Here is my baby, the Yoni Mapping Practitioner Training!
It's the moment of birth, this is the final push!! Tears are running down my face... I'm feeling an odd mixture of excited / overwhelmed / scared / fascinated and surrendered.
***letting go of perfectionism, deep breath... and... PUSHHHH!!!**
Fly freeeeee baby... may you find those who truly resonate with this work!
(I will now try to tag the bajillion of you who wanted to be sure to know about it as soon as it was released!!!)
So, the cost of solar (and wind) is waaaay below that of coal or gas, but the battery storage costs are still higher. That will change, however.
The cost of generating one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity at a utility scale wind-generation plant costs between $30 and $80. At a utility scale solar farm the cost ranges from $43 to $48 per MWh for one type of photovoltaic cell and from $46 to $53 for a second type of solar cell. Generating a megawatt-hour of electricity at a U.S. coal-fired plant costs between $60 and $143 per MWh, including 90% carbon capture.
Of course, the question of a shooter’s mental health is itself a sensitive matter, and loose speculation is unhelpful. But it’s notable that if a shooter is Muslim, the question seems less likely to be asked at all — even if the attacker, in this case, emerges from a truck waving a BB gun and paintball gun, an act that displays a dubious tethering to reality.
Interesting question: Does the value of getting rid of anonymous trolls outweigh the value of allowing anonymous identities for whistleblowers and other endangered species? Are there alternatives for said endangered species?
NATIONAL OUTRAGE HAS led to the cancellation of a suspicious $300 million contract doled out to a tiny Montana company that was oddly tasked with rebuilding large parts of Puerto Rico’s electric grid. A separate $200 million contract has faced little scrutiny, but may ultimately be even more scandalous for what it says about the effort to rebuild the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
The deal was inked with a company called Cobra Acquisitions LLC, which didn’t even exist until this year. It’s a subsidiary of an Oklahoma-based fossil fuel company, suggesting that neither the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority nor the federal government has much interest in seizing the opportunity presented by the storm to rebuild Puerto Rico in a sustainable way that relies on renewable energy rather than imported oil.
Unlike the Whitefish contract, the Cobra deal with PREPA involved heavy input from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which — according to a recent conference call convened by Mammoth Energy Services — was “in the room” and there “every step of the way” as it was being meted out so as to be in line with the agency’s reimbursement requirements. (Neither FEMA nor PREPA representatives have responded to The Intercept’s multiple requests for comment.)
“We expect this to be a credit to our corporate margin,” an unidentified Mammoth executive (likely Chief Financial Officer Mark Layton) said on the conference call. “Quite honestly, we wouldn’t have entered this contract if we didn’t think we’d get paid.”
Oh, this is so much fun! I wish I didn't have to go work and that I could just peruse this stuff all day.
The Quiet American, Slate, April 28, 2016
“Manafort has spent a career working on behalf of clients that the rest of his fellow lobbyists and strategists have deemed just below their not-so-high moral threshold. Manafort has consistently given his clients a patina of respectability that has allowed them to migrate into the mainstream of opinion, or close enough to the mainstream. He has a particular knack for taking autocrats and presenting them as defenders of democracy. If he could convince the respectable world that thugs like Savimbi and Marcos are friends of America, then why not do the same for Trump? One of his friends told me, ‘He wanted to do his thing on home turf. He wanted one last shot at the big prize.’”
This is absolutely great! This is why I have a (digital) subscription to the WaPo (and NYT).
Interactive showing the ties between the White House and the Russians. Click on the picture to get more details.
Fun for the entire family!
This is pretty interesting in that Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions might just get swept up due to this guy:
The revelation puts Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Mueller’s spotlight. Sessions has made repeated claims that he had no knowledge of collusion with the Russian government and never knew anything about Russian hacking into the emails of the Democratic National Committee nor campaign chairman John Podesta.
The problem for Sessions is straightforward. Papadopouls was a foreign policy adviser to the campaign, and Sessions portfolio on the campaign included foreign policy, heading a national security committee on the campaign.
Sessions has already been forced to revise what he called misstatements, having denied meeting with Russian officials only to later acknowledge such meetings took place. Sessions met at least twice with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, initially claiming that the discussion only focused on foreign policy. It later emerged that Kislyak said the opposite in a memo to his superiors back home, telling Moscow he had talked about the campaign with Sessions.
Earlier this month, Sessions appeared again before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and denied any improper conduct. “Let me just say this, without hesitation, that I conducted no improper discussions with Russians at any time regarding a campaign or any other item facing this country,” he said.
Emy and her sister-in-laws made this crazy idea come to life!!!!! In case you needed a dose of double cuteness on your Saturday evening!!! We could not CONTAIN ourselves taking these!!! And we definitely couldn’t wait til Halloween to share them! Omg. @catherine_malizia @emilymalizia and @samanthamalizia14 your constume creating was on point!!! Happy Halloween from Carl and Ellie Fredericksen!!!
Guys... if someone was to ask me what the BEST investment has been the last couple of years... I would hands down say the Connect Retreat... why? Because our marriage is for a lifetime. We pay to maintain cars, our homes, our businesses, our STUFF... but sadly, most couples don't EVER invest anything into their marriage. It's not common to. It's almost seems like it's weird to say that you need to spend time away to "work on things" in our society. But the truth is, any HEALTHY marriage requires time to evaluate and work on the weak areas. Michael and I are so grateful that the connect retreat has been a place where we can do just that. Every year we hear story after story of how God has saved marriages that were falling apart and strengthened marriages that were full of apathy and passive aggressive behaviors. I think we fell into that second category. Sometimes the tones, the looks, the tension.... it all becomes so normal and a part of our everyday lives and we were never meant to live like that. It's easy to say "It's normal... that's what happens in marriage" but is that REALLY what God intended marriage to look like?? Michael and I have a deep desire for our kids, our community, our couples, our family to see our marriage and be pointed back to Jesus. It's not always that way... we have a lot of flaws.... but each year we commit to time away at the Connect Retreat to grow and pay attention to the areas of our marriage that need some help. Today is the last day to save $300 and we'd LOVE to have you there!!! We started this retreat with our dear friends Jody Gray and Zach Gray several years ago and we can't wait to be back in 2018! : https://zachandjody.webconnex.com/CONNECT2018
Her Pop-pop sat in the front row and talked about how much he loved his grandaughter the whole time we were waiting for her to come down the aisle! It's little things like this that make my job so incredibly rewarding! Enjoy this brand new KJ Wedding on the blog!!!
I’m giving a talk on my book on November 2 at Noon in Pacific Palisades at St. Matthews School in the parish hall. Lunch will be served. Here is the map if you want to come.
An excellent (purloined) post. Here it is, as written. Share it far and wide.
And making you pay for that, too.
Here are some numbers from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center:
• Cost of cutting corporate-tax rates to 20% from 35%: $2 trillion over 10 years.
• Amount recouped from corporate-tax loopholes: $232 billion over 10 years.
• Cost of eliminating the inheritance tax, paid by 12,411 filers in 2016,(normally only on estates larger than $11 million for couples): $239 billion by 2027
• Cost of the 401(k) deferral, used by 54 million people holding $5.1 trillion in assets: $583 billion over five years (this estimate is from the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, and includes all defined-contribution plans).
• Amount recouped by repealing the deduction for state and local taxes, claimed on about 18 million returns: $1.3 trillion over 10 years.
This is exactly what you should have known we’d get in 2016, when we learned more than half of the GOP presidential primary campaign was financed by 130 families.
As congressional Republicans prepare to unveil a crafted-in-secret $2.6 trillion tax cut representing a giant transfer of wealth from the middle class to America’s wealthiest households, it’s stupefying that a major political party will expose how completely (and inexpensively) it has sold itself to its donor class. The events of the last few days make clearer than ever that the bill’s a heist: It will take money from the middle class, especially the upper middle class, and deliver it to the very folks who paid to put the GOP in office. Presumably populist President Donald Trump tweeted a promise not to mess with retirement incentives but shortly backed down. The numbers make plain that the tax break regular people use most often in retirement planning is what Republicans will propose we forego to repeal the inheritance tax, the alternative minimum tax, and meet other goals of those who consider politics a means to shovel after-tax income from us to the 1%.
From Rep. Tulsi Gabhbard (D) HI
I signed the petition. I hope you will too. The DNC was and remains rotten to its core!
A little over two years ago, I was disinvited from the first Democratic presidential primary debate after publicly disagreeing with the Chair’s decision to limit rather than expand the number of Democratic primary debates. Throughout the presidential primary, we saw deep divides within the Democratic Party that went far beyond substantive issue differences. I wish I could tell you that things have gotten better—that the Democratic National Committee has listened to voters across the country and has returned to our roots as an inclusive party of the people. But that’s not the case.
Recently the DNC Chair, claiming diversity, removed a number of people from the Party’s Executive Committee, including Jim Zogby, the only Arab American, while allowing lobbyists and consultants to keep their positions. What did those who were removed have in common? They either supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primary, supported Keith Ellison in the Chair race, or both.
The DNC’s approach of casting out those who haven’t fallen in line with the establishment and who are demanding real reform is destined for failure and further losses. While we await the final recommendations of the DNC’s Unity Reform Commission, we must make sure our voices are heard now, as we fight for a new path forward that is more inclusive and strengthens our democracy.
Will you sign our petition demanding the DNC establish accountability measures in their decision-making processes, eliminate undemocratic superdelegates, and ensure open or same-day registration primaries to ensure we return to a party structure that is about people?
It doesn't matter if you supported Hillary or Bernie—it’s long past time to stop the counterproductive infighting and name calling. This is about fighting for an open, inclusive, transparent Democratic Party. If there is any hope of strengthening our party, they must stop this “more of the same” mentality and start caring more about people than protecting the status quo. They must get rid of the undemocratic system of superdelegates, who have the power to swing an election, making up one-third of the votes any candidate needs to secure the nomination. They must push for open or same day registration in Democratic primaries in every state across the country to ease and encourage voter engagement instead of making it more difficult. And this habit of playing “hide the budget” from DNC members has to stop.
Will you sign my petition calling on the DNC to embrace transparency, accountability, and inclusion? Our hope for real reform to strengthen our democracy depends on it.
Party insiders and the media thought they could set the stage, pull some strings, and orchestrate a win in 2016. Efforts to make sure Donald Trump was the Republican nominee backfired epically. What the establishment took for granted and thought would be a cakewalk turned into a nightmare.
The moral of the story is, we must put people over profits and progress over special interests. We cannot do this with a few power brokers making deals in a back-room. We cannot do this with a closed process or with superdelegates that can swing an election.
Your support, our voices, right now, are critical. Join me by clicking on the link below to sign our petition to reform the DNC
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Turning Hippocrates on his head....
Former Republican Dr. & Senator Bill Frist (from the Frist family of billionaires) a huge investor in Hospital Corporation of America – a for-profit chain of hospitals, has joined Democrat Kathleen Sebelius, former head of Health and Human Services, in a plot to get rich[er] at our expense.
Know that little ACA “fix” that Senators Murray and Alexander are crowing about? Well those two, and Frist and Sebelius and a host of other bipartisan pocket-pickers are not about to do us any favors.
Hold your noses...you’re going to get sold out again! Read on...........
October 24, 2017
The newest Medicare startup
By Sam Baker
Keep this on your radar: My colleague Bob Herman reports Devoted Health, a new insurance company that will only sell Medicare Advantage plans, just raised $62 million, according a new financial disclosure. The startup will start selling Medicare Advantage plans in 2019.
The players: Some big names are backing Devoted Health: Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist are on the board. Todd and Ed Park, brothers who both worked at electronic health record and billing company athenahealth, are the co-founders; they also recruited Venrock's Bob Kocher as chief medical officer.
Get smart: Medicare Advantage is where the big money is. The ACA marketplaces grab a lot of headlines, but they are a blip on the radar when compared with the hundreds of billions of dollars tied up in private Medicare plans and care for seniors.
Comment by [Dr.] Don McCanne
“Medicare Advantage is where the big money is,” and Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist are going for it. Our trusted public servants have led us down the path of privatization of Medicare by way of the private, for-profit Medicare Advantage plans. Now that they have left government, the payoff awaits them.
When we could have a vastly superior publicly-financed and publicly-administered improved Medicare for all, why do we continue to tolerate this? Satisfying the greed of the few takes precedence over ensuring the health of all of us? Where are our values in all of this?
Some of the organizations identified in this article are beneficiaries of bipartisan legislative largesse. Their investors profit from the many tax breaks granted to them by both parties in Olympia.
Imagine! By following the dots we can link the votes of lawmakers with tax breaks for corporations who seek to influence our electoral process. And remember, those tax breaks for the wealthy require the rest of us to pay higher taxes in order to fund essential human services.
Democrats in Olympia had better take notice. They cannot plead for a Democratic majority in the Senate, while at the same time granting tax breaks to organizations that are invested in keeping the Senate in Republican control!
Here is an excerpt from the Bylaws of the Democratic Party of the State of Washington. Every state has similarly worded language:
“The Affirmative Action Committee shall propose and coordinate an affirmative action plan, and with the approval of the Executive Committee, implement the plan, in order to discharge the SCC's [state central committee] affirmative action responsibilities under the Charter of the Democratic Party of the United States and the Charter of the Democratic Party of Washington.”
Raise the issue with your local Democratic organization. Write a Resolution DEMANDING that the DNC members from your state instruct Tom Perez to begin adhering to affirmative action responsibilities, in accordance with the Charter of the Democratic Party of the United States.
This issue – this problem – bolsters the perception that the DNC is out of step with Main Street America.
P.S. By not paying interns the DNC gets around its diversity responsibilities as set forth on the DNC website: Pretty sneaky, yeah?
“The Democratic National Committee (DNC), is committed to diversity among its staff, and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. The DNC is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity or physical disability, or any other legally protected basis. The DNC will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination and any such conduct is strictly prohibited.”
"Holy God We Praise Thy Name" - St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy
9 January 2015
Maggie Hall + Dylan Hall + Ethan Hall + Tally Hall + Matt Froonjian + Catherine V. Georgy + Virginia Hicks + Janice L Kirsch
Congratulations to Abir Hazifie and her son Adam you have won 2 tickets to the Lebanon vs France Rugby League World Cup.
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I'm giving away 2 x Lebanon VS France tickets for this weekends game, Rugby League World Cup
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Winner will be announced tonight 8:30pm