The gun lobby has hijacked the Second Amendment, which was intended for citizen militias to provide

The gun lobby has hijacked the Second Amendment, which was intended for citizen militias to provide domestic “security” without a standing army. The amendment is a dangerous relic, never clearer than  after El Paso and Dayton, writes Joe Lauria. The Second Amendment was written after a war in which a new nation without a standing army defeated the biggest standing army on the planet. To defend itself, the new country relied on citizens arming themselves in civilian militias. Ever since Britain had permanently garrisoned troops in Massachusetts to put down the brewing rebellion in 1768, opposition to standing armies ran deep among Americans. The Revolution was nearly lost because the Continental Congress for years refused George Washington’s pleading for a standing army. Sam Adams, before he and his class of merchants had won, believed a permanent force was “forever dangerous to civil liberties.” “Soldiers are apt to consider themselves as a body distinct from the rest of the citizens,” Adams said. “They have arms always in hand.” But, “the Militia is composed of free citizens. There is, therefore, no danger of their making use of their Power to the destruction of their own right...

How to Plan the Perfect Road Trip to the Treasure Coast

In 1715 a fleet of Spanish ships loaded with treasures was traveling back to Spain when a hurricane struck, causing 11 of the 12 vessels to sink just off of Florida’s east coast; millions of dollars worth of gold, silver and jewelry rained down on the ocean floor like confetti. Three hundred years later, divers still search for these riches—their hunt taking place up and down what’s been coined Florida’s Treasure Coast, stretching from Stuart to Sebastian.  Made up of three counties—Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River—the Treasure Coast is in many ways a yet-to-be discovered secret.  “Most people might just drive by because we’re right between Orlando and Miami,” says Charlotte L. Bireley, director of tourism and marketing for Visit St. Lucie.  Travelers just passing through the Treasure Coast miss the opportunity to admire all 65 miles of its unspoiled beaches; views of nature unmarred by high-rises; some of the state’s finest fishing and golfing; and a growing arts and culture scene.  Martin County, the Treasure Coast’s Southernmost point, is home to Blowing Rocks Preserve managed by the Nature Conservancy, the largest Anastasia limestone beach on the East Coast; and Jonathan D...

Delicious Panko & Parmesan Crusted Cod | Ledger Independent

I heard somewhere things were supposed to slow down after the holidays. Like many of my readers, it feels a lot more like I was shot out of a cannon right into the New Year. Perhaps it’s the energy of a fresh decade and new opportunity, but for many of us the holiday parties carried into the after-holiday parties. And why not? The weekends fill up like a roster the minute Thanksgiving hits. The celebration has definitely kept going. As someone who has many work related activities during the holidays it’s been nice to attend a few more holiday related social events. This year especially I’ve noticed more holiday work parties, book clubs, women’s and men’s groups, as well as birthday parties continuing the celebration after December 31. These have been some of my favorite menus of the year. Eaters are looking for something a little different but also not something that is going to continue the growth of guilt or waistline. One of the best dishes so far into 2020 was recommended to me by a Women’s Club president, Panko & Parmesan Crusted Cod. The dish was prepared for her family at home and had a feeling it would be a hit for the mostly pescetarian dinner. The woman wasn’t sure...

The Gray Market: Why the European Art World Will Recover Faster Than the American One (and Other Insights)

Our columnist digs into the US and Europe’s economic rescue plans to show why one stabilizes the arts much better than the other. Every Monday morning, Artnet News brings you The Gray Market. The column decodes important stories from the previous week—and offers unparalleled insight into the inner workings of the art industry in the process. On Monday, economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman contributed a New York Times op-ed that suggests American and European businesses might recover from our current global crisis along very different timelines. This possibility could have major implications for the two continents’ respective art industries, for-profit and nonprofit alike. And if so, the deciding factor won’t be the amount of government aid provided to small businesses and the self-employed; it will be the way that aid was distributed.  Headlined “Jobs Aren’t Being Destroyed This Fast Elsewhere. Why Is That?,” Saez and Zucman’s piece opens with a few of the staggering labor figures already roaring out of a US economy under siege. They report that 3.3 million new people filed for unemployment insurance during the week of March 15 alone. That was the highest number of ...

My Mint Cell SIM arrived this morning, so I made a decision to throw warning to

My Mint Cell SIM arrived this morning, so I made a decision to throw warning to the wind and make the change instantly. It went far more shortly and was a lot less complicated than I had anticipated. And that’s true on either side of this equation: Mint Cell’s cellular app makes it straightforward to modify on the service, after all, and carry over your telephone quantity out of your earlier supplier. In the meantime, Google Fi, in line with every part I nonetheless do like about that service, additionally made issues very straightforward. And that’s good, as I’ve actually sweated over this type of factor prior to now. After I initially switched to Google Fi again in September 2017—again when the service was nonetheless referred to as Undertaking Fi—I skilled a number of points, some self-inflicted. However switching wi-fi carriers is a bit like switching cable suppliers: You are concerned about it however it will get simpler every time. To get began, I turned off my iPhone 11 Professional Max, inserted the Mint Cell SIM, and turned the iPhone again on. (I’d been which means to revisit the iPhone, much like what I did beforehand with the Pixel 3a XL, so what the heck, I’ll use t...

Is Chien Shing Stainless Steel (TPE:2025) Weighed On By Its Debt Load?

The external fund manager backed by Berkshire Hathaway’s Charlie Munger, Li Lu, makes no bones about it when he says ‘The biggest investment risk is not the volatility of prices, but whether you will suffer a permanent loss of capital. When we think about how risky a company is, we always like to look at its use of debt, since debt overload can lead to ruin. As with many other companies Chien Shing Stainless Steel Co., Ltd. (TPE:2025) makes use of debt. But is this debt a concern to shareholders? Generally speaking, debt only becomes a real problem when a company can’t easily pay it off, either by raising capital or with its own cash flow. Ultimately, if the company can’t fulfill its legal obligations to repay debt, shareholders could walk away with nothing. While that is not too common, we often do see indebted companies permanently diluting shareholders because lenders force them to raise capital at a distressed price. Of course, debt can be an important tool in businesses, particularly capital heavy businesses. When we examine debt levels, we first consider both cash and debt levels, together. The chart below, which you can click on for greater detail, shows that Chien Shing ...

Every item on this page was chosen by a Town & Country editor. We may earn

Every item on this page was chosen by a Town & Country editor. We may earn commission on some of the items you choose to buy. Millie Bobby Brown, Margot Robbie, and this year’s glamorous red carpet season have spoken: hair ribbons are back. Not unlike Princess Charlotte’s adorable collection of bows, celebrities have been stepping out in elegant hairstyles complete with a feminine, delicate ribbon. While the velvet and satin ribbons are typically tied into a bow, there’s really no limit to how creative one can get with the accessory. Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite ribbon looks of all time, dating all the way back to 1958. For the 2019 Oscars, Graham styled her hair with multiple mini custom velvet bows from Jennifer Behr all over her bun. Ribbons on the runway at the Giambattista Valli Spring/Summer 2015 Haute Couture on January 26, 2015. Screen Printing Machine, Screen Printer, Automatic Screen Printing Machine – Kin Wah,https://www.kinwah-group.com/

In Jamaica Plain, a new bank prompts a neighborhood to fight back

When the plywood finally came down in October to reveal the new Chase Bank branch in Jamaica Plain, retired architect and Jamaica Plain resident Gert Thorn actually gasped. Gone was the painted woodwork that for decades had framed the large glass windows of a 19th-century storefront at the intersection of Centre and Burroughs streets. It had been ripped out, replaced with silver aluminum panels and trim, a design choice that Michael Epp, another JP resident and retired architect, described as “disrespect to the building.” The corner space at 701 Centre St. had been occupied by an Indian restaurant, one that community members said maintained the historic facade that had been in place for as long as anyone could remember. Over the years, other businesses had come and gone along the block, but all had maintained the same style storefronts of red brick and wood — and that had been the plan for the Chase branch as well. When the Chase storefront was revealed, Thorn, Epp, and a third architect, Ed Forte, whose firm rents offices in the same building as the new Chase branch, decided they couldn’t stand pat. The first step was to reach out to the city’s Planning & Development ...