New Jersey – Map of Cities in NJ – MapQuest

New Jersey, the Garden State, is defined by regions clear-cut in their geography and culture. More than 8 million people reside in an environment that ranges from cities and dense forests to casino-lined boardwalks and sandy beaches. Bordered by New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware, the state offers visitors a novel mix of outdoor, historic and urban experiences.

The long state brushes against New York in the north and Philadelphia in the south. These major urban areas are hubs where the bulk of New Jerseyites reside. In the densely populated north, for instance, find Newark, gateway to New York and home to a major-league sports arena that is part of MetLife Sports Complex, commonly referred to as the Meadowlands.

Central cities include Trenton, the states capital, and Princeton, which attracts a large number of regional day trippers. Shop along with them in the tidy downtown village or tour local points of historic interest. Top among these are Princeton Battlefield State Park and Rockingham Historic Site, which both played host to the action of the American Revolution. Jackson, near the coast, is home to Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari, an amusement park and 350-acre wildlife preserve.

The Jersey Shore, on the southern coast along the Atlantic Ocean, attracts heavy but happy crowds during the summer. Atlantic City is flush with casinos, hotels and nightlife, housed in a colorful mix of modern and historic buildings that line the four-mile oceanfront boardwalk.

By contrast, the largely undeveloped Pinelands National Reserve spans 1.1 million acres in southern New Jersey. Activities abound in the forests, waterways and parks of the reserve that covers nearly one-quarter of the state.

At the southernmost tip of New Jersey stands Cape May, with land that lies parallel to Washington, D.C. This scenic town, filled with Victorian homes and boutique shopping, is where miles of low-key beachfront and Cape May Point State Park are found. Visitors who climb the nearly 200 steps to the top of the lighthouse are treated to soaring views of the Cape May peninsula.

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Just when were softened by the years, when we have enough experience to see for ourselves, our maps are torn from us. This can be frightening, but theres divine timing in the dissolution of a stubborn mind, the way an inlet waits on the last rock to crumble….


The mantra I AM, I AM relates to the finite identity of the first I AM with the infinite identity of the second I AM. Karuna’s video teaching shows how to combine the two in a practice that brings wholeness.

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AAR Amends OEM Support Agreement with Liebherr-Aerospace

WOOD DALE, Illinois, April 13, 2015 AAR (NYSE: AIR) has amended a long-term general terms agreement with Liebherr-Aerospace. Under terms of the deal, Liebherr-Aerospace will provide full support of AARs nose-to-tail comprehensive solution on the Bombardier fleet. The services are performed by Liebherr-Aerospace Saline, Inc., and Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS, which is the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). Under the existing agreement, Liebherr-Aerospace grants access to technical documentation, spare parts and technical support to AARs component repair centers in Garden City, New York, and Amsterdam, both of which perform repairs on Liebherr-Aerospace equipment.

The agreement strengthens AAR’s position in the aviation component support business and covers products Liebherr-Aerospace designs and manufactures for Bombardier, including the integrated air management system (ATA 21, 25, 30, 36) on board the CRJ700/900/1000 regional aircraft.

“Not only does this relationship enhance AAR’s ability to provide comprehensive support for the Bombardier fleet, it also allows us to provide customers with OEM quality at competitive prices, along with technical support including engineering and reliability improvements,” said Frank Landrio, Senior Vice President Strategy and OEM Development.

Alex Vlielander, President, Liebherr-Aerospace Saline, concurred on the benefits of the expanded partnership. Successfully working with AAR on various programs over the years has resulted in strong cooperation and trust. This agreement builds on that mutual appreciation and allows each company to focus on what it does best — its core competency.

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AAR is a global aerospace and defense company that employs more than 5,000 people in over 20 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR supports commercial, government and defense customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AARs Aviation Services include inventory management; parts supply; OEM parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; and component repair. AARs Expeditionary Services include airlift operations; mobility systems; and command and control centers in support of military and humanitarian missions. More information can be found at

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Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems (PAES) has an aquaponics display at the Disney Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, which runs from March 4 until May 17. Besides topiary and fantastic flower Disney characters, the festival also features outdoor kitchens for guests to sample fresh, seasonal foods and beverages. This is Pentairs second year at this festival, representing a new way to think about farming and the future of sustainability.

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Liberty give Laimbeer another shot

The New York Liberty are such a franchise. But the re-hiring of Bill Laimbeer as coach less than three months after he was fired by the organization is head-scratching even by Liberty standards.

Oh, wait a minute. Not really. This is the Liberty we’re talking about.

Let me make haste to say, though, I actually don’t think this is a bad decision at all. It’s correcting a bad decision, which was firing Laimbeer back in October without a really strong idea of whom the franchise could get to replace him.

From what I gather from sources around the league, Madison Square Garden Company chair James Dolan had some candidates in mind. But they didn’t work out. Now with the Knicks being the primo disaster of this NBA season, Dolan probably just wanted to get the Liberty job filled. And ultimately decided to go back to Laimbeer.

Who, apparently, wasn’t exactly stunned to get the call to return. Laimbeer was spending the winter fishing and playing golf. And while he wasn’t expecting to coach again in the WNBA this summer, he’s glad to be doing it.

“My passion is still there for the New York team,” Laimbeer said Thursday. “I’d like to accomplish more for this franchise.”

The Liberty were 11-23 and then 15-19 in Laimbeer’s two seasons, missing the playoffs both years. But Thursday, he repeated something he had also told me back in October when he was let go: That while he didn’t always enjoy his first season with the Liberty, this past season he really did like the job and working with the team. (Having a world-class center such as Tina Charles, whom the Liberty got in a trade before the 2014 season, undoubtedly helps in that regard.)

Laimbeer also said something else in October that seems pertinent to the Liberty’s reversal in course this week. He talked about the difference in working for the Detroit Shock, where he answered primarily to one person, then-owner Tom Wilson. As compared to working for a public corporation like MSG.

“They’ve got a lot of moving pieces,” Laimbeer said in October about MSG.

Indeed, they do. But from the Liberty’s inception in 1997 to 2010, Carol Blazejowski was the team’s general manager and front-office point person for the franchise. And while she took her share of barbs (including from me), at least you always knew whose hands were on the Liberty’s steering wheel.

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Future uncertain for New York Liberty

However, in Laimbeer’s two seasons in New York, the Liberty did not make the playoffs. And on Tuesday, New York parted ways with Laimbeer and pulled the plug on what New York hoped would be “Trader Bill’s” triumphant return to the WNBA. He had led the Detroit Shock to three WNBA titles (2003, ’06, ’08), then exited the league early in the 2009 season, the Shock’s last in Detroit.

Laimbeer spent some time in the shark tank of NBA coaching before returning to the WNBA. It was supposed to be a successful merging: Laimbeer’s history of success and edgy personality seemed like it might be the right fit for a Liberty franchise in the doldrums.

But after going 11-23 in 2013 and 15-19 this year, the Liberty didn’t renew Laimbeer’s contract. Now what?

Well, I asked the Liberty if anyone with the organization could address that very question on Tuesday. Turns out, they couldn’t. Or weren’t ready to. Or just didn’t want to. Whatever, right?

Hey, the Lib fans don’t need to hear right away what the game plan is going forward. They should still just be basking in joy about the end of the Liberty’s three-year exile to Newark. They got back into refurbished Madison Square Garden this season, so surely they’ll be docile and patient waiting however long or short it takes for the Liberty to figure out who takes the reins for 2015 and beyond.

Because if there’s one thing New Yorkers are known for, it’s patience.

I’m being sarcastic, of course, but in truth, Liberty fans have been much more patient than one might expect. New York’s last appearance in the WNBA Finals was in 2002. The closest that the Liberty have come since to returning to the WNBA Finals was in 2008, when they lost the deciding Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals to Laimbeer’s Shock. New York was swept by Atlanta in the 2010 East finals.

Then in the last four years — the first two under coach John Whisenant — the Liberty have gone a combined 60-76 and won just one playoff game. In Whisenant (Sacramento, 2005) and Laimbeer, the Liberty have tried coaches who won WNBA titles elsewhere.

So, again … now what? Might former Liberty player Teresa Weatherspoon be tapped as the team’s next coach? Do the Liberty plan on combining the job of coach/GM as they did with Whisenant and Laimbeer? Or return to the formula of having those be separate jobs? That was the case from the franchise’s inception in 1997 through the 2010 season when Carol Blazejowski was the GM.

A Liberty spokesman said that no one from the organization was available to comment Tuesday. So all we have is the statement from Knicks’ assistant general manager Allan Houston, thanking Laimbeer and saying the organization will “begin our search immediately to secure a general manager and coach to help us move forward and reach our ultimate goal of a WNBA championship.”

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Today in Tabs: Facebook Presents Your Year in Tragedy

Silk Roadthe darknet site that blended techno-libertarianism, unexpected pathos, drugs, and that sweet elixir of larceny Bitcoin into what has already been one of recent historys most entertaining legal proceedingsis not done with us yet! Like all Silk Road related news, the charges against DEA agent Carl Force and former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges are incredibly implausible and circuitous, but Sarah Jeong does as good a job explaining them as anyone could hope for. Keywords include, but are not limited to: murder for hire (simulated), intimidation (failed), theft (flagrant), and LinkedIn contact request (regrettable). Lauren Smiley has a step by step guide in Matter for Feds interested in catching the Bitcoin-laundering wave, and Kashmir Hill collected 5 of Forces wackiest side-projects for Fusion.

Facebook is in trouble again for algorithmically dredging up painful memories. Who could have predicted this?

In Pacific Standard, Susie Cagle makes a case that the VC funding system does more harm than good. If youre on the fence about that, please do see this Twitter thread where prominent venture capitalist Harry Potter, from the blue-chip Silicon Valley firm of Egg & Rapgenius, “argues with Twitter user “fart” about the definition of electricity.”

April Fools is stupid, but its also the day Carnegie Mellons Association for Computational Heresy holds SIGBOVIK, which is one of those nerd events where there are so many layers of in-joke that you cant exactly tell how much (if any) of it is real, or what “real” might mean in this context, but the Proceedings, at least, are very funny. Notably, Tom Murphy made a portmanteau of every English word, which he calls a “portmantout.” Just watch the video, its good.

I enjoyed this Colson Whitehead tab about our narcissistic culture because I love reading about myself. You do you, Cols! Alana Massey is right: “Chill” is stupid. The police must be huge Chris Rock fans! Across the land, the question rings out: Can a gay wedding even have pizza? If you dont already know what that post is about, trust me, youll be happier staying that way. And finally: read this boring tab.

Its intern Averys birthday! Today she turns 27! At 27 I was a married home owner and one year away from the birth of my first child, but being a newsletter intern is great too! Happy Birthday Avery!

Today is my twenty-seventh birthday (please, hold your applause). Two decades ago, on this date, I woke up and found a childs snooker table set up for me in our dining room. Not something Id asked for, but still one of the best gifts Ive ever received.

The popularity of snooker is a weird part of British culture. It hardly seems a thrilling spectator sport, but for weeks at a time in the winter you can switch to BBC2 and watch hours of snooker in the eveningtime slot after time slot of the same old static shot. We even had a bizarre snooker-based game show, Big Break, which ran for ten years.

My snooker table got a lot of use at first, but then I returned to the books one could always find me in as a child. I was not destined to be a Ronnie OSullivan, who is profiled in the New Yorker this week. Its a terrific featurea classic story of a shining talent dogged by vice and familial sin.

I remember looking at my snooker table in the garden with the trash, warped and broken-down by rain. Happy birthday.

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Mind cloning, off-the-grid chats & ambient mobile alerts lead chatter at South by Southwest

AUSTIN, Texas As a plane with a Grumpy Cat flag flew overhead, courtesy of Friskies, the Technorati flooded into panel discussions and happy hour spots at the annual tech festival South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, on Sunday.

Top tech influencers pondered immortality and mind cloning. FireChat, an app that lets smartphone users connect via mobile chat even without a cellular connection, was another hot topic. Here’s a look at the most notable trending topics Sunday at the tech jamboree.


No cell service? No problem.

An app called FireChat uses phone signals such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to connect to other users’ phones and enable chats without any network connection. The app, created by a San Francisco startup called Open Garden, debuted in 2012 and was a hit last August at the Burning Man festival in Black Rock, Nevada, where cell phone service is scarce.

It links people via what it calls a “peer-to-peer mesh network,” connecting through phone signals rather than a network. The range is about 90 feet but the connection can jump from phone to phone if there’s a crowd. It’s software-only, says co-founder and CEO Micha Benoliel. Currently the app supports public group chats and hashtags; private messaging is coming.

The app, which is a finalist for South by Southwest’s innovation awards, has 5 million users and has been used by tens of thousands of people in India and the Philippines at political protests. As a new startup, Benoliel says his first time at South by Southwest has been positive. “The best surprise has been going to parties and having people asking how they can use FireChat for their event,” he says.


United Therapeutics CEO Martine Rothblatt, who considers herself a “transhumanist,” discussed advances in “mind cloning” in a keynote Sunday. She said she believes people will one day be able to clone their cognitive functions, and detailed her biotech company’s advances in cloning organs and making the process of transferring organs from donor to recipient more efficient.

Rothblatt urged everyone to question authority and noted that in other eras she might not have survived as a transgender person.

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Madalyn A. Cimino

Cooperstown, N.Y. Madalyn A. Cimino, a native of Cooperstown and in 1972 the first woman to be named an Administrative Officer at Dartmouth Medical School, died Thursday morning, March 5, 2015, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. She was 82.

A native of Cooperstown, Madalyn was born June 14, 1932, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, a daughter of Jack and Maria ne Falzarano Cimino.

She first attended Cooperstown schools and later the Knox School for Girls, graduating from there in 1953. She then moved to Albany where she was employed as an administrative assistant to the Neurologist-in-chief at Albany Medical College.

In 1972 she was named Registrar of Dartmouth Medical School. She served in this position for 25 years until retiring in 1997.

At her retirement in July of 1997, the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees and Dartmouth Medical School honored Madalyn for her distinctive personal and professional services to the Dartmouth Medical School community by appointing her Registrar of Dartmouth Medical School Emerita. The letter which informed her of this honor stated that you were a central figure in the life of the school and its students and that your interest in the students, both as individuals and professionals in training, made you a very important person in their lives. Further, your participation in the ever changing administrative and academic programs has been invaluable.

Upon returning to her native Cooperstown, Madalyn became actively involved in the life of the village. A communicant of St. Marys Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church, she also served a 3-year term on the Village of Cooperstown Board of Trustees and was a member of the Glimmerglass Opera Guild. She was also a member of the garden group in Cooperstown, and was justifiably proud of the flower gardens at her home at 16 Maple Street that she devotedly and carefully tended, and which garnered several Clark Foundation awards and letters of commendation for her efforts.

Since 1966, Madalyn also found time to travel extensively throughout Europe.

Madalyn is survived by four nieces, Elizabeth Lochte of Spokane Valley, Wash., Susan Lochte of Charlottesville, Va., Jane Barry and her husband Paul of North Bend, Wash. and Cynthia Zacharchuk and her husband Michael of Cherry Valley; four great nieces and four great nephews; and cousins.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Mrs. Stella Vagliardo and Mrs. Lucy Lochte, and her Goddaughter, Charlene Vagliardo.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at St. Marys Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. John P. Rosson, pastor, presiding.

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Carlow University 'wall' encourages free speech

A student group at Carlow University recently erected on campus a large outdoor poster-board, and on its otherwise blank surface, invited passersby to answer a question posed in blue marker: What is free speech?

For 10 days now, answers have been filling up the board, both weighty and whimsical, as students and others stop long enough to get whatever is on their mind off their chest and onto what the group has dubbed Free Speech Wall.

Thoughts on politics and religion, pointed observations about education and police, as well as expressions of personal sorrow and affirmation have appeared. The comments are helping the group, a campus chapter of Young Americans for Liberty, promote a dialogue on campus about the dimensions of free expression.

America should give up racism for lent, read one. Learning to love myself each day. You should too. stated another. Words might cost me my freedom, but they will never cost me my soul or my dignity, read yet another.

And then there was this:Can we have two-ply toilet paper?

The newly formed group approached school administrators with the idea, saying the project fit with the Catholic universitys mission to pursue truth in learning and to respect others, said Richard Haynes, 30, a senior history major from Smithton. The school agreed.

Two connected eight-foot-by-four-foot poster-boards attached to plywood went up in Carlows Hospitality Garden, next to Frances Warde Hall.The board is to come down at the end of today, and messages from it will be used to help organize a teach-in on campus.

Mr. Haynes said the anonymous messages on the board left up round the clock were largely upbeat and respectful. He said organizers removed nothing, but pointing to faded marker on some messages, he added, The weather seems to have taken some things down.

Drew Wilson, a Carlow spokesman, said administrators saw merit to the idea. Besides, he added, the feelings would exist on campus even if the wall was not there.

One student took the opportunity to say, Athiests have morals too.Another invoked recent police brutality protests with the words Hands up. Dont shoot. Still others tackled sexual and gender identify.


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Where spirituality meets education

An old woman, of French origin is seated in a Garden, wearing a beatific smile.

Surrounding her are many people – educators, spiritual seekers, mothers asking her questions The questions are all about children: How do I create silence in my class? How do I react when I see my child constantly asking for material things? What should I do when I see a child lying? And so on. In the background there are children dressed in white playing. The old woman is The Mother, the Spiritual collaborator of Shri Aurobindo. And the setting is the Shri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry.

So, why are questions about children being directed to a spiritual teacher? An understanding of the background of these two great people – Shri Aurobindo and The Mother, would be helpful.

Shri Aurobindo was an Indian Nationalist, philosopher and a poet who joined the Freedom movement and was imprisoned by the British Government.

In his Tales of prison life he writes, The only result of the wrath of the British Government was that I found God. Else readers may think that suffering is the only fact of prison life. On discovering his spiritual impulse, he later moved to Pondicherry and worked on his spiritual aspirations.

Mira Alfassa, born in France, known to her followers as The Mother came to Shri Aurobindos spiritual retreat in 1914. And became his spiritual collaborator. She brought with her varied and rich experiences including her associations with the likes of Monet and Rabindranath Tagore.

She had a deep interest in children and founded the school in the Ashram where she worked closely with teachers and children and defined her educational philosophy. Her book titled On Education reveals her profound understanding of children and education in the light of spirituality.

There are two distinguishing features that stand out from other educators in Mothers approach to education.

One is her conviction that education begins at birth, or even before birth. Two, her extraordinary focus on physical education.

She believed that education of the child began from the time of conception. She believed that the nature of the child to be born is greatly influenced by the mothers aspirations, will and the physical environment.

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53 & Grateful

Given the length and complexity of my previous posts this week, which was necessitated by the subject, I am going to give myself and the readership a break and keep todays post lighter.

Today is my 53rd birthday, more than halfway home, decidedly middle-aged, not a landmark birthday like 50 or 60, a just-getting-older birthday. Normally, I would be in Puerto Rico this week but this year, my sister is bringing my dad to the island and I am taking him to Rome in the autumn. So, we can add cold, wet feet to the experience of this birth anniversary. Still, the overpowering emotion I feel this morning is gratitude.

I am grateful, first of all, for my faith and for the Church that brought me to the faith. If, in the night, I had through some unhappy occurrence, lost my faith, my life would be unrecognizable. The friendships I cherish are largely, though not exclusively, born of a common commitment to and interest in the Church. The books that mostly fill my library have some connection to the life of the Church. The thoughts that occupy my mind, these are mostly thoughts about our faith and what it means and what it demands and how it consoles and how it challenges.

I am grateful for my parents. I have always liked a line by e.e. cummings: I am first the son of my parents, and whatever is happening to him. My parents, who were instrumental in bringing the faith to me, also gave me a wonderful, nurturing, inquisitive home. My mother was a champion of personal and fiscal responsibility and, regrettably, in these regards I take after my dad. My father is a paragon of kindness and forgiveness in his personal relations and, regrettably, in this regard I take after my mom. My mom has gone to God, but I call my dad every night and we talk, this time of year mostly about UConn basketball (our mens team is not having a good year but our womens team is again dominant), and, at 87, he still relishes his independence and cherishes his grandchildren. He cuts articles out of the local Connecticut papers and sends them to me, which helps me stay informed about the town where I grew up. He is a holy man.

I am grateful for my friends. Here, I can scarcely count the blessings. So many wonderful, interesting, thoughtful people in my life. I am at that strange age when some long-time priest friends have become bishops and long-time bishop friends have become archbishops and cardinals. I like it when this happens – a lot. But, what I like even more is when you meet someone you have known of for some time, but never met, and you meet and almost immediately can finish each others sentences. That happened a couple of times this year. Or, when you have the chance to spend real time with an acquaintance who, at the end of that time, has become not just a friend, but a great friend. That happened this year too.

I am grateful for my work, both here at NCR and at the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies. Ten years ago, when I decided not to return to restaurant work and, instead, try and chart a course as a writer, I did not realize I was entering the publishing and news business at the worst possible time. Book advances were shrinking and are now nothing you can live on unless you are already famous. Newsrooms are down-sizing. But, NCR has become a natural fit for me I think. Not many journals are thrilled to have writers who challenge orthodoxies held by colleagues, but NCR celebrates that. At the Institute at Catholic University, I work on organizing conferences that are consequential. Last year, our conference Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism, really touched a chord with many people in the Church, in the academy, in labor and we will be continuing that conversation this year. Next month, we are doing a conference on immigration, past and present, drawing lessons from the past and comparing ecclesial approaches then and now. It is fun to be a part of such events.

All of these things are sources of gratitude each and every day, and a birthday is about the passage of time. In a culture that celebrates youth, it is almost subversive to note the vast and varied ways that middle age is preferable. Youth can be an age of discovery but so is middle age; I still encounter people and ideas and works of art that I did not know about previously. But, middle age also provides something youth cannot, the capacity for re-evaluation, and it does so in ways that are every bit as fun as discovery. A few weeks back, a friend objected to one of my blogs because I had written auto-de-fe and he asserted it should have been auto-da-fe. Turns out, that both are acceptable. But, in finding that out, I came across a video from the song of that name in Bernsteins Candide. Here opened a trip down memory lane. I encountered this music in 1989 when Leonard Bernstein recorded it shortly before his death. The original play, in the 1950s, had bombed on Broadway. I knew the overture from All-State Band, but nothing else. The libretto was, of course, based on Voltaires tale of the same name a tale that yielded the wonderful adjective Panglossian and was written by Bernstein, Dorothy Parker and Lillian Hellman. Whats not to love? The humor is so sophisticated. The music glorious. The story, and the music, is a celebration of humanism, a decidedly secular humanism, and the final song Make our garden grow could be the anthem of secular humanism. In 1989, having left seminary, I was not allergic to the appeal of the secular.

Now, so many years later, I realize that Leibniz was not as ridiculous as Voltaire thought he was, Voltaire still relied heavily on the Christian faith for the categories in which he thought, even while he denounced the faith that had provided these. I realize that Bernstein really was a great composer and conductor, all emotion and power but great nonetheless. I realize, too, that the phrase daily bread in the lyrics demonstrates, as if it needed demonstrating, the inability of even the most hardened secularist to escape the Wests Christian cultural inheritance. I realize, too, in ways I did not then, that the lines we draw, of necessity, between the religious and the secular, the modern and the ancient, the arts and the sciences, all these lines are crossed more easily than a youth thinks, that one can have feet in both camps, in all camps, with work but without compromise, though I suspect that it is actually easier to effect such lower-case catholic cultural sensibilities if your strongest foot is planted firmly in the upper-case Catholic camp. In middle age, you realize that re-discovery and first discovery are almost equally exciting but that the former is a richer, multi-layered experience, like the second sip of a rich, complex, earthy red wine.

Chesterton captured some of this sensibility, in Charles Dickens, the Last Great Man, where he wrote:

It is currently said that hope goes with youth, and lends to youth the wings of a butterfly; but I fancy that hope is the last gift given to man, and the only gift not given to youth. Youth is pre-eminently the period in which a man can be lyric, fanatical, poetic; but youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless. The end of every episode is the end of the world. But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul survives its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged: God has kept that good wine until now. It is from the backs of the elderly gentlemen that the wings of the butterfly should burst.

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Censorship by Google – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Censorship by Google is Google’s removal or omission of information from its services or those of its subsidiary companies, such as YouTube, in order to comply with its company policies, legal demands, or various government censorship laws.[1]

In February 2003, Google stopped showing the advertisements of Oceana, a non-profit organization protesting a major cruise ship operation’s sewage treatment practices. Google cited its editorial policy at the time, stating “Google does not accept advertising if the ad or site advocates against other individuals, groups, or organizations.”[2] The policy was later changed.[3]

In April 2008, Google refused to run ads for a UK Christian group opposed to abortion, explaining that “At this time, Google policy does not permit the advertisement of websites that contain ‘abortion and religion-related content.'”[4]

In April 2014, though Google accepts ads from the pro-choice abortion lobbying group NARAL, they have removed ads for some anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers. Google removed the Web search ads after an investigation by NARAL found evidence that the ads violate Google’s policy against deceptive advertising. According to NARAL, people using Google to search for “abortion clinics” got ads advertising crisis pregnancy centers that were in fact anti-abortion. Google said in a statement that it had followed normal company procedures in applying its ad policy standards related to ad relevance, clarity, and accuracy in this case.[5][6]

In early 2006, Google removed several news sites from its news search engine due to hate speech stating that, “We do not allow articles and sources expressly promoting hate speech viewpoints in Google News, although referencing hate speech for commentary and analysis is acceptable”. The sites removed from Google News remain accessible from Google’s main search page as normal.[7][8][9]

In March 2007, allegedly lower resolution satellite imagery on Google Maps showing post-Hurricane Katrina damage in the U.S. state of Louisiana was replaced with higher resolution images from before the storm.[10] Google’s official blog of April revealed that the imagery was still available in KML format on Google Earth or Google Maps.[11][12]

In March 2008, Google removed street view and 360 degree images of military bases per the Pentagon’s request.[13]

To protect the privacy and anonymity of individuals Google Street View in Google Maps and Google Earth shows photographs containing car license number plates and people’s faces by blurring them. Users may request further blurring of images that feature the user, their family, their car or their home. Users can also request the removal of images that feature inappropriate content.[14] In some countries (e.g. Germany) it modifies images of specific buildings.[15] In the United States, Google Street View adjusts or omits certain images deemed of interest to national security by the federal government.[13]

As of May 2013, Google Play forbids AT&T users from downloading Open Garden, a wireless mesh network platform, which it lists as “incompatible” at the request of the carrier.

On 12 December 2012, Google removed the option to turn off the SafeSearch image filter entirely, forcing users to enter more specific search queries to get adult content.[16][17][18]

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