Today we're introducing a desktop app so you have a new way to stay in touch anytime and anywhere - whether on your phone or computer at home or work. The new desktop app is available for Windows 8+ and Mac OS 10.9+ and is synced with WhatsApp on your mobile device.
Note how WhatsApp continues to use apps for other platforms as extensions of the phone app – the Mac app is, effectively, an interactive display for the WhatsApp database stored on your mobile device. Hazel resides in System Preferences as its own pane and works in a manner similar to the IFTTT web service, but instead of taking actions based on web service inputs, Hazel takes actions based on file attributes.
But the sheer complexity of the rules that could be created with Hazel also made testing rules difficult. After you set up a rule, you can assess its performance by clicking the button with an eye icon at the bottom of the folder list, which opens a status log that lists the the rules matched for files in that folder and the dates they were matched.
Hazel 4 has a number of other nice additions and refinements such as the ability to search your rules, which makes it easier for those with large numbers of rules to find a particular rule, and an action that lets you toggle the display of a matching file’s file extension. Hazel is a complex and powerful tool that is easy to get into with simple rules, but a little daunting when you try to do something more complicated. Hazel 4, which requires a Mac running 10.10 (Yosemite) or later, is available directly from Noodlesoft. One early morning in March 2011, Albert Chretien and his wife, Rita, loaded their Chevrolet Astro van and drove away from their home in Penticton, British Columbia.
The straightest route would be to take I-84 to Twin Falls, Idaho, near the Nevada border, and then follow US Route 93 all the way to Vegas. Take a look at the most popular mobile devices around—the iPhone, the iPad, Samsung’s Android phones, even Amazon’s Fire tablet—and you’ll notice they all have something in common: none of them use Intel processors. However well it's selling, Apple's strategy with new products is to release them and then iterate continuously, working until all of the biggest complaints about the first-generation model have been addressed (or until people have forgotten about them or moved on to something else).
Every year, I put together a list of the changes I'd like to see in the next version of iOS. For the past few months, I've been collaborating with Sam Beckett (author of a fantastic Control Center concept we linked to a while back) to visualize my iOS 10 wishes with a professional concept video and static mockups. Below, you'll find a collection of my iOS 10 wishes, organized in tentpole features (the ones also shown in the video) plus additional sub-sections. Club MacStories offers exclusive access to extra MacStories content, delivered every week; it's also a way to support us directly. Control Center is the perfect candidate for a refresh focused on user customization and 3D Touch shortcuts. Thanks to 3D Touch, the modernized Control Center could also offer deeper access to settings by pressing on toggles without actually going into the Settings app.
As our devices and OSes get more powerful and complex, Control Center remains a harbor of convenience and speed. Over the past year, Apple has been thinking about how to improve color reproduction and viewing comfort on iOS devices.
Apple's Messages may be the most used app on iOS, but it saw the last major changes two years ago, and the messaging landscape has changed profoundly since 2014. When Apple introduced iMessage five years ago, its unification of SMS and free messaging heralded a new era of mobile messaging. Competing services such as Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram, or LINE have created communities of hundreds of millions of users and they're pushing the boundaries of mobile messaging, turning it into a platform in its own right. The file management features of iCloud Drive still pale in comparison to the Finder on OS X. A new 'Open In' menu with support for multiple files, so that it'd be possible to move multiple files between apps with a single command. In our concept, you can see how a search bar would be displayed above a scrollable list of recent apps (similar to the system multitasking tray), with a 3x3 grid of user favorites below.
The fact that the system clipboard is still the fastest bridge between two apps is inelegant and archaic in 2016. In 2016, the digital assistant landscape is more competitive than ever: Amazon has set its eyes on pervasive assistants for the home, third-parties are entering the stage with impressive tech, and the trend of smart and flexible chat bots is continuing at fast pace. A Siri API wouldn't only make the assistant more powerful on iOS – it'd also dramatically improve the capabilities of the Apple Watch with a way to quickly retrieve information from any app. One of the tentpole features of iOS 9, the returning Search page with Proactive suggestions, has turned out to be an underwhelming effort at intelligent shortcuts intermixed with general news and events. There's plenty of ways Apple could improve this page without giving up on their respect for user privacy and data collection. If taken to the extreme, Apple's hard stance on privacy will ultimately prevent them from building a useful Proactive page.
On the next page, you'll find a collection of every other feature I'd like iOS 10 to bring. You can disconnect a sync folder from a computer, in which case it is just like Dropbox’s selective sync. You can re-organize files in a selective sync folder and have them reorganize in all of the other folders, whether fully or selectively sync’d.
BTS allows me to set a default for each machine, to say what it will do when a new folder is added on another machine. The only other downside is that in order for the sync to work, another computer has to be on. On the other hand, you have total control over which servers the files are on, and you have the confidence of knowing that you can remove something and have it really be removed, if you want, and not worry that it might still be out there on some government server.
We drive the new Ford Shelby Mustang GT350, the Blue Oval's most exciting road car for some time. The Homebrew Special—looking a bit blurry, because I wanted to take a low-light shot to try to capture the disco glow. After finally reaching the tipping point with off-the-shelf solutions that can't match increasing speeds available, we recently took the plunge. Naturally, many readers asked the obvious follow-up—"How exactly can we put that together?" Today it's time to finally pull back the curtain and offer that walkthrough. At its most basic, a router is just a device that accepts packets on one interface and forwards them on to another interface that gets those packets closer to their eventual destination.
Smile switched the TextExpander business model to a subscription plan last week, and the response was close to vitriolic from the community.
Let me start by saying Smile is a current and long-time supporter of both my blog and my podcast, Systematic, and I’m a long time user and lover of Smile’s software.
The major mistake in the announcement of the new model was a failure to explain the benefits of it, or to provide any major new features along with it that would be relevant to individual users. At face value, the switch was a jolt to me as well, so I understand the anger from current users.
With a small pricing change and the promise of continued availability and support for standalone versions, I think the door is open for a smoother switchover. For years, Arq Backup has been often overlooked when talking about backup solutions for the Mac, despite the fact that it is one of the easiest and most flexible options, as well as the most configurable. Today marks the release of version 5 of Arq, a little over 6 years since its first official release, and it contains many awesome new features, but one significant change that I want to highlight right up front is this: Arq v5 moves from a per computer license to a per user license. In practice, both Time Machine and Time Capsule have a lot of issues, so much so that I no longer recommend either of them.
Instead I recommend Arq or some other app which will backup without requiring a physical connection to your computer, like Time Machine does, and which uses something more reliable than Time Capsule.
Those last two are especially important if you want to control your backups from end to end. Pricing on each service can vary widely depending on how much data you want to backup and how you might need to eventually restore it.
Arq has announced their own cloud-based backup service but it is not yet available so I was not able to test it.
Six years of developing for the Mac gives you a good reason to trust that Arq is around for the long haul. Arq 4 users can upgrade to for $25, or they can get Arq 5 upgrade plus lifetime upgrades for $55. I always encourage people to a) test software first to make sure you like it, if you can, and b) buy a lifetime upgrade if it is something that the developer offers. Long-time members of the Mac community know that there are some apps which are not only well-made, but which they are backed by some fantastic developers.
Everyone knows some high-end Swiss watches, but most watches I actually want come from two stellar manufacturers in Glashutte, Germany: A. If you’re looking for high-quality, modern-looking, minimal-style watches, I suggest you check out Nomos.
As Marco Arment says in his podcasting mic mega-review, the ATR2100 is great at eliminating room echo and background noise, provided you speak up closely to it. The Zoom H4n is often considered to be the best mobile recording device around, and we agree.
By recording into a single device this way, you don’t have to worry about the audio getting out of sync and having to fix it later. Recording podcasts directly to an iOS device is difficult at best, so you’ll want to have the Zoom H4n record your audio to an SD card for transfer later. Now that you’ve got your audio recorded to an SD card, how do you get it onto your iPad for editing? Like WhatsApp Web, our desktop app is simply an extension of your phone: the app mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device. Because the app runs natively on your desktop, you'll have support for native desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts, and more.
Judging from the Noodlesoft forums, there are many people who use Hazel far more heavily than I do, but it is no less important to my Mac setup. The process for setting up a Hazel rule is reminiscent of building a Smart Playlist in iTunes. Probably my favorite new feature in Hazel addresses that problem by introducing a live preview system.
Your rules are bundled into a .hazelrules file that you can save locally or with a cloud-based storage provider like Dropbox.
The ability to preview rules and check on their past performance through the status interface goes a long way toward improving the development of rules. Although US 93 would take them through Jackpot, Nevada, the town near the Idaho state line where they planned to spend the first night, they looked at a roadmap and decided to exit I-84 before that junction. If you’re not the type to keep a close eye on the industry, that might come as a surprise, but it’s been clear for a while that Intel missed the boat on the largest revolution to hit Silicon Valley in the past decade: the move to mobile. You can argue about why Intel missed this sea change, but the fact remains that it did, and it’s scrambling to make up for that lost ground. While the majority of devices that the company sells are now based on chips of Apple’s own design, it still has one long-running product line that relies on Intel: the Mac. The long-rumored product was Apple’s first all-new product category since the iPad and its first under CEO Tim Cook.
After a full year of wearing the Apple Watch every single day, it's time to revisit the hardware, software, and some things I looked at in our original review to see where the platform is and where I think it ought to go in the next year or two.
Some of these wishes have been on my list for years; others are a consequence of the features Apple shipped with iOS 9.
We'll cover our approach to this year's annual iOS wish list, the making of the video, the tools we used, and more. In iOS 10, Apple could expand Control Center to let users swap default toggles (the top row on the iPhone) with other settings they frequently access. A light press on the WiFi toggle, for example, could bring up a list of known WiFi networks to connect to; pressing on the Bluetooth toggle would show a menu to re-connect to an accessory that a device was previously paired with. By opening Control Center up to user customization and 3D Touch, Apple could considerably reduce the time we spend fiddling with settings and launching apps on a daily basis.
Night Shift and the True Tone display are steps in the right direction – after iOS 7's massive redesign, it's clear that the predominance of white-based interfaces doesn't play well in different lighting contexts or at night.
Developers would be able to see if dark mode has been enabled on a device and program their apps to automatically switch to a built-in dark interface.
Provide developers with new extension points (similar to Facebook's Messenger) to share a variety of media or data types in the Messages app.


This follows messaging extensions and rich previews: users should be able to share anything in a conversation, whether it's a document, an image, a video, or a map. As services like Messenger and Slack have shown, giving users the ability to log in and view their messages from any web browser helps make a service sticky and ubiquitous. Five years later, iMessage's legacy SMS support is largely a liability, holding the service back in terms of innovations Apple could bring to the platform. It's time for Apple to re-establish iMessage as the leading messaging service – not just through numbers and security, but with innovation and reliability as well. Two years later and with a barebones iCloud Drive app (a poor man's Finder) the only meaningful addition in iOS 9, the document picker still shows a lot of potential, but it's hindered by slowness and a lackluster execution.
However, both document providers and iCloud Drive ought to be faster to operate, more transparent, and as versatile as they would be a on desktop computer. Finding apps to put in Slide Over and Split View is a tedious process, and a layout with low information density and lacking a search box doesn't help in picking apps. I think these additions would mitigate some of the frustrations with switching between multiple apps in Split View. Drag & drop would play to iOS' strengths thanks to multitouch, and it's the logical next step for iPad multitasking. If Apple has been paying attention, they should know app integrations and the ability to text with Siri are obvious moves.
And with a way to converse with Siri silently, it would become more convenient for situations where voice activation isn't an option, such as public transit or other places.
Based on current location and time of the day, iOS should provide suggestions for the next calendar event such as directions, traffic conditions, or transit times (as opposed to widgets, which simply list all upcoming events and tasks). Think of it as those slides with dozens of additional features Apple puts up on stage at the end of each WWDC keynote – some of these are big changes, while others are minor improvements to the iOS experience. As you can imagine, I sent him a lot of ideas and comments before signing off on the final version. The difference is that you can easily look down the main BTS window and see which folders are disconnected. When I move those files from the Synology into the proper Plex folders, they are removed from the BTS folder on the iMac, which frees up its disk space so the iMac can have more room to rip future files. However, nothing says that you can’t keep using Dropbox and iCloud for those files, and use BTS for everything else. This isn’t a problem for me, as my MacMiniColo is always available, as is my home Mac mini server.
For example, I haven't even mentioned some cool features like the ability to encrypt folders on disk. And 50 years since the original Shelby GT350s first took to the track in anger, the most exciting variant still wears the GT350 badge. Building a homebrew router turned out to be a better proposition than we could've ever imagined. By taking a closer look at the actual build itself (hardware and software), the testing processes we used, and why we used them, hopefully any Ars readers of average technical abilities will be able to put together their own DIY speed machine. That's not what most of us are really thinking when we think of "a router" in the sense of something we'll plug into our home or office to get to the Internet, though. Check out our complete board gaming coverage right here—and let us know what you think. I will avoid bias as best I can, but a tilt in favor of Smile and its developers is going to be hard to avoid. The touted benefit of the subscription model was group sharing, which is really an enterprise feature, and it felt like individual users were being forced to pay for something they didn’t require. What Smile left out of the marketing was that the current system had hit some limitations, and the move to a hosted service opened a new world of possibilities for feature development. Once users are on the subscription plan, updates will come seamlessly, frequently, and without extra charge or major version bumps. I think that a clearer explanation and a slower upgrade path would have made things much smoother.
Once development based on the new sync platform begins to offer more compelling features for individual users, I hope that the subscription model will become attractive—rather than upsetting—to those who already love TextExpander. If you are really concerned about the privacy and security of your backups, you should take a close look at Arq.
That means that instead of having to buy a new license for each Mac you own, one license covers them all.
If you have used or seen demos of Time Machine, that is an example of versioned backups, but Time Machine only works for a drive physically connected to your computer, which is easy for desktops, but not to much for laptops.
You could backup one Mac to another, or to a Synology, or to another NAS that you have physical and administrative control of, and know that it was completely secure. If you are looking for the most reliable and least expensive solution over time, buying a 3-4 TB external drive plus Arq is probably the way to go.
The backup format is well-documented so even if the app stops being developed, users should still be able to get their data out of the backups.
That license will work for all your Mac (version 10.7 or later) and Windows (version 7 or later) computers.
I also jettisoned my Time Machine drive and am using that for direct connected backups as well.
With the new licensing structure, now is the right time to take a close look at how Arq 5 can fit into your backup strategy. Lange and Sohne at the very high end, and Nomos at the far more affordable end (relatively).
With the gear and apps we recommend below, you can assemble your own podcasting-studio-in-a-bag, suitable for recording no matter where your travels take you. Each one comes with its own tripod desk stand, so there’s no need to purchase one separately. If you record with a guest in the same room, it’s more comfortable for each to have their own mic, and altogether less awkward given how close you have to speak to the mic. The reason it comes in handy in our particular setup is that it has two XLR inputs, so you can hook up both of those ATR2100 mics we recommended above, and record them simultaneously.
Additionally, the audio you capture will be surprisingly high-quality for not being in a true studio.
It’s a wireless flash drive that accepts SD cards and makes their contents available to other devices via a proprietary app. Extreme care was taken to enhance all aspects of her comfort and style, while maintaining her pedigree as a true performance yacht. By automating what would otherwise be repetitive file management tasks, Hazel helps keep me focused on more important tasks. As you create a rule, you can click on the Preview button next to the file attributes you are testing and pick a file to test those attributes against. You can designate your rules file as the sync file for other folders that you monitor with Hazel on the same Mac so each folder has an identical set of Hazel rules, or save your rules file to a cloud service and use it on another Mac that has Hazel installed so your rules stay in sync across multiple Macs.
Unlike regular folders, you cannot perform actions that require access to, or matching of, subfiles or subfolders. That, along with syncing and the other refinements that Hazel 4 brings to the table, makes Hazel 4 an automation powerhouse that is well worth its price. They would choose a scenic road less traveled, Idaho State Highway 51, which heads due south away from the I-84 corridor, crossing the border several miles to the west.
When it comes to iOS, happiness is often a fleeting moment – a temporary satisfaction with the current state of things before the inevitable longing for something deeper.
The bottom row of app shortcuts (including the flashlight) could also be made customizable by letting users pin their favorite apps to Control Center.
Additionally, developers would also be able to opt out of dark mode if an app doesn't require it (say, an app that already has a dark UI or a game). Imagine sharing a tweet with a native preview in a conversation, or attaching a GIF from a dedicated GIF app without using the clipboard or saving to the photo library first. Inserting emoji on iOS is slow and cumbersome, and Apple should come up with ways to speed up emoji insertion.
Users should be able to assign read receipts on a per-contact basis: you may want your significant other to know you've read their message, but you may not want the same for friends or colleagues.
Any kind of redesign would be welcome: a tighter presentation of app icons, the ability to search, and even a way to pin some apps as persistent favorites would do wonders. New music releases from artists you follow could be summarized with buttons to start playing on Apple Music right away.
And by opening up Proactive to third-party developers, apps would be able to suggest relevant content that iOS could consider for inclusion in the page at appropriate times. With a combination of local processing and anonymized user profiles, Apple should come up with ways to let iOS devices be smarter without being creepy. The default is helpful because, for example, I want every new folder to sync with my Mac mini at home and the one I keep at MacMiniColo, and I don’t want to have to manually add it. Files are kept for 30 days, and versioned, so that if you save a new version over an old version, that old version is also saved for 30 days.
There is an active Forum Community available for help and ideas, and I have found BTS’ support staff to be knowledgeable and helpful too. With nearly any speed metric we analyzed, our little DIY kit outpaced routers whether they were of the $90- or $250-variety. Easy sharing and updating of snippets between users (without having to have a hosted URL) is only the first benefit; it also makes possible improved compatibility between platforms (Windows version in beta), things like Zapier and IFTTT integration and automation, and a host of new features they’re excited about (but can’t share yet). Most of us have been upgrading regularly at a cost that comes out to about the same as a year-long subscription.
Apparently Smile, in retrospect, thinks so as well, as they’ve just announced an update to the release. Apple tried to solve this problem with the Time Capsule, which offers the same features as Time Machine, but over the network.
You can either backup to another Mac on your network or (new with version 5) backup directly to a NAS or other folder on your Mac. With Arq you can know that everything is encrypted on your computer before it hits the net, no one has access to those files, and if you really want to be secure, you can make sure you only sync to computers you have direct, physical access to and control over. I paid for my Arq license outright, long before I even heard that Arq 5 was coming out, and long before I decided to write a review about it.
That matters to me, and I suspect it matters to most Mac users who are thinking about backups. Although I’ve only been using the demo for a short while, all of the tests I have run have done extremely well. There’s also a built-in headphone jack so you can monitor your audio without hearing any distracting delays. Also, you don’t necessarily need to use pop filters with ATR2100s, but these foam windscreens are a cheap and easy way to reduce unwanted noise even further (not to mention protect them from the unfortunate reality of speaker spit). We’ve used more than a few different types of SD cards (especially for photography purposes), and the SanDisk Extreme Plus never fails us when we need it. Today, Hazel 4 was released with new features and refinements that bring new power and convenience to an already exceptional app.
Other customers can upgrade for $10, regardless of the type of license they originally bought. The Chretiens figured there had to be a turnoff from Idaho 51 that would lead them east to US 93. The tenth version of iOS due to be released later this year will be a major milestone for Apple and iOS users.
But the core functionality of Control Center has been virtually unchanged since iOS 7, and it's time for an upgrade. A new extension framework for the Messages app could take iMessage sharing to the next level. Web links shared in Messages should offer more context; while they're at it, all sorts of documents and data shared in Messages should come with unique previews (see above). In our concept, we imagined a panel activated from the QuickType bar with the ability to view recent emoji, pin favorites, and search for an emoji by name (search should also be available in the full emoji keyboard). However, you can see all of the files that are in the selectively sync’d folder, and if you need one, just double-click it and it will sync to your computer and then be opened.


It offered rakish, sports car styling at a highly attainable price—less than $2,400 at the time. The ability to search backups is great for those times when you know what file you are looking for, but not where it is.
With over 20 attributes to chose from, each of which has several states that can be monitored, and a similar number of actions that can be taken, the permutations are seemingly endless.
It’s a great way to quickly iterate when designing a rule without actually running the rule and affecting files. It only felt appropriate to celebrate the occasion with a different take on my annual iOS wish list.
For instance, imagine the ability to share an Apple Music playlist that shows artwork and a play button in iMessage, or an individual note from the Notes app that retains styling and interactivity. Simple as that, and I never need to Google the same app twice or try to remember what its website was, or hope that the website still exists, or fill out some dumb web form before I can download an app again. However, this means that sensitive files and large files may be around longer than you realized unless you go into the archive to delete them manually. As much as I love Backblaze, I have always found restoring from it to be a bit… clunky. I had almost forgotten about the game until I got an e-mail with their launch date earlier this year.
Basically you are pre-paying as a way to signal support to the developer now for future versions.
While the Mustang might have looked like it was going flat-out even when parked, it wasn't actually much of a performance car.
But I know enough about chemistry to know that a chemical by itself may be poisonous but not poisonous when in a compound with other chemicals. Checking their roadmap, they determined the nearest town was Mountain City, Nevada, so they entered it as the destination into their GPS unit. The directions led them onto a small dirt road near an Idaho ghost town and eventually to a confusing three-way crossroads. But you should be aware that the story of Chicken Little is notA  a "fable character." While he did say "The sky is falling" quite a bit, this was only because he had difficulty making contact the his agent provocateur whose actual physical appearance had changed over the years.
The video faculty includes Eric Hulsizer, a former Channel 8 cameramanA who photographed "Channel 8 On Your Side," and Lisa Inserra of Cox Media (the company that owns Valpack) who is active in producing television commercials for her company's clients.az?i»? In my program, I've studied drawing, camera operation, scripting, digital imaging, programming basics, copyright law, video editing, website design, sound production and editing. One of myA professors says the program is the best of its kind in the Tampa Bay area and I think he's right.az?i»?i»? Please, please, put the word out to others so that this fine program will be better known. It doesn't matter what your heritage is or whether you are still in high school or old enough for Medicare. Petersburg Collede digital arts program is filled with both talented professors and students.
In your story on stadium horns, you called them vuvuzwelas, what is that funny looking symbol after the photo credits. The image can be used freely, subject to some restrictive terms in the license, including crediting the photographer. It looks to me like he called on Curtis LeMay, Colonel Clearwater - and then realizing he had made a mistake - schluffed it into Colonel Kilgore. Here's a photo of American school children using the original Bellamy salute:A I think the photo speaks for itself. Colonel Clearwater Dear Colonel Clearwater: What do you think about the Egyptian revolution? Fundamentalists, in any religion, are usually a reaction to what the followers perceive as injustice. This doesn't mean Egyptian society and culture will necessarily change; it is still their culture and values. But in the long run any thing they make of it will be for their benefit (and not the benefit of the United States). Not by rampeling down the side of the building like Tom Cruise, but by sliding in with a tourist visa when it was not open to tourists. Clearwater: Republicans are betting that your readers don't care - that after all you did to beat them in 2006 and 2008, you're going to sit this one out. So they're whipping up their base by blocking help to unemployed workers, blocking summer jobs for teens, apologizing to the big companies that gave us the spill in the Gulf, and doing anything else they can do to stop progress. Yes, that Rand Paul, who says freedom means a private business can discriminate against African-Americans, and that President Obama holding polluters accountable for the mess in the Gulf is "un-American." And he's not alone. One candidate calls Social Security "horrible policy," while another has said that Americans will turn to "Second Amendment remedies" against Democrats. In New Hampshire, Paul Hodes is running neck-and-neck with his Republican opponent to take this seat for the Democrats.
We've just started to turn our country around, passing healthcare reform, working to hold the big banks accountable for the Wall Street meltdown, pushing legislation to address climate change and end our addiction to oil. The GOP is betting big that saying "no" and blocking progress is a path to success in November.What bet will you make? I think the Republicans should adopt as their emblem the condom because it more clearly reflects the party's political stance.
A condom stands for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives one a sense of security while screwing others. Colonel ClearwaterDear Colonel Clearwater, Last week, my friend and colleague, Congressman Anthony Weiner, did something very good, and very gutsy. Weiner's report showed that this firm, which sells gold coins, rips off its customers while benefiting directly from Beck's Chicken Little lunacy about the economy.
Every time Beck screams that there is an impending Obama-led government takeover of the economy and your savings aren't safe, he's making a sales pitch for this sleazy advertiser.
You see, Beck's ratings have recently crashed, and most of his reputable advertisers have deserted him.
Now that he's been exposed, Beck has spent the last week using his big media platform to attack and undermine Weiner - he even set up an attack website designed to damage Weiner's political standing. This collusion between big media, conservative commentators, and quack economics is a scam, but it is powerful if it remains unopposed. And we need to support people like Weiner, who have the guts to go after right-wing lunacy at the source.
Consider his statement: "I beg you, look for the words 'social justice' or 'economic justice' on your church Web site.
That oil disaster must be stopped, and a way must be found."I am not the original author of that sensible thought, but it has been my favorite definition of faith for a while. While we have no way of certainty for moving past them, working to find a pathway that takes us beyond our doubts is the best option in my view.
Then how come Congress starts each session with a prayer and the president is sworn in on a Bible?
Wants to KnowDear Wants to Know, As I said in an earlier reply, our countrys laws and structure are not based on the God of the Bible and the Ten Commandments, as Sarah Palin and others claim. So most of us do not work on Sunday and some businesses are not open for business on Sunday. So we have a religious custom of not working on Sunday and a secular custom of watching football on Sunday.
The Constitution states that the president must take an oath, but it does not mention anything about a Bible. Colonel ClearwaterDear Colonel Clearwater, I understand you answer, but you say customs and traditions. Wants to Know MoreDear Wants to Know More, It is important to realize the difference between a custom and a tradition. It is a custom at my house that every year we watch football on Thanksgiving Day after we eat.
A tradition is a ceremony invented for the purpose of commemorating some historical event or to develop a sense of binding in a community or religious group. Thanksgiving Day is a tradition in America that serves the purpose of reminding us of what we have from God for which to be thankful and is loosely based on the first harvest feast of the Pilgrims to celebrate their first year of survival in the New World. It is a tradition; a ceremony we use to create a common bond among Americans by commemorating our heritage. When Congress meets, the first thing that happens is that the designated speaker calls the group together. Colonel ClearwaterDear Colonel Clearwater, I have just seen a video about an organization called the Council on Foreign Relations. This organization has members who were past Presidents and past Secretary of States of the United States, plus leaders in the fields of finance, industry, and other important positions in society. The spokesman on the video has concluded that this organization must be a part of world conspiracy to take over the world and put the entire world under a one-world socialist government and I agree with him. The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an organization of foreign policy experts, people concerned with international trade, prominent historians and writers, as well as others who are involved with foreign policy and international affairs. The CFR hold speaking events with question-and-answer periods which are usually televised on CSpan or other cable stations. The speakers are usually world leaders, historians, writers, or others involved in international affairs. Some of the speakers have included such figures as Nelson Mandela, George Soros, Thomas Friedman, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Ronald Reagan. The journal, which I have subscribed to and read for over 25 years (plus you can buy it at the newsstands in Borders or Barnes and Noble) provides a forum for contrasting views and opinions regarding issues affecting foreign policy. Some people have made a nice living scarring others with conspiracy theories about the CFR. My advice to you is to go to the store, buy and read their journal, watch their events on CSpan, and be wary of people who wish to sell you on the idea that other people are out to get you. Colonel Clearwater________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Dear Colonel Clearwater: Cancel my subscription to your liberal rage. And no matter how great the obstacles may seem, we must never stop our efforts to reduce the weapons of war. We must never stop at all until we see the day when nuclear arms have been banished from the face of this earth." Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1984 Colonel ClearwaterDear Colonel Clearwater: Liberals? I realize that there is collateral damage in war, but this is no less than cold-blooded genocide. They were shooting at insurgents who, upon later investigation, turned out to be civilians.
By saying the soldiers were shooting civilans implies that they knew they were shooting civiliansj. The real guilty party are those who convinced the American public that this war was necessary and just. Can you tell me how the "Smallest of the World's Leading Newspapers" managed to scoop "Florida's Best Newspaper?" Pedro TechadorDear Pedro, Always nice to hear from one of the Techadors.This was a WikiLeak scoop.
Palin:Your statement reminds me of what Republican Congressman, Devin Nunes said during the health care vote. And now you are bringing the ghosts back into this chamber." There is no polite way to get around this. Tea Party Patriots are morons when it comes to history, economics, and how to run a society. Much like the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan after World War I, the Tea Party Patriots are people who believe they have lost their privileged status in American society and wish to thwart others hopes for the American dream. Unfortunately, or fortunately (depending on which editor yells loudest) President Obama considers Wall Street, the banks, the Republicans in congress, and those with tea party policies as necessary players in the solution when they are, in fact, part of the problem.
Both the Senior Citizens' Right to Work Act and the Family Medical Leave Act were passed this way.



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