It is within the confusion, struggle and chaos of these voices (every daya€¦ or even moment by moment), clamoring around us, pressing us, demeaning us, cajoling us and condemning us, that we barely hear another Voice quietly speaking in the depths of our spirit. All of us have felt this tension and sadness of struggles in ourselves and with the world around us. Our life is not one which just includes a routine of living our life, going to work, having hobbies, getting some things, finding some friends, getting married, having kids, retiring and dying.
Only Three Possibilities of lifea€¦any it may be in our understanding of where we came from that gives us meaning in life, or takes that meaning away (as noted by Francis Schaefer).
Nothing made us a€“ we are fools made by enormous mistakes with no purpose whatsoever except selfishness, death and annihilation.
A Personal Creator made us, knows all about us, loves us, redeems us from sin, and has an eternal plan for us!
Choose what is most comforting to your mind given the fact that we are inexplicably alive, thinking, reasoning people who eat organic food to live longer, make fantastic computers, build Hubble telescopes, and send astronauts into space (but have no ability ourselves to create life or life-sustaining planetsa€¦in our home galaxy - the Milky Way). God, the Creator of heaven and earth, looks at His Children with loving Parenta€™s Eyes, according to the most revered, most published, and most affirmed Book in the history of the world a€“ the Bible.
Those who, in faith, accept the reality of Goda€™s Voice and apply its blessing to their lives, by the Power of the Holy Spirit, will find a peace that passes understanding. Those who continue to listen to and believe the chaotic, confusing and demeaning voices of the world, flesh and devil surrounding them, will find themselves caught up and ever drawn toward the destructive vortex of the sinister tornado of spiritual deception and death that entangles and destroys the souls on the wide road of life, leading to destruction. Today we are looking at three ways that God sees us as His Childrena€¦it may give us a different way of seeing ourselves even though there can be overwhelming pressure in the loud din of the world, flesh and devil surrounding us! When we look at the Bible and see pictures of who we are as Believers in Jesus Christ, in Goda€™s Eyes, it might be hard to perceive this spiritual dimension clearly. 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
I recently found this article in the news about the problems of certifying onea€™s Jewish heritage in Israel.
The ultra-orthodox coalition is lobbying for the bill to only authorize the top ultra-orthodox rabbis to authenticate who is Jewish and who is not.
How would you like it if only the pastors of a church or executive leaders of a denomination decided if you were a true Christian or not? Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul had to deal with in a legalistic Jewish system when they were on the earth. The Scriptures declare that becoming a Christian is by grace through faith alone a€¦not of doing certain things, or not doing certain things a€“ a€?worksa€? we call it a€“ lest we proudly boast about what we have done to prove the certainty of our salvation! The book of James clearly asserts that good works reveal, or affirm Goda€™s grace and saving faith, but are not the cause of salvation! God looks on those who believe in Jesus Christ as Aliens in this World, but Fellow Citizens with Goda€™s Saints from the foundation of the world. God gives those who believe on and receive Christ for the remission of sins, the right to become Children of God a€“ God looks on us as His Children. 10 He (Jesus) was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.
God looks on us as those for whom He has prepared a place and who will receive His inheritance.
15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, a€?Abba!
29 And if you are Christa€™s, then you are Abrahama€™s offspring, heirs according to promise.
5 he (God) saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 15 Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. 19 And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someonea€™s own interpretation.
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. We will be approved by God and unashamed as His servants, if we honorably know and respond to His Word. 14 Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Being Student of the Word of Life, the Bible, means that what we follow is not always the latest fad. If we are going to know what the Bible says about our daily life, we must find out what the Bible teaches about God and how we should live.
Since God looks on us as His Children, Fellow Citizens with His Saints throughout the history of the world, and since He has promised to give His Children their Eternal Inheritance, we should be Students of His Word, honorable to Him, following the truth of His Word, seeking the leading of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives, and reaching out to bring others who do not know Him, into the eternal blessing of His Kingdom!
BECKs Rare DVDs - IOLANTHE    8 Productions  "Iolanthe", or "The Peer and the Peri", opened at the Savoy Theatre on November 25, 1882. Gilbert had taken pot shots at the aristocracy before, but in this "fairy opera," the House of Lords is lampooned as a bastion of the ineffective, privileged and dim-witted. China's Ding Junhui faces Mark Selby in the World Championship final when he bids to become the first Asian player to win snooker's most prestigious title. The 29-year-old Ding reached his first World Championship final in record style, with a break of 123 completing a decisive 17-11 victory over experienced Scottish cueman Alan McManus at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre in northern England on Saturday. Later in the day, 2014 world champion Selby, the world No 1, prevented an all-Chinese final when he defeated Hong Kong's Marco Fu 17-15. Ding's seventh century break of the semifinal saw him surpass the previous record of most centuries in a Crucible match (six) held jointly by Selby and Ronnie O'Sullivan.
In the modern history of the World Championship, the only two winners from beyond Britain and Ireland are Canada's Cliff Thorburn (1980) and Australia's Neil Robertson (2010).
A sign of snooker's increasing popularity in China is that, according to a tweet posted by World Snooker, 27.1 percent of the national television audience in the world's most populous country tuned in to watch his semifinal on CCTV5, an official state broadcaster. These were, in the words of the tweet, "incredible figures!" and an indication of snooker's increasing appeal in Asia. The defeated McManus had no doubts that Ding could go all the way, saying: "I think there's only one person stopping him and it's himself. Ding has been tipped to become a world champion ever since he won the UK Championship, snooker's second-most important title as an 18-year-old. The 2013-14 season saw Ding match snooker great Stephen Hendry's record of five ranking titles in a season and he rose to world No 1 in December 2014. However, a severe loss of form saw Ding drop out of the world's top 16 and meant he had to come through qualifying in order to gain a place in the main draw for this year's World Championship. Ding Junhui of China celebrates after beating Scotland's Alan McManus in the semifinal of the Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. He won an NBA championship his first season, went 39-4 as interim coach in place of Steve Kerr to start this season and was part of a team that set the single-season record for wins in the regular season.
But when the Los Angeles Lakers came calling, Walton could not turn down the team he began his career with and which he helped win two NBA titles.
The Lakers announced Friday night that they had agreed to a contract to hire Walton just five days after firing Byron Scott.
Kerr credited Walton for helping to create the culture that allowed Golden State to win 140 games the past two regular seasons, including a record 73 this season. Walton will remain with the Warriors until their playoff run ends, while using some down time to prepare for his new job. LaMarcus Aldridge had 38 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the Oklahoma City Thunder 124-92 on Saturday night, never trailing in Game 1 of the second-round series. As the best pros on the planet battle for the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup, a crop of young Chinese players have their eyes firmly fixed on a more distant prize: the 2022 Winter Olympics. NHL draft pick Song Andong and national under-18 teammate Zhong Wei are part of a new wave of Chinese hockey players being groomed for Beijing in six years time. Last June, the teenaged Song was selected in the sixth round of the 2015 entry draft by the New York Islanders, making him the first Chinese player to be drafted in the history of the NHL.
Song, who goes by the nickname Misha, is just one of a talented group of Chinese teenagers who are scattered among high school and junior leagues across North America that the country's hockey leaders hopes will provide the base for a future national team. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Song just finished playing as a post graduate student at Phillips Andover Academy in the Massachusetts high school league.
Song captained China at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation's Division II B under-18 world championships and could play for China's under-20 team at this year's Division II B world championships. Like Song, who moved to Canada from China when he was nine, Zhong started playing hockey at a young age in Beijing before moving to North America.
Zhong said he started playing hockey because he liked the speed and physical side of the game.
Song, who wasn't ranked among the top 210 North American skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting department, was a surprise pick by the Islanders who are owned by Shanghai-born Charles Wang.
Song's selection by the Islanders raised a few eyebrows as he was chosen ahead of a US national team player and some major junior players but he is hoping to show the Islanders that one day he will fit into their organization. Paul Tortorella, varsity hockey coach for Song's Phillips Academy team, said his biggest asset is his skating. Inspired by NHL draft pick Song Andong and national under-18 star Zhong Wei, a new generation of Chinese hockey players is aiming to represent the nation at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The long-striding Jamaican suggested he might not stop there, leaving open the chance he could extend his career beyond the 2017 season he has said would be his last.
Bolt has already swept the 100 and 200m sprints at the last two Olympics and added gold in the 4x100 relays in both Beijing (2008) and London (2012) with his Jamaican team mates.
Bolt said he would ramp up his preparations carefully so he can end his Olympic career with a flourish.
Bolt said he would run his first race in Cayman, then in Ostrava and then to his coach's June meet in Jamaica before the trials and then on to the Diamond League meeting in London. As for the legacy he hoped to leave the sport he has dominated for eight years, Bolt spoke about another Hublot spokesman, 75-year-old soccer great Pele. It's almost 160 years since the first Australian Rules football club was formed, but women will take a significant step forward in the male-dominated sport when a female national league starts next year. Women have long been involved in Aussie Rules - a dynamic game similar to Ireland's Gaelic football - with half of the sport's fan base made up of females. Yet the deeply traditional AFL, where two singlet-clad teams of 18 handle and kick a rugby-shaped ball on large, oval fields, has usually focused on men's teams. Last year, the surprisingly high viewership for a televised women's exhibition game caught the attention of administrators, who decided to launch a national women's competition in 2017. It's not the only step into new territory for Aussie Rules, which is also eyeing the Chinese market with Port Adelaide set to play a league game in the Asian country next year.
Women's AFL participation rates soared by 46 percent in 2015, while sports-mad Australia has also witnessed a surge in the profile of elite female athletes. Jockey Michelle Payne became the first woman to win Australia's 154-year-old Melbourne Cup, the Diamonds secured their third-straight Netball World Cup, while the Matildas became the first Australian football team to win a knockout game at a World Cup. Australia's women's cricket side was handed a big pay hike, becoming the country's top earners in any female team sport, after making the World Twenty20 final. Australia also has a rich heritage of world-beating women in individual sports like tennis, swimming, cycling and athletics. The Victoria Women's Football League became the first Aussie Rules competition for females when it was formed in 1981.
Interest in the game stretches back at least to 1876, said Hess, citing a girl's comments in a school magazine: "Why can't we have a football team just like the boys do?
Today's female players, whose ranks are numbered at about 400,000, now dream of one day turning professional.
The Atlanta Hawks had the best regular season in franchise history spoiled by a dismal showing against Cleveland in last year's Eastern Conference final.
Paul Millsap had 17 points and eight rebounds as the Hawks advanced to the second round with a 104-92 Game 6 victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.
Al Horford and Kent Bazemore each added 15 points for the Hawks, who earned their first playoff series win over Boston since the 1958 Finals. Coming off a 27-point win in Game 5, the Hawks took advantage of poor shooting by the Celtics on Thursday, building on leads that stretched to as much as 28 points. The Hawks blew the game open with a 39-point third quarter in which they shot 74 percent from the field.
Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 25 points and 10 assists, but most of that came in the second half during the comeback effort after being bottled up early.
Jae Crowder added 15 points for Boston, but it wasn't enough to turn around the second straight game underlined by their inconsistencies. Crowder fouled out with three minutes to play, but most of the damage was done much earlier. Atlanta Hawks’ Mike Muscala fouls Terry Rozier of the Boston Celtics during Game 6 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal in Boston on Thursday.
Going for a layup, his leg buckled backward, parallel to the court, when he fell in a freak accident. Now, healthy and reliable, Livingston is making a new name for himself on the NBA's postseason stage. Livingston scored 16 points in each of his three starts during Golden State's 4-1 first-round series win over the Houston Rockets.
Livingston has played the most games of his career over the past two seasons, 78 each, and emerged as a trustworthy backup to Curry when he comes off the bench with high energy and aggression. Livingston overcame long medical odds just to get back on the court, and for that he is grateful every time he laces up his shoes for practice or games.
Livingston tore three major ligaments in his knee - the anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate and medial collateral - as well as his lateral meniscus, then required extensive surgery performed by renowned orthopedist Dr.
Though the injury could have potentially ended his career at age 21, he still believed he would play again - but first he had to walk again.
After all that, the Warriors love watching him contribute in such a meaningful way as they chase a second straight championship.
Livingston's remarkable comeback inspired coach Steve Kerr this season when he was coping with his own trying ordeal, a long leave of absence following complications from two back surgeries. Drafted fourth overall by the Clippers in 2004, Livingstone was hit with plenty of injury hard luck well before the frightening knee blowout and had yet to even play a full NBA season because of injuries. He has vowed to be aggressive and make things happen at every chance to keep Golden State's record-setting season going. The Warriors had an NBA-best 24-0 start on the way to a 73-9 record that topped the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' previous-best finish of 72-10. The Golden State Warriors have given the Los Angeles Lakers permission to approach assistant coach Luke Walton for their vacant top job. Warriors coach Steve Kerr confirmed on Thursday the reigning NBA champions told Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak he could meet Walton following Golden State's series win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
Walton is a firm favorite with the Lakers having played on two NBA championship teams during nine seasons as a Laker. The 36-year-old filled in for Kerr earlier this season and led the Warriors to a 39-4 record as the Golden State coach recovered from back surgery.
Although the wins were credited to Kerr under NBA rules, Walton is seen as an up-and-coming coaching talent. He is already reported to have turned down an approach from the New York Knicks to be their head coach. Since March 2015, the NBA's Last Two Minute Report has provided a public report card of sorts on everything that happens in the final two minutes of games that were within five points or less. The NBA said it releases the reports in an effort to be transparent and because it would get inquiries from teams and media about certain calls in close games anyway.
But outcomes never change whether calls are right or wrong, so it begs the question - why release the reports at all? The league reviewed 26 events down the stretch of the Miami-Charlotte game on Wednesday, in which the Hornets prevailed 90-88 for a 3-2 series lead. The NBA did say Lee made "minor contact" with Wade's arm on the Heat guard's shot attempt, but not enough to merit a foul.
A review of the reports by Associated Press showed the league has probed 174 events in the final two regulation minutes over 11 close games so far in these playoffs. Of those, 150 plays (86 percent) were found to have been handled correctly while 24 plays (14 percent) were arguable. Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat drives against Charlotte Hornets' Courtney Lee during the first half of their quarterfinal game in Miami on Wednesday. He has never seen a Premier League match live or even set foot outside his native country, but 16-year old Zhang Tianbo as become China's most famous fan of Leicester City.
For the last two years Zhang has run the most active Chinese social media account devoted to the Foxes, racking up more than 3,000 posts on Sina Weibo.
The teenager happened upon Leicester City by chance in 2013 while picking a Premier League team to run while playing the simulation game FIFA Manager. When Zhang, a fan of Manchester United goalkeeping great Peter Schmeichel, discovered that Schmeichel's son, Kasper, played for the team, "it was love at first sight".
Domestic media outlets carried few reports on his favorite team, which left him devoid of information. The teenager started to translate foreign soccer websites and share the information he was gathering online. The world's second-largest economy is a crucial market for many of soccer's biggest teams, who regularly play offseason friendlies in China. But until now Leicester has had a decidedly muted presence in China, and set up its own verified Weibo account just two weeks ago. Many of Leicester's more longstanding Chinese fans developed their loyalty as students in the Midlands city.
Wang Song Aohan, now a 25-year-old communications officer in Beijing, lived just 10 minutes from King Power Stadium and took every opportunity to watch the team play.
He has met players and coaches and collected signed jerseys, and while he has supported other teams his relationship with the Foxes is unlike any other. But this season's expected triumph and the hordes of new fans jumping on the bandwagon are a bittersweet phenomenon for Wang Beilin. The 25-year-old, who wants to work in sports management, said she misses the private joy of rooting for the unknown underdog in the world's most populous country. Oshie was pretty sure he scored in overtime to complete a hat-trick and one of the biggest games of his NHL career on Thursday night.
Oshie's third goal of the game stood up after video review and the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in an overtime thriller that was a classic start to the highly anticipated second-round playoff showdown between superstars Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. Oshie's wraparound just barely crossed the goal line against the right pad of Pittsburgh's Matt Murray 9:33 into overtime. The call on the ice was a goal, and the NHL's situation room said video replay confirmed the puck was completely over the line.
Murray, who made 31 saves but was beaten three times by Oshie and once by Andre Burakovsky, wasn't convinced.
To the Penguins, it was an inconclusive end to a fast game played at their usual blistering pace.
Ben Lovejoy, Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bonino scored for Pittsburgh, which will try to even the best-of-seven series on Saturday night in Game 2.
The spotlight was on opposing captains Ovechkin and Crosby, in their first playoff meeting since 2009. Ovechkin assisted on Oshie's second goal and was denied by Murray on two breakaways, while Crosby was on the ice for three goals against and won 68 percent of his faceoffs. The Capitals won a playoff game in which Holtby allowed more than two goals for the first time since Game 5 against the Boston Bruins in 2012. That started a run of three goals in 90 seconds, which ended with Oshie's breakaway marker off a turnover by Olli Maatta. After Oshie's third-period goal, Bonino scored with 10:18 left to help send the game to overtime.
A game of few chances was decided by a brilliant goal in the dying seconds as Denis Suarez unselfishly squared for substitute Lopez to tap home from close range.
Roberto Firmino fired Liverpool's best chance against the post in the second half as Jurgen Klopp's men now need another European comeback at Anfield to reach the final in Basel on May 18.
Sevilla is well-positioned to reach a third consecutive Europa League final as it drew 2-2 away at Shakhtar Donetsk in the other semifinal.
Klopp was left frustrated at the manner at which Liverpool conceded late on having been seconds away from a creditable draw that would have given it the upper hand heading into the return leg. However, Villarreal boss Marcelino claimed his side was more than deserving of the victory. The 96 Liverpool fans who died at the Hillsborough tragedy 27 years ago were remembered before kickoff days after the biggest inquest in English legal history ruled they were unlawfully killed.
Once the action got underway, Liverpool had the first chance when Joe Allen's low shot from Adam Lallana's deflected cross was placed too close to Sergio Asenjo.
Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado had the best chance of the half in the 10th minute but shot wide. Thomas Pina forced Simon Mignolet into a smart save low to his left before a curling effort from Soldado hit the side netting.
Liverpool suffered a blow at halftime when an injured Coutinho was forced off and replaced by Jordan Ibe.
Villarreal was inches away from opening the scoring a minute after the break when Cedric Bakambu's header caromed off the post.
However, Liverpool also hit the woodwork at the other end with its best chance of the game 25 minutes from time when Firmino's low shot was brilliantly turned aside by Asenjo.
The game suddenly opened up in the final 10 minutes as Mignolet produced a stunning save to prevent Bakambu adding to his nine Europa League goals this season. From the resulting corner Liverpool pounced on an error from Suarez, and Alberto Moreno bore down on goal before firing wildly off target.
Suarez atoned in fine fashion deep into stoppage time as he trapped Bruno's pass to burst through the Liverpool defence before picking out the unmarked Lopez for an easy finish. In the other semifinal, Vitolo got Sevilla off to a perfect start when he fired between Andrey Pyatov's legs early on. The Ukrainians turned the game around before halftime on goals by Marlos and Taras Stepanenko. However, Kevin Gameiro's penalty eight minutes from time gives Sevilla a huge advantage ahead of the return at the Sanchez Pizjuan in a week's time. Villarreal’s Adrian is congratulated by teammate Victor Luiz after scoring the winning goal against Liverpool in their UEFA Europa League semifinal firstleg match on Thursday at El Madrigal Stadium in Villarreal, Spain.
World No 1 Serena Williams heads to the WTA Madrid Open this week still searching for her first tournament win of the season. The 21-time Grand Slam champion has limited her schedule to just three tournaments so far this season, missing out in the final of both the Australian Open and Indian Wells before crashing out in the fourth round of the Miami Open last month. Williams has instead been boosting her profile off the court as she starred alongside Beyonce in the pop superstar's visual album this week. Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich can become the first club to win a fourth consecutive Bundesliga title by beating Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday, amidst the distraction of its Champions League semifinal.


Bayern holds a seven-point lead and with three games left, a win over Gladbach at Munich's Allianz Arena will confirm a fourth straight German league title, a feat no other team has achieved before. Former international star George Weah on Thursday said he would be a candidate in next year's presidential elections in Liberia - his second bid for the post.
Weah, 49, was a candidate in the 2005 presidential elections, when he was defeated by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli will not play again this season after being handed a three-game ban by the Football Association for violent conduct.
The 20-year-old, elected England's Young Player of the Year last weekend, was punished after punching Claudio Yacob in the stomach during Spurs' 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Monday. He will miss Spurs' final three Premier League games against Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle United.
The fourth China-Japan-South Korea Professional Pair Go Championship, which has drawn 16 participants from the three countries as well as amateur players from 16 Chinese cities, ended on Thursday in Hefei, Anhui province.
The two-day game, attracting the largest number ever of professional players, saw Chinese players Tang Weixing (9 dan) and Yu Zhiying (5 dan) winning the championship, the fourth time China has taken the title. Wang Runan, president of Chinese Go Chess Association, said he hopes the game can help enhance friendship between the three nations.
Klay Thompson knew Golden State had to come together, that every player needed to raise his game with Stephen Curry sidelined.
He sure got things started, scoring 27 points with seven 3-pointers as the Warriors rolled into the second round of the playoffs without their injured superstar, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 on Wednesday night in Game 5. Draymond Green added 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors, who will face the winner of the Clippers-Trail Blazers series.
Thompson became the first player in NBA history to make at least seven 3s in consecutive playoff games, while Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for his third double-digit performance in three games while starting in Curry's place this series. Curry, in a brown sport coat on the bench while nursing his sprained right knee, emphatically bobbed his head, clapped and bowed to Thompson during starter introductions. Curry even queried the officials during a timeout and gestured with hand signals to celebrate the Warriors' big plays. James Harden scored 25 of Houston's 37 first-half points on the way to 35 points, but the Rockets had no chance with a one-man show against the deep defending champions.
Thompson hit a way-back, Curry-like 3 from 31 feet at the top of the arc with 5:37 left in the third.
Curry could only grin, cheer and enjoy every second of seeing his team do so well without him. The NBA's leading scorer is sidelined for at least two weeks with a sprained MCL that happened when he slipped awkwardly on the final play of the first half of Sunday's Game 4. A day after Kerr was voted NBA Coach of the Year, his team took the first step toward a repeat title by following up its record 73-win season by so confidently handling Houston.
Dwight Howard capped his awful series with eight points on 3-for-13 shooting and 21 rebounds, remaining on the floor long after the rest of the starters were finished.
The Los Angeles Lakers received permission from the Warriors to interview top assistant Luke Walton for their coaching vacancy. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said before Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinal against Houston that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak contacted Warriors GM Bob Myers, who said Walton could interview once the first-round series is done.
The 36-year-old Walton, who won two championships during his nine seasons playing for the Lakers, guided defending champion Golden State to a record 24-0 start this season while filling in for Kerr when the coach was on a leave of absence following complications from two back surgeries. Overall, Walton was 39-4 while Kerr was out, and he finished eighth in Coach of the Year voting. Walton has not wanted to become a distraction during Golden State's quest for a second straight title when it comes to speaking about his coaching future. Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors flexes his muscles after draining a basket against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night in Oakland.
Lillard's 3-pointer was his only bucket in the period - but it was enough to get him going. He scored 16 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Blazers capitalized on the absence of injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 108-98 in Game 5 of their Western Conference quarterfinal. Maurice Harkless added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Mason Plumlee had 10 points and 15 boards for Portland.
Try as they might, the Clippers could not overcome the double-whammy of losing their two biggest stars. Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard shoots as Los Angeles Clippers center Cole Aldrich defends. The Preds hung on until the final horn, emerging triumphant from their first Game 7 and opening a new chapter in franchise history with a 2-1 victory on the road. Rinne made 36 saves while Colin Wilson and Paul Gaustad scored in the first period as the wild-card Predators advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Predators handled the pressure splendidly despite the franchise's total inexperience in a winner-take-all Game 7. For the fourth consecutive season, the Ducks blew a 3-2 series lead and lost a Game 7 at home. Frederik Andersen made 18 saves and Ryan Kesler scored a powerplay goal early in the third period for the Ducks, who outshot Nashville 28-10 over the last 40 minutes. Anaheim was a popular Stanley Cup pick after its incredible second-half surge, but the Ducks couldn't break their cycle of Game 7 collapses over the past four seasons. They've been outscored by a combined 16-8 in seventh games since 2013, including 9-1 in the first periods of those games after Nashville took its 2-0 lead.
Although just four players remain from the 2013 loss to Detroit, in Game 7, Anaheim hasn't even led in a seventh game since 2006 - also the year of the club's last victory in a winner-take-all playoff game.
The New York Islanders know they've yet to see the best of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vezina Trophy finalist Ben Bishop. Shane Prince scored twice during a three-goal first period and John Tavares had a goal and an assist on Wednesday night to help the Islanders beat one of the NHL's top goalies 5-3 in Game 1 of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series. The defending Eastern Conference champions pulled Bishop midway through the second period after the Isles scored four goals on their first 13 shots - one of them on a knuckler that fluttered through the 6-foot-7 goaltender's legs. Taking up where he left off in helping the Islanders advance beyond the first round for the first time in 23 years, Tavares assisted on Travis Hamonic's goal that erased an early deficit and later scored his sixth postseason goal on a blistering shot from the left circle to give New York a 4-1 lead midway through the second. Tyson Fury peeled off his T-shirt, pointed to his jelly belly, then turned to Wladimir Klitschko and blurted out: "Shame on you! It was just one of the many lively moments during Wednesday's expletive-filled media conference at Manchester Arena, featuring two fighters vying to become world heavyweight champion on July 9. The Ukrainian still can't believe his nine-year championship reign ended at the hands of Fury in a unanimous decision in Germany in November. But Fury, who comes from a bloodline of Gypsy boxers, is a talented fighter who has won all 25 of his professional bouts, 18 by knockout. Klitschko attended the Champions League match between Manchester City and Real Madrid on Tuesday, and said 80 percent of the people that came up to him wanted him to beat Fury.
Tyson Fury strips off his T-shirt during Wednesday's media conference in Manchester to promote his July 9 world heavyweight title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko. A growing list of golfers have ruled themselves out of consideration for Rio de Janeiro in August, where golf is returning to the Games after a 112-year absence. South Africans Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Day's Australian compatriot Adam Scott are among those who have withdrawn in recent weeks. But 28-year-old US PGA champion Day said he can't wait to head to Brazil to have a crack at Olympic glory.
Scott faced stinging criticism in Australia for ruling himself out of the Olympics, with swimming legend Dawn Fraser among those taking aim at the golfer. Day said he has sympathy for players who have elected to skip the Olympics, acknowledging that majors were viewed as more important than medals. While Rio remains a distant goal, in the short term Day is concentrating on the challenges ahead at TPC Louisiana this weekend, where the winner will take home $1.26 million and 500 FedEx Cup points. South African journeyman Hennie Otto blasted a stunning nine-under-par 63 to lead the Volvo China Open after the first round on Thursday.
Starting in the very first group on the 10th tee at the Topwin Golf and Country Club in Beijing, the world No 392 was only three under halfway through his round.
But he shot two birdies in his first three holes on the front nine and an eagle at the eighth saw him back in just 30 strokes.
Otto will be 40 in June and turned professional in 1998 but had to wait a decade for the first of only three European tour wins, the 2008 Italian Open.
Otto was two strokes ahead of Austria's Bernd Wiesberger, who won the French Open last year, with four players tied one shot further back: Finland's Roope Kakko, Paraguayan Fabrizio Zanotti, Peter Hanson of Sweden and Frenchman Gregory Bourdy. Sweden's Rikard Karlberg had a hole-in-one with a seven iron at the 201-yard 16th, winning a Volvo XC90 car for his effort. The Olympic flame was handed to organizers of the Rio de Janeiro Games in Athens on Wednesday, 100 days before the opening ceremony in Brazil. Dressed as a high priestess, actress Katerina Lehou led the brief ceremony at Panathenian Stadium, a horseshoe-shaped marble venue where the first modern Olympics was held in 1896. Lehou, who lit the flame in Ancient Olympia last week, used a torch to light a cauldron inside the stadium. The flame, placed in a lantern, was handed over to Greek Olympic Committee president Spyros Kapralos, who, in turn, passed it to Rio Games organizing head Carlos Nuzman. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who is fighting impeachment over allegations of erroneous budget figures, declined an invitation to the lighting ceremony and start of the torch's six-day journey around Greece. In a highlight of the Greek torch relay, the flame made a symbolic stop Tuesday at a United Nations-run refugee camp in Athens. After Wednesday's ceremony, the flame will travel to Switzerland, where it will visit the United Nations building in Geneva and the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Organizers say it will reach most of the vast country's 200 million population, covering 12,000 miles by road and 10,000 miles by air to reach hundreds of cities and towns in a giant effort involving 12,000 torchbearers.
Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal is getting a second chance to be Spain's Olympic flag-bearer.
Four years ago, Nadal was selected to carry the Spanish flag at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, but had to pull out of the Games with an injury. On Wednesday, Nadal was unanimously chosen as Spain's flag-bearer for the upcoming Games in Rio de Janeiro. Serbia has fired coach Radovan Curcic, five months after the country's national soccer team failed to qualify for the European Championship.
A statement by the country's soccer federation on Wednesday did not name a successor, but Belgrade media have linked Slavoljub Muslin to the position. The head of the British police force accused of covering up failings that led to the death of 96 fans at the Hillsborough soccer stadium in 1989 was suspended on Wednesday as lawmakers called for prosecutions.
The suspension of chief constable David Crompton of South Yorkshire Police came a day after an inquest jury concluded that Liverpool fans who died in an overcrowded, fenced-in enclosure at the ground in Sheffield had been unlawfully killed, with police accepting catastrophic mistakes had been made. The Tigre club in Argentina's first division plans to offer die-hard supporters a chance to implant a microchip in their skin. Tigre official Ezequiel Rosino said Wednesday that there's nothing invasive about the chip because it doesn't have a tracking device and it carries only basic information about the fan. The governing body of swimming said on Wednesday no action will be taken against France's water polo team for allegedly losing an Olympic qualifier on purpose to get a preferred opponent in the next round. France lost to Canada 13-5 in a group match at the men's qualifying tournament in Italy earlier this month.
Both teams advanced to the quarterfinals, where the four winners would qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Games. Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola conceded his side paid a heavy price for a slow start as Saul Niguez's sensational 11th minute solo effort handed Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win in their Champions League semifinal first leg on Wednesday.
The German champion dominated possession but struggled to create chances as Atletico held on for its 33rd shutout of the season to take a huge step towards its second final in three years. Bayern also lost the first leg of its semifinal in Spain to Real Madrid and Barcelona in the previous two years of Guardiola's tenure. Despite being on the verge of a third German title in as many years in Munich, Guardiola's men must turn the tide if he is to avoid the embarrassment of leaving for Manchester without having conquered Europe. Bayern captain Philipp Lahm also lamented Bayern's inability to score an away goal and was far from happy with the state of Atletico's pitch. By contrast, Atletico was jubilant after 21-year-old Niguez announced his arrival on the European stage with what he described as the "most beautiful and most important goal" of his career.
Niguez eased past four Bayern challenges before curling a left-footed shot into the net off the far post. Despite being under pressure for almost the entire second half, Atletico was inches away from doubling its advantage when Fernando Torres rattled a shot off the post 15 minutes from time.
Saul Niguez celebrates with Koke and Antoine Griezmann after scoring for Atletico Madrid during Wednesday's 1-0 Champions League semifinal first leg win over Bayern Munich. The 21-year-old snaked his way past Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara and then skipped away from Xabi Alonso and Juan Bernat before taking on David Alaba and producing a brilliant curled finish that sealed a 1-0 semifinal first leg win. Saul received his initial soccer education at Real Madrid, but said in a recent interview he was mistreated at Atletico's more illustrious city rivals. He switched to the Atletico academy as a 14-year-old and got his revenge against his former club last season by scoring a spectacular bicycle kick as Atletico thrashed Real 4-0, one of four goals he scored in 14 starts. Saul, who has made 36 starts this campaign, filling in as a defensive midfielder, centerback and on either wing, has impressed at both ends of the pitch. Meanwhile, Atletico manager Diego Simeone will have to watch his team's remaining La Liga matches from the stands after being handed a three-game ban for allowing a ball to be thrown onto the pitch during last Saturday's 1-0 win over Malaga.
The Spanish Football Federation's competition committee announced the ban on Wednesday and said Simeone would be fined $3,400 and Atletico $1,300. Simeone was sent off at the end of the first half after a ball was thrown on to the pitch from the home side's technical area just as Malaga launched a counter attack. Simeone said the ball was thrown by one of the ball boys, although replays show the coach appearing to encourage the boy to toss the ball onto the pitch.
The New York Islanders have been John Tavares' team from the moment he was the No 1 overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft. After enduring four losing seasons in his first five, the captain has led the Isles to consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and earlier this week gave the team's rabid fans the signature playoff victory they've been craving for 23 years. We know that Jacques RanciA?re speaks about the relation between politics and aesthetics in terms of a€?the distribution of the sensible.a€? Tonight I want to speak about the distribution of the insensible.
But I also want to register an implicit critical dimension of this argument, a critique of RanciA?re and of his presently immense influence, which I view as unwarranted. By way of a first approach to what I mean by a€?the distribution of the insensible,a€? leta€™s recall some basic passages from Volume One of Capital on the transformation of materials.
Labor is, first of all, a process between man and nature, a process by which man, through his own actions, mediates, regulates and controls the metabolism between himself and nature.
What distinguishes capitalism as a mode of production, however, is the peculiar manner in which the transformation of materials through the labor process is shadowed by the process of valorization.
We can thus view the process of production either from the perspective of the labor process or the valorization process. So, this brief summary of Marxist fundamentals is our first approach to the distribution of the insensible. In Intellectual and Manual Labor, Alfred Sohn-Rethel argues that the social abstraction of the value form and the exchange relation gives rise to our abstract forms of thought. The exchange abstraction excludes everything that makes up history, human and even natural history. In Sohn-Rethela€™s account, the exchange relation gives rise to a social genesis of the transcendental (the forms of intuition and the categories of the understanding). In the act of exchange, the natural and material physicality of the product is negated by the abstract value of the commodity, and this negation constitutes the a€?positive realitya€? of the social physicality of the exchange process. The history of modernity, which is to say the history of capitalism, is also the history of modern technology.
And thena€”in the discourse network of 2000, spawned by the cybernetic systems, information theories, and encryption technologies of World War II, digital technology draws media differentiation back together through the synthetic resources of digital code, a universal medium traversing audio, video, and textual recording. However (fourth approach)a€”we should recognize that just as Kittlera€™s media theory offers a necessary supplement to Sohn-Rethela€™s account of the social genesis of conceptual abstraction, it is also necessary to submit Kittlera€™s own work to a Marxist inversion. What Marx calls a€?formal subsumptiona€? is the initial subsumption of labor under the value form, through wage labor and exploitation (the extraction of surplus value from surplus labor time). This contradiction bears upon the history of technology, because it is by revolutionizing the means of production that capital attempts to overcome this contradiction.
The same process also generates a different problem: as automation increases, less labor power is required. Automation, which is at once the most advanced sector of modern industry and the epitome of its practice, confronts the world of the commodity with a contradiction that it must somehow resolve: the same technical infrastructure that is capable of abolishing labor must at the same time preserve labor as a commoditya€”and indeed, as the sole generator of commodities. We could rephrase this by saying that Fordism both requires and paves the way for post-Fordism. At the same time, however, we know that a commodity like an Apple computer is, in fact, produced by processes quite clearly identifiable as a€?labor.a€? Despite the fact that every effort is made to keep this fact out of sight and out of mind, we know it because we read about it on Apple computers.
Composed of aluminum, nickel, steel, glass, vinyl, and fluorescent, the production of Vanitas involves a virtuosic performance of mimetic exactitude. In a dark room, the viewer looks at the object, sees into it, and sees nothing of herself (like a vampire in front of a mirror, Baier says) while the object reflects its own interior infinitely in all directions. The first thing we might note about this piece is its complex engagement with relational aesthetics.
Second, we can say that if Vanitas is a captivating work of art, much of what makes it so is money. Baiera€™s piece instantiates the problem of the relation between materials and money, captured in the art object. Behind Vanitas, a glass reproduction of Baiera€™s eyeball at the center of a projected disc of light, gazing without seeing across the room at a mirrored box which does not reflect its image. Beside Vanitas, a fond de scA?nea€”a reflector used in the background of photo shootsa€”which Baier placed in a template with a circular hole and left in a window for nine months.
Around the corner, a piece called Projet A‰toile (Noir), consisting of a graphite painting titled Monochrome (Black) and a sculptural replica of a meteorite recovered from Death Valley. These are photographic pieces and sculptural objects which Baier would have worked on at the computer in the center of Vanitas. At the crux of materials and moneya€”through the complex history that crux containsa€”the subject of Baiera€™s installation is the relation between memory, recording, mimesis. Baiera€™s problem is not only the remembrance of things past, but, more specifically, the reminiscence of that which has never been sensed, the distribution of the insensible, recalled.
By way of a first approach to what I mean by a€?the distribution of the insensible,a€?A  leta€™s recall some basic passages from Volume One of Capital on the transformation of materials.
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Father!a€? 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirsa€”heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. It all came together very fast as Walton interviewed in Oakland with Lakers owner Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak on Thursday before getting the offer the following day. He started the call by telling Kerr he had good news - he got the offer to coach the Lakers - and bad news - he was going to take it. Walton took over when Kerr was sidelined by complications from offseason back surgery to start this season and led Golden State to a record 24 straight wins to open the season. Thunder's Kevin Durant had 16 points, and Russell Westbrook added 14, but they were harassed into 11-for-34 shooting. The biggest adjustment was coping with the culture shock that included learning a new language and strange foods. I have two months before (Jamaican) trials and three and a half months before the championships," he said. But he says to give it a chance, because I think my coach is pushing for me to go a few more years. They made a final charge to get as close as 10 points, but Atlanta was able to close it out.
Coach Brad Stevens rolled the dice and reinserted him, only for Crowder to be called for his fifth foul with 8:13 to play. He has filled in admirably for Stephen Curry as Golden State moves on to the second round of the playoffs without the injured reigning league MVP. Not just this series, all year," Green said after Golden State eliminated Houston on Wednesday night, 114-81.
He had probably the worst knee injury that I've ever seen, that anybody's ever seen in NBA history, almost had his leg amputated," Kerr said this week after being named Coach of the Year. Now that the Foxes are poised to take the championship, that number has more than doubled to over 7,000.
Beyond Murray stoning Ovechkin and Braden Holtby turning aside 42 of 45 shots, there were goals off the rush, a knee-on-knee hit by Washington's Tom Wilson on Conor Sheary and even Jay Beagle getting a stick stuck between his helmet and visor. The Vezina Trophy finalist was repeatedly tested, but made a big stop on Phil Kessel in the final minutes of regulation. That's where Oshie was the hero, much like he was for Team USA in the shootout against Russia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Louis Blues to the Capitals last summer, won for the first time in the playoffs when scoring a goal.
Oshie stuffs the puck past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray for the winning goal in overtime of Thursday’s opening game of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. You lose your point guard, you lose the MVP, and to be able to throw Shaun Livingston out there, he's a fantastic player and a great teammate," coach Steve Kerr said. For months, he has been considered a strong candidate to be in the Lakers' plans if they made a change.
Green had 15 points as the Warriors cruised to a 114-81 victory to clinch the Western Conference quarterfinal series four games to one.
The Blazers made six 3-pointers in the fourth, with Lillard hitting five as they outscored the Clippers 37-27. Paul is out indefinitely after breaking his right hand on a freakish play in Game 4, when Griffin aggravated a left quadriceps injury that had kept him out three months during the season. Only six Predators had appeared in a seventh game with other teams, but they all ended up celebrating a breakthrough for Music City hockey at Honda Center. It started with him waltzing into the event backed by music and cheerleaders, and dancing in front of Klitschko. Not because he doesn't think Fury is a bad boxer, but because he doesn't respect him as a person. His reach and movement caused Klitschko problems in the first fight and the 6-foot-6 Ukrainian barely landed a punch. We are representing all the peoples of South America," he told a crowd of several thousand Athenians. The announcement was made at an event in Madrid marking the 100-day countdown to the Aug 5 opening ceremony at Rio's Maracana Stadium.


A former Red Star Belgrade player, the 62-year-old Muslin has had a long coaching career at home and abroad. It would give them stadium access by pressing their bodies against scanners to open turnstiles.
And I want to argue that it is the specificity of this problem which allows us to think the relation between the history of capital and the history of mimesis.
I could summarize this critique as follows: if RanciA?re were more inclined to focus his attention upon the distribution of the insensible, perhaps he might think more perspicuously not only about the relation between politics and aesthetics, but also the relation between political economy and aesthetics. Marx analyzes the process of production from two perspectives: the labor process and the valorization process. Moreover, we transform materials into tools, instruments of labor, with which we transform materials. The transformation of materials produces objects with use value, but it also produces commodities with exchange value. But insofar as it is specifically capitalist, what the process of production produces is value, and a particular kind of value: surplus value and its reintegration into the production process as capital. The entire empirical reality of facts, events and description by which one moment and locality of time and space is distinguished from another is wiped out.
And this social genesis is at once material and abstract, since the exchange value of a commodity is borne by its use value, and since exchange (like the labor process) is a physical act which also requires abstraction from all physicality. Hence the exchange process presents a physicality of its own, so to speak, endowed with the status of reality which is on a par with the material physicality of the commodities which it excludes. This is what Sohn-Rethel, following Marx, calls a€?the real abstractiona€? of the value form as a social process of exchange. In a materialist inversion of the Kantian transcendental, media technologies constitute the a priori conditions of possibility for the sensible, such that the distribution of the sensible already operates within these conditions.
From the industrial revolution to the production and networking of digital information technologies, the history of modern technology emerges from and responds to the demands and internal contradictions of capitalist accumulation.
This early period of subsumption is merely a€?formala€? because the production process itself (the labor process which is subsumed) remains primarily pre-capitalist.
New technologies of production, and new techniques of production (assembly lines, for example) make it possible to increase productivity, and thus increase the amount of surplus value that can be extracted in a certain period of time. If automation, or for that matter any mechanisms, even less radical ones, that can increase productivity, are to be prevented from reducing socially necessary labor-time to an unacceptably low level, new forms of employment have to be created. Essentially, Society of the Spectacle is a book about the consequences of real subsumption, about the contradictions that it bears within its history and about the new regime of accumulation necessary to defer and compensate for the crises those contradictions contain. A corporation like Foxxcon, the largest manufacturer of electronic components in the world, is something like a distillation of the entire history of the contradiction between capital and labor, the great movements of the industrial revolution, Taylorism, Fordism, the off-shoring of manufacturing labor, and the simultaneity of deindustrialization and post-Fordist cognitive capitalism with the persistence of the most traditional forms of miserable factory work. The main piece is the sculptural object we have been looking at, titled Vanitas, a reproduction of the artista€™s office. Every component of the artista€™s desk and of his tools is precisely rendered as either a three dimension drawing or a three dimensional scan.
It mimics one of the primary gestures of that movement or style, bringing the artista€™s studio and living space into the museum. Obviously it is expensive to reproduce onea€™s office in nickel-plated aluminum and to display it so dramatically. The content of his piece is nothing other than that relation, a reflection upon that relation. Baiera€™s piece should be considered as part of an installation, not merely a sculptural object, insofar as it does, in fact, come into relation with its surroundings, surroundings composed of digitally produced images and objects. In front of Vanitas, a meticulously composed compound photograph of the stone wall beside the earliest cave paintings, titled Canvas. Not a reflection of the sun but an indexical image of its absorption, marked by the circular discoloration of the black tissue. Having held this meteorite in the palm of my hand, three years ago, I can testify to the strangeness of encountering its inexistence, distributed between these two art of objects. Instantiated as digital code, they were a€?ina€? that computer, stored in its memory banks, transformed on its screen.
At and through the limits of modernity, of capital, of mimesis, of thought, of sensation, and within their outside, his work draws us into that distribution.
17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 2 Beloved, we are Goda€™s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. That's my main focus," Bolt told Reuters on Tuesday after helping sponsors Hublot open their biggest U.S. This was a huge stage for him to step up on, especially because Washington acquired him to win in the playoffs. They have lost only two home games total in the postseason dating to the start of last year's run. He says what he thinks and continues to offend people with his controversial views and language. Crucially, I want to show how the relation between those two histories is mediated by another: the history of technology. That is: focusing on the specific problem of the distribution of the insensible turns out to be the key to thinking about the relation between aesthetics and politics in a materialist way, in a manner properly responsive to the exigencies of Marxist historical materialism. He sets in motion the natural forces which belong to his own body, his arms, legs, head and hands, in order to appropriate the materials of nature in a form adapted to his own needs. For example, according to Sohn-Rethel, the purely formal character of the Kantian forms of intuitiona€”space and timea€”can be understood as genetically related to the abstract formalism of the value form and the exchange relation. Time and space assume thereby that character of absolute historical timelessness and universality which must mark the exchange abstraction as a whole and each of its features. Thus the negation of the natural and material physicality constitutes the positive reality of the abstract social physicality of the exchange processes from which the network of society is woven. This real abstraction constitutes a kind of a€?second nature,a€? and Sohn-Rethel argues that this second nature is a€?the arsenal from which intellectual labor through the eras of commodity exchange draws its conceptual resources.a€? We can situate this analysis more broadly at the level of the whole process of valorization, or the accumulation of capital through circulation. We need to supplement Sohn-Rethela€™s materialist critique of epistemology with a history of media technologies like that carried out by Friedrich Kittler. Thus, without further increasing the length of the working day, one can increase surplus value (this called a€?relative surplus valuea€?). But Marx makes clear that the part of capital invested in constant capital does not undergo any alteration in the process of production, it does not increase (this is why it is called constant). This means that less money is being paid out on the labor market for the consumption of commodities.
A happy solution presents itself in the growth of the tertiary or service sector in response to the immense strain on the supply lines of the army responsible for distributing and hyping the commodities of the moment. And behind the passage I just read, we can also read a commentary on the history of technology. The conditions of possible experience are themselves conditioned by the moving contradiction between capital and labor. Indeed, bearing the conditions of its production in mind, one might view a device like an Apple computer as a distillation of the entire history of modernitya€”of the manner in which modernity acts upon external nature and changes it, and in this way simultaneously changes its own nature, from the printing press to the steam engine to the silicon chip.
Each of these objects is then reproduced, at exact scale, by either machining in aluminum (in the case of objects that were drawn) or stereolithography (in the case of objects that were scanned). But in doing so it forecloses the primary content of that gesture, radically separating this space from that of the viewer, encasing it within a mise-en-abyme in which only images interact with one another. A tour de force of concept, design, and execution, the piece is also nothing if not resourceful. As he did with the objects reproduced in Vanitas, Baier made a three dimensional scan of the meteorite and then reproduced ita€”at a much larger scalea€”through stereolithography. Thata€™s what I thought Paul meant when he said, a€?a€¦they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.a€? I wondered,A Would an occasional, unintentional act of the flesh keep me or someone else out of Goda€™s Kingdom? Phyllis does not know that Strephon is half fairy (his upper half — his legs are mortal!) and when she sees Strephon kissing a seemingly young woman, she assumes the worst. Oshie raised his arms in celebration and looked at referee Dan O'Rourke, as fans littered the ice with hats. The relation between the history of capital and the history of mimesis is mediated by the history of technics. Through this movement he acts upon external nature and changes it, and in this way his simultaneously changes his own nature. It is independent because the exchange value of a commodity is entirely determined by the average socially necessary labor time required to produce it, not by the materials of which it is composed. We can view the process of production from two sides, but what it produces are commodities that are sold for money, which is reinvested in the production process and thereby becomes capital. He does not think the distribution of the insensible, the movement of valorization, and thus he misses entirely the dimension of political economy in his thinking of politics.
The social process of valorization is the very medium in which we think, and to which thinking is applied through intellectual labor (such as management). And indeed, Kittlera€™s media-theoretical analysis of discourse networks should also be understood as a materialist critique of Kantian idealism. It communicates with itself, through its own data channels, and consciousness is the epiphenomenon of communication. Thus, during the period of formal subsumption, the extraction of surplus value is primarily correlated to the length of the working day and the cost of labor power.
This is what automation and capitalist management techniquesa€”Taylorism and Fordisma€”are for. So labor has to be reabsorbed into the labor market to support consumption and prevent overproduction. The development of industrial automation both necessitates and creates the conditions of possibility for the invention of new media apparatuses, especially digital information technologies and networks. The history of the sensible, the transformations undergone in the media-technological conditions of sensation and experience, is also the history of the insensiblea€”the history of the process of valorization as it develops in relation to contradictions in the labor process. This process includes every electric or electronic plug and cord connecting Baiera€™s computer, his monitors, his speakers, and his scanner.
Although it draws the space within which the artist works and thinks into the space of the museum, the artist is pointedly absent.
It patently shows off the artista€™s mastery of that form of technA“ so crucial to contemporary art practice: the capacity to get funding.
At his desk, thinking, communicating, representing, the artist enters into the circuits of capital, the movement of valorizationa€”as do we all, one way or another.
He then melted the meteorite down and used the graphite of which it was composed to paint the surface of Monochrome (Black). 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. But her "rival" turns out to be none other than Strephon's own mother, Iolanthe, a fairy — fairies never grow old. But Phyllis' guardian, the Lord Chancellor, and half the peers in the House of Lords are sighing after her. And it is through this history, this mediation, that art takes up techniques which throw us back outside the history of capital, outside the history of mimesisa€”indeed, outside the history of the human, the history of thought, and the history of sensationa€”within and through the technical means to which the linked histories of capital, mimesis, and technics give rise. Labor time is that abstract, universal equivalent which will find its answer in the universal abstraction of the money form, and value is not a material thing but a social relation.
Production produces both surplus value and capital, and capital produces expanded cycles of accumulation.
One consequence of this failure is that he has no rigorous means of accounting for the relation of his history of art and artistic regimes to the history of capital, to structural changes of the contradiction between capital and labor. Insofar as intellectual labor is subsumed by capital, as is manual labor, the forms of thought themselves enter into a relation of dialectical genesis with the value form. For Kittler, it is not transcendental categories but media technologies which determine the conditions of any possible experience.
The capitalist wants to extend the working day as much as possible, and to reduce wages as much as possible. What Marx calls a€?real subsumptiona€? is this revolutionizing of the production process such that it becomes properly capitalist.
Thus, as relatively more capital is invested in constant capital and relatively less capital is invested in variable capital, relatively less capital is available for conversion into surplus value.
The process of real subsumption thus also requires the growth of the tertiary service sector, which produces both a new labor market and new fields of commodity production and consumption.
These not only enable the growth of the tertiary service sector and its forms of communicative labor and consumption, they also themselves produce new markets of goods and services.
Shortly after he coined the term a€?immaterial labor,a€? Maurizio Lazzarato renounced it, for the good reason that the term was impossible to reconcile with a materialist position.
It includes the crumpled pieces of paper in his trash can and a book lying open beside his keyboard. The piece is something like an anti-humanist negation of relational aesthetics: perfectly finished, enclosed, complete, pristine, it subtracts the participation of the viewer precisely through the viewera€™s gaze, which is drawn into and lost within the reflexive auto-mimesis of the object.
The distribution of the insensible: the movement of capital, the structural transformation of the contradiction between capital and labor, the circuitous courses of the process of valorizationa€”all this is how a digital information system ends up inside a mirrored box in the company of fluorescent lighting and minimalist furnishings, installed on the distressed concrete floors of an art gallery.
The matter of the object thus remains, and so does its form, but the object itself has disappeared into an uncanny splitting of their formerly integral relation. Canvas shows us the primordial matter of mimesis: the substrate of inaugural images carved in stone, with stone. Soon the peers and the fairies are virtually at war, and long friendships are nearly torn asunder.
As Marx tells us in Chapter 8 of Volume One, a€?the means of production on one hand, labor-power on the other, are merely the different forms of existence which the value of the original capital assumed when it lost its monetary form and was transformed into the various factors of the production process.a€? Both the means of production and labor power are different elements of capital in its own valorization process. In my opinion, this is a problem substantial enough to render his history of aesthetics more or less irrelevant. For Sohn-Rethel, the Kantian transcendental subject is the representative modern figure of this dialectic (though its status as such is occluded by the idealism of transcendental philosophy). The rate of surplus value extraction depends upon these factors (this is called a€?absolute surplus valuea€?). It is not only that labor is subsumed under the value form, but that the very constitution of labor itself changes. Capital needs to invest more in technology in order to increase productivity and sustain the valorization process. The new regime of accumulation that accompanies this structural transformation is what Guy Debord theorizes as the Spectacle. And more importantly, they are the technological ground for the massive growth of speculative markets we call a€?financialization,a€? which is predicated (in its contemporary form) upon the exchange of digital information. He should have referred instead to a€?insensible labor.a€? Information and cognition are not immaterial, but they are insensible. Each of these reproduced objects is then plated in mirrored nickel before being rearranged, in in a reproduction of their configuration, within a parallelepiped encased on all six sides in one-way mirrored glass and illuminated by overhead fluorescent light. His studio is something like the Platonic form of so-called a€?immaterial labora€?a€”designer furniture and designer devices, neatly arrayed with the precision of an architectural firm blessed with a particularly fastidious custodial staff. This movement, this transformation, this process is what we are looking at, though we cannot see it.
But we can also recognize, as Catherine Malabou argues in What Should We Do With Our Brain?, that there is a structural homology between post-Fordist management discourse emphasizing non-hierarchical networks, self-organization, flexibility, and innovation, and contemporary neurological theory, which views the brain as a decentralized network of neuronal assemblies and emphasizes neurological plasticity as the ground of cognitive flexibility and adaptation.
In the discourse network of 1800, the book is the site of an encounter between reading and writing, wherein the romantic imagination produces a projection of the soul into what Novalis calls a€?a real, visible world,a€? written into and read off of printed signifiers, emerging from the text as synaesthetic phantasmagoria in which all the senses are drawn together by the hallucinatory experience of Literature. Importantly, then, real subsumption requires and depends upon technological innovation: the capitalist process of production both needs and produces new machines because these increase productivity within a given period of time and thus compensate for limits on the length of the working day. But by doing so, it also decreases the amount of capital which can be converted into surplus value. The tech boom and its implosion are the logical and necessary outcome of real subsumption, pushing beyond its limits into the society of the Spectacle. And the forms of affective labor which precisely are sensed are premised upon the indistinction of labor and leisure, the impossibility of distinguishing them under conditions of post-Fordist accumulation. Star (Black) confronts us with an extra-terrestrial outside, encountered, vanished, recordeda€”at once absent and yet uncannily present as residue and reproduction. The concrete process of transforming materials through labor, aided by tools, is subsumed by the abstract process of valorization.
In the discourse network of 1900, gramophone, film, and typewriter effect an analytic separation of this sensory synthesis, constituting distinct technologies of recording and transmission for sound, the moving image, and the written word. Thus, due to forces of competition and technological innovation driving increased productivity, the rate of surplus value extraction tends to decline.
It is labor itself that becomes insensible under these conditions, dispersed into networks linking neurons and screens and indistinguishable from the most intimate gestures of our affective lives.
These are images of the deep time of human and cosmological history, outside the limits of modernity, of capital and its enabling technologies of representation. And some of the Christian that I knewA would "gladly" point out everything and everytime I did something wrong.A  I wanted to put my Holy Ghost on the shelf and beat them down but thank God for Rev.
Such would be a historical materialist account of conceptual abstraction following from Sohn-Rethela€™s critical of idealist epistemology.
What Kittler calls a€?media differentiationa€? carves up the Romantic imagination, sutured to the book, and parcels out its capacities among discrete technologies addressed to a segmented perceiver: an ear, an eye, a minda€”a modernist collage of the formerly integral subject. Thus, it is only possible to extend the working day so much, or to reduce wages to so little, because the reproduction of capital depends upon the reproduction of labor.
What the installation asks us to think, however, is the manner in which it is these technologies of representation which record this outside, which draw our attention to it and make it manifest.
The precise transformations of materials it enablesa€”its retentional exactitudea€”precisely negate all transformation. Simply put, the way we thinka€”the form of thinkinga€”is dialectically intertwined with the structure and the historical movement of capitalist accumulation. Like Malicka€™s The Tree of Life, Baiera€™s meteorite indexes a cosmological time and an inhuman history which never was sensed, which was prior to sensationa€”though, like Malicka€™s film, Baier makes this history manifest through the most sophisticated technological means of representation. The labor of the artist is the transformation of money, through materials, into its own image.
Baiera€™s Canvas, a meticulous photographic recording of the bare stone wall beside the first recorded images, situates this indexical effort within the whole history of representationa€”again, carrying us outside the modern technics of mimetic exactitude which make the digital rendering of this stone wall possible in the first place. Peyton.A  God used these Mighty men to teach me the Word of God and to instill the Word so deep in me that I can walk it today.
But this is also to transform them into an art object: neither tool nor raw material, neither instrument nor that to which it is applied. Rather, a worked form, presented, apparently useless and withdrawn from exchangea€”though of course it has its uses and cannot help but find its way back to market. B would drill you like a work horse.A  When I left his presence I felt like my head was going to explode.
B home as well - Great Man of God.A  He had jokes and more jokes and Wanda Brown (that's whatA  he called me) was trying to pull all the knowledge that he had in his heart and brain. Had he used the Greek wordA poieo, which means to do, it would have referred to an occasional act, but Paul carefully chose to use the wordA prasso, which conclusively communicates the idea of something that is done repeatedly or habitually. These are the actions of a person who has put these things into practice in his life, performing them as a matter of routine.
When something other than God takes first place in a persona€™sA mind, he has entered, at least to a measure, into the sin of idolatry. The Greek wordA pharmakeia is where we get the wordsA pharmaceutical drugs or the word pharmacy. However, for our purposes in todaya€™sA world, the word a€?witchcrafta€? describes the flesha€™s attempts to avoid being confrontedA and changed. Nevertheless, division occurs becauseA the flesh simply hates to surrender, to admit that ita€™s wrong, to let someone else beA right, or to compromise. Flesh would rather blow issues all out of proportion andA wreak havoc than to let someone else have his way! As a result of not getting what he desired, this first person is irritated, infuriated, irate, annoyed, provoked, and fuming thatA the other person did get it! Although the personA tries to restrain this anger by shoving it down deeper into his soul, it intermittentlyA flares up. When that happens, this person is like a volcano that suddenly blows itsA top, scorching everything within its reach as it hurls its load of deadly molten lavaA onto the entire surrounding landscape! WhenA eritheia is working in someonea€™s life, it means that a persona€™s principal concern is to take care of himself and to getA what he wants. He is so bent on getting what he wants that he is willing to doA anything, say anything, or sacrifice any standard, rule, or relationship to achieveA his goals. Because this self-consumed, self-focused attitude is engrossed with itsA own desires and ambitions, it is blinded to the desires and ambitions of otherA people. TheA adherents of a sect are usually limited in their scope and closed to outsiders, stayingA primarily to themselves. In New Testament times, these groups were consideredA to be unauthorized because they were not submitted to the authority of theA church leadership.
In todaya€™s contemporary language, we would call themA a€?cliquesa€? a€” a group of people who believe or conduct themselves as if they areA exclusive.
Because this person has a chip on hisA shoulder, he begrudges what the other person possesses and is covetous of that persona€™sA belongings, accomplishments, relationships, or titles in life. He deeply resents that persona€™sA blessing and tries to figure out a way to seize it away from the person he enviesA in order to make it his own. The consumption of wineA for the sake of intoxication was common in the first century due to many pagan religions that employed wine as a part of their religious practices. AA drunken state suppresses the minda€™s ability to think correctly and releases the fleshA to fully express itself. The believers in the first century were trying to walk free fromA the power of their flesh. TheA last thing they needed was to drink wine, inhibit their ability to think correctly, revive the flesh, and then do things that were sinful orA damaging! Many more examples of works of the flesh could be added to this list, but Paul uses these as examples of how the flesh behaves, ending the list once he has sufficiently made the point to his readers.
A Remember, when Paul wrote, a€?a€¦They which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God,a€? he used a Greek tense that categorically means he is talking about those who perform these things as a manner of lifestyle or who are habitually controlled by fleshly thoughts or deeds.
To such people, the works of the flesh are their ritual, their norm, their pattern of life. Get a revelation of what sin is a€” how grievous it is to the heart of God and how damagingA it is to your own soul.
I know that You have designedA a powerful life for me, and I want to enter into that life in all its fullness.
As a genuine child of God, IA live to please my Heavenly Father, and I am repulsed by sin when it tries to operate in my life.A My spirit is sensitive to God, and my heart is tender to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Has the Holy Spirit been trying to deal with you about certain works of the fleshA that are operating in your life?



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