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311 Pope Begins Jesuit Training

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Bergoglio entered the Society of Jesus on 11 March 1958 and studied to become a priest at the Jesuit seminary in Villa Devoto. In 1960, Bergoglio obtained alicentiate in philosophy from the Colegio Máximo San José in San Miguel; in 1964 and 1965, he taught literature and psychology at the Colegio de la Inmaculada, a high school in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina, and in 1966 he taught the same courses at the Colegio del Salvador in Buenos Aires.[8]

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March 27, 2013 at 3:24 pm

313 Pope Francis Elected

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Francis (/ˈfrænsɨs//ˈfrɑːnsɪs/LatinFranciscus [franˈtʃiskus]; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio;[a] 17 December 1936) is the 266th and current pope of the Catholic Church, elected by the Papal conclave on 13 March 2013.

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was ordained as a priest in 1969. In 1998 he became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2001 a cardinal. He was elected pope following the resignation of his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013. Bergoglio chose the name Francis (the first time a pope has taken that name) in honour of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is both the first Jesuit pope and the first pope from theAmericas. He is also the first pope from outside Europe since Gregory III in the 8th century.

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March 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm

M BHADRAKUMAR on Korea and The Year of the Snake

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According to Melkulangara Bhadrakumar: Everything about North Korea has to be speculative. That has been and is still the main problem. But one speculation seems to be ending, finally. It concerns China’s apparent ambivalence about North Korea’s nuclear program. Increasingly, Beijing is coming out on the ‘right side of history’.

Which in turn would unleash a host of profound consequences for the security of the Asia-Pacific and global politics as a whole, and, most important, for the future of what China’s new leader Xi Jinping enigmatically alluded to – but left undefined – as his “two great powers” concept during his visit to the United States last year when he was still a mere ‘princeling’.

Indeed, as the ‘breaking news’ accrued out of the bits and pieces of information of an obscure earthquake in North Korea early on Tuesday and it dawned on the world that the hermit kingdom has probably conducted its third underground nuclear test, all eyes began turning to China. For China watchers on the whole this is a veritable feast for the mind – how the new leadership in China would cope with a major foreign policy challenge – the second challenge simultaneously, in fact, if one were to add the feud between China and Japan over the disputed islands in the East China Sea.

At the end of the day, it transpires that Xi’s predecessor Hu Jintao kept voicing counsels of reason to Pyongyang but also kept the North Korean economy uninterruptedly supplied with food, fuel and investment and virtually kept the international community at bay by restraining its hands from imposing punitive sanctions. In effect, the impression becomes unavoidable that Hu shielded North Korea from international outcry and tacitly tolerated North Korea’s nuclear program.

Then came the long-range missile launch by North Korea in December and Beijing’s stunning decision to join the United States in backing the United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang. The conventional wisdom at that point was that China would soon afterward revert to its “default position” on North Korea, as it had done many a time in the past. The interesting thing, in retrospect, is that things didn’t exactly happen that way. On the contrary, when Pyongyang let go a fierce attack on Beijing for signing on to the US-led sanctions at the UN Security Council and it threatened with a nuclear test in the downstream, China began publicly ticking off North Korea – although limited to the English-language media that is meant for the consumption of the world opinion.

There is no question that the editorial in the state-owned Global Times newspaper last week penned by Zhang Liangui, a North Korea expert who advises the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee needs to be taken seriously. The editorial was predicated on the assumption that Pyongyang would go ahead with the nuclear test no matter what it takes, and looking at the downstream it warned that North Korea would “pay a heavy price” in terms of China’s goodwill. The salient of the editorial was its unambiguous warning that Pyongyang would be wrong to (mis)calculate that it can play China against the United States – “Pyongyang shouldn’t misread China. China won’t put its relations with Pyongyang above other strategic interests.”

Clearly, China’s political relationship with Pyongyang has touched a low point. But then, what about China’s longstanding priorities? These are: no war on the Korean Peninsula; no destabilization of the North Korean regime; and, a nuclear-weapon-free Korean Peninsula. China may balk but humanitarian considerations will remain and the long-term relationship cannot be abandoned just like that. Besides, North Korea has acted as a crucial buffer against the US troops based in South Korea and Japan. Furthermore, against the backdrop of the US’ rebalancing in Asia and China’s troubled relations with Japan, Beijing needs to hedge and it can, therefore, at best afford to press the ‘pause’ button at this point.

China also can ill afford to be distracted by another foreign policy crisis on its doorstep when the mounting domestic problems require great attention. Clearly, China finds itself between a rock and a hard place with the North Korean nuclear test. By a curious coincidence, the nuclear test took place even as the Year of the Snake slithers in. Snake years have historically had a geopolitical bite – Pearl Harbor (1941), Tiananmen Square massacre (1989), 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington (2011). By the way, Xi himself was born in the snake year of 1953.

To read Melkulangara Bhadrakumar’s article: “A Bomb in the Year of the Snake,” check out http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2013/02/14/a-bomb-in-the-year-of-the-snake.html

311: David Boies

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David Boies (born March 11, 1941) is an American lawyer and chairman of the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner.[1] He has been involved in various high-profile cases in the United States including Supreme Court case Gore v Bush (2000), arguably the biggest of case of the last 40 years since Brown v Board of Education.

Boies was born in Sycamore, Illinois, to two teachers, and raised in a farming community.[2] He has four siblings. His first job was when he was 10 years old—a paper route with 120 customers. Boies has dyslexia and he did not learn to read until the third grade.[3] In 1954, the family moved to California. Boies graduated from Fullerton Union High School in Fullerton, California. Boies attended the University of Redlands, received a B.S. from Northwestern University in 1964, a law degree magna cum laude from Yale Law School in 1966 and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law 1967; he was awarded an hononary LL.D. from the University of Redlands in 2000. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, which is a museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution.[4]

Professional history

Boies, Schiller & Flexner headquarters in Armonk, New York

Boies was an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he started upon law school graduation in 1966 and became a partner in 1973.[citation needed] He left Cravath in 1997 after a major client objected to his representation of the New York Yankees even though the firm itself had found no conflict.[citation needed] He left the firm within 48 hours of being informed of the client’s objection and created his own firm, now known as Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP..[citation needed] It is currently rated 17th in “overall prestige” and 12th among New York law firms by Vault.com, a website on legal career information.[citation needed]

Government

Boies was also Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the United States Senate Antitrust Subcommittee in 1978, and served as Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee in 1979.[citation needed]

Notable cases

  • At Cravath, Boies assisted top litigator Thomas D. Barr in defending IBM in the 13-year antitrust cases brought by the Justice Department and many private competitors.
  • Also at Cravath, he represented the Justice Department in the United States v. Microsoft case. Boies won a “victory” at trial,[5] and the verdict was upheld on appeal. The appellate court overturned the relief ordered (breakup of the company) back to the trial court for further proceedings. Thereafter, the George W. Bush administration settled the case. Bill Gates said Boies was “out to destroy Microsoft.”[6] In 2001, the Washington Monthly called Boies “a brilliant trial lawyer”, “a latter-day Clarence Darrow,” and “a mad genius” for his work on the Microsoft case.[5]
  • Boies represented New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner in a suit against Major League Baseball. This involved an action against all the teams. The Atlanta Braves were owned by Time Warner, a longtime Cravath client, who objected to his representation of the Yankees.
  • He defended CBS in the action brought by General William Westmoreland. The general abandoned his case during the trial.
  • Following the 2000 U.S. presidential election, he represented Vice President Al Gore in Bush v. Gore.[6]
  • Boies defended Napster when the company was sued by the RIAA for facilitating copyright infringement.
  • In November 2003, he represented Andrew Fastow, deposed Chief Financial Officer of Enron.
  • Boies was retained by the SCO Group, during the SCO-Linux controversies, in their pursuit of alleged infringement of their rights to the Unixintellectual properties.
  • In 2006, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP negotiated a major settlement with The American International Group on behalf of its client, C. V. Starr, a firm controlled by Maurice R. Greenberg, the former chairman and chief executive of A.I.G.[7]
  • Boies negotiated on behalf of American Express two of the highest civil antitrust settlements ever for an individual company: $2.25 billion from Visa, and $1.8 billion from MasterCard.[8]
  • Boies is representing filmmaker Michael Moore regarding a Treasury Department investigation into Moore’s trip to Cuba while filming for Sicko.[9]
  • On June 24, 2009, following the California Supreme Court ruling on Strauss v. Horton, Boies joined former Solicitor General Theodore Olson, the opposing attorney in Bush v. Gore, in the lawsuit Perry v. Schwarzenegger seeking to overturn the state of California‘s Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage.[10] In August 2010, the trial judge ruled in their clients’ favor.
  • Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP assisted the government in obtaining a $155 million settlement from Medco Health Solutions related to a qui tam complaint which alleged that Medco, “systematically and intentionally switched patients’ prescriptions in an effort to increase the market share for certain pharmaceutical manufacturers, and thereby increased hidden rebate payments it received from pharmaceutical manufacturers.”[11] In response to the settlement, Mr. Boies said, “I am very happy that lawyers from Boies, Schiller & Flexner were able to contribute to the litigation and settlement of this qui tam case, which will result in important changes in the way pharmacy managers do business by increasing their level of accountability to their patients. We are also very happy we could help the government recover the money it was erroneously billed by Medco, and that Medco agreed to execute a Corporate Integrity Agreement which will govern their conduct in the future.”[12]
  • On August 20, 2009 the Golden Gate Yacht Club announced that he had been retained in their ongoing dispute with Société Nautique de Genève regarding the 33rd America’s Cup.[13]
  • In March, 2010, David Boies joined the team of attorneys representing Jamie McCourt in her divorce from Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.[14]
  • Boies is part of the legal team representing the National Football League in their antitrust litigation, Bradyv. NFL.[15]
  • Boies represented the National Basketball Players Association during the 2011 NBA lockout. He joined sides with Jeffrey Kessler, who opposed Boies as a representative for the players in the 2011 NFL lockout.[16]
  • Boies was the lead counsel for Oracle Corporation in its lawsuit against Google on the use of Java (programming language) technology in the Android (operating system). The case decided that Google did not infringe on Oracle’s patents.[17]
  • In 2012 Boies represented three tobacco companies, Philip Morris USA Inc., R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Liggett Group LLC in their appeal of a $2.5 million Tampa jury verdict in the death of smoker Charlotte Douglas.[18]

In popular culture

Boies was portrayed by actor Ed Begley, Jr. in the 2008 film Recount,[20] by Jack Laufer in the 2010 TV Series “Proposition 8 Trial Re-Enactment”,[21] and by George Clooney and Morgan Freeman in the 2012 play “8“.[22]

Philanthropy

  • Professorial chairs:
    • $1.5 million to the Tulane University Law School to establish the “David Boies Distinguished Chair in Law.” Two of Boies’ children earned their law degrees at Tulane.[23]
    • A “David Boies Professor” was established at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently held by Professor of History and Sociology Thomas Sugrue. The professorship is named after David Boies’ father, a high school teacher of government and economics.
    • A “David Boies Chair” at the Yale Law School was formerly held by Professor Robert Post before he became dean of the law school.
    • David and Mary Boies endowed a chair in government at the University of Redlands, the college that David Boies attended. Arthur Svenson currently holds this chair.
    • Mary and David Boies also endowed a “Maurice Greenberg Chair” at the Yale Law School.
  • David Boies and his wife, Mary, donated $5 Million to Northern Westchester Hospital, in Mount Kisco, New York. Part of an ongoing capital campaign, the Boies’ money is being used to build the hospital’s new emergency room.[24]

David and Mary Boies also fund the “Mary and David Boies Fellowships” for foreign students at the Harvard Kennedy School. The Boies give an annual picnic at their home for the incoming Teach for America corps for New York City (300–500 people). They support the Central European and Eurasian Law Institute (CEELI), a Prague-based institute that trains judges from newly democratized countries in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. There is a “Mary and David Boies Reading Room” at the CEELI Institute in Prague.

Characterization

  • “Never in a thousand years could I have predicted such a large recovery. Mr. Boies has to be the Tiger Woods of the legal profession.”

fellow lawyer Fred Furth on the Sotheby’s and Christie’sprice fixingclass-action lawsuit.[25]

  • “Few lawyers today can rival Boies’ string of major triumphs… Boies’ strengths include an encyclopedic mastery of the facts of a case and a chess player’s sense of predicting a course of action.” Cary Reich, New York Times Sunday Magazine, June 1, 1986
  • “[Maxwell] Blecher [“one of California’s savviest and most experienced litigators”] was flabbergasted that this young kid knocked him out of the box, really in the first round, ” said litigator and partner Thomas D. Barr to the New York Times Sunday Magazine, June 1, 1986
  • “The one talent of David’s that stands out is his ability to lay out a course of action that would take into account any sort of complicated facts and develop a far-reaching scenario. It’s a chess player’s sense: If I do this, the following 15 things are going to happen, and if step 11 goes so, I’ll do this rather than that. It’s a fantastic game-playing ability.” Thomas D. Barr, quoted in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, June 1, 1986
  • “No lawyer in America has tried and argued on appeal as many landmark cases in as many different areas as Mr. Boies.” Citation in Milton Gould Award for Outstanding Advocacy, October 1996
  • “In court and out, he speaks a brand of English so simple and direct that he sounds like the high school teacher he once thought he would become.” Time Magazine, “Get me Boies!” by Daniel Okrent, December 25, 2000
  • “The Boies memory is one of the first things cited when people discuss his strengths. What’s most impressive about that gift – focused as it may be by the intensified concentration that his dyslexia demands – is Boies’ uncanny ability to recall a key fact, legal citation or piece of contradictory testimony at moments of the most intense pressure.” Time Magazine, “Get me Boies!” by Daniel Okrent, December 25, 2000
  • “David is the best lawyer I have ever seen, bar none… No question, David Boies is hard-wired different than everybody else. His brain works different. I was there at the counsel’s table when he argued Bush v. Gore, I have seen other things he’s done. He’s just different. He’s not human, in a very real way. He’s capable of keeping track of five different things in a way that most very, very good lawyers could keep track of one of them… When it comes to a lawyer-lawyer, David Boies is far and away (the best).” Tom Goldstein, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld[26]

Awards and honors

  • Time Magazine named Boies “Lawyer of the Year” in 2000.[27] Boies was a runner-up to George W. Bush as “Person of the Year.”
  • Milton Gould Award for Outstanding Advocacy, October 1996
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from LD Access Foundation, October 2001
  • Outstanding Learning Disabled Achievers Award from the Lab School in Washington, DC
  • William Brennan, Jr. Award from the University of Virginia School of Law, 2002
  • Pinnacle Award, International Dyslexia Association, November 2005

 

Criticism

In his 2001 book, prosecutor and author Vincent Bugliosi criticized Boies’ abilities as a trial lawyer, arguing that Boies “wasn’t forceful or eloquent at all in making his points” in Bush v. Gore. “[A]lthough he seemed to have a very good grasp of the facts, he seemed completely incapable of drawing powerful, irresistible inferences from those facts that painted his opposition into a corner”.[28]

Personal life

Boies owns a home in Westchester County, New York, a vineyard in Northern California, an oceangoing yacht, and a large wine collection.[19]

 

 

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March 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm

311: Joanne Walmsley on Numerology and Metaphysics

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According to Ms Walmsley:  3,1,1. All each in their own right PRIME NUMBERS. These numbers CAN NOT be divided within themselves. Therefore they resonate at their OWN respective OCTAVES. These are for example 2, 3, 5, 7, 11 and so on. These numbers represent prime energy – they express something that has never existed before. For this reason they are special and will be given distinctive interpretation. They contain within itself THEIR OWN ENERGY!

Numbers were created consecutively by adding 1 to the last number created. Every time when we add 1 to an existing number we are symbolically going on a new level and step outside certain limitations that existed previously. Hence fourth: 3 add 1 and reach level 4. Continue by adding another 1 and you have reached Level 5 and so on.

Furthermore if you take 311 and add 3+1+1=5. Essentially the sum of the individual numbers are equal to 5. 5 in Numerology is meant as “coming to life, invention, vitality, enjoyment, play, creativity.”

311  is an ascended number.  In many ways, they are acting as mentors, teaching you the ancient wisdom involved in manifestation. They are sending you energy to keep you from feeling discouraged, and encouragement to stay focused on the true goals of your soul. Additionally, the ascended masters may be offering you advice, guidance, and suggestions on your life purpose. Always, however, they teach that every creation begins at the level of thought and idea. Ask them to help you choose wisely that which you want.

Number 311 is made up of the energies and vibrations of number 3 and number 1, with number 1 appearing twice doubling and amplifying its’ influences.  Two 1’s also relate to the karmic Master Number 11.  Number 3 lends its attributes of optimism, enthusiasm and joy, growth, expansion, communication and self expression.  The number 3 often indicates that the Ascended Masters are around you, assisting when asked.  They are helping you to find peace, clarity and love within.  The Masters also assist with manifesting your desires.   Number 1 adds its vibrations of motivation, positive energy, ambition and inspiration, striving forward to achieve goals, and find fulfilment and happiness.   Number 1 also reminds us that we create our own realities with our intentions, thoughts and beliefs.  The Master Number 11 resonates with illumination, enlightenment, inspirational, idealism and intuition. This makes 311 a powerful number of optimism, enthusiasm, communication, expansion and growth on all levels.

 311 is a message from your angels to keep your thoughts positive and bright because you are currently in a position where your thoughts and expectations are manifesting at a rapid rate.  We create our realities and life experiences with our thoughts, beliefs and intentions, so make sure that you focus and concentrate on your desired outcomes and results and on what you truly want, rather than on what you don’t.

The repeating Angel Number 311 is a reminder that the energies and vibrations you project outward are reflected back to you.  Your angels and the Ascended Masters encourage you to keep your focus on your heart-centre and your Divine path and life purpose.  Maintain a positive attitude in order to manifest your wants and needs.  Your angels and the Ascended Masters surround you, encouraging positive energies in your life.

Look to ways to use your natural communication skills and joyful disposition to uplift others, and have the courage to live your truths and express yourself with love and optimism.

For more on numerology and metaphysics, check out Ms. Walmsley’s site:

http://sacredscribesangelnumbers.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/angel-number-311.html

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March 1, 2013 at 9:35 pm