Review: 2015 Giant Anthem SX 27.5

2015 Giant Anthem SX 27.5

2015 Giant Anthem SX 27.5

Review: 2015 Giant Anthem SX 27.5

This is a brief review of the 2015 Giant Anthem SX 27.5, which has an aluminum frame, Fox fork and rear shock. The 2015 Giant Anthem Advanced SX 27.5, which has a carbon fiber frame, RockShox fork and rear shock, is a different bike.

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I purchased the 2015 Giant Anthem SX (from my local bike shop) in early January 2015 and I’ve been very happy with it. In my opinion it’s a high quality bike that performs well when put to the test.

The bike has all Shimano components (SLX and XT), a 120mm Fox Float CTD Performance fork, and a 100mm Fox Float CTD Performance rear shock. It also has a really nice frame, which comes with Giant’s lifetime warranty.

Because it has a 120mm fork, slackened head angle, dropper post, wide bars, short stem, and 180mm front brake rotor, the Anthem SX is much more than a cross country bike, but it’s not quite a full blown trail bike, which makes it perfect for the type of riding I do and the terrain I normally ride. I normally ride cross country in Michaux State Forest, for fun, and I needed a bike that would be up for the occasional technical downhill section too.

I discovered the Giant Anthem SX because my local bike shop – Quick Release Bicycles – carries Giant bikes, and that’s what got me to looking – both online and at the shop – at Giant’s selection of mountain bikes.

2015 Giant Anthem SX 27.5

2015 Giant Anthem SX 27.5

I also did a lot of research online regarding suspension, because this is the first full suspension bike I’ve ever bought, and I thought Giant’s Maestro suspension was an excellent design. Now that I’ve ridden the bike quite a bit, in the mountains near my home, I can say this suspension is excellent. It gives me great control going downhill and doesn’t bob going uphill. The Fox Float CTD Performance rear shock paired with the Maestro suspension is a great combination.

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I didn’t want to write a review of this bike until I had really put it to the test, and that’s exactly what I did this past weekend at the 2015 Michaux MTB School. I’ve only been mountain biking for one year now, and I was really putting myself to the test this past weekend too. Thanks to the instructors at the school I was able to learn many new and important skills and my confidence as a mountain bike rider has greatly increased. If you have the opportunity, I strongly suggest you sign up for the 2016 Michaux MTB School.

Michaux MTB School –

Michaux MTB camp: Is this camp for you? via @wordpressdotcom

Riders hone skills at the Michaux Mountain Bike School –

Michaux MTB camp – via @wordpressdotcom

The School of Hard Rocks, Michaux MTB Camp – via @wordpressdotcom

2015 Giant Anthem SX 27.5

2015 Giant Anthem SX 27.5

As I said, I really put my Giant Anthem SX to the test this weekend. The Michaux State Forest in Pennsylvania has some of the toughest technical trails on the east coast, and that’s exactly what we trained for and road while attending the Michaux MTB School.

The Anthem SX 27.5 performed well on the tight, twisty, old school single track. The wide bars, short stem, dropper post, Fox shocks, SLX brakes, and Maxxis tires on my Anthem SX allowed me to maintain control of my bike whenever I was descending those steep rocky trails. I really put my faith in the bike this weekend and it didn’t let me down. All I had to do was to stay loose, allow the bike to take the hits, and guide the bike down the trail.

After a punishing weekend of fun at the Michaux MTB School I can give the 2015 Giant Anthem SX 27.5 five out of five stars! :D

If you think this bike will fit your riding style and the terrain you ride don’t hesitate to buy it. You will not be disappointed.

2015 Giant Anthem SX 27.5

2015 Giant Anthem SX 27.5

Maestro Suspension – Giant Bicycles

Fox Float CTD Performance with Boost Valve –

Maxxis Ardent 2.25 (Front) Maxxis Ardent Race 2.20 (Rear) –

MTBR – Anthem 27.5 SX –

MTBR User Reviews: Giant Anthem SX 27.5 Full Suspension –

Specs: 2015 Giant Anthem SX 27.5

Specs: 2015 Giant Anthem SX 27.5

New-School XC Bike Group Test

“A dose of realism: This Group Test is based on the notion that while most XC bikes sold globally are marketed as World Cup race machines, not that many of their owners actually ride them in such a way. Some bike manufacturers have already recognised this and are introducing trail versions of their XC race bikes. These are equipped with dropper seatposts, wider tyres and bars, and sometimes even with longer-travel suspension forks which slackens geometry. The focus is shifting from weight saving towards fun, confidence and more downhill performance — all the while retaining XC-style light-footedness, which is a win-win situation for many XC riders.

“XC World Cup racer and Olympian Manuel Fumic accurately observed during the Design & Innovation Award 2015 that the perception of a traditional XC rider is rapidly changing: “For many bikers, the term ‘cross country’ creates an image of lycra-clad hardtail-warriors who are only interested in their best times after speeding up climbs. Modern XC riders ride full-suss bikes and enjoy their descents just as much as climbing. They’re just looking for enjoyment on their bikes.” Continue reading: New-School XC Bike Group Test | Enduro Mountainbike Magazine:

2015 Giant Anthem SX 27.5

2015 Giant Anthem SX 27.5

2015 Giant Anthem SX 27.5 (May 2015, Snowy Mountain, Michaux State Forest, PA)

2015 Giant Anthem SX 27.5 (May 2015, Snowy Mountain, Michaux State Forest, PA)

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NeoCatholic blogger DEFENDS dousing the homeless with a sprinkler system


NeoCatholic blogger DEFENDS dousing the homeless with a sprinkler system

“Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” ~ Jesus (Matthew 8:10)

Have you seen the news about the Catholic Church in San Francisco that douses homeless people with a sprinkler system in order to run them off?

Most people, myself included, consider this a very UN-CHRISTIAN thing to do.

I mean, What Would Jesus Do?

As someone who has slept on the doorsteps of numerous Catholic (and other) churches myself, I found this news particularly disturbing:

SF Archdiocese Apologizes For Dousing Church Homeless: via @YouTube

But some people, who are supposedly Christians, think the sprinklers are (or were) a great idea…

NeoCatholic blogger Kathy Schiffer recently wrote an amazingly pathetic, out-of-touch, and un-Christian article wherein she actually DEFENDS the SF Archdiocese (former) practice of dousing the homeless with a sprinkler system:

“Let’s stop to consider another part of the story, the Rights (and yes, the Responsibilities) of the Poor. Why in the world would homeless people feel entitled to sleep wherever they want, and be damned anyone who tried to stop them?

“My local Target store has nice, wide doors through which shoppers can easily push their carts laden with groceries and goods.

“But imagine this: Some local families, unable to afford housing any longer, move to the doorway of Target. They bring sleeping bags, a change of clothing, snacks in paper bags. There’s no outhouse or lavatory available, and when you gotta go, you gotta go! –so they defecate in the doorway before heading out to beg on the street later in the day.

“Would Target permit them to stay, in the interest of helping the poor? NO WAY! And if they did, customers would be right to be seriously concerned, and would take their business elsewhere.

“Because doorways are not for sleeping. Doorways are for passing through…”

Read more: San Francisco’s Unwashed “Masses”: Better Safe Than Soggy –

Guess what Kathy? Catholic Churches aren’t Target Stores!

Guess what else?  Instead of dousing them with water, the church could have had porta-potties placed on the grounds for the homeless to use.

Guess what else? Instead of dousing the homeless with water, the church could have offered food, clothes, a place to stay in the church, a hot shower, laundry services, haircuts, and a hot meal each morning.

Being a follower of Jesus means being willing to serve others.

That means you don’t douse people in need with water in order to run them off.

Neither do you write articles defending such a heartless practice.


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Murdered baby cut from mother’s womb creates abortion rights dilemma


Murdered baby cut from mother’s womb creates abortion rights dilemma

“Cognitive dissonance refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviors…”

Continue reading: Cognitive Dissonance:

When is an unborn baby a baby?

And when is an unborn baby not a baby?

When a woman wants her baby her baby is considered a baby.

When a woman doesn’t want her baby and hires an abortionist to kill her baby her baby isn’t considered a baby but a fetus, which is Latin for offspring, or baby.


Unborn baby cut from womb of expecting mom: via @YouTube

Attack on pregnant woman complicated by abortion politics

“LONGMONT, Colo. — A Colorado woman accused of luring an expectant mother to a basement and cutting the baby from her belly might not face homicide charges in the child’s death because of the way criminal law in the U.S. has become entangled in abortion politics.

“In a highly charged debate that has played out across the country, Colorado has twice rejected proposals to make the violent death of a fetus a homicide, refusing to join 38 other states and the federal government for fear such a law would be used to restrict abortions.

“That could complicate things for prosecutors in the case against Dynel Lane, 34, arrested in the grisly attack at her home Wednesday on a nearly eight-months-pregnant Michelle Wilkins. Wilkins survived; her baby girl died.

“Under Colorado law, essentially no murder charges can be brought if the child did not live outside of the mother,” said Stan Garnett, district attorney of liberal Boulder County.

“Keith Mason, the president of Personhood USA, an anti-abortion group that has been pushing for a fetal homicide law in Colorado, called the situation “literally absurd.”

“Lane remains in jail for now on suspicion of attempted murder and other crimes…”

Continue reading: Attack on pregnant woman complicated by abortion politics | Local News – WCVB Home via @WCVB

Ala. abortion law lets judges appoint lawyers for fetuses

“MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday asked a federal judge to block an Alabama law that allows a fetus to be represented in court when a minor is seeking judicial permission for an abortion.

“While abortion opponents have rolled out a variety of new restrictions on abortion in recent years — including new requirements on clinics and doctors — ACLU staff attorney Andrew Beck said the Alabama law was unique…”

Continue reading: Ala. abortion law lets judges appoint lawyers for fetuses @YahooNews

Image-maker Alexander Tsiaras shares a powerful medical visualization, showing human development from conception to birth and beyond…

Alexander Tsiaras: Conception to birth — visualized: via @YouTube

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Another Wisconsin girl obsessed with horror, death, and Slender Man turns dangerous

Ashlee Martinson

Ashlee Martinson

Another Wisconsin girl obsessed with horror, death, and Slender Man turns dangerous

“The beast is a fearful creature that lives within us all” ~ Ashlee Martinson

“[W]hatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” ~ Saint Paul (Philippians 4:8)

Whatever we feed our minds will manifest itself in our actions. Think about evil things and we become evil… think about good things and we become good.

VIDEO – Influences: via @YouTube

Teen Horror Blogger Arrested for Killing Mother, Stepfather

“A 17-year-old girl was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for allegedly killing her mother and stepfather.

“Ashlee Martinson, a horror blogger who documented her obsession with death under the name Vampchick, was apprehended in Indiana on Sunday, about 500 miles from where she allegedly killed Jennifer Ayers, 40, and Thomas Ayers, 37, at their Wisconsin home, theWausau Daily Herald reports…”

Read more: Teen Horror Blogger Arrested for Killing Mother, Stepfather –

Cops: Teen girl stabs mom, shoots stepdad dead: via @YouTube #Vampchick

17-yr-old murder suspect blogged about death, killing

“Martinson had described similar murder scenes in a blog she maintained, written under her screen name VampireChick and titled “Nightmare.”

“The blog, illustrated with drawings of flayed skulls and demons, contains short stories, poems and links to other Gothic-style websites. Many of the short stories revolve around death and murder:

“Rushing through the woods late at night. Deep into the darkest corner where the agonizing screams can not be heard. Walking into a small cabin. Marveling at the sweet horrors of blood that I thirst for. I then take the next victim who is unconscious. I tightly bind them to a low table.

“Awaiting them to wake once more. I clean the dry blood off my tools from a previous session. The last body has been disposed of just hours before, yet I have not been satisfied with the pain, agony and blood. I bend down as they start to wake.

“Welcome to hell.” I whisper in her ear. “Never again will you see the light of day.”

Read more: 17-yr-old murder suspect blogged about death, killing

Teen girl ‘shot dead her stepfather, stabbed her mother to death

“In Martinson’s Vampchick posts, written on a blog titled Nightmare, the teenager posted short stories and poems about graphic murders, autopsies, suicides, Hell and the Devil, and even cannibalism.

“She also posted chilling images of flayed skulls, demons and characters such as the Slender Man…”

Read more: Teen girl ‘shot dead her stepfather, stabbed her mother to death – 

*Note the Slender Man connection*

Morgan Geyser

Morgan Geyser

Disturbing new evidence presented in Slender Man case: via @YouTube

‘Slender Man’ attack: Girl obsessed with horror character ‘stabbed classmate 19 times after mutilating Barbies with sinister symbols’

“A detective testified he found more than 60 drawings of Slender Man in 13-year-old Morgan Geyser’s bedroom, one of which read ‘I love killing people’..”

Read more: ‘Slender Man’ attack: Girl obsessed with horror character ‘stabbed classmate 19 times after mutilating Barbies with sinister symbols’

Mom and Dad passed on to Morgan their obsession with horror and death…

Father of girl who stabbed ‘friend 19 times’ shared her horror sketch

“The father of one of the girls accused of brutally stabbing a school friend to pay homage to an eerie horror story character, apparently encouraged his daughter’s sick obsession by proudly posting a sketch the 12-year-old drew of the scary figure on Instagram…

“His wife Angie has also posted a number of pictures of skulls and one eerie image of a church and grave yard at night on her Instagram page…”

Read more: Father of girl who stabbed ‘friend 19 times’ shared her horror sketch

Morgan Geyser: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Slender Man

“Once Slenderman was seen, he would stalk you for the rest of your life. His goal was to slowly drive you insane by appearing in your periphery, eventually threatening you with death. Soon his victims no longer were limited to children but teenagers and adults were soon to become stalked by the tall faceless man…”

Read more: Slender Man:

Who is Slender Man?: via @YouTube

Slender Man with girl

Slender Man with girl

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Nafeez Ahmed on Google, CIA, NSA, DoD, and Mass Surveillance


Nafeez Ahmed on Google, CIA, NSA, DoD, and Mass Surveillance

INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a new crowd-funded investigative journalism project, breaks the exclusive story of how the United States intelligence community funded, nurtured and incubated Google as part of a drive to dominate the world through control of information. Seed-funded by the NSA and CIA, Google was merely the first among a plethora of private sector start-ups co-opted by US intelligence to retain ‘information superiority.’

“The origins of this ingenious strategy trace back to a secret Pentagon-sponsored group, that for the last two decades has functioned as a bridge between the US government and elites across the business, industry, finance, corporate, and media sectors. The group has allowed some of the most powerful special interests in corporate America to systematically circumvent democratic accountability and the rule of law to influence government policies, as well as public opinion in the US and around the world. The results have been catastrophic: NSA mass surveillance, a permanent state of global war, and a new initiative to transform the US military into Skynet.”

Part 1: “How the CIA made Google” —

Part 2: “Why Google made the NSA” —

Nafeez Ahmed: investigative journo, international security scholar | author ZERO POINT scifi thriller | film CRISIS

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Creating New Organisms with 3-D Printed DNA [VIDEO]


Creating New Organisms with 3-D Printed DNA

During the early 1980’s I lived and worked in Bethesda, Maryland, and I would make deliveries to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on a daily basis.

I remember a local news story in the Washington Post during those days saying the NIH was creating an incurable virus using various combinations of adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thymine (=DNA) via a computer and a machine which would inject each of these according to the necessary genetic code for the virus, thus, in time, creating the virus itself.

This wasn’t called “3-D printing” back then, but that’s essentially what it was.

As I said in my book The World Perceived (see: pp. 90-91) it doesn’t take much imagination to realize that since we can create an entire computer virtual world using a simple binary code of 1 and 0 God can certainly create life using a simple code of A, C, G, T (= adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thymine).

Scientists today are using this same simple code to create far more than the one incurable virus they created at the NIH 30+ years ago.

The question is: “Do we have the wisdom needed to do this?”

The answer is: “I don’t think we do.”

See: An earlier article I wrote about this subject: “O brave new world, that has such people in it!” –

Article – Leon R. Kass, M.D. – The Wisdom of Repugnance: Why We Should Ban the Cloning of Humans –

E-Book – The Genomics Age

Book – Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography –

VIDEO – Hacking Life’s Code and Creating New Organisms with 3-D Printed DNA:

Q&A With Cambrian Genomics’ Austen Heinz

“To think that we can’t make organisms that aren’t more efficient than existing, I don’t think is correct,” says Austen Heinz, founder of the biotech startup Cambrian Genomics. “Because nature doesn’t have DNA laser printers, and we do.”

“Reason TV’s Zach Weissmueller sat down with Heinz to discuss the ramifications of a technology that dramatically brings down the cost of sequencing and assembling DNA, suddenly making the ability for consumers to create their own organisms an economic reality. Heinz partnered with a company to crowdfund a “glowing plant,” which led to a subsequent ban on GMO-related projects on Kickstarter, and he expresses concern with the lagging regulatory structure governing biotech development. But Heinz is undeterred by regulatory and cultural obstacles and foresees a future where consumers can affordably leverage his technology to fix errors in their own DNA or even design their own creatures in the same way that 3-D printing companies like MakerBot allow for custom models.

“[With] MakerBot, you would print out, say, a plastic dinosaur. With Cambrian, the idea is that eventually you’ll be able to print out your own little dinosaur that actually walks across the table,” says Heinz. “Everything around us is just code. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just snap our fingers and just re-imagine the world around us, where everything is programmable, everthing is re-writeable?”

“Approximately 10 minutes. Produced by Zach Weissmueller. Camera by Justin Monticello. Music by Chris Zabriskie.

“Scroll down for downloadable versions of this video, and subscribe to Reason TV’s YouTube channel for daily content like this.”

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Astroturf and manipulation of media messages [VIDEO]

Sharyl Attkisson

Sharyl Attkisson

Astroturf and manipulation of media messages [VIDEO]

A carefully constructed narrative designed to manipulate your opinion…

“In this eye-opening talk, veteran investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson shows how astroturf, or fake grassroots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages.”

Astroturf and manipulation of media messages | Sharyl Attkisson | TEDxUniversity of Nebraska: via @YouTube

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