Farmer’s Market returns, this time on Courthouse Square

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By Austin Rust-The Adams County farmer’s Market, that last summer was held in the People’s Defender parking lot, returns this year each Saturday, this summer in the shade of Courthouse Square in West UnionThe market, sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau and the Adams County Health and Wellness Coalition, is celebrating its second year of success.“This year we are offering shopping bags for free, which are provided by our sponsors.” says Anna Adams, market manager. “We’re planning to have live music at the gazebo a couple of weekends each month, so everyone’s welcome to enjoy the market and enjoy free music.”Booths from last year have expanded, and there are several new booths at this year’s event.Michelle Daniels and her twin daughters, Haley and Kaley, plan to sell a variety of baked goods throughout the summer, including blueberry lemon cake. “This is our first year,” said Mrs. Daniels. “We’ll have a variety of baked goods, and we’ll also have fudge – that’s our big seller.”Nearby, a booth sold rose petals and jellies made from foraged flowers. “This week, the clover came on,” said the vendor. “So I have white clover jelly here today. Last week, I had dandelion jelly and violet jelly – both of those sold out.”“Next week, I may have to do some honeysuckle. I know that honeysuckle is an invasive, so maybe if we can get rid of it and use it up at the same time, we can do two good things at once.”At another booth, Katherine and Michael Jones of Charity Hill Microfarm offered kale, collard greens, lemon balm, spearmint, peonies, and more to those browsing the market.They also had fresh produce set aside for those subscribed to their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program this year, which provides locally-grown, farm-fresh food to Adams County customers on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.“We grow a variety of fruits and vegetables,” said Katherine. “And I do a number of potted plants and herbs. We also raise goats and chickens, and all of that fun stuff.”She has been involved with the Farmer’s Market in Adams County since its inception.“I thought it was a great opportunity,” Katherine explained. “My dream is to stay at home and make a living out of doing what I love, which is gardening.”Another veteran booth is handled by Deborah Arnold and Bill Hood of North Oaks Farm, LLC. They sell fresh produce, live plants, local honey, herbal teas, and homemade fruit preserves.“Whatever’s in season in Adams County, that’s what we’ll bring ,” said Bill. “As the season progresses, we’ll have a lot of tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, all kinds of things.”“I grow things, and it’s just way more than we can eat” said Brie, another vendor. “That’s why we started coming to the farmer’s market. I have about an acre, and it’s basically my yard in Manchester – ‘Brie’s Backyard Bounty’. We started baking this year, and I grow herbs, aloe plants, succulents, and strawberries. We’re just waiting on the vegetables to produce.”Also from Manchester, Vanessa of Trotter’s TNT Farm sells herbs, flowers, hanging baskets, baked goods, and vegetables to raise money for college. “I do it to earn a little bit and I learn a lot about the plants, too. This is my first year raising plants in a greenhouse.”From End of the Ridge Farms near West Union, Bill Wickerham sells all natural grass-fed beef. “We do rotational grazing,” said Bill, “That means our cattle are in new pasture everyday. We don’t feed them any grain, and this leads to better quality meat.” Cuts of frozen beef are available to purchase at this year’s market, as well as orders for larger purchases.North Oaks Farms out of Winchester will be selling fresh produce and many other items at this summer’s Farmer’s Market on the Courthouse Square in West Union. (Photo by Austin Rust) Farmer’s Market returns, this time on Courthouse SquareEvery Saturday through Sept. 28June 7, 2019Mark CarpenterNews, Top Stories0center_img Top Searches Top Searches WinchesterWinchWest Union High School 1963 Graduation HomeNewsFarmer’s Market returns, this time on Courthouse Square Michelle Daniels, center, and her daughters Haley and Kaley, will be one of the vendors at this summer’s Adams County Farmer’s Market. (Photo by Austin Rust)last_img read more

UPDATED: Judge Esther Suarez one step closer to being Hudson County…

first_img UPDATED: Judge Esther Suarez one step closer to being Hudson County prosecutor Passaic County Judge Esther Suarez is officially the first Hispanic, female Hudson County prosecutor after receiving the green light from the state Senate this afternoon. By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewSuarez received the approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning.The Senate Judiciary Committee, which includes District 33 state Senator Brian Stack – who is also the Union City mayor – released the nomination of Suarez as Hudson County prosecutor this morning after Republican Gov. Chris Christie made the nomination last week.A source confirmed the news to Hudson County View just a few moments ago.According to Politicker NJ, state Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-40) asked Suarez, a Bayonne native who now lives in Secaucus – according to her nomination – why she wants to leave her judgeship to be Hudson County prosecutor.It’s the right thing to do,” Suarez reportedly told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I’m the best shot the county has to really improve that office.”“Hudson County will be in great shape,” O’Toole is quoted to have said in response.While Suarez still must get approval from the state Senate as a whole, the aforementioned source with knowledge of the situation said her appointment was essentially a “done deal” already.State Senator Nick Sacco (D-32), also the North Bergen mayor, expressed on Thursday that he wanted the “eminently qualified” Suarez to be the one to fill the vacant position.The appointment was made official just under an hour ago. June 29, 2015 7:54 pm at 7:54 pm BayonneJersey CityNewsNorth Bergen/GuttenbergSecaucusUnion CityWest HudsonWest New York November 26, 2016 4:13 pm at 4:13 pm Previous articleJersey City International TV & Film Festival hosts Summer Blockbuster PartyNext articleWest New York man arrested by FBI for being ISIS sympathizer, witness tampering John Heinis Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say TAGSbrian stackesther suarezhudson county prosecutornick sacco SHARE By John Heinis – June 29, 2015 12:50 pm 2 Oh no! First Julio Morejon is featured on Chan.12 News (twice) for questionable billing practices and now this! What is this world (Hudson County) coming to when a guy is no longer permitted to overbill a federally funded agency (Union City Housing Authority)? Whew…tough to make a buck these days. We can’t wait to see what HUD’s Inspector General AKA (FBI) has to say. Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction Mary W Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus 2 COMMENTS News yea Trojan Horse! Facebook Twitter Crime RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Comments are closed. Bayonne last_img read more

Jersey City Council still not sold on installing new 5G towers,…

first_img The Jersey City Council voted to table an ordinance to install 72 new utility poles to support the deployment of 5G cellular technology, largely due to health concerns, even after a city attorney expressed that the FCC has deemed the towers safe. By Marc Bussanich/Hudson County ViewOn Monday evening during the Council’s caucus meeting, Ward C Councilman Richard Boggiano was the most vocal when expressing concerns about a potential agreement between the city and a telecommunications vendor, Cross River Fiber, to install the new poles for 5G.He said at the time that he was concerned about the radiation the poles may emit based on a Facebook post he saw.While he faced considerable flak for his remarks, members of the public expressed similar concerns at yesterday’s council meeting – hosted via Microsoft Teams.Lucy Shah is a registered nurse and the mother of two and she was against 5G utility poles being installed near her home.“My children’s bedroom faces the street, and they can potentially be sleeping just a few feet away from a 5G tower,” she said during the public portion of the meeting.Additionally, former Ward B Councilman Chris Gadsden echoed Boggiano’s sentiment that the community needs more information about the potential health hazards of a 5G deployment.“I just want to caution and hold up on the installation of these towers because just how we notify the community of CCTV camera installations and street paving, I just think we need to afford the public the same courtesy.”Jersey City First Assistant Corporation Counsel Nick Strasser said that federal law states that “no state or local government may regulate the placement, construction and modification of personal wireless service facilities on the basis of the environmental effects of radio frequency emissions,” he began.” … Simply put, the FCC has reviewed this and deemed the equipment in this ordinance to be safe to the public and Congress has given the FCC exclusive jurisdiction to determine what is safe and is not and has prevented states and municipalities from individually deciding what is safe and is not from an emissions standpoint on this equipment.”Still, Council President Joyce Watterman asked Strasser whether the council can send a resolution or similar document to the federal government to protest the FCC’s authority.Strasser replied that the council always has the right to contact their federal lawmakers.“It’s always within the Council’s jurisdiction to have a resolution to send to Congressmen Albio Sires and Donald Payne, the U.S. Senators from New Jersey to notify them of your frustration with the state of the federal law, you always have that ability,” Strasser said.“However, it’s my obligation as a member of the law department to tell you what the state of the law is.”That answer compelled Boggiano to say that maybe Mayor Steven should call Gov. Phil Murphy (D) and tell him that the people want more information on the matter and that the council isn’t satisfied with the FCC’s decision.Ward F Councilman Jermaine Robinson wondered if the decision had already been made by the FCC regarding 5G safety, what is the point of voting on the ordinance.Strasser noted that the city still has the ability to restrict some aspects of the deployment.“What you can’t do is say it is on the basis of the emissions coming from the equipment, because the FCC has already reviewed that from a safety standpoint and said that it is safe. But the city does have the ability to do is to regulate the fees as it does in here or the engineering review, the legal review of the individual towers,” explained Strasser.“The city also has the ability to decide where they go from a public safety standpoint — it may be too close to a fire hydrant, maybe it’s too close to a driveway. And also, from a historic preservation standpoint that the nature of the poles would have to comply with the historic requirements of a historic preservation district, for example.”On Monday, the vendor agreed to provisions in the agreement with the city that it would send out notices to local residents before installing new equipment and/or new poles.The tabling of the ordinance led Councilman-at-Large Daniel Rivera to question if the council, given the FCC’s authority, would open themselves up to a potential lawsuit if the vote is postponed again.To which Strasser replied that there is.“As I mentioned, federal law does prohibit using emissions from this hardware in your consideration of its approval, which is the jurisdiction of the FCC,” noted Strasser.“In addition, any issues regarding placement of the hardware needs to be reasonable, and if a court should feel it is not being applied reasonably, the court could strike down your restrictions and force us to move forward with the project regardless.”“We’re really in a tough spot,” said Rivera.Nevertheless, the council voted unanimously (9-0) to table the ordinance until their May 20th meeting. 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My 5G access is being postponed due to the ignorance of our town council. “no state or local government may regulate the placement, construction and modification of personal wireless service facilities on the basis of the environmental effects of radio frequency emissions,” i.e. It has already been determined to be safe and they have made this law so ignorant people who listen to conspiracy theories or don’t have the capacity to understand don’t stop the progress for everyone else. 1 COMMENT Jersey CityNewsPolitics & Policy By Marc Bussanich – May 7, 2020 9:44 am 1 Jersey City Council still not sold on installing new 5G towers, again tables initial vote May 12, 2020 6:23 pm at 6:23 pmcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bayonne Previous articleNorth Hudson firefighters, Weehawken officials, rescue deer from Hudson RiverNext articleJersey City officials agree on measure to cap third-party food delivery fees at 10% Marc Bussanich Facebook Twitter TAGS5g wirelessChris GadsdenCOVID-19cross river fiberfederal communications commissionjersey city councilRichard Boggianoverizon SHARE Bayonne Sean Kelsey Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Bayonne last_img read more

Tenure-Track Clinical Professor/Clinical Associate Professor/Clinical Assistant Professor in

first_imgApplications are invited for appointment as Tenure-TrackClinical Professor/Clinical Associate Professor/Clinical AssistantProfessor in Haematology in the Department of Pathology (Ref.:503608), to commence as soon as possible, on a four-year fixed-termbasis, with the possibility of renewal and consideration for tenurebefore the expiry of a second four-year fixed-term contract.Applicants should possess a medical qualification registrable withthe Hong Kong Medical Council, and a professional qualification inPathology (HKCPath, MRCPath, FRCPA or equivalent, such as anAmerican Board certification). They should have a solid trackrecord of clinical services in all aspects of diagnostichaematology including phenotypic and genetic testing, and ofmedical research in basic, translational and molecular haematology,outstanding research achievement with evidence of internationalrecognition and demonstrated leadership ability in teaching,curriculum development and research postgraduate education. Theappointee will take part in clinical services, undergraduate andpostgraduate teaching, supervision of postgraduate students, andacademic research. He/She is also expected to performadministrative duties at the Departmental and Faculty level. Lessexperienced applicants may be considered for appointment asClinical Associate Professor/Clinical Assistant Professor.A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications andexperience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medicalbenefits. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% ofgross income. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuityand University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme,totalling up to 15% of basic salary. A monthly cash allowance willbe offered to the successful candidate. Housing benefits will alsobe provided as applicable.The University only accepts online application for the above post.Applicants should apply online and provide a) an executive summarydescribing your most outstanding accomplishments andqualifications; b) a C.V. and a publication list highlighting yourbest papers; and c) a 1-page description of your future researchand career plan. Review of applications will start on April 15,2021 and continue until September 30, 2021 , or until thepost is filled, whichever is earlier.Advertised: Mar 31, 2021 (HK Time)Applications close: Sep 30, 2021 (HK Time)last_img read more

FAKE NEWS, WELCOME TO HANDBALL – But, media isn’t only to blame!

first_imgHBC Nantes find replacement for Lazarov – young Serb Milan Milic Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmail Recommended for you ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsAs sport which is in shadow of the bigger products like football or basketball, struggling to get that prefix “global” due clear fact that it is only statistic mistake on the market of North America, China or Australia, handball, the latest, faced with the term of “FAKE NEWS”, established in politics last year during American presidential election.You can guess about whom we are thinking about, and yes, you will be right if you link the whole story with the transfer of Andreas Wolff, which media in several countries called “the biggest ever in handball history”. How it happened that some “serious media” wrote about 3.000.000 transfer fee of the player who will be a free agent in the moment of contract signing and about 4.000.000 EUR for four years of playing at PGE Vive Kielce, where salaries go approx until 40.000 EUR (OMG, rumours, once again) per month? It is firstly question of logic, then journalist’s ethic, intention that handball gets a new dimension and not only “boring one – 40×20” in situation when it is normal in other sports, and on the fourth-place constantly lack open and wide information about salaries/money in our sport.The first two thing we will skip as logic and ethic is something that requires more than one article and certainly, we are not someone to give lessons…But, there is a strong need to point out that these things would not happen in situation of clear relationships and not half-black, but normal and open handball market.Why don’t we know the TOP 10 highest incomes in our sport? Why that has to be a secret in handball and it’s not in other sports? Because we are ashamed with a comparison to the others? Why we don’t have clear situation about market value of the players, their court and off-court potential. Teams, agents and players, in most cases, acting like in their private game which has to be followed by millions of people around, who can only watch 40x20m and don’t care about anything else linked with the stars they follow.Important thing, EHF and IHF still didn’t make serious steps to put regulations on the market of players’ agents and agencies. They don’t have proper licences for those people, who can act without specific education or experience. There is no visible official document on any websites where we can see their names and profiles. They are mostly people who are coming from the shadow, taking 5,7, 10% of the bruto-annual salary of the player, and getting back to the shadow, ready to cooperate with the media only in terms of self-promotion or trying to make a bigger price for their clients.But, it is a past time when media and fans wanted only to count goals and nice assists from players. Now, they want to know all. Handball factors want to stay “small players” in the global sports game where the money is. That is impossible. Only what we have are the rumours, so some L Equipe stats about players wages in all sports, gave as once a year, chance to see where handball practically is. That is the only chance for hundreds of thousands of fans all across Europe to get, not complete, answer on simple question – who is the highest paid handball player in the world? This is also the way to make handball more attractive to the market. If we know how much earn president of some country, why salary of handball players should stay secret? If Stoke City fan knows that for his second defensive Middle-fielder from Peru, if you can find a list of TOP 50 European basketball players…And, of course, it is like a wave. If you don’t have any info, you have to look for it. Speculations start in that specific moment when you crash in the wall of secret. Teams can be anger on media, but only in the case when they are ready to serve them right information in the right moment. In other cases, someone will research, someone will throw millions and billions of dollars, euros, everything, and most of media will just copy-paste in order to get their clicks…So, who is the most paid handball player – Nikola, Mikkel or Laszlo? Who is in TOP 10, Domagoj, Uros, Arpad, maybe Andreas?WRITTEN BY: Zika Bogdanovic SC Magdeburg extend deals with Bezjak and Kristjansson Meshkov Brest sign Vladimir Vranjes Related Items:handball salary, handball transfers Click to commentlast_img read more

What an obscure German novel taught me about dictators

first_imgI was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1949, so I grew up playing cowboys and Indians with my cousins in the rubble fields of my native city. Family lore had it that my mother, who had survived the Hamburg firestorm of 1943, made me baby shirts from the sugar bags that came in American care packages. Her father had been sent to a concentration camp during the early days of the Nazi dictatorship because he collected dues for an illegal union; fortunately, he survived. Because of the housing shortage caused by the bombings my parents and I, for the first 11 years of my life, lived in a one-room apartment. Suffice it to say my childhood was a daily reminder of the catastrophic consequences of the destruction of the Weimar democracy and the rise of Adolf Hitler.The other constant of my early life was a presence of things American that went beyond the baby shirts with “SUGAR” stamped on them. Even though we lived in the British occupation zone, American movies played at the local movie theater where my mother worked, and “Bill Haley & His Comets” were my father’s favorite rock ‘n roll band. My father had been a prisoner of war of the Americans, and while he almost never talked about the war itself, he talked frequently about those years from 1945 to 1947 in camps in Germany, Holland and France. The Americans, he said, treated and fed him well and taught him to drive a 2 ½ ton truck. When my parents traveled to the U.S. for the first time for my wedding to a wonderful American woman — six years after I had visited the U.S. for the first time and three years after I had spent a year at Indiana University as an exchange student — he brought his decades-old POW driver’s license in hopes that my father-in-law would let him drive his car. By that time my German education had been supplemented and improved upon by my American education and my respect for Americans’ generosity and openness had grown. Even more, I admired the principles of the American constitution and the strength of its democratic institutions. My wife and I had two sons (one of whom is a senior writer at POLITICO Magazine) while I was earning my Ph.D. at UCLA, which launched a long and productive career teaching German language and literature. In 1999, I became an American citizen.Then came the election of 2016. Suddenly, I was forced to question my long-held belief that American society was constitutionally immune to the threat of dictatorship. I know I wasn’t the only person who wondered if we had crossed some threshold; it wasn’t an accident, after all, that George Orwell’s classic 1984 was suddenly at the top of the Amazon charts. Still, something told me that reacquainting myself with Big Brother and his Ministry of Truth wouldn’t be sufficient to explain the moment we were living through. I decided to follow my academic instincts. I expanded the field of inquiry. I made a list of every novel about authoritarianism and totalitarianism I could think of, spanning more than a century of work. My reading list came to 12 novels in all. I read them chronologically: Jack London’s The Iron Heel, published in 1908, Franz Kafka’s The Trial, which he wrote in 1914/15, and Sinclair Lewis’s semi-satirical 1935 novel, It Can’t Happen Here. I re-read staples of college syllabuses such as Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler and Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, and of course, 1984. I dived into more obscure works such as Hans Fallada’s Every Man Dies Alone and Philip K. Dick’s The Penultimate Truth. And I read the most modern works — Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Philip Roth’s alternative history, The Plot Against America, and Dave Eggers’ 2013 dystopian vision of internet technology run amok, The Circle. In real life, Feuchtwanger was part of that diaspora. His escape from France was itself the stuff of movies. Wanted by the Gestapo as an enemy of the state, Feuchtwanger’s life was in jeopardy once the Germans invaded France. An American minister and his wife helped smuggle him to Portugal (at one point disguising him as a woman) and then onto a ship bound for the United States. He joined many other German exiles in Los Angeles and continued his literary career.What makes Feuchtwanger’s novel stand out in comparison to such works as Sinclair Lewis’s and Philip Roth’s novels is that The Oppermanns is not an imagined takeover of American democracy loosely based on events in Germany a few years before, nor a retrospective imagined alternate history of the 30s in the U.S., but a realistic account of Germany’s slide into dictatorship narrated by an author who was immersed in these events himself.Feuchtwanger’s The Oppermanns is a case study in how quickly the institutions of democracy and the habits of civilization can be destroyed and how educated and well-intentioned citizens can watch the destruction proceed without seeing it. Feuchtwanger’s ability to render utterly real characters who labor with the very questions that were absorbing his contemporaries is illuminating. Reading him now — 84 years after the book’s publication and 60 years after the author’s death — the quandaries feel very current. He overcomes the epistemological problem of modern readers: that we know how everything turned out. With hindsight we can perceive that certain beliefs (for example, that the traditional conservative parties could control Hitler and the Nazis for their purposes), events (that the Reichstagsfeuer was just a calamitous act of arson rather than a frame-up to justify persecuting Jews and other perceived enemies of the regime), and actions (that the Ermächtigungsgesetz, the Enabling Law that gave Hitler full dictatorial powers, might just be a temporary measure) were woefully mistaken. Contemporary Germans in early 1933 had no such omniscience and we feel that acutely.All the books on my reading list, in one way or another, can be understood as warnings, but where most of them warn us to be on the lookout for certain actions and events, Feuchtwanger’s novel warns us — as contemporaneous citizens immersed in a historical moment — to look first and foremost at ourselves, to try to be hyper-aware of the import of the actions, words and events that surround us, to avoid the trap in which the Oppermanns found themselves and from which they escaped only when it was too late.Jens Kruse is professor of German, emeritus at Wellesley College. Also On POLITICO Hitler’s Mein Kampf reopens German debate By Ivo Oliveira Dictators’ dilemma: Foreign state media cover Trump with care By Ben Schreckinger I would learn during my 15-week immersion, which I undertook with the help of some like-minded members of a reading club, that it was not the novels about fully formed totalitarian regimes — The Trial, Darkness at Noon, Every Man Dies Alone, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, The Penultimate Truth and The Handmaid’s Tale — that spoke loudest to me. Terrifying as those novels were, it was in fact the books that charted the ominous path from the familiar to the horrific that were the most useful in answering my questions — The Iron Heel, It Can’t Happen Here, The Plot Against America and The Circle. Read in order, the events and worlds depicted in these transitional novels trace — not completely linearly, not entirely smoothly, but clearly enough — a progression from more to less brutal, from less to more sophisticated methods of achieving dictatorial power and exercising and maintaining authoritarian and totalitarian rule. From the use of raw military power in The Iron Heel to the apparently painless establishment of a heaven-like totalitarianism in The Circle, the arc of these narratives seems to describe an ever more sophisticated, subtle and insidious manipulation of human beings into the acceptance of dictatorship of one sort or another.But of the dozen books, the one I found most memorable was perhaps the least well known, at least to an American audience. It was called The Oppermanns, and it was written in 1933 by a German exile named Lion Feuchtwanger. I’ll admit that part of the appeal of Feuchtwanger’s book is that it deals with a chapter of German history that is also deeply personal for me. But there’s more to his accomplishment. Feuchtwanger achieved something remarkable: He wrote a powerful and literary book that managed to capture the truth of a harrowing moment — immediately before and after Hitler was named chancellor in January 1933. And he did it in almost real time. Feuchtwanger wrote the novel in a few short months while already in exile in France in 1933, managing to publish it that year as Hitler implemented some of his first and most notorious policies to consolidate his power.In The Oppermanns, Feuchtwanger narrates the story of an extended family of highly assimilated Jews during 1932 and 1933. The Oppermanns consider themselves patriotic Germans. The main branch of the family produces furniture for the middle class and sells it through a chain of their stores. Gustav, the brother with whom Feuchtwanger opens and closes the novel, is a well-to-do, cultured man who is hard at work on a biography of the father of modern German literature, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing; he also bears a strong resemblance to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, that other titan of German letters. One could not imagine a character more German than Gustav Oppermann.The novel is divided into thirds. “Yesterday” opens on November 16, 1932, 10 days after the last fully free parliamentary elections of the Weimar Republic, and the morning of Gustav’s 50th birthday, and closes with the appointment of Hitler as chancellor on January 30, 1933. “Today” opens a few days after that appointment and ends, a few days after the Reichstag Fire, with Gustav’s flight to Switzerland. “Tomorrow” begins in the spring of 1933 in Switzerland where Gustav receives reports of the increasing horrors of the Nazi regime. While in exile in France he decides to return to Germany for clandestine work and is arrested and brutalized in a concentration camp, the first of which, Dachau, had been opened little more than two months after Hitler’s ascension. After friends with connections in high places work toward and win his release Gustav returns to France, dictates the insights of his work in Germany and awaits his death in the summer sun.While the novel, by following the Oppermann clan and many characters around them, presents reactions to the rise of Nazism that range from alarm at the prospect of barbarism and dictatorship to denial and disbelief, it is Gustav’s story that chronicles most fully the development from complacency to alarm and resistance. Soon after Hitler’s appointment as chancellor, during a crisis meeting with his furniture-selling brothers, Gustav asks: “Do you believe they will forbid our customers to buy from us? Do you believe our shops will be shut up? Do you believe your capital will be confiscated? Because we are Jews?” He clearly believes that the answer to all of these questions is “no,” but within a few weeks and months Jewish businesses have been boycotted and the Oppermanns have been forced to sell their business to an Aryan competitor, i.e. the answer has become “yes.” The longer Gustav is in exile, the more he is able to read a press that is not muzzled, the more he hears the reports of other exiles, the more clearly he realizes the extent of his initial misjudgments and understands the true nature of the Nazis.But by then it is too late. His attempt to work against the regime in Germany is a futile gesture that leaves him a broken and dying man. The Germany that he celebrated in his writings and felt at home in is no more. His extended family is scattered across Europe and Palestine in a new diaspora.last_img read more

Gov’t Mule – Shout!

first_imgShout!, the tenth studio album from perennial jammers Gov’t Mule, is a two-disc LP that captures the two main elements of the Mule: their Southern rock style, fueled by guitarist Warren Haynes, and their love of collaboration. The first disc is eleven tracks of outright grooving rock and roll, a staple of Gov’t Mule. On the second disc, however, the band recruited an all-star lineup of musical guests to reinterpret the eleven new songs. The guest lineup: Ben Harper, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Jim James, Grace Potter, Toots Hibbert, Glenn Hughes, Ty Taylor, Dave Matthews, Myles Kennedy, and Steve Winwood. Wow!Those familiar with the guitar-playing style of Warren Haynes will feel at home listening to Shout!. The opening track, “War Boss,” packs a punch, loaded with heavily distorted guitar and anti-war lyrics. Like every song on the album, “War Boss” contains a thrilling guitar solo from Haynes that comes down into a dark bass and drums rhythm section groove.The songs of Shout! bounce between heavy-hitting and slower, ballad-like compositions. “Captured” is an example of the latter, a song that moves slowly, takes its time, wanders into psychedelically haunting guitar tones before returning to Earth with a guitar solo from Warren Haynes. While these slower songs give the album some diversity, it is the fast-paced funky grooves that make Shout! excel. The bread and butter of these is “Stoop So Low,” a New Orleans-influenced lamentation targeted at a former lover (“how could you stoop so low?”). This song is exciting, with backup female vocals and Hammond-organ-tone keyboards to send this groove into jamspace.The second disc of Shout!  features special guest vocalists, who have reinterpreted Haynes’s lead vocals to their own style. The songs are the same, and the only difference is the substituted vocal track. This is an interesting technique, definitely innovative, but is definitely hit or miss. It is fun to hear Dr. John singing “Stoop So Low,” as his voice is so distinctive. Same goes for Grace Potter in the soulful “Whisper in Your Soul,” and Toots Hibbert, in the reggae-influenced “Scared to Live.” In other songs, however, changing the singer barely adds anything to the music.Shout! is a good, energetic rock album that captures the essence of Gov’t Mule. The idea of recruiting guest artists on new material is creative, but unfortunately under-developed. Perhaps Gov’t Mule could have gotten full guest bands to play the songs, instead of rerecording vocals over the Mule tracks used on the first disc. Granted, this approach would be more labor-intensive, but ultimately, would have been a more satisfying listening experience. Nonetheless, for the good music on the first disc alone, Shout! is definitely worth a listen. You can listen to the album streaming here.last_img read more

Dumpstaphunk’s Ivan Neville Tells Ridiculous Stories Of His Multi-Day Crack Binges

first_imgIn Story Time With Uncle Ivan Neville Part One, we brought you the hilarious tale of New Orleans legend James Booker goofing around and impersonating a cop which eventually resulted in him getting arrested. Nevertheless, the memories made it all worth it!Dumpstaphunk Announces Phunksgiving Featuring Fishbone And Special GuestsToday, the Dumpstaphunk frontman and descendant of New Orleans musical legacy gets extremely candid about something that was prevalent in his life for some time – crack. Though he is thankful to be long done with the stuff, it resulted in some pretty priceless stories!Check out Story Time With Uncle Ivan Part Two. We wonder what ever happened to the dog…last_img read more

Chicago Police Officer and Teen Wounded, Suspect Killed in Shootout

first_imgThe bullet that struck the wounded officer penetrated and exited his skull, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted. The officer’s skull was fractured and he had blood on his brain, Dr. Marius Katilius, of Illinois Masonic Medical Center, said later at the news conference, noting that the officer was in serious but stable condition. Chicago officers were waiting when the 32-year-old suspect exited a highway on the city’s northwest side and he fired on their vehicles, wounding a 46-year-old officer before fleeing into a nearby music store, police said. CHICAGO (AP) – A suspected bank robber shot a Chicago police officer in the head, badly wounding him, before another officer killed the suspect in a shootout in which a teenage bystander was wounded, authorities said. Police work the scene at North Lowell Ave and West Irving Park Road in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, where a Chicago police officer was shot and wounded in a gun battle near the Kennedy Expressway. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune via AP) A bank teller slipped a tracker into the bag of money and police managed to arrest one of the suspects following a brief foot chase a short time after the robbery. The other suspect stole a couple’s car at gunpoint, though, and drove off toward Chicago with police in pursuit, Des Plaines police Chief William Kushner said. Police work the scene at North Lowell Ave and West Irving Park Road in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, where a Chicago police officer was shot and wounded in a gun battle near the Kennedy Expressway. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune via AP) Des Plaines officers followed the suspect into the store and killed him during a shootout in which a 15-year-old boy who was getting a piano lesson was also wounded, police said. The teen was shot in the arm and stomach and was hospitalized in stable condition. It wasn’t clear whose bullets struck the boy. The chaotic chain of events began late Tuesday afternoon when two men robbed a bank in the suburb of Des Plaines, police said at a news conference hours later. Police didn’t release the names of the two suspects, the teen or the wounded officer, though Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the officer has received more than 100 departmental awards “for his exemplary police work.”last_img read more

Notre Dame senior falls from third-floor apartment

first_imgA Notre Dame senior fell from the third-floor window of his apartment at Eddy Street Commons at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday, police said. The student, 21-year-old Marcus Garcia, did not suffer life-threatening injuries, University President Fr. John Jenkins said. “University officials were made aware of the accident involving Marcus early this morning and have been with him and in communication with his parents ever since,” Jenkins said. “We thank God that his injuries are not life threatening and pray for his full recovery.” Garcia is a psychology and sociology major from Turlock, Calif., according to the Notre Dame sociology department website. Capt. Phil Trent of the South Bend Police said an employee at a local bar saw Garcia’s legs hanging out his apartment window above Jamba Juice as she left work Thursday morning. He fell about 25 feet onto the sidewalk below the window. She then called 911. Garcia was in and out of consciousness while medics treated him at the scene for a severe head injury. His roommates were asleep at the time and did not know what caused him to fall from the window, Trent said. Medics transported Garcia to Memorial Hospital, where he is in critical condition, Trent said.last_img read more