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North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says he would have rather the Republican-controlled legislature put a statewide school bond package on ballots this fall, instead of several constitutional amendments that he considers “bad government.” Cooper told reporters Tuesday he was disappointed that lawmakers decided against putting a nearly $2 billion school borrowing measure up for […]

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          Tax cut triggers $437 billion explosion of stock buybacks - CNNMoney      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Flooded with cash from the Republican tax cut, US public companies announced a whopping $436.6 billion worth of stock buybacks, according to research firm TrimTabs. Content by MyFinance. Online Savings Account Rates Beat Your Banks · An insane ...

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          Elon Musk Leaves Unused Mini-Sub in Thai Cave (New York Times)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Elon Musk Leaves Unused Mini-Sub in Thai Cave  —  THAM LUANG CAVE, THAILAND — As the world watched rescuers struggle to save 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave in northern Thailand, the tech billionaire Elon Musk dreamed up a “kid-size” submarine to help.  It turns out they didn't need it.


          Comment on Analyst: Augmented reality could be an $8 billion revenue opportunity for Apple by Unaugmented Person      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In my experience, reality always prevails even without augmentation. I'd much rather augment me.
          Comment on Analyst: Augmented reality could be an $8 billion revenue opportunity for Apple by John Dingler, artist      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Anything with an electronic overlays is AR and the segment is huge already.
          New ship orders start to wane after 10 billion spent in Q1 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The enthusiasm for newbuild orders across most shipping markets has started to wane, after over 10 billion dollars were committed in the first quarter of 2018. The total committed to new deliveries is now the lowest since the start of 2016, according to VesselsValue latest research.

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          Comment on Analyst: Augmented reality could be an $8 billion revenue opportunity for Apple by Danox      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
No AR is profitless for years to come, the hardware and software just isn't ready. All hype no beef....
          Comment on Analyst: Augmented reality could be an $8 billion revenue opportunity for Apple by John Dingler, artist      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Although there is overlap in VR and AR, the VR side mostly requires costly equipment while AR is already in popular use: Appe Maps, for just one example. And Pokemon is so popular that people are walking into holes and bumping into each-other.
          Comment on Analyst: Augmented reality could be an $8 billion revenue opportunity for Apple by John Dingler, artist      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Real reality is not good enough so technology provides a solution. A much older AR is outlined in the Bible in which it says that Mother Nature is not real enough so it introduced an outside source, God, as an artificial overlay to Mother Nature.
          Comment on Analyst: Augmented reality could be an $8 billion revenue opportunity for Apple by Laughing_Boy48      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It's nice to hear such optimism about AR for Apple, but so far AR hasn't done anything special for Apple. Currently, are there many AR apps for the iPhone and iPad? Will AR on iOS require special AR goggles or glasses to get full use out of it? One would think Apple has a good chance of dominant market share on the iPhone considering how powerful A-series processors are on most iPhones. I just wonder if Apple users will be happy to spend more money on AR glasses to get the full benefit of AR. I personally don't quite understand what AR can do for the average consumer to make it so valuable to Apple. People are always throwing around the terms AR and VR but so far neither have had much of an impact on consumers due to the high cost of hardware to run it.
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VesselsValue: Enthusiasm for ship orders has started to wane after over USD 10 billion were committed in 1Q of 2018.

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          Death toll rises to 158, dozens missing in torrential rain in Japan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Death toll rises to 158, dozens missing in torrential rain in Japan

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The death toll continued to rise while government stepped up search and rescue efforts after torrential rain pummeled western Japan, causing flooding and landslides.

   According to Japan's public broadcaster NHK, 158 people have been confirmed dead in 12 prefectures and 56 people are still unaccounted for.

   Hiroshima prefecture was hit hardest by the record rainfall and subsequent landslides, with death toll there reaching 59, while Okayama prefecture suffered 54 deaths.

   The government and local municipalities have stepped up search and rescue efforts to find the 56 people that are still unaccounted for, and as most of the people missing are in Hiroshima, death toll could further rise in the prefecture.

   Meanwhile, more than 10,000 people in 15 prefectures were still staying under evacuation shelters as of Tuesday noon, with blazing heat now compounding the problem.

   According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), an active seasonal rain front caused torrential rain in most eastern and western regions of Japan since last Thursday.

   The agency has warned that Japan's Kinki region, which includes Kyoto, Hyogo and Osaka prefectures, could be particularly hard-hit by downpours, escalating the risk of floods, landslides, lightning and tornadoes.

   Regarding the heavy casualty, Emi Masatani, an expert from Japan Bousaisikai, a non-profit disaster-prevention organization, told Xinhua that people in Japan normally attach great importance to prevention of natural disasters, but sometimes fail to pay enough attention to heavy rainfalls as they are predictable.

   According to local reports, many people chose to stay at home even after the weather agency issued emergency warnings and evacuation orders following the heavy rain and thus lost the chance to escape when flooding or landslides occurred.

   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who canceled his trip to Europe and the Middle East to attend to the disaster, told a meeting of the government's crisis response unit that reserve funds would be made available before requests came in from local governments.

   "We will assess the needs of victims and push for quick reconstruction," the prime minister said.

   Abe is scheduled to visit Okayama prefecture on Wednesday to inspect the damage and assess the evacuees' needs.

   Japan's top government spokesperson Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a press briefing that the government is likely to tap into reserve funds of about 2 billion yen (18 million U.S. dollars) to help deal with the disaster's aftereffects.

   But Farm Minister Ken Saito said that damage caused to agriculture, including mountain forests, paddy fields and reservoirs, had already topped 7 billion yen (63 million U.S. dollars).

   The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said that as of Tuesday morning, 347 homes have been partially or completely destroyed by the downpours or in landslides and 9,868 homes have been flooded.

   The extent of the damage is likely to rise significantly, the agency said, as many municipalities have yet to report the full extent of the damage.

   Abe also said that to address food and water shortages in some of the disaster areas, trucks carrying food and water stocks to retail stores, including convenience stores, will be considered emergency vehicles.

   The Health Ministry said that as of Tuesday morning, nearly 300,000 homes spanning 12 prefectures in western Japan were still without water supply.

   To safeguard their workers, some major businesses in the disaster-hit regions have halted production, including at Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corp.

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          Google Facing 'Multi-Billion Fine' From EU Over Android - Reports      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Google expected to be slapped with fine over Android OS by European Union by end of July.
          7/11/2018: BUSINESS DAILY: Viva could be worth $4.8bn      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
VIVA Energy is expected have a market value of at least $4.8 billion when the fuel supplier joins the Australian Securities Exchange on Friday. After its initial public offering was launched yesterday, sources said shares in the group were likely to...
          7/11/2018: HIT TV: TRAVEL MAN SBS Viceland, 8pm      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
What’s the best way to spend 48 hours in Amsterdam? Travel Man Richard Ayoade and comedian Joe Lycett thoughtfully show us how it’s done in the city with “17 billion canals”. Ayoade is curious but not adventurous, looking distinctly unnerved by...
          7/11/2018: COMICS & STARS: Sam: the two billionaire man      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

SAM Chisholm has the unique distinction of having made billions of dollars for both the two great Australian media families — the Packers and the Murdochs. Now, in the process, Chisholm, who has died at age 78, also made some serious money — but more...
          One Championship Kicks Off One: Kingdom of Heroes with Blockbuster Press Conference in Bangkok      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   



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One Championship Kicks Off One: Kingdom of Heroes with Blockbuster Press CoiThe largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), held a kick-off press conference on Monday, 9 July at the W Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand to formally announce ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES, which is set to take place at the Impact Arena on 6 October.

In addition to the announcement of the organization’s much-awaited return to Bangkok for another star-studded live event, ONE Championship also took time to announce its partnership with Nakornloung Promotion to co-promote the bout of boxing superstar Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in the main event of ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES.

In attendance was Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, Chatri Sityodtong, WBC and The Ring Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai sat at the head table alongside promoter of Nakornloung Promotion and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Thainchai Pisitwuttinan and Managing Director of Petchyindee Academy and Promoter of Rajadamnern Stadium, Nuttadaj Vachirarattanawong, as well as ONE Championship’s celebrated Thai martial arts superstars such as Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai, Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex and Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai.

Ticket information for ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES is available at www.onefc.com.

Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “It is my honor and my pleasure to see some of the greatest martial artists on the planet compete in ONE Championship. The thing that makes ONE Championship different from any other organization in the world, is that we want to build and unleash martial arts superheroes to ignite the world with inspiration, hope, dreams, strength, and courage. This coming October, Thailand will host the biggest event in martial arts history as talented athletes from boxing, mixed martial arts and Muay Thai will join together under one roof in celebrating Asia’s greatest cultural treasure. ONE Championship will create an indelible legacy on 6 October.”

Police Gen. Kovid Pakdeepoom, Vice President of WBC, stated: “We are thrilled to work with ONE Championship for the upcoming event in October. Our association with a world-class organization like ONE Championship satisfies our goal in nurturing the legacy of boxing across the globe. ONE Championship has made groundbreaking initiatives in the development of mixed martial arts and other forms of martial arts in Asia and around the globe. Certainly, there’s so much that everyone should be excited about this event in Bangkok.”

Thainchai Pisitwuttinan, Promoter of Nakornloung Promotion and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, stated: “Our work in boxing has always been driven by our passion and love. The best part of it is that we get to give life-turning opportunities to boxers and their families. Each of them has their own stories, but they are all driven by the same dream - to be the world champion. I am glad that our promotion and ONE Championship have coalesced in having a common mission and vision for combat sports athletes around the globe. I just cannot begin to say how massive of an event this will be. History will be made on 6 October.”

Nuttadaj Vachirarattanawong, Managing Director of Petchyindee Academy and Promoter of Rajadamnern Stadium, stated: “I appreciate ONE Championship’s efforts in exposing and elevating Muay Thai on a global scale. It is an honor and a privilege to be in partnership with this great martial arts promotion that has been followed by billions of fans around the world. It is with expectancy that I look forward to the event on October 6th.”

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, WBC and The Ring Super Flyweight World Champion, stated: “I am happy and honored to take part in this historical ONE Championship's event. I was at ONE Championship's event in Bangkok earlier this year, and it blew my mind with its world class production, entertainment, and fights. I would also like to thank everyone who made this possible. With ONE Championship opening its doors for athletes like me to showcase our talent on the global stage, it means a lot. This is a new challenge, and I love challenges. I am looking forward to defend my WBC World title belt in ONE Championship.”

Shannon Wiratchai, ONE Athlete, stated: “Competing in front of my hometown fans is always a great pleasure. It is an honor for me to represent my country. I will do my best to make my people proud. Since I joined ONE Championship, I have learned so much that it has helped me throughout my career. I feel that I am ready to take the next step.”

Rika Ishige, ONE Athlete, stated: “Martial arts in Thailand has really taken off, and I am proud to be a part of its growth. I have progressed a lot so far in my young career. The possibilities are endless for me, and I will continue to work hard to make my family and my fans proud. This is an awesome opportunity to showcase my skills at a big event this coming October.”

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, ONE Athlete, stated: “It was such a surreal experience for me the first time I stepped into the ONE Championship ring. This time, I will be given the chance to compete on the world’s most premier martial arts stage in front of my countrymen. Thank you, ONE Championship, for the opportunity to have this grand homecoming in October. I am truly honored and will make everyone proud. I can’t wait for October.”

Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex, ONE Athlete, stated: “I am still grinding everyday. You can say that I’ve done it all in the sport, but it’s not yet over for me. ONE Super Series is the right path for me and my professional career. The desire to compete, it’s still in me. I am glad that I was able to make a ONE Super Series debut earlier this year because it has already given me the feel of what the future holds. It’s a great opportunity for every practitioner of Muay Thai and kickboxing.”

Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai, ONE Athlete, stated: “This is going to be a big event on 6 October. For the first time in history, the best of the best from different combat sports will join together. I am excited for this, especially for Muay Thai. I am ready to take this next step into my career. This is a chance for me to showcase my skills to the world and to show fans the beauty of Muay Thai.”

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is one of Thailand’s most celebrated pugilists in history, winning the prestigious WBC Super Flyweight World Championship on two occasions. Holding a professional record of 45-4-1 with 40 knockouts, Sor Rungvisai is ranked No. 6 on the pound-for-pound best boxers list of The Ring Magazine. After regaining the WBC Super Flyweight World Championship in March 2017 and then successfully defending it twice in the USA, Sor Rungvisai will defend his WBC World title in ONE Championship's historical event in Thailand.

Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai of Thailand is one of the most thrilling offensive innovators in ONE Championship. The creator of the OneShin Striking System, Wiratchai developed his own style which incorporates various elements from Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Training out of Tiger Muay Thai and Bangkok Fight Lab, Wiratchai emerges as Thailand’s biggest and most exciting martial arts star.

Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige is a 29-year-old female atomweight from Thailand who trains out of Tiger Muay Thai and Bangkok Fight Lab. She is of mixed Japanese and Thai heritage, beginning her martial arts training at age 9 with aikido and taekwondo. Heavily influenced by her late father who trained in judo, Ishige went on to hone her skills as a martial artist, and turned professional in 2017. All of Ishige’s victories have ended via impressive finish, showcasing her high-level grappling skills.

Nong-O Gaiyanghadao is considered by Thai boxing purists as one of the top pound-for-pound Muay Thai practitioners in the world. He is a four-time Lumpinee Stadium champion, a Rajadamnern Stadium champion, two-time Thailand national champion, and two-time Fighter of the Year. He is also a five-division world champion in the sport. Nong-O is known for the incredible speed, power and precision behind all his strikes. He made a successful ONE Super Series debut last April, defeating Fabio Pinca via unanimous decision.

32-year-old Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex is one of the most recognizable names in the world of Muay Thai. Known by the moniker “The Boxing Computer” as a testament to his impeccable in-ring techniques, he has won numerous championships in his stellar kickboxing career, including the WBC Super Welterweight Muay Thai World Championship and the coveted Lumpinee Stadium World Championship.

Hailing from Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand’s northern Isan region, Petchmorrakot Wor. Sangprapai has already defeated some of the biggest names in Muay Thai, earning multiple accolades in the process. Spurred by his success and proven talent, Petchmorrakot went on to claim the prestigious Lumpinee Stadium World Championship in two divisions, as well as the WMC Muay Thai title, in a career spanning almost 200 professional bouts.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship.
          FIA summons Pakistan’s former president in money-laundering case      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has summoned the former President and leader of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Asif Ali Zardari, and his sister Faryal Talpur in connection with a Rs35 billion ($0.29 billion) money-laundering scam, said FIA official.

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          Americans Drive More Than 5 Billion Miles on E15 Fuel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Some 1,400 stations across 30 states sell E15 fuel. Growth Energy announced that American drivers have logged 5 billion miles on E15 fuel. The latest milestone was reached in the midst of Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) restrictions on the sale E15 fuel across most of the country. During summer months consumers only have access to […]
          Rihanna Was Spotted Having a Heated Discussion With Boyfriend, Hassan Jameel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

It was reported a month ago that Rihanna split from her billionaire bae, Hassan Jameel. The couple was spotted in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Friday, suggesting that the songstress rejoined with her lover but the photos below paints a less than a joyful reunion. Splashing up some sun at the waterfront resort town the “Needed […]

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          How Apple's app store changed our world      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A decade ago, Apple opened a store peddling iPhone apps, unlocking the creativity of software developers and letting users truly make their mobile devices their own. The resulting explosion of phone apps — there are now more than 2 million for the iPhone alone — has changed daily life for billions of people around the world. It has unleashed new ways for us to work and play — and to become so distracted that we sometimes forget to look up from our screens. It has created new industries — think ride-hailing services like Uber, which would be unimaginable without mobile apps — and pumped up demand for software developers and coding schools.
          Lime raises $335M at $1.1 billion valuation in round led by GV & Alphabet      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Lime — you likely know them as purveyors of those bikes and scooters you see scattered all over the sidewalk — announced today that it’s raised $335 million in its latest funding round. Notably, the round was led by GV (the venture funding arm of Alphabet), and Alphabet itself had a part in it, too…

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          Billionaire wolves in workers’ clothing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Right-wing “foundations” across the country started spending the tens of millions they’d received from billionaires to bust unions.

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          Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War Available Digitally on July 31 and on Blu-Ray August 14      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War Available Digitally on July 31 and on Blu-Ray August 14

https://youtu.be/JrOK9cwNgSM Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War is now the fourth highest grossing film of all time. It surpassed the $2 billion mark in 48 days. In just a few short weeks, it will be available for digital download and then on blu-ray. This release will be packed with bonus features and will be a must-have [...]

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          Sun Valley Preview: What the Moguls Will Be Talking About at Billionaires’ Retreat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
If ever the atmosphere was ripe for dealmaking at Allen & Co.’s annual gathering of moguls in Sun Valley, Idaho, this is the year. Key players in the megabucks M&A activity that has made headlines in recent months will be rubbing elbows in the confines of the Sun Valley Lodge and its posh surroundings during […]
          How China’s Chickens are Going to Lay a Billion Eggs a Day      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Behind a row of sealed red incubator doors in a new facility in northern China, about 400,000 chicks are hatched every day, part of the rapidly modernizing supply chain in China’s $37 billion egg industry, the world’s biggest. As China overhauls production of everything from pork to milk and vegetables, farmers raising hens for eggs […]
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U.S. President Donald Trump is preparing to publish a list of an additional US$200 billion in Chinese products to be hit with tariffs, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing two people familiar with the matter, in the latest step in the trade skirmish between the world's two biggest economies.
          SoftBank tightens grip on Yahoo Japan via US$2 billion deal with Altaba      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
SoftBank Group is increasing its stake in Yahoo Japan through a US$2 billion, three-way deal with U.S. firm Altaba to deepen ties with the internet heavyweight ahead of an IPO of its telecoms unit.
          How the EPA and the Pentagon Downplayed a Growing Toxic Threat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The chemicals once seemed near magical, able to repel water, oil and stains.

By the 1970s, DuPont and 3M had used them to develop Teflon and Scotchgard, and they slipped into an array of everyday products, from gum wrappers to sofas to frying pans to carpets. Known as perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, they were a boon to the military, too, which used them in foam that snuffed out explosive oil and fuel fires.

It’s long been known that, in certain concentrations, the compounds could be dangerous if they got into water or if people breathed dust or ate food that contained them. Tests showed they accumulated in the blood of chemical factory workers and residents living nearby, and studies linked some of the chemicals to cancers and birth defects.

Now two new analyses of drinking water data and the science used to analyze it make clear the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Defense have downplayed the public threat posed by these chemicals. Far more people have likely been exposed to dangerous levels of them than has previously been reported because contamination from them is more widespread than has ever been officially acknowledged.

Moreover, ProPublica has found, the government’s understatement of the threat appears to be no accident.

The EPA and the Department of Defense calibrated water tests to exclude some harmful levels of contamination and only register especially high concentrations of chemicals, according to the vice president of one testing company. Several prominent scientists told ProPublica the DOD chose to use tests that would identify only a handful of chemicals rather than more advanced tests that the agencies’ own scientists had helped develop which could potentially identify the presence of hundreds of additional compounds.

The first analysis, contained in an EPA contractor’s PowerPoint presentation, shows that one chemical — the PFAS most understood to cause harm — is 24 times more prevalent in public drinking water than the EPA has reported. Based on this, the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization whose scientists have studied PFAS pollution, has estimated that as many as 110 million Americans are now at risk of being exposed to PFAS chemicals.

In the second analysis, ProPublica compared how the military checks for and measures PFAS-related contamination to what’s identified by more advanced tests. We found that the military relied on tests which are not capable of detecting all the PFAS chemicals it believed to be present. Even then, it underreported its results, sharing only a small part if its data. We also found that the military’s own research programs had retested several of those defense sites using more advanced testing technology and identified significantly more pollution than what the military reported to Congress.

Even before the troubling new information about PFAS chemicals emerged, the government had acknowledged problems relating to them were spreading. Past EPA water testing, however incomplete, identified drinking water contamination across 33 states that Harvard researchers estimated affected some 6 million people. The military suspected drinking water at more than 660 U.S. defense sites where firefighting foam was used could be contaminated; earlier this year, it announced it had confirmed contamination in 36 drinking water systems and in 90 groundwater sites on or near its facilities.

The new analyses suggest these findings likely represent just a fraction of the true number of people and drinking water systems affected.

In written responses to questions, the EPA did not directly address whether it had understated contamination from PFAS chemicals. The agency said it had confidence in its current testing procedures and had set detection limits at appropriate levels. It also stated that it is taking steps towards regulating some PFAS compounds and registering them as “hazardous substances,” a classification that triggers additional oversight under waste and pollution laws.

The agency will “take concrete actions to ensure PFAS is thoroughly addressed and all Americans have access to clean and safe drinking water,” then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who recently resigned, said in the written statement to ProPublica in May.

The Department of Defense also responded to questions in writing, defending its testing methods as the best available and calling it difficult to fully assess risks from PFAS because the EPA has not regulated these chemicals. A DOD spokeswoman said the Pentagon’s research group has a program underway aimed at enhancing the test methods and detecting more PFAS compounds, but suggested that no alternatives were ready for use. She did not answer questions about why the agency reported contamination levels for only two chemicals to Congress when it would have had data on many more, stating only that the Pentagon “is committed to protecting human health and the environment.”

Environmental experts aren’t convinced.

“Widespread contamination may be harming the health of millions or even tens of millions of Americans and the government is intentionally covering up some of the evidence,” said Erik Olson, a senior director for health, food and agriculture initiatives at the Natural Resources Defense Council, in an interview. The EPA and Defense Department “have done all they can to sort of drag their feet and avoid meaningful regulatory action in making significant investment in cleanups.”

In May, a Politico report revealed that the EPA and the White House, along with the Defense Department, had pressured a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to withhold a health study expected to warn that people exposed to PFAS chemicals face greater health risks than were previously understood. That report was quietly released in mid-June and, indeed, estimated safe levels of exposure are seven to 10 times smaller than what the EPA has said.

Such a determination could spur stricter limits on exposure than the EPA appears to have considered. Paired with an emerging realization that testing by the EPA and DOD hasn’t captured the true extent of contamination, the government could be forced to reconceive its approach to these compounds, said David Sedlak, the director of the Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, who helped develop one of the most advanced commercial tests for PFAS substances.

“Not talking about it isn’t going to make the problem go away,” Sedlak said. “And because these compounds are forever — they aren’t going to degrade on their own — eventually there is going to be a day of reckoning.”


The PFAS compounds might not exist if weren’t for a lab accident in 1938, when a frozen block of refrigerant turned into an extraordinarily slippery white, waxy mass. A decade later DuPont was manufacturing it as Teflon. 3M developed its own version, the molecularly similar PFOA in 1954, when a chemist inadvertently spilled a mixture of chemicals on her shoe and found the stain was impervious to soap or water. They called it Scotchgard.

These products work, in part, because the chemicals they contain are made up of some of the strongest and most resilient molecular bonds in existence, thanks to a unique structure that keeps them from breaking down. There are thousands of variations, all characterized by extremely strong daisy chains of carbon and fluorine molecules and differentiated mostly by the length of their “tails” — the string of carbon molecules that can be anywhere from two to 14 units long.

In the mid-1970s, with the use of the chemicals proliferating, Dupont and 3M began privately testing the blood of their plant workers and others. The companies had grown increasingly concerned about the toxicity of PFAS compounds, learning that they “bio-accumulate” in food and people and that they could cause harm. But it wasn’t until 2000, when 3M pulled Scotchgard from the market, that the EPA began to investigate PFAS’s potential damage to human health and the environment, and soon after, that the blood tests became public.

At first, the EPA took steps that suggested it would quickly get to the bottom of the problem. Citing the spread of contaminants in water supplies in Minnesota and Ohio, in 2002 the agency launched a “priority review” of some PFAS compounds. It wrote then that exposure can “result in a variety of effects including developmental/reproductive toxicity, liver toxicity and cancer.”

By 2003, the EPA launched its first draft risk assessment for PFOA, typically a substantial step towards establishing strict regulatory standards that limit a chemical’s use and mandate its cleanup. When the draft was released in early 2005, it said that while the epidemiological evidence remained inconclusive, rats tested with PFOA were more likely to develop liver and pancreatic cancers, and there were worrisome signs that workers in plants that manufactured PFOA had a higher risk of dying of prostate cancer.

The EPA also asked industries to voluntarily phase out PFOA-related products, including the firefighting foam, by 2015.

The question was then — and remains today — how much exposure to PFAS chemicals would make people seriously ill?

In 2009, the agency attempted an answer, issuing “provisional” voluntary guidelines for safe levels of the chemicals in drinking water. This meant that for the first time, the government offered a precise, scientific measure for how much of the compounds was too much. But it didn’t mandate those limits, or create a regulation enforceable by law. And even those limits — it would later become clear — proved too loose.

Meanwhile, other instances of water contamination — in Minnesota and Alabama — heightened concerns. One study of 60,000 residents in West Virginia and Ohio exposed to high levels of PFOS and PFOA from a DuPont manufacturing plant and an Army airfield showed they had high rates of thyroid malfunction, testicular and kidney cancers and preeclampsia. The study was completed as part of a roughly $107 million settlement of a lawsuit against DuPont. Studies on animals also linked the chemicals to structural birth defects and dramatic changes in hormone levels.

In 2013, with concern rising over the ubiquity of PFAS compounds, the EPA decided it would test for some of the chemicals in public drinking water systems. The agency regulates chemicals under the Safe Drinking Water Act and adds new substances to the list based on tests showing they’re widespread enough to pose a national threat. Listing a chemical for such testing is often a step toward creating enforceable regulations for it.

At the same time, the agency began to reconsider the health advisory limit it had established in 2009. In 2016, the agency announced a dramatically lower limit for how much PFAS exposure was safe for people, suggesting a threshold less than one-eighth the amount it had once assured would cause no harm. Under the new guidelines, no more than 70 parts per trillion of the chemicals, less than the size of a single drop in an Olympic pool, were deemed safe.

Yet even this standard remains voluntary and unenforceable. Until there’s a true limit on the concentration of PFAS compounds allowable in drinking water, soil and groundwater — and the classification of PFAS as a hazardous substance — the EPA can’t hold water utilities, companies or other polluters to account. It also can’t compel the Department of Defense to adhere to the standard or clean up contamination.

There is increasing evidence that PFAS contamination is more widespread on and around military bases than previously thought.

The Department of Defense launched a full-scale review of contamination in drinking water systems at its facilities in 2016, despite the lack of clear regulatory limits from the EPA.

This spring the Pentagon reported to Congress that 564 of the 2,445 off-base public and private drinking water systems that it had tested contained PFOS or PFOA above the EPA’s advisory limits. It also announced that groundwater at 90 out of 410 military bases where it tested contained dangerous levels of these two chemicals. A staggering 61 percent of groundwater wells tested exceeded the EPA’s threshold for safety, according to the presentation Maureen Sullivan, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for environment, safety and occupational health, gave to Congress in March. Attending to the problem, several news outlets have reported, would cost the Pentagon at least $2 billion.

In presenting its liabilities to Congress, the Defense Department took an important step in wrestling with a troublesome issue, much as the EPA had in undertaking national data collection.

But both agencies have quite deliberately chosen not to use the most advanced tools or to collect the most comprehensive data on contamination, researchers say.


To identify PFAS compounds in drinking water, the EPA uses a lab test called “Method 537,” which separates microscopic molecules so they can be more easily seen. It’s not the most sophisticated test available, but scientists have used it enough to give them — and regulators — extraordinary confidence in its results. This is the test the EPA chose in 2013, when it directed its labs across the country to test water samples to evaluate emerging PFAS chemical contaminants to help determine whether they should be regulated.

But even though the Method 537 test can detect 14 PFAS compounds, the EPA only asked for data on six of them. The EPA said this was to allow for testing of non-PFAS pollutants, since the agency is only allowed to target a certain number of emerging contaminants in each round of tests.

The agency also set detection thresholds for the six PFAS compounds included as much as 16 times higher than what the test was sensitive enough to detect — so high that only the most extreme cases of contamination were reflected in the federal drinking water dataset.

Indeed, according to a recent presentation by Andrew Eaton, vice president of Eurofins Eaton Analytical, the largest drinking water test lab in the country, which handled testing of more than 10,000 samples from 1,100 public water systems — about 30 percent of the EPA’s water samples overall — vast amounts of detected contamination was ignored by design.

Through its federal water quality reporting, the EPA has said publicly that PFOA was detected in just 1 percent of water samples across the nation. But when Eaton recently went back and reanalyzed the data the EPA didn’t want, he found PFOA was in nearly 24 percent of the samples his company tested.

Another chemical, PFBS, is considered a sentinel because in situations where it is a component of contamination also containing PFAS and PFOA, it travels further and faster in water and shows up months or years ahead in places where PFOA or PFOS are ultimately detected. The EPA has reported that PFBS was found in less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all its water samples — not even one in 100. Eaton’s re-analysis detected the sentinel chemical in nearly one out of eight of samples.

“It basically says the plume is on its way, that’s the leading indicator… PFOS and PFOA is likely on the way to your house,” said Jennifer Field, a professor of environmental and molecular toxicology at Oregon State University. Field is a leading expert on test methods for PFAS compounds. The Department of Defense helps fund her research. “If you are on the hydrological flow path it’s a matter of time and distance.”

The EPA defended its detection limits, saying its testing protocol is designed to yield consistent, reliable results even if labs conducting the tests are less sophisticated.

But the government is far from certain that lower levels of PFAS compounds than those that count as contamination by the EPA’s definition aren’t health threats. The EPA has repeatedly lowered how much exposure to PFAS compounds it considers acceptable. And when the CDC finally released its health analysis for PFAS compounds in June, it called for limits of one compound to be 10 times lower than the EPA’s current threshold, and another to be seven times lower. Such a standard would be more in line with some states, which already have tougher limits in place. New Jersey, for example, has set its exposure limit for PFOA at roughly one-fifth of what the EPA prescribes.

The EPA’s testing protocol — which only certifies the 537 test, with its limitations — also hasn’t kept up with fast-evolving science around PFAS chemicals. Researchers have identified new forms of the chemicals and, potentially, new dangers from these variants.

In 2016, Field and several other researchers — as part of a Defense Department research program examining water samples from 15 defense sites where firefighting foam was used (researchers declined to name them) — identified 40 new families of PFAS chemicals, consisting of some 240 compounds they’d never seen before.

“You’re starting to get this idea that more complex chemistry was used at these sites than was picked up in the tests, and that’s kind of the punchline,” said Field, of the firefighting foam sites in particular. “There is more mass down there, there are more species and in higher concentrations than what you see.”

Method 537, as a rule, is not capable of detecting these additional compounds. Yet when the Pentagon launched its own water testing program at U.S. bases in 2016, it chose to use the EPA’s outdated testing process, even though a test capable of detecting the presence of dozens of additional PFAS compounds was available. That test, called the Top Assay, was even developed with Defense Department support.

Instead, the Defense Department relied exclusively on the 537 test and then, when it reported its findings to Congress this past March, it offered only the results for PFOS and PFOA and not the other 12 compounds the test process identifies, because that’s what Congress had asked for. Indeed, according to one memorandum from the Department of the Navy, the armed services were explicitly instructed to withhold their extra data — at least for the time being — because it was “not being used to make decisions.”

“If you were going to spend $200 million testing DoD sites across the country, wouldn’t you want to test for all of the chemicals you know you used?” asked Jane Williams, executive director of California Communities Against Toxics, who has been active on chemical cleanup issues at Defense sites.

“It’s almost like a deliberate thing, where you’re going to tell people their water is safe to drink, and you know that you have a gap in your testing and you know that you haven’t found all of the chemicals in the water.”

Scientists are only now beginning to understand the importance of the information the government is choosing to leave out. Field has found, for example, not only that there are more variations of PFAS compounds, but that some degrade over time into PFOS or PFOA, or, like PFBS, travel faster in the environment, making them predictors for other contaminants soon to come.

Many of the variants with shorter “tails” — or shorter chains of molecules than the test methods can detect — “are likely to break through systems designed to capture” them, Field and others wrote in a 2017 paper published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. They are also more likely to elude the water treatment methods the EPA and the Department of Defense are using to clean water identified as contaminated.

The consequence of these systemic blind spots is that “by the time you see PFOS and PFOA you may have been drinking other things for a longer period of time,” Field said.

When Field retested water samples at several U.S. defense sites using the most advanced testing available, she found that many of these obscure additional chemicals were nearly uniformly present — and in huge numbers. At one site, for example, where PFOS was detected at 78,000 parts per trillion, another obscure PFAS compound was present at nearly three times that concentration.

Based on Eaton’s higher-resolution detection rates, scientists at the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy organization that researches the dangers of PFAS compounds, have generated new estimates of contamination linked to the chemicals.

They now think more than 110 million people have been exposed to the compounds through their drinking water, more than five times as many as the group had previously estimated.

The EPA “has really underplayed the extent of contamination,” said David Andrews, a senior scientist at EWG. “The scope of the problem seems to be expanding.”


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In a move which is bound to further heat up the race between Santa Monica's Bird scooter rental service and San Francisco competitor Lime, Lime said today that it has raised $350M--and also inked a co-branding deal which will offer up Lime's scooters and bicycles from within the Uber app. Lime said ther ound was led by GV and Uber, and also included Alphabet, IVP, Atomico and Fidelity Management and Research Company plus Andreessen Horowitz, Coatue, Fifth Wall and GIC, Singapore Sovereign Wealth Fund. According to Lime, Joe Kraus of GV will join the company's board with the funding. The funding goes head to head against the recent, $300M funding announced last week by Bird, which is now valued at over $3 billion. Bird's backers are Accel, B Capital, CRV, Sound Ventures, Greycroft and e.ventures.
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A review of Akorn Inc.'s computer system found its security was so lax any employee or vendor could review or change the firm's drug-testing data, according to a lawyer for a company that pulled out of a $4.3 billion deal to buy the generic drugmaker.


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Akorn's lax computer security linked to deal cancellation
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A review of Akorn Inc.'s computer system found its security was so lax any employee or vendor could review or change the firm's drug-testing data, according to a lawyer for a company that pulled out of a $4.3 billion deal to buy the generic drugmaker.
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According to a 2017 report by research company Gartner Inc., the security awareness computer-based training market will grow to over $1.1 billion by the end of 2020. Over the last year, 90 percent of organizations saw an increase in phishing attacks ...

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          Comment on Kim Eun Sook’s New Drama Mr. Sunshine Gets Highest tvN Premiere Ratings with Over 8% in First Episode by kaah      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I don't want to be that person but if you had taken your time to read articles about it: "It has signed a sales contract with Netflix for the drama “Mr. Sunshine” and the profits are estimated to be the largest amount ever for television dramas. (...) The total profits from the Netflix deal amounts to 57 billion won, and gross profit margin will top 40 percent, said analyst Hong Se-jong" - The investor (http://theinvestor.co.kr) Do you think a big production company and TV station will invest their money if they aren't sure they will get it back? They wouldn't
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Nokia has signed a one billion euro ($1.17 billion) deal to support China Mobile, the Finnish network gear maker said on Tuesday.
          Comment on The Hedonistic Imperative, Followed to the Ends of Paradise Engineering by cuberat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
@Reason I think you are going too far. Let's jump of the universal suffering bridge when we reach it. A lot of negative things are negative only when we anthropomorphize them. For example, the dog's master doesn't allow the dog to eat too much. Would you free the dog ? On the other a god needs to have a master. It is hard-wired on genetic level. Or the fact that we collectively are slaughtering millions if not billions cattles is terrible but on the other hand the cattle has outsourced the food procurement and protection to us. Their numbers are highest ever in the history. In a way they have domesticated humans for a small pay in kind :) For the time being i would accept having moderate daily pain in exchange for no aging :)
          Finance Manager Development Program / Staż managerski w finansach (mazowieckie)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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We are seeking talents to our Warsaw office for the position of Finance Managerial TraineeStart: as soon as possibleWork schedule: full time/ part- time with flexible working hoursDuration: 6-12 months We are building the next generation of leaders and leadership brands. Do you want to join us and dive into global challenges with us? Learn from some of the top tier experts and craft your own unique opportunities while making a difference on the business. About us: At Procter & Gamble, we are proud to say that we develop talents almost exclusively from within. This means we are not just offering you your first job out of university, we are hiring you with the expectations you will grow into one of our future leaders - maybe even our next CEO. We are the world's largest consumer goods company with operations in 80 countries, more than 80 billion US$ in revenues and with 25 Billion-Dollar Brands, such as Gillette®, Ariel®, Pantene® and Oral-B®. Why to apply - The job scope: Join Finance Traineeship Program at P&G Central Europe to get the rare opportunity to join best-in-class finance department - a group of passionate leaders working on significant business cases in multinational, fast-changing environment. Apply for our Finance Traineeship to unleash your potential as: A finance leader and business partner providing finance leadership in business decisions and external interactions (sales/ production engineering) A problem solver with in-depth business and market dynamics understanding, able to analyze data, identify key insights and provide financial acumen to the business A risk taker able to take ownership of big, meaningful projects from Day 1 to transform and streamline the business as well as local and regional operations As a Finance Trainee, you will: Develop according to your individual training plan Enjoy an attractive salary and compensation package Participate in accelerated On-the-job and classroom training to develop your personal capabilities Be supported in independent decision-making and risk taking Have the opportunity for a managerial role upon completion of the program QualificationsWe are looking for: 4th or 5th year Students of all faculties with interest in Finance or fresh alumni of Master's degree Strong initiative, problem solving and good interpersonal skills Strong collaboration skills, leadership and real passion for solving problems Time management skills to deliver your work and make even the biggest goals achievable Very good command of English language Would you like to become a finance business partner and enable the team to execute the business strategies among the biggest retailers? We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status. IF you are INTERESTED please JOIN US by submitting your application via APPLY BUTTON....
          US banks collect record fees on syndicated loans      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Banks in the US earned a record $8.1 billion in fees on syndicated loans during the first half of 2018, according to Freeman  -More

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The Securities and Exchange Commission has requested a budget of $1.6 billion for fiscal year 2019, writes Kurt Schacht.  -More

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          SC reserves verdict on former ISRO scientist's plea for probe into framing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a petition by former ISRO senior scientist, S. Nambi Narayanan, seeking probe for being allegedly falsely implicated in an espionage case by the Kerala Police and other agencies.

Nambi Narayanan had moved the top court callegnging the Kerala High Court judgment upholding the state government's decision not to take action against the officials who had falsely implicated him in the case.

Reserving the order, the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M.Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y.Chandrachud asked all the parties including the petitioner, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and others to file their written submissions within a week.

During the course of the hearing, the bench indicated to the CBI that it may be asked to pay compensation to the scientist.

However, Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Banerjee, who appeared for the investigating agency, wondered how can CBI be asked to pay compensation when there wasn't even a single allegation against the investigating agency.

Resisting the indication that CBI may be asked to pay compensation, he asked the court to order a court monitored investigation into the entire case.

The Kerala government had decided against the recommendation by the probe agency to take action against the officers allegedly involved in the framing of Nambi Narayanan and a single judge bench of the Kerala High Court ruled against the decision. The single judge's order was however reversed by the division bench.

Nambi Narayanan moved the Supreme Court against the order of the division bench.

The top court had during the hearing of the matter on May 8 had indicated that it may increase the compensation to Nambi Narayanan, who was falsely implicated in an espionage case by the Kerala Police and other agencies.

Paid compensation of around Rs 11 lakh, he has filed a suit seeking Rs 1 crore as damages.

Nambi Narayanan had told the court that he was seeking a fresh probe as he wanted to know the motive behind the case which caused a 15-year delay in the development of cryogenic engine, resulting in a loss of billions of dollars to India.

Having studied in the Princeton University and worked with National Aeronautics and Space Administration, he came to India to work with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), refusing the offer of US citizenship, his lawyer had said.

Nambi Narayanan had earlier told the court that his dream was that India becomes a space power.

Lawyer C. Unikrishnan said Narayanan was working on a cryogenic engine when he was arrested on November 30, 1994, in a fabricated case and jailed for 50 days.

--IANS

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          Trump Preparing Tariffs on Additional $200 Billion in Chinese Goods: Report      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


          Trump says it is up to the British people whether Theresa May stays as PM      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Donald Trump has said that the UK is in “turmoil” and it is “up to the people” whether or not Theresa May remains Prime Minister. Speaking as he prepared to depart for a European trip in which he will meet the Prime Minister at the Nato summit in Brussels and then make his first visit to the UK as US president, Mr Trump insisted he got along with Mrs May “very well”. But he suggested that he might take time during his UK visit to speak with former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who he described as “a friend of mine”. Answering questions from reporters on the lawn of the White House as he and his wife Melania prepared to board the Marine One presidential helicopter, Mr Trump said that the UK “certainly has a lot of things going on”. “It’s going to be an interesting time in the UK and an interesting time at Nato,” he said. “We will work it out and all countries will be happy. “So I have Nato, I have the UK – that’s a situation with turmoil.” Referring to Monday’s planned summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Mr Trump added: “And I have Putin. Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of all.” Asked whether Mrs May should be replaced as Prime Minister, the US president replied: “Well that’s up to the people. I get along with her very well, I have a very good relationship. That’s certainly up to the people, not up to me.” Mr Trump said he had not spoken with Mrs May, adding: “Boris Johnson is a friend of mine. He’s been very, very nice to me, very supportive. Maybe I’ll speak to him when I get over there. “I like Boris Johnson, I’ve always liked him.” Mr Trump repeated his demands for the EU to lower barriers to US imports and for America’s Nato allies to pay more towards their own defence. “We do have a lot of allies, but we can’t be taken advantage of,” he said. “We are being taken advantage of by the EU. “We lost 151 billion (US) dollars last year on trade and on top of that, we spend at least 70% to Nato and frankly it helps them a lot more than it helps us. “So we will see what happens, we have a long, beautiful week.”

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          Government of Canada invests more than $11 million to advance innovation and growth in Canada's wine sector      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
KELOWNA, BC, July 10, 2018 /CNW/ - Canada's wine sector is growing, with the industry generating revenues of $1.2 billion in 2016 and employing over 5,600 people. Wine makers and grape growers across the country are working hard to ensure their businesses are able to thrive in Canada's climate, and innovate as the industry grows.
          Did Speedier Permits Save $1 Billion So Far?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Bill would increase the types of projects under Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council's purview.


          Quem são os 11 novos bilionários da tecnologia em 2018? Veja a lista      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Lista do Bloomberg mostra que entrou para o seleto clube de elite dos ricaços nesta temporada

No mundo dos investidores, empreendedores e grandes nomes das finanças mundiais, há um seleto grupo do qual muitos se gabam quando passam a fazer parte. Também pudera, pois, para chegar ao patamar da elite é necessário ter nada menos do que uma fortuna avaliada em US$ 1 bilhão. Durante os últimos anos, os CEOs das gigantes da tecnologia vêm invadindo cada vez mais essa lista — a exemplo de Mark ZuckerbergJeff Bezos e Bill Gates. E essa tendência continua, com a chegada de 11 novos bilionários nesta temporada.

Periódicos como o Bloomberg Billionaires Index e o Forbes The World’s Billionaires chegam a atualizar esse rol em tempo real. Confira abaixo quem acaba de chegar ao clubinho dos ricos no setor hi-tech, segundo o Bloomberg — só para esclarecer, não se trata de um ranking, apenas uma contagem, certo? Vamos lá:

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          Empire Strikes: GE Scientists Studied Lightning Atop New York’s Iconic Skyscraper      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Electrical storms and lightning have been around since Earth’s infancy – possibly even sparking first life. Yet 4.5 billion years […]

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          Tax cut triggers $437 billion explosion of stock buybacks      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Corporate America threw Wall Street a record-shattering party last quarter.
          U.S. Consumer Borrowing Up $24 Billion In May      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Americans increased their borrowing in May at the fastest pace in a year and a half, boosted by a big increase in credit card borrowing.
          Vive la France: Les Bleus advance to World Cup final      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
They're young, they're brash and they're collectively worth a billion dollars. The one thing missing for this French squad is an international title.
          Starbucks to Phase Out Plastic Straws by 2020      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The company, which is the largest food and beverage chain to take the anti-plastic straw plunge worldwide so far, estimates the move will keep more than 1 billion pieces of single-use plastic out of the landfill every year. On July 9, Starbucks made an announcement that may just change the way the world drinks coffee: by 2020, it will no longer use plastic straws in any of its stores across the globe. The company, which is the largest food and beverage chain to take the anti-plastic straw plunge worldwide so far, estimates the move will keep more than 1 billion pieces of single-use plastic out of the landfill every year. "Sustainability is part of our DNA and has been so for 30-plus years," a Starbucks spokesperson told Boise Weekly. "... Over the last five years, our cold beverage platform has grown significantly to over 50 percent of sales, while the movement to eliminate plastic straws has also been gaining momentum globally. For these reasons, along with requests from our customers, partners and shareholders, we will develop a recyclable alternative to plastic straws: it’s the right thing for our environment, our partners (employees) and our business." The announcement came on the heels of smaller commitments from other fast-food giants like McDonald's, which the BBC reported will replace plastic straws with paper in its stores in the UK and Ireland this fall, as well as grassroots advocacy for alternatives. One Starbucks employee, Stephanie Muttillo, started a petition for the elimination of plastic straws at the chain in April, which was electronically signed by nearly 150,000 people using the Care2 Petitions platform. In a press release, Muttillo reacted to the Starbucks announcement, saying, “As a Starbucks employee, it's welcomed news to hear the company will phase out the use of plastic straws in their stores by 2020. This is an important first step to cleaning up our seas and protecting wildlife, and I am proud to see Starbucks take this step toward sustainability and promoting a healthier planet for all.” To replace plastic straws, Starbucks has created a so-called "strawless lid," which looks much like the lid currently used for hot beverages, but made from clear rather than opaque plastic. The new recyclable lids are already being tested for a couple of drinks at 8,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada, and should be fully phased in by 2020. After the transition, paper or compostable straws will still be offered on request. …
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          European Official Slams Trump with Reminder to 'Appreciate' Allies: 'You Don't Have All that Many'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
“America does not have and will not have a better ally than Europe today.”

European Council President Donald Tusk slammed President Donald Trump Tuesday ahead of the week's NATO summit, warning the president that the United States' relationships with its allies are on thin ice.

“Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don’t have all that many,” Tusk said, according to the Associated Press.

In the run-up to the meeting, Trump has been antagonizing American allies while placating Russia's authoritarian President Vladimir Putin.

"Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made," Trump tweeted Tuesday. "Will they reimburse the U.S.?""

The tweet continued Trump's bizarre idea that NATO is some kind of protection racket, and that American military spending — which Trump has repeatedly advocated increasing — is some kind of charitable donation to American allies, rather than an assertion of U.S. power abroad.

Later, he attacked the European Union as a whole, using a wildly misleading trade deficit figure: "The European Union makes it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to do business in Europe (U.S. has a $151 Billion trade deficit), and then they want us to happily defend them through NATO, and nicely pay for it. Just doesn’t work!"

But Tusk insisted that Trump should remember who his true allies are.

“America does not have and will not have a better ally than Europe today,” Tusk said. “Europeans spend on defense many times more than Russia and as much as China, and I think you can have no doubt, Mr. President, that this is an investment in common American and European defense and security, which cannot be said with confidence about Russian or Chinese spending.”

He added: “Mr. President, please remember about this tomorrow when we meet at the NATO summit. But above all, when you meet President Putin in Helsinki.”

 

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          'Bad for Europe, Good for Putin': Foreign Policy Expert Predicts Trump's Meeting with Allies Will Be Disastrous      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
'This meeting will go badly."

As President Donald Trump travels to meet with NATO allies in Europe, observers and experts in diplomacy expect fireworks.

Ian Bremmer, the head of the Eurasia Group, explained Tuesday on MSNBC that the summit might have had a chance at bolstering relationships with U.S. allies if Trump had sent Vice President Mike Pence to go in his place. But with the president in attendance, Bremmer argued, it's bound to end in animus, just like the recent G-7 meeting.

"This meeting will go badly," Bremmer told MSNBC's Katy Tur. While Trump seems hostile toward American allies, however, he seems positively enthusiastic to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

And right on cue, Trump tweeted an attack on American allies before Bremmer's MSNBC segment was over: "The European Union makes it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to do business in Europe (U.S. has a $151 Billion trade deficit), and then they want us to happily defend them through NATO, and nicely pay for it. Just doesn’t work!"

Bremmer noted that the trade deficit Trump tweeted was a misleading attack on Europe because it only counts the trade in goods, not the trade in services where the U.S. is dominant.

The tweet from Trump only confirmed Bremmer's view of the summit: "Bad for Europe, good for Putin," he said.

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          Tesla fans and critics both need a reality check (TSLA)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • The reality of Tesla's business is far more modest than the war over its stock price and market cap would suggest.
  • Tesla is ultimately a small car company operating in a small market for electric vehicles.
  • It's possible that business boredom is driving the up-and-down Tesla story.

In over a decade of covering both Tesla and the auto industry, I've never seen anything like the past 12 months. 

The feeding frenzy around Tesla has been unreal: Wall Street longs and shorts fighting it out; an intense focus on the 15-year-old company's ability to execute on the fundamentals of making cars; CEO Elon Musk flipping out on earnings call and taking to Twitter to engage in extended fracas with anybody and everybody.

At times like this, it's worth it to step back and consider some actual numbers. 

For example, Tesla delivered about 41,000 vehicles worldwide in the second quarter. I'm not even going to worry about whether they were Model S's, Model X's, or the much-vaunted and obsessively scrutinized Model 3. At this rate. Tesla should post a somewhat better year in 2018 than it did in 2017.

Tesla has also added about $200 million in revenue growth every quarter, although it shifts around; in the first quarter, the topline was $3.4 billion. There have rarely been quarterly profits, but the trendline is obvious and should continue to ascend until Tesla maxes out its existing production design (at its single assembly plant in California). If you build more cars and sell more cars, it follows that more money will flow in.

In the same period, an established automaker — General Motors — sold 760,000 vehicles in the US alone and globally brought in $36 billion in revenue. And that's just GM. The rest of the industry also moved a staggering amount of product and raked in billions in cash. 

One more data point: electric-vehicle sales increased by 50% in early 2018, bringing the EV share of the market up to a still thoroughly unimpressive 1.6%.

The numbers don't add up to what Tesla is worth

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Now let's add it all up. Tesla's global sales in the second quarter were 5% of GM's sales in the US alone and a tiny fraction of overall US sales. Tesla had a nice quarter by its standards, but in the US it's moved only around 200,000 vehicles in a decade and a half (once it sells vehicle number 200,000 in the US, a $7,500 federal tax credit will begin to phase out).

On the revenue side, as long as Tesla continues to make more cars than it did in the previous quarter and sell them, it will continue to see revenue growth. The ceiling is limited only by sustainable demand for its vehicles and Tesla's production capacity.

And as far as market share goes, Tesla holds something like 30% of that quite small pie. 

You'll note that I haven't addressed the profit challenge or the cash-burn, the former being zero and the latter being in the billions. These are distractions for the more important numbers because they're givens: if you're selling 100,000 Model S and Model X luxury vehicles for an average price of $100,000, then you should be able to find a path to a margin above 10%. 

But if you aim to add something north of 200,000 in new annual production and charge less for those Model 3's, it's going to degrade the net margins and, in the short term and probably the medium term, consume billions in capital. If Toyota wanted to roll out a new affordable SUV and manufacture it at a new plant, it would be up against the same math.

OK, let's now consider Tesla's market capitalization: $53 billion. GM's is $55 billion. For what it's worth, Ferrari, which sells less than 10,000 cars a year, has a market cap of about $25 billion. If you follow my numbers, then you would logically conclude that Tesla's market cap is completely ridiculous: minuscule production plus tiny overall market doesn't compute. 

Cutting Tesla down to size

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Now for the really big BUT: revenues don't look bad at all. This is all very back-of-the-envelope, but Tesla could start to see some acceleration there and get $20 billion in the yearly take in its sights by 2019. The trick would then be to flip the massive losses to at least periodic profits, but the topline expansion could be achieved without spending a lot on additional factories. 

What we're left with is a company that, by this analysis, doesn't look to be in awful shape (although I also haven't deeply considered some balance-sheet issues, such as debt and the burdens of developing the solar and energy-storage businesses). But we're also left with a company whose stock price, although a delight for early investors, doesn't make any sense at all.

It does make sense if Tesla could somehow capture a titanic share of the existing car market. But Tesla just can't build enough vehicles to do that, and the market that it has captured a large share of could require decades to scale to a level at which EVs displace internal-combustion-powered cars. 

At root, the evident disconnect between Tesla's business, which is decent, and its stock valuation, which is silly, is simply a sign of the times. Since the financial crisis, too much easy money has been chasing too few market-beating returns. Tesla conveniently staged an IPO in 2010 and has ridden this wave. 

Bullish investors see Tesla as the next Apple (or perhaps even more) and bears think the company is a doomed quasi-Ponzi scheme that's headed for liquidation (oddly, the bankruptcy predictors never talk about Tesla going bust and then restructuring). But both camps are trapped in investor land and aren't really considering Tesla in terms of the right analogies. 

Tesla looks a lot like Saturn

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As a company, Tesla actually reminds me of Saturn, a GM division launched in the mid-1980s that sold cars via an innovative dealership channel. Saturn delivered between 200,000 and 300,000 vehicles annually from about 1993 until the years just before the GM bankruptcy.

GM's notorious, ill-fated, yet much-beloved electric car, the EV-1, was leased through Saturn stores. In the beginning, Saturn attracted a cheerfully cultlike following and minted loyal, happy owners who forged an identity not unlike what we now see among Tesla customers, minus the Musk factor.

Saturn also never made any money for GM. But for much of its existence, while it lost money it didn't lose anywhere near as mush as Tesla. Nobody ever scrupulously parsed Saturn production, either. The brand had its own factory in Tennessee and controlled between 1%-2% of US market share up until 2007.

For Tesla to live up to financial expectations, it needs to get much bigger than it now is, in terms of production and sales. This could happen if it achieves massive scale in China, where the auto market could conceivably double in size, from 20 million to 40 million in annual sales, by the middle of the century.

The rest of the world is dicier because in developed markets, sales growth is already tapped out — Tesla would have to displace numerous established players, a costly undertaking that would require even more capital spending than Tesla is already up against to expand its manufacturing capacity. 

Never say never, but I don't think this is going to happen. So somewhere between absolute failure and taking over the world, we have the Tesla reality. A small carmaker, a small market, but with the kind of historic access to capital that's created a highly fraught, financial reality-distortion field. (Musk's new pay package, more than the elevated stock price, is Exhibit A: it proposes a market cap of $650 billion, making Tesla eventually more valuable than the Detroit Big Three, Toyota, and Volkswagen combined, by a wide margin.)

Tesla madness

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So there: I've lightly crunched some numbers and offered an automotive history lesson. It wasn't necessary to muster spectacular industry flame outs, such as Preston Tucker or John DeLorean. So why the Tesla feeding frenzy? 

A big part of it is that no new car company has come along in decades, so nobody knows what's the wild, wild early days look like (although back to Saturn, which was pretty low drama by contrast). But business boredom is also a factor. The auto industry is doing great, with record sales and profits. The banking system is stable. The giants of Silicon Valley are more giant than ever. Unemployment is low. Corporations just got a huge tax cut. Tesla is the only crazy thing in this landscape, the equivalent of the Trump story in politics. 

For most people these days, automakers are also black boxes. Folks buy and lease cars all the time, but unlike with older generations, they don't much interact with vehicles outside of driving them (cars aren't designed to be tinkered with in the ways they once were, either — car companies would almost rather than owners avoid getting under the hood).

I won't say we're beset with manufacturing illiteracy because that would be too extreme, but as the car business has become more technologically advanced, a broader understanding of how the industry works has eroded. And this has happened at the same time that Tesla arrived on the scene. That, in turn, has distorted expectations for the company because being a new player and going from zero cars built to over 100,000 every year is incredibly difficult. 

Basically, nearly everybody who has tried to do what Tesla is doing has failed. So it's understandable that the debate and discussion around the company has become unreal. Tesla's ongoing existence, to put it bluntly, defies reality. 

But that isn't an excuse for allowing Tesla to become a subject of fantasy or baseless speculation. There is actually a middle ground, and that's where Tesla should rightly be.

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  • For the past two weeks, the world fixated on the rescue mission of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a cave in Thailand. Officials noted that it was a life-or-death situation for the soccer team and the rescue team on the ground.
  • While Thai Navy SEALs and many volunteers worked to retrieve the boys safely, Elon Musk tweeted about his "kid-sized submarine" that the rescuers could use over the past few days. 
  • Thai officials said that the submarine was "not practical," and by the time it arrived, most of the boys were out of the cave.
  • Musk has a history of using Twitter as free advertising for SpaceX, Tesla, and the Boring Company. It's possible that the submarine project served the same purpose, regardless of Musk's intentions.

Elon Musk — CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and the Boring Company — is known for not spending a cent on advertising.

Instead, as marketing consultant Sushovan Bej put it, his companies "let you and I discuss it, rave about it, hate on it, or rejoice in the spirit of going electric in a Tesla — be the catalyst to a viral and brilliant marketing campaign."

That's why it was curious when Musk spent the last four days tweeting about SpaceX and the Boring Company's efforts to build a "kid-sized submarine." Posting photos of "beautiful" caves and updates on the creation of the device, he said the Thai government could use the submarine to rescue the 12 boys and soccer coach trapped in a Thailand cave.

By the time Musk had executed his vision and arrived in Thailand to test it, however, Thai Navy SEALs had already rescued most of the boys. On Tuesday, the SEALs announced that, after days of hard work, they had retrieved the entire team and their coach. Although Musk did not aid the SEALs in their mission, a number of people on Twitter have thanked the billionaire for his efforts.

Thai officials now tell reporters that while they appreciate Musk's enthusiasm, the submarine was "not practical." Other local, expert divers have also noted that the rocket-powered machine would likely have a hard time fitting through the smallest parts of the cave (as narrow as 14 inches at one point).

So then, what exactly was the point of Musk promoting (and defending) his submarine project?

To encourage a waterfall of media coverage about his brilliant ideas? To bury recent bad press about pay inequity, accusations against a female reporter, and widespread layoffs at Tesla? To capitalize on the world's attention on the rescue? To facilitate a narrative of himself as a savior? To bump his companies' own valuation? 

Musk has seen profits from his tweets before. As CNN reported in 2014, Tesla shares went up nearly 6% — totaling about $2 billion — in the week after Musk tweeted that it "was time to unveil the D and something else." The mysterious tweet may have hinted that the car company planned to reveal an all-wheel drive or dual motor version of the Model S or new driverless technology. More recently, in April 2018, Tesla shares also jumped after Musk tweeted that the company will be profitable and cash-flow positive in the third quarter, CNBC reported.

Most of the world will not remember the names of the Thai SEALs who risked their lives on the ground to save the soccer team. But they will remember Musk.

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          A Wall Street analyst says Google has 2 different choices for its car spinoff, and one of them could make Waymo a $180 billion company (GOOG, GOOGL)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

 

 

Waymo unveils a self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivan during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 8, 2017.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

  • Waymo will possess such a big lead in self-driving cars when it launches operations in Phoenix by the end of the year that analyst Mark Mahaney expects the market could start bidding up Google's stock in the near-to-medium term.  
  • In a report published Tuesday, Mahaney said that he sees Waymo's management choosing one of two business models, either by buying cars and creating a transport company or by licensing out its self-driving operating system. 
  • In the latter scenario, Mahaney predicts the payday could be big. He estimates that by 2030, Waymo's operating profit could be as high as $35 billion and the company could be worth as much as $180 billion.  


Once the self-driving car market matures in about a decade, Waymo, the subsidiary that Alphabet Inc. launched  in 2016, stands to generate as much as $35 billion in operating profits, according to RBC Capital analyst Mark Mahaney.

But Alphabet, the parent company of Google, may not have to wait that long to start reaping benefits. In a report published on Tuesday, Mahaney wrote Waymo will possess such a big lead over rivals when it launches commercial operations in Phoenix later this year that investors could soon begin bidding up Alphabet shares.

"While the robo-taxi (Total Available Market) opportunity will likely be nascent in 2025, we believe that it will grow exponentially thru 2050," Mahaney wrote. "We forecast a $3.8 trillion TAM in 2050."

Alphabet has emerged as this generation's equivalent of General Electric, the 126-year stalwart company known for the diversification of its businesses. For years now, Alphabet and its flagship company Google have made forays into a multitude of disparate sectors --including entertainment (YouTube), cellphones (Android), enterprise computing (Google Cloud) and autonomous cars.

Waymo has a huge lead and two potential business models to choose from

sergey brinThis is part of the company's quest to find another growth story to tuck in its hip pocket for the day when Google's core business, internet search advertising, finally goes into decline. To hear Mahaney tell it, Google has found that in Waymo.  

His message is unmistakable: self-driving cars represent a goldmine sometime in the future and Google has  already staked a claim. If investors want to share in the wealth, they had better climb aboard now.

Certainly, a lot could still go wrong before 2030. The whole market faces possible regulatory hurdles as it proves autonomous cars are safe. Plenty of competitors, including traditional car companies as well as tech firms, such as Uber, are gearing up to challenge Google.

But at this early stage, Mahaney says there's no doubt who is in the lead. He wrote that at the recent RBC Auto Tech Conference, "multiple industry participants" said Waymo was "way ahead of the competition in autonomous." 

Waymo's management has yet to reveal how they plan to make money but Mahaney believes the company has one of two options for a business model. Waymo can buy a score of cars and create its own transportation company or it can license the self-driving operating system that it has created. 

In the first scenario, Mahaney estimates that Google can break even in 2025 and realize an operating profit of $20 billion by 2030. Mahaney says in this scenario, Waymo would be worth $119 billion. 

In the second scenario, Mahaney sees Google licensing its technology "in the form of a recurring, yearly software subscription." Here, he sees Google generating an operating profit of $250 million by 2025 and $35 billion in operating profits in 2030. The value of the car company in this situation would be $180 billion, Mahaney wrote.     

Mahaney's bullish report on Waymo and the autonomous-car sector echoes previous analyst predictions. In May, UBS analyst Eric Sheridan wrote in a note to clients that after interviewing 22 industry experts, he valued Waymo at between $25 billion and $135 billion.  

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          Trump is about to kick the trade war with China into high gear      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • President Donald Trump's administration is nearing the release of a list of $200 billion worth of Chinese exports to the US that could be subject to a new 10% tariffs.
  • The release of the list would trigger the official process to implement the new tariffs.
  • A tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods would be a massive escalation of Trump's trade war with China.

President Donald Trump is nearing the release of another gargantuan round of tariffs on China according to a new report, kicking a burgeoning trade war into high gear.

According to Bloomberg, the Trump administration is set to release a list of Chinese exports to the US worth around $200 billion that could be subject to a new 10% tariff in the coming months. Trump first threatened the round of tariffs last month.

According to Bloomberg, the new list of goods could come as soon as Tuesday and will likely be released by the end of the week.

The tariffs would come in addition to Trump's 25% tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, tariffs on the first $34 billion worth of goods went into place on Friday. The second round, which will apply to around $16 billion worth of Chinese goods, is set to be imposed in the coming weeks. That second round will be derived from a list already released by the US Trade Representative.

The newest list's release would trigger the formal process to implement the tariffs. The next step would be a comment period, during which businesses and consumers can raise issues with the inclusion of certain goods on the list.

If Trump goes through with his latest threat, roughly half of all Chinese imports to the US would be subject to increased duties.

In addition, Trump said that if the Chinese decided to counter the tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods, a fourth round of restrictions would hit another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. In the event all threats are realized, Trump would have hit just over 80% of all Chinese exports to the US with tariffs.

The release of the $200 billion list would likely shift the trade conflict with Chia into an all-out trade war.

So far, Chinese officials have not backed off their promises to retaliate to any Trump tariff move. On Friday, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said Trump started the "largest trade war in economic history."

Economists warn that the back-and-forth tariffs will increase costs for consumers and discourage investment by businesses into new hiring and equipment. These decisions in turn will slow down the US economy.

Following the release of the news, futures for all three major US stock indexes tumbled into negative territory.

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          A third of Facebook’s ad revenue growth now comes from Instagram — and it couldn't come at a better time (FB)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Morgan Stanley analysts think Wall Street is still underestimating how much Facebook can grow.
  • In a research note, analysts at the investment bank set the stock a new price target of $215.
  • It's an abrupt turnaround from just a few months ago, when Facebook's share price was getting pummeled in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. And it may be largely due to Instagram.

 

Facebook's reputation has been battered by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but Facebook's business is humming. One big reason: Instagram. 

The photo-sharing app is turning into an increasingly important money-maker for Facebook.

According to the estimates of  Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak, Instagram will account for 36% of Facebook total ad revenue growth in the second quarter. In a research note published on Tuesday, Nowak reckons that ads on Instagram will bring in $3.8 billion in revenue in Q2, and as much as $4.5 billion in Q4. 

That's especially important as Facebook's flagship social media service continues to experience a slowdown in the growth of its "ad load" — the number of ads that Facebook inserts into the newsfeed. 

The ad load slowdown within Facebook is very deliberate; the company is wary of turning consumers off by barraging them with too many ads. Luckily, Facebook has Instagram and its relatively un-monetized fields of content to pick up the slack. 

 

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And whatever reputational damage Facebook's brand may be suffering, Instagram is more popular than ever with consumers.  The service recently crossed the 1 billion user milestone, and Morgan Stanley notes that the app's active user growth "inflected" in Q2, as Instagram added 750,000 users per day. 

The upshot: The investment bank is pegging its price target for Facebook's stock, which is currently floating around $203, at $215 — and suggests in a best-case scenario it could go as high as $245.

"We believe the Street is still underestimating FB's ability to grow even as ad load slows," Nowak writes. 

Facebook doesn't (yet) break out financial results for Instagram, so it's tough to know precisely how big of a contributor it is. But we'll get a sense about how it's doing by assessing the results of Facebook's overall business when it reports its Q2 earnings on July 25. 

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          The App Store has made Apple at least $40 billion in revenue since it was created 10 years ago today (AAPL)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

When Steve Jobs unveiled the developer kit that would make way for the App Store we know today, he had no idea how big it would one day be. "We’re excited about creating a vibrant third-party developer community with potentially thousands of native applications for iPhone and iPod touch," Jobs said back in 2008.

A decade after it launched, the App Store holds more than two billion apps and is responsible for making the Services category — which also includes Apple Music, iTunes, and Apple Pay — the second largest contributor to Apple's revenue, second only to iPhones. As this chart from Statista shows, these combined services have doubled their revenue since 2015, accumulating $1.3 trillion over the course of five and a half years.

Apple doesn't share a specific breakdown of the individual services, but it's possible to decipher figures for the App Store based on what we known. For example, Apple has paid developers more than $100 billion since the App Store's inception. Assuming Apple traditionally breaks out the incurred amount by giving 70% to developers and keeping 30%, the total amount incurred from the App Store would be at least $143 billion.

If that's so, Apple has made a minimum of $43 billion off of the App Store over the course of its 10-year life.

Chart of the day

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A vape pen startup that's taking over America is speeding toward its ambitious goal of raising $1.2 billion.

The company, called Juul Labs, announced the benchmark last week as part of a financing round which valued the company at $15 billion.

Juul has already closed on $650 million of the funding round, according to an SEC filing posted on Monday.

In the US, Juul has had wild success disrupting the existing tobacco market by appealing to former smokers. But concerns about the startup's leading product — a trendy, high-nicotine vape pen known as the Juul — worries scientists and public health advocates who say the device could be creating a new generation of smokers.

Chief among those concerns is emerging research on the health and safety of the Juul and its highly addictive potential. Other issues include a Food and Drug Administration query into whether the company marketed its products to teens, as well as increasing demands from Congress members for the FDA to review the product's safety.

Local initiatives like San Francisco's recent ban on flavored tobacco could put additional pressure on the company, which has advertised sweet and fruity flavors as a key part of its appeal.

Teen Juuling presents an ethical dilemma

JUUL In Hand Female Denim Jacket copyJuuls are especially popular among American teens, who post viral selfies and videos showing friends pulling drags from the discreet, USB-stick-like devices in class. Scientists and public health experts have sounded the alarm on the practice, known as "Juuling," saying the e-cigs pose a major health concern to young people.

Chief among their worries is the Juul's uniquely high concentration of addictive nicotine, which is more than double that of other leading e-cigs and may be especially problematic for young people whose brains are particularly susceptible to addiction.

The US Food and Drug Administration is currently looking into Juul's marketing practices to determine whether the company previously advertised to young people, who cannot legally use the devices until age 18.

The FDA could start regulating Juuls and other vapes

The FDA could also decide to review the safety of Juul vape pens and other similar brands, which could put a major hold on the devices until they are cleared as safe.

Because of an existing rule, several e-cig manufacturers are not required to apply to the FDA for review until the summer of 2022. But many members of Congress have publicly pushed the agency to change this practice and look into regulating the devices, citing their popularity among young people.

In a recent letter to the FDA, congress member Frank Pallone (D-New Jersey) wrote, "The availability of Juul and e-cigarettes to youth is extremely troubling."

Ashley Gould, Juul's chief administrative officer, told Business Insider in March that the soaring interest in the device among youth runs counter to Juul's mission.

"Juul is a company that was started by smokers with an objective to switch smokers to non-combustible products," Gould said, adding that the company is vehemently opposed to anyone under 18 using their products — and even has a number of campaigns aimed at addressing and curbing underage use.

Local governments could push for more limits on e-cigs

juul e-cig vape pen california prop e posterBeyond these issues, some local governments are taking it upon themselves to enact bans on some of the most enticing components of vape pens, like their sweet flavorings.

In June, the city of San Francisco — long known for its progressive ballot measures like the plastic bag ban — passed an initiative banning flavored tobacco products that includes Juul flavor packs (known as Juul Pods). The current flavor line-up includes options like "Cool Cucumber" and "Creme Brulee."

Several big names have come out in support of the flavor ban, suggesting that it could spur similar moves in other cities. Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City and the CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies, called the move "an important step forward for public health" in a recent statement, adding: "This vote should embolden other cities and states to act."

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  • US soybean farmers are expected to be a major loser in President Donald Trump's trade war with China.
  • US soybean exports surged over the past two months because of distortions from Trump's trade battles with China.
  • This is likely to boost US second-quarter gross domestic product, helping to give Trump a big public-relations win on the economy. 

US soybean farmers are expected to get whacked by President Donald Trump's trade war with China, but not before helping hand the president a potentially significant economic victory.

While many farmers and experts expect the industry to take a significant hit because of the trade war, dramatic changes in soybean shipments ahead of the tariffs could help lift upcoming US gross-domestic-product numbers, giving Trump a big economic talking point.

Soybeans were hit with a new tariff by the Chinese government last week as part of the retaliation for Trump's tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. The decision to apply duties to soybeans was a big one — the crop is the largest US agricultural export, and China was the destination for $14.2 billion worth of US soybeans in 2016.

But the move was a long time coming. China threatened to impose restrictions on soybeans as far back as March. This gave US soybean farmers an opportunity to rush the product out of the country before the trade war kicked off in earnest, but it also seriously shifted trade patterns for the crop.

According to The Wall Street Journal, China began to shift its purchases away from US farmers and toward Brazilian soybeans in the spring. With China soaking up much of the Brazilian supply, other countries like Egypt, Thailand, and the Netherlands increased their purchases of US soybeans. This led to a surge in US exports, but also a steep drop in shipments to China that increased longer-term concerns.

But for 2018's second quarter, the outlook for soybean farmers is solid. Based on data from Ian Shepherdson, the chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, soybean exports will clock their two best months since mid-2016 in May and June.

In turn, the soybean mad dash is likely to provide a huge boost to second-quarter US GDP, Shepherdson said.

"Weekly data show that soybean exports rose again in June, but we're then expecting to see a steep fall in July," Shepherdson wrote in a note to clients. "In the second quarter, though, we estimate that soybean exports will contribute some 0.6 percentage points to GDP growth, at an annualized rate."

The Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank's GDP Now, a tracker used to predict quarterly GDP, predicts second-quarter GDP will hit 3.8% annualized growth.

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The sudden uptick in soybean exports mirrors the surge during the summer of 2016, when crop yields from South America — the typical soybean suppliers over those months — fell well short of expectations and allowed US farmers to step in. That quarter, the boosted trade component, mostly due to the soybean surge, added 0.83 percentage points to GDP.

Trump has long set a target of 3% to 4% annual GDP growth for his administration. The soybean exports should provide a boost for one quarter, but the Trump administration hasn't been shy about pointing to single-quarter data to show that the country is meeting Trump's goals.

A boost would come amid significant price pressure for soybean farmers. Soybean futures contracts have fallen to their lowest level since 2009, leaving many farmers scrambling.

And the soybean support in second-quarter GDP data may not last long, according to Shepherdson, who said the economic boost from soybean exports "probably will reverse in full in the third quarter."

The first estimate for third-quarter GDP is scheduled for release on October 26, 11 days before the 2018 midterm elections.

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          GM's $2 billion deal with a Japanese tech giant may give the automaker a big advantage in the race to develop self-driving cars (GM)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • GM's $2.25-billion SoftBank investment in the Cruise division has given the company equity value that it can use to attract new talent.
  • Cruise has grown dramatically since GM bought it in 2016. What started as a 40-employee startup now has 800 people working it.
  • GM President Dan Ammann said that another leg of significant growth is on the way as Cruise heads into commercialization in 2019.

In May, General Motors announced that the Vision Fund of Japan's SoftBank would invest $2.25 billion the carmaker's Cruise self-driving division.

GM kicked in an additional $1.1 billion, bringing the total funding to $3.35 billion and giving Cruise a stand-alone value of $11.5 billion. GM acquired Cruise in 2016 for about $600 million, with follow-on growth expenditure bringing the total deal up to $1 billion.

In an interview with Business Insider, GM President Dan Ammann explained why the carmaker pursued the SoftBank investment. 

"We'd been talking to them for a pretty extended period of time," Ammann said. "They'd done a lot of work on the autonomous-vehicle space and a lot of work on us. So there's a very robust foundation to this alignment."

"This wasn’t a show-up and 'Here’s some money' kind of thing," he said.

GM has been steadily profitable since its 2010 IPO, bringing over $70 billion while executing an aggressive share-repurchase program under CEO Mary Barra. The company has also paid a dividend to offset a stock price that's been flat relative to the overall markets. And GM has plenty of cash on hand. 

But Ammann pointed out that the SoftBank investment identified a new value-generator inside the company, which will turn 110 years-old in September.

"To have SoftBank come in and make that bet tells you something about what they see in terms of the opportunity, because they are not investing in an $11-billion valuation to see it go to $13 billion."

"For the Cruise team, this creates some equity currency that we can use to attract talent, and that's a big deal and a big part of why we did it," he continued. 

"We've grown the team from 40 people to nearly 800, and we've got another huge leg of growth to go. It was becoming clear to us that by not having that kind of currency available, we were handicapping ourselves. We’ve seen already in a couple of weeks people resurfacing who hadn’t signed up, so there’s anecdotal, but early evidence, that’s going to be a big deal in attracting people."

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Ammann also indicated that the investment provides GM with flexibility in the event of a US market downturn, which many industry observers think is overdue after three straight years to record-setting or near-record sales.

"The deal creates this currency that we can use to raise capital through a separate channel for the [Cruise] business. We didn't want to end up in a situation where we've launched commercially, where we want to go to maximum scale, and that business needs a lot of capital at a time when the mainline business is under pressure."

Ultimately, GM's approach to the Cruise deal and to the latest investment demonstrates how significant of a player the old-economy stalwart has become in the new-economy world of Silicon Valley and high-tech entrepreneurship. The SoftBank investment effectively revealed eleven "unicorns" — Valley-speak for billion-dollar companies yet to stage IPOs — within GM.

Ammann said he is pleased with how the original deal has progressed.

"The typical thing would be 'big company buys startup and screws it up,'" he said.

But GM has given Cruise and CEO Kyle Vogt abundant autonomy and put the right people on both sides of the relationship to manage Cruise's development.

As a result, Cruise is now worth over 1o times what GM paid for it and it could be a model for how established companies can acquire, integrate, and grow startups.

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          AirTalk special: Interview with new LA Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong officially takes control of the Los Angeles Times and The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong officially takes control of the Los Angeles Times and The San Diego Union-Tribune as soon as Monday, sources familiar with the deal tell NPR.; Credit: Evan Vucci/AP

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The historic sale of the Los Angeles Times to biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong closed last month.

Soon-Shiong, 65, took control of The Times, San Diego Union-Tribune and a handful of community newspapers from Chicago-based Tronc. The $500 million deal, which was announced on Feb. 7, returns The Times back to local ownership after nearly two decades under Chicago control.

Born in South Africa to Chinese immigrants, Soon-Shiong built a fortune by building and selling two biopharmaceutical companies. He holds a small ownership stake in the Los Angeles Lakers. Today, Forbes magazine estimates his fortune at $7.6 billion.

But with such an impressive business profile, Soon-Shiong is yet to be tested in the field of journalism. He has pledged to restore The Times reputation as a journalism powerhouse. "There's no agenda, other than to make this the best journalistic institution," Soon-Shiong said in a statement.

We check in with Soon-Shiong to talk about his plans for the Los Angeles Times and what will the future of the publication look like under his leadership.

Guests:

Patrick Soon-Shiong, owner and executive chairman of the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Times en Español and other publications under the California News Group; CEO and Chairman of Nantworks, a health care and biotech company based in Culver City; he tweets @DrPatSoonShiong​

Norman Pearlstine, executive editor of the Los Angeles Times; former media executive, who has previously held key positions at Time Inc., Bloomberg L.P. and the Wall Street Journal; he tweets @NPearlstine

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London/Sydney/Arlington, Va. USA– A first-of-its-kind Forests Bond, developed in conjunction with Conservation International (CI) and BHP Billiton, was issued today by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. The Bond offers investors the choice of a cash coupon or a coupon in the form of forest carbon credits from an iconic REDD+ project.

The IFC Forests Bond supports the Kasigau Corridor REDD Project in Kenya, implemented by Wildlife Works Carbon LLC, which works to prevent deforestation and creates alternative income opportunities. CI is providing input to BHP Billiton with respect to conservation and REDD+ matters and will facilitate the exchange of lessons learned and best practices on REDD+ projects. 

“CI helps build the global system that makes forests more valuable when they’re standing than when they’re cut,” said Agustin Silvani, Vice President, CI’s Conservation Finance Division. “We are pleased to see the successful issuance of this innovative instrument and will continue to work with business and community leaders to develop more sustainable forest protection models.” 

Each year, the world loses around 5.5 million hectares of tropical forest—an area approximately the size of Costa Rica—and deforestation accounts for nearly 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans, comparable to the emissions from all of the cars and trucks on Earth combined. Protecting forests is critical to achieving the global climate commitment of keeping the global warming under 2 degrees Celsius. 

“To do that, we need to mobilize $75 billion to $300 billion in the next decade and much of this needs to come from the private sector,” said Jingdong Hua, IFC Vice President and Treasurer. “The IFC Forests Bond demonstrates that innovative capital market mechanisms can be a powerful way to channel private sector funds into forest protection in emerging markets.” 

Developed with the support of BHP Billiton—who provides a price support mechanism that ensures the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project can sell the necessary amount of carbon credits until the Bond matures—the Bond is listed on the London Stock Exchange. 

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          New York jury set to deliberate in ‘Buffalo Billion’ case      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A New York jury is set to begin deliberations Wednesday in the trial of a former president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute and three developers

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          Australian dollar smacked as Trump readies $200bn tariffs for China      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Via Bloomie: President Donald Trump is preparing to release a list of an additional $200 billion in Chinese products to be hit with tariffs, according to two people familiar with the matter. The list could be released as soon as Tuesday, and likely this week, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity

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Even though the United States has already penalized and fined the crap out of Volkswagen for selling vehicles equipped with emissions-cheating defeat devices, the company remains in hot water. Earlier this month, Germany imposed a fine of $1.2 billion over the “dieselgate” scandal. “Volkswagen accepted the fine and it will not lodge an appeal against […]

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CNN reported Starbucks plans to eliminate plastic straws in its stores by 2020. And Starbucks hopes to eliminate discriminating against Blacks in its stores by 3020.

Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores

By Danielle Wiener-Bronner

Starbucks is going strawless.

The coffee company announced Monday that it will phase out plastic straws from all of its stores by 2020.

The changes will help Starbucks (SBUX) eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws per year, the company said.

Plastic straws contribute to ocean pollution and pose a danger to marine life. Some governments have begun banning them.

To eliminate straws, Starbucks is transitioning from the flat, plastic lids that require them, to ones that feature a raised lip you can drink from. The new designs have drawn comparisons to an adult “sippy cup.”

Frappuccino drinks will still be served with dome lids, but with straws made from paper or compostable plastic. Coffee drinkers who prefer straws for other beverages can request the new eco-friendly versions.

Some Starbucks drinks, like cold brew with cold foam, are already served in cups with strawless lids.

Starbucks will begin rolling out the new lids for all drinks this fall, starting with stores in Vancouver, Canada, and Seattle.

In a statement, CEO Kevin Johnson called the move away from plastic straws a “significant milestone” in the company’s sustainability efforts.

Starbucks had already committed $10 million to help develop recyclable, compostable cups for hot drinks.

Other companies have been ditching plastic straws as bans on the item have gone into place.

Last month, McDonald’s (MCD) said that it would start switching to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland in September. The transition will be complete in 2019, the company said.

The announcement from McDonald’s followed an April proposal by the UK government to ban plastic straws in the country. In May, the European Union also suggested a ban on some plastic items, including straws.

In the United States, local governments are already putting similar restrictions into place. Seattle’s ban on plastic straws and utensils went into effect last week. Oakland and Berkeley, California, and other cities have also banned the use of disposable straws.

The UK government said that 1 million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals die each year from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste.

“Plastic straws that end up in our oceans have a devastating effect on species,” said Erin Simon, director of sustainability research & development and material science at World Wildlife Fund, US, in a statement. “We hope others will follow in [Starbucks’] footsteps.”

Starbucks said that it is the largest food and beverage retailer to have promised to get rid of plastic straws.

Nicholas Mallos, director of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program, called Starbucks’ decision a “shining example” of how companies can help fight ocean pollution.

“With eight million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean every year, we cannot afford to let industry sit on the sidelines,” he said in a statement.

—CNN’s Laura Smith-Spark contributed to this report.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A New York jury was set to begin deliberations Wednesday in the trial of a former president of the State University of New York’s Polytechnic Institute and three developers charged in an alleged bid rigging scheme involving construction projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni read […]
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Shares of technology companies were higher amid earnings optimism. The European Union's antitrust watchdog is expected to find Alphabet Inc.'s Google illegally abused the dominance of its Android operating system for mobile phones, issuing a multibillion-euro fine and ordering changes to...

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          Billionaire Elon Musk is offended that the media calls him a billionaire      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO decided to share a hot take on his trigger word.

Today, as on most days, billionaire CEO Elon Musk was perusing Twitter and decided to share a hot take on the media’s use of the term “billionaire.”

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          U.S. Opposes U.N. Breastfeeding Resolution – Threatens To Sanction Ecuador      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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The New York Times reported Sunday that United States threatened to sanction Ecuador if they did not drop the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly’s resolution to encourage breastfeeding.

Aside from encouraging parents to breastfeed, the resolution urges countries to try to limit the inaccurate marketing of formulas, or breast milk substitutes. A Lancet study from 2016 revealed that breastfeeding could potentially prevent over 800,000 infant deaths worldwide, in addition to yielding billions in savings.

U.S. officials, however, attempted to dilute the resolution in order to continue to support the economic interests of formula manufacturers. Officials removed passages strictly calling for countries to protect children by promoting the practice of breastfeeding instead of buying formula.

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Fresh from buying about $15 billion in real estate loans and assets in Spain, Dallas-based Lone Star Funds is launching its 11th distressed asset fund, aiming to raise total capital of $6 billion. The launch, described in a filing at the Securities & Exchange Commission, comes as Lone Star Funds has raised more than $48 billion to invest in distressed real estate assets globally since the onset of the Great Recession in 2007. It had completed...
          France advances to World Cup final, beats Belgium 1-0      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – France is back in the World Cup final for the first time since Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt in 2006.

Twelve years after one of soccer’s most infamous moments, Samuel Umtiti used his head to score from a corner kick in the 51st minute and earn France a 1-0 victory over Belgium on Tuesday in the first of the all-European semifinals.

The French players danced on the field after the final whistle and shook the hand of Thierry Henry, who helped Les Bleus win the World Cup in 1998 and is now Belgium’s assistant coach.

France will face either Croatia or England in the final on Sunday in Moscow. Those two teams play in the other semifinal match on Wednesday, also in Moscow.

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris produced a great save in each half, denying the potent Belgian attack of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku the chance to advance the country to its first major final. Belgium reached the quarterfinals at the 2014 World Cup and the European Championship in 2016 but has yet to fulfil its lofty expectations.

The world now gets to see France’s luxury squad, collectively valued in excess of $1 billion and headlined by teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, in another major final.

Two years ago at home, the French surprisingly lost to Portugal 1-0 in the Euro 2016 title match. In 2006, they were beaten in a penalty shootout by Italy in a World Cup final that was overshadowed by Zidane headbutting opposing player Marco Materazzi in the chest in extra time. Zidane was sent off in what was his final match.

In a tournament dominated by goals from set pieces, France’s took the lead from a corner. Antoine Griezmann curled in the ball from the right and Umtiti got in front of tall Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini to knock in his header at the near post.

Up in the corporate seats, French President Emmanuel Macron reacted to the goal by shaking the hand of King Philippe of Belgium as FIFA president Gianni Infantino watched on between them.

The goal capped an impressive display by Umtiti, who helped to shut out the most productive attack in the World Cup with 14 goals, and meant three defenders have now scored on France’s route to the final. Benjamin Pavard and Raphael Varane scored in previous matches.

In search of the equalizer, Belgium repeatedly sent over crosses from both wings but Umtiti and Varane, both center backs, used their bodies cleverly to hold off Fellaini and Lukaku.

France coach Didier Deschamps has faced some criticism for being too pragmatic and functional despite having so many stars in his squad, but the organization of the team was superb and Belgium was largely restricted to only minor chances that were kept out by the flying Lloris.

Deschamps now has the chance to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, after Germany great Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil’s Mario Zagallo. As France captain, Deschamps won soccer’s most prized trophy in 1998.


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          Found: The First Color Made By a Living Thing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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It's hard to imagine the prehistoric world. What did the sun feel like? What did the ancient oceans sound like? What did it smell like back then? (It can't have been good.)

Thanks to new research, we've now got a tiny inkling of what we might see if we traveled a billion years back in time. It turns out that, as far as living things were concerned, Earth was pretty pink.

By grinding up pieces of marine shale, a team of researchers from the Australian National University has discovered the oldest known colors produced by living things. The pigments, which are 1.1. billion years old, once belonged to cyanobacteria, and were used in photosynthesis. They were found in marine shale dug out from the Taoudeni Basin in Mauritania, and when diluted, they're about the color of a sunrise.

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It was a lucky find: As senior researcher Jochen Brocks told LiveScience, chlorophyll doesn't usually stick around this long. This particular batch of bacteria must have died all at once and sunk down to the seafloor, where it was isolated from oxygen long enough to fossilize. It stayed preserved underground until about 10 years ago, when a mining company dug it up.

The pigment molecules were discovered by the Ph.D. student Nur Gueneli, who extracted them by pulverizing the shale and running a solvent through it. "When held against the sunlight, they are actually a neon pink," Brocks told the BBC. "At first I thought [the sample] had been contaminated."

Besides being nice to think about, the pink also gives us a picture of who ran the seas back then. Larger animals don't appear in the fossil record until around 600 million years ago, and scientists have long wondered why they did not evolve more quickly. "The precise analysis of the ancient pigments confirmed that tiny cyanobacteria dominated the base of the food chain in the oceans a billion years ago," at the expense of bigger, tastier algae molecules, Gueneli said in a press release. "[This] helps to explain why animals did not exist at the time." Pink is nice to look at, but it doesn't make a meal.


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          Mitch Dobrowner: New Releases       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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photo-eye Gallery is pleased to present two new Mitch Dobrowner photographs. Together, these images juxtapose a natural and an urban environment while preserving Dobrowner's signature approach to the landscape – one that emphasizes vastness, drama, and a grand respect for the planet  we inhabit.
photo-eye Gallery is pleased to present two new Mitch Dobrowner photographs. Together, these images juxtapose a natural and an urban environment while preserving Dobrowner's signature approach to the landscape – one that emphasizes vastness, drama, and a grand respect for the planet  we inhabit. Dobrowner's black-and-white landscapes come in three editions starting at 14x20 inches and as large as 34x50 inches.

Both of these works are currently available at the first price tier. Please contact photo-eye Gallery to purchase Mitch Dobrowner's NEW photographs.

Mitch was kind enough to share his thoughts on his work. Enjoy!

Natron Sunrise, Archival Pigment Ink Print, 20x30" Image, Edition of 25, $2500, ©Mitch Dobrowner 

"I always have to remind myself that what seems to be is not always as it really is; that the Earth is really a billion-year-old rock spinning through space. These two images represent a juxtaposition between how I see our natural world and the urban landscapes man has built upon it."
-Mitch Dobrowner

Urbane, Archival Pigment Ink Print, 20x30" Image, Edition of 25, $2500, ©Mitch Dobrowner 

"I always thought that if I could do a 1000-year time-lapse of the city of Los Angeles we’d see that everything we have constructed is just temporary; that the landscape itself wouldn’t change but what mankind built upon it would rise and fall over time. We’re only temporary here. The land we think we own, we don't - we're only borrowing it. That land will still be here where we're all gone."

-Mitch Dobrowner








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America is the largest market for China merchandises and Chinese merchandise trade surplus against the US Hit Record in 2017 was $375 billion. That was 90 percent of China’s overall trade merchandise surplus. - Although China has the world's largest population (1.4 billion), followed by India (1.3 billion) but China is an export-driven economy and not market-driven economy, an open economy while China practices protectionism. China has called itself a "socialist market economy a significant portion of the Chinese economy is still Communist-controlled. Hence, the so-called China's market with 1.3 billion consumers market—is a vast, absurd, overstate, ridiculous chaos. The problem persists because of unfair tariffs, trade practices, China's currency manipulation, intellectual property theft, industrial espionage and the forced transfer of US technology.? China has been stealing all manner of secrets from the United States and has accumulated such huge trade surpluses for the past 20 years or more. Anyway we have to manage China’s rise properly, instead of letting them manage us.
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          Global Clean Energy Investment On Par With 2017, Hits $138.2 Billion In First Half      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Bloomberg New Energy Finance has published its latest clean energy investment figures for the first six months of 2018 which reached $138.2 billion, down only 1% on the same six months a year earlier in 2017, while investment in the second quarter actually increased compared to a year earlier. 
          Major infrastructure funding for Tauranga City Council      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Press Release – New Zealand Government Hon Phil Twyford Minister of Housing and Urban Development MEDIA STATEMENT 11 July 2018 Tauranga Projects location plan Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford today announced $158 million of 10-year interest-free loans to Tauranga City Council to support major infrastructure projects. The loans from the $1 billion […]
          Stocks have rallied since China trade war officially began as investors bet it won't escalate further - CNBC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Stocks have rallied since China trade war officially began as investors bet it won't escalate further
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One of the stock market's worst fears has been a trade war, yet U.S. large cap stocks have tagged on nearly 3 percent in the five sessions just before and after Friday's trade actions, where the U.S. and China each slapped tariffs on $34 billion in ...
The Finance 202: Stock market shrugs off Trump's trade warWashington Post
Trump is about to kick the trade war with China into high gearBusiness Insider
US Poised to Publish $200 Billion China Tariff ListBloomberg
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          First Statewide TIF Report Shows $1.4 Billion in New Property Value Dedicated to Paying Developers’ Costs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Last year Governor Dennis Daugaard said he wanted a statewide review of tax increment financing. Last week, the Department of Revenue delivered a useful document toward that purpose, the first statewide catalog of every active TIF district in the state. To understand what this report tells us, we must understand how tax increment financing works. […]
          Dow Jones, Apple, Boeing, Tesla Slip; Trump Readies $200 Billion China Tariffs List      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          US to impose new tariffs on additional $200B worth of Chinese imports, official says      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump administration has begun the process of imposing $200 billion in new tariffs on imported Chinese goods, senior administration officials told Fox Business Network Tuesday.
          Essential Oils Market to Reach $ 12.56 Billion by 2023: By Product | Corn Mint, Citronella, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Eucalyptus, Pepper Mint, Clove Leaf, Spearmint      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          IoT Cloud Market expected to reach US$ 8.64 billion with +30% CAGR Value by 2026 according to top key players like Intel Corporation (US), SAP SE (Germany)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          C-RAN Market Is Projected To Value USD 31.71 Billion By 2025: Grand View Research, Inc.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Slide Stainer Market worth 4.70 billion USD by 2023      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(EMAILWIRE.COM, July 11, 2018 ) Browse 104 market data Tables and 30 Figures spread through 140 Pages and in-depth TOC on "Slide Stainer Market" https://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/slide-stainer-market-134046412.html Early buyers will receive 10% customization on this report. The...
          Microcarriers Market worth 1.61 billion USD by 2023      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(EMAILWIRE.COM, July 11, 2018 ) Browse 150 market data Tables and 34 Figures spread through 180 Pages and in-depth TOC on "Microcarrier Market" https://www.marketsandmarkets.com/Market-Reports/microcarrier-market-139831731.html Early buyers will receive 10% customization on this report. Growth...
          INTERVIEW-Ukraine's PrivatBank open to settlement with former owners      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
KIEV, July 10- Ukraine's biggest bank does not rule out settling a legal dispute with its former main shareholders out of court, the head of PrivatBank's supervisory board said on Tuesday. The Ukrainian authorities took PrivatBank into state hands in December 2016 and have spent nearly $6 billion so far to plug a hole in its balance sheet caused by what the...
          UPDATE 1-Bad loans at Slovenian banks fall in May, Jan-May profit up      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
LJUBLJANA, July 10- Non-performing loans at Slovenian banks fell in May to 2.2 billion euros, or 5.2 percent of all loans, from 5.4 percent in April, the Bank of Slovenia said on Tuesday. Slovenia, which narrowly avoided an international bailout for its banks in 2013, when bad loans amounted to about a fifth of all loans, returned to growth a year later and banks have...
          1MDB investigators to meet DoJ in Washington, say sources - Free Malaysia Today      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Although plans have not been finalised, the meeting could be held before the end of the month. The US Department of Justice has alleged that an estimated US$4.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB. (Reuters pic). LONDON: Malaysian officials ...
Swiss probes six for suspected bribery of foreign officials over 1MDBMalaysiakini
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          Accountant - Brookfield Asset Management - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Brookfield is a global alternative asset manager with approximately $285 billion in assets under management. We have over a 100-year history of owning and...
From Brookfield Asset Management - Fri, 29 Jun 2018 21:40:04 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
          Facebook fined for data breaches in Cambridge Analytica scandal      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Firm fined £500k for lack of transparency and failing to protect users’ information

Facebook is to be fined £500,000, the maximum amount possible, for its part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the information commissioner has announced.

The fine is for two breaches of the Data Protection Act. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) concluded that Facebook failed to safeguard its users’ information and that it failed to be transparent about how that data was harvested by others.

Related: Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach

In December 2016, while researching the US presidential election, Carole Cadwalladr came across data analytics company Cambridge Analytica, whose secretive manner and chequered track record belied its bland, academic-sounding name.

Her initial investigations uncovered the role of US billionaire Robert Mercer in the US election campaign: his strategic “war” on mainstream media and his political campaign funding, some apparently linked to Brexit.

She found the first indications that Cambridge Analytica might have used data processing methods that breached the Data Protection Act. That article prompted Britain’s Electoral Commission and the Information Commissioner’s Office to launch investigations whose remits include Cambridge Analytica’s use of data and its possible links to the EU referendum. These investigations are continuing, as is a wider ICO inquiry into the use of data in politics.

While chasing the details and ramifications of complex manipulation of both data and funding law, Cadwalladr came under increasing attacks, both online and professionally, from key players.

The Leave.EU campaign tweeted a doctored video that showed her being violently assaulted, and the Russian embassy wrote to the Observer to complain that her reporting was a “textbook example of bad journalism”.

But the growing profile of her reports also gave whistleblowers confidence that they could trust her to not only understand their stories, but retell them clearly for a wide audience.

Her network of sources and contacts grew to include not only former employees who regretted their work but academics, lawyers and others concerned about the impact on democracy of tactics employed by Cambridge Analytica and associates.

Cambridge Analytica is now the subject of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s probing of the company’s role in Donald Trump’s presidential election campaign. Investigations in the UK remain live.

Related: Facebook among 30 organisations in UK political data inquiry

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          New York jury set to deliberate in 'Buffalo Billion' case      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A New York jury is set to begin deliberations in the trial of a former president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute and three developers charged in an alleged bid rigging scheme involving projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
          #CryptoCorner: Market Loses $20 Billion in 24 Hours, Study Argues that #Crypto Could Go Mainstream in the Next Decade      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Point Roberts, WA and Delta, BC - July 10, 2018 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Investorideas.com, a leader in crypto and blockchain investing news reports on what's driving the cryptocurrency markets with today's edition of Crypto Corner.
          Mobile Voice Revenues to Fall by $157 billion by 2023, As Operators Seek New Income from 5G & AI      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Hampshire, UK - July 10, 2018 (Investorideas.com Newswire) A new study from Juniper Research found that operator-billed mobile voice revenues will fall from $354 billion in 2018 to $197 billion by 2023, an average annual decline of 10%.
          Controller – Rooms at Sheraton Hotels & Resorts – Marriott International      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Marriott International is a leading global Lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year...

          Group Housing Billing Supervisor at Marriott International      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Marriott International is a leading global Lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year...

          Senior Associate - Brookfield Asset Management - Toronto, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Brookfield Private Equity manages over $20 billion of assets, and is in the process of raising its fourth fund, Brookfield Capital Partners IV, which is...
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          U.S. readying new tariffs on up to $200 billion of Chinese goods      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Reported by MarketWatch 18 minutes ago.
          U.S. may list tariffs on $200 billion more Chinese products - official      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to publish this week a list of $200 billion (£150.6 billion) in additional Chinese products to be hit with tariffs, possibly as early as later on Tuesday, an administration official said.

          NZD/USD: bulls losing grip below the 21-D SMA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
· *Kiwi toppled, as headlines have come with news whereby the Trump administration is reportedly planning to publish a list of 'new' tariffs that are to be imposed on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.*
· *NZD/USD Support comes as 0.6770 and resistance comes as 0.6860.*

NZD/USD ... Reported by FXstreet.com 53 minutes ago.
          Trump Is Said Poised to Release $200 Billion China Tariff List      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Jul.10 -- President Donald Trump is preparing to release a list of an additional $200 billion in Chinese products to be hit with tariffs, according to two people familiar with the matter. Bloomberg's Greg Sullivan reports on 'Bloomberg Daybreak: Australia.'
          Elon Musk’s kid-size submarine was of no use in Thai cave rescue      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk built a special kid-size submarine that simply wasn’t practical for the Thailand cave rescue, authorities said Tuesday. The SpaceX and Tesla CEO showed off the small metallic pod on Twitter over the weekend as it was tested by his engineers in a Los Angeles high school swimming pool — and...
          Scientists find the oldest pigments in the world      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A group of scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) have discovered the oldest colors in the geological record. The pigments they have discovered are 1.1 billion years old and are bright pink. The pigments were extracted from rocks deep under the Sahara Desert in Africa. ANU’s Dr. Nur Gueneli says that these pigments were taken from marine black shales … Continue reading
          [Update: Official] Instagram adds ability to ask questions in Stories      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

It seems like Instagram is in the news every other day. Highlights include its new Lite and IGTV apps, though there are several Instagram app tweaks sprinkled all throughout. Now, the Facebook-owned company has added the ability to ask questions in its Stories, a feature I'm surprised wasn't already there.

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[Update: Official] Instagram adds ability to ask questions in Stories was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


          Falling ad dollars lead to third straight decline for BDUs: CRTC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Overall BDU revenues fell to $8.54 billion in 2017, marking the third consecutive year of losses, according to the report.

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          Analyst: Augmented reality could be an $8 billion revenue opportunity for Apple      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Apple's move into augmented reality could boost iPhone and App Store sales...
          Tonight's Mega Millions jackpot tops $300 million      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Are you feeling lucky tonight? The Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $306 million after no one matched all the numbers on the Friday, July 6, drawing.

The next chance to win is tonight at 8pm.

Mega Millions tickets for tonight's $306 million drawing can be bought at stores selling lottery tickets around the state until 7:45 p.m.

Since 1982, Washington's Lottery has generated more than $3 billion to support important state programs including the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account. Money in the Pathways Account goes toward helping students achieve their higher education dreams and supports early childhood education learning programs.

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          Ex-Goldman Sachs banker in plea talks with DoJ      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
SINGAPORE: A former Goldman Sachs Group Inc banker is in talks with US prosecutors to potentially plead guilty to criminal charges stemming from an alleged scheme to steal billions of dollars from a Malaysian state investment fund, The Wall Street Journal reported.
          New York jury set to deliberate in 'Buffalo Billion' case      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

          $62.7 Billion Semiconductor Equipment Forecast ─ Tops Previous Record, Korea at Top but China Closes the Gap      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – July 9, 2018 – Releasing its Mid-Year Forecast at the annualSEMICON West exposition, SEMI, the global …
          Why Mvita constituency might be scrapped off in 2022      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Mombasa,KENYA: Mvita constituency is among the constituencies that might lose their status in 2022. This is if the constituency does not meet the population quota set by the constitution after the 2019 census. After the census, the Independent electoral and boundaries commission is set to  review the boundaries before August 2021 an exercise estimated to cost sh. 8 billion. During the last boundaries review exercise which was conducted in 2010 the population quota was set at 133,138 for rural areas and 186, 393 for constituencies in cities of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, however, the figure for the upcoming review could be raised following an increase in the population. The quota is derived by dividing the total population with the number of constituencies. The requirements for a constituency to maintain its status are that the constituency must have a margin of 40% above or below the population quota for constituencies in cities and 30% for constituencies in sparsely populated areas. As at the 2009 census, Mvita constituency had a population of   74,735  and it was among the protected constituencies during the 2010 boundaries review exercise a privilege that might not be accorded during the upcoming exercise according to The Star newspaper. That means if Mvita was not a protected constituency its population requirements would have been at a population of between  111,835 and 260, 950  people. 27 constituencies that were protected during the 2010 review also risk losing their status; 8 of the constituencies being from the Coast region, this includes Lamu East, Lamu West,Galole ,Bura , Taveta , Voi , Wundayi ,Mwatate.
          Lamu Woman Rep wants jetties built to accommodate disabled persons      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Lamu, KENYA: Lamu Woman rep Ruweida Obbo has appealed to the national government to reconstruct the more than 10 jetties in Lamu so as to accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities. Obbo noted that not a single jetty in the region took into consideration the fact that disabled persons would also need to use them making their use of the entry points extremely challenging. Speaking in Lamu on Tuesday, Obbo said its unfortunate that many of the disabled persons have had to bribe individuals to help them use the jetties while many others facing extreme difficulties whenever they attempt doing it on their own. The jetties are the only entry and exit points into and out of Lamu town and other adjacent islands. The jetties include the six main ones that are the Mokowe customs jetty, Manda airport jetty and Lamu island customs jetty in Lamu West. There is also the Mtangawanda, Kizuke and Jetty ya Ngo’ombe jetties in Lamu East. We also have numerous other smaller jetties interlinking various islands and villages in the counties. “Take a look around Lamu, not a single jetty can be used by a disabled person whether blind, crippled or anything. These people are part of the society and as such amenities like jetties must be in such a way that they can also easily use them. The government should reconstruct the jetties to solve this,” said Obbo. The woman rep’s sentiments come in the wake of plights by locals and leaders for the government to also renovate all the jetties which are currently in a dilapidated condition. The Six major entry jetties in Lamu County especially risk closure due to poor maintenance and rehabilitation. Maintenance of the jetties is the mandate of the Ministry of Transport and Public Works. The six are currently in their worst state after the metals which were used for their construction corroded with rust and collapsed leaving travelers with the now unsafe unsteady stamps. Travelers coming in and out Lamu Island and the other islands are literally putting their lives at risk each time they use the now dysfunctional jetties. Boat operators in Lamu town have had to forcefully shut down a section of the Lamu customs jetty after it collapsed and remained unattended to hence posing a danger to users. The government has equally been criticized for using the cheap and easily corrodible material in constructing the jetties when in fact such amenities require tougher and costly materials. Chief Structural Engineer in the State Department of Public Works Hillary Nyaanga has numerously stated that the government will spend close to sh.1 Billion to renovate and build afresh four key jetties in the county. The Mokowe and Lamu customs jetties together with the Manda and Mtangawanda jetties will all be pulled down and built afresh according to Nyaanga. He said the jetties will be given a modern facelift and will also be expanded to enable for many users to ply them at the same time. Nyaanga says as per their assessment so far, building the Mokowe Customs jetty afresh will cost about Sh.400 Million while the Manda airport jetty will cost around Sh.20 Million, a cost that also covers expansion of the jetty. “We shall soon start work on the Mokowe, Lamu, Manda and Mtangawanda jetties. That exercise will cost close to Sh.1 Billion since we intend to build them afresh. We feel renovation will not help the situation,” said Nyaanga.
          Trump administration readying next round of Chinese tariffs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Trump administration is set to release a list this week, potentially as early as Tuesday, of $200 billion worth of Chinese products that will be slapped with new tariffs, reports Bloomberg.

Why it matters: "The new list would mark the latest escalation of the trade war between the world’s two biggest economies," Bloomberg says.


The big picture: Businesses in the United States and abroad are suffering the consequences of a tit-for-tat trade war. Stock futures saw a slight decline as a result of the latest news.

What's next: China vowed to respond dollar-for-dollar in imposing tariffs on the United States and made good on that promise with $34 billion in tariffs last week.


          UK regulator moves toward fining Facebook over Cambridge Analytica      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A regulator in Britain could fine Facebook more than $660,000 over the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

Why it matters: The fine is the first regulatory penalty for the social giant as a result of the data dustup. It may not be the last.


What they’re doing: The British Information Commissioner’s Office said it could fine Facebook 500,000 pounds, the maximum possible, for possible failures in how it handled the collection of data used by Cambridge Analytica. It also said the company might not have properly told users their data could be exposed.

  • Facebook, however, has a chance to respond to the allegations and proposed penalty.

What they’re saying: "As we have said before, we should have done more to investigate claims about Cambridge Analytica and take action in 2015," said Erin Egan, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, in a statement. "We're reviewing the report and will respond to the ICO soon."

Reality check: While it’s the maximum amount allowed under the law, the proposed fine of just over $660,000 likely won't make a large dent in the company's finances. Facebook brought in more than $11 billion in ad revenue during the first quarter of 2018 alone.

The big picture: The office’s investigation will continue. It stretches far beyond Facebook and Cambridge, to other aspects of the use of data in politics.


          China wants to be "keeper of peace and stability" in the Middle East      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

While pledging $23 billion in loans and aid, President Xi Jinping told members of the Arab League today that China would like to form a strategic partnership to become "the keeper of peace and stability in the Middle East, the defender of equity and justice, promoter of joint development, and good friends that learn from each other," according to the South China Morning Post.

Why it matters: As Axios' Erica Pandey has reported, China is determined to win influence in the Middle East, largely through its massive Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. And while Beijing has not been shy about developing economic partnerships in the region, Xi's comments signal a new level of political engagement.


The $23 billion includes...

  • $20 billion in loans to stimulate economic development in countries with reconstruction needs
  • $3 billion in special loans for sovereign funds
  • $150 million to support "social stability efforts" in the region
  • $90.6 million in aid to warn-torn countries like Syria and Yemen

Go deeper: China's long game for Middle East influence


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          Tesla hikes China prices after retaliatory tariffs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Tesla is upping the price of its cars in China after Beijing hit American auto imports in its retaliatory tariffs on $34 billion worth of U.S. goods.

The big picture: Tesla is the latest company to take a hit in President Trump's trade war, which economists say could hurt American farmers and other automakers around the world.


The details:

  • The price of Tesla's cheapest car in China, the Model S, is going up 20% — or $20,000 a piece — to $128,500. The price of the more expensive Model X is going up by $40,000 per unit to $240,000, reports CNNMoney.
  • Tesla just lowered prices in China earlier this summer after Beijing cut foreign auto tariffs from 25% to 15%, but now prices are going up again.
  • While some firms, like Ford, said it has no plans raise prices on consumers and will absorb the entire impact of tariffs, Tesla said it was unable to do so.

What to watch: Trump is threatening to escalate the global auto war by imposing tariffs on the U.S.'s foreign auto imports using the national security justification (Section 232). Leading car manufacturers like GM, Honda, Toyota, and BMW have warned against the impact of such a move, per Business Insider.


          Gartner Says Increasing PC Prices Will Lead to Flat Growth of Global Device Shipments in 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Worldwide shipments of devices PCs, tablets and mobile phones are on pace to record 0.9 percent growth to reach 2.28 billion units in 2018, according to Gartner, Inc. The PC and tablet market is estimated to decline 1.2 percent in 2018, while the mobile phone market is on pace to record an increase of 1.4 percent.
          Aeroflot Negotiates Purchase Of 28 Airbus A350-900s      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Russian flag carrier, Aeroflot, is negotiating with Airbus the expansion of its long-haul fleet with a potential order of 28 Airbus A350-900s, worth $7.8 billion at list prices. In a story published today by Reuters, the Russian carrier might be doubling its current commitment of 14 A350s. The airline signed a memorandum of understanding for 22 Airbus A350 XWBs in 2007, including both -800 and -900 variants.
          Comment on Private Lives in a Public Era by Greg      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
We live in a world where one of the richest people makes money mining peoples' data and selling it to the russians. Facebook makes billions doing what this person did and weaponizing it. Max Headroom nailed the future: Companies give away televisions for free, they all have cameras, and they cant be turned off.
          Comment on Private Lives in a Public Era by Cthulhu (Invisible-in-Fog-and-perhaps-heavy-      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Here's thoughts, pointers, from opposite ends of the social sphere: Real Wealth means anonymity. We're not talking the kitty-litter of having a few hundred millions. Sure, there's a few poster-boys (inevitably men) for the billionaire+ set, but ask yourself a simple question: before the age of Trump, did you really realize that there was a legion of mobbed up rich oligarchs running things? Who all knew each other? And who you wouldn't recognize if they walked past you? I mean: the odd Football Club Owner you might faintly recognize... but the owner of Nestle? Not a chance. In opposition to this, there's the truism that the poor are always invisible (addendum: the ugly / plain in the Land of Selfies & Instagram). But that's the easy mode option: how about this - the last revolutionary act available to said people, targeted by Adware, Universal Panopticons, Credit Scores, Security Cameras across society, is becoming invisible to the <em>system</em>[0]. If privacy is a luxury, then denying it to the poor is a given: so becoming invisible is getting much, much harder. And then we have that special case scenario[1] - those who are not really there[2]: this can be many things - Spies, Lies, Chameleons, Con-Men: but in this era, is <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0134119/" rel="nofollow">The Talented Mr. Ripley</a> actually applicable as a psychological horror anymore? There are thousands of YouTubers who steal content (looking @ you, Facebook), thousands who re-post art claiming it as their own and so on: the film lacks punch these days because it's essentially the social/societal monetization/living model for entire swathes of the media sphere (come on: generic hunk #35 actors have known this for ages - as have non-Caucasian actors when Hollywood only have X slots available in the A or B line ups). Those who are not really there, really aren't there: not to spoil it, but try this model (without being a vegan-hipster-who-made-millions-in-bitcoin-before-retiring-to-Portland) - ok, everyone reading this will have to pretend, but really, try it on a stranger <em>without</em> running it as a "Media Toxin Purge" or "Happen to be Amish, yo": "<em>Hi, I'm X - blah blah, I have no social Media imprint, don't watch TV, my phone is used for emergencies only, I email once a week, I don't run guns to Central American Rebel Groups and I'm not ultra wealthy or Jim Jones...</em>" Watch the reactions. It's... odd. As for little Miss Muffet on the plane: I'd have just cloned a profile that was akin to her boyfriends but <strong>much richer</strong> and played it right back to her pretending to be a new follower "insanely impressed" by her media smarts (Pretending I was an exec @ Vox or Buzzfeed? Cruel, but yeah, do that as well). Any bets on her social media profile once she was cat-fished? Bets on her loyalty once *her* Shining Prince story came true (but with bonus $$$)? Single by Landing, Baby (not sexist: just harder as she's a woman - the man would have turned by the time the snack tray came past). WE CAN DO DATING: LOVE ISLAND, TEMPTATION EDITION, UNICORN PONY EDITION. YOU GIVE YOUR LOVE AND SOUL, WE GIVE YOU...HMM. APPARENTLY THE OLD REWARDS ARE MOOT: NOW WE GIVE YOU A MILLION PLUS INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS AND ACCESS TO A BLUE TWITTER BIRD CHECK OR A BILLION REDDIT UPVOTES OR FACEBOOK... I FEEL PUT UPON: MY CULTISTS CONSTANTLY MAKE FUN OF ME LIKE THIS. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO 'POWER OVER THE WEAK MINDED' OR 'ETERNAL YOUTH' OR 'KNOWLEDGE OF THE COSMOS'? NO. WE. DO. NOT. HAVE. A. FACEBOOK. PAGE. APPARENTLY WE CAN BE APPROACHED ON SNAPCHAT, SIGNAL AND OTHER DIRECT CHANNELS. [0] <a href="https://www.sciencealert.com/how-to-fool-facial-recognition-technology-with-juggalo-makeup" rel="nofollow"> Insane Clown Makeup Can Help You Dodge Facial Recognition Systems </a> Science Direct, 5th July 2018 [1] This is not a reference to disabilities: if you want to make it about that, then fine - making the Other (who society perceives to be incomplete, fail-state, imperfect etc) invisible is 100% a Capitalist thing and totes needs discussing: but we probably lack the Empathy and Nuance to do it. But we totes know what it's like. [2] <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078841/" rel="nofollow">Being There</a>
          Optimal Blue acquires Resitrader, creating largest mortgage trading platform      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Optimal Blue announced on Tuesday it acquired mortgage loan trader Resitrader, creating the industry’s largest mortgage loan trading platform. This acquisition now allows Optimal Blue to support $750 billion in transactions each year across its digital mortgage marketplace.
          Progress Residential bags $1B to boost single-family rental business      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Progress Residential, one of the nation’s largest operators of single-family rental homes, is planning a significant expansion of its platform thanks to $1 billion in new funding. The company said that more than 5,000 homes have already been purchased.
          US proposes tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese imports      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Hi Paulo, Back when the hot environmental debate was all about the Keystone Pipeline, I made my case that it was a serious mistake on the part of the USA to cancel that construction work, because ONE, it would never result in the world using less oil......... It was perfectly obvious that the Canadian people, and or at least their political leadership, would soon go for the money, and if the only way to get that money was to build longer pipelines, at greater expense, right across the country, then the pipelines to ports to sell to Asia and maybe eventually to the rest of the world as well, WOULD BE built..... How long will it be till the Trans Mountain work is finished? If the Keystone had been built as planned, we Yankees would be in a much stronger position, in the event of a real world powers showdown. The D's and the green camp should have used their clout to extract a few bucks from the oil industry, say a billion or two, and used it to buy up privately owned land and add it to the country's park system. THAT would have been a positive result.
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<i>In the meantime, don’t think of the Earth as home, think of it as a ship carrying life to a new destination. Rough seas ahead, batten down the hatches!</i> Yeah, it's like the Great Ship Lolipop, full speed ahead into oblivion! Down in steerage you have the masses of quasi slaves the populist ultra nationalist theo fascists. Then midships you have the second class composed of the pseudo literate technophile class, while in the upper decks the uber rich elite get to cavort and party the night away in faux luxury. The uber rich mistakenly think they are the ones in control of the bridge because they pay the drunken captain's meager stipend and let him treat the crew like slaves! https://medium.com/s/futurehuman/survival-of-the-richest-9ef6cddd0cc1 <strong>Survival of the Richest The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind</strong> Douglas Rushkoff <i><strong>For all their wealth and power, they don’t believe they can affect the future.</strong> The Event. That was their euphemism for the environmental collapse, social unrest, nuclear explosion, unstoppable virus, or Mr. Robot hack that takes everything down. This single question occupied us for the rest of the hour. They knew armed guards would be required to protect their compounds from the angry mobs. But how would they pay the guards once money was worthless? What would stop the guards from choosing their own leader? The billionaires considered using special combination locks on the food supply that only they knew. Or making guards wear disciplinary collars of some kind in return for their survival. Or maybe building robots to serve as guards and workers — if that technology could be developed in time.</i> BTW, The above is not an excerpt from a bad dystopian scifi novel. Those are actual questions asked of Douglas Rushkoff by uber rich clients of his, at a talk for which they paid him the equivalent of half a year's of his professor's salary... We are seriously fucked, ladies and gentlemen!
          Vive la France: Les Bleus advance to World Cup final      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — They're young, they're brash and they're collectively worth a billion dollars. The one thing missing for this French squad is an international title.

Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba and France are about to get that chance.

Les Bleus are headed to the World Cup final.

Samuel Umtiti clinched a 1-0 win over Belgium — and earned the approval of watching French President Emmanuel Macron in the VIP seats at St. Petersburg Stadium — by scoring on a header off a corner kick in the 51st minute on Tuesday.

"Vive la France! Vive la Republique!" France forward Antoine Griezmann shouted during postgame celebrations.

Umtiti played his part in a strong defensive effort by the French, too, helping to shut out the highest-scoring team at the tournament and leaving Belgium's golden generation of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku to regret another missed opportunity at a major tournament.

"It's me that scored," Umtiti said, "but we all delivered a big game."

France's players danced on the field after the final whistle and their fans sang in the stands long past the end of the match, surrounded by yellow-clad security.

They certainly hope to keep the party going on Sunday in the final in Moscow. France — with an average age of 26 — will face either Croatia or England, who play Wednesday at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital, and has a shot at redemption after losing its last two major finals — at the 2006 World Cup when Zinedine Zidane was sent off for a nasty head-butt and the 2016 European Championship on home soil.

"We're immensely privileged to be in the World Cup final," France coach Didier Deschamps said. "It was so painful two years ago we have to savor it."

Deschamps now has the chance to become the third person to win the World Cup as a player and a coach, after German great Franz Beckenbauer and Brazil's Mario Zagallo. As France captain, Deschamps raised soccer's most prized trophy in 1998.

Deschamps has faced some criticism for being too pragmatic and functional despite having a squad of superstars, but his team was set up superbly against an opponent that was largely restricted to only minor chances and denied on two occasions in particular by France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

He dived to his right midway through the first half to claw away Toby Alderweireld's shot, then got in front of Lukaku to punch away one of the many crosses sent in by Belgium in the final stages.

In a tournament dominated by goals from set pieces, France's goal came off a corner when Griezmann curled in the ball from the right and Umtiti got in front of tall Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini to knock in his header at the near post.

Up in the corporate seats, president Macron reacted to the goal by shaking the hand of King Philippe of Belgium as FIFA president Gianni Infantino watched on between them.

"Unfortunately for us, the difference is just a dead-ball situation, a set play," Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said. "The game was, as you can imagine, very close, very tight, and it was going to be decided (on) maybe the one that could find that final touch in the box."

After reaching the quarterfinals at both the 2014 World Cup and the European Championship in 2016, Belgium again missed the chance to get to an international final and has yet to fulfil its lofty expectations. Leading the scoring in this tournament with 14 goals, many thought this could be their year.

With Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar no longer in Russia, Hazard and Mbappe have taken over as the stars of the World Cup and there was a buzz every time either got the ball.

Yet while Hazard — Belgium's captain — faded after a strong opening 30 minutes, Mbappe was a constant threat. His first touch was after 10 seconds and, after receiving the ball on the right wing, he sped past Jan Vertonghen and then Mousa Dembele on a thrilling run.

At 19, Mbappe wasn't even born when France won the World Cup for the first and only time with a squad that is just as diverse as the one Deschamps is leading 20 years later.

Umtiti was born in Cameroon. Mbappe has Algerian-Cameroonian roots.

"It's a pure pleasure to see these players grow," Deschamps said, "and never give up."

Instead of a trip to Moscow, Belgium will return to St. Petersburg on Saturday for the third-place match no team wants to play.

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IN THE STANDS

Along with the French and Gabonese presidents and the king and queen of Belgium, there was rock 'n' roll royalty watching the game.

Mick Jagger was one of the many famous faces in the stands at St. Petersburg Stadium. The Rolling Stones frontman is a big soccer fan, having attended the World Cup final in Brazil in 2014 as well as many England games.

Former Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson, who is the partner of France defender Adil Rami, also was present.

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France's Samuel Umtiti celebrates after scoring his sides 1st goal of the game during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in, St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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French players mob France's Samuel Umtiti after he scored the opening goal of the game during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in, St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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France's Samuel Umtiti, 2nd right, scores the opening goal during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

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Belgium's Romelu Lukaku, left, jumps for the ball with France's Raphael Varane during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

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Axecrack " Release the Axecrackin" Heavy Metal Usa 2018
01. Necessary Evil
02. Delirium Inebrium
03. Born to Die
04. Break My Fall
05. Liar
06. Running Free
07. Blood and Bone
08. A Billion Silent Screams

Jason Raines: Cantante
Tim Proctor: Guitarra
Evan Halbert: Guitarra
Bryce The Slice: Bajo
Todd McGann: Batería

Generalmente de la ciudad de Portland ( Oregon) lo que se cuece es una fuerte escena de Black Metal por eso sorprende el debut de esta banda de metal clásico, los Axecrack. Lo que mas destaca de esta banda es su fe en el metal, adrenalina y aires juveniles.
Debutan con este trabajo por lo tanto. Necessary Evil tiene los ingredientes del clásico metal americano, un sonido del bajo diferenciador, medio tiempo, groove y estribillo típico del Rock, sin mas historia. Delirum Inebrium es un tema lento que tarda demasiado en arrancar, con el bajo amplificado y los coros en el estribillo tratan de darle un aire oscuro a la composición típico del " horror metal " americano, pensad por ejemplo en bandas como Halloween entre otras.
Las influencias de esta banda no pueden ser mas clásicas, un poco del Judas Priest en el acompañamiento y los cambios de ritmo, las intros acústicas de los Scorpions como en Born to Die, la atmósfera de los Maiden, el aspecto comercial de Dio y Metallica, incluso de Manowar y ese toque de Horror Metal antes comentado.
El problema que nos vamos a encontrar es que resulta una banda agradable de escuchar, pero es de esa clase de escuchas que van perdiendo gas a medida que avanzan las escuchas, buscan un estribillo facilón y se quedan solo en eso, temas como Break my Fall son demasiado sencillos. Porque todos los temas tienen una duración similar de unos tres minutos y todos buscan lo mismo, acompañamiento de base rítmica poderoso y el estribillo facilón sin nada, sin un cambio de ritmo creativo o agresivo, sin el trabajo de la guitarra solista, sin pizca de originalidad, todos suenan igual.
Liar sigue cotizando a la baja pese a la fortaleza de sus coros y el aire rockero de su riff, pero siempre buscan el medio tiempo con el acompañamiento del bajo. Menos mal que hay un par de temas donde buscan algo de esencia, ya no de creatividad. Lo que mejor se le da a esta banda de Portland es la balada lo vuelven a demostrar en Running Free, donde empiezan con acústica y unas notas de piano que le quedan muy bien, cuando cambian de ritmo y arrancan el tema lo hacen con un Hard Heavy Melódico donde nos regalan un buen solo.
Blood and Bone es el único tema largo del trabajo y se lo podían haber ahorrado. Quiere darle ese toque oscuro y atmosférico que es un cruce entre Lizzy Borden y Wasp, alargan sin ninguna necesidad el tema y lo único creativo vuelve a ser el aporte de su bajista.
A Billion Silent Screams pretende calcar el clásico inicio de un tema de Iron Maiden, es decir, de menos a más y cambian de ritmo sin ninguna lógica a un ritmo agresivo que no pega ni con cola con el inicio del tema. Los Axecrack tienen madera para hacer algo mucho mejor. Quieren sonar comerciales y no se desmelenan y nos regalan simples pinceladas de unos temas excesivamente comerciales y sencillos que una vez que escuchas varias veces pierden todo el efecto.

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Back in 2013, when former Communist Party member Ron Radosh was whipping up a Pravda-style disinformation campaign against my anti-communist bookAmerican Betrayal, New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait stepped up and wrote an essay knocking "West's paranoia." While I'm not certain, I strongly suspect Chait was inveigled by Radosh to write the New York Magazine piece; I imagine Radosh blanched at Chait's positive-ish headline: "Conservative Historian Has Interesting Ideas."

Still, Chait's essay bears the familiar stamp of the Radosh/Horowitz-led assault in its repeated misrepresentations of my footnoted analysis of the influence (not "control") on US policy-making potentially exerted by hundreds of Soviet "agents of influence" and fellow travelers covertly embedded inside the US government -- the subversive force that "court historians," who bestow glory on political favorites rather than shed light on the past, ignore or deny to this day. Not that it is likely journalista Chait cracked the book. All he had to do was pretend, a la Radosh & Horowitz, that I had advanced a theory, as Chait put it, that "the Soviets controlled the American government in the way they controlled, say, East Germany." As any reader knows, this is cartoonish rubbish -- but a handy way to deceive readers into dismissing the book as such.

I am reminded of this because Chait has now spun up an East-Germany-style vision of Donald Trump as Putin's Honecker, a traitor to the USA since 1987. 

Titled "What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987?," the Chait piece does not even rise to the level of "conspiracy theory," Chait having presented no conspiracy to theorize about. His technique is to raise, magnify and connect doubts. "How do you even think about the small but real chance — 10 percent? 20 percent? — that the president of the United States has been covertly influenced or personally compromised by a hostile foreign power for decades?" he asks. One answer is, you write a few thousand pointless words.

But only about Trump. Chait takes everything back to Trump's July 1987 visit to Moscow. That's because in September of that same year Trump took out a series of full-page ads in prominent newspapers noting that "Japan and other nations have been taking advantage of the United States.″ In his open letter to the American people, Trump asked, ″Why are these nations not paying the United States for the human lives and billions of dollars we are losing to protect their interests?"

Classic Trump -- or was it really Gorbachev in disguise? As Chait notes, it is the Kremlin's propensity to seek splits between the US and its allies. He writes: "The safest assumption is that it’s entirely coincidental that Trump launched a national campaign, with himself as spokesman, built around themes that dovetailed closely with Soviet foreign-policy goals shortly after his Moscow stay. Indeed, it seems slightly insane to contemplate the possibility that a secret relationship between Trump and Russia dates back this far. But it can’t be dismissed completely." (Emphasis added.)

OK, I won't dismiss it completely. But it is also a fact that Japan by this same point in the mid-1980s was making massive inroads into the US construction market, very much including Manhattan. One Japanese company even built a 20-story addition on top of a building formerly owned by Donald Trump, as the New York Times noted in an article on the expanding share of Japanese construction business in the US. In its story of July 27, 1986, the Times noted: "Japanese construction companies certainly have both the cash and the contacts to create more and more American business. `'Any major Japanese contractor has money to burn,' said an officer of one leading Japanese builder, who asked not to be identified."

Nah, that couldn't possibly have driven Developer Donald a little nuts, eventually inspiring him to take out those ads the following year to tell the American people that we (and he) were being taken advantage of. The Kremlin made him do it.   

I jest, of course. The point is, Chait would have rather more credibility on this score if, when the "party line" was a little different, he had not previously rejected on cue the copious historical record of Kremlin influence assembled in American Betrayal as "West's paranoia." Indeed, I don't recall Chait raising, magnifying and connecting such doubts about, say, the Moscow trip of Bill Clinton, whose "themes" as a draft-dodging, war-protesting tourist certainly "dovetailed closely with Soviet foreign-policy goals" both before and after his1969-1970 winter travels to Brezhnev's Moscow, then Prague, still reeling from the Soviet crushing of "Prague Spring."

Then there's what has been regrettably nicknamed the Trump "pee tape." Chait: "There is growing reason to think the pee tape might indeed exist." Really? Well, there is also reason (whether growing, I can't say) to think that the Czech intelligence recruitment tape of Bill Clinton might indeed exist. Meanwhile, the tape of Barack Obama promising "flexibility" to, as Chait aptly calls him, "former KGB agent" Putin via Medvedev does exist. I know it does because I've seen it. Has Jonathan Chait? (Watch here.) While he's on this sudden Kremlin Influence kick, Chait would also do well to peruse the FBI files on the Soviet/communist connected family of Obama senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, and also brush up on the Soviet/communist troika that politically birthed that winning 2008 team of Obama-Axelrod-Jarrett. 

It's guaranteed he won't because Chait's pursuits are not about truth-seeking or intellectual stimulation; they are all and only about political manipulation. Nowhere is his agit prop more thickly laid on than when he talks about Donald Trump as Putin's "much-needed flank against not just Obama but his former secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aggressive position against Russia." In transforming Hillary "Reset" Clinton into a regular George Patton, Chait conveniently omits the valuable goodies Obama-Clinton bestowed on Mother Russia, from permanent normal trading status, long coveted by the "former KGB agent," to the massive "civilian" high tech transfer via the Clinton-Foundation-enriching Skolkovo set-up, where, as the Army warned in 2013, hypersonic cruise missile engine technology was already coming online. One has to wonder: Does Chait really think the KGB-linked bank in Moscow gave Bill Clinton that $500K speaking fee in 2012 for nothing? Meanwhile, ask yourself: If you are sitting in the Politburo and one US candidate is promising to revitalize the US military, very much including its nuclear arsenal (Trump), and the other US candidate is arguing that "the last thing we need" is next-generation nuclear-armed cruise missiles (Clinton), whom would you rather "collude" with?

Such thoughts, however, pose a clear and present danger to Chait's miasmic belief that "the Cold War that Americans had long considered won has dissolved into the bizarre spectacle of Reagan’s party’s abetting the hijacking of American government by a former KGB agent." 

For the record, I will note that American Betrayal argues America lost the "Cold War," that ever-undermined-from-within struggle against the expansion and entrenchment of communistic ideologies. This probably accounts for some share of the wrath it aroused on the part of Cold War triumphalists who seek to ensure Americans never actually understand how our institutions, from the halls of power in Washington (definitely including the "IC") to the pulpits to the campuses to the culture, were long ago Marxified according to well-executed and well-documented Kremlin strategy executed by masses of genuine American traitors.  

If America lost the Cold War long ago -- after also losing World War II, American Betrayal's other argument, identifying the Soviet Union as the true victor (thanks to those hundreds of agents of influence at the beating heart of every government, Allied and Axis) --  then it cannot be "Reagan's party abetting the hijacking of the American government" in 2016; it was already a long way toward a fait accompli before Trump ever began his completely unlikely and wholly unexpected political rise on a heretofore unseen counter-revolutionary "America First" platform. 

Chait's essay, then, is just so much narrative control, just so much framing, just so much warding off of the counter-revolution that President Trump's victory made possible, at least. I could be wrong, but I wouldn't be surprised if it all didn't begin with a heavy dose of Radosh.

 


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Dutch Tulip Farmers grow around two billion tulips every year. The Flowers come into full bloom for three to four weeks a year, between April and May. Once the tulips are in full bloom, the farmers run cutting machines through their fields, lopping off the colourful flower heads. This is done so that the remaining energy of the flower gets directed back to the bulb so that it will bloom better and stronger. Mainly the tulip bulbs are sold, rather than the blooming flower head itself. In 2015 a total of 926 different tulip cultivars were bred. The Dutch horticulture sector is the world market leader in flowers, plants and bulbs. Some 77% of all flower bulbs traded worldwide come from the Netherlands.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While new Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper would like the focus to be on his plans for the team's future, he cannot completely put the franchise's sullied past behind him.

Tepper has to keep the prominent statue of Panthers' founder Jerry Richardson outside of the stadium as part of the NFL-record $2.2 billion deal he agreed to in June after Richardson decided to sell the team in December amid reports of sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace.

Tepper said Tuesday when he was introduced as the team's new owner that he's "contractually obligated" to keep the 13-foot high statue of Richardson standing alongside two growling panthers where it is.

The league substantiated the allegations against Richardson following a six-month investigation and fined him $2.75 million.

Fans have expressed their desire on social media and sports talk shows to remove the statue, which was built in 2016.

And while Tepper said contractually he can't do that, he spoke repeatedly about changing the environment of the Panthers workplace.

Tepper said there will be "no impediment" in employees feeling comfortable coming forward if they if they have any problems on the business side of the organization.

He wants to create an environment where "everybody feels safe like a family."

Sports Illustrated reported in December, citing unnamed sources, that Richardson made sexually suggestive comments to women and on at least one occasion directed a racial slur at an African-American Panthers scout. The report states that he reached settlements that included non-disclosure requirements forbidding the parties from discussing the details.

"Listen, whatever was, was. This is now," Tepper said. "This is going to be an open place. So there are not going to be non-disclosure agreements, no matter what, in this new place. That was then, this is now."

The Panthers are only tied to Charlotte through June 2019 in terms of a stadium agreement, but Tepper reiterated the city is "the most logical place" to keep the team, although adding that a "redo" is necessary.

The Panthers and the city of Charlotte came to an agreement on improvements for the team's stadium in 2013, calling for the city to contribute about $87 million for renovations to Bank of America Stadium in exchange for a six-year hard tether to keep the NFL franchise in Charlotte.

Tepper's focus right now is on new practice facilities.

He said the Panthers are "falling behind a little bit" other teams in the league.

He is considering moving the team's practice facilities to South Carolina, in part to keep both states interested in the team. The Panthers currently practice on three fields within walking distance to their downtown stadium. Tepper said that valuable land could be used for developmental purposes.

Tepper, who grew up playing football, also said he wants more events at the team's stadium, including high school state championship football games and the "right kind of concerts."

He is excited about the football side of the team, praising two-time AP Coach of the Year Ron Rivera and his hiring of new offensive coordinator Norv Turner to replace Mike Shula.

"I'm not looking to do too much there," Tepper said of the coaching side.

However, Tepper plans to hire a new team president to replace Danny Morrison, who left last year, and former COO Tina Becker, who resigned on Monday after seven months in the position. He said he has two replacement candidates in mind, both with some marketing background.

He also likes the makeup of the team's roster with training camp right around the corner, citing how involved players are in the community and charity work.

He cited Spider-Man, saying that "with great power comes great responsibility."

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          This Market Needs a Rest      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Market As you know by now we’ve got the market into overbought territory. I have harped on this enough the last two days so I will do my best to not harp so much today. Today’s breadth was terrible. It was flat and the S&P was green by 9 points. I can’t spin that bullishly. Overall breadth has been great but in the last two days it has begun to falter with today quite glaring. Even Nasdaq eked out a gain and saw breadth decidedly negative. That’s the overbought condition at work. The number of stocks making new highs did not improve. So now we have the S&P at a new recovery high, just shy of 2,800, and the number of stocks making new highs still far fewer than the last time the S&P was here. Also note that in the last three trading days there has been no improvement despite the S&P adding over 50 points.

But it is sentiment that has me confounded. All around me –well prior to the post close announcement of $200 billion of tariffs to be announced—I hear bullishness. I see folks confident the S&P will cross 2,800. The Daily Sentiment Index (DSI) for the VIX was down to 9 today. As a reminder, once these DSI readings get under 10 we usually see a pop in the underlying instrument. In this case that would be the VIX, which means if the VIX rises usually stocks fall. So this reading confirms the bullishness I see all around me. Yet for the first time since May 3 the put/call ratio for equities went into the 70s. I am shocked. The first down day for the Russell 2000 and the equity put/call ratio shoots up to 74%? Wow. That does not scream of too much bullishness, does it? On the chart of the S&P below I have noted all the readings in the 70s we saw back in late March/early April and again in late April/early May. They were all part of a bottoming process as you can see. But none arrived on a day the S&P was solidly green which is why today’s reading is so curious to me.

I think for now I will simply stick with the overbought reading that tells us the market needs a rest because I’m not sure what to make of these two divergent sentiment readings. New Ideas It took long enough but IBB an ETF to be long biotech stocks has finally pushed into the target zone I had of $115-$116. I do however like that it crossed the downtrend line on a gap. I would take some profits here and wait for a consolidation or pullback. I think the best it can do now is fill that gap at $118. It needs a rest. ...

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          Will Boris Johnson’s Departure Prompt New UK Diplomacy?       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Britain's Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson arrives at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, July 3, 2018. 

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Several months before his resignation this week, the UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson claimed that standing up for human rights creates a “more prosperous and progressive world,” and spoke of “championing” human rights. But despite this, the current UK government’s approach to human rights has been weak, inconsistent, and often incoherent.

For example, the UK remains one of the Saudi-led coalition’s strongest supporters. The UK refuses to call out the coalition’s massive violations of the laws of war in Yemen, even though the coalition continues to unlawfully kill Yemeni civilians, strike weddings, and bomb homes. The UK has sold at least £4.6 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since the beginning of the conflict, and the UK government’s refusal to halt Saudi arms sales puts it at risk of being complicit in future unlawful attacks. Documents made public in a court case last year suggest that Johnson played a crucial role inside the government in pushing for a continuation of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

London’s diplomatic record on Myanmar, where a military campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya – which constitutes crimes against humanity – has forced more than 700,000 people from their homes, is equally problematic. The UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee said as much when it sharply criticized the government’s lack of leadership on the global stage, saying its efforts had “struggled to achieve a clear sense of direction.” 

Despite being a permanent member of the UN Security Council, the UK has failed to advance a resolution for a vote to refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court, leaving hundreds of thousands of victims of atrocities without redress. Meanwhile, the UK’s efforts to combat sexual violence in conflict – a landmark initiative created by one of Johnson’s predecessors William Hague – has been left wanting in the face of widespread rape against the Rohingya.

The UK’s policy on Egypt has also been very weak. Under the leadership of President al-Sisi, more than 60,000 people have been imprisoned, protests have been effectively banned, and the Egyptian army is committing terrible abuses in Sinai. Human Rights Watch has exposed the widespread torture of political detainees by Egypt’s security forces. Yet the UK government has remained silent, with Foreign Office Middle East Minister Alistair Burt even praising Sisi’s abusive counterterror operations.

If the new Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to advance Britain’s diplomatic reputation and voice in the world, he should make sure that human rights return to the centre of UK foreign policy.


          UK Regulators May Fine Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Of course, $664,000—the maximum penalty under UK law—isn’t much of a punishment for a company like Facebook, which is valued at more than $584 billion.
          Vive la France: Les Bleus advance to World Cup final      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
They're young, they're brash and they're collectively worth a billion dollars. The one thing missing for this French squad is...
          The Wall Street Journal: U.S. readying new tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese goods      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump administration is preparing to apply additional tariffs on up to $200 billion in imports from China — a move seen as a response to China’s retaliation to an initial round of U.S. tariffs applied last week, according to people familiar with the matter.

          US proposes tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese imports      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump administration is readying tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese imports, ranging from burglar alarms to mackerel.
          The Wall Street Journal: E-cigarette startup Juul raises $650 million in funding, at $15 billion valuation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
E-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc. has raised $650 million as part of a fundraising round that values the fast-growing but controversial startup at about $15 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

          Trump launches new tariffs on China      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump administration is readying another round of tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion.

          Drake’s Album Breaks Record 1 Billion Streams      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(CNN) – Drake’s new album “Scorpion” has only been out a week, but it’s already been streamed more than a-billion times. It’s the first time an album has crossed the billion mark in one week’s time. “Scorpion” is also Drake’s eighth consecutive album to top the charts. It includes a guest appearance by Jay-Z and a previously unreleased vocal by...
          Big names gather for ‘Future Cities’ symposium      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Southbank by Beulah has announced the ‘Future Cities’ symposium in Melbourne to unveil shortlisted designs for the $2 billion Southbank precinct project
          India, South Korea aim to more than double trade to $50 billion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
India and South Korea signed 11 agreements on Tuesday to expand business ties and more than double mutual trade to $50 billion by 2030, a day after the premiers of the two countries launched a Samsung mobile phone factory near Delhi.

          U.S. to slap tariffs on extra $200 billion of Chinese imports      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The United States has decided to impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China after efforts to negotiate a solution to the trade dispute failed to reach an agreement, senior administration officials said on Tuesday.

          U.S. may list tariffs on $200 billion more Chinese products: official      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to publish this week a list of $200 billion in additional Chinese products to be hit with tariffs, possibly as early as later on Tuesday, an administration official said.

          Raytheon, Lockheed, Northrop Grumman win $4.1 billion U.S. defense contract      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Raytheon Co , Lockheed Martin Corp and Northrop Grumman Corp are each being awarded a multiple award U.S. defense contract worth a maximum $4.1 billion for ballistic missile defense, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

          Nigeria seeks about $22.5 billion to finance 164 projects ―FG      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

NIGERIA is seeking the support of private, bilateral and multilateral investors to fund its investment commitments by the year 2020. And the African Development Bank (AfDB) said it will assist the country to bridge its [...]

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          The Wall Street Journal: U.S. readying new tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese goods      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump administration is preparing to apply additional tariffs on up to $200 billion in imports from China — a move seen as a response to China’s retaliation to an initial round of U.S. tariffs applied last week, according to people familiar with the matter.

          The Wall Street Journal: EU poised to slap Google with multibillion-dollar antitrust fine      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The European Union’s antitrust watchdog is expected to find Alphabet Inc.’s Google illegally abused the dominance of its Android operating system for mobile phones, issuing a multibillion-euro fine and ordering changes to the company’s Android-related business practices, people familiar with the matter said

          Are We in a Trade War?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Are We in a Trade War?

TV pundits keep repeating that we’re in a “trade war.” What does that even mean?

For starters, if you want to learn more about tariffs and trade, we will hold an informational call on Thursday to discuss newly imposed tariffs, progress on the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations and steps the labor movement is taking to find trade policy solutions that benefit working people. (Click here to RSVP.)

Now, let’s tone down the rhetoric just a bit. Real wars, such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan, are deadly, dangerous, scary affairs. No one should confuse tariffs with real wars.

In terms of economics, the closest thing we have to a “war” is the relentless attack on workers that has been taking place for several decades as economic elites (including corporate CEOsbad actor employers and the 1% who don’t want to pay their fair share of taxes) have worked to rig global economic rules to benefit themselves at the expense of ordinary working people.  

The attack on workers has been waged on many fronts, from so-called “right to work” laws that deny our freedom, to regressive tax laws such as the recent Republican tax bill giving big tax breaks to companies that outsource jobs, to attacks on overtime pay and workplace safety, to defunding schools and meals for our children. The attack on workers also comes in the area of trade policy, and includes unfair, predatory actions by China. Trade attacks on workers are aided and abetted by greedy corporations that outsource jobs and abuse workers, and by U.S. officials of both political parties who have failed to stand up for us.

So why are so many people saying we’re in a trade war? First, to scare us. Maintaining the status quo is exactly what the powerful want to keep workers and wages down. Second, because the U.S. is finally starting to do something about harmful trade practices that hurt working people. It has been so long since the U.S. has ambitiously used trade remedies to defend our economy that Wall Street fat cats are calling it a trade war.

While tariffs are not dangerous per se (in fact, they can be a very effective tool to address harmful trade practices and create jobs), they must be applied carefully, thoughtfully and strategically. If done right, tariffs can persuade trading partners to change their harmful practices. In that case, the tariffs will disappear quickly. On the other hand, if the tariffs are applied haphazardly, they may backfire, causing more economic disruption than necessary. As with anything it does, the government should be smart in how it applies tariffs. And it should have a plan that minimizes negative side effects for the U.S. economy and prioritizes benefits for working families—no matter in what industry those families work.

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          7/10/2018: Business: Alberta likely to take pipeline stake: Notley      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

CALGARY — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the province is likely to end up owning a piece of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Ottawa agreed to buy the Alberta-to-Burnaby crude conduit this spring for $4.5 billion from U.S. company Kinder...
          7/10/2018: Business: Appeals court backs $10B deal in Volkswagen emissions case      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. appeals court on Monday approved a $10-billion US settlement between Volkswagen and car owners caught up in the company’s emissions cheating scandal. The deal delivered “tangible, substantial benefits” and the federal judge who...
          7/10/2018: Arts: Johnson scales new heights in Skyscraper      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

LOS ANGELES — Throughout his movie career, Dwayne Johnson has squared off against all manner of threats, from giant monsters to ancient armies to earthquakes, firmly establishing himself as the king of the action-movie hill with more than $9.4 billion...
          7/11/2018: Airtel Plans to Raise $1B in Overseas Loans      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Saikat Das & Romit Guha Mumbai | New Delhi: Bharti Airtel plans to raise about $1 billion (.`6,900 crore) through overseas loans as it aims to refinance its high-cost debt to free up cash for capex investments needed to expand its 4G network to take...
          A Wall Street analyst says Google has 2 different choices for its car spinoff, and one of them could make Waymo a $180 billion company      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Waymo will possess such a big lead in self-driving cars when it launches operations in Phoenix by the end of the year that analyst...
          Obama Homeland chief: ICE needs reform, not abolition - Lexington Herald Leader      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Obama Homeland chief: ICE needs reform, not abolition
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It consists of essentially two components: enforcement and removal operations, or ERO, and homeland security investigations, or HSI, which is dedicated to the investigation of cross-border crimes such as smuggling dangerous drugs and contraband, the ...
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          Lightspeed collects $750 mln for twelfth fund, also raises $1.05 bln for third select fund      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Lightspeed Venture Partners has closed its twelfth fund at $750 million. Also, the early-stage venture firm has closed its third select fund at $1.05 billion. Fund XII will focus on the enterprise and consumer sectors while Select Fund III will complement the firm’s early-stage fund strategy with follow-on rounds in existing Lightspeed portfolio companies as well as make new investments in companies "that have demonstrated compelling product-market fit, strong fundamentals and scalability."
          Kiwifruit expected to remain king of horticulture export industry      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Kiwifruit exports, valued at $1.86 billion, remains New Zealand's most valuable horticulture export. 
          PE HUB Wire Highlights, 7.10.18      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Billionaire Dan Gilbert’s independent sponsor eyes process to cash out original LPs; AE Industrial Fund II raises $1.36B; Palladium invests in Spice World
          AE Industrial Partners Fund II raises $1.36 bln      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
AE Industrial Partners LP said July 10 that its second private equity fund closed on $1.36 billion. AE Industrial Partners Fund II LP will make control investments in technical manufacturing, distribution and supply chain management, MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul), and industrial service-based businesses in AEI’s target markets. The target of Fund II was $1 billion. Eaton Partners, a Stifel Company, served as placement agent, while Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as legal adviser to AEI.
           US proposes tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is readying tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese imports, ranging from burglar alarms to mackerel.The Office...
           UPDATE 2-U.S. to slap tariffs on extra $200 billion of...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON, July 10 (Reuters) - The United States has decided to impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China after efforts to negotiate a...
           U.S. to slap tariffs on extra $200 billion of Chinese...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON, July 10 (Reuters) - The United States has decided to impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China after efforts to negotiate a...
          Infutor improves ad targeting with ReachSmart Digital ID      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Infutor has unveiled a tool called ReachSmart Digital ID that employs data from its 1 billion records to boost ad targeting a -More

           Libya 1st-half 2018 oil revenue $11.4 bln - central bank       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Ahmed ElumamiTRIPOLI, July 10 (Reuters) - Libya's central bank (CBL) said on Tuesday the country had earned 15.6 billion Libyan dinars ($11.4 billion)...
           New York jury set to deliberate in 'Buffalo Billion' case       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NEW YORK (AP) - A New York jury was set to begin deliberations Wednesday in the trial of a former president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic...
          United States Investment Corporation monitoring Zimbabwe situation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) says it is closely monitoring the political situation in Zimbabwe as it rolls out an initiative which will mobilize more than $1 billion to projects that support transportation, communications, and value chains in Africa over the next three years. “We are following that (developments in Zimbabwe) very closely,” said […]
          AE Industrial Partners closes second buyout fund at $1.36 billion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
AE Industrial Partners closed AE Industrial Partners Fund II at its $1.36 billion hard cap.
          PPF 7800 index deficit down in June      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The total deficit of all U.K. pension funds covered by the Pension Protection Fund's 7800 index fell 8.9% to £85.6 billion ($113.7 billion) in June.
          Singapore's Temasek says 12% gain lifts assets to record S$308 billion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Temasek Holdings reports a 12% gain for its fiscal year ended March 31, lifting the value of its portfolio to a record S$308 billion.
          Daily Kos Elections Live Digest: 7/10      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Welcome to the Daily Kos Elections Live Digest, your liveblog of all of today's campaign news.

Please note: The Live Digest is a 2016 and 2020 Democratic presidential primary-free space. It’s also an elections-only zone. If you'd like to discuss policy, please visit the latest Daily Kos Elections policy open thread.

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Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 4:59:29 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

FL-Sen: The GOP group America Next has debuted an ad that attacks Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson for supposedly voting to raise taxes and adding to the national debt.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 5:04:11 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

WI-Sen: Wisconsin Next PAC, which is funded by billionaire megadonor Diane Hendricks, has put $438,000 behind an ad attacking businessman Kevin Nicholson in the GOP primary against state Sen. Leah Vukmir. The spot uses footage of him speaking at the 2000 Democratic National Convention to argue he's an unreliable conservative.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 5:11:10 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

AK-Gov: The Democratic firm Harstad Strategic Research has polled Alaska's gubernatorial race on behalf of the state AFL-CIO, which isn't officially backing a candidate yet. Their survey finds likely GOP nominee Mike Dunleavy with a 32-28 lead over independent Gov. Bill Walker, while former Democratic Sen. Mark Begich takes 18. Their survey finds likely GOP nominee Mike Dunleavy with a 32 percent plurality while independent Gov. Bill Walker and former Democratic Sen. Mark Begich are tied for second at 28 percent apiece. However, if either of Walker or Begich were to drop out, the race looks very different. In a two-way matchup, they have Begich up 50-41 over Dunleavy, while Walker leads him by 49-40.

The pollster also tested the Aug. 21 Republican primary, where they find Dunleavy with a 43-17 advantage over former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 5:22:58 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

CT-Gov: Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst has debuted his first TV ad ahead of the Aug. 14 Republican primary. He boasts of balancing the budget in Trumbull and calls for eliminating pensions for legislators and political appointees.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 5:34:09 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

GA-Gov: Secretary of State Brian Kemp has finally unloaded on Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle with a TV ad in the GOP primary runoff that makes use of a damning secret recording where Cagle admitted to supporting what he called a bad law solely because it deterred a super PAC from spending millions to support another candidate. Kemp says "if that's no criminal, it should be."

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 5:43:26 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

AL-02: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has gone up with a TV ad attacking former Rep. Bobby Bright in the GOP primary runoff over his Democratic past, noting he backed Nancy Pelosi for speaker. They tout Rep. Martha Roby as a Trump-supporting conservative.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 5:47:08 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

IL-12: The DCCC has added $319,000 to its October ad reservation on behalf of Democratic nominee Brendan Kelly in the race against GOP Rep. Mike Bost.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 6:01:07 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

KS-03: Women Vote, which is affiliated with EMILY's List, is putting $387,000 behind a two-week TV ad buy on behalf of attorney Sharice Davids ahead of the Aug. 7 Democratic primary. The ad calls her a fighter as Davids, who is also a mixed martial arts fighter, is shown practicing with a punching bag. The narrator notes her background as the daughter of a single mother Army veteran, while they highlight how Davids went from community college to getting a law degree from Cornell. They close by calling her a progressive who will take on Trump and the NRA.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 6:09:01 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

MI-11: Democrat Haley Stevens, who was the former chief of staff to President Obama's Auto Task Force, has released her first TV ad ahead of the Aug. 7 primary. She touts how the auto rescue saved over 200,000 jobs and says she's running for Congress to get more people covered under Obamacare and stop Trump from sabotaging it.

Meanwhile, state Rep. Tim Greimel has also launched his first Democratic primary ad. The spot emphasizes how Greimel stood up to Trump and Michigan Republicans by fighting for Medicaid expansion, a higher minimum wage, and women's reproductive health care.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 6:30:44 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

Governors, Redistricting: With Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court is about to take a major step backward in the battle against Republican gerrymandering, but Stephen Wolf details in a new post how Democrats can fight back by winning gubernatorial elections. This map shows which states hold gubernatorial elections that matter for 2020s redistricting, and the the 10 biggest battlegrounds this year are Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 7:06:26 PM +00:00 · David Nir

CA-25, MN-02, NJ-03: Last week, the League of Conservation Voters and the Environmental Defense Fund released a June poll from Global Strategy Group of 2,000 voters across 20 Republican-held congressional districts and found Democrats with a 44-40 lead on the generic ballot in these seats. As part of that survey, GSG also polled extra respondents in five districts in order to have a sufficiently large sample size to analyze the individual head-to-head matchups in those races, and now they've published the data from three of those contests.

In California's 25th District, GSG gives GOP Rep. Steve Knight a 45-40 lead on Democrat Katie Hill while Donald Trump is underwater with a 43-49 favorability rating. This is the first poll we've seen here in many months, and therefore the first we've seen since Hill won the second slot in June's top-two primary.

Over on the other side of the country in New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District, GSG has Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur in a 42-all tie with his Democratic opponent, Andy Kim, with Trump even more unpopular at 43-52. Those numbers are even better than the 48-44 MacArthur advantage that Kim's own internal from early June found.

Finally, in Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District, GSG for some reason didn't test Democrat Angie Craig by name against freshman GOP Rep. Jason Lewis, even though Craig is the only Democrat on the August primary ballot. Instead, they have Lewis up 43-42 over an unnamed "Democratic candidate," while Trump's favorables stand at a negative 41-54.

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 7:41:26 PM +00:00 · Stephen Wolf

2Q Fundraising:

ND-Sen: Heidi Heitkamp (D-inc): $1.9 million raised, $5.2 million cash-on-hand

NV-Sen: Dean Heller (R-inc): $2.4 million raised, $5.85 million cash-on-hand

OH-Sen: Sherrod Brown (D-inc): $3.7 million raised, $11.1 million cash on hand

PA-Sen: Bob Casey (D-inc): $2.2 million raised, $9.8 million cash-on-hand

TX-Sen: Ted Cruz (R-inc): $4 million raised, $10 million cash-on-hand

WI-Sen: Kevin Nicholson (R): $1 million raised

CT-Gov: Joe Ganim (D): $736,000 raised cycle-to-date, $60,000 self-funded, $316,000 cash-on-hand

TN-Gov: Craig Fitzhugh (D): $75,000 raised, $200,000 self-loaned

CA-10: Josh Harder (D): $1.25 million raised

CA-25: Katie Hill (D): $1.3 million raised

CT-05: Mary Glassman (D): $380,000 raised

FL-15: Julio Gonzalez (R): $225,000 raised

FL-18: Brian Mast (R-inc): $1 million raised, $2 million cash-on-hand; Lauren Baer (D): $500,000 raised, $1 million cash-on-hand

IA-01: Abby Finkenauer (D): $765,000 raised

IL-06: Peter Roskam (R-inc): $944,000 raised, $2.3 million cash-on-hand

ME-02: Jared Golden (D) $560,000 raised

NY-22: Anthony Brindisi (D): $660,00 raised, $1.4 million cash-on-hand

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2018 · 7:47:56 PM +00:00 · David Nir

NJ-02: After standing by their racist nominee in New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District for weeks, the NRCC finally withdrew its backing from Republican Seth Grossman after Media Matters unearthed social media posts in which Grossman favorably linked to hate-filled essays on white supremacist sites. One typically unsubtle passage from a piece that Grossman highlighted:

However, my experience has also taught me that blacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well. They are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike.

While Grossman squirmed when Media Matters asked him for comment, he'd never made any attempt to hide his views. Last month, shortly after he unexpectedly won the GOP primary, audio emerged from an April candidate forum in which he'd declared, "The whole idea of diversity is a bunch of crap and un-American," calling the concept "an excuse by Democrats, communists, and socialists, basically, to say that we're not all created equal."

Soon thereafter, we learned what he believes about Islam ("a cancer"), Kwanzaa ("a phony holiday invented in 1960's by black racists"), and George Soros (akin to Leon Trotsky, who was an "International Communist—and a Jew"), thanks to a series of other online writings uncovered by CNN.

It's never just one isolated comment with guys like this, but the NRCC waited until maximum embarrassment had set in to cut ties, even though the committee was unlikely to ever devote real resources to Grossman. It's nevertheless a remarkable turn of events: The GOP has now triaged a seat it's held for decades—and one that Trump won!—because it couldn't avoid nominating a white supremacist. It won't be the last time.


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Melbourne-based defense and communications firm Harris Corp won a deal through the U.S. Department of Defense, creating a decade worth of work. Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) won the $1.5 billion contract on July 10 and will provide the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency with geospatial data services for 10 years. Harris will create, manage and disseminate high-quality geospatial-intelligence information for use by the U.S. intelligence community and military worldwide. Geospatial intelligence…

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Netflix isn’t holding back on its original content and could spend US$13 billion this year on its shows and movies. To put that in perspective, Apple is moving aggressively with its $1 billion investment in original content and still well above more traditional content creators. David Z. Morris writing at Fortune said,

Netflix will spend $12-13 billion on original programming this year. That’s much more than the $8 billion it planned to spend as of October 2017. It would also be vastly more than legacy studios are spending: HBO spent $2.5 billion on content in 2017, and even CBS spent just $4 billion.

The streaming media company has plans for 82 feature films this year, and could be spending $22.5 billion a year on content by 2022. That moves the bar for Amazon, HBO, Hulu, and now Apple.

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          US DOJ charges 601 individuals in nation’s largest healthcare fraud takedown      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced charges against 601 individuals for their alleged participation in healthcare fraud schemes. According to the announcement, the alleged fraud is estimated to have resulted in more than $2 billion in losses to federal healthcare programs. This national healthcare fraud takedown is the largest in U.S. history, surpassing...… Continue reading

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President Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing.President Donald Trump is nearing an escalation of the trade war. According to a new report, Trump si set to release a list of $200 billion worth of Chinese goods that could be subject to a new 10% tariff.
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Worthless Just Two Years Ago, West Texas Sand Now Brings in Billions

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Standing high on top of a windswept dune in the West Texas plains, Greg Edwards stares out into a vast ocean of sand. It stretches in every direction, interrupted only by an occasional strip of asphalt or clusters of silos that rise high into the sky.

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Industry coming out of slow second quarter, expected to see $50 billion in activity
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The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.
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          Donald Trump, Europe, and NATO      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
COGwriter US President Donald Trump sent out some tweets on NATO: Getting ready to leave for Europe. First meeting – NATO. The U.S. is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them. Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer. On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the […]
          "Currency War, Then Trade War - Is Shooting War Next?"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
"Currency War, Then Trade War - 
Is Shooting War Next?"

"My thesis is that currency wars are followed by trade wars and then finally shooting wars among major powers.This happened in the 1930s and it seems to be happening again.

Currency wars begin in a condition of too much debt and not enough growth. Countries steal growth from their trading partners by cheapening their currencies to promote exports and import inflation. The present currency war started in January 2010. The problem with currency wars is that all advantage is temporary and is quickly erased by retaliation. Trading partners retaliate with their own devaluations. Currency cross-rates end up back where they started, with costs imposed due to the uncertainties.

Not only is the world not better off but it is worse off because of the costs and uncertainty resulting from the currency manipulations. Eventually, the world wakes up to this reality and moves to the trade war stage. Once countries realize that currency wars don’t work, they turn quickly to trade wars through tariffs and other trade barriers. The problem is that trade wars don’t work either, for the same reason currency wars don’t work - retaliation or tit-for-tat tariffs soon puts everyone back where they started.

The new trade war started in January 2018 with the announcement of tariffs, and those tariffs actually began to take effect last week. Just because trade wars have started does not mean the currency wars are over. Not at all. The currency wars and trade wars continue side by side. In fact, they are related.

If the U.S. puts tariffs on China, which we have, then China can fight back two ways. The first is to impose their own tariffs on U.S. exports, which they have. The second is to cheapen their currency to offset the impact of the tariffs. If the U.S. imposes a 25% tariff on China but China cheapens its currency by 25%, then everyone is back where they started in terms of the costs of Chinese goods to U.S. consumers.

This would be a potentially devastating development for markets. A shock yuan maxi-devaluation will be the shot heard round the world as it was in August and December 2015 (both times, U.S. stocks fell over 10% in a matter of weeks). There are individual winners and losers from the currency and trade wars, but the global economy as a whole is definitely a loser. This new trade war will get ugly fast and the world economy will be collateral damage. I believe it will get much worse before it is resolved.

We should look for slower growth and possibly a recession as the trade and currency wars play out. Let’s hope that history does not repeat and that we don’t end up in a Third World War, as the currency/trade wars of the 1930s helped lead to WWII. Below, I show you three crucial weapons Trump has at his disposal in the trade war with China. The globalists are panicking, but as you’ll see, there’s little they - or Congress - can do to stop him. Read on."

"Trump’s Devastating Trade War Weapons"
By Jim Rickards

"The news last week was dominated by breathless headlines about the new trade war between the U.S. and China. But this trade war has been brewing for years and came as no surprise to readers of my newsletter, Project Prophesy. In fact, the new trade war is simply a continuation of the currency wars that began in 2010.

I’ve warned for over a year that President Trump’s threats of tariffs should be taken seriously, while most of Wall Street discounted Trump’s talk as mere bluster. Now the trade wars are here as we expected, and they will get much worse before they are resolved.

The most powerful analytic frame today for understanding political and macroeconomic developments is the sequence from currency wars to trade wars and then ultimately shooting wars. Currency wars arise in a condition of too much debt and too little growth. Economic powers try to steal growth from their trading partners by devaluing their currencies to promote exports and import inflation. This can work in the short run, but the benefits are strictly temporary because trading partners retaliate by devaluing their own currencies. The tit-for-tat devaluations leave everyone worse off because of the uncertainty and transaction costs imposed.

Once it becomes clear that currency wars are a failure, nations resort to trade wars. These begin with tariffs imposed by one nation on another to protect domestic industry and reduce trade deficits. As with currency wars, the problem is retaliation. Victims of tariffs impose their own tariffs and the world is worse off.

We’ve seen this pattern before in the 1920s and 1930s. It began with currency wars (1921–1936), then trade wars (1930–1939) and finally a shooting war in the Second World War that began in Asia in 1936, spread to Europe in 1939 and subsumed the U.S. in 1941. The present currency war began in 2010. The new trade war began in 2018. Let’s hope a new shooting war or even a third world war does not follow in sequence.

Trump is like a five-star general in the currency and trade wars. It’s important to understand his weapons and tactics. Trump likes to threaten to get results but often does not follow through on his threats. Recently he threatened to withdraw the U.S. from the World Trade Organization (WTO), the primary multilateral body for settling trade disputes and a successor to one of the original Bretton Woods institutions (along with the IMF and World Bank) established in 1944. But Trump’s threat to withdraw from the WTO will not be carried out. It’s in the bluff category, strictly for show.

The fact is Trump is turning trade policy upside down without withdrawing from WTO by using other tools at his disposal. There has always been an exemption from the application of WTO rules where national security is involved. It's just that past presidents have never used the authority because they are globalists (Republicans and Democrats). Trump’s method is to weaponize national security considerations in the context of trade disputes. The U.S. has always had ways to stop trade flows and restrict direct foreign investment based on national security considerations.

Trump’s three main "weapons," mostly unknown to everyday Americans, are IEEPA, CFIUS and Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. IEEPA stands for the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. Enacted in 1977, it allows the President to regulate commerce after declaring a national emergency. He can declare this emergency “to deal with any unusual and extraordinary threat, which has its source in whole or substantial part outside the United States, to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.”

CFIUS stands for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. It began under President Ford in 1975. CFIUS gives the Executive Branch power to monitor the impact of foreign investment in the United States, and determine if it jeopardizes national security. It can block acquisitions of U.S. firms by Chinese companies, for example.

Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 is the “nuclear option” when it comes to trade wars. I don’t want to get too deeply in the weeds here, but Section 301 gives the president broad authority to impose sanctions and penalties. It gives the president a free hand to impose billions of dollars of damages if not more on China.

So Trump has the best of both worlds. He can threaten the WTO, but doesn't actually have to withdraw because he can get everything he wants anyway using IEEPA, CFIUS and Section 301. The globalists are freaking out but can't stop him.

Unlike previous globalist presidents, Trump is a nationalist. And he's using these powers like crazy to push his agenda. The Congress can't stop him because all of these weapons are statutory; they were already passed by Congress in the 1970s and 1980s. These statutes delegate expansive powers to the president. What's new is not the law but the way the law is being used.
During the Weimar Republic hyperinflation in 1922–23, paper money became worthless and was swept down sewers (left) or fed into furnaces as fuel (right). The currency wars continued with French devaluation (1925), U.K. devaluation (1931) and U.S. devaluation (1933). When the currency wars failed to produce growth, the trade wars erupted with the Smoot-Hawley tariffs (1930) and similar tariffs from U.S. trading partners. After currency wars and trade wars failed came shooting wars in Asia (1936) and Europe (1939). The same pattern is repeating today with a new currency war (2010) and trade war (2018).

There is legislation pending in Congress right now to amend CFIUS. The name of the bill is the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, or FIRRMA. This amendment to CFIUS will give CFIUS greatly expanded powers to stop Chinese takeovers of U.S. crown jewels in technology, telecommunications and the defense sector. This new law shuts the Chinese (and anyone else Trump doesn't like) out of the market to acquire U.S. tech and defense stocks. Once you remove the biggest buyers from the market, prices will plunge to "re-price" to the new reality.

With the trade wars and pending legislation in mind, what are my predictive analytic models telling us about the prospects for a stock market crash in the tech and defense sectors? Right now my analytical tools are telling me that FIRRMA is close to a sure thing to become law, but Wall Street is underestimating the impact of this on takeover activity and stock prices to tech and defense companies. FIRRMA has been attached to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal 2019 (starting Oct. 1, 2018). However, Congress will be in recess most of the time after July 26 for vacations and midterm election campaigning.

NDAA is "must pass" legislation. This means Congress has to pass this before the end of September unless they enact a continuing resolution. I estimate two possible outside dates for this to become law and go to the president for signature: Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 (with no continuing resolution), or Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 (end of this session of Congress).

Of course, markets won’t wait until then to react. Sooner than later, Wall Street will see this coming and start to discount the impact. FIRRMA has bipartisan support from liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans. It's as close to a "sure thing" in D.C. legislation as you can get.

China will not take this lying down. They are fighting back in the trade wars using currency war weapons and will also retaliate directly by restricting U.S. investment in China’s technology, another blow to global tech stock prices."
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          “A Nation Built On Lies” (Part 2)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
“A Nation Built On Lies” (Part 2)
by James Quinn

"In Part 1 of this article I detailed the damage done by the Deep State and the inevitability of another financial crisis destined to propel this Fourth Turning into its next most violent stage. Now I will examine whether Jordan Peterson’s rules for life can alleviate some of the pain headed our way.

Peterson’s reality-based assessment of our broken societal system has infuriated the social justice warriors and media propagandists whose narratives are based upon lies, misinformation, fake news, and a pliable dumbed down populace distracted by their techno-gadgets. The machinations of the Deep State (Wall Street cabal, Fed, captured politicians, shadowy billionaires, military industrial complex, surveillance agencies, corporate media) are dependent upon the masses believing their big lies and unquestioningly trusting their provably false narratives.

Telling the truth and demolishing these false narratives with facts is the only way to fight those who have chosen the side of evil. Remaining silent in the face of their lies allows tyranny to expand inexorably and fill the vacuum left by the dearth of courageous truth tellers.

The forces of tyranny are winning. Our banking, financial, political, and media structures are wracked by corruption and controlled by a “few” insiders for the benefit of themselves and their cronies. Smedley Butler said war was a racket, but every institution is now a racket, with a corrupt powerful cadre of evil men reaping riches at the expense of the many. Their rackets are based upon nothing but lies and the continued blissful ignorance of the masses to their flagrant criminal activities.

The dark side of human nature has been on full display as the country has been hijacked by organizations run by psychopaths like Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Soros, Dimon, Bernanke, Paulson, Rubin, Zuckerberg, Bezos and a multitude of lesser known, but equally dangerous, psychopaths infecting government, business and the media.

Those pulling the strings of our ever-degrading society share many of the same traits – superficially charming, pathologically deceitful, manipulative, accepting no responsibility for their actions, lacking empathy, absence of guilt, no humility, dishonest, treacherous, having a grandiose sense of self-worth, and prone to dangerous destructive risk taking. These are the people who rise to power when citizens become lazy, disinterested, willfully ignorant, distracted by social media, dumbed down by government run education, and easily led to believe falsehoods peddled by a media doing the bidding of the psychopaths in power.

Just listen to Brennan or Clapper on fake news CNN or MSNBC to get a glimpse of psychopaths in action. It’s almost as if they believe their own lies. The faux journalist millionaires questioning these scumbags aren’t paid by their corporate masters to uncover the truth, but perpetuate the narrative of lies.
Silence in the face of evil and injustice is condoning such behavior. Wall Street banking executives, rating agency executives, mortgage lenders, government apparatchiks, corrupt politicians, and captured central bankers wrecked the worldwide financial system in 2008, while conducting the largest control fraud heist in history.

They reaped the riches on the way up and when it inevitably blew up, crushed the life savings of the peasants and should have bankrupted the Wall Street perpetrator institutions, they shifted the losses to taxpayers. Not one culprit of this earth-shattering fraud went to jail. The Deep State circled the wagons, protected themselves, and used their propaganda media to paint false narratives regarding the causes and perpetrators. Wall Street won. Main Street lost, again.

We are now experiencing a sordid replay, as a surveillance state coup initiated by Obama and carried out by top government officials in the DNC, FBI, DOJ and NSA against Trump should result in the imprisonment of these traitors in just system. Instead, the culprits continue to investigate the provably false accusations of Russian collusion as a distraction from their own crimes.

These psychopaths are so invested in their criminal charade, they are willing to risk conflict with Russia to retain their power and control over the surveillance state. Government apparatchiks go through the motions of pretending to investigate, issuing thousand-page reports, holding hearings, and presenting a picture of action to the ignorant masses. No one is prosecuted, no one will go to prison, and the Deep State remains in control. The white hats are not winning.

Ideologues remain firmly in dominion over the day to day machinations of our society. The ideologies of two party state are an over-simplification of a complex reality, based upon lies. Slogans and bullet points are a simple-minded substitute for the messy truth of a multifaceted world and are geared to appeal to the emotions of a populace who have been trained to feel rather than think by the State.

The remedies and solutions put forth by the two party Deep State ideologues to make the world a better place consistently make the world far worse for the majority. The remedies and solutions always result in further enrichment and hegemony of those implementing the remedies and solutions. Their blatant self-interest and hubris will ultimately lead to chaos and hopefully their downfall.

You can feel the pressure building daily as these men of low character ignore the dangerous environment they have created with no acknowledgement of the consequences of their actions. It is apparent chaos, confusion, and disarray are beneficial to the powers that be as they attempt to retain and expand their control over the operating systems of our society.

The never-ending culture war incidents propagandized by the mainstream media; organized violent resistance by BLM and Antifa paid for by Soros; and the gun grabbing protests staged after each school shooting by left wing funded organizations, are nothing but diversions designed to keep the population focused on trivialities while those in power pillage and loot the national treasury, leaving nothing but worthless IOUs.

There is no good guy superman coming to save the day. The lure of power and money distorts and derails the efforts of courageous men and women to try and change the system from within. Anyone telling the truth and challenging the status quo, as Representative Jim Jordan has been doing, is immediately attacked with false accusations and destroyed by the Deep State. Ask Snowden or Assange about the implications of revealing the truth about the Deep State.
How do you defeat the Deep State? As aptly described ninety years ago by Edward Bernays, they constitute the invisible government manipulating the public mind, molding our tastes, presenting their ideas as our own, pulling the strings behind the curtain and dominating every sphere of our daily lives. When viewed from 50,000 feet it seems hopeless. How can one man or one woman do anything to defeat an enemy as strong as those of enormous wealth controlling the levers of politics, finance, banking, war, healthcare, education, media, and culture?

With millions of zombie-like citizens mesmerized by their screens and lacking critical thinking skills, basic mathematical skills, and willfully ignorant of the truth, it is more than an uphill battle. But there are men and women of strong character and courage willing to do whatever it takes to prevail against adversity and evil.

Anyone with their eyes wide open can see the country is on pathway towards chaos. The divisions grow deeper by the day. Animosity intensifies with each social justice incident flame, fanned by the pliant media. The violence escalates as competing factions represent the vanguard for the coming civil war. The polarizing presence of Donald Trump in the White House tweeting taunts at his enemies on the left, right and in the media, is acting as a trigger for the next phase of our current Fourth Turning.

We are on a journey into darkness, lost in a blizzard of lies and deceit, victimized by our own failure to tell the truth, accept the truth, and insist our leaders convey the truth. I know not whether good or evil will prevail in the coming tests, but the potential for catastrophe is high. Could the country descend into chaos and end up in the midst of totalitarian subjugation? After decades of suppression, when this fire starts, it will be devastating.

“Forest fires burn out deadwood and return trapped elements to the soil. Sometimes, however, fires are suppressed, artificially. That does not stop the deadwood from accumulating. Sooner or later, a fire will start. When it does, it will burn so hot that everything will be destroyed—even the soil in which the forest grows.” ― Jordan B. Peterson, "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos"

Defeating the Deep State will not occur in one grand, do or die, battle. They must be defeated using guerrilla war tactics of hit and run by small units of courageous truth tellers. We know the Deep State is led by self-centered psychopaths who can become blinded by their own hubris and arrogance. They have been emboldened by their success during the 21st Century and have gotten reckless with their debt based financial schemes, surveillance activities, and blatant disregard for the democratic process.

Their machinations will lead to another financial crisis which will make 2008 seem like a walk in the park. This will offer the truth tellers an opportunity to present pure stark facts for others to hear and contemplate, so enough people can be convinced to find common ground and proceed forward towards a better tomorrow.

With Western values and norms, based on a common culture, common language, common religion, and shared responsibility for future unborn generations, being attacked and denigrated, many are wallowing in nihilism, falling prey to the despondency of purposelessness. Our nation was built upon a foundation of values and traditions built up slowly over two centuries. We learned to live together and organize our complex society through trial and error over long periods of time.

The recent attempts by vocal violent minorities to overturn centuries of social norms to adhere to their warped ideologies is tearing the civic fabric of our society. These attempts at social revolution are destabilizing, dangerous and will lead to violence in the streets. Inflicting the beliefs of a few upon the many is a recipe for disaster. The talk of civil war is permeating the airwaves and blogosphere.

It may seem quaint and naive, but for good to win out over evil will take individuals showing the courage to speak the truth when the majority don’t want to listen and have been brainwashed by the Deep State propaganda machine. There will be no savior riding in on a white horse to save the day. Believing that nonsense is for the weak minded and cowardly. Individuals must step forward and do the right thing.

I have dedicated the last nine years of my blog to promoting the truth in the face of a constant barrage of lies from my government, central bankers, Wall Street, and the fake news media. I’ve tried to tell the truth to the best of my ability. I’ve encouraged other truth telling people to make their voices heard. I post articles by others I believe to be truth tellers. At times it seems useless, as the liars and knaves continue to win.

Telling the truth has had negative financial impacts, as Deep State co-conspirators Google, Amazon and Yahoo have banned my site. Websites such as Seeking Alpha, Financial Sense, Op-Ed News and Safe Haven that once published my articles no longer do so, because my truth telling wasn’t beneficial to their bottom line. Wall Street scum and left wing social justice warriors have called my employer to demand my firing.

Each individual has an obligation to make a difference in this world by telling the blunt, unvarnished truth. This country is broken. It can only be repaired through the efforts of courageous truth telling individuals, willing to make a stand on behalf of future generations. If enough individuals can be persuaded to tell the truth and listen to the truth, a tipping point can be reached and the Deep State will crumble into a pile of toxic rubble. Everyone needs to follow Peterson’s simple rule: “Tell the truth. Or, at least, don’t lie.”
“We must each adopt as much responsibility as possible for individual life, society and the world. We must each tell the truth and repair what is in disrepair and break down and recreate what is old and outdated. It is in this manner that we can and must reduce the suffering that poisons the world. It’s asking a lot. It’s asking for everything. But the alternative— the horror of authoritarian belief, the chaos of the collapsed state, the tragic catastrophe of the unbridled natural world, the existential angst and weakness of the purposeless individual - is clearly worse.” - Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

          U.S. to slap tariffs on extra $200 billion of Chinese imports      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The United States has decided to impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China after efforts to negotiate a solution to the trade dispute failed to reach an agreement, senior administration officials said on Tuesday.

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U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to publish this week a list of $200 billion in additional Chinese products to be hit with tariffs, possibly as early as later on Tuesday, an administration official said.

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@ DRJ: I think "the list" is being used for two purposes by Trump and his advisers on SCOTUS matters. The main and stated purpose is to identify potential SCOTUS nominees. The secondary purpose is to spotlight "up and comers" who aren't yet "ripe," but whose future confirmation prospects might be improved by having been recognized and publicized simply by being on "the list." Having been named as "runners-up" in the leaks with this nomination will enhance the future prospects of Barrett, Hardiman & Kethledge. I think this is politically astute and genuinely useful, and whether Trump thought this all out or whether it's mostly just the product of who he chose as his advisers, ultimately he gets the credit (just as ultimately he should get blame for any screw-ups). He's obviously listening to <i>other</i> advisers, and indulging in his own crackpot kindergarten economics, in proposing $200 billion in additional taxes on Americans who wish to purchase selected goods from China, however. But that's the subject of a different post.
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Trade developments are expected to return to focus during Asian trade on Wednesday, following the release of a list of an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods on which the U.S. is considering imposing tariffs.
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This year's Census has a ten percent hole in it with only 90 percent of New Zealanders filling in the forms. It means officials are having to delay publishing the data by five months while they try to plug the information gaps. The data is used to determine how billions of dollars of government money is spent and National's Nick Smith says the drop in the number of people taking part is a serious problem. He tells Guyon Espiner National has lost confidence in Statistics New Zealand.
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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is readying tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese imports, ranging from burglar alarms to mackerel.
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The White House said it would assess tariffs on a further $200 billion in Chinese goods, deepening the dispute with Beijing, while sending a message to European trading partners that the U.S. won’t back away from trade fights.
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Ten years after newspaper publisher Tribune defaulted on billions of dollars in debt, a federal judge is pushing for settlement talks between big shareholders that cashed out in a leveraged buyout and its creditors that were burned in the bankruptcy that followed.
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Paypal plans to spend up to $3 billion per year in acquisitions and is gearing up in India to support its global payments ambitions.

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          US escalates trade war with new $200 billion China tariff list      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Checkpoint on the purchase of new aircraft for maritime surveillance The Government is to purchase four Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft from the United States, at a cost of somewhere in the region of $2.3 billion. John Campbell interviews Defence Minister Ron Mark. Then a further segment In the largest defence purchase since the […]
          Interesting Recent Links - Matot/Mas'ei 5778 - Day 2      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
These are the interesting links from the past 24 hours:
Geula-Related
Geulah Perspectives by Ari Goldwag
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IDF’s Commando Rabbi Wasn’t Joking about Rebuilding the Temple
Geulah Perspectives by Ari Goldwag
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Security Incidents
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חסדי ה': מחבל ירה לעבר בית בבית אל: בנס לא היו נפגעים



Iran
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Iran Vows to Sell as Much Oil as It Can in Face of US Sanctions
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Iran Trying To Rush 300 Million Euros Out Of Germany Ahead Of US Sanctions
Hamodia by Dov Benovadia
Liberman: We Won’t Accept Any Iranian Presence in Syria
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
US Envoy Calls for Germany to Block Iran Cash Withdrawal
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Report: North Korea Tried to Extort $1 Billion From Israel to Stop Arms Sale to Iran
Hamodia by Hamodia
Iran: U.S. Sanctions to Bite, But Will Sell as Much Oil as Possible
כיכר השבת על ידי דניאל הרץ
האייתולות בלחץ: 20 שנות מאסר לאיראנית שהסירה החיג'אב
Hamodia by Hamodia
U.S. Envoy Calls for Germany to Block Iran Cash Withdrawal
Hamodia by Hamodia Staff
Iranian Commander Says Awaiting Command to Destroy Israel
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Report: North Korea Tried to Extort $1 Billion From Israel to Stop Arms Sale to Iran



African Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Yeshiva World News by Poch854
South Africa Refuses to Reinstate Ambassador to Israel



Asian-Australian Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Report: North Korea Tried to Extort $1 Billion From Israel to Stop Arms Sale to Iran
Daily Wire by Hank Berrien
U.S. And Afghani Forces Capture ISIS Capital in Afghanistan
Hamodia by Hamodia
Trump Says He Remains Confident in Kim’s Pledge to Denuclearize
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
North Korea Calls U.S. Attitude Toward Talks ‘Gangster-Like’ And ‘Cancerous’
Hamodia by Zalman Ahnsaf
Former Diplomat Claims North Korea Tried Nuclear Blackmail Against Israel
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Pompeo Pushes Peace Talks On Unannounced Trip To Afghanistan
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Report: North Korea Tried to Extort $1 Billion From Israel to Stop Arms Sale to Iran



European Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Investigation Into Deadly Chemical Agent Widens In England
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Syrian Migrants Suspected of Beating Jewish Man in Berlin
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
British Couple Probably Touched Deadly Nerve Agent’s Container
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Anne Frank’s Family Was Thwarted by U.S. Immigration Rules, New Research Shows
Going Home ... To Yerushalayim by Neshama
Zurich Haredi Jewish School to Close
Daily Wire by Judith Bergman
Bashing Israel Is Big (State-Sponsored) Business
Algemeiner.com by Mordechai Hareli / JNS.org
Poles Carry Their Own Hatred for Jews
Algemeiner.com by Manfred Gerstenfeld
France Keeps Blackening Israel
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Germany: Jewish Man Wearing Star of David Assaulted By Group
Hamodia by Hamodia
Germany: Group Suspected of Assaulting Jewish Syrian Man
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Man With A Knife Targets Jews In Zurich



Mideast Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Jerold Auerbach
Israel on Fire and the NY Times
Hamodia by Dov Benovadia
IDF Pursuing Arabs Who Opened Fire at Beit El
Algemeiner.com by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff
Syria’s Assad, Aided by Russia, Poised to Snuff Out ‘Cradle’ of Revolt
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
"פרובוקציה של חמאס": כלי שיט הפר את הסגר הימי על עזה - ונעצר
Hamodia by Dov Benovadia
Liberman: We Won’t Accept Any Iranian Presence in Syria
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Hamas Says Israel’s Shuttering Of Kerem Shalom Crossing ‘A Crime Against Humanity’
Hamodia by Dov Benovadia
Closed or Open? Debate on Preventing Fire Terror Plays Out at Gaza Crossing
כיכר השבת על ידי כיכר השבת
בסיור בגולן: ליברמן: "יש מאמץ להקים תשתית טרור ברמת הגולן"
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Israel Designates Palestinian al-Quds TV Station A Terror Organization
כיכר השבת על ידי ב. ניסני
חסדי ה': מחבל ירה לעבר בית בבית אל: בנס לא היו נפגעים
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Israel Shuts Down Kerem Shalom Crossing In Response To Fire Kites
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Palestinian President Abbas Vows To Keep Paying Families Of Terrorists
Yeshiva World News by Poch854
400 IDF Soldiers Return Medals, Demanding Return of Bodies of Soldiers Killed in Operation Protective Edge
Hamodia by Shmuel Smith
Gaza Terrorists Vow Escalation After Israeli Sanctions
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Syrian TV: Suspected Israeli Airstrike Hits Central Air Base
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Israel Shuts Kerem Shalom Crossing And Ends Extended Fishing Area In Response To Kite Terror From Gaza
Daily Wire by Emily Zanotti
GOOD BOY: British Special Forces Combat Dog Takes Down Three Syrian Jihadis, Saves Fellow Soldiers
Algemeiner.com by Algemeiner Staff
‘Not Worthy of Being Spat On:’ Veteran Palestinian Authority Figure Nabil Shaath Denounces Australia’s Move Against ‘Pay-For-Slay’ Policy
Algemeiner.com by Barney Breen-Portnoy
Father of American Victim of Palestinian Terror Calls New US, Israeli Laws Penalizing PA ‘a Good Beginning’
Algemeiner.com by Eyal Zisser / Israel Hayom / JNS.org
The End of the Syrian Revolution



North American Terrorism and Anti-Semitism
Algemeiner.com by Jerold Auerbach
Israel on Fire and the NY Times
Algemeiner.com by JNS.org
Muslim Democrat Running for Congress Blames Israel for ‘Evil Doings’ in Gaza
Daily Wire by Paul Miller
South Carolina Becomes First State To Define Anti-Semitism
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Remaining Wreckage Of Flight 93 Is Buried At Memorial
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Anne Frank’s Family Was Thwarted by U.S. Immigration Rules, New Research Shows
Algemeiner.com by Shiri Moshe
Students for Justice in Palestine Says Progress Impossible ‘So Long as Israel Exists,’ Glorifies Terrorist Leader
Algemeiner.com by Algemeiner Staff
University of Oregon Hillel Sign Defaced With ‘Free Palestine’ Graffiti



Prayers for Those in Need
Yeshiva World News by ZalmyX
Israeli Couple in Honduras Zip-Lining Accident; Husband Killed, Wife Injured



Deaths
כיכר השבת על ידי קובי רוזן
חשד לרצח: נמצאה גופת הנעדרת אופירה חיים מתל מונד
Yeshiva World News by ZalmyX
Israeli Couple in Honduras Zip-Lining Accident; Husband Killed, Wife Injured
כיכר השבת על ידי אבי רבינא
ברוך דיין האמת: טרגדיה: הפעוט החרדי שנכווה בשבת - נפטר
Yeshiva World News by Yekusiel
Murderer Of Ronen Lubarsky Charged With Murder; Family Calls For Death Penalty



Great Rabbis
Life in Israel by Rafi G.
Interesting Psak: modesty on separate beaches
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
מכתב הבהרה: הרב נבנצאל נגד הסמכת יועצות הלכתיות
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
פסק הלכה: הרב הראשי: אסור לנשים לרחוץ בחוף נפרד עם מציל
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
חשיפת "כיכר השבת": נציג הרבנים תקף: "מתווה הכשרות חמור נגד רבני ישראל כולם"
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן וישי כהן
לצד ראשי המפלגות החרדיות: ראשי ישיבות ספרדיות נגד הטענה שהצבא מגייס ספרדים
כיכר השבת על ידי ישי כהן
"יש שם פריצות, ניבול פה": הראשון לציון: גם תלמיד ישיבה שאינו "מתמיד" לא יתגייס
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
"יחליפו כוח": לנדודנו, אוסטריה, שווייץ וצפת | פרויקט מיוחד: יעדי החופשה של האדמו"רים
כיכר השבת על ידי ישראל כהן
סיקור ותיעוד: מסע הגאון רבי שמואל קמינצקי בשיקגו



Miracles
כיכר השבת על ידי ב. ניסני
חסדי ה': מחבל ירה לעבר בית בבית אל: בנס לא היו נפגעים



Kiddush Hashem
Matzav.com - The Online Voice of Torah Jewry by editor
Israeli Border Police Soldiers Save Life of Palestinian Baby in Chevron
Algemeiner.com by Fiamma Nirenstein / JNS.org
Syrians Flee Towards the Hospitals of ‘Enemy’ Israel
Algemeiner.com by Algemeiner Staff
Israeli Border Police Soldiers Save Live of Palestinian Baby in Hebron
Hamodia by Dov Banovadia
Border Guards Save Life of Chevron Arab Infant



Judaism
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Arabic May No Longer Share Equal Official Status With Hebrew in Bill Amendment
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Rabbis Weiss and Angel's accusations against the Chief Rabbinate
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After ISIS, Secrets Of Jewish Mosul Emerge From The Rubble
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          These Apartments Provide a Place to Stay, and Double as Made in America Showrooms      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

When shopping for a new automobile, most American consumers visit a car dealer’s showroom and take their possible purchase for a test drive.

Patrick Flynn, founder and CEO of Northeast Suites, a corporate and vacation rental apartment business based in Boston, has incorporated this auto purchasing routine into his lodging business.

It’s called GoLocal Suites.

Northeast Suites currently has 250 apartments in the Greater Boston area and another 60 units in other American markets, including New York, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco and cities along the East Coast.

In this highly competitive, $14 billion industry, Flynn had an idea where he would convert his rental suites into more than just a place to lay your head at night.

“When you book our suites, you are supporting local economies and helping businesses grow and maintain jobs in America. It’s our vision to deliver a premium living experience and to promote U.S. business owners who produce quality you can’t find anywhere else in the world.” Patrick Flynn, creator of GoLocal Suites

He decided to turn the apartments into showrooms of American-made products. He has converted 20 of his Boston rentals into GoLocal suites, and each apartment is fully-equipped with products manufactured, sourced or assembled in the U.S.

And they are ready for your test drive.

“It’s an exciting way for us to showcase some of the best American-made products being crafted and manufactured today,” Flynn said. “People who stay in our suites can demo all the products for days or weeks instead of just looking at them in a retail store.”

Each GoLocal suite is equipped with more than 60 items sourced from American manufacturers, from major appliances and furniture to can openers and paper towel holders.

Northeast Suites guests are encouraged to download the GoLocal app on their smart phones so that they can read in detail about each American-made product in the rental unit.

Flynn is betting that after testing these products and reading about their American-made history, guests will order an item on the spot and have that product waiting for them when they return home. He has a provisional patent pending on the process for the ad hoc demonstration of items available for purchase within a rental setting.

“We built this program with one goal in mind – to share stories with our guests about the origins of these great products,” Flynn said. “There’s a certain quality that can only be experienced by seeing, feeling and using our Made in the USA products yourself. And sometimes, you just have to have it.

“When you book our suites, you are supporting local economies and helping businesses grow and maintain jobs in America. It’s our vision to deliver a premium living experience and to promote U.S. business owners who produce quality you can’t find anywhere else in the world.”

When the 37-year-old Flynn started Northeast Suites in 2012, he began renting desirable properties and quickly furnished them with less-expensive foreign products.

“I was buying a lot of the cheaper stuff just to get the business going and to be able to quickly provide more and more rental suites,” he said. “But I had an epiphany about a year ago. I wanted to differentiate from all the other guys that were doing what I was doing.

“I wanted to focus on quality American-made products that my rental guests could see and use because I believed that if people took the time to explore American-made quality, they would not only prefer it, they would buy it. This is my chance to educate people who don’t realize that American-made products are not only superior, but they support families and communities.”

Flynn’s premium suites generally cost about $150 per night, which can be half the price of a hotel room in a major city, and offer a comfortable living experience with separate kitchens, laundry rooms, bedrooms, dining and living spaces.

The amenities in the GoLocal suites are sourced from a variety of companies, ranging from small mom-and-pop businesses to multi-million- dollar corporations.

One example is Hutzler Company in Canaan, Conn. It was founded in the U.S. in the late 1930s and was forced to make kitchen products out of plastic due to the shortage of metals at that time because of World War II. It still provides inexpensive, top-quality plastic kitchen items that are superior to Chinese plastics.

Another supplier, Circle Furniture, has been in business for more than 60 years providing fine-quality tables, chairs and sofas to residents of the northeast from its manufacturing facility near Boston.

“I believed that if people took the time to explore American-made quality, they would not only prefer it, they would buy it. This is my chance to educate people who don’t realize that American-made products are not only superior, but they support families and communities.” Patrick Flynn

Flynn is constantly searching for all American-made products to feature in his rental suites. But because it is not always easy to tell how much of a product is made in the United States, he has created three categories of goods.The first category are items that are 100 percent sourced, manufactured and designed in the United States. The second category and third categories may contain some foreign material sourcing, but the design and assembly of these products is all done in America.

“I have a spreadsheet now of everything in the apartments – the linens, the lamps, the artwork, the rugs, even some electronics that’s aren’t made here but are assembled in the U.S., and that’s fine by me because they still are supporting American jobs,” Flynn said. “I found a pizza cutter that is made in Michigan. I found My Pillow which is made in Minneapolis. The pans are made in Milwaukee. Everything started to connect.

“I have 200,000 square-feet of space that has never been looked at as retail footage. I’m selling stories about families that make the products that make up everyday life in my apartments. They are fantastic stories and people love to read these stories. People don’t know that there are no toasters made in America right now.”

Flynn’s concept is much like the one that echoes throughout the baseball-themed film Field of Dreams: “If you build it, they will come.”

“We’ve lost 6 million jobs by sending items and jobs to China that, by the way, we are perfectly capable of making here,” he added. “There is a market demand for these items and domestic competition here will drive the prices down for everybody. There are plenty of people in the heartland and throughout the country that can start manufacturing these items with the right attention and the right demand. And there is definitely a demand.”

Flynn is not a novice in the corporate and vacation rental world. His company has grown steadily since its inception in 2012, and landed on the Inc. 5000 list in 2016 with a 557.13 percent growth. Northeast Suites came right back last year with an 82 percent growth. Flynn has 20 employees and the company brought in a gross revenue of $12 million in 2017.

Other than Flynn’s current properties, he is pitching his GoLocal system to Airbnb hosts, hotel brands and corporate housing providers.

“I am on my own here and don’t have any investors,” Flynn said. “But I have plenty of evidence of proof of concept. My ultimate goal is to get the right partner to blow this up in a bigger way. I want to expand the GoLocal concept to all of my properties. I hate that I haven’t been able to do that yet. I want to eventually furnish thousands of these apartments with Made in America items.”

Learn more about GoLocal Suites.


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          Soybeans were America's top agricultural export in 2017—Trump's ensuring they won't be anymore      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The American Soybean Association (ASA) is clearly freaking out over Donald Trump’s trade war with China based on their latest press statement and rightfully so. China is the chief export market for America's soybean farmers, which were also the top U.S. agricultural export in 2017 at $21.6 billion (more than double the dollar amount of the second closest ag export, corn). 

As Iowa soybean farmer and ASA president John Heisdorffer noted, the 25 percent tariffs Trump has now imposed on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods will be a disaster for soybean famers. 

“The math is simple,” Heisdorffer said, “You tax soybean exports at 25 percent, and you have serious damage to U.S. farmers.” 

The farmers seemed to be hoping against hope Trump would manage to avoid this head-to-head escalation with China. But with the face-off commencing last Friday, soybean crops will be hit hard. In 2017, China imported 31 percent of U.S. soybean production. It's a market that's expected to balloon over the coming years and one that U.S. soybean farmers will likely be cut out of.

The ASA statement is practically desperate in its devastation.

When the possibility of tariffs first arose, ASA asked President Trump to consider other policies for reducing the U.S. trade deficit with China. Then ASA organized a fly-in to urge Congress to encourage the Administration to rethink the tariffs. Finally, in a last-ditch social media effort earlier this week, individual soybean farmers who will be directly affected by the trade conflict attached their photographs to statements appealing directly to the President and his advisors.

Eight of the top ten soybean export states voted for Trump in 2016.


          VP, Treasury Portfolio Manager - Comerica - Dallas, TX      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Vice President, Treasury-Portfolio Manager The Portfolio Manager assists the Asset Manager in the management of over $12 billion fixed income securities...
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          Asian shares set to decline after tariff list news; US futures fall      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Trade developments are expected to return to focus during Asian trade on Wednesday, following the release of a list of an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods on which the U.S. is considering imposing tariffs.
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The United States has decided to impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China after efforts to negotiate a solution to the trade dispute failed to reach an agreement, senior administration officials said on Tuesday.
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The Trump administration on Tuesday announced a list of tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, making good on the president’s recent threats to escalate a broadening trade war with Beijing.
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U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to publish this week a list of $200 billion in additional Chinese products to be hit with tariffs, possibly as early as later on Tuesday, an administration official said.
          All Inspire touts presales      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Property developer All Inspire Development Plc posted 3.8 billion baht in presales for new condominium projects launched in the first half, driven by foreign buyers, who accounted for 40% of all sales.
          Philadelphia’s Democrat Mayor Wants to Abolish ICE      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Mr. Jim Kenney calls ICE, which employs 20,000 people and has a $7 billion budget, an unproductive agency and a deportation force.

The post Philadelphia’s Democrat Mayor Wants to Abolish ICE appeared first on The Good Men Project.


          Sales Associate 8830 - Sherwin-Williams - Montréal, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Welcome to Sherwin-Williams Sherwin-Williams is the largest coatings company in North America, and the third largest in the world. With $11 billion in sales,...
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          Sales Associate - Victoria Downtown (Part Time) - Sherwin-Williams - Victoria, BC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Welcome to Sherwin-Williams Sherwin-Williams is the largest coatings company in North America, and the third largest in the world. With $11 billion in sales,...
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Welcome to Sherwin-Williams Sherwin-Williams is the largest coatings company in North America, and the third largest in the world. With $11 billion in sales,...
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          Sales Associate - Richmond (Part Time) - Sherwin-Williams - Richmond, BC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Welcome to Sherwin-Williams Sherwin-Williams is the largest coatings company in North America, and the third largest in the world. With $11 billion in sales,...
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          Sales Associate - Surrey / Delta (Full Time) - Sherwin-Williams - Surrey, BC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Welcome to Sherwin-Williams Sherwin-Williams is the largest coatings company in North America, and the third largest in the world. With $11 billion in sales,...
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Welcome to Sherwin-Williams Sherwin-Williams is the largest coatings company in North America, and the third largest in the world. With $11 billion in sales,...
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Welcome to Sherwin-Williams Sherwin-Williams is the largest coatings company in North America, and the third largest in the world. With $11 billion in sales,...
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          Nickelodeon International and African Wildlife Foundation Premiere Wildlife Special to Inspire Kids to Help Endangered Animals      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Nickelodeon International and African Wildlife Foundation Premiere Wildlife Special to Inspire Kids to Help Endangered Animals


Tanzania Environment Added to Nickelodeon’s Hit Geography App “Dora’s Worldwide Adventure”


Social tag: #AWFRoarChallenge


Click here for pictures from episode 1.


July 10, 2018 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time


NEW YORK & KAMPALA, Uganda--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nickelodeon International’s Together For Good and African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) today launched their first collaboration: the Together for Good Wildlife Special, an educational mini-series created to inspire kids to raise awareness about endangered wildlife and empower them to become change-makers. In commemoration, Nickelodeon today also launched a Tanzania environment within its hit educational geography app, Dora’s Worldwide Adventure.

“Our research shows that 73 percent of kids aged 6-11 think their age group has the potential to change the world for the better,1 and we want to give them the tools to do just that,” said Bradley Archer-Haynes, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Nickelodeon International. “The Together For Good Wildlife Special combined with the Tanzania launch on our Dora app allows our relationship with AWF to reach and empower all kids, from preschool to tweens on all the platforms they love. This was also the first time we brought Nickelodeon talent to the continent of Africa, and Uganda served as the perfect backdrop to develop entertaining content that teaches kids about the important implications of African wildlife conservation and to inspire them to use their voices to get involved.”


In the Together For Good Wildlife Special, Nickelodeon star Breanna Yde (School of Rock) will guide young viewers on a journey through Uganda as she discovers key conservation and environmental challenges, and hears from heroes who work daily to protect at-risk wildlife including lions, giraffes, rhinoceroses, elephants and chimpanzees. The mini-series and supplementing digital vignettes will tell the stories of real life heroes: guides, park rangers, detection dogs and their handlers – and show kids everywhere how they too can help from home with additional resources at http://wildlife.nickelodeon.tv.

The special expands beyond linear with web and social activations where young viewers can learn more about and support at-risk wildlife. Kids can also participate in the #AWFRoarChallenge on social media, which encourages kids to take videos of themselves roaring in a funny effort to scare a friend. As the official campaign hashtag, #AWFRoarChallenge will also collate fun animal facts, ways to fundraise, and additional information about the plights of lions, giraffes, rhinoceroses, elephants and chimpanzees, while showing kids that using their voice can spread the word and help save these animals from extinction.


The Together For Good Wildlife Special begins airing today across Nickelodeon’s international network of channels that span 170+ territories. To learn more about it and how you can get involved, visit http://wildlife.nickelodeon.tv

Also in partnership with AWF, Nickelodeon today launched a Tanzania environment in Dora’s Worldwide Adventure. Drawing on Dora the Explorer’s legacy of exploration, Dora’s Worldwide Adventure introduces preschoolers to geography, inviting them to learn and celebrate different cultures with Dora, Boots, Swiper and more. The Tanzania addition joins app environments that include Australia, Brazil, China, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. Dora’s Worldwide Adventure is available for download in 12 languages outside of the US via the iTunes, Google Play and Amazon stores.

“I am optimistic about the future of conservation in Africa when I see young people actively engaged,” said AWF’s president Kaddu Sebunya. “This generation is equipped with the tools and the zeal to shape Africa’s future. Creative partnerships such as this one between Nickelodeon and the African Wildlife Foundation hold the promise of securing Africa’s fragile resources through direct engagement with youth. It is time for young people to both tell and live the conservation story.”

About Together For Good

Together For Good, launched in 2015, is Nickelodeon’s international initiative to empower kids to make positive changes in the world around them. The initiative serves as Nickelodeon’s international platform to inspire its audiences to get involved in their communities, provide the resources and education to get the job done and celebrate the impact they are making every day.

About Nickelodeon International

Nickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, with 1.2 billion cumulative subscriptions in more than 500 million households across 170+ countries and territories, via more than 100+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.

About African Wildlife Foundation

Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has nearly 60 years of experience working to ensure wildlife and wild lands thrive in a modern Africa. As one of the oldest and largest conservation organizations focused solely on the continent of Africa, AWF is the primary advocate for the protection of African wildlife and wild lands. AWF works across the continent of Africa implementing programs that are focused on safeguarding areas of high conservation value through a holistic suite of projects that protect land, conserve wildlife, improve the lives of local people by enhancing access to education and income-generating activities, and leverage conservation enterprises to promote economic growth that is not at the expense of Africa’s natural heritage. To learn more, visit www.awf.org.

1 Viacom Global Insights, 2017, 28,620 respondents aged 6-54 in 30 Countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK, US.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is readying tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese imports, ranging from burglar alarms to mackerel, escalating a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative proposed 10 percent tariffs Tuesday on a list of 6,031 Chinese product lines. The office will […]
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By Mahboob A Khawaja, PhD.Global politics is fraught with man-made catastrophic tragedies. The human beings are supposed to be the most intelligent social animal on the planet. Yet, our proactive plans and actions continue to dehumanize the fellow human beings and engineer conflicts and wars that destroy the existence of mankind. The driving impulse is war economies, individualistic interest and militarization. We come to realize that politics is a game of pretension and always remains problematic. Politicians need problems to get public attention and to argue being the deliverers. Often, they are not except being treacherous, cynical and deceitful to their ideas and ideals and to the public interests they claim to serve.Amongst all the creations on Planet Earth, humans are the only one to claim morality as an attribute of life and value. This reality emphasizes and differentiates us from the other creations of God. If we propel uncertainty in our thoughts and behavior, nothing can stop us from surpassing the limit of immorality and insanity. With knowledge-based 21st century human communications improving global collaboration, we are not moving in the right direction that human logic and truth spell out for our conduct in peaceful relationships. The impulse and actions for cruelty and sadistic behavior are increasingly sending alarming trends for the present and future generations to be informed of our implicit wickedness and resulting failure in global affairs. As humans, we are not thinking or moving for the unity of mankind to be at peace and harmony being the chief creation of God. Unless, we are overwhelmed philosophically to imagine that we are something else than humans populating the Earth by chance. Global Institutions are a Menace to Human Change and Progress The global warlords are waging wars in the name of peace and harmony. Humanity is being crushed and its compound interest undermined by the few for economic greed and militarization. The UNO originated from the belief and commitment to avert futuristic wars by men of new ideas pursuing peaceful means, diplomacy and accountability to the global mankind. How sad and cynical it looks to view the succeeding generations entrapped again into the same mindset of warmongering and power politics as were the sadistic leaders before the Two WW. Like the past, once again few egoistic nations and leaders have manipulated the time and opportunities to dictate and undermine the interests of the mankind.  The global humanity is the net object of their planned cruelty but without any meaningful role to challenge the few global warlords.  America, Russia and few Europeans find freehand to go anywhere and bomb the humanity at will. This is what exactly happening in the broader Arab Middle East war theatre managed by global warlords. The UNO and its Secretary General need to free themselves from captivity and enlarge their role and initiatives for conflict management and peace-making outside the New York established box. Words and Charter's core thoughts are repeated but actions are missing. The UN Security Council could finally visit the Rohinga refugee camps but failed to demand equal treatment from the Myanmar Government. Strange, why the same UN Security Council cannot travel to defuse tensions and bring much needed humanitarian peace between Palestine and Israel. Could it shrink its inherent responsibility for the mismanagement of the Middle East conflict?   Humanity in Search of Proactive Leaders The 21st century global politics have not produced any new leaders of vision and moral integrity to imagine the universal phenomenon of peaceful change and futuristic developments. There are no global organizations managed by people of moral and intellectual vision and courage to serve the interests of the global community. Man is a moral and intellectual being articulating happiness and progress horizontally in peace-time, but when fear of the unknown, hatred and animosity attempt to govern the human consciousness, degeneration replaces human progress. America and some Europeans used to be the leaders of change and new strategies to envisage global friendship, co-existence and harmony of the mankind.  If political greed and egoistic interest are the supreme force, how could they serve the interest and priorities of the global mankind for peace and harmony? At best, many world leaders could best be defined as "hangmen" of the 21st century. It is a frightening trend for the present and future generations to imagine our time and role in human history. The Middle East - the Ancient Hub of Humanity - the Land of Abrahim, Moses, Jesus and Mohammad is being ScorchedThe continuing wars in the Middle East are fabricated and gone out of proportion challenging the human conscience and civilized values that once highlighted the human behavior in conflicts. Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine and Libya are destroyed by political design. Do you remember the paradoxes of history? Do you recall what Sultan Salahudeen Ayoubi did to free Jerusalem and drive out the Crusaders from the ancient lands?  Do you remember how Sultan Salahudeen treated his enemies - King Richard and others even in the battlefield? Do you know that for ages the European feared Salahudeen - the Conqueror of Jerusalem? The contemporary Arab world is devoid of moral and intellectual leadership of any kind. They operate on a dead-ended scale without any role in global affairs. Jerusalem was not US property to be transferred top Israel; it belongs equally to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Under the UNO Plan, Jerusalem is an international city to be shared by all the believers. Yet, the puppet Arab leaders showed no moral courage to question President Trump for moving the Embassy to Jerusalem. One wonders why the Saudi King signed 250 billion worth of military contracts and gave 100 million to Ivanka Kushner when Trump visited the region last August.  It could well be witnessed by the raging sectarian wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere. There is no coming of Salahudeen to rescue the entrenched Palestinians. After 70 years of Nakba, they still have No thinking plan, no leadership, no movement for change and freedom except reactionary emotional outbursts. When Jews lived with the Arabs in Spain (Al-Andulsia) for centuries, they were part of the Arab culture and advancements for the best of humanity. European mistreated Jews but Muslims gave them the best for their protection and participation in Islamic civilization. Look, what is happening now between Palestine and Israel. Gideon Levy ("60 Killed In Gaza And The End Of Israeli Conscience", Haaretz and Information Clearing house: 5/21/2018), spells out the present reality for Israelis to think critically:On the night of the Palestinians' slaughter, Zion exulted an embassy and a Eurovision. It's difficult to think of a more atrocious moral eclipse....The truth is that Israel is well prepared to massacre hundreds and thousands, and to expel tens of thousands. Nothing will stop it. This is the end of conscience, the show of morality is over. The last few days' events have proved it decisively. The tracks have been laid, the infrastructure for the horror has been cast. Dozens of years of brainwashing, demonization and dehumanization have borne fruit. The alliance between the politicians and the media to suppress reality and deny it has succeeded. Israel is set to commit horrors. Nobody will stand in its way any longer. Not from within or from without....If 60 stray dogs were shot to death in one day by IDF soldiers, the whole country would raise an outcry. The dog slaughterers would be put on trial, the nation of Israel would have devoted prayers to the victims, a Yizkor service would be said for the dogs slaughtered by Israel....The Israeli brain has been washed irrevocably, the heart sealed for good. The life of a Palestinian is no longer deemed to be worth anything.Towards Thinking of Future-MakingWe live in one Planet Earth. What happens across the globe or in the remote jungles of Botswana and or in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan or the bloody streets of Kabul, Damascus and Baghdad, it is vital to global interests and cannot be ignored because European or American television networks do not portray it. According to the Divine revelations, the Earth keeps record of all the human activities. The Earth is a living entity, not dead.  There were many powerful and unchallenging empires and nations in history. What happened to their self-perpetuated glory and triumphs except being part of the archeological record? To all concerned, their artifacts and deadly remains do tell the real story. Most were destroyed by natural causes but the Earth remains in-tact, not by the legislative power of any States of the UN membership but certainly by the Will of God. It operates and maintains balanced life for all regardless of ethnicity, color, creed, religions and nationalism. Should we not care how we live, utilize and draw lifelong gains from the Earth?  We the humans urgently need rethinking to reflect on our plans and behaviors how do we relate to Earth? It is an indivisible comprehensive relationship. The answer should help us to balance our life. When could this historic change come into being? If we realize to be One Humanity living on One Planet Earth, its imagination could affect and balance our thoughts and behavior. We must respect equal human rights and dignity of all on Earth. Do the Super Powers (powerful nations) have a sense of indifference and biased toward the colored and economically less advanced nations?  In its 2014 Global Thinkers statistics, Foreign Policy ("A World Disrupted: The global Thinkers of 2014") pinpoints that "something big requires a team rather than an individual...." To enhance global peace and to undo the continuing bogus war on terrorism, there is an urgent need for teamwork by all concerned across the globe. The teamwork if undertaken with unbiased mind and  without pre-conceived notions could usher sustainable change and a new beginning between those who claim to be at peace and somewhat superior than the ordinary folks and those who are fighting reactionary wars of freedom against insanity and catastrophic devastation of the human habitats. Under 'Advocates', the Foreign Policy notes:"The global thinkers herald causes often wrongly considered inconsequential or verboten. They support forgotten victims of sexual violence, protect civilian targeted in internecine violence, count casualties in the fog of war, and demand legal protection for world's most vulnerable migrants. Often these men and women, scholars, activists and religious leader among them- do this work on their own peril and pay the price landing in court or in prison in some of the world's most repressive countries. For all of them, however, the risk is worth the possible rewards."
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The White House said it would assess tariffs on a further $200 billion in Chinese goods, deepening the dispute with Beijing, while sending a message to European trading partners that the U.S. won’t back away from trade fights.

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Ten years after newspaper publisher Tribune defaulted on billions of dollars in debt, a federal judge is pushing for settlement talks between big shareholders that cashed out in a leveraged buyout and its creditors that were burned in the bankruptcy that followed.

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President Trump’s tough stance against Pakistan, along with the sudden suspension of more than $1 billion in military aid earlier this year, has officials in the once closely allied country hastening to demonstrate that they have been annihilating terror hotbeds.
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The United States exported $11.5 billion in agricultural products to the European Union last year.
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          Wallace’s Family Foundation Gave Away Millions, But Not One Penny for His Own District      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Wallace’s Family Foundation Gave Away Millions, But Not One Penny for His Own District

Scott Wallace's family foundation steered millions to anti-Israel, environmental, left-wing groupsScott Wallace

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A wealthy Democratic congressional candidate's family foundation that was criticized for giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-Israel groups has not given money to any organizations or charities located in the district he's seeking to represent, according to a review of his fund's tax forms.
Scott Wallace is running against Republican incumbent Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania's first congressional district. Wallace is the grandson of former vice president Henry Wallace and inherited a fortune after his grandfather's company sold for billions in the 1990s.
Members of the Wallace family established the Wallace Global Fund, a progressive foundation, as a means to "promote an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the natural systems upon which all life demands." The fund hands out millions in grants each year and reported nearly $150 million in assets on its most recent tax forms. Wallace led the group along with his wife from the early 2000s until shortly before announcing his candidacy.
The Forward reported in May that the Wallace Global Fund had given $300,000 to a number of groups that promote the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel, which may cause some awkwardness for his campaign as he is seeking to capture a seat in one of the most Jewish districts in the United States. The Republican Jewish Coalition poured $530,000 in an ad campaign to hit Wallace over the donations to the groups.
Wallace has maintained that the grants to the anti-Israel groups were made by another member of the fund and that he is "unequivocally pro-Israel, pro-peace, and pro-democracy." However, the fund had no more than five officers, directors, trustees, and foundation managers during the time the money was disbursed to the groups, with most of those individuals being Wallace and his family members, according to the fund's Form 990s.
Despite the Wallace Global Fund handing out millions in grants overall and disbursing hundreds of thousands to anti-Israel groups, it has given no money to organizations or charities located in the district Wallace is seeking to capture a seat, according to a review of the fund's tax forms going back eight years. Wallace, who was born in Bucks County, Pa., lived in Maryland and South Africa while running the fund before moving back to Pennsylvania to run for Congress.
The nearest place the fund disbursed money is the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, a far-left environmental group. At one point the group listed its address as a P.O. Box in Chambersburg, Pa. and then at a P.O. Box in Mercersburg, Pa., both hours outside the district.
The Wallace Global Fund has provided millions in donations to far-left groups such as environmental groups 350 org, Greenpeace, and ClientEarth. In addition to progressive organizations, the fund has also gives money to groups that work on issues such as ending female genital mutilation.
The fund also reports contributions to liberal "fiscal sponsor" organizations such as the Tides Foundation and New Venture Fund, entities where hundreds of millions of dollars in "dark money" flow through them before being passed to other liberal groups.
Wallace's campaign did not return a request for comment by press time.

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The big data and analytics market continues to morph as Artificial Intelligence (AI) fields, such as machine learning and deep learning, provide new ways to generate business insights, as Forbes Now reports. 
 
 
O’Reillys recent set of Strata Data conferences showcased how AI technologies are changing what companies can do with data across a wide range of industries. Here are four themes from Strata Data that universally apply across various industries and company sizes.

1. Both humans and machines are needed to deliver the best result.

Pinterest's VP of Engineering, Li Wan, shared the challenges and opportunities of creating a visual discovery engine. Wan described the challenges with naming an image while also understanding what’s in it and the style behind the image. Correctly defining image attributes is crucial for delivering a successful user experience. For example, a living room has multiple items in it. The company uses computer vision technology to break down the image, understand the objects within the picture and recommend similar things for you to consider.

Since there are 100 billion pins in the database, Pinterest can’t rank every pin for every user in real time. To accomplish this herculean feat, Pinterest uses a graph-based recommendation engine that filters the candidate recommendations for every user. It uses machine models to predict the engagement level of a Pinterest user to a pin and the relevance of pin for a user. It sounds like a simple classification problem, but the system not only has to detect an item, such as a chair, within millions of images. Additionally, the AI system has to understand the style of the object, requiring Pinterest to create feature vectors to help recommend an image based on a user’s style. Where does the human element come in? Data specialists clean, validate and label the data. 
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President Trump raised the stakes in the trade war with China, as his advisers announced an additional $200 billion worth of goods that would be taxed.
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The Trump administration is readying another round of tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion.