Organ Freeman Announces Brooklyn Performance As Part Of 2018 Winter Tour

first_imgLast Tuesday, Organ Freeman—the West Coast-based power-jazz/funk trio composed of Erik Carlson, Rob Humphries, and Trevor Steer—announced their return to Brooklyn, NY’s Knitting Factory for a headlining performance on Saturday, December 22nd, as part of their upcoming 2018 winter tour.For those who are unfamiliar, Organ Freeman is one of the most talented young bands in the contemporary funk and jazz scene. Based in Los Angeles, Organ Freeman has been making a name for themselves over the past few years with their slick and impressive live performances. It should come as no surprise that the band has spent extensive time cutting their teeth on the road with two of the best bands in live music: Umphrey’s McGee and Turkuaz.Organ Freeman w/ Mikey Carubba – “Don’t Eat Your Fingers” – 5/27/2018[Video: Organ Freeman]Organ Freeman has played in New York City several times before supporting The Main Squeeze, Twiddle, and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong in addition to an appearance at the 2016 edition of Brooklyn Comes Alive. However, this upcoming Brooklyn show marks Organ Freeman’s second headlining show ever in New York City. The band made hit the Knitting Factory with The Turkuaz Horns for their NYC headlining debut in April of this year.See below for more information on Organ Freeman’s upcoming Brooklyn performance as well as the full listing of tour dates for their upcoming 2018 winter tour. To grab your tickets for their upcoming Brooklyn show, head here. For more information on the band, head to their website here.Date: Saturday, December 22nd, 2018Artist: Live For Live Music Presents: Organ FreemanVenue: Knitting Factory – 361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211Times: Doors – 7:00 PM / Show – 8:00 PMEnter To Win A Pair Of Tickets:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Is technology evil?

first_img Harvard initiative seen as a national model Allen took exception to that idea of neutrality, pointing out that technology grows out of human choices. “Every technology is a designed solution to a problem, seeking often to optimize something,” she said. “The choice about the problem and the choice of what to optimize is a decision. It is never neutral. That first priority-setting moment is incredibly important.” Recalling the era of Timothy Leary and rethinking the bad rap on psychedelic drugs Embedded EthiCS wins $150,000 grant Related The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Technology is as good or evil as those who create it and use it.That was the thorny consensus of a panel on the question of ethics in the digital world at a HubWeek event Wednesday in the Seaport District. Moderated by Harvard Business Review editor in chief Adi Ignatius, the group included computer scientist and entrepreneur Rana el Kaliouby, founder of Affectiva, and Danielle Allen ’01, James Bryant Conant University Professor.Ignatius opened the discussion at the event, sponsored by Harvard University, The Boston Globe, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a confession: He has shared photos of his granddaughter on social media to a far-flung network of friends, despite rising worries over the risk of identity theft, illicit use of such images, future embarrassment, other privacy issues, and the lack of consent. He has drawn significant criticism for this, he noted, owing to the mushrooming sense that technology is “dark,” or ill-intentioned.El Kaliouby, whose company develops emotion-recognition software, took up Ignatius’s case, arguing that such a condemnation is simplistic. However, she did add a caveat to her defense: Internet communities — such as Facebook — have become nearly ubiquitous and have gathered a lot of our data without our really being aware of the implications. “I don’t think we’ve really thought through data privacy, issues of consent, and the conversation around unintended uses of this technology,” she said.Allen, the director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, enlarged on this point. Social media has made us all “public persons,” akin to celebrities who give up their privacy, to some extent, in return for exposure, she said. (She added that she never shares pictures of her children.)Technology itself is “neutral, by and large,” continued el Kaliouby, when asked what role the platforms and the programs beneath them play. She pointed to the use of algorithms such as the ones her firm has developed. Emotion-detection software can be useful in mental health care, for example, but it also can be weaponized in surveillance. “We need to all come to the table and agree what’s fair use and what’s not.” “Every technology is a designed solution to a problem, seeking often to optimize something. The choice about the problem and the choice of what to optimize is a decision. It is never neutral.” — Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professorcenter_img Embedding ethics in computer science curriculum That may be so, agreed el Kaliouby, but often that first priority is benign, if not downright humanitarian. With Affectiva, for example, her priority was to help children with autism recognize facial cues to ease their social interactions. “We developed a software development kit for this emotion-recognizing software — and very quickly we learned, yes, people are applying it in all sorts of different ways,” she said. “We had to go back and revise our terms and conditions,” mandating that it be used only with consent (i.e., people had to opt in, rather than opt out).One danger, Allen said, lies in how people tend to trust technology instead of their own instincts. What we need to keep in mind, she said, is that our computers are as flawed as we are, particularly since humans are responsible for not only creating these technologies but also for feeding in data that may be biased or poorly chosen. Calling on technologists and the public alike “to recognize the distinctly human role that, as of now, machines are not even close to usurping — choice of purpose,” she stressed human responsibility. “Our first responsibility is to choose the purposes for our machines,” as we do for our laws and other tools, she said.Ultimately, the two agreed, the issues surrounding ethics in technology need to be viewed as ongoing, a part of the process rather than a one-time question. “You have to have a process for repeated iterative risk assessment,” stressed Allen.In addition, said el Kaliouby, ethics training and consideration have to be woven into the process. “You can’t get away by saying you’re just the technologist,” she said. “There have to be design elements in how we approach this — how we think about designing and building these technologies.“There’s a lot of potential for doing amazing things,” she said. “I think of AI as a partnership for us to be safer, more productive, and healthier. We just, as a society, have to commit to using it that way.” Michael Pollan wants to change your mind Program aims to make everyday technology more ethical Relatedlast_img read more

Pandemic pushes mental health to the breaking point

first_imgThat strain, Feist and Duckworth said, is having a damaging impact on the health care field. Duckworth said the equivalent of a “whole medical school class” of physicians is lost to suicide every year, while Feist said surveys of nurses and doctors show that many are considering leaving the field in the next two to five years.“We already have a nursing shortage and physician shortage in this country, but because of the burnout and mental exhaustion and now, frankly, the trauma they’re experiencing on a daily basis, I think it’s only human that we will see an exodus from the profession, despite their calling to go into it,” Feist said. “This has become an occupational hazard for nurses and physicians, to sacrifice their mental well-being in exchange for taking care of patients.” Study says these ties have more weight because we are less interconnected these days Long after vaccines have tamed COVID-19’s physical impacts, its mental health effects will linger, a panel of experts said Wednesday, citing increased anxiety and depression, accelerated retirements of burnt-out doctors and nurses, and continuing emotional fallout for low-wage workers who toiled despite increased risks at grocery stores, food processing plants, and other essential businesses.Experts from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation gathered for an hourlong online discussion of what may be one of the pandemic’s most painful if lesser-recognized effects.COVID-19’s most severe physical impacts have been felt by the elderly, the experts said, but some of its worst mental health effects have emerged in children — isolated from friends and missing educational opportunities when they should be striking out and finding out about themselves — and young adults, many of whom are struggling with reduced wages and lost jobs layered on child-care and elder-care responsibilities.“COVID is impacting the older age group more, but anxiety and depression are being faced by the young adults much more, which is exactly the opposite of what we’ve seen in some of the earlier crises,” according to Shekhar Saxena, professor of the practice of global mental health and former director of the World Health Organization’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. “It’s the young adults and the children who are being impacted and the effects are going to be long-lasting.”Ken Duckworth, NAMI’s chief medical officer, said that data showed that about one in five Americans suffered from some sort of mental illness before the pandemic, and that number is now two in five. Virtually every country has reported disruption in mental health services, though in some cases, as in the U.S., telehealth services have expanded to fill some of the void. “The past year has been terribly damaging to our collective mental health. There is no vaccine for mental illness.” — Michelle Williams, dean of Harvard Chan School COVID’s triple whammy for Black students Feeling more anxious and stressed? You’re not alone Disruption of work relationships adds to mental-health concerns during pandemiccenter_img Chan School’s Koenen discusses rising mental health concerns in the coronavirus era More risk of physical, psychological damage, less access to health care unevenly tip scales “It’s very clear through a very comprehensive CDC study, that that number is over two in five [Americans], for anxiety, depression, trauma. We’re seeing more kids visit emergency rooms and more kids receiving services,” Duckworth said, adding that, according to calls to the NAMI helpline, there’s also a substantial increase in people seeking help navigating the mental health care system for themselves or a loved one. “Across the board, we’re seeing that the pandemic has had a very substantial mental health impact.”The event, “Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19,” was presented by the Chan School and NAMI. Chan School Dean Michelle Williams introduced the discussion, saying that even before the pandemic, mental health care was an area of need in the U.S. Now, after months of “the dire strain we are all under,” it has become even more acute, particularly among the young and disadvantaged.“The past year has been terribly damaging to our collective mental health,” Williams said. “There is no vaccine for mental illness. It will be months, if not years before we are fully able to grasp the scope of the mental health issues born out of this pandemic. Long after we’ve gained control of the virus, the mental health repercussions will likely continue to reverberate.”,The event also included Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology Karestan Koenen, as well as two NAMI ambassadors. One of the ambassadors, actress DeWanda Wise, spoke of her own struggles with mental health and how counseling still provides important support today. The other ambassador, Cleveland Browns lineman Chris Hubbard, detailed his own mental health struggles from the perspective of a Black man in a field that values toughness. Hubbard said he sought help after anxiety about performing his best on the field spilled into his non-football life.“A lot of us guys think ‘We’re OK,’ but we’re just as human as anyone else,” Hubbard said.Corey Feist, co-founder of the Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation, established after the suicide of New York emergency room physician Lorna Breen in April, said society needs to support the people who have been, in essence “running into the burning building” every day of the pandemic. Feist, who is Breen’s brother-in-law, said he’s working on congressional legislation to increase funding and promote mental health best practices as a way to help frontline workers who have borne the pandemic’s mental strain. Relatedlast_img read more

There’s Never Been a Film About Growing Up Like “Boyhood”

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York So many movies have been about time—whether time travel or time passing or just marking time—but none has come close to capturing the essence of a life time like the stunning new film by Richard Linklater, the brilliant cinematic masterpiece called “Boyhood,” now playing in theaters around our region.Begun in 2002, it took 12 years to complete; it takes 164 minutes to watch. That length would make it daunting by Hollywood standards, but not once while I saw it did I ever feel I was, pardon the expression, wasting my time. In fact, by the time it was over, I wanted more. I wanted it to last even longer.The theme of time has always fascinated Linklater. He is best known in indie circles for directing the romantic trilogy starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy: “Before Sunrise,” “Before Sunset,” and “Before Midnight.” As a poignant chronicle of a couple’s courtship and conflict, we see them first meet on a train in Vienna, then reconnect by chance nine years later in Paris, and last, but not least, wind up their vacation in Greece as a middle-aged married pair with daughters.“Boyhood” takes a different approach. We first meet Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane, when he’s six. By the end of the film he’s 18. Linklater used his own daughter, Lorelie, who was then nine, to play Mason’s older sister. Their father is played by Ethan Hawke, their mother is Patricia Arquette. Linklater shot a few days a year for a dozen years. Indeed, his first working title was “Twelve Years,” but he had to rethink that once the Oscar-winning film, “12 Years a Slave” came out. Considering “Boyhood” is mostly from Mason’s point of view, this title works well.At the movie’s Sundance premiere, Linklater said he had figured out the film’s structure early on.“By the second year, I knew the last shot of the movie,” he said, “but even though I had a contour for this movie, it was always going to go where they went.” “They” meaning his dedicated actors.“It wasn’t possible for me to fathom it,” said Coltrane in the film’s production notes. After all, he was really only six when it started. “It wasn’t for several years that it really began to sink in just what the film was or why it was so different.”At one point several years into the project, Linklater’s daughter came to him and actually asked if her character could “die.” No dice, said her director dad. But he did admit that just as the actors’ roles changed physically and emotionally so too did the plot have to evolve.“In a way, the film became a collaboration with time itself, and time can be a pretty good collaborator, if not always a predictable one,” Linklater said.We first meet Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane, when he’s six. By the end of the film he’s 18. (Boyhood/Facebook)As a first-grader, Mason nestles next to his mom in bed while she reads “Harry Potter” to him and his sister. His hair is then a cute mop top. Later he’s got a crew-cut (the brutal barbering courtesy of his step-dad); and finally, as a college freshman, he’s got a scruffy beard and an earring. But the changes come naturally.The cinematic transitions are lyrical and elliptical, not jarring and truncated. It requires that you pay close attention, as any great artwork demands of its viewers, but it’s done seductively. You see Mason’s mom flirt with her college professor and in the next scene they’re returning from their honeymoon. For a second you think it was their first date—but you quickly realize how much time has transpired.Linklater clearly owes a debt to acclaimed British director Michael Apted, who blazed this trail with his groundbreaking documentary series starting in 1964 with “7 Up,” in which he interviewed a diverse group of seven-year-old British children. Then, at seven year intervals, he’d film them again, with his most recent called, “56 Up.” The project started when Apted was 22 and just out of college. At first the series was intended to be an examination of class differences in the UK, but it evolved into a study of personality development, and whether character is indeed destiny. Never has the adage “the child is father to the man” been so revealed.But “Boyhood” also reflects the expressionistic sensibility of the great French New Wave directors, Francois Truffaut and Eric Rohmer, by the evocative way Linklater never hammers a point home.Truly telling, he doesn’t land on the cliché milestones—no weddings, no funerals. No traditional rites of passage.“What I am thinking about is the memory of what feels real,” he told the Washington Post’s Michael Cavanna. “This is a film about remembrance.”Some scenes are acutely wrenching, some enchanting, all are touching, at some level. And, surprisingly, at times I felt a palpable tension, perhaps from years of watching heavy-handed Hollywood melodramas and expecting the worst. Linklater toys with that feeling, too, because just as in life, you never know what could happen next—you just hope for the best.“Boyhood” artfully interweaves so many themes—childhood, parenthood, marriage, divorce, anger and love—with spot-on performances it’s no wonder that the film has already won awards at Berlin, Seattle and South by Southwest film festivals, and should garner many more before this award season is through. In Linklater’s skilled hands, a fluid string of intimate moments that comprise a life are captured cinematically, held for a precious moment, and then let go, as all moments must be.last_img read more

5 banking predictions for 2015: Card security, savings rates and more

first_imgby: Simon ZhenThe start of the new year means we’re once again anticipating new banking trends. In 2015, we believe we’ll see enhancements and upgrades to our existing financial accounts so that our ability to grow, protect and manage our money, experiences significant improvements.Last year, we were accurate with 4 out of our 5 banking predictions and we’re looking to improve our success rate in 2015. Here are MyBankTracker’s 2015 banking predictions:Prediction #1: Breaches taken more seriously by banksThere’s no doubt that payment card breaches took the spotlight in 2014 — millions of consumer debit and credit card accounts were compromised. Month after month, another retailer would reveal that it was a victim of a data breach that jeopardized customer information. We wouldn’t be surprised if you had an account or two affected by these breaches.So far, many affected retailers have offered free credit protection plans to affected consumers for just one year. Meanwhile, banks and credit card issuers have fronted the costs of these data breaches. For instance, it costs money to reissue new cards and provide refunds on unauthorized purchases.In 2015, it is already certain that credit cards in the U.S. will start to see widespread use of EMV-chip credit cards to improve card security. Bearing the initials for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, the chip secures digital payment information whenever you use your credit card for a purchase. Major card payment companies (i.e., American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa) are requiring stores and card issuers to offer them by October 2015. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Achieving Extraordinary Women’s Leadership Conference Gives LI Businesswomen Mom-mentum

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island women are being asked to step away from their desks and get a new perspective on their lives by attending the Achieving Extraordinary Women’s Leadership Conference, presented by nonprofit Mom-mentum on Friday, November 6th at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.The day-long conference boasts a full schedule of speakers and interactive workshops designed to give women the opportunity to reassess who and where they are in their careers and share personal and professional experiences with one another. Based in Massapequa Park, Mom-mentum provides leadership, education and advocacy to support mothers in meeting today’s professional and personal challenges. To make the most out of Achieving Extraordinary, attendees will be encouraged to put their phones away and listen.“We are bringing together a powerful group of female leaders to inspire action and continue to work toward moving the needle on women’s leadership,” says Mom-mentum Executive Director Alison LaFerlita. “We want to empower women to execute change.”According to LaFerlita, “Women are poised to become a majority in the workforce for the first time in US history. This year, we saw a 25-percent jump from the previous year in the number of women Fortune 500 CEOs. In the last decade, women-owned businesses nearly doubled in number, and now account for 40 percent of all US businesses.”In response to this projection, the organization has established a professional development service called the Mom-mentum Return-to-Work Program to give advice and assistance to both women in the workforce and those looking to return to work.“We are often asked how we can help women succeed in today’s world with so many demands, on both their personal and professional lives,” explains LaFerlita. “These requests inspired us to create a strong professional development service for women in all phases of their careers. This service is unique to all others, as it is a benefit of membership and a built-in support system to help you achieve extraordinary.”Conference emcee, Danielle Campbell, co-anchor for News12 Long Island, is a professional media executive and mother of four. Campbell’s charming persona will keep a lively conversation flowing, ensuring that the conference program moves along.While webinars can fill in the knowledge gap up to a point, there is no replacement for face-to-face presentations and networking to focus on the task at hand and spark creativity. The conference organizers are asking Long Island women leaders to go outside of their network, cultivate new contacts and meet new people in their industry.The conference begins at 8:30 am with breakfast, an exhibitor expo and networking. Immediately after, the first course, Building and Leading High Performance Teams and Leaders, is being presented by Ellen Cooperperson, CEO of Corporate Performance Consultants, an expert in the field of team building and a Certified Facilitator and Strategic Business Leadership coach.Cooperperson’s interactive workshop will show women how they can compare their leadership style in three critical areas and learn the best practices of highly successful women leaders. “You will learn how your greatest strength can become your greatest liability and how to identify your team member’s unique abilities and limitations to reach and exceed goals,” Cooperperson says.“An organization is a network of conversations,” she continues. “The ability to adapt your communication style to influence a group of diverse individuals and turn them into a cohesive winning team is key to your effectiveness as a leader.”Next on the day’s agenda is Liz Bentley, founder of Liz Bentley Associates, who will begin a conversation about the Leaky Talent Pipeline: Things That Hinder Women from Advancing or Advancing More Quickly.Bentley will talk about how women can build their confidence and overcome barriers, both internal and external, to their growth. She will offer strategies to address these unique challenges to help women be more impactful in their organization.The luncheon keynote speaker, Debra Sandler, touted as a Visionary Global C-Level Executive, will share her insights and experiences from her more than 30 years in corporate America and the boardroom. Sandler will also be sharing her views on how women who choose to work can create a world of limitless possibilities.The afternoon session is a panel of highly successful Long Island business experts led by moderator Domenique Camacho Moran, a partner at Farrell Fritz, PC, who will be discussing the topic: Courageous Conversations: Voices of Work & Life.The interactive conversation between the panel and the conference attendees will explore ways to handle work-life balance and examine workplace policies and legislation that impacts the family, and will openly discuss how they achieved business success while managing their personal lives.Panelists include: Terri Alessi-Miceli, president of the HIA-LI; Scott Behson, professor of management at Farleigh Dickinson University; Yvonne Grant, president & CEO of Girl Scouts of Suffolk County; Hillary Needle, president of Hillary Needle Events; and Nassau County Supreme Court Justice, the Hon. Hope Zimmerman.Whether you are a CEO, a senior or a middle manager, an entrepreneur or a young emerging leader, Achieving Extraordinary: Women’s Leadership Conference will offer dynamic presenters, refreshingly relevant topics, and the chance to advance yourself while connecting with other inspiring business professionals.LaFerlita say that participants of this conference will come away with the latest information and tools needed to strengthen their leadership skills and have a greater influence and impact on their team.On Monday when it’s time to return to work, you will be encouraged to share what you’ve learned at the conference with your coworkers, and keep the Mom-mentum going.For more information or to purchase tickets, go to Mom-Mentum.orglast_img read more

Specialized tourist journalists from China come to Croatia

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board, in cooperation with the tourist boards of the city of Zagreb, Zagreb County, Bjelovar-Bilogora County, Istria County and Kvarner, is organizing a study trip for Chinese journalists.The trip will take place from 1 to 8 December 2018 and will be attended by journalists from the most influential specialized media such as Cosmopolitan, Traveler Magazine, World Traveler, Southern Metropolis Weekly, National Geographic Traveler, iWeekly, Weibo and others.On the first and second day of the program (December 1st and 2nd), the journalists will stay in Zagreb, where they will attend the opening of Zagreb’s Advent, but also visit all the city’s sights and tourist attractions. On the third day of the program (December 3), a tour of Samobor is planned, accompanied by a tourist guide, followed by a departure for Čazma and a tour of Salajland, a popular property decorated with millions of lamps.After touring the continent, the group will head to Istria (December 4-6) where they will visit Rovinj, Porec, Pula, Motovun, but also the interior of Istria. After Istria, the journey continues to Kvarner (December 6-8) where Chinese journalists will visit Opatija, Lovran and Rijeka.last_img read more

COVID-19: More than 1,000 motorists asked to turn around as ‘mudik’ ban begins

first_imgHe also said traffic police had noted that the volume of vehicles leaving Jakarta had increasing in the two days prior to the official mudik ban.Read also: COVID-19: ‘Mudik’ risks mass contagion across Java“The volume of vehicles recorded at the Cikampek main toll gate, for example, increased to 25,797 on Wednesday from 18,753 vehicles on Tuesday,” Sambodo said.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Tuesday that people would be banned from participating in the annual Idul Fitri exodus to further stem the spread of COVID-19. The decision came based on field research and a survey conducted by the Transportation Ministry that showed 24 percent of respondents insisted on returning to their hometowns for Lebaran.  Annually, some 20 million people nationwide travel to their hometowns to celebrate Idul Fitri with their families. (aly)Topics : Jakarta Police asked around 1,200 motorists attempting to leave Greater Jakarta to turn around in the first five hours of toll road closures on Friday, following the government’s Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) ban.“From 12 a.m. to 5 a.m., we asked 1,181 motorists to turn around, that is 498 motorists at the Bitung toll gate heading to Merak, Banten and 683 motorists at the Cikarang toll gate heading toward West Java,” Jakarta Police traffic director Sr. Comr. Sambodo Purnomo Yogo said in a written statement on Friday as quoted by vehicle checks are being conducted at 18 posts in border areas. From April 24 to May 7, vehicles attempting to leave Greater Jakarta will be asked to turn around. Fines will be imposed starting May 8.last_img read more

Should a Pro-Abortion Printer be Forced to Print “Abortion is Murder” Signs and Shirts?

first_imgGodfather 25 February 2014The courts have kicked a legal hornet’s nest by redefining marriage and forcing people to agree with their decision under threat of fines and possible imprisonment.Now states are trying to project business owners that do not agree with the redefinition of marriage by passing laws allowing them to refuse service to people of the same sex who want to get married. Consider Arizona’s governor Jan Brewer:“She must decide if she is going to sign into law legislation that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.”These new legal attempts to fix what the courts broke are getting a lot of attention. They are being portrayed as pro-discrimination laws. Some have described them as similar in kind to ‘Jim Crow’ laws. Being black is not a behavior or a belief.Business owners (religious or not) should be able to make their own decisions about who they want to do business with.Sometimes the best way to explain to people the nature of something is to put the shoe on the other foot. Here are some “what ifs.” What if a print-shop owner holds to a “pro-choice” view on abortion and a pro-life group comes in and wants shirts and signs made that read “Babies are Murdered Here” to use in front of an abortion clinic? Should the owner of the shop be forced to make the shirts and signs?What if a print-shop owner who is homosexual gets an order for shirts and signs that are to read “God Hates Fags”? Should the owner be forced to fill the order under penalty of law?Should a supporter of PETA who owns a print shop be forced to make signs and shirts that read “PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals”?Should a baker be forced to supply cakes to a KKK-themed wedding or birthday party?Should an atheist who owns a print shop be forced to print signs and shirts that read “All Atheists are Going to Hell”?Should a printer be forced to print shirts and signs that read “Hitler Was Right”?Should a photographer be forced to film and photograph a wedding that has a “White Power” or KKK theme?I suspect that the vast majority of people in America would sympathize with these business owners who were asked to do something contrary to their beliefs that is an advocacy position against those beliefs.This is quite different from a rabid racist who buys a cake from a baker or wants business cards made for his son’s new business venture. In the majority of cases, people who operate businesses don’t know the personal views or sexual habits of their customers, and in most cases they don’t want to know.But when someone comes in to advocate for a view that has moral meaning for them, that’s a different story.We may not like the advocacy of this group or that group, but what we should like even less is the government saying how we should advocate for our beliefs. read more

No replacement yet for Espenido – BCPO chief

first_imgEspenido was the police chief ofOzamiz City prior to his Bacolod reassignment. He assured the people of BacolodCity that policemen uphold the rule of law and are true to their mission toserve and protect the public. But he won’t promise a bloodless drug war. Orders from the Philippine NationalPolice (PNP) Directorate for Personnel and Records Management showed Espenido hasbeen recalled to the national police headquarters in Camp Crame and reassignedto the Office of the PNP Chief. Both Parojinog and Espinosa werelinked by President Duterte to illegal drugs./PN On Friday, the controversial drug czar was relieved from his post for still undisclosedreasons – only four months after President Rodrigo Duterte sent him in thiscity. In November 2016, Espenido was alsothe police chief of Albuera, Leyte when its mayor, Rolando Espinosa Sr., waskilled in a shootout as police were attempting to serve a search warrant. For the mean time, Biñas said,Lieutenant Colonel Levy Pangue, BCPO deputy city director for administration,will supervise the position vacated by Espenido as well as the City DrugEnforcement Unit.The city top cop assured Bacolodnons that BCPO will still be relentless intheir bid to eradicate illegal drugs even in the absence of Espenido.  center_img “I did not yet receive the officialcopy of the relief order from the Camp Crame, but once we got the copy that’sthe time I can designate somebody for the post,” BCPO chief Colonel Henry Biñassaid. “Even with Espenido or withoutEspenido, the BCPO are still working and that was the reason why PresidentRodrigo Duterte earlier ordered Espenido’s reassignment in this city because ofthe big accomplishments of the BCPO in the campaign against illegal drugs,”Biñas said. On July 30, 2017 Ozamiz City’s MayorReynaldo Parojinog and 14 others were killed in a shootout led by Espenido whowas serving search warrants at Parojinog’s properties in barangays Baybay SanRoque and Baybay Santa Cruz. BACOLOD City – No names have surfaced until now as possible replacement of Police Lieutenant ColonelJovie Espenido, who served as deputydirector for operations of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO).last_img read more