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News
Design A Better Life Jacket and Win $10,000
The BoatUS Foundation, along with the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), have teamed up to seek out the newest technologies and design ideas with the "Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition" which kicks off today. "We believe there are some creative folks out there that can help us rethink a 100-year-old design with fresh, out-of-the-box ideas," said BoatUS Foundation President Chris Edmonston. A $10,000 cash award goes to the winning designer and inventors have until April 15, 2015 to submit their idea to www.BoatUS.org/design.
Aug 22, 2014 - 3:57:53 AM

Book Reviews
Laure McCourt Lopez Review: The Elephant and the Stake‏ by Joanne Belvedere
As an early childhood education teacher I would incorporate this story in an integrated curriculum unit focusing on the culture and environmental landscape of Sri Lanka. This book would also lend itself as a modern take of fable in a comparison/contrast unit of Aesop's Fables and modern literature.
Aug 22, 2014 - 3:55:09 AM

News
Black Ribbon Day
The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation works to pass bipartisan legislation creating a national day of remembrance and educates Congress on horrors of totalitarian ideology
Aug 22, 2014 - 3:53:32 AM

Today in History
August 22 - Today in History
Today is August 22. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 22, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

National
Islamic State Lurking in the Background in Ferguson
In fact, the ISIS sign at the Ferguson march is perhaps no surprise given that the Islamic State has made extensive use of social media to conduct outreach to protesters there.
Aug 21, 2014 - 12:17:33 AM

International
Defeating terrorists: From Sri Lanka to Gaza by Michael Freund
It would take a week to take Gaza, and up to two years to destroy terrorist infrastructure. There is, of course, the question of whether such an operation would be worth the cost in casualties, or if Israeli society is prepared for such a scenario, but those are subjective moral and political issues, not military ones. The truth is that there is precedent for the defeat of terrorist organizations through the determined use of military power. Take for example the case of Sri Lanka. That country was forced to endure years of suicide bombings and decades of violence carried out by a terrorist outfit known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
Aug 21, 2014 - 12:15:37 AM

Features
Health and the Subconscious
The body needs exercises: ways of opening up the blocked energy. Practicing these daily exercises encourages the muscles to realign with gravity. When these are practiced daily, you will find yourself more in control of your subconscious.
Aug 21, 2014 - 12:12:35 AM

Features
Raising Children to Fail in Future Relationships
I also believe that the more dating one does with different partners, the more one believes there is always someone out there who is better. People are quick to magnify the flaws of another. But yet most people have never been taught to work through relationship difficulties with someone.
Aug 21, 2014 - 12:10:09 AM

Community
C&C is sole prescriber of Vivitrol for alcohol, drug abuse in Kennebec County
AUGUSTA -- The number of people looking for opiate abuse treatment in Maine has more than doubled over the past 10 years, according to the Maine Office of Substance Abuse. About 4,800 Mainers sought help for their opiate addictions in 2013, suggesting that many people want to quit using drugs -- but they may not know how. Crisis & Counseling Centers provides treatment in the form of counseling and a safe monthly medication that is changing lives: Vivitrol.
Aug 21, 2014 - 12:07:26 AM

National
Bipartisan Call for VA to Improve Gulf War Vet Policies
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud led a bipartisan letter sent today to Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald, calling on the Secretary to strengthen a committee tasked with researching illnesses many Gulf War veterans experience. The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses was created by Congress in 1998, and is tasked with making recommendations to the VA Secretary about health problems associated with service during the Persian Gulf War. VA has dramatically curtailed the independence of the committee, impacting its ability to assess the effectiveness of research that could help Gulf War vets.
Aug 21, 2014 - 12:05:31 AM

Today in History
August 21 - Today in History
Today is August 21. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 21, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Features
Thinking about a new pet? How about rescue?
If you have ever been to Puerto Rico, The Caribbean islands, or South America, you have seen first hand how Paradise is tarnished with homeless dogs and cats. They live in the sage brush at the head of the beach; they raise their kittens and their puppies in garbage dumps; they hide under cars; they beg for food at every corner. Tropical heat and hurricanes are only the beginning of the conflicts these animals face. Hunger, fleas, mange, other dogs, people -- after a year in the wild like this, who could imagine that they could possibly be good pets?
Aug 20, 2014 - 12:24:30 AM

Tom DeWeese
The "Humanitarian Crisis" and the Coming Crime Wave in U.S. Cities
What many, blinded by their compassion, are not seeing, is the reality of what this modern day version of Castro's infamous Muriel Boat Lift will bring to U.S. cites in coming months and years. That's because only about 20% of those now rushing across the border are actually innocent children. Many more are dangerous felons, members of murderous gangs, and some are even Middle Eastern terrorists avoiding the TSA.
Aug 20, 2014 - 12:20:08 AM

National
Help Force the Senate to Pass S. 2118 - the Enforce the Law Act!
Mr. Obama is on the verge of abusing his presidential executive powers once again - this time to unilaterally enact a massive amnesty program that will hand the equivalent of citizenship over to millions of illegal aliens already living in the U.S., while opening the door to a new flood of even more illegal aliens....That is, also, why we believe the real purpose is to set up immigration offices throughout Islamic countries such as Libya, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Obama, has shown time-after-time that he supports radical Islam.
Aug 20, 2014 - 12:17:46 AM

International
The Shamrak Report Jews Make Muslims Look Bad
Human Rights Watch reports that more than 100 Palestinians refugees had been expelled from Jordan. The Islamic State (formerly ISIS) continues its bloody conquest of Iraq and Syria and begins invading Lebanon, all in the name of establishing a global Sunni Muslim caliphate system. An official at the Dutch National Cyber Security Center Yasmina Haifi, wrote, "ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. It is a preconceived plan of Zionists who want to deliberately make Islam look bad."
Aug 20, 2014 - 12:15:33 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Jews and Christians Can Go to Hell!
OK so the bleeding hearts hate JEWS! I get it! Dirty Jews! Christ Killers! Filthy Money Lenders! But what about the Christian victims of Muslim violence and terrorism? Do any of the bleeding hearts which cry for the people of Gaza care about the Christian victims of Muslim Violence?
Aug 20, 2014 - 12:12:51 AM

News
USCCB commitment to the Middle East.
The committee, which is chaired by Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden of Baltimore, listed tensions between Christians in Muslims in different parts of the world as a primary reason for reaffirming the need for dialogue. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called on the bishops to consider taking up a special collection "to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support for our affected brothers and sisters in the Middle East."
Aug 20, 2014 - 12:10:31 AM

Community
BBB Warning: "Click Bait" Scams Exploit Robin Williams' Death
BBB National -- Whenever a major story dominates the news, scammers take advantage of the public's interest with online photos, stories and social media links that claim to offer sensational details. This tactic is called "click baiting." Unfortunately, the bait that is being used right now involves the death of Robin Williams. BBB warns consumers about clicking on links, downloading pictures or purchasing commemorative souvenirs, unless you are on an established website with built-in buyer protections.
Aug 20, 2014 - 12:07:48 AM

News
Breaking the Amazon Monopoly
David Rocheleau wants to end this cycle by breaking into the audiobook market with My Audiobook Library, which would offer over 55,000 titles from top publishers at a significantly cheaper price than Amazon or other competitors.
Aug 20, 2014 - 12:05:47 AM

Today in History
August 20 - Today in History
Today is August 20. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 20, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Today in History
August 19 - Today in History
Today is August 19. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 19, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Today in History
August 18 - Today in History
Today is August 18. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 18, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Down the Road
A whole bunch of literary yesteryears
Guys, if you're open to some real adventure, encourage your spouse to go to the recycling center by herself. Mine did, the other day, and came back with 13 volumes dating from 1848 until I'm not sure when. I'll probably read all of them except the 1848 copy of Vanity Fair, which is in too tender a condition for actual reading. The print is very fine and the book cover in precarious condition.
Aug 17, 2014 - 12:20:01 AM

Jim Kouri
Ferguson riot: National police leaders blast Obama remarks
"I'll bet a month's pay that Obama -- if faced with what cops faced in Ferguson -- would fold like a cheap camera. You've heard of the Monday morning [football] quarterbacks? Obama is the Monday morning Commander in Chief," said former police detective and security manager Kiernan Flaherty. "He [behaves] as if he gets paid by the word."
Aug 17, 2014 - 12:17:31 AM

Guest Column
Aliyah (immigration) wave -- if not now, when?!
The window of opportunity for the arrival of 500,000 Olim, during the next five years, is wide open -- temporarily - in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France, England, Belgium, Holland, Hungary, Argentina and other countries. It is wide open due to the intensification of anti-Semitism; non-democratic trends and instability in Russia and Ukraine; the expansion of aggressive (and soon terrorist) Islam in Europe; Israel's relative economic edge; and the impressive Jewish/Zionist education infrastructure in the aforementioned countries, which have cultivated pro-Aliyah sentiments.
Aug 17, 2014 - 12:15:21 AM

M Stevens-David
Hake
Another good old friend of Dad's was a fellow named Hake Paige. Hake and Dad had known each other since they'd gone to school together as children. Over the years, they'd worked together in the potato houses, gone on hunting and fishing trips and been downright good friends. They'd shared a good many butts, brews and stories in all the time they'd been acquainted.
Aug 17, 2014 - 12:12:06 AM

International
One-State Solution Is on Israel's Doorstep
When Israel absorbs Judea and Samaria--and it is a when, not an if--the chancelleries of the West will wag their fingers, and the Gulf States will breathe a sigh of relief. The historical homeland of the Jewish people will pass into Israeli sovereignty not because the national-religious will it to be so, or because an Israeli government seeks territorial aggrandizement, but because Israel will be the last man standing in the region, the only state able to govern Judea and Samaria, and the only military force capable of securing its borders. It will happen without fanfare, de facto rather than de jure, at some moment in the not-too-distant future when the foreign ministries of the West are locked in crisis session over Iraq or Syria. And it will happen with the tacit support of Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.
Aug 17, 2014 - 12:10:30 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Religion, real life, comedy and novels.
In "This Week's Book Basket" we present the links to five (5) articles that were published at Magic City this week which were written by book authors listed in our Book Baskets. Additionally there are links to the three (3) book reviews that were published. As usual we have also published the publicity material for 15 books, which are: "Walking in Hope, Living in Grace" by Maryalyce Poole ; "The Second Coming" by Roue Hupsel; "The Headlong Fury" by J. Fred MacDonald; "I Will Never Forget" by Elaine Pereira; "In White America" By Paul Barlin; "Death Dealer" by Kate Flora; "Harmonious Hearts" by LGBTQ teens; "The Golden Thread of Time" by Crichton E.M. Miller; "Religion in Medicine Volume I and II" by John B. Dawson, M.D., F.R.C.P. Edin.; "As the Crowe Flies" by Kevin Crowe; "Mission to Fail" by Michael Eldar; "Conflict -- The Unexpected Gift" By Jack Hamilton et.al.; "Trailing Sky Six Feathers" by Ian Prattis; "Herd Immunity" By Chudi C. Nwawka M.D. and "Two Performance Artists Kidnap Their Boss and Do Things With Him" by Scotch Wichmann
Aug 17, 2014 - 12:07:25 AM

Book Reviews
Milt GrossMovie Review: "Better Living Through Chemistry"
With all kinds of twists and turns in the plot to complicate life for the love-sick couple, it ends up with nobody having committed any crime and Varney and the "hot customer" being okay.
Aug 17, 2014 - 12:05:16 AM

Today in History
August 17 - Today in History
Today is August 17. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 17, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Today in History
August 16 - Today in History
Today is August 16. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 16, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Features
Sharing Reality and Truth
One day as a youngster I was told that if I knew what I would really like to be as an adult my wish would come true. I was a serious minded kid and mulled the thought over for a few days. Then for some totally inexplicable reason without having any idea what it meant, I wished to become "a successful business man of the world".
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:30:58 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Homosexuality: a crime against the rights of society and religion
Between the terrorists, the traitors, the hypocrites and the sheer bloody ignorance of the 'self-righteous' sheep, there had better be a Messiah ready to intervene in the history of this world, for without one, we are most certainly headed toward the destruction of everything that makes us human.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:27:44 AM

Christianity
Religious Minorities in Iraq Require Increased Support Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
I write with a heavy heart regarding a matter of utmost urgency: the desperate plight of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq. Pope Francis recently wrote to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon. In his letter the Holy Father decried how "Christians and other religious minorities have been forced to flee from their homes and witness the destruction of their places of worship and religious patrimony." Pope Francis placed before the Secretary General "the tears, the suffering and the heartfelt cries of despair of Christians and other religious minorities of the beloved land of Iraq." The Catholic bishops and people of the United States share these tears, sufferings and heartfelt cries.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:25:59 AM

International
Hamas tunnels under the 'two-state solution'
There is one significant achievement, albeit unintended, that the gangsters of Gaza have to show for themselves: Hamas has put the final nail in the coffin of the so-called two-state solution. Ironically, the subterranean shafts they burrowed underground, and the multiple explosive projectiles they hurled at Israel, have all but toppled any chance that a Palestinian state will ever arise in Judea and Samaria.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:22:35 AM

Opinion
IS: a greater threat than many in America realize
The self-declared "Islamic State," formerly known as ISIS/ISIL, is a direct threat to America--and a greater threat than many in America realize. Moreover, the Islamic State reportedly has recruits from the U.S., Great Britain, Western Europe and just about every Islamic nation around the globe--some 20,000 fighters by some estimates. There have been public demonstrations in support of the Islamic State in The Netherlands, Austria and Indonesia. But, most ominously, the Islamic State's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has promised to "see us in New York."
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:20:14 AM

State
Nearly $400,000 in Firefighting Grants to Bridgewater, Brownfield, and Skowhegan
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud today announced nearly $400,000 in FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grants to the towns of Bridgewater, Brownfield, and Skowhegan. The Bridgewater Fire Department will receive approximately $25,000 for personal protective gear, worn by firefighters in dangerous environments; the Brownfield Volunteer Fire Department will receive nearly $239,000 for a new tanker truck, used for transporting large amounts of water to emergencies; and the Skowhegan Fire Department will receive nearly $135,000 for self contained breathing apparatuses.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:17:46 AM

News
2014 Labor Day Statement Focuses on Unemployment Among Young People
WASHINGTON--The high unemployment rate of young adults, both in the United States and around the world, is the focus of the 2014 Labor Day Statement from the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami. The statement, dated September 1, draws on Pope Francis' teaching against an "economy of exclusion" and applies it to the millions of unemployed young adults in the United States.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:15:12 AM

Outdoors
The Camper Clan: Promoting sustainable transportation
The Camper Clan (Mum, Dad and two kids) are embarking on a World Record attempt on electric bicycles in order to spread awareness about this clean form transportation.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:12:58 AM

State
Michaud Honored for His Leadership in Promoting Economic Development
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) is honoring U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud with an award for his outstanding leadership in promoting regional economic development. Michaud, who is a longtime member of the Economic Development Subcommittee on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, last year received NADO's Lifetime Achievement Award for his years of leadership on the issue.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:10:11 AM

Community
Security breaches and identity theft protection
At BBB, we talk extensively about security breaches, identity theft protection, and how to keep your personal information safe from scammers. As a consumer, there are a variety of options when it comes to protecting your identity. Today, we will explore two options that fit a variety of budgets.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:07:11 AM

News
Jewish-Catholic Dialogue Pledges
The statement was first developed at a June 25 meeting of the dialogue, which is co-chaired by Rabbi David Straus, chairman of the National Council of Synagogues, and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:05:28 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Oh how we cry for Hamas!
This is an interesting video in which some really interesting questions are asked. Questions like: "If you are upset about 1500 killed in Gaza - why have you said nothing about the 170,000 Syrians - including dozens decapitated and the shooting by IS of unarmed Iraqis. Why aren't people protesting about Boko Haram slitting the throats of young boys and capturing young girls."

Aug 15, 2014 - 12:03:32 AM

Today in History
August 15 - Today in History
Today is August 15. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

Today in History
August 14 - Today in History
Today is August 14. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Aug 14, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM

M Stevens-David
Heaven Bound - A Poem by Martha Stevens-David
Martha Stevens-David shares with Magic City readers today, her most recent Poem "Heaven Bound."
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:27:07 AM

Features
You See a Shrink?
It is often the assumption that if you go to therapy that you have serious problems you cannot manage on your own and there is something fundamentally wrong with you. In reality, if someone is attending therapy, they tend to be on the healthier side of self-love and self-awareness. Because seeing a therapist is stigmatized many people who want to seek help, either often don't, or they keep their therapy private so they do not invoke judgment.
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:25:07 AM

National
Unite to Oppose "Cyber Information and Sharing Act"
The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence just passed the horrible "Cyber Information and Sharing Act" (CISA). It now is up for a final Senate vote. This measure allows private companies, and the government, to spy on you. It's supposed to be an anti-computer terrorism and hacking law. However, it is very broadly worded, and it will give the federal government, and its allied businesses, incredible power over ordinary citizens like you and like me. This bill is a renamed version of the CISPA bill that was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year. If the Senate votes it through, Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., will get exactly what he's always wanted -- a law allowing him to spy on U.S. internet users!
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:22:35 AM

Outdoors
Crisis & Counseling Centers to celebrate National Recovery Month with 5K race
Crisis & Counseling Centers (C&C) will celebrate recovery from mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders at the agency's On Track to Recovery 5K Walk/Run, held Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Kennebec River Rail Trail in Augusta. This professionally timed event is open to all and will show the recovery community that their victories -- both big and small -- do not go unnoticed.
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:20:50 AM

Book Reviews
R.P. BenDedek book Review: "The Rise of the Black Knight" by HW Cumming
Although I didn't get around to it while in Australia, late this afternoon (Sunday August 10th) I decided to bite the bullet and start reading it. Surprise surprise! I couldn't put it down. It was a great story. It is definitely not an 'action' story about knights doing battle, but rather a 'detective mystery' which commences with a 'natural tragedy' that leaves three young princes curious to understand the events that played out before their eyes. Oh - it does also involve talking dragons. (I love dragon stories).
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:17:32 AM

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