Thinking on Scripture with Dr. Steven R. Cook
Introduction Luke had previously addressed the conflict that arose in the early church between the Hellenistic Jews and the native Jews over the matter of food distribution to the widows in the community (Acts 6:1). To resolve the issue, the apostles directed “the congregation of the disciples” (Acts 6:2) to select seven men of “good reputation” who would make sure the widows were being cared for on a daily basis (Acts 6:2-3). The apostle's reason was so they could devote themselves “to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4). The seven men who were selected were described as being “full of the Spirit and of wisdom” (Act 6:3), and “full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5), and were approved by the apostles for their ministry (Acts 6:6). Afterwards, we're told, “The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem” (Acts 6:7). In the following pericope, Luke singled out Stephen, who was a transitional figure in the early church. Stephen takes up such a large section in Acts because he is the first Christian martyr and his death marks the beginning of the great church persecution that scattered Christians all over the world. Text Luke wrote, “And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people” (Acts 6:8). Previously, Stephen was among those who were said to be “full of the Spirit and of wisdom” (Acts 6:3), and specifically was “a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5). And here, Stephen was said to be “full of grace and power” (Acts 6:8). The Greek adjective πλήρης pleres, translated full of, appears 16 times in the NT, with half of the occurrences in Acts. According to Mounce, the word means to be “completely under the influence of, or affected by.” Stephen was marked by the good qualities one would like to see in a godly leader. The word grace translates the Greek word χάρις charis, which commonly denotes unmerited favor or undeserved kindness, but here means “a winning quality or attractiveness … charm, winsomeness.” Furthermore, Stephen was under the influence of God's power, Who was working through His servant to perform “great wonders and signs among the people” (Acts 6:8b). It is assumed these signs and wonders were similar to those performed by the apostles, and that it was done to promote the gospel message to others in the community. According to Charles Swindoll, “In faith, Stephen submitted himself to the direction of the Holy Spirit and worked to serve the church. This is exactly the kind of faithful Christian God loves to use to do big things. Stephen took his faith seriously, and he yielded to the Holy Spirit's control. That's what it means to be ‘full' in this way.” But godliness does not come without resistance. According to Arnold Fruchtenbaum, “Because of his actions in this context, Stephen ended up being the first member of the church to qualify for the martyr's crown. The main purpose of the book of Acts is to tell the story of Peter and Paul, and Stephen is the link between these two key apostles: he was appointed by Peter, but Paul will be consenting to his death.” Because the church exists in a fallen world, where Satan is ruling in a limited way (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 2 Cor 4:4; Eph 2:2; 1 John 5:19), and where many people are resistant to God's work (Matt 7:13; John 3:19; Rom 1:18), it was only a matter of time before a conflict arose. Luke informs us, “But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and argued with Stephen” (Acts 6:9). Here, we have some men who were from a specific synagogue called “the Synagogue of the Freedmen”, which consisted either of Jewish men who had previously been slaves and were now free, or were the sons of those who'd previously been freed. Their common bond was their freedom from physical slavery, yet they were hostile to Stephen who offered them spiritual freedom in Christ (Acts 6:9-14; cf. Acts 26:18; Col 1:13). Thomas Constable notes, “Like local churches today, these synagogues tended to attract people with similar backgrounds and preferences. Many families that had experienced liberation from some kind of slavery or servitude evidently populated the Synagogue of the Freedmen.” And Charles Swindoll states: "Synagogues not only held services for worship and teaching, but they also served as community centers where people met socially. This made them ideal locations to discuss theology. Stephen and the other believers regularly frequented synagogues, looking for opportunities to testify about Jesus the Messiah and His resurrection from the dead. Stephen quickly demonstrated a remarkable ability to debate, which infuriated these freedmen (Acts 6:10)." That these men “rose up and argued with Stephen” means they opposed his preaching, not necessarily his grace or good works. We're not told exactly what Stephen was preaching, but from their opposing arguments that follow, it was related to Jesus, the Mosaic Law, and the temple. The apostle Paul was a “Jew of Tarsus in Cilicia” (Acts 21:39) and may have fellowshipped in this particular synagogue. If so, it would make sense why he was listed among those who approved of Stephen's killing in the next chapter (Acts 7:58). But these Jewish men, collectively, could not adequately defend their position against Stephen's well-reasoned and robust teaching. Luke tells us, “But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking” (Acts 6:10). Because Stephen was so proficient in his presentation of God's Word, showing from Scripture that Jesus is the Christ, he threatened the theological base of those who opposed him. Stephen appears as an unusually gifted teacher who was able to communicate God's Word. Apparently Stephen presented his case with such compelling force that the Hellenistic Jews were unable to cope with his wisdom. Luke's comment about Stephen speaking by “the Spirit” implies his words were divinely sanctioned. That is, they originated with God the Holy Spirit and were truth. This appears to be a display of what Jesus told His disciples, saying, “I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute” (Luke 21:15). Rational words only work with rational minds, and those given over to sin are not always rational. Furthermore, winning an argument does not mean winning a heart, as some who are recalcitrant and committed to their sinful ways will not be persuaded by solid biblical reasoning, but will only dig in their heels (cf., Jer 25:3; John 3:19). That Stephen spoke by the wisdom of the Holy Spirit meant his detractors were actually arguing with God, and thus it was an unfair debate. When the Jews from the Synagogue of the Freedmen could not win their debate by rational means—since they were governed by pride—they resorted to sinful practices that are common to the world. Luke wrote: "Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.” 12 And they stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes, and they came up to him and dragged him away and brought him before the Council. They put forward false witnesses who said, “This man incessantly speaks against this holy place and the Law; for we have heard him say that this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and alter the customs which Moses handed down to us.” (Acts 6:11-14) Stephen was treated the same as the Lord Jesus, where Jewish leaders employed false witnesses to testify against Him, declaring He would destroy the temple. Mark tells us in his Gospel, “Some stood up and began to give false testimony against Him, saying, We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands'” (Mark 14:57-58). Though it was Stephen standing before the Sanhedrin, it was as though Jesus were on trial all over again. However, before the supreme court of heaven, and God, “the Judge of all the earth” (Gen 18:25), it was these unbelieving Jewish men and the Sanhedrin itself that was on trial. Apparently the Sanhedrin had so elevated Moses, that they considered one who spoke against him as worthy of capital punishment. Josephus says of them, “What they most of all honor, after God himself, is the name of their legislator [Moses]; whom, if any one blaspheme, he is punished capitally.” Those who opposed Stephen, assuming they knew the Law at all, might have been thinking of when Moses wrote, “the person who does anything defiantly, whether he is native or an alien, that one is blaspheming the LORD; and that person shall be cut off from among his people” (Num 15:30). Of course, these men only used the Scripture as a means of controlling others and destroying their enemies. Luke tells us these men 1) “secretly induced men to say” false things about Stephen (Acts 6:11), 2) “stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes” (Acts 6:12a) 3) “dragged him away and brought him before the Council” (Acts 6:12b), and 4) “put forward false witnesses” to accuse him (Acts 6:13). These wicked men violated the Scripture in order to protect their power. It was evil that they secretly induced men to spread lies about Stephen, which is a direct violation of the ninth commandment, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Ex 20:16). Spreading a lie and stirring up the people was their tactic to manipulate the situation and win local support, which they felt they needed to overpower Stephen and the influence he was having on those who heard him. It's noteworthy that such actions are a common tactic among the wicked, as David prayed to the Lord, saying, “Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen against me, and such as breathe out violence” (Psa 27:12). Once they had their false charges and the support of others, they grabbed Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. Luke employs the Greek word συναρπάζω sunarpazo (translated dragged away) which, according to BDAG, means “to take hold of forcibly, to seize someone.” One can imagine a group of strong men approaching Stephen and grabbing him by force and dragging him through the city to bring him before the Sanhedrin. This reveals the physical actions some people will resort to when dealing with God's people, all because they feel threatened by divine revelation and will seek to shut down those who communicate it by whatever means necessary. Once the false witnesses were put before the Sanhedrin, they said, “we have heard him say that this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and alter the customs which Moses handed down to us” (Acts 6:14). The charge that was brought against Stephen echoed that which had been brought against Jesus a few months earlier (Mark 14:57-58). For the Sanhedrin, this was Déjà vu all over again. According to Stanley Toussaint: "The false witnesses were not necessarily outright liars. Stephen had probably said the things they accused him of; however, they misrepresented the intentions and imports of his statements (cf. Matt 26:61; Mark 14:58; John 2:19). The Lord Himself predicted the destruction of the temple (Matt 24:1–2; Mark 13:1–2; Luke 21:5–6), though He never said He would do it. The other half of the allegation against Stephen involved the temporary nature of the Mosaic system. Undoubtedly he saw the theological implications of justification by faith and the fulfillment of the Law in Christ. Furthermore, if the gospel was for the whole world (Acts 1:8), the Law had to be a temporary arrangement." Luke closed out this pericope, saying, “And fixing their gaze on him, all who were sitting in the Council saw his face like the face of an angel” (Acts 6:15). The Sanhedrin, fixing their collective stares at Stephen, were probably trying to intimidate him. That, along with the false charges, would normally frighten anyone in that situation. But Luke tells us they “saw his face like the face of an angel” (Acts 6:15b). This could very well be God's shekinah glory, resting on Stephen as it had rested on Moses after he'd spoken with the Lord, and whose “face shone” for others to see (Ex 34:29). It could also be Luke's way of saying that Stephen displayed a calmness in the face of his accusers. If so, it reveals a relaxed mental attitude in the face of hostility. No doubt, the Lord was with Stephen, and His Word saturated his thinking, so much so, that Stephen remained calm in the face of great pressure. Present Application As God's people, we must be faithful to Him in those moments when we have opportunity to share Christ and His Word. When we share Christ with others, it gives them the opportunity believe in Him as their Savior, believing He died for them, was buried, and raised again on the third day (1 Cor 15:3-4). Once they believe in Jesus as their Savior, they receive forgiveness of sins (Eph 1:7), eternal life (John 10:28), the gift of righteousness (Rom 5:17; Phil 3:9), and many other blessings (Eph 1:3). However, we must also keep in mind that we live in a fallen world that is largely governed by Satan (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 2 Cor 4:4; Eph 2:2; 1 John 5:19), and where the vast majority of people are under “the dominion of Satan” (Act 26:18), and reside in his “domain of darkness” (Col 1:13). It is in this realm that we live our lives and must proclaim the truth of God's Word, as lights in a dark world (Eph 5:8-10; Phil 2:5). Sadly, the majority of people in this world will seek to suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Rom 1:18), and to silence God's messengers by whatever means they can. Yet we must be strong, for God has told us, “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Heb 13:5); therefore, we take courage, for “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid” (Heb 13:6a). Knowing God's Word and walking with Him erects a fortress in our souls that enables us to stand in the face of great pressure. Dr. Steven R. Cook  William D. Mounce, Mounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006), 1246.  William Arndt et al., A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 1079.  Charles R. Swindoll, Acts, Swindoll's Living Insights New Testament Commentary (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2016), 126.  Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, The Book of Acts (San Antonio, TX, Published by Ariel Ministries, 2022), 153.  Tom Constable, Tom Constable's Expository Notes on the Bible (Galaxie Software, 2003), Ac 6:9.  Charles R. Swindoll, Acts, Swindoll's Living Insights New Testament Commentary, 126.  Flavius Josephus and William Whiston, The Works of Josephus: Complete and Unabridged (Peabody: Hendrickson, 1987), 606.  William Arndt et al., A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 966.  Stanley D. Toussaint, “Acts,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 368–369.
What is the standard of truth for the born-again believer in Christ? Undoubtedly, the answer to this question should be the written Word of God. Though Scripture is recognized as God's Word, there are beliefs and practices that seem to lower this standard upon which we are to rest. Extrabiblical revelation and experiences are elevated to a high position with potential abuse and even neglect of God's Word and instruction. Holding a high standard of the Bible is vital for those who are in Christ. Join me as I discuss the necessity of holding a high Scriptural standard in comparison to the current trends and practices in the hyper Charismatic movement with my friend and sister in Christ, Emily Massey. Resources: Hermeneutics Classes https://youtu.be/6qq9054inxw https://youtu.be/noBfwE0O2PA https://youtu.be/JOOEmJ92obc My info: Website: http://www.lovesickscribe.com Subscribe to my blog here: http://eepurl.com/dfZ-uH Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lovesickscribe/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lovesickscribeblog If you found this video helpful, please share it with others and leave a good review. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/dawn-hill2/support
Defining Duke: An Xbox Podcast
We're under a month away from Xbox's defining (!) showcase and PlayStation is officially set to strike first. In our last episode, we mulled over the pressure that Xbox faces as the morale is low for both fans and executives alike if Phil Spencer's recent interview was anything to go by. One aspect we tackled following the increasing rumors was a reality where Xbox would be on the receiving end of a most unfortunate double edged sword. That blade being the incompetency shown in Redfall and the bad timing for Xbox of PlayStation making a major public splash while they're arguably at their worst. Sure, there are State Of Plays for varying degrees of quality, but make no mistake: PlayStation only comes around with a showcase when there are major things to be shown. Undoubtedly, this will up the ante on what Xbox needs to do to make an impact. Plus, the EU approves Xbox's acquisition of Activision Blizzard King, some scoops on the 12 month window being removed from Xbox's show, the developer of Somerville says Game Pass hurt his game, and much more in the world of Xbox! Thanks to our sponsors! Start hiring with https://ww.indeed.com/duke with a $75 sponsored job credit If you're ever injured, go to https://www.forthepeople.com/duke for more info Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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A Beautiful MindA Beautiful Mind Full Book Introduction A Beautiful Mind recounts the life of Nobel Laureate economist John Forbes Nash. The movie, adapted from the eponymous book, achieved massive popularity, taking home Best Picture in the 74th Academy Awards. Up until the age of thirty, Nash was hailed as a genius, a dazzling mathematician. However, mental illness turned his life upside down and tore apart his happy family. This book tells of Nash's life and the experiences of the people who were close to him. Undoubtedly, all of them shared his beautiful mind. Author : Sylvia NasarSylvia Nasar was a staff writer at Fortune, a columnist at U.S. News & World Report, and a New York Times economics correspondent. She was visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and at King's College and Churchill College Cambridge. A Beautiful Mind is her inaugural work. It won the 1988 National Book Critics Circle Award for biography. Overview | Chapter 1Hi, welcome to Bookey. Today we will unlock the book A Beautiful Mind. On May 24, 2015, the world was shocked by the news that John and Alicia Nash had died in a car crash in New Jersey. You may not know the name John Forbes Nash. But many of you are likely to remember the film A Beautiful Mind, which won Best Picture at the 74th Academy Awards. In real life, the movie's protagonist, Nash, was an eminent mathematician and economist; in fact in 1994, he was a Nobel Laureate economist. In the film, Nash's story is cleverly portrayed. The movie opens with Nash's university life, his roommate, and lodgings. Everything seems fine and peaceful. After his postgraduate studies, Nash obtains a professorship and falls in love with a beautiful young woman, Alicia. They are soon married. While Nash's academic career is blossoming, the U.S. Defense Department approaches him, and he is given an opportunity to work closely with them on top-secret national security projects. Until this point, undoubtedly, in the eyes of the world, Nash is a born winner with a successful career, romance, and a loving relationship. However, in a dramatic plot twist, it turns out that in Nash's life, everything is pure illusion. He does not have a roommate. No agents are commissioning his work, and there are no secret projects. His wife is the only real thing in his life. Only later does the story divulge that Nash suffers from schizophrenia. All he sees, the activities and scenes going on in his mind, are nothing but hallucinations. The movie is adapted from the book that is the subject of this bookey. While the film inevitably dramatizes the story, embellishing it with additional fictional elements, the book is a matter-of-fact portrayal of Nash's life. The mathematical genius had thirty years of splendor. He rose above his peers like the brightest star in the night sky. However, when he was thirty, schizophrenia struck, and it deprived Nash of all that was wholesome and assured in his life. There followed a harrowing battle. For 30 years Nash fought against the disease and, in the end, miraculously got the upper hand. He recovered, and at this time was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics. The book's author, Sylvia Nasar, was a staff writer at Fortune and a columnist at U.S. News & World Report. In 2002 she was a visiting fellow at King's College and Churchill College Cambridge. Today's book A Beautiful Mind is Nasar's inaugural work, and it is the book that made her reputation. She received the 1988 National Book Critics Circle Award for biography and the 2000 Joint Policy Board Mathematics Communications...
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Undoubtedly, women are chronically underrepresented in technology and venture capital. At Pivotal Ventures, Erin Harkless Moore seeks to fill the gender gap we know all too well. Throughout her investing career, Erin has consistently aligned her values with her work. Social impact has always been a priority but became especially urgent when she transitioned to venture. As the Investments Director at Pivotal, Erin seeks to expand women's power and influence by investing in female-led funds and backing innovation that directly impacts the lives of family caregivers. In this episode, we learn how Erin embraces social progress across her professional life and how she's helping to advance venture as a result. Do you have any thoughts? Please email us at email@example.com. We post new episodes every Monday. “The Health Technology Podcast” is produced by Herminio Neto, hosted by Christine Winoto, and engineered by Andrew John Rojek
We welcome former Writers Guild of America (West) president and current co-chair of the negotiating committee, David Goodman, who also happens to be the head writer for many of your favorite TV shows like “The Family Guy” to tell us why TV and movie writers are on strike. Then, grad students Sandra Oseguera and Jesus Gutierrez stop by to update us on their continuing fight to save the anthropology library at UC Berkeley, a battle that has wider implications for how more and more universities across the country are becoming corporatized. Plus, Ralph highlights some trenchant listener feedback.David A. Goodman has written for over 20 television series. His best-known work is as head writer and executive producer on Family Guy. He was the president of the Writer's Guild of America West from 2017 to 2021. In that capacity, Mr. Goodman led the Guild in a campaign to force the Hollywood talent agencies into adopting a new Code of Conduct to better serve the needs of their writers. Today, he serves as co-chair of the WGA negotiating committee in their strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.These companies that we work for are spending billions of dollars, making billions of dollars on the product that we create. And writers currently (many of them) can't afford to pay their rent. Can't afford to live in the cities where they're required to work. Need to take second jobs. Now, that's a very familiar situation in labor across this country. And what we're saying is if these companies are profitable… we need to fight.David Goodman, co-chair of the WGA negotiating committeeThe reason that our strike does have power is because America and the world relies on this product that we create. Those stories that we create are a connection, are a way for people to connect. And because of corporatization some people are losing sight of that, and hopefully this strike will bring them back.David Goodman, co-chair of the WGA negotiating committeeLet our listeners know that a lot of those programs that they watch on TV or listen to on the radio all over the country are written by the people who are on the picket lines and are pretty mercilessly exploited by the corporate titans that rake off the profits.Ralph NaderSandra Oseguera and Jesús Gutiérrez are graduate students in the Anthropology department at the University of California, Berkeley. Earlier this year, campus administration announced their plan to close the Anthropology Library, one of only three dedicated Anthropology libraries in the US. In response, stakeholders including students and faculty have organized to demand that the Anthropology Library be protected and fully supported by the University.We truly disagree with the vision that the administration has for this university, and we believe that it can be different. That this can truly be a public university for students, underrepresented minorities, but also for the public. The public can come here—especially to our library— and be curious, collect knowledge, and have a refuge where they can find themselves in the shelves.Sandra OsegueraIt has been really inspiring to see our occupation space make our Anthropology Library into the space of encounter and transformation that it is supposed to be. The administration— and the press, to some degree initially— portrayed us as passively occupying, just sleeping and reading in the space. But the reality on the ground has been that the library has become an organizing space. Those of us who are occupying also gather, and then from there we fan out and make plans to go talk to our fellow students, make plans to go confront these core decision makers and hold them accountable for what they are doing to our education, what they are doing to these essential public resources.Jesús GutiérrezWe are not chasing symbolic wins. We want a fully functional library. That is what matters to us. And the overwhelming desire of the department, faculty, and grad students is to keep our library open.Sandra OsegueraDear Ralph Nader & Radio Hour Staff,I Hope that you and your families are all doing well. I look forward weekly to your Radio Hour via KPFA.org Mondays 11am-12pm.I was excited at the beginning of the hour that you were addressing the topic of sports in the U.S.A. By the end of the hour, I was extremely disappointed at the coverage. I have never been disappointed in the years listening to your radio show and otherwise.Neither the staff, your guest speaker, nor yourself, mentioned the state of affairs for women in sports, their unfair disadvantages, lack of equity in competing for sports funding from cradle to grave, competing for funding in infrastructure building of training centers, stadiums…, unfair medi coverage, and lastly focusing on the today's show coverage, girls and women's injuries, physical, psychological, whether she plays recreationally, professionally, or is not able to reach her potential due to discrimination against her gender, race, ethnic composition, language/cultural barrier, disability visible and non-visible. Shocking that you did not address sexual harassment, abuse, and rape of female athletes at all levels by coaches and male peers! As well as sexual abuse of boys and male athletes by male coaches and peers! Specially in the light of the well documented but short-lived media stories, selective amnesia, about the sexual abuse and rape of many Olympic gymnastics athletes by their team doctor!!!Concussions are very serious injuries in many sports including but not limited to: football, soccer, baseball, martial arts, boxing, gymnastics, skiing, skating, cycling, surfing, even running slipping and falling on ones head. Serious injuries in many sports are not exclusive to boys and men players! They are definitely not only prevalent in boys and men's football and baseball only! But as usual, girls and women are not mentioned even in one of the most progressive radio shows in the U.S!!! Shocking and infuriating!How many more centuries will it take for all of you to acknowledge, research, interview, respect, fund, divulge girl and women's issues, reality, financial inequity, needs, demands, and listen to Her-Story??!!I urge you to have an entire show on girl's and women's sports addressing the above points I wrote about and much more.FYI. I follow the news all day. I read papers and online, listen to the radio and follow it on TV. When the sports news section is on, I listen to the first couple of seconds. Undoubtedly and unfortunately, coverage always starts, ends and with boys and male sports and hardly ever over girls and women sports as if we don't exist and/or don't play sports at the same rate and intensity!!! Infuriating! So after a couple of seconds, I turn the medium off as a protest and because I can't bear not being represented!I am 67 years old and have been, until recently due to health challenges, a serious athlete and played a variety of sports since I was very young. I was born and grew up in Lebanon of a Palestinian athletic father who was a refugee in Lebanon, and an Argentinian artistic mother. I competed in swim competition in Beirut at the age of 9 and on. Started practicing Taekwondo-Do at age 12at the YMCA in Beirut. Practiced 7 days a week about 3-5 hours daily until age 19. I am the first Arab woman receiving a Black Belt in Martial Arts. I also taught Taekwondo-Do to men, women, and children At the YMCA and the AUB.At age 17 in Lebanon, I was SCUBA Certified by the Lebanese Gov't via the American University of Beirut's Biology Department and Diving Club. At 19 I had to flee Lebanon due to the deadly and long civil war.In the U.S, among other things, I practiced Taekwondo-Do and Judo. Taught Kickboxing. Did skydiving, swimming, backpacking, camping, spinning, cycling, Tango dancing master classes, practiced and performed Dabkeh Palestinian folkloric dancing, and other sports and activities. When my son turned 10 and I turned 53, him and went on a 278 mile ride across California in 6 days, riding through the most spectacular California scenery, coast, high desert of Anza Borrego, sand dunes, pastures…under the hot sun, sand wind, and rain. The ride of a lifetime!I am writing, briefly, about my life and some of my accomplishments, to bring home to you that this herstory is one of billions that needs to be talked about every day, in all industries, and in all aspects of life and living. My story is different but not unique. Every action, gain, and defeat was earned by working more than double than white men in the U.S. and men in general in other parts of the world. I forge ahead against all odds: Ethnic and gender discrimination, gender and general violence, war, trauma, immigration, poverty, housing and food insecurity, divorce, single motherhood, injuries, chronic and degenerative disease.I urge you to pay attention, and not ignore 52% of the world population. We have the same feelings and get injured at the same rate as men. We are your mothers, grandmothers, sisters, relatives, girlfriends, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches, doctors, farm workers, nationals including Native Americans, immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, prisoners, governors, and hopefully soon president of an equitable and peaceful U.S.A nationally and internationally.Sincerely,Randa BaramkiDear Ralph,I have to take issue with a few things Shanin Spector stated. I'll confine this comment to one: The advice that no lawyer can afford to take a $250,000 medical malpractice case and at least, implicitly, that elderly people are out of luck if they fall victim to medical malpractice (which is probably the largest demographic that are victims).Lawyers, even well-seasoned ones with profitable practices, can and do take risky malpractice cases for elderly people for a variety of reasons-even in venues where the jurors are instinctively in favor of local doctors. See, E.g., Cooper v. Hanson, 2010 MT 113, 234 P.3d 59. In fact, most trial lawyers--even good ones-- don't have the luxury of Cherry Picking only multi-million dollar cases. We take risks, which is why we are allowed to charge contingency fees.A medical malpractice case for an elderly person can be done profitably, although the lawyer is not going to get rich. Most jurisdictions have mechanisms to cut costs and streamline some of the proceedings, at least if you have a good judge. Depending on the facts, you could conduct the whole case for less than $100,000 in legal costs and at any rate, costs are the client's obligation if you win and should only be the lawyer's if he or she loses (Although some lawyers regrettably charge either way. Avoid them if that is what they do).Moreover, a general statement about pain and suffering damage caps on elder cases needs to be qualified for a variety of reasons. Loss of earning capacity may not be the driving generator of damages. It might be the medical costs and rehabilitation costs, which could run into the millions and hence, would generate millions in damages. Moreover, the presence and amount of caps varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Washington, for instance, has no caps.I will agree that risks have to be considered. One has to make a back of the envelope determination if the firm, given its financial status, can take the risk. An expensive, complicated case of questionable liability probably could not be considered. On the other hand, a relatively straightforward case with relatively clear liability could be.A big factor is the seriousness the lawyer pays to his or her duty to perform pro bono work. You are supposed to take cases as part of your duty to the community. You don't always take cases--even risky cases-- to make the big bucks. At least, you should not.There are benefits other than getting paid a lot. An ambitious young lawyer with a limited practice, but good skills, might jump at the opportunity to go to trial (Though sad to say, many who call themselves trial lawyers do everything they can to stay out of the scary courtroom, but there are some serious trial lawyers too.).One thing, which was not touched upon, is that an elderly person who suffers the injuries of a medical mistake SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING FOR A CONSULTATION WITH A CONTINGENCY FEE LAWYER. THAT SERVICE IS FREE IN ALL CASES. As should be clear from the above, whether or not the lawyer can take the case depends on the facts and circumstances and there is no charge for telling the lawyer the facts.I know Mr. Spector qualified his advice near the end of the podcase, but judging from some of the listeners' questions, they got the impression that if you are old and injured by medical malpractice, you were out of luck. I think that impression needs refinement.Thanks for giving me this opportunity to present my little dissertation. I mean no disrespect to Mr. Spector, but I felt as if a more nuanced response would help your listeners.Erik Thueson Get full access to Ralph Nader Radio Hour at www.ralphnaderradiohour.com/subscribe
Interpreting Wine Podcast | Travel | Enotourism | Tasting
I'm Lawrence Francis, Host of Interpreting Wine, welcoming you to the Willamette Valley Winemaker 2023 Special Series. Across these 6 episodes recorded in Dec 2022 we'll be exploring the modern Willamette Valley Winemaker 2023 scene in the company of 6 producers. Reflecting the up-to-date realities of winemaking in the region. Guests chosen to reflect a range of locations, production scales and philosophies. Undoubtedly the most up-to-date exploration of Willamette Valley Winemaker 2023 available anywhere in podcast format. Subscribe to be alerted when new series episodes go live. We kick things off today in the company of Guillaume Large of Resonance Wines. (00:00:08) Episode intro (00:01:34) Guillaume Large Origin Story Burgundy Terroir Comparisons Willamette Valley Winemaking Community Vineyard virtual tour Wines of Burgundy and Willamette Valley compared Resonance Winemaking Deep Dive If you know someone who would enjoy this episode please share the direct link: www.interpretingwine.com/527 If you really enjoyed it please leave the episode an iTunes review on the same link. Thanks!
By Mario Seiglie in Orange County, CA - April 15, 2023 - Recent archaeological expeditions atop Mt. Ararat in Turkey uncovered evidence of a great man-made wooden structure underneath several layers of ice. Undoubtedly, this must be Noah's Ark as described in Genesis. However, the Turkish government is being patient in revealing the discovery of Noah's Ark to the world. This seminar goes over some of the evidence found and historical background concerning Noah's Ark.
Undoubtedly, achieving health and wellness goals takes hard work and perseverance. Your mindset matters whether your goal is weight loss or better overall health. In this episode, we talk to Mallory King, a Certified Sports Nutritionist, and Trainer. Having lost 100 lbs on her personal fitness journey, Mallory now works to help others achieve their personal health and fitness goals. She shares with us how women can move away from overly restricted nutrition and fitness programs to more sustainable strategies and see fitness as an act of self-care. Links and Resources: Mallory King Fitness/Fit Life AcademyFit Life Academy PodcastWant more from SheSpeaks?* Sign up for our podcast newsletter HERE! * Connect with us on Instagram, FB & Twitter @shespeaksup Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
AI, or artificial intelligence, has been a buzzword for a while now, and it's not going away anytime soon. In fact, it's the new way of life, and just like other technologies, it's only going to become more prevalent in the future.Undoubtedly, AI will impact a lot of professions and jobs.So, how can you get ready for the disruption caused by AI? Well, first of all, don't panic! While AI will undoubtedly cause some changes in the job market, it won't eliminate all jobs overnight.The key is to stay ahead of the curve by learning new skills and staying informed about AI developments.For small business owners, you need to quickly learn how to leverage AI in your business to be more efficient and productive.In this episode, Eddie and I go through the possibilities AI promises, the dangers, and how best to prepare for this technology.So, let's dive in and see what the fuss is all about.Key Takeaways - What in the world (01:12)- The emergence of AI (12:00)- How AI impacts all of us (16:25)- Past revolutions and how they impacted society (19:23)- Getting ready for the AI revolution (21:57)- How small businesses can take advantage of AI (29:25)- Learn how to get better at AI prompts (37:52)- AI's ability to learn voices (40:30)- The good and bad of AI (41:41)Additional Resources:- The Push Podcast's official website- We are the Copelands Tiktok- The Pusher Society- Janelle's website- Join the Cake Cents FB Group- Join the Push Podcast FB Group- Cake Mamas Instagram- Eddie's Instagram--If you haven't already, it would be amazing if you could head over to Apple Podcasts and leave a rating and review on the podcast!
Acts 2:42-47They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone because many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. “They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to eating and praying together”. That's how our first reading begins. Who is the “they”? They are the crowd of people gathered around the disciple because of a violent wind, flaming tongues, and hearing different languages spoken on Pentecost. Peter stood up to address the crowd and gave his first sermon, which must have been pretty good because, as our reading from Acts last week noted, three thousand people were baptized and added to the community. If that happened today, we'd say that's pretty miraculous. However, it's what happens next that's really impressive; these three thousand people committed themselves to doing life together. They learned, ate, and prayed together. They shared all their possessions. They sold whatever they owned and gave the money to anyone who had a need. Daily they shared meals together and celebrated all that God was doing. And they had compassion and kindness toward one another. And remember this wasn't 3000 people from the same place with the same background who thought the same or had the same cultural practices or anything like that. They were strangers from over 14 different countries. Undoubtedly some were old, some young. Some wealthy, some not. The real miracle isn't that 3,000 people were baptized. It's that 3,000 people responded to the gift of grace by doing life together despite all their differences, that's the miracle. With all our divisions, divides, and individualism of today, something like that is unfathomable for 30 people, let alone 3,000. It's fair to wonder, are we given this description of the early disciples as a command, as instructions on how we ought to live? If so, this picture painted of life together repels us more than does compel us… for lots of reasons. Maybe when we were young and idealistic we thought living such a way was possible, maybe even desirable. But now we have families or we're set in our ways. We are comfortable with our routines, our privacy, our preferences. And we recognize all the sacrifices and accommodations and demands it would place on us. I mean, if we're honest, We can't even imagine living this way with our own families in our own homes. We're far too busy with work, and practices, lessons, games, recitals, more work, etc. Who has time for daily meals together, let alone prayers and teachings and fellowship. Moreover, we don't trust other people enough to live like this. Just a couple weeks ago, Tom Orr and the Wired Word class discussed a Wall Street Journal poll that found communal values like religion, community involvement, or having children have all significantly trended downward in the last 20 years. Reflecting on why, David Brooks of the NYT wrote “My fear is that we've entered a distrust doom loop: People are so untrusting of their institutions and their neighbors that they are unwilling to reach out, to actively renew their communities, and so the dysfunction will continue, and the distrust will increase, and so on and so on.” But perhaps most of all this picture of life together repels us because we feel convicted by it, or at least I do. Deep down, I know I should live more like this, that I should share more meals, open my home, give money to meet the needs of my neighbors, share what's mine with an open hand, and have goodwill toward all people. Maybe i'm not the only one…However, I don't believe these verses are rules or specific instructions that Christians must follow. It's not, if we live this way, Jesus will love us. Notice that all these people were baptized first, then they lived this way. They received God's grace and love and acceptance first and then because of what they experienced, they committed themselves to doing life together in this way so others may experience what they did.This way of living shows us what life through the power of the Spirit could be like. It represents the best of what God's people are capable of. But it doesn't last long. Soon people in the community will defraud one another, they'll hold back their resources, they will treat each other unfairly, and after Acts 5, the church is never described with such rosy language.These verses, this idealized picture, is not meant to be a discouragement, but rather an inspiration: look at what life together could be like, a life full of welcome and hospitality, justice and mutuality, of service and community. Some intentional communities take these verses very seriously and try to follow them to the letter, like the bruderhof communities or houses of hospitality from the Catholic Worker movement.And while not the same, but at our best, we experience some of that life together here: We break bread together, we learn and celebrate together. We provide for each other's needs and the needs of our neighbors: whether that's through our monthly mission focus, our food pantry, or our support to Fondwa, Haiti. We pray, we worship, and we tell others about the God whom we confess. And it's no accident that you are a part of this community, at this time and place. In fact, you didn't choose to be a part of this church. But you'll say, “Cogan I tried a lot of places before coming here and intentionally chose this place.” To which I would respond, it was the Holy Spirit at work in you that led you to say, “this is where I want to be a part of the Body of Christ. This is where I heard and still hear the good news of the Gospel: that I am forgiven and loved and grace is mine no matter who I am or who I love or what I've done. This is where I am called to do life together with others who have experienced the grace of Jesus, too. Now to be sure this isn't the only place where this sort of stuff happens. And Life together here isn't always ideal. Like those early followers, we mess up, we make mistakes, we don't always agree. But like Dietrich Bonhoeffer says in his book, Life Together, “even when sin and misunderstanding burden our life together, is not the sinning sibling still a sibling…? Will not their sin (or mine) be a constant occasion for me to give thanks that both of us live in the forgiving love of God? Thus the moment of disappointment with my brother becomes incomparably beneficial, because it teaches me that neither of us can ever live by our own words and deeds, but only by that one Word and Deed which really binds us together, the forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ.”What's so powerful about these disciples' life together was their desire to give of themselves so that others might experience grace just as they did. And what else does the love of Jesus feel like than a good meal with even better company? A celebration full of joy and festivity? Or having your needs met or debt paid by someone else's sacrifice? That's the call we have as a community, as a church. To give of ourselves and do life live together in such a way that draws others in so that they too experience grace, no strings attached.As we approach commitment Sunday, more than any dollar amount you commit to, or any role you volunteer for, or any talent you share, commit to doing Life Together. As one writer puts it, “God does not need possessions and has never been impressed by their donation. God wants people and draws us into that wanting.” Commit to showing up, to doing meals together, to trusting each other, to praying for and with one another, to meeting the needs of your neighbors, to drawing other people in because you want them to experience the grace of Jesus just as you have.
Interpreting Wine Podcast | Travel | Enotourism | Tasting
I'm Lawrence Francis, Host of Interpreting Wine, welcoming you to a very special Uruguay 2023 Series. specially commissioned by Uruguay Wine for your listening pleasure. Across these 2 episodes recorded in March 2023 we'll be exploring the modern Uruguay 2023 scene first in the company of 3 world renowned flying winemakers and in the second part offering coverage to the recent Uruguay Wine in London tasting held at 67 Pall Mall. Reflecting the up-to-date realities of winemaking in the region. Undoubtedly the most up-to-date exploration of Uruguay 2023 available anywhere in podcast format. We kick things off today in the company of Flying Winemakers of Hans Vinding Diers, Duncan Killiner, Paul Hobbs. (00:00:08) Episode intro (00:01:10) Paul Hobbs on Geography and Geology Hans Vinding Diers on Climate and Climate Change Duncan Killiner on Culture and Modernisation Paul Hobbs on Winemaking in Uruguay Hans Vinding Diers on Winemaking in Uruguay Duncan Killiner on Winemaking in Uruguay If you know someone who would enjoy this episode please share the direct link: www.interpretingwine.com/524 If you really enjoyed it please leave the episode an iTunes review on the same link. Thanks!
Sometimes what bothers us is not actually what bothers us.There is something underlying our angst, discomfort, emptiness. But what's at the bottom of these feelings? It could be many things. And it's hard to pinpoint the reasons. At the same time, there is a method that helps us identify all of these reasons. In today's episode, I share this method. Undoubtedly, it will help you discover the core of what you have to shift to get the feeling you are chasing NOW. It will help you avoid abstractions and noise to get to the root of the issue and start acting from that place. And furthermore, it will prevent you from blaming others for your situation. You don't have to absolve yourself from ownership and responsibility. You must be in the driver's seat of your life. I know you can do it, and this method will certainly help you get there. In This Episode:00:01 I'm recording this in New York City! 01:54 News from my personal life 03:04 Introduction of today's topic 04:10 The 5 Whys method 07:41 Focus on your own responsibilities10:05 Using this method to analyze why you are upset11:53 The amount of “whys” you ask to get to the root 13:05 Situations where you can use this method 14:31 What to do when you find the root of the issue 15:27 I would love to hear from you!Connect with Dr. Kavetha Sundaramoorthy:Email your answers at email@example.com Rapid Relationship Repair FREE Mini-Course - https://bit.ly/RapidRelationshipRepair
We often hear the term “new normal.” What does that really mean? Undoubtedly, the new normal being promoted by the elites is not of God and is in many ways satanic to the core. Today's guest host, Jim Calhoun, explores how we can create a real normal for our families and ourselves. Now, do you believe in this ministry? If you do, you can keep us on the air and as a podcast by visiting our website, https://truth2ponder.com/support. You can also mail a check payable to Ancient Word Radio, P.O. Box 510, Chilhowie, VA 24319. Thank you in advance for your faithfulness to this ministry. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/truth-to-ponder/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/truth-to-ponder/support
The church of Jesus Christ needs YOU now more than ever.This precious church, this body of believers, the worldwide followers of Jesus Christ need:YOUto stand, be strong in the faith, bold and aggressively unashamed of your faith now more than ever.The forces of evil are at war. Our age grows dark and darker by the day. Satan's army works directly, overtly, aggressively, and every bit as effectively subtly, secretly, covertly to overthrow, even eliminate, the Christian faith and the Christians who believe. This radical army hopes you are unaware. YOU are unaware. A believer not watching, lulled to sleep by the comforts of this world and the deceit lurking everywhere, content with your cellphone and Starbucks culture. They are always at war; they live for their immoral victory, and they will employ any means to win this incredible spiritual battle in this dark day and age of post truth.This is not scare tactic or even for that matter pessimistic, fearful, or weak:IT IS REALITY.It is happening. It is everywhere. These anarchists are determined to win, and they will lay their all on the altar of Satan in order to do so. Please, arouse and observe, understand and be ready to deal with the:SIGNS OF THE TIMES.The army of our Lord needs YOU now more than ever. YOU! God the father, of our Lord Jesus Christ and YOU calls YOU and me now more than ever to enlist, prepare, be ready and wherever necessary:FIGHT THE FIGHT OF FAITHwith the spiritual weapons which God has given us. These satanic forces hope you are unaware of the battle at hand, or perhaps simply don't care, don't want to be involved. They employ against YOU the weapon of ridicule. If you dare loudly and lovingly to proclaim your faith, you are ridiculed as fanatic, intolerant, non-inclusive, bigot, and racist. This weapon, properly employed, shuts down the walk, testimony and stand of literally millions of believers, MILLIONS!The evil other side employs the weapon of REJECTION. If you are a sincere person of faith, they utterly reject you and they encourage others to reject you. They accuse you of non-Christian conduct, not loving, not turning the other cheek, not accepting people as they are. And so often YOU, and in fact so many of WE THE BELIEVERS, succumb to this satanic weapon of war.They, the enemies and haters of our Lord and YOU, intimidate even threaten violence and actually, the world over, employ this weapon. Churches are burned, congregations are shot, Christians are martyred. The courts are full of litigation against Christians (Jack Phillips, Baker in Colorado among others). Legislation is passed by Federal Government, states, and even local communities contrary to Christian morality and accepted standards of behavior. The non-violent weapon of CHANGE, radical change, is utilized everywhere and ALWAYS AT WORK.Against YOU comes the weapon of SHAME. They believe that Christians will not follow the biblical commandment to be unashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, even if it is the power of God unto Salvation. That power, which can defeat any enemy seems so seldom to be called upon by any believer. THEY know that and THEY, unashamed of their purposes and proud of their evil desire to win at any cost, do whatever it takes to advance their cause knowing that millions will not resist. The power of real Christianity, the stand of real Christians are dull, even useless weapons in this dark, ever growing evil day and age. Far too many Christians are impotent, weak, even afraid. They seem not to claim or believe in the biblical promise that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. The sound mind promised by the great God Jehovah and his Holy Spirit seems overrun by the fear which God abhors.The forces of good, of God, of morality, of CHRISITANITY need YOU now more than ever in this fight of faith. You were created, a child of God, a son or daughter blessed with belief and with spiritual purpose and YOU, no matter who you are, are important, necessary, and vital in the overall plan and priorities of our Lord Jesus Christ. The captain of our spiritual army, THE HOLY SPIRIT, needs YOU now more than ever, fully enlisted and ready to lay your all on the altar.YOU ARE UNIQUE! No matter who you are, you are UNIQUE! There is only one YOU! The forces of evil make you think differently that you are average, nothing special, without purpose or meaning in any ultimate way in your life. They hope you live life-long content with mediocrity, a mere average existence spiritually, so you could never be a threat, a unique part of this spiritual army which God intended you to be. Without YOU, no matter who you are, the forces of good, the army of God is weakened. YOU must believe that you are special, you are unique, you have a purpose in life, a reason for being different from anyone else, and you must be the person which God intended you to be in every possible way. You must stand up, proud and loving, a joyful believer, who will never compromise, nor be intimidated, nor shy away from the full defense of the faith and the truth and the life, which Jesus Christ has given you. YOU MUST DO WHAT YOU CAN! No more, but no less. You must do what you should as a Christian, as your duty to your Lord. That action and reaction must occur in your life more than anything else.That kind of response of course can only come if you truly believe, REALLY BELIEVE in your faith. If your Christian commitment is minimal, your faith small, your knowledge of the plan of salvation incomplete, and you are driven by every wind and doctrine, every intellectual and spiritual threat which confronts you, this kind of message will seem extreme, irrelevant and most importantly:IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU!You may think of yourself as having few talents, abilities, not like so many others. And that is one of the most powerful tools of the devil, having you compare yourself with someone else, getting you to believe that you really don't have a calling or purpose, or real value in the plan of the great God Jehovah for you in this world. You fail in your ability to understand the talent, strengths, and assets which God has give you and the devil rejoices. More than ever, you must know:YOU.You are unique. You are different. No one can do what you are ordained to do, no one! YOU, all of us, need to constantly search our heads and hearts to determine who we are, why we are here and what is our ultimate divine purpose in life. YOU MATTER! If, for example, you are a mother, wife, responsible for household in so many ways, you have skills, talent, leadership qualities, caring, loving, and listening. You have the ability to discipline, organize, communicate, and be a force, spiritually and socially, TREMENDOUS TALENTS. You should recognize them and use them in all of life, even as you perfect them in the home. Undoubtedly, that is what God intended. That is WHO YOU ARE, and who you should be in order to be all that you can be. Be proud of those talents, strong in them, knowing that you, and how you do things are UNIQUE,Different from and in some ways better than anyone else. That, all of that, is what God intended for:YOUYOU TO BEWHAT YOU SHOULD BE!Replenish yourself every day, all day, with the resources God has given you. First, PRAY. Pray says the scripture without ceasing, all the time. Give thanks, thanks to God, and thank God for who you are, and pray for His wisdom to understand yourself all the better. And, FELLOWSHIP. The company of believers is nourishing, sharpening. You can help strengthen the brethren, whether one on one or in a large church community. Fellowship, contact, and loving listening with other believers grows every human being, every Christian and servant of the Lord. And STUDY. Study to show yourself approved unto God, workmen and workwomen who, because of what they know:NEED NOT BE ASHAMEDbecause you rightly understand, YOU KNOW the truth, the biblical truth. The truth of the God who created you. You know the saving power and love of Jesus Christ. You experience daily the wisdom, guidance, fellowship, and strengthening of the Holy Spirit. You are made better every day by that witness and that influence. YOU ARE READY TO GIVE A REASON FOR THE FAITH THAT IS WITHIN YOU! You are ready to stand for the gospel and for Jesus Christ, and lay all, even your life, on the altar if necessary. You are never weakened by comparing yourself to ANYONE ELSE! You are a unique child of God. You are proud of who you are, spiritually, and you will never be intimidated, ridiculed, or rejected by anyone, ANYONE!THAT, you are then the warrior, the soldier, the fighter which the Christian FIGHT OF FAITH, the army of God needs now more than ever. I pray that your faith is that strong, so strong that it makes you realize who YOU are and how important you are in the loving plan of Jesus Christ. Without You, the army of God is incomplete, no matter who you are. Please understand that, and your calling, your uniqueness now more than ever.The church of Jesus Christ, the army of our Lord, needs:YOUTHE REAL PASSIONATE CHRISTIAN YOUSTRONG IN THE LORDNow more than ever!
Welcome to the heavyweight elite, Sergei Pavlovich. Ya boy went out there and starched Curtis Blaydes in just over three minutes on Saturday at a UFC Fight Night event to become the consensus No. 1 contender in the heavyweight division. Could a lot go wrong between now and when Pavlovich might conceivably fight the winner of Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic? Sure. Did Blaydes engage in kind of a bizarre strategy in this fight? Yes, he did. But is Pavlovich now arguably the most interesting figure in the 265-pound division outside of JBJ and Stipe? Undoubtedly. Plus, Bellator had a pretty good two-night stop in Hawaii, Nate Diaz fought some jabronis on the streets of New Orleans and Bobby Green had a pretty bad Saturday night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode #3.1: The Heart of Law With Mike Papantonio Today, on The Heart of Law we are honored to welcome back Mike Papantonio, or "Pap" as he is affectionately known, a senior partner at the Levin Papantonio Rafferty law firm. With a series of multimillion-dollar verdicts under his belt, he is a trailblazer in the field of mass tort litigation, having handled thousands of cases across the nation. Pap's unwavering commitment to seeking justice for victims of corporate greed has helped establish Levin Papantonio Rafferty as one of the preeminent plaintiff law firms in the country. As Mirena Umizaj and her esteemed colleague exchange pleasantries, she extends her heartfelt congratulations on his daughter's decision to embark on a journey in the legal field. They begin discussing advice for aspiring young lawyers, and the topic of the legacy case arises. Undoubtedly, it is imperative to leave a lasting impact and make a meaningful contribution to the legal landscape. Pap offers sage advice and commends Mirena on her own exceptional progress, urging others to emulate her trailblazing ways. He generously provides a roadmap for success, encouraging young lawyers to exhibit the courage to take on a monumental case. They should not cower in the face of rejection or the possibility of failure, but instead understand that the law of averages dictates that risks must be taken. To avoid becoming a mere “Joe Schmoe'', one must have the fortitude to blaze new trails, take chances, and leave an imprint on the legal community. Additionally, he proudly unveils his latest merchandise, a series of t-shirts bearing the slogan "America's Lawyer". The rationale behind this branding is to “inspire young lawyers to strive towards becoming the best legal professionals in their respective communities'', with the potential to earn the moniker of "America's Lawyer" in their own right. Pap highlights the incredible feats of lawyers who have taken on insurmountable cases and triumphed against all odds. He discusses his friend Rob Billot's harrowing experience with a PFAS case in Columbus, Ohio, which ultimately resulted in a settlement of nearly a billion dollars. Mike emphasizes that these lawyers did not view these cases as a cakewalk but as an opportunity to make a significant impact. He also recounts his own journey, meeting Mirena, and learning about the necessity of careful planning, tenacity, and a network of experienced professionals to succeed in the legal field. In a captivating exchange, Mirena and Pap delve into the entanglement of Wall Street with the legal industry. Pap boldly forecasts a major lawsuit looming on the horizon and uncovers a series of scams involving case acquisition individuals peddling cases to multiple entities. In mass torts, politics come into play, and Pap emphasizes the importance of having confidence in oneself in the legal field. He compares it to a “matador facing a bull, confident enough to turn his back and get on one knee”. Similarly, a lawyer must have the courage to face challenging situations without fear. He acknowledges that there will always be people who try to interfere with one's work and outdo them, but it is important to remain focused on the task at hand and not be distracted by petty “sophomoric rivalries”. Pap humorously refers to this as "Italian Alzheimer's" - forgetting everything except those who have wronged you. EPISODE SURVEY: [00:03:16] - [00:07:00] Trouble Teen Institutions [00:07:33] - [00:10:18 Importance of The Legacy Case [00:10:20] - [00:14:46] Courage in the Legal Field: Advice for Young Lawyers [00:14:47] - [00:18:38] Lawyers That Have Stepped Out [00:18:41] - [00:26:15] Yin and Yang in Mass Torts [00:26:17] - [00:30:47] The Intersection of Wall Street And The Legal Business [00:30:50] : [00:45:45] Mass Torts: Future Predictions and Politics Amidst the Money Frenzy QUOTABLE QUOTES: “You can't be afraid of rejection, failure or being told no, you must understand what you do is all law of average” “Lawyers have to make a decision about what that license means to them…In the end doing some good means something” “Do you think any of one these lawyers looked at a big case and said this is going be an easy road, hell no they looked at it and said this is going to be impossible but they did it ” “ You know you don't have control of your cases when your not actively involved, when you don't have control of your destiny your kind of waiting to see” “You can be the greatest closer in the world but if you're not looking at cases or taking risks and you're afraid of failure you're never going to do anything significant. You're just going to be a Joe Schmoe doing the same thing everyone else does” ABOUT OUR GUEST: ● Senior Partner of Levin Papantonio Rafferty, P.A. ● Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy ● Host of the YouTube show America's Lawyer with over 900,000 subscribers , and founder and former host of Ring of Fire, a popular radio program. ● Inducted into the National Trial Lawyers' Hall of Fame (2015) and Former President of The National Trial Lawyers (2012) ● Author of multiple novels, including four motivational books for lawyers and a series of legal thrillers ● Member of The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, The International Society of Barristers, The National Trial Lawyers Association, The American Board of Trial Advocates, The American Justice Association, The Southern Trial Lawyers Association, and The Florida Justice Association ● Recipient of several prestigious awards, including but not limited to, the Compassionate Gladiator Award from the Florida Justice Association (2019), Defender of Justice Award by the American Association for Justice (2015), and the Perry Nichols Award by the Florida Justice Association (2011)
Pardon the Mess: A Christian Parenting Podcast
Many of us are at the stage of caring for our aging parents. If you are not, it's probably headed your way in the not too distant years. Undoubtedly it can be a hard topic, but loving our aging parents is a really important one we're tackling today. Sarah Smith joins us today to share her journey of caring for her mom who was diagnosed with early onset Alzhemiers. Sarah is honest about the challenges they have faced on this road, but also encourages us to draw closer to the Lord and trust him every step of the way. Here's a few of the topics we cover on today's show: Being realistic in expectations Overcoming guilt when considering healthcare facilities Supporting our friends who are caring for their parents Allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us in patience and love Don't miss this important conversation with Sarah Smith. Resources from today's show: Broken Beauty So God Made a Mother The Dad Tired Q&A Mixtape
On this episode, the boys are joined by the “smartest goalie in hockey” Marty Turco. Undoubtedly one of the best goalies of his generation, Marty also completely changed the game regarding puck handling for goalies, with the Turco Grip. Turco ranks first among all Dallas goalies in wins, shutouts, games played, assists, and also had the lowest GAA in a season since the FORTIES (02/03). We get into Marty being robbed of a Vezina, changing the way goalies handle the puck, Patrik Štefan's iconic empty net blunder and much more. Before the interview, the boys get into the Penguins falling on their face, some playoff predictions, if it is the Leafs' year (really this time) and much more. IT'S PLAYOFF TIME and the boys are fired up! Enjoy Marty Turco on this edition of The Cam & Strick podcast. Interview starts: 1:59:47 Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | TikTok | Cam & Strick Website | FacebookYou can also keep up with the boys on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!Andy Strickland - Instagram | TwitterCam Janssen - Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
JESUS IS HELPED BY SIMON OF CYRENE – Jesus Walking in the Way of the Cross (VIDEO) LYRICS TO MUSIC: Brother Simon of Cyrene You know not what you mean You know not what you mean Chosen from the ranks unknown Enlisted in an army The only one worth fighting for The only one worth fighting for Lost I'm sure but what you hold Was made to save the world No broken tree so beautiful Water blood the stains to come But your sweat joins in the mix Like no others ever did Like no others ever did MESSAGE SUMMARY: Here stands a man, ‘on his way in from the country,' (Luke 23:26), who stumbles upon a spectacle like no other. In front of him trod criminals to their death, convicted and condemned, being led out of Jerusalem carrying the instruments of their own mortality on their backs. The criminals were minutes away from the ends of their lives; Simon was minutes away from town. He had made a nearly nine-hundred-mile journey from Cyrene, a city residing in what is present day Libya in North Africa. He was most likely in Jerusalem for the festival of Passover, as many Jews from his home had made custom. But the singularity of this moment went well beyond an annual ritual. He was ‘seized' by some Roman soldiers, and made to help one of the criminals. Undoubtedly a confusing circumstance, this was not what Simon had traveled all this way for. It must have been quite unnerving. It was not a part of his plan. But Simon did as instructed. He lifted the beam with the Savior of the world. He sweat with Jesus, as each step became more difficult than the one before. They made progress together, toward the hill where the cross would be lifted. The blood of Jesus could have stained his clothes. Maybe Jesus spoke to him, words unique and perfect. Simon took on a one-of-a-kind role. No other man in history fulfilled such an appointment and none ever will again. There is much we don't know about Simon of Cyrene. We don't know if Simon knew that the man he was helping was the one some called the Christ. We don't know if he had even heard of Jesus before. What we do know is that he did not volunteer his aid. Simon was compelled to help Jesus. He was forced by a soldier out of his role as bystander, and into the canon of scripture forever. He was enlisted for a purpose unknown to him, part of God's divine system, perfect and mysterious. And in this plan, he was made to help carry the cross of Christ, regardless of whether he was averse or indifferent to the matter. Simon had no choice. Though in many ways we are like him, this is where we differ greatly from Simon. Jesus calls his disciples to choose the cross daily. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it,” (Matthew 16:24-25). Taking up our cross means choosing to suffer under the weight of the cross beam with others. It might mean entering into the lives of those in need and walking with them along their path, even if it is difficult or painful. We have no Roman soldiers to compel us. No spears at our backs to make us act. We must step forward to join Jesus on his ‘Sorrowful Way.' We must help him bear his cross, and in turn, help lift the crosses of others. Written by Jesse Braswell Roberts / Poor Bishop Hooper golgothamusic.com // poorbishophooper.com // Second edition ©2022 Jesse Braswell Roberts / Poor Bishop Hooper TODAY'S PRAYER: Who do you know that has a heavy cross to bear? Pray for them. Pray for those in your life that you should help. Pray for the courage to step forward and join them in carrying their burdens. TODAY'S AFFIRMATION: Today, I affirm that because I am in Jesus Christ, I will trust in the Lord with all my heart. I will trust in the Lord with all of my heart and lean not on my own understanding. In all my ways I will seek to know Him, and He will make my pathways straight. From Proverbs 3:5f SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Mark 15:21: “A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.”. Further Reading: Matthew 27:32; Luke 23:26. A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: www.AWFTL.org. THIS SUNDAY'S AUDIO SERMON: You can listen to Archbishop Beach's Current Sunday Sermon: “How Does God Say He Loves You: Part 5 The New Covenant”, at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/ DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB
Zac Jackson talks about Jimmy and Dee Haslam's comments about plans to renovate the current stadium, evaluating the roster moves since the start of free agency, whether Lamar Jackson or Deshaun Watson will have the better career from this point and whether Andrew Berry has another big move this offseason.
Blood and Ashes: A Wheel of Time Spoilercast
We're back, baby! And so is Egwene!Undoubtedly the highlight of this stretch is what happens with Egwene as she says goodbye to her Aiel Wise One mentors and heads back to Salidar to face... punishment?Rand drops Aviendha off with Mat and gives Mat a new mission: Find Elayne and put her on the Lion Throne. Plus some side quests.And we also get a bunch of Whitecloak info with POVs from Eamon Valda and Raddam Asunawa. Ugh.Let us know what you thought of this episode! You can do so by following the useful links below.Twitter - @BloodAndAshPodYouTube - Blood and AshesFacebook - BloodAndAshesPodcastWeb - www.bloodandashespodcast.com (Now with voicemail capabilities!)Discord - Blood and AshesMerch - Blood and Ashes Merch! (If you send in some good ideas, we'll use them too!)Enjoy!Mo, Willie and Jody
Diabetes has taken a foothold in recent years. As a matter of fact, I have seen an exponential increase in this condition in my practice as a cardiologist. The situation is problematic not only for the people who have diabetes but also for their loved ones and the nation as a whole. In order to speak about this severe issue, I have invited Dr. John Poothullil to the podcast.Dr. John Poothullil is a compelling guest. He's known across the country as the doctor speaking about diabetes, surviving cancer, and how chewing can be a revolutionary strategy to reduce insulin resistance. Furthermore, Dr. Poothullil has groundbreaking viewpoints on some “true and trusted” concepts in traditional medicine. These are some of the topics we cover during the episode: - Thoughts on diabetes and insulin resistance- Proper diet for reversing diabetes- Chewing as a powerful mechanism of the brain- Multiplication of cells and its relationship to cancer- Strategies for people diagnosed with cancer Undoubtedly, Dr. Poothullil has an incredible breadth and depth of knowledge. Not only is he well-prepared as a physician, but he also knows about the history and anthropology behind medical practices. To summarize his words, Dr. Poothullil encourages you to take charge of your health, body, and well-being. This episode will help you take the first step in the right direction. Until next time. Be phenomenal. “All we have to do to control or prevent or reverse type 2 diabetes is cut down the amount of grain-based food energy to half or one half of what you are consuming right now.” - Dr. John PoothullilIn This Episode: - Welcome back to another episode of the Limitless MD podcast- Thoughts on diabetes and insulin resistance - Causes of the elevation of sugar - Proper diet for reversing diabetes - Dr. John Poothullil's breakfast - Characteristics of intermittent fasting - Chewing as a powerful mechanism of the brain - Multiplication of cells and its relationship to cancer- Strategies for people diagnosed with cancer - The impact Dr. Poothullil wants to have on the worldResources mentioned: - Book “Diabetes: The Real Cause and The Right Cure: 8 Steps to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes in 8 Weeks” by John Poothullil MD - https://www.amazon.com/Diabetes-Real-Cause-Right-Cure/dp/0998485004 - Book “Eat, Chew, Live: 4 Revolutionary Ideas to Prevent Diabetes, Lose Weight and Enjoy Food” by John Poothullil MD - https://www.amazon.com/Eat-Chew-Live-Revolutionary-Diabetes/dp/0990792404 Resources: - Join our Free community of high-performing physicians: the Physician Wealth Accelerator https://limitless-md.mn.co/- https://vikramraya.com/programs/ - Sign up to my email list - https://vikramraya.com/- Apply to work with Vik and book a clarity call here -
Meet my great and very special friend AJ Sarcione, who has the innate ability to touch many hearts with his incredibly sincere disposition and demeanor. AJ and I met three years ago and our vibes just connected, as well as our platforms of elevating others in our "tribe". AJ's ability to transform his business and brand is uniquely his own. In his former position as head of MOJO and employee experience for Verizon/Yahoo, he worked closely with C-suite leaders on employee engagement before, during, and after a major merger. In AJ's diversified background, from being a global speaker and founder of Get Your Shine, and in creating a business and supporting leaders and teams to encourage performance, he often uses the untapped human superpower of imagination to help us SHINE! AJ's recent focus is on HeartMath, a modality that he is incorporating into all aspects of his personal and professional life. As he states, "HeartMath is the connection between your emotions and heart. It's an innovative approach to improving emotional wellbeing." Undoubtedly, I was enamored by this aspect of the chat and will be learning to implement some of the HeartMath methods in my own life! Thank you once again AJ for sharing yourself on the podcast! I truly couldn't help myself but smile, laugh and be so present! Can't wait to chat again on Instagram Live and experience a little slice of life in Texas. You can follow AJ on Instagram @ajsarcione, and AJ and Ben's ranch adventure @beajranch. You can also find more info about AJ's Imagination Method™ on his website, ajsarcione.com. Please join our community and follow us on: Instagram: @coming_fromtheheartpodcast Twitter: @cfthpodcast Facebook: Coming From the Heart Podcast https://www.comingfromtheheart.net/ Please subscribe, rate, review, & share with the ones closest to your hearts! Sign up for the CFTH Newsletter to receive our monthly update, including snippets from upcoming podcast episodes, Instagram Live highlights, and more! Shout out to our amazing sound engineer Alex Wiederock (@ajwiede on Instagram) for editing the podcast! Intro music: The Podcast Intro by Music Unlimited, from Pixabay Outro music by Alex Wiederock --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/comingfromtheheartpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/comingfromtheheartpodcast/support
What happens to humanity when the machines that we have built end up becoming much smarter than us? In this episode of the GZ Chop Shop, we talk about AI, its effects on authentic human interactions, and its possibility of taking over our jobs in the future. We talked about our experience with using AI tools like Replika, and we also shared our genuine concern about the potential outcomes that could arise if there is no proper regulation on AI. Undoubtedly, this tool is fairly fantastic, but it's also incredibly worrying because it might have a significant impact on how we live and conduct ourselves as people.Quick episode summary: 03:14Effect of technology on society 11:02Is AI going to take over our jobs? 18:00Are we living in a sci-fi movie?22:41The possibility of having AI partners 32:04Machines building machines Support this show https://www.patreon.com/osnmedia/membershipBe a GZ Chop Shop member at https://plus.acast.com/s/gzchopshopVisit our website: https://osn-media.com/Continue the conversation at: https://discord.com/servers/osn-gaming-313019064177917962Follow us on social media: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/osn_media/Twitter https://twitter.com/thegzchopshopTiktok https://www.tiktok.com/@gzchopshopFacebook https://www.facebook.com/OSNmediaYouTube https://www.youtube.com/@OSNmediaSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/gzchopshop. Support us by becoming a GZ Chop Shop member at https://plus.acast.com/s/gzchopshop. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
New York Times Best Selling Author for the Find Momo series, Andrew Knapp, joins me on this episode for an incredibly honest, raw, vulnerable and fun conversation. Undoubtedly we dive into his incredible time and memories with Momo, the books that we all love, their travel adventures and how he has been handling life without his best friend. He is truly grateful for all of the support from all the fans of him and Momo. This beautiful conversation is a roller coaster of emotions about life, family, self awareness and figuring out what the future entails for himself and his sidekicks Boo and Yaya. Hint: Boo and Yaya are soon to have their own book! As well as Andrew will continuing the legacy of Momo for all us to enjoy and learn from. Follow Andrew and get the Momo books! andrewknapp.com IG: @andrewknapp Twitter: @andrewomerknapp Find Momo on Amazon Pre-order Let's Find Yaya and Boo at Home! (available August 29, 2023)
You can grow alone. Undoubtedly. But your growth will be linear. Instead, you can get exponential growth in the right partnerships. It is important to realize that partnering with someone transparent is valuable. Still, there are different flavors associated with this experience. Fifty-fifty is just one of them. The first thing to remember is that this is a world of possibility. For example, you can partner in medical businesses and clinics. Besides, you can do it for other investments, real estate, or a coaching business. Furthermore, you can also find a person to share a side hustle. To begin with, there are some steps to take into consideration. And I will help you check them all, of course. These are some of the topics I cover during the episode: - #1 rule in JV partnerships - Where and why you should partner up - Different types of partnerships- Steps for structuring agreements- Learning points about partnershipsWithout a doubt, you have to be trusting when you partner with someone. But you also have to be vigilant. Unquestionably, this episode will help you create the strategy for growing your empire. If you can, always retain operational control and establish buy-sell processes. Moreover, keep your equity and be generous. Until next time. Be phenomenal. “Here's the #1 rule of JV partnerships - you don't want a win-lose, you don't want a win-win. You need a super win-win for it to happen.” - Vikram RayaIn This Episode: - Welcome back to another episode of the Limitless MD podcast- #1 rule in JV partnerships - A partnership horror story I experienced - Where and why you should partner up - Different types of partnerships- Steps for structuring agreements - Learning points about partnershipsResources mentioned: - ChatGPT - https://chat.openai.com/chat Resources: - Join our Free community of high-performing physicians: the Physician Wealth Accelerator https://limitless-md.mn.co/- https://vikramraya.com/programs/ - Sign up to my email list - https://vikramraya.com/- Apply to work with Vik and book a clarity call here - https://bit.ly/3CXuigz- Group Coaching Now Open! Apply Here - https://www.theultramd.com/high-achieving-physiciansConnect with Vikram:- Website: https://vikramraya.com - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vikramraya/ - Facebook:
HR Stories Podcast - where the Lesson is in the Story
In our ongoing series - Supreme Court Cases that Changed HR, we explore the Griggs v. Duke Power case, a lawsuit that involved intelligence testing that discriminated against a group of African-American employees. Willie Griggs was a Janitor that wanted an opportunity for promotion, yet the policies at his workplace prevented him from moving forward, despite the recent Civil Rights Act of 1964. So he and 13 other employees took matters to the courts. Eventually the Supreme Court made a unanimous landmark ruling that changed HR and employment law forever. Education requirements are commonly seen at the bottom of a job description. Undoubtedly, there are circumstances where it is a very relevant requirement to have. Yet there are times when this can lead to discrimination if not handled correctly. This Supreme Court ruling from 1971 gave us the concept of "Disparate Impact"....and it still a filter that influences how we approach and manage HR policies, procedures, and other HR endeavors (recruiting, training, promotions, etc.) Chuck and John also talk about employee appreciation, some upcoming workshops and discussions around employee retention, and Kroger's pay system legal woes. Additional Resources:The Museum and Archives of Rockingham County (MARC)EEOC Employment Testing Fact SheetNOW AVAILABLE and approved for 3 SHRM Recertification Credits - The Ultimate Book of HR Checklists – Getting HR Right: Your Step-by-Step Reference for Avoiding Costly Mistakes. Go to HRChecklists.com (On sale - 30% off through 4/30/2023) Do you have a situation or topic you'd like the team to discuss? Are you interested in having Chuck or John talk to your team? You can reach the team at firstname.lastname@example.org for suggestions and inquiries.Join the HR Team of One Community on Facebook or visit TheHRStoriesTeam.com and sign up for emails so you can be the first to know about new things we have coming up.You can also follow us on Instagram and TikTok at @HRstoriesPodcast Don't forget to rate our podcast, it really helps other people find it!All views expressed in the presented Stories are not necessarily that of Chuck and John. The stories are shared to present various, real-world scenarios and share how they were handled by policy and, at times, law. Chuck and John are not lawyers and always recommend working with an employment lawyer to address concerns.
The name “Enterprise” is not exclusive to fictional starships or the space shuttle; in fact, nineteen ships of the British Royal Navy and nine of the United States Navy have born the name (spelled either with an S or a Z). Undoubtedly, the most famous USS Enterprise is the World War Two-era aircraft carrier, which fought in more battles in the Pacific War than any other vessel, earned twenty battle stars, and is today the most decorated ship in American naval history. “The Big E,” (first of her many nicknames) was commissioned in May 1938 and attached to the Atlantic fleet for her first year of service. As tensions rose with Japan and the Navy Department realized the importance of aircraft carriers in the Pacific, the Enterprise was transferred to the Pacific Fleet and based first at San Diego and then at Pearl Harbor. Join us as we teach you about the most decorated ship in the history of the US Navy, the USS Enterprise. We talk about her history, engagements, and why she was called, The Grey Ghost. When it comes to the United States Navy, names carry with them the legends of those ships which came before, and history will surely not forget the name Enterprise. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/15minutehistory/support
How far away are we from having a realistic conversation with an AI driven character that feels like a real human experience? The answer is we're not, it's here, it's called Charisma AI and you can begin playing with it yourself today. But this technology goes much deeper than just to-and-fro conversation, Charisma AI essentially brings digital humans to life and powers amazing character driven experiences and stories. Undoubtedly a key component of the full metaverse vision. We explain the basics of how it works in this episode, using different nodes to build possible responses and story outcomes in any given scenario and incorporating GPT3 as well. (If that's too technical, don't worry we chat it through simply). Charisma AI is being used in a variety of different types of storytelling. That might 2D or 3D digital humans or characters or as part of an immersive real life experience, which is where I discovered it first. We talk about that in this episode too. Joining us today is the CEO of Charisma AI, the awesome Guy Gadney who tells us all about where this is going and something incredible that they are working on next too. Thank you as always for your support, if you're not already following the show, do hit that follow button, which is always so appreciated. Also drop me a message on Twitter - I always love to hear from you. ======================= I always love to hear from you, say hello on the following links! : Twitter : https://twitter.com/luke_franks LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/luke-franks-b8b509118/ Speaker Bookings : https://londonspeakerbureau.com/speaker-profile/luke-franks/ ======================= Links : Charisma AI Website : https://charisma.ai/ Charisma AI Twitter : https://www.overwolf.com/ Charisma AI Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/charisma.ai Guy Gadney Twitter : https://twitter.com/GGadney Guy Gadney LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/guygadney/ Project Electric Sheep : https://www.projectelectricsheep.com/ Saint Jude by Swamp Motel : https://swampmotel.co.uk/live
Ricou Browning is one of the most important figures in horror. His iconic work on The Creature form the Black Lagoon is still studied and an inspiration today. The character has proven to be timeless as horror fans of all ages know and love the Creature. We talk about our memories of the man and the movie.Cocaine Bear was never high on our list of priorities. It's a funny idea, it just isn't enough to get us want to rush out and spend our money. Make it a more realistic story involving meth and a gator, however...Thankfully, The Asylum is here to give fans what they want, and it doesn't include Elizabeth Banks.Enys Men is everything you would expect an arthouse horror movie to be. Undoubtedly, this will be a lot of people's favorite film of the year. There is no denying it is beautifully shot and tells a creepy story. The acting is also top notch, which is incredibly important since it is basically a one person show.But if it does not keep the audience entertained, does any of it matter? We discuss pretentious film fans versus those of us who just like to watch movies. Taste is subjective and no opinion matters more, but when the filmmaker goes out of their way to provide an experience instead of telling a story, someone has to call them out.Stephen King has cemented his name in horror and pop culture. No matter how bad an adaption of one of his works is, there is no way it could sully his legacy. Right?The latest iteration of Children of the Corn follows the basic premise of the 1977 short story. A group of creepy kids take over a small town in rural Nebraska. Its been given some modern touches (corn has never been more important), but it does not deviate much from the source material.Is this the worse King adaptation ever? It certainly is one of the most nonsensical with strange character motivations, shoddy editing, and a complete lack of development past the protagonist and antagonist. Despite its (many) flaws, how did it manage to be entertaining?Adventures in Movies! is a part of the Morbidly Beautiful Podcast Network. Morbidly Beautiful is your one stop shop for all your horror needs. From the latest news and reviews to interviews and old favorites, it can be found at Morbidly Beautiful.Adventures in Movies! is hosted by Nathaniel and Blake. You can find Nathaniel on Instagram at nathaninpoortaste. Blake can be found on Twitter @foureyedhorror and on Instagram at foureyedhorror. You can reach us personally or on Twitter @AdventuresinMo1.Music in the background from https://www.FesliyanStudios.com
Interpreting Wine Podcast | Travel | Enotourism | Tasting
I'm Lawrence Francis, Host of Interpreting Wine, welcoming you to the California Winemaker Special Series. Across these 4 episodes recorded in Feb and Mar 2023 we'll be exploring the modern California Winemaker scene in the company of 4 producers. Reflecting the up-to-date realities of winemaking in the region. Guests chosen to reflect a range of locations, production scales and philosophies. Undoubtedly the most up-to-date exploration of California Winemaker available anywhere in podcast format. Subscribe to be alerted when new series episodes go live. We kick things off today in the company of Mari Jones of Emeritus Vineyards (00:00:08) Episode intro (00:01:10) Mari Jones Origin Story Emeritus History New Projects and Changes Over The Last 4 Years Local Winemaking Community Vineyard Orientation Soil, Geology and Dry Farming Viticulture Exploration Experimentation in the Vineyard Climate Adaptation Certification Project If you know someone who would enjoy this episode please share the direct link: www.interpretingwine.com/512 If you really enjoyed it please leave the episode an iTunes review on the same link. Thanks!
The Albany Update with Jason McGuire
Thank you for joining this week's episode of the Albany Update. When I interact with colleagues involved in government affairs work around the country, the conversation often turns to comparing legislative processes in our respective home states. Undoubtedly, we begin talking about legislative hearings. Hearings are a staple of government affairs work, but not in New York. In the Empire State, hearings are rare and invitation only. This week, we'll discuss how one Democrat district attorney was disinvited from testifying when it became known that he would testify against his party's changes to the bail system. In other news, and for obvious reasons, afterschool Satanic clubs are back in the news, but Christians need to think carefully about how they react to these reports lest they unwittingly help to remove Christian afterschool programs, like Good New Clubs, from also being banned from campus. Next, you may have seen the news of a creepy, pro-abortion statue that has been placed atop a New York City courthouse. It's eerily reminiscent of ancient Baal worship or perhaps a tribute to a Roman god. Abortion is the god of many in this modern age. Finally in this episode, the testimony of one Sam Brinton regrettably helped pass a ban on counseling for those experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction in New York and nineteen other states. Brinton's story is unravelling. It appears to have been a complete fabrication. It is doubtful that any of these states will reverse its stance on counseling individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction, though. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/albanyupdate/support
Thank you Lesley Waters-Kellar, OMS III and Matt Steffensen, OMS III, for developing this podcast. This podcast is a great start to understanding autism. I suspect it will turn out to be one of the best podcasts we have put together in terms of learning! Undoubtedly more podcasts to broaden out this topic will follow (hoping a few students catch this hint). We enjoyed our discussion and hope you find it as interesting as we did! Thank you to the immortal Jordan Turner for creating the perfect bumper music!
Interpreting Wine Podcast | Travel | Enotourism | Tasting
I'm Lawrence Francis, Host of Interpreting Wine, welcoming you to the McLaren Vale Winemaker Special Series. Across these 3 episodes recorded in Feb 2023 we'll be exploring the modern McLaren Vale scene in the company of 3 producers: Battle of Bosworth Wines, Mitolo Wines and Oliver's Tarranga. Reflecting the up-to-date realities of winemaking in the region. Guests chosen to reflect a range of locations, production scales and philosophies. Undoubtedly the most up-to-date exploration of McLaren Vale available anywhere in podcast format. Subscribe to be alerted when new series episodes go live. We kick things off today in the company of Joch Bosworth of Battle of Bosworth Wines (00:00:08) Episode intro (00:01:10) Joch Bosworth Origin Story McLaren Vale Culture Deep Dive and Wider Community Regional Visual Tour and Geology Grape Growing Range of Wines and Winemaking Style Export Markets If you know someone who would enjoy this episode please share the direct link: www.interpretingwine.com/509 If you really enjoyed it please leave the episode an iTunes review on the same link. Thanks!
Interpreting Wine Podcast | Travel | Enotourism | Tasting
I'm Lawrence Francis, Host of Interpreting Wine, welcoming you to the South Africa Winemaker Special Series. Across these 4 episodes recorded in Feb 2023 we'll be exploring the modern South Africa Winemaker scene in the company of 4 producers. Reflecting the up-to-date realities of winemaking in the region. Guests chosen to reflect a range of locations, production scales and philosophies. Undoubtedly the most up-to-date exploration of South Africa Winemaker available anywhere in podcast format. Subscribe to be alerted when new series episodes go live. We kick things off today in the company of Tinashe Nyamudoka of Kumusha Wines (00:00:08) Episode intro (00:01:10) Tinashe Nyamudoka Origin Story Wine Training in South Africa Test Kitchen Deep Dive Kumusha Wines and Opstal Wines Intro Slanghoek Valley Visual Viticulture and Winemaking Harvest 2023 Creating a Brand Exporting and Feedback From the UK Blind Ambition If you know someone who would enjoy this episode please share the direct link: www.interpretingwine.com/505 If you really enjoyed it please leave the episode an iTunes review on the same link. Thanks!
Aligned moments can turn you into the new normal. Your new normal, is connected with purposeful sounds where everything is coming into the day with Grace and Ease. Undoubtedly you find yourcellf smiling because you feel the rising sun beginning to hit your face. And instantly you now, it's a New day. This visualization can be done at any time in the day for a calming resetting. To get more support resetting your mind. Check out the links below to connect with Mahatma Last month, I said yes to trying out a drink that has been adding peace into my life. So here is my way of extending peace to you from me. So if you are Looking to grab yourcellf some Magic Mind drinks? Below is the link and discount code Go to https://www.magicmind.co/em And a discount off your subscription Discount CODE EM20 Meet the HOST Mahatma Starseed is the founder of Elite Motivation411. As a holistic business coach, Mahatma assist you in focusing on how to approach your career, health, home life and the way you educate yourcellf and your family and/or tribe. As the creator of Elite Motivation411 and EM Healing deep intention is to build a enlightened awareness for our communities so that we can better care for yourcellf and our families. You can connect for one on one Spiritual Growth Consulting or Group workshops. Check out the links below to see how to keep in touch with Mahatma Follow up with your own private unfoldment. Schedule a session below https://calendly.com/emotivation411-calendly/empowerment More Scared Services below or to get a copy of her ebook https://linktr.ee/EliteM411 Find out more about us on IG/FB @elitemotivation411 on YOUTUBE --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/mahatmastarseed/message
Live Inspired Podcast with John O'Leary
It's not uncommon for famous athletes to visit children in hospitals. Sometimes these visits are well publicized but many times it's done quietly. Undoubtedly, it has a profound impact on the young patients and their families by providing joy, hope and positivity. As a young St. Louis Blues player, Gino Cavallini would repeatedly show up for the five months I was in the hospital, always smiling and bursting with encouragement. Sometimes he'd come with signed hockey tickets or seven-foot-tall stuffed bunny, and other times with pizza, soda, beer and his fellow Blues teammates. Regardless, every time this typical, Canadian tough-guy would brighten the dark, lonely days of my hospital stay. Today, it's an honor to welcome on my friend and hero Gino Cavallini. Join me as we celebrate his story of humble beginnings to playing nine NHL seasons, why he decided to repeatedly visit a 9-year-old boy with burns on 100% of his body, and how he continues to make his career and life about something bigger than himself. My friends, this conversation will leave you asking yourself, “what more can I do?”
Living Well with Multiple Sclerosis
Welcome to Living Well with MS, the Overcoming MS podcast where we explore all topics relating to living well with multiple sclerosis (MS). In this episode, we are taking you back to the launch of the ‘Overcoming MS Handbook: Roadmap to Good Health' with Professor George Jelinek, Dr Jonathan White and Dr Phil Startin. Together they discussed how the new book was created, the highlights from the book and answered questions from the community. We were excited by the arrival of the new book, as it provides an engaging overview of the Overcoming MS Program combined with stories from the community. This webinar was recorded in February 2022 as part of our Finding Hope with Overcoming MS webinar series. You can watch the whole webinar here or the podcast highlights on YouTube here. Keep reading for the key episode takeaways and George, Jonathan and Phil's bios. Make sure you sign up to our newsletter to hear our latest tips and news about living a full and happy life with multiple sclerosis. And if you're new to Overcoming MS, visit our introductory page to find out more about how we support people with MS. Professor George Jelinek's Bio Professor George Jelinek developed the Overcoming MS Program and founded the Neuroepidemiology Unit at the University of Melbourne's School of Population and Global Health which continues to research its benefits. George's Story: When George was diagnosed with MS in 1999, he was determined to do something. His mother had died as a consequence of her MS, which spurred him on to sort through and assess the medical literature on MS. His career as a Professor in Emergency Medicine and his background as Editor-in-Chief of a major medical journal gave him the tools to do this. It became clear to George that remaining well after a diagnosis of MS is more than just a possibility. He found that with commitment to the right lifestyle changes, there is the real probability that many people with MS can live long, healthy lives, relatively free of the usual problems associated with the illness. These lifestyle recommendations are now referred to as the Overcoming MS Program, which he detailed in his book Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis. The new book in this podcast episode is a newly launched accessible overview of his findings. George has remained free of further relapses, as have many people who follow the Overcoming MS Program. Dr. Jonathan White's Bio Career: Jonathan went to University of Glasgow Medical School, graduating in 2008 (MBChB). He completed a further five years of training in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (MRCOG). He works at the Causeway Hospital, Coleraine and has a special interest in early pregnancy and recurrent pregnancy loss. In April 2022, Jonathan was awarded “Doctor of the Year” at the inaugural Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Awards. He contributed to the new book in this podcast episode. Overcoming MS and personal life: Jonathan was diagnosed with RRMS in October 2015 and has been following the Overcoming MS Program ever since. Dr. White assists Overcoming MS as a medical advisor and event facilitator. He lives on the North Coast of Northern Ireland, is married to Jenny and father to Angus and Struan. His interests include the great outdoors, cycling and running (reluctantly), reading, rugby, film and spending time with his family. Dr Phil Startin's Bio Career and Overcoming MS: After a DPhil in Quantum Physics, Phil left his academic roots for a more peripatetic career in management consulting, initially with Price Waterhouse. After years of travelling around the world for both work and pleasure, including a two-year assignment in Geneva, he was diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS (PPMS) in 2007. Phil discovered Overcoming MS in 2011, and coupled with his earlier discovery of mindfulness meditation, it awakened a whole new area in his life. With training and supervision from Bangor University, he now teaches an eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course to people with MS and to the general community on a pro-bono basis. He is also a trustee for MS-UK. Personal life: Phil lives in Arrochar, Scotland with his American wife, Cristina, whom he met over a weekend at the Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Phil's completely convinced that the Overcoming MS program and mindfulness have positively affected the trajectory of his condition. Selected Key Takeaways The new book gives different perspectives from the Overcoming MS community Professor George Jelinek said: “After what seems like quite a long time of bringing this message to people, I'm hearing the message come back to me through the filter of all of these different people's lives and experiences, joys and sorrows. It's just a wonderful read for me to sit down and say that all this has been happening in our community and that people have worked out ways of adopting and maintaining this program, many of which I've really never considered given that I've got only my own particular view of the world.” Overcoming MS supports the use of medications alongside lifestyle changes Dr Jonathan White said: “I think sometimes the medical community thinks it's “us or them” [with] lifestyle or medication and that could never be further from the truth. I personally have always chosen to use medication as part of my way of managing MS and I wouldn't change that. But nor would I change using lifestyle to manage my MS. Undoubtedly for many people medication has many benefits and is a huge part of your armor and protection against this disease. But why ignore the underlying things that caused the problem in the first place, you know, stress, lack of exercise, low vitamin D levels, poor diet and processed and altered fats and animal fats in your diet?” The Overcoming MS program is relevant for both relapsing and progressive forms of MS Dr Phil Startin said: “By following the Overcoming MS program, you absolutely can make a difference [to your MS], you can change the trajectory of that condition, and you can improve your quality of life. Through neuroplasticity, you can even recover some functions. The Overcoming MS program is just as relevant for us with a progressive form of the condition as it is for those with those newly diagnosed and with a relapsing form, possibly even more.” Related Links: Overcoming MS Handbook: Roadmap to Good Health Watch the original webinar Don't miss out: Subscribe to this podcast and never miss an episode. You can catch any episode of Living Well with MS here or on your favorite podcast listening app. If you like Living Well with MS, please leave a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you tune into the show. Feel free to share your comments and suggestions for future guests and episode topics by emailing email@example.com. Make sure you also sign up to our newsletter to hear our latest tips and news about living a full and happy life with MS. If you enjoy this podcast and want to support the ongoing work of Overcoming MS, you can leave a donation here.
A More Civilized Age: A Clone Wars Podcast
Have there been better arcs of Clone Wars? Absolutely. Have there been arcs that more cleverly dissect the hypocrisy of the Jedi or Anakin's fall to the dark side? Undoubtedly. Are there better duels, dogfights, and tests of will? Of course. But has there ever been a Clone Wars arc as toxic as this one? Oh, no my friends, in that regard we have absolutely peaked. NEXT TIME: Episodes 116 - 118 ("The Disappeared, Part I," "The Disappeared, Part II," "The Lost One") Show Notes Major Deaths (RIP to a real one): Teckla Minnau Normal, Expected Deaths (Sad imo): Commander Thorn, Bec Lawise Additional Deaths (It is what it is): Rush Clovis Hosted by Rob Zacny (@RobZacny) Featuring Alicia Acampora (@ali_west), Austin Walker (@austin_walker), and Natalie Watson (@nataliewatson) Produced by Austin Walker Music by Jack de Quidt (@notquitereal) Cover art by Xeecee (@xeeceevevo)
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A cocktail with your friends, a glass of wine after work, a beer at a barbecue–alcohol is everywhere. Undoubtedly, it's been an integral part of our society for thousands of years. But when it comes to its effects on our health, results can feel more mixed than your favorite margarita. Is alcohol a “poison,” or maybe, in moderation, is it actually ok, or even good for us? Today, we speak to Professor Eric Rimm from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on the science of alcohol and health. So sit back, relax, and pour yourself a glass… or maybe don't. Remember to head to our website for our show notes! Follow us on Instagram @foodweneedtotalk. Find Juna on Instagram @theofficialjuna, and @JunaGjata on YouTube and TikTok.
(1 Thessalonians 2:1-20) Undoubtedly, great challenges are ahead for the people of God. So, are we to do about it? We must care for the only thing that matters in the end...the souls of men. Join Evangelist Scott Pauley for this 2nd message in our study: What Is Going On? (07012230114)
So many things in this world have come about as a result of man's fear of death. That's understandable for many reasons, but physical death isn't the thing that we should be worried about. Undoubtedly, there is something far more disconcerting than physical death. Here's what you should know about that!!!
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A new Republican-led House of Representatives convenes tomorrow, and after decades as a Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi is stepping away from the helm. Undoubtedly, her strength was in unifying her caucus — something that Kevin McCarthy, the G.O.P frontrunner for the speakership, has already struggled to do. Today, we look back on Pelosi's career — and what could be ahead for House leadership. Read the full transcript here.Host: Gustavo ArellanoGuests: L.A. Times Justice Department reporter Sarah D. WireMore reading:The end of a political era: Nancy Pelosi's leadership legacy in WashingtonColumn: Nancy Pelosi's indelible markColumn: ‘There's this very toxic energy circulating.' Alexandra Pelosi on her mom, dad and a new documentary
As some of our loyal listeners know, 2022 was the very first full year of Constructive Voices. And what a year it was!From Ireland to Australia, and from Brighton Beach to the United States of America, 2022 has been an amazing year thanks to the magnitude and diversity of our global guests.We have explored some big topics, such as climate change and sustainability, and how they relate to the built environment. With our expert guests, we have endeavoured to talk about the solutions and challenges to Net Zero and its related topics.While these have been huge discussion points for many years, the team at Constructive Voices and our collaborators, have been investigating these subjects in the arena of the built environment.We finished our first few months of existence of 2021 with an event that looked at the roadmap post COP26 with Victoria Kate Burrows, Director of Advancing Net Zero of the World Green Building Council. Along with a panel of distinguished guests. Little did any of us know that in the early part of 2022, that Russia would invade Ukraine, resulting in a war that has also changed the playing field when it comes to energy, in a number of countries.Depending on your perspective, this might have hindered the journey towards Net Zero or encouraged it to be accelerated.Not long before that, in the second episode of the year, we spoke to Gilbert Lennox King about how to measure and offset embodied carbon – a topic of huge relevance to all involved in the built environment.For our special for International Women's Day, we featured a small selection of leading lights, such as Farah Naz:"I think it starts from home. And it starts from very early age, high school is too late, we really as an industry should start going to primary and middle schools to actually having those conversations with the young children.I also think that our school system, our teachers also need support in having those conversations with their students.I strongly feel that as an industry, where we are working as architects, engineers, urban planners, we also have a role to play to support our teachers and our schools, to go and spend that time and really speak to them about the leadership that they can play.Especially, we are in the middle of a climate emergency. And all these professions have a very important role to play."Undoubtedly one of the big highlights of the year was FOOTPRINT+ which was our first live event as a media partner, in Brighton, UK.We spoke to many of these industry leaders live at the event and brought a number of insightful episodes to you after it. But the reality is that we have had so many defining moments during 2022.With the help of an amazing man, Richard, we produced an Addiction Special, which the experts feel has the potential to save lives. Be sure not to miss the Addiction Special.After COP27 we had an insightful panel session to look at the roadmap ahead for the built environment.PS: Did you know about the Rats and Other Disasters in the Palace of WestminsterBookmark Constructive Voices Episode 48.Constructive Voices: Inspiring change within the construction industry and related sectorsFollow Constructive Voices on:LinkedInTwitterFacebookRequest a media pack: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is Garrison Hardie with your CrossPolitic Daily Newsbrief for Wednesday, December 7th, 2022. Before I get to the news today, how about a little on this day in history? On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl HarborExternal, Hawaii Territory, killing more than 2,300 Americans. The U.S.S. Arizona was completely destroyed and the U.S.S. Oklahoma capsized. A total of twelve ships sank or were beached in the attack and nine additional vessels were damaged. More than 160 aircraft were destroyed and more than 150 others damaged. A hurried dispatch from the ranking United States naval officer in Pearl Harbor, Admiral Husband Edward Kimmel, Commander in Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet, to all major navy commands and fleet units provided the first official word of the attack at the ill-prepared Pearl Harbor base. It said simply: AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR X THIS IS NOT DRILL. The following day, in an address to a joint session of Congress, President Franklin Roosevelt called December 7, 1941 “a date which will live in infamy.” Congress then declared War on Japan, abandoning the nation’s isolationism policy and ushering the United States into World War II. Within days, Japan’s allies, Germany and Italy, declared war on the United States, and the country began a rapid transition to a wartime economy by building up armaments in support of military campaigns in the Pacific, North Africa, and Europe. So there ya go, a little history for you guys on this Wednesday morning. Let’s start the news off with this: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/vladimir-putin-bans-all-lgbt-propaganda-far-reaching-move Vladimir Putin bans all 'LGBT propaganda' in far-reaching move Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation banning all LGBT "propaganda" on Sunday, according to Russian media. The far-reaching bill prohibits the creation or sharing of content depicting nontraditional sexual relations, gender reassignment and pedophilia in a positive lights, according to state-run media. The law reportedly extends to social media platforms, as well as mass media like films and advertisement. The law also has a provision pertaining to minors and empowers to country's media watchdog to implement systems preventing minors from viewing such content. The law went into effect the same day it was signed, on Sunday. Putin has long waged a political war against the LGBT movement in Russia, and his allies have in the past cited the movement's success in the U.S. as an excuse for expansive actions. State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin, who authored the bill, cited trends in the U.S. and Europe as a reason to pass it in November. "He cited data from opinion polls, according to which 16% of Europeans aged 14 to 29 identify themselves as LGBT," the Duma reported at the time. "And in the U.S. state of Maryland, the number of students who have not decided on their gender due to the promotion of non-traditional relationships has grown almost six times in two years and today makes up 45% of all students in the state." The Duma did not cite where it received the polls, and it was not immediately clear if the polls are in fact accurate. Violations of the new law are mostly punished with fines, ranging from $800 for citizens infringing on the lowest tier to $160,000 for legal entities that infringe on the highest tier, which is pedophilia. Now moving on to our stellar economy: https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2022/12/06/u-s-trade-deficit-rises-5-4-to-four-month-high/ U.S. Trade Deficit Rises 5.4% to Four-Month High The nation’s trade deficit widened 5.4 percent in October to a four-month high of $78.2 billion, data from the Commerce Department showed Tuesday. This was lower than expected. Economists had forecast the deficit would rise to around $80 billion. The October increase in the goods and services deficit reflected an increase in the goods deficit of $6.1 billion to $99.6 billion and an increase in the services surplus of $2.1 billion to $21.4 billion. The U.S. is typically a net exporter of services to the rest of the world and an importer of goods. So far this year, the goods and services deficit is up $136.9 billion, or 19.9 percent, from the same period in 2021. Exports increased $415.3 billion or 19.8 percent. Imports increased $552.2 billion or 19.8 percent. Economic weakness around the globe, particularly in Europe, has softened demand for U.S. energy imports, including natural gas and petroleum products. Crude oil exports, however, grew by $1.6 billion. The numbers are not adjusted for inflation so the declines also reflected the recent weakening of the dollar against many other currencies .Exports of consumer goods were also lower, led by a decline in pharmaceuticals due to lower demand for drugs to treat or prevent infection of China’s coronavirus. The U.S. spent more on imported cars and pharmaceuticals. Imports of cell phones, toys, games, and sports equipment slipped lower. Let’s check in on our southern border: https://dailycaller.com/2022/12/06/ice-biden-immigration-border/ ICE Is Massively Misreporting How Many Illegal Immigrants Are Being Released With GPS Trackers Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is significantly misreporting the number of illegal immigrants released into the country with GPS tracking technology by nearly 600%, according to an internal document exclusively obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. ICE disclosed privately to participants of a closed-door event about the agency’s “Alternatives to Detention” Thursday, attended by ICE Director Tae Johnson along with several agency officials and non-profits, that 8,118 illegal immigrants are monitored with GPS tracking through the program as of Nov. 14. Publicly, however, ICE says on its website that 56,805 illegal immigrants are monitored by GPS as of Nov. 19. Former ICE Chief of Staff Jon Feere, who now serves as director of investigations at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), believes that the Biden administration is seeking to appease groups that have fought ICE detention, such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which was listed as an attendee at Thursday’s event. The ACLU has a campaign on its website titled “SHUT DOWN THE ICE DETENTION MACHINE,” which encourages the public to email Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to urge ICE against any new detention contracts. The ACLU didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. The program given to the Thursday event’s attendees also showed that ICE underreported illegal immigrants without tracking technology by more than 18,000%, as previously reported by the DCNF. ICE disclosed to the attendees that as of Nov. 14 there are 49,459 illegal aliens that aren’t monitored with any tracking equipment, while its own website says that as of Nov. 19 there are 266. The Biden administration continues to see record numbers of migrants illegally cross the southern border, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountering over 2.3 million in fiscal year 2022 and more than 230,000 in October. Story Real Estate: Home. It’s where you build your legacy. Where traditions are started, seeds are planted, meals are shared, and stories are told. Home is where you prepare to go out into the world. Finding the home that’s perfect for your family is a big job. Story Real Estate is Moscow’s top real estate team. They give people real estate advice all over the country. Family homes, investments, land, new construction, or commercial— they know real estate. If you’ve thought about a move to Moscow or anywhere in the country, reach out to get connected with a Story Real Estate agent. Wherever you’re going, they can help guide you Home. Visit storyrealestate.com. How about a word from our friends across the pond? https://www.dailyfetched.com/uk-government-approves-climate-lockdown-trials-for-2024/ UK Government Approves Climate Lockdown Trials for 2024 Residents would be confined to their local neighborhood and would not be able to leave unless they requested permission from the government. As part of the climate lockdown plan, the ’15 minute cities’ would place electronic gates on key roads in and out of the city, so the government would be instantly alerted by anyone trying to leave. Those who request permission to leave their city would be profiled by the government, which would make a decision on whether to let that person out. Under the new scheme, residents would be permitted to leave their zone a maximum of 100 days per year, according to reports. However, every resident must register their car details with the government, enabling them to be tracked via smart cameras around the city. As Vision News reported: Oxfordshire County Council, which is run by Labour, the Liberal Democrats, and the Green Party, secretly decided to divide up the city of Oxford into six ’15 minute’ districts in 2021 soon after they were elected to office. None of the councilors declared their intention of imprisoning local residents in their manifestos of course, preferring to make vague claims about how they will ‘improve the environment instead. Every resident will be required to register their car with the County Council, which will then monitor how many times they leave their district via number plate recognition cameras. And don’t think you can beat the system if you’re a two-car household. Those two cars will be counted as one, meaning you will have to divide up the journeys between yourselves. 2 cars, 50 journeys each; 3 cars, 33 journeys each and so on. Under the new rules, your social life becomes irrelevant. By de facto, Councils dictate how many times per year you can see friends and family. You will be stopped from fraternizing with anyone outside your district, and if you want a long-distance relationship in the future, forget it; you are confined to dating only those within a 15-minute walk of your house. A single person’s life will be at the mercy of Communists in the central office, dictating the same draconian rules we had to avert the last crisis, a mild flu virus so deadly 80% of people didn’t even know they had it. An entirely new social structure is being imposed on Oxford’s residents ( and more cities are to follow) under the lie of saving the planet. but what it really is, is a plan for Command and Control. There will be permits, penalties and even more ubiquitous surveillance. Council officials will determine where you can go and how often, and will log every time you do. 15-minute cities, or 15 minute prisons? According to an article on The World Economic Forum’s website, ’15 minute’ cities are a powerful tool for action: Would Paris’s Mayor Anne Hidalgo have pushed for progressive urban design without this framing? Undoubtedly. But with COVID-19 and its variants keeping everyone home (or closer to home than usual), the 15-minute city went from a “nice-to-have” to a rallying cry. Meeting all of one’s needs within a walking, biking, or transit distance was suddenly a matter of life and death. The pandemic created an urgency around equitable urbanism that sidelined arguments about bike lanes and other “amenities” that have roiled communities for years. Such calls for draconian measures to fight climate change are nothing new. In November 2020, the Red Cross declared climate change is a more significant threat than COVID, saying it should be confronted with “the same urgency.” Meanwhile, Bill Gates demanded dramatic measures to stop climate change, arguing it would be worse than the pandemic. Former governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, said that climate deaths would dwarf those of the pandemic. So what is the solution? More lockdowns. Politicians and government know that fear helps the public to accept dramatic curtailing of freedoms, especially with vague promises of safety. The COVID lockdowns proved this. So now power-hungry bureaucrats can utilize the precedents for more comprehensive lockdowns in the future. And finally, from California: https://thepostmillennial.com/california-english-teacher-says-proper-grammar-is-white-supremacist-refuses-to-teach-it?utm_campaign=64487 California English teacher says proper grammar is ‘white supremacist,’ refuses to teach it A California high school English teacher claimed that she undermines "white supremacy" in her classroom by educating students about the overemphasis placed on writing rules and grammar usage. According to Fox News, as a tenured English teacher at Oroville High School, Marta Shaffer began this school year by teaching parts of linguistics as a way of "fighting white supremacy in my classes." She posted on TikTok that her goal was to be "inclusive of all kinds of ways we use the language." https://twitter.com/i/status/1599466639740706816 - Play Video Schaffer said in another video obtained by the outlet that a student's "codes" – how they speak at home or with friends – is "just as important, if not more than important," than a boss's expectations of how their employee communicate. "Just because your teachers, your professors, and your boss may expect you to write and speak in a certain way that may not be natural to you, does not mean that your more natural… languages are not important. They are just as important, if not more important than the ‘language of respectability.’" Schaffer said she feels like a "cringe white lady" when "teaching students of color" about linguistics. Hey something we can both agree on ms. schaffer!
Every day, we consume a mind-boggling amount of information. We scan online news articles, sift through text messages and emails, scroll through our social-media feeds — and that's usually before we even get out of bed in the morning. In 2009, a team of researchers found that the average American consumed about 34 gigabytes of information a day. Undoubtedly, that number would be even higher today.But what are we actually getting from this huge influx of information? How is it affecting our memories, our attention spans, our ability to think? What might this mean for today's children, and future generations? And what does it take to read — and think — deeply in a world so flooded with constant input?Maryanne Wolf is a researcher and scholar at U.C.L.A.'s School of Education and Information Studies. Her books “Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain” and “Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World” explore the relationship between the process of reading and the neuroscience of the brain. And, in Wolfe's view, our era of information overload represents a historical inflection point where our ability to read — truly, deeply read, not just scan or scroll — hangs in the balance.We discuss why reading is a fundamentally “unnatural” act, how scanning and scrolling differ from “deep reading,” why it's not accurate to say that “reading” is just one thing, how our brains process information differently when we're reading on a Kindle or a laptop as opposed to a physical book, how exposure to such an abundance of information is rewiring our brains and reshaping our society, how to rediscover the lost art of reading books deeply, what Wolf recommends to those of us who struggle against digital distractions, what parents can do to to protect their children's attention, how Wolf's theory of a “biliterate brain” may save our species' ability to deeply process language and information and more.Mentioned:The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi) by Hermann HesseHow We Read Now by Naomi S. BaronThe Shallows by Nicholas CarrYirumaBook Recommendations:The Gilead Novels by Marilynne RobinsonWorld and Town by Gish JenStanding by Words by Wendell BerryLove's Mind by John S. DunneMiddlemarch by George EliotThoughts? Email us at email@example.com. (And if you're reaching out to recommend a guest, please write “Guest Suggestion” in the subject line.)You can find transcripts (posted midday) and more episodes of “The Ezra Klein Show” at nytimes.com/ezra-klein-podcast, and you can find Ezra on Twitter @ezraklein. Book recommendations from all our guests are listed at https://www.nytimes.com/article/ezra-klein-show-book-recs.