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Our top 3 stories of the week…and an American adventurer who just set a world record tells us his inspiring story.

 

 

 

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Quick Quotes

“I don’t want anyone to experience cancer or anything bad, but I would love all people to experience that kind of love thrown on you at once.”

Robert Goodman, Florida teacher diagnosed with stage III colon cancer, reflecting on his colleagues donating their sick days so he could recover from treatments. He credits the extra 75 sick days for allowing him to keep his job.
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“If the Iranian regime demonstrates a commitment to make fundamental changes in its behavior, then the president is prepared to engage in dialogue in order to find solutions.”

Brian Hook, current director of policy planning at the State Department, who will now lead a newly announced 'Iran Action Group' to focus on Iran-U.S. relations.
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“Mr. Trump’s claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash.”

Fmr. CIA Dir. John Brennan in a New York Times op-ed reacting to Pres. Trump revoking his security clearance. When asked during a 2017 Congressional hearing if there was collusion between Russia & the Trump campaign Brennan said "I don't know..."
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“Director Brennan’s recent statements purport to know as fact that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power…. If his statement is based on intelligence he has seen since leaving office, it constitutes an intelligence breach. If he has some other personal knowledge of or evidence of collusion, it should be disclosed to the Special Counsel, not The New York Times.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)
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“My plan is to make him flat, make him tired and make him give up.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC MMA title holder who will face Conor McGregor in October. Tickets go on sale Friday ranging from $205 - $2,505 plus fees.
Click: McGregor's Response
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Current Events

DOWN, BUT NOT OUT

 

 

ISIS attacks have fallen from the front pages, but the terrorist group remains a threat, according to new reports — as a suspected ISIS member is arrested in California.

Current Events

The Big Picture

The U.S. doesn’t really know how many fighters ISIS has, but it is clearly enough to continue launching daily attacks across Iraq and Syria, while also fighting in several other countries. It is a mistake to think ISIS is defeated and the US needs to ensure it doesn’t mushroom once again.”

Tom Joscelyn Senior Fellow, Foundation of Defense of Democracies to SHN
Current Events

On America’s Shores

  • Suspected ISIS member arrested Wednesday in Sacramento on murder charges.
  • Allegations: He killed an Iraqi police officer in 2014 & fled to America, posing as a refugee.
  • Allegedly, ties to ISIS & Al Qaeda.
  • DOJ seeking to extradite him back to Iraq.
Current Events

Something To Consider:

  • 30,000: UN & DOD estimate of ISIS fighters in Iraq & Syria alone
  • Positive: America’s military defeat of ISIS, & the terrorist’s loss of territory in Syria.
  • However, power of ISIS loyalty / ideology remains. “ISIS’ resilience” mentioned in both reports; $2B U.S. dollars has gone to the Iraqi Security Forces to support fight vs. ISIS.
Current Events

ISIS: Overseas

  • Tajikistan: 2 American cyclists in an ISIS claimed attack in July.
  • Afghanistan: ISIS bombed a school; dozens killed.
  • Iraq: operating in smaller cells, ISIS kidnaps & plants IEDs.
  • Syria: ISIS launched largest attack since 2017 in early June. Defeated in 2 days.
  • Philippines: ISIS fighters present.
Current Events

Turkey, a NATO member, has both provided a gateway for ISIS fighters & suffered from ISIS terrorism. America planned to work w/Turkey vs. ISIS strongholds in Syria. As tension rise between U.S, & Turkey, the way forward remains uncertain & Russia lurks in the background.

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Eats

Is Orange The New Rosé ?

 

 

 

Will orange wine threaten the domination of rosé?

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What Is Orange Wine?

Orange or amber-colored wine.

  • How: The color of wine comes from the skin of grapes. White wine is made with NO grape skins; Orange wine ferments with the skin of white wine grapes, creating an orange hue.
  • Taste: “notes of hazelnuts, almonds, citrus fruits (even oranges!) and dried fruits.”
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Doubting Orange Wine?
Read This On Rosé:

“No one cared about it, no one thought about it, no one drank it…
A winemaker maybe had some leftover grapes or something that
didn’t ripen and that was what the rosé was. No one was going out
and saying, ‘I am going to make great rosé.”

Rajat Parr, sommelier, reflecting on "the pink wine" in the 1990s.
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Rosé sales climbed more than 50% last year. Orange Wine may sound new, but Michelin says it's actually one of the oldest forms of wine. Although it recently reemerged as a topic du jour, folks have debated its place for years. Will you give it a try?

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Uncategorized

THE QUEEN OF SOUL

 

 

 

 

 

“Everybody wants respect.”
Aretha Franklin in her own words.

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“I was concerned. I wasn’t afraid. My faith in God is too great for that.”

Aretha Franklin on her health issues in recent years, including an undisclosed surgery in 2010 in which she asked fans for prayers.
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“You weren’t an overnight sensation. You had to work at it and learn your craft: how to take care of your voice, how to pace your concerts, all that trial and error. I paid my dues, I certainly did.”

Franklin, the daughter of a pastor, got her start singing in church. By age 14, she recorded her first album and went on tour with her father's traveling revival show. At age 18 she went to New York, where she signed with Columbia Records.
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“Everybody wants respect. In their own way, three-year-olds would like respect, and acknowledgment, in their terms.”

On her 1967 #1 hit & signature song "Respect." Originally recorded by Otis Redding, Franklin proudly acknowledged its civil & female rights roots, noting she had written into her performance contract that she wouldn't sing in front of a segregated crowd.
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“I do appreciate it, absolutely. But some very fine and dynamite people paved the way for me… Sarah (Vaughn), Ella (Fitzgerald), and so on.”

Franklin on how she feels when fellow music artists credit her for their success. She recorded 48 albums, 43 Top 40 singles, won 18 Grammys & was the first female ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
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“Falling out of love is like losing weight. It’s a lot easier putting it on than taking it off.”

Aretha Franklin was married twice. She is survived by her 4 sons.
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“I love Wal-Mart and not just because my record is there. You can get some things there that you cannot find at Saks or Bergdorf’s or other upscale stores.”

Aretha Franklin also used Walmart to workout. She told the NYPost: "I walk the Super Walmarts, the biggest ones. If people are in the aisle and the store happens to be crowded that day, I go to other aisles."
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Aretha Franklin passed away Aug. 16, 2018 at the age of 76.

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Quote of the Day

“Find the best things about you and the best things about life and celebrate them.”

Quote of the Day

Fox and his wife, Tracy Pollan, sat down with PEOPLE to discuss their 30-year marriage. On the secret to their success, Pollan said “Just give each other the benefit of the doubt. He assumes I’m doing the best I can.” In 1991, Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

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From The President’s Desk

WHO KEEPS OUR NATION’S TOP SECRETS?

4+ million Americans have security clearances.

President Trump revoked 1.

Why some say stripping former CIA Dir. John Brennan of his clearance is an attack on free speech, while others say it had to be done.

 

From The President’s Desk

Who Keeps Clearance?

  • Who: Former federal employees who had on the job security clearances.
  • Why: In case a need arises when he or she can be of use to the current administration.
  • How long: Clearance continues (with periodic reviews) as long as person avoids sharing classified info, getting into debt, & traveling to certain parts of the world, etc.
From The President’s Desk

Bigger Picture:

  • Current *Security Clearance* system deemed “high risk” by gov’t watchdog.
  • Too many people have security clearances (est. 1.4M at “top secret” level) & continual reviews of their eligibility are inconsistent.
  • Evaluations take too long. More than 700,000 people waiting for security clearance, according to most recent estimates.
From The President’s Desk

Why Revoke Brennan?

“Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high-ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations — wild outbursts on the Internet and television — about this administration.

President Trump
From The President’s Desk

John Brennan’s Response:

“This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.”

 

Click: His Criticism
From The President's Desk

The topic of revoking security clearances came up several weeks ago when some, like Brennan criticized the President's meeting with Vladimir Putin. Is Brennan sowing "division & chaos" or exercising free speech? Does social media change the equation?

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Quick Quotes

“I think Vermonters should take me seriously because I have practical progressive ideas, and I happen to be 14, not the other way around. I think that my message and my platform transcend age.”

Ethan Sonneborn ran for the Democratic nomination for VT governor. He lost but promised to "Keep Fighting." Christine Hallquist won - the first transgender candidate nominated for governor on a major party's ticket.
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“I can’t guarantee anything, but I can tell you that the president addressed this question directly. I can tell you that I’ve never heard it.”

WH Press Sec. Sarah Huckabee Sanders on whether she can guarantee the American people they will never hear a recording of President Trump use the N-word, as alleged by former WH aide Omarosa Manigault Newman.
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“Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades…. Until that changes, we think it is too early to close the book on the Catholic Church sex scandal.”

A new grand jury report detailing sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses involving 300+ “predator priests” accused of abusing more than 1,000 children over six decades.
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“Today a grateful nation salutes the Navajo Code Talkers whose bravery & skill saved the lives of countless Americans during WWII. History will forever marvel at the Navajos who used their language as an unbreakable code to help secure Allied victories.”

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) honoring Navajo Code Talkers Day. The code developed using the Navajo language during WWII remains the one military code never broken.
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Now You Know

GO FUND MY
(fill in the blank)

 

GoFundMe (GFM), the globe’s largest crowdfunding website hosts 10,000 new campaigns every day and has raised more than $5 billion bucks since it launched in 2010.

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GoFundMe

  • Who: Users create a campaign & solicit donations from the public.
  • What: Funds are raised for anything from memorials to charities, parties, and more.        #1 CAUSE: Medical bills. 
  • How: In 2017, GFM stopped taking a 5% fee for personal funds.  There is still a 2.9% processing fee & a 30 cent fee for every donation. Users may also tip.
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Top Three Large$t GoFundMe Campaigns

$21.9 million: Time’s Up Legal (sexual assault / harassment) Defense Fund

$11.8 million: 2017 Las Vegas Shooting Victims Fund

$7.8 million: 2016 Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims Fund

Now You Know

“The biggest surprise is how much positivity there is in the world. News cycles and the social web often present a barrage of negativity. Yet I’ve been surprised by just how much people are compassionate, sympathetic, and empathetic – they genuinely want to help.”

GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon
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The GoFundMe page for newly fired FBI agent Peter Strzok has raised more than $380K+ since it launched on Monday. Although GoFundMe campaigns cannot be used anonymously, sometimes it is difficult to know exactly who is behind a campaign.

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Now You Know

Fanning the Flames

100+ Wildfires Burn Across America

California’s Governor calls it “the new normal,” but as fires rage from Washington to New Mexico, with the Golden State the hardest hit, why there’s hope in a wood that CAN’T catch fire.

 

 

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Will This Prevent Fires?

Synthetic Wood Discovery

  • Scientists created *new* synthetic wood similar to plastic-wood composites used for decks, but synthetic wood won’t burn.
  • Lightweight & high-strength like real wood.
  • Take hours to make, unlike trees which take decades to grow.
  • Price TBD.
Now You Know

Wildfire Destruction

  • Why is it happening? It’s hot & dry/dead vegetation acts as fuel.
  • Who’s to blame? Often, humans but wildfires can ignite from innocuous activities like a boat trailer chain dragging on a road and sparking.
  • Earlier than normal? Yes, August is peak month. Forecasters expect fires to slow in September before ramping up again in Oct.
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Is It Worse This Year?

“This year is turning out to be more active even than last year. We have more fires, more acres burned this fire season than we did in 2017, which, as you know, was a record year for us.”
Thom Porter, Cal Fire Region Chief

Twenty large fires are now burning in CA, including the Ranch Fire (one of the Mendocino Complex Fire) the largest wildfire in CA history.

 

Now You Know

In California, 6 firefighters died and more than 2,200 buildings are damaged or destroyed with still months left in wildfire season. For a different perspective, click to see the devastating fires from space.

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Quick Quotes

“We want children to rediscover the real, that connection to the concrete, to nature, to do doing things with their hands, to contact with other human beings.”

France’s education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, on France's new ban on cell phones from pre-K to 9th grade. Blanquer has 2 smartphones and says he wants to ensure "man is the master of the machine" - not deny tech advancements.
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“I’ve been sleeping next to this kidney for thirty years. It knows me.  So I’m hoping it stays with me for a good long time.”

Lesley Kennedy on receiving her husband kidney. Lesley has Polycystic Kidney Disease and could have waited years for a donor, if her husband wasn't a perfect match. After their surgeries, the Seattle couple said "We can truly say we are a team. We were a team before, but now we're really a team."
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“I’ll just leave that to your imagination.”

 

Former aide to President Trump Omarosa Manigault Newman on TODAY discussing (or not) how she covertly recorded her December 2017 firing by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in the Situation Room. She alleges the President is not fit for office.
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“The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room, shows a blatant disregard for our national security – and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee.”

WH Press Sec. Sarah Huckabee Sanders in response to Omarosa Manigault Newman's first national interviews.
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Check out our source page for a SmartHER Take on kids and cell phones. Do you think an all-out ban on cell phones in American schools would work? Have a great day!

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Now You Know

The Rise of The Mini Book

 

 

 

It’s roughly the size of your cell phone, but packs the punch of a regular size book. Will the mini-book revolutionize reading?

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“Flipbacks”

  • Debuted 2009 in Netherlands.
  • Bible-publisher turned printer pioneered the “Flipback” & has now re-printed more than 1,000 titles in this horizontal fashion.
  • Bible-thin paper; fits in pockets.
  • Opens horizontally & stays open.
  • Easy to flip pages & hold with one hand.
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“Phone-Shaped”

“I haven’t seen a new book format that I thought was at all interesting, but I find this format really usable and ­super-portable.”

Popular young adult author John Green wrote "The Fault Of Our Stars." He first saw horizontal flip-novels in the Netherlands and wanted to try format in U.S. His "flipback" titles will sell this fall.
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While overall book sales increased last year in America, paperback sales fell. Will this "Flipback" be the 'novel' new novel? In 2011, one European paper asked, "Could this new book kill the Kindle?" What do you think?

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