Trump’s ‘sanctuaries’ crackdown imperils transportation projects

A tunnel under New York’s Hudson River may be imperiled. In Los Angeles, millions of dollars could be at stake for port improvements. And other communities’ hopes for major transportation projects could be caught in the crossfire as President Donald Trump threatens to strip federal funding from “sanctuary cities” that defy his immigration policies.
Considering that Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., have all declared themselves sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants, Trump’s reprisals could end up canceling or delaying major infrastructure projects in some of the nation’s most congested areas — even as the administration touts a $1 trillion proposal to rebuild the United States’ roads, railroads, bridges and airports.

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Enough Sirens: united in hope

Edrissa Ken-Joof

United in hope, we can rest the dust around us,

With the ardor, we can gyre the wilderness; push the course; settle the confusion.
Did we ever know that we can be married, in a wish to see the bull’s eyes?
That one day, we can remove the cocky mammoth from its mantle;

Without mushing, but with our tied, flabby hands?
Did we ever know that we can raise the flag
With one finger, without shivering?

But we did it, mixed in a mortar;
Though, day and night, we’re being severed,
Derailed with derogatory tirade; thick tribal and holy division.

But today, the hope of being free is our glue, our compass;

And we thrashed the swanky mammoth, mixed in a mortar.
We should not let the glue melt, it’s our last fragile hope.
Our hope is nigh, a month away.

Our hope is greater than us,
But it is…

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Little Pig in the House


This little piggy stopped eating and stopped getting out of bed. He was hunched and lethargic.  The others would push and pull eating at the food and by lunchtime he would just stand still while they jostled him this way and that. Just like the other piglet that died last week. And  then he stopped getting up for food. By then enough was enough.  I was not letting this get too far and took a totally different tack from the piggie I lost. dsc_0133

I got out the dog crate, pushed the sluggish shivering body into it, closed the door and called to John to help me carry him inside. (I know if you seperate a piglet from its sisters you break a social chain but I was not going to have another one die.) We carried the dog crate from the barn to the house and into the warm cloak room…

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

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It turns out that the popular saying “laughter is the best medicine.” has some truth to it. In fact, it’s backed by science. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.  According to one study done at Indiana State School of nursing, blissful laughter may increase natural killer cell levels, a type of white blood cell that attacks cancer cells. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. Laughter also combats depression. Even forced laughter releases a cocktail of hormones, neuropeptides, and dopamine that can start to improve your mood.


Laughter activates the body’s natural relaxation response. It’s like internal jogging, providing a good massage to all internal organs while also toning abdominal muscles,says Dr. Gulshan Sethi, head of cardiothoracic surgery…

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Fear Allah and you will have no cause to fear any one…&…Allah’tan kork ki kimseden korkacak bir şeyin kalmasın!




We cannot change the past to rewrite a better beginning. But we can work for the future and strive for a better ending.

Daha iyi bir başlangıca sahip olabilmek için geçmişi değiştiremeyiz. Ama daha iyi bir sona sahip olabilmek için mücadele edebiliriz.

~ Dr. Yasir Qadhi


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How a Pixar CFO Learned to Love the Creative Process

Needull in a haystack


Pixar is a truly unique company. Their movies are the most creative and fascinating movies coming out of Hollywood. How do they manage to do this time and again. Today’s needull is an interview of Lawrence Levy, former Pixar CFO, where he talks about his experience with Pixar and with Steve Jobs.

Levy: One of the things that I really honed and leaned at Pixar is that great work of any kind — whether it’s great creative work or great work in any industry or endeavor — requires this collaboration among competing forces. It’s the power to bring together all these disparate forces in a culture that allows for the right kind of collaboration. Great work, whether it’s films or otherwise, emerges from the right kind of culture.

The complete interview


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