Mary Christine Athans, B.V.M, Ph.D., Celebrates Nearly 50 Years of Professional Excellence

PHOENIX, AZ, May 22, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — Mary Christine Athans, B.V.M, Ph.D., has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value.

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‘Music in the Parlor’ celebrates music of Hayes’a

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USA Today Celebrates Santa Fe High School Killer’s Guns As ‘Less Lethal’

What happened Friday at Santa Fe High School is horrible. With 10 people dead and another 10 wounded, it’s an absolute tragedy. Without school resource officers acting as they did, with one of them among the wounded, it could have been much worse, possibly worse than Parkland.

However, another tragedy reared up in the aftermath. That tragedy was USA Today‘s take over the fact that the killer didn’t use an AR-15.

The opening of this…article:

The attack at a Texas high school Friday echoed the all-too-familiar horrors Americans are accustomed to seeing on the news. But two details set it apart from the list of other recent deadly attacks: explosives and the less-lethal weapons used.

Now, keep in mind that the term “less-lethal weapons” actually has a definition. They include things like pepper spray, tasers, and beanbag shotgun rounds.

None of those were used by the killer in Santa Fe. No, he used a shotgun and a .38 revolver. Those are very lethal weapons. Shotguns and .38 revolvers have accounted for quite a few people being very dead through the years. The Remington 870 is an extremely common shotgun and is used by numerous law enforcement agencies and the United States Armed Forces. It’s also used by numerous other militaries throughout the world.

If it wasn’t lethal, I doubt these folks would be using it. In fact, the use by so many militaries could easily make this one a “weapon of war.” In fact, the term is more applicable for the Remington 870 because it’s virtually identical in functionality to those sold to the military. It’s more applicable to the 870 than it is the AR-15, truth be told.

But because it wasn’t an AR-15, it’s somehow better.

The fact is, in the hands of someone who knows how to use it, the shotgun is a very versatile and deadly weapon, especially within the confines of a building like a school. It could be argued that it’s even more deadly in such circumstances than an AR-15.

As for the .38, the only real downside to a revolver is round capacity. There’s absolutely no argument to be made about revolvers being less powerful, less deadly, than a semi-automatic pistol. The .38 round is in roughly the same ballpark power-wise with the 9mm round. Only a complete fool (or USA Today reporter, but I repeat myself) would consider it somehow less lethal.

While folks like me regularly recommend against revolvers, it’s not because of the round. It’s the capacity. After six shots, you have to reload. That’s it.

What this really boils down to is that these weapons, especially used in such a deadly attack, don’t conform to the narrative. They shatter it. They prove that literally every anti-gun measure being pushed post-Parkland would do nothing to actually stop these attacks. This also shows that would do little to nothing to even minimize the casualties.

The one thing that did minimize casualties was school resource officers who engaged the shooter, injured him, and convinced him to surrender before there was further bloodshed.

In other words, it was a good guy with a gun.

And their guns were just as lethal.

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Intelligence Community Gets New Inspector General

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The Sad Decline of Barnes & Noble

Reports of Barnes & Noble’s imminent demise have long been foretold—and not necessarily exaggerated. The bookstore has been on a downward slide for years. In 2013, its CEO resigned amid the company’s Nook expansion failure. At the time, Idea Logical’s Mike Shatzkin alleged that Barnes & Noble would not recover; it could only hope to “make the slide into oblivion more gradual.”

Five years later, Barnes & Noble is still around. It’s now outlived Borders to become the last national bookstore competing with Amazon in the retail space. But survival does not necessarily mean flourishing: at the beginning of the month, the company’s stock plunged nearly 8 percent. According to the Guardian, the bookstore has lost $1 billion in value over the past five years.

“It’s depressing to imagine that more than 600 Barnes & Noble stores might simply disappear,” New York Times columnist David Leonhardt wrote a couple weeks ago. “But the death of Barnes & Noble is now plausible.”

Visits to Barnes & Noble were one of my favorite occasions as a child. Back then, there was something nostalgic yet stately about the bookstore. It seemed like a gem of grace and sophistication, a place not just to browse but to learn. I remember distinctive elements that still set the store apart in my mind: the hunter-green wallpaper, the woodcut and art deco feel of its literary decorations, the old-fashioned chairs and quiet corners suggesting a respect and reverence for the old and the classic. The store evoked the same “feel” I got when I handled an old antique hardback. Back then, the bookstore’s coffee shop had a few tidy tables where patrons could sit, but there was no wifi. I would grab a stack of five or six books and read the first chapter of each one before deciding which I wanted to buy.

Then there was Barnes & Noble’s children’s section, with its old-fashioned Winnie the Pooh prints and large, open stage for readings and play. The children’s book section felt like a fantastical wonderland: a place of discovery, serendipity, and beauty. Even when I got too “old” for it, this was always the part I gravitated to.

Of course, it’s important for a store to update and improve its style and form. I’m not saying Barnes & Noble should have stayed in the 90s and refused to renovate. The real problem is that they never seemed to prize their own distinctive beauty, and always sought to make themselves more like technology stores rather than emulating the success of their smaller, indie-bookstore counterparts.

Do you remember the Nook? The company is still selling them, though it has been ages since I’ve seen one in-store (and even longer since I’ve met somebody who owns one). Barnes & Noble jumped on the e-reader bandwagon in 2009, hoping to compete with the Kindle and the iPad. But while Amazon and Apple were obviously and entirely digital companies, and their e-readers fit their image and model, Barnes & Noble’s Nook pursuit always felt a bit dissonant and off-color. In many ways, the Nook was the beginning of the store’s end—because it signaled that the company would always try to play “catch up” with the newest fad or trend rather than focus on its own secret sauce: physical books.

Compared to the old Barnes & Noble of my childhood, the new bookstore that just opened in Ashburn, Virginia is almost unrecognizable. It is large and minimalist, bare of decoration or color. There are only a few chairs scattered throughout, and little room to sit and read in the children’s section.

Instead, this new Barnes & Noble is half bookstore, half café: it features a souped-up Starbucks, bar, and a kitchen offering items like charcuterie and avocado toast. The theory here appears to be that, if you’re going to sit and read a book or magazine without buying it, they’re at least going to make you pay a hefty sum for wine or a croissant. But as Eater notes, “entering the restaurant business, with its notoriously low profit margins and high rate of failure, is an unlikely Hail Mary for the nation’s largest bookstore chain.” Many of the people I have seen parked at tables inside this Barnes & Noble don’t have books or magazines with them; instead, they’re plugged into computers and headphones, teleworking or doing conference calls.

Although this Barnes & Noble still hosts readings and book signings according to its website, there’s no obvious advertising for them in the store—and it’s difficult to determine where they are, considering the significant lack of sitting space. The children’s section boasts one table laden with Legos, with a few cushions surrounding it. There are no armchairs to sit and read a book with my toddler. Instead, we had to crouch on the ground next to a shelf of Dr. Seuss books in order to read together.

Perhaps it’s this—the table full of Legos but absence of chairs for reading—that best marks Barnes & Noble’s drastic transformation. For a long time now, the bookstore has seemed to emphasize everything but books: its puzzles and DVDs and records, gadgets and greeting cards and plush Harry Potter sorting hats. As one analyst told the Guardian, “The stores just look like an enormous Aladdin’s cave of all sorts of random products, including departments selling CDs and DVDs that are never crowded.”

It is sad that Barnes & Noble believes it must add all these other perks to get people to frequent their stores. It seems that, for a long time now, they’ve ceased believing in the power of their own product. Perhaps this is what really drives customers away: why go to a store that doesn’t really seem to love or understand its own telos?

It makes sense that, in this absence of love or mission, customers would increasingly turn to the indie bookstores Barnes & Noble was once driving out of business. These smaller stores still get it: although they’ve also had to be inventive in order to survive, they’ve stayed true to their mission and their product. As Guardian reporter Edward Helmore put it, “innovation is where Barnes & Noble went wrong. Other big booksellers have tackled Amazon’s onslaught by doing precisely the opposite—going back to basics and putting the books first.”

If Barnes & Noble were still a place to pause, to savor, and to experientially luxuriate in the codex itself, I don’t think it would be struggling as much as it is. If the store had put greater emphasis on book clubs and special memberships, story hours and author signings (as many indie bookstores have), it would have given readers a space that celebrates the book, its creation and its consideration, as well as the membership of bookworms. If the store had put more emphasis on hiring and training book lovers who were passionate about their product, it might have wooed the suspicious and the hesitant to buy more books. If it had invested less money in gadgetry and more in its volumes, as well as in the style and form of its shopping and reading space, it could have successfully differentiated itself from Amazon and emphasized the things that set it apart: physical interactions with physical books (and physical people, for that matter).

But as it is, everything that Barnes & Noble does today is done as well or better by someone else. You could go to its café and get a Starbucks coffee and croissant—or you could go to the nearest indie coffee shop and get higher-quality versions of the same things. Nearly every café and coffee shop offers free wifi and space to work these days. And indie bookstores usually offer both new and old books at the same (or better) prices, while providing their customers with a greater sense of passion and reverence.

Barnes & Noble has long been a place of learning and love. But in its determination to innovate, it has forgotten its telos. Which means that it won’t survive much longer unless it can rediscover what made it special in the first place.

Gracy Olmstead is a writer and journalist located outside Washington, D.C. She’s written for The American ConservativeThe WeekNational Review, The Federalist, and The Washington Times, among others.

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LDS Church in Damage Control After Troll Fakes Racial Press Release

Hours before the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made an historic announcement with the NAACP, a troll replicated the Mormon Newsroom to release a fake, damaging press release.

The man who has since been identified caused a stir when media reported the faked letter as truth. So far, the LDS church has refused to comment on the situation in order to keep the troll from spreading further.

Press Release Faked By Former Church Member

A fake website and letter was instigated by a former LDS member named Jonathan Streeter, a man who now runs an anti-LDS blog called ‘Thoughts on Things and Stuff,” writing under the nickname “Thinker of Thoughts.” The website was designed to look like the official Mormon website, and its press release was intentionally released before the official announcement on race relations with the NAACP went live.

Streeter claims that he wrote and released the fake letter, entitled President Nelson Meets with NAACP; Offers Apology for History of Racism, in order to “start a conversation.”

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Believing The Hoax Was Real

The letter was initially reported as truth by Fox News, but it was quickly deleted. After the letter was published, Streeter published an almost 20 minute long video on YouTube discussing the hoax.

“I felt confident people would see the headline and just glimpse at the article and the beginning of the article and accept it because it fulfilled their aspirations for the high ideals they have for the church.”

As the story spread, two black women who run pro-black, pro-LDS media called Sistas in Zion were taken in by the fake:

“When I read it I cried. I cried real tears and I prayed a real prayer of gratitude to my Heavenly Father and it turns out it was fake.”

And when they found out that it wasn’t real, and tuned in for the official press conference with the NAACP, they published a Facebook live video with the comment:

“Am I the only one that doesn’t want to go to church tomorrow? Today is really the first day I’ve had to collect my thoughts and really connect with my feelings about the fake apology letter.”

The Sistas in Zion have more than 27,000 Facebook followers, and still, nothing from the Church.

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What Was The Real Press Conference About?

On Thursday, leadership of both the NAACP and the LDS Church met to call for “greater civility and racial harmony” in Salt Lake City.

In his remarks, President Russell M. Nelson said:

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to affirm its fundamental doctrine — and our heartfelt conviction — that all people are God’s precious children and therefore our brothers and sisters.”

Derrick Johnson, President of the NAACP said this at the end of his remarks:

“I am proud to stand here today to open up a dialog to seek ways of common interest to work towards a higher purpose. This is a great opportunity. Thank you for this moment.”

In all, it’s more of the official opening of a dialogue and less of the radical apology for the exclusion of blacks from full participation in the LDS church that ended in the 70s.

Ban on Non-White Mormon Priests

This year, the LDS church celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Official Declaration 2, which proclaimed that all worthy men can hold a priesthood in the church regardless of race. As well, it ended a restriction against people of African descent from fully participating in LDS ordinances. Since these ordinances allow familial relationships to continue after death, it prevented black members and those in mixed race marriages from fully enjoying a “temple marriage.”

The original prohibitions placed on black members was due to a claim by Brigham Young that Black Africans, being the “children of Cain” were “cursed.”

Streeter said that he doesn’t know what will happen in the future, but he wants to see “types of discussion” moving forward:

“They can either criticize the leaders of the church for not living up to that aspiration depiction in the parody website, or they can hate me for creating it.”

Streeter’s website has been in operation since February 2013.

Sources: Fox News, Thoughts on Things and Stuff, Daily Herald, Mormon News Room, The Salt Lake Tribune


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Songwriting contest celebrates Amelia Earhart’s connection to Trepassey

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