07-01-2014_universalprincipalsUniversal Principles

Religiously

We believe the existence and love of God is unique, powerful, and that his son Jesus Christ was sent to save the world.  We are Christians and our faith has been founded in the teachings of Jesus Christ who was sent by God for the salvation of mankind.  He is our foundation and the only mediator with God.  We accept with faith and deeds the Divine Election of Apostles in this time of restoration of God’s church and his grace.  We affirmthat Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary—a holy, blessed virgin who persevered with the primitive church.  We aspire for eternal life by persevering in the knowledge of God and doing good works.  We share with our beloved the message of salvation of Jesus Christ and the hope of eternal life.  We uphold the necessity of being baptized in water and by the Holy Spirit to enter eternity with God.  We proclaimthe second coming of Jesus Christ for his church and one day to be transformed like him in glory.

Morally

We acknowledge the free will of man to work according to his belief, feeling, and will.  We respect social diversity respecting human rights and mutual coexistence.  We affirm a respectful, sincere, and honest dialogue between man kind is essential in order to live in harmony with one another.  We approve the scientific and technologic advances that benefit the human development of mankind.  We reject fanaticism, discrimination, intolerance, vices, delinquency, and any type of violence.  We disapprove of any act that harms mankind and that benefits one’s dignity and honor.

In what is Civil

We share the universal human rights of the liberty of mankind.  We believe that the governments are established to work justice, punish those who do wrong, and protect those who do good.  We recognize that we are obligated as citizens to comply to the laws of every country, and respect national cultures and patriotic symbols.  We affirm that education on all levels is essential to better oneself.  We are an enthusiastic church that looks for the well-being, progress, and development of its members.

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pix 1 urban media 9-10-14Unsurprising but important report confirms what people of color in Milwaukee already knew.

Milwaukee community leaders have been speaking out about racial disparities and the struggles of hard-working, well-meaning African-American families to get ahead for decades. Now, a new report from the Wisconsin Council on Children & Families confirms that Wisconsin has the largest gap between the well-being of white and black children in the country.

While the well-being of white children in Wisconsin ranks tenth nationally, the well-being of Latino children ranks seventeenth, Asian children are thirty-seventh, African American children rank a horrendous 46th – a full thirty places lower than white children. This disparity is by far the worst in the country.

The WCCF report, Race for Results: Wisconsin’s Need to Reduce Racial Disparities, highlights disturbing realities that are hurting Wisconsin’s children. The report contains rankings in numerous categories of well-being, including high school graduation, family and community income, math and reading proficiency, and family education. In addition to rankings, the report also highlights some key facts:

• Eighty percent of black children live in households below 200% of the poverty level, compared to thirty percent of Wisconsin’s white children.

• White adults in Wisconsin, age 25 to 29, are three times as likely to have an associate’s degree or higher, compared to their African-American or Latino peers.

• White children are nearly six times more likely to be proficient in eighth grade math than black children.

The report paints a bleak picture of the lack of opportunity for children of color in Wisconsin and their barriers to receiving quality education and employment. Ken Taylor, the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council on Children & Families, says these disparities must be addressed quickly.

“Dramatic racial disparities are hurting Wisconsin’s communities and our economy,” says Taylor. “Allowing these disparities to continue hurts us all, and our state’s leaders must renew their focus on reducing this gap.”

The report does lay out policy proposals and ideas to address Wisconsin’s racial disparities, including engaging families and communities most affected by disparities, analyzing major investments to effectively use limited resources, and ensuring that different programs aimed at reducing inequality are working collaboratively.

Wisconsin Council on Children & Families is a non-profit, non-partisan statewide advocacy organization. The full report can be found online at their website, www.wccf.org.

KENOSHA, Wis. (Monday, September 8, 2014) – The Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) Department of Fine Arts is seeking fifth grade students interested in enrolling in the district’s instrumental music program.

Beginning level band and orchestra instruction offered through KUSD is scheduled to begin September 30.  Students interested in band should attend one of the informational meetings with their parents: Tuesday, September 9 or Wednesday, September 10 at 7 p.m. in the Reuther auditorium. Students will have the opportunity to see instruments performed and to sign up for a placement session to assist in selection of their own instrument.

Placement appointments will be held at the following schools:

• Thursday, September 11, at Bullen Middle School, 2804 – 39th Avenue

• Friday, September 12, at Lincoln Middle School, 6729 – 18th Avenue

• Tuesday, September 16, at Lance Middle School, 4515 – 80th Street.

Students interested in orchestra should attend the following informational meeting with their parents: Thursday, September 19 at 7 p.m. in the Reuther auditorium.

For additional information, contact the KUSD Fine Arts Department at 262-653-7760.

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pix1 robert story 9-10-14By Roberto Ruiz

Bands are a dime a dozen. If you are willing to look closer, though, integrity is what separates those that love music from those that love fame. The bands that possess integrity in their music, in their lyrics, those are the bands worth following.

Familiar Looking Strangers, a band from Liverpool, England, opened for Journey at the BMO Harris Pavilion in the Summerfest grounds on September 3rd. After being based in Milwaukee for the summer as they tour around the country, they can all agree on one thing: Milwaukee has produced the most memorable shows. A standing ovation at the Riverside Theater when they were opening for Sheryl Crow last December left a good impression, and they were excited for the upcoming show. Vocalist Vinny McPoland made clear that opening for Journey was something their band simply could not turn down, stating: “When Journey asks you to be their opener, you say yes!”

Fellow band members, Ben Gorry and Jon Goldby, the drummer and bassist, combined to mention “Milwaukee is our favorite city to play in, so being able to play at the Summerfest grounds again was fun.” After receiving an 8-9pm time slot during the most recent Summerfest music festival, they hope to be able to perform on a Friday night next year; they just need the big stage experience.

Either way, they have come a long way from Liverpool, or in guitarist Carlos Lopez’s case, Madrid, Spain. Carlos decided to pack up and drive to England one day six and a half years ago, in search of a band. While perusing the local ads, he noticed a band in need of a drummer. With a guitar in one hand and a penny for a pick, Carlos went to the audition undeterred and won over his fellow band members. The band was still short a drummer, but Ben would arrive at a later date. Throw in a second guitarist in Paul Baker and you have yourself a band.

As we sit around the table, I prod them with pointed questions and quickly come to the realization that this is a cohesive bunch. Paul mentions that “[They] have to rely on one another, because out here we are family.” Out here they are chasing their dreams, but there is no consolation prize if they fail. They have to be all in. “There are times where I have to rally, even if I don’t want to, because the other four guys need me to,” said Vinny as the others nodded in agreement.

Familiar Looking Strangers hasn’t been around for long, but they plan on sticking around for a long time. They have made the necessary sacrifices to commit themselves to living their dream. They would all love to play their songs in front of huge crowds for the rest of their lives, but they want to do it their way. I go back to the word Vinny used early on in the interview “Integrity.” Integrity is what separates the bands from the blokes, and when I asked if they would play a different style of music if I promised them millions of dollars, the answer was unequivocally: No.

One rack of ribs, two veggie burgers, a barbeque burger, and an order of fish and chips later, they start talking about tomorrow’s rehearsal. “Don’t stop believing” is thrown around as an inspirational quote a few times, with the poorly veiled insinuation that the most recent concert was huge for their band.  It was.

If you would like to follow Familiar Looking Strangers you can at www.familiarlookingstrangers.com.

Various unapproved and improperly labeled drug products that were marketed, sold and distributed via the Internet by Flawless Beauty LLC, of Asbury Park, New Jersey, have been seized by U.S. Marshals at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. These products, including injectable drug products, were marketed, sold and distributed to individuals, retail outlets, health spas and clinics.

The seized products, marketed on websites including, but not limited to, www.flawlessbeautyandskin.com and www.relumins.com include:

Relumins Advanced Glutathione “kits” and

Tatiomax Glutathione Collagen Whitening “kits”

Many of the injectable products alsoinclude claims to treat scurvy, degenerative brain and liver diseases, and “alcoholic liver diseases.”

None of these products have been proven safe or effective for their intended uses. In addition, unapproved injectable products are of concern because their quality, safety and efficacy have not been reviewed.  Further, improper injection practices may result in serious injury, including the transmission of disease.

“Companies have a responsibility to ensure their products are safe for distribution,” said Melinda K. Plaisier, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “We have taken action to protect consumers and demonstrate our commitment to their safety by preventing these products from being distributed.”

On May 16, 2014, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services detained  the unapproved injectable drug products located at Flawless Beauty.

“To ensure new drugs are safe, effective, and made using quality manufacturing practices, they undergo a rigorous FDA review and approval process,” said Ilisa Bernstein, acting director, Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research’s. “The FDA is committed to taking action to protect American consumers against companies that circumvent the drug approval process.”

To date the agency has not received direct reports of illnesses or serious side effects related to the seized products. Illnesses or side effects related to the use of these products should be reported to the FDA via MedWatch’s online form or by calling 1-800-FDA-1088. Consumers who experience any unexpected adverse events should also consult a health care professional as soon as possible.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. FDA also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

 

Dodge-Viper-SRT-2013-11Luego de un par de años mercadeándose bajo la marca SRT, el Viper regresa al establo de Dodge. Del 2012 al 2014 Chrysler optó por mercadear a su exótico Viper bajo su marca de performance SRT (Street Racing Technologies), movida que sorprendió en los medios especializados ya que SRT, en vez de una marca de autos como tal, es una división interna dedicada a crear versiones más potentes de todas las marcas del Grupo Chrysler (Dodge, Jeep y Chrsyler). Así que durante esos años, el monstruo de 10 cilindros se vendió como el SRT Viper, en vez del Dodge Viper, como se le conoció desde la aparición del primer prototipo en el auto show de Detroit en enero de 1989. Así que ahora en el 2015, volvemos a conocerlo como el Dodge Viper, aunque sigue reteniendo las iniciales SRT. El nombre completo es Dodge Viper SRT.

En su regreso a Dodge, el Viper trajo varias innovaciones. La principal es un modelo intermedio llamado Viper GT. También hay un modelo de edición especial llamado Viper TA, así como nuevos colores interiores y exteriores. Entre estos colores hay un púrpura llamado Stryker Purple, un azul de nombre Ceramic Blue y un híbrido de amarillo y naranja llamado Yorange. Otro color interesante, llamado Demonic Red, es para la cabina. También hay nuevas combinaciones para las líneas deportivas sobre la carrocería de fiberglass.

Otro detalle nuevo es en el gigantesco motor V10 de 8.4 litros, que tras varios ajustes, adquiere un modesto aumento en su caballaje de 640 a 645. Es una fuerza impresionante, pero tiene el potencial de ser mucho mayor. Tenemos que ver si eventualmente se da lo que mencionamos hace unas semanas cuando dijimos que si SRT le añade un supercharger al Viper tal y como lo hizo con el Hemi del Challenger Hellcat, el nuevo caballaje del Viper pudiera estar cerca y hasta por encima de los mil caballos de fuerza del Bugatti Veyron. El panorama del Viper luce muy interesante.

Tal vez sabías

Que Lamborghini jugó un rol determinante en el desarrollo del Viper original que salió al mercado en el 1992. Para ese entonces, Lamborghini pertenecía a Chrysler y ésta le dio a la italiana la encomienda de adaptar el motor V10 de la pickup Dodge Ram para uso en un carro deportivo exótico.

takingsidesThis past week Jonathan Safran, the attorney for the family of Dontre Hamilton, expected to be informed by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office (DA) of a charging decision in the death of 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer inside Red Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee in April. The District Attorney’s Office said late Tuesday afternoon no decision has been made in the case, and now, Safran says the DA is seeking an independent investigation. This is political shenanigan.  DA wants independent investigation but did not ask for it in April. Now that the movement is hot and fueled with the solidarity of Ferguson, MO, DA is put back in the hot seat unable to move this quietly along. Lets not be fooled here. The DA is unable to charge this officer because the Milwaukee Police Union is also politically involved here. The MPA is a contributor and supporter of the DA. The DA will not act on his own to do the right thing opting instead to pass the buck to an independent investigator. Seems for the DA, campaign contributions and political support from MPA is more important than justice. The reluctance by the police to release the name of the taxpayer paid officer who shot a man to death at Red Arrow park is nothing more than a message of power. Police Chief Flynn is demonstrating to the taxpayers who pay his salary and fund the police department that his power is absolute. By his action he is implying to the taxpayers that they are nothing more than serfs who must never challenge him while he holds the power of policing in Milwaukee. In his world taxpayers have no rights. Another first for African Americans On Monday, Sept. 15th, 2014 at the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) Conference Supervisor Willie Johnson Jr. became the first African American President of the WCA. This is a HUGE honor, well deserved and hard earned. Congratulations. Protracted military campaign costly in war against terror “All that we have to do is to send two mujahidin to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qaeda, in order to make the generals race there and cause America to suffer human, economic, and political losses…” — Osama bin Laden The strategy used by ISIS and Al Queda is a strategy designed to weaken and destroy the American economy. These guys are in this for the long haul. They’re strategy to force the economy of the USA to spend Billions of dollars to combat a force of 1000 – 5000 fighters is designed to destroy our economy thus deteriorating our ability to engage militarily against them or any world nation stepping up to challenge US interests abroad. USA falling for the bait by sending heavy weapons, high tech expensive weapons and military power normally used to fight nations. The quote below correctly states America’s challenges: “The shift from Old to New World occurs precisely when American power, still obviously considerable, is being displaced with the rise of multiple power-sectors themselves on the ascendance while America is facing a steady decline through over-commitment to militarism (in the form of military appropriations, interventions, weaponry-and-nuclear modernization, waste and corruption in defense contracts, global system of bases, etc.), the market-fundamentalism orientation which has led to deregulation, capitalism run amuck, a tattered if not shattered social safety net, urban decay, rotting infrastructure, and much more, including wage stagnation and unemployment pointing to widespread class-differentiation that is oiled over through the institutional fostering of false consciousness. Quite a mouthful, yet indicative of what has been driving USG and political-economic-military elites: global showdown to restore American supremacy where in fact this is no longer possible.” – stclair: “NATO, Spearhead of Western Fascism” 2014 ISIS threat to be dealt a hard blow President Obama explained to the nation his plan to destroy ISIS. His plan will include air strikes in Syria, where a conundrum for Obama presents itself. On one hand, Obama must destroy ISIS. On the other hand, destroying ISIS would then empower Syria’s president Assad who USA is trying to remove from power. Funny how these leaders in the Middle East who were once on talking terms with our leaders, are now on the list of regime dictators USA must remove. ISIS, a USA creation, is just a tool for creating instability in the region and justification for creating USA puppet Middle East governments. Ebola flourishing in Liberia Shocking news coming from Liberia, a nation that in the 1800s many former Black slaves were shipped to from the United States In 1824, the capitol city Christopolis was renamed Monrovia after James Monroe, then President of the United States, who was a prominent supporter of sending freed Black slaves to Liberia who saw it as preferable to emancipation in America. For your health Being that I am over 50 years of age, I decided to have a colonoscopy done. A colonoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inner lining of your large intestine. The procedure is recommended for all men and women 50 years old and above. I decided to have this done because anyone with a colon can get colorectal cancer – a collective term that includes both colon cancer and rectal cancer. In the United States, it’s the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women. In 2012, 144,000 new cases were diagnosed and more than 51,000 people died of this form of cancer. The lifetime chance of developing colorectal cancer is 1 in 20, with women facing a slightly lower risk than men. Source: CDC I’m happy to say that I’m good to go. If you’re 50 years old and above please consider having one done. It’s your health. Don’t worry about what others say When a member of Milwaukee’s nobility attacks an activist for standing against an injustice, the proper thing for elite leaders of the community to do is condemn such an attack. But in this community many leaders from top to bottom have no sense of themselves. Community nobles share allegiance with their oppressors, grassroots groups separate from each other to protect their funding interest. Few activists make enemies on both sides, they understand that in doing so you are blackballed, isolated and shunned. It’s alright to be blackballed, isolated and shunned. It’s just a question of why. When will president Obama give his support speech? Governor Martin O’Malley of the great State of Maryland was in town to give his support to Mary Burke to become Wisconsin’s Next Governor. That’s just peachy. So when will president Obama give his support speech for Mary Burke? Wouldn’t a speech from the leader of the free world be something the Burke for Governor campaign want to have in Wisconsin?

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Los Angeles— Una Corte de Toronto retiró ayer a Justin Bieber una acusación por agresión luego de que el fiscal determinara que no había posibilidades razonables para condenarlo, liberando a la superestrella de una batalla legal en Canadá justo cuando otra comienza.

Bieber fue acusado en enero por agresión a un chofer de limusina en Toronto en diciembre. El conductor dijo a la Policía que había recogido a seis personas, incluyendo a Bieber, fuera de un club nocturno y que el cantante lo golpeó en la cabeza repetidas veces luego de una disputa camino a un hotel.

“Luego de completar una revisión exhaustiva, y consultar con la Policía, el tribunal determinó que no había posibilidades razonables de condena. Por lo tanto, los cargos contra el señor Bieber fueron retirados”, dijo Brendan Crawley, portavoz de la Fiscalía General de Ontario en un correo electrónico.

El abogado de Bieber, Brian Greenspan, dijo que estaba complacido por la decisión del fiscal.

“Siempre hemos mantenido la inocencia del señor Bieber. El retiro de la acusación es el producto de una evaluación minuciosa y exhaustiva de las pruebas por parte de fiscales responsables”, afirmó Greenspan en un comunicado.

No obstante, y aunque ya puede dejar atrás el incidente de diciembre, el cantante de 20 años aún no está libre de problemas legales en Canadá.

Bieber fue arrestado y acusado por agresión y conducción peligrosa la semana pasada cerca del pueblo de Stratford, Ontario, donde creció.

La Policía dijo que dos conductores entraron en un “altercado psicológico” el 29 de agosto, luego que una minivan y un vehículo todo terreno chocaran cerca de Stratford.

Bieber estaba visitando el sector junto a Selena Gómez. Ambos han mantenido una relación de cuatro años, con idas y vueltas.

“Las pacíficas vacaciones de Justin Bieber y Selena Gómez en Stratford este fin de semana fueron desafortunadamente interrumpidas por la presencia no deseada de paparazzi”, dijo el abogado Greenspan en un comunicado enviado por correo electrónico la semana pasada.

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NUEVA YORK – Cinco científicos ganaron los prestigiosos Premios Lasker por sus descubrimientos decisivos sobre el cáncer de mama, la enfermedad de Parkinson y el procesamiento por parte del organismo humano de las proteínas defectuosas

La Fundación Albert y Mary Lasker anunció los premios el lunes. Cada uno incluye un honorario de 250.000 dólares. Los galardones serán otorgados el 19 de septiembre en Nueva York.

El Premio Lasker para investigación clínica médica será compartido por los Dres. Mahlon DeLong de la Universidad Emory en Atlanta y Alim Louis Benabid de la Universidad Joseph Fourier en Grenoble, Francia, por desarrollar un tratamiento quirúrgico para el Parkinson. Más de 100.000 personas en el mundo han recibido la terapia, indicó la fundación.

El Premio al Logro Especial en Ciencias Médicas fue otorgado a Mary-Claire King, de la Universidad de Washington en Seattle. King identificó una región del ADN humano que contiene el gen BRCA1, que aumenta el riesgo del cáncer de mama si experimenta una mutación. Eso permitió aislar el gen e identificar a las mujeres que heredan una versión mutada para poder ser revisadas y aconsejadas. King también empleó su experiencia genética para ayudar a detectar personas en Argentina que habían sido secuestrados de infantes o nacidas cuando sus madres estaban en prisión.

El Premio a la Investigación Médica Básica será compartido por Peter Walter de la Universidad de California, San Francisco, y Kazutoshi Mori de la Universidad de Kioto en Japón. Los dos hicieron descubrimientos clave acerca de cómo las células detectan y procesan sus proteínas que no se han doblado correctamente. La investigación arrojó luz sobre ciertas enfermedades hereditarias, incluso la fibrosis quística, dijo la fundación.

La fundación fue establecida en 1942. Albert Lasker fue un ejecutivo de publicidad que murió en 1952. Su esposa Mary fue mecenas de la investigación médica hasta su muerte en 1994.