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  • Looking to Join Quality Christian Groupblog (Vanity)

    06/17/2005 1:23:07 PM PDT · by kezekiel · 151+ views
    Self | 6/17/05 | Self
    I'm interested in doing some semi-weekly blogging on events from a Christian perspective, but I would rather contribute to an existing collaborative blog than start one on my own. Anyone interested in bringing on another contributor? You're welcome to browse my posts to see how I write, and I can send samples by email as well. I feel compelled to write not so much about politics as about issues that arise in our everyday Christian walk... personal ethics, balancing work and family, family leadership, church participation, relating to our neighbors, and the like. Freepmail me if you have a blog...
  • Move over Rambo, you're cramping new man's style

    06/08/2005 9:18:38 AM PDT · by kezekiel · 43 replies · 1,378+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/8/2005 | AFP
    Macho man is an endangered species, with today's male more likely to opt for a pink flowered shirt and swingers' clubs than the traditional role as family super-hero, fashion industry insiders say. A study along these lines led by French marketing and style consultants Nelly Rodi was unveiled to Fashion Group International during a seminar Tuesday on future strategy for the fashion industry in Europe. "The masculine ideal is being completely modified. All the traditional male values of authority, infallibility, virility and strength are being completely overturned," said Pierre Francois Le Louet, the agency's managing director. Instead today's males are...
  • "24" Making Nice with Muslims

    01/17/2005 1:50:07 PM PST · by kezekiel · 69 replies · 1,649+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 1/16/05 | Bridget Byrne
    Jack Bauer's going to have to call in the reinforcements to get through this one. Facing heat over how Muslims are depicted in its countdown thriller series 24, Fox is working to mend fences before time's up. The latest season of the Fox drama, which kicked off a week ago, stars Kiefer Sutherland as special agent Bauer. His latest race against the clock to save the world from terrorism has angered America's Muslim community by its portrayal of a Muslim family as a sleeper cell at the heart of a dastardly plot. Rabiah Ahmed, spokeswoman for the Council on American-Islamic...
  • The Energy Challenge 2004-Hydrogen

    11/30/2004 8:46:39 AM PST · by kezekiel · 54 replies · 3,175+ views
    EnergyPulse ^ | 11/30/04 | Murray Duffin
    The Energy Challenge 2004 - Hydrogen 11.30.04 Murray Duffin, Retired Much has been written about the hydrogen economy (HE), and much misunderstood. In fact the label itself is probably a misnomer. Many in the USA believe that the Administration's hydrogen initiative is just a way to postpone doing anything useful about energy for as long as possible. If so it has backfired. Widespread research on all aspects of hydrogen production, storage, transportation and use is evident, not just in the USA, but worldwide, and technological advances are appearing at a bewildering rate. The subject is so large that only a...
  • Christian Arrested

    11/06/2004 5:26:00 PM PST · by kezekiel · 69 replies · 3,145+ views
    Christian Underground ^ | 11/6/04 | Covenant News Service
    Richmond Police Officer is on a mission to lock up Pro-life Christians RICHMOND, Virginia, Nov. 06 /Covenant News Wire Service/ -- On Friday, November 5, Officer Howard Noyse of the Richmond Police Department arrested Fred Neal, a Christian, as he preached on the public sidewalk at Richmond Medical Center for Women. Fred's charge was "disorderly conduct". This is a favorite "catch-all" charge used when no law has been violated. This is another instance in a long history of harrassment by this officer who is on the payroll of RMCW. For several years this police officer has been moonlighting at the...
  • Annan: Iraq War Hasn't Made World Safer

    10/17/2004 9:48:03 AM PDT · by kezekiel · 52 replies · 604+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 10/17/2004 | AP
    LONDON - The U.S.-led war in Iraq (news - web sites) hasn't made the world any safer, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan (news - web sites) said in a British TV interview aired Sunday. "I cannot say the world is safer when you consider the violence around us, when you look around you and see the terrorist attacks around the world and you see what is going on in Iraq," Annan told the ITV network. "We have a lot of work to do as an international community to try and make the world safer," he said. Annan has previously described...
  • Shells From Syria Fired at Troops in Iraq

    10/14/2004 4:44:45 PM PDT · by kezekiel · 40 replies · 1,173+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 10/14/04 | Fisnik Abrashi
    QAIM, Iraq - American troops stationed along Iraq (news - web sites)'s border with Syria are coming under increasing mortar attack from shells fired from Syrian territory, but it's unclear who's responsible, U.S. officers said Thursday. Reuters Photo Reuters Slideshow Slideshow: Iraq The 82 mm mortar rounds have been fired at U.S. and Iraqi positions in and around Husaybah in the far west of Iraq's Anbar province, said Lt. Col. Chris Woodbridge, commander of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. "Who exactly is firing these mortars, we do not know. But what we do know is that the point of...
  • Firefox-A Fast, Safe Alternative to Internet Explorer

    09/16/2004 7:02:34 PM PDT · by kezekiel · 90 replies · 3,100+ views
    TechTrax ^ | 9/1/2004 | Kevin Christy
    I’m not a Microsoft-basher; I use their products productively virtually every day of my life. Excel is my workhorse, Word my constant companion for nearly a decade, PowerPoint my standard for presentations, Visio Professional a powerful tool in my arsenal, and I rely on Outlook to keep track of notes, emails, contacts, tasks, and my calendar. I have also been using Internet Explorer since about 1996, when it came pre-loaded on a computer I bought. I found it to be adequate, and certainly seemed to be on the cutting edge (anybody remember “push technology”?). But increasingly over time it came...
  • Handouts? Go Beyond the Usual Suspects

    08/27/2004 10:28:39 AM PDT · by kezekiel · 9 replies · 380+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/27/2004 | Steve Lopez
    Picking up where we left off, I said in my last column that I can't find anybody who can prove whether the costs of illegal immigration outweigh the benefits. This, of course, was like throwing red meat to a pack of wild dogs. Aside from the social costs, readers screamed, illegal immigrants drive down wages for everyone. And besides, a study has just been released saying that illegal immigrants are a $10-billion annual drain on the federal budget alone. Yeah, I know. I had seen the report from the Center for Immigration Studies, but didn't entirely trust it. Why? Same...
  • Swift Boat Writer Lied on Cambodia Claim

    08/25/2004 4:47:21 PM PDT · by kezekiel · 150 replies · 4,363+ views
    Yahoo! News & Associated Press ^ | 8/25/2004 | Elizabeth Wolf
    WASHINGTON - The chief critic of John Kerry (news - web sites)'s military record told President Nixon in 1971 that he had been in Cambodia in a swift boat during the Vietnam War — a claim at odds with his recent statements that he was not. Photo AP Photo Special Coverages Latest headlines: · Bush lawyer quits in anti-Kerry ad flap AFP - 9 minutes ago · Swift Boat Writer Lied on Cambodia Claim AP - 29 minutes ago · Lawyer Advising Vets Quits Bush Campaign AP - 37 minutes ago All Election Coverage "I was in Cambodia, sir. I...
  • Getting Real About Gas Prices

    04/12/2004 12:08:00 PM PDT · by kezekiel · 16 replies · 135+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | April 11, 2004 | Mort Zuckerman
    Woe! Woe to the politician who is perceived to be failing to do something about the soaring price of gasoline, which has jumped about 20 percent in the past six months. Every week, drivers feel the bite on their pocketbooks as they pull up to the pump. AAA estimates the average two-car household will consume more than 1,200 gallons of gasoline a year. That means the 50-cents-a-gallon increase over the past year has families spending an extra $600 of after-tax money each year, squeezing middle- and low-income families the most. Americans can't stop driving, but this means they'll have to...
  • Anger Grows on Iraqi Governing Council

    04/09/2004 4:56:10 PM PDT · by kezekiel · 35 replies · 147+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 9, 2004 | AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - Anger grew Friday among U.S.-picked Iraqi leaders over the Marines' bloody siege of Fallujah, with one member of the Governing Council suspending his membership and another threatening to quit. Friday's halt in the assault had been requested by the council to allow for talks on reducing the violence, a U.S. spokesman said. Several of the council's 25 members spoke out against what they called the "mass punishment" of Fallujah's people in the siege, launched early Monday by U.S. forces to uproot Sunni insurgents in the city. Ghazi al-Yawer, a Sunni member, and the representative of another Sunni...
  • First U.S. Ocean Energy Power Purchase

    05/18/2003 4:20:53 PM PDT · by kezekiel · 5 replies · 309+ views
    Solar Access ^ | 5/16/2003
    Port Angeles, Washington - May 16, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] In what is the first example of a U.S. public utility securing a power purchase agreement with an ocean energy company, Clallam County PUD finalized an agreement to purchase electricity generated by an offshore wave energy pilot plant, to be developed by Mercer Island, Washington-based AquaEnergy Group, Ltd. "We applaud Clallam County PUD for being the first public utility in the nation to execute a power purchase agreement for offshore wave energy," said Alla Weinstein, CEO of AquaEnergy Group Ltd. "We are glad that the Pacific Northwest will be part of the...
  • N. Korea Admits Abducting Japanese

    09/17/2002 6:50:23 AM PDT · by kezekiel · 27 replies · 171+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/17/02 | YURI KAGEYAMA
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - In an astonishing concession, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il confirmed Tuesday that Japanese citizens were kidnapped decades ago to teach language and culture to spies. Kim said at least four of the victims were still alive and might be allowed to return home. Ending years of denials, Kim admitted the kidnappings during a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Kim said about a dozen Japanese were kidnapped by North Korean agents, acknowledging the abductions were "regrettable and would never happen again." Kim said those responsible would be punished. The North Korean leader's comments...
  • Prez to Ask Israeli Return to '67 Lines

    06/10/2002 1:36:36 PM PDT · by kezekiel · 33 replies · 158+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | 6/10/02 | Kenneth R. Bazinet
    resident Bush will try to persuade Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon today that a return to 1967 borders is a starting point for resuming peace talks, officials said. After weekend meetings with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and top U.S. aides just back from the Mideast, Bush's White House sitdown with Sharon is a last hurdle to creating a U.S. peace plan."He [Bush] won't draw a map and we're not going to start proposing borders. ... The 1967 borders are seen more as a beginning," said a U.S. official familiar with the plan.'Committed to Peace'Bush has embraced a Saudi peace proposal...
  • Economy Grows Brisk 5.6 Percent

    05/24/2002 8:24:57 AM PDT · by kezekiel · 62 replies · 180+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/24/02 | Jeannine Aversa
    Economy Grows Brisk 5.6 Percent Fri May 24,11:16 AM ETBy JEANNINE AVERSA, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) _The economy snapped back from last year's recession, growing at an annual rate of 5.6 percent in the first quarter, the strongest performance in nearly two years. The latest reading on the first-quarter gross domestic product — which measures the total output of goods and services produced within the United States — showed the economy grew a little less briskly than the 5.8 percent rate estimated a month ago, the Commerce Department (news - web sites) reported Friday. Even so, the revised January-March...
  • Bertelsmann Snaps Up Napster

    05/17/2002 4:03:24 PM PDT · by kezekiel · 1 replies · 65+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | 5/17/02 | Andrew Quinn
    Bertelsmann Snaps Up NapsterFri May 17, 5:51 PM ETBy Andrew Quinn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Embattled Internet music upstart Napster (news - web sites) Inc. was handed a new lease on life Friday as German media giant Bertelsmann stepped in with $8 million to buy its assets and keep the online song-swap service in business. The surprise deal also brought Napster Chief Executive Officer Konrad Hilbers and founder Shawn Fanning back into the fold just days after they quit the company amid fears that mounting legal, financial and technical problems would silence Napster for good. "While this has been a...
  • On Hannity & Colmes: A Makeover for CAIR Spokesperson?

    05/09/2002 6:45:51 PM PDT · by kezekiel · 5 replies · 244+ views
    Fox News | 5/9/02 | Self
    On Hannity & Colmes tonight, there was a segment on anti-Muslim civil rights violations. The Guest were Joseph Farah, of WorldNet Daily, and Jason Erb, of the Council on AmericanIslamic Relations (CAIR). They discussed a report released by CAIR that alleges a three-fold increase in anti-Islamic civil rights abuses over the last year. Now... as soon as Jason Erb's image came up, I thought: "Isn't that the guy that used to wear a skullcap and a beard, and called himself 'Ibrahim'?" Now, he looks like the boy next door. Interesting. Anybody else notice?
  • This Is Your Father's IBM, Only Smarter

    05/09/2002 5:49:31 PM PDT · by kezekiel · 7 replies · 255+ views
    Business 2.0 ^ | May 2002 | Eric Shonfeld
    This Is Your Father's IBM, Only Smarter By: Erick Schonfeld  Issue: May 2002WebFile | Print Article | Email This Article    How a former has-been kicked its old habits, got open-source religion, and regained its status as one of the biggest, baddest tech companies on earth. It was one of the most high-profile technology deals to come up for grabs in years, and IBM didn't seem to stand a chance. Last summer Web auctioneer eBay (EBAY) kicked off a ferocious bidding war for the contract to provide software to power the next version of its website. Microsoft (MSFT) already provided eBay with key technologies,...
  • Naked performer bleeds for his art

    05/08/2002 10:54:29 AM PDT · by kezekiel · 13 replies · 308+ views
    TimesOnline (UK) ^ | 5/8/02 | Dalya Alberge
    A NAKED performance artist is to cut his stomach and invite an audience to look at the wound at an arts festival backed by £65,000 of public money. Franko B, an Italian-born Londoner, is appearing in Fierce!, the annual festival of performance art, in the West Midlands this month. Funding has come from bodies including the Arts Council and West Midlands Arts, sparking accusations that public money is being put to absurd uses. In a previous work, the artist had two taps inserted into veins in his arms and bled on to a piece of canvas. This time he will...
  • Christians Murdered in Ambon (Indonesia)

    05/08/2002 8:51:12 AM PDT · by kezekiel · 16 replies · 129+ views
    The Voice of the Martyrs ^ | 5/3/02 | Voice of the Martyrs
    Christians Murdered in Ambon May 3, 2002 Courtesy Christian World News By Stan Jeter CWN Senior Producer There's been a fresh attack on a Christian village in Indonesia's Maluku Islands. CBN.com - There's been a fresh attack on a Christian village in Indonesia's Maluku Islands. The attack came as a few Christians celebrated the 52nd anniversary of a failed independence movement. Now, the radical Muslim group, Laskar Jihad, has called all Muslims in the islands to renew their war against Christians. About a dozen men armed with guns, grenades and daggers stormed the Christian village of Soya on the last...
  • Europe Approves Net Tax Law

    05/07/2002 8:19:26 PM PDT · by kezekiel · 12 replies · 100+ views
    Wired.com ^ | 5/7/02 | Reuters
    <p>BRUSSELS -- The European Union approved rules on Tuesday that will require U.S. and other non-EU firms to levy value-added tax (VAT) on products such as computer games and software they sell on the Internet to private customers in the 15-nation bloc.</p>
  • Please excuse the Jews for living

    04/29/2002 9:27:05 AM PDT · by kezekiel · 12 replies · 343+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4/29/02 | Charles Krauthammer
    France can hardly contain its contempt for that muscle-bound naif, the American hyperpower, stomping around the world in search of “evildoers.’’ The French roll their eyes at such primitive moralism, so devoid of Gallic nuance. How inconvenient, then, that the same French have just put on the presidential ballot Jean-Marie Le Pen, the modern incarnation of European fascism. Le Pen defeated the Socialist prime minister for second place, making him a runoff candidate for president of the Fifth Republic. No matter. This will not restrain French intellectuals and foreign ministers from lecturing Americans on their simplisme – their preference for...
  • Osama Gets a Surprise

    03/30/2002 7:52:39 AM PST · by kezekiel · 13 replies · 188+ views
    email | 3/30/02 | Anonymous
    Osama made his way to the Pearly Gates. There, he is greeted by George Washington. "How dare you attack the nation I helped conceive!" yells Mr. Washington, slapping Osama in the face. Patrick Henry comes up from behind. "You wanted to end the Americans' liberty, so they gave you death!" Henry punches Osama on the nose. James Madison comes up next, and says, "This is why I allowed the Federal government to provide for the common defense!" He drops a large weight on Osama's knee. Osama is subject to similar beatings from John Randolph of Roanoke, James Monroe, and 65...
  • Federal judge questions constitutionality of the housing/parsonage allowance

    03/09/2002 8:06:30 AM PST · by kezekiel · 51 replies · 648+ views
    Hugh Hewitt Website ^ | 3/8/02 | Hugh Hewitt
    March 8, 2002Many of my listeners have asked for more information on how they can help in the legal battle to preserve the quot;parsonage exclusion.quot; This is the provision of the tax law that excludes the housing allowance of pastors and priests, rabbis and para-church workers from their taxable income. It is available to all denominations and all faiths. But it is under unexpected attack.A case is pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that dealt with a technical question of the application of the exclusion. Two judges of the court seem intent on hijacking...
  • Uninformed and Misinformed (DoD Censorship of the War)

    03/06/2002 10:55:15 AM PST · by kezekiel · 22 replies · 138+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 3/6/02 | Andy Rooney
    THE restrictions put on reporters trying to tell the American people what's going on in the war in Afghanistan are wrong and unAmerican. The American public doesn't even seem to realize it's not getting anything but government-approved information from the front-or from the back, for that matter. No Ernie Pyle is going to emerge from this war because reporters are not being allowed close enough to the action to write about it. We have to depend on the almost-nightly press conference from the bright, engaging, sharp and fork-tongued Donald Rumsfeld for what little he chooses to tell us. Rumsfeld shares ...
  • Raymond: Cheap PCs will doom Microsoft

    02/28/2002 12:17:56 PM PST · by kezekiel · 48 replies · 2+ views
    ZDNet (UK) ^ | 2/28/02 | Matthew Broersma
    Microsoft's software monopoly is running out of time, says open-source guru Eric Raymond, and he's got a precise figure for when the company's position will no longer be sustainable: $350. "When the price of a PC falls below $350, Microsoft will no longer be viable," Raymond said in an interview with ZDNet UK. "The reason is that if you sell something below that price, you can't afford to pay the Microsoft tax and still make money." He said the best illustration of this is the handheld PC market, where Microsoft software powers relatively expensive devices, but has no presence in ...
  • Olympics are on tape delay - please, post no results

    02/15/2002 9:06:16 PM PST · by kezekiel · 10 replies · 139+ views
    Self | 2/15/02 | Self
    I'd like to apologize if I come across as snotty, but those of us on the West Coast would appreciate it if you don't post results of the Olympics without a warning in the title. Thanks, and enjoy the show!
  • Cupid's Bull's-Eye on Nerd Site

    02/14/2002 2:29:06 PM PST · by kezekiel · 4 replies · 2+ views
    Wired ^ | 2/14/02 | Michelle Delio
    <p>Thousands of geeks were hit hard by the Love Bug on Valentine's Day morning.</p> <p>This time the bug isn't spreading an e-mail virus, but through a message on techie website Slashdot.</p> <p>Rob Malda, better known as CmdrTaco, editor and founder of Slashdot, posted a marriage proposal to his long-time girlfriend, Kathleen Fent, on the front page of the techie website Thursday morning.</p>
  • "America is being de-Christianized", says Buchanan

    02/08/2002 8:36:23 AM PST · by kezekiel · 16 replies · 141+ views
    BeliefNet ^ | Unknown | Interview with Deborah Caldwell
    America needs an immigration timeout, says Patrick J. Buchanan. Interview by Deborah Caldwell Commentator Patrick J. Buchanan was twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the Reform Party’s candidate in 2000. He served three presidents and is the author of seven books. He now chairs The American Cause, a conservative group that advocates for national sovereignty, limited government, and traditional American values. Buchanan talked with Beliefnet's religion producer, Deborah Caldwell, about his controversial new book "The Death of the West." Why do you assert in your book that America is being de-Christianized? Certainly the Supreme Court has ...
  • IOC Has Slight Problem With the U.S.

    02/07/2002 11:02:29 AM PST · by kezekiel · 8 replies · 157+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/6/02 | Alan Abrahamson
    SALT LAKE CITY -- An undercurrent of anti-U.S. sentiment emerges in an unprecedented review of the confidential minutes of the International Olympic Committee's Executive Board, a tension that continues to fray the relationship between the IOC's ruling members and its chief financial backer—the United States. The friction was never more pointed than during the months the IOC was occupied with the Salt Lake City bid scandal, but was also evident when it came to other issues such as financing, performance-enhancing drugs or the commercialization of the Games, according to the records recently reviewed by The Times. Full Article
  • This Bull Is In No Hurry

    01/29/2002 1:48:04 PM PST · by kezekiel · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Business Week Online ^ | Dec 11, 2001 | Jack Dierdorff
    <p>The economy is starting to stabilize, and the stock market will show a more positive tone. But investors will need to be patient because the advance may be "labored," even though the downside is limited. Such is the view of Paul Cherney, market analyst for Standard & Poor's, who blends the disciplines of both technical and fundamental analysis to produce his regular commentaries (see BW Online's Investing channel, which features his daily column).</p>
  • (Middle Eastern) Region must find its own way to democratization

    01/02/2002 9:38:14 AM PST · by kezekiel · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Star Online (Lebanon) ^ | 12/29/01 | Unsigned editorial
    The Bush administration is looking carefully at what it can do as a follow-up to the current conflict in Afghanistan, and all signs point to increasing emphasis on the prevention of terrorism as opposed to the making of war on its perpetrators. It is obviously too early to declare the end of the military phase of Washington’s “war on terrorism,” but considerable discussion is taking place on how America’s “guidance” can spur its Arab allies (especially Saudi Arabia) to launch democratization drives in order to halt the process of radicalization. The reasoning is sound in that more responsive governance can ...
  • NEEDED: A NAME FOR THE BAD GUYS

    12/27/2001 7:12:27 AM PST · by kezekiel · 70 replies · 211+ views
    Self | Kezekiel
    Freepers, we have a problem: Our enemy has no nickname. In each of America's significant wars, we've given nicknames to the enemy: Redcoats, Johnny Reb, Billy Yank, Krauts, Japs, Charlie, etc... the Militant Islamic Terrorist needs one now! Remember, our enemy has no common ethnicity or nationality. He speaks many different languages. The term should be as applicable to Johnny Jihad Walker as to Osama and Omar. I love how the Afghans called Al Qaeda "the Tourists." That's the spirit. Get creative, Freepers, we're making history!
  • Why we (Arabs) should be happy the US is the sole superpower

    12/13/2001 8:46:17 PM PST · by kezekiel · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Arab News (English-Language Saudi Daily) ^ | Friday, December 14th, 2001 | Rasheed Abou-Alsamh
    Why we should be happy the US is the sole superpower By Rasheed Abou-Alsamh, Arab News Staff Anger and resentment among some in the Muslim world has been growing at the US military campaign in Afghanistan aimed at toppling the Taleban regime and rooting out Osama Bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda fighters. To these Muslims, the American attacks are an attack on themselves and their religion, something President Bush and other American leaders have tried hard to deny. As a supporter of the US campaign in Afghanistan, I was recently surrounded by fellow Muslims in my office and grilled as ...
  • Geraldo on the Front Lines at Tora Bora - Hannity &amp; Colmes

    12/05/2001 5:18:21 PM PST · by kezekiel · 61 replies · 160+ views
    Fox News
    Geraldo was just on Hannity and Colmes, reporting from the front lines at Tora Bora. Say what you will about him, he knew the ropes well enough to get up there, and nobody else has pulled that off so far. Good luck, Geraldo. Daylight is breaking there now, and air strikes were commencing as he was talking. You could see the smoke rising from a struck Al Queda mountainside position. The tank next to Geraldo had a couple dozen shells stacked for use. Expect some nice reporting from their position.