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          COMO SE FAZ UM TRABALHO DE GRUPO   

Grande parte da actividade que desenvolves em AP decorre em trabalho de grupo. Esta circunstância deve-se ao facto de o trabalho de grupo promover um conjunto de competências que vais necessitar na tua vida académica e profissional.

De entre as muitas vantagens do trabalho de equipa, que justificam o recurso a esta forma de trabalhar, destacaremos algumas competências que promovem: 

a cooperação entre os seus membros;
a discussão de ideias e a reflexão sobre as questões;
o aperfeiçoamento de técnicas de comunicação;
a organização do trabalho.

Um bom grupo de trabalho

Um bom grupo de trabalho tem de ter duas condições essenciais: ter objectivos claros e desejar ser bem sucedido. Contrariamente ao que vulgarmente se pensa, a heterogeneidade e a diferença dos membros que constituem um grupo são factores que promovem um trabalho mais produtivo e que favorecem a solidariedade entre os seus membros. Muitas vezes um grupo falha nos seus objectivos e a qualidade de trabalho fica aquém das expectativas porque o grupo é constituído por um conjunto de pessoas que partilham dos mesmos pontos de vista ou que estão ligadas fundamentalmente por questões de amizade.

Contudo, para que um grupo funcione e o trabalho renda, há um conjunto de regras que devem ser respeitadas:

os elementos que o compõem devem procurar tomar decisões por unanimidade;
cada elemento tem de ter disponibilidade para fazer concessões;
nenhum membro deve impor a sua opinião ou perspectiva;
deve-se encarar a crítica como um factor de promoção da qualidade do trabalho;
o conflito é inerente ao trabalho de grupo devendo ser visto como normal no processo de trabalho e como um factor de crescimento colectivo e individual;
todos os membros têm de trabalhar: se um membro não trabalha, o rendimento do grupo está comprometido e as relações entram em crise;
os elementos do grupo fazem a avaliação dos resultados do trabalho bem como da participação de cada um: fazer a auto e hetero-avaliação.

Como trabalhar

Para que uma sessão de trabalho renda, é preciso que todos os seus membros:

saibam claramente sobre o que se vai trabalhar
cheguem a acordo sobre os limites do tema ou subtema que estão a desenvolver;
definam prioridades e objectivos parcelares a atingir em cada etapa de trabalho;
partilhem a informação e os recursos;
registem as ideias, decisões e planos;
fixem prazos;
distribuam as tarefas e designem os responsáveis;
percebam e respeitem a distribuição das tarefas;
identifiquem os meios e recursos necessários para o desenvolvimento do trabalho;  
cheguem a conclusões;
sejam disciplinados e responsáveis;
tenham confiança e sejam solidários entre si.

Problemas no grupo

A diversidade e a heterogeneidade inerente a um bom grupo de trabalho geram conflitos: de opiniões, de perspectivas, de formas de actuação. Contudo, não são os conflitos que têm esta origem que podem pôr em causa o trabalho de grupo. Até são condição do desenvolvimento de um trabalho produtivo e de qualidade. Há no entanto, problemas que podem comprometer o rendimento de uma equipa.

Os principais problemas que podem surgir num grupo de trabalho são:

o desinteresse de um ou vários membros;
os conflitos de liderança;
a falta de lealdade;
as dificuldades na aplicação do plano de trabalho.

Se o grupo em que estás integrado vive alguns destes problemas, partilhem-nos com o professor. Um elemento experiente e externo ao grupo pode ajudar a superar a crise.

          COMO SE FAZ UM RELATÓRIO   
A consulta de um dicionário de Língua Portuguesa dá-nos a seguinte definição de relatório:
"exposição circunstanciada e objectiva, oral ou por escrito, daquilo que se viu, estudou, observou, analisou... "

Ao longo da tua vida académica e profissional, vais ter de produzir relatórios cujos objectivos são descrever situações, factos, actividades, comunicar um trabalho, uma pesquisa, um projecto desenvolvido. Para além do papel de comunicação que o relatório efectivamente tem, a sua elaboração permite uma análise crítica sobre o trabalho e a perspectivação da actividade futura. Daí que num relatório, não te possas limitar a descrever o que foi feito, mas como foi feito: deves registar os processos que te levaram a determinadas conclusões, as dificuldades sentidas, as hipóteses de trabalho levantadas, etc.

O professor avisa com antecedência o dia em que terás de apresentar o(s) relatório(s). Tens de reter dois aspectos muito importantes:
1 – Cumprimento do prazo – se entregas um relatório fora do prazo podes ser penalizado na avaliação. Na tua vida futura, pode até acontecer que o teu trabalho não seja aceite.

2 – Um relatório prepara-se com tempo. O conhecimento antecipado da data de entrega permite-te gerir o tempo da sua produção para que o documento final reflicta cuidado na apresentação e um conteúdo substancial, quer dizer, que reflicta de facto o teu trabalho.
Tipos de Relatório
No âmbito da AP vais ter de produzir diferentes tipos de relatórios:
1 - Relatório de actividade
2 - Relatório de desenvolvimento/processo
3 - Relatório do produto final
Vamos analisar os objectivos de cada um destes tipos de relatório e de seguida a estrutura que deves seguir para a sua elaboração.
1 - Relatório de actividade – o professor pode solicitar um relatório individual ou de grupo de uma iniciativa, de uma saída ou actividade de campo, de uma visita de estudo, de um conjunto de actividades produzidas num determinado período de tempo.
2 - Relatório de desenvolvimento/processo – está prevista a apresentação de um relatório do desenvolvimento do projecto em AP em dois momentos: * no fim do 1° período; * no Carnaval.
Contudo, o professor pode solicitar um relatório de desenvolvimento sempre que considere oportuno.
Os objectivos destes relatórios, também designados por relatórios de processo, são, entre outros, os seguintes:
  • permitem que o grupo e cada um dos seus elementos tome consciência do processo de execução do projecto e da participação de cada um;
  • ajudam a reflectir sobre as dificuldades e até bloqueios do projecto favorecendo a sua superação;
  • podem orientar a reformulação do projecto;
  • promovem a auto-avaliação;
  • constituem elementos de avaliação para o professor.
3 - Relatório do produto final – acompanha a apresentação do produto no fim do ano lectivo. O produto final é a concretização do projecto desenvolvido: integra a experiência do projecto.

Pode acontecer que ao longo do ano o professor solicite produtos do trabalho, e nesse caso, estás a apresentar um relatório de produto.
Em diferentes momentos terás de apresentar quer relatórios individuais, quer relatórios de grupo. A sua solicitação é geralmente acompanhada por um conjunto de instruções que te orientam na sua produção.
A estrutura de um relatório



Vamos apresentar-te um conjunto de elementos que poderás encarar como um guião para a elaboração de relatórios. Geralmente o relatório apresenta as seguintes partes: capa, índice, texto, anexos.

Capa
Na capa devem constar os seguintes elementos:
  • O nome da escola
  • O título (por exemplo. "Relatório do Trabalho de Projecto")
  • A tua identificação
  • A identificação do professor
  • A data
Apesar de a capa não ter registado o número de página, conta como página 1.

Índice
Na página 2 deves registar o índice, que tem como função apresentar a estrutura do relatório e a sua localização através do registo da página. Exemplo:
1 - Introdução .............................................. 3
2 - O carácter da Área de Projecto ................ 5
3 -............................................................... 7
4 - .............................................................. 11
5 - Bibliografia ............................................. 15
6 - Anexos .................................................. 17

Texto
Deves iniciar o teu texto com uma introdução em que justificas a razão de ser do relatório e os seus objectivos. Podes apresentar, brevemente, o plano do texto que produziste. No relatório, isto é no texto propriamente dito, identificas o objectivo do relatório, descreves o trabalho que realizaste, as metodologias utilizadas, os resultados e as dificuldades que encontraste, as questões que o trabalho suscitou.

Um relatório que se limite a descrever as actividades desenvolvidas é pobre: é a reflexão sobre as dificuldades que sentiste, a forma como as ultrapassaste, o modo como interagiste com os teus colegas e com outras pessoas com quem colaboraste que torna o teu relatório um documento único, porque reflecte a tua experiência pessoal. Mostra como organizaste e desenvolveste o trabalho e a tua contribuição para o grupo: integra, portanto, uma apreciação autocrítica do teu trabalho.

Deves incluir uma conclusão onde registes comentários finais, observações críticas e um balanço genérico da actividade ou do trabalho objecto do relatório.
No teu texto, há alguns aspectos éticos que deves respeitar:
  • só citar documentos selectivamente consultados;
  • citar as fontes a que recorreste, registando todos os dados que permitam a sua identificação;
  • ser rigoroso no registo dos dados e nos contactos que mantiveste;
  • ser autêntico na descrição das tuas experiências e na análise crítica que produzas.
Anexos
Nos anexos, deves integrar os documentos, gráficos, legislação, imagens, conforme o caso. Estes materiais devem ser numerados e a paginação deve continuar a do texto principal. Deves incluir também a bibliografia

Redacção e apresentação gráfica
No teu relatório, a forma como rediges tem muita importância.
Assim:
  • procura apresentar as tuas ideias de forma estruturada, com clareza e rigor;
  • as frases e os parágrafos não devem ser extensos;
  • a expressão deve ser correcta e clara. Procura fazer várias revisões para evitares erros ou frases mal construídas;
  • podes utilizar a primeira pessoa do singular ou a primeira do plural.
A apresentação gráfica do relatório é também relevante, devendo-se pautar pela descrição e pela regularidade. Apresentamos-te algumas sugestões:
  • tipo de letra: Deves escolher uma fonte que seja discreta e bem legível;
  • tamanho: os textos devem ter tamanho 12; as notas de rodapé devem ser escritas em tamanho 8;
  • os títulos devem ser escritos a bold (negrito), hierarquizados, isto é, usando diferentes tamanhos para os títulos e os subtítulos;
  • espaçamento – 1,5;
  • tipo de papel: A4 branco.
Avaliação do relatório

O teu professor de AP esclarecerá os critérios que terá em conta na avaliação.
Contudo, há alguns aspectos que são comuns à avaliação dos relatórios:

  • a organização do trabalho;
  • a descrição ordenada dos procedimentos;
  • a justificação das opções tomadas;
  • a organização das ideias e dos raciocínios; 
  • a clareza e correcção da linguagem utilizada;
  • a criatividade.

A título de exemplo, apresentamos dois modelos de relatórios.


RELATÓRIO DO 1° PERÍODO

O relatório que tens de apresentar para Área de Projecto é o primeiro. do ponto de vista formal. Informalmente, em diálogo com o professor ou com os teus colegas de grupo ou de turma, já produziste muitos relatórios informais. Reconheces afirmações como:

  • “Já percebo melhor o que se pretende com área de Projecto”;
  • “Não sabia que as consequências das faltas em AP eram tão graves”;
  • “Tenho tido problemas em aceder ao site x”;
  • “O tema que o meu grupo está a desenvolver dá mais trabalho do que imaginávamos”;
  • “Já sou capaz de organizar melhor as informações que recolho”;
  • “Já sou capaz de trabalhar melhor em equipa”.

Estas e muitas outras reflexões estão registadas, com certeza, no teu diário de bordo.
Tendo em conta o que acabámos de dizer e a orientação que tem sido desenvolvida na turma, propõe-se que elabores o teu relatório tendo em conta os seguintes itens:
  1. Analisar as expectativas em relação à AP.
  2. Reflectir sobre as mudanças que esta área exige e os desafios que coloca.
  3. Analisar as actividades que desenvolveste no âmbito das técnicas de investigação e das suas aplicações. Reflectir sobre as aprendizagens que fizeste.
  4. Descrever a forma como o tema foi escolhido e a sua relação com os teus interesses as tuas opções vocacionais e profissionais.
  5. A experiência do trabalho de grupo.
  6. Planificação do projecto.
  7. Perspectivas de trabalho.
O registo das dificuldades sentidas e a forma de as superar
Para elaborares o relatório irás recorrer aos diário de bordo, ao teu portefólio/dossier individual de projecto, onde tens os materiais organizados, aos registos pessoais que foste fazendo, à planificação das tarefas, etc.

          Aspectos orientadores a levar em conta na Disciplina de Área de Projecto   
Eis um texto orientador da disciplina de Área de Projecto. Leiam-no com atenção, pois será importante tomarem-no como referencia no desenvolvimento do vosso trabalho.  (os bolds e os sublinhados são meus):
O Trabalho de Projecto é um método de trabalho que se centra na investigação, análise e resolução de problemas em grupo. O termo “projecto” vem do latim pro+jectare e significa “lançar para a frente, atirar”. Projectar significa investigar um tema, um problema, uma situação com o objectivo de a conhecer e, se possível, apresentar interpretações e/ou soluções novas.
Uma das características mais marcantes do Trabalho de Projecto é o papel do aluno no processo de aprendizagem; o trabalho está centrado nos alunos porque são eles que escolhem os temas, os problemas dos projectos que vão desenvolver, investigar e apresentar o produto final. 
A planificação do projecto e as tarefas inerentes à sua concretização baseiam-se na iniciativa dos alunos: cabe-lhes escolher e dividir entre si as tarefas, bem como proceder à sua execução, estando subjacente a planificação das actividades. Este tipo de trabalho exige, portanto, capacidade de gestão do tempo e das tarefas.
Cabe aos professores acompanhar, coordenar e avaliar a concretização das tarefas dos projectos e a sua divulgação, isto é, gerir, orientar avaliar o trabalho. Cabe-lhes, como orientadores, analisar as possibilidades reais de concretização do projecto tendo em conta os recursos e o tempo disponíveis. Assumem face ao projecto uma atitude de crítica construtiva, identificando os aspectos fortes e os aspectos fracos para melhorar o projecto. 
O trabalho dos alunos desenvolve-se em pequenos grupos em que os elementos que os constituem se apoiam e cooperam. Os alunos colaboram e, juntos, procuram desenvolver o projecto que se propuseram concretizar. É, portanto, uma aprendizagem cooperativa, isto é, o conhecimento constrói-se no processo de interacção entre os alunos, entre estes e o professor, bem como com outros elementos da comunidade. Um dos aspectos mais marcantes do Trabalho de Projecto é o facto de se fundar no trabalho de grupo o que permite desenvolver o sentido de responsabilidade, a solidariedade e o espírito de equipa. Este papel activo dos alunos confere-lhes mais responsabilidades: efectivamente, a autonomia do trabalho tem como complemento a responsabilização.
Por outro lado, e este é um dos aspectos mais importantes do Trabalho de Projecto, os conhecimentos, as experiências e os recursos dos alunos são valorizados constituindo estímulos para a aquisição de novos conhecimentos. 
O professor acompanha o desenrolar do trabalho dos grupos apoiando-os na ultrapassagem de dificuldades de desenvolvimento assim como na superação de crises, conflitos e bloqueios que surgem no decorrer do trabalho.
Conhecer, agir.
O trabalho de Projecto visa vários objectivos ao nível do saber. O desenvolvimento do projecto convoca um conjunto de conhecimentos que, geralmente, são apreendidos de forma fragmentada, veiculados nas diferentes disciplinas, o que conduz, muitas vezes, a uma visão distorcida da realidade. 
Ao desenvolver um projecto, os diferentes conhecimentos são convocados para, de forma interdisciplinar, os alunos conhecerem um problema, uma questão, recorrendo a várias áreas do saber para, de forma integrada, concretizarem o projecto.
Um outro aspecto muito importante desta metodologia consiste na aplicação dos conhecimentos à realidade concreta: este é o ponto de partida e de chegada do projecto. O trabalho desenvolve-se no contexto social.
É utilizando um conjunto de técnicas de pesquisa que os alunos produzirão conhecimento sobre a realidade e, poderão intervir nela: a relação teoria-prática é uma das características mais importantes do Trabalho de Projecto. Nesse processo de pesquisa e de acção, os alunos desenvolvem um conjunto de competências, de saberes-fazer que serão úteis na sua vida escolar e profissional.  
As fases do desenvolvimento de um projecto
Como já dissemos, um projecto visa conhecer um problema, uma situação. A escolha e a realização do trabalho desenvolvem-se em grupo, implicando uma prévia negociação entre os seus membros. Assim, o projecto deve corresponder às necessidades e interesses do grupo, não podendo ser imposto, porque implica a adesão e participação activa, motivada e interessada de todos. Apresentamos, de seguida, seis etapas ou fases do desenvolvimento de um projecto.(algumas propostas integram etapas, outras desdobram-nas).
1 – Identificação da situação-problema 
Esta fase corresponde à escolha da situação-problema que constituirá o projecto a desenvolver pelo grupo de trabalho. Depois de identificado o campo de problemas escolhe-se e formula-se o problema a investigar. Esta escolha tem de ser fundamentada, isto é, deve ser explicitada a razão ou razões da escolha. 
2 – Formulação de problemas parcelares 
A situação-problema deve ser descrita, enquadrada, caracterizada, o que permitirá o seu desdobramento em problemas parcelares.
3  – Esboço de planificação de trabalho 
Nesta fase procede-se ao levantamento dos recursos (meios de resolução do problema) e limitações condicionantes do desenvolvimento do trabalho. São definidas as tarefas a levar a cabo pelos diferentes elementos do grupo, a escolha dos métodos e técnicas de pesquisa e a respectiva calendarização. Este esboço de planificação está sujeito a várias reformulações.
4 – Investigação e produção 
O contacto com o meio através do trabalho de campo é o momento privilegiado da recolha de dados que depois terão de ser tratados. É a partir dos dados recolhidos e trabalhados, da integração dos conhecimentos relacionados com a realidade estudada, que se concretiza o produto ou os produtos. Estes reflectem a articulação entre a teoria e a prática, entre o saber e o saber-fazer.
5 – Apresentação dos trabalhos 
Os produtos finais são apresentados à comunidade podendo assumir formas diversas: relatórios, filmes, exposições, dramatizações, objectos, maquetes, etc.
6  – Avaliação 
A avaliação é feita ao longo do desenvolvimento do projecto. A avaliação contínua – auto e heteroavaliação – permite reformular estratégias e reflectir sobre a dinâmica do grupo de trabalho. A avaliação do produto final é uma avaliação global – do processo e do produto.
Manuela Matos Monteiro
(a partir de “Área de Projecto, Guia do Aluno” Porto Editora, pp. 87-90)

          #35800: Preview button for CPT not working for user with limited Capabilities   

I have a CPT "platsannonser" that has the capability_type = post. This post type can be edited by a custom user type Admanager, with capabilities added/limited to this post type through the plugin "Press Permit Core". The Admanager users does not have the right to edit regular post. I have tried adding that capability, but it made no difference.

The behavior described below happens when the post author is an Admin. If the post author is another user of the same type (Admanager), or another custom user type with similar or extended capabilities compared to the Admanager, everything works fine.

The user can preview a post via the Preview link in the posts list, and via the Permalink-link in the post editor, but not with the preview button on the editor.

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The site is hosted at http://oderland.com. The behavior is there regardless of browser type.


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          Fairline launches new brand film in honour of its 50th anniversary   

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The film showcases Fairline’s passion for perfection, beauty and performance. It brings to life Fairline’s rich history of building timeless, classic yachts, its dedication to exceptional British craftsmanship, the exquisite materials chosen, its investment in cutting edge innovation, design and technology and the attention paid to ensure every perfect detail.

The brand film is one of Fairline’s Golden Moments for 2017. The Golden Moments campaign, which was launched with the unveiling of a limited edition commemorative book at London Boat Show 2017, marks a year of celebrations in honour of the British boatbuilder’s 50th anniversary, where customers and dealers will be given exclusive opportunities to create and celebrate a whole year of new Golden Moments throughout 2017, culminating in the second volume of the commemorative book due to be launched at the end of the year.

 

 


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          Re: Does Your Patent Attorney Possess ‘Reasonable Skill and Knowledge’?    

Are you suggesting that a patent attorney might actually draft and prosecute a claim that they (or their client) actually know/believe to be invalid? I think that the high water mark for such a circumstance, at least insofar as litigated patents are concerned, is probably Les Laboratoires Servier failing to heed its Australian attorneys' advice to incorporate additional disclosure of the 'best method' in its specification (see Patentee Punished for Failing to Heed Attorney’s Recommendation). In that case, of course, the court exercised its discretion to disallow the amendment in the first place, so the question of limiting damages under s 115 never arose (although Servier could have rectified the deficiency before the Patent Office under s 104, had it the foresight to do so).

More commonly, knowledge of invalidity arises at some later date, perhaps because of the preference, as you rightly note, to err on the side of breadth in the absence of any reason to act otherwise. The court appears to have been quite sympathetic to this reality, notwithstanding the suggestion that there may be some 'gap' between the bad faith of 'covetous claiming' and the 'good faith' require by s 115(1) (see, e.g., [39]-[47] of the decision). I doubt, therefore, that drafting broadly is a problem, in and of itself, so long as it is done competently and in good faith.

I take your point, however. Section 115, on its face, is concerned with the specification as a whole, and it does not appear that it would matter that there may be an infringed claim that is wholly untouched by an amendment. Although the argument could be made that a patent specification which includes at least one valid and successfully enforceable claim has surely been drafted with reasonable skill and knowledge! And if the invalid claim was obtained in something other than good faith, then passing on the amendment may not save the day anyway - there is always the possibility of an attack under s 138(3)(d).


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          Re: Regulatory Board Recognises Validity of Publicly-Listed Patent Attorney Structures   

Dear Mark

Just to be clear, I have not made an allegation against IP Australia, the Board or any other department of the ministry for that matter. In fact, they have been caught off guard with these developments and that is the very reason that the Board is looking into this issue. If the scenario (or its possibility) had come up for discussions before commencement in 2013 it would have certainly been mentioned in the memorandum and sufficiently addressed. The Board wouldn't need to look at the issue after the "horse has bolted", as you mentioned. If you believe that my comment is "ill-informed" or "unsubstantiated" please highlight the parts of the explanatory memorandum which discussed or foreshadowed this scenario before the amended Act commenced in 2013.

I concede the fact that most busy attorneys (AU and overseas) do not have time to read newsletters. However, my comments are based on my own interactions (as a registered Attorney) with applicants and their representative firms (both locally and overseas) and are not a figment of my imagination. Even the paper by Dr Christie makes an admission that "The Board is concerned that the degree of awareness and understanding of the listed group scenario among some clients, and the stake-holding public more generally, is limited. The Board recognises that achieving complete awareness and understanding by all stakeholders of the listed group scenario is unlikely to be possible in practice."

I believe that discarding my comments as "ill-informed" and "unsubstantiated" in this instance is unjustified. However, we all live in a free world and you are entitled to your opinion as much as I am entitled to mine.

Thanks


             


Ordem Ortodoxa Nazarena Essenia
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Traduzido do Original em Inglês ao Espanhol por Roberto Díaz



Alhym (Elohim)

"Alhym" é a antiga palavra hebréia para "Elohim". Achamos que a (Presença) de Shakhynah de Alhym pode ser encontrada, onde quer que exista ali a paz, a verdade e a luz. O conceito de Alhym não deve ser limitado pelo adoctrinamento da infância, como a crença de que Alhym está num lugar longínquo, difícil de atingir. O antigo nome hebreu de Alhym é Yahuéh(I-A-U-É)

Yahushua haMashyakh (o Messías) disse, "Eu Sou a luz que está sobre todas as coisas. Eu Sou tudo: de mim tudo veio à existência, e através de mim se atinge tudo. Parta uma peça de madeira; Eu Estou aí. Levante a pedra e você me encontrará ali" - O Evangelho de Mar Thomas(Tomé).

Alhym está próximo de todos aqueles que O invocam a Ele e em cada esquina alta e baixa da terra.

Alhym Ekhad (Alahota)

Nós achamos que Alhym se dá a conhecer a Sua gente através de Três Aspectos:

1. A mente de Alhym, isso que concebe a todas as coisas. Este aspecto de Alhym, conhecido como o Pai, está para além daquilo que está manifesto e está para além de nosso entendimento.


2. O Miltha ou a sabedoria de Alhym, isso que molda todas as coisas. Este aspecto de Alhym comumente conhecido como o filho, é o único aspecto de Alhym mediante o qual se pode conceber qualquer criação.


3. Ruakh haKodesh ou a vida de Alhym, isso que enche toda a criação de energia e movimento; se algo na criação tem vida dentro dele ou dela, isso é devido ao Ruakh haKodesh. O qual faz que o conhecimento dos (Nazarenos)Essenios sobre o Espírito do Kadosh, seja algo muito diferente do que muitas pessoas que usam este termo, compreendem. É também o conhecimento mais exato do termo.

Estes três aspectos, são um. Significa que não têm existência separada ou autonomia de uma a outra.
O Sh'ma* diz "Escuta, Oh Yisrael! YHWH é Nosso Alhim! YHWH é Um ". Os (Nazarenos)Essenios são estritos “monoteístas”, e não crêem no conceito de "Pessoas" em relação com Alhym, o qual é uma paródia (deboche) ao monoteísmo. Portanto, nós usamos o termo "Aspectos".

* O Sh'ma - Deuteronomio 6:4

Yahushua (Yashua)

Nós achamos que Yahushua é o filho de Alhym, que Yahushua é Yahuéh! A Dabar (do aramaico: "Miltha", a "Palavra") foi feito carne na forma de Yahushua haMashyakh o filho de Miriam e Yoseph, e enquanto esteve aqui sobre terra, fez demonstração de um exemplo perfeito de Observancia da Torah, que todos devemos seguir. Achamos que Rabbeinu Yahushua foi crucificado e ressuscitou ao terceiro dia. Nós achamos que Seu sangue nos isenta e é uma manifestação do grande amor de Alhym por Sua criação, e que pode nos levar à vida livre de pecado.
Nós adicionalmente achamos que Yahushua, como Ekhad(Um) e o único filho de Alhym, chegou a muitas culturas durante toda a história da humanidade, para repartir Sua mensagem de amor e redenção. Como o Filho, Yahushua é conhecido como o "Segundo Aspecto" do Alhym-Khay (Elohim Vivente).


Escrituras Sagradas

Achamos que o Sefer Shakhynah ( Torah) é um guia para a humanidade e é o fundamento do primeiro pilar de nossa Fé Pura.
Achamos que o texto contido nas escrituras é a mensagem fornecida à

humanidade por Alhym para conhecê-lo a Ele.

Alhym também pode ser conhecido em sua própria formosa criação.
Há milhões de pessoas que nunca tiveram a oportunidade de ler uma cópia das escrituras e achamos que não obstante Alhym os quer.
Achamos que o Arameo-Hebreu Peshitta é o texto interpretativo mais exato das escrituras e como tal é um companheiro (investigação dos originais) da “Biblia”.

O Selo “Sagrado”

Nós achamos que o Ruakh haKodesh, é uma parte do Alhym Ekhad, é uma parte da Vida no Universo. Não se pode dizer que nenhuma coisa vivente pode estar "Vivendo" sem a presença da Ruakh haKodesh. Porque todas as criações entram na existência, vivem por um momento e depois se extinguem, somente se pode dizer que o Ruakh haKodesh se encontra dentro dessa criação, quando essa criação vive há uma condição especial para a alma, uma alma que recebe o selo da Ruakh haKodesh dentro dele ou dela, isso existirá com Alhym por toda a eternidade. Esta é a importância na vida de uma pessoa, a de receber o Ruakh haKodesh.

A maioria das pessoas confundem que é o que exatamente outorga o Ruakh haKodesh sobre o crente; muitos acham que é o batismo, mas este mandamento especial é um mikva, um banho ritual para a purificação dos pecados.
Similar ao que o Profeta Yokhanan ofereceu às pessoas da Judéia. Enquanto a Ruakh haKodesh desceu sobre Yahushua haMashyakh em seu batismo no rio Yarden, isto não é o mesmo para todas as pessoas que têm um mikva.
Sim, têm que ter a Tevilah(imersão), mas é essencial que recebam o Selo da "Mish´chah" (unção), o Selo da Unção é o que outorga a Ruakh haKodesh na alma.

Nós não dizemos que uma pessoa não alcançará a eternidade sem o Selo da Unção, porque nós não sabemos que ocorrerá entre o alma individual e Alhym, uma vez que deixa esta vida e entra no Sheol.

Salvação

Os (Nazarenos)Esenios crêem na obra “divina” do madeiro. O que nós dizemos por meio disto, é que todos serão ajudados a a elevar a luz de Alhym através de um processo de crescimento espiritual concedido a nós pela piedade de nosso criador.

Devido à piedade de Yahushua, todas as pessoas agora têm a oportunidade de reconciliar-se com Alhym através do sacrifício sobre o madeiro e a posterior resurreição.

O que faz aos (Nazarenos)Essenios diferentes dos outros grupos que reclamam seu amor para Mashyakh é que os (Nazarenos)Essenios estão sempre no processo de Guardar Seu Caminho (Halakha). Estamos dedicados a Perdurar na Fé.

Numa formosa e antiga oração chamada o "Tephilah Panim" esta diz:

"Alhym, ¡Eu nunca posso permanecer quieto na ociosidade; guia meus pensamentos para meditar em Ti; guia minhas mãos para fazer Teu trabalho, e controla minha atenção para escutar somente Tuas instruções, e Eu poderei caminhar sempre em sua Shakhynah".

Esta é uma curta e resumida oração da mente de um (Nazareno) Esenio Ortodoxo. É muito fácil dizer que um adora a Alhym. É muito fácil dizer que uma pessoa aceitou a salvação através do Mashyakh. É até muito fácil ir aos serviços religiosos, e é outra coisa completamente diferente guardar a Torah de Mosheh como selada no Sangue do Cordeiro. Isto é o que os (Nazarenos)Essenios Ortodoxos se comprometem a realizar diariamente.


O serviço para o Mashyakh é nosso amor a Alhym, fato manifesto. Não achamos que alguém que aceita a Alhym e ao Mashyakh deve ganhar seu "Boleto para o céu", mas o sinal desta aprovação é o guardar o Halakha de Mashyakh diariamente. Combatendo o bom combate até o final.

O Mundo

Nós achamos que o mundo está num estado moribundo e que nosso propósito é lhe brindar a luz de Alhym a todos aqueles que desejam ter um estilo de vida melhor e ser consolados com sua esperança. Achamos que este melhor estilo de vida pode ser manifesto somente através da observancia da Torah. É o desejo dos (Nazarenos) Essenios, ajudar a todas as pessoas a encontrar seu próprio caminho dentro do Caminho Estreito, e começar a tomar esses passos que os dirijam ao Olam ha'Bah (o Mundo vindouro).

O Fogo da Palavra

É muito fácil para uma pessoa dizer que crê em Alhym. Dizer que aceita a salvação, mas só dizer uma coisa, ou só levar a cabo um ato, não expressa se uma pessoa, a dizer verdade, se regressou a Deus completamente, e aceitou ao Mashyakh completamente. Somente Alhym sabe com segurança, quem é e quem não é de Suas Ovelhas. Por outro lado, o indivíduo, tem que saber se se comprometeu com o Mashyakh.

Existe uma frase que é usada entre os (Nazarenos)Essenios, e esta é "O Fogo da Palavra". Para nós, é uma pessoa que real e verdadeiramente se volta para Alhym, através do Mashyakh, e se compromete segui-lo completamente.

Agora cheio de um Fogo Sagrado, Mashyakh é A Palavra e o Fogo que é ignição e se queima dentro do Crente, é um Fogo Celestial dedicado a Elohim e deve ser compartilhado com toda a criação. O fogo estende-se de alma a alma.

Onde o Fogo da Palavra é diferente do que os Cristãos chamam ser "novo nascimento", é que o Fogo da Palavra tem que ser expressado, não só nos pedidos emotivos, senão através das ferramentas dadas a nós pelo Mashyakh. Estas ferramentas são os Três Pilares da Sagrada Fé Ortodoxa dada a nós por Alhym.

Os Três Pilares

Os (Nazarenos)Essenios crêem e aderem-se aos Três Pilares da Fé Ortodoxa, como se nos ensinou a nós por meio do Mashyakh e seus Sh´likhim (apóstolos) no século I, concretamente:

A Escritura Sagrada - A Palavra de Alhym.

A Tradição Sagrada - As Práticas da Assembléia de Jerusalém que foi fundada pelo Mashyakh.

A Revelação Sagrada - A Palavra Profética dada pelo Mashyakh através de Seus servos.

O Tzadik

Nós achamos que o Patriarca (Rosh Avkadmon) é o verdadeiro sucessor da Presidência Eclesiástica de Shaliach Mar Ya'aqob ha'Tzadik (Apóstolo Kadosh Ya´akov –“Thiago”- o Justo) e outros Apóstolos e que tem a principal autoridade terrenal em todos os temas em relação com os Três Pilares da Fé (A Escritura, A Tradição, A Revelação), e em relação com a vida da Assembléia e seus membros.

A excelencia e a autoridade do Patriarca deve ser honrada e acatada por cada um dos membros da Assembléia, o patriarca e os sacerdotes

nomeados em comunhão com Ele, recebem do Mashyakh a autoridade para tomar decisões visíveis na terra, que serão ratificadas no céu;

como tal, as denúncias provenientes de qualquer pessoa alheia à Assembléia de Jerusalém, não podem ser um recurso interposto contra o Tzadik, que todo caso que não possa ser resolvido em Sua presença, deve esperar a sentença do Mashyakh e por nenhum motivo se pode pensar ou dizer que o Rosh Avkadmon pode ser julgado pelos que estão por embaixo dele, ou por qualquer comunidade fora da Assembléia de Jerusalém, ele mesmo deve ser o juiz de todos os que se encontram por embaixo dele, ao ser um humano servo do Adom, Ele não é infalível, senão que só pode ser julgado pelo Mashyakh que o elegeu , que Ele o elevou e o colocou como a cabeça de sua Assembléia na terra junto com o Beit Knushta (Sanedrín - Sinédrio).

Ademais, nós achamos que o espírito de Yahushua ha´Mashyakh se encontra dentro do Patriarca, e que o Patriarca é a expressão física da Presença de YHWH e a encarnação do amor de Alhym e, como tal, ele deve ser honrado acima de todos os homens.

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          Chris Christie Announces New Jersey Government Shutdown, Orders State Of Emergency   

Illinois, Maine, Connecticut: the end of the old fiscal year and the failure of numerous states to enter the new one with a budget, means that some of America's most populous states have seen their local governments grind to a halt overnight until some spending agreement is reached. Now we can also add New Jersey to this list.

On Saturday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency in the state, and announced a partial state government shutdown as New Jersey become the latest state to enter the new fiscal year without an approved budget after the Republican governor and the Democrat-led Legislature failed to reach an agreement by the deadline at midnight Friday, CBS New York reports.

In a news conference Saturday morning, Christie blamed Democratic State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto for causing the shutdown. And, just like Illinois and Connecticut, Christie and the Democrat-led Legislature are returning to work in hopes of resolving the state's first government shutdown since 2006 and the first under Christie, before NJ is downgraded further by the rating agencies.

"If there's not a resolution to this today, everyone will be back tomorrow," Christie said, calling the shutdown "embarrassing and pointless." He also repeatedly referred to the government closure as "the speaker's shutdown."  Christie later announced that he would address the full legislature later at the statehouse on Saturday.

Prieto remained steadfast in his opposition, reiterating that he won't consider the plan as part of the budget process but would consider it once a budget is signed.  Referring to the shutdown as "Gov. Christie's Hostage Crisis Day One," Prieto said he has made compromises that led to the budget now before the Legislature.

 

"I am also ready to consider reasonable alternatives that protect ratepayers, but others must come to the table ready to be equally reasonable," Prieto said. "Gov. Christie and the legislators who won't vote 'yes' on the budget are responsible for this unacceptable shutdown. I compromised. I put up a budget bill for a vote. Others now must now do their part and fulfill their responsibilities."

Politics aside, the diplomaitc failure has immediate consequences for Jersey residents: Christie ordered nonessential services to close beginning Saturday. New Jerseyans were feeling the impact as the shutdown took effect, shuttering state parks and disrupting ferry service to Liberty and Ellis islands. Among those affected were a group of Cub Scouts forced to leave a state park campsite and people trying to obtain or renew documents from the state motor vehicle commission, among the agencies closed by the shutdown.

As funds run out elsewhere, it will only get worse.  Police were turning away vehicles and bicyclists at Island Beach state park in Ocean County.

A sign posted at the park entrance featured a photo of Prieto and the phone number of his district office in Secaucus, along with the caption: "This facility is CLOSED because of this man."

When asked about the sign, Christie spokesman Jeremy Rosen said the governor wanted to make sure people knew why the site was shuttered.  "Speaker Prieto singlehandedly closed state government," Rosen said, adding that the governor wanted to make sure families "knew that the facilities were closed and who is responsible."

Not all things will be affected: remaining open under the shutdown will be New Jersey Transit, state prisons, the state police, state hospitals and treatment centers as well as casinos, race tracks and the lottery. 

A major point of disagreement is the ongoing stalemate between Christie and lawmakers over whether to include legislation affecting the state's largest health insurer into the state budget.

Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney agree on legislation to make over Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, including allowing the state insurance commissioner to determine a range for the company's surplus that if exceeded must be put to use benefiting the public and policyholders.  But Prieto opposes the plan, saying that the legislation could lead to rate hikes on the insurer's 3.8 million subscribers and that the legislation is separate from the budget.  Prieto has said he will leave open a vote on the $34.7 billion budget that remains deadlocked 26-25, with 24 abstentions, until those 24 abstentions change their mind.

Democratic Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, of Northfield, was among those abstaining. He reasoned that if the governor did not get the Horizon bill, then nearly $150 million in school funding -- $9.6 million of which would go to his district -- would be line-item vetoed out of the budget.   And indeed, Christie said Friday during a news conference that he would slash the Democratic spending priorities if he did not get the Horizon bill as part of a package deal on the budget.  "You want me to wave a magic wand to get a budget?" Christie said. "I can't get a budget to my desk. Only the Senate and Assembly can get the budget to my desk."

But where things may get nasty quick, is that Christie said public workers should not expect any back pay. "Yeah, don't count on it." Christie said of furlough pay. "That was Jon 'I'll Fight For a Good Contract For You' Corzine. I ain't him."

Meanwhile, the fingerpointing has begun, including Democrats pointing at other Democrats.

"It seems like he's just being stubborn," Mazzeo said of Prieto. "With all due respect to the speaker, then there should be some type of negotiations." But Prieto said it's lawmakers - fellow Democrats - like Mazzeo who are to blame for the shutdown. He said he is willing to discuss the Horizon legislation but after the budget is resolved.

Christie has balked at the proposal because he says lawmakers plan to leave town to campaign for re-election and he will be a lame duck.  According to CBS, all 120 lawmakers face voters this year.

Finally, putting the sheer chaos of it all in context, Christie who is term-limited and is expected to be out of office by January, has his family staying for the holiday weekend in a state-owned house at Island Beach State Park. The park is closed because of the shutdown.


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          Epônimos   
Epônimo, a rigor, é uma personalidade que empresta ou dá o seu nome a algo. Pode ser um lugar, uma tribo, ou na Medicina, uma estrutura, um sinal, uma doença, como sendo uma espécie de homenagem ao primeiro que descreveu aquela particularidade. Entretanto, há um consenso geral entre estudantes e médicos que os epônimos são difíceis de memorizar, alguns sendo até mesmo imprecisos, visto que, por exemplo, uma mesma estrutura anatômica pode ter recebido diferentes epônimos em países diferentes. Existem assim linhas de pensamento que prezam que os nomes sejam então auto-explicativos. Exemplificando: Angulo de Louis por ângulo esternal.

Acontece que ainda existem profissionais que prezam muito os epônimos pelos mais diversos motivos. Longe de mim contradizer alguém com bem mais experiência que eu, mas prefiro seguir a linha de pensamento dos livros que procuram abolir o uso de epônimos.

Tendo em vista a dificuldade que encontrei durante a cadeira de semiologia resolvi fazer uma pequena lista de epônimos que me por assim dizer "pegaram no pé" durante os estudos. Essa lista refere-se principalmente a propedêutica abdominal e torácica e foi retirada de diversas fontes.

Síndrome de Budd-Chiari: Hipertensão portal com hepatomegalia. Ocorre devido à obstrução venosa do sistema de drenagem do fígado, frequentemente evoluindo com varizes esofágicas, encefalopatia hepática e coagulopatia por insuficiência hepática. Tem como tríade clássica a dor abdominal, ascite e hepatomegalia.
Sinal de Cullen: (Não meninas, o paciente não brilha na luz do sol nem se chama Edward) Trata-se do surgimento de equimoses periumbilicais de coloração azulada ou preta. Devem-se a hemorragia intraperitoneal e são geralmente indicativas de ruptura em gravidez ectópica ou pancreatite aguda.
Sinal de Murphy: Ao comprimir o rebordo costal direito no ponto cístico e pedir para o paciente inspirar este suspende a inspiração devido à dor.
Ponto de McBurney: Ao traçar uma linha imaginária entre a cicatriz umbilical e a espinha ilíaca ântero-superior direita. Este ponto fica no final do primeiro terço desta linha. Caso haja inflamação do apendice cecal, geralmente há hipersensibilidade neste ponto.
Sinal de Blumberg: Ao se comprimir o abdome do paciente, o paciente sentirá dor à descompressão brusca. É indicativo de peritonite, e se for positivo no Ponto de McBurney é indicativo de apendicite.
Regra de Curvoisier: Vesícula grande e palpável e presença de icterícia colestástica é indicativo de compressão do ducto colédoco por tumor por tumor da cabeça do pâncreas ou da papila duodenal
Posição de Schuster: Posição intermediária entre o decúbito dorsal e o decúbito lateral direito. Serve à palpação do baço.
Espaço de Traube: Espaço semilunar do sexto ao décimo primeiro espaço intercostal. Na verdade tem limitação imprecisa. Trata-se de área onde normalmente se encontra o fundo do estômago e tem som timpânico à palpação. Macicez ou submacicez são indicativos de que o estômaço foi deslocado por esplenomegalia, tumor peritoneal ou retroperitoneal, pseudocisto, tumor pancreático ou grande hepatomegalia.
Sinal de Jobert: Timpanismo na região da linha hemiclavicular direita onde normalmente se encontra a macicez hepática. Geralmente indica pneumoperitônio
Sinal de Gersuny: Indicativo de fecaloma. Esta presente quando à palpação de massa abdominal percebem-se crepitações características.
Semicírculo de Skoda: Paciente em decúbito dorsal. Da parte cranial da região epigástrica percute-se o abdome radialmente até semicirculo formado pela sinfise púbica e espinhas ilíacas antero superiores. Quando há ascite, o timpanismo é substituido gradualmente por submacicez e macicez pois o líquido ascitico se acumula na região mais caudal.
Sinal de Grey Turner: Equimoses nos flancos do paciente. Geralmente é indicativo de pancreatite aguda.
Sinal de Lapinsky (ou do músculo Psoas): Dor à compressão do ceco contra a parede posterior do abdome enquanto o doente eleva o membro inferior direito estendido.
Técnica de Mathieu: Mesma técnica de mão em garra para palpação do fígado.
Sinal de Rovsing: Dor na fossa ilíaca direita à compressão retrógada na fossa ilíaca esquerda e flanco esquerdo. (Alguma coincidência com o sinal de Blumberg?)
Sinal de Chutro: Desvio da cicatriz umbilical para a direita.
Sinal de Lenander: Diferença de temperatura mensurada na axila e no reto está em torno de 1ºC.
Sinal de Godet: (Ou cacifo ou fóvea) Presença de afundamento na pele à digitopressão devido a edema.
Sinal de Trousseau: Espasmo carpal ao se ocluir a artéria braquial do paciente durante 3 minutos. Geralmente é indicativo de hipocalcemia.
Tríade de Charcot: Indicativo para suspeita de colangite. Icterícia, dor abdominal e febre com calafrios
Pentade de Reynolds: Some à tríade de Charcot hipotensão e alteração do estado mental e você terá essa pêntade.
Tetralogia de Fallot: Doença congênita. Há presença de cianose, dispnéia, aorta deslocada, válvula pulmonar estreita, parede espessa do ventrículo direito e defeito do septo ventricular.

Admiro os neurologistas...e é só abrir um compendio desta especialidade que você vai entender o porquê.

Até a proxima,
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          Are you a procrastinator?   
I definitely am! I am so envious of the many writer's blogs I visit where the authors are so diligent and so prolific - I am in awe of them :)

But I know I will never be like them (sadly), so I have my own techniques for dealing with procrastination. I was asked to write a blog post for Romance Writers of Australia's 50ks in 30 days event, which is taking place at the moment. I am an under performing participant, as I very very optimistically thought I could write 40K despite being on my honeymoon throughout June. Ha! But, I am writing, and will certainly write much more than I would have otherwise. (also, this way I am not heading for early divorce :) ).

I will be lazy and repost my blog below, or you can view the original here: RWA's 50ks in 30 days

The Procrastinator’s Guide to 50ks in 30 Days

I am a terrible procrastinator. The worst, quite possibly. But I have written a 50K book in 30 days – and that book will be my debut novel for Harlequin Mills & Boon in September. And if I – a writer who will find absolutely anything to do, other than actually write – can do that, than other procrastinators can too. I promise!

I’ve attempted 50k30days before, and failed dismally. It even took me four years to finish my first manuscript! So what changed this time? How was I magically cured of this dreadful procrastination curse?

Well, sadly – I’m still a procrastinator. Procrastination, I’m pretty sure, is here to stay. But now I have tools to deal with it. I cannot promise that what worked for me will work for you, and I can promise that nothing I’m about to say is particularly ground breaking. But it worked for me, so well that the word count I’m capable of achieving when I follow these steps still shocks me.

So here it its…

Leah Ashton’s Anti-Procrastination Toolkit

1. Erase the guilt
So you’re a procrastinator. Everyone around you is more productive and diligent than you (or so it seems!). Cue hours of self-flagellation. Or – acknowledge that you are what you are, and find techniques that allow
you to up your word count regardless. Feeling guilty won’t put words onto paper – so what’s the point?

2. Give yourself a real deadline
I would love to be one of those people who can’t bear a day without writing, but…well… I’m not. So, I need a deadline to get my butt in the seat. And it needs to be a real one, not just “I will write 10K by the end of
the month”, it needs to be a deadline with consequences if I fail. Prior to publication, my deadlines were planned around writing competitions. So if I didn’t hit my deadline, I couldn’t enter.
So, give yourself a deadline, with a real consequence. Find a writing competition with an entry date in early July. Sign up for a pitch at the conference. Anything – but make sure there is a consequence other than, “oh well.”

3. Have a plan (or even a plot)
I used to think I was a seat-of-my-pantser, resulting in the euphoric dashing off of an effortless chapter one, and chapter two and… then……nothing. I know this will be controversial with confirmed pantsers, but I strongly recommend at least a sketch of your plot. Just a vague plan of where you’re going and the main turning points along the journey. Why?
Well, nothing triggers a serious procrastination session for me than a blank page and absolutely no idea where I’m going. Reduce the risk of finding yourself with terrifying nothingness ahead of you and plan. Your plan is your safety net – and besides, you can always ignore it!

4. Remove yourself from temptation
What do you do when you procrastinate? Do you read? Watch TV? Surf the Internet? Whatever it is, get yourself away from it. Be dramatic if you have to – go write at a café, have someone physically remove your TV from your house, give your modem to your husband and tell him he is not under any circumstances to give it back. You get the idea?
Obviously this is for confirmed procrastinators like me – if will power is enough for you, then that is awesome, but if not, do whatever you have to do. The Internet is my vice, and I’ve been known to lock my Internet dongle in my car, or alternatively I use a really nifty program called Freedom (available for Mac and PC), which cost $10 and will block the Internet for up to 8 hours – and the only way to get it back is to re-boot your computer. If it’s just some sites that suck the time out of your day, look into browser add-ons like Google Chrome’s StayFocusd or Firefox’s LeechBlock. Both will either block a site totally, or give you a maximum time limit per day.

5. Write with your friends
The discovery of sprints (where you write for 30 minutes or an hour with a friend, and then report back with your word count) was a breakthrough for me. I am a slow writer, so I never had super impressive word counts, but knowing I had to report in with my word count was super motivating.
Make sure you check into the Sprint Sessions in the RWA Chatroom throughout 50Ks in 30 Days, or follow along on Twitter. And if you can’t write with your friends? Well…

6. Sit down, and start typing
It’s hardly surprising, but the reality is if you sit down every day, without any distractions, and simply write a word, followed by another word, and then another – your word count will go up. Sometimes the idea of writing X number of words can be so overwhelming that starting seems impossible. But when you do start, and regardless if the words flow or are squeezed out painfully – as long as you’ll keep writing, you’ll hit your
word count. And once you start doing it day after day – well, before you know it – you would have written a book. Or 50Ks in 30 days!

There you have it – my procrastinator’s guide to 50Ks in 30 days. Please let me know if you reach into my toolkit – I’d love to know if it helps you, too. And as I’m also looking for new weapons to slay the procrastination beast – what tips have I missed that help you?
          Coastal Walk and Beach Clean   
Date / Time
Start date: 
Wed, 16/08/2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Summary: 
Become wild about rockpools and learn more about Yorkshire's fascinating marine wildlife. Join us as we take a cliff top walk to Robin Hoods Bay, admiring all of the animals from above. Then help us give Boggle Hole beach a thorough clean on the way back.
Main image: 
Boggle Hole beach
Booking details
Booking required?: 
Yes
Capacity: 
40
Admission charge: 
No
Admission details: 
FREE event
Audience: 
All
Contact name: 
Ana Cowie
Contact number: 
01262422103
Contact email: 
ana.cowie@ywt.org.uk
Fully booked: 
No
Cancelled: 
No
Other details
Mobility: 
Not suitable for people with limited mobility
Wheelchair: 
Not suitable for wheelchair users
What to bring?: 
Dress for the weather and wear wellington boots or sturdy walking shoes. All equipment provided.
Location
Meeting place: 
Meet outside of the Youth Hostel Boatshed.
Address
Location: 
YHA Boggle Hole, Mill Beck, Fylingthorpe
County: 
North Yorkshire
Postcode: 
YO22 4UQ
Town: 
Whitby

          Coastal Walk and Beach Clean   
Date / Time
Start date: 
Tue, 01/08/2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Summary: 
Become wild about rockpools and learn more about Yorkshire's fascinating marine wildlife. Join us as we take a cliff top walk to Robin Hoods Bay, admiring all of the animals from above. Then help us give Boggle Hole beach a thorough clean on the way back.
Main image: 
Boggle Hole beach
Booking details
Booking required?: 
Yes
Capacity: 
40
Admission charge: 
No
Admission details: 
FREE event
Audience: 
All
Contact name: 
Ana Cowie
Contact number: 
01262422103
Contact email: 
ana.cowie@ywt.org.uk
Fully booked: 
No
Cancelled: 
No
Other details
Mobility: 
Not suitable for people with limited mobility
Wheelchair: 
Not suitable for wheelchair users
What to bring?: 
Dress for the weather and wear wellington boots or sturdy walking shoes. All equipment provided.
Location
Meeting place: 
Meet outside of the Youth Hostel Boatshed.
Address
Location: 
YHA Boggle Hole, Mill Beck, Fylingthorpe
County: 
North Yorkshire
Postcode: 
YO22 4UQ
Town: 
Whitby

          Coastal Walk and Beach Clean   
Date / Time
Start date: 
Sun, 02/07/2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Summary: 
Become wild about rockpools and learn more about Yorkshire's fascinating marine wildlife. Join us as we take a cliff top walk to Robin Hoods Bay, admiring all of the animals from above. Then help us give Boggle Hole beach a thorough clean on the way back.
Main image: 
Boggle Hole beach
Booking details
Booking required?: 
Yes
Capacity: 
40
Admission charge: 
No
Admission details: 
FREE event
Audience: 
All
Contact name: 
Ana Cowie
Contact number: 
01262422103
Contact email: 
ana.cowie@ywt.org.uk
Fully booked: 
No
Cancelled: 
No
Other details
Mobility: 
Not suitable for people with limited mobility
Wheelchair: 
Not suitable for wheelchair users
What to bring?: 
Dress for the weather and wear wellington boots or sturdy walking shoes. All equipment provided.
Location
Meeting place: 
Meet outside of the Youth Hostel Boatshed.
Address
Location: 
YHA Boggle Hole, Mill Beck, Fylingthorpe
County: 
North Yorkshire
Postcode: 
YO22 4UQ
Town: 
Whitby

          Boggle Hole Seashore Safari   
Date / Time
Start date: 
Fri, 08/09/2017 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary: 
Become wild about rockpools and learn more about Yorkshire's fascinating marine wildlife. Join us as we go in search of the weird and wonderful wildlife living in the rockpools at Boggle Hole.
Main image: 
Velvet swimming crab with eggs
Booking details
Booking required?: 
Yes
Capacity: 
40
Admission charge: 
Yes
Admission details: 
Child Member/Youth Hostel Guest £4, Child Non-member £6, Accompanying Adults FREE
Audience: 
Families
Contact number: 
01904 659570
Fully booked: 
No
Cancelled: 
No
Other details
Mobility: 
People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance
Wheelchair: 
Wheelchair users please contact organiser in advance
What to bring?: 
Dress for the weather and wear wellington boots. All equipment provided. No nets and buckets please.
Address
Location: 
YHA Boggle Hole, Mill Beck, Fylingthorpe
County: 
North Yorkshire
Postcode: 
YO22 4UQ
Town: 
Whitby

          Boggle Hole Seashore Safari   
Date / Time
Start date: 
Thu, 07/09/2017 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Summary: 
Become wild about rockpools and learn more about Yorkshire's fascinating marine wildlife. Join us as we go in search of the weird and wonderful wildlife living in the rockpools at Boggle Hole.
Main image: 
Velvet swimming crab with eggs
Booking details
Booking required?: 
Yes
Capacity: 
40
Admission charge: 
Yes
Admission details: 
Child Member/Youth Hostel Guest £4, Child Non-member £6, Accompanying Adults FREE
Audience: 
Families
Contact number: 
01904 659570
Fully booked: 
No
Cancelled: 
No
Other details
Mobility: 
People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance
Wheelchair: 
Wheelchair users please contact organiser in advance
What to bring?: 
Dress for the weather and wear wellington boots. All equipment provided. No nets and buckets please.
Address
Location: 
YHA Boggle Hole, Mill Beck, Fylingthorpe
County: 
North Yorkshire
Postcode: 
YO22 4UQ
Town: 
Whitby

          Boggle Hole Seashore Safari   
Date / Time
Start date: 
Wed, 06/09/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Summary: 
Become wild about rockpools and learn more about Yorkshire's fascinating marine wildlife. Join us as we go in search of the weird and wonderful wildlife living in the rockpools at Boggle Hole.
Main image: 
Velvet swimming crab with eggs
Booking details
Booking required?: 
Yes
Capacity: 
40
Admission charge: 
Yes
Admission details: 
Child Member/Youth Hostel Guest £4, Child Non-member £6, Accompanying Adults FREE
Audience: 
Families
Contact number: 
01904 659570
Fully booked: 
No
Cancelled: 
No
Other details
Mobility: 
People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance
Wheelchair: 
Wheelchair users please contact organiser in advance
What to bring?: 
Dress for the weather and wear wellington boots. All equipment provided. No nets and buckets please.
Address
Location: 
YHA Boggle Hole, Mill Beck, Fylingthorpe
County: 
North Yorkshire
Postcode: 
YO22 4UQ
Town: 
Whitby

          Boggle Hole Seashore Safari   
Date / Time
Start date: 
Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Summary: 
Become wild about rockpools and learn more about Yorkshire's fascinating marine wildlife. Join us as we go in search of the weird and wonderful wildlife living in the rockpools at Boggle Hole.
Main image: 
Velvet swimming crab with eggs
Booking details
Booking required?: 
Yes
Capacity: 
40
Admission charge: 
Yes
Admission details: 
Child Member/Youth Hostel Guest £4, Child Non-member £6, Accompanying Adults FREE
Audience: 
Families
Contact number: 
01904 659570
Fully booked: 
No
Cancelled: 
No
Other details
Mobility: 
People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance
Wheelchair: 
Wheelchair users please contact organiser in advance
What to bring?: 
Dress for the weather and wear wellington boots. All equipment provided. No nets and buckets please.
Address
Location: 
YHA Boggle Hole, Mill Beck, Fylingthorpe
County: 
North Yorkshire
Postcode: 
YO22 4UQ
Town: 
Whitby

          Boggle Hole Seashore Safari   
Date / Time
Start date: 
Sun, 03/09/2017 - 9:00am - 11:00am
Summary: 
Become wild about rockpools and learn more about Yorkshire's fascinating marine wildlife. Join us as we go in search of the weird and wonderful wildlife living in the rockpools at Boggle Hole.
Main image: 
Velvet swimming crab with eggs
Booking details
Booking required?: 
Yes
Capacity: 
40
Admission charge: 
Yes
Admission details: 
Child Member/Youth Hostel Guest £4, Child Non-member £6, Accompanying Adults FREE
Audience: 
Families
Contact number: 
01904 659570
Fully booked: 
No
Cancelled: 
No
Other details
Mobility: 
People with limited mobility please contact organiser in advance
Wheelchair: 
Wheelchair users please contact organiser in advance
What to bring?: 
Dress for the weather and wear wellington boots. All equipment provided. No nets and buckets please.
Address
Location: 
YHA Boggle Hole, Mill Beck, Fylingthorpe
County: 
North Yorkshire
Postcode: 
YO22 4UQ
Town: 
Whitby

          Re: Eshop demo suggestions   

Pushmo/Pullblox should have a demo version. Demo could include tutorials, some carefully picked levels so there's many easy ones but also some hard ones. Then there's an option to try making a level and scanning a QR code but they should be somehow limited, maybe 5 tries with both so you can't just scan all the levels you want. And an ability to save would be nice for this big demo.
I'm sure that this kind of demo would make more people buy it.


          Re: Eshop demo suggestions   

I think they should give the VC games a "demo" options, it will let you play each game for 4 minutes (like the Super Smash Bros. masterpieces) with a limit of 10 play times each game.


          NCAOR Recruitment 2017, Mechanic, Electrician   
NCAOR Recruitment 2017:

Post Name 
Number Of Posts
Mechanic
Electrician
Crane Operator
MTS
Cook
Lab Tech
26
Age Limit
Education
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Selection Process
How to apply?
Walk-In-InterviewSend Application Form to: Ministry of Earth Sciences, Prithvi Bhawan, IMD Campus, Opp. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003
Starting Date
Last Date
01-07-2017
14-07-2017
Notification
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          Re: Eshop demo suggestions   

LordTendoboy wrote:

Every digital and retail game that has been, and will be released. Do what Microsoft and Sony do. And get rid of the stupid 30 plays limit.

30 plays is plenty enough.

And you sure are demanding for these demos.


          Re: Eshop demo suggestions   

Every digital and retail game that has been, and will be released. Do what Microsoft and Sony do. And get rid of the stupid 30 plays limit.


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          Tsuki ga capitulo 139   
–¿Realmente saldrá bien? –

Con una pequeña voz, expresé mi sorpresa por la situación que se estaba desarrollando de una manera favorable.

En problemas ajenos, usaría poder para forzar la situación en una dirección ventajosa para mí y así resolverlo.

Incluso cuando decidí hacerlo, todavía sentía oposición.

Porque ya sabes, el potencial de guerra que tenemos puede no estar en la escala de un país, pero está totalmente fuera de los límites de lo que tiene una compañía de pequeña escala.

Siento que seríamos capaz de eliminar a un grupo de mercenarios, e incluso si nos encontramos frente a un ejército, en el peor de los casos, podríamos escapar.

Tomoe, Mio y, dependiendo de la situación, Shiki también, son existencias que se podrían llamar un ejército de un solo hombre.

Si utilizamos ataques por sorpresa, creo como que podríamos abrumar a una cierta cantidad de tropas.

En verdad es la definición de ser un rival para un millar.

Reuniendo todas nuestras fuerzas, ni siquiera superaríamos el millar. Esto puede sonar como auto-orgullo, pero las razas en Asora son bastante fuertes.

Contandolos como parte de nuestro poder, Los moveré como una compañía.

Siempre y cuando no suceda nada extremo, creo que no vamos a caer.

Ahora que lo pienso, entrenar a los onis del bosque y hacer que vendan medicinas en los pueblos de los alrededores de las montañas fue posible debido a que han sido entrenados en las artes militares y les hicimos seguir un curso imposible.

No he encontrado extraño a eso para nada, y aún así, estoy apartándome de mi propio poder. Es realmente una historia contradictoria.

Es por eso que aún si tengo oposición hacia ello, me he acostumbrado.

Esto no es Japón.

Creo que esta será mi excusa número uno dentro de mí.

Dirijo mis ojos hacia los asientos de espectadores.

Allí, el grupo de Limia está mirando el combate en el escenario.

Con esto, sólo proporcionándoles seguridad, voy a poder crear una deuda con personas que tienen una alta posición en los países.

Está la posibilidad de que vaya a poder dar vuelta la presión de la gente que se quejó y se paró detrás del gremio, en contra de ellos.

Una sonrisa aparece naturalmente en mi boca.

–Bueno entonces, debería ponerme en marcha también. –(Makoto)

Paso por la niebla hacia el lugar donde están.

Aun así, ¿por qué dejó Tomoe la katana corta conmigo?

Bueno, ayuda como un arma secundaria cuando se usa una espada larga, y hay veces en que también puede ser usada como un arma arrojadiza pero… aún así, pensando en ella en términos de etiqueta, sería mejor no dejarle una espada corta a otra persona.

Miro a la katana que por alguna razón se le ha inventado que es un arma con capacidad de teletransportación.

Parecía como que Root también estaba conspirando con ella, así que debe haber alguna razón detrás de ello.

Puede que sea para ocultar el poder de teletransportación, pero por como fluyo el asunto, sólo cambiar la procedencia del poder de Tomoe a la katana corta, no va a ocultar la realidad en sí.

¿Solo por qué esos dos cambiaron el poder de teletransportación de una persona a un objeto?

Aún no lo entiendo.

Con esa falta de claridad dentro de mí, miro la katana corta que está en mis manos.

Podría ser, ¿que aún no entiendo este mundo adecuadamente?

Después de calmarme un poco, vamos a tratar de hablar de esto.

Si están haciendo esto a sabiendas, no voy a decir mucho al respecto.

Si el significado de ello es diferente de mi propio pensamiento, eso también está bien.

Si me dice que fue por una cosa insignificante, no puedo hacer mucho al respecto. Sólo dejaré que haga lo que desee.

Tratar de indagar en esto podría conducir a que simplemente me diga que fue por su hobby, así que si se está divirtiendo con esto, será para mejor.

[Perdón por la espera]

–No se preocupe, eso fue una teletransportación espléndida. Nuestro país se enorgullecía de ser el número de la raza hyumana en técnicas de teletransporte, pero esta es mi primera vez viendo este tipo de hechizo de punto a punto. Me gustaría tomar algún momento después de esto para oír hablar de eso en detalle, pero ahora tengo que observar esta pelea. Sin importar el resultado. –(Rey)

–… –

Como estaba pensando, llegué un poco tarde, así que me disculpé con el rey de Limia.

Creí que no había lugar para preocuparse por ello, y como esperaba, fácilmente lo dejó pasar.

Parece que el Rey ya está preparado para cualquier cosa que le suceda a la variante Ilumgand.

El Jefe de la familia Hopelace se estremeció ante las palabras del rey y se mordió los labios. Teniendo en cuenta la situación, ya soy consciente de alguna manera del destino de Ilumgand.

Es una variante que incluso Shiki dijo que sería difícil regresarlo a la normalidad.

La posibilidad de que regresen a Ilumgand a la normalidad con su conocimiento hyumano limitado es increíblemente bajo.

–No puedo sentir más una voluntad de él. Realmente está devastando como un Mamono. –(príncipe)

Hm.

El príncipe eh.

Podía sentir compasión de sus palabras.

Realeza y un alto noble.

Ambos probablemente se conocían entre sí, por lo que no se puede evitar.

–… Raidou. –

El Jefe de la familia Hopelace me habla de repente.

En esos ojos, mostró una clara hostilidad.

Aunque no le hice mucho a su hijo.

Yo sólo detuve su acoso después de todo.

Cuando me encuentre con la gente de Limia otra vez, también está la opción de hablar y despejar el malentendido.

Bueno, todo dependerá si él irá a estar dispuesto, así que no sé si va a ser posible.

[¿Qué sucede?]

–He oído que su tienda se encarga de un elevado número de medicinas. –

O más bien, lo investigaste.

[Sí, la mayor parte de mi mercancía son medicinas]

–¿No hay un elixir ahí que pueda regresar a mi hijo? –

[Lo siento pero, esta es la primera vez que veo tal transformación, por lo que la posibilidad de que mi medicina lo cure es baja. Con sólo una mirada, puedo decir que está utilizando el cuerpo hyumano como catalizador y parece ser que la fórmula del hechizo es bastante complejo. Para regresarlo a la normalidad, sería tan difícil como regresar un platillo a sus ingredientes]

Usando las palabras de Shiki como referencia, le doy una respuesta.

–¡¡!!–

Hopelace no dijo ninguna palabra, pero su rostro mostró varias emociones diferentes creando una expresión compleja.

Ira, tristeza, pesar… Obviamente, no podía ver ninguna emoción positiva allí.

Ya que ser testigo de que su hijo esté a punto de ser derrotado, como padre, es un hecho que le haría sentirse de esa manera.

–Qué manera espléndida de combatir. Son capaces de pelear apropiadamente contra Ilumgand, que fácilmente pudo derrotar a los capas púrpuras que eran alardeados por la Academia por ser capaces de utilizar todos los elementos. –(Rey)

Aunque creo que usar todos los elementos y dividir los elementos entre todos son dos cosas completamente diferentes.

–Pero parece que están teniendo un momento difícil. Como era de esperar, tal vez esto sea demasiado para unos estudiantes. –(príncipe)

El Rey y el Príncipe están viendo la pelea de una manera relativamente calmada.

–Raidou, los dos que están dando instrucciones, ¿están relacionados con usted? –(Rey)

El rey de Limia perspicazmente nota a Mio y Shiki.

[Sí. Uno de ellos me está ayudando en mis clases, su nombre es Shiki. La otra sirve sobre todo como mi guardaespaldas, Mio. Ambos son empleados que han estado conmigo desde hace mucho tiempo y que confío en ellos]

–Parece que no están peleando ¿o no? –(Rey)

[Quería que los estudiantes peleen ellos mismos. Si la situación se pone mal, les dije que los apoyen, pero en base, estoy haciendo que les den instrucciones en el combate. También-]

–¡¡Mi hijo no es un trampolín para sus estudiantes!! –

El repentino grito a mi lado hizo que detuviera mis palabras.

Pensé que saldría con eso, así que estaba a punto de dar una explicación. Que precipitado.

[Además, ya que eran estudiantes que asistían en la misma academia, tenía una pequeña esperanza de que tal vez podrían hacer regresar a Ilumgand-sama de nuevo a sus sentidos. Parece que por alguna razón esa persona me odia, así que pensé que si gente de nuestra compañía estaban en el escenario, la esperanza disminuiría]

–¡¡Kugh!! –

Hopelace, que se estaba alineando para la siguiente queja, se calló después de mi excusa.

Esas fueron palabras que originalmente se pensaron por si me preguntaba gente como el Rey de Limia o el director de la Academia, pero supongo que está bien hacer que él lo oiga.

–Joh… Que usted fuera tan considerado hacia un noble de nuestro país. Esa consideración me hace feliz. ¿Cierto, Hopelace? –(Rey)

En la segunda mitad, los duros ojos del Rey se dirigieron hacia Hopelace.

Puedo sentir que su objetivo es hacer que Hopelace me perdone.

Aunque bien, no hay una necesidad real.

[Es sólo un plan en donde lo dejo en las manos de mis estudiantes. No hay necesidad de agradecerme por ello]

Mientras saco lo mejor del tembloroso Hopelace, me dirijo hacia el rey y bajo la cabeza.

Además, por lo que veo, Jin y los otros no tienen ningún margen de maniobra para preocuparse por algo.

–En cualquier caso, está yendo hacia atrás y adelante. No puedo ver quién ganará. –(príncipe)

El príncipe habló.

–Joshua, tampoco puedes decirlo eh. –(Rey)

–Sí, pero hay algo que no entiendo. ¿Por qué utilizan únicamente el elemento fuego? Además, que todos ellos puedan utilizar el elemento fuego es extraño. –(príncipe)

Parece que no tiene mucho conocimiento sobre esa área.

La especialidad de la realeza y los nobles es, como era de esperar, la política, después de todo eh.

–Fumu. Raidou, ¿puede explicarlo? Si es que puede por favor. –(Rey)

¿Pero está bien que yo responda a eso?

Hay dos caballeros aquí después de todo.

¿No debería pedirles su opinión a ellos primero?

Dejando a un lado la parte sobre el elemento fuego, los caballeros deben tener sus propias opiniones sobre Ilumgand.

–Raidou, no me importa. Por favor, explíquelo. –(Rey)

Pensando en eso, dirigí mi mirada hacia los caballeros. Tal vez el rey comprendió lo que estaba pensando, lo ordenó de nuevo.

[Como puede ver, Ilumgand-sama se ha transformado en ese cuerpo gigante. Y bien, sobre todo porque la batalla ha pasado por un largo período de tiempo, puedo decir que la característica de la variante es principalmente el factor de la magia]

–Magia eh. –(Rey)

[Sí. El actual Ilumgand-sama posee una resistencia firme hacia la tierra, agua y viento; todos los elementos excepto el fuego]

Las explicaciones detalladas sobre absorción, resistencia, y anulación; en este caso, simplemente no la haré.

–A tres elementos dice. –(Rey)

[Por suerte, los estudiantes están todos entrenados para utilizar varios elementos, por lo que pueden pelear contra él con el único elemento que es eficaz contra él. Creo que la magia no elemental también funcionará, pero la eficacia obtenida comparado con el consumo de poder mágico es mala, así que creo que la decisión de ellos es correcta]

–Todos… ¿pueden utilizar varios elementos? ¿Entonces ha hecho que aprendan elementos distintos de aquel con el que nacieron? –(Príncipe)

Cuando el príncipe habla en una manera cortés, en lugar de un príncipe, suena más como un mayordomo.

Soy una parte de la clase baja, por lo que creo que debería estar actuando como las otras personas de clase alta.

[Sí, es por eso que pueden proporcionar una pelea decente]

–¿Entonces por qué no pueden hacerlo retroceder? –(Príncipe)

[Creo que la razón principal sería que la restricción elemental está limitando sus opciones. El elemento fuego originalmente posee pocas habilidades de restricción, y es más adecuado para atacar y auto-mejora. Además de eso, Ilumgand-sama está absorbiendo el poder mágico de sus compañeros de equipo y de los hyumanos de alrededor. Debido a que su poder mágico máximo es cada vez mayor, las magias de desmejora no funcionan para nada. Es más, sus heridas se están regenerando hasta cierto punto, por lo que si no lo terminan con un gran ataque, está el peligro de prolongar la pelea]

Mientras estaba dando la explicación, el Jefe de la familia Hopelace hace de repente una voz amarga.

Miro al escenario.

No lo vi, pero parece que han dado un gran ataque.

Sus brazos fueron arrancados desde el hombro hacia abajo, y el gigante está de rodillas.

¿Brazos?

¿Siguen peleando con el fin de incapacitarlo en lugar de derrotarle?

Parece que Mio decidió que les dio suficientes consejos, ella está mirando la pelea sin participar.

Shiki parece estar preparándose para la curación por si acaso y mira el progreso de la batalla.

Parece que los siete están bastante fatigados. Hasta el punto de que soy capaz de verlo incluso desde donde estoy.

De lo que puedo decir, están en un nivel en donde ya es difícil que ellos apunten a incapacitarlo.

[Parece que la batalla ha progresado un poco. Sin embargo, parece que sus voces no le llegan, y no tienen la resolución de acabar con él]

En términos de resistencia, Ilumgand es el que está en ventaja.

Además…

Mientras estaba pensando en algo que me molestaba, la cosa por lo que estaba preocupado, paso.

La regeneración de los brazos de Ilumgand.

Aaah…

Esto probablemente romperá sus espíritus.

–¿Qué?, ¡los brazos que perdió están! –

–Regenerándose… –

–Ilum… –

¿Hm?

Antes de que Jin y los demás se agitasen por la situación, una de las personas de allí tomó la iniciativa y se precipitó con la espada en su mano.

Misura.

¿Él está entusiasmado porque no tuvo mucha atención en las batallas en equipo?

Pero entrar en este momento y así levantar el espíritu es una buena idea.

En una situación en la que su resistencia está siendo socavada, sería malo que pierdan su fuerza de voluntad.

Él también debe estar cansado, pero parece que puede desviar adecuadamente la gran espada lamentable que ha sido absorbida en el brazo derecho de Ilumgand.

La batalla ha comenzado una vez más, hasta el punto en que tienen que darle otro gran ataque.

Gracias a la iniciativa de Misura, de alguna manera han logrado levantarse.

(Waka-sama)

¿Shiki?

¿Qué sucede? ¿Hay algún problema?

Afortunadamente, en este momento todos los de Limia están mirando al escenario.

Tengo algo de espacio para hablar con Shiki por transmisión de pensamiento.

(¿Qué? ¿Un problema?) (Makoto)

(Sí. Alrededor de dos) (Shiki)

(Oigámoslo) (Makoto)

(Primero, acerca de esta variante. Parece que va a ser imposible que los estudiantes lo incapaciten con dolor. Por otra parte, el hecho de que él era un ex estudiante está haciendo que no puedan demostrar su poder de batalla original, por lo que…) (Shiki)

(¿Probablemente no serán capaces de vencerlo?) (Makoto)

(… Sí. Si es sólo derrotarlo, ya han marcado a la médula oblonga como lo que parece ser su punto débil, pero puede ser difícil) (Shiki)

(Ya veo. Cuando parezca que es totalmente imposible, Shiki, intercambia con ellos e incapacítalo. ¿Y lo otro?) (Makoto)

(Parece que otro de ellos ha entrado aquí. Está el peligro de que pudiera dirigirse a los asientos de los espectadores, así que tenga cuidado) (Shiki)

(Oh, ya veo. Gracias, voy a tener cuidado) (Makoto)

Parece que nada especial ocurrió durante nuestra transmisión, y fui capaz de terminar de forma segura la transmisión de pensamiento con Shiki.

Hmph… Uno más está viniendo aquí eh.

Incluso si su mecanismo es el mismo, sus poderes pueden ser diferentes.

Tengo que estar en una distancia donde pueda proteger a esta gente en cualquier momento.

Ya que no estoy seguro de si seremos capaces de curar a Ilumgand, no sé si hay un punto en incapacitarlo.

Sólo pensé que sería más fácil hablar con el Jefe de la familia Hopelace si su hijo no muere.

¡¡¿?!!

De repente, la tensión alrededor nuestro aumentó.

Por un segundo pensé que la situación de la batalla cambió de nuevo, pero cuando miré, no hubo un cambio real.

El Rey de Limia y el Jefe de la familia Hopelace están en el lugar más cercano al escenario, en las barandillas de los asientos de los espectadores.

Y un paso detrás de ellos, está el Príncipe Joshua.

Pero esa composición se movió.

–Rey, por favor, ¡de un paso atrás! –

Uno de los caballeros gritó y los dos caballeros desenfundaron sus armas y corrieron hacia la parte de atrás.

Probablemente estaban usando percepción mágica y observando sus alrededores.

En el lugar a donde estaban corriendo no había nada visible, pero en un lugar un poco alejado de aquí, en el corredor de salida de los asientos de los espectadores, aparece la sombra de una variante de color gris.

Uwaaa… Su apariencia es bastante diferente.

Su cambio es tan grande que ni siquiera se parece más a un humanoide.

Una persona que se ha desarrollado de una manera anormal.

Tiene dos piernas, y más de la mitad de su parte superior no está compuesta por el torso, los brazos, y luego la cabeza.

Es sólo cabeza.

Y su boca sobresale como el pico de un pájaro, y aún así, tiene colmillos.

aún está bastante lejos, pero a pesar de eso, su boca es tan grande que puedo decir que tiene colmillos.

Además de eso, en comparación con una persona, sus ojos eran más parecidos a los de un caballo, grandes ojos negros situados a los lados de la cara.

Diciéndolo sin rodeos, es repugnante.

En lugar de pelo, su cabeza tiene varios tentáculos ondeando. Eso duplicó su nivel de repugnancia.

Los caballeros corrieron a pelear contra el monstruo probablemente para evitar pelear cerca del rey.

Ya veo. Estoy de acuerdo con eso.

En ese caso, daré un paso un poco hacia delante y …

–¡¡GYAAAAA!! –

¿Eeh?

Todavía debería haber una buena cantidad de espacio entre ellos, y a pesar de eso, ¿qué está pasando?

El grito del caballero hizo dudar de mis ojos.

Parece que esa cosa ya los alcanzó.

Esas piernas estúpidamente grandes no son solo de adorno.

Debe haber hecho una carrera con una tremenda potencia instantánea.

Viendo a la variante de color ceniza que cortó el cuerpo del caballero, junto con su armadura en mil pedazos, lo que creó un aerosol de color rojo y gritos, por alguna razón, lo asocié con una bala.

Otro grito se superpone.

No sé si es porque fue atrapado con la guardia baja, o porque sus habilidades no son tan grandes (Voy a dejarlo como que fue lo primero) pero de todos modos, no pasó mucho tiempo hasta que el otro caballero gritara igual.

Los tentáculos ondeantes se volvieron filosos y atravesaron el cuerpo del caballero.

La zona del torso, donde la armadura era más gruesa, no fue traspasado por los tentáculos, pero todas las demás partes lo fueron.

El cuello, los muslos, las articulaciones; áreas en las que la armadura no protegía, y los lugares donde no podían ser protegidos debido a su construcción, fueron perforados.

Probablemente fue fatal.

El lugar donde estaban peleando era un área a la que no podía llegar a tiempo, así que no pude protegerlos.

Podría usar [Sakai] para curarlos, pero si lo hago, esa variante también entraría en el rango.

Además, si pierdo mi supresión de poder mágico, lo que estoy ocultando podría ser descubierto.

Tch.

Pero definitivamente puedo proteger a estos tres.

Puede que no sea la mejor opción, pero tengo que encargarme de eso.

Tomando una posición como para iniciar una marcha con sólo sus piernas, coloca fuerza en ellas.La variante dirige su boca en forma de pico hacia mí.

Ah, esto no es una carrera.

De algún modo podía decir eso.

Parece que mi comparación era correcta.

Esa cosa dispara su cuerpo como una bala y se dirige hacia nuestra ubicación en línea recta.

De acuerdo, vamos a detenerlo y derrotarlo.

Cuando estaba a punto de detenerlo y di un paso hacia adelante, por alguna razón, una sombra paso a mi lado.

¡¡¿?!!

¡¿Príncipe Joshua?!

–¡Padre, por favor, corre! –(Príncipe)

Desenvainando una espada delgada brillante que sólo pensaría que era una decoración, ¡el príncipe se apresura hacia la variante con el fin de proteger al rey!

¡Ah!

¡¿Es un idiota?!

Esto es malo.

Que el príncipe sea herido sería extremadamente malo.

Cierto.

Incluso si no estoy tenso, eso no significa que los alrededores tampoco lo estén.

Aun así, este príncipe-sama es bastante…

Si yo no estuviera aquí, quién sabe lo que hubiera pasado.

(Perdón Shiki. personas heridas o tal vez bajas han aparecido. Quiero que vengas aquí y proporciones tratamiento médico. Mio puede quedarse allí, te dejaré el cuidado de los niños a ti, Mio. Cuento contigo, no dejes que los estudiantes mueran) (Makoto)

Para esos dos caballeros… es probable que sea demasiado tarde.

Pero si se trata de Shiki, tal vez pueda curarlos.

Ya que no tengo libertad de acción, acabo de darles esas órdenes a Shiki y Mio sin hacer una conversación real.

Desde aquí, no puedo decir si esos caballeros están respirando o no, aun así, por lo que veo, esas son definitivamente unas heridas fatales.

No parece como que hayan otros enemigos, por lo que sí sólo detengo a este estará bien.

Apresuradamente corrí detrás del príncipe.

La variante es rápida como se esperaba.

A este ritmo… No lo lograré.

Mi cuerpo no puede de repente pasar de cero a velocidad máxima.

En un instante comprendí que no iba a poder hacerlo, así que hice un “brazo invisible” con poder mágico en el espacio entre el príncipe y la variante, para protegerlo.

Tengo a [Sakai] para ocultarlo, por lo que debería ser invisible.

Si es herido todavía puede ser curado, pero si es posible, quiero que salga ileso.

Mi poder mágico atrapa a la variante cuando estaba llegando a su máxima velocidad.

Y así como así, muevo el “brazo” y lanzo a la variante para separarlo del príncipe.

Aunque aliviado por el hecho de que lo logré a tiempo, agarro al príncipe Joshua y escapo de ese lugar. Salto a un lugar donde la visión de esa cosa no alcance al príncipe.

Maldición. Me he separado ligeramente del rey.

Lo arrojé lejos, por lo que no llegará con otro ataque tan pronto pero, tengo que derrotarlo rápidamente.

[Príncipe, fue un desarrollo repentino, así que por favor perdóneme por mi rudeza. Me encargaré de esa cosa]

Escribir todo eso de una vez, empecé a preguntarme que era esa misteriosa sensación en mi mano.

¿Eh?

–¡¡¿?!! –

Cuando miro hacia abajo, veo la cara rígida del príncipe Joshua.

Tal vez por el impacto de hace un momento, o porque quedó atascado en algún lugar por el camino; una parte de su ropa estaba muy desgarrada y…

Mi mano está encima de eso…

No puede ser, esto es, ¿una teta?

¿Eh?

Mi cerebro está confundido.

–… Explicaré las circunstancias más tarde. En este momento, por favor, proteja a padre –(¿príncipe?)

Teñida en timidez, él, no, ¿ella? Oí su voz baja.

Me apresuré a separar mi mano de su cuerpo.

Incapaz de ocultar toda mi confusión, corregí mi postura como si saltara lejos.

Cierto.

Siento como que he hecho algo bastante malo, pero en este momento la prioridad es encargarme de esa cosa.

Genial, parece que la cosa todavía esta mareada.

Lo restrinjo con [Brid] y acorto la distancia.

Lo que use fue un [Brid] no elemental.

Sin canto ni elemento. Planee ganar con eso, pero no resultó ser una herida mortal.

Sin embargo, fue más que suficiente como para hacerlo retroceder.

Gracias a eso, pude acortar distancias más que suficiente. Envolví poder mágico en mi mano derecha y le di un puñetazo al lado de su cara.

La variante, salió volando con mi puñetazo, golpeó varios asientos y barandillas por el camino y fue frenado por ello.

Estupendo.

Con esto, el rey de Limia debería estar a salvo.

Hechizos no elementales tienen la tendencia de tener menos poder de fuego en comparación con los hechizos elementales del mismo nivel, pero por lo que vi recién, un [Brid] es lo suficiente como para derrotarlo.

Hago un aria rápida, y haciendo un gesto como si preparara un arco, disparo una flecha blanca.

El [Brid] que dio justo en el pico no lo perforó inmediatamente y envió a la variante entera a la parte de atrás, zigzagueando por su camino hacia una parte de los asiento de los espectadores.

Esto se debe a que he reducido el poder perforador a propósito.

No sé lo que podría hacer, así que pensé que sería mejor mantener la distancia.

Pero parece que mis preocupaciones fueron innecesarias.

La variante se hinchó como si unas burbujas comenzaron a aparecer en su interior, y después, se dispersó en todas las direcciones y murió.

Ah, estaba preocupado por un segundo.

Veo que Shiki ha comenzado con el tratamiento de uno de los caballeros y suspiro una vez.

Parece que al menos uno de ellos se salvará.

He terminado un trabajo ahora.

… Sobre el príncipe, espero que no se convierta en un nuevo problema. Pero bueno, no creo que eso sea posible.

Si fuera sólo la pelea sería muy simple…

Trato de no hacer contacto visual con el príncipe y la llevo hacia donde está el rey.

Mientras pensaba en todo eso, oí un grito incomparable a los anteriores.

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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.”


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Tunisians brought down the dictator Ben Ali. Today, they continue to fight against his men to head the transitional government. In this new chapter of our series "Understanding the Muslim world," Mohamed Hassan * ((photo-cons) explains the implications of the revolution of Tunisia and its root causes: how nationalism Liberal advocated by Tunisia under Bourguiba interests Western, plunging people into poverty, how a repressive state has put in place to maintain this system, why dictatorships in the Arab world are caused to fall, and how Islam became the condom imperialism




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In December 2010, riots broke out in Tunisia. A month later, President Ben Ali fled the country after twenty-three year reign. What are the causes of this revolution? And why is it popular movement succeeded in bringing down the dictator where other attempts have failed?

For there to be a revolution, it is necessary that people refuse to live as before and that the ruling class is no longer able to govern as before. On December 17, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a young seller of fruits and vegetables, has sacrificed out of desperation after police had confiscated his goods himself, and that local authorities have to stop working. The conditions were ripe for a revolution broke out in Tunisia Bouazizi and suicide was the trigger.

Indeed, the Tunisians did not want to live as before: they were not accepting corruption, police repression, lack of freedom, unemployment, etc.. Moreover, the ruling class could no longer govern as before. Corruption under Ben Ali had taken a phenomenal amount while the majority of the population had to face insecurity. To maintain this status, police repression would be higher but it had reached its limits. The ruling elite was completely disconnected from the people for whom there was no interlocutor. Therefore, when popular revolts broke out, the ruling class had no choice but to quell the violence. But with the determination of the people, the repression reached its limit. This is one of the keys to the success of the popular revolution of Tunisia: it managed to reach all segments of society, including members of the army and police who sympathized with the demonstrators. The repressive apparatus could no longer function as before either. If a revolt occurs but is not able to combine different segments society, it can not lead a revolution.

Even after the departure of Ben Ali, the protests continue. The situation that Tunisians refuse is not the result of one man? For

signs "Ben Ali emerges" signs were followed by "CDR releases. Tunisians are attacking the president's political party because they fear that one of his men to take power. But in reality, the root causes that led to revolt Tunisians far outweigh Ben Ali and the RCD. It is not enough to turn the president for the people earns his freedom and improves living conditions.

corruption, unemployment, social inequality ... What are the effects of imperialist domination of the West over Tunisia. For Tunisia, after independence, became a project of the United States.

What do you mean by imperialism?


Imperialism is the process by which capitalist powers politically and economically dominated by foreign countries. Western multinationals plunder the resources of Africa, Latin America and Asia. They find opportunities for capital they will accumulate and exploit cheap labor market. I say that multinationals are not buying as they plunder the resources at their fair value and the local people not benefiting from these riches. And this looting would not be possible if these countries operated, there were no leaders to defend the interests of multinationals. These leaders are getting richer in the process. They constitute the so-called comprador bourgeoisie. They have no political vision for their own country does not produce wealth and do not develop a real economy. But personally enriched by trading resources their countries with multinationals. Obviously, the people are the biggest victim in all this!

When you're a nationalist anti-imperialist cons, you are looking to develop for yourself. You nationalize key sectors of your economy, rather than leaving the management to foreign companies. This will create a national economy in the country and you allow it to grow on the basis of independence. That's what I call a national democratic revolution: national independent because of the imperialist powers, democratic as against feudalism and the elements reactionaries in the country.

However, Bourguiba, Tunisia's first president, was considered a socialist. And during his reign, the state played a very important role in the economy.


Bourguiba's political party was socialist in name only. If the state played an important role, it was only for the benefit of an elite only. This is called state capitalism. In addition, Bourguiba has systematically eliminated all the progressive elements and anti-imperialist in his party. So that this party became the party of one man, completely subject to U.S. imperialism.

Habib Bourguiba , great actor in the struggle for independence, was president of Tunisia from 1957 to 1987


What Was Tunisia important for the United States?

To understand the importance of that country to the U.S. strategy, we must analyze the political context of the Arab world in years 50 and 60. In 1952, officers overthrew the monarchy of King Farouk of Egypt and proclaim a republic. With Nasser at the helm Egypt becomes the basis of Arab nationalism inspired with revolutionary ideas of socialism. As evidenced by the nationalization of the Suez Canal, Nasser's arrival in power is a blow to the West because the Egyptian president's policy is totally at odds with the hegemonic Western powers in the Near and Middle East. Worse still: the anti-imperialist ideas of Nasser are emulated in the region. In Yemen for example, where in 1962 a revolution divided the country, the South becoming a bastion of Arab revolutionary movement. The same year, the independence of Algeria sends a strong signal to Africa and the Third World, the imperialist powers put on alert. Libya also note the Qaddafi coup in 1969. The colonel took power and nationalized major sectors of the economy, to the chagrin of the West. The same year, the Islamic revolution in Iran toppled the Shah, one of the most important pillars of U.S. strategy in the Middle East.

short, at that time, an anti-imperialist movement defies strong strategic interests of the United States in the Arab world. Fortunately for Washington, all countries in the region do not follow the path of Nasser. It the case of Tunisia. In 1957, a year after the independence of Tunisia, Bourguiba was one of the first Arab leaders to send U.S. in the prestigious journal, Foreign Affairs. The title of the article? Nationalism best antidote to communism. For the United States who want to counter the influence of Nasser is a godsend! Bourguiba wrote in his article: "With the regard, Tunisia has chosen to make unequivocal its way into the free world from the West." We are in the Cold War. The Soviets argued that Nasser's influence grows in the region. And the U.S. needs pro-imperialist agents Bourguiba as not to lose strategic control of the Arab world.

Nasser announced the nationalization of the Suez Canal in 1956

Can we be both nationalist and pro-imperialist?

Bourguiba was a liberal nationalist with anti-communist ideas which led him to join the imperialist camp in the West. In fact, I feel like George Padmore Bourguiba Arabic. Padmore was a leading Pan-Caribbean origin. In 1956 he wrote a book called Pan-Africanism or Communism: The battle ahead in Africa. Like Bourguiba, he fed anti-communist ideas and even if he declared himself a nationalist, his political vision was largely subservient to the interests of imperialist powers. Nationalism served as a cover, their policy is far from being independent. Padmore had a great influence on the first president of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, one of the instigators of the African Union. Its pro-imperialist ideas were able to spread across the continent with the result that we see today is celebrated around the golden jubilee of independence in Africa, but many Africans know they have never become independent. President Nkrumah himself later regretted having taken the advice of Padmore.

In Tunisia too, the submission to imperialist interests has quickly been felt and it turned out that nationalism advocated by Bourguiba was a facade. In the 70s, for example, the President has passed a series of measures intended to attract foreign investors: tax exemption on company profits for ten years, exemption from all duties and taxes for twenty years, exemption from Tax Income property values, etc.. Tunisia has become a vast workshop of Western multinationals in recent repatriation of profits.

Tunisia did she not still been some good progress under Bourguiba?

Yes, there have been positive developments: education, status of women, etc.. First, because Tunisia were the progressives in his elite players, but they were quickly dismissed. Then, because Tunisia was to be dressed in his finest dress. Indeed, this country played a major role in the strategy of the United States to counter the influence of communism in the Arab world. But what had you on the other side? Progressive revolutionary movements that had toppled backward and monarchies who enjoyed popular support. You could not counteract this movement by advocating a feudal system. Saudi Arabia has done so because it could use its oil money for that. But Tunisia, unable to rely on such resources, should provide some progressive image. In the fight against communism, it was supposed to represent a successful Third World countries have chosen the path of liberal nationalism.

But behind the scenes was less flattering. As I said, Bourguiba has systematically eliminated the progressive elements that do not follow his steps. The anti-imperialists who wanted an independent Tunisia both economically and politically, those who wanted to assert their own position in the Third World and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, all were opposed. Tunisia has in fact been used as a laboratory of the imperialist powers. And what was supposed to represent the success of liberal nationalism has become a dictatorship.

When Ben Ali Bourguiba succeeded in 1987, he continues on the same track?


Absolutely. One can even say that the submission to Western interests has grown. Ben Ali was a pure agent of U.S. imperialism. In 1980, as ambassador to Poland, he even served as a liaison between the CIA and Lech Walesa, the union leader who fought against the Soviet Union.

In 1987, when Ben Ali assumed the presidency of Tunisia, the country was deeply in debt by the capitalist crisis of 1973. Moreover, at that time, the ideas of Milton Friedman and his Chicago Boys were very popular. These ultra-liberal economists believed that the market is an entity capable of regulating themselves and that the state should certainly not interfere in the economy. The technical elite Tunisian largely from U.S. schools were highly influenced by theories of Friedman. Ben Ali then left the state capitalism in effect at the beginning of the era Bourguiba. Under the supervision of the IMF and World Bank, he began a privatization program much more massive than what his predecessor had already begun in the 70s.

What were the effects of this new economic policy?


First, privatization of the Tunisian economy has allowed Ben Ali and his wife's family, Trabelsi, personal enrichment. Corruption has reached a very high level, Tunisia has become a country totally subservient to imperialism, headed by a comprador bourgeoisie. Obviously, Ben Ali and his clan did not have many raw materials to selling out to Western multinationals. But they took advantage of the education system established under Bourguiba to develop a service economy. Indeed, the Tunisian workforce is highly educated and inexpensive at a time. It therefore attracts foreign investors.

Tourism has also developed strong as to become the mainstay of the Tunisian economy. Here we see the lack of political vision of the elite. Indeed, no country can develop its economy based on tourism if not first developed a national economic base. The tourism industry consumes a lot but reported very little to the Tunisian people. Imagine: while Western tourists consume hectoliters of water to bask in pools, Jacuzzis or golf course, the poor peasants in the south face of the drying soil.

But it's not just the farmers who have suffered from this policy. Overall, the social conditions of the Tunisian people deteriorated while the president's entourage has amassed a huge fortune. Everyone knew the regime was corrupt. So to maintain this system, the system should prevent any disputes. The repression became even more brutal penny Ben Ali simple criticism or even the desire for modernity and openness were not allowed. Such a situation could lead to popular revolt. Moreover, trying to monopolize his clan the wealth of the country, Ben Ali has also drew the ire of some of the traditional bourgeois Tunisia.


You say that political repression was very strong. Is there anyway today, opposition forces can guide the people's revolution now that Ben Ali has fallen?

Genuine opposition parties were banned under Ben Ali. However, some continued to exist underground. For example, the first Tunisian Communist Party could not live openly and organize like any political party in a democracy. But he continued to operate secretly through associations of civil society (teachers, farmers, doctors, prisoners ...). The PGWPP was able to form a social base and fired a solid experience of this period. It is exceptional in the Arab world.

I think two major challenges now await the opposition parties. First, they must come forward and make themselves known to the general public in Tunisia. Then they must organize a united front of resistance to imperialism. In fact, the imperialist powers seek to maintain the system without Ben Ali Ben Ali. We see now with the Union government National rejected the Tunisians, which is very positive. But the imperialist powers will not stop there. They will certainly seek to impose an International Electoral Commission to support candidates who defend to their best interests. It is therefore necessary to resist interference by creating a united front to build a true democracy.


Opposition parties are they able to overcome their differences to create such a front?

I know that some political parties were reluctant to associate Islamo-nationalist movement Ennahda. This movement emerged in the 80s. He advocated an anti-imperialist line and in fact, has suffered political repression. Why not combine Ennahda in front of resistance to the interference of foreign powers? Tunisia is a Muslim country. It is normal that a political force emerges with an Islamo-nationalist trend. You can not prevent that.

But each of these movements must be studied separately, with its own specificities. This was done by the communist PGWPP. They studied scientifically objective conditions that apply Tunisia. Their conclusion is that the Communists and Islamo-nationalists have been victims of political repression and that even though their programs differ, they share common ground: they want an end to dictatorship and the independence of Tunisia. The Communists have proposed an alliance with the Islamo-nationalists long ago. Of course, the PGWPP does not make Tunisia a Islamic state. Its political agenda is different from that of al-Nahda. But it is the Tunisian people who will judge these differences democratically. Elections should be a contest open to everyone. That is true democracy.

Precisely opposition parties gathered in front of 14 January to fight against the interim government of Mohamed Ghannouchi, a henchman of former President Ben Ali. A hopeful sign?

Absolutely, Tunisia is on the right track: all opposition parties banned so far have created a united front to prevent the system is maintained without Ben Ali Ben Ali. Also underline the role played by the base of the union UGTT. The head of the union authorized under Ben Ali was corrupt and working with the state police. But since the basis of the union put pressure on its leaders and members who UGTT were part of the transitional government have resigned. Although much remains to be done, democracy wins Tunisian institutions under pressure from the people.

Western powers opposed to that. They want to impose democracy in Tunisia where only low-intensity "good" candidates would be allowed to stand for election. If you look at the type of democracy that the United States enjoy, you come across Ethiopia. The U.S. government has provided $ 983 million to countries in the Horn of Africa for the year 2010. That same year, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, in office since 16 years, was reelected with 99.5 percent of the vote! It's even better than Ben Ali! The reality is this: behind their rhetoric in support of the Tunisian people, the Western powers continue to actively support many other Ben Ali in the world.

The United States could not they support other candidates pro-imperialist, but in the eyes of Tunisians, were not associated with the Ben Ali era?

It would be difficult. There is a part of the comprador bourgeoisie which was lésinée by the corrupt system of Ben Ali. But this elite is not strong enough control the popular movement and not enough grounding in the Establishment to win.

The United States had also thought of another strategy: a few months ago, while Ben Ali was still in power, the U.S. ambassador has visited a Communist leader in prison. Officially, a simple observation visit in the framework of respect for human rights. Unofficially, the U.S. anticipated the departure of Ben Ali and wanted to test the waters. Their goal was to get the Communists against the Islamo-nationalists, divide the resistance to imperialism to weaken more. But the Communists Tunisia does not fall into the trap. They are very familiar with the strategy developed by Henry Kissinger in the 80s in the Middle East. They published a very good study on the subject and know they should not take orders from outside or adhere to ideologies manufactured by foreign powers.

Why the U.S. have they abandoned Ben Ali? Had he gone too far in personal enrichment? According to a cable Wikileaks, the U.S. ambassador was very critical of the system of quasi-mafioso Tunisian president, organized corruption are obstacles to investments by foreign companies.

This is not the problem. The United States does not care about corruption. Instead, it is a key element of the system of domination on the U.S. South. In fact, Washington was aware of the internal situation in Tunisia and knew that Ben Ali would not be able to govern. The West must now ensure that the replacement of Ben Ali will continue to defend their interests. The stakes are high. The capitalist crisis is causing serious problems in the West. Besides this, China is getting stronger and now provides more loans than the World Bank and other imperialist powers combined. She even wants to buy a significant portion of the debt of the euro area partly because it has economic interests with European countries, on the other imperialist powers to divide, the EU is historically associated with states USA.

In such a context, the Tunisian people's movement, under the auspices of a revolutionary leadership, could establish an independent government and take advantage of this situation of a multipolar world. The imperialist powers fear that countries that were traditionally under his rule become economically independent, turning also to China. Tunisia could build relationships with the Asian giant to develop its commercial ports. And it would seriously question the concept of the Mediterranean Dialogue, this expansion of NATO to the countries of the Mediterranean that is not a dialogue but a mere instrument of Western domination.

Another country that seems to fear democracy in Tunisia and in the region, Israel. Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said shortly after the fall of Ben Ali that the development of democracy in Arab countries threaten Israel's security. This country often called only democracy in the Middle East, would he be afraid of competition?

Under a democratic facade, Israel is a fascist, apartheid state. In the region, it can not ally with repressive dictatorial states, led by comprador bourgeoisie that weaken the body of the Arab nation. Currently, these Arab states are rich countries inhabited by poor people. But if a democratic government in the full sense of the term emerges, it will increase economically the Arab nation as a whole. And this economic development will lead to an alliance of Arab countries against the state racist oppressing the Palestinians. Israel fears this course.

Moreover, there is a very big gap between the official positions of Arab dictatorships and the popular sentiment about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since Egyptian President Sadat visited Israel in 1977, Egypt's position is "we want peace." But it is a position imposed by force to the population. And the current Egyptian government is not content to maintain peaceful relations with Tel Aviv. It participates actively in the strangulation of Gaza, while the majority of Egyptians in solidarity with Palestinians.

It's the same alignment of Arab dictatorships on Washington politics. Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are allies of the United States while the populations of these countries are anti-imperialists. I was in Egypt when Muntadhar al-Zaidi, a journalist in Iraq, threw his shoes on George W. Bush. The Egyptian population was celebrated as a hero. I heard of fathers wanting to marry their daughter with the reporter. Still, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is one of the most faithful allies of Washington.

Do you think the revolution Tunisia a domino effect could cause the downfall of other dictatorships in the Arab world?

70% of the population in Arab countries is less than thirty years and knows that unemployment, police repression and corruption. But all these young people want to live. And to live, they need change. This is the reality of each country. It is therefore not even need a domino effect, the objective conditions are ripe for further revolutions erupt.

People no longer want to live as before. But for their part, the ruling classes are they unable to govern as before?

course. And we see in Egypt today. There are police everywhere in this country. But it is impossible to control everything. A state police has its limitations and the Arab world have reached.

Furthermore, information plays a very important role today. Tunisians, Egyptians and peoples of the Third World are better informed through Al-Jazeera as part of an Internet and social networks on the other. The evolution of information technology has increased the level of education and consciousness of people. The people no longer a mass of illiterate peasants. You have a lot of very smart young people, with a certain practical sense, able to circumvent censorship and of mobilizing the Internet.

there in these countries the opposition forces can guide the popular revolutions?

Why Punishment is so important if these dictators were not in danger? Why the comprador bourgeoisie, so greedy, she would spend so much money in the repressive apparatus if she was not afraid to be reversed? If there was no opposition, all this would not be necessary.

the side of Western observers, many fear that the collapse of these regimes Arab favors the rise of Islamism. As summarized so finely Christophe Barbier, editor of L'Express, "Ben Ali is better than the bearded." These fears proved on of Islamism are they based?

Islamism became the condom of imperialism. Western powers justify their strategy of domination in the Arab-Muslim world under the guise of fighting against Islam. There are Islamists everywhere today. Soon, we shall find even traces of Al-Qaeda on Mars if it is useful to the imperialists!

In reality, the West has always needed to invent an enemy to justify its hegemonic designs and incredible military spending (financed by taxpayers). After the fall of the Soviet Union and the demise of the communist enemy is Islam and Al Qaeda who have played the roles of villains villains.

But the West has no problem with Islamism. It adapts very well to this trend in countries like Saudi Arabia. Moreover, he himself fostered the rise of Islamist movements to counter the Arab nationalism at a time. The real problem for the West is anti-imperialism. That's why he tries to discredit any popular movement in the Arab world who is opposed to its interests by affixing the label "Islamist."

Finally, it should not be very smart to think that the Arab dictatorships are bulwarks against the rise of religious fanaticism. Instead, these repressive regimes have led some of the population to be radicalized. Who could afford to say that such and such people have no right to democracy? In a truly democratic country, different political forces may emerge. But the bourgeoisie comprador ruling in the Arab dictatorships can not convince people. She can not even face to face. To defend the imperialist interests, you must prevent other political forces to emerge because they are likely to convince the people against a corrupt elite. The West has always sought to maintain dictatorships that served its interests by waving the specter of Islamism. But the Arab peoples need democracy. They claim it today and nobody can not go against these claims.

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What happens in the Maghreb, Egypt is probably a prelude, predators waiting for their time: these insurgencies are for them, as once were the struggles of American countries South, a field of experimentation. Become cumbersome, the Ben Ali Mubarak and other (member of the International Socialist! As DSK, as Ségolène!) Will be replaced by Democrats on their own blessed by the IMF and technocrats dismal. As we will rely on the current economic system will not change anything in depth because it is the source of deadly disturbances of humanity as a whole.

All cases we defend not they come here? Address the profound evil does he not return to drastically change my lifestyle? Give yourself the luxury of denying that the neighbors poor, hitherto ignored, can live decently. Solidarity that is shared, like bread, like a handshake, like a poem, like ideas and wealth too. Let's start by sweeping our doorstep. Globalization? I felt like an illusion, an ideology of standardization and formatting of the masses. An insurgency is not a revolution: the first is the result of a situation had become intolerable while the second, in essence, is the long term, by mobilizing more than the civic conscience which should be central to any process and any political action. The game of global governance that is taking place is to discredit political thought (which has nothing to do with an ideological construct). Let us not forget that capitalism is the result of an ideology (with its strategies, policy makers and police), and in this respect is comparable to Stalinism which was only a state capitalism totalitarian. And this is capitalism, we do not too worried, is not it, when rampant in the Arab and African held an iron fist by dictators orders of multinational corporations, guided by foreign secret services. Dream holiday in Hammamet Marrakech or for a nominal price, which in the wings, has a price in human lives.

unbridled consumption, a synonym for huge profits, which suck the vast majority of people, today revealed its limitations and the risks it is incurring imminent future generations. Market forces, as we bombard the singers of the single thought, were only dressing a hateful ideology has continued to crush the living beauty of the values common to all cultures.

" That the Earth is pretty " said the poet Armand Robin, "No need also flowers!"


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16-John Manuel Traimond the Guest of December 23, 2010


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This guest on Thursday December 23, 2010, Jean Manuel Traimond. He had already come on RL in our show, a few years ago, to discuss his book entitled "Treasure of wickedness. "Anthology of humor to the use of anarchists.
As there are only a few hours before Christmas, we hope to receive from him a new gift. Hopefully it considers that we have put into practice his treatise useful humor to Anar. In case of disappointment, does he not leave with our new date?

This curious traveler (it seems that according to him, the anarchists are champions of curiosity ... still a compliment ...), would the United Arab Emirates with a lot of "Suras"! We do not know what it is, but surely it's worth its weight in oil.

And we'll ask him about his plans, his informative walks on "Water Thieves," the crimes of capitalism whose victims have only increased in number since the "untouchables" Japan, Pakistanis in Dubai and many more.

During his travels and translations of "anarchists", he met a character who died in February 2010, a writer, English architect, editor of "Anarchy", Colin Ward. And new access to "curiosity" is going to lend an ear if John Manuel willing to talk about that English anarchist who had devised a new form of rudder for a mutual company, federalist-based anarchist organization in which units organizing are small, temporary and limited powers, free and voluntary action. And he described, very in tune with the new technologies of networks, the organization of "cyber-anarchy", as opposed to capitalism, "mechanical" and disposer of the individual.
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And John Traimond manual, a book mentions of Colin Ward in which the "anarchism is compared to the seeds under the snow." The snow is here, in December, up to us to grow this "seed" of Anarchy.

So, dear listeners Chronicle Weekly ... Listen ...



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          Remesas desde Chile a Haití aumentaron un 386,48 % en 2016   

SANTIAGO DE CHILE. Las remesas enviadas desde Chile por inmigrantes haitianos llegaron a 36 millones de dólares en 2016, un 386,48 % más que el año anterior, cuando sumaron 7,4 millones, según datos del Banco Central publicados hoy por el diario La Tercera.

La cifra sitúa al país caribeño en el quinto lugar del total de transferencias dirigidas al extranjero desde el país austral, con una participación del 5,9 %, por encima de países como República Dominicana (4,9 %), Estados Unidos (4,5 %) y Ecuador (4,2 %).

En 2015, Haití figuró en el décimo lugar por el monto de sus remesas, y el aumento es coherente con el aumento de los inmigrantes llegados desde ese país a Chile el año pasado, a razón de 300 diarios.

Según datos oficiales, en la actualidad el número de extranjeros residentes en Chile bordeaba los 490.000 a comienzos de este año.

En 2016, el total de remesas enviadas desde Chile sumaron 606 millones de dólares, menos que los 615 millones registrados en 2015, y que completó el tercer descenso desde el 2013, cuando alcanzaron los 641 millones de dólares. En 2014 llegaron a 625 millones.

Según los analistas, la caída obedece a una baja en el monto promedio de los envíos, que fue de 210,7 dólares el año pasado, cuando la cantidad se incrementó un 20 % respecto del año anterior, hasta llegar a 2.876.000 operaciones.

Respecto de los haitianos, Jorge Sagastume, coordinador de Migración y Desarrollo en Chile de la Organización Internacional para las Migraciones, en promedio las mujeres envían dos veces al mes dinero a su país y los hombres una vez.

“Muchos inmigrantes hacen grandes sacrificios para enviar dinero a sus países de origen, limitando su propia alimentación o calidad de vivienda”, explicó Sagastume a La Tercera.

A nivel general, como ha sido durante toda la década actual, Perú se mantuvo en 2016 en el primer lugar como destino de remesas desde Chile, con 191 millones de dólares y una participación del 31,6 %; Le siguen Colombia, con 98 millones de dólares y un 16,1 % de participación y Bolivia, con 51 millones de dólares y un 8,4 %.

China, con 43 millones de dólares y un 7,4 %; Haití, con 36 millones y un 5,9 %; República Dominicana (30 millones y un 4,9 %) y Estados Unidos (27 millones y un 4,5 %), siguen en la lista.

A la inversa, las remesas llegadas a Chile desde el exterior sumaron 248 millones de dólares en 2016, menos que los 265 millones anotados en 2015; también de los 288 millones de dólares del año anterior y de los 302 millones de dólares registrados en 2013.

Estados Unidos fue el año pasado el principal origen de esos envíos, con 89,4 millones de dólares, seguido de España (22,4 millones), Perú (16,5), Bolivia (12,1) y Canadá (10,0).


          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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          Tele2 maakt fout, ik moet er veel tijd en energie insteken om te herstellen   

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          Mulgrew Miller: “Living in the Shadows of Giants”   

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“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.

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“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.





          The Clarke Boland Big Band is "All Smiles"   
© -Steven Cerra, copyright protected; all rights reserved.


Georges Paczynski, the author of the immensely important, Une Histoire de la Batterie de Jazz, which won the “Prix Charles Delauney 2000,” offered this succinct, background information about the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band:

“The C.B.B.B. - The Clarke Boland Big Band - was formed in 1962 through the efforts of Francy Boland and Kenny Clarke. The pianist and the drummer wanted lo form a European orchestra whose sound would be instantly recognizable.

After recording in Cologne on May 18 and 19, 1961. with a smaller group - Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland (The Golden Eight) - the two leaders decided to put together a bigger band, and on December 13. 1961, the recording of Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland ("Jazz is Universal") took place. Among the thirteen musicians were the future mainstays of the band: the American trumpeter Benny Bailey, the English alto sax player Derek Humble, and the trombone player from Sweden, Aake Persson. After the success of this disc, the decision was made to increase the band even further; on January 25. 26 and 27. 1963 the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band recorded in Cologne with 21 musicians. Throughout its career, the band never included less than 12 nationalities.

The personalities of the two leaders. Kenny and Francy. were directly opposite of those of the legendary big band leaders, iron-fisted megalomaniacs like Buddy Rich or Benny Goodman. Not only did Francy write the arrangements for a given instrument, but in thinking of a particular musician in the band, and composed according to the sound, phrasing and style of the individual. Team spirit reigned in the C.B.B.B. Each musician was aware of his importance in creating a good ensemble sound.

The name of Kenny Clarke is definitively associated with the birth of bop drumming. Following in the footsteps of Jo Jones and Sidney Catlett. it is to him that we owe the fact that still today the rhythm is played on the ride cymbal, with snare drum/bass drum punctuations. Jazz lovers see Kenny primarily as a small group drummer, forgetting that he was also a great big band drummer [check out Kenny’s playing in Dizzy Gillespie’s first big band in the 1940’s].

Drummer/leaders have existed from the earliest times in jazz. After "Papa Jack" Laine. there were Ben Pollack. Chick Webb, Gene Krupa. Buddy Rich, Don Lamond. Mel Lewis... the list (and the beat) goes on. The C.B.B.B. is situated in the grand traditions of the big bands. The basic musical concept was of a rhythmic foundation on which the entire orchestra reposed. Here the role of the drummer is clearly vital; along with the bassist, he plays throughout the piece, and is both accompanist and soloist.

But this key role is not without its disadvantages; the drummer has incomparably less freedom than in a small group. He has to memorize the arrangement, playing strictly what has already been laid down, while still leaving room for improvised fills. Some famous drummers have never succeeded in imposing such discipline on themselves. Others have adapted magnificently to it. Such was the case with Kenny, who was able to play with what I will call "controlled madness". In the big band, he played with a big band drummer's phrasing - unlike, for example. Mel Lewis, who in a big band setting performed with exactly the same vocabulary as in a quartet. ...

Running a big band poses all kinds of difficulties, financial and organizational among others. The C.B.B.B. lasted 11 years, and broke up in 1973. It was in no sense a revolutionary band, but there was within it a fundamental and precious element: an intense love of playing. Francy Boland and Kenny Clarke had the great merit of believing that the formation of a European jazz orchestra was possible, despite the supposedly insurmountable obstacles. They believed... and they were right... and we now reap the benefit.”

Georges overview of the Clarke Boland Big Band - known to its many fans as the CBBB - assumes a new relevance with the CD reissue with enhanced audio quality of one of its later recordings on MPS - The Kenny Clarke Francy Boland Big Band - “ALL SMILES."


Mike Bloom Media Relations PROMOTION SHEET offers the following details:


RELEASE DATE: June 23rd 2017

Artist: The Kenny Clarke Francy Boland Big Band
Title: ALL SMILES
Artists: Trumpets: B. Bailey, I. Sulieman, J. Deuchar, S.
Gray Trombones: A. Persson, N. Peck, E. v. Lier
Saxophones: D. Humble, J. Griffin, R. Scott, T. Coe, S.
Shihab Piano: F. Boland Bass: J. Woode Drums: K. Clarke
Vibes: D. Pike

Format: 1CD- Digipac
Cat. No.: 0211956MSW
PPD:7,49EUR~PC:ACR
Barcode: 4029759119562

TRACKLIST
1. Let's Face The Music And Dance - 3:23
2. I'm All Smiles-3:25
3. You Stepped Out Of A Dream - 3:03
4. I'm Glad There Is You-3:29
5. Get Out Of Town-4:47
6. By Strauss-3:35
7. When Your Lover Has Gone - 4:16
8. GLoria-4:21
9. Sweet And Lovely - 3:36
10. High School Cadets - 2:05


ABOUT THIS RECORD - by Stefan Franzen [translated by Martin Cook]

“Without ever making concessions to the trend of the moment, the Kenny Clarke Francy Boland Big Band was the embodiment of the timeless art of the jazz orchestra. Its play was proof positive that a jazz big band compiled of top-flite musicians from both sides of the Atlantic could take off and soar. Regarded as the most important big band outside of the US, this bi-continental orchestra recorded over two dozen albums, close to a third of these under the SABA and MRS labels. Recorded in May, 1968, All Smiles was one of the Bands highpoints. The album exhibits a style that became synonymous with this US-European enterprise: it not only swung it was the perfect vehicle for Bolands sophisticated modern arrangements. Trumpeters Benny Bailey and Idrees Sulieman, saxophonists Johnny Griffin and Ronnie Scott, as well as special guest vibraphonist Dave Pike are some of the jazz giants among the soloists in this 17-man combo who turn out some masterly short portraits. From the fleet-footed waltz I’m All Smiles to the bluesy party piece, By Strauss and the sensuous theme from Gloria, the journey continues on through to the furious John Phillip Sousa finale, High School Cadets. Preferring varicolored intricacy over massive walls of sound, The Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band stood up against the constant flow of momentary fads, remaining true to the inventive tradition of the great big bands.”

Original Liner Notes - by Manfred Miller

[Warning these have some syntactical and grammatical challenges for native speakers of English. I decided to represent them in their original translation as I do not speak enough German to attempt my own.]

The one window is open. Hubbub comes up from the street and into the room that is in Cologne's elegant Hohe Strasse/High Street (no thoroughfare!) on the first floor above the branch of some bank. The large, plain writing-table hides itself under paper. Telegrams, notes, contracts, excerpts pile up to several layers. Two of the three phones at least are constantly in operation. On the second table, in a corner, there, too, is scarcely a spot left for an ash-tray. Sheets of notes, a bunch of newspapers, at least ten tape boxes. If a film chose to feature a manager's office like that everybody would laugh at the cliche of overburdening.

The man who hired this room does work hard. It is not that sort of work, however, which the German treasury of proverbs has always rated higher than fun. The man offers his latest product music. Powerfully swinging, precise, intelligent music, music that interests head and feet and everything in between. “All Smiles" is going to be the title of the new Clarke-Boland Big Band album. The man has to shout to make that understood. The two loudspeakers are turned on to the limits of their capacity. The one window is still open...

Gigi Campi never listens to his tapes quietly. An American trombonist, who for some time belonged to the CBBB, once complained. "Funny band. No dynamics", to the protest of his colleague Nat Peck "Yes there are! One is loud, the other is louder..." An exaggerated sentence, no doubt. Yet like every good exaggeration it catches some truth. The CBBB does not play for self-forgetting, absorbed listeners. If it provokes self-forgetfulness, it is that of rhythmical ecstasy. The CBBB does not know the charms of the morbid. This is hopelessly sound and optimistic music. All Smiles.

The Clarke-Boland guys stand for Ellington's fundamental truth: "It don't mean a thing..." It is not by chance that this band plays with two drummers - as if Klook Clarke alone were not a deuce of a swinger. Once his near namemate Kenny Clare acted as a substitute for Clarke who was prevented from making a date. The Clarke indemnification thrilled the band, he was invited to the next session. Klook personally persuaded the English studio musician to become a constant member with the CBBB - as a percussionist.

"Then there was one number", Clare reports, "a Turkish march thing on which I played snare drum. On the playback it sounded pretty good together, just like one drummer. There were some talks. The next time would I bring my drums along, too? Let's see, if it works with both of us playing together. It worked."

Indeed, Clarke and Clare together play like one musician; only that one musician alone could never realise all they play together. Clare: "There are many who would like to get that springy kind of beat Klook gets. I would, too. When I'm with him I can play that way without even thinking about it. As soon as I'm away from him I can't do it anymore. Strange. I have yet to figure it out." Whatsoever may be the key to this secret - the result is a fabulous co-ordination of the two drummers. The first piece - LET'S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE - is an example of this. The fills Klook on the snare drum (for stereo listeners left channel) and Clare on the bass drum do in concert seem as if sprung up from one and the same feeling; and a swinging feeling into the bargain.

It would be wrong, however, to list the CBBB simply under the rubric "powerhouse.” The co-leader, arranger, and pianist Francy Boland has too many ideas for that. You will never catch upon Boland copying simple riffs nor - as the legend goes - exercising. SWEET AND LOVELY forces out of the standard melody continually fresh versions, new harmonic nuances and shades of sound, variations in a strict sense (into which Johnny Griffin excellently joins with a concentrated solo citing motives from the theme once and again): that is - also - an intellectual delight. As the British musical journalist Kenny Graham noted, Francy Boland does not care for trends. Harmonically scored choruses for the reed section have become rare in jazz. Yet Francy dedicates an entire number to the saxophones and with numbers such as YOU STEPPED OUT OF A DREAM, GET OUT OF TOWN and WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE shows what other arrangers do not care to miss.

Certainly who besides Boland disposes of such a reed section? The musicians of the CBBB do not know a comparison to Derek Humble's lead alto that is relaxed and vigorous at once, and ever riding the tip of the beat wave - they give a tired shrug even to the most renowned names. Each of the three tenor saxophonists takes a fine solo - "Li'l Giant" Griffin justifies his nickname time and again. Ronnie Scott blows a virile and straight solo in Gershwin's homage to the king of waltz BY STRAUSS. Tony Coe tells of Dame GLORIA'S merits with rhapsodic vehemence (,,a masterpiece", says Gigi Campi): and Sahib Shihab, who in the Barbara-Streisand-title I'M ALL SMILES solos on flute, is “the outstanding baritone saxophonist of modern jazz" according to Joachim Ernst Berendt. Each of the five reed men is himself a star with a distinguished style of his own, and yet jointly they make up a homogenous and disciplined section. Whosoever generated the rumour that precision and musical temperament were exclusive to one another; he has to be refuted by these five musicians.

And the same applies to the other sections. Benny Bailey, the brilliant, willful lead trumpeter, blows the delicately musical flugelhorn solo in I'M GLAD THERE IS YOU. Cole Porter's GET OUT OF TOWN is meant for Jimmy Deuchar's elegant trumpet and for Ake Persson's powerful trombone-Idrees Sulieman, who in the Clarke-Boland combos mostly comes out with untamed attacca and splendid bop phrases, shows off a different side now: a simple melodic lead and a warm tone in LET'S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE and in the standard ballad of WHEN YOUR LOVER HAS GONE, from which he chooses the first few bars to set out a well-controlled improvisation that does not waste a note.

To those who are still in the dark the Sousa-march HIGH SCHOOL CADETS tells what is the matter with the CBBB. That drives on straight away like - well, no: a steam roller is not likely to go so easily at 250 km/h. You had better not try to sit still to these pieces: Let's face the music and dance. Still one thing to tell you: perhaps you really ought to shut that window now.”

TO EVERY AGE ITS SOUND by Dirk Sommer, reissue producer [Translated by Martin Cook]

Yes, we have worked on the sound of the music that was stored on tapes, some of which are over 40 years old, before they were transferred to the lacquers that are used for the vinyl record production. In the music business this is commonly known as remastering. However, it says nothing about how intensively and with what a sense of purpose mastering engineer Christoph Stickel and I have worked on modifying and improving the sound of the original tapes. Of course as with any LP that appears in the triple-a-series, all the procedures took place using only the finest analogue equipment. As the headline - modeled after the Vienna Secession movement's motto: 'to every age its art' - already indicates, every period has its own typical sound esthetic. We felt that fitting the MPS records to the way recordings sound today would be a sort of sacrilege. As a result, we have simply redressed a couple of traces of aging as well as small inconsistencies in the sound that, because of the technological limitations of that time, were not optimally dealt with on the original recordings. So enjoy some of the most exciting jazz albums of the 1970's and 80's the way they originally sounded - despite or because of our remasterings!”

The following video features the CBBB on Get Out of Town:



          - Ce que nous reprochons le plus aux gens   
Défoulons nous un peu. Quels sont les défauts qui vous énervent, qui vous agacent, qui vous révulsent chez les Hommes ? Enfin, toute la connerie humaine en général.

Que ce soit ceux de vos amis, de vos collègues, ou de gens que vous avez simplement croisés. Votre réaction peut aller du simple agacement à l'explosion de colère.

En voici, quelques uns :

- De subir des autres ce qu'on aimerait pas qu'on leur fasse.

- De se faire insulter par quelqu'un aprés lui avoir dit : "Tenez, je crois que vous avez mal visé la poubelle qui est juste à côté de vous" tout juste aprés avoir balancer son emballage de sandwich devant nous.

- De voir des hauts cadres se ballader avec leur voiture de fonction pendant le week-end.

- De voir au bureau se délier les langues de vipère qui colportent des mensonges à longueur de journée.

- De voir les conducteurs circuler au ralenti en seconde ou en troisième position alors qu'ils discutent au téléphone. Généralement, nous attendons qu'ils nous regardent dans le rétroviseur et nous les applaudissons !

- De voir quelqu'un éternuer, s'essuyer de sa main droite puis nous serrer la main.

- De voir quelqu'un garer son chariot en double-file ou le laisser en plein travers d'une allée.

- De voir quelqu'un laisser les marchandises ou vêtements en désordre, par terre, dans les rayons, ou dans les cabines.

- De voir quelqu'un nous coller ou nous pousser dans une file d'attente.

- De voir une voiture se garer sur une place réservée aux handicapés.

- De voir ceux qui nous talonnent alors qu'on respecte la limitation de vitesse.

  De voir ceux qui ne se laissent pas doubler alors qu'ils roulent à 20 à l'heure et ont déjà créé un bouchon de 15 voitures derrière eux.

- De voir rouler des personnes comme des dingues au mépris du danger et de la vie des autres. Qu'ils meurent sur la route s'ils en ont envie, mais qu'ils n'emportent pas avec eux ceux qui n'ont rien demandé !

- De voir des personnes resquiller dans les files d'attentes.

- D'être le souffre douleur de notre patron qui passe ses nerfs sur nous pour avoir payer une amende.

- De voir une quelqu'un jeter par terre un mégot de cigarette encore allumé.

- De céder le passage à un conducteur qui passe sans nous remercier.

- De voir des personnes utiliser leur position de force pour leur propre gloire.

- C'est de voir quelqu'un descendre des sachets de poubelles qui dégoulinent dans l'ascenceur ou dans les escaliers.

- De voir quelqu'un fumer dans une pièce en notre présence et notamment en présence d'enfants.

- De voir quelqu'un démarrer sa voiture en laissant derrière lui un bidon d'huile vide.

- De voir notre patron broncher ou hurler sur nous, même quand notre travail est parfait. On a beau travailler des années avec lui, il trouvera toujours la moindre excuse, une virgule qu'il souhaite déplacer, une phrase qu'il veut inverser.

- De voir quelqu'un, en plein public, insulter une personne dans son portable. 

- De voir quelqu'un jeter un papier alors qu'il n'est pas loin d'une poubelle.  

- De voir notre patron réprimer le comportement d'un de nos collègues alors que lui même de nous dit pas bonjour le matin.

- De parler à quelqu'un alors qu'il regarde dans une autre direction et de nous demander ensuite de nous répéter sous prétexte qu'il n'était pas avec nous par manque de concentration.
- De voir notre patron nous ignorer quand il ne nous crie pas dessus et profiter de nos faiblesses pour tenter de nous enfoncer.

- De voir au feu rouge quelqu'un jeter une bouteille d'eau en plastique au su et au vu de tous.

- De tenir la porte à quelqu'un sans recevoir de lui un quelconque remerciement.

- De voir quelqu'un nous couper la parole sans cesse.

- De voir quelqu'un prendre une cigarette pour la fumer sans nous demander la permission.

- De voir quelqu'un entrer dans une épicerie et se faire servir avant nous.

- De voir quelqu'un pénétrer à sens interdit dans une rue, broncher en nous demandant de faire marche arrière et passer sans nous dire merci.

- De voir quelqu'un nous prendre notre place de parking. 

- De voir notre patron nous harceler pour un document à préparer sur lequel il n'apposera sa signature que 2 jours plus tard.

- De voir quelqu'un se plaindre de la panne d'ascenceur alors qu'il ne paie pas sa cotisation du syndic.

- De voir quelqu'un minimiser nos propos alors qu'ils sont d'une extrême importance.

- De voir quelqu'un de non responsable nous essayer faire porter le chapeau d'une erreur.

- De travailler avec des collègues rancuniers à vie.

- De voir quelqu'un nous parler en se décortiquant le nez puis de nous serrer la main avant de partir.

- De voir quelqu'un jeter une bouteille par la fenêtre de la cuisine.

- De voir l'état ignoble dans lequel les unes et les autres laissent les wc derrière eux, au ciné ou au restau.

- De voir les ados détruire les équipements collectifs, vider les extincteurs, casser les vitres d'escaliers, détériorer les abris-bus, détruire les équipements de parcours santé dans les bois ou les panneaux de sécurité routière...


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Discriminação de minorias étnicas aumentou desde a transição -- Académica

30 de Junho de 2017, 15:00

Hong Kong, China, 30 jun (Lusa) -- A discriminação racial em Hong Kong foi herdada da era colonial e agravou-se desde a transição para a China, considera a académica Puja Kapai, "desiludida" por o novo governo não refletir a diversidade da sociedade.

"Infelizmente, a discriminação em algumas instâncias, tem sido definitivamente mais pronunciada na era pós-transição", afirmou a professora da Direito da Universidade de Hong Kong, coautora do estudo "Status of Ethnic Minorities in Hong Kong 1997-2014".

De origem indiana, Puja Kapai observou que foi "um processo gradual", mas as mudanças introduzidas desde o governo do primeiro chefe do Executivo de Hong Kong Tung Chee-hwa nas políticas linguísticas "tornaram bastante mais difícil para as crianças das minorias étnicas entrarem em escolas públicas".

Kapai apontou como positiva "a abolição do sistema de escolas segregadas" -- as chamadas 'escolas designadas' --, já no mandato do chefe do Executivo cessante Leung Chun-ying.

"Pelo menos, os responsáveis do governo estão a enviar um sinal de que essa já não é uma prática aceitável em Hong Kong. Infelizmente, como estas crianças não conseguem entrar noutras escolas, acabam por ficar nas mesmas", disse.

Nesse aspeto deu o exemplo da discriminação a que são sujeitos os filhos dos não-falantes de chinês no processo de admissão ao ensino pré-primário com financiamento público: "Se fores uma criança de uma minoria que nunca teve a oportunidade de aprender a língua em casa, porque os teus pais não falam chinês, como é que vais conseguir fazer essa entrevista [de admissão]?".

Nos últimos 20 anos, foi positiva a entrada em vigor do Decreto sobre Discriminação Racial, em 2009, porque veio demonstrar que há algo errado e isso passou a "ser reconhecido na lei", apesar das falhas existentes no diploma, que não define claramente o conceito de tratamento desigual relativamente à língua e não inclui o estatuto de imigrante e a nacionalidade entre os motivos pelos quais a discriminação é proibida por lei.

Apesar de notar uma maior pré-disposição da chefe do Executivo eleita, Carrie Lam, "para ouvir" os problemas das minorias étnicas em Hong Kong, Puja Kapai observou que "não é inteiramente claro" se as recomendações deixadas no relatório que elaborou vão ser implementadas pelo próximo Executivo.

"Fiquei desiludida por ver que a composição do governo de Carrie Lam não reflete o tipo de diversidade que eu esperaria (...), em particular, porque uma das recomendações é a da inclusão das minorias étnicas ao mais alto nível", afirmou.

"Pelo menos tens de ter um representante para que as pessoas possam sentir que podem aspirar a juntar-se às fileiras do governo quando chegar a altura", acrescentou.

As minorias étnicas em Hong Kong representam 7,8% da população estimada em 7,33 milhões de pessoas, uma proporção que tem vindo a crescer nos últimos anos, segundo dados do Intercensos de 2016.

Nos Censos de 2011, estes grupos, maioritariamente formados por indonésios e filipinos, mas também por indianos, nepaleses, paquistaneses e tailandeses, entre outro, correspondiam a 6,38% dos 7,07 milhões de residentes.

O estudo de Puja Kapai concluiu que uma percentagem significativa (63%) dos grupos étnicos residentes na antiga colónia britânica há sete ou mais anos identifica-se com o país de origem e com a identidade de Hong Kong, algo que se verifica "sobretudo nas gerações mais jovens".

A académica destacou a necessidade de Hong Kong "dar mais atenção à diversidade de talentos" existentes na sociedade, sublinhando que os jovens das minorias étnicas podem "ser a chave para ajudar a abordar o problema do envelhecimento da população chinesa na cidade".

"Se não apetrecharmos estes jovens com as necessárias habilidades para serem bem-sucedidos e capazes, em termos de integração, corremos o risco de ter mais problemas do que já temos", disse.

"Se eles não formarem um saudável sentido de pertença não vão sentir que esta é uma sociedade para a qual querem contribuir e isso pode ser potencialmente perigoso e uma oportunidade perdida", acrescentou.

O novo governo liderado por Carrie Lam, a "número dois" do Executivo cessante, toma posse no sábado, dia em que se assinala o 20.º aniversário da transição de Hong Kong para a China.

FV // PJA

Jornalistas encurralados entre a autocensura e o ativismo

30 de Junho de 2017, 15:00

Hong Kong, China, 30 jun (Lusa) -- A associação de jornalistas de Hong Kong alertou para a deterioração da liberdade de imprensa, atualmente pior que nunca, com profissionais encurralados entre a autocensura e o ativismo.

Em entrevista à Lusa, Shirley Yam, vice-presidente da associação, faz um diagnóstico negro: "Numa escala de 1 a 10, em 1997 diria que [a liberdade de imprensa] era 7 ou 8 (...). Agora diria que é 2 a 3, porque ainda temos acesso livre à Internet, o nosso direito à liberdade de imprensa e de expressão é protegido pela lei. Nenhum dos nossos jornalistas foi detido ou morto".

Yam diz que para se compreender o momento atual é preciso perceber que há dois "pontos de viragem" em Hong Kong após a transferência para a China: em 2003 e 2014.

Até à primeira data, Pequim deixou a cidade quase "entregue a si própria", mas as coisas mudaram depois do grande protesto que juntou meio milhão de pessoas contra uma lei para punir crimes de traição à pátria, secessão e subversão, o chamado Artigo 23.º.

"Uma analogia seria que antes de 2003 estavam [o Governo central da China] sentados no banco detrás do carro e depois passaram a estar sentados ao lado do condutor", comenta.

Um segundo momento foi o 'Occupy Central', protestos pró-democracia que paralisaram a cidade por 79 dias, em que [Pequim] passou "a ocupar o lugar do condutor".

"A mesma mudança aplica-se aos 'media'. Desde 2003 que se vê um maior controlo sobre os editores e os patrões, que são empresários com muitas ligações na China. [No passado] ninguém proibia que assim fosse, mas seria surpreendente se empresários da China comprassem 'media' em Hong Kong sem que perguntassem: 'Há objeção?', devido às implicações no princípio 'Um país, dois sistemas'", explica.

A vice-presidente da associação, com cerca de 700 membros, aponta vários exemplos de uma liberdade de imprensa diminuída, por uma pressão exercida não através da censura, mas do medo.

Em 2014, a imprensa de Camberra noticiou que o líder do Governo de Hong Kong teria recebido 50 milhões de dólares de Hong Kong (5,7 milhões de euros) de uma empresa australiana, existindo suspeitas de corrupção. "Surpreendentemente não foi a abertura das notícias da noite. No dia seguinte, dos 18 diários publicados em chinês e inglês, apenas quatro tinham a história na primeira página", recorda.

"Quais são os motivos para os editores de 14 jornais decidirem que este escândalo relacionado com dirigentes de topo de Hong Kong não era bom o suficiente para a primeira página? Uma resposta fácil é que se trata de autocensura", afirma.

A jornalista destaca também a agressão policiail do ativista Ken Tsang, durante uma noite do 'Occupy Central', cujas imagens correram mundo depois de serem transmitidas pela televisão local TVB.

Ainda que o guião da peça -- que descrevia a agressão -- tenha sido editado várias vezes, Yam acredita que a peça só foi emitida devido à hora. "O 'censor principal' estava a dormir, por isso conseguiram pôr no ar", comenta.

O caso teve consequências: "O editor (de madrugada) que aprovou a transmissão passou a investigador. Quase toda a gente relacionada com o caso foi castigada. Outro editor que estava lá, mas que não esteve envolvido com a decisão, foi afastado por não ter travado" a emissão.

A colunista do South China Morning Post conta que "o pior" veio depois. "O cargo do editor que virou investigador foi ocupado pelo antigo secretário-geral de um partido Pró-Pequim de Hong Kong. No espaço de poucos meses uma fatia significativa de ações da TVB foi vendida ao antigo vice-secretário-geral do Partido Comunista de Xangai", relata.

Com uma imprensa livre como peça essencial do princípio "Um país, dois sistemas", são as próprias fundações deste regime, que garante a Hong Kong e Macau um conjunto de liberdades acrescidas, que ficam corroídas.

Yam recorda como há cinco anos foi contactada por uma revista de Taiwan que lhe pediu ajuda para encontrar famílias que partilhassem as suas reflexões a propósito do 15.º aniversário da transferência.

"Abordei alguns amigos, de famílias de classe média. Das dez famílias que contactei, apenas uma aceitou. As restantes disseram coisas como: 'Não queremos tanta exposição', ou 'O meu marido trabalha na China', 'Eu trabalho na China'.

"Deviam estar muito infelizes com o que se passa, e têm medo de falar disso. Mas a lei promete-nos liberdade de expressão. E isto foi antes do movimento 'Occupy', antes dos livreiros de Causeway Bay", que publicavam livros sobre a vida privada dos líderes chineses e que desapareceram, reemergindo mais tarde sob custódia da polícia da China.

As divisões que se sentem hoje na sociedade de Hong Kong refletem-se no jornalismo.

"Quando há uma crescente autocensura, os jovens jornalistas tornam-se mais antagonistas, mais hostis contra o sistema. E isso não é bom. Quando te tornas hostil perdes a tua independência, o teu discernimento e isso compromete o teu trabalho e a confiança do público em ti", lamenta Yam.

No contexto da China, Hong Kong é vista como uma cidade com garra, um "David" feroz contra um "Golias" intocável.

Mas Shirley Yam receia que se trate mais de um caso de fama com pouco proveito: "Em Hong Kong, a opinião pública conta, mas não para mudar coisas. É suficiente para travar algo, para impedir o pior de acontecer, como o artigo 23.º, mas não o suficiente para tornar o mau em bom, como a reforma política".

ISG // PJA

Nunca haverá democracia sem questionar base constitucional -- Deputado

30 de Junho de 2017, 15:00

Hong Kong, China, 30 jun (Lusa) -- O deputado "localista" Hong Kong Eddie Chu Hoi-dick considera que o território só vai ter democracia se questionar a fundação constitucional da região administrativa especial, que nunca teve o aval da população.

"Nunca vamos conseguir ter democracia se não questionarmos a fundação constitucional ou a legitimidade do poder de Pequim sobre Hong Kong e da própria Lei Básica", defende, em entrevista à agência Lusa.

"O movimento democrático em Hong Kong nos últimos 20 a 30 anos (...) não questionou a fundação constitucional desta cidade. Aceitámos o [princípio] 'Um país, dois sistemas', aceitámos a Lei Básica, restringimos o conteúdo do movimento democrático ao sufrágio universal do chefe do Executivo. Isso foi um erro", afirma o deputado de 39 anos, que nas eleições de setembro conseguiu o mais elevado número de votos por círculo eleitoral, 84 mil.

O chamado "rei dos votos" sublinha que tal não significa que "a independência seja a única forma de conseguir democracia".

"Estou a dizer que qualquer estrutura constitucional deve ter o aval das pessoas de Hong Kong antes de ser implementada".

Ao invés de se cingirem ao "pequeno objetivo" do sufrágio universal, "a discussão sobre a fundação constitucional desta cidade deve ser renovada, seja uma nova versão do 'Um país, dois sistemas', ou independência", frisa.

Eddie Chu é um dos seis deputados 'localistas' eleitos em setembro para o Conselho Legislativo, que defendem -- uns de forma mais fervorosa que outros -- maior autonomia para a região em relação à China.

Apesar de Hong Kong ser há muito associada à luta pela democracia, Chu acredita que o movimento só começou verdadeiramente em 2014, com o "Occupy Central", protesto que paralisou a cidade por 79 dias. O trabalho feito até lá pelos 27 deputados pró-democracia "era restritivo" e "destinado a falhar".

Chu olha para este movimento social como um esforço conjunto, além-fronteiras, dos povos de países em contextos próximos, unidos pelo desejo de democracia, como Taiwan, Singapura, Tailândia, Malásia e a própria China.

"Quando olhamos para o contexto geral vemos que não é uma luta de uma cidade, mas de muitas cidades e muitos tipos de pessoas", defende.

O deputado, com 19 anos à data da transferência de Hong Kong, admite que há alguma nostalgia em relação ao tempo colonial, mas alerta que a China usa uma estrutura administrativa herdada dos britânicos.

Do ponto de vista da governação, os problemas mantêm-se: elevado fosso entre ricos e pobres, um 'boom' imobiliário que faz recear um colapso dos preços, falta de habitação, especialmente para os mais desfavorecidos.

"Estas questões estavam lá antes de 1997 e ficaram piores. O governo colonial não era muito poderoso, precisava do apoio de magnatas, profissionais, proprietários de terras. Estes tentavam proteger os seus interesses e 'sequestrar' os governadores. Isso continuou depois da transferência. Os intervenientes podem ter mudado, de britânicos para chineses, mas a estrutura está lá", explica.

Ainda que a transferência gerasse receio em muita gente -- principalmente depois da repressão violenta dos protestos de Tiananmen, em 1989 -- havia a ideia que, com o controlo do Partido Comunista, a sociedade se tornasse mais justa. "Mas foi o oposto", garante.

Existia um equilíbrio entre Londres e Pequim, em que o primeiro governava a cidade, mas tinha de ter em conta as preocupações do segundo. "Agora só temos um poder à nossa frente. Os movimentos sociais ou democráticos tornaram-se muito mais difíceis", diz.

Apesar das ideias provocadoras -- quase hereges para o Governo de Hong Kong, que não admite qualquer discussão sobre independência -- o antigo jornalista opõe-se a atos de violência e demonstra até algum desagrado com o termo 'localista', aplicado àqueles que defendem Hong Kong por oposição à China e uma maior autonomia ou até a independência.

Chu, que não conteve as lágrimas ao falar à imprensa após ser eleito, considera que o termo causa desunião e "não é muito útil tentar distinguir as pessoas de Hong Kong das pessoas da China, dentro do contexto de Hong Kong".

"Se realmente quisermos fazer progressos no nosso movimento democrático, temos de ser o mais inclusivos possível. Todos os residentes desta cidade fazem parte deste movimento", afirma.

Como inspiração no Ocidente, Chu olha para o partido espanhol Podemos, apesar de admitir que pode ter limitações.

"Nunca fui a Espanha, mas li artigos sobre o Podemos e achei que podia ser um exemplo de como pensar na organização de um movimento democrático. A mensagem principal do Podemos para Hong Kong é: Será que podemos ter uma organização interna mais aberta ao invés de elites e um modelo hierárquico?"- questiona.

Lutar apenas pela eleição direta do líder de Hong Kong tem sido "um erro", defende o deputado Eddie Chu Hoi-dick, para quem é preciso questionar a própria base constitucional da região que nunca teve o aval da população.

ISG // PJA

Fosso entre ricos e pobres atinge nível histórico em quase meio século

30 de Junho de 2017, 15:00

Hong Kong, China, 30 jun (Lusa) -- Hong Kong assinala os 20 anos de retorno à China com o maior fosso entre ricos e pobres em quase meio século e com perto de um milhão de pessoas na pobreza.

Quem sobrevive com magros subsídios e sem pensão de reforma tem poucos motivos para celebrar.

O coeficiente de Gini -- indicador utilizado para medir o índice de desigualdade -- subiu para o valor mais elevado em 46 anos, fixado em 0.539, numa escala de zero a um, em que o zero representa a igualdade.

Os dados referentes a 2016 - divulgados este mês - indicam que 10% das famílias mais ricas, com uma mediana salarial na ordem dos 112.450 dólares de Hong Kong (12.882 euros), ganhavam 44 vezes mais do que 10% dos mais pobres, com 2.560 dólares de Hong Kong (293 euros).

O governo atribuiu a disparidade crescente ao aumento de pequenos agregados familiares e ao impacto adverso do envelhecimento da população, cujo número de idosos -- fixado em 1,16 milhões -- aumentou 2,6% em cinco anos, correspondendo a 15,9% da população total.

Com 7,3 milhões de habitantes, o centro financeiro que se mantém na liderança das economias mais livres do mundo esconde por detrás dos arranha-céus uma elevada desigualdade, e graves problemas de habitação, cujos preços superam largamente os vencimentos. O salário mínimo na antiga colónia britânica é de 34,5 dólares de Hong Kong (3,88 euros) por hora.

Segundo o mais recente relatório sobre a pobreza (Hong Kong Poverty Rate Report 2015), a metrópole asiática reduziu o número de pobres de 1,34 milhões (ou 570 mil agregados) para cerca de 970 mil pessoas (ou 390 mil famílias).

A taxa de pobreza baixou de 19,7% para 14,3%, mas as carências dos mais necessitados continuam expostas até nas zonas mais ricas da cidade, onde é possível ver idosos a recolher cartão das lojas para reforçarem o magro orçamento mensal e muitos à procura de alimentos nos caixotes do lixo.

O governo tem mais do que um apoio para a terceira idade, mas nenhuma pensão de reforma universal.

A única verba que chega a todos com idade igual ou superior a 70 anos é de 1.325 dólares de Hong Kong (150 euros). Os restantes são calculados com base no património dos candidatos, podendo ir até 3,435 dólares de Hong Kong (389,6 euros) por mês, segundo os aumentos que entraram em vigor este ano.

O Hong Kong Council of Social Service, que "há mais de 20 anos" luta por uma pensão de reforma universal, propôs uma reforma mensal de 3.500 dólares de Hong Kong (392 euros) para os residentes com idade igual ou superior a 65 anos, disse à agência Lusa Anthony Wong, da direção do organismo. Depois de várias discussões e consultas no ano passado, o plano acabou rejeitado.

"Eles citam sempre os exemplos da Europa ocidental para passarem a mensagem de que [o plano de pensões de reforma] é incomportável", disse.

"Mas para nós é realista porque temos uma população a envelhecer e muitas pessoas têm doenças crónicas. Muitos, mesmo na classe média, podem vir a sofrer uma grande doença que os vai fazer gastar todo o dinheiro e bens que acumularam ao longo da vida. E se gastam todo o dinheiro e de repente ficam pobres, o que é que podem fazer?", questionou.

"Com um plano de reforma, mesmo que fiquem muito pobres, pelo menos teriam uma pensão de reforma", justificou.

O Hong Kong Council of Social Service mantém o objetivo em cima da mesa, mas tem dúvidas em relação à concretização do plano de pensões de reforma no próximo mandato.

"Vamos continuar a lutar por isto, mas a questão é que a chefe do Executivo eleita [Carrie Lam] foi quem recusou avançar com a ideia, por isso não sei, mas vamos ver", disse Anthony Wong.

"Temos uma população envelhecida. (...) Atualmente, uma em cada cinco pessoas é idosa, mas daqui a 20 anos será uma em cada três. Por isso, se cerca de 30% [da população] tiver pelo menos 65 anos, é de esperar que nas próximas duas décadas haja muito mais pessoas na pobreza", afirmou.

Em maio, o número de casos de Assistência Integral à Segurança Social (CSSA, na sigla em inglês) era de 236.259, num total de 345.666 pessoas, segundo dados oficiais. Os idosos a receber apoios totalizavam 144.906 casos.

FV // PJA


          HONG KONG | 20 ANOS DEPOIS DO REGRESSO À CHINA   


Milhares nas ruas pedem democracia e libertação de Liu Xiaobo

01 de Julho de 2017, 23:48

Hong Kong, China, 01 jul (Lusa) -- Milhares de pessoas saíram hoje à rua em Hong Kong, para pedir mais liberdades políticas e a libertação do ativista chinês Liu Xiaobo, no dia do vigésimo aniversário da transição da antiga colónia britânica para a China.

A Civil Human Rigthts Front [Frente Civil dos Direitos Humanos], que todos os anos organiza o protesto de 01 de julho, estimou o número de participantes em mais de 60.000, enquanto a polícia referiu 14.500, segundo a imprensa local.

Os números foram inferiores aos do ano passado, com a organização a estimar cerca de 110.000 participantes e a polícia 19.300.

A marcha saiu do Parque Vitória em direção ao Conselho Legislativo (LegCo, o parlamento) pelas 15:00 (08:00 em Lisboa), já depois de o Presidente chinês, Xi Jinping, ter deixado a cidade, no final de uma visita de três dias, marcada por detenções de ativistas em protestos e pela advertência de que não será tolerada qualquer ameaça contra o poder de Pequim.

"Penso que todos os que vieram à manifestação vieram porque pensam que este ano é muito especial: são os 20 anos desde a transição", disse à agência Lusa Au Nok-hin, da Frente Civil dos Direitos Humanos, a entidade que organiza a manifestação.

"Há muitos problemas por resolver por parte do Governo de Hong Kong", acrescentou o também membro do Partido Democrata.

Nesse sentido, Au Nok-hin criticou as declarações do porta-voz do Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros chinês, que na sexta-feira disse que a Declaração Conjunta sino-britânica -- assinada em 1984 e na qual assenta o princípio "Um país, dois sistemas" e ao abrigo do qual foi realizada a transição de Hong Kong para a China em 1997 --, "é um documento histórico e não tem qualquer significado prático".

O mesmo responsável disse que esperava que o Governo central reconsiderasse as declarações daquele ministério.

"Muitos de nós estão preocupados com o futuro de Hong Kong, sobretudo com as recentes limitações à liberdade de reunião", acrescentou, em alusão às restrições impostas pela polícia para os protestos dos ativistas durante a visita de Xi Jinping à cidade.

No protesto marcaram também presença os ativistas que esta manhã foram detidos pela polícia, incluindo o rosto dos protestos pró-democracia de 2014, o jovem Joshua Wong e o deputado conhecido como 'Cabelo Comprido'.

Este ano, os manifestantes viram reduzido o espaço que anualmente lhes é atribuído no Parque Vitória, de onde parte a tradicional marcha pró-democracia, uma vez que grande parte da área estava reservada a uma exposição promovida por uma coligação de grupos de cerca de 40 grupos pró-Pequim (Hong Kong Celebrations Association).

Antes de iniciarem a marcha pelas ruas, no palco montado sobre o relvado do parque, vários ativistas usaram da palavra, incluindo Lam Wing-kee, um dos cinco livreiros que em 2015 desapareceram em condições misteriosas para reaparecerem, mais tarde, detidos na China e a confessarem crimes através da televisão estatal chinesa.

Lam Wing-kee pediu a libertação de Liu Xiaobo e apelou aos manifestantes para não desistirem de lutar pela democracia.

Liu Xiaobo, de 61 anos, que em 2010 foi distinguido com o prémio Nobel da Paz por promover a reforma política da China, viu esta semana ser-lhe concedida liberdade condicional depois de lhe ter sido diagnosticado um cancro no fígado em fase terminal.

O ativista foi condenado em 2009 a 11 anos de reclusão por subversão.

O protesto decorreu de forma pacífica, sob calor intenso e alguns períodos debaixo de chuva intensa, com os manifestantes a percorrerem cerca de três quilómetros entre o Parque Vitória do LegCo, durante mais de três horas.

Os manifestantes reclamaram também uma ação legal contra o ex-chefe do executivo CY Leung, por pagamentos recebidos da empresa de engenharia australiana UGL enquanto líder da cidade, o desenvolvimento sustentável da cidade, a defesa dos direitos dos homossexuais e da diversidade étnica.

O protesto, dominado por guarda-chuvas amarelos e outros símbolos pró-democracia, contou com defensores pró-independência da cidade, que apareceram em alguns cruzamentos por onde a marcha passava com bandeiras a remeter para os tempos da colónia britânica.

A chuva acabou por levar a organização a cancelar uma concentração prevista no Tamar Park, onde estão situados o LegCo e a sede do Governo do território.

As manifestações pró-democracia são realizadas anualmente desde 01 de julho de 1997 e atingiram uma dimensão significativa desde 2003, quando meio milhão de pessoas saiu em protesto contra o plano do governo de regulamentar o artigo 23.º da Lei Básica, que prevê punir crimes de traição à pátria, secessão e subversão.

FV // VM

Pequim vai garantir aplicação firme de "um país, dois sistemas" em Hong Kong

01 de Julho de 2017, 12:58

Hong Kong, China, 01 jul (Lusa) - O Presidente chinês sublinhou hoje que Pequim vai garantir a aplicação "com firmeza" do princípio "um país, dois sistemas" em Hong Kong.

O Governo de Hong Kong "deve manter-se fiel a esta direção e respeitar integralmente" aquele princípio, afirmou Xi Jinping, perante mais de dois mil convidados que assistiram, momentos antes, à cerimónia de posse da chefe do Executivo, Carrie Lam, primeira mulher a desempenhar o cargo.

Este conceito foi criado para defender a unidade do país e qualquer desafio à soberania ou apoio à oposição representa uma rutura do princípio "um país, dois sistemas", acrescentou.

"Qualquer tentativa que ponha em perigo a soberania e segurança da China, desafie o poder do Governo central e a autoridade da Lei Básica de Hong Kong (...) é absolutamente inadmissível", declarou.

O respeito e aplicação do princípio "um país, dois sistemas" responde às necessidades da população de Hong Kong, de manter a prosperidade e estabilidade de Hong Kong, serve os interesses fundamentais da nação e as aspirações partilhadas de todos os chineses, disse, de acordo com a agência noticiosa chinesa Xinhua.

Mas o Governo de Hong Kong deve fazer mais para responder aos desafios colocados pela economia, habitação, segurança e aumentar a educação patriótica, considerou.

Xi Jinping ofereceu a ajuda e força económica da China como "uma oportunidade" para revitalizar Hong Kong, numa altura em que o preço das habitações é incomportável para os residentes e a competitividade internacional do território diminuiu.

"Criar deliberadamente divergências políticas e provocar a confrontação não vai resolver os problemas. Pelo contrário, só vai impedir gravemente o desenvolvimento económico e social de Hong Kong", advertiu.

Antes, Carrie Lam, de 60 anos, e os seus secretários juraram servir a China e Hong Kong e respeitar a Lei Básica, a miniconstituição do território.

O Presidente chinês chegou na quinta-feira a Hong Kong para as cerimónias do 20.º aniversário da transferência de soberania do Reino Unido para a China - 01 de julho de 1997 - e para investir a nova chefe do Executivo da Região Administrativa especial chinesa.

A cerca de um quilómetro de distância, um pequeno grupo de ativistas pró-democracia confrontou-se com a polícia e manifestantes pró-China. Pelo menos nove militantes pró-democracia foram detidos, indicou a agência noticiosa espanhola Efe.

EJ // DM

Ativistas condenam "abuso de poder" da polícia após libertação

01 de Julho de 2017, 15:21

Hong Kong, China, 01 jul (Lusa) -- Ativistas pró-democracia, detidos hoje em Honk Kong e libertados pouco tempo depois, condenaram a atuação da polícia, que acusaram de os ter deixado à mercê de ataque de grupos pró-China e tríades.

Pelo menos nove ativistas pró-democracia de Hong Kong foram detidos cerca das 08:00 (01:00 em Lisboa) após confrontos com manifestantes pró-China, no centro da cidade, onde decorrem as cerimónias do 20.º aniversário da transferência de soberania, tendo saído em liberdade ainda durante a manhã.

Joshua Wong, que já tinha sido detido na quarta-feira, juntamente com 25 ativistas, durante uma concentração realizada na praça Bauhinia, no centro da cidade, e libertado, foi um dos detidos de hoje.

De novo em liberdade, o líder dos protestos pró-democracia de 2014 disse em conferência de imprensa, que apesar de o protesto ter sido autorizado pelas autoridades, os manifestantes foram alvo de "ataques violentos" por grupos pró-China durante a manifestação em Wan Chai.

Os ativistas seguiam em direção ao centro de convenções, onde decorria a cerimónia de tomada de posse da nova chefe do Executivo, Carrie Lam.

"O que nós encontrámos foi gangues pró-China e tríades (...) que nos cercaram e bloquearam a nossa manifestação a pedir a democracia e a libertação [do ativista chinês] Liu Xiaobo", disse Joshua Wong, num dos vídeos de uma conferência de imprensa divulgada através da rede de mensagens instantâneas Twitter.

"Durante os ataques violentos constatámos que a polícia não fez nada e permitiu que aqueles gangues empunhassem a bandeira nacional e nos perturbassem até às 08:00 [01:00 em Lisboa, quando começaram as cerimónias oficiais]", acrescentou.

Joshua Wong classificou a situação de "absolutamente inaceitável" e "sem base legal", descrevendo que ele próprio foi algemado e que outros ativistas foram alvo de agressões de agentes no carro da polícia a caminho da esquadra.

"Condenamos veementemente a atuação da polícia por não proteger os manifestantes pacíficos e por permitir -- se não arranjou, pelo menos deixou -- estes 'gangues' atacar-nos", afirmou.

O também secretário-geral do partido Demosisto disse ainda que espera que "na manifestação de 01 de julho, na tarde de hoje, em vez de permitirem que os grupos leais pró-China continuem a perturbar o nosso protesto".

Na conferência de imprensa, Avery Ng, da Liga dos Sociais Democratas, descreveu aos jornalistas que os ativistas receberam informações contraditórias de diferentes agentes sobre se estavam ou não detidos.

"Assim que o veículo entrou em andamento, eu perguntei repetidamente aos agentes se estavámos detidos. Inicialmente, responderam que não sabiam, mas alguns minutos depois disseram que sim", contou Avery Ng. "Perguntei sob que acusações mas não responderam", afirmou.

"Assim que o veículo chegou à esquadra da polícia, outro grupo de polícias disse-nos: 'Vocês não estão presos, vocês estão livres, podem ir embora'. Este é o facto", acrescentou.

O ativista sublinhou que "a polícia está claramente a abusar do seu poder".

"Esta manhã, o objetivo era muito simples. Na verdade os objetivos tanto da polícia como das tríades são muito parecidos. O seu dever era impedir-nos de ir à cerimónia da manhã para protestar contra [o presidente da China] Xi Jinping", sublinhou.

Avery Ng acrescentou que "nas passadas 72 horas, a Liga dos Sociais Democratas foi alvo de detenções múltiplas e ataques violentos por elementos das tríades".

"O número supera a centena. Ao mesmo tempo, mais de 100 polícias foram destacados para seguir alguns dos nossos principais membros nos últimos três dias. Isto é o tipo de recursos que eles usam para reprimir um só partido político", adiantou.

Na conferência de imprensa, Joshua Wong e Avery Ng surgiram acompanhados por outros ativistas que também tinham sido levados pela polícia, como o deputado Leung Kwok-hung (conhecido por "Long hair" ou "Cabelo comprido") e pelo deputado Eddie Chu, entre outros.

O Presidente chinês chegou na quinta-feira a Hong Kong para as cerimónias do 20.º aniversário da transferência de soberania do Reino Unido para a China - 01 de julho de 1997 - e para investir a nova chefe do Executivo da Região Administrativa especial chinesa.

FV (EJ) // EJ

"Fazer barulho" nas ruas é a opção para quem não tem direito a voto

02 de Julho de 2017, 02:40

Hong Kong, China, 02 jul (Lusa) -- Aos 12 anos, Lum Lum é uma entre milhares de pessoas que, hoje, saíram à rua em Hong Kong para reclamar a eleição direta do líder da região.

Cerca de 60.000 pessoas, segundo a organização, ou 14.500, para a polícia, participaram na manifestação. Qualquer dos números está bastante aquém das manifestações realizadas há alguns anos, com muitos residentes frustrados com a falta de resultados dos protestos de rua.

Apesar de longe do 'fôlego' do "Occupy", que em 2014 paralisou durante 79 dias várias zonas da antiga colónia britânica para pedir a eleição do chefe do Executivo por sufrágio universal, os protestos continuam a fazer parte da cultura de Hong Kong, que assinalou os 20 anos da transição para a China.

Da família de Lum Lum só a irmã mais velha faltou à manifestação, "porque tinha muito para estudar", contou à agência Lusa, sob o olhar atento dos pais e de uma tia, enquanto caminhava desde o Parque Vitória em direção ao Conselho Legislativo (o parlamento da cidade).

"Estamos aqui porque queremos eleger o nosso chefe do Executivo e também porque não queremos mais corrupção no governo", disse Lum Lum à Lusa.

A pequena "ativista" começou a participar nos protestos pacíficos "desde os 3 ou 4 anos", por iniciativa do pai. Atenta ao que se passa na Região Especial Chinesa, a menina disse que a visita do Presidente chinês, Xi Jinping, não lhe despertou nenhum sentimento.

"Também não tenho qualquer mensagem para ele, porque se tivesse ele não me ia ouvir", acrescentou.

Já em relação aos ativistas que ao longo da semana foram sendo detidos e libertados, a menina mostrou determinação nas palavras. "Sinto tristeza e raiva. Eles não fizeram nada e tiveram problemas apenas porque queriam dizer ao Governo o que está mal em Hong Kong", afirmou.

Ao contrário de Lum Lum, a professora de Economia Anson Suen, de 31 anos, não é uma presença assídua nos protestos de rua. Juntou-se à grande manifestação em 2003, quando meio milhão saiu à rua, e no 20.º aniversário da região sob a soberania chinesa também achou que fazia "todo o sentido".

"Se o Governo central quer que nós amemos o país, então devia permitir mais liberdade de expressão, respeitar as nossas instituições e dar-nos a verdadeira democracia", disse.

Anson Suen seguia com um grupo de amigas, incluindo a também professora Dodo Lo, de 35 anos, que explicou o que a move nos protestos de rua.

"Talvez não faça a diferença, mas pelo menos fazemos barulho para demonstrar o nosso descontentamento. Queremos que eles saibam que não estamos felizes, mas eles ignoram-nos", disse.

Hong Kong foi integrada na República Popular da China em 1997, ao abrigo da fórmula idealizada por Deng Xiaoping para a reunificação do país, a qual permite a continuação por mais 50 anos do "modo de vida" do território, nomeadamente as liberdades de expressão, imprensa e de associação, desconhecidas no resto do continente.

Mas nos últimos anos, muitos residentes têm manifestado preocupações crescentes, denunciando interferências de Pequim nos assuntos da cidade e a erosão das liberdades.

É essa preocupação com o futuro de Hong Kong que continua a levar Choi, uma mulher de 39 anos, todos os anos à manifestação realizada a 01 de julho.

"Os padrões de vida e das liberdades têm vindo a diminuir, sobretudo nos últimos anos", afirmou, acrescentando que "a questão da democracia está pior do que há alguns anos".

Pequim prometera deixar os residentes de Hong Kong escolherem em 2017 o líder por voto direto, o que poria fim ao atual sistema de eleição através de um colégio eleitoral, mas com a condição de que os candidatos fossem aprovados por um comité de nomeação, algo que os pró-democratas contestaram, alegando que só os candidatos pró-Pequim teriam "luz verde".

Depois do "Occupy", essa reforma política foi chumbada pelo Conselho Legislativo de Hong Kong em junho de 2015, com o campo pró-democrata a votar em bloco contra a proposta.

Carrie Lam, a nova líder de Hong Kong eleita em março passado, foi escolhida por um colégio eleitoral composto por 1.200 membros. Primeira mulher a exercer o cargo, Lam obteve 777 votos.

Quando foi eleita, Carrie Lam prometeu "unir a sociedade", mas sem se comprometer com um calendário para iniciar um eventual novo processo de reforma política.

No sábado de manhã, Xi Jinping empossou Lam no cargo, no último dos três dias de uma visita oficial a Hong Kong, para assinalar a data.

FV (DM) // JLG


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Netflix Storytelling
There’s no shortage of movies and shows for you to binge on Netflix, but sometimes, even in the midst of all these options, boredom pervades. After all, you can almost always predict the endings of entertainment these days, and sometimes, plots are so similar you feel like you’ve seen everything already. But now, Netflix may have a solution for you. It’s called Interactive Storytelling, and it’s Netflix’s way of letting you choose your own adventure.

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          Has the Government's Welcome Home Loan scheme under-performed because of banks' relaxed credit policies?   

By Gareth Vaughan

Housing New Zealand's Welcome Home Loan scheme has not grown as the Government wanted it to.

We've had senior government ministers eagerly promote it, and a bank CEO extolling its virtues to participating lenders by pointing out; "It really carries no risk on our balance sheet because it's all government guaranteed."

The ministers were John Key and Nick Smith, and the CEO quoted above is SBS Bank's Shaun Drylie.

Housing NZ says, as of May 31 this year, it was "at risk" for 6,650 loans through Welcome Home Loan, with an original value of $1.469 billion. That's 150 less loans than the 6,800 - with an original loan value of $1.335 billion - at June 30, 2013. The drop, Housing NZ says, is because more loans have been repaid than taken on.

June 2013 is just before the Reserve Bank restrictions on banks' high loan to value ratio (LVR) residential mortgage lending were unveiled. Welcome Home Loans are excluded fom the Reserve Bank's LVR restrictions.

The Welcome Home Loan scheme launched in July 2003 as a two year pilot project with Kiwibank, known as “In Reach.” In July 2005, the scheme was opened to other lenders, and branded “Welcome Home Loan.” Eight lenders are actively using the Housing New Zealand scheme today. These are SBS, Kiwibank, Westpac, The Co-operative Bank, TSB Bank, NZCU Baywide, the Nelson Building Society, and the New Zealand Employees' Credit Union. 

As Housing NZ puts it; "Welcome Home Loan is offered by lenders, supported by Housing New Zealand, and, designed for first-home buyers who can afford to make regular repayments on a home loan, but have trouble saving for a large deposit. With Welcome Home Loan you only need a 10% deposit, not a 20% deposit as required by most lenders. Housing New Zealand does not issue the loan. This is done through normal lenders such as selected banks and credit unions. Housing New Zealand underwrites the loan for the lender [through lenders' mortgage insurance]. Individual applicants are required to meet the lender’s specific lending criteria. Income and house price caps apply."

'Trebling the number of loans'

Prior to the launch of the LVR restrictions, the Welcome Home Loan scheme had been going backwards. During the June 2013 year, Housing NZ settled 845 new loans, down from 1,358 the previous year.

The Reserve Bank announced on August 20, 2013 that high LVR restrictions would kick-in from October 1 that year, limiting lending to borrowers with deposits of less than 20%. Following that move the Welcome Home Loan scheme appeared, unsurprisingly, to gain in popularity given low equity loans made through the scheme are excluded from the Reserve Bank's restrictions.

Announcing Co-operative Bank's signing up to the scheme in April 2014, Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith said; "I am encouraging other banks to also join the scheme. I want as many New Zealanders as possible to have access to this Government assistance to buy their first home." At that stage ASB said its membership to the Welcome Home Loan Scheme was "currently under consideration." However three years on ASB hasn't joined, with a spokeswoman saying no decisions have been made to apply for entry. A Housing NZ spokesman said no applications from lenders wanting to join the scheme are currently under consideration.

Smith's comments came after Prime Minister John Key announced on August 11, 2013, a week before the Reserve Bank publicly unveiled its LVR move; “We will also expand the [Welcome Home Loan] scheme to treble the number of loans from about 850 loans a year to 2,500 a year."

Both in August 2013 and again in July last year as the Reserve Bank changed the LVR restrictions, Smith announced increases in house price caps for the scheme. In a rising property market, they have gone from $350,000 in Auckland, for example, to $600,000 for an existing house and $650,000 for a new one.

As it sought to "screw the scrum in favour of first home buyers," the Government also aligned the scheme's income caps with those of the KiwiSaver HomeStart scheme at $85,000 for a single person and $130,000 for a couple.

In November 2015 Smith said; "The 287 Welcome Home Loans issued for this latest quarter is also a record and shows how this programme, combined with HomeStart, is assisting families into home ownership."

'A relaxation of lenders' credit policies'

But that hasn't continued, with the 2,500 a year target looking a pipe dream. So what's going on?

Housing NZ's latest annual report, for the year to June 2016, says; "Uptake for Welcome Home Loans was lower than expected due to a relaxation of lenders' credit policies, allowing the provision of standard bank loans, rather than a Welcome Home Loan. This meant banks in the scheme did not have to draw on this product as much as in the past. Monthly demand for the Welcome Home Loan was steady over the year, but was around 10% lower than the previous year." 

Interestingly in its Financial Stability Report last month the Reserve Bank said; "Some banks have tightened lending standards over the past six months [See chart below]. In particular, banks are being more selective about their lending for residential property developments as capacity constraints in the construction industry and rising costs have contributed to increased credit risk in the sector."

The Welcome Home Loan insurance premium is 2.2% of the loan value, of which 1% is paid by the borrower and 1.2% by the Government. The Mortgage Insurance Scheme is assessed, by an actuary, three times a year to ensure the mortgage insurance liability is sufficient to cover any future claims, Housing NZ says. As of June 30 last year the total estimated liability was $29 million. At that point 40% of the original value of settled loans was with Kiwibank.

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          Does Auckland have the infrastructure capacity to host the America's cup? Alex Tarrant reviews two of the Mexican stand-offs involving central government, the Auckland Council, the Airport and Watercare   

By Alex Tarrant

Emirates Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup win has certainly fired up the Auckland infrastructure debate (as if it needed more fuel). Every interested party is now reviewing their wish list trying to figure out whether their pet project could be completed in four years. Rail, roads, houses and water pipes.

The 2021 event (Auckland will also hold the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit that year) might be a Godsend for getting even more Auckland infrastructure work on the move (if we can find the labourers needed – don’t mention foreigners!).

But the multiple Mexican stand-offs between the Government, Auckland Council and other parties like Auckland Airport and Watercare need to be resolved. The key in each dispute is who pays for what, when, why and how.

This (rather long) column focuses on two of those stand-offs. Rail to Auckland Airport from the CBD, and cheaper, faster provision of water services for new housing in Auckland – including boosting incentives for cheaper densification. On Rail, there is a simple answer to get things moving if the project would indeed lead to benefits. On water, revised legislation debated in Parliament last week provides some hope.

Rail to the airport

Politicians were quick to jump on the success of ETNZ earlier this week and the expected economic benefits to Auckland from holding the Cup in 2021. The Green Party used the occasion to question the Transport Minister on whether Auckland would have capacity to host the event.

“Will the government start building rail to the airport sooner, if Auckland hosts the next America’s Cup regatta, or will Aucklanders still have to wait 30 years?” Julie Anne Genter asked Simon Bridges.

Bridges’ answers focussed on the current plan of protecting a sole purpose route that will originally be marked out for a busway to the Airport. This showed the government was prioritising the project, he claimed, being careful to add it was difficult to explain what the timeframe could be for progressing to rail. This would be driven by demand and usage numbers, Bridges said.

So why not just kick-start the project of rail to the airport? If central government were to lead on funding, couldn’t others like the Council be given time to come up with their share? The reason this National-led government isn’t making any firm commitments like this is down to the principle of, whoever benefits should pay.

Steven Joyce, Simon Bridges and other Ministers have in recent months been talking more about the use of value uplift taxes to help fund new projects – rates will be higher in areas that profit from increased transportation links, for example. These could be residential rates paid by homeowners in areas with improved access to the CBD from a new road, which would have boosted the value of their property. They could also be imposed on commercial businesses that benefit from more foot-traffic due to being closer to, say, a new train station.

The government openly admits that a value uplift tax would have been a perfect fit for Auckland’s inner-city rail loop. But, because the loop was announced before Ministers could start spraying the idea around, they feel it would be a bit rude (think a vote-loser) to suddenly turn around and clamp such a tax on business owners close to where the new stations would be, regardless of the economics.

They have to find a project that hasn’t yet started, and which would clearly benefit the areas linked by the project. Penlink has been talked about. I also give you the Airport-City rail link.

However, Bridges and Joyce are engaged in a stand-off with Auckland Airport. ‘If you come to the table, then we will too.’

Auckland Airport would clearly benefit from any rail link with the city. So, Bridges et al are waiting for them to come to the party. If we’re talking light rail – trams – then Dominion Road businesses and residential properties should also benefit in value uplift.

It’s a stand-off though. If the airport argues against paying more because the benefits won’t be that great, then the government can turn around and say, ‘ok well that’s a good argument for not needing to build the new connection’. If the government just starts funding the link itself, then it runs the risk of no-one else coming to the party. They also don't want to be seen starting the project with inclusion of value-uplift taxes that no-one agrees on - that's not the way this government wants to work.

In effect, the sticking point is a matter of principle. It’s a principled Mexican stand-off. Or a prisoners’ dilemma in a low-security prison.

Water pipe dream

The next stand-off is a key component in Auckland’s housing debate. Water pipes. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how the National Cabinet would love to take a swipe at the monopolistic, not-for-profit Watercare in Auckland. They’re getting nearer to it.

The Local Government Amendment Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2) was introduced last year by former Local Government Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga. And boy was it popular. The Local Government Select Committee heard nearly 200 submissions on the Bill. They’ve now reported back with amendments. The Bill received a second reading last week.

The stand-off between local and central government on water pipes can best be summed up by a conversation between media and Local Government New Zealand a few weeks back. A lot of New Zealand’s water pipe infrastructure was put in in the 1960s, we were told. Those pipes had an expected lifetime of 60 years, so we’re heading towards an exponential renewals curve over the next 15 years for assets worth over $100 billion.

A couple of the journalists (including this correspondent) were a tad miffed by this. Did local councils know there was only a 60-year life span? “Yeah, they did,” was the reply. ““The renewals curve is not a surprise. But it’s here, now.”

So why haven’t councils planned over those 60 years to put replacement funds aside? The problem, we were told, was that in the 1960s a lot of the pipes were paid for by central government. Now, technically only local government is on the hook. “Under our current funding model, it’s rates and debt [to pay for it]. The issue becomes, is that a sustainable position? Our view is it is not.”

That’s why local government is calling on central government to agree to a co-funding model for the replacement of water pipes nationwide that are coming to the end of their working life (even though this was all known about for 60 years).

I asked Local Government New Zealand chairman Lawrence Yule whether they’d had any indications from central government that this could be done. He said central government had always indicated a willingness to look at it “but only once you’ve made sure what you’re doing currently is being done as efficiently as it can be.”

It’s a stand-off. Local government is refusing to consider how to fund replacement pipes until central government agrees to a co-funding model. Central government won’t agree to a co-funding model until local government gets its own house in order and ensures water services operations are as efficient as possible.

The issue got to a point where central government decided to try and take the initiative. This is where the Local Government Local Government Act Amendment Bill (No 2) comes in. Central government clearly believes things aren’t being done as efficiently as possible.

The Bill will allow various councils to band together to create Transport and Water Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) to provide services across several local authorities. Scale. It will also give greater scope for re-organisation of CCOs. As now-Local Government Minister Anne Tolley put it in Thursday’s second reading, it provides “an opportunity for the sector to show their local strategic leadership, which may require hard decisions about difficult options in order to secure a positive future for their communities.”

Let’s take Watercare. In its submission on the Bill (co-submitted with Auckland Council), it argued that since its first fully operational year in 2011/12, it has reduced the cost of water delivery to Aucklanders compared the rag-tag pricing run previously by individual councils pre-Super City.

That’s true. The $1.30 per thousand litres was below the range of $1.31-$3.50 encompassing Rodney, North Shore, Waitakere, Auckland, Manukau and Franklin. Job well done. Scale worked. But since then, that cost has risen each year to $1.44 per thousand litres in 2016/17. That’s not what central government (or Auckland residents) wanted to see.

A 2015 Cabinet paper introducing the Amendment Bill reveals what some Cabinet Ministers really wanted to do. The Local Government Minister at the time highlighted the potential benefits of requiring Watercare to have to pay a dividend (“distribute surpluses”) to the Council. This could encourage more efficient pricing of water services and allow it better access to finance.

However, due to the prospect of the move not being supported by “the community,” the idea was not included. Indeed, when the Local Government Select Committee reported the Bill back to the House in June, Section 70 was there prohibiting the distribution of surpluses by water services CCOs.

A pity. There is some exciting stuff in there, though. Central government is aiming to be imposing a number of requirements that I’m told are aimed at drastically changing the way Watercare operates.

The Productivity Commission’s 2016 report, Using Land for Housing, helped. Looking at Watercare from a housing supply lens, the Commission raised a number of concerns and recommendations which will partly be tackled by the Bill.

Firstly, Watercare’s Infrastructure Growth Charges (IGCs) do not recover the full costs of growth (new pipes for new housing), the Commission pointed out. Although initially this could produce benefits for new home buyers not paying the full cost for water infrastructure, deficits will need to be recovered from somewhere. Recovery from existing residents will reduce community acceptance of growth, limiting the supply of infrastructure-enabled land, therefore contributing to higher house prices.

Watercare needed to change how it calculates charges to better reflect the underlying economic costs of supply in different locations and for different types of dwelling, the Commission said. This linked in with criticisms of Watercare’s model of charging flat fees.

“To the extent that certain types of development result in lower infrastructure costs than others, a flat charge will result in a cross-subsidy between different types of dwelling. This might result in a situation in which smaller and more affordable dwellings are cross-subsidising larger standalone dwellings.”

The Bill requires Watercare to shift away from the IGC model to a development contribution model. It has until 30 June 2018 at the latest to figure out how to best make the switch.

Meanwhile, the Commission urged Watercare to consider development agreements, which would enable private developers to take responsibility for building trunk infrastructure. It referenced research that developers may be able to provide infrastructure solutions at lower costs than Watercare, particularly due to ‘over specification’ required by Watercare.

“Watercare notes that development agreements have a range of advantages (eg, they provide a mechanism for bringing in private capital into the provision of public infrastructure) and disadvantages (eg, the time required to prepare and finalise the agreements, especially if more than one developer/landowner is involved). The obligation to consider requests from a developer to enter into development agreements and provide the developer with a written response would not compel Watercare and other CCOs to enter agreements where there are good reasons not to. But a requirement to set out in writing why a development agreement may not proceed would provide clarity and transparency about the reasons for the decision.”

The Bill doesn’t appear to go as far as the Commission would have hoped, but it does provide legislation for Watercare to be able to enter into development agreements.

Finally, the Commission appeared horrified that for both Auckland Transport and Watercare, “supply of infrastructure to support growth is not reflected in either organisation’s performance measures.”

“While the primary accountability documents for Watercare and Auckland Transport (the Statements of Intents) are broadly aligned with the Auckland Plan vision, they do not give effect to the specific objective in the Auckland Plan to increase the city’s supply of new dwellings,” it said.

“Auckland Transport and Watercare’s SOIs should be amended to include performance measures relating to the efficient roll-out of new infrastructure to support an increased supply of new dwellings.

“The regulatory and institutional framework around the water sector can be improved. Discipline and transparency around the pricing of water services, and better performance monitoring, would improve the ability of the water sector to support urban growth,” the Commission said.

The Bill includes provision for Council input on CCO statements of intent and for performance monitoring. Each CCO – ie Watercare – must provide its shareholders the opportunity to influence the direction of the organisation, and must provide a basis for the accountability of the directors to their shareholders for the performance of the organisation.

And that performance monitoring? A local authority must undertake regular performance monitoring to evaluate a CCO’s contribution to the achievement of the authority’s objectives for the organisation, the desired results set out in its SOI and the overall aims and outcomes of the local authority.

What’s yet to be seen, however, is whether the changes would have such an effect as to fix the pending funding crisis for water pipe replacement and extension. I would think not. But with this Bill, central and local government will both be able to tap the argument that councils and their organisations have reached, or will soon reach efficiency limits.

And that’s the trigger for central government coming to the funding party.


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          Add the digits up   

this is a helper function, along with three other's it should be called as a .filter(); to return only prime numbers. It is for one of the exercises at FreeCodeCamp.com, Sum all Primes.

I'm just trying to accumulate the charAt(*) for each n,
so 10 would return 1, being 1+0
and 977 would return 23, being 9+7+7

I've commented out some of my attempts before thinking of charAt(0) and some n's will have as many as four digits, maybe more if I don't have to limit it, but the largest test case stops in the thousands. 997 I think, but an extra decimal for margin of error.

function isItTHREED(n) {
  //  https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-determine-number-is-prime-2312518

   //  Try 3.  Take the number, and add the digits up, when those digits are divisible by 3, the number is not prime.
  //          Take 2469, those digits add up to 21, and 21 is divisible by 3, therefore 2469 is not a prime number.
console.log('3s',n);
  /*
  n = n.toString();
  n = n.split('');
  //num = num.split('');
  n = [n];
  console.log("num", n);
  */
  return n;
} //end of isItTHREED

isItTHREED(10); // should return 1
isItTHREED(977); // should return 23.

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          Offering data backup for clients!   

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          MONGRELS - ATTACK THE MEGALITH EP - £15.00   
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          OUE Skyspace LA & GBK Productions Hosted their Inaugural “Naughty or Nice Giving Event” for the Holiday Season   

For the first annual GBK Holiday ‘Giving’ Lounge, celebrities collected a lavish array of gifts and holiday treats for their charity of choice raising over $200,000. Some of the celebrities included, but certainly were not limited to: Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story), Madison McLaughlin (Arrow), Doris Margado (Logan), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), Akbar Gbaja-Biamila (American Ninja Warrior), Keesha Sharp (Lethal Weapon), Anastasia Baranova (Z Nation), Cerina Vincent (Stuck In The Middle), Lotte Verbeek (Fault in Our Stars), and many more…

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          [uhindsv46]:How to Work the Golf Ball - POCO空间(POCO.CN)   
The golf swing is a very dynamic activity. There are numerous moving parts and those parts are moving in several different planes. The average golf swing takes less than 1.25 seconds. Stretching for 15-30 seconds does not adequately prepare these moving parts for what needs to happen during the time it takes to perform the golf swing. Dynamic stretching consists of using sport specific movements to prepare the body for activity. It involves moving through ranges of motion holding each end position for only 1-5 seconds. golf with its growing popularity
 
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As we continue to satisfy the passion within us, we begin to realize how the game can have a profound effect on our very existence. Our willingness is released from our desire to force results. This in turn energizes and enables us to unlock a new found work ethic that is not burdensome hit ball in straight motion, but rather flows from the power of an inner force. This gives us endless, effortless endurance to experience without any attachment to the outcome. We learn to let it happen rather than forcing on the game a willful desire to control. Our aspirations are fully realized as we become one with the game.

 
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          [uhindsv46]:Good golf tips from Heaven - POCO空间(POCO.CN)   

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          Greek Lesson - John 8:21ff   


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John 8

21 ειπεν ουν παλιν αυτοις ο ιησους εγω υπαγω και ζητησετε με και εν τη αμαρτια υμων αποθανεισθε; οπου εγω υπαγω υμεις ου δυνασθε ελθειν
22 ελεγον ουν οι ιουδαιοι "μητι αποκτενει εαυτον?"  οτι λεγει οπου εγω υπαγω υμεις ου δυνασθε ελθειν
23 και ειπεν αυτοις - υμεις εκ των κατω εστε, εγω εκ των ανω ειμι; υμεις εκ του κοσμου τουτου εστε, εγω ουκ ειμι εκ του κοσμου τουτου
24 ειπον ουν υμιν οτι αποθανεισθε εν ταις αμαρτιαις υμων, εαν γαρ μη πιστευσητε οτι εγω ειμι, αποθανεισθε εν ταις αμαρτιαις υμων
note that the post-positive γαρ shows us where the break is, before its use.
Angel of the Lord - Exodus 3 - Burning Bush - Name of God - I AM.
Exodus 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.
25 ελεγον ουν αυτω "συ τις ει?" - και ειπεν αυτοις ο ιησους την αρχην ο τι και λαλω υμιν
26 πολλα εχω περι υμων λαλειν και κρινειν, αλλ ο πεμψας με αληθης εστιν, καγω α ηκουσα παρ αυτου, ταυτα λεγω εις τον κοσμον
27 ουκ εγνωσαν οτι τον πατερα αυτοις ελεγεν
28 ειπεν ουν αυτοις ο ιησους, οταν υψωσητε τον υιον του ανθρωπου, τοτε γνωσεσθε οτι εγω ειμι, και απ εμαυτου ποιω ουδεν αλλα καθως εδιδαξεν με ο πατηρ μου, ταυτα λαλω
29 και ο πεμψας με μετ εμου εστιν, ουκ αφηκεν με μονον ο πατηρ, οτι εγω τα αρεστα αυτω ποιω παντοτε
30 ταυτα (αυτου λαλουντος) πολλοι επιστευσαν εις αυτον
31 ελεγεν ουν ο ιησους (προς τους πεπιστευκοτας αυτω ιουδαιους) εαν υμεις μεινητε εν τω λογω τω εμω, αληθως μαθηται μου εστε
32 και γνωσεσθε την αληθειαν και η αληθεια ελευθερωσει υμας
33 απεκριθησαν αυτω σπερμα αβρααμ εσμεν, και ουδενι δεδουλευκαμεν πωποτε! πως συ λεγεις οτι ελευθεροι γενησεσθε?
34 απεκριθη αυτοις ο ιησους αμην αμην λεγω υμιν οτι πας ο ποιων την αμαρτιαν δουλος εστιν της αμαρτιας
35 ο δε δουλος ου μενει εν τη οικια εις τον αιωνα; ο υιος μενει εις τον αιωνα
36 εαν ουν ο υιος υμας ελευθερωση οντως ελευθεροι εσεσθε
37 οιδα οτι σπερμα αβρααμ εστε,  αλλα ζητειτε με αποκτειναι οτι ο λογος ο εμος ου χωρει εν υμιν
38 εγω ο εωρακα παρα τω πατρι μου λαλω και υμεις ουν ο εωρακατε παρα τω πατρι υμων ποιειτε
39 απεκριθησαν και ειπον αυτω ο πατηρ ημων αβρααμ εστιν; λεγει αυτοις ο ιησους ει τεκνα του αβρααμ ητε, τα εργα του αβρααμ εποιειτε αν
40 νυν δε ζητειτε με αποκτειναι ανθρωπον ος την αληθειαν υμιν λελαληκα ην ηκουσα παρα του θεου; τουτο αβρααμ ουκ εποιησεν
41 υμεις ποιειτε τα εργα του πατρος υμων; ειπον ουν αυτω "ημεις εκ πορνειας ου γεγεννημεθα -  ενα πατερα εχομεν τον θεον
42 ειπεν ουν αυτοις ο ιησους ει ο θεος πατηρ υμων ην ηγαπατε αν εμε; εγω γαρ εκ του θεου εξηλθον και ηκω; ουδε γαρ απ εμαυτου εληλυθα αλλ εκεινος με απεστειλεν
43 διατι την λαλιαν την εμην ου γινωσκετε οτι ου δυνασθε ακουειν τον λογον τον εμον
44 υμεις εκ πατρος του διαβολου εστε, και τας επιθυμιας του πατρος υμων θελετε ποιειν; εκεινος ανθρωποκτονος ην απ αρχης και εν τη αληθεια ουχ εστηκεν, οτι ουκ εστιν αληθεια εν αυτω; οταν λαλη το ψευδος εκ των ιδιων λαλει,οτι ψευστης εστιν και ο πατηρ αυτου
45 εγω δε οτι την αληθειαν λεγω ου πιστευετε μοι
46 τις εξ υμων ελεγχει με περι αμαρτιας ει δε αληθειαν λεγω διατι υμεις ου πιστευετε μοι
47 ο ων εκ του θεου τα ρηματα του θεου ακουει δια τουτο υμεις ουκ ακουετε οτι εκ του θεου ουκ εστε
48 απεκριθησαν ουν οι ιουδαιοι και ειπον αυτω ου καλως λεγομεν ημεις οτι σαμαρειτης ει συ και δαιμονιον εχεις
49 απεκριθη ιησους εγω δαιμονιον ουκ εχωn αλλα τιμω τον πατερα μου και υμεις ατιμαζετε με
50 εγω δε ου ζητω την δοξαν μου; εστιν ο ζητων και κρινων
51 αμην αμην λεγω υμιν εαν τις τον λογον τον εμον τηρηση θανατον ου μη θεωρηση εις τον αιωνα
52 ειπον ουν αυτω οι ιουδαιοι - νυν εγνωκαμεν οτι δαιμονιον εχεις  - αβρααμ απεθανεν και οι προφηται και συ λεγεις εαν τις τον λογον μου τηρηση ου μη γευσεται θανατου εις τον αιωνα?
53 μη συ μειζων ει του πατρος ημων αβρααμ οστις απεθανεν και οι προφηται απεθανον - τινα σεαυτον συ ποιεις
54 απεκριθη ιησους εαν εγω δοξαζω εμαυτον η δοξα μου ουδεν εστιν; εστιν ο πατηρ μου ο δοξαζων με, ον υμεις λεγετε οτι "θεος υμων εστιν"
55 και ουκ εγνωκατε αυτον, εγω δε οιδα αυτον; και εαν ειπω οτι ουκ οιδα αυτον εσομαι (future middle) ομοιος υμων ψευστης; αλλ οιδα αυτον και τον λογον αυτου τηρω
56 αβρααμ ο πατηρ υμων ηγαλλιασατο ινα ιδη την ημεραν την εμην και ειδεν και εχαρη
57 ειπον ουν οι ιουδαιοι προς αυτον πεντηκοντα ετη ουπω εχεις και αβρααμ εωρακας
58 ειπεν αυτοις ο ιησους αμην αμην λεγω υμιν πριν αβρααμ γενεσθαι, εγω ειμι
Note the impossible grammar of this, unless....
59 ηραν ουν λιθους ινα βαλωσιν επ αυτον; ιησους δε εκρυβη και εξηλθεν εκ του ιερου διελθων δια μεσου αυτων και παρηγεν ουτως
Non-reciprocity of the second genus. His divine nature was not limited by His human nature.

          Anime Character Designer Draws "Madoka Magica Ultimate Best" CD Cover Art   
18-song special album will be available on August 9


Aniplex today revealed a CD cover art for "Puella Magi Madoka Magica Ultimate Best," a new best album containing the 18 songs from the Madoka Magica franchise (TV anime, films, pachinko games), and its track list. The album will be released in Japan on August 9, 201, and will be produced for a limited time until December 31. Hit the jump for more details.


          Hayao Miyazaki’s "Lupin The 3rd - The Castle Of Cagliostro” To Screen In Limited US Theatrical Release   
Feature to celebrate 50th anniversary of Lupin this December


ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio and TMS Entertainment USA are partnering to bring Hayao Miyazaki’s 1979 classic, LUPIN THE 3rd “THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO” to big screens nationwide in September for Lupin’s 50th Anniversary.  More after the jump.


          Utilization Management Coordinator - Riveredge Hospital - Forest Park, IL   
Under the direction of the CFO, the UM Coordinator: Oversees the daily activities of the Utilization Management staff including but not limited to assigning
From Universal Health Services - Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:06:15 GMT - View all Forest Park, IL jobs
          PATIENT SERVICE SPECIALIST-ED - Access/ED - Casual - Varied   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

Responsible for interacting with patients, payers and providers to gather information necessary for accurate registration including assigning of appropriate Medical Record Number, referral/authorization, point of service payment collection, document collection and arrival/check-in functions. Receives and routes messages received in the department appropriately as well as manages customer billing and payment inquires as needed. Effectively manages the patient check-in and check-out process from start to finish, which includes identification verification; updating or confirming demographic and insurance information on every patient; ensuring appropriate forms are provided, signed and witnessed at the time of the patient visit; verifying coverage including benefits, authorization, pre-determination, payer specific policy exclusions or limitations to coverage, collecting any patient responsibility and accurately preparing end of day reporting or payment reconciliation as needed.

 

Assisting patients with HPE eligibility, discussing payment arrangement options including financial assistance information, providing price estimates. Regularly displays a proactive approach to customer service by listening to the patient, taking ownership of solutions and is able to accurately identify the need to involve leadership in order to resolve concerns. Acts as a member of the patient care team by supporting the clinical care staff in the care of the patient.

Required Experience/Specialized Skills: Minimum 1 year experience in a medical front office and/or business medical office position. Experience with commercial and government health insurance and billing guidelines.  
 
Must be able to demonstrate proficiency of computer applications, excellent mathematical skills and ability to handle monies. Excellent communication and customer service skills. Strong organizational and analytical skills; innovative with ability to identify and solve problems. Able to adapt, prioritize and meet deadlines.


Preferred Education/Experience/Specialized Skills/Certification: 2 or more years experience in a medical front office and/or business medical office position.
 Knowledge of medical terminology, ACA requirements, understanding of DRG's, Medical ICD9/ICD10 codes and CPT/HCPC Codes and Modifiers.

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: Access / Business Services

Primary Location : Southern San Diego County-CHULA VISTA-SCRIPPS MERCY HOSPITAL CHULA VISTA

Organization : 435 H STREET

Job Posting :

Benefit status :


          PATIENT SERVICE SPECIALIST - Patient Financials - Full-Time Varied   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

Responsible for interacting with patients, payers and providers to gather information necessary for accurate registration including assigning of appropriate Medical Record Number, scheduling/re-scheduling, referral/authorization, point of service payment collection, document collection and arrival/check-in functions. Receives and routes messages received in the department appropriately as well as manages customer billing and payment inquires as needed. Effectively manages the patient check-in and check-out process from start to finish, which includes identification verification; updating or confirming demographic and insurance information on every patient; ensuring appropriate forms are provided, signed and witnessed at the time of the patient visit; verifying coverage including benefits, authorization, pre-determination, payer specific policy exclusions or limitations to coverage, collecting any patient responsibility and accurately preparing end of day reporting or payment reconciliation as needed. Assisting patients with HPE eligibility, discussing payment arrangement options including financial assistance information, providing price estimates. Responsible for accurately scheduling and re-scheduling patient appointments. Successful scheduling includes, but not limited to, exhibiting proficiency in appointment scheduling procedures, accurate documentation and routing of messages, scheduling and confirming appointments according to practice guidelines, entering appropriate insurance, initiating authorizations and referrals, performing Key User duties with minimal errors. May coordinate scheduling, meeting and travel planning needs, department communication as needed. May assist in gathering necessary reports, statistics, outcomes for the department as needed. Regularly displays a proactive approach to customer service by listening to the patient, taking ownership of solutions and is able to accurately identify the need to involve leadership in order to resolve concerns.

Required Experience/Specialized Skills: Minimum 1 year experience in a front office and/or business medical office position. Experience with commercial and government health insurance and billing guidelines.  

 

Must be able to demonstrate proficiency of computer applications, excellent mathematical skills and ability to handle monies. Excellent communication and customer service skills. Strong organizational and analytical skills; innovative with ability to identify and solve problems. Able to adapt, prioritize and meet deadlines.

Required Education/Course(s)/Training:High School graduate or equivalent

Preferred Education/Experience/Specialized Skills/Certification: 2 or more years experience in a front office and/or business medical office position.
 Knowledge of medical terminology, ACA requirements, understanding of DRG's, Medical ICD9/ICD10 codes and CPT/HCPC Codes and Modifiers.

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: Access / Business Services

Primary Location : Southern San Diego County-CHULA VISTA-SCRIPPS MERCY HOSPITAL CHULA VISTA

Organization : 435 H STREET

Job Posting :

Benefit status :


          Marquez: “Preferisco sicuramente una gara sull’asciutto”   
Il pilota HRC è senza limiti al Sachsenring: firma l’ottava pole tedesca della carriera
          Entry Level Sales and Sales Management   
CT-Fairfield, Do you seek personal satisfaction, the opportunity to advance, work/life balance and unlimited earning potential? If you’re motivated to achieve your dreams, we’ll provide all the support you need to help you get there. Bankers Life is growing and recruiting intelligent, dedicated, passionate, outgoing insurance sales/sales management professionals to meet the needs of our exploding market. With a
          Canadian Naturalist - Lindblad Expeditions - Pond Inlet, NU   
This position supports the expedition as the expert and specialist in natural history in various parts of Nunavut, Arctic Canada, specifically but not limited...
From Indeed - Tue, 02 May 2017 00:31:51 GMT - View all Pond Inlet, NU jobs
          Exploring Daggerfall   

An extended session of hands-on time with the hotly anticipated MMO brought us to the familiar city from Elder Scrolls II, and we got a taste of combat and questing.

Hot on the heels of the announced console versions of Elder Scrolls Online, we've had a chance to once again sit down with an early build of the game here at E3. A few weeks back, Tim Turi explored one approach to the large demo space, so I took a different route this time around, and spent some extra time exploring the character creator, abilities, and a separate quest line.

First, I dug into the detailed options for the character creator. In addition to choosing a race, face and body morphing options help to assure that each character should look distinct within the game world; these options are significantly more detailed than many MMOs. I opted for the Dragon Knight class, which appears to be a multi-purpose fighter class with a wide variety of ability options.

The demo popped me a little past the starter area of the game, right into the heart of Daggerfall, though the game's setting several thousand years before the other Elder Scrolls games means that the city looks decidedly different than it does in later years (in Elder Scrols II: Daggerfall). My character begins at level six, so I immediately hop in and explore the game's level-up and ability screen. Here, I'm greeted by abilities spread across three distinct trees. For my dragon knight, I can select abilities in the Ardent Flame, Draconic Power, and Earthen Heart groups -- each of which has multiple abilities that can be leveled up. Powers map to a small action bar at the bottom of the screen, keeping your options limited to a small number of five or six special moves in each battle, in addition to a standard left-mouse click melee swing. As I move through the city and begin a series of quests, enemy combatants regularly arrive, and help show off the fast-moving combat. Battles are highly focused on movement, blocking, positioning, and smart power use; the whole affair feels more action-oriented than most MMOs.

During my hour of playtime, I make my way through a number of small sidequests, as well as an extensive mission chain that sees my character thwarting an assassination attempt on the local king. Questing feels more directed and story-driven than many MMOs, and less focused on "kill this many foes" or "collect this many objects." Even so, in the balance between traditional MMOs and the familiar Elder Scrolls games, the game undeniably feels closer to an MMO than its single-player RPG forebears.

As my demo ends, the king has been saved, and I head out of Daggerfall to help save a nearby hamlet from attack. The Elder Scrolls Online is an undeniably pretty MMO, with great looking characters, monsters, and environments, and the established world of Tamriel should be an exciting place to explore. After finally getting some hands-on time with the game, I'm most enthusiastic about the combat mechanics, and the way they combine strategic use of powers with a decidedly action game feel. Like any MMO, even an extended demo only scratches the surface of The Elder Scrolls Online's feature set. Nonetheless, I came away excited about what I played, and eager to see how Zenimax Online continues to build out the ancient history of one of my favorite fantasy worlds. 


          PHYSICIAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR - SCMC Administration (Campus Point) - Full Time - Day   
Posted on: 2017-07-01

This position provides support and assists with all activities related to Physician Resources, physician and physician extender planning, recruiting, credentialing, orientation, special projects and professional standards review. 
Required Experience/Education/Specialized Skills: Two years experience in areas of physician recruitment/staffing, credentialing, human resource/benefits, medical staff office, medical group administrative office. Strong organizational focus.  Knowledge of clinic operations. Requires flexibility in dealing with multiple assignments and work in a fast-paced environment, handling multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously. Ability to interact professionally and effectively with and gain confidence of physicians and other practitioners. Excellent interpersonal, communication, decision-making, and organizational skills. Strong writing skills needed to help develop letters, reports, etc.  Ability to work both independently as well as part of a team. Solid intermediate or higher computer skill level including the creation of spreadsheets, database information input and maintenance. Established proficiency with multiple software programs which may include but are not limited to Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
 
Preferred Experience/Education/Specialized Skills:  Bachelors degree is preferred (appropriate experience can be substituted for education). 

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: Access / Business Services

Primary Location : Central San Diego County-SAN DIEGO-SCRIPPS COASTAL MEDICAL CENTER-HILLCREST

Organization : 501 WASHINGTON ST STE 600

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          Inspector/Field Representative Legal Support Services - Veranova Properties Limited - Montague, PE   
Attention to detail and accuracy with excellent organization and follow up skills. Inspector / Field Representative*....
From Indeed - Tue, 16 May 2017 15:35:28 GMT - View all Montague, PE jobs
          Los agricultores canarios se resignan ante un año catastrófico por la escasez de lluvias   

La lluvia, ya de por sí escasa en Canarias, apenas ha caído del cielo durante este 2017. “Desde octubre de 2016 a junio de este año ha habido un déficit de precipitaciones”, desvela el delegado de la AEMET en las Islas, Jesús Agüera. A los agricultores les quedaba la esperanza de que con la primavera, en los meses de abril o mayo, cayese algo de agua, pero lo que se ha producido es “un aumento de la temperatura de uno o dos grados por encima de la media”.

Aceptada ya la situación “catastrófica” para el sector primario en Canarias, según el presidente de la Unión de Pequeños Agricultores y Ganaderos (UPA) en Las Palmas, Antonio Suárez, no queda más que resignarse porque “no se puede hacer absolutamente nada, cuando viene un año como este es imposible aportar soluciones”. 

“En los últimos 30 años es difícil encontrar una época más húmeda de lo normal, en general las temperaturas son más cálidas de lo habitual”, afirma Agüera. Lo corroboran las presas: en Gran Canaria, los volúmenes de los embalses públicos (Chira, Ayagaures, Gambuesa, Candelaria, Fataga, Vaquero y El Mulato), estaban en su conjunto al 32% de su capacidad a finales de diciembre de 2015, al 23% en el mismo mes de 2016 y el último dato de 2017 las cifra en el 22%; en Tenerife, donde suelen caer más precipitaciones, los 20 embalses que gestiona la empresa pública de la corporación insular (Balten), muestra que están justo al 50% de su capacidad de media, lo que confirma también una progresiva disminución, ya que al cierre de 2016 estaban al 51% de ocupación, frente al 62% de la misma época en 2015.

En estas dos islas, las zonas más castigadas se ubican en el sur. “En el sur de Gran Canaria ya hay restricciones y hay que dejar de plantar el 40% de lo que otros años se ha podido cultivar”, explica Suárez.

De las restricciones sabe bastante el agricultor Juan Ramírez, miembro de Cosecha Directa que trabaja en la zona de El Tablero (San Bartolomé de Tirajana): “Nosotros tenemos unas limitaciones a la hora de usar el agua, contamos con un gasto de agua anual y de ese gasto, nos quitan unas 400 horas de agua, un 20% del agua que se consume en condiciones normales”.

Normalmente el agua con la que Ramírez riega sus cultivos proviene de las presas, que le cuesta unos “quince euros la hora” (36.000 litros), pero con la escasez de lluvias, deben recurrir a las depuradoras de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, “y me sale a 18 euros la hora”, aunque sabe que a otros les cuesta hasta "36 euros la hora", algo "totalmente inviable".

Todo ello hace que los agricultores del sur grancanario se vean “limitados a la hora de cultivar” porque “la sequía nos deja sin mucho margen de maniobra”, ya que “no podemos usar todo el agua que necesitamos, que es la que usamos normalmente”, relata Ramírez. 

Hernán Tejera, secretario de la Asociación de Agricultores y Ganaderos de Canarias (Asaga), expone que “en el sur de Tenerife sigue habiendo problemas graves, como en Arico, a donde no llega el agua”, pero deja lugar a la esperanza debido a las medidas que se están tomando desde las instituciones: “Hay que recordar que se puso en funcionamiento la desaladora de Granadilla, que da servicio desde Arico hasta el Valle de San Lorenzo”.

“El espacio que va de Santiago del Teide hasta Adeje tiene posibilidades de mejora porque se ha inaugurado el bombeo desde la desaladora de Fonsalía, que está en fase de pruebas, hasta el depósito de Lomo del Balo. Se va aportar un caudal pequeño, entre 2.500 y 2.300 metro cúbicos de agua, pero es un aporte interesante debido al invierno tan seco que hemos tenido. Así que cualquier aporte es importante” narra Tejera.

Esta situación no se da en el sur grancanario porque “las desaladoras que están en Maspalomas funcionan para el abasto de la zona turística, que consume una barbaridad de agua. También hay alguna más, pero son particulares, de algún conde”, detalla Ramírez.

Lo que desconcierta al agricultor es que el principal municipio turístico de la Isla no tenga depuradoras y deban recurrir a traerla de la capital, algo que, por otro lado, agradece a las instituciones que lo hacen posible porque gracias a eso pueden decir que nunca se quedan sin agua.

Ramírez ha visto como compañeros “han abandonado cultivos por falta de recursos hídricos" y desconoce cómo se podrían mitigar los efectos de una sequía: “¿Cómo se reduce el gasto de agua? “ se pregunta.

Aunque en Tenerife Tejera no conoce "casos de abandono" sí reconoce que la sequía tiene una incidencia en el cultivo de la papa de forma indirecta. "La escasez de agua favorece el desarrollo de las plagas y la polilla guatemalteca ha echado a perder el 50% de los cultivos de papa".

Apuesta de futuro

Ante la falta de lluvias no se puede hacer gran cosa en la agricultura más que esperar a que llegue una época más húmeda, ya que lo prioritario es el abastecimiento de la población y el turismo.

"Hay municipios en los que el uso de agua compite con el abasto urbano y el turismo. Y esto hace que sea necesario dotar a todas las áreas turísticas de agua desalada a coste competitivo y, en la medida en la que la población pueda tener acceso a otro tipo de suministro hídrico, entendemos que las zonas dedicadas a la agricultura también tendrán más disponibilidad", explica Tejera

Mientras tanto, Ramírez recomienda “hacer campañas de concienciación para que la población consuma el agua de forma responsable” o, sobre todo, que los políticos “no estén dando un paso adelante y luego, cuando llega otro, den un paso hacia atrás”.

Se refiere Ramírez al salto de la central de Chira con Soria: “El mayor problema es que tenemos todo el agua que queramos, pero la tenemos que desalar y aquí entra la política. Lo ideal sería el salto de Chira, sería la panacea para el sur de Gran Canaria, porque esto significaría tener dos desaladoras que estarían bombeando agua permanentemente”, pero, hasta que eso llegue, debe aguantar lo mejor que pueda.

"Este año es un desastre para el agro de Gran Canaria porque las infraestructuras son las que están", remarca Suárez (UPA), quien tiene claro que la apuesta de futuro debe ir enfocada a "las desaladoras y renovables" porque las primeras no pueden abastecer a territorios de las zonas altas "debido a su coste energético" y, si además hay sequía "el agua de las presas de esos espacios se traslada a las zonas costeras", lo que provoca que "las partes altas se quedan secas".

Las renovables "reducen ese coste energético y abaratan el traslado de un metro cúbico de agua de un sitio a otro", concluye Suárez.


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          Hunter X Hunter Vol 30 Ch 311   
Time Limit by MangaStream & Binktopia
          VBA - Senior Analyst - Hyderabad - Deloitte - Hyderabad, Telangana   
At Deloitte, we’ve invested a great deal to create a rich environment in which our professionals can grow. VBA - Deloitte Support Services India Private Limited...
From Deloitte - Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:54:08 GMT - View all Hyderabad, Telangana jobs
          Assistant Manager - GHS - Hyderabad - Deloitte - Hyderabad, Telangana   
At Deloitte, we’ve invested a great deal to create a rich environment in which our professionals can grow. GHS– Deloitte Support Services India Private Limited....
From Deloitte - Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:52:23 GMT - View all Hyderabad, Telangana jobs
          Solicitor / Consultant Fee-Sharing - Lex Conscientia (UK) Limited - Home Based   
Book-keeping and accountancy services; FEE-SHARING CONSULTANTS (NATIONWIDE, IN ALL AREAS OF LAW)....
From Indeed - Sat, 18 Mar 2017 23:41:44 GMT - View all Home Based jobs
          Part Time Grocery Night Crew Clerk - Loblaw Companies Limited - Montague, PE   
Night Crew & Receiving. Part Time Grocery Night Crew Clerk. Each night, our night crew staff receive product deliveries from our distribution centres....
From Loblaw - Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:30:32 GMT - View all Montague, PE jobs
          Grocery Clerk-Nightshift - Loblaw Companies Limited - Woodstock, NB   
Night Crew & Receiving. Each night, our night crew staff receive product deliveries from our distribution centres....
From Loblaw - Thu, 22 Jun 2017 03:31:30 GMT - View all Woodstock, NB jobs
          Tuned to Yesterday #407   
#407, Science Fiction, Exploring Tomorrow “Planet of Geniuses” 4/16/58 MBS, Escape “Outer Limits” 2/7/50 CBS. Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.

          Toyota gave a paralyzed US army vet a robot aide: Here’s what happened   
Toyota has finished its first domestic robot trial in the US, putting a prototype Human Support Robot in the home of a paralyzed US war veteran. The robot, known as the HSR, is part of Toyota‘s “partner robots” project, exploring how technology can enable those with limited mobility and other restrictions to live more productive and independent lives. For vet … Continue reading
          Comment on Venus Williams’ EleVen fashion for Wimbledon 2017 by W   
Possibly the club collection did not sell well and she is using this as a chance to readvertise. Maybe a limited edition outfit is in store?
          Grow Curious Book Pre-Ordering is Here!   
It’s almost here! My new book, Grow Curious: Creative Activities to Cultivate Joy, Wonder, and Discovery in Your Garden has gone to the printer and pre-ordering is available for those of you who did not catch the Kickstarter campaign. Order the limited run Print Edition here. Order the eBook Edition here. Join the Grow Curious
    

          SIMPLES NACIONAL - LUCRO PRESUMIDO - LUCRO REAL - CONTRIBUIÇÃO SOCIAL SOBRE LUCRO    


Simples Nacional, Lucro Presumido e Lucro Real são formas de tributação do Imposto de Renda da Pessoa Jurídica, cuja opção deve ser exercida no inicio de cada ano, ou no início das atividades da empresa. 

A Contribuição Social Sobre o Lucro Líquido – CSLL foi instituída para o financiamento da seguridade social.

A opção certa resulta em benefícios e menor tributação.

Para se saber qual a forma mais benéfica deve ser elaborado o orçamento da empresa que permita obter informações para simulações do Imposto de Renda, observando a legislação tributária. 

Recomendamos cautela na observação dos tetos de receita bruta, mês a mês, durante o ano fiscal, com alteração obrigatória da forma de tributação, no caso de tributação pelo SIMPLES ou Lucro Presumido, conforme pode ser observado a seguir:




Neste post vamos apresentar as três formas de tributação, com base nas informações transcritas do site da Receita Federal, cujo objetivo é permitir que o estudante e o empresário possam ter uma visão sobre a tributação do Imposto de Renda da Pessoa Jurídica, evitando, que, por desconhecimento, tomem decisões que se transformem em grandes problemas.

SIMPLES NACIONAL

O SIMPLES NACIONAL é um regime de tratamento tributário diferenciado favorecido, que, regra geral, tem como base de tributação a receita bruta, com pagamentos mensais de impostos de forma simplificada, em um único DARF, observando alíquotas por faixa de faturamento, conforme estabelece a Lei Complementar nº 123 de 14.12.2006 e seus anexos.

No SIMPLES as alíquotas são progressivas, proporcionais à receita bruta.

O Simples é forma de tributação das ME - Microempresas, EPP- Empresas de Pequeno Porte inscritas no Simples Nacional, com simplificação de apuração e pagamento mensal de impostos, com base na receita bruta e tabelas de alíquotas progressivas de acordo com a atividade desenvolvida e a receita bruta, bem como outras vantagens, das quais destacamos as seguintes:

1) Instalação da empresa com alvará concedido pelos Municípios, para atividades que não sejam de alto risco, em áreas desprovidas de regulação fundiária legal ou com regulamentação precária; ou, na residência do microempreendor individual, titular ou sócio da micro empresa ou empresa da pequeno porte, na forma do Parágrafo Único do Art. 7º da Lei 123;

2) A inscrição no Simples Nacional com recolhimento mensal em documento único de arrecadação dos seguintes impostos e contribuições:

I - Imposto sobre a Renda da Pessoa Jurídica - IRPJ;

II - Imposto sobre Produtos Industrializados - IPI;

III - Contribuição Social sobre o Lucro Líquido - CSLL;

IV - Contribuição para o Financiamento da Seguridade Social - COFINS;

V - Contribuição para o PIS/PASEP;

VI - Contribuição Patronal Previdenciária - CPP;

VII - Imposto sobre Operações Relativas à Circulação de Mercadorias e Sobre
       Prestações de Serviços de Transporte Interestadual e Intermunicipal e de
       Comunicação - ICMS;

                   VIII - Imposto sobre Serviços de Qualquer Natureza - ISS.


2 - As ME - Microempresas, EPP- Empresas de Pequeno Porte e MEI-Micro Empreendedor Individual estão dispensadas de apresentar a Declaração de Débitos e Créditos Tributários Federais (DCTF),  na forma do art. 3º da Instrução Normativa RFB nº 1.110,  de 24 de dezembro de 2010;

3 - Na forma do inciso I, do art. 5 º da I.N. RFB nº 1252, de 01.03.2012, as Micro Empresas e Empresas de Pequeno Porte estão dispensadas de apresentar a Escrituração Fiscal Digital da Contribuição para o PIS/Pasep, da Contribuição para o Financiamento da Seguridade Social (Cofins) e da Contribuição Previdenciária sobre a Receita (EFD-Contribuições);

4-Também estão dispensadas da apresentação do DACON - Demonstrativo de Apuração de Contribuições Sociais.

Vale ressaltar, as empresas inscritas no Simples, devem apurar e recolher, a aparte, os impostos não inclusos nos incisos de I a VIII, acima, conforme previsto no Parágrafo 1º do Art. 13 da referida Lei, dos quais destacamos:

I - Imposto sobre Operações de Crédito, Câmbio e Seguro, ou Relativas a Títulos
    ou Valores Mobiliários - IOF;

II - Imposto sobre a Importação de Produtos Estrangeiros;

III - Imposto sobre a Exportação, para o Exterior, de Produtos Nacionais ou
     Nacionalizados -IE;

IV - Imposto sobre a Propriedade Territorial Rural - ITR;

V - Imposto de Renda, relativo aos rendimentos ou ganhos líquidos auferidos em
     aplicações de renda fixa ou variável;

VI - Imposto de Renda relativo aos ganhos de capital auferidos na alienação de
       bens do ativo permanente;

VII - Contribuição Provisória sobre Movimentação ou Transmissão de Valores e de
        Créditos e Direitos de Natureza Financeira - CPMF;

 VIII - Contribuição para o Fundo de Garantia do Tempo de Serviço - FGTS;

 IX - Contribuição para manutenção da Seguridade Social, relativa ao trabalhador;

 X -  Contribuição para a Seguridade Social, relativa à pessoa do empresário, na
        qualidade de contribuinte individual;

XI - Imposto de Renda relativo aos pagamentos ou créditos efetuados pela pessoa
       jurídica a pessoas físicas;

XII - Contribuição para o PIS/PASEP, COFINS e IPI incidentes na importação de
       bens e serviços;

XIII - ICMS devido:
         a) nas operações ou prestações sujeitas ao regime de substituição tributária;
         b) por terceiro, a que o contribuinte se ache obrigado, por força da legislação
            estadual ou distrital vigente; 

        c) na entrada, no território do Estado ou do Distrito Federal, de petróleo,
            inclusive lubrificantes e combustíveis líquidos e gasosos dele derivados, 
            bem como energia elétrica, quando não destinados à comercialização ou 
            industrialização; 

         d) por ocasião do desembaraço aduaneiro; 

         e) na aquisição ou manutenção em estoque de mercadoria desacobertada de
             documento fiscal; 

          f) na operação ou prestação desacobertada de documento fiscal;

         g) nas operações com bens ou mercadorias sujeitas ao regime de
             antecipação do recolhimento do imposto, nas aquisições em outros
             Estados e Distrito Federal:

                               1. com encerramento da tributação, observado o disposto no inciso IV do
               § 4º do  art. 18 desta Lei Complementar;

           2. sem encerramento da tributação, hipótese em que será cobrada a
               diferença entre a alíquota interna e a interestadual, sendo vedada
               a agregação de qualquer valor; 

        h) nas aquisições em outros Estados e no Distrito Federal de bens ou
            mercadorias, não sujeitas ao regime de antecipação do recolhimento do
            imposto, relativo à diferença entre a alíquota interna e a interestadual; 

XIV - ISS devido:

          a) em relação aos serviços sujeitos à substituição tributária ou retenção na
              fonte; 

          b) na importação de serviços; 

XV - demais tributos de competência da União, dos Estados, do Distrito Federal
        ou dos Municípios, não relacionados nos incisos anteriores.

§ 2º Observada a legislação aplicável, a incidência do imposto de renda na fonte, na hipótese do inciso V do § 1º deste artigo, será definitiva.

§ 3º As microempresas e empresas de pequeno porte optantes pelo Simples Nacional ficam dispensadas do pagamento das demais contribuições instituídas pela União, inclusive as contribuições para as entidades privadas de serviço social e de formação profissional vinculadas ao sistema sindical, de que trata o art. 240 da Constituição Federal, e demais entidades de serviço social autônomo.

§ 5º A diferença entre a alíquota interna e a interestadual de que tratam as alíneas g e h do inciso XIII do § 1º deste artigo será calculada tomando-se por base as alíquotas aplicáveis às pessoas jurídicas não optantes pelo Simples Nacional.


Para melhor entendimento, sugerimos a leitura do post "MICRO EMPRESA - ME E EMPRESA DE PEQUENO PORTE - EPP", neste blog, que apresenta, inclusive, uma tabela para atividade comercial. 


TRIBUTAÇÃO COM BASE NO LUCRO PRESUMIDO

O imposto de renda com base no lucro presumido é determinado por períodos de apuração trimestrais, encerrados em 31 de março, 30 de junho, 30 de setembro e 31 de dezembro de cada ano-calendário (Lei n º 9.430, de 1996, arts. 1 º e 25; RIR/1999, art. 516, § 5 º )

Do site da Receita Federal transcrevemos: 

Via de regra, a opção é manifestada com o pagamento da primeira quota ou quota única do imposto devido correspondente ao primeiro período de apuração, sendo considerada definitiva para todo o ano-calendário (RIR/1999, art. 516, §§ 1 e 4 ).

As pessoas jurídicas que tenham iniciado suas atividades ou que resultarem de incorporação, fusão ou cisão, ocorrida a partir do segundo trimestre do ano-calendário, poderão manifestar a sua opção por meio do pagamento da primeira ou única quota relativa ao trimestre de apuração correspondente ao início de atividade (RIR/1999, art. 517).

Podem optar as pessoas jurídicas:

a) cuja receita bruta total tenha sido igual ou inferior a R$48.000.000,00 (quarenta e oito milhões de reais), no ano-calendário anterior, ou a R$4.000.000,00 (quatro milhões de reais) multiplicado pelo número de meses em atividade no ano-calendário anterior (Lei n º 10.637, de 2002, art. 46); e

              b) que não estejam obrigadas à tributação pelo lucro real em função da atividade exercida ou da sua constituição societária ou natureza jurídica.

NOTAS:

Considera-se receita bruta total a receita bruta de vendas somada aos ganhos de capital e às demais receitas e resultados positivos decorrentes de receitas não compreendidas na atividade.
Durante o período em que estiverem submetidas ao Programa de Recuperação Fiscal (Refis), as pessoas jurídicas obrigadas ao lucro real, exceto Instituições Financeiras (inclusive as equiparadas e as factoring ), poderão optar pelo lucro presumido (Lei n o 9.718, de 1998, art. 14, inciso II; e Lei n o 9.964, de 2000, art. 4 o ).
A partir de 01/01/2001, as sociedades em conta de participação (SCP) ficaram autorizadas a optar pelo lucro presumido, exceto aquelas com atividades imobiliárias, enquanto mantiverem registro de custo orçado (IN SRF nº 31, de 2001).

A opção pelo lucro presumido deverá ter sido informada na DCTF.
Para efeito da verificação do limite, considera-se como receita bruta total o produto da venda de bens nas operações de conta própria, o preço dos serviços prestados e o resultado auferido nas operações de conta alheia, acrescidos das demais receitas, tais como, rendimentos de aplicações financeiras (renda fixa e variável), receita de locação de imóveis, descontos ativos, variações monetárias ativas, juros recebidos como remuneração do capital próprio etc. e dos ganhos de capital (RIR/1999, arts. 518, 519 e 521).

                 Na receita bruta se inclui o ICMS e deverão ser excluídas as vendas canceladas, os descontos incondicionais concedidos e os impostos não cumulativos cobrados destacadamente do comprador, dos quais o vendedor ou prestador é mero depositário (exemplo: IPI) (RIR/1999, art. 224, parágrafo único, e o art. 519).

               Tendo em vista que o limite para opção pelo lucro presumido verificado em relação à receita bruta total do ano-calendário anterior. Quando a pessoa jurídica ultrapassar o limite legal em algum período de apuração dentro do próprio ano-calendário, tal fato não implica necessariamente mudança do regime de tributação, podendo continuar sendo tributada com base no lucro presumido dentro deste mesmo ano. Contudo, automaticamente, estará obrigada à apuração do lucro real no ano-calendário subsequente, independentemente do valor da receita bruta que for auferida naquele ano. Daí por diante, para que a pessoa jurídica possa retornar à opção pelo lucro presumido deverá observar as regras gerais aplicáveis à espécie.

             As pessoas jurídicas que, por determinação legal (Lei n º 9.718, de 1998, art. 14; e RIR/1999, art. 246), estão obrigadas à apuração do lucro real, são:

            a) Pessoas jurídicas cujas atividades sejam de bancos comerciais, bancos de investimentos, bancos de desenvolvimento, caixas econômicas, sociedades de crédito, financiamento e investimento, sociedades de crédito imobiliário, sociedades corretoras de títulos e valores mobiliários, empresas de arrendamento mercantil, cooperativas de crédito, empresas de seguro privado e de capitalização e entidades de previdência privada aberta;
b) Pessoas jurídicas que tiverem lucros, rendimentos ou ganhos de capital oriundos do exterior;
c) Pessoas jurídicas que, autorizadas pela legislação tributária, queiram usufruir de benefícios fiscais relativos à isenção ou redução do imposto de renda;
d)  Pessoas jurídicas que, no decorrer do ano-calendário, tenham efetuado o recolhimento mensal com base em estimativa; 
e) pessoas jurídicas que explorem as atividades de prestação cumulativa e contínua de serviços de assessoria creditícia, mercadológica, gestão de crédito, seleção e riscos, administração de contas a pagar e a receber, compras de direitos creditórios resultantes de vendas mercantis a prazo ou de prestação de serviços ( factoring ).
Observação: o recolhimento mensal com base em estimativa é pagamento mensal da tributação pelo Lucro Real, não se confundido com a tributação pelo lucro Presumido.

NOTAS:
1) A obrigatoriedade a que se refere o item "b" acima não se aplica à pessoa jurídica que auferir receita de exportação de mercadorias e da prestação direta de serviços no exterior. Não se considera direta a prestação de serviços realizada no exterior por intermédio de filiais, sucursais, agências, representações, coligadas, controladas e outras unidades descentralizadas da pessoa jurídica que lhes sejam assemelhadas (ADI SRF n º 5, de 2001).
2) A pessoa jurídica que houver pago o imposto com base no lucro presumido e que, em relação ao mesmo ano-calendário, incorrer em situação de obrigatoriedade de apuração pelo lucro real por ter auferido lucros, rendimentos ou ganhos de capital oriundos do exterior, deverá apurar o IRPJ e a CSLL sob o regime de apuração pelo lucro real trimestral a partir, inclusive, do trimestre da ocorrência do fato (ADI SRF n º 5, de 2001).
3)Os percentuais a serem aplicados na apuração do lucro presumido, conforme  site da Receita Federal, são:



ALÍQUOTA DO IMPOSTO DE RENDA

As pessoas jurídicas e as pessoas físicas a elas equiparadas, domiciliadas no País, devem apurar o IRPJ com base no lucro, que pode ser real, presumido ou arbitrado. A alíquota do IRPJ é de 15% (quinze por cento) sobre o lucro apurado, com adicional de 10% sobre a parcela do lucro que exceder R$ 20.000,00 / mês.

Adicional:
A parcela do lucro real que exceder ao resultado da multiplicação de R$20.000,00 (vinte mil reais) pelo número dos meses do respectivo período de apuração sujeita-se à incidência do adicional, à alíquota de 10% (dez por cento). Também se encontra sujeita ao adicional a parcela da base de cálculo estimada mensal, no caso das pessoas jurídicas que optaram pela apuração do imposto de renda sobre o lucro real anual, presumido ou arbitrado, que exceder a R$ 20.000,00 (vinte mil reais).
Em relação às pessoas jurídicas que optarem pela apuração do lucro presumido ou arbitrado, o adicional incide sobre a parcela que exceder o valor resultante da multiplicação de R$ 20.000,00 (vinte mil reais) pelo número de meses do respectivo período de apuração.
A alíquota do adicional é única para todas as pessoas jurídicas, inclusive instituições financeiras, sociedades seguradoras e assemelhadas.
O adicional incide, inclusive, sobre os resultados tributáveis de pessoa jurídica que explore atividade rural (Lei nº 9.249, de 1995, art. 3º, § 3º). No caso de atividades mistas, a base de cálculo do adicional será a soma do lucro real apurado nas atividades em geral com o lucro real apurado na atividade rural.
 LUCRO REAL

RECOLHIMENTO POR ESTIMATIVA 

A pessoa jurídica sujeita à tributação com base no Lucro Real  ANUAL poderá optar pelo pagamento do imposto e adicional, em cada mês, determinados sobre base de cálculo estimada (Lei 9.430/1996, artigo 2o).
 A opção por esse tipo de recolhimento deve ser manifestada com o pagamento do imposto de renda correspondente ao mês de janeiro ou de início de atividade e será considerada irretratável para todo o ano-calendário (RIR/1999, art. 222).
A base de cálculo estimada  pode ser determinada das seguintes formas (facultado ao contribuinte a qual for mais vantajosa):
a) Com base na Receita Bruta auferida mensalmente: sobre a receita bruta mensal aplica-se percentuais constantes no artigo 15, § lº, da Lei 9.249/1995, acrescidos das demais receitas (ganho de capital, juros, variação monetária ativa, etc.).
b) Com base em balancetes mensais de suspensão ou redução:
b1) SUSPENSÃO - através do balancete mensal acumulado, demonstra-se que o imposto pago até a data do balancete é maior que o devido. Exemplo: em 30 de abril, pelo balancete acumulado de janeiro a abril do respectivo ano, apurou-se um imposto devido de R$ 10.000,00 e até essa data já foi recolhido R$ 12.000,00 - portanto, inexiste a obrigação de recolhimento do IRPJ. Essa opção, também, pode ser utilizada  nos meses em que houver prejuízo fiscal.
b2) REDUÇÃO - através do balancete mensal acumulado demonstra-se que o imposto devido, com base no lucro real, é inferior ao apurado com base na receita bruta mensal da empresa, conforme citado no item "a", podendo haver a redução do recolhimento mensal.
Os percentuais a serem aplicados sobre a receita bruta, para fins de determinação da base de cálculo estimada são: (RIR/1999,art.223)
  

NOTAS IMPORTANTES - TABELA DA BASE DE CÁLCULO DO IRPJ

Nota 1:  Se a receita bruta ultrapassar R$ 120.000/ano, ficará sujeita ao percentual de 32%, retroativamente ao mês de janeiro. Neste caso, deve-se efetuar o recolhimento das diferenças do IRPJ apurado, até o último dia útil do mês subsequente àquele que ocorrer o excesso, sem nenhum acréscimo.
Nota 2: As pessoas jurídicas exclusivamente prestadoras de
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Originally posted on: http://brustblog.net/archive/2015/04/22/frankentechtures.aspx

Nothing but bones

Monsters are an exciting thing to see in a movie.  They are not so thrilling in your application architecture.  I recently came up with (or at least I think I came up with) a term for architectures that are put together with mismatching parts and in ways the software gods never intended: Frankenstein Architectures.  A co-worker then evolved that to Frankentechture.

Of course the designer of a framework or an application platform can’t envision every possible use of their creation.  How do you know then when you are just using it in a new and inventive way and when you are creating a Frankenstein monster?  Read the documentation of the author’s intent, see where it performs best and where the maintenance story is the best and then don’t stray far from those boundaries.

Another thing to think about is if you are using patterns just because you read them in a book and it sounded good?  Are you adding them to the application just because you saw them at the latest conference?  Are you spending days and weeks finding ways to get around the limitations of pattern? Do your developers require a 500 level course to make a simple change to your code base?  If you answered yes to any of these then you might have brought a Frankentechture to life.

There is a time and place for adding complex patterns or work around for a limitation in a framework to your solution.  Before you do that though, ask yourself if the problem might be that you are using the wrong toolset or have wrong design pattern for your situation.  If you can identify this as a possible problem early in the development process your can save yourself a lot of grey hair and your company a lot in maintenance costs.

So my call to action is to question every design decision.  Apply the YAGNI principle where ever possible and don’t add complexity before you have a compelling reason to do so.  Choose the architectural components that work well together and best suit your requirements.  If you do this you can assemble a hero instead of a monster.


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          Adjustable mechanical vibration limiting and absorbing apparatus   
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          Double linkage triggering system used for crossbow   
Disclosed is a double linkage triggering system including a main body, which has a trigger unit and a shooting unit. The trigger unit is capable of being contacted with the shooting unit. The trigger unit comprises a bracket body, a trigger block, a hammer, a trigger power-adjusting bolt, a triggering mechanism and a trigger-safety device. The hammer is hinge connected to the bracket body. The trigger block is hinge connected to the bracket body and each end of the trigger block is respectively capable of being limited by the hammer and the trigger power-adjusting bolt. The shooting unit has a sight stand, a guide device, a pressure plate, a rotary latch, a roof plate, a latching plate, a returning device, and an anti-empty shooting mechanism. The returning device is inserted into the roof plate. The roof plate is hinge connected to the latching plate.
          How to Restore Deleted iCloud Drive Files    
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          FORTY YEARS OF FIDELITY TO CATHOLIC TRADITION   
FORTY YEARS OF FIDELITY TO CATHOLIC TRADITION
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 40th Anniversary of the Priesthood of Monsignor Jean-Michel Faure

Sent by Monsignor Lefebvre as an apostle to our American lands, he was first Superior of the District of South America (FSSPX), Director of the Seminary of the Reja (FSSPX), District Superior of Mexico (FSSPX), and as Mgr. " Archbishop Lefebvre's right-hand arm in Latin America for decades, the Father enjoyed unlimited confidence on the part of the Archbishop (he was the only one who had access to his private correspondence) and in fact, it is said that Monsignor Lefebvre wanted to consecrate him Bishop, but The Father refused in humility. Thanks to this great friendship and trust, Father Faure had the grace to know and understand as few as our Founder . " By this fidelity to the good fight without compromises with the enemies of the catholic faith, was persecuted by the liberals that they copied the Brotherhood and they betrayed to the Founder.
 

But God had reserved for him the cross and the burden that honors him, the bishopric, when consecrated by Bishop Williamson.

Founder of the Priestly Society of the Apostles of Jesus and Mary (SAJM), he is also the director of the Saint Louis Grignion de Montfort International Seminary in Avrillé, France, following the path laid out by his teacher, Mons. Marcel Lefebvre.

God reward your efforts for the Catholic Faith, thank you Monsignor!



Accompanying Monsignor Lefebvre (always on his right):





Official photo in the FSSPX (the passage of the years):



The day of his episcopal consecration (March 19, 2015):




Foundation of the SAJM (August 22, 2016):



Monsignor signs and seals the first incardinations in the SAJM.



His first priestly ordination, Archbishop André Zelaya OSB:


During a Mass in Saltillo, Mexico:



At the end of a retreat, with priests and seminarians (October 2016):



Taking of cassock of seminarians in the Dominican convent of Avrillé
(February 11, 2017):



Confirmations in the Dominican convent of Avrillé
(June 24, 2017):



Consecration of the Seminary Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (SAJM) to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

(June 23, 2017):




Mons. Looks forward to the future, abandoned to Divine Providence and without deviating from the path traced by Monsignor Lefebvre, by Saint Pius X and all Saints and Popes who continued the Gospel of Jesus Christ:




          Brandon Smith: “Next Phase of Collapse Will Include the End of the Dollar as We Know It”   
Brandon Smith: “Next Phase of Collapse Will Include the End of the Dollar as We Know It”
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The Federal Reserve Is A Saboteur – And The “Experts” Are Oblivious
I have written on the subject of the Federal Reserve’s deliberate sabotage of the U.S. economy many times in the past. In fact, I even once referred to the Fed as an “economic suicide bomber.” I still believe the label fits perfectly, and the Fed’s recent actions I think directly confirm my accusations.
Back in 2015, when I predicted that the central bankers would shift gears dramatically into a program of consistent interest rate hikes and that they would begin cutting off stimulus to the U.S. financial sector and more specifically stock markets, almost no one wanted to hear it. The crowd-think at that time was that the Fed would inevitably move to negative interest rates, and that raising rates was simply “impossible.”


Many analysts, even in the liberty movement, quickly adopted this theory without question. Why? Because of a core assumption that is simply false; the assumption that the Federal Reserve’s goal is to maintain the U.S. economy at all costs or at least maintain the illusion that the economy is stable. They assume that the U.S. economy is indispensable to the globalists and that the U.S. dollar is an unassailable tool in their arsenal. Therefore, the Fed would never deliberately undermine the American fiscal structure because without it “they lose their golden goose.”
This is, of course, foolish nonsense.
Since its initial inception from 1913-1916, the Federal Reserve has been responsible for the loss of 98% of the dollar’s buying power. Idiot analysts in the mainstream argue that this statistic is not as bad as it seems because “people have been collecting interest” on their cash while the dollar’s value has been dropping, and this somehow negates or outweighs any losses in purchasing power. These guys are so dumb they don’t even realize the underlying black hole in their own argument.
IF someone put their savings into an account or into treasury bonds and earned interest from the moment the Fed began quickly undermining dollar value way back in 1959, then yes, they MIGHT have offset the loss by collecting interest. However, this argument, insanely, forgets to take into account the many millions of people who were born long after the Fed began its devaluation program. What about the “savers” born in 1980, or 1990? They didn’t have the opportunity to collect interest to offset the losses already created by the Fed. They were born into an economy where saving is inherently more difficult because a person must work much harder to save the same amount of capital that their parents saved, not to mention purchase the same items their parents enjoyed, such as a home or a car.
Over the decades, the Fed has made it nearly impossible for households with one wage earner to support a family. Today, men and women who should be in the prime of their careers and starting families are for the first time in 130 years more likely to be living at home with their parents than any other living arrangement.
People are more likely to be living with their parents now than back during time periods in which young people actually wanted to stay close to their parents to take care of them. That is to say, most young people are stuck at home because they can’t afford to do anything else, not because they necessarily want to be there.
This is almost entirely a symptom of central bank devaluation of the currency and its purchasing potential. The degradation of the American wage earner since the Fed fiat machine began killing the greenback is clear as day.
The Fed is also responsible for almost every single major economic downturn since it was established. As I have noted in the past, Ben Bernanke openly admitted that the Fed was the root cause of the prolonged economic carnage during the Great Depression on Nov. 8, 2002, in a speech given at “A Conference to Honor Milton Friedman … On the Occasion of His 90th Birthday:”
“In short, according to Friedman and Schwartz, because of institutional changes and misguided doctrines, the banking panics of the Great Contraction were much more severe and widespread than would have normally occurred during a downturn.
Let me end my talk by abusing slightly my status as an official representative of the Federal Reserve. I would like to say to Milton and Anna: Regarding the Great Depression. You’re right, we did it. We’re very sorry. But thanks to you, we won’t do it again.”
Bernanke is referring in part to the Fed’s program of raising interest rates into an economic downturn, exacerbating the situation in the early 1930’s and making the system highly unstable. He lies and says the Fed “won’t do it again;” they are doing it RIGHT NOW.
The Fed was the core instigator behind the credit and derivatives bubble that led to the crash in 2008, a crash that has caused depression-like conditions in America that we are still to this day dealing with. Through artificially low interest rates and in partnership with sectors of government, poor lending standards were highly incentivised and a massive debt trap was created. Former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan publicly admitted in an interview that the central bank KNEW an irrational bubble had formed, but claims they assumed the negative factors would “wash out.”
Yet again, a Fed chairman admits that they either knew about or caused a major financial crisis. So we are left two possible conclusions — they were too stupid to speak up and intervene, or, they wanted these disasters to occur.
Today, we are faced with two more brewing bubble catastrophes engineered by the Fed: The stock market bubble and the dollar/treasury bond bubble.
The stock market bubble is rather obvious and openly admitted at this point. As the former head of the Federal Reserve Dallas branch, Richard Fisher, admitted in an interview with CNBC, the U.S. central bank in particular has made its business the manipulation of the stock market to the upside since 2009:
“What the Fed did — and I was part of that group — is we front-loaded a tremendous market rally, starting in 2009.
It’s sort of what I call the “reverse Whimpy factor” — give me two hamburgers today for one tomorrow.”
Fisher went on to hint at his very reserved view of the impending danger:
“I was warning my colleagues, Don’t go wobbly if we have a 10 to 20 percent correction at some point… Everybody you talk to… has been warning that these markets are heavily priced.” [In reference to interest rate hikes]
The Fed “front-loaded” the incredible bull market rally through various methods, but one of the key tools was the use of near-zero interest rate overnight loans from the central bank, which corporations around the world have been exploiting since the 2008 crash to fund stock buybacks and pump up the value of stock markets. As noted by Edward Swanson, author of a study from Texas A&M on stock buybacks used to offset poor fundamentals:
“We can’t say for sure what would have happened without the repurchase, but it really looks like the stock would have kept going down because of the decline in fundamentals… these repurchases seem to hold up the stock price.”
In the initial TARP audit, an audit that was limited and never again duplicated, it was revealed that corporations had absorbed trillions in overnight loans from the Fed. It was at this time that stock buybacks became the go-to method to artificially prop up equities values.
The problem is, just like they did at the start of the Great Depression, the central bank is once again raising interest rates into a declining economy. This means that all those no-cost loans used by corporations to buy back their own stocks are now going to have a price tag attached. An interest rate of 1% might not seem like much to someone who borrows $1000, but what about for someone who borrows $1 Trillion? Yes, borrowing at ANY interest rate becomes impossible when you need that much capital to prop up your stock. The loans have to be free, otherwise, there will be no loans.
Thus, we have to ask ourselves another question; is the Fed really ignorant enough to NOT know that raising rates will kill stock markets? They openly admit that they knew what they were doing when they inflated stock markets, so it seems to me that they would know how to deflate stock markets. Therefore, if they deliberately engineered the market rally with low interest rates, it follows that they are deliberately engineering a crash in markets using higher interest rates.
Mainstream economists and investment “experts” appear rather bewildered by the Federal Reserve’s exuberance on rate hikes. Many assumed that Janet Yellen would hint at a pullback from the hike schedule due to the considerable level of negative data on our fiscal structure released over the past six months. Yellen has done the opposite. In fact, Fed officials are now stating that equities and other assets appear to be “overvalued” and that markets have become complacent. This is a major reversal from the central bank’s attitude just two years ago. The fundamental data has always been negative ever since the credit crisis began. So what has really changed?
Well, Donald Trump, the sacrificial scapegoat, is now in the White House, and, central bank stimulus has a shelf life.  They can’t prop up equities for much longer even if they wanted to. The fundamentals will always catch up with the fiat illusion. No nation in history has ever been able to print its way to prosperity or even recovery. The time is now for the Fed to pull the plug and lay blame in the lap of their mortal enemy – conservatives and sovereignty champions. They will ignore all financial reality and continue to hike. This is a guarantee.
In the Liberty Movement the major misconception is that the Fed is attempting to “catch up” to the next crash by raising interest rates so that they will be ready to stimulate again. There is no catching up to this situation. The Fed has no interest in saving stock markets or the economy. Again, the fed has raised rates before into fiscal decline (during the Great Depression), and the result was a prolonged crisis. They know exactly what they are doing.
What does the Fed gain from this sabotage? Total centralization. For example, before the Great Depression there used to be thousands of smaller private and localized banks in America. After the Great Depression most of those banks were either destroyed or absorbed by elite banking conglomerates. Banking in the U.S. immediately became a fully centralized monopoly by the majors. In a decade, they were able to remove all local competition and redundancy, making communities utterly beholden to their credit system.
The 2008 crash allowed the banking elites to introduce vast stimulus measures requiring unaccountable fiat money creation. Rather than saving America from crisis, they have expanded the crisis to the point that it will soon threaten the world reserve status of our currency. The Fed in particular has set the U.S. up not just for a financial depression, but for a full spectrum calamity which will include a considerable devaluation (yet again) of our currency’s value and resulting in extreme price inflation in necessities.
The next phase of this collapse will include the end of the dollar as we know it, making way for a new global currency system that uses the IMF’s SDR basket as a foundation. This plan is openly admitted in the elitist run magazine ‘The Economist’ in an article entitled “Get Ready For A Global Currency By 2018.
It is important to understand what the Fed actually is — the Fed is a weapon. It is a weapon used by globalists to destroy the American system at a given point in time in order to clear the way for a new single world economy controlled by a single managerial entity (most likely the IMF or BIS). This is the Fed’s purpose. The central bank is not here to save the U.S. from harm, it is here to make sure the U.S. falls in a particular manner — a controlled demolition of our fiscal structure.


The US Is Becoming A 3rd World Nation As The Economy Breaks Down: Paul Craig Roberts

 



          Spiritual Wickedness in High Places: Malachi Martin on The End of Religion (As We Know It)   
Spiritual Wickedness in High Places: Malachi Martin on The End of Religion (As We Know It)
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(Note: The following was one of the last interviews by Malachi Martin before his death in 1999.)

      Ever since Nimrod and the Tower of Babel, the Power Elite have never given up on their feverish dream of a One World Government.

      Former Jesuit Malachi Martin's novel, Windswept House (Doubleday/ Main Street Books), offers a lurid behind the scenes look at a cabal of Vatican insiders who want to use the Roman Catholic Church as a foundation for a politico-religious New World Order.

      The plot of the novel involves a group of Church officials who scheme with a group of like-minded corporate executives to manipulate the Church into a ready-made infrastructure for a One World Religion -- a universal umbrella for everybody from Episcopalians to voodoo practitioners.

      The new ecumenicalism is clothed in Globalist garb. The agenda includes promoting issues like population control, environmentalism and secular humanism, which the plotters hope will eventually lead to the complete secularization of religion. 


      The most outrageous and controversial premise of the novel -- described in great detail in the prologue -- is that a ceremony was performed in the Vatican in 1963 -- an occult ritual which enthroned the fallen archangel Lucifer as the head of the Roman Catholic Church.

      Does Dr. Martin believe that this enthronement actually took place in his novel, which could liberally be described as a roman a clef?

      "Yes, it did," he says emphatically. "Beyond a shadow of a doubt in my mind. But now the place, time, hour etc., are all obfuscated to protect the guilty and save the innocent."

      Was it common knowledge in the Vatican at the time? "Not common knowledge," explains Martin. "But I found out about it by being a member of the Vatican circles that learned these things. It's like everything else. I'm sure there are people floating around Washington, and they know an awful lot about what's going on. Someone says, 'how do you know that'? Well, it's just... we know it."

      The story ofWindswept House continues in present day Europe as an international group of conspirators spanning Church and State plots a one world government on behalf of Lucifer. So are readers to infer that no matter what happens, the Pope and the Church hierarchy are bound to serve the fallen angel?

      "No," explains Dr. Martin. "What it means is that for the moment, Lucifer the biggest archangel, the leader of the revolt against God, has a big in with certain Vatican officials. Enthronement doesn't mean that he rules. It means that they did their best to put him there. The ideal would be to have their man as Pope. In that case then Satan would be enthroned."

      The book goes on to describe how two brothers, one a priest and the other an investment banker, grapple with these awesome consequences as pawns in the game. Meanwhile the cabal of Globalist-oriented Vatican officials and European-based internationalists try to corner the Pope into voluntary resignation so that they can get their man in the Chair of Peter.

      This theme coincidentally is also the basis, albeit in non-fiction form, of Martin's book The Keys of This Blood: Pope John Paul II Versus Russia and the West for Control of the New World Order.

      The upshot? A One World Government is a fait accompli, he infers. What Dr. Martin calls the "millennium endgame" is a competition for a new global hegemony by the key Globalist players. What's interesting is that the novel appears to be a seamless transition from his previous non-fiction work. The reader then is put in the position of concluding that the New World Order is a done deal, that a One World Government is here and now and, as the expression goes, it's all over but the crying.

      But you wouldn't expect Globalist agit-prop from a former Jesuit. Or would you?



The Enthronement of Lucifer in the Vatican

 

And Who Is Malachi Martin?

      Author of 15 books on religious and geo-political topics, Malachi Martin is highly regarded and respected as a world renowned scholar.

      Trained in theology at Louvain, he received his doctorates in Semitic Languages, Archaeology and Oriental History. He subsequently studied at Oxford and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. From 1958 to 1964, he served in Rome, where he was a close associate of the Jesuit cardinal Augustin Bea and Pope John XXIII, as well as a professor at the Vatican's Pontifical Biblical Institute.

      Malachi Martin is the author of many best-selling books including Vatican, Hostage to the Devil, The Jesuits, The Final Conclave, and The Keys of This Blood. Also he was a Roman Catholic priest of the Society of Jesus until 1964 when he left the Jesuits. Why?

      "It was a grave decision," he says. "I could see the way the Church was going, the way churchmen were going in their decisions and all the anchors I had for morality and zeal were being undone. Then when the Vatican Council started in 1962, I could see the way the flow of opinion was going in the Vatican by a group of cardinals from Belgium, Germany and France. They were maneuvering the Church into totally new ecclesiology. I couldn't accept this."

      As an advisor to three Popes, Dr. Martin has had his fair share of romanita, that uniquely Roman methodology of connivance and power politicking. "I started off as an advisor on Judaism," he continues. "I was trained in Semitic languages and I spent a year and a half studying the Talmud... Then my superiors in Rome also found that I understood Judaism very well. They wanted someone to explain it, since they were studying the whole question of Jewish-Christian relations. So I was drafted into helping with that."

      And the outcome? "They produced a document in which they sort of absolved the Jewish people of the death of Christ."

      Based on his research? "No, not on my research," argues Martin. "I was only a cog in the wheel. I didn't agree with the final document either. It went too far. And then there were conclusions about the need for Catholics to study Judaism and get to know them better."

So this was the ecumenicalization of the Church that was going on?

      "That's it in one word," concurs Martin. "And I couldn't agree with the total effect of all that because I thought they went too far."

      Dr. Martin was also involved with Vatican intelligence. What did he do? "Just assessing things in Israel, whatever anti-Christianity there was amongst the Israelis. There was and still is. And what was the position of the Arabs. I used to live in Jordan and Lebanon and Egypt. I knew those places very well and could assess the position of the Church and the various Christian communities."

      The many-talented Dr. Martin is also known as a practicing exorcist and has even written a book about the subject called Hostage to the Devil.

      He says he came up against evil as a force in the world in an uncontrovertible undeniable way in his first exorcism.

      "I was in Cairo and it was evil," Dr. Martin recalls.

      "You know you only have to enter its presence, or for it to enter your presence to know that you are in the presence of something which is summarily evil."

      "It's invisible. You can't see it. But you know it wants you dead. Dead. Dead. And in a horrible way," he repeats in a hypnotic voice. "It's touching your very bones by its presence."

      So how does he explain the phenomenon of demonic possession? "Free will", says Dr. Martin. "For the first time in the work we have been doing for thirty-one years in this corner of the globe, during the last ten years or so, we have found young men and women thirty-somethings or twenty-somethings coming forward and saying, 'Listen I made a pact with the devil. I wanted this woman. I wanted this man. I wanted this job. I wanted this money. I wanted this, this, this, and I made a pact and he gave it to me and now I can't get free of him. He dominates my will. Please liberate me. And then people get to it by means of things like a ouija board or by spiritual seances or channeling."

      Malachi Martin is also known as a serious scholar of apocryphal writings, having authored a book called The Scribal Character of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

      (As an impressive mark of his erudition, Malachi Martin even knew about the alternative Abraham and Isaac story in one of the so-called Pseudepigrapha, the Book of Jubilees. In this unsanctioned version of Genesis, Abraham is commanded to kill his son, but not by God. Instead it is Mastema, a fallen angel known as "the accusing angel" as well as the Tempter and Executioner, who tells the Hebrew patriarch to do the dirty deed. To his credit, of course, Abraham doesn't slaughter his firstborn. When asked why the Genesis version omits details of the fallen angel Mastema as the instigator of Abraham's test, however, even Malachi Martin admits ignorance.)

Bernard Janzen "Fr. Malachi Martin: Camouflaged Apostasy"


The Globalist Imperative

      Like the prissy intellectuals of the 1930s enamored by National Socialism (as well as Fabian Socialism), the current fin de siecle version of internationalists are likewise paving their own road to a Globalist hell with good intentions.

      Using the Hegelian model of history, first there was Capitalism (thesis), then Communism (antithesis), and now there's the New World Order (synthesis), risen from the ashes of the Cold War and the formerly 'competing' ideologies.

      International socialism or corporate fascism (aka Globalism) is, in fact, the trendy philosophy for the end of the millennium. In his book Megatrends 2000, Olympian futurist John Naisbitt calls it "free market socialism," a hybrid economic system that combines welfare state policies with multinational corporate business on a global level.

      Globalism, however, as a secular religion, has a dogma all its own. Its primary belief system is based on the notion that the usefulness of the nation-state is over. In other words, national sovereignty is a thing of the past and a One World Government is inevitable. But... this effort, at least for now, must be couched in cryptic language for the unwashed masses. Otherwise they'd get too upset.

      Globalist spokesman Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Columbia University professor, President Carter's former National Security advisor, and founder of the Trilateral Commission spoke at the Gorbachev Foundation's State of the World Forum in 1995, "We cannot leap into world government in one quick step," he said. "(It) requires a process of gradually expanding the range of democratic cooperation." In plain language, that means people must be further indoctrinated.

      Eurocrat Jean-Marie Guehenno hints at this global hegemony or one world totalitarianism calling it an "empire without an emperor." Guehenno wrote The End of the Nation-State (1995) which was called La fin de la democratie (The End of Democracy) in the original French version. Since nation states are obsolete, he claims, "'wise men' capable of thinking through the finite world that has become our common lot" must be entrusted to guide us into what he calls an 'Imperial Age'." Presumably Guehenno counts himself as one of the ranks of "The Wise Men."

      Most striking though is a chapter in Guehenno's book called "Religions without God", which evokes the image of the humanist shaking his fist at an empty sky. The ultimate reduction of this conundrum for the internationalists is to hint at a "global politburo" to run the world as posited by Paul Mazur in Unfinished Business (1979).

      According to Dr. Martin's nomenclature, Guehenno is one of the Transnationalists -- bureaucrats who believe that Globalism is based on "the development of new and ever wider interrelationships between the governments of the world".

      On the other hand, the Internationalists are "individuals who operate from a power base of finance, industry and technology". Together these groups are the Globalists, the social engineers conniving for the convergence of East and West in the so-called New World Order.


Luciferian Geo-Politics

      For a Churchman, Malachi Martin shows a remarkable familiarity and understanding of Luciferianism, a belief system which hold human wisdom, secular humanism if you will, as its paragon and the fallen archangel Lucifer as the Prince who will rule the world.

      Readers ofWindswept Houseare given the impression that the old traditional Catholic Church is good because the protagonists, Christian Gladstone and his mother are defending it, while we know that the Church has been dedicated to Lucifer. Faced with these two alternatives, the conclusion is that the Roman Catholic Church run by Lucifer is good -- a classic (and incredibly sophisticated) double bind, which is constantly reinforced in the reader's mind throughout the 646 pages of the novel.

      "Well, the Church itself has not been given to Lucifer," argues Dr. Martin. "He was enthroned in the Vatican by Vatican officials. That doesn't mean he possesses the Church yet. The Church anyway is an ambiguous term because it either means the actual physical bloc of churches, convents, libraries, academies, parish houses and cathedrals, the physical plant. Or it means the group of faithful in the state of grace whether they are alive in Purgatory or in Heaven. That is the body of Christ."

      "There has always been, since the fourth century, this organization set up by the Emperor Constantine. But that is not essential for the Church. The Church can exist without it. So that mystical body of Christ has not fallen into Lucifer's hands. The organization to some degree has. That's the difficulty."

      What about the book putting his readers in a double bind? You're presented with two choices. Either A. The Luciferian-controlled Roman Catholic Church. Or B. The Luciferian-controlled New World Order. So where does Malachi Martin find himself?

      "The New World Order is definitely won by Luciferian believers," says Dr. Martin. "There's no doubt about that."

      And then he starts to rationalize their modus operandi.

      "But these are men who came to be and are in their actions at least, humanitarian and philanthropic. They want to wipe out hunger and disease. They want to limit the population of the world. They believe the world is headed for mass starvation. They also want to enter into education. They would like to have an alliance with the Roman Catholic Church and with another pope. This one -- they know would stand in their way in regards to population control because he is deadstart against abortion, contraceptives, genetic engineering."

      And what about "The Process" he refers to in his book?

      Dr. Martin replies that it's the "Luciferian Process" of secularizing every religious mind so that the common mind today would be one which regarded the earth as a planned paradise to be built up. There is no God above the skies, no heaven, and there is no hell beneath the earth. It's complete secularization."

      (John Lennon's classic rock anthem "Imagine" comes to mind. "Imagine there's no country," he sang. "It isn't hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for. And no religion too.")

      But do the Luciferians have a timetable?

      "We are now according to the official doctrine of the Luciferians in what they call "the Availing Time". They have a tradition that in these years they can avail of the time to install the Prince, who is Lucifer, as the greatest power on earth in charge of human civilization and adored by men."

      And to what end?

      "To exalt the power of Lucifer. That is the end in itself. It's the Luciferian purpose. If they don't do it in these years, then it is put off sine die, without resolution. They are very keen on getting it done."

      And what are the next steps in this "Process"?

      "The purpose is to secularize education completely," continues Dr. Martin. "And to eliminate from considerations of life and death -- medicine, sociality, finance, birth, development etc., to free that of any religious presumption whatever. To free it from the superstition of religion so that man is dealt with scientifically and humanly. And that is 'the Process'. 'The Process' is to make the human mind accept that... 'The Process' is whereby all education, primary secondary and higher, college university and all public activity is completely rid of all religious presumptions."

      "There is a layer of satanism, of satanist ritual which prepares people for perfect Luciferian adoption. They have covens and sacrifices and rites. The Luciferians have no rites, you know."

      So dabbling with satanism in these rituals leads to a different form of "commitment" which is Luciferianism?

      "It is a preparation for Luciferianism and there are reversals sometimes," claims Dr. Martin. "You will find a crowd of Luciferians having a satanic ritual as a reminder of things. But they have all passed through in a sense and that involves three things: the infliction of pain without flinching, the infliction of death without flinching, and the use of fire."


Windswept House — Message and Subtext

      In Windswept House, Christians and Luciferians clash over the remains of the Roman Catholic Church. It's a controversial and provocative story, a political thriller with metaphysical implications. It delves into the depths of treachery, intrigue and Machiavellian politics at the highest levels of the Church. As a fact-based novel with frequent lengthy asides on real historical geopolitical events like the fall of the Soviet Empire and the Helsinki Accords,Windswept House is a vehicle for one simple message -- the New World Order is here and now.

      While a group of cardinals scheme to force the Pope to resign his office so they'll be able to install a man who will do the Luciferians' bidding, a priest, Christian Gladstone is called to Rome. Cardinal Maestroianni, a power player and one of the leaders of the cabal, enlists the priest to poll bishops regarding closer ties with the European Economic Community. In fact, however, the Cardinal is assessing the timing for a conclave in which the Slavic Pope would be forced to resign because he has become a stumbling block in the Luciferians' plans.

      From the business side, Paul Gladstone, Christian's brother and an expert in international relations working at a Globalist law firm, is also unknowingly recruited to bring the Luciferian plan to fruition. When the brothers find out they are both being unwittingly used in the schemes of the Luciferians, they join forces. Christian then must reach the Pope to tell him that he is being manipulated to abdicate the Chair of Peter.

      Will the Pope resign? And will he exorcise the Church in time?

      The subtext? It doesn't really make a hell of a lot of a difference. 

Father Malachi Martin: End of Christian Civilization



The Future of the Church Militant

      In his novelWindswept House Malachi Martin expostulates his readers regarding the reasons why the "Slavic Pope" (Pope John Paul II) is so ineffectual. But what is the Pope's agenda as he sees it?

      "I think that from the very start John Paul II for whatever reasons, has sought after one thing and one thing only," says Dr. Martin. The formation of what now appears to be in his mind, a universal assemblage of Catholics at the core; grouped with them the Protestant denominations, sects and churches; grouped around them believing Jews, believing Muslims, believing Hindus, believing Buddhists. And that would be a universal religious assembly that could have a powerful dynamic kick in civilization and in solving the problems of men and women today. That is the only thing you can really say this man has sought heart and soul and body with all his travelling. When he went to churches all over the world, member churches of the Catholic Church in all the countries, he was bolstering the reputation of the papacy and he was speaking Catholic dogma, Catholic belief, Catholic morals. But in reality he was reaching out to everybody. He wanted to make friends with everybody."

      And what about the widespread homosexuality, pedophilia and satanic rituals in the Church, common knowledge he avers known to all Vatican insiders? Since as he wrote Christ is no longer honored in the tabernacle, what does he think will happen?

      "Once the tabernacle is emptied of Christ's real presence, then the Church ceases to be holy and therefore it's going to be entered by the opposite power, Lucifer," says Martin. "And this is taking place now. Not widespread, but it is taking place. There's no doubt about that."

      So will the Church fall on its own? "It's disintegrating slowly," says Martin. "As an organization, it's being marginalized sociopolitically and culturally. And religiously, it's weakening and decaying, obsolescing..."

      "If you look at any country today there are three identifiable components of that State. One, the government. Two, there is industry. Third, there are what we call NGOs, the non-governmental organizations. That's everything from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers to the Catholic Church. And they're just simply lumped together, voluntary associations with as much power as they can grasp but of no special importance. Now fifty or seventy years ago, when an ethical or moral question arose, people and governments looked to the churches. Now they don't any longer."

      And yet another sensitive question. Something doesn't add up. Malachi Martin's a priest. He's supposed to fight evil. Yet his bookWindswept Houseis clear evidence that he's thrown in the towel.

      "Well I don't see evidence of having thrown in the towel," protests Dr. Martin. "Because there's a lot I'm being made to pay for, in the sense that the writer obviously likes and reveres this Pope even though he disagrees with him. The writer also believes in the blessed sacrament. He believes in the Pope's infallibility. He believes in salvation. He believes in hell. He believes in the evil of the devil."

      So why doesn'tWindswept Houseend with Christ victorious in the book?

      Does Dr. Martin believe that the Luciferian forces have won already?

      "No. No. No," insists Dr. Martin. "This is an interim book. It ends in a big doubt -- everybody waiting." This must be what they call the European ending -- as opposed to the American ending where all the loose ends are tied up.

      Then the story shifts into "The Devil, Er, I Mean the Editor Made Me Do It". "The publisher said, 'listen the story isn't finished yet,'" says Dr. Martin. "I had a lovely glorious ending. I had a vision. I had a marvellous thing over the Alps. He cut it out."

      This is an actual editorial decision? "Yes," says Dr. Martin.

      But with all due respect, it almost sounds like Luciferian tampering. Not that anyone wants a saccharine ending. So are readers to conclude that the Luciferians won because of the passivity of the Pope in defending the Church?

      "Well, they haven't won yet," says Dr. Martin on a slightly upbeat note. "We're waiting for this man to do something. He's the Vicar of Christ. I know I'm defending him but..."

      "Readers who call me or write me say, what do we do now? I say, read my next book," he continues.

      With Martin's death on July 28, 1999, his suggestion seems to be a moot point.

      "So perhaps editorially," he concludes, "it was the right decision, but religiously it was the wrong decision. I don't know."

      It's been said that "by their fruits, ye shall know them." Malachi Martin's assent to the so-called "process" is the tangible "fruit" of Windswept House.

      Is the novel a prophecy? Or is it just a warning?

      In any case, the New (Luciferian) World Order that Martin describes puts a religious spin to the whole "process" of history.

It's also clear -- the book is a Luciferian masterpiece.  


TradCatKnight in the media: THE SATANIC VATICAN DECEPTION 


          By 2100, Refugees Would Be the Most Populous Country on Earth   
Poverty and deadly wars are the major drivers of displacement.

The UN Refugee Agency has announced the new figures for the world’s displaced: 65.9 million. That means that 65.9 million human beings live as refugees, asylum seekers or as internally displaced people. If the refugees formed a country, it would be the 21st largest state in the world, just after Thailand (68.2 million) and just ahead of the United Kingdom (65.5 million). But unlike these other states, refugees have few political rights and no real representation in the institutions of the world.

The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, recently said that most of the displacement comes as a result of war. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you see old conflicts that continue to linger, and new conflicts erupting, and both produce displacement. Forced displacement is a symbol of wars that never end."

Few continents are immune from the harsh reality of war. But the epicenter of war and displacement is along the axis of the Western-driven global war on terror and resource wars. The line of displacement runs from Afghanistan to South Sudan with Syria in between. Eyes are on Syria, where the war remains hot and the tensions over escalation intensify daily. But there is as deadly a civil war in South Sudan, driven in large part by a ferocious desire to control the country’s oil. Last year, 340,000 people fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighboring Uganda. This is a larger displacement than from Syria.

Poverty is a major driver of displacement. It is what moves hundreds of thousands of people to try and cross the Sahara Desert and then the Mediterranean Sea for European pastures. But most who try this journey meet a deadly fate. Both the Sahara and the Mediterranean are dangerous. This week, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger rescued 600 migrants from the Sahara, although 52 did not survive.

A 22-year-old woman from Nigeria was among those rescued. She was on a pick-up truck with 50 people. They left Agadez for Libya. ‘We were in the desert for ten days,’ she says. "After five days, the driver abandoned us. He left us with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours. But he never did." Forty-four of the migrants died. The six who remained struggled to safety. ‘We had to drink our own pee to survive,’ she said.

Getting to Libya is hard enough. But being in Libya is perilous. Violence against vulnerable migrants inside Libya continues to occur. The IOM reports the presence in Libya of ‘slave markets.’ Migrants who make it across the Sahara into Libya have told investigators that they find themselves in these slave markets where they are bought to be taken to private prisons and put to work or else sold back to their families if they can raise the high ransom payments. UNICEF reports incidents of rape and violence against women and children in these private prisons. One 15-year-old boy said of his time in a private prison, "Here they treat us like chickens. They beat us, they do not give us good water and good food. They harass us. So many people are dying here, dying from disease, freezing to death."

Danger lurks on the sea as well. This year already IOM reports least 2,108 deaths in the sea between Libya and Italy. This is the fourth year in a row that IOM has counted over 2,000 deaths by mid-year. Over the past five years, this averages out to about 10 deaths a day. Libya, broken by NATO’s war in 2011, remains a gateway for the vulnerable from various parts of Africa, countries damaged by IMF policies and by warfare. There is no expectation that the numbers of those on the march will decrease.

In a recent paper in The Lancet (June 2017), Paul Spiegel, formerly of the UN Refugee Agency suggests that the "humanitarian system was not designed to address the types of conflicts that are happening at present." With over 65 million people displaced, the various institutions of the UN and of the NGO world are simply not capable of managing the crisis.

"It is not simply overstretched," Spiegel wrote of the humanitarian system, "it is no longer fit for purpose."

These are shattering words. One problem Spiegel identifies is the assumption that refugee flows are temporary, since wars will end at some point. What happens when wars and occupations are permanent? People either have to live for generations in refugee camps or they will seek, through dangerous passages, flight to the West. He gives the example of Iran, which absorbed over a million Afghan refugees without using the camp strategy. They simply allowed the Afghans into Iranian society and absorbed them by putting money into their various social schemes (such as education and health). Spiegel also points out that refugees must be part of the designing the process for humanitarian aid. These are good suggestions, but they are not going to be possible with the limited funds available for refugees and with the crisis level of activity that detains the humanitarian agencies.

Spiegel does not deal with one of the great problems for humanitarianism: the persistence of war and the theory that more war—or the current euphemism, security—is the answer to humanitarian crises. This January, over 1,000 people tried to scale the large barrier that divides Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Looking at that barrier, one is reminded of the idea that walls will somehow prevent migration, a view driven by President Donald Trump. Violence met the migrants, a mirror of the violence that was visited among migrants along the spinal cord of Eastern Europe last year. Walls, police forces and military interventions are all seductive to an imagination that forgets why people migrate and that they are human beings on the run with few other options. There is a view that security barriers and security forces will raise the price of migrant and deter future migrants. This is a silly illusion. Migration is dangerous already. That has not stopped anyone. More humane thinking is necessary.

It is important therefore that the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a meeting on the Sahel on June 28 that the world leaders need to "avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security" when dealing with the multiple crises in the Sahara region and north of it. "No purely military solution" can work against transnational organized crime, violent extremism and terrorism, nor against poverty and hopelessness. Underlying causes are not being addressed, and indeed the surface reactions—to bomb more—only create more problems, not less.

In the July issue of Land Use Policy, professors Charles Geisler and Ben Currens estimate that by 2100 there will be 2 billion refugees as a result of climate change. These numbers are staggering. They are an inevitable future. By then, refugees will be the largest country on earth—nomads, seeking shelter from destruction of climate and capitalism, from rising seas and wars of greed.

 

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           歌曲と物語が融合するシンフォギアシリーズ新作!「戦姫絶唱シンフォギアAXZ」のあらすじや放送日を紹介します!    
■「戦姫絶唱シンフォギアAXZ」は2017年7月放送開始!

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みなさんこんにちは、ボイスタライターの如月です。

「戦姫絶唱シンフォギアAXZ」がシリーズ第4期となり、なんと第5期の制作まで決定している人気シリーズ、今回は「戦姫絶唱シンフォギアAXZ」の放送日やあらすじなどを紹介します。

「戦姫絶唱シンフォギア」シリーズの過去作品のストーリーも簡単に振り返るのでチェックしてください。

主演の水樹奈々の関連記事はこちら

■「戦姫絶唱シンフォギア」とは

今晩19時〜 シリーズ第3期「戦姫絶唱シンフォギアGX」ニコ生一挙放送勃発! 錬金術師キャロルとオートスコアラー達、そして水樹奈々さん原案のカッコいいノイズが登場します! https://t.co/GX7hgJWwkA #symphogear

— 戦姫絶唱シンフォギアAXZ (@SYMPHOGEAR) June 24, 2017



音楽プロデューサーである上松範康さんが原作を手掛けるアニメ「戦姫絶唱シンフォギア」は2012年1月から第1期が放送されました。

2013年7月からは2期の「戦姫絶唱シンフォギアG」、2015年7月からは第3期「戦姫絶唱シンフォギアGX」、そして2017年7月から「戦姫絶唱シンフォギアAXZ」が放送されます。

この後第5期の放送も決まっている人気シリーズで、漫画化のほか2017年6月26日にはスマホアプリ「戦姫絶唱シンフォギアXD UNLIMITED」が配信されるなど幅広く展開されています。

上松範康さんは音楽クリエイター集団「Elements Garden」の代表で数多くのアーティスト、アニメ・ゲーム関連作品に楽曲を提供しています。特に水樹奈々さんのヒット曲を多数手がけており、水樹奈々さんのブレイクのきっかけ「ETERNAL BLAZE」の作曲・編曲を手がけています。

妹はラテンアメリカの伝統的な楽器アルパ奏者の上松美香さんで、日本のアルパ奏者の第一人者という音楽一家です。

ちなみに上松美香さんは水樹奈々さんの初めての紅白出場となった「第60回NHK紅白歌合戦」で、兄上松範康さんが作詞を手掛けた「深愛」を水樹奈々さんが歌唱した際に奏者として出演しています。

物語だけではなく楽曲が魅力的な「戦姫絶唱シンフォギア」シリーズ、「戦姫絶唱シンフォギアAXZ」で登場する楽曲にも注目です!

■「戦姫絶唱シンフォギアAXZ」の内容・あらすじ

「戦姫絶唱シンフォギア」過去3シリーズが3夜連続でニコ生一挙放送決定! 22日(木)に第1期、23日(金)に第2期G、24日(土)に第3期GXを配信します! https://t.co/JgHiIIWojA #symphogear

— 戦姫絶唱シンフォギアAXZ (@SYMPHOGEAR) June 16, 2017



「一にして全なるモノが死を灯す。」

キャッチフレーズがとても不穏ですね、今回の敵はかなりの絶望をもたらす相手になるのでしょうか。

「魔法少女事変」と称される、錬金術師キャロルの世界解剖計画を阻止してから数週間後立花響は強大な敵を前に組み伏せられようとしていた。

その強大な敵というのは、「夏休みの宿題」。

響にとっては世界を揺るがす敵よりもきつい相手かもしれませんね、学生としては逃げようのない運命は過酷で無慈悲。

そもそもこの敵が強くなったのは響のせい、海へ行き山へ行き、新しくできた友達との約束を大事に守り花火を見る、お盆には実家に帰って家族水入らずでおおはしゃぎ。

この自らが選んだ日々を送った響、気がついたときには「夏休みの宿題」が強大な敵として残ってしまった、じっくり時間をかければそれほどの相手ではないのだが響にそれができるわけもなく。

夏休み後半の投稿日、響の新たな戦いは切って落とされる。

オリジナル作品の「戦姫絶唱シンフォギアAXZ」、アニメ放送前は敵の全容などがまったくわかりません、とりあえずわかったことは響はやっぱり響だったということだけ。

どのような物語が描かれるのか、放送を楽しみに待ちましょう!ボイスタでアニメ速報記事を公開するのでチェックしてくださいね!

■「戦姫絶唱シンフォギア」シリーズのあらすじ

シリーズ第1弾:戦姫絶唱シンフォギア

#オススメのアニメをひとつだけあげる
戦姫絶唱シンフォギア
ストーリーは初代が一番おすすめです。 pic.twitter.com/3FQkkyZKoJ

— 金詩 (@shingo811258291) April 10, 2017



女子中学生の立花響は天羽奏と風鳴翼による人気ツインボーカルユニット「ツヴァイウィング」のファンでライブを楽しんでいました。

そこに突然襲い掛かってきたのは人を飲み込み炭素に変えてしまう認定特異災害「ノイズ」、大混乱の中「ノイズ」と戦うのは「ツヴァイウィング」の2人。2人は特異災害対策機動部の一員として対ノイズ用の武装「シンフォギア」をまとい戦います。

逃げ遅れて重症を負ってしまった響を助けるため天羽奏はシンフォギア装者、最大最強の攻撃手段である絶唱を使用する。

絶唱はその強大な力と引き換えに使用者の肉体に大きな負荷を与える、天羽奏は響を助けるために自らの生命を失います。

事件から2年後、街中で再びノイズと遭遇してしまします。その際に2年前に奏が歌った歌を口ずさむと眩い光と共に響の身体を特殊なプロテクターが包み込みます。

これは「シンフォギアシステム」、自身の変化に戸惑う響救ったのは風鳴翼、シンフォギアの適応者となった響はなし崩し的に特異災害対策機動部二課へ連行される。

そして自分を取り巻く環境をしった響はシンフォギア「ガングニール」の奏者として戦うことを決意します。

響は翼との確執、謎の少女雪音クリスとの戦いなどを乗り越え、謎の女のフィーネが張り巡らせた策謀と対峙していく。

シリーズ第2弾:戦姫絶唱シンフォギアG

不死鳥のフランメ / 戦姫絶唱シンフォギアG キャラクターソング1 / マリア・カデンツァヴナ・イヴ (日笠陽子) x 風鳴翼 (水樹奈々) #nowplaying pic.twitter.com/Eck6BW2O2L

— こいぬAXZ (@utaukoinu) June 14, 2017



響たちとフィーネの戦い「ルナアタック」から3か月後、人類のノイズ対策の要となる聖遺物「ソロモンの杖」強奪事件が起きる。

その同日来日した歌姫マリア・カデンツァヴナ・イヴと合同ライブをしていた翼、その前にノイズが現れます。

驚く翼の前でマリアはシンフォギア「ガングニール」を纏い、ノイズを統率しながらフィーネの名を掲げ全世界に宣戦布告を行う。

アメリカの聖遺物研究機関「F.I.S.」が擁していたフィーネの器になる可能性を持つ者「レセプターチルドレン」の1人としてルナアタックの影響による月の落下で地球が滅ぶと知ったマリア、指導者のナスターシャ教授、レセプターチルドレンの月読調と暁切歌、技術協力者のウェル博士などとともに人類を救うため「フロンティア計画」実行に移します。

同じ人間同士で対立することを悲観する響、そして「レセプターチルドレン」たちも苦しむ。

人類を救うという同じ目的で対立する両者の結末は?

シリーズ第3弾:戦姫絶唱シンフォギアGX

【ニコ生】『戦姫絶唱シンフォギア』『戦姫絶唱シンフォギアG』『戦姫絶唱シンフォギアGX』一挙放送決定! https://t.co/RHHbfynpVs pic.twitter.com/O9W9XNbjTd

— 極・ゲームニュー速暇つぶしアンテナ (@GokuGameSokuho) June 16, 2017



フロンティア事変の翌夏、地球には謎の戦闘集団が現れます、それは錬金術師キャロルと自動人形たち。

シンフォギア装者以上の戦闘能力だけでなく、シンフォギアの侵食分解能力も持つアルカ・ノイズを使役する自動人形たちを相手に響たちは苦戦を強いられます。

ノイズの脅威が去ったことで国連直轄下の機動部隊「S.O.N.G.」として再編された二課の元には錬金術師のもとから亡命したエルフナインによる、強化型シンフォギアの開発計画「プロジェクト・イグナイト」が始まります。

強力な自動人形たちにこの計画で対抗できるか、そして錬金術師の目的とは?

■「戦姫絶唱シンフォギアAXZ」の放送情報

先日開催した「戦姫絶唱シンフォギアAXZ」プレミア上映会のイベントレポートをアップしました! 悠木碧さん、高垣彩陽さん、日笠陽子さんによるアフタートーク動画も公開中! https://t.co/qsyAuj8ijS #symphogear

— 戦姫絶唱シンフォギアAXZ (@SYMPHOGEAR) June 30, 2017



アニメ「戦姫絶唱シンフォギアAXZ」の放送情報を紹介します、しっかりチェックをして放送を見逃さないようにしましょう!

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■「戦姫絶唱シンフォギアAXZ」の放送日をチェックして見逃さないようにしよう!

そして第1話「バルベルデ地獄変」の次回予告も公開しました! いよいよ明日から「戦姫絶唱シンフォギアAXZ」の放送がスタートします。どうぞお見逃し無く!! https://t.co/PAnaHxctUA #symphogear

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          Dropshot, CFF #7, Bass, 6/23/2017, Copyman   
<br /> We decided to limit our run distance just in case the weather became severe. Ran to our first spot and fighting the wind for about ten m
          BYKI Irish iPhone App   

BYKI French was one of the first iPhone apps I bought - when the Irish app came out, I bought it straight away. BYKI's online software which has been around since about the early 90s. The BYKI website promises you'll be able to 'learn <a language> fast, know it forever' using their system. If only Big Smile

DIALECT

The BYKI Irish app aims to teach you 1000 words and phrases. I'm not an expert on identifying dialects - I can only say it's not Ulster - e.g. 'Dia duit' is pronounced 'Jee-ah Guh-widge' not 'Jee-ah Ditch' as you'd more commonly hear in Ulster. You'll learn 'Conas atá tú?' for 'How are you?' instead of our more common 'Cad é mar ata tú?'

HOW IT WORKS

BYKI teach with their 3 step process, which involves:

1 Look through flashcards with images and text.

2 Test yourself - look at the Irish and see if you can get the English

3 Test yourself - look at the English and see if you can get the Irish

4 QUIZ

Yes. It's actually a four-step process. They must think that three steps sounds better than four!

In step one you see the text, an image and hear the Irish spoken. Steps 2 and 3 show you the Irish/English and you tap to reveal the answer, telling the app whether or not you got it correct.

Finally, there's the quiz. I use this as a test quite often - I go straight to the quiz to see how I do. If I'm awful, I'll do the set from scratch. If I'm 100%, I'll mark the list off as learned. I also use this to quick revise lists I learned a while back.

Problem 1 - the lists

BYKI's language lists are frustrating. You only get to download a maximum of 91 lists - with about 10 words in each. That's sort of fine, I guess, except that there's no real reason for this limit. And the lists are not always grouped the way I would group words - e.g. You might be asked to learn 'go raibh maith agat' in the 'at the bank' list. It's not that I might not want to say 'go raibh maith agat' at the bank - it's just that I'd rather learn that word in a list of 'polite stuff' and learn another money word or phrase in the bank list. You can't really tell what you'll get in a list.

Problem 2 - Learning what you already know

You can't delete words you know and keep words you don't. So if there's a list of 10 words and you already know 'dia duit' and 'slán', you'll still have to sit through repeated exposure to 'dia duit' and 'slán' when you'd rather be pushing your brain with new stuff. EVERY app I've used has this problem, so it's not a big BYKI failure - but still - being bored when learning is death to the retention process.

Other useful features on BYKI French
Twitter search

Real-time Twitter search of words and phrases from within Byki for iPhone. I loved this feature in BYKI for French - it's so interesting to get random real-life usage of French phrases. Doesn't work so well for Irish - even obvious words like 'slán' frequently don't have results. Guess we all need to tweet more as Gaeilge!

Download User Language Lists

I know you can donwload lists from over 5,000 user-created lessons, but this feature never seemed to work for me - kept crashing and I gave up. Perhaps it's more stable now, but you've still got the problem of figuring out which of the 5,000 lists are any good. Would be better if BYKI would either create new lists for us to download, or star extra-good or popular lists from the user-generated lists.

Extend your app with BYKI deluxe

If you buy BYKI deluxe (currently about £35) you can create your own language lists and download them to your phone. There's a free trial for this - and it's a similar feature to Mental Case, which I'll be reviewing later. Great feature, I guess, if you've the time to sit and make your own lists. I certainly don't.

Neat controls

BYKI offer great settings control - you can turn off the English voice that so irritates a lot of users, so you just hear the target language. You can change the scores, either to mark off word sets you know and don't need to learn, or to cheat and make yourself feel better. You can change the quiz settings from Irish-English and vice versa (I prefer the harder English-Irish setting).

Stats

It's got a nice little stats option, which will tell you how many sessions you've had, number of learned cards, number of learned lists and total time spent learning.

VERDICT?
I highly recommend BYKI as one of the best language apps I've found. It could do better, but few apps compare. It's well worth the money.
Costs: £4.99 sterling

Want to try BYKI before you buy? I can't find a 'lite' BYKI Irish app, but I found 15 BYKI languages - a free app that introduces you to different languages using the BYKI system.

Anyone else tried BYKI and liked it?


          SAP (FI/HR)Technical Delivery Manager - GTS BSG - Hyderabad - Deloitte - Hyderabad, Telangana   
Our technical and functional experts work in the SAP areas of FI, HCM, BW/BPC and Reporting. Deloitte Support Services India Private Limited....
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          Shop / Field laborers - Renegade Gas & Oilfield Services Ltd. - Conklin, AB   
We are currently hiring for shop and field laborers. Must be physically fit and be able to lift 50lbs plus. *Duties included but not limited to: (shop laborer $16 an hour
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          Los Hermanastros - Bachs 1969   
Bachs' poster for this 1957 Japanese production features his trademark style to illustrate the tyrannical military officer at the centre of the film. Los Hermanastros (Stepbrothers) is a critique of male dominated Japanese society. The poster artwork is restrained yet creative, using limited colours and shapes to illustrate the aggressive face of the protagonist and the bright colours of his outfit.
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          DISTORTION OF SPACE linocut by WingedLion   

270.00 USD

"Distortion of Space" is a color linocut (original hand pulled print, not a reproduction). Designed, cut, and printed by me, Natalia Moroz. Signed, titled, and numbered in pencil (from a limited edition of 27). Dated 2005.

The image area is about 9"x12" and the paper size is 15"x16.5". Printed on beautiful printmaking paper (Rising Stonehenge, acid-free) with oil based printing ink - all materials are permanent and archival. Directly from my studio, the print is in mint condition. To learn more about linocut printmaking please read my profile.


          Faux Pearl Studded Cross Pendant Necklace Vintage 1977 Limited Edition signed Sarah Coventry by MyVintageJewels   

18.70 USD

This is a really wonderful Faux Pearl Studded Cross Pendant Necklace Vintage 1977 Limited Edition signed Sarah Coventry! The pendant measures a full 3 1/4” in length by 1 3/4” in width. The original chain measures 22” from end to end with a barrel clasp. This piece is a Limited Edition, and I assume that as is the case of other Sarah Coventry Limited Edition crosses, the molds would have been destroyed at the end of 1977. This piece will never be produced again… Perfect for the collector! And also perfect to wear!

This Pendant Necklace is in Excellent vintage condition!

Please take a look at the other wonderful vintage jewelry in my shop!


          Palm Beach - Certified Nursing Assistant - Right At Home Boca Raton FL - Boca Raton, FL   
* *Performs personal care activities that assist the patient with activities of daily living which include (but are not limited to): * * *Personal hygiene $10 - $11 an hour
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          Wealth Coach William R. Patterson - How to Publish & Distribute Your Book for Maximum Profit    
Bestselling Author Secrets Part II - Join international best-selling author William R. Patterson and expert writing coach N. Kali Mincy as they share their success secrets. Learn their accelerated process for writing, publishing and book marketing. For more information, visit http://www.baronseries.com/book-marketing-coaching.htm In this workshop, you will learn how to: (1) Avoid common mistakes most independent and signed authors make regarding contract negotiation, marketing and distribution (2) Produce your book on a limited budget (3) Find the best distributors for your book (4) Get your book in bookstores and libraries (5) Make money abroad by selling or licensing rights to your book (6) Quadruple your average book order with volume and premium sales
          Natural Limits to World Wind Energy?   
From a thermodynamic analysis, it is estimated that the amount of energy available in the Earth system to be extracted by wind-turbines is limited at 18 - 64 TW, and far less than previous engineering-based estimates. If wind-power technology were expanded to a level of energy extraction comparable to...
          Facebook changes News Feed to curb spammers   
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          It’s the fortnight of helping!   
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Marie wants to try something really special! For two weeks, you can ask other farmers for help with any tasks that you’re struggling with! If you feel up to a challenge, you can also become a Mentor and take on tasks that other farmers need help with.

 Farmers who do tasks to help others will go through 3 tiers of mentorship: Bronze, Silver and Gold. You can choose your rewards at every tier, and these rewards will get better with every tier!
 If you are level 25 or higher, you’ll see this notice telling you about the Fortnight of Helping. Click the button to get started right away.
You’ll be able to access this special event at the top left side of your game window.
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Asking for Help
If you need to ask for help, look for the “Ask for Help” tab. You will see all your active tasks here. Remember, you’ll only be able to ask for help on one task at a time.
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You can cancel a help request at any time, just as long as another player hasn’t picked it up yet.
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If a mentor begins helping you, you’ll see their name on your help request:
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When a mentor completes a task for you, pick one of these reactions to show them that you’re grateful!
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Being a Mentor
To become a mentor to other farmers in need, you’ll have to first prove that you are hardworking and dependable!
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As soon as you complete these basic tasks, you’ll become a Bronze tier mentor and you’ll be able to pick up help requests sent by other farmers in the Mentor Lobby.
You can only work on 1 task at a time and you’ll have to finish the task within a time limit.
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When you complete a task, you’ll have the opportunity to send that farmer some encouragement!
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Those farmers you help will send you gratitude in return! Keep track of the gratitude you receive here:
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Every task that you do as a mentor will earn you Mentor Points! Redeem these Mentor points for rewards as you play.
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The number of help requests you complete determines your Mentor Tier. Doing 15 tasks will put you in the Silver tier. When you finish a total of 35 tasks, you’ll move to Gold.
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Your rewards will get better depending on your Mentor tier!
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Community Statistics!
Keep track of what the community of helpers is up to here!
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Do play our new feature and let us know what you think!

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          Split Shape by Plane in OpenCASCADE   

Split Shape by Plane in OpenCASCADE

eryar@163.com

Abstract. Sometimes you want to split a shape by plane or even split a shape by a B Spline surface, OpenCASCADE provide a feature class BRepFeat_SplitShape to implement the function. The paper give a sample code to split a cylinder by plane.

Key Words. Split Shape, BRep Feature Algorithms.

1. Introduction

OpenCASCADE提供了Boolean Operation实现了任意两个形状的交、并、差的布尔操作。但是如何实现用一个面将一个形状切割成两半呢?其实Boolean Operation中已经有求交分割的算法,但是没有直接提供一个分割的功能类,而是在BRepFeat_SplitShape提供了分割功能。

wps69BE.tmp

Figure 1. Split Cylinder by Plane

2. Code Demo

使用类BRepAlgoAPI_Section和类BRepFeat_SplitShape相结合来实现分割Split形状的功能。完整代码示例如下:

/*
Copyright(C) 2017 Shing Liu(eryar@163.com)

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy
of this software and associated documentation files(the "Software"), to deal
in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights
to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and / or sell
copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is
furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions :

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all
copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR
IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY,
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT.IN NO EVENT SHALL THE
AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER
LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM,
OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE
SOFTWARE.
*/

// Visual Studio 2013 & OpenCASCADE7.1.0

#include <gp_Pln.hxx>

#include <TopoDS.hxx>

#include <TopExp.hxx>
#include <TopExp_Explorer.hxx>

#include <BRepTools.hxx>

#include <BRepPrimAPI_MakeCylinder.hxx>

#include <BRepAlgoAPI_Section.hxx>

#include <BRepFeat_SplitShape.hxx>

#pragma comment(lib, "TKernel.lib")
#pragma comment(lib, "TKMath.lib")

#pragma comment(lib, "TKG2d.lib")
#pragma comment(lib, "TKG3d.lib")
#pragma comment(lib, "TKGeomBase.lib")
#pragma comment(lib, "TKGeomAlgo.lib")

#pragma comment(lib, "TKBRep.lib")
#pragma comment(lib, "TKTopAlgo.lib")

#pragma comment(lib, "TKBO.lib")
#pragma comment(lib, "TKPrim.lib")
#pragma comment(lib, "TKFeat.lib")

//! Test split a cylinder by plane.
//! You can use the algorithm to split other shapes.
void testSplit()
{
    BRepPrimAPI_MakeCylinder aCylinderMaker(10.0, 20.0);
    TopoDS_Shape aCylinder = aCylinderMaker.Shape();

    // Build section by the split plane for the cylinder.
    BRepAlgoAPI_Section aSection(aCylinder, gp_Pln(gp_Pnt(0.0, 0.0, 15.0), gp::DZ()), Standard_False);
    aSection.ComputePCurveOn1(Standard_True);
    aSection.Approximation(Standard_True);
    aSection.Build();

    // Split the cylinder shape.
    BRepFeat_SplitShape aShapeSpliter(aCylinder);

    for (TopExp_Explorer i(aSection.Shape(), TopAbs_EDGE); i.More(); i.Next())
    {
        TopoDS_Shape anEdge = i.Current();
        TopoDS_Shape aFace;

        if (aSection.HasAncestorFaceOn1(anEdge, aFace))
        {
            TopoDS_Edge E = TopoDS::Edge(anEdge);
            TopoDS_Face F = TopoDS::Face(aFace);

            aShapeSpliter.Add(E, F);
        }
    }

    aShapeSpliter.Build();

    // Rebuild left and right shape.
    BRep_Builder aBuilder;
    TopoDS_Compound aLeftCompound;
    TopoDS_Compound aRightCompound;

    aBuilder.MakeCompound(aLeftCompound);
    aBuilder.MakeCompound(aRightCompound);

    // Left shape.
    TopTools_MapOfShape aLeftShapeMap;
    const TopTools_ListOfShape& aLeftShapes = aShapeSpliter.Left();
    for (auto i = aLeftShapes.cbegin(); i != aLeftShapes.cend(); i++)
    {
        aLeftShapeMap.Add(*i);

        aBuilder.Add(aLeftCompound, *i);
    }

    // Right shape.
    TopTools_IndexedMapOfShape aShapeMap;
    TopExp::MapShapes(aShapeSpliter.Shape(), TopAbs_FACE, aShapeMap);

    for (auto i = aShapeMap.cbegin(); i != aShapeMap.cend(); i++)
    {
        if (!aLeftShapeMap.Contains(*i))
        {
            aBuilder.Add(aRightCompound, *i);
        }
    }

    // Output left and right shape.
    BRepTools::Write(aLeftCompound, "d:/left.brep");
    BRepTools::Write(aRightCompound, "d:/right.brep");
}

int main(int argc, char* argv[])
{
    testSplit();

    return 0;
}

先创建一个圆柱体,再使用类BRepAlgoAPI_Section将圆柱体用平面进行分割,最后使用类BRepFeat_SplitShape进行分类,得到切割后的形状及Left()形状,把切割后形状中的Left过滤后剩下就是切割另一半的形状;最后导出被平面切割后得到的两半形状。结果用动画演示如下:

split shape

Figure 2. Split Shape animation demo

3. Conclusion

OpenCASCADE提供类BRepFeat_SplitShape来实现对一个形状进行切割的功能,但是要配合BRepAlgoAPI_Section使用。因为Boolean Operation中已经实现了求交、分类的功能,所以在最新版本的源码7.2.0中已经将分割功能集成到了Boolean Operation中。分割后如果没有被改变的面还是原来的面。



eryar 2017-07-01 12:21 发表评论

          The get-up-to-speed-guide on the school voucher debate   

With a choice-friendly President and Secretary of Education now in office, private school choice programs have been cast into the national spotlight. This week has been no different: On Monday, researchers released two major studies on vouchers—one on Indiana’s program, the other on Louisiana’s—and the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that may have implications for choice programs across this nation.

Among other things, this means that the debate on private school choice has moved from the periphery of the education policy conversation to center stage. As a result, some of you may be joining the conversation for the first time. As a long-time participant in the voucher wars, we at the Fordham Institute thought it might be helpful to offer a get-up-to-speed guide featuring some of our “greatest hits” on the topic.

We’ve arranged it around four questions:

  1. What does the research tell us about the impact of school vouchers on participants and on traditional public schools?
  2. What is smart policy regarding results-based accountability in the context of private school choice?
  3. How can we encourage private schools to participate in choice programs, and get high-quality schools to grow or replicate?
  4. What are the pros and cons of a big new federal initiative on private school choice?

What does the research tell us about the impact of school vouchers on participants and on traditional public schools?

Boosting student outcomes remains a key goal of private-school choice. While Fordham isn’t a program evaluator per se, we’ve been proud to assist and support several important empirical analyses on the impacts of vouchers on both participants and pupils in public schools. Back in the early 2000s, we helped support an experimental study of a privately funded scholarship program in Dayton. The analysis found that African American participants made significant progress (more so in reading). Fast forward almost a decade: Ohio lawmakers had enacted a statewide voucher program known as EdChoice. In 2008, Fordham and a number other groups released an early study offering evidence that vouchers may have improved public schools as competition increased. Eight years later, we released a rigorous analysis of EdChoice by David Figlio. His study would corroborate the “competitive effects” finding, though he also found that voucher students themselves lost ground on state tests. As we’ve discussed, however, the participant analysis has several limitations that should be kept in mind. For an accessible overview of this study, see Dr. Figlio’s slide deck presented at our February event on voucher research.

What is smart policy regarding results-based accountability in the context of private school choice?

One of the central, thorniest policy questions of private-school choice programs is whether and how to hold them accountable for results. In 2009, we interviewed twenty top thinkers on choice and accountability. They offered a variety of perspectives on matters such as testing and transparency around those results; financial disclosures; and whether low-performing private schools should be stripped of their ability to enroll scholarship students. In the end, we suggested a “sliding scale” approach—private schools with more voucher students would face closer scrutiny than those with just a handful. Five years later, we released a policy toolkit aimed at state legislators wrestling with accountability in voucher or scholarship programs. Our recommendations insisted on protecting private schools’ freedoms, while holding them accountable for student outcomes (again on a sliding scale). In a couple follow-up blog posts, we continued to make the case that choice, done well, requires accountability for student learning. We noted earlier this year that as scholarship programs have expanded, states have indeed put into place reasonable accountability provisions, debunking one of critics’ favorite claims—that voucher-accepting schools are “unaccountable.”

How can we encourage private schools to participate in choice programs, and get high-quality schools to grow or replicate?

Not every private school decides to admit scholarship students when given the opportunity. Why do some schools participate, while others decline? In Red Tape or Red Herring, we surveyed private-school leaders to find out which policies weigh most heavily on this decision. Most respondents cite regulations that restrict admissions or religious practices as deterrents, while just a minority felt that testing discourages participation. The overwhelming majority said they were motivated by the opportunity to “expand their mission to their community.” Our case study of five Ohio private schools also reveals that vouchers are seen as a way to reach more families. Yet the school leaders also are candid about the challenges of maintaining a culture of high expectations, while working on shoestring budgets. Similar themes are echoed in a Fordham report that looked inside Catholic voucher-accepting schools in Milwaukee.

What are the pros and cons of a big new federal initiative on private school choice?

This all brings us to the burning question of the day, at least for Beltway policy wonks: Should there be a federal private-school choice initiative—and what should it look like? On these questions, we’ve got you covered. Just two days before President Trump’s inauguration, we co-hosted an event that debated three options for a federal private-school choice program. Throughout February, we published the views of a dozen top-notch experts in our fourth annual “Wonkathon.” We crowned a quartet from the Foundation for Excellence in Education as our “wisest wonks” in this competition, having won a popular vote for the most persuasive proposal. In February and April, we at Fordham co-hosted events that continued to explore issues in a potential federal choice program, from both research and policy angles. After weighing the competing arguments, Mike expressed his skepticism about the wisdom of a big new federal tax credit scholarship program.

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Needless to say, we at the Education Gadfly have logged countless hours and spilled much ink wrestling with the issues around private school choice. We’ve done everything from commenting on presidential candidate Al Gore’s position on vouchers to penning editorials in newspapers to testifying before legislators in our home state of Ohio. We’ll continue to be relentless in advocating for thriving private schools that are accessible to families of all backgrounds. We certainly don’t have all the answers to get us there, but we hope you’ll consider joining us in this effort.

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Fordham reports

Marshall Allen, “Public Support for Catholic Schools” in Scott Hamilton (ed.) Who Will Save America’s Urban Public Schools (2008); Chester E. Finn, Jr., et al, When Private Schools Take Public Dollars: What’s the Place of Accountability in School Voucher Programs? (2009); David Stuit and Sy Doan, School Choice Regulations: Red Tape or Red Herring? (2012); Ellen Belcher, Pluck and Tenacity: How Five Private Schools in Ohio Have Adapted to Vouchers (2014); Fordham Institute, Public Accountability and Private-School Choice: A Policy Toolkit (2014); David Figlio and Krzysztof Karbownik, Evaluation of Ohio’s EdChoice Scholarship Program: Selection, Competition, and Performance Effects (2016).

Fordham commentary

Michael Petrilli, “The problem with ‘bad voucher schools aren’t a problem,’” (2014); Michael Petrilli and Chester E. Finn, Jr., “The two tracks of school reform,” (2014); Michael Petrilli, “Vouchers have changed. Maybe your position should change, too” (2017); Michael Petrilli and Richard Kahlenberg, “Two experts debate whether public funds should be used to support private school vouchers” (2017); Aaron Churchill, “Don’t neglect vouchers’ competitive effects” (2017); Michael Petrilli, “The Fordham Institute’s 2017 Wonkathon: The $20 billion school choice edition” (2017); Fordham Institute, “A new federal push on private school choice?” (2017); Fordham Institute, “A $20 billion school choice tax credit program: Yes, maybe, how so?” (2017); Chad L. Aldis, “Testimony before the Ohio House Finance Committee” (2017); Michael Petrilli, “The three miracles required for Donald Trump to become the patron saint of school choice” (2017).


          Three ways to improve Ohio’s ESSA Plan   

In early June, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released an updated draft of its ESSA plan for public comment. The department had initially intended to submit its plan earlier this spring, but after heavy pressure, state officials decided to delay submission until September. The most important part of the document is its description of the state’s proposed school accountability and intervention policies. We believe that Ohio’s plan does a good job meeting both federal and state requirements.

Still, Ohio should aim for excellence, if not perfection. Allow me to identify three improvements worthy of consideration before ODE submits its plan to the U.S. Department of Education. These are sections that ODE could likely tweak without running afoul of federal or state law.

Eliminate the Chronic Absenteeism indicator (Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs—Indicators; lines 428-512)

ODE proposes using Chronic Absenteeism as a new report-card measure to comply with ESSA’s requirement for an indicator of School Quality or Student Success. This is a mistake. While related to student learning, absenteeism is not itself an outcome measure, which should form the basis of school accountability. Attendance should be viewed more akin to an “input” measure, like student demographics; as the Ohio Auditor of State writes, “attendance is merely an input over which schools have minimal control.” In addition, to maintain the integrity of the indicator, a robust process may need to be in place to verify schools’ attendance data. Audits of attendance data have revealed unintentional errors or intentional manipulation of records under what the Auditor has called an “honor system” of district attendance reporting. A recent Plain Dealer article notes that the district with Ohio’s highest chronic absenteeism rate claims an error was likely made in the data. For these reasons, ODE might consider other options to comply with ESSA’s School Quality indicator, such as using only its Prepared for Success component (for high schools) or perhaps data from its Achievement component (such as “indicators met” which would cover almost all schools).

Identify the bottom 5 percent of schools for “comprehensive support”—and no more (Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs, Subpart 4; lines 224-233).

ESSA requires states to identify a minimum of 5 percent of schools as low-performing and in need of comprehensive support—i.e., some form of state intervention. Ohio should affirm that it will identify, per the federal minimum requirement, the bottom 5 percent of schools. But ODE should also make clearer how it plans to identify comprehensive schools—the draft only refers to the use of the summative rating system. It does not indicate whether the total number of points earned by a school, or whether the overall A-F letter grades themselves will lead to identification of comprehensive schools. ODE should use the point system that drives the A-F ratings, not the summative ratings. That’s because the number of F-rated schools may exceed the 5 percent target. Using the points system, however, would allow ODE to identify just the bottom 5 percent. By limiting the number of comprehensive-support schools, the state could better focus its resources on the organizational changes necessary to improve Ohio’s lowest performing schools. It may also discourage state policymakers from lowering the bar just to have fewer schools assigned F’s and placed under state oversight.

Eliminate the Watch category of schools from the ESSA Plan (Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs Operated by LEAs, Subpart 4; lines 319-337).

Under ESSA, Ohio must identify two groups of schools as in need of improvement (“comprehensive” and “targeted” support schools). But ODE’s plan goes beyond these categories and identifies a third group of low-performing schools called “watch” schools. The basis for this identification is found in state, not federal, law, and ODE may not need to include Watch schools in its plan to comply with ESSA. In the coming days, Ohio lawmakers should consider eliminating or modifying the state law that allows ODE and the State Board to identify Watch schools and subject them to school improvement plans. Under federal law, Ohio must already intervene in schools with low-performing subgroups, i.e., “targeted” support schools. The Watch category goes further—perhaps a step too far—by identifying even more schools for intervention based on subgroup performance. It’s unlikely that ODE has the capacity to support in a meaningful way so many schools for improvement.

***

ODE’s ESSA plan should simply describe how it intends to meet federal requirements within the state accountability framework. In the areas noted above, ODE could dial back or clarify its compliance with ESSA before submitting the plan to federal officials. Each of these suggestions has the potential to reduce the administrative burdens—while maintaining accountability for outcomes—and free Buckeye educators to focus on students. 


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          Verano de Dragon Ball: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai   
Comenzamos nuestro repaso veraniego a los juegos de Goku.

Dragon Ball FighterZ fue uno de los grandes anuncios del E3 y ha hecho que muchos jugadores de todas las edades se motiven con este juego de lucha tan fiel a la serie de animación. Tras ver la impresionante recepción del anuncio y con muchos meses por delante hasta el lanzamiento, hemos decidido dedicar cada día de los meses de julio a recordar un juego importante basado en las aventuras de Goku. Desde el 1 de julio al 31 de agosto recordaremos 62 de los juegos más importantes basados en Dragon Ball y sus diferentes adaptaciones o secuelas.

Para quien quiera profundizar más en el tema, se acaba de poner a la venta Dragon Ball: Los videojuegos de una generación (Vol. 1), de la editorial STAR-T Magazine Books y escrito por el desarrollador de videojuegos David Jaumandreu, que abarca los juegos de 1986 a 1997.

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai (2002)


Aunque las aventuras de Goku y compañía nunca se fueron de nuestro lado y siempre han estado presentes en nuestras vidas de un modo u otro, lo cierto es que hubo una época en la que sufrimos una considerable sequía de juegos basados en la mítica obra de Akira Toriyama. Siendo más concretos, tuvieron que pasar la friolera de cinco años antes de que Bandai Namco volviera a apostar con fuerza por la licencia.



Curiosamente, pasamos de no tener ningún tipo de nuevo material jugable de Dragon Ball a recibir de golpe y porrazo tres juegos en 2002, marcando de este modo una nueva fiebre por el lanzamiento indiscriminado de Kame Hame Has entre el gran público. De estos tres, The Legacy of Goku, Legendary Super Warriors y Budokai, fue probablemente este último el que más culpa tuvo de poner otra vez de moda a estos icónicos saiyans.

No en vano, se lanzó inicialmente para PlayStation 2, una de las consolas más exitosas de todos los tiempos y la sobremesa que arrasaba por aquel entonces, y se trataba del que era sin duda el juego con mejores gráficos hasta la fecha jamás realizado basado en Dragon Ball.


Los modelados poligonales de los personajes no es que fueran ninguna maravilla, pero captaban perfectamente la esencia de cada uno de ellos, y el despliegue de efectos del que hacía gala el juego en cada una de sus batallas elevaban el espectáculo a unos niveles que nunca habíamos visto en un producto de la serie (y si encima lo comparábamos con el anterior título, Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout, el salto era todavía mayor).

Pero, tal y como se suele decir, no todo eran gráficos, ya que el título resultó ser un entretenido juego de lucha tridimensional que si bien carecía de cierta profundidad, supo cómo hacernos pasar buenos ratos intercambiando golpes, técnicas y combos con nuestros amigos o contra la IA en su genial Modo Historia, gracias al cual pudimos revivir las sagas de los Saiyans, Namek y Cell con mucha fidelidad gracias a los vídeos generados por el propio motor gráfico que nos iban interconectando una pelea con otra, las cuales solían tener condiciones especiales para ajustarse más todavía a lo que pudimos ver en las viñetas y en la televisión.

Precisamente, es aquí donde encontramos uno de sus mayores contras: el juego solo llegaba hasta la saga de Cell, por lo que su plantilla de personajes se veía muy limitada por culpa de esto mismo, aunque se permitieron el "lujo" de incluir a Great Saiyaman como jugable. En total, 23 combatientes, una cifra que no estaba nada mal para lo que estábamos acostumbrados por aquel entonces, pero que se quedaría muy corta en pocos años.


En cuanto a su jugabilidad, cabe destacar el hecho de que contaba con un sistema personalizable de cápsulas, mediante el cual podíamos configurar las técnicas, transformaciones y mejoras con las que contarían nuestros personajes en el terreno de combate. Como el espacio para equiparnos cápsulas era limitado, teníamos que pensar muy bien qué cosas queríamos y cuáles preferíamos sacrificar.

El problema es que este sistema era demasiado restrictivo y nos obligaba a realizar combos concretos para poder realizar una técnica especial, de modo que, por ejemplo, no podíamos ejecutar un simple Kame Hame Ha si no impactábamos con una secuencia de golpes predeterminada previamente, lo que limitaba mucho nuestra creatividad durante los combates, dando como resultado unos combates que acababan cansando rápidamente por culpa del poco margen que nos daban para improvisar.


Por suerte para todos, la jugabilidad mejoraría sustancialmente con sus secuelas (algo que ya comentaremos en próximas entregas de este "Verano de Dragon Ball"), por lo que podemos concluir que se trató de un primer paso lo suficientemente decente y bueno como para devolver el interés general por Dragon Ball y alegrarnos la vida a toda su legión de fans.

Nota: Las imágenes pertenecen a la remasterización HD del juego.

Verano de Dragon Ball: Dragon Ball Z: Budokai
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          Konfiskohet sasi e madhe municioni dhe drogë në Vërmicë (Foto)   
Dogana e Kosovës njofton se të premtën, gjatë kontrollimeve në pikën kufitare me Shqipërinë në Vërmicë, kanë arritur të parandalojnë futjen e lëndës narkotike si dhe një sasie të municionit respektivisht fishek. Sipas njoftimit të Doganave, të premten rreth orës 20:40 në Pikën e Kalimit Kufitar është paraqitur automjeti me targa të Shqipërisë me dy […]
          DOM DE ANJO COM RECARGAS (De 14 a 18 de março)   

Duração da atividade:
De 14 a 18 de março
Detalhes da atividade: Recargas com prêmios legais, grande oportunidade!
Regras das atividades: Durante a atividade,os jogadores que com recargas únicas atingirem quantidades determinadas poderão ganhar ricos prêmios!...



Recompensas da atividade:
1.Durante a atividade:
1).Com uma recarga única de 500 cupons poderá ganhar brocos elementares x2
2).Com uma recarga única de 1000 cupons poderá ganhar brocos elementares x5
3).Com uma recarga única de 3000 cupons poderá ganhar pedra de fortalecimento de nível 3 x3
4).Com uma recarga única de 5000 cupons poderá ganhar pedra de fortalecimento de nível 4 x1;
5).Com uma recarga única de 10000 cupons poderá ganhar pedra de fortalecimento de nível 4 x3,anel do romance(7 dias,ilimitado)x1;
6).Com uma recarga única de 30000 cupons poderá ganhar pedra de fortalecimento de nível 4 x5,anel do romance (7 dias,ilimitado) x2;
7).Com uma recarga única de 50000 cupons poderá ganhar pedra de fortalecimento de nível 4 x10,anel do romance (7 dias,ilimitado) x3;

2.Durante a atividade:
1).Após a conclusão da atividade,o jogador de cada servidor com a maior recarga acumulada ganhará adicionalmente:Verdadeiro - Dom de anjo(7 dias),Conjunto robotico (7 dias) x1
2).Após a conclusão da atividade,o jogador de cada servidor com a segunda maior recarga acumulada ganhará adicionalmente:Pulseira de Venus +2(7 dias) x2,Conjunto robotico (7 dias) x1
3).Apos a conclusão da atividade,o jogador de cada servidor com a terceira maior recarga ganhará adicionalmente:Anel do romance+2 (7 dias) x2;Conjunto robotico (7 dias) x1

Para ganhar os prêmios acima é preciso ter uma recarga acumulada que chegue a 70000 cupons ou mais.

Atenção:

1.Os aneis ofrecidos durante a atividade terão um efeito de 7 dias,artigos sem qualquer marcação especial são limitados
2.Os prêmios de recarga única serão enviados imediatamente após a recarga para o correio.


          GRITO DO WHITE DAY (De 14 a 16 de março)   


Duração da atividade:
De 14 a 16 de março
Regras das atividades: Durante a atividade,comprar uma quantidade determinada de pequenos auto-falantes para receber prêmio!
Recompensas da atividade: Comprar 5 pequenos auto-falantes de uma vez e ganhará: pequeno auto-falante x1, Comprar 10 pequenos auto-falantes de uma vez e ganhará: pequeno auto-falante x2,Comprar 15 pequenos auto-falantes de uma vez e ganhará:pequeno auto-falante x4...

Atenção:
1.É preciso efetuar as compras de uma vez,como escrito acima.Por exemplo,se comprar 20 pequenos auto-falantes de uma vez então não poderá receber os prêmios.
2.Todos os prêmios são limitados.

          BENÇÃO DO WHITE DAY (De 14 a 17 de março)   


Duração da atividade:
De 14 a 17 de março
Regras da atividade:
Durante a atividade, os jogadores que completarem um casamento no reino do DDTank ganharão os prêmios da atividade.
Recompensas da atividade: Anel do romance (15 dias) x1; Cartão 2x EXP (1 dia) x1; Pedra de fortalecimento de nível 3 x2; Poção de experiência de nível 3 x1; Baú de Cartão Aleatório x5,Moinho de Vento(conjunto lindo 14 dias)...

Atenção:
1.Os prêmios serão enviados de acordo com o número de cerimônias de casamento efetivas (no segundo casamento é preciso primeiro divorciar-se para poder ter efeitos).
2.Todos os prêmios são limitados.

          DESCONTOS DE COMPOSIÇÃO NÃO TERMINAM!   

Duração da atividade: Acontece raramente durante o ano,como você pode perder essa oportunidade!?
Detalhes da atividade: De 12 a 18 de março
Regras das atividades: Durante a atividade,o Super pacote de composição estará a venda no centro comercial. Antigamente o preço era de 5000 cupons enquanto agora desceu para 2500! Oportunidade como essa só há uma vez!...


Abrindo o Super pacote de composição poderá ganhar os seguintes prêmios:

Pedra de Suzaku nível 4 x2, Pedra de Dragão Verde nível 4 x2, Pedra de Tartaruga Negra nível 4 x2, Pedra de Tigre Branco nível 4 x2, Pérolas de atributos nível 1-4 x2 


Atenção :Todos os prêmios são limitados.

          Histórias do Saci: O beijo   

Olá pessoal! Tudo bem com vocês?

Mais uma historinha bacana do Saci para vocês verem. Oba!
Desta vez tem história minha. Uma mistura de bruxa má (pegamos emprestado da Branca de Neve) e Saci, será que combinam? Pra imaginação não limites! 
O projeto de animação é do meu esposo, Romont Willy!
 
Esse projeto foi lançado em maio. E a primeira história vocês podem ver ou rever aqui: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG71lr2j8Ws

Para esse segundo vídeo, o tema é "O Beijo". Vejam lá e depois digam o que acham! Clique na imagem abaixo:
https://youtu.be/yJzbxP1wyW0
Assistam a SEGUNDA historinha: 
Histórias de Saci: https://youtu.be/yJzbxP1wyW0
Um forte abraço!

          Editorial: There’s joy and work in living free   
This Fourth of July, you might not be free to shoot off fireworks within city limits, but you’re free to tell city leaders what you think
          The Brand Split Not to Affect House Shows?   

It’s being speculated that the Brand Split won’t be an issue for Superstars appearing at house shows of the opposite brand. Incidents like Seth Rollins’s appearing at SmackDown Live house show and Brock Lesnar’s upcoming matches with Baron Corbin are just a start and that such instances. It’s expected that it will happen more and more in the future. However, this will only be limited to the House Shows and won’t affect the weekly television in any way.

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          Comment on How Today’s Rich Families Are Different by Greg   
Reasonably good insight though it is really the ultra wealthy that are most likely to move out of the country to protect their wealth holdings (likely about the .1% of the population). Frankly we can do (well and in fact much better) without them - this is largely a parasitic and quite destructive population. One proposal that I have been pondering is to simply limit household wealth to 10 million. This is a large number that permits people to live a life of leisure if not luxury as well - assuming prudence in lifestyle to leave an inordinate head start for heirs. Anything beyond 10 million can and should be expropriated for domestic social needs. That coupled with a steeply progressive income tax would go a long way to improving the situation in the US for virtually everyone.
          La strage del ponte della Quarona, Biella   
La strage del Ponte della Pietà di Quarona

A Quarona, nel Biellese, esiste ancora oggi un modesto ponte di pietra grigia ad una sola arcata, detto della Pietà, quel ponte gronda sangue per quello che vi accadde sopra nel 1944 nell'ambito della Guerra Civile.
Su di esso furono uccisi due repubblichini e cinque partigiani vi furono impiccati, ma la strage più consistente e barbara per le modalità con cui avvenne fu quella di 21 militari della R.S.I. appartenenti alla 1° Legione Tagliamento.
Naturalmente questi morti come al solito non vengono ricordati dalle Istituzioni che si limita, per scelta convenzionale, a commemorare solo ed unicamente quelli cosiddetti buoni, cioè i partigiani indipendentemente da quello che fecero.
Quella notte , alle 2 del mattino, del 6 aprile del 1944, un automezzo pesante con a bordo un reparto di 20 repubblicani in assetto da guerra, si apprestò a attraversare il ponte, era una normale missione di ricognizione e ricerca, infatti qualcuno aveva segnalato la presenza di una banda di partigiani, in realtà era una imboscata e i fascisti ci caddero con tutte le scarpe. I partigiani avevano steso poco prima de ponte un cavo dell'alta tensione in attesa del mezzo militare, poi si appostarono con le armi in pugno nascosti dal buio della notte.
L'autista del camion si accorse troppo tardi del cavo dell'alta tensione, che era stato teso a mezzo metro da terra poco prima del ponte e quando il camion lo investì ci fu una gigantesca esplosione di scintille con i militari sul mezzo, attraversati dalla corrente e lanciati in aria come pupazzi mentre il camion rimbalzava indietro e si incendiava esplodendo mentre gli occupanti del mezzo venivano sbalzati tutto attorno.
Ma non era finita, i partigiani che avevano organizzato l'imboscata, uscirono dai ripari e senza pietà, finirono i pochi feriti a colpi di baionetta, fu un macello incredibile su uomini intontiti dalla scossa e devastati da gravi ustioni. Praticamente una barbarie inutile e un gesto vile.

          Tintagel Castle Footbridge submitted for Planning Consent   

An application has been made for Planning Consent for a new footbridge at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall.

The last time I featured this project was to discuss the six shortlisted competition entries back in December 2015. In March 2016, the winner was announced as Ney and Partners with William Matthews Associates. The scheme is for a new bridge to take visitors onto the Tintagel Castle promontory, a beautiful and deeply historic site. The bridge will provide access for the mobility-impaired for the first time.

You can find the full planning application online, but I've extracted some of the pertinent material to share here.

The bridge gives the appearance of being a very slender arch structure, but in fact it is formed of two giant steel cantilevers, each shaped with a parabolic curve in elevation. In theory, this means that the lower rib carries a constant force when the bridge is subject to a uniform load, allowing for an efficient use of structural steel. In practice, things are never so simple.

The lower and upper ribs each comprise two weathering steel fabricated box girders. These span 66.7m in total. The cantilevers are not quite symmetrical.

The upper ribs are parallel, with the 3.0m wide structure supporting a 2.5m wide walkway. At midspan, these ribs are a mere 175mm deep, impressively slender by any standard. The lower ribs converge towards their foundations, and are also exceptionally small, being only 140mm deep over most of their length.

The structure's strength comes from the depth of the twin cantilevers, which reaches 4.4m near the supports. The upper and lower ribs are connected by what the designers refer to as a "Thomas Telford" detail, for reasons which should be obvious. These spandrel lattices are formed from solid stainless steel bars varying in cross-section from 30mm square to 65mm square.

The structural dimensions illustrate a peculiar talent that Ney and Partners seem to have for exploiting design standards to their absolute limit, and creating structures of astonishing slenderness. The total weight of the steel structure is stated as 66 tonnes, which is quite amazing for this span. It's no surprise given the slenderness to read that the bridge's first natural frequency is 1.6 Hz (well into the vulnerable area for pedestrian excitation).

The bridge deck consists of slates placed on edge in a sand bedding layer, carried on stainless steel pans supported between the primary structural ribs. The pans have drainage scuppers in the soffit, and there is an air gap between the deck pans and the main ribs to ensure the weathering steel can weather properly.

The bridge balustrades consist of stainless steel bars supporting oak handrails, 1.3m high in total.

The bridge foundations are proposed as rock anchors for both the compression (lower rib) and tension (upper rib) elements, with additional rock anchors used to stabilise the exposed cliff faces.

The gap in the middle of the bridge is nominally 42 mm, reducing to 5 mm under maximum temperatures, and increasing to 85 mm under minimum temperatures. There's clearly a degree of controversy to this particular detail, given the risk of a trip hazard or simply the discomfort caused to visitors already made anxious by height and exposure.

At competition stage I observed that significant differential deflections could also be expected when one cantilever was loaded more than the other (by pedestrians or by wind), but the planning submission makes clear that the two cantilevers are in fact connected by shear pins, in a similar manner to a twin-bascule bridge.

I think the poetic idea behind the gap justifies the problems that it creates: the intention is to make intensely apparent the sensation of stepping from the present into the past, of the division between the Tintagel Castle and the mundane world.

The designers have also sought to address the other major objection raised at competition stage, which was to the adoption of weathering steel at an exposed coastal site, where the wind will blow salt spray high above the sea. They have instituted a series of corrosion tests on steel plates exposed at the project site, and the planning submission documents make clear that if these are unsuccessful, the weathering steel will simply be substituted with conventional painted structural steel.

However, there seems to be little acknowledgement of the bimetallic corrosion issue created by the use of so much stainless steel and weathering steel connected together. This combination will tend to lead to accelerated corrosion of the weathering steel at connection points, especially if moisture and salts are present.

Results of the on-site salt spray corrosion tests were due to be completed in June 2017 so it would be very interesting to see the results.

An article in The Guardian focuses on what appears to be increasing opposition to the entire idea of a bridge and captures some of the key issues. If you visit the planning consent website, it's clear there are numerous objectors.

One that's particularly worth reading is from Cornish bard, Bert Biscoe, arguing that whatever the merits of the particular bridge design, they cannot outweigh the damage that will be caused to a site of major archaeological importance. The argument is not about the physical impact of the bridge, but about the very desire of the site's custodian, English Heritage, to increase visitor numbers in such a sensitive site. This is an argument about the merits of preservation over the merits of public access - it is intrinsically anti-populist, but perhaps necessary.

I have been to Tintagel and my initial feeling about the bridge was that the improved accessibility would be very welcome. The promontory is currently accessed via a low-level bridge and a series of awkward steps, which are very difficult for some visitors to traverse. The planning submission notes that some 15% of visitors who buy a ticket for the Castle never actually make it up the existing steps onto the promontory.

However, the bridge is no panacea for this, as there will still be areas which are only accessible via steps or very narrow paths. It's therefore legitimate to consider whether the adverse impacts of such a major intervention are justified by the benefits.

I will be very surprised if the bridge fails this initial planning consent hurdle. However, Scheduled Monument consent will also be required, and I expect opponents of the scheme will petition central government to call in the entire planning application for further review, such is the sensitivity of the site

 I think the designers involved have done an excellent job in addressing the site constraints, within the limits of their brief, and this will be a very interesting project to follow, especially if it proceeds all the way to be built.
          Resenha do Filme Lixo Extraordinário    

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Resenha do documentário “Lixo Extraordinário” (“Waste Land”, 2009 direção: Lucy Walker)

                              O documentário “Lixo Extraordinário” retrata um trabalho do artistaplástico Vik Muniz e seu envolvimento com catadores do lixão de JardimGramacho  – RJ. Vik realiza obras de arte com ajuda dos catadores, utilizandoos materiais encontrados no lixão para formar imagens incríveis dostrabalhadores locais, transformando suas vidas. Além da criatividade e belezadas obras, o documentário apresenta a realidade de pessoas que vivem emcondições críticas de pobreza e saneamento, e também no problema ambientalda disposição de resíduos sólidos.
Brasileiro e reconhecido mundialmente, o artista Vik Muniz já foi pobre eviveu em um bairro de classe média baixa em São Paulo. Conseguiu dinheiropor causa de um acidente e foi para os Estados Unidos, assim começou comtrabalhos simples e conseguiu sucesso com suas obras artísticas. É reconhecido por incorporar “ (...) objetos do cotidiano no processo fotográfico para criar imagens ousadas e geralmente enganosas .”
 Vik se interessou pelo lixão de Gramacho por ser o maior do mundo emrecebimento diário (2007), com o objetivo de mudar a vida das pessoas atravésda arte derivada de materiais do cotidiano delas. A expectativa do artista antesda visita em relação aos catadores era um tanto preconceituosa, “Devem ser as pessoas mais rudes em que possamos pensar. São viciados...É o fim da linha. Dê uma olhada na geografia da área(...) É pra onde vai tudo que não é bom. Incluindo as pessoas(...)”. Chegando ao aterro Jardim Gramacho, Vik eseu companheiro Fábio são recebidos pelo administrador do aterro. Um dadointeressante fornecido por ele era a retirada de 200 toneladas por dia demateriais recicláveis efetuadas pelos catadores, isso representa a falta decomprometimento da população e do governo quanto à coleta seletiva.
As dimensões do aterro e a quantidade de lixo são enormes. Todoresíduo em putrefação fica exposto e as pessoas dividem espaço comincontáveis urubus. A estrutura irregular na disposição de lixo é notável, a faltade procedimentos de segurança e proteção ambiental é característica de umlixão, diferente de um aterro sanitário que possui impermeabilização contracontaminações, cobertura vegetal e escapes de gás metano. Isso demonstrauma falha no gerenciamento de resíduos de uma grande cidade, que pode sercorrigida com uma boa gestão urbana. Além dessa problemática, as condiçõesde trabalho dos catadores são evidentemente desprezíveis, possuem contatodireto aos diversos resíduos gerados por 70% do Rio de Janeiro, isso incluialtos riscos de contaminação e susceptibilidade a diversos tipos de doenças.
Vik se surpreende com o bom humor dos catadores face à realidadevivida por eles a cada dia. Dois personagens se destacam são: Zumbi, vítimade um acidente no lixão; e Tião, presidente da Associação de Catadores doJardim Gramacho, ambos possuem o hábito da leitura e apresentam caráter deliderança e superação. A história de vida de cada pessoa do aterro impressionapela emoção transmitida nos depoimentos, transformando a falsa impressão deVik antes da visita. Valter, o vice-presidente da Associação salienta dosprejuízos causados pela ausência da coleta seletiva nas residências e noconsumo excedente que aumenta a quantidade de resíduos destinados aoaterro. As filmagens ultrapassam o limite do lixão, mostrando a moradia doscatadores também. Suelem, uma das mulheres escolhidas por Vik, apresentasua casa no Jardim Gramacho. Condições mínimas de saneamento básico sãoausentes nas moradias construídas de madeira, e a higiene e conforto sãoprecários. A combinação entre instalação de um aterro irregular e alto índice depessoas pobres precisando de trabalho levam ao surgimento de comunidadesadjuntas ao lixão, já que a fonte de dinheiro vem da coleta de recicláveis emGramacho. A falta de planejamento e a acelerada ocupação irregular resultamem moradias irregulares e situações miseráveis de sobrevivência.
As imagens para o trabalho artístico foram obtidas por Vik através deuma câmera fotográfica, capturando diferentes perfis dos catadores deGramacho. Em sua oficina ele observa as fotos obtidas no aterro e escolhe aspessoas que vão trabalhar em suas obras. Ao convocá-los para o início dotrabalho, Vik esclarece seu objetivo, e como as fotografias seriamtransformadas em imagens sensacionais, constituídas apenas por resíduos.Durante o período de realização das obras, Tião relata um assalto armadoocorrido na cooperativa, ocasionando uma perda de R$12.000,00. Isso reforçaa ideia da insegurança e perigo nas comunidades mais pobres, e a ausência dapolícia nesses locais.Após trabalhar durante um bom período com os personagens do aterro,os artistas notaram um impacto na mudança de rotina drástica, passando dodia-a-dia no fétido lixão para um novo trabalho relacionado à arte, despertandonovas ambições aos ex-catadores. O reconhecimento profissional de Vikgarantiu uma vaga para uma de suas obras em um leilão de Londres,aumentando as expectativas no bom retorno financeiro e, consequentementesocial, proporcionado pelo tempo dedicado no jardim Gramacho. A decisão delevar uma pessoa simples e humilde para outro ambiente completamentediferente e encantador como Londres, causou questionamento em certomomento do documentário. A mudança drástica de ambiente e os sonhosalmejados pelos personagens de Gramacho poderiam causar constrangimentofuturo a essas pessoas? O artista de maneira otimista tentou visualizar ospontos positivos gerados pela sua interferência na vida deles, ocasionados poruma oportunidade raríssima de aprendizado independentemente da frustaçãofutura que isso pode gerar.O quadro com a imagem de Tião composta apenas por resíduos éfinalmente exposta em uma galeria em Londres, é seu primeiro contato comarte moderna, proporcionando-lhe novos conhecimentos a respeito do assunto.
A obra “Marat, Sebastião: Retratos do Lixo” é arrematada por 28 mil libras,equivalente a R$ 100.00 na época, causando elevada exaltação e emoção aTião e seus companheiros de trabalho. Em seguida todos os envolvidos nasobras são convidados a uma exposição de Vik Muniz, no Museu de ArteModerna do Rio de Janeiro. A desigualdade social é evidente nessas cenas,onde pessoas que nunca tiveram acesso a museus de arte se tornam autoresde obras apreciadas por outras classes sociais. Ao final do documentário, oautor principal visita seus colaboradores, presenteando-os com seus quadros.As reproduçõ
es de “Retratos do Lixo” realizadas por Vik Muniz renderam mais de 250 mil dólares. Como retorno para a Associação dos Catadores do Jardim Gramacho, foi comprado um caminhão, inaugurado um centro deensino e uma biblioteca com 15 computadores. Todos os catadores envolvidosna exposição mudaram suas vidas, alguns melhoraram suas condições, outrosapenas abandonaram o lixão, mas todos foram influenciados de uma forma oude outra por uma experiência única. Além do benefício financeiro, nota-se oaprendizado não somente dos catadores, mas também de Vik. Após aconvivência com todas essas pessoas, o artista certamente agregou novosvalores a respeito da comunidade do jardim Gramacho.O tema principal abordado pelo documentário foi a relação da arte com avida de pessoas humildes, focando na dificuldade e nas condições de vidatocante do cotidiano delas. Além do enfoque chocante na vida dos catadores,que não deixa de ser importante na sensibilização do telespectador, odocumentário deixa de apresentar realidades em relação ao prejuízo causadoao meio ambiente e na possível solução de problemas de saneamento e saúde das pessoas. A temática “lixo” vai muito além da coleta seletiva e da educação ambiental. Um planejamento urbano é essencial para estruturação dosaneamento básico principalmente em uma cidade em processo deurbanização. A coleta, transporte e disposição adequada de resíduos sólidossão totalmente contrárias ao apresentado no filme, começando pelo acessodireto de pessoas ao maciço de resíduos. Esses detalhes poderiam ser muitomais enfatizados com o objetivo de pressionar as autoridades e conseguirmudanças positivas em Gramacho. Apesar disso, a abordagem geral odocumentário gera resultados positivos na temática socioambiental, traz oassunto da geração excessiva de resíduos e a reciclagem, e também reflete adesigualdade social e condições absurdas de vida causadas pela urbanização.

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Sob os aspectos econômicos, é forte a percepção, entre os especialistas, de que a demanda por alimento (proteína) de excelente qualidade, associada ao imediatismo ou à busca do lucro fácil, têm sido os agentes primeiros de ameaça à conservação da biodiversidade aquática. Em complementação aos aspectos anteriores, os subsídios governamentais, mascarando o ponto de equilíbrio das pescarias, contribuem para agravar o excesso no uso dos recursos pesqueiros mais importantes.

As políticas focadas na expansão da produção, sem o prévio conhecimento científico dos limites e possibilidades de exploração de cada estoque, a histórica dissociação do uso dos instrumentos de comando e controle, e econômicos (incentivos creditícios e fiscais), têm sido apontadas como fundamentais para o fracasso do uso sustentável dos recursos aquáticos.

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É visível que o estado não conseguirá acabar com a pesca predatória, nem mesmo com a contratação de mil homens em campo, uma vez que o esquema realizado é muito grande por estes que querem usufruir de nossos recursos pesqueiros de maneiras indiscriminatórias. Vemos que somente que com educação ambiental e com incentivo a criação de peixes em cativeiros que poderemos diminuir a pressão em cima do meio ambiente e poderemos enfim comemorar este dia com mais tranquilidade.


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