Tabernacle Baptist Church to Host Old-Fashioned Tent Service

first_imgOrganizers (from left) Loretta Thompson Harris, Shari Thompson and Alva Thompson prepare for Sunday’s tent service at Tabernacle Baptist Church. By TIM KELLYTabernacle Baptist Church, one of the oldest congregations in Ocean City, will mark its “re-boot” Sunday with an old-fashioned outdoor tent service.All community members and visitors are invited to the event, a joint service with neighboring Shiloh Baptist Church, to take place from 4 to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Tabernacle Baptist, 760 West Ave.“We are calling this a service of encouragement, during these unusual times,” said Shari Thompson, one of the organizers.“We invite all to come out and to be encouraged by all the wonderful things happening here,” she said. “You’re going to see our doors open here a lot in the future.”First Baptist, one of South Jersey’s oldest African-American churches, had paused operations for a time “to re-organize its leadership,” according to Loretta Thompson-Harris, a local historian and congregant.“We’re open under new leadership,” she said. “It’s exciting. Our family runs three generations deep in this church.”Much is new at Tabernacle Baptist Church, housed in the oldest surviving church structure in Ocean City.Leadership isn’t the only thing that’s new. Tabernacle Baptist, the oldest surviving church structure in the city, sports a new coat of white paint, a complete interior renovation, a new HVAC system including central air, and other upgrades.The building dates back to 1890. The cornerstone displays the year 1908, which actually marks the date the building was physically moved from Central Avenue and placed on its “new” foundation, now 112 years old.With COVID-19 precautions in place, it was decided an outdoor tent service would serve as a reminder of Tabernacle Baptist’s great history, while still making every effort to keep attendees safe using social distancing techniques and encouraging masks to be worn.“We hope to see many friends, old and new,” Harris said.All are invited to Sunday’s old-fashioned tent service at Tabernacle Baptist Church.last_img read more

Clippers, Lakers join for moment of unity and protest during anthem

first_img On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ NBA players made it clear on reopening night: They are not going to take their eye off the ball.Yes, the games officially are afoot in the bubble at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, but the guys out there dribbling have not shut up.On the contrary: They’re doing what they can to direct the focus toward the groundswell of protest against social injustices in America.On Thursday, before both the Lakers defeated the Clippers 103-101 and the Pelicans-Jazz game preceding it, players lined up on the sideline near the on-court “BLACK LIVES MATTER” lettering and knelt together — alongside coaches and game officials — during the national anthem. “What’s amazing,” Rivers said, “is when you think about right now, some of the stuff that John Lewis was fighting for, we’re still fighting for.“Voter suppression right now is at an all-time high … we have a group of people who are trying to get people not to vote. Latinos, Blacks and young people are the targets. That’s who they’re trying to get not to vote. It’s amazing when you think about how long ago that was, and yet we’re still fighting that fight.”The players had their say too.Several lent their voices to the pregame montage that played in the arena and on the nationwide TNT broadcast. Clipper Chris Paul, the NBPA President, was among those featured on screen, and among the NBA and WNBA representatives on a recent conference call with former first lady Michelle Obama.“I don’t care what happens as far as these games, or life comes back to normal,” Paul said on the video. “Things aren’t gonna change until we make them change.”After his team’s 106-104 victory, Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell brought a bulletproof vest with him to his postgame interview. He explained that the vest — which was adorned, he told Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks, with the names of people killed by police — was a visual cue representing the “hands up, don’t shoot” mantra. “We’re sick and tired of being afraid,” Mitchell said.Paul George said he was proud to be a part of the pregame protest.“It was great to play for something, we stood up for something, we knelt for something,” he said. “This league is all about unity and can’t say it enough, I love being part of it, it’s a brotherhood, this league, and at the same time, we know we can change things as well.”The Lakers’ LeBron James walked off the floor and, on TNT, talked to America.“The game of basketball has always been bigger than just the ball and the rim, 10 guys on the floor with referees,” James said. “It’s an opportunity to use this platform to be able to spread a lot of positive, a lot of love throughout the course of the whole world. We understand what’s going on in society right now, and we’re using this NBA platform, as players and coaches, as organizations, to continue to stand strong on that.”Related Articles Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory The Lakers and Clippers linked arms, the Clippers with their heads bowed. LeBron James raised his right fist during the final notes of the anthem, a recorded rendition delivered by the Compton Kidz Club.In a statement, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he was supportive of the collective gesture, long considered exceedingly controversial and in violation of the league policy: “I respect our teams’ unified act of peaceful protest for social justice,” he said. “And under these unique circumstances will not enforce our long-standing rule requiring standing during the playing of our national anthem.”The participants did more than kneel, of course: After warming up in black T-shirts that read “Black Lives Matter,” many players displayed socially relevant, NBA-approved messages on the backs of their game jerseys where their last names usually go. Included among them: “Black Lives Matter,” “How Many More,” and “I Am a Man.”Coaches wore NBA Coaches for Racial Justice patches, a reference to the NBA Coaches Association’s panel committed to police reform and voting rights. And Lakers Coach Frank Vogel paused before taking questions from reporters pregame to pay homage to iconic civil rights activist John Lewis, who died July 17 and was laid to rest Thursday.Earlier, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers — who, for several days has been rocking a ballcap that reads: “VOTE” — shared some of his memories of spending time with Lewis, noting that his work continues.last_img read more

Researchers Violate Separation of Science and State

first_imgWhat are the limits of science?  Many of us envision men and women in white lab coats holding test tubes, studying readouts on instruments, or hacking rocks with picks.  A look at headlines from science news sites, though, shows some scientists inserting their opinions in areas traditionally led by scholars in the humanities – and doing so as if their opinions carry the presumed authority of science.Abortion policy:  PhysOrg, normally concerned with science news, reprinted an AP story about “abortion foes’ tactics” on their site.  The article portrayed crisis pregnancy centers as somehow devious in their attempts to help women find alternatives to abortion, even though New York City’s abortion rate is 41% – the highest in the nation, double the national rate.    Reporter Cristian Salazar disparaged the “small number of pregnancy service organizations accused by abortion rights groups and city officials of misleading women about their reproductive health options and disguising themselves as medical clinics,” as if abortion clinics could not be similarly accused.  Salazar also mentioned Margaret Sanger having “opened a family planning clinic in Brooklyn in 1916” without any mention of her racist eugenics policies.Wisdom science:  To whom do you go for wisdom?  A pastor, priest, or rabbi?  A holy book?  A trusted friend or academic?  Never fear; science is here – science in the form of psychology.  “What the world needs now?  More wisdom,” is the headline of a press release from Concordia University reprinted by PhysOrg.  While the headline is true, is science the one to tell anyone how to get it?  Isn’t science concerned with natural laws and material processes?    Dolores Pushkar defined wisdom as “something that benefits society as a whole as well as the self.”  Yet that definition might well be disputed; perhaps it is wise to sometimes stand alone against a whole society bent on evil, as did Bonhoeffer against the Nazi society at the cost of his own life.  Paul wrote of a “hidden wisdom” that God performed in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, a move that at the time seemed futile in Roman society.  Does Pushkar, as a scientist, have more wisdom than King Solomon on wisdom?  “No single definition of wisdom exists,” the press release admitted.    To be sure, the article described how the psychology department was engaging the philosophy department in research on wisdom, and was funded by sources in the Social Sciences and Humanities.  Interdepartmental initiatives can be seen as wise moves; science can bring observational and statistical data to bear on questions about wisdom.  Yet the press release frequently discussed research being done by Pushkar’s team.  At some level, it implies that moral qualities like wisdom are amenable to scientific analysis.Government spending:  Live Science – the website name tells what it’s about.  Why, then, did Chad Brooks write the following un-scientific headline: “Don’t Like How Tax Dollars Are Spent?  Get Used to It.”    It’s part of a series the website whimsically calls “$ci-Fi: The Science of Personal Finance,” described as “an ongoing LiveScience series that explores the science of personal finance to help you navigate everyday life.”  Again, science seems to be inserting itself into the wisdom business.  Can science, though, provide anything more than raw data and statistics?  Whose job is it to tell individuals how to live their lives?  Does a science site have any more presumptive authority than a financial adviser or a research staffer in a senatorial office?    The article provided data about government spending, and made the inductive claim that things are not likely to change soon.  Moreover, the article heavily quoted Scott Lilly, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, a radically liberal think tank funded by multibillionaire George Soros.  So not only is it unclear how science can do any better job of analyzing government spending, or helping individuals navigate everyday life, it here risked soiling its objectivity with accusations of partisanship.Right-to-work:  PhysOrg published another “scientific” finding that leans to the left.  “Right-to-work laws not only hurt labor unions financially, they also may jeopardize worker safety,” according to “research” by Roland Zullo that conveniently plays into the liberal desires of union bosses to deny freedom of choice to workers.    Whether science should be concerned if labor unions are hurt financially seems a moot point.  Zullo was quick to paint the unions in a favorable light; “Unions appear to have a positive role in reducing construction industry and occupation fatalities, but only in states without right-to-work laws,” he claimed.  At least one reader wrote an angry comment about this article, focusing on the rights of individuals to work without being forced to join a labor union.Girl scout cookies  What can science say about Girl Scout cookies?  Science Daily apparently thought the presumptive authority of science can judge that traditional Boy Scout and Girl Scout activities are guilty of gender stereotyping.  Looking under the hood shows that Science Daily reprinted, under its banner of science, a press release from Sociologists for Women in Science, an organization that supports “feminist sociological research, activism and scholars.”    One might think that the standards of scientific objectivity would provide equal time for scholarly views from conservative organizations (perhaps Focus on the Family or the Family Research Council), but a Google search finds not a single mention of these prominent organizations in Science Daily’s listings, but three from the feminist Sociologists for Women in Science and nine from the ultra-liberal Center for American Progress.The science of sin:  Update 04/11/2011: in perhaps the most blatant act of usurpation by scientists of the humanities, McMaster University researchers decided they would find “scientific solutions to sin.”  Is their solution theological?  Do they have a new method of salvation?  Are they suggesting moral teachings, or offering psychological counseling?  No; their working assumption is that all sin has molecular underpinnings.    Their solution, therefore, was to look in the chemical cabinet for antidotes to human moral deficiencies.  “Most people are familiar with the seven deadly sins – pride, envy, gluttony, lust, wrath, greed and sloth – but could there be molecular solutions for this daily struggle between good and evil?” (assuming science has the taxonomic tools for such distinctions).  Groups of students were told to get out of the theological box and into the scientific box: “By getting students to think outside the box, the aim was to come up with the best molecule and design for a drug, or remedy, that counteracts sin.”    Looming questions rise when political ramifications of this research are considered.  Who will control the medicine chest?  Who will prescribe, and who will partake?  The researchers apparently didn’t ask whether there is a drug to combat scientific hubris.Paul Feyerabend, a post-Kuhnian firebrand in philosophy of science, thought that science was a threat to democracy.  The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy described his concern:The separation of church and state should therefore be supplemented by the separation of science and state, in order for us to achieve the humanity we are capable of.  Setting up the ideal of a free society as “a society in which all traditions have equal rights and equal access to the centres of power” (SFS, p. 9), Feyerabend argues that science is a threat to democracy.  To defend society against science we should place science under democratic control and be intensely sceptical about scientific “experts”, consulting them only if they are controlled democratically by juries of laypeople.Law professor Phillip E. Johnson found another Feyerabend quote to end his article on the pretensions of science for world conquest: “Scientists are not content with running their own playpens in accordance with what they regard as the rules of the scientific method, they want to universalize those rules, they want them to become part of society at large, and they use every means at their disposal—argument, propaganda, pressure tactics, intimidation, lobbying—to achieve their aims” (Objections Sustained, Inter-Varsity Press, 1998, p. 66).  Feyerabend is widely regarded as extreme in his views, but readers can judge for themselves (as “juries of laypeople”) to what extent his fears have become realized.All the so-called “secular” science news sites and institutions are uniformly leftist in their politics.  They are the same ones that give uncritical acceptance of Darwinism.  That’s why they are secular; they adore the secular religion Darwin founded, and science is their primary tool for spreading their intolerant bigotry around the world.  Let the reader beware.    Science does not have to be that way; clearly it was not before the Darwinian revolution.  But that’s what it has become.  Many individual scientists are not that way, just as many hard-working Americans in labor unions hold views far more conservative than the union leaders, whose views are also uniformly leftist – often radically so, and just as bent on world conquest.    One cannot get genuine science out of science news or scientific papers these days without first a severe acid wash.  By that, we mean not applying acid to the news, but applying heavy doses of pure water instead, to wash out Darwin’s universal acid that corrodes everything it touches.  Another technique is to apply Darwin Acid to Darwinism itself, which causes an implosion, leaving a vacuum that intelligence rushes in to fill.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

How I Read Books Now: An Update

first_imgI like hardcover books better than soft cover books, eBooks, and audiobooks. A hardcover book reads differently, and the tactile nature of the book radically improves the experience. If I believe a book is important enough to read and study, I always buy it in multiple formats, as each one provides a different experience, and they build upon each other.I read the hardcover book first, mostly because I seem to gain more from the first reading than when I read the Kindle or listen to the audiobook first (even though I sometimes listen to a book before reading it, mostly because I am traveling in a plane or a car, and because I can listen when I am doing something that doesn’t require my full attention). I tend to mark passages with a pencil, with a single dot at the beginning of an important passage, and another to mark the end. This note-taking device is mostly a habit that allowed me to type notes later and refer back to important ideas.When I am far enough into the book, I like to start the audiobook and listen to what I have read, trailing behind my reading of the book. Hearing the concepts again is helpful. Going over the ground a second time deepens my understanding and my retention. I prefer books where the author reads their work, as they are almost always better than when someone else reads for them (with the exception of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, impeccably read by Peter Coyote, whose voices make the content even more powerful).If I am reading to deepen my understanding, I read the book on Kindle or on the Kindle App on the iPad, highlighting and exporting the passages I want to respond to using a system called Zettlekasten, which is sort of like taking notes on index cards, with my notes on single ideas or passages captured electronically. The Kindle app allows you to copy the text directly into another program, in my case, the Ulysses app, which prevents meekest from having to type my notes, something that takes time better spent writing my notes and ideas and responses to what I have read.Why go to all this trouble?As I have written here before, there is no better deal on Earth when it comes to education than a book. For 6 hours and $25, you get access to ideas and insights from someone who invested tens of thousands of hours in attaining them.At one time in my life, I read a book a day. For many years, I read a book a week, but with little to no application and too little retention. Now I prefer depth to breadth, reading widely until I find something worth studying, and then going very deep. If it takes a couple of weeks to draw out the marrow from the bone, the effort is worth the additional time and effort. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Lionel Messi bids adieu to Kolkata in style

first_imgLionel Messi ended his five-day Kolkata sojourn on Sunday, mesmerising a thousand-odd crowd who sneaked in during Argentina’s ‘close door’ practice session at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan.The Argentine superstar did not interact with the Indian media nor did he take part in any promotional programme during his stay for their one-off FIFA international friendly against Venezuela on September 2.But in his last appearance at the sprawling 120,000 capacity stadium, Messi enthralled the handful crowd by not only scoring a goal during a practice match, but dispatched three footballs to the stand with his powerful left-footer before entering the players’ tunnel, waving his last goodbye.It was quite an emotional moment as the spectators stood up, giving ovation to the Argentine magician as ‘Messi, Messi’ reverberated in the gallery.There was no let up in their practice session either as Alejandro Sabella’s boys geared up for the Nigeria challenge in Dhaka on September 6 with a rigorous practice session lasting more than an hour.After a routine stretching, Sabella divided the squad into two equal groups as Messi and his first team partners, including the likes of Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano and Gonzalo Higuain registered a 2-0 win.Messi scored the first goal dribbling from the midfield with a solo run in the first half, while Higuain struck in the second session.The Lionel Messi-captained Argentina, after their 1-0 win over Venezuela on September 2, take on Nigeria for a second FIFA international friendly in Dhaka on September 6.The Argentines are scheduled to fly out of Kolkata at 9.30 am on Monday. advertisementlast_img read more

Indian audiences ready for films like Finding Fanny, says Arjun Kapoor

first_imgIt’s an English language “offbeat” entertainer; made by an Indian director with three veteran and two young stars of Bollywood, and topped with one promotional Hindi song- that’s Homi Adajania’s “Finding Fanny”. Arjun Kapoor, who plays one of the five “oddballs” in the movie, believes Indian audiences are ready for such content.”I was scared and apprehensive to begin with, but as the journey went on, I was more and more happy that I made the brave choice of doing an English film, which is offbeat,” said Arjun.Well, Arjun “never saw it as an offbeat film”!At 29, the son of veteran film producer Boney Kapoor has four distinct movies behind him”For me, it’s a film which the country is ready to watch, and the fact that the trailer has received an overwhelming response is an example that people are willing to watch such content,” he said of the over two million views that the “Finding Fanny” trailer garnered within two days of hitting online videosharing platform YouTube.Arjun is a happy and content young man.At 29, the son of veteran film producer Boney Kapoor has four distinct movies behind him. Starting with the 2012 movie “Ishaqzaade”, in which he sported a rough and rebellious look as Parma, he pulled off a double role in “Aurangzeb”, essayed the hot-headed Bala in “Gunday”, and the nerdy yet affable boy-in-love Krish in “2 States”.Arjun says he was surprised when Adajania, the man behind English language film “Being Cyrus” and the Bollywood saga “Cocktail”, considered him for the role of Savio D’Gama in “Finding Fanny”, especially after watching the actor’s work in “Ishaqzaade”.advertisementThe fact that the forthcoming movie has a stellar cast comprising actors as senior and prolific as Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia as well as a glamorous star as Deepika Padukone in a de-glam avatar made the “Finding Fanny” journey all the more inviting for Arjun.Arjun Kapoor in Finding Fanny”It was almost like going to an acting class…having such fantastic actors around. The idea is to do something different, keeping in mind that you can get eyeballs with these actors who are a known commodity for Indian audience.”Had Homi taken five unknown actors, it would have been a very niche film. But he has taken five known actors and set out to do something different. I think it’s an intelligent choice on their part to mix known commodities with an unknown world,” said the tall and handsome actor.Of course, Arjun stepped into the film clearly knowing that away from the commercial Bollywood potboilers that he’s been part of so far, this one’s going to have a limited audience given the fact that it’s in English and sans any of Hindi cinema’s song and dance routines.”That’s the amazing part about making cinema! People can have an opinion about it. I’d rather be part of a film about which people have an opinion than be in a project people don’t notice.”‘Finding Fanny’ is definitely relevant in terms of getting people to talk about it. If it does well, people will talk about encouraging young talent to make films like this. If it doesn’t, then they will think how well did it do or didn’t do.”I think it is a talking point kind of film. It won’t just come and go, which is what I like – it’s got people talking already. And you can’t always expect people to love everything you do…if they notice, for better or for worse, it’s a good thing,” said the actor.Presented by Fox Star Studios, “Finding Fanny” is produced by Maddock Films. The film, a quirky satirical comedy, releases Sep 12.last_img read more

Region of The Americas become first to eliminate Measles

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWashington DC, U.S.A, September 27, 2016 – The Region of the Americas has successfully eliminated Measles, Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome.  The announcement was made, September 27th, 2016 at the World Health Organization for the Americas’ 55th annual Directing Council in Washington DC.   It is the first region to have eradicated small pox, the first region to have eliminated poliomyelitis and now it is the first region to have eliminated Measles, Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS).The process began within the Americas in 2007 where countries were urged and agreed to work towards the elimination of Measles, Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS).   Measles and Rubella are highly infectious diseases which affect the respiratory system; CRS can be contracted by infants born to mothers who have not received the rubella vaccine.  The last reported case of Rubella within the Americas was in 2009, this allowed the International Expert Committee (IEC) to validate the region as having eliminated Rubella and CRS in 2015.  Measles was scheduled to be a part of this validation, but because of the outbreaks in Canada, the United States, Brazil and Ecuador during the period in which the region was to be validated, the verification was withheld.Elimination means that a region would have had to interrupt endemic transmission of Measles over a period of time.  Simply put, all the countries in the Americas would have needed to have zero cases of Measles, Rubella and CRS contracted within any of the countries for a period of time.  The last outbreak of Measles in the region was in 2015 in Brazil as a result of an imported case from another region.“Today we say bye-bye to indigenous transmission of Measles.  We celebrate this historic day in which the scourge has been eliminated,” said Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).Premier Dr. The Hon. Rufus Ewing stated;  “The Turks and Caicos Islands is elated to be a part of this great success.  The country has always boasted of its high coverage in Measles and Rubella vaccination over the years, due to the hard work and dedication of our public health staff and public health policies over the years.  We will continue to work to maintain a high coverage in all vaccines and to go even higher.”Elimination does not mean eradication and so the work must continue to ensure that we keep the TCI Measles, Rubella and CRS free.   In attendance at the 55th Directing Council and also the conference on Medical Health Tourism is the Hon. Premier and Minister of Health Dr. Rufus Ewing, Permanent Secretary Mr. Wesley Clerveaux along with other members of staff from the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services and the office of the Premier. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Six ways to protect your babys skin this winter

first_imgWinter is here, which means your baby needs extra care and attention. Baby skin requires a lot more nourishment during winter, as the temperature drop tends to make the skin dry. Winter also brings with it various skin problems for babies, as their skin is more delicate when compared to adults. Experts shares a few tips to nourish your baby’s skin: Oil massages: Nourishing the skin with regular oil massages before bath significantly reduces skin dryness and improve skin softness. Choose an oil infused with olive and winter cherry (Ashvagandha); this helps improve the skin tone and soothes the baby’s skin. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBaby bath: It is advisable to bathe the baby once in two days with lukewarm water. If the water is too hot, it can hurt the top, protective layer of the skin. Bathing a baby for long can also strip the moisture off the skin. Hence, reducing bath time during winters is recommended. Using cleansers: Using a gentle cleanser infused with the goodness of aloe vera, almond oil and milk, can help prevent post-bath dryness in the baby’s skin and soothe excessively dry skin. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMoisturising: Using these post-bath enhances the skin’s wellness by locking in the moisture, which keeps the skin hydrated. Opt for a baby lotion enriched with natural oils and licorice (Yashtimadhu) to keep the skin supple and nourished. Creams: Using a baby cream with the goodness of country mallow (Bala) and licorice (Yashtimadhu) will condition and protect your baby’s skin, especially chapped cheeks, “crawler’s knee”, tender nose, and rubbed elbows. Wrapping the baby: Avoid wrapping your baby in a woollen sweater or blanket directly, as the rough fibre will scratch baby’s sensitive skin, leading to a rash. It’s best to use breathable winter clothing to keep the baby warm. Almond and olive oils, aloe vera, winter cherry, licorice, honey, and milk are a few handy herbs/ingredients which are known to lock in moisture and will help provide the best skin care for your baby during winters.last_img read more

Startups Can Now Buy Insurance to Protect Themselves Against Patent Trolls

first_img Register Now » Patent trolls are a huge problem in this country. Known officially as Patent Assertion Entities, they don’t actually create new products, but instead make money by amassing a collection of patents and suing accused infringers.Big corporations typically have the resources to fight them off, which explains why most patent infringement lawsuits are filed against small to medium-sized companies. When it comes down to choosing between a lengthy, expensive complicated legal battle with a patent troll and paying a licensing fee, many startups don’t have the luxury of selecting the former option. Patent trolls cost small companies about $11 billion in 2011, and despite attempts by lawmakers to reform our broken patent system, the number of lawsuits filed by patent trolls has dramatically increased in recent years.Related: Looks Like Big Tech Is Winning the Battle With Patent TrollsBut now comes news that has the potential to change the nature of the patent trolling business. RPX — a company that strategically buys patent licenses to protect its clients from infringement lawsuits – is now offering its services to small and medium-sized businesses.In other words startups, no matter how small, can now buy protection against patent trolls. Premiums for companies with less than $20 million in revenue range from $7,500 to $10,000; If a covered company gets slapped with a lawsuit from a patent troll, RPX will shoulder legal or settlement costs up to the company’s limit (which starts at $1 million but can go up to $10 million), although that’s only after it pays a retention, which RPX says starts at $25,000.   “This is a game changer because it levels the playing field for small companies by transforming a previously uninsurable threat into a manageable business risk,” John Amster, chief executive and co-founder of RPX, said in a press release. “This insurance policy for small companies now enables RPX to offer insurance for any sized company, from the smallest start-up to multi-billion dollar enterprises.”Up until this point, RPX had only offered its “patent risk solutions” to large companies (current clients include Google and Apple).Related: Yes, Patent Trolls Are Hurting Your BusinessWhile RPX’s services for small businesses aren’t negligible – it’s unfortunate that small enterprises need to worry about this in the first place — the model is intriguing: Essentially, RPX is offering its expertise in negotiating and litigating patent cases to startups. Under RPX’s protection, a small business can’t be easily bullied into paying a licensing fee just to avoid a legal mess.Jamie Balboni, a principal and intellectual-property expert at insurance brokerage Williams Gallagher Associates, told The Wall Street Journal that small tech startups are particularly vulnerable to patent troll lawsuits.However, in RPX she sees a ray of hope (for the tech sector, at least): If the company is successful, she told the outlet, patent trolls “will just move on to another industry.”Related: Entrepreneurs Want Patent Trolls Gone, But Current Legislation Is Sloppy Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read November 12, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more