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Tired of Protesting Young Quasi-Racists? – Nashville Scene

Go protest old unquestionable racists!

If you got out to the protest at the werewolf cult gym this past week, but wish you could do more, theres a protest planned for Saturday against old fart racists at their annual picnic at Montgomery Bell State Park.

A bunch of do-gooders will be headed out for a day of protests and speakers and lunch or lunch-time sit-ins. You can learn more at their Facebook page for the event.

The American Renaissance hate picnic (NOTE: probably not an actual delicious food picnic) used to be held in privately-owned conference centers, but for the past few years, theyve been holding their yearly meetings at the park, where and though its annoying, its a good thing they are free to spout their nonsense and the state cant boot them.

But whats good for the goose is good for the gander and the state also cant shut up the lawful protesting of said racist picnic.

If you do go, be careful. Werewolf cultists can, I presume, be stopped by wolfsbane or the silver tea cup you got from your grandmother. But theres no magical protection against regular old racists.

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Unite the Right rally attracting increasingly radical attention – The Daily Progress

As Charlottesville anxiously approaches the date of a massive rally that could turn violent, two local conservative activists are now distancing themselves from the right-wing provocateur who invited anti-Semitic and white nationalist speakers to headline the event.

In interviews last week, David Caron and Isaac Smith expressed concerns about Jason Kesslers decision to invite inflammatory personalities to speak at his Aug. 12 Unite the Right rally in Emancipation Park, which until recently was named Lee Park.

Many of those selected to speak at the event were involved in a provocative torch-lit demonstration last May to protest the planned removal of the citys Robert E. Lee statue.

In a Daily Caller report, Kessler, who considers himself a pro-white activist-journalist, described the protests as two flash mobs led by white nationalists Richard Spencer and Sam Dickson. Kessler also spoke at the rally, praising the event organizers and describing a cultural, second American Civil War.

Spencer is commonly cited as a founder of the so-called alt-right, a loose political movement rooted in white nationalism and populism. Until recently, the movement included a broader swath of conservatives, but its seeing its former supporters disavowing the label over its overtly racist and anti-Semitic elements.

In recent months, Caron and Smith have shifted their attention to supporting Kenny Jackson, an outspoken independent candidate for City Council who ran as a Republican in 2004. Jackson, who is African-American, also has been critical of the councils decision to remove the Lee statue, which is being contested in court.

According to Smith, Kesslers continued associations with far-right activists such as Spencer, Dickson and groups like the Traditionalist Worker Party and the Warlocks Motorcycle Club is getting out of control.

Hes affiliated himself with people who are to put it mildly ideologically distasteful, Smith said. And now hes associated with people involved with organized crime. Its turning into a rabbit hole. And I want nothing to do with that.

With Spencers previous calls for the creation of a white ethno-state and the TWPs association with the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement, Caron said: Im not trying to work with people like that.

Similarly to Spencer, Dickson has advocated for a White Ethno-State on the North American continent, a project analogous to the creation of Israel in the first half of the 20th century, according to Spencers National Policy Institute. At a 2013 American Renaissance conference, Spencer suggested that a peaceful ethnic-cleansing could be carried out to realize those ends.

Formerly the secretary of Kesslers conservative group, Unity and Security for America which advocates for tighter restrictions on immigration from non-Western nations Smith said he was not involved in the May 13 alt-right rally and quit working with Kessler shortly thereafter.

Caron said hes wary of Kessler becoming more embroiled in identity politics. He also said he was not aware that the May 13 rally was being planned.

Obviously, the way that Jasons been lately, hes made it more about race, Caron said. Unfortunately, thats why Ive had to distance myself. Im not into identity politics.

By seeking Wes Bellamys removal from City Council last fall after he discovered and publicized a litany of racist and misogynistic tweets the African-American councilman had written several years before he was elected, Kessler caught the attention of Smith, an aspiring political operative, and Caron, one of Kesslers lifelong friends.

In a blog post at the time, Kessler said he targeted Bellamy for being a black supremacist in his seeking the removal of the Lee statue and calling for a boycott against Bellas, an Italian restaurant whose owner, University of Virginia lecturer Doug Muir, criticized the Black Lives Matter movement in a Facebook post.

Kessler and his associates received a great deal of notoriety and enemies in the ultimately unsuccessful effort to unseat Bellamy. Left-wing social justice activists challenged Kessler and his colleagues, accusing them of running a racially motivated campaign to oust Bellamy.

Several weeks ago, Know Your Local Nazi fliers featuring the personal information of Kessler, Caron, Smith and several others were anonymously distributed in the downtown area. The fliers were created by Showing Up for Racial Justice Charlottesville activists, according to a source involved with the group.

Recently, another business owner has alleged that hes been targeted by the left-wing activists.

Im being threatened, Im getting phone calls from people saying theyre going to kill me and shoot me, said Lacy Weeks, owner of Mystic Tattoo and Body Piercing and a member of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club.

Weeks said hes been the target of a harassment campaign and has received many poor online reviews of his tattoo shop. A similar incident played out earlier this year when right-wing sympathizers targeted Cinema Taco for refusing service one night to a group of alleged neo-Nazis.

Earlier this month, Kessler asked Weeks to help organize a security detail for a news conference he held outside the Charlottesville Police Department to discuss his upcoming rally.

Kessler introduced the assembled group of bikers as members of the Warlocks, a 3-percent biker group. Kessler later corrected that assertion in an email, clarifying that the Warlocks are actually a 1-percent motorcycle club, and adding that members of a philanthropic-focused biker club, known as The Wrecking Crew, also were present at the news conference.

The 3-percent label is sometimes used to describe the right-wing, constitutionalist patriot movement. One-percent groups are generally outlaw gangs.

The email also included a statement from the bikers: Neither club affiliates as a white supremacist organization as individuals or clubs in whole. Nor do we support their beliefs. In interviews last week, Weeks vehemently denied harboring any kind of racist feelings.

And despite the historical connotation 1-percent or 3-percent biker clubs have with outlaw biker gangs, Weeks said neither he nor the club is involved in criminal activity. Weeks said only two members of the club attended the news conference, and that the 1-percent moniker is a reference to the clubs prestige among other motorcycle clubs.

Earlier this year, state law enforcement and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control started an effort to crack down on outlaw motorcycle gang activity in Central Virginia-area restaurants.

In March, town of Louisa Police Chief Ronnie Roberts told NBC29: Those 1-percenters, the ones that create the problems for us in law enforcement and the criminal activity, is the area we need to focus on.

Weeks said the head of the clubs mother chapter in Orlando, Florida, recently contacted him about attracting media attention to the club following Kesslers news conference. He said the clubs chief threatened to revoke his status in the group.

Our club were trying to get rid of that tarnished image, Weeks said. My national boss, he jumped my ass, man. I came this close to losing my center patch.

Weeks said hes sympathetic to Kessler and the cause to save the Lee statue, and that he agreed to arrange a security detail for Kesslers news conference to protect his right to free speech.

Its grossly unfair. Jason will sit there and say hes not with the KKK or a white supremacist, Weeks said. I did research and talked to him Jason is me. Hes guilty by the media.

In a tweet to an anonymous Twitter account that has attempted to expose many of the extreme neo-Nazi and white supremacist ties to Kesslers upcoming rally, one of Kesslers colleagues, Hannah Zarski, said, Jasons thing isnt an ethno-state.

Kessler has denied being a white nationalist, but his claims that there is a white genocide under the guise of multiculturalism and refugee resettlement from Muslim-majority countries has made it difficult for him to evade that label.

Anonymous Twitter user @Don_Chump, who goes by the nom de guerre Robert Lee and runs the blog restoringthehonor.blogspot.com, has been critical of Kessler associating with explicitly racist and white nationalist groups.

He said Kessler cannot say he is not a bigot while promoting groups whose leaders are attempting to make their views palatable to the public while their supporters openly espouse racist rhetoric and use Nazi imagery, such as the swastika and the Sieg Heil salute.

Alluding to the vitriolic and aggressive reactions to Kessler and those groups, Lee said anti-fascists and anti-racists need to realize theyre waging a public relations war.

Lee said the left-wing activists are bringing a gun to a knife fight, while the other side is using civil rights as a shield.

Its a brilliant strategy, he said about the alt-right. But their end game is a segregated society.

Last week, the Anti-Defamation League labeled Kessler a white supremacist in a list of alt-right and alt-lite personalities.

The alt-lite moniker represents right-wing activists who have rejected the overtly racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric of the alt-right, but they nonetheless embrace misogyny and xenophobia, and abhor political correctness and the left, according to the ADL.

The report described the alt-right as a loose network of racists and anti-Semites who reject mainstream conservatism in favor of politics that embrace implicit or explicit racist, anti-Semitic and white supremacist ideology.

Many seek to re-inject such bigoted ideas into the conservative movement in the United States.

According to the ADL report, Kessler last month spoke at an alt-right rally in Washington, and told the crowd that America would be better off if the South had won the Civil War, and advanced conspiracy theories about Jews controlling Hollywood and the media and promoting filthy propaganda.

The list included Spencer and several other alt-right figures, some of whom will be featured speakers at the Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville.

The Unite the Right speakers on the ADL list include Traditionalist Worker Party co-founder and Nationalist Front co-chairman Matthew Heimbach.

The Nationalist Front is an umbrella organization for about a dozen nationalist organizations, including the National Socialist Movement, the tenants of which include the creation of an American state where only “those of pure wjohite blood” can be citizens.

Last week, a Louisville court gave Heimbach a suspended jail sentence on charges stemming from an incident last year in which he allegedly physically harassed a woman protesting a Donald Trump campaign rally.

Responding to the publication of the list, Kessler used his Twitter account to accuse the ADL of being a Jewish supremacist group instigating a harassment and blackmail campaign against prominent white activists.

Kessler did not respond to requests for an interview.

The alt-lite figures in the ADL list included Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart, who visited Charlottesville several times during his unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign to support Kessler and protest the removal of the Lee statue, and Gavin McInnes, a conservative commentator and founder of the Proud Boys, a self-described Western chauvinist group.

The Proud Boys gained local attention last month after Kessler publicly invited the state chapter of the Fred Perry polo shirt-wearing group for a meeting downtown. Recently, McInnes has tried to distance his group from the alt-right label. Last week, he tweeted: ProudBoys VA are not alt-right If you are a VA PB who is AR, youre not a VA PB.

McInnes rejection of the alt-right title, and previous reports that he and other key figures with the Proud Boys requested that its members not represent the group at the Aug. 12 rally, parallel Caron and Smith attempting to distance themselves from Kessler. But their conservative views and opposition to Democratic politics remain.

Alluding to the involvement of anarcho-communist and anti-capitalist Antifa, or anti-fascist groups protesting the alt-right, Caron said hes worried that moderate liberals are ceding ground to far-left ideologies.

Its concerning to me that we dont have the same level of apprehension to communists that we do to Nazis, he said.

I am concerned that these people would prefer for me and Jason to not even exist, he added. They dont want us to even go out in public. They dont want us to leave the house. I dont know what their end goal is I believe its beyond politics. And thats how communists operate.

Although some see the response to a campaign to have the Aug. 12 rallys permit be revoked as totalitarian, social justice activists, such as Marc Mazique, think the city is sanctioning a rally where the speakers are hoping to incite and even commit acts of violence and sow racial hatred.

Acts of speech are exactly that acts, Mazique said at last weeks City Council meeting. When we treat all acts of speech as effectively neutral, we help normalize oppressive speech, and further oppressive acts.

People of color are continually expected to sacrifice their emotions, their hurt, their very humanity in the service of white comfort, which becomes abstracted out into the community at large under the label public order, he said. Instead of being empowered to draw on righteous anger and indignation at injustice, we are told to be smaller, calmer, quieter or just plain quiet.

While Caron, Smith and others are equally skeptical of both alt-right and leftist ideologues, a writer for Occidental Dissent, a Southern nationalist blog thats supporting the Aug. 12 rally, wrote Friday that it could be an opportunity to turn more moderate right-wingers on to their brand of nationalism.

The blog post predicted the Unite the Right rally could be the largest gathering of nationalists since George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party, rallied supporters in Chicago in the 1960s.

I encourage everyone who may be undecided to travel up to Charlottesville, and spend the weekend mingling with those who in spirit are already essentially our friends, the post read.

Talk to them, bond over common beliefs, and use the time given to you to educate others on issues such as the Jewish Problem, the Homosexual Problem, and the inherent evils that exist when the masses are granted overwhelming freedom and individualism.

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Can grassroots action neutralize the growth of the white supremacist movement? – Open Democracy

This article was first published byWaging Nonviolence.

Credit: By United States Department of Justice/Wikimedia. Public Domain.

A train pulled out of the quiet and quirky Portland, Oregon neighborhood of Hollywood on the evening of May 26th 2017, and thats when the yelling began. Targeting two young women, one wearing a hijab, 35-year-old Jeremy Christian went on an Islamophobic tirade, accusing them of terrorism, tax evasion and general un-Americanness. When three men stepped up to intervene in the assault, Christian was ready with a knife, stabbing each one, successively, in the jugular and killing two of them.

This brutal attack was not just the result of mental illness, as is often blamed in cases such as these, but rather the latest stop-over in white supremacist escalations. Christian, who was new to such politics, had been frothing with rage for several weekever since an April 30 free speech rally that a local ultra-conservative group had organized and modeled after other alt-right events happening around the country. Wearing an American flag cape and wielding a wooden baseball bat, Christian was stopped by police before he could take a swing at the counter protesters.

Tragedies like these inspire a sense of horror in the collective community, but it is not necessarily a surprise. The pattern of white supremacist violence has been consistent over the decades as fascist movements rise and fall, and disaffected members of their ranks follow suit with lone wolf violence. How the community responds to these moments of sorrow, and the ways in which those responsible are held accountable, is what determines the fate of movements like the alt-right.

A violent vision.

The history of the white nationalist movementof which the alt-right is the latest incarnationis one of violence from start to finish. As FBI reports confirm, radical right-wing combatants are still the primary terror threat in the United States, far outweighing the Islamic terror boogeyman that the Trump administration hopes to portray. In a 2015 survey of 382 law enforcement agencies by the Police Executive Research Forum, a full 74 percent of attacks came from far-right anti-government radicals.

In a U.S. Military AcademysCombating Terrorism Center study, far-right terrorists were responsible for an average of 337 attacks a year since 9/11. The Anti-Defamation League, which tracks hate groups, listed white supremacists as conducting more attacks in 2015 than any other ideology, and when combined with anti-abortion and anti-government groups, which often crossover, the number rose to a full 63 percent of all domestic terrorism.

The threat of white supremacist terrorism is a constant in U.S. history. During the civil rights movement, the Ku Klux Klan built a paramilitary assault on the American South, murdering hundreds in bombings, gun attacks and lynching. In the 1980s, the Order erupted as a revolutionary project out of the Aryan Nations, robbing banks and murdering Jewish radio host Alan Berg. The militia movement, which was becoming an increasingly violent force in the 1990s after the passage of the Brady assault weapons ban and blunders by federal agents at Ruby Ridge and Waco, hit its zenith when Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh detonated a fertilizer bomb in the Oklahoma City Federal Building.

Built on failure.

The pattern of white supremacist violence often fails to be associated with the movement itself because of the common lone wolf quality of individual attacks. Following the leaderless resistance model developed by white nationalist Louis Beam and championed by skinhead leaders like Tom Metzger, those on the fringes of the movement and society are often instigated to engage in acts of extreme violence against the state, minorities and their collaborators.

The model for this violence is one of desperation, attempting to mobilize those without strong social bonds. The failure of their ability to organize, to see growth from a seed idea into a mass populist movement, kicks it over the edge into a nihilist assault lacking in long-term vision. As the culture further turned left, and major white supremacist enclaves like the Aryan Nations compound and the National Alliance were disrupted, desperate acts of violence took placefrom the 2009 murder of a security guard at the Smithsonian Holocaust Museum to the 2012 shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

A part of this pattern comes from the relationship that white nationalists have with those on the margins of the mainstream, like politicians, media outlets and other provocateurs. Because of the extreme nature of their ideas, white nationalists latch onto those whodespite not sharing their key ideological platformhave enough in common with them to help mainstream their message. People like Barry Goldwater and George Wallace held this role to the anti-integrationists active during the civil rights movement.

In the early 1990s, the campaign of Pat Buchanan and the broad paleoconservative movement did this as well, using dog whistle language railing against immigration, globalization and affirmative action. Today, this comes in the form of what many call the alt-light, the layer of anti-PC talking heads that populates the so-called deplorable-sphere around the Donald Trump campaign. Milo Yiannoupoulos, Lauren Southern and Gavin McGinnis all promote their talking points and political ideas, even if they would squirm when the full-bore racism and anti-Semitism is unleashed.

Historically, white nationalists ride their mainstream relationships as far as those with celebrity are willing to take them, and when the association becomes too toxic, those with careers to think about jump ship. As the true alt-right becomes more well known, and their history of violence becomes more commonly understood, this will further push those who have lent their celebrity to betray their allegiances.

It is this final push that relegates the fascist core back to their sub-cultural roots, validatingin their mindsa revolutionary perspective that had been compromised by the pursuit of beltway respectability. It is at this moment that the acts of lone wolf violence escalate, when the hope of a peaceful solution to the race problem has been dashed. As we enter the period when the alt-right breaks from Trump and is abandoned by their temporary colleagues, the potential for violence only magnifies.

A part of history.

What often blinds people to the alt-rights potential for violence is their branding, not their content. With fashionable swooped hair, pressed suits, and geeky Internet jargon, they seem more like an upper-middle-class wedding party than a nationalist cadre bent on a 21st century coup. This is only a mirage, as they are simply the latest generation in a lineage of white nationalist organizing, but with better youth appeal.

At American Renaissance, one of the largest alt-right conferences, the whos who of the movement is in attendance: U.S. Members of the Aryan Nations hobnob with the alt-right group Proud Boys, former KKK leaders like David Duke and Don Black hold Q&As, and politicians from far-right European political movements like the British National Party receive standing ovations.

While their language may be, at times, couched in academic jargon, they have the same effect of motivating their fringe towards acts of kamikaze violence. After Dylan Roof murdered nine in a flurry of automatic gunfire, his manifesto revealed that his inspiration was the propaganda of the Council of Conservative Citizensa neo-Confederate group that lists miscegenation as against Gods chosen order, and holds American Renaissance founder Jared Taylor as one of its spokesmen and board members. Taylors work at American Renaissance further inspired Jared Loughner, the 22-year-old man who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and several others in 2011.

As the alt-right coasts into its most contentious period since its 2015-2016 rise, the violence has risen among its disaffected periphery. James Harris Jackson went to New York City in March with the intent of finding and killing black men in relationships with white women. Instead, he settled on murdering a black homeless man with a sword. Weeks later, Sean Urbanski murdered Army Second Lieutenant Richard Collins in an act of racial revenge. Both men were following alt-right figures online, with Urbanski in the Alt-Reich Facebook group and Jackson following alt-right leaders like Richard Spencer. During the same period of escalation, Lauren Southern brought an entourage of alt-right celebritiesand others ready to attack community members and protestersto her speaking event in downtown Berkeley, California.

Us together.

While the historical behavior of white supremacists teaches us what to expect, there is also much to learn from the community responses that have neutralized their growth. For example, while the federal government went to war with the militia movement after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, it was growing public disgust that devastated the militia movements recruitment efforts and essentially forced them into retreat until Barrack Obama was elected president.

The final answer, though, is the creation of a mass response to this type of racist violence. With only hours notice the day after the Christian murders in Portland, a candlelight vigil drew thousands to the site of the attack. Meanwhile, the organizers of the April 30 free speech rally are organizing another event on June 4, and the response from the community promises to completely overwhelm them, showing that an iron wall has been built against alt-right recruitment. This is the way that a mass movement turns the tide of atrocity, letting the violence act as a reminder of what inaction can bring.

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Saint-Gaudens and Summer Fashion: Real and Ideal – New Hampshire Magazine

Summer is about going places and doing things. Fashion is about self-expression and fantasy. To blend the practicality and playfulness of the season, our stylist and photographer visited the New Hampshire home of one of our countrys greatest artists, Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

By Chloe Barcelou, Photos by Bruce Luetters

Augustus Saint-Gaudens in front of a variation of the Amor Caritas sculpture, 1898

Realism and idealism are words often used to describe the works of one of our countrys most beloved artists and teachers: Augustus Saint-Gaudens known as the Sculptor of the American Renaissance. His home and studio in Cornish are nestled next to the wide Connecticut River, with panoramic views of Vermonts Mt. Ascutney and the vivid colors of the aptly named Maxfield Parrish highway. Aspet, as he named his estate, began as his summer getaway and later became his permanent home. Boasting a reputation as New Hampshires only National Historic Site, the Saint-Gaudens estate comes complete with bronze cast copies of iconic memorials such as the depiction of Civil War Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, the prestigious Shaw Memorial the original is displayed on Beacon Street in Boston and many others. These memorials, in combination with the Italian Renaissance-inspired formal gardens, atrium pools and Federal-style columned porches, adorn the landscape as durable tributes to the style and artistry of their creator.

The designers and boutiques who provided the summer fashions adorning these pages work in a more ephemeral medium, but share the pride of workmanship and the joy of enhancing mundane life with beauty and delight.

Our models for this feature showcase garments either designed or handmade in or sourced from the Granite State. These looks are meant to inspire, educate, and bring well-deserved attention to the countless fashionable individuals who are working to give New Hampshire its own style statement.

Inspired by the Federal-style piazza of Aspet, Saint-Gaudens Cornish home, Olivia embodies classic summer style in a silk taffeta gingham skirt, white blouse and quintessential straw hat, each piece as versatile in styling as it is in ageless appeal.

DETAILS: Shabby Apple silk taffeta gingham floor-length skirt ($108), cameo charm bracelet ($695) and choker ($69) from Lady Pickwicks, with Maniju tulle skirt ($78) from Pretty Little Things. Few Moda blouse ($59), Dolce Vita gladiator sandals ($59.99), Michael Kors chain belt ($17) and straw hat ($19) from Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th at the Merrimack Premium Outlets

Modern meets edgy in this leather polka dot tunic, hedged by the marble surroundings of the Piping Pan Fountain.

DETAILS: Krista Larson parachute slip dress in silk organza ($343) layered over Staples leather polka dot tunic dress ($198) from Gondwana & Divine Clothing Co., with a Garnet Hill tulle skirt in fawn dot ($118). Circle beaded rope necklaces ($10, $15) from Charming Charlie at the Pheasant Lane Mall and Sam Edelman kitten heel tie-up shoe ($69) from Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th at the Merrimack Premium Outlets

Left: Olivias electric blue dress completes the Mediterranean scene under Saint-Gaudens pergola. The fuschia-colored stucco wall is crowned with casts of the Parthenon frieze. Right: Mimicking the natural-hued shadows of this unique birch alley, Olivia and Diana are wearing their butterfly gowns from local designer Krista Larson.

DETAILS, LEFT: Nellis teal lace mini dress ($58) and arrowhead necklace ($29) from Pretty Little Things, with Steve Madden sheer coverup ($29) and Stuart Weitzman gold leather ankle strap pumps ($169), both from Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th at the Merrimack Premium Outlets. Black and gold chandelier necklace and earrings ($22) from Charming Charlie at the Pheasant Lane Mall and gold scarab ring from Lilise Designer Resale

DETAILS, RIGHT: On standing model: Krista Larson silk organza satchel slip in black butterfly ($391) and extreme spring skirt ($409). Pretty Little Things silk threaded choker ($10) with Miranda’s on Main’s Suellen sun hat ($58). Michael Kors nude and flower applique sandals from Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th at the Merrimack Premium Outlets ($39). On seated model: Krista Larson short pastry slip in black butterfly ($451) paired with polka dot petticoat skirt ($365) and eyelet cotton flower vest ($365). Fly London wedge heel sneakers ($179) and UNOde50 dragonfly necklace ($275), both available for purchase at Gondwana & Divine Clothing Co.

Dianas regal ensemble with hand-embroidered details recalls Gone with the Wind. She stands by the Atriums stately columns.

DETAILS: Entro lace Victorian top ($40) from Lady Pickwicks, with Pretty Little Things pink lace crop top cami ($42). Mirandas On Main, Audrey sun hat ($52) and Elisa J metallic gold skirt ($178), layered with Krista Larsons silk taffeta embroidered box pleat skirt ($558) and vintage skirt ($411) in silk. Snakeskin wedge heel by Gentle Souls ($195) available at Garnet Hill and Pink Collection. Watch ($21), bracelets ($16, $10) and collar necklace ($20) from Charming Charlie at the Pheasant Lane Mall

Left: Dianas ensemble, with luxurious hand-embroidered details, recalls times past. Right: Under the pergola Saint-Gaudens designed after a trip to Italy Diana daydreams in Emerson Frys organic cotton butterfly caftan. Its hand-printed with low-impact ink, designed in New Hampshire and made sustainably in Rajasthan, India.

DETAILS, LEFT: Karl Lagerfeld suit jacket ($79), Cirana blue peek-a-boo ruffle sleeve top, ($49), white lace short ($29), Michael Kors gold chain belt ($19) and BCBG black and white pump ($27), all at Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th at the Merrimack Premium Outlets. Gold stud earrings ($22) from Lady Pickwicks, Blue Sky tortoise and gemstone statement necklace ($42) and Rain woven chain cuff ($28) from Mirandas On Main and JW Hulme legacy handbag ($295) from Bliss Boutiques.

DETAILS, RIGHT: Emerson Fry organic cotton caftan ($178) and Krista Larson gold embroidered linen billowy coat ($418), with Palm Beach blue and white beaded sandals ($84) and pearl and gold stone pendant necklace ($100) from Lady Pickwicks. Black and gold pendant necklace ($98) from Gondwana & Divine Clothing Co. Beaded rope necklaces ($10, $15) from Charming Charlie at the Pheasant Lane Mall. The blue and white rucksack indigo bag ($65) is from Susanas Sewing Studio and the Inouitoosh gold star maps scarf ($150) is from Bliss Boutiques.

Left:This look is inspired by Saint-Gaudens ethereal statue, Amor Caritas. Reflections from the glassy Atrium pool cast dancing glimpses of Olivias richly toned layered skirts. Right:Like a butterfly attracted to the sweet aroma of the apple blossoms, Olivias silk organza butterfly ensemble brings to mind Alice in Wonderland.

DETAILS, LEFT: Karl Lagerfeld lace shirt with Peter Pan collar and tie ($49) and Monica kitten heel ($99) by Coach from Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th at the Merrimack Premium Outlets, with Cemi Ceri silk taffeta floral print A-line skirt ($42), Yumi floral cardigan ($96) from Lady Pickwicks and Pretty Little Things tulle midi skirt ($68). Leather and lace belt ($25) from Charming Charlie at the Pheasant Lane Mall. Tweedy clutch from Mirandas On Main ($48)

DETAILS, RIGHT: Butterfly flowing asymmetrical sheer tunic top ($110) from Gondwana & Divine Clothing Co. with Krista Larsons silk cottage skirt in colorful butterfly print ($545) and striped petticoat skirt in radish ($365). Stuart Weitzman black and colored speckled stiletto ($169) from Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th at the Merrimack Premium Outlets

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America needs more mundane inventions – Seacoastonline.com

Sam Asano

The sudden pour started a little after 7 p.m. as I started driving home after the early movie. The rain was heavy but nothing to worry about. The wipers worked fine and I could see through the windshield quite well.

However, in five minutes the situation drastically worsened. The rain drops were now menacingly large and hit the windshield and roof of my car loudly. I began slowing down and squinted to see the road.

I was driving on a two-lane country road with many curves. I could feel my tension rise as I had trouble seeing and deciphering what was ahead. The yellow line was hardly visible and some areas of the road had accumulated a few inches of water that made loud sound when the car hit the puddle. Now I was scared.

Suddenly round the bend, a stream of cars appeared in the opposite lane. They all had high beams on. I was blinded as their light filled my windshield. I had to slow and look to my right to make sure my car didnt fall off the roads edge. I flashed my lights to the oncoming cars to drop down their beams, but nobody responded. In a way, I understood they too were struggling to see. But, what about me? I couldnt see a thing.

I read various articles about autonomous driving systems being tried out by the worlds major automobile manufacturers such as GM, Toyota and Mercedes as well as internet-related giants such as Google and Apple. These articles make you feel as though autonomous driving is coming to us soon like around the corner. My question, honestly, is really?

Lets reflect on the issue of blinding high beams. Why is it so difficult to turn down high-beam headlights automatically when being approached by a car in the opposite lane? The 10 cars that came and went by with high beams on and practically blinded me in the blinding rain storm never dropped to low beams. Thats probably because they too couldnt see well in the deluge. Thats more reason why they should have. An automatic light control cannot possibly be more complicated than the futuristic autonomous driving car system.

I am not a critic of American civilization. In fact, I have no idea who really is qualified to make comments criticizing our trend in technology. But, I have some apprehension that we tend to go after grandiose rainbow schemes that impress the press but not really the public. Probably there is a strong trend in the investment community to pour money in long-range, grand schemes such as autonomous driving rather than high beams that automatically switch to low when a car approaches. One is multi-million dollar investment while the automatic switch for high beams is nothing but a few technicians design job. People cant get excited about that, can they?

My point is that we Americans spend investment funds on futuristic projects as the excitement leads us there. Space travel launched by rockets, sealed trains traveling through a vacuum tunnel at a high speed and autonomous driving cars are just a few examples of American grandiose projects. What bothers me is the fact while we are working on projects that might yield results in the far future, 40 percent of our automobile market share just went to Japanese car makers. Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Subaru and Mazda together sell more than four of every 10 cars purchased here. Why? Well, their products are more reliable and the public wants reliable autos priced reasonably.

Furthermore, the combined market share of all foreign automakers now exceeds 45 percent. To make matters worse, the luxury automobiles are all from foreign makers. Cadillac used to be an established lexicon in American language to express top products. This is the Cadillac of pens or This is Cadillac of bicycles. Unfortunately, the crown brand no longer wears the crown.

Being an inventor myself I am aware of the importance of inventions to the national economy. The period from 1850 to 1950, which made America the top industrial nation of the world, was continuously supported by inventions by Americans. From such giants of inventions as Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell to the brilliant Shaker Tabitha Babbitt and hundreds of others, America was built on their hard work with sharp focus on solving problems. The result is that America had no national debt through this period.

Starting in the 1970s, we started buying anything and everything from overseas, and now we have amassed $20 trillion of national debt; an appalling $65,000 per capita for even little babies and aging retirees. Steve Bannon supports Economic Nationalism, the idea to increase protection of our own industry within our borders. In some ways, this resembles the effort of save animal species nearing extinction. We should exert our effort before the national debt starts to crush our economy. To rescue our nation from bankruptcy, we should expand our efforts to invent more mundane everyday solutions and manufacture them here. There are so many opportunities for inventors to work on products that make aging peoples lives easier and healthier. The pet industry is another wide-open opportunity as it continues to grow $6 billion in revenue per year without any dip. American inventors, rise now! Bring about American renaissance.

Shintaro Sam Asano was named by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011 as one of the 10 most influential inventors of the 20th century who improved our lives. He is a businessman and inventor in the field of electronics and mechanical systems who is credited as the inventor of the portable fax machine. Write to him at sasano@gmail.com.

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Come to Honolulu for the beaches, stay for the shopping – Inquirer.net

View of Waikiki beach from my room in Hilton Hawaiian Village

The Hawaii of our imaginationfed by movies like 50 First Dates, Blue Crush, Forgetting Sarah Marshalllooks a lot like the Hawaii of my vacation. Pristine beaches, crystalline waters, good-looking people with a kind word for tourists, and beautiful plantseverywhere you look, its a tropical paradise.

My last trip to Honolulu was in the early 90s. I was around nine, and thanks to old family photos, I found photographic records of me smiling in Ala Moana, the alfresco mall, as well as next to historic sites like Pearl Harbor and, um, Marcos dead body. (Yeah, Ferdinands corpse. Dont ask me why.)

With more than a decade between this visit and my last, I found Honolulu surprisingly unchangedits scenery just as beautiful, its food just as tasty (still a lot of Spam and fried rice).

Yet theres so much to discover that wasnt open to me as a kidlike eating so much poke my stomach hurt (my parents arent into raw food), or trekking well-known sites where Lost and Jurassic Park were shot.

Dont get me wrong, Hawaii is famously family-friendly. There are enough things to do here to satisfy the pickiest of travelers.

Tour the scenic valley where Godzilla and Jurassic Park were shot.

Here, a list of things to do in Honolulu:

1) Drive to the North Shore, eat some shrimp.

The North Shore is home to seriously stunning views. Trek up the nearby mountains (or drivemost locals drive) to take in the beautiful vistas. Find time to dine at Giovannis or Romysfood truck institutions in the North Shore famed for their butter garlic shrimp served with rice.

2) Meet the Hawaiian green sea turtle.

The Honu, according to locals, does not boast a green shell. Its name, otherwise known as the green sea turtle, is traced to a plant-rich diet that lends its fat a greenish tint.

Protected by international laws, the sea turtles are integral to Hawaiian island identity. Though nearly decimated in the 60s, theyre thriving again, thanks to strict regulations. They often populate the beaches in the morning, according to a local at the North Shore, and tourists are invited to admire from afar so as not to disturb or adversely affect these precious sea creatures.

Throne room at Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on US soil

3) See how Hawaiis royals lived.

A key attraction is the Iolani Palace, the only palace on American territory. Home to Hawaiis past monarchs, it is a modest two-story building, designed in an American Renaissance style.

See the room where Hawaiis last monarch was isolated and the bedrooms of the king and queen. In the basement, theres a repository of jewels worn by the royal family.

At the Bishop Museum, youll find royal collections owned by the Kamehameha family. And in Queen Emma Summer Palace, the familys summer retreat, get a peek on how they lived, with plenty of the homes original antiques and furnishings remaining.

My Isabel Marant sandals, purchased at Ala Moana at a steep discount. In Honolulu, the sales tax is a shopper friendly 4.5 percent.

4) Go shopping during sale season because the deals are intense.

Ala Moana Center was, much like in the late 80s, airy and outdoorsy. But this expanded version boasts a huge range of shops, from department stores like Nieman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Saks to designer shops like Valentino, Balenciaga, Celine, Chanel, Brunello Cucinelli. I made my way during sale season and scored major deals, like a pair of Isabel Marant sandals, originally retailing for almost $1,000 that I got for a fraction of that. (Like less than a quarter fraction! My math isnt good but even I know thats a great deal.)

The Premium Outlet center, featuring shops like Barneys, Saks, Tumi, Armani Exchange, is more on the outskirts of town but also offers great bargains. I found some items at 90-percent off. Once again, sale season is a blessing from God.

Hawaii has been documented as a retail haven, with its lower sales tax and its plethora of shopping centers. The tourism offices also recommend these places to shop: Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki Trade Center, Kings Village, Kuhio Mall, The Rainbow Bazaar, Luxury Row at 2100 Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki Shopping Plaza and Waikiki Business Plaza.

5) Take the movie tour.

I know it sounds cheesy, but trust me, its fun. Kualoa Ranch (www.kualoa.com), protected by the National Register of Historic Places, is a famous nature reserve, bordered by both mountain and sea.

Jurassic Park, Lost, Godzilla, Hawaii Five-O were all filmed on the 4,000-acre development. On my visit, Chris Pratt and company were filming the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel on the island, and some trailers were on site at Kualoa for key scenes.

The best way to experience the island and the tour is either via horseback or ATV. Trek through the valley and stand next to Godzillas footprint, or simply brush against the sites rich, tropical flora and fauna.

PAL Airbus A330 business class features fully reclinable seats and a roomier configuration, and flies direct to Honolulu. Soon, A330 tri-class planes will open for Melbourne and Shanghai this July, Sydney in August, Hong Kong in September, Narita in October, Haneda and Osaka in November.

PALs economy seats in the A330 features a brand-new entertainment system on a large 10.1-inch touch-screen monitor. The seat button cushion moves forward when reclining, so expect a more comfortable ride.

6) Fly direct, arrive feeling rested.

Its 10 hours from Manila to Honolulu, and one of the reasons I enjoyed my four-day trip so much was largely due to the plane. I slept like a baby on PALs recently upgraded Airbus A330. The reconfigured business class cabin boasts fully reclining seats that go all the way to flatbed mode. An adjustable air cushion system offers plenty of comfort with a massage function. More than 50 percent of the seats are singles so theres privacy.

Spend the flight vegging out on movies (theres a brand-new entertainment system accompanying the new large 10-inch touch-screen monitor), or do as I did and get some much-needed shuteye for the flight. My PAL flight left Manila mid-afternoon and I arrived in Hawaii in the morning, so I went straight on a tour after landing to maximize my four-day trip.

Poke is currentlyHawaiis hottest export, with Manila outlets offering local variations. Poke is simply a salad often made from raw tuna, sesame oil, soy sauce and seaweed.

Lau-lau, offered at the authentic Highway Inn in Honolulu, is a traditional dish, often pork, chicken or butterfish, wrapped in luau leaves and steamed.

Squid luau is reminiscent of laing,with sweet notesand pork.

Famous garlic shrimps of Giovannis, a food truck institution in North Shore, Oahu

7) Eat like a local.

Hawaii locals take great pride in their food. As they shouldeverything is tasty and friendly to the Filipino palette. Aside from a love of Spam, Hawaiian food boasts eerie similarities to ours: the kalua pig is similar to the lechon, except that its roasted underground. Squid luau is laing made sweeter, with pork swapped for squid.

At Highway Inn, established in 1947, the menu offers the full range of authentic native dishes, from poke to poi.

Another local institution is Helenas Hawaiian Food, a super affordable hotspot thats been serving all the classicslomi salmon, pipikaulasince 1946. It has also won a James Beard award.

For lovers of sweets, the poi (made from sweet taro) glazed doughnuts at Kamehameha Bakery has a loyal following.

Ala Moana claims to be the worlds largest alfresco mall with over 340 stores and restaurants. Find plenty of designer options here like Valentino, Celine and Chanel.

At Kualoa Ranch, the adventurous can take an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) ride.

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The Telegraph | Dunphy: Extremists within our borders – Alton Telegraph

While we will always welcome new citizens who share our values and love our people, our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism of any kind, President Trump proclaimed in a speech delivered in Poland.

Some of us found this pledge to keep foreign extremists from entering the United States ironic. There are plenty of extremists already living in the United States. Theyre neither foreigners nor Muslims and they played a vital role in placing Trump in the Oval Office.

White supremacists have been enthusiastic supporters of Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president in June 2015 with bigoted remarks about Mexican immigrants, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) noted on its web site. Subsequent remarks from Trump about banning Muslim immigration to the U.S. served to solidify that support. In other words, white supremacists who surely qualify as extremists in the minds of rational, intelligent Americans recognized Trump as one of their own and flocked to his banner.

David Duke, a former KKK leader who became notorious for publicly celebrating Hitlers birthday, urged his followers to support Trump. The ADL reported that Duke cautioned listeners of his radio program that voting against Trump is really treason to your heritage.

Jared Taylor also strongly supported Trumps presidential campaign. He edits the American Renaissance web site, which sings the praises of Trumps presidency. Taylor himself is the author of a web site article titled Racial Equality: Noble Fiction or Noxious Poison?

Kevin MacDonald, a retired professor who has written that American Jews undermine our nations heritage, argued that Trumps candidacy would be the last chance for Whites to elect a president who represents their interests. Trumps xenophobia struck a responsive chord with MacDonald. The ADL quotes MacDonald as claiming In this new climate, millions of White people are realizing that its entirely legitimate to oppose immigration and multiculturalism.

Richard Spencer spoke to the annual conference of the National Policy Institute, which describes itself as an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of European descent in the in the United States, and around the world. The convention was held a short time after Trumps victory, and Spencer couldnt have been more delighted. Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail Victory!, Spencer shouted to the crowd.

Spencer is one of the leaders of the alt-right movement. His goal, the Atlantic Monthly reports, is nothing less than a new society, an ethno-state that would be gathering point for all Europeans. Spencer advocates a peaceful ethnic cleansing. The United States was until this past generation a white country designed for ourselves and our posterity, Spencer told the crowd. It is our creation, it is our inheritance, and it belongs to us.

Steve Bannon is also a leader of the alt-right and served as CEO of Trumps presidential campaign. David Duke praised Bannons appointment by Trump as his administrations chief strategist as excellent and said Bannon would create the ideological aspects of where were going. Jared Taylor also lauded his appointment because Bannon would hold Trump to his campaign promises regarding immigration and other key issues.

Trumps promise to keep extremists out of our country rings hollow in light of the extremists whose endorsements he readily accepted in order to win the presidency. Indeed, The Donald has no problem whatsoever with extremists as long as they support him. Trump promised that he would make America great again. The very notion that bigotry and hate-mongering can possibly enhance our nation is offensive and absurd to most Americans. Racism and xenophobia were cherished values in Nazi Germany but have no place in a nation founded on the assertion that all men are created equal.

The overwhelming majority of Americans who voted for Trump are not white supremacists. Indeed, they find such extremists as Duke and Spencer morally repulsive. The information contained in this column will deeply disturb them. But they deserve to know the company Donald Trump keeps. Its surely not the kind of company they would ever want to keep.

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John J. Dunphy is the author of Abolitionism and the Civil War in Southwestern Illinois and Lewis and Clarks Illinois Volunteers. He owns The Second Reading in Alton.

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Modified walker is invention that could help millions – VVdailypress.com

By Sam Asano

So far in the past few weeks, we have concentrated on discussing possible solutions to the problem of using walkers to climb up and down the stairs. In the regions where snowfalls are expected in the winter, most houses are built with the entrance steps to raise the floor level above ground. Some houses have the entrance stairs having as many as five or six steps, while most houses have two or three steps to enter through the front door. Obviously, the height of the stairs depends on the terrain the house is built on and the design to accommodate the house.

So far, I have gotten many requests from persons, who are mildly balance-impaired due to his/her age and/or some ailments, that they would like to be able to use their walkers to climb up or down the front stairs. This is a reasonable request from their viewpoints as they wish to be as independent in their life as possible without having to rely on someone else to assist them. A lady wrote in stating that her daughter lives about 10 minutes away. But she feels bad to have to call her to get her to help in going outside and coming back in the house every time she wishes to breathe fresh air by walking outside.

We discussed three solutions at the end of May. One was to develop a stair climber/walker combination, second was a ramp and the third was a hydraulic lift. Of three solutions, the ramp was most sensible. However, further study revealed that the law ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) defines certain specifications as its guideline. The slope needs to be 1:12, meaning each one inch of rise must be covered with one foot set back. If your front entrance stair has four 7-inch risers (four steps), the ramp must be minimum of 28-feet long. Many homes do not have that large an area in the front to accommodate the ramp. Although it is a secondary importance, the enormous ramp size would create an architecturally difficult issue to harmonize with the house.

Meanwhile, such a ramp would cost money. The standard estimate according to an experienced contractor John McCormack of New Castle, N.H., one must budget anywhere from $150 to $250 per linear foot of ramp. A 28-foot ramp would cost somewhere between $4,200 to $7,000. That is rather significant expense for a fixed-income person in Aging in Place. The magnitude of the expense would probably terminate any discussion for a ramp.

As I was just concluding this ramp design issue, inventor Jud Pitman of Portsmouth, N.H., called me. He stated that he had quickly built a conceptual prototype of a walker that could help its user climb up or down the stair, and he could demonstrate it for me. I immediately accepted his offer. I was happy that the very purpose of this column is to call on everybody in America to invent for causes. And this is just happening.

In the morning of June 20th, Pitman showed up at our meeting place, Ceres Bakery of Penhallow Street, Portsmouth. After a few minutes of pleasantries, he asked me to step outside for his demo. We found a cement stair leading to the next brick office building entrance. There he opened his canvas bag and pulled out an ordinary walker.

This one is equipped with wheel on each front support leg, but functionally that is not essential. The crux of the invention is the front leg folds forward to result in reducing the front height by adjustable height matched to the riser height (the height of the step).

This prototype demonstrates this inventors concept clearly, and Id value his concept and prototype execution as Class A performance achievement. If we succeed in encouraging another 100,000 inventors just like this one, I have no doubt an American Renaissance would happen.

Previously we have discussed a solution using a hydraulic lift attached to the side of front stairs. That is another viable solution and probably less expensive than building ramp according to ADA standards. Go to Google and search Hydraulic Lift (Scissor Lift), and there are many vendors listing literally hundreds of lifts on their websites. Their prices start at around $1,500. Installation may cost you additional $1,000, but this is an excellent solution for medium to heavily balance-impaired person. Since the use isnt very frequent, you would be able to buy a used lift that is much less expensive than a new unit. By using the hydraulic lift, the user needs not to walk down a perilous and slippery ramp, or wet or icy stairs. All he/she needs to do is to stand with walker and push the button either up or down. Again, the main shortcoming is when power fails. But, if a storm causes power failure, you are better off staying inside.

This week concludes the chapter of how to overcome stairs when you must use walker. The least expensive solution is a modified walker just proposed by Pitman. Second is the hydraulic lift attached to the side of the front stair. The third is a ramp built according to ADA rules, which is the most expensive.

We welcome the Victor Valley Daily Press to our syndicate. Lets us raise American consciousness that we are the most advanced nation in the world and we will rise like a Phoenix to create another era of high-tech manufacturing kingdom.

Shintaro “Sam” Asano was named by MIT in 2011 as one of the top 10 most influential inventors of the 20th century. He lives on the seacoast of New Hampshire with his dog Sophie. You can write to Sam at sasano@americaninventioninstitute

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Modified walker is invention that could help millions – Hesperia Star

By Sam Asano

So far in the past few weeks, we have concentrated on discussing possible solutions to the problem of using walkers to climb up and down the stairs. In the regions where snowfalls are expected in the winter, most houses are built with the entrance steps to raise the floor level above ground. Some houses have the entrance stairs having as many as five or six steps, while most houses have two or three steps to enter through the front door. Obviously, the height of the stairs depends on the terrain the house is built on and the design to accommodate the house.

So far, I have gotten many requests from persons, who are mildly balance-impaired due to his/her age and/or some ailments, that they would like to be able to use their walkers to climb up or down the front stairs. This is a reasonable request from their viewpoints as they wish to be as independent in their life as possible without having to rely on someone else to assist them. A lady wrote in stating that her daughter lives about 10 minutes away. But she feels bad to have to call her to get her to help in going outside and coming back in the house every time she wishes to breathe fresh air by walking outside.

We discussed three solutions at the end of May. One was to develop a stair climber/walker combination, second was a ramp and the third was a hydraulic lift. Of three solutions, the ramp was most sensible. However, further study revealed that the law ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) defines certain specifications as its guideline. The slope needs to be 1:12, meaning each one inch of rise must be covered with one foot set back. If your front entrance stair has four 7-inch risers (four steps), the ramp must be minimum of 28-feet long. Many homes do not have that large an area in the front to accommodate the ramp. Although it is a secondary importance, the enormous ramp size would create an architecturally difficult issue to harmonize with the house.

Meanwhile, such a ramp would cost money. The standard estimate according to an experienced contractor John McCormack of New Castle, N.H., one must budget anywhere from $150 to $250 per linear foot of ramp. A 28-foot ramp would cost somewhere between $4,200 to $7,000. That is rather significant expense for a fixed-income person in Aging in Place. The magnitude of the expense would probably terminate any discussion for a ramp.

As I was just concluding this ramp design issue, inventor Jud Pitman of Portsmouth, N.H., called me. He stated that he had quickly built a conceptual prototype of a walker that could help its user climb up or down the stair, and he could demonstrate it for me. I immediately accepted his offer. I was happy that the very purpose of this column is to call on everybody in America to invent for causes. And this is just happening.

In the morning of June 20th, Pitman showed up at our meeting place, Ceres Bakery of Penhallow Street, Portsmouth. After a few minutes of pleasantries, he asked me to step outside for his demo. We found a cement stair leading to the next brick office building entrance. There he opened his canvas bag and pulled out an ordinary walker.

This one is equipped with wheel on each front support leg, but functionally that is not essential. The crux of the invention is the front leg folds forward to result in reducing the front height by adjustable height matched to the riser height (the height of the step).

This prototype demonstrates this inventors concept clearly, and Id value his concept and prototype execution as Class A performance achievement. If we succeed in encouraging another 100,000 inventors just like this one, I have no doubt an American Renaissance would happen.

Previously we have discussed a solution using a hydraulic lift attached to the side of front stairs. That is another viable solution and probably less expensive than building ramp according to ADA standards. Go to Google and search Hydraulic Lift (Scissor Lift), and there are many vendors listing literally hundreds of lifts on their websites. Their prices start at around $1,500. Installation may cost you additional $1,000, but this is an excellent solution for medium to heavily balance-impaired person. Since the use isnt very frequent, you would be able to buy a used lift that is much less expensive than a new unit. By using the hydraulic lift, the user needs not to walk down a perilous and slippery ramp, or wet or icy stairs. All he/she needs to do is to stand with walker and push the button either up or down. Again, the main shortcoming is when power fails. But, if a storm causes power failure, you are better off staying inside.

This week concludes the chapter of how to overcome stairs when you must use walker. The least expensive solution is a modified walker just proposed by Pitman. Second is the hydraulic lift attached to the side of the front stair. The third is a ramp built according to ADA rules, which is the most expensive.

We welcome the Victor Valley Daily Press to our syndicate. Lets us raise American consciousness that we are the most advanced nation in the world and we will rise like a Phoenix to create another era of high-tech manufacturing kingdom.

Shintaro “Sam” Asano was named by MIT in 2011 as one of the top 10 most influential inventors of the 20th century. He lives on the seacoast of New Hampshire with his dog Sophie. You can write to Sam at sasano@americaninventioninstitute

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Tired of Protesting Young Quasi-Racists? – Nashville Scene

Go protest old unquestionable racists! If you got out to the protest at the werewolf cult gym this past week, but wish you could do more, theres a protest planned for Saturday against old fart racists at their annual picnic at Montgomery Bell State Park. A bunch of do-gooders will be headed out for a day of protests and speakers and lunch or lunch-time sit-ins. You can learn more at their Facebook page for the event. The American Renaissance hate picnic (NOTE: probably not an actual delicious food picnic) used to be held in privately-owned conference centers, but for the past few years, theyve been holding their yearly meetings at the park, where and though its annoying, its a good thing they are free to spout their nonsense and the state cant boot them. But whats good for the goose is good for the gander and the state also cant shut up the lawful protesting of said racist picnic. If you do go, be careful. Werewolf cultists can, I presume, be stopped by wolfsbane or the silver tea cup you got from your grandmother. But theres no magical protection against regular old racists.

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Unite the Right rally attracting increasingly radical attention – The Daily Progress

As Charlottesville anxiously approaches the date of a massive rally that could turn violent, two local conservative activists are now distancing themselves from the right-wing provocateur who invited anti-Semitic and white nationalist speakers to headline the event. In interviews last week, David Caron and Isaac Smith expressed concerns about Jason Kesslers decision to invite inflammatory personalities to speak at his Aug. 12 Unite the Right rally in Emancipation Park, which until recently was named Lee Park. Many of those selected to speak at the event were involved in a provocative torch-lit demonstration last May to protest the planned removal of the citys Robert E. Lee statue. In a Daily Caller report, Kessler, who considers himself a pro-white activist-journalist, described the protests as two flash mobs led by white nationalists Richard Spencer and Sam Dickson. Kessler also spoke at the rally, praising the event organizers and describing a cultural, second American Civil War. Spencer is commonly cited as a founder of the so-called alt-right, a loose political movement rooted in white nationalism and populism. Until recently, the movement included a broader swath of conservatives, but its seeing its former supporters disavowing the label over its overtly racist and anti-Semitic elements. In recent months, Caron and Smith have shifted their attention to supporting Kenny Jackson, an outspoken independent candidate for City Council who ran as a Republican in 2004. Jackson, who is African-American, also has been critical of the councils decision to remove the Lee statue, which is being contested in court. According to Smith, Kesslers continued associations with far-right activists such as Spencer, Dickson and groups like the Traditionalist Worker Party and the Warlocks Motorcycle Club is getting out of control. Hes affiliated himself with people who are to put it mildly ideologically distasteful, Smith said. And now hes associated with people involved with organized crime. Its turning into a rabbit hole. And I want nothing to do with that. With Spencers previous calls for the creation of a white ethno-state and the TWPs association with the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement, Caron said: Im not trying to work with people like that. Similarly to Spencer, Dickson has advocated for a White Ethno-State on the North American continent, a project analogous to the creation of Israel in the first half of the 20th century, according to Spencers National Policy Institute. At a 2013 American Renaissance conference, Spencer suggested that a peaceful ethnic-cleansing could be carried out to realize those ends. Formerly the secretary of Kesslers conservative group, Unity and Security for America which advocates for tighter restrictions on immigration from non-Western nations Smith said he was not involved in the May 13 alt-right rally and quit working with Kessler shortly thereafter. Caron said hes wary of Kessler becoming more embroiled in identity politics. He also said he was not aware that the May 13 rally was being planned. Obviously, the way that Jasons been lately, hes made it more about race, Caron said. Unfortunately, thats why Ive had to distance myself. Im not into identity politics. By seeking Wes Bellamys removal from City Council last fall after he discovered and publicized a litany of racist and misogynistic tweets the African-American councilman had written several years before he was elected, Kessler caught the attention of Smith, an aspiring political operative, and Caron, one of Kesslers lifelong friends. In a blog post at the time, Kessler said he targeted Bellamy for being a black supremacist in his seeking the removal of the Lee statue and calling for a boycott against Bellas, an Italian restaurant whose owner, University of Virginia lecturer Doug Muir, criticized the Black Lives Matter movement in a Facebook post. Kessler and his associates received a great deal of notoriety and enemies in the ultimately unsuccessful effort to unseat Bellamy. Left-wing social justice activists challenged Kessler and his colleagues, accusing them of running a racially motivated campaign to oust Bellamy. Several weeks ago, Know Your Local Nazi fliers featuring the personal information of Kessler, Caron, Smith and several others were anonymously distributed in the downtown area. The fliers were created by Showing Up for Racial Justice Charlottesville activists, according to a source involved with the group. Recently, another business owner has alleged that hes been targeted by the left-wing activists. Im being threatened, Im getting phone calls from people saying theyre going to kill me and shoot me, said Lacy Weeks, owner of Mystic Tattoo and Body Piercing and a member of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club. Weeks said hes been the target of a harassment campaign and has received many poor online reviews of his tattoo shop. A similar incident played out earlier this year when right-wing sympathizers targeted Cinema Taco for refusing service one night to a group of alleged neo-Nazis. Earlier this month, Kessler asked Weeks to help organize a security detail for a news conference he held outside the Charlottesville Police Department to discuss his upcoming rally. Kessler introduced the assembled group of bikers as members of the Warlocks, a 3-percent biker group. Kessler later corrected that assertion in an email, clarifying that the Warlocks are actually a 1-percent motorcycle club, and adding that members of a philanthropic-focused biker club, known as The Wrecking Crew, also were present at the news conference. The 3-percent label is sometimes used to describe the right-wing, constitutionalist patriot movement. One-percent groups are generally outlaw gangs. The email also included a statement from the bikers: Neither club affiliates as a white supremacist organization as individuals or clubs in whole. Nor do we support their beliefs. In interviews last week, Weeks vehemently denied harboring any kind of racist feelings. And despite the historical connotation 1-percent or 3-percent biker clubs have with outlaw biker gangs, Weeks said neither he nor the club is involved in criminal activity. Weeks said only two members of the club attended the news conference, and that the 1-percent moniker is a reference to the clubs prestige among other motorcycle clubs. Earlier this year, state law enforcement and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control started an effort to crack down on outlaw motorcycle gang activity in Central Virginia-area restaurants. In March, town of Louisa Police Chief Ronnie Roberts told NBC29: Those 1-percenters, the ones that create the problems for us in law enforcement and the criminal activity, is the area we need to focus on. Weeks said the head of the clubs mother chapter in Orlando, Florida, recently contacted him about attracting media attention to the club following Kesslers news conference. He said the clubs chief threatened to revoke his status in the group. Our club were trying to get rid of that tarnished image, Weeks said. My national boss, he jumped my ass, man. I came this close to losing my center patch. Weeks said hes sympathetic to Kessler and the cause to save the Lee statue, and that he agreed to arrange a security detail for Kesslers news conference to protect his right to free speech. Its grossly unfair. Jason will sit there and say hes not with the KKK or a white supremacist, Weeks said. I did research and talked to him Jason is me. Hes guilty by the media. In a tweet to an anonymous Twitter account that has attempted to expose many of the extreme neo-Nazi and white supremacist ties to Kesslers upcoming rally, one of Kesslers colleagues, Hannah Zarski, said, Jasons thing isnt an ethno-state. Kessler has denied being a white nationalist, but his claims that there is a white genocide under the guise of multiculturalism and refugee resettlement from Muslim-majority countries has made it difficult for him to evade that label. Anonymous Twitter user @Don_Chump, who goes by the nom de guerre Robert Lee and runs the blog restoringthehonor.blogspot.com, has been critical of Kessler associating with explicitly racist and white nationalist groups. He said Kessler cannot say he is not a bigot while promoting groups whose leaders are attempting to make their views palatable to the public while their supporters openly espouse racist rhetoric and use Nazi imagery, such as the swastika and the Sieg Heil salute. Alluding to the vitriolic and aggressive reactions to Kessler and those groups, Lee said anti-fascists and anti-racists need to realize theyre waging a public relations war. Lee said the left-wing activists are bringing a gun to a knife fight, while the other side is using civil rights as a shield. Its a brilliant strategy, he said about the alt-right. But their end game is a segregated society. Last week, the Anti-Defamation League labeled Kessler a white supremacist in a list of alt-right and alt-lite personalities. The alt-lite moniker represents right-wing activists who have rejected the overtly racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric of the alt-right, but they nonetheless embrace misogyny and xenophobia, and abhor political correctness and the left, according to the ADL. The report described the alt-right as a loose network of racists and anti-Semites who reject mainstream conservatism in favor of politics that embrace implicit or explicit racist, anti-Semitic and white supremacist ideology. Many seek to re-inject such bigoted ideas into the conservative movement in the United States. According to the ADL report, Kessler last month spoke at an alt-right rally in Washington, and told the crowd that America would be better off if the South had won the Civil War, and advanced conspiracy theories about Jews controlling Hollywood and the media and promoting filthy propaganda. The list included Spencer and several other alt-right figures, some of whom will be featured speakers at the Aug. 12 rally in Charlottesville. The Unite the Right speakers on the ADL list include Traditionalist Worker Party co-founder and Nationalist Front co-chairman Matthew Heimbach. The Nationalist Front is an umbrella organization for about a dozen nationalist organizations, including the National Socialist Movement, the tenants of which include the creation of an American state where only “those of pure wjohite blood” can be citizens. Last week, a Louisville court gave Heimbach a suspended jail sentence on charges stemming from an incident last year in which he allegedly physically harassed a woman protesting a Donald Trump campaign rally. Responding to the publication of the list, Kessler used his Twitter account to accuse the ADL of being a Jewish supremacist group instigating a harassment and blackmail campaign against prominent white activists. Kessler did not respond to requests for an interview. The alt-lite figures in the ADL list included Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart, who visited Charlottesville several times during his unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign to support Kessler and protest the removal of the Lee statue, and Gavin McInnes, a conservative commentator and founder of the Proud Boys, a self-described Western chauvinist group. The Proud Boys gained local attention last month after Kessler publicly invited the state chapter of the Fred Perry polo shirt-wearing group for a meeting downtown. Recently, McInnes has tried to distance his group from the alt-right label. Last week, he tweeted: ProudBoys VA are not alt-right If you are a VA PB who is AR, youre not a VA PB. McInnes rejection of the alt-right title, and previous reports that he and other key figures with the Proud Boys requested that its members not represent the group at the Aug. 12 rally, parallel Caron and Smith attempting to distance themselves from Kessler. But their conservative views and opposition to Democratic politics remain. Alluding to the involvement of anarcho-communist and anti-capitalist Antifa, or anti-fascist groups protesting the alt-right, Caron said hes worried that moderate liberals are ceding ground to far-left ideologies. Its concerning to me that we dont have the same level of apprehension to communists that we do to Nazis, he said. I am concerned that these people would prefer for me and Jason to not even exist, he added. They dont want us to even go out in public. They dont want us to leave the house. I dont know what their end goal is I believe its beyond politics. And thats how communists operate. Although some see the response to a campaign to have the Aug. 12 rallys permit be revoked as totalitarian, social justice activists, such as Marc Mazique, think the city is sanctioning a rally where the speakers are hoping to incite and even commit acts of violence and sow racial hatred. Acts of speech are exactly that acts, Mazique said at last weeks City Council meeting. When we treat all acts of speech as effectively neutral, we help normalize oppressive speech, and further oppressive acts. People of color are continually expected to sacrifice their emotions, their hurt, their very humanity in the service of white comfort, which becomes abstracted out into the community at large under the label public order, he said. Instead of being empowered to draw on righteous anger and indignation at injustice, we are told to be smaller, calmer, quieter or just plain quiet. While Caron, Smith and others are equally skeptical of both alt-right and leftist ideologues, a writer for Occidental Dissent, a Southern nationalist blog thats supporting the Aug. 12 rally, wrote Friday that it could be an opportunity to turn more moderate right-wingers on to their brand of nationalism. The blog post predicted the Unite the Right rally could be the largest gathering of nationalists since George Lincoln Rockwell, founder of the American Nazi Party, rallied supporters in Chicago in the 1960s. I encourage everyone who may be undecided to travel up to Charlottesville, and spend the weekend mingling with those who in spirit are already essentially our friends, the post read. Talk to them, bond over common beliefs, and use the time given to you to educate others on issues such as the Jewish Problem, the Homosexual Problem, and the inherent evils that exist when the masses are granted overwhelming freedom and individualism.

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Can grassroots action neutralize the growth of the white supremacist movement? – Open Democracy

This article was first published byWaging Nonviolence. Credit: By United States Department of Justice/Wikimedia. Public Domain. A train pulled out of the quiet and quirky Portland, Oregon neighborhood of Hollywood on the evening of May 26th 2017, and thats when the yelling began. Targeting two young women, one wearing a hijab, 35-year-old Jeremy Christian went on an Islamophobic tirade, accusing them of terrorism, tax evasion and general un-Americanness. When three men stepped up to intervene in the assault, Christian was ready with a knife, stabbing each one, successively, in the jugular and killing two of them. This brutal attack was not just the result of mental illness, as is often blamed in cases such as these, but rather the latest stop-over in white supremacist escalations. Christian, who was new to such politics, had been frothing with rage for several weekever since an April 30 free speech rally that a local ultra-conservative group had organized and modeled after other alt-right events happening around the country. Wearing an American flag cape and wielding a wooden baseball bat, Christian was stopped by police before he could take a swing at the counter protesters. Tragedies like these inspire a sense of horror in the collective community, but it is not necessarily a surprise. The pattern of white supremacist violence has been consistent over the decades as fascist movements rise and fall, and disaffected members of their ranks follow suit with lone wolf violence. How the community responds to these moments of sorrow, and the ways in which those responsible are held accountable, is what determines the fate of movements like the alt-right. A violent vision. The history of the white nationalist movementof which the alt-right is the latest incarnationis one of violence from start to finish. As FBI reports confirm, radical right-wing combatants are still the primary terror threat in the United States, far outweighing the Islamic terror boogeyman that the Trump administration hopes to portray. In a 2015 survey of 382 law enforcement agencies by the Police Executive Research Forum, a full 74 percent of attacks came from far-right anti-government radicals. In a U.S. Military AcademysCombating Terrorism Center study, far-right terrorists were responsible for an average of 337 attacks a year since 9/11. The Anti-Defamation League, which tracks hate groups, listed white supremacists as conducting more attacks in 2015 than any other ideology, and when combined with anti-abortion and anti-government groups, which often crossover, the number rose to a full 63 percent of all domestic terrorism. The threat of white supremacist terrorism is a constant in U.S. history. During the civil rights movement, the Ku Klux Klan built a paramilitary assault on the American South, murdering hundreds in bombings, gun attacks and lynching. In the 1980s, the Order erupted as a revolutionary project out of the Aryan Nations, robbing banks and murdering Jewish radio host Alan Berg. The militia movement, which was becoming an increasingly violent force in the 1990s after the passage of the Brady assault weapons ban and blunders by federal agents at Ruby Ridge and Waco, hit its zenith when Terry Nichols and Timothy McVeigh detonated a fertilizer bomb in the Oklahoma City Federal Building. Built on failure. The pattern of white supremacist violence often fails to be associated with the movement itself because of the common lone wolf quality of individual attacks. Following the leaderless resistance model developed by white nationalist Louis Beam and championed by skinhead leaders like Tom Metzger, those on the fringes of the movement and society are often instigated to engage in acts of extreme violence against the state, minorities and their collaborators. The model for this violence is one of desperation, attempting to mobilize those without strong social bonds. The failure of their ability to organize, to see growth from a seed idea into a mass populist movement, kicks it over the edge into a nihilist assault lacking in long-term vision. As the culture further turned left, and major white supremacist enclaves like the Aryan Nations compound and the National Alliance were disrupted, desperate acts of violence took placefrom the 2009 murder of a security guard at the Smithsonian Holocaust Museum to the 2012 shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. A part of this pattern comes from the relationship that white nationalists have with those on the margins of the mainstream, like politicians, media outlets and other provocateurs. Because of the extreme nature of their ideas, white nationalists latch onto those whodespite not sharing their key ideological platformhave enough in common with them to help mainstream their message. People like Barry Goldwater and George Wallace held this role to the anti-integrationists active during the civil rights movement. In the early 1990s, the campaign of Pat Buchanan and the broad paleoconservative movement did this as well, using dog whistle language railing against immigration, globalization and affirmative action. Today, this comes in the form of what many call the alt-light, the layer of anti-PC talking heads that populates the so-called deplorable-sphere around the Donald Trump campaign. Milo Yiannoupoulos, Lauren Southern and Gavin McGinnis all promote their talking points and political ideas, even if they would squirm when the full-bore racism and anti-Semitism is unleashed. Historically, white nationalists ride their mainstream relationships as far as those with celebrity are willing to take them, and when the association becomes too toxic, those with careers to think about jump ship. As the true alt-right becomes more well known, and their history of violence becomes more commonly understood, this will further push those who have lent their celebrity to betray their allegiances. It is this final push that relegates the fascist core back to their sub-cultural roots, validatingin their mindsa revolutionary perspective that had been compromised by the pursuit of beltway respectability. It is at this moment that the acts of lone wolf violence escalate, when the hope of a peaceful solution to the race problem has been dashed. As we enter the period when the alt-right breaks from Trump and is abandoned by their temporary colleagues, the potential for violence only magnifies. A part of history. What often blinds people to the alt-rights potential for violence is their branding, not their content. With fashionable swooped hair, pressed suits, and geeky Internet jargon, they seem more like an upper-middle-class wedding party than a nationalist cadre bent on a 21st century coup. This is only a mirage, as they are simply the latest generation in a lineage of white nationalist organizing, but with better youth appeal. At American Renaissance, one of the largest alt-right conferences, the whos who of the movement is in attendance: U.S. Members of the Aryan Nations hobnob with the alt-right group Proud Boys, former KKK leaders like David Duke and Don Black hold Q&As, and politicians from far-right European political movements like the British National Party receive standing ovations. While their language may be, at times, couched in academic jargon, they have the same effect of motivating their fringe towards acts of kamikaze violence. After Dylan Roof murdered nine in a flurry of automatic gunfire, his manifesto revealed that his inspiration was the propaganda of the Council of Conservative Citizensa neo-Confederate group that lists miscegenation as against Gods chosen order, and holds American Renaissance founder Jared Taylor as one of its spokesmen and board members. Taylors work at American Renaissance further inspired Jared Loughner, the 22-year-old man who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and several others in 2011. As the alt-right coasts into its most contentious period since its 2015-2016 rise, the violence has risen among its disaffected periphery. James Harris Jackson went to New York City in March with the intent of finding and killing black men in relationships with white women. Instead, he settled on murdering a black homeless man with a sword. Weeks later, Sean Urbanski murdered Army Second Lieutenant Richard Collins in an act of racial revenge. Both men were following alt-right figures online, with Urbanski in the Alt-Reich Facebook group and Jackson following alt-right leaders like Richard Spencer. During the same period of escalation, Lauren Southern brought an entourage of alt-right celebritiesand others ready to attack community members and protestersto her speaking event in downtown Berkeley, California. Us together. While the historical behavior of white supremacists teaches us what to expect, there is also much to learn from the community responses that have neutralized their growth. For example, while the federal government went to war with the militia movement after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, it was growing public disgust that devastated the militia movements recruitment efforts and essentially forced them into retreat until Barrack Obama was elected president. The final answer, though, is the creation of a mass response to this type of racist violence. With only hours notice the day after the Christian murders in Portland, a candlelight vigil drew thousands to the site of the attack. Meanwhile, the organizers of the April 30 free speech rally are organizing another event on June 4, and the response from the community promises to completely overwhelm them, showing that an iron wall has been built against alt-right recruitment. This is the way that a mass movement turns the tide of atrocity, letting the violence act as a reminder of what inaction can bring.

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Saint-Gaudens and Summer Fashion: Real and Ideal – New Hampshire Magazine

Summer is about going places and doing things. Fashion is about self-expression and fantasy. To blend the practicality and playfulness of the season, our stylist and photographer visited the New Hampshire home of one of our countrys greatest artists, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. By Chloe Barcelou, Photos by Bruce Luetters Augustus Saint-Gaudens in front of a variation of the Amor Caritas sculpture, 1898 Realism and idealism are words often used to describe the works of one of our countrys most beloved artists and teachers: Augustus Saint-Gaudens known as the Sculptor of the American Renaissance. His home and studio in Cornish are nestled next to the wide Connecticut River, with panoramic views of Vermonts Mt. Ascutney and the vivid colors of the aptly named Maxfield Parrish highway. Aspet, as he named his estate, began as his summer getaway and later became his permanent home. Boasting a reputation as New Hampshires only National Historic Site, the Saint-Gaudens estate comes complete with bronze cast copies of iconic memorials such as the depiction of Civil War Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, the prestigious Shaw Memorial the original is displayed on Beacon Street in Boston and many others. These memorials, in combination with the Italian Renaissance-inspired formal gardens, atrium pools and Federal-style columned porches, adorn the landscape as durable tributes to the style and artistry of their creator. The designers and boutiques who provided the summer fashions adorning these pages work in a more ephemeral medium, but share the pride of workmanship and the joy of enhancing mundane life with beauty and delight. Our models for this feature showcase garments either designed or handmade in or sourced from the Granite State. These looks are meant to inspire, educate, and bring well-deserved attention to the countless fashionable individuals who are working to give New Hampshire its own style statement. Inspired by the Federal-style piazza of Aspet, Saint-Gaudens Cornish home, Olivia embodies classic summer style in a silk taffeta gingham skirt, white blouse and quintessential straw hat, each piece as versatile in styling as it is in ageless appeal. DETAILS: Shabby Apple silk taffeta gingham floor-length skirt ($108), cameo charm bracelet ($695) and choker ($69) from Lady Pickwicks, with Maniju tulle skirt ($78) from Pretty Little Things. Few Moda blouse ($59), Dolce Vita gladiator sandals ($59.99), Michael Kors chain belt ($17) and straw hat ($19) from Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th at the Merrimack Premium Outlets Modern meets edgy in this leather polka dot tunic, hedged by the marble surroundings of the Piping Pan Fountain. DETAILS: Krista Larson parachute slip dress in silk organza ($343) layered over Staples leather polka dot tunic dress ($198) from Gondwana & Divine Clothing Co., with a Garnet Hill tulle skirt in fawn dot ($118). Circle beaded rope necklaces ($10, $15) from Charming Charlie at the Pheasant Lane Mall and Sam Edelman kitten heel tie-up shoe ($69) from Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th at the Merrimack Premium Outlets Left: Olivias electric blue dress completes the Mediterranean scene under Saint-Gaudens pergola. The fuschia-colored stucco wall is crowned with casts of the Parthenon frieze. Right: Mimicking the natural-hued shadows of this unique birch alley, Olivia and Diana are wearing their butterfly gowns from local designer Krista Larson. DETAILS, LEFT: Nellis teal lace mini dress ($58) and arrowhead necklace ($29) from Pretty Little Things, with Steve Madden sheer coverup ($29) and Stuart Weitzman gold leather ankle strap pumps ($169), both from Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th at the Merrimack Premium Outlets. Black and gold chandelier necklace and earrings ($22) from Charming Charlie at the Pheasant Lane Mall and gold scarab ring from Lilise Designer Resale DETAILS, RIGHT: On standing model: Krista Larson silk organza satchel slip in black butterfly ($391) and extreme spring skirt ($409). Pretty Little Things silk threaded choker ($10) with Miranda’s on Main’s Suellen sun hat ($58). Michael Kors nude and flower applique sandals from Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th at the Merrimack Premium Outlets ($39). On seated model: Krista Larson short pastry slip in black butterfly ($451) paired with polka dot petticoat skirt ($365) and eyelet cotton flower vest ($365). Fly London wedge heel sneakers ($179) and UNOde50 dragonfly necklace ($275), both available for purchase at Gondwana & Divine Clothing Co. Dianas regal ensemble with hand-embroidered details recalls Gone with the Wind. She stands by the Atriums stately columns. DETAILS: Entro lace Victorian top ($40) from Lady Pickwicks, with Pretty Little Things pink lace crop top cami ($42). Mirandas On Main, Audrey sun hat ($52) and Elisa J metallic gold skirt ($178), layered with Krista Larsons silk taffeta embroidered box pleat skirt ($558) and vintage skirt ($411) in silk. Snakeskin wedge heel by Gentle Souls ($195) available at Garnet Hill and Pink Collection. Watch ($21), bracelets ($16, $10) and collar necklace ($20) from Charming Charlie at the Pheasant Lane Mall Left: Dianas ensemble, with luxurious hand-embroidered details, recalls times past. Right: Under the pergola Saint-Gaudens designed after a trip to Italy Diana daydreams in Emerson Frys organic cotton butterfly caftan. Its hand-printed with low-impact ink, designed in New Hampshire and made sustainably in Rajasthan, India. DETAILS, LEFT: Karl Lagerfeld suit jacket ($79), Cirana blue peek-a-boo ruffle sleeve top, ($49), white lace short ($29), Michael Kors gold chain belt ($19) and BCBG black and white pump ($27), all at Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th at the Merrimack Premium Outlets. Gold stud earrings ($22) from Lady Pickwicks, Blue Sky tortoise and gemstone statement necklace ($42) and Rain woven chain cuff ($28) from Mirandas On Main and JW Hulme legacy handbag ($295) from Bliss Boutiques. DETAILS, RIGHT: Emerson Fry organic cotton caftan ($178) and Krista Larson gold embroidered linen billowy coat ($418), with Palm Beach blue and white beaded sandals ($84) and pearl and gold stone pendant necklace ($100) from Lady Pickwicks. Black and gold pendant necklace ($98) from Gondwana & Divine Clothing Co. Beaded rope necklaces ($10, $15) from Charming Charlie at the Pheasant Lane Mall. The blue and white rucksack indigo bag ($65) is from Susanas Sewing Studio and the Inouitoosh gold star maps scarf ($150) is from Bliss Boutiques. Left:This look is inspired by Saint-Gaudens ethereal statue, Amor Caritas. Reflections from the glassy Atrium pool cast dancing glimpses of Olivias richly toned layered skirts. Right:Like a butterfly attracted to the sweet aroma of the apple blossoms, Olivias silk organza butterfly ensemble brings to mind Alice in Wonderland. DETAILS, LEFT: Karl Lagerfeld lace shirt with Peter Pan collar and tie ($49) and Monica kitten heel ($99) by Coach from Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th at the Merrimack Premium Outlets, with Cemi Ceri silk taffeta floral print A-line skirt ($42), Yumi floral cardigan ($96) from Lady Pickwicks and Pretty Little Things tulle midi skirt ($68). Leather and lace belt ($25) from Charming Charlie at the Pheasant Lane Mall. Tweedy clutch from Mirandas On Main ($48) DETAILS, RIGHT: Butterfly flowing asymmetrical sheer tunic top ($110) from Gondwana & Divine Clothing Co. with Krista Larsons silk cottage skirt in colorful butterfly print ($545) and striped petticoat skirt in radish ($365). Stuart Weitzman black and colored speckled stiletto ($169) from Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th at the Merrimack Premium Outlets

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America needs more mundane inventions – Seacoastonline.com

Sam Asano The sudden pour started a little after 7 p.m. as I started driving home after the early movie. The rain was heavy but nothing to worry about. The wipers worked fine and I could see through the windshield quite well. However, in five minutes the situation drastically worsened. The rain drops were now menacingly large and hit the windshield and roof of my car loudly. I began slowing down and squinted to see the road. I was driving on a two-lane country road with many curves. I could feel my tension rise as I had trouble seeing and deciphering what was ahead. The yellow line was hardly visible and some areas of the road had accumulated a few inches of water that made loud sound when the car hit the puddle. Now I was scared. Suddenly round the bend, a stream of cars appeared in the opposite lane. They all had high beams on. I was blinded as their light filled my windshield. I had to slow and look to my right to make sure my car didnt fall off the roads edge. I flashed my lights to the oncoming cars to drop down their beams, but nobody responded. In a way, I understood they too were struggling to see. But, what about me? I couldnt see a thing. I read various articles about autonomous driving systems being tried out by the worlds major automobile manufacturers such as GM, Toyota and Mercedes as well as internet-related giants such as Google and Apple. These articles make you feel as though autonomous driving is coming to us soon like around the corner. My question, honestly, is really? Lets reflect on the issue of blinding high beams. Why is it so difficult to turn down high-beam headlights automatically when being approached by a car in the opposite lane? The 10 cars that came and went by with high beams on and practically blinded me in the blinding rain storm never dropped to low beams. Thats probably because they too couldnt see well in the deluge. Thats more reason why they should have. An automatic light control cannot possibly be more complicated than the futuristic autonomous driving car system. I am not a critic of American civilization. In fact, I have no idea who really is qualified to make comments criticizing our trend in technology. But, I have some apprehension that we tend to go after grandiose rainbow schemes that impress the press but not really the public. Probably there is a strong trend in the investment community to pour money in long-range, grand schemes such as autonomous driving rather than high beams that automatically switch to low when a car approaches. One is multi-million dollar investment while the automatic switch for high beams is nothing but a few technicians design job. People cant get excited about that, can they? My point is that we Americans spend investment funds on futuristic projects as the excitement leads us there. Space travel launched by rockets, sealed trains traveling through a vacuum tunnel at a high speed and autonomous driving cars are just a few examples of American grandiose projects. What bothers me is the fact while we are working on projects that might yield results in the far future, 40 percent of our automobile market share just went to Japanese car makers. Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Subaru and Mazda together sell more than four of every 10 cars purchased here. Why? Well, their products are more reliable and the public wants reliable autos priced reasonably. Furthermore, the combined market share of all foreign automakers now exceeds 45 percent. To make matters worse, the luxury automobiles are all from foreign makers. Cadillac used to be an established lexicon in American language to express top products. This is the Cadillac of pens or This is Cadillac of bicycles. Unfortunately, the crown brand no longer wears the crown. Being an inventor myself I am aware of the importance of inventions to the national economy. The period from 1850 to 1950, which made America the top industrial nation of the world, was continuously supported by inventions by Americans. From such giants of inventions as Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell to the brilliant Shaker Tabitha Babbitt and hundreds of others, America was built on their hard work with sharp focus on solving problems. The result is that America had no national debt through this period. Starting in the 1970s, we started buying anything and everything from overseas, and now we have amassed $20 trillion of national debt; an appalling $65,000 per capita for even little babies and aging retirees. Steve Bannon supports Economic Nationalism, the idea to increase protection of our own industry within our borders. In some ways, this resembles the effort of save animal species nearing extinction. We should exert our effort before the national debt starts to crush our economy. To rescue our nation from bankruptcy, we should expand our efforts to invent more mundane everyday solutions and manufacture them here. There are so many opportunities for inventors to work on products that make aging peoples lives easier and healthier. The pet industry is another wide-open opportunity as it continues to grow $6 billion in revenue per year without any dip. American inventors, rise now! Bring about American renaissance. Shintaro Sam Asano was named by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011 as one of the 10 most influential inventors of the 20th century who improved our lives. He is a businessman and inventor in the field of electronics and mechanical systems who is credited as the inventor of the portable fax machine. Write to him at sasano@gmail.com.

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Come to Honolulu for the beaches, stay for the shopping – Inquirer.net

View of Waikiki beach from my room in Hilton Hawaiian Village The Hawaii of our imaginationfed by movies like 50 First Dates, Blue Crush, Forgetting Sarah Marshalllooks a lot like the Hawaii of my vacation. Pristine beaches, crystalline waters, good-looking people with a kind word for tourists, and beautiful plantseverywhere you look, its a tropical paradise. My last trip to Honolulu was in the early 90s. I was around nine, and thanks to old family photos, I found photographic records of me smiling in Ala Moana, the alfresco mall, as well as next to historic sites like Pearl Harbor and, um, Marcos dead body. (Yeah, Ferdinands corpse. Dont ask me why.) With more than a decade between this visit and my last, I found Honolulu surprisingly unchangedits scenery just as beautiful, its food just as tasty (still a lot of Spam and fried rice). Yet theres so much to discover that wasnt open to me as a kidlike eating so much poke my stomach hurt (my parents arent into raw food), or trekking well-known sites where Lost and Jurassic Park were shot. Dont get me wrong, Hawaii is famously family-friendly. There are enough things to do here to satisfy the pickiest of travelers. Tour the scenic valley where Godzilla and Jurassic Park were shot. Here, a list of things to do in Honolulu: 1) Drive to the North Shore, eat some shrimp. The North Shore is home to seriously stunning views. Trek up the nearby mountains (or drivemost locals drive) to take in the beautiful vistas. Find time to dine at Giovannis or Romysfood truck institutions in the North Shore famed for their butter garlic shrimp served with rice. 2) Meet the Hawaiian green sea turtle. The Honu, according to locals, does not boast a green shell. Its name, otherwise known as the green sea turtle, is traced to a plant-rich diet that lends its fat a greenish tint. Protected by international laws, the sea turtles are integral to Hawaiian island identity. Though nearly decimated in the 60s, theyre thriving again, thanks to strict regulations. They often populate the beaches in the morning, according to a local at the North Shore, and tourists are invited to admire from afar so as not to disturb or adversely affect these precious sea creatures. Throne room at Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on US soil 3) See how Hawaiis royals lived. A key attraction is the Iolani Palace, the only palace on American territory. Home to Hawaiis past monarchs, it is a modest two-story building, designed in an American Renaissance style. See the room where Hawaiis last monarch was isolated and the bedrooms of the king and queen. In the basement, theres a repository of jewels worn by the royal family. At the Bishop Museum, youll find royal collections owned by the Kamehameha family. And in Queen Emma Summer Palace, the familys summer retreat, get a peek on how they lived, with plenty of the homes original antiques and furnishings remaining. My Isabel Marant sandals, purchased at Ala Moana at a steep discount. In Honolulu, the sales tax is a shopper friendly 4.5 percent. 4) Go shopping during sale season because the deals are intense. Ala Moana Center was, much like in the late 80s, airy and outdoorsy. But this expanded version boasts a huge range of shops, from department stores like Nieman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Saks to designer shops like Valentino, Balenciaga, Celine, Chanel, Brunello Cucinelli. I made my way during sale season and scored major deals, like a pair of Isabel Marant sandals, originally retailing for almost $1,000 that I got for a fraction of that. (Like less than a quarter fraction! My math isnt good but even I know thats a great deal.) The Premium Outlet center, featuring shops like Barneys, Saks, Tumi, Armani Exchange, is more on the outskirts of town but also offers great bargains. I found some items at 90-percent off. Once again, sale season is a blessing from God. Hawaii has been documented as a retail haven, with its lower sales tax and its plethora of shopping centers. The tourism offices also recommend these places to shop: Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki Trade Center, Kings Village, Kuhio Mall, The Rainbow Bazaar, Luxury Row at 2100 Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki Shopping Plaza and Waikiki Business Plaza. 5) Take the movie tour. I know it sounds cheesy, but trust me, its fun. Kualoa Ranch (www.kualoa.com), protected by the National Register of Historic Places, is a famous nature reserve, bordered by both mountain and sea. Jurassic Park, Lost, Godzilla, Hawaii Five-O were all filmed on the 4,000-acre development. On my visit, Chris Pratt and company were filming the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel on the island, and some trailers were on site at Kualoa for key scenes. The best way to experience the island and the tour is either via horseback or ATV. Trek through the valley and stand next to Godzillas footprint, or simply brush against the sites rich, tropical flora and fauna. PAL Airbus A330 business class features fully reclinable seats and a roomier configuration, and flies direct to Honolulu. Soon, A330 tri-class planes will open for Melbourne and Shanghai this July, Sydney in August, Hong Kong in September, Narita in October, Haneda and Osaka in November. PALs economy seats in the A330 features a brand-new entertainment system on a large 10.1-inch touch-screen monitor. The seat button cushion moves forward when reclining, so expect a more comfortable ride. 6) Fly direct, arrive feeling rested. Its 10 hours from Manila to Honolulu, and one of the reasons I enjoyed my four-day trip so much was largely due to the plane. I slept like a baby on PALs recently upgraded Airbus A330. The reconfigured business class cabin boasts fully reclining seats that go all the way to flatbed mode. An adjustable air cushion system offers plenty of comfort with a massage function. More than 50 percent of the seats are singles so theres privacy. Spend the flight vegging out on movies (theres a brand-new entertainment system accompanying the new large 10-inch touch-screen monitor), or do as I did and get some much-needed shuteye for the flight. My PAL flight left Manila mid-afternoon and I arrived in Hawaii in the morning, so I went straight on a tour after landing to maximize my four-day trip. Poke is currentlyHawaiis hottest export, with Manila outlets offering local variations. Poke is simply a salad often made from raw tuna, sesame oil, soy sauce and seaweed. Lau-lau, offered at the authentic Highway Inn in Honolulu, is a traditional dish, often pork, chicken or butterfish, wrapped in luau leaves and steamed. Squid luau is reminiscent of laing,with sweet notesand pork. Famous garlic shrimps of Giovannis, a food truck institution in North Shore, Oahu 7) Eat like a local. Hawaii locals take great pride in their food. As they shouldeverything is tasty and friendly to the Filipino palette. Aside from a love of Spam, Hawaiian food boasts eerie similarities to ours: the kalua pig is similar to the lechon, except that its roasted underground. Squid luau is laing made sweeter, with pork swapped for squid. At Highway Inn, established in 1947, the menu offers the full range of authentic native dishes, from poke to poi. Another local institution is Helenas Hawaiian Food, a super affordable hotspot thats been serving all the classicslomi salmon, pipikaulasince 1946. It has also won a James Beard award. For lovers of sweets, the poi (made from sweet taro) glazed doughnuts at Kamehameha Bakery has a loyal following. Ala Moana claims to be the worlds largest alfresco mall with over 340 stores and restaurants. Find plenty of designer options here like Valentino, Celine and Chanel. At Kualoa Ranch, the adventurous can take an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) ride. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

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The Telegraph | Dunphy: Extremists within our borders – Alton Telegraph

While we will always welcome new citizens who share our values and love our people, our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism of any kind, President Trump proclaimed in a speech delivered in Poland. Some of us found this pledge to keep foreign extremists from entering the United States ironic. There are plenty of extremists already living in the United States. Theyre neither foreigners nor Muslims and they played a vital role in placing Trump in the Oval Office. White supremacists have been enthusiastic supporters of Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president in June 2015 with bigoted remarks about Mexican immigrants, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) noted on its web site. Subsequent remarks from Trump about banning Muslim immigration to the U.S. served to solidify that support. In other words, white supremacists who surely qualify as extremists in the minds of rational, intelligent Americans recognized Trump as one of their own and flocked to his banner. David Duke, a former KKK leader who became notorious for publicly celebrating Hitlers birthday, urged his followers to support Trump. The ADL reported that Duke cautioned listeners of his radio program that voting against Trump is really treason to your heritage. Jared Taylor also strongly supported Trumps presidential campaign. He edits the American Renaissance web site, which sings the praises of Trumps presidency. Taylor himself is the author of a web site article titled Racial Equality: Noble Fiction or Noxious Poison? Kevin MacDonald, a retired professor who has written that American Jews undermine our nations heritage, argued that Trumps candidacy would be the last chance for Whites to elect a president who represents their interests. Trumps xenophobia struck a responsive chord with MacDonald. The ADL quotes MacDonald as claiming In this new climate, millions of White people are realizing that its entirely legitimate to oppose immigration and multiculturalism. Richard Spencer spoke to the annual conference of the National Policy Institute, which describes itself as an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of European descent in the in the United States, and around the world. The convention was held a short time after Trumps victory, and Spencer couldnt have been more delighted. Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail Victory!, Spencer shouted to the crowd. Spencer is one of the leaders of the alt-right movement. His goal, the Atlantic Monthly reports, is nothing less than a new society, an ethno-state that would be gathering point for all Europeans. Spencer advocates a peaceful ethnic cleansing. The United States was until this past generation a white country designed for ourselves and our posterity, Spencer told the crowd. It is our creation, it is our inheritance, and it belongs to us. Steve Bannon is also a leader of the alt-right and served as CEO of Trumps presidential campaign. David Duke praised Bannons appointment by Trump as his administrations chief strategist as excellent and said Bannon would create the ideological aspects of where were going. Jared Taylor also lauded his appointment because Bannon would hold Trump to his campaign promises regarding immigration and other key issues. Trumps promise to keep extremists out of our country rings hollow in light of the extremists whose endorsements he readily accepted in order to win the presidency. Indeed, The Donald has no problem whatsoever with extremists as long as they support him. Trump promised that he would make America great again. The very notion that bigotry and hate-mongering can possibly enhance our nation is offensive and absurd to most Americans. Racism and xenophobia were cherished values in Nazi Germany but have no place in a nation founded on the assertion that all men are created equal. The overwhelming majority of Americans who voted for Trump are not white supremacists. Indeed, they find such extremists as Duke and Spencer morally repulsive. The information contained in this column will deeply disturb them. But they deserve to know the company Donald Trump keeps. Its surely not the kind of company they would ever want to keep. http://thetelegraph.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/web1_Dunphy-1.jpg John J. Dunphy is the author of Abolitionism and the Civil War in Southwestern Illinois and Lewis and Clarks Illinois Volunteers. He owns The Second Reading in Alton. .

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Modified walker is invention that could help millions – VVdailypress.com

By Sam Asano So far in the past few weeks, we have concentrated on discussing possible solutions to the problem of using walkers to climb up and down the stairs. In the regions where snowfalls are expected in the winter, most houses are built with the entrance steps to raise the floor level above ground. Some houses have the entrance stairs having as many as five or six steps, while most houses have two or three steps to enter through the front door. Obviously, the height of the stairs depends on the terrain the house is built on and the design to accommodate the house. So far, I have gotten many requests from persons, who are mildly balance-impaired due to his/her age and/or some ailments, that they would like to be able to use their walkers to climb up or down the front stairs. This is a reasonable request from their viewpoints as they wish to be as independent in their life as possible without having to rely on someone else to assist them. A lady wrote in stating that her daughter lives about 10 minutes away. But she feels bad to have to call her to get her to help in going outside and coming back in the house every time she wishes to breathe fresh air by walking outside. We discussed three solutions at the end of May. One was to develop a stair climber/walker combination, second was a ramp and the third was a hydraulic lift. Of three solutions, the ramp was most sensible. However, further study revealed that the law ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) defines certain specifications as its guideline. The slope needs to be 1:12, meaning each one inch of rise must be covered with one foot set back. If your front entrance stair has four 7-inch risers (four steps), the ramp must be minimum of 28-feet long. Many homes do not have that large an area in the front to accommodate the ramp. Although it is a secondary importance, the enormous ramp size would create an architecturally difficult issue to harmonize with the house. Meanwhile, such a ramp would cost money. The standard estimate according to an experienced contractor John McCormack of New Castle, N.H., one must budget anywhere from $150 to $250 per linear foot of ramp. A 28-foot ramp would cost somewhere between $4,200 to $7,000. That is rather significant expense for a fixed-income person in Aging in Place. The magnitude of the expense would probably terminate any discussion for a ramp. As I was just concluding this ramp design issue, inventor Jud Pitman of Portsmouth, N.H., called me. He stated that he had quickly built a conceptual prototype of a walker that could help its user climb up or down the stair, and he could demonstrate it for me. I immediately accepted his offer. I was happy that the very purpose of this column is to call on everybody in America to invent for causes. And this is just happening. In the morning of June 20th, Pitman showed up at our meeting place, Ceres Bakery of Penhallow Street, Portsmouth. After a few minutes of pleasantries, he asked me to step outside for his demo. We found a cement stair leading to the next brick office building entrance. There he opened his canvas bag and pulled out an ordinary walker. This one is equipped with wheel on each front support leg, but functionally that is not essential. The crux of the invention is the front leg folds forward to result in reducing the front height by adjustable height matched to the riser height (the height of the step). This prototype demonstrates this inventors concept clearly, and Id value his concept and prototype execution as Class A performance achievement. If we succeed in encouraging another 100,000 inventors just like this one, I have no doubt an American Renaissance would happen. Previously we have discussed a solution using a hydraulic lift attached to the side of front stairs. That is another viable solution and probably less expensive than building ramp according to ADA standards. Go to Google and search Hydraulic Lift (Scissor Lift), and there are many vendors listing literally hundreds of lifts on their websites. Their prices start at around $1,500. Installation may cost you additional $1,000, but this is an excellent solution for medium to heavily balance-impaired person. Since the use isnt very frequent, you would be able to buy a used lift that is much less expensive than a new unit. By using the hydraulic lift, the user needs not to walk down a perilous and slippery ramp, or wet or icy stairs. All he/she needs to do is to stand with walker and push the button either up or down. Again, the main shortcoming is when power fails. But, if a storm causes power failure, you are better off staying inside. This week concludes the chapter of how to overcome stairs when you must use walker. The least expensive solution is a modified walker just proposed by Pitman. Second is the hydraulic lift attached to the side of the front stair. The third is a ramp built according to ADA rules, which is the most expensive. We welcome the Victor Valley Daily Press to our syndicate. Lets us raise American consciousness that we are the most advanced nation in the world and we will rise like a Phoenix to create another era of high-tech manufacturing kingdom. Shintaro “Sam” Asano was named by MIT in 2011 as one of the top 10 most influential inventors of the 20th century. He lives on the seacoast of New Hampshire with his dog Sophie. You can write to Sam at sasano@americaninventioninstitute

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Modified walker is invention that could help millions – Hesperia Star

By Sam Asano So far in the past few weeks, we have concentrated on discussing possible solutions to the problem of using walkers to climb up and down the stairs. In the regions where snowfalls are expected in the winter, most houses are built with the entrance steps to raise the floor level above ground. Some houses have the entrance stairs having as many as five or six steps, while most houses have two or three steps to enter through the front door. Obviously, the height of the stairs depends on the terrain the house is built on and the design to accommodate the house. So far, I have gotten many requests from persons, who are mildly balance-impaired due to his/her age and/or some ailments, that they would like to be able to use their walkers to climb up or down the front stairs. This is a reasonable request from their viewpoints as they wish to be as independent in their life as possible without having to rely on someone else to assist them. A lady wrote in stating that her daughter lives about 10 minutes away. But she feels bad to have to call her to get her to help in going outside and coming back in the house every time she wishes to breathe fresh air by walking outside. We discussed three solutions at the end of May. One was to develop a stair climber/walker combination, second was a ramp and the third was a hydraulic lift. Of three solutions, the ramp was most sensible. However, further study revealed that the law ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) defines certain specifications as its guideline. The slope needs to be 1:12, meaning each one inch of rise must be covered with one foot set back. If your front entrance stair has four 7-inch risers (four steps), the ramp must be minimum of 28-feet long. Many homes do not have that large an area in the front to accommodate the ramp. Although it is a secondary importance, the enormous ramp size would create an architecturally difficult issue to harmonize with the house. Meanwhile, such a ramp would cost money. The standard estimate according to an experienced contractor John McCormack of New Castle, N.H., one must budget anywhere from $150 to $250 per linear foot of ramp. A 28-foot ramp would cost somewhere between $4,200 to $7,000. That is rather significant expense for a fixed-income person in Aging in Place. The magnitude of the expense would probably terminate any discussion for a ramp. As I was just concluding this ramp design issue, inventor Jud Pitman of Portsmouth, N.H., called me. He stated that he had quickly built a conceptual prototype of a walker that could help its user climb up or down the stair, and he could demonstrate it for me. I immediately accepted his offer. I was happy that the very purpose of this column is to call on everybody in America to invent for causes. And this is just happening. In the morning of June 20th, Pitman showed up at our meeting place, Ceres Bakery of Penhallow Street, Portsmouth. After a few minutes of pleasantries, he asked me to step outside for his demo. We found a cement stair leading to the next brick office building entrance. There he opened his canvas bag and pulled out an ordinary walker. This one is equipped with wheel on each front support leg, but functionally that is not essential. The crux of the invention is the front leg folds forward to result in reducing the front height by adjustable height matched to the riser height (the height of the step). This prototype demonstrates this inventors concept clearly, and Id value his concept and prototype execution as Class A performance achievement. If we succeed in encouraging another 100,000 inventors just like this one, I have no doubt an American Renaissance would happen. Previously we have discussed a solution using a hydraulic lift attached to the side of front stairs. That is another viable solution and probably less expensive than building ramp according to ADA standards. Go to Google and search Hydraulic Lift (Scissor Lift), and there are many vendors listing literally hundreds of lifts on their websites. Their prices start at around $1,500. Installation may cost you additional $1,000, but this is an excellent solution for medium to heavily balance-impaired person. Since the use isnt very frequent, you would be able to buy a used lift that is much less expensive than a new unit. By using the hydraulic lift, the user needs not to walk down a perilous and slippery ramp, or wet or icy stairs. All he/she needs to do is to stand with walker and push the button either up or down. Again, the main shortcoming is when power fails. But, if a storm causes power failure, you are better off staying inside. This week concludes the chapter of how to overcome stairs when you must use walker. The least expensive solution is a modified walker just proposed by Pitman. Second is the hydraulic lift attached to the side of the front stair. The third is a ramp built according to ADA rules, which is the most expensive. We welcome the Victor Valley Daily Press to our syndicate. Lets us raise American consciousness that we are the most advanced nation in the world and we will rise like a Phoenix to create another era of high-tech manufacturing kingdom. Shintaro “Sam” Asano was named by MIT in 2011 as one of the top 10 most influential inventors of the 20th century. He lives on the seacoast of New Hampshire with his dog Sophie. You can write to Sam at sasano@americaninventioninstitute

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