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After losing to the Knicks in OT, the Kings will play three games in four days, with two of them against the struggling Detroit Pistons and the other two vs the Los Angeles Lakers. I don’t see this as a challenge for any team, but it will be fun. I was trying to figure out whether to include the Blazers as a team, and there is just a bunch of them up against the Warriors with a big roster mismatch. It’s a good thing we had our first game in Oakland on Friday. The Trail Blazers beat San Antonio 112-108. Here’s how they did:

That’s a pretty decent team. They won the game by 14 points. Damian Lillard had two 3-pointers:

He finished with 39 points and 7 assists. He’s a big game player, but is he likely to keep dropping triple doubles? My expectation is that he’s going to average about two a game. That doesn’t count any of the other big guys out. I’m not sure I understand how we can expect to find the same rhythm as last year without Paul Millsap and DeJuan Blair. For this to work, there has to be another dynamic presence on the Warriors roster. And at some point, we are going to have to admit that we need a big player. We do need a big player, and one way to get one is by making sure Paul doesn’t have to guard a big guy like Lillard with Lillard attacking the paint. We should try to make that happen. This is an interesting time, which will help in our decisions.

Stroman’s fastball was sitting in the low 90’s this evening. The velocity was coming off the floor now but as his breaking ball and secondary pitches continued to show signs of breakdown today, Stroman saw his command erode to the point that he could lose the strike zone entirely, leaving himself exposed at times. Stroman had a 3.30 ERA in July 2015, 3.90 this year, and 4.70 in May! In any case, there is something out of whack with Stroman’s command right now. Stroman’s ERA now sits at 5.57, an increase of two runs per nine. In his last six starts, Stroman’s average fastball velocity was down to 95.3 MPH. It may just be a by-product of Stroman trying to avoid the fastball, but we should expect the fastball to come down for him if and when he throws it more. Stroman’s sinker has generally been spot on during his career, even while improving as a pitcher. He throws the pitch more or less with the same intent, which is to get fastballs up as quickly as possible. He could be throwing the fastball too fast too. Stroman’s velocity is also down today compared to his last start, as he is walking more than he is striking out and has only been on the mound for 42 pitches in that two-hitter. At this rate, we are looking at a changeup with a strikeout potential that’s worth 5 AB. Right now, Stroman’s velocity is the best a Mets reliever has allowed these past six outings. For me (and by me, I mean me who watched all four innings), Stroman’s pitches have been getting the inside corner too. From my eye angle, the location of his pitches now resembles a changeup from his days as a starter, with a little whiff on the outside corner.

This is how the two pitches compare from Stroman’s last three starts. Notice how the two pitches move around in the zone even as they sit. Note that the two pitches both have pretty good spin on each side of the plate which makes for a good combination. In the image below, the difference can be noted above and the pitches are even on each side.

Note the curveballs in these two images.

Stroman does not look like the pitcher he was before his early struggles, and for this reason, it may be time to take Stroman out of his spot in the rotation. He may also be in a funk with his changeup, but he can make it work if given a little freedom. For the Mets, Stroman could be a good setup man if he’s able to get back to his old numbers. This was an extremely weak spring for Stroman, and as we move forward, he may have fallen to the point where he is likely a no-go in camp.

Parents are understandably frustrated and feeling duped.

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I recently gave a presentation at my school about what works and what doesn’t. They were mostly skeptical from a scientific standpoint but I think they eventually accepted it as an empirical data point. They also liked a video I made on YouTube which showed the effect of a simple placebo. This one is more “wacky” to me, but some scientific folks agreed with me. My presentation was based on some other material I used in my teaching at my previous school, and some related personal experience. The results showed that the best thing you can do to help yourself prepare for an exam (i.e. not studying that much, staying involved rather than sitting silently) is to not worry so much about studying, don’t make excuses about why it’s not possible to study on this day, and take one or two rest days or weekends whenever needed. But I think they were eventually convinced, I just didn’t convey all that clearly in my presentation.

I have a similar video in the works and hope to soon have another video uploaded that explains exactly what I’m talking about. I’m not doing it for the money or publicity (some of my talks are free), I’m doing it because I think it’s scientifically sound.

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The department, which said “there has been no public health or public safety threats related to this incident,” is still considering new rules for the sale and use of vape cartridges.

So we now find ourselves with a situation where a city wants to ban the sale or possession of products like e-cigarettes that don’t have harmful additives. What is this regulation protecting? No one knows, and this law will have very little impact on users like myself who want high quality products that don’t have the harmful additive on their side.

The city attorney’s office decided that my local vape shop, Vaporized Vapes, would not be punished because the company had failed to disclose a new additive to sales representatives about a year and a half ago, and that the new additive didn’t impact the health, safety or quality of my product. In a strange twist, Vaporized Vapes was not required to inform anyone who tried to purchase my product that they were purchasing an unregulated product. To me, this is a sign that a consumer’s right to choose whether or not an additive could harm them whether they had a choice to ask about it or not has already been stripped away from them in LA.

“ The City Attorney’s Office does not consider consumers to be potential victims under the new regulation. While Consumer Protection is protected in this case, the right to choose is not.”

There’s a major irony to this law being designed to protect people with cancer from an unknown compound in the e-juice that they aren’t yet told they are purchasing. No one, including the City Attorney’s office, can see the content of the e-juice cartridge we purchase, so the only way we won’t get sick from a potentially dangerous additive is if we don’t give it a chance to expose us to it. So when the City Attorney’s office decides that people don’t have the right to know what they’re getting into, it takes away the rights of users they are meant to protect. I can guarantee that many people in this situation anyone who wants a high quality product and doesn’t have a choice will be forced to purchase unregulated products. And in a city like LA where vaping is growing like a cancer, it will only grow to be a bigger problem. So if you’re the type of person who has a right to be protected by the law and can’t find a retail store that carries vaping products in a reasonable size size in your city, the best thing to do is purchase their product from another vape shop that carries the same type of products and makes sure to buy one that comes with the product warranty. Then, you can always look up vape shop reviews on Amazon, where you can find other customer reviews, and you can find a brand you like for no extra cost or hassle to you. It’s your consumer’s right to be educated and informed, and it’s your choice to know what you’re getting into that’s better than buying an unregulated product.

The standard Android 7.0 update will still update via the CODENAME_Android_8_1_Update with the new features and fixes, and then Android 7.0 will update with the most recent iOS fixes, and then 6.0 with the new features. Once that’s finished, users can simply upgrade to the new OS, and it will upgrade to the latest available security patch as well. The system update will remove the standard (which cannot be restored to) security patches.

On-the-fly updater to Google Play to install OS-level changes Google Play itself, Google has a new auto-updater that will download updates on-the-fly from a server and then put them on the phone. It may take a few hours for the updates to become available to users, but it will arrive in a timely fashion. This software can be run on devices using a micro-SD slot for the file system for more flexible storage.

This is the automatic installation of the Auto update for those of you who want to do it manually. But, as mentioned before, the Auto update is only available to users who have enabled it.

A guide to Auto update Google Play on a S7 Edge Plus

This is the quick setup tutorial for getting the Auto update enabled on an S7 Edge Plus. The guide is not comprehensive, in-direct links and apps are provided for a number of things.

If you want to learn more, here is the official Android-Centric guide .

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No, no, no! The results of an earlier, absentee ballot referendum were on the way. The voters were going to be asked to approve a new resolution to fund the construction of a new high school or new public library. They should have voted yes on the new school to avoid a massive financial catastrophe for the city. Instead, the voters opted to get rid of that new city building, sending the money instead to two separate projects: A new city baseball diamond and a new public library for the surrounding neighborhoods. These were not the only projects funded in the referendum. An equal number of school funds were directed toward upgrading the local high school.

But on this night, the new school was not there.

What’s so interesting about this election is that it’s being reported as a political blunder by the local media for two primary reasons: The voter turnout for that referendum was less than 10%. No other issue had such a low participation rate. That 10% average will rise in coming weeks. But the big vote total means that even though the referendum failed, it still may not be politically viable for the city to proceed with other plans. If the vote were approved, the city has more money to spend. If the referendum was rejected, the city had to start from scratch and build a new school. Of the five local schools included in the new public library, four are in the neighborhood where the referendum was held. No other schools are served by the library. It would have been impossible to get a new library building this cheap, given that these schools have already been budgeted. But I’m not going to worry about the referendum failure as long as local media continue to report on the result in a way that frames it in terms of a lost campaign.

The “I’m not even going to bother telling you this election is not going well for the candidate” narrative is a favorite of politicians. It works in theory, but not in reality. It also works best in elections where everyone has a secret, but common denominator shared by all candidates for office: one or multiple years in elections that are held every four years, that are typically relatively close. The big loser of Tuesday night’s outcome is likely not voters, but politicians. It would be a waste of everyone’s time to continue calling Fulton’s mayor a failed campaigner just because he’s been a lousy campaigner of late.

He also faces a lawsuit accusing Shkreli of taking money from patients at his company’s medical clinics. The new allegations appear to be the latest effort by an elite group of biotech executives to extract bribes from pharmaceutical researchers who receive money from drug companies.”

Moody’s has downgraded the ratings of six drug companies in a two-day ratings action Friday. The banks have accused two companies of knowingly falsifying their financials.

The decision was in line with Moody’s’ view that the group of companies “likely had substantial fraud and manipulation related to the repurchase of overvalued loans, as well as inflated drug prices, in a market environment in which significant costs of servicing these loans outweighed the value of the loans, to the tune of approximately $2.5 billion.”

Some analysts said that the downgrades are unlikely to change Wall Street’s view of the companies’ creditworthiness. Still, in a letter to members of Congress and others Monday, Moody’s warned that the companies “may face loss of the ability to make interest payments.”

Another rating agency, Standard & Poor’s, has also downgraded six companies.

“While our primary objective is to consider the creditworthiness of all issuers for any particular credit rating, we have taken into account the quality of the companies affected by this rating action as well as the rating outlook and other significant factors for assessing the creditworthiness of these issuers,” Stuart G. Delery, the agency’s chief executive, said in a statement Monday. He directed the firms to immediately “submit a resolution proposal to the S.& P. Board of Directors concerning their plans to address Moody’s concerns.”

The ice loss can be tracked.

This screenshot is of the current (July 5) forecast of the low pressure system moving over the northeast United States.

Low pressure trough moves quickly over northern Maine and eastern New England, carrying snow off eastern New England.

How about snow in southern Alaska? There was a chance it would be a mild and sunny day, but a low pressure system coming in close to Alaska sent a blizzard that dumped over a million cubic feet of snow at Seward in Alaska. One of the best descriptions of the cold conditions was in the New Yorker by Kevin Baker.

The storm was so bad that people are going to be living with the cold for months to come after the next few weeks!

Even the National Weather Service in Alaska said that a strong high pressure area would be over the area a week or so later, followed by a depression later this fall.

“High atmospheric pressure will increase in pressure over Alaska, allowing snow to build up in the areas over the Canadian border,” the weather service said. “These snowpack areas are usually dry enough for snow to form after about eight daysbut the region could see more than 10 days of temperatures well below freezing before a strong high pressure system moves in on Thanksgiving with an accumulation of snow. The high pressure system may create its warmest air environment in nearly a decade, which could mean there will be a long period of rain and cold temperatures due to a persistent snowpack. Snow could begin falling during the first week of December, possibly reaching as far north as the border of Washington State.”

Here are nine stocks he recommends for your consideration. He advises not looking at markets where the Dow or S&P have dropped below 25.

What to do with the rest of your investing cash? The government is taking steps to buy homes that are owned by people who have been hit with unemployment benefits, a program known as “welfare”. They have raised the amount of money that must be collected from welfare fraud. If someone is receiving unemployment benefits… they are not allowed to transfer the money directly to a bank account, and that person’s money is still tied up to the account. However if they transfer the cash in, and the fraud is discovered… the money must be immediately returned… and the bank will be held accountable. This is the way the government can ensure a permanent flow of federal stimulus. They are also buying up mortgages from companies that are being given the chance to improve their product through a “home buyers tax.” Again this applies to consumers… or their “employers” of course. There is a large risk though these programs may be abused… and there is a possibility of default. The government makes these programs subject to Congressional budget approval, which means that if there is a failure, there may not be enough funding to make such programs sustainable. If the Fed stops buying up “real estate” and begins buying “in-kind”. They are taking a risk, but it is not nearly as risky as a sudden market sell-off. If the Fed bought up “real estate” before 2009, it has the advantage of being able to cash out and be able to redeem the cash at full value to the borrower. They have a history of doing this. Unfortunately this is a risky situation. This move would make the Fed a lot more vulnerable to the risk of a negative response if markets went into a frenzy, and the Fed is forced into selling off real estate (via bond purchases) that they may not have enough liquidity in to make the purchases. However if the Fed is able to secure a better mortgage market for the economy after the economic recession… then the risk is lessened. If they sell off some real estate, the government holds onto the remaining cash. As I have stated before… the Federal Reserve has to do what they do, if they want to protect them… they need to sell some “real estate” before their bond buying program runs into the ground. A lot of those “resident” owners would prefer not to return the equity in their homes, and would rather sell to the government instead. The Treasury will want to hold on to home equity investments, for reasons I will explain later. You can read the whole article here .

It is a no-brainer. The U.S. has a real problem with housing debt and price inflation. It did not happen overnight… and this is not just happening in the U.S. Japan has had serious price inflation for years… in fact the Japanese are now losing the ability to get a loan in Japanese yen (JPY). Japan’s Prime Minister has said that his government cannot afford higher prices, and is going on a fiscal experiment to try to control growth and inflation. What he may do is allow the inflation to drive the Japanese economy… which will cause a severe drag on the Japanese economy… forcing the Japanese people to pay for the government’s efforts. Here is the article I wrote on the topic. Here is a link to the Fed’s website on “financial repression”…

How do you believe the Fed will react? It is very unlikely that they would “somewhat” reduce short term interest rates. Long term interest rates are an important part of the central banks ability to manage financial cycles… and I believe the Fed’s action in 2009 could be a significant influence on the future direction of the U.S. economy. Some have criticized the Fed for “interfering” in the market for housing… but that does not matter… the Fed is directly affecting the housing market. There is no denying that housing is an important part of the U.S. economy… and every time the U.S. increases the supply of housing through a federal program… its price goes up… and now we have the perfect time for an article like this.

As you can see, it is almost impossible to find positive results for the economy in the years following an economic shock.. unless they change their approach… and this is the case with the Fed. It is now a central bank decision whether to create an expansion (or contraction) of the money supply or not via the government-forced purchases of home equity. This was not always the case.

Why was this the case?

By far the most important difference in the economic landscape between the US and all other countries around the world is the decline in the money supply that occurs when wages decline

(Image source: CBS.com) The West Indian and Sri Lankan student has returned fromAsia and appeared to be showing no symptoms when reported into the Middletown Medical Center Saturday, reports the Middletown Advocate thedaily newspaper in the township of 2,100 people. ‘He said he had been infected with the new coronavirus and he was getting sicker and sicker,’ Dr. Alan Luecke said a press conference Saturday morning. He noted that the patient was also carrying seven other viral infections including malaria. ‘He has not been in full, continuous remission since he left, and is very sick,’ Luecke said. Luecke said that the patient is likely to go to New Jersey on Wednesday to be diagnosed, and that the next steps of the case and its treatment would be made known on Wednesday. The patient was discharged Saturday and the Middletown Medical Center had not been notified of his return as of Saturday afternoon, according to medical director, Robert Jastrow.

Possible symptoms of 2018 Novel Cv & 2019-nCoV (Image source: Thedaily newspaper of Middletown, PA) Luecke has declared Dr. Jastrow must remain in the hospital and that the patient was ‘sick and in a very unhealthy state’, and Dr. Suryakumar Doraiswamy has joined Luecke in a letter on January 30 to all Middletown students and faculty saying, “We are in shock about this situation,” in the letter.

Ongoing Infection Suspect, a former Navy Seal was to Have a Brain Exam on Monday

On Friday the university asked the public to keep an eye out at 6 a.m. for the body of former Navy Seal, who was last seen in New Jersey Friday and Friday night. The body with the yellow sign that reads ‘Body at Middletown Medical Center’ would be delivered to the school in an unmarked van by 11 a.m. on Monday. The former Navy Seal was an avid fitness enthusiast and also played football and basketball for Middletown University where he was a graduate degree applicant, the Middletown Advocate says. The former Navy Seal left behind a wife and two children . His family has not given their names. A family member with the same name says the former military member moved to the United States from Indiana.

Middletown Police Department has advised on twitter, “You will be escorted to and from the hospital for viewing of the body in an unmarked vehicle. Your vehicle will be accompanied by Police. If you are a family member and have any questions please direct your comments to Lt Joseph Speronis, 609-957-1344,(Email)

Divers inpreparation for death-suit diving

The Middletown Police Department and Navy Special Warfare Operator Battalion 10 are prepared to dive and recover downed aircraft from the Watertown Sewer District, on Sunday, January 25, 2018 at 9 a.m.. The Middletown dive team is armed with the latest dive gear and will also carry a first responder tank, a recovery device, a Lifejack and a parachute rig. At 9 a.m., we will begin diver training with the Middletown Police Dive Team and the Navy Special Warfare Operator Battalion 10 as well as our Middletown Area Dive Team (MED-DOT). Our entire team will return to the city of Middletown and will continue to train until the area is filled with recoverable items.

Middletown Medical School to host The First 100 People to Survive2019 Novel Coronavirus

The Middletown Medical School has decided that the second annual Spring Middletown 2019 Novel Coronavirus Festival will take place on Tuesday, March 30, 2018 from noon to 7:30 p.m.. The Festival will not only feature the world premiere of a documentary film celebrating the world-wide survival of the 2018-2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak and will also be the venue of numerous speakers who will discuss novel coronaviruses & research. A total of ten lectures is scheduled to take place that day. The Festival will also feature a special award in the field of novel coronavirus by the Middletown Public Library; a unique grant program from the University of Rhode Island to assist with research related to novel coronaviruses; and a “Bridging the Gap” tour that will bring you to Middletown for several academic lectures on novel coronavirus.

The first 100 people to survive the Novel Coronavirus disease (nCoV) outbreak will be celebrated at the 2018 Novel Coronavirus Festival. The Festival opens with a special award the Middletown Public Library will receive to help with research related to the 2018 Novel Coronavirus outbreak. (image source: Middletown,PA

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