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          (USA-SC-Columbia) Regional Account Coordinator, Aflac Group Insurance      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Spread Your Wings We are the duck. We inspire and are inspired, listen and respond, empower our people, give back to our community, and most importantly, celebrate every success along the way. We do it all .../The Aflac Way/ . Aflac, a Fortune 500 company, is an industry leader in voluntary insurance products that pay cash directly to policyholders and one of America's best-known brands. Aflac has been recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for 19 consecutive years, one of the Best Workplaces for Millennials for the past two years and one of America's Most Admired Companies for 16 consecutive years. Our business is about being there for people in need. So, ask yourself—are you the duck? If so, there’s a home—and a flourishing career—for you at Aflac. The Company Aflac Group Insurance The Location Columbia, SC The Division Aflac Group / US Sales Division The Opportunity Regional Account Coordinator Closing Date August 14th , 2018 Principal Duties & Responsibilities Provides support to Regional Account Executives in support of business initiatives related to the sales growth of Aflac’s True Group product portfolio Coordinates administrative services for RAE’s, and serves as team point of contact for routine inquires and issues; arranges various meetings, etc. Attends meetings and training related to Strategic Asset Management as needed; conducts business presentations related to RAE initiatives to internal partners; assist in support of finalist meetings Analyzes departmental trends including work flow, productivity, and efficiency; assist with gathering and compiling reports to track initiatives and projects compared to planned deliverables; calculate and collect metrics and volumes to establish a target or compare against existing targets; coordinates administrative and logistical details associates with the day-to-day operations of the business unit Works closely with Strategic Asset Management team to monitor business operations in order to develop, maintain, forecast, and track performance metrics; assist with gathering and compiling reports to track initiatives and projects compared to planned deliveries Leads efforts to identify and document known and newly discovered process gaps within, true group products, and other sales growth and retention opportunities; makes recommendations to address those gaps; ensures that current state processes are properly and accurately documented and communicate when there is any deviance from the process Coordinates activities regarding integration of SAM implementation plans to RAE’s, including communication, training, and organizational impact; ensures that plans are properly aligned with future state expectations in support of SAM programs and systems that maintain the program throughout the market; coordinates data cleansing efforts on behalf of the Regional Account Executives to maintain the consistency and effectiveness of the data within each markets Book of Business; organizes customer feedback (MAA, MKD , RSCs, DSCs, BSP, BSC) regarding future state; analyzes results and provides clear and actionable recommendations Acts as liaison between departments and facilitates collaborative efforts on initiatives that involve multiple departments/divisions Develops and maintains relationships within territory offices and staff while coordinating efforts with RAE team to ensure that initiatives and priorities are communicated Performs other duties as required Education & Experience Bachelor’s degree in business administration, marketing, organizational development, or a related field and four years of job-related work experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience Experience with and knowledge of Aflac Asset Management systems (RPM, Book of Business, SDM Cube, You Got Net, FMYI, Qlikview, CRM etc.) Job Knowledge & Skills * Microsoft Excel: Intermediate to Advanced * Microsoft PowerPoint: Intermediate * Microsoft Word: Intermediate * Microsoft Access: Intermediate * One Note * Business Objects * Experience with and knowledge of Aflac systems (ACF, LAGT, RPM, SharePoint, Business Objects, etc.) * Excellent presentation, oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills to effectively interact with Aflac’s senior management, and internal and external business contacts * Strong diagnostic and creative problem-solving skills Core Organizational Competencies Action Oriented, Customer Focus, Adaptability, Listening, Ethics and Values, Integrity and Trust Functional Competencies Drive for Results, Intellectual Horsepower, Problem Solving, Process Management, Time Management The Benefits Aflac is known for treating our employees exceptionally well. As one of the leaders in the insurance industry, we’re able to offer one of the most comprehensive health benefits packages available in corporate America, including free coverage from one of our pioneering insurance products, the Aflac Cancer policy. Our employees also enjoy a host of other benefits, including advancement opportunities, opportunities for continued education and professional development, merit increases and performance bonuses, profit-sharing 401(k), stock purchase plans, and many more. **Title:** *Regional Account Coordinator, Aflac Group Insurance* **Location:** *null* **Requisition ID:** *50954243*
          Walmart Is Reportedly Creating an Everlane Rival Brand Targeting Gen Z      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Walmart's ecommerce strategy appears to be shifting from acquiring brands that appeal to millennials to creating an in-house brand targeting Gen Z. According to a Business of Fashion report, Walmart is developing its own in-house basics online-only brand that emulates Everlane, but at a lower price point. Andy Dunn, the founder and CEO of Bonobos--which...
          A los booktubers del PSOE se les olvida la paridad      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
El último Plan de Fomento de la Lectura del Gobierno dura un minuto y medio: es lo que tardan en recomendar sus libros de verano siete miembros de la Ejecutiva del PSOE en un vídeo sin ningún tipo de vocación cinematográfica que estrenaron ayer. Aunque no son «millennials», ni han utilizado YouTube, se autodefinen como «booktubers», un término que la RAE todavía no recoge en su Diccionario (¿continúa la guerra entre Ejecutivo y la Academia que comenzó con el lenguaje inclusivo de la Constitución?). Abre el telón la vicepresidenta Carmen Calvo, que quizá ha descartado «El Quijote» por poco igualitario (o por denso), y prefiere los «Ensayos sobre el bien y el mal» de Amelia Valcárcel para descansar en agosto. ¿Responderá el libro a si está bien o está mal que de las once recomendaciones socialistas solo cuatro sean obras de mujeres? No lo sabemos, pues en el vídeo apenas se recitan los títulos de los libros a modo de lista de la compra. Prolifera la novela negra como entretenimiento. No hay, en cambio, ni un solo poemario en esta lista, en la que seguro que no ha intervenido Luis García Montero, flamante director del Cervantes. Patxi López, secretario de Política Federal, opta por «Total Khéops», del francés Jean-Claude Izzo, e Iratxe López e Ibán García del Blanco ofrecen títulos de Lorenzo Silva: «Lejos del corazón» y «El alquimista impaciente», respectivamente. Iratxe también recomienda a su autora favorita, Isabel Allende, con «La suma de los días», e Ibán añade «Limónov», de Emmanuel Carrère. La excentricidad se la lleva en la mochila Cristina Narbona, portavoz socialista en el Senado, con «Otra manera de vivir», de Jane Goodall. «Es una especialista en primates», comenta. También es famosa por copiar de Wikipedia sin citar, como reveló hace unos años el «Washington Post». Narbona recomienda además «La carne», de Rosa Montero. Dice que espera tener tiempo para leer los dos libros. Se nos quedaban en el tintero la prescripciones de Ander Gil (dos novelas históricas: «Memorias de Adriano» y «Capitán de mar y guerra») y Adriana Lastra («Las virtudes cotidianas», de Michael Ignatieff, y «El fuego invisible», de Javier Sierra) para completar esta lista heterogénea que no termina aquí. Según promete la web del PSOE, a partir de hoy, y de forma diaria, «un miembro de la dirección socialista desvelará cuál es su libro elegido».
          Kris Kobach and the GOP's voter fraud fantasia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

If you want to know where a political party is heading, look at what’s buoying the candidates who take on incumbents during primary season.

The long-shot victory of millennial heartthrob Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over 15-year Capitol Hill veteran Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), for example, reveals a...


          Jefes millennials: un 45% quiere ser liderado por esta generación      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Según una encuesta realizada por PageGroup, el 45% se manifestó a favor de ser liderado o tener un jefe de una nueva generación aunque el 75% de las búsquedas para middle y top management son cubiertas por profesionales que no son millenials. 
          Kris Kobach and the GOP's voter fraud fantasia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

If you want to know where a political party is heading, look at what’s buoying the candidates who take on incumbents during primary season.

The long-shot victory of millennial heartthrob Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over 15-year Capitol Hill veteran Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), for example, reveals a...


          Kris Kobach and the GOP's voter fraud fantasia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

If you want to know where a political party is heading, look at what’s buoying the candidates who take on incumbents during primary season.

The long-shot victory of millennial heartthrob Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over 15-year Capitol Hill veteran Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), for example, reveals a...


          Millennials may have grown up online, but they don't know everything | Perspective      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The ability to acquire and master new skills - and be of value in the workplace - is not age-dependent.
          Kris Kobach and the GOP's voter fraud fantasia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

If you want to know where a political party is heading, look at what’s buoying the candidates who take on incumbents during primary season.

The long-shot victory of millennial heartthrob Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over 15-year Capitol Hill veteran Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), for example, reveals a...


          MillerCoors starts search for new marketing leader      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
MillerCoors — the Chicago-based brewing company that is a unit of Denver-based Molson Coors (NYSE: TAP) — has started the hunt for a new chief marketing officer after quietly parting ways with David Kroll late last month. Kroll looks to have been designated by MillerCoors CEO Gavin Hattersley as the fall guy for a beer operation that is underperforming on several fronts as it struggles mightily to find a way to reignite interest in beer among millennial drinkers. Millennials several years ago…

          Cars.com looks to make car buying fun      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Cars.com has suddenly gone so very Millennial. Maybe a little GenX and social media-focused too. That’s the big takeaway from a new ad campaign launching this week titled “We met on Cars.com” from ad agency R/GA Chicago for the Chicago-based online automotive marketplace. The new advertising — which aims to position the site as a kind of dating app for those looking to buy a new auto — is the first major brand campaign from Cars.com's (NYSE: CARS) newest Chief Marketing Officer Brooke…

          Kris Kobach and the GOP's voter fraud fantasia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

If you want to know where a political party is heading, look at what’s buoying the candidates who take on incumbents during primary season.

The long-shot victory of millennial heartthrob Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over 15-year Capitol Hill veteran Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), for example, reveals a...


          The Breakfast Routine      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Introducing: The Breakfast Routine. This post has been sponsored by Post®. All thoughts and opinions are my own. We, millennials, are an interesting generation. I’m particularly fascinated by how nostalgic we are. We remember so

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          Kris Kobach and the GOP's voter fraud fantasia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

If you want to know where a political party is heading, look at what’s buoying the candidates who take on incumbents during primary season.

The long-shot victory of millennial heartthrob Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over 15-year Capitol Hill veteran Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), for example, reveals a...


          Young doctors revolt, force AMA to consider backing single-payer healthcare for the first time      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Millennial doctors are killing predatory health-care capitalism! (more…)


          10 Must Reads for the CRE Industry Today (August 8, 2018)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Affordability is the biggest obstacle to homeownership for millennial, according to Inman. One hedge-fund manager has doubled down on his bet that shopping centers are in a state of demise, reports the Wall Street Journal. These are among today’s must reads from around the commercial real estate industry.
          Kris Kobach and the GOP's voter fraud fantasia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

If you want to know where a political party is heading, look at what’s buoying the candidates who take on incumbents during primary season.

The long-shot victory of millennial heartthrob Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over 15-year Capitol Hill veteran Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), for example, reveals a...


          Tips para llegar y venderle a la generación millennial      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

De acuerdo con datos del Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI), en México la generación Millennial está compuesta por más de 30 millones de personas, cifra que se puede considerar interesante por todo el potencial que representa para miles de marcas y empresas pues en conjunto con los millennials de todo el mundo generarán […]

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          Point of View August 8, 2018 : Millennial Roundtable      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Dr. Nick Pitts is the host of today’s Millennial Roundtable. He is joined by our own Kerby Anderson. They will be talking about the takeaways from Tuesday’s election. In addition they have the latest on online hate speech, Sarah Joeng, and Alex Jones. Give us a call at 800-351-1212 or post a question on facebook at www.facebook.com/pointofviewradio.        
          Will You Subscribe To Your Next Car?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
From Texas Standard: If you are a millennial, you may be among those who value time over ownership, so you may not be interested in buying car. But what if you could get a car without having to buy it, all for a flat fee that includes insurance and maintenance? There's a new route to car access emerging, and it doesn't involve ownership at all. Instead, you subscribe to a brand . And who's disrupting the auto industry? Turns out it's the auto industry itself.
          Bearded millennials are causing a crisis in the razor industry as the unshaven look loses its bad reputation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Beards remain extremely popular, especially among millennials. 
  • The era of beards is causing problems in the razor industry, with sales falling by 5.1% over the last year.
  • Razor makers like Gillette are scrambling to find a way to survive in the age of the beard.

 

The era of the beard lives on in 2018 — and it could be deadly news for the razor industry. 

The rise of the laid-back approach to shaving, most popular among men under the age of 45, is causing some serious problems and strategic readjustments in the razor industry, CNN's Nathaniel Meyersohn reports. 

"Today, men are not judged negatively when they skip a shave — it is not considered lazy or disrespectful," Massimiliano Menozzi, the vice president of Gillette North America, told CNN. 

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According to Gillette, studies show that the average number of times men shave per month has fallen from 3.7 to 3.2 over the last decade. And, that is resulting in some actual problems in the razor industry, with sales falling 5.1% by June 2018 compared to the year prior. 

With the downturn, CNN reports that razor makers are scrambling to adjust.

Gillette staged an "intervention" last year, slashing prices by an average of 12% and pushing facial-hair-maintenance tools like a beard trimmer. Edgewell, the parent company of brands like Edge, Schick, and Personna, is pushing e-commerce and relaunching its Schick Hydro brand in October. Razor startup Harry's raised $112 million in a round of financing earlier this year to move beyond men's grooming. 

There may be hope on the horizon. Edgewell CFO Rod R. Little said in a call with investors on Tuesday that the company is betting that due to the "cyclical nature of facial hair," the clean-shaven look should be back in due time. 

However, people have been calling for the end of the Age of the Hipster Beard for years now. Perhaps it is simply time to embrace a bearded generation of millennials and see whether the razor industry adapts or dies. 

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          5 awesome Los Angeles staycations that will save you time and money      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Staycation getaways are perfect for vacationers looking to save money and time while still having a "getaway" experience.
  • Despite Los Angeles' perfect summer weather and beautiful beaches, you may be interested in a quick weekend break from the city.
  • LA has staycation options for every kind of traveler, whether you're seeking an adventurous hike or a trip to a luxurious resort and spa.
  • Here are five LA staycation getaways you need to try this summer.

 

One of my favorite things to do in Los Angeles is spend a weekend in a neighborhood I don't live in. Though I've been in LA for more than four years and currently live in Los Feliz, I still feel like there's so much of the city I haven't had the chance to see.

Even though it's forever sunny in LA, the working grind, smoggy air, and bumper-to-bumper traffic can get to me. Sometimes you need a change of scenery and a break from work — especially during the summer, when half your office is on vacation.

Even if you’re working your dream job and enjoying summer Fridays, things at work can start to feel a little drab.   

Enter: the LA staycation. It's a way to fall back in love with the city and go into full vacation mode without using any vacation days (or booking a plane ticket).

Interest in staycations seem to be on the rise. Between 2012 and 2017, Google searches for the word “staycation” increased steadily year over year, according to Google Trends. Searches peak in the summertime, when people want to be sipping cocktails by a pool, but can’t necessarily afford to do so in the Cayman Islands. In 2015, Millennials reported taking three staycations in the past year, according to the USA Today.

LA is such a versatile city that there are staycation options for every kind of traveler — whether you’re frugal, looking for a luxury excursion, a laze-by-the-pool type, or would much rather be hiking in the wilderness.

Here are five LA staycations to consider this summer:

SEE ALSO: 10 tips for planning the perfect staycation

1. Beach camping in Malibu

That's right, you can legitimately camp at some of the beaches in Malibu. There's nothing like taking in a sunset in Malibu, staying the night, and then watching the sun rise the next morning.

You get all the benefits of a luxury view for a fraction of the price.

To keep your costs down, grocery shop on your way up and pack a cooler with most of the food you'll need. You don't even need to sleep in a tent — just put your sleeping bag on the beach and fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean.

If you’re looking for a hike during the day, I recently hiked Point Dume Nature Preserve, which was lowkey but yielded some stunning coastline views. For something more intense, try the hike to Escondido Falls.



2. Have a downtown weekend filled with art, breweries, and good eats

I'm a huge fan of downtown LA, because when you live in a city that's really just 20 suburbs strung together, it somehow feels exciting to be surrounded by tall buildings and the bustle of downtown.

Stay at the Hotel Indigo, where you might learn quite a bit about the city you thought you knew so well. The hotel partnered with Cartwheel Art to offer an "Underground LA" tour that explores downtown the city’s Prohibition-era underground tunnels and speakeasies.

While you’re downtown, have lunch at Grand Central Market, a beer (or two) at Mikkeller, and an inventive Mexican meal at Broken Spanish.



3. Unleash your inner surf bum in Venice

There is no better aesthetic, in my opinion, than a Venice Beach bungalow. Rent one along the Venice canals and treat yourself to a glorious beach day — and maybe even a surf lesson.

Or rent fat-tire bikes for a ride along the strand. Enjoy a meal at sprawling bakery/deli Gjusta, where the bustling and picturesque outdoor patio truly feels like taking a holiday in and of itself.



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          Truth Behind Alex Jones Banishment Surfaces, All Rooted in Jealousy from Millennial      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

There’s a hint of snark and undeniable glee in the reporting on some liberal media sites at the most recent assault on a high-profile voice in the media that liberals love to hate. Alex Jones is the latest commentator to fall from the good graces of social media’s Apple, YouTube, Facebook and Spotify and liberals couldn’t…

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          [ Other - Society & Culture ] Open Question : Why is there such a big technological generation gap between baby boom and generation x?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At my job, it's so frustrating that many of the customers can't even send an basic email and most of them are baby boom generation. I'm not saying all baby boom generation people aren't tech savvy (I've had college professors who were older than baby boom generation and were teaching computer courses) but I notice they're not very interested in technology as much as gen x and millennial, why?
          Walmart Is Reportedly Creating an Everlane Rival Brand Targeting Gen Z      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Walmart's ecommerce strategy appears to be shifting from acquiring brands that appeal to millennials to creating an in-house brand targeting Gen Z. According to a Business of Fashion report, Walmart is developing its own in-house basics online-only brand that emulates Everlane, but at a lower price point. Andy Dunn, the founder and CEO of Bonobos--which...
          Fashion and Jewelry Trends Still Under the Millennial Pink Domination      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Call it pastel pink, salmon rose, peachy blush or flamingo cerise, the verdict is in: Millennial pink is – still – the color of the moment. Try as they may to unseat it, this color isn’t going anywhere.This sweet, candy-like shade is not really a newcomer on the color trends scene – in fact, it’s been around for the better part of the decade. From rosy packaging to pink sunnies and trendy drinks and from bling to runway trends, Millennial pink is everywhere – and it shows no signs of slowing down.

Pink Is IN: The Beginnings

Back in 2015, Pantone announced rose quartz as one of the two colors of the upcoming year – with serenity, aka chalky sky-blue being its co-lead. Arguing their choice as 'society’s understanding of femininity… changing the way people think about the female experience”, Pantone definitely boosted the popularity of the shade. But by 2015, Millennial pink was already the hottest shade around – and some say it all started with Paris Hilton’s love for the shade in the early 2000s.But not all agree and other sources associate the origins of the pink movement with Tumblr’s pink-everything aesthetic. By 2016, major brands were designing or packaging everything pink: from Diesel's Spring 2016 ad campaign to Glossier’s new product range, the color was already on top.

Pink-Infused Fashion Trends

From the hottest catwalks of the world to the red carpet, Millennial pink is everywhere. And when it comes to garments, the famous shade features a wider range of tones, from the softer, pastel ones to brighter, candy-like hues. Millennial pink has been a staple at New York Fashion Week for years now, where collections from Rebecca Minkoff, Anna Sui, Reebok, Club Monaco featured the shade extensively. Another group .that totally embraces the femme shade: fashion bloggers, who rock the shade on repeat, both as a statement shade (in its hotter versions) and as an elevated, luxe neutral.

Jewelry Trends: Rose Gold Takes the Lead

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Blush shades of pink have been slowly and steadily taking over the latte and hazelnut hues and gaining a place as veritable neutrals. And the same thing is happening in the jewelry niche, where rose gold jewelry has been slowly taking over the classic white and yellow tones – especially during the hotter seasons. From dangly earrings to lariat necklaces and stackable rings, rose gold is totally trending. The reason? The simple fact that no other shade looks as good on sun-kissed skin as rose.

Pink Sunnies, Bags and Heels

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The color of iPhones and Acne Studios' shopping bags is also scoring big in the accessory department. While a while ago, golden pumps were making a sparkly splash, these days; it’s all about those rosy heels with high levels of luster. Joining the pink club: the trendiest sunnies, with the IT celebs rocking the rosy-shaded shades on their pap strolls. Pink backpacks, pink totes and blush handbags have become staple rather than statement pieces, since the shade can definitely double as a neutral.

Rose-Hued Gems and Pearls

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Say goodbye to classic whites and welcome the sweet shades of pink when it comes to updating your jewelry collection. From rosy beads to pink pearl stud earrings and peachy salmon gemstones, the trend knows no bounds. Whether you’re on the market for a pearl ring or a gem necklace, embrace the seductive, fun and saccharine shade of Millennial pink.

Next in Line: Millennial Lilac Is the New Pink

According to various color forecasters, Millennial pink has already peaked. And the next iconic shade in line is either hot, 90’s pink or soft and mysterious Millennial lilac. But even if you’ve upgraded your wardrobe with an excessive amount of candy pink pieces, no worries – as this sweet shade and its purple cousin look like a trendy unicorn-like dream when combined.

 


          36 Million Americans Are Afraid to Check Their Credit Reports      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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This credit report phobia does not seem to afflict everyone equally. It is especially pronounced among millennials, women, and people with low income.

According to a new poll, the specter of Great Recession hardship still looms large for many Americans nearly a decade after the downturn ended, even though most negative records from that era have already fallen off people’s credit reports. Lots of people are simply too scared to see what’s on there, even if their inaction will lead to bad outcomes.

“We saw this with mortgage foreclosures, where people would not answer the phone or open their …

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          Here's Where To Get Grape Soda Churros In Disneyland For A Throwback Dessert      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It's no secret that Disney has got the theme-park food game down to an art. Whether they're passing out pineapple cotton candy, some millennial pink milkshakes, or a unicorn Mickey cupcake, there's no shortage of delectable and totally magical…
          Abercrombie & Fitch partners up with PayPal’s Venmo to please Millennial consumers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Users of the Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister iOs and Android apps can now pay for their purchases using Venmo, the person-to-person payment platform owned by PayPal.

“We are excited about our Venmo integration, as we know Venmo is an increasingly popular payment option among our Millennials and Gen Z customer bases”, said Joanne Crevoiserat, Chief Operating Officer of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., in a statement.

Founded in 2009 and acquired by PayPal in 2013, Venmo allows for users to quickly transfer money to one another via their mobile phones. Users can either link the app to their bank accounts or credit cards, or keep money directly on the app.

While it was first intended to provide an easy way for friends and family to split bills, PayPal has ambitious plans for the app, as it aims to both make it profitable and win the race against Apple Pay to become the biggest cashless payment platform in the United States. Last year, Venmo introduced its “Pay with Venmo” option, allowing users to pay for their purchases at more than 2 million merchants, including Uber and Forever 21. Retailers are charged a fee for the Venmo integration.


          If you’re having struggles, you need to listen to Ainslee Wills’ new single      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

“What am I doing with my life?” That’s the question a lot of us – millennials, mostly – have asked and still find asking ourselves almost daily. It’s the same ... Read more

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          Claves para que los anunciantes lleguen a los consumidores durante La Liga      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Claves para que los anunciantes lleguen a los consumidores durante La Liga

El próximo viernes, 17 de agosto, comienza La Liga. Durante 38 semanas, millones de personas seguirán los partidos a través de estadios y pantallas. Aunque es sólo una parte: más de 1.600 millones de aficionados forman la audiencia internacional del campeonato de fútbol profesional español, incluyendo los social media, según la organización.

En España, se estima que más del 51% de la población de más de 15 años siguen los partidos de fútbol (cerca de 21 millones de personas). El “deporte rey” ha dejado de ser “cosa de hombres”: el 35% de la afición está formada por mujeres y es un porcentaje en crecimiento.

Se trata de un seguidor muy fiel, que interactúa con su club a través de diferentes dispositivos, canales y apps. El número, la frecuencia e intensidad de sus interacciones es muy elevado. Esto ofrece grandes oportunidades a las marcas para conectar con esa audiencia de una manera altamente personalizada.

Digilant, empresa especializada en compra programática de medios y gestión de datos, ha analizado algunos de los grandes datos en torno a La Liga, para ayudar a las marcas a hacer más rentables sus inversiones en marketing alrededor del campeonato.

"El futbol es una de las grandes pasiones de los españoles y los anunciantes deberían aprovechar todas las oportunidades que brinda este deporte para acercarse a ellos. Con una estrategia de marketing digital omnicanal adecuada es posible personalizar cada impacto en función del momento, lugar e intereses de cada aficionado de La Liga, generando así experiencias relevantes y un vínculo emocional con las marcas por parte de estos consumidores," explica Álvaro Cristóbal, Global Strategy & Operations Director en Digilant.

En casa y en los bares

Los aficionados siguen el fútbol básicamente a través de la televisión, ya sea en sus casas o en los bares. Frente a unos 180 millones de espectadores a través de televisiones de pago durante la temporada 2017-2018, hubo un total de 10,3 millones de personas en las gradas de los estadios en ese periodo, acudiendo a los datos de La Liga. A la mayoría de los equipos, incluso los grandes, les resulta cada vez más difícil colgar el cartel de “no hay entradas”, salvo en contados encuentros.

Los bares forman un capítulo aparte en España: más del 39% de los aficionados españoles -3,3 millones de espectadores- prefieren ver los partidos en bares y cafeterías cada jornada, según un estudio de La Liga. El espectador medio en este caso es hombre (84%, frente a un 16% de mujeres), adulto (el 35,1% de ellos tiene entre 25 y 44 años, y el 24,6%, entre 45 y 64 años) y de alto poder adquisitivo, según el mismo informe.

Los bares suponen una oportunidad especial para las marcas, ya que miles de establecimientos cuentan con una segunda pantalla dedicada en exclusiva a publicidad, y en este formato out of home (OOH) es posible emitir anuncios que la legislación no permite mostrar en abierto. Este tipo de circuitos de televisión -muchos locales añaden Wi-Fi gratis a su oferta- también facilitan realizar campañas geolocalizadas a un precio asequible para pequeños anunciantes que no tienen presupuesto para entrar en las grandes cadenas.

Además, aunque la televisión sigue siendo el medio de referencia para la mayoría de los aficionados, Internet y las redes sociales se sitúan como el medio más seguido para los menores de 30 años: se informan a través del ordenador y de las redes sociales tanto como en la TV (79%, 76% y 77%, respectivamente), según un informe de Nielsen en 2017. En la franja de 30 a 49 años prefieren la televisión (81%), Internet, periódicos, redes sociales y radio, por ese orden. Y los aficionados más senior se decantan claramente por la televisión (81%), seguida de periódicos, Internet, radio y redes sociales (37%).

Mientras que el 27% de los aficionados usaba el móvil en 2014 para informarse sobre deporte, esa cifra subió al 34% en 2016, según el mismo informe.

Sus costumbres también son distintas y se estima que los aficionados millennials están conectados a sus dispositivos móviles durante el 70% del partido. Quieren ver al momento vídeos con repeticiones de jugadas y comentarlas en las redes sociales.

La Liga se juega en las redes

En redes sociales, La Liga es una comunidad formada por más de 60 millones de seguidores: 44 en Facebook, 8,9 en Instagram, 3,7 en Twitter y 2,6 millones en YouTube -con más de 635 millones de visualizaciones-, que siguen la última hora, vídeos y las mejores imágenes de los partidos, información sobre jugadores, estadísticas, partidos en vivo y directos de eventos internacionales a través de los canales oficiales. El crecimiento es exponencial y casi duplicó followers durante 2018 en todas las redes respecto a un año antes, a los que se están añadiendo los aficionados en China.

Por encima de La Liga, el Real Madrid mantiene relación a través de las redes sociales con cientos de millones de aficionados de todo el mundo: 109 en Facebook, 61,5 en Instagram, 30,7 en Twitter y 3,7 en YouTube, de sus cuentas en castellano. Sólo su cuenta de Facebook en inglés suma otros 323 millones de followers. Un análisis de la consultora MVPindex, estima que el valor del Real Madrid en el Social Index se acerca a los 1.400 millones de euros, el equipo deportivo profesional más valioso en los social media.

El segundo en este ranking es el Barcelona, con 102 millones de fans en Facebook, 58,4 en Instagram, 13,6 en Twitter y 4,8 en YouTube.

Sin embargo, el ranking cambia al analizar el engagement rate. Ninguno de los equipos más potentes de La Liga se sitúa entre los cinco primeros en Facebook, Instagram ni Twitter, atendiendo a la respuesta de los hinchas a los mensajes que publican los clubes en sus perfiles.

Por su parte, la Liga de Fútbol Profesional generó 3,2 millones de tuits en España durante la temporada pasada y sólo tres de las 20 cuentas más seguidas en esta red social no están relacionadas con este deporte.

Los españoles, además, son los aficionados más activos en Europa cuando ven un partido a través de televisión. Comentan, al menos, dos veces durante los 90 minutos -el doble que la media europea- y el 24% de esa audiencia escribe cuatro o más posts en redes cada una de esas veces durante el encuentro (15% en el caso de los italianos, segundos en este ranking), según un estudio de MasterCard.

El análisis de la conversación en las redes le servirá a las marcas para reorientar sus campañas en tiempo real y también para conocer mucho más sobre los intereses e inquietudes de sus targets, información que podrán incorporar en el futuro a sus acciones promocionales de cara a mejorar el diálogo con estas personas.

Qué consumen

La cerveza reina en los bares. Es la bebida fría más consumida en hostelería (36% del total) y supone entre el 25% y el 40% de la facturación de estos establecimientos, indica la patronal Cerveceros de España.
Aunque, en el caso concreto del fútbol, el 61% de los aficionados beben Coca-Cola; el 50%, cerveza; el 35%, Fanta; Schweppes y Pepsi, el 21%; y Kas, el 15%, indica un reciente análisis realizado por Kantar ante el Mundial de Fútbol 2018.

En cuanto a la comida, el 67% de los hinchas son amantes de la fast food: el 38% comen en McDonnald’s, el 33% en Burger King y el 24% en Telepizza, señala el análisis de Kantar.

El deporte también genera altos ingresos para el sector turístico. Los españoles realizaron el año pasado más de cuatro millones de viajes por motivos deportivos (el 83,5% de ellos, dentro de España), a los que se sumaron otro 1,2 millones de viajes de extranjeros por el mismo motivo, según datos del Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. Los españoles invirtieron en esta actividad más de 950 millones de euros y los extranjeros, 1.250 millones de euros, según la misma fuente.

Los clubes, proveedores de entretenimiento

Los equipos de fútbol se han convertido en proveedores de entretenimiento, un verdadero media hub, para estrechar su relación con los aficionados; especialmente, con los más jóvenes. Tratan de extender su experiencia más allá de los 90 minutos del partido, acompañándoles en cualquier lugar y en cualquier momento, ofreciéndoles contenidos y servicios hiper segmentados según sus intereses.
Se estima que el 80% del consumo de contenido relacionado con el fútbol en 2030 será over the top (OTT).

Por eso cada vez más equipos convierten sus recintos en smart estadios, con Wi-Fi de alta velocidad en sus instalaciones y otros avances tecnológicos. También están desarrollando apps y actividades para mejorar la experiencia de los espectadores, en la línea que están marcando grandes competiciones como la NBA, cuyos equipos ofrecen repeticiones, resúmenes multicámara de los partidos, estadísticas en tiempo real, vídeos exclusivos, compra de merchandising, pedir comida desde el asiento, información sobre ocio alrededor de los estadios, realidad virtual, etc. Se calcula que el 39% de los aficionados que acuden a un encuentro buscan restaurantes y bares próximos al estadio durante el tiempo de juego.

Además, estas aplicaciones sirven a los clubes para obtener información muy valiosa sobre miles de aficionados en cada encuentro y para relacionarse con nuevos fans que les facilitan sus datos y poder mantener a partir de ahí una relación personalizada según su perfil. Por ejemplo, enviar de manera segmentada a su móvil o email promociones a los usuarios para que vayan a un determinado restaurante del estadio según sus gustos, edad y poder adquisitivo.

Por su parte, La Liga firmó un acuerdo en 2016 con Microsoft para analizar el gigantesco volumen de información en la red en torno al fútbol en España, para identificar qué le interesa a esos aficionados, qué quieren consumir y a través de qué canal. El presidente de la organización, Javier Tebas, ha cuantificado en diez millones de euros su inversión en Big Data.

La Liga organiza eventos en todo el mundo para seguir fomentando la afición. Con motivo del “Clásico”, el partido en el que se enfrentan el Real Madrid y el Barcelona, en abril de 2018, desarrolló fiestas en Nueva York (Estados Unidos), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Bruselas (Bélgica) y Yakarta (Indonesia), entre otras ciudades en Europa, Asia y Latinoamérica, que reunieron a miles de personas, en las que, además de fútbol en pantalla gigante, hubo conciertos de música, sesiones de DJ’s, exposiciones, etc., en torno a #ElClásico.

Seguiremos informando…


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          How to Encourage Employee Development Programs and Participation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Every company needs a culture that actively inspires ongoing learning and personal development.

Is anything worth doing if we can’t improve ourselves while we do it? More CEOs, Training managers, and, yes, employees have this vital question on their minds a lot these days. Are we going through the motions, or are we challenging ourselves to learn new skills and think differently about how we perform in life?

Company leaders arguably have a responsibility to give back to employees in the form of development programs and learning opportunities. But you won’t be surprised to find such opportunities under-utilized if you haven’t laid the proper cultural framework first.

Employee Development Is Great for All Parties

We know not every company is the same, but we also know that just throwing money at token “employee development” programs doesn’t help anybody grow in a meaningful way. Employee development and ongoing learning represents a $164.2 billion annual expense for today’s executives. And yet, we must not be getting our money’s worth, because employee learning remains a top-of-mind concern for many of those same leaders. Something has to change about our approach.

It is possible that we have such an imbalance between investment and real-world results because Training managers haven’t started with the fundamentals. Every company needs a culture that actively inspires ongoing learning and personal development. Your atmosphere must encourage participation.

You’re probably familiar with programs like these:

The list goes on. The truth is, employers and Training managers are in excellent positions to help the employees in their care become their best possible selves. It’s possible that in some cases, they might end up grooming a young professional only to see him or her move on to the next challenge. In most cases, though, employees recognize the value of an employer that believes in their continued growth. They’re likely to stick with those companies for a while. “Sticky” learning makes for “sticky” employees.

How to Encourage Development and Ongoing Learning

If development needs aren’t being met, employees and Training managers alike have a responsibility to speak up.

But the big unanswered question isn’t the form your company’s ongoing learning and development program can take. I listed some of the options, but there are many others that are far less formal. If you’re not already, begin accumulating up-to-date resources that are relevant to your employees and the work they do. Encourage them to study from these resources on their lunch break. Incentivize learning with gift cards or employee perks for books read or TED Talks listened to. Simply knowing learning materials are available takes care of some of the motivation barrier.

But that’s not all leaders and trainers need to concern themselves with. For even reward-based development programs to work, and for your program to be successful over the long run, you need the right culture and atmosphere. Below are some practical suggestions for how you can “prime the pump” for your employees to take ownership of their career development.

It also should be noted that all of these apply to the employee, as well. If your company doesn’t offer ongoing learning, educational reimbursement, mentorships, or other opportunities to broaden your horizons, you can and should look for some of these opportunities and bring the benefits to the attention of company leaders:

  • Explore mentoring and reverse mentoring in a deliberate way: It’s possible you’ve started to hear about reverse mentoring. This is a huge opportunity for older and younger generations in the workforce to challenge each other, address each other’s weaknesses in a constructive way, and enrich each other’s knowledge in their subject-matter blind spots. Some 53 percent of Millennial workers believe they’d be more productive if they had a mentor. Training managers and HR personnel have a great opportunity to facilitate these sorts of relationships.
  • Address the short shelf life of skills: The rapid accumulation of skills has never been more important than it is today. In part because technology makes it so, and in part because we live in a global world, modern employees need to stay on top of new trends, new tech, and new industry developments to stay relevant. Recognizing the need for personal growth doesn’t just engage employees—it’s also imperative if you want to keep your company competitive.
  • Encourage reasonable goals without being pushy: Even if you remove it completely from any kind of ongoing learning program under your roof, goal setting happens every day at any company that takes itself seriously. But employees who tread water with easy goal setting probably won’t challenge themselves to take advantage of learning opportunities either. Again, you need to stoke the fire a little bit. Encouraging individual and company goals, and looking for thoughtful ways to tie them together, is crucial if you want to maintain an atmosphere of engagement and motivation.

Although I’ve mentioned how Training managers and other leaders can incorporate various training and professional development programs for their employees, we also have to recognize that not every company culture and workflow can accommodate some of these models. Sometimes, if employees want to grow up and out of their current roles, they’ll have to tackle some of this learning during their hours away from the office.

And that comes with certain challenges when it comes to the hallowed work-life balance. Still, many of the techniques you’d use on-site to facilitate learning—podcasts, articles, white papers, partnerships with local colleges, and subscriptions to digital learning platforms—can be used during a morning commute or in the quiet hours of the morning or evening. Learning initiatives don’t have to disrupt your company’s workflow or unnecessarily eat into your employees’ free time.

If the motivation is there, they’ll find those spare moments throughout the day to finish that book on leadership or sign up for that distance-learning course on C++ basics.

Megan Ray Nichols is a freelance writer and STEM blogger. She regularly contributes to IMPO Magazine and Born2Invest. She also updates her own blog, Schooled By Science, every Tuesday and Thursday. Stay in touch by following h


          4 trucos para que aprendas a escribir más rápido en tu celular      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

En el mundo de las tecnologías digitales y la comunicación instantánea escribir rápido se ha convertido en una necesidad social.
Si no lo haces te arriesgas a colmar la paciencia de tu receptor, que probablemente suspire con ansia mientras observa los puntos suspensivos que le indican que (apenas) 5 minutos después de haber recibido su mensaje, (¿todavía?) sigues escribiendo la respuesta.
Es lo que se conoce como "tecnoestrés", el estrés tecnológico que nos obliga a estar conectados en todo momento... y a ser capaces de teclear a toda velocidad.
Pero escribir a mil por hora no es una tarea fácil para todos, especialmente para quienes no crecieron con celulares inteligentes o smartphones. Es decir, gran parte de los millennials y el resto de generaciones anteriores.
Pero no te abrumes. La solución está en tus manos. Literalmente.

1. Dos pulgares o un dedo índice

¿Cómo colocas tus manos cuando escribes en el celular? Puede que parezca algo secundario, pero si quieres ganar velocidad, es importante que lo tengas en cuenta.
Sostener tu teléfono con ambas manos y usar los dos pulgares para escribir suele ser lo más rápido.
Sin embargo, muchos prefieren agarrar el smartphone con una sola mano y usar el índice de la otra para teclear cada una de las letras. Y cuanto más grande sea el teléfono, mayor será la tendencia a hacerlo.
¿Qué opción es mejor?
"No hay una respuesta correcta, depende de cada persona", explica el editor del sitio tecnológico How To GeekChris Hoffman.
"Escribir con los dos pulgares te permite tener dos dedos para alcanzar más deprisa las letras del teclado, pero mucha gente se siente más cómoda con el método del dedo índice y encuentra que comete menos errores. Prueba las dos y observa cuál es mejor para ti".
Hoffman también recomienda tener en cuenta la orientación del teléfono. Si es horizontal, usar los dos pulgares puede funcionar mejor, pero no tanto en vertical.

2. Dile "sí" al autocorrector

El autocorrector puede llegar a ser muy odiado, por eso Google está repleto de búsquedas sobre cómo desactivarlo.
Sin embargo, el software de tu celular puede ayudarte a ser mucho más veloz.
Es capaz de detectar tus errores y corregirlos automáticamente mientras sigues tecleando, o de completar las letras que faltan en una palabra.
Por lo tanto, si quieres escribir rápido no lo dudes: "¡Abraza el uso del autocorrector!", dice Hoffman.
Esta herramienta ha ayudado a corregir miles de fallos ortográficos y a evitar los errores tipográficos que a menudo se comenten cuando uno trata de escribir deprisa.
Pero no abuses de él.
Tal y como dijo el escritor de tecnología Clive Thompson -autor de un estudio publicado por Journal of Applied Communication Research en el que analizó cientos de errores en mensajes "enviados desde el iPhone"- el autocorrector se presta mucho a errores.
"(El autocorrector) ha hecho que las palabras mal colocadas y la mala puntuación sean más aceptables en la escritura", asegura Thompson.

3. Escribe con tu voz

Puedes ser muy veloz en los teclados... pero hablar siempre costará menos tiempo que escribir.
¿Has probado alguna vez la función de "dictado" en tu celular?
Esta opción está disponible tanto en teclados iOS (iPhone) como en Android. Para activarla, debes hacer clic en el icono del micrófono que hay en el teclado y comenzar a hablar.
Es un poco diferente a las cada vez más populares notas de voz porque el receptor no te escuchará, sino que recibirá un mensaje como si tú mismo lo hubieras escrito.
Gracias a este sistema, el teléfono va convirtiendo en texto las palabras que dices a medida que hablas.
Puede ayudarte a "escribir" un texto más rápidamente, pero ten en cuenta que el reconocimiento de voz no es perfecto y deberás ser cuidadoso de pronunciar y vocalizar las palabras lo más claramente posible, advierte Hoffman.
También debes tener en cuenta que deberás explicar los signos de puntuaciónque quieras incluir a medida que hablas: "Signo de exclamación inicial hola coma Juan coma..."
Parece complicado pero, en realidad, no es nada más que hacerle un dictado a tu teléfono.

4. Usa otro teclado

Otra opción es instalar un teclado adicional de un tercero.
Hay varias opciones diseñadas especialmente para dispositivos con pantalla táctil: Gboard (te da sugerencias sobre palabras), SwiftKey (usa trucos de inteligencia artificial), Fleksy (lo personaliza)... elige la opción que te guste más. Todas ellas están disponibles para Android y Apple.
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MillerCoors' millennial-focused beer didn't sell very well.
          Irked By The Way Millennials Speak? 'I Feel Like' It's Time To Loosen Up      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
"The way kids speak today, I'm here to tell you." Over the course of history, every aging generation has made that complaint , and it has always turned out to be overblown. That's just as well. If the language really had been deteriorating all this time, we'd all be grunting like bears by now. But when it comes to language, history is bunk. Or anyway, it hasn't deterred critics from monitoring the speech of today's young people for the signs of cultural decline. In fact it was a professor of history named Molly Worthen who raised an alarm in The New York Times recently about the way millennials start their sentences with "I feel like," as in, "I feel like the media should concentrate more on the issues." That expression may sound merely diffident, Worthen says, but its real purpose is to avoid confrontation by turning every statement into a feeling that halts an argument in its tracks — how can you say that my experience isn't valid? In the end, she says, "I feel like" makes logical
          2018 Vancouver City Elections — Rookie Council Concerns      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

There is little doubt that in October 2018, Vancouver voters will put in place an almost all-rookie City Council (40 candidates now in the mix).  The winning Mayor (now 11 seekers) may be a rookie too, or may be experienced in another level of government, but not at civic level on Vancouver-related issues.

It does bring up the topic of learning curve — a substantial issue for anyone stepping into a leadership and decision-making role amid the swirl of a complex enterprise, which the City of Vancouver most certainly is.

People seem to think it’s a good idea to bring new blood (a.k.a. rookies) into politics, hence this finding from Mario Canseco, in partnership with the Forum for Millennial Leadership (FML).

Depending on how the votes go, a number of these rookies may be Independents, meaning among other things, that there is no support from party veterans, insiders and back-room boys (yes, they’re mostly boys). In small parties, too, there are likely precious few veterans, insiders or back-room boys with this experience.

Meanwhile, given the potential fragmentation of voter support into blocs (%$@#**& bike lanes) due to the large number of candidates and tiny parties involved, we could also be looking at minority rule and coalitions of varying longevity and strength.  I’m calling this the cats ‘n dogs scenario.  It’s an additional learning curve.

Typically, this learning curve is handled by mentoring and collaboration if done well, or if not, by tossing new folks into the deep end and hoping for the best.  Only the fearless (that’s not me) would venture at this stage to predict who will be around to mentor whom, and what degree of collaboration from whom will help those running full tilt to get up to speed on issues, staff, procedures and so on.

Others have seen this coming, too.  Two groups are holding “Delivering Rental Housing In Your Community“, a major briefing session for rookie candidates in Metro Vancouver. And incidentally, a good way to help place the issue firmly into the minds of potential new City Councilors and Mayors.

The City of Vancouver’s Renters Advisory Committee and LandlordBC are collaborating to deliver an informative and interactive educational event for Metro Vancouver mayoral and council candidates like you. This event will help you understand the opportunities and barriers to building secure, purpose-built rental housing* in our communities. It will be a deep dive into the entire process, from the early stages of making the decision, right through to the day shovels are in the ground. Emphasis will be on the financial considerations and the critical role municipalities and their political leaders play in the process.

Event Details:

Tue, 28 August 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT

Vancouver City Hall
453 West 12th Avenue
Ground Floor, Town Hall Meeting Room

Event Organizers:

  • City of Vancouver Renter’s Advisory Committee
  • LandlordBC
  • Chard Development Ltd.
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https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/08/millennials_socialism_and_equality.html Zach Carter of the Huffington Post is telling Baby-Boomers that they are getting their knickers all in a twist and really should tone down their worries since, after all, "socialism is good now." Carter, senior political economy reporter at the HuffPo, evinces dazzling ignorance and misdirection as he leads Millennials down a path that will prove disastrous to them. Carter asserts that we are re-entering the "Golden Age of American Paranoia" and any genuine concerns about the spread of communism are delusional. Has Carter ever perused The Black Book of Communism (1999), edited by Mark Kramer? He would learn "the actual, practical accomplishments of Communism around the world: terror, torture, famine, mass deportations, and massacres." Astonishing in the sheer detail it amasses, the book is the first comprehensive attempt to catalogue and analyze the crimes of communism over seventy years. 'Revolutions, like trees, must be judged by their fruit,' Ignazio Silone wrote, and this is the standard the authors apply to the Communist experience – in the China of 'the Great Helmsman,' Kim Il Sung's Korea, Vietnam under 'Uncle Ho' and Cuba under Castro, Ethiopia under Mengistu, Angola under Neto, and Afghanistan under Najibullah. The authors, all distinguished scholars based in Europe, document Communist crimes against humanity, but also crimes against national and universal culture, from Stalin's destruction of hundreds of churches in Moscow to Ceausescu's leveling of the historic heart of Bucharest to the wide scale devastation visited on Chinese culture by Mao's Red Guards. As the death toll mounts – as many as 25 million in the former Soviet Union, 65 million in China, 1.7 million in Cambodia ... the authors systematically show how and why, wherever the ... ideology of Communism was established, it quickly led to crime, terror, and repression. But, you retort, Carter never mentions the word "communism" in his article. It is exquisitely important to remember that according to Vladimir Lenin, "the goal of socialism is communism." In fact, Adrian Krieg writes that "the worst despotic governments of this century were: Nazis in Germany, Fascists in Italy, Communists in the USSR, [Romania, East Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Cuba, North Korea, Cambodia, (and) Vietnam[.]" Each was supposed to be a "paragon of socialist endeavor." The end result was that the leaders of "these countries murdered more of their own civilian citizens than they lost in military conflict." It is why socialism always results in tyrannical rule.
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“We’re at the beginning of what feels like a modern day gin craze. Millennials are drinking it, young people are drinking it. Not toddlers, but young people.”
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           Del 3 al 5 de octubre en Cartagena de Indias      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
MARCAS CON PROPÓSITO AUMENTAN EL VALOR DE MARCA EN UN 175% 

Johan Pihl, Mathias Wikström y Paco Conde, expertos y creadores de marcas y campañas con propósito, estarán en +Cartagena el 4 de octubre. 

"Las empresas ya no pueden ser indiferentes ante lo que pasa en la sociedad, deben convertirse en agentes sociales de cambio" 

Johan Pihl, 
Director Creativo de Great Works, 
Mathias Wikström, 
Socio fundador y CEO de RBK Communications 
y Paco Conde, 
Co-fundador y Director Creativo Ejecutivo de Activista.
Incontables marcas nacen cada día como emprendimientos, sin embargo, ¿Cuántas de estás tienen un propósito más allá de un un fin lucrativo? ¿Cuántas tienen como objetivo crear un impacto positivo en la sociedad?

Marcar la diferencia es necesario para sobrevivir en el mercado, las marcas que dirigen su misión y acciones a impactar el mundo de forma positiva y no sólo a aumentar sus ventas cada día, tienen un mejor futuro. Según el libro “Start With Why” de Simon Sinek, la gente no compra lo que una marca hace, ellos compran el por qué lo hacen.

El mercadeo cada vez evoluciona más rápido gracias las exigencias de los consumidores, que están más interesados en conocer a fondo la empresa a la cual le están comprando y no solo el producto que consumen. Es por eso que una marca con propósito logra trazar una línea fuerte que le haga saber a su cliente lo que si hace y lo que no hace ayudándole a construir vínculos de confianza con el consumidor y otorgándole la posibilidad de contribuir a la sociedad con su compra. 

Según la revista Forbes, el 62% de los millennials dicen que si una marca en redes sociales los atrae, es más probable que se conviertan en clientes leales, ya que ellos no solo esperan que la marca tenga presencia en redes sino que los cautive. Así mismo señalan que las marcas deben crear campañas innovadoras, relevantes y socialmente impactantes para poder distinguirse sobre la competencia. 

Jim Stengel, ex CMO de Procter and Gamble en su libro 'Grow', mostró los resultados de un estudio de 10 años y 50,000 marcas y reveló que aquellas que se centraban en mejorar la vida de las personas vencían a sus competidores de categoría por márgenes significativos. 

Johan Pihl, Director Creativo de Great Works, Mathias Wikström, Socio fundador y CEO de RBK Communications y Paco Conde, Co-fundador y Director Creativo Ejecutivo de Activista. 

Johan Pihl, Director Creativo de Great Works, y experto en marcas con propósito, que creó la multi-premiada iniciativa “Metalúrgica Humanium”, que fabrica productos partir de pistolas fundidas y cuyos ingresos se destinan a organizaciones de víctimas de la violencia armada, estará este próximo 4 de octubre como orador central de la cumbre+Cartagena junto con Mathias Wikström en una disertación compartida y denominada"Brandstanding: Cómo el propósito, la política y la disrupción son una fórmula para el crecimiento empresarial" en la que expondrán cómo diferenciar y hacer crecer negocios a través del propósito medioambiental y social. 

En +Cartagena también participará Paco Conde, Co-fundador y Director Creativo Ejecutivo de Activista, quien fue el creador de la campaña Inmortal Fans, la cual ayudó a aumentar las donaciones de órganos en un 61% en Brasil. Paco, también es el Director Creativo del anuncio más visto de todos los tiempos con más de 180 millones de views:Dove Real Beauty Sketches. 

“Las marcas deben entender que no sólo es tener un propósito comercial, sino también uno social, y que ambos deben trabajar para un mismo fin. Las empresas ya no pueden ser indiferentes ante lo que pasa en la sociedad, deben convertirse en agentes sociales de cambio.” afirmó Paco Conde.

Todo esto demuestra lo importante de tener un propósito dentro de una marca, tal y como lo dice el estudio "Inspiring Purpose-Led Growth" las marcas con propósito han experimentado un aumento del valor de marca del 175% en los últimos 12 años, en comparación con la tasa de crecimiento promedio del 86%, es por eso que hoy se debe reconocer que el objetivo final de una marca debe ser poder inspirar a los empleados y consumidores de una empresa. 

Son las marcas en este escenario de las comunicaciones y la generación del valor en tiempo real las que está llamadas a ser actores de cambio y líderes de la transformación y porqué no, de la salvación del planeta y de la humanidad. 

Le invitamos a que viva la experiencia de +Cartagena. Porque para crear tendencias hay que ser su protagonista.




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Great story, Sara. I also enjoyed reading this related Huffington Post story, which proposed a few solutions. Although it focuses more on urban areas, it's relevant here, and has some pretty interesting animations. https://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/poor-millennials/ Tac
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Largo y tendido se ha hablado sobre la tendencia chandalera. Una moda que levanta polémicas entre las seguidoras del estilo millennial y las que prefieren algo más clásico y sofisticado. De lo que no cabe duda es que es complicado lucirla con éxito y solo lo consiguen unas pocas privilegiadas. Dua Lipa y Kendall Jenner encabezan esa lista, a la que ya podemos sumar a Hailey Baldwin con este total look de Adidas tan molón.

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Desde que se prometió con Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin no deja de pasearse por Nueva York derrochando estilo joven y muy de tendencia. Desde estilismos oversize a tips para conseguir lucir la blazer masculina como las it girls. Esta vez ha sido el turno del chándal, con esos pantalones de Adidas que enamoraron en los 90's a las Spice Girls y que ahora han cautivado a todo Instagram.

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La modelo los ha combinado con ese mismo aire noventero, gracias a esa chaqueta de chándal con cremallera en colour-block de tonos azules y unas sneakers negras. Pero para no parecer recién salida del gimnasio, Hailey Baldwin ha incluido accesorios it que elevan el look: bolso de Prada, gafas Rayban y colgantes superpuestos son los responsables de que haya triunfado.

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Cuentas Bookstagram Espana

Instagram es nuestra eterna fuente de inspiración. Para encontrar las últimas tendencias en moda, para seguir a los influencers que marcarán la pauta de lo que se lleva o no, para maravillarnos con fotografías de parajes idílicos... y también para dar una nueva dimensión a nuestra afición por la lectura, gracias a los bookstagrammers, los auténticos influencers del mundo literario.

¿Qué es eso de «bookstagram»? No hay que echarle demasiada imaginación para deducir que se trata de una mezcla entre libros e Instagram. En realidad, es el concepto que agrupa a una serie de cuentas de la red social que han hecho de los libros su leitmotiv. No solo de leerlos, recomendarlos o reseñarlos, sino de sacar también el máximo partido a su exterior.

En las cuentas de bookstagram encontraremos imágenes de nuestros libros favoritos, de las últimas novedades o de esas ediciones especiales en las que el exterior es casi tan importante como el interior. Es el paraíso de los bibliófilos millennial. Y existen muchas en español, de todos los géneros, con diferentes estilos. Hemos recopilado nuestras favoritas, para que nuestro feed se llene de lecturas y belleza:

Anita Vela

En su bio de Instagram se define como fotógrafa y bibliófila, quizá las dos características más imprescindibles para conseguir una buena cuenta de bookstagram. Con casi 2.000 publicaciones y más de 10.000 seguidores, sus imágenes destacan por su romanticismo, siempre con el blanco como telón de fondo, muchas velas, tazas de té y libros de esos que encogen el corazón.

Sandra B. Lawerson

Más de 10.000 seguidores abalan el buen hacer de Sandra B. Lawerson en su cuenta, en la que los libros parecen cobrar vida propia en un universo lleno de fantasía, en el que juega con los efectos para conseguir imágenes que siempre llaman la atención e invitan a sumergirse en la lectura.

ES ¡Feliz sábado Ayer dejé por el Blog mi opinión de Zénit, un libro que, a pesar de sus malas críticas, a mi me ha gustado mucho. Un inicio de bilogia de ciencia ficción, con una tripulación que te llevará por misiones y situaciones que enganchan y te sorprenden gracias a sus giros en la trama. ¡Os lo recomiendo bastante Y termino con una pregunta ¿qué estáis leyendo actualmente EN Happy Saturday Yesterday I posted on my blog my opinion of Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, a book that, despite the people opinions, I enjoyed so much thanks to that amazing tripulation and thanks to a story that surprises you a lot. I totally recommend you this book #books #instabooks #bookstagram #bibliophile #bookaholic #bookphotography #bookish #booklover #read #bookstagramfeature #literature #booksofinstagram #becauseofreading #bookishfeatures #bookstagramespaña #zenit #sashaalsberg #lindsaycummings

La lectora

Libros y Playmobil. Con esa fórmula tan sencilla (pero tan guay y original) se presenta La lectora, convirtiendo cada publicación en una pequeña representación con figuras de Playmobil del libro que está leyendo o recomienda. Desde lo más contemporáneo a auténticos clásicos. Una imprescindible para sus casi 3.000 seguidores.

¡Buenos días El mes de junio en el #téconjaneausten tocaba leer Persuasión y ya os digo que se ha convertido en mi segundo libro favorito de la autora después de Orgullo y prejuicio. . Anne Elliot, es una muchacha de 27 años, hija de un baronet medio arruinado y superficial que lleva un nivel de vida por encima de sus posibilidades. Sus dos hermanas, Elizabeth, altiva y tan superficial como su padre, y Mary, hipocondríaca y egoísta, apenas reparan en ella si no es para aprovecharse de su buen carácter. Su amiga, Lady Russell, ha sido como una madre para ella desde que faltó la suya y esta gratitud hacia la dama la empujó en el pasado a escuchar los consejos que le impedieron unirse al hombre que amaba. Ocho años después, el azar les vuelve a reunir y tendrán que enfrentarse a un pasado que creían olvidado. Aún intuyendo el final desde un principio la intriga por conocer cómo se desarrollaba la historia me ha mantenido expectante todo el tiempo. Me he sentido identificada con Anne y me he metido en su piel en muchas ocasiones. También me ha gustado mucho que Austen renunciase a la protagonista demasiado juvenil para centrarse en una historia de segundas oportunidades. He disfrutado muchísimo leyéndolo y ahora tengo unas ganas tremendas de ver la película . . #leoycomparto #persuasión #persuasion #janeausten #leoautoras #dimeunlibro #playmobil #playmobilcollector #libroyplaymobil #bookandplaymobil #bookworm #gusanitalectora #bookstagram #read #leer #lalectora #ratadebiblioteca #booknerd #libros #instabook #instalibro #bookaholic

Recoveco Books

La cuenta de Instagram de Recoveco Books sirve de apoyo a su blog de divulgación literaria, pero ha conseguido ganar peso por sí misma gracias al minimalismo de unas imágenes que dan todo el protagonismo a las portadas, aunque dejando siempre un detalle visual que seduce a sus más de 1.000 seguidores.

¡Hola, hola Sigo empecinada en utilizar IGTV para soltaros la chapa sobre libros. Como os dije, me parece más cómodo que hacer 3.000 stories... Así que hoy os hablo de un pequeño libro sobre Cortázar. Me llamó la atención su precio, de quién se trataba y quién hizo la selección de poemas Ana Becciu, una de las mayores expertas sobre mi amor, Alejandra Pizarnik. Para mi gusto, esta es una manera económica de conocer otra vertiente de autores que te gustan. . . Sobre Cortázar me encantan sus relatos, adoro su poesía y todavía no he tenido ovarios de meterme con Rayuela (solo he leído fragmentos). De sus poemas, me quedo con cómo juega con el lenguaje para mezclar la realidad con la imaginación, con el símbolo, con la imagen imposible. . . ¿Con qué os quedáis vosotros #bookstagram #bookstagramespaña #bookrecommendations #librosrecomendados #cortázar #poesía #recommendedbooks #túaestudiar #poema #poetry #sermoncito

Anny

Romanticismo a raudales y muchos buenos libros es lo que podemos esperar de la cuenta de Anny. Colores claros, detalles como velas, tazas o flores, el abrigo de una manta en invierno o la brisa de una terraza en verano. Con algo más de 9.000 followers siguiendo sus publicaciones, estamos seguros de que no solo los anima a leer lo que ella lee, sino también a hacerlo en un entorno lleno de magia.

{english below} Buenas tardes . Debo de ser de las pocas personas que aún no ha leído 'La ira y el amanecer' y es que lo empecé hace un tiempo pero no era el momento de leerlo y lo dejé. ¿Debería retomarlo cuanto antes El marcapáginas es de @wildwatercolors y es de mis favoritos, me encanta . . - - Hey Am I the only one who hasn't read 'The wrath and the dawn Because I've started it a few months ago but it wasn't the right time to read it and I never pick it up again. Should I as soon as possible Bookmark from @wildwatercolors and it's one of my favorites . . - - #books #book #libros #libro #bibliophile #instabook #bookish #bookporn #booknerd #bookworm #bookalcoholic #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #booklover #coverlove #thewrathandthedawn #lairayelamanecer #reneeahdieh #fantasy #bookmark

Something to dream

Observando la cuenta de bookstagram de Something to dream podría dar la sensación de que eligen sus lecturas por lo bonito de las portadas, pero quizá la realidad sea que ellas hacen esas portadas más espectaculares al fotografiarlas en un entorno perfecto, con elementos relacionados con el contenido de los libros y mucha calidad en unas fotos que siguen más de 14.500 followers.

Sara Lectora

Y si algunas de las anteriores cuentas se caracterizaban por su minimalismo, la de Sara Lectora es todo lo contrario. Una profusión de elementos relacionados con la portada o el contenido de cada libro, mucho color y un feed cuidadísimo que hace las delicias de sus casi 7.000 seguidores, a quienes recomienda lecturas, especialmente de novela romántica y sentimental.

En unos días leeré #ElÚltimoRegalodePaulinaHoffmann de @romerodorr La portada me parece maravillosa y la historia más aún. Te dejo la sinopsis Paulina Hoffmann crece en el infierno del Berlín nazi, pero el horror invade del todo su vida cuando el ejército ruso ocupa la ciudad al final de la guerra. En esos días, su madre toma una decisión que marcará para siempre la historia de Paulina su huida desesperada al Madrid de la posguerra, su apasionada juventud en España, su inesperado matrimonio y, sobre todo, el gran amor hacia sus hijos y su única nieta, Alicia. Será Alicia la que, muchos años más tarde y tras la muerte de Paulina, decida viajar sola a Berlín para sumergirse en el pasado de la mujer de la que tanto aprendió y comprender el último secreto de su abuela, una auténtica superviviente que logró decidir su propio destino a pesar de los recuerdos y el silencio. A que engancha El marca es de @romantikmarks

Bibiana in Bookland

Seguir la cuenta de Bibiana in Bookland es sinónimo de estar informado de todas las últimas novedades editoriales, especialmente de fantasía, juvenil y romántica new adult. Además de su feed, con unas imágenes muy cuidadas en las que podemos verla a ella muchas veces leyendo sus recomendaciones, no podemos perdernos sus stories, en las que suele ir contando a sus más de 9.000 seguidores lo que está leyendo.

SORTEO CERRADOOs traigo el sorteo de la TRILOGÍA COMPLETA de A todos los chicos de los que me enamoré de @jennyhan . Sí, Sí, los tres El sorteo es NACIONAL (España) y solo habrá un ganador. . Pasos para participar en el sorteo Seguir mi cuenta de instagram (@bibianainbookland ) y la de @teenplanetlibro Seguir mi canal de YouTube (link en mi bio y enviarme pantallazo por privado) Dar like a la foto. Nombrar a tres amigos en un comentario. (Podéis hacer más de un comentario por persona, pero no se puede repetir ni nombrar cuentas popularesgrandesde famosos, vamos que sean amigos amigos . Las cuentas de sorteos están descartadas) No es necesario, pero agradeceré toda la difusión del sorteo en vuestras stories El sorteo está activo hasta el 6 de mayo 2018 a las 22h (hora española peninsular). ¡¡Espero que os guste la sorpresa . #book #bookstagram #booklover #booknerd #bookish #bookaholic #bookworm #bookstagrammer #bookblogger #instabook #read #reading #bibliophile #bookslove #ilovebooks #booksofinstagram #booktography #libros #igread #atodosloschicosdelosquemeenamore

Serenlock

Arte en estado puro. Esa es la primera impresión que viene a la cabeza al adentrarnos en la cuenta de Serenlock, una de las más populares del universo bookstagram en castellano, con casi 20.000 seguidores pendientes de unas imágenes en las que se combina la recomendación literaria con unas fotos llenas de romanticismo, de fantasía y una uniformidad de color y estilo que la convierten en una imprescindible.

Hola, hoy vengo con una foto llena de color, que parece un anuncio de compresas, para ver su me autoanimo el día. Este libro me llegó en la caja de @lecturioseando (el día 25 acaban las suscripciones, el código descuento es SEREN01). Me ha gustado mucho esta colección de cuentos, las ilustraciones son increíbles, cuenta con varias ilustradoras famosas que le han dado muchísima vidilla. Las historias son geniales pero es cierto que me falta un poco más de fuerza como bien dijo @hueleamagia. Eso sí, las moralejas son acertadísimas y me encantó que pusieran una historia sobre una chica trans. El transfondo tiene un grito de lucha, sororidad y ruptura de estereotipos que me fascina. ¿Lo habéis leído ¿Creéis que este tipo de libros deberían leerse en la escuela . . . #books #bookstagram #bibiophile

Patricia Bejarano

Filóloga y adicta al café, es como se presenta Patricia en la bio de su cuenta, aunque podríamos añadir al verla que también es adicta a la lectura, a las imágenes bonitas y a compartirlas con sus más de 22.000 followers. Imprescindible engancharse a sus stories para dejar que nos transmita en vivo y en directo sus impresiones sobre las lecturas que elige.

¡Feliz miércoles ¿Cómo va la semana Espero que genial Hoy os quiero proponer una cosa Y es que me hagáis muchas preguntitas en esta foto para poder hacer un vídeo en Youtube respondiendo a todo. Porque sí, hace ya más de dos años que no hago uno. Casi hice uno en diciembre pero se me fueron poniendo otros vídeos por delante y al final nunca lo hice. Ahora que tengo más tiempo, he pensando que es el momento de hacerlo Así que me haréis muy feliz si me dejáis muchas preguntitas interesantes para poder hacer un vídeo para vosotros, que a parte siempre me lo pedís mucho Próximamente Q&A Como sé que me vais a preguntar, el marcapáginas de Will de las WITCH es de la maravillosa @littleb17 que hace unas cositas increíbles #bookshelf #pinkbooks #instaxmini #bookmark #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookstagramespaña #bookish #booknerd #bookworm #bookaholic #bookaddict #booklove #booklover

Vanessa R Migliore

Las cuentas de bookstagram están llenas de ávidos lectores, pero no es fácil encontrar autores entre ellas. Vanessa R Migliore (@irisdeasomo en la red) es la excepción. Además de regalar a sus más de 16.500 seguidores un feed precioso, muy cuidado y lleno de fantasía y viajes, a finales de 2017 publicó su primera novela, El Gremio de las sombras. Además, se declara feminista y amante de los perros, ¿qué más razones necesitamos para seguirla?

La Narradora

Patricia Marín es la lectora detrás de la cuenta de bookstagram de La Narradora, con casi 3.000 followers. Especializada en novela romántica, sus imágenes transmiten precisamente eso: romanticismo, encanto, dulzura. Además, crea sus propios marcapáginas personalizados de sus novelas favoritas y los recopila en otra cuenta de lo más ideal (@romantikmarks).

Villainfae

Una cuenta de bookstagram que empieza (tiene poco más de 600 seguidores), pero que viene pisando fuerte es la de Marián (@villainfae), una madrileña de 18 años, amante de la literatura fantástica y que ha hecho de su bookstagram algo diferente a lo que se suele encontrar. Mucho minimalismo en las imágenes, que dan todo el protagonismo al libro y fondos oscuros, un poco siniestros, sin adornos artificiales, pero muy muy vistosos.

Entre libros de tinta

Libros y figuras Funko Pop. Ese podría ser el mejor resumen de la cuenta de Entre libros de tinta, con más de 1.800 seguidores. Las imágenes de su feed tienen dos características que las hacen diferenciables del resto: el omnipresente color azul de fondo y la presencia de los funkos (esos muñecos que representan a diferentes personajes de la cultura pop), siempre acordes con el libro que reseñan.

Greenwood World

Fantasía, mundos de ensueño e imaginación a raudales es lo que pueden esperar de la cuenta de Greenwood World sus más de 2.800 followers. La magia define cada una de sus publicaciones, tanto en la temática de los libros como en la estética de sus imágenes, en las que siempre encontramos a Inés, la responsable de la cuenta.

¡Buenos días Woodies Si, vuelven las hadas a Greenwood Hoy os traigo la reseña de Títeres de la magia de @iriaparente y @selenempascual , espero que os guste Iria y Selene, gracias por existir. Qué maravilla poder disfrutar del mundo de Marabilia una vez más. La historia trata sobre Hazan (si habéis leido sueños de piedra recordaréis a este pequeñajo), un Nigromante que vive en la Torre de Idyll con inquietudes y ganas de aprender, pero más aún de salir al mundo exterior y vivir aventuras. Y también trata sobre su maestro, Clarence, una persona conformista por su vida en la torre, pero todo cambia cuando se ven envueltos en vivir una aventura sobre un veneno tremendamente mortal, que les hará viajar y conocerse a ellos mismos. Este libro ha tenido para mí, puntos positivos y puntos negativos. Puntos positivos ¿Puede ser más maravilloso el mundo que han creado Iria y Selene Me parece incríeble que tengan esa capacidad para crear algo tan bonito. Los personajes tiene una personalidad única, cada uno tiene un carácter y unas ideas muy fuertes, son inigualables. La historia en sí, me ha gustado muchísimo. Los valores de este libro y el mensaje que transmite también me parece muy significativo. Por una parte, me ha gustado que se trate el tema LGTB, aunque estemos en 2018, hay personas que siguen sin verlo algo natural, y este libro reivindica que tenemos que cambiar las mentes, que todos somos iguales. Y por otro lado, nos enseña que aunque tengamos problemas y cometamos errores en el presente o en el pasado, debemos superarlo. Al igual que apoyar a las personas que pasen por ello si las queremos. Punto negativo lo único negativo de este libro es que creo que profundizan demasiado en los pensamientos de los personajes, me habría gustado un poco más de contenido respecto a la historia. Aún así, es una MARAVILLA. Le doy 4 estrellas de 5. Que tengáis una feliz semana Woodies #books #fly #queen #fairy #fairytale #bookstagram #libro #magic #bokworm #book #bookstagramespaña #bookhaul #fantasy

Seguir a unas cuantas cuentas de bookstagram puede ser la mejor manera de estar al tanto de las novedades editoriales, de lo que todo el mundo está leyendo, y también de compartir nuestra afición. ¿La mejor forma de engancharnos a esta nueva tendencia? Seguir nuestras cuentas favoritas y algunos de los hashtags habituales del movimiento, como #bookish, #booklover, #bookworm, #bookstagrammer, #bookaholic o #bookaddict. Y, si preferimos limitarnos solo a las cuentas de España, o en español, podemos optar por #bookstagramespaña o #leoycomparto.

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Hemos hablado largo y tendido de joyas minimalistas. Laura Escanes, Dulceida, Valentina Ferragni y muchas otras influencers apuestan por los accesorios gold gracias a firmas como estas. Sin embargo, los relojes también juegan un papel importante en conseguir que nuestro brazo luzca como los #jewelgoals de Pinterest. ¿Quieres apostar por uno sencillo y elegante? Estas 27 propuestas low-cost llevan tu nombre.

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Millennial doctors are killing predatory health-care capitalism! (more…)


          How Do You Teach Politics In The Year Of Donald Trump?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In professor Jerome Hunt's American politics class last month at the University of the District of Columbia, there were many questions: Could whoever wins the election serve a second term, given Donald Trump's and Hillary Clinton's low favorability numbers? What will the Republican Party look like years from now, after the Trump phenomenon has its full effect? What will happen to the Supreme Court? It was the first session since the first presidential debate, and a good hour or so of the 80-minute class ended up being completely devoted to a question-filled discussion — sometimes veering into therapy-session territory — breaking down the week in presidential politics. Hunt faced almost as many strong emotions as he did political queries. One student ranted that older generations had deserted millennials, leaving them to figure out a complex political world all by themselves. Others lamented the tenor of the election and decried what they saw as race-baiting throughout the campaign
          Comment on Student Activists must Learn to be Students of the Issues they Address by Farmer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Here it is .... makes you want to vote for involuntary sterilization.https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/hilarious-video-millennial-trying-use-11926498
          Pensions demand, millennials propel sustainable investing growth      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Pension funds' long-term investment horizon demands and asset managers' aim of capturing millennials' interest are driving sustainable-investing growth.
          Clueless Ivy League Students Try To Explain First Amendment      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Campus Reform Media Director Phillips went to Columbia University to see what millennials knew about the First Amendment and what they thought the line was between hate speech and free speech should be. It may leave you speechless.  When they were asked what the five protected freedoms are they immediately became tongue-tied, but when asked about what […]
          Millennials Vs. Non-Millennials: Why They Do Not Visit Cultural Organizations (DATA) - Colleen Dilenschneider      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Back to Current Condition articles Here are the top reasons why those with interest do not attend – cut for millennials and non-millennials. Over the last…
          Bearded millennials are causing a crisis in the razor industry as the unshaven look loses its bad reputation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Beards remain extremely popular, especially among millennials. The era of beards is causing problems in the razor industry, with sales falling by 5.1% over the last year.
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Universidad de Montevideo- por Tatiana Oviedo
“Ser un millennial es una oportunidad, pero también es un desafío”
Comenzó "LOOP: Semana de la Innovación". El emprendedor israelí Nir Tsuk fue uno de los oradores de la actividad internacional en la que participan 450 estudiantes. Alguien le dijo que los uruguayos eran “muy pasivos y relajados”. También le contaron sobre Uruguay y su reconocida industria del vino. Fue así que, luego de largas conversaciones con un alumno uruguayo en Londres, no dudó ni un momento en “buscar una excusa” para venir a Uruguay. Nir Tsuk, un emprendedor de 46 años nacido en Israel, país al que definió como “el paraíso de las startups”, visita por primera vez en Uruguay y fue uno de los oradores de LOOP.
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          The Millennial New World       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dcument Of The Millennial New World
          Hungry for growth, food makers seek new flavor of CEO      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
PepsiCo Incs incoming chief executive Ramon Laguarta is the latest of a new generation of leaders tasked with reigniting growth at the worlds best-known food and drink brands as they fight back against media-savvy independent rivals.Six of the worlds ten biggest food firms, including Nestle , Mondelez International Inc and Kellogg Co, have replaced their CEOs in the past three years.Campbell Soup Co and Hain Celestial are also on the hunt, with more in the broader consumer industry expected to follow.Traditional titans that dominated their sectors have lost ground to smaller brands that have done a better job selling online and connecting with millennials on social media, while facing pressure from outside investors to become more efficient.In response, boards are looking for relatively young CEOs who can crunch data like technology executives and cut costs like private equity investors.Fundamentally, this new generation of CEOs has a remit for change, said EYs lead analyst for consumer products and retail, Andrew Cosgrove. Boards are realizing that we need new thinking.That means introducing new skills into the C-Suite.Im hearing people saying for the very first time things like Were going to recruit a head of marketing with a background in analytics, said Oliver Wright, global lead for consumer goods and services at Accenture Strategy.Last year Mark Schneider became the first outsider in nearly a century to take the reins at Nestle, the worlds largest food company. The 52-year-old healthcare veteran, nearly a decade younger than his predecessor, has stepped up acquisitions and divestitures and restructured parts of the business as he contends with activist shareholder Third Point.Sean Connolly, 53, took over the helm at Conagra Brands in 2015 and has already moved the groups headquarters, announced sweeping cost cuts, launched new products aimed at millennials and agreed to buy rival Pinnacle Foods.By top management standards, early-50s is still relatively young, given that the average age of CEOs in the SandP 500 was 57.4 last year, according to executive recruiter Spencer Stuart.Just over half of the 39 consumer packaged goods companies in the Fortune 500 have changed their CEO in the last two and a half years, according to executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates.That represents 15 percent of all CEO changes in that group of companies in that period, even though the sector only makes up 8 percent of the Fortune 500.Analysts are speculating whether the latest new appointment Laguarta, a 54-year-old Spaniard who speaks four languages, will be more open to strategic options like separating PepsiCos U.S. bottling business or breaking up the company.Laguarta is a PepsiCo veteran with 22 years at the company, but others have looked elsewhere for new leaders.About half of the new CEOs hired in the sector hired in the past five years have been internal candidates, down from roughly three quarters over the past 20 years, said David Cooper, head of Bains consumer packaged goods practice.The growing acceptance of input from outside the industry comes as the consumer goods sector has been aggressively targeted by private equity firms and activist investors looking to shake things up.Private equity firm 3G, known for engineering mergers and slashing costs, shocked the industry in 2015 when it combined Kraft Foods with its H.J. Heinz, keeping partner Bernardo Hees in charge. Nelson Peltzs Trian Fund Management recently won a board seat after a proxy fight with Procter and Gamble Co.A lot of companies have been spinning and reacting, trying to figure out how they can essentially 3G themselves to preempt being taken over, being the next victim, said Andrew Hayes, a Russell Reynolds consultant who has helped several major consumer companies find top managers.More CEO turnover is expected as the last generation of leaders run out of room to grow using the established playbook of consolidation and focusing on emerging markets.Indra Nooyis done a great job, she wants to go out close to on-top, said Bernstein analyst Ali Dibadj of PepsiCos departing leader. I think youll see that from many other CEOs as well.REUTERS YK SDR 0958
          USAID/SA Deputy Mission Director, Rebecca Krzywda delivers remarks at GCBS event      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
GCBS learning event
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USAID/SA Deputy Mission Director, Rebecca Krzywda
USAID/Southern Africa
Friday, August 3, 2018

Acting DG Toni, Representatives of the Department of Social Services, and all workshop organizers and participants, good morning. It is a pleasure to join you for in opening this event. It is another milestone in the U. S. Agency for International Development’ partnership with the government of South Africa and its Department for Social Development in pursuit of the millennial goals for curbing HIVAIDS.


          Helicopter Eela (2018) Movie Trailer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Drama | 7 September 2018 (India)   Eela is an aspiring playback singer and single mother. She has given up all her dreams to raise her only son. But now her baby son ‘Vivan’ is all grown up and being a typical young millennial, doesn’t want his mother’s life to revolve around him. But being an ...

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Drama | 7 September 2018 (India)   Eela is an aspiring playback singer and single mother. She has given up all her dreams to raise her only son. But now her baby son ‘Vivan’ is all grown up and being a typical young millennial, doesn’t want his mother’s life to revolve around him. But being an ...

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          Wednesday      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

1. Breakfast:

2. How they watch you.  There I was sorting Tuesday’s music and at the same time sorting the pizzagate post and what should come up but this mozzarella ad:

3. The stupidity of Millennials, in particular those with degrees and in particular of girls of that subset:

Here’s an article on it:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45093388

4. Be gloomy, eat fish:

Always looking on the bright side of life can be BAD for you: Naturally anxious people better at processing news and taking action, study finds

5. Whilst we’re still in the Silly Season, a short history of the C20th:

http://www.unz.com/akarlin/short-history-of-20th-century/

6. Last but not least:

Children Learn Best When Their Bodies Are Engaged in the Living World. We Must Resist the Ideology of Screen-Based Learning

[H/T Chuckles and haiku]… More here ...


          The Millennial Teetotalers Upending the Stereotype of Boozy Britain      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The country's inestimable thirst for booze is seemingly running dry
          The Ferguson Effect: Why Wesley Bell’s Primary Victory in St. Louis Matters      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
What Wesley Bell’s primary victory in St. Louis could mean for criminal justice reform in America.

On Tuesday, in what will go down as one of the most stunning political upsets in St. Louis County history,  Wesley Bell, a criminal justice reform advocate, unseated Bob McCulloch in the Democratic primary for the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s seat. McCulloch, an incumbent who has been in office for nearly three decades, is best remembered as the prosecutor responsible for overseeing the grand jury proceedings that resulted in the 2014 non-indictment of officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown. As we mark the four-year anniversary of Brown’s death this week, McCulloch’s dismissal is historic and a symbol of the power of a broader movement.

There are four important lessons from what happened on Tuesday night. 

First, the story of Bell’s victory is the story of how local Black communities can use the ballot box as a tool for greater accountability. It is fair to suggest that Bell’s win was less about him and more about repudiating the legacy of McCulloch and the long history of state-sanctioned disregard for Black and brown lives. The story of McCulloch’s defeat is, in part, the story of how local communities can continue to use tragedies that are the result of state action as the catalyst for small political revolutions.

Second, Bell’s win calls into question what has become a popular talking point ahead of the 2018 midterms: the idea that Democratic candidates must remain “moderate” or “right-of-center” if they hope to be successful in the Midwest or the south. Bell’s positions such as eliminating cash bail for nonviolent offenders and opposing new mandatory minimum sentencing laws were far to the left of his more “moderate” Democratic opponent. His sizable win over McCulloch shows that Democratic candidates on the left are viable even in traditionally more conservative leaning states such as Missouri.

Third, Bell’s win is testimony to the power of grassroots social movements. Tuesday's primary is yet more evidence of the verifiable impact of the movement for Black lives on today’s political landscape. The emergence of Bell as a candidate for St. Louis County Prosecutor must be situated in the broader historical context of how the death of Michael Brown helped galvanize a new era of organized resistance in Ferguson/St. Louis County and throughout the nation. This is not to say that such resistance was not going on long before 2014. It is simply to acknowledge that the Ferguson uprisings of 2014 marked an important tipping point in the history of local resistance in St. Louis County.

Many of the positions that Bell ran on have been central issues of concern for local organizers for years following the death of Brown. Without them, Bell’s candidacy would have been a political impossibility. McCulloch's defeat would have been inconceivable had it not been for the work over the past four years by local Black-led resistance groups such as the Ferguson Collaborative, the Organization for Black Struggle, the St. Louis Reform Coalition, Millennial Activists United, Lost Voices Faith in Action, and Hands Up United, to name only a few. Action St. Louis, a Black millennial led organization co-founded by activist Kayla Reed in 2014, deserves special acknowledgement for its role in Bell’s victory. The organization’s #WokeVoterSTL and #ByeBob campaigns, as well as their unrelenting organizing efforts, undoubtedly played a key role in McCullough’s defeat.

Finally, the rejection of McCulloch must be viewed as being part of a broader national movement led by Black millennials, Black women, and Black queer folks to rid America of corrupt prosecutors. As I’ve written previously, the ousting of McCulloch comes after of the ousting of Anita Alvarez in Chicago and the ousting of Angela Corey in Florida. Prosecutors have the power to end mass incarceration in their communities. That’s why groups committed to reforming America’s  criminal justice system --- including the ACLU Campaign for Smart Justice --- have invested across the country in voter education and mobilization efforts in local prosecutor races like the one in St. Louis County. Progressive prosecutors can set positive, proactive agendas that prioritize the people in their communities rather than prisons. 

As we move toward the midterm elections of 2018, we would do well to pay attention to the continued influence of the movement for Black lives on local elections and on the changing face of criminal justice reform in America.


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White Fascists of Antifa attack black and Hispanic police who were protecting a black woman who was just eating her breakfast

Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens are outspoken leaders of the pro-Trump super PAC Turning Point USA. But on Monday morning, they were hungry diners who showed up at Philadelphia’s Green Eggs Cafe in Midtown before it opened and managed to nab a window seat.

The pair barely had time to peruse the menu before people – apparently demonstrators – started jeering at them from other tables, Malik Joe, the Green Eggs Cafe’s manager, told The Washington Post.

Outside their window, they could see a large group of protesters approaching the restaurant, flanked by police.

The protesters “were screaming at one guy sitting in the window and I looked and he was laughing...the protesters were screaming ‘white supremacist’ and something about immigrants.”

Mr Joe said the protesters also flung food and objects.

At some point, Ms Owens pulled out her phone. She tweeted the scene from inside and outside the restaurant, including the moment when one demonstrator dumped a cup of something onto Mr Kirk’s head.

“Charlie Kirk and I just got ATTACKED and protested by ANTIFA for eating breakfast,” Ms Owens wrote a short time later. “They are currently following us through Philly. ALL BLACK AND HISPANIC police force protecting us as they scream.”

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Bozell: Socials Banning InfoWars 'Not Just a Slippery Slope, It's a Dangerous Cliff'

Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell issued the following statement Monday in response to Facebook, Apple and Spotify removing "The Alex Jones Show" and other InfoWars content. In April, MRC released an extensive report detailing censorship by social media companies.

MRC President Brent Bozell:

“I don’t support Alex Jones and what InfoWars produces. He’s not a conservative. However, banning him and his outlet is wrong. It’s not just a slippery slope, it’s a dangerous cliff that these social media companies are jumping off to satisfy CNN and other liberal outlets.

“This is part of a disturbing trend. In recent months top conservative congressmen have been shadowbanned on Twitter. Pro-life and pro-gun posts and videos are often removed on several platforms. Liberal journalists even objected to one conservative outlet attending a meeting with Facebook. Several conservative organizations like Live Action, the NRA and even the Christian satire site Babylon Bee have complained they had posts removed or censored.

“Social media sites are supposedly neutral platforms, but they are increasingly becoming opportunities for the left and major media to censor any content that they don’t like. The lack of transparency is also problematic and, as of this release, Facebook, Apple and Spotify have provided no detailed explanation for the ban.

“Conservatives are increasingly concerned that InfoWars is not the end point for those who want to ban speech. It’s just the beginning. We are rapidly approaching a point where censorship of opposing voices is the norm. That’s dangerous.”

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How We’ve Robbed a Generation of Hobbies, Joy, and Creativity

Dennis Prager   

If you ask most young people today if they have any hobbies, you will receive one of four answers:

1. “No.”

2. “What do you mean?”

3. “Yeah. I play video games/watch TV/watch movies.”

4. “Yeah…” and then they may actually cite a hobby.

The fourth is the least common.

Dan Scotti, lifestyle writer at the website Elite Daily, and a millennial, wrote a perceptive piece on the matter titled, “Why Don’t Millennials Have Hobbies Anymore?”

“None of my friends have hobbies,” Scotti wrote. And he was honest enough to include himself in this assessment:

With a pair of iPhone speakers and a Netflix subscription, I rarely feel as though I’m missing out on anything. … It’s as if modern technology has fooled me into thinking my life is very fulfilling. I mean, I have social media accounts to uphold, television series to chain watch, and a whole bunch of dating profiles to swipe through—so, what time do I even have for hobbies?

He concludes:

The fact that hobbies may be a thing of the past is an eerie thought. I can’t honestly say that I see hobbies such as “carpentry” making a comeback at any time in the near future. … As sad as it may seem to older generations, we genuinely have an interest in Instagram, Twitter, and other products of the digital age.

Clearly, you don’t have to be a member of the “older generations” to think this sad.

Here’s why.

There is a world of difference between being active and being passive, between creating something and watching something, between doing something and being entertained.

I’m not picking on millennials. The problem is not new. In 1984, Neil Postman wrote a book whose title said it all: “Amusing Ourselves to Death.” It’s as relevant today as it was in 1984.

The question, then, is what, if anything, can we do about this?

Parents need to cultivate hobbies or, if you will, passions in their child. The only passion most middle-class and upper-class parents cultivate in their children is getting good grades so that they can get into a prestigious college.

But that is misguided. If the most important passion you cultivate in your child is getting good grades, what will your child’s most important passion be after leaving school—in other words, for the next 70 years of his or her life?

Schools are complicit. By adding more and more homework hours over the years (which has accomplished nothing; if online communications are indicative, most students leave high school today far less well-educated and proficient in basic skills than high school graduates of decades ago), they deprive children of time to develop a hobby.

After hours of homework, parents understandably want to allow their child time to unwind. And what more convenient way to unwind than by watching a screen—whether a smartphone screen, a computer screen, or a big screen?

How can parents cultivate interests, hobbies, and passions in their child?

Most importantly, they can limit time spent in front of a screen. And the earlier in life the better. Then the child has to figure out what to do with the time he or she would have spent in front of the screen.

If I may offer a personal example, when I was in eighth grade, I refused to do almost any homework. My mother was certain—no exaggeration—I’d end up in jail.

But while my parents could not force me to do homework, they could enforce a limit on my television watching: one hour a night. So, they asked, what would I do with the rest of my after-school hours?

Solely as a result of that dilemma, the idea arose that I learn to play a musical instrument (my older brother, who did all his homework, never took up a musical instrument).

Thanks to that decision, I learned to read music, fell in love with classical music, taught myself to read orchestral scores, and for the last 25 years, have periodically conducted orchestras (including twice in the last year at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles). All thanks to little TV and little homework in eighth grade.

Instead of doing homework or watching television, I also started reading—newspapers, serious magazines, and books—which has remained a lifelong passion.

I might add that among my peers who spent their non-leisure time studying for tests and doing homework, not many ended up loving reading. Why? Because they read solely for school and grades rather than for the love of learning.

Technology, excessive homework, and the demise of God, religion, and love of country—these have all left a generation bereft of passions beyond amusement and getting good grades.

Parents need to ask themselves if this troubles them. And if it does, decide to do something about it—by first asking themselves what they really want for their child.

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Intolerance spreads as cultural censors shut down ‘dangerous’ debate

Comment from Australia:

Social media and reporting of it in mainstream news are producing intolerance not seen since anti-communist senator Joe McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1940s and 50s.

The free-thinking rebelliousness of the 60s grew out of a backlash against McCarthyist repres­sion of what was regarded as sedi­tious activities, literature, plays and movies inspired by com­munism to undermine American values.

Today it is the storm troopers of the student Left and musicians and actors who lead a daily barrage of threats against people whose free thought they can’t tolerate.

Usually these involve “look-at-me” verbal violence against US President Donald Trump for ­do­ing in office exactly what he promised to do before the 2016 presi­dential election.

Public outbursts of moral outrage by multi-millionaire stars such as Madonna or Robert De Niro show just how intolerant parts of the modern Left are.

While intimidation of Australia’s politicians falls far short of anti-Trump hysteria, there is among students, artists, journalists and political activists an increasing intolerance here, too.

In the past month activists have tried to prevent Canadian conservative Lauren Southern staging public events; a writers festival has sought to exclude Germaine Greer and Bob Carr because of their “unsafe” views; a prominent ABC host has written a column to defend the presence of the occasional conservatives on The Drum; and mainstream media personalities have tried to dismiss reporting of African crime gangs in Melbourne.

Southern, 23, a Canadian journalist, is described as alt-right by critics but sees herself as libertarian. She is accused of racism for saying what many people privately think about unauthorised mass migration, mainly by Muslims from Africa and Syria.

She was billed $68,000 by Victoria Police for security at a $750-a-head rally on July 20 in Somerton, 20km north of the Melbourne CBD. Last week police prevented Southern from walking on a public footpath past the Lakemba Mosque in Sydney’s western suburbs for fear her presence might provoke violence by Muslim worshippers.

Both incidents seem to reverse the onus of civic responsibility. Why were police not protecting Southern’s right to free assembly in Melbourne, or to walk freely about suburban Sydney? Why in Brisbane on July 29 did police warn she could be fined if any police were injured if she persisted with attempts to interview protesters outside her Brisbane Convention Centre rally?

Shutting down of other people’s opinions is counter-productive. Surely after the Brexit and Trump votes anti-racist protesters should realise worldwide concern about immigration cannot be sil­enced by intimidation. In democracies voters get their own back.

The withdrawal of invitations to Carr and Greer by the Brisbane Writers Festival is even more troubling for free thought. Southern is a provocateur, for sure, but Carr and Greer are intellectuals whose books should be discussed even by people who dislike their ideas, as I do.

Richard Flanagan, 2014 Man Booker Prize winning Tasmanian author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North, published a blistering response to the festival’s decision in Guardian Australia on July 29. “A writer, if they are doing their work properly, rubs against the grain of conventional thinking. Writers are often outcasts, heretics and marginalised. Once upon a time writers festivals celebrated them, and with them the values of intellectual freedom,” he argued.

Flanagan went on to criticise the same festival’s 2016 handling of US author Lionel Shriver after a fiery blog by former ABC personality Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who had heard only a third of Shriver’s presentation but accused her of laying the foundations “for genocide”.

“For Shriver the talk was about the damage identity politics could do to writing. For her critics it was about belittling the movement against cultural appropriation,” Flanagan wrote. Whatever your view, the debate was important, but Flanagan says “the BWF betrayed Shriver when she was at her most vulnerable”. As a fan of her writing, I agree.

“The Shriver controversy was the first time Australian writers festivals began to feel like a foreign country occupied by a strange regime, hostile to what writers stand for,” Flanagan wrote.

Carr is probably being dropped because of his sympathy with China and Greer because of comments suggesting not all rapes are equally serious and some should be considered “non-consensual … bad sex” as most “don’t involve any injury whatsoever”. Apparently the gentle “Volk” of Brisbane will not feel “safe” hearing such things.

Well here’s the rub. “Writers festivals, like … (literary) prizes have … become less … about books and more … about using their … power to enforce the new orthodoxies, to prosecute social and political agendas”, Flanagan wrote

Even the ABC is facing intolerance from the Left.

Julia Baird, part-time host of The Drum, used her column in The Sydney Morning Herald on July 28 to call out social media intimidation she was receiving for supposedly privileging panellists from the Institute of Public Affairs. Baird said the show had included only three IPA appearances this year, two by the same person.

Now the IPA, even though supported by big businesses and Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, is not the Ku Klux Klan. It was founded in 1943 by Charles Denton Kemp, father of Howard government ministers Rod and David Kemp. Although associated with free-market economic policies in recent decades, it was very much a Keynesian institution until the early 70s.

Wrote Baird: “The art of persuasion has been thoroughly trounced by polemic in public debate. Online, in comments sections, in staccato bursts of hate and attack, in the citing of feelings over facts, we see people shoving pillows over divergent views and trying to stop them being aired at all.”

She complained about the Twitter campaign to silence the IPA on The Drum. Just exactly what are Twitter’s twits afraid of? On subjects from migration to power prices, climate change and taxation reform, many on the uneducated Twitter Left would benefit from hearing well-argued conservative views. They might even learn why voters around the world disagree with most social media pieties.

The worst example of left-wing censoring of debate last month concerned opinion-makers from Waleed Aly to ABC journalists Jon Faine and Virginia Trioli trying to shut down discussion of Mel­bourne’s African gang violence. No amount of fudging the figures will change the fact this is a real issue and Africans are overrepresented in crime statistics, even if total numbers reflect the small African population.

Yet Aly said on Ten’s The Project on July 19: “If there really are a bunch of African gangs, frankly I am offended to not at least have been asked to join one.” His eight-minute segment was praised, of course, on social media.

Victims of gang crime who can’t afford the salubrious and safe suburbs inhabited by privileged members of the commentariat will just feel more isolated. No African migrants will be helped.

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Extremist Persecution of Christians, 2018

The Slaughter of Christians in Egypt

Three masked gunmen targeted and killed Bassem Attallah, a Christian man, 27, after identifying him as a Christian by the cross tattoo on his wrist. According to his older brother, Osama, 38, the siblings and a Muslim colleague, Muhammad, were walking home after work when three armed men, aged between 23 and 25 stopped them. "We thought they were policemen because they weren't masked... They were wearing black jackets," Osama recalled. "They approached us and asked Bassem to show them the wrist of his right hand, and when they saw the tattoo of the cross, they asked him: 'Are you Christian?' Bassem answered 'Yes, I am Christian,' and repeated that again in a loud voice."

The men then asked Muhammad his name and to show them his wrist. They saw no cross and allowed him to leave. On learning Osama's name, which is popular among Muslims, and not seeing any cross tattoos on his wrist, they also allowed him to leave. "And then they shot Bassem in the head. I could not believe what happened to my brother. He fell on the ground in front of me and I was unable to do anything.... We lost a person dear to our hearts. My brother Bassem was a very good and kind man. He had a strong relationship with God. He was always reading in the Bible, praying and going to the church. He was loved by all people," said his grieving brother. The murder took place in Al-Arish, Sinai, which in recent years has been the scene of many attacks on Christians—including the murder of two priests and the mass upheaval of Christian villages.

Separately, on New Year's Day, which the Muslim calendar does not recognize or celebrate, two Christian brothers were gunned down in public by a masked man on a motorcycle. While they died en route to a hospital, the murderer escaped. At the time of the attack, they were near Christian friend's store, which sold liquor. Coptic-owned stores that sell liquor have been targeted by those who consider alcohol haram, or forbidden by Islam. Almost one year to the day, on January 3, 2017, a Muslim man sneaked up behind a Christian shop owner in Egypt and slit his throat for selling alcohol.

Finally, more details concerning the Islamist terror attack on a Coptic church on December 29, which left nine dead, continued to emerge. One mother sacrificed herself to save her two young daughters. Nermin Sadik, 32, was walking her two daughters, aged 11 and 7, to Sunday school, when one of the gunmen ran up to her. When she realized what was happening and that he was about to open fire, she flung her daughters away and received a bullet. When the terrorist turned on the two girls, their mother, "with her last breath held them between her arms to protect them from flying bullets," says the report. Although the girls survived the ordeal, in the end their mother's body had several bullets in it. Speaking after the tragedy, Nermin's widower said his wife, who was a nurse, "was affectionate for everyone and she liked to help without charge."

The Slaughter of Christians in Nigeria

Various attacks on Christians by Muslim Fulani herdsmen continued throughout the month of January. "At least 16 people have been killed by gunmen in southern Nigeria after a New Year's Day church service," says one report. "The group had attended a midnight service before they were ambushed in the early hours of Monday."

According to another report, in one week alone, 55 people were killed and 200 homes torched, in the Lau local government area of Taraba state.

In yet another instance, 80 Christians were slaughtered by the Muslim herdsmen, many hacked to death by machetes, in Logo and Guma County. Speaking from a hospital bed, one survivor, Peter, said the attackers who went after him "were people I had interfaced with in that community. I got up and called them by their names and tried to wrestle the machete they had out of their hands, but to no avail. I was overpowered and they began to cut me."

Discussing these ongoing raids, Rev. Musa Asake, the General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, said "Under President [Muhammad] Buhari, the murderous Fulani herdsmen enjoyed unprecedented protection and favoritism to the extent that the herdsmen treat Nigeria as a conquered territory. Rather than arrest and prosecute the Fulani herdsmen, security forces usually manned by Muslims from the North offer them protection as they unleash terror with impunity on the Nigerian people."

The Rape of Christians in Pakistan

"A Christian boy of only 7 years old was brutally sodomized by a Muslim rapist," says a report. Daim Masih, a first grader, was walking home from school when he was met by Shan Muhammad, 19, a local: "Hi Daim, it's nice to see you," he began. "I have good news, some of our cows have given birth to young calves. Would you like to come with me and see them?" Because the unsuspecting child was fond of animals and knew Shan, he went with him. Walking hand in hand, Masih began to realize that they were not headed for the farm but a secluded place. When he pointed this out to Shan, the latter responded that he had "another big surprise for him." The report continues:

They walked a few meters to some trees when suddenly Shan ripped off Daim's shirt, then the rest of his clothes and threw Daim to the ground. Shan then jumped on Daim and proceeded with a sexual assault and sodomization of poor Daim. While the attack was happening the tiny 7 year old struggled to fight off Shan who was much bigger and more powerful then him. Daim was punched, slapped and kneed by Shan who was shouting obscenities during the attack and demanding Daim to stop his screaming. The violence and the unlawful penetration of Dain was so painful however, that he could not stop his screaming. Desperate for him to be quiet or thrilled by the power and subjugation of his prey, sexual predator Shan began to tighten his hands around Daim's neck and was slowly throttling him to death while having his wicked way with him.

In fact, many Christian children—boys and girls—have been strangled to death during or after being raped in Pakistan over the years. Fortunately for Daim, his grandfather and uncle heard his cries and rushed to the scenes, at which point Muhammad pulled up his pants and fled the scene. The traumatized 7-year-old was subsequently hospitalized.

In another incident, a young, married Christian woman, the mother of a two-year-old girl "was brutally gang-raped by three men and then left tied in the courtyard of a Muslim man's house until she was found by police two days later," according to a report. Sidhra, 20, had just left her mother's home, when three local men began following her. She started to run towards her home, but they caught up with her, and, according to the report, "grabbed her at which point Sidhra blacked-out. She is unable to recall the events of the next 36 hours at this time." The family eventually learned that she was seen bound to a chair in the courtyard of a local home. The report continues:

[A]ll her family ran to the house of Mohammed Ilyas and peered through the gates when the mother saw her daughter tied up unconscious to a chair with a gag in her mouth, restrained in the courtyard of the neighbor's home, she started to scream. As each sibling saw their sister they too began to scream and shout hysterically. They banged on the gates and one brother climbed over and unlocked the gate from inside and rushed towards his sister. Sidhra was fully clothed and tied at her wrists and legs the rope securing her was so tight bruises could be seen on her wrists. Despite attempts to wake her it took a few minutes to revive her and she remained dizzy—she showed signs of having been drugged.

When she awoke, Sidhra, who "was unconscious for the whole two days and believes that she was subjected to rape," identified the three local men, all nephews of Mohammed Ilyas, the owner. Although her father went to lodge a complaint at the police station, "The Police refused to acknowledge her kidnap or rape and did not initially register a First Incident Report (FIR), as they told the family they had no evidence." After much pressure from the family and other local elders, police registered a crime and arrested two of the assailants—only to release them after some time. Although the family continued to seek justice, "the family holds little hope of any prosecution, as the courts and the police are exhibiting little empathy and seem keen on exonerating the wealthy Muslims," according to the report. Later, Sidhra said:

I am totally distraught, a visit to my mother has become a day of ruin for me. I have suffered a brutal kidnap and rape by disgusting men with no shame.... The thought of what the men done to me makes me shudder, I have nightmares and feel like my whole world has collapsed. I am terrified of walking on the streets at night and am finding it hard to cope with a deep depression that has consumed me. I had a happy life and that has been taken away from me, but the cruel men who stole my joy will soon be released to threaten me and to attack other women like me. There is no justice in this country.

Jihad on Christian Freedom

Kyrgyzstan: Unknown attackers torched a church building in the Muslim-majority nation. The small Baptist community was left "fear[ing] for its safety," says the report: "The damage to the church has forced its 40 Kyrgyz and Russian members to start searching for a new place of worship, while wondering if there will be a further attack."

An official told church members that the attack was "organized by those who don't like your church and Christianity in the midst of a Muslim country." "We don't believe that the police will find and punish those who burned our church," a congregation member said. The report adds that, "Instead of pursuing the arsonists, local Christians said police have asked questions about who funded the church building, how many Kyrgyz are members, and why, as ethnic Muslims, they do not go to the local mosque."

Kenya: Muslim students beat and stabbed their Christian counterparts for refusing to convert to Islam at Nairobi's Jamhuri High School. Hostilities began when Muslim students complained of discrimination. This prompted school officials to designate separate bathrooms and sections in the library for Christians and Muslims. It was not long, however, before the Muslim students began defaming Christianity and pressuring Christians to recite the shahada, the Islamic proclamation of faith, and to uphold Muslim rituals. "Some Muslim students forcefully tried to induct Christian students into their Islam faith, and those who refused were knifed, while others were physically beaten," a local source said. "The knives and machetes used are alleged to have come from outside the school." At least 35 students — including some Muslims, as the Christians did defend themselves — were injured in the melee. Some Christian students received hospital treatment for stab wounds and other injuries; the principal was also injured. The school was subsequently closed indefinitely.

Uganda: A Christian widow was poisoned by her Muslim neighbors on Christmas Day. Earlier that morning, the mother of five was pleasantly surprised when two female Muslim neighbors visited her with food gifts. After they left, she began preparing lunch for her family and used some of the recently brought ingredients. Before serving her family, she tasted the meal and within minutes, was vomiting. "When she started screaming and was continuously vomiting, I called in a taxi and rushed her to Kabuna dispensary, where it was found that she had been poisoned," a family member said. She was treated and discharged from the hospital the next day. An analysis of the food items gifted her were revealed to contain poison. A local meeting was convened and the Muslim neighbor, on being question, confessed to poisoning the food. "Accused of intending to kill Madina and her family members," the reports notes, "Hajira asked for forgiveness, saying that since Madina's family left Islam two years ago, the loudness of their weekly worship at their house with some other church members had been disturbing her and other Muslim neighbors." Despite the attempted murder of the apostates, "village leaders made no legal decisions.

Police have not been called, apparently in order to keep tensions with the Muslim community from escalating, but the in-law [of Madina] said Muslim neighbors have started taunting Madina's children by calling them infidels."

In a separate account, according to one report, Munabi Abdullah, a 37-year-old Muslim man who embraced Christianity, was met with ostracism. On the evening of his conversion, and "with an irrepressible joy in his heart, he shared his experience with his wife, Aisha Namukoli. She became furious." In the convert's own words, "My wife shouted at me in front of the children, saying, 'Kafir, Kafir [infidel]! You are a big shame to the family.' She then pushed me out of the house." Later when he returned, he found several people including his father and mosque members at his house. When he tried to greet them, they silently and angrily stared at him; then his father stood up and said, "You are no longer my son, be cursed forever." "He hit me with a walking stick that was in his hand and hurt my left hand," Abdullah explains. "I managed to escape through a banana farm, and after a short while I was at the pastor's house" where he sought refuge. Local Muslim leaders have since prevented him from having any access to his wife and seven children, aged between 3 and 17.

Nigeria: To coerce, it appears, a Christian woman, 40, and her daughter 21, to convert to Islam, local Muslims falsely accused the two of kidnapping another family member, a child. Problems had begun soon after the husband/father of the family converted to Islam in order to obtain a government job. Amina Isa, his wife, explained: "They told him that he cannot be appointed as a ward head because he's a Christian, and that if he converts to Islam, he'll be appointed the ward head. I advised him against changing his religious faith for worldly position, but after much pressure from Muslims in our area, he succumbed to the demand and became a Muslim.... I reminded him that he should remember that all my family members are Muslims, but that I am the only Christian in that family, and that I married him because he was a Christian like me, so I cannot now convert to Islam simply because the Muslims have appointed him a ward head." Her five children also refused to convert and insisted on remaining Christian. She continues:

Because of their refusal to convert too, we have been threatened, beaten, and subjected to all forms of indignities by my husband and his Muslim collaborators. They've [her children] constantly been threatened, beaten, and harassed. In fact, at one time, [the oldest daughter] had to take her younger siblings and go into hiding, but both have been traced and captured by the officials and are currently being held against their will in a location undisclosed to me.... Right now, my daughters are in the custody of these Muslim officials and are being forced into Islam, while at the same time, we are being tried on false charges. All this is to force us to recant. We can never stop being Christians, and we are confident that the God we serve can never abandon us in our trying moments.

After the father forcibly enrolled his youngest daughter in an Islamic school, and her mother and older sister removed her and re-enrolled her in a Christian school, "Their father, in anger, came to me demanding for both girls. When I told him that the children have decided to remain as Christians, he and other Muslim officials in our village went to file charges against me on abducting my own children at the Magistrate Court in Tudun Wada town, a trial I'm still facing for refusing to change my religious faith. They summoned me and demanded I withdraw my daughter from the Christian school, bring her back to the village, and hand her over to them. Since I was helpless, I did as instructed by them and brought my daughter back to them."

Separately "Pastor Simput Eagles Dafup has been arrested and whisked away to an unknown destination ... for allegedly converting a Muslim girl to a Christian, in Plateau State," a report disclosed. Speaking of this incident, another pastor, Kallamu Musa Ali Dikwa, and executive director of Voice of Northern Christian Movement, said: "Nigeria security has declared war against Christians in this country." He also accused the Nigerian government of treating Christians and Muslims differently: "Muslims have abducted 100 Christian girls under the age of 18 and forcefully converted them to Islam and we have reported to several security agencies but no arrest was made or return of Christian girls to their parents.... The abduction of Christian girls has continued unabated. Such scenarios are serious cases of injustice against Christians in the country, and the perpetrators have often gone Scott free."

European Union/Switzerland: While uncritically taking in and conferring refugee status on countless Muslim migrants, European authorities continued singling out those most in need of sanctuary for deportation. In one instance, a Christian legal group filed an expert brief with the European Court of Human Rights in support of a Muslim man from Afghanistan who converted to Christianity and who risked being deported from Switzerland. The group, known as ADF International, said the man, if forced back to Afghanistan, would as an apostate from Islam face immense persecution, possibly including death: "Afghanistan is not a safe place for a Christian convert," it said. "The Court should ask Switzerland to stop turning a blind eye to the situation of religious minorities in Afghanistan.... This means much more than demanding a convert practice his faith in secret. Sending a refugee back to a country where they face persecution because of their faith is incompatible with the Convention."

The Christian legal group ADF International filed an expert brief with the European Court of Human Rights in support of a Muslim man from Afghanistan who converted to Christianity and who risked being deported from Switzerland. Afghanistan is not a safe place for a Christian convert," it said. "The Court should ask Switzerland to stop turning a blind eye to the situation of religious minorities in Afghanistan..." (Image source: Adrian Grycuk/Wikimedia Commons)

Raymond Ibrahim, author of the new book, Sword and Scimitar, Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West, is a Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute and a Judith Rosen Friedman Fellow at the Middle East Forum

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While not all, or even most, Muslims are involved, persecution of Christians by Muslim extremists is growing. The report posits that such Muslim persecution is not random but rather systematic, and takes place irrespective of language, ethnicity, or location.

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Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the  incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.

American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of  other countries.  The only real difference, however, is how much power they have.  In America, their power is limited by democracy.  To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already  very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges.  They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did:  None.  So look to the colleges to see  what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way.  It would be a dictatorship.

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Allan Falkenberg, group director of crew management for V.Ships Leisure “We recognize the need to invest in maritime talent and that includes providing learning and training programs to support those who want a career at sea with us,” said Allan Falkenberg, group director of crew management for V.Ships Leisure.

Based in Manila, Falkenberg said that the company has a dedicated and accredited training facility, the Oceanic Hospitality Training Center, which last year trained more than 4,500 seafarers for different cruise lines.

“We offer 50 courses enabling specific training needs to be addressed. In addition, we work with cruise lines to support wider training programs, using our facilities,” he added.

V.Ships has access to other in-house facilities, including simulators and also works with Marlins, also part of the V.Group, for English-language testing and e-learning.

“Most recently, we worked together to produce the STCW Polar Ice Navigation (basic level) e-learning course with online simulator exercises,” Falkenberg continued. “This was approved by the Bahamas Maritime Authority in partnership with V.Ships for our crew, enabling crew to study online and onboard.”

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With the company’s long-standing experience, he noted that they have the capability to recruit, train and manage seafarers in all ranks.

In his view, recruitment of engineers may be the biggest challenge, hence they have invested in engine simulators in Manila to increase the engineer talent pipeline.

Also with regards to hotel operations, senior galley positions are in high demand compared to supply.

“Length of contracts and salaries are important factors to attract and retain employees,” he said. “However, welfare and quality of life play increasingly important roles.

"Millennials expect higher standards of living conditions, high-speed internet, and more dynamic career progression.”

V.Ships Leisure currently has a pool of some 10,000 seafarers and supplies cruise lines and yachts. Operations centers in the Philippines and India supply all ranks of deck, engine, hotel, casino, security and medical requirements. In addition, the company recruits through its worldwide network of its own manning offices and has a recruitment partner in China.

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          Actor Peter Fonda Encourages Democrats To Commit Voter Fraud      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Peter Fonda encouraged followers to take ballots from millennials, fill them out on their behalf, and send them into the local Board of Elections.
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Jeffrey Sprecher, presidente de Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) y de la Bolsa de Valores de Nueva York (NYSE), afirmó en una entrevista que Bitcoin no posee una buena estructura de mercado para alcanzar una mayor liquidez y funcionamiento a nivel institucional, por lo cual cree necesario generar una infraestructura central para sus intercambios.
En una entrevista para el medio Fortune, Sprecher destacó que las características que apuntan hacia la descentralización de las criptomonedas —tan defendidas por la comunidad de Bitcoin— son contraproducentes para el desarrollo de un mercado de bitcoin legalizado por las autoridades financieras estadounidenses.
“Bitcoin era el epítome de un modelo roto que, si se soluciona, podría cambiar el mundo”, es una de las frases que resalta en la entrevista y confirma el posicionamiento de Sprecher ante el mercado de las criptomonedas. El magnate afirma que hay características propias de los mercados de las casas de cambio de criptomonedas que no se adecuan a los parámetros de las autoridades financieras nacionales, así como no generan confianza institucional para un intercambio oficial.
Sprecher destaca que los mercados como Coinbase —en el cual ICE adquirió bitcoins como un experimento en el 2015— y Geminis trabajan bajo un grupo de leyes y licencias, mas no como mercados oficiales. Esto se debe a que las autoridades financieras, tales como la Comisión de Productos y Futuros de Estados Unidos (CFCT) y la Comisión de Valores y Bolsa (SEC), todavía no han llegado a un acuerdo acerca de la definición legal de las criptomonedas en territorio nacional, conflicto que ya han generado una que otra discusión dentro de los Estados Unidos.
En este sentido, para que los inversionistas de Walls Street y Main Street participen en inversiones con criptomonedas, Sprecher considera necesario la creación de un mercado con todas las de la ley, el cual cree posible por medio del lanzamiento de su startup Bakkt.
Asimismo, las dificultades para intercambiar criptomonedas, la volatibilidad de los precios y la falta de intermediarios también entorpece la posibilidad de generar intercambios regulados con garantía y servicios de compensación, elementos que se agravan por la baja velocidad de liquidación de la cadena de bloques de Bitcoin, según Sprecher.
Debido a todos estos inconvenientes y a la incapacidad de generar un mercado legalizado para las criptomonedas, Kelly Loeffler, quien es ahora CEO de la nueva plataforma de mercadeo Bakkt, afirma que: “Las personas en las grandes instituciones tienen la visión de que las criptomonedas pueden ser actores desagradables adquiridos por medios de obtención”, una visión que genera temor a la hora de invertir en activos criptográficos y que ha frenado la posibilidad de que un gran numero de inversionistas comiencen a participar en el mercado de criptomonedas.

BAKKT: UNA SOLUCIÓN CENTRALIZADA

En este sentido, Bakkt está ideada con la misión de insertar los activos criptográficos en el mercado bursátil nacional y brindar una plataforma amparada por las leyes estadounidenses. Según palabras de Sprecher, la startup estará dedicada de forma institucional a la inversión de Bitcoin, empresa que será dirigida por Kelly Loeffler, esposa de Jeffrey Sprecher, y varias firmas aliadas a la Intercontinental Exchange.
La startup trabajará como un sistema de intercambios de bitcoin. Es decir, tendrá funciones similares a las de una casa de cambio amparada por las leyes estadounidenses, que buscará generar confianza en los inversionistas institucionales ya que ofrecerá un paquete de compensación y almacenamiento supervisado bajo los parámetros de la (CFCT) y (SEC).
El objetivo de Bakkt es proporcionar un primer paquete de compensación que asegure que el producto (las criptomonedas) llegue a las manos del comprador o remunere en caso de su pérdida. Asimismo, ofrecerá servicios de almacenamiento supervisado en donde se comprará un token a través de un corredor, identificándose debidamente bajo las normas KYC y resguardando las claves privadas de sus clientes fuera de línea, un aspecto que podría ser criticado por la comunidad en vista de que se ha promovido desde la creación de Bitcoin que la seguridad de los fondos de ciptomonedas depende de cada individuo. Ceder el control de las claves privadas a un ente centralizado va a contracorriente de los ideales de la comunidad bitcoiner.
Además, en el caso puntual de la liquidez, Bakkt planea intercambiar criptomonedas directo desde sus almacenes de Bitcoin, modelo que podría acelerar el procesamiento de sus pagos y que asemejaría a una side-chain. Es decir, realizaría un gran número de transacciones en conjunto, evitando así el congestionamiento, y luego pasaría un balance o registro de cada una de las transacciones realizadas en la cadena de bloques.
Sin embargo, uno de los puntos más importantes de Bakkt es la custodia de claves privadas, la startup tiene pensado mantener la custodia de cada una de las claves privadas de sus clientes, centralizando así la administración de los activos criptográficos en su plataforma.
En vista de esto, Bakkt propone un cambio de infraestructura que no será bien aceptado en la comunidad de criptomonedas, quienes creen en los avances de un mercado financiero descentralizado, distribuido e inmutable. Un grupo de características que para el día de hoy siguen siendo discutidas como los pilares de la economía y funcionamiento de las criptomonedas.
Bakkt funcionará como otra plataforma de negociación en ICE Futures, haciéndole competencia a los mercados de Chicago Board Options Exchange y Chicago Mercantile Exchange que ya negocian con contratos futuros de Bitcoin de forma legal y bajo supervisión. De igual manera, CME también tiene planeado lanzar su propio mercado de contratos futuros en conjunto con otras plataformas a nivel internacional.

LAS CRIPTOMONEDAS TIENEN “CHISPA”

Sprecher afirmó al final de la entrevista que Bitcoin “tiene el potencial para convertirse en la primera moneda mundial”, premisa que impulsa aún más la adopción de la criptomoneda en el mercado bursátil y que lo ha motivado a buscar una manera de insertar estos activos en su visión financiera, a pesar de las decisiones que la SEC ha tomado durante las últimas semanas respecto a las licencias solicitadas de ETF de Bitcoin por parte de otras entidades como Cboe.
De igual manera, el magnate destacó que las monedas criptográficas han captado la atención de las generaciones más jóvenes, quienes se encuentran cada vez menos motivados en participar en las finanzas tradicionales. “Los millennials no confían en las instituciones financieras tradicionales. Para ganar su confianza, bancos, casas de bolsa y gestores de activos pueden utilizar una moneda en la que cree la generación del milenio, como bitcoin”, puntualizó para indicar que el criptomercado tiene un importante público que todavía no ha sido captado por el sistema financiero tradicional.
En contexto, ICE es el segundo propietario de intercambios financieros en Estados Unidos, tan sólo seguido por el mercado de CME. La plataforma posee 12 intercambios atendidos por seis cámaras de compensación, así como retornos totales desde el 2006.
Sprecher además posee propiedad en la plataforma líder de capitalizaciones de compañías de mediana talla, NYSE American, y también en el mercado más grande del mundo para las ETF´S, Arca. Por si fuera poco, Sprecher también se encuentra presente en el mercado del crudo, completando su variopinto mercado de productos al intentar incorporar Bitcoin al mercado bursátil.

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It doesn’t seem to bother actor Peter Fonda that his insane lefty views are giving him a less than stellar reputation. Hot on the heels of scandalizing Barron Trump in a series of Twitter posts, the unhinged actor has taken to social media to advocate for illicit democrat voting tactics. In a recently deleted tweet, (it seems the guy does have some sense of shame) Fonda suggested desperate tactics to generate liberal turnout in the upcoming midterms. A fan, worried about inexperienced millennial voters dropping the ball during this election cycle, asked Fonda what he thought was the best method...
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No matter how compelling we make a rich, deep, committed Jewish life, there will be people of all ages, but Jews in their 20s and 30s in particular, who cannot afford synagogue annual dues of $1,500, $2,000 and up. The "no one is refused" in some shuls means a mistrustful cross-examination about whether the applicant really needs a dues reduction. We, the older generation, are very attached to big expensive buildings and paid professional and support staff in a way that younger Jews are not. Less expensive initiatives such as DIY minyanim and chavurot are attracting millennials and doing well in some areas. The chavurah in my area has a sliding scale membership and dues are a few hundred dollars maximum. Compare that to $2,000 at traditional shuls; a 30 year old still paying off a student loan doesn't really have a choice. You might think that synagogues will accept anyone who cannot afford to pay full dues, but in fact, it can become a very humiliating experience to do that.
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Trump is foiled again … and this time by his own Washington D.C. “Black Pastor ruse.”

Amazingly enough, since Trump and his kind have not done a lot of keeping up with the Black community, they don’t know what we know about it.

Fact: Evangelical pastors are losing ground in the Black community.

Fact: More mega-churches are becoming mini-megas by the minute, with Black people returning to the traditional protestant churches of their childhoods -or- becoming atheists, Buddhists, and/or Muslims in droves.

Fact: The Black community is not only becoming more traditional with their religious choices because of the accountability that exists within them, but hundreds of thousands are going to the other extreme and becoming less white-jesusy and more conscious about their communities and their racial standing in America and globally. We not only have more more Black atheists and Muslims now, but more Marcus Garveyites and Black Panthers in this millennia.

Slave Jesus

This slavery-minded racist murderous roman-inspired ‘white jesus’ (who never existed in reality) has been the cause of every single solitary hateful and filthy traphouse thing that has ever happened to Black people in the history of the [modern] world.

A vast majority of Black people in the USA are finally catching on to that knowledge.

It is taking its rightful place behind the Faith of the True Fathers out of the Far and Middle East and the world was never slated to be a better place in the future than it is right now.

My black People are Destroyed for Lack of KNowledge

As Black America slowly but surely awakens to its own truths in the world and sheds America’s lies, the evangelical ministry is simultaneously becoming a place that speaks constant death to Black communities with its various underworld teachings.

We watch the “Barbecue Beckys,” “Jogger Johns,” “Swimming Pool Susies,” “Lemonade Stand Larrys” and “Water Selling Wilmas” of the Ku Klux Klan mentality slowly but surely become jokes in various police departments nationwide for calling the cops on Black people for doing-anything-and-everything-while-Black, and we also recognize that the original design of christianity in America was meant to keep Black people enslaved.

These mixed up winding twisted recognitions aren’t just about “liberals” and “disobedient radicals” or “those who don’t give their lives over to white jesus who are dwelling in sin,” but it is also the revelation of screaming about American freedoms that neither Black conservatives nor liberals have ever had. 

Today, the same thing happens as they scream out the words “antifa!,” “radicals!,” “liberals!,” and “Dems!” under the cloak of spirituality while simultaneously sending their own Russian and Nazi operatives in to attack us.

They pretend to be what they are not and the mainstream media is supposed to obey that and pick it up and advertise this nationalized pre-election drama ‘as if’ it is true.

Even worse, so many Black pastors and motivational speakers and speakers of twisted spiritual ‘truths’ are finding feeder veins into Black people’s minds and pockets using the same misguided notions about monolithic Blackness as Trump is trying to use.

The Sophisticated Truth

The evangelical thought process has never brought any true prosperity and wisdom to Black America.

It has brought only more community crises, more ignorance, more willful killings and drugs, more thoughtlessness, and more Black people who will speak death to their own just to get at a piece of some perceived prestige and cash resources on their way out.

Black evangelicals bring no economic prowess or self-sustainability, only more selfishness and me-me-meism, the one thing worse than racism itself. These evangelical beliefs and sayings are nonsensical and unenterprising, and its belief systems and repetitious patterns are scripturally bereft.

Trump and Alveda King and Frederick Douglass — all that jazz

Those three tell a chilling tale about the importance of ‘divide and conquer’ in Black America.

Trump has been taught to use any ol’ “Black thing” he can get his hands on, even our religions and Black history, to save his blackened soul. He even has Black believers being told by their own pastors that they do not have “the heart of Christ” if they don’t kiss Trump’s ass.

Sans the white abolitionists who helped Frederick Douglass prove that he was, indeed, a real man in a hate-filled nation, those who helped Douglass to prove that a Black man could become educated and write eloquently in his whitenized version of America, this protestant white jesus christianity -made possible and created through the auspices of the Roman Catholic church- is a dying entity in the minds and ideas of Black America, and that is as it should be.

Trump and King and their version of a Frederick Douglass who would never have let Trump get away with calling the Press an “enemy of the people” will always have their particular sect of cult followers, but they do not have the hearts and minds of Black America.

They never will.

A New Day

The Council of Bishops for the A.M.E. (African Methodist Episcopal) Church, under Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, has taken a righteous stand against Trump’s racist misogynist bigoted sacrilegious unchristlike policies. It stands tall and far above the evangelical systems along with all other traditional churches that do so. The POPE has even taken a stance against Trump’s policies.

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They don’t seem to get it at ALL — Christ died for THE SALVATION OF THE WORLD, not for the preservation of the bigotries of the United States of America.

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Black America, go home. Your grandparents were right.

If we had listened to them, the Millennials wouldn’t be looking at their own “Tricky Dick Nixon” in D.C. and we wouldn’t have had to repeat the call for a new Civil Rights Movement in this day and age.

Trump’s fate is sealed. Walk away, and don’t look back. Those who do not remember the past...and remember it rightly...are doomed to repeat it.

Let this be the LAST TIME this happens in America with Black people, ever.

Enough is enough.

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          Yes, This is Another Preachy Sermon…      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Remember when you were in Sunday school and the Bible teacher scared you into submission. You dared not talk or move, aghhhh… Most of us tuned out right after the question, “have you thought about your future?” Sure, later in life those of us who listened and those of us who did not, now know the preachy bespectacled authority was not all wrong.  I have to give Republicans credit they have used the vote as a scare tactic to keep their congregation inline, even when the issues are anathema to their own interest.  America’s current state of affairs is a perfect example. Republicans, who control both Houses of Congress are watching a man who has us one ruble away from fascism, destroy America from within, and without a peep.

Despite the obvious threats I was distressed to read a poll a few weeks ago that said only 28% of millennials plan on voting. That statistic is the result of some creative accounting once you examine the numbers.  Twenty-eight percent of 18 to 34-year olds say they will definitely support Trump with many pledging unspecified support to a third party candidate.  Numbers can be manipulated to reach the conclusion you want. Alarmingly only 46 percent, down from 55 percent, are committed to Democrats but that does not consider the overall drop to normal levels in Democratic voters following the enthusiasm of the Obama years. That still leaves a Democratic advantage of 46% to 28% with 26 percent undecided.    

Before you start watching the clock, hoping to get quickly through today’s sermonette, what is important is the  simple fact that voting gives you leverage.  Bump stocks are still legal even after the Las Vegas massacre. Why?  Republican legislators are afraid of losing a voter battle guided by fear of the NRA.  A tax cut that economist say will blow a trillion dollar or more hole in the national deficit passed. Why? Despite being against the interest of Mr. and Mrs. Midwest, Republicans were afraid to defy Trump’s Follie.  Trump has convinced crowds to cheer Vladimir Putin and words like, “ill-advised and ‘not something I would do” is the tepid conservative political response. Why? Trump has so coward Republicans, that war hawks like John Bolton are backing down in fear of his boss’ electorate.

That sort of voting pressure is a good thing when the people’s votes are followed by the demands for a just cause.  Republicans have turned on every one of the righteous credos they have advocated since Saint Ronnie was in office; family values; lower taxes; free trade, truth, justice and the American way, Superman is weeping. Okay Superman breaks the ethereal metaphor, but you did have to look up in the sky.

Anyway, back to the sermon.  I always end my little column with the words “Vote in ’18 for Change.” I know it sounds like the false syrupiness of saccharine but the American people of conscience have to sprinkle some genuine sugar on a quickly souring country. Democrats outnumber Republicans in sheer numbers and the electoral college excuse cannot be used in the Midterms, no more so than in 2010 or 2012. Democrats who sit home and whine about how both sides are the same and the old saw of the lesser of two evils have a tangible example of how wrong they are, in Donald Trump. Sometimes, you just have to admit your mistake, brother Obama said, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Benediction follows the hymn.

Vote in ’18 for change.  


          Penal Colony of red, white and blue axis of Brexit empire Doctoring Evil       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Members of the Royal Family arrive at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace for the christening of Prince Louis. {{file|t=or1X_1533802195}} Don't make mistake with symbols of rainbow and tar budget powers such as royal family. It's not a family. It's not royal. So united kingdom is also not what it seems. It's a kingdom that is called "united". So US (not USA) is something that this "united" entity states. UN is a new nation of this "united" entity. This nation has military warkeeping power to put you to rest in peace - NATO or OTAN pick your flavor of to be or not to be where A and B were sitting on the pipe. So that is just few steps of this monstrosity that in reality are steps that are interchangeable due to doctoring power of mighty pig pens.. So concept of state church such as anglican church, any scandinavian churches, etc should be interchangeable with concept of pure evil such as taliban. Lutherans - luciferians.. You have to keep in mind that it's equality regime where even war equals peace, but those royal shitbags are being pride paraded as more equal than us normal people. They are pride parading naked - they have nothing to show for themselves, but yet they are some sort of treasure expected to be worshiping. So that is another layer of mandatory madness where need to know separates those who act and those who copy cat actors. But that is the problem with oppression and slavery that is implemented with opposite day rules military deception. You know if you're donkey who is shackled into clockwork orange colored contraption so you have to go in circles pumping water from the well. Even if you start rebelling and rioting against such injustice - your range of freedom is limited to two directions. So what if system is designed with cycles of rioting in mind where if it detects "resistance" it gears get shifted in reverse so pumping could continue as before. The system might even reward rebels so they start thinking something about themselves as being intelligent, victorious, etc.. exploiting natural anabolic of adrenalin, euphoria, etc.. For starters you have to keep in mind possibility of high quality entertainment lulzboat packing and delivering explicit holds barred punches. What if it's dual use technology of brexit humor where encryption of backwardness is provided by utilizing word "penal" is about penis and word "colony" is about "colon". So it's about this stranger than life greek life resembling operations of tar budgets of intelligence community, where you just have to take their silly words for it if you want to understand anything about their activities providing storm roof for housing animals.. Notice how fraternities also grow and spread by the use of word "colonies" that they refer to their chapters. If you believe them they just love congregating and associating with each other by using brotherly love so they could hold hands and sing kumbaya songs. They learned everything there is to learn in the kindergarten so there is nothing to do in those universities, but kill time, breaking springs of fire water, etc... You know word "brother" is about those who are in business of making a broth. Soylent green broth. Their charitable activity is always designed with charring of the people in mind. So what might be a purpose of such strange activity resembling pride parade instruments of power for farming humans? I'd like to reference my previous thread "lost lost lost...", but it got deleted without warning - it just shows "because of a possible violation of our terms of service". I'm not sure why - there was no explanation from mods or staff of liveleak. I didn't get to read the last comment in that thread. The clip was less than 30 seconds long. Anyhow i'll post the text i wrote in that thread here in first comment. One possible direction of thinking is towards their strange stories of the past. You know how 30-40 years ago they would say that humans use only 10% of their brain. The rest of the brain is some sort of dark territory of subconsciousness which is out of your hands, apparently in the hands of some sort of Mr Hand that feed you this bullshit. So if human brain is some sort of quantum computing device being utilized as part of some sort of p2p technology for clouding your judgment obfuscating the cloud technology of itself - thats the word fear that you have to be fearing. So in such system of slavery thinking itself is something artificial and not artificial at the same time. I speculate it exists in parallel manner to your own cognition. So slave-masters who have immunity or degrees and angles of immunity from this slavery - know very well that you're nuts. It can't be the other way around. Think about cat who has beer cans tied to it's tail. They got used to it? So with thinking in mind you have to be thinking about unpaid royalties to thin kings. You know predators who predate time trapped inside striking cuckoos nests, they are here and now to collect a lien. USA was declared as sharia banking state by this low tier CIA homo Reagan 30 years ago when he "courageously" stated that "deficits don't matter". Sorry but no matter how you slice it or dice it - ketchup is not a vegetable in my book. Notice another strange problem with their narratives about alphabetical generations that they are using for juggling humans for divide and conquer. You know Gen Y, Gen X, Millennials, baby boomers, etc.. They want you to believe they farm you according to some constrains cast into stonewalls of time and theory of relativity. So it points to an interesting evolution of Machiavellian warfare methods to the madness. You know how Niccol`o described in his princely doctrines that first and foremost people bond according to concept of location, location, location... As world got globalized and so interconnected with no degrees of separation where they shuffled and flooded every location with trojan horses - concept of location as instrument of security, insurance, safety, etc didn't lose the meaning - something else got lost. So for some reason instead of abandoning all those archaic concepts the information warfare moved at full scale crafting all kinds of equally unsafe, unwise and superficial alternatives based on mistaking freedom of association with deployment of freedom that fries and burns: colors of the rainbow, judging books, gender, etc.. In other words i know nothing. I'm just talking out of my ass, since nothing what you say or do makes sense.
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          Athena Personal Safety Wearables      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Toxic men have always been with us. But in recent years, thanks to the Grabber-in-Chief, they’re feeling freer to express themselves. They feel, after decades of increasing female empowerment, that the pendulum has swung back. It’s a man’s world again, and that makes every woman a target. The mom on her way to a yoga class, the millennial out for a run, the teen in a tank top --- at any moment, some id-liberated Neanderthal is thinking he might just like a taste of that. What can we do to make these assholes think twice? To stop them? Emotionally, I’m partial to the solution that Denzel Washington, in “The Equalizer 2,” announces to the men who murdered his friend: “I’m going to kill all of you --- but the thing that makes me sad is that I can only do it once.” In the real world, I’m buying Athena Safety Wearables for the women I love most, sending this review to my closest female friends, and urging them to forward it to their friends.
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Singer-composer Chinmayi Tripathi brings the evocative poems of Mahadevi Verma, Suryakant Tripathi Nirala and Harivansh Rai Bachchan to millennials
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Millennials have dramatically influenced market trends, and tech manufacturers like Sharp have kept a keen eye on the shift in consumer behaviour.

          Freestanding Columns - Jahrtausendsäule - Brixen, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
[DE] "Zwar hatte die Stadt bereits im September 1901 die Errichtung eines Denkmals in Auftrag gegeben, das an die denkwürdige Jahrtausendfeier erinnern sollte, doch verzögerten finanzielle Engpässe dessen Fertigstellung. So wurde die Millenniumssäule des Bildhauers Norbert Pfretzschners erst am 24. Oktober 1909 anlässlich der Jahrhundertfeier der Tiroler Freiheitskämpfe eingeweiht.
Auf ihren insgesamt 9,63 m Höhe thront das Osterlamm, das Wappentier der Diözese und der Stadt. Die Statue auf dem Sockel stellt indes Bischof Zacharias dar, der die Stadt segnet, während ihm die Putte zu seinen Füßen die Schenkungsurkunde reicht. Die drei bronzenen Reliefs an den Seiten des Sockels zeigen den Tiroler Freiheitshelden Peter Mayr, der vor seiner Hinrichtung Abschied von seiner Frau nimmt (links), das Heiligste Herz Jesu, das von zwei Engeln getragen wird und den göttlichen Schutz über Stadt und Land versinnbildlicht (vorne), sowie den Fürstbischof Matthäus an der Gassen, der dem Habsburger Rudolf IV. im Jahre 1363 in einer feierlichen Zeremonie das Brixner Lehen übertragt.

Historischer Hintergrund
Die für die Zeit der Jahrhundertwende bezeichnende Aufbruchsstimmung, der technische Fortschritt und dessen Folgen hatten auch vor den Toren Brixens nicht Halt gemacht: Mit dem Fremdenverkehr hatte der Wohlstand Einzug in die Stadt gehalten, in dessen Folge eine rege Bautätigkeit einsetzte. Nebst privaten Bauten wurden zahlreiche Großprojekte wie die Eisackregulierung, die Elektrifizierung der Stadt, der Bau der Trinkwasserleitungen und der Kanalisation oder die Errichtung der namhaften Lungenheilanstalt in Angriff genommen.
Die Jahrtausendfeier vom 26. und 27. Oktober markierte gewissermaßen den Höhepunkt dieses Übergangs zwischen alter Tradition und neuer Epoche: In Anwesenheit höchster Behördenvertreter und prominenter Persönlichkeiten gedachten die Brixner Bürger in einem historisch-patriotischen Fest des tausendjährigen Bestehens ihrer Stadt, ließen mit Trachten und alten Gebräuchen die gute alte Tradition aufleben und blickten zugleich der verheißungsvollen Zukunft entgegen."

[EN] "Although the city had already commissioned the erection of a monument in September 1901 to commemorate the memorable millennium celebrations, financial bottlenecks delayed its completion. The Millenniumcolumn of the sculptor Norbert Pfretzschners was only inaugurated on 24 October 1909 on the occasion of the centenary of the Tyrolean freedom struggles.
The Easter Lamb, the heraldic animal of the diocese and the city, is enthroned at a height of 9.63 metres. The statue on the pedestal, however, depicts Bishop Zacharias blessing the city, while the putto hands him the deed of gift at his feet. The three bronze reliefs on the sides of the pedestal show the Tyrolean freedom hero Peter Mayr, who takes leave of his wife before his execution (left), the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which is carried by two angels and symbolizes the divine protection over town and country (front), and the Prince-Bishop Matthäus an der Gassen, who in 1363 in a solemn ceremony entrusts the fief of Brixen to the Habsburg Rudolf IV.

Historical Background
The spirit of change, technological progress and its consequences, which was characteristic of the turn of the century, did not stop at the gates of Bressanone/Brixen: tourism brought prosperity to the city, which led to brisk construction activity. In addition to private buildings, numerous major projects such as the regulation of the Eisack, the electrification of the city, the construction of drinking water pipelines and the sewerage system or the construction of the renowned lung sanatorium were tackled.
The millennium celebrations of 26 and 27 October marked the culmination of this transition between the old tradition and the new epoch: In the presence of the highest authorities and prominent personalities, the citizens of Bressanone/Brixen commemorated the millennial existence of their city in a historical-patriotic festival, revived the good old tradition with costumes and old customs and at the same time looked to the promising future".

https://www.hiwio.com/de/Artikel/Die-Jahrtausendsäule-in-Brixen-84



          Estas son las conversaciones que lo petaban en los 90: algunas podríamos recuperarlas, pero de otras te vas a reír       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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La popularización de internet cambió el mundo, es una obviedad que lo digamos a estas alturas. Y también cambió, para siempre, las conversaciones con amigos. Mucho más desde que apareció internet móvil y tenemos cualquier respuesta al alcance de la mano. Para bien o para mal.

Hasta hace pocos años, de cañas con amigos, podíamos pasarnos un par de horas enzarzados en la duda de si es más grande la provincia de Cáceres o la de Badajoz. Hoy, alguien se sacaría el iPhone del bolsillo y nos aclararía que Badajoz tiene 21.766 km², lo que la convierte en la provincia más extensa de España, mientras que Cáceres solo tiene 19.868 km² y se sitúa en segundo lugar. Fin de la discusión. Mejor pedir otra cerveza.

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Así que, dado que las conversaciones sobre datos objetivos las tenemos resueltas a golpe de Wikipedia, os proponemos un reto: retomar los grandes debates de los 90. Sin móviles, sin que ningún influencer nos haya dado su opinión, sin que ningún tuitero inicie la diatriba. ¿Y de qué hablábamos en los bares, los descansos de la facultad o los paseos por la playa hace veinte o veinticinco años? Estos son algunos ejemplos:

¿Te acostarías con Robert Redford por un millón de dólares?

En 1993, hace exactamente veinticinco años, se estrenó la película Una proposición indecente. Se trataba de un drama romántico algo simplón, pero que dejó en el aire un debate que duró meses. La trama nos presentaba a un matrimonio joven (interpretado por Demi Moore y Woody Harrelson) que pasa por dificultades económicas y que se va a Las Vegas a jugarse sus últimos ahorros. Allí conocen a un multimillonario al que da vida Robert Redford... y surge la incógnita.

Una Proposicion Indecente

El multimillonario en cuestión les ofrece un millón de dólares a cambio de pasar una noche con ella. Y el debate está servido: ¿te acostarías con Robert Redford a cambio de un millón de dólares? O mejor, traducido al mundo millennial: ¿te acostarías con Ryan Reynolds a cambio de cinco millones de dólares? ¿Incluso estando casada? ¿Preferirías el beneplácito o la oposición de tu marido? No podemos negar que el debate da para mucho.

¿Con quién te identificas más de los personajes de Friends?

¿Hay algo más noventero que hablar de Friends? Si hay un icono de esa generación que siempre identificaremos de un solo vistazo, es esa serie que nos presentó a seis amigos, entre los veinte y los treinta, viviendo en Nueva York. Una serie que a nadie le es ajena, sea de la generación que sea, gracias a Netflix y reposiciones varias.

Friends

Pero había un tema en los noventa que todo fan de Friends comentaba: ¿con qué personaje te identificas más? ¿Con Monica y su obsesión por la limpieza y el orden? ¿Con Chandler y su uso del humor para evitar situaciones incómodas? ¿Con Phoebe y sus locuras? ¿Con Joey y su promiscuidad? ¿Con Rachel y su sueño de triunfar en el mundo de la moda? ¿O con Ross y su tendencia al matrimonio fracasado?

¿Cuál es tu top five de películas favoritas?

Si hiciéramos esta pregunta a un grupo de amigos hace veinte o veinticinco años, seguro que entre las respuestas habría algún Dirty Dancing, Footloose, La guerra de las galaxias, E.T., Flashdance, Pretty Woman o Grease. Y aunque algunas de ellas sigan vigentes como favoritas y casi pelis de culto para muchos, quizá lo que ha cambiado es el debate.

Guerra Galaxias

Porque ¿seríamos capaces hoy en día, en estos tiempos de Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, Fiesta del Cine, etc. de limitar nuestra selección solo a cinco? Es más, ¿de verdad seguiríamos hablando de nuestras películas favoritas o se nos iría el tema a las series?

¿Puede un enfermo de SIDA ser deportista profesional?

El 7 de noviembre de 1991, Magic Johnson, el que por entonces era probablemente el mejor jugador de baloncesto del mundo y estrella de Los Angeles Lakers de la NBA, anunció al mundo que era portador del VIH. Fue la noticia deportiva de la década. Y el inicio de un debate que puso de relieve que aún le quedaba a la sociedad mucho por aprender sobre el virus del SIDA.

Magic Johnson

Magic se retiró del baloncesto poco después, no sin antes haber vivido la controversia de que algunos compañeros de profesión se negaran a compartir cancha con él por el riesgo a contagiarse de «un virus mortal». Y el debate saltó a la calle: ¿puede un deportista continuar con su profesión a pesar de tener SIDA? La duda que surge, veintisiete años después, es... ¿tendríamos este debate hoy en día?

¿Es infidelidad el sexo oral?

En 1998 (casi) no se habló de otra cosa. Los medios de comunicación de todo el mundo se hicieron eco del impeachment por el cual el presidente de los Estados Unidos, Bill Clinton, estuvo a punto de perder su cargo, debido a las relaciones que había mantenido entre 1995 y 1997 con la becaria de la Casa Blanca Monica Lewinsky.

Clinton Lewinsky

El juicio contra Clinton fue por perjurio, ya que él había declarado con anterioridad que no había mantenido relaciones sexuales con Lewinsky. Solo había recibido sexo oral por parte de ella. Hubo debates de todo tipo (político, social y familiar) sobre el Monicagate, pero una pregunta flotó en el aire durante meses: ¿es sexo el sexo oral? ¿Es infidelidad recibirlo estando casado?

¿Puede haber violación dentro del matrimonio?

El 23 de junio de 1993, Lorena Bobbit le cercenó el pene a su marido, John, con un cuchillo de cocina, después de que él, en estado de embriaguez, abusara presuntamente de ella (aunque posteriormente fue declarado inocente del cargo de violación). Fue la respuesta de ella, según sus propias palabras, a años de violencia física y abusos sexuales dentro del matrimonio.

Lorena Bobbit

El tema fue motivo de chascarrillo a comienzos de los noventa. Si hubiera sido hoy en día, habríamos tenido memes hasta hartarnos. Pero también sacó a la palestra una pregunta que quizá hoy en día ya no nos hacemos (por suerte): ¿existe la violación dentro del matrimonio? Muchos no comprendieron la acusación de Lorena de violación porque John era su marido y ese debate presidió tertulias durante muchos meses.

¿Somos todos bisexuales?

Muchos de los debates que surgían en los noventa venían precedidos de un gran estreno cinematográfico. Eran los tiempos en que las películas se estrenaban en Estados Unidos meses antes que en España y el debate era, en ocasiones, parte polémica y parte promoción. Es lo que ocurrió con Instinto básico (1992), una película en la que la protagonista, una afamada escritora sospechosa de asesinato, mantenía relaciones sexuales con el detective al cargo del caso, mientras tenía una pareja que era mujer.

Instinto Basico

La controversia alcanzó a todos los grupos sociales. Los colectivos LGTB+ protestaron por la imagen que de ellos daba la cinta. Los espectadores más puritanos se manifestaban ante los cines para censurar la emisión. Y en la calle se hablaba, quizá por primera vez, de bisexualidad. ¿Existe o no? ¿Puede alguien enamorarse y sentirse atraído por igual por un hombre o por una mujer... o eso es solo vicio? ¿O quizá es que todos somos bisexuales? Y la gran duda: ¿nos lo seguiríamos preguntando hoy en día?

¿Cabía Leonardo DiCaprio en aquella tabla?

No todos los debates tenían por qué ser tan serios. O sí, porque este habla de la supervivencia de uno de los héroes cinematográficos de la época, Jack Dawson, el personaje interpretado por Leonardo DiCaprio en la película Titanic, de 1997.

Titanic

Para quien no la haya visto, si es que hay alguien que no lo haya hecho, al final de la cinta el barco se hunde (esto no es un spoiler, ¿verdad?) y Rose, su enamorada, se salva subiéndose a una tabla de madera que flota en las frías aguas del Atlántico Norte. Y todos nos hicimos una pregunta en aquel momento: ¿acaso no cabía también Jack en la tabla? Veintiún años después, continúa habiendo debate (e incluso pruebas empíricas).

¿Fue un accidente la muerte de Diana de Gales?

El 31 de agosto de 1997 el mundo se despertaba con un sobresalto: la princesa Diana de Gales había muerto en un accidente de tráfico en el túnel del Alma, en París, junto a su novio Dodi Al-Fayed. Solo sobrevivió al accidente uno de los ocupantes del vehículo y la noticia saltó a todas las portadas de los medios. Había muerto la princesa del pueblo y acababa de nacer el mito.

Diana Gales

Pronto una idea cundió en las mentes de los más malpensados: qué apropiada era aquella muerte para la monarquía británica, de la que Diana había demostrado ser un verso libre, con su divorcio, sus declaraciones en televisión, sus relaciones con otros hombres y su popularidad, que superaba con creces la de su exmarido, el heredero de la Corona. Mohamed Al-Fayed, padre de Dodi y propietario de los míticos almacenes Harrods dio voz a la teoría de la conspiración y aún hoy muchos se preguntan: ¿tuvo algo que ver la Casa Real británica en la muerte de Diana o fue realmente un accidente?

¿El teléfono móvil nos dará o nos quitará libertad?

A finales de los años noventa, el teléfono móvil dejó de ser un objeto de lujo y se convirtió en algo asequible para casi cualquier bolsillo. Atrás fue quedando la imagen de aquellos móviles enormes asociada a hombres de negocios y pijos varios, e incluso quienes eran más reacios al principio se acabaron rindiendo a la necesidad de hacerse con uno. Pero había un tema que se hablaba mucho en las conversaciones entre amigos: ¿el móvil nos quitará libertad?

Movil Libertad

A favor de este argumento, estaban quienes decían que nos convertía en personas fácilmente localizables; en contra, quienes sostenían que, a diferencia del fijo, el móvil no daba información de dónde nos encontrábamos y, además, se podía apagar. Han pasado veinte años y mil innovaciones tecnológicas y todavía no lo tenemos del todo claro... ¿Nos ha quitado la tecnología móvil libertad?

¿Estaban Rachel y Ross tomándose un descanso?

Sí, retomamos Friends porque de ahí llegó la gran pregunta de los noventa. La pregunta por excelencia. La que aún hoy en día divide a quienes vieron la serie hace veinte años, a quienes no han dejado de verla en las sucesivas reposiciones y a quienes la han descubierto en plena era millennial.

Ross Rachel Descanso

Una pareja discute. Uno de los dos propone «tomarse un descanso». No pactan más condiciones que esa. El otro miembro de la pareja sale esa noche y se acuesta con una tercera persona. El asunto dio para debate y más debate a lo largo de las siete temporadas que aún quedaban de la serie... y también para que todos los fans se posicionaran claramente en un #TeamRoss o un #TeamRachel. ¿No os preguntáis de cuál formarían parte vuestros amigos?

Este es el reto que os proponemos, millennials: sacad estos temas una tarde con amigos, dejad los móviles a un lado y permitid que el debate fluya. Será una experiencia inolvidable, un viaje al pasado, a las conversaciones de vuestros padres o vuestros hermanos mayores. Y lo mejor de todo... ayudará a que conozcáis mucho mejor a quien tenéis enfrente.

Imágenes | Una proposición indecente, Friends, Gtresonline, El retorno del Jedi, Instinto básico y Titanic.

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Chuck Palahniuk’s passionately provocative 1996 debut Fight Club hit a zeitgeist moment in the dying years of the 20th century, channelling the spirit of exhausted consumerism and disaffected masculinity. A wry satire on self-help groups and slacker culture, it was a gloriously acerbic swansong for that fin de siècle spawn we called Generation X. Two decades on and some 14 novels later, a new generation has come of age and found itself in Palahniuk’s telescopic sights: the millennials.

In Adjustment Day the problem with the next crop is its very abundance, particularly the males. America is suffering from a “youth bulge”, a surplus that risks causing civil conflict or worse. The German academic Gunnar Heinsohn warned that all great upheavals in history are due to an excess of young men, and so the draft is reintroduced and an unspecified Middle Eastern war is planned to cull this dangerous glut. There’s some arch comedy in the play between tumescent expectation and castration anxiety as the US is described as struggling with “arguably the biggest boy bulge in world history”. Palahniuk’s critique of masculinity works best when it manages to be homoerotic at the same time. Here there’s a sense of visceral romanticism to his writing, that he has some skin in the game. And he gives this wistful irony to one of his female characters as she muses: “Clearly, every bad event in human history had been caused by a surplus of cute, young boyfriend material.”

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          Ein Trend unter Millennials bringt eine ganze Branche ins Wanken      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Beziehung

Auch 2018 liegen Bärte weiter im Trend. Das könnte einer Branche schwer zu schaffen machen: Hersteller von Rasierern müssen sich einem CNN-Bericht zufolge strategisch neu ausrichten. Grund dafür: Besonders Männer unter 45 rasieren sich seltener als in den vergangenen Jahrzehnten. „Männer werden heutzutage nicht mehr negativ wahrgenommen, wenn sie mal eine Rasur ausfallen lassen — das wird nicht mehr als faul oder respektlos wahrgenommen“, sagte Gillette-Manager Massimiliano Menozzi dem Nachrichtensender.

Nach Angaben von Gillette zeigen vom Unternehmen in Auftrag gegebene Studien, dass die Durchschnittszahl der monatlichen Rasuren pro Mann im vergangenen Jahrzehnt von 3,7 auf 3,2 gesunken sei. Das schlägt sich auch in den Verkaufszahlen der Branche nieder: Im Vergleich zum Vorjahr sind die Verkäufe im Juni um 5,1 Prozent zurückgegangen. Das geht aus einer Erhebung des Londoner Marktforschungsunternehmens Nielsen hervor, aus der CNN zitiert. 

Es gibt noch Hoffnung für Rasierer

Um dem entgegenzuwirken, senkte Gillette die Preise im vergangenen Jahr um durchschnittlich zwölf Prozent und brachte Produkte auf den Markt, die auf den neuen Trend ausgerichtet sind: Barttrimmer und -pflegeprodukte. Startups wie Harry, ursprünglich ein Hersteller von Rasiermessern, sammelte 112 Millionen US-Dollar ein, um seine Strategie über reine Rasierer heraus gestalten zu können.

Für die entsprechenden Unternehmen gibt es jedoch noch Hoffnung. Rod R. Little, ein Manager der Firma Edgewell, die hinter Produkten wie Wilkinson Sword steht, sagte am Dienstag zu Investoren, dass das Unternehmen nun darauf setze, dass glatt-rasierte Gesichter bald wieder in Mode kommen würden. Das folge der „zyklischen Natur der Gesichtsbehaarung“, sagte er. Seit Jahren wird jedoch dem Hipster-Bart das Ende prognostiziert, bislang ist jedoch kein Ende in Sicht. Vielleicht ist es an der Zeit, eine bärtige Millennial-Generation zu akzeptieren. Dann bleibt nur noch abzuwarten, ob die Rasiererindustrie sich anpassen kann oder ob sie an der neuen Generation zu Grunde geht.

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The first rule for improving the historically lackluster voting rate for millennials is to never, ever call them that.

That’s just one of the many nuggets in a major new research project that NextGen America, one of billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer’s political organizations, will unveil at a presentation in Washington on Thursday morning. (This is a separate entity from Steyer’s other well-known project, Need to Impeach.) In what it calls “one of the largest-ever research efforts on the political motivations of young Americans”—the top-performing title for those who would also accept being called “young people,” “young adults,” or, more simply, “people age 18-35”—the organization lays out which messages do and don’t encourage young Democrats and independents to show up. (Two Democratic-aligned firms, Brilliant Corners and Global Strategy Group, conducted the focus groups and polling, respectively.)

Beyond naming preferences, though, the survey’s biggest takeaway is that young voters, unlike older cohorts, need to be reminded of the power they possess—as both a bloc and as individual voters.

Among 17 messages polled for motivating young voters (and developed through focus groups), the most persuasive across multiple metrics related to “power in numbers”—i.e., reminding young people that the roughly 70 million eligible voters between 18 and 35 are becoming the largest bloc in the country, but they’re ignored because they turn out in such low rates (especially in nonpresidential years). Though turnout in the 2014 midterm elections was low across the board, the roughly 20 percent turnout among young voters still registered as jarring. By contrast, the most reliable age cohort, those 65 and older, turned out at 60 percent. And young voters of today also turn out less than previous generations did when they were the young voters.

The “emphasis on the power that young people have collectively, and on the fact that politicians who aren’t listening to them because they aren’t voting will have to listen if they do, is probably pretty unique to this age cohort,” Jamison Foser, a NextGen America senior adviser who leads the organization’s opinion research, told me. “Baby boomers have been hearing about how powerful they are for 40 years.”

The second most persuasive message rehashes the results of the Virginia state legislative elections in 2017, one of the all-time great examples of how much each vote can matter.

“Some people think that one vote doesn’t matter,” the message reads. “But last year, control of the Virginia legislature came down to a single vote in one single race. After Democrats gained 15 seats, they were able to expand Medicaid and give health care to 400,000 Virginians in need.” Not every race this year will come down to a literal drawing of lots, though plenty of them seem to be coming down to hundreds of votes.

The least motivating messages, by contrast, included an abstraction about how tiring the “chaos” in Washington has become, a take-your-medicine line about not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good, and a declaration that “the old guard” of centrist Democrats “has lost.” (If someone’s already lost, then why bother showing up?)

The research also found, perhaps less uniquely to the younger voters, that negative messaging in the time of Trump beats aspirational any day of the week.

Half of the sample—excluding “super voters,” the term researchers use for those young people almost certain to vote—was read an aspirational message and the other half a negative one. The former described America as the “land of the free and a place where we take care of each other, but right now, we’re not living up to what we are supposed to be as a country,” and urged the sample to “[vote] for new leaders who will bring change in November.” The latter said that things are already terrible and will get worse “if Donald Trump and his allies gain more power,” citing their “hateful, racist, and sexist attacks.”

The negative message proved twice as effective a motivator and did especially well with the younger end of the cohort (aged 18 to 27), women, and Hispanic voters. That final category, though hardly a monolith, is especially important to motivate, the research finds, because “non-whites have significantly lower intensity on caring about who controls Congress—particularly Hispanics.”

As for labeling the opposition, the researchers also tested “names for Republicans that make them sound bad.” In general, the more congressional Republicans were linked with Trump, the worse they sounded. Neither “the establishment” nor “the people in power” performed nearly as well (poorly?) as “Trump’s enablers,” “the party of Trump,” or “Trump’s allies in Congress.” And “Republicans are moving us backwards” or—this was really tested—“Republicans are fucking us over” are found to be more effective than “Republicans are stealing our future” or “Republicans are selling us out.”

The researchers are not suggesting that these messaging recommendations will be a cure-all to the entrenched problem of young people voting in lower rates than older demographics.

“Our messaging does a solid—but not spectacular—job of increasing intention to vote,” they say in the conclusion of the presentation they’ll make Thursday morning. “This is not an easy task.” Even though, for example, the negative messaging is twice as effective a motivator, the effect is still marginal: The aspirational message, for example, moved the mean likelihood to vote from 7.5 to 7.7 on a 1-10 scale (with 10 as mostly likely), while the negative message moved it from 7.5 to 7.9.

But for now, NextGen hopes this research can at least kick-start the arduous process of turning infrequent young voters into a reliable bloc.

“Young voters, the largest eligible voting bloc in the country, are essential to propelling progressives to victory in 2018 and beyond,” Steyer told me. “The future of America is dependent on our ability to speak to them in a way that is meaningful and effective.”


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Fortunately, here is an alternative ranking of the world’s »best cities« to live in, this time in regard to needs and desires of Millennials (via editionf.com).

Vienna, periodically number 1 in the Mercer study, ranks on #26 here. Maybe the truth lies somewhere in-between but I find it quite interesting that this city does not sparkle so golden for the average younger folks, obviously.


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          Re: Dividend Growth Investing--what's the attraction?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
jminv wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:56 am

Starchild wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:05 pm

For fun, I recently joined a FB forum for Dividend fanatics, and was wondering what the lure is. Mind you, I'm not talking about the power of compounding dividends in general or fixed income for certain retirees. Most of these posters seem on the younger side and strictly invest in stocks, that seem shaky at least to me, only for high yields and nothing else. A few I looked up had some pretty significant prices losses (T is a popular example).Is this a millennial thing, where people just want income and not work? Or am I missing something? I posted a couple times a suggestion for an S&P index when suggestions were asked and immediately got barked at. Thanks! Starchild.


There's not much of an attraction versus a regular market index, really. It's mostly just psychological where they want to see a periodic cash payment from the company to them since that's more real to them than the appreciation of shares. They also tend to be averse to selling shares to achieve the same purposes for whatever reason. If they invested in one of the dividend growth/appreciation ETFs, the returns would have been essentially the same when compared to the S&P 500, although they would probably find these yields too low which is where this strategy can lead to subpar returns - chasing yield at the expense of total return. I suppose that a dividend growth ETF is fine if you're investing from a non-taxable account but if you're holding it in taxable, dividends are a forced tax event which would lead to the S&P 500 index returns being higher than the dividend growth ETFs since the dividend yield of the S&P 500 index is lower.



Other downsides are that a company that's committed to growing dividends at all costs would borrow to pay the dividends if they didn't have enough cash to maintain this policy (payout >100% of earnings), that paying the dividend might conflict with internal cash requirements for growth/re-investment so that maintaining the dividend policy could lead to negative long term effects, and that the kind of business that pays high, growing dividends might have had it's best days behind it. If I were a shareholder and a company could find no profitable growth uses for their cash ie no internal use for any of their earnings, I would prefer them to pay it all out in dividends instead of wasting money but I would also consider selling my position and finding another company that did have profitable uses for their cash. It also isn't the act of paying the dividend that creates value, since $1 in dividends paid will lead to a $1 decrease in the share's price at ex-dividend date but the continual, growing cash generation potential of the business with returns above their cost of capital. So when looking at individual stocks, f you're looking at just the dividend yield and not the actual business, you could make a poor investment decision since, in this case, higher dividend yielding stocks would be the most attractive to such an investor. If you look at these sorts of high yielding stocks, they tend to be risky loan providers of some kind or another or oil/natural resource/pipeline LPs that payout all their earnings as dividends or companies whose share price has cratered which lifts the dividend yield but might lead to a cut in dividend payments in the future.



If you want to give them a boglehead like answer then suggest they just invest in a dividend growth ETF instead of individual stocks.


Well put and thanks! In the few I looked up, yes, these energy/resource/REIT type of companies are what they're investing in. My gut feeling on some of these companies is that there's a reason they're giving such extremely high yields. There are no free lunches.
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1. How many selfies do you post on Instagram a day?

A. None. Have you seen my snub nose?
B. 10. But 15 when I’m feeling vain.
C. I only post pictures of my cat and dolls.
D. I only post when I’m wearing my TOMBOY beanie.

2. What’s your favorite millennial phrase?

A. “UGH. I have so much packing to do before Aunt March takes me on a paid trip to Europe. My life is so #blessed.”
B. “Goals AF.”
C. “I’m so dead.”
D. “Reading The Second Sex has me woke.”

3. What’s your favorite show to binge?

A. The Crown
B. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
C. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
D. Orange is the New Black

4. What do you drink on a night out?

A. White wine
B. Dom Perignon
C. Water
D. Whatever beer is craft

5. Which Buzzfeed quiz are you?

A. Where Should You Have Studied Abroad?
B. Can You Plan Your Wedding Without Going Over Budget?
C. Everyone Has A Type of Cat That Matches Their Personality Perfectly — Here’s Yours!
D. Are You Smart Enough to Unlock These Mind-Blowing Facts?

6. What’s your favorite Rom-Com?

A. Chasing Liberty
B. Leap Year
C. Just Go With It
D. She’s The Man

7. Are you the foil to every person in your family?

A. I’ll burn your manuscript! I’m the foil!
B. Is the foil made of gold?
C. I’m not the foil but my willingness to blend into the background is for the foil.
D. Yes.

8. Are you definitely queer?

A. No
B. No
C. No
D. Hell yes!

9. What’s your favorite book?

A. Jane Eyre
B. To The Lighthouse
C. The Fault In Our Stars
D. Her Body and Other Parties

10. Which quote best fits your personality?

A. “Let us be elegant or die!”
B. “I may have left here a girl — but I came home a woman.”
C. “I like being home, but I don’t like being left behind.”
D. “Late at night my mind would come alive with voices and stories and friends as dear to me as any in the real world. I gave myself up to it, longing for transformation.”

SCORING

Mostly A’s: You’re an Amy! You are femme and proper and you’ll also throw anyone you love under the bus if it means a free trip to Monaco.

Mostly B’s: You’re a Meg! You are maternal and well-rounded and you’ll also make a 10-minute snap story of just selfies.

Mostly C’s: You’re a Beth! You are perfect, which ultimately means, you will die first.

Mostly D’s: You’re a Jo! You are the headstrong protagonist, you buy all of your clothes from Wildfang, and you’re not fooling anyone.


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Selena Gomez and Coach are taking their partnership to the next level. The infamous singer and the heritage luxury fashion brand started to work together in December 2016. Since Selena Gomez was named as Coach’s brand ambassador, the fashion label turned into millennials’ favorite shopping destination. So far, she has collaborated with Coach on handbag […]
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ADHD Study System For High School, University & Grad School, A millennial psychotherapist with ADHD shares how to get those top grades and surprise yourself with your greatness!

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From classes to coffee dates, club meetings and campus events, you have a lot going on during the school year. It’s easy to forget things if you don’t write them down, so step up your organization game with these functional (and stylish!) planners.

If you're environmentally friendly...

Made with recycled materials, this watercolor planner ($21.99, Target) will help you stay organized while going green, aka you'll be winning all around. Pick between two sizes for the perfect fit, and with monthly and weekly formats, you’ll never forget a homework assignment again.

If you're always on the go...

This millennial pink planner is not only adorable; it also informs everyone just how busy you are. ban.do is all the rage when it comes to planners, and for good reason—the fun stickers and quirky illustrations can add some whimsy to your packed calendar, while the simple design will keep you from feeling too overwhelmed by all your upcoming deadlines and events.

If you've always got a ton going on...

You’ll have everything you need and more with this classic Lilly Pulitzer planner ($22). Stay organized from August 2018 through December 2019 with these monthly calendar pages, dates to remember, notes, sticker pages and even a pen loop.

If you're a fan of DIY...

The contents of your planner are all about you, so why shouldn't the design be as well? We love that you can fully design the cover of the LifePlanner with your name and all your favorite pictures. Then on the inside, you get to pick your color scheme, weekly layout and calendar span—this is such an upgrade from that generic spiral notebook you were using last semester. It is a little pricey at $55 (Erin Condren), but this one-of-a-kind planner is worth the investment.

If checking things off your to-do list is your favorite feeling...

Checklist lovers, we’ve got the planner for you! This Mini Daily Planner (Day Designer, $49) has a unique design: instead of a weekly layout, it has over 300 blank daily checklists. Each day, fill out your schedule (from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and write your to-do list, including your three most important tasks at the top. There’s also an inspirational quote and notes section for each day to keep you on the grind. We guarantee you’ll feel super accomplished every time you check something off.

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Sometimes simple is better. We recommend this minimal weekly planner from Emily Ley ($48) to help you focus on the basics. Write down all your assignments for the week in the large daily sections and go big-picture by planning ahead with the monthly tabs. No fuss, no problem.

No matter how hectic your schedule gets this year, keep calm and organized with these awesome planners. You’ll never miss an assignment or forget a lunch date again—and even if you don't have it all together, pulling one of these out of your bag will at least give people the impression that you do.


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Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) "was one of [President] Trump's earliest backers, and Trump's repaid that loyalty," sometimes with a gratuitous insult thrown in, Seth Meyers said on Wednesday's Late Night. "If there's anyone who represents the modern Republican Party, the kind of guy who has fully and completely embraced the Trump era and draining the swamp, it's Chris Collins." That was the setup for the revelation that the FBI arrested and federal prosecutors indicted Collins on insider-trading and wire fraud charges Wednesday. "That's right, a sitting member of Congress has been charged for insider trading," he said. "It there anyone close to Trump who hasn't been charged with a crime?"

Meyers explained the charges, stemming from Collins sitting on the board of a biotech company, "which right off the bad is insane. A sitting member of Congress should not be on the board of a publicly traded company. That's like finding out an NFL referee is a part-owner of the Patriots — which I wouldn't be surprised to hear!"

The "crazy thing" is that Collins committed his alleged crime from the lawn of the White House, during a picnic, Stephen Colbert said at The Late Show. "In fact, and this is true, CBS News has exclusive footage of Collins on the phone at the picnic," presumably calling his son to urge him to dump shares, he said, and "The Late Show has acquired the audio," which he played. (Spoiler: It's fake.) Collins tried to call his son 15 seconds are learning the stock would tank but didn't get though until six calls and five minutes later. "If you want to conspire with your millennial children, you don't call, you text," Colbert said, and he had a suggested text message at the ready. Watch below.


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Millennials
【名】
ミレニアル世代、新世紀世代◆1980年前後から2005年ごろにかけて生まれた世代





Marriage

Undivided ATTN:
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A surprising amount of millennials will never get married


ミレニアル世代の晩婚化、非婚化の理由

以前は女性は経済的に結婚せざるえなかったがが、経済的に余裕のある女性も出現してきた。他方、子育てや住居など結婚にまつわる費用がかさむので結婚しない人もいる、と。
もっとも、同棲は増えている、と。

要するに、"It's the economy, stupid" であるわけだね。



Why are men and women getting turned off marriage?
Crippling costs and parents' split-ups could be to blame

Tomasz Frymorgen
8 March 2018


イギリスでも



Number of young adults living with parents reaches record high
Data shows one in four people aged 20-34 still living at home, with young men considerably more likely to be doing so than young women


似たような傾向はあって、
1)親世代が離婚するのをみて、結婚がいやになる
2)同棲という選択肢も増えた
3)結婚すると金がかかる

などの理由が挙げられている。

これ日本でも同じなわけだが、日本の記事だと人種差別主義的な外国特派員が、「日本は女性差別がひどいので、結婚、出産を拒否する女性が増えている」みたいな筋書きの記事になる、たぶん。

ちなみに、親の巣から独立しない子どもたちが、


The share of American young adults living with their parents is the highest in 75 years
By Dan KopfApril 10, 2018




Why more young adults live with their parents
Posted by Jill Rosen-Johns Hopkins May 8th, 2018


英米でも増えている。

これも経済が主要因。
          Djangostars: How to Build a Unique Technology for Your Fintech Product with Python      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
How to Build a Unique Technology for Your Fintech Product with Python

Fintech is a maze. It’s a thrilling and extremely complex industry for software development. There are state level regulations, integrations with different services and institutions, bank API connections, etc. to deal with. Another challenge is the high level of trust from the end users required to run finance, mortgages, investments and such. These, in turn, require the highest level of security, functionality, and correspondence with requirements.

What I’m trying to say is that the more unique the software is, the higher it’s valued. Without a properly working and trustworthy software, any financial venture will die down and lose worth. People need financial technology that will last, and I’m going to tell you how we achieved this with Python/Django technological stack while developing fintech products. It’s especially pleasant to say after Python has become the world’s most popular coding language.

Fintech: The Importance of Being Unique

In the world of finance, there are two streams that still coexist. On one hand, there are the millennials who stride gloriously into the future while mastering contactless payments, using on-line banking and all kinds of digital financing services. In an effort to avoid old school bureaucracy, they build their lives in a way that no generation before them did.

On the other hand, there’s the good old traditional financing services. This is a hell of a machine, hundreds of years old, that you can’t stop that easily. Even if it acknowledges the effect that new technology has on finance, it still doesn’t see it as neither as a threat, nor as a worthy competitor.

An attitude like this is especially typical of the most developed countries, such as the G7, which have the most of the money. The most of the old money, I might add. As well as the most people who are ready to operate it and the most highly technological startups. However, the thing is, their financial system is so old and hard-shelled, that it’s not always ready to change.

Deloitte has proven this in their statistics for 2017 that shows exactly how G7 sees and uses financial technology as opposed to the rest of the world. Deloitte researchers note:

“Surprisingly, with regard to mobile payments, 40 percent of executives from the United States expect little to no impact to their industry. With the caveat that the sample size is relatively small, 7 out of the 17 US banks (41 percent) saw little to
no impact from mobile wallets and other payment technologies, vs. 14 out of 36
(37 percent) of the nonbanks.”

Meanwhile, developing countries have a number of black holes in the financial sector that allow space for growth. These black holes are slowly but surely being taken over by fintech. By doing so, it gives people in these countries more opportunities, like working with
developed countries and getting paid easily and securely. Fintech removes financial
borders, and that’s one of my favorite things about it.

Usage of emerging technologies: G7 vs rest of the world (ROW)

How to Build a Unique Technology for Your Fintech Product with Python

No matter how skeptical the G7 is towards fintech, technology continues changing finance. One of the reasons is that technology is more flexible and is able to adapt to new users’ needs, such as the needs and demands of the millennials. With their new habits, their high digital sensitivity, and digital presence, this generation feels the need to be productive every waking moment, can’t afford to waste time, travels a lot, and values financial freedom no matter where they are.

Confirming my thoughts, the Wall Street Journal, for example, says that the ease of payments attracts people that are comfortable with technology and have a busy lifestyle. Users of mobile payments mostly have higher education, work full time, are predominantly male, and are also very active financially. For instance, compared to nonusers of mobile financial apps, they are more likely to have bank accounts, retirement accounts, and/or own homes. Equally, they are no stranger to auto loans and mortgages.

Statistics that the WSJ uses in the article basically show that mobile payment users are more financially active, use a variety of financial products, and earn more than non-users. At the same time, they’re more careless with their expenses, get into debt, and even take money from their retirement accounts. This is why experts expect a whole new niche in fintech – simple tools that will help millennials manage their money better. Millennials who use mobile payments are reported to have a greater risk of financial distress and mismanagement, despite higher incomes and education levels.

How to Build a Unique Technology for Your Fintech Product with Python

In the era of digital disruption, finance has to be especially sensitive towards new customer demands. Will they use your service when it becomes more common and necessary? Can you create a product now that can grow and develop to serve millennials when they grow up and start earning big money? The same as the generation at which the current financial system is aimed. This is especially important when it comes to branches like mortgages, investments, and wealth management.

As I said above, I can’t stress enough how important it is to offer a unique technology that is custom tailored to fit customer needs. So far, it’s impossible to avoid integration with traditional financial and state institutions. You have to make sure your cooperation runs smoothly and that they deem you reliable enough to choose you as a partner; to choose your technology and not someone else’s, or worse, create a technology of their own.

We realized the importance of top-notch technology when Moneypark, formerly a start-up client of urs and now Switzerland’s largest technology-based mortgage intermediary, acquired Defferrard & Lanz and became part of Helvetia. All this occurred because their technological solution and business approach was the most convincing.

How Is Python Used In Finance & Fintech

So where do you get this technology robust enough to withstand stress of worldwide financial perturbations, but flexible enough to follow all the new changes and customers’ needs? We chose to use the Django framework within Python, and continue discovering its power. We’re not trying to say that Python is the savior and the silver bullet, but we do know for sure what advantages Python has for finance.

1. Python/Django stack takes you to market a lot quicker. It’s simple: this combo lets you build an MVP quickly, which increases your chances to find your product/market fit.

One of the advantages fintech has over traditional banking services is its ability to change quickly, adapt to customer demands, and offer additional services and improvements in accordance to the customers’ wishes. To do so, you have to be able to get to market quick, toughen up against real life problems, constantly improve, and grow. This is the only way fintech will be able to compete and/or collaborate with traditional banking and finance.

The technology must be flexible and offer solid ground for numerous additional services. Obviously an MVP is of importance, but the complexity of projects doesn’t always allow to develop it fast. However, the Python/Django framework combo takes into account the needs of an MVP and allows to save some time. They basically work like a Lego – you don’t need to develop small things like autorisation or user management tools from scratch. You just take whatever you need from the Python libraries (Nimpy, Scipy, Scikit-learn, Statsmodels, Pandas, Matplotlib, Seaborn, etc.) and build an MVP.

Another big advantage that Django gives you at the MVP stage is a simple admin panel or CRM – it’s built-in; you just have to set it up for your product. Of course, at the MVP stage, the product isn’t complete, but you can test and easily finish it, as it’s very flexible.

After the MVP is done, this tech stack allows to adapt parts of code. This means that after you validate the MVP, you can either easily change some code lines or even write new ones, if this is required for the product to function flawlessly.

Millennials are people who are used to living in a fast-paced world. They feel like they have to be productive every waking moment, and this is what they expect from everyone else and from the services they use. There’s no time for error. Maximum transparency and high-quality service are critical for them, and I don’t think they’ll be letting it go anytime soon.

Let’s say that no matter how much I love Uber, as soon as they make a mistake as little as searching for a driver for too long, I get very annoyed. I’m sure we all expect and deserve better than this. I can’t even begin to describe the panic that takes over people if heaven forbid, Slack crashes.

This is why customer development is so important – a whole generation depends on it. Consequently, the sooner you get your product to market, the quicker you collect feedback and the faster you’ll make improvements. Python programming in finance allows you to do this with your hands behind your back.

2. Python is the language of Mathematicians and Economists. Fintech obviously can’t exist without these two groups, and most of the time they use – wait for it – Python to calculate their algorithms and formulas. While R and Matlab are less common among economists, Python became the most useful programming language for finance, as well as the programming “lingua franca” of data science. Because economists use it to make their calculations, of course it makes them easier to integrate with a Python based product. However, the presence of and communication with the technical partner is nevertheless important because sometimes even pieces of code that are written in the same language are hard to integrate.

3. Python has simple syntax which is easier for collaboration. Becoming the “lingua franca”, in my opinion, was just a matter of time. Thanks to its simplicity and easy-to-understand syntax, Python is very legible and everyone can learn it. Python creator Guido van Rossum describes it as a “high-level programming language, and its core design philosophy is all about code readability and a syntax which allows programmers to express concepts in a few lines of code.”

Not only is it easy to understand for technical specialists, it is for clients as well. As you can imagine, people involved in the development process from both sides have different levels of technical understanding. With Python, engineers can explain the code much easier, and clients can better understand how the development is progressing.

As The Economist says about Python:

“The language’s two main advantages are its simplicity and flexibility. Its straightforward syntax and use of indented spaces make it easy to learn, read and share. Its avid practitioners, known as Pythonistas, have uploaded 145,000 custom-built software packages to an online repository. These cover everything from game development to astronomy, and can be installed and inserted into a Python program in a matter of seconds.”

Which brings us to the next point.

4. Python has open libraries, including those for API integration. Open libraries help develop the product and analyze large amounts of data in the shortest amounts of time, as you don’t have to build your tools from scratch. This can save a lot of time and money, which is especially valuable while building MVP.

As I mentioned, fintech products require a lot of integrations with third parties. Python libraries make integrating your product with other systems through different API a lot easier. In finance, API can help you to collect and analyze the required data about users, real estate, and organizations. For instance, in the UK, you can get people’s credit history by API, which is required to proceed further financial operations. In the online mortgage industry, you also check real estate data and you always need to verify someone’s identity, which is much easier to do with API. By using and combining different libraries/packages, you can get the data or filter it in one click without having to develop new tools for that.

Django Stars, for instance, use the Django Rest Framework to build APIs or to integrate with external ones, as well as Celery to queue or distribute tasks.

5.Python hype is real. Python will continue developing, giving access to more and more specialists,which is good because we’re guaranteed to have enough people to develop and maintain our products in the future. According to the HackerRank 2018 Developer Skills Report, Python is the second language coders are going to learn next and is among TOP-3 languages in financial services and other progressive industries.

How to Build a Unique Technology for Your Fintech Product with Python

“Python wins the heart of developers across all ages, according to our Love-Hate index. Python is also the most popular language that developers want to learn overall, and a significant share already knows it.” HackerRank

Python can be used for all kinds of purposes, from traditional ones like web development to cutting edge, like AI. It’s versatile – it has over 125,000 third-party Python libraries. It’s the go-to language for data analysis, which makes it attractive for non-technical fields like business, and the best programming language for financial analysis.

Again, I’m not trying to sell you Python because it’s the only language that can save the world. I’m only speaking from my own experience because I saw what wonders Python can do when applied within the Django Framework.

The world of fintech is demanding – your product has to be trustworthy, 150% secure, and functional. Adhering to state regulations, dealing with integration with services, institutions, and bank API connections should all be built to last to support the new generations of millennials who are taking over the future. To get to the top and be among the ones who are disrupting the financial market, you need to be unique, efficient, user-oriented, and open for the future. That’s what Python is about.


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A study has revealed the films from the current decade millennials would like to send to the future. It’s conclusive proof of their lack of moral fibre

A study, for want of a better word, has been conducted into the 2010s films that millennials would most like to preserve in a time capsule. Personally, I’m thrilled about this. It’s going to be like shooting fish in a barrel.

There’s a formula for dealing with millennials in print, you see. First, you pick something that millennials enjoy. Then you accuse that thing of being the sole reason why no millennial will never be able to afford a house. Then you put your feet up and trend on Twitter for the rest of the day. It works like magic, every single time.

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Sichergestelltes Kokain

Sowohl der Handel, als auch der Konsum illegaler Drogen ist in Deutschland in den vergangenen Jahren deutlich gestiegen. Wie eine Statistik des Bundeskriminalamtes zeigt, ist der Rauschgifthandel 2017 im Vergleich zum Vorjahr um 5,5 Prozent gestiegen, der Konsum um 10,1 Prozent.

Dabei stellt Cannabis noch immer die größte Gruppe der illegalen Drogen dar, doch auch der Kokainverkauf und -konsum habe laut BKA verstärt zugenommen. So konnte im vergangenen Jahr ein Anstieg des Kokainhandels um 17,9 Prozent verzeichnet werden. Insgesamt wurden in Deutschland 2017 acht Tonnen an Kokain sichergestellt.

Aufgrund seiner aufputschenden Wirkung, die sich in einer gesteigerten Wachheit und einer euphorischen Stimmung zeigt, wird die Einnahme von Kokain immer beliebter. Im Interview mit der „Welt“ erklärt Günther Maihold, Experte für organisierte Kriminalität und Vizedirektor der Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, warum die Kokainlieferungen nach Deutschland so stark angestiegen sind. 

Erhöhtes Angebot an Kokain auf dem europäischen Markt

Wie das Kokain nach Deutschland kommt, kann in den meisten Fällen nicht zurückverfolgt werden. Über mehrere Zwischenhändler kommt die Droge aus Kolumbien, Bolivien oder Peru per Zug, Auto, Flugzeug und Schiff nach Europa. „Auch deutsche Häfen in Hamburg und Bremerhaven werden angeliefert, vieles davon wird weiter nach Osteuropa gebracht“, so Maihold.

Aufgrund der gesteigerten Produktion in den Anbauländern kann derzeit ein besonders hohes Angebot an Kokain auf dem europäischen Markt verzeichnet werden. Wie Maihold erklärt, entspreche das sichergestellte Kokain dabei etwa acht bis neun Prozent des Gesamtvolumens. „Da kann man sich ungefähr vorstellen, von welchem Ausmaß wir sprechen.“  

Der Anstieg des Anbaus von Kokablättern in Kolumbien sei auf den erleichterten Zugang zu Krediten zurückzuführen. So erhalten Kokabauern als Teil des Friedensvertrags zwischen der kolumbianischen Regierung und den FARC-Guerillakämpfern leichter Kredite, wenn sie auf den Anbau von beispielsweise Gemüse umsteigen. „Leider führt das dazu, dass sich immer mehr Menschen kurzfristig in das Geschäft begeben, um den Kredit zu bekommen“, so Maihold.

Bekämpfung organisierter Kriminalität nimmt ab

Die Ahndung von Drogenringen stellt immer noch ein großes Problem dar. Das liege vor allem an der Struktur des Drogenhandels. „Die Zeiten von „Der Pate“ oder Pablo Escobar sind vorbei. Es hat sich eine Verschiebung hin zu Netzwerkstrukturen ergeben.“

Diese Struktur besteht aus unterschiedlichen Gruppen, die unterschiedliche Aufgaben der Wertschöpfungskette übernehmen. Wie Maihold erklärt, kennen sich diese Gruppen in den meisten Fällen nicht untereinander und können leicht ersetzt werden: „Wenn eine Gruppe verhaftet wird, wird sie direkt durch eine neue ersetzt. Das macht die Bekämpfung sehr viel schwieriger.“ 

Lest auch: Diese 7 Beispiele zeigen, wie absurd reich Pablo Escobar tatsächlich war

Außerdem erschwere der vermehrte Verkauf von Kokain im Darknet die Ahndung der Drogenringe. Da in Deutschland das Postgeheimnis gilt, können Briefe ohne eine richterliche Erlaubnis nicht kontrolliert werden. Zudem wurden in den vergangenen Jahren vermehrt „Teile des Personals für die Bekämpfung der organisierten Kriminalität [abgezogen]“. So habe beispielsweise die Terrorismusbekämpfung laut Maihold eine höhere Priorität.  

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          The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Model Loses in the Midwest      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism.

"Abdul El-Sayed’s Campaign Is a Test for Leftism in the Midwest," New York Magazine declared.

That was on Sunday. 

On Monday, ThinkProgress called El-Sayed’s campaign one to prove “Democratic socialism can win in the Midwest.”

On Tuesday, socialism and leftism failed the Midwest test.

Bernie Sanders, socialism’s confused grandpa, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, socialism’s new model, had flown out to campaign for El-Sayed’s gubernatorial campaign in Michigan. A Guardian article sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation had dubbed the Muslim socialist candidate, “The New Obama”.  

El-Sayed had run on socialized medicine under its current misleading brand of “Medicare for All.” It had proven financially unviable everywhere from Vermont to California. And Michigan’s finances make it an especially terrible candidate for socialized medicine. But socialism is having a moment. Or is it?

Bernie Sanders, Linda Sarsour and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the entire left, couldn’t manage to drag El-Sayed over the finish line in a state with a large Muslim population. And El-Sayed didn’t just lose.

He lost badly.

The media had been trying to build up El-Sayed as another Ocasio-Cortez while repeatedly claiming that there was a tight race. The election showed that there had never actually been much of a competition.

El-Sayed isn’t socialism’s only Midwestern misfire.  A few days ago, the New York Times was touting Cori Bush as the woman to pull off Ocasio-Cortez’s playbook in the “heartland”. Like El-Sayed, Cori Bush was running on a $15 minimum wage, “Medicare for All” and free college. 

Bush was a Black Lives Matter organizer. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came to campaign for her. Like Cortez, Bush was supposed to beat Rep. Lacy Clay, a CBC hack welded to his seat by identity politics, by applying the same insurgent tactics that had allowed Cortez to beat Rep. Joe Crowley in New York.

There was just one huge problem. Cortez had beaten a white guy who lived in Virginia in a Latino district. Clay is black. And so Cortez’s playbook of running against a white guy proved utterly useless.

Cori Bush lost by nearly as high a percentage as Abdul El-Sayed.

Bernie’s people supported Bush. And she had the endorsement of Democracy for America. The left had tried to turn El-Sayed and Bush into the poster candidates for socialism. Despite socialism’s supposed moment, its candidates have been consistent losers outside of a few super-lefty enclaves. That was why the media had built a cult of personality around Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Had El-Sayed or Bush won, there would have been three examples, two in the heartland, instead of only one New York fluke.

Mainstream Democrats had argued that socialism wouldn’t appeal to the average American.

The Midwest had become the left’s obsession. If the socialists were ever going to be taken seriously, they had to win outside leftist bicoastal bubbles. El-Sayed and Bush tried to replicate Cortez’s campaign of cloaking socialism in identity politics and then claiming their win as a victory for socialism. The plan was to expand on Cortez’s victory among Latino voters with Muslim and African-American voters.

Once again the media had created a false narrative, inflated the chances of marginal candidates with no real support outside radical circles, acted as if they were likely to win, and then forgot about them just as quickly. The same media narrative which rewrote Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory as inevitable will just as quickly erase Abdul El-Sayed, the new Obama, and Cori Bush, the new Cortez, from history.

In a few days, El-Sayed went from socialism’s litmus test to a forgotten failure. But that’s always been true of socialism which has spent over a century burying one failure after another. Compared to the Soviet Union, Cambodia and Venezuela, one failed gubernatorial candidate is a small thing indeed.

And, unlike the last three examples, El-Sayed hadn’t even managed to starve thousands or millions of people to death, shoot them in the streets or torture them to death in secret prisons.

Socialism’s success is inevitable. Its defeats are always inconceivable. And so they never happened.

El-Sayed and Bush’s defeats mark the end of the Cortez strategy. The left did better with Brent Welder and James Thompson, both white, in Kansas. And despite Cortez’s showboating, their respective performance can’t be credited to her. The left has gone to the Midwest to show that it had broad appeal, it had put forward identity politics candidates, but it actually does best with white voters.

Just not very many of those white voters.

Bernie Sanders lost to Hillary Clinton because black women voted against him. Elizabeth Warren’s deepest appeal is to wealthy white voters. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was so appealing, not just because she was a millennial, but because the socialists had finally cracked the Democrat minority bloc wall. 

The new narrative about socialism in the Midwest will have to toss aside the rebranding. 

Socialism remains the hobbyhorse of a limited number of white leftists. They have the money and the activists to occasionally win races, usually when their opponents are badly hobbled. It’s not because their ideas are unpopular. Free stuff at taxpayer expense has always been a winning Dem message.

It’s the messengers.

As Bernie Sanders awkwardly limps around the country with Ocasio-Cortez, the oldest and youngest socialists, they will face difficult questions about where the trillions of dollars to pay for their plans will come from and even more difficult questions about why if socialism is so popular, the socialists aren’t winning.

And the answer has to do with their own incompetence.

Both Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had become notorious for their gaffes, their inability to explain what anything would cost, and how they plan to keep their promises. Abdul El-Sayed and Cori Bush were no better on the campaign trail. The flagbearers of a new populist socialism tripped over their own clueless rhetoric and landed face down in the mud. Their failure was indeed a litmus test.

Socialists have always been the worst messengers of socialism. Socialism’s best messengers weren’t socialists, but their Democrat opponents. That’s what Barack Obama understood and Bernie Sanders didn’t. It’s why he endorsed Hillary Clinton, not her even more inept and fumbling opponent. 

Americans can be tricked into accepting socialism when it isn’t being pitched by socialists.


          Teen Retailers Bet on '90s Fashion for Back-To-School Season      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
With back-to-school spending expected to rise this year, retailers like Urban Outfitters are hoping '90s wares will lure in teens and young millennials — and boost sales.
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The Millennial generation (those born between 1982 and 1996) is now the largest living generation. A respect for civic duty must be cultivated in the next generation of Christian voters.
          THE TROUBLE WITH A $5 COKE / THE CASEY REPORT      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Trouble With a $5 Coke

By Nick Giambruno, editor, The Casey Report


Fight for $15!

This was the rallying cry of what eventually became the largest fast-food strike in US history.

It all started in late 2012, when over 100 New York City fast-food workers walked off their jobs, demanding higher wages.

Many made minimum wage. They were struggling to make ends meet as rent, utilities, medical care, and the overall cost of living continued to rise much faster than their wages.

The “Fight for $15” movement quickly spread across the country.

I think it’s a troubling sign of what lies ahead for US politics. And it has serious investment implications.


Minimum Wage, Maximum Stupidity

The economic stupidity of minimum wage laws should be easy to grasp. But, as American journalist H.L. Mencken once noted, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”

In short, minimum wage laws are really a prohibition on voluntary employment. Employees sell labor. Employers buy it.

And in a free market, the price of labor would be the wage on which they voluntarily agree.

The price of labor is governed by the laws of supply and demand, just like any scarce factor of production.

But the US labor market is not a free market. Minimum wage laws are the chief reason why.

These laws are really a form of price control—in this case, on the price of labor. And price controls always create destructive distortions in the market. Here, that means unnecessary unemployment and artificially high prices passed on to consumers.

Even the Congressional Budget Office admits that 500,000 jobs would be lost if the US government raised the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.

How many hundreds of thousands of jobs (or more) will be lost when the Fight for $15 movement eventually succeeds is anyone’s guess.



Protestors demand a $15 minimum wage

The Fallout Hurts Low-Skilled Workers

Minimum wage laws are no different than government-mandated prices on other input costs.

Take aluminum cans, for example. Suppose the government sets the price of an aluminum can at $5… far above its market price.

Coca-Cola would have to pass along that artificially high cost to its consumers to stay in business.

But how many people would spend over $5 for a can of Coke?

Few people would buy something so artificially expensive. That’s particularly true when there’s a ready alternative—like glass or plastic bottles—which Coca-Cola could sell at market prices.

The end result would be a glut of $5 Coke cans sitting on store shelves. Nobody would buy them.

In this scenario, the problem isn’t that people don’t want Coke. They do.

The problem is the artificially high price of aluminum cans… which leads to the artificially high price of Coke… that just sits on shelves, gathering dust, until eventually, Coca-Cola drastically cuts back production because of lack of demand.

A similar dynamic plays out when the government mandates the price of labor. But instead of Coke cans, potential employees sit on the shelves while employers eliminate jobs they otherwise wouldn’t, and are forced to pass on higher prices to consumers that they otherwise wouldn’t.

The plain truth is, not every job generates $15 an hour worth of output. And some workers would much rather accept jobs that pay less than $15 than have no job at all.

But federal, state, and local governments prohibit this voluntary arrangement to varying degrees with minimum wage laws. (The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. At $12.50 an hour, Washington, DC currently has the country’s highest minimum wage.)

So employers don’t hire them. They’re no more likely to overpay for labor than you are to pay $5 for a Coke. And workers remain needlessly unemployed.

This is how minimum wage laws hurt the low-skilled people they’re supposedly designed to help.

It also leaves companies with no choice but to raise prices, hire fewer people for fewer hours of work, or find alternatives. Increasingly, that means turning to machine automation.

Take McDonald’s, for example. The company is implementing mobile ordering and digital kiosks to automate the ordering process. It’s on pace to replace human cashiers in 5,500 restaurants in the coming years, according to a recent study.

McDonald’s self-service kiosks


Meanwhile, Shake Shack recently announced its first “cashless shack” in New York. It will be the company’s first restaurant to exclusively use self-ordering kiosks.

The shift towards automation in the fast food industry is a direct response to the Fight for $15 movement. As the government forces companies to pay an increasingly higher price for labor, more will look to machines to stay competitive.

Perverse as it may be, this is the inevitable result of the higher minimum wage laws that Fight for $15 is pushing for. Yet, the movement is growing…

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which represents nearly two million workers in the United States and Canada, now supports it. Rising socialist Bernie Sanders and an increasing number of other politicians are also on board.

“Fight for $15” Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

I think Fight for $15 is only one symptom of a much larger epidemic. It points to an increasingly radical political environment that will have serious financial consequences.

Polls suggest that a majority of millennials (people born between 1982 and 2004) now favor socialism. And a growing number favor outright communism—if it’s implemented “correctly.”

By next year, millennials are expected to surpass baby boomers as the nation’s largest living adult generation. This is one of the reasons Bernie Sanders and other socialists are growing in popularity.

The Chair of the Democratic Party recently declared a young, millennial socialist who won a New York City primary “the future of our party.”

There’s No Such Thing as Free Money

Bernie and his fellow socialists are not offering anything new. It’s just a heavier dose of the same bad medicine economic witch doctors have been prescribing for years.

One of their latest gimmicks, however, is beyond absurd. And the scariest part is that it’s gaining ground.

This dangerous gimmick is something called a “universal basic income”—or UBI, for short.

It’s where the government gives you money, just because. There’s no requirement to work or even display a willingness to work. You could sit at home all day, watch TV, and still get a check from the government.

Remember, even people living under communist regimes have to work. But with a universal basic income, the government simply hands out “free” money to everyone for doing absolutely nothing.

Let that sink in for a minute.

I think a universal basic income will become a pressing political issue in the near future. It’s becoming more popular in so-called academia. The political elite and Silicon Valley bigwigs are also embracing it.

Bernie Sanders and a number of prominent Democrats support a UBI. So does Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

I expect more and more misguided Americans to accept a UBI as status-quo politicians, economists, and media talking heads support it… and as inflation pushes up the cost of living and more people feel the pinch.

The idea will be politically popular. Who would protest free money?

If the US adopts a UBI, it would be next to impossible to get rid of. Who would vote for a politician that stops the gravy train... or even one that slows it down?

The problem is… nothing in life is free. Expect more money-printing to pay for these policies.

That, in turn, will create more inflation.

I think anyone who’s serious about protecting their wealth in this dangerous environment should own some physical gold.
          Hollywood Urges Voter Fraud To Skew Election To Dems      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Actor Peter Fonda is making headlines again… calling for widespread Democratic voter fraud, in order to win the 2018 election. Responding to a comment on Twitter that claimed “only 21 percent” of millennials voted in 2016, Fonda wrote: “Then we have to take them by the hand and lead them to the water and teach […]

The post Hollywood Urges Voter Fraud To Skew Election To Dems appeared first on Liberty News Now.


          The New York Times' revenue growth decelerated in Q2 (NYT)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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The New York Times (NYT) generated $415 million in total revenue in Q2 2018, up 1.8% year-over-year (YoY) and above Wall Street expectations, but this quarter marks a slowdown from the publisher's 9.2% revenue growth in Q2 2017.

The New York Times Revenue GrowthBusiness Insider Intelligence

Two factors contributed to the company’s slowing revenue growth in Q2 2018:

  • The publisher cut back on subscription discounts. The NYT offered heavy discounts for annual subscriptions in Q2 2017, but has since cut down the number of discounts it hands out. This likely impacted its Q2 2018 sub revenue, which grew 4.2% YoY to $260 million in Q2 2018, marking a slowdown from 14% YoY during the same period last year.
  • There's been less momentum after the "Trump Bump" effect stemming from the 2016 election. The publisher’s Q2 2017 digital ad revenue growth was particularly strong, but an outlier among its normal revenue growth trajectory in part due to the so-called Trump Bump, driven by interest in the presidential election and early Trump presidency. The Trump Bump's effect on the NYT is likely less pronounced now that more time has passed since the election. And in Q2 2018, the NYT generated $119 million in ad revenue, down 10% YoY — a meaningful shift from its 0.8% YoY ad revenue growth in Q2 2017.

But the publisher still had bright spots within its subscription and ad revenue segments during the quarter:

  • The company added 109,000 digital-only subscribers, helping it reach 3.8 million total subscribers. The digital-only sub figure is lower than the 114,000 the publisher added a year earlier, but is still promising for the company as it aims to become less reliant on ad revenue, which can be volatile. Subscription revenue now accounts for two-thirds of the NYT’s revenue, and the company expects for it to continue to account for a bigger portion of overall revenue moving forward.
  • The NYT’s podcast, “The Daily,” bolstered its ad revenue and likely boosted engagement with The Time’s content. "The Daily" is The Times’ podcast that discusses the publisher's most important stories of the day, and was one of Apple’s most downloaded podcasts of 2017. "The Daily" is a “very successful ad business,” and internal data suggests the podcast makes people more likely to engage with The New York Times, the company reports. The publisher will continue to pour resources into "The Daily" as more consumers tune into podcasts, and has already announced that FX plans to turn it into a TV show.

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          Shawn Bolz: Who's Who of Charismatic Movement Uniting For Ultimate Prophetic Crusade      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Lou Engle has completely transitioned his life from gathering people to intercede through his TheCall events and is launching a new stadium event with a single focus: to release people to go outside the church into all the world to see a new breed of evangelism for a new worldwide harvest.

Engle has gathered some of the most impactful evangelism and missions organizations with some of the largest reach into nations and industries around the world. They are collaborating for an event that will take place Feb. 23, 2019 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. And they are believing for upwards of 60,000 people to come, which would be one of the largest events in history with the focus of commissioning and releasing evangelists to the harvest field.

Though evangelism seems to have taken a backseat among Millennial priorities, the leadership of The Send believes God is going to make it front and center through this powerful gathering—not just for the day, but to instill this value as primary back into the church of America.

I remember spending time with a well-known prophet, Bob Jones, several years before he passed.

We were talking about evangelism, and he told me, "When Billy Graham dies, the mantle that was on his life will cover a generation of evangelists and will bring forth a worldwide revival."

He talked about the impact Billy Graham was able to have because of his gift and calling being imparted over entire movements.

I relayed this earlier in the year to Engle, and he said, "This is what we are believing for, and this is one of the reasons we are gathering."

Engle went on to describe that after the years of solemn assemblies and stadium gatherings of fasting and prayer through TheCall, something took place. A group of YWAMers came into his living room and said, "There's coming a shift to TheCall, and stadiums are going to be filled—not just with fasting and prayer—but with the proclamation of the gospel and signs and wonders, and Billy Graham's mantle is coming on the nation."

That prophecy almost seven years ago became a dominating prophecy creating expectancy for a coming shift, in a sense, from TheCall to The Send. Engle and TheCall team had been believing the same thing about Billy Graham: that when he died, something major would take place.

Six years ago, Engle and a team went to Orlando, and he began to prophesy at the Citrus Bowl that a massive sending movement was coming and a Jesus Movement would break out. They began to pray for 80 million souls in America to be saved, and for 200,000 missionaries to be sent.

Earlier this year, Engle was seeking God while traveling.

On Feb. 12, he was reading 2 Kings 2, where Elisha received the mantle of Elijah.

Elisha basically says, "I will not leave you, Elijah, until I get your spirit upon me."

As he read those words, the Holy Spirit gripped him and he wrote in big letters in his Bible, "BILLY GRAHAM, I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU UNTIL I GET A DOUBLE PORTION OF YOUR SPIRIT ON THE NEXT GENERATION!"

Engle felt as if God was bringing him into a divine prophetic moment and that Billy Graham was about ready to pass. He sensed that the body of Christ was heading to a Jordan crossing, and it would release a double-portion Elisha movement of signs and wonders as sons and daughters would rise up and carry the mantle of Billy Graham.

Then, on February 16, Engle was flying from Hawaii while reading the passage where Elisha says, "Bring me a new bowl" (see 2 Kings 2:20.)

He said "It was like a command shot right into my spirit with the Lord saying, "Bring me a new bowl!" God went on to say: "Whereas before you have seen stadiums filled with fasting and prayer, you are going to see bowls filled with the manifestation of the scroll of Jesus: 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted.'"

Just a few days later, on Feb. 21, 2018, Billy Graham went home to glory, and Engle knew it was "Game on!"

With all of this burning in his heart, Engle went to meet with a handful of great young evangelistic leaders: Andy Byrd of YWAM, Daniel Kolenda of Christ for All Nations, Teofilo Hayashi of Dunamis Brazil, Michael Koulianos of Jesus Image, Todd White of Lifestyle Christianity and Bryan Brennt of Circuit Riders—together, with the undergirding of TheCall.

I personally reached out to Andy Byrd, one of the co-sponsors, who is a leader in YWAM (Youth With a Mission) and asked him about this historic collaboration: "There are clear themes developing ... the first is the story line of the passion and zeal of Billy Graham (and other fathers/mothers) falling on a whole generation in a way where many are walking in the passion they carried!" Byrd says.

"The second is that out of The Send, we are really believing it will be another piece of catalyzing a Jesus movement across America (the re-evangelization of America) and a massive missions movement to the nations! The whole gathering is an 'adoption' movement. To see the church activated in adoptive love to adopt every high school. university, neighborhood and nation! Matthew 9:37: Lord, send laborers, for the harvest field is ripe. He prays it out of his own adoptive love. Great compassion and zeal married together! Sorry, that got long. In simplicity, activate and empower the all to reach the all!" Byrd says.

By having this many of America's largest evangelism and missions organizations in one place at one time, we are hoping to spark a flame that will bring a passion for salvation that has never been seen on a global level.

This isn't just an event. We are believing for a before and after moment in time that the stadium where this is being held in will be a container for something new to happen: A heart to see Jesus get His inheritance in our generation through an evangelistic release like our generation hasn't seen yet. {eoa}

Shawn Bolz is the host of "Exploring the Prophetic" podcast. Find him online at bolzministries.com.


          Dailyhunt Launches Groundbreaking Digital Campaign, ‘#HarBhashaEqual’ to Promote Language Equality in India      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

MUMBAI: Dailyhunt, India’s #1 news and entertainment content application that provides content in 14 different languages today announced the launch of its trailblazing digital campaign, ‘#HarBhashaEqual’. The campaign aims at highlighting our in-built bias against our vernacular languages and seeks the support from the youth in India to seek linguistic equality in the country. ‘#HarBhashaEqual’ is conceptualized and executed by Mumbai-based, full-service digital agency, What’s Your Problem. 

‘Is your language inferior to another?’ is the overarching theme of this highly innovative campaign, ‘#HarBhashaEqual’. It’s a unique social experiment where pairs of speakers from different regions talk about their most significant accomplishment to a heterogeneous audience. Each pair is shown having one English language speaker and one local Indian language speaker addressing a bilingual audience. The film begins with each speaker narrating key achievements in his/her life, and the audience is then asked to guess who the real achiever is. 

In a rather ironic culmination, the audience ends up pronouncing that the real winners are those who spoke in English – representing the deep-rooted language bias that exists in India. The film ends with a beautiful song about linguistic equality that asks the ambitious Indian youth why they should be hesitant just because they can't speak English.

Umang Bedi, President, Dailyhunt, said, “In the societal fabric of India today, our individual identities are layered. A vital aspect of our identity is the language we speak, yet in a country with so many local languages and a celebrated legacy of rich cultural and linguistic history, the question that keeps popping up is – do we look at all languages equally? The answer is sadly ‘No’. The ‘#HarBhashaEqual’ campaign is an attempt to initiate a much-needed debate on this issue. It reflects our commitment to restore the importance of each regional language in India. This campaign is a good way to connect with the youth, across Bharat typically, millennials between 17 and 30 years of age and enlist their participation in this historic movement that goes beyond the film.   

Umang Bedi added, “For over a decade, Dailyhunt has been concentrating on empowering people across the country, the real Bharat, not just in the metros—with knowledge and information by offering news, information and entertainment in local languages. ‘Language Equality’ has been a part of our existence since inception; hence, this is a natural theme for us.” 

Amit Akali, Founder, along with Mihir Chitre, ACD and the creative mind behind the campaign at What’s Your Problem shared, “We are excited to partner with Dailyhunt for this unique social experiment – a compelling way to bring forth the obvious linguistic bias in India. We live in a country where a large majority of people subliminally equate intelligence and achievement of a person with the language he/she speaks. Consequently, a host of talented young folk remains largely un-recognized purely because of their inability to speak in English. The campaign attempts to bring this issue to the forefront. The ‘#HarBhashaEqual’ campaign can be best described as an honest attempt to make India a level-playing field for its youth.   

The campaign video is directed by Cannes Lion-winning director and renowned feature filmmaker, Bauddhayan Mukherji from Little Lamb Films. 

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          One Thing Millennials Aren’t Killing: The Postal Service      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A new USPS report suggests young adults aren’t as disengaged from snail mail as you might think. In fact, it makes them feel special.
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I just want to set something straight, because the response to an article this weekend made me realise a whole lot of people don't get what's actually going on.
          The Intellectual Dark Web      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Kathryn Hinderaker reports at Real Clear Politics,
Millennials interested in the world of ideas are on a quest for the types of open conversations often lacking in their college classes or in the media. One possible solution is a new rogue movement still sorting out its manners and mores. It’s called the Intellectual Dark Web, and it may prove to be the best thing that’s happened to civil discourse since the Internet began.

Coined by economist Eric Weinstein, the name describes a group of American thinkers spanning the political spectrum who are pushing back against the divisive rhetoric and constricted ideological parameters of the cultural mainstream. Intellectual Dark Web members include University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan B. Peterson, religion critic Sam Harris, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, and Rubin Report host Dave Rubin.
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          Male-Targeted Wine Subscriptions - Bespoke Post's Wine Club is Geared Towards Millennial Men (TrendHunter.com)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(TrendHunter.com) Countless wine subscriptions are created expressly for the purposes of appealing to women but Bespoke Post is now looking to cater to Millennial men with its newest wine club. As Bespoke Post CEO...
          It looks like it’s not just crushing student loans holding millennials back anymore — it’s also their aging parents      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
More than 6 million millennials are acting as caregivers for a parent, in-law, or grandparent.Millennials are already dealing with a more expensive life than previous generations, thanks to higher costs of living and crushing student loan debt. Now, an increasing number of millennials have another expense to contend with: becoming caregivers to their aging parents.
          4 reasons why Millennials leave their jobs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
4 things employers need to know about Millennials in the workplace

The Philippine job market is getting anemic. Today's workforce, the Millennial generation, will not work for a company where certain things are done because “it’s always been done that way.” They hate strict dress codes. They hate the 8 to 5 routine. They'd rather spend a day of work in a coffee shop planning their sales pitch than sitting on their desks for eight long hours.

Here are 4 reasons why Millennials are quitting their jobs.

1. They want flexible work hours; and office rules are ancient to them.

Business attire? 15-minute coffee breaks? 8 to 5 work hours? The Millennial generation don't want being shackled to their desks for eight long hours dressed in some crappy shirt and tie. They've done harder tasks before during their college days while in their pyjamas with only a few googling strokes on their laptops. So, why will a Millennial perform a task just because an employer wants it done the old, traditional way? Millennials are the flexible lot. They have the ability to set up their office anywhere and work at their own flexible hours, while accomplishing even more compared to the others stuck in the office.

2.  They want to get paid more for less work.

Thanks to social media— the Millennials are now able to see other people’s virtual lives. They've seen how big corporations reward others for doing less - people literally getting paid for being popular on Instagram or on YouTube. Seeing that so casually in the feed on their phones has affected the way they perceive their own pursuits and ambitions. So when a Millennial gets to have a slave job at a company just to climb the invisible (and unreachable) corporate ladder, they'd just ask themselves why they get just a piece of the pizza while others get to have two whole boxes.

3. They want to work to live, instead of live to work.

'Workplace is not the life,", or at least that's how they see the relationship between the workplace and their lives. Millennials want to have more time with their families, their friends, their hobbies, their pleasures, their pastimes, etcetera. That's why blogging and vlogging gained so much popularity in the last decades among the new generation. They want to work on their passion and earn from it rather than slaving away all their lives in the office.

4. They don't immediately say "yes" to the boss unless they hear the "why"?

Millennials were already typing with their keyboards and fiddling with Google even before they learn to write. This is the reason why they seem to be smarter than the older generations. They don't agree with their superiors unless there's enough logic to the task. They don't believe in the old saying, "the boss is always right." They need to know the "whys" first before they heed.


We often hear the phrase, "Millennials are lazy." But they aren't. They skip over unnecessary steps not because they are lazy but because they know there are better ways to do a task. They don't work harder, but they just work smarter. Employers should understand the characteristics of the millennial generation to be able to survive in the future. After all, this generation is due to be 75% of the workforce within the next decade, so the takeover is imminent.


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Millennials are often ridiculed for their lack of home ownership and financial foresight compared to past generations. What isn’t often mentioned is the US$1.4 trillion noose of student debt straddling their financial decisions and homeownership dreams. Saving for a mortgage to eventually buy a house used to be a rite of passage to adulthood after... Read more »

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THE food industry is going nowhere. Pretty pictures on food packets mislead. Big companies have disconnected people from their sustenance. Consumers, especially millennials, are sceptics about industrial-scale food production. Even sellers of healthy products, such as mineral water, spread harm—just look at billions of their plastic bottles that choke the oceans.

Such views are commonly heard among food activists, radical bloggers or anti-capitalists. Yet these come from Emmanuel Faber, who runs Danone, a large French food company. Mr Faber (pictured) frequently sounds like a doomsayer about his own industry—and about capitalism more broadly. “A revolution” and the end of globalisation are nigh, he says.

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A Calgary shopping centre has been using facial recognition software without letting patrons know.

Peek-a-boo!
They see you!
Friday morning, Jill Clayton, Alberta’s information and privacy commission, announced that she is opening an investigation into reports that two Calgary shopping malls were using facial recognition software to observe customers.
The facial recognition technology was embedded in map kiosks. When people looked at the screen, the screen looked back at them.
Customers received no notice that their faces were being scanned.
The public only learned they were being scanned when a visitor noticed strange computer code popping up on the ad screen at Chinook Centre, took a picture and posted it to Reddit.
(Pause here, if you would, to reflect upon the irony of a secret observation program being observed by someone, who then outed it on social media. Insert your favourite reference to The Matrix, The Truman Show, Minority Report, Person of Interest, or Jeremy Bentham’s panopticon, as you see fit. Millennial media consumers may prefer a nod to Mr. Robot or Black Mirror.)
Mall owner Cadillac Fairview has insisted that there was nothing sinister about its little game of I-spy. The company says it was only using the software to get a sense of the age and gender of people who stopped at the kiosk. It says it wasn’t tracking individual people or storing information, so it wasn’t violating any privacy rules.
But if a mall wanted to know the rough age and gender of its visitors, it could hire a few university students with clipboards to walk around the mall, ticking boxes. It wouldn’t need something as high-tech and expensive as facial recognition software for such a simple task. No wonder some people questioned whether the company had another long-term plan for the system it was secretly piloting in Calgary.
Still, whatever Cadillac Fairview was or wasn’t doing with the data, the information and privacy commissioner is sufficiently concerned that it was acting without the permission of customers.
Scott Sibbald speaks for the commission. Under PIPA, the province’s Personal Information Protection Act, he says businesses can only collect personal information from customers with the meaningful, informed consent of their customers. When they received a complaint from someone about the Calgary cameras, Clayton opened the investigation on her own initiative.
Friday afternoon, Canada’s federal privacy commission announced a separate investigation because Cadillac Fairview, which owns the Calgary malls, owns other malls across Canada.
Chinook Centre Mall in Calgary, where the secret facial recognition software was discovered. PNIMG
It took another day for Cadillac Fairview to announce it is suspending the system at the Calgary malls.
Shopping centres use security cameras all the time to record us as we walk and buy. We’ve surrendered that much privacy already. So what is it about facial recognition software that spooks us — especially when so many eagerly use facial recognition on devices like the iPhone X or platforms such as Facebook and Google?
Jason Harley is a professor of educational psychology at the University of Alberta, whose research involves work with artificial intelligence, including using facial recognition technology, to see if it can learn to detect and identify emotions.
“Many of us don’t do a good job of being careful about what information is being collected from us. And it’s hard for an everyday person to stay abreast of all the changes happening on different platforms and devices,” said Harley.
“This is really about privacy literacy, It’s about what’s being collected about us and how it’s being used.”
Facial recognition software, he says, works by plotting points on your face, then using those points to extrapolate things like age and gender. Right now, it often makes mistakes. But as biometric technology grows more sophisticated, businesses could use it to track customers in extremely detailed ways.
The day might come when a mall could scan and match your face scan to your Facebook profile or Google search history, the better to guess what to sell you. It could identify your emotions as you enter and leave a store, the better to figure out how to make customers happy. Or it could track you through the mall, in real time, for security reasons.
When companies use facial recognition artificial intelligence without public knowledge or consent, Harley worries it will breed distrust of the technology itself. Still, he welcomes the opportunity Cadillac Fairview has created, however inadvertently, for this public discussion.
“I think it’s a good thing to have this kind of privacy debate. We need to decide what we’re comfortable with, where we think lines should be drawn. Biometric data has the potential for good, when used responsibly. But we need to give people the tools to make informed decisions.”
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          EPISODE856 - THE UNCOOPERATIVE RADIO SHOW!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Parents Magazine Proves Print Still Has Panache      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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This year has brought forth a renewed optimism in print, but times are still tough for an industry that once had more advertising demand than inventory to sell.

Last year, magazine media lost a reported $417.5 million in print ad revenue, a 6.4-percent drop from the previous period. So why exactly are we hearing anecdotes about print stabilizing or even rebounding? Well, perhaps it's due in part to brands like Meredith’s Parents, which has figured out a good formula to make print viable in 2018.

The September issue of Parents is up 20 percent in print ad pages sold versus 2017. Its 100 pages, the most the brand has sold since 2015, are in part thanks to booking 10 new advertisers from food to retail to home goods.

Parents is a tick over 90 years old, and is a title that has been a stable performer in ad sales, maintaining a solid rate base (it's hovered around 2.2 million for more than 25 years) and a sizable digital audience that averages 11 million unique monthly visitors. And when it comes to ad pages, while there are expectedly major declines from 20 years ago, in recent years it’s doing more than just treading water.

According to our archived min Boxscores data, Parents lost about 33 percent of its average ad pages since 1998. That may sound bad, but it’s better than a large share of magazines that have survived the past 20 years—especially non-fashion and beauty titles. But what’s really interesting is, when you look at the brand’s ad page performance over the past 10 years, that 33 percent drop bottomed out in 2008 and has remained mostly stable since. But industry-wide, print ad sales became anemic once the recession began, and most titles have been in steady decline since.

So what makes Parents different? “From an advertising standpoint, we deliver a young mom, a millennial mom, and one that is really running the overall household, which appeals to a lot of different ad categories,” says Steven Grune, VP and publisher.

“We know millennials like print,” says Liz Vaccariello, who joined Parents as editor-in-chief in 2016. “We also have such low duplications that [our reader] may have gotten other magazines before, but for a few years, we know that this is the only magazine she gets. So that’s why we cover such a wide range of topics editorially.”

Still, in an era when attention spans are short and the attention economy is fiercely competitive, print is challenged as a marketing vehicle due to the limitations of the medium. Most obvious, it’s not a dynamic digital product that can reveal real-time insights like the web or mobile platforms. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.

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“It’s about smart marketing,” Grune says. “You have to bring some unique programs to the table. The other thing is editorial and content integration. I work very closely with Liz and her team so we can utilize editorial that’s being created and put that to work in unique ways for our advertising partners.”

He cites an example in the September issue where Parents partnered with Clorox.

"They wanted to do something bigger, so together we created a ‘powered by Parents and presented by Clorox' editorial feature,” he says. “Clorox got credit for an editorial feature we had already had in the works and in the lineup. That’s why the relationship that Liz and I have is so important, and then putting that forward to our marketing partners in new ways. That’s really what the marketing community is looking for today.”

That relationship goes beyond the walls of Meredith’s New York offices. Grune and Vaccariello hit the road together to pitch new and existing partners as well. “She made 53 presentations to 500 media executives,” Grune says.

“It’s a two-way dialogue when we go out there,” Vaccariello says. “We take all of the power of Meredith’s research capabilities and consumer insights, social listening, all of that, and it powers my presentation about millennial moms and about trends in motherhood, as well as lifestyle. But we also hear from them. They know their consumers.”

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While not every magazine has the luxury of reaching an attractive millennial reader, or the ability to sell across a diverse range of categories, Parents’ story has clear takeaways for an industry that still wants to believe in print. Creativity, insight and collaboration should be considered table stakes. But there’s more.

“I think print is having its renaissance,” Vaccariello confidently tells Folio:. “But magazines have to find new ways to be relevant.”

“That relevancy is obviously critical from an engagement standpoint,” Grune adds. “I don't have a crystal ball in terms of what next year looks like from a marketplace perspective, but I do know that we’ll continue to be challenged by our partners to quantify the effectiveness of the advertising in print, and that’s not new.”

Grune points to Meredith’s sales guarantee as one solution to that challenge. He says the company has quantified an uptick in sales, which is backed by third-party data, and that has led to more partners signing onto the company’s unique program.

“We, as an industry, need to continue to quantify the effectiveness of the ads that run in our properties, otherwise we’re in trouble,” he concludes.

 

Hear more from Liz Vaccariello on the panel, "What's the Future of Print?" and Steve Grune on the panel, "Creating and Selling Unique Custom Products," at the Folio: Show, October 9th and 10th at the Hilton Midtown, NYC.

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          It looks like it's not just crushing student loans holding millennials back anymore — it's also their aging parents      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Life is more expensive for American millennials compared to previous generations for a host of reasons: soaring rent and housing costs, pricier health insurance premiums, increasing childcare costs, and most popularly, crushing student loan debt. 

Now, there's another factor to add to the list: caring for aging parents.

Clare Ansberry of the Wall Street Journal found that caregivers are becoming younger: the number of unpaid young adult caregivers has increased by 2% since 2009, she writes, citing the National Alliance for Caregiving.

Currently, 6.2 million millennials and counting are acting as caregivers for a parent, in-law, or grandparent, she added, citing the 2018 AARP Public Policy report.

The financial burden of caregiving is undeniable. The average cost of elder care can range from $18,000 a year for adult day care to $91,000 a year for a private room in a nursing home, Business Insider's Rachel Gillett previously reported, referencing a survey commissioned by Genworth Financial.

Despite earning less, millennials are spending more than older caregivers, and they're doing it during significant life milestones. Scott Williams of the global initiative Embracing Carers told Ansberry that millennials spend 27% more of their incomes on caregiving than other generations in the same situation. One-third of millennial caregivers who have jobs earn less than $30,000 on average, Ansberry reported.

That's not to mention any benefit losses or reduced work hours millennial caregivers suffer due to the demanding constraints of caregiving. Some are even forced to relocate. One millennial caregiver Ansberry spoke to quit her job in New York City and moved to Florida to take care of her mother who had Parkinson's disease. 

Caregiving for elders can be a burden no matter where you live — especially for millennials, who can have a hard time affording to take care of their parents when they often rely on their parents for help. According to the Country Financial Security Index, more than 30% of millennials still live at home with their parents for financial reasons, and more than half have received financial assistance from a parent, guardian, or family member since turning 21, Business Insider previously reported.

Millennials born in the 1980s may be struggling even more so, considering they're the "lost generation" at risk of accumulating less wealth during their lives, struggling to catch up ever since they entered the workforce during the Great Recession.

Millennials are already carrying the weight of economic consequences and higher cost of living. The strain of caring for aging parents just makes the financial struggles millennials are already buckling under even heavier.

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  • Credit card debt is on the rise in the US, with the average American household carrying a balance of $5,700, according to a new report by ValuePenguin.
  • However, location accounts for differences in credit card debt across American households.
  • ValuePenguin broke down the average credit card debt by state and Alaska comes out on top.

More Americans are using credit cards than ever before.

And while the average percentage of Americans carrying credit card debt has been on the decline over the past ten years, the average credit card debt amount has been increasing, according to ValuePenguin, who recently explored data from the US Census Bureau and the Federal Reserve to take a closer look at credit card debt.

ValuePenguin found that more than 40% of all US households carry credit card debt, with the average American household carrying a balance of $5,700. For only indebted households, which excludes people who pay their balances in full every month, the average debt is $9,333.

However, this average varies across different regions in the US. Using data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, ValuePenguin broke down the average credit card debt by state to highlight how location plays a factor.

Below, see the average credit card debt in every state, ranked from lowest to highest.

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51. Ohio

Average credit card debt: $5,446



50. South Carolina

Average credit card debt: $5,801



49. Maine

Average credit card debt: $5,803



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Elon Musk sent shockwaves through the stock market this week when he announced plans to go private. Business Insider reports the stock surged more than 10% following his cryptic tweet. And investors on Robinhood may have cashed out following the rise. Data from the free stock trading app show roughly 7,400 investors ditched the stock in the past week. That's the biggest rout of any equity on the brokerage.
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  • Tesla surged more than 10% Tuesday after Elon  Musk said he was considering taking the company private.
  • However a lack of more information and a reported investigation by federal regulators have wiped out the gains.
  • Follow Tesla's stock price in real-time here. 

Shares of Tesla have rolled over and given up their more than 10% gains from Tuesday when CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he was considering taking the company private at $420 share.

The stock declined more than 6% Thursday, falling as low as $346.49. When Musk’s cryptic tweet sent shockwaves through markets at 12:48 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the stock was worth $358.

Musk said funding was secured, but offered no details as to which investor may be willing to cough up the billions needed to take Tesla off public stock exchanges. Those lingering questions, paired with  a report from The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that said the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was investigating the tweet, only further dragged down the price.

Bloomberg on Thursday afternoon conformed the paper’s report, and said that the federal securities regulator had been looking into Tesla’s public statements before the tweet. That investigations is now "intensifying," it said. 

Legal experts told Business Insider that if financing had not actually been secured at the time of his tweet — which would count as a material statement under SEC rules — the billionaire likely broke federal laws. The SEC's requirements say a company must file an official disclosure within four days of a major event. Those events are generally defined as an acquisition, leadership change, or something in regards to the company’s financial situation.

In an email to employees which was later published on Tesla's website, Musk gave a few more details on the plan, leading with the fact that a final decision has not been made.

Thursday's declines also wipe out the smaller gains that came just before Musk's tweet, when the Financial Times reported that Saudi Arabia's public investment fund had invested $2 billion in the company. 

Tesla is up nearly 13% since the beginning of the year.

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This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here.

Life insurance is a fundamentally hard product to sell, as it requires people to think about their deaths and promises no immediate rewards.

The way life insurance is sold makes it doubly unattractive, as consumers have to go through an paper-based, lengthy application process and a bothersome medical exam, with little guidance from their providers, and often at high cost. The problem is worsened by incumbent insurers' failure to innovate, even as personalized products and streamlined services proliferate in other areas of finance.

Now, though, a small yet growing niche of insurtech startups is now finding different ways to digitize life insurance to make it more appealing. Life insurance-focused startups are tackling a number of problems with the status quo, including a lack of consumer understanding of the product, inconvenient application processes, weak customer loyalty, and inefficient data management and processing. Some are focused on improving products for consumers, while others are helping insurers to modernize. These startups are giving incumbents a way to revamp this product, either by partnering these companies or using their technology.

But these life insurtechs are shaking up a strictly regulated and sensitive product, and their solutions carry regulatory and ethical risks. That means such companies, and any insurers using their solutions, must take measures to make sure these new services add value to the industry. Nevertheless, life insurtechs are likely to spearhead change in this space, with incumbents following suit. Such startups will set new industry standards and consumer expectations around this complex product. That, in turn, will serve as a catalyst for innovation among legacy insurers.

In a new report, Business Insider Intelligence looks at the major players in the global life insurance industry, the problems (for consumers and providers) in the life insurance status quo, how insurtechs are revamping the life insurance space and giving the product a new lease of life, best practices for both startup and incumbent life insurance innovators, and what the future of the life insurance space will look like as fintech makes its presence felt in it.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:

  • The need for innovation in life insurance has never been clearer — life insurance sales on the whole are slowing, and policy ownership is hitting record lows. A lack of consumer understanding, inconvenient application procedures, low customer loyalty, and old IT systems are denting providers' returns.
  • Life insurtechs are looking to revamp the space in two key ways: Consumer-focused players focus on eliminating the pain points that put consumers off buying life insurance coverage, while insurer-focused startups offer ways to improve processes and operations for the providers that still dominate much of the market.
  • There are some risks attached to bringing technologies not typically used in insurance into this tightly-regulated space, but life insurers can adopt best practices to mitigate them and reap rewards, like: getting full customer approval to use their data, hiring tech-savvy compliance teams, and prioritize customer education about the product. Startups, meanwhile, should pick incumbent partners carefully.
  • Incumbents’ activity in life insurance innovation to date has been limited to implementing some shiny new technologies, largely on the front-end. If life insurance incumbents want to stay relevant, they'll have to invest in the core systems needed to give them the freedom to innovate and introduce changes on their own terms.

In full, the report:

  • Looks at the world's biggest and most innovative life insurance markets, and trends they're setting for the space.
  • Explains the major inefficiencies embedded in the life insurance status quo, and the problems they're causing providers and consumers.
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  • Tesla surged more than 10% Tuesday after Elon  Musk said he was considering taking the company private.
  • However a lack of more information and a reported investigation by federal regulators have wiped out the gains.
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Shares of Tesla have rolled over and given up their more than 10% gains from Tuesday when CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he was considering taking the company private at $420 share.

The stock declined more than 6% Thursday, falling as low as $346.49. When Musk’s cryptic tweet sent shockwaves through markets at 12:48 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the stock was worth $358.

Musk said funding was secured, but offered no details as to which investor may be willing to cough up the billions needed to take Tesla off public stock exchanges. Those lingering questions, paired with  a report from The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that said the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was investigating the tweet, only further dragged down the price.

Bloomberg on Thursday afternoon conformed the paper’s report, and said that the federal securities regulator had been looking into Tesla’s public statements before the tweet. That investigations is now "intensifying," it said. 

Legal experts told Business Insider that if financing had not actually been secured at the time of his tweet — which would count as a material statement under SEC rules — the billionaire likely broke federal laws. The SEC's requirements say a company must file an official disclosure within four days of a major event. Those events are generally defined as an acquisition, leadership change, or something in regards to the company’s financial situation.

In an email to employees which was later published on Tesla's website, Musk gave a few more details on the plan, leading with the fact that a final decision has not been made.

Thursday's declines also wipe out the smaller gains that came just before Musk's tweet, when the Financial Times reported that Saudi Arabia's public investment fund had invested $2 billion in the company. 

Tesla is up nearly 13% since the beginning of the year.

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  • New York-based venture firm Female Founders Fund (F3) has founded a new program to mentor and advise female entrepreneurs in cities throughout the US. 
  • Among the entrepreneurs participating is Zola co-founder Shan-Lyn Ma, who says that her wedding company at first struggled to spark interest among the predominantly male investment scene.

When Zola co-founder Shan-Lyn Ma first began pitching her idea for a one-stop wedding site to investors, she says they were mostly unimpressed. 

"One of the things I remember very vividly from the first few years starting out was a meeting in which I was pitching a group of all male investors," said Ma. "One investor looked me right in the eyes and said, very seriously, 'When I got married 20 years ago, my wife seemed to be fine with the wedding registry we used then. Are you sure that women today will want anything different?'"

Ma said she was amazed by his response: "It struck me as a little crazy. You would never say that of any other tech service from 20 years ago. It seemed so obvious that people today would want to benefit from great design in weddings as they do in every aspect of life," she said. 

For Ma, securing funding early on was an uphill battle. Many investors didn't seem to see the point of an efficient, customizable wedding registry, she says. It's understandable, said Ma, that her company may not have initially resonated with the average venture capitalist.

"Our average customer is a 26 to 34-year-old woman," she said. "That demographic is not hugely represented in the VC industry. It's been a long time since many investors were married themselves, and it was tougher sell than, say, a photo sharing app."

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Looking back, Ma estimates that three out of every four investors she pitched turned Zola down. Five years later, however, some of those same investors might be experiencing regret. 

Today, Zola is one of the top websites used by millennial couples to plan their weddings . It's also among the fastest-growing wedding companies in the US, and has plans to take on the $72 billion wedding market. In their latest funding round the company raised $100 million from investors including Lightspeed, Goldman Sachs, and Thrive Capital. 

On this particular round the tables were turned: "It's a very different ratio now," said Ma of the investors interested in funding Zola. 

Now, Ma is hoping to impart some of the lessons she learned from her early days pitching her company to other female founders.

Ma is just one among a group of high-profile female entrepreneurs gathered together by New York-based venture firm Female Founders Fund (F3) for its new Venture Partner Program. The program's aim is to bring together a network of business-savvy women to take on the disproportionately male entrepreneurial landscape. 

F3 partner Sutian Dong says that the program's aim is to create increased exposure for female founders and provide access to a network of of investors, advisors, and mentors. The program has headed up several female entrepreneurial communities in Boston, L.A., San Francisco, and New York, with mentors including Stich Fix founder Katrina Lake, Care.com founder Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Gixo co-founder Selina Tobaccowala, and Tala founder Shivani Siroya. 

In an interview with Business Insider, Sutian Dong described the program as the formalization of a process that F3 has engaged in ever since Dong and F3 founder Anu Duggal kicked the fund off: "We’re constantly thinking about ways to leverage what we’ve built thus far," said Dong. "We're taking the same thing we were doing informally and putting it into a formalized process."

Or, as Ma puts it: "We're hoping to break up the old boys network of the past. These types of networks have been built for generations, but primarily men. As a female founder myself, I've seen that for female founders it can be harder. This is about building an operable network for women."

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Quick-service burger chain Culver’s has launched a new commercial targeting Millennial mothers to promote its three chicken sandwiches. 

The 30-second spot features Culver’s co-founder Craig Culver and his daughter Brittany, a Millennial mother of two children, touring Springer Mountain Farms in Georgia and speaking with the farmer about the low-stress environment and high-quality feed the chickens on the farm have.

In a release announcing the ad, which highlights the chain’s grilled chicken, crispy chicken and spicy crispy chicken sandwiches, Culver’s said that Millennials “value easy, customizable meals and transparency about the quality of the food they’re eating.” 

It also points out that mothers control the majority of their families’ purchases.

Culver’s vice president of marketing Julie Fussner said the spot was intended to put mothers at ease about eating at the chain.

“Like Brittany, I’m a mom who feels the great responsibility of making the right choices for my family,” she said in a statement. “Our goal with this spot was to share some of the very real questions moms have and show guests that they can feel good about eating our chicken.”

Culver’s was an early adopter of increasingly popular chicken sourcing practices, having switched to American Humane Certified birds in 2011. Its chicken is also raised without antibiotics and fed a vegetarian diet. 

The chain based in Prairie-du-Sac has more than 650 locations in 24 states.

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This morning we share a glimpse of high-profile book touring with the early leader in the Kansas City Mayoral contest.

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"Former Secretary of State of Missouri Jason Kander talks about what it was like to be the first millennial elected to statewide office, his progressive politics and whether or not Democrats should try and flip Trump voters."

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From our vantage, so far there's no other candidate who will be able to garner a national platform akin to Kander. This might or might not make the difference in the mayoral contest BUT there's simply no denying that it gives him a distinct advantage in terms of name recognition and reach.

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NEW YORK -- Nearly a third of the top 50 U.S. brands favored among children are snack and candy labels, according to a new study from market research firm Smarty Pants LLC.

Smarty Pants is a market research consultancy that conducts youth and family research and guides marketers on brand positioning, new product development, consumer lifestyles and trends.

The New York-based company’s annual Brand Love study explores kids’ favorite labels and why these brands are favored compared to others. This year, kids ages 6 to 12 ranked various brands based on specific “Kidfinity” scores, which measure brand awareness, popularity and love, as well as current and future potential use of the brand.

Here are the snack and candy brands kids enjoy the most …

Oreo

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Oreo was the top-ranked snack and candy brand, placing fifth in the top 50 overall.

Earlier this year, Oreo launched its #MyOreoCreation contest, giving fans the opportunity to vote on their favorite flavors to win various prizes. In May, the Mondelez International-owned brand released the final three contest flavors to retailers nationwide for a limited time. They included Cherry Cola Oreos, Kettle Corn Oreos and Pina Colada Oreo Thins. These flavors were selected by judging on taste appeal, creativity and originality, according to the East Hanover, N.J.-based company.

M&M’s

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M&M’s finished right behind Oreo in the overall rankings, placing sixth out of 50.

The Hackettstown, N.J.-based candy brand, owned by Mars Wrigley Confectionery, has been ubiquitous in 2018, starting with its Super Bowl LII commercial starring Danny DeVito. This summer, the candy label was named the second-most trustworthy brand among Gen Z and millennials in a survey conducted by New York-based research firm YPulse. And most recently, M&M’s was the top snack brand in London-based YouGov’s BrandIndex rankings, outpacing brands such as Quaker Oats, Pillsbury and Campbell’s.

Doritos

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Plano, Texas-based Frito-Lay’s Doritos chips placed seventh overall, the highest of any chip brand on the list.

Doritos has launched various initiatives in recent weeks, including its partnership with a celebrity. The brand debuted its "Blaze the Beat” campaign with rapper Busta Rhymes in late July. As part of the campaign, fans can submit their own original lyrics over the Blaze Beat at doritosblazethebeat.com. After submissions close on Aug. 17, Busta and his team will select five finalists to share the stage with a major headliner at the official Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival preparty on Sept. 20 in Las Vegas. From there, will choose one winner will be chosen and will receive a $50,000 grand prize.

This isn't Doritos first music-themed initiative, though. In April 2017, the brand debuted chip packages with built-in music players, featuring the soundtrack from the film “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

Hershey’s

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Chocolate giant Hershey's came in 12th place in the rankings.

Hershey’s has had a busy 2018, from partnering with 7-Eleven on a new coffee beverage to cutting its SKUs to save money—the latter of which was successful, said Michele Buck, president and CEO of the Hershey, Pa.-based company.

Cheetos

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Although Frito-Lay’s cheesy snack finished just outside the top 15, the brand ranked second in chip labels.

The crunchy and puffy snack launched its own fan-based competition this summer, offering various prizes if patrons found unique shapes in their Cheetos bag. To enter, consumers simply took a picture of the Cheeto and submitted it online via the brand’s website.

Lay’s

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Frito-Lay is making its mark among kids. The company’s namesake brand, Lay’s, placed 17th—right behind Cheetos—and is the third chip label to crack the list.

In February, Lay’s revamped its packaging to display happy faces—an initiative to support Operation Smile, a charity that helps provide surgical care to people with cleft conditions.

Reese’s

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Reese’s finished No. 18 in the rankings, six spots lower than its parent company, The Hershey Co. The chocolate-peanut butter candy made headlines this summer with the debut of its Reese’s Outrageous Bars, which are made with Reese’s creamy peanut butter, caramel and Reese’s Pieces candy and are coated in milk chocolate.

In early August, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts partnered with Reese’s to create the new, limited-time-only Krispy Kreme Reese’s Outrageous Doughnut.

Skittles

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Mars Wrigley’s sweet candy rounded out the top 20 brands favored among kids.

This year, Skittles expanded its offerings to the beverage aisle. The brand partnered with Irving, Calif.-based quick-service restaurant (QSR) chain Taco Bell in March to create a Skittles Strawberry Freeze, an icy beverage that delivers the taste of strawberry-flavored Skittles. The beverage joins Taco Bell’s existing Freeze lineup, which includes Mountain Dew Baja Blast Freeze and Orange Cream Pop Freeze.

Chips Ahoy

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Mondelez International’s perennial cookie brand finished 25th overall.

Earlier this summer, Chips Ahoy was one of multiple brands to partner with Breyers Ice Cream in a new “2in1” flavor launch for the ice cream label. Chips Ahoy was featured in a flavor combination with Oreo, while other mixtures included Reese’s & Reese’s Pieces, Snickers & M&M’s and Heath & Waffle Cone.

Kit Kat

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The chocolate brand, owned by Arlington, Va.-based Nestle, ranked No. 26 on Smarty Pants’ list of kids’ favorite labels.

Hershey, which owns the rights to sell Kit Kat in the United States, said the chocolate candy was a contributor to the company’s overall growth in 2017, seeing a 5% increase in combined retail takeaway for the year alongside Reese’s and Hershey’s Kisses.

Snickers

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Mars’ peanut-based chocolate bar placed No. 34 in the rankings.

This comes at the heels of product innovation for the candy bar. In June, Mars launched three limited-time only Snickers flavors as part of its "You're Not You When You're Hungry" campaign, which included Espresso, Fiery and Salty & Sweet. Each bar—made with peanuts, caramel and milk chocolate—was infused with either espresso, chili pepper or salt. Additionally, each flavor represented a hunger symptom on the brand’s packaging: irritable for Espresso, wimpy for Fiery and indecisive for Salty & Sweet.

Sour Patch Kids

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Sour Patch Kids ranked No. 36 on Smarty Pants’ list.

Innovation has been at the forefront for the perennial sour candy, which debuted two new additions to its roster in May. These included Sour Patch Kids Fire and Sour Patch Kids Freeze, which radiate heating and cooling sensations in its flavors, respectively. In January, Sour Patch Kids partnered with 7-Eleven to resurrect the Sour Patch Watermelon Slurpee flavor, which remained available for the following month.

Starburst

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The square-shaped candies finished at No. 39 on the list of kids’ favorite brands.

This summer, Starburst began selling packs that only contained Pink varieties of the treat. In October 2017, Starburst Gummies was named CSP’s Best New Product in the nonchocolate candy category.

Goldfish Crackers

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The “snack that smiles back” was the final snack brand to make the list, coming in at No. 44.

In March snacking company Snyder’s-Lance was acquired by Camden, N.J.-based Campbell Soup, which merged Campbell’s Pepperidge Farm products—Goldfish being one of them—with Snyder’s-Lance brands, such as Hanover, Lance and Cape Cod, into a division called Campbell Snacks.


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