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The Gamelink owner posted this last night on Xbiz. For those that may have missed it, Jeff ALLEGEDLY tried to run over some protesters last week in San Francisco
Sorry it took me so long to respond here, I’m not usually in the habit of posting on the boards.
Jeff is currently on leave from the company to sort things through and reflect.
We strongly disagree with the actions taken by Jeff. We believe in the First Amendment and people’s right to protest. Our entire industry rests upon this law. We also take pride in being part of the inclusive fabric of San Francisco and being a diverse community ourselvevs.
Clearly, Jeff’s actions are in no way a reflection on who we are—as people, as a community, as a company and as an industry. We do not agree with his actions and are deeply saddened by this incident. We hope you can all understand how difficult this incident has been for us all.
The House intelligence committee this week plans to interview John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman whose hacked email account became central to Russian meddling in the US election last year. But will they question him about the murder of Seth Rich? Will they ask him about he and his brother Tony’s possible involvement in a child sex trafficking ring? Will they ask him about their possible connection to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann? Will they ask him about the disturbing audio of someone who sounds like John Podesta abusing a child? David Zublick unseals the horrible truth in this special report!
Moderate alcohol consumption as risk factor for adverse brain outcomes and cognitive decline: longitudinal cohort study
Objectives To investigate whether moderate alcohol consumption has a favourable or adverse association or no association with brain structure and function.
Design Observational cohort study with weekly alcohol intake and cognitive performance measured repeatedly over 30 years (1985-2015). Multimodal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed at study endpoint (2012-15).
Setting Community dwelling adults enrolled in the Whitehall II cohort based in the UK (the Whitehall II imaging substudy).
Participants 550 men and women with mean age 43.0 (SD 5.4) at study baseline, none were “alcohol dependent” according to the CAGE screening questionnaire, and all safe to undergo MRI of the brain at follow-up. Twenty three were excluded because of incomplete or poor quality imaging data or gross structural abnormality (such as a brain cyst) or incomplete alcohol use, sociodemographic, health, or cognitive data.
Main outcome measures Structural brain measures included hippocampal atrophy, grey matter density, and white matter microstructure. Functional measures included cognitive decline over the study and cross sectional cognitive performance at the time of scanning.
Results Higher alcohol consumption over the 30 year follow-up was associated with increased odds of hippocampal atrophy in a dose dependent fashion. While those consuming over 30 units a week were at the highest risk compared with abstainers (odds ratio 5.8, 95% confidence interval 1.8 to 18.6; P≤0.001), even those drinking moderately (14-21 units/week) had three times the odds of right sided hippocampal atrophy (3.4, 1.4 to 8.1; P=0.007). There was no protective effect of light drinking (1-<7 units/week) over abstinence. Higher alcohol use was also associated with differences in corpus callosum microstructure and faster decline in lexical fluency. No association was found with cross sectional cognitive performance or longitudinal changes in semantic fluency or word recall.
Conclusions Alcohol consumption, even at moderate levels, is associated with adverse brain outcomes including hippocampal atrophy. These results support the recent reduction in alcohol guidance in the UK and question the current limits recommended in the US.
PARIS — Donald Trump isn’t the only leader building a wall, and this one is just as controversial.
The French government is constructing an 8.2-foot-high, bulletproof glass enclosure around the base of the Eiffel Tower to protect the iconic structure from a terrorist attack. But many French are offended by what they describe as a tasteless design that will be an eyesore.
“It’s pure madness!” said Bernard Thiebaut, a retired electrical engineer who lives in Paris. “It’s not just a physical barrier, it’s also a philosophical and a psychological barrier.”
After a public uproar over the $20 million project approved last month by the Paris City Council, Deputy Mayor Jean-Francois Martins defended the plan.
“The terror threat remains high in Paris and the most vulnerable sites, led by the Eiffel Tower, must be the object of special security measures,” Martins said. He added that the glass wall would allow full view of the tower while preventing individuals or vehicles from storming the attraction that draws 6 million visitors a year
Critics said the wall, slated to go up in the fall, could undermine the French capital’s tourism industry that is already in a slump after a series of terrorist attacks that killed more than 200 people since 2015.
Despite enhanced security in France, terrorists remain a threat.
Last week, police arrested a 16-year-old French girl and her boyfriend on charges of preparing explosives in her apartment in Montpellier in southern France to blow up tourists at the Eiffel Tower. The teen, identified only as Sarah Z., allegedly had converted to Islam and pledged loyalty to the Islamic State.
Two weeks ago, French soldiers opened fire on a man wielding machetes and shouting “Allahu akbar” as he attacked them near the Louvre Museum.
Alison Bell, 50, waiting at the security check to get into the Eiffel Tower, said, “We’re very aware that it’s a potential target for terrorists here because it’s such an iconic place, so you feel a little bit nervous.”
The mood in the city is tense, added the teacher from Bristol, England. “There is a distinct police presence here in Paris generally. We’ve seen a lot of people with guns and men in uniforms,” Bell said.
Vanita Minhas, a Canadian tourist who recently visited the Eiffel Tower, said the City of Light landmark might end up resembling a fortress.
“I don’t think it would look that nice,” said Minhas, 25, a dental hygienist. “It won’t make the Eiffel Tower seem as special or as unique if they are trying to keep everybody out.”
Currently the base of the Eiffel Tower is surrounded by metal grids set up in June for the Euro 2016 soccer championships. The barriers were to be a temporary security measure but have remained in place with terrorism fears still widespread.
Martins said replacing the unsightly metal enclosure with a transparent wall would allow Parisians and visitors a more pleasant view of the monument.
“If it’s glass, it’s better than the fences, I think,” Minhas agreed.
But she does not believe the wall would help prevent a terror attack. “I wouldn’t feel safer with a glass wall because I don’t think a glass wall can really stop much,” she said.
For Thiebaut, the wall is another infringement on the French way of life.
“When the Berlin Wall fell down, we said, ‘Never again.’ Now all the countries in the world are building walls,” Thiebaut said. “It’s changing the way we live.”
PM Useful Idiot’s socks say it all.