invest in our kids and our community, so I look forward to voting FOR our kids on May 9.

Mollie Campbell is a Little Rock School District mom.

Bobby Roberts

In 2014, the Little Rock School District commissioned a facilities study that indicated that approximately $300 million in facilities upgrades and improvements were needed. In January 2015, the school board voted unanimously to approve a $375 million facilities plan.

At that same time, the Central Arkansas Library System had just opened a new library and revitalized our facilities throughout the region. These new facilities helped bring the joy of reading and learning to thousands of students. It was amazing to see the impact that a new library could have on a community by providing a place for people to read, gather, access the internet and learn. These libraries gave students the tools and resources they needed to study, learn and excel. Many of these fine new buildings were constructed when voters approved the refunding of existing bonds. This is exactly the same funding method that the LRSD is proposing to voters.

I saw firsthand what a difference investing in our libraries made in our city and in the lives of children. I know that investing in our schools would have an even greater impact. We need to give students the tools for success, and reinvesting in our aging, outdated academic facilities is the best way to do that. These old buildings do not do that, and we are hampering our students' ability to learn by denying them modern facilities.

If we vote now to extend our bonds, we will raise an additional $160 million to begin addressing the needs of our school facilities. Every school, and therefore every community, in the district will feel the investment of this money by the 2017-18 school year. This investment in our neighborhoods will save us huge dividends by lowering the operational costs of our schools and making them more energy efficient, with better lighting and renovated restrooms and roofs.

By providing them with new facilities, modern technology and a better learning environment, we will empower our students to succeed. By improving their schools, we can increase academic achievement while also providing them with a safer and healthier learning atmosphere. Join me in supporting our kids; join me by voting FOR on May 9.

Bobby Roberts is the former director of the Central Arkansas Library System.

Keith Jackson

As the founder of P.A.R.K., I understand the importance of investing in education. We see the impact that P.A.R.K's modern facility in Southwest Little Rock has on the success of our students. By supporting this vote, you are ensuring that every student in the district will be able to learn in a new and improved learning environment.

In Southwest Little Rock, this vote means that over $95 million will be invested into the community. At a cost of $55 million, a new high school off of Mabelvale Pike would be built beginning this summer and would serve hundreds of students. This school would open in the fall of 2019 and would be equipped with the newest classroom and athletic facilities. With 21st century sports facilities that would be available for community usage, this new high school would benefit everyone in the community.

McClellan High School would also receive a $40 million investment, completely revitalizing the school. Improvements like updated HVAC, roof and window repairs, classroom remodeling and technology updates would create energy savings and enhance the learning environment for our students. This repurposing of McClellan will change the lives of every student that will go through the school.

Improved schools throughout the district can only be a good thing for Little Rock and our community. A vote FOR on May 9 will be a major boost for Southwest Little Rock. With your support, we can give our kids the modern learning environment and facilities they deserve!

Keith Jackson is the founder of Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids, a nonprofit based in Southwest Little Rock that provides afterschool and summer programming for youth.

Gary Smith

There have been no new major capital improvements in our schools since 2000. That means that a student graduating this year will have gone through his or her entire academic career in schools that are outdated and in dire need of improvement. By voting to extend the debt on our bonds for an additional 14 years, we will be able to invest $160 million into rebuilding and rehabilitating every school in our district — all without raising the tax rate.

On average, district elementary school buildings are 68 years old, middle school buildings are 69 years old and high school buildings are 53 years old. A successful election will allow the district to make much-needed improvements district-wide before the start of the 2017-18 school year, including lighting, heat and air conditioning repair and window and roof replacements. These improved facilities will not only support the increased academic achievement of our students by improving their learning environment, but will also create a return on investment by decreasing energy costs. These improvements were selected as priorities after holding 46 community forums.

I'm tired of Little Rock being a donut hole. I'm tired of being surrounded by other cities that are investing in their schools and making a difference in their students' lives. We have watched surrounding districts pass millage increases, build new schools and improve existing ones, and we have done nothing for nearly 20 years. We have a chance now to make a difference.

This choice should be an easy one. We cannot have a great city and a great community without a strong, viable school district. Students are going to go to school tomorrow in a school that desperately needs help. They are going to use outdated technology and go to class in buildings with leaky roofs. This is something we can change. We need to create a better atmosphere for our students, and this vote is the way to do that.

Gary Smith is the chairman of the Committee to Rebuild our Schools Now.



           Six Things to Do to Secure Your Linux System   

Tuesday's Petya slam dunk by the bad guys, which may or may not have been a state sponsored swipe at Ukraine, was only one of several wake-up calls during the last couple of months for the folks taking care of IT security.

At least they should have been wake-up calls, but by the carnage left behind it looks as if a lot of folks have been operating their server rooms on autopilot. Not only were there patches at the ready to plug the vulnerabilities Petya used to do whatever it did (other than the fact that it probably wasn't ransomware, what it did hasn't been entirely sorted out yet), but I've heard credible first hand reports from several largish corporations that didn't have available backups.

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          Housekeeping Attendant - The Good Samaritan Society - Raymond, AB   
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          DIRIGENTES DE PAMPAS FESTEJAN ESTA RESOLUCION DE LA SALA CIVIL DE CHIMBOTE   

La comunidad de Conchucos, ha tenido la posesión de Magistral decenas de años, pero según la parte contraria alega que este traspaso no se hizo legalmente estas tierras ahora gracias a la avaricia de los vecinos, la Comunidad de Pampas sale con sus título pidiendo se lo devuelvan; lo que se sabe, es que Conchucos habría pagado por esas tierras, conforme a ley. en el año 1987, se decreta la ley de comunidades Campesinas, en la cual estipula los pasos a seguir cuando se adquiere tierras comunles; para eso se requería, copia literal de la Persona Jurídica de la Comunidad y Copia Legalizada del Acta de la Junta Directiva de la Comunidad Campesina que otorga la Autorización del uso del terreno superficial a favor del solicitante, así como los representante autorizados para firmar los documentos a favor de los solicitantes.

Esta decicion que deje claramente definido de que la Comunidad de Conchucos, es el dueño de Magistral, depende de este juicio o proceso, ahora los magistrados de la primera sala civil dejan en el suspenso, en la resolucionde 142 de la primera sala civil de la corte superior de justicia de Chimbote, indica que dicho juez no dio la valoracion exhaustiva del expediente 193-1971, donde establece el acta de colindancia.

La sala determina que hay una vulneracion de derecho de pruebas. en conclusion la sala determina que el juez explique y justifique su decicion.


Presentamos a nuestros lectores la resolución de la primera sala civil de Chimbote donde podrán analizarlo, y que devuelven al juzgado de Cabana que fundamente mejor su veredicto.










          XX: Beautiful Hunter   
Japan, 1994
Original title: XX: Utsukushiki karyuudo

Director: Masaru Konuma
Starring: Makiko Kuno, Koji Shimizu, Johnny Okura, Katsuo Tokashi
IMDB: 4.5

In a culture where women are traditionally demure and reserved, its surprising how many Japanese movies feature strong-willed women kicking ass! This lethality combined with femininity is a potent combination, and perhaps goes some way to explaining the increasing popularity of Japanese exploitation.

The rampant nudity doesn't hurt either, of course ... something notably missing from most Hollywood action flicks (which is kinda strange given that males must surely be the target audience). But that's another story ... here we have a Japanese exploitation flick that ticks all the right boxes for its intended audience. And what might that be? Well, take a closer look at the DVD cover above...

Masaru Konuma was a prolific director of Pinku films in the 1970s, including titles such as (the original) Flower & Snake, and Wife to be Sacrificed, often with an S&M theme and highly sexualized. This direct-to-video action film from 1994, towards the end of the director's career, retains a sexy and perverse aesthetic that will be of interest to genre fans, and in particular Girls with Guns aficionados.

The film opens inside a convent, where the young orphan Shion is forced to execute a man at the prompting of the Father (Koji Shimizu) - part of her training to become a Holy Warrior. Exactly what the Holy Warriors are supposed to be fighting for or against, is never really explained - although the Father's modus operandi seems closer to the Yakuza than the Holy Roman Church, perhaps indicating that the church is itself little more than a Yakuza front.



Cut to 10 years later, and Shion (Makiko Kuno) has grown up. The director's method of visually portraying this fact is the epitome of elegant simplicity ... the gratuitous boob shot! And we only had to wait 4 mins and 43 seconds.



She is now the group's most accomplished assassin, and it's during one of her jobs that photographer Ito (Johnny Okura) secretly captures her on film executing one of his colleagues. Shion quickly realizes the threat he poses and hunts him down intending to kill him. However, a chance remark from Ito exposes the vulnerable and needy side of the young woman ... she has never had a boyfriend. And she's horny!

Ito-san is a smooth dude with a penchant for white suits, and while kneeling at her feet begging for his life, he manages to save himself through the remarkable technique of ripping her clothes off and administering a little oral gratification! Poor Shion is in two minds ... she knows she needs to kill him, and her boss is insisting upon it ... and yet it seems she has fallen in love.



On returning home her mind wanders back to Ito as she proceeds to masturbate with her gun. While this may seem like a cheap and gratuitous excuse to show more nudity, this subtle scene actually contains many shades of allegorical meaning that poignantly foreshadow Shion's change of heart.

In addition to being a cheap and gratuitous excuse to show more nudity!




However, as previously foreshadowed, Shion decides to follow her heart and goes on the run with Ito to escape her boss. Said boss however, is not likely to let her off that easy.

If you thought the film was freaky enough up to this point, well that's just the first half hour. What follows are more killings, more sex, more nudity, and some fairly exploitative S&M-based torture featuring foreign objects and the indiscriminate placement thereof.





All in all its a good time. Which is not to say that its a great film. Other reviewers have noted that without the beautiful Makiko Kuno in the title role, the film has little to offer. Admittedly, Makiko is a total sex-bomb and is often naked - elevating the film considerably with her looks alone.

But to say that the film would suck without her, would be equally unfair. This is a competent action flick - while not overly deep, how many action flicks are? It also features some creative photography - with certain scenes featuring fantastic Girls with Guns imagery.

 

On the downside, its quickly apparent that this is a film from the 80s, despite being made in 1994. The music, the clothes, the hair - all seem quite dated. But give yourself 15 minutes to settle into the groove and you won't really be noticing.


6.5/10

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          Regards croisés Mali-Côte d'Ivoire: Comment porter la parole des plus vulnérables ? invitation du CIRAM   
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          Healing the original wound.   
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          Conférence : La protection de la vulnérabilité énergétique dans l'Union européenne   
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          Beyoncé Partners With UNICEF to Bring Safe Water to Children in Remote Areas in Burundi, East Africa   

A family in Burundi, East Africa, after gathering water.  Burundi is in the midst of a water crisis.NEW ORLEANS, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Global entertainer and humanitarian, Beyoncé has teamed up with UNICEF through her BeyGOOD philanthropic arm to announce the launch of BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, a multi-year partnership to provide safe water to the most vulnerable children in Burundi,...



          Mini-colloque du GÉRAC - Montée en puissance de l'Asie : forces et vulnérabilités   
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          UN marks Day of the Tropics with focus on region’s vulnerability   

The majority of the world’s most vulnerable communities are in the Tropics, and will be most affected by environmental threats, according to the United Nations, which today marked the International Day of the Tropics.

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          Immigrant rights groups blast new ICE policy they say targets parents of child migrants   

The Trump administration has begun to arrest parents and relatives it suspects of paying to have children smuggled to the United States, sparking fierce criticism from immigrant advocates that officials are interrogating vulnerable migrant children with the intent of separating families.

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          Fire service joins road safety campaign after two equine deaths   
Firefighters, police and the BHS have joined forces to help protect vulnerable road users
          Webinaire : La réforme de la justice pénale en Amérique latine : quel impact sur les droits et sur les populations vulnérables?   
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          Terri Schiavo’s Brother: “What Happened to My Sister Continues to Happen, and It’s Getting Worse”   
More than 10 years after Terri Schiavo’s death, her family continues to fight for the rights of the medically vulnerable. Schiavo’s brother, Bobby Schindler, spoke Friday at the National Right to Life Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin about Terri’s life and starvation death, and the work his family is doing to help other people like her. […]
          China's Charter 08   
China's Charter 08
New York Review of Books
Volume 56, Number 1 · January 15, 2009


Translated from the Chinese by Perry Link

The document below, signed by more than two thousand Chinese citizens, was conceived and written in conscious admiration of the founding of Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia, where, in January 1977, more than two hundred Czech and Slovak intellectuals formed a
loose, informal, and open association of people...united by the will to strive individually and collectively for respect for human and civil rights in our country and throughout the world.
The Chinese document calls not for ameliorative reform of the current political system but for an end to some of its essential features, including one-party rule, and their replacement with a system based on human rights and democracy.

The prominent citizens who have signed the document are from both outside and inside the government, and include not only well-known dissidents and intellectuals, but also middle-level officials and rural leaders. They chose December 10, the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as the day on which to express their political ideas and to outline their vision of a constitutional, democratic China. They want Charter 08 to serve as a blueprint for fundamental political change in China in the years to come. The signers of the document will form an informal group, open-ended in size but united by a determination to promote democratization and protection of human rights in China and beyond.

Following the text is a postscript describing some of the regime's recent reactions to it.

—Perry Link
I. FOREWORD

A hundred years have passed since the writing of China's first constitution. 2008 also marks the sixtieth anniversary of the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the thirtieth anniversary of the appearance of the Democracy Wall in Beijing, and the tenth of China's signing of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. We are approaching the twentieth anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre of pro-democracy student protesters. The Chinese people, who have endured human rights disasters and uncountable struggles across these same years, now include many who see clearly that freedom, equality, and human rights are universal values of humankind and that democracy and constitutional government are the fundamental framework for protecting these values.

By departing from these values, the Chinese government's approach to "modernization" has proven disastrous. It has stripped people of their rights, destroyed their dignity, and corrupted normal human intercourse. So we ask: Where is China headed in the twenty-first century? Will it continue with "modernization" under authoritarian rule, or will it embrace universal human values, join the mainstream of civilized nations, and build a democratic system? There can be no avoiding these questions.

The shock of the Western impact upon China in the nineteenth century laid bare a decadent authoritarian system and marked the beginning of what is often called "the greatest changes in thousands of years" for China. A "self-strengthening movement" followed, but this aimed simply at appropriating the technology to build gunboats and other Western material objects. China's humiliating naval defeat at the hands of Japan in 1895 only confirmed the obsolescence of China's system of government. The first attempts at modern political change came with the ill-fated summer of reforms in 1898, but these were cruelly crushed by ultraconservatives at China's imperial court. With the revolution of 1911, which inaugurated Asia's first republic, the authoritarian imperial system that had lasted for centuries was finally supposed to have been laid to rest. But social conflict inside our country and external pressures were to prevent it; China fell into a patchwork of warlord fiefdoms and the new republic became a fleeting dream.

The failure of both "self- strengthening" and political renovation caused many of our forebears to reflect deeply on whether a "cultural illness" was afflicting our country. This mood gave rise, during the May Fourth Movement of the late 1910s, to the championing of "science and democracy." Yet that effort, too, foundered as warlord chaos persisted and the Japanese invasion [beginning in Manchuria in 1931] brought national crisis.

Victory over Japan in 1945 offered one more chance for China to move toward modern government, but the Communist defeat of the Nationalists in the civil war thrust the nation into the abyss of totalitarianism. The "new China" that emerged in 1949 proclaimed that "the people are sovereign" but in fact set up a system in which "the Party is all-powerful." The Communist Party of China seized control of all organs of the state and all political, economic, and social resources, and, using these, has produced a long trail of human rights disasters, including, among many others, the Anti-Rightist Campaign (1957), the Great Leap Forward (1958–1960), the Cultural Revolution (1966–1969), the June Fourth [Tiananmen Square] Massacre (1989), and the current repression of all unauthorized religions and the suppression of the weiquan rights movement [a movement that aims to defend citizens' rights promulgated in the Chinese Constitution and to fight for human rights recognized by international conventions that the Chinese government has signed]. During all this, the Chinese people have paid a gargantuan price. Tens of millions have lost their lives, and several generations have seen their freedom, their happiness, and their human dignity cruelly trampled.

During the last two decades of the twentieth century the government policy of "Reform and Opening" gave the Chinese people relief from the pervasive poverty and totalitarianism of the Mao Zedong era, and brought substantial increases in the wealth and living standards of many Chinese as well as a partial restoration of economic freedom and economic rights. Civil society began to grow, and popular calls for more rights and more political freedom have grown apace. As the ruling elite itself moved toward private ownership and the market economy, it began to shift from an outright rejection of "rights" to a partial acknowledgment of them.

In 1998 the Chinese government signed two important international human rights conventions; in 2004 it amended its constitution to include the phrase "respect and protect human rights"; and this year, 2008, it has promised to promote a "national human rights action plan." Unfortunately most of this political progress has extended no further than the paper on which it is written. The political reality, which is plain for anyone to see, is that China has many laws but no rule of law; it has a constitution but no constitutional government. The ruling elite continues to cling to its authoritarian power and fights off any move toward political change.

The stultifying results are endemic official corruption, an undermining of the rule of law, weak human rights, decay in public ethics, crony capitalism, growing inequality between the wealthy and the poor, pillage of the natural environment as well as of the human and historical environments, and the exacerbation of a long list of social conflicts, especially, in recent times, a sharpening animosity between officials and ordinary people.

As these conflicts and crises grow ever more intense, and as the ruling elite continues with impunity to crush and to strip away the rights of citizens to freedom, to property, and to the pursuit of happiness, we see the powerless in our society—the vulnerable groups, the people who have been suppressed and monitored, who have suffered cruelty and even torture, and who have had no adequate avenues for their protests, no courts to hear their pleas—becoming more militant and raising the possibility of a violent conflict of disastrous proportions. The decline of the current system has reached the point where change is no longer optional.

II. OUR FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES

This is a historic moment for China, and our future hangs in the balance. In reviewing the political modernization process of the past hundred years or more, we reiterate and endorse basic universal values as follows:

Freedom. Freedom is at the core of universal human values. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, freedom in where to live, and the freedoms to strike, to demonstrate, and to protest, among others, are the forms that freedom takes. Without freedom, China will always remain far from civilized ideals.

Human rights. Human rights are not bestowed by a state. Every person is born with inherent rights to dignity and freedom. The government exists for the protection of the human rights of its citizens. The exercise of state power must be authorized by the people. The succession of political disasters in China's recent history is a direct consequence of the ruling regime's disregard for human rights.

Equality. The integrity, dignity, and freedom of every person—regardless of social station, occupation, sex, economic condition, ethnicity, skin color, religion, or political belief—are the same as those of any other. Principles of equality before the law and equality of social, economic, cultural, civil, and political rights must be upheld.

Republicanism. Republicanism, which holds that power should be balanced among different branches of government and competing interests should be served, resembles the traditional Chinese political ideal of "fairness in all under heaven." It allows different interest groups and social assemblies, and people with a variety of cultures and beliefs, to exercise democratic self-government and to deliberate in order to reach peaceful resolution of public questions on a basis of equal access to government and free and fair competition.

Democracy. The most fundamental principles of democracy are that the people are sovereign and the people select their government. Democracy has these characteristics: (1) Political power begins with the people and the legitimacy of a regime derives from the people. (2) Political power is exercised through choices that the people make. (3) The holders of major official posts in government at all levels are determined through periodic competitive elections. (4) While honoring the will of the majority, the fundamental dignity, freedom, and human rights of minorities are protected. In short, democracy is a modern means for achieving government truly "of the people, by the people, and for the people."

Constitutional rule. Constitutional rule is rule through a legal system and legal regulations to implement principles that are spelled out in a constitution. It means protecting the freedom and the rights of citizens, limiting and defining the scope of legitimate government power, and providing the administrative apparatus necessary to serve these ends.

III. WHAT WE ADVOCATE

Authoritarianism is in general decline throughout the world; in China, too, the era of emperors and overlords is on the way out. The time is arriving everywhere for citizens to be masters of states. For China the path that leads out of our current predicament is to divest ourselves of the authoritarian notion of reliance on an "enlightened overlord" or an "honest official" and to turn instead toward a system of liberties, democracy, and the rule of law, and toward fostering the consciousness of modern citizens who see rights as fundamental and participation as a duty. Accordingly, and in a spirit of this duty as responsible and constructive citizens, we offer the following recommendations on national governance, citizens' rights, and social development:

1. A New Constitution. We should recast our present constitution, rescinding its provisions that contradict the principle that sovereignty resides with the people and turning it into a document that genuinely guarantees human rights, authorizes the exercise of public power, and serves as the legal underpinning of China's democratization. The constitution must be the highest law in the land, beyond violation by any individual, group, or political party.

2. Separation of Powers. We should construct a modern government in which the separation of legislative, judicial, and executive power is guaranteed. We need an Administrative Law that defines the scope of government responsibility and prevents abuse of administrative power. Government should be responsible to taxpayers. Division of power between provincial governments and the central government should adhere to the principle that central powers are only those specifically granted by the constitution and all other powers belong to the local governments.

3. Legislative Democracy. Members of legislative bodies at all levels should be chosen by direct election, and legislative democracy should observe just and impartial principles.

4. An Independent Judiciary. The rule of law must be above the interests of any particular political party and judges must be independent. We need to establish a constitutional supreme court and institute procedures for constitutional review. As soon as possible, we should abolish all of the Committees on Political and Legal Affairs that now allow Communist Party officials at every level to decide politically sensitive cases in advance and out of court. We should strictly forbid the use of public offices for private purposes.

5. Public Control of Public Servants. The military should be made answerable to the national government, not to a political party, and should be made more professional. Military personnel should swear allegiance to the constitution and remain nonpartisan. Political party organizations must be prohibited in the military. All public officials including police should serve as nonpartisans, and the current practice of favoring one political party in the hiring of public servants must end.

6. Guarantee of Human Rights. There must be strict guarantees of human rights and respect for human dignity. There should be a Human Rights Committee, responsible to the highest legislative body, that will prevent the government from abusing public power in violation of human rights. A democratic and constitutional China especially must guarantee the personal freedom of citizens. No one should suffer illegal arrest, detention, arraignment, interrogation, or punishment. The system of "Reeducation through Labor" must be abolished.

7. Election of Public Officials. There should be a comprehensive system of democratic elections based on "one person, one vote." The direct election of administrative heads at the levels of county, city, province, and nation should be systematically implemented. The rights to hold periodic free elections and to participate in them as a citizen are inalienable.

8. Rural–Urban Equality. The two-tier household registry system must be abolished. This system favors urban residents and harms rural residents. We should establish instead a system that gives every citizen the same constitutional rights and the same freedom to choose where to live.

9. Freedom to Form Groups. The right of citizens to form groups must be guaranteed. The current system for registering nongovernment groups, which requires a group to be "approved," should be replaced by a system in which a group simply registers itself. The formation of political parties should be governed by the constitution and the laws, which means that we must abolish the special privilege of one party to monopolize power and must guarantee principles of free and fair competition among political parties.

10. Freedom to Assemble. The constitution provides that peaceful assembly, demonstration, protest, and freedom of expression are fundamental rights of a citizen. The ruling party and the government must not be permitted to subject these to illegal interference or unconstitutional obstruction.

11. Freedom of Expression. We should make freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and academic freedom universal, thereby guaranteeing that citizens can be informed and can exercise their right of political supervision. These freedoms should be upheld by a Press Law that abolishes political restrictions on the press. The provision in the current Criminal Law that refers to "the crime of incitement to subvert state power" must be abolished. We should end the practice of viewing words as crimes.

12. Freedom of Religion. We must guarantee freedom of religion and belief, and institute a separation of religion and state. There must be no governmental interference in peaceful religious activities. We should abolish any laws, regulations, or local rules that limit or suppress the religious freedom of citizens. We should abolish the current system that requires religious groups (and their places of worship) to get official approval in advance and substitute for it a system in which registry is optional and, for those who choose to register, automatic.

13. Civic Education. In our schools we should abolish political curriculums and examinations that are designed to indoctrinate students in state ideology and to instill support for the rule of one party. We should replace them with civic education that advances universal values and citizens' rights, fosters civic consciousness, and promotes civic virtues that serve society.

14. Protection of Private Property. We should establish and protect the right to private property and promote an economic system of free and fair markets. We should do away with government monopolies in commerce and industry and guarantee the freedom to start new enterprises. We should establish a Committee on State-Owned Property, reporting to the national legislature, that will monitor the transfer of state-owned enterprises to private ownership in a fair, competitive, and orderly manner. We should institute a land reform that promotes private ownership of land, guarantees the right to buy and sell land, and allows the true value of private property to be adequately reflected in the market.

15. Financial and Tax Reform. We should establish a democratically regulated and accountable system of public finance that ensures the protection of taxpayer rights and that operates through legal procedures. We need a system by which public revenues that belong to a certain level of government—central, provincial, county or local—are controlled at that level. We need major tax reform that will abolish any unfair taxes, simplify the tax system, and spread the tax burden fairly. Government officials should not be able to raise taxes, or institute new ones, without public deliberation and the approval of a democratic assembly. We should reform the ownership system in order to encourage competition among a wider variety of market participants.

16. Social Security. We should establish a fair and adequate social security system that covers all citizens and ensures basic access to education, health care, retirement security, and employment.

17. Protection of the Environment. We need to protect the natural environment and to promote development in a way that is sustainable and responsible to our descendants and to the rest of humanity. This means insisting that the state and its officials at all levels not only do what they must do to achieve these goals, but also accept the supervision and participation of nongovernmental organizations.

18. A Federated Republic. A democratic China should seek to act as a responsible major power contributing toward peace and development in the Asian Pacific region by approaching others in a spirit of equality and fairness. In Hong Kong and Macao, we should support the freedoms that already exist. With respect to Taiwan, we should declare our commitment to the principles of freedom and democracy and then, negotiating as equals and ready to compromise, seek a formula for peaceful unification. We should approach disputes in the national-minority areas of China with an open mind, seeking ways to find a workable framework within which all ethnic and religious groups can flourish. We should aim ultimately at a federation of democratic communities of China.

19. Truth in Reconciliation. We should restore the reputations of all people, including their family members, who suffered political stigma in the political campaigns of the past or who have been labeled as criminals because of their thought, speech, or faith. The state should pay reparations to these people. All political prisoners and prisoners of conscience must be released. There should be a Truth Investigation Commission charged with finding the facts about past injustices and atrocities, determining responsibility for them, upholding justice, and, on these bases, seeking social reconciliation.

China, as a major nation of the world, as one of five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, and as a member of the UN Council on Human Rights, should be contributing to peace for humankind and progress toward human rights. Unfortunately, we stand today as the only country among the major nations that remains mired in authoritarian politics. Our political system continues to produce human rights disasters and social crises, thereby not only constricting China's own development but also limiting the progress of all of human civilization. This must change, truly it must. The democratization of Chinese politics can be put off no longer.

Accordingly, we dare to put civic spirit into practice by announcing Charter 08. We hope that our fellow citizens who feel a similar sense of crisis, responsibility, and mission, whether they are inside the government or not, and regardless of their social status, will set aside small differences to embrace the broad goals of this citizens' movement. Together we can work for major changes in Chinese society and for the rapid establishment of a free, democratic, and constitutional country. We can bring to reality the goals and ideals that our people have incessantly been seeking for more than a hundred years, and can bring a brilliant new chapter to Chinese civilization.
POSTSCRIPT

The planning and drafting of Charter 08 began in the late spring of 2008, but Chinese authorities were apparently unaware of it or unconcerned by it until several days before it was announced on December 10. On December 6, Wen Kejian, a writer who signed the charter, was detained in the city of Hangzhou in eastern China and questioned for about an hour. Police told Wen that Charter 08 was "different" from earlier dissident statements, and "a fairly grave matter." They said there would be a coordinated investigation in all cities and provinces to "root out the organizers," and they advised Wen to remove his name from the charter. Wen declined, telling the authorities that he saw the charter as a fundamental turning point in history.

Meanwhile, on December 8, in Shenzhen in the far south of China, police called on Zhao Dagong, a writer and signer of the charter, for a "chat." They told Zhao that the central authorities were concerned about the charter and asked if he was the organizer in the Shenzhen area.

Later on December 8, at 11 PM in Beijing, about twenty police entered the home of Zhang Zuhua, one of the charter's main drafters. A few of the police took Zhang with them to the local police station while the rest stayed and, as Zhang's wife watched, searched the home and confiscated books, notebooks, Zhang's passport, all four of the family's computers, and all of their cash and credit cards. (Later Zhang learned that his family's bank accounts, including those of both his and his wife's parents, had been emptied.) Meanwhile, at the police station, Zhang was detained for twelve hours, where he was questioned in detail about Charter 08 and the group Chinese Human Rights Defenders in which he is active.

It was also late on December 8 that another of the charter's signers, the literary critic and prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo, was taken away by police. His telephone in Beijing went unanswered, as did e-mail and Skype messages sent to him. As of the present writing, he's believed to be in police custody, although the details of his detention are not known.

On the morning of December 9, Beijing lawyer Pu Zhiqiang was called in for a police "chat," and in the evening the physicist and philosopher Jiang Qisheng was called in as well. Both had signed the charter and were friends of the drafters. On December 10—the day the charter was formally announced—the Hangzhou police returned to the home of Wen Kejian, the writer they had questioned four days earlier. This time they were more threatening. They told Wen he would face severe punishment if he wrote about the charter or about Liu Xiaobo's detention. "Do you want three years in prison?" they asked. "Or four?"

On December 11 the journalist Gao Yu and the writer Liu Di, both well-known in Beijing, were interrogated about their signing of the Charter. The rights lawyer, Teng Biao, was approached by the police but declined, on principle, to meet with them. On December 12 and 13 there were reports of interrogations in many provinces—Shaanxi, Hunan, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, and others—of people who had seen the charter on the Internet, found that they agreed with it, and signed. With these people the police focused on two questions: "How did you get involved?" and "What do you know about the drafters and organizers?"

The Chinese authorities seem unaware of the irony of their actions. Their efforts to quash Charter 08 only serve to underscore China's failure to uphold the very principles that the charter advances. The charter calls for "free expression" but the regime says, by its actions, that it has once again denied such expression. The charter calls for freedom to form groups, but the nationwide police actions that have accompanied the charter's release have specifically aimed at blocking the formation of a group. The charter says "we should end the practice of viewing words as crimes," and the regime says (literally, to Wen Kejian) "we can send you to prison for these words." The charter calls for the rule of law and the regime sends police in the middle of the night to act outside the law; the charter says "police should serve as nonpartisans," and here the police are plainly partisan.

Charter 08 is signed only by citizens of the People's Republic of China who are living inside China. But Chinese living outside China are signing a letter of strong support for the charter. The eminent historian Yu Ying-shih, the astrophysicist Fang Lizhi, writers Ha Jin and Zheng Yi, and more than 160 others have so far signed.

On December 12, the Dalai Lama issued his own letter in support of the charter, writing that "a harmonious society can only come into being when there is trust among the people, freedom from fear, freedom of expression, rule of law, justice, and equality." He called on the Chinese government to release prisoners "who have been detained for exercising their freedom of expression."

—Perry Link, December 18, 2008
          After winning 13 year court battle, Malaysian human rights activist plans to run for parliament   
When it comes to persecuting activists, the Singapore government is no different from their Malaysian counterparts. Just to mention some very recent examples, see my posts here, here and here.


Rights Champion Seeks Political Career
By Baradan Kuppusamy


KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3 (IPS) - After winning a gruelling 13-year court battle to avoid being jailed on charges of maliciously publishing false news, Malaysia's best-known human rights champion seeks a political career to continue defending migrant workers and other vulnerable sections of society.

"I refused to yield, I was focused and relentless and in the end won," said Irene Fernandez, executive director of Tenaganita, a leading human rights non-government organisation (NGO) that has a reputation for defending migrant workers against ill treatment and exploitation.

"It is also a major victory for human rights activism," she told IPS in an interview. "The authorities now know that we will fight and fight good and hard and will not be cowed."

Fernandez now plans to run for parliament. "It’s important that I have the opportunity to be a member of parliament, to be a voice for the communities that I have been working with," she said.

It was widely believed by diplomats, the political opposition and human rights organisations that Fernandez was targeted by the authorities for her persistent efforts to protect and champion legions of Asian migrant workers from mistreatment and exploitation by employers, a vigilante force called ‘RELA’ and other enforcement agencies.

Her ordeal began in 1996 when she was charged under Section 8A (1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, with publishing "false news" -- a serious crime in Malaysia punishable with a mandatory one year in prison.

That year she had circulated a memorandum to the media, foreign missions and international human rights organisations in which she drew attention to deplorable conditions in overcrowded detention centres and the shoddy treatment meted out to migrant workers.

She alleged, in the memorandum, that migrant workers were mistreated, poorly fed, abused and regularly beaten.

The memorandum, based on research conducted by her staff and other experts, sparked an international outcry that severely embarrassed the government, but brought immediate relief to depressed migrant workers.

The government took steps to improve camp conditions, provide more nutritious food and medicine and assure the international community but charged Fernandez in court.

After a long and harrowing trial and despite international objections, she was found guilty in 2003 and sentenced to the mandatory one year in jail.

She appealed the sentence immediately but for five years she was dragged from one court to another as her appeal suffered numerous delays and postponements.

On Nov. 24, eight years after she filed her appeal, the Attorney General finally made the decision to withdraw the charge on the grounds that the appeal record was incomprehensible.

At one point in the appeal the court was informed that notes of evidence of important prosecution witnesses were missing. Later the notes were miraculously found but not legible. Further delays occurred after a computer virus wiped out notes required for the trial.

"The trial and sentence were hanging over me like a sword for 13 years," Fernandez said. "I suffered hugely but remained unbowed."

"The 13-year long trial was a heavy burden. I could not travel, stand for elections, raise funds or even speak at some forums," Fernandez,62, recalled. "This is a case of political persecution designed to force me to give up on my campaigns and retire."

By persecuting her the authorities had wanted NGOs to do charity work and leave advocacy and political activism alone, Fernandez said.

"They wanted to cow human rights activists by making an example out of me," she said. "They wanted to show the people that rights activism is dangerous and dirty work and anti-national."

She has vowed to step up her work helping migrant workers, women and HIV/AIDS campaigns.

"The struggle is far from over...there is a significant rise in the number of cases of sexual and physical abuse, torture of migrant workers," she said. "Conditions at detention centres and prisons remain deplorable."

"In fact the struggle has just started with the world economy in turmoil and millions of migrant workers on the front line of unemployment," she said adding that nearly four million -- legal and undocumented-- Asian migrant workers in Malaysia might end up being jobless if the turmoil persist.

In 2005 Fernandez won the Right Livelihood Award -- the alternative Nobel Prize -- in recognition of her wide-ranging human rights activism. "Migrants are human beings. They have the same rights as all of us.’’

"It is bad that Fernandez had to suffer for 13 years before justice was finally granted,’’ said Bar Council chairman Ambiga Sreenevasan. "The ordeal is over for her but for the Malaysian judiciary the journey ahead is long to regain its lustre as an equal and capable branch of a democratic government."

"If Malaysia had respected rights, freedom, democracy and an independent judiciary the system would have never charged her in the first place," said Brad Adams, Asia director of the New York-based Human Rights Watch.

"It is a trial where freedom of expression was challenged, where human rights defender is criminalised and where there is absolute disregard for the rights of detainees and minorities like migrant workers and refugees," he said.
          Importante vulnerabilidad remota en Linux a través de systemd   
Se ha anunciado una grave vulnerabilidad que afecta a varias distribuciones Linux que puede permitir a un atacante remoto provocar condiciones de denegación de servicio o ejecutar código arbitrario.

El investigador Chris Coulson de Canonical (desarrolladores de Ubuntu) ha anunciado una vulnerabilidad de escritura fuera de límites en systemd-resolved. Un servidor DNS malicioso puede aprovechar la vulnerabilidad con el envío de una respuesta TCP especialmente diseñada para engañar systemd-resolved, de forma que determinados tamaños pasados a dns_packet_new pueden hacer que asigne un búfer demasiado pequeño y posteriormente escribir datos arbitrarios más allá del final del mismo. El atacante podría conseguir provocar la caída del sistema o ejecutar código arbitrario.


Según confirmaUbuntu la vulnerabilidad, con CVE-2017-9445, se introdujo en systemd en la versión 233 en 2015.
Ubuntu ha publicado actualizaciones del sistema que corrigen el problema:
Ubuntu 17.04:
Ubuntu 16.10:
O simplemente actualizando con:
       $ sudo apt-get update
       $ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Systemd fue creado por desarrolladores de RedHat y también se ha incluido en otras distribuciones Linux como Debian, openSUSE, Ubuntu, Arch Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Gentoo Linux, Fedora o CentOS.

Debian por su parte confirmaque esta vulnerabilidad afecta a Debian Stretch y Buster (aunque no a Debian Wheezy y Jessie). Red Haty SUSEconfirman que no se ven afectadas.

Más información:

CVE-2017-9445: Out-of-bounds write in systemd-resolved with crafted TCP payload

USN-3341-1: Systemd vulnerability
Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3341-1

Canonincal CVE-2017-9445

Debian CVE-2017-9445

Red Hat CVE-2017-9445

SUSE CVE-2017-9445


Antonio Ropero
Twitter: @aropero



          Múltiples vulnerabilidades en Symantec Messaging Gateway   
Symantec ha publicado una actualización para solucionar tres vulnerabilidades en Symantec Messaging Gateway Appliance 10.x que podrían permitir a un usuario incluir archivos, evitar funcionalidades de seguridad o ejecutar código arbitrario.

Symantec Messaging Gateway está destinado a proteger la infraestructura de correo electrónico y productividad con protección en tiempo real contra software malicioso, spam, y ataques dirigidos. Incluye protección contra ataques dirigidos, datos de reputación de URL ampliados y administración simplificada con autenticación LDAP.

El primer problema, con CVE-2017-6326 y gravedad alta, reside en una vulnerabilidad que podría permitir a un atacante remoto ejecutar comandos en el sistema afectado. Por otra parte, con CVE-2017-6324 y también gravedad alta, se puede evitar la funcionalidad de desarme de una macro potencialmente malintencionada al procesar un archivo Word malformado en un adjunto de un correo electrónico, a pesar de que el administrador tenga habilitada dicha funcionalidad. Por último, de gravedad media con CVE-2017-6325, una vulnerabilidad de inclusión de archivos que podría dar lugar incluso a la ejecución de código remoto.

Se ven afectadas todas las versiones de Symantec Messaging Gateway Appliance anteriores a 10.6.3. Symantec recomienda actualizar a la versión 10.6.3 y aplicar el parche 10.6.3-266.

Más información:

Security Advisories Relating to Symantec Products - Symantec Messaging Gateway Multiple Vulnerabilities

Symantec Messaging Gateway



Antonio Ropero

Twitter: @aropero

          Giving a voice to civil society in Education 2030    

For Camilla Croso, civil society’s active engagement at the global level should always be rooted in national activities.

As President of the Global Campaign for Education, Ms Croso has been involved in various discussions, debates and mechanisms on education, carrying civil society’s voice to the highest levels. She sat down with UNESCO to give an overview of the role civil society plays in the new global education architecture and the challenges ahead.

Education 2030 calls for the involvement of all stakeholders in the planning, implementation and monitoring of education policies and strategies. How can civil society strengthen good governance in education?

Advocating for democratic governance in education is a core priority for civil society. Although there seems to be a consensus that Civil Society Organizations’ (CSO) active participation- including that of teacher and student-led organizations- in debate, policy-making and monitoring is of fundamental importance, in practice this is still far from a reality. While we can observe progress at the international, and to some extent regional level, it is at the national level that progress most lags behind, with teachers and students’ organizations more often than not lacking space to express their opinions.

The Education 2030 Framework for Action  encourages governments to ensure the existence of institutionalized spaces and processes for education policy dialogue, decision-making and monitoring. This ensures that legal and policy frameworks, as well as practices reflect the overall orientation of the people, of collective actors and different education stakeholders. 

You are very involved at the global and UN level. How do you think civil society can influence the implementation of SDG4 at this level. In your view, what role can civil society play regarding holding stakeholders accountable at global level?

CSOs must participate actively in the global spaces that are in place, but always be sure that this action is rooted at the national level. Their role should be to both take national perspectives to the global level but also to take the global perspectives to the national level to follow up on commitments and recommendations. This constant flux between the different levels leverages CSO actions and impacts. In this sense, they must seek to engage in the development of national voluntary reports, or carry out ‘spotlight’ reports that shed light onto crucial issues for example.

At the global level, important Sustainable Development Goals follow-up and accountability mechanisms have been established that allow for State monitoring implementation of the whole SDGs set. Regarding SDG4 in particular, we have the architecture revolving around the Education 2030 Framework for Action, composed of a Steering Committee, in which civil society has permanent representation, Global Education Meetings and a Global Education Monitoring Report to keep track of progress, identify bottlenecks and tackle them. Very recently, an Education and Academia Stakeholder Group (EASG) has been established, which allows education CSOs and academia, to engage in these follow-up and monitoring processes.

Also, CSOs  should advocate for an increased effort to establish inter-sectorial dialogue in the coming years. Inter-sectorial dialogue is of crucial importance because there are issues in the 2030 Agenda that crosscut the different sectors and which must be tackled collectively.

Financing is one of the major issue regarding education. How can civil society ensure that financial resources are being used efficiently and equitably and reaching the most vulnerable populations and the least developed countries?

Resources to education should be constitutionally protected and earmarked, with countries committing towards allocating at least 6% of GDP to education and ensuring that levels are maintained even during moments of crisis.

In poorer countries, and in countries that still face significant challenges in access, quality and equity, an even greater sum may be necessary, as studies in Brazil and El Salvador have shown.

CSOs play an important role not only in advocating for appropriate levels of education investment, be it at the executive or the legislative spheres, but also in promoting debate, information-sharing, awareness-raising and capacity-building among citizens. This includes action around the entire budgetary cycle, from its definition, to its approval and execution.  Financial data must be made publicly available in a transparent and timely manner to inform debates and decision-making processes. This is critical for ensuring budgets promote equity and reach the most excluded groups. . Hand in hand with advocating towards increased levels of domestic financing for education, CSOs must engage with tax justice networks and campaigns, working in alliance and within an inter-sectorial perspective.

At the global level, CSOs must engage more in pushing for global taxation mechanisms and bodies, as has been previously attempted during the Financing for Development Conference and during the 2016 Global Action Week for Education, as a key mechanism for SDG financing.

Education is an enabling right, promoter of social, economic, human, and environmental development. It is critical for social cohesion and resilience.

The Global Campaign for Education is a civil society movement created in 1999. It is comprised of a huge variety of national, regional and international civil society organizations, teachers’ unions and child rights campaigners that aim to end the global education crisis. It is one of civil society representatives to the SDG – Education 2030 Steering Committee.

The civil society movement is a member of the Global SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee, which convened on 29-30 June 2017 in New York. 


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          Can America's Spies Be Trusted With Cyber Hacking Tools?   
Both the WannaCry and Petya-variant attacks were based on exploiting software vulnerabilities revealed by leaks from the NSA.
          WHAT MARCH HAS BROUGHT    
Hello my lovelies!
How are you?
Hope the end of March is leaving you with a feel of hope, creativity and a good desire for the new to come.

My March has been quite nice and although the weather could have been brighter, it was a better and worth it job to keep brighter myself 😉








March around here brought a few different things, the end of the cardigan I was knitting for my girl, purple flowers with the new season which we have just started, rocking pools adventures. .. but the most special and important thing was Ilianna's 5th birthday. ..

Five years!!!!!!!
What???
Where did the time go? 😯
I just can't believe that she is already 5.
When I look at her i cannot see a trace of baby anymore, just a girl who is growing too fast, a beautiful, strong  girl with a strong personality as well, who so far has taught me a few life lessons which have made a positive impact in my life.
I like to observe her when she is not aware of it, I love to watch how she plays differents games just by using her imagination, how explores her body discovering new different ways to jump higher, run faster or speak louder. ..
It is a beautiful and important adventure for me to allow her to be free to discover the world at her pace and rhythm, so is for that that we have decided to home school her and thus she is free to find her way through life. We of course will respect any future decision she might take about this, but one thing is very important and clear for us, if she wants to go to school we will try and find a more respectful one that the mainstream system offers. At the moment she is very young so there is no need for rushing things, just enjoy and play a lot.

 I have never being the most patient person in the world but I often found myself slowing down my rhythm so I can allow her to deal with her emotions.
I am not the best mother of the world neither, but only the Great Spirit and the Goddess know how hard do I try every day to be the best for her.
And i fail, I certainly do and I cry as well but then I forgive myself, because through my bad moments and vulnerability I allow her to see what life is all about.

So yes, five years ago my body was opened up to welcome Earth side this beautiful soul who became my daughter making me feel the most grateful person in the world with such an honour. 

And the light of a beautiful Sunset leaves me with a deep feeling of gratitude for the tribe that together, we are creating.
Because we are far from perfect, but we try our best to be always nice, honest and kind to ourselves and others.

How has been your March so far?

See you all very soon 😘

Keep dreaming 💜

Luisa xoxo

          Lisa Renee Update - June 27, 2017   

http://energeticsynthesis.com

http://goldenageofgaia.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/lisa.jpgThe intensity continues as we move forward into July, we are continuing to be repositioned and shifted so that our energy bodies and our consciousness is congruently aligned with the new timeline architecture, as well as with the new energy foundation. As we continually undergo micro-adjustments in just about every area of our inner person and outward lifestyle, we are witnessing more of the mental patterns and archetypes from our past lives. As cellular memories are surfacing, they can reveal themselves as powerful and intense emotions, images or sensations that arise from within suddenly, as feeling associations are being reconnected.

These cellular memories are from both the ancient human galactic histories, other lifetimes as well as patterns we may have lived out in our current lifetime that may have contributed to fixed patterns of behavior. Many unresolved trauma patterns continue to cross over into multiple stations of identity, these are generally deep patterns of emotional trauma or negative behaviors that surface so that we may resolve them. They may be stemming from our multiple lifetimes, and the many human incarnation experiences where those same patterns were repeated many times without finding energetic balance or conflict resolution. The collective consciousness patterns which have defined who we are in order to accept the belief systems that have been imposed upon us, have been deeply disturbing to our core spiritual being. It is reflected to us daily throughout the macrocosm how isolated and divided we feel as a species, that the human race has evolved completely and utterly alone on this rock, disconnected and without contact from other species, as well as not knowing the existence of our spiritual families. As a species we have been handed many false concepts and negative archetypes that we have believed to be true about ourselves that define our sense of self in our human identity.


As a result, many people on the earth have been negatively conditioned to feel deeply alone, feeling unwanted, feeling they do not belong, feeling burdened by uncertainty and insecurity and believing that there is something wrong with them. When we feel deeply disconnected and alone, all kinds of disempowering thoughts and painful feelings can show up in our lives. When we can shift our awareness from purely focusing on ourselves and looking to the larger picture, it may occur to us that we are not alone, and that this thought form has only surfaced for us to see. An incredible amount of people, nearly all people have directly experienced these exact same thoughts, also experiencing these exact same painful feelings of isolation and disconnection from others. How many people on this earth are feeling this way right now?

When we realize that the pain of disconnection and isolation is the misery within human existence that stems from the negative mind control inflicted upon us by the NAA, we can begin to realize that we are no less than anyone else on this planet. Feeling deep grief, experiencing great loss and sorrow, the state of suffering, this is intrinsic to the general human experience in the current reality of which we all share and are a part. When we can actually see and feel into the collective consciousness that holds this overall collective mindset of disconnection, we can know that we really are not our thoughts and feelings. Did you choose these certain thoughts that surface into your mind? When these negative thoughts pop up in your mind without warning, suddenly surfacing from out of nowhere, observe them and look deeper. You will notice that some of these thoughts and feelings trigger you when they surface while others do not, there are thoughts that show up and they disappear just as quickly. All thoughts and feelings fade away from memory over time, whether you want them to or not. The mind control programming on this earth teaches us that we are supposed to be the content of all of our thoughts and feelings, and when these random thoughts suddenly show up, that they actually belong to us and constitute an essential part of our human identity.

Thus, all of these patterns are being refined during this time to give us the opportunity to see what we need to change or heal inside ourselves that we inherited from the collective consciousness mind control. This is a time where we must learn to create our new reality from an entirely new palette of color, creating new thoughtforms about ourselves, feeling deeply into the new emotional spectrums that ignite cross collaboration, co-creation and manifestation. The infusion of these new color frequencies are from the unity code harmonics, the trinity wave formats that create a base for the new energy platform, and this architecture is available to us now to help us build something entirely different.

As you study these old and painful patterns from the past you will begin to see them embedded as distortions that have great influence upon human consciousness, the 3D belief systems that have profoundly impacted the way human beings function in the world at so many different levels. The mental games and reptilian mind control programs that are running covertly within our unconscious self, those larger behavioral patterns that are set up by the death culture that has been accepted by mass society. All of the subterranean distortions of the upside down world are coming into blaring review for us to more deeply analyze in order to comprehend what is behind it and how it has influenced our lives.  We have to see who and what is running a mental racket into the mental body of our unconscious and conscious mind, in order to become free of its negative triggers. A racket is a corrupt mental program running in our conscious or unconscious self that justifies itself into being, to protect the psyche from discovering its deepest and darkest fears. When the unconscious mind is running rackets it is very tricky and manipulative, trying to cover up the truth in order to continue to feed the ego programs for an emotional payoff. However, we are being pushed to clearly see these mental rackets running within our psyche, as the new energy foundation will not tolerate or support them. Running mental rackets is the antithesis to embodying personal integrity and authenticity. In order to be congruent with the core essence and the nature of our true self, we have to see the rackets that are bargaining with our ego in order to receive a mental or emotional payoff. Then take steps to remove faulty thinking and clear these mental rackets from taking control over our emotional state that influence the spiritual house of our inner being. When we are running mental rackets, we become the cause of our own mental and emotional suffering. When we can recognize that we are contributing to our own suffering by running negative mental rackets we can choose in every moment to give it up instantly.

Suffering is generated from focusing on what we want something to be, seeing the difference between what we want and what is actually the reality in this moment. The expectations of wants, needs and desires put projections onto something or someone that you want to be different from what they actually are, and this generates pain. When we want to force change upon another who is not living up to our expectations or desires, we may be feeding into blockages that make the situation of our own suffering become even worse. When we project our desires and needs onto others, when those expectations are not being met then people feel deeply hurt. And yet this hurt was produced from one’s own internal suffering by placing expectations upon another to relieve it, instead of finding deeper acceptance that allows each person to be who they are in this moment. When we find the generosity to hold total unconditional acceptance and love for others, we naturally find the same unconditional love and acceptance for ourselves.

If we want to be emotionally freed from feeling hurt and abandoned by other people, we must give up all expectations we have of other people, and find acceptance for them and the situation we may find ourselves in the moment.

Are you running mental rackets that are making you suffer? Mental rackets are fixed ways of thinking, being and behaviors that you refuse to change even if they are unhealthy or destructive to you and others. Fixed ways of being can be a mental program playing out certain archetypes or negative patterns, such as feeling victimized by something and looping into the victim-victimizer thoughts that generate repeated grievances and recurring complaints. If we have the same pattern of behaviors that generates recurring complaints about something or someone, then we have to take responsibility to change that mental pattern in order to begin to change the results that we make in our lives. Many people that constantly complain about the same issues and constantly feel hurt and betrayed by others, may not realize that deeply hidden in the unconscious mind, is a mental program running for an emotional payoff.  There is a payoff for every emotionally driven behavior and thought, whether positive or negative, that can be used to manipulate types of responses that you want to get out of other people. We can choose to let them go once we have honestly identified the negative emotions that are repeating patterns, and then digging deeper for the emotional payoff that is received from that behavior.

When we are not self-aware and we continually feed into the same negative behaviors without making an effort to change them, we are continuing to feed into duplicity at the expense of being totally honest with others, with upfront and open communication. Sometimes these negative behaviors happen in our more intimate and emotionally connected relationships. Many people may not be aware they are emotionally duplicitous with others, and that is a seed of deceit that will generate a return of more of the same.  

To go deeper and commit to let go of running mental rackets in order to receive an emotional payoff from them, we can spend some time to untie the knot between the negative behavior and the emotional payoff habit. Spend some time alone honestly assessing the negative patterns you may have running mental rackets that are tied to emotional payoffs. What’s important to recognize is that undesirable or negative behaviors are often associated with a mixture of wanted and unwanted consequences. One of the most important payoffs that is often associated with undesirable behavior is the reduction of anxiety and tension. There are many different types of undesirable and negative behavior that are used as coping mechanisms, that actually help people temporarily reduce their feelings of mental or emotional anxiety.

Once you have more clarity on the deeper reasons why this undesirable pattern has emerged, then find the vulnerability to share honestly with that person when you have noticed this dynamic occurs in that relationship. First, share the negative thought and behavior that has become a habit, once you have identified this happens between you and another person. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and reveal to this person the emotional payoff that you receive for using this negative behavior between you. Then commit to this person and yourself that you will not run this negative behavior and emotional behavior racket anymore to the best of your ability. Then declare to the person what is the most essential parts of your relationship that you value, as well as discovering the ways to build deeper trust together.

This is a time of Reality Check so that we can see what damage has been done that has left coping mechanisms and mental rackets, taking stock of what we have left to mentally and emotionally process, so we can live and speak in the deepest truth and integrity that we are capable of. Blind spots in our awareness or the perception that we hold of others that keep us in denial and living inside the deceptive psychological defense programs, or running mental rackets cannot continue. We are being rid of layers of drama, trauma and defense mechanisms that we have been operating unconsciously and consciously as the result of being a 3D human. Many of us on the ascension path may find ourselves deeply enmeshed in clearing these emotional and archetypal patterns now. It may show up as a part of healing the larger macrocosm mental rackets or healing something in your personal life, however the process of revelation is the same. All of humanity is subject to running these mental rackets and programs. This process can be painful as it requires that you give it all up at the Altar of inner spirit, nothing is held back, nothing is sugar coated, nothing is veiled from your ability to see or live by the truth as you know it. All we need to do is drop any resistance and let the circumstance self-correct as we participate by compassionately witnessing the pattern as it is being shifted or completely dissolved and removed. It is also dissolving the membranes that create energetic walls of separation that exist inside of us, so that we can be more whole within and therefore also be more whole in our interactions with others.  This can be an intense time of spiritual awakening and expansion, so taking the necessary time out and being gentle and forgiving in these circumstances, is the practice of building energetic self-mastery.

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          The head of one of San Francisco's most famous startup farms is no longer running his firm after being accused of sexual harassment   

Dave McClure

The founding partner of 500 Startups, Dave McClure, is no longer in charge of the startup incubator's day-to-day operations, after being accused of "inappropriate behavior with women," The New York Times reported.

In its story, the New York Times named one particular woman, Sarah Kunst, who told the paper McClure harassed her after she talked with him about a job at 500 Startups. McClure did not dispute the account, according to the Times.

“After being made aware of instances of Dave having inappropriate behavior with women in the tech community, we have been making changes internally,” 500 Startups told the Times. “He recognizes he has made mistakes and has been going through counseling to work on addressing changes in his previous unacceptable behavior.”

Christine Tsai, co-founder of 500 Startups, is now CEO. Tsai wrote in a statement published Friday that she took over the role a few months ago, a detail that the company had not previously announced. 

"Dave’s role has been limited to fulfilling his obligations to our investors as a General Partner. In addition, he’s been attending counseling to work on changing his perspectives and preventing his previous unacceptable behavior," Tsai wrote.

The website still listed Tsai as a managing partner and McClure as a general partner as of Friday afternoon.

McClure is a big name in the San Francisco startup world. His company, which provides funding to young companies and helps them get off the ground, has backed CreditKarma and Twilio, among other successful startups.

Many of the businesses that work with 500 Startups are early in their development, when the entrepreneurs that created them might be more desperate and eager for funding — and potentially more vulnerable to behavior that exploits an imbalanced power dynamic. 

The sidelining of McClure is only the latest example of how a growing awareness of gender inequality and sexual harassment in tech is shaking up the industry.  

Justin Caldbeck, a co-founding partner of Binary Capital, resigned last week following a similar report in The Information. Meanwhile, reports of poor treatment of women at Uber prompted an investigation that led to CEO Travis Kalanick's resignation, the departure of numerous other executives, and the firing of more than 20 employees.

The Times story also named Chris Sacca, the Shark Tank judge and recently retired venture capitalist. On Thursday, in a preemptive response to the article, he published a post on Medium called "I Have More Work To Do" in which he apologized and said that he had "personally contributed" to making the tech industry "inhospitable for women."

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          'A waste of taxpayer money': Trump's voter fraud commission is facing pushback from a dozen states   
  • TrumpAt least a dozen states pushed back against a broad request from the White House commission on voter fraud.
  • The states included Indiana, whose secretary of state sits on the commission.
  • The requested information has raised questions about the ways it can be used.

At least a dozen states are already pushing back against a request by President Donald Trump's voter-fraud commission to hand over registered voters' personal information to make public. 

The bipartisan Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, sent a letter to all 50 states on Wednesday seeking registered voters' names, addresses, dates of birth, partial Social Security numbers, and party registration.

It also asked for a decade's worth of voter history, information on felony convictions, and whether they have registered in more than one state. The commission said all voter data submitted by the states would be made public, and the Justice Department sent a separate letter asking states to reveal how they maintain their voter rolls.

At least 12 secretaries of state — from Indiana, California, Kentucky, Virginia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Minnesota, Utah, Oklahoma, New York, Tennessee and New Mexico — have so far declined to hand over information that is not already publicly available. 

Indiana's secretary of state, Connie Lawson, sits on the commission. But she said in a statement that "Indiana law doesn’t permit the Secretary of State to provide the personal information requested by Secretary Kobach." Only certain voter information, she said, is available to the public under Indiana law: name, address, and congressional district assignment.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said in a statement that handing over the requested information would "legitimize the false and already debunked claims of massive voter fraud by the President, the Vice President, and Mr. Kobach."

“I will not provide sensitive voter information to a commission that has already inaccurately passed judgment that millions of Californians voted illegally," Padilla said Thursday.

Kris Kobach

Trump vowed to investigate voter fraud just days after taking office, repeating false claims that millions of illegal ballots were cast in the presidential election. There is no evidence to support Trump's repeated assertion that he lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton in November's election because people voted illegally, independent experts and analysts have said.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said in a statement that "Kentucky will not aid a commission that is at best a waste of taxpayer money and at worst an attempt to legitimize voter suppression efforts across the country."

"The president created his election commission based on the false notion that 'voter fraud' is a widespread issue — it is not," Grimes said. "Indeed, despite bipartisan objections and a lack of authority, the president has repeatedly spread the lie that 3-5 million illegal votes were cast in the last election."

States are already wary of accepting federal help when it comes to voting and election systems. States pushed back when the Department of Homeland Security wanted to designate their voter systems as "critical infrastructure" before the election last year, and are still reluctant to allow the government to conduct a complete digital forensics analysis of the voting machines to see if they were tampered with. 

'Serious privacy concerns' and 'laying the groundwork for voter suppression'

Election law and voter-fraud experts broadly agree that the commission's request is not only baseless, but an infringement on privacy and states' rights.

"Having all of this information raises serious privacy concerns," wrote Rick Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. "Will the information be kept securely, or is it at risk of being hacked for identity theft purposes? Will it be used by the Trump campaign and other political officials for political purposes? How secure will this be?"

Ari Berman, a contributing writer for The Nation who is writing a book on the history of voting rights, wrote Friday that "never before has a White House asked for such broad data on voters, and it could be easily manipulated by Trump’s commission."

Berman said the request could be a pretext to make it harder to register to vote, leading to widespread voter suppression efforts.

"Kobach has a very well-documented record of making wildly misleading claims about voter fraud and enacting policies that sharply limit access to the ballot in his home state of Kansas," he wrote. "He’s been sued four times by the ACLU for voter suppression and was sanctioned by a federal court last week for 'deceptive conduct and lack of candor.'"

Vanita Gupta, who ran the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department during the Obama administration and now heads the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, agreed that Pence and Kobach appeared to be "laying the groundwork for voter suppression."

"The integrity of our elections is indeed under assault — just not in the way Trump claims," she tweeted Thursday. 

A 'gold mine' of voter information

There is also the question of whether making this personal information, including Social Security numbers and military status, publicly available in one place risks making it more vulnerable to manipulation and misuse by adversaries.

Russian hackers targeted election systems in at least 21 states last year, top DHS official Jeanette Manfra told the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this month. The hackers probed election infrastructure and successfully infiltrated a "small number of networks," said Sam Liles, the DHS's top cyber official.

The hackers stole voter-data information, which they could then use "in a variety of ways," said top FBI counterintelligence official Bill Priestap, including to affect future elections, target individual voters, and determine whether the data is something they can manipulate going forward. 

When a data-analytics firm hired by the Republican National Committee last year to gather political information about US voters accidentally leaked the sensitive personal details of roughly 198 million citizens earlier this month, cybersecurity experts called it "the motherlode of all leaks" and a "goldmine" for anyone looking to target and manipulate voters. 

That information did not even include highly sensitive information like Social Security numbers that the administration now wants to gather and, apparently, make publicly available. 

"It’s just shocking," Myrna Pérez, an expert on voting rights and election administration at Brennan Center for Justice, told Mother Jones on Friday, "that in a period where we know that there’s a risk that we have foreign interference and foreign attacks on our registration systems, that somebody thinks it’s a good idea to take the voter registration rolls in all 50 states and put them all together in one place."

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          Vulnerable man duped out of £5k he thought he was going on funeral costs   
PENSIONER Dorothy Cripps is determined to get justice for her vulnerable middle-aged son after she says he was conned out of £5,000.
          Bouba the (Andean) bear joins the WCS Queen’s Zoo   
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          FRAUDE Golpe de emprego falso no WhatsApp lesa 200 mil pessoas em 24h. O mais novo golpe aplicado via WhatsApp esconde, em uma promessa fraudulenta de emprego, um cadastro que pode, em alguns casos, resultar em golpes financeiros. A falsa promessa de emprego, com salários de até R$ 1.852, para candidatos sem experiência, em um dos supermercados da rede Carrefour, lesou, em menos de 24 horas, mais de 200 mil pessoas.    


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O levantamento é da consultoria de segurança digital PSafe, que conta cerca de 10 mil cliques por hora. Ao acessar o link para o suposto cadastro de emprego, o usuário é induzido a responder três perguntas. A vítima, então, é encaminhada para nova página, em que precisa compartilhar a "oportunidade" com 15 amigos - fato que tem ajudo na rápida propagação do golpe

O link também induz usuários a baixar aplicativos que deixam o smartphone vulnerável e podem resultar no roubo de dados ou em cobranças indevidas via SMS. Em nota, o Carrefour reforçou que a mensagem é falsa e que somente realiza processo seletivo por meio dos portais Vagas.com, Catho, Curriculum.com, InfoJobs e no LinkedIn.

 

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          La foresta pluviale, un bioma che rischia di scomparire a causa del cambiamento climatico   
SPECIALE GIUGNO – Le foreste pluviali costituiscono il più importante condizionatore d’aria del mondo, capace di trasformare metà dell’energia solare totale che le raggiunge in un’enorme evaporazione di acqua attraverso le foglie e altre superfici, che nella sola Amazzonia è pari a 8000 miliardi di tonnellate di vapore acqueo. La riduzione progressiva delle precipitazioni e l’impatto antropico stanno esponendo la foresta pluviale a quello che viene definito come rischio di progressiva seccagione, dove la perdita di foreste aumenta in conseguenza di ridotte precipitazioni e attività umane. Poter prevedere quali regioni siano più suscettibili a questa perdita è essenziale per prevenire la scomparsa di ulteriore patrimonio forestale: due recenti progetti europei, Robin (Role Of Biodiversity In climate change mitigatioN) e Amazalert, hanno indagato l’importante ruolo della biodiversità per la mitigazione del cambiamento climatico: nel commentare la propria ricerca su Nature Communication, Delphine Clara Zemp, dell’Istituto di Potsdam per la ricerca sull’impatto climatico, in Germania, aveva chiarito che la presenza di molte specie arboree è un buon indicatore delle probabilità di sopravvivenza per le regioni forestali. I ricercatori hanno analizzato la rete dei flussi d’acqua e hanno scoperto che più è diversificata la vegetazione, tanto meno vulnerabile sembra essere alla distruzione. Ogni [...]
          HORÓSCOPO DO DIA 30 DE JUNHO DE 2017    

Áries 21/03 a 20/04

regente: Marte

Os relacionamentos próximos passam por momentos desgastantes, pois Sol e Lua estabelecem quadratura entre a quarta e a sétima casa, indicando contratempos. As possibilidades de conciliação são prejudicadas pelas suas atitudes agressivas. Que tal meditar para diminuir sua ansiedade?

Touro 21/04 a 20/05

regente: Vênus

Sol e Lua em quadratura comprometem seu poder de comunicação, trazendo à tona suas atitudes mais ditatoriais nos relacionamentos. Evite se expor e direcione sua garra para resolver questões pontuais que não dependam de outras pessoas. Procure zelar pela harmonia em suas relações.

Gêmeos 21/05 a 20/06

regente: Mercúrio

As interações pessoais são favorecidas pela aproximação de Lua e Júpiter no setor social, que trazem situações positivas. Porém, a quadratura Sol-Lua pede cuidado quanto aos gastos excessivos, pois seu bom senso está comprometido. Suas carências podem lhe levar a fazer compras como uma compensação.

Câncer 21/06 a 21/07

regente: Lua

Suas características mais marcantes são exaltadas pela passagem do Sol por seu signo e pela sua quadratura com a Lua, que lhe deixa suscetível a transbordamentos emocionais. Não permita que o meio familiar seja prejudicado pela instabilidade de humor. Prefira atividades tranquilas hoje, relaxe.

Leão 22/07 a 22/08

regente: Sol

Evite expor o que você pensa ou sente, pois Sol e Lua se tensionam entre os setores de crise e de comunicação. Você tende a precipitar-se em seus julgamentos, o que compromete seu poder de argumentação. Procure pensar bem antes de expor seus posicionamentos críticos acerca de qualquer questão.

Virgem 23/08 a 22/09

regente: Mercúrio

As disputas territoriais podem acontecer hoje, pois Sol e Lua formam quadratura, exaltando as diferenças pessoais e tornando o clima tenso em suas amizades. A confiança nas relações também fica abalada, sobretudo ao lidar com pessoas com interesses contrários aos seus. Seja mais imparcial em suas atitudes.

Libra 23/09 a 22/10

regente: Vênus

Sol e Lua estabelecem quadratura, alertando para uma sobrecarga de demandas que pode acabar lhe deixando um tanto desanimado, prejudicando suas iniciativas. Procure diminuir sua velocidade e defina prioridades, mantendo o foco em colocar seu bem-estar como prioridade no dia de hoje.

Escorpião 23/10 a 21/11

regente: Plutão (co-regente Marte)

Você deve se sentir mais inseguro, neste momento em que Sol e Lua estabelecem quadratura entre os setores espiritual e de crise, lhe deixando emocionalmente vulnerável. Antigos medos podem ser trazidos à tona por problemas do passado que reaparecem. Não se abata diante do pessimismo.

Sagitário 22/11 a 21/12

regente: Júpiter

As reuniões sociais e encontros são favorecidos pela associação de Lua e Júpiter, enquanto a quadratura Sol-Lua alerta para dificuldades em lidar com as diferenças. Procure dialogar, resgate sua flexibilidade diante da diversidade da vida, pois não adianta medir forças. Evite bater de frente com os outros.

Capricórnio 22/12 a 20/01

regente: Saturno

Você tem dificuldades em compartilhar as tarefas no dia de hoje, pois Sol e Lua se tensionam, entre os setores de relacionamentos e profissional. Sua atitude, demasiadamente crítica e intolerante, pode prejudicar seriamente os trabalhos em grupo, diminuindo a produtividade, cuidado.

Aquário 21/01 a 19/02

regente: Urano (co-regente Saturno)

Um momento de fragilidade é trazido pela quadratura estabelecida por Sol e Lua, entre a sexta e a nona casa. Tanto seu corpo como suas emoções devem sentir este efeito negativo, pois você fica mais vulnerável às pequenas doenças psicossomáticas. Diminua seu ritmo e procure descansar, cuide-se!

Peixes 20/02 a 20/03

regente: Netuno (co-regente Júpiter)

A tensão da Lua lhe deixa mais predisposto a buscar caminhos arriscados, seja na vida emocional ou financeira, e o trânsito solar no setor social exalta sua sede por aventuras. Procure conter seus descontroles, pois eles lhe deixam cego para o bom senso. Seja mais cauteloso.

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          Tasmania trials artificial shy albatross nests to help seabird fight extinction   

Conservationists say threatened seabird is vulnerable to the environmental effects of rising air temperatures and warming oceans caused by climate change

Tasmanian scientists will trial a new tactic this spring to help the shy albatross fight extinction: constructing artificial nests.

Conservationists hope the nests will boost the population of the threatened seabird, which they believe is vulnerable to the environmental effects of climate change.

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          Personal Support Worker   
Employer: 
CarePartners

Type: 
Part-Time
Term (Duration): 
Permanent

Description: 

As a result of our continuous growth, we have opportunities within our Waterloo Wellington branch for NEW and EXPERIENCED Personal Support Workers (internal reference: Community Support Worker). We are looking for energetic and dedicated Personal Support Workers to help clients in our community, with activities of daily living. This position requires someone to perform special functions under the Supervision of a RN or RPN/Supervisor.

To learn more about CarePartners, go to our website: http://carepartners.ca/careers/

Or follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carepartnersca/

Responsibilities:
- Provides personal care to the client
- Utilizes proper body mechanics and transfer techniques in order to carry out safe lifts and/or transfers
- Provides cognitive, social and/or emotional support to the client
- Provides assistance with a variety of household tasks
- Prepares nutritious, varied and economical meals and snacks, including special diets, as determined by the care plan, and uses proper food preparation, storage and hygiene practices
- Promotes a safe environment for both the client and worker

Qualifications and Position Requirements:
- Experience working with the vulnerable population, in a community setting
- Available for non-traditional hours, including evenings and alternate weekends
- Access to transportation/vehicle
- PSW certificate

Total Compensation and Benefits:
- Competitive wages PLUS Ministry of Health Wage Enhancement
- Flexibility in establishing work schedule
- Uniform Allowance
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through LifeWorks
- Access to Perkopolis (Canadian's Discount Program)
- Paid multi-day orientation, including in-class and in-field training
- Skills training (ongoing opportunities)
- Supportive Leadership team
- 24/7 On-Call Support
- Service Milestone Recognition Program

More specifics details on compensation and benefits to be discussed at time of interview.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

CarePartners welcomes applicants from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available throughout the hiring process upon request.

Date Posted: 
Thu, Jun 29 2017

Job Location: 
Kitchener
Wage: 

How to Apply: 

Please send your resume to Waterloo.Recruitment@CarePartners.ca

Deadline: 
Sat, Jul 29 2017

          Offer - Lutein - CHINA   
Xi’AN LESEN BIO-TECHNOLOGY CO.,LTD. specializes in the ten years of plant extracts and export trade, to provide customers with high quality, organic, natural, good price of various plant extracts, fruit and vegetable powder, as well as cosmetics, chemical raw materials.Marigold Flower Extract feed additive lutein is present in plants as fatty-acid esters, with one or two fatty acids bound to the two hydroxyl-groups. For this reason, saponification(de-esterfication) of lutein esters to yield free lutein may yield lutein in any ratio from 1:1 to 1:2 molar ratio with the saponifying fatty acid.feed additive lutein is isomeric with zeaxanthin, differing only in the placement of one double bond.Prodcut name: LuteinSpecification: Lutein 2%Appearance: Orange Yellow fine powderMesh size: 80 MeshUsed Part: FlowerGrade: Pharm, Medicine, Food GradeBrand Name: LS-HerbFunction:1. A major component of retinal pigment: lutein and zeaxanthin constitutes a major component of vegetables, fruits, flowers and other plant pigments, as well as the human eye macular area main pigment. The human eye contains high levels of lutein, this element can not be manufactured by the body and must be supplemented by the intake of lutein, if the lack of such elements, the eyes will be blind;   2. Protect the eyes from light damage, slow aging and prevent diseases of the eye: the sun's ultraviolet radiation and blue light entering the eye will produce a lot of free radicals, leading to cataracts, macular degeneration, and even cancer. General cornea and lens UV filter can, but they can penetrate the eye directly to Blu-ray and macular retina, macular lutein is able to filter out blue light, blue light to avoid damage to the eyes. Fat outer macular are particularly vulnerable to oxidative damage of sunlight, so this area prone to degradation; 3. Antioxidant, helps prevent aging body caused by cardiovascular sclerosis, coronary heart disease and cancer.  4. Protect vision: feed additive lutein as antioxidants and light protection, promotes retinal cells rhodopsin (Rhodopsin) re-generated, can prevent severe myopia and retinal detachment, and can improve vision, protect eyesight. Especially for students, drivers, and human consumption;  5. Relieve visual fatigue symptoms: (blurred vision, dry eyes, eye swelling, eye pain, photophobia, etc.6. Raise macular pigment density, protecting the macula, macular promote development;   7. Prevent macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa;  8. To reduce the generation of drusen, prevent the occurrence of AMD.Application:1. Applied in food field, it is mainly used as food additives for colorant and nutrient.2. Applied in pharmaceutical field, it is mainly used in vision care products to alleviate visual fatigue, reduce incidence of AMD, retinitis pigmentosa (RP), cataract, retinopathy, myopia, floaters, and glaucoma.3. Applied in cosmetics, it is mainly used to whitening, anti-wrinkle and UV protection.4. Applied in feed additive, it is mainly used in feed additive for laying hens and table poultry to improve the color of egg yolk and chicken. Make high commercial value fishes more attactive, such as salmon, trout and spectacular fish. 
          Offer - Lutein - CHINA   
Xi’AN LESEN BIO-TECHNOLOGY CO.,LTD. specializes in the ten years of plant extracts and export trade, to provide customers with high quality, organic, natural, good price of various plant extracts, fruit and vegetable powder, as well as cosmetics, chemical raw materials.Marigold Flower Extract feed additive lutein is present in plants as fatty-acid esters, with one or two fatty acids bound to the two hydroxyl-groups. For this reason, saponification(de-esterfication) of lutein esters to yield free lutein may yield lutein in any ratio from 1:1 to 1:2 molar ratio with the saponifying fatty acid.feed additive lutein is isomeric with zeaxanthin, differing only in the placement of one double bond.Prodcut name: LuteinSpecification: Lutein 2%Appearance: Orange Yellow fine powderMesh size: 80 MeshUsed Part: FlowerGrade: Pharm, Medicine, Food GradeBrand Name: LS-HerbFunction:1. A major component of retinal pigment: lutein and zeaxanthin constitutes a major component of vegetables, fruits, flowers and other plant pigments, as well as the human eye macular area main pigment. The human eye contains high levels of lutein, this element can not be manufactured by the body and must be supplemented by the intake of lutein, if the lack of such elements, the eyes will be blind;   2. Protect the eyes from light damage, slow aging and prevent diseases of the eye: the sun's ultraviolet radiation and blue light entering the eye will produce a lot of free radicals, leading to cataracts, macular degeneration, and even cancer. General cornea and lens UV filter can, but they can penetrate the eye directly to Blu-ray and macular retina, macular lutein is able to filter out blue light, blue light to avoid damage to the eyes. Fat outer macular are particularly vulnerable to oxidative damage of sunlight, so this area prone to degradation; 3. Antioxidant, helps prevent aging body caused by cardiovascular sclerosis, coronary heart disease and cancer.  4. Protect vision: feed additive lutein as antioxidants and light protection, promotes retinal cells rhodopsin (Rhodopsin) re-generated, can prevent severe myopia and retinal detachment, and can improve vision, protect eyesight. Especially for students, drivers, and human consumption;  5. Relieve visual fatigue symptoms: (blurred vision, dry eyes, eye swelling, eye pain, photophobia, etc.6. Raise macular pigment density, protecting the macula, macular promote development;   7. Prevent macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa;  8. To reduce the generation of drusen, prevent the occurrence of AMD.Application:1. Applied in food field, it is mainly used as food additives for colorant and nutrient.2. Applied in pharmaceutical field, it is mainly used in vision care products to alleviate visual fatigue, reduce incidence of AMD, retinitis pigmentosa (RP), cataract, retinopathy, myopia, floaters, and glaucoma.3. Applied in cosmetics, it is mainly used to whitening, anti-wrinkle and UV protection.4. Applied in feed additive, it is mainly used in feed additive for laying hens and table poultry to improve the color of egg yolk and chicken. Make high commercial value fishes more attactive, such as salmon, trout and spectacular fish. 
          Trump's voter commission already stirring criticism   
Donald Trump's appointment of an "election integrity" commission including Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach raised red flags from the start and its activities have already spurred more concerns that it's another vote suppression ploy.

Kobach has led efforts to suppress votes in Kansas and has participated in highly flawed efforts to investigate voter rolls nationally. He's a pal of Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin.

Now he's sent a letter to all 50 states in advance of the first meeting.

The information requested includes the names, addresses, birthdates, political party v(if recorded), last four digits of the voter's Social Security Number and which elections the voter has participated in since 2006, for every registered voter in the country.

Kobach, who is also Kansas' Republican secretary of state, did not say how the commission plans to use the data other than to help it "fully analyze vulnerabilities and issues related to voter registration and voting."
If history repeats, he'll drum up some bogus matching lists, heavily flawed because, for example, the fact that five or six  people with the same name, say Jose Cruz or Roosevelt Washington to give you the idea of what Kobach hopes to find, exist in several states isn't evidence of voter fraud.

Vanita Gupta, former head of the Justice Department Civil Rights Division, boiled it down to this on Twitter:

The letter @KrisKobach1787 is sending to states confirms: Pence and Kobach are laying the groundwork for voter suppression, plain & simple. 
The Kentucky secretary of state has told Kobach to stuff it.


I've asked Mark Martin's office if it intends to comply with Kobach's request. UPDATE: His spokesman, Chris Powell, says Arkansas has not received the letter.

I also sent an e-mail to former Democratic state Rep. David Dunn, now a lobbyist at the Arkansas Capitol, for his response to this. He was appointed to this panel thanks to friendship with Mark Martin. I wondered what he thought of the witch hunt in which he's been enlisted. No response as yet.

Talking Points Memo, in outlining how dubious this effort is, notes:

Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill (D), who released the copy of Kobach’s letter sent to her, issued a statement saying that, while they’ll be turning over the data, they’ll also be requesting from Kobach’s commission “any memos, meeting minutes or additional information as state officials have not been told precisely what the Commission is looking for.”

“This lack of openness is all the more concerning, considering that the Vice Chair of the Commission, Kris Kobach, has a lengthy record of illegally disenfranchising eligible voters in Kansas,” Merrill said. “The courts have repudiated his methods on multiple occasions but often after the damage has been done to voters. Given Secretary Kobach’s history we find it very difficult to have confidence in the work of this Commission.”
David Dunn, where are you?

The League of Women Voters' Chris Carson had this to say:Vir

“There is no justification for this giant fishing expedition. The Commission itself is a distraction from the real issue of voter suppression, and that efforts to ‘investigate voter fraud’ threaten our most fundamental voting rights.

“This most recent move by Mr. Kobach is an indicator that the so-called Election ‘Integrity’ Commission is not interested in facts, but false accusations and dangerous policy recommendations.

“State laws govern the release of voter registration information, and, at a minimum, election officials must follow those laws before releasing data. "
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said: "I have no intention of honoring this request." California, Massachusetts and Kentucky aren't going along either. UPDATE: Add Rhode Island. UPDATE: Add Indiana!

FURTHER UPDATE: Kobach says Kobach-led Kansas won't supply the Social Security numbers he's requested.

Mother Jones explains how this is a building block for more Republican vote suppression.

More from Talking Points Memo on this bad idea.

UPDATE: In late afternoon, Ari Berman says 18 states have refused to participate: CA, CT, IN, KY, MA, MN, NC, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, RI, TN, UT, VA, VT, WA

Good overview here including clueless comment from David Dunn. Who knew?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/trumps-voting-commission-asked-states-to-hand-over-election-data-theyre-pushing-back/2017/06/30/cd8f812a-5dce-11e7-9b7d-14576dc0f39d_story.html?utm_term=.ad618667ea23

Even Gov. Asa Hutchinson has said on national TV that this is not a good idea

          Sant Josep (Ibiza) tramita 35 sanciones por vulnerar la Ordenanza de residuos   
El Ayuntamiento de Sant Josep (Ibiza) ha abierto en junio 35 expedientes sancionadores por vulneración de la Ordenanza de gestión de residuos e impondrá a 5 empresas multas de entre 2.000 y 5.000 euros.
          New system to help protect Vermonters from scams   

"I am sick and tired of the kind of crime that is being perpetrated, not only on people like me but elderly people," Robbie Harold said. Harold knows that people like her mom are vulnerable to scams.


          Immigrant rights groups blast new ICE policy they say targets parents of child migrants   

The Trump administration has begun to arrest parents and relatives it suspects of paying to have children smuggled to the United States, sparking fierce criticism from immigrant advocates that officials are interrogating vulnerable migrant children with the intent of separating families.

Officials...


          Food shipping   

A large fraction of the world's food shipping passes through a few "chokepoints" which are vulnerable to global heating.

          IAPH: Ports Ready To Facilitate Pathway To Zero-Emission Shipping   
Pollution
Ports worldwide are at the crossroads of land-based and maritime industries and are vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
          Director of Children's Ministry - Kensington Presbyterian Church - Montréal, QC   
Submission of a vulnerable sector screening via SPVM (Montreal Police). We are looking for somebody to coordinate and implement programs to develop faith in...
From Indeed - Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:40:11 GMT - View all Montréal, QC jobs
          The swallow's nest / by Emilie Richards.   
cover imageThree women fight for the chance to raise the child they've all come to love. When Lilia Swallow's husband, Graham, goes into remission after a challenging year of treatment for lymphoma, the home and lifestyle blogger throws a party. Their best friends and colleagues attend to celebrate his recovery, but just as the party is in full swing, a new guest arrives. She presents Lilia with a beautiful baby boy, and vanishes. Toby is Graham's darkest secret--his son, conceived in a moment of despair. Lilia is utterly unprepared for the betrayal the baby represents, and perhaps less so for the love she begins to feel once her shock subsides. Now this unasked-for, precious gift becomes a life-changer for three women: Lilia, who takes him into her home and heart; Marina, who bore and abandoned him until circumstance and grief changed her mind; and Ellen, who sees in him a chance to correct the mistakes she made with her own son, Toby's father. A custody battle begins, and each would-be mother must examine her heart, confront her choices and weigh her dreams against the fate of one vulnerable little boy. Each woman will redefine family, belonging and love--and the results will alter the course not only of their lives, but also the lives of everyone they care for.
          Squirrels often perform 'shocking' high-wire grand finales   
'Six long-duration outage events in seven years' due to vulnerability to animal contact leads North Bay Hydro to release statement reassuring Pinewood residents that the problem is being rectified
          Comprueba si eres vulnerable al exploit EternalBlue con Eternal Blues   

Si debemos hablar de los dos eventos informáticos más importantes de lo que vamos de 2017 sin duda hablaremos de WannaCry, el ransomware que llegó a infectar a millones de usuarios de todo el mundo, y de NotPetya, un wiper que ha borrado los discos duros de millones de usuarios. Sin embargo, estos dos software maliciosos

El artículo Comprueba si eres vulnerable al exploit EternalBlue con Eternal Blues se publicó en SoftZone.


          El Parlament de Catalunya declara nulas las sentencias franquistas   
El Parlament de Catalunya declara nulas las sentencias franquistas
Este jueves, el Parlament de Catalunya ha aprobado por unanimidad declarar "ilegales" los tribunales derivados de la jurisdicción franquista que actuaron en Catalunya entre 1938 y 1978 y, en consecuencia, declarar nulos los 63.961 procesos bajo el franquismo por "causas políticas".

Los diputados presentes en el hemiciclo han votado a favor de la proposición de ley de reparación jurídica de las víctimas del franquismo, que consta de un solo artículo y dos disposiciones finales.

Mediante su único artículo, "se declaran ilegales los tribunales de la Auditoría de Guerra del Ejército de Ocupación, llamada posteriormente Auditoría de la IV Región Militar, que actuaron en Catalunya a partir de abril de 1938 hasta diciembre de 1978, por ser contrarios a la ley y vulnerar las más elementales exigencias del derecho a un juicio justo".

"Y, en consecuencia, se deduce la nulidad de pleno derecho, originaria o sobrevenida, de todas las sentencias y resoluciones de las causas instruidas y de los consejos de guerra, dictadas por causas políticas en Catalunya por el régimen franquista", añade el único artículo del texto.

En las disposiciones finales, se autoriza al Archivo Nacional de Catalunya a elaborar y publicar una "lista de los procesos instruidos y de las sentencias adoptadas" de acuerdo con los diversos bandos, decretos y leyes franquistas.

          B/R Experts: Germany vs. Chile, Confederations Cup Final Predictions   

Germany face off against Chile in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Sunday for the Confederations Cup crown.

It's sure to be a tight affair, and with that in mind our experts have been poring over the form book in a bid to point you in the right direction.

     

Adam Digby

Back-to-back Copa America winners Chile will meet World Cup holders Germany in this clash on Sunday, with both teams looking to add further silverware to enhance their recent successes.

The South American side needed penalties to defeat Portugal but will take a huge mental boost from that semi-final. Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo—who saved no fewer than three spot kicks in that shootout—have been the key men, and they possess the intensity and experience necessary to secure another triumph in Russia.

For their part, Germany's new-look squad will be buoyed by their 4-1 rout of Mexico to reach the showpiece match, but it may prove a bridge too far for the European side. Their defensive frailties have been exposed throughout the tournament, and Juan Antonio Pizzi's men will almost certainly be ready to exploit that.

Prediction: Germany 1-1 Chile (Chile win)

First goalscorer: Arturo Vidal

     

Dean Jones

It's so difficult to separate these sides because of the strong mentality they both have.

On one hand Chile's experience could prove so crucial in this final. They showed great will to win their penalty shootout against Portugal and have come from behind so many times in this tournament.

On the other hand, Germany's fearless youngsters have nothing to lose and have just hammered Mexico 4-1.

I'm going to say these sides cancel each other out...and Germany eventually lift the trophy.

Prediction: Germany 1-1 Chile (Germany win on pens)

First goalscorer: Julian Draxler

      

Karl Matchett

This is the rightful final in terms of which teams have impressed the most. Chile have been exciting and aggressive in attack, albeit without a cutting edge at times, while Germany have simply impressed all over the pitch with their depth, variance of play and ability to score goals throughout the team.

Chile's all-action defence might be the biggest test that Germany could come up against, given their physicality (if not actual size) and relentless running and blocking. That non-stop movement will be critical in attempting to shut down the off-the-ball movement that the German front line has, particularly from Timo Werner dropping deep and Leon Goretzka or Julian Draxler surging from the centre to beyond the defensive line.

The question marks are in a similar area of the pitch too. Can Chile score when Alexis isn't quite on top of his game or is being somewhat greedy as he has been in this tournament, not releasing passes at the right time? And, can the German defence find a 90-minute performance of resilience and concentration? They've lost it at times and had spells in matches where they look vulnerable, even though the midfield plays extremely well.

It's a fantastic matchup, but Germany's mentality and variety in attack might win out.

Prediction: Germany 3-1 Chile

First goalscorer: Timo Werner

      

Sam Tighe

With so many games squashed up in such a tight schedule, the nature of the two semi-finals could be key in determining how the final goes. Chile found putting Portugal to bed an incredibly tough task that required 120 minutes and a penalty shootout to do so, while Germany made short work of a depleted Mexico side, scoring twice before the 10-minute mark and never having to leave first gear.

That extra 30 minutes Chile went through put them on the back foot—particularly given Joachim Low's men did not have to exert themselves at all on Thursday. We're talking five games in 14 days; no one is feeling fresh, but Germany will be by far the fresher.

On paper it's so close a call that fitness feels like it will decide this one.

Prediction: Germany 2-1 Chile

First goalscorer: Timo Werner

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          Smith feels Wakefield 'could be vulnerable'   
WOLVES boss Tony Smith believes recent results could make Saturday's opponents Wakefield Trinity 'vulnerable.'
          Student Wellness Coach - Fort Vermilion School District - Rainbow Lake, AB   
Specific details regarding this position may be obtained from Kathryn Kirby, Assistant.  Current RCMP-Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check (please email.... $26.25 - $37.95 an hour
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          SORRY: Policing boss says horrific schoolboy sex abuse case 'must never happen again'   
A REVIEW into how a vulnerable teenage boy was groomed by online predators makes for "difficult reading" according to the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
          In urban Baltimore, poor neighborhoods have more mosquitoes   
(Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies) A new study published in the Journal of Medical Entomology reports that in Baltimore, Maryland, neighborhoods with high levels of residential abandonment are hotspots for tiger mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus). This environmental injustice may leave low-income urban residents more vulnerable to mosquito-borne disease.
          El PSOE presenta una PNL contra los Juzgados de cláusulas suelo impulsados por el CGPJ   

El Grupo Socialista en el Congreso de los Diputados ha presentado hoy, 29 de junio, ​una proposición no de ley (PNL) contra los Juzgados especializados provinciales de cláusulas suelo, impulsados por el Consejo General del Poder Judicial con su "Plan de Urgencia", aprobado por acuerdo de 25 de mayo, en la que insta al Gobierno a tomar las medidas pertinentes para desactivarlo.
En dicha proposición se dice...
"Esta medida agrava el problema que trata de solucionar, puesto que muchos de los juzgados designados carecen de capacidad para absorber las demandas que se concentren como consecuencia de este acuerdo, con lo cual los ciudadanos no podrán resolver sus conflictos en un tiempo razonable"


"La medida se ha adoptado sin la necesaria dotación de medios ni de presupuesto por parte del Estado y de las comunidades autónomas con las competencias transferidas, lo que provocará graves disfunciones. Además de colapsar los juzgados designados, se desaprovecha la potencialidad de juzgados de partido con capacidad para asumir estos asuntos"


​Bienvenidos todos los que se sumen a la denuncia que desde CCOO se viene realizando desde hace dos meses


          Quase 900 obras em andamento elevam renda e qualidade de vida dos maranhenses   



A expansão das ações de infraestrutura, com obras públicas, é uma das principais estratégias do Governo do Maranhão para investir em desenvolvimento e qualidade de vida para a população, contribuindo para a geração de trabalho e renda, num momento em que a crise nacional ameaça o emprego em todo o país. Os avanços na infraestrutura correspondem a 61,6% dos investimentos do Governo do Maranhão.

Somente com pavimentação, requalificação, construção e melhorias de rodovias, ruas e avenidas, por meio do Programa Mais Asfalto, estão sendo injetados R$ 736,8 milhões na economia desde o início de 2017. Em 2016, a gestão estadual investiu mais de R$ 1 bilhão no setor.

Outro importante conjunto de obras no Estado é direcionado para solucionar o histórico problema de falta de abastecimento de água e esgotamento sanitário. O governo já executou R$ 1,6 bilhão nos programas Água para Todos, PAC Saneamento e Mais Saneamento, conduzidos pela Companhia de Saneamento Ambiental do Maranhão (Caema).

Até o final de 2018 serão investidos R$ 2,3 bilhões em obras de Recuperação de Sistemas de Abastecimento de Água em 81 municípios, entrega de kits sanitários, ampliação de redes de distribuição, incluindo as cidades do Plano Mais IDH, além de implantação de redes coletoras de esgotamento sanitário e despoluição e revitalização de rios. Em julho, a Caema entregará duas importantes obras na capital maranhense: o Novo Sistema Paciência e a Lagoa da Jansen.

Mais Escolas e Hospitais

Dentre os investimentos que receberam reforço no primeiro semestre e terão continuidade ao longo de 2017, estão o Programa Escola Digna e as obras de construção e reforma de hospitais. São R$ 66,2 milhões investidos na reconstrução e na reforma de escolas da Rede de Ensino Médio, além de construção de escolas de alvenaria em substituição a escolas de taipa nos povoados mais distantes das sedes dos municípios. Para construção e reforma de hospitais são R$ 131,1 milhões, incluindo o novo hospital dos servidores públicos em São Luís, com obras avançadas.

Obras em Logística Portuária

A Empresa Maranhense de Administração Portuária (Emap) investe R$ 121,1 milhões no Porto do Itaqui, além de garantir investimentos privados de R$ 1,5 bilhão. Os recursos estão sendo usados para a modernização de terminais, construção de berços e melhorias de acesso ao Porto.

Ações para garantir mais empregos

Além das obras públicas em todas as áreas, o governo criou estratégias para garantir empregos na construção civil, um dos setores mais impactados pela crise. Com o Cheque Minha Casa e o Mutirão Rua Digna, além de gerar melhorias nas residências e espaços de convivência de famílias em situação de vulnerabilidade, o governo garante mais postos de trabalho.

O Cheque Minha Casa injeta R$ 20 milhões no setor da construção civil para reformar e ampliar as habitações de quatro mil famílias na Grande Ilha. Já o Mutirão Rua Digna oferece serviços de pavimentação em vias públicas, pequenas obras e serviços complementares de infraestrutura nos municípios da Ilha de São Luís e nas 30 cidades do Plano Mais IDH, totalizando um investimento de R$ 6,8 milhões.

Com mais investimentos, criamos um ciclo virtuoso. Investimentos geram mais empregos e renda, que geram mais consumo, mais produção e, por sua vez, ainda mais empregos. Para garantir a continuidade desses investimentos, ajustamos o plano de trabalho e definimos um calendário de obras”, diz o secretário de Estado de Infraestrutura, Clayton Noleto, ao explicar o esforço do governo para garantir a execução das obras.


          What are we defending?   
The Western political class is still responding dismally to terror attacks, such as the one perpetrated on young people in Manchester.

I want to focus on one response in particular, by Sarah Vine in the Daily Mail. Sarah Vine is the wife of a leading Conservative Party politician, Michael Gove. They both support Brexit and might be thought of as "establishment conservative" types.

Sarah Vine reacted to the terror attack this way:



So what we are defending, against the terrorists, is Western girls' freedom to be whoever they want to be. That is how Sarah Vine sees things.

She writes:
...this was not just a cowardly attack on innocent civilians by a blackened heart, this was specifically an attack on our girls — all of them.

Our young, beautiful, free, crazy girls — and their right to live life as they choose.

...Young women enjoying themselves, expressing themselves, being free to be whoever they want to be. Indulgent mums accompanying them, willing to endure an evening of pop hell in the interests of family harmony.

All this is anathema to Islamist fanatics, for whom notions such as sexual equality and female emancipation are an offence.

Sarah Vine is giving us a choice here between Islamic terrorists or "liberated" Western women who are free to do whatever they want. To put this another way, she is defining the West in terms of the liberal value of individual autonomy - a freedom of the individual to self-define or self-determine or self-constitute.

The problems with this approach leap out at you. First, if the great thing is to be whoever you want to be, then the value of a stable, given identity, such as being English, falls in significance. Therefore, the path is made clear for an open-bordered, diverse society in which the population no longer has a shared, long-standing common identity and loyalty to each other. And so you end up living amongst people who hate you and your way of life and wish violence upon you. Being whoever you want to be as an atomised individual leaves you vulnerable to attack - in the long run the terrorists win.

The "be whoever" attitude also fails the girls themselves. Sarah Vine describes quite well the behaviour of young teenage girls:
Girls this age are a special kind of crazy — a wonderful, maddening, mystifying mix of emotions.

One minute they’re trying to persuade you that wearing fishnet tights under a pair of ripped jeans is a perfectly acceptable ensemble for a trip to church, the next they’re in floods of tears because they’ve lost their hamster.

They are a mass of contradictions: monosyllabic, moody and manipulative, but also gentle and loving, as capable of throwing their arms around you in a heart-stopping embrace as they are of telling you they hate you.

If you leave these 14-year-olds to be whoever they want to be you are going to end up with dysfunctional adult women. These girls need their parents to raise them within a strong moral framework which will help to form a good character and encourage wise life choices.

What you don't want is 20-something women who are still a mass of contradictions and a special kind of crazy. Women like this tear apart men and tear down a culture of family life. And they don't inspire young men to want to defend them or, for that matter, the larger society. So, again, in the long run the terrorists win.

Saying "be whoever you want to be" implies that there is nothing strong or wise or virtuous or true that people can aspire to be. It implies that there is no natural telos to being a man or a woman. It suggests that there is no higher character type that we can lift ourselves toward as Englishmen or Australians or Canadians.

A liberal "freedom as radical individual autonomy" just doesn't work as the basis for a civilisation. Sarah Vine believes that we are defending it against the terrorists, but the urgent need is to return to the higher values that existed before liberalism became so dominant in the West.
          What do Chinese net users think of the white left?   
If a Chinese net user wants to insult their opponent they are likely to use the derogatory term baizuo which means "white left." What do they mean by this?

According to one source:
baizuo is used generally to describe those who “only care about topics such as immigration, minorities, LGBT and the environment” and “have no sense of real problems in the real world”; they are hypocritical humanitarians who advocate for peace and equality only to “satisfy their own feeling of moral superiority”; they are “obsessed with political correctness” to the extent that they “tolerate backwards Islamic values for the sake of multiculturalism”; they believe in the welfare state that “benefits only the idle and the free riders”; they are the “ignorant and arrogant westerners” who “pity the rest of the world and think they are saviours”.

Why would ordinary Chinese people dislike the Western left so much? Here is the reason given:
The stigmatization of the ‘white left’ is driven first and foremost by Chinese netizens’ understanding of ‘western’ problems. It is a symptom and weakness of the Other.

The term first became influential amidst the European refugee crisis, and Angela Merkel was the first western politician to be labelled as a baizuo for her open-door refugee policy. Hungary, on the other hand, was praised by Chinese netizens for its hard line on refugees, if not for its authoritarian leader. Around the same time another derogatory name that was often used alongside baizuo was shengmu (圣母) – literally the ‘holy mother’ – which according to its users refers to those who are ‘overemotional’, ‘hypocritical’ and ‘have too much empathy’.

Many Chinese on social media came to identify Hillary Clinton with the white left and so supported Donald Trump in the American election. When one public intellectual, Rao Yi, took the opposing view,
An overwhelming majority of Zhihu users thought that Rao had only proved that he was typical of the ‘white left’: biased, elitist, ignorant of social reality and constantly applying double standards.

The Chinese seem aware that a modern liberal politics is suicidal:
According to Baidu Trends, one of the most related keywords to baizuo was huimie: “to destroy”. Articles with titles such as ‘the white left are destroying Europe’ were widely circulated.

To understand why the Chinese might reject the white left so firmly, it helps to consider moral foundations theory. This is a theory popularised by Professor Jonathan Haidt. Based on research into different cultures around the world, it was found that there are six basic moral foundations:

1. The care/harm foundation: the focus here is on maximising individual care and minimising harm, protecting the vulnerable.

2. The fairness foundation: not cheating the system, people rewarded according to their contributions.

3. The loyalty/betrayal foundation: being loyal to our tribe/team (including patriotism).

4. The authority/subversion foundation: respecting the authority or hierarchy necessary to preserve social order.

5. The sanctity/degradation foundation: protecting a sense of what is hallowed or sacred in institutions and ideals.

6. Liberty/oppression: not wanting to be dominated/bullied by a tyrant.

What Haidt found was that Western liberals are very strong on the first foundation (and also to a degree the sixth) but are not very committed to the others. Traditionalists, in contrast, were found to hold all six foundations in equal regard.

If, then, you are a Chinese net user, who is used to taking all six moral foundations into account, you are likely to perceive the white left negatively. You will see them putting all the emphasis on the first foundation (care/harm) - hence the criticism of the white left as being "hengmu:" overemotional, hypocritical empathisers. Similarly, the lack of emphasis on fairness (as proportionality) on the left leads to the criticism by the Chinese of the support by the white left for free riders. And, finally, the lack of a concern for the loyalty foundation leads the white left open to the accusation by the Chinese of destroying their own tradition.
          Immigrant rights groups blast new ICE policy they say targets parents of child migrants   

The Trump administration has begun to arrest parents and relatives it suspects of paying to have children smuggled to the United States, sparking fierce criticism from immigrant advocates that officials are interrogating vulnerable migrant children with the intent of separating families.

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          Zherdev v. Ukraine: Article 3 of the ECHR and Children’s Rights at the Stage of Police Interrogation   
By Prof. Dr. Ton Liefaard, Professor of Children’s Rights / UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights, Leiden Law School, Leiden University, The Netherlands[1] The Zherdev v. Ukraine judgement of 27 April 2017 by the European Court of Human Rights (hereinafter: the Court) further augments the Court’s line of recognising the vulnerable position of children in police … Continue reading Zherdev v. Ukraine: Article 3 of the ECHR and Children’s Rights at the Stage of Police Interrogation
          LA BBC SDOGANA LA PEDOFILIA COME UN NUOVO ORIENTAMENTO SESSUALE AL PARI DEL TRANSGENDER O ESSERE GAY, COSA SI NASCONDE DIETRO?   


La British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) sta giocando con il fuoco, consentendo ad un autore anonimo di pubblicare articoli sulla sua piattaforma, che mirano a ridurre al minimo la depravazione totale della pedofilia.

Passi che ricordano la pubblicazione su Salon , nel 2013, di una lettera aperta, rilanciata anche  dall'Huffington Post: Todd Nickerson, un graphic designer americano, scrisse una lettera aperta per dire a tutti che non era un mostro. Una lettera, pubblicata dal sito Salon e rilanciata , che ha acceso un dibattito violentissimo. "Ho l'orientamento sessuale più sfortunato che ci sia, ossia la preferenza per persone che legalmente, moralmente e psicologicamente non riusciranno mai a ricambiare le mie emozioni e i miei desideri".

Questa volta è la la BBC a pubblicare, e sembra essere d'accordo con il suo autore anonimo, che la pedofilia non è necessariamente un disturbo da trattare con disprezzo, ma piuttosto un orientamento sessuale come l'omosessualità che richiede semplicemente “aiuto”.   

Non sarebbe la prima volta che la BBC decide di schierarsi con il "lato oscuro", mettendo in "scena"  una personalità televisiva popolare, Jimmy Savile, pedofilo, maniaco, necrofilo, pervertito. Dj della “Bbc” (deceduto nel 2011), al centro di uno dei più grossi scandali della storia della Gran Bretagna (“Operation Yewtree”, il nome dell’inchiesta). Nell’ottobre del 2012 un’indagine sulla pedofilia di Scotland Yard lo aveva accusato di aver abusato di molti ragazzini (oltre 500) , tra cui diversi minorenni, durante i suoi quarant’anni di carriera. La BBC, sospettata di aver insabbiato lo scandalo, ha dovuto affrontare una delle crisi d’immagine più gravi della sua storia. L’ex dj, non solo avrebbe commesso atti di pedofilia e violenza sessuale all’interno del suo ambiente televisivo (poco dopo la sua morte si scoprì che negli anni gloriosi aveva trasformato i camerini della “BBC” in una trappola per giovani fan), ma anche presso numerose strutture sanitarie pubbliche. Savile, che per decenni ha avuto libero accesso a diversi ospedali britannici per portare avanti la sua attività di volontariato, di recente inoltre è stato collegato agli assassini di Moors, ("omicidi delle brughiere"), una serie di delitti che sconvolsero l'intera Gran Bretagna negli anni sessanta, compiuti dalla coppia di serial killer Ian Brady e Myra Hindley tra il luglio 1963 e l'ottobre 1965, nella zona della Greater Manchester, in Inghilterra. Savile, oltre ad essere acquirente di foto di minori, usava l'emittente, come mezzo di "comunicazione in codice", inviando nell'etere determinate canzoni a determinate ore.
E pensare che il dj era stato anche insignito del titolo di Ufficiale dell’Ordine dell’Impero Britannico nel 1971. E, nel 1990, Papa Giovanni Paolo II lo ha fatto Cavaliere dell’Ordine di San Gregorio Magno per le opere di bene ed il volontariato compiuto.

Nonostante le inchieste, le verità terrificanti che continuano a collegarsi a questo mostro pedofilo, di cui la BBC è stata a quanto pare complice, l'emittente non demorde e continua la "celebrazione" del suo dj, attraverso la voce di un anonimo asessualmente depravato, riducendo la pedofilia, le "relazioni adulto-bambini" , come semplici orientamenti sessuali che hanno solo bisogno di aiuto.
Anche se l' anonimo riconosce la pedofilia come sbagliata, il tono del suo articolo o forse lei, la BBC, in realtà dipinge i predatori di bambini come vittime.

Sicuramente dietro ad ogni carnefice esiste un trauma, dove lui è stato vittima.Ssicuramente si tratta di persone che vanno curate, aiutate, ma sono potenzialmente molto gravi i toni e metodi suggeriti.
L'anonimo infatti denuncia che lui è stato un pedofilo, e la richiesta di aiuto lo ha fatto guarire. Una richiesta di aiuto  che però non è stata dettata da una tacita ammissione di colpa, ma dall'accettazione sociale o il riconoscimento di esso come un orientamento sessuale, questa è stata la spinta per lui a chiedere aiuto.

In questo modo, sottile e perverso quanto la pedofilia, al lettore di questo articolo della BBC, viene instillato un velato senso di colpa nel giudicare troppo duramente i pedofili, poiché vittime solamente di una crisi d'identità sessuale, che la società non comprende appieno. Se solo più persone potessero vedere la pedofilia come solo un altro tipo di genere, allora forse, non avrebbe l' orribile stigma attuale.


Pedofilia come socialmente accettabile

Oggigiorno siamo propensi a pensare  che i cambiamenti sociali  siano la naturale ed inevitabile conseguenza del progresso che non si può fermare. Tuttavia, lo studio delle tecniche che stanno dietro alla manipolazione delle masse non è più fantascienza da molto tempo,  LE TECNICHE DI PERSUASIONE DI Edward Bernays, sono state trasferite tranquillamente in campo sociale , quindi Overton ha semplicemente decodificato ciò che era già in atto a discapito delle nostre menti.

Rendere accettabile dalla società perfino ciò che in passato era stato assolutamente inaccettabile e impensabile.

Si tratta di un modello d'ingegneria sociale denominato The Overton Window («La finestra di Overton»). Questo modello è stato elaborato negli anni '90 da Joseph P. Overton (1960-2003), l'ex vice-presidente del centro d'analisi americano Mackinac Center For Public Policy.

La sua teoria è un intervallo di idee che possono essere recepite dalla società in un determinato momento e che possono essere apertamente enunciate dai politici che non vogliono passare per estremisti.

Le idee attraversano le seguenti fasi:

Impensabili (inaccettabile, vietato);
Radicali (vietato, ma con delle eccezioni);
Accettabili;
Sensate (razionali);
Diffuse (socialmente accettabili);
Legalizzate (consacrazione nella politica statale).

Se la teoria di Overton è fondata - e pare che lo sia - è chiaro che seguendo le sei fasi indicate dalla sua «finestra» è virtualmente possibile - col tempo necessario, con la complicità dei mass media e della politica - fare accettare alle masse l'introduzione e la successiva legalizzazione di qualsiasi mostruosità, persino di pratiche che al momento l'opinione pubblica ritiene ancora inaccettabili come la pedofilia, l'incesto, il gender, vaccinazione a copertura globale...
Quindi siamo nella situazione... abbiamo sdoganato questo...e poi vogliamo imporre una stardizzazione dell'educazione sessuale con il fine di limitare gli abusi sessuali, le violenze ed il rispetto del LGBT? Non è una contraddizione?

.. le finestre d'overton sono arrivate ormai a SGRETOLARE l'ultimo tabù della nostra società

- Fase 5: Da socialmente accettabile alla legalizzazione. Il tema si lancia nel top delle notizie d'attualità, si riproduce automaticamente nei mass media, nel mondo dello spettacolo e... acquisisce un'importanza politica. In questa fase, per giustificare la legalizzazione si utilizza l'«umanizzazione».

Proviamo quindi a leggere la lettera del 2013, di Todd Nickerson, pubblicata da Salon, e notiamo se non siamo dentro alla quinta fase della finestra...

"Dal momento che il potere del tabù ci fa rimanere nell'ombra, è impossibile sapere quanti pedofili non offensivi ci siano lì fuori, di sicuro sono molti e soffrono in silenzio. Ecco perché ho deciso di parlare".
Nella lettera Nickerson racconta di essere stato abusato da un adulto. Un evento che, ammette lui stesso, potrebbe essere alla base della sua pedofilia. O comunque una delle cause. Tra cui anche la sensazione di inadeguatezza. "Sentirsi poco attraenti, sbagliati, insicuri, soprattutto durante il periodo dello sviluppo - continua - può essere dannoso e portare il soggetto a soffrire anche di depressione o obesità". Nel corso della sua vita ha dovuto affrontare la depressione e un tentativo di suicidio. Finché non ha deciso di fare coming out: "Non immaginate neanche quanto sia difficile ammettere di essere un pedofilo, anche se siete inoffensivi, anche se lo dite ad altri come voi - scrive -. Quindi, per favore, siate comprensivi".

Cosa "suggerisce l'Europa", e noteremo l'entrata nella fase 6 della finestra d'overton della pedofilia.

- Fase 6: Da «tema diffuso», il tema passa sul piano delle «legalizzazione, ossia consacrazione nella politica di uno Stato». Si crea la base legislativa, spuntano gruppi di lobbismo, si pubblicano ricerche sociologiche che sostengono i sostenitori della legalizzazione del tema. Spunta un nuovo dogma: «Non si deve vietare xxx». Si approva la legge, l'argomento arriva nelle scuole e negli asili nido, e una nuova generazione non sa più che si può pensare diversamente.

Per leggere cosa è l'overton, come è nato, e lo sviluppo dei sei punti vi rimandiamo alla lettura dell'articolo.


→ Raccomandazione CM/Rec (2010) 5 del Comitato dei Ministri del Consiglio d’Europa. All’articolo 18 c’è scritto testualmente:

«Gli Stati membri dovrebbero assicurare l’abrogazione di qualsiasi legislazione discriminatoria ai sensi della quale sia considerato reato penale il rapporto sessuale tra adulti consenzienti dello stesso sesso, ivi comprese le disposizioni che stabiliscono una distinzione tra l’età del consenso per gli atti sessuali tra persone dello stesso sesso e tra eterosessuali; dovrebbero inoltre adottare misure appropriate al fine di abrogare, emendare o applicare in modo compatibile con il principio di non discriminazione qualsiasi disposizione di diritto penale che possa, nella sua formulazione, dare luogo a un’applicazione discriminatoria».

La ratio della legge attuale e di tutta la relativa giurisprudenza è pertanto quella secondo cui al di sotto di una certa soglia d’età minima (14 anni) «la violenza (da parte del maggiorenne) è presunta in quanto la persona offesa è considerata immatura ed incapace di disporre consapevolmente del proprio corpo a fini sessuali».
Ora questa Raccomandazione europea, prontamente recepita dal, governo italiano, auspica l’azzeramento di ogni distinzione d’età  - in Italia come negli altri Paesi - col grave rischio di considerare domani lecite condotte oggi costituenti reato. Se il criterio per considerare lecito e normale , qualsiasi tipo di unione sessuale ed affettiva è la libertà ed il libero consenso delle parti, dopo aver sdoganato penalmente e quindi culturalmente i rapporti tra maggiorenni e minori anche di anni 14, si passerà a sdoganare l’incesto (che già oggi è reato solo in caso di pubblico scandalo) e la poligamia, in modo tale da richiedere per entrambi il riconoscimento giuridico con relativi diritti.

Cosa distingue una pulsione sessuale di un adulto nei confronti di un bambino da un disordine pedofiliaco vero e proprio?

La strada intraprese è quella di cambiare la percezione pubblica della pedofilia.
Lo scopo non a caso è appunto “normalizzarla”.
Siamo arrivati al punto che una parte della psichiatria, della psicologia e alcune organizzazioni cercano di dimostrare che i bambini sono delle creature con impulsi sessuali sviluppati fin dalla nascita e che un eventuale rapporto sessuale tra un adulto e un bambino non genererebbe alcun trauma nel minore!

Questo è quanto è stato portato avanti con il tanto acclamato "Protocollo OMS sull'Educazione Sessuale".

Educare, condurre l'uomo fuori dai difetti originali, instillando abiti di moralità... 



Leggete le tappe di educazione dei bambini  da 0  a 4 anni, 6 anni, 10 anni , poi parliamo di "abiti di moralità".

PROTOCOLLO OMS SCARICABILE IN PDF




Commento al protocollo punto per punto:
STANDARD EDUCAZIONE SESSUALE OMS: cosa non ci dicono dell'accordo preso e già operativo in Europa

L'intero protocollo OMS è un abito di moralità, con davvero tanto marcio e sporco sotto... al quale si collega il gender, la pedofilia e la filosofia transumanista. Attenzione questo non ha nulla a che fare con l'omessualità. Non si discute la libertà sessuale individuale e la scelta individuale, si parla di pedofilia, sdoganamento di ben altri comportamenti sociali.

Leggi anche:

→ Dal 2013 la pedofilia non è più una patologia ma disordine mentale 

Il Manuale diagnostico e statistico di disturbi mentali (Dsm-V) uscito nel maggio 2013, ha mantenuto l'impostazione generale precedente: si considera patologia tutto ciò che è dramma umano e dolore. Al contrario, l’invulnerabilità è considerata sinonimo di sanità mentale. Fra le patologie non appare più la pedofilia. Prima considerata una malattia, ora è diventata un “disordine”, e solo nel caso in cui provochi “disagio” a chi prova attrazione fisica verso i bambini o all’area sociale circostante al soggetto.






Alcune fonti:

http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-06-27-the-bbc-thinks-pedophilia-is-just-another-sexual-orientation-akin-to-being-gay-or-transgender.html
DailyCaller.com
WashingtonPost.com
NaturalNews.com
 http://www.ilgiornale.it/news/cronache/lettera-choc-pedofilo-non-tutti-facciamo-male-1174158.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/06/27/how-bbc-star-jimmy-savile-got-away-with-allegedely-abusing-500-children-and-sex-with-dead-bodies/?utm_term=.499359180801
          The Unspeakable Oath   
Published 30 June 2017 | Arkham Horror: The Card Game

The Unspeakable Oath

Announcing the Second Mythos Pack in The Path to Carcosa

"…So numerous are the recorded troubles in insane asylums, that only a miracle can have stopped the medical fraternity from noting strange parallelisms and drawing mystified conclusions."
     – H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of The Unspeakable Oath, the second Mythos Pack in The Path to Carcosa cycle for Arkham Horror: The Card Game!

It was always going to come to this… You're finally headed to the asylum.

Something about the mysterious play, The King in Yellow, had nagged at the corners of your mind before it arrived in Arkham, and you began investigating. You learned madness and disaster followed the play everywhere it went. And still you dug deeper.

You attended the performance. You came face to face with terrors that still haunt you. And then—having barely survived your earlier encounters, and hanging onto the remnants of your tattered sanity—you went to the Arkham Historical Society in search of even more information.

Now, as you look to carry forward through The Path to Carcosa campaign, you may find yourself wracked by Doubt and surrounded by Lunatics. And, still, you'll catch hints of deeper and darker secrets.

What Madness Compels You?

With the new scenario coming in The Unspeakable Oath, Arkham Horror: The Card Game continues and deepens its exploration of the mystical realms between the traditional roleplaying and card game experiences.

First of all, you have the strong sense of place that's exceedingly rare among card games. You're not wandering the streets of Arkham, nor the wooded New England hillsides. Instead, you're wandering the hallways of an eerily quiet asylum—perhaps punctuated, at times, by mournful howls or manic laughter—and need to gain passage through several locked doors.

The fact that doors can be locked against you is important in the sense that it allows the adventure to unfold at the same sort of pace with which a Game Master might walk you through an adventure. And it matters because you can only act upon objects and information in your investigator's location. Moreover, if you and your fellow investigators split your company, you might cover more ground… or you might render yourselves vulnerable.

Next, you have the different ways the scenario preys upon the game's cooperative nature and the relationships you try to maintain with your fellow investigators. After The Path to Carcosa introduced the Hidden keyword, which forces you to hold cards in your hand—and keep them hidden from the other investigators—The Unspeakable Oath adds more of these cards, so that your experience of the game might not match that of the other players. And none of them will understand you.

Your secrets will isolate you from your companions. In the depths of an asylum.

Think about that…

Finally, the scenario breaks away from the traditional customizable card game experience by forcing you to live with the consequences of other games.

Yes, you can play and enjoy The Unspeakable Oath as a standalone adventure, but for those who dare to look more deeply, The Unspeakable Oath comes to life most fully as part of The Path to Carcosa campaign. It is, in fact, the fourth chapter in that campaign, and it represents the nexus of many possible paths through time and space. But those paths are not all equal.

Normally, when you sit at your table to play a customizable card game, you start fresh. There's nothing imposing itself upon your starting hand or the resources with which you might start the game. But in the Arkham LCG®, the choices you make in earlier adventures may come back to haunt you later on. The game's basic structure is the campaign, as in an RPG, and you are often given choices to make in your games—and between them—that aren't clearly about winning or losing, but just about how your investigator would respond to a given situation.

And in The Unspeakable Oath, these choices already come back with profound ramifications, literally restructuring the adventure depending upon the consequences of your earlier investigations. Choices you make in your games—the people to whom you choose to speak and the ways you interact with powerful artifacts—will impact the structure of the adventure's act deck, as well as the composition of its encounter deck.

You're Never Truly Alone

Along with its new scenario, The Unspeakable Oath introduces twenty-four new player cards (two copies each of twelve different player cards) that allow you to "learn" from your mistakes. As you gain experience, you can use that experience to enhance your deck with cards like Forewarned (The Unspeakable Oath, 150) and A Test of Will (The Unspeakable Oath, 156).

Alternatively, you may forge an alliance with one of the Mythos Pack's new Patrons, Charles Ross, Esq. (The Unspeakable Oath, 149) and Dario El-Amin (The Unspeakable Oath, 151). Naturally, as Patrons, both of these gentlemen come with valuable connections.

Charles Ross, Esq. helps you gain access to a whole host of powerful Items, reducing their costs by one each time he exhausts. You can think of him as your personal connection to the Disc of Itzamna (Core Set, 41), making it easier to afford and discard—and then to afford again. While your investigator has a limited number of body slots to which these Items can be assigned, meaning there's a limit on the total financial benefit you can derive from recruiting the services of Charles Ross, Esq., it's worth noting that that limit is a great deal less restrictive than it might first appear.

First of all, there's the fact that you might choose to discard one Item in favor of another—or just because discarding it is in your best interests. Many of the game's most powerful Items, like the Disc of Itzamna, are discarded when you use them, and Charles Ross, Esq. lends significant value if you intend to use these items over and over—such as you might if you're playing Rex Murphy (The Dunwich Legacy, 2) with Scavenging (Core Set, 73).

Perhaps more importantly, there's the fact that the Arkham LCG can support as many as four players, and Charles Ross, Esq. works with any investigator at your location, not just yours. If you and your teammates can coordinate your purchases, Charles Ross, Esq. can easily save your group at least one resource each and every round.

Meanwhile, the unscrupulous Dario El-Amin can provide you access to an astonishing array of benefits, all of which should certainly help you find your way out of the asylum. As a single action, Dario El-Amin allows you to claim two resources. He's also more than willing to offer bonuses to both your Willpower and your Intellect—provided you can meet his demands.

Dario El-Amin may be a Patron of the arts, but it's clear that he's looking less to prop up struggling artists than to invest in characters and endeavors with records of proven success. The permanent attribute boosts that Dario El-Amin can provide are fantastically valuable, but the Patron requires you to sit on a stockpile of no fewer than ten resources if you want those bonuses.

Fortunately, that's not too much of a problem for Rogue investigators like Jenny Barnes (The Dunwich Horror, 3), who can gain resources fast with cards like Burglary (Core Set, 45), Hot Streak (Core Set, 57), and Lone Wolf (Blood on the Altar, 188). And once you have all those resources at your disposal, it'll be good to know that Dario El-Amin will be, at least, a little invested in seeing you make your way out of the asylum.

Adversity Breeds Adventure

It's a good thing that Arkham Horror: The Card Game isn't real life. We don't really want to stare down unspeakable horrors, suffer grievous internal injuries, and feel our minds fracturing with the burden of all we've witnessed.

But it makes for great fiction. And in the Arkham LCG, it makes for great adventure.

Soon, you'll have your chance to enjoy yet another of these horrifying adventures. In The Unspeakable Oath, you'll find the world closing around you. You'll be stuck in the asylum. Surrounded by Lunatics. Threatened by monsters and madness… And your games couldn't be better!

Look for your chance to revel in the madness when The Unspeakable Oath (AHC13) makes its way to retailers in the third quarter of 2017!

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          'Logan', de James Mangold   

Descripción:

Director: James Mangold. Estados Unidos, 2016. Proyección en VOSE.
Interpretes: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Boyd Holbrook...

Sin sus poderes, por primera vez, Wolverine es verdaderamente vulnerable. Después de una vida de dolor y angustia, sin rumbo y perdido en el mundo donde los X-Men son leyenda, su mentor Charles Xavier lo convence de asumir una última misión: proteger a una joven que será la única esperanza para la raza mutante.

Lugar: Fnac Plaza España, C/ Coso, 25-27, Zaragoza

Fecha: 5 de Julio del 2017

Horario: 19:00h.

Precio: Entrada gratuita

Tipo: Filmotecas/Cineclubs



          La OCDE anima a desarrollar las competencias de los trabajadores para aprovechar las oportunidades de la globalización   
La globalización constituye un fenómeno imparable que presenta retos y oportunidades. Consciente de ello, la Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económicos (OCDE) ha elaborado el informe Skills and Global Value Chains, con el fin de recalcar la importancia de reforzar las competencias de los trabajadores para mejorar la productividad de los países y "reducir la vulnerabilidad [de los empleados] ante los riesgos de la deslocalización", en palabras de Andreas Schleicher, director de Educación y Competencias.
Las cadenas globales de valor (global value chains) hacen referencia al proceso por el cual las diferentes fases de elaboración de un producto (diseño, producción, comercialización, ventas, etc.) se realizan por trabajadores procedentes de diferentes países. Estas cadenas globales de valor (CGV) han de tenerse muy en cuenta, pues "los países que mostraron el mayor aumento de participación en CGV durante el periodo 1995-2011 han obtenido un crecimiento anual adicional de productividad laboral de la industria". El porcentaje oscila entre el 0,8% y el 2,2%, siendo el más elevado en las industrias de mayor potencial, como las dedicadas a las manufacturas de alta tecnología.  

La OCDE también ha observado que la mejora de las competencias de los trabajadores contribuye a la participación en los mercados globales y a la especialización en industrias tecnológicamente avanzadas. Al mismo tiempo, la adquisición de competencias permite hacer frente a los efectos negativos de las cadenas globales de valor,  como la deslocalización de la producción, ya que permite a los empleados adaptarse más fácilmente a los cambios, desarrollarse en sus actividades y conseguir puestos de trabajo de mayor calidad y remuneración. Y, por supuesto, invertir en formación contribuye a la mejora de la competitividad y el progreso económico del país.

Ahora bien, todavía queda un largo camino para conseguir un desempeño óptimo en determinadas competencias básicas. Así, la OCDE advierte que más de 200 millones de adultos pertenecientes a alguno de los 35 países que integran la organización posee escasas aptitudes en alfabetismo y aritmética (uno de cada cuatro aproximadamente), y el 60% de ellos carece de ambos tipos de competencias.

Una combinación de competencias cognitivas, sociales y emocionales
Sin negar la importancia de aumentar las competencias de la población adulta, todavía resulta complicado saber cuáles de ellas son las que más contribuyen a integrarse y desarrollarse en mercados globales. En todo caso, parece asentado entre los expertos que el nivel de formación de un país ya no resulta tan determinante como la calidad de las competencias que puede adquirir, su uso efectivo y su adecuada adaptación a la industria.

Basados en encuestas a adultos y la experiencia de los países que mejores resultados han obtenido en la aplicación de las cadenas globales de valor, los autores del informe recomiendan apostar por una combinación de competencias (skills mix). Así, "cada individuo necesita disponer de un alto nivel en mucho tipos de competencias, más que especializarse en una única habilidad". En concreto, son necesarias:
 
  • Competencias cognitivas, esto es, alfabetismo, nociones de cálculo aritmético y capacidad de resolución de problemas, así como una gran capacidad para aprender.
 
  • Competencias sociales y emocionales como capacidad de comunicación y organización.
 
  • Competencias en tecnologías de la información y la comunicación, gestión, marketing y contabilidad, aunque el dominio requerido varía en función del nivel tecnológico y la complejidad de la industria del país.
 
Mejor formación y más coordinada con el mundo laboral

El informe también incluye algunas recomendaciones para gobiernos y administraciones, como apostar por la formación y la educación. También aconsejan alinear mejor las competencias que se aprenden en los centros formativos con los requerimientos de la industria, para lo cual propone una "colaboración más estrecha entre el sector privado, las instituciones de educación superior y los institutos de investigación". Otras propuestas se centran en favorecer la formación de adultos, eliminando barreras que les impidan acceder a la educación formal y facilitando la compaginación del trabajo y la capacitación.

Los autores del Skills and Global Value Chains también apuntan la necesidad de fomentar la cooperación internacional en las políticas de competencias, ya que de este modo se podría asegurar la calidad y mantener el conocimiento y las competencias que las naciones necesitan para aprovechar las cadenas globales de valor.

          Cisco Warns of Serious Flaws in IOS Software   

“Cisco has warned users that devices running the company’s IOS or IOS XE software are affected by several high severity vulnerabilities that can be exploited for remote code execution and denial-of-service (DoS) attacks.” Source: Cisco Warns of Serious Flaws in IOS Software | SecurityWeek.Com Via OODA Loop

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          Comentario en U17: VIII Encuentro Nacional y V Latinoamericano «La Universidad como objeto de investigación» por martino cruz   
Los adolescentes de pueblos vulnerados se preguntan ¿Después de la Secundaria que somos? ¡Pordioseros de la educación! Porque no hay continuidad para seguir estudiando una carrera de Tecnicatura Superior Universitaria. De la Educación al Trabajo. Aprobado por el Consejo Federal de Educación. Título Nacional. Ley 26 206 de Educación Argentina. El Gobierno Nacional tiene que dejar de hacer política discriminatoria. El futuro es hoy ¡¡Queremos educación Tecnicatura Superior Universitaria!! ¡¡Cumplan con lo prometido!!
          How to Protect Against Petya Ransomware in a McAfee Environment   

This post has been updated with information about McAfee Enterprise Security Manager and McAfee Web Gateway (June 28, 14:20 Pacific time). A new variant of the ransomware Petya (also called Petrwrap) began spreading around the world on June 27. Petya is ransomware that exploits the vulnerability CVE-2017-0144 in Microsoft’s implementation of the Server Message Block protocol. This ransomware …

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          The Muslim Ban has begun: What we know   

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court issued a ruling on injunctions by two federal appellate courts, Hawaii and Maryland, implementing parts of President Trump’s executive order, banning citizens from five Arab countries and Iran for 90 days. 

Although the SCOTUS decision lifted parts of the injunctions against the ban, it did rule that the ban will not be implemented for those “foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” 

According to guidance released by the Trump Administration, spouses, parents, children, siblings or sons and daughters in law, and more recently fiancés of U.S. residents are allowed entry. Initially, the Trump Administration classified fiancés of American residents as travelers who do not have a close enough relationship to the U.S. and thus were barred from entering.

This new guidance, however, excludes grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces or nephews of U.S. residents from entering the country from those six Muslim-majority countries.

Other bona fide relationships include students admitted to U.S. schools, workers hired by U.S. companies, or academics invited to speak to American audiences. For more information on the SCOTUS ruling, see our blog post Trump’s Travel Ban at the Supreme Court: What now?

As the ban was officially implemented at 8 p.m. ET on June 29 , Hawaii filed an emergency motion asking the federal court in Honolulu to clarify the scope of bona fide relationships including families and refugees and whether the Trump Administration defined the court’s decision too narrowly. 

Hawaii is claiming that denying entry to grandparents and other family members to the United States is in clear violation of the court’s ruling.

In terms of refugee resettlement, the opinion states that the U.S. cannot bar a refugee from seeking admission if they claim a credible bona fide relationship with a “person or entity in the United States.”

Per the Administration’s guidance issued to diplomatic posts, however, a refugee’s relationship with a U.S.-based resettlement agency would NOT qualify as a bona fide relationship. This limited interpretation is contrary to what many legal analysts believe the Supreme Court intended. Hawaii’s court filing noted that barring refugees with agreements from U.S. resettlement agencies is “preposterous” as a formal connection to the U.S. already been established. 

The ACLU also argues that the Trump Administration’s guidance fails to follow SCOTUS’ opinion. They called the guidance “arbitrary” and “not tied to any legitimate government purpose.”

Refugee groups like the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) are calling on the Administration to reverse course on the Muslim ban “before our country denies entry to victims of violence and persecution.”  

This restricted guidance further proves that the order is in fact a discriminatory ban on refugees and immigrants from five Arab and Muslim-majority countries, along with Iran. It serves no purpose other than to disparage the most vulnerable and fear monger. 

As U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson considers Hawaii’s filing, he ordered a response from the Department of Justice by Monday, July 3. Hawaii must then respond by Thursday, July 6. 

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the executive order and its injunctions in October.  


          Statement on DOJ Hate Crime Summit    

ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE

For immediate release: June 29, 2017

Contact: jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210 

 

AAI Statement on DOJ Hate Crime Summit 

Today, the Arab American Institute joined dozens of civil rights, religious, education and professional organizations to participate in the Department of Justice’s Hate Crime Summit entitled, "Identifying, Prosecuting, and Preventing Hate Crimes: What Works?” Upon conclusion of the event, AAI Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement: 

“We attended today’s summit because the prevention and prosecution of hate crimes is a priority. We were pleased to be there with fellow civil rights advocates and Department of Justice career professionals who have worked for years to successfully prosecute hate crimes. During our day-long discussions, we, along with our allies, reiterated our concern that the Trump Administration must do more to stem the rising tide of hatred we are witnessing in our nation. Beyond the horrific attacks on individuals, hate crimes target communities. The investigation and prosecution of crimes is an absolute necessity, but prevention requires that we do more, especially when Administration rhetoric and policy single out and target vulnerable communities. The data shows that impacted communities, including Muslims, Arabs and South Asians, are paying a high price due to the increase in bigotry we are witnessing. 

Additionally, it is important to note that this hate crimes summit was convened as part of the Department of Justice's Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. That task force was announced to "combat illegal immigration and violent crime.” That immigrant criminalization frame is false, takes a draconian approach to immigration enforcement, and spreads fear and despair in the process. It does not build community trust, a necessary component for hate crime reporting. 

Further, while work on hate crimes is critical, it cannot be separated from: the administration’s deep cuts to civil rights budgets, efforts to defend the discriminatory Muslim and refugee ban, the backing off police and mass incarceration reforms, mass deportations, rolling back protections for transgender students and much more. Combatting hate crimes cannot be a fig leaf to cover misdeeds—it requires a megaphone of justice to make it real.

We will continue to rely on DOJ career civil servants for the successful prosecution of hate crimes and protection of rights. We will continue to oppose government policies that undermine our aspirational values and wrongly target impacted communities. We will continue to demand that Trump Administration officials, including the President, use their bully pulpit to advance justice and the constitutional values of equality. Should they do so, we will gladly echo their call. When they do not, we will continue to oppose them."

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Founded in 1985, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent.  AAI provides policy, research and public affairs services to support a broad range of community activities. For more information please visit aaiusa.org


          Statement Regarding Supreme Court Action on Muslim Ban   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2017

Contact: Jennifer Salan jsalan@aaiusa.org / 202-429-9210

 

Arab American Institute Executive Director Maya Berry issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court action regarding the Muslim Ban:


Today’s announcement from the Supreme Court is a disappointment but it does not mean that bigotry has won the day. In fact, contrary to how the White House has portrayed the Court’s action, what we know is that the Muslim Ban will get a full hearing in October and that the stay granted in this case applies only to foreign nationals who cannot credibly claim a ‘bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.’ The majority of individuals seeking entry into the United States have such a connection. However, while we recognize the important exceptions the Court carved out, AAI strongly disagrees with the Court’s grant of stay for President Trump's travel ban on five Arab Countries and Iran. Put simply, it will allow the Administration to discriminate against the most vulnerable immigrants and refugees, those with no U.S. connections, based on thinly-veiled xenophobia and anti-Muslim bigotry, not sound national security justifications.
 
Once a full hearing occurs, we are confident that the Supreme Court will find that the ban is unconstitutional and discriminatory as it is designed to prohibit the entry of individuals based on their faith, in this case Muslims, just as President Trump said multiple times on the campaign trail. We remind everyone that this ban only applies to five Arab countries and Iran – all of which are majority Muslim. There is no doubt that this ban can be interpreted as anything other than discrimination based on religion and we look forward to the day when this shameful policy is refuted and behind us.

 

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Founded in 1985, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent.  AAI provides policy, research and public affairs services to support a broad range of community activities. For more information please visit aaiusa.org


          Annual iftar brings together community in times of hardship   

5515ae57-3df6-41b2-93c6-8d7112bea885.jpgBy Dina Al Zubi

Growing up, iftars have always been my favorite part of Ramadan; water after a long day, a feast with wonderful food, and being surrounded by a feeling of celebration and appreciation for community (and the meal, of course). 

Last week, on Thursday, June 15th, AAI hosted its fifth annual Generations Iftar. The AAI team, Generations network, friends, and family gathered to break the fast of the day, share a meal, and connect. Those of us who are new to the AAI family had the chance to meet and talk to those who have been with AAI for longer, and old friends got to catch up. In light of the difficulties this year has presented, it was refreshing to be surrounded by a light-hearted community gathering. 

DSC_2808.JPGIn addition to having this space for community and connection, AAI and the Iftar guests came together to raise money for Basmeh & Zeitooneh.  Based in Lebanon, Basmeh & Zeitooneh is an organization that is dedicated to serving Syrian and Palestinian refugees and vulnerable communities throughout Lebanon. Utilizing a “Community Center Approach”, they work to provide relief, psychosocial support, vocational training and education. From arts programs to peace education, Basmeh & Zeitooneh offer some of Lebanon’s most vulnerable populations a safe space to seek relief, comfort, and community, filling a gap that international aid organizations have been unable to address. Since launching in 2012, they have helped more than 15,000 Syrian refugees in Beirut alone, employ 100 full-time staff, and are working to expand their work to Turkey. 

As Ramadan is nearing its end this year, I am grateful for the atmosphere that iftars bring; the community coming together in normal days, to cherish our meals and those we share them with, and to think of how we use our spaces of gathering to be of service and support to our broader community.

Link to Facebook photo album here.


Dina Al Zubi is a summer 2017 AAI external intern at Just Vision.


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          ZÉ PEDRO ACREDITA QUE ALTO DO RODRIGUES FOI O ÚNICO A REPROVAR UM PROGRAMA IMPORTANTE PARA FAMÍLIAS CARENTES   


Num clima bastante acalorado, os vereadores encerram na manhã de ontem, 28, o primeiro período ordinário da atual legislatura.

Na pauta de votação na sessão plenária, projetos importantes, um deles gerando benefício a população carente do município com a criação de um Programa de Inclusão Social "Criança Feliz", através do Ministério de Desenvolvimento Social (MDS), visando atender as famílias carentes cadastradas no programa Bolsa Família, e um outro visando a manutenção do emprego e principalmente do serviço público.

Antes mesmo de entrar em votação, quando a palavra foi facultada pelo presidente da Câmara, vereador Nixon Baracho (DEM), a maioria dos vereadores já sinalizavam o voto contrário ao Projeto de Lei 004/2017, impedindo que as famílias mais carentes do município se beneficie com a implantação de um programa que iria atender crianças em situação de vulnerabilidade social na faixa etária de 0 a 06 anos de idade.

Sensibilizado, e reconhecendo a importância do benefício para a comunidade, uma vez que conhece de perto a situação daqueles que mais precisam de assistência por parte do governo, o vereador Zé Pedro, líder da bancada governista, tentou de todas as formas sensibilizar os seus colegas edis, explicando de maneira clara e detalhada o projeto, chegando até a colocar o seu mandato a disposição em defesa do benefício, mas não teve jeito. os PLs foram rejeitados pelo placar de 5X4. 

Votaram a favor dos projetos, os parlamentares: Nixon Baracho (DEM), Zé Pedro (DEM), Zé de Zeca (PMDB) e Pedro Eugênio (DEM). 

Para Zé Pedro, nada justifica a reprovação do projeto uma vez que para implantação do mesmo, seriam utilizados recursos do Governo Federal - MDS - e com a rejeição, o recurso retornará para os cofres da união, causando com isso m enorme prejuízo para as famílias mais necessitadas de Alto do Rodrigues.

(Fonte Panoramadoalto.blogspot.com.br)

          Scott Pruitt goes beyond blocking climate change data—will use EPA to build new arguments for denial   

Scott Pruitt is taking the EPA past simply refusing to act on climate change, and acting as an idea factor for climate change deniers.

U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is leading a formal initiative to challenge mainstream climate science using a "back-and-forth critique" by government-recruited experts, according to a senior administration official.

The program is designed to discover “vulnerabilities” in the scientific argument that can be exploited by climate change deniers.

The program will use "red team, blue team" exercises to conduct an "at-length evaluation of U.S. climate science," the official said, referring to a concept developed by the military to identify vulnerabilities in field operations.

Pruitt needs new ways to attack climate change, because he wants to go back to court and challenge the finding that rising levels of carbon in the atmosphere represent a danger that the EPA must address. The EPA is now engaged in spending millions to destroy its court-ordered function.

Executives in the coal industry interpret the move as a step toward challenging the endangerment finding, the agency's legal foundation for regulating greenhouse gases from cars, power plants and other sources. Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy Corp., said Pruitt assured him yesterday that he plans to begin reviewing the endangerment finding within months.


          After ignoring Pride Month, Trump appoints anti-trans activist to Gender Equality position   

Just a few days after Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III claimed that his Justice Department will “protect the rights of all transgender persons,” the Trump administration has hired Bethany Kozma, an anti-LGBT activist who fought to restrict bathroom access for trans children, to the office of Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in the US Agency for International Development.

With just hours left in Pride Month 2017, guess Donald Trump couldn’t help but offer one last F-U to LGBT Americans, after failing to even acknowledge the occasion with a presidential proclamation for the first time since the George W. Bush administration:

In July 2016, Kozma published a post at the Daily Signal, a publication of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, calling for a national campaign in opposition to the Obama administration's guidance saying transgender students have the right to use bathrooms matching their gender identity. She called the campaign "United We Stand," and made her case against the policy by repeating the unsubstantiated assertion that policies allowing transgender people to access the bathroom matching their gender identity leads to sexual assault.

"To put it simply, a boy claiming gender confusion must now be allowed in the same shower, bathroom, or locker room with my daughter under the president’s transgender policies," she wrote. "When I learned that predators could abuse these new policies to hurt children in school lockers, shelters, pool showers, or other vulnerable public places like remote bathrooms in national parks, I realized I had to do something."

Kozma celebrated Donald Trump ending former President Barack Obama’s guidance earlier this year, writing that "the silent majority must no longer be silent. With Trump, we now have a president who is focused on remedying the lawlessness of the prior administration." Happy Pride from Donald Trump!


          DIA DO PESCADOR é comemorado com café da manhã na Prainha, em Vila Velha/ES   
Dia 29 de junho é nacionalmente comemorado como Dia de São Pedro, padroeiro dos pescadores. A Associação dos Pescadores de Vila Velha celebrou a data logo cedo, com um café da manhã em sua sede na Prainha. Com a presença do vice-prefeito, Jorge Carreta, do secretário de Desenvolvimento Sustentável, Idalecio Carone, e representantes do setor pesqueiro de Vila Velha, o presidente da Associação disse estar "muito satisfeito" com a visita. “Ficamos muito felizes com a presença dos representantes da prefeitura no nosso café. É dessa forma que a gente vê que a pesca está muito bem apoiada pela municipalidade”, declarou Romildo Silva, presidente da Associação de Pescadores de Vila Velha.
Pescador há mais de 40 anos, o senhor Ademilton dos Reis disse que a pesca em todo Estado sofreu muito após a portaria 445/2014 do Ministério do Meio Ambiente, que proibiu a captura de mais de 475 espécies, a maioria utilizados na culinária capixaba. No Espírito Santo, o setor calculou que 16 mil pescadores foram afetados, além de outras 60 mil famílias que vivem indiretamente da atividade. “Precisamos nos unir ainda mais. Precisamos que os nossos órgãos públicos continuem brigando pela gente. Acho que agora as coisas vão começar a melhorar para gente, já que a pesca e comercialização de algumas espécies de peixes capixabas, antes proibidas, agora estão liberadas pelo período de um ano.” declarou.
Para o secretário de Desenvolvimento Sustentável da Prefeitura de Vila Velha, essa foi uma conquista coletiva, que garantiu a segurança para os que vivem da pesca no país. “Nosso prefeito tem demostrado um apoio muito grande a esses profissionais do setor de pesca. Após a portaria 217, tomara que os estudos avancem com a participação dos pescadores. Precisamos ver de perto suas reais necessidades. E nada melhor do que vir aqui na Associação com a notícia de que algumas espécies foram liberadas por um ano, e poder comemorar o dia do Pescador junto com a comunidade que batalha todos os dias,” disse Idalecio Carone. Das 475 espécies contidas na Portaria 445, 173 estavam classificadas como vulneráveis e agora poderão ser pescadas e comercializadas. De: Secretaria de Desenvolvimento Sustentável de Vila Velha/ES. Texto: Renata Fermo| Foto: Felix Falcão. Criado: 29 de junho de 2017. POSTADO TAMBÉM NOS SITES facebook.com/paulomacieldaradio e reporterpaulomaciel.blogspot.com (30-6-2017).

          It's not just health care where Trump is getting in the way of Senate Republicans   

Donald Trump isn’t just getting in the way of a Senate Trumpcare deal. He’s doing absolutely no favors to Republican efforts to strengthen their hold on the Senate in 2018, when they have a favorable map and should be able to perform well. A Trump-associated Super PAC took aim at Nevada’s Dean Heller, one of the few vulnerable Republican senators up for re-election in 2018, but that’s not all.

In Alabama, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants the Republican National Committee to support recently appointed Sen. Luther Strange in a contested primary, but the funding hasn’t come and he isn’t getting any answers, even after going straight to the White House to ask for it. But that’s not all:

In Arizona, where Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a Trump critic, is facing a difficult reelection, Trump-fueled primary worries are intensifying. Prior to the 2016 election, Trump vented openly about Flake’s criticism of him — at one point, backstage before a campaign rally in Arizona, telling top aides animatedly that he wanted to find a Republican opponent to challenge the senator in 2018, according to two people familiar with the exchange. The administration’s anger at Flake has flared anew amid his criticism of the president’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey.

Flake has already drawn a Trump-friendly primary opponent in former state Sen. Kelli Ward, and two other allies of the president — Trump 2016 campaign COO Jeff DeWit and former state GOP chair Robert Graham — could also try to unseat him.

Trump has also made it harder for Republicans to target vulnerable Democratic incumbents. He appointed the top Republican prospect to challenge Montana Sen. Jon Tester to his cabinet, leaving McConnell scrounging for recruits, and ignored McConnell’s pleas to appoint the two most vulnerable Democrats—North Dakota’s Heidi Manchin and West Virginia’s Joe Manchin—to the cabinet, which would have made their seats almost certain Republican pick-ups.


          High-ranking Democrat asks CBO to evaluate Trumpcare's long-term Medicaid cuts   

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Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has asked the Congressional Budget Office to evaluate the long-term impacts of the Medicaid cuts, which should once and for all debunk the ongoing Republican lie that cuts aren't cuts. Wyden, as ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, asks the CBO to "examine and make public an analysis of the Senate Republican health bill's Medicaid cuts beyond the 10 year budget window."

"The American public deserves to see the full extent of pain this bill will bring to people across the country who count on Medicaid as a lifeline." Wyden said. "I'm hopeful that once my Republican colleagues understand the true implications of this dangerous legislation, they will reject it and work with Democrats to improve America's health care system." […]

In the bill, known as the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017," Medicaid becomes subject to a cap in spending beginning in 2020 that would not keep up with medical costs, pushing states to raise taxes or cut care from vulnerable populations including children, Americans with disabilities, and seniors who rely on Medicaid for long-term care. The growth rate of the cap becomes even more restrictive after 2024, two years before the end of the traditional scoring window. An analysis of the longer-term impacts will give a more complete and accurate view of the consequences of these caps on Americans' lives.

Republicans—including HHS Secretary Tom Price and popular vote loser Donald Trump—have been peddling bogus charts to show that really, they're not cutting Medicaid at all, ignoring and hoping we'll all be ignoring it too, the facts of an increasing population, an aging population, inflation in healthcare costs. You know, reality.

Not that they're not above either dismissing or spinning a CBO report away, but they're going to have a harder time answering the bad headlines they're going to get.

The end of Medicaid as we know it? No exaggeration. The Senate version of Trumpcare has worse long-term cuts to Medicaid than the House version, to pay for tax breaks to the wealthy. Call your Republican senator at (202) 224-3121, and give them a piece of your mind. Tell us how it went.


          7 things to consider before hiring a career coach   

Nathan here! So much is required of authors these days, everything from writing the darn thing to making sure your book is being marketed to managing your social media presence. To be a successful author in this landscape, you have to have an entrepreneurial mindset, which doesn't always come perfectly naturally to creative types.

My friend Justine Clay is a successful career coach who specializes in helping creatives organize their businesses so they can thrive. I asked her if she could please write a post on how authors might benefit from the services of a career coach and what they should keep in mind. And here it is! Enjoy!

Do you remember the good old days when all you needed for a successful writing career was a ton of great ideas, a typewriter, lots of solitude, and a great agent?

Is it any wonder there are more struggling writers than stars?


As a former-agent myself (though I represented advertising creatives, rather than literary ones), I learned that a good agent is a fantastic string to have in ones bow.  But luckily, agents are no longer the only route to building a successful and meaningful career.

My belief that everyone (yes even creatives!) can learn how to successfully position, market and profit from their creative talent is one reasons why, I left behind my 15+ year career in creative representation to become a business coach for creatives. The thrill I get from re-framing the myth that creatives aren’t good at business, and teaching artists of all stripes how to build a successful and meaningful career, far outweighs any kick I got out of seeing a campaign I produced on a billboard.

If you’re not of a mind to put your career on hold until you find the perfect agent, or you’re simply looking to take control of your creative career, business coaching might be a great way to reach that goal.

Now, when it comes to coaches, you can’t swing a cat without hitting one, so here are a few guidelines on what coaching is, what it isn’t, and the 7 things you need to consider before hiring someone.

Coaching is...
The practice of helping people develop the skills, habits and routines they need to realize their mission, vision and goals.  It’s about building a better future, starting now.

Coaching isn’t...
Therapy, which tends to focus on how your past affects your now. It’s also not a guaranteed formula for a specific outcome such as building a six-figure business in six months.

Coaching is perfect for…
Someone looking to learn the skills and mindset they need to continually grow and fulfill their potential.

Coaching might not be right for….
Someone looking for a silver-bullet, or someone to do it for them. Coaching requires you to challenge your assumptions, be OK with being uncomfortable, and do the work.  If that’s not where you’re at right now (and that’s OK), save your money for now.

Still thinking about it?  Here are 7 things you consider before hiring a coach

1) Get specific about the outcome you want

Are you looking make more money, become a household name, or improve your process and output? Coaches run the gamut from marketing expertise, money & abundance work, to straight-up business skills and finding one who is aligned with your goals will have a huge impact on your results.

2) Know your learning style

Do you just want the facts, supported by concrete actions you can take, or do you need to talk about your emotions and feel heard?  A good coach adapts their style to meet the learning style of their client, but the relationship will be a lot more fruitful if their teaching style is aligned with your learning style.

3) Do your homework. 

A personal referral is a great way to narrow down the field. Ask around and see if anyone in your network has worked with a coach. Don’t stop there; ask them why they felt they needed a coach, what tangible results they got, and the three main changes they’ve experienced as a result.

4) Beware of the hype

This is a big one for me.  No one can guarantee their formula can make you 6 figures in 6 months (or whatever the claim is).  If a coach is aggressively poking at your pain points and goosing up your vulnerability in their marketing, that might be a red flag.  Do your due diligence before making emotionally-driven decisions.

5) Look for a process with structure and flexibility   

It’s easier to buy into a process that has built in milestones and tangible outcomes.  That said, you should ask how flexible the process is. You are unique and a good coach will meet you where you are (not where they think you should be), and draw upon their arsenal of experience and resources, to help you move forward, rather than force you down a path just because it worked for them.

6) Interview coaches before you sign up 

To ensure you get the best out of your experience, it’s important that you have a genuine rapport with the coach, as well as feel confident about their experience, expertise and results. To help prospective clients figure out if I might be a good fit for them, I direct them to a FAQ page on my website before we jump of a free 30-minute call where we talk about their business sin more depth.  A good coach will be invested in making sure they are the perfect fit with you before you sign up with them.

7) Check out their client testimonials 

Client testimonials are a great way to see what other people have got out of their experience. Look for testimonials that go beyond “Lisa’s awesome!” and speak to the specific results clients have got from the process. You should also feel to ask for a couple of client references so you can speak to someone in person about their experience.

If the idea of gaining clarity around what you want, devising a plan to help you get there, and having the accountability to keep you on-track with consistent action, I’d love to chat and see if I can help. Go ahead and click here to book your free assessment call where we will talk about your career, you can ask questions, and we’ll discuss solutions.

I look forward to helping you take the next step towards your goals.

Justine Clay is a speaker and business coach for creative entrepreneurs and freelancers. Through a series of clear, actionable steps, Justine will teach you how to you identify what makes you stand out from the crowd, create a marketing message that resonates with your ideal clients, and build a successful and fulfilling creative business or career. Sign up for Justine’s free guide: How to Find High-Quality Clients and Get Paid What You’re Worth and start making monumental changes in your creative business or career today.
          The Lives of Captain Jack   
Ok, so Doctor Who post 2005 – whats the first thing that comes in to your head? Well obviously David Tennant, thats a given and Bille Piper too – they are the poster boy and girl for the glory days of the RTD era, but coming not too close behind and definitely not a Pointless answer (Jimmy Vee would be a pointless answer) is one Captain Jack Harkness played by the irreplaceable John Barrowman. From his debut in The Empty Child, Captain Jack has firmly cemented himself as a fan favourite, so popular that he even got his own spin off series in Torchwood (but thats another story) this story, or more accurately set of four stories are about Captain Jack post Parting of the Ways, pre Empty Ccild and post Children of Earth. Confused? then please read on.
If this were Trial of a Timelord I would describe these four stories as four “epistopic interfaces of the spectrum” but its not so I won’t :-) – what we have here are four stories about Captain Jack when he is at his most vulnerable, friendless, alone almost crushed and how he copes with the situations he finds himself in from a devastated Earth following the events of Parting of the Ways we follow Jack on a personal journey seeking acceptance above all else and trying to be the bet man he can, we even go back to his origins as a time agent and discover many things about his past – but I am getting ahead of myself. We begin not at the beginning of Jack’s life but the beginning of his time after the events on the Gamestation….
1. The Year After I Died by Guy Adams
A very good place to start. Jack is seeking solitude but a young journalist Silo Crook (Shvorne Marks) is determined to tell his story and elevate him to the position of hero. Jack wants nothing to do with this. But as the story progresses we see Jack as the good person we know he can be as the very worst in humanity prey on the weak and forlorn personified by Sarah Douglas in a scenery chewing performance as the very Theresa May like Vortis Trear. This is a story of the rich doing whatever they like to survive, of the desperation of the survivors of the Dalek attack and of Captain Jack coming to know himself a little bit better.
2. Wednesdays For Beginners by James Goss
You cant beat a bit of Jackie Tyler can you? Camille Coduri take a bow, its like you have never been away and boy have we missed you. Playing almost like a Companion Chronicle this two hander sees Jackie just a little bit enamoured of the handsome new American resident of the Powell Estate, and when they meet its, if not exactly “moider” then its actually the end of the world. Jackie & Jack are a double act made in heaven, a comic pairing that just writes itself no matter what the peril Jackie seems to think the resolution is a nice cup of tea or a bit of a knees up. The laughs keep coming as Jack tells Jackie the name of the threat (sorry, too spoilery) and the only music for the knees up is pan pipe east end classics. Sounds camp and cheesy? Well the execution is but the threat is actually huge but it is Jackie’s response to it that grounds this story in reality and in pure RTD pastiche.
3. One Enchanted Evening by James Goss
On his final lap of honour The Tenth Doctor introduces Captain jack to one Alonso Frame (Russell Tovey) – a hot date being set up we all thought? But there is a lot more to it than this because the station that they are on is about to be invaded by the evil Mother Nothing (an unrecognisable and decidedly menacing Katy Manning) and forms a basis for a will they/wont they? escapade involving some excellent action set pieces. It feels like a bit of a blockbuster with Russell Tovey stealing the show coming across as a cross between his character in Being Human and Michael Baker from Count Arthur Strong. High on humour, high on peril and escapade this is the heart and soul of the set.
4. Month 25 by Guy Adams
Ever wanted to know Captain Jack Harkness’s real name? Intrigued? You will be. This goes back to the beginning, before The Empty Child when Jack was a time agent and lost two years of his life. And Thats all I am saying about that. Suitably intriguing isn’t it and well worth a listen.
So there you have it Jack sans Torchwood. Its very RTD era which is to be expected and there are some wonderful pieces of character in the quieter moments, the ending of One Enchanted Evening will bring a tear to the eye of even the most cynical of fanboys. It felt frothy and perhaps a little bit shallow in places – a bit like the man himself, but it is a beautifully polished box set that adds to what we already know about the man known as Captain Jack Harkness and leaves the audience wanting to know a bit more. I salute this set at 8/10.


          Remarks by the Vice President in a Listening Session with Small Business Owners   
06.28.17 04:18 PM Tendon Manufacturing Cleveland, Ohio THE VICE PRESIDENT: First of all, thank you all. Thanks for joining us today. Thanks for taking time out of your busy lives. I want to thank Mike Gordon and everyone at Tendon Manufacturing for hosting us today. Looking forward to visiting with folks and making more formal remarks in a bit. But what the President and I have tried to do as we travel around the country is listen as much as we talk. And we are very close to achieving a signature goal of this administration, which is to repeal and replace Obamacare and give the American people not only relief from those disastrous policies, but give the American people and American businesses the kind of healthcare reform that will lower the cost of health insurance and while we give states all new flexibility to provide for the most vulnerable in our communities. So I’d be anxious if you’d be willing to share, and we’ll invite the media to...
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, September 2013   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Episode 70: Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, August 2013   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Episode 69: Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, July 2013   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Episode 68: Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, June 2013   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Episode 67: Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, May 2013   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's
          Episode 66: Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, April 2013   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Episode 65: Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, March 2013   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Episode 64: Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, February 2013   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, January 2013   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, December 2012   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, November 2012   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, October 2012   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, September 2012   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, August 2012   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, July 2012   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, June 2012   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, May 2012   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, April 2012   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, March 2012   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, February 2012   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, January 2012   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, December 2011   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, November 2011   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, October 2011   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, August 2011   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, July 2011   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, June 2011   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line, May 2011   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line April, 2011   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line March, 2011   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line February, 2011   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line January, 2011   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line December 14, 2010   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line November 9, 2010   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line October 12, 2010   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line September 14, 2010   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line August 10, 2010   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line July 13, 2010   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line June 8, 2010   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line May 11, 2010   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line April 13, 2010   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line March 9, 2010   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line February 9, 2010   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line January 13, 2010   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line December 8, 2009   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft.
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line November 10, 2009   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line October 13, 2009   
Amol Sarwate, Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys and Wolfgang Kandek CTO at Qualys, will provide an overview of today's
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line September 9, 2008   
Qualys' Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys gives an overview of today's
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line August 12, 2008   
Qualys' Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys gives an overview of today's
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line July 8, 2008   
Qualys' Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys gives an overview of today's
          Patch Tuesday Bottom Line June 10, 2008   
Qualys' Director of Vulnerability Research Lab at Qualys gives an overview of today's
          January 08, 2008 Patch Tuesday Bottom Line   
Qualys' Director of Vulnerability Research Lab gives an overview of today's 'Patch Tuesday' release from Microsoft
          December 11, 2007 Patch Tuesday Bottom Line   
Qualys' Director of Vulnerability Research Lab gives an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft
          November 13, 2007 Patch Tuesday Bottom Line   
Qualys' Director of Vulnerability Research Lab gives an overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft
          October 9, 2007 Patch Tuesday Bottom Line with Qualys' Director of Vulnerability Research Lab   
An overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft
          September 11, 2007 Patch Tuesday Bottom Line with Qualys' Director of Vulnerability Research Lab   
An overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft
          August 14, 2007 Patch Tuesday Bottom Line with Qualys' Director of Vulnerability Research Lab   
An overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft
          July 10, 2007 Patch Tuesday Bottom Line with Qualys' Director of Vulnerability Research Lab   
An overview of today's "Patch Tuesday" release from Microsoft
           Procurador expresa preocupación por últimos hechos de violencia contra adultos mayores    

SANTO DOMINGO. El procurador general de la República, Jean Rodríguez, expresó preocupación por los últimos casos de violencia contra los adultos mayores que se han suscitado en el país.

Para el procurador general, los adultos mayores, como población vulnerable, requieren un cuidado y atención especial, tanto desde el punto de vista familiar como judicial.

“Ascienden a 69 los lamentables casos de abusos y maltratos conocidos por la Fiscalía Especializada de Adultos Mayores, y en especial, los últimos 11 casos de hechos violentos ocurridos en este año, incluyendo la muerte de los dos extranjeros acontecida el pasado martes, muestran la vulnerabilidad a la que están expuestos nuestros adultos mayores, y esto no debe continuar y estamos trabajando para ello”, precisó el procurador Rodríguez.

El jefe del Ministerio Público advirtió a los infractores de la ley que “desde el Ministerio Público no toleraremos abusos ni maltratos y estaremos firmes para someter a la justicia a todas aquellas personas que atenten contra los adultos mayores”.

Dijo que muestra de ello es que de los hechos violentos, un 90 por ciento han sido sometidos a la justicia y el 10 por ciento restante se encuentran en investigación.

En ese mismo orden, expresó que desde la Unidad de Derechos Humanos en funciones de Fiscalía Especializada para Adultos Mayores se trabaja de manera permanente para conciliar un gran número de casos que se han podido resolver sin necesidad de que tengan que ser judicializados.


          Comment on Reliably compromising Ubuntu desktops by attacking the crash reporter by Gstreamer – Une faille de sécurité critique corrigée sur Linux Ubuntu / Fedora | UnderNews   
[…] a elle aussi été découverte, par le chercheur irlandais Donncha O’Cearbhaill, qui a publié les détails de l’attaque sur son blog. Cette vulnérabilité affecte l’ensemble des versions d’Ubuntu supérieures à la version […]
          Comment on Reliably compromising Ubuntu desktops by attacking the crash reporter by Ted Mielczarek   
I have to admit, I don't even really understand the utility of having the MIME type association for Apport. In normal functioning it gets launched by way of /proc/sys/kernel/core_pattern when an application crashes. Is there real value in being able to load an arbitrary .crash file from the desktop environment? I wonder if this is one of those things that's cargo-culted, or maybe encouraged by some misguided guidelines, like "any application that writes a file should support opening it from the file manager"? In any event, nice work on finding and reporting the vulnerabilities!
          Cutting rail suicides   
Network Rail staff and transport police attend a suicide-prevention course which helps the vulnerable.
          Thread: DC Comics Deck-Building Game: Forever Evil:: Variants:: 6 player game variant idea - all thoughts welcome!   

by tabletopnut

My friends and I play Cryptozoic's DC Comics and Cartoon Network Deck-Building Games alot, and several times we've had six players playing instead of the maximum five. We just add the appropriate amount of Punches and Vulnerabilities from another set to make ten cards for the sixth player and play like normal.

So I was wondering if anyone else has/had played a six player game of either DC or Cartoon Network Deck-Builder before and what you've done differently.

I was thinking we could expand the Line-Up to six or even seven cards? Maybe even use more than eight Super Villains? Possibly add more Kicks and Weaknesses?

Maybe the Line-Up (and the Super Villain Stack, too?) should be three more cards than there are players (so, 2 players = 5 cards, 3 players = six cards, etc.)?

I'm looking for ideas to present to my friends. Usually, my ideas for stuff like this needs some sort of balance and/or second opinion, because I can break balance and gameplay faster than anyone else you might know.
          Review: Puerto Rico:: Still the Best Role Selection Game   

by drunkenKOALA

I first played Puerto Rico in the summer of 2007. In the ten years since then, many games have passed through the rankings. I recall the bgg top ten consisted of games like El Grande, Tigris and Euphrates, Princes of Florence, Power Grid, Caylus, and sitting atop that list was Puerto Rico.

Looking at the rankings now, it’s actually not that different, in a way. The top ten are almost exclusively thematic games now, but in terms of traditional euros, Puerto Rico is still very much at the top of that list (12th overall as of 2017). Only Castles of Burgundy is higher, and Terra Mystica if it qualifies as an euro.

In spite of the recent trend toward heavier games, I actually believe Puerto Rico would be a hit if it came out today. Judging things with rose-tinted nostalgia is a common phenomenon. As much as I hate to admit it, the Chicago Bulls from the nineties would probably have a hard time beating the Warriors today (playing with today’s NBA rules). However, in the fifteen years since Puerto Rico came out, no game has used its role selection mechanism better, more simply, and in such a well Crafted game structure.



The game centers around six roles and a round structure. Each round, starting with the Governor, players take turns selecting one of the six roles. When a player selects a role, he gets a benefit specific to that role, and then going clock-wise (starting with the player who selected the role), everyone can perform the action associated with that role. For example, if Gina selects the Builder role, she gets to build one building at one reduced doubloon, and then the rest of the players get to build buildings in clockwise order. If Gina was the Governor, then proceeding clock-wise and after everyone has built a building (or passed on the opportunity to do so), the next player selects a role. This continues until all players have selected a role, and this process makes up a round. When the round is over, the Governor card is passed to the next player in clock-wise order, and a new round begins.

The actions associated with the respective roles themselves are simple enough, and are typical for an old resource management game. The set up roles include the Settler, the Builder, and the Mayor. The Settler lets players pick a plantation. The Builder lets players build a building, including factories. The Mayor lets players put workers on the aforementioned plantations and factories. Then the time for harvest, and the most important and controversial role in the game: the Craftsman produces goods for players, if they have a manned plantation AND a corresponding manned factory. Once equipped with barrels of goods, players can cash them in for doubloons via the Trader, or ship them for victory points via the Captain.



What I have described is an ordinary flowchart. Design-wise, it synergizes especially well with the round structure mentioned two paragraphs above. Because different players are in different stages of manning their buildings and plantations, are differently prepared for production, and are differently able to ship for victory points or trade for doubloons, each of the roles has a different value for different players at different times. Not only should a player be careful in the roles they select, they must also angle to piggy back on other players’ potential moves. Central to gameplay are anticipation, manipulation, and strategical positioning.

Moreover, the turn order itself allows for twists and turns, especially in the three-player game. I visualize my actions in Puerto Rico as a sequence of turns:

CBCACABAB

Looking at player C’s turn, there is a phase wherein he selects three roles in the span of five turns! That phase is followed by a period wherein the other players take four turns in a row! I usually plan out my entire sequence at a time, which means looking ahead a round or two.

As player C, this means I have three turns in the above sequence, and I am especially vulnerable after taking my third action in that sequence. The “first two turns” are where I can “attack.” The “third” turn is where I either finish my attack, or set up a “defense,” perhaps taking a null Captain with a coin on it, Mayor up to prepare for production, Building a factory to catch onto the next Mayor selection, etc. Do not start something aggressive on the third turn!



Few things are more vulnerable (or aggressive) in Puerto Rico than taking the Craftsman role. In fact, so much so that experienced players, when teaching the game, often tell new players to refrain from picking that role, at all costs. However, I think that is bad advice, because the only thing worse than taking the Craftsman at the wrong time, is not taking the Craftsman at the right time.

Taking the Craftsman on the “third” turn is almost always a bad idea. Taking the Craftsman every sequence is often a bad idea as well. However, taking it at the right time on the “first” or “second” turn can be very important, or even necessary. Crafting on the first turn, for example, lets player B to Trade/Ship, and then you to Ship/Trade. Similarly, crafting on the second turn allows player A and you to Ship and Trade. You NEED to take advantage of this quirk in the sequence and take Craftsman!

This is also where I have another disagreement with a commonly shared knowledge about Puerto Rico, that a newbie’s inability to make the right moves benefit the player to his left. Looking at the sequence, player C has almost equal opportunity to block player B as he does player A. Specifically, the sequence starts out with CBC (opportunity to Craft at expense of player A), continues with CAC (opportunity to Craft at expense of player B), and ends with CABAB (where you should almost never Craft). So the chances of aggression against the other two players are basically fifty-fifty, and I don’t worry too much about seating in a three-player game.

In a three-player game, the effect which the role selection and round structure have on strategy is a unique and irreplaceable gaming experience. Granted, I can take or leave four-player, and especially five-player, Puerto Rico, but three-player Puerto Rico is still one of the best games ever designed, even in the year 2017.


          Dos años de aplicación de las "Leyes Mordaza"   

Organizaciones y movimientos sociales exigen que se cumplan diez principios básicos para garantizar la protección de los Derechos Humanos.

Comunicado "No somos delito"

El 1 de julio se cumplen dos años de la entrada en vigor de las conocidas como Leyes Mordaza (Ley Orgánica de Protección de la Seguridad Ciudadana y reformas del Código Penal). Desde su entrada en vigor, en 2015, organizaciones y movimientos sociales venimos denunciando las graves consecuencias de la aplicación de estas leyes para el libre ejercicio de los derechos humanos. En estos dos años, hemos sido testigos de un incremento de la discrecionalidad policial y de la vulneración de derechos fundamentales, consecuencia en muchos casos del abuso por parte de los agentes de la presunción de veracidad y del poder de interpretación que les otorga la citada Ley Orgánica de Protección de la Seguridad Ciudadana.

Los últimos datos extraídos del informe del Ministerio del Interior muestran que el primer motivo de sanción referente a seguridad ciudadana son las multas por "faltas de respeto y consideración a la autoridad". Uno de los tantos artículos que aparecen redactados de una forma indeterminada en esta ley, en el cual no se especifica de una forma clara cuáles pueden ser los motivos concretos de dicha sanción. Este hecho pone de manifiesto cómo la ambigüedad de la ley, está dejando a la ciudadanía en una situación de indefensión ante el poder de la policía, que es quien tiene la potestad de interpretar qué hechos son sancionables o no dentro del libre ejercicio de derechos fundamentales como la libertad de expresión o reunión.

Por tanto, no es de extrañar que desde que se empezó a aplicar la Ley Mordaza se estén produciendo situaciones de personas denunciados por policías, no sólo en el ámbito de las movilizaciones activistas, por motivos como no tratarlos de usted, criticar la extralimitación en sus funciones o vestir una camiseta con una leyenda reivindicativa, por poner algunos ejemplos. También son alarmantes los casos de periodistas multados por esta ley, restringiendo de esta forma el derecho de la ciudadanía a recibir una información veraz.

Ante una posible reforma de esta ley en el Congreso, las organizaciones y colectivos sociales que hemos denunciado la arbitrariedad y falta de garantías de esta norma legal seguimos trabajando para que las modificaciones que se lleven a cabo por los grupos parlamentarios respondan a unos mínimos que garanticen el libre ejercicio de los derechos fundamentales. Por este motivo, hemos iniciado la redacción de una propuesta para una ley que garantice la Seguridad Jurídica y la protección del ejercicio de los Derechos Humanos que recoge los 10 principios básicos que consideramos que debería contener una legislación que defienda y proteja los derechos y libertades de las personas.

Se trata de un texto en construcción y en continuo desarrollo, redactado por el Grupo de Análisis de la Plataforma No Somos Delito, compuesto por más de 15 juristas, con el apoyo de numerosos colectivos, asociaciones y organizaciones de diversas características que tienen en común la defensa de los Derechos Humanos. Documento al que se han adherido desde un inicio más de 10 organizaciones entre las que se encuentran: Jueces y Juezas para la Democracia, la Asociación Libre de Abogados y Abogadas (ALA), la Comisión Legal Sol, Hetaira, Greenpeace, la Coordinadora de ONGD, la Plataforma en Defensa de la Libertad de Información (PDLI), Red Acoge, la Coordinadora de Barrios, Xnet, 15MPaRato, PAH Madrid, Sos Racismo, Defender a quien defiende, Hetaira, Federación de Sindicatos de Periodistas (FeSP), Yayoflautas Madrid, Asociación Apoyo, Forn de Teatre Pa'tothom, PAH AlcoSanse (confirma este jueves), Psicología Solidaria, etc. El objetivo de este proyecto es sumar a muchas más personas individuales y colectivos que trabajan en la defensa de los Derechos Humanos para conseguir en los próximos meses un documento enriquecido que pueda ser la base de una legislación realmente garantista y que cumpla con los principios de un Estado democrático en el que se respeten los derechos humanos.