Friday, December 15, 2017

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day - Fructify

 
 
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WORD OF THE DAY
December 15, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
fructify Audio pronunciation
 
verb | FRUK-tuh-fye  
 
Definition
 
:
to bear fruit
 
:
to make fruitful or productive
 
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Fructify derives from Middle English fructifien and ultimately from the Latin noun fructus, meaning "fruit." When the word was first used in English in the 14th century, it literally referred to the actions of plants that bore fruit; later it was used transitively to refer to the action of making something fruitful, such as soil. The word also expanded to encompass a figurative sense of "fruit," and it is now more frequently used to refer to the giving forth of something in profit from something else (such as dividends from an investment). Fructus also gave us the name of the sugar fructose, as well as usufruct, which refers to the legal right to enjoy the fruits or profits of something that belongs to someone else.
 
 
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The White House - 1600 Daily: The closing argument for tax reform

First Lady Melania Trump attends a Toy for Tots event | December 13, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks) 

The closing argument for tax reform
President Donald J. Trump spoke before a crowd in the White House Grand Foyer yesterday to lay out—in concrete terms—what tax cuts would mean for the typical American household. “As we speak, Congress has reached an agreement on tax legislation that will deliver more jobs, higher wages, and massive tax relief for American families and for American companies,” the President said.
Here’s the President’s case by the numbers:
  • $2,000+: What the typical family of four earning $75,000 will see in income tax cuts, slashing their tax bill in half
  • $4,000: How much incomes are expected to rise across the board as a result of tax cuts on U.S. businesses
  • 1/3: The amount one sample Ohio family in the 25-percent bracket and paying nearly $14,000 in taxes would reduce their yearly tax burden
  • 3%: The level of growth the U.S. economy has already surged to—tax reform would take it even further
Watch President Trump and five working families make the case for tax reform.
Bonus: “Tax bill is Christmas present Americans have been waiting for,” says Alfredo Ortiz

‘Transparency and engagement is the right way to go’

Red Notes From a Blue State - Victory for On-Campus Free Speech



Wintrich Vindicated: Torquemada At UConn

Lucian Wintrich is the intolerable conservative nuisance – and victim – who was arrested by UConn police and charged with breach of peace for having made an unsuccessful attempt to exercise his First Amendment rights at Connecticut’s flagship university. Wintrich had been invited to speak by the University of Connecticut Young Republican Club on campus.  
A raucous crowd – seeded, one commentator noted, with fascists – prevented Wintrich from delivering his thoughts on “It’s OK To Be White.”

The speech, which no one appears to have read, is a defense of a slogan launched by 4chan, the anonymous meme center of the internet, “It’s OK To Be White,” the title of Wintrich’s address. It contains one screamingly offensive, intentionally provocative line – “There are currently two Americas, one full of cherry-trees, apple pie capitalism and pragmatism and another, bizarro, America run by illegal immigrant tranny communists" – that Wintrich’s Mom, had he consulted her, probably would have edited out. But otherwise, the address is an attack on leftist identity politics.
Wintrich closed his speech on an anti-alt-right note: “Now I don’t want you running off and joining the alt-right. As conservatives, we should all reject white nationalism on principle. It’s collectivist for all the wrong reasons and it’s anti-capitalist. It says race is more important than the individual and doesn’t want competition from other races.” The speech was ended by fascists in the crowd before this declaration. Wintrich’s preferred slogan, “It’s OK to be White,” the speaker noted, “is not a white nationalist one. Don’t let the media fool you. It can’t tell racism from anti-racist.”
The fascists were successful in preventing the speaker from delivering his remarks, later printed in full by the Gateway Pundit. And when a woman, disputing with Wintrich at the lectern, stole his speech and ran up the aisle with it, Wintrich pursued her in an attempt to recover his property. A struggle ensued, UConn police intervened, Wintrich was arrested and hustled by police to a “safe space,” away from disruptive fascists who were prepared to make life difficult for the departing Wintrich when he exited the building, a common tactic among Antifa fascists at other universities. Why does no one consider it odd that universities these days should provide “safe spaces” for disrupters of the peace, but not for speakers whom the disrupters successfully shout down? And why must speakers be arrested to protect them from fascists? Why not arrest the fascists?

FBI Releases 2016 NIBRS Crime Statistics in Report and CDE, Promotes Transition of Agencies

2016 NIBRS Data Released
On December 11, the FBI released details on more than 6.1 million criminal offenses reported via the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) in 2016. The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s latest report, NIBRS, 2016, presents data about victims, known offenders, and relationships for 52 offenses, which, for the first time, include animal cruelty offenses and the fraud offenses of identity theft and hacking/computer invasion. The report also provides arrest data for those crimes as well as 10 additional offenses for which only arrest data is collected.

Although NIBRS data is not yet nationally representative, 37.1 percent of all law enforcement agencies that participated in the UCR Program in 2016 submitted their data via NIBRS. The FBI expects that number to rise as more agencies make the transition from the traditional Summary Reporting System to NIBRS. Ultimately, the detailed data will provide a better understanding of crime issues from one locale to another, indicate trends, and help law enforcement make more informed policing decisions. To reach more user platforms, the FBI is presenting NIBRS data through the report, an interactive map, and the UCR Program’s Crime Data Explorer (CDE). CDE is an interactive tool that allows users to build customized data tables.

Top Story - 2016 NIBRS Data Released

Highlights of NIBRS, 2016
In 2016, 6,849 law enforcement agencies, representing coverage of more than 100 million U.S. inhabitants, submitted NIBRS data. Agency-level data is available for the reporting year through an interactive NIBRS map found on the home page of the electronic publication, as well as in offense tables that present statistics for each agency that reported 12 months of NIBRS data.
  • Based on aggregate data, NIBRS agencies reported 5,237,106 incidents involving 6,101,034 offenses, 6,437,018 victims, and 4,963,644 known offenders. (Currently, the FBI does not estimate for agencies that do not submit NIBRS data.)
  • There were 3,261,521 arrestees reported through NIBRS.
  • Of the reported offenses, 62.5 percent were crimes against property, 22.7 percent were crimes against persons, and 14.8 percent were crimes against society, which now include animal cruelty offenses in addition to crimes such as gambling and prostitution. (Due to rounding, percentage breakdowns may not total 100.0 percent.)
A closer look at other aggregate data in NIBRS, 2016 shows the following:
Victims
NIBRS victim types, collected for all reported offenses, may be an individual, a business, an institution, or society as a whole.
  • Of the 4,460,994 individual victims reported in 2016, 23.8 percent were between 21 and 30 years of age.
  • A little more than half (50.9 percent) were female, 48.3 percent were male, and gender was unknown for 0.8 percent.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Photo of the Day

Downy woodpecker, waiting for our Charlie Company troops to come home from Iraq, 2006

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Merriam-Webster Word of the Day - Gravamen


 
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WORD OF THE DAY
December 14, 2017
 
 
 
 
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gravamen Audio pronunciation
 
noun | gruh-VAY-mun  
 
Definition
 
:
the material or significant part of a grievance or complaint
 
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Gravamen is not a word you hear every day, but it does show up occasionally in modern-day publications. It comes from the Latin verb gravare, meaning "to burden," and ultimately from the Latin adjective gravis, meaning "heavy." Fittingly, gravamen refers to the part of a grievance or complaint that gives it

The White House - 1600 Daily: The military’s biggest raise in 8 years

President Donald J. Trump signs H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for the Fiscal Year of 2018 | December 12, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian) 

The military’s biggest raise in 8 years
President Donald J. Trump has signed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018, which approves one of the largest defense spending increases since the Reagan presidency to help rebuild America’s Armed Forces.

Here is a quick list of what the NDAA does for America's military:
  • Increases rather than shrinks the size of our forces for the first time in 7 years
  • Ensures that our military remains the world’s preeminent fighting force, which is vital to the Administration’s peace-through-strength strategy
  • Authorizes funding to allow for the continued defeat of ISIS and cover critical missile defense capabilities to confront the threat posed by North Korea
  • Takes concrete steps to rebuild U.S. military readiness
  • Approves a 2.4 percent pay raise for our troops—the largest in 8 years

Read more about how the NDAA will strengthen America’s military for the year ahead.

Today: The closing argument for tax cuts
Tax reform is in the midst of a crucial week as members of the House and Senate negotiate final details of a bill to pass and send the President.

Hartford Heroin Dealer Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that YOHANDER HERNANDEZ-CEDENO, 21, of Hartford, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for distributing fentanyl-laced heroin.
According to court documents and statements made in court, an investigation conducted by the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Violent Crimes Task Force revealed that Luis Sanchez, also known as “Viejo,” was distributing large quantities in Hartford’s South End.  On August 31, 2016, investigators conducted a controlled purchase of approximately 200 grams of heroin from Sanchez outside of a residence on New Britain Avenue that Sanchez shared with HERNANDEZ-CEDENO.  Sanchez was arrested at that time.  HERNANDEZ-CEDENO, who was inside the residence, was arrested after he was found in possession of approximately 83 grams of heroin, and a search of the residence revealed approximately 74 grams of heroin, 127 grams of cocaine, and items used to process and package heroin.
Subsequent laboratory testing of the seized heroin revealed the presence of fentanyl.
HERNANDEZ-CEDENO has been detained since his arrest.  On June 21, 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, 100 grams or more of heroin.
Sanchez pleaded guilty to the same charge and, on September 28, 2017, was sentenced to 33 months of imprisonment.
The FBI Task Force includes members of the FBI, Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Leaming.

Spirit Finder - Grief, Children and Family


spiritfinderContributed by David Garcia, of "Spirit Finder", followed by the editor's personal story.


Anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one knows how difficult that loss can be. For children, it can be even more difficult. Grasping the concept of mortality is tough enough for them.

There are plenty of ways, however, to guide a child through the pain of losing someone or something special. Quite often it can be just as therapeutic for the adults as it is the children.

In addition, many adults find that with aging and infirm loved ones, they are faced with decisions and instances they’ve never encountered before, on top of handling the likely death of a parent or close relative. All of this can be quite a bit for the entire family to bear.

In order to alleviate some of the stress children and families might endure, I’ve put together a list of resources that can benefit everyone.While not all of these resources pertain to children, it’s important to remember that children will feel the effects of death that echo through the family, and I think several of these resources can be a great help to parents and extended family. I hope you will find them useful.



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The Kids Take Over starring Emily P and the gang. Watch and wonder as they explore tasting international foods and deal with the strange presence of an entity called, "Nod".

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Photo of the Day

Late season snowfall blankets countryside. Taken at Randolph and Long Hill Rds. Mar '08


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Merriam-Webgster Word of the Day - Diaphanous

 
 
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WORD OF THE DAY
December 13, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
diaphanous Audio pronunciation
 
adjective | dye-AF-uh-nus  
 
Definition
 
:
characterized by such fineness of texture as to permit seeing through
 
:
characterized by extreme delicacy of form : ethereal
 
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Can you guess which of the following words come from the same Greek root as diaphanous?
The Greek word phainein shows through more clearly in some of our quiz words than others, but it underlies all of them. The groundwork for diaphanous was laid when phainein (meaning "to show") was combined with dia- (meaning "through"). From that pairing came the Greek diaphanēs, parent of the

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