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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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A brief history of the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale – southflorida … – SouthFlorida.com

When the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale kicks off its 2017-2018 season on Sunday, July 9, it will mark 60 years as a downtown cultural hub. But the museums growth has been fraught with roadblocks since its first incarnation in 1958. Here are a few important dates to note as the museum closes in on its diamond anniversary.

1958: The Fort Lauderdale Art Center opens on Nov. 19 at 625 E. Las Blvd. (until recently the site of Johnny V.s restaurant), inside an old hardware store, with its first exhibition: Coming of Age: American Art, 1850s-1950s.

1963: Five years in, more than 75,000 patrons had visited the re-christened Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Ceramics by Pablo Picasso, paintings by Mary Cassatt and Childe Hassam and works by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein pass through the museum.

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On the eve of the museum’s 60th anniversary season, director Bonnie Clearwater and others discuss the complicated history of the city’s largest art institution.

On the eve of the museum’s 60th anniversary season, director Bonnie Clearwater and others discuss the complicated history of the city’s largest art institution. (Phillip Valys)

1967: A fire destroys valuable artworks by George Inness, Rufino Tamayo and Diego Rivera, forcing the museum to move blocks away to 426 E. Las Olas Blvd. A search for a spacious, permanent new home gets under way.

1968-1983: The museum struggles to find a home base, with sites proposed everywhere from George English Park to War Memorial Auditorium. Fort Lauderdale voters and various county and city agencies shoot down a referendum and multiple proposals to build the new museum. Finally, in 1980, the citys Downtown Development Authority brokers a 2.5-acre land deal at 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., but the project languishes for three years.

1984: The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale finally breaks ground on the new museum in February.

1986: A glittering new museum debuts on Jan. 5 with the inaugural exhibit, An American Renaissance: Painting and Sculpture Since 1940.

2003: The blockbuster exhibit St. Peter and the Vatican opens in October, featuring religious and papal artifacts that draw 150,000 visitors, a record for the museum.

2004: “Diana, a Celebration,” a popular display of Princess Dianas wedding dress and gowns, opens in October.

2005: “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, opens on Dec. 15, featuring golden treasures surrounding the ancient Egyptian boy king Tut. The show is a financial windfall, drawing some 750,000 visitors and injecting $150 million into Broward County. Even local businesses went Tut crazy, inspiring everything from Tut-themed vacation packages to Tut-themed martinis.

2008: The museum begins a partnership with Nova Southeastern University.

2011: The blockbuster exhibit Vatican Splendors opens in January, featuring a survey of rarely seen artworks and religious artifacts.

2013: Bonnie Clearwater becomes the museums new executive director.

2015: The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale changes its name to NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale.

2016: The museum receives a gift of 100 works by female contemporary artists from board members Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz.

2017: The museums 60th anniversary season will be anchored by Frank Stella: Research and Development, slated to open Nov. 12 and take over nearly every gallery in the museum.

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Modified walker is invention that could help millions – Desert Dispatch – Desert Dispatch

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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What the Alt-Right Learned from the Left – New Republic

Among this loose coalition includes a hardcore white nationalist contingent, consisting of think tanks like the National Policy Institute and American Renaissance, as well as intellectual figureheads and movement leaders like Occidental Dissents Kevin MacDonald, AmRens Jared Taylor, Daniel Friberg of Arkos Media, and, of course, Spencer himself. While this big tent approach comes at the expense of ideological purity, many within the white nationalist old guard have admitted, reluctantly or otherwise, that this doddery coalition has benefited their cause tremendously. As Greg Johnson, editor-in-chief of the white supremacist publishing house Counter Currents, wrote shortly before Trumps inauguration, while white nationalists need to remain realistic about the fault lines that exist between them and so-called alt-light, they ought to treat this brief alliance as an opportunity. Even though the alt-light is driven by civic nationalism as opposed to racial nationalism, they ought to be looked upon as potential converts to white nationalism. For a movement plagued by websites that look they came from 1997, that is a hefty boost.

When it comes to online culture wars, few groups are as well-known or well-recognized as the channers. Racist, sexist imageboards on 4chan and 8chan have been both embraced and viewed with some skepticism by the alt-rights more overtly white nationalist contingent, but they helped usher the far-right into the broader public consciousness. What we call the alt-right today could never have had any connection to the mainstream and to a new generation of young people if it only came in the form of lengthy treatises on obscure blogs, Nagle explains. The memification of the alt-right, its transformation into rapidly reproduceable images and short phrases, was what allowed it to spread so contagiously. It was the political discussion board /pol/ (i.e., politically incorrect) on 4chan and 8chan, and the subreddit /r/The_Donald that gave the alt-right its youthful energy, with its transgression and hacker tactics. It was the channers, too, who facilitated the alt-rights move into mainstream internet culture, whether through raids (coordinated efforts to disrupt the content on a site, through, say, extended and vulgar comment threads), memes, or trolling. Memes like Pepe, (((echoes))), and Kekistanall of which are now commonly referenced by young white nationalist groups like Identity Evropa or the youth contingent of the National Policy Institutehave even become a staple at far-right protests throughout the country.

This tentative allyship between a wide variety of bigots and regressives flies in the face of the onetime consensus that the internet would usher in an information utopia. Instead of encouraging our best impulses, the internet has enhanced our worst ones, and the alt-right may be the clearest proof. As Nagle sees it, the cooption of 4chans more sinister racialist elements by a broader political movement is a natural outcome of the troll-happy culture that gave rise to, say, Anonymouss 2008 war against Scientology. The leaderless anonymous culture that once enchanted scholars such as Gabriella Coleman ended up becoming characterized by a particularly dark preoccupation with thwarted or failed white Western masculinity as a grand metaphor, says Nagle. This breed of internet trollwhich flourished on both the chans and Redditheld such a disdain for mainstream social norms that anything, no matter how noxious, that could be conceived as countercultural was welcome. Who cares? It is all ironic anyway!

As older conservatives fought out the 2016 election in the pages of the National Review and the Weekly Standard, a younger, more tech-savvy generation of neoreactionaries, white nationalists, ultra-conservatives, and traditionalists took to some of the darkest corners of the web to stake out their role in American political life. To do so, they embraced a transgressive and performative approachone that, Nagle writes, is more Fight Club than family values, more in line with Marquis de Sade than Edmund Burkeinspired not by the work of conservative ideologues but by the tactics of left-wing vanguards. Soon, those heeding the ideas of the left most closely . . . and applying them most strategically [were] the right. Rightist troll culture embraced the notion outlined by critical theorists such as Michel Foucault and the New Left thinkers like R.D. Laing that madness is a political and cultural rebellion, and in their hands this idea meant that a position of contrarianism and opposition to consensus values became an end unto itself. Indeed, Nagle explains, the libertinism, individualism, bourgeois bohemianism, postmodernism, irony, and ultimately the nihilism that the left was once accused of by the right has found fertile ground in segments of the new far-right.

The alt-right has also demonstrated a proclivity to steal and distort pieces of left-wing theory at will, all the while unironically harping on the dangers of so-called cultural Marxism. Much like one of its ideological forerunners, the French New Right, the alt-right has embraced a Gramscian approach to political change by focusing almost laser-like on what they view as left-wing cultural hegemony. The point is ultimately to redefine the conditions under which politics is conceived, Friberg explained in an excerpt from his book The Real Right Returns. Only by understanding this tool, countering its misuse, and turning it to serve our own ends, can we overcome the miserable situation that our continent is in. He is referring to Europe, but the same could easily be said of the United States, where the far-right is well aware it lost at least one stage of the culture wars. It is posed to turn its enemies tactics against them.

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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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A brief history of the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale – southflorida … – SouthFlorida.com

When the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale kicks off its 2017-2018 season on Sunday, July 9, it will mark 60 years as a downtown cultural hub. But the museums growth has been fraught with roadblocks since its first incarnation in 1958. Here are a few important dates to note as the museum closes in on its diamond anniversary. 1958: The Fort Lauderdale Art Center opens on Nov. 19 at 625 E. Las Blvd. (until recently the site of Johnny V.s restaurant), inside an old hardware store, with its first exhibition: Coming of Age: American Art, 1850s-1950s. 1963: Five years in, more than 75,000 patrons had visited the re-christened Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Ceramics by Pablo Picasso, paintings by Mary Cassatt and Childe Hassam and works by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein pass through the museum. Phillip Valys On the eve of the museum’s 60th anniversary season, director Bonnie Clearwater and others discuss the complicated history of the city’s largest art institution. On the eve of the museum’s 60th anniversary season, director Bonnie Clearwater and others discuss the complicated history of the city’s largest art institution. (Phillip Valys) 1967: A fire destroys valuable artworks by George Inness, Rufino Tamayo and Diego Rivera, forcing the museum to move blocks away to 426 E. Las Olas Blvd. A search for a spacious, permanent new home gets under way. 1968-1983: The museum struggles to find a home base, with sites proposed everywhere from George English Park to War Memorial Auditorium. Fort Lauderdale voters and various county and city agencies shoot down a referendum and multiple proposals to build the new museum. Finally, in 1980, the citys Downtown Development Authority brokers a 2.5-acre land deal at 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., but the project languishes for three years. 1984: The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale finally breaks ground on the new museum in February. 1986: A glittering new museum debuts on Jan. 5 with the inaugural exhibit, An American Renaissance: Painting and Sculpture Since 1940. 2003: The blockbuster exhibit St. Peter and the Vatican opens in October, featuring religious and papal artifacts that draw 150,000 visitors, a record for the museum. 2004: “Diana, a Celebration,” a popular display of Princess Dianas wedding dress and gowns, opens in October. 2005: “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, opens on Dec. 15, featuring golden treasures surrounding the ancient Egyptian boy king Tut. The show is a financial windfall, drawing some 750,000 visitors and injecting $150 million into Broward County. Even local businesses went Tut crazy, inspiring everything from Tut-themed vacation packages to Tut-themed martinis. 2008: The museum begins a partnership with Nova Southeastern University. 2011: The blockbuster exhibit Vatican Splendors opens in January, featuring a survey of rarely seen artworks and religious artifacts. 2013: Bonnie Clearwater becomes the museums new executive director. 2015: The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale changes its name to NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. 2016: The museum receives a gift of 100 works by female contemporary artists from board members Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz. 2017: The museums 60th anniversary season will be anchored by Frank Stella: Research and Development, slated to open Nov. 12 and take over nearly every gallery in the museum. pvalys@southflorida.com or 954-356-4364

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Modified walker is invention that could help millions – Desert Dispatch – Desert Dispatch

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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What the Alt-Right Learned from the Left – New Republic

Among this loose coalition includes a hardcore white nationalist contingent, consisting of think tanks like the National Policy Institute and American Renaissance, as well as intellectual figureheads and movement leaders like Occidental Dissents Kevin MacDonald, AmRens Jared Taylor, Daniel Friberg of Arkos Media, and, of course, Spencer himself. While this big tent approach comes at the expense of ideological purity, many within the white nationalist old guard have admitted, reluctantly or otherwise, that this doddery coalition has benefited their cause tremendously. As Greg Johnson, editor-in-chief of the white supremacist publishing house Counter Currents, wrote shortly before Trumps inauguration, while white nationalists need to remain realistic about the fault lines that exist between them and so-called alt-light, they ought to treat this brief alliance as an opportunity. Even though the alt-light is driven by civic nationalism as opposed to racial nationalism, they ought to be looked upon as potential converts to white nationalism. For a movement plagued by websites that look they came from 1997, that is a hefty boost. When it comes to online culture wars, few groups are as well-known or well-recognized as the channers. Racist, sexist imageboards on 4chan and 8chan have been both embraced and viewed with some skepticism by the alt-rights more overtly white nationalist contingent, but they helped usher the far-right into the broader public consciousness. What we call the alt-right today could never have had any connection to the mainstream and to a new generation of young people if it only came in the form of lengthy treatises on obscure blogs, Nagle explains. The memification of the alt-right, its transformation into rapidly reproduceable images and short phrases, was what allowed it to spread so contagiously. It was the political discussion board /pol/ (i.e., politically incorrect) on 4chan and 8chan, and the subreddit /r/The_Donald that gave the alt-right its youthful energy, with its transgression and hacker tactics. It was the channers, too, who facilitated the alt-rights move into mainstream internet culture, whether through raids (coordinated efforts to disrupt the content on a site, through, say, extended and vulgar comment threads), memes, or trolling. Memes like Pepe, (((echoes))), and Kekistanall of which are now commonly referenced by young white nationalist groups like Identity Evropa or the youth contingent of the National Policy Institutehave even become a staple at far-right protests throughout the country. This tentative allyship between a wide variety of bigots and regressives flies in the face of the onetime consensus that the internet would usher in an information utopia. Instead of encouraging our best impulses, the internet has enhanced our worst ones, and the alt-right may be the clearest proof. As Nagle sees it, the cooption of 4chans more sinister racialist elements by a broader political movement is a natural outcome of the troll-happy culture that gave rise to, say, Anonymouss 2008 war against Scientology. The leaderless anonymous culture that once enchanted scholars such as Gabriella Coleman ended up becoming characterized by a particularly dark preoccupation with thwarted or failed white Western masculinity as a grand metaphor, says Nagle. This breed of internet trollwhich flourished on both the chans and Redditheld such a disdain for mainstream social norms that anything, no matter how noxious, that could be conceived as countercultural was welcome. Who cares? It is all ironic anyway! As older conservatives fought out the 2016 election in the pages of the National Review and the Weekly Standard, a younger, more tech-savvy generation of neoreactionaries, white nationalists, ultra-conservatives, and traditionalists took to some of the darkest corners of the web to stake out their role in American political life. To do so, they embraced a transgressive and performative approachone that, Nagle writes, is more Fight Club than family values, more in line with Marquis de Sade than Edmund Burkeinspired not by the work of conservative ideologues but by the tactics of left-wing vanguards. Soon, those heeding the ideas of the left most closely . . . and applying them most strategically [were] the right. Rightist troll culture embraced the notion outlined by critical theorists such as Michel Foucault and the New Left thinkers like R.D. Laing that madness is a political and cultural rebellion, and in their hands this idea meant that a position of contrarianism and opposition to consensus values became an end unto itself. Indeed, Nagle explains, the libertinism, individualism, bourgeois bohemianism, postmodernism, irony, and ultimately the nihilism that the left was once accused of by the right has found fertile ground in segments of the new far-right. The alt-right has also demonstrated a proclivity to steal and distort pieces of left-wing theory at will, all the while unironically harping on the dangers of so-called cultural Marxism. Much like one of its ideological forerunners, the French New Right, the alt-right has embraced a Gramscian approach to political change by focusing almost laser-like on what they view as left-wing cultural hegemony. The point is ultimately to redefine the conditions under which politics is conceived, Friberg explained in an excerpt from his book The Real Right Returns. Only by understanding this tool, countering its misuse, and turning it to serve our own ends, can we overcome the miserable situation that our continent is in. He is referring to Europe, but the same could easily be said of the United States, where the far-right is well aware it lost at least one stage of the culture wars. It is posed to turn its enemies tactics against them.

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Under the 'fair use' rule of copyright law, an author may make limited use of another author's work without asking permission. Fair use is based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism. The fair use privilege is perhaps the most significant limitation on a copyright owner's exclusive rights.

Fair use as described at 17 U.S.C. Section 107:

"Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phono-records or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  • (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for or nonprofit educational purposes,
  • (2) the nature of the copyrighted work,
  • (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole, and
  • (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work."