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Bloomsbury Group

The Bloomsbury Group—or Bloomsbury Set—was a group of associated English writers, intellectuals and artists in the first half of the 20th century, including Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, E. M. Forster and Lytton Strachey; this loose collective of friends and relatives was associated with the University of Cambridge for the men and King's College London for the women, they lived, worked or studied together near Bloomsbury, London. According to Ian Ousby, "although its members denied being a group in any formal sense, they were united by an abiding belief in the importance of the arts." Their works and outlook influenced literature, aesthetics and economics as well as modern attitudes towards feminism and sexuality. A well-known quote, attributed to Dorothy Parker, is "they lived in squares, painted in circles and loved in triangles". All male members of the Bloomsbury Group, except Duncan Grant, were educated at Cambridge. Most of them, except Clive Bell and the Stephen brothers, were members of "the exclusive Cambridge society, the'Apostles'".

At Trinity in 1899 Lytton Strachey, Leonard Woolf, Saxon Sydney-Turner and Clive Bell became good friends with Thoby Stephen, it was through Thoby and Adrian Stephen's sisters Vanessa and Virginia that the men met the women of Bloomsbury when they came down to London. In 1905 Vanessa began the "Friday Club" and Thoby ran "Thursday Evenings", which became the basis for the Bloomsbury Group, which to some was "Cambridge in London". Thoby's premature death in 1906 brought them more together and they became what is now known as the "Old Bloomsbury" group who met in earnest beginning in 1912. In the 1920s and 1930s the group shifted when the original members died and the next generation had reached adulthood; the Bloomsbury Group from upper middle-class professional families, formed part of "an intellectual aristocracy which could trace itself back to the Clapham Sect". It was an informal network of an influential group of artists, art critics, writers and an economist, many of whom lived in the West Central 1 district of London known as Bloomsbury.

They were "spiritually" similar to the Clapham group who supported its members' careers: "The Bloomsberries promoted one another's work and careers just as the original Claphamites did, as well as the intervening generations of their grandparents and parents."A historical feature of these friends and relations is that their close relationships all pre-dated their fame as writers and thinkers. The group had ten core members: In addition to these ten, Leonard Woolf, in the 1960s, listed as'Old Bloomsbury' Adrian and Karin Stephen, Saxon Sydney-Turner, Molly MacCarthy, with Julian Bell, Quentin Bell and Angelica Bell, David Garnett as additions". Except for Forster, who published three novels before the successful Howards End in 1910, the group were late developers. There were varied and complicated affairs among the individual members. Lytton Strachey and his cousin and lover Duncan Grant became close friends of the Stephen sisters, Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf. Duncan Grant had affairs with siblings Vanessa Bell and Adrian Stephen, as well as David Garnett, Maynard Keynes, James Strachey.

Clive Bell married Vanessa in 1907, Leonard Woolf returned from the Ceylon Civil Service to marry Virginia in 1912. Cambridge Apostle friendships brought into the group Desmond MacCarthy, his wife Molly, E. M. Forster; the group met not only in their homes in Bloomsbury, central London, but at countryside retreats. There are two significant ones near Lewes in Sussex: Charleston Farmhouse, where Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant moved in 1916, Monk's House, in Rodmell, owned by Virginia and Leonard Woolf from 1919. Much about Bloomsbury appears to be controversial, including its membership and name: indeed, some would maintain that "the three words'the Bloomsbury group' have been so much used as to have become unusable". Close friends, brothers and sometimes partners of the friends were not members of Bloomsbury: Keynes’s wife Lydia Lopokova was only reluctantly accepted into the group, there were "writers who were at some time close friends of Virginia Woolf, but who were distinctly not'Bloomsbury': T. S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, Hugh Walpole".

Another is Vita Sackville-West, who became "Hogarth Press's best-selling author". Members cited in "other lists might include Ottoline Morrell, or Dora Carrington, or James and Alix Strachey"; the lives and works of the group members show an overlapping, interconnected similarity of ideas and attitudes that helped to keep the friends and relatives together, reflecting in large part the influence of G. E. Moore: "the essence of what Bloomsbury drew from Moore is contained in his statement that'one's prime objects in life were love, the creation and enjoyment of aesthetic experience and the pursuit of knowledge'". Through the Apostles they encountered the analytic philosophers G. E. Moore and Bertrand Russell who were revolutionizing British philosophy at the start of the 20th century. Distinguishing between ends and means was a commonplace of ethics, but what made Moore's Principia Ethica so important for the philosophical basis of Bloomsbury thought was Moore's conception of intrinsic worth as distinct from instrumental value.

As with the distinction between love and monogamy, Moore's differentiation between intrinsic and instrumental value allowed the Bloomsburies to maintain an ethical high-ground based on intrinsic merit, independent of, without reference to, the consequences of their actions. For Moore, intrinsic value depended on an indeterminable int

Bothrops venezuelensis

Bothrops venezuelensis, or the Venezuelan lancehead, is a species of venomous snake in the family Viperidae. It is endemic to South America. There is not much known about the dangerousness of the venom to humans, but lethal envenoming is possible; the venom of B. venezuelensis contains procoagulants also myotoxins and cytotoxic substances. It is found in northern Venezuela; the type locality is "'Boca de Tigre', Serranía de El Avila, Distrito Federal, Venezuela ". Sandner-Montilla, Fernando. 1952. Serpientes Bothrops de Venezuela. Monografias Cientificas del Instituto de Terapeutica Experimental de los Laboratorios "Veros" LTDA. 9: 5 pp.. Media related to Bothrops venezuelensis at Wikimedia Commons

All About Them

All About Them is a 2015 French romantic comedy film directed by Jérôme Bonnell. It stars Félix Moati and Sophie Verbeeck. Micha and Charlotte are a couple who have bought a house near Lille. For the past few months, the two drift apart and Charlotte starts cheating on Micha with their mutual friend Mélodie who works as a lawyer. Little does Charlotte know, Micha starts cheating on her with the same person, Mélodie. Mélodie ends up falling in love with both of them while she becomes the secret lover of both Micha and Charlotte. Anaïs Demoustier as Mélodie Félix Moati as Micha Sophie Verbeeck as Charlotte Patrick d'Assumçao as William Caroline Baehr as Aunt Estelle Claire Magnin as Lawyer Courtois Olivier Broche as The depressive Laure Calamy as The aggressive All About Them on IMDb

Empire Center for Public Policy

The Empire Center for Public Policy is a fiscally-conservative think tank and government-watchdog group based in Albany, New York. The Empire Center was founded in 2005 as a project of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. In 2013, the Empire Center was spun off from the Manhattan Institute, becoming an independent nonprofit organization; the Center's stated mission is to "Make New York a better place to live and work by promoting public policy reforms grounded in free-market principles, personal responsibility, the ideals of effective and accountable government." The Empire Center is a member of the State Policy Network. Empire engages in policy regarding New York state's budget. Empire releases data regarding salaries and pensions of state employees and its impact on the state's budget. In 2018 Empire issued a report showing that over 3,500 state employees are paid more than Governor Cuomo's salary of $179,000. An Empire report disclosed that over 3,800 former state employees were paid annual pensions of more than $100,000 in 2016-2017, up 18% from the previous year.

A 2016 Empire report highlighted excessive spending in education, such as 32 New York City educators who receive more than $200,000 a year in pay, including one employee who received a salary over $200,000 while receiving a pension over $200,000 per year. Empire's healthcare policy department issues commentary and studies regarding healthcare reform and the state's healthcare budget; the state has seen Medicaid costs contributing to a several billion dollar budget deficit. In 2017 Empire issued a report on possible misdirection of the state's Indigent Care Pool, with private hospitals serving non-indigent patients receiving substantial grants from the pool over hospitals serving indigent patients. Empire operates the website SeeThroughNY.net, a searchable database of employee payroll information for all public employees in the state, as well as pension and municipal union contracts, tax rates, pork-barrel projects in the state. The website includes information comparing property tax rates, taxes paid, share of public debt per resident across the state.

Empire tracks trends of population growth and loss in the state, including where former New York residents move to when they leave the state. Empire sued the New York City Police Pension Fund for refusing to disclose names of former employees receiving pensions as required by the Freedom of Information Law; the court ruled. The court found the disclosure of pensioners names helps to greater accountability and reduces pensioners double dipping, retiring to draw a pension while working and receiving a full salary; the Pension Fund was required to pay Empire's legal fees. Through Empire's transparency efforts, overtime abuse in the Metropolitan Transit Authority was uncovered. Empire discovered that MTA's payroll grew by $418 million in 2018, a large portion of, from a $119 million increase in overtime. $145 million alone was spent on overtime from the Subway Action Plan. Additionally, 256 employees earned more than $250,000 in 2018, up from only 150 employees the year before, it was discovered that employees were falsifying time records, some reporting more hours than is physically possible to work.

One employee was paid over $450,000 for the year. Some Long Island Rail Road employees were using handwritten time records instead of electronic systems, which are easier to track and prevent abuse. MTA had no reliable system for verifying hours worked. In order to control the excessive overtime, the MTA deployed police officers to take attendance and oversee overtime of LIRR employees, met with outrage from union officials but defended by Governor Cuomo; the controversy resulted in a federal probe and MTA Inspector General Barry Kluger stepping down from his post

Brian Ilad

Brian Ilad is a Filipino professional basketball player and assistant coach for the Cebu Casino Ethyl Alcohol of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. He played for the Air21 Express of the Philippine Basketball Association, he was drafted 16th overall in 2011 by the B-Meg Llamados. He was traded to the Clickers for Mark Barroca. Ilad played for the De La Salle Green Archers Men's Senior Basketball team. In 2007, He was one of the members of the De La Salle Green Archers who won the title against the UE Red Warriors who finished 14-0 in the elimination round gaining an outright finals berth in a sweep 2-0. In the 2011 PBA draft, he was drafted 16th overall by the Llamados. However, he was traded to the Clickers for Mark Barroca. Ilad played for the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems in the PBA Developmental League until 2014 when he decided to take a break from professional basketball. In 2018, Ilad returned to playing professional basketball, he play for the Pasay Voyagers of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League starting the 2018 MPBL Datu Cup.

However, in the middle of the 2018 Datu Cup, Ilad was waived by the Voyagers, but was picked up by the Cebu City Sharks. After leaving Cebuan Lhuillier, Ilad worked in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for a year. While in the Persian Gulf country, he participated in local basketball leagues

Jackson Township, Howard County, Indiana

Jackson Township is one of eleven townships in Howard County, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 596 and it contained 233 housing units. Jackson Township was organized in 1853, it was named for President Andrew Jackson. According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of all land. Sycamore West Sims Jackson Township, Miami County Richland Township, Grant County Sims Township, Grant County Green Township, Grant County Union Township Liberty Township Harrison Township, Miami County US 35 SR 19 SR 22 "Jackson Township, Howard County, Indiana". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-09-24. United States Census Bureau cartographic boundary files Indiana Township Association United Township Association of Indiana