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          Can California fish catch break with giant tunnels? Depends   
Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to route much of California's mightiest river into two massive tunnels poses new perils for salmon and other struggling native species, but could give them a couple of breaks as well, experts and project supporters and opponents say in the wake of two newly issued wildlife rulings on the $16 billion project.
          Cali, Final Edition: Keller Unbuttoned, Greasy Burritos, and Barbecued Oysters   
Nick's Cove: gorgeous views and fantastic oysters By Mollie Chen And finally, five last reasons to love California. Now I can stop procrastinating and get started on all the very late copy I owe our Production department. Liberty Farms duck...

          More Reasons to Love California: Dancing Cows, Au Courant Dishware, and Loveable Neighborhood Grocers   
Brand-new Spruce has style and substance By Mollie Chen I had strawberries yesterday and it was a sad reminder of what we on the East Coast are missing. Even as I am excited to cook my favorite fall soup (green...

          Reasons to Love California, Including the Requisite Paean to Alice Waters and Gushing Account of the Ferry Plaza Market    
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          Senior Member Service Representative II - EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM EMPLOYEE - California, MD   
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          Body of missing 5-year-old boy found in California   

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          Makhluk Mistis yang Sebenarnya Tak Pernah Ada di Dunia    
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Warga seringkali meyakini temuan ini sebagai hewan mistis, seperti bigfoot, monster loch ness dan el chupacabra. Warga seolah berharap makhluk-makhluk ini benar-benar ada. Dalam kebanyakan kasus (harapan para warga), bukti ilmiah yang muncul untuk 10 hewan mistis ini tak begitu meyakinkan. Simak berikut.

Bigfoot
Beberapa nama diberikan untuk manusia-binatang berbulu berkaki dua misterius yang menjelajah Amerika Utara. Laporan mengenai makhluk ini pertama muncul di 1950-an.

Sejauh ini tak ada bukti gigi, rambut, tulang atau jejak Bigfoot lainnya ditemukan. Bukti terbaik makhluk ini adalah, film Patterson-Gimlin terkenal yang direkam di California pada 1967, bahkan di film itu, makhluk itu tampak seperti pria berkostum gorila murah.

Nessie
Makhluk ini lebih terkenal sebagai Monster Loch Ness. Nessie merupakan hewan air penghuni Loch Ness Skotlandia. Nessie pertama kali dilaporkan pada 1933. Sejak itu, warga setempat dan wisatawan sering mengaku melihat sesuatu dalam danau dingin.

Menurut beberapa orang, Nessie merupakan Plesiosaurus, reptil laut besar dari zaman dinosaurus. Meski terkadang ada laporan, foto, dan penyelidikan ilmiah, bukti nyata keberadaan Nessie belum ditemukan.

Chupacabra
El chupacabra atau ‘penghisap darah kambing’ ini pertama kali muncul di Puerto Rico pada pertengahan 1990-an. Beragam deskripsi muncul tapi makhluk ini dikabarkan memiliki setinggi 1-1,5 meter dan memiliki deretan duri di punggung serta mata bak alien. Vampir ini konon mengisap darah mangsanya, terutama kambing, domba, dan binatang kecil.

Setan Jersey
Hewan mitos ini lahir di awal 1700-an. Menurut cerita rakyat, di New Jersey, ada seorang wanita melahirkan monster terkutuk berkepala kuda, sayap kelelawar dan kuku terbelah. Selama berabad-abad, legenda ini dihiasi kabar bohong dan penampakan sesekali di hutan. Namun, menurut buku Loren Coleman ‘Monster of New Jersey’ tak ada bukti kuat keberadaan hewan mitos.

Champ
Champ merupakan Nessi versi Amerika, raksasa misterius yang hidup di Danau Champlain. Champ memiliki beragam bentuk namun kabarnya, makhluk ini berbadan bungkuk, panjang beberapa puluh meter, kulit gelap dan kepala seperti ular atau anjing. Foto Champ 1981 pun marak. Sejak itu, legenda Champ tetap hidup berkat ‘penampakan,’ ambigu foto serta video.

Mosnter Montauk
Makhluk aneh ini terdampar di sebuah pantai di Montauk, New York pada Juli 2008. Foto hewan ini menggambarkan, hewan ini berkaki empat dan bercakar serta hampir tak memiliki bulu. Beberapa pihak berpendapat, foto itu bohongan, lainnya yakin itu adalah babi atau binatang yang direkayasa genetik. Namun akhirnya, monster ini diidentifikasi sebagai rakun busuk.

Putri Duyung Feejee
Putri duyung tak sesuai dengan citra publik monster. Namun, makhluk ini pengecualian. Showman PT Barnum memperkenalkan Putri Duyung FeeJee pada 1840-an. Makhluk ini sama sekali tak cantik dan setengah ikan setengah wanita telanjang melainkan kepala dan dada monyet kecil mengerikan dengan tubuh dan ekor ikan. Tentunya, makhluk ini tak nyata, hanya satu dari beberapa putri duyung palsu yang diciptakan demi uang.

Monster Laut
Cerita monster laut muncul selama ribuan tahun. Buku tahun 1752 berjudul ‘Natural History Norwey’ menyebutkan adanya monster bernama Kraken yang memiliki ukuran sama seperti sebuah pulau kecil, ‘bulat, datar, dan penuh senjata,’ serta sering dikendalikan dewa laut. Penampakan ular laut makin sangat jarang saat ini, para ilmuwan pun yakin, laporan awal makhluk ini berasal dari cumi-cumi raksasa 43 meter.

Ogopogo
Nampaknya tiap negara punya monster danaunya sendiri. Ogopogo merupakan ‘Nesssie Kanada’ yang hidup di Danau Okanagan British Columbia. Berabad lalu, warga asli Amerika percaya, roh air tinggal di danau, dan pengorbanan hidup harus dilakukan untuk menenangkan iblis air ini. Ogopogo nyatanya adalah nama lagu dansa populer. Meski bukti ilmuah kurang, warga sering melaporkan hal aneh di danau itu.

Vampir
Vampir fiksi sering muncul tersiksa, berjiwa seksi, dan meminum darah manusia. Namun, banyak binatang vampir yang sebenarnya, termasuk lintah, nyamuk betina, kutu dan, kelelawar vampir.
 
 
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          Reading the Office of Legal Counsel on Emoluments: Do Super-Rich Presidents Get a Pass?    

 

I wrote last November that the Foreign Emoluments Clause “is on its face a national security provision designed to the protect the country from officers too enmeshed with foreign interests.” If the Justice Department’s recent court filing is to be believed, that protection is exceedingly limited. This new position marks a decisive break from the more conscientious approach long espoused by both the Comptroller General and the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC).

At the heart of the emoluments controversy is President Trump’s refusal to liquidate his business holdings. He has instead maintained ownership of the Trump Organization, a multibillion-dollar umbrella company with thousands of domestic and international investments, and placed the assets in a revocable trust managed by his sons Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump. Trump now faces three lawsuits alleging that he is profiting from his business empire in violation of the Constitution. Three days after his inauguration, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a government accountability watchdog group, filed the first suit in the Southern District of New York. This month, two more complaints were filed by the attorneys general of Washington D.C. and Maryland and 196 congressional Democrats, in federal district courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia, respectively.

All three suits center on the meaning and scope of the Foreign Emoluments Clause, which provides that “no person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept any present, Emolument, Office or Title of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign state” (U.S. Const. art. I, § 9, cl. 8). Citing Trump's business dealings with state governments and federal agencies, such as its lease on the Old Post Office Building that now houses the Trump International Hotel, two of the suits also allege violations of the Domestic Emoluments Clause. This provision applies specifically to the president and provides that he shall receive “for his Services” a fixed compensation during his tenure and not “any other Emolument from the United States, or any of [the states]” (U.S. Const. art. II, § 1, cl. 7).

Serious procedural challenges like standing notwithstanding, given the House and Senate’s failure to address head-on the risks posed by Trump’s financial conflicts pose, the lawsuits could prove important in forcing a much-needed conversation: Is Trump taking in profits in violation of the Constitution? And just as critically, are future presidents entitled to pull a Trump—or does the Constitution dictate that they, like Jimmy Carter, must sell their family peanut farms as a condition of taking office?

No Article III court has ever rendered an opinion on how either Emoluments Clause should be interpreted, though the Supreme Court has offered interpretations of the term “emoluments” as it appears in Foreign Emoluments Clause-related statutes periodically enacted by Congress since 1881. Because of the limited judicial precedent, the internal memoranda from the Comptroller General and the Office of Legal Counsel that have been made public over the years are among the most important sources of guidance we have on emoluments issues. And though these memoranda do not directly address the question posed by the Trump business empire, making some amount of inference and legwork necessary, in critical respects they quite clearly contradict the sweeping defense that the Justice Department put forward this month in its 70-page motion to dismiss the CREW case against Trump.

The key issue in these suits—once you get behind a set of justiciability questions that may prove dispositive—is what constitutes an emolument (though with respect to the Foreign Emoluments Clause there’s also some disagreement about what kind of entity constitutes a “foreign state”). In plain English, we are looking at an exotic presidential twist on the biggest and oldest challenge to enforcing any anticorruption law: What counts? Do the forbidden “emoluments” cover only goodie boxes, blatant quid pro quo arrangements, and employment-related compensation? Or are the profits that Trump enjoys by way of his business transactions also prohibited when they come from foreign states and domestic government entities? And if the latter, more expansive definition is the appropriate one, are the profits prohibited only when the take is in excess of  “fair-market-value”—and if so, does that definition serve as a meaningful limitation when at issue are luxury goods whose value or sales may be inflated by the fact that Trump is president and the products are prominently branded with his name?

Predictably, the dispute has taken the form of a battle for the original meaning of “emoluments.” An array of historical materials support both a limited and broad definition. The two possible interpretations are well summed up by the Oxford English Dictionary, which provides two definitions dating back to the Founding: “1. Profit or gain arising from station, office, or employment . . . . 2. Advantage, benefit, comfort.”

The Justice Department, like Trump’s lawyers at Morgan Lewis, latches onto the first definition  to argue that “the Emoluments Clauses apply only to the receipt of compensation for personal services and to the receipt of honors and gifts based on official position.” That is, President Trump is precluded only from receiving benefits in exchange for services provided to a foreign state in his official capacity as president, or—and this is crucial, given the subject matter of the OLC opinions—services provided “in a capacity akin to an employee of a foreign state.”

The plaintiffs in the three suits, on the other hand, argue for the much more expansive definition. Marshaling its own set of historical evidence, CREW asserts that emoluments are "anything of value, including money, permits, approvals, tax benefits, any other benefits, and anything else monetary or nonmonetary, regardless of whether it is given in exchange for goods or services, and regardless of whether it is part of a transaction at, above, or below market rates."

A close examination of the relevant Comptroller and OLC opinions reveals that the current Justice Department is reading the Emoluments Clauses too narrowly, while CREW and the other plaintiffs are reading them too broadly. None of the opinions approves the receipt of benefits that can even arguably be attributed to the prestige or influence conferred by an office, and together they do not support the Justice Department’s claim that presidents may, as a categorical matter, collect profits from business transactions with foreign entities and domestic government entities as long as fair value is extracted on both sides. But notwithstanding the plaintiffs’ hard pull in the other direction, the opinions also suggest that presidents may in limited cases accept certain fixed benefits—as I will explain, these might be pensions from the U.S. state that used to employ them or money damages from a foreign country against which, in a past life, they successfully won a judgment. The key is that those benefits cannot be subject to foreign or domestic government manipulation or adjustment in connection with the presidential office.

This happens to be a sensible position that accords with what the opinions repeatedly underscore as the purpose of the Emoluments Clauses and the ultimate touchstone for interpreting their meaning: “to prevent corruption and foreign influence” and to bar “payments which have a potential of influencing or corrupting the integrity of the recipient.”

 

Why Language About Emoluments Is Easily Misused

A threshold issue before turning to the OLC literature is the confusion created by cherry-picking historical materials without consideration of their factual context. For example, in its motion to dismiss, the Justice Department followed the lead of some scholars in pulling some Supreme Court language that suggests the term “emoluments” applies only to salary and other duty-related benefits. Most notably, in Hoyt v. United States, 51 U.S. 109 (1850), the Court defines emoluments as “every species of compensation or pecuniary profit derived for a discharge of the duties of office” (emphasis added).

But in Hoyt, the Supreme Court was specifically asked to decide what constitutes an “emolument of office” per a statute governing Treasury Department collectors in their official capacity; the case did not require the Court to consider or rule on the existence of emoluments of other kinds. This is a key point for purposes of properly construing any Comptroller or OLC opinion that cites Hoyt and regurgitates its definition of “emoluments.” These opinions, like Hoyt, have to be read with an eye to their facts: they do not assert that “emoluments” must derive directly from discharge of duty; rather, the kind of emoluments at issue in those opinions was the kind derived for discharge of duty. As a consequence, the reliance on Hoyt in these opinions does not serve as evidence of a limiting principle for emoluments in general.

In short, as pointed out by the plaintiffs and by assorted scholars, the proper question for purposes of discerning the historical scope of “emoluments” is not whether the term could be interpreted in a restricted way, to refer only to benefits derived from discharging the duties of an office, but whether it was necessarily so interpreted at the time the Emoluments Clauses were drafted. As John Mikhail has painstakingly documented, the answer is no—and we don’t have to look at secondary sources, however authoritative (e.g., Black’s Dictionary) to draw that conclusion. Consider, for example, some of the constitutions ratified during the first of two major waves of state constitution-making in the Founding decade. Several included “common benefits clauses” that used the word “emoluments” in a way that simply defies narrow interpretation. The Pennsylvania Constitution (1776) provides: “That government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection and security of the people, nation or community; and not for the particular emolument of advantage of any single man, family or sett [sic] of men, who are a part only of that community[.]” Very similar language appears in the Virginia (1776), Vermont (1777), and New Hampshire (1784) constitutions. Far more elaborate historical arguments demonstrating the broad uses of the term have been presented elsewhere: see here, here and here. The bottom line is that there is an abundance of primary Founding-era material making use of the broad definition of emoluments, so it is wrong to use language from fact-bound case law to assert that the term is an inherently limited one.

 

The Plaintiffs Define “Emoluments” Too Broadly

Does that mean, as plaintiffs assert, that all types of benefits conferred on the president by foreign countries and U.S. states are prohibited emoluments? According to the Comptroller and OLC opinions, clearly not.

A number of opinions explain that officers do not need to forego fixed benefits to which they are entitled for reasons manifestly unrelated to and uninfluenced by their office. This is a common-sense interpretation of the Clauses that avoids rigidity for rigidity’s sake, where denial of benefits would do nothing to serve the Clauses’ anti-corruption, anti-influence purpose.

For instance, the Comptroller and the OLC each independently concluded that President Ronald Reagan could collect ordinary retirement benefits from California, where he had served as the state governor, without violating the Domestic Emoluments Clause’s prohibition against the receipt of “emoluments” from a State. In its 1983 opinion, the Comptroller determined that President Reagan’s pension from California “cannot be construed as being in any manner received in consequence of his possession of the Presidency.” Coming to the same conclusion in its earlier 1981 opinion, the OLC also noted that “those [retirement] benefits are not emoluments in the constitutional sense” and their receipt does not “violate the spirit of the Constitution.” To support its reasoning, the OLC in turn relied on a 1964 opinion (not published) where it similarly decided the estate of President Kennedy was entitled to the naval retirement pay that had accrued during his presidency. Interpreting the Foreign Emoluments Clause “in the light of its basic purposes and principles,” it concluded he could receive payments to which he was entitled as a matter of law “prior to his taking office.”

The same principles support allowing officers to collect on certain kinds of money judgments, even from foreign powers. In a 1955 opinion, the Comptroller decided that an attorney in the Justice Department could receive a lump sum payment and lifetime annuity from the German government for his wrongful removal from the judgeship he held before he emigrated to the United States, as provided by German indemnification legislation. The Comptroller reasoned that those payments did not constitute emoluments from his former office, but rather “represent damages payable as a direct result of a moral and legal wrong.” Turning to its “spirit of the Constitution” analysis, the Comptroller had no trouble determining the payments were not problematic: they were “obviously . . . not intended to influence him as an officer of the United States,” were made under laws not specific to him, and were not payments voluntarily made by the German government but rather mandatory indemnification required by the Allied powers. In a 1954 opinion on the same matter, the OLC came to a slightly different place—the payments were not permitted to the extent they amounted to German retiree benefits—but like the Comptroller, it found that damages intended to redress injury were not prohibited emoluments.

Note what these opinions have in common: they generally allow the officer in question to collect payments or benefits that, patently, have nothing to do with and cannot possibly have been affected by his U.S. office. That 1983 Comptroller opinion put it best, and contains a line worth repeating: President Reagan was entitled to his pension because it “c[ouldn’t] be construed as being in any manner received in consequence of his possession of the Presidency.”

Applying this general rule, it makes sense that presidents are permitted to invest in U.S. Treasury bonds; and the rule also explains why wealth management solutions like blind trusts have long been accepted as workable resolutions to problems of conflict of interest. But it certainly doesn’t provide clearance for all profits derived from discretionary, “fair-market-value” transactions where the president is obviously and individually on one end of the sale.

 

The Justice Department Defines “Emoluments” Too Narrowly

A key move in the Justice Department’s brief is to rely heavily on a point of dubious significance: it asserts that “in every published OLC or Comptroller General opinion in which proposed conduct was determined to involve prohibited emoluments, the determination involved an employment relationship (or a relationship akin to an employment relationship) with the foreign government.”

If you think about it, there’s at least one common-sense explanation for the limited precedent: In general, the government employees on whose behalf these opinions were sought probably didn’t own hotel chains, lucrative licensing agreements, or hundreds of trademarks from which they derived significant foreign-based or domestic government-based income. Their thing of value, as civil servants, was their skill set, and thus the relevant question was whether they were constitutionally permitted to lend out that skill set to foreign governments or organizations with foreign state ties for payment.

A 1986 OLC opinion written by then-Deputy Assistant Attorney General Samuel Alito cuts against the assertion that whether the profit in question is derived from employment or personal services should be, by itself, dispositive. There, Alito determined that a NASA employee could indeed accept a fee for reviewing a PhD candidate's thesis for an Australian university. To get to this conclusion, Alito made two significant moves. First, uncertain as to whether a public university should be regarded a "foreign state," Alito instead decided to turn to the features of the proposed consultancy and consider whether they "raise[d] the kind of concern . . . that motivated" the prohibition’s enactment. This marks a functional, purpose-driven approach to the question of permissible benefits. Second, he suggested the following facts weigh against finding the fee a prohibited emolument: (1) the NASA scientist was not selected because of his position with the U.S. government, (2) the fee was an ordinary amount given the service to be rendered, (3) there was no reason for the officer to have "direct contact" with the university officials, and (4) the consultancy was "limited both in time and in substantive scope," and no "continuing relationship" was anticipated.

Note that the fact the scientist would be acting in an employment or personal services capacity did not automatically render the payment an emolument. This is the key takeaway from this opinion, and it is at odds with the Justice Department’s claim that employment is the make-or-break issue when it comes to determining whether a benefit or payment is an emolument. Second, consider the implications of the first and fourth points Alito highlighted. The scientist’s selection for the job and associated payment had nothing to do with his U.S. office, which is not a conclusion that can be readily drawn about the services purchased by foreign and state government employees newly flocking to Trump International Hotel. It may suggest the permissibility of accepting profits from truly routine transactions by truly routine hotel customers, including some government diplomats—but this possibility is undercut by Alito’s reference to the extremely limited nature of the permitted relationship and transaction in question.

The Justice Department is understandably leaning hard on the idea that an emolument must be received specifically as a function of office or employment. After all, without this very specific qualification, its argument for the permissibility of accepting profits from ordinary transactions falls apart. Two OLC opinions make this clear.

A 1982 OLC opinion determined that the Foreign Emoluments Clause barred an employee of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from working on his leave time for an American firm contracted by a Mexican government agency to review the design of a government-owned nuclear power plant. And a 1993 OLC opinion concluded that law firm partners serving as non-government advisors on the Administrative Conference of the United States could not accept partnership earnings “where some portion of that share is derived from the partnership’s representation of a foreign government” without triggering the constitutional prohibition. In the 1993 opinion, the OLC actually dismissed the argument that the conference member was not subject to the foreign government's “control” as “not decisive.” Instead, the OLC concluded that the portion of partnership profits the conference member would receive "would be a function of the amount paid to the firm by the foreign government," such that "the partnership would in effect be a conduit for that government." Acceptance of that portion of income was therefore a prohibited emolument (OLC reconsidered this opinion in 2010, but only with respect to whether the members held an “Office of . . . Trust” for purposes of the Foreign Emoluments Clause).

In these opinions, the OLC simply did not care that there was nothing out of the ordinary about the payments in these cases from a transactional or fair-market perspective. This runs contrary to the crux of the Justice Department’s argument for the innocuousness of Trump’s business-related foreign and domestic government income.

The textual kicker in all this is that even accepting the Justice Department’s insistence that “emolument” is best read to mean “profit arising from an office or employ” (Barclay’s A Complete and Universal English Dictionary on a New Plan (1774)), it doesn’t follow that all ordinary business transactions are okay: What if those transactions are, in number or value, enhanced by the prestige of the president’s office? Couldn’t the profit thereby derived then constitute “profit arising from an office or employ”? [Update, 5:17 pm: This is a line of argument that Marty Lederman compellingly and more thoroughly details here.]

It is to prevent this reading that the Justice Department argues that prohibited benefits must arise not just from the office but from the provision of services pursuant to that office. But this argument relies on a stunted conception of the power that an "Office of Profit or Trust" confers. To lift an example wholesale from Ben Wittes: If Trump owned a nondescript hotdog truck outside the White House that charged the same price for hotdogs as any other foodtruck and sold them to some incidental foreign customers, that would not be problematic under this definition of emoluments. If the truck were Trump-branded and either charged inflated prices or enjoyed inflated sales because Trump is president, and Saudi potentates lined up to put cash in his register, that would seem to constitute impermissible “profit arising from an office,” as a textual matter and in view of the historic Comptroller and OLC perspective.

At base, this is what plaintiffs are claiming—that the profits Trump is enjoying “aris[es] from” his office—so “aris[e] from” may be a definitional phrase the Justice Department is interpreting too narrowly. Trump’s status as the most powerful man in the world affects his business transactions, which are self-branded to boot. Not only is he enjoying booming business at his exclusive properties, in part thanks to foreign guests reportedly seeking to get in the president’s good graces, but he has also won Chinese trademark protection that, according to plaintiffs, he would not have received had he not become president.

Finally, on a practical note, notice the perverse upshot of the Justice Department’s fixation on employment and personal services as the place where the river divides. This assertion that payment for goods and business-related services is permissible but payment for employment and “personal services” is not means that a president can’t profit off his brain or body when it comes to cash from foreign sources or U.S. government entities, but can, without limitation, profit off the brains and bodies of those he can afford to employ in his private capacity. It’s what you might call a constitutional free pass for super-rich presidents.

The Comptroller and OLC opinions do not support such a result. They repudiate it.

***

Ultimately, the Justice Department’s view of emoluments marks a departure from the public Comptroller and OLC opinions in at least two critical respects. First, the new position is a clear abrogation of the practical “spirit of the Constitution” analysis on which the Comptroller and OLC have consistently relied to ensure a stringent rather than forgiving interpretation of what constitutes an impermissible benefit or undue influence (see, e.g., 1955 Comptroller Opinion, 1981 OLC Opinion, 1983 Comptroller Opinion; see also OLC 1962, noting “the sweeping nature of the constitutional prohibition”; OLC 1980, citing 1902 Attorney General Opinion stating the Foreign Emoluments Clause is “directed against every kind of influence by foreign governments upon officers of the United States” and the “prohibition should be given the broadest possible scope and application”). Second, the Justice Department’s quite specific argument that the president can profit from employing people to do business with foreign countries and government entities in the United States amounts to a strange carve-out, one that allows extremely wealthy officers with people in their employ to cash out as they wish on the advantages that the prestige of their office confers, without any consideration whatsoever of the sources of that cash. This interpretation is flatly at odds with executive branch tradition: I have yet to see a single opinion that has permitted an officer to collect profits even arguably enhanced by the power of his office, much less categorically benefit from discretionary, price-indeterminant transactions that foreign governments and U.S. government entities may enter into at will.

Note the issues I did not address here. What is not (yet) a point of debate in these particular lawsuits is whether these constitutional provisions apply to the president at all. The Domestic Emoluments Clause applies to the president by its express terms, and in its recent motion, the Justice Department doesn’t dispute CREW's claim, or the OLC’s preexisting determination, that the more obliquely phrased Foreign Emoluments Clause applies to the president as well (and notwithstanding the occasional argument to the contrary).

In addition, as the suits proceed in federal court, we can expect much of the legal discussion to focus on jurisdictional hurdles. There’s a strong argument that the courts don’t have a role to play, and that presidential corruption rising to the level of an emoluments violation is a political question whose resolution properly lies with Congress. Though the congressional suit spearheaded by Senator Richard Blumenthal and Representative John Conyers, Jr. alleges that Trump has failed to come to Congress for requisite permission in accepting foreign emoluments, Congress’s best recourse be impeachment proceedings. (Or if it so chose, Congress could avail itself of a lot of options short of impeachment, but in the words of Charles Black, Jr., circa 1974, “what an enormous if.” Recall that the House of Representatives has the power to demand Trump’s tax returns but has not exercised it.)

But as for the substantive question of whether the Comptroller and OLC of yore would have signed off on the Justice Department’s blessing of all monies flowing in by way of business transactions, the answer is “no.”


          White Christmas Style   

There’s something magical about a white Christmas. Maybe it’s because I live in SoCal and the odds of having one are… well, zero. But, this year, I have been lusting after holiday decor that is primarily white. By that I’m not referring to the flocked trees we Californians are coerced into purchasing by opportunist lumberjacks at the local tree …Read more >

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          Dr. Pimple Popper Finally Demystifies How Blackhead Tweezers Work   
We're used to seeing California dermatologist Sandra Lee, MD, aka Dr. Pimple Popper use an assortment of gadgets (whatever it takes,...
          Re: A plan for retirement withdrawal--opinions, please   
jimb_fromATL wrote:
whyme wrote:

Does this seem a sensible plan?

I kind of doubt it, but we'd need to know a lot more more about the taxes to be sure.

What are your top tax brackets for federal (and state) while you're working?
Does your state have an income tax, or do they give any exemptions or breaks on retirement income?



Thanks for the reply. What about the plan seems off?

My portfolio will be divided between trad IRA, Roth IRA (smaller) and taxable accounts. I understand that tax planning is crucial, but I was hoping to get opinions on the variable withdrawal/income smoothing idea without getting into the weeds on taxes. (I am in a high-tax state, California.)

Assuming that, in my scenario above, $70,000 in before-tax income would meet my basic needs, do you see a problem with this plan?
          VIDEO: Ngeri! Pesawat Kecil Jatuh di Jalan Tol di AS dan Terbakar   
Sebuah pesawat kecil jatuh di jalan bebas hambatan atau jalan tol di California, Amerika Serikat (AS).
          Largas filas en primer día de venta legal de marihuana recreativa en Las Vegas   

LAS VEGAS. Cientos de personas hicieron fila hoy durante horas en Nevada (EE.UU.) para comprar marihuana en los dispensarios autorizados durante la primera jornada en la que es legal su venta para uso recreativo en este estado.

Al menos 4 horas antes de la medianoche del viernes comenzaron las largas líneas que inauguraron el primer día de venta legal de marihuana recreativa en el “estado de plata”, especialmente en la turística ciudad de Las Vegas.

Mientras algunos dispensarios regalaban muestras de la hierba a sus primeros cien clientes, otros los recibieron con una fiesta, incluidos fuegos artificiales y camiones de comida en sus estacionamientos.

Ese entusiasmo todavía se mantiene en los diferentes puntos donde los clientes, mayormente turistas, quieren comprar la hierba y formar parte de esta histórica jornada para el estado.

Hasta el momento no se han reportado incidentes, pero la Policía Metropolitana de Las Vegas recordó hoy a través de Facebook que, aunque el consumo y la venta de marihuana recreativa ya es legal, no lo es hacerlo en lugares públicos ni conducir bajo sus efectos.

Cualquier persona menor de 21 años que sea encontrada en posesión de marihuana o cualquiera que posea más de la dosis permitida de una onza (28 gramos) enfrentará el peso de la ley.

Los mismos dispensarios se están encargando de recordar las limitaciones y restricciones de la ley a sus clientes.

“Hemos trabajado en este negocio por más de un año sin tener ningún problema y queremos que las cosas sigan así”, dijo a Efe Al Fasano, propietario de ReLeaf, el primer dispensario que abrió en Las Vegas en octubre de 2015.

Los 37 dispensarios que tienen licencia en Nevada estiman que sus clientelas pueden triplicarse a partir de ahora.

Nevada se sumó así a Alaska, Colorado, Oregón y Washington como estados que permiten la venta legal de marihuana, y está previsto que California, Maine y Massachusetts hagan lo propio el año próximo después de que se aprobasen medidas en este sentido en consultas populares celebradas en noviembre de 2016.

En total, en 29 estados, junto con el Distrito de Columbia, donde se asienta la capital del país, tienen algún tipo de mercado legal de marihuana, incluida la medicinal.

Los pronósticos del Gobierno estatal apuntan a que el nuevo negocio puede producir más de 60 millones de dólares en ingresos tributarios durante los próximos dos años, dinero que, según el senador estatal Tick Segerblom, responsable de la medida, ya fue adjudicado al presupuesto de Educación.


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          Efforts to Gut Giant Sequoia National Monument Turned Back in Valley Communities   
An Interior Department review of 27 national monuments is drawing criticism because it could lead to they’re being cutback or closed. In California, the Giant Sequoia National Monument in the southern Sierra is now under review. In Kern County, supervisors were reportedly under pressure to support the review. But as Vic Bedoian reports, they refused to do so.

          Shorty Rogers - Chances Are ... It Swings   
© -Steven Cerra, copyright protected; all rights reserved.


At the time of its issuance in 1959, I took the personnel on Shorty Rogers’ RCA album Chances Are It Swings [RD-27149 MONO; LSP-1978 Stereo] for granted.


I mean doesn’t every studio big band recording have the likes of Shorty, Don Fagerquist, Conte Candoli, Pete Candoli, Al Porcino, Ollie Mitchell and Ray Triscari in its trumpet section?


Can you imagine, seven, 7, SEVEN! first call trumpet players - with four of them bona fide lead trumpet players - made that album and that doesn’t include Conrad Gozzo, lead trumpet player par excellence.


The rest of the band reads like a Who’s Who of Los Angeles based studio-Jazz musicians including: Bob Enevoldsen on valve trombone, Harry Betts and Dick Nash, trombone, Kenny Shroyer, bass trombone; Paul Horn and Bud Shank, clarinet flute, alto sax, Richie Kamuca and Bill Holman, tenor sax and Chuck Gentry on baritone sax; Howard Roberts and Barney Kessel, guitar; Gene Estes on vibes [replaced by Red Norvo on 4 tracks]; Pete Jolly, piano; Joe Mondragon, bass [replaced by Monty Budwig on 4 tracks]; Mel Lewis, drums.


Wow - quel band!


And then there’s Shorty’s absolutely magnificent big band charts with their pleasing to the ear and very original voicings [in some places, the melodies are carried on flugelhorn, clarinet and vibes in unison].


The arrangements are full of surprises - bombastic trumpet “chords” used as short phrases to punctuate and pop the music, perfectly placed drums fill, kicks and licks and lopping sax soli - all in the cause of emphasizing continuous swing in the music.


Dating back to his work with Woody Herman in the mid-1940’s through to his association with Stan Kenton in the early 1950s, Shorty had accumulated a wealth of experience writing for a big bands.


But after leaving Kenton and joining Howard Rumsey’s All-Stars at the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach, CA and concurringly forming his own quintet - The Giants - Shorty primarily concentrated on writing for small groups. Chances Are It Swings marked Shorty’s return to big band arranging, this time fronting his own band.


Obviously, with the lineup listed above, everyone in town wanted to be in it.


And why not? Shorty’s music was fun to play.


The music on Chances Are It Swings is drawn from a single composer - Robert Allen. Allen wrote a number of popular songs following  performed by Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Billie Holiday, Jimmy Durante, Kate Smith, the Shirelles, the Four Lads and many other singers in the 1950's and 60's, and some became pop standards.


John Tynan describes more of the Rogers and Allen connection in the following liner notes to Chances Are It Swings after which you’ll find a video featuring Shorty’s band performing Chances Are.


“That fickle lass, Jazz, is a volatile wench of multicolored moods. She can be broadly bluesy or subtly cool, rubbing elbows with disparate sources from the guitar-strumming Mississippi cotton picker to the urbane Cole Porter. Though her demands may be finicky at times "La Jazz" imposes one basic prerequisite on those who would court her: the music on which she swings must be high caliber. This alliance of arranger-trumpeter Shorty Rogers and songwriter Robert Allen proves a happy combination of brilliant arranging and hit songs. Allen's songs pear melodic witness that real talent, no matter how long its incubation period, must express itself.


"I've been writing songs for only about six years" Allen explains, "Before 1952, I played jazz piano in New York night clubs. Nothing very far out. Certainly nothing to cheer about." After a half dozen years on the club circuit, the constant urge to write became a nagging ache. "I found myself thinking about writing all the time," says Allen. "It was bugging me. And I found myself losing the incentive to play. All I could think about was writing songs... it became an obsession." Allen's obsession turned out to be magnificent. In the past three years alone some 80 per cent of his tunes have been hits. There are no less than seven "smashes" in this album.


Of Rogers' work in adapting his songs to big jazz band interpretation, Allen waxes lyrical. "This album is today," he exults. "It's revolutionary in concept when you consider the popular music picture today. Unlike so much jazz being currently produced, this set is not living in yesterdays music... I'm firmly convinced that Shorty has established twelve standards with his treatment of my tunes." Positive that"... it's impossible lor things ready to swing unless you understand the material," the composer declares that Rogers has succeeded in revealing facets of his songs never before revealed. "You know," Allen muses, "when songs become popular hits, most people don't think of their chordal structure in jazz terms. They're played on the neighborhood jukeboxes, people whistle and hum them—but there's where their musical interest ends." Yet, in Allen's opinion, the heyday of big bands was marked by successful, valid jazz treatments of then current popular songs. He cites Jimmie Lunceford's "Ain't She Sweet," Count Basie’s "Cheek to Cheek" end Duke Ellington's "Caravan" and points out that some of the best jazz of the Thirties was blown on a pop song by Fats Waller — "Honeysuckle Rose."


The composer contends a similar approach should apply to good contemporary popular songs. "When the public hears an album of familiar pop songs with good jazz treatment," Allen conjectures, "maybe they'll like it well enough to buy it. And m passing they just might learn a thing or two about good music This worked in the old days; no reason why it shouldn't again." As Shorty Rogers' imaginative arrangements demonstrate, jazz can be written into and improvised on most music of real merit. As vehicles for the driving solos of both Shorty and some of the best jazz horn men in Hollywood (necessarily uncredited), the album turns out to be mighty creditable jazz indeed.


Shorty's tightly controlled modern trumpet style, born of Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, had its genesis in the early days of the bebop era even before Shorty became one of the star soloists in Woody Herman's First Herd. Today he is no more a "typical bebopper" than is writer Allen. Domesticated in Southern California since 1947, the 34-year-old trumpeter is one of the busiest arrangers on the Coast. From the cluttered workroom behind his Van Nuys home, Shorty turns out arrangements for a wide variety of RCA Victor recordings— from commercial pop vocal singles to his own big band jazz albums such as CHANCES ARE IT SWINGS.

Needless to say, chances that this album swings are better than even. In fact, grins Shorty, the element of chance that it would not never once entered his mind.
—John Tynan”




          Mulgrew Miller: “Living in the Shadows of Giants”   

© -Steven Cerra, copyright protected; all rights reserved.


“Don’t cross a bridge to get home or to work:” I guess the expression contains more than a hint of caution and admonition, especially if you’ve lived some time in the San Francisco Bay area and seen the nightmarish traffic back-ups a closed bridge can cause on the local, television news.

Thankfully, I never experienced such a delay in all the years I lived and worked in San Francisco,

But I sure caught a taste of what such an experience would be like as I was headed north back to the Oakland, CA airport to catch a return flight to my relocated home in southern California following some business appointments in the Silicon Valley.

A major accident on the Bay Bridge between San Francisco and Oakland had caused a traffic back-up so serious that it extended south on US 880 to about 10 miles below the airport.

The was no alternative and plenty of later flights so I just relaxed and turned on the FM-Jazz station while I waited things out in the rental car that was crawling along at death-defying speed of 3 MPH.

The radio broadcast that I tuned into was an interview with pianist Mulgrew Miller who was appearing through the upcoming weekend with his trio at Yoshi’s Jazz Club located on a portion of the waterfront which the City of Oakland had reclaimed from surplus shipping docks and refurbished into a lovely commercial-cum-residential area.

I knew of Mulgrew’s work through recordings he had made during his long association with drummer Tony Williams’ quintet in the 1980s and 1990s, but I had never heard him play in person.

He sounded very warm and cordial during the radio interview and I thought, “Well, at the rate things are going with the crawling traffic, maybe I’ll just book into a local hotel and catch one of Mulgrew’s sets at Yoshi’s.”

Of all the remarks Mulgrew made during the exchange with the interviewer, one stayed with me: “It’s tough to get any recognition as a Jazz musician today because we are living in the shadow of Giants.”

This is not verbatim, but earlier in his talk, Mulgrew had said that many of the pianists  during the bebop era, for example Al Haig, Joe Albany, Dodo Marmarosa, John Lewis, and even some pianists during the later hard bop era like Sonny Clark, Horace Silver and Walter Bishop, Jr., were not original stylists.

They basically played in the manner of Bud Powell and gained a certain measure of recognition and approval for being able to do so.

But musicians like himself, who continue in this bebop piano tradition and perhaps add some of the newer influences like Ahmad Jamal, McCoy Tyner or Keith Jarrett to their approach get little respect because we are not “… the next Bud Powell or Art Tatum or Bill Evans.”

“Why? Not all of us can be giants like Bud and Art or Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. We are doing our part to keep the Jazz tradition alive and even move it forward a little, but we get little respect for what we do accomplish and put down for what we don’t.”


None of this was conveyed with animosity by Mulgrew, but you could certainly sense his disappointment and his displeasure.

The interview then trailed off and was replaced by the playing of one of Mulgrew’s recordings in its entirety.

By some miracle I was just pulling into the hired car parking lot when the interviewer returned so I did not get to hear the rest of Mulgrew’s talk.

The following year The Mulgrew Miller Trio Live at Yoshi’s was issued as a double CD on MaxJazz [[MXJ 212/208] and I picked up a copy along with the March 1, 2005 edition of Downbeatin which the following article about Mulgrew by Ted Panken appeared.

Mulgrew passed away on May 28, 2013 and the editorial staff at JazzProfiles thought it might be nice to remember him on these pages with a reprint of his Downbeat interview and the Nat Chinen obituary that was published in The New York Times.  

Copyright © Downbeat/Ted Panken/2005 Bell & Howell Information and Learning Company. All rights reserved.

Mulgrew Miller: No Apologies 

“Ironies abound in the world of Mulgrew Miller. On the one hand, the 49-year-old pianist is, as Eric Reed pointed out, "the most imitated pianist of the last 25 years." On the other, he finds it difficult to translate his exalted status into full-blown acceptance from the jazz business.

"It's a funny thing about my career," Miller said. "Promoters won't hire my band, but they'll book me as a sideman and make that the selling point of the gig. That boggles my mind."

Miller would seem to possess unsurpassed qualifications for leadership. As the 2004 trio release Live At Yoshi's (MaxJazz) makes evident, no pianist of Miller's generation brings such a wide stylistic palette to the table. A resolute modernist with an old-school attitude, he's assimilated the pentagonal contemporary canon of Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett, as well as Woody Shaw's harmonic innovations, and created a fluid personal argot.

His concept draws on such piano-as-orchestra signposts as Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal and Erroll Garner, the "blowing piano" of Bud Powell, the disjunctive syncopations and voicings of Thelonious Monk, and the melodic ingenuity of gums like Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan and Cedar Walton. With technique to burn, he finds ways to conjure beauty from pentatonics and odd intervals, infusing his lines with church and blues strains and propelling them with a joyous, incessant beat.


"I played with some of the greatest swinging people who ever played jazz, and I want to get the quality of feeling I heard with them," Miller said. "It's a sublime way to play music, and the most creative way to express myself. You can be both as intellectual and as soulful as you want, and the swing beat is powerful but subtle. I think you have to devote yourself to it exclusively to do it at that level."

Consequential apprenticeships with the Mercer Ellington Orchestra, Betty Carter, Johnny Griffin and Shaw launched Miller's career. A 1983-'86 stint with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers put his name on the map, and he cemented his reputation during a long association with Tony Williams' great cuspof-the-'90s band, a sink-or-swim environment in which Miller thrived, playing, as pianist Anthony Wonsey recalls, "with fire but also the maturity of not rushing."

By the mid '80s, Miller was a fixture on
New York's saloon scene. Later, he sidemanned extensively with Bobby Hutcherson, Benny Golson, James Moody and Joe Lovano, and from 1987 to 1996 he recorded nine trio and ensemble albums for Landmark and RCANovus.

Not long after his 40th birthday, Miller resolved to eschew club dates and one-offs, and to focus on his own original music. There followed a six-year recording hiatus, as companies snapped up young artists with tenuous ties to the legacy of hardcore jazz.

"I won't call any names," Miller says, "but a lot of people do what a friend of mine calls 'interview music.' You do something that's obviously different, and you get the interviews and a certain amount of attention. Jazz is part progressive art and part folk art, and I've observed it to be heavily critiqued by people who attribute progressivity to music that lacks a folk element. When Charlie Parker developed his great conception, the folk element was the same as Lester Young and the blues shouters before him. Even when Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane played their conceptions, the folk element was intact. But now, people almost get applauded if they don't include that in their expression. If I reflected a heavy involvement in Arnold Schoenberg or some other ultra-modern composers, then I would be viewed differently than I am. Guys who do what I am doing are viewed as passé.

"A lot of today's musicians learn the rudiments of playing straight-ahead, think they've got it covered, become bored, and say, 'Let me try something else,'" Miller continued. "They develop a vision of expanding through different areas - reggae here, hip-hop there, blues here, soul there, classical music over here and being able to function at a certain level within all those styles. Rather than try to do a lot of things pretty good, I have a vision more of spiraling down to a core understanding of the essence of what music is."

This being said, Miller-who once wrote a lovely tune called "Farewell To Dogma" -continues to adhere to the principle that "there is no one way to play jazz piano and no one way that jazz is supposed to sound." He is not to be confused with the jazz police. His drummer, Karriem Riggins, has a second career as a hip-hop producer, and has at his fingertips a lexicon of up-to-the-second beats. When the urge strikes, bassist Derrick Hodge might deviate from a walking bass line to slap the bass Larry Graham style. It's an approach familiar to Miller, who grew up in
Greenwood, Miss., playing the music of James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Al Green in various Upper Delta cover bands.

"It still hits me where I live," he says. "It's Black music. That's my roots. When I go home, they all know me as the church organist from years ago, so it's nothing for me to walk up to the organ and fit right in. I once discussed my early involvement in music with Abdullah Ibrahim, and he described what I went through as a community-based experience. Before I became or wanted to become a jazz player, I played in church, in school plays, for dances and for cocktail parties. I was already improvising, and always on some level it was emotional or soul or whatever you want to call it. I was finding out how to connect with people through music.

"By now, I have played jazz twice as long as I played popular music, and although that style of playing is part of my basic musical being, I don't particularly feel that I need to express myself through it," he continued. "It's all blues. The folk element of the music doesn't change. The blues in 1995 and in 1925 is the same thing. The technology is different. But the chords are the same, the phrasing is the same, the language is the same-exact same. I grew up on that. It's a folk music. Folk music is not concerned with evolving."

For all his devotion to roots, Miller is adamant that expansion and evolution are key imperatives that drive his tonal personality. "I left my hometown to grow, and early on I intended to embrace as many styles and conceptions as I could," he said. "When I came to
New York I had my favorites, but there was a less celebrated, also brilliant tier of pianists who played the duo rooms, and I tried to hear all of those guys and learn from them. The sound of my bands changes as the musicians expand in their own right. I'm open, and all things are open to interpretation. I trust my musicians-their musicianship, insights, judgments and taste-and they tend to bring things off in whatever direction they want to go. In the best groups I played with, spontaneity certainly was a strong element."

Quiet and laid-back, determined to follow his muse, Miller may never attain mass consumption. But he remains sanguine.

"I have moments, but I don't allow myself to stay discouraged for long," he said. "I worked hard to maintain a certain mental and emotional equilibrium. It's mostly due to my faith. I don't put all my eggs in that basket of being a rich and famous jazz guy. That allows me a certain amount of freedom, because I don't have to play music for money. I play music because I love it. I play the music I love with people I want to play with. I have a long career behind me. I don't have to apologize to anybody for any decisions I make." -Ted Panken” 

Mulgrew Miller, Dynamic Jazz Pianist, Dies at 57

Copyright © The New York Times/Nate Chinen/May 29, 2013.

“Mulgrew Miller, a jazz pianist whose soulful erudition, clarity of touch and rhythmic aplomb made him a fixture in the postbop mainstream for more than 30 years, died on Wednesday in Allentown, Pa. He was 57.

The cause was a stroke, said his longtime manager, Mark Gurley. Mr. Miller had been hospitalized since Friday.

Mr. Miller developed his voice in the 1970s, combining the bright precision of bebop, as exemplified by Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson, with the clattering intrigue of modal jazz, especially as defined by McCoy Tyner. His balanced but assertive style was a model of fluency, lucidity and bounce, and it influenced more than a generation of younger pianists.

He was a widely respected bandleader, working either with a trio or with the group he called Wingspan, after the title of his second album. The blend of alto saxophone and vibraphone on that album, released on Landmark Records in 1987, appealed enough to Mr. Miller that he revived it in 2002 on “The Sequel” (MaxJazz), working in both cases with the vibraphonist Steve Nelson. Among Mr. Miller’s releases in the last decade were an impeccable solo piano album and four live albums featuring his dynamic trio.


Mr. Miller could seem physically imposing on the bandstand — he stood taller than six feet, with a sturdy build — but his temperament was warm and gentlemanly. He was a dedicated mentor: his bands over the last decade included musicians in their 20s, and since 2005 he had been the director of jazz studies at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

If his sideman credentials overshadowed his solo career, it wasn’t hard to see why: he played on hundreds of albums and worked in a series of celebrated bands. His most visible recent work had been with the bassist Ron Carter, whose chamberlike Golden Striker Trio featured Mr. Miller and the guitarist Russell Malone on equal footing; the group released a live album, “San Sebastian” (In+Out), this year.

Born in Greenwood, Miss., on Aug. 13, 1955, Mr. Miller grew up immersed in Delta blues and gospel music. After picking out hymns by ear at the family piano, he began taking lessons at age 8. He played the organ in church and worked in soul cover bands, but devoted himself to jazz after seeing Mr. Peterson on television, a moment he later described as pivotal.

At Memphis State University, he befriended two pianists, James Williams and Donald Brown, both of whom later preceded him in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Mr. Miller spent several years with that band, just as he did with the trumpeter Woody Shaw, the singer Betty Carter and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, led by Ellington’s son, Mercer. Mr. Miller worked in an acclaimed quintet led by the drummer Tony Williams from the mid-1980s until shortly before Williams died in 1997.

Mr. Miller’s survivors include his wife, Tanya; his son, Darnell; his daughter, Leilani; and a grandson. He lived in Easton, Pa.

Though he harbored few resentments, Mr. Miller was clear about the limitations imposed on his career. “Jazz is part progressive art and part folk art,” he said in a 2005 interview with DownBeat magazine, differentiating his own unassuming style from the concept-laden, critically acclaimed fare that he described as “interview music.” He added, “Guys who do what I am doing are viewed as passé.”


But Mr. Miller worked with so many celebrated peers, like the alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett and the tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, that his reputation among musicians was ironclad. And his legacy includes a formative imprint on some leading players of the next wave, including the drummer Karriem Riggins and the bassist Derrick Hodge, who were in one of his trios. The pianist Robert Glasper once recorded an original ballad called “One for ’Grew,” paying homage to a primary influence. On Monday, another prominent pianist, Geoffrey Keezer, attested on Twitter that seeing Mr. Miller one evening in 1986 was “what made me want to be a piano player professionally.”

In the performance from the At Yoshi’s 2004 double CD that forms the sound track for this video tribute to him, Mulgrew has cleverly adopted Comes Love to the arrangement Ahmad Jamal used on Poinciana from his At The Pershing Room Argo LP, one of the most successful Jazz recordings ever issued.

The insistent rhythm is formed by Karriem Riggins use of mallets on the drum set’s tom toms and the insistent accent played by the high hat on the 2nd and 4thbeat of each measure.

On the original version, instead of the usual “clicking” sound made by stepping on the high hat’s cymbals to close them, Ahmad’s drummer, Vernel Fournier, played the high hat cymbals open [barely touching them together] creating more of a “chinging” sound to simulate finger cymbals.

You can hear this effect in a more pronounced manner as played by Karriem at 4:21 minutes of Mulgrew’s version.





          Can California fish catch break with giant tunnels? Depends   
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown&apos;s plan to route much of California&apos;s mightiest river into two massive tunnels poses new perils for salmon and other struggling native species, but could give them a couple of breaks as well, experts and project supporters and opponents say in the wake of two newly issued wildlife rulings on the $16 billion project....
          Wildfire risk high in Southwest, northern Great Plains   

Utah, Arizona and other parts of the Southwest could face more big wildfires this summer and fall, while hot and dry weather has also put the northern Great Plains at risk, forecasters said Saturday. The National Interagency Fire Center’s four-month outlook showed elevated danger of significant fires in parts of Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah, […]
          Bees Frequently Visit California but Not for Vacation   

Almonds are a snack that we can stand behind. They are healthy and tasty, and the almonds of California are produced with the help of one of our favorite creatures – bees! The blossoms of almonds in California in San Joaquin Valley require cross-pollination with other blossoms in order to produce a crop. Cross-pollination is […]

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          After School Program Instructor - Alameda County - Girl Scouts of Northern California - Alameda, CA   
High school or equivalent. You’ll be a great match if:. You have access to reliable transportation, a valid CA driver’s license, and the ability to lift up to... $18 an hour
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          GRADING INSPECTOR I - County of Contra Costa, California - Martinez, CA   
Possession of a high school diploma, G.E.D. Equivalency or a high school proficiency certificate. Three (3) years of full-time (or the equivalent of full-time)... $65,734 - $72,472 a year
From County of Contra Costa, California - Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:24:50 GMT - View all Martinez, CA jobs
          Program Manager - Foster a Dream - Volunteers of America - Martinez, CA   
Valid CA Drivers License. EQUIVALENT EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:. Must have a valid California Driver’s License....
From Indeed - Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:07:32 GMT - View all Martinez, CA jobs
          Progressives and Their Tom Thumb's Blues   
Taking a brief break from my duties as tour guide for our visiting Spanish guests. Took them yesterday over the mountains to visit the beautiful San Juan Capistrano Mission. I figured Spaniards would like to see a Spanish-built church. We had magnificent weather and a picturesque drive on a winding mountain road. They seemed to like it judging from the hundreds of pictures they took. California has a great and colorful history; it's future? Hmmm . . . maybe not so much.

Anyhow, the Diplowife has taken our guests on a shopping expedition, and I sit alone, supervising the washing machine as it churns away, and listening to Bob Dylan. I had forgotten how good he is. He deserved that Nobel prize. In particular I love his "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues." The music has a Leibner/Stoller "Smokey Joe's Cafe" feel, but the real magic is in the words. Dylan's use of words is akin to that in the poems of Gertrude Stein; he uses them more for their sound than their meaning to tell the story and set the mood. Jazz with words--and the harmonica is great. Brilliant stuff.
When you're lost in the rain in Juarez when it's Easter time, too/
And your gravity fails and negativity don't pull you through/
Don't put on any airs when you're down on Rue Morgue Avenue
They got some hungry women there and they really make a mess outta you/
Now, if you see Saint Annie, please tell her thanks a lot/
I cannot move, my fingers are all in a knot/
I don't have the strength to get up and take another shot/
And my best friend, my doctor, won't even say what it is I've got. 
Sweet Melinda, the peasants call her the goddess of gloom/
She speaks good English and she invites you up into her room/
And you're so kind and careful not to go to her too soon/
And she takes your voice and leaves you howling at the moon...
Gotta love Dylan's description of "Sweet Melinda." It got me thinking about the progressives and their collective melt-down over the past few days and weeks. President Trump has done something remarkable with his tweets, his speeches, his actions, and his general attitude, to wit, he's taken the progressives' voice and left them "howling at the moon."

President Trump has used words as much for setting the mood as for their actual definition. While the progressives try to parse and pick apart those words, the rest of us understand exactly what he's saying, how he's tapping into our own thoughts and letting them gush forth like a wildcat oil well.

He is leaving the progs "howling at the moon." They don't know what else to say about him, what other slanders and libels to heave in his direction, what more fake narratives and news to conjure up. Nothing seems to work. It all boomerangs.

If Trump can keep this up, he will go down as one of the great presidents. He is a revolutionary force. I am more than impressed.
          Real Estate and Land Use - California Supreme Court Restricts Implied Dedication Rule   
Scher v. Burke (June 15, 2017, S230104) - Why It Matters: Many large private landowners record notices under the provisions of the Civil Code in order to ensure that public use of their property does not morph into an implied dedication of their...
By: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
          ‘Sanctuary City’ San Francisco Pays Illegal Alien $190k for Reporting Him to ICE   
Protesters sit in the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport in California on January 29, 2017
San Francisco has agreed to a $190,000 payout in a lawsuit brought by an illegal alien alleging they violated their own “sanctuary city” policies and reported him to federal immigration authorities.
          Medical Support Staff - First Steps Recovery - Tollhouse, CA   
Valid California Drivers License and good driving record with NO DUI's. Students within the behavioral health field will be able to facilitate groups at times,... $13 - $16 an hour
From Indeed - Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:42:29 GMT - View all Tollhouse, CA jobs
          Medical Assistant - First Steps Recovery - Clovis, CA   
Valid California Drivers License and good driving record with NO DUI's. Two years experience in the medical field (LVN, medical assistant, nursing student, etc)... $12 - $14 an hour
From Indeed - Wed, 21 Jun 2017 01:05:36 GMT - View all Clovis, CA jobs
          Support Staff for Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facility (Clovis) - First Steps Recovery - Clovis, CA   
Valid California Drivers License and good driving record with NO DUI's. Required license or certification:. Students within the behavioral health field will be...
From Indeed - Thu, 29 Jun 2017 21:23:32 GMT - View all Clovis, CA jobs
          Substance Abuse Counselor / Support Staff (All Shifts) - First Steps Recovery - Clovis, CA   
Valid California Drivers license. Graduation from an accredited four-year college with a degree in Addiction Counseling, Criminal Justice, Social Work,... $13 - $15 an hour
From Indeed - Fri, 07 Apr 2017 21:13:20 GMT - View all Clovis, CA jobs
          California Water Damage Repair Services Norwalk   
Our Homepage: 90650 Insured Plumbing Contractors California Regarding Us: Our team of designers have years of knowledge that create them the best at what they

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          Applied Forest Finance Workshop   
Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Dr. Brooks Mendell is President and VP of Research at Forisk Consulting.  He has twenty years of consulting, operating, and research experience in forestry, finance and the timber and bioenergy industries.  Dr. Mendell leads Forisk's research and forecasting program.  His experience includes roles in harvest operations and procurement with Weyerhaeuser, in management consulting with Accenture, and as a member of the forestry and finanace faculties at the University of Georgia.  A Fulbright Scholar in Uruguay, Dr. Mendell has published over sixty articles and three books on topics related to timber markets and REITs, forest business and operations, wood bioenergy, and communication skills.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Forestry Association.  He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA at the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Forest Finance at the University of Georgia.

All attendees will receive a complimentary edition of Forest Finance Simplified by Dr. Brooks Mendell.

Continuing Education Credits:  Workshop attendees are eligible for 6.5 Cat 1 CFE credits through the Society of American Foresters.


          MAMMOGRAPHER / MAMMOGRAPHY TECHNOLOGIST   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

200 bed hospital needs a Mammo tech or Mammo Manager for 13 weeks with a chance to extend. More details about the equipment and schedule to be discussed in the interview. ARRT-M, with California Mammo license required. Position: Technologist Specialty/Modality: Mammography Licenses/Certifications: CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support) Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to imagingjobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 456-5857 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          PT / PHYSICAL THERAPIST / TRAVEL / OUTPATIENT / CALIFORNIA   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

We are currently looking for a dynamic Physical Therapist (PT) to join our team for a 13 week assignment in Monterey, CA. The Physical Therapist (PT) will provide therapy services in an Outpatient setting. In this role, thePT must demonstrate strong communication skills with peers and their patients'.The ideal therapist for this job will be energetic, an effective communicator and be dedicated to providing high-quality to care to all of their patients. All levels of experience are welcome to apply. Physical Therapist (PT) must be current on BLS and CPR certifications. Get started on the travel rehab career you have always wanted. Take advantage of a travel PT career that lets you experience the places you have only dreamed of seeing. This is your chance to start an unforgettable adventure while you add new perspective and skills to your resume. Discover the beauty and charm of California. From the relaxing costal beach towns to experiencing the natural beauty of one of the many state parks - California offers something for everyone! For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to csloan@aureusmedical.com or call (402) 891-1118 ext: 6133 for more information. Position: Therapist Specialty/Modality: Physical Therapy Licenses/Certifications: CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support), State License-Physical Therapist-California Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to therapyjobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 456-5857 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          PT / PHYSICAL THERAPIST/ TRAVEL / HOME HEALTH   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

We are currently looking for a dynamic Physical Therapist (PT) to join our team for a 13 week assignment in California. The Physical Therapist (PT) will provide therapy services in a Home health setting. In this role, thePT must demonstrate strong communication skills with peers and their patients'.The ideal therapist for this job will be energetic, an effective communicator and be dedicated to providing high-quality to care to all of their patients. All levels of experience are welcome to apply. Physical Therapist (PT) must be current on BLS and CPR certifications, and have an active California state license. Get started on the travel rehab career you have always wanted. Take advantage of a travel PT career that lets you experience the places you have only dreamed of seeing. This is your chance to start an unforgettable adventure while you add new perspective and skills to your resume. For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to csloan@aureusmedical.com or call (402) 891-1118 ext: 6133 for more information. Position: Therapist Specialty/Modality: Physical Therapy Licenses/Certifications: CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support), State License-Physical Therapist-Louisiana Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to therapyjobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 456-5857 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          MRI TECH / MAGNETIC RESONANCE TECHNOLOGIST   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

M-F, 8 hour days, varied shift 1st or 2nd. REQUIRED CREDENTIALS: ARRT, MR Certified, CA license. REQUIRED SKILLS: GE 750 MRI - 23 software platform & Phillips Ingenia 3T. EPIC/APeX experience is a plus, but not required. This 600-bed hospital has been ranked as the 7th best overall medical center in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, you will find a full spectrum of great sights and experiences including wineries, shopping districts, live music, art galleries, and beach activities. Position: Technologist Specialty/Modality: Magnetic Resonance Licenses/Certifications: CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support), State License-Radiology Technologist-California, ARRT-MR (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to imagingjobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 456-5857 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          PHYSICAL THERAPIST - Inpatient Physical Therapy - Casual - Day   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

Provides Physical Therapy evaluation, assessment, prognosis, treatment and education as prescribed by qualified medical practitioner in accordance with the Physical Therapy Practice Act and Title 16 requirements.

Required Experience/Specialized Skills: Demonstrated ability to accurately evaluate, assess and treat physical therapy patients. Physical therapy manual therapy skills beneficial. Excellent communication skills both in verbal and written form. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

Required Certification/Registration: Licensed as a PT in the State of California. Current BLS Certificate for Healthcare Provider from the American Heart Association.

Required Education/Course(s)/Training: A/BBS or graduate degree in Physical Therapy from an accredited school of physical Therapy.

 

Preferred Experience: Experience as a physical therapist in an outpatient orthopaedic setting preferred.

 

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Scripps Health is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.



Job: Rehabilitation

Primary Location : Northern San Diego County-ENCINITAS-SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL ENCINITAS

Organization : 354 SANTA FE DRIVE

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          DIABETES EDUCATOR II (PT/CAS) - WHITTIER DIABETES PROGRAM - Part-time - Day   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

To provide diabetes-specific clinical, educational, and/or research services in a variety of settings. Settings may include inpatient, outpatient, community, and/or research programs. Required Education/Experience/Specialized Skills:A minimum of two years providing diabetes education as an RN or RD required. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

Required Certification/Registration: Current BLS and Certified Diabetes Educator certification required. Licensed to practice in the State of California as an RN or RD.BR>
Preferred Education/Experience/Specialized Skills/Certification:For RNs, a bachelors Degree in Nursing is preferred.

Scripps Health is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

Job: Education / Training

Primary Location : Central San Diego County-LA JOLLA-SCRIPPS GREEN HOSPITAL

Organization : 10666 N. TORREY PINES ROAD

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          SUPV, PATIENT CARE(RN) Surgery - Cardiac - Full-time - Day   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

Ensures nursing practice reflects established standards of care and practice and a culture that promotes patient safety. Under the general direction of the Patient Care Manager, shares leadership responsibilities for the nursing unit, including managing daily staffing plans.  Ensures the safe transition of patients thru the continuum of care to include active participation of nursing staff in planning and coordinating patient care, and direct hand-off to next appropriate level of care.

 

Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla is a Level II Trauma Center and the first hospital in San Diego to receive Magnet designation.  
 
What Makes our OR Unit Different?
 
 State-of-the-art OR Suites with da Vinci Surgery System XI
  • Self-Scheduling
  • Easy access to free parking
  • Staff allocated by Service Lines
  • RN Career Advancement Opportunities
Become a proud member of the Scripps Health family, Scripps maintains progressive base rates and an excellent health and wellness benefit programs
Required Education/Experience/Specialized Skills: Minimum (2) years OR RN experience, prior leadership experience preferred.  MDI process experience  preferred.  Requires excellent skills in communication, problem-solving, team development, planning and follow-through. Ability to exercise the authority and responsibility for assigned services based on the scope of the organization and complexity of patient care. Graduate of an accredited program.

Required Certification/Registration: Current California RN license and BLS.

Preferred Education/Experience/Specialized Skills/Certification: BSN and/or certification in area of specialty if applicable.

Scripps Health is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

Job: RN - Clinical

Primary Location : United States

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          STAFF PHYSICIAN - Internal Medicine (Carlsbad)   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

PLEASE DO NOT COMPLETE THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THIS POSITION. FOR CONSIDERATION, PLEASE FORWARD YOUR RESUME TO: allred.cynthia@scrippshealth.org
 
 
STAFF PHYSICIAN - Internal Medicine Fulltime - SCMC Encinitas
 
JOB DESCRIPTION
General Description
A board certified or board eligible Internal Medicine physician providing outpatient evaluation, diagnosis and treatment to Scripps Coastal Medical Center patients, representing the highest standards for clinical capability, professional education, quality improvement and overall patient care.
 
Key Responsibilities
Provides clinical care with emphasis on the whole patient including not only the medical needs, but the cognitive, psychological, functional and social needs
Coordinates care management proactively working with the healthcare team to produce good outcomes
Participates in quality assurance activities
Takes call and shares other duties as determined by the Site Physician Lead, CMO and/or President of the Group
Participates in clinical program development
 
Attributes
Ability to function effectively within the medical group
Ability to work as schedule determined
Objective judgment
Committed to highest clinical standards
Respected by colleagues and ancillary staff
Supportive of the mission and goals of the organization
Job Location
Encinitas, California, United States
 
Position Type
Fulltime
 
Department
Internal Medicine
Days Worked
4.5 to 5 days per week
 
Division
Scripps Coastal Medical Center - Carlsbad
PLEASE DO NOT COMPLETE THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THIS POSITION. FOR CONSIDERATION, PLEASE FORWARD YOUR RESUME TO: allred.cynthia@scrippshealth.org


Job: Medical group Staff Physician and Advanced Practice Clinician (NP/PA)

Primary Location : Central San Diego County-SAN DIEGO-SCRIPPS CORPORATE OFFICES

Organization : 4275 CAMPUS POINT COURT

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          PT / PHYSICAL THERAPIST/ CA / TRAVEL   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

We are currently looking for a dynamic Physical Therapist (PT) to join our team for a 13 week assignment in California. The Physical Therapist (PT) will provide therapy services in an outpatient setting. In this role, thePT must demonstrate strong communication skills with peers and their patients'.The ideal therapist for this job will be energetic, an effective communicator and be dedicated to providing high-quality to care to all of their patients. All levels of experience are welcome to apply. Physical Therapist (PT) must be current on BLS and CPR certifications, and have an active California state license. This 25-bed medical and surgical hospital is located in northern California. The facility has been recognized as a top performer with Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) in six or more measures in a pilot program, Partnership for Patients (PPP). This hospital is located in a beautiful park with the largest natural lake in California. The community is great for the outdoor enthusiast and is just a short drive to Sacramento, the mountains, and the beach. Get started on the travel rehab career you have always wanted. Take advantage of a travel PT career that lets you experience the places you have only dreamed of seeing. This is your chance to start an unforgettable adventure while you add new perspective and skills to your resume. For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to csloan@aureusmedical.com or call (402) 891-1118 ext: 6133 for more information. Position: Therapist Specialty/Modality: Physical Therapy Licenses/Certifications: CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support), State License-Physical Therapist-California Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to therapyjobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 456-5857 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          X-RAY TECH / RAD TECH / RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGIST   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

239-bed Hospital in the Central Valley of California, less than two hours from the Bay Area is needing an Xray tech for 13 weeks or longer. Candidates must have ARRT-R with CA license and Fluoro. Will be working with patients of all ages, must be able to operate all X-ray equipment and PACS, as well as prepare exam room, equipment, supplies and medications for patients procedures and is responsible for patient education. Would prefer candidates to also be proficient with CT or MRI. Position: Technologist Specialty/Modality: Radiography Licenses/Certifications: CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support), State License-Radiology Technologist-California Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to imagingjobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 456-5857 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          PT / PHYSICAL THERAPIST / TRAVEL / SNF   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

Physical Therapist (PT) needed for a 13 week Skilled Nursing (SNF) contract assignment in Northern California. Ideal Physical Therapist (PT) will have previous experience in SNF, and a passion for geriatrics. Schedule is Tuesday-Saturday, but is flexible. See 7-8 patients a day for evaluations and treatments with a productivity expectation of 85%. This assignment is in a great location in Northern California! Tour the Sonoma Wine Country on the weekends and enjoy the great vineyards and restaurants this area has to offer. With easy access to San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose! Enjoy the supportive team atmosphere and charm of a smaller facility. If you love living in the easygoing culture of California with none of the hectic buzz from being close to a busy city, this is the perfect assignment for you. Apply now! Must have a active Physical Therapist (PT) California license and be current on BLS and CPR certifications. Position: Therapist Specialty/Modality: Physical Therapy Licenses/Certifications: CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support), State License-Physical Therapist-California Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to therapyjobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 456-5857 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST - Inpatient Occupational Therapy - Casual - Day   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

The Occupational Therapist provides evaluation, assessment, prognosis, treatment and education to patients and clients through a continuum of care according to the therapist's respective licensure/registration/certification, Code of Ethics, Federal/State regulations, JCAHO/UMQC and Care Center policies and procedures. Performs competencies as outlined in Rehabilitation Services Competency Assessment tools. Demonstrates age specific care as established for area and job title. Experience/Specialized Skills:Must have variety of problem solving skills. Excellent communications skills with internal and external customers.

Required Certification/Registration:Current occupational therapy license in State of California. Current BLS

Required Education/Course(s)/Training: Graduate of accredited school of occupational therapy (BS or MS degree)

Scripps Health is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

Job: Rehabilitation

Primary Location : Northern San Diego County-ENCINITAS-SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL ENCINITAS

Organization : 354 SANTA FE DRIVE

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          SOCIAL WORKER CLINICAL - Case Management - Full-Time - Day   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

Assists patient and families with personal and environmental problems which predispose illness or which interfere with their obtaining maximum benefits from medical care. Provides peer supervision for other staff, education for social work interns and/or assists with program planning and organization of services. Demonstrates ability to perform competencies as outlined in unit specific competency assessment tools. Demonstrates age specific care as established for a Clinical Social Worker in assigned area.

Required Experience/Specialized Skills: An ability to speak another language is desirable. Must be able to display good working relationships with patients, families, medical and nursing personnel, and all others employed at the hospital. Working knowledge of the laws, regulations, policies and appeal procedures as relative to the Federal, State and other reimbursement programs.

Required Certification/Registration: Licensed by the State of California Behavioral Science Examiners Board as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) preferred. BLS for Health Care Provider required.

Required Education/Course(s)/Training: Masters degree in Social Work from an accredited university or college (MSW).

 

Preferred Skills: Experience in the hospital setting.

Scripps Health is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.



Job: Behavioral / Social Services

Primary Location : Central San Diego County-SAN DIEGO-SCRIPPS MERCY HOSPITAL SAN DIEGO

Organization : 4077 FIFTH AVENUE

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          PT / PHYSICAL THERAPIST / PERM / SNF   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

We are currently looking to hire a highly motivated Physical Therapist (PT) for a full time position on the Central Coast of California. In this Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), this Physical Therapist (PT) will be working with a patient care dedicated team that is both skilled and fun! This area has some of the best beaches, wine tasting, hiking and biking trails. The downtown area is full of energy and culture with having many events and activities going on. Come join and be apart of this friendly and active community that makes it a great place to live, work and play. Don't miss out and apply now! The setting for this position is Skilled Nursing (SNF) and the facility is 5-star rated! Schedule is Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, with flexibility! No productivity standard and strong supportive staff that is more like a family! Physical Therapists with all levels of experience are encouraged to apply! Must have a current California Physical Therapist (PT) license, have proof of pending license after passing the CA jurisprudence exam. With more than 30 years of experience and recruiters dedicated by specialty, medical facilities and healthcare professionals alike trust Aureus Medical to get them where they want to be. Position: Therapist Specialty/Modality: Physical Therapy Licenses/Certifications: CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support), State License-Physical Therapist-California Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to therapyjobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 456-5857 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          PT / PHYSICAL THERAPIST / SNF / TRAVEL   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

We are currently looking to hire a highly motivated Physical Therapist (PT) for a 13 week contract travel on the Central Coast of California. In this Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), this Physical Therapist (PT) will be working with a patient care dedicated team that is both skilled and fun! This area has some of the best beaches, wine tasting, hiking and biking trails. The downtown area is full of energy and culture with having many events and activities going on. Come join and be apart of this friendly and active community that makes it a great place to live, work and play. Don't miss out and apply now! The setting for this position is Skilled Nursing (SNF) and the facility is 5-star rated! Schedule is Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, with flexibility! No productivity standard and strong supportive staff that is more like a family! With more than 30 years of experience and recruiters dedicated by specialty, medical facilities and healthcare professionals alike trust Aureus Medical to get them where they want to be. Position: Therapist Specialty/Modality: Physical Therapy Licenses/Certifications: CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support), State License-Physical Therapist-California Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to therapyjobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 456-5857 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          PT / PHYSICAL THERAPIST / TRAVEL / INPATIENT / ACUTE   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

Physical Therapist (PT) needed in along the beautiful central coast of California! This 300+ bed hospital system is in need of a experienced Physical Therapist (PT) to help with a growing Inpatient caseload. This Physical Therapist (PT) will work 8 hour shifts, Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm. Previous experience with Inpatient Acute or ICU experience preferred, a current California license and active CPR card required. This coastal paradise of California leaves little to the imagination and is an adventure seekers dream location! Close to Big Sur, amazing seafood, and hundreds of marine animals observe! Apply Today! Position: Therapist Specialty/Modality: Physical Therapy Licenses/Certifications: CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support), State License-Physical Therapist-California Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to therapyjobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 456-5857 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          RN / REGISTERED NURSE / ICU RN / INTENSIVE CARE NURSE   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

One of the largest and most prestigious full-service acute care facilities in the San Fernando Valley, this 350-bed hospital, has access to a wide range of medical expertise and leading-edge technology across all elements of care. While the range of acute-care services and expertise has continued to expand, the hospital remain a community-based hospital at heart that provides an exceptional level of care that responds to the needs of the community. They are looking for several ICU RNs for days and nights, BSN trained for a 13-wk assignment ASAP!!! This contract will move quickly! Great location, just a short drive to the beach, Los Angeles and Santa Monica. You are right within the neighborhoods that George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Bruno mars and the Kardashians live in!!! Please contact Victoria Crowe at Aureus Medical (800) 856-0375 X2416 Position: RN Specialty/Modality: RN-Intensive Care Licenses/Certifications: CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support), State License-RN-California, ACLS (Advance Cardiac Life Support) Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to nursejobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 856-5457 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          STERILE PROCESSING TECHNICIAN   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

Located northeast of San Jose, this traveler friendly facility is looking for a Sterile Processing Tech and provides state of the art care for patients across California. Shopping and recreation are offered in this cozy town. Position: Sterile Processing Technician Specialty/Modality: Sterile Processing Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to nursejobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 856-5457 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          OT / OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST / PEDS / INPATIENT / OUTPATIENT   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

Great children's hospital in San Diego is now interviewing Occupational Therapists (OT) for a contract travel position! This Occupational Therapist (OT) should have at least 3 years of recent OT pediatric patient experience, ages 0-18 years in Inpatient Acute/Outpatient settings. Experience with Autism treatments and/or G-Tube feeding and SOS approach to feeding is preferred. For more information on this position, inquire online! You will be glad you took an assignment here! Here on the Southern Coast, you'll get to experience beautiful beaches! Take a lesson on surfing. Visit the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld! Stroll down Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. There are so many opportunities for you to explore the popular Southern California area! Apply today! Position: Therapist Specialty/Modality: Occupational Therapy Licenses/Certifications: CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support), State License-Occupational Therapist-California Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to therapyjobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 456-5857 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          MAMMOGRAPHER / MAMMOGRAPHY TECHNOLOGIST   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

Hospital needs a Mammographer for a 13 week contract. Phenomenal location, in the city, what more could you want. Come to California and learn why they call it the Golden State.This medical center is one of the largest private, not-for-profit, academic medical centers in California. It is recognized as among the best hospitals in California for 2015-16 by U.S. News & World Report as well as receiving high performer recognitions in three specialties. Visit world-famous Fisherman's Wharf, take a ride on the world's last permanently operational manually operated cable car system, or get a glimpse of the Painted Ladies. Position: Technologist Specialty/Modality: Mammography Licenses/Certifications: CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support), ARRT-M (Mammography), State License-Mammography Technician-California, ARRT-CT (Computed Tomography) Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to imagingjobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 456-5857 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          OT / OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST/ TRAVEL / CA   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

We are currently looking for a dynamic Occupational Therapist (OT) to join our team for a 13 week assignment in California. The Occupational Therapist (OT) will provide therapy services in a hospital setting. In this role, theOT must demonstrate strong communication skills with peers and their patients'.The ideal therapist for this job will be energetic, an effective communicator and be dedicated to providing high-quality to care to all of their patients. All levels of experience are welcome to apply. Occupational Therapist (OT) must be current on BLS and CPR certifications, and have an active California state license. Located along the coast of northern California, this small community hospital provides healthcare to the region. Enjoy the riches this town has to offer, from kayaking and whale-watching to savoring the exceptional taste of fine wines and fresh produce. Or take a short drive into Sacramento or San Francisco for additional entertainment options. Get started on the travel rehab career you have always wanted. Take advantage of a travel OT career that lets you experience the places you have only dreamed of seeing. This is your chance to start an unforgettable adventure while you add new perspective and skills to your resume. For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to csloan@aureusmedical.com or call (402) 891-1118 ext: 6133 for more information. Position: Therapist Specialty/Modality: Occupational Therapy Licenses/Certifications: CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support), State License-Occupational Therapist-California Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to therapyjobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 456-5857 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          NUC MED TECH / NUCLEAR MEDICINE TECHNOLOGIST   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

Hospital in Central Valley of California, is needing a Nuclear Medicine tech for 13 weeks. Will be performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures on patients of all ages utilizing radiopharmaceuticals, and applies principles of radiation protection, exercises professional judgment in performance of service and provides patient care. Candidates must be either ARRT-N or CNMT registered with California license and CPR/BLS. Schedule is 8 hour shifts & weekends, and they prefer at least 1 or more years of experience. Position: Technologist Specialty/Modality: Nuclear Medicine Licenses/Certifications: CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support), State License-Nuclear Medicine Tech-California Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to imagingjobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 456-5857 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          PT / PHYSICAL THERAPIST/ TRAVEL / CA   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

We are currently looking for a dynamic Physical Therapist (PT) to join our team for a 13 week assignment in California. The Physical Therapist (PT) will provide therapy services in a skilled nursing facility. In this role, thePT must demonstrate strong communication skills with peers and their patients'.The ideal therapist for this job will be energetic, an effective communicator and be dedicated to providing high-quality to care to all of their patients. All levels of experience are welcome to apply. Physical Therapist (PT) must be current on BLS and CPR certifications, and have an active California state license. Get started on the travel rehab career you have always wanted. Take advantage of a travel PT career that lets you experience the places you have only dreamed of seeing. This is your chance to start an unforgettable adventure while you add new perspective and skills to your resume. For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to csloan@aureusmedical.com or call (402) 891-1118 ext: 6133 for more information. Position: Therapist Specialty/Modality: Physical Therapy Licenses/Certifications: CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support), State License-Physical Therapist-California Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to therapyjobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 456-5857 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          PT / PHYSICAL THERAPIST / CA / TRAVEL   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

We are currently looking for a dynamic Physical Therapist (PT) to join our team for a 13 week assignment in California. The Physical Therapist (PT) will provide therapy services in a skilled nursing facility. In this role, thePT must demonstrate strong communication skills with peers and their patients'.The ideal therapist for this job will be energetic, an effective communicator and be dedicated to providing high-quality to care to all of their patients. All levels of experience are welcome to apply. Physical Therapist (PT) must be current on BLS and CPR certifications, and have an active California state license. Get started on the travel rehab career you have always wanted. Take advantage of a travel PT career that lets you experience the places you have only dreamed of seeing. This is your chance to start an unforgettable adventure while you add new perspective and skills to your resume. For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to csloan@aureusmedical.com or call (402) 891-1118 ext: 6133 for more information. Position: Therapist Specialty/Modality: Physical Therapy Licenses/Certifications: CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support), State License-Physical Therapist-California Physical Abilities: From 50-100lbs For the most prompt response, please APPLY ONLINE. Resumes may also be sent to therapyjobseekers@aureusmedical.com or call (800) 456-5857 for more information. As always, there is never a fee for candidates to utilize our services. There is a reason why Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing. Whether working with an employee to locate exciting career opportunities or with a hospital to fill a need at a critical time, our job is to take care of you and the patients we collectively serve - and we do so with the highest degree of honesty and integrity. We bring over 25 years of experience, proven methods, and an unwavering commitment to patient care to the staffing process. With travel, locum tenens, local contract, and direct hire opportunities available nationwide, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your career goals and your lifestyle. Our Account Managers are dedicated by specialty area and there is never a charge to you for our services. Not all staffing companies are alike. We're proud to be different. Experience the Aureus difference. EEO/Veteran/Disabled/E-Verify Employer
          Cracker   

Cracker‘s 10th studio effort, the double-album entitled “Berkeley To Bakersfield,” finds this uniquely American band traversing two different sides of the California landscape – the northern Bay area and further down-state in Bakersfield. A new perspective on alternative rock awaits.

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          $1 M grant award for Santa Anita Park Field will help nearly double play time   
City of Santa Ana Community: $1 Million Grant Award for Santa Anita Park Field Will Help Nearly Double Play Time / Parque Santa Anita Recibe $1 Millón de Dólares The City of Santa Ana’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Agency is the proud recipient of the State of California Youth Soccer and Recreation Development Program’s […]
          Microsoft livens up Live Search to battle Google and Yahoo   

Microsoft on Thursday began phasing in a slick new version of its Live Search service in a bid to gain ground on leading Internet search rivals Google and Yahoo.

Microsoft's improved Live Search will be available throughout the United States in a week and globally by the end of October, according to vice president of search and advertising platform group Satya Nadella.

"The core thing for us is to show user we made a quantum jump in search results," Nadella said while demonstrating Search at an invitation-only gathering at Microsoft's campus in Mountain View, California.

"This time, we feel we can claim we are as good as Google."

Google, based in Mountain View, is the world's most popular Internet search engine. California-based Yahoo ranks second. Live, which replaced Microsoft's MSN search service in 2006, has been mired in distant third place.

"Relevance of results has been my big gripe about Live Search in the past," Gartner analyst Van Baker told AFP during a "Searchification" event at which the enhancements were unveiled.

"It fell short of Google in relevance and I think Microsoft is catching up. The downside is Microsoft's messaging sucks. They need to give Internet users a reason to give Live Search another try, and that is missing," he added.

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          California Drought: Strengthening El Niño Could Mean Wet Winter   

Direct link to article... [littlegreenfootballs.com]

The chances that California will begin clawing its way out of the drought with a wet winter got a bump Thursday with a federal report showing an El Niño weather pattern continuing to strengthen in the Pacific.

The U.S. Climate Prediction Center reported that telltale signs of El Niño -- which include warming sea surface temperatures and emerging equatorial winds -- bore close resemblance to conditions preceding some of the strongest El Niños in recent history.

El Niños carry no assurances for forecasters, but big ones have correlated with increased rainfall across much of California, such as in the winters of 1982-83 and 1997-98, which were among the state's wettest years.

More: California Drought: Strengthening El Niño Could Mean Wet Winter - SFGate


          Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says   

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A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them.

"We may be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event," said Douglas J. McCauley, an ecologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an author of the new research, which was published on Thursday in the journal Science.

But there is still time to avert catastrophe, Dr. McCauley and his colleagues also found. Compared with the continents, the oceans are mostly intact, still wild enough to bounce back to ecological health.

"We're lucky in many ways," said Malin L. Pinsky, a marine biologist at Rutgers University and another author of the new report. "The impacts are accelerating, but they're not so bad we can't reverse them."

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          Video: Massive Surf at Maverick's in 2014   

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When people think of California, they think of palm trees. They think of convertibles and Coachella and the ever-winding Pacific Coast Highway. They think of 3-foot waves and one hell of a sunset. They think of everything that Mavericks is not.

Mavs might not be cliché California, but there is no denying that it's the king of the coast. The XXL beast showed some fang over the weekend on the first real day of the 2014-2015 big- wave season, and this video shows you everything you need to see in less time than it takes to remember what the actual capital of California is... it's Sacramento, by the way.

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          Dish/Prep - Longhorn Steakhouse - California, MD   
Work in a team-oriented, high-volume, fast-paced, guest-centric environment to deliver Genuine Western Hospitality to our guests by: Preparing portions and
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          Line Cook - Longhorn Steakhouse - California, MD   
Work in a team-oriented, high-volume, fast-paced, guest-centric environment to deliver Genuine Western Hospitality to our guests by: Preparing high quality
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          Utility - Longhorn Steakhouse - California, MD   
Work in a team-oriented, high-volume, fast-paced, guest-centric environment to deliver Genuine Western Hospitality to our guests by: Ensuring guests and team
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          Server - Longhorn Steakhouse - California, MD   
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          If there's a smart path to single payer healthcare in California, we haven't found it yet - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

If there's a smart path to single payer healthcare in California, we haven't found it yet
Los Angeles Times
Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) would create a first-in-the-nation state insurance program to replace all private insurers and, if possible, public programs as well. Its laudable goal is to make healthcare in California ...
California Today: The Fight Over Single PayerNew York Times
Single payer health care was destined to fail in California | The ...Sacramento Bee
California Universal Healthcare Bill Taken Off Life SupportTownhall
The Mercury News -The San Diego Union-Tribune -Pacific Standard -California Legislative Information - State of California
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          "Inaction Means Death": California Sees Groundswell of Support for Single-Payer Healthcare - Democracy Now!   

Democracy Now!

"Inaction Means Death": California Sees Groundswell of Support for Single-Payer Healthcare
Democracy Now!
MICHAEL LIGHTY: Essentially, what we do is we're able to eliminate all insurance company premiums, deductibles and copays, and have a new entity, what we call the Healthy California, provide healthcare through paying providers. So we eliminate all the ...


          In blocking a bad single-payer healthcare bill, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon was not 'cowardly' – quite the ... - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

In blocking a bad single-payer healthcare bill, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon was not 'cowardly' – quite the ...
Los Angeles Times
Many Democrats would have lost politically regardless of how they sided on this pipe dream — angering taxpayers satisfied with their current insurance if they voted for the bill, or riling the potent California Nurses Assn. if they opposed it. Rendon ...
California Single-Payer Organizers Are Deceiving Their Supporters. It's Time to Stop.The Intercept
Death threats directed at Assembly leader over universal health care billSacramento Bee
What Killed Single-Payer In California?New Republic
Science 2.0 -ThinkProgress -PJ Media -The Mercury News
all 103 news articles »

          Single-payer healthcare for California is, in fact, very doable - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

Single-payer healthcare for California is, in fact, very doable
Los Angeles Times
Enacting Healthy California would entail an overhaul of the state's existing healthcare system, which now constitutes about 14% of California's GDP. In particular, it would mean replacing the state's private health insurance industry with government ...
Single Payer Healthcare: Too Expensive? - HealthlineHealthline

all 11 news articles »

          State Single Payer And Medicaid Buy-In: A Look At California, New ... - Health Affairs (blog)   

Health Affairs (blog)

State Single Payer And Medicaid Buy-In: A Look At California, New ...
Health Affairs (blog)
Rising insurance premiums, lack of access, uncertainty, and commotion around Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal, have all contributed to the growing discontent ...

and more »

          California Is Inching Closer to Single Payer Health Care. Is It Already Doomed? - Fortune   

Los Angeles Times

California Is Inching Closer to Single Payer Health Care. Is It Already Doomed?
Fortune
On Thursday, the California state Senate overwhelmingly passed a "single payer" health care bill (the vote was 23-14) that supporters claim would lead to universal coverage and lower medical costs for consumers. But the landmark legislation still has a ...
If California goes single-payer, what happens to insurance workers?89.3 KPCC
Single-payer healthcare plan advances in California Senate — without a way to pay its $400-billion tabLos Angeles Times
California's Single-Payer Healthcare Clears Hurdle Despite Unclear FinancingForbes
The Nation. -National Review -The Mercury News -Mic
all 213 news articles »

          Single-payer healthcare advocates protest at Capitol with a message for California's Assembly speaker: 'Shame on you!' - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

Single-payer healthcare advocates protest at Capitol with a message for California's Assembly speaker: 'Shame on you!'
Los Angeles Times
Backers of a measure to establish a single-payer healthcare system in California rallied at the Capitol on Wednesday to renounce Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), who shelved the bill last week. Several hundred demonstrators, many ...
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort files as foreign agent for Ukraine workWashington Post
Manafort registers as foreign agentPolitico
Lobbyists Directed By Manafort Firm Register Under Foreign Agents Law – Talking Points MemoTalking Points Memo
Politico -New York Times
all 121 news articles »

          US healthcare will get worse without Obamacare. California needs to chart its own course. - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

US healthcare will get worse without Obamacare. California needs to chart its own course.
Los Angeles Times
Jerry Brown supports the Healthy California Act and allows California to chart the path to a better healthcare system and become a model for the rest of the nation. ... I am sure many of our elected officials can afford to pay entirely for their own ...


          Yes, California can (stick it to Trump on healthcare) - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

Yes, California can (stick it to Trump on healthcare)
Los Angeles Times
Just when Senate Republicans are releasing the details of their Obamacare repeal bill — which would cut billions in Medicaid spending and likely leave millions of Americans with no health insuranceCalifornia lawmakers are mulling a plan to ...


          How California made Obamacare work - ModernHealthcare.com   

How California made Obamacare work
ModernHealthcare.com
"California has in essence reached virtually universal coverage," said Peter Lee, executive director of the state-operated insurance exchange, Covered California, during a session Friday at the 2017 AHIP Institute and Expo in Austin. "We've done that ...


          Democrats look to California for single-payer healthcare - Washington Examiner   

Washington Examiner

Democrats look to California for single-payer healthcare
Washington Examiner
The California Senate recently approved a bill that would create a single-payer healthcare program in which the state is the only payer for healthcare. California essentially would eliminate private insurance, with residents signing up for a state ...

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          California protections against surprise medical bills start July 1 - San ... - San Francisco Chronicle   

San Francisco Chronicle

California protections against surprise medical bills start July 1 - San ...
San Francisco Chronicle
Before Kevin Powers underwent lung cancer surgery in October, his girlfriend, Agi Orsi, meticulously checked and double-checked to be sure his Santa Monica ...

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          California law protects people from surprise out-of-network bills ... - Sacramento Bee   

Sacramento Bee

California law protects people from surprise out-of-network bills ...
Sacramento Bee
A new California law protects consumers from receiving bills charging out-of-insurance network rates if they visit an in-network facility.

and more »

          Essential California: The dream of single-payer healthcare in ... - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

Essential California: The dream of single-payer healthcare in ...
Los Angeles Times
Senate leaders have now released their Obamacare repeal bill, and it would hurt wide swaths of the state's population.

and more »

          California ER use jumps despite Medicaid expansion - Modern ... - ModernHealthcare.com   

California ER use jumps despite Medicaid expansion - Modern ...
ModernHealthcare.com
Emergency room use in California rose 75% over five years despite the state's Medicaid expansion, and the state, which recently has been touted for having ...

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          Commentary: California can afford universal healthcare - Santa Cruz Sentinel   

The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Commentary: California can afford universal healthcare
Santa Cruz Sentinel
But a single payer plan like SB 562 has many cost-savings built in; among them hugely reducing the administrative costs involved in private insurance and bringing the weight of California to the table when negotiating with drug companies. Access to ...
From Coast to CoastJacobin magazine
The Healthy California Act will bring quality health insurance to all CaliforniansThe San Luis Obispo Tribune
The American Health Care Act: Economic and Employment Consequences for Statescommonwealthfund.org

all 330 news articles »

          California politics updates: Faulconer decides against running for governor - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

California politics updates: Faulconer decides against running for governor
Los Angeles Times
Progressive activists are angry with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon who shelved a proposal to creates a single-payer healthcare system in California, calling it "woefully incomplete." Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more, or subscribe to our free ...

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          Senate GOP healthcare bill would be 'devastating' for L.A. County ... - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

Senate GOP healthcare bill would be 'devastating' for L.A. County ...
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County officials gathered Tuesday morning to warn of the impact the Senate healthcare bill could have on the county, which is home to one out of ...

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          What the Senate healthcare bill could mean for Californians - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

What the Senate healthcare bill could mean for Californians
Los Angeles Times
The Affordable Care Act has had a huge impact on California, where roughly 4 million people have gained insurance and the percentage of uninsured residents has dropped more than half. Below is a breakdown of some of the ways the Senate bill could ...
Senate health care bill called 'devastating' to CaliforniaSan Francisco Chronicle
New GOP health-care plan could wreck Medi-Cal, complicate California's single-payer effortPress-Enterprise
California Insurance Commissioner Issues Statement Following Senate Republicans' Health Care ProposalSierra Sun Times
SFGate -KCET -In These Times -Senate Budget Committee
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          After Defying Trump On Climate Change & Immigration, California Clears Way For Universal Healthcare - Forbes   

Forbes


          California achieves near-universal healthcare coverage - ModernHealthcare.com   

California achieves near-universal healthcare coverage
ModernHealthcare.com
So while there's considerable hand-wringing in such states as Alabama, Iowa and Ohio, California serves as a bit of a shining example of an insurance exchange gone right. Whether the state can sustain the momentum if elements of the Affordable Care Act ...

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          California Democrats, Funded by Big Pharma and Insurers, Are Blocking Their Own Healthcare Bill - Paste Magazine   

Paste Magazine

California Democrats, Funded by Big Pharma and Insurers, Are Blocking Their Own Healthcare Bill
Paste Magazine
Last week, California Democratic state Assembly Speaker, Anthony Rendon, rallied several Democratic corporate donors to block a Democrat-sponsored bill intended to create a single payer, universal health care program. This in a perpetually blue state ...


          Essential Politics: Two very different healthcare battles - Los Angeles Times   

Essential Politics: Two very different healthcare battles
Los Angeles Times
As Friday news dumps go, the California Legislature shelving its single-payer healthcare proposal was a big one. Melanie Mason reported that the surprise decision from Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon came as several key details about the legislation— ...


          California assisted suicide patients mostly white, well-educated ... - Sacramento Bee   

California assisted suicide patients mostly white, well-educated ...
Sacramento Bee
California residents choosing legal assisted suicide are disproportionately white and well-educated, new figures show. Since California's End of Life Option Act ...

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          No More Surprise Bills From Out-Of-Network Doctors In California - HuffPost   

HuffPost

No More Surprise Bills From Out-Of-Network Doctors In California
HuffPost
That practice, known as “balance billing” the patient ― or “surprise billing” as it is known more colloquially ― will no longer be allowed in California starting July 1. All health care providers in California will have to accept what your insurance ...

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          Assembly Democrats denounce threats made after single-payer healthcare bill was sidelined - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

Assembly Democrats denounce threats made after single-payer healthcare bill was sidelined
Los Angeles Times
It's theoretically possible for a Republican to get elected governor in California next year but it's not very likely. ... There's no guarantee the landscape for Republicans will be better in 2022 than it will be next year, but it certainly couldn't be ...

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          While you watched Comey, Senate GOP moved to cripple healthcare (and California moved to expand it) - Los Angeles Times   

Los Angeles Times

While you watched Comey, Senate GOP moved to cripple healthcare (and California moved to expand it)
Los Angeles Times
Having learned from their colleagues in the House that the best way — possibly the only way — to pass a grossly unpopular healthcare repeal bill is to hide the details, the Senate GOP used the cover of the Comey hearing Thursday to move the repeal ...
Trump calls House healthcare bill 'mean'The Hill
Senate GOP won't release draft health care billAxios
Lindsey Graham | TheHillThe Hill

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          Tulsa World editorial: Why is a California functionary deciding how your insurance money is used? - Tulsa World   

Tulsa World

Tulsa World editorial: Why is a California functionary deciding how your insurance money is used?
Tulsa World
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has joined with 11 other attorneys general and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin in demanding that the California insurance commissioner stop pressing insurance companies to disclose fossil fuel investments and divest from ...

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          California Broker Launches National Expansion into Captive Insurance Market - Insurance Journal   

Insurance Journal

California Broker Launches National Expansion into Captive Insurance Market
Insurance Journal
Sacramento, Calif.-based Owen-Dunn Insurance Services has embarked on a national expansion with the launch of ODI Group Captive to meet demand from mid-size business owners for captive insurance. In addition to creating its new group captive, the ...


          Worried about losing health care? You're in good company - Sacramento Bee   

Sacramento Bee

Worried about losing health care? You're in good company
Sacramento Bee
Californians have a message for Republican-controlled Washington as the U.S. Senate continues work to overhaul the health care system: We like what we've got. A new statewide poll found that Golden State supporters of the Affordable Care Act, also ...
With Obamacare, More California Latinos Sought Care for HypertensionNBCNews.com

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          Wearable Warns You When A Fight With Your Significant Other Is Imminent   
Researchers at the University of Southern California have developed the basis for a device that alerts you five minutes before a fight could start with your S.O.
          Can California fish catch break with giant tunnels? Depends   
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown&apos;s plan to route much of California&apos;s mightiest river into two massive tunnels poses new perils for salmon and other struggling native species, but could give them a couple of breaks as well, experts and project supporters and opponents say in the wake of two newly issued wildlife rulings on the $16 billion project....
          Noah's Wish Assisting Flooded Animal Shelter in Napa, CA   

          Noah's Wish on Alert to Assist With Animal Rescue in Northern California   

          Barbara Boxer: We Have To Make The Middle Class Understand That Trump Is Not Their Friend   
In a roundtable interview with MSNBC's Chris Jansing that included Hollywood actors and other political leaders, former Sen. Barbara Boxer said "we" have to "make" the middle class understand that Trump is not their friend. The panel included Jamie Lee Curtis, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D), a Black Lives Matter activist, and Tony Goldwyn, star of ABC's Scandal and grandson of MGM studio mogul Samuel Goldwyn. "I want to jump in with something specific that he did on the very first day that didn't get that much coverage," Boxer said. "There was an order that was signed that...
          Street/Traffic Issue (Other than Pothole)   
Address: 1808-1930 Macarthur Boulevard Oakland, California
Rating: 3

Several Orange traffic cones have been blocking parking here for three weeks?


          Major pothole    
Address: 800-1148 Chatham Road Oakland, California
Rating: 8

On Chatham just 25 feet south of Park Blvd Pothole is at least 2feet across and 8 inches deep


          Ilegal Dumping   
Address: Canon Avenue Before It Curves Towards Car Park At Wellington Oakland, California
Rating: 4

Dumped there last week. I reported it on Thursday last week. Skis, car seats, trash, tarps.


          Illegal Dumping   
Address: 4083-4099 Canon Avenue Oakland, California
Rating: 4

dump adjacent to creek and Canon Ave. Auto parts, etc.


          Pothole bottoms out cars in center of street   
Address: 1450 Excelsior Oakland, California
Rating: 8

There's a pothole in front of 1450 Excelsior which has suddenly formed. Cars bottom out when passing over it. This street is a bike route, but the bike is particularly bad for cars. This ticket has been closed by the city of Oakland twice, though no work has been done on it. Unfortunately, the previous report has been archived and cannot be reopened. https://seeclickfix.com/issues/3074553-pothole-bottoms-out-cars-in-center-of-street Currently, the ticket is assigned to: Harry Battiste 510-615-5979 Previously, this ticket had the following not attached to it: Due to the danger to cyclists, this issue is being submitted to Oakland as a "TOP 10" for immediate attention under an agreement with the Bike East Bay Hazard Elimination program.


           The Meadowlark Sings by Helen Ruth Schwartz    
In 2020 an American government dominated by the religious right bans homosexual acts. Thanks to mandatory testing for the "Scarpetti gene," the government identifies all gays and evacuates them to an island off the coast of California. For 35 years the two societies are isolated from each other. Heterosexuals born on the island of "Cali" are sent to the US, and homosexual babies from the US are sent to the island; otherwise the two populations never meet.
          Countdown Clocks, Morning Cocktails As Former FBI Director Prepares To Testify   
TV networks have deployed countdown clocks. People are tweeting about places to watch and whether they'll offer morning cocktail specials. Congressional aides report that demand for seats inside the Senate hearing room has reached levels not seen for decades. Anticipation is building for testimony from fired FBI Director James Comey, not least in the White House, where the president and his aides worry the telegenic former law enforcement leader could inflict both political and legal wounds. What Comey might say Friends and associates of the former FBI director described Comey as shocked that news of his firing came from a television screen, while he was speaking to agents in California last month. Just three years into a 10-year-term, Comey's associates said he had no inkling he was on the verge of losing his job, especially not while the Bureau was in the middle of investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential contest. Comey did, however, have an uneasy feeling about
          Justice Department Narrows Scope Of 'Sanctuary Cities' Executive Order   
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is narrowing the scope of an executive order on so-called sanctuary cities. A federal judge in California last month blocked a key part of that order, reasoning that the Trump administration had overstepped by threatening to yank federal money from those places. In the new memo, the attorney general defines the cities narrowly — as places that "willfully refuse to comply" with federal law. Sessions also made clear the threats apply only to a modest pool of grants administered by the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security, not the entire stream of U.S. funding for states and localities. That point figured prominently in the recent ruling by federal Judge William Orrick, who wrote: "Federal funding that bears no meaningful relationship to immigration enforcement cannot be threatened merely because a jurisdiction chooses an immigration-enforcement strategy of which the president disapproves." Sessions recently notified several
          Highly Educated Workers See Strong Job Gains   
Kicking Off The Start Up

The recovery from the Great Recession highlights the importance of California’s higher education systems in providing meaningful economic opportunities for workers.

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          Galapagos   
Yeeeee haaaw, y'all! Welcome to the Galapagos! You want wild? We got wild! We got some of the rootinest, tootinest giant tortoises this side of the equator! They may look docile, but don't be fooled. You strap yourself to one of these bulls, you best hold on to your ass or it'll come flyin' straight off! Ol' Chucky Darwin himself can attest to that. But that ain't all. You just try your luck ropin' one of these here marine iguanas. You best have on your scuba gear on cuz they'll take you right into the ocean. A full thirty foot down, they will. Only modern lizard you'll find foragin' in the sea, yessir! Got youngins? Don't worry, we didn't forget them neither! Have your little one compete by ridin' one of our sea lions. These pups is some social critters alright. Smaller than their Californian relatives but no less adorable, no sir. Whatchu waitin' for? Bring the whole family!

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          California mountains rise as groundwater depleted in state's Central Valley   
Winter rains and summer groundwater pumping in California's Central Valley make the Sierra Nevada and Coast Ranges sink and rise by a few millimeters each year, creating stress on the state's earthquake faults that could increase the risk of a quake. (2014-05-15)
          California Central Valley groundwater depletion slowly raises Sierra Nevada mountains   
Winter rains and summer groundwater pumping in California's Central Valley make the Sierra Nevada and Coast Mountain Ranges sink and rise by a few millimeters each year, creating stress on the state's faults that could increase the risk of an earthquake. (2014-05-15)
          7/2/2017: AUSTRALIA: 36 HOURS OF SUMMER   

Escaping winter is in my DNA. As a Southern Californian, born and raised, I grew up a child of sunshine, beaches, and salt-water sports. Having spent the past 15 years in New Zealand, however, I’ve become accustomed to changing seasons, chillier days....
          7/2/2017: Front Page: 36 Pilot’s freeway mayday   

THE pilot of a light plane that dropped from the sky and exploded in flames on a busy freeway near a Southern California airport yesterday, injuring both people aboard, declared a mayday and told air traffic controllers he had lost an engine before the...
           Shocking video shows motorcyclist losing control of bike    
A horrifying video shows the moment a man traveling down Interstate 80E in Sacramento, California lost control of his motorcycle in a death wobble. The man survived the accident.
           Body of missing 5-year-old boy found in California    
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Homicide detectives have found the body of a missing 5-year-old boy whose father is charged with his murder, authorities announced...
           Haim album review: 'It's brilliantly constructed'    
Some people get their historical kicks re-enacting historic battles. Californian sisters Danielle, Este and Alana Haim prefer to spend their days meticulously reconstructing soft-rock.
           Body of missing 5-year-old boy found in California    
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says homicide detectives found the remains of Aramazd Andressian Jr. on Friday in the area of Lake Cachuma, a recreational area near Santa Barbara
           New video shows moment plane crashes and bursts in flames    
Until now, only footage of the aftermath of the crash in Southern California had circulated of this shocking incident. But this video captured the plane, as it hit the highway.
          WWD Law Review: O’Neil v. O’Neill and Trump v. Aquazurra   
New York-based men’s wear brand Thaddeus O’Neil is the latest brand to face off against a larger, older one with a similar name, highlighting a consistent concern in the fashion industry. In political fashion, a New York federal court judge has ordered Ivanka Trump to testify under oath in the latest development in the closely watched copying lawsuit filed against her by Aquazzura. And in China, authorities have taken to lashing out against reports that it is the source of the majority of fake goods in the European Union and a threat to U.S. intellectual property. The Name Game A battle between New York-based men’s wear brand Thaddeus O’Neil and Southern California-based surfwear company O’Neill is shedding light on the ever-present legal issues surrounding brand names. According to O’Neill’s opposition to Thaddeus O’Neil’s pending trademark application for the Thaddeus O’Neil name, the men’s wear designer’s mark “is likely to cause confusion with [O’Neill’s own] registered marks.” The surf brand has also alleged that it “believes it will be damaged by registration of the [Thaddeus O’Neil] mark,” especially given the surf-inspired nature of his brand. The matter is an apt reminder that designers are not legally entitled to use their own names in a commercial […]
           LA sperm donor connects with 19 children he fathered    
Mike Rubino, 57, from Los Angeles, California, had a profile that attracted many women because he was a thin, blue-eyed artist who had no genetic disorders. Now, he lives with one of the children he fathered
          ICE agents arrest 25 immigrants living on Central Coast during 5-day raid   
The raids were part of an operation across Central California, which led to 54 arrests in all. A few of the people detained had no criminal record other than entering the U.S. illegally.
           Can California fish catch break with giant tunnels? Depends    
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to route much of California's mightiest river into two massive tunnels poses new perils for salmon and other...
          Missing: EMILIO SANCHEZ (CA)   
EMILIO SANCHEZ, Age Now: 15, Missing: 06/17/2017. Missing From OAKLAND, CA. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Oakland Police Department (California) 1-510-238-3641.
              
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          Making good on the apprenticeship promise will require major investment in states   

Apprenticeships are all the rage. President Trump recently announced a doubling of federal funding for apprenticeship programs to $200 million in his next budget. This follows an investment by President Obama of $50 million in the outgoing months of his administration. In fact, this follows a major rewrite of the federal legislation governing job training in 2014. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) calls for a much greater level of coordination among workforce programs.

President Trump correctly noted that the organizational framework surrounding workforce development still needs some work, but this criticism is too simplistic. States have made major strides in recent years to improve the coordination of workforce development, and some have promoted apprenticeships as a part of the effort. The WIOA legislation made a requirement for workforce plans at the state level and some states have plans to expand apprenticeships. Many states have invested state tax revenue in apprenticeships and other mechanisms to strengthen training for youth.

Ohio, for instance, has recently taken critical steps to link apprenticeship programs to young people’s educational experiences. These include: 1) expanding linkages between high schools and state-recognized pre-apprenticeship programs through the College Credit Plus program, 2) developing an optional state recognized pre-apprenticeship pathway for students in regular career and technical programs, and, 3) expanding registered apprenticeships utilizing the state community college system, particularly for non-traditional apprentice occupations and under-represented populations.[1]

The point here is that apprenticeship programs are—not to mince words—boutique programs. A program that trains roughly 3,000 new apprentices a year in 2010 in Ohio cannot make a major dent in the labor demands for the state as a whole. In a study of ten states, only 35,000 students annually start apprenticeship programs. Ohio has over 5.8 million people working and has an unemployment rate of below 5 percent. There is great need for new entrants into the skilled trades. There are currently 7,500 jobs for “construction” alone and 700 for “welders” on OhioMeansJobs, the state online job posting system. In 2015, the combined output for all Ohio schools on an annual basis was only 654 welders. While it is projected to increase over time, the Ohio Education Research Center’s research shows that it can be very hard to meet the labor supply needs of growing firms with educational institutions.[2] All the more reason for the apprenticeship system to be improved.

Registered apprenticeship programs can be high quality. The best evidence indicates that the median annual earnings of completers of apprenticeships are over $60,000/year in the State of Washington, which works out to a median hourly wage of $37. In the ten-state study from 2012, the average difference in annual earnings for those in skilled professions was over $6,000 between those that did an apprenticeship and those that did not.  

Dr. Eric Hanushek recently suggested in an opinion piece that apprenticeships might not be the ideal education program for youth, and that young people need better general education. However, since the average age of apprentices is about 30 years old, apprenticeships are clearly serving a clientele that has tried other programs and had work experience and is looking for something new. An apprenticeship is still a great option for an adult seeking to support a family. And programs have gotten much better at linkages with community and technical colleges. In the future, they very well may be a real alternative for youth as well as 30-year-olds. But what I worry about in response to Dr. Hanushek’s work is that we throw out a good training system just because it doesn’t teach general skills as well as a good suburban high school.  

In addition to being small in comparison to the demand, apprenticeships are devilishly hard to scale up. An apprenticeship is a complex system of industrial relations, including an educational component (often at a community college), a trade union supervising the curriculum and training, and employers working on the practicum part of apprenticeships. The reason they thrive historically in Germany has a lot to do with the interdependence between firms, unions, and educational institutions and the “Lander” or regional government. We should be very skeptical that we can transplant the form to the United States without major effort at research and development. 

Doing this right at the national level is not going to cost $200 million. If we take the estimates on the government costs from the 2012 study, it might be on average $1,000 per apprentice. For an apprenticeship system as big as, say, the community college system, we would need $170 million dollars just for Ohio. What happens if we really want to take on the problem and we give $1,000 per apprentice to a state the size of Texas or even California? Costs will vary among programs, so the real costs will be much greater. Clearly, President Trump will need to increase the overall budget for apprenticeships, as will states, if we really want to make a dent in the demand for skilled trades in the nation.

The nation would do well to take education for careers more seriously than it has in the past. The apprenticeship system is a major part of this potential source of training. However, taking it seriously requires dealing with a whole host of fiscal, educational, and social issues. I hope the states, including Ohio, are up for it.

Joshua D. Hawley is Associate Professor in the Glenn College and an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University.




[1] The State of Ohio has a new apprenticeship website: http://apprentice.ohio.gov/index.stm.

[2] We have built two tools for state government in Ohio to examine workforce supply. They are available at https://workforcesupply.chrr.ohio-state.edu/ and http://www.measures.workforce.ohio.gov/.

 


           Watts Priest   

BOB ABERNETHY (Anchor): We have a story today about a remarkable man in California.  He is a Catholic priest from Ireland who has ministered for 37 years to both African Americans and Latinos in the Watts section of Los Angeles. … More

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          Body of missing 5-year-old boy Aramazd Andressian Jr. found in California - CBS News   

CBS News

Body of missing 5-year-old boy Aramazd Andressian Jr. found in California
CBS News
LOS ANGELES -- The body of a 5-year-old boy missing since April has been found. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed to CBS Los Angeles Saturday that the body of Aramazd Andressian Jr. was found after homicide detectives returned ...
Body of missing 5-year-old California boy Aramazd Andressian Jr. found after months of searchingNew York Daily News
Body of boy reported missing in South Pasadena found near Lake CachumaKABC-TV
The Latest: Coroner will try to determine what killed boy, 5Minneapolis Star Tribune
Press-Enterprise -CBS 8 San Diego -Santa Barbara Edhat -The Pasadena Star-News
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          Wildfire potential July through October   
  On July 1 the Predictive Services section at the National Interagency Fire Center issued their Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for July through October. The data represents the cumulative forecasts of the ten Geographic Area Predictive Services Units and the National Predictive Services Unit. If it is accurate firefighters could be busy at times in California, the … Continue reading "Wildfire potential July through October"
          Trump upset that some states refuse to cooperate with voting panel request   

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump is upset that each one states aren’t absolutely cooperating together with his voting fee’s request for detailed details about each voter in america. A number of the most populous ones, together with California and New York, are refusing to conform. However even some conservative states that voted for Trump, corresponding to Texas, say they will present solely partial responses based mostly on what’s legally allowed beneath state regulation. “Quite a few states are refusing to offer info to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they making an attempt to cover?” Trump

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          Police look for driver after hit-and-run killed 2 boys   

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are looking for a driver who struck the again of an SUV in Harmony, killing two younger boys and sending their mom and a three-month previous child to the hospital with main accidents. The California Freeway Patrol stated Friday night time’s collision on an on-ramp to State Route four was so extreme that the boys, ages 5 and 10, have been thrown from the Dodge Durango. In the meantime, the Infiniti that struck the SUV was catapulted over a fence and landed a couple of ft from the entrance door of a restaurant. Witnesses advised

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          Dozens of Silicon Valley women come forward to detail ‘pervasive and ingrained’ sexual harassment   
A new report from the New York Times details the experiences of more than two dozen women who have been sexually harassed while seeking venture capital investment for their tech startups in California’s Silicon Valley — and the report reveals a “pervasive and ingrained” cultu...
          Authorities search for 13 from 'cult-like' sect   
Deputies searched a wide swath of Southern California early Sunday for a break-off religious sect of 13 people that included children as young as three and left behind letters indicating they were awaiting an apocalyptic event and would soon see Jesus and
          Comment on European Court Orders That A Terminally Baby Be Put To Death, The Parents Say They Can Take The Child To America To Be Cured But The Court Orders That The Child Must Die by David W   
Europe is not alone in its oppressive laws. Cali passed a law to legalize euthanasia. So far 117 terminally ill people have died under this sick socialist regime. But we have not enforced the death penalty since 2006 for mass murderers and child killers. Oh, wait, the California corrections dept. was required by the courts to spend $8,000,000,000 to provide humane medical care for incarcerated prisoners (25% or more are illegal immigrants with convictions for violent crimes, many involving children). Pot is legal, and semiautomatic rifles require registration. And you need to apply for a permit to buy ammo. But freedom is now defined as legalized pot, taxpayer funded sex changes, taxpayer funded legal services for non-citizens, 13% state income taxes with additional gas taxes for global warming, special protections for LGBT deviants and GENDER NEUTRAL BATHROOMS.
          9 Dead in CA Wildfire Copter Crash   

Nine people are presumed dead in the crash of a helicopter fighting wildfire in Northern California.

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          "Canceled Flights, Burning Door Handles: Heat Hits Southwest"   

"Airlines canceled flights in Phoenix and doctors urged people to be careful around concrete, playground equipment and vehicle interiors Monday as a punishing heat wave threatens to bring temperatures approaching 120 degrees to parts of the Southwestern U.S."

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          "California Ordering Inspections At Aging Dams After Crisis"   

"California is ordering immediate spillway inspections at about 70 aging dams that it believes might not be sound enough to protect downstream communities in a flood, a state dam regulator said Wednesday."

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          California, China Defy U.S. Climate Retreat With New Cleantech Tie-Up   

"California said it will cooperate with China on clean technology, emissions trading and other 'climate-positive' opportunities as it bids to fill the gap left after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord last week."

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          "California: Senate Passes Package To Offset Trump On Environment"   

"California's Senate yesterday stepped up promised efforts to push back against the Trump administration, passing a package of bills to protect federal standards in the Golden State, even if rules are repealed or softened nationally."

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          2017 Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition   
Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 to Thursday, November 9, 2017

Energy storage, micro grids, efficiency, renewable energy and security will be on display this November in Long Beach, California, during the 41st annual FCS&EE.


          Body of missing 5-year-old boy found in California   

          Body of missing 5-year-old boy Aramazd Andressian Jr. found in California - CBS News   

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Body of missing 5-year-old boy Aramazd Andressian Jr. found in California
CBS News
LOS ANGELES -- The body of a 5-year-old boy missing since April has been found. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed to CBS Los Angeles Saturday that the body of Aramazd Andressian Jr. was found after homicide detectives returned ...
Body of missing 5-year-old California boy Aramazd Andressian Jr. found after months of searchingNew York Daily News
Body of boy reported missing in South Pasadena found near Lake CachumaKABC-TV
The Latest: Coroner will try to determine what killed boy, 5Minneapolis Star Tribune
Press-Enterprise -CBS 8 San Diego -Santa Barbara Edhat -The Pasadena Star-News
all 54 news articles »

          Content Writer - Winbound Digital - California, MD   
*ABOUT WINBOUND DIGITAL* Winbound Digital is a full-service digital marketing agency offering superior, affordable services and dedicated customer support.... $2,000 - $3,000 a month
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          92 Dogs Dumped on Texas Roadways   
Sure do hope the Humane Society of North Texas catches the coward(s) who left 92 dogs to fend for themselves along country roads. Let me be blunt.  Find these people responsible (there is a $500 reward being offered), and I will personally drive them to a secluded location on California State Route 190, then with the help of my German Shepard "Cujo", will remove them from the vehicle.  With a twenty mile hike back to civilization, it shouldn't be too long before flashbacks settle in about their animal cruelness. Continue reading…
          Unseasonable Winter Weather Takes A Bite Out Of Georgia's Peach Crop   
Despite a bad growing season, there were peaches for sale recently at a small stand at the Mulberry Farmer's Market in Macon, Ga. The fruit caught the eye of Linda Marlow, visiting from the West Coast. "We're from California so we want Georgia peaches," Marlow said with a laugh. California, by the way, produces more peaches than other state in the country. It isn't like this is a novelty for Marlow. "Well yeah, but we expect they are going to be better here," Marlow said. For a lot of people up and down the East Coast, Georgia is synonymous with peaches. Think about it; when have you ever heard someone wax poetic about a California peach? Turns out, though, Georgia peaches, and Southern peaches in general, are having a really tough year. Mark Sanchez is the CEO of Lane Packing in Fort Valley, Ga. It's one of the big growers in the four county area smack in the middle of Georgia where peaches come from. His office by the loading dock is in fact in Peach County. He says climate is the
          From Pasadena, California to Havana, Cuba   

A little bit goes a long way, regardless of how you get there.

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          Terrifying moment motorcyclist totally loses control of his bike as it wobbles and spins on a motorway   
THIS is the terrifying moment a biker totally loses control as he’s caught in a death wobble. A video, captured by motorist Erica Hoff, shows the biker driving on Interstate 80E in Sacramento, California, when the incident unfolds. His vehicle begins to shake wildly before it wobbles and he nearly crashes six times. Miss Hoff wrote: “As […]
          Body of missing 5-year-old boy Aramazd Andressian Jr. found in California - CBS News   

CBS News

Body of missing 5-year-old boy Aramazd Andressian Jr. found in California
CBS News
LOS ANGELES -- The body of a 5-year-old boy missing since April has been found. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed to CBS Los Angeles Saturday that the body of Aramazd Andressian Jr. was found after homicide detectives returned ...
Body of missing 5-year-old California boy Aramazd Andressian Jr. found after months of searchingNew York Daily News
Body of boy reported missing in South Pasadena found near Lake CachumaKABC-TV
The Latest: Coroner will try to determine what killed boy, 5Minneapolis Star Tribune
Press-Enterprise -CBS 8 San Diego -Santa Barbara Edhat -The Pasadena Star-News
all 54 news articles »

          California State University Fullerton Sales Rep - FriendFinds.com - Fullerton, CA   
We're looking for a student rep with a strong social network and sales skills to help communicate the following messages:.... $25 an hour
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          Tow Truck Driver - Brea Towing - Brea, CA   
Valid California Class C Driver's License. Required license or certification:. AAA Tow Technician (Tow Truck Drivers, Flatbed and Wheel Lifts Available;... $3,500 - $5,000 a month
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          Encryption Technology for Your Privacy   
Five words or less(NewsUSA) - Sponsored News - Encryption and controversy seem to go hand in hand lately in the technology community. Case in point: When The FBI sought to compel Apple to assist in unlocking a cell phone in the case of the San Bernardino shooter last December. Ultimately the FBI was denied its request by a California district court. This type of technology can be a gray area, yet one that tech companies take seriously. On the one hand, the government insists it needs access to technology in which crimes have been perpetrated, noting that encryption also allows terrorists to communicate in ways that agencies can't track -- all the while, using encryption to secure its own communication. Privacy advocates argue that if the government is using it, private citizens should be allowed to as well, without prying eyes looking over their collective shoulder. To that point, one company that has come down firmly on the side of citizens and their right to privacy is VirnetX. The software and technology company said it believes in personal privacy and that strong encryption is imperative in protecting those rights. VirnetX has been so focused on providing secure communications using encryption that it designed an app called Gabriel. Gabriel uses encryption technology derived from a CIA national security project, and is one of a kind. "Gabriel has been designed and built with personal privacy and security as a foundational principle," says Dr. Robert Short, VirnetX chief technical officer and chief scientist. To that end, the program currently provides uncompromising data security, which means that users do not have to transmit data to, or store data with, any third party, including VirnetX. Users can therefore have peace of mind that their data is stored only on their devices, be it phone, tablet or computer. Gabriel is a product unto itself and can be found in Apple's App store, the Google Play store or gabrielsecure.com. This set of integrated applications allows for secure messaging, secure voice and video calling, secure mail and secure file sharing -- all encrypted. Other benefits to using Gabriel's encrypted apps include: * Making free voice or video calls or sending instant messages to other Gabriel members in your network. * Receiving spamless email. * Allowing for person-to-person messages that disappear once the session has ended. * Sharing pictures or files that can't be intercepted. Gabriel transmits person-to-person with end-to-end encryption to further eliminate hacking possibilities. For more information or to download Gabriel, go to www.gabrielsecure.com.


          2001 Awards (NAAR)    

In 2001, NAAR broke new ground in terms of the amount of money committed to autism research and the number of projects funding. It also marked the first time the organization funded projects in Israel and Ireland, and included In 2001, NAAR committed approximately $3.1 million to fund 28 pilot studies, fellowships and programs, including its largest investment to date in a single project: The Baby Sibs Study – a collaborative, multi-site research program taking place in Canada and the U.S. Also in 2001, NAAR played a key role in funding and establishing the first annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), the first international, interdisciplinary conference focusing on autism research.

Loisa Bennetto, Ph.D.
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
"The Influence of HOX Genes and Cranial Nerve Abnormalities on Impaired Facial and Vocal Expression in Autism."
One-Year Award: $47,358

Dana Boatman, Ph.D., & Barry Gordon, M.D., Ph.D.
John Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
"Evaluation of Auditory Processing in Low Functioning Children with Autism."
Two-Year Award: $85,606
Research Partner: The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc.

Linda Brzustowicz, M.D. & Christopher Barlett, B.S.
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
"Localization of Genes Negatively Influencing Language Acquisition."
Two-Year Award: $89,606
First Year Research Partner: The Sidgmore Family Foundation

Edwin Cook, M.D.
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
"Linkage Disequilibrium Fine Mapping of 15q11-q13 in Autism."
Two-Year Award: $99,605
First Year Research Partner: Solving the Mystery of Autism Foundation

Louise Gallagher, MB MRC Psych
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
"The Molecular Genetics of Autism: Linkage Disequilibrium Screen in the Irish Population."
Two-Year Award: $99,101
First Year Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research & Education

Jeremy Goldberg, M.D.
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada)
"Investigating Serotonin Receptor Function and Brain Structure as Potential Endophenotypes of Autism."
Two-Year Award: $89,368

Andrew Grayson, Ph.D, C. Psychol.
The Open University (United Kingdom)
"Facilitated Communication: A Systematic Observational Research Project Involving Fine-Grained Video Analysis and Eye Tracking."
Two-Year Award: $93, 532.
Research Partner: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

Karl Herrup, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
"CNS Pattern Formulation and the Etiology of Autism."
Two-Year Award: $99,000

Christine Hohmann, Ph.D.
Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
"Serotonin as Regulator of Cortical Development and Function."
Two-Year Award: $90,702
First Year Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research & Education

Huang Chi-ming, Ph.D.,
University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
"Synaptic and Cellular Abnormalities in the Maturing Autistic Cerebellum."
Two-Year Award: $99,880
First Year Research Partner: Autism Society of America Foundation

Jeffrey Hutsler, Ph.D.,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
"Cortical Organization and Synaptic Culling in Individuals with Autism."
Two-Year Award: $99,902

Ami Klin, Ph.D., & Jocelyne Bachevalier, Ph.D.,
Yale University Child Study Center, New Haven, CT
"Studies of Social Visual Pursuit in Non-Human Primates with Mesiofrontal-limbic Lesions Previously Shown to Offer a Successful Animal Model of Autism."
Two-Year Award: $91,730

Jennifer Levitt, M.D.
University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles, CA
"Cortical Complexity and 1H MRS Studies of Communication in Autism."
Two-Year Award: $97,044

Elena Maestrini, Ph.D.
University of Bologna, Bologna (Italy)
"Search for an Autism Susceptibility Gene on Chromosome 2q."
Two-Year Award: $80,340
First Year Research Partner: Autism Society of America Foundation

Henry Markram, Ph.D.
Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
"Altered Inhibitory Microcircuits in Autism."
Two-Year Award: $96,800
Research Partner: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

Daniel McIntosh, Ph.D.
University of Denver, Denver, CO
"Core Affective Processes in Autism."
Two-Year Award: $99,237

Lisa Monteggia, Ph.D.
Utah Southwestern Medical Center, St. George, UT
"Analysis of the Role of the Methyl-CG Binding Protein in the Pervasive Development Disorder, Rett's Syndrome, Using Genetically Modified Mice."
Two-Year Award: $100,000

Stewart Mostofsky, M.D.
Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD
"Examination of a Deficit in Procedural Learning in Autism."
Two-Year Award: $88,968
First Year Research Partner: Autism Coalition for Research & Education

Rhea Paul, Ph.D.
Southern Connecticut State University & Yale University Child Study Center, New Haven, CT
"The Development of Prosody in Young Children with Autism and Related Conditions."
Two-Year Award: $97,024

Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D.
Duke University Center for Human Genetics, Durham, NC
"Web-based Genetic Educational Efforts for Autism and Related Disorders."
One-Year Award: $41,912

Judith Innes Piggot, MRCGP, MRCP
Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Roland D. Ciaranello, M.D.
Memorial Fellowship in Basic Research
Two-Year Award: $100,000

Samuel Pleasure, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
"The Role of WNTS in Hippocampal Ventricular Zone Development."
Two-Year Award: $92,384

Timothy P.L. Roberts, Ph.D.
University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
"Neural Correlates of Phonological Processing in Autism: An MEG Investigation."
Two-Year Award: $96,273
First Year Research Partner: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

Neil Smalheiser, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Illinois, Chicago, Chicago, IL
"Circulating Reelin in Autism Spectrum Disorders."
Two-Year Award: $89,320

Kathleen Sulik, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
"CNS Dysmorphogenesis in a Mouse Knockout Model for an Autism Syndrome."
Two-Year Award: $100,000

Paul Thorsen, M.D., Ph.D.
Danish Epidemiology Sciences Centre at Aarhus University and Odense University Hospital, Denmark
"Risk Factors for Neurodevelopmental Disorders: MMR Vaccine & Childhood Autism."
One-Year Award: $25,000
Research Partner: CIBC World Markets

Steven Zalcman, Ph.D.
UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
"Cytokines, Monoamines and Stereotypical Motor Activity."
Two-Year Award: $96,170

Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, M.D., Susan Bryson, Ph.D., Peter Szatmari, M.D., Wendy Roberts, M.D.
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (Canada)
"Identifying Early Markers of Autism: A Longitudinal Study of Infant Siblings"
Two-Year Award: $99,993
First Year Research Partner: Autism Society of America Foundation

          ASV Early Stage Associate - AXA IM - AXA - California   
Can effectively represent ASV in the marketplace and with our LP, AXA. AXA is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to our employees, applicants...
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          Financial Professional - Retirement Benefits Group - CA, San Francisco - AXA - California   
AXA Advisors is positioned to offer highly motivated, achievement-driven individuals an opportunity to grow a thriving business and is part of the global AXA...
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          ANZ says seeking to uncover metals fraudsters after big losses   
LONDON/ MELBOURNE, June 29- Australia and New Zealand Banking Group is seeking to uncover who was behind a metals fraud in Asia that cost it "substantial losses" and led to transfers of $151 million to the United States, according to court papers filed in California. This is the second legal action that has emerged following the announcement in January by...
          Body of missing 5-year-old boy found in California   

          Body of missing 5-year-old boy found in California   
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have found the body of a 5-year-old boy who’s been missing since April and whose father is charged with his murder. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says homicide detectives found the remains of Aramazd Andressian Jr. on Friday in the area of Lake ...
          Martha: The World's Ugliest Dog   
Martha is a three-year-old 125 pound Neapolitan Mastiff who won the 29th Annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California. Her and her owner won a trip to New York for a photoshoot and $1,500. Martha comes from Santa Rosa, California. She is a rescue dog and when she was found she ...
          Can California fish catch break with giant tunnels? Depends   
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown&apos;s plan to route much of California&apos;s mightiest river into two massive tunnels poses new perils for salmon and other struggling native species, but could give them a couple of breaks as well, experts and project supporters and opponents say in the wake of two newly issued wildlife rulings on the $16 billion project....
          Noah's Wish Assisting Flooded Animal Shelter in Napa, CA   

          Noah's Wish on Alert to Assist With Animal Rescue in Northern California   

          Connecting the Dots: Top news stories for June 4, 2012   
(Bay Citizen) // More than 75 vocational schools are being investigated after dozens were discovered to be operating without state approval. The schools convicted will be presented with fines of up to $50,000 by the California Bureau for Postsecondary Education... (SF Gate) // Vandals are quick to deface San Franciscos renovated parks and playgrounds , waiting less than a day to mark up the new climbing structures and slides of Dolores Park with graffiti. The citys Recreation and Park Department have had to spend almost $1.8 million in the last five years on repairing and replacing damaged equipment, buildings and even trees destroyed by tag-happy hooligans (SF Gate) // A ferry service set to begin running between South San Francisco, Oakland and Alameda on Monday morning will provide a new transportation option for commuters on both sides of the bay. Two new 149-passenger boats, which cost The Water Emergency Transportation Authority $16 million to finance, are the first step in a
          The Impact Of The 'Summer Of Love' Still Reverberates   
Copyright 2017 KQED Public Media. To see more, visit KQED Public Media . SCOTT SIMON, HOST: This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in San Francisco. For people in Northern California, the commemorations are inescapable as are the predictable critiques of those claiming it wasn't really all that great. Who knows because as the saying goes, if you remember the '60s, you weren't there. But as KQED's Rachael Myrow tells us, the politics of that time are still with us. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WHITE RABBIT") JEFFERSON AIRPLANE: (Singing) One pill makes you larger. And one pill makes you small. RACHAEL MYROW, BYLINE: By many accounts, the Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967 launched the Summer Of Love. That's when Bay Area acts like Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin shot to international fame with three days of loud, riotous rock. Ben Fong-Torres, one of the top music journalists of the era, says it was impossible to avoid getting swept up in the energy
          Unseasonable Winter Weather Takes A Bite Out Of Georgia's Peach Crop   
Despite a bad growing season, there were peaches for sale recently at a small stand at the Mulberry Farmer's Market in Macon, Ga. The fruit caught the eye of Linda Marlow, visiting from the West Coast. "We're from California so we want Georgia peaches," Marlow said with a laugh. California, by the way, produces more peaches than other state in the country. It isn't like this is a novelty for Marlow. "Well yeah, but we expect they are going to be better here," Marlow said. For a lot of people up and down the East Coast, Georgia is synonymous with peaches. Think about it; when have you ever heard someone wax poetic about a California peach? Turns out, though, Georgia peaches, and Southern peaches in general, are having a really tough year. Mark Sanchez is the CEO of Lane Packing in Fort Valley, Ga. It's one of the big growers in the four county area smack in the middle of Georgia where peaches come from. His office by the loading dock is in fact in Peach County. He says climate is the
          Two Great Quilt Shows   
I saw two great quilt shows in the San Francisco area recently
featuring my favorite kind of quirky quilts!

The first was an exhibit curated by Roderick Kiracofe 
at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.

This was the entry, all sweet old quilt tops hung on clothespins.

Here are some of my favorites quilts, many are from Roderick's collection.
You'll recognize some of them from his wonderful book, 
It was thrilling to see them up close!



Dots and stripes!


All made of hat bands.



This one was particularly intriguing.  

All the pieces were sewn on only three sides!
Hmm, little pockets?




He also incorporated some newer quilts.

By Sarah Nishiura

By Joe Cunningham.

I got to visit with Roderick and have him sign my book!
If you'd like a signed copy, you can purchase it here.


The next exhibit featured quilts from Eli Leon's collection

Here are a few highlights. 

By Rosie Lee Tompkins


By Rosie Lee Tompkins


By Angie Tobias



By Mattie Pickett
Love that pink binding!


By Sherry Byrd


By Mattie Pickett
My favorite of all!





          Una avioneta se estrella en una autopista de California   
Una avioneta condos personas a bordo se ha accidentado este viernes por la mañana en la autopista interestatal 405 del sur de California, muy cerca del aeropuerto John Wayne. Al menos dos personas, el hombre y la mujer que viajaban a bordo de la...
          MORGAN STANLEY: Here's why it makes sense for Tesla to become the next big music-streaming service (TSLA)   

FILE PHOTO - New Autopilot features are demonstrated in a Tesla Model S during a Tesla event in Palo Alto, California October 14, 2015. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

Tesla, the electric-car and energy-storage company, could become the next big music-streaming service.

Last week, a representative told Business Insider that it was important for its customers to "listen to the music they want from whatever source they choose." The comments followed a report suggesting the company was working on a music-streaming service.

And according to Adam Jonas, an equity strategist at Morgan Stanley, this would make sense.

Silicon Valley is interested "in the potential multi-trillion dollar opportunity selling data, content, and experiences unfamiliar to today's auto firms," Jonas said in a note on Tuesday.

"The potential total addressable market of such a bundled mile (utility + content + data) dwarfs some of the major end markets (PC, smartphones) that Silicon Valley currently services."

By 2030, Jonas forecast, Tesla Mobility — an on-demand service similar to Uber — would have about 2 million cars, and there would be about 7 million privately owned Teslas.

"Tesla wants to be more than a 'dumb pipe'" that moves people around, Jonas said.

The auto industry would be a "money loser" by 2030, Jonas said. However, Tesla would be able to monetize the time that people are spending in their cars, as it and other companies develop what he described as a "living room on wheels."

"These firms could cede 100% of the value of content to the likes of Apple, Alphabet, Pandora, Sirius, or Netflix," Jonas said. "On the other hand, they could say: 'Wait a second. This is our venue. Our OLED screen. Our speakers. Our HMI. Our seats. Our software. Let's at least give the customer a choice of using our own apps before we too quickly go the way of the pure handset manufacturers.'"

Additionally, the buying power of people who own Tesla's electric cars could be well-suited to the market for paid premium content.

Jonas expects that Tesla's peers entering the self-driving and ride-hailing space, including Alphabet and Apple, could also explore original content for their cars' passengers.

But these competitors are bigger and better capitalized than Tesla, meaning they could provide ride-hailing services at a loss and at Tesla's expense, Jonas said.

Music streaming is worth about $50 million in enterprise value to Tesla, Jonas estimated.

SEE ALSO: 5 reasons a Tesla music-streaming service is the best idea Elon Musk has had this year

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          2014 Ford Mustang California Special GT Premium in Clifton Park, New York   
2014 Ford Mustang California Special GT Premium in Clifton Park, New York
2014 Ford Mustang California Special GT Premium - Black / Charcoal Black - 25082 miles - $36999

          News Briefing for Wednesday, April 1, 2015   
HEALTHCARE: CALPERS COULD OWE OBAMACARE $770 MILLION IN “CADILLAC TAX’ “California government entities and their unions are panicking because Obamacare’s punitive 40% “Cadillac Tax” beginning in 2018 will directly hit the low-deductible and broad-provider network type of “platinum” healthcare coverage that public employees have enjoyed under the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS). With the […]
          The Martini: This American Cocktail May Have An International Twist   
There's no cocktail more distinctly American than the martini. It's strong, sophisticated and sexy. It's everything we hope to project while ordering one. Baltimore-born satirist H.L. Mencken is said to have called the martini "the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet." But is the martini perfectly American? Maybe not entirely. So in honor of National Martini Day on Wednesday, we decided to dig into the drink's muddled past. The history of the martini is a murky one. As is the case with many alcoholic concoctions through time, things weren't always written down, and memories got fuzzy from drinking a few of them. Many historians follow the martini back to a miner who struck gold in California during the Gold Rush. The story goes that a miner walked into a bar and asked for a special drink to celebrate his new fortune. The bartender threw together what he had on hand — fortified wine (vermouth) and gin, and a few other goodies — and called it a Martinez, after the town in
          Mealey's Toxic Tort/Environmental - Plaintiffs: Errors In Opinion Irrelevant To Appeal Seeking To Seal Asbestos Case   
LOS ANGELES - Plaintiffs on June 28 downplayed the relevance of alleged errors in an California appellate opinion detailing a company's delay in seeking to protect a privileged document discussing the risk-benefit analysis of asbestos products, saying...(read more)
          Laboratory Intern - Unpaid - Molecular Biology - Buck Institute - Novato, CA   
Brian Kennedy at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California is conducting exciting genetic research projects to unlock a mystery which has...
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          Senior Research Associate - JBS International, Inc. - California, MD   
The SRA will ensure that s/he and staff for which they are responsible are aware of company directives and guidelines such as employee manuals, guidelines for...
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          Case Manager/Addictions Counselor - Walden Behavioral Health - California, MD   
HS diploma plus addiction certification above Trainee status in lieu of Bachelor's degree. AA degree plus 2 years direct Addictions Counseling experience in...
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          Boxing: Victor Ortiz Returns, Faces Saul Corral On FOX Sports 1   

Former boxing champion Victor Ortiz will return to action on July 30 to meet Saul Corral in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX Sports 1. The event takes place from the Rabobank Theater in Bakersfield, California. Along with Ortiz-Corral, Justin DeLoach meets Fernando Guerrero and Karlos Balderas is set for action. Below […]

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          DISTRICT ATTORNEY - County of Contra Costa, California - Martinez, CA   
In addition to offices in Martinez, the County seat, branches are located in the cities of Concord and Richmond.... $12,000 a year
From County of Contra Costa, California - Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:32:29 GMT - View all Martinez, CA jobs
          Residential Coordinator Men's Transitional House - PRN Status - Walden Behavioral Health - California, MD   
Walden Sierra, a nonprofit organization serving Southern Maryland seeks a PRN Direct Care Associate for its Men's Residential Recovery House program located $12.26 an hour
From Walden Behavioral Health - Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:37:45 GMT - View all California, MD jobs
          Facebook Optimization (FBO) or Facebook SEO - New Social Media Optimization (SMO) for Your Site   

Event: F8 Developer Conference
Date: April 21, 2010
Place: San Francisco, California

The F8 Developer Conference has determined a new fate for Facebook. Previously, all the activities of Facebook were behind the great blue and white walled garden. But, after the introduction of Facebook Connect, activities spread beyond the blue & white garden and after the F8 Summit, the spread became widespread.

Open Graph Protocol was introduced in the event. Facebook has planned to use the properties of the non-profit organization in various ways to make the web more social as well as semantic.

So, a new form of Social Media Optimization (SMO) has evolved which is called Open Graph Optimization (OGO). Well, let’s call it OGO or Website Optimization for Open Graph Protocol. But, this is not the only thing  for Facebook Optimization. Facebook Optimization consists of several other technique you can employ for your site to perform well in the social media.

Objective of Facebook Optimization

According to the source of the activity in Facebook, you can classify them into 2 separate categories, viz.

  1. Internal Activity (Link): Link sharing instance that happens on Facebook.com
  2. External Activity (Like): Facebook Like button press activity that happens over external sites

Internal Activity - Link

Internal Activity for Facebook Optimization (FBO)

The internal activity refers to the link sharing on Facebook using http://www.facebook.com/share.php or any other widget or tools. Internal link sharing was the oldest reason to have your website optimized for Facebok. Please scroll below to see the old technique for Facebook Optimization.

External Activity - Like

External Activity for Facebook Optimization (FBO)

Previously, Facebook was very much within walls. But, with like button and Open Graph Meta Tags, there are many external activities.

These two activities are also the major objectives for Facebook Optimization for 2010. But, I can prophecise that more things will come in near future. However, it will still be possible to categorize their activity into these 2 major categories.

Open Graph Meta Tag Myth (No Like Button, No OG Meta)

There is a myth that you don’t need Open Graph Meta Tags if you don’t plan to use the Like Button. But, what happens if you share the link through various sharing plugin (e.g. Hootlet), Share Button or the link sharing page in Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/share.php)?

When you share a link in Facebook, the Link Share Interface collects the Page Title, URL, Meta Description, and a random image. But, if you have Open Graph Meta Tags in place, then the Page Title is replaced with og:title, Meta Description with og:description, and the random image with og:image. So, with the Open Graph Meta tag, you have the control to place the right description, title, and image to attract more Clickthrough.

Old Link Sharing Optimization Technique

Before the Like Button and Open Graph Meta, Link Sharing Optimization was the only thing you could do to optimize your site for Facebook. Facebook also had the documentation for that. But, they have recently moved it. You are right, they brought in Open Graph Meta Data. So, the old technique was void.

But here is a glimplse of the old optimization meta data and the description inside the meta tags:

Common Meta Tags

<meta name="title" content="The title you want to appear in Facebook when someone shares your link" />
<meta name="description" content="The same description of SEO Meta Description optimized also for Facebook Sharing" />
<meta name="medium" content="medium_type: audio, image, video, news or blog (any one)" />
<link rel="image_src" href="The URL of the thumbnail image you want to share in Facebook" />

Audio Meta Tags

<link rel="audio_src" href="The audio source URL" />
<meta name="audio_type" content="mp3 (or others)" />
<meta name="audio_title" content="Title of The Song or Audio" />
<meta name="audio_artist" content="Name of the Artists/Speaker/Singer" />
<meta name="audio_album" content="The Name of the Album" />

Video Meta Tag

<link rel="video_src" href="The URL of the video" />
<meta name="video_height" content="200 (or any pixel you like)" />
<meta name="video_width" content="300 (or any pixel you like)" />
<meta name="video_type" content="application/x-shockwave-flash (or others)" />

These old meta tags still work, but it is always good to go with the wind and embrace Open Graph Meta Tags. You can read more about it here.

Facebook Optimization (FBO) Preparation

Open graph and Facebook tags are one of the tags that are not certified by W3C Consortium. So, you might get W3C errors if you use the tags. In some cases you might not be able to get the right utility you want. So, for that you need to add these two lines as attribute to the first <html> section, that should look like this:

<html lang="en-US" xml:lang="en-US" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:og="http://opengraphprotocol.org/schema/" xmlns:fb="http://developers.facebook.com/schema/">

The added attributes are:

xmlns:og="http://opengraphprotocol.org/schema/"
xmlns:fb="http://developers.facebook.com/schema/"

Open Graph Meta Tags

Open Graph Meta Tags are currently used for making sharing the links and also for the like button. Open Graph has been adopted by Facebook for it’s social graph purposes.

According to the Open Graph Protocol site:

The Open Graph protocol enables any web page to become a rich object in a social graph. For instance, this is used on Facebook to enable any web page to have the same functionality as a Facebook Page.

According to the Open Graph Protocol, several new Meta tags came into being for making your site optimized for the giant social media, Facebook.

Here is a glimpse of the new generation Meta tags:

Basic Open Graph Meta Tags

<meta property="og:title" content="A Good Title that can Attract More Clickthrough (within 100 characters)"/>
<meta property="og:type" content="blog or website (visit Open Graph Protocol site for more names of types)"/>
<meta property="og:url" content="The URL of the Article"/>
<meta property="og:image" content="The URL of the image you want to share in Facebook (usually square images perform well)"/>
<meta property="og:site_name" content="The Name of Your Site. If this is not available, then Like Button press will show someone likes yoursite.com"/>
<meta property="og:description" content=" Clickthrough (CTR) is the key. But, og:title should be most attractive. And you can also put more attracting messages in <150 character description.”/>

Open Graph Meta Tags for Contact Information & Location

<meta property="og:email" content="yourname@yoursite.com"/>
<meta property="og:phone_number" content="212-904-1240 "/>
<meta property="og:latitude" content="40.705213143114925"/>
<meta property="og:longitude" content="-74.01103019714355"/>
<meta property="og:street-address" content="55 Broad Street"/>
<meta property="og:locality" content="New York"/>
<meta property="og:region" content="NY"/>
<meta property="og:postal-code" content="10004"/>
<meta property="og:country-name" content="USA"/>

Facebook Meta Tags

Other than Open Graph Meta Tags, there are some special meta tags by Facebook that you need to use for claiming administrative powers, view Facebook Insights, and connect the External Activities with your Facebook Page.

Facebook Admin Meta Tag

<meta property="fb:admins" content="your.fb.id"/>

Please note, this meta tag does not start with fb: instead of og:, because it is a meta tag specific to Facebook, not Open Graph. In this meta tag, you can specify the name of the admins that can have insights of the site activity. Adding multiple admins never hurt.

While mentioning the admins in the meta, you can use the user name that is followed by Facebook.com (e.g. http://www.facebook.com/user.name). However, if your profile looks like this: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1234567890, then you can use 1234567890 as admin value. To find this number, you can use http://apps.facebook.com/whatismyid/ or open any album on your profile and if the URL looks like this: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=1234567890, then 1234567890 is your admin ID.

Using this meta tag helps you to get admin access to the page in Facebook and change and update various contents. 

Facebook Page ID Meta Tag

<meta property="fb:page_id" content="####### (The number of your page)"/>

When you have both internal and external activity going on for Facebook, it is hard for Facebook to identify which page is connected with the You can also get access to Facebook Insights for the page. Facebook Insights is the Web Analytics for Facebook.

Facebook Insights Preview

Facebook App ID Meta Tag

<meta property="fb:app_id" content="####### (The number of your app)"/>

This allows you to utilize the app engine of Facebook for your site. You can create an app from http://developers.facebook.com/setup/. You can associate your website with your app. In the comma-separated list, you have to mention the app(s) that administers the page.

This is an introductory part of the Facebook SEO aka Facebook Optimization. I’ll come up with more details in another blog. Also Blueliner has plans for a free webinar on best practices for Facebook Optimization aka Facebook SEO. Please follow the blog to get the updates.

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          Bakken oil is back, hungrier than ever    

WATFORD CITY — From Watford City and Williston and places all around the oilfield, companies came to Watford City’s first big job fair in the Rough Rider Center. The companies were hungry to hire, and hire they did, many times right on the spot. But most of the companies went home with fewer prospects than they had available jobs.“I don’t know what everyone else is doing, but I have my three hiring managers here and we are doing interviews and making conditional offers on the spot,” said Doug Kirkwood, with Select Energy Services. 

The conditions included passing a drug screening and background check. Ten conditional offers had been made at the midpoint of the first fair, leaving another 20 positions still open.

Read the article in the Williston Herald.

The job fair attracted about 225 people, which Kirkwood said was better than he expected given it’s the first. Hiring in the Bakken, he said, is a continuous operation.

“With the turnover and the growth and the future, you just have to go ahead and hire and hope your plan is correct,” he said.

Select Energy has been in the Bakken about five years now, buying out International Western Company, which itself was formed about eight years ago. The company provides fresh water to hydraulic fracturing sites.

Among the company’s specialities is pumping the water, which takes about 100 trucks off the roads, Kirkwood said.

“We map the ponds for them, so they can monitor the levels while pumping,” Kirkwood said. “It’s semisonic wavelengths that go in to monitor in real time, and the data can get sent to someone in Houston that hey, this is how much water there is for you to use.”

The company weathered the downturn by hiring conservatively and holding positions open.

“We had very few layoffs, because our CEO just managed the business properly,” Kirkwood said.

The company prefers to hire locals. 

“There’s money to be made here, and it’s nice to put it back to the people who are here,” he said. “Our guys are not rotational. They live here.”

The company would like experience, but they will also train the right person. Honesty, integrity and a willingness to learn and work hard are the key characteristics he’s looking for.  

“We will start someone with no experience,” he said. “Jerry Durden isn’t here, but when he started he had absolutely no experience and now he’s a manager, because he took the time to learn the business.”

Likewise, Panther Pressure Testers, a few booths down, was hiring all levels for both the field and the shop.

“My workload is such with oil coming back that I am turning down jobs,” James Meyer told a prospective employee. “During the slowdown, we never did a layoff. We had our testers work on their own trucks while they had the time, but now they don’t. So I need more shop hands.”

Panther Pressure Testers specializes in blowout prevention pressure testing on drilling and workover rigs, and has been in the Williston Basin since 1991. During the downturn, the company added pipeline pressure testing to its repertoire, and trained a subset of employees whose jobs were at risk, so that it didn’t have to do any layoffs.

“We boast a fleet of 54 vehicles and 31 employees across two states,” Meyer said. “We just built a 25,000 square foot facility from the ground up here in Watford City.”

Key Energy Services, meanwhile, had talked to more than 100 candidates, several of whom are being considered for their Williston operation.

“Yes, we came to Watford to hire for the Williston area,” said Samuel Gonzalez, Key Energy’s Director of Recruiting.

His applicants hailed from as far away as Bakersfield, California and Arizona. He himself is based in Texas.

“We have some potential hires, which is good, and it’s also good to hear people’s stories,” he said. “People are hearing that the work is coming back to 2014 levels, and there are several candidates ready to go back to work.”

His positions included workover rig crews, floor hands, derrick hands and rig operators, for those with some oilfield experience already. 

He had hired about 20 on the spot at Watford City, but said he wasn’t done yet. He planned to be back in Williston Thursday morning from 8 a.m. to noon for another hiring event.

“If we were to train anyone,” Gonzalez added, “It would be a local hand. You work hard to find someone, and if they’ve never spent a winter up here in North Dakota — well a winter in Arizona just doesn’t compare.”

Perhaps the busiest booth of all, however, was one that adamantly was not hiring on the spot. ONEOK was at a table surrounded by workers talking to hiring managers.

“We are a little more pragmatic in our approach,” said Jamie Kalanick, recruiter. “This is not a job that you will get for three months and then get laid off. We keep people for a long time.”

ONEOK has 31 positions in the Bakken, Kalanick said, and unlike some of the other companies, they are not looking for locals to train. They are looking for the best qualified individuals they can get, wherever they may be.

“We still have the flexibility to offer people packages to move to the area if they aren’t living in the area already,” Kalanick said. 

She felt Watford City’s inaugural job fair had been “pretty good” for their purposes with a steady stream of people. She estimated they had 50 solid prospects by the end of the fair.

“People seem very well prepared, so that is good,” she said. “We have seen a lot of people with trucking experience and various other mixed oilfield jobs, so that has been good.”



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          North Dakota Ranks #1 in Fastcompany.com List of States with Best Economic Prospects for 2017   
By ND Commerce
North Dakota ranks 1st in today’s FastCompany.com list of states with the best economic prospects for 2017. The list provides power rankings for each state based on employment, housing, and other trends showing which states are poised for growth and which are falling behind. 

“We have worked hard and strategically to diversify the economy of North Dakota and this is further proof our work is paying off,” North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Alan Anderson said. “The boom in our technology, manufacturing and aviation industries are allowing us to continue to be one of the top rated places in the nation to do business. There has never been a better time to be in business in North Dakota.” 

The rankings are based on data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Kauffman startup Index and Zillow. 

According to the study, North Dakota was first in startup density, with an average increase of 5.56 percent in new business activity. It also came in first for household income, with an average increase of 4.1 percent, and first in GDP per capita, with an average increase of 4.54 percent. 

Rounding out the top 5 states on the list are Oklahoma, Texas Michigan and California.

The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services.
 
For more North Dakota news and information go to www.NDCommerce.com.

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          Can California fish catch break with giant tunnels? Depends   
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown&apos;s plan to route much of California&apos;s mightiest river into two massive tunnels poses new perils for salmon and other struggling native species, but could give them a couple of breaks as well, experts and project supporters and opponents say in the wake of two newly issued wildlife rulings on the $16 billion project....
          Hoeven: General Atomics Flies First Flight at Northern Plains UAS Test Site   
At a ceremony with Air Force, state, local and industry officials today, Senator John Hoeven said General Atomics’ inaugural unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flight at the Northern Plains UAS Test Site is an important milestone because it is the first step to the company training hundreds of UAS pilots from around the world in North Dakota.
 
General Atomics, manufacturer of the Predator and Reaper unmanned aircraft, both of which are based in North Dakota, plans to train up to 60 flight crews a year from other countries that are purchasing Predators, including Great Britain, Italy and the Netherlands.
 
The company’s first flight today required ground observers and a manned chase plane, but to train pilots on the Predator, they will need to have beyond-line-of-sight operability and the ability to fly at higher altitudes without ground observers or manned aircraft to monitor the Predator. Currently, commercial operations of UAS weighing less than 55 pounds are permitted to fly only below 400 feet during day time hours and within visual line of sight.
 
The FAA, however, says it will waive operational limitations on UAS flights if they demonstrate they can conduct safe operations beyond the established rule, such as flying beyond line of sight or at higher altitudes. Hoeven says the test sites were set up to do just that, to demonstrate that you can safely do more than just the basic rule and advance UAS research and development.
 
“We are working to get authorizations to fly unmanned aircraft beyond the line of sight of the operator, which is essential to companies like General Atomics and others that are trying to train new pilots and develop new technologies” Hoeven said. “To get that approval, I’ve spoken with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta to allow for beyond-line-of-sight operations above 10,000 feet.
 
“The test site’s ability to use the advanced DASR-11 digital radar system at Grand Forks Air Force Base puts our test site in a strong position to get the authorization, which will make ours the only site in the country with a beyond-line-of-sight capability. We worked hard to secure funding for the DASE-11 radar. It will be valuable not only to General Atomics but also other companies developing UAS technologies. It will also give North Dakota’s test site a competitive edge in contending for a new UAS air wing the Air Force is planning to establish somewhere in the country.”
 
Today’s ceremony reflects Hoeven’s ongoing efforts to establish North Dakota as the northern hub for UAS technology, research and development. The senator recently returned from California, where he met with top leaders at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Ames Research Center in Moffet Field, Calif. to make the case for developing NASA’s Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system and other programs at the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in North Dakota.
 
The partnership with NASA and securing approval for beyond-line-of-sight operations would help advance the integration of UAS into the national airspace, which Hoeven has actively supported. Earlier this month, Hoeven successfully included a provision in FAA Reauthorization Extension to extend the authorization for the nation’s UAS test sites, including the Northern Plains UAS Test Site, through September 2019.
           
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven has also worked to secure funding and language supporting UAS research, development and operations at NASA, the FAA, the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.

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          North Dakota the Best Place for Millennials, Financial Site Says   
By InForum
Forget the coasts, young folks. The Midwest is where it's at if you're a millennial, new research finds.

North Dakota is the best state for millennials, with South Dakota the runner-up, according to research by MoneyRates.com, a site that provides banking information for consumers.

The site examined eight criteria, including unemployment rates, rental rates, night life and access to broadband internet.

North Dakota was tops in broadband access, and in the top 10 for rental affordability and concentration of places to spend a fun night out, the site found.

The state has a high proportion of young adults, with 10.49 percent of the state's population being 20 to 24 years old, the third-highest rate in the country, MoneyRates said.

Rounding out the top five states were Nebraska, Iowa and Montana.

It's a notion that goes against the stereotype of where a young person might want to live. The West Coast fared badly, with Washington state as the worst and California as the fourth-worst state for millennials, the site said. Virginia and Arizona tied for second worst and Vermont came in fifth.

Millennials make up an age group born ranging from the early 1980s to around 2000.

The site also found North Dakota had the lowest unemployment rate for people ages 20-24 at 4.6 percent, compared to 10.7 for an average state in the nation.

Best and worst

Best states for millennials
• North Dakota
• South Dakota
• Nebraska
• Iowa
• Montana
• Louisiana
• Indiana
• Kansas
• Wyoming
• Texas

Worst states for millennials
• Washington
• Virginia (tied for 2nd)
• Arizona (tied for 2nd)
• California
• Vermont
• New Hampshire
• Oregon
• Maine
• Delaware
• Kentucky

North Dakota the Best Place for Millennials, Financial Site Says - Inforum.com

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          A Drone for Loan? North Dakota Agency Eager to Help    
By ABC News
A drone for loan? One of the first law enforcement agencies to use unmanned aircraft as eyes in the sky says it's ready to ship its technology anywhere in the country to help police who need it.

The Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month authorized the Northeast Region Unmanned Aircraft System unit in Grand Forks to fly anywhere in the country. It is one of only a handful of law enforcement groups with the capability of responding to incidents like natural disasters, crime scenes or search-and-rescue missions.

Alan Frazier, the chief pilot and architect of the unmanned aircraft program for the Grand Forks unit, said the agency's pilots and sensor operators are able and willing to hop on a plane with its drone in a suitcase.

"If there was a major disaster or a multi-day search for dangerous suspects like that, my guess is that the sheriff would approve that," Frazier said.

Ben Miller, a board member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and founder of the drone program for the Mesa County Sheriff's Department in Colorado, said the Grand Forks pilots would be at the top of the list when help is needed elsewhere. The county is also home to one of six drone test sites in the U.S. and the nation's first unmanned aircraft tech park.

"I think I can very confidently say that Grand Forks and Mesa counties lead the country in the use of UAVs in law enforcement," Miller said. "Grand Forks has done some fantastic things. I know those guys. I've trained those guys."

Grand Forks also is unique, Miller said, because the group has four pilots who have their commercial licenses. That allows them to fly drones at night and operate in airspace that is restricted to non-rated pilots, such as the vicinity of airports. Grand Forks is one of two state agencies in the country approved to fly drones at night, along with Montgomery County in Texas.

Frazier said his group also makes numerous appearances at training seminars and conferences throughout the country and the FAA authorization permits them to give practical demonstrations.

"That's important, because if we can't get the information out to agencies that might want to use the technology, they're really not going to avail themselves of that opportunity," Frazier said.

The FAA website lists 74 government agencies that are authorized to fly nationwide. That includes 17 state law enforcement departments in a dozen states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Oregon, Texas, Maryland, Ohio, Texas, Washington and North Dakota.

The Grand Forks crew previously had the OK to fly within 17 North Dakota counties in eastern North Dakota and one Minnesota county. Since 2013 the group has responded to 27 calls for service, including the collection of evidence for four homicides. It has helped police look for numerous victims and suspects, including the search for a missing hunter whose body was found in nearby Walsh County.

"It is a very multi-faceted tool that we have at our disposal," Grand Forks Sheriff's Lt. B.J. Maxson said. "It is just absolutely incredible to see the aircraft go."

Frazier said it's too early to tell whether the Grand Forks unit will be called on more for training or the real thing.

"We'll have to take a wait and see attitude on that," he said.

A Drone for Loan? North Dakota Agency Eager to Help - ABC News

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          A Silicon Valley for Drones, in North Dakota   
By The New York Times
“California and New York want what we’ve got,” said Shawn Muehler, a 30-year-old Fargo resident, gazing at a horizon of empty fields, silos, windbreak trees and hardly any people. A winged craft traces the air, mapping a field with pinpoint accuracy for his start-up, a drone software company called Botlink. “They like drones, but they’ve got a steep learning curve ahead.”

For years, entrepreneurs have come here to farm and to drill for oil and natural gas. Now a new, tech-savvy generation is grabbing a piece of the growing market for drone technology and officials want to help them do it here, where there is plenty of open space and — unlike in other sparsely populated states — lots of expertise already in place.

Silicon Valley has the big money and know-how, Mr. Muehler and others say, but North Dakota can take unmanned aerial vehicles, as the officials prefer to call drones, from a fast-growing hobby to an industry. And just as Silicon Valley got its start with military contracts, entrepreneurs and cooperative universities, they believe they can do the same with drones.

“The potential up here is tremendous,” said Jack Dalrymple, the state’s governor. “It’s not about supporting a company or two; it’s creating the leading edge of an industry.”

North Dakota has spent about $34 million fostering the state’s unmanned aerial vehicle business, most notably with a civilian industrial park for drones near Grand Forks Air Force Base. The base, a former Cold War installation, now flies nothing but robot aircraft for the United States military and Customs and Border Protection.

Right now, private sector drones are where personal computers were in the 1970s: a hobbyist technology waiting to become mainstream. The technology research firm Gartner says that, barring regulatory hurdles, the United States drone business could be worth $7 billion in a decade.

Companies are moving fast. Last month, Amazon released a video showing its planned delivery drone, and companies like Google and Facebook are working on big drone projects. DJI, a Chinese company that is the world’s largest maker of small drones, was funded last spring at a valuation of $10 billion.

Small drones may bedevil cities with privacy concerns, even landing on the White House lawn, but rural states with farming, oil and rail lines see many practical reasons to put robots in the sky. Infrared imaging can judge crop health. Cameras can spot leaks and cracks in pipelines. Smaller copters can inspect windmill blades. Livestock can be located easily.

Judging from Mr. Muehler’s proving grounds, if the occasional experimental craft crashes, it is unlikely to hit much beyond dirt. And with money, expertise and need here, people will keep trying.

Grand Forks Air Force Base, 80 miles north of Fargo, has been an all-drone base since 2013. Big Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles, made by Northrop Grumman, fly reconnaissance missions from the Yukon to Venezuela from there. 

In a smaller brick building in Fargo, Mr. Muehler was once part of a North Dakota Air National Guard unit that flies missions over the Mideast and Afghanistan.

Customs and Border Protection uses the Grand Forks field to patrol from Seattle to the Great Lakes with slightly smaller Predator drones. Sometimes those pilots take over from their Customs counterparts in Texas, patrolling the Rio Grande from screens 80 miles south of the Canadian border.

Where B-52 bombers stood ready with nuclear bombs in the Cold War, the country’s first commercial unmanned aerial vehicle industrial park is under construction. Northrop Grumman and General Atomics, the Predator maker, are taking space to train pilots for international sales of the craft.

Other businessmen are looking at modifying their craft for things like high-altitude surveillance of railroad tracks and pipelines. Involta, an Iowa-based operator of data centers that has already created a windmill inspection business in Grand Forks, is looking at building facilities specialized in collecting aerial information.

A company called Field of View, near the planned site of the industrial park, makes aerial sensing equipment. An outfit called the Unmanned Applications Institute is working with providers away from North Dakota on things like local drone manufacture and warehousing.

Nearby, the University of North Dakota, which already trains many of the nation’s commercial pilots and the air traffic controllers of some 18 countries, has 200 students learning to fly drones in a four-year program that started in 2009; 61 students have graduated from it. North Dakota State University, in Fargo, has also started teaching drone courses.

Besides military contracts and educational talent, North Dakota also has high-tech talent. In 1999, Amazon purchased an online seller of tools and home improvement gear in Grand Forks, and the company now develops customer service software there. In 2001, Microsoft paid $1.1 billion for Great Plains Software of Fargo, and it now has an office there.

The area has thousands of software engineers and not a few millionaires itching to get into the next big thing.

“Every top engineer in all of Fargo works for Botlink,” Mr. Muehler boasted. “We have the top 10 engineers in town.”

Mr. Muehler, who was educated as a pilot at North Dakota State, started on what became Botlink while flying missions from the brick building in Fargo. Governor Dalrymple refers to the military site as “once a well-kept-secret facility,” since its purpose has become common knowledge in the city of about 115,000 people.

One night in early 2014, Mr. Muehler saw a report on Fox News about a hobbyist drone that flew into the airspace at La Guardia Airport in New York. That’s when he hit upon the idea for his business.

“I figured there has to be some kind of software that can give awareness, let a drone know about things like boundaries and weather,” he said.

Alex Kube, a high school friend who was working at the same facility, started making the software. Seven months later, he spoke at a meeting of local entrepreneurs and collected $500,000 in angel funding from local investors. Botlink was formed several months later when Mr. Muehler met Terri Zimmerman, a former chief financial officer at Great Plains who grew up on a farm near the Canadian border.

“We want to be the Microsoft of the industry,” said Ms. Zimmerman, who is now Botlink’s chief executive, and runs another company, Packet Digital, involved in low-power semiconductors used for, among other things, military drones.

So far, the company has raised $3 million more from private investors. “That’s like $14 million in Silicon Valley,” Ms. Zimmerman said.

A Silicon Valley for Drones, in North Dakota - The New York Times

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          Workforce Recruitment Campaigns Click With Workers   
By The Bismarck Tribune
North Dakota's workforce recruitment campaign, "Find the Good Life," has found some success in its first year, but there are still 19,000 unfilled jobs in the state. Burleigh and Morton counties alone have more than 3,000 job openings, according to the Bismarck-Mandan Development Association.

Administrators' goals for bettering the program in its second year include collaborating with local campaigns and growing private industry partners.

The public-private funded workforce recruitment and retention program's website has had nearly 94,000 users, most of which are accessing the site from Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Michigan and California, said Sara Otte Coleman, the state's tourism director.

"We definitely got on people's radars," said Otte Coleman, who expressed hope in building off the program's successes and making it more efficient.

Successes
Otte Coleman said the state has had success in recruiting former military, visiting Air Force bases and meeting with personnel preparing to return to civilian life. There are 20,000 people on a Department of Defense email list that receive "Find the Good Life" marketing.

The campaign also tracks mass layoffs at companies where there may be employees with transferable skills useful for North Dakota companies.

Wayde Sick, director of workforce development for the North Dakota Department of Commerce, developed the Recruiters Network, another successful portion of “Find the Good Life.”

Sick said the state found companies were "cannibalizing" each other, hiring away each others’ best workers. For $1,000 annually, members can share best practices and candidates instead of fighting for them.

"We're better off getting that person into the state than missing the opportunity," Sick said.

A state survey, which had 356 respondents, was sent to new residents to find out why they chose to move to North Dakota. Half came to be closer to loved ones, a quarter came for the quality of life the state offers and one-third had spent significant time in North Dakota prior to moving here. Two-thirds were employed with other companies, prior to switching jobs and moving here.

Otte Coleman said it takes most people six to 18 months before making a decision to move here.

“We want the ones (new residents) who stick,” she said.

Because so many respondents came for family, Otte Coleman said efforts will include marketing to current residents, invite their friends and family to move here.

Next steps
"Find the Good Life" has done some city-specific emails, highlighting certain communities in the state, which has boosted numbers, Otte Coleman said, but most local efforts are being left to the locals.

"We don't want to duplicate the EDCs (economic development corporations)," she said.

"We view it (Find the Good Life) as the macro, 30,000-foot view," said Bismarck-Mandan Development Association President Brian Ritter, versus BMDA's small scale “Make Your Mark” campaign, specific to Bismarck-Mandan.

"When we come along, they've (potential new residents) already gotten North Dakota in their minds," BMDA Marketing & Research Director Judy Sauter said.

Sauter said “Find the Good Life” and “Make Your Mark” complement each other with a similar message that North Dakota is a great place to live and the two campaigns are targeting workers in some of the same states.

In the future, BMDA might try to coordinate better with the state, launching more intensive marketing efforts at the same time and in the same areas where the state is attending career fairs, Sauter said. "Make Your Mark” is also able to use videos produced by “Find the Good Life” that BMDA doesn't have the budget for.

"As these efforts mature, I think we'll find ways to work together more closely," Ritter said.

“Make your Make” has had its own success. From March through mid-June there were 42,000 website visits.

BMDA is evaluating the success of its efforts to better target future campaigns, including one at the end of this year. The group is happy with the response the campaign has received to date, according to Ritter.

Long-term effort
Otte Coleman said “Find the Good Life” set aggressive goals, though measuring achievement of those goals is more difficult. But she said companies have told her they'll know if it's working.

There are 32 companies, including those in the Recruiters Network, investing in the campaign.

“We never want to quit marketing North Dakota as an opportunity state,” Otte Coleman said.

Workforce Recruitment Campaigns Click With Workers - The Bismarck Tribune

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          The Good Life: As Job Numbers Grow, Group Touts N.D. as the Place to Be   
By Grand Forks Herald
There are about 2,500 open jobs in Grand Forks County alone. The number statewide is approximately 25,000.

According to representatives from the state's Find the Good Life in North Dakota campaign, it won't get much better anytime soon, either. The group says there will be another 75,000 jobs coming online in North Dakota over the next five years.

That's a lot of job openings for a state this size, and, they say, it's why the Find the Good Life campaign is so important for North Dakota's economy.

"The bottom line is this: What we're trying to do with this campaign is we want to get North Dakota into people's considerations," said Sara Otte Coleman, North Dakota's director of tourism. "We want to be one of the top three states people are considering moving to."

Otte Coleman and North Dakota Director of Workforce Development Wayde Sick recently visited with the editorial board of the Grand Forks Herald, spending nearly an hour talking about North Dakota's worker shortage and how it likely will be compounded in the coming years. They were accompanied by Eric Trueblood, a member of the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation.

Their goal is to get the word out that North Dakota not only has thousands of good jobs available, but also that the state needs to work harder to persuade people to live here. That means recruiting from other states, working to lure veterans to the region and persuading communities to dedicate themselves to retaining high school and college graduates, Otte Coleman said.

The Find the Good Life in North Dakota campaign has been working on that since May 2014, using all sorts of methods—from social media campaigns to national magazine stories—to spread the message. Private fundraising has contributed more than $1 million to the program.

Following are edited and abbreviated answers by Sick and Otte Coleman to a series of questions posed by members of the Herald editorial board:

Q. You say the statewide number of job openings is about 25,000. What is the number for Grand Forks County and how does that compare with other North Dakota counties?

Otte Coleman: The statistics we have for Grand Forks County is 2,500 jobs posted with Job Service. The statistics that we have, for example, for Cass County is 6,600 open jobs. ... This is a long-term focus for us. The need for jobs isn't going to go away.

That begs the question, is the goal to get that number to go down? It's a mixed answer. Yes and no, because if we continue to grow the economy and new businesses come in, they will continue to expand and we will continue to see that number growing.

It might be a zero sum game. You might be filling 10,000 of those jobs, but 10,000 more have come online because we were able to show we have the workforce to sustain growth.

Q. Is the number of jobs growing? And is that how you measure success?

Otte Coleman: Yes, and that's a really good question. ... The bottom line is this: What we're trying to do for the campaign is we want to get North Dakota into people's considerations. We want to be one of the top three states people are considering moving to.

Does that mean they will necessarily go and register their resume online with Job Service North Dakota? Probably not. Especially with the younger workforce. They are searching in different ways and finding information in different ways.

So we are doing social media and doing digital marketing campaigns and tactics to reach people who won't necessarily show up on the metrics every month. But we still wanted to do something consistent, knowing that there really isn't a perfect mechanism.

Two things that we haven't found: We haven't found the "easy button" in marketing to get everybody to come, and we haven't orchestrated a checkpoint where everybody has to check in when they cross the border with their moving vans.

When we look at what markets we have targeted, we looked at 15 different statistics and overlaid them to determine what states we should focus these efforts in, ranging from census data, to job service data, to even metrics that I track on the tourism side for inquiries and interest.

We haven't found the magic number. We look at these and ask, how do we determine success? It's just not an easy answer.

Q. What is an example of your research?

Otte Coleman: We did do some research last winter where we looked at 350 new residents who moved into the state in the past five years and tried to determine what it was that made them decide to move. That helped us define tactics and mediums, but also messaging.

Online is No. 1, but people don't necessarily say it was the Find The Good Life in North Dakota website that made them start thinking about it. It was probably five or six websites, and two or three social media efforts and a couple of articles that they read. It was a combination of things.

Q. With that sample group, what did you find was the overriding reason people decided to move to North Dakota?

Otte Coleman: Most of them had a connection to the state in some way. Maybe they went to school here or even visited here. A lot of them did come just for the job. ... One concern in the research was that a good majority of them, when they took the job, they didn't plan on staying. That means all of our communities have a job ahead of them to engage those people, and include them and keep them, because we really want to retain those new employees. Some of that, we hope, has already changed. We hope to do a follow-up study.

Q. How will you judge your work to be successful?

Otte Coleman: I don't know that I have a perfect answer for that. I think we will determine the metrics and continue to look at the tactics and keep measuring each of those individually. For instance, we just did a social media campaign that garnered 11 or 12 million impressions with 100,000 click-throughs. You measure pieces like that so we know we made a contact point.

We will start looking at the folks who have moved in, through the census data, but that takes time.

We'll look at campaign metrics to define our next step. Long-term, we look at census data and Job Service data and all of those things to see if we're seeing growth in some areas we have targeted.

We also are working closely with other folks who are trying to tackle this problem, like development corporations. For instance, we just met with the Grand Forks EDC.

Fargo and Bismarck are doing similar programs. For example, in Bismarck, they did a digital ad campaign that focused directly on the five areas where they know they have the most jobs. Nurses, CDLs, techs, engineers and diesel mechanics. We are overlaying their results with ours to see which was more effective, and they are doing the same.

But that was a 16-week campaign. It takes six to 18 months to make a decision to move and then you have that moving time in there. So, I don't have a perfect answer about that, and we have been honest about that up front.

We don't know the perfect way to measure success with this, but we have a lot of things we're measuring.

Q. Is there realistic hope for a county that has 6,000 open jobs? Or 2,500 open jobs? Can you really make a dent in this?

Otte Coleman: We think we can. It comes from a combination of things, such as improving the awareness of the state, educating people about the life they can have here in North Dakota.

But the other thing we have been hearing a lot about with our partners is how they are working with alumni groups and even current students on opportunities. ... Ten years ago, a lot of people probably didn't think about staying in North Dakota, and that perception is changing as well.

Sick: A lot of local efforts have been (about) retaining high school and college graduates. That's definitely something a local community can probably do better because they do have those closer ties.

I think we are seeing our graduates considering North Dakota and not leaving. I look at my high school graduation class and at least half of us are not in the state.

As we study those graduation numbers and compare it with wage data down the road, that number will climb because of the local efforts.

I think parents are having those conversations with kids, saying that you don't need to leave. There are opportunities in the state, and you don't need to look elsewhere anymore.

Q. Do you expect this ongoing recruiting effort to get more difficult as time goes on, and as other states' economies improve?

Sick: That has been part of the conversation since the beginning, because we know other states' economies are going to improve eventually. It's another challenge.

Otte Coleman: You look at our top states where people have engaged—Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Michigan and California—where the most folks have clicked on our website, or ads, or gotten online social media-wise. Especially, Minnesota's economy is rebounding fast, and they have way more open jobs than we do. So, absolutely, that is a concern.

We hope a consistent and sustainable effort will be in place for a long time. It's more about creating a message. We don't want to be a quick fix anymore.

Q. Are there other specific groups you are looking to target?

Sick: The focus of Find the Good Life, for a long time, has been recruiting veterans. A lot of service members are either retiring or transitioning out of the military. We have done marketing to service members, and we have attended some hiring events, and plan to attend more this fall and winter.

The effort going forward is going to "Hire Our Hero" events. What we hear from individuals who organize these events is that when somebody transitions out of the military, a third of them stay where they are at, a third go home and a third go where the opportunities are. That is obviously our target—where the opportunities are.

North Dakota has a lot of opportunities and wide-open spaces. These individuals are used to moving around and used to working in not the most ideal work situations. So, it's a great target. That's the right thing to do, to work with service members and help them transition into civilian life.

We also have done some efforts with the University of Minnesota. We think that's a good target as well—college students in the region.

Otte Coleman: We stopped by the UND Alumni Association and NDSU. We haven't gotten that off the ground yet, but we think that's a natural connection point as well. We have done some individual alumni efforts, such as working with UND Center for Rural Health.

Sick: Alumni is a natural next step. Our research shows that people who have moved to North Dakota in the past five years had some kind of connection, where they grew up in North Dakota or went to college in North Dakota. There was some connection.

So alumni is a pretty good fit for us.

Q. Has the oil-drilling slowdown changed anything in your approach?

Otte Coleman: It has a little bit. I think people in this area understand it better and realize this isn't really a bust and understand the framework involved. But the national media, not necessarily.

So, we have focused the last three or four months on content development. We are trying to get good stories told. Some of that is working with bloggers and writers and talking about the people who have moved to North Dakota.

We are doing more video development, and we are working with 15 different bloggers to get those stories in place. We have other public relations efforts in place right now with a couple of new contract relationships with firms that can help us get those stories out there.

For example, there is a 25-page feature in the July edition of Delta Sky.

Q: How important is the role that tourism plays in this?

Otte Coleman: I think that's why we have airport signage in place in Bismarck and Williston, and as airport signage becomes available, I think we will add more. If you can connect to people who are visiting here and plant that seed, it makes sense.

All of our visitors guides are distributed to crew camps where we know we have transient workers.

The bottom line is people visit first. Tourism marketing helps everything. Part of the reason we have this problem (with open jobs) is we have underfunded marketing in the state for years, because we are conservative and haven't spent a lot of money in that area. So, we don't have a lot of awareness.

But interestingly, when you look at the metrics, they all mirror where we have spent most of our tourism dollars. (People in those places) have more awareness of us because we have been showing them what we have. It's a huge correlation.

We are one of two states that a research firm chose to study to find out the residual effect of tourism marketing on all economic development. The numbers were amazing. People's likelihood to retire here, to move here, to start a business here was double if they had seen the tourism ads. That's not even if they had visited.

The Good Life: As Job Numbers Grow, Group Touts N.D. as the Place to Be - Grand Forks Herald

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          North Dakota UAV Business Grows   
By Ag Week
The UAV industry continues to grow and evolve, and Field of View is growing and evolving with it.

New regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles proposed in February by the Federal Aviation Administration “are a breath of fresh air,” says David Dvorak, CEO of Grand Forks, N.D.-based Field of View. “They provide our industry with more confidence that this is going to happen. People are finally starting to invest in the technology, which is good for us.”

The company, which he launched in 2010, seeks to “bridge the gap between unmanned aircraft and precision agriculture,” as the company’s website puts it.

By all accounts, the use of UAVs, also known as drones and unmanned aircraft systems, can be a big plus in agriculture and other industries. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International estimates easing current restrictions of UAVs would create 70,000 jobs and generate $13.6 billion in economic impact within three years in the U.S.

The FAA’s new proposal, which could be enacted by the fall of 2016, would pave the way for widespread commercial use of drones weighing fewer than 55 pounds. The FAA wants to balance the economic value of commercial use against the safety risk.

“The rule, as proposed, would seem to be good for agriculture,” Dvorak says. “So the regulatory side seems to be falling into place at last.”

Field of View’s flagship product, GeoSnap, generally has drawn more interest overseas because other countries have fewer restrictions on air space. Now, with the FAA proposal, domestic interest is picking up.

GeoSnap is an add-on device for multispectral cameras mounted on either manned or unmanned aircraft. Such cameras capture images in the red, green and near-infrared bands, allowing users to visualize plant stress better than they can with most other camera systems, Dvorak says.

GeoSnap takes images captured by the multispectral camera and maps them with real-world coordinates, a process known as georeferencing. That allows users to know the aerial images’ exact location on the ground.

Field of View recently came out with a less expensive version of GeoSnap, known as GeoSnap Express, “that will be useful for some of our newer customers,” Dvorak says. “Sometimes you just want to try it (the technology), and this is a really good system to help people get up and going with it.”

GeoSnap Express costs $1,450 or $1,950, depending on the model. GeoSnap Pro, the original version, costs $7,000 or $9,000, depending on the model.

Field of View also is offering a new product that involves thermal payloads.

“We’re able to map vegetation temperature across the field, which will help give us an indication of where water stress might be and to detect where plants get sick,” Dvorak says.

And Field of View has begun working with Minneapolis-based PowerOfGround to offer image processing services. For more information, visit www.powerofground.com.

“Some people want to do that (image processing) themselves,” Dvorak says. “Others want somebody to do it for them.”

Dvorak grew up in St. Cloud, Minn., and came to the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks to study engineering. At UND, he developed a special interest in the use of unmanned aircraft and multispectral cameras in precision agriculture.

He and another company employee work in Grand Forks. A third, an engineer, works in California. Field of View uses a Fargo, N.D., company for its international marketing.

“Good things are happening in our industry,” Dvorak says. “And we see that continuing.”

Previously posted in "North Dakota UAV Business Grows - Ag Week"

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          There’s a New Silicon Valley of Drones, and it Isn’t in California   
By MW Market Watch
The “Silicon Valley of drones” is taking shape in a place you probably wouldn’t expect.

With the most open airspace in the country, vast tracts of farmland, infrastructure to test on and the nation’s first unmanned aircraft degree program, it makes sense that North Dakota would be the place for drone technology to spread its wings, and it’s now expanding at an unprecedented rate.

The U.S. has previously been circumspect about allowing companies to commercialize drones; murky rulings from the Federal Aviation Administration and the haphazard enforcement of laws have made it challenging for drone companies to operate in the U.S. — so challenging, in fact, that many operators, including Amazon Prime Air, have expressed an intention to leave the U.S. to work in other countries.

But it’s a different story in North Dakota.

This summer, the nation’s first unmanned airport, the Grand Sky Development Park, opens at the state’s Grand Forks Air Force Base. The project, which has 1.2 million square feet of hangar, office and data space, is being developed by Grand Sky Development Co. A runway will allow for traditional and vertical takeoffs by drones.

The airport is expected to generate about 3,000 jobs by its 2016 completion, including 1,000 permanent jobs on site, 1,000 jobs around the community and 1,000 jobs outside the state, said Tom Swoyer, the project’s developer. Pilots would be able to control drones launching at the site from anywhere in the world.

“It’s going to touch a lot of places,” Swoyer said. “A pilot could be in Southern California and pilot the plane launched from North Dakota.”

It’s an appealing proposition for companies like Northrop Grumman NOC, -0.62%  , which has signed on as the site’s anchor tenant but has its aerospace-systems headquarters in Redondo Beach, Calif.

North Dakota committed $5 million to help bring infrastructure to the site as part of its 2015-17 executive budget and another $7.5 million in grants for runway improvements. With the project expected to cost about $25 million in total, the balance will be covered by private investment, said Swoyer.

“This project evolved here in North Dakota with the right combination of political will and an economy that was growing,” Swoyer said. “It’s a state that is investing in the industry. It’s a community willing to raise their hands and say, ‘Let’s try something completely different.’ ”

A community ‘all focused on unmanned aviation’
In 2005, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) considered closing the Air Force base.

“Our performance and safety record in fighter aircraft was unprecedented, but despite that our aircraft were getting old and weren’t going to get replaced,” said Robert Becklund, then commander of the North Dakota Air National Guard.

To avoid a drastic action by BRAC, the base made a bold move — replacing its KC-135 Stratotankers with drones.

“This was a dramatic change going from a single-seat manned fighter aircraft to unmanned aircraft,” Becklund said. “But it was the right thing to do for the nation.”

The base is now the site of the Global Hawk and MQ-1 Predator drone aircraft.

At about the same time, the University of North Dakota established a “center of excellence” for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), offering the nation’s first undergraduate degree program in unmanned aviation. Five students received degrees in 2011, the program’s first graduating class. Today, more than 100 students are enrolled, and the program is one of more than 30 similar degree programs at universities throughout the country.

“We have academia, our military, the Department of Homeland Security and industries in the region all focused on unmanned aviation,” Becklund said.

In 2014, North Dakota was one of six states allowed to develop a test site for commercial drone applications: the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in Grand Forks. The site is part of an FAA program looking toward the safe integration of unmanned aircraft into airspace.

North Dakota’s test site was the first to earn operational designation from the FAA and the first to fly under the agreement. The site covers more than half the state, boasting 45,000 square miles of authorized airspace — the largest such volume of any single state.

“If North Dakota hadn’t been selected as a test site, I would have questioned our country’s decision making,” said Becklund, who now serves as the executive director of the test site.

The state budget allocated $4.2 million in its 2015-17 budget for operating the test site. Of that, $1.2 million goes directly to drone companies in the form of a dollar-for-dollar matching program for those opting to partner with one of North Dakota’s research universities on a project. A related but separate program, Research North Dakota, provides up to $300,000 in matching funds for qualified firms.

But there’s a catch. For major companies to fly at the test site, they have to lease their unmanned aircraft to the site so that they can fly under public domain. That caveat is what may have driven companies like Amazon to explore drone-delivery testing outside of the U.S.

“There is no way these companies will lease their airplanes to us,” Becklund said. “It’s a proprietary machine. Any company developing their own aircraft will not lease that to anyone outside their company.”

That restriction has posed a major problem for test sites trying to attract corporate research.

“The FAA says they are here to support industry, but to [participate at a test site] companies have to lease their aircraft to us,” Becklund said.

Companies could get around the requirement by applying for an experimental certification, but that still restricts them to research — not commercial — applications.

A vibrant startup scene
Despite the challenges, other (often smaller) drone companies benefit from the test site.

Most of those companies are based in Fargo, a city that entrepreneurs say bursts with an energy that’s akin to that of the startup scene in San Francisco. But this scene is dominated by drone-based industries.

“We’re becoming a robust startup community,” said North Dakota’s lieutenant governor, Drew Wrigley. “They are the geek squad over in Fargo. You’ve got technical companies and young, energetic entrepreneurs.”

Appareo Systems builds flight-data recorders and ADS-B, a type of aircraft tracking system. Since 2001, that startup has worked on a project in partnership with NASA and the University of North Dakota to build, design and manufacture the ADS-B equipping the airplanes.

Another company, Packet Digital, combines high-speed power electronics with advancements in solar to double drone flight times. The ultimate goal is to provide drones with unlimited flight.

“Once you extend flight time, you open up the possibility of many more types of applications and uses for drones,” said Terri Zimmerman, Packet Digital’s CEO. Those applications could include agriculture, allowing farmers to fly drones over farmland to monitor their crops.

And as more drones fill the airspace, there’s a company working on technology that gives pilots situational awareness of other drones in the area. Botlink allows operators to control a drone from a tablet and detect other drones flying nearby.

The company was founded by Shawn Muehler. He’s the guy behind DroneFocus, a meet-up group in Fargo that grew to 50 members, including Becklund, local startups and public officials. “We’re bringing the government, the private sector, the commercial side together to cut through the red tape,” Muehler said. “It’s the only meet-up where we get every industry player in one room.” Lt. Gov. Wrigley has been known to attend.

Indicative of the group’s attitude, the whole thing is organized through Meetup.com. That means anyone is welcome; you just click a button to join. When the group huddles, the gathering feels more like a block party than a rigid policy meeting with a strict agenda, according to attendees.

“We just have a different personality out here,” Muehler said. “It’s not about how we can beat our competitors. It’s how we can help each other out to propel this industry forward.”

North Dakota’s drone sector has already blown away industry predictions. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) released an economic report in 2013 (before North Dakota was chosen as a test site) predicting the economic impact of drone integration in the U.S. The data were based on airspace activity at the time the report was created.

They forecast that between 2015 and 2017, California’s drone industry would have the largest economic impact in terms of dollars, and North Dakota’s would have the third lowest.

North Dakota’s Department of Commerce revised those predictions in 2013 based on the assumption that the state would become a test site. Its data showed that North Dakota would have the greatest percentage of drone-related jobs (relative to population) of any state.

“Obviously, California has a number of aerospace companies as well as companies that develop sensors, payloads, software and a variety of different products that fit within this industry,” said Paul Lucy, a director at the North Dakota Department of Commerce. “They underestimated the potential for companies to come here and do R&D work with our test site.”

Still, Becklund doesn’t believe North Dakota is a complete replacement for Silicon Valley, he said. There just aren’t enough people working in engineering and technology to fill jobs in a state that already has one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates, he said. North Dakota’s unemployment rate in May was 3.1% versus the national average of 5.5%.

“But if those engineers who developed the technologies in Silicon Valley are looking for a place with a low cost of living, a highly educated workforce and a cooperative community — whether that’s the government or financially — probably this is the best place to do that,” he said.

But even if the jobs get filled, there’s still the issue of funding.

“We can’t get funding because the people in the state tend to be fiscally conservative,” Botlink’s Muehler said. His company received $500,000 in seed funding from local investors. But that’s a paltry figure if the state is going to compete with such venture-backed Silicon Valley drone startups as Airware, which has raised over $40 million in five funding rounds, or 3D Robotics, which has more than $100 million in venture capital.

“We’ve been searching for Series A on a local level because we want to keep the money in the state, so we’re looking for funding sources within North Dakota,” said Muehler.

But where these startups lack private capital, the state is trying to foot the bill. Since 2006, North Dakota has allocated $32.5 million in grant funding to companies interested in commercial drone development through 2017. In addition, the state’s Research North Dakota program offers $5 million biannually in grants from research and development to organizations and companies involved in UAS research through state universities.

Those business incentives have drawn companies from around the U.S. to the state. Florida-based drone manufacturer Altvavian announced in February a $3.2 million agreement to manufacture drones at a plant in North Dakota, the first official UAS manufacturing project in the state.

Wrigley said he sees his state as the Silicon Valley of drones. “People look to North Dakota and say they want to emulate this,” the lieutenant governor said. “We’re blessed with the natural conditions that make it easy to expand drone technology, industries that are keen to tie in UAS technology — and on top of that you have people passionate for aviation and emerging technologies. It’s a part of our pioneering culture.”

There’s a New Silicon Valley of Drones, and it Isn’t in California - MW Market Watch

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          APUC Committed Funding Requests Totaling $320,394.00   
By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) awarded funding requests for four projects totaling $320,394.00 at its quarterly meeting February 19th at the North Dakota Department of Commerce in Bismarck.
 
APUC is a committee of the North Dakota Department of Commerce that administers grant programs for researching and developing new and expanded uses for North Dakota agricultural products. The grants can be used for basic and applied research, marketing and utilization, farm diversification, nature based agri-tourism, prototype and technology, and technical assistance
 
The following requests were awarded:
 
Fluffy Fields Vineyard (Dickinson) was awarded $61,050 to seek new markets by expanding crop production to a full-service winery to promote locally bottled wine, tourism and events. Contact Kevin Kinzel at (701) 483-2242.
 
Pembina/Walsh County Livestock Processing Committee (Grafton) was awarded $35,170 for consultant and legal fees related to fundraising and the construction process for the design, procurement and placement of equipment for the establishment of a multi-species slaughter and processing facility to provide custom meat processing services to area livestock producers and plant processed meat products to the public. Contact Julius Wangler at (701) 360-1000.
 
Giant Snacks. Inc. (Wahpeton) was awarded $150,000 to expand marketing efforts of new products and grow their brand into new territories including California, Texas and Mexico.  Contact Robert Schuler at (701) 672-1330.
 
Red Barn & Berry Farm (Kindred) was awarded $26,250 to expand operations and open for “Red Barn Weddings” and other events by completing Phase II of their remodeling plan. Contact Chris Gehrig at (701) 238-0570.
 
The following project was awarded full funding with contingencies:
NDSU Dept. of Animal & Range Sciences (Fargo) was awarded $47,924 to hire a graduate student for the research and monitoring of hematocrit levels of dairy heifers and cows during the estrous cycle and pregnancy for the development of an on-farm test to be designed and commercialized.  Contact Kimberly Vonnahme at (701) 231-5883.
 
The next APUC board hearing will be held May 21, 2015 in Washburn.  Applications for the May meeting must be received by April 1, 2015.  Prototype and Technical Assistance grants must be received by
March 1, 2015.
 
APUC is an office within Economic Development and Finance, a division of the North Dakota Department of Commerce.  For additional information, please visit www.NDAPUC.com.

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          Building a Giant in the Heavy-Equipment Industry   
By Gallup
"To be successful today, you've got to convince customers that you'll take care of them when they're down -- and you've got to walk the walk, you can't just talk it. You've got to prove it time and time again."

So says Ron Offutt, founder of RDO Equipment Co., one of the largest John Deere dealers in North America. He is also the founder of R.D. Offutt Company, the largest potato grower in the U.S.

For more than 45 years, Ron has been building an empire on lifelong relationships with agriculture and construction equipment customers by adhering to three simple principles: maintain a sense of core values, understand your stakeholders' ever-shifting needs and deliver the finest service. His family business grew steadily, got big, went public and then was taken private again, and the equipment side became a $2 billion business.

It all started along the North Dakota-Minnesota border in the metropolitan area of Fargo-Moorhead in 1968. Ron was farming in partnership with his father and renting equipment from a John Deere dealer in Casselton, North Dakota, when the dealer offered him the opportunity to buy the business.

From that initial purchase, Ron steadily acquired John Deere dealerships throughout the upper Midwest. RDO now operates in more than 100 locations across the U.S. and worldwide, with 90% domestic revenue growth over the past five years (13.9% compound annual growth rate) and nearly triple domestic operating income growth. RDO offers a wide array of construction and farming equipment for high-performance companies across the globe.

How did one dealership turn into a giant in the heavy equipment industry? With an intense focus on engaging employees and customers throughout their business.

From Private, to Public, to Private Again

A visit to RDO in late 2014 finds a workforce brimming with excitement about the company's heritage and its future. In the flagship Moorhead location, relics from the past -- classic tractors and other historical machinery -- are on display alongside cutting-edge farming equipment. In a daily storewide meeting, team members discuss the projects they are currently working on and exchange ideas, while managers motivate their employees with goals for that day, week and month.

Employees at the store are quick to say that the company is a "great place to work."

"This is a great industry to be in, and if you're going to be a part of it, we want you to choose us," says Jean Zimmerman, RDO's executive vice president of organizational development.

Zimmerman notes that the company's culture is guided by the principles of servant leadership, radical transparency, personal growth and, above all, trust.

As RDO grew throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s, so did the enticement of taking this family-owned business public. In 1997, Ron issued an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. In a booming economy, the decision seemed to be the right one. But almost immediately, things didn't turn out as planned.

"Very quickly I knew that I didn't like the public game, and I don't think my father did either. There was lots and lots of pressure to grow," says Christi Offutt, Ron's daughter and chairwoman and CEO of RDO. "But what I was learning was that the more pressure the team got to meet quarterly expectations, the worse the company was performing. We were moving away from talking about the customer, we were moving away from talking about the culture, and we were spending all of our time talking about meeting analyst expectations to keep the revenues growing."

Amid these frustrations, the board of directors chose Christi to become chief operating officer in 2001. Soon after that, the Offutt family took the company private again, where it has remained ever since. Christi stayed at the helm. Ron characterizes this time as the dividing point between what RDO originally was and what it is today.

"I think there are two cultures in the life of our business: the one that I started, and the one that Christi started," Ron says. "I was able to be successful in the business when I created a culture of tremendous loyalty on behalf of the employees who worked for me. We knew each other's families; we knew each other's personal strengths and weaknesses. As [the company] grew, that culture needed to change for the company to take the next step, which Christi brought to the house."

Shifting From a Transactional Business to a Solutions Provider

In the company's first phase, before Christi took over in 2001, RDO sold much more individual agricultural equipment. Farms were smaller then, and there were more of them.

"When I started, [RDO] was very much a transactional business -- sale by sale, customer by customer," Ron says. "Today it's more about being a solutions provider for your customer and helping that customer solve his or her problem."

In RDO's modern culture, top leaders at the company say they maintain their success internally and externally by adhering to a set of action-oriented core values for business operation. These values include collaborating with employees, building customers for life, creating opportunities and committing to doing what they say and playing to win. RDO prides itself on the principle "There are no secrets here."

"We've instilled and empowered our managers to understand what our core values are and how we operate with our stakeholders so they can make the right decision," says Chris Cooper, an executive vice president at RDO.

Keith Kreps, also an RDO executive vice president, says a culture of creativity and trust exists companywide, which fosters innovation and high levels of employee engagement. "When you don't feel like you're paralyzed by making the wrong decision that could affect your career or affect your job -- as long as you made an educated decision -- you really get people coming out with great ideas and a lot of creativity. They're willing to go out there and 'wow' our other employees and customers," Kreps says.

Toward True Engagement

In 2014, RDO worked with Gallup to move beyond employee satisfaction -- which focuses more on superficial company perks -- to true employee engagement, which is about fostering a deeper sense of connection to one's job and company. Now, 52% of RDO's employees are engaged, with 8.67 engaged employees for every one actively disengaged employee. Organizations that lead the world in employee engagement have 9.1 engaged employees to every disengaged employee, so these are "very encouraging early results," Zimmerman says.

Zimmerman credits these results to initiatives the company implemented over the past several years. Every employee now has an individual learning plan, and RDO spends 15% more on training than comparable-sized organizations. The company offers a 30-month management institute for its leaders. RDO leaders have also integrated engagement into their leadership approach and communication strategy, weaving it into their operations and day-to-day conversations.

"I truly believe that the initiatives we've developed to support our culture along with a strengths-based leadership approach leads to a more engaged workplace culture," Christi says.

Zimmerman agrees, emphasizing that the culture must promote hard work and RDO must be an enjoyable place to work. "We've taken steps of making this a place that attracts and keeps employees and attracts and keeps our customers," he says.

Growing Pains

Because of RDO's persistent growth, the company is experiencing some growing pains. In part, this is the result of the breakneck pace of North Dakota's economy and the various challenges that come with operating in nine U.S. states. Business is booming so much that there are too many jobs and not enough people to fill them.

"We've got well over 2,000 employees, but we have opportunities to continue to grow," Cooper says. "We have close to 200 open positions that we're still trying to fill."

Christi mentions that there is plenty of competition for today's skilled labor pool: "We've recruited from everywhere -- Georgia, Florida, California, Alaska -- it's a continuous challenge."

Amid these challenges, RDO continues to redefine the business of equipment in the 21st century. The company's leaders say RDO is committed to finding cutting-edge solutions for its customers.

"I think you'll see less growth in the size of the machines," Ron says. "What you're going to see is more intelligent equipment, and that will increase productivity for the producer."

This kind of "precision agriculture" may keep RDO at the forefront of offering technological solutions to its customers, and the company sees further growth from its ventures in Russia, Ukraine, Mexico and Australia in the years to come. Already these international partnerships are providing solutions to a wide range of customers, even in troubled hot spots. RDO forecasts $360 million in international revenues in 2015, of which Russia and Ukraine factor into the mix.

Ryan Offutt, Ron's son and Christi's brother, runs RDO's Russia and Ukraine operations. As someone who represents the future of RDO and the path it will take in decades to come, he reflects on how what RDO means to customers in 2015. "We're a big part of our customers' lives, and they're dependent upon on our team members to deliver solutions to them every day," Ryan says. "Having a reliable partner is critical to their success."

Building a Giant in the Heavy-Equipment Industry - Gallup.com

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          APUC to Review Funding Requests Totaling $418,269   
By ND Commerce
The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) will review funding requests for seven projects totaling $418,269 at its quarterly meeting February 19th at the North Dakota Department of Commerce in Bismarck.
 
APUC is a committee of the North Dakota Department of Commerce that administers grant programs for researching and developing new and expanded uses for North Dakota agricultural products. The grants can be used for basic and applied research, marketing and utilization, farm diversification, nature based agritourism, prototype and technology and technical assistance.
 
The following requests will be reviewed: 
 
Fluffy Fields Vineyard (Dickinson) is requesting $40,000 to seek new markets by expanding crop production to a full-service winery to promote locally bottled wine, tourism and events. Funds will be used to complete a market analysis and feasibility study to determine market position, market penetration, market segments (wine, tourism, farmers market, other), consumer characteristics and buying habits, and producing pricing strategies. Funds will also support development of a marketing plan and defray costs associated with the business concept development. Contact Kevin Kinzel at (701)483-2242.
 
Northern Food Grade Soybean Association (Casselton) is requesting $42,000 to partner with the North Dakota Soybean Council to create five webinars targeted to Certified Crop Advisors, Certified Professional Agronomists and North Dakota Soybean Growers.  Webinar topics will include: weed control, soil, disease and insect management, genetics, identity-preserved/purity and food value and economic benefits.  Contact Robert Sinner at (701) 347-4900.
 
Pembina/Walsh County Livestock Processing Committee (Grafton) is requesting $35,170 for consultant and legal fees related to fundraising and the construction process for the design, procurement and placement of equipment for the establishment of a multi-species slaughter and processing facility to provide custom meat processing services to area livestock producers and plant processed meat products to the public. Contact Julius Wangler at (701) 360-1000.
 
Giant Snacks. Inc. (Wahpeton) is requesting $150,000 to expand marketing efforts of new products and grow their brand into new territories including California, Texas and Mexico.  Funds will also be utilized for advertising, sampling and general costs associated with setting up new accounts and marketing of a low sodium, innovative new roast into the marketplace.  Giant Snacks intend to both market and educate consumers on their product of farm to package. Contact Robert Schuler at (701) 672-1330.
 
Red Barn & Berry Farm (Kindred) is requesting $26,250 to expand operations and open for “Red Barn Weddings” and other events by completing Phase II of their remodeling plan. Funds will defray costs to build an addition to the barn for bathrooms and bride and groom rooms. Completion of this phase will enable them to open for summer and early fall weddings and to market their agritourism business with a new amenity that is very important to raspberry and produce customers.  Contact Chris Gehrig at (701)238-0570.
 
Abbiamo Pasta Company (Casselton) is requesting $76,925 to use North Dakota's agricultural crops/pulses in pasta to find an alternative to egg whites/whole egg in pasta/noodle production, increase nutritional value, act as an egg replacement, and develop a gluten free formula.  Research includes the evaluation of pulses (nutritional values and functional properties), test run to produce pastas using pulses, and evaluation of finished products (textures, sensory, cooking properties etc.). Grant funds will be used for the purchase of table-top, lab scale equipment, raw materials, travel, labor and tests. Contact Chuck Kessler at (701) 347-2010.
 
NDSU Dept. of Animal & Range Sciences (Fargo) is requesting $47,924 to hire a graduate student for the research and monitoring of hematocrit levels of dairy heifers and cows during the estrous cycle and pregnancy for the development of an on-farm test to be designed and commercialized.  Contact Kimberly Vonnahme at (701) 231-5883.
 
For additional program information please visit North Dakota APUC at www.NDAPUC.com or find us on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/NDAPUC.

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          Oil Boom and Housing Bust Alter State-by-State US Spending as North Dakota Soars, Nevada Lags   
By Star Tribune
WASHINGTON — North Dakotans, enriched by an oil boom, stepped up their spending at triple the national pace in the three years that followed the Great Recession. In Nevada, smacked hard by the housing bust, consumers barely increased their spending.

Americans spend the most, per person, on housing in Washington, D.C., and the least in West Virginia.
Those and other figures emerged Thursday from a new annual report from the government that for the first time reveals consumer spending on a state-by-state basis from 1997 through 2012. The numbers point to substantial shifts in the economy since the recession ended. The recession, which began in December 2007, officially ended in June 2009.

Spending jumped 28 percent in North Dakota, the largest gain nationwide, from 2009 through 2012. It surged nearly 16 percent in Oklahoma. The next-largest increases were in South Dakota, Texas and West Virginia.

The changes in spending patterns in North Dakota have been particularly dramatic. Its per-capita spending in 2007, before the recession began, was $32,780. That ranked it 24th among states. By 2012, North Dakota's per-capita spending was $44,029, fourth-highest nationwide. (The figures aren't adjusted for inflation.)

North Dakota has boomed in large part because of a breakthrough drilling technique, known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," that has unlocked vast oil and gas reserves. The state's per-person income soared 37.2 percent, before inflation, from 2009 through 2012, according to a separate report released this year. That's by far the most for any state. North Dakota's unemployment rate was a barely visible 2.7 percent in June, the lowest in the nation.

By contrast, spending eked out a scant 3.5 percent increase in Nevada, the weakest for any state and far below the 10.7 percent national average. Arizona's 6.2 percent increase was next-weakest, followed by Hawaii's, Florida's and Utah's.

When the housing bust struck in 2006, home values plummeted in Nevada, Arizona and Florida. The persistently weak consumer spending in those states underscores the lingering damage the housing bust inflicted on their economies.

Nevada and Arizona also received the smallest income gains in the first three years after the recession ended. Salaries and other income in Nevada rose just 3.8 percent and in Arizona, 6.7 percent. The national average was 11.1 percent.

And Nevada's unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in June, the third-highest. Arizona's was 6.9 percent, 10th-highest.

The government's figures show that state-by-state spending patterns were radically different before the recession. In the three years leading up to the downturn, for example, spending in Arizona jumped 21.2 percent, the fourth-highest in the nation. Big home price gains during the housing bubble likely fueled more spending.

North Dakota's spending growth was only 12th-highest in those years. Spending rose the most in Wyoming, where it surged 24.5 percent, followed by Louisiana and Hawaii.

The report points to wide spending disparities elsewhere in the country. Per-person spending in 2012 was highest in Washington, D.C., at $59,423, followed by Massachusetts at $47,308. The next-highest per-person spending totals were in Connecticut, North Dakota and New Jersey.

Spending was lowest that year in Mississippi, at $27,406. Arkansas was second-lowest, at $28,366.

The government's new report includes figures for specific spending categories. For example, in 2012, consumers spent the most on housing and utilities in Washington, D.C., where per-capita spending reached $11,985, followed by Hawaii at $10,002. Connecticut and Maryland ranked third and fourth. Those figures largely reflect high rents in those areas.

The individual categories of spending data tend to coincide with regional cost-of-living differences. Consumers in Alaska, where food costs are generally high, spent the most on groceries, laying out $3,852 in 2012, followed by Vermont at $3,622, followed by New Hampshire, $3,616, and Hawaii, $3,615.

The cold-weather state of North Dakota led the nation in spending on gas and energy, paying a per capita $3,916 in 2012. Wyoming, South Dakota and Maine spent the next-largest amounts.

Hawaii spent the least, at just $882, followed by New York, Florida and California.
 
"Oil Boom and Housing Bust Alter State-by-State US Spending as North Dakota Soars, Nevada Lags" as reported by www.StarTruibune.com.

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          North Dakota Ranks #2 in Business Survival Rates   
By ND Commerce
North Dakota ranked 2nd in the nation for business survival rates according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Business Employment Dynamics data series. The study assessed the states in which new businesses were most likely to survive.
 
“We are very pleased that North Dakota continues to outpace the nation with one of the best business survival rates in the country,” North Dakota Department of Commerce Economic Development & Finance Division Director Paul Lucy said. “This study is additional proof that our business climate is one of the top in the nation for supporting emerging businesses, entrepreneurs and expansions.”
 
In 2003, there were 1,094 business establishments born in North Dakota. Nearly half of these businesses (47.1 percent) survived until 2013. Nationally, 610,082 businesses were established in the United States in 2003. Of these businesses, 226,809 (37.17percent) survived. Overall, California had the highest survival rate.
 
The number of limited liability companies registered in North Dakota increased 130 percent during the past four years from 12,459 to 28,657, according to North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger. “This number of new businesses along with this recent top ranking survival rate shows the continued strength of North Dakota.”
 
The complete Bureau of Economic Analysis report is available at http://www.bls.gov/bdm/.
 
The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services.
 
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          Drones: Next Big Thing in Aviation Is Small   
By ABC News


The next big thing in aviation may be really small.

With some no bigger than a hummingbird, the hottest things at this week's Farnborough International Airshow are tiny compared with the titans of the sky, such as the Airbus 380 or the Boeing Dreamliner.

What's got aviation geeks salivating at Farnborough, this year's biggest aviation jamboree that features participants from 40 countries, are the commercial possibilities of unmanned aerial vehicles — drones to most of us.

Drones are more commonly known for their use in conflict areas. This week Hamas launched for the first time an unmanned drone into Israeli airspace that was shot down.

But drones, which can weigh less than an ounce, have potential commercial applications that are vast. The industry, military and non-military, is growing and could according to some see investments of nearly $90 billion over the next ten years.

Experts say they can be adapted to fly over fields to determine when crops need watering, fly into clouds in hopes of offering more precise predictions on twisters, track endangered rhinos, spot wildfires and search out vast stretches of land for missing children.

And like the dawn of the era of aviation a little over a century ago, innovations are often being conducted by individuals with an idea and endless enthusiasm. They won't find it easy though as the big players in the markets, such as Boeing and Airbus, are also getting involved.

A lot of the research has been taking place in big flat places such as the Plains States, where a broad expanse of land combines with universities near military bases with air space exclusions to make research possible.

Where California had Silicon Valley to drive its high-tech industries, America's central belt from North Dakota to Texas could become a new research and commercial center for the aviation industry — the Silicon Plains.

"This is open country for entrepreneurs," said Stephen McKeever, Oklahoma's secretary of science and technology. "There will be a Steve Jobs."

But things are a bit on hold at the moment for the American makers of unmanned air vehicles, or UAVs, as they await rules from the Federal Aviation Administration. Under current rules, you can legally fly drones for "recreational purposes," as long as you comply with certain basic guidelines — such as keeping well clear of airports.

Commercial operations are only allowed with special authorization, a cumbersome process that the government intends to streamline. Once they are able to do this, McKeever suggests the situation will be akin to the land rush that sent land-hungry settlers scurrying to his state in 1889.

The FAA is developing regulations to permit the widespread commercial use of drones while protecting privacy and preventing interference with larger aircraft. As part of this process, the FAA in December selected six test sites around the country where research on drones will be conducted in a variety of environments.

North Dakota is one of them, and Brian Opp, manager of aerospace business development for the North Dakota Department of Commerce, is at Farnborough, promoting the virtues of the weather. In other words, if your drone can work in the midst of a freezing North Dakota winter or its scorching summer, it will work anywhere.

"That's good news for us," Opp said cheerfully.

Drones: Next Big Thing in Aviation Is Small - abcnews.com



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          Oil Is The New Gold: Inside North Dakota’s Oil Rush   
By Time

North Dakota is now producing more than one million barrels of oil a day, part of a modern gold rush that holds both promise and uncertainty for the future of the state.

Oil production statistics released by the state’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) revealed that the state produced 1,002,445 barrels per day in April 2014, up from 793,832 the year before. The new statistics mean that North Dakota now joins the ranks of Texas, Alaska, California and Louisiana- the only states to ever generate more than one millions barrels per day. (Texas is the only other one still producing that amount.)

North Dakota expects its production to climb: the DMR predicts oil production to peak at 1.5 million barrels per day around 2017.

This tracks a broader, national trend, as well: This year U.S. oil field production outpaced imports by about one million barrels a day.

Sudden turnaround
Just five years ago, North Dakota was producing less than 200,000 barrels a day. Alison Ritter, public information officer for the oil and gas division of the DMR, traces the beginning of the oil boom to the 2006 discovery of the Parshall Oil Field on the Bakken formation, the oil-rich shale rock material under the western part of the state. Using a combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, commonly called “fracking,” workers initially extracted an impressive 463 barrels a day from the discovery well. “It wasn’t the first time this was used [in North Dakota],” Ritter says of the drilling strategy, “But it was the first time it was used well.”

Since then, North Dakota’s economy has exploded. The state now has the fastest growing economy in the U.S. and the lowest unemployment rate: 2.6% compared to a national average of 6.3%, according to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number is well below that in Williston, the town at the heart of the oil rush, which has an unemployment rate of less than 1%.

People eager to cash in on the boom have been flocking to Williston for years; the town’s population has doubled since 2010. Housing prices are skyrocketing, and construction is struggling to keep pace with the population. In the first quarter of 2013, Williston issued nearly $72 million in building permits, more than twice the amount during the same period of 2012.

Incomes in the town match the rising real estate prices- in 2014, Walmart hired entry-level workers in Williston at a staggering $17.40 per hour to compete with the salaries people can fetch on the oil fields.
“In some ways we would have had more trouble with this had the national economy been good when this started,” says Tom Rolfstad, executive director of Williston Economic Development. “We’ve benefitted. Going into this we were worried about where we were going to get workers… but because of the national recession, we have workers coming from everywhere and we have investors coming in from everywhere looking to invest.”

Growing pains
Yet the steady stream of hopeful workers into the small town means that, even with high wages, many are stuck living temporary housing facilities sprouting up in the Bakken oil region while they wait for more permanent housing to be built.

“They’re not as bad as people think,” Rolfstad says of the facilities, often called man camps. “They’re more like a college dormitory. But we realize that this is going to be a long-term proposition, so we’re more about trying to do things permanently than temporarily. We’re really trying to build a city that has quality and not just quantity.”

North Dakota also needs to expand refining facilities to accommodate the flood of oil. The state currently has only one refinery, capable of refining 68,000 barrels a day. Though two more refineries are in the works, for now most of the oil is shipped via railway and pipeline to other refineries south and east of the state.
But with all the excitement of new growth comes downsides, as well. Williston schools are overcrowded and emergency services are strained. Meanwhile, the character of the town and the state are changing. “When you go to a restaurant now, you might wait in line to get in and wait in line again to pay,” says Rolfstad. “These are big city things we’ve never experienced before.”

Oil Is The New Gold: Inside North Dakota’s Oil Rush - time.com

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          Inside One Of The FAA's New Drone Test Sites   
By Kelsey Atherton, Popular Science
Earlier this week, flying barely under the wire of its 2013 deadline, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the six states it had selected as test sites for domestic drone use. The goal is to figure out how unmanned aerial vehicles can safely work in U.S. skies alongside commercial planes, news and police helicopters, cropdusters, and the whole range of peopled flying machines. Twenty-four states applied, eager to lead the country in developing commercial uses for drones and grab a slice of what the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International predicts will be an $82 billion industry by 2025.

The winning candidates were Alaska, Virginia, New York, Texas, Nevada, and North Dakota. Prior to test site selection, the FAA authorized over 300 much smaller test sites for drones, most of which were universities and small police departments. The FAA program is set to conclude in February 2017.

In November, I went to one of these test sites in Grand Forks, North Dakota, to see what exactly the future of domestic flying robots might look like. Full disclosure: The North Dakota Department of Commerce paid for my trip.

When I, along with four other journalists, traveled to the Roughrider State, I found a community united in avoiding the word "drone." The officials I spoke with refer to their flying machines as "unmanned aircraft." That's what the FAA is calling them, while at nearby Grand Forks Air Force Base the term is "remotely piloted vehicle."

"Unmanned is unequivocally the future of aviation," 69th Reconnaissance Group Commander Colonel Lawrence Spinetta said, speaking at Grand Forks Air Force Base. It's not just the military that has adopted this attitude. In 2010, the University of North Dakota, which has a long history in training airplane and helicopter pilots, created the nation's first civilian degree program in piloting drones. The FAA granted the University of North Dakota a special certificate that allows the school to fly unmanned vehicles.

The FAA authorized the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department to use drones for law enforcement missions in March 2013. Canadian dronemaker Draganflyer and California drone company AeroVironment have both partnered with the sheriff's department to test their small drones. In May, the department used a drone during a police mission for the first time.

In Seattle, a plan for police to use drones was scuttled by the mayor before it had even taken off, following outcry and protest by privacy advocates. I asked North Dakota Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley why that didn't happen in Grand Forks. "We don't have that many Black Helicopters types," he said, before quickly clarifying, "There's a lot of trust in institutions here." He mentioned the state's status as the best-run in the nation, according to financial news company 27/7 Wall Street. Of course, not everyone in North Dakota would agree with Wrigley. Driving back from a tour of Grand Forks Air Force Base, we passed a home with "Libertarian: Less Government, More Freedom" painted on the side.

In an effort to gain community support for drone use, the University of North Dakota created the Unmanned Aerial Systems Research Compliance Committee, an academic ethics assembly that reviews and approves proposals for drone use. The committee's meetings are open to the public. I spoke with committee members Barry Milavetz and Thomasine Heitkamp about the project. Milavetz has a background in medicine; Heitkamp in social work. While neither comes from law enforcement or aviation, they both have extensive experience in the ethics of academic research.

The keys to a successful drone program are community standards, feedback, and public notification, Heitkamp and Milavetz told me. These standards, adopted voluntarily by the University of North Dakota and accepted by the sheriff's department, may have influenced the FAA's drone roadmap, which issued privacy guidelines that seem to be based on the committee's work.

One example of the committee's influence is the sign pictured at the top of this page, which informs people driving by that a police drone is in use. Another example comes from a major concert, which prompted a tremendous influx of traffic into Grand Forks. The city, with a population of 53,000, expected thousands more visitors, and the sheriff's department wanted to use drones to better manage the traffic. The public safety benefit was there--it's easier to spot and resolve traffic problems from above. But flying cameras can make people uneasy. Heitkamp and Milavetz both discussed the challenge of data retention: what happens to the video recorded by the drone? Is it stored indefinitely, and if so, by whom, and who can gain access to it? In the case of the concert, the committee tried to balance the safety benefits and privacy concerns by allowing the drones to stream live video, but not record it for future use. And they were only allowed to film cars, which matter for traffic snarls, and not people, which largely don't.

If all this sounds pretty mundane for a future of flying robots, that's because it is. The essential part of making drones work in Grand Forks, at least according to the officials I spoke with, seemed to be trustthe sheriff's department voluntarily adopted the university's standards; the university took their role as researchers and community stewards seriously; and the research compliance committee sought public input on all decisions about drone use.

Now that the FAA has selected North Dakota as a test site, the state will begin rolling out programs that have already been implemented on a small scale in Grand Forks. By participating in the FAA's research project, North Dakota, Alaska, Virginia, Nevada, Texas, and New York all stand to benefit from an economic windfall, with new industry and jobs springing up around domestic drones. For now, though, the future of unmanned aircraft is still in beta.

View "Inside One Of The FAA's New Drone Test Sites" at popsci.com

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          Nokia Technologies bổ nhiệm CEO Samsung Electronics Bắc Mỹ làm giám đốc điều hành   
Nghe có vẻ hơi phức tạp nhưng Nokia Technologies - công ty Nokia Phần Lan chịu trách nhiệm tạo ra các sản phẩm sức khỏe như Withings hay thực tế ảo, camera OZO - đã bổ nhiệm Gregory Lee làm giám đốc điều hành của họ ở khu vực Bắc Mỹ. Lee vốn là CEO của Samsung Electronics ở Bắc Mỹ, một vị trí rất cao phụ trách không chỉ điện thoại mà còn TV, các sản phẩm dân dụng của Samsung ở khu vực này.

Với việc bổ nhiệm Lee, Nokia cho thấy quyết tâm mở rộng ra các sản phẩm dành cho người dùng cuối cũng như đưa tên tuổi Nokia quay trở lại. Gregory Lee sẽ làm việc ở California, báo cáo trực tiếp cho chủ tịch và CEO Nokia toàn cầu Rajeev Suri.

Cũng cần nhấn mạnh là "phạm vi quyền lực" của ông Lee sẽ nằm ở Bắc Mỹ, không phải là toàn cầu như một số thông tin mà chúng ta tiếp nhận gần đây. Lee đã làm việc ở Samsung được 13 năm, trước đó ông công tác ở P&G, Kellog và Johnson & Johnson. Ở Samsung, Lee từng nắm giữ những vị trí rất cao: Giám đốc marketing...
          Chế tạo miếng dán giúp thu năng lượng từ mồ hôi để cung cấp cho thiết bị điện tử   
Các nhà khoa học đến từ Đại học California (Mỹ) gần đây đã chế tạo thành công một miếng dán hình vuông với kích thước chỉ vài cm nhưng lại có khả năng vô cùng đặc biệt - biến mồ hôi thành năng lượng. Bên trong các miếng dán này có chứa những enzym thay thế các kim loại quý thường được dùng trong pin và tiêu thụ mồ hôi để cấp năng lượng.

Tuy công nghệ tổng hợp năng lượng từ tế bào sinh học này từ trước đến nay vẫn còn gặp nhiều khó khăn trong việc ứng dụng bởi hiệu suất không cao, tuy nhiên, các nhà khoa học đã tạo ra một bước đột phá trong lĩnh vực này với phát minh mới của họ, giúp tăng mức năng lượng thu được gấp 10 lần so với trước đây.

"Hiệu suất đạt được hiện tại thật sự ấn tượng", ông Joseph Wang đến từ Đại học California cho biết. "Nếu bạn ra ngoài và chạy bộ, bạn có thể sẽ sạc pin cho điện thoại (thông qua miếng dán)".

Mặc dù có những tiến bộ nhất định trong công nghệ tế bào nhiên liệu sinh học trong thời gian gần...
          Noah's Wish Assisting Flooded Animal Shelter in Napa, CA   

          Noah's Wish on Alert to Assist With Animal Rescue in Northern California   

          Cirelli   
Emilio (Emil)Cirelli (born 1888) married to Concetta Cirelli
(nee Molli) (born 1890). Lived in Torrioni, Italy and came to USA from Naples. Lived in Palisades Park, NJ and had
many, many brothers and sisters who we believe moved to the
New England Area. Emil was a tailor and a women's clothing manufacturer in Hudson County, NJ.
Any info as to where they were born, brothers, sisters,parents, etc. would be appreciated. Also looking for long lost cousins who lived in California...Emil would be your grandfather...Thank you!
          Department Secretary   
CA-Sacramento, RESPONSIBILITIES: Kforce has a client seeking a Department Secretary in Sacramento, California (CA). Essential Functions: Provides complete and professional secretarial, clerical and minor administrative support to the Department and its professional staff and assists with special projects Ensures a smooth and coordinated flow of information into and out of the department Proactively produces mate
          Us district court blocks high capacity magazine ban   
US District Court blocks high capacity magazine ban: Judge Blocks 'High Capacity' Mag Ban to Prevent Criminalization of Law-Abiding Californians -...
          The FBI Kept A List Of Dungeons & Dragons Players As They Hunted The Unabomber   

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I used to think religious zealots and talk show hosts trying to make a name for themselves were the only people who thought Dungeons & Dragons was a threat to America, but back in 1983 the FBI believed D&D was bad news too.

But their reason didn't involve Satan or the corruption of souls- it involved cocaine trafficking, and they even had the game's creator Gary Gygax on their list as a possible suspect:

The first, dated 1983, has to do with “significant cocaine traffickers in the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin area.” The birthplace of D&D was, and still is, a sleepy lakeside town just over the Illinois border. An FBI agent rooting around there for drug traffickers seems pretty far fetched, but the report appears to be genuine.

D&D co-creator Gary Gygax is named in the document, but whatever the FBI’s interest in him was has been redacted. It ended with a note that the FBI would proceed to “review corporate records for TSR, Inc. in effort to identify corporate officers and attorney of record.” A second document, dated March 1984, seems to show the FBI doing its due diligence to make sure that TSR was a publishing company and not a front for cocaine trafficking.

Twelve years later TSR, the makers of D&D, were the focus of another FBI investigation, but this time Dungeons & Dragons players were investigated in connection with The Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski:

The document also mentions an FBI visit with a gaming group in Fresno, California. Members of the group were shown pictures of one of the Unabomber’s explosive devices and asked if they recognized an individual from a “composite drawing.” This is likely the iconic image of the man in a hood circulated for more than a decade prior to Kaczynski’s arrest.

The final document, the most heavily redacted of the bunch, is dated April 1995. It seems to focus on an interview with a single individual at TSR, and centers around that person’s relationship with another individual in their gaming group.

“Many of the members of the group became paranoid,” the agent writes, “and began pointing fingers at one another. [The interview subject] indicated that he believes this is based on the suspicious nature of the individuals that were in the gaming group [and] indicated that he is quite sure that some of the members of the group fantasized about the possibility that maybe one of their members was responsible for the bombings.”

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          CHP: ‘Person of Interest’ Taken into Custody After Double-Fatal Collision in Concord   
The ‘person of interest’ police were searching for in connection with last night’s double-fatal collision on Highway 4 in Concord, has been taken into custody, according to the California Highway Patrol. 35-year-old Lemuel Sirvonn Wilson, Jr. is currently being questioned by the CHP, police said. Two children; a 5-year-old boy and a 10-year-old boy died […]
          UPDATE: Two Young Children Die in Hit & Run Crash in North Concord – Person of Interest Identified   
(by Janis Mara) – Two San Pablo children died, a third was hospitalized with major injuries and their mother was hospitalized in a hit and run crash on Highway 4 in Concord late Friday night, the California Highway Patrol said. Around 10:55 p.m., a silver 2004 Infiniti sedan was traveling westbound on Highway 4 toward […]
          WE ARE ALL THIRD WAY NOW:   
The Case For a Universal  Basic Income (Sebastian Johnson, 7/01/17, The Los Angeles Times)

There are competing ideas about how exactly the policy should work. Advocates on the left call for a UBI that would increase benefits to the poor and be financed by increasing taxes on corporations and the wealthy. Conservative advocates favor an approach wherein programs in the current safety net, such as Social Security and food stamps, are replaced with a UBI. Others favor an incrementalist policy in which current safety net programs are expanded to include all Americans, while another faction wants to build a UBI program from scratch. Despite their differences, all approaches to UBI policy share the core goal of establishing an income floor for every American.

An income floor would help American workers in a number of critical ways. Relieved of the immediate pressure to pay bills, workers could pursue training for the kinds of jobs that automation will bring. A universal basic income would allow skilled workers to take entrepreneurial risks they cannot afford now. It would also allow Americans to work fewer hours but maintain their living standards, leaving more time for caregiving and raising children. Overall, UBI would provide a significant boost to the American middle class, which has stagnated even as productivity and overall wealth continue to rise. By putting more money into the pockets of workers, a UBI could fuel aggregate demand and job growth in different sectors across the country.

Momentum is building. Child poverty experts in growing numbers have called on states and the federal government to consider a child allowance -- UBI for kids -- that would help level the playing field for low- and middle-income families. The California Senate is considering ambitious cap-and-trade legislation that would send "climate dividend rebates" to every citizen. Even some oil companies are in favor of schemes to tax carbon and send checks to every American.

          Apple & other companies want Calif. DMV to change autonomous vehicle rules   
Apple & other companies want Calif. DMV to change autonomous vehicle rules

Dozens of tech companies, including Apple, Google’s Waymo and Tesla, have expressed their desire to see some changes in the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ self-driving car policies.

Apple, Waymo, Tesla and other companies like Uber, Lyft, Toyota and Ford recently submitted comments to the California DMV, which were then shared online. The suggestions range from deciding when a driver should take control of the self-driving vehicle to recommending paying passengers to be allowed to ride in autonomous vehicles.

Waymo, the self-driving car subsidiary of Google, said, “We’re encouraged by the DMV efforts to develop regulations for autonomous vehicles that would help California remain a leader in the development of self-driving cars. Waymo looks forward to deploying this life-saving technology in the state.”

Apple’s director of product integrity Steve Kenner said in a statement that the Cupertino-based tech giant wanted the DMV to make changes to three of its policies that relate to disengagement reporting, definitions and testing of vehicles without safety drivers.

The California DMV told reports that it is reviewing the public comments on the proposed self-driving vehicle regulations. In case it decides to make changes to the existing regulations, it will hold a fifteen-day public comment period to allow individuals and companies to weigh in.

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          Long Beach, California Reason #297 Adam Green (www.AdamPaulGreen.com) Left a Chocolate MLM Company and Joined the "Rain-International" Team (www.myrainlife.com/g3) was the Black Cumin Seed Purity   

Long Beach, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/29/2017 -- Rain International is the category creator of seed-based nutrition. Rain has been providing groundbreaking research and revolutionary nutritional supplement products since 2011. Rain's product experts have gone to the source of plant-nutrition in order to formulate products proven to support healthy lives. Rain has transferred their passion for helping people into a growing business that incentivizes sharing healthy products by using healthy-tactics and not pushy, in-your-face schemes. Rain International seeks to make positive-change wherever it has 'roots' through products, people, and their non-profit, 'Seeds for Change Foundation.'

Address: 825 East 1180 South, American Fork, UT, 84003
Phone: (801) 724-6606

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Long Beach, California Reason #297 Adam Green (http://www.AdamPaulGreen.com) Left a Chocolate MLM Company and Joined the "Rain-International" Team (http://www.myrainlife.com/g3) was the Black Cumin Seed Purity

Coffee is one of society's staples. Rain International wants to make coffee even better. So, Rain decided to enhance it. They kept the same, nostalgic flavor, but added substance to coffee so that it's now a "Super Food" and an 'Infusion.' Rain took a proprietary, four-seed oil-blend and infused-it into each cup of their gourmet coffee. This blend is: Grapefruit-seed, Grape-seed, Pomegranate-seed, along with Black Cumin-seed which carry a wealth-of-benefits and nutrients. By combining the four-seed-oils into each coffee bean, Rain created a super-charged source of nutrition that converts average coffee into a source of health and wellness. https://rainintl.com/fused/seeds.

Rain International products are manufactured in a top-of-the-line facility, using only non-GMO ingredients. Their unique cold-press process leaves no harsh chemical waste; it does not emit harmful smoke into the atmosphere. The lack of harsh chemical and high heat proves beneficial to the seeds, keeping nutrition intact with mild processing. Rain is unique because they have control of their own manufacturing process. They ensure that every packet is of the highest quality and they stand behind each pouch. With both NSF (The Public Health and Safety Organization) and INFANCA certification, the consumer can trust their products to be of the highest quality. In process testing and inspection is performed to ensure cGMP standards are met.

Rain International ANTI-INFLAMMATORY ANTIOXIDANTS: Seed oils are possibly the most concentrated source of powerful antioxidants, which fight inflammation and fight all the damaging Free Radicals. Dangerous Free Radicals are produced whenever 'oxidation' occurs due to exposure from pesticides on food, tobacco smoke, fumes and pollutants in the air, etc. Each of us experiences all these harmful chemicals every single day, and balancing resulting radicals with antioxidants can help to prevent a big multitude of unhealthy conditions. Rain International is the innovative creator of seed-based nutrition. Rain's experts have gone to the source of plant-nutrition in order to formulate proven-products.

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Black raspberry seeds contain antioxidant-like phytonutrients including 'Ellagitannins' and Antho-cyanins, which are powerful antioxidants that help-support many bodily functions and overall good-health. Antioxidants seek out and eliminate cell damaging substances, called Free Radicals. Free Radicals can occur naturally in the body or from exposure to environmental toxins. Although 'Ellagitannins' exist in most berries, raspberries contain the most potent levels. https://rainintl.com/soul. Scientists worldwide have studied and continue to unearth benefits of the ingredients found in Rain Core. Rain has found many nutrients combined are more powerful than one. With Rain's synergy of ingredients, greater results are being discovered and achieved.

WHY CHOOSE RAIN? Rain International's President and Founder, Byron Belka, is an ex-distributor in the Network Marketing Industry that personally excelled to expert echelons. With more than 10 years' experience in the Direct Sales Industry, Mr. Belka worked around the globe establishing teams of thousands of individuals who have earned over $100 million. With the creation of Soul, Rain's flagship product, Mr. Belka not only built a product that has had dramatic health benefits for communities around the world, but he has also opened up a new category of wellness products that is quickly revolutionizing health and generating wealth.

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About Rain International
Rain International is the category creator of seed-based nutrition. Rain has been providing groundbreaking research and revolutionary nutritional supplement products since 2011.

Rain's product experts have gone to the source of plant-nutrition in order to formulate products proven to support healthy lives. Rain has transferred their passion for helping people into a growing business that incentivizes sharing healthy products by using healthy-tactics and not pushy, in-your-face schemes

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/long-beach-california-reason-297-adam-green-wwwadampaulgreencom-left-a-chocolate-mlm-company-and-joined-the-rain-international-team-wwwmyrainlifecomg3-was-the-black-cumin-seed-purity-826363.htm

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Rain International
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          Los Angeles, California Reason #296 Adam Paul Green (www.IMAdamGreen.com) Outgrew a Cocoa MLM Company and Joined the "Rain International" Team (www.myrainlife.com/g3) was the Black Cumin Seed Quality   

Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/29/2017 -- Rain International is the category creator of seed-based nutrition. Rain has been providing groundbreaking research and revolutionary nutritional supplement products since 2011. Rain's product experts have gone to the source of plant-nutrition in order to formulate products proven to support healthy lives. Rain has transferred their passion for helping people into a growing business that incentivizes sharing healthy products by using healthy-tactics and not pushy, in-your-face schemes. Rain International seeks to make positive-change wherever it has 'roots' through products, people, and their non-profit, 'Seeds for Change Foundation.'

Address: 825 East 1180 South, American Fork, UT, 84003
Phone: (801) 724-6606

https://twitter.com/rain_intl
https://www.facebook.com/wearerain
https://www.instagram.com/rain.international
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Los Angeles, California Reason #296 Adam Paul Green (http://www.IMAdamGreen.com) Outgrew a Cocoa MLM Company and Joined the "Rain International" Team (http://www.myrainlife.com/g3) was the Black Cumin Seed Quality

For years, coffee has been just coffee. Recently, scientists began the process of 'infusing coffee' with different flavors to enhance taste. However, these 'infusions' did little to enhance the Total-Nutritional-Value (TNV) of coffee; until now. Many other attempts were made to increase the inherent benefits of coffee; but these failed for various reasons. The difficulty-level of performing such an infusion was too high. However, Rain International has found a way to take a cup of coffee and infuse each bean with its proprietary "seed-blend." Thus, taking a "normal cup of coffee" and turning it into a super-source of nutrition.

https://rainintl.com/fused/story

Rain is the creator of seed-based nutrition. Rain's experts have gone to the source of plant-nutrition in order to formulate-products proven to support healthy-lives. Rain is proud to introduce seed-based-nutrition to the world. Rain has transferred their passion for helping people into a growing business that incentivizes sharing healthy products by using healthy-tactics and not pushy, in-your-face schemes. Rain seeks to make positive-change wherever it has 'roots' through products, people, and their non-profit, 'Seeds for Change Foundation.' The foundations' mission is to create self-sustainability through empowering the under-nourished, under-served, and the underdog to overcome challenges as individuals and communities.

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BENEFITS (Rain International COLD-PRESS PROCESS): Soul's potent benefits are due to a cold-press processing. This process does not damage the nutrition found in seeds, unlike harsh chemical or high heat methods. Benefits include: Increased energy, Neutralizing free-radicals with powerful-antioxidants, Immunity-support, Better-sleep, Effective-exercise-recovery and more. Scientists worldwide have studied and continue to unearth benefits of the ingredients found in Rain Core. Just one of the many ingredients in Rain Core is so beneficial that some companies have based their entire business on that one single ingredient. Rain has found many nutrients combined are more powerful than one. Synergy creates greater results.

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The healthier a person is the less-money they spend on medical-bills. Ushered in after 'Soul' – 'Core' is the second product to be introduced by Rain International. Core contains the nutrition of high-quality greens and dense seed blends, all in a 1-ounce packet. Core has gained a clinical reputation for improving health-functions and works together with Soul to provide what the body needs. UNLOCKING NATURE: Rain's products are 'Lipo-philic": being able to be broken-down with fats-and-lipids, as part of the digestion process. Rain's seeds are bio-available for human consumption – using every single grain of nutrients from each seed — wasting nothing.

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Rain International HEART-HEALTHY FATS: Seeds are full of healthful mono- and polyunsaturated-fats. Other fats, such as saturated and trans-fats (those found in meats, dairy, fried and processed foods) can trigger 'inflammation.' According to research, diets 'high' in these unhealthy fats can lead to a disease. Eating healthy-fat-foods can lower-cholesterol and decrease-inflammation. Rain is the creator of seed-based nutrition. Rain's experts have gone to the source of plant-nutrition in order to formulate products proven to support healthy-lives. Rain is proud to introduce seed-based-nutrition to the world. The Company: Rain International has provided groundbreaking research and revolutionary nutritional-supplement products since 2011.

https://rainintl.com/form

About Rain International
Rain International is the category creator of seed-based nutrition. Rain has been providing groundbreaking research and revolutionary nutritional supplement products since 2011.

Rain's product experts have gone to the source of plant-nutrition in order to formulate products proven to support healthy lives. Rain has transferred their passion for helping people into a growing business that incentivizes sharing healthy products by using healthy-tactics and not pushy, in-your-face schemes

For more information on this press release visit: http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/los-angeles-california-reason-296-adam-paul-green-wwwimadamgreencom-outgrew-a-cocoa-mlm-company-and-joined-the-rain-international-team-wwwmyrainlifecomg3-was-the-black-cumin-seed-quality-826357.htm

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Rain International
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          @AltheimLaw’s Privacy and Data Protection Week in Review   
Big Data   The E-Books Are Reading You #EUdataP http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/25/technology/as-new-services-track-habits-the-e-books-are-reading-you.html … Retailers, Supermarkets, Medical Markets Dive In To Extract Information From And About Consumers http://ow.ly/rYTdJ      California Privacy   California’s New Do-Not-Track Law Goes Into Effect January 1, 2014, Remember To Check Your Privacy Policy For … http://ow.ly/2Clqu3    CAN-SPAM   Court Accepts Narrow View […]
          @AltheimLaw’s Privacy and Data Protection Week in Review   
California Privacy   Should We Cheer The California Attorney General’s Revenge Porn Arrest Or Find It Alarming? (Forbes Cross-Post) http://ow.ly/2CgHsk  California’s New Do-Not-Track Law Goes Into Effect January 1, 2014, Remember To Check Your Privacy Policy For … ow.ly/2CimTG     Conferences   IAPP Daily Dashboard ‏@DailyDashboard17 Dec Coverage of last week’s #DPCongress #NSA panel w/ @ioerror @stewartbaker @bendrath & Vodafone (recording included) bit.ly/1kSpreu “Yes, Consent Is Dead. […]
          Aug 2nd: Venus and Jupiter both struck by massive impacts in less than a fortnight. Is it Earth's turn next?   

It has been revealed today that a massive unexplained white spot has appeared in the cloudy atmosphere of the planet Venus. Scientists are unsure what has caused the spot - some are even speculating on the possibility of volcanic activity - but a massive impact from a comet or asteroid seems the more likely of the two.

This comes just two weeks after a massive scar appeared on Jupiter near its southern pole. The current scientific thinking/speculation suggests that this too may have been caused by a massive asteroid or comet plunging into the largest planet in the solar system.

To date no one has connected the two events. So should we ask the question: Is it possible that there have been some seriously violent collisions taking place in the asteroid belt - which lies between Mars and Jupiter - that have been sending huge asteroids out into both the inner and outer Solar System? And has the Earth been lucky so far in that two of its near neighbours have taken the worst of the impacts?

It's been a while since Earth was struck by a large impact from space. The last big one to strike the Earth's landmass was perhaps on June 30, 1908 when a comet or asteroid measuring some tens of metres across exploded 5-10km in the air over Tungsta, Russia. Although the explosion took place in the air it still had the blast power of a 5-30 megatons bomb (1,000 times that of the Hiroshima bomb) and caused massive damage on the ground.

There's been no such impacts in the age of mass communications and satellite TV networks - which may have created a false sense of security here on Earth. As Californians love to say - regarding the next quake - it may not be long before the next "big one". A sobering thought for a Sunday morning.
          Comment on 2011-07 Christa Sturdevant by HIV Can Spread Early, Evolve in Patients’ Brains | The Today Online   
[…] of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Richard Price, M.D. , University of California, San Francisco; and Christa Buckheit Sturdevant, Ph.D., UNC (now at Duke), and colleagues, report on their findings March 26, 2015, in the journal PLoS […]
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          Can California fish catch break with giant tunnels? Depends   
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown&apos;s plan to route much of California&apos;s mightiest river into two massive tunnels poses new perils for salmon and other struggling native species, but could give them a couple of breaks as well, experts and project supporters and opponents say in the wake of two newly issued wildlife rulings on the $16 billion project....
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          Test identifierar bröstcancerpatienter med mycket låg risk att dö   
Ett molekylärt test kan identifiera vilka bröstcancerpatienter som har en mycket låg risk att dö upp till 20 år efter diagnos. Det visar en ny klinisk studie av forskare vid Karolinska Institutet och University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) som publiceras i JAMA Oncology. Sedan införandet av bröstcancerscreening upptäcks allt fler lågrisktumörer med så kallat indolent beteende. Bättre verktyg för att identifiera sådana tumörer behövs för att kunna undvika överbehandling vid bröstcancer. Analyserar uttrycket av 70 gener Den aktuella studien undersökte om ett gentest som analyserar uttrycket av 70 gener kan identifiera indolenta tumörer och bedöma risken för dödlig bröstcancer upp till 20 år efter diagnos. Studien genomfördes i samarbete med Stockholms bröstcancergrupp och inkluderade patienter från Stockholm tamoxifen-studien (STO-3). Den nya analysen omfattade postmenopausala bröstcancerpatienter som ingick i STO-3-studien från 1976 till 1990, randomiserade för att få tamoxifenbehandling kontra ingen systemisk behandling. – Vi drog slutsatsen att gentestet identifierar patienter med mycket låg långsiktig risk att dö av bröstcancer. Eftersom bröstcancer är en så mångsidig sjukdom är det viktigt att kunna identifiera dessa patienter, säger Linda Lindström, sisteförfattare i studien samt forskare vid institutionen för biovetenskaper och näringslära på Karolinska Institutet. Viktigt steg mot individanpassning Testet klassificerade 15 procent av patienterna som lågriskpatienter, vilket visar att lågrisktumörerna utgör en väsentlig del av alla diagnostiserade bröstcancrar i studien. Kvinnorna med lågrisktumörer hade en utmärkt prognos, oavsett om de fick tamoxifen eller inte. ­– Detta är ett viktigt steg framåt för att individanpassa vården för kvinnor med bröstcancer. Vi kan nu testa små nodnegativa bröstcancertumörer, och om de är i kategorin ultralåg risk kan vi berätta för kvinnorna att de har mycket låg risk att dö av sin cancer och inte behöver aggressiv behandling, säger Laura Esserman, läkare, bröstcancerspecialist och professor vid UCSF. Studien finansierades av California Breast Cancer Research Program BCRP, Vetenskapsrådet, Forskningsrådet för hälsa, arbetsliv och välfärd (FORTE) och Stiftelsen Gösta Miltons donationsfond. Publikation “Use of Molecular Tools to Identify Patients With Indolent Breast Cancers With Ultralow Risk Over 2 Decades” Laura Esserman, Christina Yau, Carlie Thompson, Laura van 't Veer, Alexander Borowsky, Katherine Hoadley, Nicholas Tobin, Bo Nordenskjöld, Tommy Fornander, Olle Stål, Christopher Benz, och Linda S. Lindström JAMA Oncology, online 29 juni 2017. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2017.1261
          Project Engineer: Systems Engineer - The Aerospace Corporation - Vandenberg AFB, CA   
Familiarity with Missile Defense, EELV, SpaceX, SMC, Range Safety and Air Force standards. Vandenberg AFB, CA (California)....
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          Body of missing 5-year-old boy found in California   
Homicide detectives have found the body of a missing 5-year-old boy whose father is charged with his murder, authorities announced Saturday. ...
          Trump upset states not fulling cooperating with voting panel   
AP Photo/Jim Cole OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump is upset that all states aren’t fully cooperating with his voting commission’s request for detailed information about every voter in the United States. Some of the most populous ones, including California and New York, a...
          DABS Episdoe 2: Best Buy, Keep Your Shit Tight   
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Well, we had a lot of fun making this show, and we got some good feedback. However, the main thing will still need is MORE feedback. Please don't hesitate to leave us comments, or send us an email at dabs@podomatic.com Note from Brandon: Sorry about my shitty mic, there will be a much better quality one next week. Also sorry about the delay in getting this podcast out. We had some technical difficulties. Expect the next one next Firday :) Show Notes I don't know if HTML works here, so you get a full link. This week we took a big selection from JoyStiq. California Game Law http://www.joystiq.com/2007/08/06/california-game-law-wont-be-back/ Itagaki Harasses Heavenly Sword http://www.joystiq.com/2007/08/06/heavenly-sword-producer-defends-against-itagakis-jabs/ Hellgate London comes out on Halloween (Yay!) http://www.joystiq.com/2007/08/06/hellgate-london-release-date-set-for-halloween/ How to fix the Red Ring of Death on you 360 while voiding your warranty at the same time! http://www.joystiq.com/2007/08/09/cheapy-d-fixes-red-ring-with-towel-in-video/ Silicon Knights Still Suing Epic for their own mistakes (We're not biased) http://www.joystiq.com/2007/07/19/silicon-knights-sues-epic-over-unreal-engine-3-inadequacies/ Best Buy Screws Up! Suckers. http://www.joystiq.com/2007/08/08/the-60-rock-band-saga-continues/ We also chatted about upcoming games, here are the relevant links. Sam's Pick - Stranglehold http://strangleholdgame.com/ http://www.midway.com/rxpage/Game_Stranglehold.html Brandon's Pick - Company of Heroes: Opposing Front http://www.companyofheroesgame.com/ http://www.gamespot.com/pc/strategy/companyofheroesopposingfronts/news.html?sid=6171480&om_act=convert&om_clk=newsfeatures&tag=newsfeatures;title;3 Austin's Pick - Guild Wars: Eye of the North http://www.guildwars.com/ http://www.gamespot.com/pc/rpg/guildwarseyeofthenorth/index.html?tag=result;title;0 Robert's Pick - World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/wrath/ http://www.videogamesblogger.com/2007/07/31/world-of-warcraft-wrath-of-the-lich-king-expansion-pack-demo-to-be-shown-by-blizzard-in-august.htm Our Emails Group Email (Most Preferred): dabs@podomatic.com Robert: Sam: sinoda42@gmail.com Austin: dives4goals@excite.com Brandon: hatbrandon@gmail.com - Hey ladies hit me up haha FEEDBACK. Send us some.
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Going hog wild for LI ribs
Originally published: November 1, 2011 5:14 PM
Updated: November 1, 2011 5:16 PM
By PETER M. GIANOTTI, ERICA MARCUS AND JOAN REMINICK. peter.gianotti@newsday.com,, erica.marcus@newsday.com,, joan.reminick@newsday.com

Photo credit: Donna Alberico, 2009 | Allison, Ryan, Brianna and Peter Callahan eating at Smokin' Al's, a barbecue restaurant on Merrick Road in Massapequa Park.
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Going hog wild for LI ribs
Give us ribs. Meaty, smoky, tender pork ribs. Make them with a dry rub or slather them with secret sauce. Then throw down some extra napkins and go away. It's not a pretty sight to see us drenched in BBQ drippings. But we don't care.
We love the kind of magic that happens when meat meets wood smoke.
"It's all about the balance of the seasoning, the tenderness of a good piece of properly smoked meat," said Al Horowitz, owner of two Smokin' Al's Famous BBQ Joints, in Bay Shore and Massapequa Park.
But all pigs are not created equal, Horowitz said. Fat content can vary from one rack to the next. So, to keep those ribs reliable, Horowitz has racks checked for tenderness and moistness by gloved crew members, who open and touch them straight out of the smoker.
Who needs knives and forks? "People just like to eat with their hands," said Dan Monteforte, pitmaster at Swingbellys Beachside BBQ in Long Beach. "There's something soulful about that."
Here are some favorite places to hunker down with a rack:

DIXIE'S SMOKEHOUSE TEXAS B.B.Q. & ROTISSERIE
12 Indian Head Rd., Kings Park
631-292-2520, dixiessmokehouse.com
PRIME After being dry-rubbed and slow-smoked, the meaty baby back ribs come out tender and smoke-imbued. Get them unadorned or judiciously glazed with a piquant barbecue sauce. Half rack baby backs: $13.99; full rack, $21.99.
PLUS Slider sampler (burger, brisket, crabcake), St. Louis racks, behemoth beef ribs, juicy smoky brisket, fine pulled pork sandwich, succulent rotisserie chicken.

LILY FLANAGAN'S
528 Main St., Islip
631-581-1550, lilyflanagansbar.com.
PRIME Barbecue champ Willie B (aka Will Breakstone) parks his mobile smoker in the rear lot of this multipurpose spot (where he also heads up the kitchen). Lunch is the time to go, since the place becomes a noisy bar at night. Beneath their spice crust, Breakstone's baby backs harbor tender pink meat that pulls (rather than falls) off the bone, a sign of proper smoking. Quarter rack, $7.95, half rack, $13.95; full rack, $22.
PLUS From the outdoor smoker, you can also get pulled pork and corned beef. On Sundays, Breakstone grills burgers and hot dogs and offers barbecue specials.

MARA'S HOMEMADE
234 Jericho Tpke. (Muttontown Plaza), Syosset
516-682-9200, marashomemade.com
PRIME Tender and generous baby back ribs are in the "Arkansas barbecue" category, where Texas and Memphis meet. Plenty of rub, plenty of smoke, plenty of flavor. The Arkansas sauce is tangier; the Texas, sweeter. Half rack, $17; full rack, $25.
PLUS St. Louis-style ribs, smoked brisket, pulled pork, and for lovers of New Orleans, a crayfish boil. On the side: fried green tomatoes, collard greens, cheese grits, no-mayo coleslaw, jalapeño cornbread. And try those chargrilled oysters.

RUB BBQ
2367 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow
516-731-4227, rubbbq.net
PRIME There are two varieties of baby backs on the menu at RUB, offshoot of the pioneering Manhattan barbecue joint. The regular, smoked over hickory for six hours, are on the austere side, toothsome and tasting of pork, smoke and little else. The 12-hour ribs get a slathering of apricot-mustard sauce and an additional six hours, which makes them sweeter and "fallin'-off-the-bone" tender. Half rack, $14.50; full rack (only option for 12-hour), $25.95.
PLUS Don't pass up the burnt ends, which are brisket deckles that have been smoked into sweet, charred oblivion. "The Baron" platter ($48.25; enough for 3 to 4) is a good introduction to the other smoked meats on the menu. RUB's aggressively seared burgers have a cult following.

SMOKIN' AL'S FAMOUS BBQ JOINT
19 W. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-206-3000;
4847 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park, 516-799-4700
smokinals.com
PRIME Amply rubbed and smoked, the moist baby back ribs can be finished with barbecue sauces, from the original to "sweet talkin'" and "Rattlesnake." Also served dry-rubbed only on request. Half rack, $15.99; full rack, $22.99.
PLUS "Monster beef bones," or big beef short ribs; "burnt endz," crusty and chopped; Carolina pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw; pulled chicken; marinated and chopped beef brisket; and "the works," a combo of brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken, smoked sausage, melted cheese and fried onions on a po'boy roll.

SWINGBELLY'S BEACHSIDE BBQ
909 W. Beech St., Long Beach
516-431-3464, swingbellysbbq.com
PRIME At this BBQ powerhouse, baby backs are slow-smoked five to seven hours. They're finely smoke-imbued and spice-pebbled. A wide variety of sauces (from sweet to Carolina vinegar BBQ) are fine, but beside the point. Baby back, half rack, $14.99, full rack, $24.99.
PLUS Rib tips, St. Louis ribs, "monster" chicken wings, fried pickle chips, smoked half chicken, Cubano sandwich made with smoked pork and brisket.

TENNESSEE JED'S
3357 Merrick Rd., Wantagh
516-308-3355, barbeque.li.
PRIME Pit master Francisco Gonzalez dry-rubs baby back ribs before smoking them about five hours with hickory and applewood. He adds another step, as well: The ribs are given a brief turn on the grill, to be lightly glazed with sauce or not. Half rack, $14, full rack, $21
PLUS A first-rate Maryland crabcake, rousing red Texas chili, smoky pulled pork sandwich, Texas beef ribs, St. Louis ribs and well-burnished chicken.

TOWNLINE BBQ
3593 Montauk Hwy., Sagaponack
631-537-2271; townlinebbq.com
PRIME Savory, meaty, dry-rubbed baby back ribs, under the Texas heading. Half-rack, $12.50; full rack, $25.
PLUS First-class pulled pork and beef short ribs, Texas chili, California vegetarian chili.
This restaurant is jammed in summer, so stopping by during the off-season is like getting an extra dessert.

WHAT'S IN A RIB?
Baby backs, spareribs and St. Louis-style ribs are all cut from the rib cage of a pig. The ribs are long bones that originate at the backbone (spine) and then curve around the abdomen, hugging the belly. Butchers cut rib cages into sections, or racks, and the names of those sections refer to which segment of the rib cage they come from.
1. Baby back ribs (or just plain back ribs) are the portion of the ribs closest to the backbone. They are usually cut 3 to 6 inches long, are meaty, not too fatty and command the highest price, the Cadillac of ribs, if you will.
2. Spareribs are what's left once the baby backs are cut off. Because these are the ribs that hug the belly -- the bacon -- they are very fatty and full of flavor, a favorite of rib lovers who want to get down and dirty. A rack of spareribs is not so neat as a rack of baby backs, with flaps of meat hanging off the ends. The ribs you find in a Chinese restaurant, which are roasted, not barbecued, are usually cut from the spareribs. In general, a flatter rib is more likely to be a spare than a baby back.
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          AVIS Taiwan與蒙地拿攜手合作 打造「Ferrari California 30輕鬆享有專案」 獨享尊榮體驗!   

全台唯一的國際級汽車租賃品牌– AVIS Taiwan進駐台灣市場雖還不滿一年,但其高優質的服務品質及品牌實力早已有口皆碑,秉持著「We Try Harder!」持續追求創新服務的熱情,此次特別為頂級客層量身打造,與超跑標竿 – Ferrari 法拉利總代理商臺灣蒙地拿公司獨家合作,限量推出震撼市場的「Ferrari California 30輕鬆享有專案」。讓嚴選的頂級客層可透過先租賃後購回的方式,獨尊享受紅鬃烈馬的熱情奔放,而不需再為超跑稅金、價格、保養、維修、現金流調度等所限,提早達成入主法拉利的夢想,盡情享受擁有法拉利的極致尊榮!

AVIS Taiwan首推超跑圓夢專案 圓夢入主Ferrari California 30近在呎尺
AVIS Taiwan與臺灣蒙地拿公司攜手合作,特別為層峰客層量身打造,推出業界首創的超跑圓夢專案,即刻尊榮坐擁豪華敞篷車 Ferrari California 30!利用此專案,車主不但能夠有效節稅,聰明理財;在租賃期間每月所支付的費用涵蓋了保險、驗車等相關成本,減少許多額外的繁瑣支出,除了實質上的成本節約外,消費者更可透過此方案享有AVIS Taiwan優質租賃與維修保養的所有服務!此外,針對這些幸運車主,臺灣蒙地拿也特別提供加值回饋的大禮: 價值近26萬的Ferrari Pilota上海F1賽道入門訓練課程以及Ferrari原廠的7年免費保養專案等,對於許多豪華跑車追求者而言,此專案不僅體貼地照顧了車主的預算及現金流調度的需求,透過租賃方式,也讓人在享受極致駕馭之餘,能夠更有保障地享受擁有豪華超跑的頂級禮遇。

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去年六月底才開始正式加入台灣租車市場戰局的AVIS Taiwan,擴展事業版圖與服務範疇的腳步加足馬力,從不停歇!承襲AVIS品牌近70年及得獎無數的輝煌歷史,AVIS Taiwan不斷以更多的創新服務內容,提供台灣消費者不一樣的市場選擇,以及全球如一的國際級高品質服務;如同法拉利以「創新」作為市場制勝的關鍵,此次臺灣蒙地拿特別選擇與AVIS Taiwan獨家合作推出全台限量的租購方案,讓擁有法拉利不再遙不可及。

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          Watch Northern & Southern California Satsangs   



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You can watch both the satsangs via the links below.
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          Ananda Vahini - Edición 82 - 29 de junio de 2017   

Edición ochenta y dos - 29 junio 2017
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"Los valores humanos están en todo el mundo. Lo que necesitamos son personas que van a proporcionar el estímulo y el estímulo para llevar a cabo. Si la sensación de que la divinidad que está presente en todo el mundo es uno y el mismo, se promueve entre todos, los valores humanos se brotar de forma natural en cada persona ".
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Con las bendiciones de Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, estamos encantados de presentar nuestro  Ochenta segundo  tema de Ananda Vahini.  El boletín semanal incluye reflexiones interesantes y extractos breves de eventos de la semana. 

En esta edición, les traemos la parte final de la visita de Bhagavan a Canadá y EE.UU. desde junio 08 al 28 de junio de 2017. 

Le ofrecemos un breve informe sobre el comienzo de la primera dedicada Pediátrica laboratorio de cateterismo de la India en el Centro Internacional Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani para Niños Heart Care e Investigación, en Bhagola en Haryana a cabo el 28 de junio de 2017. 


también aprovechamos esta oportunidad para invitarle a la Bhoomi Puja de otro campus educativo - Sri Sathya Sai Vishwaniketanam, Ballari el viernes, 03 de julio de 2017. 

en esta semana  INTERIOR VISTA , Hermano Madhusudan Naidu comparte un momento interesante, que pasó entre él y el Señor.

 
- Sathya Sai Grama Communications Team.
 Vista interna
Por Sri Madhusudan Naidu
 

Todo el mundo es un sueño!
 
Hace algunos años mientras estaba en Raipur, caí muy enfermo de repente. La temperatura alta no permitió que me levante de la cama en absoluto. Fue entonces cuando Swami apareció en mi sueño, se materializó un anillo de diamante verde y lo puso en el dedo. Al igual que todos los sueños de Swami esto también fue muy refrescante y energizante. El resultado fue que la fiebre desapareció por la mañana y pude presentarme a él en la sala de Puja. Durante la meditación de la mañana, le pregunté a Swami, "Ayer por la noche que vino en mi sueño y me dio un anillo y me sentí muy feliz'. Sonrió y dijo: 'Sí, lo que sucedió en ese sueño, esto está sucediendo en este sueño' . 

"este sueño!" yo estaba desconcertado. 

"Oh, sí, esto también es un sueño". 

"Entonces, ¿por qué no damos cuenta de que, ¿por qué pensamos que es real?", pregunté. 

lo que me ha dicho a partir de entonces es uno de las explicaciones más reveladores sobre los estados de existencia se ha mencionado en las escrituras que son Jagrita (Despierto), Swapna (sueño), Sushupti (sueño profundo) y Turiya (Conciencia). 

Swami dijo: "La verdad es que todo esto es un sueño que se desvanecerá en el tiempo sino la conciencia por sí solo es permanente. Al igual que en el sueño no se dio cuenta de que era un sueño hasta que se despertó, así mismo en esta vigilia-sueño también son incapaces de darse cuenta de su naturaleza irreal. Sólo cuando se despierte de este sueño que usted sabe cuál es la realidad " 

'Pero Swami', argumenté, 'Este sueño parece tan real, tan convincente'. 

" Eso es cierto, el más profundo de los detalles en el sueño más convincentemente reales que parece ser. Cuanto más sus sentidos se ocupan en este sueño más real que parece ser. Por lo tanto los sabios, retiraron sus sentidos de los objetos de los sentidos y acatadas en su verdadero yo todo el tiempo por lo que no consiguen falsamente convencidos de su naturaleza irreal". 

Eso hizo mucho sentido para mí, como he observado que esos sueños donde los detalles eran más fino, me sentí más involucrados y creía que eso es todo era real hasta que sonó la alarma y me despertó aliviado de que el tigre que me perseguía era, después de todo en el sueño! 

"Aye! Soy esa alarma para despertarse de este sueño", reveló con una sonrisa juguetona.
CELEBRACIONES Guru Purnima - 06 de julio a julio 11, 2017

 
6 julio por la noche - Ofrenda musical por egresados y estudiantes 

de julio de 7 DE LA TARDE - Dr. Kumaresh y Dr. Jayanti Kumaresh 

de julio de 8 DE LA TARDE - mandolina U.Rajesh, Sri Anil Srinivasan, Sri Harmeet Manseta, Sri SVRamani, Sri Siddharth Nagaraj, Sri Praveen Narayan y Dimitris Lambrianos 

de julio de 9 mañana- Pandit Shubendra Rao y la señora Saskia De Haas 

de julio de 9 NOCHE - Pandit Shivkumar Sharma 

de julio de 10 NOCHE - Smt Aruna Sairam 

de julio de 11 TARDE - Dimitris Lambrianos


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INICIO DE LA INDIA primera dedicada laboratorio de cateterismo pediátrico en SSSSICCHCR Palwal - 28 de junio 2017
 
En primer laboratorio de cateterismo de pediatría dedicados de la India: un pequeño comienzo un Gran Futuro de 

regalo de Bhagavan a los hijos de este país- un futuro saludable

Sin embargo, otro capítulo se desarrolló en la misión divina de Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Un exclusivo laboratorio de cateterismo pediátrico se dedica al servicio de la nación en Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centro Internacional para el Cuidado de Niños del corazón e Investigación, Palwal el 28 de junio de 2017. Este laboratorio construido a un costo de Rs 4 millones de rupias será de gran ayuda a miles de niños que van a ser curadas aquí en este templo divino de la curación. La ventaja de este equipo del estado de la técnica es que del agujero del corazón de un niño se puede cerrar sin tener que hacer una cirugía a corazón abierto. El niño puede caminar de vuelta a casa al día siguiente de la intervención. El equipo dirigido por el Dr. Munesh Tomar realizó tres intervenciones de cateterismo en el primer día. 

Acerca de 20-25% de los niños pueden ser tratados a través de este procedimiento de intervención. Un procedimiento de cateterismo normalmente cuesta en cualquier lugar entre Rs 75.000 Rs ans 500.000.Pero es la misericordia de Bhagavan que esta intervención se ofrecerá totalmente libre de costo!


 
VISITA DIVINA - SAN JOSE - 17 de junio 2017 
 

Los jóvenes de muchos estados de América del Norte había llegado la noche anterior, y estaban ocupados con los preparativos para el Encuentro de la Juventud en la mañana. Cerca de 150 adultos jóvenes se reunieron en el templo Balaji situada en San José. Swami y su séquito llegaron al lugar a las 10 am 

Swami primera mandó  hermano Bobby Patel  hablar de 'Sai Ashraya', que ha sido autorizada por el Estado de California. Dos niños se han sacado de las calles de forma permanente, y ahora están en el camino para la recuperación, pasando por la atención terapéutica. Swami ha dado a este proyecto para los jóvenes Sai de América, y el hermano de Bobby instó a todos los jóvenes a participar y ser parte de este viaje de auto-transformación. A partir de entonces, el hermano Sumeet Tappoo dirigida a los jóvenes hablar de los  Seva  proyectos en Fiji, y subrayó la necesidad de que todos los jóvenes a ser parte de la misión continua de Swami. 

Dos adultos jóvenes que han sido parte de 'Sai Ashraya' y 'Un mundo, un Sai', ambos hablaron de las iniciativas para la juventud. Un mundo, una Sai, es un esfuerzo para llevar a todos los jóvenes de todo el mundo en una sola plataforma, donde pueden intercambiar ideas, información e historias de transformación. La visión de Swami es que una vez que la juventud de todo el mundo están en esta plataforma que se sienten conectados y unidos ...

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Conoce a los jóvenes en el templo Balaji en la mañana
Bhagavan llegar al Encuentro de la Juventud
La visita de Bhagavan a la residencia de Sri Vivek Mahadevan 
VISITA DIVINA - SAN JOSE - 18 de junio 2017 
 

Fue una mañana muy ocupada, como la familia Patel prepara para un Satsang  en su residencia. Sentimentales  bhajans  y canciones devocionales por el hermano Sumeet Tappoo elevan la energía divina en la habitación. Swami entonces mandó  Sri BN Narasimha Murthy  para hacer frente a la reunión íntima, y habló de las distintas funciones Swami adorna incluyendo la de la cabeza de una familia de devotos en todo el mundo, además de ser el creador. Él narró un par de casos para llevar a casa este tema. 

Swami continuó sobre el mismo tema y dijo: "La familia que reza unida, permanece unida. Familia no ora, no puede mantenerse. Si Dios se convierte en el hilo conductor de esta guirnalda de miembros de la familia, entonces la guirnalda estarán juntos. Si no hay hilo, a continuación, las flores se vendrá abajo. del mismo modo, la presencia de Dios en las vidas de los miembros de la familia es como el hilo de la guirnalda. mantiene todas las hermosas flores juntos y aumenta la belleza de esa guirnalda, que vale la pena ofrecer a Dios."

Swami dijo que en este punto en el tiempo en las familias mundo están rompiendo causa del egoísmo individual. Sociedades están rompiendo causa del egoísmo de las familias, la nación se está rompiendo, porque el egoísmo de la sociedad, y el mundo se está rompiendo ...

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Satsang público en el Centro de Convenciones de Santa Clara, en la tarde
Swami con voluntarios jóvenes
VISITA DIVINA - SAN JOSE - 19 junio 2017 
 

Fue un día histórico para el equipo del Centro para el Desarrollo Humano que había estado trabajando muy duro para la visita de Bhagavan a América del Norte, para el  Bhoomi Puja . Sacerdote observado desde Madrás  Sri Sathasivom  había llegado al sitio en las primeras horas de la mañana, y comenzó los rituales. El terreno, de unos 17 acres está situado en Los Gatos Hills, y situado en el regazo de la madre naturaleza. El Centro para el Desarrollo Humano servirá como un centro para todas las personas con ideas afines, cuyo objetivo principal será la de servir a la comunidad en todas las formas posibles.

Swami llegó con su comitiva en el lugar, donde más de 60 devotos ya habían montado. El  Navagraha Homa  se realizó en la presencia divina, y como pareja de Shiva  Bhajans  estaban siendo cantada por Brother Sumeet Tappoo, Bhagavan dio un Shivalingam blanco al cura. El cura de alegría abrió el camino a una zona, donde los ladrillos iban a ser establecido por los devotos. Swami dio instrucciones al Shivalingam para ser colocado en el útero de la madre tierra. Se excavó un agujero en la tierra y el lingam se colocó, y Swami declaró que esto va a proteger a toda la tierra y su entorno. También dijo que esto simboliza la unión de Shiva y Shakti,  Prakriti y Purusha , que dará a luz a este Centro que servir a la humanidad. Qué momento era ser testigo de esto! La energía era absolutamente increíble, y Swami dijo que todos los dioses estaban presentes, pero la presencia del Señor Shiva era tan fuerte y Swami declaró que el Señor Shiva fue el ' Adidevta ', la deidad que preside, del Desarrollo. 

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Bhoomi Puja del Centro para el Desarrollo Humano en la mañana 
Bhagavan en la residencia de Sri Prashanth Mehta
VISITA DIVINA - SANTA ROSA - 20 de junio 2017 
 

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          Gay Pride Has Changed   
I've been marching in gay pride parades since they were called gay rights marches.

I was in the first ever to be held in the state of Iowa, in June 1981.

When I lived in California and New York, from 1985 to 2001, I marched almost every year, either with the Metropolitan Community Church or with the gay synagogue.

 It was the biggest event of the year: we spent months deciding which group to march with, working on banners and floats, charting out the route, making plans to meet friends afterwards, at the festival.

The day of the parade,we would show up at the staging ground on Crescent Heights an hour early (walk, if you could), dressed lightly -- Los Angeles in June is hot!

It was fun to be walking down the streets we drove down every day, with a wall of spectators on all sides, more gay men and lesbians than we ever knew existed.

The hetero screamers, outraged by our existence, with their signs saying we were going to hell, were confined to a small area next to the Rage, where we could ignore them easily.

Then came the festival in West Hollywood Park: 20 or 30 booths from every gay organization you had ever heard of, and some you hadn't: Dignity (for gay Catholics), Frontrunners (for runners), Gay Fathers, the Gay Asian-Pacific Alliance.  A few food carts, whatever vendors were brave and non-homophobic enough to come, selling ice cream, corn dogs, and Thai food on a stick.

A huge crowd of gay men and lesbians, some you would never see anywhere else.  A chance to catch up with friends you'd lost track of.

Acres upon acres of shirtless musclemen.  Nonstop cruising: it wasn't a successful pride festival unless you got at least three phone numbers.

Hetero screamers milled about with pamphlets about how we were going to hell, so the rule was: never accept anything someone tries to hand to you.  Representatives of gay organizations will sit at their booths with brochures for you to pick up.





In the evening there was a round of parties and dances, with a lot more cruising, and there was always that one guy who was completely nude in a public place.

At work the next day, you could always tell who was gay: they were sunburned.

In Florida I didn't go, and in 2005 I moved to the Straight World, where Gay Pride was a small, understated affair.  A barbecue in the park for about 20 people.  A parade with about 20 banners but no floats that marched down one side of the street, the other still open to gawking traffic.

I haven't been to a big-city Gay Pride for 16 years.

They've changed.

Last weekend I went to Minneapolis for Twin Cities Pride.  Due to a GPS problem, my wisdom tooth extraction, and oversleeping, my friend and I missed the Parade, but we went to the festival in Loring Park, near downtown.


1. It's not Gay Pride or LGBT Pride, it's just Pride. It's rather annoying to be erased from your own festival.

2. Instead of 20 or 30 booths, there were over 200.  Most were not gay-specific.  Banks, credit unions, colleges (not college LGBT groups, just "why you should come here"), sheets and towels, a service that would clean your rain gutter.

Instead of two or three food trucks, there were about fifty.  No longer do the organizers have to scrounge around to find enough vendors willing to be seen with us.

3. The rule about not accepting anything someone tries to hand you was gone.  Everyone tried to hand us something: beads, buttons, bags, brochures.  I didn't take anything -- force of habit.

Fortunately, I didn't see any screamers.

4.  But the festival wasn't for us anymore.  Over half of the crowd consisted of male-female couples, often with kids in tow, and most of the rest were groups of women  A scattering of gay men.  

5. The acres and acres of beefcake were gone. Very few of the men were shirtless, and very few were buffed.  At least I can say that I have a better physique than 99% of the men at a Gay Pride Festival.

6. The cruising was gone, too.  The few times I got cruised, it was by a woman or a teenage boy.  I get more action at the doctor's office.

Afterwards we walked back across Lyndale Avenue, through the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.  A large Muslim family was photographing each other in front of the cherry spoon statue.  College kids were playing miniature golf on a weird course with brillo pads and maps of downtown.  There was a baseball game going on at the stadium.

They were half a mile from Gay Pride.  They didn't know, or they didn't care.

"Gay Pride has changed,"  I told my friend.

"For better or worse?"

"I'm not sure."

One of the college boys playing miniature golf looked over at me with a cruisy glance.

Some things don't change.

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          Cruising in Lithuania   
West Hollywood, June 1997

Lane and I haven't lived together for a year, and I've been sort of dating Kevin the Vampire, so we're not sure if we are a couple or not.  But we don't want to break our tradition of a trip every summer, either Europe or a road trip across the U.S.

"Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam?" I suggest.  "We haven't been there in a while.  Or maybe Germany?"

"No Germany!"  he exclaims.  "I want to go somewhere off the beaten path.  Lithuania.  In search of my Jewish ancestors."

"Your mother was Polish -- we've already been to Poland to check out her heritage -- and your father was from California."

"But Dad's parents were Litvak -- Lithuanian Jews.  Bubbe -- Grandma -- immigrated with her parents in 1915.  She used to tell stories of the shtetl of Kvedarna, where her father was a rabbi."

The more I research Lithuania, the less I want to visit.  Granted, the Lithuanian language is the closest we have to the original Indo-European.

English:  My sausage is very big.
Hindi: Mera sosej bahut bada hai
Lithuanian: Mano dešra yra labai didelė

But it is an extremely homophobic country, like Mississippi squared.  No gay bars, no bathhouses, no nothing.  Plus 95% of the Jewish population was killed in the Holocaust.

95%!  Why would you want to go there?

But Lane is  adamant about investigating his Bubbe's Rabbi father, and he is paying for the plane tickets, so....Paris, Amsterdam, and Lithuania

Day 1:

There are no nonstop flights from Amsterdam to Vilnius, so we have  to go through Frankfurt, arriving at 1:30 pm.

Six years after independence, Soviet influence is everywhere: most signs are in Russian, not Lithuanian; there are long blocks of Brutopian apartment complexes, and statues of liberated workers gazing defiantly at the future; there are police officers and soldiers everywhere, who keep asking for our papers.

But our hotel is in the Old Quarter, on a winding Baroque street near the University and the Signatory House (where independence was declared).

We tour the rather austere Palace of the Grand Dukes and the Vilnius Cathedral, have dinner in a French restaurant, and, near dusk, see the statue of the Gaon, Elijah ben Solomon Zalman (1720-1797), a Talmudic scholar and leader of the non-Hasidic Lithuanian Jews.

Then back to the hotel and to bed, having not met any actual Lithuanians, gay or straight, Jewish or Gentile.













Day 2:

After breakfast, we rent a car (quite a feat in a country not set up for tourism) and drive to Kaunas, about an hour away, which once had a Jewish population of 40,000 (today about 500, mostly elderly).   We arrive in time for Shabbat services at the Ohel Jahov Synagogue, where the congregation consists entirely of elderly men.  We don't talk to anyone.

In the afternoon, we visit the Museum of the Devil and Kaunas Castle, then the small, austere monument to the Jews who died in the Holocaust.

"This is all very interesting," I tell Lane, "But I need some masculine companionship.  What's the point of traveling, if you don't meet locals?  Preferably hot ones."

Our Spartacus guide doesn't list any gay bars in Kaunas, but it lists a "mixed bar," Baras, which caters to "students, bohemians, transvestites, fairies, and misfits."


Although we roil at being labeled "misfits," we check it out.

Mostly students and bohemians, not a lot of cruising going on.  I try to strike up a conversation with a twink reading a paperback book and drinking beer: in his 20s, slim, pale, weird half-mohawk hair style, horn-rimmed glasses:

"Mano vardas Boomer.  Aš esu iš Toronto." (I always claim to be Canadian while traveling in Europe, to avoid the extreme anti-American prejudice.)

He responds briefly and coolly, in English.  Soon I back off.

Well, at least I talked to a local.



Day 3

Our hotel has a gym, so we can work out before hitting the road for Kvedarna, where Lane's great-grandfather was a rabbi.  It's about two hours west over flat, green countryside.

The main street doesn't look anything like a main street: just single story, gable-roofed Lithuanian farmhouses, painted orange and green, so widely separated that they seemed rural, not urban.  There's a gas station, a grocery store, a Catholic church, a row of ugly apartment buildings leftover from Soviet times, and a monument to Vytautas the Great (1350-1430), the leader of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and a hero in the independence movement.

The only trace of a Jewish presence is a small, overgrown Jewish cemetery, with fifty or so markers in Hebrew.  We can't find one for Lane's great-grandfather, the rabbi, although there are a few with his Bubbe's name that could be relatives.

The trip has been a bust: some interesting sights, but mostly sadness, loss, and loneliness.  It's an odd feeling being in a country of 3.6 million people, and not knowing anyone.

Since there's no restaurant in town, we stop at Kvedarna's small grocery store for some meat, cheese, and bread to make sandwiches.

There's a twink boy outside, eating a popsicle, shirtless even though it's a cool, rainy day: slim, pale body, pinprick nipples, tight abs.  He has the same weird hair and eyeglasses as the guy from last night.

For a moment I think it's the same person, so I say "Sveiki!  Small world, isn't it?"

He smiles.  "Americans?"

I realize my mistake.  "Taip.  I'm Boomer, and this is Lane.  We're from Hollywood, California."

"Joku."  He switches the popsicle to his left hand so he can shake our hands.  "You are from Hollywood!  You are movie stars?"

"We've been in some tv shows," I lie.

"Palike!  You will give me your...your..."  He made a writing sign.  "Why you come to Kvedarna?"

"My grandmother was born here,"  Lane said.

"Tikras!  My grandmother, too.  Maybe we are...um...cousin.  Come, cousins hug."  He wrapped us both in a bear hug.  "You come home, meet my mother and brothers?"

So we spend an hour having tea and very sweet pastries with Joku and his mother, two brothers, and two very hot friends, discussing Hollywood celebrities, Lane's Jewish heritage ("lots of Jews in Hollywood, no?"), and, obliquely, being gay:

Brother: "Do you have wives in California?"
Joku:  "Lane and Boomer don't want wives.  They are free."

Then it is time to drive back to Vilnius to catch our plane in the morning.

No sex, no gay people, that I know of.  But sometimes, meeting a local is enough.

 Especially a hot one.

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          Opening Ceremony and RAINS Aim To Keep You Dry In New 2016 Fall/Winter Collection   

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          Renovation of San Diego Area Affordable Housing Community Completed   

WNC provided $4.4 million in LIHTC equity to aid in renovating Sonoma Court Apartments, including the installation of energy efficient modifications

San Diego, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/18/2015 -- WNC, a national investor in real estate and community development initiatives, announced today the completion of an extensive renovation to Sonoma Court Apartments, which provides 61 units of affordable housing to Escondido families. WNC provided $4.4 million in low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) equity to fund the project.

Located at 508 E. Mission Ave., Sonoma Apartments is comprised of a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Resident amenities include onsite management, a community room, swimming pool, centralized laundry facility, picnic area, extensive green belts, playground and gated entry and parking. Each unit includes central heating and air conditioning, new carpeting, a balcony or patio, and an upgraded stove, refrigerator and dishwasher.

"We are very pleased to have worked with Affirmed Housing and NEXUS for Affordable Housing Inc. to improve and maintain a vital component of Southern California's affordable housing supply," said WNC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Gaber. "Sonoma Court Apartments was originally constructed in 1978 and last renovated in 1999. This renovation modernizes and improves the community for current and future residents, while providing valuable energy efficiency upgrades and enhancements."

The renovation of Sonoma Court Apartments included the installation of a solar photovoltaic generation system, new roof, insulation, energy star appliances and energy efficient windows. The property was re-developed by Affirmed Housing Group, with NEXUS for Affordable Housing Inc. serving as the managing general partner of the project.

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If you are trying to get lean and stay lean all year around then you might want to try supplementing with Acai Berry. Acai has has been sold in almost every store across United States this year. In States that very health conscious such as in California, you can go into any local pharmacy or health food store and find something there that can help you stay lean through the year.
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          CMS Releases 2016 ACA Marketplace Reinsurance And Risk Adjustment Data   

On June 30, 2017, CMS released the results for the third year (2016) of the reinsurance and risk adjustment programs, two of the Affordable Care Act’s “three R” premium stabilization programs. The 2016 results from the risk corridor program, the “third R” will be announced later this year.

ACA’s “Three R” Progams Are Modeled After Medicare Part D, But Are Weaker And More Controversial Than Their Part D Counterparts

The ACA’s three R programs were modeled after similar premium stabilization programs that have operated for about a decade for Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. The Part D program also has a risk adjustment program (which adjusts premiums prospectively rather than insurer income retrospectively), a reinsurance program (which is much more generous than the ACA program and permanent rather than temporary), and a risk corridor program (also permanent, and initially more generous than the ACA program.). The part D premium stabilization programs played an important role in attracting insurers to the prescription drug program initially and have helped to keep premiums stable and premium increases low since the program was launched in 2006. They have undoubtedly been an important factor in maintaining the popularity and bipartisan support for Part D.

The ACA premium stabilization programs have proven far more controversial than the Medicare Part D programs. The risk corridor program has been criticized as an Insurer “bail-out” and was seriously undermined by appropriations riders enacted by Congress limiting program payouts to the amount collected from insurers. For 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services was only able to pay out 12.6 percent of the amounts owed insurers under the statutory formula because of this constraint, while it has been unable to make any payments for 2015 as it had to set off 2015 collections against 2014 obligations.  This no doubt contributed to the insolvency of a number of insurers and has resulted in a number of lawsuits in the Federal Court of Claims, as insurers attempt to collect the full amount they claim they are due under the statute.

The reinsurance program was supposed to collect $25 billion over its three- year life and pay $5 billion of that amount to the Treasury, apparently to reimburse it for funds spent on the Early Retiree Reinsurance program from 2010 to 2013.  Collections fell short in the first two years, and the Obama administration took the position that this reimbursement to the Treasury would only be paid after all reinsurance obligations were first met.  It paid nothing to the Treasury in 2015 and less than a half a billion dollars for 2016.  This position has been condemned by ACA critics and legislation was introduced in 2016 to force HHS to make the repayment.  The Trump administration has apparently not bowed to this pressure and is paying the full $4 billion due to insurers under the program for 2016.

The formula used by the risk adjustment program has also come in for criticism. CMS made a number of changes in its risk adjustment methodology for 2017, including factoring in preventive services and better accounting for drug cost increases.  It will incorporate even greater changes for 2018, including adjustment for partial-year enrollees and prescription drug use and setting up a separate risk adjustment pool for very high costs cases.

A Widespread Recognition Of The Importance Of Reinsurance

Despite criticism, the reinsurance program has in fact made a substantial contribution to constraining marketplace premiums. During 2014, the reinsurance program reduced net claim costs an estimated 10 to 14 percent, during 2015, 6 to 11 percent, and during 2016, 4 to 6 percent.  The end of the reinsurance program after 2016 has been a major driver of premium increases for 2017 and 2018.  Recognizing this, there is a consensus in Congress that further reinsurance funding is needed.  The House’s American Health Care Act, the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act, and health reform legislation introduced by Democrats all include reinsurance funds for the individual market.

The federal risk adjustment program for 2016 covered non-grandfathered insurers in the individual and small group markets in every state except Massachusetts, which operated its own risk adjustment program. Transfers happened within each state.  The reinsurance program covered non-grandfathered insurers in the individual market in every state.

Participating insurers were required to set up EDGE servers through which they could transfer to CMS the data necessary to calculate reinsurance programs and risk adjustment information while retaining control of sensitive enrollee information. Nationally, 496 insurers were eligible for reinsurance payments.  Of these 445 will receive reinsurance payments.  CMS estimates that 52.9 percent of claims between $90 and $250,000 will be payable for the year, with 83 percent of that money currently available through the $3.3 billion already collected for the reinsurance program.

A total of 751 insurers participated in the risk adjustment program, which covered the individual and small group markets. Default risk adjustment charges were assessed against 42 insurers, 41 that did not submit EDGE server data and one that did but did not provide HHS with access to the required data. Of the 709 insurers that participated in transfers, 469 issued individual market non-catastrophic plans, 247 issued individual market catastrophic plans, 552 issued small group market plans, and two issued merged market plans.

The CMS report states that reinsurance and risk adjustment transfers correlate strongly with paid claims, showing that the programs are working as intended.  Insurers in the lowest quartile of claims costs were assessed on average a risk adjustment charge of 18 percent of total collected premiums, while insurers in the highest quartile of claims received risk adjust payments of 27 percent of total premiums.  Risk adjustment transfers averaged 11 percent of premiums in the individual market, up from 10 percent in 2015, while small group transfers remained steady at 6 percent of premiums.  CMS reports that there was a significant improvement in the quantity and quality of data provided by insurers for 2016, and thus a higher correlation between interim risk scores released in the spring and the final scores released on June 30.

Surprisingly, CMS reports that risk scores remained stable in the individual market and decreased in the small group market.  It was expected that as individuals had been enrolled longer in the program and insurers became more experienced in reporting the diagnoses on which the risk scores were based, the risk scores would go up, but they did not.  The data also would seem to refute the commonly held belief that the marketplace population is becoming sicker.  Risk adjustment transfers (calculated using the absolute value of net transfers for each issuer in the risk pool) amounted to 11 percent of enrollment-weighted monthly premiums in the individual market, 6 percent in the small group market, and 18 percent in the catastrophic market, for a national average of 8 percent.

Big Winners And Losers

The size of some of the transfers is remarkable.  Blue Cross of California will receive an estimated $210 million in reinsurance payments, $49 million in risk adjustment in the individual market, and $217 million in risk adjustment in the small group market.  Blue Shield of California is slated to receive $201 million in reinsurance, $265 million in risk adjustment in the individual market, and $106 million in risk adjustment in the small group market. The California Kaiser Foundation Health Plan will receive $99 million in reinsurance, but must pay in $183 million in risk adjustment in the individual market and $255 million in risk adjustment in the small group market.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida is slated to receive $127 million in reinsurance and  $464 million in risk adjustment payments in the individual market, while Molina Healthcare of Florida must pay in $253 million, Celtic Insurance Company of Florida $161 million, and Coventry Health Care of Florida $112 million.  Molina Healthcare of Texas must pay in $126 million in individual market risk adjustment.  Other insurers receiving nine-figure risk adjustment or reinsurance payments include Humana Employers Health Plan of Georgia, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.


          Marina: Janganlah Terlalu Ghairah Jelajah 1MDB Hingga Lupa PRU-14   

PETALING JAYA: Pengerusi Bersih 2.0 menasihatkan Pakatan Harapan tidak terlalu ghairah menganjurkan jelajah dan himpunan mengenai 1MDB sehingga mengabaikan persiapan mereka untuk menghadapi pilihan raya umum ke-14 (PRU14). 

Maria Chin Abdullah ketika dihubungi  hari ini turut mencadangkan pembangkang menggunakan jelajah itu untuk menjelaskan dasar mereka – antaranya soal perumahan, kesihatan dan pendidikan – kepada rakyat. 

“Bukan isu rasuah sahaja yang penting, pembangkang juga perlu ketengah dasar yang akan mereka bawa. Ketika ini semua pihak tahu kita perlu atasi masalah rasuah. “Mereka kata mereka ada (dasar), tetapi saya tidak nampak. 

Tunjukkan kami dasar yang dibawa, dari situ ia boleh menunjukkan pembangkang mampu mentadbir negara atau tidak,” katanya sambil menambah Bersih 2.0 belum membuat keputusan sama ada akan menyertai jelajah itu, tetapi akan berbincang dengan sekretariat jelajah.

Semalam, Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail mengumumkan Pakatan Harapan bersama Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) dan Parti Warisan Sabah akan menganjurkan jelajah mengenai 1MDB bermula 6 Julai ini untuk menjelaskan dakwaan terkini membabitkan sayap pelaburan strategik kerajaan itu menerusi saman sivil terbaru Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) pada 16 Jun lalu, kepada orang ramai. 

Jelajah itu akan diakhiri himpunan aman pada September depan, di mana tarikh dan lokasi akan ditetapkan kemudian. 

Ahli Jawatankuasa Pusat PSM, S Arutchelvan berkata, beliau menyokong jelajah itu tetapi bimbang dengan peluang kejayaan dan jumlah kehadiran orang ramai dalam program 2 bulan itu yang mungkin menghantar isyarat bercampur kepada rakyat. 

Katanya, DoJ memfailkan saman sivil sejak tahun lalu tetapi jelajah itu hanya diadakan sekarang, seolah-olah menunjukkan pembangkang tidak percaya dengan minat rakyat terhadap isu itu sehingga pilihan raya umum bakal diadakan. 

“Kita perlu tunggu dan lihat kejayaan jelajah itu. Secara peribadi, saya rasa ia sedikit terlambat jika tujuannya untuk mendidik rakyat mengenai isu itu.

Sementara itu, pengkritik lantang 1MDB, Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan menyambut baik jelajah itu dan akan membuat permohonan untuk menyertainya. Walaupun tidak menafikan keperluan Pakatan Harapan untuk menjelaskan dasarnya, beliau berkata, isu 1MDB tidak boleh dilupakan sama sekali kerana ia adalah “punca kemelut politik dan ekonomi” yang dihadapi negara kini. 

“Suka atau tidak, ini adalah masalah terbesar negara dan kita perlu atasinya,” katanya yang pernah membuat laporan di beberapa negara lain terhadap 1MDB. Beliau bagaimanapun menafikan isu 1MDB “terlalu sukar” difahami masyarakat akar umbi dan tidak dapat membantu Pakatan Harapan dalam meraih sokongan pengundi. 

“Turun ke kedai-kedai kopi di kampung, anda akan dengar mereka bercakap tentang isu ini, malah boleh menyebut angka (yang terlibat). Dengan penerangan yang ringkas dan mudah, jelajah ini dapat membuatkan mereka lebih faham,” katanya. 

DoJ melalui tindakan terbaru difailkan di California mahu menyita AS$540 juta (RM2.3 bilion) aset termasuk karya seni, barang kemas dan hak 2 filem yang dibeli dengan dana didakwa diseleweng daripada 1MDB. 

DoJ menerusi saman sivil pertama yang difailkan pada Julai 2016 mahu merampas semua aset didakwa dibeli dengan dana 1MDB, termasuk Hotel Park Lane di New York, sebuah hotel mewah di Beverly Hills, kondominium di New York, karya seni serta hasil kutipan daripada filem “The Wolf of Wall Street” yang dibintangi Leonardo DiCaprio. 

Keseluruhan nilai aset yang cuba didapatkan DoJ meningkat kepada AS$1.8 bilion (RM7.7 bilion) dengan tuntutan terbaru itu. #sumber

          Mantan "Presiden MCA" Bertegas, Tindakan Mengambil Wang Rakyat Salah   
KAJANG: Bekas Presiden MCA, Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik mengulangi pendirian tindakan menyeleweng dan menyalurkan dana awam ke akaun bank peribadi adalah salah.

“Pendirian saya tidak berubah dan saya masih fikir ia salah untuk orang menyalurkan wang (rakyat) ke akaun peribadi mereka,” katanya pada sidang media di kampus Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman di Sungai Long hari ini.
Bekas menteri pengangkutan itu mendakwa Datuk Seri Najib Razak berbuat demikian pada 2015, menyebabkan beliau disaman Perdana Menteri pada tahun sama.
Najib memfailkan saman terhadap dakwaan Dr ling itu yang beliau “mengambil wang rakyat” berhubung isu sumbangan RM2.6 bilion.
Dr Ling kemudiannya memfailkan saman fitnah terhadap Najib pada 14 Disember 2015.
Mahkamah Tinggi belum membuat keputusan terhadap cubaan Dr Ling untuk membatalkan saman itu.
Dalam perkembangan lain, Dr Ling tidak menolak kemungkinan menyertai himpunan diketuai 4 parti pembangkang yang merupakan kemuncak kepada jelajah 2 bulan di seluruh negara, bagi memastikan saman sivil Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ) berkaitan 1MDB diketahui rakyat.
“Saya akan fikirkannya.”
Kelmarin, Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail mengumumkan Pakatan Harapan bersama Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) dan Parti Warisan Sabah akan menganjurkan jelajah mengenai 1MDB bermula 6 Julai ini untuk menjelaskan dakwaan terkini membabitkan sayap pelaburan strategik kerajaan itu menerusi saman sivil terbaru DoJ, kepada orang ramai.
Jelajah itu akan diakhiri himpunan aman pada September depan, di mana tarikh dan lokasi akan ditetapkan kemudian.
DoJ melalui tindakan terbaru difailkan di California pada 16 Jun lalu mahu menyita AS$540 juta (RM2.3 bilion) aset termasuk karya seni, barang kemas dan hak 2 filem yang dibeli dengan dana didakwa diseleweng daripada 1MDB.
DoJ menerusi saman sivil pertama yang difailkan pada Julai 2016 mahu merampas semua aset didakwa dibeli dengan dana 1MDB, termasuk Hotel Park Lane di New York, sebuah hotel mewah di Beverly Hills, kondominium di New York, karya seni serta hasil kutipan daripada filem “The Wolf of Wall Street” yang dibintangi Leonardo DiCaprio.
Keseluruhan nilai aset yang cuba didapatkan DoJ meningkat kepada AS$1.8 bilion (RM7.7 bilion) dengan tuntutan terbaru itu. #sumber

          Khairuddin: PAS "Tolak" Pelawaan Untuk "Bersatu", Dalam Isu 1MDB   

PETALING JAYA: PAS menolak pelawaan Pakatan Harapan (PH) hari ini untuk bersama-sama gabungan itu memastikan mereka yang dituduh melesapkan dana 1MDB dibawa ke muka pengadilan, sebaliknya berkata PAS bukan sebuah parti yang terpengaruh dengan pihak asing. 

“Pakatan Harapan hari ini musuh kepada PAS dan mereka juga menuduh PAS kononnya mendapat duit daripada Umno dan sebagainya,” kata ahli Jawatankuasa Kerja PAS, Datuk Khairuddin Aman Razali. “PAS ada cara kita sendiri, kita tidak bersama Barisan Nasional (BN) dan kita tidak bersama Pakatan Harapan, kita bawa cara kita dan kita bertindak tidak mengikut cara orang melibatkan isu 1MDB.” 

Khairuddin berkata parti itu tidak sama sekali “terikut-ikut” dan “terpengaruh” dengan pihak luar seperti Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DoJ), yang baru-baru ini mengeluarkan dokumen setebal 251 muka surat memperincikan pelesapan wang 1MDB menerusi pembelian beberapa aset mewah. 

Sebaliknya, Khairuddin berkata PAS menolak “campur tangan pihak luar” dan mendesak penyiasatan peringkat tempatan seperti suruhanjaya siasatan diraja (RCI) bagi menyiasat 1MDB. “Apa-apa perkara berkaitan negara hanya diselesaikan oleh negara kita sendiri, bukan orang luar. 

Soal telus atau tidak, itu perkara kedua tetapi isu negara kita, biar kita selesaikan.” PH hari ini mendesak kerajaan memanggil sidang tergempar Dewan Rakyat bagi menjawab tuduhan yang terkandung dalam saman sivil DoJ bagi menyita aset bernilai lebih RM2.3 bilion di negara itu, yang didakwa dibiayai wang curi 1MDB. 

Gabungan 4 parti itu turut mengumumkan siri jelajah seluruh negara bermula 6 Julai ini di Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang, bagi menjelaskan kepada orang ramai tuduhan DoJ itu, yang sebelum ini disifatkan pemimpin kerajaan sebagai mempunyai agenda politik.

“Kami juga menyeru kesemua parti-parti pembangkang untuk mengenepikan segala perbezaan dan berkerjasama serta bersatu tenaga untuk membawa mereka yang terlibat di dalam skandal penyelewengan dana 1MDB ke muka pengadilan,” kata kenyataan PH hari ini, yang turut disokong 2 parti bukan ahli PH iaitu Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) dan Parti Warisan Sabah. 

‘DoJ tidak bela umat Islam’ Khairuddin berkata tindakan DoJ merupakan hak mereka, tetapi mempersoalkan pandangan yang menganggap ia lebih adil daripada agensi lain. Pemimpin Dewan Ulama PAS itu turut mengaitkan pendirian DoJ dengan nasib rakyat Palestin. 

“Kita tidak perlu terikut-ikut dengan apa yang dibuat. Adakah DoJ di bawah penguasaan Amerika Syarikat, kita rasakan lebih adil terhadap orang Islam dan masyarakat Malaysia, sedangkan merekalah juga orang yang zalim terhadap kebajikan umat Islam di Palestin?” soal Khairuddin yang juga wakil rakyat Kuala Nerus itu

Khairuddin berkata beliau sangsi tindakan DoJ menyimpan agenda negara barat. “Adakah Amerika Syarikat melalui DoJ bertindak untuk kemaslahatan negara kita atau ada agenda tersembunyi atau ada orang lain sebenarnya merancang sesuatu dan berpakat dengan barat?” soalnya. 

Khairuddin berkata pihaknya turut menyerahkan kepada rakyat untuk menilai sama ada pendirian PAS mengenai DoJ ditafsirkan sebagai “mesra Umno”. 

“Terpulang kepada mereka (Pakatan Harapan) mentafsir (PAS mesra Umno), kalau mereka tak kata macam itu mereka nak kata macam mana lagi, sebab mereka juga musuh kepada PAS. DoJ melalui tindakan terbaru difailkan di California mahu menyita AS$540 juta (RM2.3 bilion) aset termasuk karya seni, barang kemas dan hak filem yang didakwa dibiayai dengan dana yang didakwa digelapkan dari 1MDB. #sumber

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          California: 7/1 - 7/31/2017   
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          AMD Takes 10.4% CPU Share From Intel In Q2 2017, Its Largest Quarterly Share Gain In History   

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          The Katharine Brasserie & Bar announces new executive chef, food and beverage director   
  WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– The Katharine Brasserie & Bar, located adjacent to the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in the historic R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company building in downtown Winston-Salem, announces the appointment of Adam Barnett as its new executive chef. Barnett, a student of modern contemporary French cuisine with a deep appreciation of brasserie fare, officially joined The Katharine earlier this month with plans to unveil his new restaurant and catering menus in early fall. Barnett, a native of Columbus, Ohio, attended the New England Culinary Institute and started his culinary career working in traditional French bistro and brasserie kitchens. He became known for bringing a fresh, modern approach to classic French dishes at renowned Washington, D.C. restaurants such as West End Bistro by Eric Ripert at the Ritz Carlton, Eventide Restaurant/OddBar Lounge in Arlington, and Poste Brasserie. Over the course of his career, he has worked with Chef Patrick O’Connell at The Inn at Little Washington in Virginia and at Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California. Prior to The Katharine, Barnett was the executive chef at Lyon Hall in Arlington, a bustling restaurant in the Clarendon neighborhood, serving a classic French brasserie menu. “I am excited to be joining The Katharine. The unique and iconic space sets the stage for an incredible dining experience,” Barnett said. “Along with my team, I look forward to creating food that lives up this remarkable and historic location. We’ll continue to serve the style and flavors for which The Katharine is known, traditional brasserie items with a local twist, but I’m really looking forward to putting my own stamp on the culinary experiences and rolling out new menu items at The Katharine.” In addition, The Katharine has named Michael Harris as food and beverage director. Harris has extensive international experience in restaurant and hospitality management ranging from Three-Star Michelin restaurants to casual high-quality restaurants. Harris will join The Katharine on July 3. The Katharine Brasserie & Bar is located at 51 East Fourth Street in Winston-Salem, NC. For more information or to make a reservation, visit katharinebrasserie.com, email info@katharinebrasserie.com or call (336) 761-0203. Keep up with what’s new at The Katharine on Facebook and Instagram. # # # The Katharine Brasserie & Bar The Katharine is a traditional French brasserie that draws fresh inspiration from classic Southern cooking to serve as a neighborhood gathering place in Winston-Salem, NC. With a brasserie design and modern polish, The Katharine features a seasonal menu alongside traditional brasserie favorites and a beverage program with an extensive wine list, creative cocktails and numerous craft beer selections. # # # Kimpton Restaurants Kimpton has more than 80 unique restaurants, bars and lounges across the country helmed by renowned chefs and bartenders who offer guests a chance to dine like a local. Common cornerstones of each restaurant and bar include heartfelt care; chef-crafted, seasonal menus that celebrate local farms and purveyors; and striking interiors with vibrant style and design. Signature cocktails are created by expert local bartenders, and wines are chosen with a nod toward artisanal and sustainable selections. Distinct restaurant concepts range from rustic Italian cuisine in the Pacific Northwest to oceanic fare on the Florida coast and alluring rooftop lounges and bars tucked away in Washington D.C. For more information, visit KimptonHotels.com/dine. # # #
          Four Saints Brewing Company welcomes fifth Art Wall Project artist, Les Caison III   
Asheboro, N.C.— The fifth and final selected visual artist begins his creative journey as part of the Four Saints Brewing Company’s Art Wall Project.  The inaugural visual art installation project provides five regional artists each the resources to produce a three-month art installation across a 12-foot interior taproom wall located at 218 S. Fayetteville Street in downtown Asheboro.  The mission of the Art Wall Project is to foster artful discourse among the local community.  Asheboro-based visual artist, Les Caison III is the featured artist from July through October.  Les also serves as the facilitator and inspiration behind the nearly two year spanning Art Wall Project.  Les will create his mixed media artwork onsite during the month of July.  A public work session in the FSBC. taproom is scheduled for Friday, July 21 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The public is invited to stop by during this free event, meet the artist, and become more familiar with Les’ mixed media artistic process. Les Caison’s complete art installation will be on exhibit at the F.S.B.C. taproom August 1 through October 31, 2017.  A free, public meet-and-greet event is scheduled for Friday, October 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  To see more of Caison’s artwork visit his website: www.LesIII.com.    For more information on the Four Saints Art Wall Project visit: http://www.foursaintsbrewing.com/four-saints-art-wall-project.html .   # # #   About the Artist:  Les Caison III is an award winning North Carolina native visual artist.  He exhibits his artwork throughout his home state, the southeastern United States, and amid venues a bit further away.  He has participated in 130 exhibitions including 35 solo shows.  His art making practice includes a mixed media approach that intertwines layers of drawing and painting.  Les recently earned an Honorable Mention for one of three works currently on display at the Theatre Art Galleries in High Point, NC as part of the Urban Expressions Exhibition, June 1 — August 4, 2017.  Les’ art is also included in California’s Sweet N Low Exhibition hosted by the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, June 22 — August 27, 2017.  See more of his creative process via his Instagram account: @LesThreee . “I make stuff as I wander.  Sometimes the artist’s responsibility is to offer a visual story for others to consider,” Caison said. “It’s the viewer’s choice to connect and participate in these stories.  Sometimes there are no words to describe the emotion that is being portrayed with colors and lines – or perhaps there are too many words to describe what is being felt.  It is my goal to create those kinds of images for others to consider – the ones where one image is worth 1,000 words and where a sincere resonance within the heart is created.” # # # About the project:  The inaugural Art Wall Project selected five visual artists to create separate compelling works of art on-site utilizing a designated 12 feet long and 4.5 feet high blank wall in the Four Saints Tasting Room.  Each of the five works of art are on display for a period of three months. The complete Art Wall Project, with rotating art installations began March 2016 and concludes October 2017.  Each artist will be honored with a public meet-and-greet reception.  A goal of the project is to offer insight and foster dialogue between the local community and the regional visual artists.  As an added bonus, each artist’s designs are featured on limited edition merchandise to commemorate their project.  These items will be available for sale to the public.  For more information on the Four Saints Art Wall Project visit: http://www.foursaintsbrewing.com/four-saints-art-wall-project.html .
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          Trump blasts states for refusing to give voter data: Twitter    

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump lashed out on Saturday at the growing number of states refusing to give voters' names, addresses and sensitive personal information to a commission he created to investigate alleged voter fraud.

"Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?" Trump said on Twitter.

More than 20 states have declined the requests, saying they are unnecessary and violated privacy, according to statements from election officials and media reports.

"This commission was formed to try to find basis for the lie that President Trump put forward that has no foundation," Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes told Reuters previously in an interview.

Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent a letter to all 50 states on Wednesday asking them to turn over voter information including names, the last four digits of social security numbers, addresses, birth dates, political affiliation, felony convictions and voting histories.

Republican Trump has made unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally for his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. He established the panel by executive order in May despite evidence that voter fraud was not widespread.

The request from commission Vice Chairman Kris Kobach caused a backlash in states including Virginia, Kentucky, California, New York and Massachusetts, where election officials said they would not provide all the data.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann had said in a statement that he did not see the letter but would rebuff the commission.

"They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great state to launch from," he said.

(Reporting by Joel Schectman and Chris Kenning; Editing by Bernard Orr)


          Trump blasts states for refusing to give voter data: Twitter    

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump lashed out on Saturday at the growing number of states refusing to give voters' names, addresses and sensitive personal information to a commission he created to investigate alleged voter fraud.

"Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?" Trump said on Twitter.

More than 20 states have declined the requests, saying they are unnecessary and violated privacy, according to statements from election officials and media reports.

"This commission was formed to try to find basis for the lie that President Trump put forward that has no foundation," Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes told Reuters previously in an interview.

Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent a letter to all 50 states on Wednesday asking them to turn over voter information including names, the last four digits of social security numbers, addresses, birth dates, political affiliation, felony convictions and voting histories.

Republican Trump has made unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally for his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. He established the panel by executive order in May despite evidence that voter fraud was not widespread.

The request from commission Vice Chairman Kris Kobach caused a backlash in states including Virginia, Kentucky, California, New York and Massachusetts, where election officials said they would not provide all the data.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann had said in a statement that he did not see the letter but would rebuff the commission.

"They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great state to launch from," he said.

(Reporting by Joel Schectman and Chris Kenning; Editing by Bernard Orr)


          Trump blasts states for refusing to give voter data: Twitter    

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump lashed out on Saturday at the growing number of states refusing to give voters' names, addresses and sensitive personal information to a commission he created to investigate alleged voter fraud.

"Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?" Trump said on Twitter.

More than 20 states have declined the requests, saying they are unnecessary and violated privacy, according to statements from election officials and media reports.

"This commission was formed to try to find basis for the lie that President Trump put forward that has no foundation," Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes told Reuters previously in an interview.

Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity sent a letter to all 50 states on Wednesday asking them to turn over voter information including names, the last four digits of social security numbers, addresses, birth dates, political affiliation, felony convictions and voting histories.

Republican Trump has made unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally for his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. He established the panel by executive order in May despite evidence that voter fraud was not widespread.

The request from commission Vice Chairman Kris Kobach caused a backlash in states including Virginia, Kentucky, California, New York and Massachusetts, where election officials said they would not provide all the data.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann had said in a statement that he did not see the letter but would rebuff the commission.

"They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great state to launch from," he said.

(Reporting by Joel Schectman and Chris Kenning; Editing by Bernard Orr)


          Comentário sobre O Melhor Matizador do Mundo: Dessange Paris California Blonde por Kaire Nardi   
Acabei de passar no meu cabelo, deixei 20 minutos e não deu diferença quase nenhuma... gosto bem mais da Lecharme que usava no Brasil :/
          Arte en un almacén de plátanos del Charco Azul   

El pintor Alfredo Palmero inaugurará el próximo 7 de julio el museo Nuevo Espacio Palmero Charco Azul (NEPCA)) situado en un antiguo almacén de plátanos de San Andrés y Sauces. El último proyecto del artista albergará Imagina Guanches, una colección de pinturas temáticas llenas de simbolismo, tradiciones, leyendas y mitología de la cultura guanche como homenaje a los orígenes canarios del pintor.

Alfredo Palmero constituye ya la tercera generación de un linaje de pintores que se inició con su abuelo, el Maestro Palmero. A pesar de que la saga familiar cuenta con otros dos museos privados, el NEPCA es el único museo que alberga obras exclusivamente de Alfredo Palmero. El flamante proyecto pretende remover la conciencia del espectador en relación a lo que significó la ancestral cultura aborigen para que el visitante salga con la inquietud de indagar sobre el pasado de las Islas Canarias y sus personajes históricos.

En Imagina Guanches, Alfredo Palmero pone su pincel al servicio de la recreación artística desde un punto de vista libre, emocional, sentido, basado en la imaginación y en la libertad de la creación artística. La colección, abierta para una futura ampliación, suma 31 lienzos que buscan exaltar la prehistoria canaria en la que sus hombres y mujeres eran bellos, tanto física como espiritualmente, odiaban la tortura y el sufrimiento y morían por su libertad. La gran dimensión de los cuadros, casi de tamaño humano, persigue que el visitante se sienta rodeado por todos ellos, que sienta que le están mirando. La colección consta de bimbaches como Ossinosa o Nissa, benahoaritas como Tanausú o Iruene, gomeros como Hautacuperche o Gara, canarios como Atidamana o Doramas, guanches como Tinerfe el Grande o Caixiraxi, y majos como Fayna o Ayoze que relatan historias populares como la de la Princesa Ico, la Bella Amarca, Gara y Jonay, o Guayota el maligno. 

Alfredo Palmero (Barcelona, 1966) constituye ya la tercera generación de un linaje de artistas que se inició con su abuelo, el Maestro Palmero (1901-1991), con quien compartió nombre y una gran afición por la pintura. Del abuelo aprendió la base académica y la composición realista para desarrollar un estilo propio. 

Su formación como artista está marcada por la figura de pintores como Picasso, Klee o Velázquez, más que de estilos o corrientes. Clasicismo y contemporaneidad forman una obra bipolar que el autor maneja con naturalidad y en la que sobresale su personal visión de la pintura. Partiendo del dibujo académico, uniendo tradición y modernidad, en las obras de Alfredo Palmero se aprecia una gran madurez artística fruto del incesante trabajo y la investigación, donde destaca el tratamiento de la luz y el color. Su obra bebe de dos estilos distintos, uno amparado en la pintura objetiva, naturalista y realista; el otro, de carácter subjetivo, interior, influido por corrientes como el arte fantástico, el surrealismo y el expresionismo.

Alfredo Palmero tiene a sus espaldas tres museos privados, dos de ellos de la saga familiar que cuenta con más de 100 años de historia en el mundo de la pintura. Uno de los museos está situado en la casa natal de su abuelo, el Maestro Palmero, en el corazón de La Mancha (Almodóvar del Campo, Ciudad Real) y el otro, la sede del Museo Palmero de Barcelona, se encuentra en una masía del siglo XV declarada monumento histórico, ubicada en pleno casco urbano de la ciudad condal. El tercer museo privado, el NEPCA, constituye el último proyecto del artista y el único que cuenta con obras exclusivamente de Alfredo Palmero.

Desde 1991, Alfredo ha realizado exposiciones en ciudades de todo el mundo como Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia, Bruselas, Londres, Lisboa, París, Montecarlo, Dinamarca, Berlín, California, Arizona, Nuevo México, Miami, Panamá, Hong Kong, Qatar, Kuwait, Washington, Nueva York, China o Corea del Sur… convirtiéndose así en un pintor internacional. Asimismo, sus obras se pueden encontrar en importantes colecciones privadas.

El NEPCA (Nuevo Espacio Palmero Charco Azul) es el tercer museo privado del pintor Alfredo Palmero y el único que alberga obras exclusivamente del artista barcelonés. Se trata de un proyecto con un simbolismo especial ya que, en este caso, la denominación Palmero  juega tres papeles distintos: hace referencia al apellido del artista, a la localización del museo y a sus orígenes canarios por parte materna.

El NEPCA está ubicado en un antiguo almacén de plátanos situado encima del Charco Azul, propiedad de la familia. A pesar de que Alfredo Palmero nació en Barcelona, su familia sigue manteniendo a día a de hoy una estrecha relación con la isla de La Palma, dónde todavía conservan plantaciones de plátano. Con la voluntad del artista de reivindicar sus raíces canarias, el museo albergará Imagina Guanches, una colección temática llena de simbolismo, tradiciones, leyendas y mitología de la cultura guanche como homenaje a los orígenes canarios del pintor.


          Joe Thornton Re-Signs With San Jose Sharks   
After all of the rumor and intrigue surrounding “Jumbo” Joe Thornton seeking a three-year deal and speaking with many teams other than the San Jose Sharks, NBC Sports’ California correspondent Kevin Kurz is reporting that Thornton has actually re-signed in San Jose for just one year. Financial details are not yet available.
          Anaheim Ducks Sign Ryan Miller   
As expected, the Anaheim Ducks have signed Ryan Miller to a two-year, $4MM deal. The former Vancouver Canucks goaltender will take his talents to Southern California, where he lives in the offseason with his family. Miller is ranked 19th in the NHL for most wins for a goaltender with 358 career victories. He won the…
          Re: Yes We Can? Yes We Did!   

It's utterly joyous and amazing.

The bummer in the joy are the various anti-gay marriage initiatives, including the loathsome Prop 8 in California. I find it hard to believe and sad that people would vote for a initiative that is presented as Changes the California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California..

Well, anti-abortion stuff went down in flames...maybe we can fix this sooner rather than later.

Obama's making it does give me hope for the rest. Painful and too slow, but justice will come to everyone.


          Glamorous pet owners are getting matching manicures with their cats   
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First thing's first: you should never, ever paint your pet's claws with actual nail polish. It's toxic to them! But should you hunger for you and your cat to have matching manicures, there's a glamorous alternative.

Cristi, a cat owner from California, routinely purchases nail caps for her cat, Wednesday. One day, she found a purple, glittery set — the same purple glitter as her own manicure.

Hell yeah.

Bffs pic.twitter.com/aa7eCQbxVX

— cristi cupcake 💘 (@cristimari_) June 24, 2017

As it turns out, Cristi wasn't the only one to have this idea. After another user shared her image, it went viral, and other pet owners started sharing manicure pics, too. Read more...

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          Interesting discussion of equitable vs. non-equitable monetary relief: Bayer v. Neiman Marcus Group   
The Ninth Circuit's recent opinion in Bayer v. Neiman Marcus Corp., ___ F.3d ___ (9th Cir. Jun. 26, 2017), contains a thought-provoking discussion of equitable vs. non-equitable forms of monetary relief.  See slip op. at 16-20.  The case does not involve the UCL, and it considers federal law rather than California law, but the discussion resonates for me as I think about UCL restitution and the differences between restitutionary and non-restitutionary disgorgement.  Because of course I think about that all the time, especially on warm summer days like today.     
          California Supreme Court Affirms Novel M&A Tax   
Suppose Mr. Henry owns all of the outstanding shares of a Virginia corporation that owns all of the issued and outstanding shares of a Massachusetts corporation that owns, among other things, real property in Los Angeles, California.  Suppose further that Mr. Henry sells his shares in the Virginia corporation to a buyer in New York and that the transaction is negotiated and closed in New York.  Does anyone believe that the County of Los Angeles can impose a documentary transfer tax on the transaction? In an alarming decision yesterday, the California Supreme Court held that the County of Los Angeles could impose a documentary transfer tax on a written instrument that transferred beneficial ownership of real property from one person to two others.  926 N. Ardmore Ave. v. County of L.A., 2017 Cal. LEXIS 4768 (Cal. 2017).  The case arose when the County of Los Angles imposed a documentary tax on the transfer of interests…
          Design and Diversity Exhibition, thru Sep 7   
This exhibit of original materials from the Environmental Design Archives showcases a nexus of design and diversity. Sections reveal the diversity within CED’s history using photographs of students and examples of their work and address gender and power through projects that women designers created for powerful men. The largest section is intended to serve as inspiration by providing examples of significant work created by a diverse group of regional designers.

On view from June 1 thru September 7, 2017

Environmental Design Library

Volkmann Reading Room, Raymond Lifchez and Judith Stronach Exhibition Cases
210 Wurster Hall
University of California, Berkeley

Information, Hours, Directions: 510-642-4818
www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENVI/hours.html
          Comment on California’s Gun Control Efforts Suffer Two Legal Setbacks by jaworskir   
How about a law like this: If you own one of these, it gets stolen and used in a mass shooting, you are culpable. If such events are so rare, and the law abiding magazine owner properly stores their weapons and accessories, it shouldn't be a problem for those that need such protection of their families.
          Comment on California’s Gun Control Efforts Suffer Two Legal Setbacks by DarkSoul Racing   
You know what else the citizens of California voted on and PASSED, was Prop 8 banning gay marriage, and the courts also found that to be a stupid law that failed constitutional muster and was subsequently repealed. These antigun laws are purely political currency being used by our state legislators to only push their agenda of simply getting re-elected. I genuinely believe that anyone that does a little research on the topic will realize that, in the most simplest of terms, criminals do not follow laws. You can ban certain guns based on as arbitrary things such as color (which they are), you can ban magazines based on the amount of bullets they hold, or ban a certain class of rifle because they have aesthetic features that have no performance value but look "scary". None of these laws change anything, criminals will still do bad things. Violence against another (assault) is still illegal, murder is illegal, robbery is illegal, the mechanism of these acts is sort of irrelevant. In 2006, over 10000 people died as the result of driving while impaired (drivers and victims) where's the outrage? Where is the call for banning cars? and the comedy there, is driving is a privledge, not a constitutionally guaranteed right. REALITY is, is that gun violence is at a historic all time low nationally, and if you don't run in violent circles, I.e. you're not a gang banger, and if you are mentally stable, and don't plan on committing suicide, your chances of being a victim of gun violence are approaching zero. And before you huff and puff cause this hurts your feelings, I encourage you to do 2 things, first, do some factual research, the FBI database compiles all this information, I think you will be surprised to find out that more people are killed a year by fists and hammers, over guns, and second, find someone local to take you to a shooting range, and experience shooting and the law abiding culture of gun owners before you judge something you may know absolutely nothing about.
          Comment on California’s Gun Control Efforts Suffer Two Legal Setbacks by LarryMH47   
One problem. Guns don't cause 'gun violence'. Bad people do.
          Weekend Sales Associate - Hardware - Lowe's Inc. - California, MD   
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          Weekend Sales Associate - Appliances - Lowe's Inc. - California, MD   
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          The Failure of Public Transportation   
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Public transportation has its place.  For some people it is a necessary mode of travel.  Not everyone has the ability to afford a vehicle, or the fortune of having a job that is only a bike ride away.  Therefore, the extreme idea of eliminating any public transportation is not being entertained here.  But, as much as we should not totally eliminate public transportation, we also should not push for increasing public transportation with the goal of removing people from their vehicles, or to the point of building super-trains with money we don't have for a population that will likely not ride it.

In California the liberal left Democrats want us out of our cars, and they look to New York's mass transit system as an example.  The reality is, New York City's public transportation is a mess, as is anything, eventually, when the government controls it.

NYC BREAKDOWN: Subways held together with zip ties...

First raccoon, now giant snake hitches ride...

Cuomo Declares State Of Emergency...


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          When Water Is More Valuable Than Crops, Farms Can’t Compete With Thirsty Cities   
Few things are more valuable to a farmer in the arid West than irrigation water. Without it, the land turns back into its natural state: dry, dusty plains. If a fast-growing city is your neighbor, then your water holds even more value. Farm families in Western states like California and Colorado are increasingly under pressure to sell their water. It’s been coined “ buy and dry ,” as water is diverted from farm fields and instead used to fill pipes in condos and subdivisions.
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          Unsolicited Advice for the White House Press Corps   

In this, what is somehow the fifth month of the Donald Trump administration, the White House’s official spokespeople have decided it’s about time to stop taking reporters’ questions on camera. Instead, they’ve taken to releasing audio of their ever more dada press conferences only at the conclusion of said press conferences, which makes for fairly terrible television. White House correspondents have responded to the blackout by taking photos of their socks (CNN’s Jim Acosta), posting still photos of spokespeople, sending in sketch artists to make the whole place look like a mob trial (again, CNN), and grousing at the spokespeople as they attempt to spokesperson-ify (again, Acosta).

For Acosta and his correspondent kind, this shocking lack of transparency from an already locked-down White House reeks of an authoritarian crackdown. For those of us who’ve spent our journalistic careers covering the Supreme Court, the amount of access afforded by the secretive, truth-challenged, hiding-in-the-bushes Trump White House looks like a dream sequence about government transparency.

In my almost two decades of covering the high court, I have become accustomed to a press policy that affords access to only a handful of reporters, only to oral arguments, which I must cover with a pen and a notepad, having been robbed—by way of a magnetometer at the entrance—of any recording devices, photographic equipment, and Apple watches. Audio recordings of these oral arguments are offered to the public only on Friday evenings, when the press cannot find any use for them (thus the advent of the Amicus podcast!), and video or even still photos of public sessions of the court are made available to the press only, well, never. Not ever. The justices do not give press conferences; the press officers do not give press conferences; a single, weird, Brady Bunch–style photo of the robed justices serves as the lone photographic image of the court all year, and the answer to most truly interesting inquiries directed at the public information officers is a resounding “no comment.” In short, we dream of the kind of made-for-TV moments provided by Jim Acosta’s socks and Sean Spicer in the shrubbery.

So while our hearts go out to our brethren down the street in the White House press room, we are forced to remind them that there is no constitutionally protected right to televise Sean Spicer and that this is all a bracing reminder that while we like to believe in robust press freedoms in America, many of those freedoms are merely norms, customs, and common practices that can be rescinded at any time. Those of us who’ve spent years covering the Courtroom of Dorian Gray, a place in which the justices get older while technology stays the same age, have learned some tricks for covering a branch of government that has locked out TV cameras for decades for the very same reason Sean Spicer locks them out now: a paralyzing fear of late-night television hosts. And so, rather than panic that America is less free as a result of this no-cameras policy, might I suggest that the White House press corps have a go at some of the end runs around the moving picture and real-time audio bans we’ve been attempting at the high court.

Puppets. It’s a proud and long-standing tradition among legal reporters that, as soon as a judge tosses cameras from the courtroom, the entire trial must be re-enacted for public consumption using puppets, actors, or animals plus the actual audio of the proceedings. It’s been done for criminal trials and for the Proposition 8 hearing in California, and it reached its high water mark when John Oliver turned all nine Supreme Court justices into talking dogs. This is an elegant fix that allows the public to consume real-time audio with the added benefit of felt creatures that will be far cuddlier than Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Sketch artists. Kudos to CNN, which has already sent in longtime SCOTUS sketch artist Bill Hennessy to draw the White House gaggle. Sketches lend a certain dashing aura of criminality and generalized thuggery to the proceedings and have the added benefit of enraging White House spokespeople, who believe they deserve better than line drawings and colored pencils.

Film it anyhow. In recent years, activists have begun to sneak in recording devices to oral arguments at the high court. Although the videos tend to be grainy and of low quality, they still enrage the justices.  White House correspondents have thus far acceded to the “no cameras” policy. Why? God made the iPhone for a purpose, and that purpose is to record Sean Spicer whether he wants to be recorded or not. Seriously, what are they going to do to you? Take away your health care?

Cover what happens, as opposed to the spin. This is the only serious point I plan to make, so listen carefully. Because we in the Supreme Court press corps have learned that the drama and theatrics of oral arguments are not easy to cover, and certainly do not make for good television, we have learned to ignore what the justices are saying and watch what they are doing. At the high court, that means learning to focus less on the snark and witty repartee of oral arguments and more on the work product that emanates from the court itself. The reason only a few dozen reporters cover oral arguments and decision days is that you can cover the court from your bathtub. Just download the opinions. By the same token, if the White House doesn’t want to talk to the public anymore, maybe the public should stop covering the show; it’s long since been established that nothing that happens at a press briefing is either interesting or true. Instead, the press corps should redouble its efforts to cover the White House as an institution rather than a sorry accretion of unstable personalities. The best curative for fake news, it seems to me, is to avoid engaging with fake people.

Be a nerd. Most Supreme Court correspondents know that if they want careers in television they should shift to covering the weather. For the most part, we are not creatures built of gotcha questions, Sunday morning grandstanding, or good hair. This is a press corps of nerds and wonks, and nobody has ever joined this beat to become famous. As a result, it is the kindest, most ego-free workplace I have ever known. We file our stories, eat dinner, and go home. As competing cults of personality have come to tower over the news in America, ask yourself why you aren’t a charter member of the Cult of Jess Bravin (Wall Street Journal). That guy works harder than anyone, doesn’t expect cameras to follow him around, and never believes he is the story. Unless Supreme Court justices are selling their autobiographies, you are unlikely to see them interviewed on camera, and when they do give lengthy interviews, they never say anything of substance.

This is, in short, an Oliver Twist–style press corps, accustomed to getting nothing and grateful for it. These folks learn to love the footnotes instead of the glamor. At a moment when we are stuck with a president who is solely a creature of celebrity culture, maybe a White House press corps made of anonymous dorks and dusty worker bees could be a breath of fresh air. There’s gold in them there footnotes. Life without TV cameras is still worth living. Life without a dorky, diligent press corps is not.


          Profiling in Your Pocket   

Last month, the National Sheriffs’ Association unveiled the latest update to its BlackBox Digital Witness app, which allows users to report suspicious activity to law enforcement: an anti-terrorism feature. The sheriffs’ association developed the feature with the Department of Homeland Security and the National Fusion Center Association after the 2015 mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. According to the association’s executive director and CEO, Jonathan Thompson, the fight to stop “homegrown extremist[s] ... requires we work with our citizens and provide them with new tools to help in the fight against crime and to protect their families and schools.”

The updated app sends another message as well: that sheriffs are authorizing profiling on an alarming scale.

When BlackBox first launched in 2013, it served primarily as an emergency alert system. Users could record videos of crimes in real time and notify their personal contacts if they were in immediate danger. While neighborhood watch groups used the app to monitor suspicious activity and see where incidents were frequently reported, the program did not alert local police. The version of the app released last month, however, gives users a direct line to law enforcement, allowing them to send participating agencies recordings of possible threats. Police officials can also use the app’s GPS feature to locate suspects and respond to reports of suspicious activity.

BlackBox Digital Witness is not yet a runaway hit. According to Edward Horcasitas, the app’s creator and a technical adviser to the sheriffs’ association, it has approximately 15,000 users who have recorded roughly 18,000 videos. While Horcasitas said users have reported a wide range of crimes, including domestic violence and aggravated robbery, the app’s online reviews mostly lay out hypothetical use cases. “Been watching a young man pick up and throw a beautiful Doberman puppy every day for the past few weeks. Now I can document his abuse and save this dog’s life,” wrote one user.

At least thus far, law enforcement agencies have been more excited than the general public about the app’s potential. After the latest version was released in May, nearly 70 agencies committed to using BlackBox Digital Witness. The sheriff of Florida’s Orange County told the Orlando Sentinel that the app will allow to users to “provide information to law enforcement so that we can mine the data and make a determination of whether or not it’s useful.” An officer using the tool in Muskogee, Oklahoma, told local reporters the app makes police officers safer because they can witness incidents as they happen. He also said it will make prosecution easier by providing video evidence to support a case. (Although he did not provide specifics, Horcasitas says he knows of several cases in California that have been prosecuted based on evidence provided via the app, including an animal abuse case.)

While the app itself represents a potentially dangerous incursion on civil liberties, what’s more disturbing is what it reveals about the priorities of the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Department of Homeland Security. National Sheriffs’ Association President Greg Champagne said in February that the organization agrees with Donald Trump’s approach to enhancing national security, particularly when it comes to clamping down on immigration. “We have to give our president the benefit of the doubt,” he said, pointing out that Trump was the first in “quite a while” to invite the association’s leadership to the White House.

The app’s new terrorism feature comes at a time of heightened scrutiny of Muslim Americans and immigrants, scrutiny that’s been sanctioned by President Trump, the Justice Department, and DHS. In that Orlando Sentinel story, the Orange County sheriff encouraged civilians to report on “individuals who indicate that they’ve been self radicalized by the way they communicate with others either through social media, emails or other communications [and] by their behaviors sometime in their neighborhoods [and] statements that they make.” This is a recipe for rampant profiling.

BlackBox urges its users to surveil anyone they consider a “terrorist,” a dangerously vague concept. Colloquially, government officials and media outlets use the term to describe Muslim extremists as opposed to white supremacists or mass shooters. DHS also now considers some Black Lives Matter protesters terrorists. Even if local agencies choose not to follow up on a report, the data is stored forever and can potentially be used to conduct long-term surveillance on anyone who’s considered a threat, not just people who exhibit dangerous behavior. According to an investigation by the Intercept, people who are mislabeled as terrorists may be added to a no-fly list or end up in jail. Family members and acquaintances are sometimes identified as possible terrorists by proxy. Even with such high stakes, Horcasitas says the app includes no built-in features to handle false reporting or abuse.

The BlackBox app is the latest iteration of the post-9/11 “See Something, Say Something” campaign, which started in New York City and has since been adopted by DHS and the Transportation Security Agency. Ten years after its adoption by New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, there was no indication that the campaign successfully derailed a terror threat. What we do know is that apps and websites for reporting crime and suspicious activity to law enforcement have consistently led to the profiling of marginalized communities.

Locals have used the French Quarter Task Force app in New Orleans to report suspicious people to law enforcement, which has sometimes devolved into criminalizing homeless people and people of color. In Washington, D.C.’s affluent, predominantly white Georgetown neighborhood, a local shoplifting prevention app became a mechanism for monitoring black shoppers. According to the Washington Post, around 70 percent of people flagged through the app were black, even though black residents make up less than 4 percent of Georgetown’s population. Research by Rutgers University professor Jerome Williams indicates black people are no more likely than whites to shoplift but are more likely to be reported to the authorities. Earlier this year, Wired also reported on a web portal called the Thin Blue Line Project, which was supposed to use GPS to track Muslim “threats.” According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, it actually monitored harmless civilians, including mosque worshippers and Muslim student organizations.

Although the French Quarter app is still operational, the Thin Blue Line Project and the Georgetown app are both now defunct. While there is very little evidence that crowdsourced crime-fighting apps are effective, many police departments remain optimistic about their power to prevent criminal acts. If the growing support for BlackBox in the law enforcement community is any indication, anti-terrorism apps won’t be going away. In an era of heightened racism and surveillance, these tools seem more likely to ruin lives than to save them.


          Demi Si Kembar, Beyonce Sewa Rumah Mewah Harga Fantastis   
Beyonce menyewa rumah mewah di daerah Malibu, California.
          Confusion And Incivility In Our World   



Volume XXXVI Issue VII July 2017
Last Trumpet Ministries, PO Box 806, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
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"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings."


Jeremiah 17:9-10

"O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things."


Matthew 12:34-35

"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment."

Matthew 22:37-38

"For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints."
I Corinthians 14:33



In this issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter, we will examine a world run amok with confusion, chaos, and incivility. At this present time, there are throngs of people walking about in a state of confusion, seemingly uncertain of many things, including something as simple and basic as one's gender. In Genesis 1:27 we read, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." Yet, today we live in a world where some women want to be men, some men want to be women, and some people do not want to be either man or woman. Those who refuse to be called either male or female are now referred to as "non-binary" human beings. (1)

In June 2017 it was announced that Oregon will become the first state in the United States to allow individuals to choose a third gender for their state issued identification or driver's license. On these identification cards, male will be marked with the traditional M, female will be marked with an F, and the third "non-binary" gender will be marked with an X. (2) The new policy came about largely on the efforts of a man named Jamie Shupe who became the first person in the United States to be legally pronounced neither male nor female in 2016. Shupe had previously tried to transition to the female gender but eventually decided he did not want to be female either. "I only became a female because I had no other choice. All of the systems channeled me in that direction, both medical and government, until I took a stand against that. It wasn't until I got to Portland [Oregon] and got exposure to the queer community that I then understood how wrong all what had been done to me was," Shupe stated. Despite Shupe's claim to be neither male nor female, he seems to acknowledge that he was born with a male body. "Turning a male body, especially an older male body into female, I think it really sets the stage for people committing suicide. I mean you had to maintain a hyper-feminine appearance 24-7 or you were back to getting called sir," Shupe lamented. (3) It is my personal belief that this individual is being tormented by evil spirits. Shupe even uses the pronouns "they," "them," and "their" as personal identifiers which suggests that there is more than one evil spirit involved. Needless to say, Shupe does not think highly of Christians. "All the Bible-thumpers believe that there's only males and females according to the Bible. I'm the person who destroyed that in the United States," Shupe boasted. (4) The new policy will take effect in Oregon on July 1, 2017. (5)

Following Oregon's lead the American capital city of Washington, D.C., also announced that they will begin issuing identification cards and driver's licenses with a non-binary gender option on June 26, 2017. (6) A similar change in policy might soon be implemented in the state of New York where New York Assistant Speaker of the House Felix Ortiz has introduced legislation that if passed would allow a non-binary gender designation on driver's licenses and identification cards. "Our governmental agencies should reflect the society we live in. While this change may seem small, it is a step forward to change the rigid mindset often faced by many today," Ortiz stated. (7)

Why are a growing number of men finding it so painful to be part of the male gender? In recent decades, we have seen an effort from the liberal left to villainize manhood. We are often told that men are responsible for all of the world's woes and that being a masculine man is a bad thing. Leftists frequently refer to this so-called problem as "toxic masculinity." (8) Consider the words of the famous singer and actress known as Bette Midler who posted a message online in response to a recent terrorist attack in London. In this message, Midler wrote: "More sorrow and grief at the hands of madmen. Men and religion are worthless." (9) Instructors at college campuses will often preach against masculinity too. For example, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill published a website in 2016 which asked, "How has the concept of masculinity contributed to the perpetration of violence in our society?" (10) It was also reported that students at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, were subjected to a mandatory orientation video which declares that the three most damaging words a boy can hear are "be a man." (11) Is it any wonder that some men are so desperate to not be members of the male gender?



Oddly enough, despite the fact that the male gender is so often disparaged, some women in these modern times have decided that they want to be men. This includes a woman living in Portland, Oregon, who claims to be a transgendered male. She has undergone testosterone treatments to deepen her voice and enable her to grow facial hair while presenting herself as a very masculine person. Yet, she is pregnant and will soon have a biological child with her homosexual husband. The couple has two adopted children, one of which claims to be very excited about her "dad's" pregnancy. "What I was thinking about a baby that my dad's having, it's really, really fun, it's really, really exciting," the child said. (12)

We now live in a bewildering world where we are told that transgender men can give birth to babies, and a growing number of people are so tormented that they do not want to be the gender they were given by God, nor any gender at all. This is a spirit of confusion at work, and we know that God is not the author of confusion. People are accustomed to being told that they can be whatever they want, and they are often advised to follow their hearts. Yet, the Scriptures tell us in Jeremiah 17:9, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" In like manner, Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:35, "A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things." It is for this reason that we must surrender our lives to God and give Him our hearts. For as we read in Matthew 22:37, "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." If you have not yet repented of your sins and given your heart to God, I urge you to do so now. In so doing, you feel find that God enables His people to overcome all the confusion of this world.

USA: A Hotbed Of Incivility

On June 19, 2017, CBS News published an article with a headline that declares, "Americans say U.S. political debate is increasingly uncivil." (13) Of course, if you have interacted with people in the United States at all lately, you do not need a poll published by a news outlet to declare this blatantly obvious fact. The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States last year divided the nation, and bitterness has been festering in this country ever since that time. Despite the fact that it has been nearly one half of a year since Trump was inaugurated as President, the ugliness has not subsided.

In recent weeks we have seen numerous celebrities and public figures insinuate or otherwise suggest that the current President of the United States should be assassinated. For example, in March 2017 the rapper known as Snoop Dogg released a music video which portrayed him firing a toy gun at a clown named Ronald Klump who strongly resembled the President. Speaking of his video, Snoop Dogg was quoted as saying, "I don't ever expect or look for a reaction. I just put it out because like it's something that's missing. Anytime I drop something, I'm trying to fill in a void. I feel like it's a lot of people making cool records, having fun, partying, but nobody's dealing with the real issue with this… clown as president." (14)

Perhaps the vilest of all celebrities in Hollywood is the so-called comedienne Kathy Griffin. In 2007 Griffin made headlines after she mocked Jesus during her acceptance speech at the Emmy Awards. During this speech Griffin said, "A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus." She then made a remark aimed at Jesus that is so blasphemous that I cannot even publish it in this newsletter. Finally, she told the audience, "This award is my god now." (15) Griffin, who once made a television special entitled "Straight to Hell," (16) stirred controversy again in late May 2017 when she published a photo of herself holding a fake and bloodied decapitated head, which very strongly resembled the head of Donald Trump. The grotesque image was so offensive that even liberal public figures such as Chelsea Clinton condemned it. After calling the photo "vile and wrong," Clinton said, "It is never funny to joke about killing a president." (17) First Lady Melania Trump was also deeply offended. "As a mother and a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing. When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it." (18) After being fired by CNN and losing at least one endorsement deal, Griffin apologized. "I sincerely apologize… I'm a comic. I cross the line. I move the line, then I cross it. I went too far. The image is too disturbing; I understand how it offends people. It wasn't funny. I get it. … I beg for your forgiveness," Griffin claimed. (19) Days later, Griffin blamed Trump for her downfall rather than admitting that she was at fault for her actions. "I don't think I'm going to have a career after this. I'm going to be honest, he broke me. A sitting president of the United States and his grown children, and the First Lady, personally, I feel, are trying to ruin my life forever," she lamented. (20) I suspect that the same evil spirits who once inspired a woman named Herodias, who was the wife of Herod, to demand the head of John the Baptist are now working in Kathy Griffin.

Actor Johnny Depp has also hinted that perhaps President Trump should be put to death. Speaking at a film festival in Glastonbury, England, on June 22, 2017, Depp told the audience regarding Trump, "It is just a question - I'm not insinuating anything. By the way, this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible. I like that you are all a part of it. When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? I want to clarify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it has been a while and maybe it is time." (21) Depp apologized the next day saying, "I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump. It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone." (22)

Sadly, the bitterness that is so prevalent in our country today does sometimes result in violent acts. Such was the case on June 14, 2017, when a gunman targeted Republican lawmakers during a baseball practice session in Alexandria, Virginia. Four individuals were wounded in this assault, including Steve Scalise, who is the majority whip for the United States House of Representatives. (23) The shooter, who was identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, was a fervent supporter of former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. He was shot and killed by police officers on the scene. According to media reports, Hodgkinson often posted messages on the Internet regarding his hatred for President Trump and the Republicans, even writing at one point, "It's time to destroy Trump and Co." (24)

Donald Trump is a polarizing figure to be sure, and as he is human, he is certainly prone to make mistakes. Whether you like or dislike the President, the bitterness, strife, and incivility on display in our land is appalling and shameful. I believe there are forces at work who hope to see the United States ripped to shreds because a nation in a weakened state is much easier to manipulate and control. Meanwhile, the folks who publish the Global Peace Index have lowered the ranking of the United States by eleven spaces since last year. According to their reckoning, the United States is now the 114th most peaceful nation in the world. "The U.S. deterioration is primarily driven by the growing intensity of internal conflict within the country, which was partly seen in the divisive 2016 Presidential election, as well as increases in the perceptions of criminality across American society," the latest edition of the index report said. (25)

The Leading Edge Of A Technology Tsunami

As I study the news and read of the advancements of technology, it can be a struggle to keep up with all that is happening. I cannot help but marvel at how quickly technology is developing and how rapidly our world is changing. With the advent of the Internet, more and more people today are connected to a global system that is certainly advantageous in some ways, while frightening and invasive in others. According to a report issued by Pew Research Center in September 2016, only 13 percent of Americans today do not use the Internet. The majority of those who still live in an offline world are senior citizens aged 65 years or older. Conversely, only 1 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 do not use the Internet. (26) Amongst this group of young people, Pew reports that 36 percent report being online "almost constantly," while 50 percent of them go online multiple times each day. (27) Even as more Americans connect to the Internet on a daily basis, traditional forms of media are dying out. In June 2017, it was reported that the circulation of daily newspapers in the United States has fallen to its lowest rate in 77 years. (28)

The Internet has also dramatically changed the shopping habits of Americans. Whereas most purchases were once made in brick and mortar retail locations, more shoppers today are opting to conduct their purchases online. As a result, a multitude of retailers today are facing extinction. In April 2017 Business Insider reported that more than 3,200 stores are closing throughout the United States. This figure includes 552 RadioShack electronics stores, 400 Payless shoe stores, 240 Family Christian bookstores, 138 J.C. Penney department stores, 108 Kmart mass merchandiser stores, 70 Staples office supply stores, and 70 CVS drugstores. (29)

Even as retail stores continue to shutter and shopping malls become abandoned, the online store known as Amazon.com is thriving. In fact, this online entity that started as a book store in 1995 has grown to such an extent that 52 percent of all books in the United States, whether in paper or electronic form, are sold by Amazon, and a full 43 percent of all e-commerce transactions are facilitated through the company. (30) The online behemoth has continued to grow over the years, and in recent days the company has sought expansion beyond the confines of the online world. In June 2017 it was announced that Amazon had purchased the grocery store chain known as Whole Foods for 13.7 billion dollars. This development has raised fears that Amazon will eliminate many employment positions at Whole Foods, opting instead to use robots and automation to cut operational costs. "Amazon's brutal vision for retail is one where automation replaces good jobs. Sadly, the hard-working men and women who work at Whole Foods now face an uncertain future," said Marc Perrone, who is president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. (31) While Amazon has not announced any plans to cut jobs at Whole Foods, it is interesting to note that the company announced plans in 2016 to open a futuristic grocery store known as Amazon Go. This store, which recently opened in Seattle, Washington, is entirely cashless. To shop, customers must use a smartphone equipped with a special program. As you enter this store, you scan your phone, and as you shop, the store automatically tracks what you put in your shopping cart or if you put something back. When your shopping is completed, you simply walk out the door, with no need to check out with a cashier. The purchases are automatically billed to your Amazon account. (32) It is not far-fetched to think that Amazon may have similar plans for their Whole Foods stores.

While Amazon makes plans to launch their automated grocery stores, Sam's Club locations in the United States already allow customers to use a similar automated process. The retailer now offers a downloadable program for smartphones called "Scan and Go." As customers browse the store, they can simply scan the barcodes on products with their smartphone, and when they are ready to check out they use the phone to pay for the purchases as well. (33)

Additionally, the iconic fast food chain known as McDonald's has announced plans to replace cashiers at 2,500 locations with automated ordering kiosks. Since the announcement, McDonald's has attempted to assuage fears that the rollout of automated kiosks will result in a loss of employment for the company's current workers. "Our CEO, Steve Easterbrook, has said on many occasions that self-order kiosks in McDonald's restaurants are not a labor replacement. They provide an opportunity to transition back-of-the-house positions to more customer service rules such as concierges and table service where they truly engage with guests and enhance the dining experience," said a spokeswoman for McDonald's. (34) I cannot help but be skeptical of McDonald's claim that these kiosks will not result in a loss of jobs. Do they really believe that McDonald's customers want table service? It is far more likely that McDonald's is making this change to counter the rise in minimum wage in various areas around the country. For example, the minimum wage in San Francisco, California, has been increased to fifteen dollars an hour. Following this increase, sixty restaurants have closed in San Francisco since September 2016. (35)

It is logical that automation will result in a massive loss of jobs. "If it is doing the same thing over and over again, and it doesn't require analysis, it's going to be automated. We're on the leading edge of a technology tsunami," stated Professor Ed Hess of the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. He further went on to say, "The question is, is this automation going to produce enough new jobs that technology itself can't do?" (36)

Another casualty of mankind's technological advancements could soon be paper money. I have noticed on numerous occasions that cashiers at grocery stores in this area are often startled when I pay with cash. On one occasion a cashier at our Piggly Wiggly store assumed I would be paying with a credit or debit card and curtly informed me that my payment "didn't go through." It was at this point that I handed her the cash that I had been holding in my hand to which she reacted with a noticeable surprise. Reactions like these are an indicator that the United States may soon go the way of nations such as Sweden where cash is seldom used. Here let it be noted that about 2,000 people in Sweden have already received a microchip implant in their hands. According to a report by The Independent, the state-owned Swedish rail company known as SJ is now allowing passengers to pay their fares with these embedded microchips. Speaking of this development, a spokesperson for SJ was quoted as saying, "As north Europe's largest train operator and one of the top 10 digital companies in Sweden, we are at the forefront of digital developments. This is an interesting project that gives us ideas of how to enhance the digital customer experience even further." In another remark, the spokesperson said regarding the microchip, "It's just a matter of days before everyone has it." (37)

The Battle For Life Is Raging

Abortion is the most heinous of all sins committed in the United States, and it happens every day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for every 1,000 live births in the year 2013, 200 babies were slaughtered using this barbaric practice. (38) Although abortion rates have been falling in some areas, there are still many determined Democrats and liberals who vow to continue fighting for their "right" to murder babies. In June 2017 the governor of the state of Delaware, John Carney, signed a bill that allows women in his state to abort babies in the womb at up to nine months of gestation, removing all restrictions. (39) This is truly disheartening, but thankfully there are efforts being made elsewhere to stem the tide of innocent blood.

On June 22, 2017, the liberal news outlet known as the Huffington Post published a panicked headline which declares, "Republicans Might Actually Defund Planned Parenthood This Time." (40) The article is referring to the new Senate healthcare bill, which if passed, would prevent Medicaid patients from accessing Planned Parenthood's services for one year. (41) While this is a step in the right direction, the defunding of Planned Parenthood should be permanent. Nevertheless, when news broke of this possibility, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards threw a fit. "It's as bad as we thought. The text of the Senate bill was just released, and now there's no denying the truth: This bill would devastate Planned Parenthood patients and leave millions of Americans without access to care." (42) Of course, what Richards really means by "access to care" is access to abortion, because that is the so-called service that they primarily perform. Planned Parenthood murdered 328,348 babies in 2015. (43)

Remarkably, the United States opposed a recent United Nations resolution that called for greater access to "safe abortions" under the guise of preventing violence against women. After hearing the resolution presented by Canada, United States First Secretary to the United Nations Jason Mack told the Council, which was assembled in Geneva, Switzerland, "We do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance." (44) It is my hope and prayer that efforts to stop abortion in the United States will be successful.

In closing, I urge every reader of this newsletter to continue to watch and pray as we see the condition of this world deteriorate. The mess is not pretty. However, we have the promise of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, who tells us in Matthew 28:20, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Jesus also promises us in John 14:18, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." No matter what happens, God is always with His people!

Thank you all for your kind support of this newsletter. We could not do what we do without your help. Please keep us in prayer as we endeavor to continue this ministry during these challenging days. As always, our team of intercessors is ready and willing to pray for you or any prayer requests you may have. Please do not hesitate to send them our way. Each request is always given individual attention. Grace and peace be unto you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Samuel David Meyer

Acknowledgements

01. USA Today, June 21, 2017, By William Cummings, http://usatoday.com.
02. Ibid.
03. Ibid.
04. Ibid.
05. Ibid.
06. The Washington Post, June 21, 2017, By Rachel Siegel, http://washingtonpost.com.
07. NBC News, June 20, 2017, By Mary Emily O'Hara, http://nbcnews.com.
08. National Review, June 7, 2017, By Ben Shapiro, http://nationalreview.com.
09. Ibid.
10. The College Fix, November 2, 2017, By William Nardi, http://thecollegefix.com.
11. Ibid.
12. Life Site News, June 20, 2017, By Claire Chretien, http://lifesitenews.com.
13. CBS News, June 19, 2017, By CBS News, http://cbsnews.com.
14. The Washington Post, March 15, 2017, By Elahe Izadi, http://washingtonpost.com.
15. Reuters News Service, September 11, 2007, By Reuters News Service, http://reuters.com.
16. Bravo TV, http://bravotv.com.
17. National Public Radio, May 31, 2017, By Miles Parks, http://npr.org.
18. Ibid.
19. Ibid.
20. Time Magazine, June 2, 2017, By Melissa Chan, http://time.com.
21. The Guardian, June 23, 2017, By Press Association, http://theguardian.com.
22. Fox News, June 23, 2017, By Fox News, http://foxnews.com.
23. The New York Times, June 14, 2017, By Michael D. Shear, Adam Goldman, and Emily Cochrane, http://nytimes.com.
24. Ibid.
25. The Washington Times, June 1, 2017, By Jennifer Harper, http://washingtontimes.com.
26. Pew Research Center, September 7, 2016, By Monica Anderson, http://pewresearch.org.
27. Pew Research Center, December 8, 2015, By Andrew Perrin, http://pewresearch.org.
28. Newsmax, June 1, 2017, By Cathy Burke, http://newsmax.com.
29. Business Insider, April 17, 2017, By Hayley Peterson, http://businessinsider.com.
30. USA Today, June 26, 2017, By Elizabeth Weise, http://usatoday.com.
31. The Washington Post, June 16, 2017, By Danielle Paquette, http://washingtonpost.com.
32. Business Insider, June 16, 2017, By Kif Leswing, http://businessinsider.com.
33. Chicago Tribune, December 12, 2016, By Lauren Zumbach, http://chicagotribune.com.
34. CNBC, June 22, 2017, By Tae Kim, http://cnbc.com.
35. The Fresno Bee, June 13, 2017, By Jeremy Bagott, http://fresnobee.com.
36. New York Post, April 30, 2017, By Ed Zwirn, http://nypost.com.
37. The Independent, June 16, 2017, By Helen Coffey, http://independent.co.uk.
38. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, http://cdc.gov.
39. The Christian Post, June 20, 2017, By Jay Gotera, http://christianpost.com.
40. The Huffington Post, June 22, 2017, By Laura Bassett, http://huffingtonpost.com.
41. Ibid.
42. Life Site News, June 22, 2017, By Steven Ertelt, http://lifesitenews.com.
43. Ibid.
44. Reuters News Service, June 22, 2017, By Stephanie Nebehay, Geneva, Switzerland, http://reuters.com.

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          Body of missing 5-year-old boy Aramazd Andressian Jr. found in California - CBS News   

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           The 'Good' Teacher? Constructing Teacher Identities for Lifelong Learning    
Zukas, Miriam, Fenwick, Tara, Harris, Ann, Jarvis, Christine, Malcolm, Janice and Pratt, Dan (2003) The 'Good' Teacher? Constructing Teacher Identities for Lifelong Learning. In: AERC 2003 Proceedings of the 44th Annual Adult Education Research Conference. San Francisco State University, California, USA, pp. 471-478.
          Bố bị cáo buộc giết con trai vì con là đồng tính   
Một ông bố người Mỹ bị buộc tội dùng súng ngắn sát hại con trai, sau khi nhiều lần đe dọa giết con vì anh này là đồng tính nam.


Cảnh sát bên ngoài hiện trường vụ án

Theo NBC Los Angeles, công tố viên hạt Los Angeles, bang California, hôm 1/4 truy tố Shehada Khalil Issa, 69 tuổi tội giết người có chủ ý. Nạn nhân là Amir Issa, 38 tuổi, bị bắn chết hôm 29/3 tại nhà riêng ở North Hill.

Trong cáo trạng, ông bố bị buộc tội cố ý sát hại con trai vì khuynh hướng tình dục của anh ta. Công tố viên cho biết ông bố đã nhiều lần dọa giết con vì anh này là người đồng tính nam. 

Hôm xảy ra vụ việc, hàng xóm đã nghe thấy nhiều tiếng súng nổ và gọi 911 thông báo. Khi đến nơi, cảnh sát phát hiện ra hai cái xác. Amir Issa bị bắn ở phía ngoài ngôi nhà, và trúng nhiều phát đạn. 

Thi thể của bà vợ Issa cũng được tìm thấy trong nhà, trên người có "nhiều nhát dao đâm", phát ngôn viên cảnh sát Mike Lopez cho biết. Chính quyền vẫn đang điều tra nguyên nhân cái chết của bà này. Hàng xóm cho biết, thường xuyên nghe thấy tiếng cãi vã trong nhà.

Theo Los Angeles Daily News, Issa ban đầu khai rằng ông ta phát hiện vợ chết trong phòng tắm, sau đó nghe thấy tiếng động lạ và nghĩ rằng có kẻ đột nhập, nên đã lấy súng mang theo tìm xung quanh nhà thì thấy con trai cầm dao đe dọa và đã bắn anh ta để tự vệ.

"Nghi phạm đã tự thú và bị bắt vì tội giết người", John Doerbecker, một điều tra viên cho biết. "Ông ta nói rằng con trai đã cầm dao đe dọa, nhưng chúng tôi không tìm thấy tang vật (con dao) này. Thật là một bi kịch gia đình". Issa không được quyền bảo lãnh và sẽ phải hầu tòa ngày 11/4 tới.


Nhà riêng của gia đình Issa tại North Hill

Những người thuộc cộng đồng LGBT (tên viết tắt tiếng Anh của người đồng tính nữ, đồng tính nam, song tính và chuyển giới) ở Mỹ "đau lòng" trước vụ việc và đây là lời nhắc nhở rằng "cộng đồng LGBT không chỉ phải đối mặt với việc bị bỏ rơi, mà còn đối mặt với việc bị ngược đãi vì công khai khuynh hướng tình dục của mình", theo Jim Key, phát ngôn viên trung tâm LGBT Los Angeles.

Theo Key, trung tâm này hỗ trợ 100 thanh niên mỗi ngày, nhiêu người bị cha mẹ bỏ rơi hoặc cảm thấy không an toàn ở nhà vì khuynh hướng tình dục của mình.

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          The Time Has Come for ALL Californians to Have Universal Healthcare   
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          State Necklace, Personalized Small State Shaped with Initial Heart on Disc Charm Necklace, Texas California State Outline Jewelry by hotmixcold   

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          People Line Up to Buy Recreational Marijuana in Nevada   

Hundreds of people lined up in the middle of the night to be among the first to buy legal marijuana in Nevada, which became the fifth state to allow recreational sales on Saturday morning. Tourists and locals alike were in the often-long lines celebrating the first sales that came after voters in Nevada approved legalization in November.

Now anyone who is 21 and older can buy up to an ounce of marijuana in Nevada. And while tourists are expected to make up a big percentage of the customers, marijuana can only be consumed in a private home. That’s why dispensaries seem to be banking on the popularity of edibles, particularly in Las Vegas.

Nevada is now the fifth state—after Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska—to fully regulate and tax the recreational marijuana market. Three other states—California, Maine, and Massachusetts—also approved legalization of marijuana last year but they have yet to implement the legal sales.

Supporters of legalization say Nevada is set to take in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue on the sales. “The shows, the gambling, the drinks … now legal pot,” a 26-year-old visitor from Chicago who bought marijuana at a dispensary a block away from the Strip told the Los Angeles Times. “Who wouldn’t want to come visit?”


          Capitol Resource Institute Urged Phone Calls To Cali Gov & Attorney General To “Do Their Jobs”   
Sometimes it’s hard not to recognize that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, as well as our friends, family, and allies, don’t seem as good at organizing as those on the religious right — as least with regards to phone and letter campaigns. California’s Capitol Resource Institute (CRI) sent out an email […]
          Freight Stops: Standard Oil Spur   
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leave a comment below or email author@santacruztrains.com.

A classic steam locomotive passing the Standard Oil
facility in 1955. Photo by E.H. Chase. [Eddie Chase]
The history of the Standard Oil Company is one of a catastrophic failure in 1911 when the original company was broken up due to the Sherman Antitrust Act followed by a century of renewed growth. In the years after the breakup, Standard Oil of California (known as Chevron from the 1930s) began building gas stations across the state to support the growing automobile industry. But how did the gasoline get to the service stations? The railroad. In every major city in California, gasoline storage facilities were installed alongside railroad tracks, and most had dedicated spurs so tanker cars could park without blocking the main track. Los Gatos was no different.

When precisely Standard Oil built its storage facility on the western end of Farley Road on the northern edge of Los Gatos is not precisely known. It was certainly a prominent fixture in the town in the 1950s, and likely dates to the 1930s or earlier considering the condition of the tracks and ties visible in the photographs below.

A rolled pair of boxcars on the Standard Oil spur, 1956. The mainline track is visible at left. [Billy Jones Family]
Scant photographic evidence is available for the location, but the photograph at the top of this page shows large vertical tanks standing beside similarly-sized horizontal tanks at the site, presumably all storing oil and gasoline. The railroad spur that was installed to access the site split from the Los Gatos Branch just south of Farley Road and then cross the road on the western side of the tracks. The crossing over Farley is visible in the photograph above. The tracks went directly into the Standard Oil property and stopped at the northern property line. The only facilities that were likely at the stop for the railroad were hoses that could connect to oil and gasoline tanker cars.

A boxcar being reoriented onto the Standard Oil spur, 1956. [Billy Jones Family]
In 1956, a well-photographed derailment occurred on the spur when a pair of boxcars rolled off the tracks and onto an adjacent car. A special crane cars was brought in to set the cars back on the tracks. The cause of this derailment is unknown, but the center photograph on this page shows the tracks covered in dirt, implying they were not used heavily and may have either buckled or had debris that derailed the cars.

The Standard Oil facility on Farley Road was one of the last three freight customers in Los Gatos when the Southern Pacific decided to end service along the line on January 23, 1959. The spur was removed soon afterwards and the right-of-way was turned into University Avenue. The Standard Oil facility remained in use at the site until at least 1980, with the gasoline brought in via truck. When it was finally decommissioned is not presently known.

Geo-Coordinates & Access Rights:
37.240˚N, 121.975˚W

The site of the Standard Oil is at 805 University Avenue in Los Gatos. The current location hosts a automotive repair mall with an accompanying large parking lot. University Avenue at this point was once the Southern Pacific right-of-way. Nothing survives of the railroad tracks, the spur, or the former Standard Oil facility.

Citations & Credits:
  • Kelley, Edward. Images of Rail: Railroads of Los Gatos. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2006.

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          Rams stadium opening delayed a year   
Record winter rainfall in Southern California pushes back scheduled opening of Stan Kroenke's $2.6 billion Inglewood stadium until 2020.
          NFL notes: Four from area invited to NFL Scouting Combine   
Four highly-successful college players from the St. Louis area are among the list of invitees to this year’s NFL Scouting Combine. Michigan wide receiver Jehu Chesson (Ladue High), Wyoming running back Brian Hill (Belleville West High), Southern California cornerback Adoreé…
              
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          News In Brief    

President Francesco Cossiga asked Prime Minister Bettino Craxi to form a new government yesterday, four days after he resigned as prime minister. Politicians expect him to resurrect the same coalition that fell apart over the Achille Lauro hijacking. Hopes for a solution to the latest of many government crises in postwar Italy apparently boosted prices on the Milan Stock Exchange. Shares regained two-thirds of the 6 percent they lost after Mr. Craxi's resignation.

The success of Craxi's effort appeared to depend largely on his talks with Defense Minister Giovanni Spadolini's Republican Party, which precipitated the collapse by withdrawing its three ministers from the Cabinet.

All previous partners but the Republicans have said they would join a new Craxi government. The Republicans set conditions that include closer consultation during times of crisis and clear definition of foreign policy, particularly on the US and the Mideast.

The Republicans quit over the decision to release PLO official Muhammad Abbas, whom the US accuses of masterminding the hijacking.

Mr. Cossiga's decision followed three days of consultations with leaders of the five political parties in the former coalition.

Craxi's aides said they expect the makeup of a new government to emerge by Thursday, when Craxi is to go to New York for a meeting of Western leaders called by President Reagan to discuss his November summit with the Soviet leader, Mikhail S. Gorbachev.

Politicians saw the Republican Party's move as a face-saving gesture in response to widespread criticism by the other coalition partners of its decision to quit. Public opinion polls showed general approval of how the government handled the hijacking.

Antigovernment protesters fired on in downtown Manila

Police yesterday fired on antigovernment demonstrators in downtown Manila who resisted police efforts to disperse them. Hospitals said a 17-year-old demonstrator was killed, and the official news agency said 27 people were wounded. The clash came after 3,000 protesters, mostly from farm groups, demonstrated peacefully in front of the US Embassy and were moving toward a downtown plaza.

The march was organized to protest government economic policies and US support for President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Mr. Marcos ordered an immediate investigation of the violence, a palace news release said. The National Assembly will also investigating.

16 foes of apartheid plead not guilty in treason case

Sixteen leading opponents of South Africa's apartheid race laws pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of high treason, which can carry the death penalty. The accused, including senior leaders of the main internal anti-apartheid group, the United Democratic Front, also pleaded not guilty to alternative charges of furthering the aims of unlawful organizations, and terrorism.

Much of the evidence against them is based on speeches they made and songs they asked crowds to sing at meetings.

The trial formally opened in May, but defense lawyers have been battling for months to get more details from the government on how the accused were alleged to have acted treasonably.

Nicaraguan chief accuses US of `state terrorism'

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega accused the United States yesterday of ``state terrorism'' and said the state of emergency in his country will be suspended when the US stops its ``policy of aggression.'' Nicaragua last week imposed new restrictions on freedom of speech, travel, and assembly, the right to strike, and protection of privacy in the home and the mails.

Supreme Court to adjudge airline policy on handicapped

The Supreme Court set the stage yesterday for an important ruling on rights of handicapped people. The justices said they will review a ruling, challenged by the Reagan administration, that the government must guarantee the rights of handicapped air travelers. A decision is expected by July.

In other cases, the court:

Set the stage for a potentially sweeping ruling over whether property owners are entitled to be compensated when local governments prevent land development.

Agreed to decide what evidence is needed to support search warrants authorizing seizure of allegedly obscene movies.

Agreed to resolve a dispute the government says could force it to guarantee billions of additional dollars in bank-provided credit.

US withholding nuclear data about China, Cranston claims

Sen. Alan Cranston (D) of California, objecting to President Reagan's proposed nuclear cooperation agreement with China, charged yesterday that the administration has ``withheld, suppressed, and covered up information'' about Peking's role in spreading nuclear material. In a Senate floor speech, Senator Cranston said China has had either negotiations or nuclear trade with five ``nuclear outlaw'' nations that are developing atomic weapons programs.

Major tax hike needed to cut federal deficit, Stockman says

A major tax increase is necessary to reduce the federal deficit, preferably a value-added tax, former Budget Director David Stockman said Monday. In the five years of the Reagan presidency, great strides have been made in reducing the growth of federal spending, but the deficit remains a major threat to the nation, Mr. Stockman told the annual convention of the Food Marketing Institute.

US and USSR break off talks on resuming direct air links

The United States and the Soviet Union have broken off negotiations to resume direct air travel between the two countries in a dispute over giving Pan Am, the American carrier, a ``fair share'' of the market, State Department officials said yesterday. No date was set for a resumption, making it virtually impossible that an agreement could be reached in time for President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to sign at their summit meeting in November.

Sanctions on South Africa satisfy Commonwealth chiefs

Commonwealth leaders who wanted Britain and its former colonies to impose strong sanctions against South Africa said Monday they were satisfied by agreement over a less-stringent compromise package. The 49-nation group, whose meeting ends today, emerged late Sunday from five days of closed-door negotiating with a package of limited economic sanctions.

The accord provides for a nine-point package of immediate sanctions. Most of the measures, such as bans on arms and oil sales, nuclear cooperation, and discouraging cultural and scientific contact, have been enforced by many nations for years.

String of fires quenched in southern California

A week after brush fires cut a swath across more than 100,000 acres of southern California canyons under the lash of Santa Ana winds, the last of more than 20 blazes has been controlled. One man was killed, 21 homes burned, and at least six firefighters injured in the fires that began last Monday, many of them believed ignited by arsonists.

A photograph that appeared on Page 7 of the Monitor's Oct. 9 issue was incorrectly identified as one of Panamanian General Noriega. The original UPI photo was miscaptioned, and the man pictured is Gen. Rub'en Dario Par'edes.

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          Box Office: 'Despicable Me 3' Sets $83 Million Heist, 'Baby Driver' in Second - Variety   

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Box Office: 'Despicable Me 3' Sets $83 Million Heist, 'Baby Driver' in Second
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Everything seems to be going to Universal's plan as “Despicable Me 3” eyes an $83 million opening. The fourth film in the Minions universe is expected to easily win Independence Day weekend over fellow new entries, “Baby Driver” and “The House.”.
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Box Office: 'Despicable Me 3' Nabs Diabolical $29.2M FridayForbes
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          Valadao Statement Regarding Passage of Public Safety Enhancement Laws    
WASHINGTON - Today, United States Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) released the following statement regarding passage of H.R. 3004; Kate’s Law and H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act in the United States House of Representatives.

"Since coming to Congress, I have been a vocal advocate of reforming every aspect of our broken immigration system – including implementing reforms to ensure undocumented immigrants who have committed violent crimes are not allowed to return to the United States. These dangerous individuals put our family members, friends, neighbors, and communities at risk. By enhancing penalties for deported felons, we can prevent these needless crimes from ever taking place."

"California’s ongoing efforts to prevent local law enforcement agencies from complying with federal law is reckless. Ensuring our communities are safe, and that dangerous criminals are not given a safe haven from punishment, should not be a controversial issue. While some oppose these bills under the guise that such policies disregard the civil rights of immigrants, the reality of the situation is that our immigrant communities, such as those in the Central Valley, are jeopardized most by these dangerous criminals.”

On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Congressman Valadao voted in support of H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law and H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act. H.R. 3004 passed the United States House of Representatives by a vote of 257 to 167 while H.R. 3003 passed by a vote of 228 to 195.

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District of California, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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          2015 KTM 1190 Adventure (Cycle Trader) $11,997   
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          Fork It Over Cookie Culinary Competition and Fundraiser to Benefit GSCCC’s Girl Scout Leadership Experience   

Chef Alex Castillo (l.) from 2088 Restaurant and Head Chef Juliet Demirjian (r.) from The Gourmet Girl will be participating in the Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast’s Third Annual Fork It Over fundraiser.

[caption id="attachment_54573" align="alignright" width="300"]Chef Alex Castillo (l.) from 2088 Restaurant and Head Chef Juliet Demirjian (r.) from The Gourmet Girl will be participating in the Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast’s Third Annual Fork It Over fundraiser. Chef Alex Castillo (l.) from 2088 Restaurant and Head Chef Juliet Demirjian (r.) from The Gourmet Girl will be participating in the Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast’s Third Annual Fork It Over fundraiser.[/caption] Ventura — Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast (GSCCC) is hosting the Third Annual Fork It Over fundraiser on Thursday, August 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Palm Garden Hotel in Thousand Oaks. Tickets are $50 per person and $75 for double admission, with all proceeds benefiting the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) across all six counties served by GSCCC.
Notable chefs from popular local restaurants will be creating Girl Scout cookie-inspired appetizers and desserts in imaginative sweet and savory cookie and food pairings. The event will also feature a variety of spirit purveyors from across California’s Central Coast, including local breweries and wineries.
GSCCC’s Girl Scout Leadership Experience is the framework for defining what girls do in Girl Scouting and engages girls in three key activities: discovering who they are and what they value; connecting with others; and taking action to make the world a better place. GSLE is a variety of fun and challenging activities, where girls learn by doing activities such as earning badges, selling cookies, going on exciting trips, exploring the outdoors, and doing community service projects. At Girl Scouts, girls get to lead their own adventure, and work with other girls to choose the exciting, hands-on activities that they value most.
Counties--GSCCC2Fork It Over ticket sales support what girls love about Girl Scouts. Participating in troops, camping and the outdoors, event participation patches, developing leadership skills, STEM-related activities, and so much more are all part of GSLE programming. Fork It Over proceeds will enhance these experiences and activities with critical leadership processes and outcomes.
“We are thrilled to continue our annual Fork It Over event to raise funds for GSLE programs,” said Jody Skenderian, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast. “Girl Scouts prepares girls to empower themselves with opportunities to discover their leadership skills, both in their everyday lives and in the real world.”
The evening will conclude with a cookie culinary competition featuring recipes from renowned chefs from popular local California restaurants, caterers, and food trucks. A panel of judges will select the best creations and guests can vote on their favorite entry for the “People’s Choice” award as well as enjoy a silent auction.
For information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.forkitovergsccc.com or contact Meghan Lopez at (805) 232-3963.

          Ojai native plant guide Lanny Kaufer to hold Arroyo Hondo Preserve Herb Walk   

Rondia Kaufer in a primeval forest of Giant Chain Ferns at Arroyo Hondo Preserve (Photo Credit: Lanny Kaufer)

[caption id="attachment_54570" align="alignright" width="300"]Rondia Kaufer in a primeval forest of Giant Chain Ferns at Arroyo Hondo Preserve (Photo Credit: Lanny Kaufer) Rondia Kaufer in a primeval forest of Giant Chain Ferns at Arroyo Hondo Preserve (Photo Credit: Lanny Kaufer)[/caption] OJAI--Ojai native plant guide Lanny Kaufer is pleased to announce his first Herb Walk at Arroyo Hondo Preserve. Considered by many to be the jewel of the Gaviota Coast, the preserve is managed by The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County and features a year-round creek surrounded by coastal chaparral and grassland. It is where the Chumash Village of Tuxmu was once located. The Herb Walk will take place on Saturday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The day will start with a 2-stage carpool. First, at 8 a.m., those in Ojai will meet at Maricopa Plaza to carpool to 23 S. Hope Avenue in Santa Barbara where they will meet the Santa Barbara, Ventura, and other contingents arriving via Highway 101. Then at 9 a.m. the combined groups will carpool from there about 30 minutes up the coast to Arroyo Hondo Preserve. All carpools are optional.
The plant diversity at Arroyo Hondo is exceptional. In the creekside riparian habitat the participants will see a wide array of Southern California native trees including White Alder, California Bay, Blue Elderberry and Bigleaf Maple among others. The creek is also home to California Newts.
The cost is $25. Kids 5-12 can go free, one per adult, by prior arrangement. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Toddlers must be in a carrier. No dogs or smoking, please. To register or for more information, visit www.HerbWalks.com or call 805-646-6281. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with all necessary info. No pre-payment is required.

          State Treasurer Chiang’s Statement on Reforms to Board of Equalization   

State Treasurer John Chiang

[caption id="attachment_45371" align="alignright" width="266"]State Treasurer John Chiang State Treasurer John Chiang[/caption] SACRAMENTO – “As a former chairman of the Board of Equalization, I can bear witness to how the only elected tax board in the nation has so much inherent potential to do good, but has too often of late been unable to tame its worst demons.
“As our tax system grows more complex and unwieldy, California taxpayers – now more than ever – need forceful advocates, as well as tireless agents for reform. Instead, the BOE has been so mired in self-inflicted chaos and scandal that no less than five investigations are ongoing.
“Its thousands of dedicated employees who are responsible for the collection of nearly one-third of all state revenues should be able to rely on its governing board for sure-footed leadership. Instead, the BOE has been found to have forged an environment so toxic that its managers and line-level staff are afraid to lawfully do their jobs for fear of suffering retaliation.
“In theory, taxpayers should enjoy heightened responsiveness from an elected board because each member must account for their performance every four years at the ballot box. In reality, the BOE has become so politicized that its members are regularly accused of interfering in tax assessments and audit activities, as well as providing misleading information to lawmakers.
“The time has come for lasting change and true reform at the Board of Equalization. That is why I support the Taxpayer Transparency and Fairness Act of 2017. The proposal, backed by Governor Brown and the leaders of both legislative houses will promote fairness and transparency, de-politicize decision-making and, most importantly, restore public trust.”

          Legislature Refuses Deeper Investigation into UCOP Budget Abuse   

University of California President Janet Napolitano

[caption id="attachment_54528" align="alignright" width="300"]University of California President Janet Napolitano University of California President Janet Napolitano[/caption] State findings that launched the audit found UC president’s office paid excessive salaries to top staff and mishandled budget money
SACRAMENTO – Today, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee refused to dig deeper into allegations of financial misconduct by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) in response to the secret $175 million fund unearthed in a recent California State Auditor report. The forensic audit was requested by Assemblyman Dante Acosta (R-Santa Clarita) and failed on a party-line vote.
“I am fighting to return trust to the institution of the UC Office of the President for students, parents, faculty, and staff,” said Acosta. “Only complete transparency can accomplish that goal.”
Assembly Republicans first requested a legislative subpoena after an investigation by the State Auditor revealed that the UC Office of the President amassed secret slush funds of $175 million dollars while raising tuition and fees on students. During the course of the investigation, UCOP censored campus administrators’ responses to auditor’s surveys and interfered with attempts to obtain accurate financial data.
Assembly Republicans have called for accountability in the office of the UCOP. Following the glaring misconduct regarding University of California funds and California State Auditor surveys, they requested legislative subpoenas to uncover all information related to the misconduct.
Acosta’s request would have triggered a forensic investigation of undisclosed budget expenditures to determine whether actual transactions match what was recorded in the budget development system of the UCOP.

          Senator Harris Statement on the Fifth Anniversary of DACA   

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris

[caption id="attachment_51452" align="alignright" width="300"]U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris[/caption] WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris released the following statement on the fifth anniversary of President Barack Obama authorizing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
“DACA recipients remind us of the strength that comes from diversity, and that our nation remains one shaped by the contributions of immigrants as it has from the very beginning. They serve in our military, work in Fortune 100 companies, conduct important medical research, and are thriving across the country in colleges and universities.
“This anniversary is also a reminder of the deep uncertainty and fear felt by DACA recipients as the Administration continues to expand President Trump’s deportation force. In order to receive DACA, these young individuals underwent extensive vetting by the federal government, including submitting detailed personal information about themselves and their loved ones. In exchange, their government promised to protect them, and yet we have seen DACA recipients arrested, detained, and even deported under this Administration.
“With one in three DACA recipients living in California, we have an outsized stake in ensuring the continuation of this program. I remain committed to holding the Administration accountable to honor the United States government’s promise to protect them, and to ensure that these young DREAMers are able to live, work, learn and thrive in the only nation they call home.”
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